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  1. Propellantless AOCS Design for a 160-m, 450-kg Sailcraft of the Solar Polar Imager Mission

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    Wie, Bong; Thomas, Stephanie; Paluszek, Michael; Murphy, David

    2005-01-01

    An attitude and orbit control system (AOCS) is developed for a 160-m, 450-kg solar sail spacecraft of the Solar Polar Imager (SPI) mission. The SPI mission is one of several Sun- Earth Connections solar sail roadmap missions currently envisioned by NASA. A reference SPI sailcraft consists of a 160-m, 150-kg square solar sail, a 250-kg spacecraft bus, and 50-kg science payloads, The 160-m reference sailcraft has a nominal solar thrust force of 160 mN (at 1 AU), an uncertain center-of-mass/center-of-pressure offset of +/- 0.4 m, and a characteristic acceleration of 0.35 mm/sq s. The solar sail is to be deployed after being placed into an earth escaping orbit by a conventional launch vehicle such as a Delta 11. The SPI sailcraft first spirals inwards from 1 AU to a heliocentric circular orbit at 0.48 AU, followed by a cranking orbit phase to achieve a science mission orbit at a 75-deg inclination, over a total sailing time of 6.6 yr. The solar sail will be jettisoned after achieving the science mission orbit. This paper focuses on the solar sailing phase of the SPI mission, with emphasis on the design of a reference AOCS consisting of a propellantless primary ACS and a microthruster-based secondary (optional) ACS. The primary ACS employs trim control masses running along mast lanyards for pitch/yaw control together with roll stabilizer bars at the mast tips for quadrant tilt (roll) control. The robustness and effectiveness of such a propellantless primary ACS would be enhanced by the secondary ACS which employs tip-mounted, lightweight pulsed plasma thrusters (PPTs). The microPPT-based ACS is mainly intended for attitude recovery maneuvers from off-nominal conditions. A relatively fast, 70-deg pitch reorientation within 3 hrs every half orbit during the orbit cranking phase is shown to be feasible, with the primary ACS, for possible solar observations even during the 5-yr cranking orbit phase.

  2. MicroPPT-Based Secondary/Backup ACS for a 160-m, 450-kg Solar Sail Spacecraft

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    Wie, Bong; Murphy, David

    2005-01-01

    Solar sail tip-mounted, lightweight pulsed plasma thrusters (PPTs) are proposed for a secondary (or backup) attitude control system (ACS) of a 160-m, 450-kg solar sail spacecraft of the Solar Polar Imager (SPI) mission. A propellantless primary ACS of the SPI sailcraft employs trim control masses running along mast lanyards for pitch/yaw control together with roll stabilizer bars at the mast tips for quadrant tilt (roll) control. The robustness of such a propellantless primary ACS would be further enhanced by a secondary ACS utilizing tip-mounted, lightweight PPTs. The microPPT-based ACS is intended mainly for attitude recovery maneuvers from various off-nominal conditions that cannot be reliably handled by the propellantless primary ACS. However, it can also be employed for: i) the checkout or standby mode prior to and during sail deployment, ii) the post-deployment transition mode (prior to the propellantless primary ACS mode operation), iii) the solar sailing cruise mode of a trimmed sailcraft, and iv) the spin-stabilized, sun-pointing, safe mode. Although a conventional bus ACS is required for the SPI mission as the sail is jettisoned at the start of its science mission phase, the microPPT-based ACS option promises greater redundancy and robustness for the SPI mission. For other sailing missions, where the sail is never jettisoned, this secondary ACS provides a lower-cost, lower-mass propulsion for deployment control and greater redundancy than any traditional reaction-jet control system. This paper presents an overview nf the state--of-the--art microPPT technology, the design requirements of microPPTs for solar sail attitude control, and the preliminary ACS design and simulation results.

  3. Plasma Measurement Strategies for Solar Sailcraft

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    Wright, Kenneth H.; Garbe, Greg

    2004-01-01

    Solar sailcraft offer enabling capabilities for achieving future space physics mission objectives. These sailcraft will be the largest platforms that space physics missions will potentially use. The electromagnetic interaction of the sailcraft with the local environment is of keen interest. Plasma measurement strategies for a validation mission and for operational missions are discussed.

  4. Recent Developments in Smart Adaptive Structures for Solar Sailcraft

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    Whorton, M. S.; Kim, Y. K.; Oakley, J.; Adetona, O.; Keel, L. H.

    2007-01-01

    The "Smart Adaptive Structures for Solar Sailcraft" development activity at MSFC has investigated issues associated with understanding how to model and scale the subsystem and multi-body system dynamics of a gossamer solar sailcraft with the objective of designing sailcraft attitude control systems. This research and development activity addressed three key tasks that leveraged existing facilities and core competencies of MSFC to investigate dynamics and control issues of solar sails. Key aspects of this effort included modeling and testing of a 30 m deployable boom; modeling of the multi-body system dynamics of a gossamer sailcraft; investigation of control-structures interaction for gossamer sailcraft; and development and experimental demonstration of adaptive control technologies to mitigate control-structures interaction.

  5. Recent Developments in Smart Adaptive Structures for Solar Sailcraft

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    Worton, M. S.; Kim, Y. K.; Oakley, J.; Adetona, O.; Keel, L. H.

    2007-01-01

    The "Smart Adaptive Structures for Solar Sailcraft" development activity at MSFC has investigated issues associated with understanding how to model and scale the subsystem and multi-body system dynamics of a gossamer solar sailcraft with the objective of designing sailcraft attitude control systems. This research and development activity addressed three key tasks that leveraged existing facilities and core competencies of MSFC to investigate dynamics and control issues of solar sails. Key aspects of this effort included modeling and testing of a 30 m deployable boom; modeling of the multi-body system dynamics of a gossamer sailcraft; investigation of control-structures interaction for gossamer sailcraft; and development and experimental demonstration of adaptive control technologies to mitigate control-structures interaction.

  6. NASA's Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) Project Qualification Propellant Throughput Milestone: Performance, Erosion, and Thruster Service Life Prediction After 450 kg

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    Herman, Daniel A.

    2010-01-01

    The NASA s Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) program is tasked with significantly improving and extending the capabilities of current state-of-the-art NSTAR thruster. The service life capability of the NEXT ion thruster is being assessed by thruster wear test and life-modeling of critical thruster components, such as the ion optics and cathodes. The NEXT Long-Duration Test (LDT) was initiated to validate and qualify the NEXT thruster propellant throughput capability. The NEXT thruster completed the primary goal of the LDT; namely to demonstrate the project qualification throughput of 450 kg by the end of calendar year 2009. The NEXT LDT has demonstrated 28,500 hr of operation and processed 466 kg of xenon throughput--more than double the throughput demonstrated by the NSTAR flight-spare. Thruster performance changes have been consistent with a priori predictions. Thruster erosion has been minimal and consistent with the thruster service life assessment, which predicts the first failure mode at greater than 750 kg throughput. The life-limiting failure mode for NEXT is predicted to be loss of structural integrity of the accelerator grid due to erosion by charge-exchange ions.

  7. The effects of 450 kg surface explosions at the E layer of the ionosphere. Los Alamos Source Region Project

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    Fitzgerald, T.J.; Carlos, R.C.

    1992-10-22

    A network of hf ionospheric sounders consisting of two transmitter and two receiver stations was deployed to detect the effects of acoustic waves generated by surface ground motion following an underground nuclear test (UGT) at the Nevada Test Site. The frequency of the transmissions were chosen so that the hf radio waves were totally reflected in the E layer of the ionosphere at an altitude of approximately 100 km. The transmissions were highly stable cw tones at two frequencies separated by 100 kHz so that two altitudes separated by approximately .5 km could be sensed. The network sampled four geographic locations in the ionosphere ranging from almost directly overhead of the UGT out to a horizontal range of 60 km. The ionospheric sounders detected disturbances on all the paths beginning at approximately 325 s after the UGT which persisted for up to 100 s. These disturbances will be described in detail in a later paper. Shortly after the UGT an extended series of ionospheric disturbances were detected which we ascribe to the arrival of acoustic shock waves at the E layer caused by the surface detonation of ordinance with effective yields of 450 kg of high explosive during an unrelated exercise conducted by the U. S. Air Force at a nearby bombing range. The conjunction of these disturbances produced a direct comparison of the effects of UGT`s and surface explosions in the ionosphere. In this paper we describe the effects produced by the surface explosions and interpret the disturbance in terms of diffraction induced by electron density changes accompanying the passage of the acoustic waves from the explosions through the reflection altitudes.

  8. Development of a Modeling Framework to Support Control Investigations of Sailcraft Missions A First Cut: ABLE Sailcraft Dynamics Model

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    Sarathy, Sriprakash

    2005-01-01

    Solar Sailcraft, the stuff of dreams of the H.G. Wells generation, is now a rapidly maturing reality. The promise of unlimited propulsive power by harnessing stellar radiation is close to realization. Currently, efforts are underway to build, prototype and test two configurations. These sails are designed to meet a 20m sail requirement, under guidance of the In-Space Propulsion (ISP) technology program office at MSFC. While these sails will not fly , they are the first steps in improving our understanding of the processes and phenomena at work. As part of the New Millennium Program (NMP) the ST9 technology validation mission hopes to launch and fly a solar sail by 2010 or sooner. Though the Solar Sail community has been studying and validating various concepts over two decades, it was not until recent breakthroughs in structural and material technology, has made possible to build sails that could be launched. With real sails that can be tested (albeit under earth conditions), the real task of engineering a viable spacecraft has finally commenced. Since it is not possible to accurately or practically recreate the actual operating conditions of the sailcraft (zero-G, vacuum and extremely low temperatures), much of the work has focused on developing accurate models that can be used to predict behavior in space, and for sails that are 6-10 times the size of currently existing sails. Since these models can be validated only with real test data under "earth" conditions, the process of modeling and the identification of uncertainty due to model assumptions and scope need to be closely considered. Sailcraft models that exist currently, are primarily focused on detailed physical representations at the component level, these are intended to support prototyping efforts. System level models that cut across different sail configurations and control concepts while maintaining a consistent approach are non-existent. Much effort has been focused on the areas of thrust performance

  9. A comparative study between control strategies for a solar sailcraft in an Earth-Mars transfer

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    Mainenti-Lopes, I.; Souza, L. C. Gadelha; De Sousa, Fabiano. L.

    2016-10-01

    The goal of this work was a comparative study of solar sail trajectory optimization using different control strategies. Solar sailcraft is propulsion system with great interest in space engineering, since it uses solar radiation to propulsion. So there is no need for propellant to be used, thus it can remains active throughout the entire transfer maneuver. This type of propulsion system opens the possibility to reduce the cost of exploration missions in the solar system. In its simplest configuration, a Flat Solar Sail (FSS) consists of a large and thin structure generally composed by a film fixed to flexible rods. The performance of these vehicles depends largely on the sails attitude relative to the Sun. Using a FSS as propulsion, an Earth-Mars transfer optimization problem was tackled by the algorithms GEOreal1 and GEOreal2 (Generalized Extremal Optimization with real codification). Those algorithms are Evolutionary Algorithms (AE) based on the theory of Self-Organized Criticality. They were used to optimize the FSS attitude angle so it could reach Mars orbit in minimum time. It was considered that the FSS could perform up to ten attitude maneuvers during orbital transfer. Moreover, the time between maneuvers can be different. So, the algorithms had to optimize an objective function with 20 design variables. The results obtained in this work were compared with previously results that considered constant values of time between maneuvers.

  10. Dynamic and Structural Performances of a New Sailcraft Concept for Interplanetary Missions

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    Peloni, Alessandro; Barbera, Daniele; Laurenzi, Susanna; Circi, Christian

    2015-01-01

    Typical square solar-sail design is characterised by a central hub with four-quadrant sails, conferring to the spacecraft the classical X-configuration. One of the critical aspects related to this architecture is due to the large deformations of both membrane and booms, which leads to a reduction of the performance of the sailcraft in terms of thrust efficiency. As a consequence, stiffer sail architecture would be desirable, taking into account that the rigidity of the system strongly affects the orbital dynamics. In this paper, we propose a new solar-sail architecture, which is more rigid than the classical X-configuration. Among the main pros and cons that the proposed configuration presents, this paper aims to show the general concept, investigating the performances from the perspectives of both structural response and attitude control. Membrane deformations, structural offset, and sail vibration frequencies are determined through finite element method, adopting a variable pretensioning scheme. In order to evaluate the manoeuvring performances of this new solar-sail concept, a 35-degree manoeuvre is studied using a feedforward and feedback controller. PMID:26273697

  11. Dynamic and Structural Performances of a New Sailcraft Concept for Interplanetary Missions.

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    Peloni, Alessandro; Barbera, Daniele; Laurenzi, Susanna; Circi, Christian

    2015-01-01

    Typical square solar-sail design is characterised by a central hub with four-quadrant sails, conferring to the spacecraft the classical X-configuration. One of the critical aspects related to this architecture is due to the large deformations of both membrane and booms, which leads to a reduction of the performance of the sailcraft in terms of thrust efficiency. As a consequence, stiffer sail architecture would be desirable, taking into account that the rigidity of the system strongly affects the orbital dynamics. In this paper, we propose a new solar-sail architecture, which is more rigid than the classical X-configuration. Among the main pros and cons that the proposed configuration presents, this paper aims to show the general concept, investigating the performances from the perspectives of both structural response and attitude control. Membrane deformations, structural offset, and sail vibration frequencies are determined through finite element method, adopting a variable pretensioning scheme. In order to evaluate the manoeuvring performances of this new solar-sail concept, a 35-degree manoeuvre is studied using a feedforward and feedback controller.

  12. Study of a 30-M Boom For Solar Sail-Craft: Model Extendibility and Control Strategy

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    Keel, Leehyun

    2005-01-01

    Space travel propelled by solar sails is motivated by the fact that the momentum exchange that occurs when photons are reflected and/or absorbed by a large solar sail generates a small but constant acceleration. This acceleration can induce a constant thrust in very large sails that is sufficient to maintain a polar observing satellite in a constant position relative to the Sun or Earth. For long distance propulsion, square sails (with side length greater than 150 meters) can reach Jupiter in two years and Pluto in less than ten years. Converting such design concepts to real-world systems will require accurate analytical models and model parameters. This requires extensive structural dynamics tests. However, the low mass and high flexibility of large and light weight structures such as solar sails makes them unsuitable for ground testing. As a result, validating analytical models is an extremely difficult problem. On the other hand, a fundamental question can be asked. That is whether an analytical model that represents a small-scale version of a solar-sail boom can be extended to much larger versions of the same boom. To answer this question, we considered a long deployable boom that will be used to support the solar sails of the sail-craft. The length of fully deployed booms of the actual solar sail-craft will exceed 100 meters. However, the test-bed we used in our study is a 30 meter retractable boom at MSFC. We first develop analytical models based on Lagrange s equations and the standard Euler-Bernoulli beam. Then the response of the models will be compared with test data of the 30 meter boom at various deployed lengths. For this stage of study, our analysis was limited to experimental data obtained at 12ft and 18ft deployment lengths. The comparison results are positive but speculative. To observe properly validate the analytic model, experiments at longer deployment lengths, up to the full 30 meter, have been requested. We expect the study to answer the

  13. 40-Gb/s PDM-QPSK signal transmission over 160-m wireless distance at W-band.

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    Xiao, Jiangnan; Yu, Jianjun; Li, Xinying; Xu, Yuming; Zhang, Ziran; Chen, Long

    2015-03-15

    We experimentally demonstrate a W-band optical-wireless transmission system over 160-m wireless distance with a bit rate up to 40 Gb/s. The optical-wireless transmission system adopts optical polarization-division-multiplexing (PDM), multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) reception and antenna polarization diversity. Using this system, we experimentally demonstrate the 2×2 MIMO wireless delivery of 20- and 40-Gb/s PDM quadrature-phase-shift-keying (PDM-QPSK) signals over 640- and 160-m wireless links, respectively. The bit-error ratios (BERs) of these transmission systems are both less than the forward-error-correction (FEC) threshold of 3.8×10-3.

  14. 160mJ and 9ns electro-optics Q-switched conductively cooled 1047nm Nd:YLF laser

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    Yang, Qi; Ma, Jian; Lu, Tingting; Ma, Xiuhua; Zhu, Xiaolei

    2015-02-01

    A compact diode side-pumped conductively cooled 1047 nm Nd:YLF slab laser with high energy and short pulse width is developed. Through ray tracing method, we design a home-made pump module to homogenize the pump intensity. Based on the Possion equation, a thermal conduct model of side-pump laser is established. The temperature distribution in laser crystal is obtained, and the thermal lens is caculated. With the absorbed pump energy of 818 mJ, the maximum output energy of 228 mJ is achieved in free-running mode. At a repetition rate of 50 Hz, 160 mJ, 9 ns 1047 nm infrared light is obtained under the maximum absorbed pump energy, and the slope efficiency is 27.8%.

  15. A solar sailcraft simulation application

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    Čeleda, Tomáš

    2013-07-01

    An applicationAvailable online at the Aldebaran educational portal: www.aldebaran.cz/lab/plachetnice/SolarSail.html. was created to encourage students’ practical knowledge of gravitational fields, the law of conservation of energy and other phenomena, such as gravitational slingshots. The educational software simulates the flight of a solar sail spacecraft between two planets of the Solar System using the laws of gravity and radiation pressure. The students’ goal can, for example, be to fly from the Earth to Mars.

  16. A Solar Sailcraft Simulation Application

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    Celeda, Tomáš

    2013-01-01

    An application was created to encourage students' practical knowledge of gravitational fields, the law of conservation of energy and other phenomena, such as gravitational slingshots. The educational software simulates the flight of a solar sail spacecraft between two planets of the Solar System using the laws of gravity and radiation…

  17. A Solar Sailcraft Simulation Application

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    Celeda, Tomáš

    2013-01-01

    An application was created to encourage students' practical knowledge of gravitational fields, the law of conservation of energy and other phenomena, such as gravitational slingshots. The educational software simulates the flight of a solar sail spacecraft between two planets of the Solar System using the laws of gravity and radiation…

  18. Validation of a Scalable Solar Sailcraft

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    Murphy, D. M.

    2006-01-01

    The NASA In-Space Propulsion (ISP) program sponsored intensive solar sail technology and systems design, development, and hardware demonstration activities over the past 3 years. Efforts to validate a scalable solar sail system by functional demonstration in relevant environments, together with test-analysis correlation activities on a scalable solar sail system have recently been successfully completed. A review of the program, with descriptions of the design, results of testing, and analytical model validations of component and assembly functional, strength, stiffness, shape, and dynamic behavior are discussed. The scaled performance of the validated system is projected to demonstrate the applicability to flight demonstration and important NASA road-map missions.

  19. Interim Missions for Photon Sailcraft: How to Prep for Centaurus

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    Matloff, Gregory L.

    2007-02-01

    The photon sail is the current leading propulsion option for interstellar travel. We currently do not have the capability to conduct centuries-duration robotic interstellar-probe missions and millennial journeys aboard human-occupied worldships. This paper considers various mission options for the solar photon sail that are under consideration by NASA and other agencies and are nearer term than interstellar expeditions. These include solar observatories, terrestrial pole sitters, comet probes, application of sails in planetary aerocapture, heliopause extrasolar probes, solar-gravity-focus probes, and Oort Cloud explorers. Various sail configurations capable of supporting these ventures are discussed.

  20. AOCS Performance and Stability Validation for a 160-m Solar Sail with Control-Structure Interactions

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    Wie, Bong; Murphy, David

    2005-01-01

    Future solar sail missions, such as NASA's Solar Polar Imager Vision, will require sails with dimensions on the order of 50-500 m. We are examining a square sail design with moving mass (trim control mass, TCM) and quadrant rotation primary actuators plus pulsed plasma thrusters (PPTs) at the mast tips for backup attitude control. Quadrant rotation is achieved via roll stabilizer bars (RSB) at the mast tips. At these sizes, given the gossamer nature of the sail supporting structures, flexible modes may be low enough to interact with the control system, especially as these actuators are located on the flexible structure itself and not on the rigid core. This paper develops a practical analysis of the flexible interactions using state-space systems and modal data from finite element models of the system. Torsion and bending of the masts during maneuvers could significantly affect the function of the actuators while activation of the membrane modes could adversely affect the thrust vector direction and magnitude. Analysis of the RSB and TCM dynamics for developing high-fidelity simulations is included. For control analysis of the flexible system, standard finite-element models of the flexible sail body are loaded and the modal data is used to create a modal coordinate state-space system. Key parameters include which modes to include, which nodes are of interest for force inputs and displacement outputs, connecting nodes through which external forces and torques are applied from the flex body to the core, any nominal momentum in the system, and any steady rates. The system is linearized about the nominal attitude and rate. The state-space plant can then be analyzed with a state-space controller, and Bode, Nyquist, step and impulse responses generated. The approach is general for any rigid core with a flexible appendage. This paper develops a compensator for a simple two-mass flex system and extrapolates the results to the solar sail. A finite element model of the 20 m solar sail by ATK Space Systems, recently validated in ground tests, is used to demonstrate the sail analysis approach.

  1. Structural engineering on deployable CFRP booms for a solar propelled sailcraft

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    Sickinger, Christoph; Herbeck, Lars; Breitbach, Elmar

    2006-02-01

    The article addresses engineering activities on a key item of innovative solar sail propulsion technologies: lightweight deployable booms to enfold huge membrane structures in space. Design and analysis aspects are covered besides the description of several verification tasks on engineering models including a successful ground demonstration under simulated zero-g conditions of a solar sail breadboard model, which was funded by ESA and DLR in a common effort. Based on lessons learned proposals for design improvements are made in preparation for a future solar sail flight mission. In a first step towards this goal the deployment technology will be demonstrated in Earth's orbit. The DLR Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems is involved in the ESA-DLR follow-up project by the provision of the deployable booms made of carbon-fiber reinforced polymers (CFRP) and extremely thin sail segments. Kayser Threde GmbH, Germany has been commissioned as system responsible for the implementation of this project.

  2. Maximizing the Semi-Major Axis for a Freely Coning Solar Sailcraft.

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    1984-12-01

    satellite during eclipse. iSUN a geocentric angle between the sun and the satelites orbit plane. Note: From Figure Al. this is equivalent to the orbit... satelite in the ecliptic plane Gi - 01 vill experience shadowing. Shadow limits for various inclination i and orbit radius RS can be seen from the plot

  3. Solar Sailing Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI) Mission for Impacting/Deflecting Near-Earth Asteroids

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    Wie, Bong

    2005-01-01

    A solar sailing mission architecture, which requires a t least ten 160-m, 300-kg solar sail spacecraft with a characteristic acceleration of 0.5 mm/sqs, is proposed as a realistic near- term option for mitigating the threat posed by near-Earth asteroids (NEAs). Its mission feasibility is demonstrated for a fictional asteroid mitigation problem created by AIAA. This problem assumes that a 200-m asteroid, designated 2004WR, was detected on July 4, 2004, and that the expected impact will occur on January 14, 2015. The solar sailing phase of the proposed mission for the AIAA asteroid mitigation problem is comprised of the initial cruise phase from 1 AU t o 0.25 AU (1.5 years), the cranking orbit phase (3.5 years), and the retrograde orbit phase (1 year) prior to impacting the target asteroid at its perihelion (0.75 AU from the sun) on January 1, 2012. The proposed mission will require at least ten kinetic energy interceptor (KEI) solar sail spacecraft. Each KEI sailcraft consists of a 160- m, 150-kg solar sail and a 150-kg microsatellite impactor. The impactor is to be separated from a large solar sail prior to impacting the 200-m target asteroid at its perihelion. Each 150-kg microsatellite impactor, with a relative impact velocity of at least 70 km/s, will cause a conservatively estimated AV of 0.3 cm/s in the trajectory of the 200-m target asteroid, due largely to the impulsive effect of material ejected from the newly-formed crater. The deflection caused by a single impactor will increase the Earth-miss-distance by 0.45Re (where Re denotes the Earth radius of 6,378 km). Therefore, at least ten KEI sailcraft will be required for consecutive impacts, but probably without causing fragmentation, to increase the total Earth-miss-distance by 4.5Re. This miss-distance increase of 29,000 km is outside of a typical uncertainty/error of about 10,000 km in predicting the Earth-miss- distance. A conventional Delta I1 2925 launch vehicle is capable of injecting at least two KEI

  4. Attitude Dynamics and Control of Solar Sails

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    Sperber, Evan

    Solar sails are space vehicles that rely on solar radiation pressure in order to generate forces for thrust and attitude control torques. They exhibit characteristics such as large moments of inertia, fragility of various system components, and long mission durations that make attitude control a particularly difficult engineering problem. Thrust vector control (TVC) is a family of sailcraft attitude control techniques that is on a short list of strategies thought to be suitable for the primary attitude control of solar sails. Every sailcraft TVC device functions by manipulating the relative locations of the composite mass center (cm) of the sailcraft and the center of pressure (cp) of at least one of its reflectors. Relative displacement of these two points results in body torques that can be used to steer the sailcraft. This dissertation presents a strategy for the large-angle reorientation of a sailcraft using TVC. Two forms of TVC, namely the panel and ballast mass translation methods are well represented in the literature, while rigorous studies regarding a third form, gimballed mass rotation, are conspicuously absent. The gimballed mass method is physically realized by placing a ballast mass, commonly the sailcraft's scientific payload, at the tip of a gimballed boom that has its base fixed at some point on the sailcraft. A TVC algorithm will then strategically manipulate the payload boom's gimbal angles, thereby changing the projection of the sailcraft cm in the plane of the sail. This research demonstrates effective three-axis attitude control of a model sailcraft using numerical simulation of its nonlinear equations of motion. The particular TVC algorithm developed herein involves two phases---the first phase selects appropriate gimbal rates with the objective that the sailcraft be placed in the neighborhood of its target orientation. It was discovered, however that concomitantly minimizing attitude error as well as residual body rate was not possible using

  5. Preliminary Investigation on Carbon Nanotube Membranes for Photon Solar Sails

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    Vulpetti, G.; Santoli, S.; Mocci, G.

    This paper is sail-material oriented. Starting from what the sailcraft trajectory equation allows and adding requirements coming from the deep-space telecommunication between sailcraft and ground stations on the Earth (or the Moon), a pathfinder for new materials has been emphasized. Such investigation is not based on some unknown (though desirable) materials, but starts from the latest achievements in the so-called Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Technology. Today, this research in nanotechnology regards materials for future electronics, but one should fairly get materials with characteristic very appropri- ate to ultra-high performance solar-sail propulsion and, at the same time, mitigating problems in deep-space communication between sailcraft and Earth. Sailcraft sail loading stemming from such new materials is carried out.

  6. Influence of attitude control on transfer mission for a flexible solar sail

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    Jin, Zhang; Tianshu, Wang; Shengping, Gong

    2014-04-01

    A solar-photon sail space vehicle, or a sailcraft, is a new type of vehicle apt also for deep-space exploration. A sailcraft is pushed by the pressure of the solar irradiance on the sail. The sailcraft has large and highly flexible structure, and its motion involves a coupling of the orbit, the attitude and structural vibration. Based on the coupling effect of the orbit and the attitude, the theory of time-optimal control is used to design the transfer trajectory from an earth-centric orbit to a heliocentric polar orbit. This paper establishes the reduced dynamic model for a flexible solar sail with foreshortening deformation and coupling of its attitude and vibration. In the process of attitude control, the sailcraft will generate orbital deviations from the designed orbit as well as structural vibration. This is especially true when the sailcraft makes large-angle maneuvers: larger orbital deviations and structural vibrations are generated. When initial deviations and solar pressure disturbance torques are considered, the process of attitude control leads to greater accumulated error in the transfer trajectory, which demonstrates that the process of attitude control is important to the sailcraft mission.

  7. An unconditionally stable method for numerically solving solar sail spacecraft equations of motion

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    Karwas, Alex

    Solar sails use the endless supply of the Sun's radiation to propel spacecraft through space. The sails use the momentum transfer from the impinging solar radiation to provide thrust to the spacecraft while expending zero fuel. Recently, the first solar sail spacecraft, or sailcraft, named IKAROS completed a successful mission to Venus and proved the concept of solar sail propulsion. Sailcraft experimental data is difficult to gather due to the large expenses of space travel, therefore, a reliable and accurate computational method is needed to make the process more efficient. Presented in this document is a new approach to simulating solar sail spacecraft trajectories. The new method provides unconditionally stable numerical solutions for trajectory propagation and includes an improved physical description over other methods. The unconditional stability of the new method means that a unique numerical solution is always determined. The improved physical description of the trajectory provides a numerical solution and time derivatives that are continuous throughout the entire trajectory. The error of the continuous numerical solution is also known for the entire trajectory. Optimal control for maximizing thrust is also provided within the framework of the new method. Verification of the new approach is presented through a mathematical description and through numerical simulations. The mathematical description provides details of the sailcraft equations of motion, the numerical method used to solve the equations, and the formulation for implementing the equations of motion into the numerical solver. Previous work in the field is summarized to show that the new approach can act as a replacement to previous trajectory propagation methods. A code was developed to perform the simulations and it is also described in this document. Results of the simulations are compared to the flight data from the IKAROS mission. Comparison of the two sets of data show that the new approach

  8. Chasing a Comet with a Solar Sail

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    Stough, Robert W.; Heaton, Andrew F.; Whorton, Mark S.

    2008-01-01

    Solar sail propulsion systems enable a wide range of missions that require constant thrust or high delta-V over long mission times. One particularly challenging mission type is a comet rendezvous mission. This paper presents optimal low-thrust trajectory designs for a range of sailcraft performance metrics and mission transit times that enables a comet rendezvous mission. These optimal trajectory results provide a trade space which can be parameterized in terms of mission duration and sailcraft performance parameters such that a design space for a small satellite comet chaser mission is identified. These results show that a feasible space exists for a small satellite to perform a comet chaser mission in a reasonable mission time.

  9. An Adaptive, Receding-Horizon Guidance Strategy for Solar Sail Trajectories

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    Wawrzyniak, Geoffrey G.; Howell, Kathleen C.

    2012-12-01

    Without additional attitude and orbital control systems, such as thrusters, solar-sail trajectories are controlled by the orientation of the sailcraft. The sail attitude is employed to target the sailcraft to some future state along the reference trajectory. In a "turn-and-hold" strategy, the attitude profile consists of at least three orientations between an initial and future, target state along the trajectory. Because of orbit-knowledge, control, and turn-modeling errors, a look-ahead control strategy is generated, one in which only the first turn from the profile is performed, and then a new profile is constructed based on updated orbit knowledge. The initial hold intervals, along with the number of turns, used to generate an attitude profile is automatically adapted to improve convergence of the algorithm. This technique is generally successful when applied to reference trajectories generated in an Earth-Moon-Sun ephemeris regime.

  10. A practical six-degree of freedom solar sail dynamics model for optimizing solar sail trajectories with torque constraints

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    Lisano, Michael E.

    2004-01-01

    Controlled flight of a solar sail-propelled spacecraft ('sailcraft') is a six-degree-of-freedom dynamics problem. Current state-of-the-art tools that simulate and optimize the trajectories flown by sailcraft do not treat the full kinetic (i.e. force and torque-constrained) motion, instead treating a discrete history of commanded sail attitudes, and either neglecting the sail attitude motion over an integration timestep, or treating the attitude evolution kinematically with a spline or similar treatment. The present paper discusses an aspect of developing a next generation sailcraf trajectory designing optimization tool JPL, for NASA's Solar Sail Spaceflight Simulation Software (SS). The aspect discussed in an experimental approach to modeling full six-degree-of-freedom kinetic motion of a solar sail in a trajectory propagator. Early results from implementing this approach in a new trajectory propagation tool are given.

  11. A practical six-degree of freedom solar sail dynamics model for optimizing solar sail trajectories with torque constraints

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Lisano, Michael E.

    2004-01-01

    Controlled flight of a solar sail-propelled spacecraft ('sailcraft') is a six-degree-of-freedom dynamics problem. Current state-of-the-art tools that simulate and optimize the trajectories flown by sailcraft do not treat the full kinetic (i.e. force and torque-constrained) motion, instead treating a discrete history of commanded sail attitudes, and either neglecting the sail attitude motion over an integration timestep, or treating the attitude evolution kinematically with a spline or similar treatment. The present paper discusses an aspect of developing a next generation sailcraf trajectory designing optimization tool JPL, for NASA's Solar Sail Spaceflight Simulation Software (SS). The aspect discussed in an experimental approach to modeling full six-degree-of-freedom kinetic motion of a solar sail in a trajectory propagator. Early results from implementing this approach in a new trajectory propagation tool are given.

  12. Mass breakdown model of solar-photon sail shuttle: The case for Mars

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    Vulpetti, Giovanni; Circi, Christian

    2016-02-01

    The main aim of this paper is to set up a many-parameter model of mass breakdown to be applied to a reusable Earth-Mars-Earth solar-photon sail shuttle, and analyze the system behavior in two sub-problems: (1) the zero-payload shuttle, and (2) given the sailcraft sail loading and the gross payload mass, find the sail area of the shuttle. The solution to the subproblem-1 is of technological and programmatic importance. The general analysis of subproblem-2 is presented as a function of the sail side length, system mass, sail loading and thickness. In addition to the behaviors of the main system masses, useful information for future work on the sailcraft trajectory optimization is obtained via (a) a detailed mass model for the descent/ascent Martian Excursion Module, and (b) the fifty-fifty solution to the sailcraft sail loading breakdown equation. Of considerable importance is the evaluation of the minimum altitude for the rendezvous between the ascent rocket vehicle and the solar-photon sail propulsion module, a task performed via the Mars Climate Database 2014-2015. The analysis shows that such altitude is 300 km; below it, the atmospheric drag prevails over the solar-radiation thrust. By this value, an example of excursion module of 1500 kg in total mass is built, and the sailcraft sail loading and the return payload are calculated. Finally, the concept of launch opportunity-wide for a shuttle driven by solar-photon sail is introduced. The previous fifty-fifty solution may be a good initial guess for the trajectory optimization of this type of shuttle.

  13. Veins in Silicates of IIE Iron Mont Dieu II: Melt Migration Caused by Impact?

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    Van Roosbroek, N.; Debaille, V.; Pittarello, L.; Hecht, L.; Claeys, Ph.

    2014-09-01

    Mont Dieu II is a ~450kg meteorite classified as IIE iron. The primitive silicate inclusions can be linked to the H-chondrites. Thick metal veins with angular clasts crosscut these inclusions and could point to an impact-melt migration formation.

  14. 50 CFR 36.2 - What do these terms mean?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... capable of cross-country travel on or immediately over land, water, sand, snow, ice, marsh, wetland, or... least costly alternative. Adequate snow cover means snow of sufficient depth to protect the underlying... primarily on snow having a curb weight of not more than 1,000 pounds (450 kg), driven by track or tracks...

  15. The Lunar Polesitter

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    West, John L.

    2008-01-01

    Here-to-fore, sailcraft mission and system studies have focused on sailcraft applications in support of NASA's science missions and, in a few studies, on the needs of other federal agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Department of Defense (DoD). These studies have identified numerous promising applications for solar sails, leading NASA to support proposal efforts for three NASA New Millennium Program (NMP) flight demonstration opportunities (the Space Technology-5, -7, and -9 opportunities) as well as an extensive three-year ground development program in FY 2003-2005 sponsored by the NASA In-Space Propulsion Technology (ISPT) Program. What has not been done to date, however, is to investigate how the technology might also benefit the nation's (and NASA's) emerging interest in the Human Exploration Initiative (HEI). This paper reports on the first effort to address this shortfall in mission applications studies in support of HEI: the use of solar-sail-propelled Lunar Polesitter spacecraft which make use of the natural properties of the Earth-Moon L2 point and solar sail propulsion to enable their positioning near the Lunar poles to serve as communications relay stations. Suitably positioned, such spacecraft enable continuous communications to and from the Earth from any point on the lunar far side. The paper shows that a viable sailcraft system design exists permitting station-keeping of a Lunar Polesitter relay station at 40 Lunar radii from the Moon in the anti-Earth direction, displaced 6-8 Lunar radii below the Earth- Moon plane.

  16. The Lunar Polesitter

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    West, John L.

    2008-01-01

    Here-to-fore, sailcraft mission and system studies have focused on sailcraft applications in support of NASA's science missions and, in a few studies, on the needs of other federal agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Department of Defense (DoD). These studies have identified numerous promising applications for solar sails, leading NASA to support proposal efforts for three NASA New Millennium Program (NMP) flight demonstration opportunities (the Space Technology-5, -7, and -9 opportunities) as well as an extensive three-year ground development program in FY 2003-2005 sponsored by the NASA In-Space Propulsion Technology (ISPT) Program. What has not been done to date, however, is to investigate how the technology might also benefit the nation's (and NASA's) emerging interest in the Human Exploration Initiative (HEI). This paper reports on the first effort to address this shortfall in mission applications studies in support of HEI: the use of solar-sail-propelled Lunar Polesitter spacecraft which make use of the natural properties of the Earth-Moon L2 point and solar sail propulsion to enable their positioning near the Lunar poles to serve as communications relay stations. Suitably positioned, such spacecraft enable continuous communications to and from the Earth from any point on the lunar far side. The paper shows that a viable sailcraft system design exists permitting station-keeping of a Lunar Polesitter relay station at 40 Lunar radii from the Moon in the anti-Earth direction, displaced 6-8 Lunar radii below the Earth- Moon plane.

  17. Growth of American chestnut and incidence of chestnut blight in the forest understory

    Treesearch

    Amy. Milo

    2010-01-01

    Three hundred individuals of American chestnut, Castanea dentata, at Mountain Lake Biological Station, elevation 1,160 m, were monitored over two field seasons for incidence and growth of cankers caused by the fungus Cryphonectria parasitica.

  18. 47 CFR 97.305 - Authorized emission types.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... Standards see § 97.307(f), paragraph: MF: 160 m Entire band RTTY, data (3). 160 m Entire band Phone, image (1), (2). HF: 80 m Entire band RTTY, data (3), (9). 75 m Entire band Phone, image (1), (2). 40 m 7.000-7.100 MHz RTTY, data (3), (9) 40 m 7.075-7.100 MHz Phone, image (1), (2), (9), (11) 40 m...

  19. 47 CFR 97.305 - Authorized emission types.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... Standards see § 97.307(f), paragraph: MF: 160 m Entire band RTTY, data (3). 160 m Entire band Phone, image (1), (2). HF: 80 m Entire band RTTY, data (3), (9). 75 m Entire band Phone, image (1), (2). 40 m 7.000-7.100 MHz RTTY, data (3), (9) 40 m 7.075-7.100 MHz Phone, image (1), (2), (9), (11) 40 m...

  20. 47 CFR 97.305 - Authorized emission types.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... Standards see § 97.307(f), paragraph: MF: 160 m Entire band RTTY, data (3). 160 m Entire band Phone, image (1), (2). HF: 80 m Entire band RTTY, data (3), (9). 75 m Entire band Phone, image (1), (2). 60 m 5.332, 5.348, 5.3585, 5.373 and 5.405 MHz Phone, RTTY, data (14). 40 m 7.000-7.100 MHz RTTY, data...

  1. 47 CFR 97.305 - Authorized emission types.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... Standards see § 97.307(f), paragraph: MF: 160 m Entire band RTTY, data (3). 160 m Entire band Phone, image (1), (2). HF: 80 m Entire band RTTY, data (3), (9). 75 m Entire band Phone, image (1), (2). 60 m 5.332, 5.348, 5.3585, 5.373 and 5.405 MHz Phone, RTTY, data (14). 40 m 7.000-7.100 MHz RTTY, data...

  2. 47 CFR 97.305 - Authorized emission types.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ... Standards see § 97.307(f), paragraph: MF: 160 m Entire band RTTY, data (3). 160 m Entire band Phone, image (1), (2). HF: 80 m Entire band RTTY, data (3), (9). 75 m Entire band Phone, image (1), (2). 60 m 5.332, 5.348, 5.3585, 5.373 and 5.405 MHz Phone, RTTY, data (14). 40 m 7.000-7.100 MHz RTTY, data...

  3. Copepods from Warm-Core Ring 82-H.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1989-07-01

    separately for each species except Lucicutia spp. and Acartia spp. where they are combined. Copepod species categories (female, male, copepodite) are...to prefer different regions and Acartia danae (0-90 m) and A. negligens (80-160 m) had little overlap. The Pleuromamma species did not show this...deeper, while others were found more or less evenly over the entire 160 m. mixed layer below thermocline both Acartia danae Acartia negligens

  4. NanoSail-D: A Solar Sail Demonstration Mission

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Johnson, Les; Whorton, Mark; Heaton, Andy; Pinson, robin; Laue, Greg; Adams, Charles

    2009-01-01

    During the past decade, within the United States, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) was heavily engaged in the development of revolutionary new technologies for in-space propulsion. One of the major in-space propulsion technologies developed was a solar sail propulsion system. Solar sail propulsion uses the solar radiation pressure exerted by the momentum transfer of reflected photons to generate a net force on a spacecraft. To date, solar sail propulsion systems have been designed for large spacecraft in the tens to hundreds of kilograms mass range. Recently, however, MSFC has been investigating the application of solar sails for small satellite propulsion. Likewise, NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) has been developing small spacecraft missions that have a need for amass-efficient means of satisfying deorbit requirements. Hence, a synergistic collaboration was established between these two NASA field Centers with the objective of conducting a flight demonstration of solar sail technologies for small satellites. The NanoSail-D mission flew onboard the ill-fated Falcon Rocket launched August 2, 2008, and, due to the failure of that rocket, never achieved orbit. The NanoSail-D flight spare is ready for flight and a suitable launch arrangement is being actively pursued. Both the original sailcraft and the flight spare are hereafter referred to as NanoSail-D. The sailcraft consists of a sail subsystem stowed in a three-element CubeSat. Shortly after deployment of the NanoSail-D, the solar sail will deploy and mission operations will commence. This demonstration flight has two primary technical objectives: (1) to successfully stow and deploy the sail and (2) to demonstrate deorbit functionality. Given a near-term opportunity for launch on Falcon, the project was given the challenge of delivering the flight hardware in 6 mo, which required a significant constraint on flight system functionality. As a consequence, passive attitude stabilization of the spacecraft

  5. Modeling the Multi-Body System Dynamics of a Flexible Solar Sail Spacecraft

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    Kim, Young; Stough, Robert; Whorton, Mark

    2005-01-01

    Solar sail propulsion systems enable a wide range of space missions that are not feasible with current propulsion technology. Hardware concepts and analytical methods have matured through ground development to the point that a flight validation mission is now realizable. Much attention has been given to modeling the structural dynamics of the constituent elements, but to date an integrated system level dynamics analysis has been lacking. Using a multi-body dynamics and control analysis tool called TREETOPS, the coupled dynamics of the sailcraft bus, sail membranes, flexible booms, and control system sensors and actuators of a representative solar sail spacecraft are investigated to assess system level dynamics and control issues. With this tool, scaling issues and parametric trade studies can be performed to study achievable performance, control authority requirements, and control/structure interaction assessments.

  6. Solar Sail Control Actuator Concepts

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Mangus, David; Heaton, Andy

    2004-01-01

    The thrust produced by a solar sail is a direct function of its attitude. Thus, solar sail thrust vector control is a key technology that must be developed for sailcraft to become a viable form of deep-space transportation. The solar sail community has been studying various sail Attitude Control System (ACS) actuator designs for near Earth orbit as well as deep space missions. These actuators include vanes, spreader bars, two-axis gimbals, floating/locking gimbals with wheels, and translating masses. This paper documents the various concepts and performs an assessment at the highest level. This paper will only compare the various ACS actuator concepts as they stand at the publication time. This is not an endorsement of any particular concept. As concepts mature, the assessments will change.

  7. Solar Sail Control Actuator Concepts

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Mangus, David; Heaton, Andy

    2004-01-01

    The thrust produced by a solar sail is a direct function of its attitude. Thus, solar sail thrust vector control is a key technology that must be developed for sailcraft to become a viable form of deep-space transportation. The solar sail community has been studying various sail Attitude Control System (ACS) actuator designs for near Earth orbit as well as deep space missions. These actuators include vanes, spreader bars, two-axis gimbals, floating/locking gimbals with wheels, and translating masses. This paper documents the various concepts and performs an assessment at the highest level. This paper will only compare the various ACS actuator concepts as they stand at the publication time. This is not an endorsement of any particular concept. As concepts mature, the assessments will change.

  8. Attitude Dynamics and Control of Solar Sails with Articulated Vanes

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Mettler, Edward; Acikmese, A. Behcet; Ploen, Scott R.

    2005-01-01

    In this paper we develop a robust nonlinear algorithm for the attitude control of a solar sailcraft with M single degree-of-freedom articulated control vanes. A general attitude controller that tracks an admissible trajectory while rejecting disturbances such as torques due to center-of-mass to center-of-pressure offsets is applied to this problem. We then describe a methodology based on nonlinear programming to allocate the required control torques among the control vanes. A simplified allocation strategy is then applied to a solar sail with four articulated control vanes, and simulation results are given. The performance of the control algorithm and possible limitations of vane-only control are then discussed.

  9. Updated Heliostorm Warning Mission: Enhancements Based on New Technology

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Young, Roy M.

    2007-01-01

    The Heliostorm (also referred to as Geostorm) mission has been regarded as the best choice for the first application of solar sail technology. The objective of Heliostorm is to obtain data from an orbit station slightly displaced from the ecliptic at or nearer to the Sun than 0.98 AU, which places it twice as dose to the sun as Earth's natural L1 point at 0.993 AU. The maintenance of such an orbit location would require prohibitive amounts of propellants using chemical or electric propulsion systems; however, a solar sailcraft is ideally suited for this purpose because it relies solely on the propulsive force from photons for orbit maintenance. Heliostorm has been the subject of several mission studies over the past decade, with the most complete study conducted in 1999 in conjunction with a proposed New Millennium Program (NMP) Space Technology 5 (ST-5) flight opportunity. Recently, over a two and one-half year period dating from 2003 through 2005, NASA's In-Space Propulsion Technology Program (ISTP) matured solar sail technology from laboratory components to full systems, demonstrated in as relevant a space environment as could feasibly be simulated on the ground. Work under this program has yielded promising results for enhanced Heliostorm mission performance. This enhanced performance is achievable principally through reductions in the sail areal density. These reductions are realized through the use of lower linear mass density booms, a thinner sail membrane, and increased sail area. Advancements in sailcraft vehicle system design also offer potential mass reductions and hence improved performance. This paper will present the preliminary results of an updated Heliostorm mission design study including the enhancements incorporated during the design, development, analysis and testing of the system ground demonstrator.

  10. Updated Heliostorm Warning Mission: Enhancements Based on New Technology

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Young, Roy M.

    2007-01-01

    The Heliostorm (also referred to as Geostorm) mission has been regarded as the best choice for the first application of solar sail technology. The objective of Heliostorm is to obtain data from an orbit station slightly displaced from the ecliptic at or nearer to the Sun than 0.98 AU, which places it twice as close to the sun as Earth's natural L1 point at 0.993 AU. The maintenance of such an orbit location would require prohibitive amounts of propellants using chemical or electric propulsion systems; however, a solar sailcraft is ideally suited for this purpose because it relies solely on the propulsive force from photons for orbit maintenance. Heliostorm has been the subject of several mission studies over the past decade, with the most complete study conducted in 1999 in conjunction with a proposed New Millennium Program (NMP) Space Technology 5 (ST-5) flight opportunity. Recently, over a two and one-half year period dating from 2003 through 2005, NASA's In-Space Propulsion Technology Program (ISTP) matured solar sail technology from laboratory components to full systems, demonstrated in as relevant a space environment as could feasibly be simulated on the ground. Work under this program has yielded promising results for enhanced Heliostorm mission performance. This enhanced performance is achievable principally through reductions in the sail areal density. These reductions are realized through the use of lower linear mass density booms, a thinner sail membrane, and increased sail area. Advancements in sailcraft vehicle system design also offer potential mass reductions and hence improved performance. This paper will present the preliminary results of an updated Heliostorm mission design study including the enhancements incorporated during the design, development, analysis and testing of the system ground demonstrator.

  11. Dynamics of highly-flexible solar sail subjected to various forces

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    Liu, Jiafu; Cui, Naigang; Shen, Fan; Rong, Siyuan

    2014-10-01

    Solar sail is a novel spacecraft and has the potential applications in the near future. The large amplitude vibration should be considered because it is characterized by its huge and lightweight structure. In this paper, the supporting beam of solar sail is regarded as the most important structure and used to model the sailcraft as it accounts for most of the mechanical energies when it is in deformed configuration, also as the Euler beam can model the bending motion dominant sailcraft when it experiences attitude motions. The structural dynamics of solar sail supporting beam with geometric nonlinearity undergoing the forces generated by solar radiation pressure, sliding masses and control vanes are presented. The axial and transverse vibration equations with the properties of strong coupling, nonlinearity and time-varying coefficient matrices are obtained by using Lagrange equation method after calculating the related energies and works. The vibration equations are transformed into nonlinear algebraic equations utilizing implicit unconditionally stable Newmark-β algorithm for each time step. The nonlinear algebraic equations are solved by Newton-iterative algorithm. We compute and analyze the linear and nonlinear vibration responses affected by the mass and velocity of the sliding mass, the angular velocity of the force generated by control vane in detail. The computational results indicate that the mass and velocity of sliding mass affect the vibration responses (including the vibration frequency), but the angular velocity of the force generated by control vane hardly affects the vibration responses. Moreover, the linear and nonlinear vibrations are distinct obviously by comparing the linear and nonlinear responses. It is demonstrated that the geometric nonlinearity of the highly-flexible structure should be considered for performing vibration analysis exactly, and the vibration responses excited by the prescribed motion of the attitude control actuators should

  12. Effect of erbium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser energies on superficial and deep dentin microhardness.

    PubMed

    Chinelatti, Michelle Alexandra; Raucci-Neto, Walter; Corona, Silmara Aparecida Milori; Palma-Dibb, Regina Guenka

    2010-05-01

    This study evaluated the microhardness of superficial and deep dentin irradiated with different erbium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Er:YAG) laser energies. Seventy-two molars were bisected and randomly assigned to two groups (superficial dentin or deep dentin) and into six subgroups (160 mJ, 200 mJ, 260 mJ, 300 mJ, 360 mJ, and control). After irradiation, the cavities were longitudinally bisected. Microhardness was measured at six points (20 microm, 40 microm, 60 microm, 80 microm, 100 microm, and 200 microm) under the cavity floor. Data were submitted to analysis of variance (ANOVA) and Fisher's tests (alpha = 0.05). Superficial dentin presented higher microhardness than deep dentin; energy of 160 mJ resulted in the highest microhardness and 360 mJ the lowest one. Values at all points were different, exhibiting increasing microhardness throughout; superficial dentin microhardness was the highest at 20 microm with 160 mJ energy; for deep dentin, microhardness after irradiation at 160 mJ and 200 mJ was similar to that of the control. The lowest energy increased superficial dentin microhardness at the closest extent under the cavity; deep dentin microhardness was not altered by energies of 160 mJ and 200 mJ.

  13. Use of Nano-SiO2 to Improve Microstructure and Compressive Strength of Recycled Aggregate Concretes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hosseini, P.; Booshehrian, A.; Delkash, M.; Ghavami, S.; Zanjani, M. K.

    The purpose of this paper is to provide new type of recycled aggregate concrete (RAC) incorporating nano-SiO2. In particular, we investigate the effects of colloidal nano-silica solution on the properties of fresh and hardened concrete. The main variables included the dosage of nano-silica (including 0%, 1.5%, and 3% of cement content) and the cement content of the concrete (including 400 and 450 kg/m3). Results were compared with plain concretes. Tests were conducted to determine the mechanical properties (compressive strength) and microstructure (SEM test) of the concretes.

  14. Credit PSR. This view shows the west and north facades ...

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

    Credit PSR. This view shows the west and north facades of the storage facility as seen when approaching from Circle Drive, looking east (92°). The metal shed at right was the original structure; the second shed is a later addition. All structures are metal frame covered with metal cladding, grounding them electrically and rendering them fireproof. The entire facility was rated for a maximum of 100,000 pounds (45,450 Kg) of class 1.3 materials, and four personnel - Jet Propulsion Laboratory Edwards Facility, Solid Oxidizer Storage, Edwards Air Force Base, Boron, Kern County, CA

  15. Morphological analysis of cavities prepared by different parameters of Er:YAG laser

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Freitas, Patricia M.; Navarro, Ricardo S.; Almeida, Juliana; Imparato, Jose Carlos P.; Eduardo, Carlos P.

    2005-03-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the morphological changes in cavities made by Er:YAG laser (2.94μm)(KaVo KEY 3)(LELO-FOUSP) and high-speed drill. Cavities were made on the buccal and lingual surfaces of 27 human molars (Banco de Dentes-FOUSP), using different laser parameters (n=3): G1-15Hz/160mJ enamel/ 6Hz/200mJ dentin; G2-15Hz/180mJ enamel/ 6Hz/200mJ dentin; G3-15Hz/160mJ enamel/ 6Hz/250mJ dentin; G4-15Hz/180mJ enamel/ 6Hz/250mJ dentin; G5-15Hz/180mJ enamel/ 10Hz/180mJ dentin; G6-15Hz/160mJ enamel/ 10Hz/180mJ dentin; G7-15Hz/160mJ enamel/ 10Hz/160mJ dentin; G8-15Hz/180mJ enamel/ 10Hz/160mJ dentin and G9-high-speed drill. Samples were fixed (2.5% glutaraldhyde, 12h, 4°C), dehydrated (25-100% ethanol), dried to a critical point and sputter-coated with gold for analysis under SEM. All laser parameters used showed no evidence of thermal damage and signs of burning and melting, Er:YAG laser ablated dental hard tissues, showing enamel prisms, like scales, dentin surface without smear layer and opened dentinal tubules. It was concluded that Er:YAG laser parameters were effective for ablation of hard tissues, promoting morphological changes in irradiated tissues, creating an irregular and microretentive morphological pattern.

  16. Mars Mobile Lander Systems for 2005 and 2007 Launch Opportunities

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Sabahi, D.; Graf, J. E.

    2000-01-01

    A series of Mars missions are proposed for the August 2005 launch opportunity on a medium class Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) with a injected mass capability of 2600 to 2750 kg. Known as the Ranger class, the primary objective of these Mars mission concepts are: (1) Deliver a mobile platform to Mars surface with large payload capability of 150 to 450 kg (depending on launch opportunity of 2005 or 2007); (2) Develop a robust, safe, and reliable workhorse entry, descent, and landing (EDL) capability for landed mass exceeding 750 kg; (3) Provide feed forward capability for the 2007 opportunity and beyond; and (4) Provide an option for a long life telecom relay orbiter. A number of future Mars mission concepts desire landers with large payload capability. Among these concepts are Mars sample return (MSR) which requires 300 to 450 kg landed payload capability to accommodate sampling, sample transfer equipment and a Mars ascent vehicle (MAV). In addition to MSR, large in situ payloads of 150 kg provide a significant step up from the Mars Pathfinder (MPF) and Mars Polar Lander (MPL) class payloads of 20 to 30 kg. This capability enables numerous and physically large science instruments as well as human exploration development payloads. The payload may consist of drills, scoops, rock corers, imagers, spectrometers, and in situ propellant production experiment, and dust and environmental monitoring.

  17. Mars Mobile Lander Systems for 2005 and 2007 Launch Opportunities

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Sabahi, D.; Graf, J. E.

    2000-01-01

    A series of Mars missions are proposed for the August 2005 launch opportunity on a medium class Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) with a injected mass capability of 2600 to 2750 kg. Known as the Ranger class, the primary objective of these Mars mission concepts are: (1) Deliver a mobile platform to Mars surface with large payload capability of 150 to 450 kg (depending on launch opportunity of 2005 or 2007); (2) Develop a robust, safe, and reliable workhorse entry, descent, and landing (EDL) capability for landed mass exceeding 750 kg; (3) Provide feed forward capability for the 2007 opportunity and beyond; and (4) Provide an option for a long life telecom relay orbiter. A number of future Mars mission concepts desire landers with large payload capability. Among these concepts are Mars sample return (MSR) which requires 300 to 450 kg landed payload capability to accommodate sampling, sample transfer equipment and a Mars ascent vehicle (MAV). In addition to MSR, large in situ payloads of 150 kg provide a significant step up from the Mars Pathfinder (MPF) and Mars Polar Lander (MPL) class payloads of 20 to 30 kg. This capability enables numerous and physically large science instruments as well as human exploration development payloads. The payload may consist of drills, scoops, rock corers, imagers, spectrometers, and in situ propellant production experiment, and dust and environmental monitoring.

  18. GESTATIONAL EXPOSURE TO ETHANE DIMETHANESULFONATE PERMANENTLY ALTERS REPRODUCTIVE COMPETENCE IN THE CD-1 MOUSE

    EPA Science Inventory

    While the adult mouse Leydig cell (LC) has been considered refractory to cytotoxic destruction by ethane dimethanesulfonate (EDS), the potential consequences of exposure during reproductive development in this species are unknown. Herein pregnant CD-1 mice were treated with 160 m...

  19. Chemosensitization of aflatoxigenic fungi to antimycin A and strobilurin using salicylaldehyde, a volatile natural compound targeting cellular antioxidation system

    USDA-ARS?s Scientific Manuscript database

    Salicylaldehyde (SA), a volatile natural compound, exhibited potent antifungal and antiaflatoxigenic activities to Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus. Exposure to volatilized SA, inhibited growth of A. parasiticus from 10% - 75% at 9.5 - 16.0 mM, with complete inhibition at 19.0 mM. Similar trend...

  20. Prevalence of Protective Measles Virus Antibody Levels in Umbilical Cord Blood Samples in Catalonia, Spain▿

    PubMed Central

    Plans, Pedro; Costa, Josep; Domínguez, Angela; Torner, Núria; Borras, Eva; Plasència, Antoni

    2010-01-01

    The prevalence of protective antibody levels (>160 mIU/ml) in neonates was 98.5%. The mean measles virus antibody level was 3,406 mIU/ml and increased with maternal age. Measles vaccination was reported by 42% of pregnant women and decreased with age. PMID:20164254

  1. GESTATIONAL EXPOSURE TO ETHANE DIMETHANESULFONATE PERMANENTLY ALTERS REPRODUCTIVE COMPETENCE IN THE CD-1 MOUSE

    EPA Science Inventory

    While the adult mouse Leydig cell (LC) has been considered refractory to cytotoxic destruction by ethane dimethanesulfonate (EDS), the potential consequences of exposure during reproductive development in this species are unknown. Herein pregnant CD-1 mice were treated with 160 m...

  2. Picosecond pulse generation from a synchronously pumped mode-locked semiconductor laser diode

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Auyeung, J. C.; Johnston, A. R.

    1982-01-01

    A semiconductor laser diode was mode locked in an external cavity when synchronously pumped with 90-ps current pulses. Transform-limited optical pulses with a 10-ps pulse width and a peak power of 160 mW were produced. Operating characteristics of such a system are described.

  3. MASTER discoveries: 2 new bright dwarf novae

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    Shumkov, V.; Gress, O.; Lipunov, V.; Buckley, D.; Rebolo, R.; Serra-Ricart, M.; Tiurina, N.; Balanutsa, P.; Kuznetsov, A.; Gorbovskoy, E.; Kornilov, V.; Chazov, V.; Vlasenko, D.; Vladimirov, V.; Ivanov, K.; Potter, S.

    2016-10-01

    MASTER-IAC auto-detection system (Lipunov et al., 2010, Advances in Astronomy, vol. 2010, 30L) discovered OT source at (RA, Dec) = 05h 31m 41.25s -14d 11m 59.0s on 2016-10-23.20152 UT. The OT unfiltered magnitude is 16.0m (limit 18.8m).

  4. 40 CFR 60.103a - Work practice standards.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ..., precision, accuracy, calibration, maintenance, and quality assurance procedures for flare gas monitoring devices; (3) Procedures to minimize discharges to the flare gas system during the planned start-up and... excess of 14,160 m3/day (500,000 scfd); (5) Procedures to reduce flaring in cases of fuel gas...

  5. Picosecond pulse generation from a synchronously pumped mode-locked semiconductor laser diode

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    Auyeung, J. C.; Johnston, A. R.

    1982-01-01

    A semiconductor laser diode was mode locked in an external cavity when synchronously pumped with 90-ps current pulses. Transform-limited optical pulses with a 10-ps pulse width and a peak power of 160 mW were produced. Operating characteristics of such a system are described.

  6. Control of protozoa contamination and lipid accumulation in Neochloris oleoabundans culture: Effects of pH and dissolved inorganic carbon.

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    Peng, Licheng; Lan, Christopher Q; Zhang, Zisheng; Sarch, Cody; Laporte, Matt

    2015-12-01

    Combined effects of pH (i.e., 7.5, 8.5, and 9.5) and bicarbonate (i.e., 0, 80 and 160mM NaHCO3) on lipid accumulation and on biological contaminant viability in a protozoa-contaminated culture of the freshwater microalga Neochloris oleoabundans were studied. Cultures grown in the media containing 160mM NaHCO3 at pH 9.5 obtained the highest biomass concentration (DCWmax=1.32g/L), lipid content (LC=327mg/g), which corresponded to a lipid productivity of 56mg/(L·d), and the culture was protozoa free one day after inoculation. Other cultures, 160mM NaHCO3 at pH 8.5 (DCWmax=1.32g/L, LC=223mg/g), and 80mM NaHCO3 at pH 9.5 (DCWmax=1.25g/L, LC=264mg/g) could delay protozoan growth, but not inhibit it completely. These results suggest 160mM NaHCO3 or slightly above at pH levels of 8.5-9.5 may be used in outdoor cultivation processes of freshwater N. oleoabundans to control protozoa contamination while maintain a high lipid content.

  7. Experimental Evaluation and Mathematical Modeling of Microbially Enhanced Tetrachloroethene (PCE) Dissolution

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    2006-11-01

    concentration. Serum bottles (160 mL nominal capacity, Wheaton Co., Millville , NJ) were prepared with a N2/CO2 (80%/20% [vol/vol]) headspace and sealed with...Teflon-lined, gray butyl rubber septa (1014-4937, West Pharmaceuticals, Lionville, PA) and aluminum crimp caps (Wheaton Co., Millville , NJ). PCE was

  8. NanoSail-D: The First Flight Demonstration of Solar Sails for Nanosatellites

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    Whorton, Mark; Heaton, Andy; Pinson, Robin; Laue, Greg; Adams, Charles L.

    2008-01-01

    The NanoSail-D mission is currently scheduled for launch onboard a Falcon Launch Vehicle in the late June 2008 timeframe. The NanoSail-D, a CubeSat-class satellite, will consist of a sail subsystem stowed in a Cubesat 2U volume integrated with a CubeSat 1U volume bus provided by the NASA Ames Research Center (ARC). Shortly after deployment of the NanoSail-D from a Poly Picosatellite Orbital Deployer (P-POD) ejection system, the solar sail will deploy and mission operations will commence. This demonstration flight has two primary mission objectives: 1) to successfully stow and deploy the sail and 2) to demonstrate de-orbit functionality. Given a nearterm opportunity for launch, the project was met with the challenge of delivering the flight hardware in approximately six months, which required a significant constraint on flight system functionality. As a consequence, passive attitude stabilization will be achieved using permanent magnets to de-tumble and orient the body with the magnetic field lines and then rely on atmospheric drag to passively stabilize the sailcraft in an essentially maximum drag attitude. This paper will present an introduction to solar sail propulsion systems, overview the NanoSail-D spacecraft, describe the performance analysis for the passive attitude stabilization, and present a prediction of flight data results from the mission.

  9. Solar Sail Application to Comet Nucleus Sample Return

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    Taylor, Travis S.; Moton, Tryshanda T.; Robinson, Don; Anding, R. Charles; Matloff, Gregory L.; Garbe, Gregory; Montgomery, Edward

    2003-01-01

    Many comets have perihelions at distances within 1.0 Astronomical Unit (AU) from the sun. These comets typically are inclined out of the ecliptic. We propose that a solar sail spacecraft could be used to increase the inclination of the orbit to match that of these 1.0 AU comets. The solar sail spacecraft would match the orbit velocity for a short period of time, which would be long enough for a container to be injected into the comet's nucleus. The container would be extended from a long durable tether so that the solar sail would not be required to enter into the potentially degrading environment of the comet s atmosphere. Once the container has been filled with sample material, the tether is retracted. The solar sail would then lower its inclination and fly back to Earth for the sample return. In this paper, we describe the selection of cometary targets, the mission design, and the solar sailcraft design suitable for sail-comet rendezvous as well as possible rendezvous scenarios.

  10. NASA's Advanced Solar Sail Propulsion System for Low-Cost Deep Space Exploration and Science Missions that Use High Performance Rollable Composite Booms

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    Fernandez, Juan M.; Rose, Geoffrey K.; Younger, Casey J.; Dean, Gregory D.; Warren, Jerry E.; Stohlman, Olive R.; Wilkie, W. Keats

    2017-01-01

    Several low-cost solar sail technology demonstrator missions are under development in the United States. However, the mass saving derived benefits that composites can offer to such a mass critical spacecraft architecture have not been realized yet. This is due to the lack of suitable composite booms that can fit inside CubeSat platforms and ultimately be readily scalable to much larger sizes, where they can fully optimize their use. With this aim, a new effort focused at developing scalable rollable composite booms for solar sails and other deployable structures has begun. Seven meter booms used to deploy a 90 m2 class solar sail that can fit inside a 6U CubeSat have already been developed. The NASA road map to low-cost solar sail capability demonstration envisioned, consists of increasing the size of these composite booms to enable sailcrafts with a reflective area of up to 2000 m2 housed aboard small satellite platforms. This paper presents a solar sail system initially conceived to serve as a risk reduction alternative to Near Earth Asteroid (NEA) Scout's baseline design but that has recently been slightly redesigned and proposed for follow-on missions. The features of the booms and various deployment mechanisms for the booms and sail, as well as ground support equipment used during testing, are introduced. The results of structural analyses predict the performance of the system under microgravity conditions. Finally, the results of the functional and environmental testing campaign carried out are shown.

  11. Solar Sailing

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Johnson, Les

    2009-01-01

    Solar sailing is a topic of growing technical and popular interest. Solar sail propulsion will make space exploration more affordable and offer access to destinations within (and beyond) the solar system that are currently beyond our technical reach. The lecture will describe solar sails, how they work, and what they will be used for in the exploration of space. It will include a discussion of current plans for solar sails and how advanced technology, such as nanotechnology, might enhance their performance. Much has been accomplished recently to make solar sail technology very close to becoming an engineering reality and it will soon be used by the world s space agencies in the exploration of the solar system and beyond. The first part of the lecture will summarize state-of-the-art space propulsion systems and technologies. Though these other technologies are the key to any deep space exploration by humans, robots, or both, solar-sail propulsion will make space exploration more affordable and offer access to distant and difficult destinations. The second part of the lecture will describe the fundamentals of space solar sail propulsion and will describe the near-, mid- and far-term missions that might use solar sails as a propulsion system. The third part of the lecture will describe solar sail technology and the construction of current and future sailcraft, including the work of both government and private space organizations.

  12. Flying on Sun Shine: Sailing in Space

    SciTech Connect

    Alhorn, Dean

    2012-03-28

    On January 20th, 2011, NanoSail-D successfully deployed its sail in space. It was the first solar sail vehicle to orbit the earth and the second sail ever unfurled in space. The 10m2 sail, deployment mechanism and electronics were packed into a 3U CubeSat with a volume of about 3500cc. The NanoSail-D mission had two objectives: eject a nanosatellite from a minisatellite; deploy its sail from a highly compacted volume to validate large structure deployment and potential de-orbit technologies. NanoSail-D was jointly developed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and Ames Research Center. The ManTech/NeXolve Corporation provided key sail design support. NanoSail-D is managed by Marshall and jointly sponsored by the Army Space and Missile Defense Command, the Space Test Program, the Von Braun Center for Science and Innovation and Dynetics Inc. The presentation will provide insights into sailcraft advances and potential missions enabled by this emerging in-space propulsion technology.

  13. Completely stripped solar sail concept using bi-stable reeled composite booms

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    Fernandez, Juan M.; Lappas, Vaios J.; Daton-Lovett, Andrew J.

    2011-07-01

    The Surrey Space Centre is currently working on CubeSail, a 5×5 m 2 nano-solar sail spacecraft to be fitted inside a 3U Cubesat platform. The CubeSail mission has a two-fold aim: first, to demonstrate the concept of solar sailing using a 3-axis stabilized sail and second, to demonstrate the potential use of its large membrane as a drag augmentation device for de-orbiting satellites and launch vehicles' upper stages in low Earth orbit (LEO). The novel solar sail concept presented here is a result of the highly restrictive area-to-mass ratio and volume constraints imposed by the mission requirements. Therefore, this concept can be readily scaled up to produce future very high performance sailcrafts. Research on ultra-lightweight deployable structures leads to the invention of a new bi-stable composite boom that entails a light and simple deployment subsystem. This simplicity is the key feature that enables the sail to be attached along the length of the booms, thus reducing the structural mass requirement of these support structures. In the completely stripped sail concept the previously considered square or quadrant membrane is split into a set of parallel strips, in order to achieve a uniaxial tension state in the film. Also, a test-bed created for the successful deployment under gravity conditions of the 5 m 2 prototype sail is presented.

  14. [Effects of different application amount of N, P, K fertilizers on physiological characteristics, yield and kernel quality of peanut].

    PubMed

    Zhou, Lu-ying; Li, Xiang-dong; Tang, Xiao; Lin, Ying-jie; Li, Zong-feng

    2007-11-01

    The field experiment was executed with peanut cv. Fenghua No. 1 from 2004 to 2005 in the experimental station of Shandong Agricultural University to study the effects of N, P, K fertilizers application amount on physiological characteristics, yield and kernel quality of peanut. The results showed that, compared with no fertilization, application N, P, K fertilizers increased the content of chlorophyll and soluble protein, enhanced photosynthetic rate and the activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), peroxidase (POD) and catlase (CAT), and reduced malondialdeyde (MDA) accumulation amount in peanut leaves. The effects of applying N 300-450 kg x hm(-2), P5O2, 150-225 kg x hm(-2) and K2O 300-450 kg x hm(-2) treatments were the most significant. The improvement effect of N fertilizer on photosynthesis properties was mainly at early stage, and that of P was at middle-later stage, K was at whole stage. Applying N, P, K fertilizers increased the pod yield of peanut remarkably, and with the increasing of N application amount the pod yield enhanced, the pod yields were highest when P and K application were at middle amount rates (P5O2, 150 kg x hm(-2) K2O 300 kg x hm(-2)). The increasing effect on pod yield of K fertilizer was greater than that of N and P fertilizers. Applying a small amount of P and K fertilizers (P2O5 75 kg x hm(-2), K2O 150 kg x hm(-2)) could significantly increase the contents of fat and protein in peanut kernel, applying a small amount of N fertilizer (N 150 kg x hm(-2)) could significantly increase the content of protein in peanut kernel, but applying a large amount of N fertilizer (N 450 kg x hm(-2)) could significantly increase the content of fat in peanut kernel. Applying P fertilizer obviously increased fat and protein content, applying N fertilizer mainly enhanced protein content, and applying K fertilizer mainly raised the content of soluble sugar. In addition, the application of N, P and K fertilizers also increased the contents of lysine and

  15. Technical note: improved implementation of Doppler broadening in MCNP5.

    PubMed

    Bartol, Laura J; DeWerd, Larry A

    2012-09-01

    Incoherent scattering has a substantial effect on spectroscopic measurements and simulations. Many general-purpose Monte Carlo codes include models that account for the effects of bound electrons on incoherent scattering, including Doppler broadening (DB). This work investigates the DB model used in the Monte Carlo N-particle transport code (MCNP5). Simulations were run with three versions of MCNP5: v1.51, v1.60, and a modified form of v1.60 (v1.60m). All simulations used the MCPLIB04 photon data library, which presents the electron subshell data for incoherent scattering in the form of a probability density function. In v1.60m, the source code was altered to sample the electron subshell from a cumulative density function instead. Each version of the code was tested using an identical set of simulations that investigated DB in a slab of silicon at scattering angles of 15°, 30°, and 45°. For each angle, simulations were run for multiple energies between 200 keV and 800 keV. The spectrum of singly-scattered photons at the exit of the slab was scored. Spectra were analytically calculated for comparison. In v1.51, DB was modeled for incident photon energies below 760 keV, 384 keV, and 260 keV at scattering angles of 15°, 30°, and 45°, respectively. Above these energy thresholds, v1.51 did not model DB. The spectra calculated using v1.60 and v1.60m exhibited DB for all energy-angle combinations; however, v1.60m, exhibited more energy broadening than did v1.60. The spectra calculated with v1.60m agreed with the analytical calculations. MCNP5 v1.51 and v1.60 model partial broadening when used with the MCPLIB04 data library. MCNP5 v1.60m models DB more accurately due to the form of the electron subshell data. In response to these results, Los Alamos National Laboratory has released a new photon data library, MCPLIB84, that presents the electron subshell data in cumulative distribution form. MCNP5 v1.60 should be used with this library when incoherent scattering has a significant impact on simulation results.

  16. Horse spleen segmentation technique as large animal model of preclinical trials.

    PubMed

    Foz Filho, Roberto P P; Martin, Benedito W de; Lima, Ana Rita de; Miglino, Maria Angélica

    2013-01-01

    The parenchymal distribution of the splenic artery was studied in order to obtain anatomical basis for partial splenectomy. Thirty two spleens were studied, 26 spleens of healthy horses weighing 320 to 450 kg, aged 3 to 12 years and 6 spleens of fetus removed from slaughterhouse. The spleens were submitted to arteriography and scintigraphy in order to have their vascular pattern examined and compared to the external aspect of the organ aiming establish anatomo-surgical segments. All radiographs were photographed with a digital camera and the digital images were submitted to a measuring system for comparative analysis of areas of dorsal and ventral anatomo-surgical segments. Anatomical investigations into the angioarchitecture of the equine spleen showed a paucivascular area, which coincides with a thinner external area, allowing the organ to be divided in two anatomo-surgical segments of approximately 50% of the organ each.

  17. Influence of aggregate pre-wetting and fly ash on mechanical properties of lightweight concrete.

    PubMed

    Lo, T Y; Cui, H Z; Li, Z G

    2004-01-01

    This study has examined the mechanical properties of lightweight aggregate concrete with a density of 1800 kg/m3. The effects of the following parameters on the concrete properties have been analyzed: the pre-wetting time of the lightweight aggregate and the percentage of pulverized fly ash used as cementitious replacement material. The strength of the lightweight aggregate was found to be the primary factor controlling the strength of high-strength lightweight concrete. An increase in the cementitious content from 420 to 450 kg/m3 does not significantly increase the strength of lightweight aggregate concrete. The relationship between the flexural and compressive strength at 28 days can be represented by the equation fr=0.69/fck. The elastic modulus was found to be much lower than that of normal weight concrete, ranging from 15.0 to 20.3 GPa. The addition of PFA increases the slump and density of lightweight aggregate concrete.

  18. Body Mass Index More Than 45 kg/m(2) as a Cutoff Point Is Associated With Dramatically Increased Postoperative Complications in Total Knee Arthroplasty and Total Hip Arthroplasty.

    PubMed

    Adhikary, Sanjib D; Liu, Wai-Man; Memtsoudis, Stavros G; Davis, Charles M; Liu, Jiabin

    2016-04-01

    Higher body mass index (BMI) has been associated with postoperative complications in total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and total hip arthroplasty (THA). However, the association of incremental increases of BMI and its effects on postoperative complications has not been well studied. We hypothesize that there is a BMI cutoff at which there is a significant increase of the risk of postoperative complications. We studied the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program from 2006 to 2013. The final cohort included 77,785 primary TKA and 49,475 primary THA subjects, respectively. Patients were separated into 7 groups based on BMI (18.5-24.9 kg/m(2), 25.0-29.9 kg/m(2), 30.0-34.9 kg/m(2), 35.0-39.9 kg/m(2), 40.0-44.9 kg/m(2), 45.0-49.9 kg/m(2), and >50.0 kg/m(2)). We analyzed data on five 30-day composite complication variables, including any complication, major complication, wound infection, systemic infection, and cardiac and/or pulmonary complication. The odds ratio for 4 (any complication, major complication, wound infection, and systemic infection) of 5 composite complications started to increase exponentially once BMI reached 45.0 kg/m(2) or higher in TKA. Similarly, the odds ratio in 3 (any complication, systemic infection, and wound infection) of 5 composite complications showed similar trends in THA patients. These findings were further confirmed with propensity score matching and entropy balancing. Our study suggested that there was a positive correlation between BMI and incidences of 30-day postoperative complications in both TKA and THA. The odds of complications increased dramatically once BMI reached 45.0 kg/m(2). Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Lithium salt of biphenyl tetracarboxylate as an anode material for Li/Na-ion batteries

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    Medabalmi, Veerababu; Wang, Guanxiong; Ramani, Vijay K.; Ramanujam, Kothandaraman

    2017-10-01

    Electrochemical lithiation/delithiation and sodiation/desodiation studies are carried out on lithium [1,1‧-biphenyl]-3,3‧,4,4‧-tetracarboxylate (Li4-BPTC). Although four Li+ can be inserted, only two Li+ was reversible yielding a capacity of 110, 122 and 107 mAh g-1 (after 50 cycles) at a current density of 40, 80 and 160 mA g-1 respectively. As sodium analog of Li4-BPTC is unstable in the ambient conditions, Li4-BPTC was tested in sodium half-cell and a reversible capacity of 107 mAh g-1 was obtained even after 200 cycles at 160 mA g-1 rate. The exchange of Li+ by Na+ in Li4-BPTC electrode during the electrochemical sodiation/desodiation was confirmed by ICP-OES and XPS studies.

  20. 49 CFR 213.307 - Class of track: operating speed limits.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... operating speed for trains 1 is— Class 6 track 110 m.p.h. Class 7 track 125 m.p.h. Class 8 track 160 m.p.h. 2 Class 9 track 200 m.p.h. 1 Freight may be transported at passenger train speeds if the following... 150 m.p.h. are authorized by this part only in conjunction with a rule of particular...

  1. Water on Mars

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Carr, M.H.

    1987-01-01

    Estimates of the amount of water outgassed from Mars, based on the composition of the atmosphere, range from 6 to 160 m, as compared with 3 km for the Earth. In contrast, large flood features, valley networks, and several indicators of ground ice suggest that at least 500 m of water have outgassed. The two sets of estimates may be reconciled if early in its history, Mars lost part of its atmosphere by impact erosion and hydrodynamic escape. ?? 1987 Nature Publishing Group.

  2. MX Siting Investigation. Faults and Lineaments in the MX Siting Region, Nevada and Utah. Volume I.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1981-11-06

    subduction of the 6 F tgEi a E-TR-54 7 ancient Farallon plate under the North American plate west of the study area (Atwater, 1970; and Atwater and Molnar... Plates Al through All). Prior to the geologic field reconnaissance phase, the locations of faults and lineaments were transferred from aerial pho...160 m). These data were transferred to the 1:250,000-scale maps (Appendix A, Plates Al through All) by photographic reduction. 3.2 GRAVITY ANALYSIS

  3. Four missense mutations in the ghrelin receptor result in distinct pharmacological abnormalities.

    PubMed

    Liu, Guang; Fortin, Jean-Philippe; Beinborn, Martin; Kopin, Alan S

    2007-09-01

    The growth hormone secretagogue receptor (GHSR) plays an important role in regulating food intake and energy homeostasis. In this study, we compared the pharmacological properties of four reported variants of the human GHSR (I134T, V160M, A204E, and F279L) with those of the wild-type receptor. Corresponding recombinant receptors were transiently expressed in either human embryonic kidney 293 or COS-7 cells. Basal as well as ligand-induced signaling was assessed by luciferase reporter gene assays and measurement of inositol phosphate production. In addition, receptor expression levels were monitored by whole-cell enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Ligand-independent signaling of the wild-type GHSR is significantly reduced with introduction of either the V160M or F279L substitutions, whereas basal activity of the A204E mutant is not detectable. Ghrelin potency is markedly increased at the V160M mutant, whereas the I134T variant is unresponsive to this endogenous agonist. In contrast, the I134T mutant responds to a known GHSR inverse agonist, [D-Arg(1), D-Phe(5), D-Trp(7,9), Leu(11)]-substance P (SP-analog), albeit with reduced efficacy. Activity of the SP-analog at the V160M and F279L mutants is comparable to the wild type (WT) value. The overall expression level of each of the four GHSR variants is reduced relative to WT; however, the ratio between the intracellular and plasma membrane receptor density remains comparable. Treatment with the SP-analog significantly increases cell surface expression of each receptor with the exception of the A204E variant. Taken together, our studies reveal that naturally occurring GHSR mutations affect a wide range of pharmacologic properties. The physiological impact of these alterations within selected populations (e.g., obese, lean individuals) as well as the pharmacogenomic consequences of corresponding mutations remain to be further investigated.

  4. 49 CFR 213.307 - Class of track: operating speed limits.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... operating speed for trains 1 is— Class 6 track 110 m.p.h. Class 7 track 125 m.p.h. Class 8 track 160 m.p.h. 2 Class 9 track 200 m.p.h. 1 Freight may be transported at passenger train speeds if the following... 150 m.p.h. are authorized by this part only in conjunction with a rule of particular...

  5. Fire Hazard Assessment of Shipboard Plastic Waste Processing Systems

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1994-02-28

    cm 1.6 Wood panel (S178M) 1.6 Plastic wage (processed) 1.65 Hardboard, gloss paint, 3.4 mm 1.7 Mineral wool , textile paper (S160M) 1.7 Hardboard...1.27 cm 390 Chipboard (Si 18M) 390 Plywood, plain, 0.635 cm 390 Foam, flexible, 2.54 cm 390 GRP, 2.24 mm 390 Pha waste -(ressed 400 Mineral wool , textile

  6. Description of the MHS Health Level 7 Pharmacy Unit-Dose Data for Public Health Surveillance

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2009-11-01

    name of interest and to remove other extraneous information contained in this field. For example, the drug acetaminophen is present in the following...forms for this field: HL7 Pharmacy Unit-Dose Technical Document EpiData Center Department 8 ACETAMINOPHEN (CHILDREN’S TYLENOL) 160M... ACETAMINOPHEN 325MG ORAL TABLET, and ACETAMINOPHEN 500MG ORAL TABLET. There have been no misspellings of drug names identified in the pharmacy data

  7. Description of the MHS Health Level 7 Pharmacy Outpatient Data for Public Health Surveillance

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2009-10-30

    9 For example, the drug acetaminophen is present in the following forms for this field: ACETAMINOPHEN (CHILDREN’S TYLENOL) 160M, ACETAMINOPHEN ...325MG ORAL TABLET and ACETAMINOPHEN 500MG ORAL TABLET. Provider’s Administration Instructions are the actual written directions by the clinician...available personnel databases. Comparability These data are generated from the pharmaceutical treatment records of a highly specific patient population

  8. Decoupling of Confined Normal 3He

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    Dimov, S. G.; Bennett, R. G.; Ilic, B.; Verbridge, S. S.; Levitin, L. V.; Fefferman, A. D.; Casey, A.; Saunders, J.; Parpia, J. M.

    2010-01-01

    Anodic bonding was used to fabricate a 10 mm diameter × 640 nm tall annular geometry suitable for torsion pendulum studies of confined 3He. For pure 3He at saturated vapor pressure the inertia of the confined fluid was seen to be only partially coupled to the pendulum at 160 mK. Below 100 mK the liquid’s inertial contribution was negligible, indicating a complete decoupling of the 3He from the pendulum.

  9. 49 CFR 213.307 - Classes of track: operating speed limits.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... allowableoperating speed for trains is 1 Class 6 track 110 m.p.h. Class 7 track 125 m.p.h. Class 8 track 160 m.p.h.2 Class 9 track 220 m.p.h.2 1 Freight may be transported at passenger train speeds if the following....p.h. are authorized by this part only in conjunction with FRA regulatory approval addressing other...

  10. 49 CFR 213.307 - Class of track: operating speed limits.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... operating speed for trains 1 is— Class 6 track 110 m.p.h. Class 7 track 125 m.p.h. Class 8 track 160 m.p.h. 2 Class 9 track 200 m.p.h. 1 Freight may be transported at passenger train speeds if the following... 150 m.p.h. are authorized by this part only in conjunction with a rule of particular applicability...

  11. 49 CFR 213.307 - Classes of track: operating speed limits.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ... allowableoperating speed for trains is 1 Class 6 track 110 m.p.h. Class 7 track 125 m.p.h. Class 8 track 160 m.p.h.2 Class 9 track 220 m.p.h.2 1 Freight may be transported at passenger train speeds if the following....p.h. are authorized by this part only in conjunction with FRA regulatory approval addressing other...

  12. Second COS FUV Lifetime Calibration Program: Verification of FUV BOA Operations {FCAL4}

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    Debes, John

    2011-10-01

    This program will obtain one external orbit of G191B2B, a previous SMOV4 BOA target. We will obtain spectra in the G130M, G160M, and G140L gratings at one cenwave each to 1} spot-check spectral performance, 2} obtain spatial profiles, and 3} complete updated target acquisition parameters. We will also test auto- wavecals within a BOA observation.

  13. Investigations of Wind Shear Distribution on the Baltic Shore of Latvia

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    Bezrukovs, V.; Zacepins, A.; Bezrukovs, Vl.; Komashilovs, V.

    2016-06-01

    The paper presents a review of wind parameter measurement complexes and investigation methods used for potential wind energy evaluation. Based on results of long-term investigations of wind shear distribution regularities are shown up to 160 m height on the Baltic Sea shore. Distribution of potential wind energy in Latvia is shown as a map and table of average and average cubic wind speed values. Database of wind parameter measurements is available at a public website.

  14. Starspots and extra-solar planets in lightcurves & radial velocity measurements

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    Huber, F. K.

    2017-08-01

    In December 2016 focus sweeps were performed at the fourth lifetime position (LP4) of the COS/FUV detector with the G160M and G140L gratings. In this ISR we present the results. The focus sweeps involved observations of the stars Feige 48 and AzV75 at a range of focus settings. An auto correlation technique was used to find the minimal line widths of absorption lines and therefore find the optimal focus setting. This process yielded focus offsets relative to the LP3 foci of +262 for G160M/1600, and +260 for G140L/1105. A comparison with ray-trace models shows that the G140L/1105 focus offset is within expectations when errors are considered, and the G160M/1600 focus differs from expectations at the 2.5σ level. The derived focus offsets were updated in the flight software tables in February 2017 and will be used for routine LP4 operations. This is a partner ISR to [COS] 2017-16.

  15. Evolutionarily Successful Asian 1 Dengue Virus 2 Lineages Contain One Substitution in Envelope That Increases Sensitivity to Polyclonal Antibody Neutralization

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    Wang, Chunling; Katzelnick, Leah C.; Montoya, Magelda; Hue, Kien Duong Thi; Simmons, Cameron P.; Harris, Eva

    2016-01-01

    The 4 dengue virus serotypes (DENV-1–4) cause the most prevalent mosquito-borne viral disease of humans worldwide. DENV-2 Asian 1 (A1) genotype viruses replaced the Asian-American (AA) genotype in Vietnam and Cambodia, after which A1 viruses containing Q or M at envelope (E) residue 160 became more prevalent than those with residue 160K in both countries (2008–2011). We investigated whether these substitutions conferred a fitness advantage by measuring neutralizing antibody titer against reporter virus particles (RVPs) representing AA, A1-160K, A1-160Q, and A1-160M, using patient sera from Vietnam and a well-characterized Nicaraguan cohort. Surprisingly, we found that A1-160Q and A1-160M RVPs were better neutralized by heterologous antisera than A1-160K. Despite this, Vietnamese patients infected with A1-160Q or A1-160M viruses had higher viremia levels than those infected with A1-160K. We thus found that independent lineages in Vietnam and Cambodia acquired a substitution in E that significantly increased polyclonal neutralization but nonetheless were successful in disseminating and infecting human hosts. PMID:26582957

  16. Evolutionarily Successful Asian 1 Dengue Virus 2 Lineages Contain One Substitution in Envelope That Increases Sensitivity to Polyclonal Antibody Neutralization.

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    Wang, Chunling; Katzelnick, Leah C; Montoya, Magelda; Hue, Kien Duong Thi; Simmons, Cameron P; Harris, Eva

    2016-03-15

    The 4 dengue virus serotypes (DENV-1-4) cause the most prevalent mosquito-borne viral disease of humans worldwide. DENV-2 Asian 1 (A1) genotype viruses replaced the Asian-American (AA) genotype in Vietnam and Cambodia, after which A1 viruses containing Q or M at envelope (E) residue 160 became more prevalent than those with residue 160K in both countries (2008-2011). We investigated whether these substitutions conferred a fitness advantage by measuring neutralizing antibody titer against reporter virus particles (RVPs) representing AA, A1-160K, A1-160Q, and A1-160M, using patient sera from Vietnam and a well-characterized Nicaraguan cohort. Surprisingly, we found that A1-160Q and A1-160M RVPs were better neutralized by heterologous antisera than A1-160K. Despite this, Vietnamese patients infected with A1-160Q or A1-160M viruses had higher viremia levels than those infected with A1-160K. We thus found that independent lineages in Vietnam and Cambodia acquired a substitution in E that significantly increased polyclonal neutralization but nonetheless were successful in disseminating and infecting human hosts.

  17. Effects of root surface debridement using Er:YAG laser versus ultrasonic scaling - a SEM study.

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    Miremadi, S R; Cosyn, J; Schaubroeck, D; Lang, N P; De Moor, R J G; De Bruyn, H

    2014-11-01

    Despite promising results of Er:YAG laser in periodontal debridement, to date there is no consensus about the ideal settings for clinical use. This experimental clinical trial aimed to determine the effects of debridement using Er:YAG laser and to compare with ultrasonic treatment. Sixty-four teeth were divided into two in vivo and in vitro subgroups. Each tooth received ultrasonic treatment on one side and Er:YAG laser debridement at either 60, 100, 160 or 250 mJ pulse(-1) and at 10 Hz on the other side on a random basis. All samples were morphologically analyzed afterwards under scanning electron microscope for surface changes and dentinal tubules exposure. Treatment duration (d) was also recorded. Laser debridement produced an irregular, rough and flaky surface free of carbonization or meltdown while ultrasound produced a relatively smoother surface. The number of exposed dentinal tubules (n) followed an energy-dependent trend. The number of exposed tubules among the in vivo laser groups was n 60 mJ = n 100 mJ < n 160 mJ < n 250 mJ (P < 0.001). Also 160 and 250 mJ lasers led to significantly more dentinal exposure than ultrasound under in vivo condition. Within the in vitro laser groups, dentinal tubules exposure was n 60 mJ < n 100 mJ < n 160 mJ < n 250 mJ (P ≤ 0.0015). Furthermore, in vitro laser treatments at 100, 160 and 250 mJ led to significantly more dentinal denudation than ultrasound. Treatment duration (d) for the in vivo groups was d 60 mJ > d 100 mJ > d Ultrasound = d 160 mJ > d 250 mJ (P ≤ 0.046), while for the in vitro groups it was d 60 mJ > d 100 mJ = d Ultrasound = d 160 mJ >d 250 mJ (P ≤ 0.046). Due to excessive treatment duration and surface damage, Er:YAG laser debridement at 60 and 250 mJ pulse(-1), respectively, is not appropriate for clinical use. Although laser debridement at 100 and 160 mJ pulse(-1) seems more suitable for clinical application, compared to ultrasound the former is more time-consuming and the latter is more

  18. Solar and Drag Sail Propulsion: From Theory to Mission Implementation

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    Johnson, Les; Alhorn, Dean; Boudreaux, Mark; Casas, Joe; Stetson, Doug; Young, Roy

    2014-01-01

    Solar and drag sail technology is entering the mainstream for space propulsion applications within NASA and around the world. Solar sails derive propulsion by reflecting sunlight from a large, mirror- like sail made of a lightweight, reflective material. The continuous sunlight pressure provides efficient primary propulsion, without the expenditure of propellant or any other consumable, allowing for very high V maneuvers and long-duration deep space exploration. Drag sails increase the aerodynamic drag on Low Earth Orbit (LEO) spacecraft, providing a lightweight and relatively inexpensive approach for end-of-life deorbit and reentry. Since NASA began investing in the technology in the late 1990's, significant progress has been made toward their demonstration and implementation in space. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) managed the development and testing of two different 20-m solar sail systems and rigorously tested them under simulated space conditions in the Glenn Research Center's Space Power Facility at Plum Brook Station, Ohio. One of these systems, developed by L'Garde, Inc., is planned for flight in 2015. Called Sunjammer, the 38m sailcraft will unfurl in deep space and demonstrate solar sail propulsion and navigation as it flies to Earth-Sun L1. In the Flight Center (MSFC) managed the development and testing of two different 20-m solar sail systems and rigorously tested them under simulated space conditions in the Glenn Research Center's Space Power Facility at Plum Brook Station, Ohio. One of these systems, developed by L'Garde, Inc., is planned for flight in 2015. Called Sunjammer, the 38m sailcraft will unfurl in deep space and demonstrate solar sail propulsion and navigation as it flies to Earth-Sun L1. In the interim, NASA MSFC funded the NanoSail-D, a subscale drag sail system designed for small spacecraft applications. The NanoSail-D flew aboard the Fast Affordable Science and Technology SATellite (FASTSAT) in 2010, also developed by MSFC

  19. Mercury Sample Return using Solar Sails

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    Young, Roy; Montgomery, E.; Adams, C.

    2006-12-01

    Over the previous three years NASA’s In-Space Propulsion Technology (ISPT) Program has matured solar sail technology from laboratory components to full systems, demonstrated in as relevant a space environment as could be simulated on the ground. Solar sail propulsion uses sunlight to propel vehicles through space by reflecting solar photons from a large sails made of a lightweight, reflective material. With photonic pressure providing continuous thrust, sailcraft can conduct missions not available with conventional propulsion: • high-inclination plane changes • flyby or rendezvous missions to outer solar system objects • non-Keplarian orbits (e.g. above the pole of a planet) • hovering indefinitely near a Lagrange point in space To illustrate the capabilities of solar sails, the results of an European Space Agency Mercury Sample Return study using solar sails is described and compared with a mission using conventional propulsion. A conventional Mercury sample return mission requires significant launch mass due to the large Δv required for the outbound and return trips, and the large mass of a planetary lander and ascent vehicle. Solar sailing can reduce mass by delivering the lander to a low, orbit close to the terminator and providing the Δv for the return flight. The mission concept calls for a 275 m sail to deliver a lander, cruise stage and science payload to a Sun-synchronous orbit at Mercury in 2.85 years. The lander acquires samples, and conducts limited surface exploration. An ascent vehicle delivers a small vehicle containing the samples for transfer to the solar sail. The solar sail then spirals back to Earth in 1 year. Solar sailing reduces launch mass by 60% and trip time by 40%, relative to conventional mission concepts. Results of technology development activities sponsored by the ISPT Program will be provided to demonstrate the level of technology readiness for such missions.

  20. Starship Sails Propelled by Cost-Optimized Directed Energy

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    Benford, J.

    Microwave and laser-propelled sails are a new class of spacecraft using photon acceleration. It is the only method of interstellar flight that has no physics issues. Laboratory demonstrations of basic features of beam-driven propulsion, flight, stability (`beam-riding'), and induced spin, have been completed in the last decade, primarily in the microwave. It offers much lower cost probes after a substantial investment in the launcher. Engineering issues are being addressed by other applications: fusion (microwave, millimeter and laser sources) and astronomy (large aperture antennas). There are many candidate sail materials: carbon nanotubes and microtrusses, beryllium, graphene, etc. For acceleration of a sail, what is the cost-optimum high power system? Here the cost is used to constrain design parameters to estimate system power, aperture and elements of capital and operating cost. From general relations for cost-optimal transmitter aperture and power, system cost scales with kinetic energy and inversely with sail diameter and frequency. So optimal sails will be larger, lower in mass and driven by higher frequency beams. Estimated costs include economies of scale. We present several starship point concepts. Systems based on microwave, millimeter wave and laser technologies are of equal cost at today's costs. The frequency advantage of lasers is cancelled by the high cost of both the laser and the radiating optic. Cost of interstellar sailships is very high, driven by current costs for radiation source, antennas and especially electrical power. The high speeds necessary for fast interstellar missions make the operating cost exceed the capital cost. Such sailcraft will not be flown until the cost of electrical power in space is reduced orders of magnitude below current levels.

  1. NEXT Long-Duration Test Neutralizer Performance and Erosion Characteristics

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    Herman, Daniel A.; Soulas, George C.; Patterson, Michael J.

    2009-01-01

    The NASA's Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) program is developing the next-generation ion propulsion system with significant enhancements beyond the state-of-the-art to provide future NASA science missions with enhanced capabilities at a low total development cost. A Long-Duration Test (LDT) was initiated in June 2005, to verify the NEXT propellant throughput capability to a qualification-level of 450 kg, 1.5 times the anticipated throughput requirement of 300 kg per thruster based on mission analyses. As of September 2, 2009, the thruster has accumulated 24,400 hr of operation with extensive durations at the following input powers: 6.9, 4.7, 1.1, and 0.5 kW. The thruster has processed 434 kg of xenon, surpassing the NASA Solar Technology Application Readiness (NSTAR) program thruster propellant throughput demonstrated during the extended life testing of the Deep Space 1 flight spare ion thruster and approaching the NEXT development qualification throughput goal of 450 kg. The NEXT LDT has demonstrated a total impulse of 16.1 10(exp 6zzz0 N s; the highest total impulse ever demonstrated by an ion thruster. A reduction in neutralizer flow margin has been the only appreciable source of thruster performance degradation. The behavior of the neutralizer is not easily predicted due to both erosion and deposition observed in previous wear tests. Spot-to-plume mode transition flow data and in-situ erosion results for the LDT neutralizer are discussed. This loss of flow margin has been addressed through a combination of a design change in the prototype-model neutralizer to increase flow margin at low emission current and to update the NEXT throttle table to ensure adequate flow margin as a function of propellant throughput processed. The new throttle table will be used for future LDT operations. The performance of the NEXT LDT neutralizer is consistent with that observed for long-life hollow cathodes. The neutralizer life-limiting failure modes are progressing as expected

  2. Symposium on Flow-Induced Vibrations Held in New Orleans, Louisiana on 9-14 December 1984. Volume 1. Excitation and Vibration of Bluff Bodies in Cross Flow

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    1984-12-14

    84 140 144 3 - 3 3 l J(1975-1978) -.. I BUGEY 128 61 108 140 68 68 68 6 3 21978-1981) CRUAS 155 78 136 160 76 76 76 8 3 3 (1.981) . .. .. Table I...that real loads can be reproduced (figure 5). Height increase.When height was increased from 128 m ( Bugey ) to 160 m (Cruas), no perceptible difference...Z) where K(O)- assumes the values 1.3, 1.5, 0.85 and 0.5 in the four zones, at the neck in Bugey , with : up and a standard deviation of pressure and

  3. Analysis of Chameleonic Change of Red Cabbage Depending on Broad pH Range for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Park, Kyung Hee; Kim, Tae Young; Ko, Hyun Seok; Han, Eun Mi; Lee, Suk-Ho; Kim, Jung-Hun; Lee, Jae Wook

    2015-08-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were assembled using natural dyes extracted from red cabbage as a sensitizer. In this work, we investigated the adsorption characteristics and the electrochemical behavior for harvesting sunlight and electron transfer in red cabbage DSSCs under different solvents and pH. For the red cabbage dye-sensitized electrode adsorbed at pH 3.5, the solar cell yields a short-circuit current density (Jsc) of 1.60 mA/cm2, a photovoltage (Vcc) of 0.46 V, and a fill factor of 0.55, corresponding to an energy conversion efficiency (η) of 0.41%.

  4. Microwave-induced excess quasiparticles in superconducting resonators measured through correlated conductivity fluctuations

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    de Visser, P. J.; Baselmans, J. J. A.; Yates, S. J. C.; Diener, P.; Endo, A.; Klapwijk, T. M.

    2012-04-01

    We have measured the number of quasiparticles and their lifetime in aluminium superconducting microwave resonators. The number of excess quasiparticles below 160 mK decreases from 72 to 17 μm-3 with a 6 dB decrease of the microwave power. The quasiparticle lifetime increases accordingly from 1.4 to 3.5 ms. These properties of the superconductor were measured through the spectrum of correlated fluctuations in the quasiparticle system and condensate of the superconductor, which show up in the resonator amplitude and phase, respectively. Because uncorrelated noise sources vanish, fluctuations in the superconductor can be studied with a sensitivity close to the vacuum noise.

  5. Number Fluctuations of Sparse Quasiparticles in a Superconductor

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    de Visser, P. J.; Baselmans, J. J. A.; Diener, P.; Yates, S. J. C.; Endo, A.; Klapwijk, T. M.

    2011-04-01

    We have directly measured quasiparticle number fluctuations in a thin film superconducting Al resonator in thermal equilibrium. The spectrum of these fluctuations provides a measure of both the density and the lifetime of the quasiparticles. We observe that the quasiparticle density decreases exponentially with decreasing temperature, as theoretically predicted, but saturates below 160 mK to 25-55/μm3. We show that this saturation is consistent with the measured saturation in the quasiparticle lifetime, which also explains similar observations in qubit decoherence times.

  6. [Sediment risk assessment and heavy metal source analysis in typical country water level fluctuated zone (WLFZ) of the Three Gorges].

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    Ao, Liang; Lei, Bo; Wang, Ye-Chun; Zhou, Xie; Zhang, Sheng

    2014-01-01

    Typical country WLFZ in Zhongxian located in the core region of the Three Gorges Reservoir was chosen as research subject in this study. In July 2012, sediment samples of WLFZ were collected after dam water level dropped. Heavy metals were analyzed for sediment potential risk assessment and then applied for sources analysis in this area, which supplied basic data for non-point pollutants control. The results showed that As, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Mn, Ni, Pb and Zn ranged in 155-160 m:5.17-14.81, 0.06-0.57, 8.55-20.56, 62.79-93.04, 15.38-60.97, 425.72-782.32, 21.34-48.5, 23.03-43.39 and 57.78-130.10 mg x kg(-1), and 170-175 m: 7.05-12.57, 0.17-0.33, 10.71-18.89, 65.22-92.89, 18.89-42.91, 74.06-774.41, 22.47-42.49, 24.17-29.23, 55.67-103.18 mg x kg(-1), respectively. Index of geo-accumulation (Igeo) suggested the accumulation orders were Cd > Co > Mn > As > Cu > Pb > Zn in 155-160m WLFZ and Co > Mn > Cd > As in 170-175 m WLFZ. Sediment pollution index (SPI) showed that sediments in 155-160 m WLFZ had higher potential risk than that of 170-175 m with the highest risk appeared in 155-166 m WLFZ site located downstream of Zhongxian. In 155-160 m WLFZ, Cr, Cu, Pb and Zn were mainly originated from natural resources, while As, Ni, Cd, Co and Mn were possibly sourced from upland water. In contrast, in 170-175 m WLFZ, Cr, Ni, Pb and Zn in the sediment came from natural resources, while Cd, As, Co, Mn and Cu were probably rooted from both agricultural non-point source and upland water.

  7. H/sup -/ ion source research at Los Alamos

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    Allison, P.; Smith, H.V. Jr.; Sherman, J.D.

    1980-01-01

    Up to 160 mA of H/sup -/ ions has been extracted at 20 kV from a 10 by 0.5-mm/sup 2/ slit in a Penning surface-plasma source. Typically, 70% of the beam can be transported through a bending magnet to a Faraday cup or emittance scanner. Up to 90% transmission has been observed for some neutralizing gases. Average and pulsed cesium flows from the source were measured with a surface-ionization gauge. Operating parameters of the source and measurements of the emittance are reported.

  8. A high performance hybrid battery based on aluminum anode and LiFePO4 cathode

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    Sun, Xiao-Guang; Bi, Zhonghe; Liu, Hansan; Bridges, Craig A.; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Dai, Sheng; Brown, Gilbert M.

    2015-12-07

    A unique battery hybrid utilizes an aluminum anode, a LiFePO4 cathode and an acidic ionic liquid electrolyte based on 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (EMImCl) and aluminum trichloride (AlCl 3) (EMImCl-AlCl 3, 1-1.1 in molar ratio) with or without LiAlCl4 is proposed. This hybrid ion battery delivers an initial high capacity of 160 mAh g-1 at a current rate of C/5. It also shows good rate capability and cycling performance.

  9. A high performance hybrid battery based on aluminum anode and LiFePO4 cathode

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    Sun, Xiao-Guang; Bi, Zhonghe; Liu, Hansan; ...

    2015-12-07

    A unique battery hybrid utilizes an aluminum anode, a LiFePO4 cathode and an acidic ionic liquid electrolyte based on 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (EMImCl) and aluminum trichloride (AlCl 3) (EMImCl-AlCl 3, 1-1.1 in molar ratio) with or without LiAlCl4 is proposed. This hybrid ion battery delivers an initial high capacity of 160 mAh g-1 at a current rate of C/5. It also shows good rate capability and cycling performance.

  10. Virus passage through track-etch membranes modified by salinity and a nonionic surfactant.

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    Lytle, C D; Routson, L B; Jain, N B; Myers, M R; Green, B L

    1999-06-01

    Why do viruses sometimes not pass through larger pores in track-etch filters? Increasing the salinity (0.8 to 160 mM Na+) decreased phiX174 and PRD1 passage through track-etch polycarbonate membranes (sodium dodecyl sulfate coated but not polyvinylpyrrolidone coated) and PRD1 passage through polyester membranes. Undiminished passage when 0.1% Tween 80 was added implied that nonionic virus adsorption occurred and indicated that high levels of salinity decreased virus passage by decreasing electrostatic repulsion that prevented adsorption.

  11. Virus Passage through Track-Etch Membranes Modified by Salinity and a Nonionic Surfactant

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    Lytle, C. David; Routson, Licia B.; Jain, Nisha B.; Myers, Matthew R.; Green, Barbara L.

    1999-01-01

    Why do viruses sometimes not pass through larger pores in track-etch filters? Increasing the salinity (0.8 to 160 mM Na+) decreased φX174 and PRD1 passage through track-etch polycarbonate membranes (sodium dodecyl sulfate coated but not polyvinylpyrrolidone coated) and PRD1 passage through polyester membranes. Undiminished passage when 0.1% Tween 80 was added implied that nonionic virus adsorption occurred and indicated that high levels of salinity decreased virus passage by decreasing electrostatic repulsion that prevented adsorption. PMID:10347078

  12. RAY-O-VAC BR2325 Lithium Carbon Monofluoride Cell Performance

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    Mcdermott, J. K.

    1985-01-01

    RAY-O-VAC currently markets a 160 mAH lithium cell recommended for usage in watch and calculator products. The lithium carbon monofluoride cell offers an extended shelf life with no reduction in performance effectiveness. The BR2325 cell has aerospace applications for memory devices and telemetry systems. Over one hundred thirty (130) cells were purchased and tested for evaluation purposes. The test statistics and overall cell performance of the RAY-O-VOC BR2325 lithium carbon monofluoride cell is reviewed.

  13. A high performance hybrid battery based on aluminum anode and LiFePO4 cathode.

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    Sun, Xiao-Guang; Bi, Zhonghe; Liu, Hansan; Fang, Youxing; Bridges, Craig A; Paranthaman, M Parans; Dai, Sheng; Brown, Gilbert M

    2016-01-28

    A novel hybrid battery utilizing an aluminum anode, a LiFePO4 cathode and an acidic ionic liquid electrolyte based on 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (EMImCl) and aluminum trichloride (AlCl3) (EMImCl-AlCl3, 1-1.1 in molar ratio) with or without LiAlCl4 is proposed. The hybrid ion battery delivers an initial high capacity of 160 mA h g(-1) at a current rate of C/5. It also shows good rate capability and cycling performance.

  14. Structural and electronic modification of MoS₂ nanosheets using S-doped carbon for efficient electrocatalysis of the hydrogen evolution reaction.

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    Naresh Kumar, Thangavel; Chandrasekaran, Naveen; Lakshminarasimha Phani, Kanala

    2015-03-25

    We discovered the in situ generation of S-doped carbon sandwiched between the MoS2 nano-sheets during pyrolysis of Mo(VI)-polydopamine (PDA) in the presence of elemental sulfur. This causes enrichment of MoS2 with more edge planes (2H → 1T), also resulting in enhanced charge density and electronic conductivity. The phase transformed MoS2[@S-C(PDA)] exhibits enhanced HER activity with η = 160 mV at a current density of 10 mA cm(-2).

  15. A Study of Lightning Protection Systems

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    1981-10-01

    cording systems extended from agnetic field systems from 1 ic and magnetic fields, the about 0.3 microsecond, ly at two Florida stations th the result...voltages can occur, it is often necessary to utilize one or more voltage limiting devices to hold or clamp these transients to a harmless level...channels triggered by Apollo 12 at an altitude of about 2 km struck the high-pressure gas facility within 30 m of the base of the 160 m launch umbilical

  16. Detecting ionizing radiation with optical fibers down to biomedical doses

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    Avino, S.; D'Avino, V.; Giorgini, A.; Pacelli, R.; Liuzzi, R.; Cella, L.; De Natale, P.; Gagliardi, G.

    2013-10-01

    We report on a passive ionizing radiation sensor based on a fiber-optic resonant cavity interrogated by a high resolution interferometric technique. After irradiation in clinical linear accelerators, we observe significant variations of the fiber thermo-optic coefficient. Exploiting this effect, we demonstrate an ultimate detection limit of 160 mGy with an interaction volume of only 6 × 10-4 mm3. Thanks to its reliability, compactness, and sensitivity at biomedical dose levels, our system lends itself to real applications in radiation therapy procedures as well as in radiation monitoring and protection in medicine, aerospace, and nuclear power plants.

  17. New map of seafloor mirrors surface

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    Carlowicz, Michael

    Over the past few years, a Kiwi fisherman has made a bountiful living casting his nets in an area the experts said did not exist. The New Zealander has long asserted that there are shallows amid the remote and abyssal seas of the South Pacific—shallows that teem with marine life. His echo location instruments, as well as readings taken by a research ship in 1964, had charted depths as shallow as 160 m. But those readings were consistently discounted by ocean floor researchers as improbable.

  18. Wiring of pyranose dehydrogenase with osmium polymers of different redox potentials.

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    Zafar, Muhammad Nadeem; Tasca, Federico; Boland, Susan; Kujawa, Magdalena; Patel, Ilabahen; Peterbauer, Clemens K; Leech, Dónal; Gorton, Lo

    2010-11-01

    In this study, five different flexible osmium based redox polymers were investigated for their ability to efficiently "wire" the oxidoreductase pyranose dehydrogenase (PDH, EC 1.1.99.29) from Agaricus meleagris, on graphite electrodes for possible applications in biofuel cells. A series of newly synthesised osmium based redox polymers covering the potential range between -270 and +160 mV vs. Ag|AgCl (0.1M KCl) was used. The performance of the redox polymers for enzyme wiring was investigated using glucose as substrate. The optimal operational conditions such as pH and potential were investigated.

  19. The acetate kinase of Clostridum acetobutylicum strain P262.

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    Diez-Gonzalez, F; Russell, J B; Hunter, J B

    1996-12-01

    Clostridum acetobutylicum strain P262 fermented glucose, pyruvate, or lactate, and the butyrate production was substrate-dependent. Differences in butyrate yield could not be explained by changes in butyrate kinase activities, but the butyrate production was inversely related to acetate kinase activity. The acetate kinase had a pH optimum of 8.0, a Km for acetate of 160 mM, and a kcat of 16, 800 min-1. The enyzme had a native molecular mass of 78 kDa; the size of 42 kDa on SDS-PAGE indicated that the acetate kinase of strain P262 was a homodimer.

  20. Acidolysis of Poly(4-Methyl-1,3-Dioxolane).

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    1986-01-10

    it formed as a water azeotrope until distillate temperature reached 900. At this point more reactants (a 1:1 mixture ) were added and the reaction was...800 and finally with three 160 mL portions of water at 800. Toluene / water azeotrope was then distilled (1 atm) followed by distillation of the...in 480 mL toluene precooled to 00. The final tmperature was -80. The toluene solution was washed with 1 eq. potassium hydroxide in 160 niL water at

  1. [Effects of follicle stimulating hormone on proliferation, apoptosis, migration and invasion of ovarian carcinoma cells: an in vitro experiment].

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    Huang, Yan; Zhao, Yu-Qing; Su, Min; Gao, Shu-Jun; Jin, Hong-Yan; Feng, You-Ji

    2007-09-18

    To investigate the effects of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) on the proliferation, apoptosis, migration and invasion of ovarian cancer cells. Ovarian cancer cells of the lines SKOV-3 and ES-2 were cultured, and treated by FSH of the concentrations of 10, 20, 40, 80, and 160 mU/ml for 48 h or 24 h respectively. The cells without FSH treatment were used as control cells. The proliferative effects of the cells were detected by MTT colorimetry. The apoptosis and cell cycle were examined by flow cytometry. The matrix metalloproteinases-2 (MMP-2) protein levels in the supernatant were determined by zymography. The cytoplasm levels of MMP-2 protein in cells were tested by Western blotting. RT-PCR was used to detect the expression of MMP-2 mRNA in cells. The migration and invasion of the cells were examined. The a values of the SKOV-3 treated with FSH of the concentrations of 10 - 160 mU/ml were all significantly higher than those without FSH treatment (all P < 0.01). The apoptosis rates of the SKOV-3 treated with FSH of the concentrations 10 - 160 mU/ml were (0.94 +/- 0.06)%, (0.71 +/- 0.03)%, (0.22 +/- 0.02)%, (0.32 +/- 0.02)%, and (0.55 +/- 0.05)% respectively, all significantly lower than those without FSH treatment [(1.30 +/- 0.10)%, all P < 0.01]. After treatment with FSH of the concentrations 40 to 160 mU/ml the percentages of the SKOV-3 at the stage G(0)/G(1) gradually decreased and the cells at the stage S gradually increased compared with the control groups (all P < 0.05). The MMP-2 mRNA and protein expression levels of the SKOV-3 increased with the concentration increase of FSH (P < 0.05 or P < 0.01). Boyden chamber invasive assay showed that the numbers of the SKOV-3 that penetrated the basement membrane were (157 +/- 20)/hp (x200), significantly higher than those of the control groups [(27 +/- 9)/hp, P < 0.01]. Scarification test showed that the distance between scratches of the FSH-treated SKOV-3 cells was significantly shorter than that of the control

  2. Intrinsic magnetic refrigeration of a single electron transistor

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    Ciccarelli, C.; Ferguson, A. J.; Campion, R. P.; Gallagher, B. L.

    2016-02-01

    In this work, we show that aluminium doped with low concentrations of magnetic impurities can be used to fabricate quantum devices with intrinsic cooling capabilities. We fabricate single electron transistors made of aluminium doped with 2% Mn by using a standard multi angle evaporation technique and show that the quantity of metal used to fabricate the devices generates enough cooling power to achieve a drop of 160 mK in the electron temperature at the base temperature of our cryostat (300 mK). The cooling mechanism is based on the magneto-caloric effect from the diluted Mn moments.

  3. Probing an Ancient Thermonuclear Runaway on a White Dwarf in a Dwarf Nova

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    Sion, Edward

    1999-07-01

    We unexpectedly discovered evidence, based upon two GHRS G160M spectra, of greatly elevated abundances of odd-numbered nuclei Phosphorus and Aluminum as well as a Nitrogen to Carbon ratio of 10 in the photosphere of the white dwarf in the dwarf nova VW Hy ons and determine the first chem ical abundances of many odd-numbered proton capture species; {2} determine a accurate mass for the white dwarf and; {3} probe changes in the accretion belt and surface abundances as a function of time since a superoutburst. This study will hold important

  4. Complete experimental characterization of stimulated Brillouin scattering in photonic crystal fiber.

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    Beugnot, J C; Sylvestre, T; Alasia, D; Maillotte, H; Laude, V; Monteville, A; Provino, L; Traynor, N; Mafang, S Foaleng; Thévenaz, L

    2007-11-12

    We provide a complete experimental characterization of stimulated Brillouin scattering in a 160 m long solid-core photonic crystal fiber, including threshold and spectrum measurements as well as position-resolved mapping of the Brillouin frequency shift. In particular, a three-fold increase of the Brillouin threshold power is observed, in excellent agreement with the spectrally-broadened Brillouin gain spectrum. Distributed measurements additionally reveal that the rise of the Brillouin threshold results from the broadband nature of the gain spectrum all along the fiber and is strongly influenced by strain. Our experiments confirm that these unique fibers can be exploited for the passive control or the suppression of Brillouin scattering.

  5. Antimutagenic and antioxidant activities of quebracho phenolics (Schinopsis balansae) recovered from tannery wastewaters.

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    Marín-Martinez, Raúl; Veloz-García, Rafael; Veloz-Rodríguez, Rafael; Guzmán-Maldonado, Salvador H; Loarca-Pina, Guadalupe; Cardador-Martinez, Anabertha; Guevara-Olvera, Lorenzo; Miranda-López, Rita; Torres-Pacheco, Irineo; Pérez, Cristina Pérez; Herrera-Hernández, Guadalupe; Villaseñor-Ortega, Francisco; González-Chavira, Mario; Guevara-Gonzalez, Ramón G

    2009-01-01

    Quebracho extracts are used in tannery due to their high concentration of phenolics. The Mexican tannery industry uses around 450 kg/m(3) of which, 150 kg/m(3) remains in wastewaters and are discharged in drain pipe systems or rivers. The quebracho phenolics recovered from tannery wastewater (QPTW) was characterized by HPLC. The antimutagenic and antioxidant activities as well as the microbiological quality were evaluated. Total phenolic content of QPTW was 621mg catechin equivalent/g sample. Gallic and protocatechuic acids were the major components characterized by HPLC. QPTW showed an inhibition range on aflatoxin B(1) mutagenicity from 16 to 60% and was dose-dependent. Antioxidant activity (defined as beta-carotene bleaching) of QPTW (64.4%) at a dose of 12.3mg/mL was similar to that of BHT (68.7%) at a dose of 0.33 mg/mL, but lower than Trolox (90.8% at a dose of 2.5mg/mL); meanwhile antiradical activity (measured as reduction of DPPH) (60.8%) was higher than that of BHT (50.8%) and Trolox (34.2%). Quebracho residues were demonstrated to be an outstanding source of phenolic acids and for research and industrial uses.

  6. Replacing NASA's Shuttle

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    Robertson, Donald F.

    1990-02-01

    The latest NASA Shuttle II proposal for an Advanced Manned Launch System (AMLS) is reviewed. It could achieve total reusability, with a glide-back booster stage and no solid rockets. The propellant load would be divided between the booster and orbiter stages. The AMLS payload of just over nine tons will be limited to crew and 'high-value' cargo, carried in the dorsal pod. Bulky freight and satellites will rely on expendable launchers. AMLS will be a Space Station ferry only and would not be used for on-orbit experiments. The operational history of the Space Shuttle program is shown, as well as its programmed future undertakings. Beyond the proposed Shuttle II, some insight is offered on the conceptual vehicle named Shuttle Z that could be the mainstay of Lunar-Base or Mars expeditions. Needed technologies and key features of a proposed AMLS orbiter are also mentioned. In addition, NASA proposals for a rescue vehicle for Space Station Freedom that will serve to return stranded or injured astronauts to earth is presented. One such proposed crew rescue vehicle would carry four people plus 450 kg of supplies, for a gross mass of 7146 kg.

  7. Coupled Effect of Elevated Temperature and Cooling Conditions on the Properties of Ground Clay Brick Mortars

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    Ali Abd El Aziz, Magdy; Abdelaleem, Salh; Heikal, Mohamed

    2013-12-01

    When a concrete structure is exposed to fire and cooling, some deterioration in its chemical resistivity and mechanical properties takes place. This deterioration can reach a level at which the structure may have to be thoroughly renovated or completely replaced. In this investigation, four types of cement mortars, ground clay bricks (GCB)/sand namely 0/3, 1/2, 2/1 and 3/0, were used. Three different cement contents were used: 350, 400 and 450 kg/m3. All the mortars were prepared and cured in tap water for 3 months and then kept in laboratory atmospheric conditions up to 6 months. The specimens were subjected to elevated temperatures up to 700°C for 3h and then cooled by three different conditions: water, furnace, and air cooling. The results show that all the mortars subjected to fire, irrespective of cooling mode, suffered a significant reduction in compressive strength. However, the mortars cooled in air exhibited a relativity higher reduction in compressive strength rather than those water or furnace cooled. The mortars containing GCB/sand (3/0) and GCB/sand (1/2) exhibited a relatively higher thermal stability than the others.

  8. Distance learning strategies for weight management utilizing social media: A comparison of phone conference call versus social media platform. Rationale and design for a randomized study

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    Willis, Erik A.; Szabo-Reed, Amanda N.; Ptomey, Lauren T.; Steger, Felicia L.; Honas, Jeffery J.; Al-Hihi, Eyad M.; Lee, Robert; Vansaghi, Lisa; Washburn, Richard A.; Donnelly, Joseph E.

    2016-01-01

    Management of obesity in the context of the primary care physician visit is of limited efficacy in part because of limited ability to engage participants in sustained behavior change between physician visits. Therefore, healthcare systems must find methods to address obesity that reach beyond the walls of clinics and hospitals and address the issues of lifestyle modification in a cost-conscious way. The dramatic increase in technology and online social networks may present healthcare providers with innovative ways to deliver weight management programs that could have an impact on health care at the population level. A randomized study will be conducted on 70 obese adults (BMI 30.0–45.0 kg/m2) to determine if weight loss (6 months) is equivalent between weight management interventions utilizing behavioral strategies by either a conference call or social media approach. The primary outcome, body weight, will be assessed at baseline and 6 months. Secondary outcomes including waist circumference, energy and macronutrient intake, and physical activity will be assessed on the same schedule. In addition, a cost analysis and process evaluation will be completed. PMID:26883282

  9. Effect of time on feed on performance of feedlot steers, carcass characteristics, and tenderness and composition of longissimus muscles.

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    Van Koevering, M T; Gill, D R; Owens, F N; Dolezal, H G; Strasia, C A

    1995-01-01

    Two hundred fifty-six British and Continental crossbred yearling steers (329 kg initially) were fed to study the effect of time on feed on live performance, carcass characteristics, tissue composition, and steak tenderness. Steers were divided into four slaughter groups and fed for either 105, 119, 133, or 147 d. Daily gains (carcass weight-adjusted basis) increased in a quadratic manner (P < .05; maximum at 119 d), whereas feed intake tended to increase linearly (P < .08) as cattle were fed longer. Feed conversion (carcass weight-adjusted basis) for steers fed 119 d was superior to that of steers fed for 147 d. Carcass weight, s.c. fat thickness, kidney, pelvic, and heart fat, overall carcass maturity, and yield grade increased linearly (P < .01) with time on feed. Marbling score and the percentage of cattle grading U.S. Choice increased (linearly; P < .01) with time on feed but at a decreasing rate (quadratic; P < .05). Cholesterol and total lipid concentrations in longissimus muscle increased linearly (P < .01) as time on feed increased, whereas the percentage of protein and moisture tended to decrease linearly (P < .10 and P < .01). Tenderness of ribeye steaks tended to increase linearly (P < .07) with time on feed, primarily due to a linear decrease (P < .03) in the percentage of steaks considered tough (shear force above 4.50 kg). Performance and carcass characteristics indicate that a feedlot finishing period of 119 to 133 d is ideal for British Continental crossbred yearling steers (329 kg).

  10. LIPSIE device: Pb-17Li irradiation in water loop with on-line tritium measurements

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    Thevenot, G.; Lefevre, F.; Estrade, J.; Roche, M.; Flament, T.; Terlain, A.

    1992-09-01

    Due to the low solubility and high diffusivity of tritium in Pb-17Li, tritium permeation through the walls of a water-cooled Pb-17Li blanket has to be investigated. This has been done in Lipsie irradiation performed by CEA in the OSIRIS reactor. The Isabelle 4 PWR loop, in the OSIRIS reactor pool, has been adapted to allow us to irradiate in demineralized water at 15 MPa and 300°C a 316L stainless steel capsule of 0.025 m diameter, containing about 0, 450 kg of Pb-17Li manufactured with natural lithium. Two tritium measurements systems have been specially developed around radioactivity scintillation counting devices: one for tritium in cooling water out of the capsule and one for tritium in helium gas after sweeping or sparging in Pb-17Li inside the capsule. This paper describes the loop used for this irradiation and the tritium measurement systems. The experiment will enable us to estimate tritium permeation rate through the capsule wall in Demo-representative conditions of tritium in Pb-17Li and also study the effect of oxidation of the external capsule wall on tritium permeation by oxygen injection near the capsule.

  11. Modification in Cay Concrete Properties During Fluid Flow Permeability Measurement

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    Solomon, F.; Ekolu, S. O.

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, two methods consisting of triaxial water permeability and water penetration were used to evaluate the changes occurring in the pores of clay concretes during the tests. Triaxial permeability is generally used for concrete with higher permeability while concretes with very low permeability are suited for the penetration method. Clay concrete specimens of 0 to 40% clay content were used in the study. The concrete mixes had water-to-cement ratios (w/c) of 0.70, 0.75, 0.80, 0.85, and the cementitious content 380 and 450 kg/m3. Results show that concrete gains moisture during wetting at a much faster rate than loses it during subsequent drying. This could be explained by the contribution of suction pressure created upon drying. When water penetration pressure is applied, more water is driven into pore space that could be responsible for changing the network of the voids. Pore structure during drying may certainly be different in size and shape than its form during wetting, leading to a consequent effect on the permeability of the clay concretes. The modification could be one reason why the moisture gain percentage in clay concretes was higher than in normal concretes.

  12. Effects of a joint supplement whose main components are resveratrol and hyaluronic acid on some biochemical parameters in aged lame horses

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    EMEME, Mary U.; ABDULLAHI, Usman S.; SACKEY, Anthony K. B.; AYO, Joseph O.; MSHELIA, Wayuta P.; EDEH, Richard E.

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT This study aimed to evaluate the effects of a supplement that contains resveratrol and hyaluronic acid (RH supplement) in aged lame horses. A total of 16 horses of both sexes, aged between 15 and 22 years, weighing between 350–450 kg and showing lameness due to arthritis of the knee, hock, stifle, and fetlock joints and stiffness owing to ageing were used for the study. They comprised eight horses that were administered the RH supplement for three weeks and eight others that served as controls and were given only a Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast strain used as carrier in the supplement. Blood samples were collected from each horse before supplementation (week 0) and at weekly intervals for the three weeks of the experiment. Biochemical parameters including creatine kinase, aspartate aminotransferase, urea, glucose, total cholesterol, sodium, potassium, chloride, and calcium were measured by standard methods. There was a significant (P˂0.05) reduction in values of creatine kinase and glucose in the horses administered the RH supplement. It was concluded that the RH supplement may reduce the level of these biochemical parameters and their deleterious effects especially during ageing in horses. PMID:27073333

  13. A study of the tribological and surface micromechanical properties of YBa2Cu3O7-x

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    Blau, P. J.; Devore, C. E.; Wilson, D. F.; Keiser, J. R.

    1989-07-01

    The burgeoning interest in high critical temperature (T sub c) superconductors has created a need to examine the technological properties of these materials for the purpose of defining potential applications and handling characteristics. While new superconducting compounds continue to be developed, the perovskite-structure oxide ceramics form the basis for these new materials. The information obtained about the reciprocating sliding friction coefficients (self-mated and on gold), scratch resistance, microindentation hardness, and wear damage mechanisms in YBa2Cu3O(7-x) fabricated in several ways is discussed. As expected, the materials are quite brittle. Knoop microindentation hardness numbers for single crystals can exceed 4.41 GPa (450 kg/sq mm). Low-load, precision indentation experiments provided information on the hardness of thin surface regions less than 300 nm deep, as well as on the modulus of elasticity. The modulus of elasticity obtained by indentation experiments was 78 to 81 GPa, which is in relatively good agreement with density-corrected published values obtained by ultrasonic methods. Scratch resistance using a diamond stylus test falls with increasing load because both intergranular and transgranular cracking increase with load. The abrasion rate of YBa2Cu3O(7-x) on 180-grit silicon carbide papers is linearly proportional to normal load. Overall results confirm that the YBa2Cu3O(7-x) materials are brittle in their monolithic form, and their use in tribological applications should be avoided unless a suitable, more damage-tolerant composite can be developed.

  14. Characterisation and optimisation of flexible transfer lines for liquid helium. Part II: Thermohydraulic modelling

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    Dittmar, N.; Haberstroh, Ch.; Hesse, U.; Krzyzowski, M.

    2016-10-01

    In part one of this publication experimental results for a single-channel transfer line used at liquid helium (LHe) decant stations are presented. The transfer of LHe into mobile dewars is an unavoidable process since the places of storage and usage are generally located apart from each other. The experimental results have shown that reasonable amounts of LHe evaporate due to heat leak and pressure drop. Thus, generated helium cold gas has to be collected and reliquefied, demanding a huge amount of electrical energy. Although this transfer process is common in cryogenic laboratories, no existing code could be found to model it. Therefore, a thermohydraulic model has been developed to model the LHe flow at operating conditions using published heat transfer and pressure drop correlations. This paper covers the basic equations used to calculate heat transfer and pressure drop, as well as the validation of the thermohydraulic code, and its application within the optimisation process. The final transfer line design features reduced heat leak and pressure drop values based on a combined measurement and modelling campaign in the range of 0.112 < pin < 0.148 MPa, 190 < G < 450 kg/(m2 s), and 0.04 < xout < 0.12.

  15. Sumbandilasat—An operational technology demonstrator

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    Mostert, Sias; Steyn, Herman; Burger, Hendrik; Bosman, Helena

    2008-12-01

    Technology advances in sensor, digital technology and a standardised modular satellite bus are enabling a new generation of 80 kg micro-satellites with a better than 6.5 m GSD multi-spectral performance, to be specified, built and deployed with a dedicated launch within 12 months. The result of the standardised modular bus is lower cost, higher reliability and fast deployment. Operational remote sensing with a micro-satellite is thus within reach of individual organisations for dedicated missions. Sumbandilasat (pioneer in the Venda language) is a second generation satellite technology building on the expertise obtained in the Sunsat small satellite programme. The components used to build Sumbandilasat are the result of a technology development program of more than 3 years. Sumbandilasat is an operational technology demonstrator with more than 90% newly developed or improved subsystems and a compact refractive imager as a precursor to the MSMISat satellite with the same multi-spectral band set. The scalable, standardised modular satellite bus architecture enables satellites with a mass of 80-450 kg to be adapted to the specific mission requirements with minimum new engineering effort.

  16. Status of the NASA's Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) Long-Duration Test After 30,352 Hours of Operation

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    Herman, Daniel A.

    2010-01-01

    The NASA s Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) program is tasked with significantly improving and extending the capabilities of current state-of-the-art NSTAR thruster. The service life capability of the NEXT ion thruster is being assessed by thruster wear test and life-modeling of critical thruster components, such as the ion optics and cathodes. The NEXT Long-Duration Test (LDT) was initiated to validate and qualify the NEXT thruster propellant throughput capability. The NEXT thruster completed the primary goal of the LDT; namely to demonstrate the project qualification throughput of 450 kg by the end of calendar year 2009. The NEXT LDT has demonstrated 30,352 hr of operation and processed 490 kg of xenon throughput--surpassing the NSTAR Extended Life Test hours demonstrated and more than double the throughput demonstrated by the NSTAR flight-spare. Thruster performance changes have been consistent with a priori predictions. Thruster erosion has been minimal and consistent with the thruster service life assessment, which predicts the first failure mode at greater than 750 kg throughput. The life-limiting failure mode for NEXT is predicted to be loss of structural integrity of the accelerator grid due to erosion by charge-exchange ions.

  17. Intumescence and pore structure of alkali-activated volcanic glasses upon exposure to high temperatures

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    Erdogan, S. T.

    2015-12-01

    Structures formed with ground perlite, a natural volcanic glass, activated with NaOH solutions, are shown to possess the ability to expand up to ~225 % of their original volumes upon exposure to temperatures in the 200-600 °C range. Porous solid with 3-7 MPa compressive strength and ˜450 kg/m3 or higher density are obtained. The observed expansion is believed to occur due to a loss of silanol condensation water, as vapor and is accompanied by an up to ~20 % loss in mass. A drop in pH to near-neutral values supports this idea. The size and total amount of pores in the final solid are controlled by concentration of the NaOH solution and thermal processing conditions. The pores formed are observed to be ~1-10 μm to mm-sized. The ability of perlite-based solids to intumesce over specific temperature ranges could be beneficial in applications where absorption of thermal energy is necessary, such as passive fire protection.

  18. Application of the NEXT Ion Thruster Lifetime Assessment to Thruster Throttling

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    VanNoord, Jonathan L.; Herman, Daniel A.

    2010-01-01

    Ion thrusters are low thrust, high specific impulse devices with typical operational lifetimes of 10,000 to 30,000 hr over a range of throttling conditions. The NEXT ion thruster is the latest generation of ion thrusters under development. The NEXT ion thruster currently has a qualification level propellant throughput requirement of 450 kg of xenon, which corresponds to roughly 22,000 hr of operation at the highest input power throttling point. This paper will provide a brief review the previous life assessment predictions for various throttling conditions. A further assessment will be presented examining the anticipated accelerator grid hole wall erosion and related electron backstreaming limit. The continued assessment of the NEXT ion thruster indicates that the first failure mode across the throttling range is expected to be in excess of 36,000 hr of operation from charge exchange induced groove erosion. It is at this duration that the groove is predicted to penetrate the accelerator grid possibly resulting in structural failure. Based on these lifetime and mission assessments, a throttling approach is presented for the Long Duration Test to demonstrate NEXT thruster lifetime and validate modeling.

  19. Single-stage, batch, leach-bed, thermophilic anaerobic digestion of spent sugar beet pulp.

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    Koppar, Abhay; Pullammanappallil, Pratap

    2008-05-01

    Spent sugar beet pulp as received was digested in a single-stage, batch, unmixed, leach-bed, laboratory scale thermophilic anaerobic digester. Biogasification of each 0.450 kg (wet weight) batch of spent pulp was initiated by inoculating with anaerobically digested liquor from previous run. The average methane yield was 0.336 m3 CH4 at STP (kgVS)(-1), the maximum methane production rate was 0.087 m3 CH4 at STP (kgVS)(-1)d(-1), average lag time to initiate methanogenesis was only 0.44 days and time required to achieve 95% methane yield was 8 days. The pH in the digesters ranged between 8.0 and 9.5. High rates of methane generation were sustained even at high pH values. The equivalent organic loading rate in the batch digesters was 4 kgCODm(-3)d(-1). The digestion process used here offers significant improvements over one-stage and two-stage systems reported in the literature with comparable performance as it is a single-stage system where the feedstock does not require size reduction, and mixing is not required in the digester.

  20. Development and Field Testing of the FootFall Planning System for the ATHLETE Robots

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    SunSpiral, Vytas; Wheeler, D. W.; Chavez-Clementa, Daniel; Mittman, David

    2011-01-01

    The FootFall Planning System is a ground-based planning and decision support system designed to facilitate the control of walking activities for the ATHLETE (All-Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer) family of robots. ATHLETE was developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and is a large six-legged robot designed to serve multiple roles during manned and unmanned missions to the Moon; its roles include transportation, construction and exploration. Over the four years from 2006 through 2010 the FootFall Planning System was developed and adapted to two generations of the ATHLETE robots and tested at two analog field sites (the Human Robotic Systems Project's Integrated Field Test at Moses Lake, Washington, June 2008, and the Desert Research and Technology Studies (D-RATS), held at Black Point Lava Flow in Arizona, September 2010). Having 42 degrees of kinematic freedom, standing to a maximum height of just over 4 meters, and having a payload capacity of 450 kg in Earth gravity, the current version of the ATHLETE robot is a uniquely complex system. A central challenge to this work was the compliance of the high-DOF (Degree Of Freedom) robot, especially the compliance of the wheels, which affected many aspects of statically-stable walking. This paper will review the history of the development of the FootFall system, sharing design decisions, field test experiences, and the lessons learned concerning compliance and self-awareness.

  1. Biotin kinetics in serum of cattle after intravenous and oral dosing.

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    Frigg, M; Hartmann, D; Straub, O C

    1994-01-01

    Single oral (p.o.) or intravenous (i.v.) doses of biotin were given to four cattle (400-450 kg body weight) in two consecutive tests two weeks apart. Dosages were p.o. 20, 40, 80 or 160 and i.v. 5, 10, 20, 40 mg biotin per 300 kg body weight. A three-compartment model was used to describe the course of serum concentrations with time. After i.v. administration, terminal half-lives of about 8 h were found. Areas under the curves were linearly related to both the p.o. and the i.v. doses. The systemically available fraction of the p.o. dose was 50 to 60%. On the basis of kinetic parameters, the biotin uptake via the feed was estimated to be 2.5 mg/day, which was about half of that estimated to be in the hay consumed. The data suggest that there was no relevant ruminal synthesis of biotin.

  2. [Yield and heavy metal content of Brassica parachinensis influenced by successive application of chicken manure].

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    Yao, Li-xian; Li, Guo-liang; He, Zhao-huan; Fu, Chang-ying

    2007-05-01

    High heavy metal content in animal manures commonly occurs in the world since microelement additives are widely used in intensive animal production. Successive field trials in Brassica parachinensis (BP) were conducted to investigate the influence of successive application of chicken manure (at the rate of) on the yield and heavy metal content of BP. The application rate of chicken manure was calculated by its N content and ranged from N 0-450 kg x hm(-2). The results indicate that compared to single application of inorganic fertilizers, chicken manure decreases the yield of BP in the first and the third crop, increases that in the second crop. Combinations of chicken manure and inorganic fertilizers increase the yield in the fourth yield. Mean yields of all treatments in various crops are greatly different. The second crop is significantly higher than all other crops. In terms of mean heavy metal contents of BP of four crops in various treatment, As and Zn contents increase with applying chicken manure, Cr and Cd contents decrease, Pb contents don't change considerably, and Cu contents increase with applying chicken manure and inorganic fertilizers together. Generally, except for the second crop, mean As, Pb, Cr, Cu and Zn contents of BP in various crops increase with the increasing application times of chicken manure, mean Cd contents decrease. Hence, mass application for one crop or repeated application of chicken manure should be avoided in crop production.

  3. Experimental prototype of an electric elevator

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    Gaiceanu, M.; Epure, S.; Ciuta, S.

    2016-08-01

    The main objective is to achieve an elevator prototype powered by a three-phase voltage system via a bidirectional static power converter ac-ac with regenerating capability. In order to diminish the power size of the electric motor up to 1/3 of rated power, the elevator contains two carriages of the same weight, one serving as the payload, and the other as counterweight. Before proper operation of the static power converter, the capacitor must be charged at rated voltage via a precharge circuit. At the moment of stabilizing the DC voltage at nominal value, the AC-AC power converter can operates in the proper limits. The functions of the control structure are: the load control task, speed and torque controls. System includes transducers for current measuring, voltage sensors and encoder. As reserve power sources the hybrid battery-photovoltaic panels are used. The control voltage is modulated by implementing four types of pulse width modulations: sinusoidal, with reduced commutation, third order harmonic insertion, and the space vector modulation. Therefore, the prototype could operates with an increased efficiency, in spite of the existing ones. The experimental results confirm the well design of the chosen solution. The control solution assures bidirectional power flow control, precharge control, and load control and it is implemented on a digital signal processor. The elevator capacity is between 300-450 kg, and it is driven by using a 1.5 kW three-phase asynchronous machine.

  4. Liver disease in cattle induced by consumption of moldy hay.

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    Casteel, S W; Rottinghaus, G E; Johnson, G C; Wicklow, D T

    1995-06-01

    Normally innocuous forages are sporadically associated with hepatogenous photosensitization outbreaks at certain times of the year or when grown and harvested during unusual environmental conditions, such as periods of excessive rainfall. Allegations of livestock illness following consumption of such moldy hays are associated with clinical syndromes uncharacteristic of known forage-related diseases, suggesting that unidentified toxin(s) may be responsible. This study was instigated by field observations of hepatogenous photosensitization in cattle fed alfalfa-grass forage. To document the toxic nature of the hay, large bales of hay (450 kg) were fed, ad libitum, to 3 groups of 2 calves each. Elevated serum liver enzymes provided evidence of hepatobiliary disease. Gamma glutamyl transferase activities in serums of the calves sustained at least a 10-fold increase above baseline during the feeding trials. Histologic examination of liver biopsies and postmortem sections revealed mild periportal fibrosis and biliary hyperplasia. Culture material from 12 fungal isolates from the hay failed to induce liver disease in calves.

  5. Central diabetes insipidus in children with acute brain insult.

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    Yang, Yun-Hsuan; Lin, Jainn-Jim; Hsia, Shao-Hsuan; Wu, Chang-Teng; Wang, Huei-Shyong; Hung, Po-Cheng; Chou, Min-Liang; Hsieh, Meng-Ying; Lin, Kuang-Lin

    2011-12-01

    Central diabetes insipidus occurs in patients with overwhelming central nervous system injuries, and may be associated with brain death. The clinical picture of children with acquired central diabetes insipidus after acute brain insult is seldom reported. We retrospectively reviewed cases dating from January 2000-February 2008 at a tertiary pediatric intensive care unit. Fifty-four patients (28 girls, 26 boys), aged 3 months to 18 years, were enrolled. Etiologies included severe central nervous system infection (35.2%), hypoxic-ischemic events (31.5%), head injury (18.5%), and vascular lesions (14.8%). In 39 (72.2%) patients, diabetes insipidus was diagnosed during the first 2 days after acute central nervous system injury, and 40 (74.0%) developed maximum serum sodium concentrations of >160 mEq/L. In 16, sequential cerebral salt wasting syndrome developed after their initial diabetes insipidus presentation. Overall mortality at 2 months after admission was 77.8%. Our results demonstrate that patients who develop central diabetes insipidus after acute central nervous system injury manifest high mortality. Development of central diabetes insipidus within the first 2 days and a maximum plasma sodium >160 mEq/L were significant predictors of outcomes.

  6. Maturation and survival of Cronobacter biofilms on silicone, polycarbonate, and stainless steel after UV light and ethanol immersion treatments.

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    Jo, Seo-Hee; Baek, Seung-Bum; Ha, Ji-Hyoung; Ha, Sang-Do

    2010-05-01

    Cronobacter sakazakii cells in biofilms formed on silicone, polycarbonate, and stainless steel coupons immersed in reconstituted powdered infant milk formula were treated with ethanol (10 to 70%) and UV light (12 to 2,160 mW.s/cm(2)) as antibacterial treatments. Biofilm maturation curves were determined after immersion at 25 degrees C for up to 144 h. Populations increased after subsequent immersion at 25 degrees C for 24 h in reconstituted powdered infant milk formula to the respective maximum levels of 7.96, 7.91, and 6.99 log CFU per coupon. Populations attached to silicone and polycarbonate surfaces to a greater extent than to stainless steel (P < 0.05). Treatment with 10% ethanol did not cause a significant decrease in the level of C. sakazakii, but treatment with 30, 40, and 50% ethanol reduced the levels to approximately 1.73, 3.02, and 4.17 log CFU per coupon, respectively. C. sakazakii was not detected on any coupon after treatment with 70% ethanol or 2,160 mW.s/cm(2) UV light. A synergistic effect of sequential ethanol and UV treatments was not observed.

  7. The Properties of Single Interstellar Clouds: Modified Cycle 1 Observations

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    Hobbs, Lewis

    1990-12-01

    WE PROPOSE TO USE THE ECHELLE AND 160M GRATINGS OF THE HIGH RESOLUTION SPECTROGRAPH OVER A TWO-YEAR PERIOD TO OBSERVE THE PROFILES OF INTERSTELLAR ABSORPTION LINES. THE COLUMN DENSITES OF 18 NEUTRAL OR IONIZED FORMS OF THE ELEMENTS C,N,O,Mg,Si,P,S,Fe, AND Zn WILL BE MEASURED IN THE APPROXIMATELY 100 INDIVIDUAL INTERSTELLAR CLOUDS ALONG THE LIGHT PATHS TO 18 BRIGHT, BROAD-LINED STARS OF EARLY SPECTRAL TYPE WITHIN 1 KPC OF THE SUN. THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE OBSERVATIONS IS TO DETERMINE MORE ACCURATELY THAN WAS HITHERTO POSSIBLE THE FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF THE RESOLVED CLOUDS, INCLUDING LINEAR SIZE, TEMPERATURE, TOTAL DENSITY, FRACTIONAL IONIZATION AND THE RELATIVE ABUNDANCES OF THE 9 SELECTED ELEMENTS. THE REST OF THIS OBSERVING PROGRAM IS CONTAINED IN APPROVED PROPOSAL ID = 3993; THE PROGRAM ENUMERATED HERE CONSISTS OF THAT PART OF OUR ORIGINAL PROGRAM, ID = 2251, WHICH REQUIRED MODIFICATION IN ORDER TO BE CARRIED OUT USING ONLY SIDE 2 OF THE GHRS. THIS PROGRAM THEREFORE CONSISTS OF ECH-B AND G160M OBSERVATIONS OF EACH OF 8 STARS AT 14 OR MORE WAVELENGTHS. PROGRAMS 2251 AND 3993 SHOULD BE CONSULTED FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS.

  8. Photodegradation of hyaluronic acid: EPR and size exclusion chromatography study.

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    Lapcík, L; Chabrecek, P; Stasko, A

    1991-10-15

    Photochemically induced radical reactions involving the lateral sequences and the end macromolecular chain groups of hyaluronic acid in aqueous solutions at 293K were studied by EPR spin trapping technique with DMPO (5,5-dimethylpyrroline-1-oxide). In the first 1-10 minutes of irradiation EPR indicates spin adducts of two carbon centered radicals with the splitting constants of aN = 1.60 mT, aH = 2.51 mT and aN = 1.56 mT, aH = 2.28 mT. After longer irradiation time (over 10 minutes) dominate two further DMPO adducts of radicals centered on hetero-atoms with splitting constants of aN = 1.44 mT, aH = 1.60 mT and of aN = 1.49 mT, aH = 1.49 mT. Simultaneously, molecular weight followed by SEC decreases, suggesting that UV irradiation leads to the breaking of interglycosidic bonds of hyaluronic acid main macromolecular chain.

  9. Study of process parameter on mist lubrication of Titanium (Grade 5) alloy

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    Maity, Kalipada; Pradhan, Swastik

    2017-02-01

    This paper deals with the machinability of Ti-6Al-4V alloy with mist cooling lubrication using carbide inserts. The influence of process parameter on the cutting forces, evolution of tool wear, surface finish of the workpiece, material removal rate and chip reduction coefficient have been investigated. Weighted principal component analysis coupled with grey relational analysis optimization is applied to identify the optimum setting of the process parameter. Optimal condition of the process parameter was cutting speed at 160 m/min, feed at 0.16 mm/rev and depth of cut at 1.6 mm. Effects of cutting speed and depth of cut on the type of chips formation were observed. Most of the chips forms were long tubular and long helical type. Image analyses of the segmented chip were examined to study the shape and size of the saw tooth profile of serrated chips. It was found that by increasing cutting speed from 95 m/min to 160 m/min, the free surface lamella of the chips increased and the visibility of the saw tooth segment became clearer.

  10. Endurance testing with Li/Na electrolyte

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    Ong, E.T.; Remick, R.J.; Sishtla, C.I.

    1996-12-31

    The Institute of Gas Technology (IGT), under subcontract to M-C Power Corporation under DOE funding, has been operating bench-scale fuel cells to investigate the performance and endurance issues of the Li/Na electrolyte because it offers higher ionic conductivity, higher exchange current densities, lower vapor pressures, and lower cathode dissolution rates than the Li/K electrolyte. These cells have continued to show higher performance and lower decay rates than the Li/K cells since the publication of our two previous papers in 1994. In this paper, test results of two long-term 100-cm{sup 2} bench scale cells are discussed. One cell operated continuously at 160 mA/cm{sup 2} for 17,000 hours with reference gases (60H{sub 2}/20CO{sub 2}/20H{sub 2}O fuel at 75% utilization and 30CO{sub 2}/70 air oxidant humidified at room temperature at 50% utilization). The other cell operated at 160 mA/cm{sup 2} for 6900 hours at 3 atm with system gases (64H{sub 2}/16CO{sub 2}/20H{sub 2}O at 75% utilization and an M-C Power system-defined oxidant at 40% utilization). Both cells have shown the highest performance and longest endurance among IGT cells operated to date.

  11. Calibration of Kodak EDR2 film for patient skin dose assessment in cardiac catheterization procedures

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    Morrell, Rachel E.; Rogers, Andy

    2004-12-01

    Kodak EDR2 film has been calibrated across the range of exposure conditions encountered in our cardiac catheterization laboratory. Its dose-response function has been successfully modelled, up to the saturation point of 1 Gy. The most important factor affecting film sensitivity is the use of beam filtration. Spectral filtration and kVp together account for a variation in dose per optical density of -10% to +25%, at 160 mGy. The use of a dynamic wedge filter may cause doses to be underestimated by up to 6%. The film is relatively insensitive to variations in batch, field size, exposure rate, time to processing and day-to-day fluctuations in processor performance. Overall uncertainty in the calibration is estimated to be -20% to +40%, at 160 mGy. However, the uncertainty increases at higher doses, as the curve saturates. Artefacts were seen on a number of films, due to faults in the light-proofing of the film packets.

  12. Determinants of glucose toxicity and its reversibility in the pancreatic islet beta-cell line, HIT-T15.

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    Gleason, C E; Gonzalez, M; Harmon, J S; Robertson, R P

    2000-11-01

    HIT-T15 cells, a clonal beta-cell line, were cultured and passaged weekly for 6 mo in RPMI 1640 media containing various concentrations of glucose. Insulin content decreased in the intermediate- and late-passage cells as a continuous rather than a threshold glucose concentration effect. In a second series of experiments, cells were grown in media containing either 0.8 or 16.0 mM glucose from passages 76 through 105. Subcultures of passages 86, 92, and 99 that had been grown in media containing 16.0 mM glucose were switched to media containing 0.8 mM glucose and also carried forward to passage 105. Dramatic increases in insulin content and secretion and insulin gene expression were observed when the switches were made at passages 86 and 92 but not when the switch was made at passage 99. These findings suggest that glucose toxicity of insulin-secreting cells is a continuous rather than a threshold function of glucose concentration and that the shorter the period of antecedent glucose toxicity, the more likely that full recovery of cell function will occur.

  13. TEMPERATURE VARIATION WITH TIME IN A PERENNIALLY BOILING WELL IN THE LONG VALLEY CALDERA, MONO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA; OBSERVATIONS IN CHANCE NO. 1 (1976-1983).

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    Diment, W.H.; Urban, T.C.; Nathenson, Manuel

    1985-01-01

    Chance No. 1 was drilled to a depth of 245. 4 m and cased to a depth of 72. 2 m in 1961. Temperature logs were obtained in 1976, 1982, and 1983, with the casing open to the atmosphere. Water was boiling at the surface of the fluid column on each occasion. Temperatures within the upper part of the cased interval remained virtually identical over the 7-year period. The small differences observed can be ascribed to convective motions in the large-diameter casing and the large geothermal gradient. Above a depth of 160 m in the open hole, temperatures have cooled 5 degree -7 degree C over the 7-year period of observation. The shape of the temperature profiles and their variation with time can be explained by an influx of cool water at about 160 m. The cooling rate is much larger between 1982 and 1983 than that between 1982 and 1976, which suggests that earthquake shaking may be a major contributing factor.

  14. Dramatic performance gains of a novel circular vanadium flow battery

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    Zheng, Qiong; Xing, Feng; Li, Xianfeng; Liu, Tao; Lai, Qinzhi; Ning, Guiling; Zhang, Huamin

    2015-03-01

    Vanadium flow battery (VFB) holds great promise for use in large scale energy storage applications. However, one major issue that limits the battery performance is the energy storage capacity loss due to insufficient use of electrolyte. The battery structure design is flexible and acceptable to solve the issue. Based on the mass transport limitation of the conventional rectangular vanadium flow battery (RFB), a novel circular vanadium flow battery (CFB) was firstly proposed in the research. Without increasing pump consumption, the new structure of CFB is effective to achieve mass transport enhancement and concentration polarization reduction. The charge-discharge test confirmed the performance advantage of CFB, presenting a significant increment of 10.52% at 40 mA cm-2 and 30.46% at 160 mA cm-2 in the utilization of electrolyte and improved energy storage capacity by 12.56% at 40 mA cm-2 and a 2.55 times of that for RFB at 160 mA cm-2. The performance advantage of CFB becomes exceptionally evident at high current densities.

  15. Red-emitting external cavity diode laser with high slope efficiency and narrow bandwidth

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    Park, Jiyeon; Song, Hong Joo; Na, Hong Man; Lee, Jun Ho; Yun, Ilgu

    2015-03-01

    External cavity diode laser with broad-area laser diode is operated up to the output power of 160 mW at the injection current of 850 mA and the bandwidth of 80 pm at a wavelength of 648 nm in external cavity. High slope efficiency of output power and narrow bandwidth using broad-area laser (BAL) diode, the width of active layer in the slow axis is too broad to select a specific wavelength. In this paper, more efficient wavelength selection method is investigated by confirming the tendency of grating grooves and designing to set up the wavelength dispersion direction along the fast axis of a solitary laser diode (LD) geometrically. Thus, the tunable external cavity diode laser module by using BAL diode is designed with an overall size of 49 mm x 52 mm x 48.5 mm. From injection current in the range of 650-900 mA, ECDL showed excellent wavelength locking behavior without a non-shift of the peak wavelength. Here, the tuning range is 4 nm with maintaining the narrow bandwidth of 80 pm and up to the output power of 100 mW. A side-mode-suppression of 36.5dB is also achieved at the output power of 160 mW and the injection current of 850 mA.

  16. Herschel Discovery of a New Class of Cold, Faint Debris Discs

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    Eiroal, C.; Marshall, J. P.; Mora, A.; Krivov, A. V.; Montesinos, B.; Absil, O.; Ardila, D.; Arevalo, M.; Augereau, J.-Ch.; Bayo, A.; Danchi, W.; del Burgo, C.; Ertel, S.; Fridlund, M.; Gonzalez-Garcia, B. M.; Heras, A. M.; Lebreton, J.; Liseau, R.; Maldonado, J.; Meeus, G.; Montes, D.; Pilbratt, G. L.; Roberge, A.; Sanz-Forcada, J.; Stapelfeldt, K.

    2011-01-01

    We present Herschel PACS 100 and 160 micron observations of the solar-type stars alpha Men, HD 88230 and HD 210277, which form part of the FGK stars sample of the Herschel Open Time Key Programme (OTKP) DUNES (DUst around NEarby Stars). Our observations show small infrared excesses at 160 m for all three stars. HD 210277 also shows a small excess at 100 micron, while the 100 micron fluxes of alpha Men and HD 88230 agree with the stellar photospheric predictions. We attribute these infrared excesses to a new class of cold, faint debris discs. alpha Men and HD 88230 are spatially resolved in the PACS 160 m images, while HD 210277 is point-like at that wavelength. The projected linear sizes of the extended emission lie in the range from approx 115 to <= 250 AU. The estimated black body temperatures from the 100 and 160 micron fluxes are approx < 22 K, while the fractional luminosity of the cold dust is L(sub dust) / L(*) approx 10 (exp 6) close to the luminosity of the Solar-System's Kuiper belt. These debris discs are the coldest and faintest discs discovered so far around mature stars and cannot easily be explained by invoking "classical" debris disc models.

  17. COS FUV Detector Response to New HV Management System at LP3 {LENA4}

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    Penton, Steven

    2013-10-01

    This program uses a series of 205s WAVECALS and 60s DCE dumps to exercise the new HV Management System. We first ramp to the Maximum HV for Both Segment FUVA/FUVB = 178/175, we then transition to the minimum HV {A/B = 167/163} using the new HV management system, then transition back to the Maximum HV. The WAVECAL exposures at the Maximum HV will be taken with G160M/1611 {C1611} and the minimums are taken with G160M/1623 {C1623}. The CENWAVE change is required to allow time for the HV change. The sequence is repeated with FUVA ON {FUVB OFF}, and then with FUVB ON {FUVA OFF}. DCE Dumps are included before and after each WAVECAL.All exposures in the program should execute at the LP3 position, using the ALTERNATE lifetime position.This program will use a special HV Table with the following changes to the normal HV/Aperture table:CENWAVE Lifetime Position HVA/HVB--------------------------1611 Alternate {LP3} 178/1751623 Alternate {LP3} 167/163LP3 FUV aperture positions and SIAF file updates are not absolutely required, as these are all internals, but they are desired.

  18. TiO 2-B nanowires as negative electrodes for rechargeable lithium batteries

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    Armstrong, A. Robert; Armstrong, Graham; Canales, Jesus; Bruce, Peter G.

    TiO 2-B nanowires (20-40 nm diameter) may be prepared in high yield by a simple synthetic procedure. Lithium may be intercalated up to Li 0.91TiO 2-B corresponding to a capacity of 305 mAh g -1 and at a potential of 1.6 V versus Li + (1 M)/Li. This can be compared with 160 mAh g -1 for Li 4Ti 5O 12 and 165 mAh g -1 for TiO 2-anatase. Following a small irreversible capacity on the first cycle, capacity retention is excellent corresponding to a fade of <0.1% per cycle at a rate of 50 mA g -1. A capacity of 160 mAh g -1 is sustained at a rate of 500 mA g -1 in electrodes that were not optimised for rate capability. Results to date indicate that the small irreversible loss of capacity on the first cycle is not associated with a SEI layer.

  19. True 3D High Resolution imagery of a Buried Shipwreck: the Invincible (1758)

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    Dix, J. K.; Bull, J. M.; Henstock, T.; Gutowski, M.; Hogarth, P.; Leighton, T. G.; White, P. R.

    2005-12-01

    This paper will present the first true 3D high resolution acoustic imagery of a wreck site buried in the marine environment. Using a 3D Chirp system developed at the University of Southampton, a marine seismic survey of the mid-eighteenth century wreck site has been undertaken. The Invincible was a 74 gun warship built by the French in 1744, captured by the British in 1747 and subsequently lost off Portsmouth, UK in February 1758. The wreck was re-discovered by divers in 1979, partially buried on the margins of a mobile sandbank in approximately 8 metres of water. In 2004 the system was surveyed using a 60 channel, rigid framed 3D Chirp (1.5-13 kHz source sweep) system with integral RTK GPS and attitude systems. An area of 160 m x 160 m, centered over the wreck site, was surveyed with a total of 150 Gb data being acquired. The data was processed, using 3D Promax, to produce 25 cm bins with typical 3-6 fold coverage. The stacked traces have been visualized and interpreted using Kingdom Suite software. The final imagery shows at unprecedented resolution the full three-dimensional buried form of the wreck and it's relationship to the surrounding sedimentary sequences, enabling the full evolution of the site to be discussed. Further, the data is compared to previously acquired swath bathymetry and 2D seismic data in order to illustrate the impact of such a device for underwater cultural heritage management.

  20. The Properties of Single Interstellar Clouds Cycle 2

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    Hobbs, Lewis

    1991-07-01

    IN THIS CONTINUATION PROPOSAL, WE PROPOSE TO USE THE ECHELLEAND 160M GRATINGS OF THE HIGH RESOLUTION SPECTROGRAPH TO OBSERVE THE PZROFILES OF INTERSTELLAR ABSORPTION LINES, DURING THE SECOND YEAR OF A TWO-YEAR PROGRAM. IN THE TWO CYCLES TOGETHER, THE COLUMN DENSITES OF 17 NEUTRAL OR IONIZED FORMS OF THE ELEMENTS C,N,O,Mg,Si,P,S,Fe, AND Zn WILL BE MEASURED IN THE APPROXIMATELY 100 INDIVIDUAL INTERSTELLAR CLOUDS ALONG THE LIGHT PATHS TO 12 BRIGHT, BROAD-LINED STARS OF EARLY SPECTRAL TYPE WITHIN 1 KPC OF THE SUN. THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE OBSERVATIONS IS TO DETERMINE MORE ACCURATELY THAN WAS HITHERTO POSSIBLE THE FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF THE RESOLVED CLOUDS, INCLUDING LINEAR SIZE, TEMPERATURE, TOTAL DENSITY, FRACTIONAL IONIZATION AND THE RELATIVE ABUNDANCES OF THE 9 SELECTED ELEMENTS. THIS SECOND-YEAR PROGRAM CONSISTS OF ECH-B AND G160M OBSERVATIONS OF EACH OF 4 STARS AT 21 OR MORE WAVELENGTHS, AND OF A SUBSET OF THESE OBSERVATIONS FOR A FIFTH STAR, PI SCO. PROGRAMS 2251 AND 3993 SHOULD BE CONSULTED FOR DETAILS OF THE PREVIOUS OBSERVATIONS OBTAINED DURING CYCLE 1.

  1. Near Earth Asteroid Scout Solar Sail Thrust and Torque Model

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    Heaton, Andy; Ahmad, Naeem; Miller, Kyle

    2017-01-01

    The Near Earth Asteroid (NEA) Scout is a solar sail mission whose objective is to scout at least one Near Earth Asteroid to help prepare for human missions to Near Earth Asteroids. NEA Scout will launch as a secondary payload on the first SLS-Orion mission. NEA Scout will perform a small trim maneuver shortly after deploy from the spent SLS upper stage using a cold gas propulsion system, but from that point on will depend entirely on the solar sail for thrust. As such, it is important to accurately characterize the thrust of the sail in order to achieve mission success. Additionally, the solar sail creates a relatively large solar disturbance torque that must be mitigated. For early mission design studies a flat plate model of the solar sail with a fixed center of pressure was adequate, but as mission concepts and the sail design matured, greater fidelity was required. Here we discuss the progress to a three-dimensional sail model that includes the effects of tension and thermal deformation that has been derived from a large structural Finite Element Model (FEM) developed by the Langley Research Center. We have found that the deformed sail membrane affects torque relatively much more than thrust; a flat plate model could potentially model thrust well enough to close mission design studies, but a three-dimensional solar sail is essential to control system design. The three-dimensional solar sail model revealed that thermal deformations of unshielded booms would create unacceptably large solar disturbance torques. The original large FEM model was used in control and mission simulations, but was resulted in simulations with prohibitive run times. This led us to adapt the Generalized Sail Model (GSM) of Rios-Reyes. A design reference sail model has been baselined for NEA Scout and has been used to design the mission and control system for the sailcraft. Additionally, since NEA Scout uses reaction wheels for attitude pointing and control, the solar torque model is

  2. Significance of specific force models in two applications: Solar sails to sun-earth L4/L5 and grail data analysis suggesting lava tubes and buried craters on the moon

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    Sood, Rohan

    In the trajectory design process, gravitational interaction between the bodies of interest plays a key role in developing the over-arching force model. However, non-gravitational forces, such as solar radiation pressure (SRP), can significantly influence the motion of a spacecraft. Incorporating SRP within the dynamical model can assist in estimating the trajectory of a spacecraft with greater precision, in particular, for a spacecraft with a large area-to-mass ratio, i.e., solar sails. Subsequently, in the trajectory design process, solar radiation pressure can be leveraged to maneuver the sail-based spacecraft. First, to construct low energy transfers, the invariant manifolds are explored that form an important tool in the computation and design of complex trajectories. The focus is the investigation of trajectory design options, incorporating solar sail dynamics, from the Earth parking orbit to the vicinity of triangular Lagrange points. Thereafter, an optimization scheme assisted in investigating the ?V requirement to depart from the Earth parking orbit. Harnessing the solar radiation pressure, the spacecraft is delivered to the vicinity of the displaced Lagrange point and maintains a trajectory close to the artificial libration point with the help of the solar sail. However, these trajectories are converged in a model formulated as a three-body problem with additional acceleration from solar radiation pressure. Thus, the trajectories are transitioned to higher fidelity ephemeris model to account for additional perturbing accelerations that may dominate the sail-craft dynamics and improve upon the trajectory design process. Alternatively, precise knowledge of the motion of a spacecraft about a central body and the contribution of the SRP can assist in deriving a highly accurate gravity field model. The high resolution gravity data can potentially assist in exploring the surface and subsurface properties of a particular body. With the goal of expanding human

  3. Solar and Drag Sail Propulsion: From Theory to Mission Implementation

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    Johnson, Les; Alhorn, Dean; Boudreaux, Mark; Casas, Joe; Stetson, Doug; Young, Roy

    2014-01-01

    Solar and drag sail technology is entering the mainstream for space propulsion applications within NASA and around the world. Solar sails derive propulsion by reflecting sunlight from a large, mirror- like sail made of a lightweight, reflective material. The continuous sunlight pressure provides efficient primary propulsion without the expenditure of propellant or any other consumable, allowing for very high V maneuvers and long-duration deep space exploration. Drag sails increase the aerodynamic drag on Low Earth Orbit (LEO) spacecraft, providing a lightweight and relatively inexpensive approach for end-of-life deorbit and reentry. Since NASA began investing in the technology in the late 1990's, significant progress has been made toward their demonstration and implementation in space. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) managed the development and testing of two different 20-m solar sail systems and rigorously tested them under simulated space conditions in the Glenn Research Center's Space Power Facility at Plum Brook Station, Ohio. One of these systems, developed by L'Garde, Inc., is planned for flight in 2015. Called Sunjammer, the 38m sailcraft will unfurl in deep space and demonstrate solar sail propulsion and navigation as it flies to Earth-Sun L1. In the interim, NASA MSFC funded the NanoSail-D, a subscale drag sail system designed for small spacecraft applications. The NanoSail-D flew aboard the Fast Affordable Science and Technology SATellite (FASTSAT) in 2010, also developed by MSFC, and began its mission after it was was ejected from the FASTSAT into Earth orbit, where it remained for several weeks before deorbiting as planned. NASA recently selected two small satellite missions as part of the Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Program, both of which will use solar sails to enable their scientific objectives. Lunar Flashlight, managed by JPL, will search for and map volatiles in permanently shadowed Lunar craters using a solar sail as a gigantic

  4. Permeant ion effects on the gating kinetics of the type L potassium channel in mouse lymphocytes

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    1991-01-01

    Permeant ion species was found to profoundly affect the gating kinetics of type l K+ currents in mouse T lymphocytes studied with the whole- cell or on-cell patch gigaohm-seal techniques. Replacing external K+ with Rb+ (as the sole monovalent cation, at 160 mM) shifted the peak conductance voltage (g-V) relation by approximately 20 mV to more negative potentials, while NH4+ shifted the g-V curve by 15 mV to more positive potentials. Deactivation (the tail current time constant, tau tail) was slowed by an average of 14-fold at -70 mV in external Rb+, by approximately 8-fold in Cs+, and by a factor of two to three in NH4+. Changing the external K+ concentration, [K+]o, from 4.5 to 160 mM or [Rb+]o from 10 to 160 mM had no effect on tau tail. With all the internal K+ replaced by Rb+ or Cs+ and either isotonic Rb+ or K+ in the bath, tau tail was indistinguishable from that with K+ in the cell. With the exception of NH4+, activation time constants were insensitive to permeant ion species. These results indicate that external permeant ions have stronger effects than internal permeant ions, suggesting an external modulatory site that influences K+ channel gating. However, in bi-ionic experiments with reduced external permeant ion concentrations, tau tail was sensitive to the direction of current flow, indicating that the modulatory site is either within the permeation pathway or in the outer vestibule of the channel. The latter interpretation implies that outward current through an open type l K+ channel significantly alters local ion concentrations at the modulatory site in the outer vestibule, and consequently at the mouth of the channel. Experiments with mixtures of K+ and Rb+ in the external solution reveal that deactivation kinetics are minimally affected by addition of Rb+ until the Rb+ mole fraction approaches unity. This relationship between mole fraction and tau tail, together with the concentration independence of tau tail, was hard to reconcile with simple

  5. Can persisting detrusor hyperreflexia be predicted after transurethral prostatectomy for benign prostatic hypertrophy?

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    Kageyama, S; Watanabe, T; Kurita, Y; Ushiyama, T; Suzuki, K; Fujita, K

    2000-01-01

    Detrusor hyperreflexia (DH) is frequently found in patients with benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) and persists in 30-50% of patients after successful removal of bladder neck obstruction by transurethral prostatectomy (TUR-P) or surgical enucleation of the prostate. It would be beneficial for surgeons to be able to identify patients who are at risk of persistent post-operative urinary irritation symptoms and DH. Twenty-three patients who showed DH pre-operatively were included in this study. Of these 23 patients, four had neurogenic bladder because of previous cerebrovascular disease. The other 19 patients were considered to have DH because of BPH. These 19 patients were classified according to their cystometry chart patterns. Pattern 1 was the continual sporadic onset and offset of DH, pattern 2 was a single episode of DH at a bladder volume of <160 mL, and pattern 3 was a single DH episode at a bladder volume >160 mL. Preoperative single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) was performed on 14 patients. Cystometric findings at 3 to 6 months after surgery were compared with the pre-operative findings. Four of the six patients with pattern 2 (67%) and all patients with pattern 3 (100%) showed an absence of DH after surgery. In contrast, all five patients with pattern 1 and all four patients with neurogenic bladder showed persistent DH. Compared with pattern 3 patients, pattern 1 patients more frequently complained of urgency before surgery, and their symptoms and uroflowmetry parameters did not improve afterward. Among 14 patients who had pre-operative SPECT, all eight patients with low cerebral blood flow in the frontal region showed persisting DH. Conversely, all six patients with normal SPECT results showed no DH after surgery. When DH occurs repeatedly (pattern 1) or occurs at a bladder volume of <160 mL (pattern 2), there is a greater risk of post-operative irritation symptoms. Abnormal SPECT findings can also predict the post-operative persistence of

  6. In-line pressure within a HOTLINE® Fluid Warmer, under various flow conditions.

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    Higashi, Midoriko; Yamaura, Ken; Matsubara, Yukie; Fukudome, Takuya; Hoka, Sumio

    2015-04-01

    Roller pump infusion devices are widely used for rapid infusion, and may be combined with separate warming devices. There may be instances however, where the pressures generated by the roller pump may not be compatible with the warming device. We assessed a commonly used roller pump in combination with a HOTLINE® Fluid Warmer, and found that it could generate pressures exceeding the HOTLINE® manufacturers specifications. This was of concern because the HOTLINE® manufacturer guideline states that not for use with pressure devices generating over 300 mmHg. Pressure greater than 300 mmHg may compromise the integrity of the HOTLINE® Fluid Warming Set. The aim of this study was to compare in-line pressure within a HOTLINE® Fluid Warmer at different infusion rates of a roller pump using various sizes of intravenous cannulae. The rapid infusion system comprised a 500 mL-normal saline bag, roller pump type infusion device, HOTLINE® Fluid Warmer (blood and fluid warmer system), and six different sizes of intravenous cannulae. In-line pressure was measured proximal to the HOTLINE® (pre-warmer) and proximal to the cannula (post-warmer), at flow rate of 50-160 mL/min. The in-line pressures increased significantly with increasing flow rate. The pre-warmer pressures exceeded 300 mmHg when the flow rate was ≥120 mL/min with 20-gauge, 48 mm length cannula, 130 with 20-gauge, 25 mm cannula, and 160 mL/min with 18-gauge, 48 mm cannula. However, they were <300 mmHg at any flow rates with 18-gauge, 30 mm cannula and 16-gauge cannulae. The post-warmer pressures exceeded 300 mmHg at the flow rate of 140 mL/min with 20-gauge, 48 mm cannula, and 160 mL/min with 20-gauge, 25 mm cannula, while they were <300 mmHg at any flow rates with 18 and 16-gauge cannulae. The in-line pressure within a HOTLINE® could exceed 300 mmHg, depending on the flow rate and size and length of cannula. It is important to pay attention to the size and length of cannulae and flow rate to keep the maximum

  7. [Effects of elevated atmospheric CO2 and nitrogen application on cotton biomass, nitrogen utilization and soil urease activity].

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    Lyu, Ning; Yin, Fei-hu; Chen, Yun; Gao, Zhi-jian; Liu, Yu; Shi, Lei

    2015-11-01

    In this study, a semi-open-top artificial climate chamber was used to study the effect of CO2 enrichment (360 and 540 µmol · mol(-1)) and nitrogen addition (0, 150, 300 and 450 kg · hm(-2)) on cotton dry matter accumulation and distribution, nitrogen absorption and soil urease activity. The results showed that the dry matter accumulation of bud, stem, leaf and the whole plant increased significantly in the higher CO2 concentration treatment irrespective of nitrogen level. The dry matter of all the detected parts of plant with 300 kg · hm(-2) nitrogen addition was significantly higher than those with the other nitrogen levels irrespective of CO2 concentration, indicating reasonable nitrogen fertilization could significantly improve cotton dry matter accumulation. Elevated CO2 concentration had significant impact on the nitrogen absorption contents of cotton bud and stem. Compared to those under CO2 concentration of 360 µmol · mol(-1), the nitrogen contents of bud and stem both increased significantly under CO2 concentration of 540 µmol · mol(-1). The nitrogen content of cotton bud in the treatment of 300 kg · hm(-2) nitrogen was the highest among the four nitrogen fertilizer treatments. While the nitrogen contents of cotton stem in the treatments of 150 kg · hm(-2) and 300 kg · hm(-2) nitrogen levels were higher than those in the treatment of 0 kg · hm(-2) and 450 kg · hm(-2) nitrogen levels. The nitrogen content of cotton leaf was significantly influenced by the in- teraction of CO2 elevation and N addition as the nitrogen content of leaf increased in the treatments of 0, 150 and 300 kg · hm(-2) nitrogen levels under the CO2 concentration of 540 µmol · mol(-1). The nitrogen content in cotton root was significantly increased with the increase of nitrogen fertilizer level under elevated CO2 (540 µmol · mol(-1)) treatment. Overall, the cotton nitrogen absorption content under the elevated CO2 (540 µmol · mol(-1)) treatment was higher than that

  8. Analysis of reoperations after laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding.

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    Chiapaikeo, David; Schultheis, Molly; Protyniak, Bogdan; Pearce, Paul; Borao, Frank J; Binenbaum, Steven J

    2014-01-01

    Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is considered the least invasive surgical option for the treatment of morbid obesity. Its initial popularity has been marred by recent long-term studies showing high complication rates. We sought to examine our experience with gastric banding and factors leading to reoperation. We reviewed retrospective data of 305 patients who underwent laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding between 2004 and 2011 at a single institution, 42 patients of whom required a reoperation, constituting 13.8%. Patients undergoing elective reoperations for port protrusion from weight loss as a purely cosmetic issue were excluded (n = 10). Patients' demographic data, weight loss, time to reoperation, and complications were analyzed. Of 305 patients, 42 (13.8%) required reoperations: 26 underwent band removal (8.5%) and 16 underwent port revision (5.2%). The mean weight and body mass index for all patients who underwent reoperations were 122.6 kg and 45.0 kg/m(2), respectively. The most common complication leading to band removal was gastric prolapse (n = 14, 4.6%). The most common indication for port revision was a nonfunctioning port (n = 10, 3.3%). Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding was initially popularized as a minimally invasive gastric-restrictive procedure with low morbidity. Our study showed a 13.8% reoperation rate at 3 years' follow-up. Most early reoperations (<2 years) were performed for port revision, whereas later reoperations (>2 years) were likely to be performed for band removal. Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is associated with high reoperation rates; therefore bariatric surgeons should carefully consider other surgical weight-loss options tailored to the needs of the individual patient that may have lower complication and reoperation rates.

  9. Emissions of nitrous acid (HONO), nitric oxide (NO) and nitrous oxide (N2O) from boreal agricultural soil - Effect of N fertilization

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    Bhattarai, Hem Raj; Virkajärvi, Perttu; -Yli Pirilä, Pasi; Maljanen, Marja

    2017-04-01

    There is no doubt that nitrogen (N) fertilization has crucial role in increasing food production. However, in parallel it can cause severe impact in environment such as eutrophication, surface/groundwater pollution via nitrate (NO3-) leaching and emissions of N trace gases. Fertilization increases the emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O) which is 260 stronger greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide (CO2). It also enhances the emissions of nitric oxide (NO); an oxidized and very reactive form of nitrogen which can fluctuate the ozone (O3) concentration in atmosphere and cause acidification. The effects of N- fertilization on the emission of N2O and NO from agricultural soil are well known. However, the effects of N fertilization on nitrous acid (HONO) emissions are unknown. Few studies have shown that HONO is emitted from soil but they lack to interlink fertilization and HONO emission. HONO accounts for 17-34 % of hydroxyl (OH-) radical production? in the atmosphere, OH- radicals have vital role in atmospheric chemistry; they can cause photochemical smog, form O3, oxidize volatile organic compounds and also atmospheric methane (CH4). We formulated hypothesis that N fertilization will increase the HONO emissions as it does for N2O and NO. To study this, we took soil samples from agricultural soil receiving different amount of N-fertilizer (0, 250 and 450 kg ha-1) in eastern Finland. HONO emissions were measured by dynamic chamber technique connected with LOPAP (Quma Elektronik & Analytik GmbH), NO by NOx analyzer (Thermo scientific) and static chamber technique and gas chromatograph was used for N2O gas sampling and analysis. Several soil parameters were also measured to establish the relationship between the soil properties, fertilization rate and HONO emission. This study is important because eventually it will open up more questions regarding the forms of N loss from soils and impact of fertilization on atmospheric chemistry.

  10. Lifetime Assessment of the NEXT Ion Thruster

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    VanNoord, Jonathan L.

    2010-01-01

    Ion thrusters are low thrust, high specific impulse devices with required operational lifetimes on the order of 10,000 to 100,000 hr. The NEXT ion thruster is the latest generation of ion thrusters under development. The NEXT ion thruster currently has a qualification level propellant throughput requirement of 450 kg of xenon, which corresponds to roughly 22,000 hr of operation at the highest throttling point. Currently, a NEXT engineering model ion thruster with prototype model ion optics is undergoing a long duration test to determine wear characteristics and establish propellant throughput capability. The NEXT thruster includes many improvements over previous generations of ion thrusters, but two of its component improvements have a larger effect on thruster lifetime. These include the ion optics with tighter tolerances, a masked region and better gap control, and the discharge cathode keeper material change to graphite. Data from the NEXT 2000 hr wear test, the NEXT long duration test, and further analysis is used to determine the expected lifetime of the NEXT ion thruster. This paper will review the predictions for all of the anticipated failure mechanisms. The mechanisms will include wear of the ion optics and cathode s orifice plate and keeper from the plasma, depletion of low work function material in each cathode s insert, and spalling of material in the discharge chamber leading to arcing. Based on the analysis of the NEXT ion thruster, the first failure mode for operation above a specific impulse of 2000 sec is expected to be the structural failure of the ion optics at 750 kg of propellant throughput, 1.7 times the qualification requirement. An assessment based on mission analyses for operation below a specific impulse of 2000 sec indicates that the NEXT thruster is capable of double the propellant throughput required by these missions.

  11. Vermicomposting as manure management strategy for urban small-holder animal farms - Kampala case study.

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    Lalander, Cecilia Helena; Komakech, Allan John; Vinnerås, Björn

    2015-05-01

    Inadequate organic waste management can contribute to the spread of diseases and have negative impacts on the environment. Vermicomposting organic waste could have dual beneficial effects by generating an economically viable animal feed protein in the form of worm biomass, while alleviating the negative effects of poor organic waste management. In this study, a low-maintenance vermicomposting system was evaluated as manure and food waste management system for small-holder farmers. A vermicomposting system using the earthworm species Eudrilus eugeniae and treating cow manure and food waste was set up in Kampala, Uganda, and monitored for 172days. The material degradation and protein production rates were evaluated after 63days and at the end of the experiment. The material reduction was 45.9% and the waste-to-biomass conversion rate was 3.5% in the vermicomposting process on a total solids basis. A possible increase in the conversion rate could be achieved by increasing the frequency of worm harvesting. Vermicomposting was found to be a viable manure management method in small-scale urban animal agriculture; the return of investment was calculated to be 280% for treating the manure of a 450kg cow. The vermicompost was not sanitised, although hygiene quality could be improved by introducing a post-stabilisation step in which no fresh material is added. The value of the animal feed protein generated in the process can act as an incentive to improve current manure management strategies. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.

  12. Radiographic parameters of increased carpal tunnel pressure with progressive wrist distraction: a cadaveric study.

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    Sharma, Krishn M; Parks, Brent G; Simmons, L Marie; Segalman, Keith A

    2006-01-01

    Increased carpal canal pressure associated with external fixation has been noted as a potential source of complications but no correlated clinical observation has been identified. We hypothesized that there would be a significant change in midcarpal distance and modified carpal height index with increasing distraction across the wrist joint and that these changes would correlate with pressure increases. Thirteen cadaveric upper extremities were mounted vertically using 2 half pins in the midradius. Using a previously reported technique, we introduced a balloon-tipped catheter attached to a transducer into the carpal canal for pressure measurement. As weights were hung from the middle finger to create distraction across the carpus, pressure measurements and radiographs of the wrist were taken simultaneously. This sequence was performed for 4.50 kg of distraction in 0.45-kg increments and at 6.80 and 9.07 kg of distraction with the wrist in neutral position. Changes in midcarpal distance and modified carpal height index were calculated and comparisons were made with the Student t test. A 2-tailed Pearson correlation was used to determine whether there was a correlation between carpal canal pressure and radiographic indicators. Significance was set at p

  13. Preliminary results of new surface heat flow measurements in the northern East China Sea

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    Kim, Young-Gyun

    2013-04-01

    Conventional heat flow measurements using a marine heat probe have been rarely carried out in the shallow seas. This is generally because 1) strong bottom-water temperature variation (BTV) which significantly affects temperature distribution in the top few meters of sediments hides the background geothermal gradient generated by conductive heat from deep in Earth, and 2) coarse surficial lithology which prevents the heat probe from being penetrated enough into the sediments is prevalent. In the northern East China Sea, there is few surface heat flow data due to such harsh conditions. The sea experiences seasonal flux change of Kuroshio and Taiwan Warm currents and large amount of sediment discharge from Yangtze River. New heat flow measurements using a Ewing-type heat probe were made at 11 sites with water depths of 57-120 mbsl in December 2012. For the successive penetration of the probe, areas of the finer surficial lithology were carefully chosen as target sites based on core samples using a gravity corer as well as Chirp survey results. Also, length and weight of the heat probe were adjusted to 3 meter with 7 thermistors and ~450 kg, respectively. As a result, the heat probe nearly vertically penetrated up to its full length into the sediments. Observed temperatures at depths are not fitted into a linear line, and show overall inversion with local maximum value at the middle depths. These are clear evidences of temperature disturbance by BTV. Due to lack of information, BTV is roughly approximated based on available bottom-water temperature data in the vicinity of the study area. After removal of BTV effects, the observed temperatures are nearly aligned into a line, indicating that conductive cooling is dominant heat transfer process in this region. Accordingly, the background geothermal gradient is estimated as 20-30 mK/m comparable with results from wells around the study area.

  14. Carrying capacity of the eastern ecological gradient of Kenya.

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    Bernard, F E; Campbell, D J; Thom, D J

    1989-01-01

    Kenya's rate of natural population increase exceeds 4.0%/year. At this rate, Kenya's population of 23.5 million will expand to 35 million by the year 2000. Rural migrants are being forced out of the highlands into marginal arid and semiarid regions to the east and south in the eastern ecological gradient including Meru, Kitui, Machakos, and Kajiado districts. The people have become victims of marginalization by which the productivity of a unit of land declines relative to the demands of its occupants. The concept of carrying capacity means the number of people a given area can sustain over the long term. In Maasailand, 3.5 standard stock units (450 kg each) are required per adult equivalent for full subsistence, about 7 cows/person. For the Maasai pastoralists, carrying capacities were examined at 2 levels of subsistence: 100% from the herds and 80% from the herds; 2 technological levels; and population-growth rates of 2%, 2.5%, and 3%/annum. Using the median, 3.5%/year, population-growth scenario these districts will have almost 5 million inhabitants in the year 2000. Poverty at technology level I for 40% of them, or for 2 million people, is implausible. Technology level II implies that current rural-development programs will succeed with technological innovations for farm households, access to credit, and markets for their produce. Level II is likely to prevail toward the end of the century for the majority of farmers. Level III necessitates best agricultural and livestock technology as well as the best management. At most, 25% of the households of the eastern ecological gradient could enter this realm by the year 2000. Current strategies of voluntary family planning, rural development emerging from an antiquated extension system, inability to address inequity in land distribution, and laissez-faire resource management are inadequate to deal with the pace of change.

  15. Status of NASA's Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) Long-Duration Test as of 50,000 h and 900 kg Throughput

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    Shastry, Rohit; Herman, Daniel A.; Soulas, George C.; Patterson, Michael J.

    2015-01-01

    The NASA's Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) project is developing the next-generation solar electric propulsion ion propulsion system with significant enhancements beyond the state-of-the-art NASA Solar Electric Propulsion Technology Application Readiness (NSTAR) ion propulsion system in order to provide future NASA science missions with enhanced propulsion capabilities. As part of a comprehensive thruster service life assessment, the NEXT Long-Duration Test (LDT) was initiated in June 2005 to demonstrate throughput capability and validate thruster service life modeling. The NEXT LDT exceeded its original qualification throughput requirement of 450 kg in December 2009. To date, the NEXT LDT has set records for electric propulsion lifetime and has demonstrated 50,170 h of operation, processed 902 kg of propellant, and delivered 34.9 MN-s of total impulse. The NEXT thruster design mitigated several life-limiting mechanisms encountered in the NSTAR design, dramatically increasing service life capability. Various component erosion rates compare favorably to the pretest predictions based upon semi-empirical ion thruster models. The NEXT LDT either met or exceeded all of its original goals regarding lifetime demonstration, performance and wear characterization, and modeling validation. In light of recent budget constraints and to focus on development of other components of the NEXT ion propulsion system, a voluntary termination procedure for the NEXT LDT began in April 2013. As part of this termination procedure, a comprehensive post-test performance characterization was conducted across all operating conditions of the NEXT throttle table. These measurements were found to be consistent with prior data that show minimal degradation of performance over the thruster's 50 kh lifetime. Repair of various diagnostics within the test facility is presently planned while keeping the thruster under high vacuum conditions. These diagnostics will provide additional critical

  16. Status of NASA's Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) Long-Duration Test as of 50,000 h and 900 kg Throughput

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    Shastry, Rohit; Herman, Daniel A.; Soulas, George C.; Patterson, Michael J.

    2013-01-01

    The NASA's Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) project is developing the next-generation solar electric propulsion ion propulsion system with significant enhancements beyond the state-of-the-art NASA Solar Electric Propulsion Technology Application Readiness (NSTAR) ion propulsion system in order to provide future NASA science missions with enhanced propulsion capabilities. As part of a comprehensive thruster service life assessment, the NEXT Long-Duration Test (LDT) was initiated in June 2005 to demonstrate throughput capability and validate thruster service life modeling. The NEXT LDT exceeded its original qualification throughput requirement of 450 kg in December 2009. To date, the NEXT LDT has set records for electric propulsion lifetime and has demonstrated 50,170 hours of operation, processed 902 kg of propellant, and delivered 34.9 MN-s of total impulse. The NEXT thruster design mitigated several life-limiting mechanisms encountered in the NSTAR design, dramatically increasing service life capability. Various component erosion rates compare favorably to the pretest predictions based upon semi-empirical ion thruster models. The NEXT LDT either met or exceeded all of its original goals regarding lifetime demonstration, performance and wear characterization, and modeling validation. In light of recent budget constraints and to focus on development of other components of the NEXT ion propulsion system, a voluntary termination procedure for the NEXT LDT began in April 2013. As part of this termination procedure, a comprehensive post-test performance characterization was conducted across all operating conditions of the NEXT throttle table. These measurements were found to be consistent with prior data that show minimal degradation of performance over the thruster's 50 kh lifetime. Repair of various diagnostics within the test facility is presently planned while keeping the thruster under high vacuum conditions. These diagnostics will provide additional critical

  17. Association between the level of quality of life and nutritional status in patients undergoing chronic renal hemodialysis.

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    dos Santos, Ana Carolina Bonelá; Machado, Manuela do Carmo; Pereira, Luciene Rabelo; Abreu, Juliana Lemos Pratti; Lyra, Marisa Barbosa

    2013-01-01

    The chronic kidney disease and undergoing hemodialysis (HD) cause limitation in patients' life interfering in their life's quality and the nutritional care is fundamental to the disease treatment. The objective is the goal is to analyze the association between quality of life through the instrument (SF-36) with dietary intake, nutritional status in patients with chronic kidney disease in HD through quantitative research and transversal. Realized valuation anthropometric, collection of the results of biochemical tests, application of the questionnaire SF-36 and dietary anamnesis (food recall of 24h). The sample consisted of thirty adult patients with age between 28 to 76 years. The disease related with chronic kidney disease was found more hypertension systemic arterial (53.3%) The average body mass index was 25.04 ± 4.50 kg/m². By fold cutaneous arm, 73.3% were in malnutrition. The end nutritional diagnosis of malnutrition was 80% among the patients studied. The time of diagnosis of renal disease had a mean of 4.84 ± 3.51 years. By the middle of biochemical tests only phosphorus creatinine were adequate. In the mean the scores of SF-36 the lowest value found was limited to physical aspects (16.67 ± 29.60) and the largest for the social aspect (68.17 ± 33.67). The average energy consumption and protein was below the recommended. Got positive correlation of calories, protein, fiber, calcium and carbohydrate, with quality of life. It was concluded that feeding is associated with quality of life of renal patients undergoing hemodialysis.

  18. Diclazuril in the horse: its identification and detection and preliminary pharmacokinetics.

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    Dirikolu, L; Lehner, F; Nattrass, C; Bentz, B G; Woods, W E; Carter, W G; Karpiesiuk, W; Jacobs, J; Boyles, J; Harkins, J D; Granstrom, D E; Tobin, T

    1999-12-01

    Diclazuril (4-chlorophenyl [2,6-dichloro-4-(4,5-dihydro-3H-3,5-dioxo-1,2,4-triazin-2-yl)pheny l] acetonitrile), is a benzeneacetonitrile antiprotozoal agent (Janssen Research Compound R 64433) marketed as Clinacox . Diclazuril may have clinical application in the treatment of Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM). To evaluate its bioavailability and preliminary pharmacokinetics in the horse we developed a sensitive quantitative high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) method for diclazuril in equine biological fluids. MS/MS analysis of diclazuril in our HPLC solvent yielded mass spectral data consistent with the presence of diclazuril. After a single oral dose of diclazuril at 2.5 g/450 kg (as 500 g Clinacox), plasma samples from four horses showed good plasma concentrations of diclazuril which peaked at 1.077 +/- 0.174 microg/mL (mean +/- SEM) with an apparent plasma half-life of about 43 h. When this dose of Clinacox was administered daily for 21 days to two horses, mean steady state plasma concentrations of 7-9 microg/mL were attained. Steady-state levels in the CSF ranged between 100 and 250 ng/mL. There was no detectable parent diclazuril in the urine samples of dosed horses by HPLC or by routine postrace thin layer chromatography (TLC). These results show that diclazuril is absorbed after oral administration and attains steady-state concentrations in plasma and CSF. The steady state concentrations attained in CSF are more than sufficient to interfere with Sarcocystis neurona, whose proliferation is reportedly 95% inhibited by concentrations of diclazuril as low as 1 ng/mL. These results are therefore entirely consistent with and support the reported clinical efficacy of diclazuril in the treatment of clinical cases of EPM.

  19. Effects of mountain tea plantations on nutrient cycling at upstream watersheds

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    Lin, T.-C.; Shaner, P.-J. L.; Wang, L.-J.; Shih, Y.-T.; Wang, C.-P.; Huang, G.-H.; Huang, J.-C.

    2015-11-01

    The expansion of agriculture to rugged mountains can exacerbate negative impacts of agricultural activities on ecosystem function. In this study, we monitored streamwater and rainfall chemistry of mountain watersheds at the Feitsui Reservoir Watershed in northern Taiwan to examine the effects of agriculture on watershed nutrient cycling. We found that the greater the proportion of tea plantation cover, the higher the concentrations of fertilizer-associated ions (NO3-, K+) in streamwater of the four mountain watersheds examined; on the other hand, the concentrations of the ions that are rich in soils (SO42-, Ca2+, Mg2+) did not increase with the proportion of tea plantation cover, suggesting that agriculture enriched fertilizer-associated nutrients in streamwater. Of the two watersheds for which rainfall chemistry was available, the one with higher proportion of tea plantation cover had higher concentrations of ions in rainfall and retained less nitrogen in proportion to input compared to the more pristine watershed, suggesting that agriculture can influence atmospheric deposition of nutrients and a system's ability to retain nutrients. As expected, we found that a forested watershed downstream of agricultural activities can dilute the concentrations of NO3- in streamwater by more than 70 %, indicating that such a landscape configuration helps mitigate nutrient enrichment in aquatic systems even for watersheds with steep topography. We estimated that tea plantation at our study site contributed approximately 450 kg ha-1 yr-1 of NO3-N via streamwater, an order of magnitude greater than previously reported for agricultural lands around the globe, which can only be matched by areas under intense fertilizer use. Furthermore, we constructed watershed N fluxes to show that excessive leaching of N, and additional loss to the atmosphere via volatilization and denitrification can occur under intense fertilizer use. In summary, this study demonstrated the pervasive impacts of

  20. Continuous monitoring of snowpack dynamics in alpine terrain by aboveground neutron sensing

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    Schattan, Paul; Baroni, Gabriele; Oswald, Sascha E.; Schöber, Johannes; Fey, Christine; Kormann, Christoph; Huttenlau, Matthias; Achleitner, Stefan

    2017-05-01

    The characteristics of an aboveground cosmic-ray neutron sensor (CRNS) are evaluated for monitoring a mountain snowpack in the Austrian Alps from March 2014 to June 2016. Neutron counts were compared to continuous point-scale snow depth (SD) and snow-water-equivalent (SWE) measurements from an automatic weather station with a maximum SWE of 600 mm (April 2014). Several spatially distributed Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS)-based SD and SWE maps were additionally used. A strong nonlinear correlation is found for both SD and SWE. The representative footprint of the CRNS is in the range of 230-270 m. In contrast to previous studies suggesting signal saturation at around 100 mm of SWE, no complete signal saturation was observed. These results imply that CRNS could be transferred into an unprecedented method for continuous detection of spatially averaged SD and SWE for alpine snowpacks, though with sensitivity decreasing with increasing SWE. While initially different functions were found for accumulation and melting season conditions, this could be resolved by accounting for a limited measurement depth. This depth limit is in the range of 200 mm of SWE for dense snowpacks with high liquid water contents and associated snow density values around 450 kg m-3 and above. In contrast to prior studies with shallow snowpacks, interannual transferability of the results is very high regardless of presnowfall soil moisture conditions. This underlines the unexpectedly high potential of CRNS to close the gap between point-scale measurements, hydrological models, and remote sensing of the cryosphere in alpine terrain.

  1. Vermicomposting as manure management strategy for urban small-holder animal farms – Kampala case study

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    Lalander, Cecilia Helena; Komakech, Allan John; Vinnerås, Björn

    2015-05-15

    Highlights: • Poor manure management can increase burden of disease and environmental impact. • A low-maintenance vermicompost reactor was set-up in Kampala, Uganda. • High material reduction (45.9%) and waste-to-biomass conversion (3.6% on a TS basis). • Five year return on investment of 275% of system in Uganda. • Technically and economically viable system for improved urban manure management. - Abstract: Inadequate organic waste management can contribute to the spread of diseases and have negative impacts on the environment. Vermicomposting organic waste could have dual beneficial effects by generating an economically viable animal feed protein in the form of worm biomass, while alleviating the negative effects of poor organic waste management. In this study, a low-maintenance vermicomposting system was evaluated as manure and food waste management system for small-holder farmers. A vermicomposting system using the earthworm species Eudrilus eugeniae and treating cow manure and food waste was set up in Kampala, Uganda, and monitored for 172 days. The material degradation and protein production rates were evaluated after 63 days and at the end of the experiment. The material reduction was 45.9% and the waste-to-biomass conversion rate was 3.5% in the vermicomposting process on a total solids basis. A possible increase in the conversion rate could be achieved by increasing the frequency of worm harvesting. Vermicomposting was found to be a viable manure management method in small-scale urban animal agriculture; the return of investment was calculated to be 280% for treating the manure of a 450 kg cow. The vermicompost was not sanitised, although hygiene quality could be improved by introducing a post-stabilisation step in which no fresh material is added. The value of the animal feed protein generated in the process can act as an incentive to improve current manure management strategies.

  2. Nitrogen dynamics in soil amended with manures composted in dynamic and static systems.

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    Escudero, Ania; González-Arias, Ander; del Hierro, Oscar; Pinto, Miriam; Gartzia-Bengoetxea, Nahia

    2012-10-15

    The main objectives of this study were to evaluate the stability of three different composts and to study the N dynamics in soil incubated with the composts under laboratory conditions. The composts were produced from sheep manure processed by static pile composting (C1) and from cattle and sheep manure processed by dynamic pile composting (C2 and C3 respectively). Laboratory incubation assays were carried out at 28 °C to determine the amount of N mineralized and N leached under extreme rainfall conditions in the first 30 days after application of doses of each compost equivalent to 170 and 450 kg ha(-1) of N. There were no differences in the values of these parameters in samples of the composts produced by the static (C1) and dynamic (C3) systems, and both composts behaved in the same way when applied to soil. The chemical characteristics of the three final composts, the respiration rates and the lack of stimulation of total microbial biomass indicated that the composts were stable. However, the final C/N ratio was slightly higher in C2 than in C1 and C3 (14 compared with 10 and 11) as was the respiration rate of the high dose of C2 indicating that C2 was more labile, and thus less stable than C1 and C3. Compost C2 generated the highest N mineralization rates after application of different doses (6.5 and 13.1%), as well as the highest N supplying potential (54.7 and 36.2%), and thus the highest rate of mineral N leaching (16.8 and 16.5 mg L(-1) of NO(3)-N), probably as a result of the slight difference in lability. The N release after compost application was very low and thus the leaching potential was also low, indicating that high doses of mature compost (>170 kg ha(-1) of N) could be applied to soil.

  3. Solarized textile drying at Westpoint Pepperell. Phase III. Final report, December 1978-June 1979

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    Not Available

    1981-03-01

    This program has resulted in the installation of a solar energy collection system for providing process heat to a textile drying process. The solar collection subsystem uses 700 square meters (7500 square feet) of parabolic trough, single-axis tracking, concentrating collectors to heat water in a high temperature water (HTW) loop. The solar collectors nominally generate 193/sup 0/C (380/sup 0/F) water with the HTW loop at 1.9 x 10/sup 6/ Pa (275 psi). A steam generator is fueled with the HTW and produces 450 kg/hour (1000 pounds per hour) of process steam at the nominal design point conditions. The solar-generated process steam is at 0.5 x 10/sup 6/ Pa (75 psi) and 160/sup 0/C (321/sup 0/F). It is predicted that the solar energy system will provide 1.2 x 10/sup 6/ MJ/year (1.1 x 10/sup 9/ Btu/year) to the process. This is 46% of the direct insolation available to the collector field during the operational hours (300 days per year) of the Fairfax mill. The process being solarized is textile drying using can dryers. The can dryers are part of a slashing operation in a WestPoint Pepperell mill in Fairfax, Alabama. Operation of the system over the first six months after start-up demonstrated improving reliability as the system was initially operated under manual supervision (for three months), then generated low pressure steam under automatic operation. Poor performance of the shadow bar suntrackers limited the range of efficient system operation.

  4. Direct and indirect savings: Magnitudes and implementation policies

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    Rosenfeld, A.H.; Romm, J.J.; Akbari, H.; Taha, H.; Lloyd, A.

    1995-12-31

    A {open_quotes}Cool Communities{close_quotes} strategy of lighter-colored reroofs and resurfaced pavements and shade trees can directly lower annual air conditioning bills in Los Angeles by {approximately}$200M, cool the Basin by 3 C{degrees}, save indirectly $160M more in air conditioning, and reduce smog by {approximately}10%, worth another $360M, for a total savings of $0.7B. To implement these savings, we call for ratings and labels for cool materials, building performance standards, utility programs, and an extension of the RECLAIM smog offset trading market to include credit for cool surfaces and trees. Generalized to the US, total annual savings will be {approximately}$10B. Many more utilities can participate, and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) can include cool materials and trees in its proposed regional {open_quotes}open market smog offset trading credits.{close_quotes}

  5. Simulation of the outdoor energy efficiency of an autonomous solar kit based on meteorological data for a site in Central Europe

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    Bouzaki, Mohammed Moustafa Chadel, Meriem; Benyoucef, Boumediene; Petit, Pierre; Aillerie, Michel

    2016-07-25

    This contribution analyzes the energy provided by a solar kit dedicated to autonomous usage and installed in Central Europe (Longitude 6.10°; Latitude 49.21° and Altitude 160 m) by using the simulation software PVSYST. We focused the analysis on the effect of temperature and solar irradiation on the I-V characteristic of a commercial PV panel. We also consider in this study the influence of charging and discharging the battery on the generator efficiency. Meteorological data are integrated into the simulation software. As expected, the solar kit provides an energy varying all along the year with a minimum in December. In the proposed approach, we consider this minimum as the lowest acceptable energy level to satisfy the use. Thus for the other months, a lost in the available renewable energy exists if no storage system is associated.

  6. Relative performance comparison between baseline labyrinth and dual-brush compressor discharge seals in a T-700 engine test

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    Hendricks, Robert C.; Griffin, Thomas A.; Csavina, Kristine R.; Pancholi, Arvind; Sood, Dvandra

    1994-01-01

    In separate series of T-700 engine tests, direct comparisons were made between the forward-facing labyrinth and dual-brush compressor discharge seals. Compressor speeds to 43,000 rpm, surface speeds to 160 m/s (530 ft/s), pressures to 1 MPa (145 psi), and temperatures to 680 K (765 F) characterized these tests. The wear estimate for 40 hr of engine operations was less than 0.025 mm (0.001 in.) of the Haynes 25 alloy bristles running against a chromium-oxide-coated rub runner. The pressure drops were higher for the dual-brush than for the forward-facing labyrinth seal, implying better seal characteristics and engine performance for the brush seal. Modification of the secondary flow path requires that changes in cooling air and engine dynamics be accounted for.

  7. Characterization and Electrochemical Performance of SubstitutedLiNi0.4Co0.2-yAlyMn0.4O2 (0<_y<_0.2) Cathode Materials

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    Wilcox, James D.; Doeff, Marca M.

    2007-11-28

    A complete series of LiNi0.4Co0.2-yAlyMn0.4O2 (0<_y<_0.2) materials have been synthesized and investigated as cathode materials for lithium ion batteries. When cycled between 2.0 and 4.3 V vs. Li/Li+ at a current density of 0.1 mA/cm2, stable capacities of ~;;160 mAh/g for y=0 to ~;;110 mAh/g for y=0.2 are achieved. Upon increasing the current density, it is found that all materials containing aluminum show reduced polarization and improved rate performance. The optimal performance at all current densities was found for the compound with y=0.05. The effect of aluminumsubstitution on the crystal structure of the host is discussed.

  8. A high-performance Hg(+) trapped ion frequency standard

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    Prestage, J. D.; Tjoelker, R. L.; Dick, G. J.; Maleki, L.

    1992-01-01

    A high-performance frequency standard based on (199)Hg(+) ions confined in a hybrid radio frequency (RF)/dc linear ion trap is demonstrated. This trap permits storage of large numbers of ions with reduced susceptibility to the second-order Doppler effect caused by the RF confining fields. A 160-mHz-wide atomic resonance line for the 40.5-GHz clock transition is used to steer the output of a 5-mHz crystal oscillator to obtain a stability of 2 x 10(exp -15) for 24,000-second averaging times. Measurements with a 37-mHz line width for the Hg(+) clock transition demonstrate that the inherent stability for this frequency standard is better than 1 x 10(exp -15) at 10,000-second averaging times.

  9. [Study of laser energy in multi-element detection of pulverized coal flow with laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy].

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    Zheng, Jian-Ping; Lu, Ji-Dong; Zhang, Bo; Chen, Shi-He; Yao, Shun-Chun; Pan, Feng-Ping; Dong, Xuan; Zhang, Xi

    2014-01-01

    The logical range of laser power density and optimum laser power density were explored for multi-element analysis of pulverized coal flow with laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy in the present paper. The range of laser energy was chosen from 20 to 160 mJ in the experiment. Pulverized coal less than 200 microm in diameter of particles fell freely through feeder outlet and the rate of flow was controlled by screw feeder. Emissions were collected with pulse laser at 1 064 nm focusing on pulverized coal flow and plasma was generated. The intensity and cause of fluctuation of emission spectra at various laser energy levels were studied. A suitable range of laser power density is from 14.4 to 34.4 GW x cm(-2), and the optimum laser power density is 19.5 GW x cm(-2) for the determination of pulverized coal flow with LIBS.

  10. Dynamic BOTDA measurements based on Brillouin phase-shift and RF demodulation.

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    Urricelqui, Javier; Zornoza, Ander; Sagues, Mikel; Loayssa, Alayn

    2012-11-19

    We demonstrate a novel dynamic BOTDA sensor based, for the first time to our knowledge, on the use of the Brillouin phase-shift in addition to the conventional Brillouin gain. This provides the advantage of measurements that are largely immune to variations in fiber attenuation or changes in pump pulse power. Furthermore, the optical detection deployed leads to an enhanced precision or measurement time and to the broadening of the measurement range. Proof-of-concept experiments demonstrate 1.66-kHz measurement rate with 1-m resolution over a 160 m sensing fiber length. Moreover, a measurement range of 2560 µε with a precision of 20 µε is successfully proved.

  11. Nonlinear vibration behaviors of casing pipe in the deep water

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    Tang, You-Gang; Zhang, Su-Xia; Yi, Cong

    2006-10-01

    The vortex-induced nonlinear vibration of casing pipes in the deep water was investigated considering the loads of current and combined wave-current. The vortex-induced vibration equation of a casing pipe was set up with considering the beam mode and Morison's nonlinear fluid loads as well as the vortex-excited loads. The approach of calculating vortex-excited nonlinear vibration by Galerkin's method was proposed. The natural vibration frequencies and modes were obtained, and the response including primary resonance induced by current and the composite resonance under combined wave-current for the 170 m long casing pipe in the 160 m depth of water were investigated. The results show that the dynamics response of casing pipe obviously increases, and the complicated response behaviors of casing pipe are described under combined wave-current.

  12. Preparation of nickel nanowire arrays electrode for urea electro-oxidation in alkaline medium

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    Guo, Fen; Ye, Ke; Cheng, Kui; Wang, Guiling; Cao, Dianxue

    2015-03-01

    Fully metallic nickel nanowire arrays (NWAs) electrode is prepared by electrodepositing nickel within the pores and over-plating on the surface of polycarbonate template (PCT) with subsequent dissolution of the template in dichloromethane. The as-prepared electrode is characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Urea electro-oxidation reaction in KOH solution on the nickel NWAs electrode is investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronoamperometry (CA) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) tests. The results show that the nickel NWAs electrode achieves an onset oxidation potential of 0.25 V (vs. Ag/AgCl) and a peak current density of 160 mA cm-2 in 5 mol L-1 KOH and 0.33 mol L-1 urea accompanied with considerable stability.

  13. The bathymetry of a Titan sea

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    Mastrogiuseppe, Marco; Poggiali, Valerio; Hayes, Alexander; Lorenz, Ralph; Lunine, Jonathan; Picardi, Giovanni; Seu, Roberto; Flamini, Enrico; Mitri, Giuseppe; Notarnicola, Claudia; Paillou, Philippe; Zebker, Howard

    2014-03-01

    We construct the depth profile—the bathymetry—of Titan's large sea Ligeia Mare from Cassini RADAR data collected during the 23 May 2013 (T91) nadir-looking altimetry flyby. We find the greatest depth to be about 160 m and a seabed slope that is gentler toward the northern shore, consistent with previously imaged shoreline morphologies. Low radio signal attenuation through the sea demonstrates that the liquid, for which we determine a loss tangent of 3 ± 1·10-5, is remarkably transparent, requiring a nearly pure methane-ethane composition, and further that microwave absorbing hydrocarbons, nitriles, and suspended particles be limited to less than the order of 0.1% of the liquid volume. Presence of nitrogen in the ethane-methane sea, expected based on its solubility and dominance in the atmosphere, is consistent with the low attenuation, but that of substantial dissolved polar species or suspended scatterers is not.

  14. Formation of the first three gravitational-wave observations through isolated binary evolution

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    Stevenson, Simon; Vigna-Gómez, Alejandro; Mandel, Ilya; Barrett, Jim W.; Neijssel, Coenraad J.; Perkins, David; de Mink, Selma E.

    2017-04-01

    During its first four months of taking data, Advanced LIGO has detected gravitational waves from two binary black hole mergers, GW150914 and GW151226, along with the statistically less significant binary black hole merger candidate LVT151012. Here we use the rapid binary population synthesis code COMPAS to show that all three events can be explained by a single evolutionary channel--classical isolated binary evolution via mass transfer including a common envelope phase. We show all three events could have formed in low-metallicity environments (Z=0.001) from progenitor binaries with typical total masses >~160M\\xodot, >~60M\\xodot and >~90M\\xodot, for GW150914, GW151226 and LVT151012, respectively.

  15. Direct Synthesis of Carbon-Doped TiO2-Bronze Nanowires as Anode Materials for High Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Goriparti, Subrahmanyam; Miele, Ermanno; Prato, Mirko; Scarpellini, Alice; Marras, Sergio; Monaco, Simone; Toma, Andrea; Messina, Gabriele C; Alabastri, Alessandro; De Angelis, Francesco; Manna, Liberato; Capiglia, Claudio; Zaccaria, Remo Proietti

    2015-11-18

    Carbon-doped TiO2-bronze nanowires were synthesized via a facile doping mechanism and were exploited as active material for Li-ion batteries. We demonstrate that both the wire geometry and the presence of carbon doping contribute to the high electrochemical performance of these materials. Direct carbon doping for example reduces the Li-ion diffusion length and improves the electrical conductivity of the wires, as demonstrated by cycling experiments, which evidenced remarkably higher capacities and superior rate capability over the undoped nanowires. The as-prepared carbon-doped nanowires, evaluated in lithium half-cells, exhibited lithium storage capacity of ∼306 mA h g(-1) (91% of the theoretical capacity) at the current rate of 0.1C as well as excellent discharge capacity of ∼160 mAh g(-1) even at the current rate of 10 C after 1000 charge/discharge cycles.

  16. A new species of Dracoderes (Kinorhyncha: Dracoderidae) from Korea provides further support for a dracoderid-homalorhagid relationship.

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    Thomsen, Vibe G; Rho, Hyun Soo; Kim, Dongsung; Sørensen, Martin V

    2013-01-01

    A new kinorhynch species, Dracoderes nidhug nov. sp., is described from the East Sea, at 160 m depth, off Uljin, Korea. The new species is the fourth that can be assigned to the genus, and is recognized by the presence of dorsal spines on segments 3 to 9 (alternatingly displaced to more paradorsal positions on segments 3 to 8), subdorsal tubules on segment 2, lateroventral tubules on segments 2, 5 and 10, and lateral accessory tubules on segment 8. The new species shows two longitudinal, intracuticular markings on the ventral side of segment 1, which could be interpret as rudimentary plate joints, corresponding to the articulations found on the sternal plates of segment 1 in species of Pycnophyes and Kinorhynchus. The finding brings further support to a closer relationship between Dracoderes and homalorhagid kinorhynchs.

  17. GaAsP tunable distributed Bragg reflector laser with indium tin oxide thin-film heater

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    Uemukai, Masahiro; Suhara, Toshiaki

    2016-08-01

    A GaAsP quantum well tunable distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) laser with a thin-film heater above a DBR grating was designed and fabricated. As a result of the optimization of the DBR grating to obtain both high reflectivity and sharp wavelength selectivity, single-mode lasing with an output power of 54 mW and a side-mode suppression ratio of 43 dB was obtained. By forming the transparent thin-film heater at a distance of 0.1 µm above the DBR grating, the DBR grating was heated locally and efficiently, and a wide wavelength tuning range of 5.2 nm was achieved by heating with a heater power as low as 160 mW.

  18. Sm-Nd dating of Fig Tree clay minerals of the Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa

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    Toulkeridis, T.; Goldstein, S. L.; Clauer, N.; Kroner, A.; Lowe, D. R.

    1994-01-01

    Sm-Nd isotopic data from carbonate-derived clay minerals of the 3.22-3.25 Ga Fig Tree Group, Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa, form a linear array corresponding to an age of 3102 +/- 64 Ma, making these minerals the oldest dated clays on Earth. The obtained age is 120-160 m.y. younger than the depositional age determined by zircon geochronology. Nd model ages for the clays range from approximately 3.39 to 3.44 Ga and almost cover the age variation of the Barberton greenstone belt rocks, consistent with independent evidence that the clay minerals are derived from material of the belt. The combined isotopic and mineralogical data provide evidence for a cryptic thermal overprint in the sediments of the belt. However, the highest temperature reached by the samples since the time of clay-mineral formation was <300 degrees C, lower than virtually any known early Archean supracrustal sequence.

  19. The CO/sub 2/ huff 'n' puff process in a bottomwater-drive reservoir

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    Simpson, M.R.

    1988-06-01

    Two CO/sub 2/ huff 'n' puff projects were conducted in the 4,900-ft (1495-m) Reservoir (BA) Sand Unit (4900' R(BA)SU), Timbalier Bay field, Louisiana. This reservoir is a bottomwater-drive reservoir unit a 26/sup 0/ API (0.9-g/cm/sup 3/) oil gravity and 18% primary oil recovery. Before CO/sub 2/ injection, both project wells were gas lifting more than 1,000 BFPD (160 m/sup 3//d fluid) with 99% water cuts. After CO/sub 2/ injection, the production from each well increased to 200 BOPD (32 m/sup 3//d oil). This paper discusses the CO/sub 2/ huff 'n' puff process, specific reservoir characteristics, and project evaluation.

  20. Measurement of ion species in high current ECR H{sup +}/D{sup +} ion source for IFMIF (International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility)

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    Shinto, K. Ichimiya, R.; Ihara, A.; Ikeda, Y.; Kasugai, A.; Kitano, T.; Kondo, K.; Takahashi, H.; Senée, F.; Bolzon, B.; Chauvin, N.; Gobin, R.; Valette, M.

    2016-02-15

    Ion species ratio of high current positive hydrogen/deuterium ion beams extracted from an electron-cyclotron-resonance ion source for International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility accelerator was measured by the Doppler shift Balmer-α line spectroscopy. The proton (H{sup +}) ratio at the middle of the low energy beam transport reached 80% at the hydrogen ion beam extraction of 100 keV/160 mA and the deuteron (D{sup +}) ratio reached 75% at the deuterium ion beam extraction of 100 keV/113 mA. It is found that the H{sup +} ratio measured by the spectroscopy gives lower than that derived from the phase-space diagram measured by an Allison scanner type emittance monitor. The H{sup +}/D{sup +} ratio estimated by the emittance monitor was more than 90% at those extraction currents.

  1. Sulfonamido tripods: tuning redox potentials via ligand modifications

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    Lau, Nathanael; Ziller, Joseph W.

    2014-01-01

    A series of FeII–OH2 complexes were synthesized with ligands based on the tetradentate sulfonamido tripod N,N',N"-[2,2',2"-nitrilotris(ethane-2,1-diyl)]-tris-({R-Ph}-sulfonamido). These complexes differ by the substituent on the aryl rings and were fully characterized, including their molecular structures via X-ray diffraction methods. All the complexes were five-coordinate with trigonal bipyramidal geometry. A linear correlation was observed between the electronic effects of each ligand, given by the Hammett constants of the para-substituents, and the potential of the FeII/FeIII redox couple, which were determined using cyclic voltammetry. It was found that the range of redox potentials for the complexes spanned approximately 160 mV. PMID:25419035

  2. A large frame gyrolaser

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    Allegrini, Maria; Belfi, Jacopo; Beverini, Nicolò; Bosi, Filippo; Carelli, Giorgio; di Virgilio, Angela; Maccioni, Enrico; Sorrentino, Fiodor

    2009-05-01

    A large frame ring laser gyroscope optimized for very high rotational sensitivity has been designed and built. It can be used for fine control of the interferometer mirrors alignment for the Earth based third generation gravitational antenna. Another foreseen application is geophysical monitoring of the Earth rotational motion. Presently, the ring laser optical cavity is a square with 1.60 m of side with 4 mirrors of reflectivity near 99.999%. The mechanical drawing allows easy scaling of the square area from the present 2m^2 value down to 0.81 m^2. Without optimization of the isolation system from the vibration noise of the environment, preliminary recording of the power spectral noise indicates a rotational resolution near to 10^8 rad/(sHz^1/2) at 1 Hz. Exploitation for a three dimensional sensor, composed by three independent gyroscopes, is in progress.

  3. Measurement of ion species in high current ECR H⁺/D⁺ ion source for IFMIF (International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility).

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    Shinto, K; Senée, F; Ayala, J-M; Bolzon, B; Chauvin, N; Gobin, R; Ichimiya, R; Ihara, A; Ikeda, Y; Kasugai, A; Kitano, T; Kondo, K; Marqueta, A; Okumura, Y; Takahashi, H; Valette, M

    2016-02-01

    Ion species ratio of high current positive hydrogen/deuterium ion beams extracted from an electron-cyclotron-resonance ion source for International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility accelerator was measured by the Doppler shift Balmer-α line spectroscopy. The proton (H(+)) ratio at the middle of the low energy beam transport reached 80% at the hydrogen ion beam extraction of 100 keV/160 mA and the deuteron (D(+)) ratio reached 75% at the deuterium ion beam extraction of 100 keV/113 mA. It is found that the H(+) ratio measured by the spectroscopy gives lower than that derived from the phase-space diagram measured by an Allison scanner type emittance monitor. The H(+)/D(+) ratio estimated by the emittance monitor was more than 90% at those extraction currents.

  4. Direct selenylation of mixed Ni/Fe metal-organic frameworks to NiFe-Se/C nanorods for overall water splitting

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    Xu, Bo; Yang, He; Yuan, Lincheng; Sun, Yiqiang; Chen, Zhiming; Li, Cuncheng

    2017-10-01

    Development of low-cost, highly active bifunctional catalyst for efficient overall water splitting based on earth-abundant metals is still a great challenging task. In this work, we report a NiFe-Se/C composite nanorod as efficient non-precious-metal electrochemical catalyst derived from direct selenylation of a mixed Ni/Fe metal-organic framework. The as-obtained catalyst requires low overpotential to drive 10 mA cm-2 for HER (160 mV) and OER (240 mV) in 1.0 M KOH, respectively, and its catalytic activity is maintained for at least 20 h. Moreover, water electrolysis using this catalyst achieves high water splitting current density of 10 mA cm-2 at cell voltage of 1.68 V.

  5. 0.4-1.4 {mu}m Visible to Near-Infrared Widely Broadened Super Continuum Generation with Er-doped Ultrashort Pulse Fiber Laser System

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    Nishizawa, Norihiko; Sumimura, Kazuhiko; Mitsuzawa, Hideyuki

    2009-03-17

    Visible to near-infrared widely broadened super continuum generation is demonstrated using ultrashort-pulse fiber laser system. Er-doped fiber chirped-pulse amplification system operated at 1550 nm in wavelength is used for the amplifier system, which generated ultrashort-pulse of 112 fs in FWHM with output power of 160 mW, on average. Almost pedestal free 200 fs second harmonic generation pulse is generated at 780 nm region using periodically poled LiNbO{sub 3} and conversion efficiency is as high as 37%. 0.45-1.40 {mu}m widely broadened super continuum is generated in highly nonlinear photonic crystal fiber and spectrum flatness is within {+-}6 dB. All of the fiber devices are fusion spliced so that this system shows a good stability.

  6. Generation of Artificial Acoustic-Gravity Waves and Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances in HF Heating Experiments

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    Pradipta, R.; Lee, M. C.; Cohen, J. A.; Watkins, B. J.

    2015-10-01

    We report the results of our ionospheric HF heating experiments to generate artificial acoustic-gravity waves (AGW) and traveling ionospheric disturbances (TID), which were conducted at the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program facility in Gakona, Alaska. Based on the data from UHF radar, GPS total electron content, and ionosonde measurements, we found that artificial AGW/TID can be generated in ionospheric modification experiments by sinusoidally modulating the power envelope of the transmitted O-mode HF heater waves. In this case, the modulation frequency needs to be set below the characteristic Brunt-Vaisala frequency at the relevant altitudes. We avoided potential contamination from naturally-occurring AGW/TID of auroral origin by conducting the experiments during geomagnetically quiet time period. We determine that these artificial AGW/TID propagate away from the edge of the heated region with a horizontal speed of approximately 160 m/s.

  7. Carbon nitride frameworks padded with graphene as efficient metal-free catalyst for HER in acidic and alkali electrolytes

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    Meng, Shiming; Li, Bin; Li, Songmei; Yang, Shubin

    2017-05-01

    Although hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is one of the most promising pathways to generate hydrogen in large-scale for future fuels, it is still lacking efficient and low-cost electrocatalysts. Here, carbon nitride frameworks padded with graphene (CNF-G) are explored as efficient metal-free catalysts with low-cost and good durability via a directly annealing commercial melamine sponge with graphene oxide. Owing to the high electrical conductivity of graphene, CNF-G exhibits outstanding catalytic activity during HER process in wide pH ranges. The overpotentials and Tafel slopes of CNF-G were 149 mV and 116 mV dec-1 in 0.5 M H2SO4, as well as 319 mV and 160 mV dec-1 in 1 M KOH, respectively. More importantly, CNF-G shows a high and stable catalytic activity demonstrated by a multiple cyclic voltammetry and long potentiostatic polarization.

  8. Electro-catalytic oxidation of formaldehyde on copper electrode: a new kinetics model.

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    Hasanzadeh, Mohammad; Shadjou, Nasrin

    2013-01-01

    Electro-catalytic oxidation of formaldehyde on copper electrode in 100 mM NaOH solution at different concentrations of formaldehyde was studied in the steady state polarization technique. The CV curve shows evidence for two processes occurring at the interface: one is associated with the formaldehyde electro-oxidation leading to formic acid formation on the surface and the other is assigned to the oxidation of formic acid that leads to CO2 evolutions with low yield. Reaction orders for the faradic current on copper electrode have been determined as 0.21 for the higher and 0.76 for the lower concentration of formaldehyde. Reaction orders for CO2 evolution during formaldehyde oxidation are 1.4 times higher in each case. Tafel slopes in the range of 140-160 mV are found. This signifies that the first reaction step involving the formation of adsorbed CO2 is largely determining the overall reaction rate.

  9. Kinematic profiles of NGC 3918 and NGC 6302 form high dispersion spectra

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    Lago, P. J. A.; Costa, R. D. D.

    2014-10-01

    Planetary nebulae have typical expansion velocities between 20 and 40 km/s. Using high dispersion, long slit spectroscopy obtained with the 1.60m telescope and the Coudé spectrograph at Pico dos Dias Observatory (MCT/LNA) in Brazil, we derived the kinematic profiles from forbidden lines for different angular positions along the slit for a sample of southern PNe. Results allowed us to derive velocity profiles for the nebulae, and, for some of them, parameters such as distance and kinematic age. For NGC6302 we estimate a distance of 805 ± 143pc, in good agreement with other results from the literature. For NGC3918, the velocity profiles were used to estimate its kinematic age, assuming expansion with uniform velocity; the result was 3111 years for the external shell. Hereafter we intend to use the kinematic profiles to model these planetary nebulae with the SHAPE code, and apply this technique for a large number of southern planetary nebulae.

  10. Preparation techniques of the submicron lithium titanate materials by electro-spinning

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    Wang, Yudong; Yang, Kai; Gao, Fei; Liu, Hao; Zhang, Mingjie

    2017-01-01

    Combining sol-gel process and electro-spinning, the submicron lithium titanate materials are prepared with lithium acetate and titanium tetraisopropanolate respectively as the lithium and titanium sources, and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as the template. It's found by scanning electron microscope(SEM )that, the prepared lithium titanate materials are characterized by the fiber diameter 150~200nm, a large number of irregular indentations in the surface, and the larger specific surface area than that before calcination. The lithium titanate cell receives charge-discharge test and cyclic voltammetry. The capacity of the submicron lithium titanate materials is up to 160mAh·g-1 at the rate of 0.1C, and it's revealed by cyclic voltammetry that the cell in the charge or discharge process undergoes a single redox reaction, but having good reversibility.

  11. Analysis of a general circulation model product. I - Frontal systems in the Brazil/Malvinas and Kuroshio/Oyashio regions

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    Garzoli, Silvia L.; Garraffo, Zulema; Podesta, Guillermo; Brown, Otis

    1992-01-01

    The general circulation model (GCM) of Semtner and Chervin (1992) is tested by comparing the fields produced by this model with available observations in two western boundary current regions, the Brazil/Malvinas and the Kuroshio/Oyashio confluences. The two sets of data used are the sea surface temperature from satellite observations and the temperature field product from the GCM at levels 1 (12.5 m), 2 (37.5 m), and 6 (160 m). It is shown that the model reproduces intense thermal fronts at the sea surface and in the upper layers (where they are induced by the internal dynamics of the model). The location of the fronts are reproduced in the model within 4 to 5 deg, compared with observations. However, the variability of these fronts was found to be less pronounced in the model than in the observations.

  12. Increasing the Energy Efficiency of Aluminum-Reduction Cells Using Modified Cathodes

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    Jianping, Peng; Yang, Song; Yuezhong, Di; Yaowu, Wang; Naixiang, Feng

    2017-10-01

    A cathode with an inclined surface (5°) and increased bar collector height (230 mm high) was incorporated into two 300-kA industrial aluminum-reduction cells. The voltage of the cells with the modified cathode was reduced by approximately 200 mV when compared with that of a conventional cell with a flat cathode. Through the use of simulations, the reduction in the cell voltage was attributed to the cathode modification (40 mV) and a reduced electrolyte level of 0.5 cm (160 mV). As a result of reduced anode cathode distance (ACD), the ledge toe was extended to the anode shadow by 12 cm. This caused a large inverted horizontal current and a velocity increase. The ledge profile returned to the desired position when the cells were insulated more effectively, and the metal velocity and metal crest in the modified cells were reduced accordingly.

  13. [Estimation of energy expenditure and the validity of pitch counting during walking and jogging by piezoelectric materials].

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    Yoshida, T; Udo, M; Mizuno, C; Yamanaka, H; Tasaka, I

    1992-09-01

    The purpose of the present study was to assess the validity of Piezo-electric accelerometer for estimating energy expenditure in walking and jogging. Energy consumption by oxygen uptake was determined during steady state level of treadmill walking at the speed of 60, 80 and 100 m/min and jogging at the speed of 100, 120, 140, and 160 m/min for 10 subjects. There was a highly significant correlation between the energy consumption and the estimated energy expenditure by an accelerometer despite the attached position (r = 0.912 at the waist, r = 0.915 at the chest, P < 0.001), which suggests accurate estimating energy expenditure in the field.

  14. Dynamic headspace: a single-step extraction for isotopic analysis of microg/L concentrations of dissolved chlorinated ethenes.

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    Morrill, Penny L; Lacrampe-Couloume, Georges; Lollar, Barbara Sherwood

    2004-01-01

    In this study a dynamic headspace method was developed to measure the carbon isotope values of dissolved chlorinated ethenes at microg/L concentrations. A gas chromatograph/combustion/isotope ratio mass spectrometer (GC/C/IRMS) was modified to include a headspace extraction system followed by a cryogenic trap. Extracting headspace from a 160 mL vial with 80 mL of aqueous solution and 40 g of NaCl for 8-12 min resulted in accurate and reproducible delta13C values for trichloroethene (TCE) and cis-1,2-dichloroethene (cDCE) at concentrations of 50-75 microg/L. Based on these results a conservative lower limit of quantitation of 38 microg/L can be calculated for these compounds. For more volatile compounds such as tetrachloroethene (PCE) and vinyl chloride (VC), field data analyzed using this method indicate a lower limit of quantitation in the tens of microg /L range.

  15. A 1030 nm single-frequency distributed Bragg reflector Yb-doped silica fiber laser

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    Sun, Bo; Jia, Jing; Huang, Jin; Zhang, Xueqiang; Bai, Jintao

    2017-10-01

    We demonstrate a single-frequency fiber distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) laser operating at 1030 nm by using a 1.1 cm long commercially available highly Yb-doped silica fiber. The DBR fiber laser has a threshold pump power of 5 mW, and the maximum output power is over 160 mW with a slope efficiency of 27% relative to the launched pump power. The linewidth of the laser at 1030 nm is 6 kHz. With the aid of only a 5 cm long amplifier stage, the output power is scaled up to 306 mW with a slope efficiency of 51.5%.

  16. Sm-Nd dating of Fig Tree clay minerals of the Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa

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    Toulkeridis, T.; Goldstein, S. L.; Clauer, N.; Kroner, A.; Lowe, D. R.

    1994-01-01

    Sm-Nd isotopic data from carbonate-derived clay minerals of the 3.22-3.25 Ga Fig Tree Group, Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa, form a linear array corresponding to an age of 3102 +/- 64 Ma, making these minerals the oldest dated clays on Earth. The obtained age is 120-160 m.y. younger than the depositional age determined by zircon geochronology. Nd model ages for the clays range from approximately 3.39 to 3.44 Ga and almost cover the age variation of the Barberton greenstone belt rocks, consistent with independent evidence that the clay minerals are derived from material of the belt. The combined isotopic and mineralogical data provide evidence for a cryptic thermal overprint in the sediments of the belt. However, the highest temperature reached by the samples since the time of clay-mineral formation was <300 degrees C, lower than virtually any known early Archean supracrustal sequence.

  17. Vertically aligned carbon nanotubes as anode and air-cathode in single chamber microbial fuel cells

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    Amade, R.; Moreno, H. A.; Hussain, S.; Vila-Costa, M.; Bertran, E.

    2016-10-01

    Electrode optimization in microbial fuel cells is a key issue to improve the power output and cell performance. Vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (VACNTs) grown on low cost stainless-steel mesh present an attractive approach to increase the cell performance while avoiding the use of expensive Pt-based materials. In comparison with non-aligned carbon nanotubes (NACNTs), VACNTs increase the oxygen reduction reaction taking place at the cathode by a factor of two. In addition, vertical alignment also increases the power density up to 2.5 times with respect to NACNTs. VACNTs grown at the anode can further improve the cell performance by increasing the electrode surface area and thus the electron transfer between bacteria and the electrode. The maximum power density obtained using VACNTs was 14 mW/m2 and 160 mV output voltage.

  18. G306.3-0.9: A Newly Discovered Young Galactic Supernova Remnant

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    Reynolds, Mark T.; Loi, Syheh T.; Murphy, Tara; Miller, Jon M.; Maitra, Dipankar; Gueltekin, Kayhan; Gehrels, Neil; Kennea, Jamie A.; Siegel, Michael H.; Gelbord, Jonathan; hide

    2013-01-01

    We present X-ray and radio observations of the new Galactic supernova remnant (SNR) G306.3-0.9, recently discovered by Swift. Chandra imaging reveals a complex morphology, dominated by a bright shock. The X-ray spectrum is broadly consistent with a young SNR in the Sedov phase, implying an age of 2500 yr for a distance of 8 kpc, plausibly identifying this as one of the 20 youngest Galactic SNRs. Australia Telescope Compact Array imaging reveals a prominent ridge of radio emission that correlates with the X-ray emission. We find a flux density of 160 mJy at 1 GHz, which is the lowest radio flux recorded for a Galactic SNR to date. The remnant is also detected at 24µm, indicating the presence of irradiated warm dust. The data reveal no compelling evidence for the presence of a compact stellar remnant.

  19. The Ground-based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance /GEODSS/ system

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    Jeas, W. C.; Anctil, R.

    1981-11-01

    After an account of the four-site Baker-Nunn telescope system that was its forerunner, the Ground-based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance (GEODSS) system is described with attention to its function, capabilities, and such system elements as its telescopes and their mounts, TV camera, automatic moving target indicator (AMTI), and software. GEODSS is a passive tracking system operating within the constraints of night skies and atmospheric conditions, and consists of two 40-inch aperture wide-field telescopes equipped with sensitive, low light level television cameras and radiometers that are coupled to signal processors and computerized system management. Satellite signal detection is by means of the sunlight reflected by objects as dim as 16.0 m and site locations are in New Mexico, South Korea, Diego Garcia and the Eastern Atlantic, providing overlapping sky coverage. Detection, observation and object orbit element maintenance extends to altitudes of 40,000 km.

  20. Measurement of cosmic muon angular distribution and vertical integrated flux by 2 m × 2 m RPC stack at IICHEP-Madurai

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    Pethuraj, S.; Datar, V. M.; Majumder, G.; Mondal, N. K.; Ravindran, K. C.; Satyanarayana, B.

    2017-09-01

    The 50 kton INO-ICAL is a proposed underground high energy physics experiment at Theni, India (9o57'N, 77o16'E) to study the neutrino oscillation parameters using atmospheric neutrinos. The Resistive Plate Chamber (RPC) has been chosen as the active detector element for the ICAL detector. An experimental setup consisting of 12 layers of glass RPCs of size 2 m × 2 m has been built at IICHEP, Madurai to study the long term stability and performance of RPCs which are produced on a large scale in Indian industry. In this paper, the studies on the performance of RPCs are presented along with the angular distribution of muons at Madurai (9o56'N,78o00'E and Altitude ≈ 160 m from sea level).

  1. Single-mode and high power waveguide lasers fabricated by ion-exchange.

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    Della Valle, G; Festa, A; Sorbello, G; Ennser, K; Cassagnetes, C; Barbier, D; Taccheo, S

    2008-08-04

    We report on a single-end diode-pumped waveguide laser providing output power in excess of 20 mW with 17% slope efficiency in robust single longitudinal and transverse mode operation at 1533.5 nm. The active medium was an Er:Yb-doped waveguide only 9-mm long fabricated by Ag-Na ion-exchange in a phosphate glass. The overall cavity length including butt-coupled fiber-Bragg-grating mirrors was <60 mm. We also report on high power waveguide lasers providing more than 160 mW output power and 46% slope efficiency in multimode operation. Feasibility of high power single mode waveguide lasers based on ion-exchange technology in phosphate glasses is also experimentally investigated by using a 50-mm long active waveguide specially designed for efficient single-end pumping.

  2. Drift chamber electronics with multi-hit capability for time and current division measurements

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    Manarin, A.; Pregernig, L.; Rabany, M.; Saban, R.; Vismara, G.

    1983-11-01

    Drift chambers have been installed for luminosity measurements in intersection 5 of the SPS accelerator working in p overlinep colliding mode. The required electronics is described. The system is able to process up to 16 hits per wire with a double pulse resolution of 40 ns; drift time and current division, with 1.25 ns and 1.6% resolution respectively, are recorded. Transconductance preamplifiers and discriminators are directly mounted on the chamber; 160 m of twisted-pair cable bring the signals to the digitizer unit. Coarse time is measured using RAM techniques, while fine time is obtained by means of a microstrip delay associated with a 100 K ECL priority encoder. Current division used a single 50 MHz Flash ADC which allows 26 dB dynamic range with 6 bit resolution. First operational results are reported.

  3. A prospectus for a theory of variable variability

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    Childress, S.; Spiegel, E. A.

    1981-01-01

    It is proposed that the kind of stellar variability exhibited by the Sun in its magnetic activity cycle should be considered as a prototype of a class of stellar variability. The signature includes long 'periods' (compared to that of the radial fundamental model), erratic behavior, and intermittency. As other phenomena in the same variability class we nominate the liminosity fluctuations of ZZ Ceti stars and the solar 160 m oscillation. We discuss the possibility that analogous physical mechanisms are at work in all these cases, namely instabilities driven in a thin layer. These instabilities should be favorable to grave modes (in angle) and should arise in conditions that may allow more than one kind of instability to occur at once. The interaction of these competing instabilities produces complicated temporal variations. Given suitable idealizations, it is shown how to begin to compute solutions of small, but finite, amplitude.

  4. Poly(ortho-phenylenediamine-co-aniline) based copolymer with improved capacitance

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    Olmedo-Martínez, Jorge L.; Farías-Mancilla, Bárbara I.; Vega-Rios, Alejandro; Zaragoza-Contreras, E. Armando

    2017-10-01

    A poly(ortho-phenylenediamine-co-aniline) copolymer is synthesized via the oxidative route, using a 1:1 M ratio of aniline to ortho-phenylenediamine (oPDA) and ammonium persulfate as the oxidizing agent. Infrared spectroscopy indicates that the copolymer contains the functional groups typically present in polyaniline and poly(ortho-phenylenediamine); whereas UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy shows that the copolymer adopts a phenazine-type structure. Cyclic voltammetry evidences the copolymer synthesis, as a redox peak at -65 mV, different from those exhibited by polyaniline (160 mV and 600 mV) or poly(o-phenylenediamine) (-240 mV) is observed. Finally, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and the charge/discharge test provide support to propose the copolymer application in electrodes for supercapacitors.

  5. Higgs Searches

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    Peters, Krisztian

    2009-11-01

    We present the status and prospects of Higgs searches at the Tevatron and the LHC. Results from the Tevatron are using up to 5 fb{sup -} of data collected with the CDF and D0 detectors. The major contributing processes include associated production (WH {yields} l{nu}bb, ZH {yields} {nu}{nu}bb, ZH {yields} llbb) and gluon fusion (gg {yields} H {yields} WW{sup (*)}). Improvements across the full mass range resulting from the larger data sets, improved analyses techniques and increased signal acceptance are discussed. Recent results exclude the SM Higgs boson in a mass range of 160 < m{sub H} < 170 GeV. Searches for the neutral MSSM Higgs boson in the region 90 < m{sub A} < 200 GeV exclude tan {beta} values down to 30 for several benchmark scenarios.

  6. Relative performance comparison between baseline labyrinth and dual-brush compressor discharge seals in a T-700 engine test

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    Hendricks, Robert C.; Griffin, Thomas A.; Csavina, Kristine R.; Pancholi, Arvind; Sood, Dvandra

    1994-07-01

    In separate series of T-700 engine tests, direct comparisons were made between the forward-facing labyrinth and dual-brush compressor discharge seals. Compressor speeds to 43,000 rpm, surface speeds to 160 m/s (530 ft/s), pressures to 1 MPa (145 psi), and temperatures to 680 K (765 F) characterized these tests. The wear estimate for 40 hr of engine operations was less than 0.025 mm (0.001 in.) of the Haynes 25 alloy bristles running against a chromium-oxide-coated rub runner. The pressure drops were higher for the dual-brush than for the forward-facing labyrinth seal, implying better seal characteristics and engine performance for the brush seal. Modification of the secondary flow path requires that changes in cooling air and engine dynamics be accounted for.

  7. Fabrication and optimization of 1.55-μm InGaAsP/InP high-power semiconductor diode laser

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    Qing, Ke; Shaoyang, Tan; Songtao, Liu; Dan, Lu; Ruikang, Zhang; Wei, Wang; Chen, Ji

    2015-09-01

    A comprehensive design optimization of 1.55-μm high power InGaAsP/InP board area lasers is performed aiming at increasing the internal quantum efficiency (ηi) while maintaining the low internal loss (αi) of the device, thereby achieving high power operation. Four different waveguide structures of broad area lasers were fabricated and characterized in depth. Through theoretical analysis and experiment verifications, we show that laser structures with stepped waveguide and thin upper separate confinement layer will result in high ηi and overall slope efficiency. A continuous wave (CW) single side output power of 160 mW was obtained for an uncoated laser with a 50-μm active area width and 1 mm cavity length. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 61274046, 61201103) and the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (No. 2013AA014202).

  8. Performance of Single Crystal Niobium Cavities

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    Kneisel, Peter; Ciovati, Gianluigi; Singer, Waldemar; Singer, Xenia; Reschke, Detlef; Brinkmann, A.

    2008-07-01

    We have fabricated and tested a total of six single cell niobium cavities, made from single crystal, high purity niobium. Two of the three cavities of the TESLA shape (1300 MHz) were made from Heraeus niobium by extending a smaller single crystal by rolling and annealing steps; the third cavity was made by spinning from CBMM material. The three other cavities of the scaled "Low Loss" (LL) shape (two) and "High Gradient" (HG) shape (one) resonated at 2.3 GHz and were fabricated from "as received" single crystals, both from Heraeus and CBMM niobium. After appropriate surface treatments by buffered chemical polishing and electropolishing most cavities performed quite nicely and peak surface magnetic fields of ~ 160 mT or above corresponding to accelerating gradients between 38 MV/m and 45 MV/m were reached. This paper reports about the performance of these cavities.

  9. Comparison of supercritical fluid and Soxhlet extractions for the isolation of nitro compounds from soils.

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    Bajerová, Petra; Eisner, Ales; Jezová, Vera; Adam, Martin; Ventura, Karel

    2008-05-01

    Supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) with CO(2), a clean and rapid alternative to conventional Soxhlet extraction, was investigated for the extraction of nitro compounds from soil samples. Quantitative extraction by SFE was accomplished at a pressure of 25 MPa and an extraction temperature of 60 degrees C, for 30 min in dynamic mode and using acetonitrile as modifier, and the results were comparable with those obtained by acetonitrile Soxhlet extraction (3 h) for all soil samples. Extracts from these two procedures were analyzed by gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry. Quantitative reproducibility for SFE extracts was acceptable (RSD 2-10%), and the quantity of solvent was reduced from 160 mL for Soxhlet extraction to 5 mL in the case of SFE.

  10. Properties of a carbon negative electrode in completely inorganic thin film Li-ion batteries with a LiCoO{sub 2} positive electrode

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    Goldner, R.B.; Slaven, S.; Liu, T.Y.

    1995-10-01

    Completely inorganic thin film lithium ion battery cells have been prepared by vapor deposition processes (vacuum evaporation and sputtering). The negative and positive electrodes were films of disordered carbon and lithium cobalt oxide, respectively. The results of battery charging/discharging and other measurements (e.g., in-situ lithium chemical diffusion constant measurements for the carbon films) indicate that disordered carbon films have a relatively high reversible charge capacity, (> 160 mC/cm{sup 2}-{mu}m, and possibly higher than 360 mC/cm{sup 2}-{mu}m, or > 296 and possibly 667 mAh/g, respectively, assuming the measured film density of 1.5g/cm{sup 3}), and a lithium chemical diffusion constant at room temperature {approximately}10{sup -9} cm{sup 2}/s. These results suggest that disordered carbon films should be good substitutes for metallic lithium in thin film rechargeable batteries.

  11. Study on damage of K9 glass under 248nm ultraviolet pulsed laser irradiation

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    Wang, Xi; Fang, Xiaodong

    2015-04-01

    The damage of K9 glass under 248nm ultraviolet pulsed laser irradiation was studied. The laser pulse energy was kept within the range of 60mJ to 160mJ, and the repetition rate was adjusted within the range of 1Hz to 40Hz. The damage morphologies of single-pulse and multi-pulse laser irradiation were characterized by optical microscope, and the damage mechanism was discussed. The experimental results indicated that the damage of K9 glass irradiated by 248nm ultraviolet laser mainly followed the thermal-mechanical coupling mechanism and the damage threshold of K9 glass was 2.8J/cm2. The intensity of damage area increased gradually with the increase of the laser pulse number. It was shown that accumulation effect of laser induced damage to K9 glass was obvious.

  12. High-power single spatial mode AlGaAs channeled-substrate-planar semiconductor diode lasers for spaceborne communications

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    Connolly, J. C.; Carlin, D. B.; Ettenberg, M.

    1989-01-01

    A high power single spatial mode channeled substrate planar AlGaAs semiconductor diode laser was developed. The emission wavelength was optimized at 860 to 880 nm. The operating characteristics (power current, single spatial mode behavior, far field radiation patterns, and spectral behavior) and results of computer modeling studies on the performance of the laser are discussed. Reliability assessment at high output levels is included. Performance results on a new type of channeled substrate planar diode laser incorporating current blocking layers, grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition, to more effectively focus the operational current to the lasing region was demonstrated. The optoelectronic behavior and fabrication procedures for this new diode laser are discussed. The highlights include single spatial mode devices with up to 160 mW output at 8600 A, and quantum efficiencies of 70 percent (1 W/amp) with demonstrated operating lifetimes of 10,000 h at 50 mW.

  13. A composite film of reduced graphene oxide modified vanadium oxide nanoribbons as a free standing cathode material for rechargeable lithium batteries

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    Sun, Yi; Yang, Shu-Bin; Lv, Li-Ping; Lieberwirth, Ingo; Zhang, Lin-Chao; Ding, Chu-Xiong; Chen, Chun-Hua

    2013-11-01

    Hydrated vanadium pentoxide (V2O5·0.86H2O) nanoribbons modified with reduced graphene oxide (RGO) are synthesized by a hydrothermal process. These ribbons are 30 nm thick, 200 nm to 1 μm wide and above 50 μm long. Binder-free films are prepared by using these ribbons and annealed at 300 °C in nitrogen as the cathode for rechargeable lithium cells. The intertwining network of this free-standing VOx/RGO film provides efficient conduction pathways for electrons and short diffusion distances for Li ions. The electrochemical tests exhibit that this cathode film delivers a high reversible specific capacity (160 mAh g-1) and good cycling stability (133 mAh g-1 after 200 cycles) in the voltage range between 2.0 and 3.5 V.

  14. Coronary artery calcium measurement with multi-detector row CT: in vitro assessment of effect of radiation dose.

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    Hong, Cheng; Bae, Kyongtae T; Pilgram, Thomas K; Suh, Jongdae; Bradley, David

    2002-12-01

    The authors assessed in vitro the effect of radiation dose on coronary artery calcium quantification with multi-detector row computed tomography. A cardiac phantom with calcified cylinders was scanned at various milliampere second settings (20-160 mAs). A clear tendency was found for image noise to decrease as tube current increased (P <.001). No tendency was found for the Agatson score or calcium volume and mass errors to vary with tube current. Calcium measurements were not significantly affected by the choice of tube current. Calcium mass error was strongly correlated with calcium volume error (P <.001). The calcium mass measurement was more accurate and less variable than the calcium volume measurement.

  15. Arms Transfer and Security Assistance to the Korean Peninsula, 1945-1980: Impact and Implications.

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    1980-06-01

    It tks; 800 BTR-40/-60/-152, M-1967 APC; 3,500 guns and how up to 152m; 1,300 RL; 9,000 82umm, 120m and 160m mor; 1,500 82amm RCL; 57m to lOOmm ATK... guns ; 9 FROG -5 SSM; 5,000 AA guns , incl 37umm, 57nrm, 85mn, l00um, ZSU -57-2 SP. Navy 15 submarines (4 ex-Sov W-, 11 ex-Ch R-class). 3 Najin frigates...110 203mm SP guns /how; 5,300 81mm, 107ru mor; Honest John SSM; 80 M-18 76mm, 100 M-36 90mm ATK guns ; 57m, 75mm, 106mm RCL; TOW, LAW ATGW; 66 Vulcan

  16. G306.3-0.9: A NEWLY DISCOVERED YOUNG GALACTIC SUPERNOVA REMNANT

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    Reynolds, Mark T.; Miller, Jon M.; Maitra, Dipankar; Gueltekin, Kayhan; Reis, Rubens C.; Loi, Shyeh T.; Murphy, Tara; Moss, Vanessa; Reeves, Sarah; Robbins, William J.; Gaensler, B. M.; Gehrels, Neil; Petre, Robert; Kennea, Jamie A.; Siegel, Michael H.; Gelbord, Jonathan; Kuin, Paul

    2013-04-01

    We present X-ray and radio observations of the new Galactic supernova remnant (SNR) G306.3-0.9, recently discovered by Swift. Chandra imaging reveals a complex morphology, dominated by a bright shock. The X-ray spectrum is broadly consistent with a young SNR in the Sedov phase, implying an age of 2500 yr for a distance of 8 kpc, plausibly identifying this as one of the 20 youngest Galactic SNRs. Australia Telescope Compact Array imaging reveals a prominent ridge of radio emission that correlates with the X-ray emission. We find a flux density of {approx}160 mJy at 1 GHz, which is the lowest radio flux recorded for a Galactic SNR to date. The remnant is also detected at 24 {mu}m, indicating the presence of irradiated warm dust. The data reveal no compelling evidence for the presence of a compact stellar remnant.

  17. Effect of Electropolishing and Low-Temperature Baking on the Superconducting Properties of Large-Grain Niobium

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    A. S. Dhavale, G. Ciovati, G. R. Myneni

    2011-03-01

    Measurements of superconducting properties such as bulk and surface critical fields and thermal conductivity have been carried out in the temperature range from 2 K to 8 K on large-grain samples of different purity and on a high-purity fine-grain sample, for comparison. The samples were treated by electropolishing and low temperature baking (120° C, 48 h). While the residual resistivity ratio changed by a factor of ~3 among the samples, no significant variation was found in their superconducting properties. The onset field for flux penetration at 2 K, Hffp, measured within a ~30 µm depth from the surface, was ~160 mT, close to the bulk value. The baking effect was mainly to increase the field range up to which a coherent superconducting phase persists on the surface, above the upper critical field.

  18. Simulation of the outdoor energy efficiency of an autonomous solar kit based on meteorological data for a site in Central Europa

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    Bouzaki, Mohammed Moustafa; Chadel, Meriem; Benyoucef, Boumediene; Petit, Pierre; Aillerie, Michel

    2016-07-01

    This contribution analyzes the energy provided by a solar kit dedicated to autonomous usage and installed in Central Europa (Longitude 6.10°; Latitude 49.21° and Altitude 160 m) by using the simulation software PVSYST. We focused the analysis on the effect of temperature and solar irradiation on the I-V characteristic of a commercial PV panel. We also consider in this study the influence of charging and discharging the battery on the generator efficiency. Meteorological data are integrated into the simulation software. As expected, the solar kit provides an energy varying all along the year with a minimum in December. In the proposed approach, we consider this minimum as the lowest acceptable energy level to satisfy the use. Thus for the other months, a lost in the available renewable energy exists if no storage system is associated.

  19. Discovery, Observational Data and the Orbit of the Amor Group Asteroid 2010 BT3

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    Černis, K.; Zdanavičius, J.; Wlodarczyk, I.; Stonkutė, E.

    A project devoted to astrometric and photometric observations of asteroids at the Molėtai Observatory is described. One of its most important results is the discovery of the asteroid 2010 BT3 belonging to the Amor group of the near-Earth objects. The results of astrometric and photometric observations of the asteroid are presented. The brightness variations of the asteroid are found to be about 0.2 mag in R. The orbit of the asteroid was computed from 96 observations. This orbit, combined with the apparent brightness, gives the absolute magnitude 21.34 mag and the diameter between 160 m and 360 m, taking albedos of S-type and C-type asteroids, respectively.

  20. Photoecology of the coral Leptoseris fragilis in the Red Sea twilight zone (an experimental study by submersible).

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    Fricke, H W; Vareschi, E; Schlichter, D

    1987-09-01

    Depth-dependent photoadaptational responses of the Red Sea zooxanthellate coral (Leptoseris fragilis) were studied down to 160 m from the research submersible GEO. Light saturation curves for photosynthesis revealed, with I C=1-2, I K=10.9 and I sat=20 μE·cm(-2)·sec(-1), the lowest values of photokinetic parameters ever reported for a symbiotic coral. In summer, positive net production occurs only around noon at approx. 100m depth. Biomass parameters of corals at 100-135 m are negatively correlated with depth in algal cell density, protein, chlorophyll and carotenoid but not in pigment ratios or cell based pigment content. Coral size decreased with depth. Corals transplanted from 110-120 m original depth to 40, 70, 90 and 160 m showed high survival after one year. O2-production and dark O2-uptake increased with decreasing transplantation depth. After one year, transplants at 70 and 90 m but not at 40 m had higher algae density and pigment concentrations. The host light-harvesting systems described by Schlichter, Fricke and Weber (1986) are partially destroyed in 40 m but not in 70 and 90 m transplants. Different light exposures alter P-I-responses (P max, I C, I K, I sat) but not biomass parameters, indicating molecular or biochemical adaptation. The coraal's optimal light fields lie between 70 to 90 m. Its exceptional bathymetric distribution is linked with the newly discovered host light-harvesting systems which probably enhance photosynthetic performance in a dim environment.

  1. Groundwater quality in the alluvial aquifer system of northwest India: New evidence of the extent of anthropogenic and geogenic contamination.

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    Lapworth, D J; Krishan, G; MacDonald, A M; Rao, M S

    2017-12-01

    Groundwater depletion has been widely studied in northwest India, but water quality concerns are still poorly constrained. In this study, we explore the hydrochemistry of the top 160m of the aquifer system, through detailed field studies in the Bist-Doab region, considering both anthropogenic and geogenic controls. A detailed comparison is made between sites dominated by urban and agricultural landuse. Salinity, nitrate, chloride and lead concentrations are significantly higher in the shallow (0-50m) groundwater system due to surface anthropogenic contaminant loading from agricultural and urban sources. The widespread occurrence of oxic groundwater within the aquifer system means that denitrification potential is limited and also enhances the mobility of selenium and uranium in groundwater. Geogenic trace elements (e.g. As, Se, F), are generally found at concentrations below WHO guideline drinking water values, however elevated U concentrations (50-70μg/L) are found within the deeper part of the aquifer and shallow urban aquifers associated with higher bicarbonate waters. Higher concentration of Se (10-40μg/L) are found exclusively in the shallow groundwater system where Se is mobilised from soils and transported to depth in the shallow aquifer due to the prevailing oxidising aquifer conditions. New evidence from a range of environmental tracers shows elevated concentrations of anthropogenic contaminants in the deeper part of the aquifer (50-160m deep) and demonstrates vulnerability to vertical migration of contaminants. Continued intensive groundwater abstraction from >100m deep means that water quality risks to the deep aquifer system need to be considered together with water quantity constraints. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  2. Third COS FUV Lifetime Calibration Program: Flatfield and Flux Calibrations

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    Debes, J. H.; Becker, G.; Roman-Duval, J.; Ely, J.; Massa, D.; Oliveira, C.; Plesha, R.; Proffitt, C.; Taylor, J.

    2016-10-01

    As part of the calibration of the third lifetime position (LP3) of the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) Far-Ultraviolet (FUV) detector, observations of WD 0308-565 were obtained with the G130M, G160M, and G140L gratings and observations of GD 71 were obtained in the G160M grating through the Point Source Aperture (PSA) to derive low-order flatfields (L-flats) and sensitivities at LP3. Observations were executed for all CENWAVES and all FP-POS with the exception of G130M/1055 and G130M/1096, which remained at LP2. The derivation of the L-flats and sensitivities at LP3 differed from their LP1 and LP2 counterparts in a few key ways, which we describe in this report. Firstly, we quantified a cut-off in spatial frequency that we assigned to the L-flats. Secondly, we derived a new method for simultaneously fitting both the L-flats, pixel-to-pixel flats (P-flats), and sensitvities which we compared to our previous method of separately fitting L-flats and sensitivities. These new methods produce comparable results, but provide us with an external test on the robustness of each approach individually. The results of our work show that with the new profile extraction routines, sensitivities, and L-flats, the relative and absolute flux calibration accuracies (1% and 2% respectively) at LP3 are slightly improved relative to previous locations on the COS FUV detector.

  3. Expression of Trypanosoma cruzi surface antigen FL-160 is controlled by elements in the 3' untranslated, the 3' intergenic, and the coding regions.

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    Weston, D; La Flamme, A C; Van Voorhis, W C

    1999-07-30

    The FL-160 surface antigen gene family of T. cruzi consists of hundreds of members of 160 kDa glycoproteins expressed in trypomastigotes, but not in epimastigotes. Steady-state levels of FL-160 mRNA were 80 to 100-fold higher in trypomastigotes than in epimastigotes, yet transcription rates were equivalent between the lifecycle stages. Luciferase reporter constructs demonstrated that the 3' untranslated region (UTR) and intergenic region (IR) following the coding sequence of FL-160 was sufficient to generate 8-fold higher luciferase expression in trypomastigotes compared with epimastigotes. Transfection of 3' UTR/IR deletion constructs revealed cis-acting elements which conferred a trypomastigote-specific expression pattern similar to that of FL-160. Parasites treated with translation and transcription inhibitors, cyclohexamide and Actinomycin D, respectively, displayed a stage-specific pattern of FL-160 mRNA degradation. Epimastigotes, but not trypomastigotes, treated with the inhibitors accumulated a 1.4 Kb FL-160 cleavage product. The cleavage site mapped to a 31 base poly-purine tract in the FL-160 coding region. The first 526 aa of FL-160, containing the 31 base poly-purine tract and several smaller tracts, were fused to green fluorescent protein (GFP) and expressed from the T. cruzi tubulin locus. Stable transformants expressed 4-fold more FL-160:GFP fusion mRNA and 12-fold more fusion protein in the trypomastigote stage than in the epimastigote stage suggesting post-transcriptional and translational control elements. These data reveal at least two distinct control mechanisms for trypomastigote-specific expression of FL-160 surface glycoproteins, one involving the 3' UTR/IR and one involving the coding region of FL-160.

  4. Estimation of radiation exposure of different dose saving techniques in 128-slice computed tomography coronary angiography.

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    Ketelsen, Dominik; Fenchel, Michael; Buchgeister, Markus; Thomas, Christoph; Boehringer, Nadine; Tsiflikas, Ilias; Kaempf, Michael; Syha, Roland; Claussen, Claus D; Heuschmid, Martin

    2012-02-01

    To estimate the effective dose of cardiac CT with different dose saving strategies dependent on varying heart rates. For dose measurements, an Alderson-Rando-phantom equipped with thermoluminescent dosimeters was used. The effective dose was calculated according to ICRP 103. Exposure was performed on a 128-slice single source scanner providing a rotation time of 0.30s and standard protocols with 120 kV and 160 mAs/rot. Protocols were evaluated without ECG-pulsing, with two different ECG-pulsing techniques, and automated exposure control with a simulated heart rate of 60 and 100 beats per minute. Depending on different dose saving techniques and heart rate, the effective whole-body dose of a cardiac scan ranged from 2.8 to 9.5 mSv and from 4.3 to 16.0 mSv for males and females, respectively. The radiation-sensitive breast tissue in the primary scan range results in an increased female dose of 66.7 ± 6.0%. Prospective triggering has the greatest potential to reduce the effective dose to 27.8%, compared to a comparable scan protocol with retrospective ECG-triggering with no ECG-pulsing. Furthermore, the heart rate influences the radiation exposure by increasing significantly at lower heart rates. Due to this broad variability in radiation exposure of a cardiac CT, the radiologist and the CT technician should be aware of the different dose reduction strategies. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Estimating the necessary sampling size of surface soil moisture at different scales using a random combination method

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    Wang, Chunmei; Zuo, Qiang; Zhang, Renduo

    2008-05-01

    SummaryTo develop a sampling strategy of surface soil moisture, a random combination method (RCM) was proposed and used to estimate the necessary sampling size (NSS) of soil moisture at different sampling areas. The RCM was developed based on the bootstrap sampling procedure and consideration of all possible sub-sampling combinations of available data. To examine the method, field experiments were conducted in sampling domains of 10 × 10, 20 × 20, 40 × 40, 55 × 55, 80 × 80, and 160 × 160 m2. Comparisons of the RCM with other commonly used sampling methods, including the statistical, geostatistical, stratified sampling, and bootstrap methods, indicated that the RCM provided rational and efficient sampling strategies. Under the same accuracy, estimated NSS values using the RCM were much smaller than those by the statistical and bootstrap methods. In addition, the RCM has the advantage of requiring less input information, whereas the statistical and stratified sampling methods require independent data with the normal distribution, the stratified sampling method requires stratified allocation information, and the geostatistical method requires the semivariogram model. The RCM was applied to estimate the NSS of soil moisture at different scales (i.e. squares with sides of 10, 20, 40, 80, and 160 m). Estimated values of the NSS under confidence levels of 90% and 95% with relative errors of 5% and 10% were linearly related to the coefficients of variation calculated from the experimental data. To enhance calculation efficiency of the RCM, the procedure was simplified using a small sub-sample size, which dramatically reduced the computation time for the NSS estimation.

  6. Habitat associations and distribution of the hyperbenthic shrimp, Nauticaris marionis, around the sub-Antarctic Prince Edward Islands

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    Haley, Craig; von der Meden, Charles; Atkinson, Lara; Reed, Cecile

    2017-09-01

    The association of organisms with particular habitats and habitat-forming organisms, can strongly influence species distributions, interactions and wider ecosystem services. At the sub-Antarctic Prince Edward Islands, the caridean shrimp Nauticaris marionis is a principal part of the benthic ecosystem, occurring between ca. 50 m and 600 m. Its role as a trophic link between the primary productivity and higher predators is established, but little is understood of its in situ habitat usage and associations or of how these structure patterns of abundance. We investigated these aspects directly using a benthic camera sled, sampling 27 stations between 50 m and 500 m. Substratum type was characterised, and estimates of percentage cover of the 13 main groups of habitat-forming epibenthic taxa were made, alongside absolute counts of N. marionis within 'digital quadrats' drawn from 300 m transects. The distribution of N. marionis was influenced by depth, substratum type and overall biogenic cover, being limited to habitats between 50 and 160 m depth on mud or gravel substrata only, and having > 50% biogenic cover. The presence/absence of N. marionis related to significantly different epibenthic assemblages (termed biogenic habitats), but this effect was contingent on depth. Likewise, densities of N. marionis were significantly affected by biogenic habitat type, identifying an association with two biogenic habitat groups, one dominated by red-algae, the other by structurally complex bryozoan species. These associations likely relate to the structural complexity of the two habitat groups, rather than the specific taxa involved. The apparent absence of N. marionis at depths > 160 m contrasts with earlier records and poses questions about the trophic importance of the shrimp in deeper habitats.

  7. Bioaerosol Deposition to Food Crops near Manure Application: Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment.

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    Jahne, Michael A; Rogers, Shane W; Holsen, Thomas M; Grimberg, Stefan J; Ramler, Ivan P; Kim, Seungo

    2016-03-01

    Production of both livestock and food crops are central priorities of agriculture; however, food safety concerns arise where these practices intersect. In this study, we investigated the public health risks associated with potential bioaerosol deposition to crops grown in the vicinity of manure application sites. A field sampling campaign at dairy manure application sites supported the emission, transport, and deposition modeling of bioaerosols emitted from these lands following application activities. Results were coupled with a quantitative microbial risk assessment model to estimate the infection risk due to consumption of leafy green vegetable crops grown at various distances downwind from the application area. Inactivation of pathogens ( spp., spp., and O157:H7) on both the manure-amended field and on crops was considered to determine the maximum loading of pathogens to plants with time following application. Overall median one-time infection risks at the time of maximum loading decreased from 1:1300 at 0 m directly downwind from the field to 1:6700 at 100 m and 1:92,000 at 1000 m; peak risks (95th percentiles) were considerably greater (1:18, 1:89, and 1:1200, respectively). Median risk was below 1:10,000 at >160 m downwind. As such, it is recommended that a 160-m setback distance is provided between manure application and nearby leafy green crop production. Additional distance or delay before harvest will provide further protection of public health. Copyright © by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America, Inc.

  8. Enabling electrical biomolecular detection in high ionic concentrations and enhancement of the detection limit thereof by coupling a nanofluidic crystal with reconfigurable ion concentration polarization.

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    Ouyang, Wei; Han, Jongyoon; Wang, Wei

    2017-10-06

    The regulation effect of surface charges on the transport of electrons in nanomaterials and ions in nanofluidic devices has been widely used to develop highly sensitive and label-free electrical biosensors. The intrinsic limitation to the clinical application of surface charge-effect nano-electrical biosensors is that they usually do not function in physiological conditions normally with high ionic concentrations (∼160 mM), in which the surface charges are screened within a short distance (<1 nm at 160 mM). In this work, we developed a general strategy that enables surface charge-effect electrical biomolecular detection in physiological conditions with an integrated mechanism for enhancement of the limit of detection (LOD) by in situ preconcentration of target molecules during incubation and creation of a transient low ionic concentration environment during the signal read-out step using reconfigurable ion concentration polarization (ICP). We demonstrated the effectiveness of this strategy in a simple nanofluidic biosensor named a nanofluidic crystal (NFC), which can be prepared within hours and without expensive equipment. Our results indicate that the ion depletion effect of ICP could lower the ionic concentration by at least 200 fold and provide a stable ionic environment for over 15 s, enabling electrical detection of proteins and DNAs in serum and urine with LODs of 1-10 nM. We further reconfigured the device to preconcentrate target biomolecules before detection using the enrichment effect of ICP, obtaining LODs of 10-100 pM for proteins and DNAs in physiological conditions. By overcoming the inherent constraint on buffer conditions and the issues regarding fabrication, we believe that this work represents significant progress towards the practical application of surface charge-effect nano-electrical biosensors in point-of-care diagnostics and clinical medicine.

  9. Low Prevalence of CHEK2 Gene Mutations in Multiethnic Cohorts of Breast Cancer Patients in Malaysia

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    Mohamad, Suriati; Isa, Nurismah Md; Muhammad, Rohaizak; Emran, Nor Aina; Kitan, Nor Mayah; Kang, Peter; Kang, In Nee; Taib, Nur Aishah Mohd; Teo, Soo Hwang; Akmal, Sharifah Noor

    2015-01-01

    CHEK2 is a protein kinase that is involved in cell-cycle checkpoint control after DNA damage. Germline mutations in CHEK2 gene have been associated with increase in breast cancer risk. The aim of this study is to identify the CHEK2 gene germline mutations among high-risk breast cancer patients and its contribution to the multiethnic population in Malaysia. We screened the entire coding region of CHEK2 gene on 59 high-risk breast cancer patients who tested negative for BRCA1/2 germline mutations from UKM Medical Centre (UKMMC), Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) and Hospital Putrajaya (HPJ). Sequence variants identified were screened further in case-control cohorts consisting of 878 unselected invasive breast cancer patients (180 Malays, 526 Chinese and 172 Indian) and 270 healthy individuals (90 Malays, 90 Chinese and 90 Indian). By screening the entire coding region of the CHEK2 gene, two missense mutations, c.480A>G (p.I160M) and c.538C>T (p.R180C) were identified in two unrelated patients (3.4%). Further screening of these missense mutations on the case-control cohorts unveiled the variant p.I160M in 2/172 (1.1%) Indian cases and 1/90 (1.1%) Indian control, variant p.R180C in 2/526 (0.38%) Chinese cases and 0/90 Chinese control, and in 2/180 (1.1%) of Malay cases and 1/90 (1.1%) of Malay control. The results of this study suggest that CHEK2 mutations are rare among high-risk breast cancer patients and may play a minor contributing role in breast carcinogenesis among Malaysian population. PMID:25629968

  10. Cd isotopic composition in the suspended and sinking particles of the surface water of the South China Sea: The effects of biotic activities

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    Yang, Shun-Chung; Lee, Der-Chuen; Ho, Tung-Yuan

    2015-10-01

    We determined the Cd isotopic composition of size-fractionated phytoplankton, zooplankton and sinking particles collected in the top 160 m of a deep water time series station in the South China Sea (SCS) to investigate the fractionation effects of major biotic activities. The isotopic composition (ε114/110Cd = [(114Cd /110Cd)sample / (114Cd /110Cd)NIST 3108 - 1 ] ×104) ranged from -2.5 to +7.0, from -9.3 to +6.7, from -1.2 to +4.5, and from -0.2 to + 3.2 ε in the plankton of size fractions 10-60, 60-150, >150, and >100 μm, respectively. The composition in the two smallest fractions, dominated by phytoplankton, was lower than the ambient seawater value (+8 to + 9 ε), indicating that the phytoplankton preferentially take up relatively light Cd isotopes. The insignificant difference between the composition of phytoplankton and zooplankton suggests that the fractionation effect through zooplankton grazing may be relatively small. The composition in the sinking particles at 30 m, ranging from +8.1 to + 12.8 ε, was significantly heavier than the composition in the suspended particles and the composition increased with depth, ranging from +11.5 to + 20.8 ε at 100 m, and from +16.0 to + 18.0 ε at 160 m. The increasing isotopic value with depth indicates that the processes of microbial degradation and/or zooplankton repackaging preferentially decomposed relatively light Cd in the sinking particles. The comparable isotopic composition between sinking particles and dissolved Cd indicates that the fractionation effects of major biotic activities, including phytoplankton uptake, microbial degradation and zooplankton repackaging, take place at similar magnitudes and result in insignificant net biological fractionation effects of Cd in the mixed layer.

  11. Determination of L- and D-fucose using amperometric electrodes based on diamond paste.

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    Stefan-van Staden, Raluca-Ioana; Nejem, R'afat Mahmoud; van Staden, Jacobus Frederick; Aboul-Enein, Hassan Y

    2012-02-21

    Monocrystalline diamond (natural diamond, synthetic-1 and synthetic-2) based electrochemical electrodes were designed for the analysis of L- and D-fucose. Response characteristics of the electrochemical electrodes were determined using cyclic voltammetry and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). L-fucose was determined using DPV with electrodes based on natural diamond, synthetic-1 and synthetic-2, respectively, at 240 mV using NaCl as the electrolyte (pH 3.0); at 160 mV using KNO(3) (pH 10.0) and at 80 mV using KCl as the electrolyte (pH 10.0) while D-fucose was analyzed at 120 mV using KCl as the electrolyte (pH 1.0); at 140 mV using KNO(3) as the electrolyte (pH 1.0) and at 160 mV using NaNO(3) as the electrolyte (pH 3.0). The linear concentration ranges for L-fucose were between 10(-13) and 10(-9) mol L(-1) (natural diamond), 10(-11) and 10(-8) mol L(-1) (synthetic-1) and 10(-6) and 10(-3) mol L(-1) (synthetic-2) with detection limits of 10(-14), 10(-12) and 10(-8) mol L(-1) magnitude order, respectively. For D-fucose, the linear concentration ranges were 10(-6) to 10(-3) mol L(-1) (natural diamond), 10(-5) to 10(-3) mol L(-1) (synthetic-1) and 10(-9) to 10(-3) mol L(-1) (synthetic-2) with detection limits of 10(-7), 10(-7) and 10(-10) mol L(-1) magnitude order, respectively. The sensors were used for the assay of L-fucose in serum and urine samples.

  12. Lung oxidative stress as related to exercise and altitude. Lipid peroxidation evidence in exhaled breath condensate: a possible predictor of acute mountain sickness.

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    Araneda, O F; García, C; Lagos, N; Quiroga, G; Cajigal, J; Salazar, M P; Behn, C

    2005-12-01

    Lung oxidative stress (OS) was explored in resting and in exercising subjects exposed to moderate and high altitude. Exhaled breath condensate (EBC) was collected under field conditions in male high-competition mountain bikers performing a maximal cycloergometric exercise at 670 m and at 2,160 m, as well as, in male soldiers climbing up to 6,125 m in Northern Chile. Malondialdehyde concentration [MDA] was measured by high-performance liquid chromatography in EBC and in serum samples. Hydrogen peroxide concentration [H(2)O(2)] was analysed in EBC according to the spectrophotometric FOX(2) assay. [MDA] in EBC of bikers did not change while exercising at 670 m, but increased from 30.0+/-8.0 to 50.0+/-11.0 nmol l(-1) (P<0.05) at 2,160 m. Concomitantly, [MDA] in serum and [H(2)O(2)] in EBC remained constant. On the other hand, in mountaineering soldiers, [H(2)O(2)] in EBC under resting conditions increased from 0.30+/-0.12 mumol l(-1) at 670 m to 1.14+/-0.29 mumol l(-1) immediately on return from the mountain. Three days later, [H(2)O(2)] in EBC (0.93 +/-0.23 mumol l(-1)) continued to be elevated (P<0.05). [MDA] in EBC increased from 71+/-16 nmol l(-1) at 670 m to 128+/-26 nmol l(-1) at 3,000 m (P<0.05). Changes of [H(2)O(2)] in EBC while ascending from 670 m up to 3,000 m inversely correlated with concomitant variations in HbO2 saturation (r=-0.48, P<0.05). AMS score evaluated at 5,000 m directly correlated with changes of [MDA] in EBC occurring while the subjects moved from 670 to 3,000 m (r=0.51, P<0.05). Lung OS may constitute a pathogenic factor in AMS.

  13. Effects of glutamine, proline, histidine and betaine on post-thaw motility of stallion spermatozoa.

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    Trimeche, A; Yvon, J M; Vidament, M; Palmer, E; Magistrini, M

    1999-07-01

    The supplementation of the freezing diluent with 3 amino acids (glutamine, proline and histidine) and 1 amino acid-related compound (betaine) in preserving stallion spermatozoa diluted in INRA82 extender containing 2.5% (v/v) glycerol and 2% (v/v) egg yolk (control extender) during freezing and thawing was studied at 0, 40, 80, 120 and 160 mM in 20 split ejaculates (10 stallions x 2 ejaculates; Experiment 1). Glutamine and proline were studied at 0, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80 mM in 20 split ejaculates (10 stallions x 2 ejaculates; Experiment 2). In each experiment, spermatozoa were evaluated after thawing by computer automated sperm analyzer. The percentage of motile spermatozoa (faster than 30 microns/sec) was assessed. In addition, the velocity of the average path (VAP), the straight line velocity (VSL), the curvilinear velocity (VCL) and the amplitude of the lateral head displacement (ALH) were also measured. In Experiment 1, only glutamine (40 mM) significantly improved sperm motility (56.0% +/- 3.0 vs 49.7% +/- 1.6; P < 0.05) compared with the control extender, while velocities were unaffected at concentrations of 40 to 120 mM. However, at 160 mM, a significant decrease in motility and velocity was observed for all amino acids. In Experiment 2, motility in glutamine (range 41.1% +/- 3.8%; 42.4% +/- 3.6) and proline (43.0% +/- 3.7; 45.6% +/- 3.8) extenders compared with the control (34.7% +/- 1.6) was improved significantly (P < 0.05). Sperm velocity was improved at concentrations higher than 40 mM glutamine and 50 mM proline.

  14. Fluid reabsorption by the ductuli efferentes testis of the rat is dependent on both sodium and chlorine.

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    Hansen, Lyall A; Dacheux, Françoise; Man, Suet Yee; Clulow, John; Jones, Russell C

    2004-08-01

    The role of Na(+) and Cl(-) in fluid reabsorption by the efferent ducts was examined by perfusing individual ducts in vivo with preparations of 160 mM NaCl in which the ions were replaced, together or individually, with organic solutes while maintaining the osmolality at 300 mmol/kg. Progressively replacing NaCl with mannitol reduced net reabsorption of water and the ions in a concentration-dependent manner, and caused net movement into the lumen at concentrations of NaCl less than 80 mM. The net rates of flux were lower for Na(+) than for Cl(-). In collectates, [Na(+)] was greater than [Cl(-)], indicating that Cl(-) transport is probably linked with another anion. Replacing either Na(+) or Cl(-) in perfusates (with choline and isethionate, respectively) while maintaining the other inorganic ion at 160 mM also reduced net rates of reabsorption in a concentration-dependent manner to zero when either ion was completely replaced. There were no significant differences in the osmolality of perfusate and collectate, and collectates contained a mean of 3.4 mM K(+), indicating a backflux of K(+) into the lumen. It is concluded that fluid reabsorption from the efferent ducts is dependent on the transport of both Na(+) and Cl(-) from the lumen (from a luminal concentration of at least 70-80 mM), and that Cl(-) transport is dependent on another anion. The epithelium is permeable to K(+) and has a higher permeability to a range of organic solutes (mannitol, choline, and isethionate) than epithelium in the proximal kidney tubules.

  15. The voltage-dependent proton pumping in bacteriorhodopsin is characterized by optoelectric behavior.

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    Geibel, S; Friedrich, T; Ormos, P; Wood, P G; Nagel, G; Bamberg, E

    2001-10-01

    The light-driven proton pump bacteriorhodopsin (bR) was functionally expressed in Xenopus laevis oocytes and in HEK-293 cells. The latter expression system allowed high time resolution of light-induced current signals. A detailed voltage clamp and patch clamp study was performed to investigate the DeltapH versus Deltapsi dependence of the pump current. The following results were obtained. The current voltage behavior of bR is linear in the measurable range between -160 mV and +60 mV. The pH dependence is less than expected from thermodynamic principles, i.e., one DeltapH unit produces a shift of the apparent reversal potential of 34 mV (and not 58 mV). The M(2)-BR decay shows a significant voltage dependence with time constants changing from 20 ms at +60 mV to 80 ms at -160 mV. The linear I-V curve can be reconstructed by this behavior. However, the slope of the decay rate shows a weaker voltage dependence than the stationary photocurrent, indicating that an additional process must be involved in the voltage dependence of the pump. A slowly decaying M intermediate (decay time > 100 ms) could already be detected at zero voltage by electrical and spectroscopic means. In effect, bR shows optoelectric behavior. The long-lived M can be transferred into the active photocycle by depolarizing voltage pulses. This is experimentally demonstrated by a distinct charge displacement. From the results we conclude that the transport cycle of bR branches via a long-lived M(1)* in a voltage-dependent manner into a nontransporting cycle, where the proton release and uptake occur on the extracellular side.

  16. Once-daily ciclesonide via metered-dose inhaler: Similar efficacy and safety with or without a spacer.

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    Engelstätter, Renate; Szlávik, M; Gerber, Claudia; Beck, Ekkehard

    2009-11-01

    Inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) are recommended as first-line treatment for adults and children with persistent asthma. The Global Initiative for Asthma recommends that patients taking medium- or high-dose ICS delivered by metered-dose inhalers (MDIs) should use a spacer device. This randomized, open-label, 12-week, non-inferiority study compared the efficacy and safety of ciclesonide 160microg once daily delivered via hydrofluoroalkane-MDI alone (CIC160) or with a spacer (either an AeroChamber Plus [CIC160P] or an AeroChamber MAX [CIC160M]) in patients with persistent asthma. The primary efficacy variable was change in forced expiratory volume in 1s (FEV(1)) from baseline to study end. Significant improvements in FEV(1) were observed from baseline to study end in each treatment group; least squares mean change from baseline ranged between 0.32 and 0.34L in the per-protocol (PP) analysis and similar results were observed for the intention-to-treat (ITT) analysis (p<0.0001 for all). Non-inferiority of CIC160P and CIC160M to CIC160 was observed for both PP and ITT populations (p<0.0001 [one-sided]). In all groups, daily asthma symptom scores were reduced to 0 and significant reductions were observed in rescue medication use at study end (p<0.0001 versus baseline for all). Ciclesonide was well tolerated in all groups and no cases of oral candidiasis were reported. Morning serum cortisol levels significantly increased in all groups from baseline to study end (p< or =0.0389), with no significant between-treatment differences. In patients with persistent asthma, ciclesonide was shown to have similar efficacy and tolerability when administered via MDI alone or with a spacer.

  17. The effect of oral motor activity on the athletic performance of professional golfers

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    Ringhof, Steffen; Hellmann, Daniel; Meier, Florian; Etz, Eike; Schindler, Hans J.; Stein, Thorsten

    2015-01-01

    Human motor control is based on complex sensorimotor processes. Recent research has shown that neuromuscular activity of the craniomandibular system (CMS) might affect human motor control. In particular, improvements in postural stability and muscle strength have been observed as a result of voluntary jaw clenching. Potential benefits of jaw aligning appliances on muscle strength and golf performance have also been described. These reports are highly contradictory, however, and the oral motor task performed is often unclear. The purpose of our study was, therefore, to investigate the effect of submaximum biting on golf performance via shot precision and shot length over three different distances. Participants were 14 male professional golfers – seven with sleep bruxism and seven without – randomly performing golf shots over 60m, 160m, or driving distance while either biting on an oral splint or biting on their teeth; habitual jaw position served as the control condition. Statistical analysis revealed that oral motor activity did not systematically affect golf performance in respect of shot precision or shot length for 60m, 160 m, or driving distance. These findings were reinforced by impact variables such as club head speed and ball speed, which were also not indicative of significant effects. The results thus showed that the strength improvements and stabilizing effects described previously are, apparently, not transferable to such coordination-demanding sports as golf. This could be due to the divergent motor demands associated with postural control and muscle strength on the one hand and the complex coordination of a golf swing on the other. Interestingly, subjects without sleep bruxism performed significantly better at the short distance (60 m) than those with bruxism. Because of the multifactorial etiology of parafunctional CMS activity, conclusions about the need for dental treatment to improve sports performance are, however, completely unwarranted. PMID

  18. [Concentrations and pollution assessment of soil heavy metals at different water-level altitudes in the draw-down areas of the Three Gorges Reservoir].

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    Wang, Ye-Chun; Lei, Bo; Yang, San-Ming; Zhang, Sheng

    2012-02-01

    To investigate the effect of 175 m trial impounding (2008 and 2009) of the Three Gorges Reservoir on soil heavy metals, three draw-down areas with similar geological environment and history of land-use in Zhongxian County were chosen. Altogether 36 surface soil samples (including 0-10 cm and 10-20 cm soil layer) from water-level altitude of 160 m and 170 m were obtained, and their heavy metals concentrations (As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb and Zn) were measured by the X-ray fluorescence spectrometric method. Geoaccumulation index (I(geo)) and Håkanson potential ecological risk index were applied to assess the heavy metals pollution status and potential ecological risk, respectively. Results indicated that although the inundation period of 160 m was 224 d longer than that of 170 m, significant difference in concentrations of heavy metals were not found between the two water-level altitudes. Except for Cd, most of the heavy metals highly related with each other positively. According to the geoaccumulation index, the pollution extent of the heavy metals followed the order: As > Cd > Cu > Ni > Zn = Pb > Cr. The I(geo) value of As, Cd and Cu were 0.45, 0.39 and 0.06, respectively, indicating that the soil was only lightly polluted by these heavy metals. Håkanson single potential ecological risk index followed the order: Cd > As > Cu > Pb > Ni > Cr > Zn. Cd with E(i) values of 59.10, had a medium potential for ecological risk,while As, Cr, Cu, Pb, Ni and Zn only had a light potential. Consequently, although As, Cd and Cu were the major heavy metals with potential ecological risk for surface soil pollution in the draw-down areas in Zhongxian County, the Three Gorges Reservoir.

  19. The dynamics and control of solar-sail spacecraft in displaced lunar orbits

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    Wawrzyniak, Geoffrey George

    structure of the solution space is not well known. Because of their simplicity and speed, the FDM is used to populate a survey to assist in the understanding of the available design space. Trajectories generated by FDMs can also be used to initialize other nonlinear BVP solvers. Any solution is only as accurate as the model used to generate it, especially when the trajectory is dynamically unstable, certainly the case when an orbit is purposefully offset from the Moon. Perturbations, such as unmodeled gravitational forces, variations in the solar flux, as well as mis-modeling of the sail and bus properties, all shift the spacecraft off the reference trajectory and, potentially, into a regime from which the vehicle is unrecoverable. Therefore, some type of flight-path control is required to maintain the vehicle near the reference path. Reference trajectories, supplied by FDMs, are used to develop guidance algorithms based on other, more accurate, numerical procedures, such as multiple shooting. The primary motivation of this investigation is to determine what level of technology is required to displace a solar sail spacecraft sufficiently such that a vehicle equipped with a sail supplies a continuous relay between the Earth and an outpost at the lunar south pole. To accomplish this objective, numerical methods to generate reference orbits that meet mission constraints are examined, as well as flight-path control strategies to ensure that a sailcraft follows those reference trajectories. A survey of the design space is also performed to highlight vehicle-performance and ground-based metrics critical to a mission that monitors the lunar south pole at all times. Finally, observations about the underlying dynamical structure of solar sail motion in a multi-body system are summarized.

  20. Development of image quality assurance measures of the ExacTrac localization system using commercially available image evaluation software and hardware for image-guided radiotherapy.

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    Stanley, Dennis N; Papanikolaou, Nikos; Gutierrez, Alonso N

    2014-11-01

    Quality assurance (QA) of the image quality for image-guided localization systems is crucial to ensure accurate visualization and localization of target volumes. In this study, a methodology was developed to assess and evaluate the constancy of the high-contrast spatial resolution, dose, energy, contrast, and geometrical accuracy of the BrainLAB ExacTrac system. An in-house fixation device was constructed to hold the QCkV-1 phantom firmly and reproducibly against the face of the flat panel detectors. Two image sets per detector were acquired using ExacTrac preset console settings over a period of three months. The image sets were analyzed in PIPSpro and the following metrics were recorded: high-contrast spatial resolution (f30,f40,f50 (lp/mm)), noise, and contrast-to-noise ratio. Geometrical image accuracy was evaluated by assessing the length between to predetermined points of the QCkV-1 phantom. Dose and kVp were recorded using the Unfors RaySafe Xi R/F Detector. The kVp and dose were evaluated for the following: Cranial Standard (CS) (80 kV,80 mA,80 ms), Thorax Standard (TS) (120 kV,160 mA,160 ms), Abdomen Standard (AS) (120 kV,160 mA,130 ms), and Pelvis Standard (PS) (120 kV,160 mA,160 ms). With regard to high-contrast spatial resolution, the mean values of the f30 (lp/mm), f40 (lp/mm) and f50 (lp/mm) for the left detector were 1.39±0.04,1.24±0.05, and 1.09±0.04, respectively, while for the right detector they were 1.38±0.04,1.22±0.05, and 1.09±0.05, respectively. Mean CNRs for the left and right detectors were 148±3 and 143±4, respectively. For geometrical accuracy, both detectors had a measured image length of the QCkV-1 of 57.9±0.5mm. The left detector showed dose measurements of 20.4±0.2μGy(CS), 191.8±0.7μGy(TS), 154.2±0.7μGy(AS), and 192.2±0.6μGy(PS), while the right detector showed 20.3±0.3μGy(CS), 189.7±0.8μGy(TS), 151.0±0.7μGy(AS), and 189.7±0.8μGy(PS), respectively. For X-ray energy, the left detector (right X-ray tube) had

  1. Development of image quality assurance measures of the ExacTrac localization system using commercially available image evaluation software and hardware for image-guided radiotherapy.

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    Stanley, Dennis N; Papanikolaou, Nikos; Gutiérrez, Alonso N

    2014-11-08

    Quality assurance (QA) of the image quality for image-guided localization systems is crucial to ensure accurate visualization and localization of target volumes. In this study, a methodology was developed to assess and evaluate the constancy of the high-contrast spatial resolution, dose, energy, contrast, and geometrical accuracy of the BrainLAB ExacTrac system. An in-house fixation device was constructed to hold the QCkV-1 phantom firmly and reproducibly against the face of the flat panel detectors. Two image sets per detector were acquired using ExacTrac preset console settings over a period of three months. The image sets were analyzed in PIPSpro and the following metrics were recorded: high-contrast spatial resolution (f30, f40, f50 (lp/mm)), noise, and contrast-to-noise ratio. Geometrical image accu- racy was evaluated by assessing the length between to predetermined points of the QCkV-1 phantom. Dose and kVp were recorded using the Unfors RaySafe Xi R/F Detector. The kVp and dose were evaluated for the following: Cranial Standard (CS) (80 kV,80 mA,80 ms), Thorax Standard (TS) (120 kV,160 mA,160 ms), Abdomen Standard (AS) (120 kV,160 mA,130 ms), and Pelvis Standard (PS) (120 kV,160 mA,160 ms). With regard to high-contrast spatial resolution, the mean values of the f30 (lp/mm), f40 (lp/mm) and f50 (lp/mm) for the left detector were 1.39 ± 0.04, 1.24 ± 0.05, and 1.09 ± 0.04, respectively, while for the right detector they were 1.38 ± 0.04, 1.22 ± 0.05, and 1.09 ± 0.05, respectively. Mean CNRs for the left and right detectors were 148 ± 3 and 143 ± 4, respectively. For geometrical accuracy, both detectors had a measured image length of the QCkV-1 of 57.9 ± 0.5 mm. The left detector showed dose measurements of 20.4 ± 0.2 μGy (CS), 191.8 ± 0.7 μGy (TS), 154.2 ± 0.7 μGy (AS), and 192.2 ± 0.6 μGy (PS), while the right detector showed 20.3 ± 0.3 μGy (CS), 189.7 ± 0.8 μGy (TS), 151.0 ± 0.7 μGy (AS), and 189.7 ± 0.8 μGy (PS), respectively. For X

  2. Assessment of Wind Shear and Wind Energy Potential in the Baltic Sea Region of Latvia

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    Bezrukovs, V.; Bezrukovs, Vl.; Zacepins, A.; Komashilovs, V.

    2015-04-01

    The paper is devoted to the investigation into the wind energy potential based on long-term observations of the wind speed and energy density fluctuations at heights from 10 to 160 m on the Baltic Sea coast of Latvia. During the observations (2004 - 2013), the wind speed and direction values were measured, and the statistical database was accumulated using a LOGGER 9200 Symphonie measuring systems mounted on 60 m masts - one on the western coast and another on the north-east of Latvia. From June 2011 to May 2012, these measurements were complemented with the data for the heights from 40 to 160 m obtained by means of a ZephIR lidar and with the metrological data provided by "Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre" for the same period. The graphs of seasonal fluctuations in the wind speed were obtained for the heights up to 160 m by measurements over the period of 2007 - 2013. The results of the research on the wind speed distribution up to 200 m are promising for evaluation of the wind energy potential of Latvia and will be helpful in assessment of prospective sites for construction of WPPs. Zinātniskais raksts ir veltīts pētījumam par vēja enerģijas potenciālu Latvijas teritorijā, Baltijas jūras piekrastē, balstoties uz ilgtermiņa vēja ātruma un vēja enerģijas blīvuma svārstību novērojumiem no 10 līdz 160 metriem augstumā. Vēja ātruma un vēja virziena mērījumu dati tika iegūti un apkopoti statistiskajā datubāzē laika periodā no 2004 līdz 2013. gadam, izmantojot mērīšanas sistēmu LOGGER 9200 Symphonie, kas bija ierīkotā uz 60 metru augsta masta - viena rietumu piekrastē un otra Latvijas ziemeļu-austrumos. No 2011. gada jūnija līdz 2012. gada maijam mērījumu datubāze tika papildināta ar datiem, kas tika iegūti ar lidaruZephIR augstumos no 40 līdz 160 metriem, un datiem no "Latvijas Vides, ģeoloģijas un meteoroloģijas centra" tam pašam laika periodam. Analizējot mērījumus 2007. g.-2013. g., grafiki ar

  3. Requirements for Verifying Wave-Wave Coupling at Texcoco, Valley of Mexico

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    Stephenson, W. R.

    2002-12-01

    A late-arriving monochromatic wave has been identified at the Texcoco accelerograph array in the Valley of Mexico, for the 2001 October 8 Coyuca, Guerrero (M 6.1) earthquake. Because this wave propagates nearly towards the epicentre, it must be locally-generated, and its combination of low velocity (160m/s phase, 60m/s group) long delay (85sec after s-wave arrival), distance from the basin margin (about 8km), and relatively high amplitude, are not consistent with current beliefs about wave attenuation in the lacustrine mud in which the wave travels. Three possibilities must be considered; that the mud does not attenuate motion as much as believed; that most of the wave energy does not travel in the mud; or that the observed wave is coupled to a less-attenuated wave so that energy lost in the mud is continually being replaced by wave-wave coupling. Wave-wave coupling is a likely mechanism because the monochromatic motion is at a frequency that differs from the readily-evaluated "layer frequency", ruling out the layer as the main determinant of frequency. Instead it is possible that the observed frequency is that at which a Rayleigh wave travels at the speed of a wave in a material below the surface (28m thick) layer. In order for wave-wave coupling to be unambiguously confirmed it is necessary to identify a layer of material which will support a wave at the observed velocity of 160m/s. Such a wave is unlikely to be a p-wave because p-waves in the profile are likely to have velocities in excess of 1500m/s. SCPT testing will readily determine whether an s-wave velocity of 160m/s is present in the profile. In the case of coupling of a Rayleigh wave to an acoustic wave it is relatively easy to identify the two waves and to ascertain that they travel at the same speed, on account of the widely differing nature of the two waves. A pressure detector will not respond to the Rayleigh wave, even though a seismometer will respond to the pressure wave. The situation is more

  4. Identification and characterization of land use driven nitrogen fluxes using stable isotopes and reactive hydrologic modeling

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    Macko, S. A.; O'Connell, M. T.

    2015-12-01

    The Najinhe watershed is a topographically diverse, mixed agricultural and urban region in northeastern China that provides opportunities for identification of the impact of land use on nitrogen cycling. In addition to agricultural soil amendments, seasonal variation in atmospheric flow introduces dry and wet deposition from urban and desert sources. Both agricultural amendments and atmospheric sources are significant non-point inputs of reactive N, at estimated annual rates of 450 kg/ha and 30 kg/ha respectively in the nearby North China Plain.Both historic and current land use has influenced the biological processing of nitrogen in a particular area. Soil conditions, including moisture, texture, and organic content, control the capacity of a parcel for processing reactive nitrogen. Compounds derived from natural and anthropogenic sources exhibit characteristic stable isotopes of nitrogen and oxygen that serve as tracers of origin as well as integrators of biological processes. Analysis of bulk soils (including both organic and inorganic N contents) in the system shows δ15N ranging from 1.3 - 8.6 ‰ suggesting varying influence of anthropogenic inputs, fertilizers, soil organic nitrogen, and atmospheric sources based on land use.A distributed hydrologic model coupled with one focusing on reactive transport is able to help determine locations with the highest impact on the dissolved N in this system. Spatial statistical methods are employed to determine the biogeochemical influence of model locations whereas δ18O on soil NO3- and δ15N measurements on NO3- and NH4+ in surface water and soil extracts are used to calibrate and validate model predictions based on measured precipitation and streamflow values. Sources are integrated using a Bayesian mixing model to determine likely fate and transport parameters for various N inputs to the watershed. The application of the coupled hydrologic and transport models to a landscape scale catchment suggests integration and

  5. Continuous monitoring of a mountain snowpack in the Austrian Alps by above-ground neutron sensing

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    Schattan, Paul; Baroni, Gabriele; Oswald, Sascha E.; Schöber, Johannes; Fey, Christine; Francke, Till; Huttenlau, Matthias; Achleitner, Stefan

    2017-04-01

    found for accumulation and melting season conditions but this could be resolved by accounting for the limited measurement depth. This depth limit is in the range of 200 mm of SWE for dense snowpacks with high liquid water contents and associated snow density values around 450 kg m-3 and above. Furthermore, the results prove that for medium to high snowpack the inter-annual transferability of the results is very high regardless of pre-snowfall soil moisture conditions. These results underline the high potential of CRNS for closing the gap between point-scale measurements, hydrological models and remote sensing in snow hydrology and alpine terrain.

  6. Ruminant Nutrition Symposium: The utility of lipid extracted algae as a protein source in forage or starch-based ruminant diets.

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    Lodge-Ivey, S L; Tracey, L N; Salazar, A

    2014-04-01

    Two experiments were conducted to determine the influence of lipid extracted algae (LEA) on OM digestibility, N flow, and rumen fermentation. Six samples of LEA were evaluated representing 2 genus of microalgae (Nannochloropsis spp. [n = 3] or Chlorella spp. [n = 3]). Four dual-flow continuous flow fermenters (2,700 mL) were used in a Latin square design to evaluate LEA in forage or concentrate diets compared with soybean meal. Temperature (39 °C), pH, solid (5%/h) and liquid (10%/h) dilution rates, and feed schedule were maintained constant for all experiments. Each experimental period consisted of 6-d adaptation and 4-d sampling periods. There were 7 treatments consisting of 6 different samples of LEA and a soybean meal control (SOY). Diets for Exp.1 were formulated to be 13.0% CP (DM basis) using either soybean meal or LEA and met or exceeded the requirements of a nonpregnant and nonlactating beef cow (450 kg). The forage portion consisted of sorghum-sudan hay (6.4% CP and 46.2% TDN, DM basis) and alfalfa (26.1% CP and 82.3% TDN, DM basis). Concentrate diets used in Exp. 2 met or exceeded the nutrient requirements of a (400 kg) growing steer and contained 85% fine ground corn and included 7% (DM basis) soybean meal or LEA. Data were analyzed as mixed model considering the effect of each LEA compared with soybean meal. Orthogonal contrasts were used to determine the overall effect of LEA genus vs. SOY. True OM digestibility were not influenced by LEA addition to forage diets (P ≥ 0.08) but increased with Chlorella LEA addition to concentrate diets (P < 0.01) but not Nannochloropsis LEA. Degradation of N was greater for SOY with forage diets and LEA for concentrate diets (P < 0.0001). Total VFA production was greatest for SOY in forage diets and increased when LEA was added to concentrate diets (P < 0.0001). Microbial efficiency did not differ between SOY and LEA in forage diets (P ≤ 0.08). In concentrate diets Nannochloropsis decreased microbial efficiency

  7. NEXT Long-Duration Test After 11,570 h and 237 kg of Xenon Processed

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    Soulas, George C.; Patterson, Michael J.; Herman, Daniel A.

    2009-01-01

    The NASA s Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) program is developing the next-generation ion propulsion system with significant enhancements beyond the state-of-the-art in ion propulsion to provide future NASA science missions with enhanced mission capabilities at a low total development cost. As part of a comprehensive thruster service life assessment utilizing both testing and analyses, a Long-Duration Test (LDT) was initiated to validate and qualify the NEXT propellant throughput capability to a qualification-level of 450 kg, 1.5 times the mission-derived throughput requirement of 300 kg. This wear test is being conducted with a modified, flight-representative NEXT engineering model ion thruster, designated EM3. As of September 1, 2007, the thruster has accumulated 11,570 h of operation primarily at the thruster full-input-power of 6.9 kW with 3.52 A beam current and 1800 V beam power supply voltage. The thruster has processed 237 kg of xenon surpassing the NSTAR propellant throughput demonstrated during the extended life testing of the Deep Space 1 (DS1) flight spare. The NEXT LDT has demonstrated a total impulse of 9.78 10(exp 6) N(dot)s; the highest total impulse ever demonstrated by an ion thruster. Thruster performance tests are conducted periodically over the entire NEXT throttle table with input power ranging 0.5 to 6.9 kW. Thruster performance parameters including thrust, input power, specific impulse, and thruster efficiency have been nominal with little variation to date. Lifetime-limiting component erosion rates have been consistent with the NEXT service life assessment, which predicts the earliest failure sometime after 750 kg of xenon propellant throughput; well beyond the mission-derived lifetime requirement. The NEXT wear test data confirm that the erosion of the discharge keeper orifice, enlarging of nominal-current-density accelerator grid aperture cusps at full-power, and the decrease in cold grid-gap observed during NSTAR wear testing have been

  8. Status of the NEXT Long-Duration Test After 23,300 Hours of Operation

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    Herman, Daniel A.; Soulas, George C.; Patterson, Michael J.

    2009-01-01

    The NASA s Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) program is developing the next-generation ion propulsion system with significant enhancements beyond the state-of-the-art in ion propulsion to provide future NASA science missions with enhanced mission capabilities at a low total development cost. As part of a comprehensive thruster service life assessment utilizing both testing and analyses, a Long-Duration Test (LDT) was initiated in June 2005, to verify the NEXT propellant throughput capability to a qualification-level of 450 kg, 1.5 times the anticipated throughput requirement of 300 kg per thruster from mission analyses. The LDT is being conducted with a modified, flight-representative NEXT engineering model ion thruster, designated EM3. As of July 2009, the thruster has accumulated 23,300 h of operation with extensive durations at the following input powers: 6.9, 4.7, 1.1, and 0.5 kW. The thruster has processed 427 kg of xenon surpassing the NSTAR propellant throughput demonstrated during the extended life testing of the Deep Space 1 flight spare ion thruster and approaching the NEXT development qualification throughput goal. The NEXT LDT has demonstrated a total impulse of 16.0 10(exp 6) N/s; the highest total impulse ever demonstrated by an ion thruster. Thruster performance tests are conducted periodically over the entire NEXT throttle table with input power ranging 0.5 to 6.9 kW. Thruster performance parameters including thrust, input power, specific impulse, and thruster efficiency have been nominal with little variation to date. The NSTAR first-failure mode, accelerator aperture erosion leading to electron backstreaming, has been mitigated in the NEXT design. The severe NSTAR discharge cathode assembly erosion has been mitigated by a graphite keeper in the NEXT thruster. Tracking of the NEXT first failure mode, charge-exchange ion impingement on the accelerator grid causing hexagonal groove erosion, is consistent with model predictions and indicates thruster

  9. NEXT Long-Duration Test Plume and Wear Characteristics after 16,550 h of Operation and 337 kg of Xenon Processed

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    Herman, Daniel A.; Soulas, George C.; Patterson, Michael J.

    2009-01-01

    The NASA s Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) program is developing the next-generation ion propulsion system with significant enhancements beyond the state-of-the-art. The NEXT ion propulsion system provides improved mission capabilities for future NASA science missions to enhance and enable Discovery, New Frontiers, and Flagship-type NASA missions. As part of a comprehensive thruster service life assessment utilizing both testing and analyses, a Long-Duration Test (LDT) was initiated to validate and qualify the NEXT propellant throughput capability to a qualification-level of 450 kg, 1.5 times the mission-derived throughput requirement of 300 kg. This wear test is being conducted with a modified, flight-representative NEXT engineering model ion thruster, designated EM3. As of June 25, 2008, the thruster has accumulated 16,550 h of operation: the first 13,042 h at the thruster full-input-power of 6.9 kW with 3.52 A beam current and 1800 V beam power supply voltage. Operation since 13,042 h, i.e., the most recent 3,508 h, has been at an input power of 4.7 kW with 3.52 A beam current and 1180 V beam power supply voltage. The thruster has processed 337 kg of xenon (Xe) surpassing the NSTAR propellant throughput demonstrated during the extended life testing of the Deep Space 1 flight spare. The NEXT LDT has demonstrated a total impulse of 13.3 106 N s; the highest total impulse ever demonstrated by an ion thruster. Thruster plume diagnostics and erosion measurements are obtained periodically over the entire NEXT throttle table with input power ranging 0.5 to 6.9 kW. Observed thruster component erosion rates are consistent with predictions and the thruster service life assessment. There have not been any observed anomalous erosion and all erosion estimates indicate a thruster throughput capability that exceeds 750 kg of Xe, an equivalent of 36,500 h of continuous operation at the full-power operating condition. This paper presents the erosion measurements and plume

  10. Status of the NEXT Ion Thruster Long-Duration Test After 10,100 hr and 207 kg Demonstrated

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    Herman, Daniel A.; Soulas, George C.; Patterson, Michael J.

    2008-01-01

    The NASA s Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) program is developing the next-generation ion propulsion system with significant enhancements beyond the state-of-the-art in ion propulsion to provide future NASA science missions with enhanced mission capabilities at a low total development cost. As part of a comprehensive thruster service life assessment utilizing both testing and analyses, a Long-Duration Test (LDT) was initiated to validate and qualify the NEXT propellant throughput capability to a qualification-level of 450 kg, 1.5 times the mission-derived throughput requirement of 300 kg. This wear test is being conducted with a modified, flight-representative NEXT engineering model ion thruster, designated EM3. As of June 21, 2007, the thruster has accumulated 10,100 hr of operation at the thruster full-input-power of 6.9 kW with 3.52 A beam current and 1800 V beam power supply voltage. The thruster has processed 207 kg of xenon and demonstrated a total impulse of 8.5 106 N-s; the highest total impulse ever demonstrated by an ion thruster in the history of space propulsion. Thruster performance tests are conducted periodically over the entire NEXT throttle table with input power ranging 0.5 to 6.9 kW. Overall ion thruster performance parameters including thrust, input power, specific impulse, and thruster efficiency have been nominal with little variation to date. Lifetime-limiting component erosion rates have been consistent with the NEXT service life assessment, which predicts the earliest failure sometime after 750 kg of xenon propellant throughput; well beyond the mission-derived lifetime requirement. The NEXT wear test data confirm that the erosion of the discharge keeper orifice, enlarging of nominal-current-density accelerator grid aperture cusps, and the decrease in cold grid-gap observed during the NSTAR Extended Life Test have been mitigated. This paper presents the status of the NEXT LDT to date.

  11. Performance Characteristics of the NEXT Long-Duration Test After 16,550 h and 337 kg of Xenon Processed

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    Soulas, George C.; Patterson, Michael J.; Herman, Daniel A.

    2009-01-01

    The NASA s Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) program is developing the next-generation ion propulsion system with significant enhancements beyond the state-of-the-art in ion propulsion to provide future NASA science missions with enhanced mission capabilities at a low total development cost. As part of a comprehensive thruster service life assessment utilizing both testing and analyses, a Long-Duration Test (LDT) was initiated to verify the NEXT propellant throughput capability to a qualification-level of 450 kg, 1.5 times the anticipated throughput requirement of 300 kg from mission analyses conducted utilizing the NEXT propulsion system. The LDT is being conducted with a modified, flight-representative NEXT engineering model ion thruster, designated EM3. As of June 25, 2008, the thruster has accumulated 16,550 h of operation: the first 13,042 h at the thruster full-input-power of 6.9 kW with 3.52 A beam current and 1800 V beam power supply voltage. Operation since 13,042 h, i.e., the most recent 3,508 h, has been at an input power of 4.7 kW with 3.52 A beam current and 1180 V beam power supply voltage. The thruster has processed 337 kg of xenon (Xe) surpassing the NSTAR propellant throughput demonstrated during the extended life testing of the Deep Space 1 flight spare ion thruster. The NEXT LDT has demonstrated a total impulse of 13.3 106 N s; the highest total impulse ever demonstrated by an ion thruster. Thruster performance tests are conducted periodically over the entire NEXT throttle table with input power ranging 0.5 to 6.9 kW. Thruster performance parameters including thrust, input power, specific impulse, and thruster efficiency have been nominal with little variation to date. This paper presents the performance of the NEXT LDT to date with emphasis on performance variations following throttling of the thruster to the new operating condition and comparison of performance to the NSTAR extended life test.

  12. Wind-driven snow conditions control the occurrence of contemporary marginal mountain permafrost in the Chic-Choc Mountains, south-eastern Canada: a case study from Mont Jacques-Cartier

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    Davesne, Gautier; Fortier, Daniel; Domine, Florent; Gray, James T.

    2017-06-01

    We present data on the distribution and thermophysical properties of snow collected sporadically over 4 decades along with recent data of ground surface temperature from Mont Jacques-Cartier (1268 m a.s.l.), the highest summit in the Appalachians of south-eastern Canada. We demonstrate that the occurrence of contemporary permafrost is necessarily associated with a very thin and wind-packed winter snow cover which brings local azonal topo-climatic conditions on the dome-shaped summit. The aims of this study were (i) to understand the snow distribution pattern and snow thermophysical properties on the Mont Jacques-Cartier summit and (ii) to investigate the impact of snow on the spatial distribution of the ground surface temperature (GST) using temperature sensors deployed over the summit. Results showed that above the local treeline, the summit is characterized by a snow cover typically less than 30 cm thick which is explained by the strong westerly winds interacting with the local surface roughness created by the physiography and surficial geomorphology of the site. The snowpack structure is fairly similar to that observed on windy Arctic tundra with a top dense wind slab (300 to 450 kg m-3) of high thermal conductivity, which facilitates heat transfer between the ground surface and the atmosphere. The mean annual ground surface temperature (MAGST) below this thin and wind-packed snow cover was about -1 °C in 2013 and 2014, for the higher, exposed, blockfield-covered sector of the summit characterized by a sporadic herbaceous cover. In contrast, for the gentle slopes covered with stunted spruce (krummholz), and for the steep leeward slope to the south-east of the summit, the MAGST was around 3 °C in 2013 and 2014. The study concludes that the permafrost on Mont Jacques-Cartier, most widely in the Chic-Choc Mountains and by extension in the southern highest summits of the Appalachians, is therefore likely limited to the barren wind-exposed surface of the summit

  13. Randomized trial of weight-loss-diets for young adults varying in fish and fish oil content.

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    Thorsdottir, I; Tomasson, H; Gunnarsdottir, I; Gisladottir, E; Kiely, M; Parra, M D; Bandarra, N M; Schaafsma, G; Martinéz, J A

    2007-10-01

    To investigate the effect of including seafood and fish oils, as part of an energy-restricted diet, on weight loss in young overweight adults. Randomized controlled trial of energy-restricted diet varying in fish and fish oil content was followed for 8 weeks. Subjects were randomized to one of four groups: (1) control (sunflower oil capsules, no seafood); (2) lean fish (3 x 150 g portions of cod/week); (3) fatty fish (3 x 150 g portions of salmon/week); (4) fish oil (DHA/EPA capsules, no seafood). The macronutrient composition of the diets was similar between the groups and the capsule groups, were single-blinded. A total of 324 men and women aged 20-40 years, BMI 27.5-32.5 kg/m(2) from Iceland, Spain and Ireland. Anthropometric data were collected at baseline, midpoint and endpoint. Confounding factors were accounted for, with linear models, for repeated measures with two-way interactions. The most important interactions for weight loss were (diet x energy intake), (gender x diet) and (gender x initial-weight). An average man in the study (95 kg at baseline receiving 1600 kcal/day) was estimated to lose 3.55 kg (95% CI, 3.14-3.97) (1); 4.35 kg (95% CI, 3.94-4.75) (2); 4.50 kg (95% CI, 4.13-4.87) (3) and 4.96 kg (95% CI, 4.53-5.40) on diet (4) in 4 weeks, from baseline to midpoint. The weight-loss from midpoint to endpoint was 0.45 (0.41-0.49) times the observed weight loss from baseline to midpoint. The diets did not differ in their effect on weight loss in women. Changes in measures of body composition were in line with changes in body weight. In young, overweight men, the inclusion of either lean or fatty fish, or fish oil as part of an energy-restricted diet resulted in approximately 1 kg more weight loss after 4 weeks, than did a similar diet without seafood or supplement of marine origin. The addition of seafood to a nutritionally balanced energy-restricted diet may boost weight loss.

  14. [Effects of different application rates of calcium cyanamide on soil microbial biomass and enzyme activity in cucumber continuous cropping].

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    Zhang, Xue-peng; Ning, Tang-yuan; Yang, Yan; Sun, Tao; Zhang, Shu-min; Wang, Bin

    2015-10-01

    A 2-year field experiment was conducted to study the effects of CaCN2 combined with cucumber straw retention on soil microbial biomass carbon (SMBC) , soil microbial biomass nitrogen (SMBN) and soil enzyme activities under cucumber continuous cropping system. Four treatments were used in this study as follows: CK (null CaCN2), CaCN2-90 (1350 kg CaCN2 . hm-2) CaCN2-60 (900 kg CaCN2 . hm-2), CaCN2-30 (450 kg CaCN2 . hm-2). The results indicated that, compared with the other treatments, CaCN2-90 treatment significantly decreased SMBC in 0-10 cm soil layer at seedling stage, but increased SMBC in 0-20 cm soil layer after early-fruit stage. Compared with CK, CaCN2 increased SMBC in 0-20 cm soil layer at late-fruit stage, and increased SMBN in 0-10 cm soil layer at mid- and late-fruit stages, however there was no significant trend among CaCN2 treatments in the first year (2012), while in the second year (2013) SMBN increased with the increasing CaCN2 amount after mid-fruit stage. CaCN2 increased straw decaying and nutrients releasing, and also increased soil organic matter. Furthermore, the CaCN2-90 could accelerate straw decomposition. Compared with CK, CaCN2 effectively increased soil urease, catalase and polyphenol oxidase activity. The soil urease activity increased while the polyphenol oxidase activity decreased with the increase of CaCN2, and CaCN2-60 could significantly improve catalase activity. Soil organic matter, urease activity and catalase activity had significant positive correlations with SMBC and SMBN. However, polyphenol oxidase activity was negatively correlated to SMBC and SMBN. Our findings indicated that CaCN2 application at 900 kg . hm-2 combined with cucumber straw retention could effectively improve soil environment, alleviating the soil obstacles under the cucumber continuous cropping system.

  15. Modular condenser replacement at ANO-1 solves operating problems and improves performance

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    Edgell, D.; Davidian, A.

    1999-07-01

    final installation. Further, it was decided to completely shop fabricate these four titanium tube bundles to minimize the site erection schedule. Each bundle measuring over 44 ft. (13.5 m) long, over 13 ft, (4 m) wide, and nearly 18 ft. (5.5 m) tall, weighed 195,000 lbs (88,450 kg). The weight and size of the bundles created a variety of fabrication, transportation and installation challenges that required extensive advanced planning, scheduling and coordination. The complete installation of the redesigned condenser tube bundles and waterboxes was accomplished during the Fourteenth Refueling Outage of ANO-1 in 1997.

  16. Dissolved Organic Matter Controls on Terrestrial Carbon Sequestration and Export in Contrasting California Ecosystems

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    Sanderman, J.; Amundson, R.; McColl, J. G.

    2004-12-01

    Here we report results from the first year of a study characterizing dissolved organic carbon (DOC) fluxes within two first-order watersheds: (1) a humid coastal forest and (2) a semi-arid coastal prairie. Our goals are to quantify (1) the importance of DOC in redistributing C within the soil profile; (2) the magnitude of DOC losses relative to respiratory losses; and (3) seasonal changes in DOC export (both in magnitude and composition) from these upland soils to the local stream network. We are continuously monitoring hydrologic conditions and periodically collecting water samples for chemical analysis in order to construct detailed DOC budgets for these two watersheds. We are utilizing 13C, 14C and 13C NMR analyses on DOC and relevant soil C fractions to reveal numerous insights into information on the internal transformations of organic matter as it moves through the soil in and out of the aqueous phase. Analyzing both the solid and dissolved phase of C allows us to discern the sources and sinks of DOC as rainfall moves down through the soil and ultimately out into the stream network. Results thus far (for the 03/04 water year) show that, in the redwood stand, rainfall mobilized 450 kgC ha-1 yr-1 as DOC from the O horizons, but while only 80 kgC ha-1 of that was leached below the A horizon and less than 10 kgC ha-1 was exported to the stream. Laboratory leaching and sorption experiments support these data. DOC concentrations and stable C isotope composition both in soil and stream water samples exhibited pronounced seasonal trends, reflecting changes in DOC sources. Radiocarbon results for DOC and soil density fractions will also be presented. While the redwood site appears to retain DOC, the coastal prairie site is a large net exporter of DOC (stream flux = 24 kgC ha-1 yr-1), with concentrations and isotopic composition varying in a more complex matter with time and space that seems to correlate with the hydrologic flow path.

  17. The initial responses of hot liquid water released under low atmospheric pressures: Experimental insights

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    Bargery, Alistair Simon; Lane, Stephen J.; Barrett, Alexander; Wilson, Lionel; Gilbert, Jennie S.

    2010-11-01

    Experiments have been performed to simulate the shallow ascent and surface release of water and brines under low atmospheric pressure. Atmospheric pressure was treated as an independent variable and water temperature and vapor pressure were examined as a function of total pressure variation down to low pressures. The physical and thermal responses of water to reducing pressure were monitored with pressure transducers, temperature sensors and visible imaging. Data were obtained for pure water and for solutions with dissolved NaCl or CO 2. The experiments showed the pressure conditions under which the water remained liquid, underwent a rapid phase change to the gas state by boiling, and then solidified because of removal of latent heat. Liquid water is removed from phase equilibrium by decompression. Solid, liquid and gaseous water are present simultaneously, and not at the 611 Pa triple point, because dynamic interactions between the phases maintain unstable temperature gradients. After phase changes stop, the system reverts to equilibrium with its surroundings. Surface and shallow subsurface pressure conditions were simulated for Mars and the icy satellites of the outer Solar System. Freezing by evaporation in the absence of wind on Mars is shown to be unlikely for pure water at pressures greater than c. 670 Pa, and for saline solutions at pressures greater than c. 610 Pa. The physical nature of ice that forms depends on the salt content. Ice formed from saline water at pressures less than c. 610 Pa could be similar to terrestrial sea ice. Ice formed from pure water at pressures less than c. 100 Pa develops a low thermal conductivity and a 'honeycomb' structure created by sublimation. This ice could have a density as low as c. 450 kg m -3 and a thermal conductivity as low as 1.6 W m -1 K -1, and is highly reflective, more akin to snow than the clear ice from which it grew. The physical properties of ice formed from either pure or saline water at low pressures will

  18. Effect of nursing management and skeletal size at weaning on puberty, skeletal growth rate, and milk production during first lactation of dairy heifers.

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    Shamay, A; Werner, D; Moallem, U; Barash, H; Bruckental, I

    2005-04-01

    Forty Israeli-Holstein 5-d-old calves were used to determine the effect of increasing calf body weight (BW) and skeletal size during the nursing period on age and skeletal size at puberty and on skeletal size and performance during first lactation. The calves were randomly allotted to 2 experimental groups as follows: milk replacer (MR) [calves were given 0.450 kg/d dry matter of milk replacer for the first 50 d of life] and milk-fed (MF) [calves had free access to milk in two 30-min meals/d]. From weaning to 180 d of age, all calves were fed the same diet. At 180 d of age, the MR and MF calves were each divided into 2 equal subgroups: one subgroup from each treatment was given only growing ration, and the other was given the same ration supplemented with fish meal to supply 2% crude protein (CP) (treatments MR + CP and MF + CP, respectively). Finally, at 270 d of age, all calves were housed together and fed a growing heifer's ration until first calving. During the entire nursing period, the MF calves consumed 9.8% more DM, 39.7% more CP, and 52.4% more metabolizable energy than the MR calves. At 60 d of age, BW and all skeletal parameters were higher in the MF calves than in the MR calves. During the entire rearing period (60 to 550 d), the average BW of the MF calves was greater by 16 kg than the BW of the MR calves. Nursing management did not affect differences in skeletal parameters at calving. Average age at puberty onset was 272 +/- 26.8 d; MF calves reached puberty 23 d earlier than MR calves. Yields of milk (kg/305 d) and fat-corrected milk (FCM, kg/d) were greater for the MF + CP heifers than for the MR heifers. It was concluded that nursing by ad libitum milk, as compared with milk replacer, affected BW but not skeletal size of the adult animal, decreased age of puberty onset, and increased FCM yield at first lactation. Supplementing the diet with 2% CP during the prepubertal period increased BW but not skeletal size of the adult animal and 305-d milk and

  19. Experiments on Natural-Scale Basaltic Lava Flows: Scope and First Results of the Syracuse University Lava Project

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    Karson, J.; Wysocki, R.; Kissane, M. T.; Smith, C.; Spencer, S.

    2012-12-01

    The Syracuse University Lava Project creates natural-scale basaltic lava flows for scientific investigations, educational opportunities and artistic projects. Modified furnaces designed for melting and pouring metals are used to create individual basaltic lava flow lobes of up to 450 kg (10-2m2) with the potential to generate much larger flow fields under controlled conditions. At present, the starting material used in 1.1 Ga Keewenan basalt from the Mid-Continent Rift in NW Wisconsin, a relatively uniform, well-characterized tholeiitic-alkalic basalt. Other compositions (andesite, komatiite, carbonatite) are planned for future experiments. Basaltic gravel is heated to 1100° to 1300°C in a crucible resulting in homogeneous, convecting basaltic magma. Lava is poured over a variety of surfaces including rock slabs, wet or dry sand, H2O or CO2 ice, rough or smooth material, and confined or unconfined channels. Resulting lava flows can be dissected for mapping details of morphological and textural variations. Video from various perspectives is used to document flow behavior and evolution. Infrared images constrain flow temperatures. Textural features of flows such as vesicles and plagioclase microlites have vertical and lateral variations similar to those of natural flows. Differing experimental set-ups provide analogs for a wide range of terrestrial, marine, and extraterrestrial lava flows. In an initial series of experiments, basaltic lava flows (50-200 kg) were poured over dry sand at near constant effusion rates (~10-4m3s-1). Flow temperature and slope were varied to produce a range of different flow morphologies. The results show systematic behavior consistent with observations of natural lava flows and analog experiments. At relatively high T (>1200°C) and steeper slopes (>15°) thin, narrow, leveed flows form. At intermediate T and slope, sheet-like, ropey, pahoehoe forms develop. Flows at the lowest T (1100°C) and gentlest slopes (<10°) investigated

  20. [Responses of winter wheat photosynthetic characteristics and chlorophyll content to water-retaining agent and N fertilizer].

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    Yang, Yong-Hui; Wu, Pu-Te; Wu, Ji-Cheng; Zhao, Shi-Wei; Huang, Zhan-Bin; He, Fang

    2011-01-01

    The effects of water-retaining agent (60 kg x hm(-2)) and nitrogen fertilizer (0, 225, and 450 kg x hm(-2)) on the leaf photosynthetic characteristics, chlorophyll content, and water utilization of winter wheat at jointing and grain-filling stages were studied under field conditions. In all treatments, the net photosynthetic rate, stomata conductance, intercellular CO2 concentration, water use efficiency, and chlorophyll content were greater at grain-filling stage than at jointing stage. Under nitrogen fertilization but without water-retaining agent application, the water use efficiency (WUE) of single leaf at jointing stage increased with increasing nitrogen fertilization rate, while the net photosynthetic rate, stomata conductance, intercellular CO2 concentration, and transpiration rate decreased after an initial increase. The chlorophyll content was the highest under 225 kg x hm(-2) nitrogen fertilization. In the treatments of water-retaining agent application, the intercellular CO2 con- centration decreased with increasing nitrogen application rate, but the net photosynthetic rate, transpiration rate, and WUE increased. The application of water-retaining agent or its combination with nitrogen fertilization increased the chlorophyll content, but excessive nitrogen fertilization had lesser effects. At grain-filling stage, applying nitrogen fertilizer alone significantly increased the net photosynthetic rate and WUE, but decreased the stomata conductance, intercellular CO2 concentration, and transpiration rate. The chlorophyll content increased with increasing nitrogen application rate. After applying water-retaining agent and with the increase of nitrogen fertilization rate, the photosynthetic rate and WUE decreased after an initial increase, while the intercellular CO2 concentration and transpiration rate were in adverse but still lower than those without water-retaining agent application. The stomata conductance increased with increasing nitrogen fertilization

  1. Identification and characterization of anthropogenic nitrogen fluxes using stable isotopes and reactive hydrologic modeling

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    O'connell, M. T.; Macko, S. A.; Fu, Y.

    2014-12-01

    The Najinhe watershed is a topographically diverse, heavily agricultural watershed in northeastern China that provides opportunities for identification of the impact of land use on nitrogen cycling. In addition to agricultural soil amendments, seasonal variation in atmospheric flow introduces a signal of dry and wet deposition from urban and desert atmospheric N sources. Both agricultural amendments and atmospheric sources are significant sources of reactive N, at estimated annual rates of 450kg/hectare and 30kg/hectare respectively in the nearby North China Plain. Land use, both historic and current, influences the biological processing of nitrogen in a particular area. Soil conditions, including moisture, texture, and organic content, control the capacity of a parcel for processing reactive nitrogen. Compounds derived from natural and anthropogenic sources exhibit characteristic ratios of stable isotopes of nitrogen and oxygen that serve as tracers of origin as well as integrators of biological processes. Analysis of bulk soils (including both organic and inorganic N) in the system shows δ15N ranging from 1.3 - 8.6 ‰ suggesting varying influence of anthropogenic fertilizers, soil organic nitrogen, and atmospheric sources based on land use. A distributed hydrologic model coupled with one focusing on reactive transport is able to help determine locations with the highest impact on the dissolved N in this system. Spatial statistical methods are employed to determine the biogeochemical influence of model locations whereas δ18O and δ15N measurements from NO3- and NH4+ in surface water and soil extracts are used to calibrate and validate model predictions based on measured precipitation and streamflow values. Sources are integrated using a Bayesian mixing model to determine likely fate and transport parameters for various N inputs to the watershed. The application of the coupled hydrologic and transport models to a village scale catchment suggests integration and

  2. Influence of endosperm vitreousness and kernel moisture at harvest on site and extent of digestion of high-moisture corn by feedlot steers.

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    Szasz, J I; Hunt, C W; Szasz, P A; Weber, R A; Owens, F N; Kezar, W; Turgeon, O A

    2007-09-01

    Six ruminally and duodenally cannulated Angus-Jersey crossbred steers (450 kg of BW) were used in a 6 x 6 Latin square to evaluate the effect of kernel vitreousness and moisture on intake and digestibility of high-moisture corn. Arranged in a 2 x 3 factorial, diets included a floury (FLO) or a vitreous (VIT) endosperm corn hybrid harvested at 28.1% (DRY), 31.2% (MID), or 35.7% (WET) kernel moisture content. Diet DM consisted of 88.25% high-moisture corn, 6% chopped alfalfa hay, 2% corn gluten meal, 0.75% urea, and 3% supplement. Supplement was included to ensure that the diets contained a minimum (DM basis) of 0.6% Ca, 0.6% K, 0.2% S, 33 mg/kg of monensin, and 11 mg/kg of tylosin. Geometric mean diameter of lyophilized high-moisture corn tended to be less (P = 0.06) for VIT than for FLO, and the calculated particle surface area was 15.8% greater (P = 0.03). An interaction of vitreousness with the quadratic effect of moisture was noted (P < 0.001), such that fraction a and effective degradation for starch tended to be greater for the vitreous hybrid at the least and greatest moisture content but lower for the vitreous hybrid at the intermediate moisture content. Intake and ruminal disappearance of DM, OM, and starch were not influenced by vitreousness or moisture, with ruminal starch disappearance averaging 90.9%. Intestinal starch digestion measured as a percentage of starch entering the intestines averaged 91% and was greater (P < 0.05) for VIT than FLO corn. Averaged across moisture levels, total tract starch digestibility was greater (P < 0.003) for VIT than FLO. Compared with FLO kernels, VIT kernels appeared to be more brittle and therefore shattered more readily when rolled, particularly at the driest kernel moisture level. Furthermore, increased surface area of smaller particles may have been responsible for the greater starch utilization from VIT corn. In contrast with the results from other in situ and in vivo trials with dry-rolled corn grain, in which

  3. The effects of dry extrusion temperature of whole soybeans on digestion of protein and amino acids by steers.

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    Orias, F; Aldrich, C G; Elizalde, J C; Bauer, L L; Merchen, N R

    2002-09-01

    Five Holstein steers (450 kg) with cannulas in the rumen, proximal duodenum, and terminal ileum were used in a 5 x 5 Latin square design to study the effects of extrusion temperature on site of digestion of nitrogenous compounds in whole soybeans. The basal diet contained 50% corn silage, 24% alfalfa hay, 16.6% corn starch, 4.05% ground corn, 1% urea, and 3.4% soybean oil. Raw soybeans or soybeans extruded at 116, 138, or 160 degrees C (diets 116, 138, and 160, respectively) replaced the soybean oil and most of the corn starch in the test diets. Total N (g/d) reaching the duodenum was 232, 293, 285, 308, and 299 for the basal, raw, 116, 138, and 160 diets, respectively. No differences were observed between the raw and extruded soybeans (P = 0.81), or for the linear or quadratic effects of extrusion temperature (P = 0.56 and P = 0.45, respectively). Nonbacterial N (g/d) reaching the duodenum was 63.1, 104.6, 106.7, 101.9, and 113.9 for the same diets, respectively, and was not influenced by extrusion or extrusion temperature. Nitrogen disappearance from the small intestine (g/d) was 150 for the basal diet, 194 for the raw soybean diet, and 187,221, and 213 for the 116,138, and 160 degrees C extruded diets, respectively; no differences were observed between the raw and the extruded soybeans, or for diets containing soybeans extruded at different temperatures. Nitrogen disappearance (% of N entering) from the small intestine was lower (P < 0.05) for steers fed the basal diet than for steers fed the soybean-supplemented diets (64.1 vs 68.5%). No differences (P > 0.10) due to extrusion temperature were detected for flows of individual, essential AA, nonessential AA, and total AA at the duodenum. As extrusion temperatures increased, there were linear increases (P < 0.10) in disappearance (g/d) of all individual AA from the small intestine except for methionine and glycine. Essential, nonessential, and total AA disappearance from the small intestine were increased

  4. Mitochondrial proton leak rates in the slow, oxidative myotomal muscle and liver of the endothermic shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) and the ectothermic blue shark (Prionace glauca) and leopard shark (Triakis semifasciata).

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    Duong, Cindy A; Sepulveda, Chugey A; Graham, Jeffrey B; Dickson, Kathryn A

    2006-07-01

    Mitochondrial proton leak was assessed as a potential heat source in the slow, oxidative (red) locomotor muscle and liver of the shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus), a regional endotherm that maintains the temperature of both tissues elevated above ambient seawater temperature. We hypothesized that basal proton leak rates in red muscle and liver mitochondria of the endothermic shortfin mako shark would be greater than those of the ectothermic blue shark (Prionace glauca) and leopard shark (Triakis semifasciata). Respiration rate and membrane potential in isolated mitochondria were measured simultaneously at 20 degrees C using a Clark-type oxygen electrode and a lipophilic probe (triphenylmethylphosphonium, TPMP(+)). Succinate-stimulated respiration was titrated with inhibitors of the electron transport chain, and the non-linear relationship between respiration rate and membrane potential was quantified. Mitochondrial densities of both tissues were measured by applying the point-contact method to electron micrographs so that proton leak activity of the entire tissue could be assessed. In all three shark species, proton leak occurred at a higher rate in red muscle mitochondria than in liver mitochondria. For each tissue, the proton leak curves of the three species overlapped and, at a membrane potential of 160 mV, mitochondrial proton leak rate (nmol H(+) min(-1) mg(-1) protein) did not differ significantly between the endothermic and ectothermic sharks. This finding indicates that red muscle and liver mitochondria of the shortfin mako shark are not specialized for thermogenesis by having a higher proton conductance. However, mako mitochondria did have higher succinate-stimulated respiration rates and membrane potentials than those of the two ectothermic sharks. This means that under in vivo conditions mitochondrial proton leak rates may be higher in the mako than in the ectothermic species, due to greater electron transport activity and a larger proton gradient

  5. The Geologic History of Mars: An Astrobiology Perspective

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    Gibson, Everett K.; Westall, Frances; McKay, David S.; Thomas-Keprta, Kathie; Socki, Richard A.

    2000-01-01

    Fourteen SNC meteorites contain information which must be incorporated with recent spaceflight data for developing Mars' geologic history. SNCs have crystallization ages of 4500 to 160 m.y. Tle oldest meteorite ALH84001 contains information on the Noachian period of Mars' history. There are no meteorites from the Hesperian period and the remaining 13 meteorites fall into two age groups within the Amazonian: The nakhlites around 1300 m.y. and the shergottites between 800-160 m.y. Oxygen isotopic analysis of Martian samples shows two distinct O2 reservoirs throughout Martian history indicating late additions of volatiles and a lack of plate tectonics prior to 3.9 Gy. Evidence for percolation of aqueous brines through impact-produced fractures in the rocky surface is contained in the 3.9 Gy-old ALH84001 carbonate deposits. These carbonates precipitated at approx. 100 C. At this time life had already evolved on Earth. Early Mars could have hosted life similar to the bacteria that inhabited early Earth. Potential microorganisms could have been transported into fractures by carbonate-bearing waters and their remains could have become incorporated into the precipitated carbonate. Since Mars had a weak magnetic field at this time, it can be hypothesized that some of the Martian microorganisms may have been similar to terrestrial magnetotactic bacteria. Over geologic time episodic cratering, and tectonic events have occurred on Mars along with the periodic release of subsurface waters which may have produced clays within SNC meteorites. The geochemical data contained within SNC meteorites complements previous observational data and the recent Mars Global Surveyor data to provide a geological and environmental history which spans almost the entire lifespan on Mars. One of the outstanding features of this model is the possible creation of an early (about 4 Gy) volatile reservoir distinct from the outgassed Mars volatiles, and the persistence of this reservoir throughout most

  6. Greater Ethanol Inhibition of Presynaptic Dopamine Release in C57BL/6J than DBA/2J Mice: Role of Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors

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    Yorgason, Jordan T.; Rose, Jamie H.; McIntosh, J. Michael; Ferris, Mark J.; Jones, Sara R.

    2014-01-01

    The mesolimbic dopamine system, originating in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and projecting to the nucleus accumbens (NAc), has been heavily implicated in the reinforcing effects of ethanol. Recent slice voltammetry studies have shown that ethanol inhibits dopamine release selectively during highfrequency activity that elicits phasic dopamine release shown to be important for learning and reinforcement. Presently, we examined ethanol inhibition of electrically evoked NAc dopamine in two mouse strains with divergent dopamine responses to ethanol, C57BL/6 (C57) and DBA/2J (DBA) mice. Previous electrophysiology and microdialysis studies have demonstrated greater ethanol induced VTA dopaminergic firing and NAc dopamine elevations in DBA compared to C57 mice. Additionally, DBA mice have greater ethanol responses in dopamine-related behaviors, including hyperlocomotion and conditioned place preference. Currently, we demonstrate greater sensitivity of ethanol inhibition of NAc dopamine signaling in C57 compared to DBA mice. The reduced sensitivity to ethanol inhibition in DBA mice may contribute to the overall greater ethanol-induced dopamine signaling and related behaviors observed in this strain. NAc cholinergic activity is known to potently modulate terminal dopamine release. Additionally, ethanol is known to interact with multiple aspects of nicotinic acetylcholine receptor activity. Therefore, we examined ethanol-mediated inhibition of dopamine release at two ethanol concentrations (80 and 160mM) during bath application of the non-selective nicotinic receptor antagonist mecamylamine, as well as compounds selective for the β2- (DhβE) and α6- (α-conotoxin MII [H9A; L15A]) subunit-containing receptors. Mecamylamine and DhβE decreased dopamine release and reduced ethanol's inhibitory effects on dopamine in both DBA and C57 mice. Further, α-conotoxin also reduced the dopamine release and the dopamine-inhibiting effects of ethanol at the 80mM, but not 160m

  7. Methodology for the Regulation of Boom Sprayers Operating in Circular Trajectories

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    Garcia-Ramos, Francisco Javier; Vidal, Mariano; Boné, Antonio; Serreta, Alfredo

    2011-01-01

    A methodology for the regulation of boom sprayers working in circular trajectories has been developed. In this type of trajectory, the areas of the plots of land treated by the outer nozzles of the boom are treated at reduced rates, and those treated by the inner nozzles are treated in excess. The goal of this study was to establish the methodology to determine the flow of the individual nozzles on the boom to guarantee that the dose of the product applied per surface unit is similar across the plot. This flow is a function of the position of the equipment (circular trajectory radius) and of the displacement velocity such that the treatment applied per surface unit is uniform. GPS technology was proposed as a basis to establish the position and displacement velocity of the tractor. The viability of this methodology was simulated considering two circular plots with radii of 160 m and 310 m, using three sets of equipment with boom widths of 14.5, 24.5 and 29.5 m. Data showed as increasing boom widths produce bigger errors in the surface dose applied (L/m2). Error also increases with decreasing plot surface. As an example, considering the three boom widths of 14.5, 24.5 and 29.5 m working on a circular plot with a radius of 160 m, the percentage of surface with errors in the applied surface dose greater than 5% was 30%, 58% and 65% respectively. Considering a circular plot with radius of 310 m the same errors were 8%, 22% and 31%. To obtain a uniform superficial dose two sprayer regulation alternatives have been simulated considering a 14.5 m boom: the regulation of the pressure of each nozzle and the regulation of the pressure of each boom section. The viability of implementing the proposed methodology on commercial boom sprayers using GPS antennas to establish the position and displacement velocity of the tractor was justified with a field trial in which a self-guiding commercial GPS system was used along with three precision GPS systems located in the sprayer boom

  8. Craters on Pluto and Charon: Characteristics and Impactor Population

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    Singer, Kelsi N.; Schenk, Paul M.; Robbins, Stuart J.; Bray, Veronica J.; McKinnon, William B.; Moore, Jeffrey M.; Spencer, John R.; Stern, S. A.; Grundy, W. M.; Howett, Carly J. A.; Dalle Ore, Cristina M.; Beyer, Ross; Parker, Alex H.; Porter, Simon B.; Zangari, Amanda M.; Young, Leslie A.; Olkin, Cathy B.; Ennico, Kimberly

    2015-11-01

    Although both Pluto and Charon have a surprising number of young-looking surfaces, there are still plenty of craters for impact-phenomenon enthusiasts. We will present size, morphology, ejecta, and albedo pattern statistics, in addition to correlations with color/composition where possible. We use images and topography from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI; Cheng et al., 2008, SSR 140, 189-215) and data from the Ralph (Reuter et al., 2008, SSR 140, 129-154) color/composition instruments.Impactor sizes will be estimated from relevant scaling laws for cold water ice (see details in Singer and Stern, 2015, ApJL 808, L50). For Pluto, an image strip at 125 m px-1 includes some cratered terrains, and much of the encounter hemisphere (the anti-Charon hemisphere) will be covered at ~400 m px-1. The ~smallest craters observable at these pixel scales (using a 5 pixel limit) would be ~0.63 km, and ~2 km in diameter, respectively, with impactor diameters estimated at ~50 m, and ~200 m. However, it is likely that degradation processes may obscure small craters, thus this lower observation limit will depend on terrain type. Additionally, lighting and observation geometries vary across the disk, which may make crater detection difficult in some areas. All of the illuminated portions of Pluto (during its 6.4 day rotation period) were imaged at ~20 km px-1 or better during the encounter. The highest resolution images of Pluto (at ~80 m px-1) occur in a narrow strip and are not scheduled for downlink before the DPS.The highest resolution Charon coverage (a strip at ~160 m px-1), a broader swath at 400 m px-1, and the entire encounter hemisphere (the sub-Pluto hemisphere) at ~890 m px-1 may yield craters as small as 0.8, 2, and 4.5 km in diameter, respectively. The inferred impactor sizes for these craters would be ~50 m, 160 m, and 440 m.Although the dataset is limited, we will discuss what constraints can be put on the impactor population. This work was supported by the

  9. Analysis of coseismic surface displacement gradients using radar interferometry: New insights into the Landers earthquake

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    Peltzer, Gilles; Hudnut, Kenneth W.; Feigl, Kurt L.

    1994-11-01

    The map of the coseismic displacement field generated by interferometric processing of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images taken before and after the June 28, 1992, Landers earthquake sequence brings new insights into the nature of deformation caused by these earthquakes. We use the interferometric map generated by Massonnet et al. (1993) to analyze the surface displacement field in the vicinity of the fault trace. Complexities in the fringe pattern near the fault reflect short-wavelength variations of the surface rupture and slip distribution, and attest to large displacement gradients. Along two sections of the fault, characteristic fringe patterns can be recognized, contrasting in density and direction with patterns observed away from the rupture. In order to understand the observed fringe patterns, we compute synthetic interferograms in three simple cases: (1) rigid-body rotations about a vertical axis, (2) about a horizontal axis (tilt), and (3) distributed, simple shear. The orientation and spatial separation of interferometric fringes predicted by these models help constrain near-field deformation and rupture parameters. Where the Kickapoo fault connects with the Homestead Valley fault, the interferogram shows a clear pattern of parallel N20 deg W fringes separated by about 160 m. This pattern and vertical offsets measured along the Kickapoo fault suggest that the block between this fault and the Johnson Valley fault may have been tilted, down to the west. A 5-km block lifted by 1 m on one side would be tilted by an angle of 0.01 deg (190 microrad), producing fringes separated by about 160 m, parallel to the tilt axis. Such a tilt, parallel to a N20 deg W direction, would account for the gradual, northward increase of the vertical slip component observed along the Kickapoo fault. This tilt may also explain the 1 m of reverse slip observed along the 'slip gap' section of the Homestead Valley break. Between the southern end of the Johnson Valley fault and

  10. Analysis of coseismic surface displacement gradients using radar interferometry: New insights into the Landers earthquake

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    Peltzer, Gilles; Hudnut, Kenneth W.; Feigl, Kurt L.

    1994-01-01

    The map of the coseismic displacement field generated by interferometric processing of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images taken before and after the June 28, 1992, Landers earthquake sequence brings new insights into the nature of deformation caused by these earthquakes. We use the interferometric map generated by Massonnet et al. (1993) to analyze the surface displacement field in the vicinity of the fault trace. Complexities in the fringe pattern near the fault reflect short-wavelength variations of the surface rupture and slip distribution, and attest to large displacement gradients. Along two sections of the fault, characteristic fringe patterns can be recognized, contrasting in density and direction with patterns observed away from the rupture. In order to understand the observed fringe patterns, we compute synthetic interferograms in three simple cases: (1) rigid-body rotations about a vertical axis, (2) about a horizontal axis (tilt), and (3) distributed, simple shear. The orientation and spatial separation of interferometric fringes predicted by these models help constrain near-field deformation and rupture parameters. Where the Kickapoo fault connects with the Homestead Valley fault, the interferogram shows a clear pattern of parallel N20 deg W fringes separated by about 160 m. This pattern and vertical offsets measured along the Kickapoo fault suggest that the block between this fault and the Johnson Valley fault may have been tilted, down to the west. A 5-km block lifted by 1 m on one side would be tilted by an angle of 0.01 deg (190 microrad), producing fringes separated by about 160 m, parallel to the tilt axis. Such a tilt, parallel to a N20 deg W direction, would account for the gradual, northward increase of the vertical slip component observed along the Kickapoo fault. This tilt may also explain the 1 m of reverse slip observed along the 'slip gap' section of the Homestead Valley break. Between the southern end of the Johnson Valley fault and

  11. The Geologic History of Mars: An Astrobiology Perspective

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    Gibson, Everett K.; Westall, Frances; McKay, David S.; Thomas-Keprta, Kathie; Socki, Richard A.

    2000-01-01

    Fourteen SNC meteorites contain information which must be incorporated with recent spaceflight data for developing Mars' geologic history. SNCs have crystallization ages of 4500 to 160 m.y. Tle oldest meteorite ALH84001 contains information on the Noachian period of Mars' history. There are no meteorites from the Hesperian period and the remaining 13 meteorites fall into two age groups within the Amazonian: The nakhlites around 1300 m.y. and the shergottites between 800-160 m.y. Oxygen isotopic analysis of Martian samples shows two distinct O2 reservoirs throughout Martian history indicating late additions of volatiles and a lack of plate tectonics prior to 3.9 Gy. Evidence for percolation of aqueous brines through impact-produced fractures in the rocky surface is contained in the 3.9 Gy-old ALH84001 carbonate deposits. These carbonates precipitated at approx. 100 C. At this time life had already evolved on Earth. Early Mars could have hosted life similar to the bacteria that inhabited early Earth. Potential microorganisms could have been transported into fractures by carbonate-bearing waters and their remains could have become incorporated into the precipitated carbonate. Since Mars had a weak magnetic field at this time, it can be hypothesized that some of the Martian microorganisms may have been similar to terrestrial magnetotactic bacteria. Over geologic time episodic cratering, and tectonic events have occurred on Mars along with the periodic release of subsurface waters which may have produced clays within SNC meteorites. The geochemical data contained within SNC meteorites complements previous observational data and the recent Mars Global Surveyor data to provide a geological and environmental history which spans almost the entire lifespan on Mars. One of the outstanding features of this model is the possible creation of an early (about 4 Gy) volatile reservoir distinct from the outgassed Mars volatiles, and the persistence of this reservoir throughout most

  12. Upgrade of the electron beam ion trap in Shanghai.

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    Lu, D; Yang, Y; Xiao, J; Shen, Y; Fu, Y; Wei, B; Yao, K; Hutton, R; Zou, Y

    2014-09-01

    Over the last few years the Shanghai electron beam ion trap (EBIT) has been successfully redesigned and rebuilt. The original machine, developed under collaboration with the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, first produced an electron beam in 2005. It could be tuned with electron energies between 1 and 130 keV and beam current up to 160 mA. After several years of operation, it was found that several modifications for improvements were necessary to reach the goals of better electron optics, higher photon detection, and ion injection efficiencies, and more economical running costs. The upgraded Shanghai-EBIT is made almost entirely from Ti instead of stainless steel and achieves a vacuum of less than 10(-10) Torr, which helps to minimize the loss of highly changed ions through charge exchange. Meanwhile, a more compact structure and efficient cryogenic system, and excellent optical alignment have been of satisfactory. The magnetic field in the central trap region can reach up till 4.8 T with a uniformity of 2.77 × 10(-4). So far the upgraded Shanghai-EBIT has been operated up to an electron energy of 151 keV and a beam current of up to 218 mA, although promotion to even higher energy is still in progress. Radiation from ions as highly charged as Xe(53+, 54+) has been produced and the characterization of current density is estimated from the measured electron beam width.

  13. Management of spent sealed radioactive sources in Turkey.

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    Osmanlioglu, Ahmet Erdal

    2006-09-01

    Spent radioactive sources (SRS) have been generated from industrial applications, research, and medicine in Turkey. In this study, management of SRS (Co, Cs) at Cekmece Waste Processing and Storage Facility (CWPSF) is described. Eleven Cs sources (total 851 GBq) and four Co sources (total 27.75 GBq) that had been used as levels and density gauges were conditioned. Reinforced metal drums (200 L in volume) and cement matrix were used for conditioning of these sources. In this way, greater confinement was achieved for long-term storage. Maximum dose rates at the surface of the conditioned waste package were determined. In addition to information about conditioning stages of the sources, various calculations that have been done for shielding are presented. Surface dose rates of the waste packages were 1.60 mSv h for Cs and 1.63 mSv h for Co. Measurements of the final waste packages were presented to fulfill the requirements (<2 mSv h) of transportation according to regulations for the safe transport of radioactive material.

  14. High-power, highly stable KrF laser with a 4-kHz pulse repetition rate

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    Borisov, V. M.; El'tsov, A. V.; Khristoforov, O. B.

    2015-08-01

    An electric-discharge KrF laser (248 nm) with an average output power of 300 W is developed and studied. A number of new design features are related to the use of a laser chamber based on an Al2O3 ceramic tube. A high power and pulse repetition rate are achieved by using a volume discharge with lateral preionisation by the UV radiation of a creeping discharge in the form of a homogeneous plasma sheet on the surface of a plane sapphire plate. Various generators for pumping the laser are studied. The maximum laser efficiency is 3.1%, the maximum laser energy is 160 mJ pulse-1, and the pulse duration at half maximum is 7.5 ns. In the case of long-term operation at a pulse repetition rate of 4 kHz and an output power of 300 W, high stability of laser output energy (σ <= 0.7%) is achieved using an all-solid-state pump system.

  15. Archaeogeophysical Surveys on Mersin, Silifke, Uzuncaburç (Diokaisareia) Zeus Olbios Temple

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    Ahmet Yüksel, Fethi; Deniz, Hazel; Şahin, Hamdi

    2017-04-01

    The ancient city of Diocaesarea (Uzuncaburç), located 30 km north Silifke in Mersin, was a temple centre subjected to Olba in the Hellenistic period. It was declared as free city by Tiberius in the Early Imperial period and it flourished until the 5th century AD. During this period, a Thykhaion to the west of the city was built in the 1st century AD by Obrimos and his son Oppius from his wife Kyria, daughter of Leonidas. A theater was also erected in the co-reign of Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus and the city gate in the west of Diocaesarea was repaired under Arcadius and Honorius (396-408 AD). It was financed by the dux ad comes of Isauria, Leontios. In July 2011, archaeogeophysical measurements were made on the columns of the town of Zeus Olbios and on the peripteral Street of the city by magnetic methods. The purpose of these investigations is to determine the presence of architectural remains under the ground at the points specified. G-858 Cesium Gradiometer (G-858 Cesium Gradiometer) was used for magnetic measurement. These measurements were made on 38 pitches of 20 m length in Zeus Olbios temple on 13 creeks of 160 m length on the city's columned street. obtained sub-sensor, top sensor and gradient magnetic maps are created. Linear, angular locations with high susceptibilty were identified on magnetic maps. Keywords: Magnetic, Diokaisareia (Uzuncahurç), Archaeogeophysics, Archaeology, Cesium Gradiometer

  16. Mutagenicity of sodium azide and its metabolite azidoalanine in Drosophila melanogaster.

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    Sadiq, M F; Owais, W M

    2000-09-20

    The mutagenic and toxic activities of sodium azide (NaN(3) ) and its organic metabolite L-azidoalanine [N(3)-CH(2)-CH(NH)(2)-COOH] were examined in the different stages of spermatogenesis in Drosophila melanogaster. Both azide and azidoalanine were toxic to the injected males, but azidoalanine was significantly less toxic than sodium azide. Following the injection with 0.2 microl of these compounds in the hemocoel of young adult wild-type males, the minimum concentrations of these compounds with complete toxic effects (zero survival) were 40 mM sodium azide and 160 mM azidoalanine. Sex-linked recessive lethals were scored by the Muller-5 method in three successive broods, representing sperms (brood A), spermatids (brood B), and a compiled group of meiotic and premeiotic germ cell stages (brood C). The results provide strong experimental evidence that azidoalanine is significantly (p<0.01) mutagenic to all stages of spermatogenesis in Drosophila melanogaster. Sodium azide, however, was not significantly (p>0.05) mutagenic and did not increase the rate of sex-linked recessive lethals over those produced by the control group injected with 0.45% NaCl. These results indicate the requirement of metabolic activation of azide in Drosophila as a prerequisite for its mutagenic effects.

  17. 6H-Indolo[2,3-b]quinoxaline-based organic dyes containing different electron-rich conjugated linkers for highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Qian, Xing; Gao, Huan-Huan; Zhu, Yi-Zhou; Lu, Lin; Zheng, Jian-Yu

    2015-04-01

    A new class of organic dyes based on 6H-indolo[2,3-b]quinoxaline are synthesized and applied as photosensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells. Different electron-rich π-conjugated bridges such as oligothiophene, thienyl carbazole, and furyl carbazole are introduced to cooperate with 6H-indolo[2,3-b]quinoxaline and cyanoacrylic acid anchoring group to give the dyes JY01, JY02, and JY03, respectively. Their photophysical, electrochemical, and photovoltaic properties are further investigated. All three dyes show good performances as photosensitizers. In particular, DSSC based on JY01 shows the best photovoltaic performance with a short-circuit photocurrent density of 16.0 mA cm-2, an open-circuit photovoltage of 708 mV and a fill factor of 0.67, corresponding to an overall power conversion efficiency of 7.62% under AM 1.5 irradiation (100 mW cm-2).

  18. Photobleaching and phototoxicity of KillerRed in tumor spheroids induced by continuous wave and pulsed laser illumination.

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    Kuznetsova, Daria S; Shirmanova, Marina V; Dudenkova, Varvara V; Subochev, Pavel V; Turchin, Ilya V; Zagaynova, Elena V; Lukyanov, Sergey A; Shakhov, Boris E; Kamensky, Vladislav A

    2015-11-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate photobleaching of the genetically encoded photosensitizer KillerRed in tumor spheroids upon pulsed and continuous wave (CW) laser irradiation and to analyze the mechanisms of cancer cell death after the treatment. We observed the light-dose dependent mechanism of KillerRed photobleaching over a wide range of fluence rates. Loss of fluorescence was limited to 80% at light doses of 150 J/cm(2) and more. Based on the bleaching curves, six PDT regimes were applied for irradiation using CW and pulsed regimes at a power density of 160 mW/cm(2) and light doses of 140 J/cm(2) , 170 J/cm(2) and 200 J/cm(2). Irradiation of KillerRed-expressing spheroids in the pulsed mode (pulse duration 15 ns, pulse repetition rate 10 Hz) induced predominantly apoptotic cell death, while in the case of CW mode the cancer cells underwent necrosis. In general, these results improve our understanding of photobleaching mechanisms in GFP-like proteins and show the importance of appropriate selection of treatment mode for PDT with KillerRed. Representative fluorescence image of two KillerRed-expressing spheroids before and immediately after CW irradiation.

  19. Graphene-modified LiFePO₄ cathode for lithium ion battery beyond theoretical capacity.

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    Lung-Hao Hu, By; Wu, Feng-Yu; Lin, Cheng-Te; Khlobystov, Andrei N; Li, Lain-Jong

    2013-01-01

    The specific capacity of commercially available cathode carbon-coated lithium iron phosphate is typically 120-160 mAh g(-1), which is lower than the theoretical value 170 mAh g(-1). Here we report that the carbon-coated lithium iron phosphate, surface-modified with 2 wt% of the electrochemically exfoliated graphene layers, is able to reach 208 mAh g(-1) in specific capacity. The excess capacity is attributed to the reversible reduction-oxidation reaction between the lithium ions of the electrolyte and the exfoliated graphene flakes, where the graphene flakes exhibit a capacity higher than 2,000 mAh g(-1). The highly conductive graphene flakes wrapping around carbon-coated lithium iron phosphate also assist the electron migration during the charge/discharge processes, diminishing the irreversible capacity at the first cycle and leading to ~100% coulombic efficiency without fading at various C-rates. Such a simple and scalable approach may also be applied to other cathode systems, boosting up the capacity for various Li batteries.

  20. All Solid-State Lithium Metal Batteries Using Cross-linked Polymer Electrolytes

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    Pan, Qiwei; Li, Christopher; Soft Materials Team

    Nowadays, to prepare all solid-state lithium metal batteries with high rate capability and stability using solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) is still a grand challenge because of the interfaces between the SPE and the electrodes. In this presentation, we report a series of hybrid SPEs with controlled network structures by using POSS as cross-linker. These hybrid network SPEs show promising ionic conductivity, mechanical properties, and lithium dendrite growth resistance. All solid-state LiFePO4/Li batteries were also prepared using these SPEs as the electrolytes to study the effect of conductivity and mechanical properties of the SPEs on the performance of the batteries. At 90 °C, the prepared cells show high rate capability and stability. Capacity up to 160 mAh/g can be obtained at a C/2 rate during the galvanostatic cycling. Capacity retention of the cells is higher than 80% after 250 cycles. Battery performance at 60 °C and decay mechanism of the batteries will also be discussed.

  1. Rapid Polyol-Assisted Microwave Synthesis of Nanocrystalline LiFePO4/C Cathode for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Paul, Baboo Joseph; Gim, Jihyeon; Baek, Sora; Kang, Jungwon; Song, Jinju; Kim, Sungjin; Kim, Jaekook

    2015-08-01

    Nanocrystalline LiFePO4/C has been synthesized under a very short period of time (90 sec) using a polyol-assisted microwave heating synthesis technique. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) data indicates that the rapidly synthesized materials correspond to phase pure olivine. Post-annealing of the as-prepared sample at 600 °C in argon atmosphere yields highly crystalline LiFePO4/C. The morphology of the samples studied using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) reveals the presence of secondary particles formed from aggregation of primary particles in the range of 30-50 nm. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images reveal a thin carbon layer coating on the surface of the primary particle. The charge/discharge studies indicate that the as-prepared and annealed LiFePO4/C samples delivered initial discharge capacities of 126 and 160 mA h g-1, respectively, with good capacity retentions at 0.05 mA cm-2 current densities. The post-annealing process indeed improves the crystallinity of the LiFePO4 nanocrystals, which enhances the electrode performance of LiFePO4/C.

  2. Synthesis, Radiolabeling, and In Vivo Imaging of PEGylated High-Generation Polyester Dendrimers.

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    McNelles, Stuart A; Knight, Spencer D; Janzen, Nancy; Valliant, John F; Adronov, Alex

    2015-09-14

    A fifth generation aliphatic polyester dendrimer was functionalized with vinyl groups at the periphery and a dipicolylamine Tc(I) chelate at the core. This structure was PEGylated with three different molecular weight mPEGs (mPEG160, mPEG350, and mPEG750) using thiol-ene click chemistry. The size of the resulting macromolecules was evaluated using dynamic light scattering, and it was found that the dendrimer functionalized with mPEG750 was molecularly dispersed in water, exhibiting a hydrodynamic diameter of 9.2 ± 2.1 nm. This PEGylated dendrimer was subsequently radiolabeled using [(99m)Tc(CO)3(H2O)3](+) and purified to high (>99%) radiochemical purity. Imaging studies were initially performed on healthy rats to allow comparison to previous Tc-labeled dendrimers and then on xenograft murine tumor models, which collectively showed that the dendrimers circulated in the blood for an extended period of time (up to 24 h). Furthermore, the radiolabeled dendrimer accumulated in H520 xenograft tumors, which could be visualized by single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). The reported PEGylated aliphatic polyester dendrimers represent a new platform for developing tumor-targeted molecular imaging probes and therapeutics.

  3. Sputtering TiO2 on LiCoO2 composite electrodes as a simple and effective coating to enhance high-voltage cathode performance

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    Zhou, Aijun; Lu, Yanting; Wang, Qingji; Xu, Jin; Wang, Weihang; Dai, Xinyi; Li, Jingze

    2017-04-01

    Surface coating is a key strategy in lithium-ion battery technologies to achieve a high and stable battery performance. Increasing the operation voltage is a direct way to increase the energy density of the battery. In this work, TiO2 is directly sputtered on as-fabricated LiCoO2 composite electrodes, enabling a controllable oxide coating on the topmost of the electrode. With an optimum coating, the discharge capacity is able to reach 160 mAh g-1 (86.5% retention) after 100 cycles within 3.0-4.5 V at 1 C, which is increased by 40% compared to that of the bare electrode. The high-voltage rate capability of LiCoO2 is also remarkably enhanced after TiO2-coating as reflected by the much larger capacity at 10 C (109 vs. 74 mAh g-1). The artificially introduced oxide coating is believed to make the LiCoO2 electrode more resistant to interfacial side reactions at high voltage and thus minimizes the irreversible loss of the active material upon long cycling. The TiO2 coating layer is also possible to partially react with the decomposition product of electrolyte (e.g. HF) and form a more stable and conductive interphase containing TiFx, which is responsible for the improvement of the rate capability.

  4. A new deep-reef scorpionfish (Teleostei, Scorpaenidae, Scorpaenodes) from the southern Caribbean with comments on depth distributions and relationships of western Atlantic members of the genus.

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    Baldwin, Carole C; Pitassy, Diane E; Robertson, D Ross

    2016-01-01

    A new species of scorpionfish, Scorpaenodes barrybrowni Pitassy & Baldwin, sp. n. which is described, was collected during submersible diving in the southern Caribbean as part of the Smithsonian's Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP). It differs from the other two western Atlantic species of the genus, Scorpaenodes caribbaeus and Scorpaenodes tredecimspinosus, in various features, including its color pattern, having an incomplete lateral line comprising 8-10 pored scales, tending to be more elongate, usually having the 11(th)-12(th) pectoral-fin rays elongate, and by 20-23% divergence in the cytochrome c oxidase I (COI) DNA barcode sequences. It further differs from one or the other of those species in head spination and in numbers of soft dorsal-fin rays, pectoral-fin rays, and precaudal + caudal vertebrae. Inhabiting depths of 95-160 m, the new species is the deepest western Atlantic member of the genus (Scorpaenodes caribbaeus occurs at depths < 35 m and Scorpaenodes tredecimspinosus from 7 to 82 m). DNA barcode data do not rigorously resolve relationships among the ten species of the genus for which those data are available.

  5. Seasonal variability of bio-optical and physical properties in the Sargasso Sea

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    Dickey, T.; Granata, T.; Marra, J.; Langdon, C.; Wiggert, J.; Chai-Jochner, Z.; Hamilton, M.; Vazquez, J.; Stramska, M.; Bidigare, R.

    1993-01-01

    The seasonal variability of bio-optical and physical properties within the upper ocean at a site in the Sargasso Sea has been observed in multivariable moored systems during a 9-month period. In addition, complementary meteorological data, sea surface height and sea surface temperature maps, and expendable bathythermograph and shipboard profile data have been utilized for interpretation. The observations during March are characteristic of late wintertime conditions of a deep isothermal layer, but with intervening periods of warming due to the advection of warm outbreak waters associated with Gulf Stream meanders. The mixed layer depth shoals from greater than 160 m to about 25 m in late March (spring transition). Phytoplankton blooms follow the mixed layer shoaling. A succession of phytoplankton populations occurs during this transitional interval. The mixed layer remains near 25 m for the summer and deepens in mid-September. A relatively intense subsurface maximum in chlorophyll develops at about 75 m following the spring transition. The maximum persists, but weakens in mid-summer.

  6. Bilayer Bismuth Selenide nanoplatelets based saturable absorber for ultra-short pulse generation (Invited)

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    Xu, Yanhua; Xie, Hanhan; Jiang, Guobao; Miao, Lili; Wang, Ke; Tang, Siying; Yu, Xuefeng; Zhang, Han; Bao, Qiaoliang

    2017-07-01

    Based on an efficient and bottom-up synthesis technique, Bismuth Selenide (Bi2Se3) nanoplatelets with uniform morphology and average thickness down to 3-7 nm had been fabricated. Its nonlinear absorption property under high power excitation had been well characterized by our Z-scan measurement system at different illumination wavelengths, and we found that the as-fabricated bi-layer Bi2Se3 nanoplatelets show unique nonlinear optical responses, that is, with a saturable optical intensity of 32 GW/cm2 (resp. 3.7 MW/cm2) and a modulation depth of 88% (resp. 36%) at 800 nm (resp. 1565 nm). By implementing its saturable absorption property, we designed an optical saturable absorber device based on bilayer Bi2Se3 nanoplatelets through deposited them onto the end-facet of optical fiber. The as-fabricated optical saturable absorber device allows for the generation of mode-locking pulses at 1571 nm with pulse duration of 579 fs and a repetition rate of 12.54 MHz at a pump power of 160 mW. The method on fabricating ultrathin Bi2Se3 nanoplatelets may pave a new way to massive production of large-area topological insulator thin films that can be used in two-dimensional layered materials related photonics device.

  7. Induced Clustered Nanoconfinement of Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide in Biodegradable Nanoparticles Enhances Transverse Relaxivity for Targeted Theranostics

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    Ragheb, Ragy R. T.; Kim, Dongin; Bandyopadhyay, Arunima; Chahboune, Halima; Bulutoglu, Beyza; Ezaldein, Harib; Criscione, Jason M.; Fahmy, Tarek M.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose Combined therapeutic and diagnostic agents, “theranostics” are emerging valuable tools for noninvasive imaging and drug delivery. Here, we report on a solid biodegradable multifunctional nanoparticle that combines both features. Methods Poly(lactide-co-glycolide) nanoparticles were engineered to confine superparamagnetic iron oxide contrast for magnetic resonance imaging while enabling controlled drug delivery and targeting to specific cells. To achieve this dual modality, fatty acids were used as anchors for surface ligands and for encapsulated iron oxide in the polymer matrix. Results We demonstrate that fatty acid modified iron oxide prolonged retention of the contrast agent in the polymer matrix during degradative release of drug. Antibody-fatty acid surface modification facilitated cellular targeting and subsequent internalization in cells while inducing clustering of encapsulated fatty-acid modified superparamagnetic iron oxide during particle formulation. This induced clustered confinement led to an aggregation within the nanoparticle and, hence, higher transverse relaxivity, r2, (294 mM−1 s−1) compared with nanoparticles without fatty-acid ligands (160 mM−1 s−1) and higher than commercially available superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (89 mM−1 s−1). Conclusion Clustering of superparamagnetic iron oxide in poly(lactide-co-glycolide) did not affect the controlled release of encapsulated drugs such as methotrexate or clodronate and their subsequent pharmacological activity, thus highlighting the full theranostic capability of our system. PMID:23401099

  8. Undersea safety mining of the large gold deposit in Xinli District of Sanshandao Gold Mine

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    Liu, Zhi-xiang; Dang, Wen-gang; He, Xian-qun

    2012-07-01

    The exploration of undersea resources becomes popular as land resources decrease. Researches were conducted with emphasis on the safety and efficiency of undersea mining of the large gold deposit in Xinli District of Sanshandao Gold Mine. A series of tests for the physical and mechanical characteristics of rock mass were carried out, and the three-dimensional geo-stress distribution was tested in the mining area. Further, a similar experimental simulation platform, which revealed the mechanism of water inrush and ascertained the reasonable thickness of the safety isolate layer, was established for the undersea mining. Meanwhile, the feasibility of cancelling the ore pillars and the safety conditions was checked by numerical simulation. The simulation results show that it is safe to exploit the ore body below the -85 m level (presently, the exploitation level is below -160 m in Xinli District), and the ore pillars can be cancelled below the -560 m level. Furthermore, a novel backfill method was designed to reduce the rock strata disturbance and settlement, and the settlement of roof strata was monitored during the mining process. Engineering practice shows that the settlement of roof strata was small and that no disaster happened. This indicates that the undersea safety mining technology of the large gold deposit is achieved in Xinli District.

  9. KECK NIRSPEC RADIAL VELOCITY OBSERVATIONS OF LATE-M DWARFS

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    Tanner, Angelle; White, Russel; Bailey, John; Blake, Cullen; Blake, Geoffrey; Cruz, Kelle; Burgasser, Adam J.; Kraus, Adam

    2012-11-15

    We present the results of an infrared spectroscopic survey of 23 late-M dwarfs with the NIRSPEC echelle spectrometer on the Keck II telescope. Using telluric lines for wavelength calibration, we are able to achieve measurement precisions of down to 45 m s{sup -1} for our late-M dwarfs over a one- to four-year long baseline. Our sample contains two stars with radial velocity (RV) variations of >1000 m s{sup -1}. While we require more measurements to determine whether these RV variations are due to unseen planetary or stellar companions or are the result of starspots known to plague the surface of M dwarfs, we can place upper limits of <40 M{sub J} sin i on the masses of any companions around those two M dwarfs with RV variations of <160 m s{sup -1} at orbital periods of 10-100 days. We have also measured the rotational velocities for all the stars in our late-M dwarf sample and offer our multi-order, high-resolution spectra over 2.0-2.4 {mu}m to the atmospheric modeling community to better understand the atmospheres of late-M dwarfs.

  10. A non-fatal case of sodium toxicity.

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    Kupiec, Thomas C; Goldenring, John M; Raj, Vishnu

    2004-09-01

    A non-fatal case of sodium toxicity in a six-year-old boy is presented. Hypernatremia is the clinical term for an excessive concentration of sodium relative to water in the body. The diagnosis of hypernatremia was made at serum sodium (Na(+)) concentrations exceeding 150 mEq/L, and few people have been reported to survive concentrations greater than 160 mEq/L. This case involves a six-year-old boy who was taken to the hospital following a seizure attack, and lab analyses revealed serum sodium (Na(+)) levels of 234 mEq/L and serum chloride (Cl(-)) levels of 205 mEq/L. Clinical tests ruled out diabetes insipidus, dehydration, renal pathology, and other primary causes of hypernatremia. The child's purported history of pica, and the lab results indicating corresponding increases in levels of serum sodium (Na(+)) and serum (Cl(-)), led to a diagnosis of acute sodium toxicity by ingestion of sodium chloride. A search of the boy's house led to the discovery of rock salt in the cabinet and a container of table salt. Extrapolating from the serum sodium (Na(+)) level, it was estimated that the child had ingested approximately four tablespoons of rock salt, leading to the acute toxicity. A literature search revealed that the serum sodium (Na(+)) concentration in the present report was the highest documented level of sodium in a living person.

  11. Effects of Bedrock Lithology and Subglacial Till on the Motion of Ruth Glacier, Alaska, Deduced from Five Pulses from 1973-2012

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    Turrin, J.; Forster, R.; Sauber, Jeanne; Hall, Dorothy K.; Bruhn, R.

    2013-01-01

    A pulse is a type of unstable glacier flow intermediate between normal flow and surging. Using Landsat MSS, TM, and ETM+ imagery and feature tracking software, a time-series of mostly annual velocity maps from 1973 to 2012 was produced that reveals five pulses of Ruth Glacier, Alaska. Peaks in ice velocity were found in the 1981, 1989, 1997, 2003, and 2010; approximately every 7 years. During these peak years the ice velocity increased 300%, from approximately 40 m/yr to 160 m/yr, and occurred in an area of the glacier underlain by sedimentary bedrock. Based on the spatio-temporal behavior of Ruth Glacier during the pulse cycles, we suggest the pulses are due to enhanced basal motion via deformation of a subglacial till. The cyclical nature of the pulses is theorized to be due to a thin till, with low permeability, that causes incomplete drainage of the till between the pulses, followed by eventual recharge and dilation of the till. These findings suggest care is needed when attempting to correlate changes in regional climate with decadal-scale changes in velocity, because in some instances basal conditions may have a greater influence on ice dynamics than climate.

  12. USGS collects ice core through Alpine glacier

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    Naftz, David L.; Miller, Kirk A.

    1992-01-01

    On August 24, 1991, a U.S. Geological Survey study team from Wyoming completed a core hole to bedrock underlying Upper Fremont Glacier in the Wind River Range of central Wyoming. During the month of core drilling, the team collected a 160-m ice core from the glacier at an elevation of 4000 m above sea level using a solar-powered thermal drill (See photo). The drill was constructed and operated by personnel from the Polar Ice Coring Office (PICO) in Fairbanks, Alaska.The 1991 drilling project is part of ongoing research conducted by the USGS since 1988 on temperate glaciers in the Wind River Range of Wyoming. The objective of the project is to use variations in concentrations of chemical and isotopic constituents in samples of ice cores to reconstruct records of the chemical quality of atmospheric deposition and to extend long-term climatic records. A maximum of 300-500 years of record is estimated to be available in upper accumulation zones of the Wind River Range glaciers. The proximity of the Wind River Range glaciers to atmospheric pollution sources in the western United States makes them unique environmental records. Cooperating in the project were the Shoshone and Arapaho Indian tribes, Wyoming Water Development Commission, PICO, Wyoming State Engineer, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

  13. Long-term changes in ground water chemistry at a phytoremediation demonstration site

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    Eberts, S.M.; Jones, S.A.; Braun, C.L.; Harvey, G.J.

    2005-01-01

    A field-scale demonstration project was conducted to evaluate the capability of eastern cottonwood trees (Populus deltoides) to attenuate trichloroethene (TCE) contamination of ground water. By the middle of the sixth growing season, trees planted where depth to water was < 3 m delivered enough dissolved organic carbon to the underlying aquifer to lower dissolved oxygen concentrations, to create iron-reducing conditions along the plume centerline and sulfate-reducing or methanogenic conditions in localized areas, and to initiate in situ reductive dechlorination of TCE. Apparent biodegradation rate constants for TCE along the centerline of the plume beneath the phytoremediation system increased from 0.0002/d to 0.02/d during the first six growing seasons. The corresponding increase in natural attenuation capacity of the aquifer along the plume centerline, from 0.0004/m to 0.024/m, is associated with a potential decrease in plume-stabilization distance from 9680 to 160 m. Demonstration results provide insight into the amount of vegetation and time that may be needed to achieve cleanup objectives at the field scale.

  14. Assessment of ground effects on the propagation of aircraft noise: The T-38A flight experiment

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    Willshire, W. L., Jr.

    1980-01-01

    A flight experiment was conducted to investigate air to ground propagation of sound at gazing angles of incidence. A turbojet powered airplane was flown at altitudes ranging from 10 to 160 m over a 20-microphone array positioned over grass and concrete. The dependence of ground effects on frequency, incidence angle, and slant range was determined using two analysis methods. In one method, a microphone close to the flight path is compared to down range microphones. In the other method, comparisons are made between two microphones which were equidistant from the flight path but positioned over the two surfaces. In both methods, source directivity angle was the criterion by which portions of the microphone signals were compared. The ground effects were largest in the frequency range of 200 to 400 Hz and were found to be dependent on incidence angle and slant range. Ground effects measured for angles of incidence greater than 10 deg to 15 deg were near zero. Measured attenuation increased with increasing slant range for slant ranges less than 750 m. Theoretical predictions were found to be in good agreement with the major details of the measured results.

  15. Numerical simulation of gas flow through unsaturated fractured rock at Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    Cooper, C.A.

    1990-01-01

    Numerical analysis is used to identify the physical phenomena associated with barometrically driven gas (air and water vapor) flow through unsaturated fractured rock at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Results from simple finite difference simulations indicate that for a fractured rock scenario, the maximum velocity of air out of an uncased 10 cm borehole is 0.002 m s{sub {minus}1}. An equivalent porous medium (EPM) model was incorporated into a multiphase, multicomponent simulator to test more complex conceptual models. Results indicate that for a typical June day, a diurnal pressure wave propagates about 160 m into the surrounding Tiva Canyon hydrogeologic unit. Dry air that enters the formation evaporates water around the borehole which reduces capillary pressure. Multiphase countercurrent flow develops in the vicinity of the hole; the gas phase flows into the formation while the liquid phase flows toward the borehole. The effect occurs within 0.5 m of the borehole. The amount of water vapor leaving the formation during 1 day is 900 cm{sup 3}. This is less than 0.1% of the total recharge into the formation, suggesting that the barometric effect may be insignificant in drying the unsaturated zone. However, gas phase velocities out of the borehole (3 m s{sup {minus}1}), indicating that observed flow rates from wells along the east flank of Yucca Mountain were able to be simulated with a barometric model.

  16. Synthesis and Characterization of a Novel Microporous Dihydroxyl-Functionalized Triptycene-Diamine-Based Polyimide for Natural Gas Membrane Separation.

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    Alaslai, Nasser; Ma, Xiaohua; Ghanem, Bader; Wang, Yingge; Alghunaimi, Fahd; Pinnau, Ingo

    2017-09-01

    An intrinsically microporous polyimide is synthesized in m-cresol by a one-pot high-temperature condensation reaction of 4,4'-(hexafluoroisopropylidene)diphthalic anhydride (6FDA) and newly designed 2,6 (7)-dihydroxy-3,7(6)-diaminotriptycene (DAT1-OH). The 6FDA-DAT1-OH polyimide is thermally stable up to 440 °C, shows excellent solubility in polar solvents, and has moderately high Brunauer-Teller-Emmett (BET) surface area of 160 m(2) g(-1) , as determined by nitrogen adsorption at -196 °C. Hydroxyl functionalization applied to the rigid 3D triptycene-based diamine building block results in a polyimide that exhibits moderate pure-gas CO2 permeability of 70 Barrer combined with high CO2 /CH4 selectivity of 50. Mixed-gas permeation studies demonstrate excellent plasticization resistance of 6FDA-DAT1-OH with impressive performance as potential membrane material for natural gas sweetening with a CO2 permeability of 50 Barrer and CO2 /CH4 selectivity of 40 at a typical natural gas well partial pressure of 10 atm. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Transdermal optogenetic peripheral nerve stimulation

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    Maimon, Benjamin E.; Zorzos, Anthony N.; Bendell, Rhys; Harding, Alexander; Fahmi, Mina; Srinivasan, Shriya; Calvaresi, Peter; Herr, Hugh M.

    2017-06-01

    Objective: A fundamental limitation in both the scientific utility and clinical translation of peripheral nerve optogenetic technologies is the optical inaccessibility of the target nerve due to the significant scattering and absorption of light in biological tissues. To date, illuminating deep nerve targets has required implantable optical sources, including fiber-optic and LED-based systems, both of which have significant drawbacks. Approach: Here we report an alternative approach involving transdermal illumination. Utilizing an intramuscular injection of ultra-high concentration AAV6-hSyn-ChR2-EYFP in rats. Main results: We demonstrate transdermal stimulation of motor nerves at 4.4 mm and 1.9 mm depth with an incident laser power of 160 mW and 10 mW, respectively. Furthermore, we employ this technique to accurately control ankle position by modulating laser power or position on the skin surface. Significance: These results have the potential to enable future scientific optogenetic studies of pathologies implicated in the peripheral nervous system for awake, freely-moving animals, as well as a basis for future clinical studies.

  18. Synergistic and Antagonistic Effects of Salinity and pH on Germination in Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.)

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    Liu, Yuan; Wang, Quanzhen; Zhang, Yunwei; Cui, Jian; Chen, Guo; Xie, Bao; Wu, Chunhui; Liu, Haitao

    2014-01-01

    The effects of salt-alkaline mixed stress on switchgrass were investigated by evaluating seed germination and the proline, malondialdehyde (MDA) and soluble sugar contents in three switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) cultivars in order to identify which can be successfully produced on marginal lands affected by salt-alkaline mixed stress. The experimental conditions consisted of four levels of salinity (10, 60, 110 and 160 mM) and four pH levels (7.1, 8.3, 9.5 and 10.7). The effects of salt-alkaline mixed stress with equivalent coupling of the salinity and pH level on the switchgrass were explored via model analyses. Switchgrass was capable of germinating and surviving well in all treatments under low-alkaline pH (pH≤8.3), regardless of the salinity. However, seed germination and seedling growth were sharply reduced at higher pH values in conjunction with salinity. The salinity and pH had synergetic effects on the germination percentage, germination index, plumular length and the soluble sugar and proline contents in switchgrass. However, these two factors exhibited antagonistic effects on the radicular length of switchgrass. The combined effects of salinity and pH and the interactions between them should be considered when evaluating the strength of salt-alkaline mixed stress. PMID:24454834

  19. Temporal patterns in the distribution, biomass and community structure of macrozooplankton and micronekton within Port Foster, Deception Island, Antarctica

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    Kaufmann, Ronald S.; Fisher, Erin C.; Gill, Walthus H.; King, Andrew L.; Laubacher, Matthew; Sullivan, Brian

    2003-06-01

    The pelagic community within the flooded caldera of Deception Island, Antarctica, was sampled with a 10-m 2 opening-closing MOCNESS trawl on five cruises between March 1999 and November 2000. Collections were made in 50 m strata from the surface to 150 m depth in an area with a bottom depth of 155-160 m. From March 1999 through February 2000 the pelagic community was dominated by krill, primarily Euphausia crystallorophias and E. superba, which made up >94% of total pelagic biomass on a dry-weight basis. Community composition shifted during early 2000, and samples from May and November 2000 contained a more diverse assemblage and large numbers of cydippid ctenophores, comprising ca. 30-35% of pelagic biomass on a dry weight basis. E. crystallorophias, which made up nearly 85% of the pelagic biomass in November 1999, declined to 5.8% during November 2000. The change in composition was accompanied by displacement of the biomass mode to greater depths, due to the deeper occurrence and lack of diel vertical migration in ctenophores, compared to krill. Integrated water-column biomass increased substantially from 1999 to 2000, primarily because of elevated abundances of gelatinous zooplankton and the presence of significantly larger krill during 2000.

  20. Ideas for future large single dish radio telescopes

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    Kärcher, Hans J.; Baars, Jacob W. M.

    2014-07-01

    The existing large single dish radio telescopes of the 100m class (Effelsberg, Green Bank) were built in the 1970s and 1990s. With some active optics they work now down to 3 millimeter wavelength where the atmospheric quality of the site is also a limiting factor. Other smaller single dish telescopes (50m LMT Mexico, 30m IRAM Spain) are located higher and reach sub-millimeter quality, and the much smaller 12m antennas of the ALMA array reach at a very high site the Terahertz region. They use advanced technologies as carbon fiber structures and flexible body control. We review natural limits to telescope design and use the examples of a number of telescopes for an overview of the available state-of-the-art in design, engineering and technologies. Without considering the scientific justification we then offer suggestions to realize ultimate performance of huge single dish telescopes (up to 160m). We provide an outlook on design options, technological frontiers and cost estimates.

  1. Environmental extremes and biotic interactions facilitate depredation of endangered California Ridgway’s rail in a San Francisco Bay tidal marsh

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    Overton, Cory T.; Bobzien, Steven; Grefsrud, Marcia

    2016-01-01

    On 23 December 2015 while performing a high tide population survey for endangered Ridgway’s rails (Rallus obsoletus obsoletus; formerly known as the California clapper rail) and other rail species at Arrowhead Marsh, Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland, California, the authors observed a series of species interactions resulting in the predation of a Ridgway’s rail by an adult female peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus). High tide surveys are performed during the highest tides of the year when tidal marsh vegetation at Arrowhead Marsh becomes inundated, concentrating the tidal marsh obligate species into the limited area of emergent vegetation remaining as refuge cover. Annual mean tide level (elevation referenced relative to mean lower low water) at Arrowhead Marsh is 1.10 m, mean higher high water is 2.04 m (NOAA National Ocean Service 2014) and the average elevation of the marsh surface is 1.60 m (Overton et al. 2014). Tidal conditions on the day of the survey were predicted to be 2.42 m. Observed tides at the nearby Alameda Island tide gauge were 8 cm higher than predicted due to a regional low-pressure system and warmer than average sea surface temperatures (NOAA National Ocean Service 2014). The approximately 80 cm deep inundation of the marsh plain was sufficient to completely submerge tidal marsh vegetation and effectively remove 90% of refugia habitats.

  2. Diversity of amyloid beta protein fragment [1-40]-formed channels.

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    Kourie, J I; Henry, C L; Farrelly, P

    2001-06-01

    1. The lipid bilayer technique was used to characterize the biophysical and pharmacological properties of several ion channels formed by incorporating amyloid beta protein fragment (AbetaP) 1-40 into lipid membranes. Based on the conductance, kinetics, selectivity, and pharmacological properties, the following AbetaP[1-40]-formed ion channels have been identified: (i) The AbetaP[1-40]-formed "bursting" fast cation channel was characterized by (a) a single channel conductance of 63 pS (250/50 mM KCl cis/trans) at +140 mV. 17 pS (250/50 mM KCl cis/trans) at -160 mV, and the nonlinear current-voltage relationship drawn to a third-order polynomial, (b) selectivity sequence PK > PNa > PLi = 1.0:0.60:0.47, (c) Po of 0.22 at 0 mV and 0.55 at +120 mV, and (d) Zn2+-induced reduction in current amplitude, a typical property of a slow block mechanism. (ii) The AbetaP[1-40]-formed "spiky" fast cation channel was characterized by (a) a similar kinetics to the "bursting" fast channel with exception for the absence of the long intraburst closures, (b) single channel conductance of 63 pS (250/50 KCl) at +140 mV 17 pS (250/50 KCl) at -160 mV, the current-voltage relationship nonlinear drawn to a third-order polynomial fit, and (c) selectivity sequence PRb > (iii) The AbetaP[1-40]-formed medium conductance channel was charcterized by (a) 275 pS (250/50 mM KCl cis/trans) at +140 mV and 19 pS (250/50 mM KCl cis/trans) at -160 mV and (b) inactivation at Vms more negative than -120 and more positive than +120 mV. (iv) The AbetaP[1-40]-formed inactivating large conductance channel was characterized by (a) fast and slow modes of opening to seven multilevel conductances ranging between 0-589 pS (in 250/50 mM KCI) at +140 mV and 0-704 pS (in 250/50 mM KCl) at -160 mV. (b) The fast mode which had a conductance of <250 pS was voltage dependent. The inactivation was described by a bell-shaped curve with a peak lag time of 7.2 s at +36 mV. The slow mode which had a conductance of >250 pS was

  3. Q-switched 2 μm thulium bismuth co-doped fiber laser with multi-walled carbon nanotubes saturable absorber

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    Saidin, N.; Zen, D. I. M.; Ahmad, F.; Haris, H.; Ahmad, H.; Dimyati, K.; Harun, S. W.; Halder, A.; Paul, M. C.; Pal, M.; Bhadra, S. K.

    2016-09-01

    We report a passively Q-switched fiber laser operating at 1900 nm region using the newly developed thulium bismuth co-doped lithium-alumino-germano-silicate fiber (TBF) as a gain medium in conjunction with a multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) based saturable absorber (SA). The TBF and MWCNTs are fabricated and prepared in-house. By increasing the 802 nm pump power from 106.6 to 160 mW, stable generation of Q-switched TBFL has been obtained at 1857.8 nm wavelength. The pulse repetition rate varies from 12.84 to 29.48 kHz while pulse width is increased from 9.6 to 6.1 μs. The performance of the laser is also compared with the Q-switched TDFL, which was obtained using a similar MWCNTs SA and pump wavelength. The Q-switched TDFL generates an optical pulse train with a repetition rate increasing from 3.8 to 4.6 kHz and pulse width reducing from 22.1 to 18.3 μs when the pump power is tuned from 187.3 to 194.2 mW. This shows that the TBFL performs better than the TDFL in terms of threshold pump power, repetition rate and pulse width.

  4. Hydrogen peroxide biosensor based on the direct electrochemistry of myoglobin immobilized on silver nanoparticles doped carbon nanotubes film.

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    Liu, Chuan-Yin; Hu, Ji-Ming

    2009-03-15

    A novel H(2)O(2) biosensor has been fabricated based on the direct electrochemistry and electrocatalysis of myoglobin (Mb) immobilized on silver nanoparticles doped carbon nanotubes film with hybrid sol-gel techniques. A pair of redox peaks with peak separation of 160 mV and formal potential of -0.295V was observed at this composite film, corresponding to the direct electrochemistry of Mb. The heterogeneous rate constant was estimated to be 0.41s(-1). Under optimum conditions, the amperometric determination of H(2)O(2) was performed with a linear range of 2.0 x 10(-6)-1.2 x 10(-3)molL(-1) and a detection limit of 3.6 x 10(-7)mol/L (S/N=3). The Michealis-Menten constant was also estimated to be 1.62mmolL(-1). The proposed biosensor showed favorable reproducibility, stability, selectivity and accuracy, and has been used to determine H(2)O(2) in real samples with favorable recoveries.

  5. Magnetic Random Access Memory based non-volatile asynchronous Muller cell for ultra-low power autonomous applications

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    Di Pendina, G.; Zianbetov, E.; Beigne, E.

    2015-05-01

    Micro and nano electronic integrated circuit domain is today mainly driven by the advent of the Internet of Things for which the constraints are strong, especially in terms of power consumption and autonomy, not only during the computing phases but also during the standby or idle phases. In such ultra-low power applications, the circuit has to meet new constraints mainly linked to its changing energetic environment: long idle phases, automatic wake up, data back-up when the circuit is sporadically turned off, and ultra-low voltage power supply operation. Such circuits have to be completely autonomous regarding their unstable environment, while remaining in an optimum energetic configuration. Therefore, we propose in this paper the first MRAM-based non-volatile asynchronous Muller cell. This cell has been simulated and characterized in a very advanced 28 nm CMOS fully depleted silicon-on-insulator technology, presenting good power performance results due to an extremely efficient body biasing control together with ultra-wide supply voltage range from 160 mV up to 920 mV. The leakage current can be reduced to 154 pA thanks to reverse body biasing. We also propose an efficient standard CMOS bulk version of this cell in order to be compatible with different fabrication processes.

  6. Steady incision of Grand Canyon at the million year timeframe: a case for mantle-driven differential uplift

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    Crow, Ryan S; Karl Karlstrom,; Laura Crossey,; Richard Young,; Michael Ort,; Yemane Asmerom,; Victor Polyak,; Andrew Darling,

    2014-01-01

    The Grand Canyon region provides an excellent laboratory to examine the interplay between river incision, magmatism, and the geomorphic and tectonic processes that shape landscapes. Here we apply U-series, Ar–Ar, and cosmogenic burial dating of river terraces to examine spatial variations in incision rates along the 445 km length of the Colorado River through Grand Canyon. We also analyze strath terrace sequences that extend to heights of several hundred meters above the river, and integrate these with speleothem constrained maximum incision rates in several reaches to examine any temporal incision variations at the million-year time frame. This new high-resolution geochronology shows temporally steady long-term incision in any given reach of Grand Canyon but significant variations along its length from 160 m/Ma in the east to 101 m/Ma in the west. Spatial and temporal patterns of incision, and the long timescale of steady incision rule out models where geomorphic controls such as climate oscillations, bedrock strength, sediment load effects, or isostatic response to differential denudation are the first order drivers of canyon incision. The incision pattern is best explained by a model of Neogene and ongoing epeirogenic uplift due to an eastward propagating zone of increased upper mantle buoyancy that we infer from propagation of Neogene basaltic volcanism and a strong lateral gradient in modern upper mantle seismic structure.

  7. A Designed TiO2 /Carbon Nanocomposite as a High-Efficiency Lithium-Ion Battery Anode and Photocatalyst.

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    Peng, Liang; Zhang, Huijuan; Bai, Yuanjuan; Feng, Yangyang; Wang, Yu

    2015-10-12

    Herein, a peapod-like TiO2 /carbon nanocomposite has successfully been synthesized by a rational method for the first time. The novel nanostructure exhibits a distinct feature of TiO2 nanoparticles encapsulated inside and the carbon fiber coating outside. In the synthetic process, H2 Ti3 O7 nanotubes serve as precursors and templates, and glucose molecules act as the green carbon source. With the alliciency of hydrogen bonding between H2 Ti3 O7 and glucose, a thin polymer layer is hydrothermally assembled and subsequently converted into carbon fibers through calcinations under an inert atmosphere. Meanwhile, the precursors of H2 Ti3 O7 nanotubes are transformed into the TiO2 nanoparticles encapsulated in carbon fibers. The achieved unique nanocomposites can be used as excellent anode materials in lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) and photocatalytic reagents in the degradation of rhodamine B. Due to the synergistic effect derived from TiO2 nanoparticles and carbon fibers, the obtained peapod-like TiO2 /carbon cannot only deliver a high specific capacity of 160 mAh g(-1) over 500 cycles in LIBs, but also perform a much faster photodegradation rate than bare TiO2 and P25. Furthermore, owing to the low cost, environmental friendliness as well as abundant source, this novel TiO2 /carbon nanocomposite will have a great potential to be extended to other application fields, such as specific catalysis, gas sensing, and photovoltaics.

  8. Study of filtering Ag liquid sample by chitosan biomembrane using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS)

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    Rupiasih, Ni Nyoman; Suyanto, Hery; Sumadiyasa, Made; Purwanto, Christine Prita; Purnomo, Rendra Rustam

    2013-09-01

    The capability of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) to resolve filtration process of Ag liquid sample by chitosan biomembrane is demonstrated. The biomembrane was prepared by inversion method used to filter Ag liquid using pressurized technique samples which were then analyzed by monitoring the emission corresponding to Ag (I) at wavelength of 328 nm. The experiment was conducted by varying the laser energy i.e. 80, 120, and 160 mJ, where, subsequently, and its effect on the depth-profile from 20 - 200 μm was characterized by LIBS. The results showed that the physical processes of pressurized filtration led a homogeneous Ag in the membrane from the surface to a depth of 200 μm. The optimum condition was obtained at laser energy of 120 mJ. The adsorption occurred only on the surface of the membrane i.e. 20 μm depth, but there was no inclusion. Improvement of the detection performance of adsorption process was done by heating the dripped membrane at 35 °C and was resulting in increase in emission intensity as expected.

  9. Characterization of the Inductively Heated Plasma Source IPG6-B

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    Dropmann, Michael; Laufer, Rene; Herdrich, Georg; Matthews, Lorin; Hyde, Truell

    2014-10-01

    In close collaboration between the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER) at Baylor University, Texas, and the Institute of Space Systems (IRS) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, two plasma facilities have been established using the Inductively heated Plasma Generator 6 (IPG6). The facility at Baylor University (IPG6-B) works at a frequency of 13.56 MHz and a maximum power of 15 kW. A vacuum pump of 160 m3/h in combination with a butterfly valve allows pressure control over a wide range. Intended fields of research include basic investigation into thermo-chemistry and plasma radiation, space plasma environments and high heat fluxes e.g. those found in fusion devices or during atmospheric re-entry of spacecraft. After moving the IPG6-B facility to the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) it was placed back into operation during the summer of 2014. Initial characterization in the new lab, using a heat flux probe, Pitot probe and cavity calorimeter, has been conducted for Air, Argon and Helium. The results of this characterization are presented.

  10. Low Defect FeFe(CN)6 Framework as Stable Host Material for High Performance Li-Ion Batteries.

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    Wu, Xianyong; Shao, Miaomiao; Wu, Chenghao; Qian, Jiangfeng; Cao, Yuliang; Ai, Xinping; Yang, Hanxi

    2016-09-14

    Low cost and high performance Li-ion batteries have been extensively pursued for grid-scale energy storage applications; however, their development has been impeded for a long time due to the lack of qualified cathode materials with not only decent electrochemical performance but also resource abundance and low price. In this paper, we report Prussian-blue type FeFe(CN)6 nanocrystals with well-controlled lattice defects and perfect nanocubic morphology, which can exhibit a high Li-storage capacity of 160 mAh g(-1), a strong rate performance at 24 C, and a superior cycle stability with 90% capacity retention over 300 cycles. This low defect lattice and its excellent Li-insertion performance might provide a new insight into the design of advanced Li-ion battery materials and also a competitive alternative to the presently developed Li(+) insertion cathodes to develop low cost and high performance Li-ion batteries for grid-scale energy storage applications.

  11. THE TONICITY-VOLUME RELATIONS FOR SYSTEMS CONTAINING HUMAN RED CELLS AND THE CHLORIDES OF MONOVALENT CATIONS

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    Ponder, Eric

    1949-01-01

    1. Differences in the fragility of human red cells are observed in equimolar solutions of the chlorides of the monovalent cations. The cells are most fragile in LiCl and least fragile in NaCl, the salts falling in the order Li > K ≧ Rb > Cs > Na. 2. The difference between the tonicity-volume relations in systems containing LiCl and systems containing NaCl lies in the molarity of the solution of LiCl which is isotonic (isoplethechontic) with plasma being considerably greater (0.189 M) than the molarity of the solution of NaCl which is isotonic (isoplethechontic) with plasma (0.160 M). The difference cannot be stated meantime in any simpler terms than these; if the activity coefficients are taken into account, it becomes even greater. The tonicity-volume relations for the two systems are otherwise almost identical; the value of R for the two systems is almost the same, the critical volumes at which the cells of least resistance hemolyze are almost identical, and the critical volumes at which the cells of average resistance hemolyze are almost identical. 3. The LiCl effect on volume occurs as soon after the addition of the cells to 0.172 M LiCl as the hematocrit method allows one to measure it. It is reversible by washing with 0.172 M NaCl. PMID:18108502

  12. Surface mass balance of glaciers in the French Alps: distributed modeling and sensitivity to climate change

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    Gerbaux, M.; Genthon, C.; Etchevers, P.; Vincent, C.; Dedieu, J. P.

    A new physically based distributed surface mass-balance model is presented for Alpine glaciers. Based on the Crocus prognostic snow model, it resolves both the temporal (1 hour time-step) and spatial (200 m grid-step) variability of the energy and mass balance of glaciers. Mass-balance reconstructions for the period 1981 2004 are produced using meteorological reconstruction from the SAFRAN meteorological model for Glacier de Saint-Sorlin and Glacier d'Argentière, French Alps. Both glaciers lost mass at an accelerated rate in the last 23 years. The spatial distribution of precipitation within the model grid is adjusted using field mass-balance measurements. This is the only correction made to the SAFRAN meteorological input to the glacier model, which also includes surface atmospheric temperature, moisture, wind and all components of downward radiation. Independent data from satellite imagery and geodetic measurements are used for model validation. With this model, glacier sensitivity to climate change can be separately evaluated with respect to a full range of meteorological parameters, whereas simpler models, such as degree-day models, only account for temperature and precipitation. We provide results for both mass balance and equilibrium-line altitude (ELA) using a generic Alpine glacier. The sensitivity of the ELA to air temperature alone is found to be 125 m °C-1, or 160 m °C-1 if concurrent (Stefan Boltzmann) longwave radiation change is taken into account.

  13. Dielectrophoretic manipulation of cells with spiral electrodes.

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    Wang, X B; Huang, Y; Wang, X; Becker, F F; Gascoyne, P R

    1997-01-01

    Electrokinetic responses of human breast cancer MDA-MB-231 cells were studied in suspensions of conductivities 18, 56, and 160 mS/m on a microelectrode array consisting of four parallel spiral electrode elements energized with phase-quadrature signals of frequencies between 100 Hz and 100 MHz. At low frequencies cells were levitated and transported toward or away from the center of the spiral array, whereas at high frequencies cells were trapped at electrode edges. The frequencies of transition between these characteristic cell behaviors increased with increasing suspension conductivity. Levitation heights and radial velocities were determined simultaneously for individual cells as a function of the applied field magnitude and frequency. Results were compared with theoretical predictions from generalized dielectrophoresis theory applied in conjunction with cell dielectric parameters and simulated electric field distributions corrected for electrode polarization effects. It was shown that the conventional and traveling-wave dielectrophoretic force components dominated cell levitation and radial motion, respectively. Both theoretical predictions and experimental data showed that the cell radial velocity was very sensitive to the field frequency when the in-phase component of the field-induced polarization was close to zero. Applications of spiral electrode arrays, including the isolation of cells of clinical relevance, are discussed. Images FIGURE 1 FIGURE 3 FIGURE 4 FIGURE 11 PMID:9083692

  14. Ground effects on aircraft noise. [near grazing incidence

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    Willshire, W. L., Jr.; Hilton, D. A.

    1979-01-01

    A flight experiment was conducted to investigate air-to-ground propagation of sound near grazing incidence. A turbojet-powered aircraft was flown at low altitudes over the ends of two microphone arrays. An eight-microphone array was positioned along a 1850 m concrete runway. The second array consisted of 12 microphones positioned parallel to the runway over grass. Twenty-eight flights were flown at altitudes ranging from 10 m to 160 m. The acoustic data recorded in the field reduced to one-third-octave band spectra and time correlated with the flight and weather information. A small portion of the data was further reduced to values of ground attenuation as a function of frequency and incidence angle by two different methods. In both methods, the acoustic signals compared originated from identical sources. Attenuation results obtained by using the two methods were in general agreement. The measured ground attenuation was largest in the frequency range of 200 to 400 Hz. A strong dependence was found between ground attenuation and incidence angle with little attenuation measured for angles of incidence greater than 10 to 15 degrees.

  15. Characterization of the enzymic capacity for cysteine desulphhydration in liver and kidney of the rat.

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    Stipanuk, M H; Beck, P W

    1982-01-01

    The contribution of cystathionine gamma-lyase, cystathionine beta-synthase and cysteine aminotransferase coupled to 3-mercaptopyruvate sulphurtransferase to cysteine desulphhydration in rat liver and kidney was assessed with four different assay systems. Cystathionine gamma-lyase and cystathionine beta-synthase were active when homogenates were incubated with 280 mM-L-cysteine and 3 mM-pyridoxal 5'-phosphate at pH 7.8. Cysteine aminotransferase in combination with 3-mercaptopyruvate sulphurtransferase catalysed essentially all of the H2S production from cysteine at pH 9.7 with 160 mM-L-cysteine, 2 mM-pyridoxal 5'-phosphate, 3 mM-2-oxoglutarate and 3 mM-dithiothreitol. At more-physiological concentrations of cysteine (2 mM) cystathionine gamma-lyase and cystathionine beta-synthase both appeared to be active in cysteine desulphhydration, whereas the aminotransferase pathway did not. The effect of inhibition of cystathionine gamma-lyase by a suicide inactivator, propargylglycine, in the intact rat was also investigated; there was no significant effect of propargylglycine administration on the urinary excretion of total 35S, 35SO4(2-) or [35S]taurine formed from labelled dietary cysteine. PMID:7150244

  16. Search for scalar bottom quarks and third-generation leptoquarks in p p-bar collisions at sqrt(s) = 1.96 TeV

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    Abazov, Victor Mukhamedovich; Abbott, Braden Keim; Abolins, Maris A.; Acharya, Bannanje Sripath; Adams, Mark Raymond; Adams, Todd; Aguilo, Ernest; Alexeev, Guennadi D.; Alkhazov, Georgiy D.; Alton, Andrew K.; Alverson, George O.; /Northeastern U. /Rio de Janeiro, CBPF

    2010-05-01

    We report the results of a search for pair production of scalar bottom quarks ({tilde b}{sub 1}) and scalar third-generation leptoquarks (LQ{sub 3}) in 5.2 fb{sup -1} of p{bar p} collisions at the D0 experiment of the Fermilab Tevatron Collider. Scalar bottom quarks are assumed to decay to a neutralino ({tilde {chi}}{sub 1}{sup 0}) and a b quark, and we set 95% C.L. lower limits on their production in the (m{sub {tilde b}{sub 1}}, m{sub {tilde {chi}}{sub 1}{sup 0}}) mass plane such as m{sub {tilde b}{sub 1}} > 247 GeV for m{sub {tilde {chi}}{sub 1}{sup 0}} = 0 and m{sub {tilde {chi}}{sub 1}{sup 0}} > 110 GeV for 160 < m{sub {tilde b}{sub 1}} < 200 GeV. The leptoquarks are assumed to decay to a tau neutrino and a b quark, and we set a 95% C.L. lower limit of 247 GeV on the mass of a charge-1/3 third-generation scalar leptoquark.

  17. Ascent exhalations of Antarctic fur seals: a behavioural adaptation for breath-hold diving?

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    Hooker, Sascha K.; Miller, Patrick J. O.; Johnson, Mark P.; Cox, Oliver P.; Boyd, Ian L.

    2005-01-01

    Novel observations collected from video, acoustic and conductivity sensors showed that Antarctic fur seals consistently exhale during the last 50–85% of ascent from all dives (10–160 m, n>8000 dives from 50 seals). The depth of initial bubble emission was best predicted by maximum dive depth, suggesting an underlying physical mechanism. Bubble sound intensity recorded from one seal followed predictions of a simple model based on venting expanding lung air with decreasing pressure. Comparison of air release between dives, together with lack of variation in intensity of thrusting movement during initial descent regardless of ultimate dive depth, suggested that inhaled diving lung volume was constant for all dives. The thrusting intensity in the final phase of ascent was greater for dives in which ascent exhalation began at a greater depth, suggesting an energetic cost to this behaviour, probably as a result of loss of buoyancy from reduced lung volume. These results suggest that fur seals descend with full lung air stores, and thus face the physiological consequences of pressure at depth. We suggest that these regular and predictable ascent exhalations could function to reduce the potential for a precipitous drop in blood oxygen that would result in shallow-water blackout. PMID:15734689

  18. Facile synthesis of glucoamylase embedded metal-organic frameworks (glucoamylase-MOF) with enhanced stability.

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    Nadar, Shamraja S; Rathod, Virendra K

    2017-02-01

    The self-assembled glucoamylase metal-organic framework (glucoamylase-MOF) was synthesized by facile one-step method within 20min by simply mixing aqueous solution of 2-methylimidazole (160mM), glucoamylase (5mg/mL) and zinc acetate (40mM) at room temperature (28±2°C). The prepared glucoamylase-MOF was characterized by using FT-IR, confocal scanning laser microscopy, XRD and SEM. The robustness and thermal stability of glucoamylase embedded MOF was evaluated in terms of half-life (in the range of 60-80°C) which showed 6 folds increment as against free form. Further, in Michaelis-Menten kinetics studies, glucoamylase entrapped MOF exhibited higher Km value and lower Vmax value as compared to native enzyme. Moreover, the immobilized glucoamylase exhibited up to 57% of residual activity after six consecutive cycles of reuse, whereas it retained 91% of residual activity till 25days of storage. Finally, the conformational changes occurred after the encapsulation of glucoamylase in the interior of MOF, which was analyzed by using FT-IR data analysis tools. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Reinvigorating Reverse-Osmosis Membrane Technology to Stabilize the V 2 O 5 Lithium-Ion Battery Cathode

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    Wu, Ji; Byrd, Ian; Jin, Congrui; ...

    2017-02-27

    V2O5 is deemed as one of the most promising cathode materials for next-generation high-capacity lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). It possesses a theoretical capacity of 294 mAh g-1, which is much higher than conventional cathodes. But, there are many issues to be solved before its practical use, including poor cycle life and unsatisfactory rate performance, mainly owing to its low electronic conductivity and ionic diffusivity, as well as structural instability. Our work reports three types of V2O5 asymmetric membranes synthesized by using an adapted reverse-osmosis membrane technology combined with sol-gel chemistry, aiming to stabilize the cyclability and improve the rate performance. V2O5more » asymmetric membrane cathodes prepared using graphene as the conductive additives have a specific capacity of approximately 160 mAh g-1 at a current density of 100 mA g-1 with no capacity degradation after 380 cycles. It is also found that the annealing temperature and the choice of conductive additives can affect the morphology of V2O5 nanoparticles and the overall electrode cyclability. Furthermore, we find that a lower annealing temperature (300 vs. 400 °C) and the addition of graphene are beneficial to long-term cycling performance.« less

  20. Rotating belt sieves for primary treatment, chemically enhanced primary treatment and secondary solids separation.

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    Rusten, B; Rathnaweera, S S; Rismyhr, E; Sahu, A K; Ntiako, J

    2017-06-01

    Fine mesh rotating belt sieves (RBS) offer a very compact solution for removal of particles from wastewater. This paper shows examples from pilot-scale testing of primary treatment, chemically enhanced primary treatment (CEPT) and secondary solids separation of biofilm solids from moving bed biofilm reactors (MBBRs). Primary treatment using a 350 microns belt showed more than 40% removal of total suspended solids (TSS) and 30% removal of chemical oxygen demand (COD) at sieve rates as high as 160 m³/m²-h. Maximum sieve rate tested was 288 m³/m²-h and maximum particle load was 80 kg TSS/m²-h. When the filter mat on the belt increased from 10 to 55 g TSS/m², the removal efficiency for TSS increased from about 35 to 60%. CEPT is a simple and effective way of increasing the removal efficiency of RBS. Adding about 1 mg/L of cationic polymer and about 2 min of flocculation time, the removal of TSS typically increased from 40-50% without polymer to 60-70% with polymer. Using coagulation and flocculation ahead of the RBS, separation of biofilm solids was successful. Removal efficiencies of 90% TSS, 83% total P and 84% total COD were achieved with a 90 microns belt at a sieve rate of 41 m³/m²-h.

  1. Rapid Scan Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Opens New Avenues for Imaging Physiologically Important Parameters In Vivo.

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    Biller, Joshua R; Mitchell, Deborah G; Tseytlin, Mark; Elajaili, Hanan; Rinard, George A; Quine, Richard W; Eaton, Sandra S; Eaton, Gareth R

    2016-09-26

    We demonstrate a superior method of 2D spectral-spatial imaging of stable radical reporter molecules at 250 MHz using rapid-scan electron-paramagnetic-resonance (RS-EPR), which can provide quantitative information under in vivo conditions on oxygen concentration, pH, redox status and concentration of signaling molecules (i.e., OH(•), NO(•)). The RS-EPR technique has a higher sensitivity, improved spatial resolution (1 mm), and shorter acquisition time in comparison to the standard continuous wave (CW) technique. A variety of phantom configurations have been tested, with spatial resolution varying from 1 to 6 mm, and spectral width of the reporter molecules ranging from 16 µT (160 mG) to 5 mT (50 G). A cross-loop bimodal resonator decouples excitation and detection, reducing the noise, while the rapid scan effect allows more power to be input to the spin system before saturation, increasing the EPR signal. This leads to a substantially higher signal-to-noise ratio than in conventional CW EPR experiments.

  2. High Energy, Single-Mode, All-Solid-State and Tunable UV Laser Transmitter

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    Prasad, Narasimha S.; Singh, Upendra N.; Hovis, FLoyd

    2007-01-01

    A high energy, single mode, all solid-state Nd:YAG laser primarily for pumping an UV converter is developed. Greater than 1 J/pulse at 50 HZ PRF and pulse widths around 22 ns have been demonstrated. Higher energy, greater efficiency may be possible. Refinements are known and practical to implement. Technology Demonstration of a highly efficient, high-pulse-energy, single mode UV wavelength generation using flash lamp pumped laser has been achieved. Greater than 90% pump depletion is observed. 190 mJ extra-cavity SFG; IR to UV efficiency > 21% (> 27% for 1 mJ seed). 160 mJ intra-cavity SFG; IR to UV efficiency up to 24% Fluence < 1 J/sq cm for most beams. The pump beam quality of the Nd:YAG pump laser is being refined to match or exceed the above UV converter results. Currently the Nd:YAG pump laser development is a technology demonstration. System can be engineered for compact packaging.

  3. Ferroelectric photovoltaic properties of Ce and Mn codoped BiFeO3 thin film

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    Gupta, Surbhi; Tomar, Monika; Gupta, Vinay

    2014-01-01

    Photovoltaic properties of multiferroic (Ce, Mn) codoped BiFeO3 (BCFMO) thin films grown on low cost ITO coated corning glass substrate have been investigated. The transient response of photovoltaic current of the BCFMO thin film in metal-multiferroic-metal (MMM) capacitor configuration is found to be strongly dependent on both the intensity of incident laser light (λ = 405 nm) varying from 15 mW/cm2 to 160 mW/cm2 and thickness of the BCFMO film (110 to 305 nm). Current density-voltage (J-V) measurement shows an exponential increase in photoinduced open circuit voltage and linear increase in short circuit photocurrent with increase in intensity of illuminating light. Almost 240 fold enhancement in photo-induced current is observed in BCFMO thin film of 110 nm thickness. Present work suggests that multiferroic BCFMO thin film deposited on ITO coated corning glass substrate using chemical solution deposition technique exhibits strong photovoltaic response that can be exploited efficiently for the light harvesting and photosensitive device application.

  4. Solitonic supercontinuum of femtosecond mid-IR pulses in W-type index tellurite fibers with two zero dispersion wavelengths

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    Kedenburg, S.; Steinle, T.; Mörz, F.; Steinmann, A.; Nguyen, D.; Rhonehouse, D.; Zong, J.; Chavez-Pirson, A.; Giessen, H.

    2016-11-01

    We present a detailed experimental parameter study on mid-IR supercontinuum generation in W-type index tellurite fibers, which reveals how the core diameter, pump wavelength, fiber length, and pump power dramatically influence the spectral broadening. As pump source, we use femtosecond mid-IR pulses from a post-amplified optical parametric oscillator tunable between 1.7 μm and 4.1 μm at 43 MHz repetition rate. We are able to generate red-shifted dispersive waves up to a wavelength of 5.1 μm by pumping a tellurite fiber in the anomalous dispersion regime between its two zero dispersion wavelengths. Distinctive soliton dynamics can be identified as the main broadening mechanism resulting in a maximum spectral width of over 2000 nm with output powers of up to 160 mW. We experimentally demonstrated that efficient spectral broadening with considerably improved power proportion in the important first atmospheric transmission window between 3 and 5 μm can be achieved in robust W-type tellurite fibers pumped at long wavelengths by ultra-fast lasers.

  5. Coupled heat and fluid flow modeling of the Carboniferous Kuna Basin, Alaska: Implications for the genesis of the Red Dog Pb-Zn-Ag-Ba ore district

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    Garven, G.; Raffensperger, J.P.; Dumoulin, J.A.; Bradley, D.A.; Young, L.E.; Kelley, K.D.; Leach, D.L.

    2003-01-01

    The Red Dog deposit is a giant 175 Mton (16% Zn, 5% Pb), shale-hosted Pb-Zn-Ag-Ba ore district situated in the Carboniferous Kuna Basin, Western Brooks Range, Alaska. These SEDEX-type ores are thought to have formed in calcareous turbidites and black mudstone at elevated sub-seafloor temperatures (120-150??C) within a hydrogeologic framework of submarine convection that was structurally organized by large normal faults. The theory for modeling brine migration and heat transport in the Kuna Basin is discussed with application to evaluating flow patterns and heat transport in faulted rift basins and the effects of buoyancy-driven free convection on reactive flow and ore genesis. Finite element simulations show that hydrothermal fluid was discharged into the Red Dog subbasin during a period of basin-wide crustal heat flow of 150-160 mW/m2. Basinal brines circulated to depths as great as 1-3 km along multiple normal faults flowed laterally through thick clastic aquifers acquiring metals and heat, and then rapidly ascended a single discharge fault zone at rates ??? 5 m/year to mix with seafloor sulfur and precipitate massive sulfide ores. ?? 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. A theoretical study of the coupling between a vortex-induced vibration cylindrical resonator and an electromagnetic energy harvester

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    Xu-Xu, J.; Barrero-Gil, A.; Velazquez, A.

    2015-11-01

    This paper presents a theoretical study of the coupling between a vortex-induced vibration (VIV) cylindrical resonator and its associated linear electromagnetic generator. The two-equation mathematical model is based on a dual-mass formulation in which the dominant masses are the stator and translator masses of the generator. The fluid-structure interaction implemented in the model equations follows the so-called ‘advanced forcing model’ whose closure relies on experimental data. The rationale to carry out the study is the fact that in these types of configurations there is a two-way interaction between the moving parts in such a way that their motions influence each other simultaneously, thereby affecting the energy actually harvested. It is believed that instead of mainly resorting to complementary numerical simulations, a theoretical model can shed some light on the nature of the interaction and, at the same time, provide scaling laws that can be used for practical design and optimization purposes. It has been found that the proposed configuration has a maximum hydrodynamic to mechanical to electrical conversion efficiency (based on the VIV resonator oscillation amplitude) of 8%. For a cylindrical resonator 10 cm long with a 2 cm diameter, this translates into an output power of 20 to 160 mW for water stream velocities in the range from 0.5 to 1 m s-1.

  7. Lignin as a Binder Material for Eco-Friendly Li-Ion Batteries.

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    Lu, Huiran; Cornell, Ann; Alvarado, Fernando; Behm, Mårten; Leijonmarck, Simon; Li, Jiebing; Tomani, Per; Lindbergh, Göran

    2016-02-25

    The industrial lignin used here is a byproduct from Kraft pulp mills, extracted from black liquor. Since lignin is inexpensive, abundant and renewable, its utilization has attracted more and more attention. In this work, lignin was used for the first time as binder material for LiFePO₄ positive and graphite negative electrodes in Li-ion batteries. A procedure for pretreatment of lignin, where low-molecular fractions were removed by leaching, was necessary to obtain good battery performance. The lignin was analyzed for molecular mass distribution and thermal behavior prior to and after the pretreatment. Electrodes containing active material, conductive particles and lignin were cast on metal foils, acting as current collectors and characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and galvanostatic charge-discharge cycles. Good reversible capacities were obtained, 148 mAh·g(-1) for the positive electrode and 305 mAh·g(-1) for the negative electrode. Fairly good rate capabilities were found for both the positive electrode with 117 mAh·g(-1) and the negative electrode with 160 mAh·g(-1) at 1C. Low ohmic resistance also indicated good binder functionality. The results show that lignin is a promising candidate as binder material for electrodes in eco-friendly Li-ion batteries.

  8. Liposomes from mammalian liver mitochondria are more polyunsaturated and leakier to protons than those from reptiles.

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    Brand, M D; Couture, P; Hulbert, A J

    1994-06-01

    Liposomes were prepared from phospholipids extracted from liver mitochondria of the rat (Rattus norvegicus) and an agamid lizard, the bearded dragon (Amphibolurus vitticeps) and liposome proton conductance was measured at an imposed membrane potential of 160 mV as well as the fatty acid composition of the liposomes. Despite presumed changes in fatty acid composition during liposome preparation, the mammalian liposomes had a significantly lower content of the monounsaturated oleic acid and a significantly greater content of the omega-3 polyunsaturated docosahexaenoic acid. There were significant direct correlations between the liposome arachidonic and docosahexanoic acid content and bilayer proton flux and a significant inverse correlation between liposome oleic acid content and bilayer proton flux. "Apparent valinomycin-catalysed proton flux" was significantly directly correlated with liposome docosahexaenoic acid content and inversely correlated with oleic acid content. It is suggested that the high content of long-chain polyunsaturates in the mammalian mitochondrial membrane is responsible for an increased proton leak across the mitochondrial inner membrane and thus partly responsible for the high metabolic rate in endothermic mammals compared to their ectothermic reptilian predecessors.

  9. Gold Nanoparticles on Polymer-Wrapped Carbon Nanotubes: An Efficient and Selective Catalyst for the Electroreduction of CO2.

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    Jhong, Huei-Ru Molly; Tornow, Claire E; Kim, Chaerin; Verma, Sumit; Oberst, Justin L; Anderson, Paul S; Gewirth, Andrew A; Fujigaya, Tsuyohiko; Nakashima, Naotoshi; Kenis, Paul

    2017-10-06

    Multiple approaches will be needed to reduce the atmospheric CO2 levels which has been linked to the undesirable effects of global climate change. The electroreduction of CO2 driven by renewable energy is one approach to reduce CO2 emissions while producing chemical building blocks, but current electrocatalysts exhibit low activity and selectivity. Here we report the structural and electrochemical characterization of a promising catalyst for the electroreduction of CO2 to CO: Au nanoparticles supported on polymer-wrapped multiwall carbon nanotubes. This catalyst exhibits high selectivity for CO over H2: 80-92% CO, as well as high activity: partial current density for CO as high as 160 mA/cm2. The observed high activity, originating from a high electrochemically active surface area (23 m2/g Au), in combination with the low loading (0.17 mg/cm2) of the highly-dispersed Au nanoparticles underscores the promise of this catalyst for efficient electroreduction of CO2. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. Controlled Electrodeposition Synthesis of Co-Ni-P Film as a Flexible and Inexpensive Electrode for Efficient Overall Water Splitting.

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    Pei, Yu; Yang, Yang; Zhang, Fangfang; Dong, Pei; Baines, Robert; Ge, Yuancai; Chu, Hang; Ajayan, Pulickel M; Shen, Jianfeng; Ye, Mingxin

    2017-09-20

    Synthesis of highly efficient and robust catalysts with earth-abundant resources for overall water splitting is essential for large-scale energy conversion processes. Herein, a series of highly active and inexpensive Co-Ni-P films were fabricated by a one-step constant current density electrodeposition method. These films were demonstrated to be efficient bifunctional catalysts for both H2 and O2 evolution reactions (HER and OER), while deposition time was deemed to be the crucial factor governing electrochemical performance. At the optimal deposition time, the obtained Co-Ni-P-2 catalyst performed remarkably for both HER and OER in alkaline media. In particular, it requires -103 mV overpotential for HER and 340 mV for OER to achieve the current density of 10 mA cm(-2), with corresponding Tafel slopes of 33 and 67 mV dec(-1). Moreover, it outperforms the Pt/C//RuO2 catalyst and only needs -160 mV (430 mV) overpotential for HER (OER) to achieve 200 mA cm(-2) current density. Co-Ni-P electrodes were also conducted for the proof-of-concept exercise, which were proved to be flexible, stable, and efficient, further opening a new avenue for rapid synthesis of efficient, flexible catalysts for renewable energy resources.

  11. Estimation of the adhesive force distribution for the flagellar adhesion of Escherichia coli on a glass surface.

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    Yoshihara, Akinori; Nobuhira, Noritaka; Narahara, Hisaya; Toyoda, Syunsuke; Tokumoto, Hayato; Konishi, Yasuhiro; Nomura, Toshiyuki

    2015-07-01

    The effects of the presence or absence of microbial flagella and the microbial motility on the colloidal behaviors of microbial cells were quantitatively evaluated. The microbial cell attachment and detachment processes on a glass surface were observed directly using a parallel-plate flow chamber. Wild-type, flagellar paralyzed, and nonflagellated Escherichia coli strains were used as model microbial cells. In the cell attachment tests, the microbial adhesion rate in a 160mM NaCl solution was approximately 10 times higher than that in a 10mM solution, for all E. coli strains. The colloidal behavior of the microbial cells agreed well with the predictions of the DLVO theory. In addition, the microbial flagella and motility did not significantly affect the cell attachment, regardless of the existence of a potential barrier between the cell and the glass substratum. In the cell detachment tests, the cumulative number of microbial cells detached from the glass substratum with increasing flow rate was fit well with the Weibull distribution function. The list of strains arranged in order of increasing median drag force required to remove them was nonflagellated strain, flagellar paralyzed strain, and wild-type strain. These results indicated that the flagella and the flagellar motility inhibited the cell detachment from the glass substratum. Furthermore, a large external force would likely be required to inhibit the microbial adhesion in the early stage of the biofilm formation.

  12. Identity and emplacement of domical structures in the western Arcadia Planitia, Mars

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    Rampey, Michael L.; Milam, Keith A.; McSween, Harry Y.; Moersch, Jeffrey E.; Christensen, Philip R.

    2007-06-01

    Morphologic, morphometric, and thermophysical aspects of domical structures in a restricted part of the Mars northern plains were characterized using Mars Odyssey and Mars Global Surveyor data. The majority of domical structures consist of relatively high thermal inertia, subcircular to irregularly shaped ``core' bodies surrounded by adjacent, relatively low-albedo, low thermal inertia ``annuli,'' and dispersed aureoles of apparently disaggregated material. Core profiles vary considerably from low to high aspect ratios. Elongate ``arms'' of material extend from the central, summit regions in some of the structures. Core features include apparent blocky surface texture, summit fissures and pits, apparent summit and flank ruptures suggestive of ``eruption'' of material, and concentric and straight summit ridges. Core heights range from ~30 to 400 m, mean = 160 m, diameters range from ~620 to 3090 m, mean = 1550 m, aspect ratios range from 0.02 to 0.36, mean = 0.11, and volumes range from ~0.1 to ~1.8 km3. An additional morphologic type consists of subcircular, domical mounds that are apparently covered by plains materials. We propose that the majority of the structures are partially extrusive cryptodomes and lava domes, whereas the mounds are entirely intrusive cryptodomes.

  13. The Mars Observer laser altimeter investigation

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    Zuber, M. T.; Smith, D. E.; Solomon, S. C.; Muhleman, D. O.; Head, J. W.; Garvin, J. B.; Abshire, J. B.; Bufton, J. L.

    1992-01-01

    The primary objective of the Mars Observer laser altimeter (MOLA) investigation is to determine globally the topography of Mars at a level suitable for addressing problems in geology and geophysics. Secondary objectives are to characterize the 1064-nm wavelength surface reflectivity of Mars to contribute to analyses of global surface mineralogy and seasonal albedo changes, to assist in addressing problems in atmospheric circulation, and to provide geodetic control and topographic context for the assessment of possible future Mars landing sites. The principal components of MOLA are a diode-pumped, neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet laser transmitter that emits 1064-nm wavelength laser pulses, a 0.5-m-diameter telescope, a silicon avalanche photodiode detector, and a time interval unit with 10-ns resolution. MOLA will provide measurements of the topography of Mars within approximately 160-m footprints and a center-to-center along-track foot print spacing of 300 m along the Mars Observer subspacecraft ground track. The elevation measurements will be quantized with 1.5 m vertical resolution before correction for orbit- and pointing induced errors. MOLA profiles will be assembled into a global 0.2 deg x 0.2 deg grid that will be referenced to Mars' center of mass with an absolute accuracy of approximately 30 m. Other data products will include a global grid of topographic gradients, corrected individual profiles, and a global 0.2 deg x 0.2 deg grid of 1064-nm surface reflectivity.

  14. Transcriptional profiling of Entamoeba histolytica trophozoites.

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    MacFarlane, Ryan C; Shah, Preetam H; Singh, Upinder

    2005-04-30

    We have developed an Entamoeba histolytica genomic DNA microarray and used it to develop a transcriptional profile of 1,971 E. histolytica (HM-1:IMSS) genes. The arrays accurately detected message abundance and 31-47% of amebic genes were expressed under standard tissue culture conditions (levels detectable by Northern blot analysis or RT-PCR respectively). Genes expressed at high levels ( approximately 2% of total) included actin (8.m00351), and ribosomal genes (20.m00312). Moderately expressed genes ( approximately 14% of total) included cysteine proteinase (191.m00117), profilin (156.m00098), and an Argonaute family member (11.m00378). Genes with low-level expression ( approximately 15% of total) included Ariel1 (160.m00087). Genes with very low expression ( approximately 16% of total) and those not expressed ( approximately 52% of total) included encystation-specific genes such as Jacob cyst wall glycoprotein (33.m00261), chitin synthase (3.m00544), and chitinase (22.m00311). Transcriptional modulation could be detected using the arrays with 17% of genes upregulated at least two-fold in response to heat shock. These included heat shock proteins (119.m00119 and 279.m00091), cyst wall glycoprotein Jacob (33.m00261), and ubiquitin-associated proteins (16.m00343; 195.m00092). Using Caco-2 cells to model the host-parasite interaction, we verified that host cell killing was dependent on live ameba. However, surprisingly these events did not appear to induce major transcriptional changes in the parasites.

  15. Sensitivity of two dispersion models (AERMOD and ISCST3) to input parameters for a rural ground-level area source.

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    Faulkner, William B; Shaw, Bryan W; Grosch, Tom

    2008-10-01

    As of December 2006, the American Meteorological Society/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regulatory Model with Plume Rise Model Enhancements (AERMOD-PRIME; hereafter AERMOD) replaced the Industrial Source Complex Short Term Version 3 (ISCST3) as the EPA-preferred regulatory model. The change from ISCST3 to AERMOD will affect Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) increment consumption as well as permit compliance in states where regulatory agencies limit property line concentrations using modeling analysis. Because of differences in model formulation and the treatment of terrain features, one cannot predict a priori whether ISCST3 or AERMOD will predict higher or lower pollutant concentrations downwind of a source. The objectives of this paper were to determine the sensitivity of AERMOD to various inputs and compare the highest downwind concentrations from a ground-level area source (GLAS) predicted by AERMOD to those predicted by ISCST3. Concentrations predicted using ISCST3 were sensitive to changes in wind speed, temperature, solar radiation (as it affects stability class), and mixing heights below 160 m. Surface roughness also affected downwind concentrations predicted by ISCST3. AERMOD was sensitive to changes in albedo, surface roughness, wind speed, temperature, and cloud cover. Bowen ratio did not affect the results from AERMOD. These results demonstrate AERMOD's sensitivity to small changes in wind speed and surface roughness. When AERMOD is used to determine property line concentrations, small changes in these variables may affect the distance within which concentration limits are exceeded by several hundred meters.

  16. Upgrade of the electron beam ion trap in Shanghai

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    Lu, D.; Yang, Y.; Xiao, J.; Shen, Y.; Fu, Y.; Wei, B.; Yao, K.; Hutton, R.; Zou, Y.

    2014-09-15

    Over the last few years the Shanghai electron beam ion trap (EBIT) has been successfully redesigned and rebuilt. The original machine, developed under collaboration with the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, first produced an electron beam in 2005. It could be tuned with electron energies between 1 and 130 keV and beam current up to 160 mA. After several years of operation, it was found that several modifications for improvements were necessary to reach the goals of better electron optics, higher photon detection, and ion injection efficiencies, and more economical running costs. The upgraded Shanghai-EBIT is made almost entirely from Ti instead of stainless steel and achieves a vacuum of less than 10{sup −10} Torr, which helps to minimize the loss of highly changed ions through charge exchange. Meanwhile, a more compact structure and efficient cryogenic system, and excellent optical alignment have been of satisfactory. The magnetic field in the central trap region can reach up till 4.8 T with a uniformity of 2.77 × 10{sup −4}. So far the upgraded Shanghai-EBIT has been operated up to an electron energy of 151 keV and a beam current of up to 218 mA, although promotion to even higher energy is still in progress. Radiation from ions as highly charged as Xe{sup 53+,} {sup 54+} has been produced and the characterization of current density is estimated from the measured electron beam width.

  17. Measurements of the Martian Winds for Three Seasons

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    1999-01-01

    Observations (from the Thermal Emission Spectrometer, or TES, instrument)covering one half martian year allow us to follow the development of the northern winter polar vortex. This high speed west wind builds up from fall ('early October' in a calendar seasonally equivalent to the terrestrial calendar) to maximum strength in winter ('late December'). As spring approaches ('late March'), it gradually declines. At maximum strength its winds exceed 160 m/s (360 miles per hour). It also acts as an effective barrier to the northward transport of atmospheric dust; during its most active phase, only condensates (water and CO2 ices) were observed in its core. Detailed study of this effect is important to determine the accumulation of deposits on the permanent polar cap.

    The TES instrument was built by Santa Barbara Remote Sensing and is operated by Philip R. Christensen, of Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. The MGS mission is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA.

  18. Relative performance comparison between baseline labyrinth and dual-brush compressor discharge seals in a T-700 engine test

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    Hendricks, Robert C.; Griffin, Thomas A.; Kline, Teresa R.; Csavina, Kristine R.; Pancholi, Arvind; Sood, Devendra

    1995-01-01

    In separate series of YT-700 engine tests, direct comparisons were made between the forward-facing labyrinth and dual brush compressor discharge seals. Compressor speeds to 43 000 rpm, surface speeds to 160 m/s (530 ft/s), pressures to 1 MPa (145 psi), and temperatures to 680 K (765 F) characterized these tests. The wear estimate for 46 hr of engine operations was less than 0.025 mm (0.001 in.) of the Haynes 25 alloy bristles running against a chromium-carbide-coated rub runner. The pressure drops were higher for the dual-brush seal than for the forward-facing labyrinth seal and leakage was lower-with the labyrinth seal leakage being 2-1/2 times greater-implying better seal characteristics, better secondary airflow distribution, and better engine performance (3 percent at high pressure to 5 percent at lower pressure) for the brush seal. (However, as brush seals wear down (after 500 to 1000 hr of engine operation), their leakage rates will increase.) Modification of the secondary flow path requires that changes in cooling air and engine dynamics be accounted for.

  19. Polyimide/PDMS flexible thermoelectric generator for ambient assisted living applications

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    Francioso, L.; De Pascali, C.; Farella, I.; Martucci, C.; Cretì, P.; Siciliano, P.

    2011-06-01

    Present work proposed design, finite element tools simulation and prototype fabrication of a low cost energy autonomous, maintenance free, flexible and wearable micro thermoelectric generator (μTEG), finalized to power very low consumption electronics Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) applications. The prototype, integrating an array of 100 thin films thermocouples of Sb2Te3 and Bi2Te3, generates, at 40 °C, an open circuit output voltage of 430 mV and an electrical output power up to 32 nW with matched load. In real operation conditions of prototype, which are believed to be very close to a thermal gradient of 15°C, the device generates an open circuit output voltage of about 160 mV, with an electrical output power up to 4.18 nW. In this work we proposed design, thermal simulation and fabrication of a preliminary flexible and wearable micro thermoelectric generator (μTEG), finalized to power very low consumption electronics for Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) applications. Presented simulations show the performances of different fabrication solution for the PDMS/Kapton packages, considering flat and sloped walls approach for thermal gradient enhancement.

  20. Flexible thermoelectric generator for ambient assisted living wearable biometric sensors

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    Francioso, L.; De Pascali, C.; Farella, I.; Martucci, C.; Cretì, P.; Siciliano, P.; Perrone, A.

    2011-03-01

    In this work we proposed design, fabrication and functional characterization of a very low cost energy autonomous, maintenance free, flexible and wearable micro thermoelectric generator (μTEG), finalized to power very low consumption electronics ambient assisted living (AAL) applications. The prototype, integrating an array of 100 thin films thermocouples of Sb2Te3 and Bi2Te3, generates, at 40 °C, an open circuit output voltage of 430 mV and an electrical output power up to 32 nW with matched load. In real operation conditions of prototype, which are believed to be very close to a thermal gradient of 15 °C, the device generates an open circuit output voltage of about 160 mV, with an electrical output power up to 4.18 nW. In the first part of work, deposition investigation Sb2Te3 and Bi2Te3 thin films alloys on Kapton HN polyimide foil by RF magnetron co-sputtering technique is discussed. Deposition parameters have been optimized to gain perfect stoichiometric ratio and high thermoelectric power factor; fabricated thermogenerator has been tested at low gradient conditioned to evaluate applications like human skin wearable power generator for ambient assisted living applications.

  1. Final Technical Report: Electromagnetic Pump Insulation Materials Development and Testing (PLM-DOC-0005-2465) Report # DOEGEHB00613

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    Krahn, John; Reed, Claude; Loewen, Eric

    2015-10-29

    Final Technical Report: Electromagnetic Pump Insulation Materials Development and Testing (Report # DOEGEHB00613) summarizes the information gathered from the analysis of the 160 m3/min EM Pump insulation that was tested in 2000-2002 and additional evaluations of new resilient, engineered insulation system evaluated and tested at both GRC and ANL. This report provides information on Tasks 1 and 2 of the entire project. This report also provides information in three broad areas: Historical and current data; Conclusions based on test data; and Insulation specifications for use in EM Pumps. The research for Task 2 builds upon Task 1: Update EM Pump Databank, which is summarized within this report. Where research for Task 3 and 4 Next-Generation EM Pump Analysis Tools identified parameters or analysis model that benefits Task 2 research, those items are noted within this report. The important design variables for the manufacture and operation of an EM Pump that the insulation research can evaluate are: space constraints; voltage capability of insulation system; maximum flux density through iron; flow rate and outlet pressure; efficiency and manufacturability. The development summary of the Electromagnetic Pump Insulation Materials Development and Testing was completed to include: Historical and current data; Conclusions based on test data; and Insulation specifications for use in EM Pumps.

  2. [Allelopathic effects of invasive weed Solidago canadensis on native plants].

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    Mei, Lingxiao; Chen, Xin; Tang, Jianjun

    2005-12-01

    With growth chamber method, this paper studied the allelopathic potential of invasive weed Solidago canadensis on native plant species. Different concentration S. canadensis root and rhizome extracts were examined, and the test plants were Trifolium repens, Trifolium pretense, Medicago lupulina, Lolium perenne, Suaeda glauca, Plantago virginica, Kummerowia stipulacea, Festuca arundinacea, Ageratum conyzoides, Portulaca oleracea, and Amaranthus spinosus. The results showed that the allelopathic inhibitory effect of the extracts from both S. canadensis root and rhizome was enhanced with increasing concentration, and rhizome extracts had a higher effect than root extracts. At the lowest concentration (1:60), root extract had little effect on the seed germination and seedling growth of T. repens, but rhizome extract could inhibit the germination of all test plants though the inhibitory effect varied with different species. The inhibition was the greatest for grass, followed by forb and legume. 1:60 (m:m) rhizome extract had similar effects on seed germination and radicel growth, but for outgrowth, the extract could inhibit Kummerowia stipulacea, Amaranthus spinosus and Festuca arundinacea, had no significant impact on Lolium perenne, Plantago virginica, Ageratum conyzoides, Portulaca oleracea and Amaranthus spinosus, and stimulated Trifolium repens, Trifolium pretense and Medicago lupulina.

  3. [Photodissociation of Acetylene and Acetone using Step-Scan Time-Resolved FTIR Emission Spectroscopy

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    McLaren, Ian A.; Wrobel, Jacek D.

    1997-01-01

    The photodissociation of acetylene and acetone was investigated as a function of added quenching gas pressures using step-scan time-resolved FTIR emission spectroscopy. Its main components consist of Bruker IFS88, step-scan Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometer coupled to a flow cell equipped with Welsh collection optics. Vibrationally excited C2H radicals were produced from the photodissociation of acetylene in the unfocused experiments. The infrared (IR) emission from these excited C2H radicals was investigated as a function of added argon pressure. Argon quenching rate constants for all C2H emission bands are of the order of 10(exp -13)cc/molecule.sec. Quenching of these radicals by acetylene is efficient, with a rate constant in the range of 10(exp -11) cc/molecule.sec. The relative intensity of the different C2H emission bands did not change with the increasing argon or acetylene pressure. However, the overall IR emission intensity decreased, for example, by more than 50% when the argon partial pressure was raised from 0.2 to 2 Torr at fixed precursor pressure of 160mTorr. These observations provide evidence for the formation of a metastable C2H2 species, which are collisionally quenched by argon or acetylene. Problems encountered in the course of the experimental work are also described.

  4. Mechanisms of cation permeation in cardiac sodium channel: description by dynamic pore model.

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    Kurata, Y; Sato, R; Hisatome, I; Imanishi, S

    1999-01-01

    The selective permeability to monovalent metal cations, as well as the relationship between cation permeation and gating kinetics, was investigated for native tetrodotoxin-insensitive Na-channels in guinea pig ventricular myocytes using the whole-cell patch clamp technique. By the measurement of inward unidirectional currents and biionic reversal potentials, we demonstrate that the cardiac Na-channel is substantially permeable to all of the group Ia and IIIa cations tested, with the selectivity sequence Na(+) >/= Li(+) > Tl(+) > K(+) > Rb(+) > Cs(+). Current kinetics was little affected by the permeant cation species and concentrations tested (160 mM), suggesting that the permeation process is independent of the gating process in the Na-channel. The permeability ratios determined from biionic reversal potentials were concentration and orientation dependent: the selectivity to Na(+) increased with increasing internal [K(+)] or external [Tl(+)]. The dynamic pore model describing the conformational transition of the Na-channel pore between different selectivity states could account for all the experimental data, whereas conventional static pore models failed to fit the concentration-dependent permeability ratio data. We conclude that the dynamic pore mechanism, independent of the gating machinery, may play an important physiological role in regulating the selective permeability of native Na-channels. PMID:10512810

  5. Statistical and dynamical analysis of internal waves on the continental shelf of the Middle Atlantic Bight from Space Shuttle photographs

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    Zheng, Quanan; Yan, Xiao-Hai; Klemas, Vic

    1993-01-01

    The internal waves on the continental shelf on the Middle Atlantic Bight seen on Space Shuttle photographs taken during the STS-40 mission in June 1991 are measured and analyzed. The internal wave field in the sample area has a three-level structure which consists of packet groups, packets, and solitons. An average packet group wavelength of 17.5 km and an average soliton wavelength of 0.6 km are measured. Finite-depth theory is used to derive the dynamic parameters of the internal solitons: the maximum amplitude of 5.6 m, the characteristic phase speed of 0.42 m/s, the characteristic period of 23.8 min, the velocity amplitude of the water particles in the upper and lower layers of 0.13 m/s and 0.030 m/s respectively, and the theoretical energy per unit crest line of 6.8 x 10 exp 4 J/m. The frequency distribution of solitons is triple-peaked rather than continuous. The major generation source is at 160 m water depth, and a second is at 1800 m depth, corresponding to the upper and lower edges of the shelf break.

  6. Electronic optimization of heteroleptic Ru(II) bipyridine complexes by remote substituents: synthesis, characterization, and application to dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Han, Won-Sik; Han, Jung-Kyu; Kim, Hyun-Young; Choi, Mi Jin; Kang, Yong-Soo; Pac, Chyongjin; Kang, Sang Ook

    2011-04-18

    We prepared a series of new heteroleptic ruthenium(II) complexes, Ru(NCS)(2)LL' (3a-3e), where L is 4,4'-di(hydroxycarbonyl)-2,2'-bipyridine and L' is 4,4'-di(p-X-phenyl)-2,2'-pyridine (X = CN (a), F (b), H (c), OMe (d), and NMe(2) (e)), in an attempt to explore the structure-activity relationships in their photophysical and electrochemical behavior and in their performance in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). When substituent X is changed from electron-donating NMe(2) to electron-withdrawing CN, the absorption and emission maxima reveal systematic bathochromic shifts. The redox potentials of these dyes are also significantly influenced by X. The electronic properties of the dyes were theoretically analyzed using density functional theory calculations; the results show good correlations with the experimental results. The solar-cell performance of DSSCs based on dye-grafted nanocrystalline TiO(2) using 3a-3e and standard N3 (bis[(4,4'-carboxy-2,2'-bipyridine)(thiocyanato)]ruthenium(II)) were compared, revealing substantial dependences on the dye structures, particularly on the remote substituent X. The 3d-based device showed the best performance: η = 8.30%, J(SC) = 16.0 mA·cm(-2), V(OC) = 717 mV, and ff = 0.72. These values are better than N3-based device.

  7. Electron transfer reactions in the alkene mono-oxygenase complex from Nocardia corallina B-276.

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    Gallagher, S C; Cammack, R; Dalton, H

    1999-01-01

    Nocardia corallina B-276 possesses a multi-component enzyme, alkene mono-oxygenase (AMO), that catalyses the stereoselective epoxygenation of alkenes. The reductase component of this system has been shown by EPR and fluorescence spectroscopy to contain two prosthetic groups, an FAD centre and a [2Fe-2S] cluster. The role of these centres in the epoxygenation reaction was determined by midpoint potential measurements and electron transfer kinetics. The order of potentials of the prosthetic groups of the reductase were FAD/FAD.=-216 mV, [2Fe-2S]/[2Fe-2S].=-160 mV and FAD./FAD.=-134 mV. Combined, these data implied that the reductase component supplied the energy required for the epoxygenation reaction and allowed a prediction of the mechanism of electron transfer within the AMO complex. The FAD moiety was reduced by bound NADH in a two-electron reaction. The electrons were then transported to the [2Fe-2S] centre one at a time, which in turn reduced the di-iron centre of the epoxygenase. Reduction of the di-iron centre is required for oxygen binding and substrate oxidation. PMID:10085230

  8. Short stature is related to high body fat composition despite body mass index in a Mexican population.

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    López-Alvarenga, Juan Carlos; Montesinos-Cabrera, Rebeca A; Velázquez-Alva, Consuelo; González-Barranco, Jorge

    2003-01-01

    Mexico has a high prevalence of short stature (SS) population; thus, body mass index (BMI) criteria for diagnosis of obesity should be different from that in a tall stature (TS) population. The aim of this study was to determine whether SS at the same BMI would have greater body fat mass than those with TS. We studied 116 individuals, 58 with SS (women < or =1.50 m and men < or =1.60 m) matched by gender, age (+/-5 years), and BMI (+/-2). Body fat was measured by bioelectrical impedance analysis. Paired comparisons between matched subjects showed that SS have greater body fat percentage than TS (Delta = 1.40%, p = 0.04). Subjects with BMI > or =25 and SS showed higher difference (Delta = 4.2%, p = 0.004) in body fat percentage. Subjects with SS have more body fat percentage than TS. This finding supports the hypothesis that in SS population BMI for diagnosis of obesity must be re-evaluated; from these results, we propose that diagnosis of obesity in SS be from BMI of 25.

  9. Optical dating of an offset river terrace sequence across the Karakax fault and its implication for the late Quaternary left-lateral slip rate

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    Gong, Zhijun; Sun, Jimin; Zhang, Zhiliang; Fu, Bihong; Jia, Yingying

    2017-10-01

    The Karakax fault is one of the largest left-lateral strike-slip faults at the rim of the northwestern Tibetan Plateau. In this study, the optical dating techniques were applied to the Taersayijilega river terraces, which were transversely cut and offset by the Karakax fault. Six fluvial sand samples from the river terraces were collected and dated. The results show that the terraces (T2-T5) have ages of 14.5 ± 1.0 ka, 21.2 ± 1.2 ka, 28.5 ± 1.7 ka and 39.7 ± 2.5 ka, respectively. By interpreting high resolution satellite images, the horizontal displacements of the four river terraces are estimated at ∼160 m, ∼235 m, ∼260 m and ∼365 m, respectively. Based on the ages and offsets of the terraces, the average left-lateral slip rate of the Karakax fault was estimated at 7.8 ± 1.6 mm/a during the late Quaternary. Such rate of the Karakax fault is significantly higher than that of the Longmu-Gozha Co fault, suggesting that the Karakax fault plays an important role in accommodating eastward movement of the Tibetan Plateau at the northwest during the late Quaternary.

  10. Little Ice Age evidence from a south-central North American ice core, U.S.A.

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    Naftz, D.L.; Klusman, R.W.; Michel, R.L.; Schuster, P.F.; Ready, M.M.; Taylor, H.E.; Yanosky, T.M.; McConnaughey, E.A.

    1996-01-01

    In the past, ice-core records from mid-latitude glaciers in alpine areas of the continental United States were considered to be poor candidates for paleoclimate records because of the influence of meltwater on isotopic stratigraphy. To evaluate the existence of reliable paleoclimatic records, a 160-m ice core, containing about 250 yr of record was obtained from Upper Fremont Glacier, at an altitude of 4000 m in the Wind River Range of south-central North America. The ??18O (SMOW) profile from the core shows a -0.95??? shift to lighter values in the interval from 101.8 to 150 m below the surface, corresponding to the latter part of the Little Ice Age (LIA). Numerous high-amplitude oscillations in the section of the core from 101.8 to 150 m cannot be explained by site-specific lateral variability and probably reflect increased seasonality or better preservation of annual signals as a result of prolonged cooler temperatures that existed in this alpine setting. An abrupt decrease in these large amplitude oscillations at the 101.8-m depth suggests a sudden termination of this period of lower temperatures which generally coincides with the termination of the LIA. Three common features in the ??18O profiles between Upper Fremont Glacier and the better dated Quelccaya Ice Cap cores indicate a global paleoclimate linkage, further supporting the first documented occurrence of the LIA in an ice-core record from a temperate glacier in south-central North America.

  11. Tresfjord Bridge – a human friendly and traffic efficient structure

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    Dahl, Kristian B.; Anta Magerøy Tønnessen, Aja; Toverud, Lars I.

    2017-09-01

    The E136 Tresfjord Bridge opened in October 2015, and crosses the Tresfjorden on the west coast of Norway. It is a concrete bridge with a total length of 1290 m, consisting of 19 viaduct spans, 60 m each, and a FCM (free cantilever method) main span of 160 m. The E136 is one of the most important transportation routes in the county of Møre and Romsdal and starts in Ålesund, and passes along Tresfjorden to Åndalsnes. The existing road is very narrow with speed limit of 60 km/h and characterizes by many accidents involving cars and people. The traffic flow is approximately ca 2500 vehicles a day, of this is 25% heavy vehicles. Those transport fresh salmon from the breeders in the fjords along the coast. To try to decrease the transportation time is very important for the fresh salmon. The bridge reduces the distance between Ålesund and Åndalsnes by 13 km. The speed limit is now 80 km/h, and with much less risk for accidents since there are separate lanes for cars and pedestrians over the whole bridge. This means that the bridge represents a human friendly and traffic efficient structure to the benefit for the people and the region.

  12. All the catalytic active sites of MoS2 for hydrogen evolution

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    Li, Guoqing; Zhang, Du; Qiao, Qiao; ...

    2016-11-29

    MoS2 presents a promising low-cost catalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), but the understanding about its active sites has remained limited. Here we present an unambiguous study of the catalytic activities of all possible reaction sites of MoS2, including edge sites, sulfur vacancies, and grain boundaries. We demonstrate that, in addition to the well-known catalytically active edge sites, sulfur vacancies provide another major active site for the HER, while the catalytic activity of grain boundaries is much weaker. Here, the intrinsic turnover frequencies (Tafel slopes) of the edge sites, sulfur vacancies, and grain boundaries are estimated to be 7.5more » s–1 (65–75 mV/dec), 3.2 s–1 (65–85 mV/dec), and 0.1 s–1 (120–160 mV/dec), respectively. We also demonstrate that the catalytic activity of sulfur vacancies strongly depends on the density of the vacancies and the local crystalline structure in proximity to the vacancies. Unlike edge sites, whose catalytic activity linearly depends on the length, sulfur vacancies show optimal catalytic activities when the vacancy density is in the range of 7–10%, and the number of sulfur vacancies in high crystalline quality MoS2 is higher than that in low crystalline quality MoS2, which may be related with the proximity of different local crystalline structures to the vacancies.« less

  13. Multi-electrode bioelectrochemical system for the treatment of high total dissolved solids bearing chemical based wastewater.

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    Velvizhi, G; Venkata Mohan, S

    2017-10-01

    Multi-electrode bioelectrochemical treatment system (ME-BET; membrane less) consisting of six electrode assemblies (E1-E6) was designed and fabricated for the treatment of complex chemical based wastewater with high salt concentration. The performance was compared with single electrode assembly BET reactor (SE-BET). Enhanced TDS and COD removal was observed in ME-BET (32%; 56%) compared to SE-BET (15%; 23%) as a result of in situ bio-potential from multi-electrodes through the oxidation of organic substrate in the wastewater. Inorganic pollutants viz., nitrates (28%; 8%), sulphates (25%; 9%) and phosphates (20%; 7%) removal was higher in ME-BET in comparison with SE-BET and this was also supported with bioelectrogenic activity (584; 160mW/m(3)). The study infers that designing of compact reactors with multiple electrodes in a single system enhances the anodic reactions and enable effective treatment of complex wastewaters with simultaneous power production. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Age and effects of the Odessa meteorite impact, western Texas, USA

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    Holliday, Vance T.; Kring, David A.; Mayer, James H.; Goble, Ronald J.

    2005-12-01

    The Odessa meteorite craters (Texas, United States) include a main crater (˜160 m diameter, ˜30 m deep) plus four smaller meteorite craters. The main crater was sampled by coring (to 22 m depth) to better understand its origin and history. Dating by optically stimulated luminescence indicates that it was produced immediately prior to ca. 63.5 ± 4.5 ka. Sediment filling the crater includes impact breccias produced at the time of impact; wind-dominated silts with minor amounts of pond sediments deposited ca. 63.5 ka, probably just after the impact, and ca. 53 ± 2 ka; wind-dominated silt ca. 38 ± 1.7 ka; and playa muds with a wind-blown silt component younger than 36 ka. The environment was arid or semiarid at the time of impact based on characteristics of soils on the surrounding landscape. The impact caused severe damage within 2 km and produced >1000 km/hr winds and thermal pulse. Animals within a 1 1.5-km-diameter area were probably killed. This is only the second well-dated Pleistocene hypervelocity impact crater in North America.

  15. Periorbital Syringomas Treated With an Externally Used 1,444 nm Neodymium-Doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Laser.

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    Kim, Jun Young; Lee, Jae Won; Chung, Kee Yang

    2017-03-01

    The 1,444 nm wavelength is also well absorbed in water making it a possible setting for treatment of cystic lesions such as eccrine hydrocystomas and syringomas. The authors aimed to investigate the efficacy of an externally used 1,444 nm neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser for the treatment of periorbital syringomas. Nineteen patients with periorbital syringomas were treated twice with the externally used 1,444 nm Nd:YAG laser at 2-month intervals. Laser fluences were delivered to each papule with pulse energy of 160 mJ, 1.6 W of power, and at a 10 Hz pulse rate. Clinical improvement and patient satisfaction were assessed at 2 and 6 months after each treatment. Side effects were also examined. Clinical improvement of >50% was observed in 68.4% of individuals at 2 months after first treatment (2FT) and in all patients at 6 months after second treatment (6ST). Patient satisfaction of no less than "satisfied" was recorded for 63.2% of patients at 2FT, and in 89.5% of patients at 6ST. Erythema was observed in 63.2% of patients but only at 2FT. Externally used 1,444 nm Nd:YAG laser treatment may represent an effective and safe approach for the treatment of periorbital syringomas, resulting in good satisfaction and minimal side effects.

  16. Mesoporous graphene-like nanobowls as Pt electrocatalyst support for highly active and stable methanol oxidation

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    Yan, Zaoxue; He, Guoqiang; Jiang, Zhifeng; Wei, Wei; Gao, Lina; Xie, Jimin

    2015-06-01

    Mesoporous graphene-like nanobowls (GLBs) with high surface area of 1091 m2 g-1, high pore volume of 2.7 cm3 g-1 and average pore diameter of 9.8 nm are synthesized through template method. The GLBs with inherent excellent electrical conductivity and chemical inertia show the properties of well mass transfer, poison resistance and stable loading of smaller Pt particles. Therefore, the Pt/GLB catalyst shows much higher activity and stability than that of commercial Pt/C (TKK) for methanol oxidation reaction (MOR). Therein, the peak current density on Pt/GLB (2075 mA mgPt-1) for MOR is 2.87 times that of commercial Pt/C (723 mA mgPt-1); and the onset potential for the MOR on the former is negatively shifted about 160 mV compared with that on the latter. The catalytic performances of the Pt/GLB are also better than those of the Pt loading on mesoporous amorphous carbon nanobowls (Pt/BLC), indicating promotion effect of graphite on Pt catalytic performance.

  17. Investigations on Li4Ti5O12/Ti3O5 Composite as an Anode Material for Lithium-Ion Batteries

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    Lin, Yuanhua; Xu, Wen; Zhang, Xiaoyan; Wang, Lijun; Liu, Wanying

    2017-09-01

    The Ti3O5 powder with uniform morphology has been successfully obtained and used to synthesize Li4Ti5O12/Ti3O5 composite material by ball milling for modifying Li4Ti5O12-based, lithium-ion battery anodes. Moreover, according to the relative performance investigations, the synthesized Li4Ti5O12/Ti3O5 composite shows better electrochemical properties than that of the Li4Ti5O12. At a high rate (10 C), the capacity of the Li4Ti5O12/Ti3O5 composite electrode is 139.8 mAhg-1, whereas the value of Li4Ti5O12 is 121.6 mAhg-1, showing a capacity enhanced about 14.97%. After 100 cycles at 0.2 C, the discharge capacity of Li4Ti5O12/Ti3O5 remains at 160 mAhg-1 with a capacity loss of 2.6%. The results indicate that the Li4Ti5O12/Ti3O5 composite electrode can be used as anode material with a relatively higher rate capability and excellent cycle performance in lithium-ion batteries.

  18. Self-association of caffeine in aqueous solution. Study of dilute solutions by normal and second derivative UV absorption spectroscopy.

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    Iza, N.; Gil, M.; Montero, J. L.; Morcillo, J.

    1988-05-01

    The concentration dependence of the spectral parameters of caffeine bands at ˜205 and 273 nm has been studied in aqueous solution by normal and second derivative spectroscopy. The concentration range was 5 x 10 -6 - 5 x 10 -3 M and thirty-five different concentrations were used. Discontinuities in parameter variation of these two bands at ˜7.5 x 10 -5, ˜2 x 10 -4, and ˜1 x 10 -3M were observed as concentration was increased. These "limiting" concentrations define three quite differenciated hyper- or hipochromic effects: the first one can be explained as caffeine-water molecule interaction and the second and third as dimer and (dimer + polymer) stacking, respectively. Apparent self-association constants using the isodesmic model have been obtained K= 160 M -1 (for the second hypochromic effect) and K= 13.6 M -1 (for the third hypochromic effect), for the 273 nm band. It is noteworthy that the three "limiting" concentrations coincide with changes in DNA-caffeine interaction modes (H. Lang , 1976) and biological activity (I.B. Syed , 1976).

  19. Microheaters based on ultrasonic actuation of piezoceramic elements

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    Visvanathan, Karthik; Gianchandani, Yogesh B.

    2011-08-01

    This paper describes the use of micromachined lead zirconate titanate (PZT) piezoceramic elements for heat generation by ultrasonic energy dissipated within the elements and surrounding media. Simulations based on three-dimensional finite-element models suggest that circular disk-shaped elements provide superior steady-state temperature rise for a given cross-sectional area, volume of the PZT element and drive voltage. Experimental validation is performed using PZT-5A heaters of 3.2 mm diameter and 0.191 mm thickness. Single-element heaters and dual-element stacks are evaluated. Although the steady-state temperature generated by these heaters reaches the maximum value at the frequency of maximum electromechanical conductance, the heating effectiveness is maximized at the frequency of maximum electromechanical impedance. Stacked PZT heaters provide 3.5 times the temperature rise and 3 times greater heating effectiveness than single elements. Furthermore, the heaters attain the maximum heating effectiveness when bonded to highly damping and non-conducting substrates. A maximum temperature of 120 °C is achieved at 160 mW input power. Experiments are performed using porcine tissue samples to show the feasibility of using PZT heaters in tissue cauterization. A PZT heater probe brands a porcine tissue in 2-3 s with 10 VRMS drive voltage. The interface temperature is ≈150 °C.

  20. Liposomes formed in sintered glass pores.

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    Zawada, Zygmunt H; Gubernator, Jerzy; Pentak, Danuta

    2008-01-01

    The method for preparation of vesicles, by evaporation of hydrophobic solvent from double emulsion (w/o/w) formed in the properly designed device is described. These method leads to multiple increase of encapsulation efficiency of aqueous solutions of drug in liposomes in comparison with other method. The w/o/w was passed through the glass sinter with the use of negative pressure to disrupt w/o/w drops into smaller ones. At low pressure and at heigher temperature, the hydrophobic solvent from oil phase evaporated off and the lipids that were diluted in oil phase had created bilayer. When the relatively small quantity of lipids was used, the final encapsulation efficiency (ee) was about 50% and the uppermost encapsulation volume (ev) was 160 mL/g of lipids. Similar ee was noted for a 4-amino-10-methylfolic acid (MTX), Patent Blue V (PB) and bovine serum albumin (BSA). Liposomes loaded with drug at high concentration may be easily separated from suspension with the use of simple centrifugation.

  1. Anisotropic 2.5D Inversion of Towed Streamer EM Data from Three North Sea Fields Using Parallel Adaptive Finite Elements

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    Key, K.; Du, Z.

    2014-12-01

    We present anisotropic inversion results from towed streamer electromagnetic (EM) surveys of the Bressay, Bentley and Kraken (BBK) heavy oil fields in the North Sea. The BBK discoveries pose several challenges to conventional controlled-source EM surveying since the relatively shallow water dampens the anomaly magnitudes due to airwave coupling, and the reservoirs are in close proximity to other resistive features. The 160 m spacing of the 44 receiver bipoles on the towed streamer offers much higher data density than is typically achieved with conventional seafloor receiver surveys. We tested the resolving capabilities of the towed-streamer by inverting the survey data using a new code based on a 2.5D parallel goal-oriented adaptive finite element method and a modified implementation of the Occam inversion algorithm. The inversion successfully images the 1-2 km wide Bressay and ~5 km wide Bentley reservoirs, illustrating that the high data density of the towed streamer offers improved resolution over sparsely sampled nodal seafloor receiver data. The results also demonstrate the importance of allowing for anisotropy when inverting data from this region. Whereas anisotropic inversion clearly recovers the lateral edges of the known reservoirs, isotropic inversion results in inter-bedding of resistive and conductive layers that conceal the reservoirs.

  2. Formation of magnetically anisotropic composite films at low magnetic fields

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    Ghazi Zahedi, Maryam; Ennen, Inga; Marchi, Sophie; Barthel, Markus J.; Hütten, Andreas; Athanassiou, Athanassia; Fragouli, Despina

    2017-04-01

    We present a straightforward two-step technique for the fabrication of poly (methyl methacrylate) composites with embedded aligned magnetic chains. First, ferromagnetic microwires are realized in a poly (methyl methacrylate) solution by assembling iron nanoparticles in a methyl methacrylate solution under heat in an external magnetic field of 160 mT. The simultaneous thermal polymerization of the monomer throughout the wires is responsible for their permanent linkage and stability. Next, the polymer solution containing the randomly dispersed microwires is casted on a solid substrate in the presence of a low magnetic field (20-40 mT) which induces the final alignment of the microwires into long magnetic chains upon evaporation of the solvent. We prove that the presence of the nanoparticles assembled in the form of microwires is a key factor for the formation of the anisotropic films under low magnetic fields. In fact, such low fields are not capable of driving and assembling dispersed magnetic nanoparticles in the same type of polymer solutions. Hence, this innovative approach can be utilized for the synthesis of magnetically anisotropic nanocomposite films at low magnetic fields.

  3. Low-timing-jitter, stretched-pulse passively mode-locked fiber laser with tunable repetition rate and high operation stability

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    Liu, Yuanshan; Zhang, Jian-Guo; Chen, Guofu; Zhao, Wei; Bai, Jing

    2010-09-01

    We design a low-timing-jitter, repetition-rate-tunable, stretched-pulse passively mode-locked fiber laser by using a nonlinear amplifying loop mirror (NALM), a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM), and a tunable optical delay line in the laser configuration. Low-timing-jitter optical pulses are stably produced when a SESAM and a 0.16 m dispersion compensation fiber are employed in the laser cavity. By inserting a tunable optical delay line between NALM and SESAM, the variable repetition-rate operation of a self-starting, passively mode-locked fiber laser is successfully demonstrated over a range from 49.65 to 50.47 MHz. The experimental results show that the newly designed fiber laser can maintain the mode locking at the pumping power of 160 mW to stably generate periodic optical pulses with width less than 170 fs and timing jitter lower than 75 fs in the 1.55 µm wavelength region, when the fundamental repetition rate of the laser is continuously tuned between 49.65 and 50.47 MHz. Moreover, this fiber laser has a feature of turn-key operation with high repeatability of its fundamental repetition rate in practice.

  4. Burning lithium in CS2 for high-performing compact Li2S–graphene nanocapsules for Li–S–batteries

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    Tan, Guoqiang; Xu, Rui; Xing, Zhenyu; ...

    2017-06-12

    Here, tremendous efforts have been made to design the cathode of Li–S batteries to improve their energy density and cycling life. However, challenges remain in achieving fast electronic and ionic transport while accommodating the significant cathode volumetric change, especially for the cathode with a high practical mass loading. Here we report a cathode architecture, which is constructed by burning lithium foils in a CS2 vapour. The obtained structure features crystalline Li2S nanoparticles wrapped by few-layer graphene (Li2S@graphene nanocapsules). Because of the improvement on the volumetric efficiency for accommodating sulfur active species and electrical properties, the cathode design enables promising electrochemicalmore » performance. More notably, at a loading of 10 mgLi2S cm–2, the electrode exhibits a high reversible capacity of 1,160 mAh g–1s, namely, an area capacity of 8.1 mAh cm–2. Li2S@graphene cathode demonstrates a great potential for Li-ion batteries, where the Li2S@graphene-cathode//graphite-anode cell displays a high capacity of 730 mAh g–1s as well as stable cycle performance.« less

  5. USE of seismic refraction method for the determination of the depth of water table at ozalla, owan west l.g.a edo state. Nigeria USE of seismic refraction method for the determination of the depth of water table at ozalla, owan west l.g.a edo state. Nigeria USE of seismic refraction method for the determination of the depth of water table at ozalla, owan west l.g.a edo state. Nigeria USE of seismic refraction method for the determination of the depth of water table at ozalla, Nigeria

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    Aikpitanyi, C. U.

    2012-12-01

    This Project research was carried out using seismic refraction method at st Patrick catholic church( site) ozalla owan west l.g.a Edo state. Nigeria A MCSEIS- 160M Seismograph was used as the recording instrument with 12 geophones as wave detectors in series with one another, each of 1.5m Perpendicular to a firing line of of36m long. but the geophones are spread at a predetermined distance. the impact of heavy metal(about 5kg) on a flat metal plate served as the source of artificial wave generation. The wave front method of interpretation was used in interpreting the field results at fine distance . Plot reveals that the subsurface under Investigation is three layers of velocities, 208ms-1 750ms-1 and 1250ms-1 for the first, second and third layers respectively. And the depth of the first and second layer is 12 .7m and 14.0m respectively. This investigation has further revealed that at approximately 27m from the surface a possible aquifer could be encountered, this result agreed with electrical resistivity Studies carried out in the past within the studied area.

  6. Applications of Shock Wave Research to Developments of Therapeutic Devices.

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    Takayama, Kazuyoshi

    2007-06-01

    Underwater shock wave research applied to medicine started in 1980 by exploding micro lead azide pellets in water. Collaboration with urologists in the School of Medicine, Tohoku University at the same time was directed to disintegration of kidney stones by controlling shock waves. We initially proposed a miniature truncated ellipsoidal cavity for generating high-pressures enough to disintegrate the stone but gave up the idea, when encountering the Dornie Systems' invention of an extracorporeal shock wave lithotripter (ESWL). Then we confirmed its effectiveness by using 10 mg silver azide pellets and constructed our own lithotripter, which was officially approved for a clinical use in 1987. Tissue damage during ESWL was attributable to bubble collapse and we convinced it could be done in a controlled fashion. In 1996, we used 160 mJ pulsed Ho:YAG laser beam focusing inside a catheter for shock generation and applied it to the revascularization of cerebral embolism, which is recently expanded to the treatment of pulmonary infarction. Micro water jets discharged in air were so effective to dissect soft tissues preserving small blood vessels. Animal experiments are successfully performed with high frequency water jets driven by an actuator-assisted micro-pump. A metal foil is deformed at high speed by a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser beam loading. We used this technique to project micro-particles or dry drugs attached on its reverse side and extended it to a laser ablation assisted dry drug delivery or DNA introductory system.

  7. Optimization of processing conditions for the fractionation of triticale straw using pressurized low polarity water.

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    Pronyk, C; Mazza, G

    2011-01-01

    Pressurized low polarity water (PLPW) fractionation of triticale straw was optimized to maximize hemicellulose and lignin yield, and to produce a cellulose rich fraction for biofuels production. The optimum PLPW conditions for hemicellulose yield was determined to be 165 °C, with a flow rate of 115 mL/min, and a solvent-to-solid ratio of 60 mL/g. Hemicellulose and lignin yield generally increased with increasing temperature and solvent-to-solid ratio. There was a small decrease in hemicellulose yield with an increase in flow rate. Minimum lignin content of the triticale straw residue after extraction was predicted to occur at a processing condition of 206 °C, 160 mL/min, and 67 mL/g. PLPW was successful in removing 73-78% of the hemicellulose, leaving a cellulose rich fraction (65% glucose concentration). Lignin was equally distributed between the solid residues and the extracts and most of the hemicellulose was extracted in oligomer form. Remaining solid residues after fractionation were highly digestible by cellulase enzymes. Crown Copyright © 2010. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Acrylic resin injection method for blood vessel investigations.

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    Suwa, Fumihiko; Uemura, Mamoru; Takemura, Akimichi; Toda, Isumi; Fang, Yi-Ru; Xu, Yuan Jin; Zhang, Zhi Yuan

    2013-01-01

    The injection of acrylic resin into vessels is an excellent method for macroscopically and microscopically observing their three-dimensional features. Conventional methods can be enhanced by removal of the polymerization inhibitor (hydroquinone) without requiring distillation, a consistent viscosity of polymerized resin, and a constant injection pressure and speed. As microvascular corrosion cast specimens are influenced by viscosity, pressure, and speed changes, injection into different specimens yields varying results. We devised a method to reduce those problems. Sodium hydroxide was used to remove hydroquinone from commercial methylmethacrylate. The solid polymer and the liquid monomer were mixed using a 1 : 9 ratio (low-viscosity acrylic resin, 9.07 ± 0.52 mPa•s) or a 3:7 ratio (high-viscosity resin, 1036.33 ± 144.02 mPa•s). To polymerize the acrylic resin for injection, a polymerization promoter (1.0% benzoyl peroxide) was mixed with a polymerization initiator (0.5%, N, N-dimethylaniline). The acrylic resins were injected using a precise syringe pump, with a 5-mL/min injection speed and 11.17 ± 1.60 mPa injection pressure (low-viscosity resin) and a 1-mL/min injection speed and 58.50 ± 5.75 mPa injection pressure (high-viscosity resin). Using the aforementioned conditions, scanning electron microscopy indicated that sufficient resin could be injected into the capillaries of the microvascular corrosion cast specimens.

  9. Redox potentials of protein disulfide bonds from free-energy calculations.

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    Li, Wenjin; Baldus, Ilona B; Gräter, Frauke

    2015-04-30

    Thiol/disulfide exchange in proteins is a vital process in all organisms. To ensure specificity, the involved thermodynamics and kinetics are believed to be tailored by the structure and dynamics of the protein hosting the thiol/disulfide pair. We here aim at predicting the thermodynamics of thiol/disulfide pairs in proteins. We devise a free-energy calculation scheme, which makes use of the Crooks Gaussian intersection method to estimate the redox potential of thiol/disulfide pairs in 12 proteins belonging to the thioredoxin superfamily, namely, thioredoxins, glutaredoxins, and thiol-disulfide oxidoreductases in disulfide bond formation systems. We obtained a satisfying correlation of computed with experimental redox potentials (varying by 160 mV), with a residual error of ∼40 mV (8 kJ/mol), which drastically reduces when considering a less diverse set of only thioredoxins. Our simple and transferrable approach provides a route toward estimating redox potentials of any disulfide-containing protein given that its (reduced or oxidized) structure is known and thereby represents a step toward a rational design of redox proteins.

  10. Highly active, bi-functional and metal-free B4C-nanoparticle-modified graphite felt electrodes for vanadium redox flow batteries

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    Jiang, H. R.; Shyy, W.; Wu, M. C.; Wei, L.; Zhao, T. S.

    2017-10-01

    The potential of B4C as a metal-free catalyst for vanadium redox reactions is investigated by first-principles calculations. Results show that the central carbon atom of B4C can act as a highly active reaction site for redox reactions, due primarily to the abundant unpaired electrons around it. The catalytic effect is then verified experimentally by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) tests, both of which demonstrate that B4C nanoparticles can enhance the kinetics for both V2+/V3+ and VO2+/VO2+ redox reactions, indicating a bi-functional effect. The B4C-nanoparticle-modified graphite felt electrodes are finally prepared and tested in vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs). It is shown that the batteries with the prepared electrodes exhibit energy efficiencies of 88.9% and 80.0% at the current densities of 80 and 160 mA cm-2, which are 16.6% and 18.8% higher than those with the original graphite felt electrodes. With a further increase in current densities to 240 and 320 mA cm-2, the batteries can still maintain energy efficiencies of 72.0% and 63.8%, respectively. All these results show that the B4C-nanoparticle-modified graphite felt electrode outperforms existing metal-free catalyst modified electrodes, and thus can be promising electrodes for VRFBs.

  11. Trajectory control of cable suspended FAST telescope focus cabin

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    Strah, Bruno; Kern, Simon; Fomi, Francis; Lazanowski, Markus; Li, Hui; Sun, Jinghai; Nan, Rendong; Kärcher, Hans; Nordmann, Rainer

    2008-07-01

    Operation of the Five-Hundred-Meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) requires accurate positioning and movement of the receiver platform on a spherical workspace with a radius of 160 m. Supported above the 500 m diameter main reflector it has to be positioned with an accuracy of several millimeters. To achieve this, the receiver is located in the receiver cabin that is suspended on six cables. The cables are attached to six towers located on the circumference of the main reflector and can be actuated via six capstans. In this paper a control concept for the cable-system is presented. Using a detailed mathematical model of the system the performance of the control and the sensitivity to wind and other disturbances is evaluated via simulation. The mechanics are modeled via FEM, the capstan-drives as lumped-mass elements including nonlinear effects like friction and backlash. The control scheme presented consists of position control loops for the capstans and numerically optimized PID-controllers for the positioning of the cabin platform.

  12. A high-resolution survey of DMS, CO2, and O2/Ar distributions in productive coastal waters

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    Nemcek, Nina; Ianson, Debby; Tortell, Philippe D.

    2008-06-01

    We present continuous, high-resolution measurements of surface dimethylsulfide (DMS), pCO2, and O2/Ar obtained in coastal waters off British Columbia, Canada, using membrane inlet mass spectrometry (MIMS). Sampled underway at a frequency of twice per minute (every ˜160 m at 10 knots cruising speed), our data reveal fine-scale structure in gas variability and its covariance with a number of hydrographic parameters. All parameters exhibited large ranges (pCO2, 200-747 ppm; DMS, <1-29 nM; chl a, <0.1-33 μg L-1), highlighting the dynamic nature of the study area. A strong anticorrelation between pCO2 and O2/Ar was observed across the survey region, with the distributions of these gases influenced by biology and its interplay with physical processes. In contrast, DMS levels, which varied dramatically over short distances, showed no significant correlations with any single variable for the full, high-resolution data set. However, when measurements were binned to a much coarser spatial resolution, we found a linear relationship between surface DMS and the chlorophyll/mixed layer depth ratio. The slope of this relationship differed significantly from that previously derived from open ocean data. We used several statistical techniques to estimate the spatial variability of gases and hydrographic parameters and the inherent sampling errors associated with low-frequency sampling approaches. These analyses emphasize the importance of high-resolution sampling in coastal areas, particularly for DMS.

  13. Facile synthesis of N-rich carbon quantum dots by spontaneous polymerization and incision of solvents as efficient bioimaging probes and advanced electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction.

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    Lei, Zhouyue; Xu, Shengjie; Wan, Jiaxun; Wu, Peiyi

    2016-01-28

    In this study, uniform nitrogen-doped carbon quantum dots (N-CDs) were synthesized through a one-step solvothermal process of cyclic and nitrogen-rich solvents, such as N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) and dimethyl-imidazolidinone (DMEU), under mild conditions. The products exhibited strong light blue fluorescence, good cell permeability and low cytotoxicity. Moreover, after a facile post-thermal treatment, it developed a lotus seedpod surface-like structure of seed-like N-CDs decorating on the surface of carbon layers with a high proportion of quaternary nitrogen moieties that exhibited excellent electrocatalytic activity and long-term durability towards the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). The peak potential was -160 mV, which was comparable to or even lower than commercial Pt/C catalysts. Therefore, this study provides an alternative facile approach to the synthesis of versatile carbon quantum dots (CDs) with widespread commercial application prospects, not only as bioimaging probes but also as promising electrocatalysts for the metal-free ORR.

  14. Upgrade of the electron beam ion trap in Shanghai

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    Lu, D.; Yang, Y.; Xiao, J.; Shen, Y.; Fu, Y.; Wei, B.; Yao, K.; Hutton, R.; Zou, Y.

    2014-09-01

    Over the last few years the Shanghai electron beam ion trap (EBIT) has been successfully redesigned and rebuilt. The original machine, developed under collaboration with the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, first produced an electron beam in 2005. It could be tuned with electron energies between 1 and 130 keV and beam current up to 160 mA. After several years of operation, it was found that several modifications for improvements were necessary to reach the goals of better electron optics, higher photon detection, and ion injection efficiencies, and more economical running costs. The upgraded Shanghai-EBIT is made almost entirely from Ti instead of stainless steel and achieves a vacuum of less than 10-10 Torr, which helps to minimize the loss of highly changed ions through charge exchange. Meanwhile, a more compact structure and efficient cryogenic system, and excellent optical alignment have been of satisfactory. The magnetic field in the central trap region can reach up till 4.8 T with a uniformity of 2.77 × 10-4. So far the upgraded Shanghai-EBIT has been operated up to an electron energy of 151 keV and a beam current of up to 218 mA, although promotion to even higher energy is still in progress. Radiation from ions as highly charged as Xe53+, 54+ has been produced and the characterization of current density is estimated from the measured electron beam width.

  15. Effects of insulin on glucose turnover rates in vivo: isotope dilution versus constant specific activity technique.

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    Hother-Nielsen, O; Henriksen, J E; Holst, J J; Beck-Nielsen, H

    1996-01-01

    The conventional isotope dilution technique was compared with the more accurate constant specific activity (SA) method at six different insulin levels. Paired euglycemic clamp studies were performed in 30 normal subjects (4-hour insulin infusion: 5, 10, 20, 40, 80, and 160 mU . m-2 . min-1) using primed-constant 3-3H-glucose infusion and either conventional unlabeled glucose infusates (Cold-GINF) or labeled glucose infusates (Hot-GINF) to maintain constant SA. At all insulin levels, both glucose disappearance (Rd) and hepatic glucose production (HGP) were underestimated by the conventional technique, and errors during the first 2 hours correlated with glucose infusion rates (GIRs) (r = .93, P < .00001). During the second hour, mean underestimation of HGP varied from 20% +/- 9% to 84% +/- 16% of basal rates from low-dose to high-dose insulin infusion studies. During prolonged equilibration (3 to 4 hours), errors decreased but were still significant in the two low-dose insulin infusion protocols during the fourth hour. In conclusion, using the conventional isotope dilution technique, suppression of glucose production was overestimated and stimulation of glucose Rd was underestimated, and these errors were greater the higher the GIR. Thus, artifactually greater hepatic and smaller peripheral effects may have been assumed for factors or therapies that influence insulin sensitivity in previous studies using a conventional isotope dilution technique, and therefore, reevaluation of these issues may be relevant in future studies.

  16. European Technological Effort in Preparation of ITER Construction

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    Andreani, Roberto

    2005-04-15

    Europe has started since the '80s with the preparatory work done on NET, the Next European Torus, the successor of JET, to prepare for the construction of the next generation experiment on the road to the fusion reactor. In 2000 the European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA) has been signed by sixteen countries, including Switzerland, not a member of the Union. Now the signatory countries have increased to twenty-five. A vigorous programme of design and R and D in support of ITER construction has been conducted by EFDA through the coordinated effort of the national institutes and laboratories supported financially, in the framework of the VI European Framework Research Programme (2002-2006), by contracts of association with EURATOM. In the last three years, with the expenditure of 160 M[Euro], the accent has been particularly put on the preparation of the industrial manufacturing activities of components and systems for ITER. Prototypes and manufacturing methods have been developed in all the main critical areas of machine construction with the objective of providing sound and effective solutions: vacuum vessel, toroidal field coils, poloidal field coils, remote handling equipment, plasma facing components and divertor components, electrical power supplies, generators and power supplies for the Heating and Current Drive Systems and other minor subsystems.Europe feels to be ready to host the ITER site and to provide adequate support and guidance for the success of construction to our partners in the ITER collaboration, wherever needed.

  17. A facile and green approach for the controlled synthesis of porous SnO₂ nanospheres: application as an efficient photocatalyst and an excellent gas sensing material.

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    Manjula, P; Boppella, Ramireddy; Manorama, Sunkara V

    2012-11-01

    A facile and elegant methodology invoking the principles of Green Chemistry for the synthesis of porous tin dioxide nanospheres has been described. The low-temperature (∼50 °C) synthesis of SnO₂ nanoparticles and their self-assembly into organized, uniform, and monodispersed porous nanospheres with high surface area is facilitated by controlling the concentration of glucose, which acts as a stabilizing as well as structure-directing agent. A systematic control on the stannate to glucose molar concentration ratio determines the exact conditions to obtain monodispersed nanospheres, preferentially over random aggregation. Detailed characterization of the structure, morphology, and chemical composition reveals that the synthesized material, 50 nm SnO₂ porous nanospheres possess BET surface area of about 160 m²/g. Each porous nanosphere consists of a few hundred nanoparticles ∼2-3 nm in diameter with tetragonal cassiterite crystal structure. The SnO₂ nanospheres exhibit elevated photocatalytic activity toward methyl orange with good recyclability. Because of the high activity and stability of this photocatalyst, the material is ideal for applications in environmental remediation. Moreover, SnO₂ nanospheres display excellent gas sensing capabilities toward hydrogen. Surface modification of the nanospheres with Pd transforms this sensing material into a highly sensitive and selective room-temperature hydrogen sensor.

  18. Reef growth and volcanism on the submarine southwest rift zone of Mauna Loa, Hawaii

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    Moore, J.G.; Normark, W.R.; Szabo, B. J.

    1990-01-01

    A marine sampling program, utilizing the PISCES-5 submersible operated by the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory (NOAA), has confirmed the presence of a major submerged coral reef offshore from Ka Lae (South Point), Hawaii. The top of the reef is now 150-160 m below sea level. Radiocarbon and Useries dating indicates that it drowned about 13.9 ka by the combined effects of island subsidence (2.5 mm/year) and the rapid rise of sea level at the end of the last glaciation so that the relative submergence rate of more than 10 mm/year exceeded the upward growth rate of the reef. The submerged reef caps the offshore part of the southwest rift-zone ridge of Mauna Loa, which has apparently undergone little volcanic activity offshore since 170 ka, and possibly since 270 ka. This fact suggests that rift zone activity is becoming increasingly restricted toward the upper part of the volcano, a condition possibly heralding the end of the shield-building stage. ?? 1990 Springer-Verlag.

  19. Contemporary radiation doses to murine rodents inhabiting the most contaminated part of the EURT.

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    Malinovsky, G P; Yarmoshenko, I V; Zhukovsky, M V; Starichenko, V I; Chibiryak, M V

    2014-03-01

    The contemporary radiation doses to the organs and tissues of murine rodents inhabiting the most contaminated part of the EURT were estimated. The bones of animals trapped in 2005 at territories with a surface (90)Sr contamination of 24-40 MBq/m(2) were used for dose reconstruction. The concentration of (90)Sr in the animals' skulls was measured using the nondestructive method of bone radiometry. The dose estimation procedure included application of the published values of absorbed fractions of beta-radiation energy for different combinations of source and target organs, accounting for the distribution of radionuclide by organs and tissues. Twelve conversion coefficients were obtained to link the skeleton (90)Sr concentration and doses to eleven organs and the whole body. The whole-body dose rate on the 45th day after the beginning of exposure normalised to whole-body activity is 0.015 (mGy day(-1))/(Bq g(-1)). The estimation yields the following values of doses for Microtus agrestis, Sylvaemus uralensis and Clethrionomys rutilus, respectively: maximum absorbed doses in the skeleton: 267, 121 and 160 mGy; mean whole body internal doses: 37, 14 and 23 mGy; mean internal dose rates on the last day before trapping: 1.2; 0.44 and 0.75 mGy/day. Approaches to the assessment of doses to foetuses and to offspring before weaning were also developed.

  20. Development of a selective and pH-independent method for the analysis of ultra trace amounts of nitrite in environmental water samples after dispersive magnetic solid phase extraction by spectrofluorimetry.

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    Daneshvar Tarigh, Ghazale; Shemirani, Farzaneh

    2014-10-01

    This paper describes an innovative and rapidly dispersive magnetic solid phase extraction spectrofluorimetry (DMSPE-FL) method for the analysis of trace amounts of nitrite in some environmental water samples. The method includes derivatization of aqueous nitrite with 2, 3-diaminonaphthalene (DAN), analysis of highly fluorescent 2, 3-naphthotriazole (NAT) derivative using spectrofluorimetry after DSPME. The novelty of our method is based on forming NAT that was independent with the pH-responsive and was adsorbed on MMWCNT by hydrophobic attractions in both acidic and basic media. The extraction efficiency of the sorbent was investigated by extraction of nitrite. The optimum extraction conditions for NO2(-) were obtained as of extraction time, 1.5 min; 10mg sorbent from 160 mL of the sample solution, and elution with 1 mL of acetone/KOH. Under the optimal conditions, the calibration curves were obtained in the range of 0.1-80 µg L(-1) (R(2)=0.999) and LOD (S/N=3) was obtained in 34 ng L(-1). Relative standard deviations (RSD) were 0.6 % (five replicates at 5 μg L(-1)). In addition, the feasibility of the method was demonstrated with extraction and determination of nitrite from some real samples containing tap, mineral, sea, rain, snow and ground waters, with the recovery in standard addition to real matrix of 94-102 % and RSDs of 1.8-10.6%. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Poly(4-vinylpyridine)-based Interfacial Passivation to Enhance Voltage and Moisture Stability of Lead Halide Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Miyasaka, Tsutomu; Chaudhary, Bhumika; Kulkarni, Ashish; Jena, Ajay Kumar; Ikegami, Masashi; Udagawa, Yosuke; Kunugita, Hideyuki; Ema, Kazuhiro

    2017-03-29

    It is well known that the surface trap states and electronic disorders in the solution-processed CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite film affect the solar cell performance significantly and moisture sensitivity of photo-active perovskite material limits its practical applications. Herein, we show surface modification of perovskite film with a solution-processable hydrophobic polymer namely poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PVP), which passivates the under-coordinated lead (Pb) atoms (on the surface of perovskite) via its pyridine Lewis base side chains and thereby eliminates surface trap states and non-radiative recombination. Besides, it acts as an electron barrier between the perovskite and hole transport layer (HTL) to reduce interfacial charge recombination, which led to improvement in open-circuit voltage (Voc) by 120 to 160 mV while the standard cell fabricated in same conditions showed Voc as low as 0.9 V due to dominating interfacial recombination processes. Consequently, power conversion efficiency increased by 3% to 5% in the polymer modified devices (PCE=15%) with Voc more than 1.05V and hysteresis-less J-V curves. Advantageously, hydrophobicity of the polymer chain was found to protect the perovskite surface from moisture and improved stability of the non-encapsulated cells, which retained their device performance up to 30 days of exposure to open atmosphere (50% humidity).

  2. Nb-doped rutile TiO₂: a potential anode material for Na-ion battery.

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    Usui, Hiroyuki; Yoshioka, Sho; Wasada, Kuniaki; Shimizu, Masahiro; Sakaguchi, Hiroki

    2015-04-01

    The electrochemical properties of the rutile-type TiO2 and Nb-doped TiO2 were investigated for the first time as Na-ion battery anodes. Ti(1-x)Nb(x)O2 thick-film electrodes without a binder and a conductive additive were prepared using a sol-gel method followed by a gas-deposition method. The TiO2 electrode showed reversible reactions of Na insertion/extraction accompanied by expansion/contraction of the TiO2 lattice. Among the Ti(1-x)Nb(x)O2 electrodes with x = 0-0.18, the Ti(0.94)Nb(0.06)O2 electrode exhibited the best cycling performance, with a reversible capacity of 160 mA h g(-1) at the 50th cycle. As the Li-ion battery anode, this electrode also attained an excellent rate capability, with a capacity of 120 mA h g(-1) even at the high current density of 16.75 A g(-1) (50C). The improvements in the performances are attributed to a 3 orders of magnitude higher electronic conductivity of Ti(0.94)Nb(0.06)O2 compared to that of TiO2. This offers the possibility of Nb-doped rutile TiO2 as a Na-ion battery anode as well as a Li-ion battery anode.

  3. New observations with the HST Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph of the low-redshift Lyman-Alpha clouds in the 3C 273 line of sight

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    Weymann, Ray; Rauch, Michael; Williams, Robert; Morris, Simon; Heap, Sally

    1995-01-01

    We presenty spectra of 3C 273 between 1216 and 1250 A obtained in the (pre-COSTAR (Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement instrument)) configuration of the Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph (GHRS) taken with the G160M grating with a resolution approximately = 20 km/s. The two strong Ly alpha lines at velocities of approximately 1000 and approximately 1600 km/s are well fitted with Voigt profiles and yield column densities, Doppler parameters and redshifts of log N(H I)=14.19 +/- 0.04 V(sub Dop)=40.7 +/- 3.0 km/s, V = 1012.4 +/- 2.0 km/s, and log N(H I)=14.22 +/- 0.07, V(sub Dop)=34.2 +/- 3.3 km/s and V = 1582.0 +/- 2.0 km/s, respectively. Motivated by the initial announcement by Williams and Schommer of detectable H alpha emission associated with the approximately 1600 km/s cloud, we discuss the difficulty of finding models which can account for emission of that magnitude given the observed neutral hydrogen column density, though a recent reobservation by these authors has shown the initial detection to be spurious. The C/H abundance ratio is probably less than about one-fourth of the solar abundance in these clouds, although this result is very uncertain and model dependent.

  4. Allometry measurements from in situ video recordings can determine the size and swimming speeds of juvenile and adult squid Loligo opalescens (Cephalopoda: Myopsida).

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    Zeidberg, Louis D

    2004-11-01

    Juvenile and adult Loligo opalescens Berry were video taped in Monterey Bay with the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Ventana, captured with an otter trawl in Santa Monica Bay, California, and adults were taken from the Monterey Bay fishery. Behavioral observations were made over a 13 h period of video sequences. Allometry measurements were made on 157 squids ranging in size from 12 to 151 mm mantle length (ML). In addition to ML we measured the morphometric characters of fin length (FL), fin width (FW), mantle width (MW), eye diameter (ED), head width (HW), funnel aperture diameter (FA), fourth arm length (AL) and tentacle length (TL). Loligo opalescens changes shape with ontogeny due to negative allometric growth of ED, HW, TL, MW, FA and positive allometric growth of AL, FL and fin area. The allometry measurements were used to determine the size of juvenile squids video-taped in open water. A linear regression can predict dorsal ML in mm from a dimensionless ratio of ML upon ED (r2=0.857, P<0.001). Sizes and velocities of video-taped animals were estimated from 26 video sequences ranging from <1.0 to 8 s. The average velocity for squids ranging from 12-116 mm ML was 0.21 m s(-1) and the maximum velocity was 1.60 m s(-1) (116 mm ML). Allometric measurements can provide scale for 2-dimensional images in order to estimate size, velocity and age of animals.

  5. Evaluation of dosimetry and image of very low-dose computed tomography attenuation correction for pediatric positron emission tomography/computed tomography: phantom study

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    Bahn, Y. K.; Park, H. H.; Lee, C. H.; Kim, H. S.; Lyu, K. Y.; Dong, K. R.; Chung, W. K.; Cho, J. H.

    2014-04-01

    In this study, phantom was used to evaluate attenuation correction computed tomography (CT) dose and image in case of pediatric positron emission tomography (PET)/CT scan. Three PET/CT scanners were used along with acryl phantom in the size for infant and ion-chamber dosimeter. The CT image acquisition conditions were changed from 10 to 20, 40, 80, 100 and 160 mA and from 80 to 100, 120 and 140 kVp, which aimed at evaluating penetrate dose and computed tomography dose indexvolume (CTDIvol) value. And NEMA PET Phantom™ was used to obtain PET image under the same CT conditions in order to evaluate each attenuation-corrected PET image based on standard uptake value (SUV) value and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). In general, the penetrate dose was reduced by around 92% under the minimum CT conditions (80 kVp and 10 mA) with the decrease in CTDIvol value by around 88%, compared with the pediatric abdomen CT conditions (100 kVp and 100 mA). The PET image with its attenuation corrected according to each CT condition showed no change in SUV value and no influence on the SNR. In conclusion, if the minimum dose CT that is properly applied to body of pediatric patient is corrected for attenuation to ensure that the effective dose is reduced by around 90% or more compared with that for adult patient, this will be useful to reduce radiation exposure level.

  6. Metabolic alterations in organic acids and gamma-aminobutyric acid in developing tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) fruits.

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    Yin, Yong-Gen; Tominaga, Takehiro; Iijima, Yoko; Aoki, Koh; Shibata, Daisuke; Ashihara, Hiroshi; Nishimura, Shigeo; Ezura, Hiroshi; Matsukura, Chiaki

    2010-08-01

    Salt stress improves the quality of tomato fruits. To clarify the mechanism(s) underlying this phenomenon, we investigated metabolic alterations in tomato fruits exposed to 160 mM salt, focusing on metabolism of organic acids related to the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Quantitative analyses revealed that most amino acids increased in response to salt stress throughout fruit development, and the effect of the stress was greater in the pericarp than in the columella, whereas organic acids did not show a remarkable tendency to salt stress. The transcript levels of 20 genes encoding enzymes of the TCA cycle and peripheral pathways were also analyzed in salt-stressed fruit. Genes responsive to salt stress could be categorized into two types, which were expressed during early development or ripening stages. During fruit development, phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase 2 and phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase displayed contrasting expression patterns between early development and ripening, suggesting a switch of carbohydrate metabolism after the turning stage. Our results revealed a new metabolic pathway for GABA during the development of tomato fruits. At the start of ripening, GABA is first converted to malate via succinate semialdehyde, and it passes into a shunt through pyruvate. Then, it flows back to the TCA cycle and is stored as citrate, which contributes as a substrate for respiration during fruit maturation.

  7. Evaluation of the parameters of 1:1 charge transfer complexes from spectrophotometric data by non-linear numerical method

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    Grebenyuk, Serhiy A.; Perepichka, Igor F.; Popov, Anatolii F.

    2002-11-01

    The non-linear numerical method for evaluation of equilibrium constants and molar extinction coefficients of molecular complexes from a spectrophotometric experiment is described, which in contrast to linear models has no limitations with respect to concentrations of the components. The proposed procedure is applied to donor-acceptor interaction in solution between N-ethyl carbazole (EtCz) and 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) or n-hexyl 2,5,7-trinitro-9-dicyanomethylenefluorene-4-carboxylate (HexDTFC) to evaluate the method and to obtain the parameters of charge transfer complexes (CTCs) formation. Association constants ( K) and molar extinction coefficients ( ɛ) of CTCs derived from non-linear approach (EtCz-TCNQ: K=2.49±0.19 M -1; ɛ=2950±160 M -1 cm -1. EtCz-HexDTFC: K=12.1±0.3 M -1; ɛ=1335±24 M -1 cm -1) are close to that from linear models but show lower standard errors in parameter estimations.

  8. Surface Modulation of Graphene Field Effect Transistors on Periodic Trench Structure.

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    Jin, Jun Eon; Choi, Jun Hee; Yun, Hoyeol; Jang, Ho-Kyun; Lee, Byung Chul; Choi, Ajeong; Joo, Min-Kyu; Dettlaff-Weglikowska, Urszula; Roth, Siegmar; Lee, Sang Wook; Lee, Jae Woo; Kim, Gyu Tae

    2016-07-20

    In this work, graphene field effect transistors (FETs) were fabricated on a trench structure made by carbonized poly(methylmethacrylate) to modify the graphene surface. The trench-structured devices showed different characteristics depending on the channel orientation and the pitch size of the trenches as well as channel area in the FETs. Periodic corrugations and barriers of suspended graphene on the trench structure were measured by atomic force microscopy and electrostatic force microscopy. Regular barriers of 160 mV were observed for the trench structure with graphene. To confirm the transfer mechanism in the FETs depending on the channel orientation, the ratio of experimental mobility (3.6-3.74) was extracted from the current-voltage characteristics using equivalent circuit simulation. It is shown that the number of barriers increases as the pitch size decreases because the number of corrugations increases from different trench pitches. The noise for the 140 nm pitch trench is 1 order of magnitude higher than that for the 200 nm pitch trench.

  9. Beam hardening and smoothing correction effects on performance of micro-ct SkyScan 1173 for imaging low contrast density materials

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    Sriwayu, Wa Ode; Haryanto, Freddy; Khotimah, Siti Nurul; Latief, Fourier Dzar Eljabbar

    2015-04-01

    We have designed and fabricated phantom mimicking breast cancer composition known as a region that has low contrast density. The used compositions are a microcalcifications, fatty tissues and tumor mass by using Al2O3, C27H46O, and hard nylon materials. Besides, phantom also has a part to calculate low cost criteria /CNR (Contrast to Noise Ratio). Uniformity will be measured at water distillation medium located in a part of phantom scale contrast. Phantom will be imaged by using micro ct-sky scan 1173 high energy type, and then also can be quantified CT number to examine SkyScan 1173 performance in imaging low contrast density materials. Evaluation of CT number is done at technique configuration parameter using voltage of 30 kV, exposure 0.160 mAs, and camera resolution 560x560 pixel, the effect of image quality to reconstruction process is evaluated by varying image processing parameters in the form of beam hardening corrections with amount of 25%, 66% and100% with each smoothing level S10,S2 and S7. To obtain the better high quality image, the adjustment of beam hardening correction should be 66% and smoothing level reach maximal value at level 10.

  10. Beam hardening and smoothing correction effects on performance of micro-ct SkyScan 1173 for imaging low contrast density materials

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    Sriwayu, Wa Ode; Haryanto, Freddy; Khotimah, Siti Nurul; Latief, Fourier Dzar Eljabbar

    2015-04-16

    We have designed and fabricated phantom mimicking breast cancer composition known as a region that has low contrast density. The used compositions are a microcalcifications, fatty tissues and tumor mass by using Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, C{sub 27}H{sub 46}O, and hard nylon materials. Besides, phantom also has a part to calculate low cost criteria /CNR (Contrast to Noise Ratio). Uniformity will be measured at water distillation medium located in a part of phantom scale contrast. Phantom will be imaged by using micro ct-sky scan 1173 high energy type, and then also can be quantified CT number to examine SkyScan 1173 performance in imaging low contrast density materials. Evaluation of CT number is done at technique configuration parameter using voltage of 30 kV, exposure 0.160 mAs, and camera resolution 560x560 pixel, the effect of image quality to reconstruction process is evaluated by varying image processing parameters in the form of beam hardening corrections with amount of 25%, 66% and100% with each smoothing level S10,S2 and S7. To obtain the better high quality image, the adjustment of beam hardening correction should be 66% and smoothing level reach maximal value at level 10.

  11. Gas hydrate saturations estimated from fractured reservoir at Site NGHP-01-10, Krishna-Godavari Basin, India

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    Lee, M.W.; Collett, T.S.

    2009-01-01

    During the Indian National Gas Hydrate Program Expedition 01 (NGHP-Ol), one of the richest marine gas hydrate accumulations was discovered at Site NGHP-01-10 in the Krishna-Godavari Basin. The occurrence of concentrated gas hydrate at this site is primarily controlled by the presence of fractures. Assuming the resistivity of gas hydratebearing sediments is isotropic, th?? conventional Archie analysis using the logging while drilling resistivity log yields gas hydrate saturations greater than 50% (as high as ???80%) of the pore space for the depth interval between ???25 and ???160 m below seafloor. On the other hand, gas hydrate saturations estimated from pressure cores from nearby wells were less than ???26% of the pore space. Although intrasite variability may contribute to the difference, the primary cause of the saturation difference is attributed to the anisotropic nature of the reservoir due to gas hydrate in high-angle fractures. Archie's law can be used to estimate gas hydrate saturations in anisotropic reservoir, with additional information such as elastic velocities to constrain Archie cementation parameters m and the saturation exponent n. Theory indicates that m and n depend on the direction of the measurement relative to fracture orientation, as well as depending on gas hydrate saturation. By using higher values of m and n in the resistivity analysis for fractured reservoirs, the difference between saturation estimates is significantly reduced, although a sizable difference remains. To better understand the nature of fractured reservoirs, wireline P and S wave velocities were also incorporated into the analysis.

  12. Using biological motion to enhance the conspicuity of roadway workers.

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    Wood, Joanne M; Tyrrell, Richard A; Marszalek, Ralph; Lacherez, Philippe; Chaparro, Alex; Britt, Thomas W

    2011-05-01

    This study examined whether the conspicuity of road workers at night can be enhanced by distributing retroreflective strips across the body to present a pattern of biological motion (biomotion). Twenty visually normal drivers (mean age = 40.3 years) participated in an experiment conducted at two open-road work sites (one suburban and one freeway) at night-time. At each site, four road workers walked in place wearing a standard road worker night vest either (a) alone, (b) with additional retroreflective strips on thighs, (c) with additional retroreflective strips on ankles and knees, or (d) with additional retroreflective strips on eight moveable joints (full biomotion). Participants, seated in stationary vehicles at three different distances (80 m, 160 m, 240 m), rated the relative conspicuity of the four road workers. Road worker conspicuity was maximized by the full biomotion configuration at all distances and at both sites. The addition of ankle and knee markings also provided significant benefits relative to the standard vest alone. The effects of clothing configuration were more evident at the freeway site and at shorter distances. Overall, the full biomotion configuration was ranked to be most conspicuous and the vest least conspicuous. These data provide the first evidence that biomotion effectively enhances conspicuity of road workers at open-road work sites. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. The age of Earth's largest volcano: Tamu Massif on Shatsky Rise (northwest Pacific Ocean)

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    Geldmacher, Jörg; van den Bogaard, Paul; Heydolph, Ken; Hoernle, Kaj

    2014-11-01

    This study presents laser step-heating 40Ar/39Ar age determinations of basaltic lava samples from Tamu Massif, the oldest and largest edifice of the submarine Shatsky Rise in the northwest Pacific and Earth's proposed largest volcano. The rocks were recovered during Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 324, which cored 160 m into the igneous basement near the summit of Tamu Massif. The analyzed lavas cover all three major stratigraphic groups penetrated at this site and confirm a Late Jurassic/Early Cretaceous age for the onset of Shatsky Rise volcanism. Lavas analyzed from the lower and middle section of the hole yield plateau ages between 144.4 ± 1.0 and 143.1 ± 3.3 Ma with overlapping analytical errors (2σ), whereas a sample from the uppermost lava group produced a significantly younger age of 133.9 ± 2.3 Ma suggesting a late or rejuvenated phase of volcanism. The new geochronological data infer minimum (average) melt production rates of 0.63-0.84 km3/a over a time interval of 3-4 million years consistent with the presence of a mantle plume.

  14. Lignin as a Binder Material for Eco-Friendly Li-Ion Batteries

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    Lu, Huiran; Cornell, Ann; Alvarado, Fernando; Behm, Mårten; Leijonmarck, Simon; Li, Jiebing; Tomani, Per; Lindbergh, Göran

    2016-01-01

    The industrial lignin used here is a byproduct from Kraft pulp mills, extracted from black liquor. Since lignin is inexpensive, abundant and renewable, its utilization has attracted more and more attention. In this work, lignin was used for the first time as binder material for LiFePO4 positive and graphite negative electrodes in Li-ion batteries. A procedure for pretreatment of lignin, where low-molecular fractions were removed by leaching, was necessary to obtain good battery performance. The lignin was analyzed for molecular mass distribution and thermal behavior prior to and after the pretreatment. Electrodes containing active material, conductive particles and lignin were cast on metal foils, acting as current collectors and characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and galvanostatic charge-discharge cycles. Good reversible capacities were obtained, 148 mAh·g−1 for the positive electrode and 305 mAh·g−1 for the negative electrode. Fairly good rate capabilities were found for both the positive electrode with 117 mAh·g−1 and the negative electrode with 160 mAh·g−1 at 1C. Low ohmic resistance also indicated good binder functionality. The results show that lignin is a promising candidate as binder material for electrodes in eco-friendly Li-ion batteries. PMID:28773252

  15. Diel variations of bio-optical properties in the Sargasso Sea

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    Hamilton, Michael; Granata, Timothy C.; Dickey, Tom D.; Wiggert, Jerry; Siegel, David A.; Marra, John; Langdon, Chris

    1990-09-01

    Concurrent time series measurements including: percent transmission of a collimated beam of 660 nm light (converted to beam attenuation coefficient, C), photosynthetically available radiation (PAR), and chlorophyll (chl) fluorescence were obtained at 7-8 depths within the upper 160m of the Sargasso Sea (34N 70W) from Mar-Oct 1987 using a moored array of instruments (see Dickey et al., this volume). A subset of these data, the spring deployment (the first of three) from March to mid May, has been analyzed with respect to the diel phase variations in the bio-optical properties. Among the features noted, the relationship between PAR and chl-fl changed from cM-fl lagging the PAR signal by ca 90 degrees, through 180 degrees of shift to leading by -90 degrees. The transition period corresponding to this change was marked by inconsistent behavior in thephase relationships between other bio-optical variables, but the changes were short-lived and returned to their previous offsets from the daily PAR. These changes are thought to be the result of a succession of species caused by a combination of warm outbreaks of Gulf Stream waters importing a foreign particle assemblage into the Sargasso Sea, contemporaneous with wind events causing deep mixing. This hypothesis is consistent with recent observations at sea and in laboratory studies.

  16. Using Integrated Cavity Output Spectroscopy (ICOS) for Aircraft Measurements of Methane Isotopologues

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    Wilkerson, J. P.; Sayres, D. S.; Healy, C. E.; Munster, J. B.; Dubey, M. K.; Anderson, J. G.

    2014-12-01

    Methane emissions in arctic regions have the potential to contribute a large positive radiative forcing to our climate structure. However, methane in the Arctic has multiple sources and sinks which can complicate source attribution and quantification attempts. In situ stable isotope measurements provide a way to help tease apart different methane sources since the two primary methane sources, thermogenic and biogenic, have distinct isotopic signatures. Ultimately, this knowledge about the ratio between 13CH4 and 12CH4 concentrations can help us understand the relative contribution from each source. The ICOS instrument developed in our lab is an ideal candidate to obtain this type of information. Unlike other measurement methods such as IRMS, our instrument has been tailored to fit in a small aircraft capable of flying below the boundary layer in the arctic region. We flew ICOS in Summer 2013 over the north slope of Alaska and obtained spatially (every 160 m) and temporally (every 2 s) resolved δ13CH4 measurements in real time. Future missions will entail a Stirling-cooled detector in the instrument to further enhance the precision and sensitivity of the measurements. These field missions will enhance our understanding of the routes by which methane is being produced in these regions. This improved knowledge can then lead to improved predictive ability regarding the characteristics of future methane flux and its effect on our climate.

  17. Late Wisconsin Permafrost Conditions Evidenced by Patterned Ground in the Saginaw Lowlands, Eastern-Central Lower Michigan

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    May, C. L.; Kendall, A. D.; Lusch, D. P.; Schaetzl, R. J.; van Dam, R. L.; Stanley, K. E.; Archer, J. K.

    2007-12-01

    Permafrost associated with the Laurentide ice sheet has never been positively identified in the state of Michigan, in contrast to surrounding states and Canada. This study examined patterned ground in the Saginaw Lowlands of eastern-central lower Michigan to see if freeze-thaw processes in a permafrost environment had led to its formation. The area of the patterned ground is constrained by two glacial lake strands, Lake Warren and Lake Elkton-Lundy, limiting the age of the patterned ground to approximately 14.3-14.8 thousand radiocarbon years BP. Aerial photo analysis revealed a widespread area (>1020 km2) of elongate polygons in a reticulate mesh, individually measuring between 150 and 160m along the long axis and 60-90m along the short axis. Surface electrical resistivity (ER) tomography and invasive soil studies were conducted at a small sampling of mapped patterned ground locations. Polygon centers typically stood about 1 meter higher in elevation than corresponding inter-polygon swales, and often exhibited a sandy covering above the silty clay loam till below. A bowl-shaped sandy loam deposit in one polygon edge/suture was determined to be a thermokarst channel infilling following the trace of a former ice wedge. The subtle morphology and sedimentological characteristics of the patterned ground in the Saginaw Lowlands suggest that thermokarst erosion, rather than ice-wedge replacement, was the dominant geomorphic process associated with the degradation of the Late-Wisconsin permafrost in the study area.

  18. Stable high conductivity ceria/bismuth oxide bilayered electrolytes

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    Wachsman, E.D.; Jayaweera, P.; Jiang, N.; Lowe, D.M.; Pound, B.G.

    1997-01-01

    The authors have developed a high conductivity bilayered ceria/bismuth oxide anolyte/electrolyte that uses the Po{sub 2} gradient to obtain stability at the anolyte-electrolyte interface and reduced electronic conduction due to the electrolyte region. Results in terms of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) performance and stability are presented. These results include a 90 to 160 mV increase in open-circuit potential, depending on temperature, with the bilayered structure as compared to SOFCs fabricated from a single ceria layer. An open-circuit potential of >1.0 V was obtained at 500 C with the bilayered structure. This increase in open-circuit potential is obtained without any measurable increase in cell resistance and is stable for over 1,400 h of testing, under both open-circuit and maximum power conditions. Moreover, SOFCs fabricated from the bilayered structure result in a 33% greater power density as compared to cells with a single ceria electrolyte layer.

  19. THE ANGLO-AUSTRALIAN PLANET SEARCH. XX. A SOLITARY ICE-GIANT PLANET ORBITING HD 102365

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    Tinney, C. G.; Wittenmyer, Robert A.; Bailey, Jeremy; Butler, R. Paul; Jones, Hugh R. A.; O'Toole, Simon; Carter, Brad D.

    2011-02-01

    We present 12 years of precision Doppler data for the very nearby G3 star HD 102365, which reveals the presence of a Neptune-like planet with a 16.0 M{sub Earth} minimum mass in a 122.1 day orbit. Very few 'Super Earth' planets have been discovered to date in orbits this large and those that have been found reside in multiple systems of between three and six planets. HD 102365 b, in contrast, appears to orbit its star in splendid isolation. Analysis of the residuals to our Keplerian fit for HD 102365 b indicates that there are no other planets with minimum mass above 0.3 M{sub Jup} orbiting within 5 AU and no other 'Super Earths' more massive than 10 M{sub Earth} orbiting at periods shorter than 50 days. At periods of less than 20 days these limits drop to as low as 6 M{sub Earth}. There are now 32 exoplanets known with minimum mass below 20 M{sub Earth}, and interestingly the period distributions of these low-mass planets seem to be similar whether they orbit M-, K-, or G-type dwarfs.

  20. Do we need big flood to cut spectacular river gorges?

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    Antón, Loreto; Muñoz-Martín, Alfonso; Mather, Anne; Stokes, Martin

    2016-04-01

    The study of a historical erosional process occurred in a dam spillway in NW Spain evidences extremely rapid gorge formation in granite. Historic documents, photographs and surveys preserved at the Historical Archives allowed the reconstruction of the whole erosion process. A ~270 m long, ~100 m deep and ~100 to 160 m wide amphitheater headed canyon was carved over 6 years. The study approaches the reconstruction of the scour site topography prior to the gorge formation and during the erosion events, and analyses the erosion mechanisms involved in the canyon cutting. Data reveal extremely high (>100 m/year) erosion rates, the highest reported so far on earth, associated to small-moderate floods (~100-1500m3/s). Results come to nuance the established models of erosion and gorge formation which are used to analyze the landscape evolution. The example demonstrates that moderate water discharges are capable of radical erosion suggesting that adjustments to changes such as drainage diversion and capture, or glacier outburst, may be initially much more rapid than has hereto been assumed. Structural preconditioning of the bedrock through jointing and faulting was the primary control on landscape change, conditioning gorge morphology and the rate at which erosion progress.

  1. Development of active matrix flat panel imagers incorporating thin layers of polycrystalline HgI(2) for mammographic x-ray imaging.

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    Jiang, Hao; Zhao, Qihua; Antonuk, Larry E; El-Mohri, Youcef; Gupta, Tapan

    2013-02-07

    Active matrix flat-panel imagers (AMFPIs) offer many advantages and have become ubiquitous across a wide variety of medical x-ray imaging applications. However, for mammography, the imaging performance of conventional AMFPIs incorporating CsI:Tl scintillators or a-Se photoconductors is limited by their relatively modest signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), particularly at low x-ray exposures or high spatial resolution. One strategy for overcoming this limitation involves the use of a high gain photoconductor such as mercuric iodide (HgI(2)) which has the potential to improve the SNR by virtue of its low effective work function (W(EFF)). In this study, the performance of direct-detection AMFPI prototypes employing relatively thin layers of polycrystalline HgI(2) operated under mammographic irradiation conditions over a range of 0.5 to 16.0 mR is presented. High x-ray sensitivity (corresponding to W(EFF) values of ∼19 eV), low dark current (<0.1 pA mm(-2)) and good spatial resolution, largely limited by the size of the pixel pitch, were observed. For one prototype, a detective quantum efficiency of ∼70% was observed at an x-ray exposure of ∼0.5 mR at 26 kVp.

  2. Tuning the activity of nanoplatelet MoS2-based catalyst for efficient hydrogen evolution via electrochemical decoration with Pt nanoparticles

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    Jagminas, Arunas; Naujokaitis, Arnas; Žalnėravičius, Rokas; Jasulaitiene, Vitalija; Valušis, Gintaras

    2016-11-01

    This study establishes a novel methodology for increasing the HER activity of the molybdenum substrate covered with amorphous molybdenum sulfide-oxide nano-structured film up to ultra-high level. We show that utilization of such nanoplatelet/nanoflowered film as electrocatalyst for HER in the sulfuric acidic solution cell with Pt anode and Ag/AgCl,KCl reference leads to obvious structural transformations and nice decoration of nanoplatelet edges with few-nm sized Pt nanoparticles. By this way, a surprising HER efficiency attaining ∼160 mA cm-2 current density at -200 mV and ∼260 mA cm-2 at -300 mV vs RHE overpotentials with the onset of reaction close to the one carried out at the bulk Pt electrode was obtained. To the best of our knowledge, these HER characteristics are among the best reported to date for hybrid MoS2-based HER electrocatalysts. The results obtained were confirmed by SEM, XPS, XRD, conductive mode AFM and cyclic voltammetry. It is worth noticing that to achieve this synergetic effect only about 0.5 μg cm-2 of Pt is required.

  3. Storm flood impacts along the shores of micro-tidal inland seas: A morphological and sedimentological study of the Vesterlyng beach, the Belt Sea, Denmark

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    Clemmensen, Lars B.; Glad, Aslaug C.; Kroon, Aart

    2016-01-01

    The morphological and sedimentological impacts of an extreme storm event ('Bodil' in December 2013) were investigated at a mixed sand and gravel beach (Vesterlyng) in a micro-tidal environment along the Belt Sea, Denmark. The storm response was characteristic for mixed sand and gravel beaches: gravelly storm berms with sandy to gravelly washover fans were formed at the upper beach where swash processes dominated during extreme water levels in combination with overtopping and overwash. In addition, storm scarps and gravel flats were formed. The elevation of the storm berm crest was identical to a summation of the still-water level (1.60 m) in the Belt Sea during the storm flood and the wave run-up (0.75 m) at the shore. The crest of 2.35 m is therefore a precise measure of the storm flood level. This storm flood was classified as a large-scale extreme event. In a Holocene perspective it is suggested that storm berm (beach ridge) heights above contemporaneous sea level can be used as a proxy of past flood events along micro-tidal shores.

  4. A novel rare sugar inhibitor of murine herpes simplex keratitis

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    Muniruzzaman, Syed; McIntosh, Megan; Hossain, Ahamed; Izumori, Ken; Bhattacharjee, Partha S.

    2017-01-01

    Purpose To determine the therapeutic efficacy of a novel rare sugar, L-psicose, for the treatment of HSV-1 induced herpetic stromal keratitis (HSK) in a mouse eye model. Methods One rare sugar L-psicose was assayed for HSV-1 inhibition of in vitro virus adsorption. The IC50 and IC90 values of L-psicose were determined using plaque reduction assay (PRA) in CV-1 cell. Female Balb/c mice were corneally infected with HSV-1, strain KOS-GFP; A topical eye drop treatment of L-psicose was started 24 h after infection and continued four times daily for ten consecutive days. The severity of HSK was monitored by slit lamp examination in a masked fashion and Infectious HSV-1 shedding was determined by PRA. Results L-psicose was found to have anti-viral activity in vitro at an IC50 dose of 99.5 mM and an IC90 dose of 160 mM. Topical eye drop treatment with 200 mM L-psicose in PBS solution significantly reduced the severity of HSK compared to the mock treatment group. The in vivo mouse ocular model results of L-psicose therapy correlated with accelerated clearance of virus from eye swabs. Conclusion The results suggest that topical treatment with rare sugar L-psicose has efficacy against HSK through inhibition of HSV-1. PMID:27262904

  5. Highly K+ selective Fluorescent Probes for Lifetime Sensing of K+ in Living Cells.

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    Holdt, Hans-Jürgen; Schwarze, Thomas; Mertens, Monique; Müller, Peter; Riemer, Janine; Wessig, Pablo

    2017-09-12

    The new K+ selective fluorescent probes 1 and 2 were obtained by CuAAC reactions of an alkyne substituted DBD ester fluorophore with azido functionalized N-phenylaza-18-crown-6 ether and N-(o-isopropoxy)-phenylaza-18-crown-6 ether, respectively. Probes 1 and 2 allow the detection of K+ in the presence of Na+ in water by fluorescence enhancement (2.2 for 1 at 2000 mM K+ and 2.5 for 2 at 160 mM K+). Fluorescence life time measurements in the absence and presence of K+ revealed bi-exponential decay kinetics with similar life times, however with different proportions changing the averaged fluorescence decay times (τf(av)). For 1 a decrease of τf(av) from 12.4 to 9.3 ns and for 2 an increase from 17.8 to 21.8 ns was observed. 2 was choosen for studying the efflux of K+ from human red blood cells (RBC). Upon addition of the Ca+ ionophor ionomycin to a RBC suspension in a buffer containing Ca2+ a fluorescence increase for 2 was observed. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Comparing the effect of nitrate and urea enrichment on oligotrophic phytoplankton assemblages

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    Harrison, D. P.

    2014-12-01

    It has been speculated in the literature that "… urea enrichment would preferentially lead to the enhanced production of cyanobacteria, picoeukaryotes, and dinoflagellates, rather than diatoms." (Gilbert et al. 2010). Urea is the most manufactured chemical in the world (160 M tonnes p.a.) and the majority will eventually find its way into the marine environment, potentially contributing an annual nitrogen loading equivalent to 5% of New Primary Production (N), important global ramifications are to be expected if the hypothesis above is correct. The hypothesis was tested by enriching oligotrophic water samples collected from the Port Hacking National Reference Station, Australia with urea and nitrate in repeated experiments over an annual cycle during 2013. Biomass increased in all experiments, and had a higher incidence of diatoms to dinoflagellates in all experiments, with no significant difference between treatments for diatom cell count. In two instances dinoflagellate cell counts were significantly higher in nitrate treatments than in urea treatments, with no significant difference for the remaining experiments. The evidence does not support the hypothesis that urea preferentially leads to the production of dinoflagellates rather than diatoms when compared with nitrate enrichment. In this presentation I will examine and compare the effects of nitrate and urea enrichment on natural oligotrophic assembledges of phytoplankton, under laboratory conditions.

  7. Fast MRI of RF Heating Via Phase Difference Mapping

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    Shapiro, Erik M.; Borthakur, Arijitt; Shapiro, Michael J.; Reddy, Ravinder; Leigh, John S.

    2010-01-01

    A method is presented for the rapid acquisition of temperature maps derived from phase difference maps. The temperature-dependent chemical shift coefficients (TDCSCs) of various concentrations of aqueous cobalt and dysprosium-based compounds were measured. The largest TDCSC calculated was for 100 mM DyEDTA, which had a TDCSC of −0.09 PPM/K; 160 mM CoCl2 had a TDCSC of −0.04 PPM/K. These temperature-dependent chemical shifts (TDCSs) result in phase changes in the MR signal with changing temperature. Agarose phantoms were constructed with each paramagnetic metal. A fast gradientecho (FGRE) MR image was acquired to serve as the baseline image. A “test” MRI procedure was then performed on the phantom. Immediately afterwards, a second FGRE MR image was acquired, serving as the probing image. Proper image processing as a phase difference map between the probing image and the baseline image resulted in an image which quantitatively described the temperature increase of the phantom in response to a particular “test” imaging experiment. Applications of this technique in assessing the safety of pulse sequences and MR coils are discussed. PMID:11870836

  8. Maximum imaging depth of two-photon autofluorescence microscopy in epithelial tissues.

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    Durr, Nicholas J; Weisspfennig, Christian T; Holfeld, Benjamin A; Ben-Yakar, Adela

    2011-02-01

    Endogenous fluorescence provides morphological, spectral, and lifetime contrast that can indicate disease states in tissues. Previous studies have demonstrated that two-photon autofluorescence microscopy (2PAM) can be used for noninvasive, three-dimensional imaging of epithelial tissues down to approximately 150 μm beneath the skin surface. We report ex-vivo 2PAM images of epithelial tissue from a human tongue biopsy down to 370 μm below the surface. At greater than 320 μm deep, the fluorescence generated outside the focal volume degrades the image contrast to below one. We demonstrate that these imaging depths can be reached with 160 mW of laser power (2-nJ per pulse) from a conventional 80-MHz repetition rate ultrafast laser oscillator. To better understand the maximum imaging depths that we can achieve in epithelial tissues, we studied image contrast as a function of depth in tissue phantoms with a range of relevant optical properties. The phantom data agree well with the estimated contrast decays from time-resolved Monte Carlo simulations and show maximum imaging depths similar to that found in human biopsy results. This work demonstrates that the low staining inhomogeneity (∼ 20) and large scattering coefficient (∼ 10 mm(-1)) associated with conventional 2PAM limit the maximum imaging depth to 3 to 5 mean free scattering lengths deep in epithelial tissue.

  9. A garage sale bargain: A leaking 2.2 GBq {sup 226}Ra source, Phase 1 - the incident

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    Freeman, B.; Andrews, M.; Hogan, A.

    1996-06-01

    In March 1995, a private citizen living in Bristol, Tennessee, went to a local garage sale and purchased a box containing old medical equipment and paraphernalia for $10.00. The man put the box in the trunk of his car where it remained for several weeks. He then took the box into his home where he examined all of the items, including a small wooden box with a metal sleeve. After significant effort, he managed to remove the inner box which bore the word {open_quotes}radium.{close_quotes} Unsure of what this meant, he called his son-in-law who understood that radium was a radioactive material and called the Tennessee Division of Radiological Health (TDRH). The TDRH investigation quickly located and isolated the source and determined that the contamination was spread throughout the man`s home and yard. Exposure rate readings as high as 160 mR h{sup -1} were found along with removable contamination as high as 3,000,000 dpm/100 cm{sup 2}. Over the next several days, the TDRH organized a voluntary effort for the medical evaluation of the man and his wife, the removal of the source, and the decontamination of the home, yard, car, etc. The two following papers will describe these aspects of this incident. On 26 May 1995, the remediation was completed, ending this unusual, but not unique, radiation incident.

  10. Rock magnetic identification and geochemical process models of greigite formation in Quaternary marine sediments from the Gulf of Mexico (IODP Hole U1319A)

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    Fu, Yanzhe; von Dobeneck, Tilo; Franke, Christine; Heslop, David; Kasten, Sabine

    2008-11-01

    A 160 m mostly turbiditic late Pleistocene sediment sequence (IODP Expedition 308, Hole U1319A) from the Brazos-Trinity intraslope basin system off Texas was investigated with paleo- and rock magnetic methods. Numerous layers depleted in iron oxides and enriched by the ferrimagnetic iron-sulfide mineral greigite (Fe 3S 4) were detected by diagnostic magnetic properties. From the distribution of these layers, their stratigraphic context and the present geochemical zonation, we develop two conceptual reaction models of greigite formation in non-steady depositional environments. The "sulfidization model" predicts single or twin greigite layers by incomplete transformation of iron monosulfides with polysulfides around the sulfate methane transition (SMT). The "oxidation model" explains greigite formation by partial oxidation of iron monosulfides near the iron redox boundary during periods of downward shifting oxidation fronts. The stratigraphic record provides evidence that both these greigite formation processes act here at typical depths of about 12-14 mbsf and 3-4 mbsf. Numerous "fossil" greigite layers most likely preserved by rapid upward shifts of the redox zonation denote past SMT and sea floor positions characterized by stagnant hemipelagic sedimentation conditions. Six diagenetic stages from a pristine magnetite-dominated to a fully greigite-dominated magnetic mineralogy were differentiated by combination of various hysteresis and remanence parameters.

  11. Wavenumber Selection by Bénard-Marangoni Convection at High Supercritical Number

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    Wu, Di; Duan, Li; Kang, Qi

    2017-05-01

    Marangoni-Bénard convection, which is mainly driven by the thermocapillary (Marangoni) effect, occurs in a thin liquid layer heated uniformly from the bottom. The wavenumber of supercritical convection is studied experimentally in a 160×160 {m}{{m}}2 cavity that is heated from the bottom block. The convection pattern is visualized by an infrared thermography camera. It is shown that the onset of the Bénard cell is consistent with theoretical analysis. The wavenumber decreases obviously with increasing temperature, except for a slight increase near the onset. The wavenumber gradually approaches the minimum when the supercritical number ε is larger than 10. Finally, a formula is devised to describe the wavenumber selection in supercritical convection. Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant Nos 11502271 and 11372328, the Strategic Priority Research Program on Space Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences under Grant Nos XDA04020405 and XDA04020202-05, and the China Manned Space Engineering Program.

  12. Status of KSTAR 170 GHz, 1 MW Electron Cyclotron Heating and Current Drive System

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    Joung, M.; Bae, Y. S.; Jeong, J. H.; Park, S.; Kim, H. J.; Yang, H. L.; Park, H.; Cho, M. H.; Namkung, W.; Hosea, J.; Ellis, R.; Sakamoto, K.; Kajiwara, K.; Doane, J.

    2011-12-23

    A 170 GHz Electron Cyclotron Heating and Current Drive (ECH/CD) system on KSTAR is designed to launch total 2.4 MW of power for up to 300 sec into the plasma. At present the first 1 MW ECH/CD system is under installation and commissioning for 2011 KSTAR campaign. The 170 GHz, 1 MW, 300 sec gyrotron and the matching optics unit (MOU) will be provided from JAEA under collaboration between NFRI and JAEA. The transmission line consists of MOU and 70 m long 63.5 mm ID corrugated waveguides with the eight miter bends. The 1 MW, 10 sec launcher is developed based on the existing two-mirror front-end launcher in collaboration with Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Pohang University of Science and Technology, and is installed on the low field side in the KSTAR equatorial plane. The mirror pivot is located at 30 cm below from the equatorial plane. 3.6 MVA power supply system is manufactured and now is under commissioning to meet the triode gun operation of JAEA gyrotron. The power supply consists of 66 kV/55 A cathode power supply, mode-anode system, and 50 kV/160 mA body power supply. In this paper, the current status of KSTAR 170 GHz, 1 MW ECH/CD system will be presented as well as the experimental plan utilizing 170 GHz new ECH/CD system.

  13. The effect of citric acid on the activity, thermodynamics and conformation of mushroom polyphenoloxidase.

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    Liu, Wei; Zou, Li-qiang; Liu, Jun-ping; Zhang, Zhao-qin; Liu, Cheng-mei; Liang, Rui-hong

    2013-09-01

    Few reports have focused on the effect of citric acid on thermodynamics and conformation of polyphenoloxidase (PPO). In this study, variations on activity, thermodynamics and conformation of mushroom PPO induced by citric acid (1-60mM) and relationships among these were investigated. It showed that with the increasing concentration of citric acid, the activity of PPO decreased gradually to an inactivity condition; inactivation rate constant (k) of PPO increased and the activation energy (Ea) as well as thermodynamic parameters (ΔG, ΔH, ΔS) decreased, which indicated that the thermosensitivity, stability and number of non-covalent bonds of PPO decreased. The conformation was gradually unfolded, which was reflected in the decrease of α-helix contents, increase of β-sheet and exposure of aromatic amino acid residuals. Moreover, two linear relationships of relative activities, enthalpies (ΔH) against α-helix contents were obtained. It indicated that changes of activity and thermodynamics might correlate to the unfolding of conformation.

  14. Second COS FUV Lifetime Position: Verification of FUV Bright Object Aperture (BOA) Operations (FCAL4)

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    Debes, John H.

    2013-05-01

    As part of the calibration of the second lifetime position on the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) far-ultraviolet (FUV) detectors, observations of the external target, G191-B2B, were obtained with the G130M, G160M, and G140L gratings in combi- nation with the Bright Object Aperture. The observations were designed to verify the performance of these spectroscopic modes by reproducing similar observations taken during the SM4 Servicing Mission Observatory Verification (SMOV) of COS. These observations allowed for a detailed determination of the spatial location and profile of the spectra from the three gratings, as well as a determination of the spectral resolution of the G130M grating prior to and after the lifetime move. In general, the negligi- ble differences which exist between the two lifetime positions can be attributed to slight differences in the optical path. In particular, the spectral resolution appears to be slightly improved. The stability of the absolute and relative flux calibration was investigated for G130M as well using STIS echelle data of G191-B2B. We determine that the COS ab- solute flux calibration with the BOA is accurate to 10%, and flux calibrated data are reproducible at the 1-2% level since SMOV.

  15. Patterns of late Quaternary shelf-margin sedimentation, southwest Louisiana

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    Suter, J.R.; Berryhill, H.L.

    1986-09-01

    Late Quaternary extension of the continental shelf in the northern Gulf of Mexico has been largely accomplished by deposition at the shelf margin during sea level lowstands. The distribution and geometry of facies suggest that delta progradation during sea level fall and lowstand is a principal process for shelf accretion. Along the shelf margin of southwest Louisiana, sets of deltaic deposits corresponding to the last two lowstands of sea level have been mapped from high-resolution seismic profiles. Individual deltas extend farther than 5000 m/sup 2/ and are more than 160 m thick. Diapirism has had a controlling effect on sedimentation patterns of the shelf-margin deltas throughout their depositional histories. Shelf-margin deltas have also been the loci for the transfer of large volumes of sediment from the shelf to the upper slope by mass transport, with buried submarine troughs formed by retrogressive shelf-edge failure in association with major streams acting as conduits for sediment movement. In southwest Louisiana, mass transport deposits follow depressions formed by salt diapirism rather than creating broad aprons on the slope.

  16. High-power, highly stable KrF laser with a 4-kHz pulse repetition rate

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    Borisov, V M; El'tsov, A V; Khristoforov, O B

    2015-08-31

    An electric-discharge KrF laser (248 nm) with an average output power of 300 W is developed and studied. A number of new design features are related to the use of a laser chamber based on an Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ceramic tube. A high power and pulse repetition rate are achieved by using a volume discharge with lateral preionisation by the UV radiation of a creeping discharge in the form of a homogeneous plasma sheet on the surface of a plane sapphire plate. Various generators for pumping the laser are studied. The maximum laser efficiency is 3.1%, the maximum laser energy is 160 mJ pulse{sup -1}, and the pulse duration at half maximum is 7.5 ns. In the case of long-term operation at a pulse repetition rate of 4 kHz and an output power of 300 W, high stability of laser output energy (σ ≤ 0.7%) is achieved using an all-solid-state pump system. (lasers)

  17. Indexing glomerular filtration rate to body surface area: clinical consequences.

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    Redal-Baigorri, Belén; Rasmussen, Knud; Heaf, James Goya

    2014-03-01

    Kidney function is mostly expressed in terms of glomerular filtration rate (GFR). A common feature is the expression as ml/min per 1.73 m(2) , which represents the adjustment of the individual kidney function to a standard body surface area (BSA) to allow comparison between individuals. We investigated the impact of indexing GFR to BSA in cancer patients, as this BSA indexation might affect the reported individual kidney function. Cross-sectional study of 895 adults who had their kidney function measured with (51) chrome ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid. Mean values of BSA-indexed GFR vs. mean absolute GFR were analyzed with a t-test for paired data. Bland-Altman plot was used to analyze agreement between the indexed and absolute GFR values. BSA-GFR in patients with a BSA <1.60 m(2) overestimated GFR with a bias of 10.08 ml/min (11.46%) and underestimated GFR in those with a BSA >2 m(2) with a bias up to -20.76 ml/min (-23.59%). BSA is not a good normalization index (NI) in patients with extreme body sizes. Therefore, until a better NI is found, we recommend clinicians to use the absolute GFR to calculate individual drug chemotherapy dosage as well as express individual kidney function. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. [Induced radioactivity in irradiated foods by X ray or gamma ray].

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    Miyahara, Makoto

    2007-01-01

    In the course of the archival studies on safety of irradiated foods by the US Army, experimental records conducted by Glass & Smith, and Kruger & Wilson were investigated, based on our experimental experience. Food irradiation by Co-60 or 4 approximately 24MeV X ray can induce small amount of radioactivity in the foods. The principal mechanisms of the nuclear reactions are (gamma, n). The resulting nuclear products found in irradiated target solutions were Ba-135m, Pb-204m, Hg-199m, Ag-107m,Ag-109m, Cd-111m,Cd-113m, Sn-117m, Sn-119m, Sr-87m, Nb-93m, In113m, In-115m, Te-123m, Te-125m, Lu-178m Hf-160m by the (gamma, n) reaction. The total radio-activities in beef, bacon, shrimp, chicken, and green beans were counted at 60 days after irradiation by Cs-137, Co-60, and fuel element. The activities more than background were found in irradiated bacon and beef by Co-60. and activities were found in most foods when foods were irradiated by high energy X ray and the fuel element. The results were understood as the neutron activation by (gamma, n) or (n, gamma) reaction. Therefore, high energy X ray and spent fuel element were not used for food irradiation. As the results of this study Co-60 has been used with small amount of induced radioactivity in food.

  19. Vibrational sum frequency spectroscopy of surfactants and phospholipid monolayers at liquid-liquid interfaces

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    Smiley, Beth L.; Walker, R. A.; Gragson, D. E.; Hannon, T. E.; Richmond, Geraldine L.

    1998-04-01

    Work from our laboratory on vibrational sum frequency spectroscopic investigations of molecular ordering at the carbon tetrachloride-water interface is reviewed. Simple charged surfactants adsorbed at the liquid-liquid interface are seen to induce alignment of interfacial water molecules to a degree which is dependent on the induced surface potential. Saturation of water molecule alignment occurs at a surfactant surface concentration corresponding to a calculated surface potential of approximately 160 mV. In complementary studies, the relative degree of hydrocarbon chain ordering within monolayers of symmetric phosphatidylcholines of different chain lengths is inferred by the relative signal contributions of the methyl and methylene symmetric stretch modes. The degree of hydrocarbon chain disorder observed depends strongly on the method of monolayer preparation. By one method, a decrease in hydrocarbon chain order is seen with increasing chain length. Another method of monolayer formation yielded very well ordered hydrocarbon chains for the longest chain phosphatidylcholine studied, and showed much greater disorder in shorter chain species which was comparable to the other preparation method. These studies are a foundation for further work with this technique geared towards understanding molecular-level structural features in membrane-like assemblies and surface biochemical interactions of relevance to biomedical research.

  20. Ascent exhalations of Antarctic fur seals: a behavioural adaptation for breath-hold diving?

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    Hooker, Sascha K; Miller, Patrick J O; Johnson, Mark P; Cox, Oliver P; Boyd, Ian L

    2005-02-22

    Novel observations collected from video, acoustic and conductivity sensors showed that Antarctic fur seals consistently exhale during the last 50-85% of ascent from all dives (10-160 m, n > 8000 dives from 50 seals). The depth of initial bubble emission was best predicted by maximum dive depth, suggesting an underlying physical mechanism. Bubble sound intensity recorded from one seal followed predictions of a simple model based on venting expanding lung air with decreasing pressure. Comparison of air release between dives, together with lack of variation in intensity of thrusting movement during initial descent regardless of ultimate dive depth, suggested that inhaled diving lung volume was constant for all dives. The thrusting intensity in the final phase of ascent was greater for dives in which ascent exhalation began at a greater depth, suggesting an energetic cost to this behaviour, probably as a result of loss of buoyancy from reduced lung volume. These results suggest that fur seals descend with full lung air stores, and thus face the physiological consequences of pressure at depth. We suggest that these regular and predictable ascent exhalations could function to reduce the potential for a precipitous drop in blood oxygen that would result in shallow-water blackout.

  1. Relative performance comparison between baseline labyrinth and dual-brush compressor discharge seals in a T-700 engine test

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    Hendricks, Robert C.; Griffin, Thomas A.; Kline, Teresa R.; Csavina, Kristine R.; Pancholi, Arvind; Sood, Devendra

    1995-10-01

    In separate series of YT-700 engine tests, direct comparisons were made between the forward-facing labyrinth and dual brush compressor discharge seals. Compressor speeds to 43 000 rpm, surface speeds to 160 m/s (530 ft/s), pressures to 1 MPa (145 psi), and temperatures to 680 K (765 F) characterized these tests. The wear estimate for 46 hr of engine operations was less than 0.025 mm (0.001 in.) of the Haynes 25 alloy bristles running against a chromium-carbide-coated rub runner. The pressure drops were higher for the dual-brush seal than for the forward-facing labyrinth seal and leakage was lower-with the labyrinth seal leakage being 2-1/2 times greater-implying better seal characteristics, better secondary airflow distribution, and better engine performance (3 percent at high pressure to 5 percent at lower pressure) for the brush seal. (However, as brush seals wear down (after 500 to 1000 hr of engine operation), their leakage rates will increase.) Modification of the secondary flow path requires that changes in cooling air and engine dynamics be accounted for.

  2. Hyposmolar medium and ethanol in isosmotic solution induce the release of thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) by isolated rat pancreatic islets.

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    Benický, J; Greer, M A; Strbák, V

    1997-01-01

    Cell swelling induced by hypotonic medium or small isotonic permeant molecules results in an immediate secretory response in various types of cells. We have expanded exploration of this phenomenon by examining the effect of either isotonic ethanol or hyposmotic medium on the release of TRH by freshly isolated islets of Langerhans in static incubation and perifusion. Ethanol (40, 80 or 160 mM in isotonic solution) dose-dependently evoked the release of TRH by statically incubated islets. The dynamics of TRH release induced by 80 mM isotonic ethanol or 30% hypotonic medium were similar to those induced by 50 mM KCl, with the highest secretion rate during the first 5 min of incubation irrespective of the duration of stimulation. Ca2+ depletion of the incubation medium abolished the response to 50 mM KCl but did not diminish the response to 80 mM isotonic ethanol. We conclude that osmotic stimuli known to induce cell swelling also induce release of TRH by isolated pancreatic islets.

  3. Investigation of the superconducting gap structure in κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu(NCS)2 and κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Br by means of thermal-conductivity measurements

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    Kühlmorgen, S.; Schönemann, R.; Green, E. L.; Müller, J.; Wosnitza, J.

    2017-10-01

    We report temperature-dependent thermal-conductivity, κ, measurements on the layered quasi-two-dimensional organic superconductors κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu(NCS)2 and κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Br down to 160 mK. The results for κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu(NCS)2 may be consistent with a nodal superconducting (SC) gap structure as indicated by a non-negligible remnant linear contribution when κ/T \\propto T2 is extrapolated to T = 0 . For κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Br, contrary to expectations, higher κ values are observed in the superconducting regime as compared to the normal, high-field state evidencing a dominant phonon contribution to κ in the superconducting state. The strong increase of κ in the normal state below T c for both samples indicates strong electron–phonon scattering. Our results highlight the need for thermal-conductivity measurements performed down to significantly lower temperatures to determine the symmetry of the SC gap.

  4. Stability investigation of laser darkened metal surfaces

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    Hopp, Béla; Smausz, Tomi; Lentner, Márton; Kopniczky, Judit; Tápai, Csaba; Gera, Tamás; Csizmadia, Tamás; Ehrhardt, Martin; Lorenz, Pierre; Zimmer, Klaus

    2017-09-01

    Pulsed laser irradiation-induced reflectivity decrease of metal surfaces is a well-established phenomenon, which is extensively utilized in numerous applications. Since the stability of these black surfaces is often a demand, we investigated the resistance of darkened copper and titanium surfaces against optical and mechanical damages. For optical stability studies, samples were irradiated by a probe laser beam ( λ = 775 nm, FWHM = 150 fs, f = 1 kHz) at different fluences (0-300 mJ/cm2), while the mechanical stability was studied with scratch test using 2.5 µm radius tip and applying normal force in 29.4-147 µN range. The observed reflectivity and morphological changes indicated that the optical damage threshold fluence is 130 and 160 mJ/cm2 for copper and titanium surfaces, respectively. Mechanical damage only in case of copper could be detected in the applied parameter range indicating a scratch hardness of 21.5 MPa.

  5. In-situ x-ray diffraction of layered LiCoO{sub 2}-Type cathode materials

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    Rodriguez, M.A.; Ingersoll, D.; Doughty, D.H.

    1999-12-09

    The authors have investigated LiNi{sub 0.8}Co{sub 0.2}O{sub 2} (Sumitomo) and LiNi{sub 5/8}Co{sub 1/4}Mn{sub 1/16}Al{sub 1/16}O{sub 2} (Sandia chemical preparation method) cathode powders via in-situ X-ray Diffraction and Cyclic Voltammetry using a coffee-bag type electrochemical cell. Both cathode materials did not show a monoclinic distortion during de-intercalation but sustained the hexagonal structure up to 4.3 V. The doping of Co into the LiNiO{sub 2} structure appears to stabilize this lattice as the hexagonal structure over the full range of charging (up to 4.3 V). The LiNi{sub 5/8}Co{sub 1/4}Mn{sub 1/16}Al{sub 1/16}O{sub 2} cathode material exhibited a 160 mAh/g capacity (to 4.1 V) on its 1{sup st} cycle, while displaying a much smaller volume change (as compared to LiNi{sub 0.8}Co{sub 0.2}O{sub 2}) during de-intercalation. This reduced overall volume change (2.5 vol%) may have important implications for cycle life of this material.

  6. Seasonal variability in mixed layer height and its impact on trace gas distribution over a tropical urban site: Ahmedabad

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    Srivastava, Shuchita; Lal, S.; Subrahamanyam, D. Bala; Gupta, S.; Venkataramani, S.; Rajesh, T. A.

    2010-04-01

    Altitude profiles of virtual potential temperature ( θv) and specific humidity ( q) derived from meteorological data obtained from balloon-borne radiosonde ascents are used to investigate the seasonal variations in mixed layer height over Ahmedabad (23.03°N, 72.54°E), an urban site located on the western part of India. A total of 82 balloon ascents were conducted fortnightly in the morning hours during a period of about four years spanning from April 2003 to July 2007. Analysis of the vertical profiles of θv and q reveals a systematic seasonal variability in the mixed layer height (MLH), showing the decreasing trend from summer-monsoon to winter season. The MLH is observed to be maximum (˜ 1170 m) in summer-monsoon while a minimum (˜ 160 m) is observed during the winter months. In general, the mixed layer height was found to be highly variant during pre-monsoon and summer-monsoon seasons. This variability is observed to be comparatively lower in the post-monsoon and winter months. Effects of MLH have been investigated on the variations in surface ozone and MOPITT derived surface and vertical distributions of CO. The reverse trend is observed in surface ozone and CO with mixed layer seasonal variability. The impact of MLH over CO vertical distributions is observed up to an altitude of 3-4 km.

  7. VizieR Online Data Catalog: IRAS PSC/FSC Combined Catalogue (Abrahamyan+ 2015)

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    Abrahamyan, H. V.; Mickaelian, A. M.; Knyazyan, A. V.

    2015-03-01

    Optical identifications of a few thousands of IRAS sources showed that IRAS Point Source and IRAS Faint Source catalogues (PSC and FSC, respectively) contain many quasars and active galactic nuclei, late-type stars, planetary nebulae, variables, etc. To increase the efficiency of using IRAS PSC and FSC, which contain a lot of common sources, one needs a joint catalogue of all IRAS point sources with improved data based on both catalogues. However, cross-correlation of the catalogues is not so easy, as the association of many sources is relative, and not always it is obvious, whose source from one catalogue corresponds to the other one in the second catalogue. This problem exists in case of using standard cross-correlation tools. Therefore, we have created a tool for cross-matching astronomical catalogues and we have applied it to IRAS PSC and FSC. Using this tool we have carried out identifications with a search radius corresponding to 3-σ of errors for each source individually rather than a standard radius for all sources. As a result, we obtained 73,770 associations. In addition, we have made cross-correlations with AKARI-IRC, AKARI-FIS and WISE catalogues. We created a catalogue of 345,163 IRAS sources with high positional accuracy and with 17 photometric measurements from 1.25 to 160 ?m range, providing a detailed catalogue for IRAS point sources. (1 data file).

  8. Ballistic impact study of some advanced aircraft materials at sub-ordnance velocities

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    Finnegan, S.A.; Covino, J.; Robbs, R.L.

    1995-12-31

    This paper describes the results of ballistic impact tests on two advanced titanium-based aircraft materials to determine damage threshold levels for low-velocity (15-160 m/s) impacts of the kind experienced during take-off and landing operations. The two materials investigated included a super alpha-2 titanium aluminide alloy and a fiber-reinforced beta titanium alloy (i.e., metal-matrix composite). The first was tested in the form of curved truss-core panels and the second in the form of flat sheets. Two different panel configurations and two different fiber layups were examined. Projectiles consisted of aluminum spheres. Impacts were at normal incidence and in the velocity regime below the minimum for perforation (i.e., ballistic limit velocity). Materials were assessed in terms of threshold velocities for permanent deformation and fracture and also in terms of impact dynamics (e.g., projectile rebound velocities and projectile/target contact times). Target damage (e.g., fracture morphology) was also assessed using optical and scanning electron microscopy and ultrasound.

  9. An energy efficient sub-threshold to above-threshold level shifter using a modified Wilson current mirror

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    Maroof, Naeem; Sohail, Muhammad; Shin, Hyunchul

    2016-07-01

    In this article, a new energy efficient level shifter circuit is described for robust sub-threshold to above-threshold voltage conversion. The design is based on a modification of the Wilson current mirror that minimizes the static current and improves the energy efficiency. The proposed level shifter is capable of converting a 200 mV signal into a 1 V signal and operates correctly across process corners. At the design target (? 200 mV, input signal frequency = 1 MHz), the proposed level shifter exhibits a propagation delay of 20.17 ns, a static power dissipation of 11.07 nW, and the total energy per transition of 113.2 fJ. We compare our results with the design proposed by Lutkemeier and Ruckert (2010). At the design target, the energy delay product of our design is 81.53% that of the reference design and, over all the voltage range of ? from 160 mV to 1 V, the proposed circuit shows an average energy reduction of 14.71% compared to the reference design. Thorough variability analysis was performed using HSPICE Monte Carlo simulations for different values of ?, which reveals the robustness of the proposed design.

  10. Social Recovery Model: An 8-Year Investigation of Adolescent 12-step Group Involvement following Inpatient Treatment

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    Kelly, John F.; Brown, Sandra A.; Abrantes, Ana; Kahler, Christopher; Myers, Mark

    2013-01-01

    Background Despite widespread use of 12-step treatment approaches and referrals to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) by youth providers, little is known about the significance of these organizations in youth addiction recovery. Furthermore, existing evidence is based mostly on short-term follow-up and is limited methodologically. Methods Adolescent inpatients (N = 160; M age = 16, 40% female) were followed at 6-months, and at 1, 2, 4, 6, and 8 years post-treatment. Time-lagged, generalized estimating equations (GEE) modeled treatment outcome in relation to AA/NA attendance controlling for static and time-varying covariates. Robust regression (LOWESS) explored dose-response thresholds of AA/NA attendance on outcome. Results AA/NA attendance was common and intensive early post-treatment, but declined sharply and steadily over the 8-year period. Patients with greater addiction severity and those who believed they could not use substances in moderation were more likely to attend. Despite declining attendance, the effects related to AA/NA remained significant and consistent. Greater early participation was associated with better long-term outcomes. Conclusions Even though many youth discontinue AA/NA over time, attendees appear to benefit, and more severely substance-involved youth attend most. Successful early post-treatment engagement of youth in abstinence-supportive social contexts, such as AA/NA, may have long-term implications for alcohol and drug involvement into young adulthood. PMID:18557829

  11. Three-dimensional mapping by CryoSat-2 of subglacial lake volume changes

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    McMillan, Malcolm; Corr, Hugh; Shepherd, Andrew; Ridout, Andrew; Laxon, Seymour; Cullen, Robert

    2013-08-01

    analyze data acquired by the CryoSat-2 interferometric radar altimeter and demonstrate its novel capability to track topographic features on the Antarctic Ice Sheet. We map the perimeter and depth of a 260 km2 surface depression above an Antarctic subglacial lake (SGL) and, in combination with Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite laser altimetry, chart decadal changes in SGL volume. During 2007-2008, between 4.9 and 6.4 km3 of water drained from the SGL, and peak discharge exceeded 160 m3 s-1. The flood was twice as large as any previously recorded and equivalent to ~ 10% of the meltwater generated annually beneath the ice sheet. The ice surface has since uplifted at a rate of 5.6 ± 2.8 m yr-1. Our study demonstrates the ability of CryoSat-2 to provide detailed maps of ice sheet topography, its potential to accurately measure SGL drainage events, and the contribution it can make to understanding water flow beneath Antarctica.

  12. Rotating disk electrode study of borohydride oxidation in a molten eutectic electrolyte and advancements in the intermediate temperature borohydride battery

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    Wang, Andrew; Gyenge, Előd L.

    2017-08-01

    The electrode kinetics of the NaBH4 oxidation reaction (BOR) in a molten NaOH-KOH eutectic mixture is investigated by rotating disk electrode (RDE) voltammetry on electrochemically oxidized Ni at temperatures between 458 K and 503 K. The BH4- diffusion coefficient in the molten alkali eutectic together with the BOR activation energy, exchange current density, transfer coefficient and number of electrons exchanged, are determined. Electrochemically oxidized Ni shows excellent BOR electrocatalytic activity with a maximum of seven electrons exchanged and a transfer coefficient up to one. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) reveals the formation of NiO as the catalytically active species. The high faradaic efficiency and BOR rate on oxidized Ni anode in the molten electrolyte compared to aqueous alkaline electrolytes is advantageous for power sources. A novel molten electrolyte battery design is investigated using dissolved NaBH4 at the anode and immobilized KIO4 at the cathode. This battery produces a stable open-circuit cell potential of 1.04 V, and a peak power density of 130 mW cm-2 corresponding to a superficial current density of 160 mA cm-2 at 458 K. With further improvements and scale-up borohydride molten electrolyte batteries and fuel cells could be integrated with thermal energy storage systems.

  13. Decomposition of Iodinated Pharmaceuticals by UV-254 nm-assisted Advanced Oxidation Processes.

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    Duan, Xiaodi; He, Xuexiang; Wang, Dong; Mezyk, Stephen P; Otto, Shauna C; Marfil-Vega, Ruth; Mills, Marc A; Dionysiou, Dionysios D

    2017-02-05

    Iodinated pharmaceuticals, thyroxine (a thyroid hormone) and diatrizoate (an iodinated X-ray contrast medium), are among the most prescribed active pharmaceutical ingredients. Both of them have been reported to potentially disrupt thyroid homeostasis even at very low concentrations. In this study, UV-254 nm-based photolysis and photochemical processes, i.e., UV only, UV/H2O2, and UV/S2O8(2-), were evaluated for the destruction of these two pharmaceuticals. Approximately 40% of 0.5μM thyroxine or diatrizoate was degraded through direct photolysis at UV fluence of 160mJcm(-2), probably resulting from the photosensitive cleavage of C-I bonds. While the addition of H2O2 only accelerated the degradation efficiency to a low degree, the destruction rates of both chemicals were significantly enhanced in the UV/S2O8(2-) system, suggesting the potential vulnerability of the iodinated chemicals toward UV/S2O8(2-) treatment. Such efficient destruction also occurred in the presence of radical scavengers when biologically treated wastewater samples were used as reaction matrices. The effects of initial oxidant concentrations, solution pH, as well as the presence of natural organic matter (humic acid or fulvic acid) and alkalinity were also investigated in this study. These results provide insights for the removal of iodinated pharmaceuticals in water and/or wastewater using UV-based photochemical processes.

  14. Water discharge during an Antarctic subglacial flood from CryoSat interferometric altimetry. (Invited)

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    McMillan, M.; Corr, H.; Shepherd, A.; Ridout, A.; Laxon, S.; Cullen, R.

    2013-12-01

    Beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet lies a network of subglacial lakes which can store, and periodically release, some of the estimated 65 Gt of water generated annually by subglacial melting. These lakes produce a system of episodic mass transfer at the ice sheet base, with the capacity to alter the subglacial environment, the flow of overlying ice and the delivery of freshwater to the ocean. In this study, we use data acquired by the CryoSat-2 interferometric radar altimeter to map the perimeter and depth of a 260 km2 surface depression above an Antarctic subglacial lake (SGL). In combination with ICESat laser altimetry, we chart decadal changes in SGL volume. During 2007-2008, between 4.9 and 6.4 km3 of water drained from the SGL, and peak discharge exceeded 160 m3s-1. The flood was twice as large as any previously recorded, and equivalent to ~ 10 % of the meltwater generated annually beneath the ice sheet. The ice surface has since uplifted at a rate of 5.6 × 2.8 m yr-1. Our study demonstrates the ability of CryoSat-2 to provide detailed maps of ice sheet topography, its potential to accurately measure SGL drainage events, and the contribution it can make to understanding mass transport beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet.

  15. New observations with the HST Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph of the low-redshift Lyman-Alpha clouds in the 3C 273 line of sight

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    Weymann, Ray; Rauch, Michael; Williams, Robert; Morris, Simon; Heap, Sally

    1995-01-01

    We presenty spectra of 3C 273 between 1216 and 1250 A obtained in the (pre-COSTAR (Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement instrument)) configuration of the Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph (GHRS) taken with the G160M grating with a resolution approximately = 20 km/s. The two strong Ly alpha lines at velocities of approximately 1000 and approximately 1600 km/s are well fitted with Voigt profiles and yield column densities, Doppler parameters and redshifts of log N(H I)=14.19 +/- 0.04 V(sub Dop)=40.7 +/- 3.0 km/s, V = 1012.4 +/- 2.0 km/s, and log N(H I)=14.22 +/- 0.07, V(sub Dop)=34.2 +/- 3.3 km/s and V = 1582.0 +/- 2.0 km/s, respectively. Motivated by the initial announcement by Williams and Schommer of detectable H alpha emission associated with the approximately 1600 km/s cloud, we discuss the difficulty of finding models which can account for emission of that magnitude given the observed neutral hydrogen column density, though a recent reobservation by these authors has shown the initial detection to be spurious. The C/H abundance ratio is probably less than about one-fourth of the solar abundance in these clouds, although this result is very uncertain and model dependent.

  16. Hydrogeologic setting of Washoe Valley, Nevada from gravity and magnetic modeling

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    Petersen, R.C.; Karlin, R.E. . Dept. of Geosciences)

    1993-04-01

    A gravity, magnetic, and electrical survey of Washoe Lake, NV was conducted to characterize the geometry and subsurface structure in order to better constrain depositional and tectonic controls on groundwater flow in the basin. The lake basin lies in an asymmetric half graben at the boundary of the Great Basin and the Sierras. Gravity modeling of the basin suggests that the lake is underlain by sediment thicknesses of almost 600 m with maximum accumulations in the west. The magnetic data suggest that a relatively thin volcanic unit, probably Miocene in age, lies directly on Cenozoic basement at a depth of [approximately]160 m beneath the eastern portion of the lake. The magnetic anomaly appears to be arcuate with its western edge offset by a NS-trending basement fault. Subtle east-west structures provide constraints on the relative ages of faulting. A major change in sedimentary facies from coarse alluvial sands in the west to fine-grained lacustrine sediments in the east coincides with a deep basement offset. The deepest portion of the present lake also lies to the east of the zone of thickest sediment accumulation. These relations suggest that both ancient and modern sedimentation patterns in the lake are tectonically controlled and exert a strong influence on groundwater flow.

  17. New excimer laser technique for the correction of strabismus and diplopia

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    Azar, Dimitri T.

    1994-06-01

    We used the ArF excimer laser to determine the feasibility of performing prismatic photoablations in model eyes (plastic spheres simulating the eye), and in rabbit corneas. This would correct diplopia and small angles of deviation, and result in minimal refractive alterations. We modified excimer laser delivery system that achieved the desired corneal contour of prismatic ablations. 193-nm argon fluoride laser was used at fluence of 160 mJ/cm2 and ablation rate 5 Hz. 5.0-mm diameter, 40 um corneal epithelial ablation were followed by 5.0- mm diameter, prismatic photokeratectomy (PPK). We were able to achieve prismatic photoablation of PMMA blocks and lenses. No other refractive changes accompanied the prismatic photoablation of PMMA blocks and lenses. No other refractive changes accompanied the prismatic effect. In rabbits re-epithelialization of the 5-mm ablations was complete by day 3, and corneal haze was not observed by gross examination. Epithelial hyperplasia and subepithelial scarring were noted at the deep edges. PPK holds important therapeutic potential for fine-tuning results of conventional strabismus surgery, and for patients with stable diplopia following nerve palsy and ocular surgery.

  18. Assessment of spatial variability of major-ion concentrations and del oxygen-18 values in surface snow, Upper Fremont Glacier, Wyoming, USA

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    Naftz, D.L.; Schuster, P.F.; Reddy, M.M.

    1994-01-01

    One hundred samples were collected from the surface of the Upper Fremont Glacier at equally spaced intervals defined by an 8100m2 snow grid to asesss the significance of lateral variability in major-ion concentrations and del oxygen-18 values. Comparison of the observed variability of each chemical constituent to the variability expected by measurement error indicated substantial lateral variability with the surface-snow layer. Results of the nested ANOVA indicate most of the variance for every constituent is in the values grouped at the two smaller geographic scales (between 506m2 and within 506m2 sections). The variance data from the snow grid were used to develop equations to evaluate the significance of both positive and negative concentration/value peaks of nitrate and del oxygen-18 with depth, in a 160m ice core. Values of del oxygen-18 in the section from 110-150m below the surface consistently vary outside the expected limits and possibly represents cooler temperatures during the Little Ice Age from about 1810 to 1725 A.D. -from Authors

  19. Pyrolytic synthesis and characterization of N-doped carbon nanoflakes for electrochemical applications

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    Savilov, S.V.; Arkhipova, E.A.; Ivanov, A.S.; Maslakov, K.I; Shen, Z.; Aldoshin, S.M.; Lunin, V.V.

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • Carbon nanoflakes doped with nitrogen were produced by a pyrolytic technique. • Quarternary, pyrrolic and pyridinic types of nitrogen are confirmed by XPS. • Nitrogen content depends on precursor used and temperature processed. • Specific surface area values decrease with increasing of synthesis duration. • N-doped carbon nanoflakes may be suitable for electrochemical applications. - Abstract: Nitrogen doped carbon nanoflakes, which are very important for many electrochemical applications, were synthesized by pyrolysis of nitrogen containing organic compounds over metal oxide template. Acetonitrile, pyridine and butylamine, which are of different volatility were tested as N-containing precursors. Morphology, structure and chemical composition of the as-synthesized materials were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). It was found that materials are highly defective and consist of a few malformed graphene layers. X-ray photoelectron spectra reflect the dominant graphitic and pyridinic N-bonding configuration. It was also noted that specific surface area depends on the duration and temperature of the reaction. Increase in duration and temperature led to decrease of the specific surface area from 1000 to 160 m{sup 2}/g, 1170 to 210 m{sup 2}/g and 1180 to 480 m{sup 2}/g for acetonitrile, butylamine and pyridine precursors, respectively.

  20. In situ thermal excursions detected in the Nankai Trough forearc slope sediment at IODP NanTroSEIZE Site C0008

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    Kinoshita, Masataka; Fukase, Hiroaki; Goto, Shusaku; Toki, Tomohiro

    2015-02-01

    At Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Site C0008 in the Nankai Trough slope sediment, we discovered in situ temperature anomalies at 80 to 160 m below the seafloor, where pore fluid Cl and δ 18O excursions were identified and interpreted as pore fluid refreshing due to hydrate dissociation. The volume fraction of hydrates is estimated to be approximately 3% and approximately 40% maximum at Holes C0008A and C0008C, respectively. In the vicinity of these anomalies, we discovered negative and positive temperature excursions of up to 1 K measured in situ using the Advanced Piston Corer Temperature (APC-T) tool attached to the shoe of a hydraulic piston corer. They are significantly larger than the uncertainties caused during data acquisition and processing. Frictional heat due to penetration increased the temperature by >10 K, exceeding the gas/hydrate stability temperature at that depth. This heat is partly consumed by hydrate dissociation, which disturbs the thermal decay curve after penetration, but 2D numerical modeling revealed that hydrate dissociation does not significantly change the extrapolated equilibrium temperature. So far, we cannot suggest any acceptable explanation for the observed thermal anomalies, although we strongly suspect that it is related to hydrate dissociation.

  1. Channel-Like Characteristics of the Low-Affinity Barley Phosphate Transporter PHT1;6 When Expressed in Xenopus Oocytes1[W][OA

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    Preuss, Christian P.; Huang, Chun Y.; Gilliham, Matthew; Tyerman, Stephen D.

    2010-01-01

    Remobilization of inorganic phosphate (Pi) within a plant is critical for sustaining growth and seed production under external Pi fluctuation. The barley (Hordeum vulgare) transporter HvPHT1;6 has been implicated in Pi remobilization. In this report, we expressed HvPHT1;6 in Xenopus laevis oocytes, allowing detailed characterization of voltage-dependent fluxes and currents induced by HvPHT1;6. HvPHT1;6 increased efflux of Pi near oocyte resting membrane potentials, dependent on external Pi concentration. Time-dependent inward currents were observed when membrane potentials were more negative than −160 mV, which was consistent with nH+:HPO42− (n > 2) cotransport, based on simultaneous radiotracer and oocyte voltage clamping, dependent upon Pi concentration gradient and pH. Time- and voltage-dependent inward currents through HvPHT1;6 were also observed for SO42−and to a lesser degree for NO3−Cl−but not for malate. Inward and outward currents showed linear dependence on the concentration of external HPO42−similar to low-affinity Pi transport in plant studies. The electrophysiological properties of HvPHT1;6, which locates to the plasma membrane when expressed in onion (Allium cepa) epidermal cells, are consistent with its suggested role in the remobilization of Pi in barley plants. PMID:20053709

  2. Validation and Variation of Upper Layer Thickness in South China Sea from Satellite Altimeter Data

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    Lin, Chun-Yi; Ho, Chung-Ru; Zheng, Zhe-Wen; Kuo, Nan-Jung

    2008-01-01

    Satellite altimeter data from 1993 to 2005 has been used to analyze the seasonal variation and the interannual variability of upper layer thickness (ULT) in the South China Sea (SCS). Base on in-situ measurements, the ULT is defined as the thickness from the sea surface to the depth of 16°C isotherm which is used to validate the result derived from satellite altimeter data. In comparison with altimeter and in-situ derived ULTs yields a correlation coefficient of 0.92 with a slope of 0.95 and an intercept of 6 m. The basin averaged ULT derived from altimeter is 160 m in winter and 171 m in summer which is similar to the in-situ measurements of 159 m in winter and 175 m in summer. Both results also show similar spatial patterns. It suggests that the sea surface height data derived from satellite sensors are usable for study the variation of ULT in the semi-closed SCS. Furthermore, we also use satellite derived ULT to detect the development of eddy. Interannual variability of two meso-scale cyclonic eddies and one anticyclonic eddy are strongly influenced by El Niño events. In most cases, there are highly positive correlations between ULT and sea surface temperature except the periods of El Niño. During the onset of El Niño event, ULT is deeper when sea surface temperature is lower. PMID:27879909

  3. Final report on COOMET.M.FF-S3: Intercomparison measurements in the field of gas flow and volume

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    Seredyuk, Denys; Makovnik, Stefan; Tonkonoguy, Yuriy; Rainchik, Sergey

    2013-01-01

    The national metrology institutes of Ukraine, Slovakia, Lithuania and Russia conducted a comparison in gas flow from 4 m3/h to 160 m3/h using a positive displacement flow meter as the transfer device. The participants' flow standards are described. The uncertainty contributed to the comparison by the transfer device (0.13%) was assessed by calibrations performed in the pilot laboratory at the beginning and end of the comparison. The standardized degrees of equivalence between each participant's results and the comparison reference values were less than unity except for one flow measurement at one lab where it was 1.07, demonstrating agreement within uncertainty expectations between the participants. Main text. To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. Note that this text is that which appears in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database kcdb.bipm.org/. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by COOMET, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM MRA).

  4. Additional Results of Ice-Accretion Scaling at SLD Conditions

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    Bond, Thomas H. (Technical Monitor); Anderson, David N.; Tsao, Jen-Ching

    2005-01-01

    To determine scale velocity an additional similarity parameter is needed to supplement the Ruff scaling method. A Weber number based on water droplet MVD has been included in several studies because the effect of droplet splashing on ice accretion was believed to be important, particularly for SLD conditions. In the present study, ice shapes recorded at Appendix-C conditions and recent results at SLD conditions are reviewed to show that droplet diameter cannot be important to main ice shape, and for low airspeeds splashing does not appear to affect SLD ice shapes. Evidence is presented to show that while a supplementary similarity parameter probably has the form of a Weber number, it must be based on a length proportional to model size rather than MVD. Scaling comparisons were made between SLD reference conditions and Appendix-C scale conditions using this Weber number. Scale-to-reference model size ratios were 1:1.7 and 1:3.4. The reference tests used a 91-cm-chord NACA 0012 model with a velocity of approximately 50 m/s and an MVD of 160 m. Freezing fractions of 0.3, 0.4, and 0.5 were included in the study.

  5. Improved specific productivity in cephalexin synthesis by immobilized PGA in silica magnetic micro-particles.

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    Bernardino, Susana M S A; Fernandes, Pedro; Fonseca, Luís P

    2010-12-01

    There is a marked trend in pharmaceutical industry towards the replacement of classical organic methods by "green" alternatives that minimize or eliminate the generation of waste and avoid, where possible, the use of toxic and/or hazardous reagents and solvents. In this work the kinetically controlled synthesis of cephalexin by soluble and penicillin G acylase immobilized in sol-gel micro-particles with magnetic properties was performed in aqueous media with PGME and 7-ADCA as substrates, at different concentrations of substrate, temperature, pH, enzyme to substrate ratio and acyl donor to nucleophile ratio. Excess acyl donor had a strong effect on cephalexin productivity. A PGME/7-ADCA ratio of 3 was considered optimum. A maximum specific productivity of 5.9 mmol h(-1), gbiocatalyst(-1) at 160 mM 7-ADCA, 480 mM PGME and low enzyme to substrate ratio at 32.5 U mmol(-1) 7-ADCA was obtained with immobilized PGA in full aqueous medium, suggesting that diffusional limitations were minimized when compared with other commercial biocatalysts. A half-life of 133 h for the immobilized biocatalyst was estimated during cephalexin synthesis in the presence of 100 mM 7-ADCA and 300 mM PGME, in 50 mM Tris/HCl at pH 7.2 and 14°C. These results compare quite favorably with those previously reported for the kinetically controlled synthesis of cephalexin.

  6. An ultrasonic atomization assisted synthesis of self-assembled manganese oxide octahedral molecular sieve nanostructures and their application in catalysis and water treatment.

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    Iyer, Aparna; Kuo, Chung-Hao; Dharmarathna, Saminda; Luo, Zhu; Rathnayake, Dinithi; He, Junkai; Suib, Steven L

    2017-04-13

    Manganese oxides of octahedral molecular sieve (OMS-2) type have important applications in oxidation catalysis, adsorption, and as battery materials. The synthesis methods employed determine their morphology and textural properties which markedly affect their catalytic activity. In this work, a room temperature ultrasonic atomization assisted synthesis of OMS-2 type materials is demonstrated. This synthesis differs from previously reported methods in that it is a simple, no-heat application that leads to a striking morphological characteristic of uniformly sized OMS-2 fibers and their self-assembly into dense as well as hollow spheres. Control of various parameters in the ultrasonic atomization assisted synthesis led to OMS-2 with high surface areas (between 136-160 m(2) g(-1)) and mesoporosity. Catalytically these materials have higher activities in the oxidation of hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), a bio-based chemical, (65% conversion of HMF vs. 14% with conventional OMS-2 catalyst) and a higher adsorption of lead from aqueous solutions (70% vs. 12% in conventional OMS-2 materials).

  7. Displacement rates on the Toroweap and Hurricane faults: implications for Quaternary downcutting in the Grand Canyon, Arizona

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    Fenton, Cassandra R.; Webb, Robert H.; Pearthree, Philip A.; Cerling, Thure E.; Poreda, Robert J.

    2001-01-01

    The Toroweap and Hurricane faults, considered to be the most active in Arizona, cross the Uinkaret volcanic field in the western Grand Canyon. These normal faults are downthrown to the west, and the Colorado River crosses these faults as it flows west in the Grand Canyon. Cosmogenic 3He (3Hec) dates on basalt flows and related landforms are used to calculate vertical displacement rates for these faults. The two faults cross unruptured alluvial fans dated as 3 ka (Toroweap) and 8 ka (Hurricane), and 10 other landforms that range in age from 30 to 400 ka are displaced. Middle and late Quaternary displacement rates of the Toroweap and Hurricane faults are 70–180 and 70–170 m/m.y., respectively. On the basis of these rates, the combined displacement of 580 m on these faults could have occurred in the past 3 to 5 m.y. All 3Hec dates are younger than existing K- Ar dates and are consistent with new 40Ar/39Ar dates and existing thermoluminescence (TL) dates on basalt flows. These different dating techniques may be combined in an analysis of displacement rates. Downcutting rates for the Colorado River in the eastern Grand Canyon (400 m/m.y.) are at least double the downcutting rates west of the faults (70–160 m/m.y.). Faulting probably increased downcutting in the eastern Grand Canyon relative to downcutting in the western Grand Canyon during the late Quaternary.

  8. Utilization of Lactate Isomers by Propionibacterium freudenreichii subsp. shermanii: Regulatory Role for Intracellular Pyruvate

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    Crow, Vaughan L.

    1986-01-01

    Five strains of Propionibacterium freudenreichii subsp. shermanii utilized the l-(+) isomer of lactate at a faster rate than they did the d-(−) isomer when grown with a mixture of lactate isomers under a variety of conditions. ATCC 9614, grown anaerobically in defined medium containing 160 mM dl-lactate, utilized only 4 and 15% of the d-(−)-lactate by the time 50 and 90%, respectively, of the l-(+)-lactate was used. The intracellular pyruvate concentration was high (>100 mM) in the initial stages of lactate utilization, when either dl-lactate or the l-(+) isomer was the starting substrate. The concentration of this intermediate dropped during dl-lactate fermentation such that when only d-(−)-lactate remained, the concentration was <20 mM. When only the d-(−) isomer was initially present, a similar relatively low concentration of intracellular pyruvate was present, even at the start of lactate utilization. The NAD+-independent lactate dehydrogenase activities in extracts showed different kinetic properties with regard to pyruvate inhibition, depending upon the lactate isomer present. Pyruvate gave a competitive inhibitor pattern with l-(+)-lactate and a mixed-type inhibitor pattern with d-(−)-lactate. It is suggested that these properties of the lactate dehydrogenases and the intracellular pyruvate concentrations explain the preferential use of the l-(+) isomer. PMID:16347134

  9. Onset of the mid-Cretaceous greenhouse in the Barremian- Aptian: Igneous events and the biological, sedimentary, and geochemical responses

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    Larson, Roger L.; Erba, Elisabetta

    1999-12-01

    Basalts and biostratigraphy dated at 125-120 Ma from the Ontong Java and Manihiki Plateaus in the western Pacific evidence the largest volcanic event in Earth history in at least the past 160 m.y. The intervening Nova-Canton Trough rifted at about 121-118 Ma, and a number of guyots and seamounts formed concurrently or slightly later. Geological events that probably were responses to these volcanic/tectonic events occurred in the following chronostratigraphic order. Biotic fluctuations began at about 122.5 Ma. At about 122.0 Ma, 87Sr/86Sr began to decline slowly. Metal concentrations of Co, Mn, Pb, Yb, and Cu in sediments peaked at about 121.5-121.2 Ma. Changes in planktonic communities and sedimentation culminated in a nannoconid "crisis" just prior to 120.5 Ma and in the Selli black shale (OAE la) at about 120.5-119.5 Ma. A sharp drop in δ13C occurred at the beginning of the Selli event and rebounded into a longer positive excursion that reached a peak after the Selli event at about 119.5-118.5 Ma. At 120.5 Ma, 87Sr/86Sr declined rapidly and reached a minimum at about 116-113 Ma. We speculate that the intensity of these latter responses suggests a corresponding peak in volcanic/tectonic activity at about 121-119 Ma.

  10. Analysis of Wartime Consumption Rates for Chemical Defensive Equipment. Volume 3. Appendix D. Post-Processor Data

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    1986-05-01

    101.18 113.96 123.0 -N-----5 CTIC CATA - 10 RMXL FO]R WVCl&A KR DAYS 1 DRDI 15 Mv% tM OF O-eiICA&L RT•M••M 25 MIL DAS FJIF FOER EKH ODY OF BATTLE OaNm 1...0.68 0.68 6.66s 0.08 0.6 AG 0.68 .0.6 0.68 6.68 0.68e 66 0. 68 0. 68 ~e 0.0 AVEVM NM. RMAIE PER DAY PER 160M ~ TM AfW I CaMrWi 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 MCG 2...I6 IN W3’PPLM2 FR’ T - TMS CJ1Rw 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 TOTAL 1 0.95 3.42 2.14 0.19 3.05 5.02 4.25 0.60 19.1 2 4.37 3.29 5.57 2.22 3.93 0.0 6.60 3.94 23.1 3

  11. Radiocesium concentrations in wild mushrooms collected in Kawauchi Village after the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

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    Nakashima, Kanami; Orita, Makiko; Fukuda, Naoko; Taira, Yasuyuki; Hayashida, Naomi; Matsuda, Naoki

    2015-01-01

    It is well known from the experience after the 1986 accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant that radiocesium tends to concentrate in wild mushrooms. In this study, we collected wild mushrooms from the Kawauchi Village of Fukushima Prefecture, located within 30 km of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, and evaluated their radiocesium concentrations to estimate the risk of internal radiation exposure in local residents. We found that radioactive cesium exceeding 100 Bq/kg was detected in 125 of 154 mushrooms (81.2%). We calculated committed effective doses based on 6,278 g per year (age > 20 years, 17.2 g/day), the average intake of Japanese citizens, ranging from doses of 0.11–1.60 mSv, respectively. Although committed effective doses are limited even if residents eat contaminated foods several times, we believe that comprehensive risk-communication based on the results of the radiocesium measurements of food, water, and soil is necessary for the recovery of Fukushima after this nuclear disaster. PMID:26623189

  12. The transport of 'suspended' sediment by water

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    Parsons, Anthony; Cooper, James; Wainwright, John; Sekiguichi, Tomohiro

    2013-04-01

    Coherent turbulent flow structures, such as eddy-like, macro-turbulent structures and smaller scale bursting events, cause a two-way vertical exchange of momentum between the sediment bed and the water surface. Thus movement of suspended particles in open channel flows has a strong correlation with the advection and propagation of these turbulent flow structures, controlling entrainment , travel and deposition. Consequently, there is an argument in favour of the view that suspended sediment merely travels in suspension, but that its distance of travel is finite, and that between periods of travel it is at rest on the bed of the river. To test his hypothesis we added 25 kg of fluorescent sand, fine enough to be transported in suspension, into a steady flow discharge of 0.95 cumecs in the 160-m-long flume at Tsukuba University. After the flow event, a few grains of the sand were identified less than 5 m from the point of introduction and progressively (but irregularly) more downflume. Although our results are both limited and preliminary due to the nature of the existing flume, they clearly show that suspended sediment has a virtual velocity that is less than that of the flow in which the sediment is suspended. For the sediment-size range and flow velocity used in our experiment this virtual velocity is of the order of 50% of the water velocity.

  13. First high-resolution stratigraphic column of the Martian north polar layered deposits

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    Fishbaugh, K.E.; Hvidberg, C.S.; Byrne, S.; Russell, P.S.; Herkenhoff, K. E.; Winstrup, M.; Kirk, R.

    2010-01-01

    This study achieves the first high-spatial-resolution, layer-scale, measured stratigraphic column of the Martian north polar layered deposits using a 1m-posting DEM. The marker beds found throughout the upper North Polar Layered Deposits range in thickness from 1.6 m-16.0 m +/-1.4 m, and 6 of 13 marker beds are separated by ???25-35 m. Thin-layer sets have average layer separations of 1.6 m. These layer separations may account for the spectral-power-peaks found in previous brightness-profile analyses. Marker-bed layer thicknesses show a weak trend of decreasing thickness with depth that we interpret to potentially be the result of a decreased accumulation rate in the past, for those layers. However, the stratigraphic column reveals that a simple rhythmic or bundled layer sequence is not immediately apparent throughout the column, implying that the relationship between polar layer formation and cyclic climate forcing is quite complex. Copyright ?? 2010 by the American Geophysical Union.

  14. Seismic hazard of the Enriquillog-Plantain Garden fault in Haiti inferred from palaeoseismology

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    Prentice, C.S.; Mann, P.; Crone, A.J.; Gold, R.D.; Hudnut, K.W.; Briggs, R.W.; Koehler, R.D.; Jean, P.

    2010-01-01

    The Enriquillog-Plantain Garden fault zone is recognized as one of the primary plate-bounding fault systems in Haiti. The strike-slip fault runs adjacent to the city of Port-au-Prince and was initially thought to be the source of the 12 January 2010, M w 7.0 earthquake. Haiti experienced significant earthquakes in 1751 and 1770 (refsA, 3, 4, 5), but the role of the Enriquillog-Plantain Garden fault zone in these earthquakes is poorly known. We use satellite imagery, aerial photography, light detection and ranging (LIDAR) and field investigations to document Quaternary activity on the Enriquillog-Plantain Garden fault. We report late Quaternary, left-lateral offsets of up to 160m, and a set of small offsets ranging from 1.3 to 3.3m that we associate with one of the eighteenth century earthquakes. The size of the small offsets implies that the historical earthquake was larger than M w 7.0, but probably smaller than M w 7.6. We found no significant surface rupture associated with the 2010 earthquake. The lack of surface rupture, coupled with other seismologic, geologic and geodetic observations, suggests that little, if any, accumulated strain was released on the Enriquillog-Plantain Garden fault in the 2010 earthquake. These results confirm that the Enriquillog-Plantain Garden fault remains a significant seismic hazard. ?? 2010 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

  15. Offshore geology and geomorphology from Point Piedras Blancas to Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo County, California

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    Watt, Janet Tilden; Johnson, Samuel Y.; Hartwell, Stephen R.; Roberts, Michelle

    2015-01-01

    Sea level was approximately 120 to 130 m lower during the Last Glacial Maximum (about 21 ka). This approximate depth corresponds to the modern shelf break, a lateral change from the gently dipping (0.8° to 1.0°) outer shelf to the slightly more steeply dipping (about 1.5° to 2.5°) upper slope in the central and northern parts of the map area. South of Point San Luis in San Luis Bay, deltaic deposits offshore of the mouth of the Santa Maria River (11 km south of the map area) have prograded across the shelf break and now form a continuous low-angle (about 0.8°) ramp that extends to water depths of more than 160 m. The shelf break defines the landward boundary of slope deposits. North of Estero Bay, the shelf break is characterized by a distinctly sharp slope break that is mapped as a landslide headscarp above landslide deposits. Multibeam imagery and seismic-reflection profiles across this part of the shelf break show evidence of slope failure, such as slumping, sliding, and soft-sediment deformation, along the entire length of the scarp. Notably, this shelf-break scarp corresponds to a west splay of the Hosgri Fault that dies out just north of the scarp, suggesting that faulting is controlling the location (and instability) of the shelf break in this area.

  16. Laser cooling and slowing of CaF molecules

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    Truppe, Stefan; Williams, Hannah; Hambach, Moritz; Sauer, Ben; Hinds, Ed; Tarbutt, Mike

    2016-05-01

    We have developed a cold and bright source for CaF molecules and use laser radiation pressure to slow the molecules to within the capture velocity of a magneto-optical trap (MOT). Using laser ablation of Ca into a continuous flow of cryogenic Helium buffer gas mixed with SF6 we produce up to 1011 molecules per steradian per pulse in a single rotational state. The molecules move with a mean forward velocity of 160m/s and have a velocity spread of 80m/s. We then apply laser radiation pressure to the molecular beam to slow and cool the molecules. We form a quasi-closed laser-cooling cycle by using a main cooling laser to drive the B2Σ+ (v' = 0) - X2Σ+ (v'' = 0) transition and a single repump laser to address the A2Π1 / 2 (v' = 0) -X2Σ+ (v'' = 1) transition. Radio-frequency sidebands applied to both lasers address the hyperfine structure. By chirping the frequencies of both lasers to keep the decelerating molecules resonant with the light, we scatter more than 10000 photons and reduce the speed to below 50 m/s. We achieve a similar effect by broadening the linewidth of the laser to several hundred MHz. This ``white-light'' slowing is compared to the chirped slowing technique. We also present progress towards a MOT of CaF molecules.

  17. Dosimetric comparison of {sup 90}Y, {sup 32}P, and {sup 186}Re radiocolloids in craniopharyngioma treatments

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    Sadeghi, Mahdi; Karimi, Elham; Hosseini, S. Hamed

    2009-11-15

    Purpose: In the radionuclide treatment of some forms of brain tumors such as craniopharyngiomas, the selection of the appropriate radionuclide for therapy is a key element in treatment planning. The aim was to study the influence by considering the beta-emitter radionuclide dose rate in an intracranial cyst. Methods: Dosimetry was performed using the MCNP4C radiation transport code. Analytical dosimetry was additionally performed using the Loevinger and the Berger formulas in the MATLAB software. Each result was compared under identical conditions. The advantages and disadvantages of using {sup 90}Y versus {sup 32}P and {sup 186}Re were investigated. Results: The dose rate at the inner surface of the cyst wall was estimated to be 400 mGy/h for a 1 MBq/ml concentration of {sup 90}Y. Under identical conditions of treatment, the corresponding dose rates were 300 mGy/h for {sup 32}P and 160 mGy/h for {sup 186}Re. For a well-defined cyst radius and identical wall thickness, higher dose rates resulted for {sup 90}Y. Conclusions: To achieve the same radiological burden, the required amount of physical activity of injectable solution is lower for {sup 32}P. This is found to be a consequence of both the radionuclide physical half-life and the pattern of energy deposition from the emitted radiation. According to the half-life and dose-rate results, {sup 90}Y would be a good substitute for {sup 32}P.

  18. Protozoa inhibition by different salts: Osmotic stress or ionic stress?

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    Li, Changhao; Li, Jingya; Lan, Christopher Q; Liao, Dankui

    2017-06-08

    Cell density and morphology changes were tested to examine the effects of salts including NaHCO3 , NaCl, KHCO3 , and KCl at 160 mM on protozoa. It was demonstrated that ionic stress rather than osmotic stress led to protozoa cell death and NaHCO3 was shown to be the most effective inhibitor. Deformation of cells and cell shrinkage were observed when protozoan cells were exposed to polyethylene glycol (PEG) or any of the salts. However, while PEG treated cells could fully recover in both number and size, only a small portion of the salt-treated cells survive and cell size was 36-58% smaller than the regular. The disappearance of salt-treated protozoa cells was hypothetically attributed to disruption of the cytoplasmic membrane of these cells. It is further hypothesized that the PEG-treated protozoan cells carried out regulatory volume increase (RVI) after the osmotic shock but the RVI of salt-treated protozoa was hurdled to varied extents. © 2017 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Biotechnol. Prog., 2017. © 2017 American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

  19. Molecular cloning and characterization of pathogenesis-related protein family 10 gene from spinach (SoPR10).

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    Bai, Xuegui; Long, Juan; He, Xiaozhao; Li, Shun; Xu, Huini

    2014-01-01

    PR10 genes encode small, intracellular proteins that respond to biotic and abiotic stresses. In this study, a cDNA clone (designated as SoPR10, GenBank Accession No. KC142174) encoding a PR10 protein from spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.) was isolated and characterized. SoPR10 encoded a 161-amino acid polypeptide with a predicted molecular mass of 19.76 kDa and a pI of 4.61. Real-time quantitative analysis indicated that SoPR10 was constitutively expressed in root and shoot. The abundance of SoPR10 in salt-resistant cultivar (Chaoji) was generally greater than in salt-sensitive cultivar (Daye) under 160 mM L(-1) NO3(-) treatment for 0.5, 3, and 6 h. The expression of SoPR10 was also induced by other abiotic stresses including polyethylene glycol, NaCl, salicylic acid, and H2O2. Our results indicated that SoPR10 might play important roles under nitrate stress and other abiotic stresses.

  20. Gas-Liquid flow characterization in bubble columns with various gas-liquid using electrical resistance tomography

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    Jin, Haibo; Yuhuan, Han; Suohe, Yang

    2009-02-01

    Electrical resistance tomography (ERT) is an advanced and new detecting technique that can measure and monitor the parameters of two-phase flow on line, such as gas-liquid bubble column. It is fit for the industrial process where the conductible medium serves as the disperse phase to present the key bubble flow characteristics in multi-phase medium. Radial variation of the gas holdup and mean holdups are investigated in a 0.160 m i. d. bubble column using ERT with two axial locations (Plane 1 and Plane 2). In all the experiments, air was used as the gas phase, tap water as liquid phase, and a series of experiments were done by adding KCl, ethanol, oil sodium, and glycerol to change liquid conductivity, liquid surface tension and viscosity. The superficial gas velocity was varied from 0.02 to 0.2 m/s. The effect of conductivity, surface tension, viscosity on the mean holdups and radial gas holdup distribution is discussed. The results showed that the gas holdup decrease with the increase of surface tension and increase with the increase of viscosity. Meanwhile, the settings of initial liquid conductivity slightly influence the gas holdup values, and the experimental data increases with the increase of the initial setting values in the same conditions.

  1. VizieR Online Data Catalog: UV spectra of classical T Tauri stars (France+, 2014)

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    France, K.; Schindhelm, E.; Bergin, E. A.; Roueff, E.; Abgrall, H.

    2017-06-01

    We present 16 objects from the larger GTO + DAO T Tauri star samples described by Ardila et al. (2013ApJS..207....1A; focusing on the hot gas emission lines) and France et al. (2012, J/ApJ/756/171; focusing on the molecular circumstellar environment). Eleven of the 16 sources were observed as part of the DAO of Tau guest observing program (PID 11616; PI: G. Herczeg), four were part of the COS Guaranteed Time Observing program on protoplanetary disks (PIDs 11533 and 12036; PI: J. Green), and we have included archival STIS observations of the well-studied CTTS TW Hya (Herczeg et al. 2002ApJ...572..310H, 2004ApJ...607..369H), obtained through StarCAT (Ayres 2010, J/ApJS/187/149). The targets were selected by the availability of reconstructed Lyα spectra, as this emission line is a critical component to the intrinsic CTTS UV radiation field (Schindhelm et al. 2012ApJ...756L..23S) and has not been uniformly included in recent studies of the CTTS radiation field (e.g., Ingleby et al. 2011AJ....141..127I; Yang et al. 2012, J/ApJ/744/121). Most of the targets were observed with the medium-resolution FUV modes of COS (G130M and G160M; Green et al. 2012ApJ...744...60G). (2 data files).

  2. A new deep-reef scorpionfish (Teleostei, Scorpaenidae, Scorpaenodes) from the southern Caribbean with comments on depth distributions and relationships of western Atlantic members of the genus

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    Baldwin, Carole C.; Pitassy, Diane E.; Robertson, D. Ross

    2016-01-01

    Abstract A new species of scorpionfish, Scorpaenodes barrybrowni Pitassy & Baldwin, sp. n. which is described, was collected during submersible diving in the southern Caribbean as part of the Smithsonian’s Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP). It differs from the other two western Atlantic species of the genus, Scorpaenodes caribbaeus and Scorpaenodes tredecimspinosus, in various features, including its color pattern, having an incomplete lateral line comprising 8–10 pored scales, tending to be more elongate, usually having the 11th–12th pectoral-fin rays elongate, and by 20–23% divergence in the cytochrome c oxidase I (COI) DNA barcode sequences. It further differs from one or the other of those species in head spination and in numbers of soft dorsal-fin rays, pectoral-fin rays, and precaudal + caudal vertebrae. Inhabiting depths of 95–160 m, the new species is the deepest western Atlantic member of the genus (Scorpaenodes caribbaeus occurs at depths < 35 m and Scorpaenodes tredecimspinosus from 7 to 82 m). DNA barcode data do not rigorously resolve relationships among the ten species of the genus for which those data are available. PMID:27551226

  3. Fabrication of thin copper mesh for electromagnetic interference of display panel by pulse reverse current method and study on the microstructure by small angle neutron scattering

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    Kim, Man; Lee, Joo-Yul; Choi, Yong

    2012-10-01

    A copper sheet with mesh was mass-produced by continuously combining three techniques, electroforming with pulse-reverse current, transfer technique onto a transparent polyimide (PI) film and oxidation processes. Thiourea as an organic additive in a modified copper sulfate bath changes the reduction potentials of copper complexes, which results in effectively controlling the crystal orientation, surface roughness and microstructure of the copper layer. An electroformed copper layer without thiourea has a relatively rough surface with an average surface roughness of about 144.7 nm, whereas, the copper layers with thiourea have a smooth surface with an average surface roughness in the range of 6.3 to 12.1 nm. The copper layers with thiourea have a preferred orientation of crystal structure such that Cu (111) peak intensity increases, whereas, Cu(220) peak intensity decreases with thiourea addition. Electroforming with a rectangular pulse current density including etching at +640 mAcm-2 for 1.8 msec and plating at -160 mAcm-2 for 4 msec in a modified copper sulfate bath with 200 ppm-thiourea at 25 °C is one of optimum conditions to massproduce a copper mesh sheet roll with 300 μm pitch, 10 μm mesh width and thickness, and 200 m long.

  4. Conventional and reduced radiation dose of 16-MDCT for detection of nephrolithiasis and ureterolithiasis.

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    Paulson, Erik K; Weaver, Carolyn; Ho, Lisa M; Martin, Lucie; Li, Jianying; Darsie, James; Frush, Donald P

    2008-01-01

    Our purpose was to prospectively compare the reader compatibility and acceptability of a range of reduced-dose 16-MDCT images with standard-dose 16-MDCT images for the detection of nephroureterolithiasis using a dose reduction simulation technique. The study was HIPAA compliant and institutional review board approved. Fifty consecutive patients with suspected nephrolithiasis were recruited to undergo conventional renal stone unenhanced 16-MDCT with at least 160 mA. Noise was then artificially introduced to simulate levels of 70, 100, and 130 mA. Three blinded independent readers interpreted the original and simulated-dose scans for the location and number of renal and ureteral calculi and secondary signs of obstruction using a 5-point confidence scale. Reader acceptability of scans was inversely related to noise. There was no significant reduction in readers' confidence in detection or exclusion of renal collecting system calculi with simulated reduction of mA of 70, 100, and 130 compared with the standard-dose study. However, for ureteral calcifications, there was a decrease in confidence for the detection or exclusion of ureterolithiasis at an mA of 70 (35 mAs). An mA as low as 70 (35 mAs) is acceptable for evaluation of nephrolithiasis. However, the evaluation of ureterolithiasis is compromised with an mA of 70.

  5. System-wide and Superemitter Policy Options for the Abatement of Methane Emissions from the U.S. Natural Gas System.

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    Mayfield, Erin N; Robinson, Allen L; Cohon, Jared L

    2017-05-02

    This work assesses trade-offs between system-wide and superemitter policy options for reducing methane emissions from compressor stations in the U.S. transmission and storage system. Leveraging recently collected national emissions and activity data sets, we developed a new process-based emissions model implemented in a Monte Carlo simulation framework to estimate emissions for each component and facility in the system. We find that approximately 83% of emissions, given the existing suite of technologies, have the potential to be abated, with only a few emission categories comprising a majority of emissions. We then formulate optimization models to determine optimal abatement strategies. Most emissions across the system (approximately 80%) are efficient to abate, resulting in net benefits ranging from $160M to $1.2B annually across the system. The private cost burden is minimal under standard and tax instruments, and if firms market the abated natural gas, private net benefits may be generated. Superemitter policies, namely, those that target the highest emitting facilities, may reduce the private cost burden and achieve high emission reductions, especially if emissions across facilities are highly skewed. However, detection across all facilities is necessary regardless of the policy option and there are nontrivial net benefits resulting from abatement of relatively low-emitting sources.

  6. Respiratory chain of the alkalophilic bacterium Bacillus firmus RAB and its non-alkalophilic mutant derivative

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    Kitada, M.; Lewis, R.J.; Krulwich, T.A.

    1983-04-01

    The membrane-bound respiratory chain components of alkalophilic Bacillus firmus RAB were studied by difference spectroscopy and oxidation-reduction potentiometric titrations. Cytochromes with the following midpoint potentials were identified at pH 9.0: a-type cytochromes, +110 and +210 mV; b-type cytochromes, +20, -120, -280, and -400 mV; and cytochrome c, +60 mV. Only the higher-potential cytochrome a showed an upward shift in midpoint potential when titrated at pH 7.0. Parallel studies of a non-alkalophilic mutant derivate of B. firmus RAB, strain RABN, revealed the presence of only one species each of a-, b-, and c-type cytochromes which exhibited midpoint potentials of +110, -150, and +160 mV, respectively, at pH 7.0. Membranes of both strains were found to contain menaquinone. At pH 9.0, NADH caused the reduction of essentially all of the cytochromes that were seen in fully reduced preparations of wild-type B. firmus RAB membranes. By contrast, at pH 7.0, NADH failed to appreciably reduce the b-type cytochromes. These findings may relate to our recent proposal that an inadequacy in energy transduction (production of a proton motive force) by the alkalophilic respiratory chain at pH 7.0 is what precludes the growth of B. firmus RAB at a neutral pH. 13 references, 7 figures.

  7. Steady incision of Grand Canyon at the million year timeframe: A case for mantle-driven differential uplift

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    Crow, Ryan; Karlstrom, Karl; Darling, Andrew; Crossey, Laura; Polyak, Victor; Granger, Darryl; Asmerom, Yemane; Schmandt, Brandon

    2014-07-01

    The Grand Canyon region provides an excellent laboratory to examine the interplay between river incision, magmatism, and the geomorphic and tectonic processes that shape landscapes. Here we apply U-series, Ar-Ar, and cosmogenic burial dating of river terraces to examine spatial variations in incision rates along the 445 km length of the Colorado River through Grand Canyon. We also analyze strath terrace sequences that extend to heights of several hundred meters above the river, and integrate these with speleothem constrained maximum incision rates in several reaches to examine any temporal incision variations at the million-year time frame. This new high-resolution geochronology shows temporally steady long-term incision in any given reach of Grand Canyon but significant variations along its length from 160 m/Ma in the east to 101 m/Ma in the west. Spatial and temporal patterns of incision, and the long timescale of steady incision rule out models where geomorphic controls such as climate oscillations, bedrock strength, sediment load effects, or isostatic response to differential denudation are the first order drivers of canyon incision. The incision pattern is best explained by a model of Neogene and ongoing epeirogenic uplift due to an eastward propagating zone of increased upper mantle buoyancy that we infer from propagation of Neogene basaltic volcanism and a strong lateral gradient in modern upper mantle seismic structure.

  8. First Solar System Results of the Spitzer Space Telescope

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    VanCleve, J.; Cruikshank, D. P.; Stansberry, J. A.; Burgdorf, M. J.; Devost, D.; Emery, J. P.; Fazio, G.; Fernandez, Y. R.; Glaccum, W.; Grillmair, C.

    2004-01-01

    The Spitzer Space Telescope, formerly known as SIRTF, is now operational and delivers unprecedented sensitivity for the observation of Solar System targets. Spitzer's capabilities and first general results were presented at the January 2004 AAS meeting. In this poster, we focus on Spitzer's performance for moving targets, and the first Solar System results. Spitzer has three instruments, IRAC, IRS, and MIPS. IRAC (InfraRed Array Camera) provides simultaneous images at wavelengths of 3.6, 4.5, 5.8, and 8.0 microns. IRS (InfraRed Spectrograph) has 4 modules providing low-resolution (R=60-120) spectra from 5.3 to 40 microns, high-resolution (R=600) spectra from 10 to 37 m, and an autonomous target acquisition system (PeakUp) which includes small-field imaging at 15 m. MIPS (Multiband Imaging Photometer for SIRTF) does imaging photometry at 24, 70, and 160 m and low-resolution (R=15-25) spectroscopy (SED) between 55 and 96 microns. Guaranteed Time Observer (GTO) programs include the moons of the outer Solar System, Pluto, Centaurs, Kuiper Belt Objects, and comets

  9. Effect of long-term salinity on cellular antioxidants, compatible solute and fatty acid profile of Sweet Annie (Artemisia annua L.).

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    Qureshi, M Irfan; Abdin, Malik Zainul; Ahmad, Javed; Iqbal, Muhammad

    2013-11-01

    Impact of long-term salinity and subsequent oxidative stress was studied on cellular antioxidants, proline accumulation and lipid profile of Artemisia annua L. (Sweet Annie or Qinghao) which yields artemisinin (Qinghaosu), effective against cerebral malaria-causing strains of Plasmodium falciparum. Under salinity (0.0-160 mM NaCl), in A. annua, proline accumulation, contents of ascorbate and glutathione and activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), ascorbate peroxidase (APX), glutathione reductase (GR) and catalase (CAT) increased, but the contents of reduced forms of glutathione (GSH) and ascorbate declined. The fatty-acid profiling revealed a major salinity-induced shift towards long-chain and mono-saturated fatty acids. Myristic acid (14:0), palmitoleic acid (16:1), linoleic acid (18:2) and erucic acid (22:1) increased by 141%, 186%, 34% and 908%, respectively, in comparison with the control. Contents of oleic acid (18:1), linolenic acid (18:3), arachidonic acid (22:0) and lignoceric acid (24:0) decreased by 50%, 17%, 44% and 78%, respectively. Thus, in A. annua, salinity declines ascorbate and GSH contents. However, increased levels of proline and total glutathione (GSH+GSSG), and activities of antioxidant enzymes might provide a certain level of tolerance. Modification in fatty-acid composition might be a membrane adaptation to long-term salinity and oxidative stress. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Transport of elemental mercury in the unsaturated zone from a waste disposal site in an arid region

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    Walvoord, M.A.; Andraski, B.J.; Krabbenhoft, D.P.; Striegl, R.G.

    2008-01-01

    Mercury contained in buried landfill waste may be released via upward emission to the atmosphere or downward leaching to groundwater. Data from the US Geological Survey's Amargosa Desert Research Site (ADRS) in arid southwestern Nevada reveal another potential pathway of Hg release: long-distance (102 m) lateral migration of elemental Hg (Hg0) through the unsaturated zone. Gas collected from multiple depths from two instrumented boreholes that sample the entire 110-m unsaturated zone thickness and are located 100 and 160 m away from the closest waste burial trench exhibit gaseous Hg concentrations of up to 33 and 11 ng m-3, respectively. The vertical distribution of gaseous Hg in the borehole closest to the disposal site shows distinct subsurface peaks in concentration at depths of 1.5 and 24 m that cannot be explained by radial diffusive transport through a heterogeneous layered unsaturated zone. The inability of current models to explain gaseous Hg distribution at the ADRS highlights the need to advance the understanding of gas-phase contaminant transport in unsaturated zones to attain a comprehensive model of landfill Hg release.

  11. Initial Operation of the Miniaturized Inductively Heated Plasma Generator IPG6

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    Dropmann, Michael; Herdrich, Georg; Laufer, Rene; Koch, Helmut; Gomringer, Chris; Cook, Mike; Schmoke, Jimmy; Matthews, Lorin; Hyde, Truell

    2012-10-01

    In close collaboration between the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER) at Baylor University, Texas, and the Institute of Space Systems (IRS) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, two plasma wind tunnel facilities of similar type have been established using the inductively heated plasma source IPG6 which is based on proven IRS designs. The facility at Baylor University (IPG6-B) works at a frequency of 13.56 MHz and a maximum power of 15 kW. A vacuum pump of 160m^3/h in combination with a butterfly valve allows pressure control in a wide range. First experiments have been conducted with Air, O2 and N2 as working gases and volumetric flow rates of up to 14 L/min at pressures of a few 100 Pa, although pressures below 1 Pa are achievable at lower flow rates. The maximum tested electric power so far was 8 kW. Plasma powers and total pressures in the plasma jet have been obtained. In the near future the set up of additional diagnostics, the use of other gases (i.e. H2, He), and the integration of a dust particle accelerator are planned. The intended fields of research are basic investigation in thermo-chemistry and plasma radiation, space plasma environments and high heat fluxes e.g. in fusion devices or during atmospheric entry of spacecraft.

  12. Measuring earthquakes from optical satellite images.

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    Van Puymbroeck, N; Michel, R; Binet, R; Avouac, J P; Taboury, J

    2000-07-10

    Système pour l'Observation de la Terre images are used to map ground displacements induced by earthquakes. Deformations (offsets) induced by stereoscopic effect and roll, pitch, and yaw of satellite and detector artifacts are estimated and compensated. Images are then resampled in a cartographic projection with a low-bias interpolator. A subpixel correlator in the Fourier domain provides two-dimensional offset maps with independent measurements approximately every 160 m. Biases on offsets are compensated from calibration. High-frequency noise (0.125 m(-1)) is approximately 0.01 pixels. Low-frequency noise (lower than 0.001 m(-1)) exceeds 0.2 pixels and is partially compensated from modeling. Applied to the Landers earthquake, measurements show the fault with an accuracy of a few tens of meters and yields displacement on the fault with an accuracy of better than 20 cm. Comparison with a model derived from geodetic data shows that offsets bring new insights into the faulting process.

  13. Carbon footprint related to cattle production in Brazil, management practices and new alternatives.

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    de Figueiredo, Eduardo; de oliveira, Ricardo; Berchielli, Telma; Reis, Ricardo; La Scala, Newton

    2013-04-01

    Brazil has the World largest commercial beef cattle herd, over 209.5 million heads in 2010 and is the leading exports of cattle meat. It has been argued that this activity has an important impact on GHG emissions, but a variety of options exists for greenhouse gases (GHG) mitigation in agriculture. Among those, the most prominent options are associated to the improvement of crops and grazing land management. Our study is focused on the GHG balance related to the improvement of brachiaria spp. pasture, leading to increases in the animal stocking rate and meat production per area and time. This study is based on the IPCC (2006) methodology and others Brazil specific data and results presented by scientific literature to estimate GHG balance (emissions sources and sinks) for three scenarios proposed for brachiaria pasture: 1) degraded pasture, 2) managed pasture and 3) crop-livestock-forest integration system (CLFIS). The approach takes into account the amounts of supplies per hectare used for each of the simulated scenario projected over a 20 years period. The GHG estimates are presented in kg CO2eq per kg of liveweight, considering the following emission sources and sinks within farm-gate: i) CH4 from enteric fermentation, ii) CH4 from manure deposited on pasture, iii) N2O emissions from urine and dung deposited by cattle on pasture, iv) N2O emissions from N synthetic fertilizer, v) N2O emissions from crop residues as of N-fixing crops and pasture renewal returned to soils, vi) CO2 from potassium use, vii) CO2 from phosphorus use, viii) CO2 from insecticides use, ix) CO2 from herbicides use, x) CO2 emissions due to lime application, xi) emissions due to diesel combustion, xii) eucalyptus biomass sequestration and xiii) soil carbon sequestration. We considered initial body weight of 200 kg for each heifer and a final slaughter weight of 450 kg head-1 for all scenarios; for degraded pasture a stocking rate of 0,5 head ha-1 year-1 and liveweight gain of 83 kg head-1

  14. Growth and pubertal development of F1 bulls from Hereford, Angus, Norwegian Red, Swedish Red and White, Friesian, and Wagyu sires.

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    Casas, E; Lunstra, D D; Cundiff, L V; Ford, J J

    2007-11-01

    The objective of the study was to characterize body growth, testicular development, and puberty from 8 to 14 mo of age in bulls (n = 120) produced by mating sires from Hereford, Angus, Norwegian Red, Swedish Red and White, Friesian, and Wagyu breeds to MARC III ((1/4) Hereford, (1/4) Angus, (1/4) Red Poll, and (1/4) Pinzgauer) cows. Traits evaluated were birth weight, weaning weight (at 215 d), yearling weight, ADG from 8 to 14 mo of age, paired testicular volume growth from 8 to 14 mo of age, age at puberty (determined by production of 50 x 10(6) sperm with 10% motility), age at freezable semen (determined by production of 500 x 10(6) sperm with 50% motility), and, at 15 mo of age, paired testicular weight and daily sperm production per testis pair. There was an effect of sire breed (P = 0.03) for age at puberty; animals with Wagyu and Swedish Red and White inheritance reached puberty at a later date (302 and 302 d of age, respectively) compared with Angus-sired bulls (268 d). Age at puberty for Hereford-, Norwegian Red-, and Friesian-sired bulls was 270, 271, and 278 d, respectively. Differences in BW were observed (P = 0.03) at birth; bulls with Hereford and Friesian were heavier at birth (43 and 41 kg, respectively) compared with those with Norwegian Red, Swedish Red and White, and Wagyu inheritance (39, 38, and 38 kg, respectively). Differences in BW were also observed at 1 yr of age (P = 0.001), where the heaviest animals were those sired by Angus (450 kg), whereas the lightest animals were those sired by Wagyu (403 kg). Bulls with Wagyu inheritance had the lowest (P = 0.04) ADG (1.12 kg/d) compared with bulls with inheritance from Hereford (1.22 kg/d), Angus (1.28 kg/d), Norwegian Red (1.24 kg/d), Swedish Red and White (1.25 kg/d), and Friesian (1.27 kg/d). Differences in scrotal growth rate were not significant (P = 0.99). They ranged from 1.95 in Angus-sired to 1.66 cm3/d in Wagyu-sired bulls. There were no differences (P = 0.80) for age at freezable semen

  15. Investigating Lava Properties using Experiments, Video Analysis, Infrared Thermometry and Numerical Flow Models

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    Lev, E.; Spiegelman, M.; Karson, J.; Wysocki, R.

    2012-12-01

    The thermal and mechanical properties of lava provide primary controls on lava flow behavior and are critical parameters in flow simulations. However, these properties are difficult to measure at field conditions or correctly extrapolate from the scale of small-size samples. We address this challenge by conducting controlled experiments using lab-made, meter scale basaltic lava flows and carefully monitoring their cooling and deformation using high spatial and temporal resolution video and infrared cameras. Our experimental setup is part of the Syracuse University Lava Project (\\url{http://lavaproject.syr.edu}) and includes a large furnace capable of melting up to 450 kg of basalt at temperatures well above the basalt liquidus. The lava is poured onto tilted planes or channels made of sand, steel, clay or gravel, to produce meters-long flows. This experimental setup is probably the only facility that allows such large scale controlled lava flows made of natural basaltic material. We record the motion of the lava using a high-resolution video camera placed directly above the flows, and the temperature using forward-looking infrared (FLIR) cameras and thermocouples. After the experiments, we analyze the images for lava deformation and cooling behavior. We compare the observations with numerical forward-models to constrain the thermal and rheological parameters and laws which best describe the lava. For the video analysis, we employ the technique of differential optical flow, which uses the time-variations of the spatial gradients of the image intensity to estimate velocity between consecutive frames. An important benefit for using optical flow, compared with other velocimetry methods, is that it outputs a spatially coherent flow field rather than point measurements. We demonstrate that the optical flow results agree with other measures of the flow velocity, and estimate the error due to noise and time-variability to be under 30 percent of the measured velocity. Our

  16. Broadband permittivity measurements on porous planetary regoliths simulants, in relation with the Rosetta mission to 67P/C-G

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    Brouet, Yann; Levasseur-Regourd, Anny-Chantal; Encrenaz, Pierre; Sabouroux, Pierre; Heggy, Essam; Kofman, Wlodek; Thomas, Nick

    2015-04-01

    The Rosetta mission has successfully rendezvous comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (hereafter 67P) last year and landed Philae module on its nucleus on 12 November it 2014. Among instruments onboard Rosetta, MIRO [1], composed of two radiometers, with receivers at 190 GHz and 563 GHz (center-band), is dedicated to the measurements of the subsurface and surface brightness temperatures. These values depend on the complex relative permittivity (hereafter permittivity) with ɛ' and ɛ'' the real and imaginary parts. The permittivity of the material depends on frequency, bulk density/porosity, composition and temperature [2]. Considering the very low bulk density of 67P nucleus (about 450 kg.m-3 [3]) and the suspected presence of a dust mantle in many areas of the nucleus [4], investigations on the permittivity of porous granular samples are needed to support the interpretation of MIRO data, as well as of other microwave experiments onboard Rosetta, e.g. CONSERT [5], a bistatic penetrating radar working at 90 MHz. We have developed a programme of permittivity measurements on porous granular samples over a frequency range from 50 MHz to 190 GHz under laboratory conditions (e.g. [6] and [7]). We present new results obtained on JSC-1A lunar soil simulant and ashes from Etna. The samples were split into several sub-samples with different size ranges covering a few to 500 μm. Bulk densities of the sub-samples were carefully measured and found to be in the 800-1400 kg.m-3 range. Sub-samples were also dried and volumetric moisture content was found to be below 0.6%. From 50 MHz to 6 GHz and at 190 GHz, the permittivity has been determined, respectively with a coaxial cell and with a quasi-optical bench mounted in transmission, both connected to a vector network analyzer. The results demonstrate the dispersive behaviours of ɛ' between 50 MHz and 190 GHz. Values of ɛ' remain within the 3.9-2.6 range for all sub-samples. At CONSERT frequency, ɛ'' is within the 0.01-0.09 range

  17. Reducing metal alloy powder costs for use in powder bed fusion additive manufacturing: Improving the economics for production

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    Medina, Fransisco

    Titanium and its associated alloys have been used in industry for over 50 years and have become more popular in the recent decades. Titanium has been most successful in areas where the high strength to weight ratio provides an advantage over aluminum and steels. Other advantages of titanium include biocompatibility and corrosion resistance. Electron Beam Melting (EBM) is an additive manufacturing (AM) technology that has been successfully applied in the manufacturing of titanium components for the aerospace and medical industry with equivalent or better mechanical properties as parts fabricated via more traditional casting and machining methods. As the demand for titanium powder continues to increase, the price also increases. Titanium spheroidized powder from different vendors has a price range from 260/kg-450/kg, other spheroidized alloys such as Niobium can cost as high as $1,200/kg. Alternative titanium powders produced from methods such as the Titanium Hydride-Dehydride (HDH) process and the Armstrong Commercially Pure Titanium (CPTi) process can be fabricated at a fraction of the cost of powders fabricated via gas atomization. The alternative powders can be spheroidized and blended. Current sectors in additive manufacturing such as the medical industry are concerned that there will not be enough spherical powder for production and are seeking other powder options. It is believed the EBM technology can use a blend of spherical and angular powder to build fully dense parts with equal mechanical properties to those produced using traditional powders. Some of the challenges with angular and irregular powders are overcoming the poor flow characteristics and the attainment of the same or better packing densities as spherical powders. The goal of this research is to demonstrate the feasibility of utilizing alternative and lower cost powders in the EBM process. As a result, reducing the cost of the raw material to reduce the overall cost of the product produced with

  18. Transport of nitrogen in a treated-wastewater plume to coastal discharge areas, Ashumet Valley, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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    Barbaro, Jeffrey R.; Walter, Donald A.; LeBlanc, Denis R.

    2013-01-01

    Pond, and Bournes River. Approximately 76 percent of the total nitrate-N mass in the plume will discharge to these receptors within 100 years of 2007; 90 and 94 percent will discharge within 200 and 500 years, respectively. Nitrate loads will peak within about 50 years at all of the major receptors. The highest peak loads will occur at the Coonamessett River (450 kg per year (kg/yr) nitrate-N) and the Backus River (350 kg/yr nitrate-N). Because of adsorption, travel times are longer for ammonium than for nitrate; approximately 5 percent of the total ammonium-N mass in the plume will discharge to receptors within 100 years; 46 and 81 percent will discharge within 200 and 500 years, respectively. The simulations indicate that the Coonamessett River will receive the largest cumulative nitrogen mass and the highest rate of discharge (load). Ongoing discharge to Ashumet Pond is relatively minor because most of the wastewater plume mass has already migrated downgradient from the pond. To evaluate the contribution of the nitrogen loads from the treated-wastewater plume to total nitrogen loads to the discharge areas, the simulated treated-wastewater plume loads were compared to steady-state nonpoint-source loads calculated by the Massachusetts Estuaries Project for 2005. Simulation results indicate that the total nitrogen loads from the treated-wastewater plume are much lower than corresponding steady-state nonpoint-source loads from the watersheds; peak plume loads are equal to 11 percent or less of the nonpoint-source loads.

  19. Habitat use by fishes of Lake Superior. II. Consequences of diel habitat use for habitat linkages and habitat coupling in nearshore and offshore waters

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    Gorman, Owen T.; Yule, Daniel L.; Stockwell, Jason D.

    2012-01-01

    Diel migration patterns of fishes in nearshore (15–80 m depth) and offshore (>80 m) waters of Lake Superior were examined to assess the potential for diel migration to link benthic and pelagic, and nearshore and offshore habitats. In our companion article, we described three types of diel migration: diel vertical migration (DVM), diel bank migration (DBM), and no diel migration. DVM was expressed by fishes migrating from benthopelagic to pelagic positions and DBM was expressed by fishes migrating horizontally from deep to shallow waters at night. Fishes not exhibiting diel migration typically showed increased activity by moving from benthic to benthopelagic positions within demersal habitat. The distribution and biomass of fishes in Lake Superior was characterized by examining 704 bottom trawl samples collected between 2001 and 2008 from four depth zones: ≤40, 41–80, 81–160, and >160 m. Diel migration behaviors of fishes described in our companion article were applied to estimates of areal biomass (kg ha−1) for each species by depth zone. The relative strength of diel migrations were assessed by applying lake area to areal biomass estimates for each species by depth zone to yield estimates of lake-wide biomass (metric tonnes). Overall, species expressing DVM accounted for 83%, DBM 6%, and non-migration 11% of the total lake-wide community biomass. In nearshore waters, species expressing DVM represented 74% of the biomass, DBM 25%, and non-migration 1%. In offshore waters, species expressing DVM represented 85%, DBM 1%, and non-migration 14% of the biomass. Of species expressing DVM, 83% of total biomass occurred in offshore waters. Similarly, 97% of biomass of non-migrators occurred in offshore waters while 83% of biomass of species expressing DBM occurred in nearshore waters. A high correlation (R2 = 0.996) between lake area and community biomass by depth zone resulted in 81% of the lake-wide biomass occurring in offshore waters. Accentuating this

  20. Comparison of 18F-Labeled Fluoroalkylphosphonium Cations with 13N-NH3 for PET Myocardial Perfusion Imaging.

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    Kim, Dong-Yeon; Kim, Hyeon Sik; Reder, Sybille; Zheng, Jin Hai; Herz, Michael; Higuchi, Takahiro; Pyo, A Young; Bom, Hee-Seung; Schwaiger, Markus; Min, Jung-Joon

    2015-10-01

    Despite substantial advances in the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, there is a need for 18F-labeled myocardial perfusion agents for the diagnosis of ischemic heart disease because current PET tracers for myocardial perfusion imaging have a short half-life that limits their widespread clinical use in PET. Thus, 18F-labeled fluoroalkylphosphonium derivatives (18F-FATPs), including (5-18F-fluoropentyl)triphenylphosphonium cation (18F-FPTP), (6-18F-fluorohexyl)triphenylphosphonium cation (18F-FHTP), and (2-(2-18F-fluoroethoxy)ethyl)triphenylphosphonium cation (18F-FETP), were synthesized. The myocardial extraction and image quality of the 18F-FATPs were compared with those of 13N-NH3 in rat models. The first-pass extraction fraction (EF) values of the 18F-FATPs (18F-FPTP, 18F-FHTP, 18F-FETP) and 13N-NH3 were measured in isolated rat hearts perfused with the Langendorff method (flow velocities, 0.5, 4.0, 8.0, and 16.0 mL/min). Normal and myocardial infarction rats were imaged with small-animal PET after intravenous injection of 37 MBq of 18F-FATPs and 13N-NH3. To determine pharmacokinetics, a region of interest was drawn around the heart, and time-activity curves of the 18F-FATPs and 13N-NH3 were generated to obtain the counts per pixel per second. Defect size was analyzed on the basis of polar map images of 18F-FATPs and 13N-NH3. The EF values of 18F-FATPs and 13N-NH3 were comparable at low flow velocity (0.5 mL/min), whereas at higher flows EF values of 18F-FATPs were significantly higher than those of 13N-NH3 (4.0, 8.0, and 16.0 mL/min, P<0.05). Myocardium-to-liver ratios of 18F-FPTP, 18F-FHTP, 18F-FETP, and 13N-NH3 were 2.10±0.30, 4.36±0.20, 3.88±1.03, and 0.70±0.09, respectively, 10 min after injection, whereas myocardium-to-lung ratios were 5.00±0.25, 4.33±0.20, 7.98±1.23, and 2.26±0.14, respectively. Although 18F-FATPs and 13N-NH3 sharply delineated myocardial perfusion defects, defect size on the 13N-NH3 images was significantly smaller than on the 18F-FATP images soon after tracer injection (0-10 min, P=0.027). 18F-FATPs exhibit higher EF values and more rapid clearance from the liver and lung than 13N-NH3 in normal rats, which led to excellent image quality in a rat model of coronary occlusion. Therefore, 18F-FATPs are promising new PET radiopharmaceuticals for myocardial perfusion imaging. © 2015 by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Inc.