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  1. Analysis of audio-vestibular assessment in acute low-tone hearing loss.

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    Im, Gi Jung; Kim, Sung Kyun; Choi, June; Song, Jae Jun; Chae, Sung Won; Jung, Hak Hyun

    2016-07-01

    Conclusion This study demonstrated excellent hearing recovery following the combined treatment of diuretic and oral steroid, and electrocochleography (ECoG) was significantly higher than normal side. This study reports characteristics of acute low-tone hearing loss (ALHL) that show the greater low-tone hearing loss, the higher ECoG, and excellent recovery, even-though low-tone hearing loss is worse, which can be different compared with sudden deafness. Objective To analyze ALHL without vertigo, this study compared the ALHL group with all patients exhibiting low-tone hearing loss and ear fullness. Hearing changes and vestibular functions were analyzed. Materials and methods ALHL was defined as a mean hearing loss of ≥ 30 dB at 125, 250, and 500 Hz, and ≤ 20 dB at 2, 4, and 8 kHz. From 156 cases of low-tone hearing loss of more than 10 dB without vertigo, 31 met the ALHL criteria and were subjected to audio-vestibular assessments including PTA, ECoG, vestibular evoked myogenic potential (VEMP) testing, and caloric testing. Results In ALHL, low-tone hearing loss was 42.7 ± 9.5 dB, and 83.9% of ALHL significantly recovered by more than 10 dB. The ECoG in ALHL was 0.334 ± 0.11 (higher than 0.25 ± 0.08 on the normal side) and ECoG abnormality was 35.5% (the greater low-tone hearing loss, the higher ECoG value). PMID:26963446

  2. Precipitation in Alloy 718 : A combined AEM and APFIM investigation

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    Burke, M.G. . Science and Technology Center); Miller, M.K. . Metals and Ceramics Div.)

    1991-01-01

    The desirable mechanical properties of nickel-base superalloy Alloy 718 are associated with a complex multiphase microstructure that is produced by a multistage heat treatment. In this investigation, the primary matrix strengthening phases ({gamma}{double prime} and {gamma}{prime}) and grain boundary phases ({delta} and Laves) formed during various aging treatments have been characterized by a combination of analytical electron microscopy and atom probe field ion microscopy. Detailed structural and chemical analyses have been performed to identify the phases and provide information concerning the precipitation sequence for the primary {gamma}{double prime} and {delta} phases. The results of this investigation have revealed that there is a wide variation in the composition of the phases and that their compositions are affected by the thermal treatment and location within the complex microstructure. 8 refs., 10 figs., 6 tabs.

  3. Investigation of HHFW and NBI Combined Heating in NSTX

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    LeBlanc, B.P.; Bell, R.E.; Bernabei, S.; Hosea, J.C.; Wilson, J.R.; Biewer, T.M.

    2005-09-26

    A series of experiments was conducted to investigate the combined utilization of HHFW and NBI auxiliary heating in NSTX plasmas. A modest increase of the total stored energy coincident with a near doubling of the neutron production rate is observed when NBI heating is added to HHFW in L-mode plasmas. An increase in the core electron temperature is also observed. On the other hand, essentially no stored energy augmentation nor neutron production rate enhancement is observed when applying HHFW during the 'H' phase of NBI driven H-mode plasmas. Spectroscopic measurements of the edge carbon line radiation indicate an unpredicted ion temperature increase, suggesting that edge effects are reducing the amount of HHFW power reaching the plasma core.

  4. Investigation of HHFW and NBI Combined Heating in NSTX

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    B.P. LeBlanc; R.E. Bell; S. Bernabei; T.M. Biewer; J.C. Hosea; J.R. Wilson

    2005-04-27

    A series of experiments was conducted to investigate the combined utilization of high-harmonics fast-wave (HHFW) and neutral-beam injection (NBI) auxiliary heating in National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) plasmas. A modest increase of the total stored energy coincident with a near doubling of the neutron production rate is observed when NBI heating is added to HHFW in L-mode plasmas. An increase in the core electron temperature is also observed. On the other hand, essentially no stored energy augmentation nor neutron production rate enhancement is observed when applying HHFW during the ''H'' phase of NBI-driven H-mode plasmas. Spectroscopic measurements of the edge carbon line radiation indicate an unpredicted ion temperature increase, suggesting that edge effects are reducing the amount of HHFW power reaching the plasma core.

  5. Investigating combination HIV prevention: isolated interventions or complex system

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    Brown, Graham; Reeders, Daniel; Dowsett, Gary W.; Ellard, Jeanne; Carman, Marina; Hendry, Natalie; Wallace, Jack

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Treatment as prevention has mobilized new opportunities in preventing HIV transmission and has led to bold new UNAIDS targets in testing, treatment coverage and transmission reduction. These will require not only an increase in investment but also a deeper understanding of the dynamics of combining behavioural, biomedical and structural HIV prevention interventions. High-income countries are making substantial investments in combination HIV prevention, but is this investment leading to a deeper understanding of how to combine interventions? The combining of interventions involves complexity, with many strategies interacting with non-linear and multiplying rather than additive effects. Discussion Drawing on a recent scoping study of the published research evidence in HIV prevention in high-income countries, this paper argues that there is a gap between the evidence currently available and the evidence needed to guide the achieving of these bold targets. The emphasis of HIV prevention intervention research continues to look at one intervention at a time in isolation from its interactions with other interventions, the community and the socio-political context of their implementation. To understand and evaluate the role of a combination of interventions, we need to understand not only what works, but in what circumstances, what role the parts need to play in their relationship with each other, when the combination needs to adapt and identify emergent effects of any resulting synergies. There is little development of evidence-based indicators on how interventions in combination should achieve that strategic advantage and synergy. This commentary discusses the implications of this ongoing situation for future research and the required investment in partnership. We suggest that systems science approaches, which are being increasingly applied in other areas of public health, could provide an expanded vocabulary and analytic tools for understanding these

  6. Combined Experimental and Numerical Investigations into Laser Propulsion Engineering Physics

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    Kenoyer, David Adam

    The RPI pulsed Laser Propulsion (LP) research effort focuses on the future application of launching nano- and micro-satellites (1-10 kg payloads) into Low Earth Orbit (LEO), using a remote Ground Based Laser (GBL) power station to supply the required energy for flight. This research program includes both experimental and numerical studies investigating the propulsive performance of several engine geometries (constituting a lightcraft family). Using the Lumonics twin K-922m TEA pulsed laser system, axial and lateral thrust, C m, Isp, and η measurements were made for these engine geometries, examining the effects of several critical factors including: engine orientation (e.g. lateral and angular offset), laser pulse energy, pulse repetition frequency, pulse duration, propellant type, and engine size-scaling effects. Investigation into the origins of lateral "beam riding" forces was of particular interest. Lateral impulse measurements and high speed Schlieren photography were utilized to provide an understanding of laser beam-riding/propulsive physics. The acquired lightcraft database was used to further develop an existing 7-Degree Of Freedom (DOF) flight dynamics model extensively calibrated against 16 actual trajectories of small scale model lightcraft flown at White Sands Missile Range, NM on a 10 kW pulsed CO2 laser called PLVTS. The full system 7-DOF model is comprised of updated individual aerodynamics, engine, laser beam propagation, variable vehicle inertia, reaction controls system, and dynamics models, integrated to represent all major phenomena in a consistent framework. This flight dynamics model and associated 7-DOF code provide a physics-based predictive tool for basic research investigations into laser launched lightcraft for suborbital and orbital missions. Simulations were performed to demonstrate the flight capabilities of each engine geometry using the updated lightcraft propulsion database, the results of which further demonstrate that autonomous

  7. Combine experimental and theoretical investigation on an alkaloid-Dimethylisoborreverine

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    Singh, Swapnil; Singh, Harshita; Karthick, T.; Agarwal, Parag; Erande, Rohan D.; Dethe, Dattatraya H.; Tandon, Poonam

    2016-01-01

    A combined experimental (FT-IR, 1H and 13C NMR) and theoretical approach is used to study the structure and properties of antimalarial drug dimethylisoborreverine (DMIB). Conformational analysis, has been performed by plotting one dimensional potential energy curve that was computed using density functional theory (DFT) with B3LYP/6-31G method and predicted conformer A1 as the most stable conformer. After full geometry optimization, harmonic wavenumbers were computed for conformer A1 at the DFT/B3LYP/6-311++G(d,P) level. A complete vibrational assignment of all the vibrational modes have been performed on the bases of the potential energy distribution (PED) and theoretical results were found to be in good agreement with the observed data. To predict the solvent effect, the UV-Vis spectra were calculated in different solvents by polarizable continuum model using TD-DFT method. Molecular docking studies were performed to test the biological activity of the sample using SWISSDOCK web server and Hex 8.0.0 software. The molecular electrostatic potential (MESP) was plotted to identify the reactive sites of the molecule. Natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis was performed to get a deep insight of intramolecular charge transfer. Thermodynamical parameters were calculated to predict the direction of chemical reaction.

  8. Investigating AGN Variability Using Combined Multi-Quarter Kepler Data

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    Revalski, Mitchell; Nowak, D.; Wiita, P. J.; Wehrle, A. E.; Unwin, S. C.

    2014-01-01

    The study of long and short term variability in active galactic nuclei (AGN) yields deeper insight into the physical nature of their emissions from the accretion disk around, and relativistic jets powered by, a galaxy’s central super-massive black hole. We have now obtained a total of eleven quarters of Kepler data on four radio-loud AGN. Our prior work involved calculating power spectral densities (PSDs) on these data both with and without corrections for various instrumental artifacts. We now focus on combining these data sets into one continuous set for each object which spans approximately 2.5 years at a 30 minute sampling rate with >98% duty cycle. The process of stringing together these data is complicated by the quarterly rolls the Kepler space satellite telescope conducts, which causes each target to fall on a different CCD four times per year. We attempt to overcome this problem with a scaling procedure that maintains the original percentage of variations and scales all eleven quarters to the overall average. We calculate PSDs on these stitched light curves both with and without various end-matching techniques applied to increase the accuracy of the PSDs. The PSDs computed for the stitched light curves allow us to probe a full decade lower in frequency than our previous work and show comparable slopes to the PSDs calculated for individual quarters, suggesting we are linking the quarters appropriately. Our average PSD slopes are consistent with ground based observations of other quasars, falling approximately between -1.6 and -1.9. In addition, we have used original codes to bin and average individual PSDs to reduce the bias introduced on the slope fitting process induced by the uneven population of points in the PSDs. This allows for a more accurate power law fitting and tends to steepen the overall slope by approximately 0.1 in the majority of cases. We note increased flaring in one of our objects on the order of 15%, with our remaining three objects

  9. Tautomerism of Warfarin: Combined Chemoinformatics, Quantum Chemical, and NMR Investigation.

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    Guasch, Laura; Peach, Megan L; Nicklaus, Marc C

    2015-10-16

    Warfarin, an important anticoagulant drug, can exist in solution in 40 distinct tautomeric forms through both prototropic tautomerism and ring-chain tautomerism. We have investigated all warfarin tautomers with computational and NMR approaches. Relative energies calculated at the B3LYP/6-311G++(d,p) level of theory indicate that the 4-hydroxycoumarin cyclic hemiketal tautomer is the most stable tautomer in aqueous solution, followed by the 4-hydroxycoumarin open-chain tautomer. This is in agreement with our NMR experiments where the spectral assignments indicate that warfarin exists mainly as a mixture of cyclic hemiketal diastereomers, with an open-chain tautomer as a minor component. We present a diagram of the interconversion of warfarin created taking into account the calculated equilibrium constants (pK(T)) for all tautomeric reactions. These findings help with gaining further understanding of proton transfer and ring closure tautomerization processes. We also discuss the results in the context of chemoinformatics rules for handling tautomerism. PMID:26372257

  10. A Combined Experimental/Computational Investigation of a Rocket Based Combined Cycle Inlet

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    Smart, Michael K.; Trexler, Carl A.; Goldman, Allen L.

    2001-01-01

    A rocket based combined cycle inlet geometry has undergone wind tunnel testing and computational analysis with Mach 4 flow at the inlet face. Performance parameters obtained from the wind tunnel tests were the mass capture, the maximum back-pressure, and the self-starting characteristics of the inlet. The CFD analysis supplied a confirmation of the mass capture, the inlet efficiency and the details of the flowfield structure. Physical parameters varied during the test program were cowl geometry, cowl position, body-side bleed magnitude and ingested boundary layer thickness. An optimum configuration was determined for the inlet as a result of this work.

  11. Investigating the long-term landscape evolution for various combinations of climatic and geologic conditions

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    Paik, K.; Kim, W.

    2012-12-01

    Landscape evolution is a continuous process driven by fluvial, tectonic, and biological processes among others. The response of landscape to different combinations of tectonic and climatic conditions has been a core subject of studying the Earth surface processes. While actual landscapes exhibit highly complex settings, it would be ideal if we can understand basic behavior of landscape under simplest conditions. To pursue this desire, we investigate how a theoretical landscape develops under ideal combinations using a numerical model named LEGS [Paik, 2012]. We investigate various combinations of tectonic uplift conditions, sinusoidal precipitation time series, and orographic effects and will present scientific insights obtained from the simple combinations. Keywords: Landscape evolution, Surface process models, Orographic rainfall Paik, K. (2012) Simulation of landscape evolution using global flow path search, Environmental Modelling & Software, 33, 35-47

  12. An investigation of the performance of novel chorded keyboards in combination with pointing input devices.

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    Shi, Wen-Zhou; Wu, Fong-Gong

    2015-01-01

    Rapid advances in computing power have driven the development of smaller and lighter technology products, with novel input devices constantly being produced in response to new user behaviors and usage contexts. The aim of this research was to investigate the feasibility of operating chorded keyboard control modules in concert with pointing devices such as styluses and mice. We compared combinations of two novel chorded keyboards with different pointing devices in hopes of finding a better combination for future electronic products. Twelve participants were recruited for simulation testing, and paired sample t testing was conducted to determine whether input and error rates for the novel keyboards were improved significantly over those of traditional input methods. The most efficient input device combination tested was the combination of a novel cross-shaped key keyboard and a stylus, suggesting the high potential for use of this combination with future mobile IT products. PMID:25064640

  13. Investigation of the strength of H440 graphite when subjected to combined primary and secondary stress

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    Anderson, C.A.; Fly, G.W.; Lundberg, L.B.; Romero, J.A.

    1986-04-01

    An experimental and analytical investigation of the strength of a fine-grained graphite, H440, under combined mechanical and thermal stress is described. Small sample laboratory tests were carried out to establish a mechanical property data base from which statistical parameters could be determined and then used in finite element codes for predicting failure probabilities of large graphite structural components under load. The theory was applied to graphite rings under an imposed thermal stress from a heat flux applied to the inner surface of the rings and under mechhanical stress caused by diametrically opposed concentrated loads applied to the outer surface of the rings. Rings of H440 graphite were fabricated in two sizes and tested to the combined thermal and mechanical loadings. From the results of theory and the experiments, a design rule for combining mechanical and thermal stress in graphite structural components is proposed.

  14. A combined wet/dry sipping cell for investigating failed TRIGA fuel elements

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    Hammer, J.; Gallhammer, H.; Bock, H.

    1988-07-01

    Investigation for a failed TRIGA fuel element is performed with the help of a combined wet/dry sipping cell, which has been designed and fabricated at the Atominstitut Vienna. In this sipping cell a TRIGA fuel element can be studied for fission product release, both at normal and at elevated temperatures. This report describes the design features of the sipping cell and the fission product identification procedure with the help of a high purity Germanium detector and a multichannel analyzer.

  15. Investigation of developmental toxicity and teratogenicity of cyclosporine A, tacrolimus and their combinations with prednisolone.

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    Unver Dogan, Nadire; Uysal, Ismihan Ilknur; Fazliogullari, Zeliha; Karabulut, Ahmet Kagan; Acar, Hasan

    2016-06-01

    In this study, it was aimed to investigate the toxic and teratogenic effects of cyclosporine A and tacrolimus and their combinations with prednisolone using an in vitro rat embryo culture technique. Cyclosporine A (4-40 μg/ml), tacrolimus (1-20 μg/ml) and combinations of these drugs with prednisolone (20 μg/ml) at different concentrations were tested. Cyclosporine A and its combination with prednisolone were determined to have toxic effects on embryonic growth after 10 μg/ml. When used alone, the lowest dose of tacrolimus had embryotoxic effects on the total morphological score and number of somites. It was determined that cyclosporine A caused hematoma at 4 μg/ml and higher doses, and tacrolimus especially at 20 μg/ml caused an open neural tube beside hematoma. It was observed that cyclosporine A at 40 μg/ml dose initiated apoptotic effects at a very low rate, prednisolone increased this effect, tacrolimus led to excessive apoptosis after 15 μg/ml, and this effect did not change with prednisolone supplement. We are of the opinion that the doses should be determined carefully when cyclosporine A and tacrolimus are required to be administered to pregnant women with prednisolone combination, as prednisolone increases the toxic effects of cyclosporine A, and increases teratogenic effects of tacrolimus. PMID:26993750

  16. Aeroacoustics of rectangular T-junctions subject to combined grazing and bias flows - An experimental investigation

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    Holmberg, Andreas; Karlsson, Mikael; Åbom, Mats

    2015-03-01

    Scattering matrices are determined experimentally and used to study the low-amplitude interaction, between the acoustic and the hydrodynamic fields in a T-junction of rectangular ducts. In particular, combinations of grazing and bias flows are investigated in the study. It is observed that for all flow combinations, waves incident on the junction at the downstream side only are attenuated, while waves incident at the other branches may be amplified or attenuated, depending on the Strouhal number. When bias in-flow is introduced to a grazing flow, there is first an increase and then a decrease in both amplification and attenuation, as the bias in-flow Mach number is increased. Comparing with T-junctions of circular ducts, the interaction is stronger for rectangular duct junctions.

  17. Combining discriminative SVM models for the improved recognition of investigator names in medical articles

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    Zhang, Xiaoli; Zou, Jie; Le, Daniel X.; Thoma, George R.

    2013-01-01

    Investigators are people who are listed as members of corporate organizations but not entered as authors in an article. Beginning with journals published in 2008, investigator names are required to be included in a new bibliographic field in MEDLINE citations. Automatic extraction of investigator names is necessary due to the increase in collaborative biomedical research and consequently the large number of such names. We implemented two discriminative SVM models, i.e., SVM and structural SVM, to identify named entities such as the first and last names of investigators from online medical journal articles. Both approaches achieve good performance at the word and name chunk levels. We further conducted an error analysis and found that SVM and structural SVM can offer complementary information about the patterns to be classified. Hence, we combined the two independently trained classifiers where the SVM is chosen as a base learner with its outputs enhanced by the predictions from the structural SVM. The overall performance especially the recall rate of investigator name retrieval exceeds that of the standalone SVM model.

  18. Investigation of new material combinations for hard x-ray telescope designs

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    Jensen, C. P.; Madsen, K. K.; Christensen, F. E.

    2006-06-01

    The materials chosen for depth graded multilayer designs for hard x-ray telescopes (10 keV to 80 keV) have until now been focusing on W/Si, W/SiC, Pt/C, and Pt/SiC. These material combinations have been chosen because of good stability over time and low interface roughness, However both W and Pt have absorption edges in the interesting energy range from 70 - 80 keV. If looking at the optical constants Cu and Ni would be good alternative high-Z candidates since the k-absorption edges in Cu and Ni is below 10 keV. We have investigated both of these materials as the reflecting layer in combination with SiC as the spacer layer and give the performance in terms of roughness, minimum obtainable d-spacing and stability over time as deposited in our planar magnetron sputtering facility. Likewise we review the same properties of WC/SiC coatings which we have previously developed and which allow for very small d-spacings. The combination of WC/SiC or the well established W/SiC with the above mentioned Cu and Ni-containing multilayers in the same stack allows for novel telescope designs operating up to and above 100 keV without the absorption edge structure.

  19. Investigating preferences for color-shape combinations with gaze driven optimization method based on evolutionary algorithms

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    Holmes, Tim; Zanker, Johannes M.

    2013-01-01

    Studying aesthetic preference is notoriously difficult because it targets individual experience. Eye movements provide a rich source of behavioral measures that directly reflect subjective choice. To determine individual preferences for simple composition rules we here use fixation duration as the fitness measure in a Gaze Driven Evolutionary Algorithm (GDEA), which has been demonstrated as a tool to identify aesthetic preferences (Holmes and Zanker, 2012). In the present study, the GDEA was used to investigate the preferred combination of color and shape which have been promoted in the Bauhaus arts school. We used the same three shapes (square, circle, triangle) used by Kandinsky (1923), with the three color palette from the original experiment (A), an extended seven color palette (B), and eight different shape orientation (C). Participants were instructed to look for their preferred circle, triangle or square in displays with eight stimuli of different shapes, colors and rotations, in an attempt to test for a strong preference for red squares, yellow triangles and blue circles in such an unbiased experimental design and with an extended set of possible combinations. We Tested six participants extensively on the different conditions and found consistent preferences for color-shape combinations for individuals, but little evidence at the group level for clear color/shape preference consistent with Kandinsky's claims, apart from some weak link between yellow and triangles. Our findings suggest substantial inter-individual differences in the presence of stable individual associations of color and shapes, but also that these associations are robust within a single individual. These individual differences go some way toward challenging the claims of the universal preference for color/shape combinations proposed by Kandinsky, but also indicate that a much larger sample size would be needed to confidently reject that hypothesis. Moreover, these experiments highlight the

  20. New Mouse Models to Investigate the Efficacy of Drug Combinations in Human Chronic Myeloid Leukemia.

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    Lin, Hanyang; Woolfson, Adrian; Jiang, Xiaoyan

    2016-01-01

    Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) comprises a simple and effective paradigm for generating new insights into the cellular origin, pathogenesis, and treatment of many types of human cancer. In particular, mouse models of CML have greatly facilitated the understanding of the underlying molecular mechanisms and pathogenesis of this disease and have led to the identification of new drug targets that in some cases offer the possibility of functional cure. There are currently three established CML mouse models: the BCR-ABL transgenic model, the BCR-ABL retroviral transduction/transplantation model, and the xenotransplant immunodeficient model. Each has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. Depending on the question of interest, some models may be more appropriate than others. In this chapter, we describe a newly developed xenotransplant mouse model to determine the efficacy of novel therapeutic agents, either alone or in combination. The model facilitates the evaluation of the frequency of leukemic stem cells with long-term leukemia-initiating activity, a critical subcellular population that causes disease relapse and progression, through the utilization of primary CD34(+) CML stem/progenitor cells obtained from CML patients at diagnosis and prior to drug treatment. We have also investigated the effectiveness of new combination treatment strategies designed to prevent the development of leukemia in vivo using BCR-ABL (+) blast crisis cells as a model system. These types of in vivo studies are important for the prediction of individual patient responses to drug therapy, and have the potential to facilitate the design of personalized combination therapy strategies. PMID:27581149

  1. Antibacterial Investigation of Thyme Essential Oil and Its Main Constituents in Combination with Tetracycline.

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    Miladinović, Dragoljub L; Ilić, Budimir S; Kocić, Branislava D; Ćirić, Vojislav M; Nikolić, Dejan M

    2015-08-01

    The chemical composition and antibacterial activity of Thymus glabrescens Willd. (thyme) essential oil were examined, as well as its association with tetracycline. The antibacterial activities of geraniol and thymol, the main constituents of T. glabrescens oil, were also determined. Gas chromatography and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry were used to analyze the chemical composition of the oil. The antibacterial activities of the oil, geraniol, and thymol were investigated by the broth microdilution method. The interactions of the essential oil, geraniol, and thymol with tetracycline, toward five selected strains, were evaluated using the microdilution checkerboard assay. Oxygenated monoterpenes were the most abundant compound class in the oil (57.14%), with geraniol (22.33%) as the major compound. The essential oil exhibited in vitro antibacterial activity against all tested bacterial strains. The combinations, essential oil-tetracycline and thymol-tetracycline, produced synergistic interaction to a greater extent compared with geraniol-tetracycline association. All synergistic combinations reduced the minimum effective dose of the antibiotic and, consequently, minimized its adverse side effects. PMID:25599420

  2. Investigation on centrifugal impeller in an axial-radial combined compressor with inlet distortion

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    Li, Du; Yang, Ce; Zhao, Ben; Zhou, Mi; Qi, Mingxu; Zhang, Jizhong

    2011-12-01

    Assembling an axial rotor and a stator at centrifugal compressor upstream to build an axial-radial combined compressor could achieve high pressure ratio and efficiency by appropriate size augment. Then upstream potential flow and wake effect appear at centrifugal impeller inlet. In this paper, the axial-radial compressor is unsteadily simulated by three-dimensional Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes equations with uniform and circumferential distorted total pressure inlet condition to investigate upstream effect on radial rotor. The results show that span-wise nonuniform total pressure distribution is generated and radial and circumferential combined distortion is formed at centrifugal rotor inlet. The upstream stator wake deflects to rotor rotation direction and decreases with blade span increases. Circumferential distortion causes different separated flow formations at different pitch positions. The tip leakage vortex is suppressed in centrifugal blade passages. Under distorted inlet condition, flow direction of centrifugal impeller leading edge upstream varies evidently near hub and shroud but varies slightly at mid-span. In addition, compressor stage inlet distortion produces remarkable effect on blade loading of centrifugal blade both along chordwise and pitchwise.

  3. Combined Neutron and X-ray Imaging for Non-invasive Investigations of Cultural Heritage Objects

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    Mannes, D.; Schmid, F.; Frey, J.; Schmidt-Ott, K.; Lehmann, E.

    The combined utilization of neutron and X-ray imaging for non-invasive investigations of cultural heritage objects is demonstrated on the example of a short sword found a few years ago in lake Zug, Switzerland. After conservation treatments carried out at the Swiss National Museum the sword was examined at the Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI), Villigen (CH), by means of neutron and X-ray computer tomography (CT). The two types of radiation show different interaction behavior with matter, which makes the two methods complementary. While X-rays show a strong correlation of the attenuation with the atomic number, neutrons demonstrate a high sensitivity for some light elements, such as Hydrogen and thus organic material, while some heavy elements (such as Lead) show high penetrability. The examined object is a composite of metal and organic material, which makes it an ideal example to show the complementarity of the two methods as it features materials, which are rather transparent for one type of radiation, while yielding at the same time high contrast for the other. Only the combination of the two methods made an exhaustive examination of the object possible and allowed to rebuild an accurate replica of the sword.

  4. Investigation of the response of microstructures under the combined effect of mechanical shock and electrostatic forces

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    Younis, Mohammad I; Miles, Ronald; Jordy, Daniel

    2009-01-01

    There is strong experimental evidence for the existence of strange modes of failure of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices under mechanical shock and impact. Such failures have not been explained with conventional models of MEMS. These failures are characterized by overlaps between moving microstructures and stationary electrodes, which cause electrical shorts. This work presents modeling and simulation of MEMS devices under the combination of shock loads and electrostatic actuation, which sheds light on the influence of these forces on the pull-in instability. Our results indicate that the reported strange failures can be attributed to early dynamic pull-in instability. The results show that the combination of a shock load and an electrostatic actuation makes the instability threshold much lower than the threshold predicted, considering the effect of shock alone or electrostatic actuation alone. In this work, a single-degree-of-freedom model is utilized to investigate the effect of the shock–electrostatic interaction on the response of MEMS devices. Then, a reduced-order model is used to demonstrate the effect of this interaction on MEMS devices employing cantilever and clamped–clamped microbeams. The results of the reduced-order model are verified by comparing with finite-element predictions. It is shown that the shock–electrostatic interaction can be used to design smart MEMS switches triggered at a predetermined level of shock and acceleration. PMID:21720492

  5. Hydromechanical behavior of argillaceous rocks investigated by the combination of ESEM and DIC techniques

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    Wang, Linlin; Bornert, Michel; Chanchole, Serge; Héripré, Eva

    2013-04-01

    The hydromechanical behavior of argillaceous rocks, which are possible host rocks for underground radioactive nuclear waste storage, is investigated by means of micromechanical experimental investigations. Strain fields at the micrometric scale of the composite structure of this rock, composed of a clay matrix and other mineral particles (essentially quartz and calcite), are measured by the combination of environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM), in situ testing and digital image correlation technique (DIC). The evolution of argillaceous rocks under pure hydric loading is first investigated. The strain field is strongly heterogeneous, due to the complex hydromechanical interactions between the different components of this material. Moreover, it manifests an anisotropy which is likely to be linked to a preferred orientation of clay particles. The observed nonlinear deformation at high relative humidity (RH) is related not only to damage, but also to the nonlinear swelling of the clay mineral itself, controlled by different local mechanisms depending on RH. Irreversible deformations are observed during hydric cycles, as well as a network of microcracks located in the bulk of the clay matrix and/or at the inclusion-matrix interface. Their occurrence, morphology and localization depend on the rate and direction (humidification/desiccation) of the hydric loading. It is noted that these irreversible phenomena are localized and sometimes counteract each other so that the apparent overall deformation is fairly reversible. Then, the local deformation field of the material under uniaxial compression at three different RH is quantified. To do so, in situ uniaxial compression tests are first conducted maintaining relative humidity constant in the ESEM's chamber, by means of a specifically designed miniaturized test rig. Three types of deformation bands are evidenced under mechanical loading, either normal to stress direction (compaction), parallel (microcracking) or

  6. Investigation of strategies for drug delivery by combination targeting of nanocarriers to multiple epitopes or receptors

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    Papademetriou, Iason Titos

    Development of drug delivery systems (ie. nanocarriers) with controllable composition, architecture, and functionalities is heavily investigated in the field of drug delivery in order to improve clinical interventions. Designing drug nanocarriers which possess targeting properties is critical to enable them to reach the intended site of intervention in the body. To achieve this goal, the surface of drug nanocarriers can be modified with targeting moieties (antibodies, peptides, etc.) addressed to cell surface molecules expressed on the diseased tissues and cells. If these molecules are receptors capable of internalizing bound ligands via endocytosis, targeting can then enable drug transport into cells or across cellular barriers in the body. Yet, addressing nanocarriers to single targets presents limited control over cellular interactions and biodistribution. Since most cell-surface markers are not exclusively expressed in a precise site in vivo, high affinity of targeted nanocarriers may lead to non-desired accumulation in regions of the body associated with low expression. Modification of nanocarriers to achieve combined-targeting (binding to more than one cell-surface receptor) may help modulate binding to cells and also endocytosis, since cell receptors possess distinct functions and features affecting these parameters, such as their expression, location on the plasmalemma, activation in disease, mechanism of endocytosis, etc. Further, targeting nanocarriers to multiple epitopes of the same receptor, a strategy which has never been tested, may also modulate these parameters since they are highly epitope specific. In this dissertation, we investigate the effect of targeting model polymer nanocarriers to: (1) multiple receptors of similar function (intercellular-, platelet-endothelial-, and/or vascular-cell adhesion molecules), (2) multiple receptors of different function (intercellular adhesion molecule 1 and transferrin receptor), or (3) multiple epitopes of

  7. Investigation of hydrogel membranes containing combination of gentamicin and dexamethasone for ocular delivery

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    Prabhu, Prabhakara; Dubey, Akhilesh; Parth, Vinod; Ghate, Vivek

    2015-01-01

    Background: Hydrogel is a cross-linked network of polymers. Water penetrates these network causing swelling and giving the hydrogel a soft and rubbery consistency and there by maintaining the integrity of the membrane. Due to the drawback of conventional therapy for ocular delivery, hydrogel membranes containing the combination of gentamicin (GT) sulfate and dexamethasone (DX) were formulated for the treatment of conjunctivitis. The objective of this study was to formulate and evaluate the hydrogel membranes containing the combination of GT and DX for the treatment of conjunctivitis. Materials and Methods: In the present investigation, hydrogel membranes were prepared by using polymers such as gelatin, polyvinyl alcohol, and chitosan, which were cross-linked using physical/chemical methods. Results: The cross-linking of the membranes was confirmed by Fourier transform infra-red studies. The pH of the membranes ranged from 7.19 to 7.45 and drug content ranged from 69.82% to 89.19%. The hydrogels showed a considerably good swelling ratio ranging from 22.5% to 365.56%. The in vitro drug release study showed that there was a slow and sustained release of the drug from the membranes which were sufficiently cross-linked and followed zero order release. In vivo studies showed that the severity of conjunctivitis was remarkably lowered at day 3 with hydrogel membrane compared to marketed eye drops. Results of unpaired t-test of significance between two groups indicated that the hydrogel membrane showed a better response in the treatment of conjunctivitis compared to the marketed products. Stability studies proved that the formulations could be stable when stored at room temperature. Conclusion: Results of the study indicated that it is possible to develop a safe and physiologically effective hydrogels which are patient compliant. PMID:26682192

  8. Investigating the Contextual Interference Effect Using Combination Sports Skills in Open and Closed Skill Environments

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    Cheong, Jadeera P.G.; Lay, Brendan; Razman, Rizal

    2016-01-01

    This study attempted to present conditions that were closer to the real-world setting of team sports. The primary purpose was to examine the effects of blocked, random and game-based training practice schedules on the learning of the field hockey trap, close dribble and push pass that were practiced in combination. The secondary purpose was to investigate the effects of predictability of the environment on the learning of field hockey sport skills according to different practice schedules. A game-based training protocol represented a form of random practice in an unstable environment and was compared against a blocked and a traditional random practice schedule. In general, all groups improved dribble and push accuracy performance during the acquisition phase when assessed in a closed environment. In the retention phase, there were no differences between the three groups. When assessed in an open skills environment, all groups improved their percentage of successful executions for trapping and passing execution, and improved total number of attempts and total number of successful executions for both dribbling and shooting execution. Between-group differences were detected for dribbling execution with the game-based group scoring a higher number of dribbling successes. The CI effect did not emerge when practicing and assessing multiple sport skills in a closed skill environment, even when the skills were practiced in combination. However, when skill assessment was conducted in a real-world situation, there appeared to be some support for the CI effect. Key points The contextual interference effect was not supported when practicing several skills in combination when the sports skills were assessed in a closed skill environment. There appeared to be some support for the contextual interference effect when sports skills were assessed in an open skill environment, which were similar to a real game situation. A game-based training schedule can be used as an alternative

  9. Investigating the Contextual Interference Effect Using Combination Sports Skills in Open and Closed Skill Environments.

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    Cheong, Jadeera P G; Lay, Brendan; Razman, Rizal

    2016-03-01

    This study attempted to present conditions that were closer to the real-world setting of team sports. The primary purpose was to examine the effects of blocked, random and game-based training practice schedules on the learning of the field hockey trap, close dribble and push pass that were practiced in combination. The secondary purpose was to investigate the effects of predictability of the environment on the learning of field hockey sport skills according to different practice schedules. A game-based training protocol represented a form of random practice in an unstable environment and was compared against a blocked and a traditional random practice schedule. In general, all groups improved dribble and push accuracy performance during the acquisition phase when assessed in a closed environment. In the retention phase, there were no differences between the three groups. When assessed in an open skills environment, all groups improved their percentage of successful executions for trapping and passing execution, and improved total number of attempts and total number of successful executions for both dribbling and shooting execution. Between-group differences were detected for dribbling execution with the game-based group scoring a higher number of dribbling successes. The CI effect did not emerge when practicing and assessing multiple sport skills in a closed skill environment, even when the skills were practiced in combination. However, when skill assessment was conducted in a real-world situation, there appeared to be some support for the CI effect. Key pointsThe contextual interference effect was not supported when practicing several skills in combination when the sports skills were assessed in a closed skill environment.There appeared to be some support for the contextual interference effect when sports skills were assessed in an open skill environment, which were similar to a real game situation.A game-based training schedule can be used as an alternative

  10. Structural investigation of lanthanoid coordination: a combined XANES and molecular dynamics study.

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    D'Angelo, Paola; Zitolo, Andrea; Migliorati, Valentina; Mancini, Giordano; Persson, Ingmar; Chillemi, Giovanni

    2009-11-01

    This is the first systematic study exploring the potentiality of the X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) technique as a structural tool for systems containing lanthanoid(III) ions. A quantitative analysis of the XANES spectra at the K- and L(3)-edges has been carried out for three hydrated lanthanoid(III) ions, namely, Yb, Nd, and Gd, in aqueous solution and in the isostructural trifluoromethanesulfonate salts. The structural and dynamic properties of the hydrated lanthanoid(III) ions in aqueous solution have been investigated by a combined experimental-theoretical approach employing X-ray absorption spectroscopy and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. This method allows one to perform a quantitative analysis of the XANES spectra of ionic solutions using a proper description of the thermal and structural fluctuations. XANES spectra have been computed starting from the MD trajectory, without carrying out any minimization in the structural parameter space. A comparative K- and L(3)-edge XANES data analysis is presented, demonstrating the clear advantages of the L(3)-edge XANES analysis over the K-edge studies for structural investigations of lanthanoid compounds. The second hydration shells provide a detectable contribution to the L(3)-edge spectra while the K-edge data are insensitive to the more distant coordination spheres because of the strong damping and broadening of the signal caused by the extremely large core hole widths. The XANES technique has been found to be a new valuable tool for the structural characterization of metal complexes both in the solid and in the liquid state, especially in the presence of low symmetry. PMID:19788258

  11. A combined TD-DFT and spectroscopic investigation of the solute-solvent interactions of efavirenz.

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    Jordaan, Maryam A; Singh, Parvesh; Martincigh, Bice S

    2016-03-15

    Efavirenz, commercially known as Sustiva® or Stocrin®, is a first-line antiretroviral treatment for HIV/AIDS. The clinical efficacy of efavirenz is, however, hindered by its solubility. We sought to investigate the solute-solvent effects of efavirenz by means of a combined qualitative study implementing UV-visible spectrophotometry, (1)H NMR spectroscopy and time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) calculations. The UV spectrum displayed two main absorbance maxima, band I and band II at 246-260 and 291-295 nm, respectively. A general bathochromic shift was noticed from the non-polar solvent cyclohexane to the most polar solvent DMSO (≈13.69 nm) in band I and a smaller bathochromic (≈2.17 nm) and hyperchromic shift was observed in band II. We propose that these observations are due to the role of the amino (NH) and carbonyl (CO) functionalities which induce charge-transfer and intra- and inter-molecular hydrogen bonding. The aromatic and amine protons showed the most deshielded effects in the observed chemical shifts (δ) in the more polar DMSO-d6 solvent relative to CDCl3. The (1)H NMR chemical shifts observed are due to the increased delocalization of the lone pair electrons of the amino nitrogen with increased polarity of the more polar DMSO solvent. The theoretical reproduction of the UV and (1)H NMR spectra by means of TD-DFT is in good agreement with the experimental results. PMID:26773263

  12. A combined TD-DFT and spectroscopic investigation of the solute-solvent interactions of efavirenz

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    Jordaan, Maryam A.; Singh, Parvesh; Martincigh, Bice S.

    2016-03-01

    Efavirenz, commercially known as Sustiva® or Stocrin®, is a first-line antiretroviral treatment for HIV/AIDS. The clinical efficacy of efavirenz is, however, hindered by its solubility. We sought to investigate the solute-solvent effects of efavirenz by means of a combined qualitative study implementing UV-visible spectrophotometry, 1H NMR spectroscopy and time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) calculations. The UV spectrum displayed two main absorbance maxima, band I and band II at 246-260 and 291-295 nm, respectively. A general bathochromic shift was noticed from the non-polar solvent cyclohexane to the most polar solvent DMSO (≈ 13.69 nm) in band I and a smaller bathochromic (≈ 2.17 nm) and hyperchromic shift was observed in band II. We propose that these observations are due to the role of the amino (NH) and carbonyl (CO) functionalities which induce charge-transfer and intra- and inter-molecular hydrogen bonding. The aromatic and amine protons showed the most deshielded effects in the observed chemical shifts (δ) in the more polar DMSO-d6 solvent relative to CDCl3. The 1H NMR chemical shifts observed are due to the increased delocalization of the lone pair electrons of the amino nitrogen with increased polarity of the more polar DMSO solvent. The theoretical reproduction of the UV and 1H NMR spectra by means of TD-DFT is in good agreement with the experimental results.

  13. Effect of emodin on Candida albicans growth investigated by microcalorimetry combined with chemometric analysis.

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    Kong, W J; Wang, J B; Jin, C; Zhao, Y L; Dai, C M; Xiao, X H; Li, Z L

    2009-07-01

    Using the 3114/3115 thermal activity monitor (TAM) air isothermal microcalorimeter, ampoule mode, the heat output of Candida albicans growth at 37 degrees C was measured, and the effect of emodin on C. albicans growth was evaluated by microcalorimetry coupled with chemometric methods. The similarities between the heat flow power (HFP)-time curves of C. albicans growth affected by different concentrations of emodin were calculated by similarity analysis (SA). In the correspondence analysis (CA) diagram of eight quantitative parameters taken from the HFP-time curves, it could be deduced that emodin had definite dose-effect relationship as the distance between different concentrations of it increased along with the dosage and the effect. From the principal component analysis (PCA) on eight quantitative parameters, the action of emodin on C. albicans growth could be easily evaluated by analyzing the change of values of the main two parameters, growth rate constant k (2) and maximum power output P(2)(m). The coherent results of SA, CA, and PCA showed that emodin at different concentrations had different effects on C. albicans growth metabolism: A low concentration (0-10 microg ml(-1)) poorly inhibited the growth of C. albicans, and a high concentration (15-35 microg ml(-1)) could notably inhibit growth of this fungus. This work provided a useful idea of the combination of microcalorimetry and chemometric analysis for investigating the effect of drug and other compounds on microbes. PMID:19543891

  14. Investigation of the hydrated 7-hydroxy-4-methylcoumarin dimer by combined IR/UV spectroscopy

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    Stamm, A.; Schwing, K.; Gerhards, M.

    2014-11-21

    The first molecular beam investigations on a coumarin dimer and clusters of a coumarin dimer with water both in the neutral (S{sub 0}) and cationic (D{sub 0}) electronic ground state are performed. The structure and structural changes due to ionization of the isolated 7-hydroxy-4-methylcoumarin dimer (7H4MC){sub 2} as well as its mono- and dihydrate (7H4MC){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 1-2} are analyzed by applying combined IR/UV spectroscopy compared with density functional theory calculations. In case of the neutral dimer of 7H4MC a doubly hydrogen-bonded structure is formed. This doubly hydrogen-bonded arrangement opens to a singly hydrogen-bonded structure in the ion presenting a rearrangement reaction within an isolated dimer. By attaching one or two water molecules to the neutral 7H4MC dimer water is inserted into the hydrogen bonds. In contrast to the non-hydrated species this general binding motif with water in a bridging function does not change via ionization but especially for the dihydrate the spatial arrangement of the two 7H4MC units changes strengthening the interaction between the aromatic chromophores. The presented analyses illustrate the strong dependence of binding motifs as a function of successive hydration and charge including a rearrangement reaction.

  15. A combined theoretical and experimental investigation of uranium dioxide under high static pressure

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    Crowhurst, J. C.; Jeffries, J. R.; Åberg, D.; Zaug, J. M.; Dai, Z. R.; Siekhaus, W. J.; Teslich, N. E.; Holliday, K. S.; Knight, K. B.; Nelson, A. J.; Hutcheon, I. D.

    2015-07-01

    We have investigated the behavior of uranium dioxide (UO2) under high static pressure using a combination of experimental and theoretical techniques. We have made Raman spectroscopic measurements up to 87 GPa, electrical transport measurements up to 50 GPa from 10 K to room temperature, and optical transmission measurements up to 28 GPa. We have also carried out theoretical calculations within the GGA + U framework. We find that Raman frequencies match to a large extent, theoretical predictions for the cotunnite (Pnma) structure above 30 GPa, but at higher pressures some behavior is not captured theoretically. The Raman measurements also imply that the low-pressure fluorite phase coexists with the cotunnite phase up to high pressures, consistent with earlier reports. Electrical transport measurements show that the resistivity decreases by more than six orders of magnitude with increasing pressure up to 50 GPa but that the material never adopts archetypal metallic behavior. Optical transmission spectra show that while UO2 becomes increasingly opaque with increasing pressure, a likely direct optical band gap of more than 1 eV exists up to at least 28 GPa. Together with the electrical transport measurements, we conclude that the high pressure electrical conductivity of UO2 is mediated by variable-range hopping.

  16. Investigation of metal ion extraction and aggregate formation combining acidic and neutral organophosphorous reagents

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    Braatz, A.D.; Nilsson, M.; Ellis, R.; Antonio, M.

    2013-07-01

    In the present study, we investigate how varying mixtures of tri-n-butyl phosphate (TBP) and dibutyl phosphate (HDBP) results in enhanced extraction of lanthanum(III), La{sup 3+}, and dysprosium(III), Dy{sup 3+}. Water and metal ion extraction were carefully monitored as a function of TBP:HDBP mole ratio.In addition to these techniques, EXAFS was used to determine the coordination environment of the metal ion in this system. To produce the necessary signal, a concentration of 1.25*10{sup -3} M La{sup 3+} and Dy{sup 3+} was used. Although previous studies of synergistic extraction of metal cations using combinations of neutral and acidic reagents explain the enhanced extraction by increased dehydration of the metal ion and the formation of mixed extractant complexes, our evidence for the increased water extraction coupled with the aggregate formation suggests a reverse micellar aspect to synergism in the system containing TBP and HDBP. It is quite possible that both of these phenomena contribute to our system behavior. The EXAFS data shows that, based on coordination numbers alone, several possible structures may exist. From this study, we cannot provide a definitive answer as to the nature of extraction in this system or the exact complex formed during extraction.

  17. Unravelling the mechanism of glycerol hydrogenolysis over rhodium catalyst through combined experimental-theoretical investigations.

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    Auneau, Florian; Michel, Carine; Delbecq, Françoise; Pinel, Catherine; Sautet, Philippe

    2011-12-01

    We report herein a detailed and accurate study of the mechanism of rhodium-catalysed conversion of glycerol into 1,2-propanediol and lactic acid. The first step of the reaction is particularly debated, as it can be either dehydration or dehydrogenation. It is expected that these elementary reactions can be influenced by pH variations and by the nature of the gas phase. These parameters were consequently investigated experimentally. On the other hand, there was a lack of knowledge about the behaviour of glycerol at the surface of the metallic catalyst. A theoretical approach on a model Rh(111) surface was thus implemented in the framework of density functional theory (DFT) to describe the above-mentioned elementary reactions and to calculate the corresponding transition states. The combination of experiment and theory shows that the dehydrogenation into glyceraldehyde is the first step for the glycerol transformation on the Rh/C catalyst in basic media under He or H(2) atmosphere. PMID:22069214

  18. Combining a semantic differential with fMRI to investigate brands as cultural symbols

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    Rotte, Michael

    2010-01-01

    Traditionally, complex cultural symbols like brands are investigated with psychological approaches. Often this is done by using semantic differentials, in which participants are asked to rate a brand regarding different pairs of adjectives. Only recently, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has been used to examine brands. In the current work we used fMRI in combination with a semantic differential to cross-validate both methods and to improve the characterization of the basic factors constituting the semantic space. To this end we presented pictures of brands while recording subject's brain activity during an fMRI experiment. Results of the semantic differential arranged the brands in a semantic space illustrating their relationships to other cultural symbols. FMRI results revealed activation of the medial prefrontal cortex for brands that loaded high on the factor ‘social competence’, suggesting an involvement of a cortical network associated with social cognitions. In contrast, brands closely related to the factor ‘potency’ showed decreased activity in the superior frontal gyri, possibly related to working memory during task performance. We discuss the results as a different engagement of the prefrontal cortex when perceiving brands as cultural symbols. PMID:20080877

  19. Combined Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Lightcraft no. 200 Aerodynamics at Mach 3

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    Droz, I. M.; Myrabo, L. N.; McInerney, J. P.

    2008-04-28

    The combined experimental and numerical research study investigated the supersonic aerodynamics of a Type 200 laser lightcraft at Mach 3 and {approx}18 km altitude. Several 1 inch (2.54 cm) and 1.25 inch (3.175 cm) diameter lightcraft models with 'closed' axisymmetric inlets were machined from 6061-T6 aluminum and tested in RPI's vacuum-driven Mach 3 wind tunnel. Schlieren photographs were taken of the unpowered models in both axial- and lateral-flight (i.e., 'Frisbee' mode) directions, then compared and contrasted with CFD predictions using Fluent registered . One 1.25 inch axial flight model was fitted with a piezoelectric load cell to measure axial drag forces. Preliminary measurements of aerodynamic lift forces in the lateral flight mode were recorded as a function of angle of attack, using a special strain guage sting balance with an adjustable elbow. The bow shock structure captured in Schlieren photographs correlated well with CFD simulations, as well as with shockwave theory for common conical noses. In these axial flight model tests, slight differences were noted between the Schlieren photos and CFD density contour plots, especially with regard to the secondary shock structure; CFD results predicted these shocks closer to the shroud than nature would have it.

  20. Clinical efficiency investigation of laparoscopic uterine artery occlusion combined with myomectomy for uterine fibroids.

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    Yin, Xiang-Hua; Gao, Ling-Ling; Gu, Yang; Song, Jing-Zhe; Gao, Jing; Ji, Xiao-Ping

    2014-01-01

    To investigate the effectiveness of laparoscopic uterine artery occlusion combined with myomectomy for uterine fibroids. From August 2008 to August 2009, forty-eight women with uterine fibroids desiring to preserve their uteri underwent laparoscopic myomectomy. Among them, 18 women received laparoscopic uterine artery occlusion before uterine myomectomy while the others received laparoscopic myomectomy only. All of the 48 cases with uterine fibroids underwent laparoscopic myomectomy successfully, and no patient developed Intraoperative or postoperative complications. The average operation time was (105.6±27.6) min, and the average surgical blood loss was (87.52±18.35) ml. Blocking uterine artery before laparoscopic myomectomy is valuable and feasible for the management of women with symptomatic fibroids. Adopting this method can obtain pleasing therapeutic effect. The method can reduce blood loss thus make the surgical field clean and clear, and it can reduce the operating time and recurrence rate. It can also reduce electro-coagulation on the surgical surface and therefore cause less tissue necrosis and lower incidence of complications. PMID:24995096

  1. Clinical efficiency investigation of laparoscopic uterine artery occlusion combined with myomectomy for uterine fibroids

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    Yin, Xiang-Hua; Gao, Ling-Ling; Gu, Yang; Song, Jing-Zhe; Gao, Jing; Ji, Xiao-Ping

    2014-01-01

    To investigate the effectiveness of laparoscopic uterine artery occlusion combined with myomectomy for uterine fibroids. From August 2008 to August 2009, forty-eight women with uterine fibroids desiring to preserve their uteri underwent laparoscopic myomectomy. Among them, 18 women received laparoscopic uterine artery occlusion before uterine myomectomy while the others received laparoscopic myomectomy only. All of the 48 cases with uterine fibroids underwent laparoscopic myomectomy successfully, and no patient developed Intraoperative or postoperative complications. The average operation time was (105.6±27.6) min, and the average surgical blood loss was (87.52±18.35) ml. Blocking uterine artery before laparoscopic myomectomy is valuable and feasible for the management of women with symptomatic fibroids. Adopting this method can obtain pleasing therapeutic effect. The method can reduce blood loss thus make the surgical field clean and clear, and it can reduce the operating time and recurrence rate. It can also reduce electro-coagulation on the surgical surface and therefore cause less tissue necrosis and lower incidence of complications. PMID:24995096

  2. Combined Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Lightcraft ♯200 Aerodynamics at Mach 3

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    Droz, I. M.; Myrabo, L. N.; McInerney, J. P.

    2008-04-01

    The combined experimental and numerical research study investigated the supersonic aerodynamics of a Type 200 laser lightcraft at Mach 3 and ˜18 km altitude. Several 1 inch (2.54 cm) and 1.25 inch (3.175 cm) diameter lightcraft models with "closed" axisymmetric inlets were machined from 6061-T6 aluminum and tested in RPI's vacuum-driven Mach 3 wind tunnel. Schlieren photographs were taken of the unpowered models in both axial- and lateral-flight (i.e., "Frisbee" mode) directions, then compared and contrasted with CFD predictions using Fluent®. One 1.25 inch axial flight model was fitted with a piezoelectric load cell to measure axial drag forces. Preliminary measurements of aerodynamic lift forces in the lateral flight mode were recorded as a function of angle of attack, using a special strain guage sting balance with an adjustable elbow. The bow shock structure captured in Schlieren photographs correlated well with CFD simulations, as well as with shockwave theory for common conical noses. In these axial flight model tests, slight differences were noted between the Schlieren photos and CFD density contour plots, especially with regard to the secondary shock structure; CFD results predicted these shocks closer to the shroud than nature would have it.

  3. Investigation of the hydrated 7-hydroxy-4-methylcoumarin dimer by combined IR/UV spectroscopy.

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    Stamm, A; Schwing, K; Gerhards, M

    2014-11-21

    The first molecular beam investigations on a coumarin dimer and clusters of a coumarin dimer with water both in the neutral (S0) and cationic (D0) electronic ground state are performed. The structure and structural changes due to ionization of the isolated 7-hydroxy-4-methylcoumarin dimer (7H4MC)2 as well as its mono- and dihydrate (7H4MC)2(H2O)1-2 are analyzed by applying combined IR/UV spectroscopy compared with density functional theory calculations. In case of the neutral dimer of 7H4MC a doubly hydrogen-bonded structure is formed. This doubly hydrogen-bonded arrangement opens to a singly hydrogen-bonded structure in the ion presenting a rearrangement reaction within an isolated dimer. By attaching one or two water molecules to the neutral 7H4MC dimer water is inserted into the hydrogen bonds. In contrast to the non-hydrated species this general binding motif with water in a bridging function does not change via ionization but especially for the dihydrate the spatial arrangement of the two 7H4MC units changes strengthening the interaction between the aromatic chromophores. The presented analyses illustrate the strong dependence of binding motifs as a function of successive hydration and charge including a rearrangement reaction. PMID:25416888

  4. Urban shear-wave reflection seismics: Reconstruction support by combined shallow seismic and engineering geology investigations

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    Polom, U.; Guenther, A.; Arsyad, I.; Wiyono, P.; Krawczyk, C. M.

    2009-12-01

    After the big 2004 Sumatra-Andaman earthquake, the massive reconstruction activities in the Aceh province (Northern Sumatra) were promoted by the Republic of Indonesia and the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. The aims of the project MANGEONAD (Management of Georisk Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam). are to establish geoscientific on the ground support for a sustainable development and management of save building constructions, lifelines, infrastructure and also natural resources. Therefore, shallow shear-wave reflection seismics was applied in close combination to engineering geology investigations in the period between 2005-2009 since depth and internal structure of the Krueng Aceh River delta (mainly young alluvial sediments) were widely unknown. Due to the requirements in the densely populated Banda Aceh region, lacking also traffic infrastructure, a small and lightweight engineering seismic setup of high mobility and high subsurface resolution capability was chosen. The S-wave land streamer system with 48 channels was applied successfully together with the ELVIS vibratory source using S- and P-waves on paved roads within the city of Banda Aceh. The performance of the S-wave system enabled the detailed seismic investigation of the shallow subsurface down to 50-150 m depth generating shaking frequencies between 20 Hz to 200 Hz. This also provides depth information extending the maximum depths of boreholes and Standard Penetrometer Testings (SPT), which could only be applied to max. 20 m depth. To integrate the results gained from all three methods, and further to provide a fast statistical analysis tool for engineering use, the Information System Engineering Geology (ISEG, BGR) was developed. This geospatial information tool includes the seismic data, all borehole information, geotechnical SPT and laboratory results from samples available in the investigation area. Thereby, the geotechnical 3D analysis of the subsurface units is enabled. The

  5. Combination of optically measured coordinates and displacements for quantitative investigation of complex objects

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    Andrae, Peter; Beeck, Manfred-Andreas; Jueptner, Werner P. O.; Nadeborn, Werner; Osten, Wolfgang

    1996-09-01

    Holographic interferometry makes it possible to measure high precision displacement data in the range of the wavelength of the used laser light. However, the determination of 3D- displacement vectors of objects with complex surfaces requires the measurement of 3D-object coordinates not only to consider local sensitivities but to distinguish between in-plane deformation, i.e. strains, and out-of-plane components, i.e. shears, too. To this purpose both the surface displacement and coordinates have to be combined and it is advantageous to make the data available for CAE- systems. The object surface has to be approximated analytically from the measured point cloud to generate a surface mesh. The displacement vectors can be assigned to the nodes of this surface mesh for visualization of the deformation of the object under test. They also can be compared to the results of FEM-calculations or can be used as boundary conditions for further numerical investigations. Here the 3D-object coordinates are measured in a separate topometric set-up using a modified fringe projection technique to acquire absolute phase values and a sophisticated geometrical model to map these phase data onto coordinates precisely. The determination of 3D-displacement vectors requires the measurement of several interference phase distributions for at least three independent sensitivity directions depending on the observation and illumination directions as well as the 3D-position of each measuring point. These geometric quantities have to be transformed into a reference coordinate system of the interferometric set-up in order to calculate the geometric matrix. The necessary transformation can be realized by means of a detection of object features in both data sets and a subsequent determination of the external camera orientation. This paper presents a consistent solution for the measurement and combination of shape and displacement data including their transformation into simulation systems. The

  6. Using Combined Temperature, Flow and Level Data to Investigate River-Aquifer Interaction Scaling Issue

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    McCallum, A. M.; Andersen, M. S.; Rau, G. C.; Acworth, I.

    2011-12-01

    Interactions between surface water and groundwater need to be understood for the water resource to be managed appropriately (Winter et al., 1998). However, these can vary at different spatial and temporal scales making quantification of them difficult. Using heat as a natural tracer of water movement has increasingly become popular. The method utilises the natural daily temperature fluctuations within a surface water body which, by the processes of conduction and convention, leads to a temperature response at depth. However, how such point measurements relate to larger scales remains uncertain. In this paper a combination of temperature, flow and level data, collected in a semi-arid region of Australia, are used to investigate this issue. The studied river reach has two flow gauges separated by 34 km which makes computing differential flows (i.e. losses or gains from river) possible. A field site next to the river has a weather station (recording solar radiation and atmospheric pressure and temperature) and a groundwater piezometer in the riverbank. Six arrays with temperature loggers at four depths to 1 m depth were installed vertically into the riverbed between the two gauges. The top and bottom levels also had pressure transducers. A series of dam-release and storm-induced flow events occurred within the eight-month deployment period. The riverbed and bank responded to the flow events in the river, thereby providing times series of potentially gaining and losing periods. The temperature records in the river and riverbed were filtered to retain the daily signal for computing seepage velocities using the method of Hatch et al. (2006). The seepage velocities obtained ranged from approximately -0.8 to 0.1 m/day. The temporal pattern of seepage velocity was similar between all six sites: the velocities increased during high-flows and reached a near-constant value at low-flows; before and after the main flow event the near-constant value changed, reflecting scouring

  7. Combined experimental and theoretical investigation of interactions between kaolinite inner surface and intercalated dimethyl sulfoxide

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    Zhang, Shuai; Liu, Qinfu; Cheng, Hongfei; Zeng, Fangui

    2015-03-01

    Kaolinite intercalation complex with dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) was investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC) combined with molecular dynamics simulation. The bands assigned to the OH stretching of inner surface of kaolinite were significantly perturbed after intercalation of DMSO into kaolinite. Additionally, the bands attributed to the vibration of gibbsite-like layers of kaolinite shifted to the lower wave number, indicating that the intercalated DMSO were strongly hydrogen bonded to the alumina octahedral surface of kaolinite. The slightly decreased intensity of 1031 cm-1 and 1016 cm-1 band due to the in-plane vibration of Sisbnd O of kaolinite revealed that some DMSO molecules formed weak hydrogen bonds with the silicon tetrahedral surface of kaolinite. Based on the TG result of kaolinite-DMSO intercalation complex, the formula of A12Si2O5(OH)4(DMSO)0.7 was obtained, with which the kaolinite-DMSO complex model was constructed. The molecular dynamics simulation of kaolinite-DMSO complex directly confirmed the monolayer structure of DMSO in interlayer space of kaolinite, where the DMSO arranged almost parallel with kaolinite basal surface with all methyl groups being distributed near the interlayer midplane and oxygen atoms orienting toward to the alumina octahedral surface. The radial distribution function between kaolinite and intercalated DMSO verified the strong hydrogen bonds forming between hydroxyl hydrogen atoms of alumina octahedral surface and oxygen atoms of DMSO. Moreover, some methyl groups of DMSO were weakly hydrogen bonded to the oxygen atoms of silicon tetrahedral surface through the hydrogen atoms. The mean square displacement of DMSO oxygen atoms and hydrogen atoms in z direction kept unchanged during the simulation time because of the hydrogen-bond interaction between inner surface of kaolinite and DMSO, which constrained the mobility

  8. Investigation of alveolar tissue deformations using OCT combined with fluorescence microscopy

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    Gaertner, Maria; Cimalla, Peter; Knels, Lilla; Meissner, Sven; Schnabel, Christian; Kuebler, Wolfgang M.; Koch, Edmund

    2011-06-01

    In critical care medicine, artificial ventilation is a life saving tool providing sufficient blood oxygenation to patients suffering from respiratory failure. Essential for their survival is the use of protective ventilation strategies to prevent further lung damage due to ventilator induced lung injury (VILI). Since there is only little known about implications of lung tissue overdistension on the alveolar level, especially in the case of diseased lungs, this research deals with the investigation of lung tissue deformation on a microscale. A combined setup utilizing optical coherence tomography (OCT) and confocal fluorescence microscopy, is used to study the elastic behavior of the alveolar tissue. Three-dimensional geometrical information with voxel sizes of 6 μm × 6 μm × 11 μm (in air) is provided by OCT, structural information about localization of elastin fibers is elucidated via confocal fluorescence microscopy with a lateral resolution of around 1 μm. Imaging depths of 90 μm for OCT and 20 μm for confocal fluorescence microscopy were obtained. Dynamic studies of subpleural tissue were carried out on the basis of an in vivo mouse model post mortem, mimicking the physiological environment of an intact thorax and facilitating a window for the application of optical methods. Morphological changes were recorded by applying constant positive airway pressures of different values. With this, alveolar volume changes could clearly be recognized and quantified to form a compliance value of 3.5 • 10-6(see manuscript). The distribution of elastin fibers was detected and will be subject to further elasticity analysis.

  9. Deterioration of hardened cement paste under combined sulphate-chloride attack investigated by synchrotron XRD

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    Stroh, J.; Meng, B.; Emmerling, F.

    2016-06-01

    The exact mechanisms of the phase transitions caused by a combined sulphate-chloride attack are discussed controversially. The main points concern the mutual influences of sulphate and chloride ions during the secondary binding processes of these anions within cement hydrate phases. We simulated combined sulphate-chloride attack under laboratory conditions using solutions containing NaCl and Na2SO4 in different concentrations. Three sample compositions were used for the preparation of the specimens. In two of them, 30% of Portland cement was replaced by supplementary cementitious materials (fly ash, slag). The phase distribution in the samples was determined using synchrotron X-ray diffraction. The analysis with high spatial resolution allows the localisation of the secondary phase formation in the microstructural profile of the sample. A mechanism of the phase developments under combined sulphate-chloride attack is derived.

  10. Experimental investigation on yield behavior of PMMA under combined shear-compression loading

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    Zhang, Jianjun; Jin, Tao; Wang, Zhihua; Zhao, Longmao

    The work experimentally studies the yielding behavior of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) at three different loading rates through a developed combined shear-compression test technique which contains a universal materials testing machine, mental blocks with double beveled ends (combined shear-compression loading setup) and a column sleeve made of Teflon. The results show that the failure loci agree well with theoretical predictions involving the strain rate dependence, which indicates the validity of this test method. Additionally, the experimental data enrich the previous experimental work about polymer yielding surface in the principle stress space.

  11. Investigation of different combinations of estrogen therapy and radiation therapy on prostatic adenocarcinoma (R-3327)

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    Camuzzi, F.; Block, N.L.; Stover, B.; Gottlieb, C.; Charyulu, K.; Politano, V.A.

    1980-05-01

    The relative effectiveness of different combinations of estrogen therapy and radiation therapy against the R-3327 prostatic adenocarcinoma of the Copenhagen rat was studied. Because of similar actions of estrogens and radiation in the cell cycle, and possibly antagonistic effects reported in the clinical literature, we looked for an antagonism between these two therapeutic modalities. Radiation therapy consistently showed a greater tumor inhibitory effect than estrogen therapy alone at the dose tested. Combinations of radiation therapy with hormonal manipulation did not appear to show a greater inhibition of tumor growth than radiation therapy alone. There also did not appear to be an antagonistic effect between these two modalities in this system.

  12. Investigating Academic Phraseology through Combinations of Very Frequent Words: A Methodological Exploration

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    Vincent, Benet

    2013-01-01

    This study demonstrates an approach based on findings from phraseology which can be used to identify potentially useful phrases in a text by starting with continuous or discontinuous sequences of very frequent words. These combinations are then searched in a corpus of academic texts to find their common collocates and ascertain whether the…

  13. Combined investigation of Eddy current and ultrasonic techniques for composite materials NDE

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    Davis, C. W.; Nath, S.; Fulton, J. P.; Namkung, M.

    1993-01-01

    Advanced composites are not without trade-offs. Their increased designability brings an increase in the complexity of their internal geometry and, as a result, an increase in the number of failure modes associated with a defect. When two or more isotropic materials are combined in a composite, the isotropic material failure modes may also combine. In a laminate, matrix delamination, cracking and crazing, and voids and porosity, will often combine with fiber breakage, shattering, waviness, and separation to bring about ultimate structural failure. This combining of failure modes can result in defect boundaries of different sizes, corresponding to the failure of each structural component. This paper discusses a dual-technology NDE (Non Destructive Evaluation) (eddy current (EC) and ultrasonics (UT)) study of graphite/epoxy (gr/ep) laminate samples. Eddy current and ultrasonic raster (Cscan) imaging were used together to characterize the effects of mechanical impact damage, high temperature thermal damage and various types of inserts in gr/ep laminate samples of various stacking sequences.

  14. Is Combining Child Labour and School Education the Right Approach? Investigating the Cambodian Case

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    Kim, Chae-Young

    2009-01-01

    The paper considers whether letting children combine work and school is a valid and effective approach in Cambodia. Policy makers' suggestions that child labour should be allowed to some extent due to household poverty appear ungrounded as no significant relation between children's work and household poverty is found while arranging school…

  15. Combined investigation of Eddy current and ultrasonic techniques for composite materials NDE

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    Davis, C.W.; Nath, S.; Fulton, J.P.; Namkung, M.

    1993-12-31

    Advanced composites are not without trade-offs. Their increased designability brings an increase in the complexity of their internal geometry and, as a result, an increase in the number of failure modes associated with a defect. When two or more isotropic materials are combined in a composite, the isotropic material failure modes may also combine. In a laminate, matrix delamination, cracking and crazing, and voids and porosity, will often combine with fiber breakage, shattering, waviness, and separation to bring about ultimate structural failure. This combining of failure modes can result in defect boundaries of different sizes, corresponding to the failure of each structural component. This paper discusses a dual-technology NDE (Non Destructive Evaluation) (eddy current (EC) and ultrasonics (UT)) study of graphite/epoxy (gr/ep) laminate samples. Eddy current and ultrasonic raster (Cscan) imaging were used together to characterize the effects of mechanical impact damage, high temperature thermal damage and various types of inserts in gr/ep laminate samples of various stacking sequences.

  16. Application of the power-combining algorithm to the investigation of vacuum tubes with prolonged interaction

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    Bobrovskii, Iu. L.; Zarembskii, S. R.

    1986-10-01

    The paper examines an algorithm for combining the powers of an arbitrary number of nonidentical voltage and current sources that are precisely defined in the self-matching process. An equivalent circuit is obtained, and formulas are presented for the application of this algorithm to the study of microwave tubes with prolonged interaction.

  17. Combined structural and magnetotelluric investigation across the West Fault Zone in northern Chile

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    Hoffmann-Rothe, Arne

    2002-08-01

    The characterisation of the internal architecture of large-scale fault zones is usually restricted to the outcrop-based investigation of fault-related structural damage on the Earth's surface. A method to obtain information on the downward continuation of a fault is to image the subsurface electrical conductivity structure. This work deals with such a combined investigation of a segment of the West Fault, which itself is a part of the more than 2000 km long trench-linked Precordilleran Fault System in the northern Chilean Andes. Activity on the fault system lasted from Eocene to Quaternary times. In the working area (22°04'S, 68°53'W), the West Fault exhibits a clearly defined surface trace with a constant strike over many tens of kilometers. Outcrop condition and morphology of the study area allow ideally for a combination of structural geology investigation and magnetotelluric (MT) / geomagnetic depth sounding (GDS) experiments. The aim was to achieve an understanding of the correlation of the two methods and to obtain a comprehensive view of the West Fault's internal architecture. Fault-related brittle damage elements (minor faults and slip-surfaces with or without striation) record prevalent strike-slip deformation on subvertically oriented shear planes. Dextral and sinistral slip events occurred within the fault zone and indicate reactivation of the fault system. Youngest deformation increments mapped in the working area are extensional and the findings suggest a different orientation of the extension axes on either side of the fault. Damage element density increases with approach to the fault trace and marks an approximately 1000 m wide damage zone around the fault. A region of profound alteration and comminution of rocks, about 400 m wide, is centered in the damage zone. Damage elements in this central part are predominantly dipping steeply towards the east (70-80°). Within the same study area, the electrical conductivity image of the subsurface was

  18. Investigation of faulted tunnel models by combined photoelasticity and finite element analysis

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    Ladkany, S.G.; Huang, Y.

    1994-05-01

    Models of square and circular tunnels with short faults cutting through their surfaces are investigated by photoelasticity. These models, when duplicated by finite element analysis can predict the stress states of square or circular faulted tunnels adequately. Finite element analysis, using gap elements, may be used to investigate full size faulted tunnel system.

  19. Investigation of faulted tunnel models by combined photoelasticity and finite element analysis

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    Ladkany, S.G.; Huang, Yuping

    1994-12-31

    Models of square and circular tunnels with short faults cutting through their surfaces are investigated by photoelasticity. These models, when duplicated by finite element analysis can predict the stress states of square or circular faulted tunnels adequately. Finite element analysis, using gap elements, may be used to investigate full size faulted tunnel system.

  20. Defining the optimal murine models to investigate immune checkpoint blockers and their combination with other immunotherapies.

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    Sanmamed, M F; Chester, C; Melero, I; Kohrt, H

    2016-07-01

    The recent success of checkpoint blockers to treat cancer has demonstrated that the immune system is a critical player in the war against cancer. Historically, anticancer therapeutics have been tested in syngeneic mouse models (with a fully murine immune system) or in immunodeficient mice that allow the engraftment of human xenografts. Animal models with functioning human immune systems are critically needed to more accurately recapitulate the complexity of the human tumor microenvironment. Such models are integral to better predict tumor responses to both immunomodulatory agents and directly antineoplastic therapies. In this regard, the development of humanized models is a promising, novel strategy that offers the possibility of testing checkpoint blockers' capacity and their combination with other antitumor drugs. In this review, we discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the available animal models regarding their capacity to evaluate checkpoint blockers and checkpoint blocker-based combination immunotherapy. PMID:26912558

  1. Investigations of properties of opal-like photonic crystals using combined methods

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    Akhmadeev, A. A.; Salakhov, M. Kh

    2016-05-01

    We propose a technique that combines atomic force microscopy, optical spectrophotometry and diffraction method for characterization of photonic crystals. These materials are promising for the creation of various devices, as well as for the observation of new effects due to their unique properties. Photonic crystals were synthesized by self-assembly of colloidal silica particles with low deviation in size. It is shown that the developed technique allows to increase the accuracy of determining the parameters of the photonic crystal.

  2. The inward bulge type buckling of monocoque cylinders II : experimental investigation of the buckling in combined bending and compression

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    Hoff, N J; Fuchs, S J; Cirillo, Adam J

    1944-01-01

    This paper is the second part of a series of reports on the inward bulge type buckling of monocoque cylinders. It presents the results of an experimental investigation of buckling in combined bending and compression. In the investigation it was found that the theory developed in part I of the present series predicts the buckling load in combined bending and compression with the same degree of accuracy as the older theory does in pure bending. In the realm covered by the experiments no systematic variation of the parameter N was observed. The analysis of the test results afforded a check on the theories of buckling of a curved panel. The agreement between experiment and theory was reasonably good. In addition, the effect of the end conditions upon the stress distribution under loads and upon initial stresses was investigated.

  3. Investigation of middle ear anatomy and function with combined video otoscopy-phase sensitive OCT.

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    Park, Jesung; Cheng, Jeffrey T; Ferguson, Daniel; Maguluri, Gopi; Chang, Ernest W; Clancy, Caitlin; Lee, Daniel J; Iftimia, Nicusor

    2016-02-01

    We report the development of a novel otoscopy probe for assessing middle ear anatomy and function. Video imaging and phase-sensitive optical coherence tomography are combined within the same optical path. A sound stimuli channel is incorporated as well to study middle ear function. Thus, besides visualizing the morphology of the middle ear, the vibration amplitude and frequency of the eardrum and ossicles are retrieved as well. Preliminary testing on cadaveric human temporal bone models has demonstrated the capability of this instrument for retrieving middle ear anatomy with micron scale resolution, as well as the vibration of the tympanic membrane and ossicles with sub-nm resolution. PMID:26977336

  4. Investigation of middle ear anatomy and function with combined video otoscopy-phase sensitive OCT

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    Park, Jesung; Cheng, Jeffrey T.; Ferguson, Daniel; Maguluri, Gopi; Chang, Ernest W.; Clancy, Caitlin; Lee, Daniel J.; Iftimia, Nicusor

    2016-01-01

    We report the development of a novel otoscopy probe for assessing middle ear anatomy and function. Video imaging and phase-sensitive optical coherence tomography are combined within the same optical path. A sound stimuli channel is incorporated as well to study middle ear function. Thus, besides visualizing the morphology of the middle ear, the vibration amplitude and frequency of the eardrum and ossicles are retrieved as well. Preliminary testing on cadaveric human temporal bone models has demonstrated the capability of this instrument for retrieving middle ear anatomy with micron scale resolution, as well as the vibration of the tympanic membrane and ossicles with sub-nm resolution. PMID:26977336

  5. Combined two-photon imaging, electrophysiological, and anatomical investigation of the human neocortex in vitro.

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    Kerekes, Bálint Péter; Tóth, Kinga; Kaszás, Attila; Chiovini, Balázs; Szadai, Zoltán; Szalay, Gergely; Pálfi, Dénes; Bagó, Attila; Spitzer, Klaudia; Rózsa, Balázs; Ulbert, István; Wittner, Lucia

    2014-07-01

    Spontaneous synchronous population activity (SPA) can be detected by electrophysiological methods in cortical slices of epileptic patients, maintained in a physiological medium in vitro. In order to gain additional spatial information about the network mechanisms involved in the SPA generation, we combined electrophysiological studies with two-photon imaging. Neocortical slices prepared from postoperative tissue of epileptic and tumor patients were maintained in a dual perfusion chamber in a physiological incubation medium. SPA was recorded with a 24-channel extracellular linear microelectrode covering all neocortical layers. After identifying the electrophysiologically active regions of the slice, bolus loading of neuronal and glial markers was applied on the tissue. SPA-related [Formula: see text] transients were detected in a large population of neighboring neurons with two-photon microscopy, simultaneous with extracellular SPA and intracellular whole-cell patch-clamp recordings. The intracellularly recorded cells were filled for subsequent anatomy. The cells were reconstructed in three dimensions and examined with light- and transmission electron microscopy. Combining high spatial resolution two-photon [Formula: see text] imaging techniques and high temporal resolution extra- and intracellular electrophysiology with cellular anatomy may permit a deeper understanding of the structural and functional properties of the human neocortex. PMID:26157969

  6. An Investigation of the Combined Effect of Stress, Fatigue and Workload on Human Performance: Position Paper

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    Mock, Jessica

    2005-01-01

    Stress, fatigue, and workload affect worker performance. NSF reported that 61% of respondents state losing concentration at work while 79% occasionally or frequently made errors as a result of being fatigued. Shift work, altered work schedules, long hours of continuous wakefulness, and sleep loss can create sleep and circadian disruptions that degrade waking fundions causing stress and fatigue. Review of the literature has proven void of information that links the combined effects of fatigue, stress, and workload to human performance. This paper will address which occupational factors within stress, fatigue, and workload were identified as occupational contributors to performance changes. The results of this research will be apglied to underlying models and algorithms that will help predict performance changes in control room operators.

  7. Investigation of dielectric properties of different cake formulations during microwave and infrared-microwave combination baking.

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    Sakiyan, Ozge; Sumnu, Gulum; Sahin, Serpil; Meda, Venkatesh

    2007-05-01

    Dielectric properties can be used to understand the behavior of food materials during microwave processing. Dielectric properties influence the level of interaction between food and high frequency electromagnetic energy. Dielectric properties are, therefore, important in the design of foods intended for microwave preparation. In this study, it was aimed to determine the variation of dielectric properties of different cake formulations during baking in microwave and infrared-microwave combination oven. In addition, the effects of formulation and temperature on dielectric properties of cake batter were examined. Dielectric constant and loss factor of cake samples were shown to be dependent on formulation, baking time, and temperature. The increase in baking time and temperature decreased dielectric constant and loss factor of all formulations. Fat content was shown to increase dielectric constant and loss factor of cakes. PMID:17995773

  8. Combined geophysical, geochemical and geological investigations of geothermal reservoir characteristics in Lower Saxony, Germany

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    Hahne, B.; Thomas, R.

    2012-04-01

    The North German basin provides a significant geothermal potential, although temperature gradients are moderate. However, deep drilling up to several thousand meters is required to reach temperatures high enough for efficient generation of geothermal heat and electric power. In these depths we have not much information yet about relevant physical properties like porosity or permeability of the rock formations. Therefore the costs of developing a geothermal reservoir and the risk of missing the optimum drilling location are high. The collaborative research association "Geothermal Energy and High Performance Drilling" (gebo) unites several universities and research institutes in Lower Saxony, Germany. It aims at a significant increase of economic efficiency by introducing innovative technology and high tech materials resisting temperatures up to 200 °C in the drilling process. Furthermore, a better understanding of the geothermal reservoir is essential. gebo is structured into four main fields: Drilling Technology, Materials, Technical Systems and Geosystem. Here, we show the combined work of the Geosystem group, which focuses on the exploration of geological fault zones as a potential geothermal reservoir as well as on modeling the stress field, heat transport, coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical processes, geochemical interactions and prediction of the long-term behavior of the reservoir. First results include combined seismic and geoelectric images of the Leinetalgraben fault system, a comparison of seismic images from P- and S-wave measurements, mechanical properties of North German rocks from field and laboratory measurements as well as from drill cores, seismological characterization of stimulated reservoirs, a thermodynamic "gebo" database for modeling hydrogeochemical processes in North German formation waters with high salinity and at high temperatures, stress models for specific sites in northern Germany, and modeling results of permeability and heat transport

  9. Combining Diffusion Tensor Imaging and Gray Matter Volumetry to Investigate Motor Functioning in Chronic Stroke

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    Yang, Ming; Yang, Ya-ru; Li, Hui-jun; Lu, Xue-song; Shi, Yong-mei; Liu, Bin; Chen, Hua-jun; Teng, Gao-jun; Chen, Rong; Herskovits, Edward H.

    2015-01-01

    Motor impairment after stroke is related to the integrity of the corticospinal tract (CST). However, considerable variability in motor impairment remains unexplained. To increase the accuracy in evaluating long-term motor function after ischemic stroke, we tested the hypothesis that combining diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and gray matter (GM) volumetry can better characterize long-term motor deficit than either method alone in patients with chronic stroke. We recruited 31 patients whose Medical Research Council strength grade was ≤ 3/5 in the extensor muscles of the affected upper extremity in the acute phase. We used the Upper Extremity Fugl-Meyer (UE-FM) assessment to evaluate motor impairment, and as the primary outcome variable. We computed the fractional anisotropy ratio of the entire CST (CSTratio) and the volume of interest ratio (VOIratio), between ipsilesional and contralesional hemispheres, to explain long-term motor impairment. The results showed that CSTratio, VOIratio of motor-related brain regions, and VOIratio in the temporal lobe were correlated with UE-FM. A multiple regression model including CSTratio and VOIratio of the caudate nucleus explained 40.7% of the variability in UE-FM. The adjusted R2 of the regression model with CSTratio as an independent variable was 29.4%, and that of using VOIratio of the caudate nucleus as an independent variable was 23.1%. These results suggest that combining DTI and GM volumetry may achieve better explanation of long-term motor deficit in stroke patients, than using either measure individually. This finding may provide guidance in determining optimal neurorehabilitative interventions. PMID:25965398

  10. A combined NMR and computational approach to investigate peptide binding to a designed Armadillo repeat protein.

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    Ewald, Christina; Christen, Martin T; Watson, Randall P; Mihajlovic, Maja; Zhou, Ting; Honegger, Annemarie; Plückthun, Andreas; Caflisch, Amedeo; Zerbe, Oliver

    2015-05-22

    The specific recognition of peptide sequences by proteins plays an important role both in biology and in diagnostic applications. Here we characterize the relatively weak binding of the peptide neurotensin (NT) to the previously developed Armadillo repeat protein VG_328 by a multidisciplinary approach based on solution NMR spectroscopy, mutational studies, and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, totaling 20μs for all MD runs. We describe assignment challenges arising from the repetitive nature of the protein sequence, and we present novel approaches to address them. Partial assignments obtained for VG_328 in combination with chemical shift perturbations allowed us to identify the repeats not involved in binding. Their subsequent elimination resulted in a reduced-size binder with very similar affinity for NT, for which near-complete backbone assignments were achieved. A binding mode suggested by automatic docking and further validated by explicit solvent MD simulations is consistent with paramagnetic relaxation enhancement data collected using spin-labeled NT. Favorable intermolecular interactions are observed in the MD simulations for the residues that were previously shown to contribute to binding in an Ala scan of NT. We further characterized the role of residues within the N-cap for protein stability and peptide binding. Our multidisciplinary approach demonstrates that an initial low-resolution picture for a low-micromolar-peptide binder can be refined through the combination of NMR, protein design, docking, and MD simulations to establish its binding mode, even in the absence of crystallographic data, thereby providing valuable information for further design. PMID:25816772

  11. Combined experimental and computational investigation of sterile air flows in surgical environments

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    McNeill, James; Hertzberg, Jean; Zhai, Zhiqiang

    2010-11-01

    Surgical environments in hospitals utilize downward, low-turbulence, sterile air flow across the patient to inhibit transmission of infectious diseases to the surgical site. Full-scale laboratory experiments using particle image velocimetry were conducted to investigate the air distribution above the patient area. Computational fluid dynamics models were developed to further investigate the air distribution within the operating room in order to determine the impact of ventilation design of airborne infectious disease pathways. Both Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes equations and large eddy simulation techniques are currently being used in the computational modeling to study the effect of turbulence modeling on the indoor air distribution. CFD models are being calibrated based on the experimental data and will be used to study the probability of infectious particles entering the sterile region of the room.

  12. Aggregation of 2-aminobenzimidazole--a combined experimental and theoretical investigation.

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    Angelova, Silvia E; Spassova, Milena I; Deneva, Vera V; Rogojerov, Marin I; Antonov, Liudmil M

    2011-06-20

    An investigation of 2-aminobenzimidazole was carried out by calculations at HF, MP2, and DFT levels of theory and also by UV and IR spectroscopy. The quantum chemical calculations predict a full shift of the equilibrium towards the amino form, but the absorption spectra in different solvents distinctly show a two-component equilibrium system. Examination of possible equilibria in solution shows that an equilibrium between two dimeric forms of the amino tautomer of 2-aminobenzimidazole explains the spectral observations. PMID:21567705

  13. A novel approach to investigating indoor/outdoor pollution links: Combined magnetic and PAH measurements

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    Halsall, C. J.; Maher, B. A.; Karloukovski, V. V.; Shah, P.; Watkins, S. J.

    In a preliminary study, paired indoor and outdoor air sampling was conducted at three locations around the city of Lancaster, UK to examine the influence of combustion sources on air quality by measuring particulate concentrations, particulate magnetic properties and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). With one exception (an indoor suburban air sample), outdoor air samples had higher total suspended particulates (TSP), particle-bound PAH concentrations and magnetic remanence (IRM) values. IRM values were highest for the week-day, outdoor city centre samples and then declined in the sequence: Sunday, city centre > suburban/residential > Lancaster University campus. These data indicate traffic as the major particle-bound PAH, particulates and magnetic source, particularly as sampling was conducted during July in the absence of any space heating. The indoor air samples revealed a wide variation in pollutant concentrations, characterised by higher vapour levels of 2-3 ring PAHs, variable TSP concentrations and variable but generally low IRMs. The differences in PAH concentrations, TSP and IRMs between outdoor and indoor environments indicate limited ingress of outdoor air pollutants to the indoor environment in this study. Our combined PAH and magnetic data identify specific and distinctive indoor pollution signals for each of our sampled sites, reflecting distinct sources. One site, the suburban house, has anomalously high IRM, TSP and particle-bound PAHs. A possible source for these is a cast-iron, wood-burning stove (even though not lit). The city centre indoor site is characterised by high TSP and very low IRMs but high values of the magnetic ratio of anhysteretic remanence:saturation remanence, indicative of ultrafine (sub-micrometre) magnetic grain sizes. The source for this city centre indoor signature is unidentified but may reflect the occupant smoking and/or lighting candles. The indoor campus sample was affected by loss-on-ignition procedures carried out in a

  14. Combined helium and metallicity effects on the Cepheid distance scale: a theoretical investigation

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    Fiorentino, G.; Marconi, M.; Musella, I.; Caputo, F.

    The dependence of Cepheid pulsation properties on both helium and metal abundances is investigated on the basis of the results of new computed pulsation models spanning the whole range of metallicities of the galaxies analysed by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Key Project (KP). As a result, the predicted metallicity correction to the KP distance moduli, which rely on the adoption of universal, LMC based, PL relations, turns out to be negligible at the shorter periods (< 10 d) but to become important, and sensitive to the adopted Y to Z enrichment ratio Delta {Y}/Delta {Z}, at longer periods.

  15. ERS-1 Investigations of Southern Ocean Sea Ice Geophysics Using Combined Scatterometer and SAR Images

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    Drinkwater, M.; Early, D.; Long, D.

    1994-01-01

    Coregistered ERS-1 SAR and Scatterometer data are presented for the Weddell Sea, Antarctica. Calibrated image backscatter statistics are extracted from data acquired in regions where surface measurements were made during two extensive international Weddell Sea experiments in 1992. Changes in summer ice-surface conditions, due to temperature and wind, are shown to have a large impact on observed microwave backscatter values. Winter calibrated backscatter distributions are also investigated as a way of describing ice thickness conditions in different location during winter. Coregistered SAR and EScat data over a manned drifting ice station are used to illustrate the seasonal signature changes occurring during the fall freeze-up transition.

  16. Structural and conformational investigation of nemorosone: A combined X-ray and quantum mechanical study

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    Pagano, Bruno; Pavone, Michele; Piccinelli, Anna Lisa; Rastrelli, Luca; Cuesta-Rubio, Osmany; Mattia, Carlo A.; Barone, Vincenzo

    2008-09-01

    Here we report the X-ray crystal structure of nemorosone, a polyprenylated benzophenone derivative that presents biological activity and potential use as antimicrobial, cytotoxic and antioxidant drug. On the basis of crystallographic data, we carried out a theoretical investigation based on state-of-the-art density functional approaches. A remarkable agreement has been found between experimental findings and quantum mechanical results. Furthermore, the theoretical calculations allowed us to dissect the structural and energetic features of the nemorosone molecule, thus paving the route toward the design of new synthetic drugs.

  17. Enhancement in dehydriding performance of magnesium hydride by iron incorporation: A combined experimental and theoretical investigation

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    Chen, Haipeng; Yu, Hao; Zhang, Qianqian; Liu, Bogu; Liu, Pei; Zhou, Xinpei; Han, Zongying; Zhou, Shixue

    2016-08-01

    Structural change and dehydriding mechanism of MgH2 with atomic Fe incorporation from reactive ball milling are characterized and simulated by first-principles calculation. Two kinds of hydrides β- and γ-MgH2 are formed from Mg powders under hydrogen atmosphere by 3.0 h of milling with pretreated anthracite as milling aid. Experimental studies suggest that the atomic Fe can be incorporated onto MgH2 surface by the shearing effect of Fe-based milling balls on Mg/MgH2 particles. The incorporated Fe has a high dispersity on MgH2 surface and can form atomic clusters FeH4/FeH2 by combining with H anions. The dehydriding reaction of the Fe-incorporated MgH2 begins at hydride surface and shows an enhanced performance with apparent activation energy of 110.3 kJ mol-1. Theoretical studies suggest that the incorporated Fe can act as a bridge that contributes to electron transfer from H anion to Mg cation before H2 molecule formation. The intrinsic reason of atomic Fe in catalyzing dehydriding reaction of MgH2 lies in its moderate strength of electron attraction.

  18. Combined finite element and multibody musculoskeletal investigation of a fractured clavicle with reconstruction plate.

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    Cronskär, Marie; Rasmussen, John; Tinnsten, Mats

    2015-01-01

    This paper addresses the evaluation of clavicle fixation devices, by means of computational models. The aim was to develop a method for comparison of stress distribution in various fixation devices, to determine whether the use of multibody musculoskeletal input in such model is applicable and to report the approach. The focus was on realistic loading and the motivation for the work is that the treatment can be enhanced by a better understanding of the loading of the clavicle and fixation device. The method can be used to confirm the strength of customised plates, for optimisation of new plates and to complement experimental studies. A finite element (FE) mesh of the clavicle geometry was created from computed tomography data and imported into the FE solver where the model was subjected to muscle forces and other boundary conditions from a multibody musculoskeletal model performing a typical activity of daily life. A reconstruction plate and screws were also imported into the model. The combination models returned stresses and displacements of plausible magnitudes in all included parts and the result, upon further development and validation, may serve as a design guideline for improved clavicle fixation. PMID:24156391

  19. Thenature of marbled Terra Sigillata slips: a combined mu XRF and mu XRD investigation

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    Leon, Yoanna; Sciau, Philippe; Goudeau, Philippe; Tamura, Nobumichi; Webb, Sam; Mehta, Apurva

    2009-01-31

    In addition to the red terra sigillata production, the largest Gallic workshop (La Graufesenque) made a special type of terra sigillata, called 'marbled' by the archaeologists. Produced exclusively on this site, this pottery is characterized by a surface finish made of a mixture of yellow and red slips. Because the two slips are intimately mixed, it is difficult to obtain the precise composition of one of the two constituents without contamination by the other. In order to obtain very precise correlation at the appropriate scale between the color aspect and the element and mineralogical phase distributions in the slip, combined electron microprobe, x-ray micro spectroscopies and micro diffraction on cross sectional samples were performed. The aim is to discover how potters were able to produce this unique type of terra sigillata and especially this slip showing an intense yellow color. Results show that the yellow component of marbled sigillata was made from a titanium-rich clay preparation. The color is related to the formation of a pseudobrookite (TiFe2O5) phase in the yellow part of the slip, the main characteristics of that structure being considered nowadays as essential for the fabrication of stable yellow ceramic pigments. Its physical properties such as high refractive indices and a melting point higher than that of most silicates widely used as ceramic colorants are indeed determinant for this kind of applications. Finally, the red parts have a similar composition (elementary and mineralogical) to the one of standard red slip.

  20. Combined UV/vis and micro-tomography investigation of acetaminophen dissolution from granules.

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    Kašpar, Ondřej; Tokárová, Viola; Oka, Sarang; Sowrirajan, Koushik; Ramachandran, Rohit; Štěpánek, František

    2013-12-31

    The X-ray micro-tomography (micro-CT) technique has been used to visualize the microstructure of granules produced by high shear wet granulation and the dynamic evolution of porosity during granule dissolution. Using acetaminophen (paracetamol) as the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and microcrystalline cellulose (Avicel PH-200) as an excipient, the porosity of the granules was systematically influenced by the granulation process parameters (binder/solids ratio, impeller speed and wet massing time). An increase of granule porosity from 7% to 10% and 18% lead to a decrease of the dissolution time t90 from 435 min to 98 min and 37 min, respectively. The combination of time-resolved micro-CT imaging with UV/vis detection of the quantity dissolved made it possible to evaluate the effective diffusion coefficient of the API through the granule structure, and thus establish a quantitative structure–property relationship for dissolution. A power-law dependence of the effective diffusivity on porosity (Archie's law) was found to hold. PMID:24409518

  1. A combined computational and experimental investigation of Mg doped α-Fe2O3.

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    Kosa, Monica; Barad, Hannah Noa; Singh, Vijay; Keller, David A; Shimanovich, Klimentiy; Rühle, Sven; Anderson, Assaf Y; Zaban, Arie; Major, Dan Thomas

    2016-01-14

    In the current work, pristine α-Fe2O3 metal oxide was doped with Mg in an attempt to modulate its electronic properties. To this end, we employed an experimental high throughput strategy, including scanning XRD and optical spectroscopy, which were complimented by atomistic density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The combined study reveals that at Mg/Fe atomic ratios up to ∼1/3, the bandgaps of the hematite-Mg composite materials are similar to that of the pure material. The observed bandgaps are rationalized by electronic band structure and density of states calculations. Additional rationale for the similar bandgaps in pure and doped hematite is provided by topological Bader charge analyses, which indicate that the Mg and Fe ions in the hematite matrix have similar partial atomic charges. Nonetheless, the small charge density difference between the Mg and Fe ions induces a slight spin polarization on both oxygen and Fe ions, resulting in changes in the band edges. Further charge density analyses, using charge density maps and chemical-bonding analyses with the crystal orbital Hamiltonian population scheme, indicate that Mg forms ionic bonds with the neighboring oxygen atoms. This change from iron-oxygen covalent bonds to a more ionic nature for magnesium-oxygen bonds is probably responsible for the reduction observed in the computed bulk modulus of α-Mg(0.17)Fe(1.83)O3 (193 GPa) compared to α-Fe2O3 (202 GPa). PMID:26625981

  2. UV photodissociation of ethylamine cation: a combined experimental and theoretical investigation.

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    Gichuhi, Wilson K; Mebel, A M; Suits, Arthur G

    2010-12-30

    Direct current (DC) slice imaging of state-selected ions is combined with high-level ab initio calculations to give insight into reaction pathways, dynamics, and energetics for ethylamine cation photodissociation at 233 nm. These reaction pathways are of interest for understanding the rich chemistry of Titan's ionosphere recently revealed by the Cassini mission. The result for the H-loss product has a bimodal translational energy distribution, indicating two distinct H-loss pathways: these are assigned to triplet CH(3)CH(2)NH(+) product ions and the singlet CH(3)CHNH(2)(+) species. The distribution shows a modest fraction of energy available in translation and is consistent with barrierless dissociation from the ground state. HCNH(+) formation is observed as the dominant channel and exhibits a bimodal translational energy distribution with the faster component depicting a significant angular anisotropy. This suggests a direct excited-state decay pathway for this portion of the distribution. We have also observed the H + H(2) loss product as a minor secondary dissociation channel, which correlates well with the formation of CH(2)CNH(2)(+) ion with an exit barrier. PMID:21128615

  3. Investigating integument alterations in cubicle housed dairy cows: which types and locations can be combined?

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    Brenninkmeyer, C; Dippel, S; Brinkmann, J; March, S; Winckler, C; Knierim, U

    2016-02-01

    In this study, a data set of 2922 lactating dairy cows in a sample of 64 conventional and organic dairy farms with Holstein Friesian cows in Germany and 31 conventional dairy farms with the dual purpose breed Fleckvieh in Austria was used to screen for correlations between the occurrences of different integument alterations. All cows were housed in cubicle systems. Alterations were classified as hairless areas (H), scabs or wounds (W) or swellings (S) and assessed at 15 locations of the cows' body. Highest median farm prevalences were found at the joints of the legs, which are already commonly included in studies on integumentary alterations: median farm prevalence was 83% for S and 48% for H at the carpal joints, followed by H (38%) and S (20%) at the lateral tarsal joints and H at the lateral calcanei (20%). Additional body parts with notable median prevalences for H were the hip bones (13%), pin bones (12%) and sacrum (11%). Three cluster models, with 2, 5 and 14 clusters, were built by hierarchical clustering of prevalences of the 30 most relevant alteration location combinations. Clustering revealed that location overruled type of lesion in most cases. Occasionally, clusters represented body segments significantly distant from each other, for example the carpal joints and lateral and dorsal calcanei. However, some neighbouring areas such as the medial and lateral hock area should be analysed separately from each other for causal analysis as they formed distinct clusters. PMID:26144555

  4. Raman spectroscopy combined with multivariate analysis techniques as a potential tool for semen investigation

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    Huang, Zufang; Lin, Jinyong; Cao, Gang; Chen, Xiwen; Li, Yongzeng; Feng, Shangyuan; Lin, Juqiang; Wang, Jing; Lin, Hongxin; Chen, Rong

    2014-09-01

    Molecular characterization of semen that can be used to provide an objective diagnosis of semen quality is still lacking. Raman spectroscopy measures vibrational modes of molecules, thus can be utilized to characterize biological fluids. Here, we employed Raman spectroscopy to characterize and compare normal and abnormal semen samples in the fingerprint region (400-1800cm-1). Multivariate analysis methods including principal component analysis (PCA) and partial least square-discriminant analysis (PLS-DA) were used for spectral analysis to differentiate between normal and abnormal semen samples. Compared with PCA-LDA analysis, PLS-DA improved the diagnostic results, showing a sensitivity of 77% and specificity of 73%. Furthermore, our preliminary quantitative analysis based on PLS algorithm demonstrated that spermatozoa concentration were relatively well predicted (R2=0.825). In conclusion, this study demonstrated that micro-Raman spectroscopy combined with multivariate methods can provide as a new diagnostic technique for semen analysis and differentiation between normal and abnormal semen samples.

  5. Combined first-order reversal curve and x-ray microscopy investigation of magnetization reversal mechanisms in hexagonal antidot lattices

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    Gräfe, Joachim; Weigand, Markus; Stahl, Claudia; Träger, Nick; Kopp, Michael; Schütz, Gisela; Goering, Eberhard J.; Haering, Felix; Ziemann, Paul; Wiedwald, Ulf

    2016-01-01

    The magnetization reversal in nanoscaled antidot lattices is widely investigated to understand the tunability of the magnetic anisotropy and the coercive field through nanostructuring of thin films. By investigating highly ordered focused ion beam milled antidot lattices with a combination of first-order reversal curves and magnetic x-ray microscopy, we fully elucidate the magnetization reversal along the distinct orientations of a hexagonal antidot lattice. This combination proves especially powerful as all partial steps of this complex magnetization reversal can be identified and subsequently imaged. Through this approach we discovered several additional steps that were neglected in previous studies. Furthermore, by imaging the microscopic magnetization state during each reversal step, we were able to link the coercive and interaction fields determined by the first-order reversal curve method to true microscopic magnetization configurations and determine their origin.

  6. Experimental and computational investigation of microcrack behavior under combined environments in monocrystalline Si

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    Huang, W.-J.; Bringuier, S.; Paul, J.; Simmons-Potter, K.; Muralidharan, K.; Potter, B. G.

    2015-09-01

    An investigation of microindenter-induced crack evolution with independent variation of both temperature and relative humidity has been pursued in PV-grade Si wafers. Under static tensile strain conditions, an increase in subcritical crack elongation with increasing atmospheric water content was observed. To provide further insight into the potential physical and chemical conditions at the microcrack tip, micro-Raman measurements were performed. Preliminary results confirm a spatial variation in the frequency of the primary Si vibrational resonance within the cracktip region, associated with local stress state, whose magnitude is influenced by environmental conditions during the period of applied static strain. The experimental effort was paired with molecular dynamics (MD) investigations of microcrack evolution in single-crystal Si to furnish additional insight into mechanical contributions to crack elongation. The MD results demonstrate that crack-tip energetics and associated crack elongation velocity and morphology are intimately related to the crack and applied strain orientations with respect to the principal crystallographic axes. The resulting elastic strain energy release rate and the stress-strain response of the Si under these conditions form the basis for preliminary micro-scale peridynamics (PD) simulations of microcrack development under constant applied strain. These efforts will be integrated with the experimental results to further inform the mechanisms contributing to this important degradation mode in Si-based photovoltaics.

  7. Adsorption of Emerging Munitions Contaminants on Cellulose Surface: A Combined Theoretical and Experimental Investigation.

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    Shukla, Manoj K; Poda, Aimee

    2016-06-01

    This manuscript reports results of an integrated theoretical and experimental investigation of adsorption of two emerging contaminants (DNAN and FOX-7) and legacy compound TNT on cellulose surface. Cellulose was modeled as trimeric form of the linear chain of 1 → 4 linked of β-D-glucopyranos in (4)C1 chair conformation. Geometries of modeled cellulose, munitions compounds and their complexes were optimized at the M06-2X functional level of Density Functional Theory using the 6-31G(d,p) basis set in gas phase and in water solution. The effect of water solution was modeled using the CPCM approach. Nature of potential energy surfaces was ascertained through harmonic vibrational frequency analysis. Interaction energies were corrected for basis set superposition error and the 6-311G(d,p) basis set was used. Molecular electrostatic potential mapping was performed to understand the reactivity of the investigated systems. It was predicted that adsorbates will be weakly adsorbed on the cellulose surface in water solution than in the gas phase. PMID:27084096

  8. [INVESTIGATION OF THE COMBINED DISINFECTANT EFFECT OF ULTRA-HIGH FREQUENCY ENERGY AND SILVER ON WATER IN FLOW].

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    Klimarev, S I; Siniak, Yu E

    2015-01-01

    The paper is dedicated to the results of investigating the combined effect of ultra-high frequency (UHF) energy and silver on contaminated water. Silver was used both in the ion form at the minimal concentration of 0.01-0.02 mg/l and solid state, i.e. a silver wire spiral. The purpose was to determine UHF-regimes of the flowing water disinfection process in the presence of silver. PMID:26554133

  9. Colloidal diatomite, radionickel, and humic substance interaction: a combined batch, XPS, and EXAFS investigation.

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    Sheng, Guodong; Shen, Runpu; Dong, Huaping; Li, Yimin

    2013-06-01

    This work determined the influence of humic acid (HA) and fulvic acid (FA) on the interaction mechanism and microstructure of Ni(II) onto diatomite by using batch experiments, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) methods. Macroscopic and spectroscopic experiments have been combined to see the evolution of the interaction mechanism and microstructure of Ni(II) in the presence of HA/FA as compared with that in the absence of HA/FA. The results indicated that the interaction of Ni(II) with diatomite presents the expected solution pH edge at 7.0, which is modified by addition of HA/FA. In the presence of HA/FA, the interaction of Ni(II) with diatomite increased below solution pH 7.0, while Ni(II) interaction decreased above solution pH 7.0. XPS analysis suggested that the enrichment of Ni(II) onto diatomite may be due to the formation of (≡SO)2Ni. EXAFS results showed that binary surface complexes and ternary surface complexes of Ni(II) can be simultaneously formed in the presence of HA/FA, whereas only binary surface complexes of Ni(II) are formed in the absence of HA/FA, which contribute to the enhanced Ni(II) uptake at low pH values. The results observed in this work are important for the evaluation of Ni(II) and related radionuclide physicochemical behavior in the natural soil and water environment. PMID:23143822

  10. Clinical investigation of combined therapy influence over Keratitis Herpetica Dendritica with He-Ne laser, Pandavir, and Acycovir

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    Koev, K.; Tanev, V.; Avramov, L.; Borisova, E.

    2007-03-01

    The main goal of this study is to investigate the treatment effect of combined therapy over Keratitis Herpetica Dendritica applying drugs Pandavir and Acycovir in combination with He-Ne laser irradiation. The current survey includes 75 patients with Keratitis Herpetica Dendritica that are divided in three groups. The first group of 25 patients is treated with Acycovir. The second group, which includes 24 patients, is treated with Pandavir and Acycovir. In the third group that consists from 26 patients, besides the abovementioned combination of drugs is applied low-level laser therapy using He-Ne laser, emitted at 632,8 nm wavelength, with power density 0,3 mW/cm2 and light exposure used - 3 minutes. The flourescein reaction was monitored every day to detect the eye recovery. We observe earliest answer reaction to the treatment applied in the group of He-Ne laser& Pandavir&Acycovir, revealing as inflammation suppression and perifocal edema disappearance in the group treated. Eyes treated only with Acycovir present mean time of improvement (MTI), as the flourescein colorization disappearance and epithelization setting in for 9,3+/-1,2 days is observed. Similar results were obtained on the eyes treated in double combination, Pandavir and Acycovir, with MTI - 8,2+/-1,1 days. The best effect was obtained by the triple combination: Pandavir, Acycovir and He-Ne laser (statistically proved), with the mean time of improvement 6,2+/-1,3 days. The combined laser treatment shows significant additional effect on the recovery rate. The combined treatment with He-Ne laser, Pandavir and Acycovir is revealed as an efficient method for eye therapy of Keratitis Herpetica Dendritica.

  11. Combining SVM classifiers to identify investigator name zones in biomedical articles

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    Kim, Jongwoo; Le, Daniel X.; Thoma, George R.

    2012-01-01

    This paper describes an automated system to label zones containing Investigator Names (IN) in biomedical articles, a key item in a MEDLINE® citation. The correct identification of these zones is necessary for the subsequent extraction of IN from these zones. A hierarchical classification model is proposed using two Support Vector Machine (SVM) classifiers. The first classifier is used to identify an IN zone with highest confidence, and the other classifier identifies the remaining IN zones. Eight sets of word lists are collected to train and test the classifiers, each set containing collections of words ranging from 100 to 1,200. Experiments based on a test set of 105 journal articles show a Precision of 0.88, 0.97 Recall, 0.92 F-Measure, and 0.99 Accuracy.

  12. Investigation of Praseodymium Fluorides: A Combined Matrix-Isolation and Quantum-Chemical Study.

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    Vent-Schmidt, Thomas; Riedel, Sebastian

    2015-12-01

    The chemistry of the lanthanides is mostly dominated by compounds in the oxidation state +III. Only few compounds of Ce, Pr, and Tb are known with the metal in the +IV oxidation state. Removal of the last f-electron on praseodymium +IV would lead to a closed-shell system with formal oxidation state V. In this work we investigated the stability of the PrF5 molecule by theory and matrix-isolation techniques through the reaction of laser-ablated praseodymium atoms with fluorine in excess of neon, argon, krypton, or neat fluorine. Besides the known PrF3 molecule, unreported IR bands for PrF4 could be observed, and there is evidence for the formation of PrF and PrF2 but not for the formation of PrF5. PMID:26544761

  13. A combined experimental and numerical investigation of roughness induced supersonic boundary layer transition

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    Zhao, Yunfei; Liu, Wei; Xu, Dan; Gang, Dundian; Yi, Shihe

    2016-01-01

    The effect of surface roughness on boundary layer transition is of great importance to hypersonic vehicles. In this paper, both experimental and numerical methods are used to investigate the laminar-turbulent transition of a Mach 3 flat-plate boundary layer induced by isolated roughness element. Good agreements are achieved between experimental data and high-order numerical simulations. It is observed that, with increasing height of roughness, the transition tends to move forward. Two different types of transition mechanisms are found according to the height of the roughness elements. For the smallest roughness height of h=1 mm, the shear layer instability in the wake region appears to be the leading mechanism for transition to turbulence. For two larger roughness elements of h=2 mm and h=4 mm, strong unsteadiness is developed from the upstream separation zone and transition is immediately accomplished, which indicates that the absolute instability in upstream separation zone dominates the transition.

  14. Deep Geothermal Energy for Lower Saxony (North Germany) - Combined Investigations of Geothermal Reservoir Characteristics

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    Hahne, Barbara; Thomas, Rüdiger

    2014-05-01

    In Germany, successful deep geothermal projects are mainly situated in Southern Germany in the Molassebecken, furthermore in the Upper Rhine Graben and, to a minor extend, in the North German Basin. Mostly they are hydrothermal projects with the aim of heat production. In a few cases, they are also constructed for the generation of electricity. In the North German Basin temperature gradients are moderate. Therefore, deep drilling of several thousand meters is necessary to reach temperatures high enough for electricity production. However, the porosity of the sedimentary rocks is not sufficient for hydrothermal projects, so that natural fracture zones have to be used or the rocks must be hydraulically stimulated. In order to make deep geothermal projects in Lower Saxony (Northern Germany) economically more attractive, the interdisciplinary research program "Geothermal Energy and High-Performance Drilling" (gebo) was initiated in 2009. It comprises four focus areas: Geosystem, Drilling Technology, Materials and Technical System and aims at improving exploration of the geothermal reservoir, reducing costs of drilling and optimizing exploitation. Here we want to give an overview of results of the focus area "Geosystem" which investigates geological, geophysical, geochemical and modeling aspects of the geothermal reservoir. Geological and rock mechanical investigations in quarrys and core samples give a comprehensive overview on rock properties and fracture zone characteristics in sandstones and carbonates. We also show that it is possible to transfer results of rock property measurements from quarry samples to core samples or to in situ conditions by use of empirical relations. Geophysical prospecting methods were tested near the surface in a North German Graben system. We aim at transferring the results to the prospection of deep situated fracture zones. The comparison of P- and S-wave measurements shows that we can get hints on a possible fluid content of the

  15. Experimental investigation of an ammonia-based combined power and cooling cycle

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    Tamm, Gunnar Olavi

    A novel ammonia-water thermodynamic cycle, capable of producing both power and refrigeration, was proposed by D. Yogi Goswami. The binary mixture exhibits variable boiling temperatures during the boiling process, which leads to a good thermal match between the heating fluid and working fluid for efficient heat source utilization. The cycle can be driven by low temperature sources such as solar, geothermal, and waste heat from a conventional power cycle, reducing the reliance on high temperature sources such as fossil fuels. A theoretical simulation of the cycle at heat source temperatures obtainable from low and mid temperature solar collectors showed that the ideal cycle could produce power and refrigeration at a maximum exergy efficiency, defined as the ratio of the net work and refrigeration output to the change in availability of the heat source, of over 60%. The exergy efficiency is a useful measure of the cycle's performance as it compares the effectiveness of different cycles in harnessing the same source. An experimental system was constructed to demonstrate the feasibility of the cycle and to compare the experimental results with the theoretical simulations. In this first phase of experimentation, the turbine expansion was simulated with a throttling valve and a heat exchanger. Results showed that the vapor generation and absorption condensation processes work experimentally. The potential for combined turbine work and refrigeration output was evidenced in operating the system. Analysis of losses led to modifications in the system design, which were implemented to yield improvements in heat exchange, vapor generation, pump performance and overall stability. The research that has been conducted verifies the potential of the power and cooling cycle as an alternative to using conventional fossil fuel technologies. The research that continues is to further demonstrate the concept and direct it towards industry. On the large scale, the cycle can be used for

  16. Radon potential determination by a combination of geological mapping, geochemistry, groundwater investigations and airborne geophysics

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    Schubert, G.; Motschka, K.; Ahl, A.; Slapansky, P.; Finger, F.; Alletsgruber, I.; Gasser, V.; Supper, R.; Bieber, G.

    2009-04-01

    During the nineties comprehensive Radon investigations were carried out in Austria to determine the Radon exposure of the population (Ditto et al., 1999, Friedmann et al.,1997 and Friedmann et al., 2007). Friedmann (2007, p 16-17) came to the result that indoor measurements can be better used than geological methods to pinpoint areas with a high Radon hazard. Contrary to this conclusion, in the current presentation we intend to show that geological factors are the most important parameters for Radon potential evaluation and we demonstrate a new mapping method for determining the spatial distribution of the Radon potential by means of geological and airborne geophysical investigations. Within the last years, several test sites in the southern Bohemian Massive were investigated. Based on large scaled geological maps different types of Granites were analysed on Uranium content. Furthermore, in order to obtain the spatial distribution of Uranium, close-meshed airborne radiometric mapping was carried out. Additionally, ground water samples were analysed to derive representative Radon concentrations for the pore volume within the different Granite types. Final results concluded that there is a significant correlation between the Uranium content of the geological subsurface and the Radon concentration in the ground water (SCHUBERT et al., 2003, ALLETSGRUBER, 2007). As a consequence airborne radiometric mapping could be used as an effective tool to derive quick and detailed information on spatial distribution of the Radon potential. Furthermore this methodology could contribute to identify potential Radon hot spot areas as only airborne radiometric mapping could provide countrywide Uranium data coverage in high resolution. I. Alletsgruber(2007): Radongehalte in Grundwässern des Mühlviertels (Oberösterreich). Geologische und hydrogeologische Faktoren. - diploma thesis, Univ. Salzburg. PT M. Ditto, W. Fimml, V. Karg, M. Korner, J. Weisz (1999): Radon-222 im Grundwasser

  17. Investigation of Combined Motor/Magnetic Bearings for Flywheel Energy Storage Systems

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    Hofmann, Heath

    2003-01-01

    Dr. Hofmann's work in the summer of 2003 consisted of two separate projects. In the first part of the summer, Dr. Hofmann prepared and collected information regarding rotor losses in synchronous machines; in particular, machines with low rotor losses operating in vacuum and supported by magnetic bearings, such as the motor/generator for flywheel energy storage systems. This work culminated in a presentation at NASA Glenn Research Center on this topic. In the second part, Dr. Hofmann investigated an approach to flywheel energy storage where the phases of the flywheel motor/generator are connected in parallel with the phases of an induction machine driving a mechanical actuator. With this approach, additional power electronics for driving the flywheel unit are not required. Simulations of the connection of a flywheel energy storage system to a model of an electromechanical actuator testbed at NASA Glenn were performed that validated the proposed approach. A proof-of-concept experiment using the D1 flywheel unit at NASA Glenn and a Sundstrand induction machine connected to a dynamometer was successfully conducted.

  18. EPR investigation of gamma irradiated single crystal guaifenesin: A combined experimental and computational study

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    Tasdemir, Halil Ugur; Sayin, Ulku; Türkkan, Ercan; Ozmen, Ayhan

    2016-04-01

    Gamma irradiated single crystal of Guaifenesin (Glyceryl Guaiacolate), an important expectorant drug, were investigated with Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy between 123 and 333 K temperature at different orientations in the magnetic field. Considering the chemical structure and the experimental spectra of the gamma irradiated single crystal of guaifenesin sample, we assumed that alkoxy or alkyl-type paramagnetic species may be produced by irradiation. Depending on this assumption, eight possible alkoxy and alkyl-type radicals were modeled and EPR parameters of these modeled radicals were calculated using the B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p)-level of density functional theory (DFT). Theoretically calculated values of alkyl-type modeled radical(R3) are in good agreement with experimentally determined EPR parameters of single crystal. Furthermore, simulation spectra which are obtained by using the theoretical initial values are well matched with the experimental spectra. It was determined that a stable Cα •H2αCβHβCγH2γ (R3) alkyl radical was produced in the host crystal as a result of gamma irradiation.

  19. A Combined Experimental and Computational Investigation on Spectroscopic and Photophysical Properties of a Coumarinyl Chalcone.

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    Al-Sehemi, Abdullah G; Pannipara, Mehboobali; Kalam, Abul; Asiri, Abdullah M

    2016-07-01

    Here, we synthesized a new coumarinyl chalcone derivative 3-[3-(3-Methyl-thiophen-2-yl)-acryloyl]-chromen-2-one (MTC) by simple and proficient method. A comprehensive study on the photophysics of a coumarinyl chalcone derivative having pi-conjugated potential chromophore system 3-[3-(3-Methyl-thiophen-2-yl)-acryloyl]-chromen-2-one (MTC) has been carried out spectroscopically. The electronic absorption and emission characteristic of MTC were studied in different protic and aprotic solvents using absorption and steady-state fluorescence techniques. The spectral behavior of this compound is found to be extremely sensitive to the polarity and hydrogen bonding nature of the solvent. The compound shows very strong solvent polarity dependent changes in their photophysical characteristics, namely, remarkable red shift in the emission spectra with increasing solvent polarity, change in Stokes shift, significant reduction in the fluorescence quantum yield; indicating that the fluorescence states of these compounds are of intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) character. The solvent effect on the photophysical parameters such as singlet absorption, molar absorptivity, oscillator strength, dipole moment, fluorescence spectra, and fluorescence quantum yield of the compound has been investigated in detail. The difference between the excited and ground state dipole moments (Δμ) were estimated from solvatochromic methods using Lippert-Mataga and Reichardt's correlations. The prepared compound was also studied by density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT). The results revealed that it could be easily reproduce by computational means. PMID:27307021

  20. 4-Mercaptopyridine adsorbed on pure palladium island films: A combined SERS and DFT investigation

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    Guo, Hao; Ding, Li; Zhang, Tianjie; Mo, Yujun

    2013-03-01

    Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) can provide vibrational information with molecular specificity and potential single-molecule sensitivity. SERS studies on pure transition metals, however, remain challenging due to the weak SERS activity of transition metals compared to coinage metals. Here we fabricated alumina-supported Pd island films by depositing laser-ablated Pd colloids onto an Al substrate. Robust SERS signal employing 4-mercaptopyridine (4-Mpy) as a probe was registered from the as-prepared films. The adsorption information of 4-Mpy molecules such as orientation and coordinating site was discussed in detail based on SERS data. It was inferred that 4-Mpy adsorbs via its sulfur atom to Pd surface with a tilted binding configuration. The Raman wavenumber and intensity of an adsorption model including one 4-Mpy and Pd atom were computed using density functional theory (DFT) at the Beck's three-parameter Lee-Yang-Parr (B3LYP) level with the LANL2DZ basis set. The simulated Raman spectrum was in good agreement with the experimental one except for the relative intensity. The current investigation could be helpful to gain a comprehensive understanding of SERS.

  1. Combining EEG, MIDI, and motion capture techniques for investigating musical performance.

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    Maidhof, Clemens; Kästner, Torsten; Makkonen, Tommi

    2014-03-01

    This article describes a setup for the simultaneous recording of electrophysiological data (EEG), musical data (MIDI), and three-dimensional movement data. Previously, each of these three different kinds of measurements, conducted sequentially, has been proven to provide important information about different aspects of music performance as an example of a demanding multisensory motor skill. With the method described here, it is possible to record brain-related activity and movement data simultaneously, with accurate timing resolution and at relatively low costs. EEG and MIDI data were synchronized with a modified version of the FTAP software, sending synchronization signals to the EEG recording device simultaneously with keypress events. Similarly, a motion capture system sent synchronization signals simultaneously with each recorded frame. The setup can be used for studies investigating cognitive and motor processes during music performance and music-like tasks--for example, in the domains of motor control, learning, music therapy, or musical emotions. Thus, this setup offers a promising possibility of a more behaviorally driven analysis of brain activity. PMID:23943580

  2. An investigation on the estimation of evaporation by combining artificial neural network and dynamic factor analysis

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    Sun, W.; Chiang, Y.; Chang, F.

    2010-12-01

    Evaporation is a substantial factor in hydrological circle, moreover a significant reference to the management of both water resources and agricultural irrigation. In general, evaporation can be directly measured by evaporation pan. As for its estimation, the accuracy of traditional empirical equation is not very precise. Therefore, in this study the Dynamic Factor Analysis (DFA) is first applied to investigating the interaction and the tendency of each gauging station. Additionally, the analysis can effectively establish the common trend at each gauging station by evaluating the corresponding AIC (Akaike Information Criterion) values. Furthermore, the meteorological factors such as relative humidity and temperature are also conducted to identify the explanatory variables which have higher relation to evaporation. These variables are further used as inputs to the Back-Propagation Neural Network (BPNN) and are expected to provide meaningful information for successfully estimating evaporation. The applicability and reliability of the BPNN was demonstrated by comparing its performance with that of empirical formula. Keywords: Evaporation, Dynamic Factor Analysis, Artificial Neural Network.

  3. Feasibility investigation of oily wastewater treatment by combination of zinc and PAM in coagulation/flocculation.

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    Zeng, Yubin; Yang, Changzhu; Zhang, Jingdong; Pu, Wenhong

    2007-08-25

    Poly-zinc silicate (PZSS) is a new type of coagulant with cationic polymer synthesized by polysilicic acid and zinc sulfate. It has been used in several sorts of wastewaters treatment, but not used in oily wastewater treatment. In this study, we investigated the coagulation/flocculation of oil and suspended solids in heavy oil wastewater (HOW) by PZSS and anion polyacrylamide (A-PAM). The properties of PZSS cooperated with A-PAM were compared with PAC and PFS in dosages, PAMs amount, settling time, pH value and flocs morphology. The results showed that PZSS was more efficient than PAC and PFS. Under the optimum experimental conditions of coagulation/flocculation (dosage: 100mg/L, A-PAM dosage: 1.0mg/L, settling time time: 40min and pH 6.5-9.5), more than 99% of oil was removed and suspended solid value less than 5mg/L by using PZSS cooperated with A-PAM, which could satisfy the demands of the pre-treatment process for HOW to be reused in the steam boiler or recycled into the injecting well. PMID:17350754

  4. Comprehensive Spectral Signal Investigation of a Larch Forest Combining - and Satellite-Based Measurements

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    Landmann, J. M.; Rutzinger, M.; Bremer, M.; chmidtner, K.

    2016-06-01

    Collecting comprehensive knowledge about spectral signals in areas composed by complex structured objects is a challenging task in remote sensing. In the case of vegetation, shadow effects on reflectance are especially difficult to determine. This work analyzes a larch forest stand (Larix decidua MILL.) in Pinnis Valley (Tyrol, Austria). The main goal is extracting the larch spectral signal on Landsat 8 (LS8) Operational Land Imager (OLI) images using ground measurements with the Cropscan Multispectral Radiometer with five bands (MSR5) simultaneously to satellite overpasses in summer 2015. First, the relationship between field spectrometer and OLI data on a cultivated grassland area next to the forest stand is investigated. Median ground measurements for each of the grassland parcels serve for calculation of the mean difference between the two sensors. Differences are used as "bias correction" for field spectrometer values. In the main step, spectral unmixing of the OLI images is applied to the larch forest, specifying the larch tree spectral signal based on corrected field spectrometer measurements of the larch understory. In order to determine larch tree and shadow fractions on OLI pixels, a representative 3D tree shape is used to construct a digital forest. Benefits of this approach are the computational savings compared to a radiative transfer modeling. Remaining shortcomings are the limited capability to consider exact tree shapes and nonlinear processes. Different methods to implement shadows are tested and spectral vegetation indices like the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) and Greenness Index (GI) can be computed even without considering shadows.

  5. Investigating the Combined Effects of Gravity and Rotation on Small-Body Surface Terrains

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    Richardson, J. E.; Bowling, T. J.

    2011-12-01

    In November 2010, the Deep Impact spacecraft flew by comet Hartley 2 as part of its extended (EPOXI) mission. The flyby revealed a nucleus comprised of two, relatively coarse-terrained lobes connected by a smooth, neck region (A'Hearn et al., Science, 2011). If we assume that this smooth neck formed via some type of fluidized particulate flow, then it should lie roughly coincident with an equipotential surface with respect to the combined forces of gravity and rotation. Utilizing a Hartley 2 shape model and measured rotation state, we tested this idea by varying the model bulk density to find the gravity field wherein the potential variation across the neck region was at a minimum, yielding a best-fit bulk density of 220 (140-520) kg/m^3. Curiously, this same potential variance minimization technique applied to the entire shape model yields a bulk density of 200 (140-350) kg/m^3. At first glance, this similar global result seems to invalidate the regional result. However, the same global exercise performed for asteroids 243 Ida and 433 Eros does yield densities close to the measured densities for those objects. For 433 Eros, the technique yields a best-fit density of 2200 (1400-4000) kg/m^3, within 18% of the measured density of 2670 +/- 30 kg/m^3. For 243 Ida, the technique yields a best-fit density of 2300 (1500-4800) kg/m^3, within 12% of the measured density of 2600 +/- 500 kg/m^3. Clearly, there is some mechanism that causes the topography of some small, rotating bodies to move toward as small a potential energy variance over the surface as possible. We hypothesize that the above phenomena can be explained by the effect that disturbance-driven slope degradation processes have on the topography of a small body, given a mobile regolith layer on its surface. The first key factor in this explanation involves the exponential increase in the downslope flow/creep rate that occurs when the slope is increased toward the critical angle for that material (Roerring, Water

  6. Investigation of intestine function during acute viral hepatitis using combined sugar oral loads.

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    Parrilli, G; Cuomo, R; Nardone, G; Maio, G; Izzo, C M; Budillon, G

    1987-01-01

    One fifth of all cases of A virus hepatitis (AVH) have symptoms of gastroenteritis at the onset. This study investigated the mediated intestinal absorption of D-xylose (D-xyl) and 3-o-methyl-D-glucose (3-omG) and the non-mediated permeation of lactulose (Lacl, mol wt 342) and L-rhamnose (L-rh, mol wt 164) during acute and remission phases of AVH. Ten patients with AVH were given an oral load containing these sugars (5 g D-xyl: 2.5 g 3-omG, 1 g L-rh, 5 g lacl in 250 ml water) once during the acute phase and again during remission. The same load was given once to a group of 22 healthy controls. The mean concentration of D-xyl in urine and the ratio of D-xyl to 3-omG in plasma and urine were normal in both the AVH phases, ruling out intestinal malabsorption even in the acute phase. This study showed a significant increase in non-mediated permeation to Lacl, but not to L-rh, during the acute phase. These data indicate that the barrier function of the intestine is compromised in AVH infection while the absorptive function is not. An abnormally low concentration of D-xyl and 3-omG in plasma at one hour was found in all patients during the acute phase. This finding cannot be explained by alterations in intestinal absorption, but could be accounted for by increased space distribution of the sugars because of increased diffusion into tissue cells and/or expansion of the extracellular space by fluid retention. PMID:3428669

  7. Combination Across Domains: An MEG Investigation into the Relationship between Mathematical, Pictorial, and Linguistic Processing.

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    Bemis, Douglas K; Pylkkänen, Liina

    2012-01-01

    Debates surrounding the evolution of language often hinge upon its relationship to cognition more generally and many investigations have attempted to demark the boundary between the two. Though results from these studies suggest that language may recruit domain-general mechanisms during certain types of complex processing, the domain-generality of basic combinatorial mechanisms that lie at the core of linguistic processing is still unknown. Our previous work (Bemis and Pylkkänen, 2011, 2012) used magnetoencephalography to isolate neural activity associated with the simple composition of an adjective and a noun ("red boat") and found increased activity during this processing localized to the left anterior temporal lobe (lATL), ventro-medial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC), and left angular gyrus (lAG). The present study explores the domain-generality of these effects and their associated combinatorial mechanisms through two parallel non-linguistic combinatorial tasks designed to be as minimal and natural as the linguistic paradigm. In the first task, we used pictures of colored shapes to elicit combinatorial conceptual processing similar to that evoked by the linguistic expressions and find increased activity again localized to the vmPFC during combinatorial processing. This result suggests that a domain-general semantic combinatorial mechanism operates during basic linguistic composition, and that activity generated by its processing localizes to the vmPFC. In the second task, we recorded neural activity as subjects performed simple addition between two small numerals. Consistent with a wide array of recent results, we find no effects related to basic addition that coincide with our linguistic effects and instead find increased activity localized to the intraparietal sulcus. This result suggests that the scope of the previously identified linguistic effects is restricted to compositional operations and does not extend generally to all tasks that are merely similar in

  8. Combining Empirical Relationships with Data Based Mechanistic Modeling to Inform Solute Tracer Investigations across Stream Orders

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    Herrington, C.; Gonzalez-Pinzon, R.; Covino, T. P.; Mortensen, J.

    2015-12-01

    Solute transport studies in streams and rivers often begin with the introduction of conservative and reactive tracers into the water column. Information on the transport of these substances is then captured within tracer breakthrough curves (BTCs) and used to estimate, for instance, travel times and dissolved nutrient and carbon dynamics. Traditionally, these investigations have been limited to systems with small discharges (< 200 L/s) and with small reach lengths (< 500 m), partly due to the need for a priori information of the reach's hydraulic characteristics (e.g., channel geometry, resistance and dispersion coefficients) to predict arrival times, times to peak concentrations of the solute and mean travel times. Current techniques to acquire these channel characteristics through preliminary tracer injections become cost prohibitive at higher stream orders and the use of semi-continuous water quality sensors for collecting real-time information may be affected from erroneous readings that are masked by high turbidity (e.g., nitrate signals with SUNA instruments or fluorescence measures) and/or high total dissolved solids (e.g., making prohibitively expensive the use of salt tracers such as NaCl) in larger systems. Additionally, a successful time-of-travel study is valuable for only a single discharge and river stage. We have developed a method to predict tracer BTCs to inform sampling frequencies at small and large stream orders using empirical relationships developed from multiple tracer injections spanning several orders of magnitude in discharge and reach length. This method was successfully tested in 1st to 8th order systems along the Middle Rio Grande River Basin in New Mexico, USA.

  9. A Preliminary Investigation into the Impact of a Pesticide Combination on Human Neuronal and Glial Cell Lines In Vitro

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    Coleman, Michael D.; O'Neil, John D.; Woehrling, Elizabeth K.; Ndunge, Oscar Bate Akide; Hill, Eric J.; Menache, Andre; Reiss, Claude J.

    2012-01-01

    Many pesticides are used increasingly in combinations during crop protection and their stability ensures the presence of such combinations in foodstuffs. The effects of three fungicides, pyrimethanil, cyprodinil and fludioxonil, were investigated together and separately on U251 and SH-SY5Y cells, which can be representative of human CNS glial and neuronal cells respectively. Over 48h, all three agents showed significant reductions in cellular ATP, at concentrations that were more than tenfold lower than those which significantly impaired cellular viability. The effects on energy metabolism were reflected in their marked toxic effects on mitochondrial membrane potential. In addition, evidence of oxidative stress was seen in terms of a fall in cellular thiols coupled with increases in the expression of enzymes associated with reactive species formation, such as GSH peroxidase and superoxide dismutase. The glial cell line showed significant responsiveness to the toxin challenge in terms of changes in antioxidant gene expression, although the neuronal SH-SY5Y line exhibited greater vulnerability to toxicity, which was reflected in significant increases in caspase-3 expression, which is indicative of the initiation of apoptosis. Cyprodinil was the most toxic agent individually, although oxidative stress-related enzyme gene expression increases appeared to demonstrate some degree of synergy in the presence of the combination of agents. This report suggests that the impact of some pesticides, both individually and in combinations, merits further study in terms of their impact on human cellular health. PMID:22880100

  10. A preliminary investigation into the impact of a pesticide combination on human neuronal and glial cell lines in vitro.

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    Coleman, Michael D; O'Neil, John D; Woehrling, Elizabeth K; Ndunge, Oscar Bate Akide; Hill, Eric J; Menache, Andre; Reiss, Claude J

    2012-01-01

    Many pesticides are used increasingly in combinations during crop protection and their stability ensures the presence of such combinations in foodstuffs. The effects of three fungicides, pyrimethanil, cyprodinil and fludioxonil, were investigated together and separately on U251 and SH-SY5Y cells, which can be representative of human CNS glial and neuronal cells respectively. Over 48h, all three agents showed significant reductions in cellular ATP, at concentrations that were more than tenfold lower than those which significantly impaired cellular viability. The effects on energy metabolism were reflected in their marked toxic effects on mitochondrial membrane potential. In addition, evidence of oxidative stress was seen in terms of a fall in cellular thiols coupled with increases in the expression of enzymes associated with reactive species formation, such as GSH peroxidase and superoxide dismutase. The glial cell line showed significant responsiveness to the toxin challenge in terms of changes in antioxidant gene expression, although the neuronal SH-SY5Y line exhibited greater vulnerability to toxicity, which was reflected in significant increases in caspase-3 expression, which is indicative of the initiation of apoptosis. Cyprodinil was the most toxic agent individually, although oxidative stress-related enzyme gene expression increases appeared to demonstrate some degree of synergy in the presence of the combination of agents. This report suggests that the impact of some pesticides, both individually and in combinations, merits further study in terms of their impact on human cellular health. PMID:22880100

  11. Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Combined Sensible/Latent Thermal Energy Storage for High-Temperature Applications.

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    Geissbühler, Lukas; Zavattoni, Simone; Barbato, Maurizio; Zanganeh, Giw; Haselbacher, Andreas; Steinfeld, Aldo

    2015-01-01

    Combined sensible/latent heat storage allows the heat-transfer fluid outflow temperature during discharging to be stabilized. A lab-scale combined storage consisting of a packed bed of rocks and steel-encapsulated AlSi(12) was investigated experimentally and numerically. Due to the small tank-to-particle diameter ratio of the lab-scale storage, void-fraction variations were not negligible, leading to channeling effects that cannot be resolved in 1D heat-transfer models. The void-fraction variations and channeling effects can be resolved in 2D models of the flow and heat transfer in the storage. The resulting so-called bypass fraction extracted from the 2D model was used in the 1D model and led to good agreement with experimental measurements. PMID:26842333

  12. Investigation of PBL schemes combining the WRF model simulations with scanning water vapor differential absorption lidar measurements

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    Milovac, Josipa; Warrach-Sagi, Kirsten; Behrendt, Andreas; Späth, Florian; Ingwersen, Joachim; Wulfmeyer, Volker

    2016-01-01

    Six simulations with the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model differing in planetary boundary layer (PBL) schemes and land surface models (LSMs) are investigated in a case study in western Germany during clear-sky weather conditions. The simulations were performed at 2 km resolution with two local and two nonlocal PBL schemes, combined with two LSMs (NOAH and NOAH-MP). Resulting convective boundary layer (CBL) features are investigated in combination with high-resolution water vapor differential absorption lidar measurements at an experimental area. Further, the simulated soil-vegetation-atmosphere feedback processes are quantified applying a mixing diagram approach. The investigation shows that the nonlocal PBL schemes simulate a deeper and drier CBL than the local schemes. Furthermore, the application of different LSMs reveals that the entrainment of dry air depends on the energy partitioning at the land surface. The study demonstrates that the impact of processes occurring at the land surface is not constrained to the lower CBL but extends up to the interfacial layer and the lower troposphere. With respect to the choice of the LSM, the discrepancies in simulating a diurnal change of the humidity profiles are even more significant at the interfacial layer than close to the land surface. This indicates that the representation of land surface processes has a significant impact on the simulation of mixing properties within the CBL.

  13. Local experimental investigations of the thermomechanical behavior of a coarse-grained aluminum multicrystal using combined DIC and IRT methods

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    Li, L.; Muracciole, J.-M.; Waltz, L.; Sabatier, L.; Barou, F.; Wattrisse, B.

    2016-06-01

    This paper presents Digital Image Correlation (DIC) and Infrared Thermography (IRT) methods to investigate the thermomechanical behavior of an aluminum at the microstructural scale. Electron BackScattered Diffraction (EBSD) is used to characterize the microstructure of a 3 mm thick specimen with centimetric grain size. This study combines the following imaging techniques: DIC to obtain displacement and strain fields during the test, and IRT to estimate temperature and heat source fields induced by the mechanical loading. Ultimately, the aim of this methodology is to provide energy balance during mechanical test at the scale of the microstructure, in order to propose thermomechanical constitutive modelling of crystalline plasticity.

  14. Investigation of combined free and forced convection in a 2 x 6 rod bundle during controlled flow transients

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    Bates, J.M.; Khan, E.U.

    1980-10-01

    An experimental study was performed to obtain local fluid velocity and temperature measurements in the mixed (combined free and forced) convection regime for specific flow coastdown transients. A brief investigation of steady-state flows for the purely free-convection regime was also completed. The study was performed using an electrically heated 2 x 6 rod bundle contained in a flow housing. In addition a transient data base was obtained for evaluating the COBRA-WC thermal-hydraulic computer program (a modified version of the COBRA-IV code).

  15. Photogenerated charges and surface potential variations investigated on single Si nanorods by electrostatic force microscopy combined with laser irradiation

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    2014-01-01

    Photogenerated charging properties of single Si nanorods (Si NRs) are investigated by electrostatic force microscopy (EFM) combined with laser irradiation. Under laser irradiation, Si NRs are positively charged. The amount of the charges trapped in single NRs as well as the contact potential difference between the tip and NRs' surface is achieved from an analytical fitting of the phase shift - voltage curve. Both of them significantly vary with the laser intensity and the NR's size and construction. The photogenerated charging and decharging rates are obtained at a timescale of seconds or slower, indicating that the Si NRs are promising candidates in photovoltaic applications. PMID:24940176

  16. Investigating the role of combined acoustic-visual feedback in one-dimensional synchronous brain computer interfaces, a preliminary study.

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    Gargiulo, Gaetano D; Mohamed, Armin; McEwan, Alistair L; Bifulco, Paolo; Cesarelli, Mario; Jin, Craig T; Ruffo, Mariano; Tapson, Jonathan; van Schaik, André

    2012-01-01

    Feedback plays an important role when learning to use a brain computer interface (BCI), particularly in the case of synchronous feedback that relies on the interaction subject. In this preliminary study, we investigate the role of combined auditory-visual feedback during synchronous μ rhythm-based BCI sessions to help the subject to remain focused on the selected imaginary task. This new combined feedback, now integrated within the general purpose BCI2000 software, has been tested on eight untrained and three trained subjects during a monodimensional left-right control task. In order to reduce the setup burden and maximize subject comfort, an electroencephalographic device suitable for dry electrodes that required no skin preparation was used. Quality and index of improvement was evaluated based on a personal self-assessment questionnaire from each subject and quantitative data based on subject performance. Results for this preliminary study show that the combined feedback was well tolerated by the subjects and improved performance in 75% of the naïve subjects compared with visual feedback alone. PMID:23152713

  17. Study of the leaching behaviour of ladle slags by means of leaching tests combined with geochemical modelling and mineralogical investigations.

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    Loncnar, Mojca; van der Sloot, Hans A; Mladenovič, Ana; Zupančič, Marija; Kobal, Lara; Bukovec, Peter

    2016-11-01

    In this study, the leachability of freshly produced ladle slag derived from both austenitic and ferritic stainless steel production, and from electrical and structural steel production, was investigated, in order to determine whether variations in the chemical and mineralogical composition of these slags affect their leaching behaviour. The effect of the method used for slag cooling was also studied. The results obtained by using the single batch test were combined with those obtained by means of more sophisticated characterisation leaching tests, which, in combination with geochemical speciation modelling, helped to better identify the release mechanisms and phases that control the release of individual elements. It was found that, although variations in the chemical composition of the slag can affect the slag's minerology, neither such variations, nor the choice of the slag cooling treatment, have a significant effect on the leachability of individual elements, since the leaching is governed by surface phenomena. In fact, the mineral transformations on the slag surface, rather than the bulk mineral composition, dictate the release of these elements from the ladle slag. The solubility-controlling phases were predicted by multi-element modelling, and verified to the extent made possible by the performed mineralogical investigations. PMID:27262282

  18. Lattice site investigations for Mg in LiNbO 3 by combined RBS-PIXE-NRA channeling experiments

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    Kling, A.; Kollewe, D.; Grabmaier, B. C.

    1992-02-01

    The lattice position of magnesium in lithium niobate has been investigated for single crystals doped with MgO (between 0 and 9 mol% in the congruent melt) using a combination of RBS, PIXE and NRA with channeling. Mg seems to be collinear with the niobium and lithium in the c-axis for the whole concentration range. Concentration dependent effects with a threshold of about 1 mol% MgO for other axes have been observed. For low concentrations experimental results and computer simulations performed with our recently developed program CASSIS indicate that magnesium occupies an octahedral site near lithium while for higher concentrations the regular lithium site and an octahedral position near niobium is found to be occupied.

  19. Experimental Wind-Tunnel Investigation of the Transonic Damping-in-Pitch Characteristics of Two Wing-Body Combinations

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    Emerson, Horace F.; Robinson, Robert C.

    1958-01-01

    The results of an experimental wind-tunnel investigation of the damping in pitch of two wing-body combinations are presented. The tests were conducted in the Ames 14-foot transonic wind tunnel over a Mach number range from 0.60 to 1.18. Reynolds numbers varied from 2.3 million to 5.5 million. One model with a triangular wing of aspect ratio 2 having NACA 0003-63 sections was oscillated at an amplitude of 1.5 and a frequency of 17 cycles per second. The second model with a straight, tapered wing of aspect ratio 3 having 3-percent biconvex circular-arc sections was oscillated at an amplitude of 1.0 deg and a frequency of 21 cycles per second. The tests were made with the models at a mean angle of attack of 0 deg. The models were oscillated with a dynamic balance that was actuated by an electrohydraulic servo valve. The results of this investigation indicate the usefulness of this new apparatus. The experimental results of a previous damping-in-pitch investigation conducted in the Ames 6- by 6-foot supersonic wind tunnel at Mach numbers from 1.2 to 1.7 are included along with the theoretical results for this Mach number range. In the region of Mach numbers available for comparison, good agreement is shown to exist between the data obtained in the two facilities, except for some inconsistency in the slopes of the curves at M = 1.2 for the triangular wing. The results of this investigation clearly show that for the models tested the maximum values of the damping in pitch occur at Mach numbers very close to 1.0, and that abrupt changes in the pitch damping are encountered near sonic velocity.

  20. Investigation of cracks in GaN films grown by combined hydride and metal organic vapor-phase epitaxial method

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    2011-01-01

    Cracks appeared in GaN epitaxial layers which were grown by a novel method combining metal organic vapor-phase epitaxy (MOCVD) and hydride vapor-phase epitaxy (HVPE) in one chamber. The origin of cracks in a 22-μm thick GaN film was fully investigated by high-resolution X-ray diffraction (XRD), micro-Raman spectra, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Many cracks under the surface were first observed by SEM after etching for 10 min. By investigating the cross section of the sample with high-resolution micro-Raman spectra, the distribution of the stress along the depth was determined. From the interface of the film/substrate to the top surface of the film, several turnings were found. A large compressive stress existed at the interface. The stress went down as the detecting area was moved up from the interface to the overlayer, and it was maintained at a large value for a long depth area. Then it went down again, and it finally increased near the top surface. The cross-section of the film was observed after cleaving and etching for 2 min. It was found that the crystal quality of the healed part was nearly the same as the uncracked region. This indicated that cracking occurred in the growth, when the tensile stress accumulated and reached the critical value. Moreover, the cracks would heal because of high lateral growth rate. PMID:21711601

  1. A combined in-situ and post-mortem investigation on local permanent degradation in a direct methanol fuel cell

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    Bresciani, F.; Rabissi, C.; Zago, M.; Gazdzicki, P.; Schulze, M.; Guétaz, L.; Escribano, S.; Bonde, J. L.; Marchesi, R.; Casalegno, A.

    2016-02-01

    Performance degradation is one of the key issues hindering direct methanol fuel cell commercialization, caused by different mechanisms interplaying locally and resulting in both temporary and permanent contributions. This work proposes a systematic experimental investigation, coupling in-situ diagnostics (electrochemical and mass transport investigation) with ex-situ analyses of pristine, activated and aged components (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy), with an in-plane and through-plane local resolution. Such a combined approach allows to identify on one hand the degradation mechanisms, the affected components and the presence of heterogeneities; on the other hand, it allows to quantify the effect of the major mechanisms on performance decay. Thanks to a novel procedure, temporary (21 μV h-1) and permanent degradation (59 μV h-1) are separated, distinguishing the latter in different contributions: the effects of active area loss at both at anode (9 μV h-1) and cathode (31 μV h-1), mass transport issue (15 μV h-1) and membrane decay (4 μV h-1). The post-mortem analysis highlights the effect of degradation mechanisms consistent with the in-situ analysis and reveals the presence of considerable in plane and through plane heterogeneities in: particle size growth in catalyst layers, Pt/Ru and polymer content in catalyst and diffusion layers, Pt/Ru precipitates in the membrane.

  2. A phase 2, multicenter study investigating ofatumumab and bendamustine combination in patients with untreated or relapsed CLL.

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    Flinn, Ian W; Panayiotidis, Panayiotis; Afanasyev, Boris; Janssens, Ann; Grosicki, Sebastian; Homenda, Wojciech; Smolej, Lukas; Kuliczkowski, Kazimierz; Doubek, Michael; Domnikova, Natalia; West, Sarah L; Chang, Chai-Ni; Barker, Alison M; Gupta, Ira V; Wright, Oliver J; Offner, Fritz

    2016-09-01

    The purpose of this study is to assess the safety and efficacy of the combination of ofatumumab and bendamustine in patients with previously untreated or relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Patients received IV ofatumumab (cycle 1: 300 mg day 1 and 1,000 mg day 8; cycles 2-6: 1,000 mg on day 1 every 28 days) and IV bendamustine 90 mg m(-2) (previously untreated) or 70 mg m(-2) (relapsed) on days 1 and 2 of each 28-day cycle, for up to 6 cycles. Forty-four previously untreated and 53 relapsed patients were enrolled. Median age was 62.5 years (previously untreated) and 68 years (relapsed); relapsed patients had received a median of 1 (range 1-11) prior therapy. The investigator-assessed overall response rate was 95% (43% complete response [CR]) for the previously untreated, and 74% (11% CR) for the relapsed patients. The regimen was well tolerated with 89% (previously untreated) and 85% (relapsed patients) receiving all 6 cycles. No unexpected toxicities were reported. Grade 3/4 events occurred in 57% of previously untreated, and 72% of relapsed patients. At ∼29 months' follow-up, the median progression-free survival (PFS) was not reached for the previously untreated population, and the 28-month PFS estimate was 72.3%. The median PFS for the relapsed population was 22.5 months (95% CI: 14.0-27.3 months). The combination of ofatumumab and bendamustine was well tolerated and effective in these previously untreated or relapsed populations. Am. J. Hematol. 91:900-906, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27222473

  3. A Combined Ecological and Epidemiologic Investigation of Metals Exposure amongst Indigenous Peoples Near the Marlin Mine in Western Guatemala

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    Basu, Niladri; Abare, Marce; Buchanan, Susan; Cryderman, Diana; Nam, Dong-Ha; Sirkin, Susannah; Schmitt, Stefan; Hu, Howard

    2016-01-01

    In August 2009 a combined epidemiological and ecological pilot study was conducted to investigate allegations of human rights abuses in the form of exposures to toxic metals experienced by mine workers and Indigenous Mam Mayan near the Marlin Mine in Guatemala. In the human study there were no differences in blood and urine metals when comparing five mine workers with eighteen non-mine workers, and there were no discernible relationships between metals exposures and self-reported health measures in any study group. On the other hand, individuals residing closest to the mine had significantly higher levels of certain metals (urinary mercury, copper, arsenic, zinc) when compared to those living further away. Levels of blood aluminum, manganese, and cobalt were elevated in comparison to established normal ranges in many individuals; however, there was no apparent relationship to proximity to the mine or occupation, and thus are of unclear significance. In the ecological study, several metals (aluminum, manganese, cobalt) were found significantly elevated in the river water and sediment sites directly below the mine when compared to sites elsewhere. When the results of the human and ecological results are combined, they suggest that exposures to certain metals may be elevated in sites near the mine but it is not clear if the current magnitude of these elevations poses a significant threat to health. The authors conclude that more robust studies are needed while parallel efforts to minimize the ecological and human impacts of mining proceed. This is critical particularly as the impact of the exposures found could be greatly magnified by expected increases in mining activity over time, synergistic toxicity between metals, and susceptibility for the young and those with pre-existing disease. PMID:20952048

  4. Investigation of Arctic mixed-phase clouds during VERDI and RACEPAC: Combining airborne remote sensing and in situ observations

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    Ehrlich, André; Wendisch, Manfred

    2015-04-01

    To improve our understanding of Arctic mixed-phase clouds in sea-ice covered areas the airborne research campaign Vertical distribution of ice in Arctic mixed-phase clouds (VERDI, April/May 2012) and the Radiation-Aerosol-Cloud Experiment in the Arctic Circle (RACEPAC, April/May 2014) were initiated by a collaboration of German and French research institutes. The aircraft operated by the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany were based in Inuvik, Canada from where the research flights of in total 149 flight hours (62 h during VERDI, 87 h during RACEPAC) were able to cover a wide area above the Canadian Beaufort. The aim of both campaigns was to combine remote sensing and in-situ cloud, aerosol and trace gas measurements to investigate interactions between radiation, cloud and aerosol particles. Remote sensing instrumentation contained a backscatter lidar and spectral solar radiation measurements including a hyperspectral camera. In-situ sampling was highlighted by a suit of comprehensive cloud particle probes, aerosol particle counters and mass spectroscopy as well as trace gas detectors. While during VERDI remote sensing and in-situ measurements were performed by one aircraft (Polar 5) subsequently, for RACEPAC two identical aircraft (Polar 5 & 6, Basler BT-67) were coordinated at different altitudes to horizontally collocate both remote sensing and in-situ measurements. In this way not only the combined analysis of radiative and microphysical processes in the clouds can by studied more reliably, also remote sensing methods can be validated efficiently. Here we will illustrate the scientific strategy of both projects including instrumentation and flight patterns of the research flights. Beside flight missions dedicated to sample low level clouds by remote sensing and in situ probing, flights were also coordinated with satellite overpasses and ground based stations. Exemplary results will be highlighted.

  5. Decellularized dermis in combination with cultivated keratinocytes in a short- and long-term animal experimental investigation.

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    Bannasch, H; Stark, G B; Knam, F; Horch, R E; Föhn, M

    2008-01-01

    Decellularized human dermis as a potentially ideal scaffold for dermal substitution in severe burns was examined in a two-staged animal experiment. In an initial step, an in vitro generated composite graft consisting of human keratinocytes and decellularized dermis (AlloDerm) was transplanted onto nude mice in a short-term trial (n = 20, 14 days). Subsequently, a combined one-step grafting of full thickness wounds with both decellularized dermis (in part preincubated with fibroblasts) and cultivated autologous keratinocytes as a cell suspension in fibrin glue was done in a long-term porcine animal model (n = 10, 6 months). In both series, macroscopic wound healing was evaluated by planimetry. Histological investigations included morphological as well as immunohistochemical parameters. The short-term study showed both successful integration of the composite grafts and reduction of wound contraction compared with the control group (epithelial grafts). The long-term porcine study displayed reduced myofibroblast formation and contraction in the wounds that had been treated with fibroblast-preincubated dermis. After 4 weeks, a decline of the structural integrity of the dermal matrix could be noticed. The utility of decellularized dermis as template for both dermal reconstitution and keratinocyte delivery vehicle was shown. The closure of full thickness wounds by a single-step combination of an autologous keratinocyte fibrin sealant suspension and acellular dermis in a pig animal model could be shown. Incorporation of fibroblasts led to reduced wound contraction but could not prevent the loss of dermal integrity. The engineered 'skin' remained viable and stable over a period of 6 months. PMID:18181972

  6. Investigating Baseline, Alternative and Copula-based Algorithm for combining Airborne Active and Passive Microwave Observations in the SMAP Context

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    Montzka, C.; Lorenz, C.; Jagdhuber, T.; Laux, P.; Hajnsek, I.; Kunstmann, H.; Entekhabi, D.; Vereecken, H.

    2015-12-01

    The objective of the NASA Soil Moisture Active & Passive (SMAP) mission is to provide global measurements of soil moisture and freeze/thaw states. SMAP integrates L-band radar and radiometer instruments as a single observation system combining the respective strengths of active and passive remote sensing for enhanced soil moisture mapping. Airborne instruments will be a key part of the SMAP validation program. Here, we present an airborne campaign in the Rur catchment, Germany, in which the passive L-band system Polarimetric L-band Multi-beam Radiometer (PLMR2) and the active L-band system F-SAR of DLR were flown simultaneously on the same platform on six dates in 2013. The flights covered the full heterogeneity of the area under investigation, i.e. all types of land cover and experimental monitoring sites with in situ sensors. Here, we used the obtained data sets as a test-bed for the analysis of three active-passive fusion techniques: A) The SMAP baseline algorithm: Disaggregation of passive microwave brightness temperature by active microwave backscatter and subsequent inversion to soil moisture, B), the SMAP alternative algorithm: Estimation of soil moisture by passive sensor data and subsequent disaggregation by active sensor backscatter and C) Copula-based combination of active and passive microwave data. For method C empirical Copulas were generated and theoretical Copulas fitted both on the level of the raw products brightness temperature and backscatter as well as two soil moisture products. Results indicate that the regression parameters for method A and B are dependent on the radar vegetation index (RVI). Similarly, for method C the best performance was gained by generating separate Copulas for individual land use classes. For more in-depth analyses longer time series are necessary as can obtained by airborne campaigns, therefore, the methods will be applied to SMAP data.

  7. COMBINED GEOPHYSICAL INVESTIGATION TECHNIQUES TO IDENTIFY BURIED WASTE IN AN UNCONTROLLED LANDFILL AT THE PADUCAH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT, KENTUCKY

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    Miller, Peter T.; Starmer, R. John

    2003-02-27

    The primary objective of the investigation was to confirm the presence and determine the location of a cache of 30 to 60 buried 55-gallon drums that were allegedly dumped along the course of the pre-existing, northsouth diversion ditch (NSDD) adjacent to permitted landfills at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, Kentucky. The ditch had been rerouted and was being filled and re-graded at the time of the alleged dumping. Historic information and interviews with individuals associated with alleged dumping activities indicated that the drums were dumped prior to the addition of other fill materials. In addition, materials alleged to have been dumped in the ditch, such as buried roofing materials, roof flashing, metal pins, tar substances, fly ash, and concrete rubble complicated data interpretation. Some clean fill materials have been placed over the site and graded. This is an environment that is extremely complicated in terms of past waste dumping activities, construction practices and miscellaneous landfill operations. The combination of site knowledge gained from interviews and research of existing site maps, variable frequency EM data, classical total magnetic field data and optimized GPR lead to success where a simpler less focused approach by other investigators using EM-31 and EM-61 electromagnetic methods and unfocused ground penetrating radar (GPR)did not produce results and defined no real anomalies. A variable frequency electromagnetic conductivity unit was used to collect the EM data at 3,030 Hz, 5,070 Hz, 8,430 Hz, and 14,010 Hz. Both in-phase and quadrature components were recorded at each station point. These results provided depth estimates for targets and some information on the subsurface conditions. A standard magnetometer was used to conduct the magnetic survey that showed the locations and extent of buried metal, the approximate volume of ferrous metal present within a particular area, and allowed estimation of approximate target depths. The GPR

  8. Fast Track Characterization of Highly Radioactive Waste Pits Combining Off-the-Shelf Robotics with Innovative Investigation Protocols

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    Chabeuf, Jean-Michel; Boya, Didier

    2008-01-15

    The investigation and characterization of radioactive waste pits and effluent storage tanks represents a substantial and challenging step in the overall decommissioning programme launched by AREVA NC in 1998 on the site of Marcoule on behalf of the French Atomic Energy commission. Physical ,radiological and regulatory constraints, combined with a tight schedule, have lead our teams to use proven conventional instrumentation and robotics in innovative configurations . One such investigation, conducted on a particularly challenging radioactive effluent storage pit, is described below. The 'H' pit is a stainless steel clad concrete cavity, located in the second basement of the de-cladding building of Marcoule site. It was used for forty years as buffer storage for high activity effluents and has a length of 5 meters, a width of 3 meters , a height of 2.5 meters, and is topped by lead plates over 5 cm thick and The bottom of the cavity is covered with a layer of mud containing mainly graphite, diatoms and resins. The mud level ranges from about 20 centimeters to over 50 centimeters. The overall mud volume is around 2.4 cubic meters. Ambient dose rates above the lead plates exceed 10 mSv/h. The main purpose of our investigation was to characterize the muds for future recovery and conditioning prior to decontaminating the pit. The history of the pit together with the varying mud altimetry lead us to believe that sedimentation had probably occurred throughout the years. We thus decided to combine dose rate measurements using IF104 probes, gamma spectroscopy with CdTe probes and sample collections at different depths to ensure the representativeness and full characterization of the muds. Poor access, ambient dose rates have lead us to conceive a robotic arm, mounted on an shaft which can be modified to fit a wide range of pits and tanks. Custom built robotic tools with maximum manoeuvrability generally involve costs and delays far exceeding our purposes. SIT, a French

  9. Combination of Methods for the Fractionation, Investigation, and Analysis of Micro/Nano Particles in Volcanic Ash

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    Valeriy, Shkinev; Michail, Ermolin; Peter, Fedotov; Aleksander, Rudnev; Nikolay, Bulychev; Vitaliy, Linnik; Gerardo, Moreno

    2013-04-01

    resulted in the formation of sulfuric acid under atmospheric conditions. A combination of methods were used for the fractionation (dry sieving, membrane filtration, sedimentation field-flow fractionation in a rotating coiled column), investigation (capillary electrophoresis, scanning electron microscopy), and analysis (ICP MS, ICP-AES) of volcanic ash samples. The combination of fractionation techniques were chosen taking into account that (1) the efficiency of separation of particles for the subsequent technique should be higher than for the preceding one; (2) the separation principles of methods should be different (separation according size, density, charge etc.); (3) the initial separation should be carried out according to size, that makes possible to create an even scale for various samples. It has been shown experimentally that the combination of fractionation methods give a possibility to separate and analyze the fractions from 10 nm to 100 μm and to obtain an information about the distribution of elements. In particular, it is founded that nearly 20% of Be, K, Bi, Th, Fe, As, Tl, Ti, W, Hf, and Zr are removed from the ash into the s

  10. Field-scale investigation of enhanced petroleum hydrocarbon biodegradation in the vadose zone combining soil venting as an oxygen source with moisture and nutrient addition. Appendices. Doctoral thesis

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    Miller, R.N.

    1990-01-01

    This document contains appendices regarding a reprint on a field scale investigation of enhanced petroleum hydrocarbon biodegradation in the vadose zone combining soil venting as a oxygen source with moisture and nutrient addition.

  11. A combination of stereological methods, biochemistry and electron microscopy for the investigation of drug treatment effects in experimental animals.

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    De Moraes, Alan C N; Andrade, Cherley B V; Salata, Camila; Nascimento, Ana L R; Ramos, Isalira P; Goldenberg, Regina C S; Carvalho, Jorge J; Machado, Ana C S

    2016-03-01

    Some chemotherapeutic agents used for breast cancer (BC) treatment can induce severe side effects in the ovarian tissue. The combination of cyclophosphamide and docetaxel (TC) is widely used for BC treatment; however, its late effects in the ovary are not completely understood. The main purpose of this study was to evaluate the structural and ultrastructural alterations in the ovarian stroma induced by TC treatment. Wistar rats were divided into two groups: a control group and a TC group. They were euthanized 5 months after the end of treatment, and their plasma and ovaries were collected. Important alterations were noted. The serum estradiol level was significantly reduced in the TC group compared with the control group. Additionally, the number of apoptotic nuclei was higher in the TC group. The role of the inflammatory response in the development of ovarian damage was investigated, and we found an increased number of mast cells and increased expression of TNF-α in the TC group. The involvement of fibrosis was also investigated. The results showed that the TC group had increased expression levels of TGF-β1, collagen type I (col-I) and collagen type III (col-III) compared with the control group. Ultrastructural analysis revealed the presence of collagen fibrils in the treated group and illustrated that the ovarian tissue architecture was more disorganized in this group than in the control group. The results from this study are important in the study of chemotherapy-induced ovarian failure and provide further insight into the mechanisms involved in the development of this disease. PMID:26484626

  12. Combined heat and power systems for commercial buildings: investigating cost, emissions, and primary energy reduction based on system components

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    Smith, Amanda D.

    Combined heat and power (CHP) systems produce electricity and useful heat from fuel. When power is produced near a building which consumes power, transmission losses are averted, and heat which is a byproduct of power production may be useful to the building. That thermal energy can be used for hot water or space heating, among other applications. This dissertation focuses on CHP systems using natural gas, a common fuel, and systems serving commercial buildings in the United States. First, the necessary price difference between purchased electricity and purchased fuel is analyzed in terms of the efficiencies of system components by comparing CHP with a conventional separate heat and power (SHP) configuration, where power is purchased from the electrical grid and heat is provided by a gas boiler. Similarly, the relationship between CDE due to electricity purchases and due to fuel purchases is analyzed as well as the relationship between primary energy conversion factors for electricity and fuel. The primary energy conversion factor indicates the quantity of source energy necessary to produce the energy purchased at the site. Next, greenhouse gas emissions are investigated for a variety of commercial buildings using CHP or SHP. The relationship between the magnitude of the reduction in emissions and the parameters of the CHP system is explored. The cost savings and reduction in primary energy consumption are evaluated for the same buildings. Finally, a CHP system is analyzed with the addition of a thermal energy storage (TES) component, which can store excess thermal energy and deliver it later if necessary. The potential for CHP with TES to reduce cost, emissions, and primary energy consumption is investigated for a variety of buildings. A case study is developed for one building for which TES does provide additional benefits over a CHP system alone, and the requirements for a water tank TES device are examined.

  13. Combined in Situ X-ray absorption and diffuse reflectance infraredspectroscopy: An attractive tool for catalytic investigations

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    Marinkovic, N.S.; Ehrlich, S.; Wang, Q.; Barrio, L.; Khalid, S.; et.al.

    2010-11-24

    Catalysis investigations are often followed in a range of spectroscopic techniques. While diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS) can be done on a bench-top instrument, X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) techniques, such as extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) require synchrotron light. In order to ensure the same conditions during in situ catalysis for each method, a combined XAS/DRIFTS has been developed at beamline X18A at the National Synchrotron Light Source, Brookhaven National Laboratory. A rapid-scan FTIR spectrometer capable of both mid- and far-infrared measurements is equipped with an arm to redirect the IR beam outside the spectrometer. An in situ reaction chamber, equipped with glassy carbon windows for X-ray light and a KBr window for IR light passage is installed firmly on the arm. The reaction cell can be heated to 600 C and allows passage of gases through the catalyst so that both XAS and DRIFTS techniques can be done simultaneously in controlled environment conditions. Together with a fast-moving monochromator for quick-EXAFS and mass-spectrometric residual gas analysis, this new tool is a powerful method for testing catalytic reactions in real time.

  14. Investigation of the mechanical properties of a low-shrinkage liquid crystalline matrix combined with nano-hydroxyapatite.

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    Liu, Wen Wen; He, Xiao Ping; Mo, An Chun; Yao, Qian Qian; Ye, Jun; Jing, Nie

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the mechanical properties of a low-shrinkage acrylate liquid crystalline resin matrix (ALCRM), (4-3-(acryloyloxy)-2-hydroxypropoxy) phenyl 4-(3-(acryloyloxy)-2-hydroxypropoxy) benzoate, combined with nano-hydroxyapatite (na-HA). The ALCRM monomer and diluent monomer triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA) were mixed at a mass ratio of 7:3 to prepare the resin matrix. The volume shrinkage of the ALCRM/TEGDMA and the traditional resin matrix Bis-GMA (2, 2-bis [4-(3-methacryloxy-2-hydroxypropoxy) phenyl] propane)/TEGDMA were measured. Then 20%, 30%, and 40% na-HA were added to ALCRM/TEGDMA and Bis-GMA/TEGDMA, respectively. Compressive strength (CS) and Vickers hardness (VHN) were tested to identify mechanical properties of the composites. The volume shrinkage of the ALCRM/TEGDMA was 3.60% ± 0.36%, which was lower than that of the traditional resin matrix. Moreover, with the same amount of na-HA filler, the mechanical properties of the ALCRM-based composites were superior to those of Bis-GMA-based composites. ALCRM-based composites exhibited the highest CS and VHN values when the filler content was 30%. These results indicate that the low-shrinkage liquid crystalline resin matrix has strong mechanical properties after incorporating the na-HA. The experimental ALCRM-based composites have promising potential for the development of novel low-shrinkage dental resins with strong mechanical properties. PMID:21980241

  15. Experimental investigation on lower nuisance alarm rate phase-sensitive OTDR using the combination of a Mach-Zehnder interferometer

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    Liang, Sheng; Sheng, Xinzhi; Lou, Shuqin

    2016-03-01

    Phase-sensitive optical time domain reflectometer (φ-OTDR) currently suffers from high nuisance alarm rate (NAR) due to fluctuation of scattering light intensity, nonlinear coherent addition, and ambient noises in complicated noisy environments. In order to lower NAR, a φ-OTDR combined with a Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. In this system, φ-OTDR takes the role of detecting and locating the disturbance and MZI verifies the real disturbance by using an alarm threshold. Experimental results demonstrate that NAR of φ-OTDR with MZI can be efficiently reduced to ∼1% from ∼15% of a single φ-OTDR and a high probability of detection of ∼97% is achieved. Furthermore, the dependences of NAR and probability of detection on the pulse width and sampling rate is investigated. When the pulse width is changed from 0.1 to 1 μs and sampling rate vary in the range from 10 to 50 MS/s, NAR and probability of detection only exist a little fluctuation. The proposed scheme is helpful to reduce NAR of the current single φ-OTDR without introduction of complicated algorithm and also have simple configuration with low cost.

  16. Small scale model static acoustic investigation of hybrid high lift systems combining upper surface blowing with the internally blown flap

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    Cole, T. W.; Rathburn, E. A.

    1974-01-01

    A static acoustic and propulsion test of a small radius Jacobs-Hurkamp and a large radius Flex Flap combined with four upper surface blowing (USB) nozzles was performed. Nozzle force and flow data, flap trailing edge total pressure survey data, and acoustic data were obtained. Jacobs-Hurkamp flap surface pressure data, flow visualization photographs, and spoiler acoustic data from the limited mid-year tests are reported. A pressure ratio range of 1.2 to 1.5 was investigated for the USB nozzles and for the auxiliary blowing slots. The acoustic data were scaled to a four-engine STOL airplane of roughly 110,000 kilograms or 50,000 pounds gross weight, corresponding to a model scale of approximately 0.2 for the nozzles without deflector. The model nozzle scale is actually reduced to about .17 with deflector although all results in this report assume 0.2 scale factor. Trailing edge pressure surveys indicated that poor flow attachment was obtained even at large flow impingement angles unless a nozzle deflector plate was used. Good attachment was obtained with the aspect ratio four nozzle with deflector, confirming the small scale wind tunnel tests.

  17. Structural Stability of Zirconium at High P-T Conditions investigated by combined x-ray diffraction and ultrasonic measurements

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    Jacobsen, Matthew; Velisavljevic, Nenad; Kono, Yoshio; Park, Changyong

    2015-06-01

    Advances in high pressure experimental techniques are continuously providing opportunities to study and gain deeper insight into behavior of materials subjected to extreme P--T conditions. Over the last 60 years, many of the emerging high pressure experimental techniques are coupled with xray probes, and in particular with large scale x-ray sources at multiuser national facilities. One of the newer capabilities at beamline 16BM--B of High Pressure Collaborative Access Team (HPCAT) at Advanced Photon Source allows for simultaneous xray diffraction, xray radiography, and ultrasonic velocity using a large volume Paris-Edinburgh press. Structural stability of group IV--B (Ti, Zr, and Hf) transition metals at high P--T has been widely investigated. As a result of these studies, it is known that Zr, in particular, undergoes a structural phase change from the ductile α (HCP) phase to the more brittle ω (open hexagonal) phase. Using combined ultrasonic and x--ray measurements, we are able to better define onset of structural transition in Zr. In addition, these better establish correlation between elastic moduli and resulting structural stability. Some aspects of the HPCAT capability will be discussed, as well as measurements recently performed on zirconium (Zr).

  18. Combining stable isotopes and hydrometric data to investigate the stormflow response of a Mediterranean mountain catchment (Vallcebre Research Catchments, Spain)

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    Latron, Jérôme; Roig-Planasdemunt, Maria; Llorens, Pilar; Gallart, Francesc

    2015-04-01

    The hydrological behaviour of Mediterranean mountain catchments has been investigated in the last two decades in the Vallcebre Research Catchments (NE Spain, 42° 12'N, 1° 49'E) using a twofold approach based on hydrometric measurements and modelling. Results obtained have shown the complexity of the rainfall-runoff relationship as well as the strong non-linearity of the catchment's hydrological response. The hydrological behaviour of the catchments is broadly similar to that observed in more humid regions during wet periods. On the contrary, during dry periods or during wetting up transitions, some runoff generation processes characteristic of humid conditions are temporarily absent, activating a different combination of hydrological processes. Water stable isotopes have been used in the last 3 years for determining the relative contribution of event and pre-event water in the stormflow response, with the aim of improving the understanding of the hydrological behaviour of these catchments. Even if the use of stable isotopes in seasonal Mediterranean catchments has been relatively limited so far compared to humid temperate catchments, results obtained in the Vallcebre Research Catchments showed that the information they provide was very helpful, when used in combination with detailed hydrometric data. Results obtained using stable isotopes were generally in line with previous finding in these catchments, even if the contribution of pre-event water was higher than expected in some conditions. Using a set of 10 stormflow events with different characteristics (antecedent conditions, rainfall depth and intensity, stormflow coefficient), two components hydrograph separations indicated that pre-event water accounted for 30% to almost 100% of the total runoff. The contribution of pre-event water depended more on rainfall characteristics than on antecedent wetness conditions. Moreover, a strong relationship was observed between the new water contribution and the suspended

  19. Combining MeDIP-seq and MRE-seq to investigate genome-wide CpG methylation.

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    Li, Daofeng; Zhang, Bo; Xing, Xiaoyun; Wang, Ting

    2015-01-15

    DNA CpG methylation is a widespread epigenetic mark in high eukaryotes including mammals. DNA methylation plays key roles in diverse biological processes such as X chromosome inactivation, transposable element repression, genomic imprinting, and control of gene expression. Recent advancements in sequencing-based DNA methylation profiling methods provide an unprecedented opportunity to measure DNA methylation in a genome-wide fashion, making it possible to comprehensively investigate the role of DNA methylation. Several methods have been developed, such as Whole Genome Bisulfite Sequencing (WGBS), Reduced Representation Bisulfite Sequencing (RRBS), and enrichment-based methods including Methylation Dependent ImmunoPrecipitation followed by sequencing (MeDIP-seq), methyl-CpG binding domain (MBD) protein-enriched genome sequencing (MBD-seq), methyltransferase-directed Transfer of Activated Groups followed by sequencing (mTAG), and Methylation-sensitive Restriction Enzyme digestion followed by sequencing (MRE-seq). These methods differ by their genomic CpG coverage, resolution, quantitative accuracy, cost, and software for analyzing the data. Among these, WGBS is considered the gold standard. However, it is still a cost-prohibitive technology for a typical laboratory due to the required sequencing depth. We found that by integrating two enrichment-based methods that are complementary in nature (i.e., MeDIP-seq and MRE-seq), we can significantly increase the efficiency of whole DNA methylome profiling. By using two recently developed computational algorithms (i.e., M&M and methylCRF), the combination of MeDIP-seq and MRE-seq produces genome-wide CpG methylation measurement at high coverage and high resolution, and robust predictions of differentially methylated regions. Thus, the combination of the two enrichment-based methods provides a cost-effective alternative to WGBS. In this article we describe both the experimental protocols for performing MeDIP-seq and MRE

  20. Rock and stone weathering at Citadel fortifications, Gozo (Malta): benefits from terrestrial laser scanning combined with conventional investigations

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    Tapete, D.; Gigli, G.; Mugnai, F.; Vannocci, P.; Pecchioni, E.; Morelli, S.; Fanti, R.; Casagli, N.

    2012-04-01

    Military architecture heritage is frequently built on rock masses affected by slope instability and weathering processes, which progressively undermine the foundations and cause collapses and toppling of the masonries. The latter can be also weakened by alteration of the stone surfaces, as a consequence of the interactions with the local environmental conditions. These conservation issues are emphasized for those sites, whose susceptibility to structural damages is also due to the similarity between the lithotypes constituting the geologic substratum and the construction materials. Effective solutions for the protection from such a type of phenomena can be achieved if the whole "rock mass - built heritage system" is analyzed. In this perspective, we propose a new approach for the study of the weathering processes affecting historic hilltop sites, taking benefits from the combination of terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) and conventional investigations, the latter including geotechnical and minero-petrographic analyses. In particular, the results here presented were obtained from specific tests on the fortifications of Citadel, Gozo (Malta), performed in co-operation with the Restoration Unit, Works Division, Maltese Ministry for Resources and Rural Affairs and the private company Politecnica Ingegneria e Architettura. The Citadel fortifications are built at the top of a relatively stiff and brittle limestone plate, formed by Upper Coralline Limestone (UCL) and overlying a thick Blue Clay (BC) layer. Differential weathering creates extensively fractured ledges on the cap and erosion niches in the strata beneath, thereby favouring block detachment, even rockfall events, such as the last one occurred in 2001. The locally quarried Globigerina Limestone (GL), historically employed in restoration masonries, is also exposed to alveolization and powdering, and several collapses damaged the underwalling interventions. Since the erosion pattern distribution suggested a

  1. Numerical Investigation of Sheath and Aerosol Flows in the Flow Combination Section of a Baron Fiber Classifier

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    Dubey, Prahit; Ghia, Urmila; Turkevich, Leonid A.

    2015-01-01

    The Baron fiber classifier is an instrument used to separate fibers by length. The flow combination section (FCS) of this instrument is an upstream annular region, where an aerosol of uncharged fibers is introduced along with two sheath flows; length separation occurs by dielectrophoresis downstream in the flow classification section. In its current implementation at NIOSH, the instrument is capable of processing only very small quantities of fibers. In order to prepare large quantities of length-separated fibers for toxicological studies, the throughput of the instrument needs to be increased, and hence, higher aerosol flow rates need to be considered. However, higher aerosol flow rates may give rise to flow separation or vortex formation in the FCS, arising from the sudden expansion of the aerosol at the inlet nozzle. The goal of the present investigation is to understand the interaction of the sheath and aerosol flows inside the FCS, using computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and to identify possible limits to increasing aerosol flow rates. Numerical solutions are obtained using an axisymmetric model of the FCS, and solving the Navier-Stokes equations governing these flows; in this study, the aerosol flow is treated purely aerodynamically. Results of computations are presented for four different flow rates. The geometry of the converging outer cylinder, along with the two sheath flows, is effective in preventing vortex formation in the FCS for aerosol-to-sheath flow inlet velocity ratios below ~ 50. For higher aerosol flow rates, recirculation is observed in both inner and outer sheaths. Results for velocity, streamlines, and shear stress are presented. PMID:26388662

  2. An Investigation of Horizontal Combined Eye-Head Tracking in Patients with Abnormal Vestibular and Smooth Pursuit Eye Movements

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    Huebner, William P.; Leigh, R. John; Seidman, Scott H.; Billian, Carl

    1993-01-01

    We investigated the interaction of smooth ocular pursuit (SP) and the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) during horizontal, combined eye-head tracking (CEHT) in patients with abnormalities of either the VOR or SP movements. Our strategy was to apply transient stimuli that capitalized on the different latencies to onset of SP and the VOR. During CEHT of a target moving at 15 deg/sec, normal subjects and patients with VOR deficits all tracked the target with a gain close to 1.O. When the heads of normal subjects were suddenly and unexpectedly braked to a halt during CEHT, the eye promptly began to move in the orbit to track the target, but eye-in-orbit velocity transiently fell to about 60-70% of target velocity. In patients with deficient labyrinthine function, following the onset of the head brake, eye movements to track the target were absent, and SP movements were not generated until about 100 msec later. In patients with deficient SP, CEHT was superior to SP tracking with the head stationary; after the onset of the head brake, tracking eye movements were initiated promptly, but eye velocity was less than 50% of target velocity and increased only slightly thereafter. These results indicate that at least two mechanisms operate to overcome the VOR and allow gaze to track the target during CEHT: (1) the SP system provides a signal to cancel a normally-operating VOR (this cancellation signal is not needed by labyrinthine-deficient patients who have no VOR to cancel), and (2) a reduction of the gain of the VOR is achieved, an ability that is preserved even in patients with cerebral lesions that impair SP.

  3. Investigation of the solid surface structural inhomogeneities by the 'combined' small-angle X-ray scattering and Hg porosimetry methods

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    Skatkov, L. I.; Cheremskoy, P. G.; Gomozov, V. P.; Bayrachny, B. I.

    1996-08-01

    The surface inhomogeneities, i.e. submicropores of porous solids, were investigated by combination of the small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) [1-4] and Hg porosimetry methods [5,6]. An optimal approximation of the submicropore shapes and correlation between the shape and the radius of the pores was obtained. The fractal nature of the investigated structure was shown.

  4. Origin of the Zero-Field Splitting in Mononuclear Octahedral Mn(IV) Complexes: A Combined Experimental and Theoretical Investigation.

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    Zlatar, Matija; Gruden, Maja; Vassilyeva, Olga Yu; Buvaylo, Elena A; Ponomarev, A N; Zvyagin, S A; Wosnitza, J; Krzystek, J; Garcia-Fernandez, Pablo; Duboc, Carole

    2016-02-01

    The aim of this work was to determine and understand the origin of the electronic properties of Mn(IV) complexes, especially the zero-field splitting (ZFS), through a combined experimental and theoretical investigation on five well-characterized mononuclear octahedral Mn(IV) compounds, with various coordination spheres (N6, N3O3, N2O4 in both trans (trans-N2O4) and cis configurations (cis-N2O4) and O4S2). High-frequency and -field EPR (HFEPR) spectroscopy has been applied to determine the ZFS parameters of two of these compounds, MnL(trans-N2O4) and MnL(O4S2). While at X-band EPR, the axial-component of the ZFS tensor, D, was estimated to be +0.47 cm(-1) for MnL(O4S2), and a D-value of +2.289(5) cm(-1) was determined by HFEPR, which is the largest D-magnitude ever measured for a Mn(IV) complex. A moderate D value of -0.997(6) cm(-1) has been found for MnL(trans-N2O4). Quantum chemical calculations based on two theoretical frameworks (the Density Functional Theory based on a coupled perturbed approach (CP-DFT) and the hybrid Ligand-Field DFT (LF-DFT)) have been performed to define appropriate methodologies to calculate the ZFS tensor for Mn(IV) centers, to predict the orientation of the magnetic axes with respect to the molecular ones, and to define and quantify the physical origin of the different contributions to the ZFS. Except in the case of MnL(trans-N2O4), the experimental and calculated D values are in good agreement, and the sign of D is well predicted, LF-DFT being more satisfactory than CP-DFT. The calculations performed on MnL(cis-N2O4) are consistent with the orientation of the principal anisotropic axis determined by single-crystal EPR, validating the calculated ZFS tensor orientation. The different contributions to D were analyzed demonstrating that the d-d transitions mainly govern D in Mn(IV) ion. However, a deep analysis evidences that many factors enter into the game, explaining why no obvious magnetostructural correlations can be drawn in this

  5. Combined measurements of organic aerosol isotopic and chemical composition to investigate day-night differences in carbonaceous aerosol

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    Dusek, Ulrike; Holzinger, Rupert; Meijer, Harro A. J.; Röckmann, Thomas

    2014-05-01

    PM2.5 filter samples have been collected during the Pegasos (Mai, 2012) and Actris (June/July 2012) campaigns at the CESAR site near Cabauw, the Netherlands. This site lies in a rural location surrounded by major urban centers and highways and is a good location for measuring the regional aerosol contamination in the Netherlands. High volume filter samples were taken over several days, but the aerosol was collected on separate filters during day and night time periods. We analyzed these filters for carbon isotopes (14C and 13C) and detailed chemical composition of the organic fraction, which can be a powerful tool, for investigating sources and processing of the organic aerosol. Measurement of the radioactive carbon isotope 14C in aerosols can provide a direct estimate of the contribution of fossil fuel sources to aerosol carbon. The stable carbon isotopes 12C and 13C can be used to get information about sources and processing of organic aerosol. We use a method to measure d13C values of OC desorbed from the filter samples in He at different temperature steps. The chemical composition of the organic fraction at the same temperature steps can be determined using a Proton Transfer Reaction Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer (PTR-ToF-MS). The PTR-MS method is applied to the filter samples as well to aerosol collected in situ by a impaction using a Collection-Thermal-Desorption Cell. First results show that the mass concentration of the carbonaceous aerosol is higher during night time than during day time, dominated by a strong increase of biogenic organic aerosol. This is at least partially caused by a shallow night time boundary layer combined with decreased traffic sources and increased condensation of semi-volatile biogenic gases during night-time. Evidence for the role of semi-volatile compounds in enhancing organic carbon (OC) night time concentrations comes from several observations: (1) semi-volatile OC with desorption temperatures lower than 250 °C increases

  6. As(III) immobilization on gibbsite: Investigation of the complexation mechanism by combining EXAFS analyses and DFT calculations

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    Duarte, Graziele; Ciminelli, Virginia S. T.; Dantas, Maria S. S.; Duarte, Helio A.; Vasconcelos, Igor F.; Oliveira, Augusto F.; Osseo-Asare, Kwadwo

    2012-04-01

    The complexation of aqueous As(III) species on gibbsite was investigated as a function of pH. Theoretical calculations and X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (XAFS) were combined to elucidate the structure of arsenite surface complexes on synthetic gibbsite. Several adsorption sites were evaluated using the self-consistent charge corrected density-functional based tight-binding (SCC-DFTB) method. The formation of bidentate-binuclear, bidentate-mononuclear, monodentate-mononuclear, and monodentate-binuclear complexes by means of both acid-base and non-dissociative mechanisms was studied in detail. The SCC-DFTB calculations showed the bidentate-binuclear/acid-base complex as the most thermodynamically stable geometry for As(III) bonding to gibbsite surface, estimating As-O and As-Al distances of 1.75 and 3.24 Å, respectively. EXAFS results also demonstrated As(III) complexation to three oxygen atoms in the first shell, at a distance of 1.77 Å, and to aluminum in the second shell at a distance of 3.21 Å, characteristic of bidentate-binuclear configuration, at pH 5.0, 7.0 and 9.0. Another As-Al interaction, attributed to the monodentate-binuclear complex due to its distance of 3.49 Å, was shown from EXAFS results to provide a minor contribution to As(III) sorption on gibbsite. Therefore, results from theoretical calculations and experimental measurements confirmed the occurrence of inner-sphere complexation during the As(III) adsorption on gibbsite, in a pH range of 5-9. Hence, the higher As(III) mobility in the environment, when compared to As(V), was suggested to be related to the protonation of the As(III) adsorbed complexes. This protonation would restore the neutral H3AsO3 molecule, which could be then released from the mineral surface. These results might be useful to predict and control arsenic mobility in aqueous environments, particularly where Al oxy-hydroxides are often found.

  7. Investigating Marine Boundary Layer Parameterizations for Improved Off-Shore Wind Predictions by Combining Observations with Models via State Estimation

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    Delle Monache, Luca; Hacker, Josh; Kosovic, Branko; Lee, Jared; Vandenberghe, Francois; Wu, Yonghui; Clifton, Andrew; Hawkins, Sam; Nissen, Jesper; Rostkier-Edelstein, Dorita

    2014-05-01

    Despite advances in model representation of the spatial and temporal evolution of the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) a fundamental understanding of the processes shaping the Marine Boundary Layer (MBL) is still lacking. As part of a project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, we are tackling this problem by combining available atmosphere and ocean observations with advanced coupled atmosphere-wave models, and via state estimation (SE) methodologies. The over-arching goal is to achieve significant advances in the scientific understanding and prediction of the underlying physical processes of the MBL, with an emphasis on the coupling between the atmosphere and the ocean via momentum and heat fluxes. We are using the single-column model (SCM) and three-dimensional (3D) versions of the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model, observations of MBL structure as provided by coastal and offshore remote sensing platforms and meteorological towers, and probabilistic SE. We are systematically investigating the errors in the treatment of the surface layer of the MBL, identifying structural model inadequacies associated with its representation. We expect one key deficiency of current model representations of the surface layer of the MBL that can have a profound effect on fluxes estimates: the use of Monin-Obukhov similarity theory (MOST). This theory was developed for continental ABLs using land-based measurements, which accounts for mechanical and thermal forcing on turbulence but neglects the influence of ocean waves. We have developed an atmosphere-wave coupled modeling system by interfacing WRF with a wave model (Wavewatch III - WWIII), which is used for evaluating errors in the representation of wave-induced forcing on the energy balance at the interface between atmosphere and ocean. The Data Assimilation Research Testbed (DART) includes the SE algorithms that provide the framework for obtaining spatial and temporal statistics of wind-error evolution (and hence

  8. Design of Phase I Combination Trials: Recommendations of the Clinical Trial Design Task Force of the NCI Investigational Drug Steering Committee

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    Paller, Channing J.; Bradbury, Penelope A.; Ivy, S. Percy; Seymour, Lesley; LoRusso, Patricia M.; Baker, Laurence; Rubinstein, Larry; Huang, Erich; Collyar, Deborah; Groshen, Susan; Reeves, Steven; Ellis, Lee M.; Sargent, Daniel J.; Rosner, Gary L.; LeBlanc, Michael L.; Ratain, Mark J.

    2014-01-01

    Anticancer drugs are combined in an effort to treat a heterogeneous tumor or to maximize the pharmacodynamic effect. The development of combination regimens, while desirable, poses unique challenges. These include the selection of agents for combination therapy that may lead to improved efficacy while maintaining acceptable toxicity, the design of clinical trials that provide informative results for individual agents and combinations, and logistical and regulatory challenges. The phase 1 trial is often the initial step in the clinical evaluation of a combination regimen. In view of the importance of combination regimens and the challenges associated with developing them, the Clinical Trial Design (CTD) Task Force of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Investigational Drug Steering Committee developed a set of recommendations for the phase 1 development of a combination regimen. The first two recommendations focus on the scientific rationale and development plans for the combination regimen; subsequent recommendations encompass clinical design aspects. The CTD Task Force recommends that selection of the proposed regimens be based on a biological or pharmacological rationale supported by clinical and/or robust and validated preclinical evidence, and accompanied by a plan for subsequent development of the combination. The design of the phase 1 clinical trial should take into consideration the potential pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic interactions as well as overlapping toxicity. Depending on the specific hypothesized interaction, the primary endpoint may be dose optimization, pharmacokinetics, and/or pharmacodynamic (i.e., biomarker). PMID:25125258

  9. An Efficient Referencing And Sample Positioning System To Investigate Heterogeneous Substances With Combined Microfocused Synchrotron X-ray Techniques

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    Spangenberg, Thomas; Goettlicher, Joerg; Steininger, Ralph

    2009-01-29

    A referencing and sample positioning system has been developed to transfer object positions measured with an offline microscope to a synchrotron experimental station. The accuracy should be sufficient to deal with heterogeneous samples on micrometer scale. Together with an online fluorescence mapping visualisation the optical alignment helps to optimize measuring procedures for combined microfocused X-ray techniques.

  10. Experimental Investigations of the Energy and Environmental Indices of Operation of a Low-Capacity Combined Gas Producer and Hot-Water Boiler

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    Bodnar, L. A.; Stepanov, D. V.; Dovgal‧, A. N.

    2015-07-01

    It has been shown that the introduction of combined gas producers and boilers on renewable energy sources is a pressing issue. A structural diagram of a low-capacity combined gas producer and boiler on renewable energy sources has been given; a bench and procedures for investigation and processing of results have been developed. Experimental investigations of the energy and environmental indices of a 40-kW combined gas producer and hotwater boiler burning wood have been carried out. Results of the experimental investigations have been analyzed. Distinctive features have been established and a procedure of thermal calculation of the double furnace of a lowcapacity combined gas producer and boiler burning solid fuel has been proposed. The calculated coefficients of heat transfer from the gases in the convection bank have been compared with the obtained experimental results. A calculation dependence for the heat transfer from the gases in convection banks of low-capacity hot-water boilers has been proposed. The quantities of harmful emissions from the combined gas producer and boiler on renewable energy sources have been compared with the existing Ukrainian and foreign standards. It has been established that the environmental efficiency of the boiler under study complies with most of the standard requirements of European countries.

  11. A Combination of Hand-Held Models and Computer Imaging Programs Helps Students Answer Oral Questions about Molecular Structure and Function: A Controlled Investigation of Student Learning

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    Harris, Michelle A.; Peck, Ronald F.; Colton, Shannon; Morris, Jennifer; Neto, Elias Chaibub; Kallio, Julie

    2009-01-01

    We conducted a controlled investigation to examine whether a combination of computer imagery and tactile tools helps introductory cell biology laboratory undergraduate students better learn about protein structure/function relationships as compared with computer imagery alone. In all five laboratory sections, students used the molecular imaging…

  12. Investigation of groundwater flow paths through combined inversion of strontium isotope ratios and hydraulic head data. Final report

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    Thomas M. Johnson

    1999-12-04

    Strontium (Sr) isotope and other geochemical data were collected for groundwater samples from the Snake River Plain aquifer in the vicinity of the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL). These geochemical data provide strong evidence for slow and fast groundwater flow zones that had not been previously characterized. The geochemical data were combined with existing hydraulic head data in groundwater flow and transport models. These models enable quantitative extraction of flow information from the data (i.e., inversion of the data). This new approach and the implications for INEEL environmental activities will be reported in two journal articles. One submitted recently and a second in preparation.

  13. Combined friction force microscopy and quantum chemical investigation of the tribotronic response at the propylammonium nitrate-graphite interface.

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    Li, H; Atkin, R; Page, A J

    2015-06-28

    The energetic origins of the variation in friction with potential at the propylammonium nitrate-graphite interface are revealed using friction force microscopy (FFM) in combination with quantum chemical simulations. For boundary layer lubrication, as the FFM tip slides energy is dissipated via (1) boundary layer ions and (2) expulsion of near-surface ion layers from the space between the surface and advancing tip. Simulations reveal how changing the surface potential changes the ion composition of the boundary and near surface layer, which controls energy dissipation through both pathways, and thus the friction. PMID:26027558

  14. To See or Not to See: Investigating Detectability of Ganges River Dolphins Using a Combined Visual-Acoustic Survey

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    Richman, Nadia I.; Gibbons, James M.; Turvey, Samuel T.; Akamatsu, Tomonari; Ahmed, Benazir; Mahabub, Emile; Smith, Brian D.; Jones, Julia P. G.

    2014-01-01

    Detection of animals during visual surveys is rarely perfect or constant, and failure to account for imperfect detectability affects the accuracy of abundance estimates. Freshwater cetaceans are among the most threatened group of mammals, and visual surveys are a commonly employed method for estimating population size despite concerns over imperfect and unquantified detectability. We used a combined visual-acoustic survey to estimate detectability of Ganges River dolphins (Platanista gangetica gangetica) in four waterways of southern Bangladesh. The combined visual-acoustic survey resulted in consistently higher detectability than a single observer-team visual survey, thereby improving power to detect trends. Visual detectability was particularly low for dolphins close to meanders where these habitat features temporarily block the view of the preceding river surface. This systematic bias in detectability during visual-only surveys may lead researchers to underestimate the importance of heavily meandering river reaches. Although the benefits of acoustic surveys are increasingly recognised for marine cetaceans, they have not been widely used for monitoring abundance of freshwater cetaceans due to perceived costs and technical skill requirements. We show that acoustic surveys are in fact a relatively cost-effective approach for surveying freshwater cetaceans, once it is acknowledged that methods that do not account for imperfect detectability are of limited value for monitoring. PMID:24805782

  15. The use of combined cathodoluminescence and EBSD analysis: a case study investigating grain boundary migration mechanisms in quartz.

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    Piazolo, S; Prior, D J; Holness, M D

    2005-02-01

    Grain boundary migration is an important mechanism of microstructural modification both in rocks and in metals. Combining detailed cathodoluminescence (CL) and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analysis offers the opportunity to relate directly changes in crystallographic orientation to migrating boundaries. We observe the following features in naturally heated quartz grains from the thermal aureole of the Ballachulish Igneous Complex (Scotland, U.K.): (a) propagation of substructures and twin boundaries in swept areas both parallel and at an angle to the growth direction, (b) development of slightly different crystallographic orientations and new twin boundaries at both the growth interfaces and within the swept area and (c) a gradual change in crystallographic orientation in the direction of growth. All these features are compatible with a growth mechanism in which single atoms are attached and detached both at random and at preferential sites, i.e. crystallographically controlled sites or kinks in boundary ledges. Additionally, strain fields caused by defects and/or trace element incorporation may facilitate nucleation sites for new crystallographic orientations at distinct growth interfaces but also at continuously migrating boundaries. This study illustrates the usefulness of combined CL and EBSD in microprocess analysis. Further work in this direction may provide detailed insight into both the mechanism of static grain growth and the energies and mobilities of boundaries in terms of misorientation and grain boundary plane orientation. PMID:15683412

  16. To see or not to see: investigating detectability of Ganges River dolphins using a combined visual-acoustic survey.

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    Richman, Nadia I; Gibbons, James M; Turvey, Samuel T; Akamatsu, Tomonari; Ahmed, Benazir; Mahabub, Emile; Smith, Brian D; Jones, Julia P G

    2014-01-01

    Detection of animals during visual surveys is rarely perfect or constant, and failure to account for imperfect detectability affects the accuracy of abundance estimates. Freshwater cetaceans are among the most threatened group of mammals, and visual surveys are a commonly employed method for estimating population size despite concerns over imperfect and unquantified detectability. We used a combined visual-acoustic survey to estimate detectability of Ganges River dolphins (Platanista gangetica gangetica) in four waterways of southern Bangladesh. The combined visual-acoustic survey resulted in consistently higher detectability than a single observer-team visual survey, thereby improving power to detect trends. Visual detectability was particularly low for dolphins close to meanders where these habitat features temporarily block the view of the preceding river surface. This systematic bias in detectability during visual-only surveys may lead researchers to underestimate the importance of heavily meandering river reaches. Although the benefits of acoustic surveys are increasingly recognised for marine cetaceans, they have not been widely used for monitoring abundance of freshwater cetaceans due to perceived costs and technical skill requirements. We show that acoustic surveys are in fact a relatively cost-effective approach for surveying freshwater cetaceans, once it is acknowledged that methods that do not account for imperfect detectability are of limited value for monitoring. PMID:24805782

  17. Ab initio Investigation to Model Stilbene Photo-Physical Properties by Combining CC2 Topological Investigation and CASPT2 Energy Corrections

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    Tomasello, Gaia; Altoe, Piero; Garavelli, Marco; Orlandi, Giorgio

    2007-12-26

    Stilbene photoexcitation and consequent decay to the ground state has been investigated by mapping the Minimum Energy Path (MEP) from S{sub 1} spectroscopic state triggering an almost barrierless reaction pathway to an S{sub 1}/S{sub 0} degenerate region. The particular influence of the {sigma}-{pi} excitation on the S{sub 1} wave function, dominated by a {pi}{yields}{pi}* character, reveals how the non-dynamical correlation energy was important to correctly describe the excited state behaviour and the topological aspect of its potential energy surface. Several strategies of calculations, by using CASSCF//CASPT2 methods, were performed trying to improve the photochemical description nowadays known. Both symmetry and non symmetry preserving computations were performed; systematically was concluded that, because of the limit of CASSCF description enables only to introduce the correlation effect such as the ones due to {sigma}-{pi} excitations, CASSCF and CASPT2 topologies are probably often not in agreement. Thus CC2 methodology was adopted o optimize the S{sub 1} geometries and obtain reasonable structures for the minima. Two S{sub 1}/S{sub 0} accessible conical intersections featured by pyramidalized carbons were located on the first excited state explaining the ultrafast radiationless decay to the ground state and the photoproducts observed within the timescale of ps.

  18. The Fixed-Links Model in Combination with the Polynomial Function as a Tool for Investigating Choice Reaction Time Data

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    Schweizer, Karl

    2006-01-01

    A model with fixed relations between manifest and latent variables is presented for investigating choice reaction time data. The numbers for fixation originate from the polynomial function. Two options are considered: the component-based (1 latent variable for each component of the polynomial function) and composite-based options (1 latent…

  19. An Investigation of Nonverbal Cue Combinations and the Validity of Aggregation Measurement Techniques in a Spontaneous Persuasive Interaction.

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    Buller, David B.

    A study was conducted to examine the presence and composition of nonverbal cues exhibited in a spontaneous dyadic interaction and to investigate the assumption that cue variation is inconsequential to the effect of nonverbal behavior implicit in methods that aggregate cue incidence across interactions. Subjects, 110 college undergraduates, worked…

  20. Investigation of aged Asian dust particles by the combined use of quantitative ED-EPMA and ATR-FTIR imaging

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    Song, Y.-C.; Eom, H.-J.; Jung, H.-J.; Malek, M. A.; Kim, H. K.; Geng, H.; Ro, C.-U.

    2013-03-01

    In our previous works, it was demonstrated that the combined use of quantitative energy-dispersive electron probe X-ray microanalysis (ED-EPMA), which is also known as low-Z particle EPMA, and attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) imaging has great potential for a detailed characterization of individual aerosol particles. In this study, extensively chemically modified (aged) individual Asian dust particles collected during an Asian dust storm event on 11 November 2002 in Korea were characterized by the combined use of low-Z particle EPMA and ATR-FTIR imaging. Overall, 109 individual particles were classified into four particle types based on their morphology, elemental concentrations, and molecular species and/or functional groups of individual particles available from the two analytical techniques: Ca-containing (38%), NaNO3-containing (30%), silicate (22%), and miscellaneous particles (10%). Among the 41 Ca-containing particles, 10, 8, and 14 particles contained nitrate, sulfate, and both, respectively, whereas only two particles contained unreacted CaCO3. Airborne amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) particles were observed in this Asian dust sample for the first time, where their IR peaks for the insufficient symmetric environment of CO32- ions of ACC were clearly differentiated from those of crystalline CaCO3. This paper also reports the first inland field observation of CaCl2 particles probably converted from CaCO3 through the reaction with HCl(g). HCl(g) was likely released from the reaction of sea salt with NOx/HNO3, as all 33 particles of marine origin contained NaNO3 (no genuine sea salt particle was encountered). Some silicate particles with minor amounts of calcium were observed to be mixed with nitrate, sulfate, and water. Among 24 silicate particles, 10 particles are mixed with water, the presence of which could facilitate atmospheric heterogeneous reactions of silicate particles including swelling minerals, such

  1. Complementary cavity-enhanced spectrometers to investigate the OH + CH combination band in trans-formic acid.

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    Golebiowski, D; Földes, T; Vanfleteren, T; Herman, M; Perrin, A

    2015-07-01

    We have used continuous-wave cavity ring-down and femto-Fourier transform-cavity-enhanced absorption spectrometers to record the spectrum of the OH-stretching + CH-stretching (ν1 + ν2) combination band in trans-formic acid, with origin close to 6507 cm(-1). They, respectively, allowed resolving and simplifying the rotational structure of the band near its origin under jet-cooled conditions (Trot = 10 K) and highlighting the overview of the band under room temperature conditions. The stronger B-type and weaker A-type subbands close to the band origin could be assigned, as well as the main B-type Q branches. The high-resolution analysis was hindered by numerous, severe perturbations. Rotational constants are reported with, however, limited physical meaning. The ν1 + ν2 transition moment is estimated from relative intensities to be 24° away from the principal b-axis of inertia. PMID:26156476

  2. Investigating the differential emission measure and energetics of microflares with combined SDO/AIA and RHESSI observations

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    Inglis, A. R.; Christe, S.

    2014-07-10

    An important question in solar physics is whether solar microflares, the smallest currently observable flare events in X-rays, possess the same energetic properties as large flares. Recent surveys have suggested that microflares may be less efficient particle accelerators than large flares, and hence contribute less non-thermal energy, which may have implications for coronal heating mechanisms. We therefore explore the energetic properties of microflares by combining EUV and X-ray measurements. We present forward-fitting differential emission measure (DEM) analysis of 10 microflares. The fitting is constrained by combining, for the first time, high-temperature Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager (RHESSI) observations and flux data from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA). Two fitting models are tested for the DEM; a Gaussian distribution and a uniform DEM profile. A Gaussian fit proved unable to explain the observations for any of the studied microflares. However, 8 of 10 events studied were reasonably fit by a uniform DEM profile. Hence microflare plasma can be considered to be significantly multi-thermal, and may not be significantly peaked or contain resolvable fine structure, within the uncertainties of the observational instruments. The thermal and non-thermal energy is estimated for each microflare, comparing the energy budget with an isothermal plasma assumption. From the multi-thermal fits the minimum non-thermal energy content was found to average approximately 30% of the estimated thermal energy. By comparison, under an isothermal model the non-thermal and thermal energy estimates were generally comparable. Hence, multi-thermal plasma is an important consideration for solar microflares that substantially alters their thermal and non-thermal energy content.

  3. Investigating the Differential Emission Measure and Energetics of Microflares with Combined SDO/AIA and RHESSI Observations

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    Inglis, A. R.; Christe, S.

    2014-01-01

    An important question in solar physics is whether solar microflares, the smallest currently observable flare events in X-rays, possess the same energetic properties as large flares. Recent surveys have suggested that microflares may be less efficient particle accelerators than large flares, and hence contribute less non-thermal energy, which may have implications for coronal heating mechanisms. We therefore explore the energetic properties of microflares by combining EUV and X-ray measurements. We present forward-fitting differential emission measure (DEM) analysis of 10 microflares. The fitting is constrained by combining, for the first time, high-temperature Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager (RHESSI) observations and flux data from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA). Two fitting models are tested for the DEM; a Gaussian distribution and a uniform DEM profile. A Gaussian fit proved unable to explain the observations for any of the studied microflares. However, 8 of 10 events studied were reasonably fit by a uniform DEM profile. Hence microflare plasma can be considered to be significantly multi-thermal, and may not be significantly peaked or contain resolvable fine structure, within the uncertainties of the observational instruments. The thermal and non-thermal energy is estimated for each microflare, comparing the energy budget with an isothermal plasma assumption. From the multi-thermal fits the minimum non-thermal energy content was found to average approximately 30% of the estimated thermal energy. By comparison, under an isothermal model the non-thermal and thermal energy estimates were generally comparable. Hence, multi-thermal plasma is an important consideration for solar microflares that substantially alters their thermal and non-thermal energy content.

  4. Experimental Investigation of Space Radiation Processing in Lunar Soil Ilmenite: Combining Perspectives from Surface Science and Transmission Electron Microscopy

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    Christoffersen, R.; Keller, L. P.; Rahman, Z.; Baragiola, R.

    2010-01-01

    Energetic ions mostly from the solar wind play a major role in lunar space weathering because they contribute structural and chemical changes to the space-exposed surfaces of lunar regolith grains. In mature mare soils, ilmenite (FeTiO3) grains in the finest size fraction have been shown in transmission electron microscope (TEM) studies to exhibit key differences in their response to space radiation processing relative to silicates [1,2,3]. In ilmenite, solar ion radiation alters host grain outer margins to produce 10-100 nm thick layers that are microstructurally complex, but dominantly crystalline compared to the amorphous radiation-processed rims on silicates [1,2,3]. Spatially well-resolved analytical TEM measurements also show nm-scale compositional and chemical state changes in these layers [1,3]. These include shifts in Fe/Ti ratio from strong surface Fe-enrichment (Fe/Ti >> 1), to Fe depletion (Fe/Ti < 1) at 40-50 nm below the grain surface [1,3]. These compositional changes are not observed in the radiation-processed rims on silicates [4]. Several mechanism(s) to explain the overall relations in the ilmenite grain rims by radiation processing and/or additional space weathering processes were proposed by [1], and remain under current consideration [3]. A key issue has concerned the ability of ion radiation processing alone to produce some of the deeper- penetrating compositional changes. In order to provide some experimental constraints on these questions, we have performed a combined X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and field-emission scanning transmission electron (FE-STEM) study of experimentally ion-irradiated ilmenite. A key feature of this work is the combination of analytical techniques sensitive to changes in the irradiated samples at depth scales going from the immediate surface (approx.5 nm; XPS), to deeper in the grain interior (5-100 nm; FE-STEM).

  5. All optical method for investigation of spin and charge transport in semiconductors: Combination of spatially and time-resolved luminescence

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    Cadiz, F.; Paget, D.; Grebenkov, D.; Korb, J. P.; Rowe, A. C. H.; Barate, P.; Amand, T.; Arscott, S.; Peytavit, E.

    2014-07-14

    A new approach is demonstrated for investigating charge and spin diffusion as well as surface and bulk recombination in unpassivated doped semiconductors. This approach consists in using two complementary, conceptually related, techniques, which are time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) and spatially resolved microluminescence (μPL) and is applied here to p{sup +} GaAs. Analysis of the sole TRPL signal is limited by the finite risetime. On the other hand, it is shown that joint TRPL and μPL can be used to determine the diffusion constant, the bulk recombination time, and the spin relaxation time. As an illustration, the temperature variation of these quantities is investigated for p{sup +} GaAs.

  6. Investigation of the Liquid Fluorine-liquid Diborane Propellant Combination in a 100-pound-thrust Rocket Engine

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    Ordin, Paul M; Douglass, Howard W; Rowe, William H

    1951-01-01

    The experimental performance of liquid fluorine and liquid diborane was investigated in a 100-pound-thrust engine at a combustion pressure of 300 pounds per square inch absolute. Methods of handling and transporting liquid fluorine were developed. It was extremely difficult to obtain satisfactory operation because of the high flame speed and high combustion chamber temperatures. The maximum performance obtained was 280 pound seconds per pound, 88 percent of the theoretical maximum. The theoretical performance was recalculated with revised thermodynamic data, indicating a maximum specific impulse of 311 pound seconds per pound as compared with the previously reported value of 323.

  7. A new combined nuclear magnetic resonance and Raman spectroscopic probe applied to in situ investigations of catalysts and catalytic processes

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    Camp, Jules C. J.; Mantle, Michael D.; York, Andrew P. E.; McGregor, James

    2014-06-15

    Both Raman and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopies are valuable analytical techniques capable of providing mechanistic information and thereby providing insights into chemical processes, including catalytic reactions. Since both techniques are chemically sensitive, they yield not only structural information but also quantitative analysis. In this work, for the first time, the combination of the two techniques in a single experimental apparatus is reported. This entailed the design of a new experimental probe capable of recording simultaneous measurements on the same sample and/or system of interest. The individual datasets acquired by each spectroscopic method are compared to their unmodified, stand-alone equivalents on a single sample as a means to benchmark this novel piece of equipment. The application towards monitoring reaction progress is demonstrated through the evolution of the homogeneous catalysed metathesis of 1‑hexene, with both experimental techniques able to detect reactant consumption and product evolution. This is extended by inclusion of magic angle spinning (MAS) NMR capabilities with a custom made MAS 7 mm rotor capable of spinning speeds up to 1600 Hz, quantified by analysis of the spinning sidebands of a sample of KBr. The value of this is demonstrated through an application involving heterogeneous catalysis, namely the metathesis of 2-pentene and ethene. This provides the added benefit of being able to monitor both the reaction progress (by NMR spectroscopy) and also the structure of the catalyst (by Raman spectroscopy) on the very same sample, facilitating the development of structure-performance relationships.

  8. In vitro investigation of individual and combined cytotoxic effects of ochratoxin A and other selected mycotoxins on renal cells.

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    Heussner, A H; Dietrich, D R; O'Brien, E

    2006-04-01

    Hundreds of mycotoxins are known to date and many of them are of great interest with regard to human and animal health since they are detected frequently in plant-derived products. Various mycotoxins may occur simultaneously, depending on the environmental and substrate conditions. Considering this coincident production, it is very likely, that humans and animals are always exposed to mixtures rather than to individual compounds. Therefore, future risk assessments should consider mixture toxicity data. This is particularly true for ochratoxin A (OTA), ochratoxin B (OTB), citrinin (CIT) and occasionally for patulin (PAT) as they are all produced by a number of Penicillium and Aspergillus species. Therefore, these four toxins were chosen to study the interactive effects in vitro, using the well-established porcine renal cell line LLC-PK1 and the MTT reduction test as a cytotoxicity endpoint. By application of a step-wise approach to test combination toxicity, using various full factorial as well as a central composite experimental designs, the interactive (synergistic) cytotoxic effects of the these four toxins were assessed. The results obtained in this study confirm a potential for interactive (synergistic) effects of CIT and OTA and possibly other mycotoxins in cells of renal origin. PMID:16140496

  9. Clinical investigation of the biological effects of a new combination low-dose oral contraceptive ('Ovostat E').

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    Tarkkila, T; Hulkko, S; Alapiessa, U; Kauraniemi, T

    1977-01-01

    A low-dose contraceptive containing 1 mg of lynestrenol and .05 mg of ethinyl estradiol was studied over 12 cycles in 11 healthy fertile women volunteers. The subjects were aged 20-30 years. Measurements were taken of urinary luteinizing hormone (LH), pregnanediol, and estrogen, and serum progesterone and estradiol values; in addition, on a fixed schedule during treatment, the 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 12th months, vaginal smears and endometrial biopsies were taken, along with SGOT and SGPT determinations. According to determinations, ovulation was inhibited during every cycle tested. A clear estrogenic effect was evident in the karyopyknotic index, during cycle 3, at the beginning of the cycle which became a progestational effect around Day 13 (biphasic). In cycle 6, the indexes of cytology decreased, but during Cycle 12, they rose a bit again. Basal body temperature during treatment was monophasic. Cervical mucus assessed by spinnbarket during treatment was low and arborization absent. The SGOT and SGPT liver function tests were within normal values in all cycles in 7 women; 4 showed clearly higher levels in Cycles 3 and 12. None of the cycles showed the high midcycle urinary excretion of LH. No significant side effects were reported. Examination of the endometrial biopsies showed a drug effect in all cases and there was no secretory activity in any of the samples. These findings confirm clinical results that show this low-dose combination to be an effective contraceptive agent. PMID:162661

  10. Investigations on Laser Beam Welding Dissimilar Material Combinations of Austenitic High Manganese (FeMn) and Ferrite Steels

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    Behm, Velten; Höfemann, Matthias; Hatscher, Ansgar; Springer, André; Kaierle, Stefan; Hein, David; Otto, Manuel; Overmeyer, Ludger

    For the past few years the customer's demand for more fuel efficient and at the same time safer vehicles has steadily increased. Consequently, light weight design has become one of the main interests in engineering. With regard to sheet metal components, a new class of high manganese steels, based on the TWIP (twinning induced plasticity) effect, provides the opportunity of shaping light weight designedthin and complex sheet metal geometries with advanced crash performance. In terms of weldability, due to their thermo-physical properties (high content of C, Mn, Al, Si), FeMn steels have to be handled differently in comparison to conventional steel grades. Particularly dissimilar material combinations of FeMn and ferrite steels are in the center of interest for industrial applications. This study reveals that metallurgical properties of dissimilar welding seams can be influenced considerably by laser beam welding, resulting in a change of the mechanical properties of the seam which is practicable without using filler material as described in (Flügge et al., 2011).

  11. Investigating CNS synaptogenesis at single-synapse resolution by combining reverse genetics with correlative light and electron microscopy.

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    Urwyler, Olivier; Izadifar, Azadeh; Dascenco, Dan; Petrovic, Milan; He, Haihuai; Ayaz, Derya; Kremer, Anna; Lippens, Saskia; Baatsen, Pieter; Guérin, Christopher J; Schmucker, Dietmar

    2015-01-15

    Determining direct synaptic connections of specific neurons in the central nervous system (CNS) is a major technical challenge in neuroscience. As a corollary, molecular pathways controlling developmental synaptogenesis in vivo remain difficult to address. Here, we present genetic tools for efficient and versatile labeling of organelles, cytoskeletal components and proteins at single-neuron and single-synapse resolution in Drosophila mechanosensory (ms) neurons. We extended the imaging analysis to the ultrastructural level by developing a protocol for correlative light and 3D electron microscopy (3D CLEM). We show that in ms neurons, synaptic puncta revealed by genetically encoded markers serve as a reliable indicator of individual active zones. Block-face scanning electron microscopy analysis of ms axons revealed T-bar-shaped dense bodies and other characteristic ultrastructural features of CNS synapses. For a mechanistic analysis, we directly combined the single-neuron labeling approach with cell-specific gene disruption techniques. In proof-of-principle experiments we found evidence for a highly similar requirement for the scaffolding molecule Liprin-α and its interactors Lar and DSyd-1 (RhoGAP100F) in synaptic vesicle recruitment. This suggests that these important synapse regulators might serve a shared role at presynaptic sites within the CNS. In principle, our CLEM approach is broadly applicable to the developmental and ultrastructural analysis of any cell type that can be targeted with genetically encoded markers. PMID:25503410

  12. Combined analysis of 2-D electrical resistivity, seismic refraction and geotechnical investigations for Bukit Bunuh complex crater

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    Azwin, I. N.; Saad, Rosli; Saidin, Mokhtar; Nordiana, M. M.; Anderson Bery, Andy; Hidayah, I. N. E.

    2015-01-01

    Interest in studying impact crater on earth has increased tremendously due to its importance in geologic events, earth inhabitant history as well as economic value. The existences of few shock metamorphism and crater morphology evidences are discovered in Bukit Bunuh, Malaysia thus detailed studies are performed using geophysical and geotechnical methods to verify the type of the crater and characteristics accordingly. This paper presents the combined analysis of 2-D electrical resistivity, seismic refraction, geotechnical SPT N value, moisture content and RQD within the study area. Three stages of data acquisition are made starting with regional study followed by detailed study on West side and East side. Bulk resistivity and p-wave seismic velocity were digitized from 2-D resistivity and seismic sections at specific distance and depth for corresponding boreholes and samples taken. Generally, Bukit Bunuh shows the complex crater characteristics. Standard table of bulk resistivity and p-wave seismic velocity against SPT N value, moisture content and RQD are produce according to geological classifications of impact crater; inside crater, rim/slumped terrace and outside crater.

  13. Investigating the error budget of tropical rainfall accumulations derived from combined passive microwave and infrared satellite measurements

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    Roca, R.; Chambon, P.; jobard, I.; Viltard, N.

    2012-04-01

    Measuring rainfall requires a high density of observations, which, over the whole tropical elt, can only be provided from space. For several decades, the availability of satellite observations has greatly increased; thanks to newly implemented missions like the Megha-Tropiques mission and the forthcoming GPM constellation, measurements from space become available from a set of observing systems. In this work, we focus on rainfall error estimations at the 1 °/1-day accumulated scale, key scale of meteorological and hydrological studies. A novel methodology for quantitative precipitation estimation is introduced; its name is TAPEER (Tropical Amount of Precipitation with an Estimate of ERrors) and it aims to provide 1 °/1-day rain accumulations and associated errors over the whole Tropical belt. This approach is based on a combination of infrared imagery from a fleet of geostationary satellites and passive microwave derived rain rates from a constellation of low earth orbiting satellites. A three-stage disaggregation of error into sampling, algorithmic and calibration errors is performed; the magnitudes of the three terms are then estimated separately. A dedicated error model is used to evaluate sampling errors and a forward error propagation approach is used for an estimation of algorithmic and calibration errors. One of the main findings in this study is the large contribution of the sampling errors and the algorithmic errors of BRAIN on medium rain rates (2 mm h-1 to 10 mm h-1) in the total error budget.

  14. A Combined Lagrangian-Thin Film Model for Investigating Film to Rivulet Transition on Surfaces with Various Wettabilities

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    Tembely, Moussa; Dizon, Ian; Dolatabadi, Ali

    2015-11-01

    Understanding rivulet formation which arises from cloud droplets impact is of interest for the aerospace industry, where in icing conditions rivulets and droplets run back along the aerodynamics surfaces. In the present work, a numerical model based on a coupling between a Lagrangian method for spray generation and thin film approach is used to investigate the rivulet formation on various surfaces. The thin-film approximation which results from the simplification of the Navier-Stokes equations accounts for the surface wettability through a contact line force model which enables to describe film-to-rivulet transition and film separation. After validating the thin film model with a Nusselt solution of a steady state laminar flow over a vertical plate, the transition from spray to rivulet is simulated on a cylinder with 3 wettabilities: hydrophilic, hydrophobic and superhydrophobic. The spray impingement on the cylinder is carried out in 2 configurations (i) vertical where a gravity-driven rivulet is formed on the cylinder side, and (ii) horizontal where the spray impacts on the cylinder under the effect of airflow. In addition to the simulations, these two configurations are investigated experimentally using a high speed camera and a small scale icing wind tunnel

  15. Structural and vibrational investigation of para-nitraminopyridine N-oxide. A combined experimental and theoretical studies.

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    Oszust, J; Baran, J; Pietraszko, A; Drozd, M; Talik, Z

    2005-12-01

    The X-ray and vibrational spectroscopic analysis of para-nitraminopyridine N-oxide are reported. The crystals of investigated compound belong to P2(1) of the monoclinic system, Z=4, a=3.735 A, b=11.767 A, c=14.679 A and beta=93.27 degrees . Room temperature powder infrared and Raman spectra of the title compound and its deuterated analogue were measured. The molecular structure of p-nitraminopyridine N-oxide has been calculated with the aid of density functional (B3LYP) method with the extended 6-311++G(d,p) basis set. The calculated geometrical parameters of investigated molecule in gas phase were compared with experimental X-ray data. The harmonic frequencies, potential energy distribution (PED) and IR intensities of p-nitroaminopyridine N-oxide and its deuterated analogue were calculated with B3LYP method. The assignment of the experimental spectra has been made on the basis of the calculated PED. The time depend Hartree-Fock (TDHF) method was used for calculations of hyperpolarizability beta coefficient. PMID:16303626

  16. Some Investigations of the General Instability of Stiffened Metal Cylinders VI : Stiffened Metal Cylinders Subjected to Combined Bending and Transverse Shear

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    1943-01-01

    This is the sixth of a series of reports covering an investigation of the general instability problem by the California Institute of Technology. The first five reports of this series cover investigations of the general instability problem under the loading conditions of pure bending and were prepared under the sponsorship of the Civil Aeronautics Administration. This report and the succeeding reports of this series cover the work done on other loading conditions under the sponsorship of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. This report summarizes the work that has been carried on in the experimental investigation of the problem of general instability of stiffened metal cylinders subjected to combined bending and transverse shear at the C.I.T. This part of the investigation includes tests on 55 sheet-covered specimens.

  17. Europium, uranyl, and thorium-phenanthroline amide complexes in acetonitrile solution: an ESI-MS and DFT combined investigation.

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    Xiao, Cheng-Liang; Wang, Cong-Zhi; Mei, Lei; Zhang, Xin-Rui; Wall, Nathalie; Zhao, Yu-Liang; Chai, Zhi-Fang; Shi, Wei-Qun

    2015-08-28

    The tetradentate N,N'-diethyl-N,N'-ditolyl-2,9-diamide-1,10-phenanthroline (Et-Tol-DAPhen) ligand with hard-soft donor atoms has been demonstrated to be promising for the group separation of actinides from highly acidic nuclear wastes. To identify the formed complexes of this ligand with actinides and lanthanides, electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) combined with density functional theory (DFT) calculations was used to probe the possible complexation processes. The 1 : 2 Eu-L species ([EuL2(NO3)](2+)) can be observed in ESI-MS at low metal-to-ligand ([M]/[L]) ratios, whereas the 1 : 1 Eu-L species ([EuL(NO3)2](+)) can be observed when the [M]/[L] ratio is higher than 1.0. However, ([UO2L(NO3)](+)) is the only detected species for the uranyl complexes. The [ThL2(NO3)2](2+) species can be observed at low [M]/[L] ratios; the 1 : 2 species ([ThL2(NO3)](3+)) and a new 1 : 1 species ([ThL(NO3)3](+)) can be detected at high [M]/[L] ratios. Collision-induced dissociation (CID) results showed that Et-Tol-DAPhen ligands can coordinate strongly with metal ions, and the coordination moieties remain intact under CID conditions. Natural bond orbital (NBO), molecular electrostatic potential (MEP), electron localization function (ELF), atoms in molecules (AIM) and molecular orbital (MO) analyses indicated that the metal-ligand bonds of the actinide complexes exhibited more covalent character than those of the lanthanide complexes. In addition, according to thermodynamic analysis, the stable cationic M-L complexes in acetonitrile are found to be in good agreement with the ESI-MS results. PMID:26200662

  18. Investigation of a combined microdroplet generator and pneumatic nebulization system for quantitative determination of metal-containing nanoparticles using ICPMS.

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    Ramkorun-Schmidt, Benita; Pergantis, Spiros A; Esteban-Fernández, Diego; Jakubowski, Norbert; Günther, Detlef

    2015-09-01

    In this work, a routinely applicable approach is presented to characterize metal NPs. Individual droplets generated from a microdroplet generator (MDG) were merged into an aerosol generated by a pneumatic nebulizer (PN) and introduced into an ICPMS. The MDG offers high transport efficiency of individual and discrete droplets and was therefore used to establish a calibration function for mass quantification of NPs which were introduced through the PN following the single particle procedure as described elsewhere. The major advantages of such a combined configuration include fast processing of large sample volumes, fast exchanges of different sample matrixes, and the calibration of the NP signal using traceable elemental standards, thus avoiding the need to use NP reference materials or other, not always thoroughly characterized, commercially available NPs. The transport efficiency of the sample introduction is calculated based on the fact that 100% of the calibrant reaches the plasma through the MDG, whereas for the PN a NP suspension containing a known number concentration is used. Alternatively, bulk analysis of the NP material allows transport efficiency determination without any additional information from reference NPs. With this method, we could determine the size of standard silver NPs at 60.4 ± 1.0 nm and 80.0 ± 1.4 nm, respectively, which agrees with the size ranges given by the supplier (60.8 ± 6.6 nm and 79.8 ± 5.4 nm). Furthermore, we were also able to determine the NPs number concentration of the sample (Ag/Au) with a deviation of 3.2% the expected value. PMID:26211704

  19. Biomechanical investigation of thoracolumbar spine in different postures during ejection using a combined finite element and multi-body approach.

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    Du, Chengfei; Mo, Zhongjun; Tian, Shan; Wang, Lizhen; Fan, Jie; Liu, Songyang; Fan, Yubo

    2014-11-01

    The aim of this study is to investigate the dynamic response of a multi-segment model of the thoracolumbar spine and determine how the sitting posture affects the response under the impact of ejection. A nonlinear finite element model of the thoracolumbar-pelvis complex (T9-S1) was developed and validated. A multi-body dynamic model of a pilot was also constructed so an ejection seat restraint system could be incorporated into the finite element model. The distribution of trunk mass on each vertebra was also considered in the model. Dynamics analysis showed that ejection impact induced obvious axial compression and anterior flexion of the spine, which may contribute to spinal injuries. Compared with a normal posture, the relaxed posture led to an increase in stress on the cortical wall, endplate, and intradiscal pressure of 43%, 10%, 13%, respectively, and accordingly increased the risk of inducing spinal injuries. PMID:24827805

  20. Combined use of fallout radionuclides and stable isotopes for investigating soil erosion processes in a Moroccan watershed

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    Benmansour, Moncef; Mabit, Lionel; Zouagui, Anis; Amenzou, Nouredinne; Sabir, Mohamed; Nouira, Asmae; Brandt, Christian; Rasche, Frank; Naimi, Mustapha; Chikhaoui, Mohamed; Marah, Hamid; Benkdad, Azzouz; Taous, Fouad

    2015-04-01

    On-site and off-site impacts associated with land degradation by soil erosion are a major concern in Morocco. This study aimed to use fallout radionuclides (FRNs): Caesium-137 (137Cs), excess Lead-210 (210Pbex) and Beryllium-7 (7Be) in combination with carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes (i.e. Carbon-13 (13C) and Nitrogen-15 (15N)) in estimating soil loss in the "My Bouchta" watershed and the origin of sediment deposits in a downstream water reservoir (i.e. "Talembout"). Using 137Cs, the net soil erosion rate, for the "My Bouchta" watershed over a period of 50 years, was estimated at 23 t/ha/yr with a main sediment contribution (> 90{%}) from the agricultural fields, the forest and shrub fields contributing to less than 10{%} of the overall sediment production. This result indicates clearly the role and the effectiveness of the forest plantations and vegetation cover to protect soil resource against erosion processes. The use of the 210Pb^ex technique in three different fields further highlighted that soil erosion rates over a period of 100 years were lower than those obtained by 137Cs reflecting the increase of soil loss during the last decades. Tests of fallout 7Be associated with short rainfall events in four fields confirmed the results obtained with 137Cs, that areas under natural vegetation were protected against erosion. Sedimentation rates were assessed for the "Talembout" water reservoir and the mean values obtained for two sediment cores using 210Pbex and the Constant Rate of Supply (CRS) model were about 0.51-0.58 g/cm^2/yr. The obtained results showed also a significant yearly increase of the sedimentation rate. The results derived from the stable isotopes depth profiles indicated similar behavior for forest and shrub fields. Furthermore, strong correlation between δ13C and total C was observed for this type of land use while for the agricultural fields, the correlation was not significant. In addition, the sediment profile of N-15 indicated an

  1. COMBINED THEORETICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION OF MECHANISMS AND KINETICS OF VAPOR-PHASE MERCURY UPTAKE BY CARBONACOUES SURFACES

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    Radisav D. Vidic

    2002-05-01

    The first part of this study evaluated the application of a versatile optical technique to study the adsorption and desorption of model adsorbates representative of volatile polar (acetone) and non-polar (propane) organic compounds on a model carbonaceous surface under ultra high vacuum (UHV) conditions. The results showed the strong correlation between optical differential reflectance (ODR) and adsorbate coverage determined by temperature programmed desorption (TPD). ODR technique was proved to be a powerful tool to investigate surface adsorption and desorption from UHV to high pressure conditions. The effects of chemical functionality and surface morphology on the adsorption/desorption behavior of acetone, propane and mercury were investigated for two model carbonaceous surfaces, namely air-cleaved highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) and plasma-oxidized HOPG. They can be removed by thermal treatment (> 500 K). The presence of these groups almost completely suppresses propane adsorption at 90K and removal of these groups leads to dramatic increase in adsorption capacity. The amount of acetone adsorbed is independent of surface heat treatment and depends only on total exposure. The effects of morphological heterogeneity is evident for plasma-oxidized HOPG as this substrate provides greater surface area, as well as higher energy binding sites. Mercury adsorption at 100 K on HOPG surfaces with and without chemical functionalities and topological heterogeneity created by plasma oxidation occurs through physisorption. The removal of chemical functionalities from HOPG surface enhances mercury physisorption. Plasma oxidation of HOPG provides additional surface area for mercury adsorption. Mercury adsorption by activated carbon at atmospheric pressure occurs through two distinct mechanisms, physisorption below 348 K and chemisorption above 348 K. No significant impact of oxygen functionalities was observed in the chemisorption region. The key findings of this study

  2. Syntheses, spectroscopic investigation and electronic properties of two sulfonamide derivatives: A combined experimental and quantum chemical approach

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    Mahmood, Ayyaz; Akram, Tehmina; de Lima, Edna Barboza

    2016-03-01

    Two sulfonamides derivatives, N-phenethyl-4-methylbenzenesulfonamide (1) and N-(4-hydroxyphenethyl)-4-methylbenzenesulfonamide (2), were successfully synthesized and fully characterized using 1H NMR, 13C NMR, FT-IR spectroscopies and elemental analysis. The molecular and electronic structures of the compounds were further investigated using density functional theory calculation at B3LYP and B3PW91 functionals using 6-311++G(d,p) basis set to provide structural and spectroscopic information and guide spectral assignments. The experimental and simulated 1H NMR, 13C NMR and FT-IR spectra were compared and the accuracy was discussed. The conformational analysis was performed in order to find the most stable molecular structure of the compounds. Molecular quantities such as ionization potential, electron affinity, electronegativity, electrophilicity index and chemical hardness and softness were calculated and used as an additional molecular characteristic to predict the stability of the molecules. Electronic properties such Mullikan atomic charges, HOMO, LUMO and HOMO-LUMO energy gaps and molecular electrostatic potential maps predict the large intramolecular charge transfer within the molecules and significant substitution effects.

  3. A combined FTIR and infrared emission spectroscopy investigation of layered double hydroxide as an effective electron donor.

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    Zhang, Jia; Wei, Feng; Liang, Ying; Zhou, Jizhi; Xi, Yunfei; Qian, Guangren; Frost, Ray

    2016-02-01

    A novel method has been presented to characterize electron transfer in layered double hydroxides (LDHs) utilizing an investigation combing FTIR and infrared emission spectroscopy. At room temperature, electron could transfer to interlayer Fe(3+) through monodentate ligand cyanide, and resulted in a reduction of 40% Fe(3+) to Fe(2+). When the environmental temperature increased from 25 to 300°C, reduction of Fe(3+) and Ni(2+) increased to 94% and 42%. Furthermore, electron also transferred to interlayer cation through multidentate ligand EDTA. As a result, LDHs has been proven to be an effective electron donor, and FTIR was a feasible tool in characterizing this property by monitoring the valence state of cations. It was also concluded that octahedral units with OH(-) groups in LDH layer functioned as electron donor centers. Driving force for electron transfer is attributed to the charge density difference between cation layer and probe anion. These results could help to explain the mechanism of various applications of LDHs in catalysis and photocatalysis. PMID:26490800

  4. A combined FTIR and infrared emission spectroscopy investigation of layered double hydroxide as an effective electron donor

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    Zhang, Jia; Wei, Feng; Liang, Ying; Zhou, Jizhi; Xi, Yunfei; Qian, Guangren; Frost, Ray

    2016-02-01

    A novel method has been presented to characterize electron transfer in layered double hydroxides (LDHs) utilizing an investigation combing FTIR and infrared emission spectroscopy. At room temperature, electron could transfer to interlayer Fe3 + through monodentate ligand cyanide, and resulted in a reduction of 40% Fe3 + to Fe2 +. When the environmental temperature increased from 25 to 300 °C, reduction of Fe3 + and Ni2 + increased to 94% and 42%. Furthermore, electron also transferred to interlayer cation through multidentate ligand EDTA. As a result, LDHs has been proven to be an effective electron donor, and FTIR was a feasible tool in characterizing this property by monitoring the valence state of cations. It was also concluded that octahedral units with OH- groups in LDH layer functioned as electron donor centers. Driving force for electron transfer is attributed to the charge density difference between cation layer and probe anion. These results could help to explain the mechanism of various applications of LDHs in catalysis and photocatalysis.

  5. Combined multispectroscopic and molecular docking investigation on the interaction between delphinidin-3-O-glucoside and bovine serum albumin.

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    Zuo, Huijun; Tang, Lin; Li, Shu; Huang, Junwei

    2015-02-01

    Anthocyanin is one of the flavonoid phytopigments with specific health benefits. The interaction between delphinidin-3-O-glucoside (D3G) and bovine serum albumin (BSA) was investigated by fluorescence spectroscopy, synchronous fluorescence spectroscopy, three-dimensional fluorescence spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy, circular dichroism spectroscopy and molecular modeling. D3G effectively quenched the intrinsic fluorescence of BSA via static quenching. The number of binding sites and binding constant Ka were determined, and the hydrogen bonds and van der Waals forces played major roles in stabilizing the D3G-BSA complex. The distance r between donor and acceptor was obtained as 2.81 nm according to Förster's theory. In addition, the effects of pH and metal ions on the binding constants were discussed. The results studied by synchronous fluorescence, three-dimensional fluorescence and circular dichroism experiments indicated that the secondary structures of the protein has been changed by the addition of D3G and the α-helix content of BSA decreased (from 56.1% to 52.4%). Furthermore, the study of site marker competitive experiments and molecular modeling indicated that D3G could bind to site I of BSA, which was in the large hydrophobic cavity of subdomain IIA. PMID:24891226

  6. Facility Designed and Built to Investigate the Combined Effects of Contaminant and Atomic Oxygen on a Light-Transmitting Surface

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    Sechkar, Edward A.; Stueber, Thomas J.; Tutledge, Sharon K.; Banks, Bruce A.

    2000-01-01

    A need exists to investigate changes in the transparency of a light-transmitting surface during simultaneous exposure to a contaminant and an atomic oxygen (AO) flux. This mechanism may be responsible for the degradation of the light-transmitting surfaces of both photovoltaic cells and photodiodes currently in use on many low-Earth-orbit spacecraft. To address this need, researchers from the Electro-Physics Branch of the NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field built such a test system within their AO beam facility. This facility produces an effective AO flux of 1.4 10(exp 16) atoms/sq cm/sec and contains a three-axis positioning system that provides the motion capability necessary for test operations. During testing, a target surface is held directly within the AO beam and close to two contaminant effusion cells. The effusion cells are shielded from the AO beam, and the outgassing contaminant is constrained to move across the target surface when heat is applied to either of the reservoirs. A light source is periodically moved over the target surface, and the transmitted light intensity is checked with a photodiode located below the target. This light source is also periodically checked with a separate photodiode, which is protected from contamination and AO exposure, to allow adjustments necessary to maintain a consistent light intensity.

  7. Microbial methane turnover at Marmara Sea cold seeps: a combined 16S rRNA and lipid biomarker investigation.

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    Chevalier, N; Bouloubassi, I; Birgel, D; Taphanel, M-H; López-García, P

    2013-01-01

    Lipid biomarkers and their stable carbon isotopic composition, as well as 16S rRNA gene sequences, were investigated in sediment cores from active seepage zones in the Sea of Marmara (Turkey) located on the active North Anatolian Fault, to assess processes associated with methane turnover by indigenous microbial communities. Diagnostic (13) C-depleted archaeal lipids of anaerobic methane oxidizers were only found in one core from the South of Çinarcik Basin and consist mainly of archaeol, sn-2 hydroxyarchaeol and various unsaturated pentamethylicosenes. Concurrently, abundant fatty acids (FAs) and a substantial amount of monoalkylglycerolethers (MAGEs), assigned to sulphate-reducing bacteria, were detected with strong (13) C-depletions. Both microbial lipids and their δ(13) C values suggest that anaerobic oxidation of methane with sulphate reduction (AOM/SR) occurs, specially in the 10- to 12-cm depth interval. Lipid biomarker results accompanied by 16S rRNA-based microbial diversity analyses showed that ANME-2 (ANME-2a and -2c) archaea and Desulfosarcina/Desulfococcus and Desulfobulbus deltaproteobacterial clades are the major AOM assemblages, which indicate a shallow AOM community at high methane flux. Apart from the typical AOM lipid biomarker pattern, a (13) C-depleted diunsaturated hydrocarbon, identified as 7,14-tricosadiene, occurred in the inferred maximum AOM interval at 10-12 cm depth. Its isotopic fingerprint implies that its microbial precursor occurs in close association with the AOM communities. Interestingly, the presence of 7,14-tricosadiene coincides with the presence of the so-far uncultured bacterial Candidate Division JS1, often detected in AOM areas. We propose the hypothesis that the JS1 bacterial group could be the potential source of (13) C-depleted tricosadiene. Future testing of this hypothesis is essential to fully determine the role of this bacterial group in AOM. PMID:23205581

  8. Combined Experimental and Molecular Simulation Investigation of the Individual Effects of Corexit Surfactants on the Aerosolization of Oil Spill Matter.

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    Zhang, Zenghui; Avij, Paria; Perkins, Matt J; Liyana-Arachchi, Thilanga P; Field, Jennifer A; Valsaraj, Kalliat T; Hung, Francisco R

    2016-08-01

    We report laboratory aerosolization experiments and classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, with the objective of investigating the individual effects of the two Corexit surfactants Span 80 (nonionic) and dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (DOSS, ionic), on the aerosolization of oil spill matter to the atmosphere. Our simulation results show that Span 80, DOSS, and the oil alkanes n-pentadecane (C15) and n-triacontane (C30) exhibit deep free energy minima at the air/seawater interface. C15 and C30 exhibit deeper free energy minima at the interface when Span 80 is present, as compared to the situation when DOSS or no surfactants are at the interface. These results suggest that Span 80 makes these oil hydrocarbons more likely to be adsorbed at the surface of seawater droplets and carried out to the atmosphere, relative to DOSS or to the situation where no surfactants are present. These simulation trends are in qualitative agreement with our experimental observations in a bubble-column setup, where larger amounts of oil hydrocarbons are ejected when Span 80 is mixed with oil and injected into the column, as compared to when DOSS is used. Our simulations also indicate that Span 80 has a larger thermodynamic incentive than DOSS to move from the seawater phase and into the air/seawater interface. This observation is also in qualitative agreement with our experimental measurements, which indicate that Span 80 is ejected in larger quantities than DOSS. Our simulations also suggest that DOSS predominantly adopts a perpendicular orientation with respect to the air/seawater interface at a dispersant to oil ratio (DOR) of 1:20, but has a slight preference to lie parallel to the interfaces at a DOR = 1:5; in both cases, DOSS molecules have their tails wide open and stretched. In contrast, Span 80 has a slight preference to align parallel to the interfaces with a coiled conformation at both DOR values. PMID:27398714

  9. Molecular structure investigation and spectroscopic studies on 2,3-difluorophenylboronic acid: A combined experimental and theoretical analysis

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    Karabacak, Mehmet; Kose, Etem; Atac, Ahmet; Ali Cipiloglu, M.; Kurt, Mustafa

    2012-11-01

    This work presents the characterization of 2,3-difluorophenylboronic acid (abbreviated as 2,3-DFPBA, C6H3B(OH)2F2) by quantum chemical calculations and spectral techniques. The spectroscopic properties were investigated by FT-IR, FT-Raman UV-Vis, 1H and 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques. The FT-IR spectrum (4000-400 cm-1) and the FT-Raman spectrum (3500-10 cm-1) in the solid phase were recorded for 2,3-DFPBA. The 1H and 13C NMR spectra were recorded in DMSO solution. The UV-Vis absorption spectra of the 2,3-DFPBA that dissolved in water and ethanol were recorded in the range of 200-400 nm. There are four possible conformers for this molecule. The computational results diagnose the most stable conformer of the 2,3-DFPBA as the trans-cis form. The structural and spectroscopic data of the molecule were obtained for all four conformers from DFT (B3LYP) with 6-311++G (d,p) basis set calculations. The theoretical wavenumbers were scaled and compared with experimental FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra. The complete assignments were performed on the basis of the experimental results and total energy distribution (TED) of the vibrational modes, calculated with scaled quantum mechanics (SQM) method, interpreted in terms of fundamental modes. We obtained good consistency between experimental and theoretical spectra. 13C and 1H NMR chemical shifts of the molecule were calculated by using the gauge-invariant atomic orbital (GIAO) method. The electronic properties, such as excitation energies, absorption wavelengths, HOMO and LUMO energies, were performed by time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT) approach. Finally the calculation results were analyzed to simulate infrared, Raman, NMR and UV spectra of the 2,3-DFPBA which show good agreement with observed spectra.

  10. Molecular structure investigation and spectroscopic studies on 2,3-difluorophenylboronic acid: a combined experimental and theoretical analysis.

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    Karabacak, Mehmet; Kose, Etem; Atac, Ahmet; Ali Cipiloglu, M; Kurt, Mustafa

    2012-11-01

    This work presents the characterization of 2,3-difluorophenylboronic acid (abbreviated as 2,3-DFPBA, C(6)H(3)B(OH)(2)F(2)) by quantum chemical calculations and spectral techniques. The spectroscopic properties were investigated by FT-IR, FT-Raman UV-Vis, (1)H and (13)C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques. The FT-IR spectrum (4000-400 cm(-1)) and the FT-Raman spectrum (3500-10 cm(-1)) in the solid phase were recorded for 2,3-DFPBA. The (1)H and (13)C NMR spectra were recorded in DMSO solution. The UV-Vis absorption spectra of the 2,3-DFPBA that dissolved in water and ethanol were recorded in the range of 200-400 nm. There are four possible conformers for this molecule. The computational results diagnose the most stable conformer of the 2,3-DFPBA as the trans-cis form. The structural and spectroscopic data of the molecule were obtained for all four conformers from DFT (B3LYP) with 6-311++G (d,p) basis set calculations. The theoretical wavenumbers were scaled and compared with experimental FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra. The complete assignments were performed on the basis of the experimental results and total energy distribution (TED) of the vibrational modes, calculated with scaled quantum mechanics (SQM) method, interpreted in terms of fundamental modes. We obtained good consistency between experimental and theoretical spectra. (13)C and (1)H NMR chemical shifts of the molecule were calculated by using the gauge-invariant atomic orbital (GIAO) method. The electronic properties, such as excitation energies, absorption wavelengths, HOMO and LUMO energies, were performed by time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT) approach. Finally the calculation results were analyzed to simulate infrared, Raman, NMR and UV spectra of the 2,3-DFPBA which show good agreement with observed spectra. PMID:22902933

  11. Genotypic identification of some lactic acid bacteria by amplified fragment length polymorphism analysis and investigation of their potential usage as starter culture combinations in Beyaz cheese manufacture.

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    Karahan, A G; Başyiğit Kiliç, G; Kart, A; Sanlidere Aloğlu, H; Oner, Z; Aydemir, S; Erkuş, O; Harsa, S

    2010-01-01

    In this study, 2 different starter culture combinations were prepared for cheesemaking. Starter culture combinations were formed from 8 strains of lactic acid bacteria. They were identified as Lactococcus lactis ssp. lactis (2 strains), Lactobacillus plantarum (5 strains), and Lactobacillus paraplantarum (1 strain) by amplified fragment length polymorphism analysis. The effects of these combinations on the physicochemical and microbiological properties of Beyaz cheeses were investigated. These cheeses were compared with Beyaz cheeses that were produced with a commercial starter culture containing Lc. lactis ssp. lactis and Lc. lactis ssp. cremoris as control. All cheeses were ripened in brine at 4 degrees C for 90 d. Dry matter, fat in dry matter, titratable acidity, pH, salt in dry matter, total N, water-soluble N, and ripening index were determined. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-PAGE patterns of cheeses showed that alpha(S)-casein and beta-casein degraded slightly during the ripening period. Lactic acid bacteria, total mesophilic aerobic bacteria, yeast, molds, and coliforms were also counted. All analyses were repeated twice during d 7, 30, 60, and 90. The starter culture combinations were found to be significantly different from the control group in pH, salt content, and lactobacilli, lactococci, and total mesophilic aerobic bacteria counts, whereas the cheeses were similar in fat, dry matter content, and coliform, yeast, and mold counts. The sensory analysis of cheeses indicated that textural properties of control cheeses presented somewhat lower scores than those of the test groups. The panelists preferred the tastes of treatment cheeses, whereas cheeses with starter culture combinations and control cheeses had similar scores for appearance and flavor. These results indicated that both starter culture combinations are suitable for Beyaz cheese production. PMID:20059897

  12. The Crustal Structure of Beira High, Central Mozambique - Combined Investigation of Wide-angle Seismic and Potential Field Data

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    Müller, C. O.; Schreckenberger, B.; Heyde, I.; Jokat, W.

    2015-12-01

    the lowermost velocity gradients to allow a sound interpretation of the Beira High origin. The acquired shipborne, magnetic data show a complex magnetic pattern and strong influences by the presence of lava flows and intrusions and require further investigations. We will introduce the latest results of the joint interpretation of seismic and potential field data sets.

  13. Selectivity of a Singly Permeating Ion in Nonselective NaK Channel: Combined QM and MD Based Investigations.

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    Sadhu, Biswajit; Sundararajan, Mahesh; Bandyopadhyay, Tusar

    2015-10-01

    Ion channels, such as potassium channels are known to discriminate ions to achieve remarkable selective transportation of K(+) over Na(+) through the membrane. The recently reported NaK ion channel, on the contrary, seems to be an exception, as it is observed to permeate most of the group IA alkali metal cations and hence is suggested to be nonselective in nature. However, does that correspond to a complete annihilation of selectivity inside the selectivity filter (SF) of the channel? What is the origin of such nonselectivity/selectivity, if any? The present computational study is an extensive multiscale modeling approach to find the probable answers to these intriguing questions. Here, we have used density functional theory (DFT) based calculations using a realistic truncated model of SF from the crystal structures of the NaK ion channel to evaluate the binding of various alkali metal ions (Na(+), K(+) and Cs(+)), free from "contamination" due to the absence any other "rivalry" cations, in its different binding sites. Among all of the possible binding sites, a vestibule is noticed to be nonselective and seen to act as a probable binding site only in the presence of multiple ions. Binding sites S3 and S4 are found to be selective for K(+) and Na(+), respectively. As an important observation, we find that calculations on oversimplified models using an isolated ion binding site may lead to an erroneous selectivity trend as it neglects the synergetics of consecutive binding sites on the final outcome. Energy decomposition analysis revealed ion-dipole electrostatics as the major contributing interaction in metal-bound binding sites. Our investigations find that although NaK is permeable to monovalent alkali metal ions, strongly "site specific" selectivity does exist at the three well-defined noncontiguous binding sites of the SF. Different important physicomechanical parameters (such as ligating environment, synergistic influence of binding sites, and topological

  14. An investigation and characterization on alginate hydogel dressing loaded with metronidazole prepared by combined inotropic gelation and freeze-thawing cycles for controlled release.

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    Sarheed, Omar; Rasool, Bazigha K Abdul; Abu-Gharbieh, Eman; Aziz, Uday Sajad

    2015-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of combined Ca(2+) cross-linking and freeze-thawing cycle method on metronidazole (model drug) drug release and prepare a wound film dressing with improved swelling property. The hydrogel films were prepared with sodium alginate (SA) using the freeze-thawing method alone or in combination with ionotropic gelation with CaCl2. The gel properties such as morphology, swelling, film thickness, and content uniformity and in vitro dissolution profiles using Franz diffusion cell were investigated. The cross-linking process was confirmed by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. In vitro protein adsorption test, in vivo wound-healing test, and histopathology were also performed. The hydrogel (F2) composed of 6% sodium alginate and 1% metronidazole prepared by combined Ca(2+) cross-linking and freeze-thawing cycles showed good swelling. This will help to provide moist environment at the wound site. With the in vivo wound-healing and histological studies, F2 was found to improve the wound-healing effect compared with the hydrogel without the drug, and the conventional product. PMID:25425388

  15. The effects of separate or combined infusions of corticotrophin-releasing factor and vasopressin either intraventricularly or into the amygdala on aggressive and investigative behaviour in the rat.

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    Elkabir, D R; Wyatt, M E; Vellucci, S V; Herbert, J

    1990-04-24

    These experiments show that combined infusions of corticotrophin-releasing factor (CRF) and arginine vasopressin (AVP) into either the lateral ventricle or the amygdalae have synergistic effects on aggressive, investigative and other behaviours occurring during social interaction between male rats. They suggest, therefore, that the two peptides interact at intracerebral sites to control behaviour much as they do on the anterior pituitary to regulate ACTH release. CRF or AVP, alone or in combination, were infused into either the lateral ventricle (dose range: 10-250 pmol) or bilaterally into the amygdalae (dose range: 1-150 pmol) of male rats in two experiments. The rat was then paired with another, strange, male for 10 min. There was a U-shaped effect on aggressive behaviour after intra-amygdala infusions of CRF, lower doses increasing agonistic behaviour, higher ones decreasing it. This was not seen after icv infusions. AVP had no effect by either route; however, given together with CRF it potentiated the latter's effect on aggressive behaviour. Investigative behaviour was decreased by icv CRF but the effects of amygdala infusions were small. AVP had no consistent effect by either route. Combined infusions of both peptides given either icv or into the amygdala decreased investigative behaviour. Self-grooming increased, though in an irregular fashion, after incremental doses of either CRF or AVP given by either route. Both peptides given together showed additive effects on self-grooming. Climbing behaviour was lowered by CRF more prominently than by AVP and, again, the two peptides together profoundly reduced this behaviour. These experiments show that the behavioural effects of CRF and AVP on social interaction have different profiles, and that the effects of each peptide differ when it is given into the ventricles or directly into the amygdala. There is also clear evidence for synergistic effects of the two peptides on behavior after infusion by either route

  16. Investigation of the Aerodynamic Characteristics of a Model Wing-Propeller Combination and of the Wing and Propeller Separately at Angles of Attack up to 90 Degrees

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    Kuhn, Richard E; Draper, John W

    1956-01-01

    This report presents the results of an investigation conducted in the Langley 300 mph 7- by 10-foot wind tunnel for the purpose of determining the aerodynamic characteristics of a model wing-propeller combination, and of the wing and propeller separately at angles of attack up to 90 degrees. The tests covered thrust coefficients corresponding to free-stream velocities from zero forward speed to the normal range of cruising speeds. The results indicate that increasing the thrust coefficient increases the angle of attack for maximum lift and greatly diminishes the usual reduction in lift above the angle of attack for maximum lift.

  17. The investigation of the combined use of microbarometric and seismic data to detect and identify infrasonic signals. Semi-annual report No. 1, 1 Apr-30 Sep 81

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    Sorrells, G.G.

    1981-12-30

    There is a need to acquire an infrasonics monitoring capability to supplement existing atmospheric nuclear test surveillance systems. A research program to investigate the combined use of a three-component seismograph and a microbarograph to supply the desired monitoring capability is currently underway. A temporary observatory consisting of a five-element microbarograph array and a three-component, long-period seismograph system has been established near McKinney, Texas, to acquire the experimental data necessary to perform the investigation. Preliminary analysis of the data indicates that the infrasonic signal-to-noise ratio will be greater at the output of a vertical seismograph than at the output of a microbarograph in a frequency range extending roughly from 0.005 Hz to 0.05 Hz during intervals of atmospheric turbulence.

  18. Investigation of growth of thin layers of perovskite on native silicon dioxide by a combination of atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy

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    Taghi Khani, A.; Walther, T.

    2013-11-01

    Thin layers of (Sr,Ba)TiO3 perovskite have been grown on native silicon dioxide by pulsed laser deposition at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) has been used to investigate the surfaces of the native silicon oxide before and after over-growth by the perovskite in plan-view. Bright-field and dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) in a JEOL 2010F field-emission transmission electron microscope have been combined to investigate the layer stacks of Si/SiO2/(Ba,Sr)TiO3 in cross-section. The aim is to correlate surface roughnesses in plan-view geometry with interface roughness in cross-sectional geometry, with an emphasis on detecting percolation in the perovskite layers if they approach thicknesses of only a few unit cells.

  19. Daily reduction of oral malodor with the use of a sonic tongue brush combined with an antibacterial tongue spray in a randomized cross-over clinical investigation.

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    Saad, S; Gomez-Pereira, P; Hewett, K; Horstman, P; Patel, J; Greenman, J

    2016-03-01

    The objective of this clinical investigation was to test the effectiveness on breath odor of a newly designed sonic tongue brush (TongueCare+, TC). It consists of a soft silicone brush optimally designed based on the tongue's anatomy to remove bacterial biofilm from the tongue's complex surface, and it is coupled with a sonic power toothbrush handle. TC was used in combination with an antibacterial tongue spray (BreathRx, BRx) containing 0.09% cetylpyridinium chloride and 0.7% zinc gluconate. A total of 21 participants with oral malodor exceeding the threshold for recognition took part in this cross-over clinical investigation, which consisted of a single use of four treatment arms with one week washout period in between. The treatments consisted of: (1) TC  +  BRx, (2) TC  +  water, (3) BRx and (4) water. Malodor levels and bacterial density were monitored up to 6 h by organoleptic scoring and selective plating, respectively. The organoleptic score and bacterial density were significantly lower after using TC  +  BRx compared to all alternative treatments at all time points. A significant decrease in both parameters was detected after a single use of TC  +  BRx, from levels characteristic of high oral malodor, to barely noticeable levels after treatment and this was maintained up to 6 h. Moreover, we identified a significant positive correlation between bacterial density and organoleptic score, confirming that bacterial tongue biofilm is the root cause of oral malodor in these subjects. The results of this clinical investigation demonstrated that the combined treatment of a sonic tongue brush with the antibacterial tongue spray is able to deliver more than 6 h of fresh breath following a single use. The clinical investigation was registered at the ISRCTN registry under study identification number ISRCTN38199132. PMID:26869586

  20. The performance of a target-controlled infusion of propofol in combination with remifentanil: a clinical investigation with two propofol formulations.

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    Wietasch, J K Götz; Scholz, Martin; Zinserling, Jörg; Kiefer, Nicholas; Frenkel, Christian; Knüfermann, Pascal; Brauer, Ute; Hoeft, Andreas

    2006-02-01

    Target-controlled infusion (TCI) incorporates the pharmacokinetic variables of an IV drug to facilitate safe and reliable administration. In this clinical study we investigated the performance of propofol TCI in combination with remifentanil. Fifty-four adult patients scheduled for general surgery lasting longer than 1 h received a combined TCI of propofol (Marsh parameter set; propofol randomly either dissolved with long- or middle-/long-chain triglycerides) and remifentanil. Arterial propofol plasma concentrations and hemodynamic and derived electroencephalogram variables were determined at various stages before, during, and after surgery. Measured propofol plasma concentrations exceeded the predicted values by 59%, and 48% when recalculated with the Schnider parameter set. Pharmacokinetic population analysis showed a small central volume of distribution (3.55 L) and reduced clearance (1.31 L/min) for propofol. ASA status and sex were the only variables that had a significant influence on propofol pharmacokinetics. In a second step, a new pharmacokinetic variable set for propofol was determined in the first 27 patients. Post hoc performance analysis of the remaining 27 patients showed improved accuracy using the new variable set. Our results show that when remifentanil and propofol are combined, the Marsh and Schnider parameter sets systematically underestimate propofol plasma concentrations. Presented, in part, at the Annual Meeting of the European Society of Anesthesiologists, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 1, 1999, and the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Dallas, Texas, October 12, 1999. PMID:16428538

  1. A Buffet Investigation at High Subsonic Speeds of Wing-Fuselage-Tail Combinations having Sweptback Wings with NACA Four-Digit Thickness Distributions, Fences, and Body Contouring

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    Sutton, Fred B.

    1959-01-01

    An investigation has been made to determine the effect of wing fences, fuselage contouring, varying wing sweepback angle from 40 deg. to 45 deg., mounting the horizontal tail on an outboard boom) and wing thickness distribution upon the buffeting response of typical airplane configurations employing sweptback wings of high aspect ratio. The tests were conducted through an angle-of-attack range at Mach numbers varying from 0.60 to 0.92 at a Reynolds number of 2 million. For the combinations with 40 deg. of sweepback, the addition of multiple wing fences usually decreased the buffeting at moderate and high lift coefficients and reduced the erratic variation of buffet intensities with increasing lift coefficient and Mach number. Fuselage contouring also reduced buffeting but was not as effective as the wing fences. At most Mach numbers, buffeting occurred at higher lift coefficients for the combination with the NACA 64A thickness distributions than for the combination with the NACA four-digit thickness distributions. At high subsonic speeds, heavy buffeting was usually indicated at lift coefficients which were lower than the lift coefficients for static-longitudinal instability. The addition of wing fences improved the pitching-moment characteristics but had little effect on the onset of buffeting. For most test conditions and model configurations, the root-mean- square and the maximum values measured for relative buffeting indicated similar effects and trends; however, the maximum buffeting loads were usually two to three times the root-mean-square intensities.

  2. Emplacement and geochemical evolution of highly evolved syenites investigated by a combined structural and geochemical field study: The lujavrites of the Ilímaussaq complex, SW Greenland

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    Ratschbacher, Barbara C.; Marks, Michael A. W.; Bons, Paul D.; Wenzel, Thomas; Markl, Gregor

    2015-08-01

    Structural mapping and the combined study of magmatic to solid-state deformation textures and mineral compositions in highly evolved nepheline syenites (lujavrites) of the alkaline to peralkaline Ilímaussaq complex (South Greenland) reveal detailed insight into the emplacement and geochemical evolution of the melts they crystallized from. Based on magmatic to solid-state flow textures such as foliations and lineations, we propose that the investigated rock sequence forms a sill-like structure with a steep feeder zone that flattens out over a short distance and intrudes into less evolved overlying units as sub-horizontal sheets by roof uplift. Systematic compositional variation of early-magmatic eudialyte-group minerals (EGM) in the investigated rock sequence monitors the geochemical evolution of the lujavrite-forming melt(s). The chlorine contents of EGM decrease successively upwards within the rock sequence, which probably indicates a successive increase of water activity during differentiation, consistent with a change from sodic pyroxene (aegirine) to sodic amphibole (arfvedsonite) in the mineral assemblage. Both REE contents and Fe/Mn ratios of EGM are promising differentiation indicators, which increase and decrease, respectively, upwards within the sequence due to fractional crystallization. This closed-system evolution is interrupted by a shift towards less evolved melt compositions in one lujavrite unit, for which we assume magma recharge. Our study demonstrates the strength of a combined structural and petrological approach to understand the petrogenesis of an igneous body in more detail and highlights their close connection.

  3. Combination of long-acting microcapsules of the D-tryptophan-6 analog of luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone with chemotherapy: investigation in the rat prostate cancer model.

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    Schally, A V; Redding, T W

    1985-01-01

    The effect of combining hormonal treatment consisting of long-acting microcapsules of the agonist [D-Trp6]LH-RH (the D-tryptophan-6 analog of luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone) with the chemotherapeutic agent cyclophosphamide was investigated in the Dunning R-3327H rat prostate cancer model. Microcapsules of [D-Trp6]LH-RH formulated from poly(DL-lactide-co-glycolide) and calculated to release a controlled dose of 25 micrograms/day were injected intramuscularly once a month. Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan) (5 mg/kg of body weight) was injected intraperitoneally twice a week. When the therapy was started 90 days after tumor transplantation--at the time that the cancers were well developed-and was continued for 2 months, tumor volume was significantly reduced by the microcapsules or Cytoxan given alone. The combination of these two agents similarly inhibited tumor growth but did not show a synergistic effect. In another study, the treatment was started 2 months after transplantation, when the developing tumors measured 60-70 mm3. Throughout the treatment period of 100 days, the microcapsules of [D-Trp6]LH-RH reduced tumor volume more than Cytoxan did, and the combination of the two drugs appeared to completely arrest tumor growth. Tumor weights also were diminished significantly in all experimental groups, the decrease in weight being smaller in the Cytoxan-treated group than in rats that received the microcapsules. The combination of Cytoxan plus the microcapsules was 10-100 times more effective than the single agents in reducing tumor weights. In both experiments, testes and ventral prostate weights were significantly diminished, serum testosterone was suppressed to undetectable levels, and prolactin values were reduced by administration of microcapsules of [D-Trp6]LH-RH alone or in combination with Cytoxan. These results in rats suggest that combined administration of long acting microcapsules of [D-Trp6]LH-RH with a chemotherapeutic agent, started soon after the

  4. Investigation of Elimination Rate, Persistent Subpopulation Removal, and Relapse Rates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis by Using Combinations of First-Line Drugs in a Modified Cornell Mouse Model

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    Pertinez, Henry; Ortega-Muro, Fatima; Alameda-Martin, Laura; Liu, Yingjun; Schipani, Alessandro; Davies, Geraint; Coates, Anthony

    2016-01-01

    Currently, the most effective tuberculosis control method involves case finding and 6 months of chemotherapy. There is a need to improve our understanding about drug interactions, combination activities, and the ability to remove persistent bacteria using the current regimens, particularly in relation to relapse. We aimed to investigate the therapeutic effects of three main components, rifampin (RMP), isoniazid (INH), and pyrazinamide (PZA), in current drug regimens using a modified version of the Cornell mouse model. We evaluated the posttreatment levels of persistent Mycobacterium tuberculosis in the organs of mice using culture filtrate derived from M. tuberculosis strain H37Rv. When RMP was combined with INH, PZA, or INH-PZA, significant additive activities were observed compared to each of the single-drug treatments. However, the combination of INH and PZA showed a less significant additive effect than either of the drugs used on their own. Apparent culture negativity of mouse organs was achieved at 14 weeks of treatment with RMP-INH, RMP-PZA, and RMP-INH-PZA, but not with INH-PZA, when conventional tests, namely, culture on solid agar and in liquid broth, indicated that the organs were negative for bacteria. The relapse rates for RMP-containing regimens were not significantly different from a 100% relapse rate at the numbers of mice examined in this study. In parallel, we examined the organs for the presence of culture filtrate-dependent persistent bacilli after 14 weeks of treatment. Culture filtrate treatment of the organs revealed persistent M. tuberculosis. Modeling of mycobacterial elimination rates and evaluation of culture filtrate-dependent organisms showed promise as surrogate methods for efficient factorial evaluation of drug combinations in tuberculosis in mouse models and should be further evaluated against relapse. The presence of culture filtrate-dependent persistent M. tuberculosis is the likely cause of disease relapse in this modified Cornell

  5. Investigation of Elimination Rate, Persistent Subpopulation Removal, and Relapse Rates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis by Using Combinations of First-Line Drugs in a Modified Cornell Mouse Model.

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    Hu, Yanmin; Pertinez, Henry; Ortega-Muro, Fatima; Alameda-Martin, Laura; Liu, Yingjun; Schipani, Alessandro; Davies, Geraint; Coates, Anthony

    2016-08-01

    Currently, the most effective tuberculosis control method involves case finding and 6 months of chemotherapy. There is a need to improve our understanding about drug interactions, combination activities, and the ability to remove persistent bacteria using the current regimens, particularly in relation to relapse. We aimed to investigate the therapeutic effects of three main components, rifampin (RMP), isoniazid (INH), and pyrazinamide (PZA), in current drug regimens using a modified version of the Cornell mouse model. We evaluated the posttreatment levels of persistent Mycobacterium tuberculosis in the organs of mice using culture filtrate derived from M. tuberculosis strain H37Rv. When RMP was combined with INH, PZA, or INH-PZA, significant additive activities were observed compared to each of the single-drug treatments. However, the combination of INH and PZA showed a less significant additive effect than either of the drugs used on their own. Apparent culture negativity of mouse organs was achieved at 14 weeks of treatment with RMP-INH, RMP-PZA, and RMP-INH-PZA, but not with INH-PZA, when conventional tests, namely, culture on solid agar and in liquid broth, indicated that the organs were negative for bacteria. The relapse rates for RMP-containing regimens were not significantly different from a 100% relapse rate at the numbers of mice examined in this study. In parallel, we examined the organs for the presence of culture filtrate-dependent persistent bacilli after 14 weeks of treatment. Culture filtrate treatment of the organs revealed persistent M. tuberculosis Modeling of mycobacterial elimination rates and evaluation of culture filtrate-dependent organisms showed promise as surrogate methods for efficient factorial evaluation of drug combinations in tuberculosis in mouse models and should be further evaluated against relapse. The presence of culture filtrate-dependent persistent M. tuberculosis is the likely cause of disease relapse in this modified Cornell

  6. An Investigation of the Influence of Body Size and Indentation Asymmetry of the Effectiveness of Body Indentation in Combination with a Cambered Wing

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    Patterson, James C., Jr.; Loving, Donald L.

    1961-01-01

    An investigation has been made of a 450 sweptback cambered wing in combination with an unindented body and a body symmetrically indented with respect to its axes designed for a Mach number of 1.2. The ratio of body frontal area to wing planform area was 0.08 for these wing-body combinations. In order to determine the influence of body size on the effectiveness of indentation, the test data have been compared with previously obtained data for similar configurations having a ratio of body frontal area to wing planform area of 0.04. Also, in order to investigate the relative effectiveness of indentation asymmetry, a specially indented body designed to account for the wing camber and also designed for a Mach number of 1.2 has been included in these tests. The investigation was conducted in the Langley 8-Foot Tunnels Branch at Mach numbers from 0.80 to 1.43 and a Reynolds number of approximately 1.85 x 10(exp 6), based on a mean aerodynamic chord length of 5.955 inches. The data indicate that the configurations with larger ratio of body frontal area to wing planform area had smaller reductions in zero-lift wave drag associated with body indentation than the configurations with smaller ratio of body frontal area to wing planform area. The 0.08-area-ratio configurations also had correspondingly smaller increases in the values of maximum lift-drag ratio than the 0.04-area-ratio configurations. The consideration of wing camber in the body indentation design resulted in a 35.5-percent reduction in zero-lift wave drag, compared with a 21.5-percent reduction associated with the symmetrical indentation, but had a negligible effect on the values of maximum lift-drag ratio.

  7. Investigating the limitations of tree species classification using the Combined Cluster and Discriminant Analysis method for low density ALS data from a dense forest region in Aggtelek (Hungary)

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    Koma, Zsófia; Deák, Márton; Kovács, József; Székely, Balázs; Kelemen, Kristóf; Standovár, Tibor

    2016-04-01

    Airborne Laser Scanning (ALS) is a widely used technology for forestry classification applications. However, single tree detection and species classification from low density ALS point cloud is limited in a dense forest region. In this study we investigate the division of a forest into homogenous groups at stand level. The study area is located in the Aggtelek karst region (Northeast Hungary) with a complex relief topography. The ALS dataset contained only 4 discrete echoes (at 2-4 pt/m2 density) from the study area during leaf-on season. Ground-truth measurements about canopy closure and proportion of tree species cover are available for every 70 meter in 500 square meter circular plots. In the first step, ALS data were processed and geometrical and intensity based features were calculated into a 5×5 meter raster based grid. The derived features contained: basic statistics of relative height, canopy RMS, echo ratio, openness, pulse penetration ratio, basic statistics of radiometric feature. In the second step the data were investigated using Combined Cluster and Discriminant Analysis (CCDA, Kovács et al., 2014). The CCDA method first determines a basic grouping for the multiple circle shaped sampling locations using hierarchical clustering and then for the arising grouping possibilities a core cycle is executed comparing the goodness of the investigated groupings with random ones. Out of these comparisons difference values arise, yielding information about the optimal grouping out of the investigated ones. If sub-groups are then further investigated, one might even find homogeneous groups. We found that low density ALS data classification into homogeneous groups are highly dependent on canopy closure, and the proportion of the dominant tree species. The presented results show high potential using CCDA for determination of homogenous separable groups in LiDAR based tree species classification. Aggtelek Karst/Slovakian Karst Caves" (HUSK/1101/221/0180, Aggtelek NP

  8. Combining ICA and Granger causality: a novel tool for investigation of brain dynamics and brain oscillations using fNIRS measurements

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    Yuan, Zhen

    2014-03-01

    Identifying directional influences in neural circuits from functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) recordings presents one of the main challenges for understanding brain dynamics. In this study a new strategy that combines Granger causality mapping (GCM) and independent component analysis (ICA) is proposed to reveal complex neural network dynamics underlying cognitive processes with fNIRS measurements. The GCM-ICA algorithm implements the following two procedures: (i) extraction of the region of interests (ROIs) of cortical activations by ICA, and (ii) estimation of the direct causal influences in local brain networks using Granger causality among voxels of ROIs. Our results show the use of GCM in conjunction with ICA is able to effectively capture the brain network dynamics in time-frequency domain with significantly reduced computational cost. We thus suggest that the GCM-ICA technique is a potentially valuable tool that could be used for the investigation of directional causality influences of brain network dynamics in biophotonics fields.

  9. Investigation of combined heat and mass transfer between vertical parallel plates in a two-layer flow of couple stress nanofluid

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    Khan, Najeeb Alam; Sultan, Faqiha; Riaz, Fatima; Jamil, Muhammad

    2016-02-01

    This study is an investigation of fully-developed laminar flow in a two-layer vertical channel; one part filled with couple stress nanofluid and the other part with clear couple stress fluid. The flow is examined for combined heat and mass transfer using uniform wall temperature and concentration boundary conditions. Optimal homotopy analysis method (OHAM) is used to solve the nonlinear coupled ordinary differential equations (ODEs) governing the flow in each region. This method is based on the homotopy analysis method (HAM)which is an effective method to analytically approximate the solution of highly nonlinear problems. The influence of pertinent parameters is observed on velocity, temperature, and concentration distributions, specifically, the effect of Brownian parameter on couple stress fluid is mentioned.

  10. Investigation on the neutral and anionic BxAlyH2 (x + y = 7, 8, 9) clusters using density functional theory combined with photoelectron spectroscopy.

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    Ding, Li-Ping; Shao, Peng; Lu, Cheng; Zhang, Fang-Hui; Ding, Lei; Yuan, Tao Li

    2016-08-17

    The structure and bonding nature of neutral and negatively charged BxAlyH2 (x + y = 7, 8, 9) clusters are investigated with the aid of previously published experimental photoelectron spectra combined with the present density functional theory calculations. The comparison between the experimental photoelectron spectra and theoretical simulated spectra helps to identify the ground state structures. The accuracy of the obtained ground state structures is further verified by calculating their adiabatic electron affinities and vertical detachment energies and comparing them against available experimental data. The results show that the structures of BxAlyH2 transform from three-dimensional to planar structures as the number of boron atoms increases. Moreover, boron atoms tend to bind together forming Bn units. The hydrogen atoms prefer to bind with boron atoms rather than aluminum atoms. The analyses of the molecular orbital on the ground state structures further support the abovementioned results. PMID:27499430

  11. Investigating the correlation between white matter and microvasculature changes in aging using large scale optical coherence tomography and confocal fluorescence imaging combined with tissue sectioning

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    Castonguay, Alexandre; Avti, Pramod K.; Moeini, Mohammad; Pouliot, Philippe; Tabatabaei, Maryam S.; Bélanger, Samuel; Lesage, Frédéric

    2015-03-01

    Here, we present a serial OCT/confocal scanner for histological study of the mouse brain. Three axis linear stages combined with a sectioning vibratome allows to cut thru the entire biological tissue and to image every section at a microscopic resolution. After acquisition, each OCT volume and confocal image is re-stitched with adjacent acquisitions to obtain a reconstructed, digital volume of the imaged tissue. This imaging platform was used to investigate correlations between white matter and microvasculature changes in aging mice. Three age groups were used in this study (4, 12, 24 months). At sacrifice, mice were transcardially perfused with a FITC containing gel. The dual imaging capability of the system allowed to reveal different contrast information: OCT imaging reveals changes in refractive indices giving contrast between white and grey matter in the mouse brain, while transcardial perfusion of a FITC shows microsvasculature in the brain with confocal imaging.

  12. The investigational agent MLN2238 induces apoptosis and is cytotoxic to CLL cells in vitro, as a single agent and in combination with other drugs.

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    Paulus, Aneel; Masood, Aisha; Miller, Kena C; Khan, A N M Nazmul H; Akhtar, Drusilla; Advani, Pooja; Foran, James; Rivera, Candido; Roy, Vivek; Colon-Otero, Gerardo; Chitta, Kasyapa; Chanan-Khan, Asher

    2014-04-01

    Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) is the most common haematological malignancy in the U.S. The course of the disease has been shown to be negatively impacted by increased levels of BCL2. Strategies to downregulate BCL2 and shift the balance towards cellular demise are actively being explored. Therefore, we examined whether the investigational agent MLN2238 could inhibit the proteasomal machinery and induce CLL cell death while also downregulating BCL2. MLN2238-induced cell death was studied in peripheral blood mononuclear cells from 28 CLL patients. MLN2238 produced a dose-dependent reduction in BCL2 and CLL cell viability with maximum cell death observed at a 50 nmol/l concentration by 48 h. Annexin-V staining, PARP1 and caspase-3 cleavage along with an increase in mitochondrial membrane permeability were noted after cells were treated with MLN2238; however, apoptosis was only partially blocked by the pan-caspase inhibitor z-VAD.fmk. Furthermore, we observed enhanced anti-CLL effects in tumour cells treated with either a combination of MLN2238 and the BH3 mimetic AT-101 or MLN2238 and fludarabine. Together, our data suggest the potential for proteasome inhibitor based therapy in CLL and the rationale design of drug combination strategies based on CLL biology. PMID:24467634

  13. Modeling and experimental investigation of dynamics of a directly combined binary turbine system using a mixture (R134a/R123)

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    Tanzawa, Yoshiaki; Terashima, Yukio; Amano, Yoshiharu; Hashizume, Takumi; Usui, Akira

    1999-07-01

    The authors binary turbine system that employs steam as the primary working fluid has used R11 as the secondary working fluid because R11 has good characteristics as working fluid in power plants. However, substitute LBMs (low boiling-temperature mediums compared with water) are being developed because of the ozone layer depletion by CFCs. In this paper, modeling and experimental investigations into the dynamics of a directly combined binary turbine system using a mixture of R134a and R123 are described. The system consists mainly of a steam and an LBM turbine, an LBM vapor generator, and an AC generator. The dynamic behavior of the system is discussed from the viewpoint of the network theory. The components of the system are represented as two- or three-port elements of the network and the vapor flow rate and shaft torque are appropriated as the through variable. As a result, a very simple network model based on the dynamics of various turbine systems like this was derived. The validity of the model was proven through comparison with the experimental results, which are the frequency responses examined with respect to generator load changes. In addition, the authors demonstrate that the model is very effective in predicting the dynamic behavior and power generation mechanism of directly combined binary turbine systems.

  14. Investigation of the Degradation Mechanisms of a Variety of Organic Photovoltaic Devices by Combination of Imaging Techniques—the ISOS-3Inter-laboratory Collaboration

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    Germack D.; Rosch, R.; Tanenbaum, D.M.; Jorgensen, M.; Seeland, M.; Barenklau, M.; Hermenau, M.; Voroshazi, E.; Lloyd, M.T.; Galagan, Y.; Zimmermann, B.; Wurfel, U.; Hosel, M.; Dam, H.F.; Gevorgyan, S.A.; Kudret, S.; Maes, W.; Lutsen, L.; Vanderzande, D.; Andriessen, R.; Teran-Escobar, G.; Lira-Cantu, M.; Rivaton, A.; Uzunoglu, G.Y.; Andreasen, B.; Madsen, M.V.; Norrman, K.; Hoppe, H.; Krebs, F.C.

    2012-04-01

    The investigation of degradation of seven distinct sets (with a number of individual cells of n {ge} 12) of state of the art organic photovoltaic devices prepared by leading research laboratories with a combination of imaging methods is reported. All devices have been shipped to and degraded at Risoe DTU up to 1830 hours in accordance with established ISOS-3 protocols under defined illumination conditions. Imaging of device function at different stages of degradation was performed by laser-beam induced current (LBIC) scanning; luminescence imaging, specifically photoluminescence (PLI) and electroluminescence (ELI); as well as by lock-in thermography (LIT). Each of the imaging techniques exhibits its specific advantages with respect to sensing certain degradation features, which will be compared and discussed here in detail. As a consequence, a combination of several imaging techniques yields very conclusive information about the degradation processes controlling device function. The large variety of device architectures in turn enables valuable progress in the proper interpretation of imaging results - hence revealing the benefits of this large scale cooperation in making a step forward in the understanding of organic solar cell aging and its interpretation by state-of-the-art imaging methods.

  15. A New Animal Model for Investigation of Mechanical Unloading in Hypertrophic and Failing Hearts: Combination of Transverse Aortic Constriction and Heterotopic Heart Transplantation

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    Stenzig, Justus; Biermann, Daniel; Jelinek, Marisa; Reichenspurner, Hermann; Eschenhagen, Thomas; Ehmke, Heimo; Schwoerer, Alexander P.

    2016-01-01

    Objectives Previous small animal models for simulation of mechanical unloading are solely performed in healthy or infarcted hearts, not representing the pathophysiology of hypertrophic and dilated hearts emerging in heart failure patients. In this article, we present a new and economic small animal model to investigate mechanical unloading in hypertrophic and failing hearts: the combination of transverse aortic constriction (TAC) and heterotopic heart transplantation (hHTx) in rats. Methods To induce cardiac hypertrophy and failure in rat hearts, three-week old rats underwent TAC procedure. Three and six weeks after TAC, hHTx with hypertrophic and failing hearts in Lewis rats was performed to induce mechanical unloading. After 14 days of mechanical unloading animals were euthanatized and grafts were explanted for further investigations. Results 50 TAC procedures were performed with a survival of 92% (46/50). When compared to healthy rats left ventricular surface decreased to 5.8±1.0 mm² (vs. 9.6± 2.4 mm²) (p = 0.001) after three weeks with a fractional shortening (FS) of 23.7± 4.3% vs. 28.2± 1.5% (p = 0.01). Six weeks later, systolic function decreased to 17.1± 3.2% vs. 28.2± 1.5% (p = 0.0001) and left ventricular inner surface increased to 19.9±1.1 mm² (p = 0.0001). Intraoperative graft survival during hHTx was 80% with 46 performed procedures (37/46). All transplanted organs survived two weeks of mechanical unloading. Discussion Combination of TAC and hHTx in rats offers an economic and reproducible small animal model enabling serial examination of mechanical unloading in a truly hypertrophic and failing heart, representing the typical pressure overloaded and dilated LV, occurring in patients with moderate to severe heart failure. PMID:26841021

  16. Numerical Investigation of the Effect of C/O Mole Ratio on the Performance of Rotary Hearth Furnace Using a Combined Model

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    Liu, Ying; Wen, Zhi; Lou, Guofeng; Li, Zhi; Yong, Haiquan; Feng, Xiaohong

    2014-12-01

    In a rotary hearth furnace (RHF) the direct reduction of composite pellets and processes of heat and mass transfer as well as combustion in the chamber of RHF influence each other. These mutual interactions should be considered when an accurate model of RHF is established. This paper provides a combined model that incorporates two sub-models to investigate the effects of C/O mole ratio in the feed pellets on the reduction kinetics and heat and mass transfer as well as combustion processes in the chamber of a pilot-scale RHF. One of the sub-models is established to describe the direct reduction process of composite pellets on the hearth of RHF. Heat and mass transfer within the pellet, chemical reactions, and radiative heat transfer from furnace walls and combustion gas to the surface of the pellet are considered in the model. The other sub-model is used to simulate gas flow and combustion process in the chamber of RHF by using commercial CFD software, FLUENT. The two sub-models were linked through boundary conditions and heat, mass sources. Cases for pellets with different C/O mole ratio were calculated by the combined model. The calculation results showed that the degree of metallization, the total amounts of carbon monoxide escaping from the pellet, and heat absorbed by chemical reactions within the pellet as well as CO and CO2 concentrations in the furnace increase with the increase of C/O mole ratio ranging from 0.6 to 1.0, when calculation conditions are the same except for C/O molar ratio. Carbon content in the pellet has little influence on temperature distribution in the furnace under the same calculation conditions except for C/O mole ratio in the feed pellets.

  17. Combined Treatment of Large Hepatocellular Carcinoma with Transcatheter Arterial Chemoembolization and Percutaneous Ethanol Injection with a Multipronged Needle: Experimental and Clinical Investigation

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    Kawamura, Rinako; Seki, Toshihito Umehara, Hideto; Ikeda, Kozo; Inokuchi, Ryosuke; Asayama, Toshiki; Yamaguchi, Takashi; Takahashi, Yu; Sakao, Masayuki; Lencioni, Riccardo; Okazaki, Kazuichi

    2012-04-15

    Purpose: This study was designed to evaluate the usefulness of percutaneous ethanol injection (PEI) with a multipronged needle for the treatment of large hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). An experimental animal study and a clinical investigation were performed. Methods: In the experimental study, 20 ml of 99.5% ethanol was injected into porcine liver in vivo with a multipronged needle (n = 5) or a straight needle (n = 5), and the volumes of coagulation necrosis were compared. In the clinical investigation, PEI was performed in 17 patients (10 men, 7 women; mean age 73.4 {+-} 6.7 years) with single, large HCC (mean tumor diameter, 47.2 {+-} 11.5 mm; range, 32-70 mm) by using a multipronged needle. Fifteen of 17 patients received transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) before PEI. Results: The volume of coagulation in porcine liver in vivo was significantly increased with the multipronged needle compared with the straight needle (longest perpendicular diameters, 34.2 {+-} 3.6 mm Multiplication-Sign 30.2 {+-} 3.6 mm vs. 22.6 {+-} 2.5 mm Multiplication-Sign 19 {+-} 2.2 mm, respectively; P < 0.05). In the clinical trial, initial complete response (CR) of the tumor was achieved in 17 of 17 patients, 7 of whom required two PEI sessions. During the follow-up, local recurrence was detected in 4 of 17 patients at 3-19 months after the procedure, for a rate of sustained local CR of 76%. No major complication occurred. Conclusions: Use of a multipronged needle substantially increases the volume of coagulation in vivo with respect to the conventional PEI technique. Combined TACE and PEI with multipronged needles is a safe and effective option for percutaneous treatment of single, large HCC.

  18. Local atomic structure of chromium bearing precipitates in chromia doped uranium dioxide investigated by combined micro-beam X-ray diffraction and absorption spectroscopy

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    Kuri, G.; Mieszczynski, C.; Martin, M.; Bertsch, J.; Borca, C. N.; Delafoy, Ch.

    2014-06-01

    Experimental studies have evidenced the presence of some chromium oxide precipitates in chromia (Cr2O3) doped UO2 fuels, currently being used in many light water reactors. The main objective of this study was to analyze the atomic scale microstructure of these precipitates in a non-destructive way employing modern synchrotron-based X-ray radiation. To investigate UO2 microstructures and chemical compositions of the precipitates an industrial grade fresh Cr2O3-doped UO2 pellet (produced with an initial amount of 0.16 wt.% Cr2O3 powder) was examined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electron probe micro analysis (EPMA). Average grain diameter of the UO2 matrix was measured by SEM image analysis method. Precipitates were detected by EPMA. For all precipitates of micrometer scale analyzed by EPMA the composition was determined to be very close to Cr2O3. The structural property and the next neighbor Cr atomic environment in these precipitates were studied by a combination of more sensitive tools such as micro-focused X-ray diffraction (μ-XRD) and absorption spectroscopy (μ-XAS). According to the XRD data, the chromia precipitates contain structural disorder and have a somewhat distorted lattice structure as compared to that of standard and crystalline α-Cr2O3 hexagonal crystal unit cell. The μ-XAS results provide insight into the local atomic environment of chromium including the oxidation state assignment.

  19. Investigation of the sodium ion pathway and cathode behavior in Na₃V₂(PO₄)₂F₃ combined via a first principles calculation.

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    Song, Weixin; Cao, Xiaoyu; Wu, Zhengping; Chen, Jun; Zhu, Yirong; Hou, Hongshuai; Lan, Qing; Ji, Xiaobo

    2014-10-21

    The electrochemical properties of Na3V2(PO4)2F3 cathode utilized in the sodium ion battery are investigated, and the ion migration mechanisms are proposed as combined via the first principles calculations. Two different Na sites, namely, the Na(1) and Na(2) sites, could cause two sodium ions of Na3V2(PO4)2F3 to be extracted or inserted by a two-step electrochemical process accompanied by structural reorganization that could be responsible for the redox reaction of V(3+/4+). Because the calculated average voltage (V(avg)) of the second charging plateau is 4.04 V for the optimized system but 4.38 V for the unoptimized one, the reorganization of the cathode system can make a stable configuration and lower the extraction energy. Three designed pathways for sodium ions along the x, y, z directions in Na3V2(PO4)2F3, known as a 3D ions transport tunnel, have activation energies (Ea) of 0.449, 0.2, and 0.323 eV, respectively, by using DFT calculations, demonstrating the different feasibilities of the migration directions. PMID:25212063

  20. Investigation of surface roughness and tool wear length with varying combination of depth of cut and feed rate of Aluminium alloy and P20 steel machining.

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    Varmma a/l Suparmaniam, Madan; Razlan Yusoff, Ahmad

    2016-02-01

    High-speed milling technique is often used in many industries to boost productivity of the manufacturing of high-technology components. The occurrence of wear highly limits the efficiency and accuracy of high- speed milling operations. In this paper, analysis of high-speed milling process parameters such as material removal rate, cutting speed, feed rate and depth of cut carried out by implemented to conventional milling. This experiment investigate the effects of varying combination of depth of cut and feed rate to tool wear rate length using metallurgical microscope and surface roughness using portable surface roughness tester after end milling of Aluminium and P20 steel. Results showed that feed rate significantly influences the surface roughness value while depth of cut does not as the surface roughness value keep increasing with the increase of feed rate and decreasing depth of cut. Whereas, tool wear rate almost remain unchanged indicates that material removal rate strongly contribute the wear rate. It believe that with no significant tool wear rate the results of this experiment are useful by showing that HSM technique is possible to be applied in conventional machine with extra benefits of high productivity, eliminating semi-finishing operation and reducing tool load for finishing.

  1. Testing the limits of sensitivity in a solid-state structural investigation by combined X-ray powder diffraction, solid-state NMR, and molecular modelling.

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    Filip, Xenia; Borodi, Gheorghe; Filip, Claudiu

    2011-10-28

    A solid state structural investigation of ethoxzolamide is performed on microcrystalline powder by using a multi-technique approach that combines X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) data analysis based on direct space methods with information from (13)C((15)N) solid-state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (SS-NMR) and molecular modeling. Quantum chemical computations of the crystal were employed for geometry optimization and chemical shift calculations based on the Gauge Including Projector Augmented-Wave (GIPAW) method, whereas a systematic search in the conformational space was performed on the isolated molecule using a molecular mechanics (MM) approach. The applied methodology proved useful for: (i) removing ambiguities in the XRPD crystal structure determination process and further refining the derived structure solutions, and (ii) getting important insights into the relationship between the complex network of non-covalent interactions and the induced supra-molecular architectures/crystal packing patterns. It was found that ethoxzolamide provides an ideal case study for testing the accuracy with which this methodology allows to distinguish between various structural features emerging from the analysis of the powder diffraction data. PMID:21931906

  2. Investigation of the effect of nanoparticle exposure on the flocculability of activated sludge using particle image velocimetry in combination with the extended DLVO analysis.

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    Xu, J; Li, X Y

    2016-07-01

    With the application of nanotechnologies, nanoparticles (NPs) may enter the wastewater collection system, threatening the operation and stability of the treatment process. The present study investigated the effect of short-term exposures of activated sludge (AS) to NPs on the sludge flocculation ability. Three types of NPs, ZnO, TiO2 and SiO2, were used at a concentration level of 100mg/L for the 24-h exposure, and the particle image velocimetry (PIV) technology was employed to track the sludge flocculation dynamics during the tests. The results showed that a short-term exposure of the AS to NPs did not cause deterioration of the sludge in treatment performance and flocculation. According to the PIV detections, the flocculability of the AS actually was enhanced to some extent after the short-term NPs exposure. Flocs formed after the NPs exposure became more fractal with an elongated shape and a rougher surface, as a result of the improved cell attachment. The extended DLVO theory in combination with the thermodynamic analysis can be well applied to describe the enhanced AS flocculation after the NPs exposure. It is apparent that the attachment of NPs onto cells and flocs can effectively reduce the interaction energy barriers, leading to their improved flocculation ability. PMID:27031920

  3. Primary combination of phase-field and discrete dislocation dynamics methods for investigating athermal plastic deformation in various realistic Ni-base single crystal superalloy microstructures

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    Gao, Siwen; Rajendran, Mohan Kumar; Fivel, Marc; Ma, Anxin; Shchyglo, Oleg; Hartmaier, Alexander; Steinbach, Ingo

    2015-10-01

    Three-dimensional discrete dislocation dynamics (DDD) simulations in combination with the phase-field method are performed to investigate the influence of different realistic Ni-base single crystal superalloy microstructures with the same volume fraction of {γ\\prime} precipitates on plastic deformation at room temperature. The phase-field method is used to generate realistic microstructures as the boundary conditions for DDD simulations in which a constant high uniaxial tensile load is applied along different crystallographic directions. In addition, the lattice mismatch between the γ and {γ\\prime} phases is taken into account as a source of internal stresses. Due to the high antiphase boundary energy and the rare formation of superdislocations, precipitate cutting is not observed in the present simulations. Therefore, the plastic deformation is mainly caused by dislocation motion in γ matrix channels. From a comparison of the macroscopic mechanical response and the dislocation evolution for different microstructures in each loading direction, we found that, for a given {γ\\prime} phase volume fraction, the optimal microstructure should possess narrow and homogeneous γ matrix channels.

  4. Binding of the antitubercular pro-drug isoniazid in the heme access channel of catalase-peroxidase (KatG). A combined structural and metadynamics investigation.

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    Vidossich, Pietro; Loewen, Peter C; Carpena, Xavi; Fiorin, Giacomo; Fita, Ignacio; Rovira, Carme

    2014-03-20

    Isonicotinic acid hydrazide (isoniazid or INH) is a front line antitubercular pro-drug that is converted to its active form, isonicotinyl-NAD, by the bacterial catalase-peroxidase KatG. Understanding the role of KatG in the INH activation process has been hampered by a lack of knowledge of the actual drug binding site. In this work, we have investigated the binding of INH in the main access channel of KatG with a combination of molecular dynamics, using an enhanced-sampling technique (metadynamics), X-ray crystallography, and site-directed mutagenesis. The metadynamics simulations show that there are several weak drug binding sites along the access channel. Moreover, the simulations evidence that complete entrance to the heme active site is impeded by an aspartate residue (D141) located above the heme. This has been confirmed by structural and functional analysis of the D141A mutant, leading to the first X-ray crystallography evidence of INH at the heme access channel. PMID:24568093

  5. Experimental Investigation of Effects of Moderate Sideslip on the Flow Fields near a 45 Degree Swept-wing-fuselage Combination at Low Speed

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    Alford, William J , Jr; King, Thomas J , Jr

    1957-01-01

    The flow fields near a 45 degree swept-wing-fuselage combination at moderate angles of sideslip (plus-or-minus 8 degrees), as determined experimentally at low speed, are presented as variations with chordwise distance for various spanwise and vertical locations and angles of attack. The results indicated that for positions close to the fuselage (on and near the plane of symmetry) changes in the angle of sideslip caused large changes in the flow-field characteristics and particularly in the local angles of sideslip, which in some cases were nearly double the static angle of sideslip. In general, the effects of changing the angle of sideslip on the flow-field characteristics for all of the outboard underwing locations were qualitatively similar, although conditions at the more inboard and outboard locations were somewhat more severe for lifting conditions than at the one-half semispan location. The chordwise gradients in the flow parameters for the underwing locations were more severe than for the fuselage locations although the effect of changing the angle of sideslip was less severe, in that the incremental changes in the local angles of sideslip were approximately equal to the static angle of sideslip. Flow conditions near the wing tip were found to be critically dependent on vertical location, with the largest sideslip-induced variations occurring at the nearest vertical locations. The results also indicated that for the outboard underwing locations the wing was the predominant factor in disturbing the field of flow for the conditions investigated.

  6. Combined Experimental and Theoretical Investigations on Optical Activities of Möbius Aromatic and Möbius Antiaromatic Hexaphyrin Phosphorus Complexes.

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    Mori, Tadashi; Tanaka, Takayuki; Higashino, Tomohiro; Yoshida, Kota; Osuka, Atsuhiro

    2016-06-23

    Intrinsically chiral Möbius aromatic [28]hexaphyrin monophosphorus(V) and Möbius antiaromatic [30]hexaphyrin bisphosphorus(V) complexes have been optically resolved and their absolute configurations (ACs) were determined by combined experimental and theoretical investigations on their circular dichroisms (CDs). First elutes in chiral HPLC exhibited strong positive Cotton effects (CEs) at the B-band, characteristic for the ML configurations in their Möbius strips. Weak CEs at the Q-band, if attainable, complemented their AC assignment. The whole CD pattern and intensity were well reproduced by time-dependent approximate coupled cluster theory using model systems that omit five outward meso-aryl substituents (inward-meso-retained model), providing a solid basis for AC assignment. The cost efficient TD-DFT method with appropriate functionals for fully substituted (nontruncated) complexes well reproduced CEs around the B-band (but less satisfactory at the Q-band), also allows the rapid AC estimation for their Möbius strips. Observed difference in CDs between aromatic and antiaromatic hexaphyrins were better interpreted by their shifts in energy levels and altered interactions of relevant molecular orbitals, rather than small differences in Möbius geometries nor aromatic/antiaromatic character, despite the correlations recently claimed in planar π-systems. PMID:27253839

  7. Metabolic Effects of a 24-Week Energy-Restricted Intervention Combined with Low or High Dairy Intake in Overweight Women: An NMR-Based Metabolomics Investigation

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    Zheng, Hong; Lorenzen, Janne K.; Astrup, Arne; Larsen, Lesli H.; Yde, Christian C.; Clausen, Morten R.; Bertram, Hanne Christine

    2016-01-01

    We investigated the effect of a 24-week energy-restricted intervention with low or high dairy intake (LD or HD) on the metabolic profiles of urine, blood and feces in overweight/obese women by NMR spectroscopy combined with ANOVA-simultaneous component analysis (ASCA). A significant effect of dairy intake was found on the urine metabolome. HD intake increased urinary citrate, creatinine and urea excretion, and decreased urinary excretion of trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) and hippurate relative to the LD intake, suggesting that HD intake was associated with alterations in protein catabolism, energy metabolism and gut microbial activity. In addition, a significant time effect on the blood metabolome was attributed to a decrease in blood lipid and lipoprotein levels due to the energy restriction. For the fecal metabolome, a trend for a diet effect was found and a series of metabolites, such as acetate, butyrate, propionate, malonate, cholesterol and glycerol tended to be affected. Overall, even though these effects were not accompanied by a higher weight loss, the present metabolomics data reveal that a high dairy intake is associated with endogenous metabolic effects and effects on gut microbial activity that potentially impact body weight regulation and health. Moreover, ASCA has a great potential for exploring the effect of intervention factors and identifying altered metabolites in a multi-factorial metabolomic study. PMID:26907339

  8. Measuring erosion rates of contaminated cohesive sediments using laboratory and in-situ devices in combination: experiences of investigations in River Elbe and Saale

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    Noack, Markus; Gerbersdorf, Sabine; Hillebrand, Gudrun; Kasimir, Petra; Wieprecht, Silke

    2014-05-01

    Deposition of contaminated sediments in areas of no or low flow velocity such as groyne fields or impounded river stretches represent a significant thread to water quality if long-deposited sediments are remobilized during flood and storm events. In contrast to non-cohesive sediments the dynamics of cohesive sediments is not fully understood mainly because of multiple physico-chemical factors and variable biological influence. Hence, site-specific investigations are required to develop water management strategies as well as modelling approaches to predict the dynamic behavior of cohesive material. The Institute for Modelling Hydraulic and Environmental Systems (IWS, University of Stuttgart) has a strong experience in developing measuring strategies and techniques to deal with the complex interactions between biological and sedimentary characteristics regarding erosion and remobilization of cohesive material. Specifically, the detection of critical shear stresses for incipient motion of cohesive particles has been realized for both one laboratory device (SETEG) and an in-situ device. For site-specific investigations ideally both methods should be combined. The first method (SETEG) includes the on-site extraction of sediment cores allowing for depth-dependent analysis under controlled laboratory conditions, while the second one measures the surface only but reduces possible artifacts due to sediment withdrawal and transport. Both methods were applied at groyne fields and deposition areas of the River Elbe and River Saale, which are both heavily affected by pollution of anthropogenic contaminants mainly originating from the release of chemical industry before 1990. Next to the detection of critical shear stresses and erosion rates, further sedimentary attributes are analyzed such as particle size distribution, water content and density as well as biological attributes such as TOC and microbial mass. The analyses of the sediment cores result in vertical profiles for

  9. Identification and characterization of hydrothermally altered zones in granite by combining synthetic clay content logs with magnetic mineralogical investigations of drilled rock cuttings

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    Meller, Carola; Kontny, Agnes; Kohl, Thomas

    2014-10-01

    . Low magnetic susceptibility can also be attributed to primary low magnetite content, if the granite facies changes. In order to interpret magnetic susceptibility from cuttings, contaminations with iron from wear debris of the drilling tools must be eliminated. Provided that the magnetic mineralogy of the granite is known in detail, this method in combination with petrographic investigations is suited to indicate and characterize hydrothermal alteration and the appearance of clay.

  10. In vitro solubility, dissolution and permeability studies combined with semi-mechanistic modeling to investigate the intestinal absorption of desvenlafaxine from an immediate- and extended release formulation.

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    Franek, F; Jarlfors, A; Larsen, F; Holm, P; Steffansen, B

    2015-09-18

    Desvenlafaxine is a biopharmaceutics classification system (BCS) class 1 (high solubility, high permeability) and biopharmaceutical drug disposition classification system (BDDCS) class 3, (high solubility, poor metabolism; implying low permeability) compound. Thus the rate-limiting step for desvenlafaxine absorption (i.e. intestinal dissolution or permeation) is not fully clarified. The aim of this study was to investigate whether dissolution and/or intestinal permeability rate-limit desvenlafaxine absorption from an immediate-release formulation (IRF) and Pristiq(®), an extended release formulation (ERF). Semi-mechanistic models of desvenlafaxine were built (using SimCyp(®)) by combining in vitro data on dissolution and permeation (mechanistic part of model) with clinical data (obtained from literature) on distribution and clearance (non-mechanistic part of model). The model predictions of desvenlafaxine pharmacokinetics after IRF and ERF administration were compared with published clinical data from 14 trials. Desvenlafaxine in vivo dissolution from the IRF and ERF was predicted from in vitro solubility studies and biorelevant dissolution studies (using the USP3 dissolution apparatus), respectively. Desvenlafaxine apparent permeability (Papp) at varying apical pH was investigated using the Caco-2 cell line and extrapolated to effective intestinal permeability (Peff) in human duodenum, jejunum, ileum and colon. Desvenlafaxine pKa-values and octanol-water partition coefficients (Do:w) were determined experimentally. Due to predicted rapid dissolution after IRF administration, desvenlafaxine was predicted to be available for permeation in the duodenum. Desvenlafaxine Do:w and Papp increased approximately 13-fold when increasing apical pH from 5.5 to 7.4. Desvenlafaxine Peff thus increased with pH down the small intestine. Consequently, desvenlafaxine absorption from an IRF appears rate-limited by low Peff in the upper small intestine, which "delays" the predicted

  11. Investigation of the effect of chlormethiazole on cerebral chemistry in neurosurgical patients: a combined study of microdialysis and a neuroprotective agent

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    Hutchinson, P J; O'Connell, M T; Coles, J P; Chatfield, D A; Coleman, M R; Al-Rawi, P G; Kett-White, C R; Gupta, A K; Menon, D K; Boniface, S J; Heazell, M; Kirkpatrick, P J; Pickard, J D

    2002-01-01

    ventilated patients with severe head injury. There was no evidence of hypotension or withdrawal seizures. Combining a pilot clinical study of a neuro-protective agent with multimodality monitoring is feasible and, despite the lack of effect on physiological and chemical parameters in this study, may be a useful adjunct to the development of neuro-protective drugs in the future. Further investigation of the capability of microdialysis in this setting is required. By investigating the effect of a drug on surrogate end-points, it may be possible to identify promising agents from small pilot clinical studies before embarking on large phase III clinical trials. PMID:11874391

  12. Investigation of Arctic mixed-phase clouds by combining airborne remote sensing and in situ observations during VERDI, RACEPAC and ACLOUD

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    Ehrlich, André; Bierwirth, Eike; Borrmann, Stephan; Crewell, Susanne; Herber, Andreas; Hoor, Peter; Jourdan, Olivier; Krämer, Martina; Lüpkes, Christof; Mertes, Stephan; Neuber, Roland; Petzold, Andreas; Schnaiter, Martin; Schneider, Johannes; Weigel, Ralf; Weinzierl, Bernadett; Wendisch, Manfred

    2016-04-01

    To improve our understanding of Arctic mixed-phase clouds a series of airborne research campaigns has been initiated by a collaboration of German research institutes. Clouds in areas dominated by a close sea-ice cover were observed during the research campaign Vertical distribution of ice in Arctic mixed-phase clouds (VERDI, April/May 2012) and the Radiation-Aerosol-Cloud Experiment in the Arctic Circle (RACEPAC, April/May 2014) which both were based in Inuvik, Canada. The aircraft (Polar 5 & 6, Basler BT-67) operated by the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany did cover a wide area above the Canadian Beaufort with in total 149 flight hours (62h during VERDI, 87h during RACEPAC). For May/June 2017 a third campaign ACLOUD (Arctic Clouds - Characterization of Ice, aerosol Particles and Energy fluxes) with base in Svalbard is planned within the Transregional Collaborative Research Centre TR 172 ArctiC Amplification: Climate Relevant Atmospheric and SurfaCe Processes, and Feedback Mechanisms (AC)3 to investigate Arctic clouds in the transition zone between open ocean and sea ice. The aim of all campaigns is to combine remote sensing and in-situ cloud, aerosol and trace gas measurements to investigate interactions between radiation, cloud and aerosol particles. While during VERDI remote sensing and in-situ measurements were performed by one aircraft subsequently, for RACEPAC and ACLOUD two identical aircraft are coordinated at different altitudes to horizontally collocate both remote sensing and in-situ measurements. The campaign showed that in this way radiative and microphysical processes in the clouds can by studied more reliably and remote sensing methods can be validated efficiently. Here we will illustrate the scientific strategy of the projects including the progress in instrumentation. Differences in the general synoptic and sea ice situation and related changes in cloud properties at the different locations and seasons will be

  13. Investigating the complex mechanism of B migration in a magnetic-tunnel-junction trilayer structure—a combined study using XPS and TOF-SIMS

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    Ying, Ji-Feng; Ji, Rong; Ter Lim, Sze; Tran, Michael N.; Wang, Chen Chen; Ernult, Franck

    2016-02-01

    The magnetic-tunnel-junction (MTJ) structure is the core of many important devices, such as magnetic recording head and STT-RAM. CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB tri-layer thin-film stack is a widely researched MTJ structure. In this tri-layer, the functional property of the MTJ, i.e. its TMR ratio, is critically dependent on the crystal orientation of the CoFe grains. In order for the desired (1 0 0) out of plane texture to develop in the CoFeB layers, B needs to be engineered to be expelled out of these CoFeB layers, and diffuse or migrate into the adjacent layers. Ta is usually used as a seed layer adjacent to the MTJ structure. In this work, we investigated the important B-migration mechanisms within this MTJ structure through a combined XPS/TOF-SIMS study. Specifically, we tried to elucidate the possible physical/chemical interactions between the B and Ta that could happen with different film stack designs. Previous works have shown that there might be two possible B-migration mechanisms. One mechanism is direct B diffusion into the adjacent Ta layer during annealing. The other B-migration mechanism is through the formation of TaBOx species, in which B could be carried out by the Ta diffusion. In particular, through studying a series of film stacks, we discussed the circumstances under which one of these B-migration mechanisms becomes dominant. Furthermore, we discussed how these B-migration mechanisms facilitated the B expulsion in a common MTJ structure.

  14. Investigation of the optical characteristics of a combination of InP/ZnS-quantum dots with MWCNTs in a PMMA matrix

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    Landi, G.; Henninger, M.; De Girolamo del Mauro, A.; Borriello, C.; Di Luccio, T.; Neitzert, H. C.

    2013-10-01

    In the present study we investigated a combination of quantum dots with multi-walled carbon nanotubes as a possible future additive to the active layer of polymer solar cells. In this case the quantum dots should serve to enhance the long wavelength response of the solar cell, while the nanotubes enhance the charge carrier collection efficiency by favoring charge carrier separation and enhancement of the lateral conduction of the films. In order to clarify the interplay of the nanoparticles only, we deposited them into a non-conducting and transparent polymethyl-methalacrylate (PMMA) matrix. InP/ZnS quantum dots with an emission peak wavelength of 660 nm have been chosen in this study, because their addition can enhance the long wavelength response of conventional poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT): phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) bulk heterostructure polymer solar cells. In our study we kept the quantum dot concentration constant and varied the concentration of the carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in the deposited films. The characterization of the film morphology by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) imaging and of the optical properties by photoluminescence and transmittance revealed a rather complex interplay between nanotubes and quantum dots. In particular we found a strong quenching of the photoluminescence and an inhomogeneous CNT distribution for carbon nanotube concentrations exceeding 1%. The decrease in optical transmittance of the films with increasing CNT concentration is less pronounced, when quantum dots (QDs) are added. The optical transmittance in a wavelength range between 380 nm and 800 nm of the composites could be expressed empirically as a simple second order polynomial function.

  15. Analog-Computer Investigation of Effects of Friction and Preload on the Dynamic Longitudinal Characteristics of a Pilot-Airplane Combination

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    Crane, Harold L.

    1961-01-01

    With an electric analog computer, an investigation has been made of the effects of control frictions and preloads on the transient longitudinal response of a fighter airplane during abrupt small attitude corrections. The simulation included the airplane dynamics, powered control system, feel system, and a simple linearized pseudopilot. Control frictions at the stick pivot and at the servo valve as well as preloads of the stick and valve were considered individually and in combinations. It is believed that the results which are presented in the form of time histories and vector diagrams present a more detailed illustration of the effects of stray forces and compensating forces in the longitudinal control system than has previously been available. Consistent with the results of previous studies, the present results show that any of these four friction and preload forces caused some deterioration of the response. However, even a small amount of valve friction caused an oscillatory pitching response during which the phasing of the valve friction was such that it caused energy to be fed into the pitching oscillation of the air-plane. Of the other friction and preload forces which were considered, it was found that stick preload was close to 180 deg. out of phase with valve friction and thus could compensate in large measure for valve friction as long as the cycling of the stick encompassed the trim point. Either stick friction or valve preload provided a smaller stabilizing effect primarily through a reduction in the amplitude of the resultant force vector acting on the control system. Some data were obtained on the effects of friction when the damping or inertia of the control system or the pilot lag was varied.

  16. Analog-computer investigation of effects of friction and preload on the dynamic longitudinal characteristics of a pilot-airplane combination

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    Crane, Harold L

    1957-01-01

    With an electric analog computer, an investigation has been made of the effects of control frictions and preloads on the transient longitudinal response of a fighter airplane during abrupt small attitude corrections. The simulation included the airplane dynamics, powered control system, feel system, and a simple linearized pseudopilot. Control frictions at the stick pivot and at the servo valve as well as preloads of the stick and valve were considered individually and in combinations. It is believed that the results which are presented in the form of time histories and vector diagrams present a more detailed illustration of the effects of stray forces and compensating forces in the longitudinal control system than has previously been available. Consistent with the results of previous studies, the present results show that any of thesefour friction and preload forces caused some deterioration of the response. However, even a small amount of valve friction caused an oscillatory pitching response during which the phasing of the valve friction was such that it caused energy to be fed into the pitching oscillation of the airplane. Of the other friction and preload forces which were considered, it was found that stick preload was close to 180 degrees out of phase with valve friction and thus could compensate in large measure for valve friction as long as the cycling of the stick encompassed the trim point. Either stick friction or valve preload provided a smaller stabilizing effect primarily through a reduction in the amplitude of the resultant force vector acting on the control system. Some data were obtained on the effects of friction when the damping or inertia of the control system or the pilot lag was varied.

  17. Combined analyses of creatine kinase MB, cardiac troponin I and myoglobin in pericardial and cerebrospinal fluids to investigate myocardial and skeletal muscle injury in medicolegal autopsy cases.

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    Wang, Qi; Michiue, Tomomi; Ishikawa, Takaki; Zhu, Bao-Li; Maeda, Hitoshi

    2011-09-01

    Creatine kinase-MB (CK-MB), cardiac troponin I (cTnI) and myoglobin (Mb) are biochemical markers of myocardial injury; however, Mb is more abundant in skeletal muscles. The present study involved analysis of these markers in pericardial and cerebrospinal fluids (PCF and CSF) from serial medicolegal autopsy cases (n=295, within 48h) to examine their efficacy in determining the cause of death. Although these markers showed a slight postmortem time-dependent elevation, except for CK-MB in CSF, the distribution depended on the cause of death. Mb levels in PCF and CSF were higher in fatal hyperthermia (heat stroke) and methamphetamine abuse, and CK-MB in both fluids was also higher in the latter. In psychotropic drug intoxication, CK-MB, cTnI and Mb were higher in PCF, but only cTnI was elevated in CSF. In electrocution and cerebrovascular disease, each marker was higher in PCF and also relatively high in CSF. PCF cTnI level was higher in acute pulmonary embolism without significant elevation of any other markers, whereas CSF CK-MB was higher in acute blunt brain injury death and methamphetamine abuse. In most cases of delayed brain injury death, hypothermia (cold exposure) and pneumonia, these markers were low or intermediate in both PCF and CSF; however, sudden cardiac death, asphyxiation and fire fatality cases showed few characteristic findings. These observations suggest that combined analyses of these markers in postmortem PCF and CSF, in addition to blood samples, are helpful for evaluating the severity of myocardial and/or skeletal muscle damage in death processes, in particular for investigating deaths due to hyperthermia, hypothermia, electrocution and intoxication. PMID:21683643

  18. Combinations Therapies.

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    Reinmuth, Niels; Reck, Martin

    2015-01-01

    Immunotherapy of cancer encompasses different strategies that elicit or enhance the immune response against tumors. The first results from clinical studies have provided promising data for the treatment of lung cancer patients with immunomodulating monotherapies. To improve the potential benefit of cancer immunotherapy, synergistic combinations of the various immunotherapy approaches or of different elements within each of the immunotherapy approaches are being explored. The rationale typically involves different but complementary mechanisms of action, eventually impinging on more than one immune system mechanism. As a prominent example, the simultaneous blockade of PD-1 and CTLA-4 is giving rise to therapeutic synergy, while still offering room for efficacy improvement. Moreover, combinations of immunomodulating agents with chemotherapy or targeted molecules are being tested. Animal models suggest that immunotherapies in combination with these various options offer evidence for synergistic effects and are likely to radically change cancer treatment paradigms. However, data obtained so far indicate that toxic side effects are also potentiated, which may even restrict the selection of patients that are suitable for these combinational approaches. Advancing the field of combinatorial immunotherapy will require changes in the way investigational agents are clinically developed as well as novel experimental end-points for efficacy evaluation. However, this combined therapeutic manipulation of both tumor and stromal cells may lead to a dramatic change in the therapeutic options of lung cancer patients in any disease stage that can only grossly be appreciated by the current studies. PMID:26384009

  19. Combined magnetic and structural investigation of nano crystalline iron oxides: The interplay between crystal size and phase composition during FeS 2 oxidation

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    Eneroth, Erik

    2007-01-01

    The oxides that form during thermal oxidation of natural FeS 2 (pyrite and marcasite) consist of nanometer-sized crystals of α-Fe 2O 3 and γ-Fe 2O 3. This is shown with heating experiments that were made up to 650 °C, which resembles temperatures used in metallurgical processes. It is shown that magnetic measurements can play a key role in the investigation of this reaction, due to the unwanted blurring effects associated with finite crystal sizes if other methods are used. According to Mössbauer spectra combined with pXRD, many α-Fe 2O 3 crystals are in a stable magnetic state only due to the formation of bridging superexchange interactions in between them, but the γ-Fe 2O 3 experiences super-paramagnetic relaxation ceasing first at 20 K. Magnetisation measurements were used for two main purposes (1) determination of the amounts of γ-Fe 2O 3 in the products, and (2) for characterization of γ-Fe 2O 3 with respect to crystal size and possible magnetic surface effects such as spin-glass. It is proven that fine FeS 2 grains produce more γ-Fe 2O 3 than coarse. At 500 °C the fine FeS 2 grains oxidised into c. 30% γ-Fe 2O 3 and ca. 70% α-Fe 2O 3. At 525 °C, the γ-Fe 2O 3 amounts were also estimated in coarse oxidised FeS 2, and results were ca. 20% and 10% γ-Fe 2O 3 for the fine and coarse FeS 2 respectively. The γ-Fe 2O 3 crystal sizes were a function of both temperature and grain size, and it decreased with decreasing grain size, and upon rising the temperature from 450 to 550 °C. It is argued that the estimated errors during γ-Fe 2O 3 amount determination are due mainly to disordered magnetic sublattices at the crystal faces of γ-Fe 2O 3, giving an error of ca. 15% for those samples that have the smallest crystals.

  20. Investigation of Effects of Epidural Anaesthesia Combined with General Anaesthesia on the Stress Response in Patients Undergoing Hip and Knee Arthroplasty

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    Sağlık, Yeliz; Yazıcıoğlu, Dilek; Çiçekler, Osman; Gümüş, Haluk

    2015-01-01

    Objective To investigate the effects of general anaesthesia and general+epidural anaesthesia on the stress response which was evaluated with the adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH), cortisol, insulin, and glucose levels and the haemodynamic parameters. Methods Forty two, American Society of Anesthesiologists physiologic status I–II, patients undergoing hip and knee arthroplasty were randomized into two groups; general anaesthesia (Group G) and general anaesthesia+epidural anaesthesia (Group E). Epidural anaesthesia: patients in Group E received epidural anaesthesia with 0.5% bupivacaine, a lumbar epidural catheter was placed and after achieving sensorial block at T10 dermatome, general anaesthesia was commenced. General anaesthesia was standardized in both groups. Further, plasma ACTH, cortisol, insulin and glucose levels were determined at preoperative=t1, after the surgical incision=t2, postoperative 2nd hour=t3 and postoperative 24th hour=t4. Perioperative heart rate, blood pressures, pain scores and morphine consumption were also determined. Results ACTH levels were higher in Group G than Group E [Group G, t2: 71.4±39.9 pg mL−1, t3: 578.6±566.1 pg mL−1, Group E, t2: 20.2±16.2 pg mL−1, t3: 56.3±73.6 pg mL−1 (p<0.001)]. Cortisol, was higher in Group G compared with Group E [Group G, t3: 33.4±13.1 μg dL−1, t4: 34.1±22.5 μg dL−1, Group E, t3: 19.1±10.3 μg dL−1, t4: 21.3±8.1 μg dL−1 (p=0.001 and p=0.002)]. The insulin levels were higher compared with the baseline values at t3, and glucose was higher at t3 and t4 in both groups. Haemodynamic parameters were stable in Group E, and pain scores and morphine consumption were higher in Group G than in Group E. Conclusion Our results suggest that epidural anaesthesia combined with general anaesthesia suppressed the stress response, which was evaluated with ACTH, cortisol levels and haemodynamic parameters; however, this method was ineffective to attenuate the increase in glucose and insulin

  1. Combined geophysical surveys and coring data to investigate the pattern of the Watukosek fault system around the Lusi eruption site, Indonesia.

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    Husein, Alwi; Mazzini, Adriano; Lupi, Matteo; Mauri, Guillaume; Kemna, Andreas; Hadi, Soffian; Santosa, Bagus

    2016-04-01

    The Lusi mud eruption is located in the Sidoarjo area, Indonesia and is continuously erupting hot mud since its birth in May 2006. The Watukosek fault system originates from the neighboring Arjuno-Welirang volcanic complex extending towards the NE of Java. After the 27-06-2006 M 6.3 earthquake this fault system was reactivated and hosted numerous hot mud eruptions in the Sidoarjo area. Until now, no targeted investigations have been conducted to understand the geometry of the faults system crossing the Lusi eruption site. A comprehensive combined electrical resistivity and self-potential (SP) survey was performed in the 7 km2 area inside the Lusi embankment that had been built to contain the erupted mud and to prevent flooding of the surrounding roads and settlements. The goal of the geophysical survey is to map the near-surface occurrence of the Watukosek fault system upon which Lusi resides, delineate its spatial pattern, and monitor its development. We completed six lines of resistivity measurements using Wenner configuration and SP measurements using roll-along technique. Three subparallel lines were located to the north and to the south of the main crater. Each line was approximately W-E oriented extending for ~1.26 km. The surveyed regions consist of mud breccia (containing clayey-silty-sandy mixture with clast up to ~10 cm in size). The geophysical data have been complemented with a N-S oriented profile consisting of 6 cores (~30m long) drilled in the dry area inside the Lusi embankment. The resistivity data were inverted into 2-D resistivity images with a maximum penetration depth of almost 200 m. These images consistently reveal a region of about 300 m in width (between 30-90 m depth) characterized by anomalous resistivities, which are lower than the values observed in the surrounding area. The results of the SP data correspond well with the resistivity profiles in the anomalous parts, which suggests that their origin is related to fluid flow paths in the

  2. Experimental investigation of a general real-time 3D target localization method using sequential kV imaging combined with respiratory monitoring

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    Cho, Byungchul; Poulsen, Per; Ruan, Dan; Sawant, Amit; Keall, Paul J.

    2012-11-01

    The goal of this work was to experimentally quantify the geometric accuracy of a novel real-time 3D target localization method using sequential kV imaging combined with respiratory monitoring for clinically realistic arc and static field treatment delivery and target motion conditions. A general method for real-time target localization using kV imaging and respiratory monitoring was developed. Each dimension of internal target motion T(x, y, z; t) was estimated from the external respiratory signal R(t) through the correlation between R(ti) and the projected marker positions p(xp, yp; ti) on kV images by a state-augmented linear model: T(x, y, z; t) = aR(t) + bR(t - τ) + c. The model parameters, a, b, c, were determined by minimizing the squared fitting error ∑‖p(xp, yp; ti) - P(θi) · (aR(ti) + bR(ti - τ) + c)‖2 with the projection operator P(θi). The model parameters were first initialized based on acquired kV arc images prior to MV beam delivery. This method was implemented on a trilogy linear accelerator consisting of an OBI x-ray imager (operating at 1 Hz) and real-time position monitoring (RPM) system (30 Hz). Arc and static field plans were delivered to a moving phantom programmed with measured lung tumour motion from ten patients. During delivery, the localization method determined the target position and the beam was adjusted in real time via dynamic multileaf collimator (DMLC) adaptation. The beam-target alignment error was quantified by segmenting the beam aperture and a phantom-embedded fiducial marker on MV images and analysing their relative position. With the localization method, the root-mean-squared errors of the ten lung tumour traces ranged from 0.7-1.3 mm and 0.8-1.4 mm during the single arc and five-field static beam delivery, respectively. Without the localization method, these errors ranged from 3.1-7.3 mm. In summary, a general method for real-time target localization using kV imaging and respiratory monitoring has been

  3. Contribution of a combined TDEM (Time-Domain electromagnetism) and geoelectrical survey to the investigation of the coastal aquifer of Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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    Rebolledo-Vieyra, M.; Ravelo-Cervantes, J. I.; Lecossec, A.

    2007-12-01

    This study reports initial results of combined Time Domain Electromagnetic (TDEM) and vertical electrical sounding (VES), geophysical characterization of the Quintana Roo coastal aquifer, with the aim of establishing effective protocols for subsequent surveys in the area, through the association of TDEM and VES. The high resistivity of the carbonate terrain, combined with the very low resistivity range of fresh-water and sea-water, are ideal to use both tools in combination. The results show that both methods used in a combination may provide a useful tool for hydrogeologial studies. In this survey we were able to identifiy a fracture 100 m x 40 m, that was correlated to fresh-water discharges in to the Puerto Morelos Reef lagoon.

  4. Investigation of Combined Action of Food Supplement's and Ionizing Radiation on the Cytogenetic Damage Induction and Ehrlich Ascite Carcinoma Growth on Mice in Vivo

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    Sorokina, Svetlana; Zaichkina, Svetlana; Dyukina, Alsu; Rozanova, Olga; Balakin, Vladimir; Peleshko, Vladimir; Romanchenko, Sergey; Smirnova, Helena; Aptikaeva, Gella; Shemyakov, Alexander

    In recent ten years one of the major problems of modern radiobiology is the study of radiation protective mechanisms with the help of different substances as well as activation of internal resources of the organism. Internal resources mean such phenomena as hormesis and adaptive response which represent cell or body reaction on low doses of inducing factors and predetermine their further high dose effect resistance. At present special interest is attracted by studies of biological effects of low-dose-rate high-LET radiation because of searching for new types of radiation for more effective cancer therapy and searching for new methods of radiation protection. Since natural biologically active substances have low toxicity and are capable of affecting physiological processes taking place in human’s organism and increasing organism’s natural defense system, the interest to protective means of vegetal origin and search of special food supplements intensifies every year. The purpose of this study is to investigate the combined influence of food supplement, low dose rate high-LET radiation simulating high-altitude flight conditions and X-ray radiations on radiosensitivity, induction of radiation adaptive response (RAR) and growth of Ehrlich ascite carcinoma as well. Experiments were performed with males of SHK mice at the age of two months. The animals were being irradiated with low-dose-rate high-LET radiation with the dose of 11,6 cGy (0,5 cGy/day) behind the concrete shield of the 70 GeV protons accelerator (Protvino). The X-ray irradiation was carried out on the RTH device with a voltage of 200 kV (1 Gy/min; Pushchino). The diet composition included products containing big amount of biologically active substances, such as: soybeam meat, buckwheat, lettuce leaves and drug of cod-liver oil. Four groups of mice were fed with selected products mentioned above during the whole irradiation period of 22 days. The control groups received the same food without irradiation

  5. Preclinical Investigations of PM01183 (Lurbinectedin) as a Single Agent or in Combination with Other Anticancer Agents for Clear Cell Carcinoma of the Ovary

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    Takahashi, Ryoko; Mabuchi, Seiji; Kawano, Mahiru; Sasano, Tomoyuki; Matsumoto, Yuri; Kuroda, Hiromasa; Kozasa, Katsumi; Hashimoto, Kae; Sawada, Kenjiro; Kimura, Tadashi

    2016-01-01

    Objective The objective of this study was to evaluate the antitumor effects of lurbinectedin as a single agent or in combination with existing anticancer agents for clear cell carcinoma (CCC) of the ovary, which is regarded as an aggressive, chemoresistant, histological subtype. Methods Using human ovarian CCC cell lines, the antitumor effects of lurbinectedin, SN-38, doxorubicin, cisplatin, and paclitaxel as single agents were assessed using the MTS assay. Then, the antitumor effects of combination therapies involving lurbinectedin and 1 of the other 4 agents were evaluated using isobologram analysis to examine whether these combinations displayed synergistic effects. The antitumor activity of each treatment was also examined using cisplatin-resistant and paclitaxel-resistant CCC sublines. Finally, we determined the effects of mTORC1 inhibition on the antitumor activity of lurbinectedin-based chemotherapy. Results Lurbinectedin exhibited significant antitumor activity toward chemosensitive and chemoresistant CCC cells in vitro. An examination of mouse CCC cell xenografts revealed that lurbinectedin significantly inhibits tumor growth. Among the tested combinations, lurbinectedin plus SN-38 resulted in a significant synergistic effect. This combination also had strong synergistic effects on both the cisplatin-resistant and paclitaxel-resistant CCC cell lines. Everolimus significantly enhanced the antitumor activity of lurbinectedin-based chemotherapies. Conclusions Lurbinectedin, a new agent that targets active transcription, exhibits antitumor activity in CCC when used as a single agent and has synergistic antitumor effects when combined with irinotecan. Our results indicate that lurbinectedin is a promising agent for treating ovarian CCC, both as a first-line treatment and as a salvage treatment for recurrent lesions that develop after platinum-based or paclitaxel treatment. PMID:26986199

  6. Integrating Mixed Method Data in Psychological Research: Combining Q Methodology and Questionnaires in a Study Investigating Cultural and Psychological Influences on Adolescent Sexual Behavior

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    Franz, Anke; Worrell, Marcia; Vögele, Claus

    2013-01-01

    In recent years, combining quantitative and qualitative research methods in the same study has become increasingly acceptable in both applied and academic psychological research. However, a difficulty for many mixed methods researchers is how to integrate findings consistently. The value of using a coherent framework throughout the research…

  7. Investigation of the chemical mixing state of individual Asian dust particles by the combined use of electron probe X-ray microanalysis and Raman microspectrometry.

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    Sobanska, Sophie; Hwang, HeeJin; Choël, Marie; Jung, Hae-Jin; Eom, Hyo-Jin; Kim, HyeKeong; Barbillat, Jacques; Ro, Chul-Un

    2012-04-01

    In this work, quantitative electron probe X-ray microanalysis (EPMA) and Raman microspectrometry (RMS) were applied in combination for the first time to characterize the complex internal structure and physicochemical properties of the same ensemble of Asian dust particles. The analytical methodology to obtain the chemical composition, mixing state, and spatial distribution of chemical species within single particles through the combined use of the two techniques is described. Asian dust aerosol particles collected in Incheon, Korea, during a moderate dust storm event were examined to assess the applicability of the methodology to resolve internal mixtures within single particles. Among 92 individual analyzed particles, EPMA and RMS identified 53% of the particles to be internally mixed with two or more chemical species. Information on the spatial distribution of chemical compounds within internally mixed individual particles can be useful for deciphering the particle aging mechanisms and sources. This study demonstrates that the characterization of individual particles, including chemical speciation and mixing state analysis, can be performed more in detail using EPMA and RMS in combination than with the two single-particle techniques alone. PMID:22380789

  8. FIRST INVESTIGATION OF THE COMBINED IMPACT OF IONIZING RADIATION AND MOMENTUM WINDS FROM A MASSIVE STAR ON A SELF-GRAVITATING CORE

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    Ngoumou, Judith; Hubber, David; Dale, James E.; Burkert, Andreas

    2015-01-01

    Massive stars shape the surrounding interstellar matter (ISM) by emitting ionizing photons and ejecting material through stellar winds. To study the impact of the momentum from the wind of a massive star on the surrounding neutral or ionized material, we implemented a new HEALPix-based momentum-conserving wind scheme in the smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) code SEREN. A qualitative study of the impact of the feedback from an O7.5-like star on a self-gravitating sphere shows that on its own, the transfer of momentum from a wind onto cold surrounding gas has both a compressing and dispersing effect. It mostly affects gas at low and intermediate densities. When combined with a stellar source's ionizing ultraviolet (UV) radiation, we find the momentum-driven wind to have little direct effect on the gas. We conclude that during a massive star's main sequence, the UV ionizing radiation is the main feedback mechanism shaping and compressing the cold gas. Overall, the wind's effects on the dense gas dynamics and on the triggering of star formation are very modest. The structures formed in the ionization-only simulation and in the combined feedback simulation are remarkably similar. However, in the combined feedback case, different SPH particles end up being compressed. This indicates that the microphysics of gas mixing differ between the two feedback simulations and that the winds can contribute to the localized redistribution and reshuffling of gas.

  9. An investigator-blinded, randomized study to compare the efficacy of combined CBT for alcohol use disorders and social anxiety disorder versus CBT focused on alcohol alone in adults with comorbid disorders: the Combined Alcohol Social Phobia (CASP) trial protocol

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    2013-01-01

    Background Alcohol use disorders and social anxiety disorder are common and disabling conditions that frequently co-exist. Although there are efficacious treatments for each disorder, only two randomized controlled trials of interventions for these combined problems have been published. We developed a new integrated treatment for comorbid Social Anxiety Disorder and Alcohol Use Disorder based on established Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) interventions for the separate disorders. Compared to established MI/CBT for alcohol use disorders this new intervention is hypothesised to lead to greater reductions in symptoms of social anxiety and alcohol use disorder and to produce greater improvements in quality of life. Higher levels of alcohol dependence will result in relatively poorer outcomes for the new integrated treatment. Methods/design A randomised controlled trial comparing 9 sessions of individual integrated treatment for alcohol and social phobia with 9 sessions of treatment for alcohol use problems alone is proposed. Randomisation will be stratified for stable antidepressant use. Post treatment clinical assessments of alcohol consumption and diagnostic status at 3 and 6 month follow-up will be blind to allocation. Discussion The proposed trial addresses a serious gap in treatment evidence and could potentially define the appropriate treatment for a large proportion of adults affected by these problems. Trial registration Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry: ACTRN12608000228381. PMID:23895258

  10. Calculational and Experimental Investigations of the Pressure Effects on Radical - Radical Cross Combinations Reactions: C2H5 + C2H3

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    Fahr, Askar; Halpern, Joshua B.; Tardy, Dwight C.

    2007-01-01

    Pressure-dependent product yields have been experimentally determined for the cross-radical reaction C2H5 + C2H3. These results have been extended by calculations. It is shown that the chemically activated combination adduct, 1-C4H8*, is either stabilized by bimolecular collisions or subject to a variety of unimolecular reactions including cyclizations and decompositions. Therefore the "apparent" combination/disproportionation ratio exhibits a complex pressure dependence. The experimental studies were performed at 298 K and at selected pressures between about 4 Torr (0.5 kPa) and 760 Torr (101 kPa). Ethyl and vinyl radicals were simultaneously produced by 193 nm excimer laser photolysis of C2H5COC2H3 or photolysis of C2H3Br and C2H5COC2H5. Gas chromatograph/mass spectrometry/flame ionization detection (GC/MS/FID) were used to identify and quantify the final reaction products. The major combination reactions at pressures between 500 (66.5 kPa) and 760 Torr are (1c) C2H5 + C2H3 yields 1-butene, (2c) C2H5 + C2H5 yields n-butane, and (3c) C2H3 + C2H3 yields 1,3-butadiene. The major products of the disproportionation reactions are ethane, ethylene, and acetylene. At moderate and lower pressures, secondary products, including propene, propane, isobutene, 2-butene (cis and trans), 1-pentene, 1,4-pentadiene, and 1,5-hexadiene are also observed. Two isomers of C4H6, cyclobutene and/or 1,2-butadiene, were also among the likely products. The pressure-dependent yield of the cross-combination product, 1-butene, was compared to the yield of n-butane, the combination product of reaction (2c), which was found to be independent of pressure over the range of this study. The [ 1-C4H8]/[C4H10] ratio was reduced from approx.1.2 at 760 Torr (101 kPa) to approx.0.5 at 100 Torr (13.3 kPa) and approx.0.1 at pressures lower than about 5 Torr (approx.0.7 kPa). Electronic structure and RRKM calculations were used to simulate both unimolecular and bimolecular processes. The relative importance