Sample records for mno2 aqueous rechargeable

  1. Rechargeable hybrid aqueous batteries

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    Yan, Jing; Wang, Jing; Liu, Hao; Bakenov, Zhumabay; Gosselink, Denise; Chen, P.

    2012-10-01

    A new aqueous rechargeable battery combining an intercalation cathode with a metal (first order electrode) anode has been developed. The concept is demonstrated using LiMn2O4 and zinc metal electrodes in an aqueous electrolyte containing two electrochemically active ions (Li+ and Zn2+). The battery operates at about 2 V and preliminarily tests show excellent cycling performance, with about 90% initial capacity retention over 1000 charge-discharge cycles. Use of cation-doped LiMn2O4 cathode further improves the cyclability of the system, which reaches 95% capacity retention after 4000 cycles. The energy density for a prototype battery, estimated at 50-80 Wh kg-1, is comparable or superior to commercial 2 V rechargeable batteries. The combined performance attributes of this new rechargeable aqueous battery indicate that it constitutes a viable alternative to commercial lead-acid system and for large scale energy storage application.

  2. Performance of MnO2 Crystallographic Phases in Rechargeable Lithium-Air Oxygen Cathode

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    Oloniyo, Olubukun; Kumar, Senthil; Scott, Keith

    2012-05-01

    Manganese dioxide (MnO2) has been shown to be effective for improving the efficiency of cathodes in lithium-air cells. Different crystallographic phases including ?-, ?-, and ?-MnO2 nanowires, ?-MnO2 nanospheres, and ?-MnO2 nanowires on carbon ( ?-MnO2/C) were synthesized using the hydrothermal method. Their physical properties were examined using x-ray diffraction (XRD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area measurements, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and found to be in agreement with the literature. Electrochemical properties of the synthesized catalyst particles were investigated by fabricating cathodes and testing them in a lithium-air cell with lithium hexafluorophosphate in propylene carbonate (LiPF6/PC) and tetra(ethylene glycol)dimethyl ether (LiTFSi/TEGDME) electrolytes. ?-MnO2 had the highest discharge capacity in the LiTFSi/TEGDME electrolyte (2500 mAh/g), whilst ?-MnO2/C in LiPF6/PC showed a significantly higher discharge capacity of 11,000 mAh/g based on total mass of the catalytic cathode. However, the latter showed poor capacity retention compared with ?-MnO2 nanowires, which was stable for up to 30 cycles. The reported discharge capacity is higher than recorded in previous studies on lithium-air cells.

  3. Rechargeable Na/Na0.44MnO2 cells with ionic liquid electrolytes containing various sodium solutes

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    Wang, Chueh-Han; Yeh, Yu-Wen; Wongittharom, Nithinai; Wang, Yi-Chen; Tseng, Chung-Jen; Lee, Sheng-Wei; Chang, Wen-Sheng; Chang, Jeng-Kuei

    2015-01-01

    Orthorhombic Na0.44MnO2 with wide structural tunnels for sodium ion transport is synthesized. Butylmethylpyrrolidinium-bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (BMP-TFSI) ionic liquid (IL) with various Na solutes, namely NaBF4, NaClO4, NaTFSI, and NaPF6, is used as an electrolyte for rechargeable Na/Na0.44MnO2 cells. The cell with NaClO4-incorporated IL electrolyte exhibits superior charge-discharge performance due to it having the lowest solid-electrolyte-interface resistance and charge transfer resistance at both the Na and Na0.44MnO2 electrodes. The IL electrolyte shows high thermal stability and is suitable for use at an elevated temperature. At 75 °C, the measured capacity of Na0.44MnO2 in the IL electrolyte with NaClO4 is as high as 115 mAh g-1 (at 0.05 C), which is close to the theoretical value (121 mAh g-1). Moreover, 85% of this capacity can be retained when the charge-discharge rate is increased to 1 C. These properties are superior to those of a conventional organic electrolyte.

  4. Sorption of lead (II), cobalt (II) and copper (II) ions from aqueous solutions by ?-MnO2 nanostructure

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    Chung Le, Ngoc; Van Phuc, Dinh

    2015-01-01

    Manganese dioxide ?-MnO2 was synthesized via the reduction–oxidation reaction between KMnO4 and C2H5OH at room temperature and characterized with x-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Brunauer–Emmet–Teller nitrogen adsorption (BET–N2 adsorption). The results showed that ?-MnO2 was about 10–18 nm in size and the BET surface area was about 65 m2 g?1. The feasibility of ?-MnO2 used as a low cost adsorbent for the adsorption of Pb(II), Co(II) and Cu(II) from aqueous solutions was explored. During the adsorption process, batch technique was used, and the effects of contact time and pH on adsorption efficiency under room temperature were studied. The adsorption data showed that the Freundlich, Langmuir and Redlich-Peterson isotherms are a good model for the sorption of Co(II) and Cu(II), while the Langmuir and Redlich–Peterson isotherms provide a reasonable fit to the experimental data for Pb(II). By using the Langmuir isotherm, the adsorption capacities for Pb(II), Co(II) and Cu(II) are found to be 200 mg g?1, 90.91 mg g?1 and 83.33 mg g?1, respectively. The effectiveness of ?-MnO2 in the sorption of the three metal ions from aqueous system has the order Pb(II) > Co(II) > Cu(II). Kinetic studies showed that a pseudo-second-order model was more suitable than the pseudo-first-order model. Also, the intra-particle diffusion models were used to ascertain the mechanism of the sorption process. It is concluded that ?-MnO2 can be used as an effective adsorbent for removing Pb(II), Co(II) and Cu(II) from aqueous solutions.

  5. Synthesis of Porous ?-MnO2 Submicron Tubes as Highly Efficient Electrocatalyst for Rechargeable Li-O2 Batteries.

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    Zhang, Peng; Sun, Dongfei; He, Mu; Lang, Junwei; Xu, Shan; Yan, Xingbin

    2015-06-01

    Lithium-oxygen (Li-O2 ) batteries are receiving intense interest because of their high energy density. A new tubular ?-MnO2 material prepared by a simple hydrothermal synthesis is an efficient electrocatalyst for Li-O2 batteries. The synthesized ?-MnO2 exhibits a unique tubular structure, in which the porous walls are composed of highly dispersed ultrathin ?-MnO2 nanosheets. Such a unique structure and its intrinsic catalytic activity provide the right electrocatalyst characteristics for high-performance Li-O2 batteries. As a consequence, suppressed overpotentials-especially the oxygen evolution reaction overpotential-superior rate capability, and desirable cycle life are achieved with these submicron ?-MnO2 tubes as the electrocatalyst. Remarkably, the discharge product Li2 O2 of the Li-O2 battery exhibits a uniform nanosheet-like morphology, which indicates the critical role of the ?-MnO2 in the electrochemical process, and a mechanism is proposed to analyze the catalysis of ?-MnO2 . PMID:25944388

  6. Predicting the electrochemical properties of MnO2 nanomaterials used in rechargeable li batteries: simulating nanostructure at the atomistic level.

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    Sayle, Thi X T; Maphanga, R Rapela; Ngoepe, Phuti E; Sayle, Dean C

    2009-05-01

    Nanoporous beta-MnO2 can act as a host lattice for the insertion and deinsertion of Li with application in rechargeable lithium batteries. We predict that, to maximize its electrochemical properties, the beta-MnO2 host should be symmetrically porous and heavily twinned. In addition, we predict that there exists a "critical (wall) thickness" for MnO2 nanomaterials above which the strain associated with Li insertion is accommodated via a plastic, rather than elastic, deformation of the host lattice leading to property fading upon cycling. We predict that this critical thickness lies between 10 and 100 nm for beta-MnO2 and is greater than 100 nm for alpha-MnO2: the latter accommodates 2 x 2 tunnels compared with the smaller 1 x 1 tunnels found in beta-MnO2. This prediction may help explain why certain (nano)forms of MnO2 are electrochemically active, while others are not. Our predictions are based upon atomistic models of beta-MnO2 nanomaterials. In particular, a systematic strategy, analogous to methods widely and routinely used to model crystal structure, was used to generate the nanostructures. Specifically, the (space) symmetry associated with the nanostructure coupled with basis nanoparticles was used to prescribe full atomistic models of nanoparticles (0D), nanorods (1D), nanosheets (2D), and nanoporous (3D) architectures. For the latter, under MD simulation, the amorphous nanoparticles agglomerate together with their periodic neighbors to formulate the walls of the nanomaterial; the particular polymorphic structure was evolved using simulated amorphization and crystallization. We show that our atomistic models are in accord with experiment. Our models reveal that the periodic framework architecture, together with microtwinning, enables insertion of Li anywhere on the (internal) surface and facilitates Li transport in all three spatial directions within the host lattice. Accordingly, the symmetrically porous MnO2 can expand and contract linearly and crucially elastically under charge/discharge. We also suggest tentatively that our predictions for MnO2 are more general in that similar arguments may apply to other nanomaterials, which might expand and contract elastically upon charging/discharging. PMID:19206514

  7. Electrochemical properties of MnO2\\/CNT nanocomposite in neutral aqueous electrolyte as cathode material for asymmetric supercapacitors

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    Hui Xia; Chao Huo

    2011-01-01

    A MnO2\\/carbon nanotube (CNT) nanocomposite was synthesised using a simple hydrothermal treatment. The nanocomposite exhibits a CNT core\\/MnO2 porous sheath hierarchy architecture, which makes it promising as an electrode material for supercapacitors. An asymmetric supercapacitor based on activated carbon (AC) as anode, MnO2\\/CNT nanocomposite as cathode and 1M Na2SO4 solution as electrolyte was assembled in a Swagelok cell. The full

  8. Ti-substituted tunnel-type Na0.44MnO2 oxide as a negative electrode for aqueous sodium-ion batteries

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    Wang, Yuesheng; Liu, Jue; Lee, Byungju; Qiao, Ruimin; Yang, Zhenzhong; Xu, Shuyin; Yu, Xiqian; Gu, Lin; Hu, Yong-Sheng; Yang, Wanli; et al

    2015-03-25

    The aqueous sodium-ion battery system is a safe and low-cost solution for large-scale energy storage, due to the abundance of sodium and inexpensive aqueous electrolytes. Although several positive electrode materials, e.g., Na0.44MnO2, were proposed, few negative electrode materials, e.g., activated carbon and NaTi2(PO4)3, are available. Here we show that Ti-substituted Na0.44MnO2 (Na0.44[Mn1-xTix]O2) with tunnel structure can be used as a negative electrode material for aqueous sodium-ion batteries. This material exhibits superior cyclability even without the special treatment of oxygen removal from the aqueous solution. Atomic-scale characterizations based on spherical aberration-corrected electron microscopy and ab initio calculations are utilized to accuratelymore »identify the Ti substitution sites and sodium storage mechanism. Ti substitution tunes the charge ordering property and reaction pathway, significantly smoothing the discharge/charge profiles and lowering the storage voltage. Both the fundamental understanding and practical demonstrations suggest that Na0.44[Mn1-xTix]O2 is a promising negative electrode material for aqueous sodium-ion batteries.« less

  9. Interconnected network of MnO2 nanowires with a "cocoonlike" morphology: redox couple-mediated performance enhancement in symmetric aqueous supercapacitor.

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    Maiti, Sandipan; Pramanik, Atin; Mahanty, Sourindra

    2014-07-01

    Low electronic conductivity and slow faradic processes limit the performance of MnO2 as an electrochemical pseudocapacitor with respect to cycling and power density. Herein, we report preparation of single-phase ?-MnO2, composed of an interconnected nanowire network with "cocoonlike" morphology, and its application as electrode in a symmetric aqueous supercapacitor. Increased "effective" surface area, coexistence of micropores and mesopores, and enhanced electron transport in these nanowire networks result in a specific pseudocapacitance (CS) of 775 F·g(-1) in 3 M KOH, derived from cyclic voltammetry in the potential window of -1 to +1 V at a scan rate of 2 mV·s(-1), the highest reported for two-electrode symmetric configuration. Furthermore, introduction of K4Fe(CN)6 as a redox-active additive to KOH results in ?7 times increase in energy density at a power density of ?6000 W·kg(-1). The presence of the Fe(CN)6(4-)/Fe(CN)6(3-) redox couple provides an electron buffer source compensating for the slow faradic reactions. The results demonstrate that this simple approach might be an effective way to enhance the redox kinetics and reversibility of transition metal oxide-based pseudocapacitors. PMID:24930698

  10. Oxygen bubble-templated hierarchical porous ?-MnO2 as a superior catalyst for rechargeable Li-O2 batteries.

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    Hu, Xiaofei; Cheng, Fangyi; Han, Xiaopeng; Zhang, Tianran; Chen, Jun

    2015-02-18

    Nickel foam-supported ?-MnO2 is synthesized through an oxygen-bubble template-assisted electrodeposition route and is applied as a new cathode catalyst for Li-O2 batteries. Owing to the 3D macro/micro/nano (multiscale) porous architecture, the prepared electrode exhibits low overpotential, high rate capability, and superior cycling durability. PMID:25273825

  11. Advances of aqueous rechargeable lithium-ion battery: A review

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    Alias, Nurhaswani; Mohamad, Ahmad Azmin

    2015-01-01

    The electrochemical characteristic of the aqueous rechargeable lithium-ion battery has been widely investigated in efforts to design a green and safe technology that can provide a highly specific capacity, high efficiency and long life for high power applications such as the smart grid and electric vehicle. It is believed that the advantages of this battery will overcome the limitations of the rechargeable lithium-ion battery with organic electrolytes that comprise safety and create high fabrication cost issues. This review focuses on the opportunities of the aqueous rechargeable lithium-ion battery compared to the conventional rechargeable lithium-ion battery with organic-based electrolytes. Previously reported studies are briefly summarised, together with the presentation of new findings based on the conductivity, morphology, electrochemical performance and cycling stability results. The factors that influence the electrochemical performance, the challenges and potential of the aqueous rechargeable lithium-ion battery are highlighted in order to understand and maintained the excellent battery performance.

  12. Enhanced reversible divalent zinc storage in a structurally stable ?-MnO2 nanorod electrode

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    Alfaruqi, Muhammad Hilmy; Gim, Jihyeon; Kim, Sungjin; Song, Jinju; Jo, Jeonggeun; Kim, Seokhun; Mathew, Vinod; Kim, Jaekook

    2015-08-01

    In the present study, a nanorod-type ?-MnO2 cathode is prepared by a facile hydrothermal method for rechargeable aqueous zinc-ion battery (ZIB) applications. Electron microscopy studies reveal rod shaped particles with approximately 20 nm of width and 200 nm of length. When tested for aqueous ZIBs, the ?-MnO2 nanorod cathode exhibits an initial discharge capacity of 233 mA h/g at a current density of 83 mA/g with nearly 100% Coulombic efficiencies under prolonged cycling. Besides, the prepared cathode demonstrates decent rate capabilities at higher current densities (43.33 and 31.48 mA h/g at 1333 and 1666 mA/g, respectively). Ex-situ synchrotron XAS investigations clearly establish the reversibility of electrochemical Zn-insertion into the ?-MnO2 nanorod cathode. The analyses also reveal that the host ?-MnO2 structure demonstrates considerable structural stability during Zn-insertion/extraction. Further, a combination of ex-situ synchrotron XRD studies, visualization and pattern-fitting software programs not only confirm electrochemical Zn-insertion into the host ?-MnO2 structure but also suggest that the unit cell volume of the [2×2] tunnels in the ?-MnO2 host expands by approximately 3.12% during Zn-insertion. The present study thus paves the way for further development of eco-friendly ZIB as an ideal energy storage system due to its excellent safety and reliability.

  13. Silicon anode for rechargeable aqueous lithium-air batteries

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    Teranishi, R.; Si, Q.; Mizukoshi, F.; Kawakubo, M.; Matsui, M.; Takeda, Y.; Yamamoto, O.; Imanishi, N.

    2015-01-01

    A novel aqueous lithium-air rechargeable cell with the configuration of Si/1 M LiClO4 in ethylene carbonate-diethylene carbonate/Li1+x+yAlx(Ti,Ge)2-xP3-ySiyO12/5 M LiCl-1 M LiOH aqueous solution/carbon black, air is proposed. A silicon anode composed of mechanically milled silicon power with an average particle size of ca. 0.5 ?m, vapor grown carbon fiber and a polyimide binder was examined. The open-circuit voltage at the charged state was 2.9 V at 25 °C. The discharge capacity of 700 mAh g-silicon-1 was retained for 40 cycles at 0.3 mA cm-2 with cut-off voltages of 3.5 and 1.5 V. Significant capacity fade was observed at deep charge and discharge cycling at 2000 mAh g-silicon-1.

  14. Redox Active Layer-by-Layer Structures containing MnO2 Nanoparticles

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    Bazito, Fernanda; O'Brien, Robert; Buttry, Daniel A.

    2005-02-01

    Nanoscale materials provide unique properties that will enable new technologies and enhance older ones. One area of intense activity in which nanoscale materials are being used is in the development of new functional materials for battery applications. This effort promises superior materials with properties that circumvent many of the problems associated with traditional battery materials. Previously we have worked on several approaches for using nanoscale materials for application as cathode materials in rechargeable Li batteries. Our recent work has focused on synthesizing MnO2 nanoparticles and using these in layer-by-layer (LbL) structures to probe the redox properties of the nanoparticles. We show that the aqueous colloidal nanoparticles produced by butanol reduction of tetramethylammonium permanganate can be trapped in thin films using a layer-by-layer deposition approach, and that these films are both redox active and exhibit kinetically facile electrochemical responses. We show cyclic voltammetry of MnO2 colloidal nanoparticles entrapped in a LbL thin film at an ITO electrode surface using poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA). CV experiments demonstrate that Li+ insertion accompanies Mn(IV) reduction in LiClO4 supporting electrolytes, and that reduction is hindered in supporting electrolytes containing only tetrabutylammonium cations. We also show that electron propagation through multilayer films is facile, suggesting that electrons percolate through the films via electron exchange between nanoparticles.

  15. Recharge

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    Fayer, Michael J.

    2008-01-17

    This chapter describes briefly the nature and measurement of recharge in support of the CH2M HILL Tank Farm Vadose Zone Project. Appendix C (Recharge) and the Recharge Data Package (Fayer and Keller 2007) provide a more thorough and extensive review of the recharge process and the estimation of recharge rates for the forthcoming RCRA Facility Investigation report for Hanford single-shell tank (SST) Waste Management Areas (WMAs).

  16. Catalytic characteristics of MnO2 nanostructures for the O2 reduction process.

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    Kalubarme, Ramchandra S; Cho, Min-Seung; Yun, Kwi-Sub; Kim, Tae-Sin; Park, Chan-Jin

    2011-09-30

    Nanorods with an ? type MnO(2) structure and a diameter ranging from 25 to 40 nm, along with tipped needles with a ? MnO(2) structure and a diameter of 100 nm were obtained. The 25 nm diameter ? MnO(2) nanorods showed the best catalytic activity for dissociation of HO(2)(-) formed during oxygen reduction in a KOH solution. The MnO(2) nanostructures preferably followed a two-electron oxygen reduction mechanism in a LiOH solution. The size of the catalyst also affected the specific capacities of the non-aqueous Li/O(2) batteries fabricated using the MnO(2) based air electrode. The highest specific capacity of 1917 mA h g(-1) was obtained for an ? MnO(2) nanorod catalyst having a diameter of 25 nm. The cation present in the MnO(2) nanostructures appears to determine the catalytic activity of MnO(2). PMID:21896976

  17. Catalytic characteristics of MnO2 nanostructures for the O2 reduction process

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    Kalubarme, Ramchandra S.; Cho, Min-Seung; Yun, Kwi-Sub; Kim, Tae-Sin; Park, Chan-Jin

    2011-09-01

    Nanorods with an ? type MnO2 structure and a diameter ranging from 25 to 40 nm, along with tipped needles with a ? MnO2 structure and a diameter of 100 nm were obtained. The 25 nm diameter ? MnO2 nanorods showed the best catalytic activity for dissociation of HO2 - formed during oxygen reduction in a KOH solution. The MnO2 nanostructures preferably followed a two-electron oxygen reduction mechanism in a LiOH solution. The size of the catalyst also affected the specific capacities of the non-aqueous Li/O2 batteries fabricated using the MnO2 based air electrode. The highest specific capacity of 1917 mA h g - 1 was obtained for an ? MnO2 nanorod catalyst having a diameter of 25 nm. The cation present in the MnO2 nanostructures appears to determine the catalytic activity of MnO2.

  18. A Mn-54 radiotracer study of Mn isotope solid-liquid exchange during reductive transformation of vernadite (?-MnO2) by aqueous Mn(II).

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    Elzinga, Evert J; Kustka, Adam B

    2015-04-01

    We employed Mn-54 radiotracers to characterize the extent and dynamics of Mn atom exchange between aqueous Mn(II) and vernadite (?-Mn(IV)O2) at pH 7.5 under anoxic conditions. Exchange of Mn atoms between the solid and liquid phase is rapid, reaching dynamic equilibrium in 2-4 days. We propose that during the initial stages of reaction, Mn atom exchange occurs through consecutive comproportionation-disproportionation reactions where interfacial electron transfer from adsorbed Mn(II) to lattice Mn(IV) generates labile Mn(III) cations that rapidly disproportionate to reform aqueous Mn(II) and solid-phase Mn(IV). Following nucleation of Mn(III)OOH phases, additional exchange likely occurs through electron transfer from aqueous Mn(II) to solid-phase Mn(III). Our results provide evidence for the fast and extensive production of transient Mn(III) species at the vernadite surface upon contact of this substrate with dissolved Mn(II). We further show that HEPES buffer is a reductant of lattice Mn(IV) in the vernadite structure in our experiments. The methods and results presented here introduce application of Mn-54 tracers as a facile tool to further investigate the formation kinetics of labile Mn(III) surface species and their impacts on Mn-oxide structure and reactivity over a range of environmentally relevant geochemical conditions. PMID:25751090

  19. Porous MnO2 prepared by sol-gel method for electrochemical supercapacitor

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    Bazzi, K.; Kumar, A.; Jayakumar, O. D.; Nazri, G. A.; Naik, V. M.; Naik, R.

    2015-03-01

    MnO2 has attracted great attention as material for electrochemical pseudocapacitor due to its high theoretical specific faradic capacitance (~ 1370 F .g-1) , environmental friendliness and wide potential window in both aqueous and nonaqueous electrolytes. However, the MnO2 has a low surface area which depresses its electrochemical performance. The amorphous ?-MnO2 composite was synthesized by sol gel method in the presence of the tri-block copolymer P123. Our aim is to investigate the role of P123 on the electrochemical performance of MnO2. The samples with and without P123 were prepared and characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), SEM, TEM and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) method. The electrochemical performances of the amorphous MnO2 composites as the electrode materials for supercapacitors were evaluated by cyclic voltammetry and AC impedance measurements in a 1M Na2SO4 solution. The results show that the sample prepared without P123 exhibited a relatively low specific capacitance of 28F .g-1, whereas the porous MnO2 prepared with P123 exhibited 117 F .g-1at 5 mV/s. The results of crystalline MnO2 composites will also be presented. The authors acknowledge the support from the Richard J. Barber Foundation for Interdisciplinary Research.

  20. Magnetic properties of ?-MnO2 and Co-doped ?-MnO2 nanowires

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    Stella, C.; Soundararajan, N.; Ramachandran, K.

    2014-04-01

    ?-MnO2 and Co-doped ?-MnO2 nanowires (NWs) were synthesized by hydrothermal method. The structural characterization by XRD revealed the tetragonal structure of ?-MnO2. The formation of one dimensional (1D) NWs of pure and Co-doped ?-MnO2 was confirmed from SEM. From UV-Vis absorption spectra, it is found that both pure and Co-doped ?-MnO2 NWs showed blue shift compared to bulk, which revealed the quantum confinement in the synthesized samples. The magnetic properties were analyzed by VSM, which suggest that pure and doped ?-MnO2 exhibit ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature (RT).

  1. Structural and optical properties of ?-MnO2 nanowires and ?-MnO2 nanorods

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    Rajamanickam, N.; Ganesan, P.; Rajashabala, S.; Ramachandran, K.

    2014-04-01

    One-dimensional (1D) ?-MnO2 nanowires (NWs) and ?-MnO2 nanorods (NRs) were synthesized by hydrothermal method. The effects of reactant concentration on the phase and morphology of the products have been investigated. The structural and optical properties were investigated by XRD, SEM, EDS and UV-vis, FTIR spectroscopy. The absorption spectra of ?-MnO2 NWs and ?-MnO2 NRs exhibit a band gap of 5.49 and 5.37 eV, which are blue shifted from bulk. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy confirmed the Mn-O bond.

  2. Different crystallographic one-dimensional MnO2 nanomaterials and their superior performance in catalytic phenol degradation.

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    Saputra, Edy; Muhammad, Syaifullah; Sun, Hongqi; Ang, H M; Tadé, M O; Wang, Shaobin

    2013-06-01

    Three one-dimensional MnO2 nanoparticles with different crystallographic phases, ?-, ?-, and ?-MnO2, were synthesized, characterized, and tested in heterogeneous activation of Oxone for phenol degradation in aqueous solution. The ?-, ?-, and ?-MnO2 nanostructured materials presented in morphologies of nanowires, nanorods, and nanofibers, respectively. They showed varying activities in activation of Oxone to generate sulfate radicals for phenol degradation depending on surface area and crystalline structure. ?-MnO2 nanowires exhibited the highest activity and could degrade phenol in 60 min at phenol concentrations ranging in 25-100 mg/L. It was found that phenol degradation on ?-MnO2 followed first order kinetics with an activation energy of 21.9 kJ/mol. The operational parameters, such as MnO2 and Oxone loading, phenol concentration and temperature, were found to influence phenol degradation efficiency. It was also found that ?-MnO2 exhibited high stability in recycled tests without losing activity, demonstrating itself to be a superior heterogeneous catalyst to the toxic Co3O4 and Co(2+). PMID:23651050

  3. Synthesis and characterization of different MnO2 morphologies for lithium-air batteries

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    Choi, Hyun-A.; Jang, Hyuk; Hwang, Hyein; Choi, Mincheol; Lim, Dongwook; Shim, Sang Eun; Baeck, Sung-Hyeon

    2014-09-01

    Manganese dioxide (MnO2) was synthesized in the forms of nanorods, nanoparticles, and mesoporous structures and the characteristics of these materials were investigated. Crystallinities were studied by x-ray diffraction and morphologies by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Average pore sizes and specific surface areas were analyzed using the Barret-Joyner-Halenda and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller methods, respectively. Samples were also studied by cyclic voltammetry using 1M aqueous KOH solution saturated with either O2 or N2 as electrolytes to investigate their ORR (oxygen reduction reaction) and OER (oxygen evolution reaction) activities. Of the samples produced, mesoporous MnO2 exhibited the highest ORR and OER catalytic activities. Mesoporous MnO2 supported on a gas diffusion layer was also used as a catalyst on the air electrode (cathode) of a lithium-air battery in organic electrolyte. The charge-discharge behavior of mesoporous MnO2 was investigated at a current density 0.2 mAcm-2 in a pure oxygen environment. Mesoporous MnO2 electrodes showed stable cycleability up to 65 cycles at a cell capacity of 700 mAhg-1.

  4. A hybrid of MnO2 nanowires and MWCNTs as cathode of excellent rate capability for supercapacitors

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    Tang, W.; Hou, Y. Y.; Wang, X. J.; Bai, Y.; Zhu, Y. S.; Sun, H.; Yue, Y. B.; Wu, Y. P.; Zhu, K.; Holze, R.

    2012-01-01

    A hybrid of MnO2-nanowires and MWCNTs to be used as cathode in a supercapacitor with good electrochemical performance was prepared by a facile hydrothermal method. In this hybrid the ?-MnO2 nanowires are well entangled with MWCNTs. The MWCNTs provide a network for fast electron transport whereas MnO2 nanowires show a fast redox response. Since gain/loss of both electrons and ions can be realized very rapidly at the same time, the hybrid has an excellent rate capability and delivers an energy density of 17.8 Wh kg-1 at 400 W kg-1, which is maintained almost constant even at 3340 W kg-1 in 0.5 M Li2SO4 aqueous electrolyte. The cycling behavior is very good even in the presence of oxygen. The data present great promise for the hybrid as a practical cathode material for aqueous supercapacitor.

  5. Synthesis and electrochemical characterization of amorphous MnO 2 electrochemical capacitor electrode material

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    Reddy, Ravinder N.; Reddy, Ramana G.

    Amorphous MnO 2 was synthesized using the sol-gel method by reduction of NaMnO 4 with solid fumaric acid. The synthesized product was characterized using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, BET and chemical analysis. Electrochemical characterization was performed using cyclic voltammetry by a three electrode method, and aqueous NaCl, KCl, and Na 2SO 4 solutions were used as electrolytes. Prepared material remained amorphous until 400 °C and transformed to crystalline Mn 2O 3 at 500 °C. The composition of prepared material was determined to be Na 0.25MnO 2·0.5H 2O. A maximum capacitance of 110 F/g was obtained at a scan rate of 5 mV/s in 2 M NaCl solution. MnO 2 yielded almost the same capacitance in 2 M and 1 M NaCl electrolytes. The specific capacitance of MnO 2 remained constant up to 800 cycles in 1 M NaCl electrolyte at 5 mV/s scan rate.

  6. An Aqueous Rechargeable Lithium Battery Using Coated Li Metal as Anode

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    Wang, Xujiong; Hou, Yuyang; Zhu, Yusong; Wu, Yuping; Holze, Rudolf

    2013-01-01

    New energy industry including electric vehicles and large-scale energy storage in smart grids requires energy storage systems of good safety, high reliability, high energy density and low cost. Here a coated Li metal is used as anode for an aqueous rechargeable lithium battery (ARLB) combining LiMn2O4 as cathode and 0.5?mol l?1 Li2SO4 aqueous solution as electrolyte. Due to the “cross-over” effect of Li+ ions in the coating, this ARLB delivers an output voltage of about 4.0?V, a big breakthrough of the theoretic stable window of water, 1.229?V. Its cycling is very excellent with Coulomb efficiency of 100% except in the first cycle. Its energy density can be 446?Wh kg?1, about 80% higher than that for traditional lithium ion battery. Its power efficiency can be above 95%. Furthermore, its cost is low and safety is much reliable. It provides another chemistry for post lithium ion batteries. PMID:23466633

  7. An aqueous rechargeable lithium battery using coated Li metal as anode.

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    Wang, Xujiong; Hou, Yuyang; Zhu, Yusong; Wu, Yuping; Holze, Rudolf

    2013-01-01

    New energy industry including electric vehicles and large-scale energy storage in smart grids requires energy storage systems of good safety, high reliability, high energy density and low cost. Here a coated Li metal is used as anode for an aqueous rechargeable lithium battery (ARLB) combining LiMn2O4 as cathode and 0.5?mol l(-1) Li2SO4 aqueous solution as electrolyte. Due to the "cross-over" effect of Li(+) ions in the coating, this ARLB delivers an output voltage of about 4.0?V, a big breakthrough of the theoretic stable window of water, 1.229?V. Its cycling is very excellent with Coulomb efficiency of 100% except in the first cycle. Its energy density can be 446?Wh kg(-1), about 80% higher than that for traditional lithium ion battery. Its power efficiency can be above 95%. Furthermore, its cost is low and safety is much reliable. It provides another chemistry for post lithium ion batteries. PMID:23466633

  8. Experimental and mathematical studies on cycle life of rechargeable hybrid aqueous batteries

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    Han, Zhixu; Askhatova, Diana; Doan, The Nam Long; Hoang, Tuan K. A.; Chen, P.

    2015-04-01

    Rechargeable hybrid aqueous batteries (ReHABs) were constructed from LiMn2O4 cathode, aqueous electrolyte containing ZnSO4 and Li2SO4, and polished zinc foil anode. Cyclability data were obtained from a Neware battery tester and the data were modeled by the particle filter method. This method exhibits superior performance in both tracking and predicting the cyclability behavior of ReHABs. Data from both Swagelok and coin cells are modeled successfully and the results show that the non-linear term in the model of Swagelok batteries is larger than that in the model of coin cells. This nonlinear term is varied versus battery types. This fact shows the versatility of the particle filter method in modeling different types of batteries. This finding is crucial because it proves the suitability of particle filter method as a promising candidate in the evaluation of battery cycle life, without the need for running batteries till the end of life, which may take up to a few thousands of cycles and last for several months or years.

  9. MnO2/CeO2 for catalytic ultrasonic degradation of methyl orange.

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    Zhao, He; Zhang, Guangming; Zhang, Quanling

    2014-05-01

    Catalytic ultrasonic degradation of aqueous methyl orange was studied in this paper. Heterogeneous catalyst MnO2/CeO2 was prepared by impregnation of manganese oxide on cerium oxide. Morphology and specific surface area of MnO2/CeO2 catalyst were characterized and its composition was determined. Results showed big differences between fresh and used catalyst. The removal efficiency of methyl orange by MnO2/CeO2 catalytic ultrasonic process was investigated. Results showed that ultrasonic process could remove 3.5% of methyl orange while catalytic ultrasonic process could remove 85% of methyl orange in 10 min. The effects of free radical scavengers were studied to determine the role of hydroxyl free radical in catalytic ultrasonic process. Results showed that methyl orange degradation efficiency declined after adding free radical scavengers, illustrating that hydroxyl free radical played an important role in degrading methyl orange. Theoretic analysis showed that the resonance size of cavitation bubbles was comparable with the size of catalyst particles. Thus, catalyst particles might act as cavitation nucleus and enhance ultrasonic cavitation effects. Measurement of H2O2 concentration in catalytic ultrasonic process confirmed this hypothesis. Effects of pre-adsorption on catalytic ultrasonic process were examined. Pre-adsorption significantly improved methyl orange removal. The potential explanation was that methyl orange molecules adsorbed on catalysts could enter cavitation bubbles and undergo stronger cavitation. PMID:24369902

  10. LiMn2O4 nanotube as cathode material of second-level charge capability for aqueous rechargeable batteries.

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    Tang, Wei; Hou, Yuyang; Wang, Faxing; Liu, Lili; Wu, Yuping; Zhu, Kai

    2013-05-01

    LiMn2O4 nanotube with a preferred orientation of (400) planes is prepared by using multiwall carbon nanotubes as a sacrificial template. Because of the nanostructure and preferred orientation, it shows a superfast second-level charge capability as a cathode for aqueous rechargeable lithium battery. At the charging rate of 600C (6 s), 53.9% capacity could be obtained. Its reversible capacity can be 110 mAh/g, and it also presents excellent cycling behavior due to the porous tube structure to buffer the strain and stress from Jahn-Teller effects. PMID:23537381

  11. High-energy MnO2 nanowire/graphene and graphene asymmetric electrochemical capacitors.

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    Wu, Zhong-Shuai; Ren, Wencai; Wang, Da-Wei; Li, Feng; Liu, Bilu; Cheng, Hui-Ming

    2010-10-26

    In order to achieve high energy and power densities, we developed a high-voltage asymmetric electrochemical capacitor (EC) based on graphene as negative electrode and a MnO(2) nanowire/graphene composite (MGC) as positive electrode in a neutral aqueous Na(2)SO(4) solution as electrolyte. MGC was prepared by solution-phase assembly of graphene sheets and ?-MnO(2) nanowires. Such aqueous electrolyte-based asymmetric ECs can be cycled reversibly in the high-voltage region of 0-2.0 V and exhibit a superior energy density of 30.4 Wh kg(-1), which is much higher than those of symmetric ECs based on graphene//graphene (2.8 Wh kg(-1)) and MGC//MGC (5.2 Wh kg(-1)). Moreover, they present a high power density (5000 W kg(-1) at 7.0 Wh kg(-1)) and acceptable cycling performance of ?79% retention after 1000 cycles. These findings open up the possibility of graphene-based composites for applications in safe aqueous electrolyte-based high-voltage asymmetric ECs with high energy and power densities. PMID:20857919

  12. New-concept batteries based on aqueous Li+/Na+ mixed-ion electrolytes.

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    Chen, Liang; Gu, Qingwen; Zhou, Xufeng; Lee, Saixi; Xia, Yonggao; Liu, Zhaoping

    2013-01-01

    Rechargeable batteries made from low-cost and abundant materials operating in safe aqueous electrolytes are attractive for large-scale energy storage. Sodium-ion battery is considered as a potential alternative of current lithium-ion battery. As sodium-intercalation compounds suitable for aqueous batteries are limited, we adopt a novel concept of Li(+)/Na(+) mixed-ion electrolytes to create two batteries (LiMn2O4/Na0.22MnO2 and Na0.44MnO2/TiP2O7), which relies on two electrochemical processes. One involves Li(+) insertion/extraction reaction, and the other mainly relates to Na(+) extraction/insertion reaction. Two batteries exhibit specific energy of 17 Wh kg(-1) and 25 Wh kg(-1) based on the total weight of active electrode materials, respectively. As well, aqueous LiMn2O4/Na0.22MnO2 battery is capable of separating Li(+) and Na(+) due to its specific mechanism unlike the traditional "rocking-chair" lithium-ion batteries. Hence, the Li(+)/Na(+) mixed-ion batteries offer promising applications in energy storage and Li(+)/Na(+) separation. PMID:23736113

  13. New-concept Batteries Based on Aqueous Li+/Na+ Mixed-ion Electrolytes

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    Chen, Liang; Gu, Qingwen; Zhou, Xufeng; Lee, Saixi; Xia, Yonggao; Liu, Zhaoping

    2013-06-01

    Rechargeable batteries made from low-cost and abundant materials operating in safe aqueous electrolytes are attractive for large-scale energy storage. Sodium-ion battery is considered as a potential alternative of current lithium-ion battery. As sodium-intercalation compounds suitable for aqueous batteries are limited, we adopt a novel concept of Li+/Na+ mixed-ion electrolytes to create two batteries (LiMn2O4/Na0.22MnO2 and Na0.44MnO2/TiP2O7), which relies on two electrochemical processes. One involves Li+ insertion/extraction reaction, and the other mainly relates to Na+ extraction/insertion reaction. Two batteries exhibit specific energy of 17 Wh kg-1 and 25 Wh kg-1 based on the total weight of active electrode materials, respectively. As well, aqueous LiMn2O4/Na0.22MnO2 battery is capable of separating Li+ and Na+ due to its specific mechanism unlike the traditional ``rocking-chair'' lithium-ion batteries. Hence, the Li+/Na+ mixed-ion batteries offer promising applications in energy storage and Li+/Na+ separation.

  14. DNA-encapsulated chain and wire-like ?-MnO2 organosol for oxidative polymerization of pyrrole to polypyrrole.

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    Ede, Sivasankara Rao; Anantharaj, S; Nithiyanantham, U; Kundu, Subrata

    2015-02-21

    A DNA-encapsulated chain and wire-like ?-MnO2 organosols have been synthesized utilizing a two-phase water-toluene extraction procedure at room temperature (RT). The ?-MnO2 organosol was prepared by transferring KMnO4 and DNA from aqueous solution separately to an organic solvent (toluene) using a phase transfer catalyst, mixing both organic solutions together, and subsequent reduction with NaBH4. The eventual diameters of the MnO2 particles in chain-like and wire-like morphologies were ?1-2 nm and ?1.8 ± 0.2 nm, respectively, whereas the nominal length of the DNA-MnO2 chains was ?2-3 ?m. Different morphologies of the MnO2 organosol were synthesized by simply tuning the DNA to KMnO4 molar ratio. The synthesized particles were successfully re-dispersed in different organic solvents for application in various organic reactions. The potential of the DNA-MnO2 organosol as a catalyst has been tested in the organic catalytic reaction for the oxidative polymerization of pyrrole to polypyrrole, using the DNA-MnO2 organosol as a potential catalyst. The synthesis process was simple, reproducible and robust. In future, the present process might be utilized for the formation of other nanomaterials in organic solvents, with specific morphologies and uses in a variety of catalytic reactions and energy storage applications. PMID:25619572

  15. Nanostructured MnO2-Based Cathodes for Li-Ion/Polymer Cells

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    Skandan, Ganesh; Singhal, Amit

    2005-01-01

    Nanostructured MnO2-based cathodes for Li-ion/polymer electrochemical cells have been investigated in a continuing effort to develop safe, high-energy-density, reliable, low-toxicity, rechargeable batteries for a variety of applications in NASA programs and in mass-produced commercial electronic equipment. Whereas the energy densities of state-of-the-art lithium-ion/polymer batteries range from 150 to 175 W h/kg, the goal of this effort is to increase the typical energy density to about 250 W h/kg. It is also expected that an incidental benefit of this effort will be increases in power densities because the distances over which Li ions must diffuse through nanostructured cathode materials are smaller than those through solid bulk cathode materials.

  16. Hydrothermal synthesis of MnO2/CNT nanocomposite with a CNT core/porous MnO2 sheath hierarchy architecture for supercapacitors

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    Xia, Hui; Wang, Yu; Lin, Jianyi; Lu, Li

    2012-01-01

    MnO2/carbon nanotube [CNT] nanocomposites with a CNT core/porous MnO2 sheath hierarchy architecture are synthesized by a simple hydrothermal treatment. X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy analyses reveal that birnessite-type MnO2 is produced through the hydrothermal synthesis. Morphological characterization reveals that three-dimensional hierarchy architecture is built with a highly porous layer consisting of interconnected MnO2 nanoflakes uniformly coated on the CNT surface. The nanocomposite with a composition of 72 wt.% (K0.2MnO2·0.33 H2O)/28 wt.% CNT has a large specific surface area of 237.8 m2/g. Electrochemical properties of the CNT, the pure MnO2, and the MnO2/CNT nanocomposite electrodes are investigated by cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements. The MnO2/CNT nanocomposite electrode exhibits much larger specific capacitance compared with both the CNT electrode and the pure MnO2 electrode and significantly improves rate capability compared to the pure MnO2 electrode. The superior supercapacitive performance of the MnO2/CNT nancomposite electrode is due to its high specific surface area and unique hierarchy architecture which facilitate fast electron and ion transport.

  17. Synthesis and characterization of ?-MnO 2 nanowires: Self-assembly and phase transformation to ?-MnO 2 microcrystals

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    Zhang, Xiong; Yang, Wensheng; Yang, Junjiao; Evans, David G.

    2008-02-01

    Single-crystalline ?-MnO 2 nanowires and ?-MnO 2 microcrystals have been synthesized by a hydrothermal method. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and simultaneous thermogravimetry-mass spectrometry (TG-MS). The effects of varying the hydrothermal reaction times and the initial reactant concentrations on the morphology and crystalline structures of the final products have been investigated. It was found that at high reactant concentrations, the ?-MnO 2 nanowires formed initially became self-assembled into bundles and subsequently underwent a phase transformation to ?-MnO 2 microcrystals on prolonging the hydrothermal treatment. At low reactant concentrations, however, ?-MnO 2 microcrystals were formed even after short hydrothermal reaction times. A possible mechanism for the oriented attachment of the ?-MnO 2 nanowires and subsequent phase transformation to ?-MnO 2 microcrystals has been suggested.

  18. High-performance asymmetric supercapacitors based on multilayer MnO2 /graphene oxide nanoflakes and hierarchical porous carbon with enhanced cycling stability.

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    Zhao, Yufeng; Ran, Wei; He, Jing; Huang, Yizhong; Liu, Zhifeng; Liu, Wei; Tang, Yongfu; Zhang, Long; Gao, Dawei; Gao, Faming

    2015-03-18

    In this work, MnO(2)/GO (graphene oxide) composites with novel multilayer nanoflake structure, and a carbon material derived from Artemia cyst shell with genetic 3D hierarchical porous structure (HPC), are prepared. An asymmetric supercapacitor has been fabricated using MnO(2)/GO as positive electrode and HPC as negative electrode material. Because of their unique structures, both MnO(2)/GO composites and HPC exhibit excellent electrochemical performances. The optimized asymmetric supercapacitor could be cycled reversibly in the high voltage range of 0-2 V in aqueous electrolyte, which exhibits maximum energy density of 46.7 Wh kg(-1) at a power density of 100 W kg(-1) and remains 18.9 Wh kg(-1) at 2000 W kg(-1). Additionally, such device also shows superior long cycle life along with ?100% capacitance retention after 1000 cycles and ?93% after 4000 cycles. PMID:25384679

  19. Characteristics of MnO 2 catalytic ozonation of sulfosalicylic acid and propionic acid in water

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    Shao-ping Tong; Wei-ping Liu; Wen-hua Leng; Qian-qing Zhang

    2003-01-01

    The characteristics of different types of MnO2 catalytic ozonation of sulfosalicylic acid (SSal) and propionic acid (PPA) have been investigated in this paper. The experimental results show the dependence of catalytic activity of MnO2 on organic compounds and the pH of solutions, but it is independent on the type of MnO2. For example, three types of MnO2 have not any

  20. Controllable synthesis of ?- and ?-MnO2: cationic effect on hydrothermal crystallization

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    Huang, Xingkang; Lv, Dongping; Yue, Hongjun; Attia, Adel; Yang, Yong

    2008-06-01

    ?- and ?-MnO2 were controllably synthesized by hydrothermally treating amorphous MnO2 obtained via a reaction between Mn2+ and MnO4-, and cationic effects on the hydrothermal crystallization of MnO2 were investigated systematically. The crystallization is believed to proceed by a dissolution-recrystallization mechanism; i.e. amorphous MnO2 dissolves first under hydrothermal conditions, then condenses to recrystallize, and the polymorphs formed are significantly affected by added cations such as K+, NH4+ and H+ in the hydrothermal systems. The experimental results showed that K+/NH4+ were in competition with H+ to form polymorphs of ?- and ?-MnO2, i.e., higher relative K+/NH4+ concentration favoured ?-MnO2, while higher relative H+ concentration favoured ?-MnO2.

  1. Identification of 4-Hydroxycumyl Alcohol As the Major MnO2-Mediated Bisphenol A Transformation Product and Evaluation of Its Environmental Fate.

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    Im, Jeongdae; Prevatte, Carson W; Campagna, Shawn R; Löffler, Frank E

    2015-05-19

    Bisphenol A (BPA), an environmental contaminant with weak estrogenic activity, resists microbial degradation under anoxic conditions but is susceptible to abiotic transformation by manganese dioxide (MnO2). BPA degradation followed pseudo-first-order kinetics with a rate constant of 0.96 (±0.03) min(-1) in the presence of 2 mM MnO2 (0.017% w/w) at pH 7.2. 4-hydroxycumyl alcohol (HCA) was the major transformation product, and, on a molar basis, up to 64% of the initial amount of BPA was recovered as HCA. MnO2 was also reactive toward HCA, albeit at 5-fold lower rates, and CO2 evolution (i.e., mineralization) occurred. In microcosms established with freshwater sediment, HCA was rapidly biodegraded under oxic, but not anoxic conditions. With a measured octanol-water partition coefficient (Log Kow) of 0.76 and an aqueous solubility of 2.65 g L(-1), HCA is more mobile in saturated media than BPA (Log Kow = 2.76; aqueous solubility = 0.31 g L(-1)), and therefore more likely to encounter oxic zones and undergo aerobic biodegradation. These findings corroborate that BPA is not inert under anoxic conditions and suggest that MnO2-mediated coupled abiotic-biotic processes may be relevant for controlling the fate and longevity of BPA in sediments and aquifers. PMID:25919646

  2. Polypyrrole-encapsulated vanadium pentoxide nanowires on a conductive substrate for electrode in aqueous rechargeable lithium battery.

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    Liang, Chaowei; Fang, Dong; Cao, Yunhe; Li, Guangzhong; Luo, Zhiping; Zhou, Qunhua; Xiong, Chuanxi; Xu, Weilin

    2015-02-01

    Precursors of ammonium vanadium bronze (NH4V4O10) nanowires assembled on a conductive substrate were prepared by a hydrothermal method. After calcination at 360°C, the NH4V4O10 precursor transformed to vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) nanowires, which presented a high initial capacity of 135.0mA h g(-1) at a current density of 50mA g(-1) in 5M LiNO3 aqueous solution; while the specific capacity faded quickly over 50 cycles. By coating the surface of V2O5 nanowires with water-insoluble polypyrrole (PPy), the formed nanocomposite electrode exhibited a specific discharge capacity of 89.9mA h g(-1) at 50mA g(-1) (after 100 cycles). A V2O5@PPy //LiMn2O4 rechargeable lithium battery exhibited an initial discharge capacity of 95.2mA h g(-1); and after 100 cycles, a specific discharge capacity of 81.5mA h g(-1) could retain at 100mA g(-1). PMID:25463177

  3. Advanced aqueous rechargeable lithium battery using nanoparticulate LiTi2(PO4)3/C as a superior anode

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    Sun, Dan; Jiang, Yifan; Wang, Haiyan; Yao, Yan; Xu, Guoqing; He, Kejian; Liu, Suqin; Tang, Yougen; Liu, Younian; Huang, Xiaobing

    2015-01-01

    Poor cycling performance arising from the instability of anode is still a main challenge for aqueous rechargeable lithium batteries (ARLB). In the present work, a high performance LiTi2(PO4)3/C composite has been achieved by a novel and facile preparation method associated with an in-situ carbon coating approach. The LiTi2(PO4)3/C nanoparticles show high purity and the carbon layer is very uniform. When used as an anode material, the ARLB of LiTi2(PO4)3/C//LiMn2O4 delivered superior cycling stability with a capacity retention of 90% after 300 cycles at 30?mA?g?1 and 84% at 150?mA?g?1 over 1300 cycles. It also demonstrated excellent rate capability with reversible discharge capacities of 115 and 89?mAh?g?1 (based on the mass of anode) at 15 and 1500?mA?g?1, respectively. The superior electrochemical properties should be mainly ascribed to the high performance of LiTi2(PO4)3/C anode, benefiting from its nanostructure, high-quality carbon coating, appropriate crystal structure and excellent electrode surface stability as verified by Raman spectra, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements. PMID:26035774

  4. Advanced aqueous rechargeable lithium battery using nanoparticulate LiTi2(PO4)3/C as a superior anode.

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    Sun, Dan; Jiang, Yifan; Wang, Haiyan; Yao, Yan; Xu, Guoqing; He, Kejian; Liu, Suqin; Tang, Yougen; Liu, Younian; Huang, Xiaobing

    2015-01-01

    Poor cycling performance arising from the instability of anode is still a main challenge for aqueous rechargeable lithium batteries (ARLB). In the present work, a high performance LiTi2(PO4)3/C composite has been achieved by a novel and facile preparation method associated with an in-situ carbon coating approach. The LiTi2(PO4)3/C nanoparticles show high purity and the carbon layer is very uniform. When used as an anode material, the ARLB of LiTi2(PO4)3/C//LiMn2O4 delivered superior cycling stability with a capacity retention of 90% after 300 cycles at 30?mA?g(-1) and 84% at 150?mA?g(-1) over 1300 cycles. It also demonstrated excellent rate capability with reversible discharge capacities of 115 and 89?mAh?g(-1) (based on the mass of anode) at 15 and 1500?mA?g(-1), respectively. The superior electrochemical properties should be mainly ascribed to the high performance of LiTi2(PO4)3/C anode, benefiting from its nanostructure, high-quality carbon coating, appropriate crystal structure and excellent electrode surface stability as verified by Raman spectra, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements. PMID:26035774

  5. High cycling stability of zinc-anode/conducting polymer rechargeable battery with non-aqueous electrolyte

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    Guerfi, A.; Trottier, J.; Boyano, I.; De Meatza, I.; Blazquez, J. A.; Brewer, S.; Ryder, K. S.; Vijh, A.; Zaghib, K.

    2014-02-01

    A non-aqueous zinc-polyaniline secondary battery was fabricated with polyaniline Emeraldine base as cathode and zinc metal as anode in an electrolyte consisting of 0.3 M zinc-bis(trifluoromethyl-sulfonyl)imide Zn(TFSI)2 dissolved in propylene carbonate. We observed that the formation of the battery required a prerequisite condition to stabilize the interfaces in order to maintain a stable capacity. The battery suffered from Zn dissolution which induces a competition between concurrent Zn dissolution and plating when the battery is in charge mode, and thus inefficient cycles are obtained. The capacity and coulombic efficiency of the battery depends on the charge-discharge rates. We propose cycling protocols at different rates to determine the steady-state rates of competing reactions. When the cell is cycled at ?1 C rate, the coulombic efficiency improves. The maximum capacity and energy densities of the battery are 148 mAhg-1 and 127 mWhg-1, respectively for discharge at C/2. The battery was successively charged/discharged at constant current densities (1C rate), and high cycling stability was obtained for more than 1700 cycles at 99.8% efficiency. Zinc dissolution and self discharge of the battery were investigated after 24 h of standby. The investigation showed that the battery experiences a severe self-discharge of 48% per day.

  6. Modification of MnO2 nanoparticles with rutin synthesized by Triton X-100 aggregations' template

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    Wang, Yi; Zhu, Jun; Han, Jie; Guo, Rong

    2008-10-01

    Manganese dioxide (MnO2) nanoparticles have been prepared through the redox reaction between KMnO4 and the nonionic surfactant Triton X-100 with the aid of rod-like micelles, hexagonal liquid crystals and reverse micelle templates, in which Triton X-100 acts both as template and reductant. MnO2 nanorods (20 50 nm in diameter) can be obtained in rod-like micelles and hexagonal liquid crystals, whereas MnO2 nanospheres (about 85 nm in diameter) are formed in reverse micelles. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) are used to characterize the products. Modification of MnO2 nanoparticles by rutin has been discussed using fluorescence spectra and UV vis spectra, and the free radical eliminating investigations of surface-modified MnO2 nanoparticles with rutin show that MnO2 nanoparticles can improve the free-radical-scavenging activity of rutin.

  7. A new rechargeable dialysis pore water sampler for monitoring sub-aqueous in-situ sediment caps

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    Patrick H Jacobs

    2002-01-01

    A new rechargeable dialysis pore water sampler is proposed that is adapted to the requirements of monitoring in-situ sediment remediation techniques, in particular in-situ capping. Sampling and recharging of the sampler can be carried out from a boat or a pontoon by means of separate tubing and a peristaltic pump. The possibility of repeated sampling permits a temporal as well

  8. MnO 2\\/MCMB electrocatalyst for all solid-state alkaline zinc-air cells

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    G. Q Zhang; X. G Zhang

    2004-01-01

    Nanostructured MnO2\\/mesocarbon microbeads (MCMB) composite has been prepared successfully for use in zinc-air cell as electrocatalyst for oxygen reaction. The scanning electron microscope (SEM) images showed that the MnO2 nanorods were formed and covered on the surface of MCMB in bird’s nest morphology. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern indicated that the MnO2 has the hollandite structure with a composition approximating KMn8O16.

  9. ?-MnO 2/polyaniline composites: Preparation, characterization, and applications in microwave absorption

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    Jianjun, Hu; Yuping, Duan; Jia, Zhang; Hui, Jing; Shunhua, Liu; Weiping, Li

    2011-05-01

    MnO 2/doped polyaniline (PANI) is prepared by an in situ polymerization method using ?-MnO 2 as the addition agent and hydrochloric acid as the doping agent. Products are characterized by FT-IR, UV-vis, XRD, and TEM. Conductivity, electromagnetic properties, and microwave absorption properties are first discussed on the basis of structural characterization. The as-prepared products of MnO 2/PANI are partially crystalline in nature and spherical in pattern with grain sizes of 50-70 nm. MnO 2 particles are successfully decorated with doped PANI. MnO 2/PANI displays moderate electric conduction, excellent dielectric losses, and microwave absorption capabilities. Compared to pure MnO 2, the dielectric and reflection loss properties of MnO 2/PANI composites exhibit significant improvements, with an effective absorption band at 5 GHz under -10 dB and maximum reflection loss of -21 dB at 13.56 GHz. Pure MnO 2 shows an effective absorption band of 3 GHz under -10 dB and a maximum reflection loss of -14.20 dB at 11.5 GHz. Thus, MnO 2/PANI composites are found to be a promising microwave absorption material.

  10. Facile Synthesis of Novel Nanostructured MnO2 Thin Films and Their Application in Supercapacitors

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    Xia, H.; Xiao, W.; Lai, M. O.; Lu, L.

    2009-09-01

    Nanostructured ?-MnO2 thin films with different morphologies are grown on the platinum substrates by a facile solution method without any assistance of template or surfactant. Microstructural characterization reveals that morphology evolution from dandelion-like spheres to nanoflakes of the as-grown MnO2 is controlled by synthesis temperature. The capacitive behavior of the MnO2 thin films with different morphologies are studied by cyclic voltammetry. The ?-MnO2 thin films composed of dandelion-like spheres exhibit high specific capacitance, good rate capability, and excellent long-term cycling stability.

  11. Oxidative degradation of pyrene in contaminated soils by ?-MnO 2 with or without sunlight irradiation

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    S. W. Chang Chien; C. H. Chang; S. H. Chen; M. C. Wang; M. Madhava Rao; S. Satya Veni

    2011-01-01

    The enhanced oxidative degradation of pyrene in quartz sand and alluvial and red soils by micro–nano size birnessite (?-MnO2) in the presence and absence of sunlight was investigated. The degradation of pyrene by ?-MnO2 in quartz sand showed very little synergistic effect of sunlight irradiation on ?-MnO2 oxidizing power. However, pyrene degradation by ?-MnO2 in alluvial and red soils was

  12. Redox-Mediated Synthesis of a Fe3 O4 -MnO2 Nanocomposite for Dye Adsorption and Pseudocapacitance.

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    Sahoo, Ramkrishna; Pradhan, Mukul; Roy, Anindita; Dutta, Soumen; Ray, Chaiti; Negishi, Yuichi; Pal, Anjali; Pal, Tarasankar

    2015-07-01

    A logically chosen redox reaction of submerged Fe(0) in an aqueous KMnO4 solution has been reported. The template-free reaction conditions produced gram amounts of a hierarchical flowerlike Fe3 O4 -MnO2 nanocomposite. More precisely, freshly prepared Fe(0) nanoparticles were prepared from air-free hot water under submerged conditions using a door magnet. The black Fe(0) particles were oxidized in water quantitatively by KMnO4 in the solution phase and the nanocomposite was prepared. The material has been used as a dye adsorbent and the representative cationic dye uptake, recovery, and recycling of the dye becomes easy owing to the ferromagnetic properties and surface negative charge of the material. The nanocomposite also showed a higher specific capacitance (327?F?g(-1) at 10?mV?s(-1) ) than the reported values of pure MnO2 and Fe3 O4 . The material exhibited a high energy density as well as a high power density, and remained stable even after a large number of charge-discharge cycles. PMID:25865028

  13. Preparation and Characterization of Open Tunnel Oxide ?-MnO 2 Precipitated by Ozone Oxidation

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    Kijima, Norihito; Yasuda, Hiroyuki; Sato, Toshio; Yoshimura, Yuji

    2001-06-01

    Open tunnel oxide, ?-MnO2, without any large stabilizing cation has been successfully synthesized by ozone-oxidation of Mn2+ in H2SO4. Three kinds of acid (H2SO4, HNO3, and HCl) and a wide variety of their concentrations and ozone-oxidation temperatures were tested to produce a well-crystallized ?-MnO2 specimen. The ozone-oxidation of Mn2+ in H2SO4 alone provided ?-MnO2 phase, while ?-MnO2 phases were always formed in HNO3 or HCl. High reaction temperatures (>70°C) and high concentrations of H2SO4 (>2M) were necessary for the ?-MnO2 formation. X-ray and electron diffraction patterns confirmed that ?-MnO2 has the hollandite-type structure with space group of I4/m (No. 87) and lattice constants of a=9.78 and c=2.85 Å. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy images revealed a needle-like morphology for the ?-MnO2 crystals; the electron diffraction pattern verified the rod axis of the needle-like crystals in coincident with the direction of the tunnels. The nitrogen adsorption isotherm of ?-MnO2 exhibited the character of a typical Type IV, according to the IUPAC classification. The chemical, thermogravimetric, and temperature-programmed-desorption analyses indicated that H2O molecules are occluded within the tunnel of ?-MnO2. Although N2 molecules cannot penetrate the tunnel cavity, H2O molecules can be trapped in the narrow tunnels with strong adsorption potential.

  14. Balance the reaction MnO4 (aq) MnO2(s) + SO4

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    Peterson, Kirk A.

    Balance the reaction MnO4 Ð (aq) + SO3 2Ð (aq) MnO2(s) + SO4 2Ð (aq) in basic solution Oxidation states: MnO4 Ð SO3 2Ð MnO2 SO4 2Ð +7, 4(Ð2) +4, 3(Ð2) +4, 2(Ð2) +6, 4(Ð2) Therefore, Mn gets reduced (+7 +4) and S gets oxidized (+4 +6) 1) Write down the half reactions (incomplete) : MnO4 Ð MnO2 (a) SO3

  15. A hydrogen peroxide sensor based on colloidal MnO 2\\/Na-montmorillonite

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    Shaojun Yao; Shuai Yuan; Junhui Xu; Ying wang; Jianlin Luo; Shengshui Hu

    2006-01-01

    A novel amperometric sensor for the determination of hydrogen peroxide was prepared based on the enhanced oxidation of H2O2 at a glassy carbon electrode modified with colloidal MnO2–Na-montmorillonite (nano-MnO2\\/Na-Mont\\/GCE). The montmorillonite has been devised to support and dispense the MnO2 nanoparticles. Scanning electron microscopy images (SEM) showed that the MnO2 nanoparticles were homogeneously dispersed in the colloidal Na-montmorillonite. This colloidal

  16. A redox-hydrothermal route to ?-MnO 2 hollow octahedra

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    Zhang, Yange; Chen, Liyong; Zheng, Zhi; Yang, Fengling

    2009-07-01

    Beta-Manganese dioxides' (?-MnO 2) hollow octahedra have been prepared by a synergetic redox reaction using cuprous chloride (CuCl) and hydrochloric acid (HCl) as reductants and potassium permanganate (KMnO 4) as oxidant through a hydrothermal route. During the process, the self-generated chlorine (Cl 2) gas bubbles and HCl's etching appear to be necessary for the formation of MnO 2 hollow structure. The catalytic efficiency of the prepared ?-MnO 2 hollow octahedra was high which has been demonstrated by the catalytic oxidation of methylene blue (MB) dye in the presence of hydrogen peroxide (H 2O 2) under natural light.

  17. Facile controlled synthesis of MnO2 nanostructures of novel shapes and their application in batteries.

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    Cheng, Fangyi; Zhao, Jianzhi; Song, Wene; Li, Chunsheng; Ma, Hua; Chen, Jun; Shen, Panwen

    2006-03-01

    In this paper, MnO2 nanomaterials of different crystallographic types and crystal morphologies have been selectively synthesized via a facile hydrothermal route and electrochemically investigated as the cathode active materials of primary and rechargeable batteries. Beta-MnO2 nano/microstructures, including one-dimensional (1-D) nanowires, nanorods, and nanoneedles, as well as 2-D hexagramlike and dendritelike hierarchical forms, were obtained by simple hydrothermal decomposition of an Mn(NO3)2 solution under controlled reaction conditions. Alpha- and gamma-MnO2 nanowires and nanorods were also prepared on the basis of previous literature. The as-synthesized samples were characterized by instrumental analyses such as XRD, SEM, TEM, and HRTEM. Furthermore, the obtained 1-D alpha- and gamma-MnO2 nanostructures were found to exhibit favorable discharge performance in both primary alkaline Zn-MnO2 cells and rechargeable Li-MnO2 cells, showing their potential applications in high-energy batteries. PMID:16499364

  18. Single-crystal ?-MnO2 nanorods: synthesis and electrochemical properties

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    Wang, Hongen; Lu, Zhouguang; Qian, Dong; Li, Yujie; Zhang, Wei

    2007-03-01

    Single-crystal ?-MnO2 nanorods were prepared by hydrothermal reaction of single KMnO4 under acidic conditions. The nanorods have a diameter of 30-70 nm and a length up to 2 µm. The formation mechanism for the ?-MnO2 nanorods was investigated. Electrochemical properties of the MnO2 nanomaterials prepared for different hydrothermal times were characterized by galvanostatic charge/discharge tests and cyclic voltammetry (CV) studies. The results indicate that the MnO2 nanorods prepared for 5 and 8 h show fine capacitive behaviour with high specific capacitances of 71.1 and 70.9 F g-1, respectively.

  19. Synthesis, structure and magnetic properties of ?-MnO 2 nanorods

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    Kim, Hae Jin; Lee, Jin Bae; Kim, Young-Min; Jung, Myung-Hwa; Jagli?i?, Z.; Umek, P.; Dolinšek, J.

    2007-02-01

    We present synthesis, structure and magnetic properties of structurally well-ordered single-crystalline ?-MnO2 nanorods of 50-100 nm diameter and several µm length. Thorough structural characterization shows that the basic ?-MnO2 material is covered by a thin surface layer (˜2.5 nm) of ?-Mn2O3 phase with a reduced Mn valence that adds its own magnetic signal to the total magnetization of the ?-MnO2 nanorods. The relatively complicated temperature-dependent magnetism of the nanorods can be explained in terms of a superposition of bulk magnetic properties of spatially segregated ?-MnO2 and ?-Mn2O3 constituent phases and the soft ferromagnetism of the thin interface layer between these two phases.

  20. ?-MnO2 nanotubes: high surface area and enhanced lithium battery properties.

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    Li, Lihong; Nan, Caiyun; Lu, Jun; Peng, Qing; Li, Yadong

    2012-07-14

    A simple one-step route for preparing ?-MnO(2) nanotubes is reported. The ?-MnO(2) nanotubes exhibit a high surface area of 226 m(2) g(-1) and reversible capacity of 512 mA h g(-1) at a high current density of 800 mA g(-1) after 300 cycles, as well as cycling stability when measured as an anode in lithium batteries. PMID:22674121

  1. Effect of MnO2 Addition on the Electrical Properties of PNZST Ceramics

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    Yan, Yangxi; He, Hongliang; Feng, Yujun

    2014-05-01

    (Pb0.99Nb0.02)[(Zr0.70Sn0.30) x Ti1- x ]0.98O3 (PNZST) piezoelectric ceramics of pure perovskite structure were prepared by a conventional ceramic fabrication method, where x = 0.48-0.56. When x = 0.52, the ceramics exhibit a high piezoelectric coefficient ( d 33 ˜ 490), but the mechanical quality factor ( Q m) is only 72. To increase the Q m and not dramatically lower the d 33, MnO2 was chosen as the additive. The effects of adding MnO2 on the sinterability, structure, and electrical properties of PNZST ceramics were investigated in detail. With a small addition of MnO2 (?0.6 wt.%), the Mn ions are homogeneously dissolved in the PNZST ceramic, leading to full densification when sintered at 1,300 °C. However, further addition of MnO2 prevents densification, causing a high porosity and small grain size. The doping of MnO2 transforms the phase structure from tetragonal to rhombohedral. The addition of MnO2 up to a maximum of 0.6 wt.% remarkably improves the mechanical quality factor ( Q m) of PNZST ceramics, simultaneously as well as maintaining a high d 33 and k p. PNZST with 0.6 wt.% MnO2 exhibits excellent electrical properties with piezoelectric coefficient d 33 = 392 pC/N, electromechanical coupling factor k p = 0.60, mechanical quality factor Q m = 1,050, dielectric constant ? r = 1,232, dielectric dissipation tan ? = 0.0058, and Curie temperature T C = 300 °C.

  2. Controlled synthesis and electromagnetic performance of hollow microstructures assembled of tetragonal MnO2 nano-columns

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    Duan, Yuping; Jing, Hui; Liu, Zhuo; Li, Shuqing; Ma, Guojia

    2012-04-01

    Hollow microstructures assembled of tetragonal MnO2 nano-columns have been synthesized through a facile hydrothermal method with the introduction of iron ions. The obtained samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, and vector network analysis. Results reveal that the presence of Fe3+ ions leads to transformation of phase structure from ?-MnO2 to a mixture of ?-MnO2 and ?-MnO2, and it is essential to include Fe3+ ions for the formation of the hollow MnO2 microstructures. The formation mechanism was investigated and proposed in detail. Fe-doped MnO2 exhibits decreased dielectric loss, but increased magnetic loss compared with the pure one.

  3. A new type of MnO 2· xH 2O\\/CRF composite electrode for supercapacitors

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    Jun Li; Xianyou Wang; Qinghua Huang; Sergio Gamboa; P. J. Sebastian

    2006-01-01

    In this paper, MnO2·xH2O\\/carbon aerogel (CRF) composite electrode materials were prepared by a chemical co-precipitation method. The structure and morphology of MnO2·xH2O\\/CRF were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results showed that carbon aerogel was an amorphous material with a pearly network structure, the MnO2·xH2O powders possessed, a nanoscaled structure, and thus the MnO2·xH2O\\/CRF composite

  4. Flexible ?-MnO2 paper formed by millimeter-long nanowires for supercapacitor electrodes

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    Yao, Wei; Wang, Jing; Li, Hao; Lu, Yun

    2014-02-01

    High-quality ultra-long ?-MnO2 nanowires, with diameter of about 25 nm and length of several hundred micrometers or even up to several millimeters, have been prepared using a simple hydrothermal approach without surfactants. By simple vacuum filtration, the superior flexible ?-MnO2 paper with adjustable thickness has been produced, and displays an average modulus of 225 MPa at the thickness of 30 ?m. The crystallographic structure, chemical component and morphology of the ?-MnO2 nanowires are characterized by XRD, FTIR, XPS, FESEM and TEM, respectively. The influences of NH4+ ion concentration and temperature on the crystallographic forms, morphological changes and aspect ratios of the ?-MnO2 nanowires are systematically investigated. The as-prepared flexible ?-MnO2 paper electrode exhibits a high specific capacitance of 118 F g-1 at 2 mV s-1 with excellent rate capability (42.4% at 200 mV s-1), and a superior cycling stability with only 4.7% loss after 1000 cycles.

  5. Uncoupled surface spin induced exchange bias in ?-MnO2 nanowires.

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    Li, Wenxian; Zeng, Rong; Sun, Ziqi; Tian, Dongliang; Dou, Shixue

    2014-01-01

    We have studied the microstructure, surface states, valence fluctuations, magnetic properties, and exchange bias effect in MnO2 nanowires. High purity ?-MnO2 rectangular nanowires were synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method with microwave-assisted procedures. The microstructure analysis indicates that the nanowires grow in the [0 0 1] direction with the (2 1 0) plane as the surface. Mn(3+) and Mn(2+) ions are not found in the system by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The effective magnetic moment of the manganese ions fits in with the theoretical and experimental values of Mn(4+) very well. The uncoupled spins in 3d(3) orbitals of the Mn(4+) ions in MnO6 octahedra on the rough surface are responsible for the net magnetic moment. Spin glass behavior is observed through magnetic measurements. Furthermore, the exchange bias effect is observed for the first time in pure ?-MnO2 phase due to the coupling of the surface spin glass with the antiferromagnetic ?-MnO2 matrix. These ?-MnO2 nanowires, with a spin-glass-like behavior and with an exchange bias effect excited by the uncoupled surface spins, should therefore inspire further study concerning the origin, theory, and applicability of surface structure induced magnetism in nanostructures. PMID:25319531

  6. Uncoupled surface spin induced exchange bias in ?-MnO2 nanowires

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    Li, Wenxian; Zeng, Rong; Sun, Ziqi; Tian, Dongliang; Dou, Shixue

    2014-10-01

    We have studied the microstructure, surface states, valence fluctuations, magnetic properties, and exchange bias effect in MnO2 nanowires. High purity ?-MnO2 rectangular nanowires were synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method with microwave-assisted procedures. The microstructure analysis indicates that the nanowires grow in the [0 0 1] direction with the (2 1 0) plane as the surface. Mn3+ and Mn2+ ions are not found in the system by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The effective magnetic moment of the manganese ions fits in with the theoretical and experimental values of Mn4+ very well. The uncoupled spins in 3d3 orbitals of the Mn4+ ions in MnO6 octahedra on the rough surface are responsible for the net magnetic moment. Spin glass behavior is observed through magnetic measurements. Furthermore, the exchange bias effect is observed for the first time in pure ?-MnO2 phase due to the coupling of the surface spin glass with the antiferromagnetic ?-MnO2 matrix. These ?-MnO2 nanowires, with a spin-glass-like behavior and with an exchange bias effect excited by the uncoupled surface spins, should therefore inspire further study concerning the origin, theory, and applicability of surface structure induced magnetism in nanostructures.

  7. Uncoupled surface spin induced exchange bias in ?-MnO2 nanowires

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    Li, Wenxian; Zeng, Rong; Sun, Ziqi; Tian, Dongliang; Dou, Shixue

    2014-01-01

    We have studied the microstructure, surface states, valence fluctuations, magnetic properties, and exchange bias effect in MnO2 nanowires. High purity ?-MnO2 rectangular nanowires were synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method with microwave-assisted procedures. The microstructure analysis indicates that the nanowires grow in the [0 0 1] direction with the (2 1 0) plane as the surface. Mn3+ and Mn2+ ions are not found in the system by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The effective magnetic moment of the manganese ions fits in with the theoretical and experimental values of Mn4+ very well. The uncoupled spins in 3d3 orbitals of the Mn4+ ions in MnO6 octahedra on the rough surface are responsible for the net magnetic moment. Spin glass behavior is observed through magnetic measurements. Furthermore, the exchange bias effect is observed for the first time in pure ?-MnO2 phase due to the coupling of the surface spin glass with the antiferromagnetic ?-MnO2 matrix. These ?-MnO2 nanowires, with a spin-glass-like behavior and with an exchange bias effect excited by the uncoupled surface spins, should therefore inspire further study concerning the origin, theory, and applicability of surface structure induced magnetism in nanostructures. PMID:25319531

  8. Na0.44MnO2 nanorods as a cathode material for Na-ion batteries

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    Avci, Sevda; Oz, Erdinc; Demirel, Serkan; Altin, Emine; Altin, Serdar; Bayri, Ali; Yakinci, Eyyuphan

    2014-03-01

    Lithium-ion batteries have dominated the rechargeable battery market because of their high energy and power capability. On the other hand, sodium is one of the more abundant elements on Earth unlike Li. Moreover, Na has similar chemical properties to Li, indicating that Na-ion batteries can be an alternative to Li counterparts. With that respect, we have synthesized Na0.44MnO2 nanorods as cathode materials for Na-ion batteries. We have investigated the effects of structural, electrical, and magnetic properties on battery performance. We report the synthesis conditions and growth mechanism of the nanorods. The structure and the morphology of the materials were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) techniques. Temperature dependent structural changes were determined via in situ X-ray diffraction and TG-DTA measurements showing structural changes above room temperature. This work is funded by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey with Grant No:112M487.

  9. One-pot hydrothermal synthesis of uniform ?-MnO2 nanorods for nitrite sensing.

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    Feng, Jiu-Ju; Zhang, Pei-Pei; Wang, Ai-Jun; Zhang, Yan; Dong, Wen-Ju; Chen, Jian-Rong

    2011-07-01

    A simple hydrothermal method was developed for the synthesis of uniform single-crystal ?-MnO(2) nanorods only using potassium permanganate and sodium nitrite in acidic solution, without any seed or template. The as-prepared ?-MnO(2) nanorods have the average diameter of 300±20 nm and a length up to 1.2±0.2 ?m. Moreover, the effects of pH, temperature, and reactant molar ratios on the morphology of the final product were studied in detail. In addition, the catalytic ability of the as-prepared ?-MnO(2) nanorods was tested for the electrooxidation of nitrite. The resulting sensor showed a wide linear range from 0.29 ?M to 26.09 mM (R=0.9986), high sensitivity (1.21 ?A mM(-1), S/N=3), low detection limit (0.29 ?M), and fast response (less than 5 s). PMID:21507413

  10. The synthesis of ?-MnO2 nanorods using hydrothermal homogeneous precipitation

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    Aye Hlaing, Aye; Phyu Win, Phyu

    2012-06-01

    Clear and uniform one-dimensional (1D) ?-MnO2 nanorods with diameters of 30–50?nm were prepared by hydrothermal treatment of homogeneous solution of hydrated MnSO4 and KMnO4 with a little H2O2. Upon control of hydrothermal conditions (reaction temperature and duration time), an excellent crystalline phase of MnO2 was obtained and its morphology was investigated. The crystal structures of as-synthesized MnO2 products have been characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD). The morphology of the product was examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and the chemical composition was analyzed using energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) along with SEM. The Mn concentration was determined by the chemical titration method.

  11. Enhanced activity of microwave synthesized hierarchical MnO2 for high performance supercapacitor applications

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    Meher, Sumanta Kumar; Rao, G. Ranga

    2012-10-01

    In this study, exclusive affect of microwave mediated synthesis on the physicochemical and electrochemical properties of ?-MnO2 have been differentiated from that of ?-MnO2 synthesized in conventional-reflux method. The TG, XRD, BET and SEM analyses show improved physicochemical properties like additional lattice K+ ions, better crystallinity, high surface area (155 m2 g-1) as well as pore volume (0.67 cm3 g-1) and hierarchical porous ball-like morphology of the microwave-synthesized ?-MnO2. The CV studies show lower polarization resistance and higher rate pseudocapacitance (258 Fg-1 at 100 mVs-1) of microwave-synthesized ?-MnO2 as compared to its reflux-synthesized counterpart (168 Fg-1 at 100 mVs-1). The CP studies show better high rate charge-discharge performance (146 Fg-1 at 16 Ag-1), longer cyclic stability (91.4% capacitance retention after 400 charge-discharge cycles at 16 Ag-1) and higher Coulombic efficiency (?100%) of microwave-synthesized ?-MnO2 as compared to the reflux-synthesized sample (80 Fg-1 at 16 Ag-1; 74.1% capacitance retention after 400 charge-discharge cycles at 16 Ag-1; 85% Coulombic efficiency). Further, due to facile mass transfer in the perfectly porous matrix, the microwave-synthesized ?-MnO2 shows lower equivalent series resistance and better frequency response (higher specific capacitance at elevated operating frequency) as revealed from the impedance studies.

  12. First-principles study of magnetism in spinel MnO2 Dane Morgan and Billie Wang

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    Ceder, Gerbrand

    First-principles study of magnetism in spinel MnO2 Dane Morgan and Billie Wang Department to calculate the ground state, transition tem- perature, and thermodynamic properties of magnetic excitations in spinel MnO2 . The magnetic interactions are mapped onto a Heisenberg model whose exchange interactions

  13. Morphological and crystalline evolution of nanostructured MnO2 and its application in lithium--air batteries.

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    Truong, Tu T; Liu, Yuzi; Ren, Yang; Trahey, Lynn; Sun, Yugang

    2012-09-25

    Single-crystal ?-MnO(2) nanotubes have been successfully synthesized by microwave-assisted hydrothermal of potassium permanganate in the presence of hydrochloric acid. The growth mechanism including the morphological and crystalline evolution has been carefully studied with time-dependent X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and controlled synthesis. The as-synthesized MnO(2) nanostructures are incorporated in air cathodes of lithium--air batteries as electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction and evolution reactions. The characterization reveals that the electrodes made of single-crystalline ?-MnO(2) nanotubes exhibit much better stability than those made of ?-MnO(2) nanowires and ?-MnO(2) nanosheet-based microflowers in both charge and discharge processes. PMID:22866870

  14. Electrodeposited nanostructured MnO2 for non-enzymatic hydrogen peroxide sensing

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    Saha, B.; Jana, S. K.; Banerjee, S.

    2015-06-01

    Electrodeposited MnO2 nanostructure was synthesized on indium tin oxide coated glass electrode by cyclic voltammetry. The as obtained samples were subsequently characterized by atomic force microscopy and their electro-catalytic response towards hydrogen peroxide in alkaline medium of 0.1M NaOH was studied using cyclic voltammetry and amperometry.

  15. Self-supported supercapacitor membrane through incorporating MnO2 nanowires into carbon nanotube networks.

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    Fang, Yueping; Liu, Jianwei; Li, Jun

    2010-08-01

    We report on a study on the development of a self-supported membrane of carbon nanotube (CNT) mixed with MnO2 nanowires as supercapacitors. Both single-walled CNTs (SWCNTs) and multiwalled CNTs (MWCNTs) have been explored to serve as the electrically conductive networks to connect redox active MnO2 nanowires. High-quality alpha-MnO2 nanowires were synthesized using bulk alpha-MnO2 crystals as the precursor by a facile hydrothermal method. The morphology and structure of the as-prepared alpha-MnO2 nanowires were characterized by X-ray and electron diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. Supercapacitor membranes were prepared by filtration of mixture solutions of MnO2 nanowires and CNTs at various ratios, forming entangled networks which are self-supported and directly used as supercapacitor electrodes without binders or backing metals. Cyclic voltammetry at various scan rates and charge--discharging measurements are used to characterize the supercapacitance of the CNT-MnO2 nanowire membranes. The specific capacitance has been found to be increased by several times over that of pure CNT membranes after incorporation of MnO2 nanowires. PMID:21125856

  16. Asynchronous Crystal Cell Expansion during Lithiation of K(+)-Stabilized ?-MnO2.

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    Yuan, Yifei; Nie, Anmin; Odegard, Gregory M; Xu, Rui; Zhou, Dehua; Santhanagopalan, Sunand; He, Kun; Asayesh-Ardakani, Hasti; Meng, Dennis Desheng; Klie, Robert F; Johnson, Christopher; Lu, Jun; Shahbazian-Yassar, Reza

    2015-05-13

    ?-MnO2 is a promising material for Li-ion batteries and has unique tunneled structure that facilitates the diffusion of Li(+). The overall electrochemical performance of ?-MnO2 is determined by the tunneled structure stability during its interaction with Li(+), the mechanism of which is, however, poorly understood. In this paper, a novel tetragonal-orthorhombic-tetragonal symmetric transition during lithiation of K(+)-stabilized ?-MnO2 is observed using in situ transmission electron microscopy. Atomic resolution imaging indicated that 1 × 1 and 2 × 2 tunnels exist along c ([001]) direction of the nanowire. The morphology of a partially lithiated nanowire observed in the ?100? projection is largely dependent on crystallographic orientation ([100] or [010]), indicating the existence of asynchronous expansion of ?-MnO2's tetragonal unit cell along a and b lattice directions, which results in a tetragonal-orthorhombic-tetragonal (TOT) symmetric transition upon lithiation. Such a TOT transition is confirmed by diffraction analysis and Mn valence quantification. Density functional theory (DFT) confirms that Wyckoff 8h sites inside 2 × 2 tunnels are the preferred sites for Li(+) occupancy. The sequential Li(+) filling at 8h sites leads to asynchronous expansion and symmetry degradation of the host lattice as well as tunnel instability upon lithiation. These findings provide fundamental understanding for appearance of stepwise potential variation during the discharge of Li/?-MnO2 batteries as well as the origin for low practical capacity and fast capacity fading of ?-MnO2 as an intercalated electrode. PMID:25871572

  17. Advanced Small Rechargeable Batteries

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    Halpert, Gerald

    1989-01-01

    Lithium-based units offer highest performance. Paper reviews status of advanced, small rechargeable batteries. Covers aqueous systems including lead/lead dioxide, cadmium/nickel oxide, hydrogen/nickel oxide, and zinc/nickel oxide, as well as nonaqueous systems. All based on lithium anodes, nonaqueous systems include solid-cathode cells (lithium/molybdenum disulfide, lithium/titanium disulfide, and lithium/vanadium oxide); liquid-cathode cells (lithium/sulfur dioxide cells); and new category, lithium/polymer cells.

  18. MnO2 Nanosheets: One-Step Synthesis of Single-Layer MnO2 Nanosheets with Multi-Role Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate for High-Performance Pseudocapacitors (Small 18/2015).

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    Liu, Zhenning; Xu, Kongliang; Sun, Hang; Yin, Shengyan

    2015-05-01

    One-step synthesis of single-Layer MnO2 nanosheets with multi-role sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) is demonstrated by H. Sun, S. Yin, and co-workers on page 2182. Interestingly, SDS, normally recognized as a surfactant, not only aids the formation of single-layer MnO2 nanosheets as a structure-inducing agent, but also serves as the precursor of dodecanol to reduce KMnO4 . A mechanism is proposed based on carefully designed control experiments and the resultant MnO2 nanosheets exhibit high specific capacitance and excellent durability. PMID:25955484

  19. Visible light-sensitive MnO 2- and CeO 2-loaded ZrO 2/carbon cluster/Pt nanocomposite materials

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    Matsui, H.; Ikegami, M.; Karuppuchamy, S.; Hassan, M. A.; Yoshihara, M.

    2012-02-01

    Nano-sized ZrO 2/carbon cluster composite materials (I c's) were successfully prepared by the calcination of ZrOCl 2/starch complex I. I c's were found to reduce methylene blue under the irradiation of visible light ( ? > 460 nm). The materials obtained by calcining at 400 and 500 °C were selectively loaded with Pt particles to obtain Pt-loaded ZrO 2/carbon cluster composite materials denoted as I c400Pt and I c500Pt, respectively. In addition, the resultant materials were modified with MnO 2 and CeO 2 particles to achieve MnO 2- and CeO 2-loaded ZrO 2/carbon cluster/Pt composite materials denoted as I c400PtMn, I c500PtMn, I c400PtCe and I c500PtCe, respectively. The metal oxides-loaded ZrO 2/carbon cluster/Pt composite materials thus synthesized could decompose an aqueous silver nitrate solution by visible light irradiation to give Ag and O 2 with the [Ag]/[O 2] ratios of ca. 4. Visible light-irradiated water splitting examinations with I c400PtMn and I c400PtCe were also investigated and found to yield H 2 and O 2 with the [H 2]/[O 2] ratios of ca. 2.

  20. Controllable synthesis of hollow bipyramid ?-MnO(2) and its high electrochemical performance for lithium storage.

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    Chen, Wei-Min; Qie, Long; Shao, Qing-Guo; Yuan, Li-Xia; Zhang, Wu-Xing; Huang, Yun-Hui

    2012-06-27

    Three types of MnO2 nanostructures, viz., ?-MnO2 nanotubes, hollow ?-MnO2 bipyramids, and solid ?-MnO2 bipyramids, have been synthesized via a simple template-free hydrothermal method. Cyclic voltammetry and galvanostatic charge/discharge measurements demonstrate that the hollow ?-MnO2 bipyramids exhibit the highest specific capacity and the best cyclability; the capacity retains 213 mAh g(-1) at a current density of 100 mA g(-1) after 150 cycles. XRD patterns of the lithiated ?-MnO2 electrodes clearly show the expansion of lattice volume caused by lithiation, but the structure keeps stable during lithium insertion/extraction process. We suggest that the excellent performance for ?-MnO2 can be attributed to its unique electrochemical reaction, compact tunnel-structure and hollow architecture. The hollow architecture can accommodate the volume change during charge/discharge process and improve effective diffusion paths for both lithium ions and electrons. PMID:22658801

  1. Development of a MnO 2-coated, cylindrical denuder for removing NO 2 from atmospheric samples

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    Adams, K. M.; Japar, S. M.; Pierson, W. R.

    In order to develop a diffusion denuder for the removal of NO 2 from ambient atmospheric samples, a number of materials were screened for their ability to adsorb NO 2: (1) MgO; (2) MnO 2 on alpha-Al 2O 3; (3) water-treated MnO 2 on alpha-Al 2O 3; and (4) MnO 2 (activated). A simple cylindrical denuder coated with MnO 2 (activated) was very effective in the removal of NO 2 from a feedgas of NO 2 in air at ambient temperature and pressure. The other materials were unsatisfactory. The strong oxidizing properties, along with the hydrated surface of the MnO 2 (activated), appear to be important for the sorption of NO 2, as suggested in applications elsewhere. Quantification of denuder sorption efficiencies indicates that MnO2 (activated) is nearly a perfect sorbent for NO 2. The diffusion coefficient of NO 2 in air was found to be 10.8 ± 0.3 cm 2 min -1 at 22-23°C, which compares favourably with a theoretical estimate. Although MnO 2 (activated)-coated denuders were also found to adsorb SO 2, interference with NO 2 sorption was not sufficient to impair ambient applications.

  2. Spin-glasslike behavior of K+-containing ?-MnO2 nanotubes

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    Luo, J.; Zhu, H. T.; Zhang, F.; Liang, J. K.; Rao, G. H.; Li, J. B.; Du, Z. M.

    2009-05-01

    Magnetic properties of K+-containing ?-MnO2 nanotubes have been systematically investigated by dc magnetic measurements. Zero-field-cooled and field-cooled susceptibilities display divergences at low temperature, and a spin-glass temperature of 33.1 K is determined from the de Almedia-Thouless line by extrapolating the applied field to zero. The dc magnetic measurements, such as the field dependent magnetic susceptibility, hysteresis effect, thermoremanent magnetization, and memory effect, further confirm the spin-glass feature of the tetragonal ?-MnO2 sample, which can be attributed to the geometrical frustration on the triangular lattices and the mixed valence of Mn3+ and Mn4+.

  3. Mild Synthesis Route to Nanostructured ?-MnO2 as Electrode Materials for Electrochemical Energy Storage

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    Zhang, Yuanjian; Xue, Dongfeng

    2012-09-01

    ?-MnO2 electrode materials with sphere-, rod- and flower-like nanostructures were for the first time fabricated by a redox reaction between KMnO4 and NaHSO3 in chemical bath. Crystal structure and morphology of the as-crystallized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The influence of reaction temperature and H+ concentration on both morphology and crystalline nature was investigated. Their electrochemical behaviors were investigated by cycling voltammetry and galvanostatic charge/discharge measurements in a three-electrode glass cell. Depending upon different synthesis conditions of ?-MnO2 electrodes, their specific capacitance values varied in the range of 43 to 197 F g-1 at the current density of 1 A g-1. Moreover, their specific capacitance values decrease with increasing crystallinity and particle size. In this work, we conclude that the energy storage mechanism is closely related to the particle aggregation state of electrode materials.

  4. MnO2-Based Electrochemical Supercapacitors on Flexible Carbon Substrates

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    Tadjer, Marko J.; Mastro, Michael A.; Rojo, José M.; Mojena, Alberto Boscá; Calle, Fernando; Kub, Francis J.; Eddy, Charles R.

    2014-04-01

    Manganese dioxide films were grown on large area flexible carbon aerogel substrates. Characterization by x-ray diffraction confirmed ?-MnO2 growth. Three types of films were compared as a function of hexamethylenetetramine (HMTA) concentration during growth. The highest concentration of HM TA produced MnO2 flower-like films, as observed by scanning electron microscopy, whose thickness and surface coverage lead to both a higher specific capacitance and higher series resistance. Specific capacitance was measured to be 64 F/g using a galvanostatic setup, compared to the 47 F/g-specific capacitance of the carbon aerogel substrate. Such supercapacitor devices can be fabricated on large area sheets of carbon aerogel to achieve high total capacitance.

  5. Enhanced tolerance to stretch-induced performance degradation of stretchable MnO2-based supercapacitors.

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    Huang, Yan; Huang, Yang; Meng, Wenjun; Zhu, Minshen; Xue, Hongtao; Lee, Chun-Sing; Zhi, Chunyi

    2015-02-01

    The performance of many stretchable electronics, such as energy storage devices and strain sensors, is highly limited by the structural breakdown arising from the stretch imposed. In this article, we focus on a detailed study on materials matching between functional materials and their conductive substrate, as well as enhancement of the tolerance to stretch-induced performance degradation of stretchable supercapacitors, which are essential for the design of a stretchable device. It is revealed that, being widely utilized as the electrode material of the stretchable supercapacitor, metal oxides such as MnO2 nanosheets have serious strain-induced performance degradation due to their rigid structure. In comparison, with conducting polymers like a polypyrrole (PPy) film as the electrochemically active material, the performance of stretchable supercapacitors can be well preserved under strain. Therefore, a smart design is to combine PPy with MnO2 nanosheets to achieve enhanced tolerance to strain-induced performance degradation of MnO2-based supercapacitors, which is realized by fabricating an electrode of PPy-penetrated MnO2 nanosheets. The composite electrodes exhibit a remarkable enhanced tolerance to strain-induced performance degradation with well-preserved performance over 93% under strain. The detailed morphology and electrochemical impedance variations are investigated for the mechanism analyses. Our work presents a systematic investigation on the selection and matching of electrode materials for stretchable supercapacitors to achieve high performance and great tolerance to strain, which may guide the selection of functional materials and their substrate materials for the next-generation of stretchable electronics. PMID:25569836

  6. MnO2 Nanorods Intercalating Graphene Oxide/Polyaniline Ternary Composites for Robust High-Performance Supercapacitors

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    Han, Guangqiang; Liu, Yun; Zhang, Lingling; Kan, Erjun; Zhang, Shaopeng; Tang, Jian; Tang, Weihua

    2014-01-01

    New ternary composites of MnO2 nanorods, polyaniline (PANI) and graphene oxide (GO) have been prepared by a two-step process. The 100?nm-long MnO2 nanorods with a diameter ~20?nm are conformably coated with PANI layers and fastened between GO layers. The MnO2 nanorods incorporated ternary composites electrode exhibits significantly increased specific capacitance than PANI/GO binary composite in supercapacitors. The ternary composite with 70% MnO2 exhibits a highest specific capacitance reaching 512?F/g and outstanding cycling performance, with ~97% capacitance retained over 5000 cycles. The ternary composite approach offers an effective solution to enhance the device performance of metal-oxide based supercapacitors for long cycling applications. PMID:24769835

  7. Thermoelectric Properties of Nano-Meso-Micro ?-MnO2 Powders as a Function of Electrical Resistance.

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    Hedden, Morgan; Francis, Nick; Haraldsen, Jason T; Ahmed, Towfiq; Constantin, Costel

    2015-12-01

    Particle sizes of manganese oxide (?-MnO2) powders were modified by using a mortar and pestle ground method for period of times that varied between 15-60 min. Particle size versus ground time clearly shows the existence of a size-induced regime transition (i.e., regime I and II). Thermoelectric properties of ?-MnO2 powders as a function of electrical resistance in the range of R P ?=?10 - 80? were measured. Based on the data presented, we propose a model for the ?-MnO2 system in which nanometer-scale MnO2 crystallites bond together through weak van der Waals forces to form larger conglomerates that span in size from nanometer to micrometer scale. PMID:26168867

  8. First-principles DFT + U studies of the atomic, electronic, and magnetic structure of ?-MnO2 (cryptomelane)

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    Cockayne, Eric; Li, Lan

    2012-08-01

    Density functional theory DFT + U calculations are used to investigate ?-MnO2, a structure containing a framework of corner and edge sharing MnO6 octahedra with tunnels in between. Placing K+ ions into the tunnels stabilizes ?-MnO2 with respect to the rutile-structure ?-MnO2 phase, in agreement with experiment. The computed magnetic structure has antiferromagnetic (ferromagnetic) Mn-Mn interactions between corner-sharing (edge-sharing) octahedra. Pure ?-MnO2 is found to be a semiconductor with an indirect band gap of 1.3 eV. Water and related hydrides (OH-; H3O+) can also be accommodated in the tunnels; the equilibrium K-O distance increases with increasing oxygen hydride charge.

  9. Capture and release of cancer cells using electrospun etchable MnO2 nanofibers integrated in microchannels

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    Liu, Hui-qin; Yu, Xiao-lei; Cai, Bo; You, Su-jian; He, Zhao-bo; Huang, Qin-qin; Rao, Lang; Li, Sha-sha; Liu, Chang; Sun, Wei-wei; Liu, Wei; Guo, Shi-shang; Zhao, Xing-zhong

    2015-03-01

    This paper introduces a cancer cell capture/release microchip based on the self-sacrificed MnO2 nanofibers. Through electrospinning, lift-off and soft-lithography procedures, MnO2 nanofibers are tactfully fabricated in microchannels to implement enrichment and release of cancer cells in liquid samples. The MnO2 nanofiber net which mimics the extra cellular matrix can lead to high capture ability with the help of a cancer cell-specific antibody bio-conjugation. Subsequently, an effective and friendly release method is carried out by using low concentration of oxalic acid to dissolve the MnO2 nanofiber substrate while keeping high viability of those released cancer cells at the same time. It is conceivable that our microchip may have potentials in realizing biomedical analysis of circulating tumor cells for biological and clinical researches in oncology.

  10. Process dependent graphene-wrapped plate-like MnO2 nanospheres for high performance supercapacitor

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    Liu, Chunliang; Gui, Dayong; Liu, Jianhong

    2014-10-01

    Two kinds of MnO2/graphene nanocomposites (M1 and M2) were synthesized by two different reaction procedures. M1 was synthesized as follows: the plate-like MnO2/graphene nanocomposite was obtained by using hydrazine reduction of MnO2/graphene oxide. M2 was formed as follows: the plate-like MnO2 nanospheres was synthesized on the graphene nanosheet which was reduced by hydrazine reduction of graphene oxide. The M1 have a good electrochemical performance and the average capacitance is as high as 250.6 F g-1 at 1 A g-1 in 1 mol L-1 Na2SO4 electrolyte, which is higher than that of the M2 (206.8 F g-1).

  11. MnO2 prepared by hydrothermal method and electrochemical performance as anode for lithium-ion battery

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    2014-01-01

    Two ?-MnO2 crystals with caddice-clew-like and urchin-like morphologies are prepared by the hydrothermal method, and their structure and electrochemical performance are characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), galvanostatic cell cycling, cyclic voltammetry, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The morphology of the MnO2 prepared under acidic condition is urchin-like, while the one prepared under neutral condition is caddice-clew-like. The identical crystalline phase of MnO2 crystals is essential to evaluate the relationship between electrochemical performances and morphologies for lithium-ion battery application. In this study, urchin-like ?-MnO2 crystals with compact structure have better electrochemical performance due to the higher specific capacity and lower impedance. We find that the relationship between electrochemical performance and morphology is different when MnO2 material used as electrochemical supercapacitor or as anode of lithium-ion battery. For lithium-ion battery application, urchin-like MnO2 material has better electrochemical performance. PMID:24982603

  12. Hierarchical ?-MnO2 nanowires@Ni1-x Mnx Oy nanoflakes core-shell nanostructures for supercapacitors.

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    Wang, Hsin-Yi; Xiao, Fang-Xing; Yu, Le; Liu, Bin; Lou, Xiong Wen David

    2014-08-13

    A facile two-step solution-phase method has been developed for the preparation of hierarchical ?-MnO2 nanowires@Ni1-x Mnx Oy nanoflakes core-shell nanostructures. Ultralong ?-MnO2 nanowires were synthesized by a hydrothermal method in the first step. Subsequently, Ni1-x Mnx Oy nanoflakes were grown on ?-MnO2 nanowires to form core-shell nanostructures using chemical bath deposition followed by thermal annealing. Both solution-phase methods can be easily scaled up for mass production. We have evaluated their application in supercapacitors. The ultralong one-dimensional (1D) ?-MnO2 nanowires in hierarchical core-shell nanostructures offer a stable and efficient backbone for charge transport; while the two-dimensional (2D) Ni1-x Mnx Oy nanoflakes on ?-MnO2 nanowires provide high accessible surface to ions in the electrolyte. These beneficial features enable the electrode with high capacitance and reliable stability. The capacitance of the core-shell ?-MnO2 @Ni1-x Mnx Oy nanostructures (x = 0.75) is as high as 657 F g(-1) at a current density of 250 mA g(-1) , and stable charging-discharging cycling over 1000 times at a current density of 2000 mA g(-1) has been realized. PMID:24711308

  13. MnO2 prepared by hydrothermal method and electrochemical performance as anode for lithium-ion battery.

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    Feng, Lili; Xuan, Zhewen; Zhao, Hongbo; Bai, Yang; Guo, Junming; Su, Chang-Wei; Chen, Xiaokai

    2014-01-01

    Two ?-MnO2 crystals with caddice-clew-like and urchin-like morphologies are prepared by the hydrothermal method, and their structure and electrochemical performance are characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), galvanostatic cell cycling, cyclic voltammetry, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The morphology of the MnO2 prepared under acidic condition is urchin-like, while the one prepared under neutral condition is caddice-clew-like. The identical crystalline phase of MnO2 crystals is essential to evaluate the relationship between electrochemical performances and morphologies for lithium-ion battery application. In this study, urchin-like ?-MnO2 crystals with compact structure have better electrochemical performance due to the higher specific capacity and lower impedance. We find that the relationship between electrochemical performance and morphology is different when MnO2 material used as electrochemical supercapacitor or as anode of lithium-ion battery. For lithium-ion battery application, urchin-like MnO2 material has better electrochemical performance. PMID:24982603

  14. Nanoflaky MnO2/functionalized carbon nanotubes for supercapacitors: an in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopic investigation.

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    Chang, Han-Wei; Lu, Ying-Rui; Chen, Jeng-Lung; Chen, Chi-Liang; Lee, Jyh-Fu; Chen, Jin-Ming; Tsai, Yu-Chen; Chang, Chien-Min; Yeh, Ping-Hung; Chou, Wu-Ching; Liou, Ya-Hsuan; Dong, Chung-Li

    2015-02-01

    The surfaces of acid- and amine-functionalized carbon nanotubes (C-CNT and N-CNT) were decorated with MnO2 nanoflakes as supercapacitors by a spontaneous redox reaction. C-CNT was found to have a lower edge plane structure and fewer defect sites than N-CNT. MnO2/C-CNT with a highly developed surface area exhibited favorable electrochemical performance. To determine the atomic/electronic structures of the MnO2/functionalized CNTs (MnO2/C-CNT and MnO/N-CNT) during the charge/discharge process, in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements were made at the Mn K-edge. Both C-CNT and N-CNT are highly conductive. The effect of the scan rate on the capacitance behavior was also examined, revealing that the ?* state of CNT and the size of the tunnels in pseudo-capacitor materials (which facilitate conduction and the transport of electrolyte ions) are critical for the capacitive performance, and their role depends on the scan rate. In the slow charge/discharge process, MnO2/N-CNT has a more symmetrical rectangular cyclic voltammetry (CV) curve. In the fast charge/discharge process, MnO2/C-CNT with a highly developed surface provides fast electronic and ionic channels that support a reversible faradaic redox reaction between MnO2 nanoflakes and the electrolyte, significantly enhancing its capacitive performance over that of MnO2/N-CNT. The MnO2/C-CNT architecture has great potential for supercapacitor applications. The information that was obtained herein helps to elucidate CNT surface modification and the design of the MnO2/functionalized CNT interface with a view for the further development of supercapacitors. This work, and especially the combination of CV with in situ XAS measurements, will be of value to readers with an interest in nanomaterial, nanotechnology and their applications in energy storage. PMID:25511126

  15. MnO2 nanosheets based fluorescent sensing platform with organic dyes as a probe with excellent analytical properties.

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    Wang, Chunxia; Zhai, Wanying; Wang, Yuexiang; Yu, Ping; Mao, Lanqun

    2015-06-21

    Manganese dioxide (MnO2) nanosheets have recently been demonstrated to be particularly attractive for fluorescent sensing and imaging; however, almost all MnO2 nanosheets-based fluorescent assays have been developed with emissive nanoparticles as the probes. In this study, we developed a novel strategy to use organic dyes, instead of emissive nanoparticles, as the probe to construct a platform for biosensing with excellent analytical properties. With 5-carboxyfluorescein (FAM) as a model organic dye, we firstly investigate the effect of MnO2 nanosheets on the fluorescence of FAM and find that the fluorescence intensity of FAM is considerably suppressed by MnO2 nanosheets based on the inner filter effect (IFE). To demonstrate that the MnO2 nanosheets-based fluorescence sensing platform can easily achieve a high selectivity with organic dyes as the probe, we use single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) oligonucleotide as a typical biorecognition unit, which is labeled with the FAM probe to form FAM-ssDNA. The fluorescent intensity of FAM-ssDNA is first suppressed by MnO2 nanosheets through the combination of IFE and Förster resonant energy transfer (FRET), and then recovered with subsequent hybridization with the complementary DNA oligonucleotide. To demonstrate the potential applications of the MnO2 nanosheets-based fluorescence sensing platform with organic dyes as the probes, we developed methods for simple but effective microRNA and thrombin assays. With the platform demonstrated here, the limits of detection for miR124a and thrombin are 0.8 nM and 11 nM, respectively. Moreover, the fluorescent sensing assay for thrombin exhibits high selectivity. This study essentially demonstrates a new 2D nanostructure-based fluorescent sensing platform that is robust, technically simple, and easily manipulated to achieve high selectivity and sensitivity for practical applications. PMID:25919222

  16. Comparative study of MnO2 nanoparticle synthesis by marine bacterium Saccharophagus degradans and yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Salunke, Bipinchandra K; Sawant, Shailesh S; Lee, Sang-Ill; Kim, Beom Soo

    2015-07-01

    Microorganisms are one of the most attractive and simple sources for the synthesis of different types of metal nanoparticles. The synthesis of manganese dioxide nanoparticles (MnO2 NPs) by microorganisms from reducing potassium permanganate was investigated for the first time in the present study. The microbial supernatants of the bacterium Saccharophagus degradans ATCC 43961 (Sde 2-40) and of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae showed positive reactions to the synthesis of MnO2 NPs by displaying a change of color in the permanganate solution from purple to yellow. KMnO4-specific peaks also disappeared and MnO2-specific peaks emerged at an absorption maximum of 365 nm in UV-visible spectrophotometry. The washed Sde 2-40 cells did not show any ability to synthesize MnO2 NPs. The medium and medium constituents of Sde 2-40 showed similar positive reactions as supernatants, which indicate the role of the Sde 2-40 medium constituents in the synthesis of MnO2 NPs. This suggests that microorganisms without nanoparticle synthesis ability can be misreported for their abilities to synthesize nanoparticles. S. cerevisiae washed cells showed an ability to synthesize MnO2 NPs. The strategies of keeping yeast cells in tea bags and dialysis membranes showed positive tests for the synthesis of MnO2 NPs. A Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy study suggested roles for the proteins, alcoholic compounds, and cell walls of S. cerevisiae cells in the synthesis of MnO2 NPs. Electron-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analyses confirmed the presence of Mn and O in the sample. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed characteristic binding energies for MnO2 NPs. Transmission electron microscopy micrographs revealed the presence of uniformly dispersed hexagonal- and spherical-shaped particles with an average size of 34.4 nm. The synthesis approach using yeast is possible by a simple reaction at low temperature without any need for catalysts, templates, or expensive and precise equipment. Therefore, this study will be useful for the easy, cost-effective, reliable, and eco-friendly production of nanomaterials. PMID:25846336

  17. MnO2/CeO2 for catalytic ultrasonic decolorization of methyl orange: Process parameters and mechanisms.

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    Zhao, He; Zhang, Guangming; Chong, Shan; Zhang, Nan; Liu, Yucai

    2015-11-01

    MnO2/CeO2 catalyst was prepared and characterized by means of Brunauer-Emmet-Teller (BET) method, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The characterization showed that MnO2/CeO2 had big specific surface area and MnO2 was dispersed homogeneously on the surface of CeO2. Excellent degradation efficiency of methyl orange was achieved by MnO2/CeO2 catalytic ultrasonic process. Operating parameters were studied and optimized. The optimal conditions were 10min of ultrasonic irradiation, 1.0g/L of catalyst dose, 2.6 of pH value and 1.3W/ml of ultrasonic density. Under the optimal conditions, nearly 90% of methyl orange was removed. The mechanism of methyl orange degradation was further studied. The decolorization mechanism in the ultrasound-MnO2/CeO2 system was quite different with that in the ultrasound-MnO2 system. Effects of manganese and cerium in catalytic ultrasonic process were clarified. Manganese ions in solution contributed to generating hydroxyl free radical. MnO2/CeO2 catalyst strengthened the oxidation ability of ultrasound and realized complete decolorization of methyl orange. PMID:26186869

  18. Direct growth of mesoporous MnO2 nanosheet arrays on nickel foam current collectors for high-performance pseudocapacitors

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    Kundu, Manab; Liu, Lifeng

    2013-12-01

    Well-defined mesoporous MnO2 nanosheet arrays have been directly grown on Ni foam current collectors using one-step electrodeposition, followed by a low-temperature thermal annealing process. The as-deposited MnO2 nanosheets are 20-25 nm thick on average and are mesoporous with a pore size ranging from 2 to 8 nm. The potential for using these MnO2 nanosheet arrays as supercapacitor electrodes has been explored by cyclic voltammetry and galvanostatic charge/discharge tests within a potential window of 0-1.0 V versus saturated calomel electrode. The cyclic voltammograms of the MnO2 nanosheet electrode show a typical pseudocapacitive behavior. The nanosheets exhibit specific capacitance of 201, 150, 122, 105 and 96 F g-1 at current densities of 1, 5, 10, 15 and 20 A g-1, respectively. Furthermore, it is found that upon cycling at 5 A g-1, the specific capacitance loses 35% of its initial value in the beginning 1800 cycles and then remains constant up to 3000 cycles, showing reasonably good cycling performance. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy demonstrates that the equivalent series resistance and charge transfer resistance of the electrode are very low, suggesting that the nickel foam supported MnO2 nanosheet array is a promising binder-free electrode for use in pseudocapacitors.

  19. The theoretical study on electronic structure and electromagnetic properties of ?-MnO2 based on crystal defects

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    Duan, Yuping; Chen, Junlei; Zhang, Yahong; Wang, Tongmin

    2014-12-01

    First-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) have been carried out to investigate the effects of crystal defects (intrinsic vacancy defects and ion doping) on the microwave dielectric response and the correlative electromagnetic properties of ?-MnO2 systematically. The possible role of crystal defects in electromagnetic performance is studied utilizing density of states (DOS) and the bond length between the manganese and oxygen. Lattice distortion is induced by the introduction of crystal defects. The spin-electronic DOS demonstrates that Ni doping enhances the spin-polarization of MnO2, which indicates that the Ni-doped MnO2 possesses certain magnetic characteristic, which is helpful for magnetic loss. The emergence of a new defect mode, contributes to the relaxation polarization phenomenon, so as to enhance the dielectric loss ability. In addition, through the change of the bond length and pseudo gap width, it can be learned that the bond strength and covalency of Mn-O bonds are weakened, which increases the dielectric loss of MnO2. The results throw light on the exploration of theoretical research on the microwave absorbing properties of MnO2 with crystal defects.

  20. Nanoflaky MnO2/functionalized carbon nanotubes for supercapacitors: an in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopic investigation

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    Chang, Han-Wei; Lu, Ying-Rui; Chen, Jeng-Lung; Chen, Chi-Liang; Lee, Jyh-Fu; Chen, Jin-Ming; Tsai, Yu-Chen; Chang, Chien-Min; Yeh, Ping-Hung; Chou, Wu-Ching; Liou, Ya-Hsuan; Dong, Chung-Li

    2015-01-01

    The surfaces of acid- and amine-functionalized carbon nanotubes (C-CNT and N-CNT) were decorated with MnO2 nanoflakes as supercapacitors by a spontaneous redox reaction. C-CNT was found to have a lower edge plane structure and fewer defect sites than N-CNT. MnO2/C-CNT with a highly developed surface area exhibited favorable electrochemical performance. To determine the atomic/electronic structures of the MnO2/functionalized CNTs (MnO2/C-CNT and MnO/N-CNT) during the charge/discharge process, in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements were made at the Mn K-edge. Both C-CNT and N-CNT are highly conductive. The effect of the scan rate on the capacitance behavior was also examined, revealing that the ?* state of CNT and the size of the tunnels in pseudo-capacitor materials (which facilitate conduction and the transport of electrolyte ions) are critical for the capacitive performance, and their role depends on the scan rate. In the slow charge/discharge process, MnO2/N-CNT has a more symmetrical rectangular cyclic voltammetry (CV) curve. In the fast charge/discharge process, MnO2/C-CNT with a highly developed surface provides fast electronic and ionic channels that support a reversible faradaic redox reaction between MnO2 nanoflakes and the electrolyte, significantly enhancing its capacitive performance over that of MnO2/N-CNT. The MnO2/C-CNT architecture has great potential for supercapacitor applications. The information that was obtained herein helps to elucidate CNT surface modification and the design of the MnO2/functionalized CNT interface with a view for the further development of supercapacitors. This work, and especially the combination of CV with in situ XAS measurements, will be of value to readers with an interest in nanomaterial, nanotechnology and their applications in energy storage.The surfaces of acid- and amine-functionalized carbon nanotubes (C-CNT and N-CNT) were decorated with MnO2 nanoflakes as supercapacitors by a spontaneous redox reaction. C-CNT was found to have a lower edge plane structure and fewer defect sites than N-CNT. MnO2/C-CNT with a highly developed surface area exhibited favorable electrochemical performance. To determine the atomic/electronic structures of the MnO2/functionalized CNTs (MnO2/C-CNT and MnO/N-CNT) during the charge/discharge process, in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements were made at the Mn K-edge. Both C-CNT and N-CNT are highly conductive. The effect of the scan rate on the capacitance behavior was also examined, revealing that the ?* state of CNT and the size of the tunnels in pseudo-capacitor materials (which facilitate conduction and the transport of electrolyte ions) are critical for the capacitive performance, and their role depends on the scan rate. In the slow charge/discharge process, MnO2/N-CNT has a more symmetrical rectangular cyclic voltammetry (CV) curve. In the fast charge/discharge process, MnO2/C-CNT with a highly developed surface provides fast electronic and ionic channels that support a reversible faradaic redox reaction between MnO2 nanoflakes and the electrolyte, significantly enhancing its capacitive performance over that of MnO2/N-CNT. The MnO2/C-CNT architecture has great potential for supercapacitor applications. The information that was obtained herein helps to elucidate CNT surface modification and the design of the MnO2/functionalized CNT interface with a view for the further development of supercapacitors. This work, and especially the combination of CV with in situ XAS measurements, will be of value to readers with an interest in nanomaterial, nanotechnology and their applications in energy storage. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr06439a

  1. Facile Synthesis and Microwave Absorption Properties of ?-MnO2 Nanorods

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    Guan, Hongtao; Chen, Gang; Zhu, Jing; Wang, Yude

    2012-11-01

    A low-temperature water-bathing chemical precipitation method was developed to synthesize ?-MnO2 nanorods. The morphological and crystalline structures were investigated by scanning electronic microscopy (SEM), transmission electronic microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra. The electromagnetic properties and microwave absorption properties were examined in the frequency range 2-18 GHz. The results show that the as-synthesized product is ?-MnO2 nanorod with diameters of 30 nm and lengths up to 1-2 ?m. The dielectric permittivity has a trend of decreasing its real and increasing its imaginary parts with the frequency. The magnetic permeability is about 1.0-1.2 and 0-0.1 for its real and imaginary parts at the whole frequency. With the increase of sample thickness, the reflection loss peak value shifts to lower frequency band. With a thickness of 3 mm, an absorption peak value of -25 dB was achieved. And its effective absorption bandwidth in which the reflection loss is lower than -10 dB is as high as 5 GHz.

  2. Performance modulation of ?-MnO2 nanowires by crystal facet engineering

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    Li, Wenxian; Cui, Xiangyuan; Zeng, Rong; Du, Guodong; Sun, Ziqi; Zheng, Rongkun; Ringer, Simon P.; Dou, Shi Xue

    2015-03-01

    Modulation of material physical and chemical properties through selective surface engineering is currently one of the most active research fields, aimed at optimizing functional performance for applications. The activity of exposed crystal planes determines the catalytic, sensory, photocatalytic, and electrochemical behavior of a material. In the research on nanomagnets, it opens up new perspectives in the fields of nanoelectronics, spintronics, and quantum computation. Herein, we demonstrate controllable magnetic modulation of ?-MnO2 nanowires, which displayed surface ferromagnetism or antiferromagnetism, depending on the exposed plane. First-principles density functional theory calculations confirm that both Mn- and O-terminated ?-MnO2 (1 1 0) surfaces exhibit ferromagnetic ordering. The investigation of surface-controlled magnetic particles will lead to significant progress in our fundamental understanding of functional aspects of magnetism on the nanoscale, facilitating rational design of nanomagnets. Moreover, we approved that the facet engineering pave the way on designing semiconductors possessing unique properties for novel energy applications, owing to that the bandgap and the electronic transport of the semiconductor can be tailored via exposed surface modulations.

  3. Heterogeneous oxidation of diclofenac in the presence of ?-MnO2 nanorods: influence of operating factors and mechanism.

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    Li, Jian; Zhang, Tuqiao; Ye, Miaomiao

    2015-01-01

    Diclofenac (DCF), one of the pharmaceutical and personal care products that has been widely detected in water, was selected as a model pollutant to evaluate the oxidation activity of ?-MnO2 nanorods. The results showed that the heterogeneous oxidation process is highly pH dependent, with higher degradation efficiency at lower pH values. The complete removal of DCF was obtained within 80 min at the solution pH value of 2.5. The oxidation kinetics of DCF can be modeled by Langmuir-Hinshelwood equation (R(2) > 0.999). The effects of various operating parameters, including initial solution pH, ?-MnO2 dosage, anions, and cations, on the oxidation efficiency were investigated in detail. A possible reaction pathway for DCF was proposed. In addition, it was demonstrated that the ?-MnO2 nanorods can be recycled without decreasing their oxidation activity after 10 cycles. PMID:25945850

  4. Electrodeposited Manganese Oxides on Three-Dimensional Carbon Nanotube Substrate: Supercapacitive Behaviour in Aqueous and Organic Electrolytes

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    Nam,K.W.; Yang,X.

    2009-03-01

    Thin amorphous manganese oxide layers with a thickness of 3-5nm are electrodeposited on a carbon nanotube (CNT) film substrate that has a three-dimensional nanoporous structure (denoted asMnO2/CNT electrode). For the purpose of comparison, manganese oxide films are also electrodeposited on a flat Pt-coated Si wafer substrate (denoted as MnO2 film electrode). The pseudocapacitive properties of the MnO2 film and MnO2/CNT electrodes are examined in both aqueous electrolyte (1.0M KCl) and nonaqueousorganic electrolyte (1.0M LiClO4 in propylene carbonate). While both types of electrode showpseudocapacitive behaviour in the aqueous electrolyte, only the MnO2/CNT electrode does so in the organic electrolyte, due to its high oxide/electrolyte interfacial area and improved electron conduction through the CNT substrate. Compared with the MnO2 film electrode, the MnO2/CNT electrode shows a much higher specific capacitance and better high-rate capability, regardless of the electrolyte used.Use of the organic electrolyte results in a ?6 times higher specific energy compared with that obtained with the aqueous electrolyte, while maintaining a similar specific power. The construction of a threedimensional nanoporous network structure consisting of a thin oxide layer on a CNT film substrate at the nm scale and the use of an organic electrolyte are promising approaches to improving the specific energyof supercapacitors.

  5. Stable Isotope Fractionation during Chromium(III) Oxidation by ?-MnO2

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    Wang, D. T.; Fregoso, D. C.; Ellis, A. S.; Johnson, T. M.; Bullen, T. D.

    2010-12-01

    Hexavalent chromium is a highly mobile anthropogenic pollutant, and reduction of Cr(VI) to the less-soluble Cr(III) is the most important natural process involved in contamination attenuation. Earlier work has shown a preferential reduction of lighter Cr stable isotopes attributed to a kinetically-controlled mechanism, and isotope ratio measurements may be used as indicators of Cr(VI) reduction [1]. Recent work has detected no significant isotope exchange between dissolved Cr(III) and Cr(VI) over a period of days to weeks, and has suggested that complex bidirectional reactions control fractionation during Cr(III) oxidation by H2O2 [2]. Previous studies on oxidation by pyrolusite (?-MnO2) have reported ?53/52Cr up to approximately +1.1‰ in the Cr(VI) product [3]. However, laboratory investigations of fractionation during Cr(III) oxidation by birnessite (?-MnO2) have been inconclusive, and oxidation mechanisms remain unclear [4]. In order to fully exploit stable isotope fractionation during redox reactions of Cr in groundwater as an indicator of Cr attenuation, the effect of Cr(III) oxidation on isotope ratios must be better understood. We will report the latest measurements of isotope fractionation during oxidation on birnessite under varying pH and MnO2 and Cr(III) concentrations. Our preliminary findings (at initial Cr(III) and ?-MnO2 concentrations of 10 mg/L and 100 mg/L, respectively) show the Cr(VI) product shifted by -0.5‰ to +0.0‰ relative to the reactant at pH ? 4.5. The reaction is incomplete and plateaus within 60 min. Unlike that observed with pyrolusite, fractionation during Cr oxidation on birnessite is much smaller or absent. These initial results suggest that kinetic effects are either very small or are negated by back reaction or equilibration in the multi-step oxidation mechanism. Alternatively, in our experiments, a step involving little isotope fractionation may be rate-limiting; thus, the final magnitude of isotope fractionation during oxidation on birnessite could vary if the rate-limiting step changes. Additional experiments at different conditions will aid in the elucidation of fractionating mechanisms during Cr(III) oxidation. [1] Ellis, A. S.; Johnson, T. M.; Bullen, T. D. (2002) Science, 295(5562), 2060 [2] Zink, S.; Schoenberg, R.; Staubwasser, M. (2010) Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, in press [3] Ellis, A. S.; Johnson, T. M.; Villalobos-Aragon, A.; Bullen, T. D. (2008) Eos Trans. AGU, 89(53), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract H53F-08 [4] Bain, D. J.; Bullen, T. D. (2005) Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 69(10), Suppl. 1, A212

  6. Growth and memory effect of Er-stabilized ?-MnO2 films grown on Si substrates

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    Cui, Jian; Ji, Ting; Nie, Tianxiao; Lv, Yi; Yang, Sheng; Yang, Xinju; Jiang, Zuimin; Zou, Jin

    2014-09-01

    A memory effect is reported for Er-stabilized ?-MnO2 films made of highly orientation-aligned textured nanocrystals. The films are composed of nanocrystals with a size of about 20 nm. The crystalline direction along the growth direction is almost along ?-MnO2 < 100> , but the one in the plane is disordered. Er doping can effectively enhance the thermal stability of ?-MnO2 up to 850 {}^\\circ C, which is essential for its future application in industry. A memory effect has been observed for both as-grown and annealed samples. The mechanism of the memory effect was found by analysis to be charge trapping by carrier injection, from either the bottom or the top electrode. For the annealed sample, a low leakage current was achieved, which is about 5 orders of magnitude smaller than that of the as-grown sample. The results show that ?-MnO2 is a promising candidate material for nonvolatile memory applications.

  7. Facile synthesis of ?-MnO2 one-dimensional (1D) nanostructure and energy storage ability studies

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    Yousefi, Taher; Golikand, Ahmad Nozad; Hossein Mashhadizadeh, Mohammad; Aghazadeh, Mustafa

    2012-06-01

    The dense manganese oxide nanorods with an extremely narrow distribution are synthesized at a low temperature using first cathodic electrodeposition subsequently heat treatment. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images show that the nanorods have bar shapes, and their average diameter is less than 50 nm. The Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) study, the selected area electron diffraction (SAED) pattern in TEM images and the X-ray diffraction (XRD) result show that the nanorods are ?-MnO2 single crystal. The results of N2 adsorption-desorption analysis indicate that the BET surface area of the ?-MnO2 nanorods is 93 m2 g-1. By recording the potential-time curve during the electrodeposition process, it is revealed that water reduction reaction has a major role in the electrogeneration of base at the cathode surface under the applied electrochemical conditions. Finally, based on the H2 bubbling on the cathode surface, the mechanism of the formation and the growth of ?-MnO2 nanorods are proposed and discussed. For the electrochemical supercapacitor application, electrochemically prepared ?-MnO2 is found to be stable for a large number of cycles with high specific capacitance, 338 F g-1 at a scan rate of 10 mV s-1. Finally, the charge-discharge mechanism is discussed.

  8. ?-MnO2 nanowires as building blocks for the construction of 3D macro-assemblies.

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    Long, Yong; Hui, Jun-feng; Wang, Peng-peng; Hu, Shi; Xu, Biao; Xiang, Guo-lei; Zhuang, Jing; Lü, Xing-qiang; Wang, Xun

    2012-06-14

    A 3D macro-assembly with ?-MnO(2) nanowires as flexible building blocks was obtained by a simple hydrothermal method. The sample with an interconnected open porous structure shows excellent mechanical strength, selective adsorption of cationic dyes and some certain types of toxic heavy metal ions. PMID:22552214

  9. Control of MnO2 nanocrystal shape from tremella to nanobelt for ehancement of the oxygen reduction reaction activity

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    Ma, Yuanyuan; Wang, Rongfang; Wang, Hui; Key, Julian; Ji, Shan

    2015-04-01

    Tremella-like ?-MnO2 (T-MnO2), mixed tremella and short belt-like ?-MnO2 (M-MnO2), and long belt-like ?-MnO2 (B-MnO2) are prepared hydrothermally by varying the reaction ratios of KMnO4 to MnSO4. Of the three morphologies, B-MnO2 produces the highest oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity in alkaline media. Interestingly, the highest ORR activity do not correlate with the highest BET total surface area of M-MnO2, but rather with the lowest surface area of B-MnO2. XPS analysis shows that B-MnO2 contains the highest ratio of surface Mn(III):Mn(IV), followed by M-MnO2 and T-MnO2. The results suggest a corresponding higher oxygen vacancy density would exist on the ?-MnO2 crystal form of nanobelts, which thus provides a possible mechanistic basis for their higher ORR activity.

  10. Hydrothermal-assisted synthesis of the Na7V4(P2O7)4(PO4)/C nanorod and its fast sodium intercalation chemistry in aqueous rechargeable sodium batteries

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    Deng, Chao; Zhang, Sen; Wu, Yongxin

    2014-12-01

    Both high safety and low cost give aqueous rechargeable sodium-ion batteries (ARSB) the opportunity for application in stationary energy storage, but the low operating potential of the existing cathode materials limits its energy density. Here, we introduce a hydrothermal-assisted strategy to prepare the Na7V4(P2O7)4(PO4)/C nanorod and employ it as a novel high-property cathode material for ARSB. The hierarchical structure is formed by direct in situ carbonization of the surfactants (CTAB and oxalic acid) along with the crystallization of Na7V4(P2O7)4(PO4). The prepared Na7V4(P2O7)4(PO4) with a well-defined 1D nanostructure and uniform particle size is wrapped with a thin carbon layer. For the first time, its sodium intercalation chemistry in an aqueous electrolyte was investigated. Based on the reversible phase transformation and high sodium diffusion coefficient, it is demonstrated to be reliable in an aqueous electrolyte with the rapid ion transport capability. A pair of redox plateaus is observed in the charge and discharge curves at 0.961 and 0.944 V (vs. SCE) respectively with the capacity of 51.2 mA h g-1 at 80 mA g-1. Favored by the open ion channel and 1D morphology, the composite exhibits superior high rate capability and 72% of the capacity remains at 1000 mA g-1. The results not only demonstrate a high-property cathode material for ARSB, but also are helpful for design and synthesis of mixed-polyanion electrode materials with tailored architecture.Both high safety and low cost give aqueous rechargeable sodium-ion batteries (ARSB) the opportunity for application in stationary energy storage, but the low operating potential of the existing cathode materials limits its energy density. Here, we introduce a hydrothermal-assisted strategy to prepare the Na7V4(P2O7)4(PO4)/C nanorod and employ it as a novel high-property cathode material for ARSB. The hierarchical structure is formed by direct in situ carbonization of the surfactants (CTAB and oxalic acid) along with the crystallization of Na7V4(P2O7)4(PO4). The prepared Na7V4(P2O7)4(PO4) with a well-defined 1D nanostructure and uniform particle size is wrapped with a thin carbon layer. For the first time, its sodium intercalation chemistry in an aqueous electrolyte was investigated. Based on the reversible phase transformation and high sodium diffusion coefficient, it is demonstrated to be reliable in an aqueous electrolyte with the rapid ion transport capability. A pair of redox plateaus is observed in the charge and discharge curves at 0.961 and 0.944 V (vs. SCE) respectively with the capacity of 51.2 mA h g-1 at 80 mA g-1. Favored by the open ion channel and 1D morphology, the composite exhibits superior high rate capability and 72% of the capacity remains at 1000 mA g-1. The results not only demonstrate a high-property cathode material for ARSB, but also are helpful for design and synthesis of mixed-polyanion electrode materials with tailored architecture. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr05175k

  11. Ultrasonic assisted arsenate adsorption on solvothermally synthesized calcite modified by goethite, ?-MnO2 and goethite/?-MnO2.

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    Markovski, Jasmina S; ?oki?, Veljko; Milosavljevi?, Milutin; Mitri?, Miodrag; Peri?-Gruji?, Aleksandra A; Onjia, Antonije E; Marinkovi?, Aleksandar D

    2014-03-01

    A highly porous calcium carbonate (calcite; sorbent 1) was used as a support for modification with ?-FeOOH (calcite/goethite; sorbent 2), ?-MnO2 (calcite/?-MnO2; sorbent 3) and ?-FeOOH/?-MnO2 (calcite/goethite/?-MnO2; sorbent 4) in order to obtain a cheap hybrid materials for simple and effective arsenate removal from aqueous solutions. The adsorption ability of synthesized adsorbents was studied as a function of functionalization methods, pH, contact time, temperature and ultrasonic treatment. Comparison of the adsorptive effectiveness of synthesized adsorbents for arsenate removal, under ultrasound treatment and classical stirring method, has shown better performance of the former one reaching maximum adsorption capacities of 1.73, 21.00, 10.36 and 41.94 mg g(-1), for sorbents 1-4, respectively. Visual MINTEQ equilibrium speciation modeling was used for prediction of pH and interfering ion influences on arsenate adsorption. PMID:24210695

  12. Oxidative transformation of levofloxacin by ?-MnO2: products, pathways and toxicity assessment.

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    Li, Yuan; Wei, Dongbin; Du, Yuguo

    2015-01-01

    The characteristics of the oxidative transformation of the antibiotic levofloxacin (abbreviated as LEV) by manganese oxide were investigated. Up to 91% of LEV were removed with an equivalent of 200 units (abbreviated as equiv) of manganese oxide within a 35-day treatment period. A total of ten transformation products were identified, and five of them were newly reported. A tentative transformation pathway of LEV in the manganese oxide system involving oxidation and dealkylation was proposed. In addition, the variation in the genotoxicity and antibacterial activity along with the treatment by manganese oxide were traced using a SOS/umu assay and Escherichia coli growth inhibition assay, respectively. The results indicated that the genotoxicity significantly decreased in response to treatment with manganese oxide, while the antibacterial activity was not markedly affected until 160-equiv of ?-MnO2 were added. This study suggests that the oxidative degradation of LEV by manganese oxide can play an important role in the natural attenuation of LEV in sediment or soil matrices. The transformation reaction may be further optimized for removing quinolone antibiotics from wastewater or other environmental matrices to reduce the potential risk. PMID:25036942

  13. Electronic and magnetic properties of ?-MnO2 from ab initio calculations

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    Crespo, Y.; Seriani, N.

    2013-10-01

    ?-MnO2, an active catalyst for oxygen reduction and evolution reactions, has been investigated using ab initio calculations with different exchange-correlation functionals: the generalized-gradient approximation in the version of Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof (PBE), PBE+U, and hybrid functionals. Both hybrid functionals and PBE+U (U?2.0 eV) fail to capture the antiferromagnetic (AFM) ground state found experimentally, and a ferromagnetic configuration has the lowest energy. An AFM ground state is then recovered when using PBE or PBE+U (U?1.6 eV). Interestingly, a reduction of the gap is observed at increasing values of the U parameter. We offer a qualitative explanation for the change in the calculated ground state employing the results for the electronic structure and physical arguments similar to those exposed in the Goodenough-Kanamori-Anderson rules. It is argued that the pz orbital of oxygen atoms with sp2 hybridization plays a fundamental role in the superexchange AFM interaction and in the reduction of the gap.

  14. Reliability analysis and improvement for Li \\/ MnO2 cell production line based on Fault Tree Analysis

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    Cun-xiang Zhang; Jian-jun Sun; Shu-zhong Lin

    2011-01-01

    This article describes how to apply the FTA on the reliability analysis and improvement of Li \\/ MnO2 cell production line. According to working principle of Li\\/MnO2 cell automatic production lines, it makes quantitative analysis for the reliability of production lines with FTA, then obtained the rate of system failure and the module of the largest failure rate. And then

  15. Flower-, wire-, and sheet-like MnO2-deposited diatomites: Highly efficient absorbents for the removal of Cr(VI).

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    Du, Yucheng; Wang, Liping; Wang, Jinshu; Zheng, Guangwei; Wu, Junshu; Dai, Hongxing

    2015-03-01

    Flower-, wire-, and sheet-like MnO2-deposited diatomites have been prepared using a hydrothermal method with Mn(Ac)2, KMnO4 and/or MnSO4 as Mn source and diatomite as support. Physical properties of the materials were characterized by means of numerous analytical techniques, and their behaviors in the adsorption of chromium(VI) were evaluated. It is shown that the MnO2-deposited diatomite samples with different morphologies possessed high surface areas and abundant surface hydroxyl groups (especially the wire-like MnO2/diatomite sample). The wire-like MnO2/diatomite sample showed the best performance in the removal of Cr(VI), giving the maximum Cr(VI) adsorption capacity of 101mg/g. PMID:25766015

  16. Morphology-controlled synthesis and novel microwave electromagnetic properties of hollow urchin-like chain Fe-doped MnO 2 under 10 T high magnetic field

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    Yuping, Duan; Jia, Zhang; Hui, Jing; Shunhua, Liu

    2011-05-01

    Fe-doped MnO 2 with a hollow sea urchin-like ball chain shape was first synthesized under a high magnetic field of 10 T. The formation mechanism was investigated and discussed in detail. The synthesized samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, EMPA, and vector network analysis. By doping MnO 2 with Fe, the relative complex permittivity of MnO 2 and its corresponding loss tangent clearly decreases, but its relative complex permeability and its corresponding loss tangent markedly increases. Moreover, the theoretically calculated values of reflection loss show that with increasing the Fe content, the as-prepared Fe-doped MnO 2 exhibits good microwave absorption capability.

  17. Surface modification of spinel ?-MnO2 and its lithium adsorption properties from spent lithium ion batteries

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    Li, Li; Qu, Wenjie; Liu, Fang; Zhao, Taolin; Zhang, Xiaoxiao; Chen, Renjie; Wu, Feng

    2014-10-01

    Spinel ?-MnO2 ion-sieves are promising materials because of their high selectivity toward lithium ions, and this can be applied to the recovery of lithium from spent lithium ion batteries. However, manganese dissolution loss during the delithiation of LiMn2O4 causes a decrease in adsorption capacity and poor cycling stability for these ion-sieves. To improve the lithium adsorption properties of ?-MnO2 ion-sieves, surface modification with a CeO2 coating was studied using hydrothermal-heterogeneous nucleation. The structure, morphology and composition of the synthesized materials were determined by XRD, SEM, TEM and EDS. The effect of hydrothermal synthesis conditions and the amount of CeO2 coating on the adsorption performance of ?-MnO2 were also investigated. A 0.5 wt.% CeO2-coated ion-sieve was synthesized by heating at 120 °C for 3 h and it had better adsorption properties than the bare samples. The effect of ultrasonic treatment on the lithium extraction ratio from LiMn2O4 upon acid treatment at various temperatures was studied and the results were compared with conventional mechanical stirring. We found that ultrasonic treatment at lower temperature gave almost the same maximum lithium extraction ratio and was more efficient and economic.

  18. Determination of elastic properties of a MnO2 coating by surface acoustic wave velocity dispersion analysis

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    Sermeus, J.; Sinha, R.; Vanstreels, K.; Vereecken, P. M.; Glorieux, C.

    2014-07-01

    MnO2 is a material of interest in the development of high energy-density batteries, specifically as a coating material for internal 3D structures, thus ensuring rapid energy deployment. Its electrochemical properties have been mapped extensively, but there are, to the best of the authors' knowledge, no records of the elastic properties of thin film MnO2. Impulsive stimulated thermal scattering (ISTS), also known as the heterodyne diffraction or transient grating technique, was used to determine the Young's modulus (E) and porosity (?) of a 500 nm thick MnO2 coating on a Si(001) substrate. ISTS is an all optical method that is able to excite and detect surface acoustic waves (SAWs) on opaque samples. From the measured SAW velocity dispersion, the Young's modulus and porosity were determined to be E = 25 ± 1 GPa and ? = 42 ± 1 %, respectively. These values were confirmed by independent techniques and determined by a most-squares analysis of the carefully fitted SAW velocity dispersion. This study demonstrates the ability of the presented technique to determine the elastic parameters of a thin, porous film on an anisotropic substrate.

  19. Electrophoretic deposition of TiO 2 and composite TiO 2–MnO 2 films using benzoic acid and phenolic molecules as charging additives

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    K. Wu; Y. Wang; I. Zhitomirsky

    2010-01-01

    Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) method has been developed for the fabrication of TiO2 and MnO2 films. Benzoic acid and phenolic molecules, such as 4-hydroxybenzoic acid, 3,5-dihydroxybenzoic acid, gallic acid, salicylic acid and salicylic acid sodium salt were investigated as charging additives for the EPD of TiO2 and MnO2 particles. The deposition yield has been studied as a function of the additive

  20. One-Step Synthesis of Single-Layer MnO2 Nanosheets with Multi-Role Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate for High-Performance Pseudocapacitors.

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    Liu, Zhenning; Xu, Kongliang; Sun, Hang; Yin, Shengyan

    2015-05-01

    A template-free, one-step and one-phase synthesis of single-layer MnO2 nanosheets has been developed via a redox reaction between KMnO4 and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). The successful formation of single-layer MnO2 nanosheets has been confirmed by the characteristic absorption around 374 nm and the typical thickness of ~0.95 nm. The slow redox reaction controlled by the gradual hydrolysis of SDS is found to be the key factor for the successful formation of single-layer nanosheets. SDS not only serves as the precursor of dodecanol to reduce KMnO4 , but also aids the formation of single-layer MnO2 nanosheets as a structure-inducing agent. The resultant single-layer MnO2 nanosheets possess superior specific capacitance, which can be attributed to the extended surface and high porosity of MnO2 nanosheets on the electrode. The MnO2 nanosheets also show excellent durability, retaining 91% of the starting capacitance after 10 000 charge/discharge cycles. Moreover, the symmetric pseudocapacitor based on the synthesized single-layer MnO2 nanosheets exhibits a high specific capacitance, indicating great potential for real energy storage. Therefore, it has been demonstrated for the first time that a single readily available reagent, SDS, can play multiple roles in reducing KMnO4 to conveniently yield single-layer MnO2 nanosheets as a high-performance pseudocapacitive material. PMID:25565035

  1. Birnessite-type MnO2 nanosheets with layered structures under high pressure: elimination of crystalline stacking faults and oriented laminar assembly.

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    Sun, Yugang; Wang, Lin; Liu, Yuzi; Ren, Yang

    2015-01-21

    Squeezing out crystalline stacking faults: Birnessite-type ?-phase MnO2 microflowers containing interconnected ultrathin nanosheets are synthesized through a microwave-assisted hydrothermal process and exhibit a layered crystalline structure with significant stacking faults. Compressing these MnO2 nanosheets in a diamond anvil cell with high pressure up to tens of GPa effectively eliminates the crystalline stacking faults. PMID:25179122

  2. Copper(II) removal from aqueous solutions by adsorption on non-treated and chemically modified cactus fibres.

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    Prodromou, M; Pashalidis, I

    2013-01-01

    The adsorption efficiency of a biomass by-product (cactus fibres) regarding the removal of copper(II) from aqueous solutions has been investigated before and after its chemical treatment. The chemical treatment of the biomass by-product included phosphorylation and MnO2-coating. The separation/removal efficiency has been studied as a function of pH, Cu(II) concentration, ionic strength, temperature and contact time. Evaluation of the experimental data shows that the MnO2-coated product presents the highest adsorption capacity, followed by the non-treated and phosphorylated material. Regarding the effect of ionic strength/salinity on the adsorption, in contrast to the removal efficiency of the phosphorylated product, which is significantly affected, the MnO2-coated and non-treated material don't show any effect, indicating the formation of inner-sphere surface complexes. The adsorption reaction is in all cases endothermic and relatively fast, particularly the adsorption on the MnO2-coated product. The results of the present study indicate that for the removal of bivalent metal-ions from contaminated waters the MnO2-coated material is expected to be the most effective adsorbent and an alternative to MnO2 resins for the treatment of environmentally relevant waters. PMID:24334902

  3. Graphene oxide electrocatalyst on MnO2 air cathode as an efficient electron pump for enhanced oxygen reduction in alkaline solution

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    Basirun, Wan Jeffrey; Sookhakian, Mehran; Baradaran, Saeid; Endut, Zulkarnain; Mahmoudian, Mohammad Reza; Ebadi, Mehdi; Yousefi, Ramin; Ghadimi, Hanieh; Ahmed, Sohail

    2015-01-01

    Graphene oxide (GO) was deposited on the surface of a MnO2 air cathode by thermal evaporation at 50°C from a GO colloidal suspension. Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy confirmed the presence of GO on the MnO2 air cathode (GO-MnO2). Voltammetry and chrono-amperometry showed increased currents for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in 6?M KOH solution for GO-MnO2 compared to the MnO2 cathode. The GO-MnO2 was used as an air cathode in an alkaline tin-air cell and produced a maximum power density of 13?mW cm?2, in contrast to MnO2, which produced a maximum power density of 9.2?mW cm?2. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy results suggest that the chemical step for the ORR is the rate determining step, as proposed earlier by different researchers. It is suggested that the presence of GO and electrochemically reduced graphene oxide (ERGO) on the MnO2 surface are responsible for the increased rate of this step, whereby GO and ERGO accelerate the process of electron donation to the MnO2 and to adsorbed oxygen atoms. PMID:25765731

  4. Fe-species-loaded mesoporous MnO2 superstructural requirements for enhanced catalysis.

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    Huang, Ruting; Liu, Yanyu; Chen, Zhiwen; Pan, Dengyu; Li, Zhen; Wu, Minghong; Shek, Chan-Hung; Wu, C M Lawrence; Lai, Joseph K L

    2015-02-25

    In this work, a novel catalyst, Fe-species-loaded mesoporous manganese dioxide (Fe/M-MnO2) urchinlike superstructures, has been fabricated successfully in a two-step technique. First, mesoporous manganese dioxide (M-MnO2) urchinlike superstructures have been synthesized by a facile method on a soft interface between CH2Cl2 and H2O without templates. Then the M-MnO2-immobilized iron oxide catalyst was obtained through wetness impregnation and calcination. Microstructural analysis indicated that the M-MnO2 was composed of urchinlike hollow submicrospheres assembled by nanorod building blocks with rich mesoporosity. The Fe/M-MnO2 retained the hollow submicrospheres, which were covered by hybridized composites with broken and shortened MnO2 nanorods. Energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis was used to determine the availability of Fe loading processes and the homogeneity of Fe in Fe/M-MnO2. Catalytic performances of the M-MnO2 and Fe/M-MnO2 were evaluated in catalytic wet hydrogen peroxide oxidation of methylene blue (MB), a typical organic pollutant in dyeing wastewater. The catalytic degradation displayed highly efficient discoloration of MB when using the Fe/M-MnO2 catalyst, e.g., ca. 94.8% of MB was decomposed when the reaction was conducted for 120 min. The remarkable stability of this Fe/M-MnO2 catalyst in the reaction medium was confirmed by an iron leaching test and reuse experiments. Mechanism analysis revealed that the hydroxyl free radical was responsible for the removal of MB and catalyzed by M-MnO2 and Fe/M-MnO2. MB was transformed into small organic compounds and then further degraded into CO2 and H2O. The new insights obtained in this study will be beneficial for the practical applications of heterogeneous catalysts in wastewater treatments. PMID:25626157

  5. Determination of 228Ra, 226Ra and 224Ra in natural water via adsorption on MnO2-coated discs.

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    Eikenberg, J; Tricca, A; Vezzu, G; Bajo, S; Ruethi, M; Surbeck, H

    2001-01-01

    A fast procedure based on sorption of Ra on MnO2 coated polyamide discs is presented for determination of radium isotopes (i.e. 228Ra, 226Ra, 224Ra) in aqueous samples. The sample discs can be used directly for low-level alpha-spectrometry without the need for further separation and preparation methods to produce planar sample sources. While the activity of alpha-emitting 224Ra and 226Ra can be determined during a first measurement, beta-emitting 228Ra is obtained via ingrowth of the progeny 228Th on the same sample disc after a standing time of about six months. Calculations are presented for optimizing the analytical accuracy as well as for predicting the sorption yield or chemical recovery of radium on the sample disc as a function of exposure time because the sorption uptake proceeds with first-order kinetics. The analyses can be carried out on small samples of 0.5-11 and, for long counting times of one week and use of high-purity silicon surface barrier detectors, a detection limit of 0.15 mBq l-1 is obtained for 226Ra. Since the half-life of 224Ra is only 3.7 d and since 228Th (as a measure for 228Ra) is built up only partially on the sample disc, a slightly higher detection limit of 0.24 mBq l-1 results for the latter isotopes. The procedure is therefore sufficiently sensitive to allow the investigation of Ra isotope relationships in aquifers at typical environmental levels. PMID:11379067

  6. Co-electrodeposition of RuO2-MnO2 nanowires and the contribution of RuO2 to the capacitance increase.

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    Gui, Zhe; Gillette, Eleanor; Duay, Jonathon; Hu, Junkai; Kim, Nam; Lee, Sang Bok

    2015-06-01

    A wide range of metal oxides have been studied as pseudocapitors, with the goal of achieving higher power than traditional batteries and higher energy than traditional capacitors. However, most metal oxides have relatively low conductivity, and the few exceptions, like RuO2, are prohibitively expensive. Mixed metal oxides provided an opportunity to incorporate small amounts of expensive materials to enhance the performance of a less expensive, poorer performing material. Here, by homogeneously co-depositing a small amount of energy dense and conductive RuO2 into MnO2 nanowires, we demonstrate an improvement in specific capacitance. Importantly, we also demonstrate that this improvement is not primarily provided by redox activity of RuO2, but rather by improvement of the composite conductivity. A series of RuO2-MnO2 composite nanowires with different RuO2 loading percentages have been synthesized by performing co-electrodeposition in a porous alumina template. The structure of these RuO2-MnO2 nanowires is characterized by TEM and SEM. EDS mapping shows that RuO2 is well distributed in MnO2 matrix nanowires. The chemical constituents and the phase of these composite nanowires are confirmed by X-ray photoelectron and Raman spectroscopy. The amount of RuO2 is controlled by varying the concentrations of RuCl3 and MnAc2 in the deposition solution. The precise masses of MnO2 and RuO2 are determined by ICP-AES elemental analysis. MnO2 nanowires with 6.70 wt% RuO2 demonstrate a specific capacitance of 302 F g(-1) at 20 mV s(-1), compared to 210 F g(-1) for pristine MnO2 nanowires. Investigation of the RuO2 loading amount effect was conducted by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and deconvolution of capacitances, using methods previously reported by both Dunn and Transsiti. The RuO2-MnO2 nanowires studied here demonstrate a simple, straighforward method to overcome the intrinsically poor conductivity of MnO2, and clarify the source of RuO2's contribution to the improved performance. PMID:25990197

  7. Structure-property relationship of bifunctional MnO2 nanostructures: highly efficient, ultra-stable electrochemical water oxidation and oxygen reduction reaction catalysts identified in alkaline media.

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    Meng, Yongtao; Song, Wenqiao; Huang, Hui; Ren, Zheng; Chen, Sheng-Yu; Suib, Steven L

    2014-08-13

    Manganese oxides of various structures (?-, ?-, and ?-MnO2 and amorphous) were synthesized by facile methods. The electrocatalytic properties of these materials were systematically investigated for catalyzing both oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in alkaline media. Extensive characterization was correlated with the activity study by investigating the crystal structures (XRD, HRTEM), morphologies (SEM), porosities (BET), surfaces (XPS, O2-TPD/MS), and electrochemical properties (Tafel analysis, Koutechy-Levich plots, and constant-current electrolysis). These combined results show that the electrocatalytic activities are strongly dependent on the crystallographic structures, and follow an order of ?-MnO2 > AMO > ?-MnO2 > ?-MnO2. Both OER studies and ORR studies reveal similar structure-determined activity trends in alkaline media. In the OER studies, ?-MnO2 displays an overpotential of 490 mV compared to 380 mV shown by an Ir/C catalyst in reaching 10 mA cm(-2). Meanwhile, ?-MnO2 also exhibits stability for 3 h when supplying a constant current density of 5 mA cm(-2). This was further improved by adding Ni(2+) dopants (ca. 8 h). The superior OER activity was attributed to several factors, including abundant di-?-oxo bridges existing in ?-MnO2 as the protonation sites, analogous to the OEC in PS-II of the natural water oxidation system; the mixed valencies (AOS = 3.7); and the lowest charge transfer resistances (91.8 ?, ? = 430 mV) as revealed from in situ electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). In the ORR studies, when reaching 3 mA cm(-2), ?-MnO2 shows 760 mV close to 860 mV for the best ORR catalyst (20% Pt/C). The outstanding ORR activity was due to the strongest O2 adsorption capability of ?-MnO2 suggested by temperature-programmed desorption. As a result, this discovery of the structure-related electrocatalytic activities could provide guidance in the further development of easily prepared, scalable, and low-cost catalysts based on metal oxides and their derivatives. PMID:25058174

  8. 3D hierarchical assembly of ultrathin MnO2 nanoflakes on silicon nanowires for high performance micro-supercapacitors in Li- doped ionic liquid.

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    Dubal, Deepak P; Aradilla, David; Bidan, Gérard; Gentile, Pascal; Schubert, Thomas J S; Wimberg, Jan; Sadki, Saïd; Gomez-Romero, Pedro

    2015-01-01

    Building of hierarchical core-shell hetero-structures is currently the subject of intensive research in the electrochemical field owing to its potential for making improved electrodes for high-performance micro-supercapacitors. Here we report a novel architecture design of hierarchical MnO2@silicon nanowires (MnO2@SiNWs) hetero-structures directly supported onto silicon wafer coupled with Li-ion doped 1-Methyl-1-propylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluromethylsulfonyl)imide (PMPyrrBTA) ionic liquids as electrolyte for micro-supercapacitors. A unique 3D mesoporous MnO2@SiNWs in Li-ion doped IL electrolyte can be cycled reversibly across a voltage of 2.2?V and exhibits a high areal capacitance of 13?mFcm(-2). The high conductivity of the SiNWs arrays combined with the large surface area of ultrathin MnO2 nanoflakes are responsible for the remarkable performance of these MnO2@SiNWs hetero-structures which exhibit high energy density and excellent cycling stability. This combination of hybrid electrode and hybrid electrolyte opens up a novel avenue to design electrode materials for high-performance micro-supercapacitors. PMID:25985388

  9. Self-Assembly of Mesoporous Nanotubes Assembled from Interwoven Ultrathin Birnessite-type MnO2 Nanosheets for Asymmetric Supercapacitors

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    Huang, Ming; Zhang, Yuxin; Li, Fei; Zhang, Lili; Ruoff, Rodney S.; Wen, Zhiyu; Liu, Qing

    2014-01-01

    Porous nanotubes comprised of MnO2 nanosheets were fabricated with a one-pot hydrothermal method using polycarbonate membrane as the template. The diameter and thickness of nanotubes can be controlled by choice of the membrane pore size and the chemistry. The porous MnO2 nanotubes were used as a supercapacitor electrode. The specific capacitance in a three-electrode system was 365 F g-1 at a current density of 0.25 A g-1 with capacitance retention of 90.4% after 3000 cycles. An asymmetric supercapacitor with porous MnO2 nanotubes as the positive electrode and activated graphene as the negative electrode yielded an energy density of 22.5 Wh kg-1 and a maximum power density of 146.2 kW kg-1 these values exceeded those reported for other MnO2 nanostructures. The supercapacitor performance was correlated with the hierarchical structure of the porous MnO2 nanotubes.

  10. In situ controlled sputtering deposition of gold nanoparticles on MnO2 nanorods as surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrates for molecular detection.

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    Jiang, Tao; Zhang, Li; Jin, Han; Wang, Xiaolong; Zhou, Jun

    2015-04-28

    Single-crystal tetragonal ?-MnO2 nanorods with different amounts of gold nanoparticles (NPs) attached were successfully prepared by a facile sputtering deposition technique. Initially, the morphology and crystal structure of the bare ?-MnO2 nanorods synthesized via a hydrothermal approach were investigated. Then, the amount of gold NPs at different sputtering times was analyzed. It was confirmed that the amount of the decorated gold NPs increased with the lengthening of the sputtering time until they completely covered the ?-MnO2 nanorods. Theoretical calculation results indicated the advantages of the composite structure by showing the enhanced electromagnetic fields around both the bare ?-MnO2 nanorods and the gold NP decorated ones. The surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) efficiency of these nanocomposites was evaluated using methylene blue and 4-mercaptobenzoic acid as Raman probe molecules. It was found that the SERS intensity of the substrates strongly depended on the degree of aggregation of the gold NPs. Uniform SERS signals across the entire surface of these samples were obtained. Moreover, a typical chemical toxin, methyl parathion, was effectively detected over a broad concentration range from 1 × 10(-3) to 100 ppm using the gold NP decorated ?-MnO2 nanorods, suggesting this hybrid structure is highly valuable for further applications on the rapid detection of organic environmental pollutants. PMID:25812162

  11. Self-Assembly of Mesoporous Nanotubes Assembled from Interwoven Ultrathin Birnessite-type MnO2 Nanosheets for Asymmetric Supercapacitors

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    Huang, Ming; Zhang, Yuxin; Li, Fei; Zhang, Lili; Ruoff, Rodney S.; Wen, Zhiyu; Liu, Qing

    2014-01-01

    Porous nanotubes comprised of MnO2 nanosheets were fabricated with a one-pot hydrothermal method using polycarbonate membrane as the template. The diameter and thickness of nanotubes can be controlled by choice of the membrane pore size and the chemistry. The porous MnO2 nanotubes were used as a supercapacitor electrode. The specific capacitance in a three-electrode system was 365?F g?1 at a current density of 0.25?A g?1 with capacitance retention of 90.4% after 3000 cycles. An asymmetric supercapacitor with porous MnO2 nanotubes as the positive electrode and activated graphene as the negative electrode yielded an energy density of 22.5?Wh kg?1 and a maximum power density of 146.2?kW kg?1; these values exceeded those reported for other MnO2 nanostructures. The supercapacitor performance was correlated with the hierarchical structure of the porous MnO2 nanotubes. PMID:24464344

  12. Effect of P2O5 and MnO2 on crystallization of magnetic glass ceramics.

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    Abdel-Hameed, Salwa A M; Marzouk, Mohamed A; Farag, Mohamed M

    2014-09-01

    This work pointed out the effect of adding P2O5 and/or MnO2 on the crystallization behavior of magnetic glass ceramic in the system Fe2O3·ZnO·CaO·SiO2·B2O3. The differential thermal analysis of the quenched samples revealed decrease in the thermal effects by adding P2O5 and/or MnO2 to the base sample. The X-ray diffraction patterns show the development of nanometric magnetite crystals in a glassy matrix. Heat treatment at 800 °C for 2 h, under reducing atmosphere, caused an increase in the amount of the crystallized magnetite with the appearance of minor hematite and Ca2SiO4. The transmission electron microscope revealed a crystallite size in the range 10-30 nm. Magnetic hysteresis cycles were analyzed with a maximum applied field of 25 kOe at room temperature. The prepared magnetic glass ceramics are expected to be useful for localized treatment of cancer. PMID:25685522

  13. Effect of P2O5 and MnO2 on crystallization of magnetic glass ceramics

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    Abdel-Hameed, Salwa A.M.; Marzouk, Mohamed A.; Farag, Mohamed M.

    2013-01-01

    This work pointed out the effect of adding P2O5 and/or MnO2 on the crystallization behavior of magnetic glass ceramic in the system Fe2O3·ZnO·CaO·SiO2·B2O3. The differential thermal analysis of the quenched samples revealed decrease in the thermal effects by adding P2O5 and/or MnO2 to the base sample. The X-ray diffraction patterns show the development of nanometric magnetite crystals in a glassy matrix. Heat treatment at 800 °C for 2 h, under reducing atmosphere, caused an increase in the amount of the crystallized magnetite with the appearance of minor hematite and Ca2SiO4. The transmission electron microscope revealed a crystallite size in the range 10–30 nm. Magnetic hysteresis cycles were analyzed with a maximum applied field of 25 kOe at room temperature. The prepared magnetic glass ceramics are expected to be useful for localized treatment of cancer. PMID:25685522

  14. Fast and stable redox reactions of MnO2/CNT hybrid electrodes for dynamically stretchable pseudocapacitors.

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    Gu, Taoli; Wei, Bingqing

    2015-07-21

    Pseudocapacitors, which are energy storage devices that take advantage of redox reactions to store electricity, have a different charge storage mechanism compared to lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) and electric double-layer capacitors (EDLCs), and they could realize further gains if they were used as stretchable power sources. The realization of dynamically stretchable pseudocapacitors and understanding of the underlying fundamentals of their mechanical-electrochemical relationship have become indispensable. We report herein the electrochemical performance of dynamically stretchable pseudocapacitors using buckled MnO2/CNT hybrid electrodes. The extremely small relaxation time constant of less than 0.15 s indicates a fast redox reaction at the MnO2/CNT hybrid electrodes, securing a stable electrochemical performance for the dynamically stretchable pseudocapacitors. This finding and the fundamental understanding gained from the pseudo-capacitive behavior coupled with mechanical deformation under a dynamic stretching mode would provide guidance to further improve their overall performance including a higher power density than LIBs, a higher energy density than EDLCs, and a long-life cycling stability. Most importantly, these results will potentially accelerate the applications of stretchable pseudocapacitors for flexible and biomedical electronics. PMID:26090617

  15. MnO2/Au hybrid nanowall film for high-performance surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrate

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    Zhou, Minghui; Liu, Xiaoli; Yu, Baozhi; Cai, Jing; Liao, Chunyan; Ni, Zhenhua; Zhang, Zhongyue; Ren, Zhaoyu; Bai, Jintao; Fan, Haiming

    2015-04-01

    Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) technology has been investigated for long time because of its tremendous potential in chemical and biomolecular detection. One of the challenging works in this field is to fabricate fantastic substrates with high sensitivity, stability, and reproducibility. This work reports a novel SERS substrate based on MnO2/Au hybrid nanowall film prepared by simple and cheap hydrothermal method combined with subsequent vacuum thermal evaporation process. Enhanced SERS enhancement factor (EF) with increased thickness of gold layer was observed and a significant increase of EF up to 8 orders of magnitude has been achieved. Finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations have been carried out to elucidate the origin of the enhancement and the distribution of the "hot spots". Experimental evidences indicate that the as-prepared substrate possesses excellent SERS sensitivity, good stability and high reproducibility. Our results provide a novel MnO2/Au hybrid nanowall film as a convenient and robust SERS-active substrate for detecting biomolecules.

  16. Single crystalline Na(0.7)MnO2 nanoplates as cathode materials for sodium-ion batteries with enhanced performance.

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    Su, Dawei; Wang, Chengyin; Ahn, Hyo-jun; Wang, Guoxiu

    2013-08-12

    Single crystalline rhombus-shaped Na(0.7)MnO2 nanoplates have been synthesized by a hydrothermal method. TEM and HRTEM analyses revealed that the Na(0.7)MnO2 single crystals predominantly exposed their (100) crystal plane, which is active for Na(+)-ion insertion and extraction. When applied as cathode materials for sodium-ion batteries, Na(0.7)MnO2 nanoplates exhibited a high reversible capacity of 163 mA h g(-1), a satisfactory cyclability, and a high rate performance. The enhanced electrochemical performance could be ascribed to the predominantly exposed active (100) facet, which could facilitate fast Na(+)-ion insertion/extraction during the discharge and charge process. PMID:23843279

  17. Appendix C: Recharge

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    Fayer, Michael J.; Keller, Jason M.

    2008-01-17

    This appendix provides estimates of recharge rates for the soil and vegetation conditions in and around the single-shell tank (SST) waste management areas (WMAs). The purpose is to combine published data with recent information to provide the most current recharge estimates. Recharge rates were estimated for areas that remain natural and undisturbed, areas where the vegetation has been disturbed, areas where both the vegetation and the soil have been disturbed, and areas that are engineered (e.g., surface barrier). Methods used include lysimetry, tracers, and simuations. This appendix summarizes the information in the recharge data package for the SST Waste Management Areas), which builds upon previous reports on the Hanford vadose zone data and Integrated Disposal Facility recharge with information available after those reports were published, including field measurements and simulations using weather data through 2006.

  18. Synthesis of nanostructured MnO2, SnO2, and Co3O4: graphene composites with enhanced microwave absorption properties

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    Wang, Xiaoxia; Yu, Jianhua; Dong, Hongzhou; Yu, Mingxun; Zhang, Baoqin; Wang, Wen; Dong, Lifeng

    2015-06-01

    In this work, metal oxide (MnO2, SnO2 and Co3O4)-graphene composite materials were successfully prepared via different synthesis methods. Uniform metal oxide nanoparticles were well dispersed on graphene sheets, and transmission electron microscopy characterizations showed that the average sizes of MnO2, SnO2, and Co3O4 particles were about 60, 5, and 10 nm, respectively. Reflection losses of graphene composites and pure graphene were systematically evaluated between 2 and 18 GHz, which revealed that all composites exhibited enhanced microwave absorption properties compared to pure graphene. The minimum reflection losses of MnO2-graphene, SnO2-graphene, and Co3O4-graphene composites with a thickness of 2.0 mm were -20.9, -15.28, and -7.3 dB at the frequency of 14.8, 15.94, and 9.6 GHz, respectively, whereas -4.5 dB for pure graphene. The enhanced absorption ability probably originated from the combined advantage of metal oxide particles and graphene, which proved beneficial to improve the impedance matching of permittivity and permeability. Besides, the intrinsic characteristics of MnO2, SnO2, and Co3O4 nanoparticles, the interface between nanostructured metal oxides and graphene sheets, and the multi-dielectric relaxation processes are all influence factors to improve the properties of microwave absorption.

  19. Effect of synthesis duration on the morphological and structural modification of the sea-urchin nanostructured -MnO2 and study of its

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    Boyer, Edmond

    Effect of synthesis duration on the morphological and structural modification of the sea-urchin Abstract Single crystalline nanorods and sea-urchin like morphology of the -MnO2 nanostructures were at different synthesizing temperature and different oxidizing agents. The products were presented as the sea-urchin

  20. The cascade synthesis of quinazolinones and quinazolines using an ?-MnO2 catalyst and tert-butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP) as an oxidant.

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    Zhang, Zhe; Wang, Min; Zhang, Chaofeng; Zhang, Zhixin; Lu, Jianmin; Wang, Feng

    2015-05-19

    Heterogeneously catalyzed synthesis of quinazolinones or quinazolines is reported in this study. An ?-MnO2 catalyst is found to be highly active and selective in the oxidative cyclization of anthranilamides or aminobenzylamines with alcohols using TBHP as an oxidant. This protocol exhibits a broad substrate scope, and is operationally simple without an additive. PMID:25953140

  1. Electrochemical investigation of the role of MnO2 nanorod catalysts in water containing and anhydrous electrolytes for Li-O2 battery applications.

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    Geaney, Hugh; O'Dwyer, Colm

    2015-03-14

    The electrochemical behaviour of MnO2 nanorod and Super P carbon based Li-O2 battery cathodes in water-containing sulfolane and anhydrous DMSO electrolytes are shown to be linked to specific discharge product formation. During discharge, large layered spherical agglomerates of LiOH were characteristically formed on the MnO2 cathodes while smaller, toroidal, spherical Li2O2 particles and films were formed on the Super P cathodes. In an anhydrous DMSO based electrolyte the LiOH structures were also found on cathodes discharged in the anhydrous electrolyte, suggesting that MnO2 initiates electrochemical decomposition of the DMSO electrolyte to form LiOH via H2O reactions with Li2O2. The LiOH crystals are uniquely formed on MnO2, and segregated to this phase even in mixed oxide-carbon cathodes. In contrast, no Li2O2 toroids were noted on Super P cathodes discharged in the DMSO based electrolytes. Instead, the morphology varied from smaller sheets (at high discharge current) to much larger agglomerates (at low discharge currents). In mixed carbon-MnO2 nanorod cathodes, the use of PVDF initiates H2O formation that affects discharge products and an overall mechanism governing phase formation at MnO2 in sulfolane and anhydrous DMSO with and without PVDF binder is presented. This work highlights the importance of careful consideration of electrolyte-cathode material-discharge product interactions in the search for more stable Li-O2 systems. PMID:25640321

  2. Artificial recharge of groundwater

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    The Task Committee on Guidelines for Artificial Recharge of Groundwater, of the American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE) Irrigation and Drainage Division, sponsored an International Symposium on Artificial Recharge of Groundwater at the Inn-at-the-Park Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., August 23-27, 1988. Cosponsors were the U.S. Geological Survey, California Department of Water Resources, University of California Water Resources Center, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, with cooperation from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, International Association of Hydrological Sciences, American Water Resources Association, U.S. Agency for International Development, World Bank, United Nations Department of Technical Cooperation for Development, and a number of local and state organizations.Because of the worldwide interest in artificial recharge and the need to develop efficient recharge facilities, the Anaheim symposium brought together an interdisciplinary group of engineers and scientists to provide a forum for many professional disciplines to exchange experiences and findings related to various types of artificial recharge; learn from both successful and unsuccessful case histories; promote technology transfer between the various disciplines; provide an education resource for communication with those who are not water scientists, such as planners, lawyers, regulators, and the public in general; and indicate directions by which cities or other entities can save funds by having reasonable technical guidelines for implementation of a recharge project.

  3. Aqueous manganese dioxide ink for paper-based capacitive energy storage devices.

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    Qian, Jiasheng; Jin, Huanyu; Chen, Bolei; Lin, Mei; Lu, Wei; Tang, Wing Man; Xiong, Wei; Chan, Lai Wa Helen; Lau, Shu Ping; Yuan, Jikang

    2015-06-01

    We report a simple approach based on a chemical reduction method to synthesize aqueous inorganic ink comprised of hexagonal MnO2 nanosheets. The MnO2 ink exhibits long-term stability and continuous thin films can be formed on various substrates without using any binder. To obtain a flexible electrode for capacitive energy storage, the MnO2 ink was printed onto commercially available A4 paper pretreated with multiwalled carbon nanotubes. The electrode exhibited a maximum specific capacitance of 1035?F?g(-1) (91.7?mF?cm(-2) ). Paper-based symmetric and asymmetric capacitors were assembled, which gave a maximum specific energy density of 25.3?Wh?kg(-1) and a power density of 81?kW?kg(-1) . The device could maintain a 98.9?% capacitance retention over 10?000 cycles at 4?A?g(-1) . The MnO2 ink could be a versatile candidate for large-scale production of flexible and printable electronic devices for energy storage and conversion. PMID:25891235

  4. The effect of Na0.44MnO2 formation in Na+-modified spinel LiMn2O4

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    Xiong, Lilong; Xu, Youlong; Wu, Weiguo; Lei, Pei; Tao, Tao; Dong, Xin

    2014-07-01

    Na0.44MnO2 impure phase is formed during the synthetic process of Na+-modified spinel LiMn2O4 by solid state reaction which is confirmed by x-ray diffraction analysis. Scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and galvanostatic charge-discharge measurements are carried out to investigate the effect of the formation of Na0.44MnO2 impurity on the morphology and electrochemical properties of the spinel material. The results show that the spinel material with impure phase exhibits improved cyclability compared to that of the pristine LiMn2O4. The improved electrochemical performance is mainly ascribed to the improved crystallinity of the spinel particles, enhanced stability of the spinel structure and good electronic conductivity of the composite.

  5. Au-nanocrystals-decorated ?-MnO2 as an efficient catalytic cathode for high-performance Li-O2 batteries

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    Liu, Shuangyu; Wang, Guoqing; Tu, Fangfang; Xie, Jian; Yang, Hui Ying; Zhang, Shichao; Zhu, Tiejun; Cao, Gaoshao; Zhao, Xinbing

    2015-05-01

    A Li-O2 battery works based on the reversible formation and decomposition of Li2O2, which is insulating and highly reactive. Designing a catalytic cathode capable of controlling Li2O2 growth recently became a challenge to overcome this barrier. In this work, we present a new design of catalytic cathode by growing porous Au/?-MnO2 electrocatalyst directly on a conductive substrate. We found that Au/?-MnO2 can catalyze the directed growth of Li2O2 into a thin/small form, only inside porous ?-MnO2, and along the surface of ?-MnO2 sheets. We proposed the catalytic mechanism of Au/?-MnO2, where Au plays a critical role in catalyzing the nucleation, crystallization and conformal growth of Li2O2 on ?-MnO2 sheets. Li-O2 batteries with an Au/?-MnO2 catalytic cathode showed excellent electrochemical performance due to this favorable Li2O2 growth habit. The battery yielded a high capacity of 10 600 mA h g-1 with a low polarization of 0.91 V at 100 mA g-1. Superior cycling stability could be achieved in both capacity-limited (500 mA h g-1, 165 times at 400 mA g-1) and unlimited (ca. 3000 mA h g-1, 50 cycles at 800 mA g-1) modes.A Li-O2 battery works based on the reversible formation and decomposition of Li2O2, which is insulating and highly reactive. Designing a catalytic cathode capable of controlling Li2O2 growth recently became a challenge to overcome this barrier. In this work, we present a new design of catalytic cathode by growing porous Au/?-MnO2 electrocatalyst directly on a conductive substrate. We found that Au/?-MnO2 can catalyze the directed growth of Li2O2 into a thin/small form, only inside porous ?-MnO2, and along the surface of ?-MnO2 sheets. We proposed the catalytic mechanism of Au/?-MnO2, where Au plays a critical role in catalyzing the nucleation, crystallization and conformal growth of Li2O2 on ?-MnO2 sheets. Li-O2 batteries with an Au/?-MnO2 catalytic cathode showed excellent electrochemical performance due to this favorable Li2O2 growth habit. The battery yielded a high capacity of 10 600 mA h g-1 with a low polarization of 0.91 V at 100 mA g-1. Superior cycling stability could be achieved in both capacity-limited (500 mA h g-1, 165 times at 400 mA g-1) and unlimited (ca. 3000 mA h g-1, 50 cycles at 800 mA g-1) modes. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: XPS of Au/?-MnO2, XRD of ?-MnO2, nitrogen adsorption/desorption of Au/?-MnO2 on graphene-coated Ni foam, cycling stability of Li-O2 battery with ?-MnO2 catalyst, EIS of Li-O2 battery with Au/?-MnO2 catalyst, and summary of electrochemical performance of Li-O2 batteries with Mn-based or Au catalysts. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr01344e

  6. ?-MnO2 nanowire catalysts with ultra-high capacity and extremely low overpotential in lithium-air batteries through tailored surface arrangement.

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    Song, Kyeongse; Jung, Jaepyeong; Heo, Yoon-Uk; Lee, Yoon Cheol; Cho, Kyeongjae; Kang, Yong-Mook

    2013-12-14

    We here report on very high capacity (11,000 mA h g(-1)), superb rate capability (4500 mA h g(-1) at 5000 mA g(-1)) and high reversibility of Li-air batteries using ?-MnO2 NW catalysts mainly associated with their relatively large amount of Mn(3+) exposed on the NW surface and a unique mechanism for deposition of discharge products. Our findings of the unprecedentedly fast Li ion transport and reversible formation-decomposition of discharge products attributed to the modified surface arrangement of ?-MnO2 NWs suggest a strategy for achieving high-power Li-air batteries in combination with nano-architecture tailoring. PMID:24154608

  7. Facile controlled synthesis and growth mechanisms of flower-like and tubular MnO2 nanostructures by microwave-assisted hydrothermal method.

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    Li, Yongliang; Wang, Jiajun; Zhang, Yong; Banis, Mohammad Norouzi; Liu, Jian; Geng, Dongsheng; Li, Ruying; Sun, Xueliang

    2012-03-01

    Birnessite flower-like and ?-type tubular MnO(2) nanostructures were selectively synthesized through simple decomposition of KMnO(4) under hydrochloric acid condition by controlling reaction temperature using a microwave-assisted hydrothermal method. The as-prepared samples were characterized in detail by various techniques including X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy, and Raman scattering spectroscopy. While the growth of flower-like birnessite-MnO(2) might follow a widely accepted Ostwald ripening process, we proposed a formation mechanism of the nanotubular ?-MnO(2) based on our evidence, which was assembly of nanorods through an "oriented attachment" process. PMID:22221341

  8. Stretchable Wire-Shaped Asymmetric Supercapacitors Based on Pristine and MnO2 Coated Carbon Nanotube Fibers.

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    Xu, Ping; Wei, Bingqing; Cao, Zeyuan; Zheng, Jie; Gong, Ke; Li, Faxue; Yu, Jianyong; Li, Qingwen; Lu, Weibang; Byun, Joon-Hyung; Kim, Byung-Sun; Yan, Yushan; Chou, Tsu-Wei

    2015-06-23

    While the emerging wire-shaped supercapacitors (WSS) have been demonstrated as promising energy storage devices to be implemented in smart textiles, challenges in achieving the combination of both high mechanical stretchability and excellent electrochemical performance still exist. Here, an asymmetric configuration is applied to the WSS, extending the potential window from 0.8 to 1.5 V, achieving tripled energy density and doubled power density compared to its asymmetric counterpart while accomplishing stretchability of up to 100% through the prestrainning-then-buckling approach. The stretchable asymmetric WSS constituted of MnO2/CNT hybrid fiber positive electrode, aerogel CNT fiber negative electrode and KOH-PVA electrolyte possesses a high specific capacitance of around 157.53 ?F cm(-1) at 50 mV s(-1) and a high energy density varying from 17.26 to 46.59 nWh cm(-1) with the corresponding power density changing from 7.63 to 61.55 ?W cm(-1). Remarkably, a cyclic tensile strain of up to 100% exerts negligible effects on the electrochemical performance of the stretchable asymmetric WSS. Moreover, after 10?000 galvanostatic charge-discharge cycles, the specific capacitance retains over 99%, demonstrating a long cyclic stability. PMID:25961131

  9. Intelligent MnO2 Nanosheets Anchored with Upconversion Nanoprobes for Concurrent pH-/H2 O2 -Responsive UCL Imaging and Oxygen-Elevated Synergetic Therapy.

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    Fan, Wenpei; Bu, Wenbo; Shen, Bo; He, Qianjun; Cui, Zhaowen; Liu, Yanyan; Zheng, Xiangpeng; Zhao, Kuaile; Shi, Jianlin

    2015-07-01

    Intelligent 2D theranostic nanomaterials are successfully designed based on pH-/H2 O2 -responsive MnO2 nanosheets anchored with upconversion nanoprobes. They react with acidic H2 O2 to generate sufficient oxygen for enhancing the synergetic radio/photodynamic therapy efficacy upon NIR light/X-ray irradiation and recover/enhance the upconversion luminescence for monitoring the therapeutic process. PMID:26058562

  10. Extent of the participation of lattice oxygen from ?-MnO 2 in VOCs total oxidation: Influence of the VOCs nature

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    Caroline Cellier; Valérie Ruaux; Christophe Lahousse; Paul Grange; Eric M. Gaigneaux

    2006-01-01

    Investigation of the total oxidation of n-hexane and trimethylamine as well as extensive characterizations of the catalyst after tests have been coupled to identify the mechanism of oxidation involved over a very active ?-MnO2 catalyst. This work shows that the extent of the catalyst reduction, which is a consequence of the Mars and van Krevelen redox mechanism, depends on the

  11. Na0.44MnO2 with very fast sodium diffusion and stable cycling synthesized via polyvinylpyrrolidone-combustion method

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    Dai, Kehua; Mao, Jing; Song, Xiangyun; Battaglia, Vince; Liu, Gao

    2015-07-01

    Na0.44MnO2 is a very promising cathode material in sodium-ion batteries for large-scale application. Na0.44MnO2 with very fast sodium diffusion and stable cycling is prepared by polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)-combustion method. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy are conducted to explore the morphology and structure. Electrochemical performance of the samples is examined in coin cells with sodium foil anode and nonaqueous electrolyte. The Na0.44MnO2 sample synthesized at 900 °C (NMO-900) discharges the highest capacity of 122.9 mAh g-1 at C/5. A fast-rate-test technique developed by Newman et al. is adopted for quick determination of the rate capability. All the samples exhibit good rate capability while the NMO-900 shows the best. Normal rate test result supports the reliability of the fast rate test. Even at 20C charge and discharge rate, the NMO-900 delivers 99 mAh g-1 capacity. The chemical diffusion coefficient of sodium is measured to be around 3 × 10-12 cm2 s-1 by potential intermittent titration technique (PITT). The cycling stability is also very good. The capacity retention after 100 cycles at 1C is 87.9% and the capacity still remains 82.9% even after 700 cycles at 10C. During cycling the coulombic efficiency keeps near 99.8%.

  12. Multifunctional MnO2 nanosheet-modified Fe3O4@SiO2/NaYF4:Yb, Er nanocomposites as novel drug carriers.

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    Zhao, Peng; Zhu, Yihua; Yang, Xiaoling; Shen, Jianhua; Jiang, Xin; Zong, Jie; Li, Chunzhong

    2014-01-14

    We report on a novel drug carrier which is based on the combination of magnetic and upconversion (UC) emission of Fe3O4@SiO2/NaYF4:Yb, Er (MSU) hybrids modified with MnO2 nanosheets (MSU/MnO2). The MSU hybrids were fabricated by covalently linking amino-modified Fe3O4@SiO2 particles with carboxyl-functionalized NaYF4:Yb, Er particles. The Fe3O4 core and the NaYF4:Yb, Er shell functioned successfully for magnetic targeting and fluorescence imaging, respectively. MnO2 nanosheets served as drug carriers and UC luminescence quenchers. The drug can be released by introducing glutathione (GSH) which reduces MnO2 to Mn(2+), and at the same time, UC luminescence can be turned on. These results clearly show that these MSU/MnO2 nanocomposites are promising platforms which can be applied to construct a smart drug delivery system with magnetic targeting and GSH-stimulation, as well as tracking by UC luminescence. PMID:24065169

  13. Rechargeable Magnesium Power Cells

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    Koch, Victor R.; Nanjundiah, Chenniah; Orsini, Michael

    1995-01-01

    Rechargeable power cells based on magnesium anodes developed as safer alternatives to high-energy-density cells like those based on lithium and sodium anodes. At cost of some reduction in energy density, magnesium-based cells safer because less susceptible to catastrophic meltdown followed by flames and venting of toxic fumes. Other advantages include ease of handling, machining, and disposal, and relatively low cost.

  14. REMOTELY RECHARGEABLE EPD

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    Vrettos, N; Athneal Marzolf, A; Scott Bowser, S

    2007-11-13

    Radiation measurements inside the Contact Decon Maintenance Cell (CDMC) in the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF) at the Savannah River Site (SRS) are required to determine stay times for personnel. A system to remotely recharge the transmitter of an Electronic Personnel Dosimeter (EPD) and bail assembly to transport the EPD within the CDMC was developed by the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) to address this need.

  15. Water Table Fluctuations Induced by Intermittent Recharge

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    Marinus Maasland

    1959-01-01

    The problem of water table fluctuations in response to repeated recharges is considered. The effect on the water table of intermittent constant recharge (recharge applied intermittently at a constant rate) and of intermittent instantaneous recharge (recharge applied instantaneoulsy at regular intervals) is analyzed in detail. The final results are shown to consist of a combination of periodic and transient components;

  16. Evaluation of PAN-based manganese dioxide composite for the sorptive removal of cesium-137 from aqueous solutions

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    A. Nilchi; R. Saberi; S. Rasouli Garmarodi; A. Bagheri

    Hydrous manganese dioxide–polyacrylonitrile (MnO2–PAN) was chemically synthesized and evaluated, as an organic–inorganic composite material, for the removal of radio-contaminant cesium-137 from aqueous solutions. The physico-chemical characterization was carried out by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), CHN elemental analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), nitrogen adsorption–desorption studies and thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry (TGA-DSC). Batch experiments were carried out as

  17. Low-cost high-performance solid-state asymmetric supercapacitors based on MnO2 nanowires and Fe2O3 nanotubes.

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    Yang, Peihua; Ding, Yong; Lin, Ziyin; Chen, Zhongwei; Li, Yuzhi; Qiang, Pengfei; Ebrahimi, Masood; Mai, Wenjie; Wong, Ching Ping; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2014-02-12

    A low-cost high-performance solid-state flexible asymmetric supercapacitor (ASC) with ?-MnO2 nanowires and amorphous Fe2O3 nanotubes grown on flexible carbon fabric is first designed and fabricated. The assembled novel flexible ASC device with an extended operating voltage window of 1.6 V exhibits excellent performance such as a high energy density of 0.55 mWh/cm(3) and good rate capability. The ASC devices can find numerous applications as effective power sources, such as powering color-switchable sun glasses and smart windows. PMID:24382331

  18. Evolution of strategies for modern rechargeable batteries.

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    Goodenough, John B

    2013-05-21

    This Account provides perspective on the evolution of the rechargeable battery and summarizes innovations in the development of these devices. Initially, I describe the components of a conventional rechargeable battery along with the engineering parameters that define the figures of merit for a single cell. In 1967, researchers discovered fast Na(+) conduction at 300 K in Na ?,?''-alumina. Since then battery technology has evolved from a strongly acidic or alkaline aqueous electrolyte with protons as the working ion to an organic liquid-carbonate electrolyte with Li(+) as the working ion in a Li-ion battery. The invention of the sodium-sulfur and Zebra batteries stimulated consideration of framework structures as crystalline hosts for mobile guest alkali ions, and the jump in oil prices in the early 1970s prompted researchers to consider alternative room-temperature batteries with aprotic liquid electrolytes. With the existence of Li primary cells and ongoing research on the chemistry of reversible Li intercalation into layered chalcogenides, industry invested in the production of a Li/TiS2 rechargeable cell. However, on repeated recharge, dendrites grew across the electrolyte from the anode to the cathode, leading to dangerous short-circuits in the cell in the presence of the flammable organic liquid electrolyte. Because lowering the voltage of the anode would prevent cells with layered-chalcogenide cathodes from competing with cells that had an aqueous electrolyte, researchers quickly abandoned this effort. However, once it was realized that an oxide cathode could offer a larger voltage versus lithium, researchers considered the extraction of Li from the layered LiMO2 oxides with M = Co or Ni. These oxide cathodes were fabricated in a discharged state, and battery manufacturers could not conceive of assembling a cell with a discharged cathode. Meanwhile, exploration of Li intercalation into graphite showed that reversible Li insertion into carbon occurred without dendrite formation. The SONY corporation used the LiCoO2/carbon battery to power their initial cellular telephone and launched the wireless revolution. As researchers developed 3D transition-metal hosts, manufacturers introduced spinel and olivine hosts in the Lix[Mn2]O4 and LiFe(PO4) cathodes. However, current Li-ion batteries fall short of the desired specifications for electric-powered automobiles and the storage of electrical energy generated by wind and solar power. These demands are stimulating new strategies for electrochemical cells that can safely and affordably meet those challenges. PMID:22746097

  19. Composition Optimization of Al-DOPING Lithium Manganese Oxide from Al2O3-Li2CO3-MnO2 Ternary System

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    He, Gang; Sun, Xinyan; Hong, Jianhe; He, Mingzhong

    2013-07-01

    In order to synthesize eutectic compound of Al doping lithium manganese oxide which can be used as cathode material in lithium battery, using ?-Al2O3, Li2CO3 and MnO2 as starting raw materials, the composition optimization research work has been done by the solid state synthesis method. A limited composition range was found in Al2O3-Li2CO3-MnO2 ternary system, in which the synthesized Al doping lithium manganese oxides have single spinel structure and good electrochemical performance. The results showed that the LiAl0.04Mn1.96O4 material presented better charge-discharge cycling behavior than pure LiMn2O4, and showed the best electrochemistry property among the compounds in the Al2O3-Li2O-Mn2O3 ternary system. LiAl0.04Mn1.96O4 still kept perfect cubic structure, but LiMn2O4 kept the coexistence of the cubic and tetragonal phases after 50 charge-discharge cycles.

  20. Facile synthesis of hierarchically structured magnetic MnO2/ZnFe2O4 hybrid materials and their performance in heterogeneous activation of peroxymonosulfate.

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    Wang, Yuxian; Sun, Hongqi; Ang, Ha Ming; Tadé, Moses O; Wang, Shaobin

    2014-11-26

    In heterogeneous catalysis for water treatment, feasible recovery of nanocatalysts is crucial to make the process cost-effective and environmentally benign. In this study, we applied two strategies, for example, magnetic separation and hierarchical structure of solid catalysts, to ensure manganese catalysts are readily separable, meanwhile their catalytic performance was retained by the nanosized structure of MnO2 nanosheets or nanorods. ZnFe2O4 was used as the magnetic core and MnO2 corolla-like sphere consisting of nanosheets, and sea-urchin shaped structure made of nanorods, were fabricated by a hydrothermal method at 100 and 140 °C, respectively. Crystalline structure, morphology and textural property of the materials were investigated. The prepared catalysts were able to effectively activate peroxymonosulfate (PMS) to generate sulfate radicals for catalytic oxidation of a typical organic pollutant of phenol. After the heterogeneous catalysis, the catalysts were easily recovered by applying an external magnetic field. The effects of temperature and repeated use on the degradation efficiencies were evaluated. The generation and evolution of sulfate radicals and phenol oxidation were studied using both competitive radical tests and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). PMID:25350938

  1. Microstructure and varistor properties of ZnO-V2O5-MnO2 ceramics with Ta2O5 addition

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    Nahm, Choon-W.

    2012-07-01

    The effect of Ta2O5 addition on microstructure, electrical properties, and dielectric characteristics of the quaternary ZnO-V2O5-MnO2 vaistor ceramics was investigated. Analysis of the microstructure indicated that the quaternary ZnO-V2O5-MnO2-Ta2O5 ceramics consisted of mainly ZnO grain and minor secondary phases such as Zn3(VO4)2, ZnV2O4, TaVO5, and Ta2O5. As the amount of Ta2O5 increased, the sintered density increased from 94.8 to 97.2% of the theoretical density (5.78 g/cm3 for ZnO), whereas the average grain size decreased from 7.7 to 6.0 ?m. The ceramics added with 0.05 mol% Ta2O5 exhibited the highest breakdown field (2715 V/cm) and the highest nonlinear coefficient (20). However, further increase caused ? to abruptly decrease. The Ta2O5 acted as a donor due to the increase of electron concentration in accordance with the amount of Ta2O5. The donor concentration increased from 1.97×1018 to 3.04×1018cm-3 with increasing the amount of Ta2O5 and the barrier height exhibited the maximum value (0.95 eV) at 0.05 mol% Ta2O5.

  2. Chemically rechargeable battery

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Graf, James E. (Inventor); Rowlette, John J. (Inventor)

    1984-01-01

    Batteries (50) containing oxidized, discharged metal electrodes such as an iron-air battery are charged by removing and storing electrolyte in a reservoir (98), pumping fluid reductant such as formalin (aqueous formaldehyde) from a storage tank (106) into the battery in contact with the surfaces of the electrodes. After sufficient iron hydroxide has been reduced to iron, the spent reductant is drained, the electrodes rinsed with water from rinse tank (102) and then the electrolyte in the reservoir (106) is returned to the battery. The battery can be slowly electrically charged when in overnight storage but can be quickly charged in about 10 minutes by the chemical procedure of the invention.

  3. Hybrid system for rechargeable magnesium battery with high energy density.

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    Chang, Zheng; Yang, Yaqiong; Wang, Xiaowei; Li, Minxia; Fu, Zhengwen; Wu, Yuping; Holze, Rudolf

    2015-01-01

    One of the main challenges of electrical energy storage (EES) is the development of environmentally friendly battery systems with high safety and high energy density. Rechargeable Mg batteries have been long considered as one highly promising system due to the use of low cost and dendrite-free magnesium metal. The bottleneck for traditional Mg batteries is to achieve high energy density since their output voltage is below 2.0 V. Here, we report a magnesium battery using Mg in Grignard reagent-based electrolyte as the negative electrode, a lithium intercalation compound in aqueous solution as the positive electrode, and a solid electrolyte as a separator. Its average discharge voltage is 2.1 V with stable discharge platform and good cycling life. The calculated energy density based on the two electrodes is high. These findings open another door to rechargeable magnesium batteries. PMID:26173624

  4. Novel electrolyte chemistries for Mg-Ni rechargeable batteries.

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    Garcia-Diaz, Brenda (Savannah River National Laboratory); Kane, Marie; Au, Ming (Savannah River National Laboratory)

    2010-10-01

    Commercial hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEV) serve as means to reduce the nation's dependence on oil. Current electric vehicles use relatively heavy nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable batteries. Li-ion rechargeable batteries have been developed extensively as the replacement; however, the high cost and safety concerns are still issues to be resolved before large-scale production. In this study, we propose a new highly conductive solid polymer electrolyte for Mg-Ni high electrochemical capacity batteries. The traditional corrosive alkaline aqueous electrolyte (KOH) is replaced with a dry polymer with conductivity on the order of 10{sup -2} S/cm, as measured by impedance spectroscopy. Several potential novel polymer and polymer composite candidates are presented with the best-performing electrolyte results for full cell testing and cycling.

  5. Organized and highly dispersed growth of MnO2 nano-rods by sonochemical hydrolysis of Mn3acetate.

    PubMed

    Kumar, V Ganesh; Kim, Kwang Bum

    2006-09-01

    Highly dispersed and non-agglomerated alpha-MnO(2) nano-needles of dimensions 20-30 nm have been synthesized by the application of ultrasound radiation on the aqueous solution consisting of manganese(3)acetate close to neutral pH followed by mild drying. With a similar reaction system, hot hydrolysis (non-sonochemical process) produced beta-MnO(2) nano-rods of length 100-200 nm but with high degree agglomeration. Sonochemical cavitation phenomenon is suggested to have a pronounced effect for the formation of special phase and morphology. The effect is proved by the difference in the intermediate products which has difference in crystalinity and phase-purity. The intermediate phases are identified to be single-phase gamma-MnOOH for the non-sonochemical reaction and mixture of gamma-MnOOH, alpha-MnO(2) and beta-MnO(2) for the sonochemical products. PMID:16359902

  6. Improving Spatially Distributed Regional Recharge Estimation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Zainab Zomlot; Okke Batelaan

    2010-01-01

    Spatial and temporal variability of groundwater recharge are key factors that need to be quantified to determine the sustainability of groundwater resources. In response to the need for better estimates of groundwater recharge the WetSpass spatially distributed water balance model was developed and applied for Flanders. This model aims to simulate long-term average recharge depending on land cover, soil texture,

  7. Revised 06-2011 Rechargeable

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    Taylor, Jerry

    the Sustainability Office at 573-884-9319. #12;Revised 06-2011 Examples of Recyclable Batteries Lithium Lead Acid Button Lithium Leaking Lead Acid Alkaline Silver (Ag), Lithium (Li), Mercury (Hg) Li Primary Pb Acid AARevised 06-2011 Rechargeable Battery And Cell Phone Recycling Program Guidelines University

  8. Self-recharging virtual currency

    Microsoft Academic Search

    David Irwin; Jeff Chase; Laura Grit; Aydan Yumerefendi

    2005-01-01

    Market-based control is attractive for networked computing utilities in which consumers compete for shared resources (computers, storage, network bandwidth). This paper proposes a new self-recharging virtual currency model as a common medium of exchange in a computational market. The key idea is to recycle currency through the economy automatically while bounding the rate of spending by consumers. Currency budgets may

  9. The pronounced seasonality of global groundwater recharge

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    Jasechko, Scott; Birks, S. Jean; Gleeson, Tom; Wada, Yoshihide; Fawcett, Peter J.; Sharp, Zachary D.; McDonnell, Jeffrey J.; Welker, Jeffrey M.

    2014-11-01

    Groundwater recharged by meteoric water supports human life by providing two billion people with drinking water and by supplying 40% of cropland irrigation. While annual groundwater recharge rates are reported in many studies, fewer studies have explicitly quantified intra-annual (i.e., seasonal) differences in groundwater recharge. Understanding seasonal differences in the fraction of precipitation that recharges aquifers is important for predicting annual recharge groundwater rates under changing seasonal precipitation and evapotranspiration regimes in a warming climate, for accurately interpreting isotopic proxies in paleoclimate records, and for understanding linkages between ecosystem productivity and groundwater recharge. Here we determine seasonal differences in the groundwater recharge ratio, defined here as the ratio of groundwater recharge to precipitation, at 54 globally distributed locations on the basis of 18O/16O and 2H/1H ratios in precipitation and groundwater. Our analysis shows that arid and temperate climates have wintertime groundwater recharge ratios that are consistently higher than summertime groundwater recharge ratios, while tropical groundwater recharge ratios are at a maximum during the wet season. The isotope-based recharge ratio seasonality is consistent with monthly outputs from a global hydrological model (PCR-GLOBWB) for most, but not all locations. The pronounced seasonality in groundwater recharge ratios shown in this study signifies that, from the point of view of predicting future groundwater recharge rates, a unit change in winter (temperate and arid regions) or wet season (tropics) precipitation will result in a greater change to the annual groundwater recharge rate than the same unit change to summer or dry season precipitation.

  10. Fabrication of polypyrrole/graphene oxide composite nanosheets and their applications for Cr(VI) removal in aqueous solution.

    PubMed

    Li, Shangkun; Lu, Xiaofeng; Xue, Yanpeng; Lei, Junyu; Zheng, Tian; Wang, Ce

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, we report on the simple, reliable synthesis of polypyrrole (PPy)/graphene oxide (GO) composite nanosheets by using sacrificial-template polymerization method. Herein, MnO(2) nanoslices were chosen as a sacrificial-template to deposit PPy, which served as the oxidant as well. During the polymerization of pyrrole on surface of GO nanosheets, MnO(2) component was consumed incessantly. As a result, the PPy growing on the surface of GO nanosheets has the morphology just like the MnO(2) nanoslices. This method can provide the fabrication of PPy nanostructures more easily than conventional route due to its independence of removing template, which usually is a complex and tedious experimental process. The as-prepared PPy/GO composite nanosheets exhibited an enhanced properties for Cr(VI) ions removal in aqueous solution based on the synergy effect. The adsorption capacity of the PPy/GO composite nanosheets is about two times as large as that of conventional PPy nanoparticles. We believe that our findings can open a new and effective avenue to improve the adsorption performance in removing heavy metal ions from waste water. PMID:22927957

  11. A new thermal battery for powering borehole equipment: The discharge performance of Li-Mg-B alloy/LiNO3-KNO3/MnO2 cells at high temperatures

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    Niu, Yongqiang; Wu, Zhu; Du, Junlin; Duan, Weiyuan

    2014-01-01

    There is interest in developing a suitable battery system that can be used at temperatures of 250 °C or less to power instrumentation used in oil/gas and geothermal boreholes. The discharge performance of MnO2 cathodes with Li-Mg-B alloy anodes is examined using the LiNO3-KNO3 eutectic electrolyte over a temperature range of 150 °C-300 °C at current densities from 10 to 30 mA cm-2. In this study, we find that the cell can be activated at 150 °C and operate within the desired temperature range without any indication of possible hazards. However, we did observe that temperature and current density significantly affected cell capacity and voltage. Overall, the Li-Mg-B alloy/LiNO3-KNO3/MnO2 system shows great potential for powering instrumentation used in oil/gas and geothermal boreholes.

  12. A possible evolutionary origin for the Mn4 cluster of the photosynthetic water oxidation complex from natural MnO2 precipitates in the early ocean

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    Sauer, Kenneth; Yachandra, Vittal K.

    2002-01-01

    The photosynthetic water oxidation complex consists of a cluster of four Mn atoms bridged by O atoms, associated with Ca2+ and Cl?, and incorporated into protein. The structure is similar in higher plants and algae, as well as in cyanobacteria of more ancient lineage, dating back more than 2.5 billion years ago on Earth. It has been proposed that the proto-enzyme derived from a component of a natural early marine manganese precipitate that contained a CaMn4O9 cluster. A variety of MnO2 minerals are found in nature. Three major classes are spinels, sheet-like layered structures, and three-dimensional networks that contain parallel tunnels. These relatively open structures readily incorporate cations (Na+, Li+, Mg2+, Ca2+, Ba2+, H+, and even Mn2+) and water. The minerals have different ratios of Mn(III) and Mn(IV) octahedrally coordinated to oxygens. Using x-ray spectroscopy we compare the chemical structures of Mn in the minerals with what is known about the arrangement in the water oxidation complex to define the parameters of a structural model for the photosynthetic catalytic site. This comparison provides for the structural model a set of candidate Mn4 clusters—some previously proposed and considered and others entirely novel. PMID:12077302

  13. Hierarchical hybrid film of MnO2 nanoparticles/multi-walled fullerene nanotubes-graphene for highly selective sensing of hydrogen peroxide.

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    Pan, Yang; Hou, Zhaohui; Yi, Wei; Zhu, Wei; Zeng, Fanyan; Liu, You-Nian

    2015-08-15

    Hierarchical hybrid films of MnO2 nanoparticles/multi-walled fullerene nanotubes-graphene (MNPs/MWFNTs-GS) have been prepared via a simple wet-chemical method. For this purpose, MWFNTs (~300nm in length) are fabricated from tailoring multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), and then inserted into GS to pile up into a hierarchical hybrid film with the in situ formative MNPs. Scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope and X-ray diffraction are used to confirm the morphology and structure of the as-obtained film. The electrochemical studies reveal that MNPs/MWFNTs-GS exhibit significantly enhanced electrocatalytic activity compared with MNPs/GS, and show a rapid response to H2O2 over a wide linear range of 2.0?M-8.44mM with a high sensitivity of 206.3?AmM(-1)cm(-2) and an excellent selectivity. These favorable electrochemical detection properties may be mainly attributed to the introduction of MWFNTs, which helps to promote the electron/ion transport between MNPs and GS and form the hierarchical film structure. PMID:25966385

  14. Nanomaterials for rechargeable lithium batteries.

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    Bruce, Peter G; Scrosati, Bruno; Tarascon, Jean-Marie

    2008-01-01

    Energy storage is more important today than at any time in human history. Future generations of rechargeable lithium batteries are required to power portable electronic devices (cellphones, laptop computers etc.), store electricity from renewable sources, and as a vital component in new hybrid electric vehicles. To achieve the increase in energy and power density essential to meet the future challenges of energy storage, new materials chemistry, and especially new nanomaterials chemistry, is essential. We must find ways of synthesizing new nanomaterials with new properties or combinations of properties, for use as electrodes and electrolytes in lithium batteries. Herein we review some of the recent scientific advances in nanomaterials, and especially in nanostructured materials, for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. PMID:18338357

  15. Electrically rechargeable REDOX flow cell

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Thaller, L. H. (inventor)

    1976-01-01

    A bulk energy storage system is designed with an electrically rechargeable reduction-oxidation (REDOX) cell divided into two compartments by a membrane, each compartment containing an electrode. An anode fluid is directed through the first compartment at the same time that a cathode fluid is directed through the second compartment. Means are provided for circulating the anode and cathode fluids, and the electrodes are connected to an intermittent or non-continuous electrical source, which when operating, supplies current to a load as well as to the cell to recharge it. Ancillary circuitry is provided for disconnecting the intermittent source from the cell at prescribed times and for circulating the anode and cathode fluids according to desired parameters and conditions.

  16. Improving Spatially Distributed Regional Recharge Estimation

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    Zomlot, Zainab; Batelaan, Okke

    2010-05-01

    Spatial and temporal variability of groundwater recharge are key factors that need to be quantified to determine the sustainability of groundwater resources. In response to the need for better estimates of groundwater recharge the WetSpass spatially distributed water balance model was developed and applied for Flanders. This model aims to simulate long-term average recharge depending on land cover, soil texture, topography and hydrometeorological parameters. The model simulates recharge iteratively connected to a groundwater model, such that the recharge estimate is also influenced by the groundwater depth and vice versa. The application of the model shows that the resulting recharge has a spatial complex pattern, depending to a large extend on the soil texture and land cover. Moreover, shallow groundwater levels in valleys cause negative recharge conditions as a result of evapotranspiration by abundant phreatophytic vegetation. For more dynamic recharge processes the WetSpa spatially distributed rainfall-runoff model can be applied. The aim of this contribution is to present WetSpass-WetSa recharge methodology and to evaluate the simulated spatially distributed recharge for Flanders on basis of baseflow time series of 67 river gauging stations distributed over Flanders.

  17. Iron-Air Rechargeable Battery

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    Narayan, Sri R. (Inventor); Prakash, G.K. Surya (Inventor); Kindler, Andrew (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    Embodiments include an iron-air rechargeable battery having a composite electrode including an iron electrode and a hydrogen electrode integrated therewith. An air electrode is spaced from the iron electrode and an electrolyte is provided in contact with the air electrode and the iron electrodes. Various additives and catalysts are disclosed with respect to the iron electrode, air electrode, and electrolyte for increasing battery efficiency and cycle life.

  18. Survey of rechargeable battery technology

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    Not Available

    1993-07-01

    We have reviewed rechargeable battery technology options for a specialized application in unmanned high altitude aircraft. Consideration was given to all rechargeable battery technologies that are available commercially or might be available in the foreseeable future. The LLNL application was found to impose very demanding performance requirements which cannot be met by existing commercially available battery technologies. The most demanding requirement is for high energy density. The technology that comes closest to providing the LLNL requirements is silver-zinc, although the technology exhibits significant shortfalls in energy density, charge rate capability and cyclability. There is no battery technology available ``off-the-shelf` today that can satisfy the LLNL performance requirements. All rechargeable battery technologies with the possibility of approaching/meeting the energy density requirements were reviewed. Vendor interviews were carried out for all relevant technologies. A large number of rechargeable battery systems have been developed over the years, though a much smaller number have achieved commercial success and general availability. The theoretical energy densities for these systems are summarized. It should be noted that a generally useful ``rule-of-thumb`` is that the ratio of packaged to theoretical energy density has proven to be less than 30%, and generally less than 25%. Data developed for this project confirm the usefulness of the general rule. However, data shown for the silver-zinc (AgZn) system show a greater conversion of theoretical to practical energy density than would be expected due to the very large cell sizes considered and the unusually high density of the active materials.

  19. Charge Characteristics of Rechargeable Batteries

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    Maheswaranathan, Ponn; Kelly, Cormac

    2014-03-01

    Rechargeable batteries play important role in technologies today and they are critical for the future. They are used in many electronic devices and their capabilities need to keep up with the accelerated pace of technology. Efficient energy capture and storage is necessary for the future rechargeable batteries. Charging and discharging characteristics of three popular commercially available re-chargeable batteries (NiCd, NiMH, and Li Ion) are investigated and compared with regular alkaline batteries. Pasco's 850 interface and their voltage & current sensors are used to monitor the current through and the potential difference across the battery. The discharge current and voltage stayed fairly constant until the end, with a slightly larger drop in voltage than current, which is more pronounced in the alkaline batteries. After 25 charge/discharge cycling there is no appreciable loss of charge capacities in the Li Ion battery. Energy densities, cycle characteristics, and memory effects will also be presented. Sponsored by the South Carolina Governor's school for Science and Mathematics under the Summer Program for Research Interns program.

  20. Groundwater recharge and agricultural contamination

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    Böhlke, J.K.

    2002-01-01

    Agriculture has had direct and indirect effects on the rates and compositions of groundwater recharge and aquifer biogeochemistry. Direct effects include dissolution and transport of excess quantities of fertilizers and associated materials and hydrologic alterations related to irrigation and drainage. Some indirect effects include changes in water-rock reactions in soils and aquifers caused by increased concentrations of dissolved oxidants, protons, and major ions. Agrilcultural activities have directly or indirectly affected the concentrations of a large number of inorganic chemicals in groundwater, for example NO3-, N2, Cl, SO42-, H+, P, C, K, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba, Ra, and As, as well a wide variety of pesticides and other organic compounds. For reactive contaminants like NO3-, a combination of chemical, isotopic, and environmental-tracer analytical approaches might be required to resolve changing inputs from subsequent alterations as causes of concentration gradients in groundwater. Groundwater records derived from multi-component hydrostratigraphic data can be used to quantify recharge rates and residence times of water and dissolved contaminants, document past variations in recharging contaminant loads, and identify natural contaminant-remediation processes. These data indicate that many of the world's surficial aquifers contain transient records of changing agricultural contamination from the last half of the 20th century. The transient agricultural groundwater signal has important implications for long-term trends and spatial heterogeneity in discharge.

  1. Monitoring Cave Recharge in the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone for Natural and Simulated Rainfall Events

    Microsoft Academic Search

    L. Gregory; G. Veni; B. Shade; B. P. Wilcox; C. L. Munster; M. K. Owens

    2005-01-01

    Across semi-arid regions of the world, woody plant encroachment is widespread with potential implications for groundwater recharge and streamflow. In an effort to better understand the interactions between woody plants and recharge, we are monitoring drip rates in shallow caves in the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone of Central Texas. The surface is covered by a dense stand of ashe juniper

  2. Lead dioxide--zinc rechargeable-type cell and battery and electrolyte therefor

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Villarreal-Dominguez

    1976-01-01

    A lead dioxide--zinc rechargeable-type cell comprises at least one positive lead dioxide plate and at least one negative amalgamated zinc metal plate spaced from the positive plate and parallel to it. Both plates are permanently submerged in an aqueous acid electrolytee containing soluble zinc salts, a zinc surface-controlling agent, an electrolyte conductivity-correcting agent, and an amalgamating agent to prevent formation

  3. Improved Carbon Anodes For Rechargeable Lithium Cells

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Huang, Chen-Kuo; Surampudi, Subbarao; Attia, Alan; Halpert, Gerald

    1994-01-01

    Carbon anodes for rechargeable lithium cells improved by choosing binder contents and fabrication conditions to achieve maximum porosity, uniform loading, and maximum reversible lithium capacity. Stacking electrodes under pressure during assembly of cells increases cyclability of lithium. Rechargeable, high-energy-density lithium cells containing improved carbon anodes find use in spacecraft, military, communications, automotive, and other demanding applications.

  4. Quantifying Mountain Front Recharge Using Isotopic Tracers

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. K. Wahi; B. Ekwurzel; J. F. Hogan; C. J. Eastoe; M. N. Baillie

    2005-01-01

    To improve our conceptual and quantitative understanding of mountain-front\\/mountain-block recharge (MFR) associated with the Huachuca Mountains of the Upper San Pedro River Basin in Arizona, we employed a suite of geochemical measurements including isotopic tracers and noble gases. MFR is frequently the dominant source of recharge to alluvial basins in the semiarid Basin and Range province. It consists of mountain

  5. INTRODUCTION TO ARTIFICIAL GROUND-WATER RECHARGE

    EPA Science Inventory

    Artificial ground-water recharge has been practiced for scores of years throughout the world. The purpose of artificial recharge is to increase the rate at which water infiltrates the land surface in order to supplement the quantity of ground water in storage. A variety of rechar...

  6. Recharge at the Hanford Site: Status report

    SciTech Connect

    Gee, G.W.

    1987-11-01

    A variety of field programs designed to evaluate recharge and other water balance components including precipitation, infiltration, evaporation, and water storage changes, have been carried out at the Hanford Site since 1970. Data from these programs have indicated that a wide range of recharge rates can occur depending upon specific site conditions. Present evidence suggests that minimum recharge occurs where soils are fine-textured and surfaces are vegetated with deep-rooted plants. Maximum recharge occurs where coarse soils or gravels exist at the surface and soils are kept bare. Recharge can occur in areas where shallow-rooted plants dominate the surface, particularly where soils are coarse-textured. Recharge estimates have been made for the site using simulation models. A US Geological Survey model that attempts to account for climate variability, soil storage parameters, and plant factors has calculated recharge values ranging from near zero to an average of about 1 cm/yr for the Hanford Site. UNSAT-H, a deterministic model developed for the site, appears to be the best code available for estimating recharge on a site-specific basis. Appendix I contains precipitation data from January 1979 to June 1987. 42 refs., 11 figs., 11 tabs.

  7. Rechargeable lithium-ion cell

    DOEpatents

    Bechtold, Dieter (Bad Vilbel, DE); Bartke, Dietrich (Kelkheim, DE); Kramer, Peter (Konigstein, DE); Kretzschmar, Reiner (Kelkheim, DE); Vollbert, Jurgen (Hattersheim, DE)

    1999-01-01

    The invention relates to a rechargeable lithium-ion cell, a method for its manufacture, and its application. The cell is distinguished by the fact that it has a metallic housing (21) which is electrically insulated internally by two half shells (15), which cover electrode plates (8) and main output tabs (7) and are composed of a non-conductive material, where the metallic housing is electrically insulated externally by means of an insulation coating. The cell also has a bursting membrane (4) which, in its normal position, is located above the electrolyte level of the cell (1). In addition, the cell has a twisting protection (6) which extends over the entire surface of the cover (2) and provides centering and assembly functions for the electrode package, which comprises the electrode plates (8).

  8. Micro Windmills to Recharge Cell Leave a reply

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    Chiao, Jung-Chih

    Micro Windmills to Recharge Cell Phones Leave a reply The Windmill in Action At the University Page 1 of 2Micro Windmills to Recharge Cell Phones | MADE 2/3/2014http://themadeblog.com/micro-windmills-to-recharge-cell-phones in Architecture, Design and tagged Cell Phone, Design, JC Chiao, MADE BLOG, Micro Windmills, New, News, Recharge

  9. Groundwater recharge estimation and regionalization: the Great Bend Prairie of central Kansas and its recharge statistics

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Marios Sophocleous

    1992-01-01

    Sophocleous, M., 1992. Groundwater recharge estimation and regionalization: the Great Bend Prairie of central Kansas and its recharge statistics. J. Hydrol., 137: 113-140. The results of a 6 year recharge st,dy in the Great Bend Prairie of t:entral Kansas are statistically analyzed to regionalize the limited number of site-specific but year-round measurements. Emphasis is placed on easily measured parameters and

  10. The Li-ion rechargeable battery: a perspective.

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    Goodenough, John B; Park, Kyu-Sung

    2013-01-30

    Each cell of a battery stores electrical energy as chemical energy in two electrodes, a reductant (anode) and an oxidant (cathode), separated by an electrolyte that transfers the ionic component of the chemical reaction inside the cell and forces the electronic component outside the battery. The output on discharge is an external electronic current I at a voltage V for a time ?t. The chemical reaction of a rechargeable battery must be reversible on the application of a charging I and V. Critical parameters of a rechargeable battery are safety, density of energy that can be stored at a specific power input and retrieved at a specific power output, cycle and shelf life, storage efficiency, and cost of fabrication. Conventional ambient-temperature rechargeable batteries have solid electrodes and a liquid electrolyte. The positive electrode (cathode) consists of a host framework into which the mobile (working) cation is inserted reversibly over a finite solid-solution range. The solid-solution range, which is reduced at higher current by the rate of transfer of the working ion across electrode/electrolyte interfaces and within a host, limits the amount of charge per electrode formula unit that can be transferred over the time ?t = ?t(I). Moreover, the difference between energies of the LUMO and the HOMO of the electrolyte, i.e., electrolyte window, determines the maximum voltage for a long shelf and cycle life. The maximum stable voltage with an aqueous electrolyte is 1.5 V; the Li-ion rechargeable battery uses an organic electrolyte with a larger window, which increase the density of stored energy for a given ?t. Anode or cathode electrochemical potentials outside the electrolyte window can increase V, but they require formation of a passivating surface layer that must be permeable to Li(+) and capable of adapting rapidly to the changing electrode surface area as the electrode changes volume during cycling. A passivating surface layer adds to the impedance of the Li(+) transfer across the electrode/electrolyte interface and lowers the cycle life of a battery cell. Moreover, formation of a passivation layer on the anode robs Li from the cathode irreversibly on an initial charge, further lowering the reversible ?t. These problems plus the cost of quality control of manufacturing plague development of Li-ion rechargeable batteries that can compete with the internal combustion engine for powering electric cars and that can provide the needed low-cost storage of electrical energy generated by renewable wind and/or solar energy. Chemists are contributing to incremental improvements of the conventional strategy by investigating and controlling electrode passivation layers, improving the rate of Li(+) transfer across electrode/electrolyte interfaces, identifying electrolytes with larger windows while retaining a Li(+) conductivity ?(Li) > 10(-3) S cm(-1), synthesizing electrode morphologies that reduce the size of the active particles while pinning them on current collectors of large surface area accessible by the electrolyte, lowering the cost of cell fabrication, designing displacement-reaction anodes of higher capacity that allow a safe, fast charge, and designing alternative cathode hosts. However, new strategies are needed for batteries that go beyond powering hand-held devices, such as using electrode hosts with two-electron redox centers; replacing the cathode hosts by materials that undergo displacement reactions (e.g. sulfur) by liquid cathodes that may contain flow-through redox molecules, or by catalysts for air cathodes; and developing a Li(+) solid electrolyte separator membrane that allows an organic and aqueous liquid electrolyte on the anode and cathode sides, respectively. Opportunities exist for the chemist to bring together oxide and polymer or graphene chemistry in imaginative morphologies. PMID:23294028

  11. Issues and challenges facing rechargeable lithium batteries

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    J.-M. Tarascon; M. Armand

    2001-01-01

    Technological improvements in rechargeable solid-state batteries are being driven by an ever-increasing demand for portable electronic devices. Lithium-ion batteries are the systems of choice, offering high energy density, flexible and lightweight design, and longer lifespan than comparable battery technologies. We present a brief historical review of the development of lithium-based rechargeable batteries, highlight ongoing research strategies, and discuss the challenges

  12. Artificial recharge of groundwater: hydrogeology and engineering

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    Bouwer, Herman

    2002-02-01

    Artificial recharge of groundwater is achieved by putting surface water in basins, furrows, ditches, or other facilities where it infiltrates into the soil and moves downward to recharge aquifers. Artificial recharge is increasingly used for short- or long-term underground storage, where it has several advantages over surface storage, and in water reuse. Artificial recharge requires permeable surface soils. Where these are not available, trenches or shafts in the unsaturated zone can be used, or water can be directly injected into aquifers through wells. To design a system for artificial recharge of groundwater, infiltration rates of the soil must be determined and the unsaturated zone between land surface and the aquifer must be checked for adequate permeability and absence of polluted areas. The aquifer should be sufficiently transmissive to avoid excessive buildup of groundwater mounds. Knowledge of these conditions requires field investigations and, if no fatal flaws are detected, test basins to predict system performance. Water-quality issues must be evaluated, especially with respect to formation of clogging layers on basin bottoms or other infiltration surfaces, and to geochemical reactions in the aquifer. Clogging layers are managed by desilting or other pretreatment of the water, and by remedial techniques in the infiltration system, such as drying, scraping, disking, ripping, or other tillage. Recharge wells should be pumped periodically to backwash clogging layers. Electronic supplementary material to this paper can be obtained by using the Springer LINK server located at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10040-001-0182-4.

  13. Proposed artificial recharge studies in northern Qatar

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    Kimrey, J.O.

    1985-01-01

    The aquifer system in northern Qatar comprises a water-table aquifer in the Rus Formation which is separated by an aquitard from a partially confined aquifer in the top of the overlying Umm er Radhuma Formation. These two aquifers are composed of limestone and dolomite of Eocene and Paleocene age and contain a fragile lens of freshwater which is heavily exploited as a source of water for agricultural irrigation. Net withdrawals are greatly in excess of total recharge, and quality of ground water is declining. Use of desalinated seawater for artificial recharge has been proposed for the area. Artificial recharge, on a large scale, could stabilize the decline in ground-water quality while allowing increased withdrawals for irrigation. The proposal appears technically feasible. Recharge should be by injection to the Umm er Radhuma aquifer whose average transmissivity is about 2,000 meters squared per day (as compared to an average of about 200 meters squared per day for the Rus aquifer). Implementation of artificial recharge should be preceded by a hydrogeologic appraisal. These studies should include test drilling, conventional aquifer tests, and recharge-recovery tests at four sites in northern Qatar. (USGS)

  14. A bi-functional device for self-powered electrochromic window and self-rechargeable transparent battery applications

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    Wang, Jinmin; Zhang, Lei; Yu, Le; Jiao, Zhihui; Xie, Huaqing; Lou, Xiong Wen (David); Wei Sun, Xiao

    2014-09-01

    Electrochromic smart windows are regarded as a good choice for green buildings. However, conventional devices need external biases to operate, which causes additional energy consumption. Here we report a self-powered electrochromic window, which can be used as a self-rechargeable battery. We use aluminium to reduce Prussian blue (PB, blue in colour) to Prussian white (PW, colourless) in potassium chloride electrolyte, realizing a device capable of self-bleaching. Interestingly, the device can be self-recovered (gaining blue appearance again) by simply disconnecting the aluminium and PB electrodes, which is due to the spontaneous oxidation of PW to PB by the dissolved oxygen in aqueous solution. The self-operated bleaching and colouration suggest another important function of the device: a self-rechargeable transparent battery. Thus the PB/aluminium device we report here is bifunctional, that is, it is a self-powered electrochromic window as well as a self-rechargeable transparent battery.

  15. A bi-functional device for self-powered electrochromic window and self-rechargeable transparent battery applications.

    PubMed

    Wang, Jinmin; Zhang, Lei; Yu, Le; Jiao, Zhihui; Xie, Huaqing; Lou, Xiong Wen David; Sun, Xiao Wei

    2014-01-01

    Electrochromic smart windows are regarded as a good choice for green buildings. However, conventional devices need external biases to operate, which causes additional energy consumption. Here we report a self-powered electrochromic window, which can be used as a self-rechargeable battery. We use aluminium to reduce Prussian blue (PB, blue in colour) to Prussian white (PW, colourless) in potassium chloride electrolyte, realizing a device capable of self-bleaching. Interestingly, the device can be self-recovered (gaining blue appearance again) by simply disconnecting the aluminium and PB electrodes, which is due to the spontaneous oxidation of PW to PB by the dissolved oxygen in aqueous solution. The self-operated bleaching and colouration suggest another important function of the device: a self-rechargeable transparent battery. Thus the PB/aluminium device we report here is bifunctional, that is, it is a self-powered electrochromic window as well as a self-rechargeable transparent battery. PMID:25247385

  16. Anodes for rechargeable lithium batteries

    DOEpatents

    Thackeray, Michael M. (Naperville, IL); Kepler, Keith D. (Mountain View, CA); Vaughey, John T. (Elmhurst, IL)

    2003-01-01

    A negative electrode (12) for a non-aqueous electrochemical cell (10) with an intermetallic host structure containing two or more elements selected from the metal elements and silicon, capable of accommodating lithium within its crystallographic host structure such that when the host structure is lithiated it transforms to a lithiated zinc-blende-type structure. Both active elements (alloying with lithium) and inactive elements (non-alloying with lithium) are disclosed. Electrochemical cells and batteries as well as methods of making the negative electrode are disclosed.

  17. Sources of recharge at Abu Delaig, Sudan

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    Edmunds, W. M.; Darling, W. G.; Kinniburgh, D. G.; Kotoub, S.; Mahgoub, S.

    1992-02-01

    Various components of the water cycle in and around Abu Delaig, a small town in a semiarid region of Sudan, have been investigated with geochemical and isotopic techniques to determine the sources of groundwater recharge. Rain samples (total deposition during storms) contain significant concentrations of dissolved solids for a continental site (mean 4.6 mgl -1 for 1982-1985). The heaviest rains important for recharge tend to have the lowest chlorinities, and are also the most negative isotopically. Wadi floods generally have lower chlorinity than the rainfall indicating the proportionally lower amounts of dust in the more intense rainfall events. Shallow ground waters at Abu Delaig have relatively evolved compositions (higher Mg/Ca ratios) compared with rainfall and wadi floods, yet they also contain tritium and retain isotopic signatures similar to the local rainfall. They also have a distinctive chemistry compared with the deeper ground waters in the region and recharge from the former to the latter is considered to be insignificant. Ground waters in the unsaturated zone are saline and have isotopic compositions highly enriched in heavy isotopes compared with rainfall, indicating strong evaporation. The chloride balance indicates that mean recharge rates are 0.2-1.3 mm year -1 through the interfluve areas. It is concluded that the only significant replenishable resources at Abu Delaig are from wadi recharge during floods and that direct regional recharge is insignificant. Fluctuations in the water table, however, lead to solutes from the lower unsaturated zone contributing to the chemistry of the shallow ground waters. Elsewhere it is possible that wadi recharge may be a possible route for deeper replenishment, but this needs to be demonstrated by dedicated experiments.

  18. Estimated recharge rates at the Hanford Site

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    Fayer, M.J.; Walters, T.B.

    1995-02-01

    The Ground-Water Surveillance Project monitors the distribution of contaminants in ground water at the Hanford Site for the U.S. Department of Energy. A subtask called {open_quotes}Water Budget at Hanford{close_quotes} was initiated in FY 1994. The objective of this subtask was to produce a defensible map of estimated recharge rates across the Hanford Site. Methods that have been used to estimate recharge rates at the Hanford Site include measurements (of drainage, water contents, and tracers) and computer modeling. For the simulations of 12 soil-vegetation combinations, the annual rates varied from 0.05 mm/yr for the Ephrata sandy loam with bunchgrass to 85.2 mm/yr for the same soil without vegetation. Water content data from the Grass Site in the 300 Area indicated that annual rates varied from 3.0 to 143.5 mm/yr during an 8-year period. The annual volume of estimated recharge was calculated to be 8.47 {times} 10{sup 9} L for the potential future Hanford Site (i.e., the portion of the current Site bounded by Highway 240 and the Columbia River). This total volume is similar to earlier estimates of natural recharge and is 2 to 10x higher than estimates of runoff and ground-water flow from higher elevations. Not only is the volume of natural recharge significant in comparison to other ground-water inputs, the distribution of estimated recharge is highly skewed to the disturbed sandy soils (i.e., the 200 Areas, where most contaminants originate). The lack of good estimates of the means and variances of the supporting data (i.e., the soil map, the vegetation/land use map, the model parameters) translates into large uncertainties in the recharge estimates. When combined, the significant quantity of estimated recharge, its high sensitivity to disturbance, and the unquantified uncertainty of the data and model parameters suggest that the defensibility of the recharge estimates should be improved.

  19. Modeling Recharge - can it be Done?

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    Verburg, K.; Bond, W. J.; Smith, C. J.; Dunin, F. X.

    2001-12-01

    In sub-humid areas where rainfall is relatively low and sporadic, recharge (defined as water movement beyond the active root zone) is the small difference between the much larger numbers rainfall and evapotranspiration. It is very difficult to measure and often modeling is resorted to instead. But is modeling this small number any less difficult than measurement? In Australia there is considerable debate over the magnitude of recharge under different agricultural systems because of its contribution to rising saline groundwater levels following the clearing of native vegetation in the last 100 years. Hence the adequacy of measured and modeled estimates of recharge is under close scrutiny. Results will be presented for the water balance of an intensively monitored 8 year sequence of crops and pastures. Measurements included meteorological inputs, evapotranspiration measured with a pair of weighing lysimeters, and soil water content was measured with TDR and neutron moisture meter. Recharge was estimated from the percolate removed from the lysimeters as well as, when conditions were suitable, from soil water measurements and combined soil water and evapotranspiration measurements. This data was simulated using a comprehensive soil-plant-atmosphere model (APSIM). Comparison with field measurements shows that the recharge can be simulated with an accuracy similar to that with which it can be measured. However, is either sufficiently accurate for the applications for which they are required?

  20. An acid-free rechargeable battery based on PbSO4 and spinel LiMn2O4.

    PubMed

    Liu, Yu; Wen, Zubiao; Wu, Xiongwei; Wang, Xiaowei; Wu, Yuping; Holze, Rudolf

    2014-11-18

    An acid-free lead rechargeable battery system comprising PbSO4 as the negative electrode, LiMn2O4 as the positive electrode and a neutral Li2SO4 aqueous solution as electrolyte is reported and its electrochemical performance is very good. It shows great promise to reduce the global use of lead by 50% since it is also low cost. PMID:25248439

  1. Impacts of vegetation change on groundwater recharge

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bond, W. J.; Verburg, K.; Smith, C. J.

    2003-12-01

    Vegetation change is the accepted cause of increasing river salt concentrations and the salinisation of millions of hectares of farm land in Australia. Replacement of perennial native vegetation by annual crops and pastures following European settlement has altered the water balance causing increased groundwater recharge and mobilising the naturally saline groundwater. The Redesigning Agriculture for Australian Landscapes Program, of which the work described here is a part, was established to develop agricultural practices that are more attuned to the delicate water balance described above. Results of field measurements will be presented that contrast the water balance characteristics of native vegetation with those of conventional agricultural plants, and indicate the functional characteristics required of new agricultural practices to reduce recharge. New agricultural practices may comprise different management of current crops and pastures, or may involve introducing totally new species. In either case, long-term testing is required to examine their impact on recharge over a long enough climate record to encompass the natural variability of rainfall that is characteristic of most Australian farming regions. Field experimentation therefore needs to be complemented and extended by computer simulation. This requires a modelling approach that is more robust than conventional crop modelling because (a) it needs to be sensitive enough to predict small changes in the residual recharge term, (b) it needs to be able to simulate a variety of vegetation in different sequences, (c) it needs to be able to simulate continuously for several decades of input data, and (d) it therefore needs to be able to simulate the period between crops, which often has a critical impact on recharge. The APSIM simulation framework will be used to illustrate these issues and to explore the effect of different vegetation combinations on recharge.

  2. Quantifying Mountain Front Recharge Using Isotopic Tracers

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    Wahi, A. K.; Ekwurzel, B.; Hogan, J. F.; Eastoe, C. J.; Baillie, M. N.

    2005-05-01

    To improve our conceptual and quantitative understanding of mountain-front/mountain-block recharge (MFR) associated with the Huachuca Mountains of the Upper San Pedro River Basin in Arizona, we employed a suite of geochemical measurements including isotopic tracers and noble gases. MFR is frequently the dominant source of recharge to alluvial basins in the semiarid Basin and Range province. It consists of mountain runoff that infiltrates at the mountain front (mountain-front recharge), and percolation through the mountain bedrock that reaches the basin via the movement of deep groundwater (mountain-block recharge). The rate of MFR can be estimated from a water balance, a Darcy's law analysis, or inverse modeling of groundwater processes. Despite the large volume of research on water resources in the basin and the critical importance of MFR to the water budget, the best estimates of MFR obtained using these methods may have errors as large as 100%. We find that geochemical tracers address mechanistic questions regarding recharge seasonality, location, and rates as well as addressing groundwater flowpaths and residence times. The gradient of stable isotopes of hydrogen and oxygen in groundwater with elevation mirrors that of regional precipitation, providing a constraint on the location and seasonality of recharge. Stable isotopic signatures indicate that MFR is dominated by winter precipitation but has 1/3 or more contribution from monsoon precipitation. Detectable tritium and 14C values greater than 100 pMC for springs, shallow groundwater in mountain canyons, and from wells along the mountain front indicate decade-scale residence times. Away from the mountain front 14C values rapidly decrease, reaching 12.3±0.2 pMC near the river. This suggests total basin residence times greater than 10,000 years, consistent with past measurements. Ongoing analysis of noble gas concentrations will provide an indication of recharge conditions. The solubility of noble gases in water depends on temperature and pressure; thus, noble gas concentrations provide a means to distinguish water samples recharged at different elevations.

  3. Global-scale modeling of groundwater recharge

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    Döll, P.; Fiedler, K.

    2008-05-01

    Long-term average groundwater recharge, which is equivalent to renewable groundwater resources, is the major limiting factor for the sustainable use of groundwater. Compared to surface water resources, groundwater resources are more protected from pollution, and their use is less restricted by seasonal and inter-annual flow variations. To support water management in a globalized world, it is necessary to estimate groundwater recharge at the global scale. Here, we present a best estimate of global-scale long-term average diffuse groundwater recharge (i.e. renewable groundwater resources) that has been calculated by the most recent version of the WaterGAP Global Hydrology Model WGHM (spatial resolution of 0.5° by 0.5°, daily time steps). The estimate was obtained using two state-of-the-art global data sets of gridded observed precipitation that we corrected for measurement errors, which also allowed to quantify the uncertainty due to these equally uncertain data sets. The standard WGHM groundwater recharge algorithm was modified for semi-arid and arid regions, based on independent estimates of diffuse groundwater recharge, which lead to an unbiased estimation of groundwater recharge in these regions. WGHM was tuned against observed long-term average river discharge at 1235 gauging stations by adjusting, individually for each basin, the partitioning of precipitation into evapotranspiration and total runoff. We estimate that global groundwater recharge was 12 666 km3/yr for the climate normal 1961-1990, i.e. 32% of total renewable water resources. In semi-arid and arid regions, mountainous regions, permafrost regions and in the Asian Monsoon region, groundwater recharge accounts for a lower fraction of total runoff, which makes these regions particularly vulnerable to seasonal and inter-annual precipitation variability and water pollution. Average per-capita renewable groundwater resources of countries vary between 8 m3/(capita yr) for Egypt to more than 1 million m3/(capita yr) for the Falkland Islands, the global average in the year 2000 being 2091 m3/(capita yr). Regarding the uncertainty of estimated groundwater resources due to the two precipitation data sets, deviation from the mean is 1.1% for the global value, and less than 1% for 50 out of the 165 countries considered, between 1 and 5% for 62, between 5 and 20% for 43 and between 20 and 80% for 10 countries. Deviations at the grid scale can be much larger, ranging between 0 and 186 mm/yr.

  4. Global-scale modeling of groundwater recharge

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    Döll, P.; Fiedler, K.

    2007-11-01

    Long-term average groundwater recharge, which is equivalent to renewable groundwater resources, is the major limiting factor for the sustainable use of groundwater. Compared to surface water resources, groundwater resources are more protected from pollution, and their use is less restricted by seasonal and inter-annual flow variations. To support water management in a globalized world, it is necessary to estimate groundwater recharge at the global scale. Here, we present a best estimate of global-scale long-term average diffuse groundwater recharge (i.e. renewable groundwater resources) that has been calculated by the most recent version of the WaterGAP Global Hydrology Model WGHM (spatial resolution of 0.5° by 0.5°, daily time steps). The estimate was obtained using two state-of-the art global data sets of gridded observed precipitation that we corrected for measurement errors, which also allowed to quantify the uncertainty due to these equally uncertain data sets. The standard WGHM groundwater recharge algorithm was modified for semi-arid and arid regions, based on independent estimates of diffuse groundwater recharge, which lead to an unbiased estimation of groundwater recharge in these regions. WGHM was tuned against observed long-term average river discharge at 1235 gauging stations by adjusting, individually for each basin, the partitioning of precipitation into evapotranspiration and total runoff. We estimate that global groundwater recharge was 12 666 km3/yr for the climate normal 1961-1990, i.e. 32% of total renewable water resources. In semi-arid and arid regions, mountainous regions, permafrost regions and in the Asian Monsoon region, groundwater recharge accounts for a lower fraction of total runoff, which makes these regions particularly vulnerable to seasonal and inter-annual precipitation variability and water pollution. Average per-capita renewable groundwater resources of countries vary between 8 m3/(capita yr) for Egypt to more than 1 million m3/(capita yr) for the Falkland Islands, the global average in the year 2000 being 2091 m3/(capita yr). Regarding the uncertainty of estimated groundwater resources due to the two precipitation data sets, deviation from the mean is less than 1% for 50 out of the 165 countries considered, between 1 and 5% for 62, between 5 and 20% for 43 and between 20 and 80% for 10 countries. Deviations at the grid scale can be much larger, ranging between 0 and 186 mm/yr.

  5. Improved Separators For Rechargeable Lithium Cells

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Shen, David; Surampudi, Subbarao; Huang, Chen-Kuo; Halpert, Gerald

    1994-01-01

    Improved pairs of separators proposed for use in rechargeable lithium cells operating at ambient temperature. Block growth of lithium dendrites and help prevent short circuits. Each cell contains one separator made of microporous polypropylene placed next to anode, and one separator made of microporous polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) next to cathode. Separators increase cycle lives of secondary lithium cells. Cells to which concept applicable those of Li/TiS(2), Li/NbSe(3), Li/CoO(2), Li/MoS(2), Li/VO(x), and Li/MnO(2) chemical systems. Advantageous in spacecraft, military, communications, automotive, and other applications in which high energy density and rechargeability needed.

  6. Karst and artificial recharge: Theoretical and practical problems. A preliminary approach to artificial recharge assessment

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    Daher, Walid; Pistre, Séverin; Kneppers, Angeline; Bakalowicz, Michel; Najem, Wajdi

    2011-10-01

    SummaryManaged Aquifer Recharge (MAR) is an emerging sustainable technique that has already generated successful results and is expected to solve many water resource problems, especially in semi-arid and arid zones. It is of great interest for karst aquifers that currently supply 20-25% of the world's potable water, particularly in Mediterranean countries. However, the high heterogeneity in karst aquifers is too complex to be able to locate and describe them simply via field observations. Hence, as compared to projects in porous media, MAR is still marginal in karst aquifers. Accordingly, the present work presents a conceptual methodology for Aquifer Rechargeability Assessment in Karst - referred to as ARAK. The methodology was developed noting that artificial recharge in karst aquifers is considered an improbable challenge to solve since karst conduits may drain off recharge water without any significant storage, or recharge water may not be able to infiltrate. The aim of the ARAK method is to determine the ability of a given karst aquifer to be artificially recharged and managed, and the best sites for implementing artificial recharge from the surface. ARAK is based on multi-criteria indexation analysis modeled on karst vulnerability assessment methods. ARAK depends on four independent criteria, i.e. Epikarst, Rock, Infiltration and Karst. After dividing the karst domain into grids, these criteria are indexed using geological and topographic maps refined by field observations. ARAK applies a linear formula that computes the intrinsic rechargeability index based on the indexed map for every criterion, coupled with its attributed weighting rate. This index indicates the aptitude for recharging a given karst aquifer, as determined by studying its probability first on a regional scale for the whole karst aquifer, and then by characterizing the most favorable sites. Subsequently, for the selected sites, a technical and economic feasibility factor is applied, weighted by the difficulties that could occur when trying to undertake a recharge operation at a selected site from the surface. Each site is finally rated by its rechargeability index - the product of two factors, the intrinsic rechargeability and the feasibility index. ARAK was applied to the region of Damour, Lebanon, on the Mediterranean coast where uncontrolled exploitation of public and private wells led to its partial salinization by seawater. A MAR system in Damour region represents an interesting solution to cope with salinization and the insufficiency of the resource.

  7. Control circuit for a solar-powered rechargeable power source and load

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. W. Janda; J. L. Douglas; E. F. Jr. Condon

    1993-01-01

    A solar rechargeable apparatus is described comprising: a rechargeable power source; a solar panel connected to the rechargeable power source for supplying a charging current to the rechargeable power source; a device connected between the rechargeable power source and the solar panel to prevent discharge of current from the rechargeable power source to the solar panel; a load; and a

  8. Rechargeable battery and electrical circuit for charging thereof

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Toops

    1987-01-01

    This patent describes a nickel-cadmium rechargeable cell for use in an energy-using device having at least one charging terminal contact for recharging the cell. The energy-using device adapted to alternately receive either a standard cylindrical AA, AAA, C or D size non-rechargeable cell has a pair of power terminal contacts spaced apart by a standard distance. The rechargeable cell comprises:

  9. Seismicity induced by seasonal groundwater recharge at Mt. Hood, Oregon

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Martin O. Saar; Michael Manga

    2003-01-01

    Groundwater recharge at Mt. Hood, Oregon, is dominated by spring snow melt which provides a natural large-amplitude and narrow-width pore-fluid pressure signal. Time delays between this seasonal groundwater recharge and seismicity triggered by groundwater recharge can thus be used to estimate large-scale hydraulic diffusivities and the state of stress in the crust. We approximate seasonal variations in groundwater recharge with

  10. Determination of radium-226 in aqueous solutions by alpha-spectrometry.

    PubMed

    Morvan, K; Andres, Y; Mokili, B; Abbe, J C

    2001-09-01

    The new European legislation imposes a lower threshold for radioactivity in drinking water. This requires the development of more sensitive and reliable analytical methods. This work presents an improved alpha-spectrometric technique to determine the radium-226 activity in aqueous solution relying on the radium adsorption onto a thin manganese oxide layer followed by alpha-measurement. The preparation of the MnO2 deposit has been optimized as well as the radium adsorption conditions. Detection threshold and limit of 5 and 10 mBq x L(-1), respectively, with a 10% (95% confidence) uncertainty are currently reached. This paper reports on the overall technique and on its application to assess the radium-226 activity in 28 French mineral waters. In addition, the gross alpha- and beta-activities have been evaluated using proportional counting while the uranium concentrations were derived from ICPMS. PMID:11569812

  11. Ceria based catalyst for cathode in non-aqueous electrolyte based Li/O2 batteries

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    Kalubarme, Ramchandra S.; Cho, Min-Seung; Kim, Jae-Kook; Park, Chan-Jin

    2012-11-01

    This study suggests combustion synthesized Ce1-xZrxO2 (CZO; x = 0.1-0.5) as a new catalyst for the cathode in non-aqueous electrolyte based Li/O2 cells. The spherical catalysts have a fluorite structure with a mean diameter of 5-17 nm. Zr doping into the ceria lattice leads to the reduction of Ce4+ to Ce3+, which further improves the catalyst performance. Electrochemical studies of CZO as a cathode catalyst in the Li/O2 cell show that CZO follows a two-electron pathway for oxygen reduction. A maximum discharge capacity of 1620 mAh g-1 is obtained for the Ce0.8Zr0.2O2 catalyst due to its high surface area and porosity. A composite of CZO and MnO2 shows even better performance as a cathode catalyst for the Li/O2 cell.

  12. Rechargeable solid polymer electrolyte battery cell

    DOEpatents

    Skotheim, Terji (East Patchoque, NY)

    1985-01-01

    A rechargeable battery cell comprising first and second electrodes sandwiching a solid polymer electrolyte comprising a layer of a polymer blend of a highly conductive polymer and a solid polymer electrolyte adjacent said polymer blend and a layer of dry solid polymer electrolyte adjacent said layer of polymer blend and said second electrode.

  13. Alloys of clathrate allotropes for rechargeable batteries

    DOEpatents

    Chan, Candace K; Miller, Michael A; Chan, Kwai S

    2014-12-09

    The present disclosure is directed at an electrode for a battery wherein the electrode comprises clathrate alloys of silicon, germanium or tin. In method form, the present disclosure is directed at methods of forming clathrate alloys of silicon, germanium or tin which methods lead to the formation of empty cage structures suitable for use as electrodes in rechargeable type batteries.

  14. Prototype systems for rechargeable magnesium batteries

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. Aurbach; Z. Lu; A. Schechter; Y. Gofer; H. Gizbar; R. Turgeman; Y. Cohen; M. Moshkovich; E. Levi

    2000-01-01

    The thermodynamic properties of magnesium make it a natural choice for use as an anode material in rechargeable batteries, because it may provide a considerably higher energy density than the commonly used lead-acid and nickel-cadmium systems. Moreover, in contrast to lead and cadmium, magnesium is inexpensive, environmentally friendly and safe to handle. But the development of Mg batteries has been

  15. REUSE OF MUNICIPAL WASTEWATER FOR GROUNDWATER RECHARGE

    EPA Science Inventory

    A survey of groundwater recharge operations with municipal wastewater effluent was conducted. It was found that this activity is being practiced at 10 sites in the U.S. with a total capacity of 77 MGD. The most successful employ percolation with alternate flooding and drying cycl...

  16. High power rechargeable batteries Paul V. Braun

    E-print Network

    Braun, Paul

    emerging concepts in high power batteries, with a particular focus on Li-ion based chemistries. Ó 2012 storage Secondary batteries High energy density High power density Lithium ion battery 3D batteryHigh power rechargeable batteries Paul V. Braun , Jiung Cho, James H. Pikul, William P. King

  17. Design considerations for rechargeable lithium batteries

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    Shen, D. H.; Huang, C.-K.; Davies, E.; Perrone, D.; Surampudi, S.; Halpert, Gerald

    1993-01-01

    Viewgraphs of a discussion of design considerations for rechargable lithium batteries. The objective is to determine the influence of cell design parameters on the performance of Li-TiS2 cells. Topics covered include cell baseline design and testing, cell design and testing, cell design parameters studies, and cell cycling performance.

  18. Focused Recharge in a Theoretical Raingarden

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. R. Dussaillant; K. W. Potter; C. Wu

    2001-01-01

    Traditional stormwater management, which relies heavily on detention, does not mitigate groundwater depletion resulting from groundwater pumping and loss of groundwater recharge. In recent years there has been increasing interest in the use of practices, such as raingardens, that encourage infiltration of stormwater as a means of mitigating groundwater impacts. These can be particularly effective when infiltration is focused in

  19. Anode for rechargeable ambient temperature lithium cells

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    Huang, Chen-Kuo (inventor); Surampudi, Subbarao (inventor); Attia, Alan I. (inventor); Halpert, Gerald (inventor)

    1994-01-01

    An ambient room temperature, high density, rechargeable lithium battery includes a Li(x)Mg2Si negative anode which intercalates lithium to form a single crystalline phase when x is up to 1.0 and an amorphous phase when x is from 1 to 2.0. The electrode has good reversibility and mechanical strength after cycling.

  20. Automatic rainfall recharge model induction by evolutionary computational intelligence

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    Hong, Yoon-Seok Timothy; White, Paul A.; Scott, David M.

    2005-08-01

    Genetic programming (GP) is used to develop models of rainfall recharge from observations of rainfall recharge and rainfall, calculated potential evapotranspiration (PET) and soil profile available water (PAW) at four sites over a 4 year period in Canterbury, New Zealand. This work demonstrates that the automatic model induction method is a useful development in modeling rainfall recharge. The five best performing models evolved by genetic programming show a highly nonlinear relationship between rainfall recharge and the independent variables. These models are dominated by a positive correlation with rainfall, a negative correlation with the square of PET, and a negative correlation with PAW. The best performing GP models are more reliable than a soil water balance model at predicting rainfall recharge when rainfall recharge is observed in the late spring, summer, and early autumn periods. The "best" GP model provides estimates of cumulative sums of rainfall recharge that are closer than a soil water balance model to observations at all four sites.

  1. Monitoring Cave Recharge in the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone for Natural and Simulated Rainfall Events

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    Gregory, L.; Veni, G.; Shade, B.; Wilcox, B. P.; Munster, C. L.; Owens, M. K.

    2005-12-01

    Across semi-arid regions of the world, woody plant encroachment is widespread with potential implications for groundwater recharge and streamflow. In an effort to better understand the interactions between woody plants and recharge, we are monitoring drip rates in shallow caves in the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone of Central Texas. The surface is covered by a dense stand of ashe juniper (Juniperus ashei). In addition to stemflow, throughfall, and surface runoff was monitored for both natural precipitation events as well as simulated rainfall. Interception and throughfall are measured using a grid of rain gauges and throughfall collectors. Surface runoff measurements were quantified with a 15.24 centimeter H- flume instrumented with an ultrasonic water level sensor. Drip collectors constructed inside the cave collect recharge entering the cave from the ceiling. Large scale rainfall simulation equipment onsite allows us to "re-create" these naturally occurring rainfall events and compare the resulting data with that from the original event. Performing these types of tests allows us to learn important information about the cave footprint's ability to transmit recharge waters into the cave. During a simulation, water is applied directly to the cave footprint and not to the entire hillslope as in a natural rain event. We found that recharge for the natural and simulated events were similar. In each case, recharge makes up less than 5% of the water budget, in spite of the fact that there was little, if any, surface runoff. The working hypothesis is that most of the rainfall is routed off the hillslope as lateral subsurface flow.

  2. Lithium rechargeable cell with a polymer cathode

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    Walker, Charles W., Jr.

    1991-11-01

    Thin films of electropolymerized poly 3-methylthiophene (PMT) were used as a rechargeable cathode in Li(SO2)3AlCl4 electrolyte. Capacity was superior to porous carbon electrodes of like thickness. Pulse power levels of 2 W cm-2 were achieved, and high rate constant current pulses of four-second duration were reproducible over cycles. Cells could be recharged at potentials below 4.0 V, minimizing the formation of chlorine and thereby diminishing the capacity for corrosion. For a primary cell, greater discharge capacity was obtained with thionyl chloride and sulfuryl chloride electrolytes. Since PMT becomes electrically insulating in the reduced state, this could be used as a built-in safety feature to avert the hazards associated with abuse over-discharge.

  3. Ampere-Hour Meter For Rechargeable Battery

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    Tripp, John S.; Schott, Timothy D.; Tcheng, Ping

    1993-01-01

    Low-power analog/digital electronic circuit meters discharge of storage battery in ampere-hours. By metering discharge, one obtains indication of state of charge of battery and avoids unnecessary recharging, maintaining capacity of battery and prolonging life. Because of its small size and low power consumption, useful in such applications as portable video cameras, communication equipment on boats, portable audio equipment, and portable medical equipment.

  4. New mechanically rechargeable zinc-air batteries

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    J. Giltner

    1975-01-01

    This report describes the design, development and testing of new mechanically rechargeable zinc-air batteries. Following research and development of a low cost silver-mercury cathode catalyst, prototype battery tests were conducted. Cycle life tests at 3.5 amperes indicated satisfactory performance through at least 26 cycles when this test was terminated for the final hardware build. The cathode bi-cell design utilized the

  5. The rechargeable aluminum-ion battery

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    Navaneedhakrishnan, Jayaprakash; Das, Shyamal K; Archer, Lynden A.

    2011-01-01

    We report a novel aluminium-ion rechargeable battery comprised of an electrolyte containing AlCl? in the ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride, and a V?O? nano-wire cathode against an aluminium metal anode. The battery delivered a discharge capacity of 305 mAh g?¹ in the first cycle and 273 mAh g?¹ after 20 cycles, with very stable electrochemical behaviour.

  6. Nanomaterials for lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.

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    Liu, Hua Kun; Wang, Guo Xiu; Guo, Zaiping; Wang, Jiazhao; Konstantinov, Kosta

    2006-01-01

    In lithium-ion batteries, nanocrystalline intermetallic alloys, nanosized composite materials, carbon nanotubes, and nanosized transition-metal oxides are all promising new anode materials, while nanosized LiCoO2, LiFePO4, LiMn2O4, and LiMn2O4 show higher capacity and better cycle life as cathode materials than their usual larger-particle equivalents. The addition of nanosized metal-oxide powders to polymer electrolyte improves the performance of the polymer electrolyte for all solid-state lithium rechargeable batteries. To meet the challenge of global warming, a new generation of lithium rechargeable batteries with excellent safety, reliability, and cycling life is needed, i.e., not only for applications in consumer electronics, but especially for clean energy storage and for use in hybrid electric vehicles and aerospace. Nanomaterials and nanotechnologies can lead to a new generation of lithium secondary batteries. The aim of this paper is to review the recent developments on nanomaterials and nanotechniques used for anode, cathode, and electrolyte materials, the impact of nanomaterials on the performance of lithium batteries, and the modes of action of the nanomaterials in lithium rechargeable batteries. PMID:16573064

  7. Probabilistic analysis of the effects of climate change on groundwater recharge

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    Gene-Hua Crystal Ng; Dennis McLaughlin; Dara Entekhabi; Bridget R. Scanlon

    2010-01-01

    Groundwater recharge is likely to be affected by climate change. In semiarid regions where groundwater resources are often critical, annual recharge rates are typically small and most recharge occurs episodically. Such episodic recharge is uncertain and difficult to predict. This paper analyzes the impacts of different climate predictions on diffuse episodic recharge at a low-relief semiarid rain-fed agricultural area. The

  8. Nanoporous LiMn2O4 spinel prepared at low temperature as cathode material for aqueous supercapacitors

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    Wang, F. X.; Xiao, S. Y.; Gao, X. W.; Zhu, Y. S.; Zhang, H. P.; Wu, Y. P.; Holze, R.

    2013-11-01

    LiMn2O4 spinel was prepared by a hydrothermal method using ?-MnO2 nanotubes as precursor at 180 °C, a temperature much lower than that in previously reported methods. It is nanoporous with a pore size of about 40-50 nm and a BET surface area of 9.76 m2 g-1. It exhibits a high specific capacitance of 189 F g-1 at 0.3 A g-1 as a cathode for an aqueous supercapacitor. Even at 12 A g-1, it still has a capacitance of 166 F g-1. After 1500 cycles, there is no evident capacity fading. The LiMn2O4 cathode can deliver an energy density of 31.9 Wh kg-1 at 3480 W kg-1 and even maintain 19.4 Wh kg-1 at about 5100 W kg-1 based on the mass of LiMn2O4.

  9. A review of groundwater recharge under irrigated agriculture in Australia

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    Riasat, Ali; Mallants, Dirk; Walker, Glen; Silberstein, Richard

    2014-05-01

    Quantification of recharge under irrigated agriculture is one of the most important but difficult tasks. It is the least understood component in groundwater studies because of its large variability in space and time and the difficulty of direct measurement. Better management of groundwater resources is only possible if we can accurately determine all fluxes going into and out of a groundwater system. One of the major challenges facing irrigated agriculture in Australia, and the world, is to reduce uncertainty in estimating or measuring the recharge flux. Reducing uncertainty in groundwater recharge under irrigated agriculture is a pre-requisite for effective, efficient and sustainable groundwater resource management especially in dry areas where groundwater usage is often the key to economic development. An accurate quantification of groundwater recharge under irrigated systems is also crucial because of its potential impacts on soil profile salinity, groundwater levels and groundwater quality. This paper aims to identify the main recharge control parameters thorough a review of past field and modelling recharge studies in Australia. We find that the main recharge control parameters under irrigated agriculture are soil type, irrigation management, watertable depth, land cover or plant water uptake, soil surface conditions, and soil, irrigation water and groundwater chemistry. The most commonly used recharge estimation approaches include chloride mass balance, water budget equation, lysimeters, Darcy's law and numerical models. Main sources and magnitude of uncertainty in recharge estimates associated with these approaches are discussed.

  10. 2/24/2014 Micro-Windmills to Recharge Cell Phones http://www.jadecadelina.com/innovation/micro-windmills-recharge-phones/ 1/2

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    Chiao, Jung-Chih

    2/24/2014 Micro-Windmills to Recharge Cell Phones http://www.jadecadelina.com/innovation/micro-windmills-recharge-phones & Technology Search this site... R ECEN T P OSTS welcome Micro-Windmills to Recharge Cell Phones Super Ty phoon (required) Micro-Windmills to Recharge Cell Phones January 16, 2014 · by mr.jade · in Energy, Innovation

  11. An ultrafast rechargeable aluminium-ion battery.

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    Lin, Meng-Chang; Gong, Ming; Lu, Bingan; Wu, Yingpeng; Wang, Di-Yan; Guan, Mingyun; Angell, Michael; Chen, Changxin; Yang, Jiang; Hwang, Bing-Joe; Dai, Hongjie

    2015-04-16

    The development of new rechargeable battery systems could fuel various energy applications, from personal electronics to grid storage. Rechargeable aluminium-based batteries offer the possibilities of low cost and low flammability, together with three-electron-redox properties leading to high capacity. However, research efforts over the past 30 years have encountered numerous problems, such as cathode material disintegration, low cell discharge voltage (about 0.55 volts; ref. 5), capacitive behaviour without discharge voltage plateaus (1.1-0.2 volts or 1.8-0.8 volts) and insufficient cycle life (less than 100 cycles) with rapid capacity decay (by 26-85 per cent over 100 cycles). Here we present a rechargeable aluminium battery with high-rate capability that uses an aluminium metal anode and a three-dimensional graphitic-foam cathode. The battery operates through the electrochemical deposition and dissolution of aluminium at the anode, and intercalation/de-intercalation of chloroaluminate anions in the graphite, using a non-flammable ionic liquid electrolyte. The cell exhibits well-defined discharge voltage plateaus near 2 volts, a specific capacity of about 70 mA h g(-1) and a Coulombic efficiency of approximately 98 per cent. The cathode was found to enable fast anion diffusion and intercalation, affording charging times of around one minute with a current density of ~4,000 mA g(-1) (equivalent to ~3,000 W kg(-1)), and to withstand more than 7,500 cycles without capacity decay. PMID:25849777

  12. Challenges of Artificial Recharge at the Chain of Lakes

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    Zeng, X.

    2004-12-01

    A series of gravel quarry lakes, A through I (i.e. Chain of Lakes) in Alameda County, California are planned to convert to off-channel spreading lakes for artificial groundwater recharge. An operational plan is needed for the near-term improvements that would allow safe and efficient operations of Lake H and Lake I recently acquired for artificial recharge operations. Water source for the groundwater recharge comes from State Water Project (SWP) water releases at the South Bay Aqueduct turnout. The released water flows approximately nine miles in Arroyo Mocho Creek to the planned diversion facility. The recharge system includes multiple water delivery components and recharge components. Reliability of SWP water delivery is a water supply constraint to the recharge system. Hydraulic capacities of each delivery component and recharge capacities of each recharge component are physical constraints to the development of the operational plan. Policy issues identified in the Mitigated Negative Declaration which contains mitigation measures addressing potential impacts of fisheries and erosion are regulatory constraints to the operational plan development. Our approach that addresses technical challenges and policy issues in the development of the operational plan includes i) determination of lake recharge under observed conditions using water budget method; ii) development and calibration of a ground water flow model using MODFLOW; iii) estimation of lake recharge capacity for a range of lake levels using the calibrated ground water flow model; iv) analysis of clogging layer effects on recharge capacity; and v) development and application of operations models for the stream delivery system and the lake system.

  13. Thin-film rechargeable lithium batteries

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    Dudney, N.J.; Bates, J.B.; Lubben, D. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States). Solid State Div.

    1995-06-01

    Thin-film rechargeable lithium batteries using ceramic electrolyte and cathode materials have been fabricated by physical deposition techniques. The lithium phosphorous oxynitride electrolyte has exceptional electrochemical stability and a good lithium conductivity. The lithium insertion reaction of several different intercalation materials, amorphous V{sub 2}O{sub 5}, amorphous LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4}, and crystalline LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} films, have been investigated using the completed cathode/electrolyte/lithium thin-film battery.

  14. Lithium-intercalation oxides for rechargeable batteries

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    Ceder, Gerbrand; van der Ven, Anton; Aydinol, Mehmet Kadri

    1998-09-01

    Since the introduction of the LixC/LiCoO2 cell, rechargeable lithium batteries have become the technology of choice for applications where volume or weight are a consideration (e.g., laptop computers and cell phones). The focus of current research in cathodeactive materials is on less-expensive or higher-performance materials than LiCoO2. This article illustrates how first-principles calculations can play a critical role in obtaining the understanding needed to design improved cathode oxides.

  15. Modelling of groundwater mound formation resulting from transient recharge

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    S. N. Rai; D. V. Ramana; S. Thiagarajan; A. Manglik

    2001-01-01

    An analytical solution of a linearized Boussinesq equation is obtained to predict water table fluctuations as a result of time varying recharge from a strip basin for any number of recharge cycles. The analytical solution is obtained by using finite Fourier sine transform. Applications of the solution for the prediction of water table fluctuations and sensitivity analysis are demonstrated with

  16. Autonomous Battery Recharging for Indoor Mobile Robots Seungjun Oh

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    1 Autonomous Battery Recharging for Indoor Mobile Robots Seungjun Oh Australian National University the batteries on a mobile robot. The robot used in this project is the Nomadic Technologies? Nomad XR4000 mobile robot. The battery recharging system was implemented using the robot's built-in sensors to control

  17. Intrinsically safe 5-V, 4-A rechargeable power supply

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    John J. Sammarco

    1989-01-01

    The U.S. Bureau of Mines has developed a regulated, intrinsically safe, rechargeable power supply for portable electronic equipment for underground use. The regulated output is ideal for microprocessor power requirements and is suited for operation in hazardous environments. Two rechargeable, sealed batteries are contained within the power supply. Provisions are made to use an external source of power if these

  18. Comparative analysis of piezoelectric power harvesting circuits for rechargeable batteries

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    Mingjie Guan; Wei-Hsin Liao

    2005-01-01

    Using piezoelectric materials to harvest energy from ambient vibrations to power wireless sensors has been of great interest over the past few years. Due to the power output of the piezoelectric materials is relatively low, rechargeable battery is considered as one kind of energy storage to accumulate the harvested energy for intermittent use. Piezoelectric harvesting circuits for rechargeable batteries have

  19. ESTIMATION OF GROUND WATER RECHARGE USING SOIL MOISTURE BALANCE APPROACH

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    Kumar, C.P.

    ESTIMATION OF GROUND WATER RECHARGE USING SOIL MOISTURE BALANCE APPROACH C. P. Kumar* ABSTRACT The amount of water that may be extracted from an aquifer without causing depletion is primarily dependent upon the ground water recharge. Thus, a quantitative evaluation of spatial and temporal distribution

  20. Block Copolymer-Templated Nanocomposite Electrodes for Rechargeable Lithium Batteries

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    Sadoway, Donald Robert

    of rechargeable lithium batteries, the search for high capacity anodes that avoid the safety concerns associatedBlock Copolymer-Templated Nanocomposite Electrodes for Rechargeable Lithium Batteries S. C. Mui in lithium-alloying metals.1-4 While some lithium alloys such as Li-Sn have high theoretical capacities 990 m

  1. Infiltration-recharge through wadi beds in arid regions

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    ALI U. SORMAN; J. ABDULRAZZAK

    1993-01-01

    Groundwater recharge in arid regions is intermittent and usually occurs as a result of flood flow transmission losses in dry wadi channels. Hydrograph characteristics play a dominant role in determining the amount of channel abstraction in relation to the width of the wetted perimeter and the time of inundation, and the subsequent groundwater recharge. Large variations in the magnitude of

  2. Computational Aspect of Artificial Ground Water Recharging into Unconfined Aquifer

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    Pratima Patel; M. D. Desai

    CARE FOR GROUND WATER BEFORE IT BECOMES RARE therefore CATCHES WATER IN EVERY POSSIBLE WAY AND EVERY POSSIBLE PLACE IT FALLS. Mathematical aspect of ground water flow related to unconfined aquifer and a change in saturated thickness with variation in piezometric level so, permeability k, radius of influences L, distance between two recharge wells and presence of recharge by rainfall

  3. Determining the recharge mode of Sahelian aquifers using water isotopes

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    Girard, Pierre; Hillaire-Marcel, Claude; Oga, Marie Solange

    1997-10-01

    It is proposed that the drainage network plays an important role in the recharge process of the fractured aquifers in the African Precambrian shield and that the fractured aquifer system is likely to be hydraulically continuous; this contrasts with most previous studies, which suggested direct recharge by rainwater percolation. Two areas were selected in Niger for the study of the aquifer recharge process using isotopic analyses of water ( 2H, 18O, 3H). The first area, centred on the village of Kobio, is the 21-km 2 drainage basin of the Lomona intermittent stream, some 60 km southwest of Niamey (the capital city of Niger). The second area, in the vicinity of Niamey, represents a portion of the Niger basin, draining a surface area many orders of magnitude larger than the Lomona basin. The mean 18O composition of water from all wells in the Kobio aquifer provides evidence for recharge by evaporated water. This is confirmed by the concomitant increase of 18O content with rising static water levels as recharge proceeded. Tritium data suggest progressive aging of the Kobio aquifer water in the flow direction inferred from static water levels, with a down-gradient depletion of 18O composition, suggesting that `enriched' recharge water is progressively mixed with `depleted' aquifer water. Recharge by a reach of the Lomona is proposed to explain these results. In the Niamey area wells, the 18O time series clearly define an injection of evaporated water from the surface into the fractured aquifer. This recharging plume of evaporated water most likely originates from the Niger River. Thus, isotope data for two drainage basins of very different sizes indicate that aquifers are recharged by water from the rivers and that the flow regime of surface waters controls the recharge process.

  4. Climate variability effects on urban recharge beneath low impact development

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    Newcomer, M. E.; Gurdak, J. J.

    2012-12-01

    Groundwater resources in urban and coastal environments are highly vulnerable to human pressures and climate variability and change, and many communities face water shortages and need to find alternative water supplies. Therefore, understanding how low impact development (LID) site planning and integrated/best management practices (BMPs) affect recharge rates and volumes is important because of the increasing use of LID and BMP to reduce stormwater runoff and improve surface-water quality. Often considered a secondary management benefit, many BMPs may also enhance recharge to local aquifers; however these hypothesized benefits have not been thoroughly tested or quantified. In this study, we quantify stormwater capture and recharge enhancement beneath a BMP infiltration trench of the LID research network at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California. Stormwater capture and retention was analyzed using the SCS TR-55 curve number method and in-situ infiltration rates to assess LID storage. Recharge was quantified using vadose zone monitoring equipment, a detailed water budget analysis, and a Hydrus-2D model. Additionally, the effects of historical and predicted future precipitation on recharge rates were examined using precipitation from the Geophysical Fluid Dynamic Laboratory (GFDL) A1F1 climate scenario. Observed recharge rates beneath the infiltration trench range from 1,600 to 3,700 mm/year and are an order of magnitude greater than recharge beneath an irrigated grass lawn and a natural setting. The Hydrus-2D model results indicate increased recharge under the GFDL A1F1 scenario compared with historical and GFDL modeled 20th century rates because of the higher frequency of large precipitation events that induce runoff into the infiltration trench. However, under a simulated A1F1 El Niño year, recharge calculated by a water budget does not increase compared with current El Niño recharge rates. In comparison, simulated recharge rates were considerably lower beneath the grass lawn for historical and future precipitation years. This work highlights the potential management strategy of using LID to capture excess runoff during El Niño years that can be recharged and stored as groundwater. An additional benefit of LID in coastal aquifer systems is the ability to capture and redirect precipitation from runoff to recharge that may help mitigate the negative effects from groundwater pumping and sea-water intrusion.

  5. Polymer Energy Rechargeable System Battery Being Developed

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    Manzo, Michelle A.

    2003-01-01

    Long description. Illustrations of discotic liquid crystals, rod-coil polymers, lithium-ion conducting channel dilithium phthalocyanine (Li2Pc) from top and side, novel star polyethylene oxide structures, composite polyethylene oxide materials (showing polyethylene oxide + lithium salt, carbon atoms and oxygen atoms), homopolyrotaxanes, and diblock copolymers In fiscal year 2000, NASA established a program to develop the next generation, lithium-based, polymer electrolyte batteries for aerospace applications. The goal of this program, known as Polymer Energy Rechargeable Systems (PERS), is to develop a space-qualified, advanced battery system embodying polymer electrolyte and lithium-based electrode technologies and to establish world-class domestic manufacturing capabilities for advanced batteries with improved performance characteristics that address NASA s future aerospace battery requirements.

  6. Advanced rechargeable sodium batteries with novel cathodes

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    Di Stefano, S.; Ratnakumar, B. V.; Bankston, C. P.

    1990-01-01

    Various high energy density rechargeable batteries are being considered for future space applications. Of these, the sodium-sulfur battery is one of the leading candidates. The primary advantage is the high energy density (760 W h/kg theoretical). Energy densities in excess of 180 W h/kg have been realized in practical batteries. More recently, cathodes other than sulfur are being evaluated. Various new cathode materials are presently being evaluated for use in high energy density sodium batteries for advanced space applications. The approach is to carry out basic electrochemical studies of these materials in a sodium cell configuration in order to understand their fundamental behaviors. Thus far, the studies have focussed on alternative metal chlorides such as CuCl2 and organic cathode materials such as TCNE.

  7. Advanced rechargeable sodium batteries with novel cathodes

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    Distefano, S.; Ratnakumar, B. V.; Bankston, C. P.

    1989-01-01

    Various high energy density rechargeable batteries are being considered for future space applications. Of these, the sodium sulfur battery is one of the leading candidates. The primary advantage is the high energy density (760 Wh/kg theoretical). Energy densities in excess of 180 Wh/kg have been realized in practical batteries. More recently, cathodes other than sulfur are being evaluated. Researchers at JPL are evaluating various new cathode materials for use in high energy density sodium batteries for advanced space applications. The approach is to carry out basic electrochemical studies of these materials in a sodium cell configuration in order to understand their fundamental behaviors. Thus far studies have focused on alternate metal chlorides such as CuCl2 and organic cathode materials such as tetracyanoethylene (TCNE).

  8. Thin-film rechargeable lithium batteries

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    Dudney, N.J.; Bates, J.B.; Lubben, D.

    1994-11-01

    Small thin-film rechargeable cells have been fabricated with a lithium phosphorus oxyniuide electrolyte, Li metal anode, and Li{sub 1-x}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 4} as the cathode film. The cathode films were fabricated by several different techniques resulting in both crystalline and amorphous films. These were compared by observing the cell discharge behavior. Estimates have been made for the scale-up of such a thin-film battery to meet the specifications for the electric vehicle application. The specific energy, energy density, and cycle life are expected to meet the USABC mid-term criteria. However, the areas of the thin-films needed to fabricate such a cell are very large. The required areas could be greatly reduced by operating the battery at temperatures near 100{degrees}C or by enhancing the lithium ion transport rate in the cathode material.

  9. Polymer Energy Rechargeable System (PERS) Development Program

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    Baldwin, Richard S.; Manzo, Michelle A.; Dalton, Penni J.; Marsh, Richard A.; Surampudi, Rao

    2001-01-01

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) have recently established a collaborative effort to support the development of polymer-based, lithium-based cell chemistries and battery technologies to address the next generation of aerospace applications and mission needs. The overall objective of this development program, which is referred to as PERS, Polymer Energy Rechargeable System, is to establish a world-class technology capability and U.S. leadership in polymer-based battery technology for aerospace applications. Programmatically, the PERS initiative will exploit both interagency collaborations to address common technology and engineering issues and the active participation of academia and private industry. The initial program phases will focus on R&D activities to address the critical technical issues and challenges at the cell level.

  10. Unlinkable Priced Oblivious Transfer with Rechargeable Wallets

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    Camenisch, Jan; Dubovitskaya, Maria; Neven, Gregory

    We present the first truly unlinkable priced oblivious transfer protocol. Our protocol allows customers to buy database records while remaining fully anonymous, i.e., (1) the database does not learn who purchases a record, and cannot link purchases by the same customer; (2) the database does not learn which record is being purchased, nor the price of the record that is being purchased; (3) the customer can only obtain a single record per purchase, and cannot spend more than his account balance; (4) the database does not learn the customer's remaining balance. In our protocol customers keep track of their own balances, rather than leaving this to the database as done in previous protocols. Our priced oblivious transfer protocol is also the first to allow customers to (anonymously) recharge their balances. Finally, we prove our protocol secure in the standard model (i.e., without random oracles).

  11. Nanostructured cathode materials for rechargeable lithium batteries

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    Myung, Seung-Taek; Amine, Khalil; Sun, Yang-Kook

    2015-06-01

    The prospect of drastic climate change and the ceaseless fluctuation of fossil fuel prices provide motivation to reduce the use of fossil fuels and to find new energy conversion and storage systems that are able to limit carbon dioxide generation. Among known systems, lithium-ion batteries are recognized as the most appropriate energy storage system because of their high energy density and thus space saving in applications. Introduction of nanotechnology to electrode material is beneficial to improve the resulting electrode performances such as capacity, its retention, and rate capability. The nanostructure is highly available not only when used alone but also is more highlighted when harmonized in forms of core-shell structure and composites with carbon nanotubes, graphene or reduced graphene oxides. This review covers syntheses and electrochemical properties of nanoscale, nanosized, and nanostructured cathode materials for rechargeable lithium batteries.

  12. Geostatistical estimates of future recharge for the Death Valley region

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    Hevesi, J.A. [Geological Survey, Las Vegas, NV (United States); Flint, A.L. [Geological Survey, Sacramento, CA (United States)

    1998-12-01

    Spatially distributed estimates of regional ground water recharge rates under both current and potential future climates are needed to evaluate a potential geologic repository for high-level nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, which is located within the Death Valley ground-water region (DVGWR). Determining the spatial distribution of recharge is important for regional saturated-zone ground-water flow models. In the southern Nevada region, the Maxey-Eakin method has been used for estimating recharge based on average annual precipitation. Although this method does not directly account for a variety of location-specific factors which control recharge (such as bedrock permeability, soil cover, and net radiation), precipitation is the primary factor that controls in the region. Estimates of recharge obtained by using the Maxey-Eakin method are comparable to estimates of recharge obtained by using chloride balance studies. The authors consider the Maxey-Eakin approach as a relatively simple method of obtaining preliminary estimates of recharge on a regional scale.

  13. Biologically derived melanin electrodes in aqueous sodium-ion energy storage devices

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    Kim, Young Jo; Wu, Wei; Chun, Sang-Eun; Whitacre, Jay F.; Bettinger, Christopher J.

    2013-01-01

    Biodegradable electronics represents an attractive and emerging paradigm in medical devices by harnessing simultaneous advantages afforded by electronically active systems and obviating issues with chronic implants. Integrating practical energy sources that are compatible with the envisioned operation of transient devices is an unmet challenge for biodegradable electronics. Although high-performance energy storage systems offer a feasible solution, toxic materials and electrolytes present regulatory hurdles for use in temporary medical devices. Aqueous sodium-ion charge storage devices combined with biocompatible electrodes are ideal components to power next-generation biodegradable electronics. Here, we report the use of biologically derived organic electrodes composed of melanin pigments for use in energy storage devices. Melanins of natural (derived from Sepia officinalis) and synthetic origin are evaluated as anode materials in aqueous sodium-ion storage devices. Na+-loaded melanin anodes exhibit specific capacities of 30.4 ± 1.6 mAhg?1. Full cells composed of natural melanin anodes and ?-MnO2 cathodes exhibit an initial potential of 1.03 ± 0.06 V with a maximum specific capacity of 16.1 ± 0.8 mAhg?1. Natural melanin anodes exhibit higher specific capacities compared with synthetic melanins due to a combination of beneficial chemical, electrical, and physical properties exhibited by the former. Taken together, these results suggest that melanin pigments may serve as a naturally occurring biologically derived charge storage material to power certain types of medical devices. PMID:24324163

  14. Echo Meadows Project Winter Artificial Recharge.

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    Ziari, Fred

    2002-12-19

    This report discusses the findings of the Echo Meadows Project (BPA Project 2001-015-00). The main purpose of this project is to artificially recharge an alluvial aquifer, WITH water from Umatilla River during the winter high flow period. In turn, this recharged aquifer will discharge an increased flow of cool groundwater back to the river, thereby improving Umatilla River water quality and temperature. A considerable side benefit is that the Umatilla River should improve as a habitat for migration, spanning, and rearing of anadromous and resident fish. The scope of this project is to provide critical baseline information about the Echo Meadows and the associated reach of the Umatilla River. Key elements of information that has been gathered include: (1) Annual and seasonal groundwater levels in the aquifer with an emphasis on the irrigation season, (2) Groundwater hydraulic properties, particularly hydraulic conductivity and specific yield, and (3) Groundwater and Umatilla River water quality including temperature, nutrients and other indicator parameters. One of the major purposes of this data gathering was to develop input to a groundwater model of the area. The purpose of the model is to estimate our ability to recharge this aquifer using water that is only available outside of the irrigation season (December through the end of February) and to estimate the timing of groundwater return flow back to the river. We have found through the data collection and modeling efforts that this reach of the river had historically returned as much as 45 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water to the Umatilla River during the summer and early fall. However, this return flow was reduced to as low as 10 cfs primarily due to reduced quantities of irrigation application, gain in irrigation efficiencies and increased groundwater pumping. Our modeling indicated that it is possible to restore these critical return flows using applied water outside of the irrigation season. We further found that this water can be timed to return to the river during the desired time of the year (summer to early fall). This is because the river stage, which remains relatively high until this time, drops during the irrigation season-thereby releasing the stored groundwater and increasing river flows. A significant side benefit is that these enhanced groundwater return flows will be clean and cold, particularly as compared to the Umatilla River. We also believe that this same type of application of water could be done and the resulting stream flows could be realized in other watersheds throughout the Pacific Northwest. This means that it is critical to compare the results from this baseline report to the full implementation of the project in the next phase. As previously stated, this report only discusses the results of data gathered during the baseline phase of this project. We have attempted to make the data that has been gathered accessible with the enclosed databases and spreadsheets. We provide computer links in this report to the databases so that interested parties can fully evaluate the data that has been gathered. However, we cannot emphasize too strongly that the real value of this project is to implement the phases to come, compare the results of these future phases to this baseline and develop the science and strategies to successfully implement this concept to other rivers in the Pacific Northwest. The results from our verified and calibrated groundwater model matches the observed groundwater data and trends collected during the baseline phase. The modeling results indicate that the return flows may increase to their historic values with the addition of 1 acre-ft/acre of recharge water to the groundwater system (about 9,600 acre-feet total). What this means is that through continued recharge project, you can double to quadruple the annual baseflow of the Umatilla River during the low summer and fall flow periods as compared to the present base-flow. The cool and high quality recharge water is a significant beneficial impact to the river system.

  15. Soil Water Balance and Recharge Monitoring at the Hanford Site – FY 2010 Status Report

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    Fayer, Michael J.; Saunders, Danielle L.; Herrington, Ricky S.; Felmy, Diana

    2010-10-27

    This report summarizes the recharge data collected in FY 2010 at five locations on the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington State. Average monthly precipitation and temperature conditions in FY 2010 were near normal and did not present an opportunity for increased recharge. The recharge monitoring data confirmed those conditions, showing normal behavior in water content, matric head, and recharge rates. Also provided in this report is a strategy for recharge estimation for the next 5 years.

  16. GROUNDWATER RECHARGE/DISCHARGE, NEUSE RIVER WATERSHED, NC

    EPA Science Inventory

    The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Water Quality and Groundwater Section, in cooperation with the NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, developed the Groundwater Recharge/Discharge digital data to enhance planning, siting ...

  17. Transportation Center Seminar "Electric Vehicle Recharging: Decision Support

    E-print Network

    Bustamante, Fabián E.

    Transportation Center Seminar "Electric Vehicle Recharging: Decision Support Tools for Drivers Conference Center Refreshments available at 3:30 pm Abstract: Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) have become electric vehicles. #12;

  18. Improved zinc electrode and rechargeable zinc-air battery

    DOEpatents

    Ross, P.N. Jr.

    1988-06-21

    The invention comprises an improved rechargeable zinc-air cell/battery having recirculating alkaline electrolyte and a zinc electrode comprising a porous foam support material which carries the active zinc electrode material. 5 figs.

  19. Modern recharge to fossil aquifers: Geochemical, geophysical, and modeling constraints

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    Sultan, M.; Metwally, S.; Milewski, A.; Becker, D.; Ahmed, M.; Sauck, W.; Soliman, F.; Sturchio, N.; Yan, E.; Rashed, M.; Wagdy, A.; Becker, R.; Welton, B.

    2011-06-01

    The Nubian Sandstone (NSS) aquifer of northeast Africa is believed to have been recharged in previous wet climatic periods in the Quaternary Period. While this is largely true, we show using the Sinai Peninsula as our test site that the aquifer is locally receiving modern recharge under the current dry climatic conditions. The validity of the advocated model was tested using geophysical (conventional electrical resistivity [ER]) and isotopic (O, H) data, and estimates for modern recharge were obtained using continuous rainfall-runoff modeling over the period 1998-2007. Interpretations of ER profiles are consistent with the presence of unconfined NSS aquifers flooring recharge areas at the foothills of the crystalline basement in Sinai at Baraga (thickness: 20 to >188 m; resistivity: 16-130 ? m) and Zalaga (thickness: 27 to >115 m; resistivity: 3-202 ? m). The isotopic composition ( ?D: -22.7 to -32.8‰; ?18O: -4.47 to -5.22‰) of groundwater samples from wells tapping the NSS aquifer underlying recharge areas is consistent with mixing between two endmembers: (1) fossil groundwater with isotopic compositions similar to those of the Western Desert NSS aquifer ( ?D: -72 to -81‰; ?18O: -10.6 to -11.9‰), and (2) average modern meteoric precipitation ( ?D: -9.84‰; ?18O: -3.48‰) in Sinai, with the latter endmember being the dominant component. A first-order estimate for the average annual modern recharge for the NSS aquifer was assessed at ˜13.0 × 10 6 m 3/yr using the SWAT (Soil Water Assessment Tool) model. Findings bear on the sustainable exploitation of the NSS aquifer, where the aquifer is being locally recharged, and on the exploitation of similar extensive aquifers that were largely recharged in previous wet climatic periods but are still receiving modest modern meteoric contributions.

  20. Competitive systems - Ambient temperature rechargeable batteries

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    dell, R. M.

    Recent in designs of aqueous electrolyte secondary batteries are presented. Operation principles, performance characteristics, and applications of various types of lead/acid batteries, alkaline electrolyte batteries, flow batteries, and battery/fuel cell hybrids (such as metal/air and hydrogen/metal oxide systems) are discussed. Consideration is given to the relative importance of such battery parameters as deep discharge capability, freedom from maintenance, shelf life, and cost, depending upon the specific application.

  1. Seasonal variation in natural recharge of coastal aquifers

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    Mollema, Pauline N.; Antonellini, Marco

    2013-06-01

    Many coastal zones around the world have irregular precipitation throughout the year. This results in discontinuous natural recharge of coastal aquifers, which affects the size of freshwater lenses present in sandy deposits. Temperature data for the period 1960-1990 from LocClim (local climate estimator) and those obtained from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) SRES A1b scenario for 2070-2100, have been used to calculate the potential evapotranspiration with the Thornthwaite method. Potential recharge (difference between precipitation and potential evapotranspiration) was defined at 12 locations: Ameland (The Netherlands), Auckland and Wellington (New Zealand); Hong Kong (China); Ravenna (Italy), Mekong (Vietnam), Mumbai (India), New Jersey (USA), Nile Delta (Egypt), Kobe and Tokyo (Japan), and Singapore. The influence of variable/discontinuous recharge on the size of freshwater lenses was simulated with the SEAWAT model. The discrepancy between models with continuous and with discontinuous recharge is relatively small in areas where the total annual recharge is low (258-616 mm/year); but in places with Monsoon-dominated climate (e.g. Mumbai, with recharge up to 1,686 mm/year), the difference in freshwater-lens thickness between the discontinuous and the continuous model is larger (up to 5 m) and thus important to consider in numerical models that estimate freshwater availability.

  2. Effect of temporally correlated recharge on fluctuations of groundwater levels

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    Zhang, You-Kuan; Li, Zhongwei

    2006-10-01

    The effect of temporally correlated groundwater recharge, R(t), on fluctuations of the hydraulic head, h(t), was investigated with theoretical analyses and numerical simulations. Under an exponentially correlated recharge (ECR) process, analytical solutions for the hydraulic head covariance, Chh, and variance, ?h2, were derived with a linear reservoir model. It was found that Chh and ?h2 are time-dependent or nonstationary and reduce to those derived in a previous study for a white noise recharge (WNR) when the correlation timescale of the recharge process approaches zero. It is also found that ?h2 for ECR is proportional to t2, while that for WNR is proportional to t for a substantial period of time, indicating that h(t) under ECR may vary as a smooth curve with no fractal characteristics (D = 1.0), while h(t) under WNR fluctuates as a Brownian motion (D = 1.5). The theoretical findings were verified by numerical simulations: The power spectra of the simulated heads with a one-dimensional transient groundwater flow model under ECR were shown to have distinct slopes in the log-log plot with D = 1.02. It was emphasized that the effect of temporal correlation in groundwater recharge is to dampen the fluctuations of the head and base flow and that daily groundwater recharge rates may have little temporal correlation in the hydrogeological conditions similar to the Walnut Creek site.

  3. The Policy of "Pumping the Recharge" Is Out of Control

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    Balleau, W. Peter

    2013-01-01

    Hydrogeologists have spent several scientific generations in understanding the source of water to well fields and the effects of wells on the interrelated surface water system. The benchmark is by Theis [1940], who emphasized that some groundwater is initially mined during aquifer development and, after sufficient time, well discharge will be made up by diminution of both rejected recharge and natural discharge. Rejected recharge is water that would reside in the aquifer, except for a lack of space available. Theis advised that a perennial safe yield is equivalent to the amount of rejected recharge and natural discharge that is "feasible to utilize." His term "feasible" may have anticipated many current issues about aquifer sustainability. Papers published this year on the Ogallala aquifer in the central United States and on the global groundwater "footprint" [Scanlon et al., 2012; Gleeson et al., 2012] focus on recharge as an index of sustainability and have been featured in the popular press. However, I argue in this Forum that natural recharge rates alone cannot serve to address the core policy question regarding sustainable aquifer conditions in response to well field stresses. For the sake of users of hydrologic guidance, advisors on this topic may wish to reconsider the safe nature of "pumping the recharge."

  4. Transient Rechargeable Batteries Triggered by Cascade Reactions.

    PubMed

    Fu, Kun; Liu, Zhen; Yao, Yonggang; Wang, Zhengyang; Zhao, Bin; Luo, Wei; Dai, Jiaqi; Lacey, Steven D; Zhou, Lihui; Shen, Fei; Kim, Myeongseob; Swafford, Laura; Sengupta, Louise; Hu, Liangbing

    2015-07-01

    Transient battery is a new type of technology that allows the battery to disappear by an external trigger at any time. In this work, we successfully demonstrated the first transient rechargeable batteries based on dissoluble electrodes including V2O5 as the cathode and lithium metal as the anode as well as a biodegradable separator and battery encasement (PVP and sodium alginate, respectively). All the components are robust in a traditional lithium-ion battery (LIB) organic electrolyte and disappear in water completely within minutes due to triggered cascade reactions. With a simple cut-and-stack method, we designed a fully transient device with an area of 0.5 cm by 1 cm and total energy of 0.1 J. A shadow-mask technique was used to demonstrate the miniature device, which is compatible with transient electronics manufacturing. The materials, fabrication methods, and integration strategy discussed will be of interest for future developments in transient, self-powered electronics. The demonstration of a miniature Li battery shows the feasibility toward system integration for all transient electronics. PMID:26083530

  5. Estimated Infiltration, Percolation, and Recharge Rates at the Rillito Creek Focused Recharge Investigation Site, Pima County, Arizona

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    Hoffmann, John P.; Blasch, Kyle W.; Pool, Don R.; Bailey, Matthew A.; Callegary, James B.

    2007-01-01

    A large fraction of ground water stored in the alluvial aquifers in the Southwest is recharged by water that percolates through ephemeral stream-channel deposits. The amount of water currently recharging many of these aquifers is insufficient to meet current and future demands. Improving the understanding of streambed infiltration and the subsequent redistribution of water within the unsaturated zone is fundamental to quantifying and forming an accurate description of streambed recharge. In addition, improved estimates of recharge from ephemeral-stream channels will reduce uncertainties in water-budget components used in current ground-water models. This chapter presents a summary of findings related to a focused recharge investigation along Rillito Creek in Tucson, Arizona. A variety of approaches used to estimate infiltration, percolation, and recharge fluxes are presented that provide a wide range of temporal- and spatial-scale measurements of recharge beneath Rillito Creek. The approaches discussed include analyses of (1) cores and cuttings for hydraulic and textural properties, (2) environmental tracers from the water extracted from the cores and cuttings, (3) seepage measurements made during sustained streamflow, (4) heat as a tracer and numerical simulations of the movement of heat through the streambed sediments, (5) water-content variations, (6) water-level responses to streamflow in piezometers within the stream channel, and (7) gravity changes in response to recharge events. Hydraulic properties of the materials underlying Rillito Creek were used to estimate long-term potential recharge rates. Seepage measurements and analyses of temperature and water content were used to estimate infiltration rates, and environmental tracers were used to estimate percolation rates through the thick unsaturated zone. The presence or lack of tritium in the water was used to determine whether or not water in the unsaturated zone infiltrated within the past 40 years. Analysis of water-level and temporal-gravity data were used to estimate recharge volumes. Data presented in this chapter were collected from 1999 though 2002. Precipitation and streamflow during this period were less than the long-term average; however, two periods of significant streamflow resulted in recharge?one in the summer of 1999 and the other in the fall/winter of 2000. Flux estimates of infiltration and recharge vary from less than 0.1 to 1.0 cubic meter per second per kilometer of streamflow. Recharge-flux estimates are larger than infiltration estimates. Larger recharge fluxes than infiltration fluxes are explained by the scale of measurements. Methods used to estimate recharge rates incorporate the largest volumetric and temporal scales and are likely to have fluxes from other nearby sources, such as unmeasured tributaries, whereas the methods used to estimate infiltration incorporate the smallest scales, reflecting infiltration rates at individual measurement sites.

  6. Fundamental Concepts of Recharge in the Desert Southwest

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Flint, A. L.; Flint, L. E.; Blainey, J. B.; Hevesi, J. A.

    2001-12-01

    Recharge in arid basins does not occur in all years or at all locations. To address the temporal and spatial variability of recharge, one must (1) distinguish between recharge and net infiltration, (2) understand travel time in the unsaturated zone, and (3) comprehend the local- and basin-scale deterministic processes and surficial properties that control net infiltration. Net infiltration is the quantity of water that moves below the zone of surface evapotranspiration whereas recharge is the quantity or process of water entering the saturated zone. Under steady-state conditions, net infiltration becomes recharge unless diverted to an area of spring flow, generally by laterally extensive, low-permeability rock. The rate of net infiltration, thickness of unsaturated zone, and the effective porosity of the flow-pathway control travel time through the unsaturated zone. Net infiltration and recharge vary spatially owing to variations in surface microclimates, root zone and unconsolidated material thickness, faults and fractures, and thickness and hydrologic properties of geologic strata in the unsaturated zone. Although temporal fluctuations in net infiltration diminish with depth, resultant recharge is expected to vary on timescales of days to centuries making decadal-scale climate cycles significant to understanding recharge. Results of model simulations of recharge indicate that net infiltration occurs in less than 5 percent of the area of a typical southwest basin and only when the surface-water supply exceeds the storage capacity of the root zone and evapotranspiration over a fixed period of time. The critical components controlling net infiltration and recharge are precipitation, as rain or snow (and snow accumulation and melt); infiltration and water storage capacity of the overlying soil (within the zone of evapotranspiration); potential and actual evapotranspiration; and bedrock permeability. In the desert Southwest, potential evapotranspiration exceeds precipitation on a yearly basis. However, on shorter time scales and in certain areas of a basin, precipitation and (or) snowmelt exceed the infiltration capacity of the soil and becomes runoff or exceed the storage capacity of the soil and becomes runoff in shallow soils or percolates below the root zone in deeper soils. A method to simulate the spatial and temporal variability of net infiltration was developed using a deterministic water-balance model and extensive GIS coverages. The GIS coverages include a digital elevation model and maps of geology, soils, vegetation, precipitation, and air temperature. Other required surficial properties for the model, such as permeability, porosity, and water-retention functions, have been calculated from associated data sets. The deterministic model identifies the areas and climatic conditions that allow for excess water, quantifies the amount of water available either as runoff or in-place recharge, and allows inter-basin comparison of recharge mechanisms (i.e. mountain front, mountain block, ephemeral stream) and potential recharge for current, wetter, and drier climates. Travel time through the unsaturated zone can be estimated if unsaturated zone thickness and permeability data are available. The model, which uses a monthly time step, is being used to evaluate the role of decadal-scale climate cycles (El Niño/La Niña and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation) and recharge potential at a pixel scale (generally 30 - 90 meters) across the entire desert Southwest.

  7. A rechargeable redox battery utilizing ruthenium complexes with non-aqueous organic electrolyte

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Y. Matsuda; K. Tanaka; M. Okada; Y. Takasu; M. Morita; T. Matsumura-Inoue

    1988-01-01

    A new-type redox battery has been developed. Some ruthenium complexes in organic electrolyte solution were utilized as the electrode active materials. A single cell consisting of [Ru(bpy)3]2+ complex in acetonitrile solution had an open circuit voltage of 2.6 V and a discharge current of 5 mA cm-2 (at a smooth carbon electrode). The characteristics of this type of cell were

  8. Artificial-Recharge Experiments and Operations on the Southern High Plains of Texas and New Mexico

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Brown, Richmond F.; Signor, Donald C.

    1973-01-01

    Experiments using highly turbid water from playa lakes for injection into the Ogallala Formation have resulted in greatly decreased yield of the recharge wells, Recharge of ground or surface water of good quality has indicated, however, that injection through wells is an effective method of recharging the aquifer. Water that is slightly turbid can be successfully injected for a period of time, but generally results in constantly declining yields and capacity for recharge. Redevelopment through pumping and surging significantly prolongs the life of recharge wells under some conditions. Surface spreading is little practiced on the High Plains, but locally may be a feasible means of artificial recharge.

  9. Oxygen electrodes for rechargeable alkaline fuel cells

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Swette, L.; Kackley, N.

    1989-01-01

    Electrocatalysts and supports for the positive electrode of moderate temperature single-unit rechargeable alkaline fuel cells are being investigated and developed. Candidate support materials were drawn from transition metal carbides, borides, nitrides and oxides which have high conductivity (greater than 1 ohm/cm). Candidate catalyst materials were selected largely from metal oxides of the form ABO sub x (where A = Pb, Cd, Mn, Ti, Zr, La, Sr, Na, and B = Pt, Pd, Ir, Ru, Ni (Co) which were investigated and/or developed for one function only, O2 reduction or O2 evolution. The electrical conductivity requirement for catalysts may be lower, especially if integrated with a higher conductivity support. All candidate materials of acceptable conductivity are subjected to corrosion testing. Materials that survive chemical testing are examined for electrochemical corrosion activity. For more stringent corrosion testing, and for further evaluation of electrocatalysts (which generally show significant O2 evolution at at 1.4 V), samples are held at 1.6 V or 0.6 V for about 100 hours. The surviving materials are then physically and chemically analyzed for signs of degradation. To evaluate the bifunctional oxygen activity of candidate catalysts, Teflon-bonded electrodes are fabricated and tested in a floating electrode configuration. Many of the experimental materials being studied have required development of a customized electrode fabrication procedure. In advanced development, the goal is to reduce the polarization to about 300 to 350 mV. Approximately six support materials and five catalyst materials were identified to date for further development. The test results will be described.

  10. Design and simulation of lithium rechargeable batteries

    SciTech Connect

    Doyle, C.M.

    1995-08-01

    Lithium -based rechargeable batteries that utilize insertion electrodes are being considered for electric-vehicle applications because of their high energy density and inherent reversibility. General mathematical models are developed that apply to a wide range of lithium-based systems, including the recently commercialized lithium-ion cell. The modeling approach is macroscopic, using porous electrode theory to treat the composite insertion electrodes and concentrated solution theory to describe the transport processes in the solution phase. The insertion process itself is treated with a charge-transfer process at the surface obeying Butler-Volmer kinetics, followed by diffusion of the lithium ion into the host structure. These models are used to explore the phenomena that occur inside of lithium cells under conditions of discharge, charge, and during periods of relaxation. Also, in order to understand the phenomena that limit the high-rate discharge of these systems, we focus on the modeling of a particular system with well-characterized material properties and system parameters. The system chosen is a lithium-ion cell produced by Bellcore in Red Bank, NJ, consisting of a lithium-carbon negative electrode, a plasticized polymer electrolyte, and a lithium-manganese-oxide spinel positive electrode. This battery is being marketed for consumer electronic applications. The system is characterized experimentally in terms of its transport and thermodynamic properties, followed by detailed comparisons of simulation results with experimental discharge curves. Next, the optimization of this system for particular applications is explored based on Ragone plots of the specific energy versus average specific power provided by various designs.

  11. Coupling Stormwater Capture and Managed Aquifer Recharge

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Beganskas, S.; Hill, C. L.; Fisher, A. T.; Los Huertos, M.

    2013-12-01

    We are quantifying the performance of a system that couples stormwater capture and managed aquifer recharge (MAR). Our field site is a working ranch in the Pajaro Valley, central coastal California, where runoff from ~125 acres of farmed and grazed land is directed into a 2.5-acre infiltration basin. Stormwater captured for MAR at this site would otherwise be routed off the property and eventually into the ocean. We instrumented the site prior to the start of the 2013 water year (1 October 2012) to measure local precipitation, total inflow to the basin, and point-specific infiltration rates across the bottom of the basin using heat as a tracer. We also deployed sediment measurement and collection instruments to quantify the amount, texture, and biochemical nature of sediment accumulating in the basin, and to evaluate associated maintenance requirements for the system. The 2013 water year was relatively dry, with total precipitation less than 50% of the long-term average for this region; most of this precipitation occurred in December 2012. Water level and flow records indicate 17 distinct rain events that generated runoff, most early in the water year. The total inflow to the infiltration basin was 4.1 x 104 m3, equivalent to ~33 ac-ft. During a water year with average precipitation, it appears that this system could collect 80-100 ac-ft of runoff. There was up to 10 cm of sediment accumulation in some parts of the infiltration basin by the end of the rainy season. Sediment samples collected at the end of the season are being processed for analysis of sediment distribution and character. Thermal data are being analyzed to calculate spatial and temporal variations in infiltration rates across the basin. These data will be combined to assess the efficacy of coupling stormwater capture and MAR, and can guide future projects in this region of high groundwater demand and limited resources.

  12. Geochemical Triggers of Arsenic Mobilization during Managed Aquifer Recharge.

    PubMed

    Fakhreddine, Sarah; Dittmar, Jessica; Phipps, Don; Dadakis, Jason; Fendorf, Scott

    2015-07-01

    Mobilization of arsenic and other trace metal contaminants during managed aquifer recharge (MAR) poses a challenge to maintaining local groundwater quality and to ensuring the viability of aquifer storage and recovery techniques. Arsenic release from sediments into solution has occurred during purified recycled water recharge of shallow aquifers within Orange County, CA. Accordingly, we examine the geochemical processes controlling As desorption and mobilization from shallow, aerated sediments underlying MAR infiltration basins. Further, we conducted a series of batch and column experiments to evaluate recharge water chemistries that minimize the propensity of As desorption from the aquifer sediments. Within the shallow Orange County Groundwater Basin sediments, the divalent cations Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) are critical for limiting arsenic desorption; they promote As (as arsenate) adsorption to the phyllosilicate clay minerals of the aquifer. While native groundwater contains adequate concentrations of dissolved Ca(2+) and Mg(2+), these cations are not present at sufficient concentrations during recharge of highly purified recycled water. Subsequently, the absence of dissolved Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) displaces As from the sediments into solution. Increasing the dosages of common water treatment amendments including quicklime (Ca(OH)2) and dolomitic lime (CaO·MgO) provides recharge water with higher concentrations of Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) ions and subsequently decreases the release of As during infiltration. PMID:26057865

  13. Fate of human viruses in groundwater recharge systems

    SciTech Connect

    Vaughn, J.M.; Landry, E.F.

    1980-03-01

    The overall objective of this research program was to determine the ability of a well-managed tertiary effluent-recharge system to return virologically acceptable water to the groundwater aquifer. The study assessed the quality of waters renovated by indigenous recharge operations and investigated a number of virus-soil interrelationships. The elucidation of the interactions led to the establishment of basin operating criteria for optimizing virus removal. Raw influents, chlorinated tertiary effluents, and renovated wastewater from the aquifer directly beneath a uniquely designed recharge test basin were assayed on a weekly basis for the presence of human enteroviruses and coliform bacteria. High concentrations of viruses were routinely isolated from influents but were isolated only on four occasions from tertiary-treated sewage effluents. In spite of the high quality effluent being recharged, viruses were isolated from the groundwater observation well, indicating their ability to penetrate the unsaturated zone. Results of poliovirus seeding experiments carried out in the test basin clearly indicated the need to operate recharge basins at low (e.g. 1 cm/h) infiltration rates in areas having soil types similar to those found at the study site. The method selected for reducing the test basin infiltration rate involved clogging the basin surface with settled organic material from highly turbid effluent. Alternative methods for slowing infiltration rates are discussed in the text.

  14. The timing of EV recharging and its effect on utilities

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Collins, M. M.; Mader, G. H.

    1983-02-01

    The impact of electric vehicles (EVs) on electric utilities will in part depend on when the vehicles are recharged. If electricity pricing practices were guided by time of day, recharging of EVs would occur at late night hours, when demand for electricity for other purposes is low. The peak demand by the year 2000 would then increase by only 400 MW, by comparison with 5700 MW for the case of electricity that is uniformly priced throughout the day. It is further established by the present projections that the oil- and gas-burning component of electrical generation would rise by only 27 percent for the late night-charging case, by contrast to 39 percent for the alternative, late afternoon and early evening recharging.

  15. Sulfone-based electrolytes for aluminium rechargeable batteries.

    PubMed

    Nakayama, Yuri; Senda, Yui; Kawasaki, Hideki; Koshitani, Naoki; Hosoi, Shizuka; Kudo, Yoshihiro; Morioka, Hiroyuki; Nagamine, Masayuki

    2015-02-28

    Electrolyte is a key material for success in the research and development of next-generation rechargeable batteries. Aluminium rechargeable batteries that use aluminium (Al) metals as anode materials are attractive candidates for next-generation batteries, though they have not been developed yet due to the lack of practically useful electrolytes. Here we present, for the first time, non-corrosive reversible Al electrolytes working at room temperature. The electrolytes are composed of aluminium chlorides, dialkylsulfones, and dilutants, which are realized by the identification of electrochemically active Al species, the study of sulfone dependences, the effects of aluminium chloride concentrations, dilutions and their optimizations. The characteristic feature of these materials is the lower chloride concentrations in the solutions than those in the conventional Al electrolytes, which allows us to use the Al metal anodes without corrosions. We anticipate that the sulfone-based electrolytes will open the doors for the research and development of Al rechargeable batteries. PMID:25627398

  16. Coupling stormwater capture and managed aquifer recharge

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Beganskas, S.; Fisher, A. T.; Los Huertos, M.; Hill, C. L.

    2014-12-01

    We are evaluating the use of stormwater runoff as a source for managed aquifer recharge (MAR), using data from an operational field site to address two questions: (1) How much stormwater can be captured and infiltrated with this system? (2) What is the impact of sediment delivered to the infiltration basin with the stormwater, and what maintenance would be required to sustain favorable infiltration conditions? Our field site is a working ranch in the Pajaro Valley, central coastal California, where runoff from ~48 ha (120 ac) is directed into a 1-ha (2.5 ac) infiltration basin. We instrumented the site for water years (WY) 2012, 2013, and 2014 to measure local precipitation, total inflow, and sediment accumulation. In WY14, we added a network of instruments that reports some of these data in real time. WY12, WY13, and WY14 were dry, with total precipitation 50%, 70%, and 45% of the regional long-term average, respectively. In WY12, precipitation was spread over many storms, and total inflow was 5,600 m3 (4.5 ac-ft). A series of more intense storms in WY13 delivered 39,000 m3 (31 ac-ft) of total inflow. The driest year of our study so far, WY14, included the most intense rainfall we have recorded, and total inflow was 42,000 m3 (34 ac-ft). These results demonstrate that both precipitation amount and intensity influence how much stormwater runoff is generated. During a wetter year, we expect this system could collect at least 134,000 m2 (100 ac-ft) of runoff. Sediment accumulation in the infiltration basin in WY13 ranged from 0-8 cm, but in WY14 was no greater than 1 cm. As total inflow for these years was similar, sediment load of runoff captured during WY14 was much smaller than that of WY13. Grain size analyses demonstrate that fine material is preferentially delivered to the infiltration basin, while coarser material is removed during transport. These data will be linked to a regional model and used to develop additional stormwater-MAR projects in this area.

  17. Crab Burrows are Important Conduits for Groundwater Recharge in Bangladesh

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Stahl, M.; Tarek, M. H.; Yeo, D. C.; Badruzzaman, A.; Harvey, C. F.

    2013-12-01

    Recent research suggests that recharge from man-made ponds may stimulate arsenic mobilization within Bangladeshi aquifers. Man-made ponds are widespread throughout Bangladesh and are generally underlain by low permeability clays that could potentially limit flow to the sandy aquifer below if they are not compromised by preferential flow paths. Animal borrows are one common type of preferential flow path through surface clays. Across the Ganges Delta, terrestrial crabs dig borrows, sometimes as long as 10 meters. In our study pond in Munshiganj, Bangladesh we found crab burrows extending through the surficial clays and down into the shallow aquifer spaced approximately every meter. We use these field observations along with a novel, coupled isotope and water balance model to quantify the fluxes into and out of the pond. We show that nearly all of the aquifer recharge from the pond is through crab burrows which have enhanced the hydraulic conductivity of the surficial sediments by several orders of magnitude. In addition we show that the recharging pond water is shifting the solute composition of water beneath the pond. We suggest that, as a result of crab burrows, young ponds may contribute large fluxes of recharge water whereas older ponds may contribute little recharge to the aquifer. All terrestrial crabs have gills that must remain moist to allow for respiration. So, to ensure an uninterrupted water source, their borrows must reach the maximum depth that the water table drops to seasonally after irrigation ceases and before the onset of the monsoon. Once a pond is installed crabs living within the sediments that now make up the new pond bottom would no longer need to construct burrows to ensure a constant supply of water. Over time, burrows that existed prior to pond construction can clog. Water balance data for an old pond at our study site indicates that this pond contributes less recharge than our newly constructed pond.

  18. SPATIAL SCALING OF SURFACE WATER INFILTRATION AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR ESTIMATING GROUNDWATER RECHARGE

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The GRAPHIC Project has identified priority research topics related to groundwater recharge, discharge, storage, and water quality. This presentation focuses on some physical aspects affecting spatial groundwater recharge estimation and uncertainty associated with spatial variability. Previous wor...

  19. Thin Rechargeable Batteries for CMOS SRAM Memory Protection

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    Crouse, Dennis N.

    1993-01-01

    New rechargeable battery technology is described and compared with classical primary battery back-up of SRAM PC cards. Thin solid polymer electrolyte cells with the thickness of TSOP memory components (1 mm nominal, 1.1 mm max) and capacities of 14 mAh/sq cm can replace coin cells. The SRAM PC cards with permanently installed rechargeable cells and optional electrochromic low battery voltage indicators will free the periodic PC card user from having to 'feed' their PC cards with coin cells and will allow a quick visual check of stored cards for their battery voltage status.

  20. A methodology for making initial estimates of groundwater recharge from groundwater vulnerability mapping

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    B. D. R. Misstear; L. Brown; D. Daly

    2009-01-01

    Recharge to an aquifer can be estimated by first calculating the effective rainfall using a soil moisture budgeting technique,\\u000a and then by applying a recharge coefficient to indicate the proportion of this effective rainfall that contributes to groundwater\\u000a recharge. In the Republic of Ireland, the recharge coefficient is determined mainly by the permeability and thickness of the\\u000a superficial deposits (subsoils)

  1. Nickel hydroxide and other nanophase cathode materials for rechargeable batteries

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    Reisner, David E.; Salkind, Alvin J.; Strutt, Peter R.; Xiao, T. Danny

    The staff of US Nanocorp, Inc. are developing unique nanostructured materials for a wide range of applications in the areas of energy storage (batteries and ultracapacitors) and energy conversion (fuel cells and thermoelectric) devices. Many of the preparations of these materials exploit a wet synthesis process (patent pending) that is scaleable to large volume manufacturing and anticipated to be low in cost. Specifically, both the ?-form of nickel hydroxide and the hollandite form of manganese dioxide have been synthesized. The hexagonal Ni(OH) 2 is anticipated to significantly boost energy densities in nickel-alkaline batteries, including nickel/cadmium, nickel/metal hydride and nickel/zinc. The nanophase MnO 2 microstructure exhibits an unusual tunnelled tubular geometry within a 'bird's nest' superstructure, and is expected to be of interest as an intercalation cathode material in lithium-ion systems as well as a catalyst for fuel cells. Characterization of these materials has been by the techniques of high resolution SEM and TEM, as well as XRD. Both Hg porosimetry and BET surface measurements for conventional and spherical nickel hydroxides are summarized. Pore distribution and electrochemical activity for the nanophase materials will be examined in the future.

  2. Tracking River Recharge in the Central Valley of California Using Chemical and Isotopic Tracers

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. E. Moran; B. Hudson; D. Evans; T. Horner; R. Leif; G. F. Eaton

    2003-01-01

    Recharge to alluvial aquifers along the major rivers of the Central Valley of California is influenced by human activity in adjacent urban areas and groundwater basins. Intense pumping of Central Valley aquifers may induce recharge, while slurry walls, emplaced for flood control in densely populated areas, are intended to protect levees by preventing shallow recharge. These large rivers carry distinct

  3. Rapid nutrient load reduction during infiltration of managed aquifer recharge in an agricultural groundwater basin

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    Fisher, Andrew

    Rapid nutrient load reduction during infiltration of managed aquifer recharge in an agricultural California to assess how patterns of infiltration and recharge affect the load of nitrate delivered% to 60% of the nitrate load being removed over the first 6 weeks of managed aquifer recharge operation

  4. Assessing the potential for significant and episodic recharge in southwestern Australia using rainfall data

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    Lewis, Fay M.; Walker, Glen R.

    2002-02-01

    Agricultural practices in semi-arid parts of southwestern Australia have increased recharge and raised groundwater levels. As a result, land salinization has occurred. Managers aim to address the problem by reducing recharge, but it is not known whether all recharge is regular and seasonal or whether a substantial component is episodic (i.e. occurs in irregular pulses). Approaches that reduce regular recharge may not be effective at reducing recharge that is episodic. Water balances were used to assess the potential for recharge to be episodic at 53 sites throughout Western Australia. The results show that, for the conditions modeled, a substantial proportion of the recharge in drier parts of the agricultural areas occurred episodically, and that direct episodic recharge could be as important in some semi-arid areas as in arid regions. Therefore, mean annual rainfall is not a strong predictor of the ratio of episodic to total recharge at a site. The model indicates that in agricultural areas, most significant and episodic recharge events occurred over just a few days in winter months, when rainfall was dominated by frontal systems. However, substantial episodic recharge also resulted from large storms during the months of January, February, and March. The implication is that it will be difficult to reduce recharge substantially, and thus control salinity, as long as agriculture relies heavily on shallow-rooted winter-growing plants.

  5. Marker species for identifying urban groundwater recharge sources: A review and case study in Nottingham, UK

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    Mike H. Barrett; Kevin M. Hiscock; Stephen Pedley; David N. Lerner; John H. Tellam; Mike J. French

    1999-01-01

    Urban environments significantly alter the nature of recharge to underlying aquifers. Direct precipitation is reduced, but additional recharge may result from storm water runoff, mains supply leakage and sewer leakage. If urban aquifers are to be effectively and sustainably managed, it is vital that these recharge sources should be identified and quantified. A sound theoretical approach is the use of

  6. GIS-based recharge estimation by coupling surface–subsurface water balances

    Microsoft Academic Search

    O. Batelaan; F. De Smedt

    2007-01-01

    A spatially distributed water balance model is developed to simulate long-term average recharge depending on land cover, soil texture, topography and hydrometeorological parameters. The model simulates recharge iteratively connected to a groundwater model, such that the recharge estimate is also influenced by the groundwater depth and vice versa. Parameter estimation for the model is performed on the basis of literature

  7. Moderate temperature rechargeable NaNiS2 cells

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    Abraham, K. M.

    1983-01-01

    A rechargeable sodium battery of the configuration, liquid Na/beta double prime -Al2O3/molten NaAlCl4, NiS2, operating in the temperature range of 170 to 190 C, is described. This battery is capable of delivering or = to 50 W-hr/1b and 1000 deep discharge/charge cycles.

  8. INTRODUCTION Among different types of rechargeable batteries, polymer

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    Bahrami, Majid

    INTRODUCTION Among different types of rechargeable batteries, polymer lithium-ion (Li-ion) cells associated with application of Li-ion batteries in hybrid-electric and plug-in electric vehicles (H International doi:10.4271/2012-01-0334 saepcelec.saejournals.org Temperature Rise in Prismatic Polymer Lithium

  9. Rechargeable lithium battery anodes: alternatives to metallic lithium

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    D. Fauteux; R. Koksbang

    1993-01-01

    This review is concerned with alternatives to metallic lithium for use in rechargeable lithium batteries. Emphasis is placed on the use of various materials and combinations of materials in different types of electrodes rather than on the properties of the materials themselves. The review includes carbon based electrodes, alloys, conducting polymers and transition metal compounds. Special consideration is given to

  10. Numerical simulations of brine migration by topographically driven recharge

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    David Deming; Jeffrey A. Nunn

    1991-01-01

    The migration of abnormally warm, saline water through the Appalachian basin and North American midcontinent in Paleozoic time has been inferred from fluid inclusion studies, remagnetizations, and widespread potassic alteration. A time-dependent numerical model of fluid, heat and solute transport is used to evaluate the viability of topographically driven recharge as a mechanism for brine migration. The model represents a

  11. Issue and challenges facing rechargeable thin film lithium batteries

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    Arun Patil; Vaishali Patil; Dong Wook Shin; Ji-Won Choi; Dong-Soo Paik; Seok-Jin Yoon

    2008-01-01

    New materials hold the key to fundamental advances in energy conversion and storage, both of which are vital in order to meet the challenge of global warming and the finite nature of fossil fuels. Nanomaterials in particular offer unique properties or combinations of properties as electrodes and electrolytes in a range of energy devices. Technological improvements in rechargeable solid-state batteries

  12. Using artificial recharge to restore groundwater \\/ surface water interactions

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    A. Menció; E. Vilanova; J. Mas-Pla

    2003-01-01

    Intensive use of ground water resources in small alluvial aquifers usually results in a severe depletion of ground water resources and a reduction of the stream discharge. As a result, a loss of ecological dynamics occurs in the riparian areas. In regions where recharge is quite limited because of climatic factors, those situations may endure as long as a wet

  13. DELINEATING KARST RECHARGE AREAS AT ONONDAGA CAVE STATE PARK

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Onondaga Cave State Park is located in the north central portion of the Ozarks near Leasburg, Missouri. The park is known for two extensive cave systems, Onondaga Cave and Cathedral Cave. Both of these cave systems have active streams (1-2 cfs at baseflow) which have unknown recharge areas. As a man...

  14. Estimating High Plains Aquifer Recharge Using Temperature Probes

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The magnitude of recharge through playa wetlands in the High Plains Region of the United States has been debated, but rarely quantified. The ephemeral nature of water in playas makes it difficult and expensive to observe filling and drying/draining cycles. Inexpensive tools are needed to quantify ...

  15. Carbon materials for lithium-ion rechargeable batteries

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. Flandrois; B. Simon

    1999-01-01

    The recent development of lithium rechargeable batteries results from the use of carbon materials as lithium reservoir at the negative electrode. Reversible intercalation, or insertion, of lithium into the carbon host lattice avoids the problem of lithium dendrite formation and provides large improvement in terms of cycleability and safety. This paper reviews the main achievements on performance and understanding of

  16. NbSe3 Cathodes For Li Rechargeable Cells

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    Bugga, Ratnakumar V.; Ni, Ching-Ion; Distefano, Salvador; Somoano, Robert B.; Bankston, C. Perry

    1990-01-01

    Report describes experimental studies involving preparation, characterization, and measurements of performance of NbSe3, intended for use as cathode material in lithium rechargeable electrochemical cells. Characteristics superior to those of other intercalating cathode materials, including high volumetric and gravimetric energy densities and ability to sustain discharges at high rates.

  17. Oxygen electrodes for rechargeable alkaline fuel cells-II

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    Swette, L.; Kackley, N.

    1989-01-01

    The primary objective of this program is the investigation and development of electrocatalysts and supports for the positive electrode of moderate temperature single-unit rechargeable alkaline fuel cells. Approximately six support materials and five catalyst materials have been identified to date for further development.

  18. Separation composition evaluation in model rechargeable silver-zinc cells

    Microsoft Academic Search

    H. Lewis; S. Henderson; T. Danko

    2001-01-01

    In previous reports, the evaluation of Viskase sausage casings (SCs) in a variety of configurations for silver\\/zinc rechargeable cells has been reported. The conclusions have been that several layers of SC, while providing improved resistance to silver migration acid zinc dendrite growth compared to standard cellophane film, also impart increased internal impedance which leads to faster capacity loss in comparison

  19. Rechargeable lithium batteries in the Navy-policy and protocol

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Julie A. Banner; Clinton S. Winchester

    1996-01-01

    Rechargeable lithium batteries are an emerging technology that is finding widespread use in a myriad of applications. These batteries are supplanting many others because of superior performance characteristics, including high energy density and improved cycle life. The newest model laptop computers, camcorders and cellular phones are using these systems to provide lighter products with longer battery life. Potential military-use scenarios

  20. Technology uses micro-windmills to recharge cell phones

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    Chiao, Jung-Chih

    Technology uses micro-windmills to recharge cell phones A micro-windmill is pictured on the face origami concepts into conventional wafer-scale semiconductor device layouts so "Technology uses micro presentations, which include the micro-windmills, gears, inductors, pop-up switches and grippers. All of those

  1. PRIORITY POLLUTANTS IN THE CEDAR CREEK WASTEWATER RECLAMATION - RECHARGE FACILITIES

    EPA Science Inventory

    The Cedar Creek Wastewater Reclamation Plant (CCWRP) located in Nassau County, NY is a 0.24 cu m/s (5.5 mgd) advanced wastewater treatment (AWT) plant designed to produce a high quality effluent suitable for groundwater recharge. The CCWRP was constructed as a demonstration proje...

  2. Encouraging Revegetation in Australia with a Groundwater Recharge Credit Scheme

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Wendy Proctor; Jeffery D. Connor; John Ward; Darla Hatton MacDonald

    2007-01-01

    This paper describes a comprehensive method to design, test and then implement a Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) framework to combat the environmental consequences of extensive native vegetation clearance in Australia. Clearing of vegetation, primarily due to the expansion of farming areas, has often resulted in regional dryland and irrigation salinity. The market based approach adopted ? a groundwater recharge

  3. Rechargeable lithium batteries in the Navy -- Policy and protocol

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    Banner, J.A.; Winchester, C.S. [Naval Surface Warfare Center, Silver Spring, MD (United States). Carderock Div.

    1996-12-31

    Rechargeable lithium batteries are an emerging technology that is finding widespread use in myriad applications. These batteries are supplanting many others because of superior performance characteristics, including high energy density and improved cycle life. The newest model laptop computers, camcorders and cellular phones are using these systems to provide lighter products with longer battery life. Potential military-use scenarios for this technology range from propulsion power for autonomous unmanned vehicles to power sources for exercise mines. Current battery chemistries that might eventually be replaced by rechargeable lithium batteries include silver-zinc batteries, lithium-thionyl chloride batteries, and possibly lithium thermal batteries. The Navy is developing and implementing a universal test protocol for evaluating the safety characteristics of rechargeable lithium power sources, as discussed by Winchester et al (1995). Test plans based on this protocol are currently being used to evaluate both commercially available and developmental products. In this paper the authors will review the testing protocol that has been developed for evaluating the safety of rechargeable lithium batteries. Relevant data from current test programs will be presented.

  4. Automated Battery Swap and Recharge to Enable Persistent UAV Missions

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    How, Jonathan P.

    Automated Battery Swap and Recharge to Enable Persistent UAV Missions Tuna Toksoz , Joshua Redding introduces a hardware platform for automated battery changing and charging for multiple UAV agents. The automated station holds a buffer of 8 batteries in a novel dual-drum structure that enables a "hot" battery

  5. Climate change effects on vegetation characteristics and groundwater recharge

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    Bartholomeus, R.; Voortman, B.; Witte, J.

    2010-12-01

    Climate change is among the most pressing issues of our time. Increase in temperature, a decrease in summer precipitation and increase in reference evapotranspiration might affect the water balance, freshwater availability and the spatial distribution and type of vegetation. Precipitation and evapotranspiration (ET) largely determine groundwater recharge. Therefore, climate change likely affects both the spatial and temporal freshwater availability for nature conservation, agriculture and drinking water supply. Moreover, in the coastal (dune) areas, the groundwater recharge is crucial to the maintenance of the freshwater bell and the dynamics of the fresh - salt interface. Current knowledge, however, is insufficient to estimate reliably the effects of climate change on future freshwater availability. Future groundwater recharge, the driving force of the groundwater system, can only be assessed if we understand how vegetation responds to changing climatic conditions, and how vegetation feedbacks on groundwater recharge through altered actual ET. Although the reference ET (i.e. the ET of a reference vegetation, defined as a short grassland completely covering the soil and optimally provided by water) is predicted to increase, the future actual ET (i.e. the ET of the actual ‘real’ vegetation under the ‘real’ moisture conditions) is highly unknown. It is the dynamics in the actual ET, however, through which the vegetation feeds back on the groundwater recharge. In an earlier study we showed that increased atmospheric CO2 raises the water use efficiency of plants, thus reducing ET. Here we demonstrate another important vegetation feedback in dune systems: the fraction of bare soil and non-rooting species (lichens and mosses) in the dune vegetation will increase when, according to the expectations, summers become drier. From our calculations it appeared that on south slopes of dunes, which receive more solar radiation and are warmer than north facing surfaces, the fraction of vascular plants may drop from 70 to 20 percent in the future (2050) climate due to increased moisture deficits. ET of bare soil and non-rooting species is much lower than that of vascular plants and thus the vegetation composition feeds back on the soil moisture conditions. Knowledge on such feedback mechanisms is indispensable in the analysis of climate change effects on the future groundwater recharge. Important questions are how, in the course of time, climate change will affect both groundwater table depth and dynamics, and how water management could adapt to these changes. We pursue a dynamic modeling approach that takes account of the interacting processes in the soil-plant-atmosphere system, including feedback mechanisms of the vegetation. This allows us to analyze climate change effects on groundwater recharge and thus future freshwater availability.

  6. Groundwater recharge measurements in gravel sandy sediments with monolith lysimeter

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    Bracic Zeleznik, Branka; Souvent, Petra; Cencur Curk, Barbara; Zupanc, Vesna

    2013-04-01

    Ljubljana field aquifer is recharging through precipitation and the river Sava, which has the snow-rain flow regime. The sediments of the aquifer have high permeability and create fast flow as well as high regeneration of the dynamic reserves of the Ljubljana field groundwater resource. Groundwater recharge is vulnerable to climate change and it is very important for drinking water supply management. Water stored in the soil and less permeable layers is important for water availability under extreme weather conditions. Measurements of water percolation through the vadose zone provide important input for groundwater recharge assessment and estimation of contaminant migration from land surface to the groundwater. Knowledge of the processes governing groundwater recharge in the vadose zone is critical to understanding the overall hydrological cycle and quantifying the links between land uses and groundwater quantity and quality. To improve the knowledge on water balance for Ljubljana field aquifer we establish a lysimeter for measurements of processes in unsaturated zone in well field Kle?e. The type of lysimeter is a scientific lysimeter designed to solve the water balance equation by measuring the mass of the lysimeter monolith as well as that of outflow tank with high accuracy and high temporal resolution. We evaluated short period data, however the chosen month demonstrates weather extremes of the local climate - relatively dry periods, followed by high precipitation amount. In time of high water usage of vegetation only subsequent substantial precipitation events directly results in water flow towards lower layers. At the same time, gravely layers of the deeper parts of the unsaturated zone have little or no capacity for water retention, and in the event that water line leaves top soil, water flow moves downwards fairly quickly. On one hand this confirms high recharge capacity of Ljubljana field aquifer from precipitation on green areas; on the other hand it shows tremendous susceptibility of the aquifer to pollution and reinforces the position of groundwater protection zones above aquifer.

  7. 1/14/14 Technologyuses micro-windmills to recharge cell phones www.rdmag.com/print/news/2014/01/technology-uses-micro-windmills-recharge-cell-phones 1/3

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    Chiao, Jung-Chih

    1/14/14 Technologyuses micro-windmills to recharge cell phones www.rdmag.com/print/news/2014/01/technology-uses-micro-windmills-recharge-cell-phones 1/3 One of Smitha Rao's micro- windmills is placed here uses micro-windmills to recharge cell phones Technology uses micro-windmills to recharge cell phones

  8. 3/4/2014 Mini Windmills Can Recharge Cell Phones http://www.cemag.us/news/2014/01/mini-windmills-can-recharge-cell-phones#.UxY6ePldWa8 1/9

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    Chiao, Jung-Chih

    3/4/2014 Mini Windmills Can Recharge Cell Phones http://www.cemag.us/news/2014/01/mini-windmills-can-recharge-cell-phones'S GUIDE LOG IN REGISTERFIND MY COMPANY News Mini Windmills Can Recharge Cell Phones ADVERTISEMENT Mon, 01 energy and may become an innovative solution to cell phone batteries constantly in need of recharging

  9. Reflectance of aqueous solutions

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    Querry, M. R.

    1972-01-01

    The optical properties and optical constants of water and aqueous solutions were studied to develop an accurate tabulation of graphical representations of the optical constants through a broad spectrum. Manuscripts of articles are presented concerning extinction coefficients, relative specular reflectance, and temperature effect on the water spectrum. Graphs of absolute reflectance, phase shifts, index of refraction, and extinction coefficients for water, heavy water and aqueous solutions are included.

  10. Combined estimation of specific yield and natural recharge in a semi-arid groundwater basin with irrigated agriculture

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    J. C. Maréchal; B. Dewandel; S. Ahmed; L. Galeazzi; F. K. Zaidi

    2006-01-01

    A water budget approach is developed to jointly estimate specific yield and natural recharge in an unconfined aquifer with significant seasonal water table fluctuations. Water table fluctuations are due to distinct seasonality in groundwater recharge. The separation of the hydrologic year into two (or more) extended seasons of recharge (wet season) and no-recharge (dry season) with accompanying changes in water

  11. Monitoring induced denitrification in an artificial aquifer recharge system.

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    Grau-Martinez, Alba; Torrentó, Clara; Folch, Albert; Domènech, Cristina; Otero, Neus; Soler, Albert

    2014-05-01

    As demands on groundwater increase, artificial recharge is becoming a common method for enhancing groundwater supply. The Llobregat River is a strategic water supply resource to the Barcelona metropolitan area (Catalonia, NE Spain). Aquifer overexploitation has leaded to both a decrease of groundwater level and seawater intrusion, with the consequent deterioration of water quality. In the middle section of the aquifer, in Sant Vicenç del Horts, decantation and infiltration ponds recharged by water from the Llobregat River (highly affected from wastewater treatment plant effluents), were installed in 2007, in the framework of the ENSAT Life+ project. At the bottom of the infiltration pond, a vegetal compost layer was installed to promote the growth of bacteria, to induce denitrification and to create favourable conditions for contaminant biodegradation. This layer consists on a mixture of compost, aquifer material, clay and iron oxide. Understanding the fate of contaminants, such as nitrate, during artificial aquifer recharge is required to evaluate the impact of artificial recharge in groundwater quality. In order to distinguish the source of nitrate and to evaluate the capability of the organic reactive layer to induce denitrification, a multi-isotopic approach coupled with hydrogeochemical data was performed. Groundwater samples, as well as river samples, were sampled during artificial and natural recharge periods. The isotopic analysis included: ?15N and ?18O of dissolved nitrate, ?34S and ?18O of dissolved sulphate, ?13C of dissolved inorganic carbon, and ?2H and ?18O of water. Dissolved nitrate isotopic composition (?15NNO3 from +9 to +21 o and ?18ONO3 from +3 to +16 ) demonstrated that heterotrophic denitrification induced by the reactive layer was taking place during the artificial recharge periods. An approximation to the extent of nitrate attenuation was calculated, showing a range between 95 and 99% or between 35 and 45%, by using the extreme literature ?N values of -4o and -22o respectively (Aravena and Robertson, 1998; Pauwels et al., 2000). Ongoing denitrification batch experiments will allow us to determine the specific nitrogen and oxygen isotopic fractionation induced by the organic reactive layer, in order to estimate more precisely the extent of denitrification during artificial aquifer recharge. These results confirmed that the reactive layer induces denitrification in the recharge ponds area, proving the usefulness of an isotopic approach to characterize water quality improvement occurring during artificial aquifer recharge. References 1. Aravena, R., Robertson, W.D., 1998. Use of multiple isotope tracers to evaluate denitrification in ground water: Study of nitrate from a large-flux septic system plume. Ground Water, 36(6): 975-982. 2. Pauwels, H., J.C., Kloppmann, W., 2000. Denitrification and mixing in a schist aquifer: Influence on water chemistry and isotopes. Chemical Geology, 168(3-4): 307-324. Acknowledgment This study was supported by the projects CGL2011-29975-C04-01 from the Spanish Government, 2009SGR-00103 from the Catalan Government and ENPI/2011/280-008 from the European Commission. Please fill in your abstract text.

  12. Modelling perched river recharge to the Wairau aquifer, New Zealand

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    Wöhling, Thomas; Gosses, Moritz; Wilson, Scott; Davidson, Peter

    2015-04-01

    The Wairau Aquifer in Marlborough, New Zealand, consists of coarse, high-conductive alluvial gravels and is almost exclusively recharged by surface water from the braided Wairau River. Recent experimental evidence suggests that the river is perched in the upstream recharge region of the aquifer. The aquifer serves as the major drinking water resource for the city of Blenheim and the surrounding settlements on the Wairau Plain and thus is a key natural resource for the region. To ensure the sustainable management of the resource, it is essential to better understand the limits and the mechanics of the recharge mechanism. One efficient way to test hypotheses of the mechanisms for river-groundwater exchange fluxes between the Wairau river and aquifer is by data integration into numerical models that mimic the flow regime of the coupled hydrological system. For that purpose, a Modflow model for the Wairau Aquifer was to set up and calibrated under summer conditions when the flow in the river is low and the aquifer is most vulnerable to over-allocation. The model is constrained by knowledge about the hydrogeological settings as well as observations of groundwater levels, river and spring flow gaugings, and analysis of aquifer pumping tests. Both historic and more recent concurrent river flow measurements under low flow conditions suggest that approximately 7-8 m³/s is recharged into the aquifer along the upper and middle reaches, at least partly under perched conditions. At the eastern side of the aquifer, a small proportion of that water flows back into the river, whereas a greater proportion emerges in springs. Spring creek is the largest spring with an estimated mean flow of 4.0 m³/s. This flow rate is vulnerable to an excessive decline in groundwater levels. The simulations with the calibrated flow model fit well to the observations of current mean groundwater heads as well as to mean Wairau river and Spring creek flows. Modeling results suggest a large spatial variability of recharge fluxes along the river. Model calibration to the different data types turned out to be challenging and required a powerful multiobjective optimization approach and parameter regularization techniques. The proposed approach yielded parsimonious parameter fields with relatively low variability that are generally in agreement with estimations from bore-log analysis. First steps were taken to simulate the dynamics of the river recharge mechanisms and to evaluate the current monitoring scheme with respect to the utility of individual observations. Transient simulations under different flow regimes will improve the knowledge about the Wairau river-groundwater exchange fluxes and thus assist in providing more confidence in managing the valuable resource.

  13. Nickel foam-supported polyaniline cathode prepared with electrophoresis for improvement of rechargeable Zn battery performance

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    Xia, Yang; Zhu, Derong; Si, Shihui; Li, Degeng; Wu, Sen

    2015-06-01

    Porous nickel foam is used as a substrate for the development of rechargeable zinc//polyaniline battery, and the cathode electrophoresis of PANI microparticles in non-aqueous solution is applied to the fabrication of Ni foam supported PANI electrode, in which the corrosion of the nickel foam substrate is prohibited. The Ni foam supported PANI cathode with high loading is prepared by PANI electrophoretic deposition, and followed by PANI slurry casting under vacuum filtration. The electrochemical charge storage performance for PANI material is significantly improved by using nickel foam substrate via the electrophoretic interlayer. The specific capacity of the nickel foam-PANI electrode with the electrophoretic layer is higher than the composite electrode without the electrophoretic layer, and the specific capacity of PANI supported by Ni foam reaches up to 183.28 mAh g-1 at the working current of 2.5 mA cm-2. The present electrophoresis deposition method plays the facile procedure for the immobilization of PANI microparticles onto the surface of non-platinum metals, and it becomes feasible to the use of the Ni foam supported PANI composite cathode for the Zn/PANI battery in weak acidic electrolyte.

  14. Estimation of groundwater recharge using a GIS-based distributed water balance model in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

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    Ketema Tilahun; Broder J. Merkel

    2009-01-01

    Sustainable groundwater management requires knowledge of recharge. Recharge is also an important parameter in groundwater\\u000a flow and transport models. Spatial variation in recharge due to distributed land-us.e, soil texture, topography, groundwater\\u000a level, and hydrometeorological conditions should be accounted for in recharge estimation. However, conventional point-estimates\\u000a of recharge are not easily extrapolated or regionalized. In this study, a spatially distributed water

  15. Managed Aquifer Recharge in Italy: present and prospects.

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    Rossetto, Rudy

    2015-04-01

    On October the 3rd 2014, a one-day Workshop on Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) experiences in Italy took place at the GEOFLUID fair in Piacenza. It was organized within the framework of the EIP AG 128 - MAR Solutions - Managed Aquifer Recharge Strategies and Actions and the EU FPVII MARSOL. The event aimed at showcasing present experiences on MAR in Italy while at the same time starting a network among all the Institutions involved. In this contribution, we discuss the state of MAR application in Italy and summarize the outcomes of that event. In Italy aquifer recharge is traditionally applied unintentionally, by increasing riverbank filtration or because of excess irrigation. A certain interest for artificial recharge of aquifers arose at the end of the '70s and the beginning of the '80s and tests have been carried out in Tuscany, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. During the last years some projects on aquifer recharge were co-financed by the European Commission mainly through the LIFE program. Nearly all of them use the terminology of artificial recharge instead of MAR. They are: - TRUST (Tool for regional - scale assessment of groundwater storage improvement in adaptation to climate change, LIFE07 ENV/IT/000475; Marsala 2014); - AQUOR (Implementation of a water saving and artificial recharging participated strategy for the quantitative groundwater layer rebalance of the upper Vicenza's plain - LIFE 2010 ENV/IT/380; Mezzalira et al. 2014); - WARBO (Water re-born - artificial recharge: innovative technologies for the sustainable management of water resources, LIFE10 ENV/IT/000394; 2014). While the TRUST project dealt in general with aquifer recharge, AQUOR and WARBO focused essentially on small scale demonstration plants. Within the EU FPVII-ENV-2013 MARSOL project (Demonstrating Managed Aquifer Recharge as a Solution to Water Scarcity and Drought; 2014), a dedicated monitoring and decision support system is under development to manage recharge at a large scale riverbank filtration plant, worth 15 Mm3/year in Lucca (Tuscany; Borsi et al. 2014). In 2014, the Regional Authority of Emilia Romagna started a pilot on the Marecchia River fan using a recharge basin to alleviate water scarcity in the Rimini area as results of drought periods (Severi et al. 2014). To apply MAR techniques on a large scale is of particular interest the possibility to allow farmer's associations or drainage consortiums to play an important role in storing excess rainfall water in aquifers. Few hectares of land in rural areas may be dedicated to MAR plants, transforming a traditionally water consumer sector in one preserving it - opportunities are then linked to the provision of water related ecosystem services. Aquifer recharge is allowed in Italy only since September 2013, but still a regulatory framework is missing. Hopefully, this regulatory scheme will benefit from previous and on-going experiences. Dissemination of MAR scientific findings and technical know-how among governing authorities and the general public is crucial for the application of MAR techniques. Fundings for setting up new MAR plants may be available at national level. At the same time, lack of knowledge at intermediate governing bodies level is preventing the application of these techniques (i.e. building of small dams is favored although less convenient by several points of view in respect of MAR plants). Finally, it is of outmost importance to define which are the financial instruments to sustain these water infrastructures, so to guarantee not only their set up, but also routinely operations, opening as such a new market in the water sector. Acknowledgments This paper is co-financed within the framework of the EU FP7-ENV-2013-WATER-INNO-DEMO MARSOL (Grant Agreement n. 619120). References Borsi, I., Mazzanti, G., Barbagli, A., Rossetto, R., 2014. The riverbank filtration plant in S. Alessio (Lucca): monitoring and modeling activity within EU the FP7 MARSOL project. Acque Sotterranee - Italian Journal of Groundwater, Vol. 3, n. 3/137 Marsala, V. (2014). LIFE+ TRUST project: too

  16. Zinc electrode and rechargeable zinc-air battery

    DOEpatents

    Ross, Jr., Philip N. (Kensington, CA)

    1989-01-01

    An improved zinc electrode is disclosed for a rechargeable zinc-air battery comprising an outer frame and a porous foam electrode support within the frame which is treated prior to the deposition of zinc thereon to inhibit the formation of zinc dendrites on the external surface thereof. The outer frame is provided with passageways for circulating an alkaline electrolyte through the treated zinc-coated porous foam. A novel rechargeable zinc-air battery system is also disclosed which utilizes the improved zinc electrode and further includes an alkaline electrolyte within said battery circulating through the passageways in the zinc electrode and an external electrolyte circulation means which has an electrolyte reservoir external to the battery case including filter means to filter solids out of the electrolyte as it circulates to the external reservoir and pump means for recirculating electrolyte from the external reservoir to the zinc electrode.

  17. Intrinsically safe 5-V, 4-A rechargeable power supply

    SciTech Connect

    Sammarco, J.J.

    1989-01-01

    The author reports on a regulated, intrinsically safe, rechargeable power supply for portable electronic equipment for underground use. The regulated output is ideal for microprocessor power requirements and is suited for operation in hazardous environments. Two rechargeable, sealed batteries are contained within the power supply. Provisions are made to use an external source of power if these batteries fail. Provisions are also made to charge these internal batteries when needed. The circuit is composed of three main circuits: the main regulator circuit, the input protection circuit, and the output protection circuit. The main regulator circuit provides remote voltage sensing, current sensing, fault monitoring, and internal thermal protection. The input protection circuit checks for excessive input current and low battery conditions. The output protection circuit contains two overvoltage detection devices. Schematics, a parts list, and a calibration procedure are provided.

  18. Evaluation of slurry characteristics for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries

    SciTech Connect

    Cho, Ki Yeon [Research Institute of Advanced Materials (RIAM), Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University, Daehak-Dong, Gwanak-Gu, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kwon, Young Il [SAMSUNG SDI, 428-5 Gongse-dong, Giheung-gu, Yongin, Kyunggi-do (Korea, Republic of); Youn, Jae Ryoun, E-mail: jaeryoun@snu.ac.kr [Research Institute of Advanced Materials (RIAM), Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University, Daehak-Dong, Gwanak-Gu, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Song, Young Seok, E-mail: ysong@dankook.ac.kr [Department of Fiber System Engineering, Dankook University, 126 Jukjeon-dong, Suji-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-08-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Lithium-ion battery slurries are prepared for rechargeable batteries. • The dispersion state of slurry constituents is identified. • Thermal, morphological, rheological, and electrical properties of slurries are analyzed. - Abstract: A multi-component slurry for rechargeable batteries is prepared by dispersing LiCoO{sub 2}, conductive additives, and polymeric binders in a solvent. The physical properties, including rheological, morphological, electrical, and spectroscopic features of battery slurries are investigated. The relationship between the measured physical properties and the internal structure of the slurry is analyzed. It is found that the rheological behavior of the slurry is determined by the interaction of active materials and binding materials (e.g., network structure) and that the dispersion state of conductive additives (e.g., agglomeration) also depends on the binder–carbon interaction.

  19. Recharging behavior of nitrogen-centers in ZnO

    SciTech Connect

    Philipps, Jan M., E-mail: jan.m.philipps@physik.uni-giessen.de; Meyer, Bruno K.; Hofmann, Detlev M. [I. Physikalisches Institut, Justus-Liebig-Universitaet Giessen, D-35392 Giessen (Germany); Stehr, Jan E.; Buyanova, Irina [Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linkoeping University, 58183 Linkoeping (Sweden); Tarun, Marianne C.; McCluskey, Matthew D. [Department of Physics and Astronomy and Materials Science Program, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington 99164-2814 (United States)

    2014-08-14

    Electron Paramagnetic Resonance was used to study N{sub 2}-centers in ZnO, which show a 5-line spectrum described by the hyperfine interaction of two nitrogen nuclei (nuclear spin I?=?1, 99.6% abundance). The recharging of this center exhibits two steps, a weak onset at about 1.4?eV and a strongly increasing signal for photon energies above 1.9?eV. The latter energy coincides with the recharging energy of N{sub O} centers (substitutional nitrogen atoms on oxygen sites). The results indicate that the N{sub 2}-centers are deep level defects and therefore not suitable to cause significant hole-conductivity at room temperature.

  20. Estimating recharge at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, USA: comparison of methods

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Alan L. Flint; Lorraine E. Flint; Edward M. Kwicklis; June T. Fabryka-Martin; Gudmundur S. Bodvarsson

    2002-01-01

    .   Obtaining values of net infiltration, groundwater travel time, and recharge is necessary at the Yucca Mountain site, Nevada,\\u000a USA, in order to evaluate the expected performance of a potential repository as a containment system for high-level radioactive\\u000a waste. However, the geologic complexities of this site, its low precipitation and net infiltration, with numerous mechanisms\\u000a operating simultaneously to move water

  1. Performance of Bellcore's plastic rechargeable Li-ion batteries

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J.-M. Tarascon; A. S. Gozdz; C. Schmutz; F. Shokoohi; P. C. Warren

    1996-01-01

    Polymer Li-ion batteries have received little attention mainly because of the unproved, but long-held belief, that safe Li polymer-batteries can be developed. Herein we review the development of the first practical plastic rechargeable Li-ion battery. Bellcore's new plastic Li-ion cell compares well with its liquid Li-ion counterparts in terms of volumetric energy density, cycle life, power rate, while offering several

  2. Polymer Considerations in Rechargeable Lithium Ion Plastic Batteries

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Antoni S. Gozdz; Jean-Marie Tarascon; Caroline N. Schmutz; Paul Warren; O. S. Gebizlioglu; F. Shokoohi

    1995-01-01

    A series of polymers have been investigated in order to determine their suitability as ionically conductive binders of the active electrode materials and as hybrid electrolyte matrices in plastic lithium ion rechargeable batteries. Hybrid electrolyte films used in this study have been prepared by solvent casting using a 1:1 w\\/w mixture of the matrix polymer with 1 M LiPF6 in

  3. Power sources and electrical recharging strategies for implantable medical devices

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Xiaojuan Wei; Jing Liu

    2008-01-01

    Implantable medical devices (IMDs) are critically requested for the survival of patients subject to certain serious diseases\\u000a such as bradycardia, fibrillation, diabetes, and disability, etc. Appropriate working of an active implantable medical device\\u000a (IMD) heavily relies on the continuous supply of electricity. In this sense, long-term powering and recharging of an IMD via\\u000a a highly safe, efficient and convenient way

  4. Estimation of groundwater recharge parameters by time series analysis.

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Naff, R.L.; Gutjahr, A.L.

    1983-01-01

    A model is proposed that relates water level fluctuations in a Dupuit aquifer to effective precipitation at the top of the unsaturated zone. Effective precipitation, defined herein as that portion of precipitation which becomes recharge, is related to precipitation measured in a nearby gage by a two-parameter function. A second-order stationary assumption is used to connect the spectra of effective precipitation and water level fluctuations.-from Authors

  5. Estimating recharge at Yucca Mountain, Nevada: A case study

    SciTech Connect

    Flint, A.; Flint, L.; Kwicklis, E.; Fabryka-Martin, J.; Bodvarsson, G.S.

    2001-05-13

    Obtaining values of net infiltration, groundwater travel time, and recharge is necessary at the Yucca Mountain site, Nevada, USA, in order to evaluate the expected performance of a potential repository as a containment system for high-level radioactive waste. However, the geologic complexities of this site, its low precipitation and net infiltration, with numerous mechanisms operating simultaneously to move water through the system, provide many challenges for the estimation of the spatial distribution of recharge. A variety of methods appropriate for arid environments has been applied, including water-balance techniques, calculations using Darcy's law in the unsaturated zone, a soil-physics method applied to neutron-hole water-content data, inverse modeling of thermal profiles in boreholes extending through the thick unsaturated zone, chloride mass balance, atmospheric radionuclides, and empirical approaches. These methods indicate that near-surface infiltration rates at Yucca Mountain are highly variable in time and space, with local (point) values ranging from zero to several hundred millimeters per year. Spatially distributed net-infiltration values average 5 mm/year, with the highest values approaching 20 mm/year near Yucca Crest. Site-scale recharge estimates range from less than 1 to about 12 mm/year. These results have been incorporated into a site-scale model that has been calibrated using these data sets that reflect infiltration processes acting on highly variable temporal and spatial scales. The modeling study predicts highly non-uniform recharge at the water table, distributed significantly differently from the non-uniform infiltration pattern at the surface.

  6. Estimating recharge at yucca mountain, nevada, usa: comparison of methods

    SciTech Connect

    Flint, A. L.; Flint, L. E.; Kwicklis, E. M.; Fabryka-Martin, J. T.; Bodvarsson, G. S.

    2001-11-01

    Obtaining values of net infiltration, groundwater travel time, and recharge is necessary at the Yucca Mountain site, Nevada, USA, in order to evaluate the expected performance of a potential repository as a containment system for high-level radioactive waste. However, the geologic complexities of this site, its low precipitation and net infiltration, with numerous mechanisms operating simultaneously to move water through the system, provide many challenges for the estimation of the spatial distribution of recharge. A variety of methods appropriate for and environments has been applied, including water-balance techniques, calculations using Darcy's law in the unsaturated zone, a soil-physics method applied to neutron-hole water-content data, inverse modeling of thermal profiles in boreholes extending through the thick unsaturated zone, chloride mass balance, atmospheric radionuclides, and empirical approaches. These methods indicate that near-surface infiltration rates at Yucca Mountain are highly variable in time and space, with local (point) values ranging from zero to several hundred millimeters per year. Spatially distributed net-infiltration values average 5 mm/year, with the highest values approaching 20 nun/year near Yucca Crest. Site-scale recharge estimates range from less than I to about 12 mm/year. These results have been incorporated into a site-scale model that has been calibrated using these data sets that reflect infiltration processes acting on highly variable temporal and spatial scales. The modeling study predicts highly non-uniform recharge at the water table, distributed significantly differently from the non-uniform infiltration pattern at the surface. [References: 57

  7. Advanced materials for electrodes and electrolyte in rechargeable lithium batteries

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Sau yen Chew

    2009-01-01

    The lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery possesses many outstanding advantages over the well known rechargeable battery systems, in particularly higher energy density and longer shelf life, as well as not suffering from the memory effect problems of Ni-MH batteries. Those advantages are making it the greatest energy source of choice for the portable electronic market. Graphite and LiCoO2 are commonly used in

  8. Estimating areas contributing recharge to wells, lessons from previous studies

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Franke, O. Lehn; Reilly, T.E.; Pollock, D.W.; LaBaugh, J.W.

    1998-01-01

    Factors relating to the estimation of areas contributing recharge to wells, such as complexity of the ground-water flow system, effects of changing hydrologic conditions, and effects of well-screen locations and pumping rates, are reviewed. The point of view that simulation is the best means to obtain physically based estimates of contributing areas is emphasized. An extensive list of USGS reports that include estimation of contributing areas is provided.

  9. Impacts of Decreasing Recharge Rates on Sustainable Groundwater Management

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Hasan Yazicigil; Koray K. Yilmaz; Burcu Unsal Erdemli; Ozlem Yagbasan

    \\u000a Groundwater is a vital resource for living and food security for at least two billion people worldwide. Ever increasing demand\\u000a on groundwater has led to overexploitation of the aquifers and degradation of groundwater quality. Climate change will exacerbate\\u000a these problems by producing reduced recharge rates in some areas, more reliance on groundwater resources due to decrease in\\u000a reliability of surface

  10. 12-Crown-4 Ether Improves Rechargeable Lithium Cells

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Nagasubramanian, Ganesan; Attia, Alan I.

    1992-01-01

    Experiments show addition of 12-crown-4 ether (12Cr4) to thin film of polyethylene oxide (PEO) and LiBF4 reduces charge-transfer resistance of film and enhances performance of electrochemical cell in which film is electrolyte, anode is lithium, and cathode is LixCoO2. By increasing conductivity of the electrolyte, 12Cr4 reduces polarization loss; enabling cell to sustain higher current. Result is new type of rechargeable lithium cell.

  11. Electrochemically Stable Cathode Current Collectors for Rechargeable Magnesium Batteries

    SciTech Connect

    Cheng, Yingwen; Liu, Tianbiao L.; Shao, Yuyan; Engelhard, Mark H.; Liu, Jun; Li, Guosheng

    2014-01-01

    Rechargeable Mg batteries are attractive energy storage systems and could bring cost-effective energy solutions. Currently, however, no practical cathode current collectors that can withstand high voltages in Mg2+ electrolytes has been identified and therefore cathode research is greatly hindered. Here we identified that two metals, Mo and W, are electrochemically stable through formation of surface passive layers. The presented results could have significant impacts on the developments of high voltage Mg batteries.

  12. Responsive aqueous foams.

    PubMed

    Fameau, Anne-Laure; Carl, Adrian; Saint-Jalmes, Arnaud; von Klitzing, Regine

    2015-01-12

    Remarkable properties have emerged recently for aqueous foams, including ultrastability and responsiveness. Responsive aqueous foams refer to foams for which the stability can be switched between stable and unstable states with a change in environment or with external stimuli. Responsive foams have been obtained from various foam stabilizers, such as surfactants, proteins, polymers, and particles, and with various stimuli. Different strategies have been developed to design this type of soft material. We briefly review the two main approaches used to obtain responsive foams. The first approach is based on the responsiveness of the interfacial layer surrounding the gas bubbles, which leads to responsive foams. The second approach is based on modifications that occur in the aqueous phase inside the foam liquid channels to tune the foam stability. We will highlight the most sophisticated approaches, which use light, temperature, and magnetic fields and lead to switchable foam stability. PMID:25384466

  13. Movement of water infiltrated from a recharge basin to wells

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    O'Leary, David R.; Izbicki, John A.; Moran, Jean E.; Meeth, Tanya; Nakagawa, Brandon; Metzger, Loren; Bonds, Chris; Singleton, Michael J.

    2012-01-01

    Local surface water and stormflow were infiltrated intermittently from a 40-ha basin between September 2003 and September 2007 to determine the feasibility of recharging alluvial aquifers pumped for public supply, near Stockton, California. Infiltration of water produced a pressure response that propagated through unconsolidated alluvial-fan deposits to 125 m below land surface (bls) in 5 d and through deeper, more consolidated alluvial deposits to 194 m bls in 25 d, resulting in increased water levels in nearby monitoring wells. The top of the saturated zone near the basin fluctuates seasonally from depths of about 15 to 20 m. Since the start of recharge, water infiltrated from the basin has reached depths as great as 165 m bls. On the basis of sulfur hexafluoride tracer test data, basin water moved downward through the saturated alluvial deposits until reaching more permeable zones about 110 m bls. Once reaching these permeable zones, water moved rapidly to nearby pumping wells at rates as high as 13 m/d. Flow to wells through highly permeable material was confirmed on the basis of flowmeter logging, and simulated numerically using a two-dimensional radial groundwater flow model. Arsenic concentrations increased slightly as a result of recharge from 2 to 6 ?g/L immediately below the basin. Although few water-quality issues were identified during sample collection, high groundwater velocities and short travel times to nearby wells may have implications for groundwater management at this and at other sites in heterogeneous alluvial aquifers.

  14. A new analytical method for groundwater recharge and discharge estimation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Liang, Xiuyu; Zhang, You-Kuan

    2012-07-01

    SummaryA new analytical method was proposed for groundwater recharge and discharge estimation in an unconfined aquifer. The method is based on an analytical solution to the Boussinesq equation linearized in terms of h2, where h is the water table elevation, with a time-dependent source term. The solution derived was validated with numerical simulation and was shown to be a better approximation than an existing solution to the Boussinesq equation linearized in terms of h. By calibrating against the observed water levels in a monitoring well during a period of 100 days, we shown that the method proposed in this study can be used to estimate daily recharge (R) and evapotranspiration (ET) as well as the lateral drainage. It was shown that the total R was reasonably estimated with a water-table fluctuation (WTF) method if the water table measurements away from a fixed-head boundary were used, but the total ET was overestimated and the total net recharge was underestimated because of the lack of consideration of lateral drainage and aquifer storage in the WTF method.

  15. Continuous aqueous tritium monitor

    DOEpatents

    McManus, Gary J. (Idaho Falls, ID); Weesner, Forrest J. (Idaho Falls, ID)

    1989-05-30

    An apparatus for a selective on-line determination of aqueous tritium concentration is disclosed. A moist air stream of the liquid solution being analyzed is passed through a permeation dryer where the tritium and moisture and selectively removed to a purge air stream. The purge air stream is then analyzed for tritium concentration, humidity, and temperature, which allows computation of liquid tritium concentration.

  16. Soil Water Balance and Recharge Monitoring at the Hanford Site - FY09 Status Report

    SciTech Connect

    Rockhold, Mark L.; Saunders, Danielle L.; Strickland, Christopher E.; Waichler, Scott R.; Clayton, Ray E.

    2009-09-28

    Recharge provides the primary driving force for transporting contaminants from the vadose zone to underlying aquifer systems. Quantification of recharge rates is important for assessing contaminant transport and fate and for evaluating remediation alternatives. This report describes the status of soil water balance and recharge monitoring performed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory at the Hanford Site for Fiscal Year 2009. Previously reported data for Fiscal Years 2004 - 2008 are updated with data collected in Fiscal Year 2009 and summarized.

  17. Climatic controls on diffuse groundwater recharge in semiarid environments of the southwestern United States

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Eric E. Small

    2005-01-01

    Although there is no diffuse groundwater recharge at many semiarid sites, evidence for diffuse recharge exists at some locations where mean annual precipitation $\\\\overline{P}$ is much less than mean annual potential evapotranspiration $\\\\overline{PET}$, particularly where soils are coarse and rainfall variable is substantial. We investigate the climatic controls on diffuse recharge using a one-dimensional, variably saturated flow model. The model

  18. Climatic controls on diffuse groundwater recharge in semiarid environments of the southwestern United States

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Eric E. Small

    2005-01-01

    Although there is no diffuse groundwater recharge at many semiarid sites, evidence for diffuse recharge exists at some locations where mean annual precipitation $\\\\overline{P is much less than mean annual potential evapotranspiration $\\\\overline{PET, particularly where soils are coarse and rainfall variable is substantial. We investigate the climatic controls on diffuse recharge using a one-dimensional, variably saturated flow model. The model

  19. Impacts of climate change on groundwater in Australia: a sensitivity analysis of recharge

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. L. McCallum; R. S. Crosbie; G. R. Walker; W. R. Dawes

    2010-01-01

    Groundwater recharge is a complex process reflecting many interactions between climate, vegetation and soils. Climate change\\u000a will impact upon groundwater recharge but it is not clear which climate variables have the greatest influence over recharge.\\u000a This study used a sensitivity analysis of climate variables using a modified version of WAVES, a soil-vegetation-atmosphere-transfer\\u000a model (unsaturated zone), to determine the importance of

  20. Water table fluctuation owing to time-varying recharge, pumping and leakage

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. N. Rai; A. Manglik; V. S. Singh

    2006-01-01

    This paper presents an analytical solution of a 2-d linearized Boussinesq equation to predict water table variation in a horizontal aquifer induced by time-varying recharge and\\/or withdrawal from any number of recharge basins, pumping wells and leakage sites of different dimensions. The rate of time-varying recharge (or withdrawal) is approximated by series of line elements of different lengths and slopes

  1. Estimation of groundwater recharge from water storage structures in a semi-arid climate of India

    Microsoft Academic Search

    V. N. Sharda; R. S. Kurothe; D. R. Sena; V. C. Pande; S. P. Tiwari

    2006-01-01

    Groundwater recharge from water storage structures under semi-arid conditions of western India has been estimated by employing water table fluctuation (WTF) and chloride mass balance (CMB) methods. Groundwater recharge was estimated as 7.3% and 9.7% of the annual rainfall by WTF method for the years 2003 and 2004, respectively while the two years average recharge was estimated as 7.5% using

  2. Shallow groundwater recharge mechanism and apparent age in the Ndop plain, northwest Cameroon

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wirmvem, Mengnjo Jude; Mimba, Mumbfu Ernestine; Kamtchueng, Brice Tchakam; Wotany, Engome Regina; Bafon, Tasin Godlove; Asaah, Asobo Nkengmatia Elvis; Fantong, Wilson Yetoh; Ayonghe, Samuel Ndonwi; Ohba, Takeshi

    2015-02-01

    Knowledge of groundwater recharge and apparent age constitutes a valuable tool for its sustainable management. Accordingly, shallow groundwater (n = 72) in the Ndop plain has been investigated using the stable isotopes of oxygen (18O) and hydrogen (2H or D) and tritium (3H) to determine the recharge process, timing and rate of recharge, and residence time. The shallow groundwater showed low variability in ?18O values (-2.7 to -4.1 ‰) and 3H content (2.4-3.1 TU). The low variability suggests a similar origin, homogenous aquifer, good water mixing and storage capacity of the groundwater reservoir. Like surface water, a cluster of groundwater along the Ndop Meteoric Water Line (NMWL) and Global Meteoric Water Line indicates meteoric origin/recharge. The rainfall recharge occurs under low relative humidity conditions and negligible evaporation effect. About 80 % of the recharge is from direct heterogeneous/diffuse local precipitation at low altitude (<1,260 m) within the Ndop plain. Approximately 20 % is from high altitude precipitation (localised recharge) or is recharged by the numerous inflowing streams and rivers from high elevations. A homogenous cluster of ?-values in groundwater (and surface water) between May and June monsoon rains on the NMWL suggests dominant recharge during these months. The recharge represents at least 16 % (>251 mm) of the annual rainfall (1,540 mm) indicating high annual recharge; high enough for development of the groundwater resource for agriculture. The 3H content (>2.4 TU) in groundwater indicates post-1952 recharged water with an estimated residence time <30 years, suggesting short subsurface circulation, and subsequently a renewable aquifer.

  3. Estimated ground-water recharge from streamflow in Fortymile Wash near Yucca Mountain, Nevada

    SciTech Connect

    Savard, C.S.

    1998-10-01

    The two purposes of this report are to qualitatively document ground-water recharge from stream-flow in Fortymile Wash during the period 1969--95 from previously unpublished ground-water levels in boreholes in Fortymile Canyon during 1982--91 and 1995, and to quantitatively estimate the long-term ground-water recharge rate from streamflow in Fortymile Wash for four reaches of Fortymile Wash (Fortymile Canyon, upper Jackass Flats, lower Jackass Flats, and Amargosa Desert). The long-term groundwater recharge rate was estimated from estimates of the volume of water available for infiltration, the volume of infiltration losses from streamflow, the ground-water recharge volume from infiltration losses, and an analysis of the different periods of data availability. The volume of water available for infiltration and ground-water recharge in the four reaches was estimated from known streamflow in ephemeral Fortymile Wash, which was measured at several gaging station locations. The volume of infiltration losses from streamflow for the four reaches was estimated from a streamflow volume loss factor applied to the estimated streamflows. the ground-water recharge volume was estimated from a linear relation between infiltration loss volume and ground-water recharge volume for each of the four reaches. Ground-water recharge rates were estimated for three different periods of data availability (1969--95, 1983--95, and 1992--95) and a long-term ground-water recharge rate estimated for each of the four reaches.

  4. Use of Soil Moisture Probes to Estimate Ground Water Recharge At an Oil Spill Site

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Delin, Geoffrey N.; Herkelrath, William N.

    2005-12-01

    Soil moisture data collected using an automated data logging system were used to estimate ground water recharge at a crude oil spill research site near Bemidji, Minnesota. Three different soil moisture probes were tested in the laboratory as well as the field conditions of limited power supply and extreme weather typical of northern Minnesota: a self-contained reflectometer probe, and two time domain reflectometry (TDR) probes, 30 and 50 cm long. Recharge was estimated using an unsaturated zone water balance method. Recharge estimates for 1999 using the laboratory calibrations were 13 to 30 percent greater than estimates based on the factory calibrations. Recharge indicated by the self-contained probes was 170 percent to 210 percent greater than the estimates for the TDR probes regardless of calibration method. Results indicate that the anomalously large recharge estimates for the self-contained probes are not the result of inaccurate measurements of volumetric moisture content, but result from the presence of crude oil, or borehole leakage. Of the probes tested, the 50 cm long TDR probe yielded recharge estimates that compared most favorably to estimates based on a method utilizing water table fluctuations. Recharge rates for this probe represented 24 to 27 percent of 1999 precipitation. Recharge based on the 30 cm long horizontal TDR probes was 29 to 37 percent of 1999 precipitation. By comparison, recharge based on the water table fluctuation method represented about 29 percent of precipitation.

  5. Use of soil moisture probes to estimate ground water recharge at an oil spill site

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Delin, G.N.; Herkelrath, W.N.

    2005-01-01

    Soil moisture data collected using an automated data logging system were used to estimate ground water recharge at a crude oil spill research site near Bemidji, Minnesota. Three different soil moisture probes were tested in the laboratory as well as the field conditions of limited power supply and extreme weather typical of northern Minnesota: a self-contained reflectometer probe, and two time domain reflectometry (TDR) probes, 30 and 50 cm long. Recharge was estimated using an unsaturated zone water balance method. Recharge estimates for 1999 using the laboratory calibrations were 13 to 30 percent greater than estimates based on the factory calibrations. Recharge indicated by the self-contained probes was 170 percent to 210 percent greater than the estimates for the TDR probes regardless of calibration method. Results indicate that the anomalously large recharge estimates for the self-contained probes are not the result of inaccurate measurements of volumetric moisture content, but result from the presence of crude oil, or bore-hole leakage. Of the probes tested, the 50 cm long TDR probe yielded recharge estimates that compared most favorably to estimates based on a method utilizing water table fluctuations. Recharge rates for this probe represented 24 to 27 percent of 1999 precipitation. Recharge based on the 30 cm long horizontal TDR probes was 29 to 37 percent of 1999 precipitation. By comparison, recharge based on the water table fluctuation method represented about 29 percent of precipitation. (JAWRA) (Copyright ?? 2005).

  6. Estimation of groundwater recharge from water storage structures in a semi-arid climate of India

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sharda, V. N.; Kurothe, R. S.; Sena, D. R.; Pande, V. C.; Tiwari, S. P.

    2006-09-01

    SummaryGroundwater recharge from water storage structures under semi-arid conditions of western India has been estimated by employing water table fluctuation (WTF) and chloride mass balance (CMB) methods. Groundwater recharge was estimated as 7.3% and 9.7% of the annual rainfall by WTF method for the years 2003 and 2004, respectively while the two years average recharge was estimated as 7.5% using CMB method. A Recharge function depicting the relationship between potential recharge from storage structures and successive day averaged storage depths was better exhibited by a power function. A diagnostic relationship correlating the rainfall to the potential recharge from water storage structures has been developed to explain the characteristics of the storage structures for a given geographical location. The study has revealed that a minimum of 104.3 mm cumulative rainfall is required to generate 1 mm of recharge from the water storage structures. It was also inferred that the storage structures have limited capacity to induce maximum recharge irrespective of the amount of rainfall and maximum recharge to rainfall ratio is achieved at a lower rainfall than the average annual rainfall of the area. An empirical linear relationship was found to reasonably correlate the changes in chloride concentration with water table rise or fall in the study area.

  7. A numerical analysis on the applicability of the water level fluctuation method for quantifying groundwater recharge

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    Koo, M.; Lee, D.

    2002-12-01

    The water table fluctuation(WTF) method is a conventional method for quantifying groundwater recharge by multiplying the specific yield to the water level rise. Based on the van Genuchten model, an analytical relationship between groundwater recharge and the water level rise is derived. The equation is used to analyze the effects of the depth to water level and the soil properties on the recharge estimate using the WTF method. The results show that the WTF method is reliable when applied to the aquifers of the fluvial sand provided the water table is below 1m depth. However, if it is applied to the silt loam having the water table depth ranging 4~10m, the recharge is overestimated by 30~80%, and the error increases drastically as the water table is getting shallower. A 2-D unconfined flow model with a time series of the recharge rate is developed. It is used for elucidating the errors of the WTF method, which is implicitly based on the tank model where the horizontal flow in the saturated zone is ignored. Simulations show that the recharge estimated by the WTF method is underestimated for the observation well near the discharge boundary. This is due to the fact that the hydraulic stress resulting from the recharge is rapidly dissipating by the horizontal flow near the discharge boundary. Simulations also reveal that the recharge is significantly underestimated with increase in the hydraulic conductivity and the recharge duration, and decrease in the specific yield.

  8. Using Tracer Tests to Estimate Vertical Recharge and Evaluate Influencing Factors for Irrigated Agricultural Systems

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    Lin, D.; Jin, M.; Brusseau, M.; Ma, B.; Liu, Y.

    2013-12-01

    Accurate estimation of vertical groundwater recharge is critical for (semi) arid regions, especially in places such as the North China Plain where vertical recharge comprises the largest portion of recharge. Tracer tests were used to estimate vertical recharge beneath agricultural systems irrigated by groundwater, and to help delineate factors that influence recharge. Bromide solution was applied to trace infiltration in the vadose zone beneath irrigated agricultural fields (rotated winter wheat and summer maize, orchards, and cotton) and non-irrigated woodlands at both piedmont plain (Shijiazhaung) and alluvial and lacustrine plains (Hengshui) in the North China Plain. The tracer tests lasted for more than two years, and were conducted at a total of 37 sites. Tracer solution was injected into the subsurface at a depth of 1.2 m before the rainy season. Soil samples were then collected periodically to observe bromide transport and estimate recharge rates at the point-scale. For these experiments, the only irrigation the fields received was that applied by the landowners. In addition to these tests, a controlled irrigation experiment was conducted at a single wheat and maize site. The results showed that recharge rates were lower for the alluvial and lacustrine plains sites, which comprise finer-textured soils than those present in the piedmont plain. Specifically, the recharge rate ranged between 56-466 mm/a beneath wheat-maize, 110-564 mm/a beneath orchard, and 0-21 mm/a beneath woodlands with an average recharge coefficient of 0.17 for the piedmont plain sites, while the recharge rate ranged between 26-165 mm/a beneath wheat-maize, 6-40 mm/a beneath orchard, 87-319 mm/a beneath cotton, and 0-32 mm/a beneath woodlands with an average recharge coefficient of 0.10 for the alluvial and lacustrine plain sites. Irrigation provided the primary contribution to recharge, with precipitation providing a minor contribution. The results of both the uncontrolled and controlled irrigation experiments showed that recharge increased as irrigation quantity increased. Overall, recharge was lower for the fields with the rotation cultivation of winter wheat and summer maize compared to the aged apple orchard. In general, the irrigation quantity applied was larger than the requirement of the crops. Thus, managing the irrigation regime to insure that irrigation matches crop requirements would be helpful to better preserve groundwater resources and prevent water-table decline. The recharge rates obtained in this study will be used as input in a mathematical modeling effort designed to simulate the regional groundwater system in the North China Plain.

  9. Numerical assessment of ASR recharge using small-diameter wells and surface basins

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    Händel, Falk; Liu, Gaisheng; Dietrich, Peter; Liedl, Rudolf; Butler, James J.

    2014-09-01

    Aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) methods are increasingly used to overcome the temporal imbalance between water demand and availability. Common ASR recharge methods utilize large-diameter injection wells or surface infiltration basins and trenches, and can be costly to implement. A new low-cost ASR recharge method is currently being developed. This approach is based on recharge via gravity in small-diameter wells installed with direct-push (DP) technology. Numerical modeling is used here to assess the potential of this new approach under conditions commonly faced in field settings. The primary objective is to investigate if a battery of small-diameter DP wells can serve as a viable alternative to a surface basin under typical field conditions, while the secondary objective is to assess which subsurface parameters have the greatest control on DP well performance. Simulation results indicate that gravity recharge via small-diameter wells appears to have a distinct advantage over recharge via surface infiltration basins. For example, two 0.05-m shallow vadose-zone wells with 9-m screens can recharge water at a greater rate than a 60 m2 basin. Also, results reveal that, contrary to an infiltration basin, the recharge rate in a DP well has a much stronger dependence on the horizontal component of hydraulic conductivity than on the vertical component. Moreover, near-surface layers of low hydraulic conductivity, which can significantly reduce the recharge capacity of a surface basin, have a relatively small impact on the recharge capacity of a well as long as a significant portion of the well screen is installed below those layers. Given that installation and operation costs can be low in comparison to common ASR recharge methods, this new approach appears to have great potential for recharging good quality water in shallow unconsolidated aquifers. A field investigation has recently been initiated to follow up the findings of this simulation assessment.

  10. Predicting Groundwater Recharge for the Okanagan Basin: A Little HELP From the Locals

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    Liggett, J. E.; Toews, M. W.; Smerdon, B. D.; Allen, D. M.

    2007-12-01

    Estimates of groundwater recharge are an essential component in flow models; however, recharge is highly uncertain and difficult to quantify for dry regions. Since flow models are often used in water management planning, acquiring spatially variable recharge estimates at a comparable scale can be challenging. Regional scale recharge estimates must reflect trends of local scale processes to be effective in planning. This study examined how results from a regional recharge model compared to recharge estimated in separate, local scale models from opposing ends of the Okanagan basin, in British Columbia, Canada. At nearly 8000~km2, the north-south trending basin has a climatic gradient with a warmer, wetter climate in the north and hotter, drier conditions in the south. The region has become a popular area for tourism, residence, and agriculture, particularly orchards and vineyards. With surface water sources close to fully allocated, the region is turning to groundwater as a means to support increasing socioeconomic growth. Basin wide (regional) recharge estimates in the valley bottom are a critical step in managing groundwater resources. Regional estimates of recharge were determined with the Hydrologic Evaluation of Landfill Performance (HELP) code by establishing common areas of soil texture, water table depth and three other hydrologic parameters. Results from the regional scale were compared with two independently derived, local scale estimates of groundwater recharge. For the south Okanagan, regional estimates were compared with results from a high-resolution integrated HELP and MODFLOW analysis; and in the north Okanagan, regional estimates were compared to results from a study utilizing the Richards equation based MIKE-SHE code. Comparison with these two models, calculated in areas at each end of the climatic gradient, provide confidence in developing a map of regional groundwater recharge. Preliminary results illustrate the applicability of HELP for predicting basin-wide recharge for areas with shallow slope (limited runoff), accurate depth to water table (from a water well database), and detailed descriptions of vadose zone lithology.

  11. Assessment of groundwater recharge in an ash-fall mantled karst aquifer of southern Italy

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    Manna, F.; Nimmo, J. R.; De Vita, P.; Allocca, V.

    2014-12-01

    In southern Italy, Mesozoic carbonate formations, covered by ash-fall pyroclastic soils, are large karst aquifers and major groundwater resources. For these aquifers, even though Allocca et al., 2014 estimated a mean annual groundwater recharge coefficient at regional scale, a more complete understanding of the recharge processes at small spatio-temporal scale is a primary scientific target. In this paper, we study groundwater recharge processes in the Acqua della Madonna test site (Allocca et al., 2008) through the integrated analysis of piezometric levels, rainfall, soil moisture and air temperature data. These were gathered with hourly frequency by a monitoring station in 2008. We applied the Episodic Master Recharge method (Nimmo et al., 2014) to identify episodes of recharge and estimate the Recharge to Precipitation Ratio (RPR) at both the individual-episode and annual time scales. For different episodes of recharge observed, RPR ranges from 97% to 37%, with an annual mean around 73%. This result has been confirmed by a soil water balance and the application of the Thornthwaite-Mather method to estimate actual evapotranspiration. Even though it seems higher than RPRs typical of some parts of the world, it is very close to the mean annual groundwater recharge coefficient estimated at the regional scale for the karst aquifers of southern Italy. In addition, the RPR is affected at the daily scale by both antecedent soil moisture and rainfall intensity, as demonstrated by a statistically significant multiple linear regression among such hydrological variables. In particular, the recharge magnitude is great for low storm intensity and high antecedent soil moisture value. The results advance the comprehension of groundwater recharge processes in karst aquifers, and the sensitivity of RPR to antecedent soil moisture and rainfall intensity facilitates the prediction of the influence of climate and precipitation regime change on the groundwater recharge process.

  12. Quantifying Groundwater Recharge Uncertainty: A Multiple-Model Framework and Case Study

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    Kikuchi, C.; Ferré, T. P. A.

    2014-12-01

    In practice, it is difficult to estimate groundwater recharge accurately. Despite this challenge, most recharge investigations produce a single, best estimate of recharge. However, there is growing recognition that quantification of natural recharge uncertainty is critical for groundwater management. We present a multiple-model framework for estimating recharge uncertainty. In addition, we show how direct water flux measurements can be used to reduce the uncertainty of estimates of total basin recharge for an arid, closed hydrologic basin in the Atacama Desert, Chile. We first formulated multiple hydrogeologic conceptual models of the basin based on existing data, and implemented each conceptual model for the purpose of conducting numerical simulations. For each conceptual model, groundwater recharge was inversely estimated; then, Null-Space Monte Carlo techniques were used to quantify the uncertainty on the initial estimate of total basin recharge. Second, natural recharge components - including both deep percolation and streambed infiltration - were estimated from field data. Specifically, vertical temperature profiles were measured in monitoring wells and streambeds, and water fluxes were estimated from thermograph analysis. Third, calculated water fluxes were incorporated as prior information to the model calibration and Null-Space Monte Carlo procedures, yielding revised estimates of both total basin recharge and associated uncertainty. The fourth and final component of this study uses value of information analyses to identify potentially informative locations for additional water flux measurements. The uncertainty quantification framework presented here is broadly transferable; furthermore, this research provides an applied example of the extent to which water flux measurements may serve to reduce groundwater recharge uncertainty at the basin scale.

  13. Rechargeable battery which combats shape change of the zinc anode

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    Cohn, E. M. (inventor)

    1976-01-01

    A rechargeable cell or battery is provided in which shape change of the zinc anode is combatted by profiling the ionic conductivity of the paths between the electrodes. The ion flow is greatest at the edges of the electrodes and least at the centers, thereby reducing migration of the zinc ions from edges to the center of the anode. A number of embodiments are disclosed in which the strength and/or amount of electrolyte, and/or the number and/or size of the paths provided by the separator between the electrodes, are varied to provide the desired ionic conductivity profile.

  14. Downstream of downtown: urban wastewater as groundwater recharge

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    Foster, S. S. D.; Chilton, P. J.

    Wastewater infiltration is often a major component of overall recharge to aquifers around urban areas, especially in more arid climates. Despite this, such recharge still represents only an incidental (or even accidental) byproduct of various current practices of sewage effluent handling and wastewater reuse. This topic is reviewed through reference to certain areas of detailed field research, with pragmatic approaches being identified to reduce the groundwater pollution hazard of these practices whilst attempting to retain their groundwater resource benefit. Since urban sewage effluent is probably the only `natural resource' whose global availability is steadily increasing, the socioeconomic importance of this topic for rapidly developing urban centres in the more arid parts of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East will be apparent. L'infiltration des eaux usées est souvent la composante essentielle de toute la recharge des aquifères des zones urbaines, particulièrement sous les climats les plus arides. Malgré cela, une telle recharge ne constitue encore qu'un sous-produit incident, ou même accidentel, de pratiques courantes variées du traitement de rejets d'égouts et de réutilisation d'eaux usées. Ce sujet est passé en revue en se référant à certaines régions étudiées en détail, par des approches pragmatiques reconnues pour permettre de réduire les risques de pollution des nappes dues à ces pratiques tout en permettant d'en tirer profit pour leur ressource en eau souterraine. Puisque les effluents d'égouts urbains sont probablement la seule « ressource naturelle » dont la disponibilité globale va croissant constamment, l'importance socio-économique de ce sujet est évidente pour les centres urbains à développement rapide de l'Asie, de l'Afrique, de l'Amérique latine et du Moyen-Orient. La infiltración de aguas residuales es a menudo un componente principal de la recarga total en acuíferos ubicados en torno a zonas urbanas, especialmente en los climas más áridos. A pesar de ello, dicho componente todavía es una consecuencia secundaria (o incluso accidental) de diversas prácticas asociadas con la manipulación de las aguas residuales y con la reutilitzación de aguas depuradas. Este tema se revisa mediante referencias a ciertas áreas en las que existen investigación detallada de campo, identificando enfoques pragmáticos con el fin de reducir el riesgo de contaminación de las aguas subterráneas por tales prácticas, a la vez tratando de conservar los beneficios para los recursos del acuífero. Dado que los efluentes de aguas residuales urbanas son probablemente la única `fuente natural' cuya disponibilidad global se halla en del aumento, la importancia socioeconómica de este tema será evidente para los centros urbanos de rápido desarrollo en Asia, Latinoamérica y Oriente Medio.

  15. Tracers in recharge — Effects of partitioning in soils

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    Gerritse, Robert G.; Adeney, John A.

    1992-02-01

    Partitioning among mobile and stationary water phases in a soil measurably reduces movement of a tracer relative to the mobile water phase. The quantity of water infiltrating the soil, however, still follows from the product of the distance travelled by the tracer and average moisture content of the soil over that distance. Partitioning between surface and water phases in a soil by proton and protium exchange has only a small effect on the retention of isotopically labelled water. Partitioning between surface, water and gas phases in a soil, however, strongly decreases diffusive movement of isotopically labelled water in the gas phase. In sandy soils with moisture contents less than 5%, the effective diffusion coefficient in the gas phase can be reduced by a factor between 50 and 5000. As a soil dries out, diffusive movement of 18O labelled water will become larger than of HDO and HTO. Negative charges on soil surfaces repel chloride and bromide. The effect of charge exclusion on movement of Cl - and Br - relative to HDO was measured in small columns for a number of soils from the southwest of Western Australia. Data from these experiments show that in the unsaturated zone of sandy soils, charge exclusion can reduce the pore volume available to Cl - and Br - in the water phase at field capacity by > 20%. Recharge to ground water, if calculated from the position of Cl - or Br - tracers and average moisture in the soil profile, must then be reduced by the same percentage. The effect of charge exclusion in soils on the calculation of recharge from profile data, was evaluated for a practical situation. Significant amounts of bromide from car exhaust gases accumulate in soils in urban areas and can be used to trace water movement. A site was chosen in metropolitan Perth on a sparsely vegetated calcareous sand near the junction of two busy roads. A seasonal effect on bromide accumulation in the soil profile at this site was clearly visible from data on the soil solution. The distribution of bromide in the soil profile appears to correspond to 93% of rainfall recharging ground water. Correcting the data for charge exclusion, results in a calculated recharge of ? 70% of annual rainfall.

  16. Continuous aqueous tritium monitor

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    McManus, G.J.; Weesner, F.J.

    1987-10-19

    An apparatus for a selective on-line determination of aqueous tritium concentration is disclosed. A moist air stream of the liquid solution being analyzed is passed through a permeation dryer where the tritium and moisture are selectively removed to a purge air stream. The purge air stream is then analyzed for tritium concentration, humidity, and temperature, which allows computation of liquid tritium concentration. 2 figs.

  17. Mars aqueous chemistry experiment

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    Clark, Benton C.; Mason, Larry W.

    1993-01-01

    The Mars Aqueous Chemistry Experiment (MACE) is designed to conduct a variety of measurements on regolith samples, encompassing mineral phase analyses, chemical interactions with H2O, and physical properties determinations. From these data, much can be learned or inferred regarding the past weathering environment, the contemporaneous soil micro-environments, and the general chemical and physical state of the Martian regolith. By analyzing both soil and duricrust samples, the nature of the latter may become more apparent. Sites may be characterized for comparative purposes and criteria could be set for selection of high priority materials on future sample return missions. Progress for the first year MACE PIDDP is reported in two major areas of effort: (1) fluids handling concepts, definition, and breadboard fabrication and (2) aqueous chemistry ion sensing technology and test facility integration. A fluids handling breadboard was designed, fabricated, and tested at Mars ambient pressure. The breadboard allows fluid manipulation scenarios to be tested under the reduced pressure conditions expected in the Martian atmosphere in order to validate valve operations, orchestrate analysis sequences, investigate sealing integrity, and to demonstrate efficacy of the fluid handling concept. Additional fluid manipulation concepts have also been developed based on updated MESUR spacecraft definition. The Mars Aqueous Chemistry Experiment Ion Selective Electrode (ISE) facility was designed as a test bed to develop a multifunction interface for measurements of chemical ion concentrations in aqueous solution. The interface allows acquisition of real time data concerning the kinetics and heats of salt dissolution, and transient response to calibration and solubility events. An array of ion selective electrodes has been interfaced and preliminary calibration studies performed.

  18. Reconnaissance Estimates of Recharge Based on an Elevation-dependent Chloride Mass-balance Approach

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    Charles E. Russell; Tim Minor

    2002-08-31

    Significant uncertainty is associated with efforts to quantity recharge in arid regions such as southern Nevada. However, accurate estimates of groundwater recharge are necessary to understanding the long-term sustainability of groundwater resources and predictions of groundwater flow rates and directions. Currently, the most widely accepted method for estimating recharge in southern Nevada is the Maxey and Eakin method. This method has been applied to most basins within Nevada and has been independently verified as a reconnaissance-level estimate of recharge through several studies. Recharge estimates derived from the Maxey and Eakin and other recharge methodologies ultimately based upon measures or estimates of groundwater discharge (outflow methods) should be augmented by a tracer-based aquifer-response method. The objective of this study was to improve an existing aquifer-response method that was based on the chloride mass-balance approach. Improvements were designed to incorporate spatial variability within recharge areas (rather than recharge as a lumped parameter), develop a more defendable lower limit of recharge, and differentiate local recharge from recharge emanating as interbasin flux. Seventeen springs, located in the Sheep Range, Spring Mountains, and on the Nevada Test Site were sampled during the course of this study and their discharge was measured. The chloride and bromide concentrations of the springs were determined. Discharge and chloride concentrations from these springs were compared to estimates provided by previously published reports. A literature search yielded previously published estimates of chloride flux to the land surface. {sup 36}Cl/Cl ratios and discharge rates of the three largest springs in the Amargosa Springs discharge area were compiled from various sources. This information was utilized to determine an effective chloride concentration for recharging precipitation and its associated uncertainty via Monte Carlo simulations. Previously developed isohyetal maps were utilized to determine the mean and standard deviation of precipitation within the area. A digital elevation model was obtained to provide elevation information. A geologic model was obtained to provide the spatial distribution of alluvial formations. Both were used to define the lower limit of recharge. In addition, 40 boreholes located in alluvial sediments were drilled and sampled in an attempt to support the argument that the areal distribution of alluvial sediments can be used to define a zone of negligible recharge. The data were compiled in a geographic information system and used in a Monte Carlo analysis to determine recharge occurring within the study area. Results of the analysis yielded estimates of the mean and standard deviation of recharge occurring within the study area (28.168 x 10{sup 6} m{sup 3} yr{sup -1} and 7.008 x 10{sup 6} m{sup 3} yr{sup -1}, and 26.838 x 10{sup 6} m{sup 3} yr{sup -1} and 6.928 x 10{sup 6} m{sup 3} yr{sup -1}) for two sets of simulations using alternate definitions of the lower limit of recharge. A sensitivity analysis determined the recharge estimates were most sensitive to uncertainty associated with the chloride concentration of the spring discharge. The second most sensitive parameter was the uncertainty associated with the mean precipitation within the recharge areas. Comparison of the analysis to previously published estimates of recharge revealed mixed results with the recharge estimates derived during the course of this project generally greater relative to previously published estimates.

  19. Estimating recharge through Playa Lakes to the Southern High Plains Aquifer

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    In the Southern High Plains of Texas, it is accepted that focused recharge to the High Plains Aquifer (locally known as the Ogallala) occurs through over 20,000 playa lakes, which are local depressions that collect storm runoff. The amount and rate of recharge is not precisely known, and the impact ...

  20. COMPARATIVE LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT OF ALCALINE CELLS AND NI-MH RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Page 1 COMPARATIVE LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT OF ALCALINE CELLS AND NI-MH RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES Jean by applying the LCA methodology to evaluate the environmental footprint of alkaline cells and Ni-MH batteries phase. Besides, the emphasis on rechargeable batteries is only justified from an environmental point

  1. Likely recharge to permanent groundwater beneath future rehabilitated landforms at Ranger uranium mine, northern Australia

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. H. Woods

    1994-01-01

    The magnitude of recharge beneath rehabilitated landforms at former mine sites is one of many variables required for a comprehensive assessment of potential future environmental impacts of those sites. The magnitude of net groundwater recharge that may occur on the rehabilitated Range Uranium Mines landform is estimated to be of the order of 2–5% of the incident rainfall, that is,

  2. HYDRUS-1D Modeling of an Irrigated Agricultural Plot with Application to Aquifer Recharge Estimation

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    A variety of methods are available for estimating aquifer recharge in semi-arid regions, each with advantages and disadvantages. We are investigating a procedure for estimating recharge in an irrigated basin. The method involves computing irrigation return flows based on HYDRUS-1D modeling of root z...

  3. Combinatorial investigations of advanced Li-ion rechargeable battery electrode materials

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M D Fleischauer; T D Hatchard; A Bonakdarpour; J R Dahn

    2005-01-01

    Future advances in Li-ion rechargeable battery performance are strongly linked to improved electrode materials. Candidate materials for the negative electrode of the future generally contain multiple elements and broad composition ranges. There are surprisingly few published accounts of combinatorial investigations of Li-ion rechargeable battery electrode materials. This paper describes the combinatorial infrastructure of the Dahn group at Dalhousie University as

  4. Transient-boundary voltage method for measurement of equivalent circuit components of rechargeable batteries

    Microsoft Academic Search

    K. H. Norian

    A method is presented for measuring the equivalent circuit components of rechargeable batteries. The temporal discharge–rest–charge–rest sequence of a rechargeable battery is described, using the principles of transient circuit analysis, to derive equations for the battery voltage as a function of time during voltage transients and at the boundaries at transitions between transient phases. The equations lead to a new

  5. Fullerenes: non-transition metal clusters as rechargeable magnesium battery cathodes.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Ruigang; Mizuno, Fuminori; Ling, Chen

    2015-01-21

    We discovered that non-transition metal clusters have great potential as rechargeable Mg battery cathodes. Fullerene (C60), one of the prototype materials, was discharged and recharged with a remarkable rate capability. This unique rate performance is attributed to its capability to delocalize electrons on the entire cluster rather than to individual atoms. PMID:25461490

  6. Discrete-storm water-table fluctuation method to estimate episodic recharge.

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    Nimmo, John R.; Horowittz, Charles; Mitchell, Lara

    2015-01-01

    We have developed a method to identify and quantify recharge episodes, along with their associated infiltration-related inputs, by a consistent, systematic procedure. Our algorithm partitions a time series of water levels into discrete recharge episodes and intervals of no episodic recharge. It correlates each recharge episode with a specific interval of rainfall, so storm characteristics such as intensity and duration can be associated with the amount of recharge that results. To be useful in humid climates, the algorithm evaluates the separability of events, so that those whose recharge cannot be associated with a single storm can be appropriately lumped together. Elements of this method that are subject to subjectivity in the application of hydrologic judgment are values of lag time, fluctuation tolerance, and master recession parameters. Because these are determined once for a given site, they do not contribute subjective influences affecting episode-to-episode comparisons. By centralizing the elements requiring scientific judgment, our method facilitates such comparisons by keeping the most subjective elements openly apparent, making it easy to maintain consistency. If applied to a period of data long enough to include recharge episodes with broadly diverse characteristics, the method has value for predicting how climatic alterations in the distribution of storm intensities and seasonal duration may affect recharge.

  7. Data-Conditioned Distributions of Groundwater Recharge Under Climate Change Scenarios

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. McLaughlin; G. C. Ng; D. Entekhabi; B. Scanlon

    2008-01-01

    Groundwater recharge is likely to be impacted by climate change, with changes in precipitation amounts altering moisture availability and changes in temperature affecting evaporative demand. This could have major implications for sustainable aquifer pumping rates and contaminant transport into groundwater reservoirs in the future, thus making predictions of recharge under climate change very important. Unfortunately, in dry environments where groundwater

  8. EVALUATING UNCERTAINTIES IN GROUND-WATER RECHARGE ESTIMATES THROUGH ADVANCED MONITORING

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Risk, as estimated by many multimedia environmental models, is highly sensitive to infiltration and ground-water recharge. This field study used high-frequency monitoring of vadose-zone water content and piezometric levels to build confidence in modeling of infiltration and ground-water recharge. ...

  9. Estimating recharge thresholds in tropical karst island aquifers: Barbados, Puerto Rico and Guam

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    Banner, Jay L.

    Estimating recharge thresholds in tropical karst island aquifers: Barbados, Puerto Rico and Guam of rainfall. The karst aquifers on Barbados, Guam and Puerto Rico have similar rainwater and groundwater therefore speculate that similar recharge-rainfall thresholds may be observed in other tropical karst

  10. Estimation of groundwater recharge to chalk and sandstone aquifers using simple soil models

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. Ragab; J. Finch; R. Harding

    1997-01-01

    On the assumption that the water draining below the root zone is potentially available for groundwater recharge, two current UK methods for estimating annual groundwater recharge have been compared with a new soil model using data from four sites under permanent grass in the UK: two sites representative of the Chalk aquifer at Bridgest Farm (Hampshire) and Fleam Dyke (Cambridgeshire),

  11. Setting up a groundwater recharge model for an arid karst system using time lapse camera data

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    Schulz, Stephan; de Rooij, Gerrit H.; Michelsen, Nils; Rausch, Randolf; Siebert, Christian; Schüth, Christoph; Merz, Ralf

    2015-04-01

    Groundwater is the principal water resource in most dryland areas. Therefore, its replenishment rate is of great importance for water management. The amount of groundwater recharge depends on the climatic conditions, but also on the geological conditions, soil properties and vegetation. In dryland areas, outcrops of karst aquifers often receive enhanced recharge rates compared to other geological settings. Especially in areas with exposed karst features like sinkholes or open shafts rainfall accumulates in channels and discharges directly into the aquifer. Using the example of the As Sulb plateau in Saudi Arabia this study introduces a cost-effective and robust method for recharge monitoring and modelling in karst outcrops. The measurement of discharge of a small catchment (4.0 x 104 m2) into a sinkhole, and hence the direct recharge into the aquifer, was carried out with a time lapse camera observing a v-notch weir. During the monitoring period of two rainy seasons (autumn 2012 to spring 2014) four recharge events were recorded. Afterwards, recharge data as well as proxy data about the drying of the sediment cover are used to set up a conceptual water balance model. This model was run for 17 years (1971 to 1986 and 2012 to 2014). Simulation results show highly variable seasonal recharge-precipitation-ratios, which underlines the nonlinearity between recharge and precipitation in dryland areas. Besides the amount of precipitation this ratio is strongly influenced by the interannual distribution of rainfall events.

  12. Intrinsically safe 5-V, 4-A: Rechargeable power supply. Information circular\\/1989

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    Sammarco

    1989-01-01

    The U.S. Bureau of Mines has developed a regulated, intrinsically safe, rechargeable power supply for portable electronic equipment for underground use. The regulated output is ideal for microprocessor power requirements and is suited for operation in hazardous environments. Two rechargeable, sealed batteries are contained within the power supply. Provisions are made to use an external source of power if these

  13. Near-Optimal Mobile Robot Recharging with the Rate-Maximizing Forager

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    Jens Wawerla; Richard T. Vaughan

    2007-01-01

    We examine the practical problem of a mobile autonomous robot performing a long-duration survey task, during which it must recharge its batteries periodically. We present a scalable, online, heuristic method that allows the robot to recharge efficiently, thus maximizing its rate of work. The method is a direct application of the rate-maximizing foraging model, which seeks to explain the behaviour

  14. Inferring time-varying recharge from inverse analysis of long-term water levels

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    Dickinson, J.E.; Hanson, R.T.; Ferre, T. P. A.; Leake, S.A.

    2004-01-01

    Water levels in aquifers typically vary in response to time-varying rates of recharge, suggesting the possibility of inferring time-varying recharge rates on the basis of long-term water level records. Presumably, in the southwestern United States (Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, southern California, and southern Utah), rates of mountain front recharge to alluvial aquifers depend on variations in precipitation rates due to known climate cycles such as the El Nin??o-Southern Oscillation index and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. This investigation examined the inverse application of a one-dimensional analytical model for periodic flow described by Lloyd R. Townley in 1995 to estimate periodic recharge variations on the basis of variations in long-term water level records using southwest aquifers as the case study. Time-varying water level records at various locations along the flow line were obtained by simulation of forward models of synthetic basins with applied sinusoidal recharge of either a single period or composite of multiple periods of length similar to known climate cycles. Periodic water level components, reconstructed using singular spectrum analysis (SSA), were used to calibrate the analytical model to estimate each recharge component. The results demonstrated that periodic recharge estimates were most accurate in basins with nearly uniform transmissivity and the accuracy of the recharge estimates depends on monitoring well location. A case study of the San Pedro Basin, Arizona, is presented as an example of calibrating the analytical model to real data.

  15. ASSESSMENT OF NATURAL GROUND WATER RECHARGE IN UPPER GANGA CANAL COMMAND AREA

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    Kumar, C.P.

    ASSESSMENT OF NATURAL GROUND WATER RECHARGE IN UPPER GANGA CANAL COMMAND AREA C. P. Kumar* and P. V. Seethapathi** SYNOPSIS Quantification of the rate of natural ground water recharge is a pre-requisite for efficient ground water resource management. It is particularly important in regions with large demands

  16. Statistical analysis of hydrographs and water-table fluctuation to estimate groundwater recharge

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Sang-Ki Moon; Nam C Woo; Kwang S Lee

    2004-01-01

    Using water-table monitoring data from the National Groundwater Monitoring Network in Korea, groundwater hydrographs were classified into five typical groups. Then, to estimate groundwater recharge, a modified water-table fluctuation (WTF) method was developed from the relation between the cumulative WTF and corresponding precipitation records. Applying this method to different types of hydrographs, the spatial variability of recharge in river basins

  17. A numerical analysis on the applicability of the water level fluctuation method for quantifying groundwater recharge

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. Koo; D. Lee

    2002-01-01

    The water table fluctuation(WTF) method is a conventional method for quantifying groundwater recharge by multiplying the specific yield to the water level rise. Based on the van Genuchten model, an analytical relationship between groundwater recharge and the water level rise is derived. The equation is used to analyze the effects of the depth to water level and the soil properties

  18. A method of estimating spatio-temporally distributed groundwater recharge using integrated surface-subsurface modelling

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Il Moon Chung; Nam Won Kim; Jeongwoo Lee; Marios Sophocleous

    2010-01-01

    In general, there have been various methods of estimating groundwater recharge such as baseflow separation approaches, water budget analyses based on lumped conceptual models, and the water table fluctuation method (WTF) by using data from groundwater monitoring wells. However, groundwater recharge rates show spatial-temporal variability due to climatic conditions, land use, and hydrogeological heterogeneity, so these methods have various limitations

  19. Well Catchments and Time-of-Travel Zones in Aquifers With Recharge

    Microsoft Academic Search

    David N. Lerner

    1992-01-01

    The classical analytical method used to map catchments and time-of-travel zones of pumping wells was originally derived for another purpose and takes no account of recharge (Bear and Jacobs, 1965). Generalized catchment shapes are presented here for aquifers with recharge. They can be scaled to field situations through two or three nondimensional parameters. A semianalytical path line tracing model was

  20. Well catchments and time-of-travel zones in aquifers with recharge

    Microsoft Academic Search

    David N. Lerner

    1992-01-01

    The classical analytical method used to map catchments and time-of-travel zones of pumping wells was originally derived for another purpose and takes no account of recharge (Bear and Jacobs, 1965). Generalized catchment shapes are presented here for aquifers with recharge. They can be scaled to field situations through two or three nondimensional parameters. A semianalytical path line tracing model was

  1. Evaluation of cellulose-based separators in cycle and wet life testing of alkaline rechargeable cells

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    Harlan L. Lewis; William R. Johnson

    1996-01-01

    A study has been established to determine the dependence of cell cycle and wet life on the source material and composition of cellulose-based separator materials in alkaline rechargeable cells. Silver-zinc rechargeable cells of 28 Ahr capacity, identical in every respect except for the separator composition, are being tested in statistically significant numbers under identical temperature and relative humidity conditions, with

  2. MODIS-aided statewide net groundwater-recharge estimation in Nebraska.

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    Szilagyi, Jozsef; Jozsa, Janos

    2013-01-01

    Monthly evapotranspiration (ET) rates (2000 to 2009) across Nebraska at about 1-km resolution were obtained by linear transformations of the MODIS (MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) daytime surface temperature values with the help of the Priestley-Taylor equation and the complementary relationship of evaporation. For positive values of the mean annual precipitation and ET differences, the mean annual net recharge was found by an additional multiplication of the power-function-transformed groundwater vulnerability DRASTIC-code values. Statewide mean annual net recharge became about 29 mm (i.e., 5% of mean annual precipitation) with the largest recharge rates (in excess of 100 mm/year) found in the eastern Sand Hills and eastern Nebraska. Areas with the largest negative net recharge rates caused by declining groundwater levels due to large-scale irrigation are found in the south-western region of the state. Error bounds of the estimated values are within 10% to 15% of the corresponding precipitation rates and the estimated net recharge rates are sensitive to errors in the precipitation and ET values. This study largely confirms earlier base-flow analysis-based statewide groundwater recharge estimates when considerations are made for differences in the recharge definitions. The current approach not only provides better spatial resolution than available earlier studies for the region but also quantifies negative net recharge rates that become especially important in numerical modeling of shallow groundwater systems. PMID:23216050

  3. MODIS-Aided Statewide Net Groundwater-Recharge Estimation in Nebraska

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    Szilagyi, Jozsef

    -function-transformed groundwater vulnerability DRASTIC-code values. Statewide mean annual net recharge became about 29 mm (i.e., 5MODIS-Aided Statewide Net Groundwater-Recharge Estimation in Nebraska by Jozsef Szilagyi1 by declining groundwater levels due to large-scale irrigation are found in the south-western region

  4. Prospects for enhanced groundwater recharge via infiltration of urban storm water runoff: A case study

    Microsoft Academic Search

    W. D. Shuster; R. Gehring; J. Gerken

    The rain garden is an urban storm water best management practice that is used to infiltrate runoff close to its source, thereby disconnecting impervious area while providing an avenue for groundwater recharge. Groundwater recharge may provide additional benefits to aquatic ecosystems via enhancement of stream base flow. Yet, soil conditions can impact on certain aspects of rain garden performance and

  5. PROSPECTS FOR ENHANCED GROUNDWATER RECHARGE VIA INFILTRATION OF URBAN STORMWATER RUNOFF: A CASE STUDY

    EPA Science Inventory

    The rain garden is an urban storm water best management practice that is used to infiltrate runoff close to its source, thereby disconnecting impervious area while providing an avenue for groundwater recharge. Groundwater recharge may provide additional benefits to aquatic ecosys...

  6. Recharge Rates and Chemistry Beneath Playas of the High Plains Aquifer - A Literature Review and Synthesis

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    Gurdak, Jason J.; Roe, Cassia D.

    2009-01-01

    Playas are ephemeral, closed-basin wetlands that are important zones of recharge to the High Plains (or Ogallala) aquifer and critical habitat for birds and other wildlife in the otherwise semiarid, shortgrass prairie and agricultural landscape. The ephemeral nature of playas, low regional recharge rates, and a strong reliance on ground water from the High Plains aquifer has prompted many questions regarding the contribution of recharge from playas to the regional aquifer. To address these questions and concerns, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Playa Lakes Joint Venture, present a review and synthesis of the more than 175 publications about recharge rates and chemistry beneath playas and interplaya settings. Although a number of questions remain regarding the controls on recharge rates and chemistry beneath playas, the results from most published studies indicate that recharge rates beneath playas are substantially (1 to 2 orders of magnitude) higher than recharge rates beneath interplaya settings. The synthesis presented here supports the conceptual model that playas are important zones of recharge to the High Plains aquifer and are not strictly evaporative pans. The major findings of this synthesis yield science-based implications for the protection and management of playas and ground-water resources of the High Plains aquifer and directions for future research.

  7. Real-time Scheduling of periodic tasks in a monoprocessor system with rechargeable energy storage

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    such as a solar panel or a furl cell, and a rechargeable energy storage such as a battery or a super- capacitor that the wasted recharging energy is minimized and the battery level is at all times within two limits, starting

  8. A new approach to delineate the groundwater recharge zone in hard rock terrain

    Microsoft Academic Search

    N. C. Mondal; V. S. Singh

    Delineation of potential groundwater recharge zone is vital to augment groundwater resources in hard rock terrain. It is also important for the sustainable deve - lopment and management of groundwater resources. Conventionally, suitable zone for potential groundwater recharge is deciphered using tritium injection, hydro - geological, geophysical geomorphological maps and regional groundwater model, which are often time consuming and uneconomical.

  9. Remote Sensing and GIS Techniques to map Groundwater Recharge and Discharge

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. Tweed; M. Leblanc; J. Webb; M. Lubczynski; F. Stagnitti

    2006-01-01

    In salinity prone catchments, effective management of water resources involves balancing the requirements of sustainable resource allocation with salinity mitigation programs and ecosystem protection. Understanding groundwater recharge and discharge processes is a key component to achieving this balance. In this study, surface and sub-surface features are linked with recharge and discharge processes by incorporating GIS and remote sensing mapping techniques

  10. Dissolved Organic Carbon Influences Microbial Community Composition and Diversity in Managed Aquifer Recharge Systems

    PubMed Central

    Li, Dong; Sharp, Jonathan O.; Saikaly, Pascal E.; Ali, Shahjahan; Alidina, Mazahirali; Alarawi, Mohammed S.; Keller, Stephanie; Hoppe-Jones, Christiane

    2012-01-01

    This study explores microbial community structure in managed aquifer recharge (MAR) systems across both laboratory and field scales. Two field sites, the Taif River (Taif, Saudi Arabia) and South Platte River (Colorado), were selected as geographically distinct MAR systems. Samples derived from unsaturated riverbed, saturated-shallow-infiltration (depth, 1 to 2 cm), and intermediate-infiltration (depth, 10 to 50 cm) zones were collected. Complementary laboratory-scale sediment columns representing low (0.6 mg/liter) and moderate (5 mg/liter) dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentrations were used to further query the influence of DOC and depth on microbial assemblages. Microbial density was positively correlated with the DOC concentration, while diversity was negatively correlated at both the laboratory and field scales. Microbial communities derived from analogous sampling zones in each river were not phylogenetically significantly different on phylum, class, genus, and species levels, as determined by 16S rRNA gene pyrosequencing, suggesting that geography and season exerted less sway than aqueous geochemical properties. When field-scale communities derived from the Taif and South Platte River sediments were grouped together, principal coordinate analysis revealed distinct clusters with regard to the three sample zones (unsaturated, shallow, and intermediate saturated) and, further, with respect to DOC concentration. An analogous trend as a function of depth and corresponding DOC loss was observed in column studies. Canonical correspondence analysis suggests that microbial classes Betaproteobacteria and Gammaproteobacteria are positively correlated with DOC concentration. Our combined analyses at both the laboratory and field scales suggest that DOC may exert a strong influence on microbial community composition and diversity in MAR saturated zones. PMID:22798375

  11. 1/12/14 Researchers Develop Micro-Windmills to Recharge Cell Phones www.sciencespacerobots.com/researchers-develop-micro-windmills-to-recharge-cell-phones-11020142 1/2

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    Chiao, Jung-Chih

    1/12/14 Researchers Develop Micro-Windmills to Recharge Cell Phones www.sciencespacerobots.com/researchers-develop-micro-windmills-to-recharge-cell-phones-Windmills to Recharge Cell Phones A University of Texas at Arlington research associate and electrical engineering be used to charge cell phone batteries by embedding hundreds of them in a cell phone sleeve

  12. 2/17/2014 TechnologyUses Micro-Windmills to Recharge Cell Phones http://powerelectronics.com/print/blog/technology-uses-micro-windmills-recharge-cell-phones?group_id=17022 1/2

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    Chiao, Jung-Chih

    2/17/2014 TechnologyUses Micro-Windmills to Recharge Cell Phones http://powerelectronics.com/print/blog/technology-uses-micro-windmills-recharge-cell-phones?group_id=17022 1/2 print | close Technology Uses Micro-Windmills to Recharge Cell Phones Fri, 2014-01-24 14:30 A UT Arlington (Texas) research

  13. 1/14/14 Technologyuses micro-windmills to recharge cell phones www.rdmag.com/news/2014/01/technology-uses-micro-windmills-recharge-cell-phones 1/10

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    Chiao, Jung-Chih

    1/14/14 Technologyuses micro-windmills to recharge cell phones www.rdmag.com/news/2014/01/technology-uses-micro-windmills-recharge-cell-phones 1/10 ADVERTISEMENT LOG IN REGISTERFIND MY COMPANY News ADVERTISEMENT Technology uses micro-windmills to recharge cell phones Mon, 01/13/2014 - 9:06am Get today's R

  14. Clogging in Managed Aquifer Recharge: Hydrodynamics and Geochemistry

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    Mays, D. C.

    2013-12-01

    Managed aquifer recharge (MAR) is the engineered process by which water is delivered into an aquifer for storage, transmission, or treatment. Perhaps the most significant technical challenge in MAR is clogging, a detrimental reduction of permeability in the aquifer porous media. This presentation describes research from the allied fields of water treatment, soil science, and petrology, each of which sheds light on the mechanisms by which hydrodynamics and geochemistry influence clogging in MAR. The primary focus is clogging by suspended solids, especially clay colloids, which are ubiquitous in natural porous media. When colloids deposit in aquifers, they reduce the effective porosity and alter the pore space geometry, both of which can inhibit the flow of groundwater. Management of clogging is complicated by the complexity inherent in this system, in which hydrodynamics, geochemistry, clay mineralogy, and colloidal effects each play a role. This presentation will briefly review colloid filtration, mobilization, and clogging models, then highlight the key physical and chemical variables that control clogging. It will be argued that clogging in managed aquifer recharge is analogous to clogging in soils or hydrocarbon reservoirs, rather than to clogging in granular media filters used for water treatment. Based on this analogy, the presentation will conclude with several recommendations to prevent or manage clogging in MAR.

  15. Natural water purification and water management by artificial groundwater recharge

    PubMed Central

    Balke, Klaus-Dieter; Zhu, Yan

    2008-01-01

    Worldwide, several regions suffer from water scarcity and contamination. The infiltration and subsurface storage of rain and river water can reduce water stress. Artificial groundwater recharge, possibly combined with bank filtration, plant purification and/or the use of subsurface dams and artificial aquifers, is especially advantageous in areas where layers of gravel and sand exist below the earth’s surface. Artificial infiltration of surface water into the uppermost aquifer has qualitative and quantitative advantages. The contamination of infiltrated river water will be reduced by natural attenuation. Clay minerals, iron hydroxide and humic matter as well as microorganisms located in the subsurface have high decontamination capacities. By this, a final water treatment, if necessary, becomes much easier and cheaper. The quantitative effect concerns the seasonally changing river discharge that influences the possibility of water extraction for drinking water purposes. Such changes can be equalised by seasonally adapted infiltration/extraction of water in/out of the aquifer according to the river discharge and the water need. This method enables a continuous water supply over the whole year. Generally, artificially recharged groundwater is better protected against pollution than surface water, and the delimitation of water protection zones makes it even more save. PMID:18357624

  16. Impact of Large-scale Geological Architectures On Recharge

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    Troldborg, L.; Refsgaard, J. C.; Engesgaard, P.; Jensen, K. H.

    Geological and hydrogeological data constitutes the basis for assessment of ground- water flow pattern and recharge zones. The accessibility and applicability of hard ge- ological data is often a major obstacle in deriving plausible conceptual models. Nev- ertheless focus is often on parameter uncertainty caused by the effect of geological heterogeneity due to lack of hard geological data, thus neglecting the possibility of alternative conceptualizations of the large-scale geological architecture. For a catchment in the eastern part of Denmark we have constructed different geologi- cal models based on different conceptualization of the major geological trends and fa- cies architecture. The geological models are equally plausible in a conceptually sense and they are all calibrated to well head and river flow measurements. Comparison of differences in recharge zones and subsequently well protection zones emphasize the importance of assessing large-scale geological architecture in hydrological modeling on regional scale in a non-deterministic way. Geostatistical modeling carried out in a transitional probability framework shows the possibility of assessing multiple re- alizations of large-scale geological architecture from a combination of soft and hard geological information.

  17. Development of new safe electrode for lithium rechargeable battery

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    Kise, Makiko; Yoshioka, Shoji; Hamano, Kouji; Takemura, Daigo; Nishimura, Takashi; Urushibata, Hiroaki; Yoshiyasu, Hajimu

    A new concept cathode was proposed to improve the safety of lithium rechargeable batteries. The cathode contains a positive temperature coefficient (PTC) compound that can drastically increase resistivity at more than a specified temperature (PTC properties). A PTC cathode containing the PTC compound was fabricated and its resistivity was evaluated. The resistivity of PTC cathodes increased by several tens at 130-140 °C, which is the melting point of polyethylene. In lithium rechargeable batteries using these cathodes (PTC cell), a level nearly reaching the designed capacity is obtained at less than 1 C rate. The discharge capacity of PTC cells became high as the content of PTC compound increases. Moreover, under 3 C discharge condition, the voltage of PTC cell dropped at 138 °C where the resistivity of the PTC cathode drastically increased. Additionally, on the external short circuit test at 145 °C, the short circuit current of the PTC cell was almost 0 A. These results indicate that PTC cathodes will improve the battery safety.

  18. Recharge and sustainability of a coastal aquifer in northern Albania

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    Kumanova, X.; Marku, S.; Fröjdö, S.; Jacks, G.

    2014-06-01

    The River Mati in Albania has formed a coastal plain with Holocene and Pleistocene sediments. The outer portion of the plain is clay, with three underlying aquifers that are connected to an alluvial fan at the entry of the river into the plain. The aquifers supply water for 240,000 people. Close to the sea the aquifers are brackish. The brackish water is often artesian and found to be thousands of years old. Furthermore, the salinity, supported by ?18O results, does not seem to be due to mixing with old seawater but due to diffusion from intercalated clay layers. Heavy metals from mines in the upstream section of River Mati are not an immediate threat, as the pH buffering of the river water is good. Moreover, the heavy metals are predominantly found in suspended and colloidal phases. Two sulphur isotope signatures, one mirroring seawater sulphate in the brackish groundwater (?34S >21 ‰) and one showing the influence of sulphide in the river and the fresh groundwater (?34S <10 ‰), indicate that the groundwater in the largest well field is recharged from the river. The most serious threat is gravel extraction in the alluvial fan, decreasing the hydraulic head necessary for recharge and causing clogging of sediments.

  19. 3H and 14C as tracers of ground-water recharge

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    Izbicki, John A.; Michel, Robert L.; Martin, Peter

    1992-01-01

    Surface spreading of water from the Santa Clara River is used to recharge aquifers underlying the Oxnard Plain. These aquifers are divided into an upper system about 400 feet thick, and a lower system more than 1,000 feet thick. In previous studies, it has been reported that surface spreading recharged aquifers in both the upper and lower systems. Water from most wells perforated in the upper system has tritium levels consistent with decay-corrected concentrations found in water recharged after 1952 when tritium levels increased as a result of atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons. Water from most wells in the lower system does not contain measurable tritium and must have been recharged prior to 1952. Carbon-14 ages estimated for water from wells in the lower system range from recent to about 25,000 years before present. These data show that the lower system is not effectively recharged by surface spreading.

  20. Measurement of groundwater recharge on eastern Long Island, New York, U.S.A.

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    Steenhuis, Tammo S.; Jackson, Craig D.; Kung, Samuel K. J.; Brutsaert, Wilfried

    1985-07-01

    Two methods were tested for their suitability to provide improved estimates of recharge in the region of eastern Long Island. The two methods tested consist, first, of measuring recharge with a direct application of Darcy's law in the vadose zone and, second, of calculating recharge by closure of the hydrologic budget equation with evaporation computed from micrometeorologic data. The recharge figure, now in general use, of 50% of the annual precipitation is a long-term average at best. Our measurements of recharge, which were performed during a three-year period, showed that the vertical flux past the 1 m depth was strongly dependent on both the time of the year and the precipitation amount. In late fall, winter and early spring a high percentage of the precipitation became recharge. During the summer months there was a small net upward movement of water past the 1 m depth. Precipitation during these months did not contribute to the annual recharge. It may be concluded from our measurements that in order to estimate recharge, special attention should be given to precipitation during the winter months. A better estimate for annual recharge than the current 50% of annual precipitation might be to take approximately 75-90% of the precipitation from October 15 until May 15. The two methods used for estimating recharge were labour intensive and required experienced technicians. Currently, one method cannot be recommended above the other. Both methods give a good estimate during the year except for the winter. The closure method using micrometeorological data gives a slightly higher estimate than the direct measurement method based on Darcy's law.

  1. Groundwater Recharge Processes Revealed By Multi-Tracers Approach in a Headwater, North China Plain

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    Sakakibara, K.; Tsujimura, M.; Song, X.; Zhang, J.

    2014-12-01

    Groundwater recharge variation in space and time is crucial for effective water management especially in arid/ semi-arid regions. In order to reveal comprehensive groundwater recharge processes in a catchment with a large topographical relief and seasonal hydrological variations, intensive field surveys were conducted at 4 times in different seasons in Wangkuai watershed, Taihang Mountains, which is a main groundwater recharge zone of North China Plain. The groundwater, spring, stream water and lake water were sampled, and inorganic solute constituents and stable isotopes of oxygen-18 and deuterium were determined on all water samples. Also, the stream flow rate was observed in stable state condition. The stable isotopic compositions, silica and bicarbonate concentrations in the groundwater show close values as those in the surface water, suggesting main groundwater recharge occurs from surface water at mountain-plain transitional zone throughout a year. Also, the deuterium and oxgen-18 in the Wangkuai reservoir and the groundwater in the vicinity of the reservoir show higher values, suggesting the reservoir water, affected by evaporation effect, seems to have an important role for the groundwater recharge in alluvial plain. For specifying the groundwater recharge area and quantifying groundwater recharge rate from the reservoir, an inversion analysis and a simple mixing model were applied in Wangkuai watershed using stable isotopes of oxygen-18 and deuterium. The model results show that groundwater recharge occurs dominantly at the altitude from 357 m to 738 m corresponding to mountain-plain transitional zone, and groundwater recharge rate by Wangkuai reservoir is estimated to be 2.4 % of total groundwater recharge in Wangkuai watershed.

  2. Quantification of groundwater recharge in a hard rock terrain of Orissa: a case study.

    PubMed

    Sethi, Ranu Rani; Kumar, A; Sharma, S P

    2009-01-01

    A study was carried out to select the best method to estimate groundwater recharge in a hard rock terrain. Various standard empirical methods, soil-moisture balance method, water table fluctuation (WTF) method and commonly adopted norms set by Groundwater Estimation Committee (GEC), Govt of India were used to estimate recharge for the Munijhara watershed in the Nayagarh block of Orissa (India). The empirical formulae gave recharge rates ranging from 13 cm to 32 cm/year with average of 22.4 cm and standard deviation of 5.34, independent of other influencing factors like soil, topography and geology. The soil-moisture balance study indicated that recharge is more dependent on the continuous heavy rainfall total annual volume of rainfall. Recharge was limited at up to 10 mm per day, possibly due to presence of hard rock below the soil surface. The rise in water table depth was 3.45 m to 5.35 m with a mean rise of 4.5 m during the year 2006-2007. Annual groundwater recharge based on the WTF approach varied from 10.3 to 16.85 cm with a mean of 13.5 cm, standard deviation of 1.57 cm and coefficient of variation 11.57%. This recharge accounted for 8 to 14% of rainfall received. With a water budget approach based on GEC norms, recharge was calculated as 17 cm per year. The study showed that the magnitudes of annual groundwater recharge as estimated by the WST method and GEC norms are in conformity with other recent findings in India under the same climate conditions. Based on the results recharge structures could be planned in suitable locations to reduce fallow areas under the watershed. PMID:19717920

  3. Comparison of local- to regional-scale estimates of ground-water recharge in Minnesota, USA

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    Delin, Geoffrey N.; Healy, Richard W.; Lorenz, David L.; Nimmo, John R.

    2007-02-01

    SummaryRegional ground-water recharge estimates for Minnesota were compared to estimates made on the basis of four local- and basin-scale methods. Three local-scale methods (unsaturated-zone water balance, water-table fluctuations (WTF) using three approaches, and age dating of ground water) yielded point estimates of recharge that represent spatial scales from about 1 to about 1000 m 2. A fourth method (RORA, a basin-scale analysis of streamflow records using a recession-curve-displacement technique) yielded recharge estimates at a scale of 10-1000s of km 2. The RORA basin-scale recharge estimates were regionalized to estimate recharge for the entire State of Minnesota on the basis of a regional regression recharge (RRR) model that also incorporated soil and climate data. Recharge rates estimated by the RRR model compared favorably to the local and basin-scale recharge estimates. RRR estimates at study locations were about 41% less on average than the unsaturated-zone water-balance estimates, ranged from 44% greater to 12% less than estimates that were based on the three WTF approaches, were about 4% less than the age dating of ground-water estimates, and were about 5% greater than the RORA estimates. Of the methods used in this study, the WTF method is the simplest and easiest to apply. Recharge estimates made on the basis of the UZWB method were inconsistent with the results from the other methods. Recharge estimates using the RRR model could be a good source of input for regional ground-water flow models; RRR model results currently are being applied for this purpose in USGS studies elsewhere.

  4. Lithologic influences on groundwater recharge through incised glacial till from profile to regional scales: Evidence from glaciated Eastern Nebraska

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    Gates, John B.; Steele, Gregory V.; Nasta, Paolo; Szilagyi, Jozsef

    2014-01-01

    Variability in sediment hydraulic properties associated with landscape depositional and erosional features can influence groundwater recharge processes by affecting soil-water storage and transmission. This study considers recharge to aquifers underlying river-incised glaciated terrain where the distribution of clay-rich till is largely intact in upland locations but has been removed by alluvial erosion in stream valleys. In a stream-dissected glacial region in eastern Nebraska (Great Plains region of the United States), recharge estimates were developed for nested profile, aquifer, and regional scales using unsaturated zone profile measurements (matric potentials, Cl- and 3H), groundwater tracers (CFC-12 and SF6), and a remote sensing-assisted water balance model. Results show a consistent influence of till lithology on recharge rates across nested spatial scales despite substantial uncertainty in all recharge estimation methods, suggesting that minimal diffuse recharge occurs through upland glacial till lithology whereas diffuse recharge occurs in river valleys where till is locally absent. Diffuse recharge is estimated to account for a maximum of 61% of total recharge based on comparison of diffuse recharge estimated from the unsaturated zone (0-43 mm yr-1) and total recharge estimated from groundwater tracers (median 58 mm yr-1) and water balance modeling (median 56 mm yr-1). The results underscore the importance of lithologic controls on the distributions of both recharge rates and mechanisms.

  5. Temporal and spatial scaling of hydraulic response to recharge in fractured aquifers: Insights from a frequency domain analysis

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Temporal and spatial scaling of hydraulic response to recharge in fractured aquifers: Insights from investigate the hydraulic response to recharge of a fractured aquifer, using a frequency domain approach level fluctuations as input and output respectively. The spatial variability of the response to recharge

  6. Equilibria in aqueous iodine solutions

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    Burger, Joanne Denise

    1970-01-01

    EQUILIBRIA IN AQUEOUS IODINE SOLUTIONS A Thesis JOANNE DENISE BURGER Submitted to the Graduate College of Texas AkN University in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of NASTER OP SCIENCE December i 9 "/0 Najor Sub...)ect: Chemistry EQUILIBRIA IN AQUEOUS IODINE SOLUTIONS A Thesis by JOANNE DENISE BURGER Approved as to style and content by: i I I / Chairman o ommittee ( Yiember Head of Department Nember December 1970 ABSTRACT Equilibria in Aqueous Iodine Solutions...

  7. Equilibria in aqueous iodine solutions 

    E-print Network

    Burger, Joanne Denise

    1970-01-01

    EQUILIBRIA IN AQUEOUS IODINE SOLUTIONS A Thesis JOANNE DENISE BURGER Submitted to the Graduate College of Texas AkN University in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of NASTER OP SCIENCE December i 9 "/0 Najor Sub...)ect: Chemistry EQUILIBRIA IN AQUEOUS IODINE SOLUTIONS A Thesis by JOANNE DENISE BURGER Approved as to style and content by: i I I / Chairman o ommittee ( Yiember Head of Department Nember December 1970 ABSTRACT Equilibria in Aqueous Iodine Solutions...

  8. Zeolite in horizontal permeable reactive barriers for artificial groundwater recharge

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    Leal, María; Martínez-Hernández, Virtudes; Lillo, Javier; Meffe, Raffaella; de Bustamante, Irene

    2013-04-01

    The Spanish Water Reuse Royal Decree 1620/2007 considers groundwater recharge as a feasible use of reclaimed water. To achieve the water quality established in the above-mentioned legislation, a tertiary wastewater treatment is required. In this context, the infiltration of effluents generated by secondary wastewater treatments through a Horizontal Permeable Reactive Barrier (HPRB) may represent a suitable regeneration technology. Some nutrients (phosphate and ammonium) and some Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) are not fully removed in conventional wastewater treatment plants. To avoid groundwater contamination when effluents of wastewater treatments plants are used in artificial recharge activities, these contaminants have to be removed. Due to its sorption capacities, zeolite is among the most used reactive materials in Permeable Reactive Barrier (PRB). Therefore, the main goal of this study is to evaluate the zeolite retention effectiveness of nutrients and PPCPs occurring in treated wastewater. Batch sorption experiments using synthetic wastewater (SWW) and zeolite were performed. A 1:4 zeolite/SWW ratio was selected due to the high sorption capacity of the reactive material.The assays were carried out by triplicate. All the bottles containing the SWW-zeolite mixture were placed on a mechanical shaker during 24 hours at 140 rpm and 25 °C. Ammonium and phosphate, as main nutrients, and a group of PPCPs were selected as compounds to be tested during the experiments. Nutrients were analyzed by ion chromatography. For PPCPs determination, Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) was applied before their analysis by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry time of flight (LC-MS/ TOF). The experimental data were fitted to linearized Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm equations to obtain sorption parameters. In general, Freundlich model shows a greater capability of reproducing experimental data. To our knowledge, sorption of the investigated compounds on zeolite has rarely been addressed and this holds true especially for PPCPs. Therefore, the obtained results will be useful for the design and characterization of those HPRBs in which zeolite will be employed to regenerate treated wastewater for artificial recharge activities.

  9. Use of Constructed Wetlands for Polishing Recharge Wastewater

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    Cardwell, W.

    2009-12-01

    The use of constructed wetlands for waste water treatment is becoming increasingly popular as more focus is being shifted to natural means of waste treatment. These wetlands employ processes that occur naturally and effectively remove pollutants and can greatly minimize costs when compared to full scale treatment plants. Currently, wetland design is based on basic “rules-of-thumb,” meaning engineers have a general understanding but not necessarily a thorough knowledge of the intricate physical, biological, and chemical processes involved in these systems. Furthermore, there is very little consideration given to use the wetland as a recharge pond to allow the treated water to percolate and recharge the local groundwater aquifers. The City of Foley, located in Alabama, and the Utilities Board of the City of Foley partnered with Wolf Bay Watershed Watch to evaluate alternative wastewater effluent disposal schemes. Rather than discharging the treated water into a local stream, a pilot program has been developed to allow water from the treatment process to flow into a constructed wetlands area where, after natural treatment, the treated water will then be allowed to percolate into a local unconfined aquifer. The goal of this study is to evaluate how constructed wetlands can be used for “polishing” effluent as well as how this treated water might be reused. Research has shown that constructed wetlands, with proper design and construction elements, are effective in the treatment of BOD, TSS, nitrogen, phosphorous, pathogens, metals, sulfates, organics, and other substances commonly found in wastewater. Mesocosms will be used to model the wetland, at a much smaller scale, in order to test and collect data about the wetland treatment capabilities. Specific objectives include: 1. Determine optimum flow rates for surface flow wetlands where water treatment is optimized. 2. Evaluate the capabilities of constructed wetlands to remove/reduce common over the counter pharmaceuticals such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen. 3. Evaluate the use of different wetland plants and their treatment characteristics. 4. Evaluate the effectiveness of the wetlands to allow treated to water to recharge local into a local groundwater aquifer.

  10. Mars aqueous chemistry experiment

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    Clark, Benton C.; Mason, Larry W.

    1994-01-01

    Mars Aqueous Chemistry Experiment (MACE) is designed to conduct a variety of measurements on regolith samples, encompassing mineral phase analyses, chemical interactions with H2O, and physical properties determinations. From these data, much can be learned or inferred regarding the past weathering environment, the contemporaneous soil micro-environments, and the general chemical and physical state of the Martian regolith. By analyzing both soil and duricrust samples, the nature of the latter may become more apparent. Sites may be characterized for comparative purposes and criteria could be set for selection of high priority materials on future sample return missions. The second year of the MACE project has shown significant progress in two major areas. MACE Instrument concept definition is a baseline design that has been generated for the complete MACE instrument, including definition of analysis modes, mass estimates and thermal model. The design includes multiple reagent reservoirs, 10 discrete analysis cells, sample manipulation capability, and thermal control. The MACE Measurement subsystems development progress is reported regarding measurement capabilities for aqueous ion sensing, evolved gas sensing, solution conductivity measurement, reagent addition (titration) capabilities, and optical sensing of suspended particles.

  11. Solid polymer electrolytes for rechargeable batteries. Final report

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    Narang, S.C.; Ventura, S.C. [SRI International, Menlo Park, CA (United States). Chemistry Lab.

    1992-02-01

    SRI International has synthesized and tested new, dimensionally stable polymer electrolytes for high energy density rechargeable lithium batteries. We have prepared semi-interpenetrating networks of sulfur-substituted polyethyleneoxide with tetmethylorthosilicate (TEOS). The in situ hydrolysis of TEOS produces a mechanically stable three-dimensional network that entangles the polymer electrolytes and makes the film dimensionally flexible and stable. With this approach, the best dimensionally stable polymer electrolyte of this type produced so far, has a room temperature lithium ion conductivity of 7.5 {times} 10{sup {minus}4} S cm{sup {minus}1}. Another type of solid polymer electrolytes, polydiacetylene-based single-ion conductors with high room temperature proton conductivity were also developed. The best conductivity of these polymers is two orders of magnitude higher than that of Nafion under comparable experimental conditions. With further appropriate chemical modification, the new polymers could be used in fuel cells.

  12. Using HDR (Hot Dry Rock) technology to recharge The Geysers

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    Brown, D.W.; Robinson, B.A.

    1990-01-01

    The main reason for the productivity decline at The Geysers geothermal field is obvious: more fluid is being withdrawn from the reservoir than is being returned by reinjection and natural recharge. However, there is another factor that may be contributing to this decline --- the method of reinjection. By reinjecting cold condensate directly into the steam dome as is the current practice, the very large pressure difference between the injected condensate and the underpressured reservoir guarantees that the reinjected fluid will fall rapidly to the bottom of the reservoir, with very little residence time for heat transfer. This point is very important since the vast majority of the heat contained in The Geysers geothermal field is stored in the hot rock comprising the reservoir. 10 refs., 4 figs.

  13. Biologically inspired pteridine redox centres for rechargeable batteries.

    PubMed

    Hong, Jihyun; Lee, Minah; Lee, Byungju; Seo, Dong-Hwa; Park, Chan Beum; Kang, Kisuk

    2014-01-01

    The use of biologically occurring redox centres holds a great potential in designing sustainable energy storage systems. Yet, to become practically feasible, it is critical to explore optimization strategies of biological redox compounds, along with in-depth studies regarding their underlying energy storage mechanisms. Here we report a molecular simplification strategy to tailor the redox unit of pteridine derivatives, which are essential components of ubiquitous electron transfer proteins in nature. We first apply pteridine systems of alloxazinic structure in lithium/sodium rechargeable batteries and unveil their reversible tautomerism during energy storage. Through the molecular tailoring, the pteridine electrodes can show outstanding performance, delivering 533?Wh?kg(-1) within 1?h and 348?Wh?kg(-1) within 1?min, as well as high cyclability retaining 96% of the initial capacity after 500 cycles at 10?A?g(-1). Our strategy combined with experimental and theoretical studies suggests guidance for the rational design of organic redox centres. PMID:25359101

  14. An implantable power supply with an optically rechargeable lithium battery.

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    Goto, K; Nakagawa, T; Nakamura, O; Kawata, S

    2001-07-01

    A novel power supply for medical implants has been developed. A wireless near-infrared power transmission recharges a lithium secondary battery in the power supply. A photovoltaic cell array embedded under skin receives near-infrared light through the skin and charges the battery directly powering an implanted device. We have shown that, for a photodiode area of 2.1 cm2, 17 min of near-infrared irradiation at a 810-nm wavelength with a power density of 22 mW/cm2 can send enough energy to allow regular commercial cardiac pacemakers to run for 24 h. The temperature rise of the skin during the light irradiation was 1.4 degrees C. PMID:11442295

  15. Status of the development of rechargeable lithium cells

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    Halpert, G.; Surampudi, S.; Shen, D.; Huang, C-K.; Narayanan, S.; Vamos, E.; Perrone, D.

    1993-01-01

    The progress in the development of the ambient temperature lithium - titanium disulfide rechargeable cell under development at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is described in this paper. Originally aimed at achieving a specific energy of 100 Wh/kg, 'AA' cells have demonstrated 125 Wh/kg at the C/3 discharge rate. The results of evaluating cell design parameters are discussed and cycling test data are also included in the paper. Safety tests results at various over-charge and over discharge conditions and rates proved to be uneventful. The test results of cell with built-in overcharge mechanism proved the concept was feasible. Replacing the lithium foil electrode with a Li(x)C resulted in a capacity at 1mA/cm(exp 2) of 200 mAh/gm and 235 mAh/gm at 0.167 mA.

  16. Using isotopes for design and monitoring of artificial recharge systems

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    Contributors: Hendriksson, N.; Kulongoski, J.T.; Massmann, G.; Newman, B.

    2013-01-01

    Over the past years, the IAEA has provided support to a number of Member States engaged in the implementation of hydrological projects dealing with the design and monitoring of artificial recharge ( A R ) systems, primarily situated in arid and semiarid regions. AR is defined as any engineered system designed to introduce water to, and store water in, underlying aquifers. Aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) is a specific type of AR used with the purpose of increasing groundwater resources. Different water management strategies have been tested under various geographical, hydrological and climatic regimes. However, the success of such schemes cannot easily be predicted, since many variables need to be taken into account in the early stages of every AR project.

  17. Identifying recharge from tropical cyclonic storms, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

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    Eastoe, Christopher J; Hess, Greg; Mahieux, Susana

    2015-04-01

    Groundwater in the Todos Santos watershed in southern Baja California, and throughout the peninsula south of latitude 28°N, has values of (?18 O‰, ?D‰) ranging between (-8.3, -57) and (-10.9, -78). Such negative values are uncharacteristic of the site latitude near the sea level. Altitude effects do not explain the isotope data. Tropical depressions originating along the Pacific coast of North America yield rain with isotopic depletion; rain from these weather systems in southern Arizona commonly has ?18O values<-10‰ in comparison with amount-weighted mean summer and fall rain at -6‰. Isotope data indicate hurricane rain as the predominant source of recharge in southern Baja California, where named tropical depressions bring large rains (>50?mm) at least once every 2 to 3 years, and along the Pacific coast between Jalisco and Oaxaca. PMID:24635484

  18. A large-scale simulation model to assess karstic groundwater recharge over Europe and the Mediterranean

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    Hartmann, A.; Gleeson, T.; Rosolem, R.; Pianosi, F.; Wada, Y.; Wagener, T.

    2015-06-01

    Karst develops through the dissolution of carbonate rock and is a major source of groundwater contributing up to half of the total drinking water supply in some European countries. Previous approaches to model future water availability in Europe are either too-small scale or do not incorporate karst processes, i.e. preferential flow paths. This study presents the first simulations of groundwater recharge in all karst regions in Europe with a parsimonious karst hydrology model. A novel parameter confinement strategy combines a priori information with recharge-related observations (actual evapotranspiration and soil moisture) at locations across Europe while explicitly identifying uncertainty in the model parameters. Europe's karst regions are divided into four typical karst landscapes (humid, mountain, Mediterranean and desert) by cluster analysis and recharge is simulated from 2002 to 2012 for each karst landscape. Mean annual recharge ranges from negligible in deserts to > 1 m a-1 in humid regions. The majority of recharge rates range from 20 to 50% of precipitation and are sensitive to subannual climate variability. Simulation results are consistent with independent observations of mean annual recharge and significantly better than other global hydrology models that do not consider karst processes (PCR-GLOBWB, WaterGAP). Global hydrology models systematically under-estimate karst recharge implying that they over-estimate actual evapotranspiration and surface runoff. Karst water budgets and thus information to support management decisions regarding drinking water supply and flood risk are significantly improved by our model.

  19. A simulation model to assess groundwater recharge over Europe's karst regions

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    Hartmann, A.; Gleeson, T.; Rosolem, R.; Pianosi, F.; Wada, Y.; Wagener, T.

    2014-11-01

    Karst develops through the dissolution of carbonate rock and is a major source of groundwater contributing up to half of the total drinking water supply in some European countries. Previous approaches to model future water availability in Europe are either too-small scale or do not incorporate karst processes, i.e. preferential flow paths. This study presents the first simulations of groundwater recharge in all karst regions in Europe with a parsimonious karst hydrology model. A novel parameter confinement strategy combines a priori information with recharge-related observations (actual evapotranspiration and soil moisture) at locations across Europe while explicitly identifying uncertainty in the model parameters. Europe's karst regions are divided into 4 typical karst landscapes (humid, mountain, Mediterranean and desert) by cluster analysis and recharge is simulated from 2002 to 2012 for each karst landscape. Mean annual recharge ranges from negligible in deserts to > 1 m a-1 in humid regions. The majority of recharge rates ranges from 20-50% of precipitation and are sensitive to sub-annual climate variability. Simulation results are consistent with independent observations of mean annual recharge and significantly better than other global hydrology models that do not consider karst processes (PCR-GLOBWB, WaterGAP). Global hydrology models systematically underestimate karst recharge implying that they over-estimate actual evapotranspiration and surface runoff. Karst water budgets and thus information to support management decisions regarding drinking water supply and flood risk are significantly improved by our model.

  20. Mechanisms of subglacial groundwater recharge as derived from noble gas, 14C, and stable isotopic data

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    Grundl, Tim; Magnusson, Nathan; Brennwald, Matthias S.; Kipfer, Rolf

    2013-05-01

    Noble gas, stable isotope and 14C data from samples collected along groundwater flow path within a confined Paleozoic aquifer in northeastern Wisconsin, USA are used to deduce the effect of the Laurentide Ice Sheet (LIS) on the underlying groundwater and its recharge dynamics. During the last glacial maximum the investigated area was near the center of the Green Bay Lobe of the LIS. 14C ages that extend to 26 k.a. and low ?18O derived temperatures during the time that the LIS was present indicate that aquifer recharge continued when ice covered the area. ?18O values as low as -17.5‰ and ?2H values as low as -127.7‰ indicate that a significant portion of aquifer recharge was derived from glacial meltwater that maintained its glacial isotopic signature during melting and subsequent recharge. Noble gas temperatures that remain above freezing at a constant ~3 °C, unusually high excess air (?Ne) values and noble gas fractionation patterns indicate that recharge occurred across a very dynamic water table located within the ice sheet. This englacial hydrologic system experienced recharge heads of as much as 7.8 m. Evidence for direct recharge of basal meltwater into the aquifer is not seen. To the authors' knowledge this is the first time that noble gas and isotope tracers have been used to deduce the provenance of aquifer water beneath continental ice sheets.

  1. Artificial recharge experiments on the Ship Creek alluvial fan, Anchorage, Alaska

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    Anderson, Gary S.

    1977-01-01

    During the summers of 1973 and 174, water from Ship Creek, Alaska, was diverted at an average rate of approximately 6 cfs (cubic feet per second) to an 11-acre recharge basin. Maximum sustained unit recharge for the basin was approximately 1.4 feet per day. During 1975 a second basin of 8 acres was also used for recharge, and the total diversion rate was increased to as much as 30 cfs. The second basin was never completely filled, but the unit recharge rate was at least four times as great as that in the first basin. During 1973 and 1974, when only one recharge basin was in operation, a maximum rise of 18 feet was observed in the ground-water table near the basin. In 1975, when both basins were being used, the maximum rise was 30 feet in the same area. During 1973 and 1974, the water-level rise was 12 and 8 feet in the unconfined and confined systems, respectively, at a point 4,400 feet downgradient from the basins; in 1975 the rise at the same point was 31 and 16 feet, respectively. The potentiometric rise that was achieved in the confined aquifer during summer operation of the recharge basins was quickly dissipated when diversion stopped and the basins drained. Thus the benefits of recharge would not persist into late winter, the critical period for water availability in Anchorage, unless diversion to the basins could be continued until January or February. (Woodard-USGS)

  2. Responses of groundwater recharge to land-cover changes and climate variability

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    Guan, Huade; Xu, Xiang; Ding, Zhenyu; Deng, Zijuan; Simmons, Craig; Hutson, John; Love, Andy; Ajami, Hoori

    2014-05-01

    It is estimated that groundwater directly provides drinking water for 1.5 billion people in the world. Anthropogenic activities during the past 200 years have led to the conversion of large areas of natural forest and grassland to cropland and pasture. Understanding and quantification of changes in groundwater recharge after surface vegetation alteration are important not only for water resource management, but also for land-use and land-cover management. On the other hand, groundwater recharge also responds to climate variability and changes. In this paper, we discuss two groundwater recharge estimation methods of different temporal resolution: chloride mass balance (CMB), and storage-discharge relationship (S-Q). Application of the CMB method over areas of historical forest clearance, or recent plantation, suffers from two difficulties: pre-clearance (or pre-plantation) recharge may have been contaminated by recharge that occurred after forest clearance (or plantation); and the post-clearance (or post-plantation) recharge may not yet have reached new chloride equilibrium. In coastal areas, strong spatial variability in chloride deposition leads to an additional difficulty in appropriately applying the CMB method. This presentation will discuss some recent development to address these difficulties. Meanwhile, an improved conceptual framework of the S-Q method for estimating seasonal and inter-annual variability of groundwater recharge is presented as well. Both are shown with case studies based at the Mount Lofty Ranges of South Australia.

  3. Groundwater Recharge in Juniper Woodlands: Insights from Long-Term Monitoring of Cave Drip Rates

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    Wilcox, B. P.; Sun, Z.; Munster, C.; Owens, K.

    2011-12-01

    The Edwards Plateau in Central Texas covers some 230,000 square kilometers. It is underlain by limestone and dolomite, and these karst parent materials give the region its distinct hydrologic character. Although the climate is semiarid, springs are abundant and support many perennial rivers. In particular, the Edwards Plateau is the source area for the prolific and regionally important Edwards Aquifer, the main water source for much of central Texas. Compared with other semiarid regions, the Edwards Plateau has abundant water resources; but an expanding population is now taxing those resources, and ways are being sought to increase groundwater recharge. Over the past 150 years, the expansion of juniper and oak have turned the Plateau into a shrub-dominated semiarid rangeland-a legacy of the historical overgrazing that took place from around 1880 to 1950. Many believe that reducing this woodland cover would lead to higher groundwater recharge. We undertook our study to try to understand the influence of juniper on groundwater recharge. For six years, we monitored drip rates in caves underlying juniper forests (these rates are surrogate measurements for groundwater recharge). After four years of monitoring, we removed the juniper from the study site and continued monitoring. Surprisingly, our results indicate that removing the trees had a negative effect on recharge. Several mechanisms may contribute to the reduction in recharge: for example, surface runoff increased following removal of the trees; and it is possible that the trees assist recharge by funneling water to their roots, hastening its movement through the substrate.

  4. Moisture content and recharge estimates at the Yakima Barricade borehole

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    Murphy, E.M.; Szescody, J.E.; Phillips, S.J.

    1991-12-01

    The DOE Deep Microbiology Program recently drilled a borehole near the Yakima Barricade, west of the 200 Areas. The area is vegetated by mature sagebrush. The borehole was drilled by cable tool and approximately every 1.5 m, sediment samples were collected in a bucket by the drill site geologist. Sediment samples for moisture content were sealed quickly Samples of opportunity'' were collected for the HSPA program (Hanford Site Performance Assessment), Isotope Recharge task. It should be noted that, although many QA Level II procedures were incorporated into the dulling and sampling, the Deep Microbiology Program is officially designated QA Level III, and therefore, the recharge values that we report here should only be usedfor planning purposes. A series of graphs illustrate the moisture content and chloride profiles in the Hanford Forrmtion at the Yakima Barricade Borehole. The gravimetric moisture content generally ranges between 0.01 and 0.08 in the first 70 m of sediment (only the first 30 m are shown in the figure), values that are typically found at the Hanford Site. The stratigraphy of this borehole is also attached. The first 1.5 m of the soil profile is Warden silt loam (designated eolian), followed by over 50 m of Hanford Formation. The Hanford Formation is composed of unconsolidated sands, silts, and gravels that were carried into the area by glacial flood waters during the close of the last Ice Age. Below the Hanford Formation is the Ringold Formation composed of semiconsolidated sediments. The water table is located at a depth of approximately 100 m.

  5. Moisture content and recharge estimates at the Yakima Barricade borehole

    SciTech Connect

    Murphy, E.M.; Szescody, J.E.; Phillips, S.J.

    1991-12-01

    The DOE Deep Microbiology Program recently drilled a borehole near the Yakima Barricade, west of the 200 Areas. The area is vegetated by mature sagebrush. The borehole was drilled by cable tool and approximately every 1.5 m, sediment samples were collected in a bucket by the drill site geologist. Sediment samples for moisture content were sealed quickly ``Samples of opportunity`` were collected for the HSPA program (Hanford Site Performance Assessment), Isotope Recharge task. It should be noted that, although many QA Level II procedures were incorporated into the dulling and sampling, the Deep Microbiology Program is officially designated QA Level III, and therefore, the recharge values that we report here should only be usedfor planning purposes. A series of graphs illustrate the moisture content and chloride profiles in the Hanford Forrmtion at the Yakima Barricade Borehole. The gravimetric moisture content generally ranges between 0.01 and 0.08 in the first 70 m of sediment (only the first 30 m are shown in the figure), values that are typically found at the Hanford Site. The stratigraphy of this borehole is also attached. The first 1.5 m of the soil profile is Warden silt loam (designated eolian), followed by over 50 m of Hanford Formation. The Hanford Formation is composed of unconsolidated sands, silts, and gravels that were carried into the area by glacial flood waters during the close of the last Ice Age. Below the Hanford Formation is the Ringold Formation composed of semiconsolidated sediments. The water table is located at a depth of approximately 100 m.

  6. Improved Ozonation in Aqueous Systems

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    S. Nakayama; K. Esaki; K. Namba; Y. Taniguchi; N. Tabata

    1979-01-01

    A method of catalytic ozonation in an aqueous system using hydrogen peroxide (H202) as a catalyst has been developed. In aqueous solutions or organic compounds including refractory organics such as acetic acid (6odium salt), acetone, etc., the addition of H02. accelerates the ozone reaction to reduce total organic carbon (TOC) in all cases. The reaction rate and efficiency were dependent

  7. Aqueous PUREX Solidification in Saltstone

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    Cozzi

    2003-01-01

    Saltstone samples prepared with simulated aqueous PUREX blended with salt solution hold tank solution meet the processing (gel time, set time, and bleed water) and compressive strength requirements for Z-Area treatment and disposal. New solvent storage tanks contain approximately 900 gallons and 10,800 gallons of the aqueous PUREX waste, respectively. The Solid Waste Division identified stabilization in Saltstone as the

  8. Rapid Recharge to Perched-Intermediate Groundwater Zones, Pajarito Plateau, Los Alamos, New Mexico

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    Reid, K. D.; Koch, R. J.; Katzman, D.; Birdsell, K. H.; Broxton, D. E.; Vesselinov, V. V.

    2008-12-01

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory continuously monitors groundwater levels and surface-water discharge at over 150 locations on the Pajarito Plateau. The resulting data sets were analyzed to help identify locations where surface water and shallow alluvial groundwater (generally <30 ft) recharge deeper perched- intermediate groundwater (approximately 200 to 700 ft bgs) zones. Runoff from snowmelt and summer rainstorms recharges the shallow alluvial groundwater. The vadose zone beneath the alluvial groundwater ranges in thickness from 600 to 1200 ft. Typical estimated annual infiltration rates vary spatially from <1mm/yr to 1000 mm/yr. However, localized rapid recharge can sometimes yield transient infiltration events that are detected 200 ft below ground surface within a few days. The recharge events are identified by the observed water-level fluctuations in perched-intermediate groundwater monitoring wells. Preliminary analysis of the data suggests that the mechanism for this rapid recharge is spatially-limited fracture flow through basalt and welded volcanic tuff. The rapid recharge has been observed at three separate areas in response to both snowmelt and stormwater runoff events. One recharge area located on the west side of the plateau is associated with a densely-welded, fractured, volcanic tuff that is also possibly faulted. Surface runoff and alluvial groundwater in drainages presumably infiltrates faulted and fractured tuffs, recharging perched- intermediate groundwater at depths of 600 to 700 ft. Two other areas of rapid infiltration occur on the eastern side of the plateau where thin nonwelded tuff and/or thin alluvium in canyon bottoms overlie highly fractured basalt. In these areas surface water and alluvial groundwater easily gain access to the shallow basalt beneath the canyon floor. Infiltration then takes place along fractures and recharges perched-intermediate groundwater within deeper basalt units. Identifying these areas is important for establishing an effective groundwater monitoring network and for refining conceptual models of infiltration mechanisms and contaminant pathways.

  9. Artificial groundwater recharge zones mapping using remote sensing and GIS: a case study in Indian Punjab.

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    Singh, Amanpreet; Panda, S N; Kumar, K S; Sharma, Chandra Shekhar

    2013-07-01

    Artificial groundwater recharge plays a vital role in sustainable management of groundwater resources. The present study was carried out to identify the artificial groundwater recharge zones in Bist Doab basin of Indian Punjab using remote sensing and geographical information system (GIS) for augmenting groundwater resources. The study area has been facing severe water scarcity due to intensive agriculture for the past few years. The thematic layers considered in the present study are: geomorphology (2004), geology (2004), land use/land cover (2008), drainage density, slope, soil texture (2000), aquifer transmissivity, and specific yield. Different themes and related features were assigned proper weights based on their relative contribution to groundwater recharge. Normalized weights were computed using the Saaty's analytic hierarchy process. Thematic layers were integrated in ArcGIS for delineation of artificial groundwater recharge zones. The recharge map thus obtained was divided into four zones (poor, moderate, good, and very good) based on their influence to groundwater recharge. Results indicate that 15, 18, 37, and 30 % of the study area falls under "poor," "moderate," "good," and "very good" groundwater recharge zones, respectively. The highest recharge potential area is located towards western and parts of middle region because of high infiltration rates caused due to the distribution of flood plains, alluvial plain, and agricultural land. The least effective recharge potential is in the eastern and middle parts of the study area due to low infiltration rate. The results of the study can be used to formulate an efficient groundwater management plan for sustainable utilization of limited groundwater resources. PMID:23775493

  10. Multi-scale experimental programs for estimating groundwater recharge in hydrologically changing basins

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    McIntyre, Neil; Larsen, Josh; Reading, Lucy; Bulovic, Nevenka; Jarihani, Abdollah; Finch, Warren

    2015-04-01

    Groundwater recharge estimates are required to evaluate sustainable groundwater abstractions and to support groundwater impacts assessments associated with minerals and energy extraction. Increasingly, recharge estimates are also needed for regional and global scale water cycle modelling. This is especially the case in the great arid and semi-arid basins of the world due to increased water scarcity and dependence of ecosystems and livelihoods on their water supplies, and the considerable potential influence of groundwater on the hydrological cycle. Groundwater resources in the semi-arid Surat Basin of south-east Queensland, Australia, support extensive groundwater-dependent ecosystems and have historically been utilised for regional agriculture and urban water-use. Large volumes of water are currently being produced and will continue to do so as a part of coal seam gas extraction. There is considerable uncertainty about the impacts of gas extraction on water resources and the hydrological cycle, and much of this uncertainty stems from our limited knowledge about recharge processes and how to upscale them. Particular questions are about the role of storm events in controlling annual recharge, the relative contributions of local 'recharge zones' versus diffuse recharge and the translation of (relatively easily quantified) shallow drainage estimates to groundwater recharge. A multi-scale recharge research program is addressing these questions, using multiple approaches in estimating groundwater recharge, including plot and catchment scale monitoring, use of remote sensed data and simulation models. Results during the first year of the program have resulted in development of process hypotheses and experimental designs at three field sites representing key gaps in knowledge. The presentation will overview the process of designing the experimental program; how the results from these sites will be integrated with existing knowledge; and how results will be used to advance our knowledge of the changing hydrological cycle in the Surat Basin.

  11. Ground-Water Recharge in the Arid and Semiarid Southwestern United States - Climatic and Geologic Framework

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    Stonestrom, David A.; Harrill, James R.

    2007-01-01

    Ground-water recharge in the arid and semiarid southwestern United States results from the complex interplay of climate, geology, and vegetation across widely ranging spatial and temporal scales. Present-day recharge tends to be narrowly focused in time and space. Widespread water-table declines accompanied agricultural development during the twentieth century, demonstrating that sustainable ground-water supplies are not guaranteed when part of the extracted resource represents paleorecharge. Climatic controls on ground-water recharge range from seasonal cycles of summer monsoonal and winter frontal storms to multimillennial cycles of glacial and interglacial periods. Precipitation patterns reflect global-scale interactions among the oceans, atmosphere, and continents. Large-scale climatic influences associated with El Ni?o and Pacific Decadal Oscillations strongly but irregularly control weather in the study area, so that year-to-year variations in precipitation and ground-water recharge are large and difficult to predict. Proxy data indicate geologically recent periods of multidecadal droughts unlike any in the modern instrumental record. Anthropogenically induced climate change likely will reduce ground-water recharge through diminished snowpack at higher elevations, and perhaps through increased drought. Future changes in El Ni?o and monsoonal patterns, both crucial to precipitation in the study area, are highly uncertain in current models. Land-use modifications influence ground-water recharge directly through vegetation, irrigation, and impermeable area, and indirectly through climate change. High ranges bounding the study area?the San Bernadino Mountains and Sierra Nevada to the west, and the Wasatch and southern Colorado Rocky Mountains to the east?provide external geologic controls on ground-water recharge. Internal geologic controls stem from tectonic processes that led to numerous, variably connected alluvial-filled basins, exposure of extensive Paleozoic aquifers in mountainous recharge areas, and distinct modes of recharge in the Colorado Plateau and Basin and Range subregions.

  12. Silt and gas accumulation beneath an artificial recharge spreading basin, Southwestern Utah, U.S.A.

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    Heilweil, V.M.; Solomon, D.K.; Ortiz, G.

    2009-01-01

    Sand Hollow Reservoir in southwestern Utah, USA, is operated for both surface-water storage and artificial recharge to the underlying Navajo Sandstone. The total volume of estimated artificial recharge between 2002 and 2007 is 85 million cubic meters (69,000 acre-feet). Since 2002, artificial recharge rates have generally been declining and are inversely correlated with the increasing surface area of the reservoir. Permeability testing of core samples retrieved from beneath the reservoir indicates that this decline may not be due to silt accumulation. Artificial recharge rates also show much seasonal variability. Calculations of apparent intrinsic permeability show that these variations can only partly be explained by variation in water viscosity associated with seasonal changes in water temperature. Sporadic seasonal trends in recharge rates and intrinsic permeability during 2002-2004 could be associated with the large fluctuations in reservoir elevation and wetted area. From 2005 through 2007, the reservoir was mostly full and there has been a more consistent seasonal pattern of minimum recharge rates during the summer and maximum rates during the autumn. Total dissolved-gas pressure measurements indicate the presence of biogenic gas bubbles in the shallow sediments beneath the shallower parts of Sand Hollow Reservoir when the water is warmer. Permeability reduction associated with this gas clogging may contribute to the decrease in artificial recharge rates during the spring and summer, with a subsequently increasing recharge rates in the autumn associated with a decline in volume of gas bubbles. Other possible causes for seasonal variation in artificial recharge rates require further investigation.

  13. Partitioning sources of recharge in environments with groundwater recirculation using carbon-14 and CFC-12

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    Bourke, Sarah A.; Cook, Peter G.; Dogramaci, Shawan; Kipfer, Rolf

    2015-06-01

    Groundwater recirculation occurs when groundwater is pumped from an aquifer onto the land surface, and a portion of that water subsequently infiltrates back to the aquifer. In environments where groundwater is recirculated, differentiation between various sources of recharge (e.g. natural rainfall recharge vs. recirculated water) can be difficult. Groundwater age indicators, in particular transient trace gases, are likely to be more sensitive tracers of recharge than stable isotopes or chloride in this setting. This is because, unlike stable isotopes or chloride, they undergo a process of equilibration with the atmosphere, and historical atmospheric concentrations are known. In this paper, groundwater age indicators (14C and CFC-12) were used as tracers of recharge by surplus mine water that is discharged to streams. Ternary mixing ratios were calculated based on 14C and CFC-12 concentrations measured along three transects of piezometers and monitoring wells perpendicular to the creeks, and from dewatering wells. Uncertainty in calculated mixing ratios was estimated using a Monte Carlo approach. Ternary mixing ratios in dewatering wells suggest that recharge by mine water accounted for between 10% and 87% of water currently abstracted by dewatering wells. The calculated mixing ratios suggest that recharge by mine water extends to a distance of more than 550 m from the creeks. These results are supported by seepage flux estimates based on the water and chloride balance along the creeks, which suggest that 85-90% of mine water discharged to the creeks recharges the aquifer and recharge by mine water extends between 110 and 730 m from the creeks. Mixing calculations based on gaseous groundwater age indicators could also be used to partition recharge associated with agricultural irrigation or artificial wetland supplementation.

  14. Comparison of different estimation techniques to quantify groundwater recharge in Pirna, Germany

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    Ringleb, Jana; Sallwey, Jana; Stefan, Catalin

    2015-04-01

    Water scarcity in combination with groundwater exploitation is a major concern worldwide because of climate change, population growth and rising water demand. To be able to sustainably manage and protect groundwater resources, it is necessary to quantify the amount of water which leaks through the unsaturated zone and recharges the aquifer naturally. However, quantifying the spatial and temporal distribution of recharge is difficult because of soil heterogeneity and the influence of vegetation. For that reason and because field measurements of recharge are difficult to obtain, models are valuable tools to quantify recharge. Numerical models need a lot of parameters which are hard to measure and hence can only be estimated. Therefore analytical models or empirical equations which use less and / or easier obtainable parameters could estimate groundwater recharge as well as numerical models because of the underlying uncertainty in parameter estimation. Recharge estimation methods which use different model approaches and have varying complexity were compared at Pirna test field site, Germany to select suitable methods which will later be integrated into a web-based Decision Support System (DSS) developed for the sustainable management of groundwater. The complexity of the used methods covers numerical models, analytical models as well as empirical equations. Different model approaches were used to estimate groundwater recharge including amongst others a groundwater flow model, an unsaturated zone model and a watershed model. The resulting groundwater recharge estimates received from the numerical and analytical models and from empirical equations were compared to evaluate whether the methods are suitable to estimate groundwater recharge considering the complexity, data requirements and time-consumption of each method.

  15. Standard line rechargeable battery silver-zinc BB519\\/U

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. Skelton

    1975-01-01

    The electrochemical system used in this battery consists of silver and zinc electrodes. The electrolyte is a concentrated aqueous solution of potassium hydroxide. The separator system is proprietary to Yardney and is designed to assure excellent capacity maintenance after extended cycle life. The silver electrode is made from fine silver powder rolled onto a silver expanded metal grid. The zinc

  16. Effects of urban storm-runoff control on ground-water recharge in Nassau County, New York

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    Ku, Henry; Hagelin, Nathan; Buxton, Herbert

    1992-01-01

    Before urban development, most ground-water recharge on Long Island, New York, occurred during the dormant season, when evapotranspiration is low. The use of recharge basins for collection and disposal of urban storm runoff in Nassau County has enabled ground-water recharge to occur also during the growing season. In contrast, the use of storm sewers to route storm runoff to streams and coastal waters has resulted in a decrease in ground-water recharge during the dormant season. The net result of these two forms of urban storm-runoff control has been an increase in annual recharge of about 12 percent in areas served by recharge basins and a decrease of about 10 percent in areas where storm runoff is routed to streams and tidewater. On a countywide basis, annual ground-water recharge has remained nearly the same as under predevelopment conditions, but its distribution pattern has changed. Redistribution resulted in increased recharge in the eastern and central parts of the county, and decreased recharge in the western and nearshore areas. Model simulation of recharge indicates that the water-table altitude has increased by as much as 5 ft above predevelopment levels in areas served by recharge basins and declined by as much as 3 feet in areas where stormwater is discharged to streams and tidewater.

  17. Evaluation of recharge to the Skunk Creek Aquifer from a constructed wetland near Lyons, South Dakota

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Thompson, Ryan F.

    2002-01-01

    A wetland was constructed in the Skunk Creek flood plain near Lyons in southeast South Dakota to mitigate for wetland areas that were filled during construction of a municipal golf course for the city of Sioux Falls. A water-rights permit was obtained to allow the city to pump water from Skunk Creek into the wetland during times when the wetland would be dry. The amount of water seeping through the wetland and recharging the underlying Skunk Creek aquifer was not known. The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the city of Sioux Falls, conducted a study during 1997-2000 to evaluate recharge to the Skunk Creek aquifer from the constructed wetland. Three methods were used to estimate recharge from the wetland to the aquifer: (1) analysis of the rate of water-level decline during periods of no inflow; (2) flow-net analysis; and (3) analysis of the hydrologic budget. The hydrologic budget also was used to evaluate the efficiency of recharge from the wetland to the aquifer. Recharge rates estimated by analysis of shut-off events ranged from 0.21 to 0.82 foot per day, but these estimates may be influenced by possible errors in volume calculations. Recharge rates determined by flow-net analysis were calculated using selected values of hydraulic conductivity and ranged from 566,000 gallons per day using a hydraulic conductivity of 0.5 foot per day to 1,684,000 gallons per day using a hydraulic conductivity of 1.0 foot per day. Recharge rates from the hydrologic budget varied from 0.74 to 0.85 foot per day, and averaged 0.79 foot per day. The amount of water lost to evapotranspiration at the study wetland is very small compared to the amount of water seeping from the wetland into the aquifer. Based on the hydrologic budget, the average recharge efficiency was estimated as 97.9 percent, which indicates that recharging the Skunk Creek aquifer by pumping water into the study wetland is highly efficient. Because the Skunk Creek aquifer is composed of sand and gravel, the 'recharge mound' is less distinct than might be found in an aquifer composed of finer materials. However, water levels recorded from piezometers in and around the wetland do show a higher water table than periods when the wetland was dry. The largest increases in water level occur between the wetland channel and Skunk Creek. The results of this study demonstrate that artificially recharged wetlands can be useful in recharging underlying aquifers and increasing water levels in these aquifers.

  18. Delineation of recharge rate from a hybrid water table fluctuation method

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    Park, Eungyu

    2012-07-01

    The concept of the hybrid water table fluctuation (WTF) method for recharge rate estimation was revisited. To estimate the recharge rate, a physically based WTF equation was established. The concept of transient fillable porosity was proposed and computed with unsaturated hydraulics models. The developed model is tested by applying to the water table fluctuation data from Hongcheon, Korea. In the applications, the recharge and fillable porosity estimates were found to be most sensitive to nonlinearity in the unsaturated water content profile and permeability. Also, the water table level drift, which does not originate from precipitation, serves as a major source of estimation error.

  19. Statistical analysis of hydrographs and water-table fluctuation to estimate groundwater recharge

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    Moon, Sang-Ki; Woo, Nam C.; Lee, Kwang S.

    2004-06-01

    Using water-table monitoring data from the National Groundwater Monitoring Network in Korea, groundwater hydrographs were classified into five typical groups. Then, to estimate groundwater recharge, a modified water-table fluctuation (WTF) method was developed from the relation between the cumulative WTF and corresponding precipitation records. Applying this method to different types of hydrographs, the spatial variability of recharge in river basins was evaluated. Each estimated recharge can be considered the maximum value, and therefore, could be used as a cut-off guideline (an upper limit) for groundwater development in river basins.

  20. Synthesis of Aqueous Ferrofluid

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    Breitzer, Jonathan

    This video lab manual, by the Interdisciplinary Education Group of the University of Wisconsin â?? Madison Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), walks students through the process synthesizing aqueous ferrofluids, which "respond to an external magnetic field enabling the solution's location to be controlled through the application of a magnetic field." Each step of the procedure is detailed and accompanied with a video showing it as it is performed. A brief background of the procedure and the necessary safety and laboratory materials are also given. This detailed resource helps students to explore nanotechnology and advanced materials science through hands-on laboratory activities. A printer-friendly version with an example image for each step is also available, perfect for an in-class handout.

  1. Ground-water pumpage and artificial recharge estimates for calendar year 2000 and average annual natural recharge and interbasin flow by hydrographic area, Nevada

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    Lopes, Thomas J.; Evetts, David M.

    2004-01-01

    Nevada's reliance on ground-water resources has increased because of increased development and surface-water resources being fully appropriated. The need to accurately quantify Nevada's water resources and water use is more critical than ever to meet future demands. Estimated ground-water pumpage, artificial and natural recharge, and interbasin flow can be used to help evaluate stresses on aquifer systems. In this report, estimates of ground-water pumpage and artificial recharge during calendar year 2000 were made using data from a variety of sources, such as reported estimates and estimates made using Landsat satellite imagery. Average annual natural recharge and interbasin flow were compiled from published reports. An estimated 1,427,100 acre-feet of ground water was pumped in Nevada during calendar year 2000. This total was calculated by summing six categories of ground-water pumpage, based on water use. Total artificial recharge during 2000 was about 145,970 acre-feet. At least one estimate of natural recharge was available for 209 of the 232 hydrographic areas (HAs). Natural recharge for the 209 HAs ranges from 1,793,420 to 2,583,150 acre-feet. Estimates of interbasin flow were available for 151 HAs. The categories and their percentage of the total ground-water pumpage are irrigation and stock watering (47 percent), mining (26 percent), water systems (14 percent), geothermal production (8 percent), self-supplied domestic (4 percent), and miscellaneous (less than 1 percent). Pumpage in the top 10 HAs accounted for about 49 percent of the total ground-water pumpage. The most ground-water pumpage in an HA was due to mining in Pumpernickel Valley (HA 65), Boulder Flat (HA 61), and Lower Reese River Valley (HA 59). Pumpage by water systems in Las Vegas Valley (HA 212) and Truckee Meadows (HA 87) were the fourth and fifth highest pumpage in 2000, respectively. Irrigation and stock watering pumpage accounted for most ground-water withdrawals in the HAs with the sixth through ninth highest pumpage. Geothermal production accounted for most pumpage in the Carson Desert (HA 101). Reinjection of ground water pumped for geothermal energy production accounted for about 64 percent (93,310 acre-feet) of the total artificial recharge. The only artificial recharge by water systems was in Las Vegas Valley, where 29,790 acre-feet of water from the Colorado River was injected into the aquifer system. Artificial recharge by mining totaled 22,870 acre-feet. Net ground-water flow was estimated only for the 143 HAs with available estimates of both natural recharge and interbasin flow. Of the 143 estimates, 58 have negative net ground-water flow, indicating that ground-water storage could be depleted if pumpage continues at the same rate. The State has designated HAs where permitted ground-water rights approach or exceed the estimated average annual recharge. Ten HAs were identified that are not designated and have a net ground-water flow between -1,000 to -35,000 acre-feet. Due to uncertainties in recharge, the water budgets for these HAs may need refining to determine if ground-water storage is being depleted.

  2. Hydrologic and hydraulic assessment of artificial recharge in the Sparta Aquifer of Union County, Arkansas

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    Sowby, Robert B

    2013-01-01

    Groundwater pumping from the Sparta aquifer in Union County, Arkansas, has long exceeded natural recharge, threatening the regional water supply. An alternative water-supply project, completed in 2004, now provides treated ...

  3. Recharge Data Package for the 2005 Integrated Disposal Facility Performance Assessment

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    Fayer, Michael J.; Szecsody, Jim E.

    2004-06-30

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory assisted CH2M Hill Hanford Group, Inc., (CHG) by providing estimates of recharge rates for current conditions and long-term scenarios involving disposal in the Integrated Disposal Facility (IDF). The IDF will be located in the 200 East Area at the Hanford Site and will receive several types of waste including immobilized low-activity waste. The recharge estimates for each scenario were derived from lysimeter and tracer data collected by the IDF PA Project and from modeling studies conducted for the project. Recharge estimates were provided for three specific site features (the surface barrier; possible barrier side slopes; and the surrounding soil) and four specific time periods (pre-Hanford; Hanford operations; surface barrier design life; post-barrier design life). CHG plans to conduct a performance assessment of the latest IDF design and call it the IDF 2005 PA; this recharge data package supports the upcoming IDF 2005 PA.

  4. Ground-Water Recharge in the Arid and Semiarid Southwestern United States

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    Stonestrom, David A.; Constantz, Jim; Ferre, Ty P.A.; Leake, Stanley A.

    2007-01-01

    Ground-water recharge in the arid and semiarid southwestern United States results from the complex interplay of climate, geology, and vegetation across widely ranging spatial and temporal scales. Present-day recharge tends to be narrowly focused in time and space. Widespread water-table declines accompanied agricultural development during the twentieth century, demonstrating that sustainable ground-water supplies are not guaranteed when part of the extracted resource represents paleorecharge. Climatic controls on ground-water recharge range from seasonal cycles of summer monsoonal and winter frontal storms to multimillennial cycles of glacial and interglacial periods. Precipitation patterns reflect global-scale interactions among the oceans, atmosphere, and continents. Large-scale climatic influences associated with El Ni?o and Pacific Decadal Oscillations strongly, but irregularly, control weather in the study area, so that year-to-year variations in precipitation and ground-water recharge are large and difficult to predict. Proxy data indicate geologically recent periods of naturally occurring multidecadal droughts unlike any in the modern instrumental record. Any anthropogenically induced climate change will likely reduce ground-water recharge through diminished snowpack at higher elevations. Future changes in El Ni?o and monsoonal patterns, both crucial to precipitation in the study area, are highly uncertain in current models. Current land-use modifications influence ground-water recharge through vegetation, irrigation, and impermeable area. High mountain ranges bounding the study area?the San Bernadino Mountains and Sierra Nevada to the west, and the Wasatch and southern Colorado Rocky Mountains to the east?provide external geologic controls on ground-water recharge. Internal geologic controls stem from tectonic processes that led to numerous, variably connected alluvial-filled basins, exposure of extensive Paleozoic aquifers in mountainous recharge areas, and distinct modes of recharge in the Colorado Plateau and Basin and Range subregions. The chapters in this professional paper present (first) an overview of climatic and hydrogeologic framework (chapter A), followed by a regional analysis of ground-water recharge across the entire study area (chapter B). These are followed by an overview of site-specific case studies representing different subareas of the geographically diverse arid and semiarid southwestern United States (chapter C); the case studies themselves follow in chapters D?K. The regional analysis includes detailed hydrologic modeling within the framework of a high-resolution geographic-information system (GIS). Results from the regional analysis are used to explore both the distribution of ground-water recharge for mean climatic conditions as well as the influence of two climatic patterns?the El Ni?o-Southern Oscillation and Pacific Decadal Oscillation?that impart a high degree of variability to the hydrologic cycle. Individual case studies employ a variety of geophysical and geochemical techniques to investigate recharge processes and relate the processes to local geologic and climatic conditions. All of the case studies made use of naturally occurring tracers to quantify recharge. Thermal and geophysical techniques that were developed in the course of the studies are presented in appendices. The quantification of ground-water recharge in arid settings is inherently difficult due to the generally low amount of recharge, its spatially and temporally spotty nature, and the absence of techniques for directly measuring fluxes entering the saturated zone from the unsaturated zone. Deep water tables in arid alluvial basins correspond to thick unsaturated zones that produce up to millennial time lags between changes in hydrologic conditions at the land surface and subsequent changes in recharge to underlying ground water. Recent advances in physical, chemical, isotopic, and modeling techniques have foster

  5. Estimated Recharge Rates From Groundwater Temperatures In The Nara Basin, Japan

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Taniguchi, Makoto

    1994-04-01

    Groundwater recharge rates to the sandy aquifer in the Nara basin, Japan, were determined by using a theory that describes the simultaneous transfer of heat and water in a porous medium. Seasonal changes in temperatue-depth profiles were used to estimate the recharge rates in a relatively shallow aquifer. Estimations of the recharge rates were done by fitting a dimensionless parameter to the type curves developed by Taniguchi (1993) after the amplitudes of annual variations of groundwater temperatures were measured at several depths. Annual recharge rate estimated by fitting observed temperatures to the type curves was 459 mm in the Nara basin. This value agrees well with values calculated from water-balance methods and values reported in the literature.

  6. Energy-constrained open-system magmatic processes 3. Energy-Constrained Recharge, Assimilation, and

    E-print Network

    Bigelow, Stephen

    , Washington 98926, USA (bohrson@geology.cwu.edu) [1] Geochemical data for igneous rock suites provide(Tm), is specified a priori and defines how recharge magma is added to standing magma. The present EC-RAFC simulator

  7. Simulation of the Recharging Method of Implantable Biosensors Based on a Wearable Incoherent Light Source

    PubMed Central

    Song, Yong; Hao, Qun; Kong, Xianyue; Hu, Lanxin; Cao, Jie; Gao, Tianxin

    2014-01-01

    Recharging implantable electronics from the outside of the human body is very important for applications such as implantable biosensors and other implantable electronics. In this paper, a recharging method for implantable biosensors based on a wearable incoherent light source has been proposed and simulated. Firstly, we develop a model of the incoherent light source and a multi-layer model of skin tissue. Secondly, the recharging processes of the proposed method have been simulated and tested experimentally, whereby some important conclusions have been reached. Our results indicate that the proposed method will offer a convenient, safe and low-cost recharging method for implantable biosensors, which should promote the application of implantable electronics. PMID:25372616

  8. Tracking River Recharge in the Central Valley of California Using Chemical and Isotopic Tracers

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    Moran, J. E.; Hudson, B.; Evans, D.; Horner, T.; Leif, R.; Eaton, G. F.

    2003-12-01

    Recharge to alluvial aquifers along the major rivers of the Central Valley of California is influenced by human activity in adjacent urban areas and groundwater basins. Intense pumping of Central Valley aquifers may induce recharge, while slurry walls, emplaced for flood control in densely populated areas, are intended to protect levees by preventing shallow recharge. These large rivers carry distinct chemical and isotopic signatures that allow recent recharge to be traced in adjacent wells. In particular, stable isotopes of oxygen delineate areas where river water, carrying a depleted isotopic signature from Sierra Nevada precipitation (-11 to -15 per mil), is recharging groundwater aquifers where local precipitation is significantly heavier (-7 per mil). Trace anthropogenic compounds present in river water, such as MtBE (from precipitation and recreational boating on watershed reservoirs), are also useful for identifying areas where river water has recently infiltrated. Analysis of groundwater age, using the tritium-helium method allows estimation of the time since recharge, and evaluation of the effect of human activity on the natural groundwater recharge and flow patterns. Results from a detailed study along the American River in Sacramento, where a slurry wall is in place, show areas of recent recharge, as evidenced by relatively high MtBE concentrations (matching river concentrations) and young groundwater ages in shallow wells. In other wells, older ages and very low MtBE concentrations delineate areas where active recharge is not taking place. These results are interpreted in the context of basin-wide analyses for the Sacramento urban area, where most groundwater sampled from municipal wells is devoid of tritium, and therefore recharged more than about 50 years ago. These data are collected for the Ambient Groundwater Monitoring and Assessment (GAMA) program, sponsored by the CA State Water Resources Control Board. Oxygen isotopes indicate that American River water has recharged a large portion of this basin, with wells showing decreasing fractions of isotopically depleted water moving away from the river to the north. A similar pattern is observed in other areas of intense pumping in groundwater basins along the major rivers in the Central Valley. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by the University of California, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under contract No. W-7405-ENG-48.

  9. Macroscopic Thermal Energy Balance on Montane Valley Aquifers and Groundwater Recharge Source Identification

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    Trask, J. C.; Fogg, G. E.

    2010-12-01

    Several recent publications have highlighted the need to improve definition of groundwater flow patterns in montane regions, presenting case studies with several field investigative approaches. Determination of the depth of upland bedrock groundwater circulation and identification of valley aquifer recharge sources in montane areas is needed for improved characterization of montane groundwater flow patterns and for aquifer source protection planning. In most upland bedrock regions, wells and boreholes are scarce, adding to the challenges inherent to investigating groundwater flow in fractured rock systems. Approaches using natural environmental tracers have previously been shown to be effective in quantifying subsurface recharge into valley aquifers from groundwater flow within adjoining mountain-front and mountain-block areas. Thermal tracing of montane groundwater flow is easy and inexpensive relative to other environmental tracer and geophysical techniques, and can complement other approaches (e.g. Manning and Solomon, 2005). We present a heat flow tracer approach to identification of montane valley aquifer recharge sources. A novel application of a macroscopic thermal energy balance is introduced and used in recharge source analysis for two mountain-front bounding basin-fill aquifers located in the Sierra Nevada, USA. We show that robust upper and lower bounds on total heat flow and sources of recharge into montane valley aquifers may be determined without numerical modeling by using a macroscopic thermal energy balance. Several factors tend to enhance focusing of geothermal conductive heat flow from depth toward montane valley margins. Analytic bracketing techniques, applicable to domains with irregular boundary geometry and non-uniform thermal boundary conditions, are used together with thermal data to obtain quantitative bounds on conductive heat flow across aquifer domain boundaries. Thermal data required include: (i) a rough estimate of regional geothermal conductive heat flux at depth (available for most regions) (ii) Temperature (T) data from one or more wells in the valley aquifer (iii) data or estimates of mean annual surface T (Ts) at areal scales, and estimates of recharge T for different recharge sources. We emphasize the importance of accurate determination of Ts and recharge T for reliable modeling of subsurface heat flow. Data and models are presented showing that accurate estimates of Ts are achievable, and that subsurface T of recharge water can be substantially different from Ts near sites of intensive focused seasonal or episodic recharge. For any particular montane valley aquifer study site, we propose that a macroscopic energy balance approach to heat and groundwater flow modeling can complement and aid in development and validation of conventional grid-based numerical models. This conceptually simple approach is particularly valuable in determining the rate of aquifer recharge from cool mountain-front sources.

  10. Assessing recharge using remotely sensed data in the Guarani Aquifer System outcrop zone

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lucas, M. C.; Oliveira, P. T. S.; Melo, D. D.; Wendland, E.

    2014-12-01

    Groundwater recharge is an essential hydrology component for sustainable water withdrawal from an aquifer. The Guarani Aquifer System (GAS) is the largest (~1.2 million km2) transboundary groundwater reservoir in South America, supplying freshwater to four countries: Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. However, recharge in the GAS outcrop zones is one of the least known hydrological variables, in part because studies from hydrological data are scarce or nonexistent. We assess recharge using the water-budget as the difference of precipitation (P) and evapotranspiration (ET). Data is derived from remotely sensed estimates of P (TRMM 3B42 V7) and ET (MOD16) in the Onça Creek watershed over the 2004­-12 period. This is an upland-flat watershed (slope steepness < 1%) dominated by sand soils and representative of the GAS outcrop zones. We compared the remote sensing approach against Water Table Fluctuation (WTF) method and another water-budget using ground-based measurements. Uncertainty propagation analysis were also performed. On monthly basis, TRMM P exhibited a great agreement with ground-based P data (R2 = 0.86 and RMSE = 41 mm). Historical (2004-12) mean(±sd) satellite-based recharge (Rsat) was 537(±224) mm y-1, while ground-based recharge using water-budget (Rgr) and WTF (Rwtf) method was 469 mm y-1 and 311(±150) mm y-1, respectively. We found that ~440 mm y-1 is a reasonable historical mean (between Rsat, Rgr and Rwtf) recharge for the study area over 2004-2012 period. The latter mean recharge estimate is about 29% of the mean historical P (1,514 mm y-1). Our results provide the first insight about an intercomparison of water budget from remote sensing and measured data to estimate recharge in the GAS outcrop zone. These results should be useful for future studies on assessing recharge in the GAS outcrop zones. Since accurate and precise recharge estimation still is a gap, our recharge satellite-based is considered acceptable for the Onça Creek watershed.

  11. Magnesium insertion electrodes for rechargeable nonaqueous batteries — a competitive alternative to lithium?

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Petr Novák; Roman Imhof; Otto Haas

    1999-01-01

    Magnesium-based rechargeable batteries might be an interesting future alternative to lithium-based batteries. Here the available results of research, both on rechargeable negative electrodes based either on metallic magnesium or alternative materials, and on materials suitable as positive, magnesium-inserting (counter)electrodes for secondary magnesium batteries, are critically reviewed. The reversible magnesium-metal electrode was scarcely investigated and remains poorly understood. More data are

  12. Photo-rechargeable battery using new layer compound CuFeTe 2

    Microsoft Academic Search

    T. Nomiyama; H. Kuriyaki; K. Hirakawa

    1995-01-01

    Photo-rechargeable battery is a device that converts photo-energy to electrochemical energy and stores it. Many electrode materials have been studied for this device. These materials are mainly layered semiconducting compounds. We synthesized a new layered compound CuFeTe2. In this study, CuFeTe2 was tested for photo-rechargeable battery electrode. As a result, we revealed that CuFeTe2 was charged by a Xe lamp

  13. Rechargeable batteries. (Latest citations from the US Patent bibliographic file with exemplary claims). Published Search

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    Not Available

    1994-12-01

    The bibliography contains citations of selected patents concerning the design and manufacture of rechargeable batteries. Patents cover battery control and protection, electrodes, electrolytes, and packs. Citations also discuss applications in computers, telephones, cardiac pacemakers, facsimile equipment, tissue stimulators, electrical tools, heating systems, and power back-up. Solar-powered rechargeable batteries are included. (Contains a minimum of 197 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.)

  14. Rechargeable batteries. (Latest citations from the US Patent bibliographic file with exemplary claims). Published Search

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    NONE

    1995-09-01

    The bibliography contains citations of selected patents concerning the design and manufacture of rechargeable batteries. Patents cover battery control and protection, electrodes, electrolytes, and packs. Citations also discuss applications in computers, telephones, cardiac pacemakers, facsimile equipment, tissue stimulators, electrical tools, heating systems, and power back-up. Solar-powered rechargeable batteries are included. (Contains 50-250 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.) (Copyright NERAC, Inc. 1995)

  15. Rechargeable batteries. (Latest citations from the US Patent bibliographic file with exemplary claims). Published Search

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    Not Available

    1993-11-01

    The bibliography contains citations of selected patents concerning the design and manufacture of rechargeable batteries. Patents cover battery control and protection, electrodes, electrolytes, and packs. Citations also discuss applications in computers, telephones, cardiac pacemakers, facsimile equipment, tissue stimulators, electrical tools, heating systems, and power back-up. Solar-powered rechargeable batteries are included. (Contains a minimum of 170 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.)

  16. Implications of Prospective Climate Change for Groundwater Recharge in the Western United States

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Meixner, T.; Manning, A. H.; Stonestrom, D. A.; Ajami, H.; Allen, D. M.; Blasch, K. W.; Brookfield, A. E.; Castro, C. L.; Clark, J. F.; Flint, A. L.; Neff, K.; Niraula, R.; Rodell, M.; Scanlon, B. R.; Singha, K.; Walvoord, M. A.

    2014-12-01

    Groundwater accounts for 25% of the United States' total water supply. Despite this importance, research efforts related to the impact of climate change on water resources have focused on surface water projections. Here we present results from a United States Geological Survey John Wesley Powell Center Group that synthesized current knowledge on groundwater recharge and the impact of climate change on recharge across the western US (west of 100o longitude). The specific aquifers considered included the High Plains Aquifer, San Pedro basin, Death Valley regional flow system, Wasatch Front aquifers, Central Valley Aquifer, Columbia Plateau Aquifer system, Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie Glacial Aquifer, Williston basin and a regional overview of research on mountain aquifer systems. Combining existing studies on projected climate-change effects on recharge (available for half of the chosen systems) with expert knowledge of the remaining systems, several key patterns emerge across the region. First, our estimates indicate declines in recharge across the southern aquifers of 10-20% on average but with a wide range of uncertainty that surrounds zero change. Second, the northern tier of aquifers will likely see no change to slight increases in recharge. Third, mountain system recharge is expected to decline across the entire region due to changes in winter precipitation leading to decreased snowpack. Several critical knowledge gaps contributed uncertainty to our estimates. First, more studies coupling climate projections to groundwater systems are needed. Second, a generally poor understanding of mountain system processes is a source of significant uncertainty. Third, the response of focused recharge to potential changes in precipitation intensity and frequency is uncertain due to a lack of process understanding and the limited ability of climate projections to forecast changes in precipitation. Finally, feedbacks between climate, irrigation practices, and recharge result in significant uncertainties in several highly developed aquifer systems regarding how they might respond to climate change.

  17. A method of estimating spatio-temporally distributed groundwater recharge using integrated surface-subsurface modelling

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    Chung, Il Moon; Kim, Nam Won; Lee, Jeongwoo; Sophocleous, Marios

    2010-05-01

    In general, there have been various methods of estimating groundwater recharge such as baseflow separation approaches, water budget analyses based on lumped conceptual models, and the water table fluctuation method (WTF) by using data from groundwater monitoring wells. However, groundwater recharge rates show spatial-temporal variability due to climatic conditions, land use, and hydrogeological heterogeneity, so these methods have various limitations in dealing with these characteristics. To overcome these limitations, we present a novel application of estimating recharge based on water balance components from the combined SWAT-MODFLOW model, which is an integrated surface-ground water model. During the process of computing recharge, the time delay is very important factor. SWAT model uses single linear reservoir storage module with an exponential decay weighting function for accounting time delay through vadose zone. However, single reservoir module has limitation on the long delay time. So we suggest a multi-reservoir storage routing module instead of single one, which represents a more realistic time delay through the vadose zone. By using this module, the parameter related to the delay time could be optimized by checking the correlation between simulated recharge and observed groundwater levels. The final step of this procedure is to compare simulated groundwater levels as well as simulated watershed runoff with observed ones. This method is applied to several watersheds in Korea for the purpose of testing the procedure for proper estimation of spatio-temporal groundwater recharge distribution. As this application procedure of estimating recharge has the advantages of the effectiveness of a watershed model as well as the accuracy of the WTF method, the estimated daily recharge rate could be thought as an improved estimate reflecting the heterogeneity of hydrogeology, climatic conditions, land use, as well as the physical behavior of water in soil layers and aquifers.

  18. Comparison of local- to regional-scale estimates of ground-water recharge in Minnesota, USA

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    Geoffrey N. Delin; Richard W. Healy; David L. Lorenz; John R. Nimmo

    2007-01-01

    Regional ground-water recharge estimates for Minnesota were compared to estimates made on the basis of four local- and basin-scale methods. Three local-scale methods (unsaturated-zone water balance, water-table fluctuations (WTF) using three approaches, and age dating of ground water) yielded point estimates of recharge that represent spatial scales from about 1 to about 1000 m2. A fourth method (RORA, a basin-scale

  19. Groundwater recharge estimation using time series models and hybrid water fluctuation method

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    Yoon, H.; Park, E.; Ha, K.; Kim, G.

    2013-12-01

    Predicting groundwater level fluctuations and estimating groundwater recharge are necessary for an effective management of groundwater resources. Applications of the water table fluctuation (WTF) method to groundwater recharge estimation are limited when time series data of groundwater level is discontinuous or abnormal. In the present study, we designed a method to correct abnormal data using time series models for groundwater recharge estimation. An artificial neural network and a support vector machine were employed for time series model development and the hybrid water table fluctuation method (h-WTF) considering transient fillable porosity was utilized for groundwater recharge estimation. A comparison study was conducted between three different techniques for groundwater recharge estimation: the classic WTF, h-WTF with observed data (h-WTF1), and h-WTF with corrected data (h-WTF2), using daily rainfall and groundwater level data of 5 groundwater monitoring stations in South Korea. Correlation coefficient values of observed and predicted groundwater level were as high as more than 0.8 for all the 5 stations. The result of the comparison study shows that the estimated ratio of recharge to rainfall ranges from 14.9 to 38.3% for WTF, 12.8 to 31.2% for h-WTF1, and 21.8 to 50.0% for h-WTF2 method. The estimated recharge ratios of h-WTF1 are smaller than h-WTF2 by 9.8 to 41.3%. The reason is thought to be that the effect of exogenous factors to groundwater recharge except rainfall was filtered out through the time series model in h-WTF2 method.

  20. The Effect of Ashe Juniper Removal on Groundwater Recharge in the Edwards Aquifer 

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    Bazan, Roberto

    2011-02-22

    to groundwater recharge. 6 Deep drainage, also referred to as recharge, occurs when water infiltrates beyond the root zone to contribute to groundwater sources. In karst landscapes infiltration can occur in two forms: micropore or macropore flow (Mc... as areas where brush control could augment water yields. This points toward karst landscapes, which are defined as terrains with high rock solubility and well a developed fracture network (Ford and Williams, 2007). Karst landscapes occupy over 10 ? 15...

  1. Water budgets and cave recharge on juniper rangelands in the Edwards Plateau 

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    Gregory, Lucas Frank

    2006-08-16

    . Their vast knowledge of caves, karst, and the Edwards Aquifer region has been invaluable. I extend a special thanks to Bev Shade for working with our schedules and getting permission to access the research sites and for distributing data. Thank you... rely solely on groundwater (TWDB 2002). In the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone, recharge occurs much more rapidly than in many other areas. This is largely due to the highly cavernous karst limestone that makes up the aquifer. The majority...

  2. The effect of modeled recharge distribution on simulated groundwater availability and capture.

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    Tillman, F D; Pool, D R; Leake, S A

    2015-05-01

    Simulating groundwater flow in basin-fill aquifers of the semiarid southwestern United States commonly requires decisions about how to distribute aquifer recharge. Precipitation can recharge basin-fill aquifers by direct infiltration and transport through faults and fractures in the high-elevation areas, by flowing overland through high-elevation areas to infiltrate at basin-fill margins along mountain fronts, by flowing overland to infiltrate along ephemeral channels that often traverse basins in the area, or by some combination of these processes. The importance of accurately simulating recharge distributions is a current topic of discussion among hydrologists and water managers in the region, but no comparative study has been performed to analyze the effects of different recharge distributions on groundwater simulations. This study investigates the importance of the distribution of aquifer recharge in simulating regional groundwater flow in basin-fill aquifers by calibrating a groundwater-flow model to four different recharge distributions, all with the same total amount of recharge. Similarities are seen in results from steady-state models for optimized hydraulic conductivity values, fit of simulated to observed hydraulic heads, and composite scaled sensitivities of conductivity parameter zones. Transient simulations with hypothetical storage properties and pumping rates produce similar capture rates and storage change results, but differences are noted in the rate of drawdown at some well locations owing to the differences in optimized hydraulic conductivity. Depending on whether the purpose of the groundwater model is to simulate changes in groundwater levels or changes in storage and capture, the distribution of aquifer recharge may or may not be of primary importance. PMID:24841767

  3. An integrative approach to groundwater recharge estimation: Application to Jeju Island, Korea

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    Park, C.; Lee, J.; Koo, M.

    2008-12-01

    Groundwater resources in Jeju Island, a volcanic island located in the most southern region of Korea, are the only resources for water use. The island mainly consists of highly permeable volcanic materials and structures such as basaltic rocks and lava conduits. Water from precipitation barely resides on the surface and mostly infiltrates into the aquifers or discharges directly to the ocean. Thus, estimating groundwater recharge is critical to the water resource management in Jeju Island. The groundwater recharge was estimated using a GIS-based water balance model, WetSpass (Water and Energy Transfer between Soil, Plants and Atmosphere under quasi Steady State), and a physically-based groundwater flow model, MODFLOW. The WetSpass model estimates spatially varying groundwater recharge based on the surface dominant geo-spatial input parameters, such as soil property, land use, topography, groundwater depth, and meteorological data. The groundwater flow model estimates recharge by using the parameter estimation technique. Both models are complementary because the water balance equation and the groundwater flow equation are linked by a cell-based data process. The results indicated that the eastern and northern part of the Island showed relatively high values of recharge as compared to the western region. The results also showed that 65% of the total recharge occurred in higher elevations over than 200 m which would be a critical groundwater recharge area. The recharge estimation using coupled model provides more reliable results than the use of a single model and useful information for groundwater resource management and associated legislation.

  4. WetSpass: a flexible, GIS based, distributed recharge methodology for regional groundwater modelling

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    OKKE BATELAAN; FLORIMOND DE SMEDT

    2001-01-01

    Regional groundwater models used for analysing groundwater systems (infiltration-discharge relations) are often quasi-steady state and therefore need long-term average recharge input. On the other hand, the spatial variation in the recharge due to distributed land-use, soil type, slope, groundwater level, meteorological conditions, etc. can be significant and should be accounted for. Hence, WetSpass was built as a physically based methodology

  5. Tritium as an indicator of recharge and dispersion in a groundwater system in central Ontario

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    W. D. Robertson; J. A. Cherry

    1989-01-01

    The detailed distribution of tritium (3H) in the recharge area of a shallow unconfined sand aquifer near Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, is described. At this forested, shallow water table site, bomb tritium has penetrated uniformly to a depth of 8-12 m indicating recharge of 15 cm\\/year, which is 16% of precipitation. The zone of bomb tritium contains 3H concentrations of from

  6. Mars Aqueous Processing System

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    Berggren, Mark; Wilson, Cherie; Carrera, Stacy; Rose, Heather; Muscatello, Anthony; Kilgore, James; Zubrin, Robert

    2012-01-01

    The goal of the Mars Aqueous Processing System (MAPS) is to establish a flexible process that generates multiple products that are useful for human habitation. Selectively extracting useful components into an aqueous solution, and then sequentially recovering individual constituents, can obtain a suite of refined or semi-refined products. Similarities in the bulk composition (although not necessarily of the mineralogy) of Martian and Lunar soils potentially make MAPS widely applicable. Similar process steps can be conducted on both Mars and Lunar soils while tailoring the reaction extents and recoveries to the specifics of each location. The MAPS closed-loop process selectively extracts, and then recovers, constituents from soils using acids and bases. The emphasis on Mars involves the production of useful materials such as iron, silica, alumina, magnesia, and concrete with recovery of oxygen as a byproduct. On the Moon, similar chemistry is applied with emphasis on oxygen production. This innovation has been demonstrated to produce high-grade materials, such as metallic iron, aluminum oxide, magnesium oxide, and calcium oxide, from lunar and Martian soil simulants. Most of the target products exhibited purities of 80 to 90 percent or more, allowing direct use for many potential applications. Up to one-fourth of the feed soil mass was converted to metal, metal oxide, and oxygen products. The soil residue contained elevated silica content, allowing for potential additional refining and extraction for recovery of materials needed for photovoltaic, semiconductor, and glass applications. A high-grade iron oxide concentrate derived from lunar soil simulant was used to produce a metallic iron component using a novel, combined hydrogen reduction/metal sintering technique. The part was subsequently machined and found to be structurally sound. The behavior of the lunar-simulant-derived iron product was very similar to that produced using the same methods on a Michigan iron ore concentrate, which demonstrates that lunar-derived material can be used in a manner similar to conventional terrestrial iron. Metallic iron was also produced from the Mars soil simulant. The aluminum and magnesium oxide products produced by MAPS from lunar and Mars soil simulants exhibited excellent thermal stability, and were shown to be capable of use for refractory oxide structural materials, or insulation at temperatures far in excess of what could be achieved using unrefined soils. These materials exhibited the refractory characteristics needed to support iron casting and forming operations, as well as other thermal processing needs. Extraction residue samples contained up to 79 percent silica. Such samples were successfully fused into a glass that exhibited high light transmittance.

  7. Estimation of groundwater recharge using a GIS-based distributed water balance model in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

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    Tilahun, Ketema; Merkel, Broder J.

    2009-09-01

    Sustainable groundwater management requires knowledge of recharge. Recharge is also an important parameter in groundwater flow and transport models. Spatial variation in recharge due to distributed land-us.e, soil texture, topography, groundwater level, and hydrometeorological conditions should be accounted for in recharge estimation. However, conventional point-estimates of recharge are not easily extrapolated or regionalized. In this study, a spatially distributed water balance model WetSpass was used to simulate long-term average recharge using land-use, soil texture, topography, and hydrometeorological parameters in Dire Dawa, a semiarid region of Ethiopia. WetSpass is a physically based methodology for estimation of the long-term average spatial distribution of surface runoff, actual evapotranspiration, and groundwater recharge. The long-term temporal and spatial average annual rainfall of 626 mm was distributed as: surface runoff of 126 mm (20%), evapotranspiration of 468 mm (75%), and recharge of 28 mm (5%). This recharge corresponds to 817 l/s for the 920.12 km2 study area, which is less than the often-assumed 1,000 l/s recharge for the Dire Dawa groundwater catchment.

  8. Groundwater level monitoring and recharge estimation in the White Volta River basin of Ghana

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    Obuobie, Emmanuel; Diekkrueger, Bernd; Agyekum, William; Agodzo, Sampson

    2012-08-01

    Recharge quantification is an important pre-requisite for effectively managing groundwater resources as recharge estimates are needed to determine sustainable yields of groundwater aquifers for rational and sustainable exploitation of the resource. In this study, the water table fluctuation method has been applied in the White Volta River basin of Ghana (approx. 46,000 km2) to estimate seasonal fluctuations in groundwater levels in the basin and subsequently to estimate recharge to the groundwater for the 2006 and 2007 water years. Results show high seasonal and spatial variability in the water level, with a range of 1240-5000 mm in 2006, and 1600-6800 mm in 2007. Seasonal rainfall was found to be the main source of recharge to the aquifers in the basin as water level rise occurred only in the rainfall season. Recharge to groundwater in the White Volta basin was estimated to vary between 2.5% and 16.5% of the mean annual rainfall, with a mean recharge of 7-8%.

  9. Effects of topography and soil properties on recharge at two sites in an agricultural field

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    Delin, G.N.; Healy, R.W.; Landon, M.K.; Böhlke, J.K.

    2000-01-01

    Field experiments were conducted from 1992 to 1995 to estimate ground water recharge rates at two sites located within a 2.7-hectare agricultural field. The field lies in a sand plain setting in central Minnesota and is cropped continuously in field corn. The sites are located at a topographically high (upland) site and a topographically low (lowland) site in an effort to quantify the effects of depression focusing of recharge. Three site-specific methods were used to estimate recharge rates: Well hydrograph analysis, chlorofluorocarbon age dating, and an unsaturated zone water balance. All three recharge methods indicated that recharge rates at the lowland site (annual average of all methods of 29 cm) exceeded those at the upland site (annual average of 18 cm). On an annual basis, estimates by the individual methods ranged from 12 to 44 percent of precipitation at the upland site and from 21 to 83 percent at the lowland site. The difference in recharge rates between the sites is primarily attributed to depression focusing of surface water runon at the lowland site. However, two other factors were also important: The presence of thin lamellae at the upland site, and coarser textured soils below a depth of 1.5 m at the lowland site.

  10. Groundwater recharge to a sedimentary aquifer in the topographically closed Uley South Basin, South Australia

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    Ordens, Carlos M.; Werner, Adrian D.; Post, Vincent E. A.; Hutson, John L.; Simmons, Craig T.; Irvine, Benjamin M.

    2012-02-01

    The chloride mass balance (CMB) and water-table fluctuation (WTF) analysis methods were used to estimate recharge rates in the Uley South Basin, South Australia. Groundwater hydrochemistry and isotope data were used to infer the nature of recharge pathways and evapotranspiration processes. These data indicate that some combination of two plausible processes is occurring: (1) complete evaporation of rainfall occurs, and the precipitated salts are washed down and redissolved when recharge occurs, and (2) transpiration dominates over evaporation. It is surmised that sinkholes predominantly serve to by-pass the shallow soil zone and redistribute infiltration into the deeper unsaturated zone, rather than transferring rainfall directly to the water table. Chlorofluorocarbon measurements were used in approximating recharge origins to account for coastal proximity effects in the CMB method and pumping seasonality was accounted for in the WTF-based recharge estimates. Best estimates of spatially and temporally averaged recharge rates for the basin are 52-63 and 47-129 mm/year from the CMB and WTF analyses, respectively. Adaptations of both the CMB and WTF analyses to account for nuances of the system were necessary, demonstrating the need for careful application of these methods.

  11. A Watershed Approach for the Determination of Groundwater Recharge in Rajasthan, India

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    Rohde, M. M.; Edmunds, W.; Sharma, O.; Sharma, A.

    2011-12-01

    The determination of groundwater recharge is imperative for sustainable water management, particularly in semi-arid regions where mitigation and adaptation strategies are needed. Two-thirds of India is underlain by hard rocks, and appropriate techniques for the estimation of groundwater recharge are currently problematic in such areas. Chloride mass balance (CMB) has been employed in this study to determine recharge rates from groundwater collected from a monsoon dependent area in the Aravalli Hills in Rajasthan, India. A monitoring program was established in the summer of 2009 in the Gangeshwar Watershed with local participation for the collection of rainfall and groundwater samples. Groundwater recharge estimation was spatially determined over a 3-year period with pre-monsoon and post-monsoon datasets. Irrigation return flow was likely to impact 90% of the samples, and has thus required stable isotope analysis using hydrogen (?2H) and oxygen (?18O) to corroborate nitrate and other anionic chemistry to determine sources of groundwater recharge. The possibilities of using total dissolved solutes (TDS) as an alternative for chloride have also been addressed as a way to simplify the determination of groundwater recharge at the user-level.

  12. Transmission losses, infiltration and groundwater recharge through ephemeral and intermittent streambeds: A review of applied methods

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    Shanafield, Margaret; Cook, Peter G.

    2014-04-01

    Aquifer recharge through ephemeral streambeds is believed to be a major source of groundwater recharge in arid areas; however, comparatively few studies quantify this streamflow recharge. This review synthesizes the available field-based aquifer recharge literature from arid regions around the world. Seven methods for quantifying ephemeral and intermittent stream infiltration and aquifer recharge are reviewed; controlled infiltration experiments, monitoring changes in water content, heat as a tracer of infiltration, reach length water balances, floodwave front tracking, groundwater mounding, and groundwater dating. The pertinent temporal and spatial scales, as well as the advantages and limitations of each method are illustrated with examples from the literature. Comparisons between the methods are used to highlight appropriate uses of each field method, with emphasis on the advantages of using multiple methods within a study in order to avoid the potential drawbacks inherent in any single method. Research needs are identified, including: quantitative uncertainty analysis, long-term data collection and analysis, understanding of the role of riparian vegetation, and reconciliation of transmission losses and infiltration estimates with actual aquifer recharge.

  13. A water-budget model and estimates of groundwater recharge for Guam

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    Johnson, Adam G.

    2012-01-01

    On Guam, demand for groundwater tripled from the early 1970s to 2010. The demand for groundwater is anticipated to further increase in the near future because of population growth and a proposed military relocation to Guam. Uncertainty regarding the availability of groundwater resources to support the increased demand has prompted an investigation of groundwater recharge on Guam using the most current data and accepted methods. For this investigation, a daily water-budget model was developed and used to estimate mean recharge for various land-cover and rainfall conditions. Recharge was also estimated for part of the island using the chloride mass-balance method. Using the daily water-budget model, estimated mean annual recharge on Guam is 394.1 million gallons per day, which is 39 percent of mean annual rainfall (999.0 million gallons per day). Although minor in comparison to rainfall on the island, water inflows from water-main leakage, septic-system leachate, and stormwater runoff may be several times greater than rainfall at areas that receive these inflows. Recharge is highest in areas that are underlain by limestone, where recharge is typically between 40 and 60 percent of total water inflow. Recharge is relatively high in areas that receive stormwater runoff from storm-drain systems, but is relatively low in urbanized areas where stormwater runoff is routed to the ocean or to other areas. In most of the volcanic uplands in southern Guam where runoff is substantial, recharge is less than 30 percent of total water inflow. The water-budget model in this study differs from all previous water-budget investigations on Guam by directly accounting for canopy evaporation in forested areas, quantifying the evapotranspiration rate of each land-cover type, and accounting for evaporation from impervious areas. For the northern groundwater subbasins defined in Camp, Dresser & McKee Inc. (1982), mean annual baseline recharge computed in this study is 159.1 million gallons per day, which is 50 percent of mean annual rainfall, and is 42 percent greater than the recharge estimate of Camp, Dresser & McKee Inc. (1982). For the northern aquifer sectors defined in Mink (1991), which encompass most of the northern half of the island, mean annual baseline recharge computed in this study is 238.0 million gallons per day, which is 51 percent of mean annual rainfall, and is about 6 percent lower than the recharge estimate of Mink (1991). For the drought simulation performed in this study, recharge for the entire island is 259.3 million gallons per day, which is 34 percent lower than recharge computed for baseline conditions. For all aquifer sectors defined by Mink (1991), total recharge during drought conditions is 32 percent lower than mean baseline recharge. For the future land-cover water-budget simulation, which represents potential land-cover changes owing to the military relocation and population growth, estimated recharge for the entire island is nearly equal to the baseline recharge estimate that was based on 2004 land cover. Using the water-budget model, estimated recharge in the northern half of the island is most sensitive to crop coefficients and net precipitation rates—two of the water-budget parameters used in the estimation of total evapotranspiration. Estimated recharge in the southern half of the island is most sensitive to crop coefficients, net precipitation rate, and runoff-to-rainfall ratios. During March 2010 to May 2011, bulk-deposition samples from five rainfall stations on Guam were collected and analyzed for chloride. Additionally, samples from five groundwater sites were collected and analyzed for chloride. Results were used to estimate groundwater recharge using the chloride mass-balance method. Recharge estimates using this method at three bulk-deposition stations on the northern limestone plateau range from about 25 to 48 percent of rainfall. These recharge estimates are similar to the estimate of Ayers (1981) who also used this method. Recharge estimates at each bulk-deposition station, however, are lower

  14. Calculating the average natural recharge in large areas as a factor of their lithology and precipitation

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    Sanz, E.; Menéndez Pidal de Navascués, I.; Távara, C.

    2011-05-01

    In an area as large as Spain, it is shown by statistical inference on a sample of 875 springs (with discharges greater than 10 l s-1), whose average flow, lithology and catchment areas are known, and which were grouped into regions of contrasting rainfall, that the average annual recharge is a fixed fraction of annual rainfall for each lithology. Recharge rates have thus been established with respect to rainfall for six lithological groups of different permeability: sands, gravels and generally alluvial formations 8.3%; conglomerates, 5.6%; sandstones, 7.3%; limestone and dolomite 34.3%; marls, marly limestones, silts and clays, 3.3%; and hard rocks, 1.3%. Since Spain can be considered to be representative, given its large size and a highly varied lithology, topography and rainfall, these recharge rates with respect to rainfall are probably quasi-universal values, which can be used to estimate the average recharge or average groundwater resources of large regions in any part of the world (except in special cases such as areas that have permafrost). In any case, the recharge rates can be adapted for each region according to its particular characteristics. Rainfall and lithology data are abundant, and so the method can be widely used to calculate hydraulic balances. The method has been applied to the Duero basin in Spain and to other European countries (Portugal, Ireland and Italy), obtaining recharge results that are very similar to those calculated by other methods.

  15. Estimating spatial variability of recharge in southern New Jersey from unsaturated-zone measurements

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    Baehr, Arthur L.; Kauffman, Leon J.; Perkins, Kimberlie; Nolan, Bernard T.

    2003-01-01

    Spatial variability of recharge in southern New Jersey was studied by sampling the unsat-urated zone at 48 sites distributed over approximately 930 square kilometers. Samples of unsaturated-zone sediment were collected during the summer and fall of 1996. Unsaturated flow was calculated using moisture-content data and estimates of conductivity and matric potential derived from sediment-size data. Matric forces were found to be important at about 70 percent of the sites despite the expectation that unsaturated flow in a humid climate is gravity driven. Upward water movement occurred at about 17 percent of the sites. The lower sediment layer at these sites consisted of sandy loam, indicating that upward movement can occur at depth only where the sediments are relatively fine-grained. At the other extreme, calculated flow at about 17 percent of the sites exceeded 250 centimeters per year. Because of the uncertainty inherent in unsaturated-flow calculations, the method provides only a scaling of recharge variability; however, the median calculated flow of 29.1 centimeters per year compares favorably with recharge estimates from previous water-budget studies. A map developed by spatial analysis of the recharge estimates identified an agricultural part of the study area where recharge was known to be low relative to recharge in other basins.

  16. Aqueous photolysis of niclosamide

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    Graebing, P.W.; Chib, J.S.; Hubert, T.D.; Gingerich, W.H.

    2004-01-01

    The photodegradation of [14C]niclosamide was studied in sterile, pH 5, 7, and 9 buffered aqueous solutions under artificial sunlight at 25.0 A? 1.0 A?C. Photolysis in pH 5 buffer is 4.3 times faster than in pH 9 buffer and 1.5 times faster than in pH 7 buffer. In the dark controls, niclosamide degraded only in the pH 5 buffer. After 360 h of continuous irradiation in pH 9 buffer, the chromatographic pattern of the degradates was the same regardless of which ring contained the radiolabel. An HPLC method was developed that confirmed these degradates to be carbon dioxide and two- and four-carbon aliphatic acids formed by cleavage of both aromatic rings. Carbon dioxide was the major degradate, comprising 40% of the initial radioactivity in the 360 h samples from both labels. The other degradates formed were oxalic acid, maleic acid, glyoxylic acid, and glyoxal. In addition, in the chloronitroaniline-labeled irradiated test solution, 2-chloro-4-nitroaniline was observed and identified after 48 h of irradiation but was not detected thereafter. No other aromatic compounds were isolated or observed in either labeled test system.

  17. Aqueous chemical wash compositions

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    Bannister, C.E.

    1987-07-21

    This patent describes an aqueous, substantially unfoamed chemical wash composition having properties making it suitable for use as a pre-flush in well cementing operations and/or for removal of drilling mud from a borehole at a temperature of from about 150/sup 0/F to about 270/sup 0/F, the wash a. being predominantly composed of water, b. containing an active surfactant component comprising a combination of (1) from about 0.1 to about 1.5 weight percent (total weight basis) of a water soluble anionic surfactant; (2) from about 0.1 to about 1.5 weight percent (total weight basis) of a nonionic surfactant; and (3) from about 0.05 to about 0.54 weight percent (total weight basis) of at least one water soluble amphoteric surfactant, and c. having dispersed therein a heterogeneous mixture of distinct particles comprising both a first particulate oil soluble resin which is friable and a second particulate oil soluble resin which is pliable and where the size of the friable resin particles ranges from about 0.5 to about 300 microns and the size of the pliable resin particles ranges from about 0.05 to about 30 microns. The amount of the friable-pliable resin mixture is sufficient to impart effective fluid loss control to the chemical wash composition.

  18. Hydrodynamics of aqueous humor outflow

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    Overby, Darryl Ray, 1974-

    2002-01-01

    Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) is a leading cause of irreversible blindness resulting from elevated intraocular pressure caused by a pathologic increase in the resistance to aqueous humor outflow from the eye. Currently, ...

  19. Aqueous Flow in Open-angle Glaucoma

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    Lill-Inger Larsson; Esther S. Rettig; Richard F. Brubaker

    2010-01-01

    ference when comparing aqueous flow during the day- time in subjects with open-angle glaucoma with that in con- trols. However, we did measure a higher aqueous flow at night in the group with open-angle glaucoma, compared with the normal group. The circadian rhythm of aqueous humor flow was present in the subjects with glaucoma. Conclusions: Aqueous flow is not suppressed

  20. Polyphase alloys as rechargeable electrodes in advanced battery systems

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    Huggins, Robert A.

    1987-01-01

    The rechargeability of electrochemical cells is often limited by negative electrode problems. These may include loss of capacity, increased impedance, macroscopic shape change, dendrite growth, or a tendency for filamentary or whisker growth. In principle, these problems can be reduced or eliminated by the use of alloys that undergo either displacement or insertion reactions at reactant species activities less than unity, rather than pure elements. The fundamental reasons for some of these problems with elemental electrodes, as well as the basic principles involved in the different behavior of alloys, are briefly discussed. More information is now available concerning the thermodynamic and kinetic properties of a number of alloys of potential interest for use as electrodes in elevated temperature lithium battery systems. Recent results have extended these results down to ambient temperatures, indicating that some such materials may be of interest for use with new low temperature molten salt electrolytes, or with organic solvent electrolytes. The all solid mixed conductor matrix concept is also reviewed.

  1. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy of lithium-titanium disulfide rechargeable cells

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    Narayanan, S. R.; Shen, D. H.; Surampudi, S.; Attia, A. I.; Halpert, G.

    1993-01-01

    The two-terminal alternating current impedance of Li/TiS2 rechargeable cells was studied as a function of frequency, state-of-charge, and extended cycling. Analysis based on a plausible equivalent circuit model for the Li/TiS2 cell leads to evaluation of kinetic parameters for the various physicochemical processes occurring at the electrode/electrolyte interfaces. To investigate the causes of cell degradation during extended cycling, the parameters evaluated for cells cycled 5 times were compared with the parameters of cells cycled over 600 times. The findings are that the combined ohmic resistance of the electrolyte and electrodes suffers a tenfold increase after extended cycling, while the charge-transfer resistance and diffusional impedance at the TiS2/electrolyte interface are not significantIy affected. The results reflect the morphological change and increase in area of the anode due to cycling. The study also shows that overdischarge of a cathode-limited cell causes a decrease in the diffusion coefficient of the lithium ion in the cathode.

  2. Anticandidal Activity and Biocompatibility of a Rechargeable Antifungal Denture Material

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    Villar, Cristina C.; Lin, Alan L.; Cao, Zhengbing; Zhao, Xiang-Ru; Wu, Li-An; Chen, Shuo; Sun, Yuyu; Yeh, Chih-Ko

    2013-01-01

    Objectives Candida-associated denture stomatitis is a recurrent and debilitating oral mucosal disease. Development of anticandidal denture materials represents a promising strategy to manage this condition. We have previously shown that miconazole incorporated in methacrylic acid (MAA) copolymerized diurethane dimethacrylate (UDMA) denture materials has long-term anticandidal activity. In this study, we examined the ability of culture medium conditioned with drug-free- or miconazole-MAA-UDMA discs to prevent Candida infection in an in vitro oral epithelial cell/Candida albicans co-culture system. Material and Methods Candida albicans (C. albicans) induced OKF6/TERT-2 cell damage was quantified by the release of lactate dehydrogenase from epithelial cells, cytokine production was quantified using protein cytokine arrays, and the expression of C. albicans genes was measured by RT-qPCR. Results C. albicans had limited growth with altered expression levels of secreted aspartyl proteinase-2 and -5 in culture medium conditioned by miconazole-MAA-UDMA discs. Significantly, the ability of C. albicans to induce oral epithelial cell damage and trigger epithelial proinflammatory cytokine production was also inhibited by miconazole disc conditioned media. Conclusion Miconazole released from MAA-UDMA denture materials effectively prevents the development of candidal infection in an in vitro oral epithelial system. Further characterization of this drug-rechargeable denture material is warranted. PMID:22957799

  3. Rechargeable aluminum batteries with conducting polymers as positive electrodes.

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    Hudak, Nicholas S.

    2013-12-01

    This report is a summary of research results from an Early Career LDRD project con-ducted from January 2012 to December 2013 at Sandia National Laboratories. Demonstrated here is the use of conducting polymers as active materials in the posi-tive electrodes of rechargeable aluminum-based batteries operating at room tempera-ture. The battery chemistry is based on chloroaluminate ionic liquid electrolytes, which allow reversible stripping and plating of aluminum metal at the negative elec-trode. Characterization of electrochemically synthesized polypyrrole films revealed doping of the polymers with chloroaluminate anions, which is a quasi-reversible reac-tion that facilitates battery cycling. Stable galvanostatic cycling of polypyrrole and polythiophene cells was demonstrated, with capacities at near-theoretical levels (30-100 mAh g-1) and coulombic efficiencies approaching 100%. The energy density of a sealed sandwich-type cell with polythiophene at the positive electrode was estimated as 44 Wh kg-1, which is competitive with state-of-the-art battery chemistries for grid-scale energy storage.

  4. Modeling soil moisture processes and recharge under a melting snowpack

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    Flint, A.L.; Flint, L.E.; Dettinger, M.D.

    2008-01-01

    Recharge into granitic bedrock under a melting snowpack is being investigated as part of a study designed to understand hydrologic processes involving snow at Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. Snowpack measurements, accompanied by water content and matric potential measurements of the soil under the snowpack, allowed for estimates of infiltration into the soil during snowmelt and percolation into the bedrock. During portions of the snowmelt period, infiltration rates into the soil exceeded the permeability of the bedrock and caused ponding to be sustained at the soil-bedrock interface. During a 5-d period with little measured snowmelt, drainage of the ponded water into the underlying fractured granitic bedrock was estimated to be 1.6 cm d?1, which is used as an estimate of bedrock permeability. The numerical simulator TOUGH2 was used to reproduce the field data and evaluate the potential for vertical flow into the fractured bedrock or lateral flow at the bedrock-soil interface. During most of the snowmelt season, the snowmelt rates were near or below the bedrock permeability. The field data and model results support the notion that snowmelt on the shallow soil overlying low permeability bedrock becomes direct infiltration unless the snowmelt rate greatly exceeds the bedrock permeability. Late in the season, melt rates are double that of the bedrock permeability (although only for a few days) and may tend to move laterally at the soil-bedrock interface downgradient and contribute directly to streamflow. ?? Soil Science Society of America.

  5. A single flow zinc//polyaniline suspension rechargeable battery

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    Zhao, Yongfu; Si, Shihui; Liao, Cui

    2013-11-01

    Both the electrochemical activity and the energy density of polyaniline (PANI) microparticles suspensions are enhanced by using the compact PANI powder, which is synthesized galvanostatically with 4,4?-diaminobiphenyl as additive. A Zn//PANI suspension rechargeable flow battery system is proposed, in which the flowable PANI suspension is used as cathode electroactive material, zinc plate as anode. A microporous membrane is used as separator to prevent PANI particles from getting into the anode compartment. Results obtained from the small laboratory battery show that the discharge capacity density gradually decreases with number of cycles and the average of discharge capacity loss during 32 cycles is about 0.07% per cycle. However, an average coulombic efficiency of 97% has been achieved at the current density of 20 mA cm-2 and the value of coulombic efficiency shows no significant change during 32 charge/discharge cycles. The flow-through mode for PANI cathode material enables the PANI-based battery to operate at a higher current density in comparison with the conventional Zn-PANI film batteries, and the present findings can mark a new route to improve the performance of conductive polymer-based energy storage devices.

  6. Rechargeable LiNiO2/carbon cells

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    Dahn, J. R.; von Sacken, U.; Juzkow, M. W.; Al-Janaby, H.

    1991-08-01

    Rechargeable cells can be made using two different intercalation compounds, in which the chemical potential of the intercalant differs by several eV, for the electrodes. The factors that play a role in the selection of appropriate lithium intercalation compounds for such cells are discussed. For the ease of cell assembly, the cathode should be stable in air when it is fully intercalated, like LiNiO2. For the anode, the chemical potential of the intercalated Li should be close to that of Li metal, like it is in Li(x)C6. The intercalation of Li in LiNiO2 is discussed, and then in petroleum coke. Then, it is shown that LiNiO2/coke cells have high energy density, long cycle life, excellent high-temperature performance, low self-discharge rates, can be repeatedly discharged to zero volts without damage, and are easily fabricated. It is considered that this type of cell shows far more promise for widespread applications than traditional secondary Li cells using metallic Li anodes.

  7. Rechargeable batteries: advances since 1977. [Collection of US patents

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    Graham, R.W. (ed.)

    1980-01-01

    This book is based on US patents (including DOE patents) issued since January 1978 that deal with rechargeable batteries. It both supplies detailed technical information and can be used as a guide to the patent literature. Subjects treated are as follows: lead-acid batteries (grids, electrodes, terminals and connectors, polyolefin separators, polyvinyl chloride separators, other polymeric separators, other separators, electrolytes, venting techniques, hydrogen-oxygen recombination, general construction and fabrication), lithium batteries (metal chalcogenide cathodes, chalcogenide electrolyte compositions, chalcogenide batteries, lithium anodes, cathodes, lithium-thionyl chloride batteries, lithium-bromine batteries, electrolyte additives and other processes), sodium-sulfur batteries (general battery design, sulfur electrodes, sealing and casing design, current collectors, other processes), alkaline zinc and iron electrode batteries (silver-zinc, nickel-zinc, air-zinc, other zinc electrode processes, iron electrode batteries), zinc-halogen batteries (electrodes, electrolyte additives, other zinc-halogen batteries, zinc-manganese dioxide acid electrolyte), nickel-cadmium and nickel-hydrogen batteries (nickel-cadmium electrodes, other processes for nickel-cadmium batteries, nickel-hydrogen electrodes, other processes for nickel-hydrogen batteries, other nickel-containing batteries), and other battery systems (battery systems and design, other processes). (RWR)

  8. Groundwater recharge patterns on hillslopes: exploring the role of soil depth, bedrock permeability, and lateral flow

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    Appels, W. M.; Graham, C. B.; McDonnell, J. J.

    2013-12-01

    The hillslope scale patterns of groundwater recharge are poorly known. On hillslopes with a thin soil mantle overlying bedrock, complex interactions of percolation of water through the soil, permeability contrasts between the soil and the underlying bedrock, and lateral redistribution of water result in large spatial variability of infiltration of water into the bedrock. Here, we combine new measurements and a new modeling approach to explore the following questions: what are the characteristics of the spatial patterns of soil depth, bedrock topography, and bedrock permeability on a hillslope?; and how do these patterns affect the spatial variability of groundwater recharge? We have put new measurements of permeability of the soil mantle and bedrock of the well-studied Panola Mountain experimental hillslope together with previously collected (sub)surface topography and soil depth data. We developed a conceptual model to explore how the recharge pattern varies during different precipitation events. With the geostatistical characteristics of the measured permeability, we generated spatial fields of bedrock permeability for the entire hillslope. We performed model simulations with these random fields and evaluated the resulting spatial distribution of groundwater recharge during individual and series of rainfall events. We found that the average amount of recharge into the bedrock was determined by the ratio between the rate of water delivery through the soil and over the soil-bedrock interface and the bedrock permeability. On the timescale of a single rainfall event, deviations from the average recharge rates were caused by soil depth and local variations of bedrock permeability. When considering a series of rainfall events, a larger fraction of the total rainfall was now delivered at lower rates to the soil-bedrock interface, resulting in a smoother groundwater recharge pattern. Higher groundwater recharge rates were found where lateral flow along the soil-bedrock interface concentrated. Not all areas of concentrated lateral flow on the hillslope featured higher groundwater recharge volumes, because run-on along the soil-bedrock interface was not uniformly generated on the hillslope. Changing the characteristic length of the spatial pattern of bedrock permeability resulted in a different positioning and extent of patches of increased groundwater recharge on the Panola hillslope.

  9. Use of environmental isotope tracer and GIS techniques to estimate basin recharge

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Odunmbaku, Abdulganiu A. A.

    The extensive use of ground water only began with the advances in pumping technology at the early portion of 20th Century. Groundwater provides the majority of fresh water supply for municipal, agricultural and industrial uses, primarily because of little to no treatment it requires. Estimating the volume of groundwater available in a basin is a daunting task, and no accurate measurements can be made. Usually water budgets and simulation models are primarily used to estimate the volume of water in a basin. Precipitation, land surface cover and subsurface geology are factors that affect recharge; these factors affect percolation which invariably affects groundwater recharge. Depending on precipitation, soil chemistry, groundwater chemical composition, gradient and depth, the age and rate of recharge can be estimated. This present research proposes to estimate the recharge in Mimbres, Tularosa and Diablo Basin using the chloride environmental isotope; chloride mass-balance approach and GIS. It also proposes to determine the effect of elevation on recharge rate. Mimbres and Tularosa Basin are located in southern New Mexico State, and extend southward into Mexico. Diablo Basin is located in Texas in extends southward. This research utilizes the chloride mass balance approach to estimate the recharge rate through collection of groundwater data from wells, and precipitation. The data were analysed statistically to eliminate duplication, outliers, and incomplete data. Cluster analysis, piper diagram and statistical significance were performed on the parameters of the groundwater; the infiltration rate was determined using chloride mass balance technique. The data was then analysed spatially using ArcGIS10. Regions of active recharge were identified in Mimbres and Diablo Basin, but this could not be clearly identified in Tularosa Basin. CMB recharge for Tularosa Basin yields 0.04037mm/yr (0.0016in/yr), Diablo Basin was 0.047mm/yr (0.0016 in/yr), and 0.2153mm/yr (0.00848in/yr) for Mimbres Basin. The elevation where active recharge occurs was determined to be 1,500m for Mimbres and Tularosa Basin and 1,200m for Diablo Basin. The results obtained in this study were consistent with result obtained by other researchers working in basins with similar semiarid mountainous conditions, thereby validating the applicability of CMB in the three basins. Keywords: Recharge, chloride mass balance, elevation, Mimbres, Tularosa, Diablo, Basin, GIS, chloride, elevation.

  10. Chloride mass-balance method for estimating ground water recharge in arid areas: Examples from western Saudi Arabia

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    Bazuhair, A.S.; Wood, W.W.

    1996-01-01

    The chloride mass-balance method, which integrates time and aerial distribution of ground water recharge, was applied to small alluvial aquifers in the wadi systems of the Asir and Hijaz mountains in western Saudi Arabia. This application is an extension of the method shown to be suitable for estimating recharge in regional aquifers in semi-arid areas. Because the method integrates recharge in time and space it appears to be, with certain assumptions, particularly well suited for and areas with large temporal and spatial variation in recharge. In general, recharge was found to be between 3 to 4% of precipitation - a range consistent with recharge rates found in other arid and semi-arid areas of the earth.

  11. Artificial-recharge tests in Upper Black Squirrel Creek basin, Jimmy Camp Valley, and Fountain Valley, El Paso County, Colorado

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Emmons, P.J.

    1977-01-01

    Artificial-recharge tests were conducted in the alluvium in upper Black Squirrel Creek basin, the alluvium in Jimmy Camp Valley, and in the alluvium overlying the Widefield aquifer which is located in an ancestral channel in Fountain Valley, Colo. Nine artificial-recharge pits with areas of approximately 9,200 square feet each were excavated in the unsaturated zones above the three aquifers. Each artificial-recharge site was instrumented to measure inflow, stage fluctuations, and water-table fluctuations. Artificial-recharge tests of approximately 10 days ' duration were conducted at each of the nine artificial-recharge sites and one extended test of approximately 30 days ' duration was conducted in each of the three study areas. Periphyton growth, present in most of the artificial-recharge ponds, was insufficient to cause noticeable decline in the rate of infiltration. (Woodard-USGS)

  12. Detailed Guidelines for Recharge Activities and Rates This document applies to the operation, conduct and approval of recharge activities for service

    E-print Network

    Ferrara, Katherine W.

    develop rates that recover all the direct costs of the recharge activity and, when appropriate, indirect costs. 2. Direct and Indirect Costs a. Direct Costs: Rates are based on estimates of direct costs. Rates record the full costs (including the subsidy) for the activity in an identifiable account. #12;8. Units

  13. Effects of a Changing Climate on Seasonal Variation in Natural Recharge of Unconfined Coastal Aquifers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Antonellini, Marco; Nella Mollema, Pauline

    2013-04-01

    Irregular rainfall patterns throughout the year result in the discontinuous natural recharge of coastal aquifers, which has an effect on the size of freshwater lenses present in sandy deposits. The thickness of the freshwater lenses is important in the context of farmland salinization and coastal ecosystems survival. This study presents numerical models that simulate continuous and discontinuous recharge in sandy coastal aquifers and the thickness of resulting fresh water lenses under current and future climate scenarios. Temperature data for the period 1960-1990 from LOCCLIM FAO and from the IPCC SRES A1b scenario for 2070-2100, have been used to calculate the potential evapotranspiration. Potential recharge was defined as the difference between the precipitation and potential evapotranspiration in twelve locations around the world: Ameland (The Netherlands), Auckland and Wellington (New Zealand), Hong Kong, Ravenna (Italy), Mekong (Vietnam), Mumbai (India), New Jersey (USA), Nile Delta (Egypt), Kobe and Tokyo (Japan), and Singapore. These locations have shallow coastal aquifers along low lying coasts and comparable aquifer structure, which is the result of similar sediment supply and deposition in the Holocene as well as by the sea level changes from the last ice age to the present time. Particular attention has been paid to temporal variations of natural recharge that can vary from continuous recharge throughout the year to discontinuous recharge. The most dramatic reduction in the magnitude of potential annual recharge by the end of this century will occur at lower latitudes (Mumbai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Mekong). The most pronounced change in length of the dry period occurs for Kobe (Japan) and Singapore even though the total annual amount of recharge remains practically the same. The Influence of variable recharge on the size of freshwater lenses surrounded by saline water is simulated with the SEAWAT model. Models where the recharge is applied continuously throughout the year result in thicker freshwater lenses than models with the same amount of potential recharge applied discontinuously. This difference between the discontinuous and the continuous model is relatively small in areas where the total annual recharge is low (Wellington NZ, Ravenna IT, Ameland NL) but in places with Monsoon-dominated climate as Mumbai, the difference is large. Under the IPCC A1b climate scenario, only Tokyo and Singapore appear to change from a continuous to a discontinuous recharge regime whereas in the other locations there is merely a change in the amount of annual recharge, mostly reducing the size of the freshwater lenses (Ameland, Mekong, Mumbai, Hong Kong and Ravenna). In low latitudes settings such as Mumbai, Mekong Delta, and Hong Kong, this change is more dramatic with large losses of freshwater. This study shows that it is important to consider seasonal variations in temperature and precipitation in water resources management in the coastal zone, especially in view of climatic change.

  14. On the Prediction of Ground-Water Mound Formation in Response to Transient Recharge from a Circular Basin

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. N. Rai; D. V. Ramana; R. N. Singh

    1998-01-01

    An analytical solution of the linearized Boussinesq equation is developed to predict the formation of a ground-water mound in an aquifer system in response to localized time-varying recharge. The recharge is applied from a centrally located circular basin. The solution is obtained using an eigenvalue-eigenfunction method. The solution for a constant recharge rate is shown as a special case of

  15. The impact of intensive groundwater abstraction on recharge to a shallow regional aquifer system: evidence from Bangladesh

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Mohammad Shamsudduha; Richard G. Taylor; Kazi M. Ahmed; Anwar Zahid

    2011-01-01

    Quantitative evaluations of the impact of groundwater abstraction on recharge are rare. Over a period (1975–2007) during which\\u000a groundwater abstraction increased dramatically in the Bengal Basin, changes in net groundwater recharge in Bangladesh are\\u000a assessed using the water-table fluctuation method. Mean annual groundwater recharge is shown to be higher (300–600 mm) in\\u000a northwestern and southwestern areas of Bangladesh than in southeastern

  16. Dependency of hydrologic responses and recharge estimates on water-level monitoring locations within a small catchment

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jin-Yong Lee; Myeong-Jae Yi; Daekyoo Hwang

    2005-01-01

    Estimation of groundwater recharge is essential for planning sustainable groundwater development. In this study, recharge\\u000a ratios were estimated using the groundwater hydrographs obtained from monitoring wells located in a small catchment (0.256\\u000a km2). The catchment area is a triangular alluvial plain bounded by gentle hills and a large stream. For the recharge estimation,\\u000a the modified water-table fluctuation (WTF) method was

  17. The character of organic carbon in recharge water and arsenic mobilization in Bangladesh aquifers

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    Pracht, L. E.; Fussell, A. H.; Polizzotto, M.; Badruzzaman, A. M.; Ali, M. A.; Neumann, R. B.

    2012-12-01

    In Bangladesh, arsenic-contaminated groundwater, used for both drinking and irrigation supplies, negatively affects the health of millions of people. Past work at our site in Munshiganj suggests that current patterns of arsenic concentration in the aquifer are related to groundwater flow and recharge chemistry. Constructed ponds and groundwater-irrigated rice fields serve as the primary aquifer recharge sources, with pond recharge evolving into high-arsenic groundwater and rice field recharge evolving into low-arsenic groundwater. The composition of these water types vary in concentrations and character of dissolved organic carbon, a presumed key component in the mechanism of arsenic release from sediments. Here we present results from an experiment-based laboratory study that directly tests the role of organic carbon character and bioavailability on arsenic mobilization. Incubation experiments using sediment samples collected from Bangladesh and waters with different carbon sources (e.g., pond and rice field recharge water and artificial water with model carbon compounds) were conducted to show the phase transformations carbon undergoes during arsenic mobilization processes, to isolate the carbon components and characteristics most responsible for mobilization reactions, and to investigate the importance of secondary chemical constituents for completion of these physiochemical reactions. Water, gas, and sediment samples collected from the incubations were analyzed for nutrient, metal, anion, and carbon concentrations, as well as carbon character. The results clarify the chemical components most critical in arsenic mobilization and provide insight into the in situ chemical reactions occurring in the aquifer. Moreover, this better chemical understanding helps elucidate the potential impact of altered recharge patterns and recharge chemistry on arsenic concentrations of Bangladeshi groundwater supplies.

  18. A critical assessment of simple recharge models: application to the UK Chalk

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    Ireson, A. M.; Butler, A. P.

    2013-06-01

    Quantification of the timing and magnitude of point-scale groundwater recharge is challenging, but possible at specific sites given sufficient high spatial and temporal resolution field observations, and a suitable physically based model. Such models are generally too computationally intensive and have too many unknown parameters to be practically applicable within distributed, larger-scale hydrological or groundwater models. This motivates the need for simpler recharge models, which are widely used within groundwater models. However, it is important that these models are able to capture adequately the unsaturated zone flow processes. We perform an inter-comparison of recharge simulated by a detailed physically based model and a simple recharge model, with both models applied to a field site in the fractured porous Chalk in the UK. Flow processes are simulated convincingly using a dual permeability, equivalent continuum, vertically heterogeneous, Richards' equation model, applied to a 2-D hillslope transect. A simple conventional recharge model was then calibrated to reproduce the water table response simulated by the physically based model. The performance in reproducing the water table was surprisingly good, given the known discrepancies between the actual processes and the model representation. However, comparisons of recharge fluxes simulated by each model highlighted problems with the process representations in the simple model. Specifically, bypass flow events during the summer were compensating for recharge that should have come from slow, continual drainage of the unsaturated zone. Such a model may still be useful for assessment of groundwater resources on a monthly basis, under non-extreme climatic conditions. However, under extreme wet or dry conditions, or under a changed climate the predictive capacity of such models is likely to be inadequate.

  19. Recharge of valley-fill aquifers in the glaciated northeast from upland runoff

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    Williams, J.H.; Morrissey, D.J.

    1996-01-01

    Channeled and unchanneled runoff from till-covered bedrock uplands is a major source of recharge to valley-fill aquifers in the glaciated northeastern United States. Streamflow measurements and model simulation of average steady-state conditions indicate that upland runoff accounted for more recharge to two valley-fill aquifers in moderately high topographic-relief settings than did direct infiltration of precipitation. Recharge from upland runoff to a modeled valley-fill aquifer in an area of lower relief was significant but less than that from direct infiltration of precipitation. The amount of upland runoff available for recharging valley-fill aquifers in the glaciated Northeast ranges from about 1.5 to 2.5 cubic feet per second per square mile of drainage area that borders the aquifer. Stream losses from tributaries that drain the uplands commonly range from 0.3 to 1.5 cubic feet per second per 1,000 feet of wetted channel where the tributaries cross alluvial fans in the main valleys. Recharge of valley-fill aquifers from channeled runoff was estimated from measured losses and average runoff rates and was represented in aquifer models as specified fluxes or simulated by head-dependent fluxes with streamflow routing in the model cells that represent the tributary streams. Unchanneled upland runoff, which includes overland and subsurface flow, recharges the valley-fill aquifers at the contact between the aquifer and uplands near the base of the bordering till-covered hillslopes. Recharge from unchanneled runoff was estimated from average runoff rates and the hillslope area that borders the aquifer and was represented as specified fluxes to model-boundary cells along the valley walls.

  20. Borehole environmental tracers for evaluating net infiltration and recharge through desert bedrock

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    Heilweil, V.M.; Solomon, D.K.; Gardner, P.M.

    2006-01-01

    Permeable bedrock aquifers in arid regions are being increasingly developed as water supplies, yet little is generally known about recharge processes and spatial and temporal variability. Environmental tracers from boreholes were used in this study to investigate net infiltration and recharge to the fractured Navajo Sandstone aquifer. Vadose zone tracer profiles at the Sand Hollow study site in southwestern Utah look similar to those of desert soils at other sites, indicating the predominance of matrix flow. However, recharge rates are generally higher in the Navajo Sandstone than in unconsolidated soils in similar climates because the sandstone matrix allows water movement but not root penetration. Water enters the vadose zone either as direct infiltration of precipitation through exposed sandstone and sandy soils or as focused infiltration of runoff. Net infiltration and recharge exhibit extreme spatial variability. High-recharge borehole sites generally have large amounts of vadose zone tritium, low chloride concentrations, and small vadose zone oxygen-18 evaporative shifts. Annual net-infiltration and recharge rates at different locations range from about 1 to 60 mm as determined using vadose zone tritium, 0 to 15 mm using vadose zone chloride, and 3 to 60 mm using groundwater chloride. Environmental tracers indicate a cyclical net-infiltration and recharge pattern, with higher rates earlier in the Holocene and lower rates during the late Holocene, and a return to higher rates during recent decades associated with anomalously high precipitation during the latter part of the 20th century. The slightly enriched stable isotopic composition of modern groundwater indicates this recent increase in precipitation may be caused by a stronger summer monsoon or winter southern Pacific El Nin??o storm track. ?? Soil Science Society of America.