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Sample records for postulated core melt

  1. Investigations on the Melt Gate Ablation by Ex-Vessel Core Melts in the KAPOOL Experiments

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    Eppinger, Beatrix; Schmidt-Stiefel, Sike; Tromm, Walter

    2002-07-01

    In future Light Water Reactors (LWR) containment failure should be prevented even for very unlikely core meltdown sequences with reactor pressure vessel (RPV) failure. In the case of such a postulated core meltdown accident in a future LWR the ex-vessel melt shall be retained and cooled in a special compartment inside the containment to exclude significant radioactive release to the environment. In such a case, a gate has to be designed to allow the melt release from the reactor cavity into the compartment. A series of transient experiments has been performed to investigate the melt gate ablation using iron and alumina melts as a simulant for the corium melt. The results of the KAPOOL tests are analyzed with the HEATING5 code in order to evaluate realistic cases of internally heated corium melts and melt gates with the same theoretical tool. (authors)

  2. Partial Melting in the Inner Core

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    Hernlund, J. W.

    2014-12-01

    The inner core boundary (ICB) is often considered to be permeable to flow, because solid iron could melt as it upwells across the ICB. Such a mechanism has been proposed to accompany inner core convective processes (including translation from a freezing to melting hemisphere), and has also been invoked to explain the formation of a dense Fe-rich liquid F-layer above the ICB. However, the conceptions of ICB melting invoked thus far are extremely simplistic, and neglect the many lessons learned from melting in other geological contexts. Owing to some degree of solid solution in relatively incompatible light alloys in solid iron, the onset of melting in the inner core will likely occur as a partial melt, with the liquid being enriched in these light alloys relative to the co-existing solid. Such a partial melt is then subject to upward migration/percolation out of the solid matrix owing to the buoyancy of melt relative to solid. Removal of melt and viscous compaction of the pore space results in an iron-enriched dense solid, whose negative buoyancy will oppose whatever buoyancy forces initially gave rise to upwelling. Either the negative buoyancy will balance these other forces and cause upwelling to cease, or else the solid will become so depleted in light alloys that it is unable to undergo further melting. Thus a proper accounting of partial melting results in a very different melting regime in the inner core, and suppression of upwelling across the ICB. Any fluid that is able to escape into the outer core from inner core partial melting will likely be buoyant because in order to be a melt it should be enriched in incompatiable alloys relative to whatever is freezing at the ICB. Therefore inner core melting is unlikely to contribute to the formation of an F-layer, but instead will tend to de-stabilize it. I will present models that illustrate these processes, and propose that the F-layer is a relic of incomplete mixing of the core during Earth's final stages of formation. Such models imply that the inner core may be somewhat older than models in which it crystallizes from a homogeneous outer core, although without any significant benefits for driving the geodynamo.

  3. Core-melt source reduction system

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    Forsberg, Charles W. (Oak Ridge, TN); Beahm, Edward C. (Oak Ridge, TN); Parker, George W. (Concord, TN)

    1995-01-01

    A core-melt source reduction system for ending the progression of a molten core during a core-melt accident and resulting in a stable solid cool matrix. The system includes alternating layers of a core debris absorbing material and a barrier material. The core debris absorbing material serves to react with and absorb the molten core such that containment overpressurization and/or failure does not occur. The barrier material slows the progression of the molten core debris through the system such that the molten core has sufficient time to react with the core absorbing material. The system includes a provision for cooling the glass/molten core mass after the reaction such that a stable solid cool matrix results.

  4. Core-melt source reduction system

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    Forsberg, C.W.; Beahm, E.C.; Parker, G.W.

    1995-04-25

    A core-melt source reduction system for ending the progression of a molten core during a core-melt accident and resulting in a stable solid cool matrix. The system includes alternating layers of a core debris absorbing material and a barrier material. The core debris absorbing material serves to react with and absorb the molten core such that containment overpressurization and/or failure does not occur. The barrier material slows the progression of the molten core debris through the system such that the molten core has sufficient time to react with the core absorbing material. The system includes a provision for cooling the glass/molten core mass after the reaction such that a stable solid cool matrix results. 4 figs.

  5. Melt propagation in dry core debris beds

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    Dosanjh, S.S. )

    1989-10-01

    During severe light water reactor accidents like Three Mile Island Unit 2, the fuel rods can fragment and thus convert the reactor core into a large particle bed. The postdryout meltdown of such debris beds is examined. A two-dimensional model that considers the presence of oxidic (UO{sub 2} and ZrO{sub 2}) as well as metallic (e.g., zirconium) constituents is developed. Key results are that a dense metallic crust is created near the bottom of the bed as molten materials flow downward and freeze; liquid accumulates above the blockage and, if zirconium is present, the pool grows rapidly as molten zirconium dissolved both UO{sub 2} and ZrO{sub 2} particles; if the melt wets the solid, a fraction of the melt flows radially outward under the action of capillary forces and freezes near the radial boundary; in a nonwetting system, all of the melt flows into the bottom of the bed; and when zirconium and iron are in intimate contact and the zirconium metal atomic fraction is > 0.33, these metals can liquefy and flow out of the bed very early in the meltdown sequence.

  6. Study of fission product loaded aerosols from core melting experiments

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    Moers, H.; Dillard, J. G.; Klewe-Nebenius, H.; Kirch, G.; Pfennig, G.; Ache, H. J.

    A severe nuclear reactor accident may result in the meltdown of the reactor core. The formation of the core melt is accompanied by the appearance of aerosols consisting of vaporized and recondensed core constituents. The investigation of aerosol samples, which were generated in a laboratory scale core melting experiment and collected during a temperature range Of 1200-1900°C of the melting charge, was performed using X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and revealed silver, cadmium, indium, tellurium, iodine and cesium as constituents of the aerosol surface. The metal components were present as either oxides or hydroxides with the exception of silver, which remained in its metallic state.

  7. Steam explosions of single drops of core-melt simulants

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    Nelson, L.S. ); Hyndman, D.A.; Duda, P.M. )

    1991-01-01

    We have studied triggering of fuel-coolant interactions, the work performed against the surrounding coolant during the interaction, and the generation of hydrogen produced by melt-water chemical reactions with laboratory-scale experiments. We used single drops of three core- melt simulants: (a) molten stoichiometric thermite-generated iron- aluminum oxide melts to simulate the core-melt material that might be produced in the severe accident of an oxide-fueled reactor; (b) molten aluminum to simulate melt that might be produced in the severe accident of a nonpower reactor; and (c) an intermediate material, aluminum-enriched iron-aluminum oxide thermite, that might simulate severe meltdown of an oxide-metal dispersion fuel (cermet). As a result of these experiments, we have concluded that the peak pressure (or impulse) of the transient is not a governing parameter for the triggering of steam explosions of single drops of melt. We have observed maximum pressure-volume work outputs produced by the aluminum-rich and stoichiometric thermite melts of about 70 and 25 J/g of melt; the corresponding values for molten aluminum at 1273 and 1473 K are about 14 and 21 J/g of melt. The extent of metal-water reaction for the stoichiometric and aluminized melts were 13 and 19%. The aluminum melts at 1273 and 1473 K produced approximately 1 and 3% metal-water reaction. 5 refs., 7 figs.

  8. Melting of MORB at core-mantle boundary

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    Pradhan, Gopal K.; Fiquet, Guillaume; Siebert, Julien; Auzende, Anne-Line; Morard, Guillaume; Antonangeli, Daniele; Garbarino, Gaston

    2015-12-01

    We investigated the melting properties of natural mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) up to core-mantle boundary (CMB) pressures using laser-heated diamond anvil cell. Textural and chemical characterizations of quenched samples were performed by analytical transmission electron microscopy. We used in situ X-ray diffraction primarily for phase identification whereas our melting criterion based on laser power versus temperature plateau combined with textural analysis of recovered solidus and subsolidus samples is accurate and unambiguous. At CMB pressure (135 GPa), the MORB solidus temperature is 3970 (± 150) K. Quenched melt textures observed in recovered samples indicate that CaSiO3 perovskite (CaPv) is the liquidus phase in the entire pressure range up to CMB. The partial melt composition derived from the central melt pool is enriched in FeO, which suggests that such melt pockets may be gravitationally stable at the core mantle boundary.

  9. Melting of Iron Close to the Inner Core Boundary Pressure

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    Kraus, R. G.; Coppari, F.; Fratanduono, D. E.; Eggert, J.; Collins, G. W.

    2014-12-01

    The melting curve of iron at the pressure of the inner core boundary places a strong constraint on the thermal profile within the Earth, the heat flux to the mantle, and also the power to drive the geodynamo. Recent static diamond anvil cell measurements by Anzellini et al. 2013 have accurately measured the melting curve of iron to 200 GPa, which is a tremendous improvement in the available data but is still only 60% of the pressure at the inner core boundary, and thus requires significant extrapolation. Nguyen and Holmes, 2004, have used the sound velocity technique to measure the melting transition on the principal Hugoniot, up to 270 GPa, but some still believe that sound velocity is not an accurate diagnostic of melting as it detects a loss of strength and also that kinetics can mitigate the utility of dynamic melting techniques. Here we use in-situ x-ray diffraction to unambiguously measure the melting transition on the principal Hugoniot of iron to 270 GPa. We also show that iron melts from the hcp phase at pressures up to 270 GPa, which is significantly closer to the inner core boundary than any previous melting curve measurement capable of phase discrimination. From comparison of our measurements to those of Nguyen and Holmes, we show that sound velocity measurements can accurately constrain the melting curve and that the kinetics of melting iron are faster than both laser shock and gas gun experimental timescales. Thereby, dynamic techniques should be trusted for probing the melting curve of metals and they also offer the greatest opportunity to probe the melting curve of iron at the pressure of the inner core boundary and also the higher pressures achieved within the interiors of super-Earths. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  10. Separation of melting and environmental signals in an ice core with seasonal melt

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    Moore, John

    for these periods all differ significantly, reflecting complex changes in environmental conditions. Thus the core N, 17° 250 3000 E, 1255 m a.s.l.). Total ice depth from radar sounding was 123 m, and the site et al., 2002]. Extensive shallow coring and snow pits indicate that any summer melt water is refrozen

  11. Core melt/coolant interactions: modelling. [PWR; BWR

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    Berman, M.; McGlaun, J.M.; Corradini, M.L.

    1983-01-01

    If there is not adequate cooling water in the core of a light-water reactor (LWR), the fission product decay heat would eventually cause the reactor fuel and cladding to melt. This could lead to slumping of the molten core materials into the lower plenum of the reactor vessel, possibly followed by failure of the vessel wall and pouring of the molten materials into the reactor cavity. When the molten core materials enter either region, there is a strong possibility of molten core contacting water. This paper focuses on analysis of recent FITS experiments, mechanistic and probabilistic model development, and the application of these models to reactor considerations.

  12. Melting of subducted basalt at the core-mantle boundary.

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    Andrault, Denis; Pesce, Giacomo; Bouhifd, Mohamed Ali; Bolfan-Casanova, Nathalie; Hénot, Jean-Marc; Mezouar, Mohamed

    2014-05-23

    The geological materials in Earth's lowermost mantle control the characteristics and interpretation of seismic ultra-low velocity zones at the base of the core-mantle boundary. Partial melting of the bulk lower mantle is often advocated as the cause, but this does not explain the nonubiquitous character of these regional seismic features. We explored the melting properties of mid-oceanic ridge basalt (MORB), which can reach the lowermost mantle after subduction of oceanic crust. At a pressure representative of the core-mantle boundary (135 gigapascals), the onset of melting occurs at ~3800 kelvin, which is ~350 kelvin below the mantle solidus. The SiO2-rich liquid generated either remains trapped in the MORB material or solidifies after reacting with the surrounding MgO-rich mantle, remixing subducted MORB with the lowermost mantle. PMID:24855266

  13. Melting the core of giant planets: impact on tidal dissipation

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    Mathis, S.

    2015-12-01

    Giant planets are believed to host central dense rocky/icy cores that are key actors in the core-accretion scenario for their formation. In the same time, some of their components are unstable in the temperature and pressure regimes of central regions of giant planets and only ab-initio EOS computations can address the question of the state of matter. In this framework, several works demonstrated that erosion and redistribution of core materials in the envelope must be taken into account. These complex mechanisms thus may deeply modify giant planet interiors for which signatures of strong tidal dissipation have been obtained for Jupiter and Saturn. The best candidates to explain this dissipation are the viscoelastic dissipation in the central dense core and turbulent friction acting on tidal inertial waves in their fluid convective envelope. In this work, we study the consequences of the possible melting of central regions for the efficiency of each of these mechanisms.

  14. Termination of light-water reactor core-melt accidents with a chemical core catcher: the core-melt source reduction system (COMSORS)

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    Forsberg, C.W.; Parker, G.W.; Rudolph, J.C.; Osborne-Lee, I.W.; Kenton, M.A.

    1996-09-01

    The Core-Melt Source Reduction System (COMSORS) is a new approach to terminate light-water reactor core melt accidents and ensure containment integrity. A special dissolution glass is placed under the reactor vessel. If core debris is released onto the glass, the glass melts and the debris dissolves into the molten glass, thus creating a homogeneous molten glass. The molten glass, with dissolved core debris, spreads into a wide pool, distributing the heat for removal by radiation to the reactor cavity above or by transfer to water on top of the molten glass. Expected equilibrium glass temperatures are approximately 600 degrees C. The creation of a low-temperature, homogeneous molten glass with known geometry permits cooling of the glass without threatening containment integrity. This report describes the technology, initial experiments to measure key glass properties, and modeling of COMSORS operations.

  15. Risk reduction of core-melt accidents in advaned CAPRA burner cores

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    Maschek, W.; Struwe, D.; Eigemann, M.

    1997-12-01

    As part of the CAPRA Program (Consommation Accrue de Plutonium dans les RApides) the feasibility of fast reactors is investigated to burn plutonium and also to destruct minor actinides. The design of CAPRA cores shows significant differences compared to conventional cores. Especially the high Pu-enrichment has an important influence on the core melt-down behavior and the associated recriticality risk. To cope with this risk, inherent design features and special measures/devices are investigated for their potential of early fuel discharge to reduce the criticality of the reactor core. An assessment of such measures/devices is given and experimental needs are formulated. 11 refs., 5 figs.

  16. Ion fractionation and percolation in ice cores with seasonal melting John C. Moore*, Aslak Grinsted **

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    Moore, John

    and with the type of data that was expected to come from ice caps with seasonal melt. The objective of this paperIon fractionation and percolation in ice cores with seasonal melting John C. Moore*, Aslak Grinsted that suffer limited seasonal melting. We show that the impact in the case of at least one Svalbard ice core

  17. Effect of periodic melting on geochemical and isotopic signals in an ice core from Lomonosovfonna, Svalbard

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    Moore, John

    Effect of periodic melting on geochemical and isotopic signals in an ice core from Lomonosovfonna in an ice core taken from a periodically melting ice field, Lomonosovfonna in central Spitsbergen, Svalbard. The aim is to determine the degree to which the signals are altered by periodic melting of the ice. We use

  18. Source-term evaluations from recent core-melt experiments

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    Parker, G.W.; Creek, G.E.; Sutton, A.L. Jr.

    1985-01-01

    Predicted consequences of hypothetical severe reactor accidents resulting in core meltdown appear to be too conservatively projected because of the simplistic concepts often assumed for the intricate and highly variable phenomena involved. Recent demonstration work on a modest scale (1-kg) has already revealed significant variations in the mode and temperature for clad failure, in the rates of formation of zirconium alloys, in the nature of the UO/sub 2/-ZrO/sub 2/ eutectic mixtures, and in aerosol generation rates. The current series of core-melt demonstration experiments (at the 10-kg scale) seem to confirm that an increase in size of the meltdown mass will lead to an even further reduction in the amount of vaporized components. Source terms that are based on older release evaluations could be up to an order of magnitude too large. 6 refs., 6 figs., 2 tabs.

  19. Melting of iron at Earth's inner core boundary based on fast X-ray diffraction.

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    Anzellini, S; Dewaele, A; Mezouar, M; Loubeyre, P; Morard, G

    2013-04-26

    Earth's core is structured in a solid inner core, mainly composed of iron, and a liquid outer core. The temperature at the inner core boundary is expected to be close to the melting point of iron at 330 gigapascal (GPa). Despite intensive experimental and theoretical efforts, there is little consensus on the melting behavior of iron at these extreme pressures and temperatures. We present static laser-heated diamond anvil cell experiments up to 200 GPa using synchrotron-based fast x-ray diffraction as a primary melting diagnostic. When extrapolating to higher pressures, we conclude that the melting temperature of iron at the inner core boundary is 6230 ± 500 kelvin. This estimation favors a high heat flux at the core-mantle boundary with a possible partial melting of the mantle. PMID:23620049

  20. Core formation by giant impacts: Conditions for intact melt region formation

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    Tonks, W. B.; Melosh, H. J.

    1993-01-01

    Among the many effects of high-speed, giant impacts is widescale melting that can potentially trigger catastrophic core formation. If the projectile is sufficiently large, the melt pools to form an intact melt region. The dense phase then segregates from the melt, forming a density anomoly at the melt region's base. If the anomoly produces a differential stress larger than a certain minimum, it overcomes the mantle's long-term elastic strength and rapidly forms a core. It was previously shown that giant impacts effectively trigger core formation in silicate bodies by the time they grow to the mass of Mercury and in icy bodies by the time they grow larger than Triton. In order for this process to be viable, an intact melt region must be formed. Conditions under which this occurs is examined in more detail than previously published.

  1. Water isotopic ratios from a continuously melted ice core sample

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    Gkinis, V; Blunier, T; Bigler, M; Schüpbach, S; Kettner, E; Johnsen, S J

    2014-01-01

    A new technique for on-line high resolution isotopic analysis of liquid water, tailored for ice core studies is presented. We built an interface between a Wavelength Scanned Cavity Ring Down Spectrometer (WS-CRDS) purchased from Picarro Inc. and a Continuous Flow Analysis (CFA) system. The system offers the possibility to perform simultaneous water isotopic analysis of $\\delta^{18}$O and $\\delta$D on a continuous stream of liquid water as generated from a continuously melted ice rod. Injection of sub ${\\mu}$l amounts of liquid water is achieved by pumping sample through a fused silica capillary and instantaneously vaporizing it with 100% efficiency in a home made oven. A calibration procedure allows for proper reporting of the data on the VSMOW--SLAP scale. Application of spectral methods yields the combined uncertainty of the system at below 0.1 permil and 0.5 permil for $\\delta^{18}$O and $\\delta$D, respectively. This performance is comparable to that achieved with mass spectrometry. Dispersion of the sampl...

  2. Ex-Vessel Core Melt Modeling Comparison between MELTSPREAD-CORQUENCH and MELCOR 2.1

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    Robb, Kevin R.; Farmer, Mitchell; Francis, Matthew W.

    2014-03-01

    System-level code analyses by both United States and international researchers predict major core melting, bottom head failure, and corium-concrete interaction for Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 (1F1). Although system codes such as MELCOR and MAAP are capable of capturing a wide range of accident phenomena, they currently do not contain detailed models for evaluating some ex-vessel core melt behavior. However, specialized codes containing more detailed modeling are available for melt spreading such as MELTSPREAD as well as long-term molten corium-concrete interaction (MCCI) and debris coolability such as CORQUENCH. In a preceding study, Enhanced Ex-Vessel Analysis for Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1: Melt Spreading and Core-Concrete Interaction Analyses with MELTSPREAD and CORQUENCH, the MELTSPREAD-CORQUENCH codes predicted the 1F1 core melt readily cooled in contrast to predictions by MELCOR. The user community has taken notice and is in the process of updating their systems codes; specifically MAAP and MELCOR, to improve and reduce conservatism in their ex-vessel core melt models. This report investigates why the MELCOR v2.1 code, compared to the MELTSPREAD and CORQUENCH 3.03 codes, yield differing predictions of ex-vessel melt progression. To accomplish this, the differences in the treatment of the ex-vessel melt with respect to melt spreading and long-term coolability are examined. The differences in modeling approaches are summarized, and a comparison of example code predictions is provided.

  3. CORMLT modeling of severe fuel damage in postulated accidents

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    Denny, V.E.; Mertol, A.; Sehgal, B.R.

    1987-01-01

    Recently, the capabilities of the CORMLT code, which was designed to predict heatup, degradation, and meltdown of core and Reactor Pressure VEssel (RPV) internals during postulated severe accidents, were enhanced to enable tracking of individual fission product species during core meltdown. In addition, a mechanistic treatment of the release and flow of molten materials was developed to replace the engineering models developed earlier. In the present paper, the improved models are described and predictions of melt progression for a postullated accident sequence (TMLB') are discussed. A key issue in the new modeling is the mechanical behavior of fuel pellet stacks during run-off of molten cladding. One view is that capillary forces result in ''welding'' of porous fuel, thereby promoting free-standing pellet stacks; another is that rubblization and slumping of fuel take place. Results are reported for the first view point and its impact on the timings for core collapse into the bottom-head is addressed.

  4. Transient experiments with thermite melts for a core catcher concept based on water addition from below

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    Tromm, W.; Alsmeyer, H.

    1995-09-01

    A core catcher concept is proposed to be integrated into a new pressurized water reactor. The core catcher achieves coolability by spreading and fragmentation of the ex-vessel core melt based on a process of water inlet from the bottom through the melt. By highly effective heat removal that uses evaporating water in direct contact with the fragmented melt, the corium melt would solidify in a short time period, and long-term cooling could be maintained by continuous water evaporation from the flooded porous or fragmented corium bed. The key process for obtaining coolability is the coupling of the three effects: (a) water ingression from below and its evaporation, (b) break up and fragmentation of the corium layer, and (c) heat transfer and solidification of the let. These mechanisms are investigated in transient medium-scale experiments with thermite melts. The experimental setup represents a section of the proposed core catcher design. A thermite melt is located on the core catcher plate with a passive water supply from the bottom. After generation of the melt, the upper sacrificial layer is eroded until water penetrates into the melt for the bottom through plugs in the supporting plate. Fragmentation and fast solidification of the melt are observed, and long-term heat removal is guaranteed by the coolant water flooding the porous melt. Water inflow is sufficient to safely remove the decay heat in a comparable corium layer. The open porosity is created by the vapor streaming through the melt during the solidification process. Fracture of the solid by thermomechanical stresses is not observed. The experiments in their current stage show the principal feasibility of the proposed cooling concept and are used to prepare large-scale experiments to be performed in the modified BETA facility with sustained heating of the melt.

  5. Examination of offsite radiological emergency protective measures for nuclear reactor accidents involving core melt

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    Aldrich, David C.

    1979-01-01

    Evacuation, sheltering followed by population relocation, and iodine prophylaxis are evaluated as offsite public protective measures in response to nuclear reactor accidents involving core-melt. Evaluations were conducted ...

  6. Redistribution of Core-forming Melt During Shear Deformation of Partially Molten Peridotite

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    Hustoft, J. W.; Kohlstedt, D. L.

    2002-01-01

    To investigate the role of deformation on the distribution of core-forming melt in a partially molten peridotite, samples of olivine-basalt-iron sulfide were sheared to large strains. Dramatic redistribution of sulfide and silicate melts occur during deformation. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  7. Contribution of Anticipated Transients Without Scram (ATWS) to core melt at United States nuclear power plants

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    Giachetti, R.T. , Ann Arbor, MI )

    1989-09-01

    This report looks at WASH-1400 and several other Probabilistic Risk Assessments (PRAs) and Probabilistic Safety Studies (PSSs) to determine the contribution of Anticipated Transients Without Scram (ATWS) events to the total core melt probability at eight nuclear power plants in the United States. After considering each plant individually, the results are compared from plant to plant to see if any generic conclusions regarding ATWS, or core melt in general, can be made. 8 refs., 34 tabs.

  8. Partial melting of a Pb-Sn mushy layer due to heating from above, and implications for regional melting of Earth's directionally solidified inner core

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    Yu, James; Bergman, Michael I.; Huguet, Ludovic; Alboussiere, Thierry

    2015-09-01

    Superimposed on the radial solidification of Earth's inner core may be hemispherical and/or regional patches of melting at the inner-outer core boundary. Little work has been carried out on partial melting of a dendritic mushy layer due to heating from above. Here we study directional solidification, annealing, and partial melting from above of Pb-rich Sn alloy ingots. We find that partial melting from above results in convection in the mushy layer, with dense, melted Pb sinking and resolidifying at a lower height, yielding a different density profile than for those ingots that are just directionally solidified, irrespective of annealing. Partial melting from above causes a greater density deeper down and a corresponding steeper density decrease nearer the top. There is also a change in microstructure. These observations may be in accordance with inferences of east-west and perhaps smaller-scale variations in seismic properties near the top of the inner core.

  9. Transcrystalline Melt Migration in (Mg,Fe)O Ferropericlase: Implications for Core-Mantle Interaction

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    Otsuka, K.; Karato, S.

    2011-12-01

    The nature of chemical interaction between the mantle and core is an important topic of geochemistry and geophysics. In most of previous studies diffusion-controlled chemical reactions were considered. However, the length scale of diffusion is limited except for certain trace elements, and extensive changes in composition in major element chemistry are not expected by these processes. In this presentation, we report the experimental observations of melt migration in single crystals of (Mg,Fe)O ferropericlase under isothermal conditions. The rate of melt migration is much faster than diffusion-controlled processes and may provide a clue to some observations on the core-mantle-boundary. Single crystals of (Mg,Fe)O were annealed at 1873 K and 5-15 GPa surrounded by MoO2 encapsulated in Mo and Pt double capsule. Under these conditions, MoO2-rich melt was formed and migrated into the single crystals of (Mg,Fe)O. Chemical composition of solid and melt gradually changed through melt migration such that ferropericlase was enriched in MgO and reduced in FeO. Since melt was undersaturated in solid components in our experimental conditions, the chemical potential change caused the melt and solid boundary to move towards the solid. In this situation, the moving interface was morphologically unstable since the supersaturated segment of the solid exists in front of the melt. Melt pockets were eventually trapped in the (Mg,Fe)O single crystal by necking their rear ends down and migrated through it by dissolving Fe-rich ferropericlase at front and precipitating Mg-rich one at rear. Observed speed of melt migration was significantly faster than bulk diffusion of atoms in ferropericlase. The recent experimental results suggest that the Earth's core is undersaturated in oxygen with respect to the FeO content of the bulk mantle (Frost et al., 2010, JGR). Thus, morphological instability in (Mg,Fe)O at the base of the mantle may cause iron-rich core components to migrate upward. The length scale of melt migration is likely constrained by the balance between chemical potential change by mixing and gravitational potential energy change due to the density difference between melt and solid.

  10. Crystallization of ion clouds in octupole traps: Structural transitions, core melting, and scaling laws

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    Calvo, F.; Champenois, C.; Yurtsever, E.

    2009-12-15

    The stable structures and melting properties of ion clouds in isotropic octupole traps are investigated using a combination of semianalytical and numerical models, with a particular emphasis at finite-size scaling effects. Small-size clouds are found to be hollow and arranged in shells corresponding approximately to the solutions of the Thomson problem. The shell structure is lost in clusters containing more than a few thousands of ions, the inner parts of the cloud becoming soft and amorphous. While melting is triggered in the core shells, the melting temperature follows the rule expected for three-dimensional dense particles, with a depression scaling linearly with the inverse radius.

  11. Chemical Convention in the Lunar Core from Melting Experiments on the Ironsulfur System

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    Li, J.; Liu, J.; Chen, B.; Li, Z.; Wang, Y.

    2012-03-26

    By reanalyzing Apollo lunar seismograms using array-processing methods, a recent study suggests that the Moon has a solid inner core and a fluid outer core, much like the Earth. The volume fraction of the lunar inner core is 38%, compared with 4% for the Earth. The pressure at the Moon's core-mantle boundary is 4.8 GPa, and that at the ICB is 5.2 GPa. The partially molten state of the lunar core provides constraints on the thermal and chemical states of the Moon: The temperature at the inner core boundary (ICB) corresponds to the liquidus of the outer core composition, and the mass fraction of the solid core allows us to infer the bulk composition of the core from an estimated thermal profile. Moreover, knowledge on the extent of core solidification can be used to evaluate the role of chemical convection in the origin of early lunar core dynamo. Sulfur is considered an antifreeze component in the lunar core. Here we investigate the melting behavior of the Fe-S system at the pressure conditions of the lunar core, using the multi-anvil apparatus and synchrotron and laboratory-based analytical methods. Our goal is to understand compositionally driven convection in the lunar core and assess its role in generating an internal magnetic field in the early history of the Moon.

  12. Melt spreading code assessment, modifications, and application to the EPR core catcher design.

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    Farmer, M. T .; Nuclear Engineering Division

    2009-03-30

    The Evolutionary Power Reactor (EPR) is under consideration by various utilities in the United States to provide base load electrical production, and as a result the design is undergoing a certification review by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The severe accident design philosophy for this reactor is based upon the fact that the projected power rating results in a narrow margin for in-vessel melt retention by external cooling of the reactor vessel. As a result, the design addresses ex-vessel core melt stabilization using a mitigation strategy that includes: (1) an external core melt retention system to temporarily hold core melt released from the vessel; (2) a layer of 'sacrificial' material that is admixed with the melt while in the core melt retention system; (3) a melt plug in the lower part of the retention system that, when failed, provides a pathway for the mixture to spread to a large core spreading chamber; and finally, (4) cooling and stabilization of the spread melt by controlled top and bottom flooding. The overall concept is illustrated in Figure 1.1. The melt spreading process relies heavily on inertial flow of a low-viscosity admixed melt to a segmented spreading chamber, and assumes that the melt mass will be distributed to a uniform height in the chamber. The spreading phenomenon thus needs to be modeled properly in order to adequately assess the EPR design. The MELTSPREAD code, developed at Argonne National Laboratory, can model segmented, and both uniform and nonuniform spreading. The NRC is thus utilizing MELTSPREAD to evaluate melt spreading in the EPR design. MELTSPREAD was originally developed to support resolution of the Mark I containment shell vulnerability issue. Following closure of this issue, development of MELTSPREAD ceased in the early 1990's, at which time the melt spreading database upon which the code had been validated was rather limited. In particular, the database that was utilized for initial validation consisted of: (1) comparison to an analytical solution for the dam break problem, (2) water spreading tests in a 1/10 linear scale model of the Mark I containment by Theofanous et al., and (3) steel spreading tests by Suzuki et al. that were also conducted in a geometry similar to the Mark I. The objective of this work was to utilize the MELTSPREAD code to check the assumption of uniform melt spreading in the EPR core catcher design. As a starting point for the project, the code was validated against the worldwide melt spreading database that emerged after the code was originally written in the very early 1990's. As part of this exercise, the code was extensively modified and upgraded to incorporate findings from these various analytical and experiment programs. In terms of expanding the ability of the code to analyze various melt simulant experiments, the options to input user-specified melt and/or substrate material properties was added. The ability to perform invisicid and/or adiabatic spreading analysis was also added so that comparisons with analytical solutions and isothermal spreading tests could be carried out. In terms of refining the capability to carry out reactor material melt spreading analyses, the code was upgraded with a new melt viscosity model; the capability was added to treat situations in which solid fraction buildup between the liquidus-solidus is non-linear; and finally, the ability to treat an interfacial heat transfer resistance between the melt and substrate was incorporated. This last set of changes substantially improved the predictive capability of the code in terms of addressing reactor material melt spreading tests. Aside from improvements and upgrades, a method was developed to fit the model to the various melt spreading tests in a manner that allowed uncertainties in the model predictions to be statistically characterized. With these results, a sensitivity study was performed to investigate the assumption of uniform spreading in the EPR core catcher that addressed parametric variations in: (1) melt pour mass, (2) melt composition, (3) me

  13. Melting of Iron under Earth's Core Conditions from Diffusion Monte Carlo Free Energy Calculations

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    Alfè, Dario

    Melting of Iron under Earth's Core Conditions from Diffusion Monte Carlo Free Energy Calculations Ester Sola1 and Dario Alfe`1,2 1 Thomas Young Centre@UCL, and Department of Earth Sciences, UCL, Gower. Here we used quantum Monte Carlo techniques to compute the free energies of solid and liquid iron

  14. Effect of Hydrogen and Carbon on the Melting Temperature of the Core

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    Nakajima, Y.; Sakamaki, K.; Takahashi, E.; Fukai, Y.; Suzuki, T.; Funakoshi, K.

    2007-12-01

    The temperature of the Earth's outer core has been discussed based on the melting temperature of Fe- O-S alloys (e.g., Boehler, 1996). Although hydrogen and carbon are the possible candidates of the core component, their effects on the melting temperature of iron at high-pressures are unclear. Using a Kawai-type multi-anvil apparatus at SPring-8 synchrotron, we carried out a series of melting experiments on FeH and Fe3C up to 20 and 28 GPa, respectively. In the experiments on FeH, Fe sponge mixed with MgO was packed into a NaCl container with a hydrogen source, LiAlH4 (e.g., Fukai et al., 1989). During heating under high-pressures, hydrogenation of iron was observed by volume change. The phase boundary between ?'-phase (low-temperature phase) and ?-phase (high-temperature phase) of iron-hydride was determined using both cooling and heating experiments. Hydrogen concentrations in the ?-FeHx and ?'-FeHx were calculated based on the excess volume data from that of pure iron. It is found that ?-FeHx and ?'-FeHx synthesized in our experiments at pressures between 10 and 20 GPa are nearly stoichiometric FeH. Melting temperature of the ?-FeH was determined by the abrupt change in the X-ray diffraction patterns (crystalline to amorphous). The melting temperatures were determined to be 1473, 1473, 1493, 1573 and 1593 K at 10, 11.5, 15, 18 and 20 GPa, respectively. In the experiments using Fe3C, the synthesized Fe3C powder was encapsulated in a MgO container. In the diffraction sequences during heating, the peaks of Fe3C disappeared, and the new peaks identified as those of Fe7C3 were observed with halo caused by liquid. Finally, the Fe7C3 peaks disappeared, and only the halo pattern was observed. Based on these observations, the incongruent melting of Fe3C to Fe7C3 and liquid is estimated to occur at 1823 and 1923 K at 19.7 and 27.0 GPa, respectively. The liquidus temperatures of the Fe3C composition are found to be at 2098 and 2198 K at 19.5 and 26.8 GPa, respectively. The melting temperatures of Fe3C determined by our experiments are >700 K lower than that of the previous estimation based on thermodynamic calculation (Wood, 1993). Our experimental results show a possibility that the hydrogen and carbon lower the melting temperature of iron (outer core) dramatically. The melting temperatures of ?-FeH and Fe3C at 20 GPa are already 500 K lower than that of pure iron estimated by Anderson and Isaak (2000). Extrapolating our experimental melting curves for FeH and Fe3C to core pressures using Lindemann's melting law, we obtained the melting temperatures to be ~2600 and ~2900 K at the core-mantle boundary (CMB), respectively. In the presence of both hydrogen and carbon, melting temperature of the Earth's outer core could be >1500 K lower than that of the previous estimates, implying that the temperature gap at CMB could be much smaller than the current estimates.

  15. Melting of iron at the physical conditions of the Earth's core.

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    Nguyen, Jeffrey H; Holmes, Neil C

    2004-01-22

    Seismological data can yield physical properties of the Earth's core, such as its size and seismic anisotropy. A well-constrained iron phase diagram, however, is essential to determine the temperatures at core boundaries and the crystal structure of the solid inner core. To date, the iron phase diagram at high pressure has been investigated experimentally through both laser-heated diamond-anvil cell and shock-compression techniques, as well as through theoretical calculations. Despite these contributions, a consensus on the melt line or the high-pressure, high-temperature phase of iron is lacking. Here we report new and re-analysed sound velocity measurements of shock-compressed iron at Earth-core conditions. We show that melting starts at 225 +/- 3 GPa (5,100 +/- 500 K) and is complete at 260 +/- 3 GPa (6,100 +/- 500 K), both on the Hugoniot curve-the locus of shock-compressed states. This new melting pressure is lower than previously reported, and we find no evidence for a previously reported solid-solid phase transition on the Hugoniot curve near 200 GPa (ref. 16). PMID:14737164

  16. SIMMER-III code verification with the `QUEOS` premixing and the `KATS` core melt spreading experiments

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    Teyssier, P.; Maschek, W.; Flad, M.

    1997-12-01

    In the framework of the SIMMER-III code assessment and verification effort the QUEOS and the KATS experiments have been analyzed. The QUEOS experiments are related to the premixing phase of steam explosions. Hot solid spheres are dropped into saturated water. In the KATS experiments, the spreading of a corium melt in a core retention device is simulated. An alumina thermite melt is released from a melt-chamber and spreads on a cold substrate. The calculations with SIMMER-III showed that for QUEOS the pressure histories could be well recalculated and findings of the experiments could be confirmed. For KATS, both the spreading velocities and the final spreading length could be well predicted. 9 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab.

  17. The melting curve of Ni to 125 GPa: implications for Earth's Fe rich core alloy

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    Lord, O. T.; Wood, I. G.; Dobson, D. P.; Vocadlo, L.; Thomson, A. R.; Wann, E.; Wang, W.; Edgington, A.; Morard, G.; Mezouar, N.; Walter, M. J.

    2014-12-01

    The melting curve of Ni has been determined to 125 GPa using laser-heated diamond anvil cell (LH-DAC) experiments and two melting criteria: the appearance of liquid diffuse scattering (LDS) during in situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) and simultaneous plateaux in temperature vs. laser power functions [1]. Our melting curve (Fig. 1) is in good agreement with most theoretical studies [e.g. 2] and the available shock wave data (Fig. 2). It is, however, dramatically steeper than the previous off-line LH-DAC studies in which the determination of melting was based on the visual observation of motion aided by the laser speckle method [e.g. 3]. We estimate the melting point of Ni at the inner-core boundary (ICB; 330 GPa) to be 5800±700 K (2?), ~2500 K higher than the estimate based on the laser speckle method [3] and within error of Fe (6230±500 K) as determined in a similar in situ LH-DAC study [4]. We find that laser speckle based melting curves coincide with the onset of rapid sub-solidus recrystallization, suggesting that visual observations of motion may have misinterpreted dynamic recrystallization as melt convection. Our new melting curve suggests that the reduction in ICB temperature due to the alloying of Ni with Fe is likely to be significantly smaller than would be expected had the earlier experimental Ni melting studies been correct. We have applied our methodology to a range of other transition metals (Mo, Ti, V, Cu). In the case of Mo, Ti and V the melting curves are in good agreement with the shock compression and theoretical melting studies but hotter and steeper than those based on the laser speckle method, as with Ni. Cu is an exception in which all studies agree, including those employing the laser speckle method. These results go a long way toward resolving the the long-standing controversy over the phase diagrams of the transition metals as determined from static LH-DAC studies on the one hand, and theoretical and dynamic compression studies on the other. [1] Lord et al. (2014) Phys Earth Planet Inter [2] Pozzo M, Alfè D (2013) Phys Rev B, 88:024111 [3] Errandonea et al. (2001) Phys Rev B, 63:132104 [4] Anzellini et al. (2013) Science, 340:464-466

  18. The WAIS Melt Monitor: An automated ice core melting system for meltwater sample handling and the collection of high resolution microparticle size distribution data

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    Breton, D. J.; Koffman, B. G.; Kreutz, K. J.; Hamilton, G. S.

    2010-12-01

    Paleoclimate data are often extracted from ice cores by careful geochemical analysis of meltwater samples. The analysis of the microparticles found in ice cores can also yield unique clues about atmospheric dust loading and transport, dust provenance and past environmental conditions. Determination of microparticle concentration, size distribution and chemical makeup as a function of depth is especially difficult because the particle size measurement either consumes or contaminates the meltwater, preventing further geochemical analysis. Here we describe a microcontroller-based ice core melting system which allows the collection of separate microparticle and chemistry samples from the same depth intervals in the ice core, while logging and accurately depth-tagging real-time electrical conductivity and particle size distribution data. This system was designed specifically to support microparticle analysis of the WAIS Divide WDC06A deep ice core, but many of the subsystems are applicable to more general ice core melting operations. Major system components include: a rotary encoder to measure ice core melt displacement with 0.1 millimeter accuracy, a meltwater tracking system to assign core depths to conductivity, particle and sample vial data, an optical debubbler level control system to protect the Abakus laser particle counter from damage due to air bubbles, a Rabbit 3700 microcontroller which communicates with a host PC, collects encoder and optical sensor data and autonomously operates Gilson peristaltic pumps and fraction collectors to provide automatic sample handling, melt monitor control software operating on a standard PC allowing the user to control and view the status of the system, data logging software operating on the same PC to collect data from the melting, electrical conductivity and microparticle measurement systems. Because microparticle samples can easily be contaminated, we use optical air bubble sensors and high resolution ice core density profiles to guide the melting process. The combination of these data allow us to analyze melt head performance, minimize outer-to-inner fraction contamination and avoid melt head flooding. The WAIS Melt Monitor system allows the collection of real-time, sub-annual microparticle and electrical conductivity data while producing and storing enough sample for traditional Coulter-Counter particle measurements as well long term acid leaching of bioactive metals (e.g., Fe, Co, Cd, Cu, Zn) prior to chemical analysis.

  19. Estimates of early containment loads from core melt accidents. Draft report for comment

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    1985-12-01

    The thermal-hydraulic processes and corium debris-material interactions that can result from core melting in a severe accident have been studied to evaluate the potential effect of such phenomena on containment integrity. Pressure and temperature loads associated with representative accident sequences have been estimated for the six various LWR containment types used within the United States. Summaries distilling the analyses are presented and an interpretation of the results provided. 13 refs., 68 figs., 39 tabs.

  20. Large-scale experiments on ex-vessel core melt behavior

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    Sappok, M.; Steinwarz, W.

    1997-12-01

    In the frame of European research activities on nuclear safety, experimental work on exvessel core melt behaviour under prototypic conditions is being performed. Spreading on various material surfaces and verification of relevant computer codes are the main tasks leading to an improvement of the design basis for corium retention systems. Especially the large-scale spreading test (1:6 with respect to the EPR spreading area) showed the advantageous characteristics of cast iron (GGG-40) as core catching substratum material. 4 refs., 11 figs.

  1. Svalbard summer melting, continentality, and sea ice extent from the Lomonosovfonna ice core

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    Grinsted, Aslak; Moore, John C.; Pohjola, Veijo; Martma, Tõnu; Isaksson, Elisabeth

    2006-04-01

    We develop a continentality proxy (1600-1930) based on amplitudes of the annual signal in oxygen isotopes in an ice core. We show via modeling that by using 5 and 15 year average amplitudes the effects of diffusion and varying layer thickness can be minimized, such that amplitudes then reflect real seasonal changes in ?18O under the influence of melt. A model of chemical fractionation in ice based on differing elution rates for pairs of ions is developed as a proxy for summer melt (1130-1990). The best pairs are sodium with magnesium and potassium with chloride. The continentality and melt proxies are validated against twentieth-century instrumental records and longer historical climate proxies. In addition to summer temperature, the melt proxy also appears to reflect sea ice extent, likely as a result of sodium chloride fractionation in the oceanic sea ice margin source area that is dependent on winter temperatures. We show that the climate history they depict is consistent with what we see from isotopic paleothermometry. Continentality was greatest during the Little Ice Age but decreased around 1870, 20-30 years before the rise in temperatures indicated by the ?18O profile. The degree of summer melt was significantly larger during the period 1130-1300 than in the 1990s.

  2. Random pinning changes the melting scenario of a two-dimensional core-softened potential system

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    Tsiok, E. N.; Dudalov, D. E.; Fomin, Yu. D.; Ryzhov, V. N.

    2015-09-01

    In experiments two-dimensional systems are realized mainly on solid substrates, which introduce quenched disorder due to some inherent defects. The defects of substrates influence the melting scenario of the systems and have to be taken into account in the interpretation of experimental results. We present the results of molecular dynamics simulations of a two-dimensional system with a core-softened potential in which a small fraction of the particles is pinned, inducing quenched disorder. Ppotentials of this type are widely used for the qualitative description of systems with waterlike anomalies. In our previous publications it was shown that the system demonstrates an anomalous melting scenario: at low densities the system melts through two continuous transitions in accordance with the Kosterlitz-Thouless-Halperin-Nelson-Young (KTHNY) theory with an intermediate hexatic phase, while at high densities the conventional first-order melting transition takes place. We find that the well-known disorder-induced widening of the hexatic phase occurs at low densities, while in the high-density part of the phase diagram random pinning transforms the first-order melting into two transitions: a continuous KTHNY-like solid-hexatic transition and a first-order hexatic-isotropic liquid transition.

  3. Can random pinning change the melting scenario of two-dimensional core-softened potential system?

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    E. N. Tsiok; D. E. Dudalov; Yu. D. Fomin; V. N. Ryzhov

    2015-07-07

    In experiments the two-dimensional systems are realized mainly on solid substrates which introduce quenched disorder due to some inherent defects. The defects of substrates influence the melting scenario of the systems and have to be taken into account in the interpretation of the experimental results. We present the results of the molecular dynamics simulations of the two dimensional system with the core-softened potential in which a small fraction of the particles is pinned, inducing quenched disorder.The potentials of this type are widely used for the qualitative description of the systems with the water-like anomalies. In our previous publications it was shown that the system demonstrates an anomalous melting scenario: at low densities the system melts through two continuous transition in accordance with the Kosterlitz-Thouless-Halperin-Nelson-Young (KTHNY) theory with the intermediate hexatic phase, while at high densities the conventional first order melting transition takes place. We find that the well-known disorder-induced widening of the hexatic phase occurs at low densities, while at high density part of the phase diagram random pinning transforms the first-order melting into two transitions: the continuous KTHNY-like solid-hexatic transition and first-order hexatic-isotropic liquid transition.

  4. Melt stagnation in peridotites from the Godzilla Megamullion Oceanic Core Complex, Parece Vela Basin, Philippine Sea

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    Loocke, Matthew; Snow, Jonathan E.; Ohara, Yasuhiko

    2013-12-01

    The Godzilla Megamullion, located in the Parece Vela Backarc Basin of the Izu-Bonin-Mariana (IBM) system, is the largest known example of an Oceanic Core Complex (OCC). Peridotites recovered from the megamullion are divided petrographically into fertile (e.g. lherzolites), depleted (e.g. harzburgites), and plagioclase-bearing groups (Ohara et al., 2003a). A total of 151 thin sections were studied from the Kairei KR03-01, Hakuho Maru KH07-02, and Yokosuka YK09-05 cruises. Melt stagnation is studied via the incidence of plagioclase-bearing peridotites and the major element chemistry of Cr-spinels in the plag-bearing samples. A distinct trend in melt stagnation is evident along the length of the megamullion representing a secular evolution in the entrapment of melts rising through the lithosphere. The distal (furthest from the termination of spreading), depleted portion of the mullion represents a robust mantle section that was still producing abundant melt and can be compared to typical oceanic spreading with its relatively “normal” percentage of plagioclase peridotites and average spinel Cr# of 0.35. The medial, fertile portion of the mullion represents a steep falloff in melt productivity represented by fertile spinel compositions (i.e. Cr# < 0.25) and the presence of plagioclase-free lherzolites. The proximal (closest to termination of spreading), heavily plagioclase impregnated portion (with spinel Cr#s covering nearly the entire range of abyssal peridotite spinel compositions) of the mullion then represents a period of increasing stagnation of melt into a lithosphere that was undergoing progressive thickening. We infer that the processes of mantle evolution through melt stagnation and impregnation, as evidenced by the systematic variations in plag-peridotites along Godzilla Megamullion, represent a possibly common way in which the mantle reacts to OCC formation. In this case, Godzilla Megamullion may represent an extreme endmember in OCC formation.

  5. Sulfur Saturation Limits in Silicate Melts and their Implications for Core Formation Scenarios for Terrestrial Planets

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    Holzheid, Astrid; Grove, Timothy L.

    2002-01-01

    This study explores the controls of temperature, pressure, and silicate melt composition on S solubility in silicate liquids. The solubility of S in FeO-containing silicate melts in equilibrium with metal sulfide increases significantly with increasing temperature but decreases with increasing pressure. The silicate melt structure also exercises a control on S solubility. Increasing the degree of polymerization of the silicate melt structure lowers the S solubility in the silicate liquid. The new set of experimental data is used to expand the model of Mavrogenes and O'Neill(1999) for S solubility in silicate liquids by incorporating the influence of the silicate melt structure. The expected S solubility in the ascending magma is calculated using the expanded model. Because the negative pressure dependence of S solubility is more influential than the positive temperature dependence, decompression and adiabatic ascent of a formerly S-saturated silicate magma will lead to S undersaturation. A primitive magma that is S-saturated in its source region will, therefore, become S-undersaturated as it ascends to shallower depth. In order to precipitate magmatic sulfides, the magma must first cool and undergo fractional crystallization to reach S saturation. The S content in a metallic liquid that is in equilibrium with a magma ocean that contains approx. 200 ppm S (i.e., Earth's bulk mantle S content) ranges from 5.5 to 12 wt% S. This range of S values encompasses the amount of S (9 to 12 wt%) that would be present in the outer core if S is the light element. Thus, the Earth's proto-mantle could be in equilibrium (in terms of the preserved S abundance) with a core-forming metallic phase.

  6. Ice core evidence for extensive melting of the greenland ice sheet in the last interglacial.

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    Koerner, R M

    1989-05-26

    Evidence from ice at the bottom of ice cores from the Canadian Arctic Islands and Camp Century and Dye-3 in Greenland suggests that the Greenland ice sheet melted extensively or completely during the last interglacial period more than 100 ka (thousand years ago), in contrast to earlier interpretations. The presence of dirt particles in the basal ice has previously been thought to indicate that the base of the ice sheets had melted and that the evidence for the time of original growth of these ice masses had been destroyed. However, the particles most likely blew onto the ice when the dimensions of the ice caps and ice sheets were much smaller. Ice texture, gas content, and other evidence also suggest that the basal ice at each drill site is superimposed ice, a type of ice typical of the early growth stages of an ice cap or ice sheet. If the present-day ice masses began their growth during the last interglacial, the ice sheet from the earlier (Illinoian) glacial period must have competely or largely melted during the early part of the same interglacial period. If such melting did occur, the 6-meter higher-than-present sea level during the Sangamon cannot be attributed to disintegration of the West Antarctic ice sheet, as has been suggested. PMID:17731883

  7. Asymmetric Melting Behavior in Twin Wire Arc Spraying with Cored Wires

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    Tillmann, W.; Vogli, E.; Abdulgader, M.

    2008-12-01

    Asymmetric melting behavior of the electrodes is a process-related feature of the Twin Wire Arc Spraying (TWAS) technique since the heating of the negative connected wire is different from that of the positive connected wire. Due to these differences in melting behavior, a tracking of particle velocity and temperature for both electrodes individually is very important. Particle velocity and temperature have been recorded from anode side and cathode side by positioning the tracking device respectively. To draw the whole picture of the spraying, jet, particles have been tracked also from the top side of the spray gun. The goal of this study is to have an experimental data setup for model building and simulation of depositing process in TWAS. Corresponding measuring devices have been employed to investigate the TWAS process by spraying of massive and cored wires.

  8. Platinum partitioning between metal and silicate melts: Core formation, late veneer and the nanonuggets issue

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    Médard, Etienne; Schmidt, Max W.; Wälle, Markus; Keller, Nicole S.; Günther, Detlef

    2015-08-01

    High-pressure, high-temperature experiments have been performed at ?1.2 GPa and 1360-2100 °C to investigate the partitioning of Pt between a silicate melt and a metallic melt. Our experiments indicate that nanonuggets encountered in previous experiments are experimental artifacts, formed at high temperature by oversaturation caused by high oxygen fugacity during the initial stages of an experiment. Experiments at high-acceleration using a centrifuging piston-cylinder show that nanonuggets can be removed by gravity during the experiment. Formation of nanonuggets can also be avoided by using initially reduced starting materials. The presence of iron is also a key element in reducing the formation of nanonuggets. Our nanonugget-free data are broadly consistent with previous nanonuggets-filtered data, and suggest that Pt partitioning becomes independent of oxygen fugacity below an oxygen fugacity of at least IW+2. Pt is thus possibly dissolved as a neutral species (or even an anionic species) at low fO2, instead of the more common Pt2+ species present at higher fO2. Due to low concentration, the nature of this species cannot be determined, but atomic Pt or Pt- are possible options. Under core-formation conditions, Pt partitioning between metal and silicate is mostly independent of oxygen fugacity, silicate melt composition, and pressure. Partition coefficient during core formation can be expressed by the following equation: log DPtMmetal/silicate = 1.0348 + 14698 / T (in weight units). Calculations indicate that the Pt content (and by extension the Highly Siderophile Elements content) of the Earth's mantle cannot be explained by equilibrium partitioning during core formation, requiring further addition of HSE to the mantle. The mass of this late veneer is approximately 0.4% of the total mass of the Earth (or 0.6% of the mass of the mantle).

  9. Calculation of seismic Severe Core Melt Frequency using internal event models for K reactor

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    Taylor, R.P. Jr.; Wingo, H.E.

    1993-12-01

    This report discusses a new method of calculating the seismic contribution to the Severe Core Melt Frequency (SCMF) of operating the K Production Reactor at the Savannah River Site (SRS) which has been developed. The methodology provides a direct link between the seismic analysis and the internal events PSA and facilitates the seismic analysis if a Level 1 internal events PSA exists for a facility. It improves the accuracy of the SCMF calculations and allows evaluation of the effects of seismic plant equipment and procedure modifications on the SCMF.

  10. Diverse Melting Modes and Structural Collapse of Hollow Bimetallic Core-Shell Nanoparticles: A Perspective from Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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    Huang, Rao; Shao, Gui-Fang; Zeng, Xiang-Ming; Wen, Yu-Hua

    2014-01-01

    Introducing hollow structures into metallic nanoparticles has become a promising route to improve their catalytic performances. A fundamental understanding of thermal stability of these novel nanostructures is of significance for their syntheses and applications. In this article, molecular dynamics simulations have been employed to offer insights into the thermodynamic evolution of hollow bimetallic core-shell nanoparticles. Our investigation reveals that for hollow Pt-core/Au-shell nanoparticle, premelting originates at the exterior surface, and a typical two-stage melting behavior is exhibited, similar to the solid ones. However, since the interior surface provides facilitation for the premelting initiating at the core, the two-stage melting is also observed in hollow Au-core/Pt-shell nanoparticle, remarkably different from the solid one. Furthermore, the collapse of hollow structure is accompanied with the overall melting of the hollow Pt-core/Au-shell nanoparticle while it occurs prior to that of the hollow Au-core/Pt-shell nanoparticle and leads to the formation of a liquid-core/solid-shell structure, although both of them finally transform into a mixing alloy with Au-dominated surface. Additionally, the existence of stacking faults in the hollow Pt-core/Au-shell nanoparticle distinctly lowers its melting point. This study could be of great importance to the design and development of novel nanocatalysts with both high activity and excellent stability. PMID:25394424

  11. Fate of MgSiO3 melts at core-mantle boundary conditions.

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    Petitgirard, Sylvain; Malfait, Wim J; Sinmyo, Ryosuke; Kupenko, Ilya; Hennet, Louis; Harries, Dennis; Dane, Thomas; Burghammer, Manfred; Rubie, Dave C

    2015-11-17

    One key for understanding the stratification in the deep mantle lies in the determination of the density and structure of matter at high pressures, as well as the density contrast between solid and liquid silicate phases. Indeed, the density contrast is the main control on the entrainment or settlement of matter and is of fundamental importance for understanding the past and present dynamic behavior of the deepest part of the Earth's mantle. Here, we adapted the X-ray absorption method to the small dimensions of the diamond anvil cell, enabling density measurements of amorphous materials to unprecedented conditions of pressure. Our density data for MgSiO3 glass up to 127 GPa are considerably higher than those previously derived from Brillouin spectroscopy but validate recent ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. A fourth-order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state reproduces our experimental data over the entire pressure regime of the mantle. At the core-mantle boundary (CMB) pressure, the density of MgSiO3 glass is 5.48 ± 0.18 g/cm(3), which is only 1.6% lower than that of MgSiO3 bridgmanite at 5.57 g/cm(3), i.e., they are the same within the uncertainty. Taking into account the partitioning of iron into the melt, we conclude that melts are denser than the surrounding solid phases in the lowermost mantle and that melts will be trapped above the CMB. PMID:26578761

  12. Fate of MgSiO3 melts at core–mantle boundary conditions

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    Petitgirard, Sylvain; Malfait, Wim J.; Sinmyo, Ryosuke; Kupenko, Ilya; Hennet, Louis; Harries, Dennis; Dane, Thomas; Burghammer, Manfred; Rubie, Dave C.

    2015-01-01

    One key for understanding the stratification in the deep mantle lies in the determination of the density and structure of matter at high pressures, as well as the density contrast between solid and liquid silicate phases. Indeed, the density contrast is the main control on the entrainment or settlement of matter and is of fundamental importance for understanding the past and present dynamic behavior of the deepest part of the Earth’s mantle. Here, we adapted the X-ray absorption method to the small dimensions of the diamond anvil cell, enabling density measurements of amorphous materials to unprecedented conditions of pressure. Our density data for MgSiO3 glass up to 127 GPa are considerably higher than those previously derived from Brillouin spectroscopy but validate recent ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. A fourth-order Birch–Murnaghan equation of state reproduces our experimental data over the entire pressure regime of the mantle. At the core–mantle boundary (CMB) pressure, the density of MgSiO3 glass is 5.48 ± 0.18 g/cm3, which is only 1.6% lower than that of MgSiO3 bridgmanite at 5.57 g/cm3, i.e., they are the same within the uncertainty. Taking into account the partitioning of iron into the melt, we conclude that melts are denser than the surrounding solid phases in the lowermost mantle and that melts will be trapped above the CMB. PMID:26578761

  13. Nickel and helium evidence for melt above the core-mantle boundary.

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    Herzberg, Claude; Asimow, Paul D; Ionov, Dmitri A; Vidito, Chris; Jackson, Matthew G; Geist, Dennis

    2013-01-17

    High (3)He/(4)He ratios in some basalts have generally been interpreted as originating in an incompletely degassed lower-mantle source. This helium source may have been isolated at the core-mantle boundary region since Earth's accretion. Alternatively, it may have taken part in whole-mantle convection and crust production over the age of the Earth; if so, it is now either a primitive refugium at the core-mantle boundary or is distributed throughout the lower mantle. Here we constrain the problem using lavas from Baffin Island, West Greenland, the Ontong Java Plateau, Isla Gorgona and Fernandina (Galapagos). Olivine phenocryst compositions show that these lavas originated from a peridotite source that was about 20 per cent higher in nickel content than in the modern mid-ocean-ridge basalt source. Where data are available, these lavas also have high (3)He/(4)He. We propose that a less-degassed nickel-rich source formed by core-mantle interaction during the crystallization of a melt-rich layer or basal magma ocean, and that this source continues to be sampled by mantle plumes. The spatial distribution of this source may be constrained by nickel partitioning experiments at the pressures of the core-mantle boundary. PMID:23302797

  14. Solubility of palladium in silicate melts: Implications for core formation in the Earth

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    Borisov, A.; Palme, H.; Spettel, B.

    1994-01-01

    Palladium solubilities in silicate melts of anorthite-diopside-eutectic composition were determined at a wide range of oxygen fugacities, from pure O 2 to fo2 slightly below the iron-wüstite buffer and at temperatures ranging from 1343 to 1472°C. Experiments were performed by heating palladiumloops with silicates inside a gas controlled furnace. Palladium concentrations were determined by neutron activation analysis. Repeated analyses of the glasses after removal of the outer layers and several reversed experiments with initially high Pd in the glass showed that equilibrium was attained in the experiments. At 1350°C concentrations of Pd in silicate melts range from 428 ppm to 1.2 ppm with decreasing palladium content at decreasing oxygen fugacities. The dependence of log Pd on log fo2 indicates a change in valence of the dominant palladium species in the silicate melt. The data can be explained by the presence of complexes containing Pd 2+ and Pd 0. Alternatively, a good fit is obtained by assuming mixtures of Pd 2+, Pd 1+and Pd 0 in the melt with increasing contributions of the lower valence species at increasingly reducing conditions. Solubilities increase with temperature at fixed oxygen fugacities independent of the absolute fugacity. This is an unexpected result. From the solubility data, metal/silicate partition coefficients were calculated using known activity coefficients of Pd in Fe-metal. Extrapolations were made to higher temperatures and lower oxygen fugacities. A palladium metal/silicate partition coefficient of 1.6 · 10 7 is inferred for 1623 K and IW-2. Extrapolation to 3500 K leads to a partition coefficient of 3.8 · 10 3. From earlier data on Ir solubilités, a metal/silicate partition coefficient of 2 · 10 8 was estimated for the same conditions. The high absolute metal/silicate partition coefficients for Pd and Ir and the large difference between the two partition coefficients are not compatible with a global core/mantle equilibrium as a source of the highly siderophile elements in the Earth mantle. The data favour models invoking the accretion of a late chondritic veneer after core formation without further metal segregation.

  15. Partitioning of Moderately Siderophile Elements Among Olivine, Silicate Melt, and Sulfide Melt: Constraints on Core Formation in the Earth and Mars

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    Gaetani, Glenn A.; Grove, Timothy L.

    1997-01-01

    This study investigates the effects of Variations in the fugacities of oxygen and sulfur on the partitioning of first series transition metals (V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni. and Cu) and W among coexisting sulfide melt, silicate melt, and olivine. Experiments were performed at 1 atm pressure, 1350 C, with the fugacities of oxygen and sulfur controlled by mixing CO2, CO, and SO2 gases. Starting compositions consisted of a CaO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-FeO-Na2O analog for a barred olivine chondrule from an ordinary chondrite and a synthetic komatiite. The f(sub O2)/f(sub S2), conditions ranged from log of f(sub O2) = -7.9 to - 10.6, with log of f(sub S2) values ranging from - 1.0 to -2.5. Our experimental results demonstrate that the f(sub O2)/f(sub S2) dependencies of sulfide melt/silicate melt partition coefficients for the first series transition metals arc proportional to their valence states. The f(sub O2)/f(sub S2) dependencies for the partitioning of Fe, Co, Ni, and Cu are weaker than predicted on the basis of their valence states. Variations in conditions have no significant effect on olivine/melt partitioning other than those resulting from f(sub O2)-induced changes in the valence state of a given element. The strong f(sub O2)/f(sub S2) dependence for the olivine/silicate melt partitioning of V is attributable to a change of valence state, from 4+ to 3+, with decreasing f(sub O2). Our experimentally determined partition coefficients are used to develop models for the segregation of sulfide and metal from the silicate portion of the early Earth and the Shergottite parent body (Mars). We find that the influence of S is not sufficient to explain the overabundance of siderophile and chalcophile elements that remained in the mantle of the Earth following core formation. Important constraints on core formation in Mars are provided by our experimental determination of the partitioning of Cu between silicate and sulfide melts. When combined with existing estimates for siderophile element abundances in the Martian mantle and a mass balance constraint from Fe, the experiments allow a determination of the mass of the Martian core (approx. 17 to 22 wt% of the planet) and its S content (approx.0.4 wt%). These modeling results indicate that Mars is depleted in S, and that its core is solid.

  16. Feasibility study for a containment to resist core-melt accidents

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    Butsch, J.; Schlueter, F.H.; Eibl, J.

    1995-09-01

    A feasibility study has been performed for a light water reactor containment able to resist even severe accidents by passive means. Upper-bound design loads have been considered for all physically possible scenarios after a core-melt accident as determined by Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe. The essential layout of this containment is presented. Based on the main system features of a German 1,300-MW Convoy reactor type, internal static pressure, hydrogen detonation, failure of the pressure vessel under high pressure, and steam explosion, respectively, have been regarded as well as such external loads as an airplane crash, earthquake, gas explosion, and so forth. The containment can remove the decay heat by purely passive means, and it is believed that the design can be realized at reasonable costs.

  17. Constraints on core formation from molybdenum solubility in silicate melts at high pressure

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    Burkemper, Laura K.; Agee, Carl B.; Garcia, Kody A.

    2012-06-01

    We report results from 43 new molybdenum solubility experiments performed in order to test molybdenum's compatibility with the magma ocean hypothesis for core formation. A Walker-type multi-anvil press was used for all experiments and we investigated the pressure range of 2.5-12 GPa and temperature range of 1585-2200 °C. Eight different silicate compositions were also employed. Our data show that increasing temperature causes solubility to increase, whereas pressure has a negligible effect over the range investigated here. In general, increasing silicate melt polymerization causes solubility to decrease; however, the effect of silicate composition is best addressed by looking at the effects of individual oxides versus a universal melt parameter such as NBO/T (ratio of non-bridging oxygens to tetrahedrally coordinated oxygens). From our solubility data, we calculated metal-silicate partition coefficients at infinite iron dilution. Parameterization of our data plus data from the literature shows that there is no discrepancy between partition coefficients determined directly from experiments and those calculated from solubility data, so long as all variables are taken into account, i.e. changes in metal phase composition. Additionally, most of the experiments in the literature were conducted at pressures below 2 GPa, therefore the addition of our high pressure data set makes extrapolations to deep magma ocean conditions more accurate. We determined that the observed mantle abundance of Mo can be explained by both single-stage and multi-stage magma ocean models. Previous siderophile element studies have suggested a wide range of possible single-stage core formation conditions, from 10 to 60 GPa along the peridotite liquidus. Our results narrowed this range by constraining the P-T conditions to 40-54 GPa and 3050-3400 K. Our results also further constrained the multi-stage core formation models by limiting the depth of metal-silicate equilibration during the final impacts of accretion to 31-42% of the core-mantle boundary depth.

  18. Melting behavior of the iron-sulfur system and chemical convection in iron-rich planetary cores

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    Li, J.; Chen, B.

    2009-03-26

    We present experimental data on the high-pressure melting behavior of the Fe-S system from a synchrotron x-ray radiography study using the large volume press, with implications for the role of chemical convection in sulfur-bearing planetary cores. At present, Earth, Mercury and Ganymede are the only three solid bodies in the Solar System that possess intrinsic global magnetic fields. Dynamo simulation reveal that chemical buoyancy force associated with the formation of a solid inner core is critical for sustaining the Earth's magnetic field. Fluid motions in Mercury and Ganymede may be partially driven by chemical buoyancy force as well. The style of chemical convection and its influence on the thermal and chemical state and evolution of iron-rich cores are determined in part by the melting behavior of potential core-forming materials. Sulfur is widely accepted as a candidate light element in iron-rich planetary cores. In order to understand the role of chemical convection in sulfur-bearing cores, we studied the high-pressure melting behavior of Fe-S mixtures containing 9 wt% sulfur using the synchrotron x-ray radiographic method in a large volume press.

  19. Elastic moduli, dislocation core energy, and melting of hard disks in two dimensions

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    Sengupta, Surajit; Nielaba, Peter; Binder, K.

    2000-06-01

    Elastic moduli and dislocation core energy of the triangular solid of hard disks of diameter ? are obtained in the limit of vanishing dislocation-antidislocation pair density, from Monte Carlo simulations that incorporate a constraint, namely that all moves altering the local connectivity away from that of the ideal triangular lattice are rejected. In this limit we show that the solid is stable against all other fluctuations at least up to densities as low as ??2=0.88. Our system does not show any phase transition so diverging correlation lengths leading to finite size effects and slow relaxations do not exist. The dislocation pair formation probability is estimated from the fraction of moves rejected due to the constraint which yields, in turn, the core energy Ec and the (bare) dislocation fugacity y. Using these quantities, we check the relative validity of first order and Kosterlitz-Thouless-Halperin-Nelson-Young (KTHNY) melting scenarios and obtain numerical estimates of the typical expected transition densities and pressures. We conclude that a KTHNY transition from the solid to a hexatic phase preempts the solid to liquid first order transition in this system albeit by a very small margin, easily masked by crossover effects in unconstrained ``brute- force'' simulations with a small number of particles.

  20. Melting Behavior of the Iron-Sulfur System and Chemical Convection in Iron-rich Planetary Cores

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    Li, J.; Chen, B.

    2009-03-01

    We present experimental data on the high-pressure melting behavior of the Fe-S system from a synchrotron x-ray radiography study using the large volume press, with implications for the role of chemical convection in sulfur-bearing planetary cores.

  1. Assessment of uncertainties in core melt phenomenology and their impact on risk at the Z/IP facilities

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    Pratt, W.T.; Ludewig, H.; Bari, R.A.; Meyer, J.F.

    1983-01-01

    An evaluation of core meltdown accidents in the Z/IP facilities has been performed. Containment event trees have been developed to relate the progression of a given accident to various potential containment building failure modes. An extensive uncertainty analysis related to core melt phenomenology has been performed. A major conclusion of the study is that large variations in parameters associated with major phenomenological uncertainties have a relatively minor impact on risk when external initiators are considered. This is due to the inherent capability fo the Z/IP containment buildings to contain a wide range of core meltdown accidents. 12 references, 2 tables.

  2. Aluminum/uranium fuel foaming/recriticality considerations for production reactor core-melt accidents

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    Hyder, M.L.; Ellison, P.G. ); Cronenberg, A.W. )

    1990-01-01

    Severe accident studies for the Savannah River production reactors indicate that if coherent fuel melting and relocation occur in the absence of target melting, in-vessel recriticality may be achieved. In this paper, fuel-melt/target interaction potential is assessed where fission gas-induced fuel foaming and melt attack on target material are evaluated and compared with available data. Models are developed to characterize foams for irradiated aluminum-based fuel. Predictions indicate transient foaming, the extent of which is governed by fission gas inventory, heating transient conditions, and bubble coalescence behavior. The model also indicates that metallic foams are basically unstable and will collapse, which largely depends on film tenacity and melt viscosity considerations. For high-burnup fuel, extensive foaming lasting tens of seconds is predicted, allowing molten fuel to contact and cause melt ablation of concentric targets. For low-burnup fuel, contact can not be assured. 9 refs., 4 figs., 4 tabs.

  3. Melting of Fe and Fe120Si8 at the Earth's Core Pressures by ab Initio Molecular Dynamics

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    Belonoshko, A. B.; Rosengren, A.; Burakovsky, L.; Preston, D. L.; Johansson, B.

    2008-12-01

    The solid Earth's inner core (IC) consists mainly of iron likely alloyed with some light elements. At low temperature iron is stable in hexagonal close packed (hcp) phase up to very high pressures. However, there is an accumulating evidence that under pressures (~ 364 GPa) and temperatures (above 6000 K) in the Earth's IC iron, either pure or alloyed with light elements (e.g. Si), might be stable in the body-centred cubic (bcc) phase1,2. The melting temperature of this phase in the IC is unknown. Conditions of the IC are not achieved in experiment. Previous theoretical studies concentrated mostly on the melting of the hcp phase3. We show, by combination of ab initio molecular dynamics and Z-method4 that pure bcc Fe melts at at the pressure in the center of IC at ~7000 K. Iron, alloyed with 6.25% of Si, melts at a temperature of ~7200 K. While light elements depress hcp Fe melting temperatures5, we show that Si addition has opposite effect on bcc Fe. Melting temperatures of bcc and hcp 2,3 are within mutual error bars, even though bcc melts at a higher temperature. However, the melting temperature of Si-alloyed bcc iron is clearly above that of Si-alloyed hcp phase5. This is because of different bonding of Si-Fe within the bcc as compared to the hcp structure. Therefore, the existing estimates of core temperatures have to be corrected upwards. 1. Brown, J.M. & McQueen, R.G. J. Geophys. Res. 91, 7485(1986). 2. Belonoshko, A.B., Ahuja, R. & Johansson, B. Nature 424, 1032(2003); Belonoshko, A.B., Skorodumova, N.V., Rosengren, A. & Johansson, B. Science 319, 797(2008). 3. Belonoshko, A.B., Ahuja, R. & Johansson, B. Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 3638(2000); Alfé, D., Gillan, M.J. & Price, G.D. Nature 401, 462(1999). 4. Kresse, G. & Furthmüller, J. J. Phys. Rev. B 54, 11169(1996); Belonoshko, A.B., Skorodumova, N.V., Rosengren, A. & Johansson, B. Phys. Rev. B 73, 012201(2006). 5. Alfé, D., Price, G.D. & Gillan, M.J. Cont. Phys. 48, 63 (2007).

  4. Melting and refreezing beneath Roi Baudouin Ice Shelf (East Antarctica) inferred from radar, GPS, and ice core data

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    Pattyn, F.; Matsuoka, K.; Callens, D.; Conway, H.; Depoorter, M.; Docquier, D.; Hubbard, B.; Samyn, D.; Tison, J. L.

    2012-12-01

    Ice-penetrating radar profiles across the grounding line of a small ice-rise promontory located within the Roi Baudouin Ice Shelf in the Dronning Maud Land sector of East Antarctica show downward dipping englacial radar-detected reflectors. Model results indicate that this reflector pattern is best fit by including basal melting of at least 15 cm a-1. This rate of melting is low compared with rates observed on larger ice shelves in both West and East Antarctica. Ice cores extracted from a rift system close to the ice-rise promontory show several meters of marine ice accreted beneath the shelf. These observations of low rates of basal melting, and limited distribution of accreted marine ice suggest that either Antarctic surface water may reach the ice shelf base or that circulation beneath the shelf is likely dominated by the production of high salinity shelf water rather than the incursion of circumpolar deep water, implying a weak sub-shelf circulation system here. Many of the ice shelves located along the coast of Dronning Maud Land are, like Roi Baudouin Ice Shelf, characterized by frequent ice rises and promontories. Therefore, it is highly likely that these are also of shallow bathymetry and are subject to similarly weak side-shelf basal melting and refreezing.

  5. A1-U fuel foaming/recriticality considerations for production reactor core-melt accidents

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    Cronenberg, A.W. ); Hyder, M.L.; Ellison, P.G. )

    1990-01-01

    Severe accident studies for the Savannah River production reactors indicate that if coherent fuel melting and relocation occur in the absence of target melting, in-vessel recriticality may be achieved. In this paper, fuel-melt/target interaction potential is assessed, where fission gas-induced fuel foaming and melt attach on target material are evaluated and compared with available data. Models are developed to characterize foams for irradiated Al-based fuel. Predictions indicate transient foaming (the extent of which is governed by fission gas inventory), heating transient, and bubble coalescence behavior. The model also indicates that metallic foams are basically unstable and will collapse, which largely depends on film tenacity and melt viscosity. For high-burnup fuel, foams lasting tens of seconds are predicted, allowing molten fuel to contact and cause melt ablation of concentric targets. For low-burnup fuel, contact can not be assured, thus recriticality may be of concern at reactor startup. 8 refs., 4 figs., 4 tabs.

  6. QUANTUM MECHANICS WITHOUT STATISTICAL POSTULATES

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    G. GEIGER; ET AL

    2000-11-01

    The Bohmian formulation of quantum mechanics describes the measurement process in an intuitive way without a reduction postulate. Due to the chaotic motion of the hidden classical particle all statistical features of quantum mechanics during a sequence of repeated measurements can be derived in the framework of a deterministic single system theory.

  7. Melting relations in the Fe-S-Si system at high pressure and temperature: Implications for the thermal structure of the planetary cores

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    Sakairi, T.; Ohtani, E.; Sakai, T.; Kamada, S.; Sakamaki, T.; Hirao, N.

    2014-12-01

    It is widely accepted that the Earth's core is mainly composed of iron and contains light elements to account for its density deficit. Alloying with light elements significantly affects the physical properties of iron and depresses its melting temperature. Therefore, the melting relation of the Fe-light elements system is the key to clarify the thermal structure of the Earth's core. Although there are many candidates for light elements in the core, sulfur and silicon are considered to be the major light elements. Some geochemical models predicted that sulfur and silicon could be present not only in the core of the Earth but also in the core of other terrestrial planets such as Mars and Mercury. To better understand the properties of the planetary cores, we investigated the melting relations of the Fe-S-Si system under high-pressure conditions. Here, we report the melting relations in the Fe-S-Si system up to 60 GPa. Melting experiments were performed in the pressure range of 20-60 GPa and the temperature range of 1300-2500 K using a double-sided laser-heated diamond anvil cell combined with X-ray diffraction technique. In situ X-ray diffraction experiments were conducted at the BL10XU beamline of the SPring-8 facility. The melting detection was based on disappearance of the X-ray diffraction peaks of the sample. On the basis of X-ray diffraction patterns, we confirmed that iron-silicon alloy which hcp and fcc structure and Fe3S are stable phases under subsolidus conditions. Both solidus and liquidus temperatures are significantly lower than the melting temperature of pure Fe and increases with pressure in this study. In order to draw the melting curve as a function of pressure, we fitted the present results using the Simon's equation. Our results could provide important constraints on the thermal structure of the planetary cores.

  8. Gaussian core model in two dimensions. I. Melting transition Frank H. Stillinger and Thomas A. Weber

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    Stillinger, Frank

    ) fluid phases are negative, and the density change on melting at constant pressure is positive. I to periodic boundary conditions, and confined to a single reduced density p* = 3- 112 · The virial pressure and with polystyrene spheres at the air-water interface. 3 On the other hand, theory has suggested that under some

  9. Uranium partitioning between liquid iron and silicate melt at high pressures: implications for uranium solubility in planetary cores

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    Xuezhao Bao; Richard A. Secco; Joel E. Gagnon; Brian J. Fryer

    2006-06-29

    We have investigated the partitioning of U between silicate melt and Fe liquid at pressures of 3.0 to14.5 GPa and temperatures of 1660 to 2500 oC. The solubility of U in liquid Fe is in the range of 0.6 to 800 ppm and increases with temperature (T) and pressure (P). When P = or > 7 GPa and T > Tmelt of the silicate phase (olivine), the U concentration in Fe is 3 to 5 times greater than for run products where T Tmelt of the silicate phase), then > 2.4 ppb U could have entered the core. Alternatively, if a core with same composition formed by percolation (T < Tmelt of the silicate phase), then based on the experimental results indicating DU increases with increasing P, 1 to 4 ppb U may have entered the core. The concentration of Si in liquid Fe also increases with pressure. The concentration of Ca is < 0.44 wt % for most samples and no relation with U concentration is found, which indicates that U may alloy with Fe directly. If Si concentration in the Fe phase can be used as an indicator of oxygen fugacity, then the increase in Si and U with pressure suggests a pressure dependent decrease in oxygen fugacity. This supports U (and possibly also Si) inclusion in the the core of Earth at the time of core formation. The implications for radioactive heating in the planetary cores are briefly discussed. Keywords: Uranium; partition coefficients; high pressure; dynamos; planetary cores; heat sources, LA-ICP-MS.

  10. Chemical Convection in the Lunar Core from Melting Experiments on the Iron-Sulfur System

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    Li, J.; Liu, J.; Chen, B.; Li, Z.; Wang, Y.

    2012-03-01

    Experimental results on the liquidus curve of the Fe-S system at the pressures of the lunar core provide constraints on the Moon’s thermal and chemical states and the role of chemical convection in the origin of early lunar core dynamo.

  11. Creep rupture behavior of a PWR lower head in a core-melt accident

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    Jeong, Kwang Jin; Lim, Dong Cheol; Hwang, Il Soon

    1997-12-01

    Although the Three Mile Island unit 2 (TMI-2) vessel did not fail, code analyses in support of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development/Nuclear Energy Agency TMI-2 Vessel Investigation Project generally predicted creep rupture for these conditions. This fueled speculation that there might be some inherent mechanism not previously recognized that could delay or prevent lower head failure. The most widely held belief is that the relocated melt did not adhere to the lower head; consequently, there should be gaps between the inside surface of the vessel and the relocated melt. These gaps, perhaps widened by temperature-induced creep of the lower head, provide a channel for water intrusion and subsequent quenching of the head, preventing its creep rupture. Therefore, from both accident assessment and accident mitigation considerations, there is a need to understand the mechanism of lower head creep and rupture.

  12. Evidence for Past Melting at the Base of the GISP2 Ice Core from Uranium-Thorium Disequilibrium Measurements

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    Goldstein, S. J.; Lee, V. E.; Nishiizumi, K.; Murrell, M. T.; Amato, R. S.; Nunn, A. J.

    2011-12-01

    We measured 238U-234U-230Th disequilibria by mass spectrometric methods for silty ice samples from the base of the GISP2 Greenland ice core, at a depth of 3040-3052 m. The expected age of these samples is >150 kyr based on counting ice layers. We separated the samples into several fractions by filtration and analyzed the <50 nm (truly dissolved + particulate) and >200 nm (particulate) filtered fractions. In the <50 nm fractions, low Th/U mass ratios of 0.51-0.65 indicate that a large portion (86-89%) of U is truly dissolved and not associated with particles. In addition, 230Th/234U activity ratios are quite low (0.18-0.24), suggesting either recent 230Th loss and/or 234U addition to the samples. This Th/U fractionation is not consistent with an age >150 kyr. Since liquid water is characterized by 230Th/234U activity ratios <<1, these results suggest that recent melting/freezing event(s) have occurred at the base of the GISP2 core. The particulate (>200 nm) fraction is characterized by Th/U ratios of ~4.4-4.9, 234U/238U activity ratios of 1.049-1.056, and 230Th/234U activity ratios of 1.12-1.23. The U-Th disequilibrium in the particles is consistent with recent (<350 kyr) fractionation of U-Th in these ice samples. We have modeled these results using a two component mass balance calculation, with dissolved and particulate pools for each radionuclide. The main assumption is that all of the 232Th in the <50 nm fraction is due to particles, due to the low aqueous solubility of 232Th. By mass balance, 230Th/234U activity ratios for the truly dissolved fraction are 0.031-0.062, and dates for when the samples were last frozen are 3.5-6.9 kyr. These results are consistent with the notion of ice melting at the base of large continental ice sheets, with recent evidence of large sub-glacial lakes in Antarctica and active melting at the base of the nearby N-GRIP Greenland ice core. There also appears to be a significant difference in age for the deepest ice sample (3.5 kyr; 3052 m) and the other samples (5.2-6.9 kyr; 3040-3048 m), suggesting that the deepest part of the ice core adjacent to bedrock at 3053.3 m depth may have existed as liquid water for at least several hundred - few thousand years.

  13. Pervasive melt migration from migmatites to leucogranite in the Shuswap metamorphic core complex, Canada: control of regional deformation

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    Vanderhaeghe, Olivier

    1999-10-01

    The Shuswap metamorphic core complex, exhumed in the hinterland of the Canadian Cordillera, displays a ˜15 km structural section from migmatites to leucogranite. It comprises a lower unit dominated by anatectic migmatites exposed in the core of domes. At higher structural level the transition from a middle amphibolite-facies unit to an upper crustal unit is marked by a low-angle detachment associated with the emplacement of laccoliths of leucogranite. The amphibolite-facies middle unit is permeated by a network of granitic veins feeding the laccoliths and structurally connected to the migmatites of the lower unit. This paper describes the geometric, textural and structural characteristics, and the distribution of the granitic fraction at the outcrop scale in the amphibolite-facies unit separating the migmatites from the leucogranite. This analysis constrains the mechanisms of melt migration within a plurikilometer-scale section across high-grade rocks of the middle crust. In fertile lithologies (metapelites, felsic amphibolites), the granitic fraction, in part generated in situ, forms a diffuse network of concordant veins feeding discordant veins, and structural sites such as the foliation, shear zones, and boudin necks. Discordant granitic veins are oriented perpendicular, and to a lesser extent parallel, to the mineral and stretching lineation. In refractory lithologies, the granitic fraction is dominantly intrusive and displays sharp contacts with the host rock. However, distribution of the granitic fraction shows the same characteristics as for fertile lithologies. The melt fraction migrated through a network of fractures taking advantage of mechanical weaknesses such as the foliation plane or forming dikes oriented dominantly perpendicular to the regional stretching and mineral lineations. These geometric and textural characteristics suggest that granite migration in these rocks is achieved dominantly by viscous flow of the melt (+/- solid) through the solid matrix driven by its buoyancy and controlled by mechanical anisotropy of the rock and local dilation created by heterogeneous deformation. The relationship between the regional fabric and the distribution of the granitic fraction indicates that regional deformation (incremental and finite) played a major role in providing pathways for melt migration. The formation of laccoliths of leucogranite at higher structural levels suggests that upward melt migration led to accumulation of granitic magmas. These observations are consistent with a model of pervasive melt migration through a network of interconnected concordant and discordant granitic veins feeding laccolithic plutons extracted from the dominantly solid matrix during vertical thinning and compaction at a regional scale. The presence of both transposed and intact granitic networks indicate an overlap between deformation and granite migration (as a continuum or in pulses?). The methodology and terminology proposed in this paper provide some insights on the behavior of the granitic fraction in the middle crust. This approach should be applicable to other high-grade terrains exhumed in the cores of orogenic belts.

  14. Recovering Paleo-Records from Antarctic Ice-Cores by Coupling a Continuous Melting Device and Fast Ion Chromatography.

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    Severi, Mirko; Becagli, Silvia; Traversi, Rita; Udisti, Roberto

    2015-11-17

    Recently, the increasing interest in the understanding of global climatic changes and on natural processes related to climate yielded the development and improvement of new analytical methods for the analysis of environmental samples. The determination of trace chemical species is a useful tool in paleoclimatology, and the techniques for the analysis of ice cores have evolved during the past few years from laborious measurements on discrete samples to continuous techniques allowing higher temporal resolution, higher sensitivity and, above all, higher throughput. Two fast ion chromatographic (FIC) methods are presented. The first method was able to measure Cl(-), NO3(-) and SO4(2-) in a melter-based continuous flow system separating the three analytes in just 1 min. The second method (called Ultra-FIC) was able to perform a single chromatographic analysis in just 30 s and the resulting sampling resolution was 1.0 cm with a typical melting rate of 4.0 cm min(-1). Both methods combine the accuracy, precision, and low detection limits of ion chromatography with the enhanced speed and high depth resolution of continuous melting systems. Both methods have been tested and validated with the analysis of several hundred meters of different ice cores. In particular, the Ultra-FIC method was used to reconstruct the high-resolution SO4(2-) profile of the last 10?000 years for the EDML ice core, allowing the counting of the annual layers, which represents a key point in dating these kind of natural archives. PMID:26494022

  15. Quantum mechanics without statistical postulates

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    H. Geiger; G. Obermair; Ch. Helm

    1999-05-21

    The Bohmian formulation of quantum mechanics is used in order to describe the measurement process in an intuitive way without a reduction postulate in the framework of a deterministic single system theory. Thereby the motion of the hidden classical particle is chaotic during almost all nontrivial measurement processes. For the correct reproduction of experimental results, it is further essential that the distribution function $P(x)$ of the results of a position measurement is identical with $|\\Psi|^2$ of the wavefunction $\\Psi$ of the single system under consideration. It is shown that this feature is not an additional assumption, but can be derived strictly from the chaotic motion of a single system during a sequence of measurements, providing a completely deterministic picture of the statistical features of quantum mechanics.

  16. High Pressure Melting of Iron with Nonmetals Sulfur, Carbon, Oxygen, and Hydrogen: Implications for Planetary Cores

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    Buono, Antonio Salvatore

    The earth's core consists of a solid metallic center surrounded by a liquid metallic outer layer. Understanding the compositions of the inner and outer cores allows us to better understand the dynamics of the earth's core, as well as the dynamics of the cores of other terrestrial planets and moons. The density and size of the earth's core indicate that it is approximately 90% metallic, predominantly iron, with about 10% light elements. Iron meteorites, believed to be the remnants of planetary cores, provide further constraints on the composition of the earth's core, indicating a composition of 86% iron, 4% nickel, and 10% light elements. Any potential candidate for the major light element core component must meet two criteria: first, it must have high cosmic abundances and second, it must be compatible with Fe. Given these two constraints there are five plausible elements that could be the major light element in the core: H, O, C, S, and Si. Of these five possible candidates this thesis focuses on S and C as well exploring the effect of minor amounts of O and H on the eutectic temperature in a Fe-FeS core. We look at two specific aspects of the Fe-FeS system: first, the shape of the liquidus as a function of pressure, second, a possible cause for the reported variations in the eutectic temperature, which draws on the effect of H and O. Finally we look at the effect of S and C on partitioning behavior of Ni, Pt, Re,Co, Os and W between cohenite and metallic liquid. We are interested in constraining the shape of the Fe-FeS liquidus because as a planet with a S-enriched core cools, the thermal and compositional evolution of its core is constrained by this liquidus. In Chapter 1 I present an equation that allows for calculation of the temperature along the liquidus as a function of pressure and composition for Fe-rich compositions and pressures from 1 bar to 10 GPa. One particularly interesting feature of the Fe --rich side of the Fe-FeS eutectic is the sigmoidal shape of the liquidus. This morphology indicates non-ideal liquid solution behavior and suggests the presence of a metastable solvus beneath the liquidus. An important consequence of such curved liquidi is that isobaric, uniform cooling requires substantial variations in the solidification rate of the core. Additionally, in bodies large enough for P variation within the core to be significant, solidification behavior is further complicated by the P dependence of the liquidus shape. Brett and Bell (1969) show that at 3 GPa, the liquidus curvature relaxes, implying that the liquid solution becomes more ideal. By 10 GPa, the liquidus approaches nearly ideal behavior (Chen et al., 2008b). However, at 14 GPa, the liquidus again assumes a sigmoidal curvature (Chen et al., 2008a; Chen et al., 2008b), suggesting a fundamental change in the thermodynamic behavior of the liquid. Chapter 1 of this thesis accounts for the observed complexity in the liquidus up to 10 GPa thus enabling more accurate modeling of the evolution of the cores of small planets (Buono and Walker, 2011). Accurately knowing the eutectic temperature for the Fe-FeS system is important because it places a minimum bound on the temperature of a S-enriched core that has a solid and liquid component which are in equilibrium. Unfortunately literature values for the 1 bar to 10 GPa eutectic temperature in the Fe-FeS system are highly variable making the estimation of core temperature, an important geodynamic parameter, very difficult. In Chapter 2 we look at a possible cause of this observed variation by experimentally investigating the effects of H on the eutectic temperature in the Fe-FeS system at 6 and 8 GPa. We find that H causes a decrease in the eutectic temperature (but that O does not) and that this decrease can explain some of the observed scatter in the available data. The effect of H on the eutectic temperature increases with increasing pressure (i.e. the eutectic temperature is more depressed at higher pressures), matching the trend reported for the Fe-FeS system (Fei et al., 1997). Our work suggests

  17. LWR source terms for loss-of-coolant and core melt accidents

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    Malinauskas, A.P.; Lorenz, R.A.; Albrecht, H.; Wild, H.

    1980-01-01

    Fission product source terms for loss-of-coolant and core meltdown accidents in light water reactors are reviewed. The results presented in the Reactor Safety Study are summarized, and modifications of these results, due to more recent experimental studies, are described.

  18. Silicate glasses and sulfide melts in the ICDP-USGS Eyreville B core, Chesapeake Bay impact structure, Virginia, USA

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    Belkin, H.E.; Horton, J.W., Jr.

    2009-01-01

    Optical and electron-beam petrography of melt-rich suevite and melt-rock clasts from selected samples from the Eyreville B core, Chesapeake Bay impact structure, reveal a variety of silicate glasses and coexisting sulfur-rich melts, now quenched to various sulfi de minerals (??iron). The glasses show a wide variety of textures, fl ow banding, compositions, devitrifi cation, and hydration states. Electron-microprobe analyses yield a compositional range of glasses from high SiO2 (>90 wt%) through a range of lower SiO2 (55-75 wt%) with no relationship to depth of sample. Some samples show spherical globules of different composition with sharp menisci, suggesting immiscibility at the time of quenching. Isotropic globules of higher interfacial tension glass (64 wt% SiO2) are in sharp contact with lower-surface-tension, high-silica glass (95 wt% SiO2). Immiscible glass-pair composition relationships show that the immiscibility is not stable and probably represents incomplete mixing. Devitrifi cation varies and some low-silica, high-iron glasses appear to have formed Fe-rich smectite; other glass compositions have formed rapid quench textures of corundum, orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene, magnetite, K-feldspar, plagioclase, chrome-spinel, and hercynite. Hydration (H2O by difference) varies from ~10 wt% to essentially anhydrous; high-SiO2 glasses tend to contain less H2O. Petrographic relationships show decomposition of pyrite and melting of pyrrhotite through the transformation series; pyrite? pyrrhotite? troilite??? iron. Spheres (~1 to ~50 ??m) of quenched immiscible sulfi de melt in silicate glass show a range of compositions and include phases such as pentlandite, chalcopyrite, Ni-As, monosulfi de solid solution, troilite, and rare Ni-Fe. Other sulfi de spheres contain small blebs of pure iron and exhibit a continuum with increasing iron content to spheres that consist of pure iron with small, remnant blebs of Fe-sulfi de. The Ni-rich sulfi de phases can be explained by melting and/or concentrating targetderived Ni without requiring an asteroid impactor source component. The presence of locally unaltered glasses in these rocks suggests that in some rock volumes, isolation from postimpact hydrothermal systems was suffi cient for glass preservation. Pressure and temperature indicators suggest that, on a thin-section scale, the suevites record rapid mixing and accumulation of particles that sustained widely different peak temperatures, from clasts that never exceeded 300 ?? 50 ??C, to the bulk of the glasses where melted sulfi de and unmelted monazite suggest temperatures of 1500 ?? 200 ??C. The presence of coesite in some glass-bearing samples suggests that pressures exceeded ~3 GPa. ?? 2009 Geological Society of America.

  19. Melt-grafting for the synthesis of core-shell nanoparticles with ultra-high dispersant density

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    Zirbs, Ronald; Lassenberger, Andrea; Vonderhaid, Iris; Kurzhals, Steffen; Reimhult, Erik

    2015-06-01

    Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (NPs) are used in a rapidly expanding number of applications in e.g. the biomedical field, for which brushes of biocompatible polymers such as poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) have to be densely grafted to the core. Grafting of such shells to monodisperse iron oxide NPs has remained a challenge mainly due to the conflicting requirements to replace the ligand shell of as-synthesized NPs with irreversibly bound PEG dispersants. We introduce a general two-step method to graft PEG dispersants from a melt to iron oxide NPs first functionalized with nitrodopamine (NDA). This method yields uniquely dense spherical PEG-brushes (~3 chains per nm2 of PEG(5 kDa)) compared to existing methods, and remarkably colloidally stable NPs also under challenging conditions.Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (NPs) are used in a rapidly expanding number of applications in e.g. the biomedical field, for which brushes of biocompatible polymers such as poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) have to be densely grafted to the core. Grafting of such shells to monodisperse iron oxide NPs has remained a challenge mainly due to the conflicting requirements to replace the ligand shell of as-synthesized NPs with irreversibly bound PEG dispersants. We introduce a general two-step method to graft PEG dispersants from a melt to iron oxide NPs first functionalized with nitrodopamine (NDA). This method yields uniquely dense spherical PEG-brushes (~3 chains per nm2 of PEG(5 kDa)) compared to existing methods, and remarkably colloidally stable NPs also under challenging conditions. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: The ESI contains details on additional synthetic protocols and characterization. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr02313k

  20. Basal Melt Under the Interior of the Greenland Ice Sheet: Comparison of Models, Deep Ice Cores, and Radar Observations

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    Rezvanbehbahani, S.; Stearns, L. A.; van der Veen, C. J.

    2014-12-01

    Basal ice temperature is a critical boundary condition for ice sheet models. It modulates the basal melt rate and sliding conditions, and also affects the ice hardness which alters the deformational velocity. Therefore, in order to obtain reliable estimates on the future mass loss of the ice sheets using numerical models, basal ice temperature is of paramount importance. In this study, the basal temperature and basal melt rate under the Greenland Ice Sheet are estimated using the Robin temperature solution. The analytical Robin solution is obtained by solving the heat conservation equation for steady state conditions, assuming that advection and diffusion are significant only in the vertical direction. In this study, the sensitivity of the basal temperature obtained from the Robin solution to changes in input parameters, including changes in atmospheric conditions, ice thickness, and geothermal heat flux is tested. Although the Robin solution is frequently used in glaciology, there has been no quantitative study to estimate the effect of neglecting the horizontal advection on basal temperatures in regions of higher velocity. Here, a two-dimensional model is applied to quantify the effect of horizontal heat advection on basal temperatures. Overall, horizontal heat advection lowers the basal temperature except in regions where surface mass balance gradients are negative along the flow. Comparing the results from the 2D temperature model to the Robin solution along multiple flowlines of the Greenland Ice Sheet suggest that the horizontal heat advection alters the basal temperatures by less than 3°C up to 30-45% of the flow distance away from the ice divide; at greater distances this difference increases rapidly. All simulations using the Robin solution predict substantial basal melting under the northeast drainage basin of the ice sheet. Our 2D model results also show that because of the negative surface mass balance gradient, horizontal heat advection increases the basal temperatures in the northeast basin. Our obtained map of basal melting area matches well with the radar detected basal water under the north and northeast drainage basins. However, low basal temperatures estimated at the Camp Century ice core location in the northwest of the ice sheet is in contrast with the radar observations.

  1. Melting and metallization of silica in the cores of gas giants, ice giants, and super Earths

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    Mazevet, S.; Tsuchiya, T.; Taniuchi, T.; Benuzzi-Mounaix, A.; Guyot, F.

    2015-07-01

    The physical state and properties of silicates at conditions encountered in the cores of gas giants, ice giants, and of Earth-like exoplanets now discovered with masses up to several times the mass of the Earth remain mostly unknown. Here, we report on theoretical predictions of the properties of silica, SiO2, up to 4 TPa and about 20 000 K by using first principles molecular dynamics simulations based on density functional theory. For conditions found in the super Earths and in ice giants, we show that silica remains a poor electrical conductor up to 10 Mbar due to an increase in the Si-O coordination with pressure. For Jupiter and Saturn cores, we find that MgSiO3 silicate has not only dissociated into MgO and SiO2, as shown in previous studies, but that these two phases have likely differentiated to lead to a core made of liquid SiO2 and solid (Mg,Fe)O.

  2. Melting and metallization of silica in the cores of gas giants, ice giants and super Earths

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    Mazevet, S; Taniuchi, T; Benuzzi-Mounaix, A; Guyot, F

    2014-01-01

    The physical state and properties of silicates at conditions encountered in the cores of gas giants, ice giants and of Earth like exoplanets now discovered with masses up to several times the mass of the Earth remains mostly unknown. Here, we report on theoretical predictions of the properties of silica, SiO$_2$, up to 4 TPa and about 20,000K using first principle molecular dynamics simulations based on density functional theory. For conditions found in the Super-Earths and in ice giants, we show that silica remains a poor electrical conductor up to 10 Mbar due to an increase in the Si-O coordination with pressure. For Jupiter and Saturn cores, we find that MgSiO$_3$ silicate has not only dissociated into MgO and SiO$_2$, as shown in previous studies, but that these two phases have likely differentiated to lead to a core made of liquid SiO$_2$ and solid (Mg,Fe)O.

  3. Petrology of impactites from El'gygytgyn crater: Breccias in ICDP-drill core 1C, glassy impact melt rocks and spherules

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    Claeys, Philippe

    Petrology of impactites from El'gygytgyn crater: Breccias in ICDP-drill core 1C, glassy impact melt intercalations of polymict breccia and mafic inclusions. These lithologies are overlain by 89 m of polymict breccia whose components occasionally exhibit scarce, low-degree shock metamorphic features. This unit

  4. A synthetic ice core approach to estimate ion relocation in an ice field site experiencing periodical melt; a case study on Lomonosovfonna, Svalbard

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    Vega, C. P.; Pohjola, V. A.; Beaudon, E.; Claremar, B.; van Pelt, W. J. J.; Pettersson, R.; Isaksson, E.; Martma, T.; Schwikowski, M.; Bøggild, C. E.

    2015-09-01

    Physical and chemical properties of four different ice cores (LF-97, LF-08, LF-09 and LF-11) drilled at Lomonosovfonna, Svalbard, were compared to investigate the effects of meltwater percolation on the chemical and physical stratigraphy of these records. A synthetic ice core approach was employed as reference record to estimate the ionic relocation and meltwater percolation length at this site during the period 2007-2010. Using this method, the ion elution sequence obtained for Lomonosovfonna was SO42- > NO3- > NH4+ > Mg2+ > Cl-, K+ > Na+ > Ca2+, with acidic ions being the most mobile within the snowpack. The relocation length of most of the ions was in the order of 1 m, with the exception of SO42- showing relocation lengths > 2 m during this period. In addition, by using both a positive degree day (PDD) and a snow-energy model approaches to estimate the percentage of melt at Lomonosovfonna, we have calculated a melt percentage (MP) of the total annual accumulation within the range between 48 and 70 %, for the period between 2007 and 2010 which is above the MP range suggested by the ion relocation evidenced in the LF-syn core (i.e. MP = 30 %). Using a firn-densification model to constrain the melt range, a MP of 30 % was found over the same period which is consistent with the results of the synthetic ice core approach, and a 45 % of melt for the last 60 years. Considering the ionic relocation lengths and annual melt percentages, we estimate that the atmospheric ionic signal remains preserved in recently drilled Lomonosovfonna ice cores at an annual or bi-annual resolution.

  5. Transcrystalline Migration of Metallic Melt in (Mg,Fe)O: Implications for the Core-Mantle Interaction

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    Otsuka, K.; Karato, S.

    2012-04-01

    Penetration of metallic materials has been invoked at the core-mantle-boundary to explain relatively strong magnetic coupling and some geochemical signature of core materials. However, all previously proposed models fail to explain an extensive penetration (10s of km) required to explain these phenomena. We report a discovery of a new process of metallic melt entrainment into the mantle minerals that might provide a clue to explain inferred extensive core-mantle chemical interaction. When a mineral and molten metal co-exist at a large scale, the chemical equilibrium is attained only near the interface and the bulk of the system is out of equilibrium. Under these conditions, the gradient in chemical potential exists and the interface between these two phases becomes unstable against some morphological perturbation and one phase may penetrate into another. We found that such a process occurs between (Mg,Fe)O single crystal and molten metals (Mo-rich and Fe-rich metals). When such a system is annealed, morphological instability occurred and the interface became serrated. The serrated region grew and pinched off to become an isolated metal-rich blob. These blobs migrate into a crystal with the speed much faster than expected by diffusion-controlled processes. For example, after annealing at P=15 GPa, T=2000 K for 2 hours, a whole ~1 mm size (Mg,Fe)O was penetrated by metallic blobs. The morphological instability of such an interface was explained by a theory of Mullins and Sekerka (1963, 1964). On the bases of their theory, we developed a model to explain the evolution of a metal-rich layer. In this model, the compositions of both migrating metallic blobs and surrounding mineral will change as a metallic blob migrates, and the migration will terminate when the composition becomes the equilibrium composition. Our model predicts that such a metal-rich layer could extend 10s of km at the core-mantle boundary but the nature of such a layer depends on the properties of mantle minerals and will differ among different planets with different mineralogy.

  6. High Pressure Melting, Phase Diagrams, and Equations of State in the Fe-FeSi System with Application to Earth's Core

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    Fischer, R. A.; Campbell, A. J.; Reaman, D. M.; Heinz, D. L.; Dera, P. K.; Prakapenka, V.

    2012-12-01

    The Earth's core is comprised mostly of iron, with some nickel and several weight percent of one or more light elements. The light element(s) dictate phase relations, structure, and dynamic behaviour, so it is crucial to evaluate various candidates at conditions of planetary interiors. We present results on high P-T phase diagrams and equations of state in the Fe-FeSi system with application to the structure and composition of Earth's core. X-ray diffraction measurements were performed on stoichiometric FeSi and on Fe-Si alloys containing 9 and 16 wt% silicon in a laser-heated diamond anvil cell at the APS, NSLS, and ALS. Pressures were determined from the lattice parameter of KBr. We have investigated the phase diagram of Fe-9Si to 100 GPa and over 3000 K. Our melting curve agrees with previous results on similar alloys [1,2], as demonstrated using multiple methods of detecting melting. Our subsolidus results are similar to those of Lin et al. [3], though we find the B2 structure instead of bcc, and a shallower slope for the hcp+B2 to fcc+B2 boundary. We studied phase relations of Fe-16Si to over 135 GPa, finding agreement with previous melting curves [2,4]. Below 45 GPa, this alloy has the D0_3 structure. At high pressures, Fe-16Si breaks down into a mixture of B2 and hcp phases, with this mixture stable to pressures of the Earth's outer core. This is the first study on the B2 phase of FeSi with in situ X-ray diffraction at high pressures and temperatures. We report a wide B2+B20 two-phase field in FeSi, with complete conversion to the B2 structure by ~42 GPa. A melting experiment on FeSi agrees with the results of Lord et al. [5]. We have synthesized our results with previous studies to construct T-X and P-X phase diagrams, and we have determined thermal equations of state of each alloy. Our measured densities can be used to constrain the maximum amount of silicon in the Earth's outer core by comparison to the equation of state of hcp-Fe [6] and the seismologically-determined density. Assuming a core-mantle boundary (CMB) temperature of 4000 +/- 500 K and a 1-2% density decrease upon melting, the amount of silicon in the outer core required to match PREM at the CMB is 11.3 +/- 1.5 weight percent, under the simplifying assumption of a purely Fe-Ni-Si outer core. The minimum temperature of an Fe-Si outer core is 4380 K, based on the eutectic melting point of Fe-FeSi alloys, and silicon is shown not to significantly depress the melting point of iron at core conditions. At the highest pressures reached, only the hcp and B2 structures are seen in the Fe-FeSi system. We predict that alloys containing more than ~4-8 wt% Si will convert to an hcp+B2 mixture and later to the hcp structure with increasing pressure, and that an iron-silicon alloy in the Earth's inner core would most likely be a mixture of hcp and B2 phases. [1] Kuwayama and Hirose (2004) Am Mineral 89, 273-276 [2] Morard et al. (2011) PCM 38, 767-776 [3] Lin et al (2002) Science 295, 313-315 [4] Asanuma et al. (2010) PCM 37, 353-359 [5] Lord et al. (2010) JGR 115, B06208 [6] Dewaele et al. (2006) PRL 97, 215504

  7. Black carbon concentrations from a Tibetan Plateau ice core spanning 1843-1982: recent increases due to emissions and glacier melt

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    Jenkins, M.; Kaspari, S.; Kang, S.; Grigholm, B.; Mayewski, P. A.

    2013-10-01

    Black carbon (BC) deposited on snow and glacier surfaces can reduce albedo and lead to accelerated melt. An ice core recovered from Guoqu glacier on Mt. Geladaindong and analyzed using a Single Particle Soot Photometer provides the first long-term (1843-1982) record of BC concentrations from the Central Tibetan Plateau. The highest concentrations are observed from 1975-1982, which corresponds to a 2.0-fold and 2.4-fold increase in average and median values, respectively, relative to 1843-1940. BC concentrations post-1940 are also elevated relative to the earlier portion of the record. Causes for the higher BC concentrations include increased regional BC emissions and subsequent deposition, and melt induced enrichment of BC, with the melt potentially accelerated due to the presence of BC at the glacier surface. A qualitative comparison of the BC and Fe (used as a dust proxy) records suggests that if changes in the concentrations of absorbing impurities at the glacier surface have influenced recent glacial melt, the melt may be due to the presence of BC rather than dust. Guoqu glacier has received no net ice accumulation since the 1980s, and is a potential example of a glacier where an increase in the equilibrium line altitude is exposing buried high impurity layers. That BC concentrations in the uppermost layers of the Geladaindong ice core are not substantially higher relative to deeper in the ice core suggests that some of the BC that must have been deposited on Guoqu glacier via wet or dry deposition between 1983 and 2005 has been removed from the surface of the glacier, potentially via supraglacial or englacial meltwater.

  8. Carbon Solubility in Core Melts in Shallow Magma Ocean Environment and its bearing on Distribution of Carbon between Deep Earth Reservoirs

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    Dasgupta, R.; Walker, D.

    2007-12-01

    Carbon affects the melting phase relations of mantle rocks [1] and core metal [2], influences the physical properties of molten silicates and metals, and also has significant effect on partitioning of other key elements between various deep Earth phases. But the carbon budget of Earth's deep mantle and core is poorly constrained due to lack of knowledge of behavior of carbon during core formation. In order to determine the storage capacity of dissolved carbon in metallic core melts and to put constraints on partitioning of carbon between silicate mantle and metallic core, we have determined the solubility of carbon in molten core metal at P- T conditions relevant for a shallow magma ocean.Experiments are performed at 2 GPa and to 2500 °C using a piston cylinder apparatus. Pure Fe-rod or a mixture of Fe-5.2%Ni loaded into graphite capsules were used as starting materials. Al coated run products are analyzed by EMP. Carbon concentration of 5.8 ± 0.4 wt.% at 2000 °C, 6.5 ± 0.9 wt.% at 2250 °C, and 7.5 ± 1.2 wt.% at 2500 °C are measured in quenched iron melt saturated with graphite. The trend of C solubility versus temperature for Fe-5.2 wt.% Ni melt, within analytical uncertainties, is similar to that of pure Fe.We have compared our solubility data and an estimate of the current carbon content of the mantle with the carbon content of core melts and residual mantle silicates respectively, derived from equilibrium batch or fractional segregation of core liquids, to constrain the partition coefficient of carbon between silicate and metallic melts in a magma ocean, DC. Translation of the limits of DC, derived from our solubility data, on calculation of carbon content of the residual silicate shows that the observed mantle concentration of carbon is too low to be matched by the process of shallow magma ocean fractionation of carbon between metal and silicate in a chondritic protoearth. If carbon solubility in liquid Fe does not change strongly as a function of pressure, this may indicate the presence of a hidden carbon- rich mantle reservoir untapped by oceanic volcanism. For the entire range of possible bulk Earth carbon content from chondritic to subchondritic and for the mantle carbon content of 50-1000 ppm, DC of 10-4- 100 are derived. But for 1000 ppm bulk Earth carbon, DC is 10-2-100. Using the complete range of possible DC for a magma ocean at ~2200 °C, we predict maximum carbon content of the Earth's core to be 6-7 wt.% and a preferred value of 0.25 ± 0.15 wt.% carbon for a bulk Earth carbon concentration of 1000 ppm. Based on our estimate, the core is likely one of the most enriched terrestrial reservoirs of carbon with concentration as high as 0.4 wt.%, which likely is at least an order of magnitude higher than that of the average mantle. The higher carbon content of OIBs compared to MORBs thus may derive in part from core contributions to mantle plumes.[1] Dasgupta, R. and Hirschmann, M.M. 2006, Nature 440, 659- 662. [2] Wood, B.J. 1993, Earth Planet Sci Lett 117, 593-607.

  9. Lorentzian quantum reality: postulates and toy models.

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    Kent, Adrian

    2015-08-01

    We describe postulates for a novel realist version of relativistic quantum theory or quantum field theory in Minkowski space and other background space-times, and illustrate their application with toy models. PMID:26124245

  10. Melt layer statistic of two firn cores recently drilled at Dye3 and South dome in the dry snow zone of Southern Greenland

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    Freitag, Johannes; Kipfstsuhl, Sepp; Hoerz, Sebastian; Eling, Lukas; Vinther, Bo; Popp, Trevor

    2014-05-01

    In the last couple of years remote sensing data have shown large areas of wet snow in the Southern part of the Greenland ice sheet. These melt features are attributed to the overall warming trend. Persistent warming implies changes in the firn layer as well. Even in areas of the dry snow zone one can observe sporadically a few ice lenses within the firn column indicating refrozen meltwater from warm events in the past. In our contribution we want to close the gap between investigations of firn cores drilled in the 70's and the observational record of remote sensing data over the last decade in South Greenland. The focus lies on firn of the dry snow zone which is sensitive against changes in a warming atmosphere and cold enough to prevent a longway percolation path of meltwater to several firn layers. To this end we had drilled two 45m-long firn cores at the former drilling sites of DYE3 (65°11'N, 43°49'W) and South Dome (SD) (63°32'N, 44°34'W) during a aircraft-supported field campaign 2012. The retrieved 3inch-firn core segments of 1m length are measured by a X-ray-scanning routine with the means of the core-scale AWI-ICE-CT. The 2d-density fields are calculated and allow to distinguish between refreezing meltwater and compacted firn. The depth-scales are converted to time-scales by using DEP (dielectric profiling) and (in case of DYE3) discrete sampled d18O measurements. Number density of melt layers and relative amount of melt show an synchronized behavior with an general increase over the last 30 years. Local maxima are observed in both sites at around 6-9m and 25m at DYE3 and 5-8m, 22m and 40m at SD.

  11. Iron under Earth's core conditions: Liquid-state thermodynamics and high-pressure melting curve from ab initio calculations

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    Alfè, Dario

    Hugoniot curves cross the melting line, and the sound speed and Gru¨neisen parameter along the Hugoniot of the liquid, which we compare with data from shock experiments and other sources. The general methods

  12. Thermodynamics of melting relations in the system Fe-FeO at high pressure: Implications for oxygen in the Earth's core

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    Komabayashi, Tetsuya

    2014-05-01

    The thermodynamics of melting relations in the system Fe-FeO was investigated to the outer core-inner core boundary condition from a self-consistent thermodynamic database which was evaluated from the latest static high-pressure (P) and high-temperature (T) experiments. The evaluated database together with an existing nonideal mixing model for liquids reproduces experimental data on the eutectic composition and temperature to P = 50 GPa. On the other hand at the outer core pressures (136 to 330 GPa), employing an ideal solution model gives calculated eutectic temperatures of T = 2990-4330 K, which are also consistent with experimental data. Hence, the ideal solution model is applied to calculate the liquid property under outer core conditions and yields the eutectic compositions of Fe-7.2-9.1 wt % O. From the Gibbs free energy for the Fe-FeO liquids, I calculated the density, sound velocity, and isentropic temperature gradient of a hypothetical oxygen-bearing outer core. Under the outer core conditions, the addition of oxygen reduces the compressional wave velocity of iron liquid, moving it away from seismologically constrained values. An overall O-rich bulk outer core model is thus excluded. Seismological observations however suggest the presence of a low-velocity layer with a thickness of 60-70 km at the top of the outer core. The origin of such a low-velocity layer can be explained by an enrichment of oxygen which might be a consequence of chemical interactions between the core and mantle.

  13. Hot-melt co-extrusion for the production of fixed-dose combination products with a controlled release ethylcellulose matrix core.

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    Vynckier, A-K; Dierickx, L; Saerens, L; Voorspoels, J; Gonnissen, Y; De Beer, T; Vervaet, C; Remon, J P

    2014-04-10

    In this study, hot-melt co-extrusion was evaluated as a technique for the production of fixed-dose combination products, using ethylcellulose as a core matrix former to control the release of metoprolol tartrate and a polyethylene oxide-based coat formulation to obtain immediate release of hydrochlorothiazide. By lowering the concentration of the hydrophilic additive polyethylene oxide in the plasticized ethylcellulose matrix or by lowering the drug load, the in vitro metoprolol tartrate release from the core was substantially sustained. The in vitro release of hydrochlorothiazide from the polyethylene oxide/polyethylene glycol coat was completed within 45 min for all formulations. Tensile testing of the core/coat mini-matrices revealed an adequate adhesion between the two layers. Raman mapping showed no migration of active substances. Solid state characterization indicated that the crystalline state of metoprolol tartrate was not affected by thermal processing via hot-melt extrusion, while hydrochlorothiazide was amorphous in the coat. These solid state characteristics were confirmed during the stability study. Considering the bioavailability of metoprolol tartrate after oral administration to dogs, the different co-extruded formulations offered a range of sustained release characteristics. Moreover, high metoprolol tartrate plasma concentrations were reached in dogs allowing the administered dose to be halved. PMID:24486558

  14. Radiological Impact Assessment (RIA) following a postulated accident in PHWRS

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    Soni, N.; Kansal, M.; Rammohan, H. P.; Malhotra, P. K.

    2012-07-01

    Radiological Impact Assessment (RIA) following postulated accident i.e Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA) with failed Emergency Core Cooling System (ECCS), performed as part of the reactor safety analysis of a typical 700 MWe Indian Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor(PHWR). The rationale behind the assessment is that the public needs to be protected in the event that the postulated accident results in radionuclide release outside containment. Radionuclides deliver dose to the human body through various pathways namely, plume submersion, exposure due to ground deposition, inhalation and ingestion. The total exposure dose measured in terms of total effective dose equivalent (TEDE) is the sum of doses to a hypothetical adult human at exclusion zone boundary by all the exposure pathways. The analysis provides the important inputs to decide upon the type of emergency counter measures to be adopted during the postulated accident. The importance of the various pathways in terms of contribution to the total effective dose equivalent(TEDE) is also assessed with respect to time of exposure. Inhalation and plume gamma dose are the major contributors towards TEDE during initial period of accident whereas ingestion and ground shine dose start dominating in TEDE in the extended period of exposure. Moreover, TEDE is initially dominated by I-131, Kr-88, Te-132, I-133 and Sr-89, whereas, as time progresses, Xe-133,I-131 and Te-132 become the main contributors. (authors)

  15. Final results of the XR2-1 BWR metallic melt relocation experiment

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    Gauntt, R.O.; Humphries, L.L.

    1997-08-01

    This report documents the final results of the XR2-1 boiling water reactor (BWR) metallic melt relocation experiment, conducted at Sandia National Laboratories for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The objective of this experiment was to investigate the material relocation processes and relocation pathways in a dry BWR core following a severe nuclear reactor accident such as an unrecovered station blackout accident. The imposed test conditions (initial thermal state and the melt generation rates) simulated the conditions for the postulated accident scenario and the prototypic design of the lower core test section (in composition and in geometry) ensured that thermal masses and physical flow barriers were modeled adequately. The experiment has shown that, under dry core conditions, the metallic core materials that melt and drain from the upper core regions can drain from the core region entirely without formation of robust coherent blockages in the lower core. Temporary blockages that suspended pools of molten metal later melted, allowing the metals to continue draining downward. The test facility and instrumentation are described in detail. The test progression and results are presented and compared to MERIS code analyses. 6 refs., 55 figs., 4 tabs.

  16. Experimental Tests of the Projection Postulate

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    Edward J. Gillis

    2015-01-13

    Bell [Helv. Phys.Act. 48 1975] described an idealized test of the projection postulate in order to illustrate the ambiguities in the experimental predictions of quantum theory. An approach to the implementation of such tests is outlined here, based on the interesting logical relationship between the projection postulate and the no-superluminal-signaling principle. Gisin's theorem [Helv. Phys. Act. 62 1989] shows that the no-signaling principle implies that any description of projection at the elementary level must be nondeterministic. The lack of determinism means that information cannot be instantiated in a reproducible and transmittable form in isolated microsystems. The implied limitation on information allows one to interpret the no-signaling principle in purely physical terms as a prohibition of superluminal information transmission. This prohibition, in turn, imposes tight constraints on the connection between projection and elementary processes, leading to a specific hypothesis about how projection effects originate. The hypothesis serves as the basis for the experimental proposal.

  17. Principia aetiologica: taking causality beyond Koch's postulates.

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    Inglis, Timothy J J

    2007-11-01

    There is no single accepted method to establish a causal relationship between an infective agent and its corresponding infectious disease. Different biomedical disciplines use a patchwork of distinct but overlapping approaches. To a greater or lesser extent these are based on criteria known as the Koch-Henle postulates, or 'Koch's postulates' for short. Deficiencies in Koch's postulates were recognized by their principal author shortly after their formulation. Now, over a century later, a more rigorous method to test causality has still to be finalized. One contender is a method that uses molecular methods to establish a causal relationship ('molecular Koch's postulates'). Recognizing the wider range of contemporary approaches used to build an argument for a causal relationship, the use of a more inclusive approach to establish proof of causality is proposed. This method uses an argument built from a series of assertions. Assertion 1: congruence or reproducible correlation of a taxonomically defined life form with the clinico-pathological and epidemiological features of infection. Assertion 2: consistency of the demonstrable biological response in the subject to an encounter with the prospective infective agent. Assertion 3: progressive or cumulative dissonance as an explanation for pathophysiological processes at every known level of biological organization in the subject. Assertion 4: curtailment of that pathophysiological process on the deliberate introduction of a specified biomedical intervention. Evidence to implicate the candidate biological entity as an initiator of or primer for cumulative dissonance places it in a subcategory of micro-organisms to be known as 'priobes'. A priobe is the sufficient and necessary antecedent cause of a pathophysiological process evident as an infectious disease. PMID:17965339

  18. Nanometer quartz grains and rapid cooling melt in fault gouge during earthquake process - observed from the WFSD-1 drilling core sample

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    Wang, H.; Li, H.; Janssen, C.; Wirth, R.

    2014-12-01

    Drilling into active faults is an effective way to get data and materials at depth that help to understand the material properties, physical mechanisms and healing processes of the faults. The Wenchuan earthquake fault scientific drilling project (WFSD) was conducted immediately after the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake (Mw 7.9). The first borehole of the project (WFSD-1) penetrates the Yingxiu-Beichuan fault with a final depth of 1201.15 m and meet the principal slip zone (PSZ) of Wenchuan earthquake at depth of 589.2 m. About 183.3 m-thick fault rocks are recognized in the WFSD-1 drilling core from 575.7 to 759 m-depth, which was confirmed as the Yingxiu-Beichuan fault zone with a real thickness of about 100 m due to the borehole inclination of 11°. In this research we got samples from WFSD-1 drilling core at the depth of 732.4-732.8 m, in which black gouge, gray gouge, fine-grained fault breccia and coarse-grained fault breccia layers can be distinguished clearly. Slickensides were developed in the surface of the black gouge layer. The protolith of this segment is sandstone. Based on detailed microstructural analysis using electron optical microscope, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). An about 1 mm-thick amorphous material layer containing small quartz grains was observed. Circles with different densities were observed in the amorphous material indicate a melt-origin. Cracks are developed in the amorphous material, which are suggested to be caused by general volume reduction as a result of rapid cooling contraction. TEM-EDX analysis of the amorphous material indicates mainly feldspar composition, implying the melting temperature was >1230?, while quartz grains did not melt indicating a temperature <1700?. Nano-scale quartz grains were observed in a very small layer showing a different structure at the edge of the amorphous layer, indicating that nano quartz grains were formed by the comminution during earthquake, which is very important in earthquake energy budgets calculation. These microstructural analysis results reveal that the amorphous layer may formed by rapid cooling of the frictional melt material caused by high-velocity slip during a large earthquake, and fluid flow may played an important role in the rapid cooling process.

  19. Melt fracture revisited

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    Greenberg, J. M.

    2003-07-16

    In a previous paper the author and Demay advanced a model to explain the melt fracture instability observed when molten linear polymer melts are extruded in a capillary rheometer operating under the controlled condition that the inlet flow rate was held constant. The model postulated that the melts were a slightly compressible viscous fluid and allowed for slipping of the melt at the wall. The novel feature of that model was the use of an empirical switch law which governed the amount of wall slip. The model successfully accounted for the oscillatory behavior of the exit flow rate, typically referred to as the melt fracture instability, but did not simultaneously yield the fine scale spatial oscillations in the melt typically referred to as shark skin. In this note a new model is advanced which simultaneously explains the melt fracture instability and shark skin phenomena. The model postulates that the polymer is a slightly compressible linearly viscous fluid but assumes no slip boundary conditions at the capillary wall. In simple shear the shear stress {tau}and strain rate d are assumed to be related by d = F{tau} where F ranges between F{sub 2} and F{sub 1} > F{sub 2}. A strain rate dependent yield function is introduced and this function governs whether F evolves towards F{sub 2} or F{sub 1}. This model accounts for the empirical observation that at high shears polymers align and slide more easily than at low shears and explains both the melt fracture and shark skin phenomena.

  20. Status of the MELTSPREAD-1 computer code for the analysis of transient spreading of core debris melts

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    Farmer, M.T.; Sienicki, J.J.; Spencer, B.W.; Chu, C.C.

    1992-01-01

    A transient, one dimensional, finite difference computer code (MELTSPREAD-1) has been developed to predict spreading behavior of high temperature melts flowing over concrete and/or steel surfaces submerged in water, or without the effects of water if the surface is initially dry. This paper provides a summary overview of models and correlations currently implemented in the code, code validation activities completed thus far, LWR spreading-related safety issues for which the code has been applied, and the status of documentation for the code.

  1. Status of the MELTSPREAD-1 computer code for the analysis of transient spreading of core debris melts

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    Farmer, M.T.; Sienicki, J.J.; Spencer, B.W.; Chu, C.C.

    1992-04-01

    A transient, one dimensional, finite difference computer code (MELTSPREAD-1) has been developed to predict spreading behavior of high temperature melts flowing over concrete and/or steel surfaces submerged in water, or without the effects of water if the surface is initially dry. This paper provides a summary overview of models and correlations currently implemented in the code, code validation activities completed thus far, LWR spreading-related safety issues for which the code has been applied, and the status of documentation for the code.

  2. Ringwoodite rim around olivine core in shock-induced melt veins of Antarctic chondrite : Mechanisms of transformation and Fe-Mg diffusion

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    Xie, Z.; Li, X.; Sharp, T. G.; de Carli, P. S.

    2009-12-01

    Introduction: High-pressure minerals, produced by shock metamorphism, are common in and around melt veins in highly shocked chondrites. The shock duration can be constrained by using transformation kinetics, such as the crystallization rate of the melt-vein matrix[1-2], or growth rate of the high-pressure minerals [3-4], or using elements diffusion rate between two minerals [5]. Using transformation kinetics to constrain shock duration de-pend on the details of the transformation mechanism. For example, growth of topotaxial ringwoodite in olivine with coherent interfaces is slower than growth of inclusions with incoherent interfaces [4-5]. Similarly, diffusion-controlled growth, where rates are determined by long-range diffusion, is generally much slower than interface-controlled growth, which is only dependent on diffusion across the interface [6-8]. The occurrences of the high-pressure mineral rims were recently reported in shock-induced melt veins in several heavily shocked (S6) chondrites, ALH78003, Peace River and GRV052049 [9-11]. Here we report EMAP and Raman results of the ringwoodite rims around olivine cores in shock veins of the Antarctic chondrites GRV 022321, and to elucidate the mechanisms of transformation and Mg-Fe diffusion of the olivine to ringwoodite. Results: GRV022321 has a network of black veins which enclose abundant host-rock fragments. The enclosed fragments have sizes ranging from 5 µm to 30 µm, with a brighter rim up to several µm wide and a dark core in reflected light and BSE image. The Raman data reveal that the rim mineral is ringwoodite signature, and the core minerals are dominated by olivine and mixed minor ringwoodite. EMAP data confirm that the ringwoodite in rim is richer in faylite (Fa) than the olivine core. The Fa values range from 50 to 10 with the outer rim having highest Fa value, and the inside darker area with a lower value. Discussion: The occurrence of the rounded shape grains with smooth edges embedded in the fine matrix in shock-induced melt veins suggest that they are enclosed host-rock fragments and that the ringwoodite in the rim was transformed by solid-state transformation from previous olivine. The variable extent of transformation is likely a result of temperature variations during shock, with the hottest outer olivine forming the ringwoodite rim. The outer hotter ringwoodite attract more Fe than inside cooler olivine, and Mg-Fe diffusion occurs in rapid transformation at high pressure and temperature over up to 10 µm distance. The sample is unique because we can test and double check different shock duration constraints in future work. References: [1] Langenhorst and Poirier (2000) EPSL 184, 37-55. [2] Xie, Z. et al. (2006) GCA, 70. 504-515. [3] Ohtani et al. (2004) EPSL 227(3-4), 505-515. [4] Xie and Sharp (2007), EPLS, 433-445. [5] Beck, et al. (2005) Nature 435, 1071-1074. [6] Kerschhofer et al. (1996) Science 274 (5284), 79-81. [7] Kerschhofer et al. (2000) PEPI 121, 59-76. [8] Sharp and DeCarli (2006) MESS II, 653-677. [9] Ohtani et al. (2006), Shock Waves, 16:45-52. [10] Miyahara et al. (2008) Proceedings. of NAS 105,8542-8547. [11] Feng et al. (2007), MAPS 42, A45.

  3. Nonlinear damage analysis: Postulate and evaluation

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    Leis, B. N.; Forte, T. P.

    1983-01-01

    The objective of this program is to assess the viability of a damage postulate which asserts that the fatigue resistance curve of a metal is history dependent due to inelastic action. The study focusses on OFE copper because this simple model material accentuates the inelastic action central to the damage postulate. Data relevant to damage evolution and crack initiation are developed via a study of surface topography. The effects of surface layer residual stresses are explored via comparative testing as were the effects in initial prestraining. The results of the study very clearly show the deformation history dependence of the fatigue resistance of OFE copper. Furthermore the concept of deformation history dependence is shown to qualitatively explain the fatigue resistance of all histories considered. Likewise quantitative predictions for block cycle histories are found to accurately track the observed results. In this respect the assertion that damage per cycle for a given level of the damage parameter is deformation history dependent appears to be physically justified.

  4. Megablocks and melt pockets in the Chesapeake Bay impact structure constrained by magnetic field measurements and properties of the Eyreville and Cape Charles cores

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    Shah, A.K.; Daniels, D.L.; Kontny, A.; Brozena, J.

    2009-01-01

    We use magnetic susceptibility and remanent magnetization measurements of the Eyreville and Cape Charles cores in combination with new and previously collected magnetic field data in order to constrain structural features within the inner basin of the Chesapeake Bay impact structure. The Eyreville core shows the first evidence of several-hundred-meter-thick basement-derived megablocks that have been transported possibly kilometers from their pre-impact location. The magnetic anomaly map of the structure exhibits numerous short-wavelength (<2 km) variations that indicate the presence of magnetic sources within the crater fill. With core magnetic properties and seismic reflection and refraction results as constraints, forward models of the magnetic field show that these sources may represent basementderived megablocks that are a few hundred meters thick or melt bodies that are a few dozen meters thick. Larger-scale magnetic field properties suggest that these bodies overlie deeper, pre-impact basement contacts between materials with different magnetic properties such as gneiss and schist or gneiss and granite. The distribution of the short-wavelength magnetic anomalies in combination with observations of small-scale (1-2 mGal) gravity field variations suggest that basement-derived megablocks are preferentially distributed on the eastern side of the inner crater, not far from the Eyreville core, at depths of around 1-2 km. A scenario where additional basement-derived blocks between 2 and 3 km depth are distributed throughout the inner basin-and are composed of more magnetic materials, such as granite and schist, toward the east over a large-scale magnetic anomaly high and less magnetic materials, such as gneiss, toward the west where the magnetic anomaly is lower-provides a good model fi t to the observed magnetic anomalies in a manner that is consistent with both gravity and seismic-refraction data. ?? 2009 The Geological Society of America.

  5. Geodesic spaces: Euclid's five postulates as an equational theory,

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    Pratt, Vaughan

    Geodesic spaces: Euclid's five postulates as an equational theory, starting with the second Vaughan of the 60th BirthdGeodesic spaces: Euclid's five postulates as an equational theory, starting and Applications A conference in honour of the 60th BirthdGeodesic spaces: Euclid's five postulates

  6. Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 Uncertainty Analysis-Exploration of Core Melt Progression Uncertain Parameters-Volume II.

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    Denman, Matthew R.; Brooks, Dusty Marie

    2015-08-01

    Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) has conducted an uncertainty analysi s (UA) on the Fukushima Daiichi unit (1F1) accident progression wit h the MELCOR code. Volume I of the 1F1 UA discusses the physical modeling details and time history results of the UA. Volume II of the 1F1 UA discusses the statistical viewpoint. The model used was developed for a previous accident reconstruction investigation jointly sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The goal of this work was to perform a focused evaluation of uncertainty in core damage progression behavior and its effect on key figures - of - merit (e.g., hydrogen production, fraction of intact fuel, vessel lower head failure) and in doing so assess the applicability of traditional sensitivity analysis techniques .

  7. Modeling of core debris-sodium-concrete interactions

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    Cheung, F.B.; Pedersen, D.R.; Nguyen, D.H.

    1984-01-01

    The interactions between sodium and concrete in the presence of heat-generating core debris resulting from a postulated core meltdown accident in a sodium-cooled fast reactor are complex yet important phenomena relevant to several key safety issues. In particular, the attack of sodium and of core debris on the concrete basemat below the reactor cavity, the generation of hydrogen gas, and the pressurization of the reactor building as a result of the interactions represent, among others, the major sources that provide a challenge to containment integrity. Thus far, no physical model has been developed to describe the nature and the extent of sodium-concrete interactions wth core debris present. It is the purpose of this study to provide a complete physical description of the scenario involved in the core debris-sodium-concrete interactions, starting from the chemical erosion phase through the molten pool formation phase to the long-term melt penetration phase.

  8. Information-theoretic postulates for quantum theory

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    Markus P. Mueller; Lluis Masanes

    2013-04-23

    Why are the laws of physics formulated in terms of complex Hilbert spaces? Are there natural and consistent modifications of quantum theory that could be tested experimentally? This book chapter gives a self-contained and accessible summary of our paper [New J. Phys. 13, 063001, 2011] addressing these questions, presenting the main ideas, but dropping many technical details. We show that the formalism of quantum theory can be reconstructed from four natural postulates, which do not refer to the mathematical formalism, but only to the information-theoretic content of the physical theory. Our starting point is to assume that there exist physical events (such as measurement outcomes) that happen probabilistically, yielding the mathematical framework of "convex state spaces". Then, quantum theory can be reconstructed by assuming that (i) global states are determined by correlations between local measurements, (ii) systems that carry the same amount of information have equivalent state spaces, (iii) reversible time evolution can map every pure state to every other, and (iv) positivity of probabilities is the only restriction on the possible measurements.

  9. Structural failure analysis of reactor vessels due to molten core debris

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    Pfeiffer, P.A.

    1993-08-01

    Maintaining structural integrity of the reactor vessel during a postulated core melt accident is an important safety consideration in the design of the vessel. This paper addresses the failure predictions of the vessel due to thermal and pressure loadings from the molten core debris depositing on the lower head of the vessel. Different loading combinations were considered based on a wet or dry cavity and pressurization of the vessel based on operating pressure or atmospheric (pipe break). The analyses considered both short term (minutes) and long term (days) failure modes. Short term failure modes include creep at elevated temperatures and plastic instabilities of the structure. Long term failure modes are caused by creep rupture that lead to plastic instability of the structure. The analyses predict the reactor vessel will remain intact after the core melt has deposited on the lower vessel head.

  10. Simple derivation from postulates of generalized vacuum Maxwell equations

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    Chun Wa Wong

    2013-05-11

    The two postulates of special relativity plus the postulates of conserved charges, both electric and magnetic, and a resulting linear system are sufficient for the derivation of the generalized vacuum Maxwell equations with both charges. The derivative admits another set of Maxwell equations for charges that are the opposite-parity partners of the usual electric and magnetic charges. These new charges and their photons are parts of the parallel universe of dark matter.

  11. Melt electrospinning.

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    Hutmacher, Dietmar W; Dalton, Paul D

    2011-01-01

    Melt electrospinning is relatively under-investigated compared to solution electrospinning but provides opportunities in numerous areas, in which solvent accumulation or toxicity are a concern. These applications are diverse, and provide a broad set of challenges to researchers involved in electrospinning. In this context, melt electrospinning provides an alternative approach that bypasses some challenges to solution electrospinning, while bringing new issues to the forefront, such as the thermal stability of polymers. This Focus Review describes the literature on melt electrospinning, as well as highlighting areas where both melt and solution are combined, and potentially merge together in the future. PMID:21080400

  12. Von Neumann and Luders postulates and quantum information theory

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    Andrei Khrennikov

    2009-05-27

    This note is devoted to some foundational aspects of quantum mechanics (QM) related to quantum information (QI) theory, especially quantum teleportation and ``one way quantum computing.'' We emphasize the role of the projection postulate (determining post-measurement states) in QI and the difference between its L\\"uders and von Neumann versions. These projection postulates differ crucially in the case of observables with degenerate spectra. Such observables play the fundamental role in operations with entangled states: any measurement on one subsystem is represented by an observable with degenerate spectrum in the Hilbert space of a composite system. If von Neumann was right and L\\"uders was wrong the canonical schemes of quantum teleportation and ``one way quantum computing'' would not work. Surprisingly, we found that, in fact, von Neumann's description of measurements via refinement implies (under natural assumptions) L\\"uders projection postulate. It seems that this important observation was missed during last 70 years. This result closed the problem of the proper use of the projection postulate in quantum information theory. One can proceed with L\\"uders postulate (as people in quantum information really do).

  13. One Hair Postulate for Hawking Radiation as Tunneling Process

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    Dong, Hui; Cai, Qing-Yu; Liu, Xu-Feng; Sun, Chang-Pu

    2014-03-01

    For Hawking radiation, treated as a tunneling process, the no-hair theorem of black hole together with the law of energy conservation is utilized to postulate that the tunneling rate only depends on the external qualities (e.g., the mass for the Schwarzschild black hole) and the energy of the radiated particle. This postulate is justified by the WKB approximation for calculating the tunneling probability. Based on this postulate, a general formula for the tunneling probability is derived without referring to the concrete form of black hole metric. This formula implies an intrinsic correlation between the successive processes of the black hole radiation of two or more particles. It also suggests a kind of entropy conservation and thus resolves the puzzle of black hole information loss in some sense.

  14. One Hair Postulate for Hawking Radiation as Tunneling Process

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    H. Dong; Qing-yu Cai; X. F. Liu; C. P. Sun

    2009-07-13

    For Hawking radiation, treated as a tunneling process, the no-hair theorem of black hole together with the law of energy conservation is utilized to postulate that the tunneling rate only depends on the external qualities (e.g., the mass for the Schwarzschild black hole) and the energy of the radiated particle. This postulate is justified by the WKB approximation for calculating the tunneling probability. Based on this postulate, a general formula for the tunneling probability is derived without referring to the concrete form of black hole metric. This formula implies an intrinsic correlation between the successive processes of the black hole radiation of two or more particles. It also suggests a kind of entropy conservation and thus resolves the puzzle of black hole information loss in some sense.

  15. How to Teach the Postulates of Quantum Mechanics without Enigma.

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    Teixeira-Dias, Jose J. C.

    1983-01-01

    Shows how a statistical approach can help students accept postulates of quantum mechanics. The approach, which also makes students aware of the philosophical/humanistic implications of quantum mechanics, involves the following sequence: (1) important experiments in quantum mechanics; (2) conventional statistical interpretation; (3) mathematical…

  16. Safely Teaching Koch's Postulates on the Causation of Infectious Disease.

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    Stewart, Peter R.

    1990-01-01

    Described is an activity in which the interactions between a parasite and its host may be demonstrated using the relationship between yogurt and two species of bacteria. Background information on Koch's postulates is provided. Materials, laboratory procedures, and results are discussed. (CW)

  17. A Conceptual Derivation of Einstein's Postulates of Special Relativity.

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    Bearden, Thomas E.

    This document presents a discussion and conceptual derivation of Einstein's postulates of special relativity. The perceptron approach appears to be a fundamentally new manner of regarding physical phenomena and it is hoped that physicists will interest themselves in the concept. (Author)

  18. Melting in super-earths.

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    Stixrude, Lars

    2014-04-28

    We examine the possible extent of melting in rock-iron super-earths, focusing on those in the habitable zone. We consider the energetics of accretion and core formation, the timescale of cooling and its dependence on viscosity and partial melting, thermal regulation via the temperature dependence of viscosity, and the melting curves of rock and iron components at the ultra-high pressures characteristic of super-earths. We find that the efficiency of kinetic energy deposition during accretion increases with planetary mass; considering the likely role of giant impacts and core formation, we find that super-earths probably complete their accretionary phase in an entirely molten state. Considerations of thermal regulation lead us to propose model temperature profiles of super-earths that are controlled by silicate melting. We estimate melting curves of iron and rock components up to the extreme pressures characteristic of super-earth interiors based on existing experimental and ab initio results and scaling laws. We construct super-earth thermal models by solving the equations of mass conservation and hydrostatic equilibrium, together with equations of state of rock and iron components. We set the potential temperature at the core-mantle boundary and at the surface to the local silicate melting temperature. We find that ancient (?4?Gyr) super-earths may be partially molten at the top and bottom of their mantles, and that mantle convection is sufficiently vigorous to sustain dynamo action over the whole range of super-earth masses. PMID:24664915

  19. Melting at High Pressures

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    Cohen, R. E.; Vorberger, J.; Militzer, B.; Caracas, R.; Gygi, F.

    2008-12-01

    At high pressures, melts tend to become more similar to the crystalline solid phases. In general, the change in volume with melting, ? V, becomes small and the entropy of melting, ? S, becomes constant leading to a melting curve that bends over and approaches a constant. [1] Solids near melting also show approaching dynamical instabilities near melting, such as enhanced diffusivities in a premelting region. [2] Some materials display different behavior. Na, for example, shows a melting curve with a maximum followed by a negative pressure slope down to low temperatures. [3] Raty et al. proposed that the electronic structure of liquid and solid sodium are different, due to opening of a pseudogap in liquid Na, leading to increased density of the liquid and a negative melting slope. [4] We have performed first-principles molecular dynamics simulations for solid and liquid sodium as a function of P and T, and find no evidence of a pseudogap or electronic transition in Na. Rather we find that liquid Na is denser due to closer first neighbors with icosohedral packing due to softening of the potential such as occurs in a Gaussian core potential. We are also performing first-principles MD for Mg2SiO4 liquid to understand diffusivity and dynamical properties of the melt using the QBOX code. Initial results show D=(14, 3.2, 16) 10-6 m2/s for (Mg,Si,O) at P=0 and 6000K and D=(5.7, 1.9, 9.2) 10-6 m2/s at 5000K. Lower temperature and higher pressure simulations are in progress. [1] R. E. Cohen, and Z. Gong, Phys. Rev. B 50, 12301 (1994). [2] R. E. Cohen, and J. Weitz, in Properties of Earth and Planetary Materials at High Pressure and Temperature, edited by M. H. Manghnani, and T. Yagi (AGU, Washington, D.C., 1998), pp. 185. [3] E. Gregoryanz et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 185502 (2005). [4] J.-Y. Raty, E. Schwegler, and S. A. Bonev, Nature 449, 448 (2007). [5] F. H. Stillinger, and P. G. Debenedetti, Biophysical Chemistry 105, 211 (2003).

  20. The Four Postulates of Freudian Unconscious Neurocognitive Convergences

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    Arminjon, Mathieu

    2011-01-01

    In the 1980s, the terms “cognitive unconscious” were invented to denominate a perspective on unconscious mental processes independent from the psychoanalytical views. For several reasons, the two approaches to unconscious are generally conceived as irreducible. Nowadays, we are witnessing a certain convergence between both fields. The aim of this paper consists in examining the four basic postulates of Freudian unconscious at the light of neurocognitive sciences. They posit: (1) that some psychological processes are unconsciously performed and causally determine conscious processes, (2) that they are governed by their own cognitive rules, (3) that they set out their own intentions, (4) and that they lead to a conflicting organization of psyche. We show that each of these postulates is the subject of empirical and theoretical works. If the two fields refer to more or less similar mechanisms, we propose that their opposition rests on an epistemological misunderstanding. As a conclusion, we promote a conservative reunification of the two perspectives. PMID:21734896

  1. OPERA data and The Equivalence Postulate of Quantum Mechanics

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    Alon E. Faraggi

    2011-10-24

    An interpretation of the recent results reported by the OPERA collaboration is that neutrinos propagation in vacuum exceeds the speed of light. It has been further been suggested that this interpretation can be attributed to the variation of the particle speed arising from the Relativistic Quantum Hamilton Jacobi Equation. I show that this is in general not the case. I derive an expression for the quantum correction to the instantaneous relativistic velocity in the framework of the relativistic quantum Hamilton-Jacobi equation, which is derived from the equivalence postulate of quantum mechanics. While the quantum correction does indicate deviations from the classical energy--momentum relation, it does not necessarily lead to superluminal speeds. The quantum correction found herein has a non-trivial dependence on the energy and mass of the particle, as well as on distance travelled. I speculate on other possible observational consequences of the equivalence postulate approach.

  2. The necessity of the second postulate in special relativity

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    Alon Drory

    2014-08-15

    Many authors noted that the principle of relativity together with space-time homogeneity and isotropy restrict the form of the coordinate transformations from one inertial frame to another to being Lorentz-like. The equations contain a free parameter, $k$ (equal to $c^{-2}$ in special relativity), which value is claimed to be merely an empirical matter, so that special relativity does not need the postulate of constancy of the speed of light. I analyze this claim and argue that the distinction between the cases $k = 0$ and $k \

  3. Analyses of postulated ALMR containment and steam generator building accidents using the CONTAIN-LMR code

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    Chiao, T.; Wood, S.A.; Shen, P.K.; Baker, R.B.; Gluekler, E.L.

    1994-01-01

    The development of liquid metal reactor concepts with passive safety characteristics is in progress at the General Electric Company under contract to the US Department of Energy. To assess the performance of these systems under postulated severe accident conditions analyses of containment accidents relating to the breach of the primary coolant boundary of the Department of Energy Advanced Liquid Metal Reactor were completed by Westinghouse Hanford Company for the plant designer General Electric. A series of three accident cases were selected by General Electric for characterizing the containment responding to a hypothetical core disruptive accident. In addition, the Advanced Liquid Metal Reactor Steam Generator Building was also analyzed to demonstrate the acceptability of the Steam Generator Building sodium fire protection strategy related to a design-basis leak.

  4. EDITORIAL: DNA melting DNA melting

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    Blossey, Ralf

    2009-01-01

    DNA melting is an old topic: the fact that the dissociation of the DNA double-strand is a thermodynamic equilibrium phase transition dates back to the mid-1950s [1, 2]. There have been periods of intense interest in the topic throughout the years, in particular in the 1960s in the context of the theory of phase transitions. The development still continues. On the theory side, models of quite different character have been developed (the Poland-Scheraga model, Peyrard-Bishop-Dauxois model, etc) to study the equilibrium transition and also its dynamics. Recent advances both in biology and the nanosciences have added new twists to this field, warranting a special issue on the topic. The papers collected in this issue can roughly be grouped into three main topics: the DNA denaturation transition—the reader will find papers on this topic that address issues that are still unresolved, like the physics of denaturation bubbles and the dynamics of DNA melting, and also model improvements and new experimental findings; applications of DNA melting to biology, relating melting signatures to biologically relevant, sequence-dependent features of DNA; artificial DNA constructs and single-molecule methods to study DNA denaturation. The collected papers give a broad view of the field at the forefront of the newest research. I hope they will also convince the uninitiated reader that important questions are being addressed which might even provide unexpected answers relevant to biology. References [1] Thomas R 1953 Bull. Soc. Chim. Biol. 35 609 [2] Thomas R 1954 Biochim. Biophys. Acta 14 23

  5. Dynamics of surface melting

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    Elsayed-Ali, H.E.

    1990-08-01

    The objectives of this program is to study the phenomenon of surface melting of single crystals of metals, to test for its existence, and to investigate its dynamics. Both conventional static electron diffraction and dynamic ultrafast electron diffraction are used in our study. This year, the ultrahigh vacuum facility containing the picosecond electron reflection high-energy electron diffraction system was equipped with a cylindrical mirror analyzer and a static electron gum for Auger spectroscopy. An image analysis system capable of acquiring the pulsed diffraction patterns was assembled and used in analysis of picosecond laser heated surfaces. A large set of time-resolved experiments were conducted to study the thermal response of Pb(110) to picosecond laser heating. The surface Debye-Waller effect was used to time-resolve the evolution of surface temperature. This provided us with a picosecond time-resolved surface lattice temperature probe. Results for laser fluences below surface melting show agreement with a heat-diffusion model. The temperature dependence of the Pb(100) along the (110) and the (001) azimuths using x-ray photoelectron forward scattering of the 4f{sub 7/2} core-level photoelectrons confirmed, for the first time, surface melting of Pb(100) at temperatures as low as 560 K.

  6. A random spatial network model based on elementary postulates

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    Karlinger, M.R.; Troutman, B.M.

    1989-01-01

    In contrast to the random topology model, this model ascribes a unique spatial specification to generated drainage networks, a distinguishing property of some network growth models. The simplicity of the postulates creates an opportunity for potential analytic investigations of the probabilistic structure of the drainage networks, while the spatial specification enables analyses of spatially dependent network properties. In the random topology model all drainage networks, conditioned on magnitude (number of first-order streams), are equally likely, whereas in this model all spanning trees of a grid, conditioned on area and drainage density, are equally likely. As a result, link lengths in the generated networks are not independent, as usually assumed in the random topology model. -from Authors

  7. Analysis of postulated events for the revised ALMR/PRISM design

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    Slovik, G.C.; Van Tuyle, G.J.

    1991-12-31

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is continuing a pre-application review of the 471 MWt, Liquid Metal Reactor, PRISM by General Electric, with Brookhaven National Laboratory providing technical support. The revised design has been evaluated, using the SSC code, for an unscrammed loss of heat sink (ULOHS), an unscrammed loss of flow (ULOF) with and without the Gas Expansion Modules (GEMs), and a 40{cents} unscrammed transient overpower (UTOP) event. The feedback effects for U-27Pu-10Zr metal fuel were modeled in SSC. The ULOHS accident was determined to be a benign event for the design, with the reactor power transitioning down to a decay heat level within 500s. The power during the postulated ULOF events, with the GEMs functioning, transitioned to decay heat levels without fuel damage, and included a 300K margin to sodium saturation. The case without the GEMs had only a 160K margin to sodium saturation and higher fuel temperatures. In addition, the clad was predicted to quickly pass through the eutectic phase (between fuel and clad), and some clad wastage would result. The 40{cents} UTOP was predicted to raise the power to 1.8 rated, which later stabilized near 1.2 times full power. SSC predicted some localized fuel melting for the event, but the significance of this localized damage has not yet been determined. If necessary, the vendor has options to reduce the maximum reactivity insertion below 40{cents}.

  8. Analysis of postulated events for the revised ALMR/PRISM design

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    Slovik, G.C.; Van Tuyle, G.J.

    1991-01-01

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is continuing a pre-application review of the 471 MWt, Liquid Metal Reactor, PRISM by General Electric, with Brookhaven National Laboratory providing technical support. The revised design has been evaluated, using the SSC code, for an unscrammed loss of heat sink (ULOHS), an unscrammed loss of flow (ULOF) with and without the Gas Expansion Modules (GEMs), and a 40{cents} unscrammed transient overpower (UTOP) event. The feedback effects for U-27Pu-10Zr metal fuel were modeled in SSC. The ULOHS accident was determined to be a benign event for the design, with the reactor power transitioning down to a decay heat level within 500s. The power during the postulated ULOF events, with the GEMs functioning, transitioned to decay heat levels without fuel damage, and included a 300K margin to sodium saturation. The case without the GEMs had only a 160K margin to sodium saturation and higher fuel temperatures. In addition, the clad was predicted to quickly pass through the eutectic phase (between fuel and clad), and some clad wastage would result. The 40{cents} UTOP was predicted to raise the power to 1.8 rated, which later stabilized near 1.2 times full power. SSC predicted some localized fuel melting for the event, but the significance of this localized damage has not yet been determined. If necessary, the vendor has options to reduce the maximum reactivity insertion below 40{cents}.

  9. Skylab M551 metals melting experiment

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    Poorman, R. M.

    1975-01-01

    The objectives of the M551 Metals Melting Experiment were to: (1) study behavior of molten metal, (2) characterize metals melted and solidified in the low gravity space environment compared to one-gravity of earth, and (3) determine feasibility of joining metals in space. The experiment used the electron beam (EB) and chamber of the M512 apparatus to make a dwell puddle and a melt in a rotating disc of varying thickness. Hence, the EB performed cut-through, full and partial penetration melts, in addition to a resolidified button. The three disc materials were aluminum 2219-T87, 304 stainless steel, and pure tantalum to provide a wide range of density and melting conditions. Observations to date include the proof that EB welding, cutting, and melting can be done successfully in low gravity. Earlier, some welding authorities had postulated that without gravity the EB would force the molten puddle out of contact. However, the experiment proved that surface tension forces predominate. From the viewpoint of cast-solidification, small, equiaxed grains in Skylab specimens compared to large, elongated grains in ground based specimens were observed. The former are thought to be associated with constitutional supercooling and nucleation where the latter are associated with dendritic solidification. In further support of the more equiaxed grain growth in Skylab, symmetric subgrain patterns were frequently observed where there was much less symmetry in ground based specimens.

  10. Electromagnetic Waves in a Uniform Gravitational Field and Planck's Postulate

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    L. Acedo; M. M. Tung

    2015-05-27

    The gravitational redshift forms the central part of the majority of the classical tests for the general theory of relativity. It could be successfully checked even in laboratory experiments on the earth's surface. The standard derivation of this effect is based on the distortion of the local structure of spacetime induced by large masses. The resulting gravitational time-dilation near these masses gives rise to a frequency change of any periodic process, including electromagnetic oscillations as the wave propagates across the gravitational field. This phenomenon can be tackled with classical electrodynamics assuming a curved spacetime background and Maxwell's equations in a generally covariant form. In the present paper, we show that in a classical field-theoretical context the gravitational redshift can be interpreted as the propagation of electromagnetic waves in a medium with corresponding conductivity $\\sigma=g/(\\mu_0 c^3)$, where $g$ is the gravitational acceleration and $\\mu_0$ is the vacuum magnetic permeability. Moreover, the energy density of the wave remains proportional to its frequency in agreement with Planck's postulate.

  11. Acoustic detection of melt particles

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    Costley, R.D. Jr.

    1988-01-01

    The Reactor Safety Research Department at Sandia National Laboratories is investigating a type of Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA). In this particular type of accident, core meltdown occurs while the pressure within the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) is high. If one of the instrument tube penetrations in the lower head fails, melt particles stream through the cavity and into the containment vessel. This experiment, which simulates this type accident, was performed in the Surtsev Direct Heating Test Facility which is approximately a 1:10 linear scaling of a large dry containment volume. A 1:10 linear scale model of the reactor cavity was placed near the bottom of the Surtsey vessel so that the exit of the cavity was at the vertical centerline of the vessel. A pressure vessel used to create the simulated molten core debris was located at the scaled height of the RPV. In order to better understand how the melt leaves the cavity and streams into the containment an array of five acoustic sensors was placed directly in the path of the melt particles about 30 feet from the exit of the sealed cavity. Highly damped, broadband sensors were chosen to minimize ringing so that individual particle hits could be detected. The goal was to count the signals produced by the individual particle hits to get some idea of how the melt particles left the cavity. This document presents some of the results of the experiment. 9 figs.

  12. Melting the Divide

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    Gibson, S. M.

    2014-12-01

    Presenting Quaternary Environmental Change to students who fall into Widening Participation criteria at the University of Cambridge, gives a unique opportunity to present academic debate in an approachable and entertaining way. Literally by discussing the melting of our ice caps, melts the divide Cambridge has between its reputation and the reality for the brightest, underprivileged, students. There is a balance between presenting cutting edge research with the need to come across as accessible (and importantly valuable to "learning"). Climate change over the Quaternary lends itself well to this aim. By lecturing groups of potential students through the entire Quaternary in an hour, stopping to discuss how our ancestors interacted with past Interglacials and what are the mechanisms driving change (in generalized terms), you are able to introduce cutting edge research (such as the latest NEEM ice core) to the students. This shows the evolution and importance of higher education and academic research. The lecture leads well onto group discussions (termed "supervisions" in Cambridge), to explore their opinions on the concern for present Anthropogenic Climate Change in relation to Past Climate Change after being presented with images that our ancestors "made it". Here discussion thrives off students saying obvious things (or sarcastic comments!) which quickly can lead into a deep technical discussion on their terms. Such discussions give the students a zest for higher education, simply throwing Ruddiman's (2003) "The Anthroprocene Started Several Thousand Years Ago" at them, questions in a second their concept of Anthropogenic Climate Change. Supervisions lend themselves well to bright, articulate, students and by offering these experiences to students of Widening Participation criteria we quickly melt the divide between the reputation of Cambridge ( and higher education as a whole) and the day to day practice. Higher education is not for the privileged, but a free and open environment for the exchange of ideas. Quaternary Environmental Change lends itself, as an engaging and "fun" subject, well to potential students bridging the divide between ability and circumstance.

  13. The effects of sulfur, silicon, water, and oxygen fugacity on carbon solubility and partitioning in Fe-rich alloy and silicate melt systems at 3 GPa and 1600 °C: Implications for core-mantle differentiation and degassing of magma oceans and reduced planetary mantles

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    Li, Yuan; Dasgupta, Rajdeep; Tsuno, Kyusei

    2015-04-01

    The partition coefficient of carbon between Fe-rich alloy melt and silicate melt, D C metal /silicate and solubility of C-O-H volatiles in reduced silicate melts are key parameters that need to be quantified in order to constrain the budget and origin of carbon in different planetary reservoirs and subsequent evolution of volatiles in magma oceans (MO) and silicate mantles. In this study, three sets of graphite-saturated experiments have been performed at 3 GPa and 1600 °C to investigate the effects of oxygen fugacity (fO2), sulfur, silicon, and water on the dissolution and partitioning of carbon between Fe-rich alloy melt and silicate melt. The results show that the presence of 0-5 wt% sulfur in alloy melt does not have considerable effect on carbon solubility (?5.6 wt%) in alloy melt, determined by electron microprobe, whereas the presence of 0-10 wt% silicon decreases the carbon solubility from ?5.6 wt% to 1.8 wt%. Carbon solubility (11-192 ppm) in silicate melt, determined by SIMS, is strongly controlled by fO2 and the bulk water content. Decreasing log ? fO2 from IW-0.6 to IW-4.7 or increasing bulk water content from 0.07 to 0.55 wt% results in significant increase of carbon solubility in silicate melt. Raman and FTIR spectroscopic analyses of silicate glasses show that the carbon species is mostly methane, which is further confirmed by the strong, positive correlation between the non-carbonate carbon and non-hydroxyl hydrogen in silicate melt. The D C metal /silicate ranging from 180 to 4600 decreases with decreasing fO2 or increasing bulk water in silicate melt. In addition, increasing Si in alloy melt also decreases D C metal /silicate . Our results demonstrate that fO2 and bulk water contents in silicate melt play an important role in determining the fractionation of carbon in planetary MO. A reduced, hydrous MO may have led to a considerable fraction of carbon retained in the silicate mantle, whereas an oxidized, dry MO may have lost almost its entire carbon into the core. If delivery of bulk Earth carbon predominantly occurred after >90% of accretion, i.e., in a relatively oxidized MO (IW-2 to IW-1), then with applicable D C metal /silicate > 1000, most early Earth carbon would also enter the segregating core. Finally, the predominance of methane in reduced silicate melt with fO2 below IW-1 also indicates that degassing of a hydrous, solidifying MO may have created a reduced early atmosphere, and degassing from lunar and Martian mantle may have released much more methane than carbon dioxide.

  14. Melting and thermal pressure of hcp-Fe from the phonon density Caitlin A. Murphy a,

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    Jackson, Jennifer M.

    melting point to obtain the high-pressure melting behavior of e-Fe. Considering thermal pressureMelting and thermal pressure of hcp-Fe from the phonon density of states Caitlin A. Murphy a Hirose Keywords: Earth's core Nuclear resonant scattering High pressure Phonon density of states Melting

  15. Hidden carbon in Earth’s inner core revealed by shear softening in dense Fe7C3

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    Li, Zeyu; Zhang, Dongzhou; Liu, Jiachao; Hu, Michael Y.; Zhao, Jiyong; Bi, Wenli; Alp, E. Ercan; Xiao, Yuming; Chow, Paul; Li, Jie

    2014-01-01

    Earth’s inner core is known to consist of crystalline iron alloyed with a small amount of nickel and lighter elements, but the shear wave (S wave) travels through the inner core at about half the speed expected for most iron-rich alloys under relevant pressures. The anomalously low S-wave velocity (vS) has been attributed to the presence of liquid, hence questioning the solidity of the inner core. Here we report new experimental data up to core pressures on iron carbide Fe7C3, a candidate component of the inner core, showing that its sound velocities dropped significantly near the end of a pressure-induced spin-pairing transition, which took place gradually between 10 GPa and 53 GPa. Following the transition, the sound velocities increased with density at an exceptionally low rate. Extrapolating the data to the inner core pressure and accounting for the temperature effect, we found that low-spin Fe7C3 can reproduce the observed vS of the inner core, thus eliminating the need to invoke partial melting or a postulated large temperature effect. The model of a carbon-rich inner core may be consistent with existing constraints on the Earth's carbon budget and would imply that as much as two thirds of the planet's carbon is hidden in its center sphere. PMID:25453077

  16. Economic Analysis of a Postulated space Tourism Transportation System

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    Hill, Allan S.

    2002-01-01

    Design concepts and associated costs were defined for a family of launch vehicles supporting a space tourism endeavor requiring the weekly transport of space tourists to and from an Earth- orbiting facility. The stated business goal for the Space Tourist Transportation System (STTS) element of the proposed commercial space venture was to transport and return ~50 passengers a week to LEO at a cost of roughly 50 K per seat commencing in 2005. This paper summarizes the economic analyses conducted within a broader Systems Engineering study of the postulated concept. Parametric costs were derived using TransCostSystems' (TCS) Cost Engineering Handbook, version 7. Costs were developed as a function of critical system characteristics and selected business scenarios. Various economic strategies directed toward achieving a cost of ~50 K per seat were identified and examined. The study indicated that with a `nominal' business scenario, the initial cost for developing and producing a fully reusable, 2-stage STTS element for a baseline of 46-passengers was about 15.5 B assuming a plausible `commercialization factor' of 0.333. The associated per-seat ticket cost was ~890 K, more than an order of magnitude higher than desired. If the system is enlarged to 104 passengers for better efficiency, the STTS initial cost for the nominal business scenario is increased to about 19.8 B and the per-seat ticket cost is reduced to ~530 K. It was concluded that achieving the desired ticket cost of 50 K per seat is not feasible unless the size of the STTS, and therefore of the entire system, is substantially increased. However, for the specified operational characteristics, it was shown that a system capacity of thousands of passengers per week is required. This implies an extremely high total system development cost, which is not very realistic as a commercial venture, especially in the proposed time frame. These results suggested that ambitious commercial space ventures may have to rely on sizeable government subsidies for economic viability. For example, in this study a hypothesized government subsidy of half the STTS development cost reduced the per-seat ticket cost by about 35%. A number of other business scenarios were also investigated, including `expensing' the entire program initial cost. These analyses showed that even greater government participation, additional aggressive business strategies and/or very low commercialization factors (in the range of 1/9 to 1/30) must be implemented or attained to achieve the desired per-seat cost of 50 K per passenger with reasonably sized vehicles.

  17. "Snowing" Core in Earth?

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    Li, J.; Chen, B.; Cormier, V.; Gao, L.; Gubbins, D.; Kharlamova, S. A.; He, K.; Yang, H.

    2008-12-01

    As a planet cools, an initially molten core gradually solidifies. Solidification occurs at shallow depths in the form of "snow", if the liquidus temperature gradient of the core composition is smaller than the adiabatic temperature gradient in the core. Experimental data on the melting behavior of iron-sulfur binary system suggest that the cores of Mercury and Ganymede are probably snowing at the present time. The Martian core is predicted to snow in the future, provided that the sulfur content falls into the range of 10 to 14 weight percent. Is the Earth's core snowing? If so, what are the surface manifestations? If the Earth's core snowed in the past, how did it affect the formation of the solid inner core and the geodynamo? Here, we evaluate the likelihood and consequences of a snowing core throughout the Earth's history, on the basis of mineral physics data describing the melting behavior, equation-of-state, and thermodynamic properties of iron-rich alloys at high pressures. We discuss if snowing in the present-day Earth can reproduce the shallow gradients of compressional wave velocity above the inner-core boundary, and whether or not snowing in the early Earth may reconcile the apparent young age of the solid inner core with a long-lived geodynamo.

  18. Effect of boiling regime on melt stream breakup in water

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    Spencer, B.W.; Gabor, J.D.; Cassulo, J.C.

    1986-01-01

    A study has been performed examining the breakup and mixing behavior of an initially coherent stream of high-density melt as it flows downward through water. This work has application to the quenching of molten core materials as they drain downward during a postulated severe reactor accident. The study has included examination of various models of breakup distances based upon interfacial instabilities dominated either by liquid-liquid contact or by liquid-vapor contact. A series of experiments was performed to provide a data base for assessment of the various modeling approaches. The experiments involved Wood's metal (T/sub m/ = 73/sup 0/C, rho = 9.2 g/cm/sup 3/, d/sub j/ = 20 mm) poured into a deep pool of water. The temperature of the water and wood's metal were varied to span the range from single-phase, liquid-liquid contact to the film boiling regime. Experiment results showed that breakup occurred largely as a result of the spreading and entrainment from the leading edge of the jet. However, for streams of sufficient lengths a breakup length could be discerned at which there was no longer a coherent central core of the jet to feed the leading edge region. The erosion of the vertical trailing column is by Kelvin-Helmoltz instabilities and related disengagement of droplets from the jet into the surrounding fluid. For conditions of liquid-liquid contact, the breakup length has been found to be about 20 jet diameters; when substantial vapor is produced at the interface due to heat transfer from the jet to the water, the breakup distance was found to range to as high as 50 jet diameters. The former values are close to the analytical prediction of Taylor, whereas the latter values are better predicted by the model of Epstein and Fauske.

  19. Spreading of melts in presence of solidification

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    Ehrhard, P.

    1996-08-01

    Future generations of pressurized water reactors will have to realize safety concepts, which go far beyond the present standard. With respect to a severe core melt down accident, precautions need to be taken to ensure coolability of the corium melt, In detail concepts rely on (a) catching the melt below the pressure vessel, (b) dry spreading and stabilization of the melt on a horizontal spreading area of sufficient extent, (c) passively initiated flooding of the spreaded melt from above using water, (d) removing the decay heat by means of circulating the pool water through external heat exchangers. The spreading of the corium melt on the spreading area, therefore, represents one of the crucial questions as it determines the outcome of the scenario. In the framework of the large-scale KATS experiments the spreading of both metallic and oxidic components of a Thermite melt in ceramic-coated channels is investigated. In parallel, physical models are developed to describe the flow, heat transport and solidification processes during the spreading. Hereby additional small-scale experiments using low-melting waxes and alloys are performed to identify the basic physical phenomena. The present paper, hereby, focuses on the development of models for the spreading flow. In detail a dimensional analysis in conjunction with a scenario discussion is presented.

  20. 6.2. Pure death processes 6.2.1. Postulates of pure death processes.

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    Chen, Kani

    45 6.2. Pure death processes 6.2.1. Postulates of pure death processes. {X(t) : t [0, )} is called a pure death process with parameters µ0 = 0, µ1, ..., µN , and state space {0, 1, ..., N are equivalent, but Postulate 2 is incomplete and cannot be considered as a definition for pure death process. 6

  1. Metal-sulfide melt non-interconnectivity in silicates, even at high pressure, high temperature, and high melt fractions

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    Minarik, W.G.; Ryerson, F.J.

    1996-01-01

    The authors have investigated the textural microstructure of iron-nickel-sulfur melts in contact with olivine, pyroxene, and the modified-spinel polymorph of olivine. The experiments were conducted at 1,500 C and pressures ranging from 1 to 17 GPa. For compositions more metal-rich than the monosulfide, including the eutectic composition, the metal sulfide melt has a dihedral angle greater than 60{degree} and does not form an interconnected grain-edge fluid. Increasing pressure does not measurably alter the dihedral angles. Textural evolution results in coarsening of the sulfide melt pockets, resulting in large pockets surrounded by many silicate grains and separated from one another by melt-free grain edges. Chemical communication between these large pockets is limited to lattice and grain-boundary diffusion. Due to the large interfacial energy between sulfide melt and silicates, sulfide melts are unable to separate from solid silicate via grain-boundary percolation and remain stranded in isolated melt pockets. Sulfide melt in excess of the critical melt fraction (5--25%) will develop a transient interconnectivity as sulfide collects into larger melt pockets and interconnectivity is pinched off. Efficient separation of core-forming sulfide melts from silicate requires either melting of the silicate matrix or a very large fraction of metal-sulfide melt (perhaps as large as 40%).

  2. Studies for the staggered pans core catcher

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    Fieg, G.; Moeschke, M.; Werle, H.

    1995-09-01

    Special devices (core catchers) might be required in the future to prevent containment failure by basemat erosion after reactor pressure vessel melt-through during a core meltdown accident. Quick freezing of the molten core masses is desirable to reduce the release of radioactivity. A configuration is investigated that consists essentially of a stack of vertically superimposed melt-resistant ceramic pans and that makes use of the vertical extension of small-diameter cavities to provide a sufficiently large spreading area such that the core melt freezes quickly. Tests with {approximately}100 kg of molten iron and aluminium oxide generated by the thermite reaction give some information on the resistance of various materials against the mixed metal/oxide melt and on the flow and distribution of metallic and oxide melts in such a core-catcher configuration.

  3. Melting of Transition Metals

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    Ross, M; Japel, S; Boehler, R

    2005-04-11

    We review the transition melting studies carried out at Mainz, and describe a recently developed model used to explain that the relatively low melting slopes are due to the partially filled d-bands, and the persistence of the pressure induced s-d transition. The basic tenets of the model have now been reconfirmed by new measurements for Cu and Ni. The measurements show that Cu which has a filled 3d-band, has a melt slope that is about 2.5 greater than its neighbor Ni. In the case of Mo, the apparent discrepancy of DAC melting measurements with shock melting can be explained by accounting for the change in melt slope due to the bcc-cp transition observed in the shock studies. The Fe melt curve is revisited. The possible relevance of the Jahn-Teller effect and recently observed transition metal melts with Icosahedral Short-Range Order (ISRO) is discussed.

  4. Melting of MORB up to 130 GPa

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    Pradhan, G. K.; Fiquet, G.; Siebert, J.; Auzende, A.; Antonangeli, D.

    2013-12-01

    Though today Earth's mantle material is predominantly solid, presence of regions of anomalously low seismic wave velocity deep within the mantle, known as ultralow velocity zones (ULVZs), may be indicative of a remnant magma ocean[Labrosse et al., Nature 450, 866, 2007] or an accumulation of subducted oceanic crust. A recent study on peridotite melting [Fiquet et al., Science 329, 1516, 2010] showed that it is possible to melt peridotites at the base of the mantle, thus making the hypothesis of a remnant magma ocean thermodynamically feasible. It is thus important to know about the possible melting of the oceanic lithosphere at the base of the mantle and whether the partial melting products can significantly contribute to ULVZs. Data on the melting curve (solidus) of mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB), here taken as a proxy of the oceanic crust, exist up to 64 GPa [Hirose et al.,Nature 397, 53, 1999]. Melting temperature at the core mantle boundary, however, is only estimated from extrapolations of low pressure data and composition of the liquids obtained from partial melting have been reported in multi-anvil experiments at pressures up to 27.5 GPa only [Hirose et al.,GCA 66, 2099, 2002]. We have therefore conducted a series of experiments using diamond-anvil cells and laser-heating and determined the melting curve for the MORB between 44 and 130 GPa. Thin (electron transparent) sections of recovered samples (quenched melt) were prepared by Focused Ion Beam (FIB) and further investigated by analytical transmission electron microscopy to check melting/crystallization sequences as well as variations of phase composition as a function of temperature and pressure. Our results also yield strong constraints on the solidus curve of the lower mantle.

  5. Melting of peridotite to 140 gigapascals.

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    Fiquet, G; Auzende, A L; Siebert, J; Corgne, A; Bureau, H; Ozawa, H; Garbarino, G

    2010-09-17

    Interrogating physical processes that occur within the lowermost mantle is a key to understanding Earth's evolution and present-day inner composition. Among such processes, partial melting has been proposed to explain mantle regions with ultralow seismic velocities near the core-mantle boundary, but experimental validation at the appropriate temperature and pressure regimes remains challenging. Using laser-heated diamond anvil cells, we constructed the solidus curve of a natural fertile peridotite between 36 and 140 gigapascals. Melting at core-mantle boundary pressures occurs at 4180 ± 150 kelvin, which is a value that matches estimated mantle geotherms. Molten regions may therefore exist at the base of the present-day mantle. Melting phase relations and element partitioning data also show that these liquids could host many incompatible elements at the base of the mantle. PMID:20847269

  6. Melting relations of the aliende meteorite.

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    Seitz, M G; Kushiro, I

    1974-03-01

    The proportions of major oxides in the Allende carbonaceous chondrite after partial reduction are remarkably similar to those in possible mantle material of the earth. When heated, the Allende meteorite generates a sulfide melt (47 percent iron, 25 percent nickel, and 24 percent sulfur by weight), a ferrobasaltic melt, and olivine with or without pyroxene, over a wide pressure range (5 to 25 kilobars). The silicate melt contains more sodium and less titanium than lunar ferrobasalts. An aggregate of the Allende chondrite rich in calcium and aluminum produces silica-undersaturated, calcium-rich melt and spinel over a wide pressure and temperature range. From these studies, it is suggested that the earth's core contains significant amounts of both nickel and sulfur and that a 3 : 2 mixture of Allende bulk sample and calcium- and aluminum-rich aggregates is closer in major element abundances than either of these components to the average composition of the moon. PMID:17756754

  7. First-order theory for Earth's inner-core anisotropy due to super-rotation and Ramachandran interaction

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    Arulsamy, Andrew Das

    2015-06-01

    Solidification mechanism at the Lehmann (inner core) boundary are postulated on the basis of Ramachandran interaction by taking the fluctuating inner core super-rotation into account. The postulates are found to be consistent with compressional or P-wave velocity obtained from seismic data analysis. We justify these postulates to be physically sound and precise, and show that the fluctuating inner core super-rotation causes significant changes to the strength of Fe-Fe Ramachandran interaction, which then leads to the observed asymmetric and anisotropic inner core. Our postulates also reliably explain that the depth-dependent anisotropic P-wave attenuation close to inner core surface (to about 100 km deep) is due to phonon excitation probability and different atomic orientation. We also discuss the consistency of our postulates with respect to asymmetric inner core anisotropy (between western and eastern inner core hemispheres).

  8. Reaction Kinetics in Polymer Melts

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    Ben O'Shaughnessy; Dimitrios Vavylonis

    1998-07-09

    We study the reaction kinetics of end-functionalized polymer chains dispersed in an unreactive polymer melt. Starting from an infinite hierarchy of coupled equations for many-chain correlation functions, a closed equation is derived for the 2nd order rate constant $k$ after postulating simple physical bounds. Our results generalize previous 2-chain treatments (valid in dilute reactants limit) by Doi, de Gennes, and Friedman and O'Shaughnessy, to arbitrary initial reactive group density $n_0$ and local chemical reactivity $Q$. Simple mean field (MF) kinetics apply at short times, $k \\sim Q$. For high $Q$, a transition occurs to diffusion-controlled (DC) kinetics with $k \\approx x_t^3/t$ (where $x_t$ is rms monomer displacement in time $t$) leading to a density decay $n_t \\approx n_0 - n_0^2 x_t^3$. If $n_0$ exceeds the chain overlap threshold, this behavior is followed by a regime where $n_t \\approx 1/x_t^3$ during which $k$ has the same power law dependence in time, $k \\approx x_t^3/t$, but possibly different numerical coefficient. For unentangled melts this gives $n_t \\sim t^{-3/4}$ while for entangled cases one or more of the successive regimes $n_t \\sim t^{-3/4}$, $t^{-3/8}$ and $t^{-3/4}$ may be realized depending on the magnitudes of $Q$ and $n_0$. Kinetics at times longer than the longest polymer relaxation time $\\tau$ are always MF. If a DC regime has developed before $\\tau$ then the long time rate constant is $k \\approx R^3/\\tau$ where $R$ is the coil radius. We propose measuring the above kinetics in a model experiment where radical end groups are generated by photolysis.

  9. Melting in the Fe-Ni system

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    Lord, O. T.; Walter, M. J.; Vocadlo, L.; Wood, I. G.; Dobson, D. P.

    2012-12-01

    The melting temperature of the Fe-rich core alloy at the inner core boundary (ICB) condition of 330 GPa is a key geophysical parameter because it represents an anchor point on the geotherm. An accurate knowledge of the melting curves of candidate alloys is therefore highly desirable. In spite of this, there is still considerable uncertainty in the melting point even of pure Fe at these conditions; estimates range from as low as 4850K based on one laser heated diamond anvil cell (LHDAC) study [1] to as high as 6900K based on recent quantum Monte Carlo calculations [2]. In reality we expect that the bulk core alloy may contain 5-10 wt% Ni (based on cosmochemical and meteoritic arguments) and up to 10 wt% of an as yet undetermined mix of light elements (with Si, S, C and O being the most likely candidates). While some recent studies have looked at the effects of light elements on the melting curve of Fe [e.g.: 3,4] with some of these studies including a small amount of Ni in their starting material, to date there has been no systematic study of melting temperatures in the Fe-Ni system. To address this issue, we have embarked upon just such a study. Using the LHDAC we have determined the melting curve of the pure Ni end-member to 180 GPa, and that of pure Fe to 50 GPa, using perturbations in the power vs. temperature function as the melting criterion [5]. Ar or NaCl were employed as pressure media while temperature was measured using standard spectroradiometric techniques [6]. In the case of Ni, perturbations were observed for both the sample and the Ar medium, allowing us to determine the melting curve of Ar and Ni simultaneously. Our results thus far for Ni and Ar agree closely with all of the available data, while extending the melting curves by a factor of two in pressure. In the case of Fe, our current dataset is also in good agreement with previous studies [2,7]. The agreement of all three melting curves with the literature data as well as other materials previously tested [see 5] gives us confidence in the accuracy of our techniques. In the case of Ni, we observe no change in slope, strongly suggesting that Ni remains in the fcc structure to inner core conditions, as opposed to Fe, which converts to the hcp structure at 60-100 GPa. Below this pressure, the Fe and Ni melting curves are nearly indistinguishable, but above it the Fe melting curve becomes much steeper, such that by 330 GPa, the difference between the two is 1500-3600K depending on which iron melting curve is chosen from the literature [1,2]. The addition of Ni to Fe expands the fcc field and pushes the fcc-hcp-liquid triple point to higher pressures [e.g.: 8] delaying the point at which the melting curve begins to steepen, which could lead to a significant melting point depression at the ICB. We hope to present additional data at the meeting to test this hypothesis, including further data on pure Fe, as well as one or more intermediate alloy compositions (up to 200 GPa). [1] Boehler, R. (1993). Nature 363, 534-536 [2] Alfè, D. & Sola, E. (2009). PRL 103, 078501 [3] Morard, G. et al. (2011). PCM 38, 767-776. [4] Asanuma, H. et al. (2010). PCM 37, 353-359. [5] Lord, O. T. et al. (2010). JGR 115, B06208. [6] Walter, M. J. & Koga, K. T. (2004). PEPI. 143-144, 541-558. [7] Shen, G. et al. (1998). GRL 25, 373-376. [8] Kuwayama, Y. et al. (2008). EPSL, 273, 379-385.

  10. Permeability and 3-Dimensional Melt Distribution in Partially Molten Rocks

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    Zhu, Wen-Lu; Gaetani, Glenn; Fusseis, Florian

    2010-05-01

    Quantitative knowledge of the distribution of small amounts of silicate melt in peridotite and of its influence on permeability are critical to our understanding of melt migration and segregation processes in the upper mantle, as well as interpretations of the geochemical and geophysical observations at ocean ridges. For a system containing a single solid phase of isotropic interfacial energy, chemical and mechanical equilibrium requires a constant mean curvature of solid-melt interfaces and a single dihedral angle. Under these conditions, a simple power-law relationship between permeability, grain size and melt fraction, has been derived [e.g., von Bargen and Waff, 1986]. However, microstructural observations on texturally equilibrated, partially molten rocks reveal that the melt distribution is more complex than predicted by the isotropic model. Several factors, such as non-hydrostatic stress, anisotropic interfacial energy, or the presence of a second solid phase, will alter the power-law relationship. Better estimates for the permeability of partially molten rock require an accurate assessment of 3-dimensional melt distribution at the grain-scale. Existing studies of melt distribution, carried out on 2-D slices through experimental charges, have produced divergent models for melt distribution at small melt fractions. While some studies conclude that small amounts of melt are distributed primarily along 3-grain junctions [e.g., Wark et al., 2003], others predict an important role for melt distribution along grain boundaries at low melt fractions [e.g., Faul 1997]. Using X-ray synchrotron microtomography, we have carried out the first high quality non-destructive imaging of 3-dimensional melt distribution in experimentally equilibrated olivine-basalt aggregates [Zhu et al., 2009]. Microtomographic images of melt distribution were obtained on 1 mm cylindrical cores with melt fractions of 0.2, 0.1, and 0.02, at a spatial resolution of 0.7 microns. Textual information such as melt channel size and channel connectivity was determined using AVIZO and MATLAB. Our data indicate that as melt fraction decreases from 0.2 to 0.02, grain size increases slightly whereas melt interconnectivity decreases. Network modeling and the Lattice Boltzmann method provide a quantitative link between the macroscale transport properties and microscale melt distribtution. Incorporating our quantitative 3-D melt distribution data into these models allow us to simulate melt transport and, thereby, calculate the permeability and electrical conductivity of partially molten peridotite, especially at low melt fractions.

  11. Melting of compressed iron by monitoring atomic dynamics Jennifer M. Jackson a,e,n

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    Jackson, Jennifer M.

    compression measurement and considering thermal pressure, we find the melting point of iron to be TM ¼30257115 K at P¼8275 GPa. When compared with previously reported melting points for iron using static). More specifically, the melting point of iron at the boundary between the liquid outer core and solid

  12. Melt containment member

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    Rieken, Joel R.; Heidloff, Andrew J.

    2014-09-09

    A tubular melt containment member for transient containment of molten metals and alloys, especially reactive metals and alloys, includes a melt-contacting layer or region that comprises an oxygen-deficient rare earth oxide material that is less reactive as compared to the counterpart stoichiometric rare earth oxide. The oxygen-deficient (sub-stoichiometric) rare earth oxide can comprise oxygen-deficient yttria represented by Y.sub.2O.sub.3-x wherein x is from 0.01 to 0.1. Use of the oxygen-deficient rare earth oxide as the melt-contacting layer or region material reduces reaction with the melt for a given melt temperature and melt contact time.

  13. The rock melting approach to drilling

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    Cort, G.E.; Goff, S.J.; Rowley, J.C.; Neudecker, J.W. Jr.; Dreesen, D.S.; Winchester, W.

    1993-09-01

    During the early and mid-1970`s the Los Alamos National Laboratory demonstrated practical applications of drilling and coring using an electrically-heated graphite, tungsten, or molybdenum penetrator that melts a hole as it is slowly pushed through the rock or soil. The molten material consolidates into a rugged glass lining that prevents hole collapse; minimizes the potential for cross-flow, lost circulation, or the release of hazardous materials without casing operations; and produces no cuttings in porous or low density (<1.7 g/cc) formations. Because there are no drilling fluids required, the rock melting approach reduces waste handling, treatment and disposal. Drilling by rock melting has been demonstrated to depths up to 30 m in caliche, clay, alluvium, cobbles, sand, basalt, granite, and other materials. Penetrating large cobbles without debris removal was achieved by thermal stress fracturing and lateral extrusion of portions of the rock melt into the resulting cracks. Both horizontal and vertical holes in a variety of diameters were drilled in these materials using modular, self-contained field units that operate in remote areas. Because the penetrator does not need to rotate, steering by several simple approaches is considered quite feasible. Melting is ideal for obtaining core samples in alluvium and other poorly consolidated soils since the formed-in-place glass liner stabilizes the hole, encapsulates volatile or hazardous material, and recovers an undisturbed core. Because of the relatively low thermal conductivity of rock and soil materials, the heat-affected zone beyond the melt layer is very small, <1 inch thick. Los Alamos has begun to update the technology and this paper will report on the current status of applications and designs for improved drills.

  14. Melt emplacement induced stresses

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    Wallner, Herbert; Schmeling, Harro

    2015-04-01

    Transport of melt into and through the lithosphere has an essential influence on it's state, evolution and properties. Rock deformation, physically seen as viscous flow, acts on a long time scale compared with the rapid ascent of melt originating in the asthenosphere. In our numerical models the short time scale transfer of melt is replaced by melt extraction and emplacement at a given depth zone above the source region. New findings reveal probably consequential stresses in the high viscous lithosphere. Thermo-mechanical physics of visco-plastic flow is approximated by Finite Difference Method with markers in an Eulerian formulation in two dimensions. The equations of conservation of mass, momentum and energy are solved for a multi component and two phase system: fluid and matrix. The full compaction formulation is used. The high Prandtl number approximation is applied, elasticity is neglected, and rheology is temperature-, stress- and depth-dependent. In consideration of depletion and enrichment melting and solidification are controlled by a simplified linear binary solid solution model. Extraction and emplacement of melt is accounted for. A continental rift scenario serves to define a model comprising asthenosphere and lithosphere under extensional conditions. A temperature anomaly generates deep melt intruding the lithosphere on its way up. We focus on the early phase of melting, forming a first plume and releasing some melt. Above a fraction limit melt extraction induces underpressure at its origin region attracting ambient melt and contracting the matrix. A melt fraction minimum develops in the inital batch. In the emplacement zone above sudden dilatation, immediate freezing, increase of enrichment and heating takes place. The dilatation of the rock matrix generates relative high stresses if it's viscosity is high. The behaviour is not intuitively comprehensible. Results are compared with numerical solutions of Compaction Boussinesq Approximation.

  15. The Relationship between Lattice Enthalpy and Melting Point in Magnesium and Aluminium Oxides. Science Notes

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    Talbot, Christopher; Yap, Lydia

    2013-01-01

    This "Science Note" presents a study by Christopher Talbot and Lydia Yap, who teach IB Chemistry at Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), Republic of Singapore, to pre-university students. Pre-university students may postulate the correlation between the magnitude of the lattice enthalpy compound and its melting point, since both…

  16. Unexpected Melt at Summit, Greenland: Its Potential Legacy

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    Albert, M. R.

    2012-12-01

    Summit, Greenland is a high altitude cold site where snow on the ice sheet rarely melts; it was the site where the GISP2 ice core was drilled almost two decades ago. In July 2012, unusual meteorological events caused the surface snow at Summit to experience a very rare true melt event. The melt period was short-lived, and subfreezing temperatures soon turned the melt into an ice layer. Modern satellite-born sensing technologies provided the first opportunity to witness and confirm that indeed the melt was very widespread over most of the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Many tens of meters beneath the firn surface at Summit is the next significantly thick ice layer, dating to 1889; this layer also has been identified at a number of other sites in Greenland. The 2012 melt at Summit provided an unusual opportunity to investigate the way in which the melt alters the properties of the snow at this site. Measurements of the nature of the melt at Summit in 2012 and its impact on stratigraphy, density, permeability, and grain size are presented. Insights from the observations we made in July 2012 and comparisons with characteristics of the 1889 ice layer from Summit are employed in a description of the potential impacts of refrozen melt layers on polar snow and firn processes in the dry snow zones of ice sheets. The potential legacy that the 2012 ice layer may imprint on future ice core records is discussed.

  17. Experimental Phase Relations of Hydrous, Primitive Melts: Implications for variably depleted mantle melting in arcs and the generation of primitive high-SiO2 melts

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    Weaver, S.; Wallace, P. J.; Johnston, A.

    2010-12-01

    There has been considerable experimental and theoretical work on how the introduction of H2O-rich fluids into the mantle wedge affects partial melting in arcs and chemical evolution of mantle melts as they migrate through the mantle. Studies aimed at describing these processes have become largely quantitative, with an emphasis on creating models that suitably predict the production and evolution of melts and describe the thermal state of arcs worldwide. A complete experimental data set that explores the P-T conditions of melt generation and subsequent melt extraction is crucial to the development, calibration, and testing of these models. This work adds to that data set by constraining the P-T-H2O conditions of primary melt extraction from two end-member subduction zones, a continental arc (Mexico) and an intraoceanic arc (Aleutians). We present our data in context with primitive melts found worldwide and with other experimental studies of melts produced from fertile and variably depleted mantle sources. Additionally, we compare our experimental results to melt compositions predicted by empirical and thermodynamic models. We used a piston-cylinder apparatus and employed an inverse approach in our experiments, constraining the permissible mantle residues with which our melts could be in equilibrium. We confirmed our inverse approach with forced saturation experiments at the P-T-H2O conditions of melt-mantle equilibration. Our experimental results show that a primitive, basaltic andesite melt (JR-28) from monogenetic cinder cone Volcan Jorullo (Central Mexico) last equilibrated with a harzburgite mantle residue at 1.2-1.4 GPa and 1150-1175°C with H2O contents in the range of 5.5-7 wt% H2O prior to ascent and eruption. Phase relations of a tholeiitic high-MgO basaltic melt (ID-16) from the Central Aleutians (Okmok) show the conditions of last equilibration with a fertile lherzolite mantle residue at shallower (1.2 GPa) but hotter (1275°C) conditions with approximately 2 wt% H2O. Given the estimated crustal thicknesses of these two regions, our data suggest that both samples equilibrate with mantle minerals just below the Moho. Recent viscosity dependent thermal models that account for slab geometry suggest that JR-28 melts last equilibrate with harzburgite in a cooler region of the mantle wedge. In contrast, ID-16 equilibrated with a fertile source near the hotter core of the mantle wedge. Our results support the hypothesis that lherzolite melting (wet or dry) produces essentially basaltic melts, whereas more Si-rich primitive melts require shallow hydrous melting of harzburgite or reequilibration of basaltic melts with harzburgite in the uppermost part of the wedge.

  18. Pressurized melt ejection into scaled reactor cavities

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    Tarbell, W.W.; Pilch, M.; Brockmann, J.E.; Ross, J.W.; Gilbert, D.W.

    1986-10-01

    This report describes four tests performed in the High-Pressure Melt Streaming Program (HIPS) using linear-scaled cavities of the Zion Nuclear Power Plant. These experiments were conducted to study the phenomena involved in high-pressure ejection of core debris into the cavity beneath the reactor pressure vessel. One-tenth and one-twentieth linear scale models of reactor cavities were constructed and instrumented. The first test used an apparatus constructed of alumina firebrick to minimize the potential interaction between the ejected melt and cavity material. The remaining three experiments used scaled representations of the Zion nuclear plant geometry, constructed of prototypic concrete composition.

  19. High pressure melting of wstite Rebecca A. Fischer1,2,* and Andrew J. Campbell1

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    of rocks throughout the Earth's mantle, and it is possible that iron oxide is an alloying componentCammon 2008). If oxygen is a primary light element component in the core, then its impact on the melting temperature and density of Fe-rich melts is essential to interpreting the dynamics and evolution of the core

  20. Radiological consequences of a postulated drop of a maximally Lloaded FFTF fuel cask

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    Scott, P.A.

    1995-09-22

    Onsite and site boundary radiological consequences were estimated for a postulated accidental drop of an Interim Storage Cask (ISC) loaded 7 assemblies at the maximum available burnup. The postulated cask drop was assumed to occur from the maximum physically attainable height during crane movement of the cask. The resulting onsite and site boundary doses of 45 mSv and 0.04 mSv are far below the corresponding 1 Sv and 250 mSv risk guidelines for highly unlikely accidents

  1. Prsrw: An Expert System for Postulating Andinferring Resistance Genes to Wheat Stripe Rust

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    Yang, Yu; Wang, Lianzhi; Xu, Shichang; Bian, Qiang; Wang, Fengle

    Postulating and inferring resistance genes to wheat stripe rust are a complicated process and need abundant expertise. An expert system for postulating and inferring resistance genes to wheat stripe rust (PRSRW) was developed by China Agricultural University. The process of PRSRW was described on the basis of the user's requirement. The system structure and its main components were introduced, including database, inference process and user interface. Some issues regarding knowledge acquisition and representation of the expert system were concerned. A mount of experimental results showed this system was feasible and effective. At last, a conclusion was summarized.

  2. Molybdenum Valence in Basaltic Silicate Melts

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    Danielson, L. R.; Righter, K.; Newville, M.; Sutton, S.; Pando, K.

    2010-01-01

    The moderately siderophile element molybdenum has been used as an indicator in planetary differentiation processes, and is particularly relevant to core formation [for example, 1-6]. However, models that apply experimental data to an equilibrium differentiation scenario infer the oxidation state of molybdenum from solubility data or from multivariable coefficients from metal-silicate partitioning data [1,3,7]. Partitioning behavior of molybdenum, a multivalent element with a transition near the J02 of interest for core formation (IW-2) will be sensitive to changes in JO2 of the system and silicate melt structure. In a silicate melt, Mo can occur in either 4+ or 6+ valence state, and Mo6+ can be either octahedrally or tetrahedrally coordinated. Here we present first XANES measurements of Mo valence in basaltic run products at a range of P, T, and JO2 and further quantify the valence transition of Mo.

  3. An Inexpensive and Safe Experiment to Demonstrate Koch's Postulates Using Citrus Fruit

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    Jakobi, Steven

    2010-01-01

    Citrus fruit (oranges, tangerines, grapefruit or lemons) purchased in a grocery store can be experimentally infected with readily-available sources of "Penicillium digitatum" to demonstrate the four basic steps of Koch's postulates, also known as proof of pathogenicity. The mould is isolated from naturally-infected citrus fruit into pure culture…

  4. A Postulated Mechanism That Leads to Materialization and Dematerialization of Matter and to Antigravity.

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    Bearden, Thomas E.

    This document presents a discussion of the postulated mechanism that leads to the materialization and dematerialization of matter and to antigravity. The mechanism also explains why an orbital electron does not radiate energy, in contradiction to classical electromagnetic theory. One of the paradoxes of special relativity is explained. A new model…

  5. INTRODUCTION Life-history theory postulates that many physiological traits and

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    Williams, Jos. B.

    1662 INTRODUCTION Life-history theory postulates that many physiological traits and behaviour of life-history trade-offs, the mechanisms underlying the diversification of life histories remain elusive of metabolism of an organism integrates numerous aspects of its physiology and links those internal systems

  6. Fun Microbiology: Using a Plant Pathogenic Fungus To Demonstrate Koch's Postulates.

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    Mitchell, James K.; Orsted, Kathy M.; Warnes, Carl E.

    1997-01-01

    Describes an experiment using a plant pathogenic fungus in which students learn to follow aseptic techniques, grow and produce spores of a fungus, use a hemacytometer for enumerating spores, prepare serial dilutions, grow and inoculate plants, isolate a pure culture using agar streak plates, and demonstrate the four steps of Koch's postulates.…

  7. Free Radical Halogenation, Selectivity, and Thermodynamics: The Polanyi Principle and Hammond's Postulate

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    Scala, Alfred A.

    2004-01-01

    The underlying ideas of the Polanyi principle and Hammond's postulate in relation to the simple free halogenation reactions and their selectivity and thermodynamics is presented. The results indicate that the chlorine atom exhibits a slightly less selectivity in the liquid phase as compared to in the gas phase.

  8. INTRODUCTION Cryptomonad algae are postulated to be a chimaera of two

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    McFadden, Geoff

    INTRODUCTION Cryptomonad algae are postulated to be a chimaera of two different eukaryotic cells incorporating cryptomonad endosymbiont gene sequences ally them loosely with red algae (Douglas et al., 1991a that the endosymbiont was an early evolutionary intermediate that pre-dates the red algae (Cavalier-Smith, 1992

  9. Dislocation theory of melting for iron, revisited

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    Poirier, J. ); Shankland, T.J. )

    1994-07-10

    The melting point T[sub m] of iron at conditions of the Earth's inner core boundary (ICB) has been calculated from the dislocation theory of melting in metals. Monte Carlo calculations were used to estimate uncertainties introduced by uncertainty in the geophysical parameters that are used in the calculations. These calculations take into account the effects of pressure at ICB conditions and of possible freezing point depression resulting from dilution of pure iron in the outer core. With this approach T[sub m] of pure [epsilon]-Fe at a pressure of 330 GPa and without freezing point depression is 6160[plus minus]250 K; for a 1000 K freezing point depression it is 6110 K. T[sub m] of pure [gamma]-Fe is 6060 K, a value that is not significantly different. A possible [alpha][prime] phase would melt at 5600 K. These values agree with calculated shock wave determinations of T[sub m]. Although calculated T[sub m] of the pure phase is little affected by assumptions about the extent of freezing point depression, the estimated temperature of the inner core boundary is lower by the freezing point depression, perhaps 500--1000 K less than T[sub m] of a pure phase. [copyright] 1994 American Institute of Physics

  10. Dislocation theory of melting for iron, revisited

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    Poirier, J.P.; Shankland, T.J.

    1993-11-01

    Melting point T{sub m} of iron at conditions of the Earth`s inner core boundary (ICB) has been calculated from dislocation theory of melting in metals. Monte Carlo calculations were used to estimate uncertainties introduced by uncertainty in the geophysical parameters that are used in the calculations. These calculations take into account the effects of pressure at ICB conditions and of possible freezing point depression resulting from dilution of pure iron in the outer core. With this approach T{sub m} of pure {var_epsilon}-Fe at a pressure of 330 GPa and without freezing point depression is 6160 {plus_minus} 250 K; for a 1000 K freezing point depression it is 6110 K. T{sub m} of pure {gamma}-Fe is 6060 K, a value that is not significantly different. A possible {alpha}{prime} phase would melt at 5600 K. These values agree with calculated shock wave determinations of T{sub m}. Although calculated T{sub m} of the pure phase is little affected by assumptions about the extent of freezing point depression, the estimated temperature of the inner core boundary is lower by the breezing point depression, perhaps 500--1000 K less than T{sub m} of a pure phase.

  11. Development of a fuel-rod simulator and small-diameter thermocouples for high-temperature, high-heat-flux tests in the Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor Core Flow Test Loop

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    McCulloch, R.W.; MacPherson, R.E.

    1983-03-01

    The Core Flow Test Loop was constructed to perform many of the safety, core design, and mechanical interaction tests in support of the Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor (GCFR) using electrically heated fuel rod simulators (FRSs). Operation includes many off-normal or postulated accident sequences including transient, high-power, and high-temperature operation. The FRS was developed to survive: (1) hundreds of hours of operation at 200 W/cm/sup 2/, 1000/sup 0/C cladding temperature, and (2) 40 h at 40 W/cm/sup 2/, 1200/sup 0/C cladding temperature. Six 0.5-mm type K sheathed thermocouples were placed inside the FRS cladding to measure steady-state and transient temperatures through clad melting at 1370/sup 0/C.

  12. Maxwell's macroscopic equations, the energy-momentum postulates, and the Lorentz law of force.

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    Mansuripur, Masud; Zakharian, Armis R

    2009-02-01

    We argue that the classical theory of electromagnetism is based on Maxwell's macroscopic equations, an energy postulate, a momentum postulate, and a generalized form of the Lorentz law of force. These seven postulates constitute the foundation of a complete and consistent theory, thus eliminating the need for actual (i.e., physical) models of polarization P and magnetization M , these being the distinguishing features of Maxwell's macroscopic equations. In the proposed formulation, P(r,t) and M(r,t) are arbitrary functions of space and time, their physical properties being embedded in the seven postulates of the theory. The postulates are self-consistent, comply with the requirements of the special theory of relativity, and satisfy the laws of conservation of energy, linear momentum, and angular momentum. One advantage of the proposed formulation is that it sidesteps the long-standing Abraham-Minkowski controversy surrounding the electromagnetic momentum inside a material medium by simply "assigning" the Abraham momentum density E(r,t)xH(r,t)/c2 to the electromagnetic field. This well-defined momentum is thus taken to be universal as it does not depend on whether the field is propagating or evanescent, and whether or not the host medium is homogeneous, transparent, isotropic, dispersive, magnetic, linear, etc. In other words, the local and instantaneous momentum density is uniquely and unambiguously specified at each and every point of the material system in terms of the E and H fields residing at that point. Any variation with time of the total electromagnetic momentum of a closed system results in a force exerted on the material media within the system in accordance with the generalized Lorentz law. PMID:19391864

  13. Dynamic melting of metals in the diamond cell: Clues for melt viscosity?

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    Boehler, R.; Karandikar, A.; Yang, L.

    2011-12-01

    From the observed decreasing mobility of liquid iron at high pressure in the laser-heated diamond cell and the gradual decrease in the shear modulus in shock experiments, one may derive high viscosity in the liquid outer core of the Earth. A possible explanation could be the presence of local structures in the liquid as has been observed for several transition metals. In order to bridge the large gap in the timescales between static and dynamic melting experiments, we have developed new experimental techniques to solve the large discrepancies in the melting curves of transition metals (Fe, W, Ta, Mo) measured statically in the laser-heated diamond cell and in shock experiments. The new methods employ "single-shot" laser heating in order to reduce problems associated with mechanical instabilities and chemical reactions of the samples subjected to several thousand degrees at megabar pressures. For melt detection, both synchrotron X-ray diffraction and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) on recovered samples are used. A third approach is the measurement of latent heat effects associated with melting or freezing. This method employs simultaneous CW and pulse laser heating and monitoring the temperature-time history with fast photomultipliers. Using the SEM recovery method, we measured first melting temperatures of rhenium, which at high pressure may be one of the most refractory materials. From the melt textures of Re, we did not observe a significant pressure dependence of viscosity.

  14. The role of von Neumann and Lüders postulates in the EPR-Bohm-Bell considerations: Did EPR make a mistake?

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    Andrei Khrennikov

    2008-06-01

    We show that the projection postulate plays a crucial role in the discussion on the so called "quantum nonlocality", in particular in the EPR-argument. We stress that the original von Neumann projection postulate was crucially modified by extending it to observables with degenerate spectra (the L\\"uders postulate) and we show that this modification is highly questionable from a physical point of view, and it is the real source of "quantum nonlocality". The use of the original von Neumann postulate eliminates this problem: instead of "action at the distance"-nonlocality, we obtain a classical measurement nonlocality. It seems that EPR did mistake in their 1935-paper: if one uses correctly von Neumann projection postulate, no ``elements of reality'' can be assigned to entangled systems. Our analysis of the EPR and projection postulate makes clearer Bohr's considerations in his reply to Einstein.

  15. *Deborah E. Eason, Garrett Ito, John M. Sinton Insights into melt and chemical transport rates in the mantle

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    Geist, Dennis

    Greenland Ice-Core Project (NGRIP) Members (2004) Nature Sinton, J., Grönvold, K., Sæmundsson, K. (2005) G3 of glacial melting. Models of mantle decompression following ice sheet removal predict the greatest melt], we model melt migration in the mantle during and after ice sheet removal (glacial unloading

  16. Mercury's thermal evolution and core crystallization regime

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    Rivoldini, Attilio; Dumberry, Mathieu; Van Hoolst, Tim; Steinle-Neumann, Gerd

    2015-04-01

    Unlike the Earth, where the liquid core isentrope is less steep than the core melting temperature, at the lower pressures inside Mercury's core the isentrope can be steepper than the melting temperature. As a consequence, upon cooling, the isentrope may first cross the melting temperature near the core mantle boundary and produce iron-rich snow that sinks under gravity and produces buoyant upwellings of iron depleted fluid. Similar to bottom up crystallization, top down crystallization is expected to generate sufficient buoyancy flux to drive magnetic field generation by compositional convection. In this study we model Mercury's thermal evolution by taking into account the formation of iron-rich snow to assess when the conditions for internally magnetic field can be satisfied. We employ a thermodynamic consistent description of the iron high pressure phase diagram and thermoelastic properties of iron alloys as well as the most recent data about the thermal conductivity of core materials.

  17. Iron Diffusivity in Water Saturated Rhyolite Melt

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    Simon, A. C.; Bell, A.

    2007-12-01

    We have quantified experimentally the bulk chemical diffusivity of iron and the solubility of magnetite in peraluminous, water-saturated rhyolite melt at 100 MPa and 800°C by performing experiments in which we equilibrated a single crystal of magnetite with water-saturated rhyolite melt. The oxygen fugacity of each run was buffered at nickel-nickel oxide (NNO) and the assemblage was saturated with a 1.8 wt. % NaCl eq. NaCl-KCl- FeCl2-HCl-H2O volatile phase. The experimental charge contained a cylinder of magnetite (activity Fe3O4=1), cored from a single crystal of magnetite and placed at the base of a gold capsule, synthetic rhyolite glass placed above the magnetite cylinder and aqueous vapor which occupied the remaining capsule volume. The concentration profiles of FeO (and Na2O, K2O, Al2O3, SiO2 and Cl) in the quenched melt (i.e., glass) were measured over a distance of 400 microns beginning at the magnetite-rhyolite interface and moving orthogonally away from this interface into the glass until the concentration of iron fell below the limit of detection. Diffusion profiles were fit by inverting the measured concentrations of iron in the melt through the error function and solving for the diffusion coefficient assuming a stationary planar boundary; the near-intersection of the error function regression with the origin justifies this assumption. The calculated bulk chemical diffusivity for iron in H2O- saturated rhyolite is 4 E-10 cm2 sec-1; this measured diffusivity is consistent, albeit one-half to one order of magnitude lower than data for other divalent elements (Ca, Mg, Sn) in rhyolite. The Co value used to fit the diffusion profiles is consistent with published data for the equilibrium concentration of iron in rhyolite melt and, thus, the data yield the solubility of iron in water-saturated rhyolite melt. The aluminum saturation index (ASI) of the melt, hence concentrations of Na2O, K2O and Al2O3, remains essentially constant in the melt across the entire measured diffusion length indicating that the bulk diffusivity of iron is not affected by coupled diffusion with these major elements. The chlorine concentration in the melt, however, increases markedly toward the magnetite-glass interface. This finding suggests that iron and chlorine are associated strongly in the melt and that the presence of iron in the melt, owing to magnetite dissolution increases significantly the chlorine "solubility" in the melt. The new results constrain the growth and dissolution rates of iron-bearing minerals during the evolution of hydrous felsic melt, including magma mixing, and the apparent association of iron and chlorine in the melt provides important constraints on the mass transfer of iron, chlorine and other metals, to an exsolved volatile phase and how this impacts the acidity, hence metal-scavenging potential, of the volatile phase.

  18. Evolution of the CPT Invariance into a Basic Postulate in Physics

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    Guang-jiong Ni; Suqing Chen; Jianjun Xu

    2012-07-23

    Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen's paper in 1935 is discussed in parallel with an EPR experiment on $K^0\\bar{K}^0$ system in 1998, yielding a strong hint of distinction in both wave-function and operators between particle and antiparticle at the level of quantum mechanics (QM). Then it is proposed that the CPT invariance in particle physics leads naturally to a basic postulate that the (newly defined) space-time inversion (${\\bf x}\\to -{\\bf x},t\\to -t$) is equivalent to the transformation between particle and its antiparticle. The evolution of this postulate from nonrelativistic QM via relativistic QM till the quantum field theory is discussed in some detail. The Klein paradox for both Klein-Gordon equation and Dirac equation is also discussed. Keywords: CPT invariance, Antiparticle, Quantum mechanics, Quantum field theory

  19. A test of Hebb's postulate at identified synapses which mediate classical conditioning in Aplysia.

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    Carew, T J; Hawkins, R D; Abrams, T W; Kandel, E R

    1984-05-01

    In 1949, D. O. Hebb proposed a novel mechanism for producing changes in the strength of synapses that could account for associative learning. According to Hebb , the strength of a synapse might increase when the use of that synapse contributes to the generation of action potentials in a postsynaptic neuron. Thus, an essential feature of this postulate is that action potentials must occur in both a postsynaptic cell and a presynaptic cell for associative synaptic changes to occur. We have directly tested Hebb 's postulate in Aplysia at identified synapses which are known to exhibit a temporally specific increase in efficacy during a cellular analogue of differential conditioning. We find that the mechanism postulated by Hebb is neither necessary nor sufficient to produce the associative change in synaptic strength that underlies conditioning in Aplysia. In contrast, impulse activity in the presynaptic cell must be paired with facilitatory input, supporting the hypothesis that the temporal specificity of classical conditioning in Aplysia can be accounted for by activity-dependent amplification of presynaptic facilitation. PMID:6726327

  20. The Many-core Fad Many-core is a fad.

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    Might, Matt

    clockspeeds melted chips. · Industry:"Moore's law must go on." · Hardware firms:"Ok, add more cores." #12;Why 0 Supply Demand Shareholder revolt #12;Alternatives #12;A new Moore's law? ·Halve power ·Halve size

  1. Core-Cutoff Tool

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    Gheen, Darrell

    2007-01-01

    A tool makes a cut perpendicular to the cylindrical axis of a core hole at a predetermined depth to free the core at that depth. The tool does not damage the surrounding material from which the core was cut, and it operates within the core-hole kerf. Coring usually begins with use of a hole saw or a hollow cylindrical abrasive cutting tool to make an annular hole that leaves the core (sometimes called the plug ) in place. In this approach to coring as practiced heretofore, the core is removed forcibly in a manner chosen to shear the core, preferably at or near the greatest depth of the core hole. Unfortunately, such forcible removal often damages both the core and the surrounding material (see Figure 1). In an alternative prior approach, especially applicable to toxic or fragile material, a core is formed and freed by means of milling operations that generate much material waste. In contrast, the present tool eliminates the damage associated with the hole-saw approach and reduces the extent of milling operations (and, hence, reduces the waste) associated with the milling approach. The present tool (see Figure 2) includes an inner sleeve and an outer sleeve and resembles the hollow cylindrical tool used to cut the core hole. The sleeves are thin enough that this tool fits within the kerf of the core hole. The inner sleeve is attached to a shaft that, in turn, can be attached to a drill motor or handle for turning the tool. This tool also includes a cutting wire attached to the distal ends of both sleeves. The cutting wire is long enough that with sufficient relative rotation of the inner and outer sleeves, the wire can cut all the way to the center of the core. The tool is inserted in the kerf until its distal end is seated at the full depth. The inner sleeve is then turned. During turning, frictional drag on the outer core pulls the cutting wire into contact with the core. The cutting force of the wire against the core increases with the tension in the wire and, hence, with the frictional drag acting on the outer sleeve. As the wire cuts toward the center of the core, the inner sleeve rotates farther with respect to the outer sleeve. Once the wire has cut to the center of the core, the tool and the core can be removed from the hole. The proper choice of cutting wire depends on the properties of the core material. For a sufficiently soft core material, a nonmetallic monofilament can be used. For a rubber-like core material, a metal wire can be used. For a harder core material, it is necessary to use an abrasive wire, and the efficiency of the tool can be increased greatly by vacuuming away the particles generated during cutting. For a core material that can readily be melted or otherwise cut by use of heat, it could be preferable to use an electrically heated cutting wire. In such a case, electric current can be supplied to the cutting wire, from an electrically isolated source, via rotating contact rings mounted on the sleeves.

  2. The Light-Velocity Postulate: The Essential Difference between the Theories of Lorentz-Poincare and Einstein

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    Abiko, Seiya

    2005-01-01

    Einstein, who had already developed the light-quantum theory, knew the inadequacy of Maxwell's theory in the microscopic sphere. Therefore, in writing his paper on special relativity, he had to set up the light-velocity postulate independently of the relativity postulate in order to make the electromagnetic foundation of physics compatible with…

  3. Viscosity Measurement for Tellurium Melt

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    Lin, Bochuan; Li, Chao; Ban, Heng; Scripa, Rosalia N.; Su, Ching-Hua; Lehoczky, Sandor L.

    2006-01-01

    The viscosity of high temperature Te melt was measured using a new technique in which a rotating magnetic field was applied to the melt sealed in a suspended ampoule, and the torque exerted by rotating melt flow on the ampoule wall was measured. Governing equations for the coupled melt flow and ampoule torsional oscillation were solved, and the viscosity was extracted from the experimental data by numerical fitting. The computational result showed good agreement with experimental data. The melt velocity transient initiated by the rotating magnetic field reached a stable condition quickly, allowing the viscosity and electrical conductivity of the melt to be determined in a short period.

  4. Thermoacoustic Streaming and Ultrasonic Processing of Low Melting Melts

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    Trinh, E. H.

    1997-01-01

    Ultrasonic levitation allows the processing of low melting materials both in 1 G as well as in microgravity. The free suspension of the melts also facilitates undercooling, permitting the measurements of the physical properties of the metastable liquids.

  5. Shock melting of cerium

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    Jensen, B. J.; Cherne, F. J.; Cooley, J. C.; Zhernokletov, M. V.; Kovalev, A. E.

    2010-06-01

    Shock-wave experiments were performed to examine the melt transition for cerium. Despite past work which points to a higher-pressure transition, the large volume collapse associated with the low-pressure ?-? phase transition is expected to result in a low-pressure melt transition. Multiple experimental configurations including front-surface impact and transmission experiments using velocimetry were used to obtain Hugoniot data and sound-speed data for impact stresses up to approximately 18 GPa. Sound-speed data exhibit a structured release consisting of a longitudinal wave followed by a slower plastic wave. The difference between these two wave speeds is observed to decrease with increasing impact stress until a single shock wave is observed indicating the onset of the melt transition which was estimated to be 10.24±0.34GPa . Additional data show that the sound speed is in agreement with liquid data at approximately 18 GPa likely indicating the completion of the melt transition. Further results and implications are discussed.

  6. Preliminary results of sulfide melt/silicate wetting experiments in a partially melted ordinary chondrite

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    Jurewicz, Stephen R.; Jones, John H.

    1994-01-01

    Recently, mechanisms for core formation in planetary bodies have received considerable attention. Most current theories emphasize the need for large degrees of silicate partial melting to facilitate the coalescence and sinking of sulfide-metal liquid blebs through a low strength semi-crystalline silicate mush. This scenario is based upon observations that sulfide-metal liquid tends to form circular blebs in partially molten meteorites during laboratory experiments. However, recent experimental work by Herpfer and Larimer indicates that some sulfide-Fe liquids have wetting angles at and slightly below 60 deg in an olivine aggregate, implying an interconnected melt structure at any melt fraction. Such melt interconnectivity provides a means for gravitational compaction and extraction of the majority of a sulfide liquid phase in small planetary bodies without invoking large degrees of silicate partial melting. Because of the important ramifications of these results, we conducted a series of experiments using H-chondrite starting material in order to evaluate sulfide-liquid/silicate wetting behavior in a more complex natural system.

  7. Modeling and analyses of postulated UF{sub 6} release accidents in gaseous diffusion plant

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    Kim, S.H.; Taleyarkhan, R.P.; Keith, K.D.; Schmidt, R.W.; Carter, J.C.; Dyer, R.H.

    1995-10-01

    Computer models have been developed to simulate the transient behavior of aerosols and vapors as a result of a postulated accident involving the release of uranium hexafluoride (UF{sub 6}) into the process building of a gaseous diffusion plant. UF{sub 6} undergoes an exothermic chemical reaction with moisture (H{sub 2}O) in the air to form hydrogen fluoride (HF) and radioactive uranyl fluoride (UO{sub 2}F{sub 2}). As part of a facility-wide safety evaluation, this study evaluated source terms consisting of UO{sub 2}F{sub 2} as well as HF during a postulated UF{sub 6} release accident in a process building. In the postulated accident scenario, {approximately}7900 kg (17,500 lb) of hot UF{sub 6} vapor is released over a 5 min period from the process piping into the atmosphere of a large process building. UO{sub 2}F{sub 2} mainly remains as airborne-solid particles (aerosols), and HF is in a vapor form. Some UO{sub 2}F{sub 2} aerosols are removed from the air flow due to gravitational settling. The HF and the remaining UO{sub 2}F{sub 2} are mixed with air and exhausted through the building ventilation system. The MELCOR computer code was selected for simulating aerosols and vapor transport in the process building. MELCOR model was first used to develop a single volume representation of a process building and its results were compared with those from past lumped parameter models specifically developed for studying UF{sub 6} release accidents. Preliminary results indicate that MELCOR predicted results (using a lumped formulation) are comparable with those from previously developed models.

  8. Thermodynamics of Oligonucleotide Duplex Melting

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    Schreiber-Gosche, Sherrie; Edwards, Robert A.

    2009-01-01

    Melting temperatures of oligonucleotides are useful for a number of molecular biology applications, such as the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Although melting temperatures are often calculated with simplistic empirical equations, application of thermodynamics provides more accurate melting temperatures and an opportunity for students to apply…

  9. Drag moderation by the melting of ice surface in contact with water Ivan U. Vakarelski,1

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    Chan, Derek Y C

    Drag moderation by the melting of ice surface in contact with water Ivan U. Vakarelski,1 Derek Y. C on the hydrodynamic drag of ice-shell-metal-core spheres free falling in water at Reynolds number, Re 2 × 104 - 3 × 105 and demonstrate that the melting surface induces the early onset of the drag crisis, thus reducing

  10. Near-total surface melt detected on the Greenland Ice Sheet

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    Schultz, Colin

    2013-01-01

    On 12 July 2012, 98.6% of the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet melted, an event so expansive that a similar episode had not previously been seen in the satellite era. Ice core records indicate that the most recent melting event of this scale was 123 years ago. The one before that occurred another 7 centuries prior, during the Medieval Warm Period. Just 2 weeks following the near-total melt of the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet, after the surface ice had refrozen to seasonal levels, a second episode pushed the melt area back up to 79.2%. Compiling measurements from three different satellite systems and from in-the-field observations, Nghiem et al. describe the extent of the melt. The authors suggest that warm air ridges stagnating over Greenland, coincident with the melt episodes, may have underlain the extensive melting.

  11. Solubility of CH4 in a synthetic basaltic melt, with applications to atmosphere-magma ocean-core partitioning of volatiles and to the evolution of the Martian atmosphere

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    Ardia, P.; Hirschmann, M. M.; Withers, A. C.; Stanley, B. D.

    2013-08-01

    We employ a double capsule technique to determine the solubility of CH4 in haplobasaltic (Fe-free) liquid under conditions of constrained methane fugacity, f, at pressures of 0.7-3 GPa at 1400-1450 °C. Dissolved C-O-H species are examined with FTIR and Raman spectroscopy, and CH4 and CH3- are the only C-bearing species detected. Carbon solubilities are quantified using SIMS, range from 70 to 480 ppm when calculated as CH4, and increase with pressure. Concentrations are parameterized with a thermodynamic model and are found to be related to f and pressure. Application of this thermodynamic model shows dissolved CH4 contents of graphite-saturated magmas are little-influenced by pressure for conditions of fixed f relative to metal-oxide buffers and fixed total H content. Because f of graphite-saturated systems increases with the square of hydrogen fugacity, dissolved f increases with decreasing f and increases exponentially with increasing total H content. The experimentally-observed increase with pressure is related to variations in f and H content. Dissolved CH4 contents of Martian magmas in their source regions are small, such that it is unlikely that magmatic CH4 is a principal contributor to greenhouse conditions early in Martian history. Concentrations of dissolved C-O-H volatiles in a magma ocean early in the history of a terrestrial planet may be diminished by reducing conditions, leading to development of a massive atmosphere and a greatly decreased inventory of volatiles stored in planetary interiors at the outset of planetary history. Dissolution of methane may enhance the retention of C in the silicate Earth during core formation, but experimental evaluation of its influence on metal/silicate partitioning of C requires careful matching of the magmatic H concentration between experiments and natural systems.

  12. Attempt at clarification of Einstein's postulate of constancy of light velocity

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    Wang Guowen

    2005-12-05

    We have realized that under Lorentz transformations the tick number of a moving common clock remains unchanged, that is, the hand of the clock never runs slow, but the time interval between its two consecutive ticks contracts, so the relative time has to be recorded by using the tau-clocks required by the transformations, instead of unreal slowing clocks. Thus it is argued that using rest common clocks or the equivalent the measured velocity of light emitted by a moving source, which is quasi-velocity of foreign light, is dependent of the source velocity. Nevertheless, the velocity of foreign light that should be measured by using tau-clocks is independent of the source velocity. The velocity of native light emitted by a rest source obeys the postulate of relativity in accordance with both Maxwell equations and the result of Michelson-Morley experiment. On the other hand, the velocity of foreign light obeys both Ritz's emission theory except the Lorentz factor and the postulate of constancy of light velocity if measured by using tau-clocks. Thus the emission theory does not conflict with special relativity. The present argument leads to a logical consequence that the so-called positive conclusions from experiments testing constancy of the velocity of light emitted by moving sources if using common clocks or the equivalent, instead of tau-clocks, exactly contradicts Lorentz transformations.

  13. On the Composition and Temperature of the Terrestrial Planetary Core

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    Fei, Yingwei

    2013-06-01

    The existence of liquid cores of terrestrial planets such as the Earth, Mar, and Mercury has been supported by various observation. The liquid state of the core provides a unique opportunity for us to estimate the temperature of the core if we know the melting temperature of the core materials at core pressure. Dynamic compression by shock wave, laser-heating in diamond-anvil cell, and resistance-heating in the multi-anvil device can melt core materials over a wide pressure range. There have been significant advances in both dynamic and static experimental techniques and characterization tool. In this tal, I will review some of the recent advances and results relevant to the composition and thermal state of the terrestrial core. I will also present new development to analyze the quenched samples recovered from laser-heating diamond-anvil cell experiments using combination of focused ion beam milling, high-resolution SEM imaging, and quantitative chemical analysi. With precision milling of the laser-heating spo, the melting point and element partitioning between solid and liquid can be precisely determined. It is also possible to re-construct 3D image of the laser-heating spot at multi-megabar pressures to better constrain melting point and understanding melting process. The new techniques allow us to extend precise measurements of melting relations to core pressures, providing better constraint on the temperature of the cor. The research is supported by NASA and NSF grants.

  14. Thermal-hydraulic studies on molten core-concrete interactions

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    Greene, G.A.

    1986-10-01

    This report discusses studies carried out in connection with light water power reactor accidents. Recent assessments have indicated that the consequences of molten-core concrete interactions dominate the considerations of severe accidents. The two areas of interest that have been investigated are interlayer heat and mass transfer and liquid-liquid boiling. Interlayer heat and mass transfer refers to processes that occur within a core melt between the stratified, immiscible phases of core oxides and metals. Liquid-liquid boiling refers to processes that occur at the melt-concrete on melt-coolant interface. (JDH)

  15. Analysis of the role of von Neumann's projection postulate in the canonical scheme of quantum teleportation and main quantum algorithms

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    Andrei Khrennikov

    2008-05-23

    Modern development of quantum technologies based on quantum information theory stimulated analysis of proposed computational, cryptographic and teleportational schemes from the viewpoint of quantum foundations. It is evident that not all mathematical calculations performed in complex Hilbert space can be directly realized in physical space. Recently by analyzing the original EPR paper we found that they argument was based on the misuse of the von Neumann's projection postulate. Opposite to von Neumann, Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen (EPR) applied this postulate to observables represented by operators with degenerate spectra. It was completely forbidden by von Neumann's axiomatics of QM. It is impossible to repeat the EPR considerations in the von Neumann's framework. In this note we analyze quantum teleportation by taking into account von Neumann's projection postulate. Our analysis shows that so called quantum teleportation is impossible in von Neumann's framework. On the other hand, our analysis implies that the main quantum algorithms are totally consistent with von Neumann's projection postulate.

  16. Drag Moderation by the Melting of an Ice Surface in Contact with Water.

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    Vakarelski, Ivan U; Chan, Derek Y C; Thoroddsen, Sigurdur T

    2015-07-24

    We report measurements of the effects of a melting ice surface on the hydrodynamic drag of ice-shell-metal-core spheres free falling in water at a Reynolds of number Re~2×10^{4}-3×10^{5} and demonstrate that the melting surface induces the early onset of the drag crisis, thus reducing the hydrodynamic drag by more than 50%. Direct visualization of the flow pattern demonstrates the key role of surface melting. Our observations support the hypothesis that the drag reduction is due to the disturbance of the viscous boundary layer by the mass transfer from the melting ice surface. PMID:26252689

  17. Drag Moderation by the Melting of an Ice Surface in Contact with Water

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    Vakarelski, Ivan U.; Chan, Derek Y. C.; Thoroddsen, Sigurdur T.

    2015-07-01

    We report measurements of the effects of a melting ice surface on the hydrodynamic drag of ice-shell-metal-core spheres free falling in water at a Reynolds of number Re ˜2 ×104- 3 ×105 and demonstrate that the melting surface induces the early onset of the drag crisis, thus reducing the hydrodynamic drag by more than 50%. Direct visualization of the flow pattern demonstrates the key role of surface melting. Our observations support the hypothesis that the drag reduction is due to the disturbance of the viscous boundary layer by the mass transfer from the melting ice surface.

  18. Determination of the stability and fragmentation length of a melt jet in water

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    Melikhov, O.I.

    1995-07-01

    The fragmentation of a high-temperature melt jet in water is one of the principal mechanisms underlying the formation of a coarsely dispersed water-steam-melt mixture in the onset and development of a hypothetical severe nuclear power plant accident with core meltdown. Under certain conditions the melt can mix explosively with the water in such a mixture with potentially detrimental results for the reactor housing. The rate of fragmentation of a melt jet largely governs the characteristics of the resulting mixture and its capacity to detonate.

  19. Consistently melting crystals

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    Klaus Larjo

    2009-02-04

    Recently Ooguri and Yamazaki proposed a statistical model of melting crystals to count BPS bound states of certain D-brane configurations on toric Calabi--Yau manifolds [arXiv:0811.2801]. This construction relied on a set of consistency conditions on the corresponding brane tiling, and in this note I show that these conditions are satisfied for any physical brane tiling; they follow from the conformality of the low energy field theory on the D-branes. As a byproduct I also provide a simple direct proof that any physical brane tiling has a perfect matching.

  20. Equation of State and Phase Diagram of Fe-16Si Alloy as a Candidate Component of1 Earth's Core2

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    partitioning into the core may explain the difference between42 30 Si/28 Si ratios in terrestrial rocks versus component in the core, its impact on the density of51 iron-rich melts is vital to interpretation of the composition, dynamics, and evolution of the core.52 Knowledge of its melting curve and phase relations can

  1. Estimation of Downstream Cesium Concentrations Following a Postulated PAR Pond Dam Break

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    Chen, K.F.

    2002-07-08

    Following a postulated PAR Pond dam break, some of the PAR Pond sediment including the cesium could be eroded and be transported downstream to the Savannah River through the Lower Three Runs Creek. Studies showed that most of the eroded sediment including the cesium would deposit in the Lower Three Runs Creek and the remainder would discharge to the Savannah River from the mouth of Lower Three Runs Creek. A WASP5 model was developed to simulate the eroded sediment and cesium transport from the Lower Three Runs Creek mouth to the Atlantic coast. The dissolved cesium concentrations at the Highway 301 bridge and near the City of Savannah Industrial and Domestic Water Supply Plant are 30 and 27 pCi/l, respectively. The concentrations at both locations are less than the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency drinking water standard of 200 pCi/l.

  2. Fritz Zwicky's Postulate of Freedom from Prejudice Considered from the Standpoint of the Theory of Knowledge

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    Lutz, Markus

    What can we say about unprejudiced thinking as postulated by Ritz Zwicky? Freedom from prejudice in opposition to stamped by theory. How does knowledge come about? Through sense perception and thought. The phenomenon is always mediated by organs, respectively by technical instruments. Which conclusion can we draw from this fact? Is the organ of knowledge by which we know nature a part of nature? Can the dialectic materialism explain the processes of human consciousness? What is the fundamental difference between think and perceive? Has human consciousness only a share in nature or also in the spiritual world? The role of the observer in the Copenhagen interpretation. Is the quantum theory applicable to psychic phenomena?

  3. Existence of an information unit as a postulate of quantum theory.

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    Masanes, Lluís; Müller, Markus P; Augusiak, Remigiusz; Pérez-García, David

    2013-10-01

    Does information play a significant role in the foundations of physics? Information is the abstraction that allows us to refer to the states of systems when we choose to ignore the systems themselves. This is only possible in very particular frameworks, like in classical or quantum theory, or more generally, whenever there exists an information unit such that the state of any system can be reversibly encoded in a sufficient number of such units. In this work, we show how the abstract formalism of quantum theory can be deduced solely from the existence of an information unit with suitable properties, together with two further natural assumptions: the continuity and reversibility of dynamics, and the possibility of characterizing the state of a composite system by local measurements. This constitutes a set of postulates for quantum theory with a simple and direct physical meaning, like the ones of special relativity or thermodynamics, and it articulates a strong connection between physics and information. PMID:24062431

  4. Existence of an information unit as a postulate of quantum theory

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    Masanes, Lluís; Müller, Markus P.; Augusiak, Remigiusz; Pérez-García, David

    2013-01-01

    Does information play a significant role in the foundations of physics? Information is the abstraction that allows us to refer to the states of systems when we choose to ignore the systems themselves. This is only possible in very particular frameworks, like in classical or quantum theory, or more generally, whenever there exists an information unit such that the state of any system can be reversibly encoded in a sufficient number of such units. In this work, we show how the abstract formalism of quantum theory can be deduced solely from the existence of an information unit with suitable properties, together with two further natural assumptions: the continuity and reversibility of dynamics, and the possibility of characterizing the state of a composite system by local measurements. This constitutes a set of postulates for quantum theory with a simple and direct physical meaning, like the ones of special relativity or thermodynamics, and it articulates a strong connection between physics and information. PMID:24062431

  5. Pressurized melt ejection into water pools

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    Tarbell, W.W.; Pilch, M. ); Ross, J.W.; Oliver, M.S.; Gilbert, D.W.; Nichols, R.T. )

    1991-03-01

    Direct Containment Heating is important because it is one of the postulated methods for early containment failure. If the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) should fail at an instrument tube penetration in the lower head, the resulting aperture would allow the molten core material to be discharged at high velocity into the cavity. Scaled experiments have demonstrated that the gas discharged during blowdown of the pressure system can entrain core debris and carry it out of the cavity region. Although these experiments were performed with the cavity initially devoid of water, other tests with the cavity partially filled with water exhibited similar results. The objective of the work described here is twofold: (1) to study the jet ejection and debris dispersal behavior when water is in contact with the lower head of the RPV and completely fills the cavity; and, (2) to compare the results of an experiment where the cavity is partially filled with water. These tests are of interest not only because they consider the dispersal of water and debris from the cavity but they also consider the potential consequences of codispersing water with core debris into the containment. Because the core debris may impart sufficient energy to the containment atmosphere to raise the pressure to potentially threatening levels, it is important to identify possible mitigating mechanisms. Analytical efforts have suggested that the codispersed water may act as a finely distributed heat sink that would have the beneficial effect of absorbing debris energy. This has not been confirmed experimentally, although the work presented here does attempt to identify the potential for water preexisting in the cavity to be dispersed as small droplets. 17 refs., 41 figs., 12 tabs.

  6. Chicxulub Impact Melts: Geochemical Signatures of Target Lithology Mixing and Post-Impact Hydrothermal Fluid Processes

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    Kring, David A.; Zurcher, Lukas; Horz, Freidrich; Mertzmann, Stanley A.

    2004-01-01

    Impact melts within complex impact craters are generally homogeneous, unless they differentiated, contain immiscible melt components, or were hydrothermally altered while cooling. The details of these processes, however, and their chemical consequences, are poorly understood. The best opportunity to unravel them may lie with the Chicxulub impact structure, because it is the world s most pristine (albeit buried) large impact crater. The Chicxulub Scientific Drilling Project recovered approx. 100 meters of impactites in a continuous core from the Yaxcopoil-1 (YAX-1) borehole. This dramatically increased the amount of melt available for analyses, which was previously limited to two small samples N17 and N19) recovered from the Yucatan-6 (Y-6) borehole and one sample (N10) recovered from the Chicxulub-1 (C-1) borehole. In this study, we describe the chemical compositions of six melt samples over an approx. 40 m section of the core and compare them to previous melt samples from the Y-6 and C-1 boreholes.

  7. Melting of ice under pressure

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    Schwegler, Eric; Sharma, Manu; Gygi, François; Galli, Giulia

    2008-01-01

    The melting of ice under pressure is investigated with a series of first-principles molecular dynamics simulations. In particular, a two-phase approach is used to determine the melting temperature of the ice-VII phase in the range of 10–50 GPa. Our computed melting temperatures are consistent with existing diamond anvil cell experiments. We find that for pressures between 10 and 40 GPa, ice melts as a molecular solid. For pressures above ?45 Gpa, there is a sharp increase in the slope of the melting curve because of the presence of molecular dissociation and proton diffusion in the solid before melting. The onset of significant proton diffusion in ice-VII as a function of increasing temperature is found to be gradual and bears many similarities to that of a type-II superionic solid. PMID:18809909

  8. Advances in plasma melting technology

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    Eschenbach, R.; Hoffelner, W.

    The quest for 'defect-free' high performance metals has benefited from the expansion of plasma hearth melting capacity. 'Skull' melting in water-cooled copper containers under an inert gas atmosphere allows elimination of ceramic and refractory metal inclusions when melting reactive metals and superalloys, while retaining the input alloy content. The interactions of operating variables such as furnace pressure, nature of gas, arc current and heat input pattern with product properties such as homogeneity, grain size, and inclusions are described. By proper process control, plasma hearth melting has been qualified as one of only two processes suitable for particularly demanding rotating grade engine parts made of titanium alloy. Costs of plasma hearth melting are less than with electron beam. Extension of plasma processing to other alloys is being actively pursued. Powder production is currently practical with plasma melting and bottom pouring to make powder. Some speculations on future trends in materials and operating temperatures are offered.

  9. Melting of Ice under Pressure

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    Schwegler, E; Sharma, M; Gygi, F; Galli, G

    2008-07-31

    The melting of ice under pressure is investigated with a series of first principles molecular dynamics simulations. In particular, a two-phase approach is used to determine the melting temperature of the ice-VII phase in the range of 10 to 50 GPa. Our computed melting temperatures are consistent with existing diamond anvil cell experiments. We find that for pressures between 10 to 40 GPa, ice melts as a molecular solid. For pressures above {approx}45 GPa there is a sharp increase in the slope of the melting curve due to the presence of molecular dissociation and proton diffusion in the solid, prior to melting. The onset of significant proton diffusion in ice-VII as a function of increasing temperature is found to be gradual and bears many similarities to that of a type-II superionic solid.

  10. Oceans of Water in the Earth's core

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    Saxena, S. K.; Dubrovinsky, L.; Rekhi, S.; Wang, Z.; Shen, G.

    2002-05-01

    While the debate on the chemical composition of the outer core continues unabated, it is essential that we consider water as an important core substance for the reasons that it is abundant and suitably light to decrease the density and melting temperature of iron. Furthermore, if water is indeed stored in the core, it should provide a suitable source for water in the mantle and affect the dynamics of melting everywhere. We have conducted several experiments to understand the iron-water chemistry at high pressure and temperatures. Several studies aimed at demonstrating the formation of hydrides at high pressures have clearly established that iron hydride forms stably at pressures from a few to 7.5 GPa both in the Fe-H2 and the Fe-H2O systems, which has led to the important proposal of including water (and thereby hydrogen and oxygen) in the core. The information on temperature effect on these systems is available to 1800 K at low pressures. With this work, we have extended the P and T range of the previous studies on iron-water reaction to nearly 85 GPa and 2000 K respectively. We used various types of diamond-anvil cells which include Mao-Bell cell for single side laser heating or for wire heating and Merrill-Basett design for double-side laser heating. In addition to experiments with laser heating, we have also conducted experiments in Mao-Bell cells with external heating. In all experiments reported here, in situ x-ray data were collected on heated samples at GSECARS and at ESRF. In presence of excess iron, which was the case for all experiments with direct wetting of iron with water in the externally heated cells, we invariably found the three phases, Fe, iron hydride and wuestite. In presence of brucite or water and MgO, we can demonstrate that melting of the hydride and the FeO component of wuestite occurred at a rather low temperature of 1525 K or less. The following inferences can be drawn based on the experimental results: a) iron-hydride stability extends to high pressures (~85 GPa) and temperatures (~1800 K) and therefore it could form in a primitive iron core and become a part of the melt if temperature exceeds the melting temperature (~2000 K) at the outer-core press, and b) in the system iron-water, the hydride phase cannot exist without wuestite and therefore both hydrogen and oxygen components will be part of the melt in the outer core. An additional important result is that we could not determine the influence of water on direct melting of iron because of the hydride and oxide reactions that preceded melting. Wuestite (FexO) or ferropericlase (a solid solution between periclase and wuestite) melted below 1525 K in presence of water. Wuestite is estimated to be present in abundance in the mantle and could be an important constituent of the primitive earth forming by direct reaction between iron and water. Although in this experiment, we can only ascertain that Fe was first oxidized and then melted, it does give us an estimate of the possible effect of water on the melting of Fe. According to Boehler, dry FeO melts at a temperature of ~2500 K at a pressure of 35 GPa. Thus water reduced the melting temperature of the pure phase by close to 1000 K. If the melting temperature of iron is similarly reduced in a fluid saturated system, the effect could be large; in a less saturated system it may lower the melting by a few hundred degrees. If even a percent of water in the core will amount to ten times more water than that present in the oceans.

  11. Natural convection phenomena in a nuclear power plant during a postulated TMLB' accident

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    Domanus, H.M.; Schmitt, R.C.; Sha, W.T.; Shah, V.L.; Han, J.T.

    1987-01-01

    After the TMI (Three Mile Island) accident, there has been significant interest in analyzing and understanding the phenomena that may occur in a PWR (Pressurized Water Reactor) accident which may lead to partial or total core meltdown and degradation. Natural convection is one of the important phenomena. In the present paper the results of two numerical simulations of (1) four-loop PWR and (2) three-loop PWR are presented. The simulations were performed with the COMMIX(2) computer code. Our analysis shows that in severe accident scenarios, natural convection phenomena does occur and that it helps to delay core degradation by transferring decay heat from the reactor core to other internal structures of the reactor system. The amount of heat transfer and delay in core degradation depends on the geometry and internal structures of the system and on the events of an accident.

  12. Holographic Meson Melting

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    Hoyos, C; Montero, S; Hoyos, Carlos; Landsteiner, Karl; Montero, Sergio

    2007-01-01

    The plasma phase at high temperatures of a strongly coupled gauge theory can be holographically modelled by an AdS black hole. Matter in the fundamental representation and in the quenched approximation is introduced through embedding D7-branes in the AdS-Schwarzschild background. Low spin mesons correspond to the fluctuations of the D7-brane world volume. As is well known by now, there are two different kinds of embeddings, either reaching down to the black hole horizon or staying outside of it. In the latter case the fluctuations of the D7-brane world volume represent stable low spin mesons. In the plasma phase we do not expect mesons to be stable but to melt at sufficiently high temperature. We model this meson melting by the quasinormal modes of D7-brane fluctuations for the embeddings that do reach down to the horizon. The inverse of the imaginary part of the quasinormal frequency gives the lifetime of the meson in the hot plasma. We briefly comment on the possible application of our model to quarkonium s...

  13. Holographic Meson Melting

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    Carlos Hoyos; Karl Landsteiner; Sergio Montero

    2007-07-11

    The plasma phase at high temperatures of a strongly coupled gauge theory can be holographically modelled by an AdS black hole. Matter in the fundamental representation and in the quenched approximation is introduced through embedding D7-branes in the AdS-Schwarzschild background. Low spin mesons correspond to the fluctuations of the D7-brane world volume. As is well known by now, there are two different kinds of embeddings, either reaching down to the black hole horizon or staying outside of it. In the latter case the fluctuations of the D7-brane world volume represent stable low spin mesons. In the plasma phase we do not expect mesons to be stable but to melt at sufficiently high temperature. We model the late stages of this meson melting by the quasinormal modes of D7-brane fluctuations for the embeddings that do reach down to the horizon. The inverse of the imaginary part of the quasinormal frequency gives the typical relaxation time back to equilibrium of the meson perturbation in the hot plasma. We briefly comment on the possible application of our model to quarkonium suppression.

  14. Melting in Martian Snowbanks

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    Zent, A. P.; Sutter, B.

    2005-01-01

    Precipitation as snow is an emerging paradigm for understanding water flow on Mars, which gracefully resolves many outstanding uncertainties in climatic and geomorphic interpretation. Snowfall does not require a powerful global greenhouse to effect global precipitation. It has long been assumed that global average temperatures greater than 273K are required to sustain liquid water at the surface via rainfall and runoff. Unfortunately, the best greenhouse models to date predict global mean surface temperatures early in Mars' history that differ little from today's, unless exceptional conditions are invoked. Snowfall however, can occur at temperatures less than 273K; all that is required is saturation of the atmosphere. At global temperatures lower than 273K, H2O would have been injected into the atmosphere by impacts and volcanic eruptions during the Noachian, and by obliquity-driven climate oscillations more recently. Snow cover can accumulate for a considerable period, and be available for melting during local spring and summer, unless sublimation rates are sufficient to remove the entire snowpack. We decided to explore the physics that controls the melting of snow in the high-latitude regions of Mars to understand the frequency and drainage of snowmelt in the high martian latitudes.

  15. Melting and spheroidization of hexagonal boron nitride in a microwave-powered, atmospheric pressure nitrogen plasma `

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    Gleiman, S. S.; Phillips, J.

    2001-01-01

    We have developed a method for producing spherically-shaped, hexagonal phase boron nitride (hBN) particles of controlled diameter in the 10-100 micron size range. Specifically, platelet-shaped hBN particles are passed as an aerosol through a microwave-generated, atmospheric pressure, nitrogen plasma. In the plasma, agglomerates formed by collisions between input hBN particles, melt and forms spheres. We postulate that this unprecedented process takes place in the unique environment of a plasma containing a high N-atom concentration, because in such an environment the decomposition temperature can be raised above the melting temperature. Indeed, given the following relationship [1]: BN{sub (condensed)} {leftrightarrow} B{sub (gas)} + N{sub (gas)}. Standard equilibrium thermodynamics indicate that the decomposition temperature of hBN is increased in the presence of high concentrations of N atoms. We postulate that in our plasma system the N atom concentration is high enough to raise the decomposition temperature above the (undetermined) melting temperature. Keywords Microwave plasma, boron nitride, melting, spherical, thermodynamics, integrated circuit package.

  16. Melting line of polymeric nitrogen

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    Yakub, L. N.

    2013-05-01

    We made an attempt to predict location of the melting line of polymeric nitrogen using two equations for Helmholtz free energy: proposed earlier for cubic gauche-structure and developed recently for liquid polymerized nitrogen. The P-T relation, orthobaric densities and latent heat of melting were determined using a standard double tangent construction. The estimated melting temperature decreases with increasing pressure, alike the temperature of molecular-nonmolecular transition in solid. We discuss the possibility of a triple point (solid-molecular fluid-polymeric fluid) at ˜80 GPa and observed maximum of melting temperature of nitrogen.

  17. Lunar highland melt rocks - Chemistry, petrology and silicate mineralogy

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    Vaniman, D. T.; Papike, J. J.

    1980-01-01

    A selected suite containing several of the largest samples of lunar highland melt rocks includes impact melt specimens (anorthositic gabbro, low-K Fra Mauro) and volcanic specimens (intermediate-K Fra Mauro). Although previous assumptions of LKFM volcanism have fallen into disfavor, no fatal arguments against this hypothesis have been presented, and the evidence of a possibly 'inherited igneous' olivine-plagioclase cosaturation provides cause for keeping a volcanic LKFM hypothesis viable. Comparisons of silicate mineralogy with melt rock compositions provide information on the specimen's composition and cooling history. Plagioclase-rock compositions can be matched to the experimentally determined equilibria for appropriate samples to identify melt rocks with refractory anorthitic clasts. Olivine-rock compositions indicate that melt rock vitrophyres precipitate anomalously Fe-rich olivine; the cause of this anomaly is not immediately evident. The Al-Ti and Ca-Fe-Mg zonation in pyroxene provide information on relative cooling rates of highland melt rocks, but Cr- and Al-content (where Al-rich low-Ca pyroxene cores are preserved in rapidly cooled samples) can be correlated with composition of the host rock.

  18. Melt pool dynamics during selective electron beam melting

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    Scharowsky, T.; Osmanlic, F.; Singer, R. F.; Körner, C.

    2014-03-01

    Electron beam melting is a promising additive manufacturing technique for metal parts. Nevertheless, the process is still poorly understood making further investigations indispensable to allow a prediction of the part's quality. To improve the understanding of the process especially the beam powder interaction, process observation at the relevant time scale is necessary. Due to the difficult accessibility of the building area, the high temperatures, radiation and the very high scanning speeds during the melting process the observation requires an augmented effort in the observation equipment. A high speed camera in combination with an illumination laser, band pass filter and mirror system is suitable for the observation of the electron beam melting process. The equipment allows to observe the melting process with a high spatial and temporal resolution. In this paper the adjustment of the equipment and results of the lifetime and the oscillation frequencies of the melt pool for a simple geometry are presented.

  19. Crystal Melting and Black Holes

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    Jonathan J. Heckman; Cumrun Vafa

    2006-10-02

    It has recently been shown that the statistical mechanics of crystal melting maps to A-model topological string amplitudes on non-compact Calabi-Yau spaces. In this note we establish a one to one correspondence between two and three dimensional crystal melting configurations and certain BPS black holes given by branes wrapping collapsed cycles on the orbifolds C^2/Z_n and C^3/Z_n x Z_n in the large n limit. The ranks of gauge groups in the associated gauged quiver quantum mechanics determine the profiles of crystal melting configurations and the process of melting maps to flop transitions which leave the background Calabi-Yau invariant. We explain the connection between these two realizations of crystal melting and speculate on the underlying physical meaning.

  20. Fault rheology beyond frictional melting.

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    Lavallée, Yan; Hirose, Takehiro; Kendrick, Jackie E; Hess, Kai-Uwe; Dingwell, Donald B

    2015-07-28

    During earthquakes, comminution and frictional heating both contribute to the dissipation of stored energy. With sufficient dissipative heating, melting processes can ensue, yielding the production of frictional melts or "pseudotachylytes." It is commonly assumed that the Newtonian viscosities of such melts control subsequent fault slip resistance. Rock melts, however, are viscoelastic bodies, and, at high strain rates, they exhibit evidence of a glass transition. Here, we present the results of high-velocity friction experiments on a well-characterized melt that demonstrate how slip in melt-bearing faults can be governed by brittle fragmentation phenomena encountered at the glass transition. Slip analysis using models that incorporate viscoelastic responses indicates that even in the presence of melt, slip persists in the solid state until sufficient heat is generated to reduce the viscosity and allow remobilization in the liquid state. Where a rock is present next to the melt, we note that wear of the crystalline wall rock by liquid fragmentation and agglutination also contributes to the brittle component of these experimentally generated pseudotachylytes. We conclude that in the case of pseudotachylyte generation during an earthquake, slip even beyond the onset of frictional melting is not controlled merely by viscosity but rather by an interplay of viscoelastic forces around the glass transition, which involves a response in the brittle/solid regime of these rock melts. We warn of the inadequacy of simple Newtonian viscous analyses and call for the application of more realistic rheological interpretation of pseudotachylyte-bearing fault systems in the evaluation and prediction of their slip dynamics. PMID:26124123

  1. Fault rheology beyond frictional melting

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    Lavallée, Yan; Hirose, Takehiro; Kendrick, Jackie E.; Hess, Kai-Uwe; Dingwell, Donald B.

    2015-01-01

    During earthquakes, comminution and frictional heating both contribute to the dissipation of stored energy. With sufficient dissipative heating, melting processes can ensue, yielding the production of frictional melts or “pseudotachylytes.” It is commonly assumed that the Newtonian viscosities of such melts control subsequent fault slip resistance. Rock melts, however, are viscoelastic bodies, and, at high strain rates, they exhibit evidence of a glass transition. Here, we present the results of high-velocity friction experiments on a well-characterized melt that demonstrate how slip in melt-bearing faults can be governed by brittle fragmentation phenomena encountered at the glass transition. Slip analysis using models that incorporate viscoelastic responses indicates that even in the presence of melt, slip persists in the solid state until sufficient heat is generated to reduce the viscosity and allow remobilization in the liquid state. Where a rock is present next to the melt, we note that wear of the crystalline wall rock by liquid fragmentation and agglutination also contributes to the brittle component of these experimentally generated pseudotachylytes. We conclude that in the case of pseudotachylyte generation during an earthquake, slip even beyond the onset of frictional melting is not controlled merely by viscosity but rather by an interplay of viscoelastic forces around the glass transition, which involves a response in the brittle/solid regime of these rock melts. We warn of the inadequacy of simple Newtonian viscous analyses and call for the application of more realistic rheological interpretation of pseudotachylyte-bearing fault systems in the evaluation and prediction of their slip dynamics. PMID:26124123

  2. Postulated Mechanisms of Resistance of B-NHL to Rituximab Treatment Regimens: Strategies to Overcome Resistance

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    Bonavida, Benjamin

    2014-01-01

    Antibody-mediated immunotherapy has gained significant momentum since the first FDA-approved monoclonal antibody (mAb) in 1997, namely, Rituximab (chimeric anti-CD20 mAb) for the treatment of B-NHL cells. Subsequently, over 20 approved mAbs have been in use clinically for the treatment of various cancers and several non-cancer related diseases. Further, the combination treatment of mAbs with chemotherapy, immunotherapy, proteaosome inhibitors and other inhibitors have resulted in synergistic anti-tumor activity with significant objective clinical responses. Despite their successful clinical use, the underlying mechanisms of rituximab in vivo activities remain elusive. Further, it is not clear why a subset of patients is initially unresponsive and many responding patients become refractory and resistant to further treatments; hence, the underlying mechanisms of resistance are not known, Attempts have been made to develop model systems to investigate resistance to mAb therapy with the hope to apply the findings in both the generation of new therapeutics as well as their use as new prognostic biomarkers. This review focuses on the development of resistance to Rituximab treatments and discusses possible underlying mechanisms of action, postulated mechanisms of resistance in model systems and suggested means to overcome resistance. Several prior reviews on the subject of Rituximab resistance have been published and the present review both complements as well as adds new topics of relevance. PMID:25440611

  3. Hammond Postulate Mirroring Enables Enantiomeric Enrichment of Phosphorus Compounds via Two Thermodynamically Interconnected Sequential Stereoselective Processes.

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    Rajendran, Kamalraj V; Nikitin, Kirill V; Gilheany, Declan G

    2015-07-29

    The dynamic resolution of tertiary phosphines and phosphine oxides was monitored by NMR spectroscopy. It was found that the stereoselectivity is set during the formation of the diastereomeric alkoxyphosphonium salts (DAPS), such that their initial diastereomeric excess (de) limits the final enantiomeric excess (ee) of any phosphorus products derived from them. However, (31)P NMR monitoring of the spontaneous thermal decomposition of the DAPS shows consistent diastereomeric self-enrichment, indicating a higher rate constant for decomposition of the minor diastereomer. This crucial observation was confirmed by reductive trapping of the unreacted enriched DAPS with lithium tri-sec-butylborohydride (commercially distributed as L-Selectride reagent) at different time intervals after the start of reaction, which gives progressively higher ee of the phosphine product with time. It is proposed that the Hammond postulate operates for both formation and decomposition of DAPS intermediate so that the lower rate of formation and faster subsequent collapse of the minor isomer are thermodynamically linked. This kinetic enhancement of kinetic resolution furnishes up to 97% ee product. PMID:26186272

  4. Therapeutic and preventive interventions for postulated vasoactive neuropeptide autoimmune fatigue-related disorders.

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    Staines, Donald R

    2005-01-01

    Major advances have been made in understanding the relatively novel group of vasoactive (vasodilatory) neuropeptides (VNs) in humans. VNs comprise a novel but expanding group of substances having immunoregulation, inflammation modulation, neurotransmitter, neurotrophic, hormonal and metabolic functions. These substances may control gene expression for mRNA for themselves and their receptors. They have complex relationships with gaseous and other neurotransmitters and xenobiotic substances. Theoretical arguments have implicated these substances in autoimmune phenomena resulting in fatigue-related conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), fibromyalgia (FM) and Gulf War syndrome (GWS) but remain unproven. As well as possibly spontaneous onset, the precipitating causes of VN autoimmune dysfunction are likely to be a combination of genetic predisposition, infection and xenobiotic substances. Therapeutic and preventive possibilities for postulated VN autoimmune conditions will be influenced by the complex patholophysiology underpinning them. Some speculative possibilities are VN substitution/replacement, preservation of biological effect, epigenetic DNA modifications, plasma exchange, anti-cholinesterases, e.g., pyridostigmine, corticosteroids and other drug treatments, thymectomy, intravenous immunoglobulin and anti-idiotype antibodies, and CpG/DNA vaccines. Prevention and treatment of possible VN autoimmune fatigue-related disorders may prove to be important areas for future research and development. PMID:16042995

  5. The Impact of Partial Melting in the Orogenic Cycle

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    Rey, P. F.; Teyssier, C.; Whitney, D. L.

    2010-12-01

    Open source, community driven numerical codes available at geodynamics.org allow geologists to model orogenic processes including partial melting and its consequences during orogenic cycles. Here we explore the role of partial melting during continental subduction and its impact on the evolution of orogenic plateaux and that of migmatite-cored metamorphic core complexes. Continental subduction and orogenic plateaux: Numerical experiments show that when continental slabs buried into the mantle meet their solidus, crustal melt is confined to the slab during its ascent and ponds at the Moho (Fig. 1a). The displaced overlying crust is extruded horizontally into the weak lower crust of the continent, resulting in Earth’s surface uplift to form an orogenic plateau, and Moho downward motion to accommodate the influx of material into the lower crust. This model suggests a link between continental subduction, melting and the build up of orogenic plateaux, and show that partial melting may be a significant process in exhumation of ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) rocks. Model results are consistent with the common association of UHP rocks and migmatite. Growth and destruction of orogenic plateaux: The lateral growth of orogenic plateaux is often attributed to the flow of the plateau weak partially melted lower crust into its foreland in some cases over a distance > 1500 km in 15 myr. Using pre-thickening temperatures compatible with Tibet’s uplift history, we show that mass redistribution processes are dynamically coupled, and that CFE velocities are limited to less than 1 cm.yr-1 (~150 km in 15 myr) by cooling and crystallization of the melted channel in the foreland and by any upward deviation into metamorphic domes of the melted channel by extension in the plateau (Fig. 1b). Gravitational collapse and metamorphic core complexes: Localization of extension in the upper crust triggers convergent flow in the partially molten deep crust channel. This convergent flow leads to the formation of a double dome of foliation separated by a steep median high-strain zone (Fig. 1c). In such systems, horizontal shortening in the infrastructure develops in an overall extensional setting. Dome material follows complex strain paths from shearing in the deep crustal channel to contraction in region of convergence, before being advected into the extending shallow crust. This strain history is arguably well preserved in gneiss double domes such as the Montagne Noire (France) and Naxos (Greece) domes.

  6. POINT DEFECTS, LATTICE STRUCTURE AND MELTING

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    Adler, Joan

    POINT DEFECTS, LATTICE STRUCTURE AND MELTING SLAVA SORKIN #12; POINT DEFECTS, LATTICE STRUCTURE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 1.5 Melting theories based on point defects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 1.6 Cooperative of vanadium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 4.2 Bulk melting and point defects

  7. Modeling of residual stresses in core shroud structures

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    Zhang, J.; Dong, P.; Brust, F.W.; Mayfield, M.; McNeil, M.; Shack, W.J.

    1997-10-01

    A BWR core shroud is a cylindrical shell that surrounds the reactor core. Feedwater for the reactor is introduced into the annulus between the reactor vessel wall and the shroud. The shroud separates the feedwater from the cooling water flowing up through the reactor core. The shroud also supports the top guide which provides lateral support to the fuel assemblies and maintains core geometry during operational transients and postulated accidents to permit control rod insertion and provides the refloodable volume needed to ensure safe shutdown and cooling of the core during postulated accident conditions. Core shrouds were fabricated from welded Type 304 or 304L stainless steel plates and are supported at the top and bottom by forged ring support structures. In 1990, cracking was reported in the core shroud of a non-U.S. BWR. The cracks were located in the heat-affected zone (HAZ) of a circumferential core shroud weld. Subsequent inspections in U.S. BWRs have revealed the presence of numerous flaw indications in some BWR core shrouds, primarily in weld HAZs. In several instances, this cracking was quite extensive, with the cracks extending 75% or more around the circumference of some welds. However, because the applied stresses on the shroud are low during operation and postulated accidents and because of the high fracture toughness of stainless steel, adequate structural margins can be preserved even in the presence of extensive cracking. Although assessments by the USNRC staff of the potential significance of this cracking have shown that core shroud cracking does not pose a high degree of risk in the short term, the staff concluded that the cracking was a safety concern for the long term because of the uncertainties associated with the behavior of core shrouds with complete 360{degrees} through-wall cracks under accident conditions and because it could eliminate a layer of defense-in-depth.

  8. Influence of Silicate Melt Composition on Metal/Silicate Partitioning of W, Ge, Ga and Ni

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    Singletary, S. J.; Domanik, K.; Drake, M. J.

    2005-01-01

    The depletion of the siderophile elements in the Earth's upper mantle relative to the chondritic meteorites is a geochemical imprint of core segregation. Therefore, metal/silicate partition coefficients (Dm/s) for siderophile elements are essential to investigations of core formation when used in conjunction with the pattern of elemental abundances in the Earth's mantle. The partitioning of siderophile elements is controlled by temperature, pressure, oxygen fugacity, and by the compositions of the metal and silicate phases. Several recent studies have shown the importance of silicate melt composition on the partitioning of siderophile elements between silicate and metallic liquids. It has been demonstrated that many elements display increased solubility in less polymerized (mafic) melts. However, the importance of silicate melt composition was believed to be minor compared to the influence of oxygen fugacity until studies showed that melt composition is an important factor at high pressures and temperatures. It was found that melt composition is also important for partitioning of high valency siderophile elements. Atmospheric experiments were conducted, varying only silicate melt composition, to assess the importance of silicate melt composition for the partitioning of W, Co and Ga and found that the valence of the dissolving species plays an important role in determining the effect of composition on solubility. In this study, we extend the data set to higher pressures and investigate the role of silicate melt composition on the partitioning of the siderophile elements W, Ge, Ga and Ni between metallic and silicate liquid.

  9. Drag Moderation by the Melting of an Ice Surface in Contact with Water Ivan U. Vakarelski,1,*

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    Chan, Derek Y C

    Drag Moderation by the Melting of an Ice Surface in Contact with Water Ivan U. Vakarelski,1,* Derek drag of ice-shell- metal-core spheres free falling in water at a Reynolds of number Re 2 × 104 ­3 × 105 and demonstrate that the melting surface induces the early onset of the drag crisis, thus reducing

  10. Commercial Zone Melting Ingots

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    Zheng, Yun; Xie, Hongyao; Shu, Shengcheng; Yan, Yonggao; Li, Han; Tang, Xinfeng

    2014-06-01

    Bismuth telluride-based compounds have been extensively utilized for commercial application. However, thermoelectric materials must suffer numerous mechanical vibrations and thermal stresses while in service, making it equally important to discuss the mechanical properties, especially at high temperature. In this study, the compressive and bending strengths of Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 commercial zone melting (ZM) ingots were investigated at 25, 100, and 200 °C, respectively. Due to the obvious anisotropy of materials prepared by ZM method, the effect of anisotropy on the strengths was also explored. Two-parameter Weibull distribution was employed to fit a series of values acquired by a universal testing machine. And digital speckle photography was applied to record the strain field evolution, providing visual observation of surface strain. The compressive and bending strengths along ZM direction were approximately three times as large as those perpendicular to the ZM direction independent of the temperature, indicating a weak van der Waals bond along the c axis.

  11. Secular evolution of partial melting and melt stagnation during the formation of Godzilla Mullion, Philippine Sea

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    Snow, J. E.; Ohara, Y.; Harigane, Y.; Michibayashi, K.; Hellebrand, E.; von der Handt, A.; Loocke, M.; Ishii, T.

    2009-12-01

    Godzilla Mullion is a large-scale low angle detachment fault (or OCC, Oceanic Core Complex) formed during backarc spreading in the Parece Vela Rift behind the Mariana arc system. Detachment spreading occurred during the time interval 15-12 Ma, before the Parece Vela Rift became extinct and the locus of back arc spreading in the system shifted to the East, to the Mariana Trough. During this time, the spreading rate varied from ~70-88 mm/year to zero (at extinction). The decline in the spreading rate, should have had profound effects on the thermal structure of the lithosphere in the rift, including include progressive thickening, decreasing degree of partial melting, and increasing melt stagnation. We have combined our preliminary data on mantle peridotite mineral chemistry to form a preliminary test of this hypothesis based on mantle peridotites from (currently) 10 sampling stations along the mullion from the cruises CSS33, KR03-01, KH07-02 and YK09-05. This test is for now based primarily on abyssal peridotite spinel chemistry (Dick and Bullen, 1982; Dick 1989). We can distinguish three distinct regions within the mullion based on spinel chemistry: (1) The Distal GM region, including sites KR03-01-D6, KH07-02-D17 and KH07-02-D7. These have a moderately depleted character, with minimum Cr-numbers between 30 and 40, and few samples with high TiO2 (an indicator of melt impregnation). (2) The Medial GM region, including stations KH07-02-D6, KR03-01-D7, KH07-02-D21 and YK09-05-6K#1142. These have a more fertile character, with minimum Cr-numbers between 14 and 22, and with the exception of KH07-02-21 (which may belong to the next group) little evidence of melt stagnation. (3) The Proximal GM region, including sites KR0301-D9 and D10 and CSS33-D1. These spinels show abundant evidence for melt reaction, including plagioclase pseudomorphs (See abstract by Loocke et al., this session) and pervasively elevated TiO2 contents and Cr-numbers in the spinels. We can interpret these variations in the framework of a declining magmatic system as described above. The Distal GM represents the mantle of a robust magmatic system underlying and feeding normal abyssal hill topography to the SW of the GM breakaway. The Medial GM represents mantle that has a lowered melt productivity, but has not yet switched from thin-lithospheric, eruptive magmatism to active melt stagnation. The proximal GM region represents mantle from near the end of Parece Vela Rift spreading, in which the lithosphere has thickened sufficiently to trap some or most of the melts arising from the melting zone, resulting in Cr-numbers that are elevated once again along with pervasive TiO2 enrichments thought to be typical of extensive melt stagnation.

  12. Westinghouse Small Modular Reactor passive safety system response to postulated events

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    Smith, M. C.; Wright, R. F.

    2012-07-01

    The Westinghouse Small Modular Reactor (SMR) is an 800 MWt (>225 MWe) integral pressurized water reactor. This paper is part of a series of four describing the design and safety features of the Westinghouse SMR. This paper focuses in particular upon the passive safety features and the safety system response of the Westinghouse SMR. The Westinghouse SMR design incorporates many features to minimize the effects of, and in some cases eliminates the possibility of postulated accidents. The small size of the reactor and the low power density limits the potential consequences of an accident relative to a large plant. The integral design eliminates large loop piping, which significantly reduces the flow area of postulated loss of coolant accidents (LOCAs). The Westinghouse SMR containment is a high-pressure, compact design that normally operates at a partial vacuum. This facilitates heat removal from the containment during LOCA events. The containment is submerged in water which also aides the heat removal and provides an additional radionuclide filter. The Westinghouse SMR safety system design is passive, is based largely on the passive safety systems used in the AP1000{sup R} reactor, and provides mitigation of all design basis accidents without the need for AC electrical power for a period of seven days. Frequent faults, such as reactivity insertion events and loss of power events, are protected by first shutting down the nuclear reaction by inserting control rods, then providing cold, borated water through a passive, buoyancy-driven flow. Decay heat removal is provided using a layered approach that includes the passive removal of heat by the steam drum and independent passive heat removal system that transfers heat from the primary system to the environment. Less frequent faults such as loss of coolant accidents are mitigated by passive injection of a large quantity of water that is readily available inside containment. An automatic depressurization system is used to reduce the reactor pressure in a controlled manner to facilitate the passive injection. Long-term decay heat removal is accomplished using the passive heat removal systems augmented by heat transfer through the containment vessel to the environment. The passive injection systems are designed so that the fuel remains covered and effectively cooled throughout the event. Like during the frequent faults, the passive systems provide effective cooling without the need for ac power for seven days following the accident. Connections are available to add additional water to indefinitely cool the plant. The response of the safety systems of the Westinghouse SMR to various initiating faults has been examined. Among them, two accidents; an extended station blackout event, and a LOCA event have been evaluated to demonstrate how the plant will remain safe in the unlikely event that either should occur. (authors)

  13. Hot melt adhesive attachment pad

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    Fox, R. L.; Frizzill, A. W.; Little, B. D.; Progar, D. J.; Coultrip, R. H.; Couch, R. H.; Gleason, J. R.; Stein, B. A.; Buckley, J. D.; St.clair, T. L. (inventors)

    1984-01-01

    A hot melt adhesive attachment pad for releasably securing distinct elements together is described which is particularly useful in the construction industry or a spatial vacuum environment. The attachment pad consists primarily of a cloth selectively impregnated with a charge of hot melt adhesive, a thermo-foil heater, and a thermo-cooler. These components are securely mounted in a mounting assembly. In operation, the operator activates the heating cycle transforming the hot melt adhesive to a substantially liquid state, positions the pad against the attachment surface, and activates the cooling cycle solidifying the adhesive and forming a strong, releasable bond.

  14. New "surface" criterion of melting

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    Magomedov, M. N.

    2013-06-01

    From the assumption that the pressure exerted on the nanocrystal surface under melting passes into the Laplace surface pressure, an expression for a relative volume within which the solid phase of the nanosystem remains stable at different pressures is derived. It is shown that such a "surface" criterion of melting slightly depends on the crystal size and external pressure and is determined solely by the interatomic potential parameters. Calculations for macrocrystals with van der Waals bonding demonstrate good agreement with experimental data for the relative crystal volume at the melting point.

  15. Implications of dairy systems on enteric methane and postulated effects on total greenhouse gas emission.

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    Fredeen, A; Juurlink, S; Main, M; Astatkie, T; Martin, R C

    2013-11-01

    The effects of feeding total mixed ration (TMR) or pasture forage from a perennial sward under a management intensive grazing (MIG) regimen on grain intake and enteric methane (EM) emission were measured using chambers. Chamber measurement of EM was compared with that of SF6 employed both within chamber and when cows grazed in the field. The impacts of the diet on farm gate greenhouse gas (GHG) emission were also postulated using the results of existing life cycle assessments. Emission of EM was measured in gas collection chambers in Spring and Fall. In Spring, pasture forage fiber quality was higher than that of the silage used in the TMR (47.5% v. 56.3% NDF; 24.3% v. 37.9% ADF). Higher forage quality from MIG subsequently resulted in 25% less grain use relative to TMR (0.24 v. 0.32 kg dry matter/kg milk) for MIG compared with TMR. The Fall forage fiber quality was still better, but the higher quality of MIG pasture was not as pronounced as that in Spring. Neither yield of fat-corrected milk (FCM) which averaged 28.3 kg/day, nor EM emission which averaged 18.9 g/kg dry matter intake (DMI) were significantly affected by diet in Spring. However, in the Fall, FCM from MIG (21.3 kg/day) was significantly lower than that from TMR (23.4 kg/day). Despite the differences in FCM yield, in terms of EM emission that averaged 21.9 g/kg DMI was not significantly different between the diets. In this study, grain requirement, but not EM, was a distinguishing feature of pasture and confinement systems. Considering the increased predicted GHG emissions arising from the production and use of grain needed to boost milk yield in confinement systems, EM intensity alone is a poor predictor of the potential impact of a dairy system on climate forcing. PMID:23896042

  16. Circulation and melting beneath the ross ice shelf.

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    Jacobs, S S; Gordon, A L; Ardai, J L

    1979-02-01

    Thermohaline observations in the water column beneath the Ross Ice Shelf and along its terminal face show significant vertical stratification, active horizontal circulation, and net melting at the ice shelf base. Heat is supplied by seawater that moves southward beneath the ice shelf from a central warm core and from a western region of high salinity. The near-freezing Ice Shelf Water produced flows northward into the Ross Sea. PMID:17734137

  17. Nuclear reactor melt-retention structure to mitigate direct containment heating

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    Tutu, Narinder K. (Manorville, NY); Ginsberg, Theodore (East Setauket, NY); Klages, John R. (Mattituck, NY)

    1991-01-01

    A light water nuclear reactor melt-retention structure to mitigate the extent of direct containment heating of the reactor containment building. The structure includes a retention chamber for retaining molten core material away from the upper regions of the reactor containment building when a severe accident causes the bottom of the pressure vessel of the reactor to fail and discharge such molten material under high pressure through the reactor cavity into the retention chamber. In combination with the melt-retention chamber there is provided a passageway that includes molten core droplet deflector vanes and has gas vent means in its upper surface, which means are operable to deflect molten core droplets into the retention chamber while allowing high pressure steam and gases to be vented into the upper regions of the containment building. A plurality of platforms are mounted within the passageway and the melt-retention structure to direct the flow of molten core material and help retain it within the melt-retention chamber. In addition, ribs are mounted at spaced positions on the floor of the melt-retention chamber, and grid means are positioned at the entrance side of the retention chamber. The grid means develop gas back pressure that helps separate the molten core droplets from discharged high pressure steam and gases, thereby forcing the steam and gases to vent into the upper regions of the reactor containment building.

  18. Core Formation in Asteroid-sized Bodies

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    Larimer, J. W.

    1995-09-01

    Iron meteorites are generally thought to be fragments of asteroid cores. The mechanism by which cores might form via melting and gravitational segregation in internally heated chondritic parent bodies has been modeled. Physical and chemical data drawn from experiments have been used in the modeling. Experimentally determined dihedral angles between silicates and metallic melts of appropriate composition are used to understand the fluid dynamics of the process. Experimentally measured distribution coefficients are used to track the variation in composition as the cores evolve. In bodies with FeS and FeNi metal contents and S/Fe ratios similar to those observed in E, H and L chondrites, segregation will begin when the temperature at the center reaches the Fe-FeS eutectic, about 1000 degrees C. In a body with less total FeS + metal, such the LL body, or in a body with a S/Fe ratio substantially lower than chondritic, somewhat higher temperatures will be required to initiate segregation because the volume fraction of melt will be too small (< 5%) to allow interconnection. When the melt becomes interconnected, the segregation process can be described by using Darcy's Law [1]. The rate of melt segregation as inferred from either theoretical estimates or experimental observations is sufficiently rapid that segregation will proceed as rapidly as melt forms. The rate controlling factor will thus be the rate at which the 1000 degrees C isotherm migrates upward through the body. As the 1000 degrees C isotherm migrates, each increment of new melt will have the composition of the eutectic. At greater depths, where the temperature is now higher than the eutectic, larger fractions of FeNi metal will melt. Although more metal in the melt increases the surface tension, this effect is offset by a temperature effect which simultaneously decreases the surface tension. In addition, since the volume fraction of melt with the eutectic composition increases as a function of R^3, the effective melting point of the metal + sulfide inside the 1000 degrees C isotherm will approach the eutectic, where the surface tension effects are minimized. The region of the body inside this 1000 degrees C isotherm therefore will be swept clean of its metal as well as its sulfide. References: [1] Turcott D. L. and Schubert G. (1982) Geodynamics.

  19. DUBLIN CORE

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    The Dublin Core is a metadata element set intended to facilitate discovery of electronic resources. It was originally conceived for author-generated descriptions of Web resources, and the Dublin Core has attracted broad ranging international and interdisciplinary support. The cha...

  20. Melting of (Mg, Fe)SiO3-Perovskite to 625 Kilobars: Indication of a High Melting Temperature in the Lower Mantle.

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    Zerr, A; Boehier, R

    1993-10-22

    The melting curves of two compositions of (Mg,Fe) SiO3-perovskite, the likely dominant mineral phase in the lower mantle, have been measured in a C02 laser-heated diamond cell with direct temperature measurements and in situ detection of melting. At 625 kilobars, the melting temperature is 5000 +/- 200 kelvin, independent of composition. Extrapolation to the core-mantle boundary pressure of 1.35 megabar with three different melting relations yields melting temperatures between 7000 and 8500 kelvin. Thus, the temperature at the base of the lower mantle, accepted to lie between 2550 and 2750 kelvin, is only at about one-third of the melting temperature. The large difference between mantle temperature and corresponding melting temperature has several important implications; particularly the temperature sensitivity of the viscosity is reduced thus allowing large lateral temperature variations inferred from seismic tomographic velocity anomalies and systematics found in measured velocity-density functions. Extensive melting of the lower mantle can be ruled out throughout the history of the Earth. PMID:17733237

  1. Partial melting of fertile peridotite fluxed by hydrous rhyolitic melt at 2-3 GPa: implications for mantle wedge hybridization by sediment melt and generation of ultrapotassic magmas in convergent margins

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    Mallik, Ananya; Nelson, Jared; Dasgupta, Rajdeep

    2015-05-01

    We investigated the melting behavior of peridotite fluxed with 25 wt% of H2O-bearing rhyolitic sediment melt (1.8 wt% bulk H2O), by performing experiments from 1100 to 1300 °C at 2 GPa and 1050-1350 °C at 3 GPa. The apparent solidus of our bulk composition lies between 1100 and 1150 °C at both pressures, which is at a higher temperature than the vapor-saturated solidus and close to the pargasite dehydration solidus of peridotite. With increasing temperature, reacted melt fraction increases from 20 to 36 wt% from 1200 to 1300 °C at 2 GPa and 7 to 24 wt% from 1225 to 1350 °C at 3 GPa. Orthopyroxene is present as a residual phase in all the experiments, while olivine is present as a residual phase in all the experiments at 2 GPa only. Amphibole is absent above 1100 °C at both pressures, clinopyroxene disappears above 1200 and 1300 °C at 2 and 3 GPa, respectively, and garnet (only present at 3 GPa) melts out above 1300 °C. Upon reaction with the mantle wedge and subsequent melting of the hybrid rock, subducted sediment-derived rhyolites evolve in composition to a nepheline-normative ultrapotassic leucitite, similar in major element composition to ultrapotassic lavas from active arcs such as Sunda and inactive arcs such as in the Roman Magmatic Province. Fluxing peridotite with H2O versus H2O-bearing sediment melt at similar pressures does not appear to have an effect on isobaric melt productivity, but does have significant effect on melting reactions and resultant melt composition, with influx of sediment melt adding K2O to the system, thereby stabilizing phlogopite, which in turn buffers the reacted melt to ultrapotassic compositions. Previous experimental studies, along with this study, find that phlogopite can be stable near the hotter core of the mantle wedge and, hence, is likely to be subducted to deeper mantle, thereby influencing deeper cycling of volatiles and large ion lithophile elements. Also, because D {Rb/phl/melt} ? D {Sr/phl/melt} and D {Nd/phl/melt}, D {Sm/phl/melt} ? 1, long-term stability of phlogopite in the mantle can create `enriched mantle' domains (?Sr and ?Nd ? 0).

  2. Scaleable Clean Aluminum Melting Systems

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    Han, Q.; Das, S.K.

    2008-02-15

    The project entitled 'Scaleable Clean Aluminum Melting Systems' was a Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) between Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Secat Inc. The three-year project was initially funded for the first year and was then canceled due to funding cuts at the DOE headquarters. The limited funds allowed the research team to visit industrial sites and investigate the status of using immersion heaters for aluminum melting applications. Primary concepts were proposed on the design of furnaces using immersion heaters for melting. The proposed project can continue if the funding agency resumes the funds to this research. The objective of this project was to develop and demonstrate integrated, retrofitable technologies for clean melting systems for aluminum in both the Metal Casting and integrated aluminum processing industries. The scope focused on immersion heating coupled with metal circulation systems that provide significant opportunity for energy savings as well as reduction of melt loss in the form of dross. The project aimed at the development and integration of technologies that would enable significant reduction in the energy consumption and environmental impacts of melting aluminum through substitution of immersion heating for the conventional radiant burner methods used in reverberatory furnaces. Specifically, the program would couple heater improvements with furnace modeling that would enable cost-effective retrofits to a range of existing furnace sizes, reducing the economic barrier to application.

  3. Frictional melting and stick-slip behavior in volcanic conduits

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    Kendrick, Jackie Evan; Lavallee, Yan; Hirose, Takehiro; di Toro, Giulio; Hornby, Adrian Jakob; Hess, Kai-Uwe; Dingwell, Donald Bruce

    2013-04-01

    Dome-building eruptions have catastrophic potential, with dome collapse leading to devastating pyroclastic flows with almost no precursory warning. During dome growth, the driving forces of the buoyant magma may be superseded by controls along conduit margins; where brittle fracture and sliding can lead to formation of lubricating cataclasite and gouge. Under extreme friction, pseudotachylyte may form at the conduit margin. Understanding the conduit margin processes is vital to understanding the continuation of an eruption and we postulate that pseudotachylyte generation could be the underlying cause of stick-slip motion and associated seismic "drumbeats", which are so commonly observed at dome-building volcanoes. This view is supported by field evidence in the form of pseudotachylytes identified in lava dome products at Soufrière Hills (Montserrat) and Mount St. Helens (USA). Both eruptions were characterised by repetitive, periodic seismicity and lava spine extrusion of highly viscous magma. High velocity rotary shear (HVR) experiments demonstrate the propensity for melting of the andesitic and dacitic material (from Soufrière Hills and Mount St. Helens respectively) at upper conduit stress conditions (<10 MPa). Starting from room temperature, frictional melting of the magmas occurs in under 1 s (<< 1 m) at 1.5 m/s (a speed that is achievable during stick-slip motion). At lower velocities melting occurs comparatively later due to dissipation of heat from the slip zone (e.g. 8-15 m at 0.1 m/s). Hence, given the ease with which melting is achieved in volcanic rocks, and considering the high ambient temperatures in volcanic conduits, frictional melting may thus be an inevitable consequence of viscous magma ascent. The shear resistance of the slip zone during the experiment is also monitored. Frictional melting induces a higher resistance to sliding than rock on rock, and viscous processes control the slip zone properties. Variable-rate HVR experiments which mimic rapid velocity fluctuations in stick-slip behavior demonstrate velocity-weakening behavior of melt, with a tendency for unstable slip. During ascent, magma may slip and undergo melting along the conduit margin. In the process the shear resistance of the slip zone is increased, acting as a viscous brake halting slip (the "stick" of stick-slip motion). Sufficient buoyancy-driven pressures from ascending magma below eventually overcome resistance to produce a rapid slip event (the "slip") along the melt-bearing slip zone, which is temporarily lubricated due to velocity-weakening. New magma below experiences the same slip event more slowly (as the magma decompresses) to produce a viscous brake and the process is repeated. This allows a fixed spatial locus that explains the repetitive drumbeat seismicity and the occurrence of "families" of similar seismic events. We conclude that stick-slip motion in volcanic conduits is a self-driving, frictional-melt-regulated force common to many dome building volcanoes.

  4. Monday, March 13, 2006 MARS: CORE TO CLOUDS

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    Rathbun, Julie A.

    with current orbital configurations. We run the model for five years with a northern water ice cap then release Core [#1500] We present new melting data in the system Fe-Ni-S at Martian core pressures, using multi. Clouds, Cap, and Consequences: Outflow Events and Mars Hesperian Climate [#1484] We focus on how outflows

  5. Melting of iron determined by X-ray absorption spectroscopy to 100 GPa

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    Aquilanti, Giuliana; Trapananti, Angela; Karandikar, Amol; Kantor, Innokenty; Marini, Carlo; Mathon, Olivier; Pascarelli, Sakura; Boehler, Reinhard

    2015-01-01

    Temperature, thermal history, and dynamics of Earth rely critically on the knowledge of the melting temperature of iron at the pressure conditions of the inner core boundary (ICB) where the geotherm crosses the melting curve. The literature on this subject is overwhelming, and no consensus has been reached, with a very large disagreement of the order of 2,000 K for the ICB temperature. Here we report new data on the melting temperature of iron in a laser-heated diamond anvil cell to 103 GPa obtained by X-ray absorption spectroscopy, a technique rarely used at such conditions. The modifications of the onset of the absorption spectra are used as a reliable melting criterion regardless of the solid phase from which the solid to liquid transition takes place. Our results show a melting temperature of iron in agreement with most previous studies up to 100 GPa, namely of 3,090 K at 103 GPa. PMID:26371317

  6. Buoyant melting instabilities beneath extending lithosphere

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    Tackley, Paul J.

    of a retained fraction of partial melt, and depletion of the solid by melt extraction. We find a critical of melt and changes in composition and phase abundance in the residual solid rock. Thus if one portion find that solid depletion buoyancy can either stabilize or destabilize a partially melting layer

  7. MELTING IN HCP LATTICES PAVEL BAVLI

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    Adler, Joan

    - havior of the Gibbs free energy near the melting point. . . . . . . . . 4 1.2 A general scheme showingMELTING IN HCP LATTICES PAVEL BAVLI #12;MELTING IN HCP LATTICES RESEARCH THESIS SUBMITTED IS GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGED #12;Contents Abstract xvii List of symbols 1 1 Introduction 3 2 Bulk melting 10 2

  8. POINT DEFECTS, LATTICE STRUCTURE AND MELTING

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    Adler, Joan

    POINT DEFECTS, LATTICE STRUCTURE AND MELTING SLAVA SORKIN #12;POINT DEFECTS, LATTICE STRUCTURE) near the melting point and this leads to break-down of the long-range crystalline order and melting of the mechanism of melting transition, and especially to investigate the r^ole of point defects and the surface

  9. 24. A CORE WORKER DISPLAYS THE CORE BOX AND CORES ...

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

    24. A CORE WORKER DISPLAYS THE CORE BOX AND CORES FOR A BRASS GATE VALVE BODY MADE ON A CORE BOX, CA. 1950. - Stockham Pipe & Fittings Company, 4000 Tenth Avenue North, Birmingham, Jefferson County, AL

  10. Quantitative characterization of 3-dimensional melt distribution in partially molten olivine-basalt aggregates using X-ray synchrotron microtomography

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    Zhu, W.; Gaetani, G. A.; Fusseis, F.

    2009-12-01

    Quantitative knowledge of the distribution of small amounts of silicate melt in peridotite and of its influence on permeability are critical to our understanding of melt migration and segregation processes in the upper mantle. Estimates for the permeability of partially molten rock require 3D melt distribution at the grain-scale. Existing studies of melt distribution, carried out on 2D slices through experimental charges, have produced divergent models for melt distribution at small melt fractions. While some studies conclude that small amounts of melt are distributed primarily along triple junctions [e.g., Wark et al., 2003], others predict an important role for melt distribution along grain boundaries at low melt fractions [e.g., Faul 1997]. Using X-ray synchrotron microtomography, we have obtained the first high quality non-destructive imaging of 3D melt distribution in olivine-basalt aggregates. Textually equilibrated partially molten samples consisting of magnesian olivine plus 2, 5, 10, or 20% primitive basalt were synthesized at 1.5 GPa and 1350°C in experiments lasting 264-336 hours. Microtomographic images of melt distribution were obtained on cylindrical cores, 1 mm in diameter, at a spatial resolution of 1 micron. Textual information such as melt channel size, dihedral angle and channel connectivity was then quantified using AVIZO and MATLAB. Our results indicate that as melt fraction decreases, melt becomes increasingly distributed along 3 grain junctions, in agreement with theoretical predictions. We do not find significant amounts of melt along grain boundaries at low melt fractions. We found that the true dihedral angle ranges from 50 to 70°, in agreements with results using 2D microcopy. Comparison between the samples provides a quantitative characterization of how melt fraction affects melt distribution including connectivity. The geometrical data have been incorporated into our network model to obtain macroscale transport properties for partially molten dunite. Results from this tomographic study thus provide constraints on rates of melt migration and melt extraction within the partially molten regions beneath ocean ridges. Fig 1. Melt channels in an olivine-basalt sample with 10 vol% melt.

  11. Bottom-up versus top-down solidification of the cores of small solar system bodies: Constraints on paradoxical cores

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    Skemer, Philip

    of steeper adiabats into the core of Mercury, and encompassing all moons in the solar system. For low values of internal heat sources converges, and the melting curve of the material (Fig. 1). For Earth, the pattern, and segregation and buoyant ascent of light- alloying enriched material as the core grows. Considerable recent

  12. Quantifying melting and mobilistaion of interstitial melts in crystal mushes

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    Veksler, Ilya; Dobson, Katherine; Hess, Kai-Uwe; Ertel-Ingrisch, Werner; Humphreys, Madeleine

    2015-04-01

    The deformation of crystals mushes and separation of melts and crystals in is critical to understanding the development of physical and chemical heterogeneity in magma chambers and has been invoked as an eruption trigger mechanism. Here we investigate the behaviour of the melt in the well characterised, classic crystal mush system of the Skaergaard intrusion by combining experimental petrology and the non-destructive 3D imaging methods. Starting materials for partial melting experiments were four samples from the upper Middle Zone of the Layered Series. Cylinders, 15 mm in diameter and 20 mm in length, were drilled out of the rock samples, placed in alumina crucibles and held for 5 days in electric furnaces at atmospheric pressure and 1050-1100 °C. Redox conditions set by the CO-CO2 gas mixture were kept close to those of the FMQ buffer. We then use spatially registered 3D x-ray computed tomography images, collected before and after the experiment, to determine the volume and distribution of the crystal framework and interstitial phases, and the volume, distribution and connectivity the interstitial phases that undergo melting and extraction while at elevated temperature. Image analysis has allowed us to quantify these physical changes with high spatial resolution. Our work is a first step towards quantitative understanding of the melt mobilisation and migration processes operating in notionally locked crystal rich magmatic systems.

  13. Accident progression event tree analysis for postulated severe accidents at N Reactor

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    Wyss, G.D.; Camp, A.L.; Miller, L.A.; Dingman, S.E.; Kunsman, D.M. ); Medford, G.T. )

    1990-06-01

    A Level II/III probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) has been performed for N Reactor, a Department of Energy (DOE) production reactor located on the Hanford reservation in Washington. The accident progression analysis documented in this report determines how core damage accidents identified in the Level I PRA progress from fuel damage to confinement response and potential releases the environment. The objectives of the study are to generate accident progression data for the Level II/III PRA source term model and to identify changes that could improve plant response under accident conditions. The scope of the analysis is comprehensive, excluding only sabotage and operator errors of commission. State-of-the-art methodology is employed based largely on the methods developed by Sandia for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission in support of the NUREG-1150 study. The accident progression model allows complex interactions and dependencies between systems to be explicitly considered. Latin Hypecube sampling was used to assess the phenomenological and systemic uncertainties associated with the primary and confinement system responses to the core damage accident. The results of the analysis show that the N Reactor confinement concept provides significant radiological protection for most of the accident progression pathways studied.

  14. Evolutions of lamellar structure during melting and solidification of Fe9577 nanoparticle from molecular dynamics simulations

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    Wu, Yongquan; Shen, Tong; Lu, Xionggang

    2013-03-01

    A structural evolution during solidification and melting processes of nanoparticle Fe9577 was investigated from MD simulations. A perfect lamellar structure, consisting alternately of fcc and hcp layers, was obtained from solidification process. A structural heredity of early embryo is proposed to explain the structural preference of solidification. Defects were found inside the solid core and play the same role as surface premelting on melting. hcp was found more stable than fcc in high temperature. The difference between melting and solidification points can be deduced coming fully from the overcoming of thermodynamic energy barrier, instead of kinetic delay of structural relaxation.

  15. Experimental determination of the solubility of iridium in silicate melts: Preliminary results

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    Borisov, Alexander; Dingwell, Donald B.; Oneill, Hugh ST.C.; Palme, Herbert

    1992-01-01

    Little is known of the geochemical behavior of iridium. Normally this element is taken to be chalcophile and/or siderophile so that during planetary differentiation processes, e.g., core formation, iridium is extracted from silicate phases into metallic phases. Experimental determination of the metal/silicate partition coefficient of iridium is difficult simply because it is so large. Also there are no data on the solubility behavior of iridium in silicate melts. With information on the solubility of iridium in silicate melts it is possible, in combination with experimental data for Fe-Ir alloys, to calculate the partition coefficient between a metallic phase and a silicate melt.

  16. Melting Curves of Tin, Iron, and Tantalum from In-Situ X-Ray Diffraction

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    Kraus, Richard; Coppari, Federica; Fratanduono, Dayne; Lazicki, Amy; Swift, Damian; Eggert, Jon; Collins, Gilbert

    2015-06-01

    The melting curve represents a tremendous rheological transition, from a material with strength to one without. This transition is critical to the evolution of the Earth, as the latent heat from solidification of Earth's inner core helps to drive the magneto-dynamo in the liquid outer-core. The sound velocity along the Hugoniot has been used as a diagnostic of melting, however, the interpretation of the data has sometimes come into question and diamond anvil cells are limited in pressure and temperature. Here we present melting and re-solidification experiments at the Omega and Omega EP laser facilities. We use in-situ x-ray diffraction as a diagnostic of melting along the principal Hugoniots of iron and tantalum. We also present data on the re-crystallization of tin on the nanosecond timescale after re-compression from the Hugoniot state. We use signal from both solid diffraction and diffuse scattering from the liquid to constrain melting and solidification. We are able to show that melting and solidification can occur on nanosecond timescales and that these techniques can be used to determine the equilibrium ultra-high pressure melting curves of a wide range of materials. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  17. Climate change and forest fires synergistically drive widespread melt events of the Greenland Ice Sheet

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    Keegan, Kaitlin M.; Albert, Mary R.; McConnell, Joseph R.; Baker, Ian

    2014-01-01

    In July 2012, over 97% of the Greenland Ice Sheet experienced surface melt, the first widespread melt during the era of satellite remote sensing. Analysis of six Greenland shallow firn cores from the dry snow region confirms that the most recent prior widespread melt occurred in 1889. A firn core from the center of the ice sheet demonstrated that exceptionally warm temperatures combined with black carbon sediments from Northern Hemisphere forest fires reduced albedo below a critical threshold in the dry snow region, and caused the melting events in both 1889 and 2012. We use these data to project the frequency of widespread melt into the year 2100. Since Arctic temperatures and the frequency of forest fires are both expected to rise with climate change, our results suggest that widespread melt events on the Greenland Ice Sheet may begin to occur almost annually by the end of century. These events are likely to alter the surface mass balance of the ice sheet, leaving the surface susceptible to further melting. PMID:24843158

  18. Climate change and forest fires synergistically drive widespread melt events of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

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    Keegan, Kaitlin M; Albert, Mary R; McConnell, Joseph R; Baker, Ian

    2014-06-01

    In July 2012, over 97% of the Greenland Ice Sheet experienced surface melt, the first widespread melt during the era of satellite remote sensing. Analysis of six Greenland shallow firn cores from the dry snow region confirms that the most recent prior widespread melt occurred in 1889. A firn core from the center of the ice sheet demonstrated that exceptionally warm temperatures combined with black carbon sediments from Northern Hemisphere forest fires reduced albedo below a critical threshold in the dry snow region, and caused the melting events in both 1889 and 2012. We use these data to project the frequency of widespread melt into the year 2100. Since Arctic temperatures and the frequency of forest fires are both expected to rise with climate change, our results suggest that widespread melt events on the Greenland Ice Sheet may begin to occur almost annually by the end of century. These events are likely to alter the surface mass balance of the ice sheet, leaving the surface susceptible to further melting. PMID:24843158

  19. Biological Ice Core Analysis in Russian Altai

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    Uetake, J.; Nakazawa, F.; Kohshima, S.; Miyake, T.; Narita, H.; Fujita, K.; Takeuchi, N.; Nakawo, M.

    2007-12-01

    In July 2003, a 171m long ice core was excavated from top of Belukha glacier (4,200m a. s. l.) in the Russian Altai Mountains. We examined vertical distributions of microorganisms (unicellular green algae, fungal spore, yeast) and pollens for potential use of ice core dating and reconstruction of past climate. Microorganisms have no seasonal variation in pit samples, however 5 genus of pollen (Fir, Spruce, Pine, Birch tree and Mugwort) have seasonality of each dispersed season. Therefore, this ice core can be identified past seasonal layers by pollen distribution. Pollen dating analysis of ice core estimate upper 48m ice core contain 86 years snow and ice, and this dating method well correspond to the 1963 peak in Tritium. This dating analysis is more accurate than other markers (oxygen isotope, dust, chemical concentration and melt percentage). Oxygen isotope trend from 1917 and temperature record of meteorological station near the glacier slightly increased and melt percentage have some anomalies from 1950s show recent temperature rising in this region. Otherwise, microorganisms and pollen have no trend except yeast. Vertical distribution of yeast peaks are well correspond to peaks of melt percentage show that yeast cell can grow in surface snow only in the warm period when liquid water available. In 1970s and 1980s, Nitrate increased and peaked because of anthropogenic emissions. Nitrate is major nutrient of photosynthetic microorganism, however, no clear relationship nitrate between unicellular green algae.

  20. Automatic Control of Silicon Melt Level

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    Duncan, C. S.; Stickel, W. B.

    1982-01-01

    A new circuit, when combined with melt-replenishment system and melt level sensor, offers continuous closed-loop automatic control of melt-level during web growth. Installed on silicon-web furnace, circuit controls melt-level to within 0.1 mm for as long as 8 hours. Circuit affords greater area growth rate and higher web quality, automatic melt-level control also allows semiautomatic growth of web over long periods which can greatly reduce costs.

  1. Fundamentals of Melt-Water Interfacial Transport Phenomena: Improved Understanding for Innovative Safety Technologies in ALWRs

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    M. Anderson; M. Corradini; K.Y. Bank; R. Bonazza; D. Cho

    2005-04-26

    The interaction and mixing of high-temperature melt and water is the important technical issue in the safety assessment of water-cooled reactors to achieve ultimate core coolability. For specific advanced light water reactor (ALWR) designs, deliberate mixing of the core-melt and water is being considered as a mitigative measure, to assure ex-vessel core coolability. The goal of this work is to provide the fundamental understanding needed for melt-water interfacial transport phenomena, thus enabling the development of innovative safety technologies for advanced LWRs that will assure ex-vessel core coolability. The work considers the ex-vessel coolability phenomena in two stages. The first stage is the melt quenching process and is being addressed by Argonne National Lab and University of Wisconsin in modified test facilities. Given a quenched melt in the form of solidified debris, the second stage is to characterize the long-term debris cooling process and is being addressed by Korean Maritime University in via test and analyses. We then address the appropriate scaling and design methodologies for reactor applications.

  2. The TMI-2 core relocation: Heat transfer and mechanism

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    Epstein, M.; Fauske, H.K.

    1987-07-01

    It is postulated that the collapse of the upper debris bed was the main cause of core failure and core material relocation during the TMI-2 accident. It is shown that this mechanism of core relocation can account for the timescale(s) and energy transfer rate inferred from plant instrumentation. Additional analysis suggests that the water in the lower half of the reactor vessel was subcooled at the onset of relocation, as subcooling serves to explain the final coolable configuration at the bottom of the TMI vessel.

  3. Melting of Sodium Under Pressure

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    Vorberger, Jan; Cohen, Ronald E.; Militzer, Burkhard

    2007-03-01

    The bcc, fcc, and liquid phases of sodium are investigated with density functional molecular dynamic (DFT-MD) simulations. We focus on the behavior of the melting curve at high pressure. Diamond anvil cell experiments have determined a melting line with a negative slope at pressures above 33GPa [1]. In the bcc phase, the melting temperature drops from around 1000K to 700K. It decreases even further to 300K in the fcc phase. We have performed simulations for sodium in a range from zero to 100 GPa, temperatures ranging from 300K to 2000K. Equations of State (EOS) for the bcc, fcc and liquid phase are obtained. To investigate the underlying principles of melting in sodium, we study ionic and electronic structure of solid and fluid. Using our EOS, we reproduce positive and negative slopes of the melting line in the proposed pressure regions for the bcc as well as for the fcc phase. [1] E. Gregorianz, O. Degtyarewa, M. Somayazulu, R.J. Hemley, H. Mao, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 185502 (2005)

  4. A Wave Interpretation of the Compton Effect As a Further Demonstration of the Postulates of de Broglie

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    Ching-Chuan Su

    2006-01-02

    The Compton effect is commonly cited as a demonstration of the particle feature of light, while the wave nature of matter has been proposed by de Broglie and demonstrated by Davisson and Germer with the Bragg diffraction of electron beams. In this investigation, we present an entirely different interpretation of the Compton effect based on the postulates of de Broglie and on an interaction between electromagnetic and matter waves. The speeds of interacting electrons in the Compton scattering are quite fast and its mechanism relies heavily on the mass variation. Thus, based on this wave interpretation, the Compton effect can be viewed as a further demonstration of the postulates of de Broglie for high-speed particles. In addition to the scattered wave, a direct radiation depending on the mass variation is predicted, which provides a means to test the wave interpretation.

  5. Partial Melting of the Indarch (EH4) Meteorite : A Textural, Chemical and Phase Relations View of Melting and Melt Migration

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    McCoy, Timothy J.; Dickinson, Tamara L.; Lofgren, Gary E.

    2000-01-01

    To Test whether Aubrites can be formed by melting of enstatite Chondrites and to understand igneous processes at very low oxygen fugacities, we have conducted partial melting experiments on the Indarch (EH4) chondrite at 1000-1500 C. Silicate melting begins at 1000 C. Substantial melt migration occurs at 1300-1400 C and metal migrates out of the silicate change at 1450 C and approx. 50% silicate partial melting. As a group, our experiments contain three immiscible metallic melts 9Si-, and C-rich), two immiscible sulfide melts(Fe-and FeMgMnCa-rich) and Silicate melt. Our partial melting experiments on the Indarch (EH4) enstatite Chondrite suggest that igneous processes at low fO2 exhibit serveral unique features. The complete melting of sulfides at 1000 C suggest that aubritic sulfides are not relicts. Aubritic oldhamite may have crystallized from Ca and S complexed in the silicate melt. Significant metal-sulfide melt migration might occur at relatively low degrees of silicate partial melting. Substantial elemental exchange occurred between different melts (e.g., between sulfide and silicate, Si between silicate and metal), a feature not observed during experiments at higher fO2. This exchange may help explain the formation of aubrites from known enstatite chondrites.

  6. Explosive volcanism and the compositions of cores of differentiated asteroids

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    Keil, Klaus; Wilson, Lionel

    1993-01-01

    Eleven iron meteorite groups show correlations between Ni and siderophile trace elements that are predictable by distribution coefficients between liquid and solid metal in fractionally crystallizing metal magmas. These meteorites are interpreted to be fragments of the fractionally crystallized cores of eleven differentiated asteroids. Many of these groups crystallized from S-depleted magmas which we propose resulted from removal of the first partial melt (the Fe,Ni-FeS cotectic melt) by explosive pyroclastic volcanism of the type envisaged by Wilson and Keil (1991). We show that these dense, negatively buoyant melts can be driven to asteroidal surfaces due to the presence of excess pressure in the melt and the presence of buoyant bubbles of gas which decrease the density of the melt. We also show that, in typical asteroidal materials, veins will form which grow into dikes and serve as pathways for migration of melt and gas to asteroidal surfaces. Since cotectic Fe, Ni-FeS melt consists of about 85 wt pct FeS and 15 wt pct Fe, Ni, removal of small volumes of eutectic melts results in major loss of S but only minor loss of Fe,Ni, thus leaving sufficient Fe,Ni to form sizeable asteroidal cores.

  7. Ferrocyanide Safety Program: Analysis of postulated energetic reactions and resultant aerosol generation in Hanford Site Waste Tanks

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    Postma, A.K.; Dickinson, D.R.

    1995-09-01

    This report reviews work done to estimate the possible consequences of postulated energetic reactions in ferrocyanide waste stored in underground tanks at the Hanford Site. The issue of explosive reactions was raised in the 1987 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), where a detonation-like explosion was postulated for the purpose of defining an upper bound on dose consequences for various disposal options. A review of the explosion scenario by the General Accounting Office (GAO) indicated that the aerosol generation and consequent radioactive doses projected for the explosion postulated in the EIS were understated by one to two orders of magnitude. The US DOE has sponsored an extensive study of the hazard posed by uncontrolled exothermic reactions in ferrocyanide waste, and results obtained during the past three years have allowed this hazard to be more realistically assessed. The objective of this report is to summarize the improved knowledge base that now indicates that explosive or vigorous chemical reactions are not credible in the ferrocyanide waste stored in underground tanks. This improved understanding supports the decision not to proceed with further analyses or predictions of the consequences of such an event or with aerosol tests in support of such predictions. 53 refs., 2 tabs.

  8. Numerical modelling of convection interacting with a melting and solidification front: Application to the thermal evolution of the basal magma ocean

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    ) (Labrosse et al., 2007), which happens to be minute (core must cool Solidification Stefan problem Phase change Moving boundary Convection Core­Mantle dynamics a b s t r a c t Melting and solidification are fundamental to geodynamical processes like inner core growth, magma chamber

  9. Mercury's thermal evolution and core crystallization regime

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    Rivoldini, A.; Van Hoolst, T.; Dumberry, M.; Steinle-Neumann, G.

    2015-10-01

    Unlike the Earth, where the liquid core isentrope is shallower than the core liquidus, at the lower pressures inside Mercury's core the isentrope can be steeper than the melting temperature. As a consequence, upon cooling, the isentrope may first enter a solid stability field near the core mantle boundary and produce ironrich snow that sinks under gravity and produces buoyant upwellings of iron depleted fluid. Similar to bottom up crystallization, crystallization initiated near the top might generate sufficient buoyancy flux to drive magnetic field generation by compositional convection.In this study we model Mercury's thermal evolution by taking into account the formation of iron-rich snow to assess when the conditions for an internally magnetic field can be satisfied. We employ a thermodynamic consistent description of the iron high-pressure phase diagram and thermoelastic properties of iron alloys as well as the most recent data about the thermal conductivity of core materials. We use a 1-dimensional parametrized thermal evolution model in the stagnant lid regime for the mantle (e.g. [1]) that is coupled to the core. The model for the mantle takes into account the formation of the crust due to melting at depth. Mantle convection is driven by heat producing radioactive elements, heat loss from secular cooling and from the heat supplied by the core. The heat generated inside the core is mainly provided from secular cooling, from the latent heat released at iron freezing, and from gravitational energy resulting form the release of light elements at the inner core-outer core boundary as well as from the sinking of iron-rich snow and subsequent upwellings of light elements in the snow zone. If the heat flow out of the core is smaller than the heat transported along the core isentrope a thermal boundary will from at the top of the outer core. To determine the extension of the convecting region inside the liquid core we calculate the convective power [2]. Finally, we use the entropy budget of the core (e.g. [3]) together with the core mantle boundary heat flow to assess whether a magnetic filed can be generated and sustained inside Mercury's core.

  10. Seismic detection of the lunar core.

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    Weber, Renee C; Lin, Pei-Ying; Garnero, Edward J; Williams, Quentin; Lognonné, Philippe

    2011-01-21

    Despite recent insight regarding the history and current state of the Moon from satellite sensing and analyses of limited Apollo-era seismic data, deficiencies remain in our understanding of the deep lunar interior. We reanalyzed Apollo lunar seismograms using array-processing methods to search for the presence of reflected and converted seismic energy from the core. Our results suggest the presence of a solid inner and fluid outer core, overlain by a partially molten boundary layer. The relative sizes of the inner and outer core suggest that the core is ~60% liquid by volume. Based on phase diagrams of iron alloys and the presence of partial melt, the core probably contains less than 6 weight % of lighter alloying components, which is consistent with a volatile-depleted interior. PMID:21212323

  11. A melt viscosity scale for preeruptive magmas

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    Takeuchi, Shingo

    2015-05-01

    A simplified method to estimate preeruptive melt viscosity by using only melt SiO2 content (groundmass SiO2 content) is proposed for sub-alkaline magmas. Melt viscosity is controlled by many magmatic properties (e.g., melt composition, melt water content, and temperature); however, these properties are linked by phase equilibrium in preeruptive magmas. In this study, the magmatic properties were investigated by compiling data of phase equilibria experiments performed under preeruptive conditions. Negative correlations are found between melt SiO2 contents and liquidus temperatures, and between liquidus temperatures and melt water contents. Both increasing melt SiO2 content and decreasing liquidus temperature have the effect of increasing the melt viscosity, producing a linear positive correlation between logarithmic values of melt viscosity and linear values of melt SiO2 content. For a specific melt SiO2 content, an increase in liquidus temperature causes a decrease in melt viscosity, whereas a decrease in water content causes an increase in melt viscosity. As a result of this opposing effect, the melt viscosity is strongly correlated with the melt SiO2 content (the correlation coefficient of ˜1). Based on this relationship, an empirical equation predicting logarithmic values of preeruptive melt viscosity is proposed as a linear function of melt SiO2 content, referred to as the melt viscosity scale. The equation reproduces melt viscosities for compiled experimental melts and natural melts with root-mean-square deviation of ˜0.4 and ˜0.5 log units, respectively. This method provides order-of-magnitude estimates for preeruptive melt viscosity. Its strength is in being applicable to examples for which a full dataset of preeruptive magmatic properties is lacking or has large uncertainties (e.g., slowly cooled lavas). The simplicity of this method enables us to easily and promptly estimate preeruptive melt viscosity. Combined with rheological models for multiphase magmas, the present method can be applied widely and thus greatly increase the number of case studies which include evidence-based estimates of preeruptive magma viscosity.

  12. Core Algebra.

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    Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Curriculum Research and Development Group.

    This document focuses on Core Algebra, a course offered in the Hawaii State Department of Education's "Mathematics Program Guide." This algebra option is designed to be less theoretical and more application-oriented than Algebra IA and IB. The text opens with a list of twenty minimum learner objectives of the course. The next section presents an…

  13. Formation of pseudotachylitic breccias in the central uplifts of very large impact structures: Scaling the melt formation

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    Mohr-Westheide, Tanja; Reimold, Wolf Uwe

    2011-04-01

    The processes leading to formation of sometimes massive occurrences of pseudotachylitic breccia (PTB) in impact structures have been strongly debated for decades. Variably an origin of these pseudotachylite (friction melt)-like breccias by (1) shearing (friction melting); (2) so-called shock compression melting (with or without a shear component) immediately after shock propagation through the target; (3) decompression melting related to rapid uplift of crustal material due to central uplift formation; (4) combinations of these processes; or (5) intrusion of allochthonous impact melt from a coherent melt body has been advocated. Our investigations of these enigmatic breccias involve detailed multidisciplinary analysis of millimeter- to meter-sized occurrences from the type location, the Vredefort Dome. This complex Archean to early Proterozoic terrane constitutes the central uplift of the originally >250 km diameter Vredefort impact structure in South Africa. Previously, results of microstructural and microchemical investigations have indicated that formation of very small veinlets involved local melting, likely during the early shock compression phase. However, for larger veins and networks it was so far not possible to isolate a specific melt-forming mechanism. Macroscopic to microscopic evidence for friction melting is very limited, and so far chemical results have not directly supported PTB generation by intrusion of impact melt. On the other hand, evidence for filling of dilational sites with melt is abundant. Herein, we present a new approach to the mysterium of PTB formation based on volumetric melt breccia calculations. The foundation for this is the detailed analysis of a 1.5 × 3 × 0.04 m polished granite slab from a dimension-stone quarry in the core of the Vredefort Dome. This slab contains a 37.5 dm3 breccia zone. The pure melt volume in 0.1 m3 PTB-bearing granitic target rock outside of the several-decimeter-wide breccia zone in the granite slab was estimated at 5.2 dm3. This amount can be divided into 4.6 dm3 melt (88%), for which we have evidenced a limited material transport (at maximum, ?20 cm) and 0.6 dm3 melt (12%) with, at most, grain-scale material transport, which we consider in situ formed shock melt. The breccia zone itself contains about 10 dm3 of matrix (melt). Assuming melt exchange over 20 cm at the slab surface, between breccia zone and surrounding melt-bearing host rock volume, the outer melt volume is calculated to contain the same amount of melt as contained by the massive breccia zone. Meso- and microscopic observations indicate melt transport is more prominent from larger into smaller melt occurrences. Thus, melt of the breccia zone could have provided the melt fill for all the small-scale PTB veins in the surrounding target rock. Extrapolating this melt capacity calculation for 1 m3 PTB-bearing host rock shows that a host rock volume of this dimension is able to take up some 52 dm3 melt. Scaling up 1000-fold to the outcrop scale reveals that exchange between a host rock volume of 2 m radius around a 37 m3 breccia zone could involve some 10 m3 melt. These results demonstrate that large melt volumes (i.e., large breccia zones) can be derived, in principle, from local reservoirs. However, strong decompression would have to apply in order to exchange these considerable melt volumes, which would only be realistic during the decompression phase of impact cratering upon central uplift formation, or locally where compressive regimes acted during the subsequent down- and outward collapse of the central uplift.

  14. Transcrystalline melt migration in clinopyroxene

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    Sonzogni, Yann; Provost, Ariel; Schiano, Pierre

    2011-03-01

    Glass inclusions in clinopyroxene phenocrysts from La Sommata (Vulcano Island, Aeolian Arc) were reheated and submitted to a sustained thermal gradient. Each remelted inclusion undergoes a transient textural and chemical reequilibration and concomitantly begins to migrate along a crystallographic direction, at a small angle with the thermal gradient. The completion of morphological evolution requires a characteristic time that is governed by chemical diffusion. Chemical reequilibration results in the formation of a colored halo that delineates the former location and shape of the inclusion after it has migrated away. Transcrystalline migration proceeds by dissolution of the host clinopyroxene ahead and precipitation astern. Its rate is not limited by Fick's law, but by the crystal-melt interface kinetics. Clinopyroxene dissolution and growth are slower than for olivine in similar conditions but obey the same analytical law, which can be transposed to equally or more sluggish melting or crystallization events in nature. When a gas bubble is initially present, it responds to elastic forces by quickly shifting toward the cold end of the inclusion, where it soon becomes engulfed as an isolated fluid inclusion in the reprecipitated crystal. This study confirms that transcrystalline melt migration, beside its possible implications for small-scale melt segregation and fluid-inclusion generation in the Earth's mantle, provides an experimental access to interfacial kinetic laws in near-equilibrium conditions.

  15. Plama Torches Melt the Rock

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    Plasma torches at Zybek Advanced Products blaze at over 37,000 degrees Fahrenheit, melting the rock mixture. __________ The USGS has created man-made moon dirt, or regolith, to help NASA prepare for upcoming moon explorations. Four tons of the simulant is expected to be made by this summer of 2009...

  16. Magnetic Biocomposites for Remote Melting.

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    Zhou, Mengbo; Liebert, Tim; Müller, Robert; Dellith, Andrea; Gräfe, Christine; Clement, Joachim H; Heinze, Thomas

    2015-08-10

    A new approach toward the fabrication of biocompatible composites suitable for remote melting is presented. It is shown that magnetite nanoparticles (MNP) can be embedded into a matrix of biocompatible thermoplastic dextran esters. For that purpose, fatty acid esters of dextran with adjustable melting points in the range of 30-140 °C were synthesized. Esterification of the polysaccharide by activation of the acid as iminium chlorides guaranteed mild reaction conditions leading to high quality products as confirmed by FTIR- and NMR spectroscopy as well as by gel permeation chromatography (GPC). A method for the preparation of magnetically responsive bionanocomposites was developed consisting of combined dissolution/suspension of the dextran ester and hydrophobized MNPs in an organic solvent followed by homogenization with ultrasonication, casting of the solution, drying and melting of the composite for a defined shaping. This process leads to a uniform distribution of MNPs in nanocomposite as revealed by scanning electron microscope. Samples of different geometries were exposed to high frequency alternating magnetic field. It could be shown that defined remote melting of such biocompatible nanocomposites is possible for the first time. This may lead to a new class of magnetic remote control systems, which are suitable for controlled release applications or self-healing materials. PMID:26134099

  17. Water storage and early hydrous melting of the Martian mantle

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    Pommier, A.; Grove, T. L.; Charlier, B.

    2012-06-01

    We report an experimental investigation of the near-solidus phase equilibria of a water-saturated analog of the Martian mantle. Experiments were performed at low temperatures (700-920 °C) and high pressure (4-7 GPa) using multi-anvil apparatus and piston cylinder device (4 GPa). The results of this study are used to explore the role of water during early melting and chemical differentiation of Mars, and to further our understanding of the near-solidus behavior in planetary mantle compositions at high pressure. Water has a significant effect on the temperature of melting and, therefore, on accretion and subsequent differentiation processes. Experiments locate the wet solidus at ?800 °C, and is isothermal between 4 GPa and 7 GPa. The Martian primitive mantle can store significant amounts of water in hydrous minerals stable near the solidus. Humite-group minerals and phase E represent the most abundant hydrous minerals stable in the 4-7 GPa pressure range. The amount of water that can be stored in the mantle and mobilized during melting ranges from 1 to up to 4 wt% near the wet solidus. We discuss thermal models of Mars accretion where the planet formed very rapidly and early on in solar system history. We incorporate the time constraint of Dauphas and Pourmand (2011) that Mars had accreted to 50% of its present mass in 1.8 Myr and include the effects of 26Al radioactive decay and heat supplied by rapid accretion. When accretion has reached 30% of Mars current mass (?70% of its present size), melting starts, and extends from 100 to 720 km depth. Below this melt layer, water can still be bound in crystalline solids. The critical stage is at 50% accretion (?80% of its size), where Mars is above the wet and dry solidi with most of its interior melted. This is earlier in the accretion process than what would be predicted from dry melting. We suggest that water may have promoted early core formation on Mars and rapidly extended melting over a large portion of Mars interior.

  18. On the Viability of Slab Melting

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    Van Hunen, J.; Bouilhol, P.; Magni, V.; Maunder, B. L.

    2014-12-01

    Melting subducted mafic crust is commonly assumed to be the main process leading to silicic melts with an adakitic signature, which may form Archaean granitoids and generate early continental crust. Alternatively, melting of the overriding lower mafic crust and near-Moho depth fractional crystallisation of mantle melts can form differentiated magmas with an adakitic signature. Previous work shows how only very young slabs melt through dehydration melting, or depict melting of dry eclogites via water addition from deeper slab dehydration. Alternatively, underplated subducted material via delamination and diapirism may be important in the generation of felsic continental crust. We quantify subduction dehydration and melting reactions in a warm subduction system using a thermo-mechanical subduction model with a thermodynamic database. We find that even young (hot) slabs dehydrate before reaching their solidus, which suppresses any slab dehydration melting and creates significant amounts of mantle wedge melting irrespective of slab age. Significant slab crust melting is only achieved in young slabs via water present melting if metamorphic fluids from the subducted mantle flux through the dry eclogites. These slab melts, however, interfere with massive mantle wedge melting and unlikely to participate in the overriding plate felsic magmatism, unlike the shallower, primitive mantle wedge melts. We also explore the conditions for delaminating the mafic subducted crust. For a wide range of ages, the uppermost part of the subducted slab might delaminate to form compositionally buoyant plumes that rise through the mantle wedge. Thick crust on young slabs (as perhaps representative for a hotter, early Earth) may delaminate entirely and reside in the mantle wedge. Under such conditions, this ponded crust might melts subsequently, forming "adakitic" felsic melts contributing to a significant amount of the overriding plate crustal volumes.

  19. The infidelity of melt inclusions?

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    Kent, A. J.

    2008-12-01

    Melt inclusions provide important information about magmatic systems and represent unique records of magma composition and evolution. However, it is also clear that melt inclusions do not necessarily constitute a petrological 'magic bullet', and potential exists for trapped melt compositions to be modified by a range of inclusion-specific processes. These include trapping of diffusional boundary layers, crystallization of the host mineral after trapping and dissolution of co-trapped minerals during homogenization, diffusional exchange between trapped liquid and the host mineral and external melt, and cryptic alteration of trapped material during weathering or hydrothermal alteration. It clearly important to identify when melt inclusions are unmodified, and which compositional indices represent the most robust sources of petrogenetic information. In this presentation I review and discuss various approaches for evaluating compositions and compositional variations in inclusion suites. An overriding principle is that the variations evident in melt inclusions should be able to be understood in terms of petrological processes that are known, or can be reasonably inferred to also effect bulk magma compositions. One common approach is to base petrological conclusions on species that should be more robust, and many workers use variations in incompatible trace elements for this purpose. However important information may also be obtained from a comparison of variations in melt inclusions and the lavas that host them, and in most cases this comparison is the key to identifying inclusions and suites that are potentially suspect. Comparisons can be made between individual inclusions and lavas, although comparison of average inclusion composition and the host lava, after correction for differences in crystal fractionation, may also be valuable. An important extension of this is the comparison of the variability of different species in inclusions and host lavas. This also provides a means to directly test for effects of inclusion-specific processes through comparison between variance and diffusivity, partition coefficient or other parameters believed to drive compositional changes. Another test that is becoming more accessible is the direct comparison of trace element compositions of inclusions and host minerals, coupled with known element partitioning behavior.

  20. Double-diffusive inner core translation

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    Deguen, Renaud; Alboussière, Thierry; Labrosse, Stéphane

    2015-04-01

    The hemispherical asymmetry of the inner core has recently been interpreted as resulting form a high-viscosity mode of inner core convection, consisting in a translation of the inner core. With melting on one hemisphere and crystallization on the other one, inner core translation would impose a strongly asymmetric buoyancy flux at the bottom of the outer core, with likely strong implications for the dynamics of the outer core and the geodynamo. The main requirement for convective instability in the inner core is an adverse radial density gradient. While older estimates of the inner core thermal conductivity favored a superadiabatic temperature gradient and the existence of thermal convection, the much higher values recently proposed make thermal convection unlikely. Compositional convection might be a viable alternative to thermal convection: an unstable compositional gradient may arise in the inner core either because the light elements present in the core are predicted to become increasingly incompatible as the inner core grows (Gubbins et al. 2013), or because of a possibly positive feedback of the development of the F-layer on inner core convection. Though the magnitude of the destabilizing effect of the compositional field is predicted to be similar to or smaller than the stabilizing effect of the thermal field, the huge difference between thermal and chemical diffusivities implies that double-diffusive instabilities may still arise even if the net density decreases upward. We propose here a theoretical (linear stability analysis) and numerical study of double diffusive convection in the inner core, focusing on the translation mode, and discuss in what conditions inner core translation can develop.

  1. Osmium Solubility in Silicate Melts: New Efforts and New Results

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    Borisov, A.; Walker, R. J.

    1998-01-01

    In a recent paper, Borisov and Palme reported the first experimental results on the partitioning of Os between metal (Ni-rich OsNi alloys) and silicate melt of anorthite-diopside eutectic composition at 1400 C and 1 atm total pressure and and at function of O2 from 10(exp -8) to 10(exp -12) atm. Experiments were done by equilibrating OsNi metal loops with silicate melt. Metal and glass were analyzed separately by INAA. D(sup 0s) ranged from 10(exp 6) to 10(exp 7), which is inconsistent with core/ mantle equilibrium for HSEs and favors the late veneer hypothesis. Unfortunately, there was practically no function of O2 dependence of Os partitioning, and the scatter of experimental results was quite serious, so the formation of Os nuggets was suspected. This new set of experiments was specifically designed to avoid of at least minimize the nugget problem

  2. Osmium Solubility in Silicate Melts: New Efforts and New Results

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    Borisov, A.; Walker, R. J.

    1998-01-01

    In a recent paper, Borisov and Palme reported the first experimental results on the partitioning of Os between metal (Ni-rich OsNi alloys) and silicate melt of anorthite-diopside eutectic composition at 1400 C and 1 atm total pressure and and at function of O2 from 10-8 to 10-12 atm. Experiments were done by equilibrating OsNi metal loops with silicate melt. Metal and glass were analyzed separately by INAA. D(sup 0s) ranged from 106 to 107, which is inconsistent with core/ mantle equilibrium for HSEs and favors the late veneer hypothesis. Unfortunately, there was practically no function of O2 dependence of Os partitioning, and the scatter of experimental results was quite serious, so the formation of Os nuggets was suspected. This new set of experiments was specifically designed to avoid of at least minimize the nugget problem

  3. Modeling and database for melt-water interfacial heat transfer

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    Farmer, M.T.; Spencer, B.W.; Schneider, J.P.; Bonomo, B.; Theofanous, G.

    1992-04-01

    A mechanistic model is developed to predict the transition superficial gas velocity between bulk cooldown and crust-limited heat transfer regimes in a sparged molten pool with a coolant overlayer. The model has direct applications in the analysis of ex-vessel severe accidents, where molten corium interacts with concrete, thereby producing sparging concrete decomposition gases. The analysis approach embodies thermal, mechanical, and hydrodynamic aspects associated with incipient crust formation at the melt/coolant interface. The model is validated against experiment data obtained with water (melt) and liquid nitrogen (coolant) simulants. Predictions are then made for the critical gas velocity at which crust formation will occur for core material interacting with concrete in the presence of water.

  4. Determination of melting temperature and temperature melting range for DNA with multi-peak differential melting curves

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    melting range High-resolution melting profiles Plasmid DNA Calf thymus DNA a b s t r a c t Many factors as well as alterations in DNA thermal stability and heterogeneity. Here, experiments and computer modeling on the thermal stability of the double helix and the tem- perature melting range reflects their influence on DNA

  5. Composition of Apollo 17 core 76001

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    Korotev, Randy L.; Bishop, Kaylynn M.

    1993-01-01

    Core 76001 is a single drive tube containing a column of regolith taken at the base of the North Massif, station 6, Apollo 17. The core material is believed to have accumulated through slow downslope mass wasting from the massif. As a consequence, the core soil is mature throughout its length. Results of INAA for samples taken every half centimeter along the length of the core indicate that there is only minor systematic compositional variation with depth. Concentrations of elements primarily associated with mare basalt (Sc, Fe) and noritic impact melt breccia (Sm) decrease slightly with depth, particularly between 20 cm and the bottom of the core at 32 cm depth. This is consistent with petrographic studies that indicate a greater proportion of basalt and melt breccia in the top part of the core. However, Sm/Sc and La/Sm ratios are remarkably constant with depth, indicating no variation in the ratio of mare material to Sm-rich highlands material with depth. Other than these subtle changes, there is no compositional evidence for the two stratigraphic units (0-20 cm and 20-32 cm) defined on the basis of modal petrography, although all samples with anomalously high Ni concentrations (Fe-Ni metal nuggets) occur above 20 cm depth.

  6. EXPERIMENTAL AND COMPUTATIONAL INVESTIGATION OF SNOW MELTING

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    EXPERIMENTAL AND COMPUTATIONAL INVESTIGATION OF SNOW MELTING ON HEATED HORIZONTAL SURFACES By SEAN INVESTIGATION OF SNOW MELTING ON HEATED HORIZONTAL SURFACES Thesis Approved: Dean of the Graduate College Thesis..............................................................................................................5 2.3 Snow/Ice Physical Properties

  7. Dynamics of upper mantle rocks decompression melting above hot spots under continental plates

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    Perepechko, Yury; Sorokin, Konstantin; Sharapov, Victor

    2014-05-01

    Numeric 2D simulation of the decompression melting above the hot spots (HS) was accomplished under the following conditions: initial temperature within crust mantle section was postulated; thickness of the metasomatized lithospheric mantle is determined by the mantle rheology and position of upper asthenosphere boundary; upper and lower boundaries were postulated to be not permeable and the condition for adhesion and the distribution of temperature (1400-2050°C); lateral boundaries imitated infinity of layer. Sizes and distribution of lateral points, their symmetry, and maximum temperature varied between the thermodynamic condition for existences of perovskite - majorite transition and its excess above transition temperature. Problem was solved numerically a cell-vertex finite volume method for thermo hydrodynamic problems. For increasing convergence of iterative process the method of lower relaxation with different value of relaxation parameter for each equation was used. The method of through calculation was used for the increase in the computing rate for the two-layered upper mantle - lithosphere system. Calculated region was selected as 700 x (2100-4900) km. The time step for the study of the asthenosphere dynamics composed 0.15-0.65 Ma. The following factors controlling the sizes and melting degree of the convective upper mantle, are shown: a) the initial temperature distribution along the section of upper mantleb) sizes and the symmetry of HS, c) temperature excess within the HS above the temperature on the upper and lower mantle border TB=1500-2000oC with 5-15% deviation but not exceed 2350oC. It is found, that appearance of decompression melting with HS presence initiate primitive mantle melting at TB > of 1600oC. Initial upper mantle heating influence on asthenolens dimensions with a constant HS size is controlled mainly by decompression melting degree. Thus, with lateral sizes of HS = 400 km the decompression melting appears at TB > 1600oC and HS temperature (THS) > 1900oC asthenolens size ~700 km. When THS = of 2000oC the maximum melting degree of the primitive mantle is near 40%. An increase in the TB > 1900oC the maximum degree of melting could rich 100% with the same size of decompression melting zone (700 km). We examined decompression melting above the HS having LHS = 100 km - 780 km at a TB 1850- 2100oC with the thickness of lithosphere = 100 km.It is shown that asthenolens size (Lln) does not change substantially: Lln=700 km at LHS = of 100 km; Lln= 800 km at LHS = of 780 km. In presence of asymmetry of large HS the region of advection is developed above the HS maximum with the formation of asymmetrical cell. Influence of lithospheric plate thicknesses on appearance and evolution of asthenolens above the HS were investigated for the model stepped profile for the TB ? of 1750oS with Lhs = 100km and maximum of THS =2350oC. With an increase of TB the Lln difference beneath lithospheric steps is leveled with retention of a certain difference to melting degrees and time of the melting appearance a top of the HS. RFBR grant 12-05-00625.

  8. Differentiation, mineralogy and melting of Rhea

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    Czechowski, Leszek; Losiak, Anna

    2013-04-01

    Rhea is a medium sized icy satellite (MIS) of Saturn. It is built of mixtures of rocks and ices. The rocky component is believed to be of chondritic composition. The main component of ices is frozen H2O. Initially Rhea was built from a homogenous mixture of those two components. After accretion the temperature of the satellites increased that allowed for the separation of rocky component from the ices. During this differentiation the high density silicate grains sink in the liquid, eventually forming the central core. The low density matter forms an upper layer. Analysis of the Doppler data acquired by the Cassini spacecraft yields the mass of Rhea and its gravity field with unprecedented accuracy - Iess, et al., 2007, Icarus 190, 585-593. Eventually they conclude: "The one model that fits the gravity data and is self-consistent […] is an "almost undifferentiated" Rhea, in which a very large uniform core is surrounded by a relatively thin ice shell containing no rock at all". In the present paper we try to find explanation of these observations by thermal model of evolution. Comparing to our previous models, we include here also the influence of the chemical reactions. Our numerical model is based on the parameterized theory of convection combined with FDM (Finite Difference Method). The approach is based on the 1 dimensional equation of the heat transfer in spherical coordinates. The model includes sources and sinks of the heat: radiogenic heat resulting from the decay of isotopes, latent heat of melting, latent heat of solidification, and chemical reactions. The heat of accretion is included as initial temperature of the accreted layer. The heat transported by convection is included by multiplying the coefficient of the heat conduction in the considered layer by the Nusselt number. We found that partial differentiation followed by uprising of light component is consistent with observations of gravity and surface of Rhea if silicate density is high (i.e. 3500 kg/m3). However, our calculation indicates that partial melting is possible only for narrow range of parameters. It makes possible to determine the time of accretion of Rhea. Without consideration of chemical reaction the time from forming CAI to the end of accretion is probably from 2.9 to 4.1 My. However, if chemical reactions are included the age cannot be determined with the same precision because the observational data are in agreement with the fully differentiated model.

  9. Liquid jet breakup characterization with application to melt-water mixing

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    Ginsberg, T.

    1986-01-01

    Severe accidents in light-water reactors could lead to the flow of molten core material from the initial core region of the reactor vessel to the lower plenum. Steam explosions have been predicted to occur as a result of the contact of the melt with water available in the plenum. It is presently judged by many workers, that the magnitude of the energy released during such an in-vessel explosion would be insufficient to lead to failure of the containment building (SERG, 1985). A major contributing factor in this judgment is that the mass of melt which would participate in the interaction would be limited by the quantity of melt delivered to the lower plenum to the time of the explosion and by the limited breakup of the molten pour stream as it flows through the plenum prior to the explosion. Limited pour stream breakup would lead to limited melt-water mixing and, in addition, to the existence of ''large-scale'' melt masses which may lead to very inefficient thermal-to-mechanical energy conversion. The objective of this paper is to assess the available literature relevant to liquid jet breakup and to assess its implications with respect to the behavior of molten corium pour streams as they would flow from the core region through the lower plenum. Uncertainties in application of the available literature are discussed. 7 refs., 2 figs.

  10. The effect of iron on the chlorine concentration in felsic melts

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    Simon, A. C.; Candela, P.; Piccoli, P.

    2004-12-01

    The concentration of Cl in hydrous magmas plays a role in a variety of processes including the timing of volatile exsolution and the mass transfer of metals from melt into an exsolved Cl-bearing volatile phase. Literature data indicate that the concentration of Cl in hydrous felsic melts increases with the activities of network modifying cations (Na+K+Fe+Ca) at the expense of Si (Metrich and Rutherford,GCA,1992). Cl in melt is correlated positively with Na, K, and Fe, negatively with Si and is independent of Al. Synthetic Fe-free peralkaline melts (Al/(Na+K)<1) can contain higher Cl concentrations than peraluminous melts (Al/(Na+K>1); Cl can increase four-fold with increasing melt peralkalinity (i.e., from 2000 to 8000 ppm as ASI decreases from 1 to 0.4). In natural Fe-bearing felsic melts, Cl in melt can be >2000 ppm higher than in Fe-free melts at an identical ASI suggesting the potential for Fe-Cl complexation in the melt. Additionally, one study has postulated a relationship between increasing Cl concentration and decreasing Fe3+/Fe2+ ratio in felsic melts (Webster and DeVivo, AmMin,2002). We have performed a series of experiments (n=20) in Mg- and Ca-free, Fe-bearing system (magnetite (mt)+haplogranite melt+vapor+brine) that definitively link increasing concentrations of Fe and Cl in felsic melts. Natural mt was reacted with synthetic haplogranite melt and an HCl-, NaCl- and KCl-bearing aqueous vapor ¡O brine (initial molar K:Na=1 and K:H varied from 1 to 25) in Au and Pt capsules held inside traditional and rapid-quench cold-seal vessels at 800,aC, pressures of 100 to 145 MPa and bulk salinities ranging from 1.8 to 20 wt% NaCl eq. The oxygen fugacity of the experiments was fixed at either nickel-nickel oxide (NNO) or quartz-fayalite-magnetite (QFM). Varying the HCl concentration, imposed by varying the initial K:H of the fluid, allows us to control the final melt aluminosity, with ASI's ranging from 0.5 to 1.1. When melt concentration data for all cations are regressed against Cl, the positive relationship between Fe and Cl is significantly greater than that between Cl and all other cations. In slightly peralkaline melts (ASI=0.94),a negative correlation obtains between Cl and both Na and K. Runs of short duration, yielding heterogeneous melt compositions, display the most dramatic absence of a systematic relationship between ASI and Cl; in some runs there is a negative correlation between Cl and increasing melt peralkalinity. These data imply that Fe, and not ASI, is the fundamental control on Cl content in the melt. The concentration of Cl in melt is significantly higher in melts produced at QFM (up to 0.6 wt% Cl) relative to NNO (up to 0.3 wt% Cl) and this is directly correlated to the increase of Fe in melt at QFM (up to 4 wt% Fe) relative to NNO (up to 3 wt% Fe). The strong positive correlation between Fe and Cl concentrations at oxygen fugacities ranging from NNO to QFM indicates that the Fe content of water-saturated, peralkaline to peraluminous aluminosilicate melts plays a determinant role on Cl concent in the melt. These experimental results are broadly consistent with the work of Webster and De Vivo (2002) who suggest the timing of iron-bearing mineral crystallization in the melt plays a critical role in controlling the absolute Cl concentration in the melt. Our findings have important implications for magmatic degassing, hydrothermal alteration and the mass transfer of ore metals from melt to the volatile phase; the latter being critically dependent on the partitioning of Cl between melt and volatile phase.

  11. Environmental consequences of postulated plutonium releases from Exxon Nuclear MOFP, Richland, Washington, as a result of severe natural phenomena

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    Jamison, J.D.; Watson, E.C.

    1980-02-01

    Potential environmental consequences in terms of radiation dose to people are presented for postulated plutonium releases caused by severe natural phenomena at the Exxon Nuclear Company Mixed Oxide Fabrication Plant (MOFP), Richland, Washington. The severe natural phenomena considered are earthquakes, tornadoes, high straight-line winds, and floods. Maximum plutonium deposition values are given for significant locations around the site. All important potential exposure pathways are examined. The most likely 50-year committed dose equivalents are given for the maximum-exposed individual and the population within a 50-mile radius of the plant. The maximum plutonium deposition values most likely to occur offsite are also given.

  12. Melt-spinning (Materials Preparation Center)

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    2010-01-01

    Melt-spinning is a method used for producing amorphous ribbon, which can then be converted to powder. The quality of the ribbon is controlled by several processing factors. This video shows the melt stream, melt pool, and ribbon formation in slow motion.

  13. Optimization of semiconductor melts Gunter Barwolff1

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    Hinze, Michael

    during the growth process. To avoid such crystal defects it is important to figure out those parameters, as well as for Si (Silicium). 1 Introduction During the growth of crystals in axisymmetric zone melting of semiconductor melts in zone-melting and Czochralski growth configurations. The flow is governed

  14. Direct writing by way of melt electrospinning.

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    Brown, Toby D; Dalton, Paul D; Hutmacher, Dietmar W

    2011-12-15

    Melt electrospun fibers of poly(?-caprolactone) are accurately deposited using an automated stage as the collector. Matching the translation speed of the collector to the speed of the melt electrospinning jet establishes control over the location of fiber deposition. In this sense, melt electrospinning writing can be seen to bridge the gap between solution electrospinning and direct writing additive manufacturing processes. PMID:22095922

  15. The nature of the earth's core

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    Jeanloz, Raymond

    1990-01-01

    The properties of the earth's core are overviewed with emphasis on seismologically determined regions and pressures and seismologically measured density, elastic wave velocities, and gravitational acceleration. Attention is given to solid-state convection of the inner core, and it is noted that though seismological results do not conclusively prove that the inner core is convective, the occurrence and magnitude of seismic anisotropy are explained by the effects of solid-state convection. Igneous petrology and geochemistry of the inner core, a layer at the base of the mantle and contact metasomatism at the core-mantle boundary, and evolution of the core-mantle system are discussed. It is pointed out that high-pressure melting experiments indicate that the temperature of the core is ranging from 4500 to 6500 K, and a major implication of such high temperature is that the tectonics and convection of the mantle, as well as the resulting geological processes observed at the surface, are powered by heat from the core. As a result of the high temperatures, along with the compositional contrast between silicates and iron alloy, the core-mantle boundary is considered to be most chemically active region of the earth.

  16. Experimental investigation of stress-driven melt segregation and electrical conductivity of partially molten mantle rocks with low carbonated melt fractions

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    Hashim, Leila; Gaillard, Fabrice; Gardes, Emmanuel; Scaillet, Bruno

    2013-04-01

    The mechanical and thermal properties of the mantle are of prime concern since they play a major part in Earth's global geodynamics such as mantle convection, crustal flow and plate shifting. Several magnetotelluric and seismic campaigns, such as the MELT experiment, have shown high conductivity and low velocity zones that can be interpreted in terms of partial melting. Depending on the geological context, interactions between partial melting, deformation and melt-rock reactions can influence the nature of the produced melt and its segregation from the host rock. Recent experimental studies have shown that the high conductivity zones beneath mid-ocean ridges are best explained by low carbonated melt fractions (< 1 wt.%). Although recent experimental and theoretical studies have shown that shear stress gradients in initially homogeneous basaltic melt-bearing aggregates promote melt redistribution (Takei and Holtzman, 2009; Caricchi et al., 2011), little is known on the impact of shear stress gradients in samples containing less than 1 wt. % carbonated melts. All these studies lead to unanswered questions: how do these gradients influence melt mobility and therefore melt interconnectivity in partially molten samples with < 1 wt. % melt? How do low melt fractions impact on physical properties such as the bulk viscosity of partially molten rocks, on the deformation regime? How does melt segregation resulting from an applied shear stress impact on electrical and seismic anisotropy? To answer these questions, we have synthesized by spark plasma sintering large volume samples of forsterite and enstatite aggregates containing an initial homogeneous distribution of Na-rich carbonated melts (1 wt. %), which will be deformed under torsion in an internally heated Paterson-type apparatus coupled to an impedance spectrometer. These experiments will enable us to directly measure the bulk viscosity of these partially molten samples as well as collect continuous electrical measurements during deformation. We will similarly investigate carbonated melt migration velocities by deforming samples under torsion in a source/sink geometry. The source consisting of Na-rich carbonated melt, which will form the inner core, will be coupled with a nominally melt-free sink of forsterite and enstatite forming the outer ring. Our novel approach consisting in an internally coherent set of petrological-geophysical-rheological constraints will enable us to better interpret the anomalies detected by geophysical probing beneath mid-ocean ridges. Takei, Y., Holtzman, B., 2009. Viscous constitutive relations of solid-liquid composites in terms of grain boundary contiguity: 3. Causes and consequences of viscous anisotropy, J. Geophys. Res. 114, B06207, doi:10.1029/2008JB005852. Caricchi, L., Gaillard, F., Mecklenburgh, J., Le Trong, E., 2011. Experimental determination of electrical conductivity during deformation of melt-bearing olivine aggregates: Implications for electrical anisotropy in the oceanic low velocity zone. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 302, 81-94.

  17. Modeling of transient turbulent natural convection in a melt layer with solidification

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    Fan, T.H.; Cheung, F.B.

    1996-12-31

    The phenomenon of turbulent natural convection in a horizontal heat-generating melt layer with solidification taking place at the cooled upper and lower boundaries is investigated theoretically. The objective is to determine the transient behavior of the crust at the upper and lower surfaces and the effect of crust formation on the turbulent natural convection process in the melt layer. Various surface temperatures, latent heats, and the heat source strengths are considered along with the effects of the Stefan number and Rayleigh number. Special attention is given to the interaction between the melt pool heat transfer and the crust dynamics. Numerical results are presented for the transient crust thickness, transient temperature distribution, eddy heat transport, and the heat transfer characteristics at the solid liquid interface during the freezing process. The present study provides basic information needed to predict the transient behavior of a melt pool in a reactor lower head following a severe core-meltdown accident.

  18. Melting and shock wave creation in uranium oxide due to Coulomb explosion after a pulsed ionization

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    Li, Zhongyu; Chen, Di; Shao, Lin

    2015-09-01

    By means of molecular dynamics simulations, we study the effects of pulsed ionization in uranium oxide (UO2), which occurs when UO2 is bombarded with swift ions or fission fragments. A general formula is developed to predict melting radius under various conditions due to electron stripping and Coulomb explosion (CE). A critical density model is suggested in which the melting volume is proportional to ionization period, if the period is above a critical value. The maximum melting radius depends on the time period of structural relaxation above the melting temperature, which increases with increasing initial substrate temperatures due to a lower heat dissipation rate. Furthermore, shock waves are observed to emit from CE core but the kinetic energy wave peak exists only in U sublattices. The absence of kinetic energy waves in O sublattices is explained by their relatively higher thermal vibration which cancels the work done from the compression waves.

  19. Solidus and liquidus profiles of chondritic mantle: Implication for melting of the Earth across its history

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    Andrault, Denis; Bolfan-Casanova, Nathalie; Nigro, Giacomo Lo; Bouhifd, Mohamed A.; Garbarino, Gaston; Mezouar, Mohamed

    2011-04-01

    We investigated the melting properties of a synthetic chondritic primitive mantle up to core-mantle boundary (CMB) pressures, using laser-heated diamond anvil cell. Melting criteria are essentially based on the use of X-rays provided by synchrotron radiation. We report a solidus melting curve lower than previously determined using optical methods. The liquidus curve is found between 300 and 600 K higher than the solidus over the entire lower mantle. At CMB pressures (135 GPa), the chondritic mantle solidus and liquidus reach 4150 (± 150) K and 4725 (± 150) K, respectively. We discuss that the lower mantle is unlikely to melt in the D?-layer, except if the highest estimate of the temperature profile at the base of the mantle, which is associated with a very hot core, is confirmed. Therefore, recent suggestions of partial melting in the lowermost mantle based on seismic observations of ultra-low velocity zones indicate either (1) a outer core exceeding 4150 K at the CMB or (2) the presence of chemical heterogeneities with high concentration of fusible elements. Our observations of a high liquidus temperature as well as a large gap between solidus and liquidus temperatures have important implications for the properties of the magma ocean during accretion. Not only complete melting of the lower mantle would require excessively high temperatures, but also, below liquidus temperatures partial melting should take place over a much larger depth interval than previously thought. In addition, magma adiabats suggest very high surface temperatures in case of a magma ocean that would extend to more than 40 GPa, as suggested by siderophile metal-silicate partitioning data. Such high surface temperature regime, where thermal blanketing is inefficient, points out to a transient character of the magma ocean, with a very fast cooling rate.

  20. Melting Processes at the Base of the Mantle Wedge: Melt Compositions and Melting Reactions for the First Melts of Vapor-Saturated Lherzolite

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    Grove, T. L.; Till, C. B.

    2014-12-01

    Vapor-saturated melting experiments have been performed at pressures near the base of the mantle wedge (3.2 GPa). The starting composition is a metasomatized lherzolite containing 3 wt. % H2O. Near-solidus melts and coexisting mineral phases have been characterized in experiments that span 925 to 1100 oC with melt % varying from 6 to 9 wt. %. Olivine, orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene and garnet coexist with melt over the entire interval and rutile is also present at < 1000 oC. Melt is andesitic in composition and varies from 60 wt. % SiO2 at 950 oC to 52 wt. % at 1075 oC. The Al2O3 contents of the melt are 13 to 14 wt. %, and CaO contents range from 1 and 4 wt. %. Melting is peritectic with orthopyroxene + liquid produced by melting of garnet + olivine + high-Ca pyroxene. In addition to quenched melt, we observe a quenched silicate component that is rhyolitic (>72 % SiO2) that we interpret as a precipitate from the coexisting supercritical H2O-rich vapor. Extrapolation of the measured compositional variation toward the solidus suggests that the first melt may be very SiO2 rich (i.e., granitic). We suggest that these granitic melts are the first melts of the mantle near the slab-wedge interface. As these SiO2-rich melts ascend into shallower, hotter overlying mantle, they continue to interact with the surrounding mantle and evolve in composition. These first melts may elucidate the geochemical and physical processes that accompany the beginnings of H2O flux melting.

  1. Water Freezing and Ice Melting.

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    Ma?olepsza, Edyta; Keyes, Tom

    2015-12-01

    The generalized replica exchange method (gREM) is designed to sample states with coexisting phases and thereby to describe strong first order phase transitions. The isobaric MD version of the gREM is presented and applied to the freezing of liquid water and the melting of hexagonal and cubic ice. It is confirmed that coexisting states are well-sampled. The statistical temperature as a function of enthalpy, TS(H), is obtained. Hysteresis between freezing and melting is observed and discussed. The entropic analysis of phase transitions is applied and equilibrium transition temperatures, latent heats, and surface tensions are obtained for hexagonal ice ? liquid and cubic ice ? liquid with excellent agreement with published values. A new method is given to assign water molecules among various symmetry types. Pathways for water freezing, ultimately leading to hexagonal ice, are found to contain intermediate layered structures built from hexagonal and cubic ice. PMID:26642983

  2. Dynamic crystallization of silicate melts

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    Russell, W. J.

    1984-01-01

    Two types of furnaces with differing temperature range capabilities were used to provide variations in melt temperatures and cooling rates in a study of the effects of heterogeneous nucleation on crystallization. Materials of chondrule composition were used to further understanding of how the disequilibrium features displayed by minerals in rocks are formed. Results show that the textures of natural chondrules were duplicated. It is concluded that the melt history is dominant over cooling rate and composition in controlling texture. The importance of nuclei, which are most readily derived from preexisting crystalline material, support an origin for natural chondrules based on remelting of crystalline material. This would be compatible with a simple, uniform chondrule forming process having only slight variations in thermal histories resulting in the wide range of textures.

  3. An experimental study of partial melting and fractional crystallization on the HED parent body

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    Ashcroft, Helen O.; Wood, Bernard J.

    2015-10-01

    We have performed an experimental and modeling study of the partial melting behavior of the HED parent body and of the fractional crystallization of liquids derived from its mantle. We estimated the mantle composition by assuming chondritic ratios of refractory lithophile elements, adjusting the Mg# and core size to match the density and moment of inertia of Vesta, and the compositions of Mg-rich olivines found in diogenites. The liquidus of a mantle with Mg# (=100*[Mg/(Mg+Fe)]) 80 is ~1625 °C and, under equilibrium conditions, the melt crystallizes olivine alone until it is joined by orthopyroxene at 1350 °C. We synthesized the melt from our 1350 °C experiment and simulated its fractional crystallization path. Orthopyroxene crystallizes until it is replaced by pigeonite at 1200 °C. Liquids become eucritic and crystal assemblages resemble diogenites below 1250 °C. MELTS correctly predicts the olivine liquidus but overestimates the orthopyroxene liquidus by ~70 °C. Predicted melt compositions are in reasonable agreement with those generated experimentally. We used MELTS to determine that the range of mantle compositions that can produce eucritic liquids and diogenitic solids in a magma ocean model is Mg# 75-80 (with chondritic ratios of refractory elements). A mantle with Mg# ~ 70 can produce eucrites and diogenites through sequential partial melting.

  4. An experimental study of partial melting and fractional crystallization on the HED parent body

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    Ashcroft, Helen O.; Wood, Bernard J.

    2015-11-01

    We have performed an experimental and modeling study of the partial melting behavior of the HED parent body and of the fractional crystallization of liquids derived from its mantle. We estimated the mantle composition by assuming chondritic ratios of refractory lithophile elements, adjusting the Mg# and core size to match the density and moment of inertia of Vesta, and the compositions of Mg-rich olivines found in diogenites. The liquidus of a mantle with Mg# (=100*[Mg/(Mg+Fe)]) 80 is ~1625 °C and, under equilibrium conditions, the melt crystallizes olivine alone until it is joined by orthopyroxene at 1350 °C. We synthesized the melt from our 1350 °C experiment and simulated its fractional crystallization path. Orthopyroxene crystallizes until it is replaced by pigeonite at 1200 °C. Liquids become eucritic and crystal assemblages resemble diogenites below 1250 °C. MELTS correctly predicts the olivine liquidus but overestimates the orthopyroxene liquidus by ~70 °C. Predicted melt compositions are in reasonable agreement with those generated experimentally. We used MELTS to determine that the range of mantle compositions that can produce eucritic liquids and diogenitic solids in a magma ocean model is Mg# 75-80 (with chondritic ratios of refractory elements). A mantle with Mg# ~ 70 can produce eucrites and diogenites through sequential partial melting.

  5. Crystal growing from the melt

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    Davis, S. H.

    1987-01-01

    The mechanical and electrical properties of crystals produced by a unidirectional process depend strongly on the temperature and flow fields since these control the concentration of solute at the melt-crystal interface. The solute gradient there drives morphological instabilities that lead to cellular or dendritic interfaces. In the presentation several features of flow-solidification interactions will be discussed. These will include the effects of convection driven by density changes and buoyancy and the imposition of forced flow.

  6. Melting And Purification Of Niobium

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    Salles Moura, Hernane R.; Moura, Lourenco de

    2007-08-09

    The aspects involved in the purification of niobium in Electron Beam Furnaces will be outlined and correlated with practical experience accumulated over 17 years of continuously producing high purity niobium metal and niobium-zirconium ingots at CBMM, meeting the needs for a wide range of uses. This paper also reports some comments regarding raw material requirements, the experience on cold hearth operation melting niobium and the production of large grains niobium ingots by CBMM with some comments of their main characteristics.

  7. Crystal melting on toric surfaces

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    Michele Cirafici; Amir-Kian Kashani-Poor; Richard J. Szabo

    2009-12-18

    We study the relationship between the statistical mechanics of crystal melting and instanton counting in N=4 supersymmetric U(1) gauge theory on toric surfaces. We argue that, in contrast to their six-dimensional cousins, the two problems are related but not identical. We develop a vertex formalism for the crystal partition function, which calculates a generating function for the dimension 0 and 1 subschemes of the toric surface, and describe the modifications required to obtain the corresponding gauge theory partition function.

  8. Melting of foaming batches: Nuclear waste glass

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    Hrma, P.

    1990-10-01

    A simple model is presented for the rate of melting of a batch blanket in an electric glassmelting furnace. The melting process is assumed to be jointly controlled by the heat transfer from the pool of molten glass and the batch-to-glass conversion kinetics. Factors affecting the melting rate in the conversion-controlled regime are discussed. Attention is paid to gas evolution from redox reactions in waste glass batches and component accumulation within the blanket. It is suggested that the high rate of the blanket-free melting in a mechanically agitated furnace is made possible by increasing the rate of melt surface renewal. 27 refs.

  9. Supercoil Formation During DNA Melting

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    Sayar, Mehmet; Avsaroglu, Baris; Kabakcioglu, Alkan

    2009-03-01

    Supercoil formation plays a key role in determining the structure-function relationship in DNA. Biological and technological processes, such as protein synthesis, polymerase chain reaction, and microarrays relys on separation of the two strands in DNA, which is coupled to the unwinding of the supercoiled structure. This problem has been studied theoretically via Peyrard-Bishop and Poland-Scheraga type models, which include a simple representation of the DNA structural properties. In recent years, computational models, which provide a more realtistic representaion of DNA molecule, have been used to study the melting behavior of short DNA chains. Here, we will present a new coarse-grained model of DNA which is capable of simulating sufficiently long DNA chains for studying the supercoil formation during melting, without sacrificing the local structural properties. Our coarse-grained model successfully reproduces the local geometry of the DNA molecule, such as the 3'-5' directionality, major-minor groove structure, and the helical pitch. We will present our initial results on the dynamics of supercoiling during DNA melting.

  10. Deep mantle melting-solidifying and produced heterogeneities

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    Fomin, Ilya; Tackley, Paul

    2015-04-01

    Model for solid-liquid equilibrium and substance properties in lower mantle conditions is important to understand the early stages of evolution of terrestrial planets, such as core formation and magma ocean crystallization. This model is also necessary to prove theories on some modern seismic features of the Earth (e.g. ultra-low velocity zones) and petrological observations (e.g. lower mantle mineral assemblage inclusions in diamonds). Numerous experimental and numerical studies of the lower mantle phases provide sufficient amount of data to build up a thermodynamic model, which can be used in geophysical fluid dynamics research. Molecular Dynamics modeling provides data on thermodynamic properties of solids and liquids (density, heat capacity, thermal expansion, latent heat of melting etc.). Absence of minor components (iron, alkali etc.) makes it to overestimate melting temperatures significantly (up to 20-30%), so experimental data are also very important. Our model is based on MD data by [de Koker et al., 2013] with evaluation of all important parameters according to classical thermodynamic equations. Melting temperatures (especially at eutectic points) are corrected along Clausius-Clapeyron slopes to agree with modern experimental data ([Andrault et al., 2011], [Andrault et al., 2014], [Fiquet et al., 2010], [Hirose et al., 1999], [Mosenfelder et al., 2007], [Nomura et al., 2014], [Ozawa et al., 2011], [Zerr et al., 1998]). KD value for iron reported by [Andrault et al., 2012] was used. Proposed model was implemented into StagYY software (e.g. [Tackley, 2008]). It is a finite-volume discretization code for advection of solid and liquid in a planetary scale. A principal new feature of the used code modification is that we use separated variables for chemical compounds: SiO2, FeO, MgO and other (list can be extended). So it is possible to trace mantle heterogeneities produced by melting and solidifying events. Calculations predict appearing and disappearing batches containing up to 5-7% of melt (CMB temperature 4000-4400 K). Amount of FeO in liquid is up to 18%, so melts are 2 % denser than solid counterpart, resulting in total density increase up to 1 %. This data fits properties proposed for Ultra-Low Velocity Zones (melt fraction between 5 and 30 % [Garnero et al., 1998], and density increase of at least 1% [Beuchert & Schmeling, 2013]).

  11. String melting in a photon bath

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    Karouby, Johanna

    2013-10-01

    We compute the decay rate of a metastable cosmic string in contact with a thermal bath by finding the instanton solution. The new feature is that this decay rate is found in the context of non thermal scalar fields in contact with a thermal bath of photons. In general, to make topologically unstable strings stable, one can couple them to such a bath. The resulting plasma effect creates metastable configurations which can decay from the false vacuum to the true vacuum. In our specific set-up, the instanton computation is realized for the case of two out-of-equilibrium complex scalar fields: one is charged and coupled to the photon field, and the other is neutral. New effects coming from the thermal bath of photons make the radius of the nucleated bubble and most of the relevant physical quantities temperature-dependent. However, the temperature appears in a different way than in the purely thermal case, where all scalar fields are in thermal equilibrium. As a result of the tunneling, the core of the initial string melts while bubbles of true vacuum expand at the speed of light.

  12. Melting by temperature-modulated calorimetry

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    Wunderlich, B.; Okazaki, Iwao; Ishikiriyama, Kazuhiko; Boller, A. |

    1997-09-01

    Well-crystallized macromolecules melt irreversibly due to the need of molecular nucleation, while small molecules melt reversibly as long as crystal nuclei are present to assist crystallization. Furthermore, imperfect crystals of low-molar-mass polymers may have a sufficiently small region of metastability between crystallization and melting to show a reversing heat-flow component due to melting of poor crystals followed by crystallization of imperfect crystals which have insufficient time to perfect before the modulation switches to heating and melts the imperfect crystals. Many metals, in turn. melt sharply and reversibly as long as nuclei remain after melting for subsequent crystallization during the cooling cycle. Their analysis is complicated, however, due to thermal conductivity limitations of the calorimeters. Polymers of sufficiently high molar mass, finally, show a small amount of reversible. local melting that may be linked to partial melting of individual molecules. Experiments by temperature-modulated calorimetry and model calculations are presented. The samples measured included poly(ethylene terephthalate)s, poly(ethylene oxide)s, and indium. Two unsolved problems that arose from this research involve the origin of a high, seemingly stable, reversible heat capacity of polymers in the melting region, and a smoothing of melting and crystallization into a close-to-elliptical Lissajous figure in a heat-flow versus sample-temperature plot.

  13. The behavior of ANGRA 2 nuclear power plant core for a small break LOCA simulated with RELAP5 code

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    Sabundjian, Gaianê; Andrade, Delvonei A.; Belchior, Antonio, Jr.; da Silva Rocha, Marcelo; Conti, Thadeu N.; Torres, Walmir M.; Macedo, Luiz A.; Umbehaun, Pedro E.; Mesquita, Roberto N.; Masotti, Paulo H. F.; de Souza Lima, Ana Cecília

    2013-05-01

    This work discusses the behavior of Angra 2 nuclear power plant core, for a postulate Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA) in the primary circuit for Small Break Loss Of Coolant Accident (SBLOCA). A pipe break of the hot leg Emergency Core Cooling System (ECCS) was simulated with RELAP 5 code. The considered rupture area is 380 cm2, which represents 100% of the ECCS pipe flow area. Results showed that the cooling is enough to guarantee the integrity of the reactor core.

  14. Garnet melt viscosity, surface tension and drainage

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    Luther, L. C.

    1986-01-01

    Good surface morphology and layer uniformity of LPE-grown Bi YIG films are favored by fast melt removal after growth. Three flux modifying oxides: MoO3, V2O3, and WO3 are compared with respect to their effect on viscosity, surface tension and melt drainage. All three oxides increased the viscosities of Bi-garnet melts, but the viscosities and drainage times of V2O3 and MoO3 modified melts were smaller than those of WO3 modified melts. The liquid-gas surface tension was found to be temperature independent. The drainage process was strongly temperature dependent, 40 to 60 kcal/mol, whereas the viscosities of melts had activation energies of 11 to 16 kcal/mol. Contact angles of 16 + or - 2 deg were measured on frozen melt drops.

  15. Small particle melting of pure metals

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    Allen, G. L.; Bayles, R. A.; Gile, W. W.; Jesser, W. A.

    1986-01-01

    Submicron-sized crystallites of lead, tin, indium and bismuth were melted in situ in the modified specimen chamber of a Siemens transmission e lectron microscope. Melting point and size determinations were made directly from the dark field images of the crystallites. Particles exhibited melting points that decreased with decreasing particle size. A near-linear relationship was observed for the melting point as a function of the reciprocal of the radius. Thermodynamnic expressions based on the significant contributions of the surface energy to the free energy of the system also suggest a linear relation. Other factors, such as shape and surface contamination, were also observed to affect the size-dependent melting of particles. Crystallites of extended platelet shape did not exhibit a significant depression in melting point. Elevated residual gas pressures were found to lessen the melting point depression of spherical particles.

  16. Late Cretaceous rift-related upwelling and melting of the Trindade starting mantle plume head beneath western Brazil

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    Gibson, S. A.; Thompson, R. N.; Weska, R. K.; Dickin, A. P.; Leonardos, O. H.

    High mantle potential temperatures and local extension, associated with the Late-Cretaceous impact of the Trindade mantle plume, produced substantial widespread and voluminous magmatism around the northern half of the Paraná sedimentary basin. Our previous studies have shown that, above the central and eastern portions of the postulated impact zone where lithosphere extension is minimal, heat conducted by the plume caused large-scale melting of the more fusible parts of the subcontinental lithospheric mantle beneath the margin of the São Francisco craton and the surrounding Brasilía mobile belt. Here we combine geochemical data and field evidence from the Poxoreu Igneous Province, western Brazil to show how more intense lithospheric extension above the western margin of the postulated impact zone permitted greater upwelling and melting of the Trindade plume than further east. Laser 40Ar/39Ar age determinations indicate that rift-related basaltic magmas of the Poxoreu Igneous Province were emplaced at 84 Ma. Our detailed geochemical study of the mafic magmas shows that the parental melts underwent polybaric crystal fractionation within the crust prior to final emplacement. Furthermore, some magmas (quartz-normative) appear to have assimilated upper crust whereas others (nepheline- and hypersthene-normative) appear to have been unaffected by open-system crustal magma chamber processes. Incompatible trace element ratios (e.g. chondrite-normalised La/Nb=1) and isotopic ratios (87Sr/86Sr=0.704 and 143Nd/144Nd=0.51274) of the Hy-normative basalts resemble those of oceanic islands (OIB). We therefore propose that these ``OIB-like'' magmas were predominantly derived from convecting-mantle-source melts (i.e. Trindade mantle plume). Inverse modelling of rare-earth element (REE) abundances suggests that the initial melts were predominantly generated within the depth range of 80-100 km, in mantle with a potential temperature of 1500 °C.

  17. A Monazite-bearing clast in Apollo 17 melt breccia

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    Jolliff, Bradley L.

    1993-01-01

    A phosphate-rich clast in a pigeonite-plagioclase mineral assemblage occurs in Apollo 17 impact-melt breccia 76503,7025. The clast, measuring 0.9 x 0.4 mm in thin section, contains 3.3 percent (volume) apatite (Ca5P3O12(F,Cl)), 0.8 percent whitlockite (Ca16(Mg,Fe)2REE2P14O56), and trace monazite ((LREE)PO4). Major minerals include 26 percent pigeonite, En53-57FS34-35W08-13, and 69 percent plagioclase, An84-92Ab7-15Oro.6-1.1. Troilite, ilmenite, and other accessory minerals constitute less than 1 percent of the assemblage and Fe-metal occurs along fractures. Also present in the melt breccia as a separate clast is a fragment of felsite. Based on the association of these clasts and their assemblages, a parent lithology of alkali-anorthositic monzogabbro is postulated. Monazite occurs in the phosphate-bearing clast as two less than 10 micron grains intergrown with whitlockite. The concentration of combined REE oxides in monazite is 63.5 percent and the chondrite-normalized REE pattern is strongly enriched in LREE, similar to lunar monazite in 10047,68 and terrestrial monazite. Thorium concentration was not measured in monazite, but based on oxide analyses of approximately 100 percent (including interpolated values for REE not measured), substantial Th concentration is not indicated, similar to monazite in 10047,68. Measured monazite/whitlockite REE ratios are La: 11, Ce: 8, Sm: 3.6, Y: 0.9, and Yb: 0.5. Compositions of monazite and coexisting whitlockite and apatite are given.

  18. Late-phase melt progression experiment: MP-2. Results and analysis

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    Gasser, R.D.; Gauntt, R.O.; Bourcier, S.C.

    1997-05-01

    In-pile experiments addressing late-phase processes in Light Water Reactors (LWRs) were performed in the Annular Core Research Reactor (ACRR) at Sandia National Laboratories. Melt Progression (MP) experiments were designed to provide information to develop and verify computer models for analysis of LWR core damage in severe accidents. Experiments examine the formation and motion of ceramic molten pools in disrupted reactor core regions. The MP-2 experiment assembly consisted of: (1) a rubble bed of enriched UO{sub 2} and ZrO{sub 2} simulating severely disrupted reactor core regions, (2) a ceramic/metallic crust representing blockage formed by early phase melting, relocation, and refreezing of core components, and (3) an intact rod stub region that remained in place below the blockage region. The test assembly was fission heated in the central cavity of the ACRR at an average rate of about 0.2 KA, reaching a peak molten pool temperature around 3400 K. Melting of the debris bed ceramic components was initiated near the center of the bed. The molten material relocated downward, refreezing to form a ceramic crust near the bottom of the rubble bed. As power levels were increased, the crust gradually remelted and reformed at progressively lower positions in the bed until late in the experiment when it penetrated into and attacked the ceramic/metallic blockage. The metallic components of the blockage region melted and relocated to the bottom of the intact rod stub region before the ceramic melt penetrated the blockage region from above. The ceramic pool penetrated halfway into the blockage region by the end of the experiment. Measurements of thermal response and material relocation are compared to the results of the computer simulations. Postexperiment examination of the assembly with the associated material interactions and metallurgy are also discussed in detail with the analyses and interpretation of results. 16 refs., 206 figs., 24 tabs.

  19. Rheology of Earth's Inner Core

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    van Orman, J. A.

    2004-05-01

    Here I use mineral physics constraints to evaluate the viscosity and creep mechanisms of iron at the conditions of the inner core. At low to intermediate stresses and temperatures near the melting point solid materials may deform by any of three mechanisms: power law creep, diffusion creep and Harper-Dorn creep. Both power law and Harper-Dorn creep are dislocation processes, and the transition between the two occurs at a stress level on the order of the Peierls stress, with power law creep dominating at higher stresses. The transition stress is predicted to be ~3 MPa for hcp-Fe at inner core conditions, which is far higher than the stresses of ~102 to 103 Pa expected from magnetic or gravitational forces. Harper-Dorn creep dominates diffusion creep above a certain grain size, which is predicted to be ~200 microns for hcp-Fe. At the high temperatures and low stresses of the inner core the grain size is expected to be several orders of magnitude larger than the transition value. Harper-Dorn creep is therefore predicted to be the dominant deformation mechanism in the inner core. Harper-Dorn creep is accomplished by the motion of dislocations and can lead to strong lattice preferred orientation. The viscosity in this regime is Newtonian and is given by ? = (kT)/(ADb) where k is Boltzmann's constant, T is temperature, D is the self-diffusion coefficient, b is the Burgers vector and A is a dimensionless constant predicted to have a value of ~1.7 x 1011 for hcp-Fe. No diffusion data exist for hcp-Fe, but metals with similar structure all have nearly the same self-diffusion coefficient at the same homologous temperature. Assuming an inner core temperature of 5700 K and melting temperature for pure iron of 6200 K, the diffusivity is predicted to be ~4 × 10-13 m2 s-1 and the viscosity ~6 × 1013 Pa s. The corresponding strain rate for a shear stress of 100 Pa is ~2 × 10-12 s-1, implying that large strains are possible on timescales less than 100,000 years. It is therefore likely that the anisotropy in the inner core is the result of lattice preferred orientation developed during active or very recent deformation.

  20. Melting properties of iron alloys at high pressure determined by in situ X-ray diffraction

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    Morard, G.; Andrault, D.; Guignot, N.; Antonangeli, D.; Siebert, J.; Garbarino, G.

    2010-12-01

    It is well established that the Earth’s liquid outer core is less dense than a pure Fe-Ni liquid alloy. The so-called “core density deficit” is currently estimated around 5-10 wt % 1 and is attributed to the presence of light elements dissolved in an iron-rich liquid alloy. Melting temperature of pure Fe can be largely affected by the addition of light elements. In the case of S, depression for the eutectic point at ambient pressure is almost 30%. On the contrary, Si does not significantly affect pure Fe melting, at least at ambient pressure. As a matter of fact, the melting temperature depression (?Tm) can be tracked as a function of pressure and related with the light element content. Comparison between melting properties of alloys and temperature profile calculated for the Earth’s interior can thus help discriminating between the different light elements suggested to be present in the Earth’s core. The melting properties of several alloys of high geophysical interest 2 were investigated up to megabar pressures: Fe-5%wtNi-15%wtSi ; Fe-5%wtNi-12%wtS ; Fe-10%wtO ; Fe-2%wtC. Scrupulous attention in the synthesis and characterization of the starting material is fundamental to accurately control the chemical composition in the laser-heated spot. The appearance of a diffuse signal around 30 nm-1 has been used to determine the onset of melting as in previous experiments 3,4. This data set provides new insights on the melting curve of iron and on the effect of each specific element on the melting temperature depression. Accordingly, the temperature of the Inner Outer Core Boundary can be look at as a function of the Outer core composition. References 1 O.L. Anderson and D.G. Isaak, Phys. Earth Plan. Int. 131, 19 (2002). 2 J.P. Poirier, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter. 85, 319 (1994). 3 G. Morard, C. Sanloup, G. Fiquet et al., Earth Planet. Sc. Lett. 263 (1-2), 128 (2007). 4 G. Morard, D. Andrault, N. Guignot et al., Earth Planet. Sc. Lett. 272 (3-4), 620 (2008).

  1. Is formation segregation melts in basaltic lava flows a viable analogue to melt generation in basaltic systems?

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    Thordarson, Thorvaldur; Sigmarsson, Olgeir; Hartley, Margaret E.; Miller, Jay

    2010-05-01

    Pahoehoe sheet lobes commonly exhibit a three-fold structural division into upper crust, core and lower crust, where the core corresponds to the liquid portion of an active lobe sealed by crust. Segregations are common in pahoehoe lavas and are confined to the core of individual lobes. Field relations and volume considerations indicate that segregation is initiated by generation of volatile-rich melt at or near the lower crust to core boundary via in-situ crystallization. Once buoyant, the segregated melt rises through the core during last stages of flow emplacement and accumulates at the base of the upper crust. The segregated melt is preserved as vesicular and aphyric, material within well-defined vesicle cylinders and horizontal vesicle sheets that make up 1-4% of the total lobe volume. We have undertaken a detailed sampling and chemical analysis of segregations and their host lava from three pahoehoe flow fields; two in Iceland and one in the Columbia River Basalt Group (CRBG). The Icelandic examples are: the olivine-tholeiite Thjorsa lava (24 cubic km) of the Bardarbunga-Veidivotn volcanic system and mildly alkalic Surtsey lavas (1.2 cubic km) of the Vestmannaeyjar volcanic system. The CRBG example is the tholeiitic ‘high-MgO group' Levering lava (>100? cubic km) of the N2 Grande Ronde Basalt. The thicknesses of the sampled lobes ranges from 2.3 to 14 m and each lobe feature well developed network of segregation structures [1,2,3]. Our whole-rock analyses show that the segregated melt is significantly more evolved than the host lava, with enrichment factors of 1.25 (Thjorsa) to 2.25 (Surtsey) for incompatible trace elements (Ba, Zr). Calculations indicate that the segregation melt was formed by 20 to 50% closed-system fractional crystallization of plagioclase (plus minor pyroxene and/or olivine). A more striking feature is the whole-rock composition of the segregations. In the olivine-tholeiite Thjorsa lava the segregations exhibit quartz tholeiite composition that is identical to the magma compositions produced by the nearby Grimsvotn and Kverkfjoll volcanic systems during the Holocene. The Surtsey segregations have whole-rock composition remarkably similar to the FeTi basalts from adjacent Katla volcanic system, whereas the segregations of the Levering flow are identical to the ‘low-MgO group' basalts of the CRBG. Is this a coincidence or does volatile induced liquid transfer, as inferred for the formation of the segregations, play an important role in magma differentiation in basaltic systems? [1]Thordarson & Self The Roza Member, Columbia River Basalt Group. J Geophys Res - Solid Earth [2] Sigmarsson, et al, 2009. Segregations in Surtsey lavas (Iceland). In Studies in Volcanology: The Legacy of George Walker. Special Publication of IAVCEI No 3. [3] Hartley & Thordarson, 2009, Melt segregations in a Columbia River Basalt lava flow. Lithos

  2. Molecular dynamics simulation of Coulomb explosion, melting and shock wave creation in silicon after an ionization pulse

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    Li, Zhongyu; Shao, Lin; Chen, Di; Wang, Jing

    2014-04-14

    Strong electronic stopping power of swift ions in a semiconducting or insulating substrate can lead to localized electron stripping. The subsequent repulsive interactions among charged target atoms can cause Coulomb explosion. Using molecular dynamics simulation, we simulate Coulomb explosion in silicon by introducing an ionization pulse lasting for different periods, and at different substrate temperatures. We find that the longer the pulse period, the larger the melting radius. The observation can be explained by a critical energy density model assuming that melting required thermal energy density is a constant value and the total thermal energy gained from Coulomb explosion is linearly proportional to the ionization period. Our studies also show that melting radius is larger at higher substrate temperatures. The temperature effect is explained due to a longer structural relaxation above the melting temperature at original ionization boundary due to lower heat dissipation rates. Furthermore, simulations show the formation of shock waves, created due to the compression from the melting core.

  3. Potential health risks from postulated accidents involving the Pu-238 RTG (radioisotope thermoelectric generator) on the Ulysses solar exploration mission

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    Goldman, M. ); Nelson, R.C. ); Bollinger, L. ); Hoover, M.D. . Inhalation Toxicology Research Inst.); Templeton, W. ); Anspaugh, L. (Lawren

    1990-11-02

    Potential radiation impacts from launch of the Ulysses solar exploration experiment were evaluated using eight postulated accident scenarios. Lifetime individual dose estimates rarely exceeded 1 mrem. Most of the potential health effects would come from inhalation exposures immediately after an accident, rather than from ingestion of contaminated food or water, or from inhalation of resuspended plutonium from contaminated ground. For local Florida accidents (that is, during the first minute after launch), an average source term accident was estimated to cause a total added cancer risk of up to 0.2 deaths. For accidents at later times after launch, a worldwide cancer risk of up to three cases was calculated (with a four in a million probability). Upper bound estimates were calculated to be about 10 times higher. 83 refs.

  4. Potential health risks from postulated accidents involving the Pu-238 RTG on the Ulysses solar exploration mission

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    Goldman, Marvin; Hoover, Mark D.; Nelson, Robert C.; Templeton, William; Bollinger, Lance; Anspaugh, Lynn

    1991-01-01

    Potential radiation impacts from launch of the Ulysses solar exploration experiment were evaluated using eight postulated accident scenarios. Lifetime individual dose estimates rarely exceeded 1 mrem. Most of the potential health effects would come from inhalation exposures immediately after an accident, rather than from ingestion of contaminated food or water, or from inhalation of resuspended plutonium from contaminated ground. For local Florida accidents (that is, during the first minute after launch), an average source term accident was estimated to cause a total added cancer risk of up to 0.2 deaths. For accidents at later time after launch, a worldwide cancer risk of up to three cases was calculated (with a four in a million probability). Upper bound estimates were calculated to be about 10 times higher.

  5. COMSORS: A light water reactor chemical core catcher

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    Forsberg, C.W.; Parker, G.W.; Rudolph, J.C.; Osborne-Lee, I.W.; Kenton, M.A.

    1997-02-24

    The Core-Melt Source Reduction System (COMSORS) is a new approach to terminate lightwater reactor (LWR) core-melt accidents and ensure containment integrity. A special dissolution glass made of lead oxide (PbO) and boron oxide (B{sub 2}O{sub 3}) is placed under the reactor vessel. If molten core debris is released onto the glass, the following sequence happens: (1) the glass absorbs decay heat as its temperature increases and the glass softens; (2) the core debris dissolves into the molten glass; (3) molten glass convective currents create a homogeneous high-level waste (HLW) glass; (4) the molten glass spreads into a wider pool, distributing the heat for removal by radiation to the reactor cavity above or transfer to water on top of the molten glass; and (5) the glass solidifies as increased surface cooling area and decreasing radioactive decay heat generation allows heat removal to exceed heat generation.

  6. An idealized transient model for melt dispersal from reactor cavities during pressurized melt ejection accident scenarios

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    Tutu, N.K.

    1991-06-01

    The direct Containment Heating (DCH) calculations require that the transient rate at which the melt is ejected from the reactor cavity during hypothetical pressurized melt ejection accident scenarios be calculated. However, at present no models, that are able to predict the available melt dispersal data from small scale reactor cavity models, are available. In this report, a simple idealized model of the melt dispersal process within a reactor cavity during a pressurized melt ejection accident scenario is presented. The predictions from the model agree reasonably well with the integral data obtained from the melt dispersal experiments using a small scale model of the Surry reactor cavity. 17 refs., 15 figs.

  7. PLUGM: a coupled thermal-hydraulic computer model for freezing melt flow in a channel

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    Pilch, M.; Mast, P.K.

    1984-04-01

    PLUGM models the flow and freezing of molten material in a nonmelting channel. PLUGM is being developed for applications in Sandia's Ex-Vessel Core Retention Materials Assessment Program and in Sandia's LMFBR Transition-Phase Program. PLUGM models time-dependent flow from a reservoir, through a channel and possibly into a catch tank. Three user-specified geometry options enable realistic modeling of melt flow and freezing in tubes, thin slits, and particle beds. Axial variation of relevant channel parameters is possible. Melt flow is driven or hindered by gravity, applied pressure, and capillary pressure. Hydrodynamic losses due to friction, area changes, and flow direction changes are modeled. Also modeled are the competing effects of mass addition to the reservoir, mass drainage into the channel, and slug depletion by film and crust deposition on the channel wall. Cooldown of a superheated melt occurs by material transport down the channel and by convective heat transfer to the channel walls or crust. Axial conduction and volumetric heating within the bulk melt are not modeled. Crust deposition on the channel wall is controlled by the competing effects of convective heat transfer from the bulk melt to the crust surface and the conduction limited removal of heat from the crust into the wall. An external coolant may further enhance this heat removal by limiting the temperature increase in the wall. Sample problems, pertaining to ex-vessel core retention and LMFBR transition phase, illustrate features and capabilities of the code.

  8. Imaging transient melting of a nanocrystal using an X-ray laser

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    Clark, Jesse N.; Beitra, Loren; Xiong, Gang; Fritz, David M.; Lemke, Henrik T.; Zhu, Diling; Chollet, Matthieu; Williams, Garth J.; Messerschmidt, Marc M.; Abbey, Brian; Harder, Ross J.; Korsunsky, Alexander M.; Wark, Justin S.; Reis, David A.; Robinson, Ian K.

    2015-01-01

    There is a fundamental interest in studying photoinduced dynamics in nanoparticles and nanostructures as it provides insight into their mechanical and thermal properties out of equilibrium and during phase transitions. Nanoparticles can display significantly different properties from the bulk, which is due to the interplay between their size, morphology, crystallinity, defect concentration, and surface properties. Particularly interesting scenarios arise when nanoparticles undergo phase transitions, such as melting induced by an optical laser. Current theoretical evidence suggests that nanoparticles can undergo reversible nonhomogenous melting with the formation of a core-shell structure consisting of a liquid outer layer. To date, studies from ensembles of nanoparticles have tentatively suggested that such mechanisms are present. Here we demonstrate imaging transient melting and softening of the acoustic phonon modes of an individual gold nanocrystal, using an X-ray free electron laser. The results demonstrate that the transient melting is reversible and nonhomogenous, consistent with a core-shell model of melting. The results have implications for understanding transient processes in nanoparticles and determining their elastic properties as they undergo phase transitions. PMID:26034277

  9. Fine-grained sediment lofting from turbidity currents generated during melt water events

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    Hesse, R.

    2003-04-01

    Turbidity currents generated from bed load carrying fresh-water discharges into the sea contain a fluid that is less dense than ambient seawater. From experiments it is known that such currents will eventually lift up from their substrate either in part or as a whole when their density is decreased below that of seawater through the settling of suspended sediment from the top or deposition from the bottom of the flows. In the Labrador Sea, sand and gravel carrying turbidity currents generated by melt-water discharges from the Hudson Strait ice outlet of the Pleistocene Laurentide ice sheet supplied a huge abyssal plain with sediment. It is postulated that during flow on the slope, rise and the proximal part of the sand plain these currents lost much of their fines by means of suspended sediment lofting from their top layers. This led to the formation of a conspicuous depositional facies of stacked graded mud layers which contain ice-rafted debris (IRD). Fine-grained sediment lofting and deposition of graded layers from the resulting interflows is a suitable process for this peculiar facies allowing incorporation of IRD because it is slow enough in contrast to low-density turbidity currents. The IRD-spiked graded mud facies is only found in Heinrich layers within 300 km radius from the Hudson Strait ice terminus. Through the link with the lofted mud facies the sand-carrying turbidity currents that formed the abyssal plain must also be restricted to Heinrich events supporting the notion that these ice-rafting events are times of maximum melt-water generation. Melt-water discharge from ice outlets during Heinrich events therefore took place not only in the form of turbid surface plumes and large hyperpycnal flows but also as interflows at intermediate depths, whereas iceberg melting was probably a minor source of melt water in the cold Labrador Sea.

  10. Low-Degree Partial Melting Experiments of CR and H Chondrite Compositions: Implications for Asteroidal Magmatism Recorded in GRA 06128 and GRA 06129 T

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    Usui, T.; Jones, John H.; Mittlefehldt, D. W.

    2010-01-01

    Studies of differentiated meteorites have revealed a diversity of differentiation processes on their parental asteroids; these differentiation mechanisms range from whole-scale melting to partial melting without the core formation [e.g., 1]. Recently discovered paired achondrites GRA 06128 and GRA 06129 (hereafter referred to as GRA) represent unique asteroidal magmatic processes. These meteorites are characterized by high abundances of sodic plagioclase and alkali-rich whole-rock compositions, implying that they could originate from a low-degree partial melt from a volatile-rich oxidized asteroid [e.g., 2, 3, 4]. These conditions are consistent with the high abundances of highly siderophile elements, suggesting that their parent asteroid did not segregate a metallic core [2]. In this study, we test the hypothesis that low-degree partial melts of chondritic precursors under oxidizing conditions can explain the whole-rock and mineral chemistry of GRA based on melting experiments of synthesized CR- and H-chondrite compositions.

  11. Seismogenic frictional melting in the magmatic column as the driving force of stick-slip motion

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    Kendrick, J. E.; Lavallee, Y.; Hirose, T.; Di Toro, G.; Hornby, A.; De Angelis, S.; Henton De Angelis, S.; Ferk, A.; Hess, K.; Leonhardt, R.; Dingwell, D. B.

    2013-12-01

    Lava dome eruptions subjected to high extrusion rates commonly evolve from endogenous to exogenous growth and limits to their structural stability hold catastrophic potential as explosive eruption triggers. In the conduit strain localisation in magma, accompanied by seismogenic failure, marks the onset of brittle magma ascent dynamics. The rock record of exogenous dome structures preserves vestiges of cataclastic processes and of thermal anomalies, key to unravelling subsurface processes. A combined structural, thermal and magnetic investigation of shear bands from Mount St. Helens (MSH) and Soufrière Hills volcano (SHV) reveal evidence of faulting and frictional melting within the magmatic column. High velocity rotary shear (HVR) experiments demonstrate the propensity for melting of andesitic and dacitic material (from SHV and MSH respectively) at upper conduit stress conditions. Such melting events may be linked to the step-wise extrusion of magma accompanied by repetitive long-period (LP) seismicity. Using a source duration calculated from the waveforms at seismic stations around SHV, and slip distance per drumbeat calculated from extrusion rate, frictional melting of SHV andesite in a high velocity rotary shear apparatus can be achieved at small slip distances (<15cm) in 0.15 s from 800°C magma (at 10MPa). The shear resistance of the slip zone during the experiments is also monitored. Frictional melting induces a higher resistance to sliding than rock on rock, and viscous processes control the slip zone properties. Variable-rate HVR experiments which mimic rapid velocity fluctuations in stick-slip behavior demonstrate velocity-weakening behavior of melt, with a tendency for unstable slip. We postulate that pseudotachylyte generation could be the underlying cause of stick-slip motion and associated seismic 'drumbeats', which are so commonly observed at dome-building volcanoes, allowing for a fixed spatial locus and the occurrence of 'families' of similar seismic events. We conclude that, given the ease with which melting is achieved in volcanic rocks, and considering the high ambient temperatures in volcanic conduits, frictional melting is a highly probable consequence of viscous magma ascent.

  12. Transcrystalline melt migration and Earth's mantle.

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    Schiano, Pierre; Provost, Ariel; Clocchiatti, Roberto; Faure, François

    2006-11-10

    Plate tectonics and volcanism involve the formation, migration, and interaction of magma and gas. Experiments show that melt inclusions subjected to a thermal gradient migrate through olivine crystals, under the kinetic control of crystal-melt interface mechanisms. Exsolved gas bubbles remain fixed and eventually separate from the melt. Scaled to thermal gradients in Earth's mantle and geological times, our results account for the grain-scale segregation of primitive melts, reinterpret CO2-rich fluid inclusions as escaped from melt, and question the existence of a free, deeply percolating fluid phase. Melt migration experiments also allow us to quantify crystal growth kinetics at very low undercoolings in conditions appropriate to many natural systems. PMID:17095697

  13. Devon island ice cap: core stratigraphy and paleoclimate.

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    Koerner, R M

    1977-04-01

    Valuable paleoclimatic information can be gained by studying the distribution of melt layers in deep ice cores. A profile representing the percentage of ice in melt layers in a core drilled from the Devon Island ice cap plotted against both time and depth shows that the ice cap has experienced a period of very warm summers since 1925, following a period of colder summers between about 1600 and 1925. The earlier period was coldest between 1680 and 1730. There is a high correlation between the melt-layer ice percentage and the mass balance of the ice cap. The relation between them suggests that the ice cap mass balance was zero (accumulation equaled ablation) during the colder period but is negative in the present warmer one. There is no firm evidence of a present cooling trend in the summer conditions on the ice cap. A comparison with the melt-layer ice percentage in cores from the other major Canadian Arctic ice caps shows that the variation of summer conditions found for the Devon Island ice cap is representative for all the large ice caps for about 90 percent of the time. There is also a good correlation between melt-layer percentage and summer sea-ice conditions in the archipelago. This suggests that the search for the northwest passage was influenced by changing climate, with the 19th-century peak of the often tragic exploration coinciding with a period of very cold summers. PMID:17733504

  14. Short wavelength vertical fluctuations of the melting regime in the suboceanic melting region

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    Brunelli, D.; Seyler, M.; Paganelli, E.; Barbieri, E.

    2011-12-01

    Modelling of mantle residua cpx REE patterns allow recognizing short wavelenght vertical variability of the porosity regime of a melting region differing from that deriving after melt focusing processes ultimately leading to dunitic channelling of the mantle section. A trace element detailed study of residual clinopyroxenes from the ultraslow eastern SWIR section shows compositional trends crosscutting the expected partial melting trends at the typical kilometre lenghtscale. In the REE compositional space these trends appear as pattern rotations around a mid-point. Open-system melting modelling reveals the intensity of the rotation and the position of the pivot element depending mainly on the ratio between input/output melt flux and on the enrichment of the percolating melt with respect to the depleted screen. We derived two important indications on the process: first some regions experience near-batch melting, i.e. melt accumulation with very low output melt flux, in regions soon after the grt/sp transition. This observations suggest permeability barriers to occur in the main melting region possibly due to porosity consumption by melt/rock reaction enhanced by grt breakdown energy competition. Consequently melt stagnation processes similar to those described for the plagioclase facies may act in the spinel field portion of the melting region. Second: we attest the presence of enriched melts delivered to the spinel field region. These melts may derive from very low degrees of melting in the garnet field of a DMM source or by consumption of an enriched heterogeneity with a lower melting point than the surrounding mantle.

  15. Aluminium control of argon solubility in silicate melts under pressure.

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    Bouhifd, M Ali; Jephcoat, Andrew P

    2006-02-23

    Understanding of the crystal chemistry of the Earth's deep mantle has evolved rapidly recently with the gradual acceptance of the importance of the effect of minor elements such as aluminium on the properties of major phases such as perovskite. In the early Earth, during its formation and segregation into rocky mantle and iron-rich core, it is likely that silicate liquids played a large part in the transport of volatiles to or from the deep interior. The importance of aluminium on solubility mechanisms at high pressure has so far received little attention, even though aluminium has long been recognized as exerting strong control on liquid structures at ambient conditions. Here we present constraints on the solubility of argon in aluminosilicate melt compositions up to 25 GPa and 3,000 K, using a laser-heated diamond-anvil cell. The argon contents reach a maximum that persists to pressures as high as 17 GPa (up to 500 km deep in an early magma ocean), well above that expected on the basis of Al-free melt experiments. A distinct drop in argon solubility observed over a narrow pressure range correlates well with the expected void loss in the melt structure predicted by recent molecular dynamics simulations. These results provide a process for noble gas sequestration in the mantle at various depths in a cooling magma ocean. The concept of shallow partial melting as a unique process for extracting noble gases from the early Earth, thereby defining the initial atmospheric abundance, may therefore be oversimplified. PMID:16495996

  16. Dynamical meson melting in holography

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    Ishii, Takaaki; Kinoshita, Shunichiro; Murata, Keiju; Tanahashi, Norihiro

    2014-04-01

    We discuss mesons in thermalizing gluon backgrounds in the = 2 super-symmetric QCD using the gravity dual. We numerically compute the dynamics of a probe D7-brane in the Vaidya-AdS geometry that corresponds to a D3-brane background thermalizing from zero to finite temperatures by energy injection. In static backgrounds, it has been known that there are two kinds of brane embeddings where the brane intersects the black hole or not. They correspond to the phases with melted or stable mesons. In our dynamical setup, we obtain three cases depending on final temperatures and injection time scales. The brane stays outside of the black hole horizon when the final temperature is low, while it intersects the horizon and settles down to the static equilibrium state when the final temperature is high. Between these two cases, we find the overeager case where the brane dynamically intersects the horizon although the final temperature is not high enough for a static brane to intersect the horizon. The interpretation of this phenomenon in the dual field theory is meson melting due to non-thermal effects caused by rapid energy injection. In addition, we comment on the late time evolution of the brane and a possibility of its reconnection.

  17. Melting a Sample within TEMPUS

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    2003-01-01

    One of the final runs of the TEMPUS experiment shows heating of a sample on STS-94, July 15, 1997, MET:14/11:01 (approximate) and the flows on the surface. At the point this image was taken, the sample was in the process of melting. The surface of the sample is begirning to flow, looking like the motion of plate tectonics on the surface of a planet. During this mission, TEMPUS was able to run than 120 melting cycles with zirconium, with a maximum temperature of 2,000 degrees C, and was able to undercool by 340 degrees -- the highest temperature and largest undercooling ever achieved in space. The TEMPUS investigators also have provided the first measurements of viscosity of palladium-silicon alloys in the undercooled liquid alloy which are not possible on Earth. TEMPUS (stands for Tiegelfreies Elektromagnetisches Prozessiere unter Schwerelosigkeit (containerless electromagnetic processing under weightlessness). It was developed by the German Space Agency (DARA) for flight aboard Spacelab. The DARA project scientist was Igon Egry. The experiment was part of the space research investigations conducted during the Microgravity Science Laboratory-1R mission (STS-94, July 1-17 1997). DARA and NASA are exploring the possibility of flying an advanced version of TEMPUS on the International Space Station.(176KB JPEG, 1350 x 1516 pixels; downlinked video, higher quality not available) The MPG from which this composite was made is available at http://mix.msfc.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/MSFC-0300193.html.

  18. Surface melting on ice shelves and icebergs

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    Sergienko, Olga V.

    Disintegration of Larsen Ice Shelf A and B, in 1995 and 2002, respectively, were preceded by two decades of extended summer melt seasons and by surface melt-water accumulation in ponds, surface crevasses and depressions produced by the elastic flexure of the ice. The extraordinary rapidity of ice-shelf fragmentation into large iceberg plumes following the appearance of surface melt water implies that the mechanical effects of surface melt water accumulation may represent an unforeseen process allowing abrupt, large-scale change of Antarctica's ice mass. The present study of surface melting and subsequent movement of melt water, both vertically (i.e., downward percolation into underlying firn) and horizontally (e.g., into crevasses and surface depressions created by ice-shelf flexure in response to both side boundary conditions and the melt-water load itself), is motivated by the need to further describe the energy, mass and momentum balances associated with ice shelves and their surrogates-large tabular icebergs-in the face of unprecedented changes in surface mass balance. The goal of this dissertation is to examine both the thermodynamic and mechanical aspects of surface melting on ice shelves and icebergs subject to sudden changes in climate conditions (e.g ., global warming). Thermodynamic aspects of the study include the development and application of surface energy balance models capable of describing the process of surface melting and subsequent vertical movement of melt water through a porous firn. Mechanical aspects of this study include the analysis of vertical melt-water flow, and more particularly, the elastic flexure response of the ice shelf or iceberg to the melt-water loads. Work presented here involves three methodologies, numerical modeling, field observation, and mathematical analysis (e.g., development of analytic solutions to simple, idealized ice-shelf flexure problems).

  19. Fragmentation and quench behavior of corium melt streams in water

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    Spencer, B.W.; Wang, K.; Blomquist, C.A.; McUmber, L.M.; Schneider, J.P.

    1994-02-01

    The interaction of molten core materials with water has been investigated for the pour stream mixing mode. This interaction plays a crucial role during the later stages of in-vessel core melt progression inside a light water reactor such as during the TMI-2 accident. The key issues which arise during the molten core relocation include: (i) the thermal attack and possible damage to the RPV lower head from the impinging molten fuel stream and/or the debris bed, (ii) the molten fuel relocation pathways including the effects of redistribution due to core support structure and the reactor lower internals, (iii) the quench rate of the molten fuel through the water in the lower plenum, (iv) the steam generation and hydrogen generation during the interaction, (v) the transient pressurization of the primary system, and (vi) the possibility of a steam explosion. In order to understand these issues, a series of six experiments (designated CCM-1 through {minus}6) was performed in which molten corium passed through a deep pool of water in a long, slender pour stream mode. Results discussed include the transient temperatures and pressures, the rate and magnitude of steam/hydrogen generation, and the posttest debris characteristics.

  20. Einstein's Third Postulate

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    Engelhardt, Wolfgang

    2015-01-01

    Einstein's own demonstration of time dilation taken from his book with L. Infeld (1938) is analyzed. His ingenious circumnavigation of an apparent discrepancy between clock synchronisation and Lorentz transformation is discussed.

  1. Hydrogen concentration in plagioclase as a hygrometer of arc basaltic melts: Approaches from melt inclusion analyses and hydrous melting experiments

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    Hamada, Morihisa; Ushioda, Masashi; Fujii, Toshitsugu; Takahashi, Eiichi

    2013-03-01

    The partition coefficients of hydrogen between plagioclase and basaltic melt were determined by two approaches. For the first part of this study, plagioclase-hosted melt inclusions in mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) from the Rodriguez Triple Junction in the Indian Ocean were analyzed. The hydrogen concentration in plagioclase is less than 60 wt ppm water, and the average H2O concentration in melt inclusions is 0.3 wt%. Therefore, the apparent partition coefficient of hydrogen between plagioclase and melt is ?0.01 on a molar basis. For the second part of this study, hydrous melting experiments of arc basaltic magma were performed at 0.35 GPa using an internally-heated pressure vessel at f?NNO+3. The starting material was hydrous basaltic glass with H2O ranging from 0.8 to 5.5 wt%. A grain of Ca-rich plagioclase (?1 mg) and 10 mg of powdered basaltic glass were sealed in a Au80Pd20 alloy capsule, and then kept at near the crystallization temperature of plagioclase as a liquidus phase to attain an equilibrium of hydrogen between plagioclase and melt. Combining the results of these two parts of this study, we formulated two linear equations to correlate the hydrogen concentration in plagioclase and the H2O concentration in melt. When H2O in melt is ?1 wt%, hydrogen in plagioclase (wt ppm water)?80×H2O in melt (wt%). When H2O in melt is?4 wt%, hydrogen in plagioclase (wt ppm water)?40×H2O in melt (wt%). Hydrogen concentration in plagioclase lies between two equations when H2O in melt ranges from 1 to 4 wt%. In accordance with these formulations, the partition coefficients of hydrogen between plagioclase and basaltic melt switches from 0.01±0.005 under H2O-poor conditions (?100 wt ppm water in plagioclase, ?1 wt% H2O in melt) to 0.005±0.001 under H2O-rich conditions (?150 wt ppm water in plagioclase, ?4 wt% H2O in melt). Such switches of hydrogen partitioning with an increase in H2O can be related to change of the atomic site for hydrogen in the crystal structure of plagioclase.

  2. Melt inclusions in Luna 24 soil fragments

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    Roedder, W.; Weiblen, P. W.

    1978-01-01

    Optical examinations of 28 slides of Luna 24 soil fragments revealed melt inclusions in grains of olivine, plagioclase, spinel, and ilmenite as well as interstitial inclusions. In contrast with Apollo samples, the Luna 24 samples contain sulfide melt inclusions, which indicates that saturation with respect to an iron sulfide melt took place throughout much of the crystallization history, even while olivine was crystallizing. The Luna 24 silicate-melt inclusions have recorded a more extensive differentiation toward higher iron magmas than have the Apollo inclusions, but they have also recorded some inexplicably low aluminum values.

  3. Temperature and melting of laser-shocked iron releasing into an LiF window

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    Huser, G.; Koenig, M.; Benuzzi-Mounaix, A.; Henry, E.; Vinci, T.; Faral, B.; Tomasini, M.; Telaro, B.; Batani, D.

    2005-06-15

    Absolute reflectivity and self-emission diagnostics are used to determine the gray-body equivalent temperature of laser-shocked iron partially releasing into a lithium fluoride window. Pressure and reflectivity are measured simultaneously by means of velocity interferometer system for any reflector interferometers. In the temperature-pressure plane, a temperature plateau in the release is observed which is attributed to iron's melting line. Extrapolation of data leads to a melting temperature at Earth's inner-outer core boundary of 7800{+-}1200 K, in good agreement with previous works based on dynamic compression. Shock temperatures were calculated and found to be in the liquid phase.

  4. NREL Scientists Reveal Origin of Diverse Melting Behaviors of Aluminum Nanoclusters (Fact Sheet)

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    2011-10-01

    Research reveals active role of cluster symmetries on the size-sensitive, diverse melting behaviors of metallic nanoclusters, providing insight to understanding phase changes of nanoparticles for thermal energy storage. Unlike macroscopic bulk materials, intermediate-sized nanoclusters with around 55 atoms inherently exhibit size-sensitive melting changes: adding just a single atom to a nanocluster can cause a dramatic change in melting behavior. Microscopic understanding of thermal behaviors of metal nanoclusters is important for nanoscale catalysis and thermal energy storage applications. However, it is a challenge to obtain a structural interpretation at the atomic level from measured thermodynamic quantities such as heat capacity. Using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) revealed a clear correlation between the diverse melting behaviors of aluminum nanoclusters and cluster core symmetries. These simulations reproduced, for the first time, the size-sensitive heat capacities of aluminum nanoclusters, which exhibit several distinctive shapes associated with the diverse melting behaviors of the clusters. The size-dependent, diverse melting behaviors of the aluminum clusters are attributed to the reduced symmetry (from Td {yields} D2d {yields} Cs) with increasing the cluster sizes and can be used to help design thermal storage materials.

  5. Tomographic location of potential melt-bearing phenocrysts in lunar glass spherules

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    Ebel, D.S.; Fogel, R.A.; Rivers, M.L.

    2005-02-04

    Apollo 17 orange glass spherules contain olivine phenocrysts with melt inclusions from depth. Tomography (<2micron/pxl) of >200 spherules located 1 phenocryst. We will try to find melt inclusions and obtain original magma volatiles and compositions. In 1971, Apollo 17 astronauts collected a 10 cm soil sample (74220) comprised almost entirely of orange glass spherules. Below this, a double drive-tube core sampled a 68 cm thick horizon comprised of orange glass and black beads (crystallized equivalents of orange glass). Primitive lunar glass spherules (e.g.-A17 orange glasses) are thought to represent ejecta from lunar mare fire fountains. The fire-fountains were apparently driven by a combination of C-O gas exsolution from orange glass melt and the oxidation of graphite. Upon eruption, magmas lost their volatiles (e.g., S, CO, CO{sub 2}) to space. Evidence for volatile escape remains as volatile-rich coatings on the exteriors of many spherules. Moreover, it showed that Type I and II Fe-Ni-rich metal particles found within orange glass olivine phenocrysts, or free-floating in the glass itself, are powerful evidence for the volatile driving force for lunar fire fountains. More direct evidence for the volatile mechanism has yet to be uncovered. Issues remaining include: the exact composition of magmatic volatiles; the hypothesized existence of graphite in the magma; the oxygen fugacity of the magma and of the lunar interior. In 1996 reported a single {approx}450 micron, equant olivine phenocryst, containing four glassy melt inclusions (or inclusion cores), the largest {approx}30micron in size, in a thin section of the 74001/2 drill core. The melt is assumed to sample the parent magma of the lunar basalts at depth, evidenced by the S content of the inclusion (600 ppm) which is 400 ppm greater than that of the orange glass host. Such melts potentially contain a full complement of the volatile components of the parent magma, which can be analyzed by infrared spectroscopy. Although the A17 orange glass magma is thought to derive from {approx} 400 km depth, the calculations imply a 4 km depth of graphite oxidation (and melt saturation in C-O volatiles) during ascent. We have imaged several hundred similar orange glass spherules, from sample 74220,764, using synchrotron x-ray computer-aided microtomography (XRCMT). Our goals: (1) locate similar phenocrysts containing melt inclusions; (2) analyze phenocrysts to understand the evolution of the magma; (3) analyze melt and fluid inclusions using EPMA and FTIR to obtain direct evidence of magmatic volatiles and pristine bulk compositions.

  6. Systematics of melt stagnation in peridotites from the Godzilla Megamullion

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    Loocke, M.; Snow, J. E.; Ohara, Y.

    2010-12-01

    The Godzilla Megamullion (GM) Massif is the largest known example of an Oceanic Core Complex (OCC) or the exhumed footwall of a low angle-large offset oceanic detachment fault. It lies on the extinct Parece Vela Rift spreading center within the Parece Vela Back-arc Basin of the Philippine Sea. This has thus allowed for sampling of a young back-arc mantle section. Sampling of the massif has returned a dominantly ultramafic lithology, divided petrographically into depleted, fertile, and melt-percolated groups (1). Petrographic analysis of the extant peridotite thin section collection found that 44% of all GM peridotites (71 out of 161) exhibit evidence of plagioclase impregnation compared to the worldwide abyssal peridotite average of ~20% (2). The mullion is divided up into three regions, the proximal region ( closest to termination of spreading), the medial region, and the distal region (furthest from the termination of spreading)(3).Observations by region provide that 53% ( 62 out of 116 samples) in the proximal region (15 dredges), 12% ( 2 out of 17 samples) in the medial mullion (3 dredges), and 25% (7 out of 28) in the distal mullion (5 dredges) show of evidence of plagioclase impregnation (4). Major element analyses of spinels were completed using the Cameca SX-50 Electron Microprobe facility at the University of Houston. The Cr# [100 x Cr/(Cr + Al)] ranges from 10 to 65 with TiO2 concentrations ranging from less than 0.01 up to 1.6 wt%. When the Cr#s of the samples are plotted along the massif, a pattern of melt depletion exists that is consistent with the degree of plagioclase impregnation. In the distal region, Cr#s start at around an average of 35 and range up to 65 for melt percolated samples. In the medial region, a drop off in Cr# of about 1 Cr# per kilometer is observed with the trend bottoming out at around a Cr# of 10. In the proximal region, Cr#s closer to the medial region are observed as having more fertile values of around 20 but are found amongst melt-impregnated samples with values ranging up to 50. This range is seen as having increasing minimum and maximum values with distance away from the medial section until it reaches its peak at a base Cr# of 30 with a maximum of 65. From this trend, a general model for the secular evolution of the GM mantle section can be established (5). The ridge segment experienced normal mid-oceanic ridge growth with robust mantle melting during the time period represented by the distal region. At the boundary to the medial region, a steep drop-off in melt productivity was experienced, leading to minimal mantle melting during the time period represented by the medial region. Soon thereafter, melting began again, but was trapped in a thickened and cooling lithosphere, causing the melt to pool and react with its host peridotite. (1) Ohara, et al., (2003) G3. 4 (7), 8611, 10.1029/2002GC000469. (2) Dick (1989) Geol Soc. Lond. Spec. Pub. 42:71-105. (3) Ohara, et al., (2009), Eos Trans. AGU, 90(52), Fall Meet. Suppl. Abst.Num. T33D-06 (4) Loocke, et al., (2009), Eos Trans. AGU, 90(52), Fall Meet. Suppl. Abst.Num. T21A-1776 (5) Snow, et al., (2009), Eos Trans. AGU, 90(52), Fall Meet. Suppl. Abst.Num. T33D-07

  7. Olivine-hosted melt inclusions and melting processes beneath the FAMOUS zone (Mid-Atlantic Ridge)

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    Laubier, Muriel

    important information about the processes of melt generation beneath mid-ocean ridges. They contain near composition. Comparison of these trends with predicted curves for models of peridotite melting indicates source and subsequent mixing in various proportions of the melt batches produced at different degrees

  8. Partial melting in amphibolites in a deep section of the Sveconorwegian Orogen, SW Sweden

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    Hansen, Edward; Johansson, Leif; Andersson, Jenny; LaBarge, Leah; Harlov, Daniel; Möller, Charlotte; Vincent, Stephanie

    2015-11-01

    Garnet amphibolite metataxites at the Steningekusten Nature Reserve in southwestern Sweden contain tonalitic patches and veins. Whole rock chemistry suggests that the protoliths were mafic igneous rocks with alkaline affinities. Orthopyroxene megacrysts are present in leucosome in parts of these garnet amphibolites but absent in others. Orthopyroxene megacrysts were formed by vapor-absent melting initiated by incongruent melting of biotite followed by the breakdown of hornblende. The net reaction was Bt + Hbl + Pl +/- Qtz ? Opx + Melt + Cpx + Gt. Melting occurred at pressures of approximately 1 GPa and temperatures which probably exceeded 800 °C. Pyroxenes are surrounded by hornblende-quartz symplectites, and hornblende in these coronas has distinctly lower concentrations of (Na + K) and Ti than that in adjacent mesosome. The hornblende rims formed upon cooling and reaction with crystallizing melt. This created a barrier to further reaction thus preserving the orthopyroxene megacrysts. Garnet amphibolite metatexites lacking pyroxene megacrysts have features characteristic of vapor-present melting including lack of peritectic phases predicted by vapor-absent melting reactions, larger amounts of leucosome (14 versus 7%), and less distinct melanosomes. The variation in these migmatites reflects open system behavior, either on a regional scale with the migration of aqueous fluids into the amphibolites or on a local scale with the migration of melt within the amphibolites. Zircons from all units have CL-dark core domains that are dated at 1415-1390 Ma. The core zones are cut and overgrown by CL-dark and CL-bright rims that are dated at 975-965 Ma. The zircon rims are thin in the mesosome but are thicker in the leucosome suggesting that they formed during migmatization. New growth of zircon associated with migmatization at ca. 970 Ma corresponds to the timing of crustal scale partial melting in the deep regions of the Sveconorwegian orogen, synchronous with east-west extension and the intrusion of mafic dykes. If partial melting was driven by an influx of aqueous fluids, they were probably derived from a relatively cool source region, which would indicate tectonic juxtaposition of hotter and cooler terranes.

  9. The postulations á la D’Alembert and á la Cauchy for higher gradient continuum theories are equivalent: a review of existing results

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    Seppecher, P.

    2015-01-01

    In order to found continuum mechanics, two different postulations have been used. The first, introduced by Lagrange and Piola, starts by postulating how the work expended by internal interactions in a body depends on the virtual velocity field and its gradients. Then, by using the divergence theorem, a representation theorem is found for the volume and contact interactions which can be exerted at the boundary of the considered body. This method assumes an a priori notion of internal work, regards stress tensors as dual of virtual displacements and their gradients, deduces the concept of contact interactions and produces their representation in terms of stresses using integration by parts. The second method, conceived by Cauchy and based on the celebrated tetrahedron argument, starts by postulating the type of contact interactions which can be exerted on the boundary of every (suitably) regular part of a body. Then it proceeds by proving the existence of stress tensors from a balance-type postulate. In this paper, we review some relevant literature on the subject, discussing how the two postulations can be reconciled in the case of higher gradient theories. Finally, we underline the importance of the concept of contact surface, edge and wedge s-order forces.

  10. Melting and phase relations in the Fe-C-S-O system at high pressure and temperature

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    Fei, Yingwei

    2010-05-01

    The physical state of the core (liquid outer core and solid inner core) could provide tight constraint on the core temperature if melting temperature of core materials is precisely determined at high pressure. On the other hand, the density of the Earth's core is significantly lower than that of pure iron measured experimentally at high pressure and temperature. The density deficit in the core (both liquid outer core and solid inner core) provides inside into the chemistry of the core, suggesting that the core must contain several weight percent of one or more light elements (lighter than iron) in addition to Fe-Ni alloy. Sulfur (S), carbon (C), and oxygen (O) are the prominent candidates among the proposed light elements, because of their high solar abundance and strong chemical affinity for Fe. Determining the effect of pressure on melting relations in the Fe-S, Fe-C, and Fe-O binary systems and multi-component system is crucial for understanding the chemistry, temperature, and evolution of planetary cores. There has been significant progress in determining the melting relations in the system Fe-FeS at high pressure, using multi-anvil apparatus and laser-heating diamond-anvil cell. These studies have revealed new iron-sulfur compounds (Fe3S2, Fe2S, and Fe3S) stable at high pressures, change of melting relations, and pressure effect on eutectic temperature and composition. The behaviors of the Fe-C and Fe-O systems have also been experimentally investigated recently. Experimental data in the Fe-C-S-O system at high pressure have just emerged. In parallel, there are high-quality data on density measurements of solid and liquid phases at high pressure and temperature. In this study, I present recent advances in experimental techniques and melting relations in the Fe-C-S-O system. The emphasis will be on the need to develop thermodynamic models by synthesis of thermochemical, thermophysical, and phase equilibrium data. The systematic approach provides a better understanding of the correlation between physical state and composition with different thermal models of the planetary cores.

  11. Low melting urethane linked toluenediisocyanates

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    Milligan, B.; Starner, W.E.; Grandin, R.E.; Casey, J.P.

    1987-07-28

    A process is described for producing a low melting urethane linked toluenediisocyanate which comprises the steps: (a) reacting an isomer mix of 2,4- and 2,6-toluene diisocyanate with a short chain diol selected from the group consisting of dipropylene glycol, diethylene glycol 1,2-butanediol, 1,4-but-2-ene diol, triethylene glycol and tripropylene glycol; (b) maintaining a temperature sufficient to effect reaction between a first isocyanate group of the toluenediisocyanate and a hydroxy group of the short chain diol, but insufficient for effecting reaction with a second isocyanate group on the toluenediisocyanate ring and a hydroxy group; (c) maintaining a stoichiometric excess of toluenediisocyanate to the diol; (d) utilizing an isomer mix such that the reaction product contains from about 45 to 90% by weight of the 2,4-isomer and 10 to 55% of the 2,6-isomer,; and (e) isolating the reaction product from the reaction medium.

  12. M551 metals melting experiment

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    Busch, G.

    1977-01-01

    Electron beam welding studies were conducted in the Skylab M551 metals melting experiment, on three different materials; namely 2219-T87 aluminum alloy, 304L stainless steel, and commercially pure tantalum (0.5 wt % columbium). Welds were made in both one gravity and zero gravity (Skylab) environments. Segments from each of the welds were investigated by microhardness, optical microscopy, scanning microscopy, and electron probe techniques. In the 2219-T87 aluminum alloy samples, macroscopic banding and the presence of an eutectic phase in the grain boundaries of the heat affected zone were observed. The stainless steel samples exhibited a sharp weld interface and macroscopic bands. The primary microstructural features found in the tantalum were the presence of either columnar grains (ground base) or equiaxed grains (Skylab). The factors contributing to these effects are discussed and the role of reduced gravity in welding is considered.

  13. Transition metals in superheat melts

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    Jakes, Petr; Wolfbauer, Michael-Patrick

    1993-01-01

    A series of experiments with silicate melts doped with transition element oxides was carried out at atmospheric pressures of inert gas at temperatures exceeding liquidus. As predicted from the shape of fO2 buffer curves in T-fO2 diagrams the reducing conditions for a particular oxide-metal pair can be achieved through the T increase if the released oxygen is continuously removed. Experimental studies suggest that transition metals such as Cr or V behave as siderophile elements at temperatures exceeding liquidus temperatures if the system is not buffered by the presence of other oxide of more siderophile element. For example the presence of FeO prevents the reduction of Cr2O3. The sequence of decreasing siderophility of transition elements at superheat conditions (Mo, Ni, Fe, Cr) matches the decreasing degree of depletion of siderophile elements in mantle rocks as compared to chondrites.

  14. Grain boundary melting in ice

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    Thomson, E S; Wilen, L A; Wettlaufer, J S

    2012-01-01

    We describe an optical scattering study of grain boundary premelting in water ice. Ubiquitous long ranged attractive polarization forces act to suppress grain boundary melting whereas repulsive forces originating in screened Coulomb interactions and classical colligative effects enhance it. The liquid enhancing effects can be manipulated by adding dopant ions to the system. For all measured grain boundaries this leads to increasing premelted film thickness with increasing electrolyte concentration. Although we understand that the interfacial surface charge densities $q_s$ and solute concentrations $C_i$ can potentially dominate the film thickness, we can not directly measure them. Therefore, as a framework for interpreting the data we consider two appropriate $q_s$ dependent limits; one is dominated by the colligative effect and one is dominated by electrostatic interactions.

  15. Solid-liquid boundaries in iron-rich alloys and the age of the Earth's inner core

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    Li, J.; Chen, B.; Gao, L.

    2006-05-01

    Melting and solidification cause major chemical differentiation in the Earth. As the Earth cools, the liquid core solidifies from the center and the inner core grows at the expense of the outer core. The timing of the onset of core solidification remains poorly constrained. Labrosse et al. (2001) estimated the age of the Earth's inner core based on energy budget considerations. In their analysis, the latent heat and gravitational energy are calculated according to dislocation melting theory. We have conducted melting experiments on pure iron and an iron-sulfur alloy containing 15 at.% sulfur, in order to determine the effect of pressure on the Clapeyron slopes of the solid-liquid boundaries. Our results allow a critical examination of the energy estimates, hence the age of the inner core. The implications for the budget of radioactive elements will be discussed.

  16. Slow Relaxational Processes in the Melting of to Nucleic Acids

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    Vologodskii, Alexander

    " melting temperature Tk. As N increases, the observed melting temperature should approach the equilibrium melting is nonequilibrium. In the case of oligonucleotides for which the equilibrium melting takes place temperature-jump experiments. For the case of fragmented DNA with N -lo', the melting process is shown

  17. NUMERICAL SIMULATION OF TWO-DIMENSIONAL MELTING AND RESOLIDIFICATION OF

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    Zhang, Yuwen

    uses two types of the metal powders possessing significantly different melting points [3, 4]. The high-melting-point necessary to avoid ``balling.'' Solidification of the low-melting-point metal bonds the high-melting- pointNUMERICAL SIMULATION OF TWO-DIMENSIONAL MELTING AND RESOLIDIFICATION OF A TWO-COMPONENT METAL

  18. Core Forensics: Earth's Accretion and Differentiation

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    Badro, J.; Brodholt, J. P.; Siebert, J.; Piet, H.; Ryerson, F. J.

    2013-12-01

    Earth's accretion and its primitive differentiation are intimately interlinked processes. One way to constrain accretionary processes is by looking at the major differentiation event that took place during accretion: core formation. Understanding core formation and core composition can certainly shed a new light on early and late accretionary processes. On the other hand, testing certain accretionary models and hypothesis (fluxes, chemistries, timing) allows -short of validating them- at the very least to unambiguously refute them, through the 'filter'' of core formation and composition. Earth's core formed during accretion as a result of melting, phase-separation, and segregation of accretionary building blocks (from meteorites to planetesimals). The bulk composition of the core and mantle depends on the evolution (pressure, temperature, composition) of core extraction during accretion. The entire process left a compositional imprint on both reservoirs: (1) in the silicate Earth, in terms of siderophile trace-element (Ni, Co, V, Cr, among others) concentrations and isotopic fractionation (Si, Cu, among others), a record that is observed in present-day mantle rocks; and (2) on the core, in terms of major element composition and light elements dissolved in the metal, a record that is observed by seismology through the core density-deficit. This imprint constitutes actually a fairly impressive set of evidence (siderophile element concentration and fractionation, volatile and siderophile element isotopic fractionation), can be used today to trace back the primordial processes that occurred 4.5 billion years ago. We are seeking to provide an overhaul of the standard core formation/composition models, by using a new rationale that bridges geophysics and geochemistry. The new ingredients are (1) new laser-heated diamond anvil cell partitioning data, dramatically extending the previous P-T conditions for experimental work, (2) ab initio molecular dynamics calculations to estimate outer-core density and bulk sound velocity, and combine it with seismology to define a range of possible compositions of the core that satisfies the observations, (3) a refined core formation model bringing together the continuousness of the overall process with the discreetness of the final impacts, and equilibrium thermodynamics with the non-equilibrium nature of certain processes (giant impacts, deep magma ocean). We propose a few strong constraints that come out from our models: (1) the Earth accreted in a rather oxidizing environment, (2) yielding an oxygen-rich core, in a (3) deep magma ocean (~1500 km) that could have (4) never been fully molten or fully equilibrated, at least during core extraction, despite the giant impacts.

  19. How much potassium is in the Earth's core? New insights from partitioning experiments

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    Mcdonough, William F.

    How much potassium is in the Earth's core? New insights from partitioning experiments Alexandre.W. Carlson Available online 13 February 2007 Abstract The presence of potassium in the core is a vexing issue reported here for partitioning of potassium (K) between peridotitic silicate melt and Fe­Ni­S­ C­O molten

  20. Heterozygote PCR product melting curve prediction.

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    Dwight, Zachary L; Palais, Robert; Kent, Jana; Wittwer, Carl T

    2014-03-01

    Melting curve prediction of PCR products is limited to perfectly complementary strands. Multiple domains are calculated by recursive nearest neighbor thermodynamics. However, the melting curve of an amplicon containing a heterozygous single-nucleotide variant (SNV) after PCR is the composite of four duplexes: two matched homoduplexes and two mismatched heteroduplexes. To better predict the shape of composite heterozygote melting curves, 52 experimental curves were compared with brute force in silico predictions varying two parameters simultaneously: the relative contribution of heteroduplex products and an ionic scaling factor for mismatched tetrads. Heteroduplex products contributed 25.7 ± 6.7% to the composite melting curve, varying from 23%-28% for different SNV classes. The effect of ions on mismatch tetrads scaled to 76%-96% of normal (depending on SNV class) and averaged 88 ± 16.4%. Based on uMelt (www.dna.utah.edu/umelt/umelt.html) with an expanded nearest neighbor thermodynamic set that includes mismatched base pairs, uMelt HETS calculates helicity as a function of temperature for homoduplex and heteroduplex products, as well as the composite curve expected from heterozygotes. It is an interactive Web tool for efficient genotyping design, heterozygote melting curve prediction, and quality control of melting curve experiments. The application was developed in Actionscript and can be found online at http://www.dna.utah.edu/hets/. PMID:24375593

  1. Recent Changes in the Arctic Melt Season

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    Stroeve, Julienne; Markus, Thorsten; Meier, Walter N.; Miller, Jeff

    2007-01-01

    Melt-season duration, melt-onset and freeze-up dates are derived from satellite passive microwave data and analyzed from 1979 to 2005 over Arctic sea ice. Results indicate a shift towards a longer melt season, particularly north of Alaska and Siberia, corresponding to large retreats of sea ice observed in these regions. Although there is large interannual and regional variability in the length of the melt season, the Arctic is experiencing an overall lengthening of the melt season at a rate of about 2 weeks decade(sup -1). In fact, all regions in the Arctic (except for the central Arctic) have statistically significant (at the 99% level or higher) longer melt seasons by greater than 1 week decade(sup -1). The central Arctic shows a statistically significant trend (at the 98% level) of 5.4 days decade(sup -1). In 2005 the Arctic experienced its longest melt season, corresponding with the least amount of sea ice since 1979 and the warmest temperatures since the 1880s. Overall, the length of the melt season is inversely correlated with the lack of sea ice seen in September north of Alaska and Siberia, with a mean correlation of -0.8.

  2. Recharging "Hot-Melt" Adhesive Film

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    Progar, D. J.

    1983-01-01

    Technique for recharging surface with "hot-melt" film makes use of one sided, high-temperature, pressure-sensitive adhesive tape. Purpose of the one-sided tape is to hold hot-melt charge in place until fused to surface. After adhesive has fused to surface and cooled, tape is removed, leaving adhesive on surface.

  3. The Melting of Greenland William H. Lipscomb

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    Born, Andreas

    ). AnAn ice capice cap is a mass of glacier ice smaller than 50,000 kmis a mass of glacier ice smaller is negligibleSurface melting is negligible Antarctic ice thicknessAntarctic ice thickness (British Antarctic of the Greenland iceMuch of the Greenland ice sheet may have meltedsheet may have melted Greenland minimum extent

  4. Oceanic slab melting and mantle metasomatism.

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    Scaillet, B; Prouteau, G

    2001-01-01

    Modern plate tectonic brings down oceanic crust along subduction zones where it either dehydrates or melts. Those hydrous fluids or melts migrate into the overlying mantle wedge trigerring its melting which produces arc magmas and thus additional continental crust. Nowadays, melting seems to be restricted to cases of young (< 50 Ma) subducted plates. Slab melts are silicic and strongly sodic (trondhjemitic). They are produced at low temperatures (< 1000 degrees C) and under water excess conditions. Their interaction with mantle peridotite produces hydrous metasomatic phases such as amphibole and phlogopite that can be more or less sodium rich. Upon interaction the slab melt becomes less silicic (dacitic to andesitic), and Mg, Ni and Cr richer. Virtually all exposed slab melts display geochemical evidence of ingestion of mantle material. Modern slab melts are thus unlike Archean Trondhjemite-Tonalite-Granodiorite rocks (TTG), which suggests that both types of magmas were generated via different petrogenetic pathways which may imply an Archean tectonic model of crust production different from that of the present-day, subduction-related, one. PMID:11838241

  5. Method and apparatus for melting glass batch

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    Fassbender, Alexander G. (Kennewick, WA); Walkup, Paul C. (Richland, WA); Mudge, Lyle K. (Richland, WA)

    1988-01-01

    A glass melting system involving preheating, precalcining, and prefluxing of batch materials prior to injection into a glass furnace. The precursors are heated by convection rather than by radiation in present furnaces. Upon injection into the furnace, batch materials are intimately coated with molten flux so as to undergo or at least begin the process of dissolution reaction prior to entering the melt pool.

  6. Purification of tantalum by plasma arc melting

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    Dunn, Paul S. (Santa Fe, NM); Korzekwa, Deniece R. (Los Alamos, NM)

    1999-01-01

    Purification of tantalum by plasma arc melting. The level of oxygen and carbon impurities in tantalum was reduced by plasma arc melting the tantalum using a flowing plasma gas generated from a gas mixture of helium and hydrogen. The flowing plasma gases of the present invention were found to be superior to other known flowing plasma gases used for this purpose.

  7. Stabilizing Crystal Oscillators With Melting Metals

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    Stephens, J. B.; Miller, C. G.

    1984-01-01

    Heat of fusion provides extended period of constant temperature and frequency. Crystal surrounded by metal in spherical container. As outside temperature rises to melting point of metal, metal starts to liquefy; but temperature stays at melting point until no solid metal remains. Potential terrestrial applications include low-power environmental telemetering transmitters and instrumentation transmitters for industrial processes.

  8. Natural melting within a spherical shell

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    Bahrami, Parviz A.

    1990-01-01

    Fundamental heat transfer experiments were performed on the melting of a phase change medium in a spherical shell. Free expansion of the medium into a void space within the sphere was permitted. A step function temperature jump on the outer shell wall was imposed and the timewise evolution of the melting process and the position of the solid-liquid interface was photographically recorded. Numerical integration of the interface position data yielded information about the melted mass and the energy of melting. It was found that the rate of melting and the heat transfer were significantly affected by the movement of the solid medium to the base of the sphere due to gravity. The energy transfer associated with melting was substantially higher than that predicted by the conduction model. Furthermore, the radio of the measured values of sensible energy in the liquid melt to the energy of melting were nearly proportional to the Stefan number. The experimental results are in agreement with a theory set forth in an earlier paper.

  9. Summer Melts Immigrant Students' College Plans

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    Naranjo, Melissa M.; Pang, Valerie Ooka; Alvarado, Jose Luis

    2016-01-01

    Many college-intending students find themselves dealing with the undermatch and summer melt phenomena. Undermatch refers to the situation where academically-successful high-school graduates choose not to go to any college or to go to a local community college not commensurate with their academic achievements. Summer melt describes how students may…

  10. Sludge melting: Japan's method of treatment

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    Masuta, Takashi ); Ohshima, Yoshio

    1991-07-01

    This article describes the drying, incinerating and melting of sewage sludge to produce construction materials and other products such as road base materials and aggregate for concrete blocks. The process, including different types of melting furnaces and cost optimization, is discussed. Improving the efficiency of the process by cogeneration is also discussed.

  11. Metallic Recovery and Ferrous Melting Processes

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    Luis Trueba

    2004-05-30

    The effects of melting atmosphere and charge material type on the metallic and alloy recovery of ferrous charge materials were investigated in two sets of experiments (Tasks 1 and 2). In addition, thermodynamic studies were performed (Task 3) to determine the suitability of ladle treatment for the production of ductile iron using scrap charge materials high in manganese and sulfur. Task 1--In the first set of experiments, the charge materials investigated were thin steel scrap, thick steel scrap, cast iron scrap, and pig iron in the rusty and clean states. Melting atmospheres in this set of experiments were varied by melting with and without a furnace cover. In this study, it was found that neither covered melting nor melting clean (non-rusty) ferrous charge materials improved the metallic recovery over the recovery experienced with uncovered melting or rusty charge materials. However, the silicon and manganese recoveries were greater with covered melting and clean materials. Silicon and manganese in the molten iron react with oxygen dissolved in the iron from uncovered melting and oxidized iron (surface rust). Silica and manganese silicates are formed which float to the slag decreasing recoveries of silicon and manganese. Cast iron and pig iron had higher metallic recoveries than steel scrap. Carbon recovery was affected by the carbon content of the charge materials, and not by the melting conditions. Irons with higher silicon contents had higher silicon recovery than irons with lower silicon contents. Task 2--In the second set of experiments, briquetted turnings and borings were used to evaluate the effects of briquette cleanliness, carbon additions, and melting atmosphere on metallic and alloy recovery. The melting atmosphere in this set of experiments was varied by melting in air and with an argon atmosphere using the SPAL process. In this set of experiments, carbon additions to the briquettes were found to have the greatest effect on metallic and alloy recovery. The use of an argon atmosphere was also found to increase recoveries, but to a lesser extent than with carbon additions to the briquettes. Task 3--Finally, thermodynamic studies were carried out to evaluate the potential for removing manganese and sulfur from iron melts for the production of ferritic ductile iron. Thermodynamic calculations indicated that manganese and sulfur might be removed from iron melts by careful control of the temperature and slag. In laboratory tests however, it was shown that the removal of sulfur was much less successful than that indicated by the thermodynamic analyses.

  12. Shape evolution of a melting nonspherical particle.

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    Kintea, Daniel M; Hauk, Tobias; Roisman, Ilia V; Tropea, Cameron

    2015-09-01

    In this study melting of irregular ice crystals was observed in an acoustic levitator. The evolution of the particle shape is captured using a high-speed video system. Several typical phenomena have been discovered: change of the particle shape, appearance of a capillary flow of the melted liquid on the particle surface leading to liquid collection at the particle midsection (where the interface curvature is smallest), and appearance of sharp cusps at the particle tips. No such phenomena can be observed during melting of spherical particles. An approximate theoretical model is developed which accounts for the main physical phenomena associated with melting of an irregular particle. The agreement between the theoretical predictions for the melting time, for the evolution of the particle shape, and the corresponding experimental data is rather good. PMID:26465561

  13. The contribution of glacier melt to streamflow

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    Schaner, Neil; Voisin, Nathalie; Nijssen, Bart; Lettenmaier, D. P.

    2012-09-13

    Ongoing and projected future changes in glacier extent and water storage globally have lead to concerns about the implications for water supplies. However, the current magnitude of glacier contributions to river runoff is not well known, nor is the population at risk to future glacier changes. We estimate an upper bound on glacier melt contribution to seasonal streamflow by computing the energy balance of glaciers globally. Melt water quantities are computed as a fraction of total streamflow simulated using a hydrology model and the melt fraction is tracked down the stream network. In general, our estimates of the glacier melt contribution to streamflow are lower than previously published values. Nonetheless, we find that globally an estimated 225 (36) million people live in river basins where maximum seasonal glacier melt contributes at least 10% (25%) of streamflow, mostly in the High Asia region.

  14. Simulating the melt blowing of viscoelastic materials

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    Zhou, Chunfeng; Tan, Dawud H.; Kumar, Satish; Macosko, Christopher W.; Bates, Frank S.

    2010-11-01

    This work is motivated by recent experimental developments in melt blowing that enable the production of nanofibers. In contrast to electrospinning, which is another method for producing nanofibers, melt blowing is potentially faster and environmentally friendlier. Using a slender-jet approximation, we obtain a set of one-dimensional equations governing the fiber area, centerline velocity, and temperature. The upper convected Maxwell (UCM) model and the Phan-Thien and Tanner (PTT) model are used to describe the viscoelastic rheology of the melts. Key to melt blowing is the shear stress on the fiber surface from the external air flow that attenuates the fiber to small diameter. Larger shear stresses or higher air flowrates produce fibers with smaller diameter. Our results show a significant influence of viscoelasticity on melt blowing, especially on fiber diameter. The fiber diameter is found to increase with polymer elasticity, which agrees qualitatively with experimental observations.

  15. Shape evolution of a melting nonspherical particle

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    Kintea, Daniel M.; Hauk, Tobias; Roisman, Ilia V.; Tropea, Cameron

    2015-09-01

    In this study melting of irregular ice crystals was observed in an acoustic levitator. The evolution of the particle shape is captured using a high-speed video system. Several typical phenomena have been discovered: change of the particle shape, appearance of a capillary flow of the melted liquid on the particle surface leading to liquid collection at the particle midsection (where the interface curvature is smallest), and appearance of sharp cusps at the particle tips. No such phenomena can be observed during melting of spherical particles. An approximate theoretical model is developed which accounts for the main physical phenomena associated with melting of an irregular particle. The agreement between the theoretical predictions for the melting time, for the evolution of the particle shape, and the corresponding experimental data is rather good.

  16. Nanotexturing of surfaces to reduce melting point.

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    Garcia, Ernest J.; Zubia, David; Mireles, Jose; Marquez, Noel; Quinones, Stella

    2011-11-01

    This investigation examined the use of nano-patterned structures on Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) material to reduce the bulk material melting point (1414 C). It has been found that sharp-tipped and other similar structures have a propensity to move to the lower energy states of spherical structures and as a result exhibit lower melting points than the bulk material. Such a reduction of the melting point would offer a number of interesting opportunities for bonding in microsystems packaging applications. Nano patterning process capabilities were developed to create the required structures for the investigation. One of the technical challenges of the project was understanding and creating the specialized conditions required to observe the melting and reshaping phenomena. Through systematic experimentation and review of the literature these conditions were determined and used to conduct phase change experiments. Melting temperatures as low as 1030 C were observed.

  17. Ice-Shelf Melting Around Antarctica

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    Rignot, E.; Jacobs, S.; Mouginot, J.; Scheuchl, B.

    2013-07-01

    We compare the volume flux divergence of Antarctic ice shelves in 2007 and 2008 with 1979 to 2010 surface accumulation and 2003 to 2008 thinning to determine their rates of melting and mass balance. Basal melt of 1325 ± 235 gigatons per year (Gt/year) exceeds a calving flux of 1089 ± 139 Gt/year, making ice-shelf melting the largest ablation process in Antarctica. The giant cold-cavity Ross, Filchner, and Ronne ice shelves covering two-thirds of the total ice-shelf area account for only 15% of net melting. Half of the meltwater comes from 10 small, warm-cavity Southeast Pacific ice shelves occupying 8% of the area. A similar high melt/area ratio is found for six East Antarctic ice shelves, implying undocumented strong ocean thermal forcing on their deep grounding lines.

  18. USING THE UTAH ENERGY BALANCE SNOW MELT MODEL TO QUANTIFY SNOW AND GLACIER MELT IN THE HIMALAYAN REGION

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    Tarboton, David

    USING THE UTAH ENERGY BALANCE SNOW MELT MODEL TO QUANTIFY SNOW AND GLACIER MELT IN THE HIMALAYAN of glacier ice as a substrate and generation of melt from the ice substrate when seasonal snow has melted for the entire domain. Therefore, regional variability in snow and glacier melting is computed. Outflow can

  19. Viscosity of flux-rich pegmatitic melts

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    Bartels, Alexander; Vetere, Francesco; Holtz, Francois; Behrens, Harald; Linnen, Robert L.

    2011-07-01

    Viscosity experiments were conducted with two flux-rich pegmatitic melts PEG0 and PEG2. The Li2O, F, B2O3 and P2O5 contents of these melts were 1.04, 4.06, 2.30 and 1.68 and 1.68, 5.46, 2.75 and 2.46 wt%, respectively. The water contents varied from dry to 9.04 wt% H2O. The viscosity was determined in internally heated gas pressure vessels using the falling sphere method in the temperature range 873-1,373 K at 200 and 320 MPa pressure. At 1,073 K, the viscosity of water-rich (~9 wt% H2O) melts is in the range of 3-60 Pa s, depending on the melt composition. Extrapolations to lower temperature assuming an Arrhenian behavior indicate that highly fluxed pegmatite melts may reach viscosities of ~30 Pa s at 773 K. However, this value is a minimum estimation considering the strongly non-Arrhenian behavior of hydrous silicate melts. The experimentally determined melt viscosities are lower than the prediction of current models taking compositional parameters into account. Thus, these models need to be improved to predict accurately the viscosity of flux-rich water bearing melts. The data also indicate that Li influences significantly the melt viscosity. Decreasing the molar Al/(Na + K + Li) ratio results in a strong viscosity decrease, and highly fluxed melts with low Al/(Na + K + Li) ratios (~0.8) have a rheological behavior which is very close to that of supercritical fluids.

  20. Melt mixing and crystallisation under NE Iceland

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    Maclennan, J.; McKenzie, D.; Gronvold, K.; Shimizu, N.; Eiler, J.

    2003-04-01

    Incremental fractional melting of the mantle is expected to generate a large range of melt compositions. This predicted compositional range is larger than that observed in olivine-hosted melt inclusions, and the variability of inclusion compositions is, in turn, greater than that observed in lava samples . While these relationships are a clear indication of the importance of melt mixing in controlling the composition of basalts, little is known about the details of the processes that mix melts in the mantle and crust. Analysis of the compositions of crystals and melt inclusions from a suite of 40 gabbroic and wehrlitic nodules in a single eruptive body provides a record of concurrent mixing and crystallisation of melts under NE Iceland. The observed order of crystallisation, {ol rightarrow ol+cpx rightarrow ol+cpx+plg}, is consistent with generation of the nodules at pressures {> 0.8 GPa} and is in agreement with estimates of crystallisation pressures for the host basalt. The relationship between the compositional variability of melt inclusions and the forsterite content of the host olivine is revealed by REE analyses of over 160 melt inclusions. The degree of variability in REE concentrations and REE/Yb ratios decreases with falling forsterite content of the host olivine, as expected if melt mixing and fractional crystallisation are operating together. The standard deviation of the REEs falls by a factor of {{˜} 4} between {Fo90} and {Fo87}. This change in olivine composition can be produced by crystallisation of 20% which occurs on cooling of {{˜} 150oC}. Convection in magma bodies causes both stirring, which aids compositional mixing, and heat loss. The relative rates of mixing, cooling and crystallisation may provide constraints upon the dynamics of magma bodies under Iceland.

  1. Investigation of the melting of shock compressed Iron with XANES technique at LCLS

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    Ravasio, A.; Harmand, M.; Denoeud, A.; Benuzzi-Mounaix, A.; Koenig, M.; Vinci, T.; Mazevet, S.; Musella, R.; Guyot, F.; Morard, G.; Dorchies, F.; Fourment, C.; Gaudin, J.; Feng, Y.; Zhu, D.; Lee, H. J.; Nagler, B.; Galtier, E. C.; Ozaki, N.; Miyanishi, K.; Toleikis, S.; Bouchet, J.; Recoules, V.; Nakatsutsumi, M.; Zastrau, U.

    2014-10-01

    X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy is a powerful technique of both the electronic structure and the atomic short-range order in various media, from molecules to condensed matter. In a recent experiment performed at LCLS-MEC, we have applied this technique to study the melting of Iron under shock compression. An accurate knowledge of its properties at high pressures and temperatures is indeed crucial for geophysics and planetary science. In particular, detailed information on melting curves and solid phases are required to anchor the Earth's thermal profile and assess the solid or liquid nature of exoplanets' cores. Here we will present the obtained results and discuss how XANES data unambiguously evidenced the melting of iron on the high pressure Hugoniot.

  2. The melting curve of CaSiO perovskite under lower mantle pressures

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    Liu, Zi-Jiang; Yan, Jun; Duan, Su-Qing; Sun, Xiao-Wei; Zhang, Cai-Rong; Guo, Yuan

    2010-05-01

    The high pressure melting curve of CaSiO 3 perovskite is simulated by using the constant temperature and pressure molecular dynamics method combined with effective pair potentials for the first time. The simulated results for the partial radial distribution function all compare well with experiment. The calculated equation of state is very successful in accurately reproducing the recent experimental data over a wide pressure range. The predicted high pressure melting curve is in good agreement with the experimental ones, and the melting curve up to the core-mantle boundary pressure, being very steep at lower pressures, rapidly flattens on increasing pressure. The present results also suggest the validity of the experimental data of Zerr and Boehler.

  3. Core formation, evolution, and convection: A geophysical model

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    Ruff, L.; Anderson, D. L.

    1978-01-01

    A model is proposed for the formation and evolution of the Earth's core which provides an adequate energy source for maintaining the geodynamo. A modified inhomogeneous accretion model is proposed which leads to initial iron and refractory enrichment at the center of the planet. The probable heat source for melting of the core is the decay of Al. The refractory material is emplaced irregularly in the lowermost mantle with uranium and thorium serving as a long lived heat source. Fluid motions in the core are driven by the differential heating from above and the resulting cyclonic motions may be the source of the geodynamo.

  4. Core formation, evolution, and convection - A geophysical model

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    Ruff, L.; Anderson, D. L.

    1980-01-01

    A model for the formation and evolution of the earth's core, which provides an adequate energy source for maintaining the geodynamo, is proposed. A modified inhomogeneous accretion model is proposed which leads to initial iron and refractory enrichment at the center of the planet. The probable heat source for melting of the core is the decay of Al-26. The refractory material is emplaced irregularly in the lowermost mantle with uranium and thorium serving as a long-lived heat source. Fluid motions in the core are driven by the differential heating from above and the resulting cyclonic motions may be the source of the geodynamo.

  5. Composition of Impact Melt Debris from the Eltanin Impact Strewn Field, Bellingshausen Sea

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    Kyte, Frank T.

    2002-01-01

    The impact of the km-sized Eltanin asteroid into the Bellingshausen Sea produced mm- to cm-sized vesicular impact melt-rock particles found in sediment cores across a large area of the ocean floor. These particles are composed mainly of olivine and glass with minor chromite and traces of NiFe-sulfides. Some particles have inclusions of unmelted mineral and rock fragments from the precursor asteroid. Although all samples of melt rock examined have experienced significant alteration since their deposition in the late Pliocene, a significant portion of these particles have interiors that remain pristine and can be used to estimate the bulk composition of the impact melt. The bulk composition of the melt-rock particles is similar to the composition of basaltic meteorites such as howardites or mesosiderite silicates, with a contribution from seawater salts and a siderophile-rich component. There is no evidence that the Eltanin impact melt contains a significant terrestrial silicate component that might have been incorporated by mixing of the projectile with oceanic crust. If terrestrial silicates were incorporated into the melt, then their contribution must be much less than 10 wt%. Since excess K, Na, and CI are not present in seawater proportions, uptake of these elements into the melt must have been greatest for K and least for CI, producing a K/CI ratio about 4 times that in seawater. After correcting for the seawater component, the bulk composition of the Eltanin impact melt provides the best estimate of the bulk composition of the Eltanin asteroid. Excess Fe in the impact melt, relative to that in howardites, must be from a significant metal phase in the parent asteroid. Although the estimated Fe:Ni:Ir ratios (8:1:4 x 10(exp -5)) are similar to those in mesosiderite metal nodules (10:1:6 x 10(exp -5), excess Co and Au by factors of about 2 and 10 times, respectively, imply a metal component distinct from that in typical mesosiderites. An alternative interpretation, that siderophiles have been highly fractionated from a mesosiderite source, would require loss of about 90% of the original metal from the impact melt and the sediments, and is unsupported by any observational data. More likely, the excess Fe in the melt rocks is 'representative of the amount of metal in the impacting asteroid, which is estimated to be 4+/- 1 wt%.

  6. Metamorphism and partial melting of ordinary chondrites: Calculated phase equilibria

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    Johnson, T. E.; Benedix, G. K.; Bland, P. A.

    2016-01-01

    Constraining the metamorphic pressures (P) and temperatures (T) recorded by meteorites is key to understanding the size and thermal history of their asteroid parent bodies. New thermodynamic models calibrated to very low P for minerals and melt in terrestrial mantle peridotite permit quantitative investigation of high-T metamorphism in ordinary chondrites using phase equilibria modelling. Isochemical P-T phase diagrams based on the average composition of H, L and LL chondrite falls and contoured for the composition and abundance of olivine, ortho- and clinopyroxene, plagioclase and chromite provide a good match with values measured in so-called equilibrated (petrologic type 4-6) samples. Some compositional variables, in particular Al in orthopyroxene and Na in clinopyroxene, exhibit a strong pressure dependence when considered over a range of several kilobars, providing a means of recognising meteorites derived from the cores of asteroids with radii of several hundred kilometres, if such bodies existed at that time. At the low pressures (<1 kbar) that typify thermal metamorphism, several compositional variables are good thermometers. Although those based on Fe-Mg exchange are likely to have been reset during slow cooling, those based on coupled substitution, in particular Ca and Al in orthopyroxene and Na in clinopyroxene, are less susceptible to retrograde diffusion and are potentially more faithful recorders of peak conditions. The intersection of isopleths of these variables may allow pressures to be quantified, even at low P, permitting constraints on the minimum size of parent asteroid bodies. The phase diagrams predict the onset of partial melting at 1050-1100 °C by incongruent reactions consuming plagioclase, clinopyroxene and orthopyroxene, whose compositions change abruptly as melting proceeds. These predictions match natural observations well and support the view that type 7 chondrites represent a suprasolidus continuation of the established petrologic types at the extremes of thermal metamorphism. The results suggest phase equilibria modelling has potential as a powerful quantitative tool in investigating, for example, progressive oxidation during metamorphism, the degree of melting and melt loss or accumulation required to produce the spectrum of differentiated meteorites, and whether the onion shell or rubble pile model best explains the metamorphic evolution of asteroid parent bodies in the early solar system.

  7. Direct Mineral Melting in the Maniitsoq Structure, West Greenland

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    Keulen, N.; Garde, A. A.; Johansson, L.

    2013-09-01

    Microtextures of shock-melted minerals in the Maniitsoq structure constitute compelling evidence of impact-induced single mineral melting, and also document differential crustal reverberation during the solidification of each shock-melted phase.

  8. OECD MCCI project Melt Eruption Test (MET) design report, Rev. 2. April 15, 2003.

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    Farmer, M. T.; Lomperski, S.; Kilsdonk, D. J.; Aeschlimann, R. W.; Basu, S.

    2011-05-23

    The Melt Attack and Coolability Experiments (MACE) program at Argonne National Laboratory addressed the issue of the ability of water to cool and thermally stabilize a molten core-concrete interaction when the reactants are flooded from above. These tests provided data regarding the nature of corium interactions with concrete, the heat transfer rates from the melt to the overlying water pool, and the role of noncondensable gases in the mixing processes that contribute to melt quenching. The Melt Coolability and Concrete Interaction (MCCI) program is pursuing separate effect tests to examine the viability of the melt coolability mechanisms identified as part of the MACE program. These mechanisms include bulk cooling, water ingression, volcanic eruptions, and crust breach. At the second PRG meeting held at ANL on 22-23 October 2002, a preliminary design1 for a separate effects test to investigate the melt eruption cooling mechanism was presented for PRG review. At this meeting, NUPEC made several recommendations on the experiment approach aimed at optimizing the chances of achieving a floating crust boundary condition in this test. The principal recommendation was to incorporate a mortar sidewall liner into the test design, since data from the COTELS experiment program indicates that corium does not form a strong mechanical bond with this material. Other recommendations included: (i) reduction of the electrode elevation to well below the melt upper surface elevation (since the crust may bond to these solid surfaces), and (ii) favorably taper the mortar liner to facilitate crust detachment and relocation during the experiment. Finally, as a precursor to implementing these modifications, the PRG recommended the development of a design for a small-scale scoping test intended to verify the ability of the mortar liner to preclude formation of an anchored bridge crust under core-concrete interaction conditions. This revised Melt Eruption Test (MET) plan is intended to satisfy these PRG recommendations. Specifically, the revised plan focuses on providing data on the extent of crust growth and melt eruptions as a function of gas sparging rate under well-controlled experiment conditions, including a floating crust boundary condition. The overall objective of MET is to determine to what extent core debris is rendered coolable by eruptive-type processes that breach the crust that rests upon the melt. The specific objectives of this test are as follows: (1) Evaluate the augmentation in surface heat flux during periods of melt eruption; (2) Evaluate the melt entrainment coefficient from the heat flux and gas flow rate data for input into models that calculate ex-vessel debris coolability; (3) Characterize the morphology and coolability of debris resulting from eruptive processes that transport melt into overlying water; and (4) Discriminate between periods when eruptions take the form of particle ejections into overlying water, leading to a porous particle bed, and single-phase extrusions, which lead to volcano-type structures.

  9. Vacuum Arc Melting Unit Arc Melting is used for melting metals typically to form alloys. Heating is via an electric arc struck

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    Subramaniam, Anandh

    Vacuum Arc Melting Unit Arc Melting is used for melting metals­ typically to form alloys. Heating) in the copper hearth. In vacuum arc melting the chamber is evacuated and then back filled with argon gas. Hence in the larger crucible. There are three main parts to the system: power source (TIG­ 600Amp), chiller and vacuum

  10. Water solubility in rhyolitic silicate melts at atmospheric pressure

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    Ryan, Amy; Russell, Kelly; Nichols, Alexander; Porritt, Lucy; Friedlander, Elizabeth

    2014-05-01

    High temperature (900-1100 °C) experiments have been conducted to measure the solubility of water in a rhyolitic melt at atmospheric pressure (1 atm) and to quantify the magnitude of retrograde solubility at low pressure. Individual cores (1 cm x 1 cm) of crystal- and bubble-free rhyolitic obsidian from Hrafntinnugryggur, Krafla (Iceland) were held in a furnace at 900-1100 °C for 0.25 to 20 hours. During this time, the uniform bubble-free cores vesiculate to produce variably swollen bubble-rich run products. The volume change in each core reflects the volume of bubbles produced in each experiment and depends on the experimental temperature and the time held at that temperature. The run product volumes for isothermal experiments (e.g., 950 °C) increase non-linearly with increasing time (e.g., 0.18 cm3 at 1.5 h, 0.96 cm3 at 12.5 h) until reaching a maximum value, after which the volume does not change appreciably. We take this plateau in the isothermal volume:time curve as coinciding with the 1 atm. solubility limit for the rhyolite at this temperature. With increasing temperature, the slope and final horizontal plateaus of the volume:time curves increase such that samples from the higher temperature suites vesiculate more, as well as more rapidly (e.g., 0.85 cm3 after 0.5 hours, 1.78 cm3 after 1 hour at 1100 °C). The variations in the maximum volume of bubbles produced for each temperature constrain the retrograde solubility of water in the melt at 1 atm. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analyses of the residual water content of the glass in the starting material and in the most vesiculated sample from each temperature suite shows a decrease in the water content of the glass from an initial 0.114 wt% (? 0.013) to 0.098 wt% (? 0.010), 0.087 wt% (? 0.009), 0.093 wt% (? 0.008), 0.090 wt% (? 0.006) and 0.108 wt% (? 0.010) for 900 °C, 950 °C, 1000 °C, 1050 °C and 1100 °C respectively. This change in the solubility of water at different temperatures, though slight, produces a marked change in maximum run product porosity from 50 to 70% through the temperature series, illuminating the effect of retrograde solubility at conduit- and surface-relevant pressures. The readiness of a rhyolitic silicate melt not only to produce more bubbles at higher temperatures, but also to resorb existing bubbles during cooling has important implications for magmatic fragmentation, flow of lava, and welding processes.

  11. TMI-2 core damage: a summary of present knowledge

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    Owen, D.E.; Mason, R.E.; Meininger, R.D.; Franz, W.A.

    1983-01-01

    Extensive fuel damage (oxidation and fragmentation) has occurred and the top approx. 1.5 m of the center portion of the TMI-2 core has relocated. The fuel fragmentation extends outward to slightly beyond one-half the core radius in the direction examined by the CCTV camera. While the radial extent of core fragmentation in other directions was not directly observed, control and spider drop data and in-core instrument data suggest that the core void is roughly symmetrical, although there are a few indications of severe fuel damage extending to the core periphery. The core material fragmented into a broad range of particle sizes, extending down to a few microns. APSR movement data, the observation of damaged fuel assemblies hanging unsupported from the bottom of the reactor upper plenum structure, and the observation of once-molten stainless steel immediately above the active core indicate high temperatures (up to at least 1720 K) extended to the very top of the core. The relative lack of damage to the underside of the plenum structure implies a sharp temperature demarcation at the core/plenum interface. Filter debris and leadscrew deposit analyses indicate extensive high temperature core materials interaction, melting of the Ag-In-Cd control material, and transport of particulate control material to the plenum and out of the vessel.

  12. Generation of liquid water on Mars through the melting of a dusty snowpack

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    Clow, G.D.

    1987-01-01

    The possibility that snowmelt could have provided liquid water for valley network formation early in the history of Mars is investigated using an optical-thermal model developed for dusty snowpacks at temperate latitudes. The heating of the postulated snow is assumed to be driven primarily by the absorption of solar radiation during clear sky conditions. Radiative heating rates are predicted as a function of depth and shown to be sensitive to the dust concentration and the size of the ice grains while the thermal conductivity is controlled by temperature, atmospheric pressure, and bulk density. Rates of metamorphism indicate that fresh fine-grained snow on Mars would evolve into moderately coarse snow during a single summer season. Results from global climate models are used to constrain the mean-annual surface temperatures for snow and the atmospheric exchange terms in the surface energy balance. Mean-annual temperatures within Martian snowpacks fail to reach the melting point for all atmospheric pressures below 1000 mbar despite a predicted temperature enhancement beneath the surface of the snowpacks. When seasonal and diurnal variations in the incident solar flux are included in the model, melting occurs at midday during the summer for a wide range of snow types and atmospheric pressures if the dust levels in the snow exceed 100 ppmw (parts per million by weight). The optimum dust concentration appears to be about 1000 ppmw. With this dust load, melting can occur in the upper few centimeters of a dense coarse-grained snow at atmospheric pressures as low as 7 mbar. Snowpack thickness and the thermal conductivity of the underlying substrate determine whether the generated snow-melt can penetrate to the snowpack base, survive basal ice formation, and subsequently become available for runoff. Under favorable conditions, liquid water becomes available for runoff at atmospheric pressures as low as 30 to 100 mbar if the substrate is composed of regolith, as is expected in the ancient cratered terrain of Mars. ?? 1987.

  13. Microwave absorption measurements of melting spherical and nonspherical hydrometeors

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    Hansman, R. J., Jr.

    1986-01-01

    Measurements were made of the absorption behavior of melting and freezing hydrometeors using resonant cavity perturbation techniques at a wavelength of 2.82 cm. Melting ice spheres with equivalent melted diameters between 1.15 and 2.00 mm exhibit a period of strong absorption during melting as predicted by prior theoretical calculations. However, the measured magnitude of the absorption peak exceeds the predicted value. Absorption measuremets of melting oblate and prolate ice ellipsoids also exhibit enhanced absorption during melting.

  14. Terrestrial impact melt rocks and glasses

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    Dressler, B. O.; Reimold, W. U.

    2001-12-01

    The effects of meteorite and comet impact on Earth are rock brecciation, the formation of shock metamorphic features, rock melting, and the formation of impact structures, i.e. simple craters, complex craters, and multi-ring basins. Large events, such as the 65-Ma Chicxulub impact, are believed to have had catastrophic environmental effects that profoundly influenced the development of life on Earth. In this review, an attempt is made to summarize some of the voluminous literature on impact melting, one important aspect of planetary impact, provide some comments on this process, and to make suggestions for future research. The products of impact melting are glasses, impact melt rocks, and pseudotachylites. Our treatise deals mainly with the geological setting, petrography, and major-element chemistry of melt rocks and glasses. Impact glasses, in several petrographic aspects, are similar to volcanic glasses, but they are associated with shock metamorphosed mineral and rock fragments and, in places, with siderophile element anomalies suggestive of meteoritic contamination. They are found in allogenic breccia deposits within (fall-back 'suevite') and outside (fall-out 'suevite') impact craters and, as spherules, in distal ejecta. Large events, such as the K/T boundary Chicxulub impact, are responsible for the formation of worldwide ejecta horizons which are associated with siderophile element anomalies and shock metamorphosed mineral and rock debris. Impact glasses have a bulk chemical composition that is homogeneous but exemptions to this rule are common. On a microscopic scale, however, impact glasses are commonly strikingly heterogeneous. Tektites are glasses ejected from craters over large distances. They are characterized by very low water and volatile contents and element abundances and ratios that are evidence that tektites formed by melting of upper crustal, sedimentary rocks. Four tektite strewn-fields are known, three of which can be tied to specific impact craters. Impact melt rocks form sheets, lenses, and dike-like bodies within or beneath allogenic fallback breccia deposits in the impact crater and possibly on crater terraces and flanks. Dikes of impact melt rocks also intrude the rocks of the crater floor. They commonly contain shock metamorphosed target rock and mineral fragments in various stages of assimilation and are glassy or fine- to coarse-grained. Chemically, they are strikingly homogeneous, but as with impact glasses, exemptions to this rule do exist. Large and thick melt bodies, such as the Sudbury Igneous Complex (SIC), are differentiated or may represent a combination of impact melt rocks sensu-strictu and impact-triggered, deep-crustal melts. A concerted, multidisciplinary approach to future research on impact melting and on other aspects of meteorite and comet impact is advocated. Impact models are models only and uncritical reliance on their validity will not lead to a better understanding of impact processes—especially of melting, excavation, and deposition of allogenic breccias and the spatial position of breccias in relation to sheets and lenses of melt rocks within the crater. Impact-triggered pressure-release melting of target rocks beneath the excavation cavity may be responsible for the existence of melt rocks beneath the impact melt rocks sensu-strictu. This controversial idea needs to be tested by a re-evaluation of existing data and models, be they based on field or laboratory research. Only a relatively small number of terrestrial impact structures has been investigated in sufficient detail as it relates to geological and geophysical mapping. In this review, we summarize observations made on impact melt rocks and impact glasses in a number of North American (Brent, Haughton, Manicouagan, New Quebec, Sudbury, Wanapitei, all in Canada), Asian (Popigai, Russia; Zhamanshin, Kazakhstan), two South African structures (Morokweng and Vredefort), the Henbury crater field of Australia, and one European crater (Ries, Germany). Our tables listing major-element chemical compositions of impact

  15. Global Distribution of Lunar Impact Melt Flows

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    Neish, C.D.; Madden, J.; Carter, L. M.; Hawke, B. R.; Giguere, T.; Bray, V. J.; Osinski, G. R.; Cahill, J. T. S.

    2014-01-01

    In this study, we analyzed the distribution and properties of 146 craters with impact melt deposits exterior to their rims. Many of these craters were only recently discovered due to their unusual radar properties in the near-global Mini-RF data set. We find that most craters with exterior deposits of impact melt are small, less than 20 kilometers, and that the smallest craters have the longest melt flows relative to their size. In addition, exterior deposits of impact melt are more common in the highlands than the mare. This may be the result of differing target properties in the highlands and mare, the difference in titanium content, or the greater variation of topography in the highlands. We find that 80 percent of complex craters and 60 percent of simple craters have melt directions that are coincident or nearly coincident with the lowest point in their rim, implying that pre-existing topography plays a dominant role in melt emplacement. This is likely due to movement during crater modification (complex craters) or breached crater rims (simple craters). We also find that impact melt flows have very high circular polarization ratios compared to other features on the Moon. This suggests that their surfaces are some of the roughest material on the Moon at the centimeter to decimeter scale, even though they appear smooth at the meter scale.

  16. Manganese partitioning during hydrous melting of peridotite

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    Balta, J. Brian; Asimow, Paul D.; Mosenfelder, Jed L.

    2011-10-01

    Manganese contents and the iron/manganese ratio of igneous rocks have been used as a method of probing the heterogeneity in the Earth's mantle during melting of peridotite and pyroxenite lithologies. Most previous work has assumed that changes in these parameters require differences in either source lithology or composition based on experiments indicating that manganese is slightly incompatible during melting and that the iron/manganese ratio is fixed by the presence of olivine. However, the presence of volatiles in the mantle drives melting at lower temperatures and with different compositions than in volatile-free systems, and thus the partitioning of Fe and Mn may in fact vary. We have produced silicate liquids in equilibrium with a peridotite assemblage under hydrous conditions at 3 GPa that show that Mn can also be unexpectedly compatible in garnet at 1375 °C and that Mn partitioning between solids and liquids can be strongly affected by temperature and liquid composition. The compatibility of Mn in garnet provides a mechanism for large variations of Mn contents and the Fe/Mn ratio in silicate melts that solely involves melting of mantle peridotite with only small compositional changes. Correlations between Mn variations and other indices indicative of melting in the presence of garnet may provide a means of more completely understanding the role of garnet at high pressures in peridotite melting.

  17. Liquidus Temperatures in the Iron - Sulfur System and Melting of Fe3S at High Pressure

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    Seagle, C. T.; Heinz, D. L.; Campbell, A. J.; Miller, N.; Prakapenka, V. B.

    2007-12-01

    The details of binary iron-light element systems at pressures relevant to the core can be used to constrain core composition and temperature. We have conducted several experiments in the iron-sulfur system using the diamond anvil cell. Compositions of 10 and 16 weight percent sulfur were used with angle dispersive x-ray diffraction and double-sided laser heating at Sector 13 of the Advanced Photon Source. Melting was determined by the disappearance of diffraction lines associated with the liquidus phase upon raising the temperature above the liquidus, and the reappearance of those reflections upon lowering the temperature below the liquidus. Fe3S melts incongruently at 21 GPa and continues this behavior up to higher pressures. Liquidus temperatures at 10 wt. % sulfur have been determined up to 155 GPa.

  18. Cu refertilization of abyssal harzburgites by melt percolation

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    Ciazela, Jakub; Dick, Henry; Koepke, Juergen; Botcharnikov, Roman; Muszynski, Andrzej; Kuhn, Thomas

    2015-04-01

    Primitive mantle is depleted in many elements by partial melting processes, but it can be subsequently refertilized by impregnation with percolating melts. It is known that Cu can be enriched in primitive melts, depleting mantle residue, due to the former process (Patten et al. 2013). However, the behavior of Cu in the processes of mantle-melt interaction is poorly understood. The only comprehensive study is based on compositions of orogenic peridotites, representing the subcontinental mantle (Lorand et al. 1993; 2013), where a moderate enrichment of the mantle in Cu (up to ~50 ppm) has been observed. Here, we present the first results obtained for a suite of rocks from an oceanic core complex (OCC), the Kane Megamullion at 22°30'N at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (Dick et al. 2008). OCC's provide large exposures of mantle and lower crustal rocks on the seafloor on detachment fault footwalls at slow and ultraslow spreading ridges. The mantle rocks are composed of spinel and plagioclase harzburgites. The spinel harzburgites represent depleted mantle, whereas the plagioclase harzburgites were formed by subsequent late-stage melt impregnation in the depleted mantle (Dick et al. 2010). We have determined Cu concentrations in 22 residual spinel harzburgites and 4 plagioclase harzburgites using total digestion ICP-MS. The average Cu concentration in spinel harzburgites is 35±11 ppm Cu (2?). The average Cu concentration obtained for plagioclase harzburgites is 131±33 ppm Cu (2?). Additionally, we have analyzed one 1.5 cm thick contact zone between an oxide gabbro vein and residual peridotite. The contact zone, which has been heavily impregnated by the melt, contains 284 ppm Cu. In contrast, the neighboring oxide gabbro vein and the hosting peridotite contain 147 and 68 ppm Cu, respectively. Furthermore, we have determined the concentration of Cu in a dunite (118 ppm), formed in a reaction between the mantle and melt ascending through the lithosphere (Dick et al. 2010). Magmatic processes in the rocks coming from OCCs can be obscured by deformation and alteration. Plastically deformed rocks are common in the damaged zone related to the detachment fault. Metaperidotites from these zones, which show protomylonitic to ultramylonitic textures, are systematically depleted in Cu (15±5 ppm, 2?) in comparison to non-deformed spinel harzburgites. We have not included the values obtained from non-deformed harzburgites in the calculation of the averages presented above. Thus, the effect of deformation processes does not influence our results. The relatively narrow 0.95 confidence intervals of the means obtained for non-deformed spinel and plagioclase harzburgite species and a large difference between the two means indicate a relatively low influence of alteration. Therefore, we believe the significant enrichment in Cu exhibited by the refertilized mantle rocks is caused exclusively by mantle impregnation with late-stage melts. Enhanced Cu concentrations indicate that the scale of this enrichment can be significantly underestimated in previous studies (Lorand et al. 2013). Dick, H.J.B., Tivey, M.A. & Tucholke, B.E., 2008. Plutonic foundation of a slow-spreading ridge segment: Oceanic core complex at Kane Megamullion, 23°30'N, 45°20'W. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 9, Q05014. Dick, H.J.B., Lissenberg, C.J., & Warren, J.M., 2010. Mantle melting, melt transport, and delivery beneath a slow-spreading ridge: The paleo-MAR from 23°15'N to 23°45'N. Journal of Petrology 51, 425-467. Lorand, J.P., Keays, R.R. & Bodinier, J.L., 1993. Copper and noble metal enrichments across the lithosphere-astenosphere boundary of mantle diapirs: evidence from the Lanzo Lherzolite Massif. Journal of Petrology 34, 1111-1140. Lorand, J.P., Luguet, A. & Alard, O., 2013. Platinum-group element systematics and petrogenetics processing of the upper mantle: A review. Lithos 164-167, 2-21. Patten, C., Barnes, S.-J., Mathez, E.A. & Jenner, F.E., 2013. Partition coefficients of chalcophile elements between sulfide and silicate melts and the earl

  19. Crystallization experiments of intercumulus melts for nakhlites under QFM ± 2 at 1 bar

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    Imae, Naoya; Ikeda, Yukio

    2008-08-01

    Crystallization of parent melts for nakhlites was experimentally studied under QFM ± 2 at one bar. Isothermal experiments suggest that melts having parent magma composition for nakhlites crystallize both augites and titanomagnetites at liquidus temperatures of 1144-1154 °C. Compositions of the augites are identical to those of phenocrystic core augites (En36-38Fs22-25Wo39-40) in nakhlites. No olivines crystallize from the isothermal runs, and solidus temperature is about 1000 °C. Linear-cooling experiments were carried out at various cooling rates (1-17 °C/h) ranging from liquidus to solidus temperatures under similar pressure conditions to the isothermal runs. Augites, titanomagnetites, and fayalites crystallized in the cooling runs, but magnesian olivines never crystallized there. Magnesian core augite in the cooling runs has the same composition as those of nakhlites. Rims of augite crystals from the cooling runs of 1-4 °C/h consist of two layers, ferroan augite inner rim and hedenbergite outer rim, which are very similar to those in the Miller Range (MIL) 03346 nakhlite. Small amounts of pyroxferroite crystallized in mesostasis and augite rims from two cooling runs. Titanomagnetites from cooling runs never accompany ilmenite lamellae as seen in nakhlites, suggesting that the subsolidus cooling rate of the cooling runs was much more rapid than those of nakhlite intercumulus melts. The cooling experiments reproduce the crystallization processes of pyroxenes and the compositional change of residual melt for a rapidly cooled magma such as MIL 03346.

  20. Melt migration through Io's convecting mantle

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    Elder, C. M.; Showman, A. P.

    2013-12-01

    The extensive volcanism occurring on the surface of Io suggests that its interior must contain at least some partial melt. Unlike Earth, Io cannot lose its internal heat through convection alone [1]. Instead, melt moving through the solid mantle helps remove heat from Io's interior by carrying its latent heat towards the surface as it buoyantly ascends through the mantle. We investigate this process by considering melt migration in a column of rock rising through the mantle between downwelling plumes. Convective scaling laws provide the upwelling velocity and the temperature of the rising mantle. Properties of melt migration in this rising mantle are calculated using porous flow equations and an equation for the conservation of energy which includes latent heat consumption, heat advection and heat conduction [2]. This combination of convective scaling laws and porous flow laws allows us to self-consistently determine the radial melt fraction profile in Io's interior, the average melt fraction in Io's interior and the heat flux due to advection of melt. The average melt fraction can be compared to the melt fraction constraints calculated by [3] from Galileo magnetometer measurements. The surface heat flux calculations can be compared to the value of Io's observed surface heat flux which ranges with observation from 1.5-4 W m-2 [4]. [1] Moore W. B. (2003) J. Geophys. Res., 108, E8, 15-1. [2] Hewitt I. J. and Fowler A. C. (2008) Proc. R. Soc. A., 464, 2467-2491. [3] Khurana K. K. et al. (2011) Science, 332, 1186-1189. [4] Moore, W. B. et al. (2007) In: Io After Galileo, Springer-Praxis, 89-108.

  1. Viscosity of ring polymer melts

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    Pasquino, Rossana; Vasilakopoulos, Thodoris C.; Jeong, Youn Cheol; Lee, Hyojoon; Rogers, Simon; Sakellariou, George; Allgaier, Jürgen; Takano, Atsushi; Brás, Ana R.; Chang, Taihyun; Gooßen, Sebastian; Pyckhout-Hintzen, Wim; Wischnewski, Andreas; Hadjichristidis, Nikos; Richter, Dieter; Rubinstein, Michael; Vlassopoulos, Dimitris

    2015-01-01

    We have measured the linear rheology of critically purified ring polyisoprenes, polystyrenes and polyethyleneoxides of different molar masses. The ratio of the zero-shear viscosities of linear polymer melts ?0,linear to their ring counterparts ?0,ring at isofrictional conditions is discussed as function of the number of entanglements Z. In the unentangled regime ?0,linear/?0,ring is virtually constant, consistent with the earlier data, atomistic simulations, and the theoretical expectation ?0,linear/?0,ring=2. In the entanglement regime, the Z-dependence of rings viscosity is much weaker than that of linear polymers, in qualitative agreement with predictions from scaling theory and simulations. The power-law extracted from the available experimental data in the rather limited range 1

  2. Water diffusion in phonolite melts

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    Schmidt, Burkhard C.; Blum-Oeste, Nils; Flagmeier, Jens

    2013-04-01

    We report an experimental study of total water diffusion (irrespective of water speciation) in two different phonolite melts, which are representative of Montaña Blanca, Tenerife, Spain (MBP) and Laacher See, East Eifel, Germany (LSP-II). Both phonolites have Na-rich compositions, but differ in their alumina saturation index, with MBP being peralkaline and LSP-II being slightly peraluminous. Diffusion couple experiments for MBP were performed at 200-250 MPa in the temperature range of 800-1050 °C and water contents between 1 and 6.5 wt.%. Due to higher liquidus temperatures of LSP-II, the accessible temperature and water concentration range was reduced to 875-1050 °C and 3-6.5 wt.% water. All experiments were performed in rapid quench cold-seal pressure vessels, which enabled rapid heating and quenching of the samples within seconds. Compared to the run durations of 30-90 min, these short heating and cooling periods can be neglected and no corrections needed to be applied for the calculation of the diffusion coefficients. Water diffusion profiles were determined by FT-IR micro-spectroscopy on doubly polished glass sections and the diffusion coefficients were determined by Boltzmann-Matano analysis. Water diffusion increases with increasing water content and temperature and follows the empirical relations:

  3. Ni2+ doped glass ceramic fiber fabricated by melt-in-tube method and successive heat treatment.

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    Fang, Zaijin; Zheng, Shupei; Peng, Wencai; Zhang, Hang; Ma, Zhijun; Dong, Guoping; Zhou, Shifeng; Chen, Danping; Qiu, Jianrong

    2015-11-01

    Glass ceramic fibers containing Ni2+ doped LiGa5O8 nanocrystals were fabricated by a melt-in-tube method and successive heat treatment. Fiber precursors were prepared by drawing at high temperature where fiber core glass was melted while fiber clad glass was softened. After heat treatment, LiGa5O8 nanocrystals were precipitated in the fiber core. Excited by 980 nm laser, efficient broadband near-infrared emission was observed in the glass ceramic fiber compared to that of precursor fiber. The melt-in-tube method can realize controllable crystallization and is suitable for fabrication of novel glass ceramic fibers. The Ni2+-doped glass ceramic fiber is promising for broadband optical amplification. PMID:26561096

  4. Self-Assembled Epitaxial Core-Shell Nanocrystals with Tunable Magnetic Anisotropy.

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    Liao, Sheng-Chieh; Chen, Yong-Lun; Kuo, Wei-Cheng; Cheung, Jeffrey; Wang, Wei-Cheng; Cheng, Xuan; Chin, Yi-Ying; Chen, Yu-Ze; Liu, Heng-Jui; Lin, Hong-Ji; Chen, Chien-Te; Juang, Jeng-Yih; Chueh, Yu-Lun; Nagarajan, Valanoor; Chu, Ying-Hao; Lai, Chih-Huang

    2015-09-01

    Epitaxial core-shell CoO-CoFe2 O4 nanocrystals are fabricated by using pulsed laser deposition with the aid of melted material (Bi2 O3 ) addition and suitable lattice mismatch provided by substrates (SrTiO3 ). Well aligned orientations among nanocrystals and reversible core-shell sequence reveal tunable magnetic anisotropy. The interfacial coupling between core and shell further engineers the nanocrystal functionality. PMID:26034015

  5. Rapidly solidified titanium alloys by melt overflow

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    Gaspar, Thomas A.; Bruce, Thomas J., Jr.; Hackman, Lloyd E.; Brasmer, Susan E.; Dantzig, Jonathan A.; Baeslack, William A., III

    1989-01-01

    A pilot plant scale furnace was designed and constructed for casting titanium alloy strips. The furnace combines plasma arc skull melting techniques with melt overflow rapid solidification technology. A mathematical model of the melting and casting process was developed. The furnace cast strip of a suitable length and width for use with honeycomb structures. Titanium alloys Ti-6Al-4V and Ti-14Al-21 Nb were successfully cast into strips. The strips were evaluated by optical metallography, microhardness measurements, chemical analysis, and cold rolling.

  6. Physics of the Lindemann melting rule

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    Lawson, Andrew C

    2008-01-01

    We investigate the thermodynamics of melting for 74 distinct chemical elements including several actinides and rare earths. We find that the observed melting points are consistent with a linear relationship between the correlation entropy of the liquid and the Grueneisen constant of the solid, and that the Lindemann rule is well obeyed for the elements with simple structures and less well obeyed for the less symmetric more open structures. No special assumptions are required to explain the melting points of the rare earths or light actinides.

  7. Electrohydrodynamic quenching in polymer melt electrospinning

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    Zhmayev, Eduard; Cho, Daehwan; Lak Joo, Yong

    2011-07-01

    Infrared thermal measurements on polymer melt jets in electrospinning have revealed rapid quenching by ambient air, an order of magnitude faster than predicted by the classical Kase and Matsuo correlation. This drastic heat transfer enhancement can be linked to electrohydrodynamic (EHD) effects. Analysis of EHD-driven air flow was performed and included into a comprehensive model for polymer melt electrospinning. The analysis was validated by excellent agreement of both predicted jet radius and temperature profiles with experimental results for electrospinning of Nylon-6 (N6), polypropylene (PP), and polylactic acid (PLA) melts. Based on this analysis, several methods that can be used to inhibit or enhance the quenching are described.

  8. Geochemical Comparison of Four Cores from the Manson Impact Structure

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    Korotev, Randy L.; Rockow, Kaylynn M.; Jolliff, Bradley L.; Haskin, Larry A.; McCarville, Peter; Crossey, Laura J.

    1996-01-01

    Concentrations of 33 elements were determined in relatively unaltered, matrix-rich samples of impact breccia at approximately 3-m-depth intervals in the M-1 core from the Manson impact structure, Iowa. In addition, 46 matrix-rich samples from visibly altered regions of the M-7, M-8, and M-10 cores were studied, along with 42 small clasts from all four cores. Major element compositions were determined for a subset of impact breccias from the M-1 core, including matrix-rich impact-melt breccia. Major- and trace-element compositions were also determined for a suite of likely target rocks. In the M-1 core, different breccia units identified from lithologic examination of cores are compositionally distinct. There is a sharp compositional discontinuity at the boundary between the Keweenawan-shale-clast breccia and the underlying unit of impact-melt breccia (IMB) for most elements, suggesting minimal physical mixing between the two units during emplacement. Samples from the 40-m-thick IMB (M-1) are all similar to each other in composition, although there are slight increases in concentration with depth for those elements that have high concentrations in the underlying fragmental-matrix suevite breccia (SB) (e.g., Na, Ca, Fe, Sc), presumably as a result of greater clast proportions at the bottom margin of the unit of impact-melt breccia. The high degree of compositional similarity we observe in the impact-melt breccias supports the interpretation that the matrix of this unit represents impact melt. That our analyses show such compositional similarity results in part from our technique for sampling these breccias: for each sample we analyzed a few small fragments (total mass: approximately 200 mg) selected to be relatively free of large clasts and visible signs of alteration instead of subsamples of powders prepared from a large mass of breccia. The mean composition of the matrix-rich part of impact-melt breccia from the M-1 core can be modeled as a mixture of approximately 35% shale and siltstone (Proterozoic "Red Clastics"), 23% granite, 40% hornblende-biotite gneiss, and a small component (less than 2%) of mafic-dike rocks.

  9. Fulfillment of Koch’s postulates and partial host range of Septoria lepidii Desm., a fungal pathogen for potential biological control of hoary cress (Lepidium spp.)

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    We have fulfilled Koch’s postulates and conducted host range tests with Septoria lepidii Desm. on five geographical accessions of hoary cress. Host range results showed the fungus specific to Lepidium spp. and damaging to hoary cress. This fungus is potentially an important biological control agent ...

  10. Impact melting of carbonates from the Chicxulub crater

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    Jones, A. P.; Claeys, P.; Heuschkel, S.

    We have recently interpreted distinctive feathery-textured spinifex carbonate in the upper part of the Chicxulub suevite breccia as quenched carbonate melts (Jones et al. 1998); these distinctive fragments make up to 10 vol% of the breccia. Carbonate clasts and spherules occurring in the ejecta-rich basal part of the coarse clastic sequence, which marks the K/T boundary all around the Gulf of Mexico, may represent distal quenched droplets of carbonate liquids. In seeking to explain this widespread carbonate impact-melting phenomenon, we have re-examined the available experimental evidence. The important decarbonation reaction for calcite CaCO3=CaO+CO2 is inhibited by very small pressures up to temperatures >2000 K. We conclude that massive decarbonation by direct shock pressure is unlikely without attainment of temperatures >4000 K. Therefore, decarbonation generally can only occur during post-shock cooling for carbonates at low pressure (< 10 bars). We assume that post-shock cooling is quasi-thermodynamic, and provide a general P-T model for carbonate spanning 11 orders of magnitude in pressure (atmosphere to core). Subtle differences in sample preconditioning can probably explain the wildly divergent experimental shock data. A major planetary implication for the formation of the Earth's early atmosphere is that impacts on limestone would be less likely to have contributed substantial CO2 than has previously been assumed. Lastly, we note that carbonate melts at high pressures serve as excellent catalysts for diamond growth, and may have contributed to the widespread formation of some impact diamond.

  11. Core-core and core-valence correlation

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.; Taylor, Peter R.

    1988-01-01

    The effect of (1s) core correlation on properties and energy separations was analyzed using full configuration-interaction (FCI) calculations. The Be 1 S - 1 P, the C 3 P - 5 S and CH+ 1 Sigma + or - 1 Pi separations, and CH+ spectroscopic constants, dipole moment and 1 Sigma + - 1 Pi transition dipole moment were studied. The results of the FCI calculations are compared to those obtained using approximate methods. In addition, the generation of atomic natural orbital (ANO) basis sets, as a method for contracting a primitive basis set for both valence and core correlation, is discussed. When both core-core and core-valence correlation are included in the calculation, no suitable truncated CI approach consistently reproduces the FCI, and contraction of the basis set is very difficult. If the (nearly constant) core-core correlation is eliminated, and only the core-valence correlation is included, CASSCF/MRCI approached reproduce the FCI results and basis set contraction is significantly easier.

  12. Models and correlations of the DEBRIS Late-Phase Melt Progression Model

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    Schmidt, R.C.; Gasser, R.D.

    1997-09-01

    The DEBRIS Late Phase Melt Progression Model is an assembly of models, embodied in a computer code, which is designed to treat late-phase melt progression in dry rubble (or debris) regions that can form as a consequence of a severe core uncover accident in a commercial light water nuclear reactor. The approach is fully two-dimensional, and incorporates a porous medium modeling framework together with conservation and constitutive relationships to simulate the time-dependent evolution of such regions as various physical processes act upon the materials. The objective of the code is to accurately model these processes so that the late-phase melt progression that would occur in different hypothetical severe nuclear reactor accidents can be better understood and characterized. In this report the models and correlations incorporated and used within the current version of DEBRIS are described. These include the global conservation equations solved, heat transfer and fission heating models, melting and refreezing models (including material interactions), liquid and solid relocation models, gas flow and pressure field models, and the temperature and compositionally dependent material properties employed. The specific models described here have been used in the experiment design analysis of the Phebus FPT-4 debris-bed fission-product release experiment. An earlier DEBRIS code version was used to analyze the MP-1 and MP-2 late-phase melt progression experiments conducted at Sandia National Laboratories for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

  13. Continental heat anomalies and the extreme melting of the Greenland ice surface in 2012 and 1889

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    Neff, William; Compo, Gilbert P.; Martin Ralph, F.; Shupe, Matthew D.

    2014-06-01

    Recent decades have seen increased melting of the Greenland ice sheet. On 11 July 2012, nearly the entire surface of the ice sheet melted; such rare events last occurred in 1889 and, prior to that, during the Medieval Climate Anomaly. Studies of the 2012 event associated the presence of a thin, warm elevated liquid cloud layer with surface temperatures rising above the melting point at Summit Station, some 3212 m above sea level. Here we explore other potential factors in July 2012 associated with this unusual melting. These include (1) warm air originating from a record North American heat wave, (2) transitions in the Arctic Oscillation, (3) transport of water vapor via an Atmospheric River over the Atlantic to Greenland, and (4) the presence of warm ocean waters south of Greenland. For the 1889 episode, the Twentieth Century Reanalysis and historical records showed similar factors at work. However, markers of biomass burning were evident in ice cores from 1889 which may reflect another possible factor in these rare events. We suggest that extreme Greenland summer melt episodes, such as those recorded recently and in the late Holocene, could have involved a similar combination of slow climate processes, including prolonged North American droughts/heat waves and North Atlantic warm oceanic temperature anomalies, together with fast processes, such as excursions of the Arctic Oscillation, and transport of warm, humid air in Atmospheric Rivers to Greenland. It is the fast processes that underlie the rarity of such events and influence their predictability.

  14. How long has the central-northern Greenland Ice Sheet been melting at the base?

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    Rogozhina, Irina; Petrunin, Alexey G.; Johnson, Jesse V.; Vaughan, Alan P. M.

    2014-05-01

    Ice-penetrating radar studies (Fahnestock et al., 2001) and the deep ice core project NGRIP (Anderson et al., 2004) have identified extensive areas of rapid basal melt under the central-northern Greenland Ice Sheet (GIS). Our new reconstruction of the lithosphere structure in Greenland reveal that strong anomalies in geothermal heat flux are responsible for much of the estimated ice loss through basal melt. We use our coupled lithosphere-GIS model to study the history of basal ice conditions since the Pliocene period and find that the anomalous heat flow has been maintaining basal ice melt throughout the history of Greenland glaciation. Persistence of basal melt water over the course of ~3.5 million years and periodic development of paleo ice streams originating at the anomaly have likely caused considerable erosion of the subglacial bedrock. The erosion is revealed by ice-penetrating radar measurements, and now exerts a geometric control on ice sheet streaming in the eroded region, and possibly the overall geometry of the GIS. Anderson, K. K., et al. (2004), High-resolution record of Northern Hemisphere climate extending into the last interglacial period, Nature, 431(7005), 147-151 Fahnestock, M., W. Abdalati, I. Joughin, J. Brozena, and P. Gogineni (2001), High geothermal heat flow, basal melt, and the origin of rapid ice flow in central Greenland, Science, 294, 2338-2342

  15. Microstructures and Petrology of Melt Inclusions in the Anatectic Sequence of Jubrique (Betic Cordillera, S Spain): Implications for Crustal Anatexis

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    Acosta-vigil, A.; Barich, A.; Garrido, C. J.; Cesare, B.; Taj?manová, L.; Bartoli, O.

    2014-12-01

    We report a new occurrence of melt inclusions in polymetamorphic granulitic gneisses of the Jubrique unit, a complete though thinned crustal section located above the Ronda peridotite slab (Betic Cordillera, S Spain). The gneissic sequence is composed of mylonitic gneisses at the bottom and porphyroblastic gneisses on top. Mylonitic gneisses are strongly deformed rocks with abundant garnet and rare biotite. Except for the presence of melt inclusions, microstructures indicating the former presence of melt are rare or absent. Upwards in the sequence garnet decreases whereas biotite increases in proportion. Melt inclusions are present from cores to rims of garnets throughout the entire sequence. Most of the former melt inclusions are now totally crystallized and correspond to nanogranites, whereas some of them are partially made of glass or, more rarely, are totally glassy. They show negative crystal shapes and range in size from ?5 to 200 micrometers, with a mean size of ?30-40 micrometers. Daughter phases in nanogranites and partially crystallized melt inclusions include quartz, feldspars, biotite and muscovite; accidental minerals include kyanite, graphite, zircon, monazite, rutile and ilmenite; glass has a granitic composition. Melt inclusions are mostly similar throughout all the gneissic sequence. Some fluid inclusions, of possible primary origin, are spatially associated with melt inclusions, indicating that at some point during the suprasolidus history of these rocks granitic melt and fluid coexisted. Thermodynamic modeling and conventional thermobarometry of mylonitic gneisses provide peak conditions of ?850 ºC and 12-14 kbar, corresponding to cores of large garnets with inclusions of kyanite and rutile. Post-peak conditions of ?800-850 ºC and 5-6 kbar are represented by rim regions of large garnets with inclusions of sillimanite and ilmenite, cordierite-quartz-biotite coronas replacing garnet rims, and the matrix with oriented sillimanite. Previous conventional petrologic studies on these strongly deformed rocks have proposed that anatexis started during decompression from peak to post-peak conditions and in the field of sillimanite. The study of melt inclusions shows, however, that melt was already present in the system at peak conditions, and that most garnet grew in the presence of melt.

  16. Microstructures and petrology of melt inclusions in the anatectic sequence of Jubrique (Betic Cordillera, S Spain): Implications for crustal anatexis

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    Barich, Amel; Acosta-Vigil, Antonio; Garrido, Carlos J.; Cesare, Bernardo; Taj?manová, Lucie; Bartoli, Omar

    2014-10-01

    We report a new occurrence of melt inclusions in polymetamorphic granulitic gneisses of the Jubrique unit, a complete though strongly thinned crustal section located above the Ronda peridotite slab (Betic Cordillera, S Spain). The gneissic sequence is composed of mylonitic gneisses at the bottom and in contact with the peridotites, and porphyroblastic gneisses on top. Mylonitic gneisses are strongly deformed rocks with abundant garnet and rare biotite. Except for the presence of melt inclusions, microstructures indicating the former presence of melt are rare or absent. Upwards in the sequence, garnet decreases whereas biotite increases in modal proportion. Melt inclusions are present from cores to rims of garnets throughout the entire sequence. Most of the former melt inclusions are now totally crystallized and correspond to nanogranites, whereas some of them are partially made of glass or, more rarely, are totally glassy. They show negative crystal shapes and range in size from ? 5 to 200 ?m, with a mean size of ? 30-40 ?m. Daughter phases in nanogranites and partially crystallized melt inclusions include quartz, feldspars, biotite and muscovite; accidental minerals include kyanite, graphite, zircon, monazite, rutile and ilmenite; glass has a granitic composition. Melt inclusions are mostly similar throughout all the gneissic sequence. Some fluid inclusions, of possible primary origin, are spatially associated with melt inclusions, indicating that at some point during the suprasolidus history of these rocks granitic melt and fluid coexisted. Thermodynamic modeling and conventional thermobarometry of mylonitic gneisses provide peak conditions of ? 850 °C and 12-14 kbar, corresponding to cores of large garnets with inclusions of kyanite and rutile. Post-peak conditions of ? 800-850 °C and 5-6 kbar are represented by rim regions of large garnets with inclusions of sillimanite and ilmenite, cordierite-quartz-biotite coronas replacing garnet rims, and the matrix with oriented sillimanite. Previous conventional petrologic studies on these strongly deformed rocks have proposed that anatexis started during decompression from peak to post-peak conditions and in the field of sillimanite. The study of melt inclusions shows, however, that melt was already present in the system at peak conditions, and that most garnet grew in the presence of melt.

  17. Preparation of acetaminophen capsules containing beads prepared by hot-melt direct blend coating.

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    Pham, Loan; Christensen, John M

    2014-02-01

    Twelve hydrophobic coating agents were assessed for their effects on drug release after coating sugar cores by a flexible hot-melt coating method using direct blending. Drug-containing pellets were also produced and used as cores. The cores were coated with single or double wax layers containing acetaminophen (APAP). The harder the wax, the slower the resultant drug releases from single-coated beads. Wax coating can be deposited on cores up to 28% of the beads final weight and reaching 58% with wax and drug. Carnauba-coated beads dissolved in approximately 6 h releasing 80% of the loaded drug. Applying another wax layer extended drug release over 20 h, while still delivering 80% of the loaded drug. When drug-containing pellets (33-58% drug loading) were used as cores, double wax-coated pellets exhibited a near zero-order drug release for 16 h, releasing 80% of the loaded drug delivering 18 mg/h. The simple process of hot-melt coating by direct blending of pellet-containing drug-coated formulations provides excellent options for immediate and sustained release formulations when higher lipid coating or drug loading is warranted. Predicted plasma drug concentration time profiles using convolution and in vitro drug release properties of the beads were performed for optimal formulations. PMID:23324019

  18. A benchmark initiative on mantle convection with melting and melt segregation

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    Schmeling, Harro; Dohmen, Janik; Wallner, Herbert; Noack, Lena; Tosi, Nicola; Plesa, Ana-Catalina; Maurice, Maxime

    2015-04-01

    In recent years a number of mantle convection models have been developed which include partial melting within the asthenosphere, estimation of melt volumes, as well as melt extraction with and without redistribution at the surface or within the lithosphere. All these approaches use various simplifying modelling assumptions whose effects on the dynamics of convection including the feedback on melting have not been explored in sufficient detail. To better assess the significance of such assumptions and to provide test cases for the modelling community we initiate a benchmark comparison. In the initial phase of this endeavor we focus on the usefulness of the definitions of the test cases keeping the physics as sound as possible. The reference model is taken from the mantle convection benchmark, case 1b (Blanckenbach et al., 1989), assuming a square box with free slip boundary conditions, the Boussinesq approximation, constant viscosity and a Rayleigh number of 1e5. Melting is modelled assuming a simplified binary solid solution with linearly depth dependent solidus and liquidus temperatures, as well as a solidus temperature depending linearly on depletion. Starting from a plume free initial temperature condition (to avoid melting at the onset time) three cases are investigated: Case 1 includes melting, but without thermal or dynamic feedback on the convection flow. This case provides a total melt generation rate (qm) in a steady state. Case 2 includes batch melting, melt buoyancy (melt Rayleigh number Rm), depletion buoyancy and latent heat, but no melt percolation. Output quantities are the Nusselt number (Nu), root mean square velocity (vrms) and qm approaching a statistical steady state. Case 3 includes two-phase flow, i.e. melt percolation, assuming a constant shear and bulk viscosity of the matrix and various melt retention numbers (Rt). These cases should be carried out using the Compaction Boussinseq Approximation (Schmeling, 2000) or the full compaction formulation. Variations of cases 1 - 3 may be tested, particularly studying the effect of melt extraction. The motivation of this presentation is to summarize first experiences, suggest possible modifications of the case definitions and call interested modelers to join this benchmark exercise. References: Blanckenbach, B., Busse, F., Christensen, U., Cserepes, L. Gun¬kel, D., Hansen, U., Har¬der, H. Jarvis, G., Koch, M., Mar¬quart, G., Moore D., Olson, P., and Schmeling, H., 1989: A benchmark comparison for mantle convection codes, J. Geo¬phys., 98, 23 38. Schmeling, H., 2000: Partial melting and melt segregation in a convecting mantle. In: Physics and Chemistry of Partially Molten Rocks, eds. N. Bagdassarov, D. Laporte, and A.B. Thompson, Kluwer Academic Publ., Dordrecht, pp. 141 - 178.

  19. Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Homogeneous Crystallization in Polymer Melt

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    Kong, Bin

    2015-03-01

    Molecular mechanisms of homogeneous nucleation and crystal growth from the melt of polyethylene-like polymer were investigated by molecular dynamics simulations. The crystallinity was determined by using the site order parameter method (SOP), which described local order degree around an atom. Snapshots of the simulations showed evolution of the nucleation and the crystal growth through SOP images clearly. The isothermal crystallization kinetics was determined at different temperatures. The rate of crystallization, Kc, and the Avrami exponents, n, were determined as a function of temperature. The forming of nucleis was traced to reveal that the nucleis were formed with more ordered cores and less ordered shells. A detailed statistical analysis of the MD snapshots and trajectories suggested conformations of the polymer chains changed smoothly from random coil to chain folded lamella in the crystallization processes.

  20. (Energetics of silicate melts from thermal diffusion studies)

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    Not Available

    1990-01-01

    The first year of this three year renewal award has been used to continue data collection and analysis of thermal (Soret) diffusion in silicate liquid and explore the related process of thermal migration in subliquidus magmas and isothermal interdiffusion. Data collection efforts have been materially aided by advances in thermal insulation in the pressure media outside our pressurized cylindrical heaters. BaCO{sub 3} is very effective in protecting the pressure vessel core from thermal deterioration with the result that the heater inside and outside diameters can be substantially increased. This permits several charges to be run simultaneously in an axisymmetric cluster around a double or triple junction thermocouple which can measure axial thermal gradients in situ. Research during the past year has concentrated in four major areas: Modelling thermal diffusion in multi-component silicate liquids, Soret fractionation of major and minor chemical components, characterization of thermal diffusion in naturally-occurring magmas with an emphasis on volatile bearing rhyolitic melts, and the effects of thermal gradients on silicate magma in the melting interval.

  1. Energy Saving Melting and Revert Reduction Technology (E-SMARRT): Melting Efficiency Improvement

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    Principal Investigator Kent Peaslee; Co-PI���¢��������s: Von Richards, Jeffrey Smith

    2012-07-31

    Steel foundries melt recycled scrap in electric furnaces and typically consume 35-100% excess energy from the theoretical energy requirement required to pour metal castings. This excess melting energy is multiplied by yield losses during casting and finishing operations resulting in the embodied energy in a cast product typically being three to six times the theoretical energy requirement. The purpose of this research project was to study steel foundry melting operations to understand energy use and requirements for casting operations, define variations in energy consumption, determine technologies and practices that are successful in reducing melting energy and develop new melting techniques and tools to improve the energy efficiency of melting in steel foundry operations.

  2. Skull melting of fluorophosphate glass results

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    Wenckus, J.F.

    1982-06-07

    The results are presented of the third fluorophosphate glass skull-melting experiment which was carried out on July 30th. Details of the experimental procedures used were described in the report dated March 10, 1981.

  3. Analysis of Melt Undercooling and Crystallization Kinetics

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    Perepezko, John H.; Hoffmeyer, Mark K.; De Cicco, Michael P.

    2015-11-01

    While melt undercooling is often observed during solidification, the study of nucleation is challenging due to the numerous possible heterogeneous sites present in even high-purity melts. Identification of active nucleation sites requires developing well-planned experimentation. In samples with well-defined and controlled undercooling the identification can be established for the active sites. The successful identification of nucleation sites reveals that there are a number of possible sites and mechanisms that can act to catalyze nucleation. The sites and mechanisms that have been identified involve primary phases developed during cooling of alloy melts, liquid-added particle interfaces being modified ( e.g., by adsorption or reaction) creating a particle type-independent nucleation potency, dissolved impurities precipitating out of the melt at high undercoolings to catalyze nucleation, and nucleation sites resulting from residual solid preserved in cavities in inclusions or surface coatings.

  4. DWPF Macrobatch 2 Melt Rate Tests

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    Stone, M.E.

    2001-01-03

    The Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF) canister production rate must be increased to meet canister production goals. Although a number of factors exist that could potentially increase melt rate, this study focused on two: (1) changes in frit composition and (2) changes to the feed preparation process to alter the redox of the melter feed. These two factors were investigated for Macrobatch 2 (sludge batch 1B) utilizing crucible studies and a specially designed ''melt rate'' furnace. Other potential factors that could increase melt rate include: mechanical mixing via stirring or the use of bubblers, changing the power skewing to redistribute the power input to the melter, and elimination of heat loss (e.g. air in leakage). The melt rate testing in FY00 demonstrated that melt rate can be improved by adding a different frit or producing a much more reducing glass by the addition of sugar as a reductant. The frit that melted the fastest in the melt rate testing was Frit 165. A paper stud y was performed using the Product Composition Control System (PCCS) to determine the impact on predicted glass viscosity, liquidus, durability, and operating window if the frit was changed from Frit 200 to Frit 165. PCCS indicated that the window was very similar for both frits. In addition, the predicted viscosity of the frit 165 glass was 46 poise versus 84 poise for the Frit 200 glass. As a result, a change from Frit 200 to Frit 165 is expected to increase the melt rate in DWPF without decreasing waste loading.

  5. Fast Melting and Freezing for Microgravity Experiments

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    Poorman, Richard M.

    1987-01-01

    Commercial tube welders adapted to metallurgical research. Proposed furnace melts and resolidifies small metal samples during brief periods. In furnace, sample surrounded by large heat sinks and rapidly heated near midlength by intense source of heat. Furnace intended for use in experiments in microgravity: entire melting-and-freezing process requires less than 20 s of near weightlessness experienced in parabolic climb and dive of KC-135 airplane.

  6. PURIFICATION OF IRIDIUM BY ELECTRON BEAM MELTING

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    Ohriner, Evan Keith

    2008-01-01

    The purification of iridium metal by electron beam melting has been characterized for 48 impurity elements. Chemical analysis was performed by glow discharge mass spectrographic (GDMS) analysis for all elements except carbon, which was analyzed by combustion. The average levels of individual elemental impurities in the starting powder varied from 37 g/g to 0.02 g/g. The impurity elements Li, Na, Mg, P, S, Cl, K, Ca, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Pd, Ag, Cd, Sn, Sb, Te, Ba, Ce, Tl, Pb, and Bi were not detectable following the purification. No significant change in concentration of the elements Ti, V, Zr, Nb, Mo, and Re was found. The elements B, C, Al, Si, Cr, Fe, Ru, Rh, and Pt were partially removed by vaporization during electron beam melting. Langmuir's equation for ideal vaporization into a vacuum was used to calculate for each impurity element the expected ratio of impurity content after melting to that before melting. Equilibrium vapor pressures were calculated using Henry's law, with activity coefficients obtained from published data for the elements Fe, Ti, and Pt. Activity coefficients were estimated from enthalpy data for Al, Si, V, Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Zr, Nb, Mo, and Hf and an ideal solution model was used for the remaining elements. The melt temperature was determined from measured iridium weight loss. Excellent agreement was found between measured and calculated impurity ratios for all impurity elements. The results are consistent with some localized heating of the melt pool due to rastering of the electron beam, with an average vaporization temperature of 3100 K as compared to a temperature of 2965 K calculated for uniform heating of the melt pool. The results are also consistent with ideal mixing in the melt pool.

  7. Congruent Melting Kinetics: Constraints on Chondrule Formation

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    Greenwood, James P.; Hess, Paul C.

    1995-01-01

    The processes and mechanisms of melting and their applications to chondrule formation are discussed A model for the kinetics of congruent melting is developed and used to place constraints on the duration and maximum temperature experienced by the interiors of relict-bearing chondrules. Specifically, chondrules containing relict forsteritic olivine or enstatitic pyroxene cannot have been heated in excess of 1901 C or 1577 C, respectively, for more than a few seconds.

  8. On the initiation of melt fracture.

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    Mcintire, L. V.

    1972-01-01

    Discussion of a problem encountered in the processing of viscoelastic materials that is caused by the presence of a hydrodynamic instability in the extrusion of polymer melts. The importance of the so-called Weissenberg number in determining the onset of the melt fracture is examined using classical linearized hydrodynamic stability analysis. It is shown that the simple shearing flow of a viscoelastic fluid becomes unstable at a critical value of the Weissenberg number. Implications for the extrusion processing of polymers are reviewed.

  9. Translating Furnace For Fast Melting And Freezing

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    Workman, F.; Suggs, R. J.; Curreri, P. A.; Ethridge, E. C.; Perkinson, D. T.; Tucker, S.; Smith, G. A.

    1988-01-01

    Developmental translating-furnace apparatus used to make ceramic/metal composite materials during parabolic trajectories of KC-135 airplane simulating low gravity. Mathematical modeling shows apparatus able both to melt metal alloys and to solidify resulting composite specimens during 22-to-30-second low-gravity intervals. Furnace assembly moves along crucible in programmed manner to preheat, melt, and solidfy specimen during interval to less than 22 second.

  10. Volcanism by melt-driven Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities and possible consequences of melting for admittance ratios on Venus

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    Tackley, P. J.; Stevenson, D. J.; Scott, D. R.

    1992-01-01

    A large number of volcanic features exist on Venus, ranging from tens of thousands of small domes to large shields and coronae. It is difficult to reconcile all these with an explanation involving deep mantle plumes, since a number of separate arguments lead to the conclusion that deep mantle plumes reaching the base of the lithosphere must exceed a certain size. In addition, the fraction of basal heating in Venus' mantle may be significantly lower than in Earth's mantle reducing the number of strong plumes from the core-mantle boundary. In three-dimensional convection simulations with mainly internal heating, weak, distributed upwellings are usually observed. We present an alternative mechanism for such volcanism, originally proposed for the Earth and for Venus, involving Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities driven by melt buoyancy, occurring spontaneously in partially or incipiently molten regions.

  11. Defects induced melting in alkali halides

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    Chauhan, R. S.; Snehlata, K.; Singh, C. P.

    2011-02-01

    In the present paper we study the pressure dependence of melting of NaCl and CsCl crystals. A formulation has been presented for the pressure dependence of melting temperature on the basis of the vacancy model using the expression for the pressure dependence of the volume of Schottky defects from the Roy-Roy equation of state. Values of pressure derivatives of melting temperature have been calculated at elevated pressures to determine the rate of change of melting temperature with increase in pressures using the data of vacancy formation energy and effective volume of Schottky defects. The vacancy model revised in the present study takes into account the variation of bulk modulus with pressure, whereas in the Ksiazek and Gorecki model, it was treated constant. Results for pressure derivative of melting temperature are calculated for the solids under study. The melting curves have also been obtained and found to compare well with results based on molecular dynamics simulation and experimental data reported in recent literature.

  12. The body has a brake: micrin is a postulated new gonadal hormone curbing tissue overgrowth and restricting reproduction.

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    Hart, John E

    2014-12-01

    There is evidence for an unrecognised classical hormone secreted by the mammalian gonad. This postulated hormone--'micrin' (pronounced 'my-crin')--represents the body's brake against tissue overgrowth. When oestrogens are administered in high doses to female rats there is a considerable (non-artefactual) increase in the relative size and weight of organs such as the pituitary, adrenals, uterus and liver--suggesting an organotrophic (organ-building) role for endogenous oestrogens. This effect is exaggerated if the animals are first ovariectomized, indicating the removal of a negative ovarian factor, micrin. These organ enlargements can be reduced by pretreating the rats with large doses of antioestrogens such as clomiphene and tamoxifen. This antiestrogenic blockade of exogenous oestrogens is itself blunted by prior removal of the ovaries. It is proposed that antioestrogens (e.g. tamoxifen in breast cancer treatment) antagonize the organotrophic effects of oestrogens by competing for the oestrogen receptor peripherally and centrally and via an increase in the secretion of ovarian micrin. It is deduced that micrin is the testicular 'inhibin' proposed in the 1930s, not the molecule that now bears that name, which acts at the pituitary tier as a downregulator of follicle-stimulating hormone. The hallmark of micrin deficiency in the male rat is a pituitary hypertrophy that follows castration. This is reversible with a steroid-depleted aqueous bovine testicular extract, the micrin within which suppresses the hypothalamus, normalizing the pituitary. Micrin probably acts as a brake on peripheral tissues directly but also indirectly at the meta-level via the hypothalamic-pituitary axis, resetting a hypothalamic 'organostat' controlling organ and tissue masses, part of the 'organotrophic system' of internal size regulation. Besides endocrine (circulating) micrin from the gonads there is probably paracrine (locally acting) micrin produced in the brain. This is involved in a somatic cueing system for puberty: the brake comes off at an appropriate body tissue mass disinhibiting the hypothalamus and accelerating the organism towards sexual maturity and full adult stature. This suggests the use in reproductive disorders of micrin-related drugs. These could also be inhibitors of breast, prostate and other cancers, while protecting the bone marrow via a trophic effect on the adrenals (the lack of which protection causes lethal bone marrow depression in oestrogen-treated ferrets and dogs). Benign prostatic hyperplasia is asserted to be a micrin deficiency disorder, involving insufficiently opposed androgen. The rise in cancers with age could be associated with a reduction in micrin protection and a relative lack of this hormone could partly explain why men die younger than women. Micrin is dissimilar in activity to any known molecule and could usefully be isolated, characterised and exploited therapeutically. PMID:25456786

  13. Melting of Fe and Fe0.9Ni0.1 alloy at high pressures

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    Zhang, D.; Jackson, J. M.; Zhao, J.; Sturhahn, W.; Alp, E. E.; Hu, M. Y.; Toellner, T.

    2014-12-01

    Cosmochemical studies suggest that the cores of terrestrial planets are primarily composed of Fe alloyed with about 5 to 10 wt% Ni, plus some light elements (e.g., McDonough and Sun 1995). Thus, the high pressure melting curve of Fe0.9Ni0.1 is considered to be an important reference for characterizing the cores of terrestrial planets. We have determined the melting points of fcc-structured Fe and Fe0.9Ni0.1 up to 86 GPa using an in-situ method that monitors the atomic dynamics of the Fe atoms in the sample, synchrotron Mössbauer spectroscopy (Jackson et al. 2013). A laser heated diamond anvil cell is used to provide the high pressure-high temperature environmental conditions, and in-situ X-ray diffraction is used to constrain the pressure of the sample. To eliminate the influence of temperature fluctuations experienced by the sample on the determination of melting, we develop a Fast Temperature Readout (FasTeR) spectrometer. The FasTeR spectrometer features a fast reading rate (>100 Hz), a high sensitivity, a large dynamic range and a well-constrained focus. By combining the melting curve of fcc-structured Fe0.9Ni0.1 alloy determined in our study and the fcc-hcp phase boundary from Komabayashi et al. (2012), we calculate the fcc-hcp-liquid triple point of Fe0.9Ni0.1. Using this triple point and the thermophysical parameters from a nuclear resonant inelastic X-ray scattering study on hcp-Fe (Murphy et al. 2011), we compute the melting curve of hcp-structured Fe0.9Ni0.1. We will discuss our new experimental results with implications for the cores of Venus, Earth and Mars. Select references: McDonough & Sun (1995): The composition of the Earth. Chem. Geol. 120, 223-253. Jackson et al. (2013): Melting of compressed iron by monitoring atomic dynamics, EPSL, 362, 143-150. Komabayashi et al. (2012): In situ X-ray diffraction measurements of the fcc-hcp phase transition boundary of an Fe-Ni alloy in an internally heated diamond anvil cell, PCM, 39, 329-338. Murphy et al. (2011): Melting and thermal pressure of hcp-Fe from the phonon density of states, PEPI, 188, 114-120.

  14. Behavior of metals in ash melting and gasification-melting of municipal solid waste (MSW)

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    Jung, C.H.; Matsuto, T. . E-mail: matsuto@eng.hokudai.ac.jp; Tanaka, N.

    2005-07-01

    In this study, metal behavior in ash-melting and municipal solid waste (MSW) gasification-melting facilities were investigated. Eight ash-melting and three MSW gasification-melting facilities with a variety of melting processes and feedstocks were selected. From each facility, melting furnace fly ash (MFA) and molten slag were sampled, and feedstock of the ash-melting processes was also taken. For the ash melting process, the generation rate of MFA was well correlated with the ratio of incineration fly ash (IFA) in feedstock, and this was because MFA was formed mostly by mass transfer from IFA and a limited amount from bottom ash (BA). Distribution ratios of metal elements to MFA were generally determined by volatility of the metal element, but chlorine content in feedstock had a significant effect on Cu and a marginal effect on Pb. Distribution ratio of Zn to MFA was influenced by the oxidizing atmosphere in the furnace. High MFA generation and distribution ratio of non-volatile metals to MFA in gasification-melting facilities was probably caused by carry-over of fine particles to the air pollution control system due to large gas volume. Finally, dilution effect was shown to have a significant effect on metal concentration in MFA.

  15. Melting and Equilibrium Shape of Icosahedral Gold Nanoparticles

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    Teitel, Stephen L.

    Melting and Equilibrium Shape of Icosahedral Gold Nanoparticles Yanting Wang a , S. Teitel a} surfaces have shown that, unlike the {100} and {110} surfaces which melt below the bulk melting temperature how the high stability of the {111} facets effects the melting and equilibrium shape

  16. Integral coolant channels supply made by melt-out method

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    Escher, W. J. D.

    1964-01-01

    Melt-out method of constructing strong, pressure-tight fluid coolant channels for chambers is accomplished by cementing pins to the surface and by depositing a melt-out material on the surface followed by two layers of epoxy-resin impregnated glass fibers. The structure is heated to melt out the low-melting alloy.

  17. Gravitation- And Conduction-Driven Melting In A Sphere

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    Bahrami, Parviz A.; Wang, Taylor G.

    1989-01-01

    Simplifying assumptions lead to approximate closed-form solution. Theoretical paper discusses melting of solid sphere in spherical container. Develops mathematical model of melting process, based in part on simplifying assumptions like those used in theories of lubrication and film condensation. Resulting equation for melting speed as function of melting distance solved approximately in closed form.

  18. Melting and freezing of embedded nanoclusters Frdric Caupin*

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    Caupin, Frédéric

    . Nanocrystals NCs often melt at temperatures lower than the bulk melting point T0, and the smaller the size, the larger the melting point shift.2 This holds for most freestanding or supported NCs, which are in contact with their vapor. However, when NCs are embedded in another material, the melting point can be elevated

  19. Paradise Lost: Uncertainties in melting and melt extraction processes beneath oceanic spreading ridges

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    Kelemen, P. B.

    2014-12-01

    In many ways, decompression melting and focused melt transport beneath oceanic spreading ridges is the best understood igneous process on Earth. However, there are remaining - increasing - uncertainties in interpreting residual mantle peridotites. Indicators of degree of melting in residual peridotite are questionable. Yb concentration and spinel Cr# are affected by (a) small scale variations in reactive melt transport, (b) variable extents of melt extraction, and (c) "impregnation", i.e. partial crystallization of cooling melt in pore space. Roughly 75% of abyssal peridotites have undergone major element refertilization. Many may have undergone several melting events. The following three statements are inconsistent: (1) Peridotite melt productivity beyond cpx exhaustion is > 0.1%/GPa. (2) Crustal thickness is independent of spreading rate at rates > 2 cm/yr full rate (excluding ultra-slow spreading ridges). (3) Thermal models predict, and observations confirm, thick thermal boundary layers beneath slow spreading ridges. If (a) melt productivity is << 0.1%/GPa beyond cpx-out, and (b) cpx-out occurs > 15 km below the seafloor beneath most ridges, then the independence of crustal thickness with spreading rate can be understood. Most sampled peridotites from ridges melted beyond cpx-out. Cpx in these rocks formed via impregnation and/or exsolution during cooling. Most peridotites beneath ridges may undergo cpx exhaustion during decompression melting. This would entail an upward modification of potential temperature estimates. Alternatively, perhaps oceanic crustal thickness does vary with spreading rate but this is masked by complicated tectonics and serpentinization at slow-spreading ridges. Dissolution channels (dunites) are predicted to coalesce downstream, but numerical models of these have not shown why > 95% of oceanic crust forms in a zone < 5 km wide. There may be permeability barriers guiding deeper melt toward the ridge, but field studies have not identified them. Permeable "shear bands" may guide melt to the ridge, but their nature in open systems at natural grain size and strain rates is uncertain. 2D and 3D focused solid upwelling due to melt buoyancy deep in the melting region, where pyroxenes are abundant and permeability is low, may warrant renewed attention.

  20. Simple models for disequilibrium fractional melting and batch melting with application to REE fractionation in abyssal peridotites

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    Liang, Yan; Liu, Boda

    2016-01-01

    Disequilibrium melting arises when the kinetics of chemical exchange between a residual mineral and partial melt is sluggish compare to the rate of melting. To better understand the role of a finite crystal-melt exchange rate on trace element fractionation during mantle melting, we have developed a disequilibrium melting model for partial melting in an upwelling steady-state column. We use linear kinetics to approximate crystal-melt mass exchange rate and obtain simple analytical solutions for cases of perfect fractional melting and batch melting. A key parameter determining the extent of chemical disequilibrium during partial melting is an element specific dimensionless ratio (?) defined as the melting rate relative to the solid-melt chemical exchange rate for the trace element of interest. In the case of diffusion in mineral limited chemical exchange, ? is inversely proportional to diffusivity of the element of interest. Disequilibrium melting is important for the trace element when ? is comparable to or greater than the bulk solid-melt partition coefficient for the trace element (k). The disequilibrium fractional melting model is reduced to the equilibrium perfect fractional melting model when ? is much smaller than k. Hence highly incompatible trace elements with smaller mobilities in minerals are more susceptible to disequilibrium melting than moderately incompatible and compatible trace elements. Effect of chemical disequilibrium is to hinder the extent of fractionation between residual solid and partial melt, making the residual solid less depleted and the accumulated melt more depleted in incompatible trace element abundances relative the case of equilibrium melting. Application of the disequilibrium fractional melting model to REE and Y abundances in clinopyroxene in abyssal peridotites from the Central Indian Ridge and the Vema Lithospheric Section, Mid-Atlantic Ridge revealed a positive correlation between the disequilibrium parameter ? and the degree of melting, which can be explained by an increase in melting rate and a decrease in REE diffusion rate in the upper part of the melting column. Small extent of disequilibrium melting for LREE and equilibrium melting for HREE in the upper part of the melting column can explain the elevated LREE abundances or spoon-shaped REE patterns in clinopyroxene in more refractory abyssal peridotites. The latter has often been attributed to melt refertilization.

  1. The Energy Crisis in the Earth's Core (Invited)

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    Gubbins, D.; Davies, C.; Alfe, D.

    2013-12-01

    Calculations of the core's thermal history and power required to drive the dynamo have, in the past, suffered from uncertainties in some of the key physical properties. Recent ab initio calculations, some of which have been confirmed by high pressure experiments, have removed much of this uncertainty. Unfortunately the new numbers require a large amount of heat to cross the core-mantle boundary (CMB) into the mantle: the Gruneissen constant and melting point at the inner core boundary determine a steep adiabatic gradient and the thermal and electrical conductivities are 2-4 times higher than the values in recent use. High electrical conductivity means the dynamo requires less power to sustain the magnetic field, but high thermal conductivity means more heat leaks away down the steep adiabatic gradient. It is hard to explain current geomagnetic secular variation without fluid upwelling within about 100 km of the core surface, requiring the core to be adiabatic throughout most of its depth. Here we calculate the cooling rate required to balance the entropy of thermal conduction down the adiabat. This is a lower bound because it ignores all other entropy changes associated with diffusion, notably magnetic and molecular. The heat flux across the CMB is then found from the cooling rate. The largest remaining uncertainty is the seismologically-determined density jump at the inner core boundary, which governs the fraction of light elements in the outer core, the strength of compositional convection, the melting temperature of the mixture at the inner core boundary (ICB), and the adiabatic gradient. A high density jump means more light elements are released on freezing, the higher concentration of light elements lowers the melting point, which in turn lowers the temperature throughout the core and shallows the adiabatic gradient. Unfortunately, calculations of the acoustic velocity of candidate mixtures corresponding to a high density jump do not fit the seismic models well, limiting how high the jump can be. Our minimum heat flux is less than the heat conducted down the adiabat at the CMB. Compositional convection could stir the core to within 100 km of the surface, although the severe thermal stratification makes this seem unlikely. However, heat flux across the CMB, as determined by mantle convection, can vary from place to place by a factor of 10 or more. The adiabat only needs to be exceeded in one spot for convection to stir the core everywhere, albeit weakly, the mean heat flux remaining subadiabatic. This mode of convection could explain the low secular variation in the Pacific, where the mantle is hot and heat flux is low. The dynamo is be driven deep within the core where compositional convection is most vigorous.

  2. Diffusion of Water in Silicate Melts

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    Newman, S.; Persikov, E.; Stolper, E.; Bukhtiyarov, P.; Zhang, Y.

    2005-12-01

    Diffusion of water in silicate melts and glasses has significant impact on both high temperature igneous and low temperature alteration processes. Water diffusivity in silicates is complicated by its strong, complex dependence on composition, including water content, which has been used to infer molecular level mechanisms of water diffusion. Very little has been done on mafic melts, but such studies are important both for their petrologic significance and because their molecular structures differ considerably (e.g., they are less polymerized) from more extensively studied acidic compositions. We have measured diffusion of water in high-Al basalt, Ab50Di50, Ab75Di25 (the last two modeling haplo-basalt to andesite), and rhyolite. Hydration (water-poor melt in contact with water vapor) and diffusion couple experiments (two glasses with different water contents placed in contact) were run in an internally heated pressure vessel or a rapid-quench TZM pressure vessel (1250-1300°C, 0.5-1 kbar, up to 25 minutes for intermediate to mafic compositions; 600-950°C, 0.5-1 kbar, up to 44 hours for rhyolite). Concentration profiles, obtained by FTIR spectroscopy, were fit using water diffusion coefficients with various functional forms for the dependence on water content. The dependence of water diffusivity on water content was also determined directly using a modified Boltzmann-Matano method for calculating diffusion coefficients along profiles. Key results include: (1) Hydration and diffusion couple experiments give similar results. (2) Diffusivity of water in basaltic melts at high water contents is consistent with the single previous study. (3) The concentration dependence of water diffusivity in these melts is consistent with previous studies and with simple models that assume water diffuses as water molecules in equilibrium with immobile hydroxyl groups. (4) Diffusivity of water over a wide range of melt compositions (at 1 wt.% water) correlates well with calculated melt viscosity.

  3. Ab initio melting curve of osmium

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    Burakovsky, L.; Burakovsky, N.; Preston, D. L.

    2015-11-01

    The melting curve of osmium up to a pressure P of 500 GPa is obtained from an extensive suite of ab initio quantum molecular dynamics (QMD) simulations using the Z method. The ab initio P =0 melting point of Os is 3370 ±75 K; this range encompasses all of the available data in the literature and corroborates the conclusion of J. W. Arblaster [Platinum Metals Rev. 49, 166 (2005)], 10.1595/147106705X70264 that the melting temperature of pure Os is 3400 ±50 K and that the 3300 K typically quoted in the literature is the melting point of impure Os. The T =0 equation of state (EOS) of Os and the P dependence of the optimized c /a ratio for the hexagonal unit cell, both to pressures ˜900 GPa, are obtained in the ab initio approach as validation of its use. Although excellent agreement with the available experimental data (P ?80 GPa) is found, it is the third-order Birch-Murnaghan EOS with B0'=5 rather than the more widely accepted B0'=4 that describes the QMD data to higher pressures, in agreement with the more recent experimental EOS by Godwal et al. The theoretical melting curve of Os obtained earlier by Joshi et al. is shown to be inconsistent with our QMD results, and the possible reason for this discrepancy is suggested. Regularities in the melting curves of Os and five other third-row transition metals (Ta, W, Re, Pt, Au) could be used to estimate the currently unknown melting curves of Hf and Ir.

  4. High Resolution Melting Analysis for Gene Scanning

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    Erali, Maria; Wittwer, Carl T.

    2010-01-01

    High resolution melting is a new method of genotyping and variant scanning that can be seamlessly appended to PCR amplification. Limitations of genotyping by amplicon melting can be addressed by unlabeled probe or snapback primer analysis, all performed without labeled probes. High resolution melting can also be used to scan for rare sequence variants in large genes with multiple exons and is the focus of this article. With the simple addition of a heteroduplex-detecting dye before PCR, high resolution melting is performed without any additions, processing or separation steps. Heterozygous variants are identified by atypical melting curves of a different shape compared to wild type homozygotes. Homozygous or hemizygous variants are detected by prior mixing with wild type DNA. Design, optimization, and performance considerations for high resolution scanning assays are presented for rapid turnaround of gene scanning. Design concerns include primer selection and predicting melting profiles in silico. Optimization includes temperature gradient selection of the annealing temperature, random population screening for common variants, and batch preparation of primer plates with robotically deposited and dried primer pairs. Performance includes rapid DNA preparation, PCR, and scanning by high resolution melting that require, in total, only 3 hours when no variants are present. When variants are detected, they can be identified in an additional 3 hours by rapid cycle sequencing and capillary electrophoresis. For each step in the protocol, a general overview of principles is provided, followed by an in depth analysis of one example, scanning of CYBB, the gene that is mutated in X-linked chronic granulomatous disease. PMID:20085814

  5. Energy Saving Melting and Revert Reduction Technology: Melting Efficiency in Die Casting Operations

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    David Schwam

    2012-12-15

    This project addressed multiple aspects of the aluminum melting and handling in die casting operations, with the objective of increasing the energy efficiency while improving the quality of the molten metal. The efficiency of melting has always played an important role in the profitability of aluminum die casting operations. Consequently, die casters need to make careful choices in selecting and operating melting equipment and procedures. The capital cost of new melting equipment with higher efficiency can sometimes be recovered relatively fast when it replaces old melting equipment with lower efficiency. Upgrades designed to improve energy efficiency of existing equipment may be well justified. Energy efficiency is however not the only factor in optimizing melting operations. Melt losses and metal quality are also very important. Selection of melting equipment has to take into consideration the specific conditions at the die casting shop such as availability of floor space, average quantity of metal used as well as the ability to supply more metal during peaks in demand. In all these cases, it is essential to make informed decisions based on the best available data.

  6. Shock melting method to determine melting curve by molecular dynamics: Cu, Pd, and Al

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    Liu, Zhong-Li; Zhang, Xiu-Lu; Cai, Ling-Cang

    2015-09-01

    A melting simulation method, the shock melting (SM) method, is proposed and proved to be able to determine the melting curves of materials accurately and efficiently. The SM method, which is based on the multi-scale shock technique, determines melting curves by preheating and/or prepressurizing materials before shock. This strategy was extensively verified using both classical and ab initio molecular dynamics (MD). First, the SM method yielded the same satisfactory melting curve of Cu with only 360 atoms using classical MD, compared to the results from the Z-method and the two-phase coexistence method. Then, it also produced a satisfactory melting curve of Pd with only 756 atoms. Finally, the SM method combined with ab initio MD cheaply achieved a good melting curve of Al with only 180 atoms, which agrees well with the experimental data and the calculated results from other methods. It turned out that the SM method is an alternative efficient method for calculating the melting curves of materials.

  7. Trapped Melt in theJosephine Peridotite: Implications for Permeability and Melt

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    Trapped Melt in theJosephine Peridotite: Implications for Permeability and Melt Extraction NOVEMBER 25, 2009 ADVANCE ACCESS PUBLICATION JANUARY 15, 2010 Tabular dunites in the Josephine peridotite within these channels during cooling and exhumation of the peridotite massif was calculated using a mass

  8. Internal stress-induced melting below melting temperature at high-rate laser heating

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    Hwang, Yong Seok; Levitas, Valery I.

    2014-06-30

    In this Letter, continuum thermodynamic and phase field approaches (PFAs) predicted internal stress-induced reduction in melting temperature for laser-irradiated heating of a nanolayer. Internal stresses appear due to thermal strain under constrained conditions and completely relax during melting, producing an additional thermodynamic driving force for melting. Thermodynamic melting temperature for Al reduces from 933.67?K for a stress-free condition down to 898.1?K for uniaxial strain and to 920.8?K for plane strain. Our PFA simulations demonstrated barrierless surface-induced melt nucleation below these temperatures and propagation of two solid-melt interfaces toward each other at the temperatures very close to the corresponding predicted thermodynamic equilibrium temperatures for the heating rate Q?1.51×10{sup 10}K/s. At higher heating rates, kinetic superheating competes with a reduction in melting temperature and melting under uniaxial strain occurs at 902.1?K for Q?=?1.51?×?10{sup 11?}K/s and 936.9?K for Q?=?1.46?×?10{sup 12?}K/s.

  9. Joule heating effects on quartz particle melting in high-temperature silicate melt

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    Vlasov, V.; Volokitin, G.; Skripnikova, N.; Volokitin, O.; Shekhovtsov, V.

    2015-10-01

    This work is mostly focused on the melting process model simulation of quartz particles having the radius within the range of 10-6-10-3 m. The melting process is simulated accounting for the heat generation at an electric current passage through a quartz particle.

  10. Shock melting method to determine melting curve by molecular dynamics: Cu, Pd, and Al.

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    Liu, Zhong-Li; Zhang, Xiu-Lu; Cai, Ling-Cang

    2015-09-21

    A melting simulation method, the shock melting (SM) method, is proposed and proved to be able to determine the melting curves of materials accurately and efficiently. The SM method, which is based on the multi-scale shock technique, determines melting curves by preheating and/or prepressurizing materials before shock. This strategy was extensively verified using both classical and ab initio molecular dynamics (MD). First, the SM method yielded the same satisfactory melting curve of Cu with only 360 atoms using classical MD, compared to the results from the Z-method and the two-phase coexistence method. Then, it also produced a satisfactory melting curve of Pd with only 756 atoms. Finally, the SM method combined with ab initio MD cheaply achieved a good melting curve of Al with only 180 atoms, which agrees well with the experimental data and the calculated results from other methods. It turned out that the SM method is an alternative efficient method for calculating the melting curves of materials. PMID:26395681

  11. The evolution of immiscible silicate and fluoride melts: Implications for REE ore-genesis

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    Vasyukova, O.; Williams-Jones, A. E.

    2016-01-01

    The Mid-Proterozoic peralkaline Strange Lake pluton (Québec-Labrador, Canada) exhibits extreme enrichment in high field strength elements (HFSE), including the rare earth elements (REE), particularly in pegmatites. On the basis of a study of melt inclusions, we proposed recently that fluoride-silicate melt immiscibility played an important and perhaps dominant role in concentrating the REE within the pluton. Here we present further evidence for silicate-fluoride immiscibility at Strange Lake from a sample of the hypersolvus granite, which contains an inclusion composed largely of REE and HFSE minerals. The inclusion (?5 cm in diameter) comprises a narrow rim containing chevkinite-(Ce) and zircon in a fluorite matrix, a core of fluorbritholite-(Ce) and bastnäsite-(Ce) and a transition zone between the rim and the core consisting of a fine-grained intergrowth of bastnäsite-(Ce), gagarinite-(Y) and fluorite. We propose that the inclusion formed as a result of silicate-fluoride immiscibility, which occurred early in the emplacement history of the Strange Lake pluton, and that it represents the fluoride melt. After separation of the two melts, the boundary between them acted as a locus of crystallisation, where crystals formed repeatedly due to heterogeneous (surface catalysed) nucleation. Zircon crystallised shortly after melt phase separation, and was followed by the growth of perthite together with arfvedsonite and quartz. As a result, the silicate melt surrounding the fluoride inclusion became enriched in volatiles that facilitated crystallisation of progressively larger crystals in the inclusion; large crystals of arfvedsonite and perthite were succeeded by even larger crystals of quartz. Massive crystallisation of chevkinite-(Ce) followed, forming the rim of the inclusion. The fluoride melt, which constituted the matrix to the silicate minerals and chevkinite-(Ce), crystallised after chevkinite-(Ce), forming fluorbritholite-(Ce) and fluorite. Aqueous fluid exsolved from the silicate melt and altered the inclusion, replacing fluorbritholite-(Ce) with fluocerite-(Ce) and then bastnäsite-(Ce). This was followed by the formation of a fine-grained intergrowth of bastnäsite-(Ce), gagarinite-(Y) and fluorite at the expense of the earlier bastnäsite-(Ce). Chevkinite-(Ce) was not affected. Zircon, however, was replaced by anhydrous zirconosilicates and, in turn, by hydrous zirconosilicates. The inclusion represents the first macroscopic example of silicate-fluoride immiscibility in nature. We propose that globules of the fluoride melt were initially dispersed within the silicate melt and preserved only rarely in unaltered hypersolvus granite. They accumulated in the residual melt (and therefore in pegmatites) scavenging REE, Ca and F from the silicate melt and, with rare exceptions, were later destroyed by fluids. The latter process contributed significantly to the enrichment of the host rocks in REE, Ca and F.

  12. Melt retention and segregation beneath mid-ocean ridges.

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    Faul, U H

    2001-04-19

    Geochemical models of melting at mid-ocean ridges-particularly those based on trace elements and uranium-decay-series isotopes-predict that melt segregates from the matrix at very low porosities, of order 0.1%. Some of these models also require that the melt ascends rapidly. But these predictions appear to conflict with seismic data obtained by the mantle electromagnetic and tomography (MELT) experiment. These data reveal, beneath the East Pacific Rise (at 17 degrees S), a region of low velocities several hundred kilometres wide, which is best explained by the presence of 1-2% melt, distributed on a grain scale in disk-shaped geometries. Here I show that these apparently contradictory constraints can be reconciled by taking into account the geometry and resulting permeability of the intergranular network of melt, together with the changing character of the melt as it ascends. A deep, volatile-rich melt with low viscosity and density is mobile at 0.1% porosity, but basaltic melt only becomes mobile at a porosity above 1%. While the volumetric contribution of the volatile-rich melt to the erupted basalts is small, the isotopic disequilibria (except for radium) generated by porous flow of this melt are preserved if melt transport is rapid at the onset of high-productivity melting. Also, because of incomplete extraction, some melt is retained in a broad zone, consistent with the MELT observations. PMID:11309614

  13. Explosive volcanism and the compositions of the cores of differentiated asteroids

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    Keil, Klaus; Wilson, Lionel

    1993-01-01

    Eleven iron meteorite groups showing correlations between Ni and siderophile trace elements that are predictable by distribution coefficients between liquid and solid metal of fractionally crystallizing metal magmas, are interpreted to be fragments of the fractionally crystallized cores of 11 differentiated asteroids. Many of these groups crystallized from S-depleted magmas which we propose resulted from removal of the first partial melt (a Fe,Ni-FeS cotectic) by explosive pyroclastic volcanism. It is shown that these dense, negatively buoyant melts can be driven to asteroidal surfaces by the combination of an excess pressure in the melt and the presence of buoyant bubbles of gas which decrease the bulk density of the melt. It is also shown that in typical asteroidal materials, veins will form which grow into dikes and serve as pathways for migration of melt and gas to asteroidal surfaces. Since cotectic Fe,Ni-FeS melt consists of about 85 wt. percent FeS and 15 wt. percent Fe,Ni, removal of small volumes of eutectic melts results in major loss of S but only minor loss of Fe,Ni, thus leaving sufficient Fe,Ni to form sizeable asteroidal cores.

  14. Estimates of olivine-basaltic melt electrical conductivity using a digital rock physics approach

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    Miller, Kevin J.; Montési, Laurent G. J.; Zhu, Wen-lu

    2015-12-01

    Estimates of melt content beneath fast-spreading mid-ocean ridges inferred from magnetotelluric tomography (MT) vary between 0.01 and 0.10. Much of this variation may stem from a lack of understanding of how the grain-scale melt geometry influences the bulk electrical conductivity of a partially molten rock, especially at low melt fraction. We compute bulk electrical conductivity of olivine-basalt aggregates over 0.02 to 0.20 melt fraction by simulating electric current in experimentally obtained partially molten geometries. Olivine-basalt aggregates were synthesized by hot-pressing San Carlos olivine and high-alumina basalt in a solid-medium piston-cylinder apparatus. Run conditions for experimental charges were 1.5 GPa and 1350 °C. Upon completion, charges were quenched and cored. Samples were imaged using synchrotron X-ray micro-computed tomography (?-CT). The resulting high-resolution, 3-dimensional (3-D) image of the melt distribution constitutes a digital rock sample, on which numerical simulations were conducted to estimate material properties. To compute bulk electrical conductivity, we simulated a direct current measurement by solving the current continuity equation, assuming electrical conductivities for olivine and melt. An application of Ohm's Law yields the bulk electrical conductivity of the partially molten region. The bulk electrical conductivity values for nominally dry materials follow a power-law relationship ?bulk = C?melt?m with fit parameters m = 1.3 ± 0.3 and C = 0.66 ± 0.06. Laminar fluid flow simulations were conducted on the same partially molten geometries to obtain permeability, and the respective pathways for electrical current and fluid flow over the same melt geometry were compared. Our results indicate that the pathways for flow fluid are different from those for electric current. Electrical tortuosity is lower than fluid flow tortuosity. The simulation results are compared to existing experimental data, and the potential influence of volatiles and melt films on electrical conductivity of partially molten rocks is discussed.

  15. Zircon captures melting of an ultrahigh-pressure terrane on the exhumation path, Greenland Caledonides

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    Gilotti, J. A.; McClelland, W.; Wooden, J. L.; Lang, H. M.

    2012-12-01

    Zircon can grow at any stage on the pressure-temperature path related to deep continental subduction, as has been demonstrated by U-Pb ion microprobe geochronology on distinct CL domains that contain index mineral inclusions suites. Zircon from the North-East Greenland ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) terrane formed over a 45 million year period from peak UHP conditions through the amphibolite facies. Our study utilizes sensitive high resolution ion microprobe - reverse geometry (SHRIMP-RG) mass spectrometry to assess the multiple ages and trace element patterns captured in zircon from samples that preserve the exhumation history of these rocks. Peak UHP conditions from 365-350 Ma are derived from coesite-bearing samples, while a suite of progressively retrogressed quartzofeldspathic host gneisses and late-stage, leucrocratic melts emplaced into the gneisses track exhumation. Melting occurred during all stages of exhumation, beginning with H2O-absent dehydration melting of phengite on the decompression path. Isochemical phase equilibrium modeling of anatectic metapelites shows that phengite melting took place below the coesite to quartz transition at approximately 2.2-2.4 GPa and 900 C. Zircon did not grow in the pelitic bulk composition, but a garnet-bearing leucosome in the neck of a kyanite-eclogite boudin gives an age of 347 Ma and this is taken as the beginning of phengite melting. Leucosomes formed in HP granulite to amphibolite facies gneisses between 350-330 Ma, and fluid assisted melting continued from 330-320 Ma in the form of late, cross-cutting pegmatites. Changes in the zircon trace element patterns are linked to decreasing temperature using Ti thermometry, and show that significant new zircon grew during melting on the exhumation path. Zircon cores recording protolith ages generally preserve magmatic temperatures (700 C) and typical igneous REE patterns (Yb/Gd = 10). UHP/HP eclogite facies zircon records higher T (900 C) and flat HREE patterns (Yb/Gd = 1). Granulite to amphibolite facies zircon in quartzofeldspathic gneisses records both flat (Yb/Gd = 1) and steep (Yb/Gd = 100) HREE patterns at ca 700 C suggesting variable effects of garnet during decompression. Amphibolite facies pegmatites and leucosomes document a transition from moderate HREE (Yb/Gd = 10) at 700 C to steep HREE (Yb/Gd = 100-1000) patterns at 600 C. The pronounced steepening of the HREE patterns is attributed to garnet break down at the end stages of amphibolite facies metamorphism. Given that the mineral assemblages in continental UHP terranes are commonly dry, HP dehydration melting of phengite begins below the coesite to quartz transition and changes to fluid assisted melting later in the exhumation process.

  16. Carbon Dissolution in Reduced Silicate and Alloy Melts - a Frontier for Understanding Evolution of Terrestrial Planets

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    Dasgupta, R.; Chi, H.; Li, Y.; Duncan, M. S.; Tsuno, K.

    2014-12-01

    C-O-H-S-N volatile elements sequestration in and release from silicate and metallic melts are key in controlling the planet scale distribution of these elements and thus are critical for thermo-chemical and dynamic evolution of terrestrial planets. To understand the distribution of carbon during accretion, core formation, magma ocean crystallization, and ongoing evolution of reduced mantles domains such as those of Mars, the Moon, and deep Earth, carbon chemistry in reduced silicates and alloys must be constrained, but currently are poorly known. Here we summarize recent experimental efforts to (1) constrain the speciation and solubility of carbon in graphite-saturated natural mafic melts at fO2 below IW buffer and (2) C solubility in Fe-Ni-rich alloy melts. Quenched glasses and alloys generated to 8 GPa and 2200 °C are analyzed using a combination of electron and ion microprobe, FTIR, and Raman spectroscopy. Dissolved carbonates and bulk C solubility (<200 ppm) of graphite-saturated silicate glasses are observed to increase with decreasing pressure and increasing temperature, melt depolymerization index (e.g., NBO/T), and fO2 from ~IW-1.5 to IW [1,2]. Over the range in fO2, melt H2O content also mildly enhances carbonate dissolution, likely in part owing to the depolymerizing effect of H2O in the melt. At fO2>IW-1.5, dissolved C is a mixture of carbonates and other species, but below ~IW-1.5 the carbonate doublet is undetectable in IR spectra, with Raman spectra indicating the dominant species being methane or other methyl groups. In addition, with diminishing fO2 from IW-2 to IW-5, C solubility trend reverses, i.e., it increases with decreasing fO2 and also shows a much stronger dependence on melt H content [3], consistent with the enhanced solubility of methane in silicate melt with decreasing fO2 and increasing with square of fH2. However, Fe-Ni-rich alloy melts have high C solubility (~0.7-7 wt.%) that diminishes mostly with increasing Ni, Si, and S contents. These results have important implications for origin, distribution, and storage of carbon in the planetary interiors as well as chemistry of early atmosphere and will be discussed. [1] Dasgupta et al. (2013). GCA 102, 191-202. [2] Chi et al. (2014). GCA 139, 447-471. [3] Li et al. (submitted).

  17. MELT RATE TESTING FOR SLUDGE BATCH 6

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    Fox, K.; Miller, D.; Pickenheim, B.

    2010-05-13

    The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) was requested to provide Savannah River Remediation (SRR) with a recommended frit composition for Sludge Batch 6 (SB6) to optimize processing at the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF). This report discusses the results of a series of melt rate experiments that were completed in support of the frit recommendation and the preparation of the feed used in the testing. The objective of the work was to identify the impact of individual frit component concentrations on melt rate for both SB6 and for DWPF sludge batches in general. The dry fed, Melt Rate Furnace (MRF) was used to compare the relative melt rate performance of several candidate frit compositions. Sludge composition projection changes and variation led to the fabrication and testing of several new frits along with Frit 418, which is currently utilized at the DWPF for Sludge Batch 5 (SB5) processing. The melt rate testing results show that changes in the frit composition, such as increases in B{sub 2}O{sub 3} or Li{sub 2}O concentrations, can provide a faster melt rate for SB6 relative to Frit 418. However, the composition of SB6 as currently projected (February 2010 blended with a 40 inch heel of SB5) does not allow for significant changes in frit composition relative to Frit 418 without compromising the projected operating windows. Only one of the new frits tested, Frit IS7, remains viable for SB6 processing based on the current composition projections. The melt rate results also demonstrated that a low Na{sub 2}O concentration frit (particularly Frit IS7) can provide reasonable melt rates if the concentrations of Li{sub 2}O or B{sub 2}O{sub 3} in the frit are increased. The measured melt rate for Frit IS7 with the simulated SB6 feed was about 15% faster than that for Frit 418. The projected operating windows for Frits 418 and IS7 are very similar with the current SB6 projections. However, waste loadings with Frit IS7 are limited by low viscosity predictions, while waste loadings with Frit 418 are limited by predictions of nepheline crystallization. It is recommended that SRNL reevaluate the final SB6 composition once washing and blending are complete to determine whether a change in frit composition could provide improved operating windows, improved sulfate solubility, and/or increased waste throughput.

  18. Preparation of the melting tank for melting magnesite in an electric-arc furnace

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    Skorodumov, V.V.; Mechev, V.V.; Storozhev, Y.I.; Vlasov, N.M.; Zhilin, G.P.

    1986-05-01

    An average quantitative evaluation of the effect of the fill of crystalline MgO on the main melting characteristics of magnesite in an OKB-955 electric-arc furnace is shown. The diameter of the electrode discharge was 1050 mm and the melting regime was maintained automatically at a voltage of 95-97 V and a current of 6.8 kA. Melting of various grades of magnesite was carried out. The authors found that when a heat-conducting lining is used in the hearth, the yield of first and second grade periclase from the solid melting products is increased 5%. The fairly significant effectiveness of the use of a heat-conducting layer in the hearth lining of a melting tank is demonstrated. This layer makes it possible to improve the technieconomic characteristics of the process and to upgrade the quality of the periclase.

  19. Protein Chemistry Core

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    The Protein Chemistry Core has expertise in the analysis of protein modifications via radioactive and non-radioactive methods.  The core provides the following services to the NCI community:  Protein and peptide sequencing Protein phosphorylation site map

  20. The lunar highland melt-rock suite

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    Vaniman, D. T.; Papike, J. J.

    1978-01-01

    Size can be used as a criterion to select 18 large (larger than 1 cm) samples from among 148 melt-rock fragments of all sizes. This selection provides a suite of large samples which represent the important chemical variants among highland melt rocks; each large sample has enough material for a number of sample-destructive studies, as well as for future reference. Cluster analysis of the total data base of 148 highland melt rocks shows six distinct groups: anorthosite, gabbroic anorthosite, anorthositic gabbro ('highland basalt'), low K Fra Mauro, intermediate-K Fra Mauro, and high-K. Large samples are available for four of the melt-rock groups (gabbroic anorthosite, anorthositic gabbro, low-K Fra Mauro, and intermediate-K Fra Mauro). This sample selection reveals two subgroups of anorthositic gabbro (one anorthite-poor with negative Eu anomaly and one anorthite-rich without Eu anomaly). There is a sharp distinction between those Apollo 16 melt rocks and glasses which have both been classified as 'gabbroic anorthosite'.

  1. Seismogenic frictional melting in the magmatic column

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    Kendrick, J. E.; Lavallée, Y.; Hess, K.-U.; De Angelis, S.; Ferk, A.; Gaunt, H. E.; Dingwell, D. B.; Leonhardt, R.

    2013-10-01

    Lava dome eruptions subjected to high extrusion rates commonly evolve from endogenous to exogenous growth and limits to their structural stability hold catastrophic potential as explosive eruption triggers. In the conduit, strain localisation in magma, accompanied by seismogenic failure, marks the onset of brittle magma ascent dynamics. The rock record of exogenous dome structures preserves vestiges of cataclastic processes (Cashman et al., 2008; Kennedy and Russell, 2011) and of thermal anomalies (Kendrick et al., 2012), key to unravelling subsurface processes. Here, a combined structural, thermal and magnetic investigation of a shear band crosscutting a large block erupted in 2010 at Soufrière Hills volcano (SHV) reveals evidence of faulting and frictional melting within the magmatic column. The mineralogy of this pseudotachylyte vein offers confirmation of complete recrystallisation with an isothermal remanent magnetisation signature that typifies local electric currents in faults. The pseudotachylyte presents an impermeable barrier, which is thought to have influenced the degassing pathway. Such melting events may be linked to the step-wise extrusion of magma accompanied by repetitive long-period (LP) drumbeat seismicity at SHV (Neuberg et al., 2006). Frictional melting of SHV andesite in a high velocity rotary shear apparatus highlights the small slip distances (< 15 cm) required to bring 800 °C magma to melting point at upper conduit stress conditions (10 MPa). We conclude that frictional melting is an inevitable consequence of seismogenic, conduit-dwelling magma fracture during dome building eruptions and that it may have an important influence on magma ascent dynamics.

  2. Seismogenic frictional melting in the magmatic column

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    Kendrick, J. E.; Lavallée, Y.; Hess, K.-U.; De Angelis, S.; Ferk, A.; Gaunt, H. E.; Meredith, P. G.; Dingwell, D. B.; Leonhardt, R.

    2014-04-01

    Lava dome eruptions subjected to high extrusion rates commonly evolve from endogenous to exogenous growth and limits to their structural stability hold catastrophic potential as explosive eruption triggers. In the conduit, strain localisation in magma, accompanied by seismogenic failure, marks the onset of brittle magma ascent dynamics. The rock record of exogenous dome structures preserves vestiges of cataclastic processes and thermal anomalies, key to unravelling subsurface processes. Here, a combined structural, thermal and magnetic investigation of a shear band crosscutting a large block erupted in 2010 at Soufrière Hills volcano (SHV) reveals evidence of faulting and frictional melting within the magmatic column. The mineralogy of this pseudotachylyte vein offers confirmation of complete recrystallisation, altering the structure, porosity and permeability of the material, and the magnetic signature typifies local electric currents in faults. Such melting events may be linked to the step-wise extrusion of magma accompanied by repetitive long-period (LP) drumbeat seismicity at SHV. Frictional melting of Soufrière Hills andesite in a high velocity rotary shear apparatus highlights the small slip distances (< 15 cm) thought to be required to bring 800 °C magma to melting point at upper conduit stress conditions (10 MPa). We conclude that frictional melting is a common consequence of seismogenic magma fracture during dome building eruptions and that it may govern the ascent of magma in the upper conduit.

  3. ESR Process Instabilities while Melting Pipe Electrodes

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    Melgaard, D.K.; Shelmidine, G.J.

    1999-01-06

    With the demonstration of the viability of using the electroslag remelting process for the decontamination of radionuclides, interest has increased in examining the unique aspects associated with melting steel pipe electrodes. These electrodes consist of several nested pipes, welded concentrically to atop plate. Since these electrodes can be half as dense as a solid electrode, they present unique challenges to the standard algorithms used in controlling the melting process. Naturally the electrode must be driven down at a dramatically increased speed. However, since the heat transfer is greatly influenced and enhanced with the increased area to volume ratio, considerable variation in the melting rate of the pipes has been found. Standard control methods can become unstable as a result of the variation at increased speeds, particularly at shallow immersion depths. The key to good control lies in the understanding of the melting process. Several experiments were conducted to observe the characteristics of the melting using two different control modes. By using a pressure transducer to monitor the pressure inside the pipes, the venting of the air trapped inside the electrode was observed. The measurements reveal that for a considerable amount of time. the pipes are not completely immersed in the slag, allowing the gas inside to escape without the formation of bubbles. This result has implications for the voltage swing as well as for the decontamination reactions.

  4. Tungsten Chemistry in Alkali Chloride Melts

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    Danilov, Danil A.; Volkovich, Vladimir A.; Vasin, Boris D.; Polovov, Ilya B.; Griffiths, Trevor R.

    2007-12-01

    Speciation of tungsten in alkali chloride melts (based on NaCl-2CsCl, NaCl-KCl and 3LiCl-2KCl mixtures) was studied between 550 and 750?C using electronic absorption spectroscopy. OnlyW(IV) and W(V) chloro and oxychloro species can be stabilized under the conditions studied. Tungsten(IV) chloride ions are very sensitive to oxide/hydroxide impurities present in the melt. Anodic dissolution ofWmetal at anodic current densities in the range of 0.005 - 0.1 A/cm2 produces only [WCl6]2- ions that can be electrochemically (on a glassy carbon anode) oxidized to [WCl6]-. Small amounts of oxide ions present in the melt result in a gradual conversion of W(IV) chloro species intoW(IV) oxychloro species. In the presence of O2 in the atmosphere [WCl6]2- is oxidized into the tungsten(V) species [WOCl5]2-. Dissolution of tungsten hexachloride, WCl6, in an NaCl-2CsCl melt initially yields [WCl6]2- (due to disproportionation). Reaction of metallic tungsten with Pd(II)-containing melts results in the formation of [WCl6]2- species. The main spectroscopic parameters of [WCl6]2- and [WCl6]- complex ions were calculated.

  5. Melt electrospinning of biodegradable polyurethane scaffolds

    PubMed Central

    Karchin, Ari; Simonovsky, Felix I.; Ratner, Buddy D.; Sanders, Joan E.

    2014-01-01

    Electrospinning from the melt, in contrast to from solution, is an attractive tissue engineering scaffold manufacturing process as it allows for the formation of small diameter fibers while eliminating potentially cytotoxic solvents. Despite this, there is a dearth of literature on scaffold formation via melt electrospinning. This is likely due to the technical challenges related to the need for a well-controlled high temperature setup and the difficulty in developing an appropriate polymer. In this paper, a biodegradable and thermally stable polyurethane (PU) is described specifically for use in melt electrospinning. Polymer formulations of aliphatic PUs based on (CH2)4-content diisocyanates, polycaprolactone (PCL), 1,4-butanediamine and 1,4-butanediol (BD) were evaluated for utility in the melt electrospinning process. The final polymer formulation, a catalyst-purified PU based on 1,4-butane diisocyanate, PCL and BD in a 4/1/3 molar ratio with a weight-average molecular weight of about 40 kDa, yielded a nontoxic polymer that could be readily electrospun from the melt. Scaffolds electrospun from this polymer contained point bonds between fibers and mechanical properties analogous to many in vivo soft tissues. PMID:21640853

  6. Melt electrospinning of biodegradable polyurethane scaffolds.

    PubMed

    Karchin, Ari; Simonovsky, Felix I; Ratner, Buddy D; Sanders, Joan E

    2011-09-01

    Electrospinning from a melt, in contrast to from a solution, is an attractive tissue engineering scaffold manufacturing process as it allows for the formation of small diameter fibers while eliminating potentially cytotoxic solvents. Despite this, there is a dearth of literature on scaffold formation via melt electrospinning. This is likely due to the technical challenges related to the need for a well-controlled high-temperature setup and the difficulty in developing an appropriate polymer. In this paper, a biodegradable and thermally stable polyurethane (PU) is described specifically for use in melt electrospinning. Polymer formulations of aliphatic PUs based on (CH(2))(4)-content diisocyanates, polycaprolactone (PCL), 1,4-butanediamine and 1,4-butanediol (BD) were evaluated for utility in the melt electrospinning process. The final polymer formulation, a catalyst-purified PU based on 1,4-butane diisocyanate, PCL and BD in a 4/1/3M ratio with a weight-average molecular weight of about 40kDa, yielded a nontoxic polymer that could be readily electrospun from the melt. Scaffolds electrospun from this polymer contained point bonds between fibers and mechanical properties analogous to many in vivo soft tissues. PMID:21640853

  7. Direct in vitro electrospinning with polymer melts.

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    Dalton, Paul D; Klinkhammer, Kristina; Salber, Jochen; Klee, Doris; Möller, Martin

    2006-03-01

    The electrospinning of polymer melts can offer an advantage over solution electrospinning, in the development of layered tissue constructs for tissue engineering. Melt electrospinning does not require a solvent, of which many are cytotoxic in nature, and the use of nonwater soluble polymers allows the collection of fibers on water or onto cells. In this article, melt electrospinning of a blend of PEO-block-PCL with PCL was performed with in vitro cultured fibroblasts as the collection target. The significant parameters governing electrospinning polymer melts were determined before electrospinning directly onto fibroblasts. In general, a high electric field resulted in the most homogeneous and smallest fibers, although it is important that an optimal pump rate to the spinneret needs to be determined for different configurations. Many parameters governing melt electrospinning differ to those reported for solution electrospinning: the pump rate was a magnitude lower and the viscosity a magnitude higher than successful parameters for solution electrospinning. Cell vitality was maintained throughout the electrospinning process. Six days after electrospinning, fibroblasts adhered to the electrospun fibers and appeared to detach from the underlying flat substrate. The morphology of the fibroblasts changed from spread and flat, to long and spindle-shaped as adherence onto the fiber progressed. Therefore, an important step for producing layer-on-layer tissue constructs of cells and polymers in view of scaffold construction for tissue engineering was successfully demonstrated. The process of using cultured cells as the collection target was termed "direct in vitro electrospinning". PMID:16529400

  8. Topological Constraints in Directed Polymer Melts

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    Serna, Pablo; Bunin, Guy; Nahum, Adam

    2015-11-01

    Polymers in a melt may be subject to topological constraints, as in the example of unlinked polymer rings. How to do statistical mechanics in the presence of such constraints remains a fundamental open problem. We study the effect of topological constraints on a melt of directed polymers, using simulations of a simple quasi-2D model. We find that fixing the global topology of the melt to be trivial changes the polymer conformations drastically. Polymers of length L wander in the transverse direction only by a distance of order (ln L )? with ? ?1.5 . This is strongly suppressed in comparison with the Brownian L1 /2 scaling which holds in the absence of the topological constraint. It is also much smaller than the predictions of standard heuristic approaches—in particular the L1 /4 of a mean-field-like "array of obstacles" model—so our results present a sharp challenge to theory. Dynamics are also strongly affected by the constraints, and a tagged monomer in an infinite system performs logarithmically slow subdiffusion in the transverse direction. To cast light on the suppression of the strands' wandering, we analyze the topological complexity of subregions of the melt: the complexity is also logarithmically small, and is related to the wandering by a power law. We comment on insights the results give for 3D melts, directed and nondirected.

  9. Equation of State and Phase Diagram of Fe-16Si Alloy as a Candidate Component of1 Earth's Core2

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    into the core may explain the difference between44 30 Si/28 Si ratios in terrestrial rocks versus meteorites is the dominant light element.52 If silicon is a primary light element component in the core, its impact on the density of53 iron-rich melts is vital to interpretation of the composition, dynamics, and evolution

  10. Core and Geodynamo Evolution and the Influence of Potassium

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    Nimmo, F.; Price, G. D.; Brodholt, J.

    2002-12-01

    In his penultimate paragraph, Birch (1952) notes that the growth of the inner core is controlled by its melting curve, which ``. . . has implications for the `hydromagnetic' theories of the Earth's magnetism''. Although the terminology has changed, the relationship between the growth of the inner core and the geodynamo is still an area of active research, and is still limited by our imperfect understanding of core properties. The ability of the Earth's core to sustain a geodynamo depends on the entropy produced by core cooling and/or solidification [1,2]. The rate of cooling depends on the rate at which the mantle extracts heat from the core. In this contribution we model the coupled thermal evolution of the core and mantle [3,4,5] to investigate the circumstances under which the geodynamo can have been sustained for at least 3~Ga. In particular, we use improved estimates of core properties [6], and examine the effect of potassium in the core, as suggested by recent theoretical [7] and experimental [8] studies. Models without potassium in the core and with realistic present-day temperature and viscosity structures can sustain a geodynamo. However, for the nominal core parameters these models produce an inner core which is too large. For reasonable mantle viscosities, the core cools too rapidly; a reduced cooling rate produces a smaller inner core but requires unreasonable viscosities. The robustness of this result depends mainly on uncertainties in the solidus temperature of the core and the mean thermal expansivity of the mantle. Introducing potassium into the core retards the rate of core growth [7] and provides an additional source of entropy [1]. For a core potassium content of 100-400ppm [8], the criteria of mantle and core temperature and viscosity structure, inner core radius and geodynamo generation can all be satisfied. [1] Gubbins, D. et al., GJRAS 59, 57-99, 1979. [2] Buffett, B.A. et al., JGR 101, 7989-8006, 1996. [3] Mollett, S., GJRAS 76, 653-666, 1984. [4] Stevenson, D., et al., Icarus 54, 466-489, 1983. [5] Buffett, B.A., GRL 10.1029/2001GL014649, 2002. [6] Alfe, D. et al., Nature 401, 462-464, 1999. [7] Labrosse, S., et al., EPSL 190, 111-123, 2001. [8] Gessmann and Wood, EPSL 200, 63-78, 2002.

  11. MORECA: A computer code for simulating modular high-temperature gas-cooled reactor core heatup accidents

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    Ball, S.J. )

    1991-10-01

    The design features of the modular high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (MHTGR) have the potential to make it essentially invulnerable to damage from postulated core heatup accidents. This report describes the ORNL MORECA code, which was developed for analyzing postulated long-term core heatup scenarios for which active cooling systems used to remove afterheat following the accidents can be assumed to the unavailable. Simulations of long-term loss-of-forced-convection accidents, both with and without depressurization of the primary coolant, have shown that maximum core temperatures stay below the point at which any significant fuel failures and fission product releases are expected. Sensitivity studies also have been done to determine the effects of errors in the predictions due both to uncertainties in the modeling and to the assumptions about operational parameters. MORECA models the US Department of Energy reference design of a standard MHTGR.

  12. Properties of Silicate Melts at High Pressure and Temperature from Ab Initio Calculations

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    Seclaman, A. C.; Caracas, R.

    2014-12-01

    The evolution of planetary interiors is intrinsically connected to the behavior and properties of silicate melts at high pressures and temperatures. Our work comes as a complement to existing data expanding the pressure, temperature, and compositional ranges. We used the V.A.S.P. code to perform NVT Molecular Dynamics simulations on two basic compositions: Mg2SiO4 and MgSiO3. All calculations are done within augmented planar wave formalism of the Density Functional Theory. Supercells of 160 atoms clino-enstatite and 112 atoms forsterite were melted at 5000K and then cooled and thermalized, using the Nose-Hoover thermostat, at temperatures more representative of Earth's interior (3000 and 4000K). The pressure range of our investigations spans from 0 to approximately 160GPa. Since important properties, density and magnetism, are dependent on the presence of iron we also created (Fex-1,Mgx)SiO3 and (Fex-1,Mgx)2SiO4melts from the thermalized pure compositions by replacing the desired amount of magnesium atoms with iron. Because other transitional elements present similar behavior as iron, and nickel is an important element in the core, compositions containing different amounts of nickel were also created by adding extra Ni atoms in the system. We analyze in detail the behavior with pressure of the density, clustering and coordination, total magnetization, and thermodynamical parameters of the melts. Our results indicate that changes in the structure and magnetic moment of the Forsterite melt begin at relatively low pressure. As an application of our data to the Earth's present deep interior we analyzed in great detail various possible mixtures of Fe bearing melt and solid mantle in an attempt to fit the density estimated for the Ultra Low Velocity Zones.

  13. Core Design Applications

    Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC)

    1995-07-12

    CORD-2 is intended for core desigh applications of pressurized water reactors. The main objective was to assemble a core design system which could be used for simple calculations (such as frequently required for fuel management) as well as for accurate calculations (for example, core design after refueling).

  14. Coring Sample Acquisition Tool

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    Haddad, Nicolas E.; Murray, Saben D.; Walkemeyer, Phillip E.; Badescu, Mircea; Sherrit, Stewart; Bao, Xiaoqi; Kriechbaum, Kristopher L.; Richardson, Megan; Klein, Kerry J.

    2012-01-01

    A sample acquisition tool (SAT) has been developed that can be used autonomously to sample drill and capture rock cores. The tool is designed to accommodate core transfer using a sample tube to the IMSAH (integrated Mars sample acquisition and handling) SHEC (sample handling, encapsulation, and containerization) without ever touching the pristine core sample in the transfer process.

  15. Core Competence and Education.

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    Holmes, Gary; Hooper, Nick

    2000-01-01

    Outlines the concept of core competence and applies it to postcompulsory education in the United Kingdom. Adopts an educational perspective that suggests accreditation as the core competence of universities. This economic approach suggests that the market trend toward lifetime learning might best be met by institutions developing a core competence…

  16. 26Al-26Mg chronology and oxygen isotope distributions of multiple melting for a Type C CAI from Allende

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    Kawasaki, Noriyuki; Kato, Chizu; Itoh, Shoichi; Wakaki, Shigeyuki; Ito, Motoo; Yurimoto, Hisayoshi

    2015-11-01

    Disequilibrium oxygen isotopic distributions of Ca-Al-rich inclusions (CAIs) correspond to multiple melting events in the solar nebula. 26Al-26Mg systematics may be applicable for age differences among such melting events. We have carried out a coordinated study of detailed petrographic observations and in-situ oxygen and magnesium isotope measurements for a Type C CAI, EK1-04-2, from the Allende CV3 meteorite to determine the melting events and their ages. The CAI consists mainly of spinel, anorthite, olivine, and pyroxene, and has a core and mantle structure. Petrography of the core suggests that the crystallization sequence of the core minerals is from spinel, anorthite, olivine, and to pyroxene. The mantle has the same mineral assemblage as the core, and shows incomplete melting and solidification textures. Oxygen isotopic compositions of the minerals are distributed along the carbonaceous chondrite anhydrous mineral (CCAM) line (?18O = -44‰ to +9‰), which indicates to preserve a chemical disequilibrium status in the CAI. Spinel shows a 16O-rich signature (?18O ? -43‰), while anorthite is 16O-poor (?18O ? +8‰). Olivine and pyroxene in the core have the same oxygen isotopic composition (?18O ? -15‰), which indicates their equilibrium. Olivine and pyroxene in the mantle have variable oxygen isotopic compositions and are slightly depleted in 16O (?18O = -13‰ to -4‰) compared with the same minerals in the core. The 26Al-26Mg systematics is consistent with the disequilibrium status observed according to the petrography and oxygen isotopes. Spinel is plotted on a line of (26Al/27Al)0 = (3.5 ± 0.2) × 10-5, anorthite is plotted on a line of (-1 ± 5) × 10-7, and olivine and pyroxene in the core are plotted on a line of (-1 ± 7) × 10-6. Plots of olivine and pyroxene in the mantle are scattered below the isochron of these minerals in the core. This study indicates that the EK1-04-2 Type C CAI underwent multiple heating events after the formation of its CAI precursor. The precursor CAI was formed ?0.4 Myr after the formation of the Solar System defined by canonical CAI formation. At least 1.6 Myr after the precursor CAI formation, the CAI was partially melted and the melt exchanged oxygen isotopes with surrounding 16O-poor nebular gas. 16O-poor olivine and pyroxene in the core crystallized from the melt. Subsequently, Al-rich chondrules accreted onto the CAI, and the CAI experienced partial melting again and recrystallized to form the mantle. The oxygen and magnesium isotopes in anorthite were redistributed during thermal metamorphism in the Allende parent body. Our study reveals that the CAI had been retained in the solar nebula for at least 1.6 Myr and underwent multiple melting events in the nebula, and oxygen and 26Al-26Mg systematics has been partially disturbed depending on crystal sizes by metamorphism on the parent body.

  17. Evidence of alkali rich melt reactions with mantle peridotite : Natural observations and experimental analogues

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    Grant, T. B.; Milke, R.; Wunder, B.

    2012-04-01

    The Heldburg Phonolite, (Thuringia, Germany) is peculiar in its nature due to its absence of a Eu anomaly, and hence lack of feldspar fractionation, as well as the presence of spinel lherzolite xenocrysts. These observations suggest a higher than normal (mantle) pressure of origin, and its potential as a metasomatic agent at depth is explored in this work. Disequilibrium between the phonolite and its entrained upper mantle xenocrysts resulted in the development of secondary reaction rim assemblages of; (1) phlogopite + minor diopside around olivine, (2) pargasitic amphibole, phlogopite and minor diopside around orthopyroxene. We document both the natural rims and the attempts to reproduce them under experimental conditions, in order to elucidate the likely origin of the phonolite and its efficacy for metasomatising the upper mantle. Platinum capsules were loaded with mixtures of crushed mineral separates, (of pure synthetic forsterite, San Carlos olivine, synthetic enstatite or a natural enstatite from Kilosa, Tanzania) with a synthetic Fe-free phonolite melt in a 16:84% weight ratio, respectively. Experiments were run in a piston cylinder apparatus with CaF2 as the pressure medium. In addition to varying PT conditions, a wide range of water contents were tested (0-14wt%). It was found that pressures of 10-14 kbar, and temperatures of 900-1000°C, satisfy the conditions at which the reactions can form, thus, it is likely that the phonolite existed at upper mantle conditions. Water must be present to stabilize the desired hydrous phases, with >6wt% required at 900°C and 10 kbar. The destabilization of feldspar is also essential to the process, hence higher water contents are needed at the lowest PT conditions compared to 4-5 wt. % H2O at greater PT. The formation of amphibole around enstatite appears to be affected by sluggish reaction kinetics and the orientation of the host pyroxene, sometimes leading to diopside single rims. Furthermore we note some of the effects of the addition of F and Cl to these reactions. Although phonolitic and other evolved alkaline magmas normally only exist within the crust, the evidence presented here suggests that in some cases deeper origins are possible. Wherever present volatile rich alkalic melts such as phonolites will be highly reactive with mantle peridotite lithologies, however the volumes and occurrences of such reactions are of debate. Occurring as very low melt fractions of pre-metasomatised mantle, or as residual melts from more primary compositions their volumes may well be low, and hence due to their high reactivity give them a low probability of erupting. Therefore, it can be postulated that highly alkaline melts within the mantle are more common than their surface volcanic records would suggest.

  18. Melting relations in the Fe-rich portion of the system FeFeS at 30 kb pressure

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    Brett, R.; Bell, P.M.

    1969-01-01

    The melting relations of FeFeS mixtures covering the composition range from Fe to Fe67S33 have been determined at 30 kb pressure. The phase relations are similar to those at low pressure. The eutectic has a composition of Fe72.9S27.1 and a temperature of 990??C. Solubility of S in Fe at elevated temperatures at 30 kb is of the same order of magnitude as at low pressure. Sulfur may have significantly lowered the melting point of iron in the upper mantle during the period of coalescence of metal prior to core formation in the primitive earth. ?? 1969.

  19. A TEM analysis of nanoparticulates in a Polar ice core

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    Esquivel, E.V.; Murr, L.E

    2004-03-15

    This paper explores the prospect for analyzing nanoparticulates in age-dated ice cores representing times in antiquity to establish a historical reference for atmospheric particulate regimes. Analytical transmission electron microscope (TEM) techniques were utilized to observe representative ice-melt water drops dried down on carbon/formvar or similar coated grids. A 10,000-year-old Greenland ice core was melted, and representative water drops were transferred to coated grids in a clean room environment. Essentially, all particulates observed were aggregates and either crystalline or complex mixtures of nanocrystals. Especially notable was the observation of carbon nanotubes and related fullerene-like nanocrystal forms. These observations are similar with some aspects of contemporary airborne particulates including carbon nanotubes and complex nanocrystal aggregates.

  20. Segregation effects during solidification in weightless melts

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    Li, C.

    1973-01-01

    Two types of melt segregation effects were studied: (1) evaporative segregation, or segregation due to surface evaporation; and (2) freezing segregation, or segregation due to liquid-solid phase transformation. These segregation effects are closely related. In fact, evaporative segregation always precedes freezing segregation to some degree and must often be studied prior to performing meaningful solidification experiments. This is particularly true since evaporation may cause the melt composition, at least at the critical surface regions or layers to be affected manyfold within seconds so that the surface region or layer melting point and other thermophysical properties, nucleation characteristics, base for undercooling, and critical velocity to avoid constitutional supercooling, may be completely unexpected. An important objective was, therefore, to develop the necessary normal evaporation equations for predicting the compositional changes within specified times at temperature and to correlate these equations with actual experimental data collected from the literature.

  1. Model for melting of confined DNA

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    Werner, E.; Reiter-Schad, M.; Ambjörnsson, T.; Mehlig, B.

    2015-06-01

    When DNA molecules are heated they denature. This occurs locally so that loops of molten single DNA strands form, connected by intact double-stranded DNA pieces. The properties of this "melting" transition have been intensively investigated. Recently there has been a surge of interest in this question, in part caused by experiments determining the properties of partially bound DNA confined to nanochannels. But how does such confinement affect the melting transition? To answer this question we introduce and solve a model predicting how confinement affects the melting transition for a simple model system by first disregarding the effect of self-avoidance. We find that the transition is smoother for narrower channels. By means of Monte Carlo simulations we then show that a model incorporating self-avoidance shows qualitatively the same behavior and that the effect of confinement is stronger than in the ideal case.

  2. A model for melting of confined DNA

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    E. Werner; M. Reiter-Schad; T. Ambjörnsson; B. Mehlig

    2015-04-13

    When DNA molecules are heated they denature. This occurs locally so that loops of molten single DNA strands form, connected by intact double-stranded DNA pieces. The properties of this "melting" transition have been intensively investigated. Recently there has been a surge of interest in this question, caused by experiments determining the properties of partially bound DNA confined to nanochannels. But how does such confinement affect the melting transition? To answer this question we introduce, and solve a model predicting how confinement affects the melting transition for a simple model system by first disregarding the effect of self-avoidance. We find that the transition is smoother for narrower channels. By means of Monte-Carlo simulations we then show that a model incorporating self-avoidance shows qualitatively the same behaviour and that the effect of confinement is stronger than in the ideal case.

  3. Modeling Pulsed Laser Melting of Embedded Nanoparticles

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    Sawyer, Carolyn Anne

    A model of pulsed laser melting of embedded nanoparticles is introduced. Pulsed laser melting (PLM) is commonly used to achieve a fast quench rate in nanoparticles; this model enables a better understanding of the influence of PLM on the size distribution of nanoparticles, which is crucial for studying or using their size-dependent properties. The model includes laser absorption according to the Mie theory, a full heat transport model, and rate equations for nucleation, growth, coarsening, and melting and freezing of nanoparticles embedded in a transparent matrix. The effects of varying the laser parameters and sample properties are studied, as well as combining PLM and rapid thermal annealing (RTA) processing steps on the same sample. A general theory for achieving narrow size distributions of nanoparticles is presented, and widths as narrow as 12% are achieved using PLM and RTA.

  4. Compositions of Magmatic and Impact Melt Sulfides in Tissint And EETA79001: Precursors of Immiscible Sulfide Melt Blebs in Shergottite Impact Melts

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    Ross, D. K.; Rao, M. N.; Nyquist, L.; Agee, C.; Sutton, S.

    2013-01-01

    Immiscible sulfide melt spherules are locally very abundant in shergottite impact melts. These melts can also contain samples of Martian atmospheric gases [1], and cosmogenic nuclides [2] that are present in impact melt, but not in the host shergottite, indicating some components in the melt resided at the Martian surface. These observations show that some regolith components are, at least locally, present in the impact melts. This view also suggests that one source of the over-abundant sulfur in these impact melts could be sulfates that are major constituents of Martian regolith, and that the sulfates were reduced during shock heating to sulfide. An alternative view is that sulfide spherules in impact melts are produced solely by melting the crystalline sulfide minerals (dominantly pyrrhotite, Fe(1-x)S) that are present in shergottites [3]. In this abstract we report new analyses of the compositions of sulfide immiscible melt spherules and pyrrhotite in the shergottites Tissint, and EETA79001,507, and we use these data to investigate the possible origins of the immiscible sulfide melt spherules. In particular, we use the metal/S ratios determined in these blebs as potential diagnostic criteria for tracking the source material from which the numerous sulfide blebs were generated by shock in these melts.

  5. Method and apparatus for melting metals

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    Moore, Alan F.; Schechter, Donald E.; Morrow, Marvin Stanley

    2006-03-14

    A method and apparatus for melting metals uses microwave energy as the primary source of heat. The metal or mixture of metals are placed in a ceramic crucible which couples, at least partially, with the microwaves to be used. The crucible is encased in a ceramic casket for insulation and placed within a microwave chamber. The chamber may be evacuated and refilled to exclude oxygen. After melting, the crucible may be removed for pouring or poured within the chamber by dripping or running into a heated mold within the chamber. Apparent coupling of the microwaves with softened or molten metal produces high temperatures with great energy savings.

  6. Rock melting tool with annealer section

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    Bussod, Gilles Y. (Santa Fe, NM); Dick, Aaron J. (Oakland, CA); Cort, George E. (Montrose, CO)

    1998-01-01

    A rock melting penetrator is provided with an afterbody that rapidly cools a molten geological structure formed around the melting tip of the penetrator to the glass transition temperature for the surrounding molten glass-like material. An annealing afterbody then cools the glass slowly from the glass transition temperature through the annealing temperature range to form a solid self-supporting glass casing. This allows thermally induced strains to relax by viscous deformations as the molten glass cools and prevents fracturing of the resulting glass liner. The quality of the glass lining is improved, along with its ability to provide a rigid impermeable casing in unstable rock formations.

  7. Evaporation Induced Isothermal Crystallization of Silicate Melt

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    Nagahara, H.

    1996-03-01

    In order to investigate and role of evaporation and crystallization kinetics for silicate melt, isothermal vacuum experiments were carried out in the system MgO-SiO2. Due to successive evaporation, melt crystallized olivine at a fixed temperature. The evaporation rates and bulk chemical composition of residues varied with time, and reached a steady state. The pressure-composition phase diagram for the system at a fixed temperature well explains the experimental results. The results suggest a possibility of isothermal formation of chondrules (and some CAIs) at low pressures where evaporation takes place continuously.

  8. Melting Efficiency During Plasma Arc Welding

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    McClure, J.C.; Evans, D. M.; Tang, W.; Nunes, A. C.

    1999-01-01

    A series of partial penetration Variable Polarity Plasma Arc welds were made at equal power but various combinations of current and voltage on 2219 aluminum. Arc Efficiency was measured calorimetrically and ranged between 48% and 66%. Melting efficiency depends on the weld pool shape. Increased current increases the melting efficiency as it increases the depth to width ratio of the weld pool. Higher currents are thought to raise arc pressure and depress the liquid at the bottom of the weld pool causing a more nearly two dimensional heat flow condition.

  9. Banded transformer cores

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    Mclyman, C. W. T. (inventor)

    1974-01-01

    A banded transformer core formed by positioning a pair of mated, similar core halves on a supporting pedestal. The core halves are encircled with a strap, selectively applying tension whereby a compressive force is applied to the core edge for reducing the innate air gap. A dc magnetic field is employed in supporting the core halves during initial phases of the banding operation, while an ac magnetic field subsequently is employed for detecting dimension changes occurring in the air gaps as tension is applied to the strap.

  10. Determination of melting temperature and temperature melting range for DNA with multi-peak differential melting curves.

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    Lando, Dmitri Y; Fridman, Alexander S; Chang, Chun-Ling; Grigoryan, Inessa E; Galyuk, Elena N; Murashko, Oleg N; Chen, Chun-Chung; Hu, Chin-Kun

    2015-06-15

    Many factors that change the temperature position and interval of the DNA helix-coil transition often also alter the shape of multi-peak differential melting curves (DMCs). For DNAs with a multi-peak DMC, there is no agreement on the most useful definition for the melting temperature, Tm, and temperature melting width, ?T, of the entire DNA transition. Changes in Tm and ?T can reflect unstable variation of the shape of the DMC as well as alterations in DNA thermal stability and heterogeneity. Here, experiments and computer modeling for DNA multi-peak DMCs varying under different factors allowed testing of several methods of defining Tm and ?T. Indeed, some of the methods give unreasonable "jagged" Tm and ?T dependences on varying relative concentration of DNA chemical modifications (rb), [Na(+)], and GC content. At the same time, Tm determined as the helix-coil transition average temperature, and ?T, which is proportional to the average absolute temperature deviation from this temperature, are suitable to characterize multi-peak DMCs. They give smoothly varying theoretical and experimental dependences of Tm and ?T on rb, [Na(+)], and GC content. For multi-peak DMCs, Tm value determined in this way is the closest to the thermodynamic melting temperature (the helix-coil transition enthalpy/entropy ratio). PMID:25640587

  11. Experimental correlation of melt structures, nucleation rates, and thermal histories of silicate melts

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    Boynton, W. V.; DRAKE; HILDEBRAND; JONES; LEWIS; TREIMAN; WARK

    1987-01-01

    The theory and measurement of the structure of liquids is an important aspect of modern metallurgy and igneous petrology. Liquid structure exerts strong controls on both the types of crystals that may precipitate from melts and on the chemical composition of those crystals. An interesting aspect of melt structure studies is the problem of melt memories; that is, a melt can retain a memory of previous thermal history. This memory can influence both nucleation behavior and crystal composition. This melt memory may be characterized quantitatively with techniques such as Raman, infrared and NMR spectroscopy to provide information on short-range structure. Melt structure studies at high temperature will take advantage of the microgravity conditions of the Space Station to perform containerless experiments. Melt structure determinations at high temperature (experiments that are greatly facilitated by containerless technology) will provide invaluable information for materials science, glass technology, and geochemistry. In conjunction with studies of nucleation behavior and nucleation rates, information relevant to nucleation in magma chambers in terrestrial planets will be acquired.

  12. Melt segregation from partially molten source regions - The importance of melt density and source region size

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    Stolper, E.; Hager, B. H.; Walker, D.; Hays, J. F.

    1981-01-01

    An investigation is conducted regarding the changes expected in the density contrast between basic melts and peridotites with increasing pressure using the limited data available on the compressibilities of silicate melts and data on the densities of mantle minerals. It is concluded that since compressibilities of silicate melts are about an order of magnitude greater than those of mantle minerals, the density contrast between basic melts and mantle minerals must diminish significantly with increasing pressure. An earlier analysis regarding the migration of liquid in partially molten source regions conducted by Walker et al. (1978) is extended, giving particular attention to the influence of the diminished density contrast between melt and residual crystals with increasing source region depth and to the influence of source region size. This analysis leads to several generalizations concerning the factors influencing the depths at which magmas will segregate from their source regions and the degrees of partial melting that can be achieved in these source regions before melt segregation occurs.

  13. The microwave properties of simulated melting precipitation particles: sensitivity to initial melting

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    Johnson, B. T.; Olson, W. S.; Skofronick-Jackson, G.

    2015-06-01

    A simplified approach is presented for assessing the microwave response to the initial melting of realistically-shaped ice particles. This paper is divided into two parts: (1) a description of the Single Particle Melting Model (SPMM): a heuristic melting simulation for ice-phase precipitation particles of any shape or size. SPMM is applied to two simulated aggregate snow particles, simulating melting up to 0.15 melt fraction by mass; and (2) the computation of the single-particle microwave scattering and extinction properties these hydrometeors, using the discrete dipole approximation (via DDSCAT), at the following selected frequencies: 13.4, 35.6, 94.0 GHz for radar applications; and 89, 165.0 and 183.31 GHz for radiometer applications. These selected frequencies are consistent with current microwave remote sensing platforms, such as CloudSat and the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission. Comparisons with calculations using variable-density spheres indicate significant deviations in scattering and extinction properties throughout the initial range of melting (liquid volume fractions less than 0.15). Integration of the single-particle properties over an exponential particle-size distribution provides additional insight into idealized radar reflectivity and passive microwave brightness temperature sensitivity to variations in size/mass, shape, melt fraction, and particle orientation.

  14. Evolution of melt-vapor surface tension in silicic volcanic systems: Experiments with hydrous melts

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    Mangan, M.; Sisson, T.

    2005-01-01

    We evaluate the melt-vapor surface tension (??) of natural, water-saturated dacite melt at 200 MPa, 950-1055??C, and 4.8-5.7 wt % H2O. We experimentally determine the critical supersaturation pressure for bubble nucleation as a function of dissolved water and then solve for ?? at those conditions using classical nucleation theory. The solutions obtained give dacite melt-vapor surface tensions that vary inversely with dissolved water from 0.042 (??0.003) J m-2 at 5.7 wt% H2O to 0.060 (??0.007) J m-2 at 5.2 wt% H2O to 0.073 (??0.003) J m-2 at 4.8 wt% H2O. Combining our dacite results with data from published hydrous haplogranite and high-silica rhyolite experiments reveals that melt-vapor surface tension also varies inversely with the concentration of mafic melt components (e.g., CaO, FeOtotal, MgO). We develop a thermodynamic context for these observations in which melt-vapor surface tension is represented by a balance of work terms controlled by melt structure. Overall, our results suggest that cooling, crystallization, and vapor exsolution cause systematic changes in ?? that should be considered in dynamic modeling of magmatic processes.

  15. Organic contaminant release from melting snow. 2. Influence of snow pack and melt characteristics.

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    Meyer, Torsten; Lei, Ying Duan; Muradi, Ibrahim; Wania, Frank

    2009-02-01

    Large reservoirs of organic contaminants in seasonal snowpack can be released in short pulses during spring snowmelt, potentially impacting the receiving ecosystems. Laboratory experiments using artificial snow spiked with organic target substances were conducted to investigate the behavior of six organic contaminants with widely variable distribution properties in melting snow. Whereas the influence of a chemical's equilibrium phase partitioning on the elution behavior is explored in a companion paper, we discuss here the impact of snow properties and melt features, including the snowpack depth, the temperature at the interface between soil and snow, the meltwater content the internal ice surface area, and the existence of distinct snow layers. Water-soluble organic substances are released in high concentrations at the beginning of a melt period when a deep and aged snowpack undergoes intense melting. Warm ground can cause notable melting at the snow bottom leading to a delayed and dampened concentration peak. Hydraulic barriers in layered snow packs cause preferential meltwater flow which also mitigates the early contaminant flush. Hydrophobic organic pollutants that are associated with particles accumulate near the snow surface and are released at the end of melting. Dirt cones at the surface of a dense snowpack enhance this enrichment. The findings of this laboratory study will aid in the understanding of the behavior of organic pollutants during the melting of more complex, natural snow covers. PMID:19244999

  16. Substrate Melting and Re-solidification During Impact of High-Melting Point Droplet Material

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    Shukla, Rajesh Kumar; Kumar, Arvind

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, impact, spreading, and solidification of molten droplet on a dissimilar substrate along with substrate melting and its re-solidification are investigated numerically. Volume of fluid surface tracking method coupled with the solidification model within a one-domain continuum formulation is used to model the transient flow during the droplet impact, its subsequent spreading, and solidification. Evolution of melting front in the substrate is modeled by solving the governing equations for solidification in the substrate, too. Simulations are performed for the impact of a heated droplet on a substrate. The model predicts substrate melting, which can give better insight of bonding between the coating material and substrate, where droplet and substrate are of different materials. It is observed that melting in the substrate in the present case starts soon after the impact of the heated droplet. The depth and the width of the melting front in the substrate increase with the time and after reaching a maximum they start to decrease because of start of re-solidification from the melted edge. In the central part of the splat droplet solidifies, while the substrate remains melted which can enhance the coating strength and its bonding with the substrate.

  17. Constraints on the Parental Melts of Enriched Shergottites from Image Analysis and High Pressure Experiments

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    Collinet, M.; Medard, E.; Devouard, B.; Peslier, A.

    2012-01-01

    Martian basalts can be classified in at least two geochemically different families: enriched and depleted shergottites. Enriched shergottites are characterized by higher incompatible element concentrations and initial Sr-87/Sr-86 and lower initial Nd-143/Nd-144 and Hf-176/Hf-177 than depleted shergottites [e.g. 1, 2]. It is now generally admitted that shergottites result from the melting of at least two distinct mantle reservoirs [e.g. 2, 3]. Some of the olivine-phyric shergottites (either depleted or enriched), the most magnesian Martian basalts, could represent primitive melts, which are of considerable interest to constrain mantle sources. Two depleted olivine-phyric shergottites, Yamato (Y) 980459 and Northwest Africa (NWA) 5789, are in equilibrium with their most magnesian olivine (Fig. 1) and their bulk rock compositions are inferred to represent primitive melts [4, 5]. Larkman Nunatak (LAR) 06319 [3, 6, 7] and NWA 1068 [8], the most magnesian enriched basalts, have bulk Mg# that are too high to be in equilibrium with their olivine megacryst cores. Parental melt compositions have been estimated by subtracting the most magnesian olivine from the bulk rock composition, assuming that olivine megacrysts have partially accumulated [3, 9]. However, because this technique does not account for the actual petrography of these meteorites, we used image analysis to study these rocks history, reconstruct their parent magma and understand the nature of olivine megacrysts.

  18. Early planetesimal melting from an age of 4.5662 Gyr for differentiated meteorites.

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    Baker, Joel; Bizzarro, Martin; Wittig, Nadine; Connelly, James; Haack, Henning

    2005-08-25

    Long- and short-lived radioactive isotopes and their daughter products in meteorites are chronometers that can test models for Solar System formation. Differentiated meteorites come from parent bodies that were once molten and separated into metal cores and silicate mantles. Mineral ages for these meteorites, however, are typically younger than age constraints for planetesimal differentiation. Such young ages indicate that the energy required to melt their parent bodies could not have come from the most likely heat source-radioactive decay of short-lived nuclides ((26)Al and (60)Fe) injected from a nearby supernova-because these would have largely decayed by the time of melting. Here we report an age of 4.5662 +/- 0.0001 billion years (based on Pb-Pb dating) for basaltic angrites, which is only 1 Myr younger than the currently accepted minimum age of the Solar System and corresponds to a time when (26)Al and (60)Fe decay could have triggered planetesimal melting. Small (26)Mg excesses in bulk angrite samples confirm that (26)Al decay contributed to the melting of their parent body. These results indicate that the accretion of differentiated planetesimals pre-dated that of undifferentiated planetesimals, and reveals the minimum Solar System age to be 4.5695 +/- 0.0002 billion years. PMID:16121173

  19. Evaluation of selected samples from the TMI-2 core

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    Liu, Y.Y.; Neimark, L.A.; Jackson, W.D.

    1988-12-01

    Core-bore samples from the K9 and N12 locations in the TMI-2 core were examined for microstructural and microchemical features. The purpose of the examinations was twofold, first to determine core temperatures at known elevations in the core, and second to obtain insight into materials interactions that lead to core degradation. The temperature at the /approximately/50-cm elevation in the N12 location, a control rod position, was estimated to have been /approximately/960/degree/C and dropping sharply to less than 800/degree/C a few centimeters below. These temperatures were estimated based on the eutectic reaction between a control rod's Zircaloy guide tube and its stainless steel cladding, the ..beta..-phase transformation temperature in Zircaloy, and the melting temperature of the Ag-In-Cd control material. In the K9 location, local transient temperatures to /approximately/900/degree/C at the 37-cm elevation were estimated from the ..beta..-phase transformation in the Zircaloy cladding. Interactions of note were the guide tube/cladding eutectic interaction in the control rod, the apparent degradation of Zircaloy cladding by molten Cd and In, and the attack of stainless steel by Sn in a melt of Ag-In-Cd. 4 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab.

  20. Recent Changes in Arctic Sea Ice Melt Onset, Freeze-Up, and Melt Season Length

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    Markus, Thorsten; Stroeve, Julienne C.; Miller, Jeffrey

    2010-01-01

    In order to explore changes and trends in the timing of Arctic sea ice melt onset and freeze-up and therefore melt season length, we developed a method that obtains this information directly from satellite passive microwave data, creating a consistent data set from 1979 through present. We furthermore distinguish between early melt (the first day of the year when melt is detected) and the first day of continuous melt. A similar distinction is made for the freeze-up. Using this method we analyze trends in melt onset and freeze-up for 10 different Arctic regions. In all regions except for the Sea of Okhotsk, which shows a very slight and statistically insignificant positive trend (O.4 days/decade), trends in melt onset are negative, i.e. towards earlier melt. The trends range from -1.0day/decade for the Bering Sea to -7.3 days/decade for the East Greenland Sea. Except for the Sea of Okhotsk all areas also show a trend towards later autumn freeze onset. The Chukchi/Beaufort Seas and Laptev/East Siberian Seas observe the strongest trends with 7 days/decade. For the entire Arctic, the melt season length has increased by about 20 days over the last 30 years. Largest trends of over 1O days/decade are seen for Hudson Bay, the East Greenland Sea the Laptev/East Siberian Seas, and the Chukchi/Beaufort Seas. Those trends are statistically significant a1 the 99% level.