Sample records for ultrafine particles development

  1. Ultrafine particles in cities.

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    Kumar, Prashant; Morawska, Lidia; Birmili, Wolfram; Paasonen, Pauli; Hu, Min; Kulmala, Markku; Harrison, Roy M; Norford, Leslie; Britter, Rex

    2014-05-01

    Ultrafine particles (UFPs; diameter less than 100 nm) are ubiquitous in urban air, and an acknowledged risk to human health. Globally, the major source for urban outdoor UFP concentrations is motor traffic. Ongoing trends towards urbanisation and expansion of road traffic are anticipated to further increase population exposure to UFPs. Numerous experimental studies have characterised UFPs in individual cities, but an integrated evaluation of emissions and population exposure is still lacking. Our analysis suggests that the average exposure to outdoor UFPs in Asian cities is about four-times larger than that in European cities but impacts on human health are largely unknown. This article reviews some fundamental drivers of UFP emissions and dispersion, and highlights unresolved challenges, as well as recommendations to ensure sustainable urban development whilst minimising any possible adverse health impacts. PMID:24503484

  2. Design and development of an ultrafine particle reflection-time-of-flight mass spectrometer

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    Das, Rishiraj

    2002-01-01

    and characterization of a single-ultrafine-particle mass spectrometer. The instrument aerodynamically size selects fine and ultrafine aerosol particles (size range 20 nm-1 []m), with a constant Stokes number, and focuses them into a vacuum chamber. This is achieved...

  3. Single-ultrafine-particle mass spectrometer development and application 

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    Glagolenko, Stanislav Yurievich

    2004-11-15

    design [Mallina et al., 2000; Phares et al., 2002]. All five instruments employ time-of-flight mass spectrometry for chemical analysis. These ____________________________________ This thesis follows the style and format of Journal... and ambient sulfuric acid particles within a very short period of time. The LAMPAS-2 instrument was used for characterization of aerosol in a rural area during the four week LACE 98 field campaign [Trimborn et al., 2000, 2002]. Ten main classes observed...

  4. Surgical smoke and ultrafine particles

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    Brüske-Hohlfeld, Irene; Preissler, Gerhard; Jauch, Karl-Walter; Pitz, Mike; Nowak, Dennis; Peters, Annette; Wichmann, H-Erich

    2008-01-01

    Background Electrocautery, laser tissue ablation, and ultrasonic scalpel tissue dissection all generate a 'surgical smoke' containing ultrafine (<100 nm) and accumulation mode particles (< 1 ?m). Epidemiological and toxicological studies have shown that exposure to particulate air pollution is associated with adverse cardiovascular and respiratory health effects. Methods To measure the amount of generated particulates in 'surgical smoke' during different surgical procedures and to quantify the particle number concentration for operation room personnel a condensation particle counter (CPC, model 3007, TSI Inc.) was applied. Results Electro-cauterization and argon plasma tissue coagulation induced the production of very high number concentration (> 100000 cm-3) of particles in the diameter range of 10 nm to 1 ?m. The peak concentration was confined to the immediate local surrounding of the production side. In the presence of a very efficient air conditioning system the increment and decrement of ultrafine particle occurrence was a matter of seconds, with accumulation of lower particle number concentrations in the operation room for only a few minutes. Conclusion Our investigation showed a short term very high exposure to ultrafine particles for surgeons and close assisting operating personnel – alternating with longer periods of low exposure. PMID:19055750

  5. Pulmonary effects of inhaled ultrafine particles

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    Günter Oberdörster

    2000-01-01

    Introduction and Objectives: Recent epidemiological studies have shown an association between increased particulate urban air pollution and adverse health\\u000a effects on susceptible parts of the population, in particular the elderly with pre-existing respiratory and cardiovascular\\u000a diseases. Urban particles consist of three modes: ultrafine particles, accumulation mode particles (which together form the\\u000a fine particle mode) and coarse mode particles. Ultrafine particles

  6. Development of a land-use regression model for ultrafine particles in Toronto, Canada

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    Sabaliauskas, Kelly; Jeong, Cheol-Heon; Yao, Xiaohong; Reali, Christopher; Sun, Tim; Evans, Greg J.

    2015-06-01

    This study applies land-use regression (LUR) to characterize the spatial distribution of ultrafine particles (UFP) in a large city. Particle number (PN) concentrations were measured in residential areas around Toronto, Canada, between June and August 2008. A combination of fixed and mobile monitoring was used to assess spatial gradients between and within communities. The fixed monitoring locations included a central site, two downtown sites, and four residential sites located 6-15 km from the downtown core. The mobile data included average PN concentrations collected on 112 road segments from 10 study routes that were repeated on three separate days. The mobile data was used to create the land-use regression model while the fixed sites were used for validation purposes. The predictor variables that best described the spatial variation of PN concentration (R2 = 0.72, validated R2 = 0.68) included population density within 300 m, total resource and industrial area within 1000 m, total residential area within 3000 m, and major roadway and highway length within 3000 m. The LUR model successfully predicted the afternoon peak PN concentration (slope = 0.96, R2 = 0.86) but over-predicted the 24-h average PN concentration (slope = 1.28, R2 = 0.72) measured at seven fixed monitoring sites.

  7. Personal exposure to ultrafine particles.

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    Wallace, Lance; Ott, Wayne

    2011-01-01

    Personal exposure to ultrafine particles (UFP) can occur while people are cooking, driving, smoking, operating small appliances such as hair dryers, or eating out in restaurants. These exposures can often be higher than outdoor concentrations. For 3 years, portable monitors were employed in homes, cars, and restaurants. More than 300 measurement periods in several homes were documented, along with 25?h of driving two cars, and 22 visits to restaurants. Cooking on gas or electric stoves and electric toaster ovens was a major source of UFP, with peak personal exposures often exceeding 100,000 particles/cm³ and estimated emission rates in the neighborhood of 10¹² particles/min. Other common sources of high UFP exposures were cigarettes, a vented gas clothes dryer, an air popcorn popper, candles, an electric mixer, a toaster, a hair dryer, a curling iron, and a steam iron. Relatively low indoor UFP emissions were noted for a fireplace, several space heaters, and a laser printer. Driving resulted in moderate exposures averaging about 30,000 particles/cm³ in each of two cars driven on 17 trips on major highways on the East and West Coasts. Most of the restaurants visited maintained consistently high levels of 50,000-200,000 particles/cm³ for the entire length of the meal. The indoor/outdoor ratios of size-resolved UFP were much lower than for PM?.? or PM??, suggesting that outdoor UFP have difficulty in penetrating a home. This in turn implies that outdoor concentrations of UFP have only a moderate effect on personal exposures if indoor sources are present. A time-weighted scenario suggests that for typical suburban nonsmoker lifestyles, indoor sources provide about 47% and outdoor sources about 36% of total daily UFP exposure and in-vehicle exposures add the remainder (17%). However, the effect of one smoker in the home results in an overwhelming increase in the importance of indoor sources (77% of the total). PMID:20087407

  8. Traffic and nucleation events as main sources of ultrafine particles in high-insolation developed world cities

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    Brines, M.; Dall'Osto, M.; Beddows, D. C. S.; Harrison, R. M.; Gómez-Moreno, F.; Núñez, L.; Artíñano, B.; Costabile, F.; Gobbi, G. P.; Salimi, F.; Morawska, L.; Sioutas, C.; Querol, X.

    2015-05-01

    Road traffic emissions are often considered the main source of ultrafine particles (UFP, diameter smaller than 100 nm) in urban environments. However, recent studies worldwide have shown that - in high-insolation urban regions at least - new particle formation events can also contribute to UFP. In order to quantify such events we systematically studied three cities located in predominantly sunny environments: Barcelona (Spain), Madrid (Spain) and Brisbane (Australia). Three long-term data sets (1-2 years) of fine and ultrafine particle number size distributions (measured by SMPS, Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer) were analysed. Compared to total particle number concentrations, aerosol size distributions offer far more information on the type, origin and atmospheric evolution of the particles. By applying k-means clustering analysis, we categorized the collected aerosol size distributions into three main categories: "Traffic" (prevailing 44-63% of the time), "Nucleation" (14-19%) and "Background pollution and Specific cases" (7-22%). Measurements from Rome (Italy) and Los Angeles (USA) were also included to complement the study. The daily variation of the average UFP concentrations for a typical nucleation day at each site revealed a similar pattern for all cities, with three distinct particle bursts. A morning and an evening spike reflected traffic rush hours, whereas a third one at midday showed nucleation events. The photochemically nucleated particles' burst lasted 1-4 h, reaching sizes of 30-40 nm. On average, the occurrence of particle size spectra dominated by nucleation events was 16% of the time, showing the importance of this process as a source of UFP in urban environments exposed to high solar radiation. Nucleation events lasting for 2 h or more occurred on 55% of the days, this extending to > 4 h in 28% of the days, demonstrating that atmospheric conditions in urban environments are not favourable to the growth of photochemically nucleated particles. In summary, although traffic remains the main source of UFP in urban areas, in developed countries with high insolation urban nucleation events are also a main source of UFP. If traffic-related particle concentrations are reduced in the future, nucleation events will likely increase in urban areas, due to the reduced urban condensation sinks.

  9. Filtration of ultrafine metallic particles in industry.

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    Bémer, D; Morele, Y; Régnier, R

    2015-09-01

    Thermal metal spraying, metal cutting and arc welding processes generate large quantities of ultrafine particles that cause the irreversible clogging of industrial filters. The aim of the study performed was to identify the causes of the clogging of cartridge filters and investigate other paths for cleaning them. This study required the development of a test bench capable of reproducing a thermal spraying process to test the performances of different filtration techniques. This test instrument first, permitted the precise characterization of the aerosol generated by the process and, second, defined the clogging and cleaning conditions for filters. Several parameters were tested: the type of filter, online and off-line cleaning, pre-coating, cleaning by jets of high-speed compressed air via a probe. PMID:25759204

  10. Magnetic properties of ultrafine iron particles

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    S. Gangopadhyay; G. C. Hadjipanayis; B. Dale; C. M. Sorensen; K. J. Klabunde; V. Papaefthymiou; A. Kostikas

    1992-01-01

    The magnetic and morphological properties of fine Fe particles have been studied. Ultrafine particles of Fe were prepared using a vapor deposition technique under an argon atmosphere. The argon pressure was varied from 0.5 to 8 Torr during evaporation, and samples with a median diameter in the range 50-200 Å were obtained having a log-normal distribution. The dependence of magnetic

  11. Linear Viscoelastic Properties of Bituminous Materials Including New Products Made with Ultrafine Particles

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    Brice Delaporte; Hervé Di Benedetto; Pierre Chaverot; Gilles Gauthier

    2009-01-01

    An experimental campaign has been performed at the ENTPE laboratory in order to measure the linear viscoelastic properties (shear complex modulus G*) of mastics with a specifically developed device (annular shear rheometer). Different fillers have been used to design mastics, among which a new type of filler only composed of ultrafine particles. The use of these ultrafine particles induces a

  12. Concentrated ambient ultrafine particle exposure induces cardiac change in young healthy volunteers

    EPA Science Inventory

    Exposure to ambient ultrafine particles has been associated with cardiopulmonary toxicity and mortality. Adverse effects specifically linked to ultrafine particles include loss of sympathovagal balance and altered hemostasis. To characterize the effects of ultrafine particles in ...

  13. Sources of ultrafine particles in the Eastern United States

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    Posner, Laura N.; Pandis, Spyros N.

    2015-06-01

    Source contributions to ultrafine particle number concentrations for a summertime period in the Eastern U.S. are investigated using the chemical transport model PMCAMx-UF. New source-resolved number emissions inventories are developed for biomass burning, dust, gasoline automobiles, industrial sources, non-road and on-road diesel. According to the inventory for this summertime period in the Eastern U.S., gasoline automobiles are responsible for 40% of the ultrafine particle number emissions, followed by industrial sources (33%), non-road diesel (16%), on-road diesel (10%), and 1% from biomass burning and dust. With these emissions as input, the chemical transport model PMCAMx-UF reproduces observed ultrafine particle number concentrations (N3-100) in Pittsburgh with an error of 12%. For this summertime period in the Eastern U.S., nucleation is predicted to be the source of more than 90% of the total particle number concentrations. The source contributions to primary particle number concentrations are on average similar to those of their source emissions contributions: gasoline is predicted to contribute 36% of the total particle number concentrations, followed by industrial sources (31%), non-road diesel (18%), on-road diesel (10%), biomass burning (1%), and long-range transport (4%). For this summertime period in Pittsburgh, number source apportionment predictions for particles larger than 3 nm in diameter (traffic 65%, other combustion sources 35%) are consistent with measurement-based source apportionment (traffic 60%, combustion sources 40%).

  14. Design and development of an ultrafine particle reflection-time-of-flight mass spectrometer 

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    Das, Rishiraj

    2002-01-01

    through the orifice. Thus v. gas velocity at thc oritice plane, in L'quation 11. 28 is sonic. This dc(ines the Stokes number at the orifice. Experiments conducted on similar inlets (pharos et al. 2002) have shoivn that dynamic particle focusing occurs...

  15. SYNTHESIS OF ULTRAFINE, MULTICOMPONENT PARTICLES USING PHOSPHOLIPID VESICLES

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    Aksay, Ilhan A.

    115 SYNTHESIS OF ULTRAFINE, MULTICOMPONENT PARTICLES USING PHOSPHOLIPID VESICLES H. LIU, G. L bilayers, phospholipid vesicles were used as reaction vessels for the synthesis of ultrafine-smaller particles as starting materials. With the use of gas-phase precipitation routes such as CVD and the gas

  16. Characterizing and predicting ultrafine particle counts in Canadian classrooms during the winter months: model development and evaluation.

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    Weichenthal, Scott; Dufresne, André; Infante-Rivard, Claire; Joseph, Lawrence

    2008-03-01

    School classrooms are potentially important micro-environments for childhood exposures owing to the large amount of time children spend in these locations. While a number of airborne contaminants may be present in schools, to date few studies have examined ultrafine particle (0.02-1 microm) (UFP) levels in classrooms. In this study, our objective was to characterize UFP counts (cm(-3)) in classrooms during the winter months and to develop a model to predict such exposures based on ambient weather conditions and outdoor UFPs, as well as classroom characteristics such as size, temperature, relative humidity, and carbon dioxide levels. In total, UFP count data were collected on 60 occasions in 37 occupied classrooms at one elementary school and one secondary school in Pembroke, Ontario. On average, outdoor UFP levels exceeded indoor measures by 8989 cm(-3) (95% confidence interval (CI): 6382, 11596), and classroom UFP counts were similar at both schools with a combined average of 5017 cm(-3) (95% CI: 4300, 5734). Of the variables examined only wind speed and outdoor UFPs were important determinants of classrooms UFP levels. Specifically, each 10 km/h increase in wind speed corresponded to an 1873 cm(-3) (95% CI: 825, 2920) decrease in classroom UFP counts, and each 10000 cm(-3) increase in outdoor UFPs corresponded to a 1550 cm(-3) (95% CI: 930, 2171) increase in classroom UFP levels. However, high correlations between these two predictors meant that the independent effects of wind speed and outdoor UFPs could not be separated in multivariable models, and only outdoor UFP counts were included in the final predictive model. To evaluate model performance, classroom UFP counts were collected for 8 days at two new schools and compared to predicted values based on outdoor UFP measures. A moderate correlation was observed between measured and predicted classroom UFP counts (r=0.63) for both schools combined, but this relationship was not valid on days in which a strong indoor UFP source (electric kitchen stove) was active in schools. In general, our findings suggest that reasonable estimates of classroom UFP counts may be obtained from outdoor UFP data but that the accuracy of such estimates are limited in the presence of indoor UFP sources. PMID:17919560

  17. Characterizing and predicting ultrafine particle counts in Canadian classrooms during the winter months: Model development and evaluation

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    Weichenthal, Scott [Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, 1130 Pine Avenue West, Room B10, Charles Meredith House, Montreal, Que., H3A 1A3 (Canada)], E-mail: sweich@po-box.mcgill.ca; Dufresne, Andre; Infante-Rivard, Claire; Joseph, Lawrence [Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, 1130 Pine Avenue West, Room B10, Charles Meredith House, Montreal, Que., H3A 1A3 (Canada)

    2008-03-15

    School classrooms are potentially important micro-environments for childhood exposures owing to the large amount of time children spend in these locations. While a number of airborne contaminants may be present in schools, to date few studies have examined ultrafine particle (0.02-1 {mu}m) (UFP) levels in classrooms. In this study, our objective was to characterize UFP counts (cm{sup -3}) in classrooms during the winter months and to develop a model to predict such exposures based on ambient weather conditions and outdoor UFPs, as well as classroom characteristics such as size, temperature, relative humidity, and carbon dioxide levels. In total, UFP count data were collected on 60 occasions in 37 occupied classrooms at one elementary school and one secondary school in Pembroke, Ontario. On average, outdoor UFP levels exceeded indoor measures by 8989 cm{sup -3} (95% confidence interval (CI): 6382, 11 596), and classroom UFP counts were similar at both schools with a combined average of 5017 cm{sup -3} (95% CI: 4300, 5734). Of the variables examined only wind speed and outdoor UFPs were important determinants of classrooms UFP levels. Specifically, each 10 km/h increase in wind speed corresponded to an 1873 cm{sup -3} (95% CI: 825, 2920) decrease in classroom UFP counts, and each 10 000 cm{sup -3} increase in outdoor UFPs corresponded to a 1550 cm{sup -3} (95% CI: 930, 2171) increase in classroom UFP levels. However, high correlations between these two predictors meant that the independent effects of wind speed and outdoor UFPs could not be separated in multivariable models, and only outdoor UFP counts were included in the final predictive model. To evaluate model performance, classroom UFP counts were collected for 8 days at two new schools and compared to predicted values based on outdoor UFP measures. A moderate correlation was observed between measured and predicted classroom UFP counts (r=0.63) for both schools combined, but this relationship was not valid on days in which a strong indoor UFP source (electric kitchen stove) was active in schools. In general, our findings suggest that reasonable estimates of classroom UFP counts may be obtained from outdoor UFP data but that the accuracy of such estimates are limited in the presence of indoor UFP sources.

  18. Exposure to Airborne Ultrafine Particles from Cooking in Portuguese Homes

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    J. C. Bordado; J. F. Gomes; P. C. Albuquerque

    2012-01-01

    Cooking was found to be a main source of submicrometer and ultrafine aerosols from gas combustion in stoves. Therefore, this study consisted on the determination of the alveolar deposited surface area due to aerosols resulting from common domestic cooking activities (boiling fish, vegetables or pasta, frying hamburgers and eggs). The concentration of ultrafine particles during the cooking events significantly increased

  19. The development and field testing of a system for determination of ultrafine activity particle size distribution and working levels

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    Hopke, P.K.

    1990-10-31

    Recent investigations of radon decay products in indoor air have shown that what has been called the unattached'' fraction is in fact an ultrafine size aerosol with diameters in the range of 0.5 to 10 nm. There are a number of difficulties in characterizing particles in this size range. Classical diffusion batteries using screens with high mesh numbers do not have the resolution to give detailed information for the ultra fine range. The use of single screens of differing mesh numbers (Graded Screen Arrays) either in parallel or in a stack configuration can be used to provide these results. However, accurately measuring the activity directly attached to the screens is difficult because of the attachment of some activity to the back side of the screen and the distribution of activity around the individual screen wires. A continuous monitoring system that provides information on both the size and charge distributions on these important size range particles has been constructed and its behavior characterized in the laboratory. It has now been field tested and employed in several field studies to determine the exposure of individuals to radon progeny in the indoor environment. 22 refs., 1 fig., 1 tab.

  20. VERSATILE AEROSOL CONCENTRATION ENRICHMENT SYSTEM (VACES) FOR SIMULTANEOUS IN VIVO AND IN VITRO EVALUATION OF TOXIC EFFECTS OF ULTRAFINE, FINE AND COARSE AMBIENT PARTICLES. PART I: DEVELOPMENT AND LABORATORY CHARACTERIZATION. (R827352C001)

    EPA Science Inventory

    This study presents the development and bench-testing of a versatile aerosol concentration enrichment system (VACES) capable of simultaneously concentrating ambient particles of the coarse, fine and ultrafine size fractions for conducting in vivo and in vitro studies. The VACE...

  1. [Ultrafine particle number concentration and size distribution of vehicle exhaust ultrafine particles].

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    Lu, Ye-qiang; Chen, Qiu-fang; Sun, Zai; Cai, Zhi-liang; Yang, Wen-jun

    2014-09-01

    Ultrafine particle (UFP) number concentrations obtained from three different vehicles were measured using fast mobility particle sizer (FMPS) and automobile exhaust gas analyzer. UFP number concentration and size distribution were studied at different idle driving speeds. The results showed that at a low idle speed of 800 rmin-1 , the emission particle number concentration was the lowest and showed a increasing trend with the increase of idle speed. The majority of exhaust particles were in Nuclear mode and Aitken mode. The peak sizes were dominated by 10 nm and 50 nm. Particle number concentration showed a significantly sharp increase during the vehicle acceleration process, and was then kept stable when the speed was stable. In the range of 0. 4 m axial distance from the end of the exhaust pipe, the particle number concentration decayed rapidly after dilution, but it was not obvious in the range of 0. 4-1 m. The number concentration was larger than the background concentration. Concentration of exhaust emissions such as CO, HC and NO showed a reducing trend with the increase of idle speed,which was in contrast to the emission trend of particle number concentration. PMID:25518646

  2. EFFECTS OF CARBON ULTRAFINE PARTICLES ON HUMAN AIRWAY EPITHELIAL CELLS

    EPA Science Inventory

    One of the leading theories concerning the toxicology of ambient particulate matter (PM) attributes health effects associated with PM inhalation to ultrafine particles (UF). UF numbers dwarf those of fine and coarse particles present in the ambient air as a result of fossil fuel ...

  3. Ultrafine particle emissions from desktop 3D printers

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    Stephens, Brent; Azimi, Parham; El Orch, Zeineb; Ramos, Tiffanie

    2013-11-01

    The development of low-cost desktop versions of three-dimensional (3D) printers has made these devices widely accessible for rapid prototyping and small-scale manufacturing in home and office settings. Many desktop 3D printers rely on heated thermoplastic extrusion and deposition, which is a process that has been shown to have significant aerosol emissions in industrial environments. However, we are not aware of any data on particle emissions from commercially available desktop 3D printers. Therefore, we report on measurements of size-resolved and total ultrafine particle (UFP) concentrations resulting from the operation of two types of commercially available desktop 3D printers inside a commercial office space. We also estimate size-resolved (11.5 nm-116 nm) and total UFP (<100 nm) emission rates and compare them to emission rates from other desktop devices and indoor activities known to emit fine and ultrafine particles. Estimates of emission rates of total UFPs were large, ranging from ˜2.0 × 1010 # min-1 for a 3D printer utilizing a polylactic acid (PLA) feedstock to ˜1.9 × 1011 # min-1 for the same type of 3D printer utilizing a higher temperature acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) thermoplastic feedstock. Because most of these devices are currently sold as standalone devices without any exhaust ventilation or filtration accessories, results herein suggest caution should be used when operating in inadequately ventilated or unfiltered indoor environments. Additionally, these results suggest that more controlled experiments should be conducted to more fundamentally evaluate particle emissions from a wider arrange of desktop 3D printers.

  4. CARDIOVASCULAR RESPONSES TO ULTRAFINE CARBON PARTICLE EXPOSURES IN RATS

    EPA Science Inventory

    TD-02-042 (U. KODAVANTI) GPRA # 10108 Cardiovascular Responses to Ultrafine Carbon Particle Exposures in Rats. V. Harder1, B. Lentner1, A. Ziesenis1, E. Karg1, L. Ruprecht1, U. Kodavanti2, A. Stampfl3, J. Heyder1, H. Schulz1 GSF- Institute for Inhalation Biology1, I...

  5. Recycling concrete: An undiscovered source of ultrafine particles

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    Kumar, Prashant; Morawska, Lidia

    2014-06-01

    While concrete recycling is practiced worldwide, there are many unanswered questions in relation to ultrafine particle (UFP; Dp < 100 nm) emissions and exposure around recycling sites. In particular: (i) Does recycling produce UFPs and in what quantities? (ii) How do they disperse around the source? (iii) What impact does recycling have on ambient particle number concentrations (PNCs) and exposure? (iv) How effective are commonly used dust respirators to limit exposure? We measured size-resolved particles in the 5-560 nm range at five distances between 0.15 and 15.15 m that were generated by an experimentally simulated concrete recycling source and found that: (i) the size distributions were multimodal, with up to ˜93% of total PNC in the UFP size range; and (ii) dilution was a key particle transformation mechanism. UFPs showed a much slower decay rate, requiring ˜62% more distance to reach 10% of their initial concentration compared with their larger counterparts in the 100-560 nm size range. Compared with typical urban exposure during car journeys, exposure decay profiles showed up to ˜5 times higher respiratory deposition within 10 m of the source. Dust respirators were found to remove half of total PNC; however the removal factor for UFPs was only ˜57% of that observed in the 100-560 nm size range. These findings highlight a need for developing an understanding of the nature of the particles as well as for better control measures to limit UFP exposure.

  6. Control of particle size distribution of ultrafine iron particles in the gas phase reaction

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    Hee Dong Jang; Kyun Young Park; Cheong Song Choi

    1996-01-01

    Experiments on the synthesis of ultrafine iron particles have been made for the control of particle size distribution using\\u000a the gas phase reduction of ferrous chloride with hydrogen. The previous studies were focused on the control of particle size\\u000a of ultrafine particles with the variation of the partial pressure of reactants, residence time of feed, and reaction temperature.\\u000a However, it

  7. Physicochemical characterization of Baizhi particles by ultrafine pulverization

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    Yang, Lian-Wei; Sun, Peng; Gai, Guo-Sheng; Yang, Yu-Fen; Wang, Yu-Rong

    2011-04-01

    Baizhi, as a medicinal plant, has been demonstrated to be useful for the treatment of aches and pains in China. The physicochemical characterization of Baizhi particles is greatly influenced by ultrafine pulverization. To study the physicochemical characterization of Baizhi, the raw plant material of Baizhi was ground to 6 ?m particles by a high speed centrifugal sheering (HSCS) pulverizer. The micron particles were characterized by optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Imperatorin is one of the active ingredients of Baizhi, and its extraction yield is determined to evaluate the chemical characterization of Baizhi powder. Imperatorin was analyzed by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The results show that after ultrafine pulverization, the plant cell walls are broken into pieces and the extraction yield of imperatorin is increased by 11.93% compared with the normal particles.

  8. Fluxes of Ultrafine Particles Over and In a Deciduous Forest

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    Pryor, S. C.; Hornsby, K. E.

    2013-12-01

    Given the importance of forests to land surface cover and particle removal (due to the very high deposition velocities and well-developed turbulence) there is a specific need to understand removal to, and in, forests. Fluxes of size-resolved and total particle number fluxes over (at 46 m) and in (at 7 m) a deciduous forest over a 14 month period are presented based on data from two Gill 3-D WindMaster Pro sonic anemometers, an Ultrafine Condensation Particle Counter (UCPC) operated at 10 Hz and a Fast Mobility Particle Sizer (FMPS) operated at 1 Hz. Size-resolved particle profiles during the same period are measured using a separate FMPS scanning at three measurement heights across the canopy (top, middle and bottom). Three methods are being applied to derive the total number and size-resolved fluxes from the UCPC and FMPS respectively; eddy covariance, inertial dissipation and the co-spectral approach. The results are integrated with fluxes of sensible heat, momentum and carbon dioxide derived using a Licor LI-7200. Results for the total number flux concentrations and the size-resolved concentrations derived using the three different approaches applied to the above canopy sampling level show a high degree of accord, but that the eddy-covariance fluxes are generally of smaller magnitude than those derived using the spectral methods. In keeping with prior research our results show a considerable number of fluxes are characterized by upward fluxes. Further our results show distinctly different flux diurnal profiles for the nucleation versus Aitken mode particles indicating some differential control on fluxes of particles of different sizes (including a role for aerosol dynamics). This presentation will provide details regarding the experimental approach, flux and gradient estimation methodologies, diagnose the size dependence of the fluxes, and compare and contrast the canopy and ground partitioning of the particle fluxes during leaf-on and leaf-off periods.

  9. Calibration of TSI model 3025 ultrafine condensation particle counter

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    Kesten, J.; Reineking, A.; Porstendoerfer, J. (Univ. of Goettingen (West Germany))

    1991-01-01

    The registration efficiency of the TSI model 3025 ultrafine condensation particle counter for Ag and NaCl particles of between 2 and 20 nm in diameter was determined. Taking into account the different shapes of the input aerosol size distributions entering the differential mobility analyzer (DMA) and the transfer function of the DMA, the counting efficiencies of condensation nucleus counters (CNC) for monodisperse Ag and NaCl particles were estimated. In addition, the dependence of the CNC registration efficiency on the particle concentration was investigated.

  10. Synthesis of Strontium Ferrite Ultrafine Particles Using Microemulsion Processing

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    Dong-Hwang Chen; Yuh-Yuh Chen

    2001-01-01

    The strontium ferrite ultrafine particles have been prepared using the microemulsion processing. The mixed hydroxide precursor was obtained via the coprecipitation of Sr2+ and Fe3+ in a water-in-oil microemulsion of water\\/CTAB\\/n-butanol\\/isooctane. According to the investigation on the thermochemical properties by TGA\\/DTA and the phase analysis by XRD, it was shown that the precursor could yield pure strontium ferrite after calcination

  11. Measurements of Ultrafine Particles and Other Vehicular Pollutants inside a Mobile Exposure System on Los Angeles Freeways

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Yifang Zhu; David C. Fung; Nola Kennedy; William C. Hinds; Arantzazu Eiguren-Fernandez; Christian Dye; Kostantinos Eleftheriadis; Eleftheria Katsivela; Donald Martello; Natalie Pekney; Richard Anderson; Cliff Davidson; Philip Hopke; Eugene Kim; William Christensen; Nolan Mangelson; Delbert Eatough; Saqib Mukhtar; Atilla Mutlu; Sergio Capareda; Calvin Parnell; Andrew Rutter; Katy Hanford; Jaime Zwers; Anthony Perillo-Nicholas; James Schauer; Mark Olson; Paul Scott; Deborah Proctor; Yinka Afon; David Ervin; Li Wang; Praveen Kolar; James Kastner; Brian Herner; David Stieb; Richard Burnett; Marc Smith-Doiron; Orly Brion; Hwashin Shin; Vanita Economou; Rich Cook; Vlad Isakov; Jawad Touma; William Benjey; James Thurman; Ellen Kinnee; Darrell Ensley

    2008-01-01

    A mobile exposure and air pollution measurement system was developed and used for on-freeway ultrafine particle health effects studies. A nine-passenger van was modified with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration system that can deliver filtered or unfiltered air to an exposure chamber inside the van. State-of-the-art instruments were used to measure concentration and size distribution of fine and ultrafine

  12. Detection of Ambient Ultrafine Aerosols by Single Particle Techniques During the SOAR 2005 Campaign

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Laura G. Shields; Xueying Qin; Stephen M. Toner; Kimberly A. Prather

    2008-01-01

    The significant and largely unregulated presence of ultrafine particles in the atmosphere is a growing environmental concern. Understanding the formation and sources of ambient ultrafine particles represents a major goal, but analyzing such small particles is a considerable analytical challenge. This study demonstrates how real-time measurements of particle size and chemistry, coupled with gas-phase measurements, can provide unique insight into

  13. Examining Elemental Surface Enrichment in Ultrafine Aerosol Particles Using Analytical Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Andrew D. Maynard; Yasuo Ito; Ilke Arslan; Anthony T Zimmer; Nigel Browning; Alan Nicholls

    2004-01-01

    The surface structure and chemistry of ultrafine aerosol particles (typically particles smaller than 100 nm in diameter) play key roles in determining physical and chemical behavior, and is relevant to fields as diverse as nanotechnology and aerosol toxicity. Analytical scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) is one of the few analytical methods available that is potentially capable of characterizing ultrafine particles

  14. Concentrations of ultrafine particles at a highway toll collection booth and exposure implications for toll collectors.

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    Cheng, Yu-Hsiang; Huang, Cheng-Hsiung; Huang, Hsiao-Lin; Tsai, Chuen-Jinn

    2010-12-15

    Research regarding the magnitude of ultrafine particle levels at highway toll stations is limited. This study measured ambient concentrations of ultrafine particles at a highway toll station from October 30 to November 1 and November 5 to November 6, 2008. A scanning mobility particle sizer was used to measure ultrafine particle concentrations at a ticket/cash tollbooth. Levels of hourly average ultrafine particles at the tollbooth were about 3-6 times higher than those in urban backgrounds, indicating that a considerable amount of ultrafine particles are exhausted from passing vehicles. A bi-modal size distribution pattern with a dominant mode at about <6 nm and a minor mode at about 40 nm was observed at the tollbooth. The high amounts of nanoparticles in this study can be attributed to gas-to-particle reactions in fresh fumes emitted directly from vehicles. The influences of traffic volume, wind speed, and relative humidity on ultrafine particle concentrations were also determined. High ambient concentrations of ultrafine particles existed under low wind speed, low relative humidity, and high traffic volume. Although different factors account for high ambient concentrations of ultrafine particles at the tollbooth, measurements indicate that toll collectors who work close to traffic emission sources have a high exposure risk. PMID:21071066

  15. ULTRAFINE CARBON PARTICLES INDUCE IL-8 EXPRESSION IN HUMAN AIRWAY EPITHELIAL CELLS THROUGH A POST-TRANSCRIPTIONAL MECHANISM

    EPA Science Inventory

    Ultrafine carbon particles induce IL-8 expression in human airway epithelial cells through a post-transcritpional mechanism Epidemiological studies suggest that ultrafine particles contribute to particulate matter (PM) - induced adverse health effects. IL-8 is an i...

  16. [Distribution of atmospheric ultrafine particles during haze weather in Hangzhou].

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    Chen, Qiu-Fang; Sun, Zai; Xie, Xiao-Fang

    2014-08-01

    Atmospheric ultrafine particles (UFPs) were monitored with fast mobility particle sizer (FMPS) in continuous haze weather and the haze fading process during December 6 to 11, 2013 in Hangzhou. Particle concentration and size distribution were studied associated with meteorological factors. The results showed that number concentrations were the highest at night and began to reduce in the morning. There was a small peak at 8 o'clock in the morning and 18 o'clock in the afternoon. It showed an obvious peak traffic source, which indicated that traffic emissions played a great role in the atmospheric pollution. During haze weather, the highest number concentration of UFPs reached 8 x 10(4) cm(-3). Particle size spectrum distribution was bimodal, the peak particle sizes were 15 nm and 100 nm respectively. Majority of UFPs were Aitken mode and Accumulation mode and the size of most particles concentrated near 100 nm. Average CMD(count medium diameter) was 85.89 nm. During haze fading process, number concentration and particles with size around 100 nm began to reduce and peak size shifted to small size. Nuclear modal particles increased and were more than accumulation mode. Average CMD was 58.64 nm. Meteorological factors such as the visibility and wind were negatively correlated with the particle number concentration. Correlation coefficient R were -0.225 and - 0.229. The humidity was correlated with number concentration. Correlation coefficient R was 0.271. The atmosphere was stable in winter and the level temperature had small correlation with number concentration. Therefore, study on distribution of atmospheric ultrafine particles during haze weather had the significance on the formation mechanism and control of haze weather. PMID:25338351

  17. Fine and ultrafine particle emissions from microwave popcorn.

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    Zhang, Q; Avalos, J; Zhu, Y

    2014-04-01

    This study characterized fine (PM2.5 ) and ultrafine particle (UFP, diameter < 100 nm) emissions from microwave popcorn and analyzed influential factors. Each pre-packed popcorn bag was cooked in a microwave oven enclosed in a stainless steel chamber for 3 min. The number concentration and size distribution of UFPs and PM2.5 mass concentration were measured inside the chamber repeatedly for five different flavors under four increasing power settings using either the foil-lined original package or a brown paper bag. UFPs and PM2.5 generated by microwaving popcorn were 150-560 and 350-800 times higher than the emissions from microwaving water, respectively. About 90% of the total particles emitted were in the ultrafine size range. The emitted PM concentrations varied significantly with flavor. Replacing the foil-lined original package with a brown paper bag significantly reduced the peak concentration by 24-87% for total particle number and 36-70% for PM2.5 . A positive relationship was observed between both UFP number and PM2.5 mass and power setting. The emission rates of microwave popcorn ranged from 1.9 × 10(10) to 8.0 × 10(10) No./min for total particle number and from 134 to 249 ?g/min for PM2.5 . PMID:24106981

  18. Process and apparatus for producing ultrafine explosive particles

    DOEpatents

    McGowan, Michael J. (Martinsburg, WV)

    1992-10-20

    A method and an improved eductor apparatus for producing ultrafine explosive particles is disclosed. The explosive particles, which when incorporated into a binder system, have the ability to propagate in thin sheets, and have very low impact sensitivity and very high propagation sensitivity. A stream of a solution of the explosive dissolved in a solvent is thoroughly mixed with a stream of an inert nonsolvent by obtaining nonlaminar flow of the streams by applying pressure against the flow of the nonsolvent stream, to thereby diverge the stream as it contacts the explosive solution, and violently agitating the combined stream to rapidly precipitate the explosive particles from the solution in the form of generally spheroidal, ultrafine particles. The two streams are injected coaxially through continuous, concentric orifices of a nozzle into a mixing chamber. Preferably, the nonsolvent stream is injected centrally of the explosive solution stream. The explosive solution stream is injected downstream of and surrounds the nonsolvent solution stream for a substantial distance prior to being ejected into the mixing chamber.

  19. A Thermal Desorption Chemical Ionization Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer for the Chemical Characterization of Ultrafine Aerosol Particles

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Andreas Held; G. Jeffrey Rathbone; James N. Smith

    2009-01-01

    The development of a thermal desorption chemical ionization ion trap mass spectrometer for the chemical characterization of ultrafine aerosol particles is reported and first experimental results are presented. Atmospheric particles are size-classified and collected using a unipolar charger, a radial differential mobility analyzer and an electrostatic precipitator, and analyzed after thermal desorption and chemical ionization using an ion trap mass

  20. Process for making ultra-fine ceramic particles

    DOEpatents

    Stangle, Gregory C. (Alfred, NY); Venkatachari, Koththavasal R. (Hornell, NY); Ostrander, Steven P. (Scotia, NY); Schulze, Walter A. (Alfred Station, NY)

    1995-01-01

    A process for producing ultra-fine ceramic particles in which droplets are formed from a ceramic precursor mixture containing a metal cation, a nitrogen-containing fuel, a solvent, and an anion capable of participating in an anionic oxidation-reduction reaction with the nitrogen containing fuel. The nitrogen-containing fuel contains at least three nitrogen atoms, at least one oxygen atom, and at least one carbon atom. The ceramic precursor mixture is dried to remove at least 85 weight percent of the solvent, and the dried mixture is then ignited to form a combusted powder.

  1. Study of ultrafine particles near a major highway with heavy-duty diesel traffic

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Yifang Zhu; William C Hinds; Seongheon Kim; Si Shen; Constantinos Sioutas

    2002-01-01

    Motor vehicle emissions usually constitute the most significant source of ultrafine particles (diameter <0.1?m) in an urban environment. Zhu et al. (J. Air Waste Manage. Assoc., 2002, accepted for publication) conducted systematic measurements of the concentration and size distribution of ultrafine particles in the vicinity of a highway dominated by gasoline vehicle. The present study compares these previous measurements with

  2. What Does Respirator Certification Tell Us About Filtration of Ultrafine Particles?

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Robert M. Eninger; Takeshi Honda; Tiina Reponen; Roy McKay; Sergey A. Grinshpun

    2008-01-01

    Recent interest in exposures to ultrafine particles (less than 100 nm) in both environmental and occupational settings led the authors to question whether the protocols used to certify respirator filters provide adequate attention to ultrafine aerosols. The authors reviewed the particle size distribution of challenge aerosols and evaluated the aerosol measurement method currently employed in the National Institute for Occupational

  3. EXTRAPULMONARY TRANSLOCATION OF ULTRAFINE CARBON PARTICLES FOLLOWING WHOLE-BODY INHALATION EXPOSURE OF RATS

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Günter Oberdörster; Zachary Sharp; Viorel Atudorei; Alison Elder; Robert Gelein; Alex Lunts; Wolfgang Kreyling; Christopher Cox

    2002-01-01

    Studies with intravenously injected ultrafine particles have shown that the liver is the major organ of their uptake from the blood circulation. Measuring translocation of inhaled ultrafine particles to extrapulmonary organs via the blood compartment is hampered by methodological difficulties (i.e., label may come off, partial solubilization) and analytical limitations (measurement of very small amounts). The objective of our pilot

  4. Experimental studies of ultrafine particles in streets and the relationship to traffic

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    Wahlina, Peter; Palmgren, Finn; Van Dingenen, Rita

    Fine and ultrafine particles are of great concern due to their adverse health effects. Furthermore, the emission of ultrafine particles has been reported to be increasing even if the total mass of particles emitted from vehicles decreases. Determination of emission factors of ultrafine particles from the actual car fleet for different types of vehicles is essential for reliable model calculations of the directly emitted particles from the traffic. The present study includes test of measurement methods and analysis of field data from Copenhagen. Measurements of fine and ultrafine particles were carried out during winter/spring 1999, at street level in central Copenhagen, at roof level in Copenhagen, and at street level in the city Odense. The measurements were carried out by differential mobility analyser (DMA) with a high-time resolution corresponding to the variation in traffic and meteorology. The particles were separated into 29 size fractions from 0.01 to 0.7 ?m. Significant correlation at street level was observed between the CO, NO x, and ultrafine particles, indicating that the traffic is the major source of ultrafine particles in the air. Time series for several months of the size distributions have been analysed using statistical methods. Factor analysis has been used for the identification of the important sources, and a constrained linear receptor model has been used for source apportionment and for the determination of single-source size distributions of ultrafine particles from diesel- and petrol-fuelled vehicles.

  5. INDOOR AND OUTDOOR ULTRA-FINE PARTICLE COUNTS IN A 1999 TWO-SEASON FRESNO, CALIFORNIA, USA ACUTE CARDIAC PANEL STUDY

    EPA Science Inventory

    Indoor and Outdoor Ultrafine Particle Counts in a 1999 Two-Season Fresno, California, USA Acute Cardiac Panel Study. John Creason, Debra Walsh, Lucas Neas, US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Health and Environmental Effects R...

  6. Exposure to Inhalable, Respirable, and Ultrafine Particles in Welding Fume

    PubMed Central

    Pesch, Beate

    2012-01-01

    This investigation aims to explore determinants of exposure to particle size-specific welding fume. Area sampling of ultrafine particles (UFP) was performed at 33 worksites in parallel with the collection of respirable particles. Personal sampling of respirable and inhalable particles was carried out in the breathing zone of 241 welders. Median mass concentrations were 2.48 mg m?3 for inhalable and 1.29 mg m?3 for respirable particles when excluding 26 users of powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs). Mass concentrations were highest when flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) with gas was applied (median of inhalable particles: 11.6 mg m?3). Measurements of particles were frequently below the limit of detection (LOD), especially inside PAPRs or during tungsten inert gas welding (TIG). However, TIG generated a high number of small particles, including UFP. We imputed measurements particle counts) and for the respirable or inhalable fraction of the welding fume (expressed as their mass) remains challenging. PMID:22539559

  7. Nanotoxicology: An Emerging Discipline Evolving from Studies of Ultrafine Particles

    PubMed Central

    Oberdörster, Günter; Oberdörster, Eva; Oberdörster, Jan

    2005-01-01

    Although humans have been exposed to airborne nanosized particles (NSPs; < 100 nm) throughout their evolutionary stages, such exposure has increased dramatically over the last century due to anthropogenic sources. The rapidly developing field of nanotechnology is likely to become yet another source through inhalation, ingestion, skin uptake, and injection of engineered nanomaterials. Information about safety and potential hazards is urgently needed. Results of older bio-kinetic studies with NSPs and newer epidemiologic and toxicologic studies with airborne ultrafine particles can be viewed as the basis for the expanding field of nanotoxicology, which can be defined as safety evaluation of engineered nanostructures and nanodevices. Collectively, some emerging concepts of nanotoxicology can be identified from the results of these studies. When inhaled, specific sizes of NSPs are efficiently deposited by diffusional mechanisms in all regions of the respiratory tract. The small size facilitates uptake into cells and transcytosis across epithelial and endothelial cells into the blood and lymph circulation to reach potentially sensitive target sites such as bone marrow, lymph nodes, spleen, and heart. Access to the central nervous system and ganglia via translocation along axons and dendrites of neurons has also been observed. NSPs penetrating the skin distribute via uptake into lymphatic channels. Endocytosis and biokinetics are largely dependent on NSP surface chemistry (coating) and in vivo surface modifications. The greater surface area per mass compared with larger-sized particles of the same chemistry renders NSPs more active biologically. This activity includes a potential for inflammatory and pro-oxidant, but also antioxidant, activity, which can explain early findings showing mixed results in terms of toxicity of NSPs to environmentally relevant species. Evidence of mitochondrial distribution and oxidative stress response after NSP endocytosis points to a need for basic research on their interactions with subcellular structures. Additional considerations for assessing safety of engineered NSPs include careful selections of appropriate and relevant doses/concentrations, the likelihood of increased effects in a compromised organism, and also the benefits of possible desirable effects. An interdisciplinary team approach (e.g., toxicology, materials science, medicine, molecular biology, and bioinformatics, to name a few) is mandatory for nanotoxicology research to arrive at an appropriate risk assessment. PMID:16002369

  8. UPREGULATION OF TISSUE FACTOR IN HUMAN ENDOTHELIAL CELLS FOLLOWING ULTRAFINE PARTICLE EXPOSURE

    EPA Science Inventory

    Epidemiology studies have linked the exposure to air pollutant particles with increased cardiovascular mortality and morbidity, but the mechanisms remain unknown. In our laboratory we have tested the hypothesis that the ultrafine fraction of ambient pollutant particles would cau...

  9. UP-REGULATION OF TISSUE FACTOR IN HUMAN PULMONARY ARTERY ENDOTHELIAL CELLS AFTER ULTRAFINE PARTICLE EXPOSURE

    EPA Science Inventory

    Background: Epidemiology studies have linked exposure to pollutant particles to increased cardiovascular mortality and morbidity, but the mechanisms remain unknown. Objectives: We tested the hypothesis that the ultrafine fraction of ambient pollutant particle...

  10. Separation of Fischer-Tropsch Wax Products from Ultrafine Iron Catalyst Particles

    SciTech Connect

    James K. Neathery; Gary Jacobs; Amitava Sarkar; Burtron H. Davis

    2005-09-30

    In this reporting period, a study of ultra-fine iron catalyst filtration was initiated to study the behavior of ultra-fine particles during the separation of Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis (FTS) liquids filtration. The overall focus of the program is with slurry-phase FTS in slurry bubble column reactor systems. Hydrocarbon products must be separated from catalyst particles before being removed from the reactor system. An efficient wax product/catalyst separation system is a key factor for optimizing operating costs for iron-based slurry-phase FTS. Previous work has focused on catalyst particle attrition and the formation of ultra-fine iron carbide and/or carbon particles. With the current study, we are investigating how the filtration properties are affected by these chemical and physical changes of the catalyst slurry during activation/synthesis. The change of particle size during the slurry-phase FTS has monitored by withdrawing catalyst sample at different TOS. The measurement of dimension of the HRTEM images of samples showed a tremendous growth of the particles. Carbon rims of thickness 3-6 nm around the particles were observed. This growth in particle size was not due to carbon deposition on the catalyst. A conceptual design and operating philosophy was developed for an integrated wax filtration system for a 4 liter slurry bubble column reactor to be used in Phase II of this research program. The system will utilize a primary inertial hydroclone followed by a Pall Accusep cross-flow membrane. Provisions for cleaned permeate back-pulsing will be included to as a flux maintenance measure.

  11. Monitoring exposure to airborne ultrafine particles in Lisbon, Portugal.

    PubMed

    Gomes, João Fernando Pereira; Bordado, João Carlos Moura; Albuquerque, Paula Cristina Silva

    2012-06-01

    The aim of this study is to contribute to the assessment of exposure levels of ultrafine particles (UFP) in the urban environment of Lisbon, Portugal, due to automobile traffic, by monitoring lung-deposited alveolar surface area (resulting from exposure to UFP) in a major avenue leading to the town centre during late Spring, as well as in indoor buildings facing it. This study revealed differentiated patterns for week days and weekends, consistent with PM(2.5) and PM(10) patterns currently monitored by air quality stations in Lisbon. The observed ultrafine particulate levels could be directly related with the fluxes of automobile traffic. During a typical week, UFP alveolar deposited surface area varied between 35.0 and 89.2 µm(2)/cm(3), which is comparable with levels reported for other towns such in Germany and United States. The measured values allowed the determination of the number of UFP per cm(3), which are comparable to levels reported for Madrid and Brisbane. In what concerns outdoor/indoor levels, we observed higher levels (32-63%) outdoor, which is somewhat lower than levels observed in houses in Ontario. PMID:22642291

  12. Development of Ultrafine Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) Nanoparticle for Ink-Jet Printing by Low-Temperature Synthetic Method

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Sung-Jei Hong; Yong-Hoon Kim; Jeong-In Han

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, an ultrafine indium tin oxide (ITO) nanoparticle for ink-jet printing was successfully developed by applying low-temperature synthetic method at 300 degC. Mean size of the synthesized ITO nanoparticle is 5 nm with uniformity. High specific surface area above 100 m2\\/g certifies the ultrafine particle size. Especially, the ITO nanoparticle was well dispersed by the surface additive. Despite

  13. Monodispersed Ultrafine Zeolite Crystal Particles by Microwave Hydrothermal Synthesis

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    Hu, Michael Z. [ORNL; Harris, Michael Tyrone [ORNL; Khatri, Lubna [ORNL

    2008-01-01

    Microwave hydrothermal synthesis of zeolites is reviewed. Monodispersed ultrafine crystal particles of zeolite (Silicalite-1) have been synthesized in batch reactor vessels by microwave irradiation heating of aqueous basic silicate precursor solutions with tetra propyl ammonium hydroxide as the templating molecule. The effects of major process parameters (such as synthesis temperature, microwave heating rate, volume ratio (i.e., the volume of the initial synthesis solution over the total volume of the reactor vessel), and synthesis time on the zeolite particle characteristics are studied using a computer-controlled microwave reactor system that allows real-time monitoring and control of reaction medium temperature. The changes in the morphology, size and crystal structure of the particles are investigated using scanning electron microscope, dynamic light scattering, X-ray diffraction, and BET surface analysis. We have found that the synthesis temperature, volume ratio, and heating rate play a significant role in controlling the particle size, uniformity, and morphology. Microwave processing has generated new morphologies of zeolite particles (i.e., uniform block-shaped particles that contain mixed gel-nanocrystallites and agglomerated crystal particles) that could not be made by a conventional hydrothermal process. At higher synthesis temperature and lower volume ratio, irregular block-shaped particles were produced, whereas increasing the volume ratio promoted the formation of monodispersed single-crystal particles with uniform shape. Our results clearly demonstrate that faster microwave heating is advantageous to enhance the zeolite crystallization kinetics and produces larger-size crystal particles in shorter time. In addition, zeolite crystallization mechanisms, depending on the microwave heating rate, were also discussed.

  14. [Ultrafine particles and effects on the body: review of the literature].

    PubMed

    Pedata, P; Garzillo, E M; Sannolo, N

    2010-01-01

    The International laws and the technology developments led to a situation where the current levels of environmental pollution are below those that existed at the beginning of the century: however, these pollution levels produce harmful effects to health linked to an increase in morbidity and mortality. Over the years the pollution has changed: following the transformation of heating, motor innovation and emissions reducing, has been a reduction in air concentration of some conventional pollutants (sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, benzene), while there wasn't a significant reduction of particulate air pollution. In this work have been questioned several electronic databases of scientific literature based on a selection algorithm that contains expressions for the following topics: "ultrafine particles", "effects on human health", "occupational and environmental exposure". We analyzed 200 articles, progressively reduced to 88, selected for keywords, year of publication and arguments; the main topics covered by the articles were related to chemical and physical UFP properties, UFP exposure, European legislation relating to the values of particle concentrations in the atmosphere, toxicokinetics and effects on various organs such as, in particular, the respiratory system, cardiovascular system, central nervous system and the intracellular mechanism of action. Analysis of the literature showed that ultrafine particles (PM0.1 aerodynamic diameter less than 0.1 microm) are more powerful than the coarse particle fraction (2.5-10 microm) and fine (0.1-2.5 microm) in inducing adverse effects to human health. Unfortunately, the study of mechanisms of action of these particles presents particular difficulties because of the large number of chemical and biological mechanisms that come into play in the body after exposure to ultrafine particles. PMID:20464974

  15. Comparison of deposited surface area of airborne ultrafine particles generated from two welding processes.

    PubMed

    Gomes, J F; Albuquerque, P C; Miranda, Rosa M; Santos, Telmo G; Vieira, M T

    2012-09-01

    This article describes work performed on the assessment of the levels of airborne ultrafine particles emitted in two welding processes metal-active gas (MAG) of carbon steel and friction-stir welding (FSW) of aluminium in terms of deposited area in alveolar tract of the lung using a nanoparticle surface area monitor analyser. The obtained results showed the dependence from process parameters on emitted ultrafine particles and clearly demonstrated the presence of ultrafine particles, when compared with background levels. The obtained results showed that the process that results on the lower levels of alveolar-deposited surface area is FSW, unlike MAG. Nevertheless, all the tested processes resulted in important doses of ultrafine particles that are to be deposited in the human lung of exposed workers. PMID:22954401

  16. Cardiovascular Effects in Adults with Metabolic Syndrome Exposed to Concentrated Ultrafine Air Pollution Particles

    EPA Science Inventory

    RATIONALE: Epidemiologic studies report associations between ambient air pollution particulate matter (PM) and various indices of cardiopulmonary morbidity and mortality. A leading hypothesis contends that smaller ultrafine (UF) particles induce a greater physiologic response bec...

  17. The formation of ultrafine iodine particles from coastal macroalgae

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    McFiggans, G.; Coe, H.; Allan, J. D.; Plane, J. M. C.; Saunders, R.

    2003-04-01

    We will present the first direct evidence for iodine-containing ultrafine particle (ufp) production from macroalgae in the intertidal zone. Ultrafine particles in the coastal environment have been the subject of intense interest(1,2,3) due to their potentially important contributions to both the direct radiation scattering budget and, by activation to form cloud droplets, to the indirect radiative effect. Based on a variety of laboratory studies, it has recently been proposed that photochemical production of condensable iodine oxides is responsible for their formation(4-9). This work shows that previous studies investigating the mechanisms and kinetics of particle formation due to iodine photochemistry are largely untargeted in that they assume gaseous iodocarbons are the precursor material. Models aiming to simulate coastal new particle formation suffer from the same lack of basic understanding of the formation mechanisms (and indeed precursor identities)(7-9). Following measurements of iodine monoxide(10,11) and iodocarbons(12) in the coastal atmosphere, modelling studies have demonstrated the importance of inorganic iodine in gaseous photochemical cycles(13). Volatile iodocarbons have a number of sources, but intertidal macroalgal beds(14) appear to dominate in the coastal zone(15). However, no direct evidence for a relationship between the macroalgae and iodine-containing particle formation have been reported. During the NERC-funded NAMBLEX field project at Mace Head on the west coast of Ireland in August 2002, we conducted a series of experiments on macroalgae in the intertidal zone. A reactor containing Laminaria digitata cropped from an intertidal rock pool was exposed to an ozonised stream of initially particle-free air. Using a scanning mobility particle sizer (SMPS) to sample the reactor output, it was found that extremely large numbers of particles were formed. By increasing the exposure time to the airstream, the particles were allowed to grow above the detection threshold of an aerosol mass spectrometer (AMS). It was found that the dominant m/z fragments above 100 Daltons at all sizes of particle were derived from iodine-containing species, but the mass spectrum exhibited significant differences from that reported for particles generated in the laboratory from iodocarbon photolysis(5,6). Subsequent experiments at UMIST have found a similar response from the related and more widespread macroalga Laminaria hyperborea. In addition, further results from the laboratory program investigating ufp formation from both inorganic and organic precursor molecules will be presented and discussed to aid mechanistic interpretation of the release of ufps from macroalgae. 1. O’Dowd et al., GRL, 1707-1710, 1999, 2. Coe et al., JGR, 26891-26905, 2000, 3. Kolb, Nature, 597-598, 2002, 4. Hoffmann et al., GRL, 1949-1952, 2001, 5. O’Dowd et al., Nature, 632-636, 2002, 6. Jimenez et al., JGR in press, 2003, 7. McFiggans et al., EGS presentation, 2002, 8. McFiggans, CERC3 presentation, 2002, 9. McFiggans et al., 2003, in prep, 10. Alicke et al., Nature, 572-573, 1999, 11. Allan et al., JGR, 14363-14369, 2000, 12. Carpenter et al., JGR, 1679-1689, 1999, 13. McFiggans et al., JGR, 14371-14385, 2000, 14. Carpenter et al., GBC, 1191-1204, 2000, 15. Carpenter et al., ACP, 9-18, 2001.

  18. Ultrafine particle concentrations in and around idling school buses

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhang, Qunfang; Fischer, Heidi J.; Weiss, Robert E.; Zhu, Yifang

    2013-04-01

    Unnecessary school bus idling increases children's exposure to diesel exhaust, but to what extent children are exposed to ultrafine particles (UFPs, diameter < 100 nm) in and around idling school buses remains unclear. This study employed nine school buses and simulated five scenarios by varying emissions source, wind direction, and window position. The purpose was to investigate the impact of idling on UFP number concentration and PM2.5 mass concentration inside and near school buses. Near the school buses, total particle number concentration increased sharply from engine off to engine on under all scenarios, by a factor of up to 26. The impact of idling on UFP number concentration inside the school buses depended on wind direction and window position: wind direction was important and statistically significant while the effect of window positions depended on wind direction. Under certain scenarios, idling increased in-cabin total particle number concentrations by a factor of up to 5.8, with the significant increase occurring in the size range of 10-30 nm. No significant change of in-cabin PM2.5 mass concentration was observed due to idling, regardless of wind direction and window position, indicating that PM2.5 is not a good indicator for primary diesel exhaust particle exposure. The deposition rates based on total particle number concentration inside school bus cabins varied between 1.5 and 5.0 h-1 across nine tested buses under natural convection conditions, lower than those of passenger cars but higher than those of indoor environments.

  19. Synthesis of Strontium Ferrite Ultrafine Particles Using Microemulsion Processing.

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    Chen, Dong-Hwang; Chen, Yuh-Yuh

    2001-04-01

    The strontium ferrite ultrafine particles have been prepared using the microemulsion processing. The mixed hydroxide precursor was obtained via the coprecipitation of Sr(2+) and Fe(3+) in a water-in-oil microemulsion of water/CTAB/n-butanol/isooctane. According to the investigation on the thermochemical properties by TGA/DTA and the phase analysis by XRD, it was shown that the precursor could yield pure strontium ferrite after calcination at 700 degrees C for 5 h while using an appropriate molar ratio of Sr/Fe in microemulsions. From TEM measurement, the diameters of the precursor and calcined particles were 3.8+/-0.7 and 50-100 nm, respectively. The magnetic properties characterized by a SQUID magnetometer showed that the saturation magnetization, remanent magnetization, coercivity, and squareness ratio were 55 emu/g, 28 emu/g, 492 Oe, and 0.51, respectively. The magnetization was also observed to increase with the decrease of temperature at 5-400 K. Compared with those reported earlier, the quite low coercivity implies the potential application of final product in the high-density perpendicular recording media. Copyright 2001 Academic Press. PMID:11254326

  20. Influence of sound wave characteristics on fluidization behaviors of ultrafine particles

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Qingjie Guo; Huie Liu; Wenzhong Shen; Xianghong Yan; Rugao Jia

    2006-01-01

    The fluidization behaviors of ultrafine particles were investigated in an acoustic fluidized bed with one type of micron particles and two types of nanoparticles. With the assistance of sound wave having low sound frequency and high sound pressure level, the micron and nanoparticles can be fluidized smoothly with fluidization behaviors similar to those of Geldart Group A particles. It has

  1. Ultrafine particle generation by high-velocity impact of metal projectiles

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Stabile, L.; Iannitti, G.; Vigo, P.; Ruggiero, A.; Russi, A.; Buonanno, G.

    2014-05-01

    Ultrafine particle generation through mechanical processes was not carefully deepened so far, even if it could be related to the human health-based researches. In particular, the evaluation of ultrafine particles produced in battlefield scenarios can be useful to quantify the exposure of soldiers to particles carrying toxic heavy metals. In the present work ultrafine particle generation during high-velocity impact of metal projectiles was deepened performing symmetrical high velocity Taylor impacts of copper cylinder tests (Rod-on-Rod tests) by means of a gas-gun facility. Particle number distributions and total concentrations were measured through one-second-time resolution instruments in a chamber where impact events at different velocities were performed. Particle number generation per impact was also evaluated. Particle concentrations in the 106 part. cm-3 range were measured corresponding to particle generations higher than 1012 particles per impact, then comparable to those typical of combustion sources. Particle number distribution showed a unimodal distribution with a 10 nm mode. Summarizing, the performed experimental campaign revealed an extremely high generation of ultrafine particles from mechanical processes.

  2. On the assessment of exposure to airborne ultrafine particles in urban environments.

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    Gomes, João Fernando Pereira; Bordado, João Carlos Moura; Albuquerque, Paula Cristina Silva

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this study was to contribute to the assessment of exposure levels of ultrafine particles in the urban environment of Lisbon, Portugal, due to automobile traffic, by monitoring lung deposited alveolar surface area (resulting from exposure to ultrafine particles) in a major avenue leading to the town center during late spring, as well as in indoor buildings facing it. Data revealed differentiated patterns for week days and weekends, consistent with PM(2.5) and PM?? patterns currently monitored by air quality stations in Lisbon. The observed ultrafine particulate levels may be directly correlated with fluxes in automobile traffic. During a typical week, amounts of ultrafine particles per alveolar deposited surface area varied between 35 and 89.2 ?m²/cm³, which are comparable with levels reported for other towns in Germany and the United States. The measured values allowed for determination of the number of ultrafine particles per cubic centimeter, which are comparable to levels reported for Madrid and Brisbane. In what concerns outdoor/indoor levels, we observed higher levels (32 to 63%) outdoors, which is somewhat lower than levels observed in houses in Ontario. PMID:23095150

  3. TRANSLOCATION OF ULTRAFINE INSOLUBLE IRIDIUM PARTICLES FROM LUNG EPITHELIUM TO EXTRAPULMONARY ORGANS IS SIZE DEPENDENT BUT VERY LOW

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    W. G. Kreyling; M. Semmler; F. Erbe; P. Mayer; S. Takenaka; H. Schulz; G. Oberdörster; A. Ziesenis

    2002-01-01

    Recently it was speculated that ultrafine particles may translocate from deposition sites in the lungs to systemic circulation. This could lead to accumulation and potentially adverse reactions in critical organs such as liver, heart, and even brain, consistent with the hypothesis that ultrafine insoluble particles may play a role in the onset of cardiovascular diseases, as growing evidence from epidemiological

  4. MECHANISMS BY WHICH ULTRAFINE, FINE, AND COARSE PARTICLES CAUSE ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS

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    A small number of recent studies suggest that different size particles may cause different health effects. There are clearly differences in the chemical makeup of coarse, fine, and ultrafine particles, and this different chemistry may well drive different health responses. The ...

  5. Airborne Fine and Ultrafine Particles Near the World Trade Center Disaster Site

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    Beverly S. Cohen; Maire S. A. Heikkinen; Yair Hazi

    2004-01-01

    Documentation of the airborne fine and ultrafine particles produced by the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center (WTC), particularly while fires were burning, was essential for evaluating the risk of adverse health effects in people who live and work in this area. We collected airborne particles for 3 months at a site about 400 m east of the former

  6. ANALYSIS OF TOTAL RESPIRATORY DEPOSITION OF INHALED ULTRAFINE PARTICLES IN ADULT SUBJECTS AT VARIOUS BREATHING PATTERNS

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    Ultrafine particles are ubiquitous in the ambient air and their unique physicochemical characteristics may pose a potential health hazard. Accurate lung dose information is essential to assess a potential health risk to exposure to these particles. In the present study, we measur...

  7. DEPOSITION DISTRIBUTION OF NANO AND ULTRAFINE PARTICLES IN HUMAN LUNGS DURING CONTROLLED MOUTH BREATHING

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    Nano and ultrafine particles are abundant in the atmosphere and the level of human exposure to these tiny particles is expected to increase markedly as industrial activities increase manufacturing nano-sized materials. Exposure-dose relationships and site-specific internal dose a...

  8. Ultrafine carbon particles down-regulate CYP1B1 expression in human monocytes

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    Christiane Eder; Marion Frankenberger; Franz Stanzel; Albrecht Seidel; Karl-Werner Schramm; Loems Ziegler-Heitbrock; Thomas PJ Hofer

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Cytochrome P450 monoxygenases play an important role in the defence against inhaled toxic compounds and in metabolizing a wide range of xenobiotics and environmental contaminants. In ambient aerosol the ultrafine particle fraction which penetrates deeply into the lungs is considered to be a major factor for adverse health effects. The cells mainly affected by inhaled particles are lung epithelial

  9. The exposure to coarse, fine and ultrafine particle emissions from concrete mixing, drilling and cutting activities.

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    Azarmi, Farhad; Kumar, Prashant; Mulheron, Mike

    2014-08-30

    Building activities generate coarse (PM10?10?m), fine (PM2.5?2.5?m) and ultrafine particles (<100nm) making it necessary to understand both the exposure levels of operatives on site and the dispersion of ultrafine particles into the surrounding environment. This study investigates the release of particulate matter, including ultrafine particles, during the mixing of fresh concrete (incorporating Portland cement with Ground Granulated Blastfurnace Slag, GGBS or Pulverised Fuel Ash, PFA) and the subsequent drilling and cutting of hardened concrete. Particles were measured in the 5-10,000nm size range using a GRIMM particle spectrometer and a fast response differential mobility spectrometer (DMS50). The mass concentrations of PM2.5-10 fraction contributed ?52-64% of total mass released. The ultrafine particles dominated the total particle number concentrations (PNCs); being 74, 82, 95 and 97% for mixing with GGBS, mixing with PFA, drilling and cutting, respectively. Peak values measured during the drilling and cutting activities were 4 and 14 times the background. Equivalent emission factors were calculated and the total respiratory deposition dose rates for PNCs for drilling and cutting were 32.97±9.41×10(8)min(-1) and 88.25±58.82×10(8)min(-1). These are a step towards establishing number and mass emission inventories for particle exposure during construction activities. PMID:25068443

  10. SEPARATION OF FISCHER-TROPSCH WAX PRODUCTS FROM ULTRAFINE IRON CATALYST PARTICLES

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    James K. Neathery; Gary Jacobs; Burtron H. Davis

    2004-03-31

    In this reporting period, a fundamental filtration study was started to investigate the separation of Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis (FTS) liquids from iron-based catalyst particles. Slurry-phase FTS in slurry bubble column reactor systems is the preferred mode of production since the reaction is highly exothermic. Consequently, heavy wax products must be separated from catalyst particles before being removed from the reactor system. Achieving an efficient wax product separation from iron-based catalysts is one of the most challenging technical problems associated with slurry-phase FTS. The separation problem is further compounded by catalyst particle attrition and the formation of ultra-fine iron carbide and/or carbon particles. Existing pilot-scale equipment was modified to include a filtration test apparatus. After undergoing an extensive plant shakedown period, filtration tests with cross-flow filter modules using simulant FTS wax slurry were conducted. The focus of these early tests was to find adequate mixtures of polyethylene wax to simulate FTS wax. Catalyst particle size analysis techniques were also developed. Initial analyses of the slurry and filter permeate particles will be used by the research team to design improved filter media and cleaning strategies.

  11. Nature and evolution of ultrafine aerosol particles in the atmosphere

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    V. V. Smirnov

    2006-01-01

    Results of experimental and theoretical studies of a poorly understood phenomenon, an intense emission of ultrafine (nanometer)\\u000a aerosols (ENA), are reviewed. In the English-language literature, this phenomenon is commonly referred to as a nucleation\\u000a burst. ENA events have been observed on all the continents and throughout the depth of the troposphere, with the number of\\u000a corresponding publications growing steadily. Intense

  12. Characterization of ultrafine particle number concentration and size distribution during a summer campaign in southwest Detroit.

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    Young, Li-Hao; Keeler, Gerald J

    2004-09-01

    This paper presents results from a study conducted in southwest Detroit from July 20 to July 30, 2002, to characterize ambient ultrafine particles (dP < 0.1 microm), and to examine the effect of local sources and meteorological parameters on the ultrafine number concentration and size distribution. The number concentrations of ambient particles in the size range of 0.01-0.43 microm were obtained from a scanning mobility particle sizer (SMPS). Meteorological parameters including ambient temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, wind direction, rainfall, and solar radiation flux were also monitored concurrently atop a 10-m tower. On average, ultrafine particles ranged from 1.4 x 10(4) to 2.5 x 10(4) cm(-3), with significant diurnal and daily variations, and accounted for approximately 89% of the total number concentration (0.01 < dP < 0.43 microm). Time-series plots of the 5-min number concentrations revealed that peak concentrations often occurred during morning rush hour and/or around solar noon when photochemical activity was at a maximum. The morning traffic-related peak coincided with the NOx peak, whereas the photochemical-related peak correlated with solar radiation flux. On some days, the noon peak concentration was many times higher than the morning peak concentration. Although the number size distribution varied considerably over the course of the study, it typically exhibited one to three modes, with diameters around 0.01, 0.05, and 0.09 microm. Analysis of the influence of wind direction indicated that stationary sources could be one of the contributors to elevated ultrafine particle concentration. Overall, the data indicated that fossil fuel combustion and atmospheric gas-to-particle conversion of precursor gases are the major sources of ultrafine particles in the southwest Detroit area during the summer. PMID:15468661

  13. Observation of giant dielectric constant in an assembly of ultrafine Ag particles

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    Saha, S. K.

    2004-03-01

    Although the Gor’kov-Eliashberg effect in isolated ultrafine metal particles is forbidden due to the depolarization field inside it, a giant dielectric response (?˜1010) is observed in an assembly of ultrafine metal particles connected to each other forming an interrupted metal strand. The metal strand, which has a very low depolarization field, is obtained by the application of electric field to the assembly of isolated minute metal particles. The strong electrostatic force due to high electric field (106 V/cm) in the nano air gap between the particles causes the particles to deform in the direction of the electric field and finally attains the percolating configuration with the formation of a metal filament, the electronic wave functions of which are localized due to lattice defects at the interface between the particles.

  14. PULMONARY AND CARDIAC GENE EXPRESSION FOLLOWING ACUTE ULTRAFINE CARBON PARTICLE INHALATION IN HYPERTENSIVE RATS

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    Inhalation of ultrafine carbon particles (ufCP) causes cardiac physiological changes without marked pulmonary injury or inflammation. We hypothesized that acute ufCP exposure of 13 months old Spontaneously Hypertensive (SH) rats will cause differential effects on the lung and hea...

  15. SIGNALING MECHANISMS IN HUMAN AIRWAY EPITHELIAL CELLS EXPOSED TO CARBON ULTRAFINE PARTICLES

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    SIGNALING MECHANISMS IN HUMAN AIRWAY EPITHELIAL CELLS EXPOSED TO CARBON ULTRAFINE PARTICLES Y.M. Kim, A.G. Lenz, R. Silbajoris, I. Jaspers and J.M. Samet. Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering and Center for Environmental Medicine, University of North Carolina, ...

  16. Combustion of PTFE: The effects of gravity on ultrafine particle generation

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    McKinnon, Thomas; Todd, Paul; Oberdorster, Gunter

    1996-01-01

    The objective of this project is to obtain an understanding of the effect of gravity on the toxicity of ultrafine particle and gas phase materials produced when fluorocarbon polymers are thermally degraded or burned. The motivation for the project is to provide a basic technical foundation on which policies for spacecraft health and safety with regard to fire and polymers can be formulated.

  17. Assessing Bicyclist and Pedestrian Exposure to Ultrafine Particles: Passive1 Shielding with Noise Barriers2

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    Bertini, Robert L.

    traveling4 in near-road areas with high concentrations of UFP often have high respiration rates that make exposure to2 ultrafine particles (UFP), particulate matter with aerodynamic diameter less than 0.1 µm, physical6 noise barriers border high-volume roads to reduce noise pollution. Non-motorized facilities may

  18. Exposure to ultrafine and fine particles and noise during cycling and driving in 11 Dutch cities

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    Hanna Boogaard; Frank Borgman; Jaap Kamminga; Gerard Hoek

    2009-01-01

    Recent studies have suggested that exposures during traffic participation may be associated with adverse health effects. Traffic participation involves relatively short but high exposures. Potentially relevant exposures include ultrafine particles, fine particles (PM2.5) and noise.Simultaneously, detailed real time exposure of particle number concentration (PNC), PM2.5 and noise has been measured while driving and cycling 12 predefined routes of approximately 10–20 min

  19. Separation of Fischer-Tropsch Wax Products from Ultrafine Iron Catalyst Particles

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    James K. Neathery; Gary Jacobs; Amitava Sarkar; Burtron H. Davis

    2006-03-31

    The morphological and chemical nature of ultrafine iron catalyst particles (3-5 nm diameters) during activation/FTS was studied by HRTEM, EELS, and Moessbauer spectroscopy. With the progress of FTS, the carbide re-oxidized to magnetite and catalyst activity gradually decreased. The growth of oxide phase continued and average particle size also increased simultaneously. The phase transformation occurred in a ''growing oxide core'' manner with different nano-zones. The nano-range carbide particles did not show fragmentation or attrition as generally observed in micrometer range particles. Nevertheless, when the dimension of particles reached the micrometer range, the crystalline carbide phase appeared to be sprouted on the surface of magnetite single crystal. In the previous reporting period, a design and operating philosophy was developed for an integrated wax filtration system for a 4 liter slurry bubble column reactor to be used in Phase II of this research program. During the current reporting period, we have started construction of the new filtration system and began modifications to the 4 liter slurry bubble column reactor (SBCR) reactor. The system will utilize a primary wax separation device followed by a Pall Accusep or Membralox ceramic cross-flow membrane. As of this writing, the unit is nearly complete except for the modification of a moyno-type pump; the pump was shipped to the manufacturer to install a special leak-free, high pressure seal.

  20. Ultrafine particle generation by high-velocity impact of metal projectiles

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    Iannitti, Gianluca; Stabile, Luca; Vigo, Paolo; Ruggiero, Andrew; Russi, Aldo; Buonanno, Giorgio

    2013-06-01

    In the present work, size distributions and total concentrations of ultrafine particles generated during high velocity impacts of metals are shown in order to estimate the possible exposure of survival personnel to ultrafine metallic particles in the event of kinetic energy penetrator impact. Taylor cylinder impact tests were designed and performed using a light gas-gun facility investigating both high purity copper and aluminum cylinders impacting against a steel anvil in impact chamber. Moreover, in order to deepen the possible particle formation mechanisms, ballistic impact tests without metal-on-metal sliding contacts were also performed. In particular, symmetrical Taylor impacts of copper cylinders tests (rod-on-rod tests) were designed. High-resolution time measurements of particle distributions and total concentrations were performed through Fast Mobility Particle Sizer spectrometer and Condensation Particle Counters. Particle number emission factors were also evaluated. High particle generation in the ultrafine range were detected in classic Taylor cylinder impact tests: particle number distributions with a mode of 10 nm were detected. Moreover, number emission factors comparable to the ones typical of combustion phenomena were recognized.

  1. Effect of flow characteristics on ultrafine particle emissions from range hoods.

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    Tseng, Li-Ching; Chen, Chih-Chieh

    2013-08-01

    In order to understand the physical mechanisms of the production of nanometer-sized particulate generated from cooking oils, the ventilation of kitchen hoods was studied by determining the particle concentration, particle size distribution, particle dimensions, and hood's flow characteristics under several cooking scenarios. This research varied the temperature of the frying operation on one cooking operation, with three kinds of commercial cooking oils including soybean oil, olive oil, and sunflower oil. The variations of particle concentration and size distributions with the elevated cooking oil temperatures were presented. The particle concentration increases as a function of temperature. For oil temperatures ranging between 180°C and 210°C, a 5°C increase in temperature increased the number concentration of ultrafine particles by 20-50%. The maximum concentration of ultrafine particles was found to be approximately 6 × 10(6) particles per cm(3) at 260°C. Flow visualization techniques and particle distribution measurement were performed for two types of hood designs, a wall-mounted range hood and an island hood, at a suction flow rate of 15 m(3) min(-1). The flow visualization results showed that different configurations of kitchen hoods induce different aerodynamic characteristics. By comparing the results of flow visualizations and nanoparticle measurements, it was found that the areas with large-scale turbulent vortices are more prone to dispersion of ultrafine particle leakage because of the complex interaction between the shear layers and the suction movement that results from turbulent dispersion. We conclude that the evolution of ultrafine particle concentration fluctuations is strongly affected by the location of the hood, which can alter the aerodynamic features. We suggest that there is a correlation between flow characteristics and amount of contaminant leakage. This provides a comprehensive strategy to evaluate the effectiveness of kitchen hoods in capturing cooking oil fumes, which is based on an assessment of the entire hood face exposure instead of on breathing-zone sampling alone. PMID:23479025

  2. Ultrafine particle emission of waste incinerators and comparison to the exposure of urban citizens.

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    Buonanno, Giorgio; Morawska, Lidia

    2015-03-01

    On the basis of the growing interest on the impact of airborne particles on human exposure as well as the strong debate in Western countries on the emissions of waste incinerators, this work reviewed existing literature to: (i) show the emission factors of ultrafine particles (particles with a diameter less than 100 nm) of waste incinerators; and (ii) assess the contribution of waste incinerators in terms of ultrafine particles to exposure and dose of people living in the surrounding areas of the plants in order to estimate eventual risks. The review identified only a limited number of studies measuring ultrafine particle emissions, and in general they report low particle number concentrations at the stack (the median value was equal to 5.5×10(3) part cm(-3)), in most cases higher than the outdoor background value. The lowest emissions were achieved by utilization of the bag-house filter which has an overall number-based filtration efficiency higher than 99%. Referring to reference case, the corresponding emission factor is equal to 9.1×10(12) part min(-1), that is lower than one single high-duty vehicle. Since the higher particle number concentrations found in the most contributing microenvironments to the exposure (indoor home, transportation, urban outdoor), the contribution of the waste incinerators to the daily dose can be considered as negligible. PMID:24726660

  3. Grain size, chemistry, and structure of fine and ultrafine particles in stainless steel welding fumes

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    B. Moroni; C. Viti

    2009-01-01

    A combined SEM–TEM study was performed on samples of metal inert gas (MIG) stainless steel (SS) arc welding fumes to characterize fine and ultrafine particle fractions in terms of size distributions, crystal structures, and chemistry. Overall observations indicate that welding fumes consist of a complex mixture of magnetite-like nanocrystals and non-spinel particles in different phases, with distinguishing grain size distributions

  4. Removal of fine and ultrafine particles from indoor air environments by the unipolar ion emission

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    Byung Uk Lee; Mikhail Yermakov; Sergey A. Grinshpun

    2004-01-01

    The continuous emission of unipolar ions was evaluated in order to determine its ability to remove fine and ultrafine particles from indoor air environments. The evolution of the indoor aerosol concentration and particle size distribution was measured in real time with the ELPI in a room-size (24.3m3) test chamber where the ion emitter was operating. After the results were compared

  5. ¹¹¹Indium-labeled ultrafine carbon particles; a novel aerosol for pulmonary deposition and retention studies.

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    Sanchez-Crespo, Alejandro; Klepczynska-Nyström, Anna; Lundin, Anders; Larsson, Britt Marie; Svartengren, Magnus

    2011-02-01

    Continuous environmental or occupational exposure to airborne particulate pollution is believed to be a major hazard for human health. A technique to characterize their deposition and clearance from the lungs is fundamental to understand the underlying mechanisms behind their negative health effects. In this work, we describe a method for production and follow up of ultrafine carbon particles labeled with radioactive ¹¹¹Indium (¹¹¹In). The physicochemical and biological properties of the aerosol are described in terms of particle size and concentration, agglomeration rate, chemical bonding stability, and human lung deposition and retention. Preliminary in vivo data from a healthy human pilot exposure and 1-week follow up of the aerosol is presented. More than 98% of the generated aerosol was labeled with Indium and with particle sizes log normally distributed around 79? nm count median diameter. The aerosol showed good generation reproducibility and chemical stability, about 5% leaching 7 days after generation. During human inhalation, the particles were deposited in the alveolar space, with no central airways involvement. Seven days after exposure, the cumulative activity retention was 95.3%. Activity leaching tests from blood and urine samples confirmed that the observed clearance was explained by unbound activity, suggesting that there was no significant elimination of ultrafine particles. Compared to previously presented methods based on Technegas, ¹¹¹In-labelled ultrafine carbon particles allow for extended follow-up assessments of particulate pollution retention in healthy and diseased lungs. PMID:21391780

  6. ULTRAFINE CARBON PARTICLES INDUCE INTERLEUKIN-8 GENE TRANSCRIPTION AND P38 MAPK ACTIVATION IN NORMAL BRONCHIAL EPITHELIAL CELLS

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    Epidemiological studies suggest that ultrafine particles contribute to particulate matter-induced adverse health effects. Interleukin (IL)-8 is an important proinflammatory cytokine in the human lung that is induced in respiratory cells exposed to a variety of environmental insul...

  7. Exposure for ultrafine carbon particles at levels below detectable pulmonary inflammation affects cardiovascular performance in spontaneously hypertensive rats*

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    Rationale: Exposure to particulate matter is a risk factor for cardiopulmonary disease but the related molecular mechanisms are poorly understood. Previously we studied cardiovascular responses in healthy WKY rats following inhalation exposure to ultrafine carbon particles (UfCPs...

  8. Number size distribution of fine and ultrafine fume particles from various welding processes.

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    Brand, Peter; Lenz, Klaus; Reisgen, Uwe; Kraus, Thomas

    2013-04-01

    Studies in the field of environmental epidemiology indicate that for the adverse effect of inhaled particles not only particle mass is crucial but also particle size is. Ultrafine particles with diameters below 100 nm are of special interest since these particles have high surface area to mass ratio and have properties which differ from those of larger particles. In this paper, particle size distributions of various welding and joining techniques were measured close to the welding process using a fast mobility particle sizer (FMPS). It turned out that welding processes with high mass emission rates (manual metal arc welding, metal active gas welding, metal inert gas welding, metal inert gas soldering, and laser welding) show mainly agglomerated particles with diameters above 100 nm and only few particles in the size range below 50 nm (10 to 15%). Welding processes with low mass emission rates (tungsten inert gas welding and resistance spot welding) emit predominantly ultrafine particles with diameters well below 100 nm. This finding can be explained by considerably faster agglomeration processes in welding processes with high mass emission rates. Although mass emission is low for tungsten inert gas welding and resistance spot welding, due to the low particle size of the fume, these processes cannot be labeled as toxicologically irrelevant and should be further investigated. PMID:23028013

  9. Effects of Vehicle Cabin Filter Efficiency on Ultrafine Particle Concentration Ratios Measured In-Cabin and On-Roadway

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    Bin Xu; Shusen Liu; Junjie Liu; Yifang Zhu

    2011-01-01

    Understanding the in-cabin microenvironment of vehicles is important for assessing human exposure to ultrafine particles (UFPs) of vehicular origin. Filtration through the cabin filter is one of the processes that determine the ratio of in-cabin to on-roadway (I\\/O) UFP concentrations. In this study, two filter test systems were used to measure the particle filtration efficiencies of fine, ultrafine, and coarse

  10. Aerosol-CFD modelling of ultrafine and black carbon particle emission, dilution, and growth near roadways

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    Huang, L.; Gong, S. L.; Gordon, M.; Liggio, J.; Staebler, R. M.; Stroud, C. A.; Lu, G.; Mihele, C.; Brook, J. R.; Jia, C. Q.

    2014-05-01

    Many studies have shown that on-road vehicle emissions are the dominant source of ultrafine particles (UFP; diameter < 100 nm) in urban areas and near-roadway environments. In order to advance our knowledge on the complex interactions and competition among atmospheric dilution, dispersion and dynamics of UFPs, an aerosol dynamics-CFD coupled model is developed and validated against field measurements. A unique approach of applying periodic boundary conditions is proposed to model pollutant dispersion and dynamics in one unified domain from the tailpipe level to the ambient near-road environment. This approach significantly reduces the size of the computational domain, and therefore, allows fast simulation of multiple scenarios. The model is validated against measured turbulent kinetic energy (TKE) and pollution gradients near a major highway. Through a model sensitivity analysis, the relative importance of individual aerosol dynamical processes on the total particle number concentration (N) and particle number-size distribution (PSD) near a highway is investigated. The results demonstrate that (1) coagulation has a negligible effect on N and particle growth, (2) binary homogeneous nucleation (BHN) of H2SO4-H2O is likely responsible for elevated N closest to the road, (3) N and particle growth are very sensitive to the condensation of semi-volatile organics (SVOCs), particle dry deposition, and the interaction between these processes. The results also indicate that, without the proper treatment of atmospheric boundary layer (i.e. its wind profile and turbulence quantities), the nucleation rate would be underestimated by a factor of 5 in the vehicle wake region due to overestimated mixing. Therefore, introducing ABL conditions to activity-based emission models may potentially improve their performance in estimating UFP traffic emissions.

  11. Increased ultrafine particles and carbon monoxide concentrations are associated with asthma exacerbation among urban children

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    Evans, Kristin A.; Halterman, Jill S.; Hopke, Philip K.; Fagnano, Maria; Rich, David Q.

    2014-01-01

    Objectives Increased air pollutant concentrations have been linked to several asthma-related outcomes in children, including respiratory symptoms, medication use, and hospital visits. However, few studies have examined effects of ultrafine particles in a pediatric population. Our primary objective was to examine the effects of ambient concentrations of ultrafine particles on asthma exacerbation among urban children and determine whether consistent treatment with inhaled corticosteroids could attenuate these effects. We also explored the relationship between asthma exacerbation and ambient concentrations of accumulation mode particles, fine particles (? 2.5 micrograms [?m]; PM2.5), carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and ozone. We hypothesized that increased 1 to 7 day concentrations of ultrafine particles and other pollutants would be associated with increases in the relative odds of an asthma exacerbation, but that this increase in risk would be attenuated among children receiving school-based corticosteroid therapy. Methods We conducted a pilot study using data from 3–10 year-old children participating in the School-Based Asthma Therapy trial. Using a time-stratified case-crossover design and conditional logistic regression, we estimated the relative odds of a pediatric asthma visit treated with prednisone (n=96 visits among 74 children) associated with increased pollutant concentrations in the previous 7 days. We re-ran these analyses separately for children receiving medications through the school-based intervention and children in a usual care control group. Results Interquartile range increases in ultrafine particles and carbon monoxide concentrations in the previous 7 days were associated with increases in the relative odds of a pediatric asthma visit, with the largest increases observed for 4-day mean ultrafine particles (interquartile range=2088 p/cm3; OR=1.27; 95% CI=0.90–1.79) and 7-day mean carbon monoxide (interquartile range=0.17 ppm; OR=1.63; 95% CI=1.03–2.59). Relative odds estimates were larger among children receiving school-based inhaled corticosteroid treatment. We observed no such associations with accumulation mode particles, black carbon, fine particles (? 2.5 ?m), or sulfur dioxide. Ozone concentrations were inversely associated with the relative odds of a pediatric asthma visit. Conclusions These findings suggest a response to markers of traffic pollution among urban asthmatic children. Effects were strongest among children receiving preventive medications through school, suggesting that this group of children was particularly sensitive to environmental triggers. Medication adherence alone may be insufficient to protect the most vulnerable from environmental asthma triggers. However, further research is necessary to confirm this finding. PMID:24528997

  12. Vertical profiles of ultrafine to supermicron particles measured by aircraft over Osaka metropolitan area in Japan

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    Hasegawa, Shuichi; Wakamatsu, Shinji; Ohara, Toshimasa; Itano, Yasuyuki; Saitoh, Katsumi; Hayasaki, Masamitsu; Kobayashi, Shinji

    Intensive aircraft- and ground-based measurements of ultrafine to supermicron particles in the Osaka metropolitan area, Japan, were carried out on 17-19 March 2003, in order to investigate vertical profiles of size-resolved particles in the urban atmosphere. Differently sized particles were observed at different altitudes on 19 March. Relatively higher concentrations of ultrafine particles (31 nm) and submicron particles (0.3-0.5 ?m) were measured (100-200 cm -3) at altitudes of 300 and 600 m, whereas supermicron particles (2-5 ?m) were present (300-600 cm -3) at higher altitudes (1300 m in the morning and 2200 m in the afternoon). The chemical composition analysis showed that supermicron particles evidently comprised mainly soil particles mixed internally with anthropogenic species such as carbonaceous components and sulfate. Numerical simulation using the Chemical weather FORecasting System (CFORS) suggested the long-range transport of soil dust and black carbon from the Asian continent. Total number concentrations of particles sized 10-875 nm ranged from 4.8×10 3 to 3.0×10 4 cm -3 at an altitude of 300 m and from 7.3×10 2 to 4.8×10 3 cm -3 at an altitude of 1300 m. Total number concentrations of particles sized 10-875 nm correlated very well with NO X concentrations, and, therefore, ultrafine and submicron particles were likely emitted from urban activities such as car traffic and vertically transported. Number size distributions at lower altitudes obtained by aircraft measurements were similar to those obtained by ground measurements, with modal diameters of 20-30 nm on 18 March and about 50 nm on 19 March.

  13. Characterization of ultrafine particle number concentration and new particle formation in urban environment of Taipei, Taiwan

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    Cheung, H. C.; Chou, C. C.-K.; Huang, W.-R.; Tsai, C.-Y.

    2013-04-01

    An intensive aerosol characterization experiment was performed at the Taipei Aerosol and Radiation Observatory (TARO, 25.02° N, 121.53° E) in the urban area of Taipei, Taiwan during July 2012. Number concentration and size distribution of aerosol particles were measured continuously, which were accompanied by concurrent measurements of mass concentration of submicron particles, PM (d ? 1 ?m), and photolysis rate of ozone, J(O1D). The averaged number concentrations of total (Ntotal), accumulation mode (Nacu), Aitken mode (Ntotal), and nucleation mode (Nnuc) particles were 7.6 × 103 cm-3, 1.2 × 103 cm-3, 4.4 × 103 cm-3, and 1.9 × 103 cm-3, respectively. Accordingly, the ultrafine particles (UFPs, d ? 100 nm) accounted for 83% of the total number concentration of particles measured in this study (10 ? d ? 429 nm), indicating the importance of UFPs to the air quality and radiation budget in Taipei and its surrounding areas. An averaged Nnuc/NOx ratio of ~60 cm-3 ppbv-1 was derived from nighttime measurements, which was suggested to be the characteristic of vehicle emissions that contributed to the "urban background" of nucleation mode particles throughout a day. On the contrary, it was found that the number concentration of nucleation mode particles was independent of NOx and could be elevated up to 10 times the "urban background" levels during daytime, suggesting a substantial amount of nucleation mode particles produced from photochemical processes. Consistency in the time series of the nucleation mode particle concentration and the proxy of H2SO4 production, UVB·SO2, for new particle formation (NPF) events showed that photo-oxidation of SO2 was responsible for the formation of new particles in our study area. Moreover, analysis upon the diameter growth rate, GR, and formation rate of nucleation mode particles, J10-25, found that the values of GR (8.5 ± 6.8 nm h-1) in Taipei were comparable to other urban areas, whereas the values of J10-25 (2.2 ± 1.2 cm-3 s-1) observed in this study were around the low end of the range of new particle formation rate reported by previous investigations. It was revealed that the particle growth rate correlated exponentially with the photolysis of ozone, suggesting the condensable vapors were produced mostly from photo-oxidation reactions. In addition, this study also revealed that both GR and J10-25 exhibited quadratic relationship with the number concentration of particles. The quadratic relationship was inferred as a result of aerosol dynamics and featured NPF process in urban areas.

  14. Linking in-vehicle ultrafine particle exposures to on-road concentrations

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    Hudda, Neelakshi; Eckel, Sandrah P.; Knibbs, Luke D.; Sioutas, Constantinos; Delfino, Ralph J.; Fruin, Scott A.

    2012-11-01

    For traffic-related pollutants like ultrafine particles (UFP), a significant fraction of overall exposure occurs within or close to the transit microenvironment. Therefore, understanding exposure to these pollutants in such microenvironments is crucial to accurately assessing overall UFP exposure. The aim of this study was to develop models for predicting in-cabin UFP concentrations if roadway concentrations are known, quantifying the effect of vehicle characteristics, ventilation settings, driving conditions and air exchange rates (AER). Particle concentrations and AER were measured in 43 and 73 vehicles, respectively, under various ventilation settings and driving speeds. Multiple linear regression (MLR) and generalized estimating equation (GEE) regression models were used to identify and quantify the factors that determine inside-to-outside (I/O) UFP ratios and AERs across a full range of vehicle types and ages. AER was the most significant determinant of UFP I/O ratios, and was most strongly influenced by ventilation setting (recirculation or outside air intake). Further inclusion of ventilation fan speed, vehicle age or mileage, and driving speed explained greater than 79% of the variability in measured UFP I/O ratios.

  15. The mapping of fine and ultrafine particle concentrations in an engine machining and assembly facility.

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    Peters, Thomas M; Heitbrink, William A; Evans, Douglas E; Slavin, Thomas J; Maynard, Andrew D

    2006-04-01

    Aerosol mapping was used to assess particle number and mass concentration in an engine machining and assembly facility in the winter and spring. Number and mass concentration maps were constructed from data collected with two mobile sampling carts, each equipped with a condensation particle counter (10 nm < diameter < 1 microm) and an optical particle counter (300 nm < diameter < 20 microm). Number concentrations inside the facility ranged from 15 to 150 times greater than that outside the facility and were highly dependent on season. The greatest number concentration (>1,000,000 particles cm(-3)) occurred in winter in an area where mass concentration was low (<0.10 mg m(-3)). The increased number of particles was attributed to the exhaust of direct-fire, natural-gas burners used to heat the supply air. The greatest mass concentrations were found around metalworking operations that were poorly enclosed. The larger particles that dominated particle mass in this area were accompanied by ultrafine particles, probably generated through evaporation and subsequent condensation of metalworking fluid components. Repeat mapping events demonstrated that these ultrafine particles persist in workplace air over long time periods. PMID:16361396

  16. Translocation and potential neurological effects of fine and ultrafine particles a critical update

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    Peters, Annette; Veronesi, Bellina; Calderón-Garcidueñas, Lilian; Gehr, Peter; Chen, Lung Chi; Geiser, Marianne; Reed, William; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara; Schürch, Samuel; Schulz, Holger

    2006-01-01

    Particulate air pollution has been associated with respiratory and cardiovascular disease. Evidence for cardiovascular and neurodegenerative effects of ambient particles was reviewed as part of a workshop. The purpose of this critical update is to summarize the evidence presented for the mechanisms involved in the translocation of particles from the lung to other organs and to highlight the potential of particles to cause neurodegenerative effects. Fine and ultrafine particles, after deposition on the surfactant film at the air-liquid interface, are displaced by surface forces exerted on them by surfactant film and may then interact with primary target cells upon this displacement. Ultrafine and fine particles can then penetrate through the different tissue compartments of the lungs and eventually reach the capillaries and circulating cells or constituents, e.g. erythrocytes. These particles are then translocated by the circulation to other organs including the liver, the spleen, the kidneys, the heart and the brain, where they may be deposited. It remains to be shown by which mechanisms ultrafine particles penetrate through pulmonary tissue and enter capillaries. In addition to translocation of ultrafine particles through the tissue, fine and coarse particles may be phagocytized by macrophages and dendritic cells which may carry the particles to lymph nodes in the lung or to those closely associated with the lungs. There is the potential for neurodegenerative consequence of particle entry to the brain. Histological evidence of neurodegeneration has been reported in both canine and human brains exposed to high ambient PM levels, suggesting the potential for neurotoxic consequences of PM-CNS entry. PM mediated damage may be caused by the oxidative stress pathway. Thus, oxidative stress due to nutrition, age, genetics among others may increase the susceptibility for neurodegenerative diseases. The relationship between PM exposure and CNS degeneration can also be detected under controlled experimental conditions. Transgenic mice (Apo E -/-), known to have high base line levels of oxidative stress, were exposed by inhalation to well characterized, concentrated ambient air pollution. Morphometric analysis of the CNS indicated unequivocally that the brain is a critical target for PM exposure and implicated oxidative stress as a predisposing factor that links PM exposure and susceptibility to neurodegeneration. Together, these data present evidence for potential translocation of ambient particles on organs distant from the lung and the neurodegenerative consequences of exposure to air pollutants. PMID:16961926

  17. Estimating the contribution of photochemical particle formation to ultrafine particle number averages in an urban atmosphere.

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    Ma, N; Birmili, W

    2015-04-15

    Ultrafine particles (UFPs, diameter<100 nm) have gained major attention in the environmental health discussion due to a number of suspected health effects. Observations of UFPs in urban air reveal the presence of several, time-dependent particle sources. In order to attribute measured UFP number concentrations to different source type contributions, we analyzed observations collected at a triplet of observation sites (roadside, urban background, rural) in the city of Leipzig, Germany. Photochemical new particle formation (NPF) events can be the overwhelming source of UFP particles on particular days, and were identified on the basis of characteristic patterns in the particle number size distribution data. A subsequent segmentation of the diurnal cycles of UFP concentration yielded a quantitative contribution of NPF events to daily, monthly, and annual mean values. At roadside, we obtained source contributions to the annual mean UFP number concentration (diameter range 5-100 nm) for photochemical NPF events (7%), local traffic (52%), diffuse urban sources (20%), and regional background (21%). The relative contribution of NPF events rises when moving away from roadside to the urban background and rural sites (14 and 30%, respectively). Their contribution also increases when considering only fresh UFPs (5-20 nm) (21% at the urban background site), and conversely decreases when considering UFPs at bigger sizes (20-100 nm) (8%). A seasonal analysis showed that NPF events have their greatest importance on UFP number concentration in the months May-August, accounting for roughly half of the fresh UFPs (5-20 nm) at the urban background location. The simplistic source apportionment presented here might serve to better characterize exposure to ambient UFPs in future epidemiological studies. PMID:25617781

  18. Combustion-Derived Ultrafine Particles Transport Organic Toxicants to Target Respiratory Cells

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    Penn, Arthur; Murphy, Gleeson; Barker, Steven; Henk, William; Penn, Lynn

    2005-01-01

    Epidemiologic evidence supports associations between inhalation of fine and ultrafine ambient particulate matter [aerodynamic diameter ? 2.5 ?m (PM2.5)] and increases in cardiovascular/respiratory morbidity and mortality. Less attention has been paid to how the physical and chemical characteristics of these particles may influence their interactions with target cells. Butadiene soot (BDS), produced during combustion of the high-volume petrochemical 1,3-butadiene, is rich in polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), including known carcinogens. We conducted experiments to characterize BDS with respect to particle size distribution, assembly, PAH composition, elemental content, and interaction with respiratory epithelial cells. Freshly generated, intact BDS is primarily (> 90%) PAH-rich, metals-poor (nickel, chromium, and vanadium concentrations all < 1 ppm) PM2.5, composed of uniformly sized, solid spheres (30–50 nm) in aggregated form. Cells of a human bronchial epithelial cell line (BEAS-2B) exhibit sequential fluorescent responses—a relatively rapid (~ 30 min), bright but diffuse fluorescence followed by the slower (2–4 hr) appearance of punctate cytoplasmic fluorescence—after BDS is added to medium overlying the cells. The fluorescence is associated with PAH localization in the cells. The ultrafine BDS particles move down through the medium to the cell membrane. Fluorescent PAHs are transferred from the particle surface to the cell membrane, cross the membrane into the cytosol, and appear to accumulate in lipid vesicles. There is no evidence that BDS particles pass into the cells. The results demonstrate that uptake of airborne ultrafine particles by target cells is not necessary for transfer of toxicants from the particles to the cells. PMID:16079063

  19. [Experimental study on the size spectra and emission factor of ultrafine particle from coal combustion].

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    Sun, Zai; Yang, Wen-jun; Xie, Xiao-fang; Chen, Qiu-fang; Cai, Zhi-liang

    2014-12-01

    The emission characteristics of ultrafine particles released from pulverized coal combustion were studied, the size spectra of ultrafine particles (5.6-560 nm) were measured with FMPS (fast mobility particle sizer) on a self-built aerosol experiment platform. Meanwhile, a particle dynamic evolution model was established to obtain the particle deposition rate and the emission rate through the optimized algorithm. Finally, the emission factor was calculated. The results showed that at the beginning of particle generation, the size spectra were polydisperse and complex, the initial size spectra was mainly composed of three modes including 10 nm, 30-40 nm and 100-200 nm. Among them, the number concentration of mode around 10 nm was higher than those of other modes, the size spectrum of around 100-200 nm was lognormal distributed, with a CMD (count median diameter) of around 16 nm. Then, as time went on, the total number concentration was decayed by exponential law, the CMD first increased and then tended to be stable gradually. The calculation results showed that the emission factor of particles from coal combustion under laboratory condition was (5.54 x 10(12) ± 2.18 x 10(12)) unit x g(-1). PMID:25826918

  20. JOURNAL DE PHYSIQUE Colloque C2, supplkment au no 7, Tome 38, Juillet 1977, page C2-219 FINELY DISPERSED ULTRAF'INE PARTICLES

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    Boyer, Edmond

    particles by means of gas or vacuum evaporation on to the frozen surface of various liquid solvent. A method of gas evaporation is a versatile technique of subdividing various materials into ultrafine particles ultrafine particle that we can use should always be coated by protection layer and/or kept at low

  1. Ultrafine particle removal and ozone generation by in-duct electrostatic precipitators.

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    Poppendieck, Dustin G; Rim, Donghyun; Persily, Andrew K

    2014-01-01

    Human exposure to airborne ultrafine particles (UFP, < 100 nm) has been shown to have adverse health effects and can be elevated in buildings. In-duct electrostatic precipitator filters (ESP) have been shown to be an effective particulate control device for reducing UFP concentrations (20-100 nm) in buildings, although they have the potential to increase indoor ozone concentrations. This study investigated residential ESP filters to reduce ultrafine particles between 4 to 15 nm and quantified the resulting ozone generation. In-duct ESPs were operated in the central air handling unit of a test house. Results for the two tested ESP brands indicate that removal efficiency of 8 to 14 nm particles was near zero and always less than 10% (± 15%), possibly due to particle generation or low charging efficiency. Adding a media filter downstream of the ESP increased the decay rate for particles in the same size range. Continuous operation of one brand of ESP raised indoor ozone concentrations to 77 ppbv and 20 ppbv for a second brand. Using commercial filters containing activated carbon downstream of the installed ESP reduced the indoor steady-state ozone concentrations between 6% and 39%. PMID:24387032

  2. Atmospheric Condensational Properties of Ultrafine Chain and Fractal Aerosol Particles

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    Marlow, William H.

    1997-01-01

    The purpose for the research sponsored by this grant was to lay the foundations for qualitative understanding and quantitative description of the equilibrium vapor pressure of water vapor over the irregularly shaped, carbonaceous particles that are present in the atmosphere. This work apparently was the first systematic treatment of the subject. Research was conducted in two complementary components: 1. Calculations were performed of the equilibrium vapor pressure of water over particles comprised of aggregates of spheres in the 50-200 nm radius range. The purposes of this work were two-fold. First, since no systematic treatment of this subject had previously been conducted, its availability would be directly useful for quantitative treatment for a limited range of atmospheric aerosols. Second, it would provide qualitative indications of the effects of highly irregular particle shape on equilibrium vapor pressure of aggregates comprised of smaller spheres.

  3. Liquefaction of coals using ultra-fine particle, unsupported catalysts: In situ particle generation by rapid expansion of supercritical fluid solutions. Final technical report

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    Not Available

    1994-05-01

    The research conducted by Textron Defense Systems (TDS) represents a potential new and innovative concept for dispersed coal liquefaction. The technical approach is generation of ultra-fine catalyst particles from supercritical solutions by rapid expansion of either catalyst only, or mixtures of catalyst and coal material in supersaturated solvents. The process of rapid expansion of supercritical fluid solutions was developed at Battelle`s Pacific Northwest Laboratories for the intended purpose of providing a new analytical technique for characterizing supercritical fluids. The concept forming the basis of this research is that ultra-fine particles can be generated from supercritical solutions by rapid expansion of either catalyst or catalyst/coal-material mixtures in supersaturated solvents, such as carbon dioxide or water. The focal point of this technique is the rapid transfer of low vapor pressure solute (i.e., catalyst), dissolved in the supercritical fluid solvent, to the gas phase as the solution is expanded through an orifice. The expansion process is characterized by highly nonequilibrium conditions which cause the solute to undergo extremely rapid supersaturation with respect to the solvent, leading to nucleation and particle growth resulting in nanometer size catalyst particles. A supercritical expansion system was designed and built by TDS at their Haverhill facility.

  4. Separation of Fischer-Tropsch Wax Products from Ultrafine Iron Catalyst Particles

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    James K. Neathery; Gary Jacobs; Amitava Sarkar; Adam Crawford; Burtron H. Davis

    2006-09-30

    In the previous reporting period, modifications were completed for integrating a continuous wax filtration system for a 4 liter slurry bubble column reactor. During the current reporting period, a shakedown of the system was completed. Several problems were encountered with the progressive cavity pump used to circulate the wax/catalyst slurry though the cross-flow filter element and reactor. During the activation of the catalyst with elevated temperature (> 270 C) the elastomer pump stator released sulfur thereby totally deactivating the iron-based catalyst. Difficulties in maintaining an acceptable leak rate from the pump seal and stator housing were also encountered. Consequently, the system leak rate exceeded the expected production rate of wax; therefore, no online filtration could be accomplished. Work continued regarding the characterization of ultra-fine catalyst structures. The effect of carbidation on the morphology of iron hydroxide oxide particles was the focus of the study during this reporting period. Oxidation of Fe (II) sulfate results in predominantly {gamma}-FeOOH particles which have a rod-shaped (nano-needles) crystalline structure. Carbidation of the prepared {gamma}-FeOOH with CO at atmospheric pressure produced iron carbides with spherical layered structure. HRTEM and EDS analysis revealed that carbidation of {gamma}-FeOOH particles changes the initial nano-needles morphology and generates ultrafine carbide particles with irregular spherical shape.

  5. ULTRAFINE PARTICLE DISPOSITION IN THE HEALTHY AND MILDLY OBSTRUCTED LUNG

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    ABSTRACT We have shown previously that EGF receptor signaling is triggered by metals associated with ambient air particles. Specifically, we demonstrated that As, Zn and V activated the EGF receptor tyrosine kinase and the downstream kinases, MEK1/2 and ERK1/2. In this study, ...

  6. Growth and the Phase Transition of Indium Sulfide Ultrafine Particle

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    Ueda, Masahiro; Suzuki, Hitoshi; Kido, Osamu; Shintaku, Masayuki; Kurumada, Mami; Sato, Takeshi; Saito, Yoshio; Kaito, Chihiro

    2005-05-01

    Indium sulfide particles produced in smoke have been analyzed by transmission electron microscopy. Three phases, ?, ? and ?' with the different external shapes were produced. A mixture phase of ? and ?' was found and the lattice relation was elucidated. The phase transition temperatures were assigned to be 400°C (? to ?) and 500°C (?' to ?).

  7. Surface effects on the magnetic properties of ultrafine cobalt particles

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    M. Respaud; J. M. Broto; H. Rakoto; A. R. Fert; L. Thomas; B. Barbara; M. Verelst; E. Snoeck; P. Lecante; A. Mosset; J. Osuna; T. Ould Ely; C. Amiens; B. Chaudret

    1998-01-01

    Monodispersed nanoparticles of cobalt have been prepared by an original method using the decomposition under hydrogen of an organometallic precursor in the presence of a stabilizing polymer. Two colloids (Coll-I and Coll-II) have been obtained by changing the organometallic concentration in the polymer. Observation by high-resolution transmission electronic microscopy (HRTEM) showed Co particles well isolated and regularly dispersed in the

  8. journal JAmCeramSoc,77[5]114352(1994) Thin Glass Film between Ultrafine Conductor Particles in

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    Rollins, Andrew M.

    1994-01-01

    journal JAmCeramSoc,77[5]114352(1994) Thin Glass Film between Ultrafine Conductor Particles pressures, but are separated at equilibrium by a nanometer-thick film of glass. Microstructures show preferentially concen- trates in the silicate-rich grain boundary film, as well as at particle-glass interfaces

  9. Separation of Fischer-Tropsch Wax Products from Ultrafine Iron Catalyst Particles

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    Amitava Sarkar; James K. Neathery; Burtron H. Davis

    2006-12-31

    A fundamental filtration study was started to investigate the separation of Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis (FTS) liquids from iron-based catalyst particles. Slurry-phase FTS in slurry bubble column reactor systems is the preferred mode of operation since the reaction is highly exothermic. Consequently, heavy wax products in one approach may be separated from catalyst particles before being removed from the reactor system. Achieving an efficient wax product separation from iron-based catalysts is one of the most challenging technical problems associated with slurry-phase iron-based FTS and is a key factor for optimizing operating costs. The separation problem is further compounded by attrition of iron catalyst particles and the formation of ultra-fine particles.

  10. Engineering drug ultrafine particles of beclomethasone dipropionate for dry powder inhalation.

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    Xu, Li-Min; Zhang, Qian-Xia; Zhou, Yue; Zhao, Hong; Wang, Jie-Xin; Chen, Jian-Feng

    2012-10-15

    Beclomethasone dipropionate (BDP), which is a member in the inhaled glucocorticosteroid class, is commonly used in the treatment of asthma by pulmonary delivery. The purpose of this study is to prepare ultrafine BDP particles for dry powder inhalation (DPI) administration by combining microfluidic antisolvent precipitation without surfactant, high-pressure homogenization (HPH) and spray drying. T-junction microchannel was adopted for the preparation of needle-like BDP particles. The needle-like particles could be easily broken down into smaller particles during HPH, which were assembled into uniform low-density spherical BDP aggregates by spray drying. The effects of the operation parameters, such as the flow rates of BDP methanol solution and antisolvent, the overall flow rate, the BDP concentration, and the change of the injection phase on BDP particle size were explored. The results indicated that the BDP particle size greatly decreased with the reduction of BDP solution flow rate and the increase of antisolvent flow rate. However, the BDP particle size firstly decreased and then increased with the increase of the overall flow rate and the increase of BDP concentration. Also, BDP solution as the injection phase could form the smaller BDP particles. 10 HPH cycles are enough to forming short rod-like particles. After spray drying, the BDP spherical aggregates with a 2-3 ?m size could be achieved. They have an excellent aerosol performance, 2.8 and 1.4 times as many as raw BDP and vacuum-dried BDP particles, respectively. PMID:22732674

  11. Ultrafine Particles from Traffic Emissions and Children's Health (UPTECH) in Brisbane, Queensland (Australia): study design and implementation.

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    Ezz, Wafaa Nabil; Mazaheri, Mandana; Robinson, Paul; Johnson, Graham R; Clifford, Samuel; He, Congrong; Morawska, Lidia; Marks, Guy B

    2015-02-01

    Ultrafine particles are particles that are less than 0.1 micrometres (µm) in diameter. Due to their very small size they can penetrate deep into the lungs, and potentially cause more damage than larger particles. The Ultrafine Particles from Traffic Emissions and Children's Health (UPTECH) study is the first Australian epidemiological study to assess the health effects of ultrafine particles on children's health in general and peripheral airways in particular. The study is being conducted in Brisbane, Australia. Continuous indoor and outdoor air pollution monitoring was conducted within each of the twenty five participating school campuses to measure particulate matter, including in the ultrafine size range, and gases. Respiratory health effects were evaluated by conducting the following tests on participating children at each school: spirometry, forced oscillation technique (FOT) and multiple breath nitrogen washout test (MBNW) (to assess airway function), fraction of exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO, to assess airway inflammation), blood cotinine levels (to assess exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke), and serum C-reactive protein (CRP) levels (to measure systemic inflammation). A pilot study was conducted prior to commencing the main study to assess the feasibility and reliably of measurement of some of the clinical tests that have been proposed for the main study. Air pollutant exposure measurements were not included in the pilot study. PMID:25648226

  12. Ultrafine Particles from Traffic Emissions and Children’s Health (UPTECH) in Brisbane, Queensland (Australia): Study Design and Implementation

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    Ezz, Wafaa Nabil; Mazaheri, Mandana; Robinson, Paul; Johnson, Graham R.; Clifford, Samuel; He, Congrong; Morawska, Lidia; Marks, Guy B.

    2015-01-01

    Ultrafine particles are particles that are less than 0.1 micrometres (µm) in diameter. Due to their very small size they can penetrate deep into the lungs, and potentially cause more damage than larger particles. The Ultrafine Particles from Traffic Emissions and Children’s Health (UPTECH) study is the first Australian epidemiological study to assess the health effects of ultrafine particles on children’s health in general and peripheral airways in particular. The study is being conducted in Brisbane, Australia. Continuous indoor and outdoor air pollution monitoring was conducted within each of the twenty five participating school campuses to measure particulate matter, including in the ultrafine size range, and gases. Respiratory health effects were evaluated by conducting the following tests on participating children at each school: spirometry, forced oscillation technique (FOT) and multiple breath nitrogen washout test (MBNW) (to assess airway function), fraction of exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO, to assess airway inflammation), blood cotinine levels (to assess exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke), and serum C-reactive protein (CRP) levels (to measure systemic inflammation). A pilot study was conducted prior to commencing the main study to assess the feasibility and reliably of measurement of some of the clinical tests that have been proposed for the main study. Air pollutant exposure measurements were not included in the pilot study. PMID:25648226

  13. Multi-metric measurement of personal exposure to ultrafine particles in selected urban microenvironments

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    Spinazzè, Andrea; Cattaneo, Andrea; Scocca, Damiano R.; Bonzini, Matteo; Cavallo, Domenico M.

    2015-06-01

    At the beginning of the study, our hypothesis was that visiting certain microenvironments (MEs) is one of the most important determinants of personal exposure to ultrafine particles (UFP) and that moving between microenvironments significantly differentiates exposure. The overall aim of this study is to perform relevant exposure measurements to extend our knowledge on environmental exposure to UFP in urban environments. The UFP concentrations in different urban MEs were measured by personal monitoring in repeated sampling campaigns along a fixed route. The measurement runs were performed on one-week periods and at different times of day (AM: 08.00-10.30; PM: 16.00-18.30) and repeated in different periods of the year (winter, spring, summer, and autumn) for a total of 56 runs (>110 h). Measurements included on-line monitoring of the UFP particle number concentration (PNC), mean diameter (mean-d) and lung-deposited surface-area (LDSA). Additionally, the PNC, particle mass concentration (PMC) profiles for quasi-ultrafine particles (QUFP; PM0.25) were estimated. A significant seasonal difference in the PNC and PMC, mean diameter and surface area was observed as well as between different times of the day and days of the week. In addition, differences in the UFP concentrations were also found in each ME, and there were specific mean-diameter and surface area concentrations. In general, the mean particle diameters showed an inverse relationship with the PNC, while the LDSA had the opposite behaviour. Appreciable differences among all MEs and monitoring periods were observed; the concentration patterns and variations seemed related to the typical sources of urban pollutants (traffic), proximity to sources and time of day. The highest exposures were observed for walking or biking along high-trafficked routes and while using public buses. The UFP exposure levels in modern cars, equipped with high-efficiency filters and in air recirculation mode, were significantly lower.

  14. Ultrafine Carbon Black Particles Cause Early Airway Inflammation and Have Adjuvant Activity in a Mouse Allergic Airway Disease Model

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    Colin de Haar; Ine Hassing; Marianne Bol; Rob Bleumink; Raymond Pieters

    2005-01-01

    To gain more insight into the mechanisms of particulate matter (PM)-induced adjuvant activity, we studied the kinetics of airway toxicity\\/inflammation and allergic sensitization to ovalbumin (OVA) in response to ultrafine carbon black particles (CBP). Mice were exposed intranasally to OVA alone or in combination with different concentrations of CBP. Airway toxicity and inflamma- tion were assessed at days 4 and

  15. CONTINUOUS MONITORING OF ULTRAFINE, FINE, AND COARSE PARTICLES IN A RESIDENCE FOR 18 MONTHS IN 1999-2000

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    Continuous monitors were employed for 18 months in an occupied townhouse to measure ultrafine, fine, and coarse particles; air change rates; wind speed and direction; temperature; and relative humidity (RH). A main objective was to document short-term and long-term variation in...

  16. Indoor ultrafine particle exposures and home heating systems: A cross-sectional survey of Canadian homes during the winter months

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    Scott Weichenthal; Andre Dufresne; Claire Infante-Rivard; Lawrence Joseph

    2007-01-01

    Exposure to airborne particulate matter has a negative effect on respiratory health in both children and adults. Ultrafine particle (UFP) exposures are of particular concern owing to their enhanced ability to cause oxidative stress and inflammation in the lungs. In this investigation, our objective was to examine the contribution of home heating systems (electric baseboard heaters, wood stoves, forced-air oil\\/natural

  17. Structural and surface characterization of ultrafine iron carbide particles generated by laser pyrolysis. I. High temperature He treatment

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    Sethuraman, A.R. (Materials Engineering and Technology, Inc., Wilmington, Delaware 19809-0315 (United States)); Stencel, J.M.; Rubel, A.M. (Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky 40511-8433 (United States)); Cavin, B.; Hubbard, C.R. (Metals and Ceramics Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6064 (United States))

    1994-03-01

    Three samples of passivated ultrafine iron carbide particles, synthesized by laser induced pyrolysis of gaseous precursors, were examined by x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and thermogravimetry/mass spectroscopy at temperatures as high as 600 [degree]C under a He atmosphere. The approximate 6--7 nm diam particles began to sinter at temperatures between 300 and 400 [degree]C and formed a complex mixture of carbide, oxide and metallic phases. Preservation of the carbide structure on heating was dependent on the purity of the carbide, and the concentration of oxygen and carbon in the particles. A topotactic transformation from Fe[sub 7]C[sub 3] to Fe[sub 0.98]O was observed and is discussed relative to the as-synthesized/passivated particles composition and structure. This topotaxy leads to the selective formation of [gamma]-Fe[sub 2]O[sub 3] from specific ultrafine particle carbides.

  18. Chemical, dimensional and morphological ultrafine particle characterization from a waste-to-energy plant

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    Buonanno, Giorgio, E-mail: buonanno@unicas.it [University of Cassino, via G. Di Biasio 43, 03043 Cassino (Italy); Stabile, Luca [University of Cassino, via G. Di Biasio 43, 03043 Cassino (Italy); Avino, Pasquale [DIPIA, INAIL (ex-ISPESL), via Urbana 167, 00184 Rome (Italy); Belluso, Elena [Dipartimento di Scienze Mineralogiche e Petrologiche, University of Torino and Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources, CNR-Unita di Torino, via Valperga Caluso 35, 10125 Torino (Italy)

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: > Particle size distributions and total concentrations measurement at the stack and before the fabric filter of an incinerator. > Chemical characterization of UFPs in terms of heavy metal concentration through a nuclear method. > Mineralogical investigation through a Transmission Electron Microscope equipped with an Energy Dispersive Spectrometer. > Heavy metal concentrations on UFPs as function of the boiling temperature. > Different mineralogical and morphological composition amongst samples collected before the fabric filter and at the stack. - Abstract: Waste combustion processes are responsible of particles and gaseous emissions. Referring to the particle emission, in the last years specific attention was paid to ultrafine particles (UFPs, diameter less than 0.1 {mu}m), mainly emitted by combustion processes. In fact, recent findings of toxicological and epidemiological studies indicate that fine and ultrafine particles could represent a risk for health and environment. Therefore, it is necessary to quantify particle emissions from incinerators also to perform an exposure assessment for the human populations living in their surrounding areas. To these purposes, in the present work an experimental campaign aimed to monitor UFPs was carried out at the incineration plant in San Vittore del Lazio (Italy). Particle size distributions and total concentrations were measured both at the stack and before the fabric filter inlet in order to evaluate the removal efficiency of the filter in terms of UFPs. A chemical characterization of UFPs in terms of heavy metal concentration was performed through a nuclear method, i.e. Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA), as well as a mineralogical investigation was carried out through a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) equipped with an Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS) in order to evaluate shape, crystalline state and mineral compound of sampled particles. Maximum values of 2.7 x 10{sup 7} part. cm{sup -3} and 2.0 x 10{sup 3} part. cm{sup -3} were found, respectively, for number concentration before and after the fabric filter showing a very high efficiency in particle removing by the fabric filter. With regard to heavy metal concentrations, the elements with higher boiling temperature present higher concentrations at lower diameters showing a not complete evaporation in the combustion section and the consequent condensation of semi-volatile compounds on solid nuclei. In terms of mineralogical and morphological analysis, the most abundant compounds found in samples collected before the fabric filter are Na-K-Pb oxides followed by phyllosilicates, otherwise, different oxides of comparable abundance were detected in the samples collected at the stack.

  19. Comparisons of Ultrafine and Fine Particles in Their Associations with Biomarkers Reflecting Physiological Pathways

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    2014-01-01

    Using a quasi-experimental opportunity offered by greatly restricted air pollution emissions during the Beijing Olympics compared to before and after the Olympics, we conducted the current study to compare ultrafine particles (UFPs) and fine particles (PM2.5) in their associations with biomarkers reflecting multiple pathophysiological pathways linking exposure and cardiorespiratory events. Number concentrations of particles (13.0–764.7 nm) and mass concentrations of PM2.5 were measured at two locations within 9 km from the residence and workplace of 125 participating Beijing residents. Each participant was measured 6 times for biomarkers of autonomic function (heart rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressures), hemostasis (von Willebrand factor, soluble CD40 ligand, and P-selectin), pulmonary inflammation and oxidative stress (exhaled nitric oxide and exhaled breath condensate pH, malondialdehyde, and nitrite), and systemic inflammation and oxidative stress (urinary malondialdehyde and 8-hydroxy-2?-deoxyguanosine, plasma fibrinogen, and white blood cells). Linear mixed models were used to estimate associations of biomarkers with UFPs and PM2.5 measured 1–7 days prior to biomarker measurements (lags). We found that the correlation coefficient for UFPs at two locations (?9 km apart) was 0.45, and at the same location, the correlation coefficient for PM2.5 vs UFPs was ?0.18. Changes in biomarker levels associated with increases in UFPs and PM2.5 were comparable in magnitude. However, associations of certain biomarkers with UFPs had different lag patterns compared to those with PM2.5, suggesting that the ultrafine size fraction (?100 nm) and the fine size fraction (?100 nm to 2.5 ?m) of PM2.5 are likely to affect PM-induced pathophysiological pathways independently. PMID:24666379

  20. Comparisons of ultrafine and fine particles in their associations with biomarkers reflecting physiological pathways.

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    Gong, Jicheng; Zhu, Tong; Kipen, Howard; Wang, Guangfa; Hu, Min; Guo, Qingfeng; Ohman-Strickland, Pamela; Lu, Shou-En; Wang, Yuedan; Zhu, Ping; Rich, David Q; Huang, Wei; Zhang, Junfeng

    2014-05-01

    Using a quasi-experimental opportunity offered by greatly restricted air pollution emissions during the Beijing Olympics compared to before and after the Olympics, we conducted the current study to compare ultrafine particles (UFPs) and fine particles (PM2.5) in their associations with biomarkers reflecting multiple pathophysiological pathways linking exposure and cardiorespiratory events. Number concentrations of particles (13.0-764.7 nm) and mass concentrations of PM2.5 were measured at two locations within 9 km from the residence and workplace of 125 participating Beijing residents. Each participant was measured 6 times for biomarkers of autonomic function (heart rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressures), hemostasis (von Willebrand factor, soluble CD40 ligand, and P-selectin), pulmonary inflammation and oxidative stress (exhaled nitric oxide and exhaled breath condensate pH, malondialdehyde, and nitrite), and systemic inflammation and oxidative stress (urinary malondialdehyde and 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine, plasma fibrinogen, and white blood cells). Linear mixed models were used to estimate associations of biomarkers with UFPs and PM2.5 measured 1-7 days prior to biomarker measurements (lags). We found that the correlation coefficient for UFPs at two locations (? 9 km apart) was 0.45, and at the same location, the correlation coefficient for PM2.5 vs UFPs was -0.18. Changes in biomarker levels associated with increases in UFPs and PM2.5 were comparable in magnitude. However, associations of certain biomarkers with UFPs had different lag patterns compared to those with PM2.5, suggesting that the ultrafine size fraction (? 100 nm) and the fine size fraction (? 100 nm to 2.5 ?m) of PM2.5 are likely to affect PM-induced pathophysiological pathways independently. PMID:24666379

  1. Ultrafine particle size distributions near freeways: Effects of differing wind directions on exposure

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    Kozawa, Kathleen H.; Winer, Arthur M.; Fruin, Scott A.

    2013-01-01

    High ambient ultrafine particle (UFP) concentrations may play an important role in the adverse health effects associated with living near busy roadways. However, UFP size distributions change rapidly as vehicle emissions dilute and age. These size changes can influence UFP lung deposition rates and dose because deposition in the respiratory system is a strong function of particle size. Few studies to date have measured and characterized changes in near-road UFP size distributions in real-time, thus missing transient variations in size distribution due to short-term fluctuations in wind speed, direction, or particle dynamics. In this study we measured important wind direction effects on near-freeway UFP size distributions and gradients using a mobile platform with 5-s time resolution. Compared to more commonly measured perpendicular (downwind) conditions, parallel wind conditions appeared to promote formation of broader and larger size distributions of roughly one-half the particle concentration. Particles during more parallel wind conditions also changed less in size with downwind distance and the fraction of lung-deposited particle number was calculated to be 15% lower than for downwind conditions, giving a combined decrease of about 60%. In addition, a multivariate analysis of several variables found meteorology, particularly wind direction and temperature, to be important in predicting UFP concentrations within 150 m of a freeway (R2 = 0.46, p = 0.014). PMID:24415904

  2. Occurrence of an ultrafine particle mode less than 20 nm in diameter in the marine boundary layer during Arctic summer and autumn

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    Wiedensohler, Alfred; Covert, David S.; Swietlicki, Erik.; Aalto, Pasi.; Heintzenberg, Jost.; Leck, Caroline

    1996-04-01

    The International Arctic Ocean Expedition 1991 (IAOE-91) provided a platform to study the occurrence and size distributions of ultrafine particles in the marine boundary layer (MBL) during Arctic summer and autumn. Measurements of both aerosol physics, and gas/particulate chemistry were taken aboard the Swedish icebreaker Oden. Three separate submicron aerosol modes were found: an ultrafine mode (Dp<20nm), the Aitken mode (20100nm). We evaluated correlations between ultrafine particle number concentrations and mean diameter with the entire measured physical, chemical, and meteorological data set. Multivariate statistical methods were then used to make these comparisons. A principal component (PC) analysis indicated that the observed variation in the data could be explained by the influence from several types of air masses. These were characterised by contributions from the open sea or sources from the surrounding continents and islands. A partial least square (PLS) regression of the ultrafine particle concentration was also used. These results implied that the ultrafine particles were produced above or in upper layers of the MBL and mixed downwards. There were also indications that the open sea acted as a source of the precursors for ultrafine particle production. No anti-correlation was found between the ultrafine and accumulation particle number concentrations, thus indicating that the sources were in separate air masses.

  3. Comparison of the Biological Activity Between Ultrafine and Fine Titanium Dioxide Particles in RAW 264.7 Cells Associated with Oxidative Stress

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    Jihee Lee Kang; Changsuk Moon; Hui Su Lee; Hae Won Lee; Eun-Mi Park; Hee Sun Kim; Vincent Castranova

    2008-01-01

    Ultrafine or fine titanium dioxide (TiO2) particles are widely used in the production of white pigments, for sunscreens, and in cleanup techniques. However, currently knowledge is deficient concerning cellular responses to these particles. The study evaluated and compared the biological activity of ultrafine and fine TiO2 particles in RAW 264.7 macrophages according to an oxidative stress paradigm. In vitro exposure

  4. Aerosol Measurements of the Fine and Ultrafine Particle Content of Lunar Regolith

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    Greenberg, Paul S.; Chen, Da-Ren; Smith, Sally A.

    2007-01-01

    We report the first quantitative measurements of the ultrafine (20 to 100 nm) and fine (100 nm to 20 m) particulate components of Lunar surface regolith. The measurements were performed by gas-phase dispersal of the samples, and analysis using aerosol diagnostic techniques. This approach makes no a priori assumptions about the particle size distribution function as required by ensemble optical scattering methods, and is independent of refractive index and density. The method provides direct evaluation of effective transport diameters, in contrast to indirect scattering techniques or size information derived from two-dimensional projections of high magnification-images. The results demonstrate considerable populations in these size regimes. In light of the numerous difficulties attributed to dust exposure during the Apollo program, this outcome is of significant importance to the design of mitigation technologies for future Lunar exploration.

  5. Nasal deposition of ultrafine particles in human volunteers and its relationship to airway geometry

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    Cheng, Y.S.; Yeh, H.C.; Guilmette, R.A. [Inhalation Toxicology Research Inst., Albuquerque, NM (United States); Simpson, S.Q. [Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (United States); Cheng, K.H.; Swift, D.L. [Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD (United States)

    1996-10-01

    Very large and very small particles most often deposit in the nasal airways. Studies in airway models provide large data sets with which to evaluate the deposition mechanism, while in vivo deposition data are needed to validate results obtained with nasal models. Four adult male, nonsmoking, healthy human volunteers (ages 36-57 yr) participated in this study. Deposition was measured in each subject at constant flow rates of 4, 7.5, 10, and 20 L min{sup -1}. Monodisperse silver particles (5, 8, and 20 nm) and polystyrene latex particles (50 and 100 nm) were used. Bach subject held his breath for 30-60 sec, during which time, the aerosol was drawn through the nasal airway and exhausted through a mouth tube. Aerosol concentrations in the intake and exhaust air were measured by an ultrafine condensation particle counter. The deposition efficiency in the nasal airway was calculated taking into account particle losses in the mask, mouth tube, and transport lines. Our results were consistent with the turbulent diffusional deposition model previously established from studies using nasal airway casts. 21 refs., 12 figs., 3 tabs.

  6. Soft-X-ray-enhanced electrostatic precipitation for protection against inhalable allergens, ultrafine particles, and microbial infections.

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    Kettleson, Eric M; Schriewer, Jill M; Buller, R Mark L; Biswas, Pratim

    2013-02-01

    Protection of the human lung from infectious agents, allergens, and ultrafine particles is difficult with current technologies. High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters remove airborne particles of >0.3 ?m with 99.97% efficiency, but they are expensive to maintain. Electrostatic precipitation has been used as an inexpensive approach to remove large particles from airflows, but it has a collection efficiency minimum in the submicrometer size range, allowing for a penetration window for some allergens and ultrafine particles. Incorporating soft X-ray irradiation as an in situ component of the electrostatic precipitation process greatly improves capture efficiency of ultrafine particles. Here we demonstrate the removal and inactivation capabilities of soft-X-ray-enhanced electrostatic precipitation technology targeting infectious agents (Bacillus anthracis, Mycobacterium bovis BCG, and poxviruses), allergens, and ultrafine particles. Incorporation of in situ soft X-ray irradiation at low-intensity corona conditions resulted in (i) 2-fold to 9-fold increase in capture efficiency of 200- to 600-nm particles and (ii) a considerable delay in the mean day of death as well as lower overall mortality rates in ectromelia virus (ECTV) cohorts. At the high-intensity corona conditions, nearly complete protection from viral and bacterial respiratory infection was afforded to the murine models for all biological agents tested. When optimized for combined efficient particle removal with limited ozone production, this technology could be incorporated into stand-alone indoor air cleaners or scaled for installation in aircraft cabin, office, and residential heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. PMID:23263945

  7. The morphology and property of ultra-fine full-vulcanized acrylonitrile butadiene rubber particles\\/EPDM blends

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    Liqun Zhang; Tie Li; Yonglai Lu; Yuanwang Tang; Jinliang Qiao; Ming Tian

    2006-01-01

    A novel UFNBRP\\/EPDM blend was pre- pared by compounding ultra-fine full-vulcanized acryloni- trile butadiene rubber particles (UFNBRP) with ethylene- propylene- diene monomer (EPDM) matrix. The morphol- ogy, dynamic property, and curing property of the blend were discussed in detail. TEM and SEM observations showed that, no matter how high the blend ratio of UFNBRP to EPDM matrix was, UFNBRP particles

  8. Soft-X-Ray-Enhanced Electrostatic Precipitation for Protection against Inhalable Allergens, Ultrafine Particles, and Microbial Infections

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    Kettleson, Eric M.; Schriewer, Jill M.; Buller, R. Mark L.

    2013-01-01

    Protection of the human lung from infectious agents, allergens, and ultrafine particles is difficult with current technologies. High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters remove airborne particles of >0.3 ?m with 99.97% efficiency, but they are expensive to maintain. Electrostatic precipitation has been used as an inexpensive approach to remove large particles from airflows, but it has a collection efficiency minimum in the submicrometer size range, allowing for a penetration window for some allergens and ultrafine particles. Incorporating soft X-ray irradiation as an in situ component of the electrostatic precipitation process greatly improves capture efficiency of ultrafine particles. Here we demonstrate the removal and inactivation capabilities of soft-X-ray-enhanced electrostatic precipitation technology targeting infectious agents (Bacillus anthracis, Mycobacterium bovis BCG, and poxviruses), allergens, and ultrafine particles. Incorporation of in situ soft X-ray irradiation at low-intensity corona conditions resulted in (i) 2-fold to 9-fold increase in capture efficiency of 200- to 600-nm particles and (ii) a considerable delay in the mean day of death as well as lower overall mortality rates in ectromelia virus (ECTV) cohorts. At the high-intensity corona conditions, nearly complete protection from viral and bacterial respiratory infection was afforded to the murine models for all biological agents tested. When optimized for combined efficient particle removal with limited ozone production, this technology could be incorporated into stand-alone indoor air cleaners or scaled for installation in aircraft cabin, office, and residential heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. PMID:23263945

  9. Using the Aerasense NanoTracer for simultaneously obtaining several ultrafine particle exposure metrics

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    Marra, J.

    2011-07-01

    The expanding production and use of nanomaterials increases the chance of human exposure to engineered nanoparticles (NP), also referred to as ultrafine particles (UFP; <= 100 - 300 nm). This is particularly true in workplaces where they can become airborne and thereafter inhaled by workers during nanopowder processing. Considering the suspected hazard of many engineered UFPs, the general recommendation is to take measures for minimizing personal exposure while monitoring the UFP pollution for assessment and control purposes. The portable Aerasense NanoTracer accomplishes this UFP monitoring, either intermittently or in real time. This paper reviews its design and operational characteristics and elaborates on a number of application extensions and constraints. The NanoTracer's output signals enable several UFP exposure metrics to be simultaneously inferred. These include the airborne UFP number concentration and the number-averaged particle size, serving as characteristics of the pertaining UFP pollution. When non-hygroscopic particles are involved, the NanoTracer's output signals also allow an estimation of the lung-deposited UFP surface area concentration and the lung-deposited UFP mass concentration. It is thereby possible to distinguish between UFP depositions in the alveolar region, the trachea-bronchial region and the head airway region, respectively, by making use of the ICRP particle deposition model.

  10. Measurement of ultrafine particle size distributions from coal-, oil-, and gas-fired stationary combustion sources.

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    Chang, M C Oliver; Chow, Judith C; Watson, John G; Hopke, Philip K; Yi, Seung-Muk; England, Glenn C

    2004-12-01

    Currently, we have limited knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of emitted primary combustion aerosols and the changes in those properties caused by nucleation, condensation growth of volatile species, and particle coagulations under dilution and cooling in the ambient air. A dilution chamber was deployed to sample exhaust from a pilot-scale furnace burning various fuels at a nominal heat input rate of 160 kW/h(-1) and 3% excess oxygen. The formation mechanisms of particles smaller than 420 nm in electrical mobility diameter were experimentally investigated by measurement with a Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer (SMPS) as a function of aging times, dilution air ratios, combustion exhaust temperatures, and fuel types. Particle formation in the dilution process is a complex mixture of nucleation, coagulation, and condensational growth, depending on the concentrations of available condensable species and solid or liquid particles (such as soot, ash) in combustion exhausts. The measured particle size distributions in number concentrations measured show peaks of particle number concentrations for medium sulfur bituminous coal, No. 6 fuel oil, and natural gas at 40-50 nm, 70-100 nm, and 15-25 nm, respectively. For No. 6 fuel oil and coal, the particle number concentration is constant in the range of a dilution air ratio of 50, but the number decreases as the dilution air ratio decreases to 10. However, for natural gas, the particle number concentration is higher at a dilution air ratio of 10 and decreases at dilution air ratios of 20-50. At a dilution air ratio of 10, severe particle coagulation occurs in a relatively short time. Samples taken at different combustion exhaust temperatures for these fuel types show higher particle number concentrations at 645 K than at 450 K. As the aging time of particles increases, the particles increase in size and the number concentrations decrease. The largest gradient of particle number distribution occurs within the first 10 sec after dilution but shows only minor differences between 10 and 80 sec. The lifetimes of the ultrafine particles are relatively short, with a scale on the order of a few seconds. Results from this study suggest that an aging time of 10 sec and a dilution air ratio of 20 are sufficient to obtain representative primary particle emission samples from stationary combustion sources. PMID:15648387

  11. GENE PROFILING AND THE ROLE OF COAGULATION FACTORS IN INFLAMMATION SIGNALING IN HUMAN PULMONARY ARTERY ENDOTHELIAL CELLS FOLLOWING ULTRAFINE PARTICLES EXPOUSRE

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    Epidemiologic studies have linked exposures to particulate air pollution and increased cardiovascular mortality and morbidity, however, the mechanisms are not clear. Ultrafine particles within air pollution represent a particular area of concern because the small size fraction o...

  12. Ultrafine Angelica gigas powder normalizes ovarian hormone levels and has antiosteoporosis properties in ovariectomized rats: particle size effect.

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    Choi, Kyeong-Ok; Lee, Inae; Paik, Sae-Yeol-Rim; Kim, Dong Eun; Lim, Jung Dae; Kang, Wie-Soo; Ko, Sanghoon

    2012-10-01

    The root of Angelica gigas (Korean angelica) is traditionally used to treat women's ailments that are caused by an impairment of menstrual blood flow and cycle irregularities. This study evaluated the effect particle size of Korean angelica powder on its efficacy for treating estrogen-related symptoms of menopause. Initially, Korean angelica roots were pulverized into ultrafine powder, and orally administered to the rats at a concentration of 500 mg/kg body weight for 8 weeks. The effects of Korean angelica powder particle size on extraction yield, contents of bioactive compounds (decursin and decursinol angelate), levels of serum ovarian hormones (estradiol and progesterone), reproductive hormones (luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone), and experimental osteoporosis parameters (mineral density, strength, and histological features) were determined. A significant increase (fivefold) in the contents of decursin and decursinol angelate in the extract of the ultrafine Korean angelica powder was observed compared to coarse Korean angelica powder. Rats were divided into sham-operated or ovariectomized (OVX) groups that were fed coarse (CRS) or ultrafine (UF) ground Korean angelica root. The serum levels of estradiol in the OVX_UF group were 19.2% and 54.1% higher than that of OVX_CRS group. Serum bone-alkaline phosphatase/total-alkaline phosphatase index in the OVX_UF group was half that of the OVX_CRS group. In addition, less trabecular bone loss and thick cortical areas were observed in rats administered ultrafine powder. Therefore, ultrafine grinding may enhance the bioactivity of herbal medicines and be especially useful when their extracted forms lose bioactivity during processing, storage, and oral intake. PMID:23039111

  13. Alterations in welding process voltage affect the generation of ultrafine particles, fume composition, and pulmonary toxicity.

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    Antonini, James M; Keane, Michael; Chen, Bean T; Stone, Samuel; Roberts, Jenny R; Schwegler-Berry, Diane; Andrews, Ronnee N; Frazer, David G; Sriram, Krishnan

    2011-12-01

    The goal was to determine if increasing welding voltage changes the physico-chemical properties of the fume and influences lung responses. Rats inhaled 40 mg/m³ (3 h/day × 3 days) of stainless steel (SS) welding fume generated at a standard voltage setting of 25 V (regular SS) or at a higher voltage (high voltage SS) of 30 V. Particle morphology, size and composition were characterized. Bronchoalveolar lavage was performed at different times after exposures to assess lung injury. Fumes collected from either of the welding conditions appeared as chain-like agglomerates of nanometer-sized primary particles. High voltage SS welding produced a greater number of ultrafine-sized particles. Fume generated by high voltage SS welding was higher in manganese. Pulmonary toxicity was more substantial and persisted longer after exposure to the regular SS fume. In summary, a modest raise in welding voltage affected fume size and elemental composition and altered the temporal lung toxicity profile. PMID:21281223

  14. Combustion of PTFE: The Effects of Gravity and Pigmentation on Ultrafine Particle Generation

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    McKinnon, J. Thomas; Srivastava, Rajiv; Todd, Paul

    1997-01-01

    Ultrafine particles generated during polymer thermodegradation are a major health hazard, owing to their unique pathway of processing in the lung. This hazard in manned spacecraft is poorly understood, because the particulate products of polymer thermodegradation are generated under low gravity conditions. Particulate generated from the degradation of PolyTetraFluoroEthylene (PTFE), insulation coating for 20 AWG copper wire (representative of spacecraft application) under intense ohmic heating were studied in terrestrial gravity and microgravity. Microgravity tests were done in a 1.2-second drop tower at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM). Thermophoretic sampling was used for particulate collection. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM) were used to examine the smoke particulates. Image software was used to calculate particle size distribution. In addition to gravity, the color of PTFE insulation has an overwhelming effect on size, shape and morphology of the particulate. Nanometer-sized primary particles were found in all cases, and aggregation and size distribution was dependent on both color and gravity; higher aggregation occurred in low gravity. Particulates from white, black, red and yellow colored PTFE insulations were studied. Elemental analysis of the particulates shows the presence of inorganic pigments.

  15. The effects of leaf area density variation on the particle collection efficiency in the size range of ultrafine particles (UFP).

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    Huang, Cheng-Wei; Lin, Ming-Yeng; Khlystov, Andrey; Katul, Gabriel

    2013-10-15

    Carbonaceous particles were generated during a "sooting burn" experiment to explore how heterogeneity in horizontal leaf area density (LAD) within the canopy impacts the ultrafine particle (UFP) collection efficiency at the branch-scale. To address this goal, wind tunnel experiments and a particle-size resolving model, which couples the turbulent flow field within the vegetated volume and the collection efficiency, were presented. Three scenarios were examined in a wind-tunnel packed with Juniperus chinensis branches: An LAD that was uniformly distributed, linearly increasing and linearly decreasing along the longitudinal or mean wind direction. The concentration measurements were conducted at multiple locations within the vegetated volume to evaluate the performance of the proposed model needed in discerning the role of LAD heterogeneity on UFP collection. Differences not exceeding 20% were found between modeled and measured concentration for all particle sizes across a wide range of wind speeds. The overall particle collection efficiency was found to be primarily governed by the spatially integrated LAD when differences in aerodynamic attributes (e.g., foliage drag) were accounted for. When combined with earlier studies, the results suggest that one parameter linking the laminar boundary layer conductance to the Schmidt number depends on particle size. PMID:24001338

  16. Ultrafine particles are not major carriers of carcinogenic PAHs and their genotoxicity in size-segregated aerosols.

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    Topinka, Jan; Milcova, Alena; Schmuczerova, Jana; Krouzek, Jiri; Hovorka, Jan

    2013-06-14

    Some studies suggest that genotoxic effects of combustion-related aerosols are induced by carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (c-PAHs) and their derivatives, which are part of the organic fraction of the particulate matter (PM) in ambient air. The proportion of the organic fraction in PM is known to vary with particle size. The ultrafine fraction is hypothesized to be the most important carrier of c-PAHs, since it possesses the highest specific surface area of PM. To test this hypothesis, the distribution of c-PAHs in organic extracts (EOMs) was compared for four size fractions of ambient-air aerosols: coarse (1particles and ultrafine particles (dae<0.17). High-volume aerosol samples were collected consecutively in four localities that differed in the level of environmental pollution. The genotoxicity of EOMs was measured by analysis of DNA adducts induced in an a cellular assay consisting of calf thymus DNA with/without rat liver microsomal S9 fraction coupled with (32)P-postlabelling. The upper accumulation fraction was the major size fraction in all four localities, forming 37-46% of the total PM mass. Per m(3) of sampled air, this fraction also bound the largest amount of c-PAHs. Correspondingly, the upper accumulation fraction induced the highest DNA-adduct levels. Per PM mass itself, the lower accumulation fraction is seen to be the most efficient in binding DNA-reactive organic compounds. Interestingly, the results suggest that the fraction of ultrafine particles of various ambient-air samples is neither a major carrier of c-PAHs, nor a major inducer of their genotoxicity, which is an important finding that is relevant to the toxicity and health effects of ultrafine particles, which are so extensively discussed these days. PMID:23466560

  17. Land Use Regression Models for Ultrafine Particles and Black Carbon Based on Short-Term Monitoring Predict Past Spatial Variation.

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    Montagne, Denise R; Hoek, Gerard; Klompmaker, Jochem O; Wang, Meng; Meliefste, Kees; Brunekreef, Bert

    2015-07-21

    Health effects of long-term exposure to ultrafine particles (UFP) have not been investigated in epidemiological studies because of the lack of spatially resolved UFP exposure data. Short-term monitoring campaigns used to develop land use regression (LUR) models for UFP typically had moderate performance. The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate spatial and spatiotemporal LUR models for UFP and Black Carbon (BC), including their ability to predict past spatial contrasts. We measured 30 min at each of 81 sites in Amsterdam and 80 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in three different seasons. Models were developed using traffic, land use, reference site measurements, routinely measured pollutants and weather data. The percentage explained variation (R(2)) was 0.35-0.40 for BC and 0.33-0.42 for UFP spatial models. Traffic variables were present in every model. The coefficients for the spatial predictors were similar in spatial and spatiotemporal models. The BC LUR model explained 61% of the spatial variation in a previous campaign with longer sampling duration, better than the model R(2). The UFP LUR model explained 36% of UFP spatial variation measured 10 years earlier, similar to the model R(2). Short-term monitoring campaigns may be an efficient tool to develop LUR models. PMID:26079151

  18. SEPARATION OF FISCHER-TROPSCH WAX PRODUCTS FROM ULTRAFINE IRON CATALYST PARTICLES

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    James K. Neathery; Gary Jacobs; Burtron H. Davis

    2004-09-30

    In this reporting period, a fundamental filtration study was continued to investigate the separation of Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis (FTS) liquids from iron-based catalyst particles. The overall focus of the program is with slurry-phase FTS in slurry bubble column reactor systems. Hydrocarbon products must be separated from catalyst particles before being removed from the reactor system. An efficient wax product/catalyst separation system is a key factor for optimizing operating costs for iron-based slurry-phase FTS. Previous work has focused on catalyst particle attrition and the formation of ultra-fine iron carbide and/or carbon particles. With the current study, we are investigating how the filtration properties are affected by these chemical and physical changes of the catalyst slurry during activation/synthesis. The shakedown phase of the pilot-scale filtration platform was completed at the end of the last reporting period. A study of various molecular weight waxes was initiated to determine the effect of wax physical properties on the permeation rate without catalyst present. As expected, the permeation flux was inversely proportional to the nominal average molecular weight of the polyethylene wax. Even without catalyst particles present in the filtrate, the filtration membranes experience fouling during an induction period on the order of days on-line. Another long-term filtration test was initiated using a batch of iron catalyst that was previously activated with CO to form iron carbide in a separate continuous stirred tank reactor (CSTR) system. The permeation flux stabilized more rapidly than that experienced with unactivated catalyst tests.

  19. Growth of ultra-fine cobalt ferrite particles by a sol–gel method and their magnetic properties

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    Jae-Gwang Lee; Jae Yun Park; Chul Sung Kim

    1998-01-01

    Ultra-fine CoFe2O4 particles are fabricated by a sol–gel method and magnetic and structural properties of powders are investigated. Cobalt ferrite powders fired at and above 450 °C have only a single-phase spinel structure and behave ferrimagnetically. Powders annealed at 350 °C have a typical spinel structure and are of the paramagnetic and ferrimagnetic nature, simultaneously. With X-ray diffraction and Mossbauer

  20. [Adverse effects of ultrafine particles on the cardiovascular system and its mechanisms].

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    Yi, Tie-ci; Li, Jian-ping

    2014-12-18

    Cardiovascular disease is one of the major threats to human. Air pollution, which , as it become a problem too serious to be ignored in China, is known to be an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Among all pollutants, ultrafine particles ( UFPs) , defined as particles with their diameter less than 0. 1 f.Lm, are a specific composition. They are very small in size, large in quantity and surface area, and most important, capable of passing through the air-blood barrier. These unique features of UFPs make them special in their impact on cardiovascular system. Nowadays, the influence of UFPs on the cardiovascular system has become a hot topic. On the one side, studies have shown that UFPs can cause inflammation and oxidative stress in the lung, and then induce systemic inflammation by releasing cytokine and reactive oxygen species into the circulation. On the other side, UFPs themselves can "spillout"into the circulation and interact with their targets. By this way, UFPs directly affect endothelial cells, myocardial cells and the autonomic nervous system, which ultimately result in increased cardiovascular events. We intend to make an overview about the recent progress about the influence of UFPs on human cardiovascular disease and the related mechanisms, and argue for more attention to this issue. PMID:25651605

  1. Personal day-time exposure to ultrafine particles in different microenvironments.

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    Gu, Jianwei; Kraus, Ute; Schneider, Alexandra; Hampel, Regina; Pitz, Mike; Breitner, Susanne; Wolf, Kathrin; Hänninen, Otto; Peters, Annette; Cyrys, Josef

    2015-03-01

    In order to assess the personal exposure to ultrafine particles (UFP) during individual day-time activities and to investigate the impact of different microenvironments on exposure, we measured personal exposure to particle number concentrations (PNC), a surrogate for UFP, among 112 non-smoking participants in Augsburg, Germany over a nearly two-year period from March 2007 to December 2008. We obtained 337 personal PNC measurements from 112 participants together with dairies of their activities and locations. The measurements lasted on average 5.5h and contained on average 330 observations. In addition, ambient PNC were measured at an urban background stationary monitoring site. Personal PNC were highly variable between measurements (IQR of mean: 11780-24650cm(-3)) and also within a single measurement. Outdoor personal PNC in traffic environments were about two times higher than in non-traffic environments. Higher indoor personal PNC were associated with activities like cooking, being in a bistro or exposure to passive smoking. Overall, personal and stationary PNC were weakly to moderately correlated (r<0.41). Personal PNC were much higher than stationary PNC in traffic (ratio: 1.5), when shopping (ratio: 2.4), and indoors with water vapor (ratio: 2.5). Additive mixed models were applied to predict personal PNC by participants' activities and locations. Traffic microenvironments were significant determinants for outdoor personal PNC. Being in a bistro, passive smoking, and cooking contributed significantly to an increased indoor personal PNC. PMID:25458919

  2. ALADINA - an unmanned research aircraft for observing vertical and horizontal distributions of ultrafine particles within the atmospheric boundary layer

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    Altstädter, B.; Platis, A.; Wehner, B.; Scholtz, A.; Wildmann, N.; Hermann, M.; Käthner, R.; Baars, H.; Bange, J.; Lampert, A.

    2015-04-01

    This paper presents the unmanned research aircraft Carolo P360 "ALADINA" (Application of Light-weight Aircraft for Detecting IN situ Aerosol) for investigating the horizontal and vertical distribution of ultrafine particles in the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL). It has a wingspan of 3.6 m, a maximum take-off weight of 25 kg and is equipped with aerosol instrumentation and meteorological sensors. A first application of the system, together with the unmanned research aircraft MASC (Multi-Purpose Airborne Carrier) of the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen (EKUT), is described. As small payload for ALADINA, two condensation particle counters (CPC) and one optical particle counter (OPC) were miniaturised by re-arranging the vital parts and composing them in a space-saving way in the front compartment of the airframe. The CPCs are improved concerning the lower detection threshold and the response time to less than 1.3 s. Each system was characterised in the laboratory and calibrated with test aerosols. The CPCs are operated in this study with two different lower detection threshold diameters of 11 and 18 nm. The amount of ultrafine particles, which is an indicator for new particle formation, is derived from the difference in number concentrations of the two CPCs (?N). Turbulence and thermodynamic structure of the boundary layer are described by measurements of fast meteorological sensors that are mounted at the aircraft nose. A first demonstration of ALADINA and a feasibility study were conducted in Melpitz near Leipzig, Germany, at the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) station of the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS) on 2 days in October 2013. There, various ground-based instruments are installed for long-term atmospheric monitoring. The ground-based infrastructure provides valuable additional background information to embed the flights in the continuous atmospheric context and is used for validation of the airborne results. The development of the boundary layer, derived from backscatter signals of a portable Raman lidar POLLYXT, allows a quick overview of the current vertical structure of atmospheric particles. Ground-based aerosol number concentrations are consistent with the results from flights in heights of a few metres. In addition, a direct comparison of ALADINA aerosol data and ground-based aerosol data, sampling the air at the same location for more than 1 h, shows comparable values within the range of ± 20 %. MASC was operated simultaneously with complementary flight patterns. It is equipped with the same meteorological instruments that offer the possibility to determine turbulent fluxes. Therefore, additional information about meteorological conditions was collected in the lowest part of the atmosphere. Vertical profiles up to 1000 m in altitude indicate a high variability with distinct layers of aerosol, especially for the small particles of a few nanometres in diameter on 1 particular day. The stratification was almost neutral and two significant aerosol layers were detected with total aerosol number concentrations up to 17 000 ± 3400 cm-3 between 180 and 220 m altitude and 14 000 ± 2800 cm-3 between 550 and 650 m. Apart from those layers, the aerosol distribution was well mixed and reached the total number concentration of less than 8000 ± 1600 cm-3. During another day, the distribution of the small particles in the lowermost ABL was related to the stratification, with continuously decreasing number concentrations from 16 000 ± 3200 cm-3 to a minimum of 4000 ± 800 cm-3 at the top of the inversion at 320 m. Above this, the total number concentration was rather constant. In the region of 500 to 600 m altitude, a significant difference of both CPCs was observed. This event occurred during the boundary layer development in the morning and represents a particle burst within the ABL.

  3. Quinones and Aromatic Chemical Compounds in Particulate Matter Induce Mitochondrial Dysfunction: Implications for Ultrafine Particle Toxicity

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    Xia, Tian; Korge, Paavo; Weiss, James N.; Li, Ning; Venkatesen, M. Indira; Sioutas, Constantinos; Nel, Andre

    2004-01-01

    Particulate pollutants cause adverse health effects through the generation of oxidative stress. A key question is whether these effects are mediated by the particles or their chemical compounds. In this article we show that aliphatic, aromatic, and polar organic compounds, fractionated from diesel exhaust particles (DEPs), exert differential toxic effects in RAW 264.7 cells. Cellular analyses showed that the quinone-enriched polar fraction was more potent than the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)–enriched aromatic fraction in O2•? generation, decrease of membrane potential (??m), loss of mitochondrial membrane mass, and induction of apoptosis. A major effect of the polar fraction was to promote cyclosporin A (CsA)–sensitive permeability transition pore (PTP) opening in isolated liver mitochondria. This opening effect is dependent on a direct effect on the PTP at low doses as well as on an effect on ??m at high doses in calcium (Ca2+)-loaded mitochondria. The direct PTP effect was mimicked by redox-cycling DEP quinones. Although the aliphatic fraction failed to perturb mitochondrial function, the aromatic fraction increased the Ca2+ retention capacity at low doses and induced mitochondrial swelling and a decrease in ??m at high doses. This swelling effect was mostly CsA insensitive and could be reproduced by a mixture of PAHs present in DEPs. These chemical effects on isolated mitochondria could be reproduced by intact DEPs as well as ambient ultrafine particles (UFPs). In contrast, commercial polystyrene nanoparticles failed to exert mitochondrial effects. These results suggest that DEP and UFP effects on the PTP and ??m are mediated by adsorbed chemicals rather than the particles themselves. PMID:15471724

  4. SEPARATION OF FISCHER-TROPSCH WAX PRODUCTS FROM ULTRAFINE IRON CATALYST PARTICLES

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    James K. Neathery; Gary Jacobs; Burtron H. Davis

    2005-03-31

    In this reporting period, a fundamental filtration study was continued to investigate the separation of Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis (FTS) liquids from iron-based catalyst particles. The overall focus of the program is with slurry-phase FTS in slurry bubble column reactor systems. Hydrocarbon products must be separated from catalyst particles before being removed from the reactor system. An efficient wax product/catalyst separation system is a key factor for optimizing operating costs for iron-based slurry-phase FTS. Previous work has focused on catalyst particle attrition and the formation of ultra-fine iron carbide and/or carbon particles. With the current study, we are investigating how the filtration properties are affected by these chemical and physical changes of the catalyst slurry during activation/synthesis. In this reporting period, a series of crossflow filtration experiments were initiated to study the effect of olefins and oxygenates on the filtration flux and membrane performance. Iron-based FTS reactor waxes contain a significant amount of oxygenates, depending on the catalyst formulation and operating conditions. Mono-olefins and aliphatic alcohols were doped into an activated iron catalyst slurry (with Polywax) to test their influence on filtration properties. The olefins were varied from 5 to 25 wt% and oxygenates from 6 to 17 wt% to simulate a range of reactor slurries reported in the literature. The addition of an alcohol (1-dodecanol) was found to decrease the permeation rate while the olefin added (1-hexadecene) had no effect on the permeation rate. A passive flux maintenance technique was tested that can temporarily increase the permeate rate for 24 hours.

  5. Measurements of ultrafine particles and other vehicular pollutants inside school buses in South Texas

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    Zhang, Qunfang; Zhu, Yifang

    2010-01-01

    Increasing evidence has demonstrated toxic effects of vehicular emitted ultrafine particles (UFPs, diameter < 100 nm), with the highest human exposure usually occurring on and near roadways. Children are particularly at risk due to immature respiratory systems and faster breathing rates. In this study, children's exposure to in-cabin air pollutants, especially UFPs, was measured inside four diesel-powered school buses. Two 1990 and two 2006 model year diesel-powered school buses were selected to represent the age extremes of school buses in service. Each bus was driven on two routine bus runs to study school children's exposure under different transportation conditions in South Texas. The number concentration and size distribution of UFPs, total particle number concentration, PM 2.5, PM 10, black carbon (BC), CO, and CO 2 levels were monitored inside the buses. The average total particle number concentrations observed inside the school buses ranged from 7.3 × 10 3 to 3.4 × 10 4 particles cm -3, depending on engine age and window position. When the windows were closed, the in-cabin air pollutants were more likely due to the school buses' self-pollution. The 1990 model year school buses demonstrated much higher air pollutant concentrations than the 2006 model year ones. When the windows were open, the majority of in-cabin air pollutants came from the outside roadway environment with similar pollutant levels observed regardless of engine ages. The highest average UFP concentration was observed at a bus transfer station where approximately 27 idling school buses were queued to load or unload students. Starting-up and idling generated higher air pollutant levels than the driving state. Higher in-cabin air pollutant concentrations were observed when more students were on board.

  6. ALADINA - an unmanned research aircraft for observing vertical and horizontal distributions of ultrafine particles within the atmospheric boundary layer

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    Altstädter, B.; Platis, A.; Wehner, B.; Scholtz, A.; Lampert, A.; Wildmann, N.; Hermann, M.; Käthner, R.; Bange, J.; Baars, H.

    2014-12-01

    This paper presents the unmanned research aircraft Carolo P360 "ALADINA" (Application of Light-weight Aircraft for Detecting IN-situ Aerosol) for investigating the horizontal and vertical distribution of ultrafine particles in the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL). It has a wingspan of 3.6 m, a maximum take-off weight of 25 kg and is equipped with aerosol instrumentation and meteorological sensors. A first application of the system, together with the unmanned research aircraft MASC (Multi-Purpose Airborne Carrier) of the Eberhard-Karls University of Tübingen (EKUT), is described. As small payload for ALADINA, two condensation particle counters (CPC) and one optical particle counter (OPC) were miniaturized by re-arranging the vital parts and composing them in a space saving way in the front compartment of the airframe. The CPCs are improved concerning the lower detection threshold and the response time. Each system was characterized in the laboratory and calibrated with test aerosols. The CPCs are operated with two different lower detection threshold diameters of 6 and 18 nm. The amount of ultrafine particles, which is an indicator for new particle formation, is derived from the difference in number concentrations of the two CPCs. Turbulence and thermodynamic structure of the boundary layer are described by measurements of fast meteorological sensors that are mounted at the aircraft nose. A first demonstration of ALADINA and a feasibility study were conducted in Melpitz near Leipzig, Germany, at the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) station of the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS) on two days in October 2013. There, various ground-based instruments are installed for long-term atmospheric monitoring. The ground-based infrastructure provides valuable additional background information to embed the flights in the continuous atmospheric context and is used for validation of the airborne results. The development of the boundary layer, derived from backscatter signals of a portable Raman lidar POLLYXT, allows a quick overview of the current vertical structure of atmospheric particles. Ground-based aerosol number concentrations are consistent with the results from flights in heights of a few meters. In addition, a direct comparison of ALADINA aerosol data and ground-based aerosol data, sampling the air at the same location, shows comparable values. MASC was operated simultaneously with complementary flight patterns. It is equipped with the same meteorological instruments that offer the possibility to determine turbulent fluxes. Therefore additional information about meteorological conditions was collected in the lowest part of the atmosphere. Vertical profiles up to 1000 m altitude indicate a high variability with distinct layers of aerosol especially for the small particles of a few nanometers in diameter. Particle bursts were observed on one day during the boundary layer development in the morning.

  7. Small particles disrupt postnatal airway development.

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    Lee, DongYoub; Wallis, Chris; Wexler, Anthony S; Schelegle, Edward S; Van Winkle, Laura S; Plopper, Charles G; Fanucchi, Michelle V; Kumfer, Ben; Kennedy, Ian M; Chan, Jackie K W

    2010-10-01

    Increasing numbers of epidemiologic studies associate air pollution exposure in children with decreased lung function development. The objective of this study was to examine the effects of exposure to combustion-generated fine [230 and 212 nm number mean aerodynamic particle diameter (NMAD)] to ultrafine (73 nm NMAD) particles differing in elemental (EC) and organic (OC) carbon content on postnatal airway development in rats. Neonatal Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed from postnatal day 7 through 25, and lung function and airway architecture were evaluated 81 days of age. In a separate group of rats, cell proliferation was examined after a single particle exposure at 7 days of age. Early life exposure to 73 nm high OC/EC particles altered distal airway architecture and resulted in subtle changes in lung mechanics. Early life exposure to 212 nm high OC/EC particles did not alter lung architecture but did alter lung mechanics in a manner suggestive of central airway changes. In contrast, early life exposure to 230 nm low OC/EC particles did not alter lung architecture or mechanics. A single 6-h exposure to 73 nm high OC/EC particle decreased airway cell proliferation, whereas 212 nm high OC/EC particles increased it and 230 nm low OC/EC particles did not. The early life exposure to ultrafine, high OC/EC particles results in persistent alterations in distal airway architecture that is characterized by an initial decrease in airway cell proliferation. PMID:20634362

  8. An hourly regression model for ultrafine particles in a near-highway urban area.

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    Patton, Allison P; Collins, Caitlin; Naumova, Elena N; Zamore, Wig; Brugge, Doug; Durant, John L

    2014-03-18

    Estimating ultrafine particle number concentrations (PNC) near highways for exposure assessment in chronic health studies requires models capable of capturing PNC spatial and temporal variations over the course of a full year. The objectives of this work were to describe the relationship between near-highway PNC and potential predictors, and to build and validate hourly log-linear regression models. PNC was measured near Interstate 93 (I-93) in Somerville, MA using a mobile monitoring platform driven for 234 h on 43 days between August 2009 and September 2010. Compared to urban background, PNC levels were consistently elevated within 100-200 m of I-93, with gradients impacted by meteorological and traffic conditions. Temporal and spatial variables including wind speed and direction, temperature, highway traffic, and distance to I-93 and major roads contributed significantly to the full regression model. Cross-validated model R(2) values ranged from 0.38 to 0.47, with higher values achieved (0.43 to 0.53) when short-duration PNC spikes were removed. The model predicts highest PNC near major roads and on cold days with low wind speeds. The model allows estimation of hourly ambient PNC at 20-m resolution in a near-highway neighborhood. PMID:24559198

  9. Wintertime spatio-temporal variation of ultrafine particles in a Belgian city.

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    Mishra, Vinit K; Kumar, Prashant; Van Poppel, Martine; Bleux, Nico; Frijns, Evelien; Reggente, Matteo; Berghmans, Patrick; Int Panis, Luc; Samson, Roeland

    2012-08-01

    Simultaneous measurements of ultrafine particles (UFPs) were carried out at four sampling locations situated within a 1 km(2) grid area in a Belgian city, Borgerhout (Antwerp). All sampling sites had different orientation and height of buildings and dissimilar levels of anthropogenic activities (mainly traffic volume). The aims were to investigate: (i) the spatio-temporal variation of UFP within the area, (ii) the effect of wind direction with respect to the volume of traffic on UFP levels, and (iii) the spatial representativeness of the official monitoring station situated in the study area. All sampling sites followed similar diurnal patterns of UFP variation, but effects of local traffic emissions were evident. Wind direction also had a profound influence on UFP concentrations at certain sites. The results indicated a clear influence of local weather conditions and the more dominant effect of traffic volumes. Our analysis indicated that the regional air quality monitoring station represented the other sampling sites in the study area reasonably well; temporal patterns were found to be comparable though the absolute average concentrations showed differences of up to 35%. PMID:22705865

  10. Morphology of Nano and Micro Fiber Structures in Ultrafine Particles Filtration

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    Kimmer, Dusan; Vincent, Ivo; Fenyk, Jan; Petras, David [SPUR a.s., T. Bati 299, 764 22 Zlin (Czech Republic); Zatloukal, Martin; Sambaer, Wannes [Centre of Polymer Systems, Polymer Centre, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, nam. T. G. Masaryka 5555, 760 01 Zlin (Czech Republic); Zdimal, Vladimir [Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals of the AS CR, v.v.i., Rozvojova 135, 165 02 Praha 6 (Czech Republic)

    2011-07-15

    Selected procedures permitting to prepare homogeneous nanofibre structures of the desired morphology by employing a suitable combination of variables during the electrospinning process are presented. A comparison (at the same pressure drop) was made of filtration capabilities of planar polyurethane nanostructures formed exclusively by nanofibres, space polycarbonate nanostructures having bead spacers, structures formed by a combination of polymethyl methacrylate micro- and nanofibres and polypropylene meltblown microstructures, through which ultrafine particles of ammonium sulphate 20-400 nm in size were filtered. The structures studied were described using a new digital image analysis technique based on black and white images obtained by scanning electron microscopy. More voluminous structures modified with distance microspheres and having a greater thickness and mass per square area of the material, i.e. structures possessing better mechanical properties, demanded so much in nanostructures, enable preparation of filters having approximately the same free volume fraction as flat nanofibre filters but an increased effective fibre surface area, changed pore size morphology and, consequently, a higher filter quality.

  11. Atmospheric ultrafine particles promote vascular calcification via the NF-?B signaling pathway

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    Li, Rongsong; Mittelstein, David; Kam, Winnie; Pakbin, Payam; Du, Yunfeng; Tintut, Yin; Navab, Mohamad; Sioutas, Constantinos

    2013-01-01

    Exposure to atmospheric fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is a modifiable risk factor of cardiovascular disease. Ultrafine particles (UFP, diameter <0.1 ?m), a subfraction of PM2.5, promote vascular oxidative stress and inflammatory responses. Epidemiologic studies suggest that PM exposure promotes vascular calcification. Here, we assessed whether UFP exposure promotes vascular calcification via NF-?B signaling. UFP exposure at 50 ?g/ml increased alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity by 4.4 ± 0.2-fold on day 3 (n = 3, P < 0.001) and matrix calcification by 3.5 ± 1.7-fold on day 10 (n = 4, P < 0.05) in calcifying vascular cells (CVC), a subpopulation of vascular smooth muscle cells with osteoblastic potential. Treatment of CVC with conditioned media derived from UFP-treated macrophages (UFP-CM) also led to an increase in ALP activities and matrix calcification. Furthermore, both UFP and UFP-CM significantly increased NF-?B activity, and cotreatment with an NF-?B inhibitor, JSH23, attenuated both UFP- and UFP-CM-induced ALP activity and calcification. When low-density lipoprotein receptor-null mice were exposed to UFP at 359.5 ?g/m3 for 10 wk, NF-?B activation and vascular calcification were detected in the regions of aortic roots compared with control filtered air-exposed mice. These findings suggest that UFP promotes vascular calcification via activating NF-?B signaling. PMID:23242187

  12. Determinants of spikes in ultrafine particle concentration whilst commuting by bus

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    Lim, Shanon; Dirks, Kim N.; Salmond, Jennifer A.; Xie, Shanju

    2015-07-01

    This paper examines concentration of ultrafine particles (UFPs) based on data collected using high-resolution UFP monitors whilst travelling by bus during rush hour along three different urban routes in Auckland, New Zealand. The factors influencing in-bus UFP concentration were assessed using a combination of spatial, statistical and GIS analysis techniques to determine both spatial and temporal variability. Results from 68 bus trips showed that concentrations varied more within a route than between on a given day, despite differences in urban morphology, land use and traffic densities between routes. A number of trips were characterised by periods of very rapid increases in UFPs (concentration 'spikes'), followed by slow declines. Trips which recorded at least one spike (an increase of greater than 10,000 pt/cm3) resulted in significantly higher mean concentrations. Spikes in UFPs were significantly more likely to occur when travelling at low speeds and when passengers were alighting and boarding at bus stops close to traffic light intersections.

  13. Ultrafine particle content in exhaled breath condensate in airways of asthmatic children.

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    Benor, Shira; Alcalay, Yfat; Domany, Keren Armoni; Gut, Guy; Soferman, Ruth; Kivity, Shmuel; Fireman, Elizabeth

    2015-06-01

    Air pollution triggers and exacerbates airway inflammation. Particulate material (PM) in ambient is characterized as being coarse (PM 10, aerodynamic diameter range 2.5-10?µm), fine (PM 2.5, 2.5-0.1?µm) and ultrafine (UFP, nano-sized, <0.1?µm). It is known that smaller inhaled PM produced more inflammation than larger ones. Most data on human exposure to PM are based on environmental monitoring. We evaluated the effect of individual exposure to UFP on functional respiratory parameters and airway inflammation in 52 children aged 6-18?years referred to the Pulmonary and Allergic Diseases Laboratory due to respiratory symptoms. Spirometry, bronchial provocation challenge, induced sputum (IS), exhaled breath condensate (EBC) and franctional exhaled nitric oxide evaluations were performed by conventional methods. UFP content in EBC was analyzed by using a NanoSight Light Microscope LM20. The total EBC UFP content correlated with wheezing (r = 0.28, p = 0.04), breath symptom score (r = 0.3, p = 0.03), and sputum eosinophilia (R = 0.64, p = 0.005). The percent of EBC particles in the nano-sized range also correlated with wheezing (r = 0.36, p = 0.007), breath symptom score (r = 0.33, p ? 0.02), and sputum eosinophilia (r = 0.72, p = 0.001). Respiratory symptoms and airway inflammation positively correlated to UFP content in EBC of symptomatic children. PMID:25830607

  14. An hourly regression model for ultrafine particles in a near-highway urban area

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    Patton, Allison P.; Collins, Caitlin; Naumova, Elena N.; Zamore, Wig; Brugge, Doug; Durant, John L.

    2015-01-01

    Estimating ultrafine particle number concentrations (PNC) near highways for exposure assessment in chronic health studies requires models capable of capturing PNC spatial and temporal variations over the course of a full year. The objectives of this work were to describe the relationship between near-highway PNC and potential predictors, and to build and validate hourly log-linear regression models. PNC was measured near Interstate 93 (I-93) in Somerville, MA (USA) using a mobile monitoring platform driven for 234 hours on 43 days between August 2009 and September 2010. Compared to urban background, PNC levels were consistently elevated within 100–200 m of I-93, with gradients impacted by meteorological and traffic conditions. Temporal and spatial variables including wind speed and direction, temperature, highway traffic, and distance to I-93 and major roads contributed significantly to the full regression model. Cross-validated model R2 values ranged from 0.38–0.47, with higher values achieved (0.43–0.53) when short-duration PNC spikes were removed. The model predicts highest PNC near major roads and on cold days with low wind speeds. The model allows estimation of hourly ambient PNC at 20-m resolution in a near-highway neighborhood. PMID:24559198

  15. Morphology of Nano and Micro Fiber Structures in Ultrafine Particles Filtration

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    Kimmer, Dusan; Vincent, Ivo; Fenyk, Jan; Petras, David; Zatloukal, Martin; Sambaer, Wannes; Zdimal, Vladimir

    2011-07-01

    Selected procedures permitting to prepare homogeneous nanofibre structures of the desired morphology by employing a suitable combination of variables during the electrospinning process are presented. A comparison (at the same pressure drop) was made of filtration capabilities of planar polyurethane nanostructures formed exclusively by nanofibres, space polycarbonate nanostructures having bead spacers, structures formed by a combination of polymethyl methacrylate micro- and nanofibres and polypropylene meltblown microstructures, through which ultrafine particles of ammonium sulphate 20-400 nm in size were filtered. The structures studied were described using a new digital image analysis technique based on black and white images obtained by scanning electron microscopy. More voluminous structures modified with distance microspheres and having a greater thickness and mass per square area of the material, i.e. structures possessing better mechanical properties, demanded so much in nanostructures, enable preparation of filters having approximately the same free volume fraction as flat nanofibre filters but an increased effective fibre surface area, changed pore size morphology and, consequently, a higher filter quality.

  16. The influence of a cerium additive on ultrafine diesel particle emissions and kinetics of oxidation

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    Jung, Heejung; Kittelson, David B.; Zachariah, Michael R. [Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 111 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (United States)

    2005-08-01

    The influence of a cerium additive on the kinetics of oxidation and size distribution of ultrafine diesel particles was studied using a high-temperature oxidation-tandem differential mobility analysis method over the temperature range 300-700|{sup o}C. The addition of cerium to the diesel fuel was observed to cause significant changes in number-weighted size distributions, light-off temperature, and kinetics of oxidation. The peak number concentration in the accumulation mode decreased 50 and 65%, respectively, for 25 and 100 ppm dosing levels under 1400 rpm and 75% engine load. The light-off temperature was reduced by 250 and 300|{sup o}C, respectively, for 25 and 100 ppm dosing levels. The oxidation rate increased significantly (x20) with the addition of cerium to the fuel; however, the rate was relatively insensitive to dosing level. The activation energy for cerium-dosed oxidation was, within experimental error, equivalent to that for undosed fuel (E{sub a}=100-110 kJmol{sup -1}). From a phenomenological kinetic rate perspective, the increase in oxidation rate was attributed solely to an increase in the preexponential factor. These results suggested that diesel particles using regular, undosed diesel fuels were already metal-catalyzed to some extent, most likely from metals in the lube oil. The addition of cerium likely increased the number of catalytic sites but had no effect on the overall activation energy due to the presence of other metals in the diesel particulate matter coming from lube oil. The characteristics of cerium-laden diesel particles were also investigated. Two principal types of aggregates were found using transmission electron microscopy and energy-dispersive spectrometry analysis. The first was composed mainly of agglomerates of carbonaceous spherules and a few, considerably smaller cerium oxide nanoparticles. The second consisted of metallic aggregates composed mainly of cerium oxide nanoparticles and some carbon.

  17. Modeling ultrafine particle growth at a pine forest site influenced by anthropogenic pollution during BEACHON-RoMBAS 2011

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    Cui, Y. Y.; Hodzic, A.; Smith, J. N.; Ortega, J.; Brioude, J.; Matsui, H.; Turnipseed, A.; Winkler, P.; de Foy, B.

    2014-03-01

    Formation and growth of ultrafine particles is crudely represented in chemistry-climate models, which contributes to uncertainties in aerosol composition, size distribution, and aerosol effects on cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) concentrations. Measurements of ultrafine particles, their precursor gases, and meteorological parameters were performed in a ponderosa pine forest in the Colorado Front Range in July-August 2011, and were analyzed to study processes leading to Aitken-mode Particle burst Events (APEs). These measurements suggest that APEs were associated with the arrival at the site of anthropogenic pollution plumes around noon or in the early afternoon. Number concentrations of ultrafine (4 to 30 nm diameter) particles typically exceeded 10 000 cm-3 during APEs, and these elevated concentrations coincided with increased SO2 and monoterpene concentrations, and led to a factor of two increase in CCN concentrations at 0.5% supersaturation. The APEs were simulated using the regional WRF-Chem model, which was extended to account for ultrafine particle sizes starting at 1 nm in diameter, to include an empirical activation nucleation scheme in the planetary boundary layer, and to explicitly simulate the subsequent growth of Aitken particles by condensation of organic and inorganic vapors. Comparisons with aerosol size distribution measurements showed that simulations using the activation nucleation parameterization reasonably captured aerosol number concentrations and size distribution during APEs, as well as ground level CCN concentrations. Results suggest that sulfuric acid from anthropogenic SO2 triggers APEs, and that the condensation of monoterpene oxidation products onto freshly nucleated particles drives their growth. The simulated growth rate of 3.4 nm h-1 for small particles (4-30 nm in diameter) was comparable to the measured average value of 2.3 nm h-1. Model results also suggest that the presence of APEs tends to modify the composition of sub-100 nm diameter particles, leading to generally higher absolute mass concentrations of sulfate as well as organic aerosols with a higher sulfate content. Sensitivity simulations suggest that the representation of nucleation processes in the model largely influences the predicted number concentrations and thus CCN concentrations. We estimate that nucleation contributes to 65% of surface CCN at 0.5% supersaturation in this pine forest environment.

  18. Characterization of ultrafine particle number concentration and new particle formation in an urban environment of Taipei, Taiwan

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    Cheung, H. C.; Chou, C. C.-K.; Huang, W.-R.; Tsai, C.-Y.

    2013-09-01

    An intensive aerosol characterization experiment was performed at the Taipei Aerosol and Radiation Observatory (TARO, 25.02° N, 121.53° E) in the urban area of Taipei, Taiwan, during July 2012. Number concentration and size distribution of aerosol particles were measured continuously, which were accompanied by concurrent measurements of mass concentration of submicron particles, PM1 (d ? 1 ?m), and photolysis rate of ozone, J(O1D). The averaged number concentrations of total (Ntotal), accumulation mode (Nacu), Aitken mode (NAitken), and nucleation mode (Nnuc) particles were 13.9 × 103 cm-3, 1.2 × 103 cm-3, 6.1 × 103 cm-3, and 6.6 × 103 cm-3, respectively. Accordingly, the ultrafine particles (UFPs, d ? 100 nm) accounted for 91% of the total number concentration of particles measured in this study (10 ? d ? 429 nm), indicating the importance of UFPs to the air quality and radiation budget in Taipei and its surrounding areas. An averaged Nnuc / NOx ratio of 192.4 cm-3 ppbv-1 was derived from nighttime measurements, which was suggested to be the characteristic of vehicle emissions that contributed to the "urban background" of nucleation mode particles throughout a day. On the contrary, it was found that the number concentration of nucleation mode particles was independent of NOx and could be elevated up to 10 times of the "urban background" levels during daytime, suggesting a substantial amount of nucleation mode particles produced from photochemical processes. Averages (± 1?) of the diameter growth rate (GR) and formation rate of nucleation mode particles, J10, were 11.9 ± 10.6 nm h-1 and 6.9 ± 3.0 cm-3 s-1, respectively. Consistency in the time series of the nucleation mode particle concentration and the proxy of H2SO4 production, UVB · SO2/CS, for new particle formation (NPF) events suggested that photooxidation of SO2 was likely one of the major mechanisms for the formation of new particles in our study area. Moreover, it was revealed that the particle growth rate correlated exponentially with the photolysis of ozone, implying that the condensable vapors were produced mostly from photooxidation reactions. In addition, this study also revealed that Nnuc exhibited a quadratic relationship with J10. The quadratic relationship was inferred as a result of aerosol dynamics and featured NPF processes in urban areas.

  19. New carbon composites containing ultrafine Fe, Co, or Ni particles. 1. Facile synthesis by pyrolysis of organometallic polymers

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    Hajime Yasuda; Seiichi Miyanaga; Akira Nakamura; Hiroshi Sakai

    1991-01-01

    Uniformly dispersed, air-stable carbon composites containing ultrafine a-Fe, Co, or Ni particles were obtained by a careful two-step thermal degradation of a copolymer of acrylonitrile (AN) and 2,4-hexadienyl-[tri(carbonyl)iron] acrylate. Carbonization yields were 45–55% and metal particle size ranged from 80 to 120 nm. Analogous degradation of the acrylonitrile copolymer with CoCl2(AN)2, CoCl2(4-vinylpyridine)2, or Ni(bis-styrene carboxylate) gave similar composites containing ß-Co

  20. Occupational Exposure to Ultrafine Particles among Airport Employees - Combining Personal Monitoring and Global Positioning System

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    Møller, Karina Lauenborg; Thygesen, Lau Caspar; Schipperijn, Jasper; Loft, Steffen; Bonde, Jens Peter; Mikkelsen, Sigurd; Brauer, Charlotte

    2014-01-01

    Background Exposure to ultrafine particles (UFP) has been linked to cardiovascular and lung diseases. Combustion of jet fuel and diesel powered handling equipment emit UFP resulting in potentially high exposure levels among employees working at airports. High levels of UFP have been reported at several airports, especially on the apron, but knowledge on individual exposure profiles among different occupational groups working at an airport is lacking. Purpose The aim of this study was to compare personal exposure to UFP among five different occupational groups working at Copenhagen Airport (CPH). Method 30 employees from five different occupational groups (baggage handlers, catering drivers, cleaning staff and airside and landside security) at CPH were instructed to wear a personal monitor of particle number concentration in real time and a GPS device. The measurements were carried out on 8 days distributed over two weeks in October 2012. The overall differences between the groups were assessed using linear mixed model. Results Data showed significant differences in exposure levels among the groups when adjusted for variation within individuals and for effect of time and date (p<0.01). Baggage handlers were exposed to 7 times higher average concentrations (geometric mean, GM: 37×103 UFP/cm3, 95% CI: 25–55×103 UFP/cm3) than employees mainly working indoors (GM: 5×103 UFP/cm3, 95% CI: 2–11×103 UFP/cm3). Furthermore, catering drivers, cleaning staff and airside security were exposed to intermediate concentrations (GM: 12 to 20×103 UFP/cm3). Conclusion The study demonstrates a strong gradient of exposure to UFP in ambient air across occupational groups of airport employees. PMID:25203510

  1. Effects of Ambient Coarse, Fine, and Ultrafine Particles and Their Biological Constituents on Systemic Biomarkers: A Controlled Human Exposure Study

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    Urch, Bruce; Poon, Raymond; Szyszkowicz, Mieczyslaw; Speck, Mary; Gold, Diane R.; Wheeler, Amanda J.; Scott, James A.; Brook, Jeffrey R.; Thorne, Peter S.; Silverman, Frances S.

    2015-01-01

    Background Ambient coarse, fine, and ultrafine particles have been associated with mortality and morbidity. Few studies have compared how various particle size fractions affect systemic biomarkers. Objectives We examined changes of blood and urinary biomarkers following exposures to three particle sizes. Methods Fifty healthy nonsmoking volunteers, mean age of 28 years, were exposed to coarse (2.5–10 ?m; mean, 213 ?g/m3) and fine (0.15–2.5 ?m; mean, 238 ?g/m3) concentrated ambient particles (CAPs), and filtered ambient and/or medical air. Twenty-five participants were exposed to ultrafine CAP (< 0.3 ?m; mean, 136 ?g/m3) and filtered medical air. Exposures lasted 130 min, separated by ? 2 weeks. Blood/urine samples were collected preexposure and 1 hr and 21 hr postexposure to determine blood interleukin-6 and C-reactive protein (inflammation), endothelin-1 and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF; vascular mediators), and malondialdehyde (lipid peroxidation); as well as urinary VEGF, 8-hydroxy-deoxy-guanosine (DNA oxidation), and malondialdehyde. Mixed-model regressions assessed pre- and postexposure differences. Results One hour postexposure, for every 100-?g/m3 increase, coarse CAP was associated with increased blood VEGF (2.41 pg/mL; 95% CI: 0.41, 4.40) in models adjusted for O3, fine CAP with increased urinary malondialdehyde in single- (0.31 nmol/mg creatinine; 95% CI: 0.02, 0.60) and two-pollutant models, and ultrafine CAP with increased urinary 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine in single- (0.69 ng/mg creatinine; 95% CI: 0.09, 1.29) and two-pollutant models, lasting < 21 hr. Endotoxin was significantly associated with biomarker changes similar to those found with CAPs. Conclusions Ambient particles with various sizes/constituents may influence systemic biomarkers differently. Endotoxin in ambient particles may contribute to vascular mediator changes and oxidative stress. Citation Liu L, Urch B, Poon R, Szyszkowicz M, Speck M, Gold DR, Wheeler AJ, Scott JA, Brook JR, Thorne PS, Silverman FS. 2015. Effects of ambient coarse, fine, and ultrafine particles and their biological constituents on systemic biomarkers: a controlled human exposure study. Environ Health Perspect 123:534–540;?http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1408387 PMID:25616223

  2. Ultrafine particle concentrations in the surroundings of an urban area: comparing downwind to upwind conditions using Generalized Additive Models (GAMs).

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    Sartini, Claudio; Zauli Sajani, Stefano; Ricciardelli, Isabella; Delgado-Saborit, Juana Mari; Scotto, Fabiana; Trentini, Arianna; Ferrari, Silvia; Poluzzi, Vanes

    2013-10-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of an urban area on ultrafine particle (UFP) concentration in nearby surrounding areas. We assessed how downwind and upwind conditions affect the UFP concentration at a site placed a few kilometres from the city border. Secondarily, we investigated the relationship among other meteorological factors, temporal variables and UFP. Data were collected for 44 days during 2008 and 2009 at a rural site placed about 3 kilometres from Bologna, in northern Italy. Measurements were performed using a spectrometer (FMPS TSI 3091). The average UFP number concentration was 11?776 (±7836) particles per cm(3). We analysed the effect of wind direction in a multivariate Generalized Additive Model (GAM) adjusted for the principal meteorological parameters and temporal trends. An increase of about 25% in UFP levels was observed when the site was downwind of the urban area, compared with the levels observed when wind blew from rural areas. The size distribution of particles was also affected by the wind direction, showing higher concentration of small size particles when the wind blew from the urban area. The GAM showed a good fit to the data (R(2) = 0.81). Model choice was via Akaike Information Criteria (AIC). The analysis also revealed that an approach based on meteorological data plus temporal trends improved the goodness of the fit of the model. In addition, the findings contribute to evidence on effects of exposure to ultrafine particles on a population living in city surroundings. PMID:24077061

  3. Effect of particle-fiber friction coefficient on ultrafine aerosol particles clogging in nanofiber based filter

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    Sambaer, Wannes; Zatloukal, Martin; Kimmer, Dusan

    2013-04-01

    Realistic SEM image based 3D filter model considering transition/free molecular flow regime, Brownian diffusion, aerodynamic slip, particle-fiber and particle-particle interactions together with a novel Euclidian distance map based methodology for the pressure drop calculation has been utilized for a polyurethane nanofiber based filter prepared via electrospinning process in order to more deeply understand the effect of particle-fiber friction coefficient on filter clogging and basic filter characteristics. Based on the performed theoretical analysis, it has been revealed that the increase in the fiber-particle friction coefficient causes, firstly, more weaker particle penetration in the filter, creation of dense top layers and generation of higher pressure drop (surface filtration) in comparison with lower particle-fiber friction coefficient filter for which deeper particle penetration takes place (depth filtration), secondly, higher filtration efficiency, thirdly, higher quality factor and finally, higher quality factor sensitivity to the increased collected particle mass. Moreover, it has been revealed that even if the particle-fiber friction coefficient is different, the cake morphology is very similar.

  4. Measurements and predictors of on-road ultrafine particle concentrations and associated pollutants in Los Angeles

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    Fruin, S.; Westerdahl, D.; Sax, T.; Sioutas, C.; Fine, P. M.

    Motor vehicles are the dominant source of oxides of nitrogen (NO x), particulate matter (PM), and certain air toxics (e.g., benzene, 1,3-butadiene) in urban areas. On roadways, motor vehicle-related pollutant concentrations are typically many times higher than ambient concentrations. Due to high air exchange rates typical of moving vehicles, this makes time spent in vehicles on roadways a major source of exposure. This paper presents on-road measurements for Los Angeles freeways and arterial roads taken from a zero-emission electric vehicle outfitted with real-time instruments. The objective was to characterize air pollutant concentrations on roadways and identify the factors associated with the highest concentrations. Our analysis demonstrated that on freeways, concentrations of ultrafine particles (UFPs), black carbon, nitric oxide, and PM-bound polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PM-PAH) are generated primarily by diesel-powered vehicles, despite the relatively low fraction (˜6%) of diesel-powered vehicles on Los Angeles freeways. However, UFP concentrations on arterial roads appeared to be driven primarily by proximity to gasoline-powered vehicles undergoing hard accelerations. Concentrations were roughly one-third of those on freeways. By using a multiple regression model for the freeway measurements, we were able to explain 60-70% of the variability in concentrations of UFP, black carbon, nitric oxide, and PM-PAH using measures of diesel truck density and hour of day (as an indicator of wind speed). Freeway concentrations of these pollutants were also well correlated with readily available annual average daily truck counts, potentially allowing improved population exposure estimates for epidemiology studies. Based on these roadway measurements and average driving time, it appears that 33-45% of total UFP exposure for Los Angeles residents occurs due to time spent traveling in vehicles.

  5. Translocation of Inhaled Ultrafine Manganese Oxide Particles to the Central Nervous System

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    Elder, Alison; Gelein, Robert; Silva, Vanessa; Feikert, Tessa; Opanashuk, Lisa; Carter, Janet; Potter, Russell; Maynard, Andrew; Ito, Yasuo; Finkelstein, Jacob; Oberdörster, Günter

    2006-01-01

    Background Studies in monkeys with intranasally instilled gold ultrafine particles (UFPs; < 100 nm) and in rats with inhaled carbon UFPs suggested that solid UFPs deposited in the nose travel along the olfactory nerve to the olfactory bulb. Methods To determine if olfactory translocation occurs for other solid metal UFPs and assess potential health effects, we exposed groups of rats to manganese (Mn) oxide UFPs (30 nm; ~ 500 ?g/m3) with either both nostrils patent or the right nostril occluded. We analyzed Mn in lung, liver, olfactory bulb, and other brain regions, and we performed gene and protein analyses. Results After 12 days of exposure with both nostrils patent, Mn concentrations in the olfactory bulb increased 3.5-fold, whereas lung Mn concentrations doubled; there were also increases in striatum, frontal cortex, and cerebellum. Lung lavage analysis showed no indications of lung inflammation, whereas increases in olfactory bulb tumor necrosis factor-? mRNA (~ 8-fold) and protein (~ 30-fold) were found after 11 days of exposure and, to a lesser degree, in other brain regions with increased Mn levels. Macrophage inflammatory protein-2, glial fibrillary acidic protein, and neuronal cell adhesion molecule mRNA were also increased in olfactory bulb. With the right nostril occluded for a 2-day exposure, Mn accumulated only in the left olfactory bulb. Solubilization of the Mn oxide UFPs was < 1.5% per day. Conclusions We conclude that the olfactory neuronal pathway is efficient for translocating inhaled Mn oxide as solid UFPs to the central nervous system and that this can result in inflammatory changes. We suggest that despite differences between human and rodent olfactory systems, this pathway is relevant in humans. PMID:16882521

  6. TRANSLOCATION AND POTENTIAL NEUROLOGICAL EFFECTS OF FINE AND ULTRAFINE PARTICLES: A CRITICAL UPDATE

    EPA Science Inventory

    This proceedings book is a collection of seminars presented in a symposium organized by by Munich's GSF-National Research Center for Environment and Health. Research presented at this symposium indicated inhaled ultrafine particulate matter quickly exits the lungs and target...

  7. On-road and laboratory investigations on non-exhaust ultrafine particles from the interaction between the tire and road pavement under braking conditions

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    Kwak, Jihyun; Lee, Sunyoup; Lee, Seokhwan

    2014-11-01

    We investigated the physical and chemical characteristics of non-exhaust ultrafine particles from on-road driving and laboratory measurements using a mobile sampling vehicle. The on-road driving and laboratory measurements during constant speed conditions revealed no enhancement of ultrafine particles. Under braking events, the total number concentrations of tire particles (TPs) sampled 90 mm above the road surface was 6 times higher with broader mode diameters when compared to 40 mm above the road surface. In contrast to braking events, under cornering conditions, the total number concentrations of TPs sampled 40 mm above the road surface were 50 times higher relative to 90 mm above the road surface. From the morphological and elemental analyses, it is likely that the ultrafine particles generated from the interaction between the tire and the road surface under braking conditions might originated from sulfur-containing materials or anti-oxidants which are contained in TPs, and/or graphite and solid lubricants which are mainly present in brake particles (BPs). However, Zn which was a distinguishing elemental marker of tire wear particles didn't show in EDS spectra. Further research would be required as to the exact emission source of ultrafine particles.

  8. Physicochemical properties and ability to generate free radicals of ambient coarse, fine, and ultrafine particles in the atmosphere of Xuanwei, China, an area of high lung cancer incidence

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    Lu, Senlin; Yi, Fei; Hao, Xiaojie; Yu, Shang; Ren, Jingjing; Wu, Minghong; Jialiang, Feng; Yonemochi, Shinich; Wang, Qingyue

    2014-11-01

    The link between the high incidence of lung cancer and harmful pollutants emitted by local coal combustion in Xuanwei, Yunnan province, China, has been a focus of study since the 1980s. However, the mechanisms responsible for the high lung cancer rate remain unclear, necessitating further study. Since a close relationship between ambient air particle pollution and respiratory diseases exists, we sampled size-resolved ambient particles from the atmosphere of Xuanwei. In our indoor experiment, cutting-edge methods, including scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive X-ray detection (SEM/EDX), particle-induced X-ray emission (PIXE), electronic paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and the cell-free DCFH-DA assay, were employed to investigate the physicochemical properties, the potential to generate free radicals and the oxidative potential of ambient coarse (diameter, 1.8-10 ?m), fine (diameter, 0.1-1.8 ?m), and ultrafine (diameter, <0.1 ?m) particles. We found the total mass concentrations of the size-resolved particles collected in spring were higher than that in early winter. Mass percentage of fine particles accounted for 68% and 61% of the total particulate mass in spring and in early winter samples, respectively, indicating that fine particles were the major component of the Xuanwei ambient particulate matters. On the other hand, the results of SEM/EDX analysis showed that the coarse particles were dominated by minerals, the fine particles by soot aggregates and fly ashes, and the ultrafine particles by soot particles and unidentified particles. Our PIXE results revealed that crustal elements (Ca, Ti Si, Fe) were mainly distributed in coarse particles, while trace metals (Cr, Mn, Ni, Cu, Zn, Pb) dominated in the fine particle fraction, and S, a typical element emitted by coal combustion, mainly resided in fine particles collected from the winter atmosphere. EPR results indicated that the magnitude of free radical intensity caused by size-resolved particles followed these patterns: fine particles > coarse particles > ultrafine particles for spring samples and ultrafine particles > fine particles > coarse particles for winter samples. Cell-free DCFH assay results conclusively showed that all of the measured particle suspensions displayed a higher oxidative potential than the negative control. The correlation coefficient (R2) between free radical intensity and fluorescent intensity generated by the size-resolved particles was 0.535 and 0.507 for the spring and winter seasons, respectively, implying that ambient air particles in the Xuanwei atmosphere have the ability to generate free radicals, and fine and ultrafine particles could be hazardous to local residents.

  9. The effects of leaf size and microroughness on the branch-scale collection efficiency of ultrafine particles

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    Huang, C. W.; Lin, M. Y.; Khlystov, A.; Katul, G. G.

    2015-04-01

    Wind tunnel experiments were performed to explore how leaf size and leaf microroughness impact the collection efficiency of ultrafine particles (UFP) at the branch scale. A porous media model previously used to characterize UFP deposition onto conifers (Pinus taeda and Juniperus chinensis) was employed to interpret these wind tunnel measurements for four different broadleaf species (Ilex cornuta, Quercus alba, Magnolia grandiflora, and Lonicera fragrantissima) and three wind speed (0.3-0.9 ms-1) conditions. Among the four broadleaf species considered, Ilex cornuta with its partially folded shape and sharp edges was the most efficient at collecting UFP followed by the other three flat-shaped broadleaf species. The findings here suggest that a connection must exist between UFP collection and leaf dimension and roughness. This connection is shown to be primarily due to the thickness of a quasi-laminar boundary layer pinned to the leaf surface assuming the flow over a leaf resembles that of a flat plate. A scaling analysis that utilizes a three-sublayer depositional model for a flat plate of finite size and roughness embedded within the quasi-laminar boundary layer illustrates these connections. The analysis shows that a longer leaf dimension allows for thicker quasi-laminar boundary layers to develop. A thicker quasi-laminar boundary layer depth in turn increases the overall resistance to UFP deposition due to an increase in the diffusional path length thereby reducing the leaf-scale UFP collection efficiency. It is suggested that the effects of leaf microroughness are less relevant to the UFP collection efficiency than are the leaf dimensions for the four broadleaf species explored here.

  10. Characterizing ultrafine particles and other air pollutants in and around school buses.

    PubMed

    Zhu, Yifang; Zhang, Qunfang

    2014-03-01

    Increasing evidence has demonstrated toxic effects of ultrafine particles (UFP*, diameter < 100 nm). Children are particularly at risk because of their immature respiratory systems and higher breathing rates per body mass. This study aimed to characterize UFP, PM2.5 (particulate matter < or = 2.5 microm in aerodynamic diameter), and other vehicular-emitted pollutants in and around school buses. Four sub-studies were conducted, including: 1. On-road tests to measure in-cabin air pollutant levels while school buses were being driven; 2. Idling tests to determine the contributions of tailpipe emissions from idling school buses to air pollutant levels in and around school buses under different scenarios; 3. Retrofit tests to evaluate the performance of two retrofit systems, a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) muffler and a crankcase filtration system (CFS), on reducing tailpipe emissions and in-cabin air pollutant concentrations under idling and driving conditions; and 4. High efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter air purifier tests to evaluate the effectiveness of in-cabin filtration. In total, 24 school buses were employed to cover a wide range of school buses commonly used in the United States. Real-time air quality measurements included particle number concentration (PNC), fine and UFP size distribution in the size range 7.6-289 nm, PM2.5 mass concentration, black carbon (BC) concentration, and carbon monoxide (CO) and carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations. For in-cabin measurements, instruments were placed on a platform secured to the rear seats inside the school buses. For all other tests, a second set of instruments was deployed to simultaneously measure the ambient air pollutant levels. For tailpipe emission measurements, the exhaust was diluted and then measured by instruments identical to those used for the in-cabin measurements. The results show that when driving on roads, in-cabin PNC, fine and UFP size distribution, PM2.5, BC, and CO varied by engine age, window position, driving speed, driving route, and operating conditions. Emissions from idling school buses increased the PNC close to the tailpipe by a factor of up to 26.0. Under some circumstances, tailpipe emissions of idling school buses increased the in-cabin PNC by factors ranging from 1.2 to 5.8 in the 10-30 nm particle size range. Retrofit systems significantly reduced the tailpipe emissions of idling school buses. With both DOC and CFS installed, PNC in tailpipe emissions dropped by 20%-94%. No unequivocal decrease was observed for in-cabin air pollutants after retrofitting. The operation of the air conditioning (AC) unit and the pollutant concentrations in the surrounding ambient air played more important roles than retrofit technologies in determining in-cabin air quality. The use of a HEPA air purifier removed up to 50% of in-cabin particles. Because each sub-study tested only a subset of the 24 school buses, the results should be seen as more exploratory than definitive. PMID:24834688

  11. Filter Performance of N99 and N95 Facepiece Respirators Against Viruses and Ultrafine Particles

    Microsoft Academic Search

    ROBERT M. ENINGER; TAKESHI HONDA; ATIN ADHIKARI; HELVI HEINONEN-TANSKI; TIINA REPONEN; SERGEY A. GRINSHPUN

    2008-01-01

    The performance of three filtering facepiece respirators (two models of N99 and one N95) chal- lenged with an inert aerosol (NaCl) and threevirus aerosols (enterobacteriophages MS2 and T4 and Bacillus subtilis phage)—all with significant ultrafine components—was examined using a manikin-based protocol with respirators sealed on manikins. Three inhalation flow rates, 30, 85, and 150 l min21, were tested. The filter

  12. Ultrafine particles from electric appliances and cooking pans: experiments suggesting desorption/nucleation of sorbed organics as the primary source.

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    Wallace, L A; Ott, W R; Weschler, C J

    2014-09-24

    Ultrafine particles are observed when metal surfaces, such as heating elements in electric appliances, or even empty cooking pans, are heated. The source of the particles has not been identified. We present evidence that particles >10 nm are not emitted directly from the heating elements or the metal surfaces. Using repeated heating of an electric burner, several types of cooking pans, and a steam iron, the increase in the number of particles (>10 nm) can be reduced to 0. After the devices are exposed to indoor air for several hours or days, subsequent heating results in renewed particle production, suggesting that organic matter has sorbed on their surfaces. Also, after a pan has been heated to the point that no increase in particles is observed, washing with detergent results in copious production of particles the next time the pan is heated. These observations suggest that detergent residue and organics sorbed from indoor air are the sources of the particles. We hypothesize that organic compounds are thermally desorbed from the hot surface as gaseous molecules; as they diffuse from the hot air near the pan into cooler air, selected compounds exceed their saturation concentration and nucleation occurs. PMID:25250820

  13. Response of spontaneously hypertensive rats to inhalation of fine and ultrafine particles from traffic: experimental controlled study

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    Kooter, Ingeborg M; Boere, A John F; Fokkens, Paul HB; Leseman, Daan LAC; Dormans, Jan AMA; Cassee, Flemming R

    2006-01-01

    Background Many epidemiological studies have shown that mass concentrations of ambient particulate matter (PM) are associated with adverse health effects in the human population. Since PM is still a very crude measure, this experimental study has explored the role of two distinct size fractions: ultrafine (<0.15 ?m) and fine (0.15- 2.5 ?m) PM. In a series of 2-day inhalation studies, spontaneously hypersensitive (SH) rats were exposed to fine, concentrated, ambient PM (fCAP) at a city background location or a combination of ultrafine and fine (u+fCAP) PM at a location dominated by traffic. We examined the effect on inflammation and both pathological and haematological indicators as markers of pulmonary and cardiovascular injury. Exposure concentrations ranged from 399 ?g/m3 to 3613 ?g/m3 for fCAP and from 269?g/m3 to 556 ?g/m3 for u+fCAP. Results Ammonium, nitrate, and sulphate ions accounted for 56 ± 16% of the total fCAP mass concentrations, but only 17 ± 6% of the u+fCAP mass concentrations. Unambiguous particle uptake in alveolar macrophages was only seen after u+fCAP exposures. Neither fCAP nor u+fCAP induced significant changes of cytotoxicity or inflammation in the lung. However, markers of oxidative stress (heme oxygenase-1 and malondialdehyde) were affected by both fCAP and u+fCAP exposure, although not always significantly. Additional analysis revealed heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) levels that followed a nonmonotonic function with an optimum at around 600 ?g/m3 for fCAP. As a systemic response, exposure to u+fCAP and fCAP resulted in significant decreases of the white blood cell concentrations. Conclusion Minor pulmonary and systemic effects are observed after both fine and ultrafine + fine PM exposure. These effects do not linearly correlate with the CAP mass. A greater component of traffic CAP and/or a larger proportion ultrafine PM does not strengthen the absolute effects. PMID:16700918

  14. Lung cancer risk in relation to traffic-related nano\\/ultrafine particle-bound PAHs exposure: A preliminary probabilistic assessment

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    Chung-Min Liao; Chia-Pin Chio; Wei-Yu Chen; Yun-Ru Ju; Wen-Hsuan Li; Yi-Hsien Cheng; Vivian Hsiu-Chuan Liao; Szu-Chieh Chen; Min-Pei Ling

    2011-01-01

    Exposures to carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) have been linked to human lung cancer. The purpose of this study was to assess lung cancer risk caused by inhalation exposure to nano\\/ultrafine particle-bound PAHs at the population level in Taiwan appraised with recent published data. A human respiratory tract model was linked with a physiologically based pharmacokinetic model to estimate deposition

  15. Spatial variation of ultrafine particles and black carbon in two cities: results from a short-term measurement campaign.

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    Klompmaker, Jochem O; Montagne, Denise R; Meliefste, Kees; Hoek, Gerard; Brunekreef, Bert

    2015-03-01

    Recently, short-term monitoring campaigns have been carried out to investigate the spatial variation of air pollutants within cities. Typically, such campaigns are based on short-term measurements at relatively large numbers of locations. It is largely unknown how well these studies capture the spatial variation of long term average concentrations. The aim of this study was to evaluate the within-site temporal and between-site spatial variation of the concentration of ultrafine particles (UFPs) and black carbon (BC) in a short-term monitoring campaign. In Amsterdam and Rotterdam (the Netherlands) measurements of number counts of particles larger than 10nm as a surrogate for UFP and BC were performed at 80 sites per city. Each site was measured in three different seasons of 2013 (winter, spring, summer). Sites were selected from busy urban streets, urban background, regional background and near highways, waterways and green areas, to obtain sufficient spatial contrast. Continuous measurements were performed for 30 min per site between 9 and 16 h to avoid traffic spikes of the rush hour. Concentrations were simultaneously measured at a reference site to correct for temporal variation. We calculated within- and between-site variance components reflecting temporal and spatial variations. Variance ratios were compared with previous campaigns with longer sampling durations per sample (24h to 14 days). The within-site variance was 2.17 and 2.44 times higher than the between-site variance for UFP and BC, respectively. In two previous studies based upon longer sampling duration much smaller variance ratios were found (0.31 and 0.09 for UFP and BC). Correction for temporal variation from a reference site was less effective for the short-term monitoring campaign compared to the campaigns with longer duration. Concentrations of BC and UFP were on average 1.6 and 1.5 times higher at urban street compared to urban background sites. No significant differences between the other site types and urban background were found. The high within to between-site concentration variances may result in the loss of precision and low explained variance when average concentrations from short-term campaigns are used to develop land use regression models. PMID:25486637

  16. The Effects of Leaf Size and Micro-Roughness on the Collection Efficiency of Ultrafine Particles (UFP)

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    Huang, C. W.; Lin, M. Y.; Khlystov, A.; Katul, G. G.

    2014-12-01

    While the significance of ultra-fine particle (UFP) deposition onto vegetated surfaces is rarely questioned, how to incorporate leaf attributes into global climate models continues to draw research attention. How leaf dimension and micro-roughness impact UFP collection efficiency is explored here through wind-tunnel experiments across a wide range of broadleaf species. Ilex cornuta with its partially folded shape and sharp edges is shown to be more efficient at collecting UFP than the other flat broadleaf species, but less efficient than the needle-like coniferous species. This finding suggests that UFP collection efficiency is linked to leaf attributes (i.e., dimension and micro-roughness). Analogies to flat-plate boundary layer theory are used to explain these findings, where the laminar boundary layer is assumed to be pinned to the leaf surface. For scaling arguments with maximum simplicity, the solid boundary is flat and possesses a finite dimension and micro-roughness. These simplifications allow explicit description of the area-averaged velocity and diffusivity profiles as a function of leaf dimension and micro-roughness. Further assuming the boundary behaves as hydraulically smooth (roughness elements do not protrude outside the viscous sub-layer), the analysis here shows that longer leaf dimension allows for thicker laminar boundary layers to develop. A thicker laminar boundary layer depth in turn increases the overall resistance to UFP deposition due to an increase in the diffusional path length thereby reducing the leaf-scale UFP collection efficiency. The mean velocity and diffusivity profiles over hydraulically smooth surfaces are not altered by the presence of micro-roughness elements. However, rougher surfaces in hydraulically smooth flow lead to shorter depositing distances (i.e., shorter diffusional path length) from the boundary, which enhances the particle deposition velocity. When the mean micro-roughness height is sufficiently larger than the size of UFP but still embedded within the viscous sub-layer, the dependence of the UFP collection efficiency on the size of UFP vanishes. The proposed flat-plate boundary layer analogy explains the observed features of UFP collection efficiencies onto leaves.

  17. Development of the electroacoustic dewatering (EAD) process for fine/ultrafine coal. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Chauhan, S.P.; Kim, B.C.; Menton, R.; Senapati, N.; Criner, C.L.; Jirjis, B.; Muralidhara, H.S.; Chou, Y.L.; Wu, H.; Hsieh, P. [Battelle, Columbus, OH (United States); Johnson, H.R.; Eason, R. [Ashbrook-Simon-Hartley Corp., Houston, TX (United States); Chiang, S.M.; Cheng, Y.S. [Pittsburgh Univ., PA (United States); Kehoe, D. [CQ, Inc., Homer City, PA (United States)

    1991-10-31

    Battelle (Columbus, Ohio) undertook development of its electro-acoustic (EAD) process to demonstrate its commercial potential for continuous dewatering of fine and ultrafine coals. The pilot plant and laboratory results, provided in this report, show that a commercial-size EAD machine is expected to economically achieve the dewatering targets for {minus}100 mesh and {minus}325 mesh coals. The EAD process utilizes a synergistic combination of electric and acoustic (e.g., ultrasonic) fields in conjunction with conventional mechanical processes, such as belt presses, screw presses, plate and frame filter presses, and vacuum filters. The application of EAD is typically most beneficial after a filter cake is formed utilizing conventional mechanical filtration. (VC)

  18. Development of the electroacoustic dewatering (EAD) process for fine/ultrafine coal

    SciTech Connect

    Chauhan, S.P.; Kim, B.C.; Menton, R.; Senapati, N.; Criner, C.L.; Jirjis, B.; Muralidhara, H.S.; Chou, Y.L.; Wu, H.; Hsieh, P. (Battelle, Columbus, OH (United States)); Johnson, H.R.; Eason, R. (Ashbrook-Simon-Hartley Corp., Houston, TX (United States)); Chiang, S.M.; Cheng, Y.S. (Pittsburgh Univ., PA (United States)); Kehoe, D. (CQ, Inc., Homer City, PA (United States))

    1991-10-31

    Battelle (Columbus, Ohio) undertook development of its electro-acoustic (EAD) process to demonstrate its commercial potential for continuous dewatering of fine and ultrafine coals. The pilot plant and laboratory results, provided in this report, show that a commercial-size EAD machine is expected to economically achieve the dewatering targets for {minus}100 mesh and {minus}325 mesh coals. The EAD process utilizes a synergistic combination of electric and acoustic (e.g., ultrasonic) fields in conjunction with conventional mechanical processes, such as belt presses, screw presses, plate and frame filter presses, and vacuum filters. The application of EAD is typically most beneficial after a filter cake is formed utilizing conventional mechanical filtration. (VC)

  19. Method for making fine and ultrafine spherical particles of zirconium titanate and other mixed metal oxide systems

    DOEpatents

    Hu, Michael Z.

    2006-05-23

    Disclosed is a method for making amorphous spherical particles of zirconium titanate and crystalline spherical particles of zirconium titanate comprising the steps of mixing an aqueous solution of zirconium salt and an aqueous solution of titanium salt into a mixed solution having equal moles of zirconium and titanium and having a total salt concentration in the range from 0.01 M to about 0.5 M. A stearic dispersant and an organic solvent is added to the mixed salt solution, subjecting the zirconium salt and the titanium salt in the mixed solution to a coprecipitation reaction forming a solution containing amorphous spherical particles of zirconium titanate wherein the volume ratio of the organic solvent to aqueous part is in the range from 1 to 5. The solution of amorphous spherical particles is incubated in an oven at a temperature .ltoreq.100.degree. C. for a period of time .ltoreq.24 hours converting the amorphous particles to fine or ultrafine crystalline spherical particles of zirconium titanate.

  20. Influence of external mass transfer limitation on apparent kinetic parameters of penicillin G acylase immobilized on nonporous ultrafine silica particles.

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    Kheirolomoom, Azadeh; Khorasheh, Farhad; Fazelinia, Hossein

    2002-01-01

    Immobilization of enzymes on nonporous supports provides a suitable model for investigating the effect of external mass transfer limitation on the reaction rate in the absence of internal diffusional resistance. In this study, deacylation of penicillin G was investigated using penicillin acylase immobilized on ultrafine silica particles. Kinetic studies were performed within the low-substrate-concentration region, where the external mass transfer limitation becomes significant. To predict the apparent kinetic parameters and the overall effectiveness factor, knowledge of the external mass transfer coefficient, k(L)a, is necessary. Although various correlations exist for estimation of k(L)a, in this study, an optimization scheme was utilized to obtain this coefficient. Using the optimum values of k(L)a, the initial reaction rates were predicted and found to be in good agreement with the experimental data. PMID:16233176

  1. Mobile platform measurements of ultrafine particles and associated pollutant concentrations on freeways and residential streets in Los Angeles

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Westerdahl, Dane; Fruin, Scott; Sax, Todd; Fine, Philip M.; Sioutas, Constantinos

    Recent health studies have reported that ultrafine particles (UFP) (<0.1 ?m in diameter) may be responsible for some of the adverse health effects broadly attributed to particulate matter. In urban areas, UFP are produced by combustion sources, such as vehicle exhaust, and by secondary formation in the atmosphere. While UFP can be monitored, few studies have explored the impact of local primary sources in urban areas (including mobile sources on freeways) on the temporal and spatial distribution of UFP. This paper describes the integration of multiple monitoring technologies on a mobile platform designed to characterize UFP and associated pollutants, and the application of this platform in a study of UFP number concentrations and size distributions in Los Angeles. Monitoring technologies included two condensation particle counters (TSI Model 3007 and TSI 3022A) and scanning mobility particle sizers for UFP. Real-time measurements made of NO x (by chemiluminesence), black carbon (BC) (by light absorption), particulate matter-phase PAH (by UV ionization), and particle length (by diffusional charging) showed high correlations with UFP numbers, ( r2=0.78 for NO, 0.76 for BC, 0.69 for PAH, and 0.88 for particle length). Average concentrations of UFP and related pollutants varied strongly by location, road type, and truck traffic volumes, suggesting a relationship between these concentrations and truck traffic density.

  2. Mössbauer and x-ray investigations of oxidized ultrafine iron particles treated with high-pressure and electrodischarge pulses

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gavriliuk, Alexander G.; Voitkovsky, Vladimir S.; Tsiok, Oleg B.; Sidorov, Vladimir A.; Sadykov, Ravil A.

    1993-05-01

    Ultrafine iron particles with an average size of 30 nm were obtained by the levitation method in an inert gas flow. Electrodischarge experiments were carried out under a pressure of 3 GPa. The values of the parameters of electrodischarge pulses were sufficient to move defects (ions, atoms, dislocations) by conductivity electrons to destroy the metastable state of nanocrystals, but not sufficient to generate heat wave. This effect had threshold features. After the first pulse the relative resistance drop was more than five times. Next, electrical pulses slightly reduced resistance up to its saturation. Properties of ultrafine iron particles have been studied using Mössbauer absorption spectra and x-ray diffraction for three types of samples: (a) primary powder, (b) powder treated to 3 GPa in a ``toroid'' device, (c) powder treated by electrical pulses at 3 GPa. An x-ray diffraction pattern revealed seven slightly broadened iron reflexes as well as more broadened oxide film reflexes. Oxide film reflexes correspond to the most intense reflexes of a spinel structure. The integrated intensities of 220,311 spinel reflexes divided by integrated intensity of 110 iron reflex are equal to 0.12, 0.14, and 0.19 for samples (a), (b), and (c) respectively. Thus, the relative content of oxide iron phase increases from samples (a) to (c). The increase of relative content of the oxide iron phase was confirmed by a Mössbauer absorption experiment. This effect can be explained by the transformation of the metastable solution of oxygen in iron lattice to iron oxide with a spinel structure, under the action of high-density current pulses.

  3. Mineral assemblage anomalies in the slip zone of the 1999 Taiwan Chi-Chi earthquake: Ultrafine particles preserved only in the latest slip zone

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hirono, Tetsuro; Kameda, Jun; Kanda, Hiroki; Tanikawa, Wataru; Ishikawa, Tsuyoshi

    2014-05-01

    We determined mineral assemblages of samples from the Taiwan Chelungpu fault and from milling and heating experiments by using X-ray diffraction and scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The fault system contains three dominant fault zones, the shallowest of which slipped during the 1999 Chi-Chi earthquake. The quartz and clay mineral contents of the primary slip zone were low, and it contained partly amorphous ultrafine particles (several tens of nanometers). Up to 30 weight percent of materials in that zone could not be fit to standard diffraction patterns, whereas nearly 100 weight percent of those in surrounding samples could be. The unfitted component could be attributed to the observed ultrafine particles produced by comminution during the earthquake, because weak diffraction intensities are caused from mineral lattice distortion, granulation, and amorphous coatings. Such particles are a potential proxy for identifying the slip zone of the most recent earthquake along a fault.

  4. Comparative studies on exenatide-loaded poly (d,l-lactic-co-glycolic acid) microparticles prepared by a novel ultra-fine particle processing system and spray drying.

    PubMed

    Zhu, Chune; Huang, Ying; Zhang, Xiaoying; Mei, Liling; Pan, Xin; Li, Ge; Wu, Chuanbin

    2015-08-01

    The purpose of this study was to compare the properties of exenatide-loaded poly (d,l-lactic-co-glycolic acid) microparticles (Ex-PLGA-MPs) prepared by a novel ultra-fine particle processing system (UPPS) and spray drying. UPPS is a proprietary technology developed by our group based on the disk rotation principle. Characteristics of the MPs including morphology, particle size distribution, drug content, encapsulation efficiency and in vitro release were comparatively studied. Cytotoxicity of the MPs was examined on A549 cells and the pharmacodynamics was investigated in vivo in type 2 diabetes Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. Ex-PLGA-MPs prepared by UPPS showed larger particle size, denser surface, greater encapsulation efficiency, less initial burst release, and stable sustained release for more than one month in vitro as compared with the spray drying MPs. Meanwhile, the UPPS MPs effectively controlled the body growth rate and blood glucose in diabetes rats for at least three weeks after a single injection, while the spray drying MPs showed effective control period of about two weeks. UPPS technology was demonstrated to manufacture Ex-PLGA-MPs as a potential sustained release protein/polypeptide delivery system, which is an alternative method for the most commonly used spray drying. This comparative research provides a new guidance for microparticle preparation technology. PMID:26037698

  5. An electrical sensor for long-term monitoring of ultrafine particles in workplaces

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lanki, Timo; Tikkanen, Juha; Janka, Kauko; Taimisto, Pekka; Lehtimäki, Matti

    2011-07-01

    Pegasor Oy Ltd. (Finland) has developed a diffusion charging measurement device that enables continuous monitoring of fine particle concentration at a low initial and lifecycle cost. The innovation, for which an international process and apparatus patent has been applied for, opens doors for monitoring nanoparticle concentrations in workplaces. The Pegasor Particle Sensor (PPS) operates by electrostatically charging particles passing through the sensor and then measuring the current caused by the charged particles as they leave the sensor. The particles never touch the sensor and so never accumulate on its surfaces or need to be cleaned off. The sensor uses an ejector pump to draw a constant sample flow into the sensing area where it is mixed with the clean, charged pump flow air (provided by an external source). The sample flow containing charged particles passes through the sensor. The current generated by the charge leaving the detection volume is measured and related to the particle surface area. This system is extremely simple and reliable - no contact, no moving parts, and all critical parts of the sensor are constantly cleaned by a stream of fresh, filtered air. Due to the ejector pump, the sample flow, and respectively the sensor response is independent of the flow and pressure conditions around the sampling inlet. Tests with the Pegasor Particle Sensor have been conducted in a laboratory, and at a workplace producing nanoparticles for glass coatings. A new measurement protocol has been designed to ensure that process workers are not exposed to unusually high nanoparticle concentrations at any time during their working day. One sensor is placed inside the process line, and a light alarm system indicates the worker not to open any protective shielding or ventilation systems before concentration inside has reached background levels. The benefits of PPS in industrial hygiene are that the same monitoring technology can be used at the source as well as at the worker breathing zone. Up to eight sensors can be installed in series for centralized monitoring of the whole process in real time.

  6. Contribution of various microenvironments to the daily personal exposure to ultrafine particles: Personal monitoring coupled with GPS tracking

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bekö, Gabriel; Kjeldsen, Birthe Uldahl; Olsen, Yulia; Schipperijn, Jasper; Wierzbicka, Aneta; Karottki, Dorina Gabriela; Toftum, Jørn; Loft, Steffen; Clausen, Geo

    2015-06-01

    Exposure to ultrafine particles (UFP) may have adverse health effects. Central monitoring stations do not represent the personal exposure to UFP accurately. Few studies have previously focused on personal exposure to UFP. Sixty non-smoking residents living in Copenhagen, Denmark were asked to carry a backpack equipped with a portable monitor, continuously recording particle number concentrations (PN), in order to measure the real-time individual exposure over a period of ?48 h. A GPS logger was carried along with the particle monitor and allowed us to estimate the contribution of UFP exposure occurring in various microenvironments (residence, during active and passive transport, other indoor and outdoor environments) to the total daily exposure. On average, the fractional contribution of each microenvironment to the daily integrated personal exposure roughly corresponded to the fractions of the day the subjects spent in each microenvironment. The home environment accounted for 50% of the daily personal exposure. Indoor environments other than home or vehicles contributed with ?40%. The highest median UFP concentration was obtained during passive transport (vehicles). However, being in transit or outdoors contributed 5% or less to the daily exposure. Additionally, the subjects recorded in a diary the periods when they were at home. With this approach, 66% of the total daily exposure was attributable to the home environment. The subjects spent 28% more time at home according to the diary, compared to the GPS. These results may indicate limitations of using diaries, but also possible inaccuracy and miss-classification in the GPS data.

  7. Composition and magnetic studies of ultrafine Al-substituted Sr hexaferrite particles prepared by citrate sol-gel method

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nga, Tran Thi Viet; Duong, Nguyen Phuc; Hien, Than Duc

    2012-03-01

    Ultrafine aluminum-substituted strontium hexaferrite particles have been prepared via citrate sol-gel route. Gels were synthesized with molar ratios [Al3+]:[Fe3+] of 0.4:11.6, 1:11, 1.5:10.5 and 2:10 and the ferrite particles were obtained by annealing the gels at 950 °C for 2 and 24 h. Electron energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) verified the presence of Al in the substituted samples. X-ray diffraction (XRD) confirmed the formation of the M-type hexaferrite phase in the samples with some indication of ?-Fe2O3. Scanning electron microscope showed that the hexaferrite powder consists hexagonal crystals with average diameter Dav (80-186 nm) that decreases with increasing Al content and increases with increasing annealing time. Magnetic properties were determined using a pulsed-field magnetometer and a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The saturation magnetization at room temperature and the Curie temperature were found to decrease while the coercivity increases with increasing the Al content. The highest coercivity of 10.1 kOe was achieved for the sample with the molar ratio [Al3+]:[Fe3+]=2:10 annealed for 24 h. The influences of the particle size, composition and impurity on the magnetic properties were discussed.

  8. Development of the electroacoustic dewatering (EAD) process for fine/ultrafine coal: Third quarterly progress report, (April--June 1989)

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1989-07-18

    Battelle, in cooperation with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Ashbrook-Simon-Hartley (ASH), Kaiser Engineers (KE), Lewis Corporation, and Professor S.H. Chiang of the University of Pittsburgh, is developing an advanced process for the dewatering of fine and ultrafine coals. The advanced process, called Electroacoustic Dewatering (EAD), capitalizes on the adaptation of synergistic effects of electric and acoustic fields to commercial coal dewatering systems, such as belt filter presses. 2 figs., 2 tabs.

  9. Development of a Fine and UltraFine Group Cell Calculation Code SLAROM-UF for Fast Reactor Analyses

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Taira HAZAMA; Go CHIBA; Kazuteru SUGINO

    2006-01-01

    A cell calculation code SLAROM-UF has been developed for fast reactor analyses to produce effective cross sections with high accuracy in practical computing time, taking full advantage of fine and ultra-fine group calculation schemes.The fine group calculation covers the whole energy range in a maximum of 900-group structure. The structure is finer above 52.5 keV with a minimum lethargy width

  10. Modification of laminar flow ultrafine condensation particle counters for the enhanced detection of 1 nm condensation nuclei

    SciTech Connect

    Kuang, C.; Chen, M.; McMurry, P. H.; Wang, J.

    2011-10-01

    This paper describes simple modifications to thermally diffusive laminar flow ultrafine condensation particle counters (UCPCs) that allow detection of {approx}1 nm condensation nuclei with much higher efficiencies than have been previously reported. These nondestructive modifications were applied to a commercial butanol based UCPC (TSI 3025A) and to a diethylene glycol-based UCPC (UMN DEG-UCPC). Size and charge dependent detection efficiencies using the modified UCPCs (BNL 3025A and BNL DEGUCPC) were measured with high resolution mobility classified aerosols composed of NaCl, W, molecular ion standards of tetraalkyl ammonium bromide, and neutralizer-generated ions. With negatively charged NaCl aerosol, the BNL 3025A and BNL DEGUCPC achieved detection efficiencies of 37% (90x increase over TSI 3025A) at 1.68 nm mobility diameter (1.39 nm geometric diameter) and 23% (8x increase over UMN DEG-UCPC) at 1.19 nm mobility diameter (0.89 nm geometric diameter), respectively. Operating conditions for both UCPCs were identified that allowed negatively charged NaCl and W particles, but not negative ions of exactly the same mobility size, to be efficiently detected. This serendipitous material dependence, which is not fundamentally understood, suggests that vapor condensation might sometimes allow for the discrimination between air 'ions' and charged 'particles.' As a detector in a scanning mobility particle spectrometer (SMPS), a UCPC with this strong material dependence would allow for more accurate measurements of sub-2 nm aerosol size distributions due to the reduced interference from neutralizer-generated ions and atmospheric ions, and provide increased sensitivity for the determination of nucleation rates and initial particle growth rates.

  11. Evaluation of the Quick Urban and Industrial Complex (QUIC) Modeling System to Predict Ultrafine Particle Levels in an Urban Neighborhood near a Highway

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. St. Vincent; C. Milando; S. Zhu; W. Zamore; D. Brugge; J. Durant

    2010-01-01

    Exposure to vehicle-generated ultrafine particles (<100 nm; UFP) has been linked to cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases in people living near highways. Due to the high degree of temporal and spatial variation of UFP near highways, models are needed to help predict UFP exposures in near-highway neighborhoods. The goals of this work were to evaluate the ability of QUIC, a random-walk

  12. Evaluation of the Quick Urban and Industrial Complex (QUIC) Modeling System to Predict Ultrafine Particle Levels in an Urban Neighborhood near a Highway

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    St. Vincent, A.; Milando, C.; Zhu, S.; Zamore, W.; Brugge, D.; Durant, J.

    2010-12-01

    Exposure to vehicle-generated ultrafine particles (<100 nm; UFP) has been linked to cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases in people living near highways. Due to the high degree of temporal and spatial variation of UFP near highways, models are needed to help predict UFP exposures in near-highway neighborhoods. The goals of this work were to evaluate the ability of QUIC, a random-walk dispersion model, to predict near-highway UFP in an urban neighborhood (<1 km2) for different wind conditions and land-surface detail. QUIC was chosen because it is able to capture a wide variety of land-surface features and has relatively small computational requirements. QUIC models were developed with and without individually-resolved buildings for a neighborhood near Interstate 93 in Somerville (MA, USA), and tested using wind conditions characteristic of the area. Model results were then compared to field data collected with a mobile air pollution monitoring laboratory. Generally good agreement was observed between the model results and field data for winds parallel and perpendicular to the highway. In addition, models that treated neighborhood blocks (i.e., collections of houses surrounded by four intersecting streets) as porous structures through which attenuated wind and UFP could pass performed better than models containing non-porous solid blocks or individual buildings. These results will help inform the development of a predictive UFP model that will be used as part of a cardiovascular health study being conducted in several neighborhoods near I-93 in Somerville.

  13. Ultrafine cementitious grout

    SciTech Connect

    Ahrens, E.H.

    1999-10-19

    An ultrafine cementitious grout in three particle grades containing Portland cement, pumice as a pozzolanic material and superplasticizer in the amounts of about 30 wt. % to about 70 wt. % Portland cement; from about 30 wt. % to about 70 wt. % pumice containing at least 70% amorphous silicon dioxide; and from 1.2 wt. % to about 5.0 wt. % superplasticizer. The superplasticizer is dispersed in the mixing water prior to the addition of dry grout and the W/CM ratio is about 0.4 to 1/1. The grout has very high strength and very low permeability with good workability. The ultrafine particle sizes allow for sealing of microfractures below 10 {mu}m in width.

  14. Complex nanominerals and ultrafine particles assemblages in phosphogypsum of the fertilizer industry and implications on human exposure.

    PubMed

    Silva, Luis F O; Hower, James C; Izquierdo, Maria; Querol, Xavier

    2010-10-01

    Phosphogypsum (CaSO(4).2H(2)O), a by-product of phosphate-rock processing, contains high amounts of impurities such P(2)O(5), F, radioactive elements, organic substances, secondary nanominerals, and ultrafine particles (UFP) enriched in metals and metalloids. In this study, we examine phosphogypsum (PG) collected from abandoned fertilizer industry facility in south Brazil (Santa Catarina state). The fragile nature of nanominerals and UFP assemblages from fertilizer industry systems required novel techniques and experimental approaches. The investigation of the geochemistry of complex nanominerals and UFP assemblages was a prerequisite to accurately assess the environmental and human health risks of contaminants and cost-effective chemical and biogeological remediation strategies. Particular emphasis was placed on the study and characterization of the complex mixed nanominerals and UFP containing potentially toxic elements. Nanometer-sized phases in PG were characterized using energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS), field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) images. The chemical composition and possible correlations with morphology of nanominerals and UFP, as well as aspects of nanominerals and UFP, are discussed in the context of human health exposure, as well as in relation to management of the nanominerals and UFP in PG environments. PMID:20701953

  15. Air Pollution Upregulates Endothelial Cell Procoagulant Activity via Ultrafine Particle-Induced Oxidant Signaling and Tissue Factor Expression

    PubMed Central

    Snow, S. J.; Cheng, W.; Wolberg, A. S.; Carraway, M. S.

    2014-01-01

    Air pollution exposure is associated with cardiovascular events triggered by clot formation. Endothelial activation and initiation of coagulation are pathophysiological mechanisms that could link inhaled air pollutants to vascular events. Here we investigated the underlying mechanisms of increased endothelial cell procoagulant activity following exposure to soluble components of ultrafine particles (soluble UF). Human coronary artery endothelial cells (HCAEC) were exposed to soluble UF and assessed for their ability to trigger procoagulant activity in platelet-free plasma. Exposed HCAEC triggered earlier thrombin generation and faster fibrin clot formation, which was abolished by an anti-tissue factor (TF) antibody, indicating TF-dependent effects. Soluble UF exposure increased TF mRNA expression without compensatory increases in key anticoagulant proteins. To identify early events that regulate TF expression, we measured endothelial H2O2 production following soluble UF exposure and identified the enzymatic source. Soluble UF exposure increased endothelial H2O2 production, and antioxidants attenuated UF-induced upregulation of TF, linking the procoagulant responses to reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation. Chemical inhibitors and RNA silencing showed that NOX-4, an important endothelial source of H2O2, was involved in UF-induced upregulation of TF mRNA. These data indicate that soluble UF exposure induces endothelial cell procoagulant activity, which involves de novo TF synthesis, ROS production, and the NOX-4 enzyme. These findings provide mechanistic insight into the adverse cardiovascular effects associated with air pollution exposure. PMID:24752501

  16. Ambient ultrafine particles provide a strong adjuvant effect in the secondary immune response: implication for traffic-related asthma flares

    PubMed Central

    Li, Ning; Harkema, Jack R.; Lewandowski, Ryan P.; Wang, Meiying; Bramble, Lori A.; Gookin, Glenn R.; Ning, Zhi; Kleinman, Michael T.; Sioutas, Constantinos

    2010-01-01

    We have previously demonstrated that intranasal administration of ambient ultrafine particles (UFP) acts as an adjuvant for primary allergic sensitization to ovalbumin (OVA) in Balb/c mice. It is important to find out whether inhaled UFP exert the same effect on the secondary immune response as a way of explaining asthma flares in already-sensitized individuals due to traffic exposure near a freeway. The objective of this study is to determine whether inhalation exposure to ambient UFP near an urban freeway could enhance the secondary immune response to OVA in already-sensitized mice. Prior OVA-sensitized animals were exposed to concentrated ambient UFP at the time of secondary OVA challenge in our mobile animal laboratory in Los Angeles. OVA-specific antibody production, airway morphometry, allergic airway inflammation, cytokine gene expression, and oxidative stress marker were assessed. As few as five ambient UFP exposures were sufficient to promote the OVA recall immune response, including generating allergic airway inflammation in smaller and more distal airways compared with the adjuvant effect of intranasally instilled UFP on the primary immune response. The secondary immune response was characterized by the T helper 2 and IL-17 cytokine gene expression in the lung. In summary, our results demonstrated that inhalation of prooxidative ambient UFP could effectively boost the secondary immune response to an experimental allergen, indicating that vehicular traffic exposure could exacerbate allergic inflammation in already-sensitized subjects. PMID:20562226

  17. Evaluation of Multi-Year Continuous Measurements of Ultrafine Particles at Two Near-Road Stations in Toronto, Canada

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Su, Y.; Sofowote, U.; Debosz, J.; Munoz, T.; Whitelaw, C.

    2013-12-01

    Particles with an aerodynamic diameter less than 100 nanometre (nm) are referred to as ultrafine particles (UFPs). Relative to fine and course particles, UFPs have greater potential to be suspended in air for a longer time and absorb toxic chemicals due to their larger surface areas per unit mass. UFPs could penetrate deep into the respiratory or cardiovascular systems and pose adverse health effects. In urban environments, primary sources of UFPs are from road traffic emissions and account for most of the total particle numbers. Controls on UPFs rely on better understanding of their emission sources and environmental behaviour. Ontario Ministry of the Environment have monitored UFPs since 2010 at two near-road stations in Toronto by using TSI 3031 UFP monitors. The two monitoring stations are approximately 20-30 meters adjacent to major arterial roads with over 20,000 vehicles per day. UFPs concentrations were monitored using six size channels: 20-30nm, 30-50nm, 50-70nm, 70-100nm, 100-200nm, and 200-450nm. Data are collected at time intervals of 11 or 15 minutes and averaged hourly. Concurrent measurements include wind speeds, wind directions, and concentrations of other air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and black carbon. Data influenced by road-side traffic emissions were filtered by wind direction within 45° of normal to the road and wind speed greater than 1 m/s. Number concentrations were found higher for particles with sizes of 20-30nm and 30-50nm than for other sizes of UFPs. The observed particle number distributions are generally consistent with the theoretical understanding of particle nuclei mode and accumulation mode. During the day, for UFPs with sizes of 20-30nm and 30-50nm, elevated number concentrations were observed in morning traffic hours and to a less extent in the late afternoon. The elevated UFPs number concentrations coincided with nitrogen oxides and black carbon. Moreover, higher number concentrations were found on weekdays than weekends. The observations suggest that UFPs are mostly from traffic emissions. This presentation will provide an overview of the 3-year continuous near-road UPFs monitoring in Toronto and discuss how different factors influence number concentrations and environmental behaviour of UFPs.

  18. Development of a solder paste with ultrafine conditioned powder for the active brazing of ceramics

    Microsoft Academic Search

    C. Rosenbaum; F. Aubertin; J. Breme

    2005-01-01

    Because of its high reactivity, ultrafine powder of the alloy Zr (16wt.%)–Fe (9wt.%), which is used for the production of a solder paste for the brazing of ceramics, must be conditioned for a safe handling. The conditioning methods, hydrogenation, defined oxidation and adsorption of organic solvents, which were used alone or in combination, were performed in a special reaction vessel.

  19. X-ray diffraction investigation of ultrafine boron nitride powders

    SciTech Connect

    Gurov, S.V.; Chukalin, V.I.; Rezchikova, T.V.; Torbov, V.J.; Troitskii, V.N.

    1986-01-01

    This paper presents an x-ray diffraction analysis of ultrafine boron nitride powders of different mean particle sizes. Diffraction spectra of the ultrafine boron nitride powders were obtained using a DRON-1 apparatus. The experimental facts are indicative of a turbostratic character of deformation of the hexagonal lattice of ultrafinely divided boron nitride.

  20. High-resolution mobile monitoring of carbon monoxide and ultrafine particle concentrations in a near-road environment.

    PubMed

    Hagler, Gayle S W; Thoma, Eben D; Baldauf, Richard W

    2010-03-01

    Assessment of near-road air quality is challenging in urban environments that have roadside structures, elevated road sections, or depressed roads that may impact the dispersion of traffic emissions. Vehicles traveling on arterial roadways may also contribute to air pollution spatial variability in urban areas. To characterize the nature of near-road air quality in a complex urban environment, an instrumented all-electric vehicle was deployed to perform high spatial- and temporal-resolution mapping of ultrafine particles (UFPs, particle diameter <100 nm) and carbon monoxide (CO). Sampling was conducted in areas surrounding a highway in Durham, NC, with multiple repeats of the driving route accomplished within a morning or evening commute time frame. Six different near-road transects were driven, which included features such as noise barriers, vegetation, frontage roads, and densely built houses. Under downwind conditions, median UFP and CO levels in near-road areas located 20-150 m from the highway were a factor of 1.8 and 1.2 higher, respectively, than in areas characterized as urban background. Sampling in multiple near-road neighborhoods during downwind conditions revealed significant variability in absolute UFP and CO concentrations as well as in the rate of concentration attenuation with increasing distance from the highway. During low-speed meandering winds, regional UFP and CO concentrations nearly doubled relative to crosswind conditions; however, near-road UFP levels were still higher than urban background levels by a factor of 1.2, whereas near-road CO concentrations were not significantly different than the urban background. PMID:20397562

  1. The observation of multi-axial anisotropy in ultrafine cobalt ferrite particles used in magnetic fluids

    Microsoft Academic Search

    K. J. Davies; S. Wells; R. V. Upadhyay; S. W. Charles; K. O'Grady; M. El Hilo; T. Meaz; S. Mørup

    1995-01-01

    It has been shown that nano-sized particles of cobalt ferrite produced by the coprecipitation method for use in magnetic fluids exhibit multiaxial anisotropy, which has not previously been reported for ferrite particles. The value of the magnetic anisotropy constant calculated from measurements of the decay of remanence is similar to that reported for bulk cobalt ferrite.

  2. First measurement of gas adsorption to free ultrafine particles: O2 on Ag

    Microsoft Academic Search

    U. Müller; A. Schmidt-Ott; H. Burtscher

    1987-01-01

    Gas adsorption to particles 7 nm in radius and free from contact with any substrate is measured for the first time. The particles are suspended in He doped with an adsorbing gas of concentration c and the photothreshold change is measured as a function of c. The He does not interfere with adsorption kinetics. For O2 on Ag at 300

  3. Ultrafine particle emission from incinerators: The role of the fabric filter

    Microsoft Academic Search

    G. Buonanno; M. Scungio; L. Stabile; W. Tirler

    2012-01-01

    Incinerators are claimed to be responsible of particle and gaseous emissions: to this purpose Best Available Techniques (BAT) are used in the flue-gas treatment sections leading to pollutant emission lower than established threshold limit values. As regard particle emission, only a mass-based threshold limit is required by the regulatory authorities. However, in the last years the attention of medical experts

  4. Translocation and potential neurological effects of fine and ultrafine particles a critical update

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    Annette Peters; Bellina Veronesi; Lilian Calderón-Garcidueñas; Peter Gehr; Lung Chi Chen; Marianne Geiser; William Reed; Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser; Samuel Schürch; Holger Schulz

    2006-01-01

    Particulate air pollution has been associated with respiratory and cardiovascular disease. Evidence for cardiovascular and neurodegenerative effects of ambient particles was reviewed as part of a workshop. The purpose of this critical update is to summarize the evidence presented for the mechanisms involved in the translocation of particles from the lung to other organs and to highlight the potential of

  5. Computer simulations of interactions between ultrafine alumina particles produced by an arc discharge

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    Marks, Laurence D.

    (UFP's, 20­50 nm in diameter). The first simulated the 3D geometric relationships of particles, from center and shape.27,28 In most cases the particles, which were in chains, were randomly oriented to solve one specific problem related to the study. In Sec. III, the first computer program, named 3D

  6. Nitrogen dioxide and ultrafine particles dominate the biological effects of inhaled diesel exhaust treated by a catalyzed diesel particulate filter.

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    Karthikeyan, Subramanian; Thomson, Errol M; Kumarathasan, Prem; Guénette, Josée; Rosenblatt, Debbie; Chan, Tak; Rideout, Greg; Vincent, Renaud

    2013-10-01

    We studied the impact of a catalyzed diesel particulate filter (DPF) on the toxicity of diesel exhaust. Rats inhaled exhaust from a Cummins ISM heavy-duty diesel engine, with and without DPF after-treatment, or HEPA-filtered air for 4h, on 1 day (single exposure) and 3 days (repeated exposures). Biological effects were assessed after 2h (single exposure) and 20h (single and repeated exposures) recovery in clean air. Concentrations of pollutants were (1) untreated exhaust (-DPF), nitric oxide (NO), 43 ppm; nitrogen dioxide (NO2), 4 ppm; carbon monoxide (CO), 6 ppm; hydrocarbons, 11 ppm; particles, 3.2×10(5)/cm(3), 60-70nm mode, 269 ?g/m(3); (2) treated exhaust (+DPF), NO, 20 ppm; NO2, 16 ppm; CO, 1 ppm; hydrocarbons, 3 ppm; and particles, 4.4×10(5)/cm(3), 7-8nm mode, 2 ?g/m(3). Single exposures to -DPF exhaust resulted in increased neutrophils, total protein and the cytokines, growth-related oncogene/keratinocyte chemoattractant, macrophage inflammatory protein-1?, and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 in lung lavage fluid, as well as increased gene expression of interleukin-6, prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase 2, metallothionein 2A, tumor necrosis factor-?, inducible nitric oxide synthase, glutathione S-transferase A1, heme oxygenase-1, superoxide dismutase 2, endothelin-1 (ET-1), and endothelin-converting enzyme-1 in the lung, and ET- 1 in the heart. Ratio of bigET-1 to ET-1 peptide increased in plasma in conjunction with a decrease in endothelial nitric oxide synthase gene expression in the lungs after exposure to diesel exhaust, suggesting endothelial dysfunction. Rather than reducing toxicity, +DPF exhaust resulted in heightened injury and inflammation, consistent with the 4-fold increase in NO2 concentration. The ratio of bigET-1 to ET-1 was similarly elevated after -DPF and +DPF exhaust exposures. Endothelial dysfunction, thus, appeared related to particle number deposited, rather than particle mass or NO2 concentration. The potential benefits of particulate matter reduction using a catalyzed DPF may be confounded by increase in NO2 emission and release of reactive ultrafine particles. PMID:23897985

  7. Reduction of exposure to ultrafine particles by kitchen exhaust hoods: the effects of exhaust flow rates, particle size, and burner position.

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    Rim, Donghyun; Wallace, Lance; Nabinger, Steven; Persily, Andrew

    2012-08-15

    Cooking stoves, both gas and electric, are one of the strongest and most common sources of ultrafine particles (UFP) in homes. UFP have been shown to be associated with adverse health effects such as DNA damage and respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. This study investigates the effectiveness of kitchen exhaust hoods in reducing indoor levels of UFP emitted from a gas stove and oven. Measurements in an unoccupied manufactured house monitored size-resolved UFP (2 nm to 100 nm) concentrations from the gas stove and oven while varying range hood flow rate and burner position. The air change rate in the building was measured continuously based on the decay of a tracer gas (sulfur hexafluoride, SF(6)). The results show that range hood flow rate and burner position (front vs. rear) can have strong effects on the reduction of indoor levels of UFP released from the stove and oven, subsequently reducing occupant exposure to UFP. Higher range hood flow rates are generally more effective for UFP reduction, though the reduction varies with particle diameter. The influence of the range hood exhaust is larger for the back burner than for the front burner. The number-weighted particle reductions for range hood flow rates varying between 100 m(3)/h and 680 m(3)/h range from 31% to 94% for the front burner, from 54% to 98% for the back burner, and from 39% to 96% for the oven. PMID:22750181

  8. Transferability and Generalizability of Regression Models of Ultrafine Particles in Urban Neighborhoods in the Boston Area

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    2015-01-01

    Land use regression (LUR) models have been used to assess air pollutant exposure, but limited evidence exists on whether location-specific LUR models are applicable to other locations (transferability) or general models are applicable to smaller areas (generalizability). We tested transferability and generalizability of spatial-temporal LUR models of hourly particle number concentration (PNC) for Boston-area (MA, U.S.A.) urban neighborhoods near Interstate 93. Four neighborhood-specific regression models and one Boston-area model were developed from mobile monitoring measurements (34–46 days/neighborhood over one year each). Transferability was tested by applying each neighborhood-specific model to the other neighborhoods; generalizability was tested by applying the Boston-area model to each neighborhood. Both the transferability and generalizability of models were tested with and without neighborhood-specific calibration. Important PNC predictors (adjusted-R2 = 0.24–0.43) included wind speed and direction, temperature, highway traffic volume, and distance from the highway edge. Direct model transferability was poor (R2 < 0.17). Locally-calibrated transferred models (R2 = 0.19–0.40) and the Boston-area model (adjusted-R2 = 0.26, range: 0.13–0.30) performed similarly to neighborhood-specific models; however, some coefficients of locally calibrated transferred models were uninterpretable. Our results show that transferability of neighborhood-specific LUR models of hourly PNC was limited, but that a general model performed acceptably in multiple areas when calibrated with local data. PMID:25867675

  9. Deposition and retention of ultrafine aerosol particles in the human respiratory system. Normal and pathological cases.

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    Grado?, L; Orlicki, D; Podgórski, A

    2000-01-01

    The particle number concentration in ambient air is dominated by nanometer-sized particles. Recent epidemiological studies report an association between the presence of nanoparticles in inhaled air at the workplace and acute morbidity and even mortality in the elderly. A theoretical model of deposition of 20 nm particles in the human alveolus was formulated. Gas flow structure and deposition rate were calculated for alveoli with different elastic properties of lung tissue. Data obtained in the paper show increased convective effects and diffusional rate of deposition of nanoparticles for alveoli with higher stiffness of the alveolar wall. The retention of deposited particles is also higher in these pathological alveoli. Results of our calculations indicate a possibility of existence of a positive loop of coupling in deposition and retention of nanoparticles in the lung with pathological changes. PMID:10927666

  10. Development of a 30kW high temperature solar receiver using small particles as the heat exchanger

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    A. J. Hunt; M. Deiringer; D. B. Evans; L. Hansen; P. G. Hull; D. Paydarfar

    1982-01-01

    The purpose of this work is to develop a new type of solar thermal receiver that utilizes concentrated sunlight to heat a gas to high temperature to operate a turboelectric generator or to supply industrial process heat. The Small Particle Heat Exchange Receiver (SPHER) uses a very small mass of ultrafine carbon particles suspended in a gas to absorb sunlight

  11. Airway hyperresponsiveness in guinea pigs exposed to acid-coated ultrafine particles.

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    Chen, L C; Miller, P D; Amdur, M O; Gordon, T

    1992-03-01

    Although several epidemiological studies have provided evidence that airborne sulfate particles can produce adverse health effects in susceptible individuals, there is only limited data demonstrating respiratory effects in human volunteers and experimental animals at near ambient concentrations. We have demonstrated previously that the mixing of metal oxide particles with SO2 under humid conditions produces acid-coated particles that are significantly more potent in causing pulmonary function changes than pure acid droplets. The present study examined the nonspecific airway responsiveness to acetylcholine in guinea pigs exposed to acid-coated zinc oxide particles. One and a half hours after a 1-h exposure to the aerosols or a control atmosphere, pulmonary resistance (RL) was measured in awake, spontaneously breathing animals before and during a challenge with increasing doses of iv acetylcholine (Ach). The provocative infusion rate of Ach that resulted in a 100% increase in RL (PR100) was significantly decreased (p less than .05) in animals exposed to sulfuric acid-coated metal oxide particles (approximately 30 micrograms/m3 sulfate) compared to control animals exposed to furnace gases (79.6 +/- 19.4 vs. 179.6 +/- 16.2 micrograms/kg/min, mean +/- SE, respectively). The PR100 of animals exposed to SO2 (109.1 +/- 45.4) or metal oxide particles (106.7 +/- 38.1) alone was not significantly different from that of furnace gas control animals, indicating that the acid coating on the metal oxide particles and not the particles themselves or the SO2 was responsible for the decrease in the PR100. Moreover, a 10-fold greater amount of total sulfate as a pure aqueous sulfuric acid aerosol was necessary to produce a decrease in PR100 (88.6 +/- 11.0 micrograms/kg/min) equivalent to that produced by coated particles. These results suggest that acute exposure to near-ambient concentrations of sulfuric acid under conditions that promote the formation of acid as a surface coating in respirable particles can induce a nonspecific airway hyperresponsiveness. In a similar manner, a dose-dependent significant decrease in PR100 was also produced in animals exposed to sodium sulfite droplets. Thus a single exposure to different forms of sulfur oxide aerosols can induce an alteration in the responsiveness of airway smooth muscle in the guinea pig. PMID:1602522

  12. Estimation of ultrafine particle concentrations at near-highway residences using data from local and central monitors.

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    Fuller, Christina H; Brugge, Doug; Williams, Paige; Mittleman, Murray; Durant, John L; Spengler, John D

    2012-09-01

    Ultrafine particles (UFP; aerodynamic diameter < 0.1 micrometers) are a ubiquitous exposure in the urban environment and are elevated near highways. Most epidemiological studies of UFP health effects use central site monitoring data, which may misclassify exposure. Our aims were to: (1) examine the relationship between distant and proximate monitoring sites and their ability to predict hourly UFP concentration measured at residences in an urban community with a major interstate highway and; (2) determine if meteorology and proximity to traffic improve explanatory power. Short-term (1 - 3 weeks) residential monitoring of UFP concentration was conducted at 18 homes. Long-term monitoring was conducted at two near-highway monitoring sites and a central site. We created models of outdoor residential UFP concentration based on concentrations at the near-highway site, at the central site, at both sites together and without fixed sites. UFP concentration at residential sites was more highly correlated with those at a near-highway site than a central site. In regression models of each site alone, a 10% increase in UFP concentration at a near-highway site was associated with a 6% (95% CI: 6%, 7%) increase at residences while a 10% increase in UFP concentration at the central site was associated with a 3% (95% CI: 2%, 3%) increase at residences. A model including both sites showed minimal change in the magnitude of the association between the near-highway site and the residences, but the estimated association with UFP concentration at the central site was substantially attenuated. These associations remained after adjustment for other significant predictors of residential UFP concentration, including distance from highway, wind speed, wind direction, highway traffic volume and precipitation. The use of a central site as an estimate of personal exposure for populations near local emissions of traffic-related air pollutants may result in exposure misclassification. PMID:23645993

  13. A CFD modeling study in an urban street canyon for ultrafine particles and population exposure: The intake fraction approach.

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    Habilomatis, George; Chaloulakou, Archontoula

    2015-10-15

    Air quality in street canyons is of major importance, since the highest pollution levels are often encountered in these microenvironments. The canyon effect (reduced natural ventilation) makes them "hot spots" for particulate pollution contributing to adverse health effects for the exposed population. In this study we tried to characterize the influence of UFP (ultrafine particle) emissions from traffic on population exposure in an urban street canyon, by applying the intake fraction (iF) approach. One month long measurements of UFP levels have been monitored and used for the need of this study. We applied a three dimensional computational fluid dynamic (CFD) model based on real measurements for the simulation of UFP levels. We used infiltration factors, evaluated on a daily basis for the under study area, to estimate the indoor UFP levels. As a result the intake fraction for the pedestrians, residents and office workers is in the range of (1E-5)-(1E-4). The street canyon is mostly residential justifying partially the higher value of intake fraction for residents (1E-4). The above iF value is on the same order of magnitude with the corresponding one evaluated in a relative street canyon study. The total iF value in this microenvironment is one order of magnitude higher than ours, explained partially by the different use and activities. Two specific applications of iF to assess prioritization among emission sources and environmental justice issues are also examined. We ran a scenario with diesel and gasoline cars and diesel fueled vehicle seems to be a target source to improve overall iF. Our application focus on a small residential area, typical of urban central Athens, in order to evaluate high resolution iF. The significance of source-exposure relationship study in a micro scale is emphasized by recent research. PMID:26047855

  14. Estimation of ultrafine particle concentrations at near-highway residences using data from local and central monitors

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    Fuller, Christina H.; Brugge, Doug; Williams, Paige L.; Mittleman, Murray A.; Durant, John L.; Spengler, John D.

    2012-09-01

    Ultrafine particles (UFP; aerodynamic diameter < 0.1 ?m) are a ubiquitous exposure in the urban environment and are elevated near highways. Most epidemiological studies of UFP health effects use central site monitoring data, which may misclassify exposure. Our aims were to: (1) examine the relationship between distant and proximate monitoring sites and their ability to predict hourly UFP concentration measured at residences in an urban community with a major interstate highway and; (2) determine if meteorology and proximity to traffic improve explanatory power. Short-term (1-3 weeks) residential monitoring of UFP concentration was conducted at 18 homes. Long-term monitoring was conducted at two near-highway monitoring sites and a central site. We created models of outdoor residential UFP concentration based on concentrations at the near-highway site, at the central site, at both sites together and without fixed sites. UFP concentration at residential sites was more highly correlated with those at a near-highway site than a central site. In regression models of each site alone, a 10% increase in UFP concentration at a near-highway site was associated with a 6% (95% CI: 6%, 7%) increase at residences while a 10% increase in UFP concentration at the central site was associated with a 3% (95% CI: 2%, 3%) increase at residences. A model including both sites showed minimal change in the magnitude of the association between the near-highway site and the residences, but the estimated association with UFP concentration at the central site was substantially attenuated. These associations remained after adjustment for other significant predictors of residential UFP concentration, including distance from highway, wind speed, wind direction, highway traffic volume and precipitation. The use of a central site as an estimate of personal exposure for populations near local emissions of traffic-related air pollutants may result in exposure misclassification.

  15. The characteristics of ultrafine particles produced freeze-drying and by precipitation

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    Panitz, J.K.G.

    1988-01-01

    We have investigated the characteristics of powders produced by two techniques: (1) freeze-drying, and (2) precipitation from a liquid medium. Powders of ionic compounds: RbCl and TlF have been produced by freeze-drying. By optimizing this technique, it is possible to produce powders comprising small, 10 ..mu..m agglomerates of primary particles with average sizes between 0.1--0.5 ..mu..m. These agglomerates can be broken into primary particles by sonication. We have also precipitated RbCl and TlF powders from an aqueous solution by adding isopropanol. These powders consist of large agglomerates of primary particles, 0.5 ..mu..m to 10 ..mu..m in size, which do not respond well to sonication, but may be subdivided by mechanical milling. We have also adapted a chemical precipitation technique for producing 0.2 ..mu..m diameter primary particles of Y/sub 2/O/sub 3/. 4 refs., 5 figs.

  16. Size distribution measurement of fine and ultrafine particle emission from cooking Evelyne Ghina

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    Boyer, Edmond

    The most commonly cited sources for particle emission indoor are: cigarette smoke, cooking, heating with fuel, fireplace, candles or incense burning, use of vacuum cleaner, use of spray (He et al., 2004, the heater and sauna heating. There is very few results on size number distribution emission rate

  17. Effects of Particle Filters and Accelerated Engine Replacement on Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicle Emissions of Black Carbon, Nitrogen Oxides, and Ultrafine Particles

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    Kirchstetter, T.; Preble, C.; Dallmann, T. R.; DeMartini, S. J.; Tang, N. W.; Kreisberg, N. M.; Hering, S. V.; Harley, R. A.

    2013-12-01

    Diesel particle filters have become widely used in the United States since the introduction in 2007 of a more stringent exhaust particulate matter emission standard for new heavy-duty diesel vehicle engines. California has instituted additional regulations requiring retrofit or replacement of older in-use engines to accelerate emission reductions and air quality improvements. This presentation summarizes pollutant emission changes measured over several field campaigns at the Port of Oakland in the San Francisco Bay Area associated with diesel particulate filter use and accelerated modernization of the heavy-duty truck fleet. Pollutants in the exhaust plumes of hundreds of heavy-duty trucks en route to the Port were measured in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013. Ultrafine particle number, black carbon (BC), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations were measured at a frequency ? 1 Hz and normalized to measured carbon dioxide concentrations to quantify fuel-based emission factors (grams of pollutant emitted per kilogram of diesel consumed). The size distribution of particles in truck exhaust plumes was also measured at 1 Hz. In the two most recent campaigns, emissions were linked on a truck-by-truck basis to installed emission control equipment via the matching of transcribed license plates to a Port truck database. Accelerated replacement of older engines with newer engines and retrofit of trucks with diesel particle filters reduced fleet-average emissions of BC and NOx. Preliminary results from the two most recent field campaigns indicate that trucks without diesel particle filters emit 4 times more BC than filter-equipped trucks. Diesel particle filters increase emissions of NO2, however, and filter-equipped trucks have NO2/NOx ratios that are 4 to 7 times greater than trucks without filters. Preliminary findings related to particle size distribution indicate that (a) most trucks emitted particles characterized by a single mode of approximately 100 nm in diameter and (b) new trucks originally equipped with diesel particle filters were 5 to 6 times more likely than filter-retrofitted trucks and trucks without filters to emit particles characterized by a single mode in the range of 10 to 30 nm in diameter.

  18. On-line characterization of particle size during an ultrafine wet grinding process

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    C. Bordes; F. Garcia; P. Snabre; C. Frances

    2002-01-01

    The present paper reports experimental results relative to the on-line characterization of particle size during a wet grinding process—thanks to an optical analyser (Turbiscan On-line, FORMULACTION). During batch grinding processes, the optical system, based on the multiple light scattering method, is placed in a derivative loop and the light flux is analysed to characterize the kinetics of fragmentation. In the

  19. Redox Dynamics of Mixed Metal (Mn, Cr, and Fe) Ultrafine Particles

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    Nico, Peter S.; Kumfer, Benjamin M.; Kennedy, Ian M.; Anastasio, Cort

    2008-01-01

    The impact of particle composition on metal oxidation state, and on changes in oxidation state with simulated atmospheric aging, are investigated experimentally in flame-generated nanoparticles containing Mn, Cr, and Fe. The results demonstrate that the initial fraction of Cr(VI) within the particles decreases with increasing total metal concentration in the flame. In contrast, the initial Mn oxidation state was only partly controlled by metal loading, suggesting the importance of other factors. Two reaction pathways, one reductive and one oxidative, were found to be operating simultaneously during simulated atmospheric aging. The oxidative pathway depended upon the presence of simulated sunlight and O3, whereas the reductive pathway occurred in the presence of simulated sunlight alone. The reductive pathway appears to be rapid but transient, allowing the oxidative pathway to dominate with longer aging times, i.e. greater than ?8 hours. The presence of Mn within the particles enhanced the importance of the oxidative pathway, leading to more net Cr oxidation during aging implying that Mn can mediate oxidation by removal of electrons from other particulate metals. PMID:20046215

  20. Associations of Mortality with Long-Term Exposures to Fine and Ultrafine Particles, Species and Sources: Results from the California Teachers Study Cohort

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    Hu, Jianlin; Goldberg, Debbie; Reynolds, Peggy; Hertz, Andrew; Bernstein, Leslie; Kleeman, Michael J.

    2015-01-01

    Background Although several cohort studies report associations between chronic exposure to fine particles (PM2.5) and mortality, few have studied the effects of chronic exposure to ultrafine (UF) particles. In addition, few studies have estimated the effects of the constituents of either PM2.5 or UF particles. Methods We used a statewide cohort of > 100,000 women from the California Teachers Study who were followed from 2001 through 2007. Exposure data at the residential level were provided by a chemical transport model that computed pollutant concentrations from > 900 sources in California. Besides particle mass, monthly concentrations of 11 species and 8 sources or primary particles were generated at 4-km grids. We used a Cox proportional hazards model to estimate the association between the pollutants and all-cause, cardiovascular, ischemic heart disease (IHD), and respiratory mortality. Results We observed statistically significant (p < 0.05) associations of IHD with PM2.5 mass, nitrate, elemental carbon (EC), copper (Cu), and secondary organics and the sources gas- and diesel-fueled vehicles, meat cooking, and high-sulfur fuel combustion. The hazard ratio estimate of 1.19 (95% CI: 1.08, 1.31) for IHD in association with a 10-?g/m3 increase in PM2.5 is consistent with findings from the American Cancer Society cohort. We also observed significant positive associations between IHD and several UF components including EC, Cu, metals, and mobile sources. Conclusions Using an emissions-based model with a 4-km spatial scale, we observed significant positive associations between IHD mortality and both fine and ultrafine particle species and sources. Our results suggest that the exposure model effectively measured local exposures and facilitated the examination of the relative toxicity of particle species. Citation Ostro B, Hu J, Goldberg D, Reynolds P, Hertz A, Bernstein L, Kleeman MJ. 2015. Associations of mortality with long-term exposures to fine and ultrafine particles, species and sources: results from the California Teachers Study cohort. Environ Health Perspect 123:549–556;?http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1408565 PMID:25633926

  1. The effect of dilution on the quantitative measurement of bubbles in high-density ultrafine bubble-filled water using the light scattering method

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    Maeda, Shigeo; Kobayashi, Hideaki; Ida, Katsuhisa; Kashiwa, Masakazu; Nishihara, Ikkan; Fujita, Toshihiro

    2014-08-01

    We have developed an ultrafine bubble generating system, ultrafineGALF, upgrading the microGALF system to a flow rate of 0.24 m3/h. The ultrafineGALF system can generate a dense population of more than 109 ultrafine bubbles per ml. The density and size distribution of these bubbles have been measured using a NanoSight measuring instrument, but precision measurement of the number density has become difficult because it now extends beyond the measuring range (1×109/ml) of this instrument. Thus far, the number density of the ultrafine bubbles after dilution has been measured, but few reports are available on the effect of dilution on gas particles, which behave differently from solid particles. In this study, the effect of dilution, which is required to measure the density of ultrafine bubbles at ultra-high densities, was investigated. No large differences due to the use of dilution among three types of samples with different concentrations of ultrafine bubbles were found, although the samples did show slightly different rates of change in the concentration of ultrafine bubbles over time.

  2. The Effects of Leaf Area Density Variation on the Particle Collection Efficiency in the Size Range of Ultrafine Particles (UFP)

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    Katul, Gabriel

    efficiency, were presented. Three scenarios were examined in a wind- tunnel packed with Juniperus chinensis that one parameter linking the laminar boundary layer conductance to the Schmidt number depends on particle

  3. Response of spontaneously hypertensive rats to inhalation of fine and ultrafine particles from traffic: experimental controlled study

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    Ingeborg M Kooter; A John F Boere; Paul Hb Fokkens; Daan Lac Leseman; Jan Ama Dormans; Flemming R Cassee

    2007-01-01

    ABSTRACT\\\\BACKGROUND:Many epidemiological studies have shown that mass concentrations of ambient particulate matter (PM) are associated with adverse health effects in the human population. Since PM is still a very crude measure, this experimental study has explored the role of two distinct size fractions: ultrafine (<0.15 mum) and fine (0.15- 2.5 mum) PM. In a series of 2-day inhalation studies, spontaneously

  4. Response of spontaneously hypertensive rats to inhalation of fine and ultrafine particles from traffic: experimental controlled study

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    Ingeborg M Kooter; A John F Boere; Paul HB Fokkens; Daan LAC Leseman; Jan AMA Dormans; Flemming R Cassee

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Many epidemiological studies have shown that mass concentrations of ambient particulate matter (PM) are associated with adverse health effects in the human population. Since PM is still a very crude measure, this experimental study has explored the role of two distinct size fractions: ultrafine (3 to 3613 ?g\\/m3 for fCAP and from 269?g\\/m3 to 556 ?g\\/m3 for u+fCAP. RESULTS:

  5. Ultrafine cementitious grout

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    Ahrens, E.H.

    1998-07-07

    An ultrafine cementitious grout is described having a particle size 90% of which are less than 6 {micro}m in diameter and an average size of about 2.5 {micro}m or less, and preferably 90% of which are less than 5 {micro}m in diameter and an average size of about 2 {micro}m or less containing Portland cement, pumice as a pozzolanic material and superplasticizer in the amounts of about 40 wt. % to about 50 wt. % Portland cement; from about 50 wt. % to about 60 wt. % pumice containing at least 60% amorphous silicon dioxide; and from 0.1 wt. % to about 1.5 wt. % superplasticizer. The grout is mixed with water in the W/CM ratio of about 0.4--0.6/1. The grout has very high strength and very low permeability with good workability. The ultrafine particle sizes allow for sealing of microfractures below 10 {micro}m in width. 4 figs.

  6. Spatial Variability in Ultrafine Particles at Five Sites in Southern Ontario, Canada During BAQS-Met 2007 Campaign: Implication of Regional Nucleation Events

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    Jeong, C.; McGuire, M.; Evans, G.; Rachel, R. Y.; Slowik, J. G.; Abbatt, J. P.; Popescu, R.; Murphy, J.; Zeromskiene, K. G.; Mozurkewich, M.; Leaitch, R.

    2008-12-01

    Ultrafine particle (UFP) measurements were simultaneously conducted in five urban and rural areas; Toronto, Egbert, Ridgetown, Bear Creek, and Harrow in Ontario, Canada as part of the Border Air Quality and Meteorology Study (BAQS-Met 2007). The number and size distributions of UFP in the size range of 14 to 93 nm were measured by a Fast Mobility Particle Sizer (FMPS, TSI 3091) and four Scanning Mobility Particle Sizers (SMPS) from June 19 to July 8, 2007. Continuous measurements of PM2.5 mass and gaseous pollutants (NH3, CO, SO2, NOx, O3) were also performed at the sites. The highest particle concentrations were observed at the rural site in Harrow, whereas lower concentrations were found in Toronto, a metropolitan area. The variability of hourly averaged UFP concentrations were significantly higher at the Harrow and Bear Creek sites indicating low background levels and frequent occurrence of strong particle nucleation events. Regional particle nucleation events were classified by assessing particle formation and growth rates at the five monitoring sites. The influences of pre-existing particles, gaseous pollutants and meteorological parameters on the classified particle nucleation events were evaluated. Spatial variability of UFP was examined by using the coefficient of divergence (COD) of each size bin of UFP. The COD provides relative measure of homogeneity in UPF concentrations in the southern Ontario. On average, the COD value was lower between Harrow and Bear Creek than between Harrow and Ridgetown. The COD values for smaller particles in the size range (14nm-22nm) tended to be higher than the levels for larger particles (25nm-93nm) suggesting size dependent homogeneity. In order to regional distribution and dispersion of UFP with distance, cumulative semivariogram (CSV) technique was used for UFP number concentrations at five sites. Detailed results over the measurement periods will be presented and discussed.

  7. Influences of traffic volumes and wind speeds on ambient ultrafine particle levels—Observations at a highway electronic toll collection (ETC) lane

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    Cheng, Yu-Hsiang; Li, Yi-Sheng

    2011-01-01

    The levels of ultrafine particles (UFPs) and their size distributions on a highway electronic toll collection (ETC) lane were measured from October 30 to November 1 and November 5 to November 6, 2008. The hourly UFP levels measured at the highway ETC lane were 1.3 × 10 4-1.9 × 10 5 particles cm -3 (mean = 9.4 × 10 4 particles cm -3). Compared with urban UFP levels, average UFP levels at the highway ETC lane were about 5-10 times higher than those previously measured in urban areas, indicating that a considerable amount of UFPs were exhausted from vehicles. At the highway ETC lane, the average UFP number size distribution had a dominant mode at about 10 nm and a minor mode at about 33 nm. Measurement results indicate that nucleation mode particles remained at relatively high levels compared to Aitken mode and accumulation mode particles at the highway ETC lane. This study identifies the impacts of traffic volumes and wind speeds on ambient UFP levels. Measurement results show that the elevated UFP levels resulting from traffic volume decreased exponentially as wind speed increased on the highway when wind speed was <2.0 m s -1. However, the elevated UFP levels resulting from traffic volume increased slightly when wind speed was >2.0 m s -1 due to local turbulent mixing causes UFPs at high wind speeds. According to measurement results, high levels of UFP were observed at low wind speeds and under high traffic volumes.

  8. Effect of central fans and in-duct filters on deposition rates of ultrafine and fine particles in an occupied townhouse

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    Wallace, Lance A.; Emmerich, Steven J.; Howard-Reed, Cynthia

    Airborne particles are implicated in morbidity and mortality of certain high-risk subpopulations. Exposure to particles occurs mostly indoors, where a main removal mechanism is deposition to surfaces. Deposition can be affected by the use of forced-air circulation through ducts or by air filters. In this study, we calculate the deposition rates of particles in an occupied house due to forced-air circulation and the use of in-duct filters such as electrostatic precipitators (ESP) and fibrous mechanical filters (MECH). Deposition rates are calculated for 128 size categories ranging from 0.01 to 2.5 ?m. More than 110 separate "events" (mostly cooking, candle burning, and pouring kitty litter) were used to calculate deposition rates for four conditions: fan off, fan on, MECH installed, ESP installed. For all cases, deposition rates varied in a "U"-shaped distribution with the minimum occurring near 0.1 ?m, as predicted by theory. The use of the central fan with no filter or with a standard furnace filter increased deposition rates by amounts on the order of 0.1-0.5 h -1. The MECH increased deposition rates by up to 2 h -1 for ultrafine and fine particles but was ineffective for particles in the 0.1-0.5 ?m range. The ESP increased deposition rates by 2-3 h -1 and was effective for all sizes. However, the ESP lost efficiency after several weeks and needed regular cleaning to maintain its effectiveness. A reduction of particle levels by 50% or more could be achieved by use of the ESP when operating properly. Since the use of fans and filters reduces particle concentrations from both indoor and outdoor sources, it is more effective than the alternative approach of reducing ventilation by closing windows or insulating homes more tightly. For persons at risk, use of an air filter may be an effective method of reducing exposure to particles.

  9. Spatial and temporal variability of ultrafine particles, NO2, PM2.5, PM2.5 absorbance, PM10 and PMcoarse in Swiss study areas

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    Eeftens, Marloes; Phuleria, Harish C.; Meier, Reto; Aguilera, Inmaculada; Corradi, Elisabetta; Davey, Mark; Ducret-Stich, Regina; Fierz, Martin; Gehrig, Robert; Ineichen, Alex; Keidel, Dirk; Probst-Hensch, Nicole; Ragettli, Martina S.; Schindler, Christian; Künzli, Nino; Tsai, Ming-Yi

    2015-06-01

    Exposure to outdoor air pollutants remains an important concern in Europe, as limit values for NO2 and PM10 continue to be exceeded. Few studies have addressed the long-term spatial contrasts in PM2.5, PM absorbance, PMcoarse and especially ultrafine particles. This scarcity of data hampers the possibility to conduct epidemiological studies, assessing the health relevance of these markers of potentially harmful pollutants. Air pollution measurements were performed in eight geographically distinct areas of the Swiss Study on Air Pollution and Lung and Heart Diseases in Adults (SAPALDIA) in Switzerland. NO2 was measured in all eight areas at 40 sites per area, and PM2.5, PM2.5 absorbance, PM10 and ultrafine particles (particle number concentration (PNC) and lung deposited surface area (LDSA)) were measured in 4 of these areas, at a subset of 20 out of 40 sites. Each site was sampled three times during different seasons of the year, using the same equipment, sampling protocols and the same central facilities for analysis of samples. We assessed the spatial variability between areas and between individual sites, as well as pollution contrasts between the seasons and correlations between different pollutants. Within-area spatial contrasts (defined as the ratio between the 90th and 10th percentile) were highest for NO2 (3.14), moderate for PMcoarse (2.19), PNC (2.00) and PM2.5 absorbance (1.94), and lowest for LDSA (1.63), PM2.5 (1.50) and PM10 (1.46). Concentrations in the larger cities were generally higher than in smaller towns and rural and alpine areas, and were higher in the winter than in the summer and intermediate seasons, for all pollutants. Between-area differences accounted for more variation than within-area differences for all pollutants except NO2 and PMcoarse. Despite substantial within-area contrasts for PNC and LDSA, 74.7% and 83.3% of the spatial variance was attributed to between-area variability, respectively. Coefficients of determination between long-term adjusted pollutants were high (R²>0.70) between NO2, PM2.5 absorbance, PNC and LDSA and between PM2.5 and PM10. The measurement of spatial patterns for this large range of outdoor air pollutants will contribute to a highly standardized estimation of individual long-term exposure levels for SAPALDIA cohort participants.

  10. Comparison of carcinogen, carbon monoxide, and ultrafine particle emissions from narghile waterpipe and cigarette smoking: Sidestream smoke measurements and assessment of second-hand smoke emission factors

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    Daher, Nancy; Saleh, Rawad; Jaroudi, Ezzat; Sheheitli, Hiba; Badr, Thérèse; Sepetdjian, Elizabeth; Al Rashidi, Mariam; Saliba, Najat; Shihadeh, Alan

    2010-01-01

    The lack of scientific evidence on the constituents, properties, and health effects of second-hand waterpipe smoke has fueled controversy over whether public smoking bans should include the waterpipe. The purpose of this study was to investigate and compare emissions of ultrafine particles (UFP, <100 nm), carcinogenic polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), volatile aldehydes, and carbon monoxide (CO) for cigarettes and narghile (shisha, hookah) waterpipes. These smoke constituents are associated with a variety of cancers, and heart and pulmonary diseases, and span the volatility range found in tobacco smoke. Sidestream cigarette and waterpipe smoke was captured and aged in a 1 m 3 Teflon-coated chamber operating at 1.5 air changes per hour (ACH). The chamber was characterized for particle mass and number surface deposition rates. UFP and CO concentrations were measured online using a fast particle spectrometer (TSI 3090 Engine Exhaust Particle Sizer), and an indoor air quality monitor. Particulate PAH and gaseous volatile aldehydes were captured on glass fiber filters and DNPH-coated SPE cartridges, respectively, and analyzed off-line using GC-MS and HPLC-MS. PAH compounds quantified were the 5- and 6-ring compounds of the EPA priority list. Measured aldehydes consisted of formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acrolein, methacrolein, and propionaldehyde. We found that a single waterpipe use session emits in the sidestream smoke approximately four times the carcinogenic PAH, four times the volatile aldehydes, and 30 times the CO of a single cigarette. Accounting for exhaled mainstream smoke, and given a habitual smoker smoking rate of 2 cigarettes per hour, during a typical one-hour waterpipe use session a waterpipe smoker likely generates ambient carcinogens and toxicants equivalent to 2-10 cigarette smokers, depending on the compound in question. There is therefore good reason to include waterpipe tobacco smoking in public smoking bans.

  11. Comparison of carcinogen, carbon monoxide, and ultrafine particle emissions from narghile waterpipe and cigarette smoking: Sidestream smoke measurements and assessment of second-hand smoke emission factors.

    PubMed

    Daher, Nancy; Saleh, Rawad; Jaroudi, Ezzat; Sheheitli, Hiba; Badr, Thérèse; Sepetdjian, Elizabeth; Al Rashidi, Mariam; Saliba, Najat; Shihadeh, Alan

    2010-01-01

    The lack of scientific evidence on the constituents, properties, and health effects of second-hand waterpipe smoke has fueled controversy over whether public smoking bans should include the waterpipe. The purpose of this study was to investigate and compare emissions of ultrafine particles (UFP, <100 nm), carcinogenic polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), volatile aldehydes, and carbon monoxide (CO) for cigarettes and narghile (shisha, hookah) waterpipes. These smoke constituents are associated with a variety of cancers, and heart and pulmonary diseases, and span the volatility range found in tobacco smoke.Sidestream cigarette and waterpipe smoke was captured and aged in a 1 m(3) Teflon-coated chamber operating at 1.5 air changes per hour (ACH). The chamber was characterized for particle mass and number surface deposition rates. UFP and CO concentrations were measured online using a fast particle spectrometer (TSI 3090 Engine Exhaust Particle Sizer), and an indoor air quality monitor. Particulate PAH and gaseous volatile aldehydes were captured on glass fiber filters and DNPH-coated SPE cartridges, respectively, and analyzed off-line using GC-MS and HPLC-MS. PAH compounds quantified were the 5- and 6-ring compounds of the EPA priority list. Measured aldehydes consisted of formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acrolein, methacrolein, and propionaldehyde.We found that a single waterpipe use session emits in the sidestream smoke approximately four times the carcinogenic PAH, four times the volatile aldehydes, and 30 times the CO of a single cigarette. Accounting for exhaled mainstream smoke, and given a habitual smoker smoking rate of 2 cigarettes per hour, during a typical one-hour waterpipe use session a waterpipe smoker likely generates ambient carcinogens and toxicants equivalent to 2-10 cigarette smokers, depending on the compound in question. There is therefore good reason to include waterpipe tobacco smoking in public smoking bans. PMID:20161525

  12. Comparison of carcinogen, carbon monoxide, and ultrafine particle emissions from narghile waterpipe and cigarette smoking: Sidestream smoke measurements and assessment of second-hand smoke emission factors

    PubMed Central

    Daher, Nancy; Saleh, Rawad; Jaroudi, Ezzat; Sheheitli, Hiba; Badr, Thérèse; Sepetdjian, Elizabeth; Al Rashidi, Mariam; Saliba, Najat; Shihadeh, Alan

    2009-01-01

    The lack of scientific evidence on the constituents, properties, and health effects of second-hand waterpipe smoke has fueled controversy over whether public smoking bans should include the waterpipe. The purpose of this study was to investigate and compare emissions of ultrafine particles (UFP, <100 nm), carcinogenic polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), volatile aldehydes, and carbon monoxide (CO) for cigarettes and narghile (shisha, hookah) waterpipes. These smoke constituents are associated with a variety of cancers, and heart and pulmonary diseases, and span the volatility range found in tobacco smoke. Sidestream cigarette and waterpipe smoke was captured and aged in a 1 m3 Teflon-coated chamber operating at 1.5 air changes per hour (ACH). The chamber was characterized for particle mass and number surface deposition rates. UFP and CO concentrations were measured online using a fast particle spectrometer (TSI 3090 Engine Exhaust Particle Sizer), and an indoor air quality monitor. Particulate PAH and gaseous volatile aldehydes were captured on glass fiber filters and DNPH-coated SPE cartridges, respectively, and analyzed off-line using GC–MS and HPLC–MS. PAH compounds quantified were the 5- and 6-ring compounds of the EPA priority list. Measured aldehydes consisted of formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acrolein, methacrolein, and propionaldehyde. We found that a single waterpipe use session emits in the sidestream smoke approximately four times the carcinogenic PAH, four times the volatile aldehydes, and 30 times the CO of a single cigarette. Accounting for exhaled mainstream smoke, and given a habitual smoker smoking rate of 2 cigarettes per hour, during a typical one-hour waterpipe use session a waterpipe smoker likely generates ambient carcinogens and toxicants equivalent to 2–10 cigarette smokers, depending on the compound in question. There is therefore good reason to include waterpipe tobacco smoking in public smoking bans. PMID:20161525

  13. Effect of Exposure to Atmospheric Ultrafine Particles on Production of Free Fatty Acids and Lipid Metabolites in the Mouse Small Intestine

    PubMed Central

    Li, Rongsong; Navab, Kaveh; Hough, Greg; Daher, Nancy; Zhang, Min; Mittelstein, David; Lee, Katherine; Pakbin, Payam; Saffari, Arian; Bhetraratana, May; Sulaiman, Dawoud; Beebe, Tyler; Wu, Lan; Jen, Nelson; Wine, Eytan; Tseng, Chi-Hong; Araujo, Jesus A.; Fogelman, Alan; Sioutas, Constantinos; Navab, Mohamed

    2014-01-01

    Background: Exposure to ambient ultrafine particulate matter (UFP) is a well-recognized risk factor for cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. However, little is known about the effects of air pollution on gastrointestinal disorders. Objective: We sought to assess whether exposure to ambient UFP (diameter < 180 nm) increased free fatty acids and lipid metabolites in the mouse small intestine. Methods: Ldlr-null mice were exposed to filtered air (FA) or UFP collected at an urban Los Angeles, California, site that was heavily affected by vehicular emissions; the exposure was carried out for 10 weeks in the presence or absence of D-4F, an apolipoprotein A-I mimetic peptide with antioxidant and anti-inflammation properties on a high-fat or normal chow diet. Results: Compared with FA, exposure to UFP significantly increased intestinal hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acids (HETEs), including 15-HETE, 12-HETE, 5-HETE, as well as hydroxyoctadecadienoic acids (HODEs), including 13-HODE and 9-HODE. Arachidonic acid (AA) and prostaglandin D2 (PGD2) as well as some of the lysophosphatidic acids (LPA) in the small intestine were also increased in response to UFP exposure. Administration of D-4F significantly reduced UFP-mediated increase in HETEs, HODEs, AA, PGD2, and LPA. Although exposure to UFP further led to shortened villus length accompanied by prominent macrophage and neutrophil infiltration into the intestinal villi, administration of D-4F mitigated macrophage infiltration. Conclusions: Exposure to UFP promotes lipid metabolism, villus shortening, and inflammatory responses in mouse small intestine, whereas administration of D-4F attenuated these effects. Our findings provide a basis to further assess the mechanisms underlying UFP-mediated lipid metabolism in the digestive system with clinical relevance to gut homeostasis and diseases. Citation: Li R, Navab K, Hough G, Daher N, Zhang M, Mittelstein D, Lee K, Pakbin P, Saffari A, Bhetraratana M, Sulaiman D, Beebe T, Wu L, Jen N, Wine E, Tseng CH, Araujo JA, Fogelman A, Sioutas C, Navab M, Hsiai TK. 2015. Effect of exposure to atmospheric ultrafine particles on production of free fatty acids and lipid metabolites in the mouse small intestine. Environ Health Perspect 123:34–41;?http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1307036 PMID:25170928

  14. Consequences of developmental exposure to concentrated ambient ultrafine particle air pollution combined with the adult paraquat and maneb model of the Parkinson's disease phenotype in male mice.

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    Allen, Joshua L; Liu, Xiufang; Weston, Douglas; Conrad, Katherine; Oberdörster, Günter; Cory-Slechta, Deborah A

    2014-03-01

    Current evidence suggests suceptibility of both the substantia nigra and striatum to exposure to components of air pollution. Further, air pollution has been associated with increased risk of PD diagnsosis in humans or PD-like pathology in animals. This study examined whether exposure of mice to concentrated ambient ultrafine particles (CAPS; <100nm diameter) during the first two weeks of life would alter susceptibility to induction of the Parkinson's disease phenyotype (PDP) in a pesticide-based paraquat and maneb (PQ+MB) model during adulthood utilizing i.p. injections of 10mg/kg PQ and 30mg/kg MB 2× per week for 6 weeks. Evidence of CAPS-induced enhancement of the PQ+MB PDP was limited primarily to delayed recovery of locomotor activity 24 post-injection of PQ+MB that could be related to alterations in striatal GABA inhibitory function. Absence of more extensive interactions might also reflect the finding that CAPS and PQ+MB appeared to differentially target the nigrostriatal dopamine and amino acid systems, with CAPS impacting striatum and PQ+MB impacting dopamine-glutamate function in midbrain; both CAPS and PQ+MB elevated glutamate levels in these specific regions, consistent with potential excitotoxicity. These findings demonstrate the ability of postnatal CAPS to produce locomotor dysfunction and dopaminergic and glutamateric changes, independent of PQ+MB, in brain regions involved in the PDP. PMID:24486957

  15. Development of the electroacoustic dewatering (EAD) process for fine/ultrafine coal: Second quarterly progress report period ending 31 March 1989

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    Not Available

    1989-04-18

    Battelle, in cooperation with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Ashbrook-Simon-Hartley (ASH), Kaiser Engineers (KE), Lewis Corporation, and Prof. S.H. Chiang of the University of Pittsburgh, is developing an advanced process for the dewatering of fine and ultrafine coals. The advanced process, called Electroacoustic Dewatering (EAD), capitalizes on the adaptation of synergistic effects of electric and acoustic fields to a commercial belt filter press design that is used in many other applications. The EAD equipment is described. 2 figs.

  16. Ultrafine 316 L stainless steel particles with frozen-in magnetic structures characterized by means of electron backscattered diffraction

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Yolanda Hedberg; Oskar Karlsson; Peter Szakalos; Inger Odnevall Wallinder

    2011-01-01

    Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) studies clearly revealed a different crystallographic structure of the smallest particle size fraction of gas-atomized AISI 316L stainless steel powder (<4?m) compared with larger sized fractions of the same powder (<45?m). Despite similar chemical compositions, the predominating structure of the smallest particle size fraction was ferritic (i.e., has ferromagnetic properties) whereas the larger sized particle fractions

  17. Exposure to fine and ultrafine particles from secondhand smoke in public places before and after the smoking ban, Italy 2005

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Pasquale Valente; Francesco Forastiere; Antonella Bacosi; Giorgio Cattani; Simonetta Di Carlo; Monica Ferri; Irene Figa; Achille Marconi; Luigi Paoletti; Carlo Perucci; Piergiorgio Zuccaro

    2010-01-01

    Results: In the post-law period, PM2.5 decreased significantly from a mean concentration of 119.3 mg\\/m 3 to 38.2 mg\\/m3 after 3 months (p,0.005), and then to 43.3 mg\\/m3 a year later (p,0.01). The UFP concentrations also decreased significantly from 76 956 particles\\/cm3 to 38 079 particles\\/cm3 (p,0.0001) and then to 51 692 particles\\/cm3 (p,0.01). Similarly, the concentration of urinary cotinine

  18. Ultrafine particles and platelet activation in patients with coronary heart disease – results from a prospective panel study

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Regina Rückerl; Richard P Phipps; Alexandra Schneider; Mark Frampton; Josef Cyrys; Günther Oberdörster; H Erich Wichmann; Annette Peters

    2007-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies on health effects of air pollution have consistently shown adverse cardiovascular effects. Toxicological studies have provided evidence for thrombogenic effects of particles. A prospective panel study in a susceptible population was conducted in Erfurt, Germany, to study the effects of daily changes in ambient particles on various blood cells and soluble CD40ligand (sCD40L, also known as CD154),

  19. Particle Deposition in a Child Respiratory Tract Model: In Vivo Regional Deposition of Fine and Ultrafine Aerosols in Baboons

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    Albuquerque-Silva, Iolanda; Vecellio, Laurent; Durand, Marc; Avet, John; Le Pennec, Déborah; de Monte, Michèle; Montharu, Jérôme; Diot, Patrice; Cottier, Michèle; Dubois, Francis; Pourchez, Jérémie

    2014-01-01

    To relate exposure to adverse health effects, it is necessary to know where particles in the submicron range deposit in the respiratory tract. The possibly higher vulnerability of children requires specific inhalation studies. However, radio-aerosol deposition experiments involving children are rare because of ethical restrictions related to radiation exposure. Thus, an in vivo study was conducted using three baboons as a child respiratory tract model to assess regional deposition patterns (thoracic region vs. extrathoracic region) of radioactive polydisperse aerosols ([d16–d84], equal to [0.15 µm–0.5 µm], [0.25 µm–1 µm], or [1 µm–9 µm]). Results clearly demonstrated that aerosol deposition within the thoracic region and the extrathoraic region varied substantially according to particle size. High deposition in the extrathoracic region was observed for the [1 µm–9 µm] aerosol (72%±17%). The [0.15 µm–0.5 µm] aerosol was associated almost exclusively with thoracic region deposition (84%±4%). Airborne particles in the range of [0.25 µm–1 µm] showed an intermediate deposition pattern, with 49%±8% in the extrathoracic region and 51%±8% in the thoracic region. Finally, comparison of baboon and human inhalation experiments for the [1 µm–9 µm] aerosol showed similar regional deposition, leading to the conclusion that regional deposition is species-independent for this airborne particle sizes. PMID:24787744

  20. On-line analysis of organic components in fine and ultrafine particles by photoionization aerosol mass spectrometry.

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    Oktem, Berk; Tolocka, Michael P; Johnston, Murray V

    2004-01-15

    A new method, photoionization aerosol mass spectrometry (PIAMS), is described for real-time analysis of organic components in airborne particles below approximately 300 nm in diameter. Particles are focused through an aerodynamic lens assembly into the mass spectrometer where they are collected on a probe in the source region. After a sufficient amount of sample has been collected, the probe is irradiated with a pulsed infrared laser beam to vaporize organic components, which are then softly ionized with coherent vacuum ultraviolet radiation at 118 nm (10.5 eV). Since the photon energy is close to the ionization energies of most organic compounds, fragmentation is minimized. Both aliphatic and aromatic compounds of atmospheric relevance are detected and quantified in the low- to midpicogram range. The photoionization signal intensity increases linearly with the amount of material sampled and is independent of particle size. The fragmentation induced by laser desorption is greater than that observed with thermal vaporization, suggesting that the internal energy imparted by the former is greater. Although some molecular fragmentation is observed, mass spectra from common sources of ambient organic aerosol are distinguishable and consistent with previous off-line measurements by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. These results illustrate the potential of PIAMS for molecular characterization of organic aerosols in ambient and smog chamber measurements. PMID:14719868

  1. Synthesis and Characterization of Ultrafine TATB

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. K. Nandi; S. M. Kasar; U. Thanigaivelan; M. Ghosh; A. K. Mandal; S. C. Bhattacharyya

    2007-01-01

    An acid recrystallization process for synthesis of ultrafine TATB (UF-TATB) of median particle size < 5 µm is described. The process uses production grade TATB (PG-TATB) of median particle size > 50 µm. PG-TATB is made soluble in DMSO-alkali. Acidification of this basic solution is done with dilute aqueous nitric acid, which causes precipitation of UF-TATB through a reaction crystallization process. The process is

  2. Size-distributed metallic elements in submicronic and ultrafine atmospheric particles from urban and industrial areas in northern France

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    Mbengue, Saliou; Alleman, Laurent Y.; Flament, Pascal

    2014-01-01

    To determine the size distribution of potentially toxic trace metals (TM) in atmospheric particulate matter (PM), sampling experiments were performed in the urban-industrial area of Dunkirk (North of France) during winter 2012. Total mass concentrations are in accordance with typical values obtained at European urban background sites but lower than the concentrations reported for some Asian industrial countries. Considering the local wind directions, mass concentrations are higher downwind of urban influences than downwind of industrial emissions. The mean PM10 mass concentration (25-30 ?g/m3) is less than the European Union and US EPA limit values (40-50 ?g/m3) but greater than the WHO guidelines (20 ?g/m3). The calculated TM crustal enrichment factors (EFCrust) suggest the anthropogenic origins of most of the studied TM (Sb, Cd, As, Mo, Pb, Zn, Cu, Ni, Cr, Mn and V). The highest TM concentrations were obtained for Zn and Mn (> 50 ng/m3) under industrial influence, but the finest particle (< 0.29 ?m) concentrations were higher for the urban sector than for the industrial sector. This enrichment may be attributed to local urban traffic. In contrast, trace metals are more abundant in the coarser fraction (> 0.29 ?m) downwind of industrial emissions. Moreover, mechanical operations associated with industrial processes (excavating, crushing, and sintering), as well as the resuspension of industrial soils, likely represent some significant TM source-terms in the supermicronic fraction. The EFCrust comparison between the two prevailing sectors demonstrates the importance of steelworks and smelting emissions in the abundance of some TM (As, Cd, Fe, Mn, Mo, Pb, Rb and Zn). In contrast, the Cr and Co concentrations seem to be more related to coal combustion emissions, Cu and Sb to automotive traffic, and V, La and Ni to petrochemical activities.

  3. Ultrafine coal single stage dewatering and briquetting process

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. W. Wilson; R. Q. Honaker

    1995-01-01

    It is well known that a large portion of the pyrite particles in the coal seams of the Illinois Basin are finely disseminated within the coal matrix. In order to liberate these micron size pyrite particles, one must use a fine grinding operation. The ultrafine coal particles are difficult to dewater and create problems in coal transportation, as well as

  4. Development of a 30-kW high temperature solar receiver using small particles as the heat exchanger

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    Hunt, A. J.; Deiringer, M.; Evans, D. B.; Hansen, L.; Hull, P. G.; Paydarfar, D.

    1982-09-01

    The purpose of this work is to develop a new type of solar thermal receiver that utilizes concentrated sunlight to heat a gas to high temperature to operate a turboelectric generator or to supply industrial process heat. The Small Particle Heat Exchange Receiver (SPHER) uses a very small mass of ultrafine carbon particles suspended in a gas to absorb sunlight and transfer the heat to the gas. The concentrated sunlight, provided by a parabolic dish or system of mirrors, passes through a window into a chamber containing the absorbing suspension. Because the energies are very small, they are not significantly affected by gravitational or inertial forces; they are effectively part of the gas.

  5. Development of an Ultra-fine Coal Dewatering Technology and an Integrated Flotation-Dewatering System for Coal Preparation Plants

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    Wu Zhang; David Yang; Amar Amarnath; Iftikhar Huq; Scott O'Brien; Jim Williams

    2006-12-22

    The project proposal was approved for only the phase I period. The goal for this Phase I project was to develop an industrial model that can perform continuous and efficient dewatering of fine coal slurries of the previous flotation process to fine coal cake of {approx}15% water content from 50-70%. The feasibility of this model should be demonstrated experimentally using a lab scale setup. The Phase I project was originally for one year, from May 2005 to May 2006. With DOE approval, the project was extended to Dec. 2006 without additional cost from DOE to accomplish the work. Water has been used in mining for a number of purposes such as a carrier, washing liquid, dust-catching media, fire-retardation media, temperature-control media, and solvent. When coal is cleaned in wet-processing circuits, waste streams containing water, fine coal, and noncombustible particles (ash-forming minerals) are produced. In many coal preparation plants, the fine waste stream is fed into a series of selection processes where fine coal particles are recovered from the mixture to form diluted coal fine slurries. A dewatering process is then needed to reduce the water content to about 15%-20% so that the product is marketable. However, in the dewatering process currently used in coal preparation plants, coal fines smaller than 45 micrometers are lost, and in many other plants, coal fines up to 100 micrometers are also wasted. These not-recovered coal fines are mixed with water and mineral particles of the similar particle size range and discharged to impoundment. The wasted water from coal preparation plants containing unrecoverable coal fine and mineral particles are called tailings. With time the amount of wastewater accumulates occupying vast land space while it appears as threat to the environment. This project developed a special extruder and demonstrated its application in solid-liquid separation of coal slurry, tailings containing coal fines mostly less than 50 micron. The extruder is special because all of its auger surface and the internal barrier surface are covered with the membranes allowing water to drain and solid particles retained. It is believed that there are four mechanisms working together in the dewatering process. They are hydrophilic diffusion flow, pressure flow, agitation and air purging. Hydrophilic diffusion flow is effective with hydrophilic membrane. Pressure flow is due to the difference of hydraulic pressure between the two sides of the membrane. Agitation is provided by the rotation of the auger. Purging is achieved with the air blow from the near bottom of the extruder, which is in vertical direction.

  6. Development of ultrafine-grained microstructure in Al-Cu-Mg alloy through equal-channel angular pressing

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    Sai Anuhya, Danam; Gupta, Ashutosh; Nayan, Niraj; Narayana Murty, S. V. S.; Manna, R.; Sastry, G. V. S.

    2014-08-01

    Al-Cu-Mg alloys are extensively used for riveting applications in aerospace industries due to their relatively high shear strength coupled with high plasticity. The significant advantage of using V65 aluminum alloy ((Al-4Cu-0.2Mg) for rivet application also stems from its significantly slower natural aging kinetics, which gives operational flexibility to carryout riveting operation even after 4 days of solution heat treatment, in contrast to its equivalent alloy AA2024.Rivets are usually made by cold heading of wire rods. In order to form a defect free rivet head, grain size control in wire rods is essential at each and every stage of processing right from casting onwards upto the final wire drawing stage. Wire drawing is carried out at room temperature to reduce diameter as well as impart good surface finish. In the present study, different microstructures in V65 alloy bars were produced by rolling at different temperatures (room temperature to 523K) and subsequently deformed by equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) at 423K upto an equivalent strain of 7. ECAP was carried out to study the effect of initial microstructure on grain refinement and degree of deformation on the evolution of ultrafine grain structure. The refinement of V65 alloy by ECAP is significantly influenced by Initial microstructure but amount of deformation strongly affects the evolution processes as revealed by optical microscopy and transmission electron microscopy.

  7. Ultrafine PEG-coated poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) nanoparticles formulated by hydrophobic surfactant-assisted one-pot synthesis for biomedical applications

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    Chu, Chih-Hang; Wang, Yu-Chao; Huang, Hsin-Ying; Wu, Li-Chen; Yang, Chung-Shi

    2011-05-01

    A novel method was developed for the one-pot synthesis of ultrafine poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) nanoparticles (PLGA NPs), using an emulsion solvent evaporation formulation method. Using either cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) or poly(ethylene glycol)-distearyl phosphoethanolamine (PEGPE) as an oily emulsifier during the emulsion process, produced PLGA particle sizes of less than 50 nm, constituting a breakthrough in emulsion formulation methods. The yield of ultrafine PLGA NPs increased with PEGPE/PLGA ratio, reaching a plateau at around 85%, when the PEGPE/PLGA ratio reached 3:1. The PEGPE-PLGA NPs exhibited high drug loading content, reduced burst release, good serum stability, and enhanced cell uptake rate compared with traditional PLGA NPs. Sub-50 nm diameter PEG-coated ultrafine PLGA NPs show great potential for in vivo drug delivery systems.

  8. Initial study of dry ultrafine coal beneficiation utilizing triboelectric charging with subsequent electrostatic separation

    SciTech Connect

    Link, T.A.; Killmeyer, R.P.; Elstrodt, R.H.; Haden, N.H.

    1990-10-01

    A novel, dry process using electrostatics to beneficiate ultrafine coal is being developed by the Coal Preparation Division at the Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center. The historical concept of triboelectricity and its eventual use as a means of charging coal for electrostatic separation will be discussed. Test data from a first-generation and a second-generation Tribo-Electrostatic separator are presented showing the effects of feed particle size, separator voltage, solids concentration in air, and particle velocity on separation performance. 10 refs., 10 figs., 9 tabs.

  9. Defects and failure in ultra-fine copper magnet wire

    SciTech Connect

    Murr, L.E.; Flores, R.D. [Univ. of Texas, El Paso, TX (United States). Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering] [Univ. of Texas, El Paso, TX (United States). Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

    1998-08-04

    The flow processes in wire drawing and extrusion are extremely nonhomogeneous and depend prominently on the die half-angle, the fractional reduction, the velocity vector, the friction shear factor between the die and the wire surface, and the strain hardening capacity of the drawing metal. Structural damage during wire drawing for a given microstructure has been found to correlate with the amount of hydrostatic stress developed. Nonmetallic inclusions such as oxide particles and more recently hard metallic inclusions can nucleate voids and cracks along with an insidious phenomenon called central burst or cupping. In addition, there appears to be a microstructural distinction around the wire centerline which has not been investigated in any systematic manner. In fact, microstructural characterization of drawn copper magnet wires seems to have received little or no consideration, especially utilizing transmission electron microscopy (TEM). This study represents an effort to rectify these shortcomings by applying light metallography (LM) and TEM to the study of a wide range of copper rod and drawn wire microstructures, including ultra-fine wire microstructures. The authors define ultra-fine wire to be smaller than 44 gauge (<50 {micro}m diameter; which is roughly one-third the diameter of a human hair).

  10. Modelling detonation in ultrafine tatb hemispherical boosters using crest

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    Whitworth, Nicholas J.

    2012-03-01

    Hemispherical ultrafine TATB boosters can initiate detonation in the TATB-based explosive LX-17. For accurate hydrocode predictions of experiments using this combination of explosives, it is important to accurately model the detonation wave emerging from the booster material since this may influence the detonation behaviour in the main charge. Since ultrafine TATB exhibits non-ideal detonation behaviour, its response should be modelled using reactive flow. In this paper, the CREST reactive burn model, which uses entropy-dependent reaction rates to simulate explosive behaviour, is applied to LLNL experimental data obtained from ultrafine TATB hemispherical boosters initiated by slapper detonators at three initial temperatures (ambient, -20°C, and -54°C). The ambient temperature data is used to develop an initial CREST model for ultrafine TATB which is then subsequently applied to the cold data. A comparison of the experimental and modelling results is presented showing that the model gives good agreement to experiment at both ambient and cold temperatures

  11. Stability of ultrafine-grained structure of copper under fatigue loading

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    Ludvík Kunz; Petr Lukáš; Libor Pantelejev; Ondrej Man

    2011-01-01

    Stability of microstructure of ultrafine-grained materials under cyclic loading is a crucial condition for their good fatigue performance. Changes of microstructure due to fatigue in bulk, localization of cyclic plasticity into cyclic slip bands and related development of microstructure were experimentally studied on ultrafine-grained copper prepared by equal channel angular pressing. Different reaction of ultrafine-grained structure to plastic strain-controlled and

  12. A new and superior ultrafine cementitious grout

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    Ahrens, E.H.

    1997-04-01

    Sealing fractures in nuclear waste repositories concerns all programs investigating deep burial as a means of disposal. Because the most likely mechanism for contaminant migration is by dissolution and movement through groundwater, sealing programs are seeking low-viscosity sealants that are chemically, mineralogically, and physically compatible with the host rock. This paper presents the results of collaborative work directed by Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and supported by Whiteshell Laboratories, operated by Atomic Energy of Canada, Ltd. The work was undertaken in support of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), an underground nuclear waste repository located in a salt formation east of Carlsbad, NM. This effort addresses the technology associated with long-term isolation of nuclear waste in a natural salt medium. The work presented is part of the WIPP plugging and sealing program, specifically the development and optimization of an ultrafine cementitious grout that can be injected to lower excessive, strain-induced hydraulic conductivity in the fractured rock termed the Disturbed Rock Zone (DRZ) surrounding underground excavations. Innovative equipment and procedures employed in the laboratory produced a usable cement-based grout; 90% of the particles were smaller than 8 microns and the average particle size was 4 microns. The process involved simultaneous wet pulverization and mixing. The grout was used for a successful in situ test underground at the WIPP. Injection of grout sealed microfractures as small as 6 microns (and in one rare instance, 3 microns) and lowered the gas transmissivity of the DRZ by up to three orders of magnitude. Following the WIPP test, additional work produced an improved version of the grout containing particles 90% smaller than 5 microns and averaging 2 microns. This grout will be produced in dry form, ready for the mixer.

  13. Flocculation, hydrophobic agglomeration and filtration of ultrafine coal

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    Yu, Zhimin

    In coal preparation plant circuits, fine coal particles are aggregated either by oil agglomeration or by flocculation. In a new hydrophobic agglomeration process, recently developed hydrophobic latices are utilized. While the selectivity of such aggregation processes determines the beneficiation results, the degree of aggregation has a strong effect on fine coal filtration. The aim of this research was to study the fundamentals and analyze the common grounds for these processes, including the potential effect of the coal surface properties. The selective flocculation tests, in which three types of coal, which differed widely in surface wettability, and three additives (hydrophobic latices, a semi-hydrophobic flocculant and a typical hydrophilic polyelectrolyte) were utilized, showed that coal wettability plays a very important role in selective flocculation. The abstraction of a hydrophobic latex on coal and silica revealed that the latex had a much higher affinity towards hydrophobic coal than to hydrophilic mineral matter. As a result, the UBC-1 hydrophobic latex flocculated only hydrophobic coal particles while the polyelectrolyte (PAM) flocculated all the tested coal samples and minerals, showing no selectivity in the fine coal beneficiation. The oil agglomeration was tested using kerosene emulsified with various surfactants (e.g. cationic, anionic and non-ionic). Surfactants enhance not only oil emulsification, hence reducing oil consumption (down to 0.25--0.5%), but also entirely change the electrokinetic properties of the droplets and affect the interaction energy between oil droplets and coal particles. Consequently, the results found in the course of the experimental work strongly indicate that even oxidized coals can be agglomerated if cationic surfactants are used to emulsify the oil. Oil agglomeration of the Ford-4 ultrafine coal showed that even at extremely low oil consumption (0.25 to 0.5%), a clean coal product with an ash content around 5% at over 99.9% coal recovery could be obtained in a one-stage separation by screening the agglomerated product. If a conventional oil agglomeration process is used instead, oil consumption as high as 30% is needed to obtain comparable results. In the tests on filtration and dewatering of ultrafine and fine coals, the effect of chemical additives and coal surface properties was investigated. The tests revealed very significant differences in the filtration of ultrafine (-45 mum) and fine (-500 mum) coals. The moisture contents in the filter cakes in the tests with ultrafine coal were around 40% (irrespective of the coal surface properties), while for the fine coal the moisture content fluctuated around 18% (Ford-4) and 30% (Ford-13). The results revealed that the hydrophobic latex and the emulsified oils could not only successfully beneficiate the ultrafine coal but also significantly increase filtration rate and/or reduce moisture content of the filter cake. Among the chemicals tested, the emulsified oils were found to be the most promising not only for the beneficiation but also for filtration and dewatering processes. Surfactants were found to only slightly affect the filtration of fine coal. However, they can influence filtration very profoundly if utilized to emulsify the oil which is used to agglomerate coal prior to its filtration.

  14. Synthesis of ultrafine particles of intermetallic compounds by the vapor-phase magnesium reduction of chloride mixtures: Part II. Nickel aluminides

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    H. Y. Sohn; S. Paldey

    1998-01-01

    The new chemical synthesis process developed in this laboratory for the preparation of the fine powders of intermetallic compounds\\u000a by the vapor-phase reduction of mixtures of constituent metal chlorides by magnesium vapor, described in Part I for titanium\\u000a aluminides, was applied to the synthesis of nickel aluminide particles. NiAl, NiAl3, and Ni2Al3 were formed by reducing mixtures of NiCl2 and

  15. Health hazards of ultrafine metal and metal oxide powders

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    Boylen, G. W., Jr.; Chamberlin, R. I.; Viles, F. J.

    1969-01-01

    Study reveals that suggested threshold limit values are from two to fifty times lower than current recommended threshold limit values. Proposed safe limits of exposure to the ultrafine dusts are based on known toxic potential of various materials as determined in particle size ranges.

  16. Enhanced unipolar charging of concentration-enriched particles using water-based condensational growth

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    Bangwoo Han; Neelakshi Hudda; Zhi Ning; Constantinos Sioutas

    2008-01-01

    A novel methodology with high efficiency for charging fine and ultrafine particles was developed and evaluated. The technique has been realized by combining the versatile aerosol concentration enrichment system (VASES) developed by our group and a newly developed unipolar charger equipped with carbon fiber ionizers. Particles are grown to super-micron droplets via condensation of ultrapure deionized water and then concentrated

  17. Real-world PM, NO x, CO, and ultrafine particle emission factors for military non-road heavy duty diesel vehicles

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    Zhu, Dongzi; Nussbaum, Nicholas J.; Kuhns, Hampden D.; Chang, M.-C. Oliver; Sodeman, David; Moosmüller, Hans; Watson, John G.

    2011-05-01

    Training on US military bases involves nonroad diesel vehicles with emissions that can affect base personnel, nearby communities, and attainment of air quality standards. Nonroad diesel engines contribute 44% of diesel PM and 12% of total NO x emissions from mobile sources nationwide. Although military sector fuel use accounts for only ?0.4% of distillate fuel use in US, emissions factors measured for these engines improve the representation of the relatively small (as compared to onroad sources) database of nonroad emission factors. Heavy-duty multi-axle, all-wheel drive military trucks are not compatible with regular single-axle dynamometers and their emissions cannot be measured under standard laboratory conditions. We have developed a novel in-plume technique to measure in-use emissions from vehicles with elevated stack. Real-world gaseous and particulate matter (PM) emission factors (EFs) from ten 7-ton 6-wheel drive trucks and two 8-wheel drive heavy tactical Logistics Vehicle System (LVS) vehicles were measured using in-plume sampling. The EFs of these trucks are comparable to those of onroad trucks while the PM EFs of 2-stroke LVS are ?10 times higher than those of onroad vehicles. Lower EC/PM ratio was observed for LVS compared with MTVR. PM number emission factors were 5.9 × 10 14 particles km -1 for the trucks and 2.5 × 10 16 particles km -1 for the LVSs, three orders of magnitude higher than the proposed European Union standard of 6 × 10 11 particles km -1. The EFs sampled can be extended to engines used in the broader nonroad sector including agriculture and mining and used as inputs to the NONROAD model.

  18. Flow and compaction behaviour of ultrafine coated ibuprofen.

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    More, Parth K; Khomane, Kailas S; Bansal, Arvind K

    2013-01-30

    Good flow and compaction properties are prerequisites for successful compaction process. Apart from initial profile, mechanical properties of pharmaceutical powders can get modified during unit processes like milling. Milled powders can exhibit a wide range of particle size distribution. Further downstream processing steps like compaction can be affected by this differential particle size distribution. This has greatest implications for formulations like high dose drugs wherein the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) contributes the maximum bulk in the final formulation. The present study assesses the impact of dry coating with ultrafine particles of same material, on the flow and compaction properties of the core material. Ibuprofen was selected as model drug as it has been reported to have poor mechanical properties. Ultrafine ibuprofen (average size 1.75 ?m) was generated by Dyno(®) milling and was dry coated onto the core ibuprofen particles (average size 180 ?m). Compaction studies were performed using a fully instrumented rotary tablet press. Compaction data was analyzed for compressibility, tabletability, compactibility profiles and Heckel plot. Dry coating of the ibuprofen exhibited greater compressibility and tabletability, at lower compaction pressure. However, at compaction pressure above 220 MPa, compressibility and tabletability of coated as well as uncoated materials were found to be similar. Heckel analysis also supported the above findings, as P(y) value of uncoated ibuprofen was found to be 229.49 MPa and for 2.0% ultrafine coated ibuprofen was found to be 158.53 MPa. Lower P(y) value of ultrafine coated ibuprofen indicated ease of plastic deformation. Superior compressibility and deformation behaviour of ultrafine coated ibuprofen attributed to increased interparticulate bonding area. This strategy can also be explored for improving tabletability of high dose poorly compressible drugs. PMID:23142495

  19. VERSATILE AEROSOL CONCENTRATION ENRICHMENT SYSTEM (VACES) FOR SIMULTANEOUS IN VIVO AND IN VITRO EVALUATION OF TOXIC EFFECTS OF ULTRAFINE, FINE AND COARSE AMBIENT PARTICLES. PART II: FIELD EVALUATION. (R827352C001)

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    This study presents results from a field evaluation of a mobile versatile aerosol concentration enrichment system (VACES), designed to enhance the ambient concentrations of ultrafine (less than 0.18 ...

  20. VERSATILE AEROSOL CONCENTRATION ENRICHMENT SYSTEM (VACES) FOR SIMULTANEOUS IN-VIVO AND IN-VITRO EVALUATION OF TOXIC EFFECTS OF ULTRAFINE, FINE, AND COARSE AMBIENT PARTICLES. PART II. FIELD EVALUATION. (R826232)

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    Abstract This study presents results from a field evaluation of a mobile versatile aerosol concentration enrichment system (VACES), designed to enhance the ambient concentrations of ultrafine (less than 0.18 ...

  1. Consequences of Developmental Exposure to Concentrated Ambient Ultrafine Particle Air Pollution Combined with the Adult Paraquat and Maneb Model of the Parkinson’s Disease Phenotype in Male Mice

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    Allen, Joshua L; Liu, Xiufang; Weston, Douglas; Conrad, Katherine; Oberdörster, Günter; Cory-Slechta, Deborah A

    2014-01-01

    Current evidence suggests suceptibility of both the substantia nigra and striatum to exposure to components of air pollution. Further, air pollution has been associated with increased risk of PD diagnsosis in humans or PD-like pathology in animals. This study examined whether exposure of mice to concentrated ambient ultrafine particles (CAPS; <100 nm diameter) during the first two weeks of life would alter susceptibility to induction of the Parkinson’s disease phenyotype (PDP) in a pesticide-based paraquat and maneb (PQ+MB) model during adulthood utilizing i.p. injections of 10 mg/kg PQ and 30 mg/kg MB 2× per week for 6 weeks. Evidence of CAPS-induced enhancement of the PQ+MB PDP was limited primarily to delayed recovery of locomotor activity 24 post injection of PQ+MB that could be related to alterations in striatal GABA inhibitory function. Absence of more extensive interactions might also reflect the finding that CAPS and PQ+MB appeared to differentially target the nigrostriatal dopamine and amino acid systems, with CAPS impacting striatum and PQ+MB impacting dopamine-glutamate function in midbrain; both CAPS and PQ+MB elevated glutamate levels in these specific regions, consistent with potential excitotoxicity. These findings demonstrate the ability of postnatal CAPS to produce locomotor dysfunction and dopaminergic and glutamateric changes, independent of PQ+MB, in brain regions involved in the PDP. PMID:24486957

  2. Prototype development and testing of ultrafine grain NZP ceramics. Final report, July 28, 1995--April 27, 1997

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    Brown, J.J.

    1997-08-04

    The goal of this project was to demonstrate that a new low-expanding ceramic (Ca{sub 0.6},Mg{sub 0.4})Zr{sub 4}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}, hereafter referred to as CMZP, could be used as an exhaust manifold liner in off-road diesel engines and provide improved engine efficiency (by permitting higher engine operating temperature). This study has successfully demonstrated this improvement and further engine testing (and possible manufacturing) is presently underway at Caterpillar Inc. Laboratories. Basically this program involved two subcontracts: one to Virginia Tech to develop sintering procedures for CMZP, and one to Caterpillar, Inc. to develop slip casting procedures for CMZP. Nearly 100kg of CMZP were prepared by MATVA, Inc. and Virginia Tech for use by Caterpillar. Virginia Tech developed detailed sintering procedures for CMZP and Caterpillar developed slip casting procedures and manufactured several exhaust manifold elbows. These elbows have been cast into prototype cylinder heads and have been shown to be acceptable replacements for metal manifolds. (Caterpillar advises that a new component may require up to 6 years of testing and qualification before acceptance as standard diesel engine part).

  3. Multi-scale fluidization of ultrafine powders in a fast-bed-riser\\/conical-dipleg CFB loop

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    Hongzhong Li; Hua Tong

    2004-01-01

    The multi-scale methodology has been used as a conceptual tool in devising an apparatus for continuous processing of ultra-fine particles in the fluidized state. The apparatus combines a fast-bed riser with a conical dipleg into a circulating fluidized bed (CFB) loop. The micro-scale discrete ultra-fine particles gather together into meso-scale agglomerates on account of inter-particle forces, in both the fast-bed

  4. EFFECT OF CENTRAL FANS AND IN-DUCT FILTERS ON DEPOSITION RATES OF ULTRAFINE AND FINE PARTICLES IN AN OCCUPIED TOWNHOUSE

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    Airborne particles are implicated in morbidity and mortality of certain high-risk subpopulations. Exposure to particles occurs mostly indoors, where a main removal mechanism is deposition to surfaces. Deposition can be affected by the use of forced- air circulation through duct...

  5. Simulation of particle agglomeration using dissipative particle dynamics

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    Mokkapati, Srinivas Praveen

    2009-05-15

    Attachment of particles to one another due to action of certain inter-particle forces is called as particle agglomeration. It has applications ranging from efficient capture of ultra-fine particles generated in coal-burning boilers to effective...

  6. Ultrafine coal single stage dewatering and briquetting process. Technical report, December 1, 1994February 28, 1995

    Microsoft Academic Search

    1996-01-01

    It is well known that a large portion of the pyrite particles in the coal seams of the Illinois Basin, are finely disseminated within the coal matrix. In order to liberate these micron size pyrite particles, one must use a fine grinding operation. The ultrafine coal particles that are produced are difficult to dewater and they create problems in coal

  7. Ultrafine coal single stage dewatering and briquetting process. Technical report, September 1November 30, 1994

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    J. W. Wilson; R. Q. Honaker

    1994-01-01

    It is well known that a large portion of the pyrite particles in the coal seams of the Illinois Basin, are finely disseminated within the coal matrix. In order to liberate these micron size pyrite particles, one must use a fine grinding operation. The ultrafine coal particles that are produced are difficult to dewater and they create problems in coal

  8. Respiratory effects of fine and ultrafine particles from indoor sources--a randomized sham-controlled exposure study of healthy volunteers.

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    Soppa, Vanessa J; Schins, Roel P F; Hennig, Frauke; Hellack, Bryan; Quass, Ulrich; Kaminski, Heinz; Kuhlbusch, Thomas A J; Hoffmann, Barbara; Weinmayr, Gudrun

    2014-07-01

    Particulate air pollution is linked to impaired respiratory health. We analyzed particle emissions from common indoor sources (candles burning (CB), toasting bread (TB), frying sausages (FS)) and lung function in 55 healthy volunteers (mean age 33.0 years) in a randomized cross-over controlled exposure study. Lung-deposited particle surface area concentration (PSC), size-specific particle number concentration (PNC) up to 10 µm, and particle mass concentration (PMC) of PM1, PM2.5 and PM10 were determined during exposure (2 h). FEV1, FVC and MEF25%-75% was measured before, 4 h and 24 h after exposure. Wilcoxon-rank sum tests (comparing exposure scenarios) and mixed linear regression using particle concentrations and adjusting for personal characteristics, travel time and transportation means before exposure sessions were performed. While no effect was seen comparing the exposure scenarios and in the unadjusted model, inverse associations were found for PMC from CB and FS in relation to FEV1 and MEF25%-75%. with a change in 10 µg/m3 in PM2.5 from CB being associated with a change in FEV1 of -19 mL (95%-confidence interval:-43; 5) after 4 h. PMC from TB and PNC of UFP were not associated with lung function changes, but PSC from CB was. Elevated indoor fine particles from certain sources may be associated with small decreases in lung function in healthy adults. PMID:25000149

  9. Respiratory Effects of Fine and Ultrafine Particles from Indoor Sources—A Randomized Sham-Controlled Exposure Study of Healthy Volunteers

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    Soppa, Vanessa J.; Schins, Roel P. F.; Hennig, Frauke; Hellack, Bryan; Quass, Ulrich; Kaminski, Heinz; Kuhlbusch, Thomas A. J.; Hoffmann, Barbara; Weinmayr, Gudrun

    2014-01-01

    Particulate air pollution is linked to impaired respiratory health. We analyzed particle emissions from common indoor sources (candles burning (CB), toasting bread (TB), frying sausages (FS)) and lung function in 55 healthy volunteers (mean age 33.0 years) in a randomized cross-over controlled exposure study. Lung-deposited particle surface area concentration (PSC), size-specific particle number concentration (PNC) up to 10 µm, and particle mass concentration (PMC) of PM1, PM2.5 and PM10 were determined during exposure (2 h). FEV1, FVC and MEF25%–75% was measured before, 4 h and 24 h after exposure. Wilcoxon-rank sum tests (comparing exposure scenarios) and mixed linear regression using particle concentrations and adjusting for personal characteristics, travel time and transportation means before exposure sessions were performed. While no effect was seen comparing the exposure scenarios and in the unadjusted model, inverse associations were found for PMC from CB and FS in relation to FEV1 and MEF25%–75%. with a change in 10 µg/m3 in PM2.5 from CB being associated with a change in FEV1 of ?19 mL (95%-confidence interval:?43; 5) after 4 h. PMC from TB and PNC of UFP were not associated with lung function changes, but PSC from CB was. Elevated indoor fine particles from certain sources may be associated with small decreases in lung function in healthy adults. PMID:25000149

  10. The Effect of Ultrafine Aerosol (0.5 to 50 NM (0.05 Micrometers)) on the Deposition of Radon Progeny in Human Lungs and Implications for the Measurement of Exposure.

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    Schmalbeck, Linda Michaels

    1995-01-01

    Despite a generally acknowledged public health risk from indoor exposure to airborne radon progeny, measurement techniques in current use do not provide sufficient information to assess risk from exposures in the home. By contrast, a simple, direct, measurement (the working level month) is a reliable starting point for the evaluation of miners' risks from radon progeny exposure. Ultrafine particles (0.5 to 50 nm in diameter) are frequently present in room air, especially during high occupancy times when activities like cooking and cleaning are taking place; but they are virtually absent from mine air. Measurement techniques used to evaluate mine and indoor air exposures do not supply any size-based data. Few studies of ultrafine aerosol deposition in humans have been undertaken, and none of these has specifically examined ultrafine particle deposition in the radiosensitive bronchial region of the respiratory tract. In this research, the effect of ultrafine aerosol on radon progeny deposition in the bronchial airways was studied using: (1) a unique human exposure data base involving 8 men and 4 women volunteers, (2) a mathematical model describing the attachment behavior of radon progeny in the presence of aerosol developed as part of this work, and (3) a human respiratory-tract deposition model. The addition of ultrafine aerosol to the air breathed by human subjects more than doubled the amount of radon progeny activity deposited in the bronchial region of the subjects' lungs, although radon gas concentration was held constant during all exposure experiments. The gamma activity measured in vivo remained higher at all times after exposure to ultrafine aerosol, while the rate of gamma activity clearance from the region was, on average, about 40 percent faster following ultrafine aerosol exposure. The human exposure data demonstrated that some aerosol size information is crucial to the determination of regional lung deposition and, consequently, the calculation of dose. The level of aerosol size detail that is necessary in order to support the development of dosimetrically defined measurements was evaluated. Three critical ultrafine size ranges were defined using these techniques--0.5 to 4 nm, 4 to 30 nm, and 30 to 250 nm.

  11. Development of plasmid and oligonucleotide nanometric particles.

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    Dauty, E; Behr, J-P; Remy, J-S

    2002-06-01

    Nucleic acids delivery vectors have shown promising therapeutic potential in model systems. However, comparable clinical success is delayed essentially because of their poor biodistribution and of their ineffective intracellular trafficking. The size of condensed DNA particles is a key determinant for in vivo diffusion, as well as for gene delivery to the cell nucleus. Towards this goal, we have developed cationic thiol-detergents that individually compact plasmid DNA molecules into anionic particles. These particles are then 'stabilized' by air-induced dimerization of the detergent into a disulfide lipid on the template DNA. The particles all measure approximately 30 nm, which corresponds to the volume of a single molecule of plasmid DNA. The gel electrophoretic mobility of the anionic particles was found to be higher than that of the plasmid DNA itself. Similarly, particles formed with a 31-mer oligonucleotide measured 19 nm. Improved in vivo diffusion, as well as improved intracellular trafficking may be inferred from the faster migration of the complexes. Moreover, the size of the particles remains compatible with nuclear pore crossing. Finally, in an attempt to improve the biodistribution of these particles, we have coated the monomolecular particles with a poly(ethylene glycol) corona. PMID:12032701

  12. Ionizer assisted air filtration for collection of submicron and ultrafine particles-evaluation of long-term performance and influencing factors.

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    Shi, Bingbing; Ekberg, Lars

    2015-06-01

    Previous research has demonstrated that unipolar ionization can enhance the filter performance to collect airborne particles, aeroallergens, and airborne microorganisms, without affecting the filter pressure drop. However, there is a lack of research on the long-term system performance as well as the influence of environmental and operational parameters. In this paper, both field and laboratory tests were carried out to evaluate the long-term particle collection efficiency of a synthetic filter of class M6 with and without ionization. The effect of air velocity, temperature, relative humidity, and particle concentration were further investigated in laboratory tests. Results showed that ionization enhanced the filtration efficiency by 40%-units during most of the operation time. When the ionization system was managed by periodically switching the ionizer polarity, the filtration efficiency against PM0.3-0.5 was maintained above 50% during half a year. Furthermore, the pressure drop of the ionizer-assisted M6 filter was 25-30% lower than that of a filter of class F7. The evaluation of various influencing factors demonstrated that (1) air moisture reduced the increase of filtration efficiency; (2) higher upstream particle concentration and air velocity decreased the filtration efficiency; and (3) the air temperature had very limited effect on the filtration efficiency. PMID:25923591

  13. High-temperature LDV seed particle development

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    Frish, Michael B.; Pierce, Vicky G.

    1989-01-01

    The feasibility of developing a method for making monodisperse, unagglomerated spherical particles greater than 50 nm in diameter was demonstrated. Carbonaceous particles were made by pyrolyzing ethylene with a pulsed CO2 laser, thereby creating a non-equilibrium mixture of carbon, hydrogen, hydrocarbon vapors, and unpyrolyzed ethylene. Via a complex series of reactions, the carbon and hydrocarbon vapors quickly condensed into the spherical particles. By cooling and dispersing them in a supersonic expansion immediately after their creation, the hot newly-formed spheres were prevented from colliding and coalescing, thus preventing the problem of agglomeration which as plagued other investigators studying laser-simulated particle formation. The cold particles could be left suspended in the residual gases indefinitely without agglomerating. Their uniform sizes and unagglomerated nature were visualized by collecting the particles on filters that were subsequently examined using electron microscopy. It was found the mean particle size can be coarsely controlled by varying the initial ethylene pressure, and can be finely controlled by varying the fluence (energy/unit area) with which the laser irradiates the gas. The motivating application for this research was to manufacture particles that could be used as laser Doppler velocimetry (LDV) seeds in high-temperature high-speed flows. Though the particles made in this program will not evaporate until heated to about 3000 K, and thus could serve as LDV seeds in some applications, they are not ideal when the hot atmosphere is also oxidizing. In that situation, ceramic materials would be preferable. Research performed elsewhere has demonstrated that selected ceramic materials can be manufactured by laser pyrolysis of appropriate supply gases. It is anticipated that, when the same gases are used in conjunction with the rapid cooling technique, unagglomerated spherical ceramic particles can be made with little difficulty. Such particles would also be valuable to manufacturers of ceramic or abrasive products, and this technique may find its greatest commercial potential in those areas.

  14. Utility of an alternative bicycle commute route of lower proximity to motorised traffic in decreasing exposure to ultra-fine particles, respiratory symptoms and airway inflammation – a structured exposure experiment

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    2013-01-01

    Background Bicycle commuting in an urban environment of high air pollution is known to be a potential health risk, especially for susceptible individuals. While risk management strategies aimed to reduce exposure to motorised traffic emissions have been suggested, only limited studies have assessed the utility of such strategies in real-world circumstances. Objectives The potential to lower exposure to ultrafine particles (UFP; < 0.1 ?m) during bicycle commuting by reducing proximity to motorised traffic was investigated with real-time air pollution and intermittent acute inflammatory measurements in healthy individuals using their typical higher proximity, and an alternative lower proximity, bicycle commute route. Methods Thirty-five healthy adults (mean ± SD: age = 39 ± 11 yr; 29% female) completed two return trips, one each in the condition of their typical route (HIGH) and a pre-determined alternative route of lower proximity to motorised traffic (LOW); proximity being determined by the proportion of on-road cycle paths. Particle number concentration (PNC) and diameter (PD) were monitored in-commute in real-time. Acute inflammatory indices of respiratory symptoms (as a scalar of frequency from very low to very high / 1 to 5), lung function and spontaneous sputum (for inflammatory cell analyses) were collected immediately pre-commute, and immediately and three hours post-commute. Results In the condition of LOW, compared to in the condition of HIGH, there was a significant decrease in mean PNC (1.91 x e4 ± 0.93 × e4 ppcc vs. 2.95 × e4 ± 1.50 × e4 ppcc; p ? 0.001), and the mean frequency of in-commute offensive odour detection (2.1 vs. 2.8; p = 0.019), dust and soot observation (1.7 vs. 2.3; p = 0.038) and nasopharyngeal irritation (1.5 vs. 1.9; p = 0.007). There were no significant differences between LOW and HIGH in the commute distance and duration (12.8 ± 7.1 vs. 12.0 ± 6.9 km and 44 ± 17 vs. 42 ± 17 min, respectively), or other indices of acute airway inflammation. Conclusions Exposure to PNC and offensive odour, and nasopharyngeal irritation, can be significantly lowered when utilising a route of lower proximity to motorised traffic whilst bicycle commuting, without significantly affecting commute distance or duration. This may bring health benefits for both healthy and susceptible individuals. PMID:23566176

  15. Modeling Detonation in Ultrafine TATB Hemispherical Boosters Using CREST

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    Whitworth, Nicholas

    2011-06-01

    Hemispherical ultrafine TATB boosters are often used to initiate detonation in the TATB-based explosive LX-17. For accurate hydrocode predictions of experiments using this combination of explosives, it is important to accurately model the detonation wave emerging from the booster material since this may influence the detonation behaviour in the main charge. Since ultrafine TATB exhibits non-ideal detonation behaviour, it's response should be modeled using reactive flow. In this paper, the CREST reactive burn model, which uses entropy-dependent reaction rates to simulate explosive behaviour, is applied to experimental data obtained from ultrafine TATB hemispherical boosters initiated by slapper detonators at three initial temperatures (ambient, -20 degC and -54 degC). The ambient temperature data is used to develop an initial CREST model for ultrafine TATB which is then subsequently applied to the cold data. A comparison of the experimental and modeling results is presented showing that the model gives good agreement to experiment at both ambient and cold temperatures.

  16. Ultrafine aerosol measurement using a condensation nucleus counterwith pulse height analysis

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    Saros, M.T.; Weber, R.J.; Marti, J.J.; McMurry, P.H. [Univ. ofMinnesota, Minneapolis, MN (United States)

    1996-08-01

    Photodetector pulse heights from an ultrafine condensation nucleuscounter increase monotonically with particle size in the nearly 2.7-15nm diameter range. The relationship can be used to measureconcentrations and size distributions of ultrafine aerosols. In thisstudy, we investigated the sensitivity of size-dependent pulse heightsto total particle concentration, absolute pressure (0.25-1 atmosphere),and particle composition (H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}, (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}SO{sub 4}, NaCl, and tungsten oxide). We found that pulse heights shifted significantlywith pressure and slightly with concentration. Coincidence led to errorsfor concentrations exceeding 4 x 10{sup 3} cm{sup -3}. Over the rangeof conditions investigated, however, the observed shifts in the pulseheight voltage were independent of size. The pulse height method isparticularly applicable to situations involving low ultrafine particleconcentrations, such as are encountered in the remote troposphere. 43refs., 12 figs., 1 tab.

  17. Optical Properties of LANTHANUM(2-X) Strontium(x) Nickel OXYGEN(4+DELTA) and Related High Critical Transition Temperature Materials, and, Generation and Characterization of Ultrafine Iron Carbide Particles Produced by Carbon Dioxide Laser Pyrolysis Technique

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    Bi, Xiang-Xin

    Part I. The optical conductivity sigma _1(omega) at T = 300 K of Sr-doped single crystal La_{2-x} Sr_{x}NiO _{4+delta} ((x, delta) = (0.0, 0.0), (0.05, 0.0), (0.10, 0.0), (0.0, 0.085), (0.20, 0.0), (~ 0.21, 0.0)) has been obtained from a Kramers-Kronig transformation of the ab-plane reflectivity in the range of 50-50,000 cm^{-1}. Although La_{2-x}Sr _{x}NiO_ {4+delta} does not exhibit majority phase superconductivity, sigma_1( omega) reveals a broad absorption band around 0.5 eV. We show that this mid-IR band for La_{2-x}Sr_{x}NiO_{4+delta } can be identified with photon-assisted hopping of small polarons. Furthermore, we observe an identical doping dependence of the oscillator strength of the mid -IR band in La_{2-x}Sr _{x}CuO _{4+delta} and La _{2-x}Sr_ {x}NiO_{4+ delta}, for which we identify the mid -IR band in the La_{2-x} Sr_{x}CuO _{4+delta} also with photon-assisted hopping of small polarons. From the analysis of the mid-IR band in La _{2-x}Sr_ {x}CuO_{4+ delta} and La_{2-x}Sr_{x} CuO_{4+delta} in terms of small polaron theory we conclude: (1) T _{c} correlates with the function f(x) ~ x(1-cx), where x is the number of small polarons per copper atom and c is a constant describing the correlation among the small polarons. (2) The occurrence of superconductivity in the 124 cuprates is due to the large value of 2J/E _{b} (polaron size), where E_{b} and J are polaron binding energy and electronic transfer integral. (3) For La_{2-x}Sr _{x}NiO _{4+delta}, J/E_ {b} is smaller which we argue is the reason for the lack of majority phase superconductivity. Furthermore, our analysis of sigma_1(omega) in the 124 and 123 cuprates suggests that T _{c} should increase with increasing (2J/E_{b}) or decreasing electron-phonon coupling strength (alpha).. Part II. A CO_2 layer pyrolysis system has been built for the synthesis of ultrafine iron-carbide particles by decomposing Fe(CO)_5 and C_2H_4 . Three, pure phase, nanoscale particles, alpha-Fe, Fe_3C and Fe_7C_3 with diameters ranging from 60 A to 170 A have been produced. The particles have been characterized by TEM (Transmission Electron Microscope), XRD (X-Ray Diffraction), Mossbauer effect and Raman scattering. These characterizations reveal that iron-carbide particles produced by this technique have crystalline structure in the particle core similar to the bulk and a typical, pyrolytic carbon coating of 3 monolayers on the surface.

  18. Development of plasmid and oligonucleotide nanometric particles

    Microsoft Academic Search

    E Dauty; J-P Behr; J-S Remy

    2002-01-01

    Nucleic acids delivery vectors have shown promising therapeutic potential in model systems. However, comparable clinical success is delayed essentially because of their poor biodistribution and of their ineffective intracellular trafficking. The size of condensed DNA particles is a key determinant for in vivo diffusion, as well as for gene delivery to the cell nucleus. Towards this goal, we have developed

  19. Protective effects of pulmonary epithelial lining fluid on oxidative stress and DNA single-strand breaks caused by ultrafine carbon black, ferrous sulphate and organic extract of diesel exhaust particles

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    Chuang, Hsiao-Chi [School of Respiratory Therapy, College of Medicine, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan (China) [School of Respiratory Therapy, College of Medicine, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Shuang Ho Hospital, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Cheng, Yi-Ling; Lei, Yu-Chen [Institute of Occupational Medicine and Industrial Hygiene, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (China)] [Institute of Occupational Medicine and Industrial Hygiene, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Chang, Hui-Hsien [Institute of Environmental Health, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (China)] [Institute of Environmental Health, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Cheng, Tsun-Jen, E-mail: tcheng@ntu.edu.tw [Institute of Occupational Medicine and Industrial Hygiene, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (China) [Institute of Occupational Medicine and Industrial Hygiene, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Department of Public Health, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (China)

    2013-02-01

    Pulmonary epithelial lining fluid (ELF) is the first substance to make contact with inhaled particulate matter (PM) and interacts chemically with PM components. The objective of this study was to determine the role of ELF in oxidative stress, DNA damage and the production of proinflammatory cytokines following physicochemical exposure to PM. Ultrafine carbon black (ufCB, 15 nm; a model carbonaceous core), ferrous sulphate (FeSO{sub 4}; a model transition metal) and a diesel exhaust particle (DEP) extract (a model organic compound) were used to examine the acellular oxidative potential of synthetic ELF and non-ELF systems. We compared the effects of exposure to ufCB, FeSO{sub 4} and DEP extract on human alveolar epithelial Type II (A549) cells to determine the levels of oxidative stress, DNA single-strand breaks and interleukin-8 (IL-8) production in ELF and non-ELF systems. The effects of ufCB and FeSO{sub 4} on the acellular oxidative potential, cellular oxidative stress and DNA single-strand breakage were mitigated significantly by the addition of ELF, whereas there was no decrease following treatment with the DEP extract. There was no significant effect on IL-8 production following exposure to samples that were suspended in ELF/non-ELF systems. The results of the present study indicate that ELF plays an important role in the initial defence against PM in the pulmonary environment. Experimental components, such as ufCB and FeSO{sub 4}, induced the production of oxidative stress and led to DNA single-strand breaks, which were moderately prevented by the addition of ELF. These findings suggest that ELF plays a protective role against PM-driven oxidative stress and DNA damage. -- Highlights: ? To determine the role of ELF in ROS, DNA damage and IL-8 after exposure to PM. ? ufCB, FeSO{sub 4} and DEP extract were used to examine the protective effects of ELF. ? PM-driven oxidative stress and DNA single-strand breakage were mitigated by ELF. ? The findings suggest that ELF has a protective role against PM. ? The synthetic ELF system could reduce the use of animals in PM-driven ROS testing.

  20. Development and scale-up of particle agglomeration processes for coal beneficiation

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    Shen, Meiyu

    The development of two modified agglomeration processes for coal beneficiation is presented separately in Parts I and II of this dissertation. Part I is based on research which was conducted to study the mechanism and characteristics of a gas-promoted oil agglomeration process. Part II is based on research which was carried out to develop a newer and more innovative method for agglomerating coal particles with microscopic gas bubbles in aqueous suspensions. In Part I, the development of a gas-promoted oil agglomeration process for cleaning coal was carried out with scale model mixing systems in which aqueous suspensions of ultrafine coal particles were treated with a liquid hydrocarbon and a small amount of air. The resulting agglomerates were recovered by screening. During batch agglomeration tests the progress of agglomeration was monitored by observing changes in agitator torque in the case of concentrated suspension. A key parameter turned out to be the minimum time te required to produce compact spherical agglomerates. Other important parameters included the projected area mean particle diameter of the agglomerates recovered at the end of a test as well as the ash content and yield of agglomerates. Batch agglomeration tests were conducted with geometrically similar mixing tanks which ranged in volume from 0.346 to 11.07 liters. It was shown that gas bubbles trigger the process of agglomeration and participate in a very complex mechanism involving the interaction of particles, oil droplets, and gas bubbles. The process takes place in stages involving dispersion of oil and gas, flocculation, coagulation, and agglomerate building. Numerous agglomeration tests were conducted with two kinds of coal in concentrated suspensions to determine the important characteristics of the process and to study the effects of the following operating parameters: i-octane concentration, air concentration, particle concentration, tank diameter, impeller diameter, and impeller speed. Several excellent correlations between the minimum time required to produce spherical agglomerates or a final agglomerate diameter and the operating parameters were obtained by using the general linear regression method. In addition, the results provided a basis for size scale up of an agglomeration system. In Part II, the technical feasibility of a gas agglomeration method for cleaning coal was demonstrated by means of bench-scale tests conducted with a mixing system which enabled the treatment of ultrafine coal particles with a colloidal suspension of microscopic gas bubbles in water. A suitable suspension of microbubbles was produced by agitation and a small amount of i-octane. When the suspension of microbubbles and coal particles was mixed, agglomeration was rapid and small spherical agglomerates were produced. Since the agglomerates floated, they were separated from the nonfloating tailings in a settling chamber. By employing this method in numerous agglomeration tests of moderately hydrophobic coals with 26 wt. % ash, it was shown that the ash content could be reduced to 6--7 wt. % while achieving a coal recovery of 75 to 85% on a dry, ash-free basis by using a solids concentration of 3 to 5 w/w %, air saturation of 5 to 15 psig, and i-octane concentration of 1.0 v/w % based on the coal weight. It was also shown that the process of agglomeration can be reversed by subjecting an aqueous suspension of agglomerates to a pressure sufficient to redissolve the microbubbles.

  1. Controlled stripes of ultrafine ferroelectric domains.

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    Feigl, Ludwig; Yudin, Petr; Stolichnov, Igor; Sluka, Tomas; Shapovalov, Konstantin; Mtebwa, Mahamudu; Sandu, Cosmin S; Wei, Xian-Kui; Tagantsev, Alexander K; Setter, Nava

    2014-01-01

    In the pursuit of ferroic-based (nano)electronics, it is essential to minutely control domain patterns and domain switching. The ability to control domain width, orientation and position is a prerequisite for circuitry based on fine domains. Here, we develop the underlying theory towards growth of ultra-fine domain patterns, substantiate the theory by numerical modelling of practical situations and implement the gained understanding using the most widely applied ferroelectric, Pb(Zr,Ti)O3, demonstrating controlled stripes of 10 nm wide domains that extend in one direction along tens of micrometres. The observed electrical conductivity along these thin domains embedded in the otherwise insulating film confirms their potential for electronic applications. PMID:25119149

  2. A feasibility study of the use of electrostatic deposition and laser-induced fluorescence in a graphite furnace for size-segregated analysis of lead and gold in ultrafine 0.02–0.2 ?m particles

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Giuseppe A. Petrucci; Paolo Cavalli; Nicoló Omenetto

    1997-01-01

    The analytical feasibility has been studied of determining lead in size-segregated ultrafine aerosols by laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) after the transport and deposition, under the influence of an electric field, of the isomobility aerosol in a graphite furnace. After calibration with isomobility aerosols, the direct, size-segregated analysis of the lead content in a test aerosol in the 0.018-0.104 ?m diameter range

  3. Ultrafine coal single stage dewatering and briquetting process

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    Wilson, J.W.; Ding, Y.; Tobey, M. [Univ. of Missouri, Rolla, MO (United States). Mining Engineering Dept.

    1995-12-31

    The primary goal of the current physical coal cleaning process is to reduce the ash and sulfur content from the coal, that is, to remove the mineral particles from the coal. In order to separate mineral from coal particles efficiently, the finely disseminated mineral matter must be liberated from the coal matrix with the help of an ultrafine grinding operation. The coal becomes very difficult to dewater because of the small particle size produced. Difficulty in coal transportation as well as in its storage and handling at the utility plants are also problems associated with the small coal particles resulting from ultrafine grinding. During this project, several types of coal samples with various particle size distributions have been tested for use in the dewatering and briquetting processes. Furthermore, various bitumen emulsions have been tested to determine the optimum dewatering reagent. These dewatering and pelletizing tests were carried out using a lab-scale hydraulic compacting device. Discharge from the dewatering and briquetting processes was tested to determine compliance with current federal and state requirements. The influence of bitumen emulsion on the sulfur content of coal pellets made were also examined. In addition, a ram extruder which can be operated continuously to simulate a rotary press operation, has been built and is currently being tested for use in the fine coal dewatering and pelletizing process.

  4. Preliminary attempt at sintering an ultrafine alumina powder using microwaves. Master's thesis

    SciTech Connect

    Alhambra, E.M.

    1994-09-01

    A commercially available microwave oven was used to sinter ultrafine alumina powders (0.02 - 0.05 micrometers particle size) with and without CaO sintering aid. The oven was modified by inserting a thermocouple probe through the bottom housing, and thoroughly insulating the interior with insulating material. The oven was placed in a glove box and filled with argon to prevent degradation of the thermocouple, and oxidation of the powdered graphite susceptor. Heating rates of 50-75 Deg C/sec with a maximum temperature of 1575 Deg C were obtained. Limited success in sintering of the the powder compacts was achieved in this preliminary effort. The microstructures of the sintered products were examined by scanning electron microscopy. It was concluded that further work is necessary to develop this technique into one which can be used for the routine sintering of fine powdered ceramic material. A review of the literature on microwave sintering of ceramic powders is also reported.

  5. Particle Detectors: Research and Development at CERN

    SciTech Connect

    Fabjan, C. W. [CERN (Switzerland)

    2008-04-21

    Over the past 15 years a worldwide Detector R and D Programme has made the LHC experiments possible. These experiments operate at a new level of event rate and detection capabilities. Based on these advances, Detector R and D is continuing at CERN in close collaboration with University and Research Institutes. Several main directions are being pursued for solid-state and gaseous tracking devices, advanced crystal and noble liquid calorimetry, particle identification methods, and advanced signal-processing techniques. This effort is directed towards experiments at even higher collision rates at the LHC, the requirements for the next generation of linear electron-positron colliders and for applications outside particle physics, such as medical diagnostics instrumentation. We shall illustrate this challenging, stimulating and creative programme with examples and show how these developments are taking place in close collaboration between CERN and institutions around the globe.

  6. Ultrafine cement grout for sealing underground nuclear waste repositories

    SciTech Connect

    Ahrens, E.H. [Sandia National Labs., Livermore, CA (United States); Onofrei, M. [Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Pinawa, MB (Canada). Whiteshell Nuclear Research Establishment

    1996-02-01

    Sealing fractures in nuclear waste repositories concerns all programs investigating deep burial as a means of disposal. Because the most likely mechanism for contaminant migration is by dissolution and movement through groundwater, sealing programs are seeking low-viscosity sealants that are chemically, mineralogically, and physically compatible with their host. This paper presents the results of collaborative work between Whitesell Laboratories, operated by Atomic Energy of Canada, Ltd., and Sandia National Laboratories; the work was undertaken in support of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). This effort addresses the technology associated with long-term isolation of nuclear waste in a natural salt medium. The work presented is part of the plugging and sealing program, specifically the development and optimization of Ultrafine cementitious grout that can be injected to adequately lower excessive, strain-induced permeability in the Distributed Rock Zone (DRZ) surrounding underground excavations. Innovative equipment and procedures employed in the laboratory produced a usable cement-based grout whose particles are 90% smaller than 8 microns and average 4 microns. The process involved simultaneous wet pulverization and mixing. The grout was used for a successful in situ test underground at the WIPP. Injection of grout sealed microfractures as small as 8 microns and lowered the gas permeability of the DRZ by three orders of magnitude. Following the WIPP test, additional work produced an improved version of the grout containing particles 90% smaller than 6 microns and averaging 2 microns. This grout can be produced in the dry form at a competitive cost ready to mix.

  7. Ultrafine coal single stage dewatering and briquetting process

    SciTech Connect

    Wilson, J.W. [Missouri Univ., Rolla, MO (United States). Dept. of Mining Engineering; Honaker, R.Q. [Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale, IL (United States). Dept. of Mining Engineering

    1995-12-31

    It is well known that a large portion of the pyrite particles in the coal seams of the Illinois Basin are finely disseminated within the coal matrix. In order to liberate these micron size pyrite particles, one must use a fine grinding operation. The ultrafine coal particles are difficult to dewater and create problems in coal transportation, as well as in storage and handling at utility plants. The objective of this research project is to combine the ultrafine coal dewatering and briquetting processes into a single stage operation. This will be accomplished by the use of bitumen based emulsions for dewatering and a compaction device for briquetting. During this reporting period, several types of coal samples with various particle size distributions have been tested for use in the dewatering and briquetting processes. Furthermore, various bitumen emulsions have been tested to determine the optimum dewatering reagent. These dewatering and pelletizing tests were carried out using a lab-scale ram extruder. Discharge from the dewatering and briquetting processes was tested to determine compliance with current federal and state requirements. The influence of bitumen emulsion on the sulfur content of coal pellets made were also examined. In addition, a ram extruder which can be operated continuously to simulate a rotary press operation, has been built and is currently being tested for use in the fine coal dewatering and pelletizing process.

  8. Ultrafine-grained titanium for medical implants

    DOEpatents

    Zhu, Yuntian T. (Los Alamos, NM); Lowe, Terry C. (Santa Fe, NM); Valiev, Ruslan Z. (Ufa, RU); Stolyarov, Vladimir V. (Ufa, RU); Latysh, Vladimir V. (Ufa, RU); Raab, Georgy J. (Ufa, RU)

    2002-01-01

    We disclose ultrafine-grained titanium. A coarse-grained titanium billet is subjected to multiple extrusions through a preheated equal channel angular extrusion (ECAE) die, with billet rotation between subsequent extrusions. The resulting billet is cold processed by cold rolling and/or cold extrusion, with optional annealing. The resulting ultrafine-grained titanium has greatly improved mechanical properties and is used to make medical implants.

  9. Effects of ultra-fine materials on workability and strength of concrete containing alkali-activated slag as the binder

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Frank Collins; J. G Sanjayan

    1999-01-01

    This paper presents the results of an investigation into the effects of ultra-fine materials on workability and strength development of concrete containing alkali-activated slag (AAS) as the binder. It was found that partial replacement of slag with ultra-fine fly ash significantly improves the workability; however, the strength development is similar to ordinary portland cement (OPC). Partial replacement of slag with

  10. Phase transformation of ultrafine rare earth oxide powders synthesized by radio frequency plasma spraying

    Microsoft Academic Search

    X. L. Sun; A. I. Y. Tok; R. Huebner; F. Y. C. Boey

    2007-01-01

    Inductively coupled radio frequency plasma spraying was used to prepare ultrafine powders of Sm2O3, Dy2O3, and Lu2O3. These three materials were studied because they are effective dopants in multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCC) to improve lifetime. The as-sprayed powders consist of both micron-sized mono-dispersed spherical particles and nano-sized particles in various shapes. In addition to the spheroidization effect, plasma treatment leads

  11. Sintering behavior of ultrafine silicon carbide powders obtained by vapor phase reaction

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    Okabe, Y.; Miyachi, K.; Hojo, J.; Kato, A.

    1984-01-01

    The sintering behavior of ultrafine SiC powder with average particle size of about 0.01-0.06 microns produced by a vapor phase reaction of the Me4Si-H2 system was studied at the temperature range of 1400-2050 deg. It was found that the homogeneous dispersion of C on SiC particles is important to remove the surface oxide layer effectively. B and C and inhibitive effect on SiC grain growth.

  12. Planar Particle Imaging Doppler Velocimetry Developed

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Wernet, Mark P.

    2000-01-01

    Two current techniques exist for the measurement of planar, three-component velocity fields. Both techniques require multiple views of the illumination plane in order to extract all three velocity components. Particle image velocimetry (PIV) is a high-resolution, high accuracy, planar velocimetry technique that provides valuable instantaneous velocity information in aeropropulsion test facilities. PIV can provide three-component flow-field measurements using a two-camera, stereo viewing configuration. Doppler global velocimetry (DGV) is another planar velocimetry technique that can provide three component flow-field measurements; however, it requires three detector systems that must be located at oblique angles from the measurement plane. The three-dimensional configurations of either technique require multiple (DGV) or at least large (stereo PIV) optical access ports in the facility in which the measurements are being conducted. Optical access is extremely limited in aeropropulsion test facilities. In many cases, only one optical access port is available. A hybrid measurement technique has been developed at the NASA Glenn Research Center, planar particle image and Doppler velocimetry (PPIDV), which combines elements from both the PIV and DGV techniques into a single detection system that can measure all three components of velocity across a planar region of a flow field through a single optical access port. In the standard PIV technique, a pulsed laser is used to illuminate the flow field at two closely spaced instances in time, which are recorded on a "frame-straddling" camera, yielding a pair of single-exposure image frames. The PIV camera is oriented perpendicular to the light sheet, and the processed PIV data yield the two-component velocity field in the plane of the light sheet. In the standard DGV technique, an injection-seeded Nd:YAG pulsed laser light sheet illuminates the seeded flow field, and three receiver systems are used to measure three components of velocity. The receiver systems are oriented at oblique angles to the light sheet in order to accurately resolve the three-component velocity. Each DGV receiver system contains two cameras, which share a common view of the illuminated flow through a beam-splitting cube. One camera views the illuminated flow directly (reference camera) and the second camera images the illuminated flow through an iodine vapor cell (signal camera). The laser frequency (wavelength) is adjusted so that the Doppler-shifted light from particles in the flow falls on an iodine absorption feature, see the following graph. The iodine vapor cell acts as a frequency-to-velocity filter by modulating the intensity of the transmitted light as a function of the flow velocity (Doppler shift). The ratio of the signal and reference images yields the component of the flow velocity along the bisector of the laser sheet propagation direction and the receiver system observation direction. The hybrid system employs a single-component DGV receiver system configured to simultaneously acquire PIV image data, as shown in the following diagram. The cameras used in the DGV receiver are replaced with PIV frame-straddling cameras, and the receiver system views the illuminated light sheet plane at 90 (as in the standard PIV configuration).

  13. Micro-to-nano-scale deformation mechanisms of a bimodal ultrafine eutectic composite

    PubMed Central

    Lee, Seoung Wan; Kim, Jeong Tae; Hong, Sung Hwan; Park, Hae Jin; Park, Jun-Young; Lee, Nae Sung; Seo, Yongho; Suh, Jin Yoo; Eckert, Jürgen; Kim, Do Hyang; Park, Jin Man; Kim, Ki Buem

    2014-01-01

    The outstading mechanical properties of bimodal ultrafine eutectic composites (BUECs) containing length scale hierarchy in eutectic structure were demonstrated by using AFM observation of surface topography with quantitative height measurements and were interpreted in light of the details of the deformation mechanisms by three different interface modes. It is possible to develop a novel strain accommodated eutectic structure for triggering three different interface-controlled deformation modes; (I) rotational boundary mode, (II) accumulated interface mode and (III) individual interface mode. A strain accommodated microstructure characterized by the surface topology gives a hint to design a novel ultrafine eutectic alloys with excellent mechanical properties. PMID:25265897

  14. Micro-to-nano-scale deformation mechanisms of a bimodal ultrafine eutectic composite.

    PubMed

    Lee, Seoung Wan; Kim, Jeong Tae; Hong, Sung Hwan; Park, Hae Jin; Park, Jun-Young; Lee, Nae Sung; Seo, Yongho; Suh, Jin Yoo; Eckert, Jürgen; Kim, Do Hyang; Park, Jin Man; Kim, Ki Buem

    2014-01-01

    The outstading mechanical properties of bimodal ultrafine eutectic composites (BUECs) containing length scale hierarchy in eutectic structure were demonstrated by using AFM observation of surface topography with quantitative height measurements and were interpreted in light of the details of the deformation mechanisms by three different interface modes. It is possible to develop a novel strain accommodated eutectic structure for triggering three different interface-controlled deformation modes; (I) rotational boundary mode, (II) accumulated interface mode and (III) individual interface mode. A strain accommodated microstructure characterized by the surface topology gives a hint to design a novel ultrafine eutectic alloys with excellent mechanical properties. PMID:25265897

  15. Particle acceleration in time-developing magnetic reconnection process

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Tetsuya Sato; Hiroshi Matsumoto; Keisuke Nagai

    1982-01-01

    Particle trajectories and acceleration are numerically studied in time-varying electric and magnetic fields that are obtained by a previous MHD simulation of an externally driven reconnection. Electron and proton orbits are traced under the influence of the developing reconnection fields for various initial particle positions and velocities. A method of continuation of local analytic solution in a particle-pushing algorithm is

  16. Synthesis of ultrafine powders by microwave heating

    DOEpatents

    Meek, T.T.; Sheinberg, H.; Blake, R.D.

    1987-04-24

    A method of synthesizing ultrafine powders using microwaves is described. A water soluble material is dissolved in water and the resulting aqueous solution is exposed to microwaves until the water has dissolved. The resulting material is an ultrafine powder. This method can be used to make Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/, NiO /plus/ Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ and NiO as well as a number of other materials including GaBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub x/. 1 tab.

  17. Fluid particle accelerations in fully developed turbulence

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    Greg A. Voth; Alice M. Crawford; Jim Alexander; Eberhard Bodenschatz; A. La Porta

    2001-01-01

    The motion of fluid particles as they are pushed along erratic trajectories\\u000aby fluctuating pressure gradients is fundamental to transport and mixing in\\u000aturbulence. It is essential in cloud formation and atmospheric transport,\\u000aprocesses in stirred chemical reactors and combustion systems, and in the\\u000aindustrial production of nanoparticles. The perspective of particle\\u000atrajectories has been used successfully to describe mixing

  18. Suppression of methane/air explosion by ultrafine water mist containing sodium chloride additive.

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    Cao, Xingyan; Ren, Jingjie; Zhou, Yihui; Wang, Qiuju; Gao, Xuliang; Bi, Mingshu

    2015-03-21

    The suppression effect of ultrafine mists on methane/air explosions with methane concentrations of 6.5%, 8%, 9.5%, 11%, and 13.5% were experimentally studied in a closed visual vessel. Ultrafine water/NaCl solution mist as well as pure water mist was adopted and the droplet sizes of mists were measured by phase doppler particle analyzer (PDPA). A high speed camera was used to record the flame evolution processes. In contrast to pure water mist, the flame propagation speed, the maximum explosion overpressure (?P(max)), and the maximum pressure rising rate ((dP/dt)max) decreased significantly, with the "tulip" flame disappearing and the flame getting brighter. The results show that the suppressing effect on methane explosion by ultrafine water/NaCl solution mist is influenced by the mist amount and methane concentration. With the increase of the mist amount, the pressure, and the flame speed both descended significantly. And when the mist amount reached 74.08 g/m(3) and 37.04 g/m(3), the flames of 6.5% and 13.5% methane explosions can be absolutely suppressed, respectively. All of results indicate that addition of NaCl can improve the suppression effect of ultrafine pure water mist on the methane explosions, and the suppression effect is considered due to the combination effect of physical and chemical inhibitions. PMID:25528229

  19. An ultrafine barium ferrite powder of high coercivity from water-in-oil microemulsion

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    Liu, Xiangyuan; Wang, John; Gan, Leong-Ming; Ng, Sen-Choon; Ding, Jun

    1998-05-01

    An ultrafine barium ferrite powder of high coercivity and high saturation magnetization has been successfully prepared from an inverse water-in-oil microemulsion consisting of cyclohexane, NP5/NP9, and an aqueous solution of mixed ferric nitrate and barium nitrate. An ammonium hydroxide solution was used as the precipitant to obtain the hydroxide precursor of particle size in the range of 10-30 nm from the microemulsion. The resulting precursor is characterized using techniques such as thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential thermal analysis (DTA) and a FT-IR analyzer. It was then calcined at various temperatures ranging from 600 to 950°C in order to develop the designed barium ferrite phase. Phase development in the precursor at each calcination temperature was monitored using X-ray diffractometer and a 57Fe-Mössbauer spectrometer analyzer. The particle size and size distribution of the calcined powders were determined using light scattering technique, scanning electron microscope and a transmission electron microscope. A high purity barium ferrite was obtained when the precursor was calcined at 950°C for 4 h. It exhibits an intrinsic coercivity ( iHc) of 5639 Oe and a saturation magnetization ( Ms) of 69.7 emu/g, when characterized using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM).

  20. Fluid particle accelerations in fully developed turbulence.

    PubMed

    La Porta, A; Voth, G A; Crawford, A M; Alexander, J; Bodenschatz, E

    2001-02-22

    The motion of fluid particles as they are pushed along erratic trajectories by fluctuating pressure gradients is fundamental to transport and mixing in turbulence. It is essential in cloud formation and atmospheric transport, processes in stirred chemical reactors and combustion systems, and in the industrial production of nanoparticles. The concept of particle trajectories has been used successfully to describe mixing and transport in turbulence, but issues of fundamental importance remain unresolved. One such issue is the Heisenberg-Yaglom prediction of fluid particle accelerations, based on the 1941 scaling theory of Kolmogorov. Here we report acceleration measurements using a detector adapted from high-energy physics to track particles in a laboratory water flow at Reynolds numbers up to 63,000. We find that, within experimental errors, Kolmogorov scaling of the acceleration variance is attained at high Reynolds numbers. Our data indicate that the acceleration is an extremely intermittent variable--particles are observed with accelerations of up to 1,500 times the acceleration of gravity (equivalent to 40 times the root mean square acceleration). We find that the acceleration data reflect the anisotropy of the large-scale flow at all Reynolds numbers studied. PMID:11234005

  1. In vivo measurements of nasal airway dimensions and ultrafine aerosol deposition in the human nasal and oral airways

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Kuo-Hsi Cheng; Yung-Sung Cheng; Hsu-Chi Yeh; Raymond A. Guilmette; Steven Q. Simpson; Yi-Hsin Yang; David L. Swift

    1996-01-01

    Understanding the filtration efficiency of the nasal and oral airways is essential for assessing doses of inhaled particles to the extrathoracic region as well as to the lung. This paper presents in vivo measurements of nasal airway dimensions and the extrathoracic deposition of ultrafine aerosols in 10 normal adult males. The nasal geometry of each subject was characterized using magnetic

  2. High-speed photographic study of the drop-weight impact response of ultrafine and conventional PETN and RDX

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. E. BALZER; J. E. FIELD; M. J. GIFFORD; W. G. PROUD; S. M. WALLEY

    2002-01-01

    This paper describes a series of drop-weight experiments performed on pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) and cyclotrimethylene trinitramine (RDX). Both chemicals were available in a conventional grain size (10–200 ?m for PETN, 30–500 ?m for RDX) and in a novel ultrafine particle size (

  3. Preparation of UltraFine CuO: Comparison of Polymer Gel Methods and Conventional Precipitation Processes

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. I. Fernández; A. Calleja; J. M. Chimenos; M. A. Fernández; X. G. Capdevila; M. Segarra; H. Xuriguera; F. Espiell

    2005-01-01

    Different ways of preparing ultra-fine copper oxide were examined. Polymer precursor techniques using polyvinyl alcohol and acrylamide were compared with the conventional precipitation of copper salts and further calcination. Thermal analysis, XRD and TEM were employed to monitor polymer degradation and the phase transformations leading to copper oxide and to characterise particle size. Copper oxide obtained by precipitation from copper

  4. Preliminary attempt at sintering an ultrafine alumina powder using microwaves. Master's thesis

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Alhambra

    1994-01-01

    A commercially available microwave oven was used to sinter ultrafine alumina powders (0.02 - 0.05 micrometers particle size) with and without CaO sintering aid. The oven was modified by inserting a thermocouple probe through the bottom housing, and thoroughly insulating the interior with insulating material. The oven was placed in a glove box and filled with argon to prevent degradation

  5. Measurement of particle accelerations in fully developed turbulence

    Microsoft Academic Search

    GREG A. VOTH; A. LA PORTA; ALICE M. CRAWFORD; JIM ALEXANDER; EBERHARD BODENSCHATZ

    2002-01-01

    We use silicon strip detectors (originally developed for the CLEO III high\\u000aenergy particle physics experiment) to measure fluid particle trajectories in\\u000aturbulence with temporal resolution of up to 70,000 frames per second. This\\u000ahigh frame rate allows the Kolmogorov time scale of a turbulent water flow to\\u000abe fully resolved for 140 <= R_lambda <= 970. Particle trajectories exhibiting

  6. Early Postnatal Exposure to Ultrafine Particulate Matter Air Pollution: Persistent Ventriculomegaly, Neurochemical Disruption, and Glial Activation Preferentially in Male Mice

    PubMed Central

    Allen, Joshua L.; Liu, Xiufang; Pelkowski, Sean; Palmer, Brian; Conrad, Katherine; Oberdörster, Günter; Weston, Douglas; Mayer-Pröschel, Margot

    2014-01-01

    Background: Air pollution has been associated with adverse neurological and behavioral health effects in children and adults. Recent studies link air pollutant exposure to adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes, including increased risk for autism, cognitive decline, ischemic stroke, schizophrenia, and depression. Objectives: We sought to investigate the mechanism(s) by which exposure to ultrafine concentrated ambient particles (CAPs) adversely influences central nervous system (CNS) development. Methods: We exposed C57BL6/J mice to ultrafine (< 100 nm) CAPs using the Harvard University Concentrated Ambient Particle System or to filtered air on postnatal days (PNDs) 4–7 and 10–13, and the animals were euthanized either 24 hr or 40 days after cessation of exposure. Another group of males was exposed at PND270, and lateral ventricle area, glial activation, CNS cytokines, and monoamine and amino acid neurotransmitters were quantified. Results: We observed ventriculomegaly (i.e., lateral ventricle dilation) preferentially in male mice exposed to CAPs, and it persisted through young adulthood. In addition, CAPs-exposed males generally showed decreases in developmentally important CNS cytokines, whereas in CAPs-exposed females, we observed a neuroinflammatory response as indicated by increases in CNS cytokines. We also saw changes in CNS neurotransmitters and glial activation across multiple brain regions in a sex-dependent manner and increased hippocampal glutamate in CAPs-exposed males. Conclusions: We observed brain region– and sex-dependent alterations in cytokines and neurotransmitters in both male and female CAPs-exposed mice. Lateral ventricle dilation (i.e., ventriculomegaly) was observed only in CAPs-exposed male mice. Ventriculomegaly is a neuropathology that has been associated with poor neurodevelopmental outcome, autism, and schizophrenia. Our findings suggest alteration of developmentally important neurochemicals and lateral ventricle dilation may be mechanistically related to observations linking ambient air pollutant exposure and adverse neurological/neurodevelopmental outcomes in humans. Citation: Allen JL, Liu X, Pelkowski S, Palmer B, Conrad K, Oberdörster G, Weston D, Mayer-Pröschel M, Cory-Slechta DA. 2014. Early postnatal exposure to ultrafine particulate matter air pollution: persistent ventriculomegaly, neurochemical disruption, and glial activation preferentially in male mice. Environ Health Perspect 122:939–945;?http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1307984 PMID:24901756

  7. Ultrafine coal single stage dewatering and briquetting process. Technical report, September 1--November 30, 1994

    SciTech Connect

    Wilson, J.W. [Univ. of Missouri, Rolla, MO (United States). Dept. of Mining Engineering; Honaker, R.Q. [Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale, IL (United States). Dept. of Mining Engineering

    1994-12-31

    It is well known that a large portion of the pyrite particles in the coal seams of the Illinois Basin, are finely disseminated within the coal matrix. In order to liberate these micron size pyrite particles, one must use a fine grinding operation. The ultrafine coal particles that are produced are difficult to dewater and they create problems in coal transportation as well as in its storage and handling at utility plants. The objective of this research project is to combine ultrafine coal dewatering and briquetting processes into a single stage operation. This will be accomplished by the use of bitumen based emulsions for dewatering and a compaction device for briquetting. During this reporting period, two types of coal samples have been tested for use in the dewatering and briquetting processes. These tests were carried out in conjunction with a selected hydrophobic binder as the dewatering reagent and an uniaxial hydraulic press. The influence of compaction pressure and binder concentration (2 to 5%) on the performance of coal pellets have been evaluated in terms of their water and wear resistance. A laboratory scale ultrafine coal dewatering and briquetting extruder that can be operated continuously for coal pellets fabrication, has been designed and built, and will be available for testing in the next quarter.

  8. Ultrafine Particulate Ferrous Iron and Anthracene Associations with Mitochondrial Dysfunction

    SciTech Connect

    Faiola, Celia; Johansen, Anne M.; Rybka, Sara; Nieber, Annika; Thomas-Bradley, Carin; Bryner, Stephanie; Johnston, Justin M.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Nachimuthu, Ponnusamy; Owens, Kalyn S.

    2011-04-20

    The ultrafine size fraction of ambient particles (ultrafine particles, UFP, diameter < 100 nm) has been identified as being far more potent in their adverse health effects than their larger counterparts, yet, the detailed mechanisms for why UFP display such distinctive toxicity are not well understood. In the present study, ambient UFP were exposed to mitochondria while monitoring electron transport chain (ETC) activity as a model system for biochemical toxicity. UFP samples were collected in rural (Ellensburg, WA) and urban environments (Seattle, WA) and chemically characterized for total trace metals, ferrous (Fe(II)) and easily reducible ferric (Fe(III)) iron, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and surface constituents with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Low doses of UFP (8 µg mL-1) caused a decrease in mitochondrial ETC function compared to controls in 94% of the samples after The 20 min of exposure. Significant correlations exist between initial %ETC inhibition (0-10 min) and Fe(II) (R=0.55, P=0.03, N=15), anthracene (R=0.74, P<0.01, N=13), and %C-O surface bonds (R=0.56, P=0.03, N=15), whereby anthracene and %C-O correlate as well (R=0.58, P=0.03, N=14). No significant associations were identified with total Fe and other trace metals. Results from this study indicate that the redox active fraction of Fe as well as the abundance of anthracene-related, C-O containing, surface structures may contribute to the initial detrimental behavior of UFP, thus supporting the idea that the Fe(II)/Fe(III) and certain efficient hydroquinone/quinone redox pairs may play an important role likely due to their potential to produce reactive oxygen species (ROS).

  9. Development of magnetic composite photocatalytic particles for environmental applications

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    Lee, Seungwoo

    Hard magnetic composite photocatalytic particles were developed for the purpose of enhancing the separation efficiency, reusability, and photocatalytic activity by applying an external magnetic field. Two types of core-shell structured magnetic composite photocatalysts were developed; the first one is composed of barium ferrite (magnetic core)/titania (photoactive shell) and the second one consists of barium ferrite (magnetic core)/silica (intermediate layer)/titania (photoactive shell). The physical and chemical properties of the developed composite particles were characterized using the various analytical instruments (i.e., SEM, TEM, XRD, W-Vis, BET, and EDS) and the photocatalytic activities of the particles were evaluated by the photodegradation of an organic dye under UV irradiation. A magnetically agitated photocatalytic reactor was developed for the hard magnetic composite photocatalyst developed. A simple model was used to estimate the resonant frequency as a function of particle magnetization and magnetic field gradient. The photocatalytic activity of the prepared composite photocatalytic particles in the magnetically agitated photocatalytic reactor was compared to that in the photocatalytic reactor. Various TiO2-SnO2 composite nanoparticles were synthesized with the three different preparation procedures based on the wet-chemical method to improve the overall photocatalytic activity. The crystal structures of the prepared TiO2-SnO2 composite particles were evaluated using XRD and the photocatalytic activities of the composite particles were compared to those of pure TiO2 particles. Furthermore, the developed TiO2-SnO2 composite particles were adopted and tested on the magnetic composite photocatalytic particles.

  10. Laser wakefield simulations towards development of compact particle accelerators

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    Geddes, Cameron Guy Robinson

    Laser wakefield simulations towards development of compact particle accelerators C.G.R. Geddes1, D understanding of accelerator physics to advance beam performance and stability, and particle simulations model, France; 9 Oxford University, UK E-mail: cgrgeddes@lbl.gov Abstract. Laser driven wakefield accelerators

  11. Recent Developments in Auxiliary Particle Filtering Nick Whiteley1

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    Johansen, Adam

    Chapter 3 Recent Developments in Auxiliary Particle Filtering Nick Whiteley1 and Adam M. Johansen2 on an algorithm known as the auxiliary particle filter (APF). The APF has seen widespread use in several 1 of the state space. The performance of the method is demonstrated in the context of a switching stochastic

  12. Synthesis of ultrafine grain ferrites 

    E-print Network

    Livingston, Terry Wayne

    1988-01-01

    saturated with water vapor. Pyrolysis occurred in a streamline tubular reactor which was connected to a temperature control system for controlling the hot zone of the reactor. The residence time in the reactor was about 1z s. The final product... was characterized using thermal analysis, surface area and density measurements, X-ray difFraction, scanning electron microscopy, particle size distribution analysis, and optical microscopy. Submicron, spherical particles were obtained for pyrolysis temperatures...

  13. Comparative study of ultrafine atmospheric aerosol within a city

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    Salma, I.; Borsós, T.; Németh, Z.; Weidinger, T.; Aalto, P.; Kulmala, M.

    2014-08-01

    Particle number size distributions in a mobility diameter range of 6-1000 nm and size-resolved number concentrations were determined with a time resolution of 10 min for a near-city background, city centre, street canyon and road tunnel environments in Budapest. Median N6-100 concentrations for the sites listed were 3.1 × 103, 9.3 × 103, 19.4 × 103 and 123 × 103 cm-3, respectively. Contributions of the ultrafine (UF) particles (<100 nm) to the total particle number for all locations were rather large (up to 86%), and do not seem to vary substantially in time. Diurnal variations of the mean N6-100 concentrations had different patterns for both the various urban sites, and for workdays and weekends. Nucleation strength factor (NSF) was introduced for the first time to quantify the relative importance of new particle formation with respect to all sources of UF particles. During the daytime in summer, nucleation in the near-city background was a major production process of UF particles with a daily mean relative contribution of 42%. In the city centre and street canyon, the daily mean relative contributions of nucleation to the UF particles were 30% and 23%, respectively. Median particle diameters for the background, city centre, street canyon and road tunnel environments were 61, 42, 35 and 42 nm, respectively, so they were jointly influenced with the anthropogenic impact and aerosol ageing. Monthly mean frequency of new particle formation and growth events in the background seems somewhat larger, while it appears smaller for the street canyon in comparison to the city centre.

  14. Characterizatin of ultrafine aluminum nanoparticles

    SciTech Connect

    Sandstrom, M. M. (Mary M.); Jorgensen, B. S. (Betty S.); Mang, J. T. (Joseph T.); Smith, B. L. (Bettina L.); Son, S. F. (Steven F.)

    2004-01-01

    Aluminum nanopowders with particle sizes ranging from {approx}25 nm to 80 nm were characterized by a variety of methods. We present and compare the results from common powder characterization techniques including transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), BET gas adsorption surface area analysis, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), photon correlation spectroscopy (PCS), and low angle laser light scattering (LALLS). Aluminum nanoparticles consist of an aluminum core with an aluminum oxide coating. HRTEM measurements of both the particle diameter and oxide layer thickness tend to be larger than those obtained from BET and TGA. LALLS measurements show a large degree of particle agglomeration in solution; therefore, primary particle sizes could not be determined. Furthermore, results from small-angle scattering techniques (SAS), including small-angle neutron (SANS) and x-ray (SAXS) scattering are presented and show excellent agreement with the BET, TGA, and HRTEM. The suite of analytical techniques presented in this paper can be used as a powerful tool in the characterization of many types of nanosized powders.

  15. Experimental Investigation of Magnesium-Base Nanocomposite Produced by Friction Stir Processing: Effects of Particle Types and Number of Friction Stir Processing Passes

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. Asadi; G. Faraji; A. Masoumi; M. K. Besharati Givi

    2011-01-01

    In this research, nanosized SiC and Al2O3 particles were added to as-cast AZ91 magnesium alloy, and surface nanocomposite layers with ultrafine-grained structure were\\u000a produced via friction stir processing (FSP). Effects of reinforcing particle types and FSP pass number on the powder distribution pattern,\\u000a microstructure, microhardness, and on tensile and wear properties of the developed surfaces were investigated. Results show\\u000a that

  16. Enhanced ultrafine coal dewatering using flocculation filtration processes

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. Tao; J. G. Groppo; B. K. Parekh

    2000-01-01

    Ultrafine coal (?150 ?m) can be effectively cleaned using advanced separation techniques such as column flotation, however, dewatering it to below 20 percent moisture level using the conventional dewatering techniques is difficult. A comparative flocculation filtration study was performed for enhancing dewatering of ultrafine coal using vacuum, hyperbaric, and centrifugal filters. The cationic and anionic flocculants were added into the

  17. Measurements of the effects of humidity on radio-aerosol penetration through ultrafine capillaries

    SciTech Connect

    Cullen, C.

    1996-08-01

    The purpose of this research was to examine the effects of humidity on radio-aerosol penetration through ultrafine capillaries. A number of tests were conducted at relative humidities of 20%, 50%, and 80%, with sampling times of 20, 40, and 60 min. The radio-aerosol consisted of polystyrene particles with a diameter of 0.1 {micro}m. The ultrafine capillaries had a diameter of 250 {micro}m. The data from these tests varied significantly. These results made the identification of radio-aerosol penetration trends inconclusive. The standard deviation for all penetration data ranged from 3% to 30%. The results of this study suggest that a better control of the experimental parameters was needed to obtain more accurate data from experiments associated with radio-aerosol penetration in the presence of moisture. The experimental parameters that may have contributed to the wide variance of data, include aerosol flow, radio-aerosol generation, capillary characteristics, humidity control, and radiation measurements. It was the uncertainty of these parameters that contributed to the poor data which made conclusive deductions about radio-aerosol penetration dependence on humidity difficult. The application of this study is to ultrafine leaks resulting from stress fractures in high-level nuclear waste transportation casks under accident scenarios.

  18. Development of particle standards for testing explosive detection systems: characterization of the adhesion forces between composition 4 particles and polyethylene

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Benjamin Y. Liu; S. H. Yoo; John P. Davies; Garold L. Gresham; Susan F. Hallowell

    1994-01-01

    A method has been developed to study the adhesion of particles on a surface and the gas velocity needed to overcome the adhesion and dislodge the particle from the surface. Experiments have been performed to determine the minimum detachment velocity for particles deposited on a surface by gravitational settling and by finger print transfer. Particles of Arizona road dust and

  19. The effects on bronchial epithelial mucociliary cultures of coarse, fine, and ultrafine particulate matter from an underground railway station.

    PubMed

    Loxham, Matthew; Morgan-Walsh, Rebecca J; Cooper, Matthew J; Blume, Cornelia; Swindle, Emily J; Dennison, Patrick W; Howarth, Peter H; Cassee, Flemming R; Teagle, Damon A H; Palmer, Martin R; Davies, Donna E

    2015-05-01

    We have previously shown that underground railway particulate matter (PM) is rich in iron and other transition metals across coarse (PM10-2.5), fine (PM2.5), and quasi-ultrafine (PM0.18) fractions and is able to generate reactive oxygen species (ROS). However, there is little knowledge of whether the metal-rich nature of such particles exerts toxic effects in mucus-covered airway epithelial cell cultures or whether there is an increased risk posed by the ultrafine fraction. Monolayer and mucociliary air-liquid interface (ALI) cultures of primary bronchial epithelial cells (PBECs) were exposed to size-fractionated underground railway PM (1.1-11.1?µg/cm(2)) and release of lactate dehydrogenase and IL-8 was assayed. ROS generation was measured, and the mechanism of generation studied using desferrioxamine (DFX) and N-acetylcysteine (NAC). Expression of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) was determined by RT-qPCR. Particle uptake was studied by transmission electron microscopy. Underground PM increased IL-8 release from PBECs, but this was diminished in mucus-secreting ALI cultures. Fine and ultrafine PM generated a greater level of ROS than coarse PM. ROS generation by ultrafine PM was ameliorated by DFX and NAC, suggesting an iron-dependent mechanism. Despite the presence of mucus, ALI cultures displayed increased HO-1 expression. Intracellular PM was observed within vesicles, mitochondria, and free in the cytosol. The results indicate that, although the mucous layer appears to confer some protection against underground PM, ALI PBECs nonetheless detect PM and mount an antioxidant response. The combination of increased ROS-generating ability of the metal-rich ultrafine fraction and ability of PM to penetrate the mucous layer merits further research. PMID:25673499

  20. The Effects on Bronchial Epithelial Mucociliary Cultures of Coarse, Fine, and Ultrafine Particulate Matter From an Underground Railway Station

    PubMed Central

    Loxham, Matthew; Morgan-Walsh, Rebecca J.; Cooper, Matthew J.; Blume, Cornelia; Swindle, Emily J.; Dennison, Patrick W.; Howarth, Peter H.; Cassee, Flemming R.; Teagle, Damon A. H.; Palmer, Martin R.; Davies, Donna E.

    2015-01-01

    We have previously shown that underground railway particulate matter (PM) is rich in iron and other transition metals across coarse (PM10–2.5), fine (PM2.5), and quasi-ultrafine (PM0.18) fractions and is able to generate reactive oxygen species (ROS). However, there is little knowledge of whether the metal-rich nature of such particles exerts toxic effects in mucus-covered airway epithelial cell cultures or whether there is an increased risk posed by the ultrafine fraction. Monolayer and mucociliary air-liquid interface (ALI) cultures of primary bronchial epithelial cells (PBECs) were exposed to size-fractionated underground railway PM (1.1–11.1?µg/cm2) and release of lactate dehydrogenase and IL-8 was assayed. ROS generation was measured, and the mechanism of generation studied using desferrioxamine (DFX) and N-acetylcysteine (NAC). Expression of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) was determined by RT-qPCR. Particle uptake was studied by transmission electron microscopy. Underground PM increased IL-8 release from PBECs, but this was diminished in mucus-secreting ALI cultures. Fine and ultrafine PM generated a greater level of ROS than coarse PM. ROS generation by ultrafine PM was ameliorated by DFX and NAC, suggesting an iron-dependent mechanism. Despite the presence of mucus, ALI cultures displayed increased HO-1 expression. Intracellular PM was observed within vesicles, mitochondria, and free in the cytosol. The results indicate that, although the mucous layer appears to confer some protection against underground PM, ALI PBECs nonetheless detect PM and mount an antioxidant response. The combination of increased ROS-generating ability of the metal-rich ultrafine fraction and ability of PM to penetrate the mucous layer merits further research. PMID:25673499

  1. rf plasma synthesis of ultrafine, ultrapure silicon carbide powder

    SciTech Connect

    Hollabaugh, C.M.; Hull, D.E.; Newkirk, L.R.; Petrovic, J.J.

    1983-01-01

    Ultrafine, ultrapure silicon carbide powder has been produced by reaction of silane and methane in a high temperature rf plasma. Preliminary studies include the effect of gas composition and of powder (plasma temperature) on the stoichiometry of the powder. The carbon-to-silicon ratio of the powder was varied from 1.0 to 1.9 by changing the process conditions. The powder has a BET surface area of 101 m/sup 2//g, which is equivalent to a particle diameter of 18.5 nm. A particle size in the range of 10 to 20 nm was measured by transmission electron microscopy. X-ray diffraction results indicate a domain size of 7.5 nm and a crystal structure of beta (cubic) silicon carbide. Spectrographic analysis shows that metallic impurities are lower than high quality grade commercial powder. Because of the high surface area, the powder must be stored and processed in an inert atmosphere to prevent severe contamination with oxygen.

  2. Holographic, particle imaging and data reduction at Spectron Development Laboratores

    Microsoft Academic Search

    James D. Trolinger

    1987-01-01

    Spectron has been deeply involved in the development and use of a wide variety of particle and flow diagnostic, electro optical instruments. Holography and imaging systems have played an important role in this work, but the extraction of data from images and holograms have always presented a limit to their use. Systems and techniques were devised to speed up and

  3. DEVELOPMENT OF PHONON-MEDIATED CRYOGENIC PARTICLE DETECTORS WITH

    E-print Network

    California at Berkeley, University of

    DEVELOPMENT OF PHONON-MEDIATED CRYOGENIC PARTICLE DETECTORS WITH ELECTRON AND NUCLEAR RECOIL (background radiation) and nuclear recoil events (dark matter events). These detec- tors with built detectors designed to directly detect interactions with these WIMPs. These detectors are part of a new class

  4. The phase of particle acceleration in the flare development

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Z. Švestka

    1970-01-01

    Evidence is given that the particle acceleration in flares is confined to the initial phase of the flare development preceding the Ha flare maximum and lasting for less than 10 min. The impulsive acceleration process is confined to a relatively small limited volume of about 5 × 1027 cm3 in the region of highest magnetic gradient in the flare, and

  5. Development of diamond films for particle detector applications

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Ties Behnke; Alexander Oh; Albrecht Wagner; Wolfram Zeuner; Andrea Bluhm; Claus-Peter Klages; Mario Paul; Lothar Schäfer

    1998-01-01

    The material properties of chemical vapour deposited (CVD) diamond, such as its high resistance against radiation, make diamond an attractive material for development of particle detectors. For such an application the charge collection properties have to be optimised. The paper reviews a study of the dependence of charge collection properties on growth parameters of a microwave plasma CVD process. The

  6. Ultrafine coal single stage dewatering and briquetting process. Technical report, December 1, 1994--February 28, 1995

    SciTech Connect

    Wilson, J.W.

    1996-03-01

    It is well known that a large portion of the pyrite particles in the coal seams of the Illinois Basin, are finely disseminated within the coal matrix. In order to liberate these micron size pyrite particles, one must use a fine grinding operation. The ultrafine coal particles that are produced are difficult to dewater and they create problems in coal transportation as well as in its storage and handling at utility plants. The objective of this research project is to combine ultrafine coal dewatering and briquetting processes into a single stage operation. This will be accomplished by the use of bitumen based emulsions for dewatering and a compaction device for briquetting. During this reporting period, two types of coal samples have been tested for use in the dewatering and briquetting processes. These tests were carried out using Orimulsion as the dewatering reagent. A ram extruder that can be operated continuously is used to fabricate dewatered pellets. The influence of compaction pressure, curing time, binder concentration (2% to 5%), particle size, and compacting time on the performance of coal pellets have been evaluated in terms of their water resistance and wear vulnerability.

  7. Magnetic particle imaging: current developments and future directions

    PubMed Central

    Panagiotopoulos, Nikolaos; Duschka, Robert L; Ahlborg, Mandy; Bringout, Gael; Debbeler, Christina; Graeser, Matthias; Kaethner, Christian; Lüdtke-Buzug, Kerstin; Medimagh, Hanne; Stelzner, Jan; Buzug, Thorsten M; Barkhausen, Jörg; Vogt, Florian M; Haegele, Julian

    2015-01-01

    Magnetic particle imaging (MPI) is a novel imaging method that was first proposed by Gleich and Weizenecker in 2005. Applying static and dynamic magnetic fields, MPI exploits the unique characteristics of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs). The SPIONs’ response allows a three-dimensional visualization of their distribution in space with a superb contrast, a very high temporal and good spatial resolution. Essentially, it is the SPIONs’ superparamagnetic characteristics, the fact that they are magnetically saturable, and the harmonic composition of the SPIONs’ response that make MPI possible at all. As SPIONs are the essential element of MPI, the development of customized nanoparticles is pursued with the greatest effort by many groups. Their objective is the creation of a SPION or a conglomerate of particles that will feature a much higher MPI performance than nanoparticles currently available commercially. A particle’s MPI performance and suitability is characterized by parameters such as the strength of its MPI signal, its biocompatibility, or its pharmacokinetics. Some of the most important adjuster bolts to tune them are the particles’ iron core and hydrodynamic diameter, their anisotropy, the composition of the particles’ suspension, and their coating. As a three-dimensional, real-time imaging modality that is free of ionizing radiation, MPI appears ideally suited for applications such as vascular imaging and interventions as well as cellular and targeted imaging. A number of different theories and technical approaches on the way to the actual implementation of the basic concept of MPI have been seen in the last few years. Research groups around the world are working on different scanner geometries, from closed bore systems to single-sided scanners, and use reconstruction methods that are either based on actual calibration measurements or on theoretical models. This review aims at giving an overview of current developments and future directions in MPI about a decade after its first appearance. PMID:25960650

  8. Charged Particle Environment Definition for NGST: Model Development

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    Blackwell, William C.; Minow, Joseph I.; Evans, Steven W.; Hardage, Donna M.; Suggs, Robert M.

    2000-01-01

    NGST will operate in a halo orbit about the L2 point, 1.5 million km from the Earth, where the spacecraft will periodically travel through the magnetotail region. There are a number of tools available to calculate the high energy, ionizing radiation particle environment from galactic cosmic rays and from solar disturbances. However, space environment tools are not generally available to provide assessments of charged particle environment and its variations in the solar wind, magnetosheath, and magnetotail at L2 distances. An engineering-level phenomenology code (LRAD) was therefore developed to facilitate the definition of charged particle environments in the vicinity of the L2 point in support of the NGST program. LRAD contains models tied to satellite measurement data of the solar wind and magnetotail regions. The model provides particle flux and fluence calculations necessary to predict spacecraft charging conditions and the degradation of materials used in the construction of NGST. This paper describes the LRAD environment models for the deep magnetotail (XGSE < -100 Re) and solar wind, and presents predictions of the charged particle environment for NGST.

  9. Incoherent Reversal in Metal Particle Media

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. J. Chadwick; K. O'Grady

    2006-01-01

    In this paper reports, the magnetisation reversal in ultra-fine elongated metal particles is incoherent. The six metal particle tapes with TEM imaging and magnetic measurement is studied. The activation volume of reversal (Vact) and the physical particle volume (Vphys ) have been determined to establish how the size and geometry of the particles affects the magnetisation reversal. Vact is defined

  10. Preparation of spherical ultrafine copper powder via hydrogen reduction-densification of Mg(OH)2-coated Cu2O powder

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    Wang, Yue-jun; Zhou, Kang-gen

    2012-11-01

    A novel process was developed to produce spherical copper powder for multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCC). Spherical ultrafine cuprous oxide (Cu2O) powder was prepared by glucose reduction of Cu(OH)2. The Cu2O particles were coated by Mg(OH)2 and reduced to metallic copper particles. At last, the copper particles were densified by high-temperature heat treatment. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), tap density, and thermogravimetry (TG). It is found that the shape and size distribution of the copper powder are determined by the Cu2O powder and the copper particles do not agglomerate during high-temperature heat treatment because of the existence of Mg(OH)2 coating. After densification at high temperature, the particle tap density increases from 3.30 to 4.18 g/cm3 and the initial oxidation temperature rises from 125 to 150°C.

  11. Synthesis of Ultrafine Cobalt Ferrite by Thermal Decomposition of Citrate Precursor

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. Prasad; A. Vijayalakshmi; N. S. Gajbhiye

    1998-01-01

    Ultrafine particle of CoFe2O4 has been synthesized using citrate precursor technique. Thermal decomposition of the citrate\\u000a precursor, Co3Fe6O4(C6H6O7)8·6H2O, was investigated by TG, DTA and DTG techniques, gas and chemical analyses and was found\\u000a to decompose in one or two major steps depending on the heating rate in static\\/flowing air atmosphere. In the lower heating\\u000a rate (5°C min-1), metastable acetonedicarboxylate complex

  12. Pseudophasic extraction method for the separation of ultra-fine minerals

    DOEpatents

    Chaiko, David J. (Naperville, IL)

    2002-01-01

    An improved aqueous-based extraction method for the separation and recovery of ultra-fine mineral particles. The process operates within the pseudophase region of the conventional aqueous biphasic extraction system where a low-molecular-weight, water soluble polymer alone is used in combination with a salt and operates within the pseudo-biphase regime of the conventional aqueous biphasic extraction system. A combination of low molecular weight, mutually immiscible polymers are used with or without a salt. This method is especially suited for the purification of clays that are useful as rheological control agents and for the preparation of nanocomposites.

  13. Synthesis of ultrafine ceramic and metallic powders in a thermal argon rf plasma

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    Vogt, G.J.; Vigil, R.S.; Newkirk, L.R.; Trkula, M.

    1985-01-01

    Ultrafine powders of SiC, Si/sub 3/N/sub 4/, Ni, and Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ have been prepared in a rf-plasma reactor, utilizing an induction plasma tube designed at Los Alamos. The primary particle size of the ceramic powders ranges from 5 to 50 nm. Silicon carbide and alumina are ultrapure crystalline powders, while silicon nitride is amorphous for surface areas greater than 100 m/sup 2//g. Plasma nickel powder will sinter to full density at 1073 K.

  14. RESEARCH ARTICLE Ultrafine spatial acuity of blind expert human echolocators

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    Whitney, David

    RESEARCH ARTICLE Ultrafine spatial acuity of blind expert human echolocators Santani Teng · Amrita Echolocating organisms represent their external environment using reflected auditory information from emitted. This first measure of functional spatial resolution in a population of expert echolocators demonstrates

  15. Reverse Taylor Tests on Ultrafine Grained Copper

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    Mishra, A.; Meyers, M. A. [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego, CA 92093 (United States); Martin, M.; Thadhani, N. N. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332 (United States); Gregori, F. [Laboratoire des Proprietes Mecaniques et Thermodynamiques des Materiaux-CNRS, Universite Paris 13 (France); Asaro, R. J. [Department of Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego, CA 92093 (United States)

    2006-07-28

    Reverse Taylor impact tests have been carried out on ultrafine grained copper processed by Equal Channel Angular Pressing (ECAP). Tests were conducted on an as-received OFHC Cu rod and specimens that had undergone sequential ECAP passes (2 and 8). The average grain size ranged from 30 {mu}m for the initial sample to less than 0.5 {mu}m for the 8-pass samples. The dynamic deformation states of the samples, captured by high speed digital photography were compared with computer simulations run in AUTODYN-2D using the Johnson-Cook constitutive equation with constants obtained from stress-strain data and by fitting to an experimentally measured free surface velocity trace. The constitutive response of copper of varying grain sizes was obtained through quasistatic and dynamic mechanical tests and incorporation into constitutive models.

  16. COMBUSTION GENERATED PARTICLES - EXAMINING BOTH DIESEL AND COAL PM CHARACTERIZATION AND HEALTH EFFECTS

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    Processes that form fine and ultrafine particulate matter (PM) are of regulatory interest because there is evidence that these particles cause adverse health effects. Different fuels and combustion technologies produce particles with widely different physical and chemical propert...

  17. Semi-quantitative characterisation of ambient ultrafine aerosols resulting from emissions of coal fired power stations.

    PubMed

    Hinkley, J T; Bridgman, H A; Buhre, B J P; Gupta, R P; Nelson, P F; Wall, T F

    2008-02-25

    Emissions from coal fired power stations are known to be a significant anthropogenic source of fine atmospheric particles, both through direct primary emissions and secondary formation of sulfate and nitrate from emissions of gaseous precursors. However, there is relatively little information available in the literature regarding the contribution emissions make to the ambient aerosol, particularly in the ultrafine size range. In this study, the contribution of emissions to particles smaller than 0.3 mum in the ambient aerosol was examined at a sampling site 7 km from two large Australian coal fired power stations equipped with fabric filters. A novel approach was employed using conditional sampling based on sulfur dioxide (SO(2)) as an indicator species, and a relatively new sampler, the TSI Nanometer Aerosol Sampler. Samples were collected on transmission electron microscope (TEM) grids and examined using a combination of TEM imaging and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis for qualitative chemical analysis. The ultrafine aerosol in low SO(2) conditions was dominated by diesel soot from vehicle emissions, while significant quantities of particles, which were unstable under the electron beam, were observed in the high SO(2) samples. The behaviour of these particles was consistent with literature accounts of sulfate and nitrate species, believed to have been derived from precursor emissions from the power stations. A significant carbon peak was noted in the residues from the evaporated particles, suggesting that some secondary organic aerosol formation may also have been catalysed by these acid seed particles. No primary particulate material was observed in the minus 0.3 mum fraction. The results of this study indicate the contribution of species more commonly associated with gas to particle conversion may be more significant than expected, even close to source. PMID:18054995

  18. Particle morphological and roughness controls on mineral surface charge development

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    Boily, Jean-François; Kozin, Philipp A.

    2014-09-01

    Effects of mineral particle morphology and roughness on potential determining ion (p.d.i.; H+, OH-) loadings achieved at synthetic lepidocrocite (?-FeOOH) surfaces were predominantly investigated by potentiometry and thermodynamic modeling. Nanosized rod- (RL) and lath-shaped (LL) particles exhibiting different proportions of the same predominant crystallographic faces acquired largely comparable pH, ionic strength and counterion (NaCl, NaClO4) dependencies on p.d.i. loadings. These results supported previous claims that faces ideally containing proton silent sites only, are likely populated by additional proton active sites. This concept was supported further by results of roughened LL-like particles (LLR) also showing highly congruent pH-, ionic strength- and composition-dependent p.d.i. loadings with those of LL and RL. These loadings thereby correspond to maximal levels allowed by net attractive and repulsive forces at each solution composition, irrespective of particle morphology. Contrasting equilibration times required to achieve these loadings revealed considerably slower exchange of p.d.i. and electrolyte ions near the point of zero charge in the rough LLR than in the more idealized LL and RL particles. Thermodynamic modeling was used to test various concepts accounting for these results. The model made use of a novel framework capable of isolating electrostatic contributions from different faces, and of accounting for ion-specific double-layer properties within a single crystallographic face. These efforts made use of capacitance values for each electrolyte ions within the framework of a recently developed Variable Capacitance Model. Attempts at modeling all three particle types were used to suggest that the (0 1 0) face contains ?0.9 site nm-2 of proton active sites, a value notably constrained by recently published Na+, Cl-, and ClO4- loadings derived by cryogenic X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The model presented in this work thus provides a means to predict p.d.i. loadings on multifaceted mineral particle surfaces, and can therefore be used to constrain further our understanding of mineral/water interface reactivity.

  19. Structure and biodegradation mechanism of milled Bombyx mori silk particles.

    PubMed

    Rajkhowa, Rangam; Hu, Xiao; Tsuzuki, Takuya; Kaplan, David L; Wang, Xungai

    2012-08-13

    The aim of this study was to understand the structure and biodegradation relationships of silk particles intended for targeted biomedical applications. Such a study is also useful in understanding structural remodelling of silk debris that may be generated from silk-based implants. Ultrafine silk particles were prepared using a combination of efficient wet-milling and spray-drying processes with no addition of chemicals other than those used in degumming. Milling reduced the intermolecular stacking forces within the ?-sheet crystallites without changing the intramolecular binding energy. Because of the rough morphology and the ultrafine size of the particles, degradation of silk particles by protease XIV was increased by about 3-fold compared to silk fibers. Upon biodegradation, the thermal degradation temperature of silk increased, which was attributed to the formation of tight aggregates by the hydrolyzed residual macromolecules. A model of the biodegradation mechanism of silk particles was developed based on the experimental data. The model explains the process of disintegration of ?-sheets, supported by quantitative secondary structural analysis and microscopic images. PMID:22746375

  20. A parametric comparative study of electrocoagulation and coagulation using ultrafine quartz suspensions.

    PubMed

    Kiliç, Mehtap Gülsün; Ho?ten, Cetin; Demirci, Sahinde

    2009-11-15

    This paper attempts to compare electrocoagulation using aluminum anodes and stainless steel cathodes with conventional coagulation by aluminum sulfate dosing on aqueous suspensions of ultrafine quartz. Several key parameters affecting the efficiency of electrocoagulation and coagulation were investigated with laboratory scale experiments in search of optimal parameter values. Optimal values of the parameters were determined on the basis of the efficiency of turbidity removal from ultrafine quartz suspensions. The parameters investigated in the study were suspension pH, electrical potential, current density, electrocoagulation time, and aluminum dosage. A comparison between electrocoagulation and coagulation was made on the basis of total dissolved aluminum, revealing that electrocoagulation and coagulation were equally effective at the same aluminum dosage for the removal of quartz particles from suspensions. Coagulation, however, was more effective in a wider pH range (pH 6-9) than electrocoagulation which yielded optimum effectiveness in a relatively narrower pH range around 9, where, in both methods, these pH values corresponded to near-zero zeta potentials of quartz particles. Furthermore, experimental results confirmed that electrocoagulation could display some pH buffering capacity. The kinetics of electrocoagulation was very fast (<10 min) in approaching a residual turbidity, which could be modeled with a second-order rate equation. PMID:19576688

  1. Exploring novel ultrafine Eri silk bioscaffold for enzyme stabilisation in cellobiose hydrolysis.

    PubMed

    Verma, Madan L; Rajkhowa, Rangam; Wang, Xungai; Barrow, Colin J; Puri, Munish

    2013-10-01

    The suitability of optimised ultrafine Eri silk microparticles as novel enzyme supports was studied for potential application in biofuel production. ?-glucosidase (BGL) from Aspergillus niger was immobilised on Eri silk fibrion particles via an adsorption method resulting in a 62% immobilisation yield. Soluble and immobilised enzymes exhibited pH-optima at pH 4.0 and 5.0, respectively with optimum activity at 60°C. The Michaelis constant (K(M)) was 0.16 and 0.27 mM for soluble and immobilised BGL respectively. The immobilisation support has a protective effect on the enzyme by increasing rigidity; this is reflected by an increase in stability under thermal denaturation at 70°C. Immobilised enzyme retained more than 50% of initial activity for up to eight cycles. Maximum cellobiose hydrolysis by immobilised BGL was achieved at 20 h. Crystalline ultrafine Eri silk particles were found to be a promising viable, environmentally sound and stable matrix for binding BGL for cellobiose hydrolysis. PMID:23462595

  2. Thickening of ultrafine coal-water slurries in a solid-bowl centrifuge

    SciTech Connect

    Pinkerton, A.P.; Klima, M.S.; Morrison, J.L.; Miller, B.G.

    1999-07-01

    As part of a study being conducted for the Electric Power Research Institute's (EPRI's) Upgraded Coal Interest Group (UCIG) to evaluate ultrafine coal dewatering technologies, testing was carried out to investigate the use of a solid-bowl (high-g) centrifuge for thickening ultrafine coalwater slurries. The objective of this study was to increase the solids concentration to a level suitable for use as a coal-water slurry fuel, while maximizing overall solids recovery. Feed material was collected from the combined discharge (centrate) streams from several screen-bowl centrifuges. These devices are currently being used in a commercial coal cleaning facility to dewater the clean coal product from a froth flotation circuit. Current plant practice is to discharge the centrate to settling ponds. The screen bowl centrate averages 5% solids by weight and contains nearly 60% material finer than 10 {mu}m. The current study examined the effects of operating conditions on centrifuge performance. The test conditions included centrifuge bowl and scroll speeds and volumetric feed rate. In addition to thickening, some cleaning was also achieved, because the finest particles (e.g. < 3 {micro}m), which contained a large percentage of liberated clays, were removed with the bulk of the water. The centrifuge products were analyzed for solids concentration, particle size distribution, and ash content. Size selectivity curves were also used to evaluate centrifuge performance.

  3. Remineralization of human dentin using ultrafine bioactive glass particles

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Meret Vollenweider; Tobias J. Brunner; Sven Knecht; Robert N. Grass; Matthias Zehnder; Thomas Imfeld; Wendelin J. Stark

    2007-01-01

    Bioactive glass nanoparticles synthesized by flame spray synthesis were tested for their remineralization capabilities in vitro. After artificial demineralization with EDTA, human dentin was treated with 20–50nm size bioactive glass nanoparticles or a micrometer-sized, commercial reference material (PerioGlas) for up to 30 days. The degree of remineralization was measured using quantitative gravimetric methods (thermogravimetry, elemental analysis) and element-sensitive scanning electron

  4. Diurnal and Seasonal Variations of Ultrafine Particle Formation in

    E-print Network

    Yu, Fangqun

    simulations assume that 0-5% of anthropo- genic sulfur specie is emitted as sulfuric acid or sulfate in this parameterization. Sulfur emission from power plants and smelters is a dominant anthropogenic sulfur source in plumes from coal-fired power plants and smelters was undertaken in the late 1970s and early 1980s

  5. Developing an Empirical Model for Predicting Solar Energetic Particle Events

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    Quinn, R. A.; Winter, L. M.; Ledbetter, K.; Ashley, S. F.

    2014-12-01

    Solar energetic particle (SEP) events are powerful enhancements in the particle flux received at Earth. These events, often related to coronal mass ejections, can be disruptive to ionospheric communications, destructive to satellites, and pose a health risk to astronauts. To develop a useful forecast for the onset time and peak flux of SEP events, we are examining the radio burst, proton, and electron properties associated with the SEPs of the current solar cycle. Using the Wind/WAVES radio observations from 2010-2013, we analyzed the 123 decametric-hectometric type II solar radio burst properties, the associated type III burst properties, and their correlation with SEP properties determined from analysis of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) observations. Through a principal component and logistic regression analyses, we find that the radio properties alone can be used to predict the occurrence of an SEP event with a false alarm rate of 17%, a probability of detection of 65%, and with 88% of the classifications correct. We also explore the use of the > 2 MeV electron flux to forecast proton peak flux and event onset time, with preliminary results suggesting a correlation between the peak electron and proton flux.

  6. Age Hardening in Ultrafine-Grained Al-2 Pct Fe Alloy Processed by High-Pressure Torsion

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    Cubero-Sesin, Jorge M.; Horita, Zenji

    2015-06-01

    A cast Al-2 wt pct Fe alloy was processed by high-pressure torsion (HPT) at room temperature and then subjected to artificial aging at temperatures of 373 K and 473 K (100 °C and 200 °C). The aging behavior was studied by Vickers microhardness measurements and by microstructural analyses using transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The initial intermetallic structures, composed of a mixture of Al + Al6Fe and Al + Al3Fe eutectics phases, were partially dissolved in the matrix up to a supersaturation of ~1 wt pct Fe. The microstructure was refined by HPT to an ultrafine-grained level with a minimum grain size of ~120 nm in the matrix and a dispersion of particles less than 400 nm. Age hardening was achieved within 0.25 hours at 473 K (200 °C), to a maximum UTS of ~700 MPa as a result of nano-sized precipitation within the ultrafine grains. The uniform elongation exceeded ~12 pct even at intermediate levels of imposed strain by HPT, while it decreased to ~6 pct with the subsequent aging treatment. The thermal stability of the ultrafine-grained structure was verified to exceed 16 days at 373 K (100 °C) and 12 hours at 473 K (200 °C).

  7. Methods for Designing Concurrently Strengthened Severely Deformed Age-Hardenable Aluminum Alloys by Ultrafine-Grained and Precipitation Hardenings

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    Hirosawa, Shoichi; Hamaoka, Takumi; Horita, Zenji; Lee, Seungwon; Matsuda, Kenji; Terada, Daisuke

    2013-08-01

    The age-hardenings behavior and precipitate microstructures with high dislocation density and/or ultrafine grains have been studied for 6022Al-Mg-Si and 2091Al-Li-Cu alloys. The high-pressure torsion (HPT) specimen of the former alloy exhibited either suppressed age hardenings or even age softening, unlike in the cases of the undeformed and cold-rolled specimens, at room temperature (RT) to 443 K (170 °C). On the other hand, the HPT specimen of the latter alloy successfully increased the hardness up to >HV290 at 373 K (100 °C), suggesting that concurrent strengthening by ultrafine-grained and precipitation hardenings can be activated if both alloy system and aging temperature are optimally selected. The corresponding transmission electron microscopy (TEM) microstructures attributed such a high level of hardness to the transgranular precipitation of the nanometer-scale particles within ultrafine grains. From the results of in situ small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) measurements, methods to maximize the effect of the combined processing of severe plastic deformation (SPD) and the age-hardenings technique are proposed based on the underlying phase transformation mechanisms.

  8. Pelletization studies of ultra-fine clean coal

    SciTech Connect

    Mehta, R.H.; Parekh, B.K. [Center for Applied Energy Research, Lexington, KY (United States)

    1995-10-01

    Handling of fine coal is an importance issue for coal as well as the utility industry. Reconstitution in the form of a pellet or briquette would be desirable if it could be done economically. This paper evaluates the effectiveness of three binders e.g., asphalt-emulsion, corn starch and Brewex, in forming pellets of ultra-fine clean coal. It was fond that asphalt emulsion and corn starch were not effective binders for ultra-fine clean coal, however, Brewex provided excellent quality of pellets, which exceeded all the minimum quality requirements of coal pellets.

  9. Development and validation of rapid magnetic particle based extraction protocols

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    Background In order to control and eradicate transboundary animal diseases, early diagnosis and reaction is essential for the implementation of control activities. Thus, mobile diagnostic units which allow analytical testing close to the site of occurrence could provide valuable support for centralized laboratories. Consequently, the availability of diagnostic tests using mobile amplification and detection technologies has been increasing over the past years. However, methods enabling rapid and simple nucleic acid extraction also under resource-limited settings are still scarce. Methods In the present study rapid extraction protocols based on magnetic particle technology have been developed. For this purpose, the two open extraction platforms KingFisher™ Duo (Thermo Fisher Scientific) and BioSprint® 15 (Qiagen) as well as the fully automated EZ1® advanced XL instrument (Qiagen) were used. All protocols were validated in comparison to standard manual extraction using blood and serum samples from animals infected with Schmallenberg virus or bovine viral diarrhea virus. Results All newly developed protocols allowed a complete extraction within 30 minutes of time. The fully automated EZ1-extraction yielded the highest reproducibility, whereas slightly higher intra- and inter-assay variations were observed using the open platforms. Compared to the manual procedure, the analytical sensitivity of all the rapid protocols was 1 log10 step reduced for extraction from blood samples. For sera a reduced dynamic range could only be observed using the maximally shortened BioSprint 15 protocol. Validation using clinical samples showed an excellent concordance of all the rapid extraction protocols to the standard manual extraction procedure, independent of sample materials and target viruses. Conclusions The results of this study show that the speed-optimized novel extraction protocols allow rapid and simple nucleic acid extractions for a variety of target viruses without significant loss of sensitivity compared to standard procedures. For this reason they represent valuable tools to accelerate magnetic particle based automated extraction. PMID:25086594

  10. Health effects of ambient particulate matter--biological mechanisms and inflammatory responses to in vitro and in vivo particle exposures.

    PubMed

    Maier, Konrad Ludwig; Alessandrini, Francesca; Beck-Speier, Ingrid; Hofer, Thomas Philipp Josef; Diabaté, Silvia; Bitterle, Ellen; Stöger, Tobias; Jakob, Thilo; Behrendt, Heidrun; Horsch, Marion; Beckers, Johannes; Ziesenis, Axel; Hültner, Lothar; Frankenberger, Marion; Krauss-Etschmann, Susanne; Schulz, Holger

    2008-02-01

    In this article, we review and analyze different modes of exposure to ultrafine particles in order to assess particle-induced inflammatory responses and the underlying mechanisms in vitro and in vivo. Based on results from monocytic cells cultured under submerged conditions, we discuss (1) the impact of particle properties such as surface area and oxidative potential on lipid metabolism as a highly sensitive regulatory pathway and (2) the interference of diesel exhaust particles with toll-like receptor-mediated inflammatory responses. Furthermore, new developments of air-liquid interface exposure used as an alternative approach to simulate cell particle interactions are presented. In addition to the in vitro approaches, animal exposure studies are described that apply selected mouse models to elucidate potential allergic and inflammatory pulmonary responses and mast-cell-related mechanisms after particle exposure. Long-term inhalation of ultrafine particles might lead to irreversible changes in lung structure and function. Clinical studies addressing the characteristics of inflammatory airway cells are a promising approach to understand underlying pathophysiological mechanisms in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Finally, a potential outcome of human particle exposure is chronic cough in children. Here, discrimination between asthmatic and nonasthmatic cough by means of immunological parameters appears to be an important step toward improving diagnosis and therapy. PMID:18300050

  11. Induction of Inflammation in Vascular Endothelial Cells by Metal Oxide Nanoparticles: Effect of Particle Composition

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    Gojova, Andrea; Guo, Bing; Kota, Rama S.; Rutledge, John C.; Kennedy, Ian M.; Barakat, Abdul I.

    2007-01-01

    Background The mechanisms governing the correlation between exposure to ultrafine particles and the increased incidence of cardiovascular disease remain unknown. Ultrafine particles appear to cross the pulmonary epithelial barrier into the bloodstream, raising the possibility of direct contact with the vascular endothelium. Objectives Because endothelial inflammation is critical for the development of cardiovascular pathology, we hypothesized that direct exposure of human aortic endothelial cells (HAECs) to ultrafine particles induces an inflammatory response and that this response depends on particle composition. Methods To test the hypothesis, we incubated HAECs for 1–8 hr with different concentrations (0.001–50 ?g/mL) of iron oxide (Fe2O3), yttrium oxide (Y2O3), and zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles and subsequently measured mRNA and protein levels of the three inflammatory markers intra-cellular cell adhesion molecule-1, interleukin-8, and monocyte chemotactic protein-1. We also determined nanoparticle interactions with HAECs using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and transmission electron microscopy. Results Our data indicate that nanoparticle delivery to the HAEC surface and uptake within the cells correlate directly with particle concentration in the cell culture medium. All three types of nanoparticles are internalized into HAECs and are often found within intracellular vesicles. Fe2O3 nanoparticles fail to provoke an inflammatory response in HAECs at any of the concentrations tested; however, Y2O3 and ZnO nanoparticles elicit a pronounced inflammatory response above a threshold concentration of 10 ?g/mL. At the highest concentration, ZnO nanoparticles are cytotoxic and lead to considerable cell death. Conclusions These results demonstrate that inflammation in HAECs following acute exposure to metal oxide nanoparticles depends on particle composition. PMID:17431490

  12. Effects of particle shape and mobility on stable armor development

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Basil Gomez

    1994-01-01

    The relative size and roughness of a stable armor varies with particle shape. For a given imposed shear stress the order of increasing nominal particle diameter is flat, angular, and rounded gravel. The order of increasing surface roughness is flat, rounded, and angular gravel. The mobility of fine flat gravel particles is enhanced by the lower surface roughness of armors

  13. Facile Fabrication of Ultrafine Hollow Silica and Magnetic Hollow Silica Nanoparticles by a Dual-Templating Approach

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Wei Wu; Xiangheng Xiao; Shaofeng Zhang; Lixia Fan; Tangchao Peng; Feng Ren; Changzhong Jiang

    2010-01-01

    The development of synthetic process for hollow silica materials is an issue of considerable topical interest. While a number\\u000a of chemical routes are available and are extensively used, the diameter of hollow silica often large than 50 nm. Here, we\\u000a report on a facial route to synthesis ultrafine hollow silica nanoparticles (the diameter of ca. 24 nm) with high surface area by

  14. Tensile testing of a single ultrafine polymeric fiber

    Microsoft Academic Search

    E. P. S. Tan; S. Y. Ng; C. T. Lim

    2005-01-01

    Due to the difficulty in handling micro and nanoscale fibers and measuring the small load required for deformation, mechanical properties of these fibers have not been widely characterized. In this study, tensile test of a single-strand polycaprolactone electrospun ultrafine fiber was performed using a nano tensile tester. The tested fiber exhibited the characteristic low strength and low modulus but high

  15. Ballistic performance of nanocrystalline and nanotwinned ultrafine crystal steel

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    Suresh, Subra

    Ballistic performance of nanocrystalline and nanotwinned ultrafine crystal steel Jaime Fronta to be relevant candidates for ballistic protection. The aim of the present work is to compare their ballistic show a lower energy absorption than coarse-grained steel under ballistic loading, but under equal

  16. In vivo deposition of ultrafine aerosols in human nasal and oral airways

    SciTech Connect

    Yeh, Hsu-Chi; Swift, D.L. [John Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD (United States); Simpson, S.Q. [Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (United States)] [and others

    1995-12-01

    The extrathoracic airways, including the nasal passage, oral passage, pharynx, and larynx, are the first targets for inhaled particles and provide an important defense for the lung. Understanding the deposition efficiency of the nasal and oral passages is therefore crucial for assessing doses of inhaled particles to the extrathoracic airways and the lung. Significant inter-subject variability in nasal deposition has been shown in recent studies by Rasmussen, T.R. et al, using 2.6 {mu}m particles in 10 human subjects and in our preliminary studies using 0.004-0.15 {mu}m particles in four adult volunteers. No oral deposition was reported in either of these studies. Reasons for the intersubject variations have been frequently attributed to the geometry of the nasal passages. The aims of the present study were to measure in vivo the nasal airway dimensions and the deposition of ultrafine aerosols in both the nasal and oral passages, and to determine the relationship between nasal airway dimensions and aerosol deposition. A statistical procedure incorporated with the diffusion theory was used to model the dimensional features of the nasal airways which may be responsible for the biological variability in particle deposition. In summary, we have correlated deposition of particles in the size range of 0.004 to 0.15 {mu}m with the nasal dimensions of each subject.

  17. Mechanochemical synthesis of ultrafine Ti(C,N)–Al 2O 3 composite powders and phase transformation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. P. Xiang; Y. Liu; M. J. Tu; Y. Y. Li; S. Xia; B. Q. Chen

    2009-01-01

    Titanium carbonitride–alumina (Ti(C,N)–Al2O3) composite powders with ultrafine-sized particles below 0.5?m were successfully synthesized by mechanochemical method. That is to say, mixed powders of anatase\\/aluminum\\/carbon black were mechanically milled for 40h under N2\\/Ar atmosphere and were subsequently vacuum heat treated for 1h at 800–1100°C. From X-ray diffraction (XRD) and thermogravimetry–differential scanning calorimetry (TGA–DSC) results of milled powders, Ti(C,N)–Al2O3 phases were formed

  18. Nanocasting Synthesis of Ultrafine WO3 Nanoparticles for Gas Sensing Applications

    PubMed Central

    2010-01-01

    Ultrafine WO3 nanoparticles were synthesized by nanocasting route, using mesoporous SiO2 as a template. BET measurements showed a specific surface area of 700 m 2/gr for synthesized SiO2, while after impregnation and template removal, this area was reduced to 43 m 2/gr for WO3 nanoparticles. HRTEM results showed single crystalline nanoparticles with average particle size of about 5 nm possessing a monoclinic structure, which is the favorite crystal structure for gas sensing applications. Gas sensor was fabricated by deposition of WO3 nanoparticles between electrodes via low frequency AC electrophoretic deposition. Gas sensing measurements showed that this material has a high sensitivity to very low concentrations of NO2 at 250°C and 300°C. PMID:20672126

  19. An Investigation of the CSC-MIG Welding Process for Deposition of Conventional, Ultrafine and Nanostructured MMC Coatings

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    Vespa, Patrick

    Welding based coating deposition techniques allow high rates of material deposition and form a permanent metallurgical bond between the coating and the substrate material. Welding based methods can also provide an economic alternative over other industrial coating deposition processes where high initial capital investment and running costs can be restrictive. As with all technological sectors, the need for new and improved machinery and processes to meet industrial needs provides a drive for continued research. The controlled short-circuit MIG (CSC-MIG) welding system is a newly developed welding apparatus built to overcome several shortcomings associated with traditional MIG welding. It allows for greater control of many welding parameters and has reduced heat input during deposition when compared with conventional MIG welding systems. This project was conducted to understand the CSC-MIG welding system as a process and as a hardfacing deposition technique through examination of the microstructural features and transformations of Ni/WC coatings. Several coatings deposited with a Ni/WC electrode wire, with heat input ranging between 10 J/mm and 110 J/mm, were examined. It was found that the detrimental decarburization reactions acting on the WC particles, as seen in thermal spray systems, do not occur when welding with the CSC-MIG. Although the energy input during welding with the CSC-MIG system is significantly lower than for traditional MIG, dissolution of the reinforcing phase is an issue to be contended with and must be minimized through proper selection of welding parameters. Precipitation of a reaction layer around the WC/W2C reinforcing phase was identified as WC; the average thickness of which increased from 3.8 mum to 7.2 mum for the low and high heat input condition, respectively. Precipitation of newly formed WC particles was also observed; their size distribution increased from D50 = 2.4 mum in the low heat input weldment to D50 = 6.75 mum in the high heat input weldment. The hardness of the deposited coatings decreased from 587 HV10 to 410 HV 10 when the energy input was increased from 10.1 J/mm to 108.7 J/mm. Using a pre-placed powder method, as in submerged arc welding, several coatings were embedded with either conventional, ultrafine or nanostructured WC powder. In the analysis of these tests, it was found that the method of embedding the WC particles into the coating had an effect on the overall dissolution of the reinforcing phase. Although the loss of the nanostructure was observed in coatings embedded with the nanostructured WC feedstock, the precipitation of ultrafine WC single crystals is likely to increase the wear resistance compared with conventional sized WC additions. This thesis contains the first journal articles submitted for publication using results from experiments conducted with a CSC-MIG welding system.

  20. Microphysical Analysis of the Development of Ice Particles in Cirrus

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    Lawson, P.; Jensen, E. J.; Mace, G. G.; Mitchell, D. L.; Baker, B. A.; Mo, Q.

    2010-12-01

    The DOE ARM Small Particle in Cirrus (SPartICus) field project took place from 4 January through 24 June 2010. The SPEC Learjet was instrumented with state-of-the-art microphysical sensors that have been designed to minimize the effects of large ice particles shattering on probe inlets, which has contaminated results from most previous projects. The instrument complement includes fast FSSP, CDP, CPI, 2D-S, HVPS, CSI and Nevzorov IWC probes, along with air motion sensing. Data were collected in cirrus clouds over the ARM ACRF site near Lamont, Oklahoma, and in cirrus under various locations coincident with CloudSat/Calipso satellite overpasses. One of the scientific goals of SPartICus was to collect a large dataset with statistical relevance that documented the nature and variability of the particle size distribution in cirrus. The SPEC Learjet flew 190 hours in the SpartICus project, Approximately 60 hours of in-cloud data were collected in synoptically-generated cirrus, orographically-generated cirrus and cirrus anvils in Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, South Dakota and North Dakota. A preliminary analysis of this dataset shows that in the mean, concentrations of ice particles were in the tens to hundreds per liter, but that concentrations as high as 10 per cc and as low as 0.1 per liter were occasionally encountered. Both the very low and very high particle concentrations cannot be explained from theories of primary nucleation, which presents a considerable challenge for numerical models. The outlier cases are examined to assess physical reasons for the anomalous measurements. The size distribution and the shape of the size distribution are also important for radiative studies. Large cirrus particles fall out and do not contribute to overall radiative heating that is attributed to cirrus clouds. The shape of the distribution has recently been shown to have a significant effect on effective particle diameter, which is a fundamental parameter in radiative packages used on climate models. SPartICus data are compared with previous measurements in cirrus to demonstrate how the shape of the particle size distribution affects calculation of effective particle diameter.

  1. Ultrafine ceria powders via glycine-nitrate combustion

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    R. D Purohit; B. P Sharma; K. T Pillai; A. K Tyagi

    2001-01-01

    The ultrafine ceria powders have been synthesized by the combustion technique using glycine as a fuel and nitrate as an oxidizer. The auto-ignition (at ?200°C) of the viscous liquids containing cerium nitrate and glycine resulted in voluminous ceria powders. An interpretation based on an adiabatic flame temperature, for different fuel-to-oxidant ratios, has been proposed for the nature of combustion and

  2. OBSERVATION OF ULTRAFINE CHANNELS OF SOLAR CORONA HEATING

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    Ji, Haisheng [Key Laboratory for Dark Matter and Space Science, Purple Mountain Observatory, CAS, Nanjing 210008 (China); Cao, Wenda; Goode, Philip R. [Big Bear Solar Observatory, 40386 North Shore Lane, Big Bear City, CA 92314 (United States)

    2012-05-01

    We report the first direct observations of dynamical events originating in the Sun's photosphere and subsequently lighting up the corona. Continuous small-scale, impulsive events have been tracked from their origin in the photosphere on through to their brightening of the local corona. We achieve this by combining high-resolution ground-based data from the 1.6 m aperture New Solar Telescope (NST) at Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO), and satellite data from the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) on board the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). The NST imaging observations in helium I 10830 A reveal unexpected complexes of ultrafine, hot magnetic loops seen to be reaching from the photosphere to the base of the corona. Most of these ultrafine loops are characterized by an apparently constant, but surprisingly narrow diameter of about 100 km all along each loop, and the loops originate on the solar surface from intense, compact magnetic field elements. The NST observations detect the signature of upward injections of hot plasma that excite the ultrafine loops from the photosphere to the base of the corona. The ejecta have their individual footpoints in the intergranular lanes between the Sun's ubiquitous, convectively driven granules. In many cases, AIA/SDO detects cospatial and cotemporal brightenings in the overlying, million degree coronal loops in conjunction with the upward injections along the ultrafine loops. Segments of some of the more intense upward injections are seen as rapid blueshifted events in simultaneous H{alpha} blue wing images observed at BBSO. In sum, the observations unambiguously show impulsive coronal heating events from upward energy flows originating from intergranular lanes on the solar surface accompanied by cospatial mass flows.

  3. Speciation and pulmonary effects of acidic SO x formed on the surface of ultrafine zinc oxide aerosols

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    Amdur, Mary O.; Chen, Lung Chi; Guty, John; Lam, Hua Fuan; Miller, Patricia D.

    Ultrafine metal oxides and SO 2 react during coal combustion or smelting operations to form primary emissions coated with an acidic SO x layer. A ZnO-SO 2-H 2O (mixed 500°C) system generates such particles to provide greatly needed information on both quantitative composition of the surface layer and its effects on the lung. Total S on the particles is related to ZnO concentration and is predominantly S VI. As a surface layer, 20 ?g m -3 H 2SO 4 decreases pulmonary diffusing capacity in guinea pigs after four daily 3-h exposures and produces bronchial hypersensitivity following a single 1-h exposure. That 200 ?g m -3 H 2SO 4 aerosols of equivalent particle size are needed to produce the same degree of bronchial hypersensitivity emphasizes the importance of the surface layer.

  4. Early developments: Particle physics aspects of cosmic rays

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    Grupen, Claus

    2014-01-01

    Cosmic rays is the birthplace of elementary particle physics. The 1936 Nobel prize was shared between Victor Hess and Carl Anderson. Anderson discovered the positron in a cloud chamber. The positron was predicted by Dirac several years earlier. In subsequent cloud chamber investigations Anderson and Neddermeyer saw the muon, which for some time was considered to be a candidate for the Yukawa particle responsible for nuclear binding. Measurements with nuclear emulsions by Lattes, Powell, Occhialini and Muirhead clarified the situation by the discovery of the charged pions in cosmic rays. The cloud chamber continued to be a powerful instrument in cosmic ray studies. Rochester and Butler found V's, which turned out to be shortlived neutral kaons decaying into a pair of charged pions. Also ?'s, ?'s, and ?'s were found in cosmic rays. But after that accelerators and storage rings took over. The unexpected renaissance of cosmic rays started with the search for solar neutrinos and the observation of the supernova 1987A. Cosmic ray neutrino results were best explained by the assumption of neutrino oscillations opening a view beyond the standard model of elementary particles. After 100 years of cosmic ray research we are again at the beginning of a new era, and cosmic rays may contribute to solve the many open questions, like dark matter and dark energy, by providing energies well beyond those of accelerators.

  5. Characterization and speciation of depleted uranium in individual soil particles using microanalytical methods

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    S. Torok; J Osán; L Vincze; S Kurunczi; G Tamborini; M Betti

    2004-01-01

    Microanalytical techniques for elemental composition and nuclide-specific analysis have been used to identify the origin and the leachability of depleted uranium particles. The soil particle samples were collected from Kosovo area a few years after the war, the presence of fine particles with depleted uranium as major component was easily identified by EPMA and SIMS. The ultrafine uranium particles were

  6. Understanding ultrafine nanodiamond formation using nanostructured explosives

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    Pichot, Vincent; Risse, Benedikt; Schnell, Fabien; Mory, Julien; Spitzer, Denis

    2013-01-01

    The detonation process is able to build new materials with a bottom-up approach. Diamond, the hardest material on earth, can be synthesized in this way. This unconventional synthesis route is possible due to the presence of carbon inside the high-explosive molecules: firing high-explosive mixtures with a negative oxygen balance in a non-oxidative environment leads to the formation of nanodiamond particles. Trinitrotoluene (TNT) and hexogen (RDX) are the explosives primarily used to synthesize nanodiamonds. Here we show that the use of nanostructured explosive charges leads to the formation of smaller detonation nanodiamonds, and it also provides new understanding of nanodiamond formation-mechanisms. The discontinuity of the explosive at the nanoscale level plays the key role in modifying the diamond particle size, and therefore varying the size with microstructured charges is impossible. PMID:23831716

  7. Understanding ultrafine nanodiamond formation using nanostructured explosives

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    Pichot, Vincent; Risse, Benedikt; Schnell, Fabien; Mory, Julien; Spitzer, Denis

    2013-07-01

    The detonation process is able to build new materials with a bottom-up approach. Diamond, the hardest material on earth, can be synthesized in this way. This unconventional synthesis route is possible due to the presence of carbon inside the high-explosive molecules: firing high-explosive mixtures with a negative oxygen balance in a non-oxidative environment leads to the formation of nanodiamond particles. Trinitrotoluene (TNT) and hexogen (RDX) are the explosives primarily used to synthesize nanodiamonds. Here we show that the use of nanostructured explosive charges leads to the formation of smaller detonation nanodiamonds, and it also provides new understanding of nanodiamond formation-mechanisms. The discontinuity of the explosive at the nanoscale level plays the key role in modifying the diamond particle size, and therefore varying the size with microstructured charges is impossible.

  8. Densification characteristics of chromia/alumina castables by particle size distribution.

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    Zhao, Jingming; Kim, Taesuk; Kim, Gichul; Hwang, Kyuhong; Bae, Dongsik

    2012-01-01

    The quality of the refractories applied on integrated gasification combined cycle should be a key factor that affects both the reliability and the economics of gasifier operation. To enhance the workability of chromia/alumina castables, three types of ultrafine alumina powder were added to improve the workability. Densification behavior of such castables in the presence of ultrafine alumina was assessed through the measurement of parameters like flow value, viscosity, bulk density, apparent porosity, and microstructure evaluation by an SEM study. It's proved that the specific surface area and particle size distribution of ultrafine powders in matrix parts greatly influence the densification behavior of these castables. PMID:22221548

  9. Densification characteristics of chromia/alumina castables by particle size distribution

    PubMed Central

    2012-01-01

    The quality of the refractories applied on integrated gasification combined cycle should be a key factor that affects both the reliability and the economics of gasifier operation. To enhance the workability of chromia/alumina castables, three types of ultrafine alumina powder were added to improve the workability. Densification behavior of such castables in the presence of ultrafine alumina was assessed through the measurement of parameters like flow value, viscosity, bulk density, apparent porosity, and microstructure evaluation by an SEM study. It's proved that the specific surface area and particle size distribution of ultrafine powders in matrix parts greatly influence the densification behavior of these castables. PMID:22221548

  10. Preferential concentration of particles in a fully developed turbulent square duct flow

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    C. M. Winkler; Sarma L. Rani; S. P. Vanka

    2004-01-01

    The preferential concentration of dense particles in a downward, fully developed turbulent square duct flow at Re?=360, based on mean friction velocity and duct width, is studied using large eddy simulations. Due to the low volume fractions involved (maximum volume fraction <10?5), one-way coupled simulations are performed, i.e., two-way coupling and particle–particle collisions are not considered. The continuous and the

  11. Microstructure and mechanical behavior of ultrafine-grained titanium J. Gubicza1,a

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    Gubicza, Jenõ

    Microstructure and mechanical behavior of ultrafine-grained titanium J. Gubicza1,a , Zs. Fogarassy1@yahoo.com Keywords: Titanium, Equal Channel Angular Pressing (ECAP), radial forging, drawing, microstructure the microstructure and the mechanical properties of ultrafine grained titanium processed by ECAP is studied by X

  12. Mechanical Properties and Radiation Tolerance of Ultrafine Grained and Nanocrystalline Metals 

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    Sun, Cheng

    2013-04-26

    of ultrafine grained Fe-Cr-Ni alloy. Thermal stability of the ultrafine grained Fe-Cr-Ni alloy was examined by ex situ annealing and in situ heating within a transmission electron microscope. Abnormal grain growth at 827 K (600°C) is attributed to deformation...

  13. Author's personal copy Impacts of freeway traffic conditions on in-vehicle exposure to ultrafine

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    Bertini, Robert L.

    health impacts from human exposure to traffic-related ultrafine particulate matter pollution. As more research regarding the impacts of congestion on human exposure to traffic-related pollution. One trafficAuthor's personal copy Impacts of freeway traffic conditions on in-vehicle exposure to ultrafine

  14. Numerical Simulation of Particle Dispersion in a Spatially Developing Mixing Layer

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    Hu, Zhiwei; Luo, Xiaoyu; Luo, Kai H.

    Although there have been several numerical studies on particle dispersion in mixing layers, most of them have been conducted for temporally evolving mixing layers. In this study, numerical simulations of a spatially developing mixing layer are performed to investigate particle dispersion under various conditions. The full compressible Navier--Stokes equations are solved with a high-order compact finite difference scheme, along with high-order time-integration. Accurate non-reflecting boundary conditions for the fluid flow are used, and several methods for introducing particles into the computational domain are tested. The particles are traced using a Lagrangian approach assuming one-way coupling between the continuous and the dispersed phases. The study focuses on the roles of the large-scale vortex structures in particle dispersion at low, medium and high Stokes numbers, which highlights the important effects of interacting vortex structures in nearby regions in the spatially developing mixing layer. The effects of particles with randomly distributed sizes (or Stokes numbers) are also investigated. Both instantaneous flow fields and statistical quantities are analyzed, which reveals essential features of particle dispersion in spatially developing free shear flows, which are different from those observed in temporally developing flows. The inclusion of the gravity not only modifies the overall dispersion patterns, but also enhances stream-crossing by particles.

  15. Development of DMA-Faraday Cup Electrometer system for measurement of submicron aerosol particles

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Manabu Shimada; Ferry Iskandar; Kikuo Okuyama

    2000-01-01

    A measurement system consisting of a Long Differential Mobility Analyzer (LDMA) and a Faraday Cup Electrometer (FCE) was developed to investigate the performance of the system for measuring the size distribution of submicron airborne particles. The LDMA was designed to have an extended classification zone in order to classify particles up to 1 mum. A new data reduction program was

  16. Bubbling Suppression in Fluidized Beds of Fine and Ultrafine Powders

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jose Manuel Valverde; Antonio Castellanos

    2008-01-01

    Liquid-fluidized beds of noncohesive beads, gas-fluidized beds of noncohesive light beads, and gas-fluidized beds of fine particles are examples of systems exhibiting nonbubbling fluid-like fluidization. In contrast, stable fluid bubbles have been seen to develop continuously in liquid-fluidized beds of high-density beads, gas-fluidized beds of noncohesive beads, and gas-fluidized beds of fine particles at high gas velocities. On the other

  17. Development of a single-axis ultrasonic levitator and the study of the radial particle oscillations

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    Baer, Sebastian; Andrade, Marco A. B.; Esen, Cemal; Adamowski, Julio Cezar; Ostendorf, Andreas

    2012-05-01

    This work describes the development and analysis of a new single-axis acoustic levitator, which consists of a 38 kHz Langevin-type piezoelectric transducer with a concave radiating surface and a concave reflector. The new levitator design allows to significantly reducing the electric power necessary to levitate particles and to stabilize the levitated sample in both radial and axial directions. In this investigation the lateral oscillations of a levitated particle were measured with a single point Laser Doppler Vibrometer (LDV) and an image evaluation technique. The lateral oscillations were measured for different values of particle diameter, particle density and applied electrical power.

  18. About the sizes of elastomer particles in the asphalt concrete binder providing the maximum service life of pavements

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    Kaplan, A. M.; Chekunaev, N. I.

    2014-05-01

    It is noted that the durability of asphalt concrete pavements is determined by the time of the trunk cracks formation in the polymer-containing composites - in the modified by elastomers (e.g., by rubber) bitumenous binder of asphalt. Developed by the authors previously the theory of the cracks propagation in heterosystems [1] has allowed to investigate the problem of the cracks propagation in the rubber-bitumen composite. This investigations show that most effectively to prevente the trunk cracks formation in asphalt concrete can ultrafine rubber particles (150-750 nm) in a bitumenos binder of asphalt.

  19. A new insight into ductile fracture of ultrafine-grained Al-Mg alloys.

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    Yu, Hailiang; Tieu, A Kiet; Lu, Cheng; Liu, Xiong; Liu, Mao; Godbole, Ajit; Kong, Charlie; Qin, Qinghua

    2015-01-01

    It is well known that when coarse-grained metals undergo severe plastic deformation to be transformed into nano-grained metals, their ductility is reduced. However, there are no ductile fracture criteria developed based on grain refinement. In this paper, we propose a new relationship between ductile fracture and grain refinement during deformation, considering factors besides void nucleation and growth. Ultrafine-grained Al-Mg alloy sheets were fabricated using different rolling techniques at room and cryogenic temperatures. It is proposed for the first time that features of the microstructure near the fracture surface can be used to explain the ductile fracture post necking directly. We found that as grains are refined to a nano size which approaches the theoretical minimum achievable value, the material becomes brittle at the shear band zone. This may explain the tendency for ductile fracture in metals under plastic deformation. PMID:25851228

  20. A new insight into ductile fracture of ultrafine-grained Al-Mg alloys

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    Yu, Hailiang; Tieu, A. Kiet; Lu, Cheng; Liu, Xiong; Liu, Mao; Godbole, Ajit; Kong, Charlie; Qin, Qinghua

    2015-01-01

    It is well known that when coarse-grained metals undergo severe plastic deformation to be transformed into nano-grained metals, their ductility is reduced. However, there are no ductile fracture criteria developed based on grain refinement. In this paper, we propose a new relationship between ductile fracture and grain refinement during deformation, considering factors besides void nucleation and growth. Ultrafine-grained Al-Mg alloy sheets were fabricated using different rolling techniques at room and cryogenic temperatures. It is proposed for the first time that features of the microstructure near the fracture surface can be used to explain the ductile fracture post necking directly. We found that as grains are refined to a nano size which approaches the theoretical minimum achievable value, the material becomes brittle at the shear band zone. This may explain the tendency for ductile fracture in metals under plastic deformation. PMID:25851228

  1. Electronic Band Structures and Native Point Defects of Ultrafine ZnO Nanocrystals.

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    Zeng, Yu-Jia; Schouteden, Koen; Amini, Mozhgan N; Ruan, Shuang-Chen; Lu, Yang-Fan; Ye, Zhi-Zhen; Partoens, Bart; Lamoen, Dirk; Van Haesendonck, Chris

    2015-05-20

    Ultrafine ZnO nanocrystals with a thickness down to 0.25 nm are grown by a metalorganic chemical vapor deposition method. Electronic band structures and native point defects of ZnO nanocrystals are studied by a combination of scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy and first-principles density functional theory calculations. Below a critical thickness of ?1 nm ZnO adopts a graphitic-like structure and exhibits a wide band gap similar to its wurtzite counterpart. The hexagonal wurtzite structure, with a well-developed band gap evident from scanning tunneling spectroscopy, is established for a thickness starting from ?1.4 nm. With further increase of the thickness to 2 nm, VO-VZn defect pairs are easily produced in ZnO nanocrystals due to the self-compensation effect in highly doped semiconductors. PMID:25923131

  2. DEVELOPMENT AND LABORATORY CHARACTERIZATION OF A PROTOTYPE COARSE PARTICLE CONCENTRATOR FOR INHALATION TOXICOLOGICAL STUDIES. (R825270)

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    This paper presents the development and laboratory characterization of a prototype slit nozzle virtual impactor that can be used to concentrate coarse particles. A variety of physical design and flow parameters were evaluated including different acceleration and collection sli...

  3. Development, characterization, and application of a charged particle microbeam for radiobiological research

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    Folkert, Michael R. (Michael Ryan), 1975-

    2005-01-01

    The goal of this work is to develop a charged-particle microbeam for use in radiobiological research at the MIT Laboratory for Accelerator Beam Applications (LABA). The purpose of this device is to precisely explore the ...

  4. Computer simulation of fluid flow and particle diffusion within human upper airways system

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    Yu, Genqiang

    Computer simulation of air flow and particle transport phenomenon within the human upper respiratory system has important applications in inhalation toxicology, aerosol medicine delivery as well as basic medical science research. A three-dimensional physiologically realistic computer model of the human upper respiratory tract has been developed. The respiratory tract consists of nasal airways, oral airways, laryngeal airways and the first two generations of tracheobronchial airways. A rubber mold of the airway system was first cast from the impression of the human head airway teaching model. The rubber cast was sliced into 2mm-apart parallel pieces. The cross-sectional geometry of the sliced rubber pieces were then scanned into the computer to be stored as the digital information. A body-fitted three-dimensional curvilinear grid system and a multi-block method have been employed to mimic the complex head airway. A total of 280,000 grid node was used for the entire respiratory tract. Air flow patterns within the human upper airways are investigated by numerically solving the corresponding full Navier-Stokes equations using the flow simulation software CFX-F3D. Effects of human breath patterns on respiratory flow distribution and ultrafine particle deposition are investigated. Results of ultrafine particle deposition generated by computer simulation show reasonable agreements with the experimental measurements.

  5. Organic Compound Characterization and Source Apportionment of Indoor and Outdoor Quasi-ultrafine PM in Retirement Homes of the Los Angeles Basin

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    Arhami, Mohammad; Minguillón, María Cruz; Polidori, Andrea; Schauer, James J.; Delfino, Ralph J.; Sioutas, Constantinos

    2009-01-01

    Quasi-ultrafine PM (PM0.25) and its components were measured in indoor and outdoor environments at four retirement communities in the Los Angeles basin, CA, as part of the Cardiovascular Health and Air Pollution Study (CHAPS). The present paper focuses on the characterization of the sources, organic constituents and indoor and outdoor relationships of quasi-ultrafine PM. The average indoor/outdoor ratios of most of the measured PAHs, hopanes and steranes were close to- or slightly lower than 1, and the corresponding indoor-outdoor correlation coefficients (R) were always positive and, for the most part, moderately strong (median R was 0.60 for PAHs and 0.74 for hopanes and steranes). This may reflect the possible impact of outdoor sources on indoor PAHs, hopanes and steranes. Conversely, indoor n-alkanes and n-alkanoic acids were likely to be influenced by indoor sources. A Chemical Mass Balance (CMB) model was applied to both indoor and outdoor speciated chemical measurements of quasi-ultrafine PM. Among all apportioned sources of both indoor and outdoor particles, vehicular emissions was the one contributing the most to the PM0.25 mass concentration measured at all sites (24–47% on average). PMID:19874400

  6. Norovirus P particle: a subviral nanoparticle for vaccine development against norovirus, rotavirus and influenza virus

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    Tan, Ming; Jiang, Xi

    2012-01-01

    Noroviruses (NoVs) are important pathogens causing epidemic acute gastroenteritis that affects millions of people worldwide. The protruding (P) domain of the NoV capsid protein, the surface antigen of NoV, forms a 24-mer subviral particle called the P particle that is an excellent candidate vaccine against NoVs. The P particles are easily produced in Escherichia coli, highly stable and highly immunogenic. Each P domain has three surface loops that can be used for foreign antigen presentation, making the P particles a useful platform for vaccine development against other infectious diseases. This article summarizes the discovery, structure, development and applications of the P particles as a vaccine against NoVs, as well as a vaccine platform against rotavirus, influenza virus and possibly other pathogens in the future. PMID:22734641

  7. Assessing health risks of inhaled nanomaterials: development of pulmonary bioassay hazard studies

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    David B. Warheit

    2010-01-01

    This brief discussion provides an overview of current concepts and perceptions regarding the pulmonary toxicity of ultrafine\\u000a or nanoparticles. These aspects include, but are not limited to comparisons of fine particle vs. ultrafine particle effects\\u000a and the unique response of pulmonary effects in rats vs. other rodent species, particularly at particle overload concentrations.\\u000a In the final section, two studies are

  8. Hypersonic plasma particle deposition of nanostructured silicon and silicon carbide

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    N. P Rao; N Tymiak; J Blum; A Neuman; H. J Lee; S. L Girshick; P. H McMurry; J Heberlein

    1998-01-01

    A new process for the production of nanostructured materials, hypersonic plasma particle deposition (HPPD), is experimentally investigated. In HPPD, vapor phase precursors are injected into a flowing plasma generated by a DC arc. The plasma undergoes a supersonic expansion into a deposition chamber, with the pressure dropping across the nozzle from ?500Torr to ?2Torr. Ultrafine particles nucleate in the nozzle,

  9. Plan for utilizing Alcator A for developing actively cooled limiters and particle-pumping methods

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    Yang, T.F.

    1980-05-01

    The purpose of this plan is: to develop a limiter or limiters (subjected to high heat and particle fluxes at plasma edge) for long pulse operation of tokamak fusion devices; to study the particle removal with the limiters; and to study and develop the methods for protections against disruptions and other abnormal operation, such as run-away electrons and arcing. Alcator A has a peak heat of 5 kW/cm/sup 2/ and high particle flux, and as such is an ideal test facility. Access is adequate for small scale tests.

  10. Development of a non-intrusive particle tracing technique for granular chute flows

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    Rosato, A.D.; Dave, R.N.; Fischer, I.S.; Carr, W.N.

    1992-01-01

    The development of a non-intrusive particle tracking system to follow the trajectory of an individual particle in three dimensions within a mass of particles is necessary to experimentally validate developing theories of inclined chute granular flows in conjunction with particle dynamics models. An understanding of the exact nature of such flows is of critical importance to a variety of industries concerned with solids handling, as well as in natural geological events. The tracking system, based on the principle of radiosonde'' transmitters coupled to receiving antennae by magnetic induction, is being developed. The radiosonde consists of one or more, orthogonally placed miniature circuits with integral loop antennas, mounted into a sphere of approximately 3/4 in. in diameter. The radiosonde sphere position can be traced during the flow down a chute by analyzing the induced voltage signals in the three or more external orthogonal receiving loop antennas due to the transmitter chips. 22 refs., 15 figs.

  11. Pulmonary macrophages: Phenomena associated with the particle ``overload`` condition

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    Lehnert, B.E.; Sebring, R.J. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Oberdoerster, G. [Rochester Univ., NY (United States)

    1993-05-01

    Numerous lines of evidence support the generalization that alveolar macrophage (AM)-mediated particle clearance, or the transport of particle-containing AM from the alveoli out of the lung via the mucociliary apparatus, is a prominent mechanism that determines the pulmonary retention characteristics of relatively insoluble particles. Studies have also shown that the alveolar deposition of excessive burdens of particles with even low intrinsic cytotoxicity can result in impairments of the AM-mediated panicle clearance mechanism and the development of pathologic disorders including pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer, at least in the lungs of rats. We briefly review evidence consistent with the idea that the high volumetric loads of particles contained in AM during particle overload conditions underlies their inabilities to translocate from the lung. Using a condition of particle overload brought about by subchronic exposure of rats to ultra-fine titanium dioxide as an experimental model, we have obtained ultrastructural and other evidence that indicates an association between particle overload and: The occurrence of aggregates of particle-containing AM in alveoli, Type II cell hyperplasia in alveoli that contain the AM aggregates, a loss in patent pores of Kohn in alveoli that contain the AM aggregates and show Type II cell hyperplasia, the interstitialization of particles at the sites where these phenomena collectively occur, and the development of fibrosis in alveolar regions where particle interstitialization occurs. The loss of pores of Kohn in the alveoli that contain aggregates of particle-laden AM suggests that these interalveolar pores normally serve as passageways through which AM may migrate to neighboring alveoli as they perform their function of phagocytizing particles that have deposited on the alveolar surface. The pores of Kohn also serve as short-cut pathways for AM to reach the mucociliary apparatus from more distal alveoli.

  12. Pulmonary macrophages: Phenomena associated with the particle overload'' condition

    SciTech Connect

    Lehnert, B.E.; Sebring, R.J. (Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)); Oberdoerster, G. (Rochester Univ., NY (United States))

    1993-01-01

    Numerous lines of evidence support the generalization that alveolar macrophage (AM)-mediated particle clearance, or the transport of particle-containing AM from the alveoli out of the lung via the mucociliary apparatus, is a prominent mechanism that determines the pulmonary retention characteristics of relatively insoluble particles. Studies have also shown that the alveolar deposition of excessive burdens of particles with even low intrinsic cytotoxicity can result in impairments of the AM-mediated panicle clearance mechanism and the development of pathologic disorders including pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer, at least in the lungs of rats. We briefly review evidence consistent with the idea that the high volumetric loads of particles contained in AM during particle overload conditions underlies their inabilities to translocate from the lung. Using a condition of particle overload brought about by subchronic exposure of rats to ultra-fine titanium dioxide as an experimental model, we have obtained ultrastructural and other evidence that indicates an association between particle overload and: The occurrence of aggregates of particle-containing AM in alveoli, Type II cell hyperplasia in alveoli that contain the AM aggregates, a loss in patent pores of Kohn in alveoli that contain the AM aggregates and show Type II cell hyperplasia, the interstitialization of particles at the sites where these phenomena collectively occur, and the development of fibrosis in alveolar regions where particle interstitialization occurs. The loss of pores of Kohn in the alveoli that contain aggregates of particle-laden AM suggests that these interalveolar pores normally serve as passageways through which AM may migrate to neighboring alveoli as they perform their function of phagocytizing particles that have deposited on the alveolar surface. The pores of Kohn also serve as short-cut pathways for AM to reach the mucociliary apparatus from more distal alveoli.

  13. Self-assembly dynamics and accumulation mechanisms of ultra-fine nanoparticles

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    Nasiri, Noushin; Elmøe, Tobias D.; Liu, Yun; Qin, Qing H.; Tricoli, Antonio

    2015-05-01

    The self-assembly of nanomaterials into three-dimensional hierarchical structures is a fundamental step impacting a large number of synthetic and natural processes. These range from the scalable fabrication of nano-devices such as batteries, sensors and third generation solar cells to the uptake and accumulation of particulate pollution in the lung alveoli. Here, we show that the Dynamic behavior of ultra-fine particles (UFP < 100 nm) diverges significantly from that of sub- and micro equivalents. For freely diffusing bodies, this leads to the formation of stochastically reproducible films that approach the morphology and density of ballistically deposited ones. A novel deposition mechanism and regime are proposed that successfully capture the full spectrum of size-dependent self-assembly dynamics. These findings are a significant step toward the engineering of scalable parallel nano-fabrication approaches, and the understanding of the interaction of unbound nanostructures with their surrounding.The self-assembly of nanomaterials into three-dimensional hierarchical structures is a fundamental step impacting a large number of synthetic and natural processes. These range from the scalable fabrication of nano-devices such as batteries, sensors and third generation solar cells to the uptake and accumulation of particulate pollution in the lung alveoli. Here, we show that the Dynamic behavior of ultra-fine particles (UFP < 100 nm) diverges significantly from that of sub- and micro equivalents. For freely diffusing bodies, this leads to the formation of stochastically reproducible films that approach the morphology and density of ballistically deposited ones. A novel deposition mechanism and regime are proposed that successfully capture the full spectrum of size-dependent self-assembly dynamics. These findings are a significant step toward the engineering of scalable parallel nano-fabrication approaches, and the understanding of the interaction of unbound nanostructures with their surrounding. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Computation model outline, experimental computation, simulation domain optimization, validation, analytical model and computation of Brownian displacement. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr00877h

  14. Ultra-fine powders using glycine-nitrate combustion synthesis

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    Chick, L.A.; Pederson, L.R.; Bates, J.L.; Maupin, G.D.

    1991-05-01

    Fabrication of advanced, multifunctional materials frequently requires the synthesis of complex, ultra-fine powders comprised of a single phase containing several elements (multicomponent) or of several phases that are intimately mixed on a micro-scale (composite). A new combustion synthesis method, the glycine/nitrate process (GNP), is particularly useful for synthesizing ultra-fine, multicomponent oxide powders. Examples discussed include La(Sr)CrO{sub 3} and La(Sr)FeO{sub 3} perovskites and a composite of three phases, NiO, NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, and Cu metal. The GNP consists of two basic steps. First, metal nitrates and a low molecular weight amino acid are dissolved in water. Second, the solution is boiled until it thickens. This viscous liquid ignites and undergoes self-sustaining combustion, producing an ash composed of the oxide product. Most refractory oxides that are composed of a combination of metals having stable nitrates should be possible to synthesize using GNP. 15 refs., 8 figs.

  15. Cytotoxicity of ultrafine monodispersed nanoceria on human gastric cancer cells.

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    Li, Changyan; Zhao, Wenzhi; Liu, Baocang; Xu, Guangran; Liu, Lixia; Lv, Haibo; Shang, Dandan; Yang, Dezhi; Damirin, Aletangaole; Zhang, Jun

    2014-07-01

    The safety and toxicity of CeO2 nanoparticles (nanoceria) are of growing concern due to their potential applications in biological and medical fields based on the radical scavenging and UV-filtering properties. In this paper, the ultrafine monodisperse (2-5 nm) water-insoluble (CeO2-P) and water-soluble nanoceria modified with various functional groups of dextran (CeO2-dextran), polyacrylic acid (CeO2-PAA) and ethylenediamine (CeO2-EDA) on surface were synthesized via alkaline-based precipitation and inverse microemulsion methods. The cell uptaking, oxidative stress and cytotoxicity of these nanoceria on human gastric cancer cell line (BGC-803) were systematically investigated. It is found that the cell uptaking of nanoceria is largely relied on the function groups on its surfaces and followed the order: CeO2-P > CeO2-EDA > CeO2-dextran > CeO2-PAA. Moreover, the oxidative stress of BGC-803 cells is obviously affected by the antioxidant capacity of nanoceria determined by Ce3+/Ce4+ ratio, which eventually causes the cell viability variable once the nanoceria entered into BGC-803 cells. In addition, the cell viability is also closely correlated with the concentration and surface characteristics of nanoceria. The cytotoxicity of nanoceria on BGC-803 cells is largely dependent on its surface functional groups. Our work may provide guidance on the cytotoxicity of ultrafine monodisperse nanoceria for their uses in biological and medical fields. PMID:24804543

  16. Development of a simplified optical technique for the simultaneous measurement of particle size distribution and velocity

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    Smith, J. L.

    1983-01-01

    Existing techniques were surveyed, an experimental procedure was developed, a laboratory test model was fabricated, limited data were recovered for proof of principle, and the relationship between particle size distribution and amplitude measurements was illustrated in an effort to develop a low cost, simplified optical technique for measuring particle size distributions and velocities in fluidized bed combustors and gasifiers. A He-Ne laser illuminated Rochi Rulings (range 10 to 500 lines per inch). Various samples of known particle size distributions were passed through the fringe pattern produced by the rulings. A photomultiplier tube converted light from the fringe volume to an electrical signal which was recorded using an oscilloscope and camera. The signal amplitudes were correlated against the known particle size distributions. The correlation holds true for various samples.

  17. Particle Transport, Deposition and Removal-From Research to Curriculum Development

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    Understanding particle transport, deposition and removal are of crucial importance to many technologies such as microelectronic, imaging and pharmaceutical industries. In addition, solving a number of environmental problems requires a detail understanding of particle transport processes. In the last decade, significant research progress in the areas of particle transport, deposition and removal has been made. In this combined research and curriculum development project a sequence of two new courses on particle transport, deposition and removal and re-entrainment was developed and an existing course was fully revised to bring these new important research findings to seniors and first year graduate students in engineering. The course materials were made available on the web and the course was taught at two campuses simultaneously. A series of short courses were also offered to industries and at universities and research centers in the US and abroad.

  18. Development of improved TRISO-P fuel particle P-PyC coating

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    Adams, C.C.

    1988-04-29

    Low defect fuels are required for the MHTGR to meet tighter fuel performance for this reactor design (Ref. 1). Exposed heavy metal (HM) contamination levels must be reduced to {le} 1E-5 fraction. Particle coating breakage during the fuel compact fabrication process has been shown to be a major source of HM contamination in the final fuel compacts. Excessive forces are experienced by the coated fuel particles during matrix injection, which leads to coating failure. Adding a sacrificial, low Young`s modulus, overcoating of low density PyC in a fluidized particle bed, was shown to greatly increase the crush strength of TRISO coated fuel particles in 1986 studies (Ref. 2). The new TRISO coated fuel particle design was designated the TRISO-P coated fuel particle type. In 1987, the TRISO-P particle type was used to produce low defect fuel compacts for irradiation in the HRB-21 Capsule (Ref. 3). However, the exposed HM contamination levels for that fuel barely met the product specification limit of {le} 1.0E-5. The small margin of safety between product quality and the specification limit dictated that additional process development of the TRISO-P particle design must be conducted. This document discusses the program scope, requirements, documentation and schedule.

  19. The particles of the embryonic cerebrospinal fluid: How could they influence brain development?

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    Isabelle Bachy; Renata Kozyraki; Marion Wassef

    2008-01-01

    During brain development, the embryonic cerebrospinal fluid (E-CSF) allows brain expansion and promotes neuroepithelial cell survival, proliferation or differentiation. Previous analyses of E-CSF content have revealed a high protein concentration and the presence of membranous particles. The role of these particles in the E-CSF remains poorly investigated. In this study we showed that the E-CSF contains at least two pools

  20. Particle deposition to forests: An alternative to K-theory

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    Huang, Cheng-Wei; Launiainen, Samuli; Grönholm, Tiia; Katul, Gabriel G.

    2014-09-01

    It has been known for some time that flux-gradient closure schemes (or K-theory), widely used to model the aerosol sized particle turbulent diffusivity, are problematic within canopies. Reported momentum transport in a zero- or counter-mean velocity gradient flow within open trunk spaces of forests is prototypical of the failure of K-theory. To circumvent this problem, a multi-layered and size-resolved second-order closure model is developed using the mean particle turbulent flux budget as a primary closure for the particle turbulent flux instead of K-theory. The proposed model is evaluated against the multi-level size-resolved particle fluxes and particle concentration measurements conducted within and above a tall Scots pine forest situated in Hyytiälä, Southern Finland. Conditions promoting the failure of K-theory for different particle sizes and canopy layers and the characteristics of the particle transport processes within the canopy sub-layer (CSL) are discussed. Using the model, it is shown that K-theory may still be plausible for modeling the particle deposition velocity when the particle size range is smaller than 1 ?m provided the local particle turbulent diffusivity is estimated from the characteristic turbulent relaxation time scale and the vertical velocity variance. Model calculations suggest that the partitioning of particle deposition onto foliage and forest floor appears insensitive to the friction velocity for particles smaller than 100 nm (ultrafine), but decreases with increasing friction velocity for particles larger than 100 nm (accumulation and coarse modes).

  1. Ultrafine-Grained Al-Mg-Sc Alloy via Friction-Stir Processing

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    Kumar, Nilesh; Mishra, Rajiv S.

    2013-02-01

    Friction-stir processing (FSP) of twin-roll cast (TRC) Al-Mg-Sc alloy resulted into ultrafine-grained microstructure. The alloy was processed in as-received and aged (563 K [290 °C], 22 hours) conditions and at three different tool rotation rates: 800, 400, and 325 rpm. The microstructural features were characterized using electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The grain size varied from 0.89 ?m to 0.39 ?m depending on the processing and initial thermo-mechanical conditions of the alloy. The TRC alloy processed at 325 rpm in aged condition had all the grains less than 1 ?m, and 95 pct of grains had high-angle grain boundaries (HAGBs). In all the cases, the fraction of HAGBs were more than 80 pct. The variation of misorientation angle distribution was similar to the theoretical MacKenzie distribution for cubic crystal materials. Grain size analysis at different sections and locations on the transverse section of the dynamically recrystallized zone showed a homogeneous and equiaxed microstructure. The average dispersoid (Al3(Sc,Zr)) size was ~8.0 nm in diameter obtained using high-resolution TEM. Grain size reduction was observed with increase in Zener-Hollomon parameter. It was shown that under the current microstructural and deformation conditions, dynamic recrystallization via particle-stimulated nucleation might not be possible during FSP.

  2. Pulmonary effects of ultrafine coal fly ash inhaled by guinea pigs.

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    Chen, L C; Lam, H F; Kim, E J; Guty, J; Amdur, M O

    1990-01-01

    Guinea pigs were exposed to ultrafine coal fly ash produced in a laboratory furnace. The average mass median aerodynamic diameter and the average mass concentration of Illinois no. 6 fly ash produced in all exposure conditions were 0.21 microns and 5.8 mg/m3, respectively. In guinea pigs exposed to Illinois no. 6 fly ash, total lung capacity (TLC), vital capacity (VC), and diffusing capacity for carbon monoxide (DLco) were significantly reduced below the control values immediately, 2 h, and 8 h postexposure. The diffusing capacity was still 10% below the control 96 h after exposure. The total sulfate in the Illinois no. 6 fly ash as determined using ion chromatography is 1105 +/- 120 micrograms/m3. Animals exposed to the Montana lignite fly ash at comparable concentration and particle size did not show alteration in diffusing capacity. The data suggest that part of the sulfate present in the fly ash of Illinois no. 6 could be in the form of sulfuric acid and is responsible for the adverse effects observed in the exposed animals. The sulfuric acid in the fly ash of Montana lignite is neutralized by its high alkali content and produces no change in lung functions. PMID:2299692

  3. Effect of VC/TaC on W-Ti-Co ultrafine cemented carbides

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    Zhang, Chongcai; Wu, Feiou; Zeng, Bo; Sheng, Zhiyong; Luan, Daocheng

    2011-05-01

    The ultrafine WC-14wt%TiC-8wt%Co (YT14) powders doped different vanadium carbide and tantalum carbide (VC/TaC) content with an average particle size of 270nm were prepared by 72 hours high-energy ball milling. The VC/TaC content was 0%, (0.3VC+0.5TaC) wt%, (0.4VC+0.4TaC) wt%, (0.5VC+0.3TaC) wt% respectively. VC/TaC had disadvantage influence on cubage contraction and density of YT14, but promoted transverse rupture strength (TRS) and refined grain size. When the VC/TaC content was (0.4VC+0.4TaC) wt%, combination property of alloy was best, the density was 11.26 g.cm-3, the hardness was 92.6HRA, the TRS was 1520MPa, the average grain size was 0.6?m.

  4. Effect of VC on W-Ti-Co ultrafine cemented carbides

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    Zhang, Chongcai; Zeng, Bo; Wu, Feiou; Sheng, Zhiyong; Luan, Daocheng

    2010-12-01

    The ultrafine WC-14wt%TiC-8wt%Co powders doped different vanadium carbide(VC) content with an average particle size of 270nm were prepared by 72 hours high-energy ball milling. The VC content ranged from 0wt% to 1wt%. The powder was cold isostatic pressed at 280MPa and vacuum sintered at 1380°C. The physical properties and the micrographs of samples were detected. The main conclusions were as follow: the coercivity and hardness increased and the density and Cobalt magnetic decreased with the content of VC increasing; the hardness of alloy with 0.8wt% VC reached 91.8HRA.When the content of VC was less than 0.6wt%, the transverse rupture strength (TRS) increased; the content surpassed 0.8wt%, the TRS was lower than the one without VC. The VC could inhibited the growth of WC grain and the average grain size of WC with 0.8wt% VC was 0.7?m.

  5. Effect of VC/TaC on W-Ti-Co ultrafine cemented carbides

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    Zhang, Chongcai; Wu, Feiou; Zeng, Bo; Sheng, Zhiyong; Luan, Daocheng

    2010-12-01

    The ultrafine WC-14wt%TiC-8wt%Co (YT14) powders doped different vanadium carbide and tantalum carbide (VC/TaC) content with an average particle size of 270nm were prepared by 72 hours high-energy ball milling. The VC/TaC content was 0%, (0.3VC+0.5TaC) wt%, (0.4VC+0.4TaC) wt%, (0.5VC+0.3TaC) wt% respectively. VC/TaC had disadvantage influence on cubage contraction and density of YT14, but promoted transverse rupture strength (TRS) and refined grain size. When the VC/TaC content was (0.4VC+0.4TaC) wt%, combination property of alloy was best, the density was 11.26 g·cm-3, the hardness was 92.6HRA, the TRS was 1520MPa, the average grain size was 0.6?m.

  6. Effect of VC on W-Ti-Co ultrafine cemented carbides

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    Zhang, Chongcai; Zeng, Bo; Wu, Feiou; Sheng, Zhiyong; Luan, Daocheng

    2011-05-01

    The ultrafine WC-14wt%TiC-8wt%Co powders doped different vanadium carbide(VC) content with an average particle size of 270nm were prepared by 72 hours high-energy ball milling. The VC content ranged from 0wt% to 1wt%. The powder was cold isostatic pressed at 280MPa and vacuum sintered at 1380°C. The physical properties and the micrographs of samples were detected. The main conclusions were as follow: the coercivity and hardness increased and the density and Cobalt magnetic decreased with the content of VC increasing; the hardness of alloy with 0.8wt% VC reached 91.8HRA.When the content of VC was less than 0.6wt%, the transverse rupture strength (TRS) increased; the content surpassed 0.8wt%, the TRS was lower than the one without VC. The VC could inhibited the growth of WC grain and the average grain size of WC with 0.8wt% VC was 0.7?m.

  7. Development of the Superconducting Detectors for Applications to Particle Physics and Astrophysics

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    Kibayashi, Atsuko; Hazumi, Masashi; Ishino, Hirokazu; Kibe, Yoshiaki; Mima, Satoru; Otani, Chiko; Sato, Nobuaki; Watanabe, Hiroki; Yamada, Yosuke; Yoshida, Mitsuhiro

    Superconducting detectors (SCDs) have been gaining popularity in the field of particle physics and astrophysics in recent years for their capabilities to have high sensitivity and a large number of device arrays in a small compact package. They are recognized as next generation particle and wave detection devices. Our group has been developing superconducting detectors for the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) polarization measurements and for phonon detections in the substrate for other particle physics applications. We have been fabricating both Superconducting Tunnel Junction detectors (STJs) and Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors (MKIDs) by utilizing the clean room facility at KEK since 2010. We present the R&D status and summary of the SCDs for the application of particle physics and astrophysics.

  8. Thermal stability of ultrafine-grained copper during high speed micro-extrusion

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    C. F. Gu; C. H. J. Davies

    2010-01-01

    The stored energy and thermal stability of micro-extruded ultrafine-grained copper were compared to micro-extruded coarse-grained copper. Each starting material was micro-extruded at room temperature at different speeds to a strain of 2.77 and then studied by differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction, nano-indentation and electron backscattered diffraction. The stored energy of the ultrafine-grained copper decreased with extrusion speed from a value

  9. Preparation of ultrafine CeO 2 powders by microwave-induced combustion and precipitation

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    Yen-Pei Fu; Cheng-Hsiung Lin; Chin-Shang Hsu

    2005-01-01

    A novel procedure for synthesizing submicron crystalline single-phase ceramic powder was investigated. Ultrafine CeO2 powder was successfully prepared by combustion of mixture of cerium nitrate (oxidizer) and urea (fuel) in microwave oven for 15min. The ultrafine powder was studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), differential thermal analysis and thermogravimetric analysis (DTA\\/TG); surface

  10. New, creep-resistant, low melting point solders with ultrafine oxide dispersions

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    H. Mavoori; S. Jin

    1998-01-01

    Nano-sized, nonreacting, noncoarsening oxide dispersoids have been incorporated into solder alloys to create a new, improved\\u000a solder structure with an ultrafine grain size of ?200–500 nm. The new solders exhibit significantly enhanced creep resistance\\u000a combined with increased strength. The well-known thermal instability problem with ultrafine-grained structure appears to have\\u000a been overcome in these solder alloys and the microstructure was seen

  11. Fabrication of ultrafine-grained alumina ceramics by two different fast sintering methods

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    Fancheng Meng; Fan Zhang; Weijiu Huang; Youli Yang; Minna Guo; Xiaojuan Jiang; Zhongqing Tian

    2011-01-01

    The preparation of ultrafine-grained alumina ceramics by the fast sintering technique Self-propagating High-temperature Synthesis plus Quick Pressing (SHS-QP) method and spark plasma sintering (SPS) technique was reported. The effects of different heating rates (SHS-QP-1600°C\\/min, SPS-200°C\\/min) on the preparation of ultrafine structure were compared. The densification and grain growth as a function of sintering time and temperature were discussed. Within a

  12. An enhanced-gravity method to recover ultra-fine coal from tailings: Falcon concentrator

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    Filiz Oruç; Selçuk Özgen; Eyüp Sabah

    2010-01-01

    The Falcon concentrator is an enhanced-gravity separator used for the concentration of fine and ultra-fine minerals. This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of different process variables on the performance of the Falcon SB-40 concentrator for beneficiation of tailings to recover ultra-fine coal. Various operating and design conditions such as bowl speed (G force), water pressure, pulp solid ratio

  13. Fabrication of ultra-fine nanostructures using edge transfer printing

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    Xue, Mianqi; Li, Fengwang; Cao, Tingbing

    2012-03-01

    The exploration of new methods and techniques for application in diverse fields, such as photonics, microfluidics, biotechnology and flexible electronics is of increasing scientific and technical interest for multiple uses over distance of 10-100 nm. This article discusses edge transfer printing -- a series of unconventional methods derived from soft lithography for nanofabrication. It possesses the advantages of easy fabrication, low-cost and great serviceability. In this paper, we show how to produce exposed edges and use various materials for edge transfer printing, while nanoskiving, nanotransfer edge printing and tunable cracking for nanogaps are introduced. Besides this, different functional materials, such as metals, inorganic semiconductors and polymers, as well as localised heating and charge patterning, are described here as unconventional ``inks'' for printing. Edge transfer printing, which can effectively produce sub-100 nm scale ultra-fine structures, has broad applications, including metallic nanowires as nanoelectrodes, semiconductor nanowires for chemical sensors, heterostructures of organic semiconductors, plasmonic devices and so forth.

  14. Experiments measuring particle deposition from fully developed turbulent flow in ventilation ducts

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    Sippola, Mark R.; Nazaroff, William W.

    2003-08-01

    Particle deposition in ventilation ducts influences particle exposures of building occupants and may lead to a variety of indoor air quality concerns. Experiments have been performed in a laboratory to study the effects of particle size and air speed on deposition rates of particles from turbulent air flows in galvanized steel and internally insulated ducts with hydraulic diameters of 15.2 cm. The duct systems were constructed of materials typically found in commercial heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. In the steel duct system, experiments with nominal particle sizes of 1, 3, 5, 9 and 16 {micro}m were conducted at each of three nominal air speeds: 2.2, 5.3 and 9.0 m/s. In the insulated duct system, deposition rates of particles with nominal sizes of 1, 3, 5, 8 and 13 {micro}m were measured at nominal air speeds of 2.2, 5.3 and 8.8 m/s. Fluorescent techniques were used to directly measure the deposition velocities of monodisperse fluorescent particles to duct surfaces (floor, wall and ceiling) at two straight duct sections where the turbulent flow profile was fully developed. In steel ducts, deposition rates were higher to the duct floor than to the wall, which were, in turn, greater than to the ceiling. In insulated ducts, deposition was nearly the same to the duct floor, wall and ceiling for a given particle size and air speed. Deposition to duct walls and ceilings was greatly enhanced in insulated ducts compared to steel ducts. Deposition velocities to each of the three duct surface orientations in both systems were found to increase with increasing particle size or air velocity over the ranges studied. Deposition rates measured in the current experiments were in general agreement with the limited observations of similar systems by previous researchers.

  15. Synthesis and Properties of Single Domain Strontium Hexa-ferrite Ultrafine Powders via a Surfactant-Assisted Co-precipitation Method

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    Liu, Junliang; Chen, Xiulei; Yan, Leiming; Wang, Shengyun; Zhang, Ming

    2015-07-01

    A surfactant-assisted co-precipitation method with polyethylene glycol (PEG) or cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as the surfactant has been used to synthesize high-quality strontium hexa-ferrite (SrM ferrite) ultrafine powders, and the influences of the surfactants on the phase formation, particle sizes and morphologies as well as the magnetic properties of the synthesized powders have been investigated. The results indicated that single phase SrM ferrite ultrafine powders with uniform particle size ranging from 150 nm to 200 nm had been synthesized with the surfactant, PEG-400 of 10 wt.%. They were characterized by a fine magnetic property with their magnetization at 1.2 Tesla of a high value about 68.0 emu/g and their coercive force of 4625Oe. Compared to CTAB and PEG-6000, the non-ionic surfactant PEG-400 with the short molecular chain was easy to attach to the surfaces of the precipitated precursors without greatly changing the co-precipitating process, and good for the dispersion of the precursors, which resulted in more uniform particle size distribution.

  16. Synthesis and Properties of Single Domain Strontium Hexa-ferrite Ultrafine Powders via a Surfactant-Assisted Co-precipitation Method

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    Liu, Junliang; Chen, Xiulei; Yan, Leiming; Wang, Shengyun; Zhang, Ming

    2015-03-01

    A surfactant-assisted co-precipitation method with polyethylene glycol (PEG) or cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as the surfactant has been used to synthesize high-quality strontium hexa-ferrite (SrM ferrite) ultrafine powders, and the influences of the surfactants on the phase formation, particle sizes and morphologies as well as the magnetic properties of the synthesized powders have been investigated. The results indicated that single phase SrM ferrite ultrafine powders with uniform particle size ranging from 150 nm to 200 nm had been synthesized with the surfactant, PEG-400 of 10 wt.%. They were characterized by a fine magnetic property with their magnetization at 1.2 Tesla of a high value about 68.0 emu/g and their coercive force of 4625Oe. Compared to CTAB and PEG-6000, the non-ionic surfactant PEG-400 with the short molecular chain was easy to attach to the surfaces of the precipitated precursors without greatly changing the co-precipitating process, and good for the dispersion of the precursors, which resulted in more uniform particle size distribution.

  17. Mesosilica-coated ultrafine fibers for highly efficient laccase encapsulation

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    Wang, Shiwen; Chen, Wei; He, Sha; Zhao, Qilong; Li, Xiaohong; Sun, Jiashu; Jiang, Xingyu

    2014-05-01

    In this paper, we present a simple but efficient biomimetic method to encapsulate laccase on mesoporous silica-modified electrospun (ES) ultrafine fibers. Because of the mild immobilization conditions (room temperature, aqueous condition), the encapsulated laccase retained a high activity of 94%. Because of the protection from the silica layer, the laccase worked efficiently at 60 °C and retained a long-term activity in the presence of proteinase K. After recycling for 10 times the laccase still preserved 96% of its original reactivity. More remarkably, the immobilized laccase on fibers could completely recover its activity after thermal denature, while the free laccase permanently lost the activity. We also demonstrated that the laccase on silica-coated fibers exhibited an enhanced decolorization capability of Brilliant Blue KN-R (BBKN-R) as compared to the free laccase, showing its great potential for industrial applications.In this paper, we present a simple but efficient biomimetic method to encapsulate laccase on mesoporous silica-modified electrospun (ES) ultrafine fibers. Because of the mild immobilization conditions (room temperature, aqueous condition), the encapsulated laccase retained a high activity of 94%. Because of the protection from the silica layer, the laccase worked efficiently at 60 °C and retained a long-term activity in the presence of proteinase K. After recycling for 10 times the laccase still preserved 96% of its original reactivity. More remarkably, the immobilized laccase on fibers could completely recover its activity after thermal denature, while the free laccase permanently lost the activity. We also demonstrated that the laccase on silica-coated fibers exhibited an enhanced decolorization capability of Brilliant Blue KN-R (BBKN-R) as compared to the free laccase, showing its great potential for industrial applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr01166j

  18. Development of virus-like particle technology from small highly symmetric to large complex virus-like particle structures.

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    Pushko, Peter; Pumpens, Paul; Grens, Elmars

    2013-01-01

    Virus-like particle (VLP) technology is a promising approach for the construction of novel vaccines, diagnostic tools, and gene therapy vectors. Initially, VLPs were primarily derived from non-enveloped icosahedral or helical viruses and proved to be viable vaccine candidates due to their effective presentation of epitopes in a native conformation. VLP technology has also been used to prepare chimeric VLPs decorated with genetically fused or chemically coupled epitope stretches selected from immunologically defined target proteins. However, structural constraints associated with the rigid geometrical architecture of icosahedral or helical VLPs pose challenges for the expression and presentation of large epitopes. Complex VLPs derived from non-symmetric enveloped viruses are increasingly being used to incorporate large epitopes and even full-length foreign proteins. Pleomorphic VLPs derived from influenza or other enveloped viruses can accommodate multiple full-length and/or chimeric proteins that can be rationally designed for multifunctional purposes, including multivalent vaccines. Therefore, a second generation of VLP carriers is represented by complex particles reconstructed from natural or chimeric structural proteins derived from complex enveloped viruses. Further development of safe and efficient VLP nanotechnology may require a rational combination of both approaches. PMID:23594863

  19. Particle Engulfment and Pushing By Solidifying Interfaces - Recent Theoretical and Experimental Developments

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    Stefanescu, D. M.; Catalina, A. V.; Juretzko, Frank R.; Sen, Subhayu; Curreri, P. A.

    2003-01-01

    The objective of the work on Particle Engulfment and Pushing by Solidifying Interfaces (PEP) include: 1) to obtain fundamental understanding of the physics of particle pushing and engulfment, 2) to develop mathematical models to describe the phenomenon, and 3) to perform critical experiments in the microgravity environment of space to provide benchmark data for model validation. Successful completion of this project will yield vital information relevant to a diverse area of terrestrial applications. With PEP being a long term research effort, this report will focus on advances in the theoretical treatment of the solid/liquid interface interaction with an approaching particle, experimental validation of some aspects of the developed models, and the experimental design aspects of future experiments to be performed on board the International Space Station.

  20. Development of a focused charged particle microbeam for the irradiation of individual cells

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    Barberet, Ph.; Balana, A.; Incerti, S.; Michelet-Habchi, C.; Moretto, Ph.; Pouthier, Th. [Centre d'Etudes Nucleaires de Bordeaux-Gradignan (France)

    2005-01-01

    An irradiation facility, able to expose cellular and subcellular targets to a precise number of particles, has been developed at CENBG for applications in radiobiology. The development of this facility was based on an existing horizontal focused microbeam developed in the early 90's for material analysis. The focusing properties of the line allow the delivering of proton or alpha particle beams in the 1-3.5 MeV energy range with a spatial resolution down to about 1 {mu}m under vacuum. For irradiation of living cells, a removable stage has been developed to extract the beam into air while preserving the analytical capabilities of the microbeam line under vacuum. This stage includes a high resolution epifluorescence microscope for online visualization of the cells and a motorized stage for cell positioning. Single particle control is ensured by a fast electrostatic deflector triggered by the signal induced by the particles through a transmission detector just before reaching the target. A dedicated software, based on an object-oriented architecture, has been designed to control the entire experiment. This includes semiautomatic calibration procedures (necessary to achieve the micron precision) and semiautomatic irradiation procedures used for targeting a large number of individual cells. In air irradiation of solid track detectors has permitted us to estimate that 99.5% of the particles are delivered on the target at a distance lower than 5 {mu}m from the beam center when an alpha particles beam is used. The targeting precision of the overall irradiation procedure, which reflects the alignment precision of the beam center with the target center, has been estimated to be within {+-}2 {mu}m. First experiments involving cells in culture have permitted to estimate an irradiation rate of 2000 cells per hour. This article presents the overall experimental facility and the tests performed for its validation for the irradiation of individual cells in their culture medium.

  1. Development of a focused charged particle microbeam for the irradiation of individual cells

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    Barberet, Ph.; Balana, A.; Incerti, S.; Michelet-Habchi, C.; Moretto, Ph.; Pouthier, Th.

    2005-01-01

    An irradiation facility, able to expose cellular and subcellular targets to a precise number of particles, has been developed at CENBG for applications in radiobiology. The development of this facility was based on an existing horizontal focused microbeam developed in the early 90's for material analysis. The focusing properties of the line allow the delivering of proton or alpha particle beams in the 1-3.5MeV energy range with a spatial resolution down to about 1?m under vacuum. For irradiation of living cells, a removable stage has been developed to extract the beam into air while preserving the analytical capabilities of the microbeam line under vacuum. This stage includes a high resolution epifluorescence microscope for online visualization of the cells and a motorized stage for cell positioning. Single particle control is ensured by a fast electrostatic deflector triggered by the signal induced by the particles through a transmission detector just before reaching the target. A dedicated software, based on an object-oriented architecture, has been designed to control the entire experiment. This includes semiautomatic calibration procedures (necessary to achieve the micron precision) and semiautomatic irradiation procedures used for targeting a large number of individual cells. In air irradiation of solid track detectors has permitted us to estimate that 99.5% of the particles are delivered on the target at a distance lower than 5?m from the beam center when an alpha particles beam is used. The targeting precision of the overall irradiation procedure, which reflects the alignment precision of the beam center with the target center, has been estimated to be within ±2?m. First experiments involving cells in culture have permitted to estimate an irradiation rate of 2000 cells per hour. This article presents the overall experimental facility and the tests performed for its validation for the irradiation of individual cells in their culture medium.

  2. SP-100 coated-particle fuel development. Phase I. Final report

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    Not Available

    1983-03-01

    This document is the final report of Phase I of the SP-100 Coated-Particle Fuel Development Program conducted by GA Technologies Inc. for the US Department of Energy under contract DE-AT03-82SF11690. The general objective of the study conducted between September and December 1982 was to evaluate coated-particle type fuel as an alternate or backup fuel to the UO/sub 2/ tile-and-fin arrangement currently incorporated into the reference design of the SP-100 reactor core. This report presents and discusses the following topics in the order listed: the need for an alternative fuel for the SP-100 nuclear reactor; an abbreviated description of the reference and coated-particle fuel module concepts; the bases and results of the study and analysis leading to the preliminary design of a coated particle suitable for the SP-100 space power reactor; incorporation of the fuel particles into compacts and heat-pipe-cooled modules; initial efforts and plans to fabricate coated-particle fuel and fuel compacts; the design and performance of the proposed alternative core relative that of the reference fuel; and a summary of critical issues and conclusions consistent with the level of effort and duration of the study.

  3. A challenge to develop a continuous centrifuge for precision particle size fractionation

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    Kawahara, Jun-Ichi; Ito, Yoichiro

    2007-03-01

    In producing particles, including nanoparticles, of narrow particle size distribution, synthetic methods have been widely used, since considerable amounts of products could rather simply be obtained. On the other hand, such sort of processes have a significant drawback, since applicable range of materials is rather limited. Under such circumstances, we have started to develop a continuous centrifuge for precision particle size fractionation, which could be applied, in principle, to any material, in stark contrast to synthetic processes. Besides, continuous systems could realize not only considerable processing capacity but also the exact particle sizes we want, in contrast to batch systems. Furthermore, since such methodology is based upon principles completely different from those of synthetic processes, it could complement them, by further sharpening the size distribution of the products, for example. We chose liquid phase as separation medium, since it enables high processing capacity and also suppresses the possible aggregation of the particles. At present, there are no continuous particle size fractionation systems in liquid phase applicable to the size range below several micrometers. The designs to widen this range down to submicrometers and further, together with realization of high resolution, are to be discussed.

  4. Development of Encoded Particle-Polymer Arrays for the Accelerated Screening of Antifouling Layers

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    Kithva, Prakash; Bax, Jacinda; Surawski, Peter P.T.; Montero, Michael J.

    2012-01-01

    A multiplexed screening methodology for the rapid development of antifouling polymer surfaces is presented. An array of protein resistant polymer layers with high grafting (>100 mg/m2) were polymerized on optically encoded particles. Multiplexed analysis showed a 97% reduction in nonspecific protein adsorption for all polymer layers created. PMID:21773613

  5. Development towards ultra-thin superconducting solenoid magnets for high energy particle detectors

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    Akira Yamamoto; Yasuhiro Makida; Ken-Ichi Tanaka; Yoshikuni Doi; Takahiko Kondo; Katsunori Wada; Shin-Ichiro Meguro

    1999-01-01

    Development towards ultra-thin superconducting solenoid magnets for high energy particle detector has been carried out by focusing on aluminum stabilized superconductor mechanically reinforced while keeping electrical resistivity as low as possible. It has been realized by using combined technologies of “micro-alloying” and “cold-work hardening”. Further general efforts to realize transparent solenoids are also discussed.

  6. Representation of particle motion in the auditory midbrain of a developing anuran.

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    Simmons, Andrea Megela

    2015-07-01

    In bullfrog tadpoles, a "deaf period" of lessened responsiveness to the pressure component of sounds, evident during the end of the late larval period, has been identified in the auditory midbrain. But coding of underwater particle motion in the vestibular medulla remains stable over all of larval development, with no evidence of a "deaf period." Neural coding of particle motion in the auditory midbrain was assessed to determine if a "deaf period" for this mode of stimulation exists in this brain area in spite of its absence from the vestibular medulla. Recording sites throughout the developing laminar and medial principal nuclei show relatively stable thresholds to z-axis particle motion, up until the "deaf period." Thresholds then begin to increase from this point up through the rest of metamorphic climax, and significantly fewer responsive sites can be located. The representation of particle motion in the auditory midbrain is less robust during later compared to earlier larval stages, overlapping with but also extending beyond the restricted "deaf period" for pressure stimulation. The decreased functional representation of particle motion in the auditory midbrain throughout metamorphic climax may reflect ongoing neural reorganization required to mediate the transition from underwater to amphibious life. PMID:25981910

  7. Development of a parameterization scheme for calculating dry deposition velocity of fine, coarse and giant particles

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    Zhang, L.; He, Z.

    2013-12-01

    A parameterization scheme is developed for calculating bulk dry deposition velocity (Vd) of fine (PM2.5-particles having a diameter of ? 2.5 ?m), coarse (PM2.5-10-particles having a diameter of 2.5-10 ?m), and giant (PM10+-particles having a diameter of > 10 ?m) atmospheric particles. The parameterization scheme is developed from an empirical fit of Vd data calculated using the size-resolved Vd scheme of Zhang et~al. (2001) with assumed lognormal size distributions of PM2.5, PM2.5-10 and PM10+. In the new scheme, the surface deposition velocity (Vds) is parameterized as a simple linear function of friction velocity (u*) for PM2.5 and as a polynomial function of u* for both PM2.5-10 and PM10+ over all the 26 land use categories (LUCs). An adjustment factor as an exponential function of u* and leaf area index (LAI) is also applied to Vds of PM2.5-10 and PM10+ over nine of the 26 LUCs that have variable LAI. Constant gravitational settling velocities are provided for PM2.5, PM2.5-10 and PM10+. Aerodynamic resistance between a reference height and the surface can be calculated using available analytical formulas from literature. The bulk Vd of PM2.5, PM2.5-10 and PM10+ at the reference height can then be calculated by combining the gravitational settling velocity, aerodynamic resistance and the parameterized Vds. The new parameterization scheme agrees reasonably well with the original size-resolved scheme and provides an alternative approach for calculating Vd of fine, coarse and giant particles. Vd of any particle species can be simply estimated using this scheme as long as the mass fraction in fine, coarse and giant particles are known or can be assumed.

  8. Physical Simulation of Hot Rolling of Ultra-fine Grained Pure Titanium

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    Polyakov, Alexander; Gunderov, Dmitry; Sitdikov, Vil'; Valiev, Ruslan; Semenova, Irina; Sabirov, Ilchat

    2014-12-01

    Complex thermo-mechanical processing routes are often developed for fabrication of ultra-fine grained (UFG) metallic materials with superior mechanical properties. The processed UFG metallic materials often have to undergo additional metalforming operations for fabrication of complex shape parts or tools that can significantly affect their microstructure and crystallographic texture, thus further changing their mechanical properties. The development of novel thermo-mechanical processing routes for fabrication of UFG metallic materials or for further metalforming operations is very time-consuming and expensive due to much higher cost of the UFG metallic materials. The objective of this work is to perform physical simulation of hot rolling of UFG pure Ti obtained via severe plastic deformation and to analyze the effect of hot rolling on the microstructure, crystallographic texture, and hardness of the material. It is demonstrated that physical simulation of metalforming processes for UFG metallic materials can significantly reduce the amount of material required for development of processing routes as well as to increase the efficiency of experimental work.

  9. Measurement of particle accelerations in fully developed turbulence By G REG A. V OTH , A. L A P ORTA

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    ALICE M. C RAWFORD; EBERHARD B ODENSCHATZ

    We use silicon strip detectors (originally developed for the CLEO III high-energy particle physics experiment) to measure fluid particle trajectories in turbulence with temporal resolution of up to 70 000 frames per second. This high frame rate al- lows the Kolmogorov time scale of a turbulent water flow to be fully resolved for 140> R> 970. Particle trajectories exhibiting accelerations

  10. Inter-annual Comparison of New Particle Formation Chemistry and Cloud Condensation Nuclei Measurements at a Remote Rural Mountain Site

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. Creamean; A. P. Ault; E. Fitzgerald; D. B. Collins; G. C. Roberts; K. A. Prather

    2010-01-01

    Ultrafine particles (<=100 nm) in the atmosphere represent a large source of cloud condensation nuclei (CCN), which alter cloud physical and radiative properties. Understanding the major sources of CCN is critical to understanding cloud formation as well as long-term regional climate, particularly how various sources contribute different CCN species each year. The mixing states of single particles during new particle

  11. Electrical Mobility Spectrometer Using a Diethylene Glycol Condensation Particle Counter for Measurement of Aerosol Size Distributions Down to 1 nm

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jingkun Jiang; Modi Chen; Chongai Kuang; Michel Attoui; Peter H. McMurry

    2011-01-01

    We report a new scanning mobility particle spectrometer (SMPS) for measuring number size distributions of particles down to ?1 nm mobility diameter. This SMPS includes an aerosol charger, a TSI 3085 nano differential mobility analyzer (nanoDMA), an ultrafine condensation particle counter (UCPC) using diethylene glycol (DEG) as the working fluid, and a conventional butanol CPC (the “booster”) to detect the

  12. Development of uranium reference particles for nuclear safeguards and non-proliferation control

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    Kips, Ruth

    In the oversight of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and as part of the Additional Protocol of the International Atomic Energy Agency, environmental sampling has become an important tool for the detection of non-declared nuclear activities. One extensively developed technique in environmental sampling (ES) makes use of pieces of cotton cloth called swipes to wipe surfaces in and around a nuclear facility. The dust collected on these swipes typically contains micrometer-sized uranium particles with an isotopic composition characteristic for the processes at the inspected facility. Since its implementation in the 1990s, ES has proven to be a very effective tool in the detection of clandestine activities owing to a number of highly sensitive and selective techniques, including secondary ion mass spectrometry and thermal ionisation mass spectrometry. However, considering the potential consequences of the analyses, these measurements need to be subjected to a rigorous quality management system. In a continuous effort to improve the accuracy and detection efficiency of the uranium isotope ratio measurements, uranium particle reference materials are being developed by different research groups. It was concluded however, that the existing methods for the production of particulate reference materials generally do not reproduce the particles recovered from swipe samples. For this reason, we developed the aerosol deposition chamber at the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements for the production of reference uranium particles that are representative of the particles collected at enrichment facilities. This method is based on the controlled hydrolysis of milligram amounts of uranium hexafluoride with a certified uranium isotopic composition. After optimization of the experimental set-up, the particles produced by the aerosol deposition chamber were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, micro-Raman spectroscopy and secondary ion mass spectrometry. The particle morphology and composition were found to be dependent on the relative humidity of the air, the exposure to ultraviolet light and the time elapsed after formation. Possible correlations between the relative amount of fluorine and the age of the particles were investigated. These results were the starting point for the first inter-laboratory measurement evaluation programme (NUSIMEP) on uranium particles.

  13. Characterization of Exposures to Airborne Nanoscale Particles During Friction Stir Welding of Aluminum

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    Pfefferkorn, Frank E.; Bello, Dhimiter; Haddad, Gilbert; Park, Ji-Young; Powell, Maria; Mccarthy, Jon; Bunker, Kristin Lee; Fehrenbacher, Axel; Jeon, Yongho; Virji, M. Abbas; Gruetzmacher, George; Hoover, Mark D.

    2010-01-01

    Friction stir welding (FSW) is considered one of the most significant developments in joining technology over the last half century. Its industrial applications are growing steadily and so are the number of workers using this technology. To date, there are no reports on airborne exposures during FSW. The objective of this study was to investigate possible emissions of nanoscale (<100 nm) and fine (<1 ?m) aerosols during FSW of two aluminum alloys in a laboratory setting and characterize their physicochemical composition. Several instruments measured size distributions (5 nm to 20 ?m) with 1-s resolution, lung deposited surface areas, and PM2.5 concentrations at the source and at the breathing zone (BZ). A wide range aerosol sampling system positioned at the BZ collected integrated samples in 12 stages (2 nm to 20 ?m) that were analyzed for several metals using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Airborne aerosol was directly collected onto several transmission electron microscope grids and the morphology and chemical composition of collected particles were characterized extensively. FSW generates high concentrations of ultrafine and submicrometer particles. The size distribution was bimodal, with maxima at ?30 and ?550 nm. The mean total particle number concentration at the 30 nm peak was relatively stable at ?4.0 × 105 particles cm?3, whereas the arithmetic mean counts at the 550 nm peak varied between 1500 and 7200 particles cm?3, depending on the test conditions. The BZ concentrations were lower than the source concentrations by 10–100 times at their respective peak maxima and showed higher variability. The daylong average metal-specific concentrations were 2.0 (Zn), 1.4 (Al), and 0.24 (Fe) ?g m?3; the estimated average peak concentrations were an order of magnitude higher. Potential for significant exposures to fine and ultrafine aerosols, particularly of Al, Fe, and Zn, during FSW may exist, especially in larger scale industrial operations. PMID:20453001

  14. Characterization of exposures to airborne nanoscale particles during friction stir welding of aluminum.

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    Pfefferkorn, Frank E; Bello, Dhimiter; Haddad, Gilbert; Park, Ji-Young; Powell, Maria; McCarthy, Jon; Bunker, Kristin Lee; Fehrenbacher, Axel; Jeon, Yongho; Virji, M Abbas; Gruetzmacher, George; Hoover, Mark D

    2010-07-01

    Friction stir welding (FSW) is considered one of the most significant developments in joining technology over the last half century. Its industrial applications are growing steadily and so are the number of workers using this technology. To date, there are no reports on airborne exposures during FSW. The objective of this study was to investigate possible emissions of nanoscale (<100 nm) and fine (<1 microm) aerosols during FSW of two aluminum alloys in a laboratory setting and characterize their physicochemical composition. Several instruments measured size distributions (5 nm to 20 microm) with 1-s resolution, lung deposited surface areas, and PM(2.5) concentrations at the source and at the breathing zone (BZ). A wide range aerosol sampling system positioned at the BZ collected integrated samples in 12 stages (2 nm to 20 microm) that were analyzed for several metals using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Airborne aerosol was directly collected onto several transmission electron microscope grids and the morphology and chemical composition of collected particles were characterized extensively. FSW generates high concentrations of ultrafine and submicrometer particles. The size distribution was bimodal, with maxima at approximately 30 and approximately 550 nm. The mean total particle number concentration at the 30 nm peak was relatively stable at approximately 4.0 x 10(5) particles cm(-3), whereas the arithmetic mean counts at the 550 nm peak varied between 1500 and 7200 particles cm(-3), depending on the test conditions. The BZ concentrations were lower than the source concentrations by 10-100 times at their respective peak maxima and showed higher variability. The daylong average metal-specific concentrations were 2.0 (Zn), 1.4 (Al), and 0.24 (Fe) microg m(-3); the estimated average peak concentrations were an order of magnitude higher. Potential for significant exposures to fine and ultrafine aerosols, particularly of Al, Fe, and Zn, during FSW may exist, especially in larger scale industrial operations. PMID:20453001

  15. Kinetic Analysis of Competition between Aerosol Particle Removal

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    Nizkorodov, Sergey

    (VOC) commonly found in indoor air produce additional respirable aerosol particles in the ultrafine ( unsaturated VOC, such as limonene contained in many household cleaning products. This prediction is supported). A significant fraction of urban PM can be classified as secondary organic aerosol (SOA) produced by oxidation

  16. Progress and hurdles in the development of influenza virus-like particle vaccines for veterinary use

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    Virus-like particles (VLPs), which resemble infectious virus particles in structure and morphology, have been proposed to provide a new generation of vaccine candidates against various viral infections. As effective immunogens, characterized by high immunogenicity and safety, VLPs have been employed in the development of human influenza vaccines. Recently, several influenza VLP vaccines have been developed for veterinary use and successfully evaluated in swine, canine, duck, and chicken models. These VLP vaccine candidates induced protective immune responses and enabled serological differentiation between vaccinated and infected animals in conjunction with a diagnostic test. Here, we review the current progress of influenza VLP development as a next-generation vaccine technology in the veterinary field and discuss the challenges and future direction of this technology. PMID:25003086

  17. Developing Supersonic Impactor and Aerodynamic Lens for Separation and Handling of Nano-Sized Particles

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    Goodarz Ahmadi

    2008-06-30

    A computational model for supersonic flows of compressible gases in an aerodynamic lens with several lenses and in a supersonic/hypersonic impactor was developed. Airflow conditions in the aerodynamic lens were analyzed and contour plots for variation of Mach number, velocity magnitude and pressure field in the lens were evaluated. The nano and micro-particle trajectories in the lens and their focusing and transmission efficiencies were evaluated. The computational model was then applied to design of a aerodynamic lens that could generate focus particle beams while operating under atmospheric conditions. The computational model was also applied to airflow condition in the supersonic/hypersonic impactor. Variations of airflow condition and particle trajectories in the impactor were evaluated. The simulation results could provide understanding of the performance of the supersonic and hypersonic impactors that would be helpful for the design of such systems.

  18. Development of bioadhesive chitosan superporous hydrogel composite particles based intestinal drug delivery system.

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    Chavda, Hitesh; Modhia, Ishan; Mehta, Anant; Patel, Rupal; Patel, Chhagan

    2013-01-01

    Bioadhesive superporous hydrogel composite (SPHC) particles were developed for an intestinal delivery of metoprolol succinate and characterized for density, porosity, swelling, morphology, and bioadhesion studies. Chitosan and HPMC were used as bioadhesive and release retardant polymers, respectively. A 3(2) full factorial design was applied to optimize the concentration of chitosan and HPMC. The drug loaded bioadhesive SPHC particles were filled in capsule, and the capsule was coated with cellulose acetate phthalate and evaluated for drug content, in vitro drug release, and stability studies. To ascertain the drug release kinetics, the drug release profiles were fitted for mathematical models. The prepared system remains bioadhesive up to eight hours in intestine and showed Hixson-Crowell release with anomalous nonfickian type of drug transport. The application of SPHC polymer particles as a biomaterial carrier opens a new insight into bioadhesive drug delivery system and could be a future platform for other molecules for intestinal delivery. PMID:23984380

  19. Development of Bioadhesive Chitosan Superporous Hydrogel Composite Particles Based Intestinal Drug Delivery System

    PubMed Central

    Modhia, Ishan; Mehta, Anant; Patel, Rupal; Patel, Chhagan

    2013-01-01

    Bioadhesive superporous hydrogel composite (SPHC) particles were developed for an intestinal delivery of metoprolol succinate and characterized for density, porosity, swelling, morphology, and bioadhesion studies. Chitosan and HPMC were used as bioadhesive and release retardant polymers, respectively. A 32 full factorial design was applied to optimize the concentration of chitosan and HPMC. The drug loaded bioadhesive SPHC particles were filled in capsule, and the capsule was coated with cellulose acetate phthalate and evaluated for drug content, in vitro drug release, and stability studies. To ascertain the drug release kinetics, the drug release profiles were fitted for mathematical models. The prepared system remains bioadhesive up to eight hours in intestine and showed Hixson-Crowell release with anomalous nonfickian type of drug transport. The application of SPHC polymer particles as a biomaterial carrier opens a new insight into bioadhesive drug delivery system and could be a future platform for other molecules for intestinal delivery. PMID:23984380

  20. RESEARCH NOTE FROM COLLABORATION: GridPP: development of the UK computing Grid for particle physics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Grid PP Collaboration; Faulkner, P. J. W.; Lowe, L. S.; Tan, C. L. A.; Watkins, P. M.; Bailey, D. S.; Barrass, T. A.; Brook, N. H.; Croft, R. J. H.; Kelly, M. P.; Mackay, C. K.; Metson, S.; Maroney, O. J. E.; Newbold, D. M.; Wilson, F. F.; Hobson, P. R.; Khan, A.; Kyberd, P.; Nebrensky, J. J.; Bly, M.; Brew, C.; Burke, S.; Byrom, R.; Coles, J.; Cornwall, L. A.; Djaoui, A.; Field, L.; Fisher, S. M.; Folkes, G. T.; Geddes, N. I.; Gordon, J. C.; Hicks, S. J. C.; Jensen, J. G.; Johnson, G.; Kant, D.; Kelsey, D. P.; Kuznetsov, G.; Leake, J.; Middleton, R. P.; Patrick, G. N.; Prassas, G.; Saunders, B. J.; Ross, D.; Sansum, R. A.; Shah, T.; Strong, B.; Synge, O.; Tam, R.; Thorpe, M.; Traylen, S.; Wheeler, J. F.; White, N. G. H.; Wilson, A. J.; Antcheva, I.; Artiaga, E.; Beringer, J.; Bird, I. G.; Casey, J.; Cass, A. J.; Chytracek, R.; Gallas Torreira, M. V.; Generowicz, J.; Girone, M.; Govi, G.; Harris, F.; Heikkurinen, M.; Horvath, A.; Knezo, E.; Litmaath, M.; Lubeck, M.; Moscicki, J.; Neilson, I.; Poinsignon, E.; Pokorski, W.; Ribon, A.; Sekera, Z.; Smith, D. H.; Tomlin, W. L.; van Eldik, J. E.; Wojcieszuk, J.; Brochu, F. M.; Das, S.; Harrison, K.; Hayes, M.; Hill, J. C.; Lester, C. G.; Palmer, M. J.; Parker, M. A.; Nelson, M.; Whalley, M. R.; Glover, E. W. N.; Anderson, P.; Clark, P. J.; Earl, A. D.; Holt, A.; Jackson, A.; Joo, B.; Kenway, R. D.; Maynard, C. M.; Perry, J.; Smith, L.; Thorn, S.; Trew, A. S.; Bell, W. H.; Burgon-Lyon, M.; Cameron, D. G.; Doyle, A. T.; Flavell, A.; Hanlon, S. J.; Martin, D. J.; McCance, G.; Millar, A. P.; Nicholson, C.; Paterson, S. K.; Pickford, A.; Soler, P.; Speirs, F.; St. Denis, R.; Thompson, A. S.; Britton, D.; Cameron, W.; Colling, D.; Davies, G.; Dornan, P.; Egede, U.; Georgiou, K.; Lewis, P.; MacEvoy, B.; Marr, S.; Martyniak, J.; Tallini, H.; Wakefield, S.; Walker, R.; Bertram, I. A.; Bouhova-Thacker, E.; Evans, D.; Henderson, R. C. W.; Jones, R. W. L.; Love, P.; Downing, S.; George, M. P.; Irving, A. C.; McNeile, C.; Sroczynski, Z.; Tobin, M.; Washbrook, A. J.; Barlow, R. J.; Dallison, S.; Fairey, G.; Forti, A.; Hughes-Jones, R. E.; Jones, M. A. S.; Kaushal, S.; Marshall, R.; McNab, A.; Salih, S.; Werner, J. C.; Bartsch, V.; Cioffi, C.; Gronbech, P.; Harnew, N.; Harris, J. F.; Huffman, B. T.; Leslie, M.; McArthur, I.; Newman, R.; Soroko, A.; Stokes-Rees, I.; Stonjek, S.; Tseng, J.; Waters, D.; Wilkinson, G.; Arter, T. R.; Cordenonsi, R. A.; Datta, A. S.; Hartin, T.; Lloyd, S. L.; Martin, A. J.; Pearce, S. E.; Williams, C. J.; Gardner, M.; George, S.; Green, B. J.; Johal, S.; Rybkine, G.; Strong, J. A.; Teixeira-Dias, P.; Hodgson, P.; Robinson, M.; Tovey, D. R.; Spooner, N. J. C.; Allton, C. R.; Armour, W.; Clarke, P.; Mealor, P.; Waters, D.; Waugh, B.; West, B.

    2006-01-01

    The GridPP Collaboration is building a UK computing Grid for particle physics, as part of the international effort towards computing for the Large Hadron Collider. The project, funded by the UK Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC), began in September 2001 and completed its first phase 3 years later. GridPP is a collaboration of approximately 100 researchers in 19 UK university particle physics groups, the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils and CERN, reflecting the strategic importance of the project. In collaboration with other European and US efforts, the first phase of the project demonstrated the feasibility of developing, deploying and operating a Grid-based computing system to meet the UK needs of the Large Hadron Collider experiments. This note describes the work undertaken to achieve this goal.

  1. Ultra-fine grained Al-Mg alloys with superior strength via physical simulation

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    Sabirov, I.; Enikeev, N.; Kazykhanov, V.; Valiev, R.; Murashkin, M.

    2014-08-01

    The Al 5xxx alloys are widely used in form of sheets in marine, transport, and chemical engineering and, thus, they are often have to undergo hot/cold rolling as the final metal forming operations. Recent investigations have demonstrated that ultra-fine grained (UFG) Al 5xxx alloys have a significant potential for industrial applications due to their improved mechanical properties and enhanced corrosion resistance. However, the development of hot/cold rolling routes for the UFG Al alloys is very time consuming due to numerous experimental trials and very expensive due to higher cost of the UFG processed materials. In this work, physical simulation of cold rolling is applied to the UFG Al 5083 alloy obtained via equal channel angular pressing with parallel channels to analyze the effect of cold rolling on the microstructure and microhardness of the material. The cold rolling parameters are chosen based on the outcomes of physical simulation and the UFG Al 5083 alloy is successfully subjected to cold rolling resulting in superior mechanical strength of the material. It is concluded that physical simulation can significantly increase the efficiency of experimental work on development of thermo-mechanical processing routes.

  2. Development of time-resolved particle image velocimetry for laboratory and microgravity dusty plasma studies

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    Hall, Taylor; Konopka, Uwe; Thomas, Edward

    2013-10-01

    For over a decade, particle image velocimetry (PIV) techniques have been used to study particle transport, instabilities, and the thermal properties of the microparticle component of dusty plasmas. However, dedicated PIV systems are often limited in their temporal resolution to a few Hertz because of the requirements to synchronize the various hardware components of the system. By using a high-speed camera that can record digital video at over 100 Hz, it becomes possible to make temporally resolved measurements of particle motion in a dusty plasma. This presentation will describe the development of an imaging system that will be used for time-resolved PIV measurements of a dusty plasma. In particular, results will be presented on experiments in which different video frame rates are used to make measurements of the effects of a pulsed perturbation that is applied to a dusty plasma. These perturbation studies will be used to determine the optimum frame rate for PIV. For over a decade, particle image velocimetry (PIV) techniques have been used to study particle transport, instabilities, and the thermal properties of the microparticle component of dusty plasmas. However, dedicated PIV systems are often limited in their temporal resolution to a few Hertz because of the requirements to synchronize the various hardware components of the system. By using a high-speed camera that can record digital video at over 100 Hz, it becomes possible to make temporally resolved measurements of particle motion in a dusty plasma. This presentation will describe the development of an imaging system that will be used for time-resolved PIV measurements of a dusty plasma. In particular, results will be presented on experiments in which different video frame rates are used to make measurements of the effects of a pulsed perturbation that is applied to a dusty plasma. These perturbation studies will be used to determine the optimum frame rate for PIV. This work is supported by a grant from the NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory: JPL-RSA 1471384.

  3. Particle motion is broadly represented in the vestibular medulla of the bullfrog across larval development.

    PubMed

    Simmons, Andrea Megela; Flores, Victoria

    2012-04-01

    In their shallow-water habitats, bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana) tadpoles are exposed to both underwater and airborne sources of acoustic stimulation. We probed the representation of underwater particle motion throughout the tadpole's dorsal medulla to determine its spatial extent over larval life. Using neurobiotin-filled micropipettes, we recorded neural activity to z-axis particle motion (frequencies of 40-200 Hz) in the medial vestibular nucleus, lateral vestibular nucleus, dorsal medullary nucleus (DMN), and along the dorsal arcuate pathway. Sensitivity was comparable in the medial and lateral vestibular nuclei, with estimated thresholds between 0.016 and 12.5 ?m displacement. Neither best responding frequency nor estimated threshold varied significantly over larval stage. Transport of neurobiotin from active recording sites was also stable over development. The DMN responded poorly to z-axis particle motion, but did respond to low-frequency pressure stimulation. These data suggest that particle motion is represented widely and stably in the tadpole's vestibular medulla. This is in marked contrast to the representation of pressure stimulation in the auditory midbrain, where a transient "deaf period" of non-responsiveness and decreased connectivity occurs immediately prior to metamorphic climax. We suggest that, in bullfrogs, sensitivity to particle motion and to pressure follows different developmental trajectories. PMID:22198742

  4. Development of vapor deposited silica sol-gel particles for use as a bioactive materials system.

    PubMed

    Snyder, Katherine L; Holmes, Hallie R; VanWagner, Michael J; Hartman, Natalie J; Rajachar, Rupak M

    2013-06-01

    Silica-based sol-gel and bioglass materials are used in a variety of biomedical applications including the surface modification of orthopedic implants and tissue engineering scaffolds. In this work, a simple system for vapor depositing silica sol-gel nano- and micro-particles onto substrates using nebulizer technology has been developed and characterized. Particle morphology, size distribution, and degradation can easily be controlled through key formulation and manufacturing parameters including water:alkoxide molar ratio, pH, deposition time, and substrate character. These particles can be used as a means to rapidly modify substrate surface properties, including surface hydrophobicity (contact angle changes >15°) and roughness (RMS roughness changes of up to 300 nm), creating unique surface topography. Ions (calcium and phosphate) were successfully incorporated into particles, and induced apatitie-like mineral formation upon exposure to simulated body fluid Preosteoblasts (MC3T3) cultured with these particles showed up to twice the adhesivity within 48 h when compared to controls, potentially indicating an increase in cell proliferation, with the effect likely due to both the modified substrate properties as well as the release of silica ions. This novel method has the potential to be used with implants and tissue engineering materials to influence cell behavior including attachment, proliferation, and differentiation via cell-material interactions to promote osteogenesis. PMID:23585242

  5. Numerical modeling of particle generation from ozone reactions with human-worn clothing in indoor environments

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    Rai, Aakash C.; Lin, Chao-Hsin; Chen, Qingyan

    2015-02-01

    Ozone-terpene reactions are important sources of indoor ultrafine particles (UFPs), a potential health hazard for human beings. Humans themselves act as possible sites for ozone-initiated particle generation through reactions with squalene (a terpene) that is present in their skin, hair, and clothing. This investigation developed a numerical model to probe particle generation from ozone reactions with clothing worn by humans. The model was based on particle generation measured in an environmental chamber as well as physical formulations of particle nucleation, condensational growth, and deposition. In five out of the six test cases, the model was able to predict particle size distributions reasonably well. The failure in the remaining case demonstrated the fundamental limitations of nucleation models. The model that was developed was used to predict particle generation under various building and airliner cabin conditions. These predictions indicate that ozone reactions with human-worn clothing could be an important source of UFPs in densely occupied classrooms and airliner cabins. Those reactions could account for about 40% of the total UFPs measured on a Boeing 737-700 flight. The model predictions at this stage are indicative and should be improved further.

  6. MULTIYEAR REAL-TIME MONITORING OF PARTICLES, PAH, AND BLACK CARBON IN AN OCCUPIED HOUSE

    EPA Science Inventory

    Concentrations of ultrafine, fine, and coarse particles, particle-bound polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), and black carbon have been measured continuously (every 1 to 5 minutes) in an occupied townhouse for 2-3 years. Also, since the summer of 1999, temperature (outdoors...

  7. QUALITY CONTROL OF SEMI-CONTINUOUS MOBILITY SIZE-FRACTIONATED PARTICLE NUMBER CONCENTRATION DATA. (R827352)

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    Fine and ultrafine particles have been postulated to play an important role in the association between ambient particulate matters and adverse health effects. As part of the EPA Supersite Program, the Southern California Particle Center & Supersite has conducted a series o...

  8. Development of Holographic Particle Velocimetry Techniques for Three-Dimensional Vortical Flows

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    Meng, Hui

    The lack of techniques to measure instantaneous velocity vector fields in three-dimensional (3D) space is the primary obstacle to further understanding of vortex dynamics and turbulence phenomena. Holographic Particle Velocimetry (HPV), which can record a 3D flow field laden with tracer particles on holograms using pulsed laser beams and measure the particle displacements, appears to be highly promising to this end. An HPV technique based on in-line holography has been implemented, which is characterized by geometric simplicity and minimal laser requirements. To overcome limitations (such as intrinsic speckle noise and large depth-of-focus) of in-line HPV, an analytical model has been developed which elucidates the nature of the speckle noise, quantifies the signal-to-noise-ratio of particle images as a function of particle field parameters, and suggests ways for further improvements in HPV concepts. Based upon these results, an off-axis HPV system has been developed in which speckle noise is suppressed and depth-of-focus is reduced, but the system complexity increases as well. Improving upon off-axis HPV, two innovative techniques--viz. multibeam, and in-line recording/off-axis viewing (IROV)--have been proposed. Proof-of-concept has been established for the multibeam HPV which utilizes the laser energy efficiently. The IROV technique, which enjoys the geometric simplicity of in-line HPV as well as the low speckle noise and small depth-of-focus of off-axis HPV has been developed and applied to measure an unstable vortex ring (Re = 1360) in water. The instantaneous velocity vector field in a 3D space (21 mm x 40 mm x 11 mm) is obtained at a spatial resolution of 1 mm. The vorticity distribution and circulation as a function of radius from the core center are calculated.

  9. Corrosion and ion release behavior of ultra-fine grained bulk pure copper fabricated by ECAP in Hanks solution as potential biomaterial for contraception

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    Zheng, Yufeng

    Corrosion and ion release behavior of ultra-fine grained bulk pure copper fabricated by ECAP November 2009 Available online 29 November 2009 Keywords: Metals and alloys Nanomaterials Ultra-fine grained copper ECAP Corrosion behavior Ion release Ultra-fine grained (UFG) bulk pure copper has been

  10. Fluorescent particle tracers for surface hydrology: development of a sensing station for field studies

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    Capocci, I.; Mocio, G.; Insogna, F.; Tauro, F.; Petroselli, A.; Rapiti, R.; Cipollari, G.; Grimaldi, S.; Porfiri, M.

    2012-04-01

    This work focuses on the development and testing of a sensing station for the detection and tracking of a new class of fluorescent particle tracers for surface hydrology. This tracing methodology is based on the release of microspheres that fluoresce at labeled wavelengths in natural streams. The particles are detected as they transit below a sensing station that comprises a light source and a digital camera. Video feed from the station is then processed to obtain direct flow measurements and stream reach travel times. This novel tracing technology is a low-cost measurement system that can be implemented on a variety of real-world settings, spanning from small scale streams to few centimeters rills in natural hillslopes. In particular, the use of insoluble buoyant particles limits the tracer dispersion from adhesion to natural substrates and thus minimizes the amount of tracing material for experimental measurements. Further, particle enhanced fluorescence allows for non-intrusively detecting the tracer without deploying probes and samplers in the water. The performance of the sensing station is assessed by conducting a large array of experiments under different flow and acquisition conditions. More specifically, experiments are performed for multiple flow velocities, camera acquisition frequencies, light sources, and distances of the sensing station from the flow surface. Particles are deployed in a custom built artificial water channel of adjustable slope to simulate varying flow conditions. A high definition bullet camera is used to detect particles that fluoresce either in green or red and two optical filters, corresponding to the emission wavelengths of the particles, are incorporated in the sensing station. In this implementation, green emission is elicited by using Ultra Violet lights, while white light drives the red emission. Experimental results confirm the versatility and the effectiveness of the proposed methodology. Both particle types are found to be easily detected in a wide range of flow conditions. This evidence favors the use of red particles whose controlled fluorescent emission does not require costly Ultra Violet lamps and is rather based on commonly available light sources. Therefore, at a limited cost, powerful white lights can be used in the system and allow for increased fields of view.

  11. Design, development and characterization of microfluidic media for continuous size-based separation of particles

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    Devendra, Raghavendra

    Microfluidics is a growing field of research in separations. Microfluidic technologies offer a greater control over system properties with an efficient performance while providing a potential for integration of several processes into one micro-total-analysis system. While several conventional separation technologies have been miniaturized to micro-scale techniques, there is an effort to develop novel processes that take advantage of the features of micro-scale flows, such as similarities in pore-species dimensions and the ability to tailor the geometric structures of the stationary phase to specific applications. In certain cases, the geometric structure of the pore space drives the separative displacement; the advances in microfabrication allow greater control over the geometry as well as the surface chemistry of the media. It is convenient and possible to integrate the microstructure into main separation channel and design autonomous continuous flow separation systems on a lab-on-achip platform. A promising approach to develop passive and continuous flow microfluidic separation devices is to design periodic arrays of obstacles that cause different species to move in different directions within the device, also known as vector chromatography. The principle of separation of small particles in such periodic microstructures is based on the mobility of particles. The mobility of a particle is based on its size, the geometry of the stationary phase and the viscosity of the suspending phase. In the first part of this thesis, we present a study of diffusive transport in periodic anisotropic systems. We designed and fabricated anisotropic periodicities in microfluidic devices and characterized the mobilities in principal directions by directly measuring the one dimensional diffusivities through experiments. In anisotropic periodic microstructures, the mobility has unequal components, by virtue of which the velocity of the particle does not remain collinear with the direction of the applied force. Furthermore, the mobility ratios in anisotropic periodic microstructures are dependent on the size of the particles. We show that such non-linearities in the mobility function lead to different migratory pathways for differently sized particles. The anisotropy in the local microscopic mobilities translates to anisotropy in macroscopic effective mobilities and can be used - in principle - to separate particles under a small uniform force field. In the second part of this thesis, we discuss separation in the other end of the transport limit. At large Péclet (Pe) numbers, deterministic motion is shown to separate the particles in periodic arrays. Prior studies in this area are not conclusive and the mechanism of separation is unclear. Previous theoretical work and macroscopic experiments in our group have shown that at larger Pe numbers, directional locking is observed in isotropic systems. We investigate gravity-driven deterministic lateral displacement (g-DLD) in the range of moderate to relatively large Pe numbers, in both anisotropic and isotropic media. To our knowledge, this is the first time anyone has reported an extensive study of gravity driven deterministic lateral displacement in microfluidic systems. We present our observations of directional locking and explain them based on hydrodynamic and non-hydrodynamic interactions between the particles and obstacles leading to irreversible collisions that result in different migratory pathways. We report a method to predict the first critical transition angle for particles based on size and the geometry of the periodic media that can be used for designing microfluidic devices for separating different species. The first critical transition angle also reveals the possibility of using a single column of obstacles to separate a binary mixture of particles. We report experiments demonstrating the separation of particles based on the first critical transition angle using single column of obstacles. Based on the separation of binary mixture, we propose that multiple such single columns of o

  12. A Lorentzian-Function Approximation developed in calculating the charged-particle-induced nonresonant reaction rate

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    He, J. J.

    2007-07-01

    A Lorentzian-Function Approximation (LFA) has been developed in calculating the nonresonant reaction rate of charged-particle-induced reactions. The nonresonant reaction rate and the effective S -factor have been represented in terms of LFA. In the frame of LFA, the nonresonant reaction taken place within the Gamow window can be considered as a “resonance reaction” with a width of ? which is equal to that of 1/ e width (? in a well-known Gaussian-Function Approximation (GFA).

  13. Using ARCHON to Develop Real-World DAI Applications for Electricity Transportation and Particle Accelerator Control

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    N. Jennings; J. M. Corera; L. Laresgoiti; E. Mamdani; F. Perriollat; P. Skarek; L. Varga

    1995-01-01

    ABSTRACT ARCHON,(ARchitecture for Cooperative Heterogeneous ON-line systems) was Europe’s largest ever project in the area of Distributed Artificial Intelligence (DAI). It devised a general-purpose architecture, software framework, and methodology,which has been used to support the development,of DAI systems in a number,of real world industrial domains. Two of these applications, electricity transportation management and particle accelerator control, have been run successfully

  14. Continuously Cooled Ultrafine Bainitic Steel with Excellent Strength-Elongation Combination

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    Das, Sourav; Haldar, Arunansu

    2014-04-01

    Serious efforts have been made to simultaneously improve the strength and ductility of steels for different applications. However, steel with the ultimate tensile strength (UTS) above 1200 MPa with minimum elongation of 20 pct is still difficult to produce. In the current work, an effort has been made to design such a steel that could be directly produced in any hot strip mill, after accelerated cooling on the runout table followed by coiling. Basically this steel consisted of C, Mn, Si, and Cr and the intended final microstructure at room temperature was about 80 pct carbide-free bainite and 20 pct retained austenite. The steel was exposed to a thermal treatment which is generally experienced by a hot strip coil. This newly developed steel possesses an UTS of minimum ~1370 MPa with minimum ~21 pct elongation. The combination of such encouraging mechanical properties can be primarily attributed to the formation of ultrafine bainite plates (~100 to 130 nm) and a high density of dislocations arising out of the bainitic transformation. The presence of sufficient quantity of retained austenite (minimum 21 pct) in the final microstructure could be the reason for the attainment of outstanding ductility values at such a high strength level.

  15. Boron Diffusion In Silicon From Ultrafine Boron-Silicon Powder

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    Gupta, Arunava; West, Gary A.; Donlan, Jeffrey P.

    1984-06-01

    A CO2 laser pyrolysis technique has been used to prepare ultrafine (< 0.1p diameter) boron-silicon powders with different boron concentrations. These powders have been used as a spin-on boron diffusion source for silicon wafers. The spin-on colloidal suspension is prepared by mixing the powder with a thermally degradable polymer binder, polymethyl-methacrylate (PMMA), and an organic vehicle, cyclohexanone. Thin, uniform films are spun-on using a standard photoresist spinner. Two different procedures are followed in diffusing the boron from the boron-silicon powder. In the first process, the boron is diffused by heating the wafer in an argon ambient (1000-1260°C). The excess dopant layer is removed by oxidation (02) and subsequent etching (HF). In the second process, the powder is first converted to a borosilicate glass layer by oxidation, followed by diffusion in an argon ambient. Some experiments using commercially available boron nitride powder as a diffusion source are also discussed.

  16. The hypolipidemic activity of chitosan nanopowder prepared by ultrafine milling.

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    Zhang, Wei; Zhang, Jiali; Jiang, Qixing; Xia, Wenshui

    2013-06-01

    The hypolipidemic activities of high and low molecular weights of chitosan nanopowders (HMW-chitosan-NP: 315 kDa; LMW-chitosan-NP: 51 kDa) prepared by ultrafine milling were evaluated in rats. The results showed that the hypolipidemic activity of chitosan nanopowder was better than ordinary chitosan, and LMW-chitosan-NP was superior to HMW-chitosan-NP in hypolipidimic activity. Compared with ordinary chitosan, chitosan nanopowder increased the fecal lipids and the activities of serum and liver lipoprotein lipase (LPL) and hepatic lipase (HL) of rats. Rats receiving LMW-chitosan-NP excreted less lipids in feces, but showed higher serum and liver LPL and HL activities compared with those fed HMW-chitosan-NP. These results suggested that compared with ordinary chitosan, the increased hypolipidemic activity of chitosan nanopowder might be attributed to its ability on increasing fecal lipid excretions and stimulating LPL and HL activities, and the better stimulation of LMW-chitosan-NP in activities of these lipases might help it to exceed HMW-chitosan-NP in hypolipidemic activity. PMID:23618297

  17. Computed and experimental interactions between eddy structure and dispersed particles in developing free shear layers

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    Buckingham, A.C.; Siekhaus, W.J.; Keller, J.O.; Ellzey, J.; Hubbard, G.; Daily, J.W.

    1982-05-20

    We are investigating the interactive process between turbulent flow and dispersed phase particles. We are focusing on the mechanisms that appear to result in a reduction of local turbulent intensity and a corresponding reduction in wall heat transfer and subsequent wall erosion in turbulent solid propellant combustion flow. We apply computational simulations and physical experiments specialized to a developing free shear layer over a rearward facing step and over a parallel splitter plate. The flow configuration evolves in a two-dimensional, steady, combustion and non-combustion turbulent free shear mixing region, with and without particle additives. The computational simulations combine three basic components: gas phase Navier-Stokes solutions, Lagrange particle field solutions and a Monte Carlo technique for the random encounters, forces and accelerations between the two fields. We concentrate here on relatively large sized additive particles (of the order of tens of microns to 100 microns mean diameter). We examine their apparent influence in breaking up the larger, energy bearing eddy structures into smaller structures which are more readily dissipated.

  18. Comparison of methods for developing contaminant-particle size distributions for suspended sediment

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    Moore, T.D.; Burgoa, B.B. [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Fontaine, T.A. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1994-10-01

    Relationships between contaminant concentration and particle size distribution are required for modeling the transport of contaminated sediment. Standard methods, including the pipette and bottom withdrawal techniques, are unsatisfactory because of the lack of homogeneous separations of each size fraction, which results in uncertainty in the contaminant-particle size relation. In addition, the size fractions produced with these techniques do not contain enough mass for accurate contaminant analyses. To avoid these problems, an alternative method using a settling column and withdrawal times based on Stokes Law has been developed. Tests have been conducted using sediment samples contaminated with Cs-137 from a waste area at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The samples were separated into sand, coarse and fine silt, and clay-sized particles. The results for particle size distribution and associated contaminant concentrations were evaluated for the settling column, pipette, and bottom withdrawal methods. The settling column method provides homogeneous size fractions, larger aliquots of sediment for contaminant analysis, and is quicker in some cases and less complicated to perform than the other two methods.

  19. Strength and ductility improvement of ultrafine-grained tungsten produced by equal-channel angular pressing

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    Hao, T.; Fan, Z. Q.; Zhang, T.; Luo, G. N.; Wang, X. P.; Liu, C. S.; Fang, Q. F.

    2014-12-01

    In this study, equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP) was employed to refine the grain size of tungsten at relatively low temperatures. The small punch (SP) test results show that the ultrafine-grained tungsten appears an evident improvement in both strength and ductility compared with primary coarse-grained tungsten. The analysis results from SP test data indicate that the ductile-to-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) of the ultrafine-grained tungsten decrease to 386 °C and 322 °C due to the ECAP processing at 800 °C and 950 °C, respectively. The reason of the improvement in both strength and ductility of the ultrafine-grained tungsten produced by ECAP is discussed.

  20. Biomarker as a Research Tool in Linking Exposure to Air Particles and Respiratory Health

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    Some of the environmental toxicants from air pollution include particulate matter (PM10), fine particulate matter (PM2.5), and ultrafine particles (UFP). Both short- and long-term exposure could result in various degrees of respiratory health outcomes among exposed persons, which rely on the individuals' health status. Methods. In this paper, we highlight a review of the studies that have used biomarkers to understand the association between air particles exposure and the development of respiratory problems resulting from the damage in the respiratory system. Data from previous epidemiological studies relevant to the application of biomarkers in respiratory system damage reported from exposure to air particles are also summarized. Results. Based on these analyses, the findings agree with the hypothesis that biomarkers are relevant in linking harmful air particles concentrations to increased respiratory health effects. Biomarkers are used in epidemiological studies to provide an understanding of the mechanisms that follow airborne particles exposure in the airway. However, application of biomarkers in epidemiological studies of health effects caused by air particles in both environmental and occupational health is inchoate. Conclusion. Biomarkers unravel the complexity of the connection between exposure to air particles and respiratory health. PMID:25984536

  1. Titanium dioxide nanoparticles: some aspects of toxicity/focus on the development.

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    Rollerova, E; Tulinska, J; Liskova, A; Kuricova, M; Kovriznych, J; Mlynarcikova, A; Kiss, A; Scsukova, S

    2015-01-01

    Nanosized titanium dioxide (TiO2) particles belong to the most widely manufactured nanoparticles (NPs) on a global scale because of their photocatalytic properties and the related surface effects. TiO2 NPs are in the top five NPs used in consumer products. Ultrafine TiO2 is widely used in the number of applications, including white pigment in paint, ceramics, food additive, food packaging material, sunscreens, cosmetic creams, and, component of surgical implants. Data evidencing rapid distribution, slow or ineffective elimination, and potential long-time tissue accumulation are especially important for the human risk assessment of ultrafine TiO2 and represent new challenges to more responsibly investigate potential adverse effects by the action of TiO2 NPs considering their ubiquitous exposure in various doses. Transport of ultrafine TiO2 particles in systemic circulation and further transition through barriers, especially the placental and blood-brain ones, are well documented. Therefore, from the developmental point of view, there is a raising concern in the exposure to TiO2 NPs during critical windows, in the pregnancy or the lactation period, and the fact that human mothers, women and men in fertile age and last but not least children may be exposed to high cumulative doses. In this review, toxicokinetics and particularly toxicity of TiO2 NPs in relation to the developing processes, oriented mainly on the development of the central nervous system, are discussed Keywords: nanoparticles, nanotoxicity, nanomaterials, titanium dioxide, reproductive toxicity, developmental toxicity, blood brain barrier, placental barrier. PMID:25960011

  2. Ultrafine powders of TiN and AlN produced by a reactive gas evaporation technique with electron beam heating

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    Iwama, Saburo; Hayakawa, Kenji; Arizumi, Tetsuya

    1982-01-01

    Ultrafine powders of TiN and AlN are produced by evaporating Ti and Al in a low pressure of NH 3 or N 2 gas by using electron beam heating. Powders produced are studied by means of electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction method. Both powders are confirmed to be pure nitride with cubic crystal structure for TiN and hexagonal for AlN, and to have a particle size less than 10 nm. The formation process of the nitride powder by the present method can be summarized as follows; (1) surface nitridation of the source materials, (2) vaporization of the nitride and (3) condensation into the nitride particles.

  3. Development and Demonstration of a Computational Tool for the Analysis of Particle Vitiation Effects in Hypersonic Propulsion Test Facilities

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    Perkins, Hugh Douglas

    2010-01-01

    In order to improve the understanding of particle vitiation effects in hypersonic propulsion test facilities, a quasi-one dimensional numerical tool was developed to efficiently model reacting particle-gas flows over a wide range of conditions. Features of this code include gas-phase finite-rate kinetics, a global porous-particle combustion model, mass, momentum and energy interactions between phases, and subsonic and supersonic particle drag and heat transfer models. The basic capabilities of this tool were validated against available data or other validated codes. To demonstrate the capabilities of the code a series of computations were performed for a model hypersonic propulsion test facility and scramjet. Parameters studied were simulated flight Mach number, particle size, particle mass fraction and particle material.

  4. Development and use of radiation detection technology for buried seabed particles.

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    Cassidy, Jim; Toole, Joe

    2007-09-01

    From the initial 1997 diver-based gamma survey of the seabed sediments offshore of Dounreay, there has been continuous development of instrumentation and techniques. The initial contract surveyed randomly chosen areas, to ascertain if any particles were indeed present, since they had been found on the Dounreay foreshore in previous years. In total 34 particles were located and recovered. The period 1998-2002 saw further diver-based surveys using more sensitive and better designed detection systems. A towed system incorporating the same detectors was also deployed, covering extensive areas of the seabed. Throughout this period a more detailed understanding of particle dispersion emerged. The primary source of particles was identified as the old diffuser, with evidence for a dispersion plume heading north-east. In late 2002, Fathoms selected a gamma spectrometry system for trial and evaluation for possible future subsea deployment. The positive results led to a field trial being awarded by UKAEA for deployment of a stationary platform with a 7.8 cm x 7.8 cm NaI detector on the seabed at various offshore locations. This trial identified particles by their 137Cs photopeak and delivered the explanation for the gamma activity banding in the 'anomalous' zone. This successful trial led in 2004 to a joint Fathoms/UKAEA lab trial of the SAM-935 system of the larger 10 cm x 10 cm x 40 cm NaI crystal, inside a marinising unit. These proved to be fit for purpose and UKAEA tasked Fathoms to deliver in 2004 a tracked remotely operated vehicle (ROV) capable of deploying the larger detectors to allow gamma mapping of seabed sediments, up to a maximum depth of 100 m. Preliminary results of the 2005 ROV work are presented. PMID:17768315

  5. Method development and validation for measuring the particle size distribution of pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) powders.

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    Young, Sharissa Gay

    2005-09-01

    Currently, the critical particle properties of pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) that influence deflagration-to-detonation time in exploding bridge wire detonators (EBW) are not known in sufficient detail to allow development of a predictive failure model. The specific surface area (SSA) of many PETN powders has been measured using both permeametry and gas absorption methods and has been found to have a critical effect on EBW detonator performance. The permeametry measure of SSA is a function of particle shape, packed bed pore geometry, and particle size distribution (PSD). Yet there is a general lack of agreement in PSD measurements between laboratories, raising concerns regarding collaboration and complicating efforts to understand changes in EBW performance related to powder properties. Benchmarking of data between laboratories that routinely perform detailed PSD characterization of powder samples and the determination of the most appropriate method to measure each PETN powder are necessary to discern correlations between performance and powder properties and to collaborate with partnering laboratories. To this end, a comparison was made of the PSD measured by three laboratories using their own standard procedures for light scattering instruments. Three PETN powder samples with different surface areas and particle morphologies were characterized. Differences in bulk PSD data generated by each laboratory were found to result from variations in sonication of the samples during preparation. The effect of this sonication was found to depend on particle morphology of the PETN samples, being deleterious to some PETN samples and advantageous for others in moderation. Discrepancies in the submicron-sized particle characterization data were related to an instrument-specific artifact particular to one laboratory. The type of carrier fluid used by each laboratory to suspend the PETN particles for the light scattering measurement had no consistent effect on the resulting PSD data. Finally, the SSA of the three powders was measured using both permeametry and gas absorption methods, enabling the PSD to be linked to the SSA for these PETN powders. Consistent characterization of other PETN powders can be performed using the appropriate sample-specific preparation method, so that future studies can accurately identify the effect of changes in the PSD on the SSA and ultimately model EBW performance.

  6. A New Approach to an Efficient and Low-Cost Solid Solar Cell by Employing a Semiconductor Coated with Ultrafine Metal Islands

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    Nakato, Yoshihiro; Nishiura, Shinji; Oshika, Hironori; Tsubomura, Hiroshi

    1989-02-01

    Solar cells based on a new junction, “transparent conductor/thin insulator having ultrafine conductive channels/semiconductor” (C/IC/S), are proposed. This proposal is based on our previous finding that photoelectrochemical cells made of semiconductor electrodes covered with very fine metal islands generate remarkably high photovoltages. A solid-state cell was constructed by depositing platinum islands on n-type silicon, oxidizing the naked part, and depositing a thin gold film above it. The result proved the effectiveness of the metal islands, leading to the development of silicon solar cells of a new type having high conversion efficiencies.

  7. A new approach to an efficient and low-cost solid solar cell by employing a semiconductor coated with ultrafine metal islands

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    Nakato, Yoshihiro; Nishiura, Shinji; Oshika, Hironori; Tsubomura, Hiroshi

    1989-02-01

    Solar cells based on a new junction, 'transparent conductor/thin insulator having ultrafine conductive channels/semiconductor', are proposed. This proposal is based on a previous finding suggesting that photoelectrochemical cells made of semiconductor electrodes covered with very fine metal islands generate remarkably high photovoltages. A solid-state cell was constructed by depositing platinum islands on n-type silicon, oxidizing the naked part, and depositing a thin gold film above it. The result proved the effectiveness of the metal islands, leading to the development of silicon solar cells of a new type having high conversion efficiencies.

  8. High throughput screening of particle conditioning operations: I. System design and method development.

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    Noyes, Aaron; Huffman, Ben; Godavarti, Ranga; Titchener-Hooker, Nigel; Coffman, Jonathan; Sunasara, Khurram; Mukhopadhyay, Tarit

    2015-08-01

    The biotech industry is under increasing pressure to decrease both time to market and development costs. Simultaneously, regulators are expecting increased process understanding. High throughput process development (HTPD) employs small volumes, parallel processing, and high throughput analytics to reduce development costs and speed the development of novel therapeutics. As such, HTPD is increasingly viewed as integral to improving developmental productivity and deepening process understanding. Particle conditioning steps such as precipitation and flocculation may be used to aid the recovery and purification of biological products. In this first part of two articles, we describe an ultra scale-down system (USD) for high throughput particle conditioning (HTPC) composed of off-the-shelf components. The apparatus is comprised of a temperature-controlled microplate with magnetically driven stirrers and integrated with a Tecan liquid handling robot. With this system, 96 individual reaction conditions can be evaluated in parallel, including downstream centrifugal clarification. A comprehensive suite of high throughput analytics enables measurement of product titer, product quality, impurity clearance, clarification efficiency, and particle characterization. HTPC at the 1?mL scale was evaluated with fermentation broth containing a vaccine polysaccharide. The response profile was compared with the Pilot-scale performance of a non-geometrically similar, 3?L reactor. An engineering characterization of the reactors and scale-up context examines theoretical considerations for comparing this USD system with larger scale stirred reactors. In the second paper, we will explore application of this system to industrially relevant vaccines and test different scale-up heuristics. Biotechnol. Bioeng. 2015;112: 1554-1567. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:25728932

  9. Comparison of four mobility particle sizers with different time resolution for stationary exposure measurements

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    Christof Asbach; Heinz Kaminski; Heinz Fissan; Christian Monz; Dirk Dahmann; Sonja Mülhopt; Hanns R. Paur; Heinz J. Kiesling; Friedhelm Herrmann; Matthias Voetz; Thomas A. J. Kuhlbusch

    2009-01-01

    Exposure to airborne ultrafine and nanoparticles has raised increased interest over the recent years as they may cause adverse\\u000a health effects. A common way to quantify exposure to airborne particles is to measure particle number size distributions through\\u000a electrical mobility analysis. Four mobility particle sizers have been subject to a detailed intercomparison study, a TSI Fast\\u000a Mobility Particle Sizer (FMPS),

  10. Emerging Issues in Nanoparticle Aerosol Science and Technology Workshop report sponsored by: NSF, Southern California Particle Center and UCLA

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    Jimenez, Jose-Luis

    has responsibility for nuclear reactor safety which includes emissions of radioactive particles in reactor accidents and NIST plays a role in pro- viding primary calibration standards for particle size space and by emissions from solid fuel rockets, (7) control of workplace exposure to ultrafine aerosols

  11. Enabling tablet product development of 5-fluorocytosine through integrated crystal and particle engineering.

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    Perumalla, Sathyanarayana Reddy; Sun, Changquan Calvin

    2014-04-01

    The antifungal drug, 5-fluorocytosine (FC), is marketed as a capsule (250 or 500 mg strength) instead of the preferred tablet dosage form. Through systematic characterization of solid-state properties, including mechanical properties, we identify tabletability and poor physical stability of FC as the problems that likely have prevented the successful development of a FC tablet product. We then design an FC oxalate 2:1 salt (FCOXA21), based on established relationship between crystal structure and properties, to address these deficient properties. FCOXA21 is subsequently used to develop a direct compression tablet product using predictive and material-sparing powder characterization tools, that is, ring shear cell for powder flowability and compaction simulator for powder tabletability. The initial tablet formulation, which contains 84.5% (wt %) FCOXA21, exhibits excellent tabletability but inadequate flowability. We solve the powder flowability problem through controlling the particle size of FCOXA21. A batch of FCOXA21 tablets (500 mg FC equivalent dose) is then prepared. Finally, systematic evaluation on tablet weight variation, content uniformity, friability, and dissolution using standard methods confirms the commercial manufacturability of FC tablets. Through this work, we have demonstrated the potential of integrated crystal and particle engineering in expediting the development of tablet products of challenging drugs using the economical direct compression process. PMID:24515970

  12. Development of test particle module for impurity generation and transport in BOUT++ framework

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    Xiao, Xiaotao; Xu, Xueqiao

    2014-10-01

    Developing the test particle module in BOUT++ framework is the first step to enhance its capability to simulate impurity generation and transport in edge plasmas, which potentially can be extended to efficiently simulate both turbulence and neoclassical physics in realistic geometry. The motion of impurity charged particles are governed by guiding-center (GC) equations in the presence of turbulent electromagnetic fields. The GC equations are the well-known Hamiltonian guiding center equation given by Littlejohn, Boozer, White and others. The Fourth-order Runge-Kutta algorithm is used to advance the GC equations in time. In order easily to couple with BOUT++ fluid module, the same field aligned coordinates are used except near the region close to X-point. The bilinear interpolation is used to interpolate 3D fluid turbulent electromagnetic fields from grid points to particle positions. The calculated orbits in equilibrium configuration are checked to conserve constants of motion. The various guiding-center orbits in divertor configuration under BOUT++ framework are demonstrated and benchmarked. Then spatial distribution of impurities in edge plasmas from given sources at the divertor plates and at the protection limiters near RF antennas is obtained in given background plasma. This work was performed for USDOE by LLNL under DE-AC52-07NA27344, LLNL LDRD project 12-ERD-022 and the China Natural Science Foundation under Contract No. 11105185.

  13. Development of Thermal Spraying and Coating Techniques by Using Thixotropic Slurries Including Metals and Ceramics Particles

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    Kirihara, S.; Itakura, Y.; Tasaki, S.

    2013-03-01

    Thermal nanoparticles coating and microlines patterning were newly developed as novel technologies to fabricate fine ceramics layers and geometrical intermetallics patterns for mechanical properties modulations of practical alloys substrates. Nanometer sized alumina particles were dispersed into acrylic liquid resins, and the obtained slurries were sputtered by using compressed air jet. The slurry mists could blow into the arc plasma with argon gas spraying. On stainless steels substrates, the fine surface layers with high wear resistance were formed. In cross sectional microstructures of the coated layers, micromater sized cracks or pores were not observed. Subsequently, pure aluminum particles were dispersed into photo solidified acrylic resins, and the slurry was spread on the stainless steel substrates by using a mechanical knife blade. On the substrates, microline patterns with self similar fractal structures were drawn and fixed by using scanning of an ultra violet laser beam. The patterned pure metal particles were heated by the argon arc plasma spray assisting, and the intermetallics or alloys phases with high hardness were created through reaction diffusions. Microstructures in the coated layers and the patterned lines were observed by using a scanning electron microscopy.

  14. Development of new polysilsesquioxane spherical particles as stabilized active ingredients for sunscreens

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    Tolbert, Stephanie Helene

    Healthy skin is a sign of positive self-worth, attractiveness and vitality. Compromises to this are frequently caused by extended periods of recreation in the sun and in turn exposure to the harmful effects of UV radiation. To maintain strength and integrity, protection of the skin is paramount. This can be achieved by implementing skin-care products which contain sunscreen active ingredients that provide UV protection. Unfortunately, photo-degradation, toxicity, and photo-allergies limit the effectiveness of present day sunscreen ingredients. Currently, this is moderated by physically embedding within inert silica particles, but leaching of the active ingredient can occur, thereby negating protective efforts. Alternatively, this research details the preparation and investigation of bridged silsesquioxane analogues of commercial ingredients which can be chemically grafted to the silica matrix. Studies with bridged salicylate particles detail facile preparation, minimized leaching, and enhanced UV stability over physically encapsulated and pendant salicylate counterparts. In terms of UVB protective ability, the highest maintenance of sun protection factor (SPF) after extended UV exposure was achieved with bridged incorporation, and has been attributed to corollary UV stability. Additionally, bridged salicylate particles can be classified as broad-spectrum, and rate from moderate to good in terms of UVA protective ability. Particles incorporated with a bridged curcuminoid silsesquioxane were also prepared and displayed comparable results. As such, an attractive method for sunscreen isolation and stabilization has been developed to eliminate the problems associated with current sunscreens, all while maintaining the established UV absorbance profiles of the parent compound. To appreciate the technology utilized in this research, a thorough understanding of sol-gel science as it pertains to hybrid organic/silica particles, including methods of organic fragment incorporation and insight on the effect of incorporation method on ingredient leaching and UV stability, is vital. This was afforded by analysis of hybrid fluorescent dansyl particles, prepared by both O/W microemulsion polymerization and a modified Stober process, which detailed that covalent entrapment of bridged dansyl silsesquioxane is the incorporation method of choice to ensure minimized leaching and enhanced UV stability. As such, use of this method can provide exciting applications in fields where stability and retainment of the embedded ingredient is paramount for efficacy.

  15. Development of a Lorentzian-Function Approximation Utilizing in the - Particle-Induced Nonresonant Reaction Rate

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    He, J. J.; Li, L.; Hu, J.; Zhang, L. Y.; Xu, S. W.; Yu, X. Q.; Liu, M. L.

    A development has been made for the charged-particle-induced nonresonant reaction-rate equations. The forms of reaction-rate equations for nonresonant and resonant reactions have been united in a frame of Lorentzian-Function Approximation (LFA) mathematically. In the frame of LFA, the nonresonant reaction taken place within the Gamow window can be considered, in form, as a "resonance" reaction with a full width at half maximum (FWHM, ?nr) equal to the 1/e width (?) in a well-known Gaussian-Function Approximation (GFA).

  16. Combustion-derived flame generated ultrafine soot generates reactive oxygen species and activates Nrf2 antioxidants differently in neonatal and adult rat lungs

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    2013-01-01

    Background Urban particulate matter (PM) has been epidemiologically correlated with multiple cardiopulmonary morbidities and mortalities, in sensitive populations. Children exposed to PM are more likely to develop respiratory infections and asthma. Although PM originates from natural and anthropogenic sources, vehicle exhaust rich in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) can be a dominant contributor to the PM2.5 and PM0.1 fractions and has been implicated in the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Objectives Current studies of ambient PM are confounded by the variable nature of PM, so we utilized a previously characterized ethylene-combusted premixed flame particles (PFP) with consistent and reproducible physiochemical properties and 1) measured the oxidative potential of PFP compared to ambient PM, 2) determined the ability of PFPs to generate oxidative stress and activate the transcription factor using in vitro and ex vivo models, and 3) we correlated these responses with antioxidant enzyme expression in vivo. Methods We compared oxidative stress response (HMOX1) and antioxidant enzyme (SOD1, SOD2, CAT, and PRDX6) expression in vivo by performing a time-course study in 7-day old neonatal and young adult rats exposed to a single 6-hour exposure to 22.4 ?g/m3 PFPs. Results We showed that PFP is a potent ROS generator that induces oxidative stress and activates Nrf2. Induction of the oxidative stress responsive enzyme HMOX1 in vitro was mediated through Nrf2 activation and was variably upregulated in both ages. Furthermore, antioxidant enzyme expression had age and lung compartment variations post exposure. Of particular interest was SOD1, which had mRNA and protein upregulation in adult parenchyma, but lacked a similar response in neonates. Conclusions We conclude that PFPs are effective ROS generators, comparable to urban ambient PM2.5, that induce oxidative stress in neonatal and adult rat lungs. PFPs upregulate a select set of antioxidant enzymes in young adult animals, that are unaffected in neonates. We conclude that the inability of neonatal animals to upregulate the antioxidant response may, in part, explain enhanced their susceptibility to ultrafine particles, such as PFP. PMID:23902943

  17. Lung response to ultrafine Kevlar aramid synthetic fibrils following 2-year inhalation exposure in rats.

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    Lee, K P; Kelly, D P; O'Neal, F O; Stadler, J C; Kennedy, G L

    1988-07-01

    Four groups of 100 male and 100 female rats were exposed to ultrafine Kevlar fibrils at concentrations of 0, 2.5, 25, and 100 fibrils/cc for 6 hr/day, 5 days/week for 2 years. One group was exposed to 400 fibrils/cc for 1 year and allowed to recover for 1 year. At 2.5 fibrils/cc, the lungs had normal alveolar architecture with a few dust-laden macrophages (dust cell response) in the alveolar airspaces. At 25 fibrils/cc, the lungs showed a dust cell response, slight Type II pneumocyte hyperplasia, alveolar bronchiolarization, and a negligible amount of collagenized fibrosis in the alveolar duct region. At 100 fibrils/cc, the same pulmonary responses were seen as at 25 fibrils/cc. In addition, cystic keratinizing squamous cell carcinoma (CKSCC) was found in 4 female rats, but not in male rats. Female rats had more prominent foamy alveolar macrophages, cholesterol granulomas, and alveolar bronchiolarization. These pulmonary lesions were related to the development of CKSCC. The lung tumors were derived from metaplastic squamous cells in areas of alveolar bronchiolarization. At 400 fibrils/cc following 1 year of recovery, the lung dust content, average fiber length, and the pulmonary lesions were markedly reduced, but slight centriacinar emphysema and minimal collagenized fibrosis were found in the alveolar duct region. One male and 6 female rats developed CKSCC. The lung tumors were a unique type of experimentally induced tumors in the rats and have not been seen as spontaneous tumors in man or animals. Therefore, the relevance of this type of lung tumor to the human situation is minimal. PMID:3209007

  18. Electrical resistivity of ultrafine-grained copper with nanoscale growth twins

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    X. H. Chen; L. Lu; K. Lu

    2007-01-01

    We have investigated electrical resistivities of high-purity ultrafine-grained Cu containing different concentrations of nanoscale growth twins, but having identical grain size. The samples were synthesized by pulsed electrodeposition, wherein the density of twins was varied systematically by adjusting the processing parameters. The electrical resistivity of the Cu specimen with a twin spacing of 15 nm at room temperature (RT) is

  19. Toughening of polypropylene by combined rubber system of ultrafine full-vulcanized powdered rubber and SBS

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    Yiqun Liu; Xiaohong Zhang; Jianming Gao; Fan Huang; Banghui Tan; Genshuan Wei; Jinliang Qiao

    2004-01-01

    A combined rubber system of ultrafine full-vulcanized powdered rubber (UFPR) and SBS was used for polypropylene toughening. The PP toughened with the combined rubber system shows not only higher impact strength as compared to each rubber component used alone but also good stiffness and heat resistance. Crystallization study shows that the UFPR is more efficient in promoting the crystallization of

  20. Seasonal variability of ultra-fine metals downwind of a heavily traveled secondary road

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    Cahill, Thomas A.; Barnes, David E.; Spada, Nicholas J.

    2014-09-01

    Since 2002, we have been studying the impact of a heavily traveled secondary road on an adjacent downwind school located at a stop light controlled intersection. The prior studies were all performed in winter conditions with typically strong inversions, but established significant PM2.5 impacts on the school roughly in accord with theoretical models and the relevant literature. In this project, we have enhanced this effort by extending the study from winter to summer, and adding compositionally-resolved ultra-fine aerosol measurements. Ultra-fine aerosols, including metals derived from both brake wear and zinc in lubricating oil, were present at high concentrations in winter downwind of the roadway but absent at a residential site 500 m upwind. Their concentrations faded to minor levels in spring and early summer, while coarse roadway resuspended dust increased in that period. A comparison of ultra-fine measurements in downtown Sacramento and other California Central Valley sites indicates that these traffic derived aerosols are widely present in urban areas impacted by heavy traffic, freeways and secondary streets, especially where heavy braking is occurring. The potential for health impacts of ultra-fine metals associated with cars braking and accelerating in inversion conditions is a serious health concern based on recent epidemiological studies.

  1. Ultrafine-grain-sized zirconium by dynamic deformation , J.-M. Gebert b

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    Meyers, Marc A.

    Ultrafine-grain-sized zirconium by dynamic deformation B.K. Kad a , J.-M. Gebert b , M.T. Perez A polycrystalline zirconium alloy (Zircadine 702, containing 0.7% Hf) was subjected to high plastic strains (shear deformation; Zirconium; Dynamic deformation 1. Introduction Polycrystalline metals with grain sizes

  2. Ultrafine-grained magnetite in deep-sea sediments: Possible bacterial magnetofossils

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    Kirschvink, Joseph L.

    -562, September 1984 sea sediments. Extant bacteria have been found living in both marine and freshwater559 Ultrafine-grained magnetite in deep-sea sediments: Possible bacterial magnetofossils Joseph L crystals to be separated from a variety of deep-sea sediments. Morphologic characterization

  3. Ultrafine sodium titanate nanowires with extraordinary sr ion-exchange properties.

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    Ishikawa, Yoshifumi; Tsukimoto, Susumu; Nakayama, Koji S; Asao, Naoki

    2015-05-13

    Ultrafine sodium titanate nanowires are produced from TiAl alloy precursors via a nonthermal process where Al leaching and Ti oxidation occur simultaneously in an alkaline medium. The obtained nanowires demonstrate a layered crystal structure with a diameter of a few nanometers and exhibit remarkable Sr ion-exchange properties. PMID:25872867

  4. Method for producing ultrafine-grained materials using repetitive corrugation and straightening

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    Zhu, Yuntian T. (Los Alamos, NM); Lowe, Terry C. (Santa Fe, NM); Jiang, Honggang (Los Alamos, NM); Huang, Jianyu (Los Alamos, NM)

    2001-01-01

    A method of refining the grain structure and improving the hardness and strength properties of a metal or metal alloy workpiece is disclosed. The workpiece is subjected to forces that corrugate and then straighten the workpiece. These steps are repeated until an ultrafine-grained product having improved hardness and strength is produced.

  5. Principle of equal-channel angular pressing for the processing of ultra-fine grained materials

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    Yoshinori Iwahashi; Jingtao Wang; Zenji Horita; Minoru Nemoto; Terence G. Langdon

    1996-01-01

    Considerable interest has centered recently on the processing of materials with ultra-fine grain sizes, typically <100 nm. These materials may be prepared by various techniques including gas condensation and subsequent in situ consolidation under high vacuum, high energy ball milling and sliding wear. Alternatively, it has been shown that submicrometer-grained structures may be produced in a wide range of materials

  6. Controlled Exposure of Humans with Metabolic Syndrome to Concentrated Ultrafine Ambient Particulate Matter Causes Cardiovascular Effects

    EPA Science Inventory

    Background: Many studies have reported associations between PM2.5 and adverse cardiovascular effects. However there is increased concern that ultrafine PM (aerodynamic diameter less than 0.1 micron) may be disproportionately toxic relative to the 0.1 to 2.5 micron fraction of PM2...

  7. Corrosion fatigue behavior of a biocompatible ultrafine-grained niobium alloy in simulated body fluid

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    F. Rubitschek; T. Niendorf; I. Karaman; H. J. Maier

    The present study reports on the corrosion fatigue behavior of ultrafine-grained (UFG) Niobium 2 wt-% Zirconium (NbZr) alloy in simulated body fluid (SBF). The alloy was processed using multipass equal channel angular processing at room temperature, resulting in a favorable combination of high strength and ductility along with superior biocompatibility and excellent corrosion resistance. Electrochemical measurements revealed stable passive behavior

  8. Sintering characteristics of Fe and FeCo alloy ultrafine powders

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    Y. Sakka; T. Uchikoshi; E. Ozawa

    1993-01-01

    Sintering characteristics of three kinds of iron and FeCo alloy ultrafine powders (UFPs) in vacuum and a hydrogen atmosphere were examined by continuously measuring their dimensions, and observing their structural changes. The UFPs exposed to air contain mixtures of oxide and hydroxide phases. The oxide phase increased during heating in vacuum. The compacts of the UFPs shrunk slightly at temperatures

  9. Processing and quality of cashmere tops for ultrafine wool worsted blend fabrics

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    B. A. McGregor; R. Postle

    2004-01-01

    This study has focussed on three main areas. First, an evaluation of the physical attributes of cashmere tops available to commercial spinners; second, the influence of processing variables on the efficiency of producing cashmere tops from raw Australian cashmere; and third, the influence of design of cashmere ultrafine wool blends on the fibre curvature of tops. Testing the physical attributes

  10. GENERATION OF ULTRA-FINE EUTECTIC MICROSTRUCTURES IN AS-SOLIDIFIED METALS

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    Floreano, Dario

    undercooling competition observed is confirmed by directional solidification and samples solidifiedGENERATION OF ULTRA-FINE EUTECTIC MICROSTRUCTURES IN AS-SOLIDIFIED METALS Étienne Landry-Désy1 Al-Cu-Si sample (600 µm thick) 2 1 DECREASING COOLING RATE The liquid directly contacting the cold

  11. DESIGN AND CHARACTERIZATION OF AN ULTRAFINE COAL ASH AEROSOL GENERATOR FOR DIRECT ANIMAL EXPOSURE STUDIES

    EPA Science Inventory

    Primary ultrafine particulate matter (PM) is produced during pulverized coal combustion by the nucleation and heterogeneous condensation of vapor-phase species. This differs from the mechanisms that control the formation of the supermicron fly ash that is heavily influenced by t...

  12. Development of a grain boundary pinning model that considers particle size distribution using the phase field method

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    Tonks, Michael R.; Zhang, Yongfeng; Butterfield, Aaron; Bai, Xian-Ming

    2015-06-01

    In this work, we expand a grain boundary (GB) pinning model that considers a range of different spatial distributions of particles to also account for a distribution of particle sizes. We begin by developing a phase field model that describes GB and pore interactions and verify it by comparing to molecular dynamics simulations. We then develop an analytical pinning model that considers the impact of the particle size distribution, in terms of the mean and standard deviation of the particle radius. The analytical model is verified by comparing to simulation results of our phase field model and those of a simple Monte Carlo model. A significant finding from the model is that the mean value of the resistive pressure decreases with increasing standard deviation of the particle radius.

  13. Developmental Exposure to Concentrated Ambient Ultrafine Particulate Matter Air Pollution in Mice Results in Persistent and Sex-Dependent Behavioral Neurotoxicity and Glial Activation

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    Allen, Joshua L.; Liu, Xiufang; Weston, Douglas; Prince, Lisa; Oberdörster, Günter; Finkelstein, Jacob N.; Johnston, Carl J.; Cory-Slechta, Deborah A.

    2014-01-01

    The brain appears to be a target of air pollution. This study aimed to further ascertain behavioral and neurobiological mechanisms of our previously observed preference for immediate reward (Allen, J. L., Conrad, K., Oberdorster, G., Johnston, C. J., Sleezer, B., and Cory-Slechta, D. A. (2013). Developmental exposure to concentrated ambient particles and preference for immediate reward in mice. Environ. Health Perspect. 121, 32–38), a phenotype consistent with impulsivity, in mice developmentally exposed to inhaled ultrafine particles. It examined the impact of postnatal and/or adult concentrated ambient ultrafine particles (CAPS) or filtered air on another behavior thought to reflect impulsivity, Fixed interval (FI) schedule-controlled performance, and extended the assessment to learning/memory (novel object recognition (NOR)), and locomotor activity to assist in understanding behavioral mechanisms of action. In addition, levels of brain monoamines and amino acids, and markers of glial presence and activation (GFAP, IBA-1) were assessed in mesocorticolimbic brain regions mediating these cognitive functions. This design produced four treatment groups/sex of postnatal/adult exposure: Air/Air, Air/CAPS, CAPS/Air, and CAPS/CAPS. FI performance was adversely influenced by CAPS/Air in males, but by Air/CAPS in females, effects that appeared to reflect corresponding changes in brain mesocorticolimbic dopamine/glutamate systems that mediate FI performance. Both sexes showed impaired short-term memory on the NOR. Mechanistically, cortical and hippocampal changes in amino acids raised the potential for excitotoxicity, and persistent glial activation was seen in frontal cortex and corpus callosum of both sexes. Collectively, neurodevelopment and/or adulthood CAPS can produce enduring and sex-dependent neurotoxicity. Although mechanisms of these effects remain to be fully elucidated, findings suggest that neurodevelopment and/or adulthood air pollution exposure may represent a significant underexplored risk factor for central nervous system diseases/disorders and thus a significant public health threat even beyond current appreciation. PMID:24690596

  14. Using Image Pro Plus Software to Develop Particle Mapping on Genesis Solar Wind Collector Surfaces

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    Rodriquez, Melissa C.; Allton, J. H.; Burkett, P. J.

    2012-01-01

    The continued success of the Genesis mission science team in analyzing solar wind collector array samples is partially based on close collaboration of the JSC curation team with science team members who develop cleaning techniques and those who assess elemental cleanliness at the levels of detection. The goal of this collaboration is to develop a reservoir of solar wind collectors of known cleanliness to be available to investigators. The heart and driving force behind this effort is Genesis mission PI Don Burnett. While JSC contributes characterization, safe clean storage, and benign collector cleaning with ultrapure water (UPW) and UV ozone, Burnett has coordinated more exotic and rigorous cleaning which is contributed by science team members. He also coordinates cleanliness assessment requiring expertise and instruments not available in curation, such as XPS, TRXRF [1,2] and synchrotron TRXRF. JSC participates by optically documenting the particle distributions as cleaning steps progress. Thus, optical document supplements SEM imaging and analysis, and elemental assessment by TRXRF.

  15. Development of the particle inflow gun for DNA delivery to plant cells

    Microsoft Academic Search

    John J. Finer; Philippe Vain; Mark W. Jones; Michael D. McMullen

    1992-01-01

    Summary A simple and inexpensive particle bombardment device was constructed for delivery of DNA to plant cells. The Particle Inflow Gun (PIG) is based on acceleration of DNA-coated tungsten particles using pressurized helium in combination with a partial vacuum. The particles are accelerated directly in a helium stream rather than being supported by a macrocarrier. Bombardment parameters were partially optimized

  16. Experiments Measuring Particle Deposition from Fully Developed Turbulent Flow in Ventilation Ducts

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    Mark R. Sippola; William W. Nazaroff

    2004-01-01

    Particle deposition in ventilation ducts influences particle exposures of building occupants and may lead to a variety of indoor air quality concerns. Experiments have been performed in a laboratory to study the effects of particle size and air speed on deposition rates of particles from turbulent air flows in galvanized steel and internally insulated ducts with hydraulic diameters of 15.2

  17. Processing, mechanical behavior and biocompatibility of ultrafine grained zirconium fabricated by accumulative roll bonding

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    Jiang, Ling

    The aim of this study is to produce large quantities of bulk zirconium with an ultrafine grained microstructure and with enhanced properties. Accumulative roll bonding (ARB), a severe plastic deformation technique based on rolling, is chosen due to its availability in industrial environment. The texture, microstructure and mechanical behavior of bulk ultrafine grained (ufg) Zr fabricated by accumulative roll bonding is investigated by electron backscatter diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and mechanical testing. A reasonably homogeneous and equiaxed ufg structure, with a large fraction of high angle boundaries (HABs, ˜70%), can be obtained in Zr after only two ARB cycles. The average grain size, counting only HABs (theta>15°), is 400 nm. (Sub)grain size is equal to 320 nm. The yield stress and ultimate tensile stress (UTS) values are nearly double those from conventionally processed Zr with only a slight loss of ductility. Optimum processing conditions include large thickness reductions per pass (˜75%), which enhance grain refinement, and a rolling temperature (T ˜ 0.3Tm) at which a sufficient number of slip modes are activated, with an absence of significant grain growth. Grain refinement takes place by geometrical thinning and grain subdivision by the formation of geometrically necessary boundaries. The formation of equiaxed grains by geometric dynamic recrystallization is facilitated by enhanced diffusion due to adabatic heating. Optical microscopy examination and shear testing suggest accepted bonding quality compared to that achieved in materials processed by diffusion bonding and that obtained in other ARB studies. Biocompatibility of ultrafine grained Zr processed by large strain rolling is studied by evaluating the behavior of human osteoblast cells. It is suggested that ultrafine grained Zr has a similar good biocompatibility as Ti6Al4V alloy and conventional Zr with a large grain size have. The improved mechanical properties together with an excellent biocompatibility make ultrafine grained Zr a promising biomaterial for surgical implants.

  18. An improved criterion for new particle formation in diverse environments

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    Kuang, C.; Riipinen, I.; Sihto, S.-L.; Kulmala, M.; McCormick, A.; McMurry, P.

    2010-03-15

    A dimensionless theory for new particle formation (NPF) was developed, using an aerosol population balance model incorporating recent developments in nucleation rates and measured particle growth rates. Based on this theoretical analysis, it was shown that a dimensionless parameter Lg, characterizing the ratio of the particle scavenging loss rate to the particle growth rate, exclusively determined whether or not NPF would occur on a particular day. This parameter determines the probability that a nucleated particle will grow to a detectable size before being lost by coagulation with the pre-existing aerosol. Cluster-cluster coagulation was shown to contribute negligibly to this survival probability under conditions pertinent to the atmosphere. Data acquired during intensive measurement campaigns in Tecamac (MILAGRO), Atlanta (ANARChE), Boulder, and Hyytiala (QUEST II, QUEST IV, and EUCAARI) were used to test the validity of Lg as an NPF criterion. Measurements included aerosol size distributions down to 3 nm and gas-phase sulfuric acid concentrations. The model was applied to 77 NPF events and 19 non-events (characterized by growth of pre-existing aerosol without NPF) measured in diverse environments with broad ranges in sulfuric acid concentrations, ultrafine number concentrations, aerosol surface areas, and particle growth rates (nearly two orders of magnitude). Across this diverse data set, a nominal value of Lg = 0.7 was found to determine the boundary for the occurrence of NPF, with NPF occurring when Lg < 0.7 and being suppressed when Lg > 0.7. Moreover, nearly 45% of measured Lg values associated with NPF fell in the relatively narrow range of 0.1 < Lg < 0.3.

  19. Development and characterization of a resistance spot welding aerosol generator and inhalation exposure system.

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    Afshari, Aliakbar; Zeidler-Erdely, Patti C; McKinney, Walter; Chen, Bean T; Jackson, Mark; Schwegler-Berry, Diane; Friend, Sherri; Cumpston, Amy; Cumpston, Jared L; Leonard, H Donny; Meighan, Terence G; Frazer, David G; Antonini, James M

    2014-10-01

    Limited information exists regarding the health risks associated with inhaling aerosols that are generated during resistance spot welding of metals treated with adhesives. Toxicology studies evaluating spot welding aerosols are non-existent. A resistance spot welding aerosol generator and inhalation exposure system was developed. The system was designed by directing strips of sheet metal that were treated with an adhesive to two electrodes of a spot welder. Spot welds were made at a specified distance from each other by a computer-controlled welding gun in a fume collection chamber. Different target aerosol concentrations were maintained within the exposure chamber during a 4-h exposure period. In addition, the exposure system was run in two modes, spark and no spark, which resulted in different chemical profiles and particle size distributions. Complex aerosols were produced that contained both metal particulates and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Size distribution of the particles was multi-modal. The majority of particles were chain-like agglomerates of ultrafine primary particles. The submicron mode of agglomerated particles accounted for the largest portion of particles in terms of particle number. Metal expulsion during spot welding caused the formation of larger, more spherical particles (spatter). These spatter particles appeared in the micron size mode and accounted for the greatest amount of particles in terms of mass. With this system, it is possible to examine potential mechanisms by which spot welding aerosols can affect health, as well as assess which component of the aerosol may be responsible for adverse health outcomes. PMID:25140455

  20. Optical assessment of large marine particles: development of an imaging and analysis system for quantifying large particle distributions and fluxes. Annual report, 1993-1994

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    Walsh, I.D.; Gardner, W.D.

    1994-12-31

    The central goal of DOE`s Ocean Margin Program (OMP) is to determine whether continental shelves are quantitatively significant in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and isolating it via burial in sediments or exporting it to the open ocean (Program Announcement, 1991). A major component of the OMP will be to measure carbon flux on the shelf and across the shelf to the slope and open ocean. In the first round of OMP funding we proposed to develop an optical instrument package and the analytical techniques to measure a wide spectrum of the large aggregate population of particles in the shelf/slope environment. This particle population, encompassing the ``marine snow`` size particles (diameters > 0.5 mm), is thought to be the major pathway of material flux in the ocean (McCave, 1975; Asper, 1987; Walsh and Gardner, 1992). The overall objective of this proposal was to develop an instrument package and the analytical techniques to precisely measure a wide spectrum of the large aggregate population of particles in the shelf/slope environment at a rate sufficient to integrate the observed particle distributions into the coupled physical and biogeochemical models necessary to understand the shelf and slope as a system. We envisioned three stages of development of the instrument package: (1) design, assembly, and laboratory testing of all components and the package as a whole, (2) a short period of laboratory and field testing of the instrument package to determine the best operational parameters, and (3) operations within a framework of complementary analytical sampling such as an appropriate process study funded under the OMP. The first two stages were covered by this proposal. A renewal proposal follows to cover the third stage. 6 figs.