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Sample records for abrasive grain size

  1. Microwave sintering of sol-gel derived abrasive grain

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    Plovnick, Ross; Celikkaya, Ahmet; Blake, Rodger D.

    1997-01-01

    A method is provided for making microwave-sintered, free flowing alpha alumina-based ceramic abrasive grain, under conditions effective to couple microwaves with calcined alpha alumina-based abrasive gain precursor and sinter it at a temperature of at least about 1150.degree. C.

  2. Forecasting of operational indicators of grinding tools with the controlled form and orientation of abrasive grains

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    Korotkov, V. A.; Minkin, E. M.

    2015-09-01

    The interconnection of the abrasive grain front angle parameter with the form, orientation and wear out parameters is investigated. The form of the abrasive grains was estimated by means of form coefficient which represents the relation of diameters of the spheres described around contours of grains, to diameters of the spheres entered in them. The spatial orientation angle of the abrasive grains was defined between main (i.e. the biggest) axis of the grains and the cutting plane. It is established that, depending on an orientation angle at increase in a form coefficient of the abrasive grains can be either an increase or a decrease in the values of their front angles. In most cases, with an increase in a form coefficient of the oriented grinding grains (at orientation angles Θ=10°÷125°) the growth of their front angles is fixed. At tangential orientation of grains (Θ=0°) and at the close directions of orientation (Θ=135°÷80°) the return picture is observed. Also established that the longer the abrasive grain wears along the main axis and located in the tool body, the larger is its front angle. Besides that, the front angles of the abrasive grains reach the maximum positive values at orientation angles Θ=22.5°÷45°.Dependence of tension in grains during the work with parameters of their form, orientation and depth of embedment in the bundle is investigated. It was found that for all orientation angles of grains their tension significantly increases with an increase in their form coefficient. Besides that it is confirmed that the deeper the grain is in the bundle, the lower the tension is there. Also found that tension is minimal when the grains are tangential orientated. Further on increase the option of the grains in the direction of action of the cutting force follows. Such option of orientation is the most rational both from the point of view of minimization of tension, and for ensuring rational sizes of front angles of the abrasive grains. The

  3. The Contribution of Abrasion and Size-Selective Sorting to Downstream Fining in a Tropical Montane Stream

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    Szabo, T.; Miller, K. L.; Jerolmack, D. J.; Domokos, G.

    2014-12-01

    Quantifying the effect of abrasion vs. size-selective transport on downstream diminution of grain size and mass is a long-standing question in fluvial systems. While some authors have emphasized sorting by size-selective transport as the dominant fining mechanism in various rivers, others demonstrated the effectiveness of abrasion in certain fluvial systems. We present a synthetic grain-scale model in which we combine a recently developed geometric abrasion model (the so-called 'box equations' [1]) with a simplistic selective deposition rule. Box equations are capable to describe the evolution of both the shape and the size of the particles during abrasion, as opposed to previous models which only dealt with the size (or alternatively, the mass) diminution. We adapt our synthetic model to numerically simulate the downstream grain size and shape evolution in a short tropical river in Puerto Rico where we conducted a detailed field study. By switching off abrasion and selective deposition separately in the numerical model, the individual effects of these two processes can be examined. Based on our simplistic model we deduce that 1/3 of the mass of the grains may be lost only by abrasion in the examined river system. [1] Domokos, G., and G. W. Gibbons (2012), The evolution of pebble size and shape in space and time, Proc. R. Soc. A, 468(2146), 3059-3079, doi:10.1098/rspa.2011.0562.

  4. Sliding and Abrasive Wear Behavior of WC-CoCr Coatings with Different Carbide Sizes

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    Thakur, Lalit; Arora, Navneet

    2013-02-01

    This study examines the sliding and abrasive wear behaviors of high-velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF)-sprayed WC-CoCr coatings with different WC grain sizes. The HVOF coating deposition was assisted by in-flight particle temperature and velocity measurement system. The powder feedstocks and their corresponding coatings were characterized by means of XRD and Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope analysis. Hardness, porosity, and indentation fracture toughness of these coatings were calculated and compared with each other. Sliding wear resistance of these coatings was calculated using pin-on-disk tribometer (ASTM G99-90). The two-body abrasion was quantified by sliding the samples over silicon carbide (SiC) abrasive paper bonded to a rotating flat disk of auto-polisher. The mechanism of materials' removal in both the sliding and abrasive wears was studied and discussed on microstructural investigations. It was observed that fine grain WC-CoCr cermet coating exhibits higher sliding and abrasive wear resistances as compared with conventional cermet coating.

  5. Effect of abrasive grit size on wear of manganese-zinc ferrite under three-body abrasion

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    Miyoshi, Kazuhisa

    1987-01-01

    Wear experiments were conducted using replication electron microscopy and reflection electron diffraction to study abrasion and deformed layers produced in single-crystal Mn-Zn ferrites under three-body abrasion. The abrasion mechanism of Mn-Zn ferrite changes drastically with the size of abrasive grits. With 15-micron (1000-mesh) SiC grits, abrasion of Mn-Zn ferrite is due principally to brittle fracture; while with 4- and 2-micron (4000- and 6000-mesh) SiC grits, abrasion is due to plastic deformation and fracture. Both microcracking and plastic flow produce polycrystalline states on the wear surfaces of single-crystal Mn-Zn ferrites. Coefficient of wear, total thickness of the deformed layers, and surface roughness of the wear surfaces increase markedly with an increase in abrasive grit size. The total thicknesses of the deformed layers are 3 microns for the ferrite abraded by 15-micron SiC, 0.9 microns for the ferrite abraded by 4-micron SiC, and 0.8 microns for the ferrite abraded by 1-micron SiC.

  6. Grain Size and Morphological Variability

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    Macmahan, J.; Gallagher, E.; Reniers, A.; Thornton, E.

    2008-12-01

    Grain size on natural beaches has traditionally been assumed to be uniform and modeling efforts assume a single mean grain size for an entire beach environment. Many recent studies contradict this assumption and suggest that sediment grain size on a beach is not homogeneous and that variations in sediment size and supply are important in sediment transport and morphodynamics at all scales. Unfortunately, measuring grain size is difficult, tedious and time consuming. Therefore, in spite of the evidence pointing to the importance of grain size in sediment transport and morphodynamics, many previous studies have been based on only a few field samples. Rubin (2004) introduced a technique for measuring surface grain size in situ in rivers and deeper coastal waters, using a digital camera and auto-correlation of digital images. Using this technique, information about the surface grain size distribution can be obtained quickly and inexpensively. Following Rubin (2004), we have developed a mobile digital imaging system (DIS) for surveying grain size on beaches. The DIS was used during two experiments: RCEX, a rip current experiment in Monterey, CA in April 2007 and Truc Vert '08, a multi-institutional, international experiment, on the Atlantic coast of France in March 2008. Preliminary results suggest that grain size varies spatially with the morphology of beach features and temporally with changes in tide level, wave energy, and morphodynamics. These data are being used to examine the relationship between morphological, sedimentological and hydrodynamic variability.

  7. Grain Size and Morphological Variability

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    Gallagher, E. L.; Reniers, A. J.; Macmahan, J. H.; Thornton, E. B.

    2009-12-01

    Grain size on natural beaches has traditionally been assumed to be uniform and modeling efforts assume a single mean grain size for an entire beach environment. Many recent studies contradict this assumption and suggest that sediment grain size on a beach is not homogeneous and that variations in sediment size and supply are important in sediment transport and morphodynamics at all scales. Unfortunately, measuring grain size is tedious and time consuming. Therefore, in spite of the evidence pointing to the importance of grain size in sediment transport and morphodynamics, many previous studies have been based on only a few field samples. Rubin (2004) introduced a technique for measuring surface grain size in situ in rivers and deeper coastal waters, using a digital camera and auto-correlation of digital images. Using this technique, information about the surface grain size distribution can be obtained quickly and inexpensively. Following Rubin (2004), we have developed a mobile digital imaging system (DIS) for surveying grain size on beaches. The DIS was used during three experiments: RCEX and REX, both rip current experiments in Monterey, CA (April 2007 and April 2009) and Truc Vert ’08, a multi-institutional, international experiment, on the Atlantic coast of France in March 2008. In 2007 and 2008 spatial surveys of surface grain size were completed every few days over large (~500x500m) intertidal areas. The 2009 experiment focused on twice-daily sampling of two cross shore lines to examine temporal grain size variability of the intertidal beach. Preliminary results suggest that grain size varies spatially with the morphology of beach features (eg, rip channels and shoals) and temporally with changes in tide level, wave energy, and morphodynamics. These data are being used to examine the relationship between morphological, sedimentological and hydrodynamic variability.

  8. Lunar soil grain size distribution

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    Carrier, W. D., III

    1973-01-01

    A comprehensive review has been made of the currently available data for lunar grain size distributions. It has been concluded that there is little or no statistical difference among the large majority of the soil samples from the Apollo 11, 12, 14, and 15 missions. The grain size distribution for these soils has reached a steady state in which the comminution processes are balanced by the aggregation processes. The median particle size for the steady-state soil is 40 to 130 microns. The predictions of lunar grain size distributions based on the Surveyor television photographs have been found to be quantitatively in error and qualitatively misleading.

  9. EFFECT OF GRAIN SIZE ON DYNAMIC SCRATCH RESPONSE IN ALUMINA

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    Wang, Hong; Wereszczak, Andrew A; Lance, Michael J

    2006-01-01

    The machining and wear of ceramics and ceramic components are obviously influenced by abrasive damage. One parameter that can affect the abrasion process is the grain size of the ceramic material. To investigate this, single-grit pendulum scratch testing was used to investigate the dynamic scratch response in three 99.9% aluminas that each had a tight size distribution about mean grain sizes of 2, 15, or 25 m, respectively. The scratch speeds generated had an order of magnitude of ~ 1 m/s and the maximum scratch depths were several tens of micrometers. Tangential and normal scratch forces were monitored during each test and interpreted in conjunction with postmortem SEM and profilometry results. It was observed that both plastic deformation and brittle fracture participated in the scratching process and the relative activity of each was dependent on depth of penetration. At a specific depth of penetration, the material removal of alumina prevailingly relies on the generation and interaction of oblique radial and lateral cracks. Chip formation is greatly enhanced when the created cracks interact and that interaction itself depends on grain size. Larger grain size gives rise to larger lateral cracks, more severe fracture at the groove's bottom, and larger amplitude of scratch force oscillation. Lastly, the cutting pressure and the scratch hardness of alumina exhibit sensitivity to both grain size and the groove depth.

  10. Lunar soils grain size catalog

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    Graf, John C.

    1993-01-01

    This catalog compiles every available grain size distribution for Apollo surface soils, trench samples, cores, and Luna 24 soils. Original laboratory data are tabled, and cumulative weight distribution curves and histograms are plotted. Standard statistical parameters are calculated using the method of moments. Photos and location comments describe the sample environment and geological setting. This catalog can help researchers describe the geotechnical conditions and site variability of the lunar surface essential to the design of a lunar base.

  11. A light-scattering study of Al2O3 abrasives of various grit sizes

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    Heinson, Yuli W.; Chakrabarti, Amitabha; Sorensen, Christopher M.

    2016-09-01

    We report light scattering phase function measurements for irregularly shaped Al2O3 abrasive powders of various grit sizes. Q-space analysis is applied to the angular scattering to reveal a forward scattering regime, Guinier regime, power law regime with quantifiable exponents, and an enhanced backscattering regime. The exponents of the power laws for Al2O3 abrasives decrease with increasing internal coupling parameter ρ ‧ , which is in agreement with previous observations for other irregular particles. Unlike other dust particles previously studied showing single power laws under Q-space analysis, the largest three abrasives, for which ρ ‧ ≳ 100 , showed a kink in the power law, which is possibly due to the higher degree of symmetry for the abrasives than for all the particles studied previously. Direct comparison of the 1200, 1000, and 800 grit abrasive scattering to scattering by corresponding spheres shows that the scatterings approximately coincide at the spherical particle qR ≃ ρ ‧ crossover point. Furthermore, the scattering at the maximum qR = 2 kR by the irregularly shaped abrasives is close to the geometric centers of the glories of the spheres.

  12. Grain size control of rhenium strip

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    Schuster, Gary B.

    1991-01-01

    Ensuring the desired grain size in the pure Re strip employed by the SP-100 space nuclear reactor design entails the establishment of an initial grain size in the as-received strip and the avoidance of excessive grain growth during subsequent fabrication. Pure Re tapered tensile specimens have been fabricated and tested in order to quantify the effects of grain-boundary migration. Grain size could be rendered fine and uniform by means of a rolling procedure that uses rather large reductions between short intermediate anneals. The critical strain regime varies inversely with annealing temperature.

  13. Abrasive wear: The efects of fibres size on oil palm empty fruit bunch polyester composite

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    Kasolang, S.; Kalam, A.; Ahmad, M. A.; Rahman, N. A.; Suhadah, W. N.

    2012-06-01

    This paper presents an experimental investigation carried out to determine the effect of palm oil empty fruit bunch (OPEFB) fibre size in dry sliding testing of polyester composite. These composite samples were produced by mixing raw OPEFB fibre with resin. The samples were prepared at different sizes of fibre (100, 125, 180 and 250μm). Abrasion Resistance Tester (TR-600) was used to carried out abrasive wear tests in dry sliding conditions. These tests were performed at room temperature for two different loads (10 and 30N) and at a constant sliding velocity of 1.4m/s. The specific wear rates of OPEFB polyester composites were obtained. The morphology of composite surface before and after tests was also examined using 3D microscope imaging. Preliminary work on thermal distribution at the abrasive wheel point was also conducted for selected samples.

  14. Grain size control of rhenium strip

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    Schuster, Gary B. A.

    1991-01-01

    Pure Re is being used in the SP-100. To obtain the desired final grain size it is necessary to both control the grain size of the starting Re strip and to avoid excessive grain growth during subsequent fabrication. It was found that the as-received strip, supplied by commerical vendors, typicall showed a large amount of scatter in its grain size. It was also observed that considerable grain growth often occurred during fabrication. The latter was due to strain induced grain boundary migration. A program was undertaken to develop a procedure to produce Re strip with a small and uniform grain size. In addition pure Re tapered tensile specimens were fabricated and tested to qunatify the effects of the grain boundary migration. Results of the work with Re strip showed that its grain size could be made fine and uniform by following a rolling procedure that employs relatively large reductions between short intermediate anneals. The tapered tensile specimen tests showed that the amount of grain growth due to grain boundary migration increases greatly with higher annealing temperatures. Also the critical strain regime varies inversely with this temperature-- that is the critical strain regime decreases to a lower range of strain values at higher annealing temperatures.

  15. Physical abrasion of mafic minerals and basalt grains: Application to martian aeolian deposits

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    Cornwall, C.; Bandfield, J. L.; Titus, T. N.; Schreiber, B. C.; Montgomery, D. R.

    2015-08-01

    Sediment maturity, or the mineralogical and physical characterization of sedimentary deposits, has been used to identify sediment sources, transport medium and distance, weathering processes, and paleoenvironments on Earth. Mature terrestrial sands are dominated by quartz, which is abundant in source lithologies on Earth and is physically and chemically stable under a wide range of conditions. Immature sands, such as those rich in feldspars or mafic minerals, are composed of grains that are easily physically weathered and highly susceptible to chemical weathering. On Mars, which is predominately mafic in composition, terrestrial standards of sediment maturity are not applicable. In addition, the martian climate today is cold and dry and sediments are likely to be heavily influenced by physical weathering rather than chemical weathering. Due to these large differences in weathering processes and composition, martian sediments require an alternate maturity index. This paper reports the results of abrasion tests conducted on a variety of mafic materials and results suggest that mature martian sediments may be composed of well sorted, well rounded, spherical polycrystalline materials, such as basalt. Volcanic glass is also likely to persist in a mechanical weathering environment while more fragile and chemically altered products are likely to be winnowed away. A modified sediment maturity index is proposed that can be used in future studies to constrain sediment source, paleoclimate, mechanisms for sediment production, and surface evolution. This maturity index may also provide insights into erosional and sediment transport systems and preservation processes of layered deposits.

  16. The size distribution of interstellar grains

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    Witt, Adolf N.

    1987-01-01

    Three major areas involving interstellar grains were investigated. First, studies were performed of scattering in reflection nebulae with the goal of deriving scattering characteristics of dust grains such as the albedo and the phase function asymmetry throughout the visible and the ultraviolet. Secondly, studies were performed of the wavelength dependence of interstellar extinction designed to demonstrate the wide range of grain size distributions naturally occurring in individual clouds in different parts of the galaxy. And thirdly, studies were also performed of the ultraviolet powered emission of dust grains in the 0.5 to 1.0 micron wavelength range in reflection nebulae. Findings considered of major importance are highlighted.

  17. Grain size dependence of wear in ceramics

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    Wu, C.CM.; Rice, R.W.; Johnson, D.; Platt, B.A.

    1985-08-01

    Pin-on-disk (POD) microwear tests of Al2O3, MgO, MgAl2O4, and ZrO2 crystalline structures were conducted as a function of grain size and the results compared with data from single crystals of the same materials. Extrapolation to infinite grain size in the Hall-Petch type relationship for the structures resulted in lower intercepts than the single-crystal values. In addition, the macrowear grain-size dependence appears to decrease with increased wear. It is suggested that thermal expansion anisotropy (of Al2O3) significantly affects the grain size dependence of POD wear, giving a negative intercept, while elastic anisotropy is a factor in the grain-size dependence of the cubic (MgO, MgAl2O4, and ZrO2 materials. The reduced grain-size dependence is attributed to overlapping wear tracks, reducing the effects of enhanced wear damage. 9 references.

  18. Interstellar chemical differentiation across grain sizes

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    Ge, J. X.; He, J. H.; Li, Aigen

    2016-07-01

    In this work, we investigate the effects of ion accretion and size-dependent dust temperatures on the abundances of both gas-phase and grain-surface species. While past work has assumed a constant areal density for icy species, we show that this assumption is invalid and the chemical differentiation over grain sizes is significant. We use a gas-grain chemical code to demonstrate this numerically for two typical interstellar conditions: a dark cloud (DC) and a cold neutral medium (CNM). It is shown that, although the grain-size distribution variation (but with the total grain surface area unchanged) has little effect on the gas-phase abundances, it can alter the abundances of some surface species by up to ∼2-4 orders of magnitude. The areal densities of ice species are larger on smaller grains in the DC model as a consequence of ion accretion. However, the surface areal density evolution tracks are more complex in the CNM model due to the combined effects of ion accretion and dust temperature variation. The surface areal density differences between the smallest ( ∼ 0.01 μm) and the biggest ( ∼ 0.2 μm) grains can reach ∼1 and ∼5 orders of magnitude in the DC and CNM models, respectively.

  19. BHQ revisited (1) - Looking at grain size

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    Heilbronner, Renée; Kilian, Rüdiger; Tullis, Jan

    2016-04-01

    Black Hills Quartzite (BHQ) has been used extensively in experimental rock deformation for numerous studies. Coaxial and general shear experiments have been carried out, for example, to define the dislocation creep regimes of quartz (Hirth & Tullis, 1992), to determine the effect of annealing (Heilbronner & Tullis, 2002) or to study the development of texture and microstructure with strain (Heilbronner & Tullis, 2006). BHQ was also used to determine the widely used quartz piezometer by Stipp & Tullis (2003). Among the microstructure analyses that were performed in those original papers, grain size was usually determined using CIP misorientation images. However, the CIP method (= computer-integrated polarization microscopy, details in Heilbronner and Barrett, 2014) is only capable of detecting the c-axis orientation of optically uniaxial materials and hence is only capable of detecting grain boundaries between grains that differ in c-axis orientation. One of the puzzling results we found (Heilbronner & Tullis, 2006) was that the recrystallized grain size seemed to depend on the crystallographic preferred orientation of the domain. In other words the grain size did not only depend on the flow stress but also on the orientation of the c-axis w/r to the shear direction. At the time, no EBSD analysis (electron back scatter diffraction) was carried out and hence the full crystallographic orientation was not known. In principle it is therefore possible that we missed some grain boundaries (between grains with parallel c-axes) and miscalculated our grain sizes. In the context of recent shear experiments on quartz gouge at the brittle-viscous transition (see Richter et al., this conference), where EBSD is used to measure the recrystallized grain size, we wanted to re-measure the CIP grain sizes of our 2006 samples (deformed in regime 1, 2 and 3 of dislocation) in exactly the same way. In two companion posters we use EBSD orientation imaging to repeat, refine and expand the

  20. Grain size and grain shape analysis of fault rocks

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    Heilbronner, Renée; Keulen, Nynke

    2006-12-01

    New methods for microstructural analysis of fault rocks (new shape descriptors for convexity/concavity and angularity) and visualization (D-mapping) were developed and tested on experimentally deformed granites. The samples were deformed at 300 °C, 500 MPa confining pressure, and 10 - 4 s - 1 strain rate. SEM micrographs of the resulting fault rocks were used for digital image analysis. Cracked fragments and mature gouges can be differentiated on the basis of the slope D on a log-log plot of the grain size distribution. Both types of fault rocks exhibit two slopes: for grain sizes < 2 μm, D ≈ 1.0 for both types; for grain sizes > 2 μm, cracked material shows D ≈ 1.6 while gouge has D ≥ 2.0. In the case of the gouge, the fractal nature of the grain size distribution is questioned. The D-mapping technique was introduced to visualize the spatial distribution and connectivity of gouge and cracked material in fault rocks. Grain shape analyses show clear differences between cracked minerals and fault gouges and between quartz and K-feldspar grains. The aspect ratio is measured as L/ S (longest/shortest diameter): L/ S of cracked quartz (range: 1.0-8.0, average 2.9) is higher than that of K-feldspar (range: 1.0-4.0, average 2.1). L/ S of gouge is always low (range: 1.0-3.0, average 1.5). From the difference between a shape and its convex envelope, two shape descriptors are derived: the paris factor and the area difference deltA. Both show decreasing values from cracked to gouge material, and the values of cracked K-feldspar (range: 0-100%, average: 15%) are higher than those for quartz (range: 0-100%, average: 5%). Gouge always shows low paris factors (range: 0-20%, average: 2.5%). From the histogram of vertex angles, the Ω-value (fraction of angles < 0°) is derived: Ω of cracked material is significantly higher (30-40%) than that of gouge (10-20%). Automatic digitization enhances the distinction between cracked and gouge material.

  1. Effect of grain size on scratch interactions and material removal in alumina

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    Xu, H.H.K.; Jahanmir, S.; Wang, Y.

    1995-04-01

    Dramatic effects of scratch interactions on material removal are observed in alumina. A series of parallel scratches are made in aluminas with different grain sizes to investigate the influence of scratch interactions on the material removal process in abrasive machining. The separation distance between the two scratches and the normal load are varied and subsurface microfracture and damage modes are examined to assess the mechanisms of material removal. A very small amount of material is removed when the separation distance between the two parallel scratches is large or when the two scratches completely overlap. However, at intermediate distances the volume of material removed increases dramatically as a result of the interactions between the two scratches. The maximum amount of material removed and the corresponding distance between the two scratches are found to depend strongly on the grain size and the load. Observations of surface and subsurface damage reveal that grain dislodgement is the predominant mechanism of material removal, irrespective of the grain size. The relation between grain size, scratch interactions, and the material removal process in grinding and abrasive machining of ceramics is discussed in terms of the short-crack toughness of ceramics.

  2. Trends of grain sizes on gravel bars in the Rio Chagres, Panama

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    Rengers, Francis; Wohl, Ellen

    2007-01-01

    We examined the trends of grain sizes along the upper 414 km 2 of the mountainous Rio Chagres drainage basin in Panama. Gravel bars were sampled along 40 km of the Rio Chagres and five major tributary streams using a transect pebble count of median diameter, lithology, and clast rounding. Although previous investigators have found that downstream fining can be obscured by inputs of colluvial sediment and other local controls in mountain drainages, we decided to examine the trends of grain sizes along a tropical mountain river where rapid weathering and high capability of transport might be capable of overriding the input effects of colluvium. Specifically, we tested the hypotheses that downstream fining would be present as a result of selective sorting, and that weak felsic particles would decrease in size preferentially to strong mafic particles because of abrasion. Statistical analyses reveal a weak downstream decrease of sediment size on gravel bars along the study reach of the Rio Chagres, with a Sternberg diminution coefficient ( α) for felsic and mafic grains of - 0.013 and - 0.017, respectively. Felsic clasts have thicker weathering rinds and become rounded downstream faster than mafic particles, but tumbling-mill tests of abrasion show no significant differences in rate of mass loss in relation to lithology, and downstream decreases in grain size are similar between lithologies. Dividing the study reach into six sub-reaches bounded by major tributary junctions, we further tested the hypothesis that downstream trends in fining might be obscured at the basin scale by sediment input from tributaries, but that trends in grain sizes might be more visible at the reach scale between tributaries. We did not find any consistent trends in grain size between tributaries. Stream width appears to assert a local control on grain size; coarse particles are associated with narrow channel reaches, whereas smaller particles are associated with wide channel reaches.

  3. Material grain size and crack size influences on cleavage fracturing.

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    Armstrong, Ronald W

    2015-03-28

    A review is given of the analogous dependence on reciprocal square root of grain size or crack size of fracture strength measurements reported for steel and other potentially brittle materials. The two dependencies have much in common. For onset of cleavage in steel, attention is focused on relationship of the essentially athermal fracture stress compared with a quite different viscoplastic yield stress behaviour. Both grain-size-dependent stresses are accounted for in terms of dislocation pile-up mechanics. Lowering of the cleavage stress occurs in steel because of carbide cracking. For crack size dependence, there is complication of localized crack tip plasticity in fracture mechanics measurements. Crack-size-dependent conventional and indentation fracture mechanics measurements are described also for results obtained on the diverse materials: polymethylmethacrylate, silicon crystals, alumina polycrystals and WC-Co (cermet) composites. PMID:25713456

  4. Grain size segregation in debris discs

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    Thebault, P.; Kral, Q.; Augereau, J.-C.

    2014-01-01

    Context. In most debris discs, dust grain dynamics is strongly affected by stellar radiation pressure. Because this mechanism is size-dependent, we expect dust grains to be spatially segregated according to their sizes. However, because of the complex interplay between radiation pressure, grain processing by collisions, and dynamical perturbations, this spatial segregation of the particle size distribution (PSD) has proven difficult to investigate and quantify with numerical models. Aims: We propose to thoroughly investigate this problem by using a new-generation code that can handle some of the complex coupling between dynamical and collisional effects. We intend to explore how PSDs behave in both unperturbed discs at rest and in discs pertubed by planetary objects. Methods: We used the DyCoSS code to investigate the coupled effect of collisions, radiation pressure, and dynamical perturbations in systems that have reached a steady-state. We considered two setups: a narrow ring perturbed by an exterior planet, and an extended disc into which a planet is embedded. For both setups we considered an additional unperturbed case without a planet. We also investigated the effect of possible spatial size segregation on disc images at different wavelengths. Results: We find that PSDs are always spatially segregated. The only case for which the PSD follows a standard dn ∝ s-3.5ds law is for an unperturbed narrow ring, but only within the parent-body ring itself. For all other configurations, the size distributions can strongly depart from such power laws and have steep spatial gradients. As an example, the geometrical cross-section of the disc is very rarely dominated by the smallest grains on bound orbits, as it is expected to be in standard PSDs in sq with q ≤ -3. Although the exact profiles and spatial variations of PSDs are a complex function of the set-up that is considered, we are still able to derive some reliable results that will be useful for image or SED

  5. Abundance, Grain Size and PDF Orientations of Shocked Quartz Grains Around the Chicxulub Crater

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    Goto, K.; Nakano, Y.; Matsui, T.; Tada, R.; Tajika, E.

    2011-03-01

    We measured abundance, grain size, and PDF orientations of shocked quartz grains around the Chicxulub crater in order to investigate the distribution and variation of shocked quartz grains produced by the Chicxulub impact.

  6. Particle size effects on the abrasive wear of 20 vol% SiC{sub p}/7075Al composites

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    Sheu, C.Y.; Lin, S.J.

    1996-12-01

    Discontinuously reinforced aluminum (DRA) composites have many advantages over the unreinforced aluminum alloys and have found increasing applications in the automotive industry. The wear behavior plays a very important role in DRA composites for such applications. The commonly used apparatus for studying the DRA abrasive wear include pin-on-disk, block-on-ring, and pin-on-drum. The pins or blocks are the composites and the abrasive papers are bonded onto the counter parts. The main drawback of the block-on-ring and pin-on-drum techniques is that the contact area does not remain a constant during the initial testing period. In the pin-on-disk method, the abrasive testing conditions are not easily kept identical either. The abrasive particles are prone to be blunted and smeared by composites when running a single-track test and the sliding speed is not constant when running a spiral-track test. In this study, a modified pin-on-disk apparatus was developed. During the entire testing period, the contact area remains unchanged, and the composite pin can be always abraded y fresh abrasive particles. An aluminum alloy, AA 7075 was reinforced with 20 vol% SiC{sub p} at various particle sizes (82, 59, 37, 16, and 12 {micro}m).

  7. Abrasion by aeolian particles: Earth and Mars

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    Greeley, R.; Marshall, J. R.; White, B. R.; Pollack, J. B.; Marshall, J.; Krinsley, D.

    1984-01-01

    Estimation of the rate of aeolian abrasion of rocks on Mars requires knowledge of: (1) particle flux, (2) susceptibilities to abrasion of various rocks, and (3) wind frequencies on Mars. Fluxes and susceptibilities for a wide range of conditions were obtained in the laboratory and combined with wind data from the Viking meteorology experiment. Assuming an abundant supply of sand-sized particles, estimated rates range up to 2.1 x 10 to the minus 2 power cm of abrasion per year in the vicinity of Viking Lander 1. This rate is orders of magnitude too great to be in agreement with the inferred age of the surface based on models of impact crater flux. The discrepancy in the estimated rate of abrasion and the presumed old age of the surface cannot be explained easily by changes in climate or exhumation of ancient surfaces. The primary reason is thought to be related to the agents of abrasion. At least some sand-sized (approx. 100 micrometers) grains appear to be present, as inferred from both lander and orbiter observations. High rates of abrasion occur for all experimental cases involving sands of quartz, basalt, or ash. However, previous studies have shown that sand is quickly comminuted to silt- and clay-sized grains in the martian aeolian regime. Experiments also show that these fine grains are electrostatically charged and bond together as sand-sized aggregates. Laboratory simulations of wind abrasion involving aggregates show that at impact velocities capable of destroying sand, aggregates from a protective veneer on the target surface and can give rise to extremely low abrasion rates.

  8. Grain-size dependence of mechanical properties in polycrystalline boron-nitride: a computational study.

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    Becton, Matthew; Wang, Xianqiao

    2015-09-14

    The field of research in polycrystalline hexagonal boron nitride (PBN) has been enjoying extraordinary growth recently, in no small part due to the rise of graphene and the technical advancement of mass production in polycrystalline 2D materials. However, as the grain size in 2D materials can strongly affect their materials properties and the performance of their relevant devices, it is highly desirable to investigate this effect in PBN and leverage the service capability of PBN-based devices. Here we employ molecular dynamics simulations to explore the effects of grain size in PBN on its mechanical properties such as Young's modulus, yield strength, toughness, and energy release rate as well as its failure mechanism. By visualizing and comparing the tensile failure of PBN with and without a predefined crack we have shown that the grain size of PBN is positively correlated with its elastic modulus, yield strength and toughness. Through inclusion of a crack with varying length in the PBN samples, the energy release rate is determined for each grain size of PBN and it is concluded that the energy release rate increases with an increase in the average grain size of PBN. These findings offer useful insights into utilizing PBN for mechanical design in composite materials, abrasion resistance, and electronic devices etc. PMID:26235887

  9. Grain size modeling and optimization of rotary forged Alloy 718

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    Domblesky, J.P.; Shivpuri, R.

    1997-04-01

    The study presented describes the simulation procedure and methodology used to develop two models for predicting recrystallized grain size in Alloy 718 billet. To simulate multiple pass forging of billet, controlled, high temperature compression testing was used to apply alternate deformation and dwell cycles to Alloy 718 specimens. Grain size obtained by simulation was found to be in excellent agreement with grain size from forged billet when cooling rate was included. The study also revealed that strain per pass and forging temperature were the predominant factors in controlling the recrystallized grain size. Both models were found to accurately predict the recrystallized grain size obtained by compression tests performed at super-solvus temperatures.

  10. Simulation of grain size effects in nanocrystalline shape memory alloys

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    Ahluwalia, Rajeev; Quek, Siu Sin; Wu, David T.

    2015-06-01

    Recently, it has been demonstrated that martensitic transformation in nanocrystalline shape memory alloys can be suppressed for small grain sizes. Motivated by these results, we study the grain size dependence of martensitic transformations and stress-strain response of nanocrystalline shape memory alloys within the framework of the Ginzburg-Landau (GL) theory. A GL model for a square to rectangle transformation in polycrystals is extended to account for grain boundary effects. We propose that an inhibition of the transformation in grain boundary regions can occur, if the grain boundary energy of the martensite is higher than that of the austenite phase. We show that this inhibition of transformation in grain boundary regions has a strong influence on domain patterns inside grains. Although the transformation is inhibited only at the grain boundaries, it leads to a suppression of the transformation even inside the grains as grain size is decreased. In fact, below a critical grain size, the transformation can be completely suppressed. We explain these results in terms of the extra strain gradient cost associated with grain boundaries, when the transformation is inhibited at grain boundaries. On the other hand, no significant size effects are observed when transformation is not inhibited at grain boundaries. We also study the grain size dependence of the stress strain curve. It is found that when the transformation is inhibited at grain boundaries, a significant reduction in the hysteresis associated with stress-strain curves during the loading-unloading cycles is observed. The hysteresis for this situation reduces even further as the grain size is reduced, which is consistent with recent experiments. The simulations also demonstrate that the mechanical behavior is influenced by inter-granular interactions and the local microstructural neighbourhood of a grain has a stronger influence than the orientation of the grain itself.

  11. A continuum theory of grain size evolution and damage

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    Ricard, Y.; Bercovici, D.

    2009-01-01

    Lithospheric shear localization, as occurs in the formation of tectonic plate boundaries, is often associated with diminished grain size (e.g., mylonites). Grain size reduction is typically attributed to dynamic recrystallization; however, theoretical models of shear localization arising from this hypothesis are problematic because (1) they require the simultaneous action of two creep mechanisms (diffusion and dislocation creep) that occur in different deformation regimes (i.e., in grain size stress space) and (2) the grain growth ("healing") laws employed by these models are derived from normal grain growth or coarsening theory, which are valid in the absence of deformation, although the shear localization setting itself requires deformation. Here we present a new first principles grained-continuum theory, which accounts for both coarsening and damage-induced grain size reduction in a monomineralic assemblage undergoing irrecoverable deformation. Damage per se is the generic process for generation of microcracks, defects, dislocations (including recrystallization), subgrains, nuclei, and cataclastic breakdown of grains. The theory contains coupled macroscopic continuum mechanical and grain-scale statistical components. The continuum level of the theory considers standard mass, momentum, and energy conservation, as well as entropy production, on a statistically averaged grained continuum. The grain-scale element of the theory describes both the evolution of the grain size distribution and mechanisms for both continuous grain growth and discontinuous grain fracture and coalescence. The continuous and discontinuous processes of grain size variation are prescribed by nonequilibrium thermodynamics (in particular, the treatment of entropy production provides the phenomenological laws for grain growth and reduction); grain size evolution thus incorporates the free energy differences between grains, including both grain boundary surface energy (which controls coarsening

  12. Grain-size distribution of volcaniclastic rocks 2: Characterizing grain size and hydraulic sorting

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    Jutzeler, Martin; McPhie, Jocelyn; Allen, Sharon R.; Proussevitch, A. A.

    2015-08-01

    Quantification of the grain size distribution of sediments allows interpretation of processes of transport and deposition. Jutzeler et al. (2012) developed a technique to determine grain size distribution of consolidated clastic rocks using functional stereology, allowing direct comparison between unconsolidated sediments and rocks. Here, we develop this technique to characterize hydraulic sorting and infer transport and deposition processes. We compare computed grain size and sorting of volcaniclastic rocks with field-based characteristics of volcaniclastic facies for which transport and depositional mechanisms have been inferred. We studied pumice-rich, subaqueous facies of volcaniclastic rocks from the Oligocene Ohanapecosh Formation (Ancestral Cascades, Washington, USA), Pliocene Dogashima Formation (Izu Peninsula, Honshu, Japan), Miocene Manukau Subgroup (Northland, New Zealand) and the Quaternary Sierra La Primavera caldera (Jalisco State, Mexico). These sequences differ in bed thickness, grading and abundance of matrix. We propose to evaluate grain size and sorting of volcaniclastic deposits by values of their modes, matrix proportion (< 2 mm; F-1) and D16, instead of median diameter (D50) and standard deviation parameters. F-1 and D16 can be uniformly used to characterize and compare sieving and functional stereology data. Volcaniclastic deposits typically consist of mixtures of particles that vary greatly in density and porosity. Hydraulic sorting ratios can be used to test whether mixed clast populations of pumice and dense clasts are hydraulically sorted with each other, considering various types of transport underwater. Evaluation of this ratio for our samples shows that most studied volcaniclastic facies are deposited by settling from density currents, and that basal dense clast breccias are emplaced by shear rolling. These hydraulic sorting ratios can be applied to any type of clastic rocks, and indifferently on consolidated and unconsolidated samples.

  13. Grain size evolution and convection regimes of the terrestrial planets

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    Rozel, A.; Golabek, G. J.; Boutonnet, E.

    2011-12-01

    A new model of grain size evolution has recently been proposed in Rozel et al. 2010. This new approach stipulates that the grain size dynamics is governed by two additive and simultaneous processes: grain growth and dynamic recrystallization. We use the usual normal grain growth laws for the growth part. For dynamic recrystallization, reducing the mean grain size increases the total area of grain boundaries. Grain boundaries carry some surface tension, so some energy is required to decrease the mean grain size. We consider that this energy is available during mechanical work. It is usually considered to produce some heat via viscous dissipation. A partitioning parameter f is then required to know what amount of energy is dissipated and what part is converted in surface tension. This study gives a new calibration of the partitioning parameter on major Earth materials involved in the dynamic of the terrestrial planets. Our calibration is in adequation with the published piezometric relations available in the literature (equilibrium grain size versus shear stress). We test this new model of grain size evolution in a set of numerical computations of the dynamics of the Earth using stagYY. We show that the grain size evolution has a major effect on the convection regimes of terrestrial planets.

  14. Consideration of Grain Size Distribution in the Diffusion of Fission Gas to Grain Boundaries

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    Paul C. Millett; Yongfeng Zhang; Michael R. Tonks; S. B. Biner

    2013-09-01

    We analyze the accumulation of fission gas on grain boundaries in a polycrystalline microstructure with a distribution of grain sizes. The diffusion equation is solved throughout the microstructure to evolve the gas concentration in space and time. Grain boundaries are treated as infinite sinks for the gas concentration, and we monitor the cumulative gas inventory on each grain boundary throughout time. We consider two important cases: first, a uniform initial distribution of gas concentration without gas production (correlating with post-irradiation annealing), and second, a constant gas production rate with no initial gas concentration (correlating with in-reactor conditions). The results show that a single-grain-size model, such as the Booth model, over predicts the gas accumulation on grain boundaries compared with a polycrystal with a grain size distribution. Also, a considerable degree of scatter, or variability, exists in the grain boundary gas accumulation when comparing all of the grain boundaries in the microstructure.

  15. Physical abrasion of mafic minerals and basalt grains: application to Martian aeolian deposits

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    Cornwall, Carin; Bandfield, Joshua L.; Titus, Timothy N.; Schreiber, B. C.; Montgomery, D.R.

    2015-01-01

    Sediment maturity, or the mineralogical and physical characterization of sediment deposits, has been used to locate sediment source, transport medium and distance, weathering processes, and paleoenvironments on Earth. Mature terrestrial sands are dominated by quartz, which is abundant in source lithologies on Earth and is physically and chemically stable under a wide range of conditions. Immature sands, such as those rich in feldspars or mafic minerals, are composed of grains that are easily physically weathered and highly susceptible to chemical weathering. On Mars, which is predominately mafic in composition, terrestrial standards of sediment maturity are not applicable. In addition, the martian climate today is cold, dry and sediments are likely to be heavily influenced by physical weathering rather than chemical weathering. Due to these large differences in weathering processes and composition, martian sediments require an alternate maturity index. Abrason tests have been conducted on a variety of mafic materials and results suggest that mature martian sediments may be composed of well sorted, well rounded, spherical basalt grains. In addition, any volcanic glass present is likely to persist in a mechanical weathering environment while chemically altered products are likely to be winnowed away. A modified sediment maturity index is proposed that can be used in future studies to constrain sediment source, paleoclimate, mechanisms for sediment production, and surface evolution. This maturity index may also provide details about erosional and sediment transport systems and preservation processes of layered deposits.

  16. Air Abrasion

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  17. Unfolding grain size effects in barium titanate ferroelectric ceramics

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    Tan, Yongqiang; Zhang, Jialiang; Wu, Yanqing; Wang, Chunlei; Koval, Vladimir; Shi, Baogui; Ye, Haitao; McKinnon, Ruth; Viola, Giuseppe; Yan, Haixue

    2015-01-01

    Grain size effects on the physical properties of polycrystalline ferroelectrics have been extensively studied for decades; however there are still major controversies regarding the dependence of the piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties on the grain size. Dense BaTiO3 ceramics with different grain sizes were fabricated by either conventional sintering or spark plasma sintering using micro- and nano-sized powders. The results show that the grain size effect on the dielectric permittivity is nearly independent of the sintering method and starting powder used. A peak in the permittivity is observed in all the ceramics with a grain size near 1 μm and can be attributed to a maximum domain wall density and mobility. The piezoelectric coefficient d33 and remnant polarization Pr show diverse grain size effects depending on the particle size of the starting powder and sintering temperature. This suggests that besides domain wall density, other factors such as back fields and point defects, which influence the domain wall mobility, could be responsible for the different grain size dependence observed in the dielectric and piezoelectric/ferroelectric properties. In cases where point defects are not the dominant contributor, the piezoelectric constant d33 and the remnant polarization Pr increase with increasing grain size. PMID:25951408

  18. Magnetoresistance of polycrystalline gadolinium with varying grain size

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    Chakravorty, Manotosh Raychaudhuri, A. K.

    2015-01-21

    In this paper, we report a study of evolution of low field magnetoresistance (MR) of Gadolinium as the grain size in the sample is changed from few microns (∼4 μm) to the nanoscopic regime (∼35 nm). The low field MR has a clear effect on varying grain size. In large grain sample (few μm), the magnetic domains are controlled by local anisotropy field determined mainly by the magnetocrystalline anisotropy. The low field MR clearly reflects the temperature dependence of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy. For decreasing gain size, the contribution of spin disorder at the grain boundary increases and enhances the local anisotropy field.

  19. Mechanics, kinematics and geometry of pebble abrasion from binary collisions

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    Miller, K. L.; Jerolmack, D. J.

    2014-12-01

    As sediment is transported downstream as bedload, it collides with the bed causing sharp edges to chip and wear away, rounding the rock through the process of abrasion. Previous work has linked abrasion to downstream fining and rounding of grains, however, there has been little attempt to understand the underlying kinematics of abrasion. Furthermore, most studies neglect the fine particle produced during the abrasion process, as the initial grain gets smaller and rounder. In this research, we preform well-controlled laboratory experiments to determine the functional dependence between impact energy and mass lost from abrasion. We use a double-pendulum "Newton's Cradle" set-up to examine the abrasion between two grains and with a high-speed camera, we can quantify the impact energies during collision. Results from experiments verify that mass loss is proportional to kinetic energy. We define a material parameter that incorporates material density, Young's modulus, and tensile stress and show that this parameter is directly related to the proportionality between mass loss and energy. We identify an initial region of the mass loss curves in which abrasion is independent of energy and material properties; results suggest this region is determined by shape. We show that grain size distributions of daughter products are universal and independent of material; they follow a Weibull distribution, which is expected distribution from brittle fracture theory. Finally, scanning electron microscope (SEM) images show a thin damage zone near the surface, suggesting that collision energy is attenuated over some small skin depth. Overall, we find that pebble abrasion by collision can be characterized by two universal scaling relations - the mass loss versus energy curves and the size distribution of daughter products. Results will be useful for estimating expected abrasion rates in the field, and additionally demonstrate that low-energy collisions produce large quantities of sand

  20. Preparation of monodisperse polystyrene/silica core-shell nano-composite abrasive with controllable size and its chemical mechanical polishing performance on copper

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    Zhang, Lei; Wang, Haibo; Zhang, Zefang; Qin, Fei; Liu, Weili; Song, Zhitang

    2011-11-01

    Monodisperse silica-coated polystyrene (PS) nano-composite abrasives with controllable size were prepared via a two-step process. Monodisperse positively charged PS colloids were synthesized via polymerization of styrene by using a cationic initiator. In the subsequent coating process, silica formed shell on the surfaces of core PS particles via the ammonia-catalyzed hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethoxysilane. Neither centrifugation/water wash/redispersion cycle process nor surface modification or addition surfactant was needed in the whole process. The morphology of the abrasives was characterized by scanning electron microscope. Transmission electron microscope and energy dispersive X-ray analysis results indicated that silica layer was successfully coated onto the surfaces of PS particles. Composite abrasive has a core-shell structure and smooth surface. The chemical mechanical polishing performances of the composite abrasive and conventional colloidal silica abrasive on blanket copper wafers were investigated. The root mean square roughness decreases from 4.27 nm to 0.56 nm using composite abrasive. The PS/SiO2 core-shell composite abrasives exhibited little higher material removal rate than silica abrasives.

  1. Strategic Regulation of Grain Size in Memory Reporting over Time

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    Goldsmith, M.; Koriat, A.; Pansky, A.

    2005-01-01

    As time passes, people often remember the gist of an event though they cannot remember its details. Can rememberers exploit this difference by strategically regulating the ''grain size'' of their answers over time, to avoid reporting wrong information? A metacognitive model of the control of grain size in memory reporting was examined in two…

  2. THE EFFECTS OF GRAIN SIZE AND GRAIN GROWTH ON THE CHEMICAL EVOLUTION OF COLD DENSE CLOUDS

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    Acharyya, Kinsuk; Hassel, George E.; Herbst, Eric

    2011-05-10

    We investigate the formation of molecules during the chemical evolution of a cold dense interstellar cloud using a gas-grain numerical code in order to study the effects of grain-size distribution and grain growth on molecular abundances. Three initial size distributions have been used, based on earlier models. To incorporate different granular sizes, we divided the distribution of sizes utilized into five logarithmically equally spaced ranges, integrated over each range to find its total granular number density, and assigned that number density to an average size in that range. We utilized rate coefficients for surface reactions, accretion, and desorption as functions of grain size. We then followed the chemical evolution of the surface populations of the five average-sized grains along with the gas-phase chemistry. We find that the total effective granular surface area of a distribution is an important parameter in the determination of surface abundances, with and without grain growth. The effect on gas-phase abundances can also be sizable. Grain growth with time increases the rate of depletion of molecules, such as CO, produced in the gas phase. Use of a size distribution for grains in gas-grain models does not improve the agreement of calculated and observed abundances, in the gas or on grains, as compared with models containing 'classical' grains of a fixed radius of 0.1 {mu}m. This result helps to verify the quality of the classical grain approximation for cold cloud models. Further, it provides an important basis for future gas-grain models.

  3. Static Recrystallized Grain Size of Coarse-Grained Austenite in an API-X70 Pipeline Steel

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    Sha, Qingyun; Li, Guiyan; Li, Dahang

    2013-12-01

    The effects of initial grain size and strain on the static recrystallized grain size of coarse-grained austenite in an API-X70 steel microalloyed with Nb, V, and Ti were investigated using a Gleeble-3800 thermomechanical simulator. The results indicate that the static recrystallized grain size of coarse-grained austenite decreases with decreasing initial grain size and increasing applied strain. The addition of microalloying elements can lead to a smaller initial grain size for hot deformation due to the grain growth inhibition during reheating, resulting in decreasing of static recrystallized grain size. Based on the experimental data, an equation for the static recrystallized grain size was derived using the least square method. The grain sizes calculated using this equation fit well with the measured ones compared with the equations for fine-grained austenite and for coarse-grained austenite of Nb-V microalloyed steel.

  4. Orientation influence on grain size-effects in ultrafine-grained magnesium

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    Fan, Haidong; Aubry, Sylvie; Arsenlis, A.; El-Awady, Jaafar

    2014-11-08

    The mechanical behavior of ultrafine-grained magnesium was studied by discrete dislocation dynamics (DDD) simulations. Our results show basal slip yields a strong size effect, while prismatic and pyramidal slips produce a weak one. We developed a new size-strength model that considers dislocation transmission across grain boundaries. Good agreement between this model, current DDD simulations and previous experiments is observed. These results reveal that the grain size effect depends on 3 factors: Peierls stress, dislocation source strength and grain boundary strength.

  5. Interlinking backscatter, grain size and benthic community structure

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    McGonigle, Chris; Collier, Jenny S.

    2014-06-01

    The relationship between acoustic backscatter, sediment grain size and benthic community structure is examined using three different quantitative methods, covering image- and angular response-based approaches. Multibeam time-series backscatter (300 kHz) data acquired in 2008 off the coast of East Anglia (UK) are compared with grain size properties, macrofaunal abundance and biomass from 130 Hamon and 16 Clamshell grab samples. Three predictive methods are used: 1) image-based (mean backscatter intensity); 2) angular response-based (predicted mean grain size), and 3) image-based (1st principal component and classification) from Quester Tangent Corporation Multiview software. Relationships between grain size and backscatter are explored using linear regression. Differences in grain size and benthic community structure between acoustically defined groups are examined using ANOVA and PERMANOVA+. Results for the Hamon grab stations indicate significant correlations between measured mean grain size and mean backscatter intensity, angular response predicted mean grain size, and 1st principal component of QTC analysis (all p < 0.001). Results for the Clamshell grab for two of the methods have stronger positive correlations; mean backscatter intensity (r2 = 0.619; p < 0.001) and angular response predicted mean grain size (r2 = 0.692; p < 0.001). ANOVA reveals significant differences in mean grain size (Hamon) within acoustic groups for all methods: mean backscatter (p < 0.001), angular response predicted grain size (p < 0.001), and QTC class (p = 0.009). Mean grain size (Clamshell) shows a significant difference between groups for mean backscatter (p = 0.001); other methods were not significant. PERMANOVA for the Hamon abundance shows benthic community structure was significantly different between acoustic groups for all methods (p ≤ 0.001). Overall these results show considerable promise in that more than 60% of the variance in the mean grain size of the Clamshell grab

  6. Influence of grain size on the grinding response of alumina

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    Xu, H.H.K.; Wei, L.; Jahanmir, S.

    1996-05-01

    The effect of grain size on the grinding response, i.e., grinding forces, surface roughness, and grinding-induced subsurface damage, is investigated in a series of alumina ceramics with the average grain size ranging from 3 to 35 {micro}m. The grinding forces are measured as a function of depth of cut in surface grinding. It is found that the grinding forces decrease as the grain size is increased from 3 to 9 {micro}m. But at larger grain sizes, the grinding forces are independent of the grain size. Subsurface damage in grinding is observed using a bonded-interface sectioning technique. The subsurface damage is found to consist of intragrain twin/slip bands and intergranular microcracks. The density of grinding-induced subsurface microcracks increases with the grain size. In addition to using optical microscopy on the sections of the ground specimens, a nondestructive thermal wave measurement technique is used directly on the ground surfaces for the detection of grinding-induced subsurface microcracks. The grain size dependence of the microcrack density estimated from the thermal images is found to agree with the results obtained using the bonded-interface technique.

  7. Supercube grains leading to a strong cube texture and a broad grain size distribution after recrystallization

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    Lin, F. X.; Zhang, Y. B.; Pantleon, W.; Jensen, D. Juul

    2015-08-01

    This work revisits the classical subject of recrystallization of cold-rolled copper. Two characterization techniques are combined: three-dimensional X-ray diffraction using synchrotron X-rays, which is used to measure the growth kinetics of individual grains in situ, and electron backscatter diffraction, which is used for statistical analysis of the microstructural evolution. As the most striking result, the strong cube texture after recrystallization is found to be related to a few super large cube grains, which were named supercube grains. These few supercube grains become large due to higher growth rates. However, most other cube grains do not grow preferentially. Because of the few supercube grains, the grain size distribution after recrystallization is broad. Reasons for the higher growth rates of supercube grains are discussed, and are related to the local deformed microstructure.

  8. Grain size-sensitive creep in ice II

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    Kubo, T.; Durham, W.B.; Stern, L.A.; Kirby, S.H.

    2006-01-01

    Rheological experiments on fine-grained water ice II at low strain rates reveal a creep mechanism that dominates at conditions of low stress. Using cryogenic scanning electron microscopy, we observed that a change in stress exponent from 5 to 2.5 correlates strongly with a decrease in grain size from about 40 to 6 micrometers. The grain size-sensitive creep of ice II demonstrated here plausibly dominates plastic strain at the low-stress conditions in the interior of medium- to large-sized icy moons of the outer solar system.

  9. The influence of aluminum grain size on alumina nanoporous structure

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    Feil, A. F.; Costa, M. V. da; Amaral, L.; Teixeira, S. R.; Migowski, P.; Dupont, J.; Machado, G.; Peripolli, S. B.

    2010-01-15

    An approach to control the interpore distances and nanopore diameters of 150-nm-thick thin aluminum films is reported here. The Al thin films were grown by sputtering on p-type silicon substrate and anodized with a conventional anodization process in a phosphoric acid solution. It was found that interpore distance and pore diameter are related to the aluminum grain size and can be controlled by annealing. The grain contours limit the sizes of alumina cells. This mechanism is valid for grain sizes supporting only one alumina cell and consequently only one pore.

  10. Grain size-sensitive creep in ice II.

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    Kubo, Tomoaki; Durham, William B; Stern, Laura A; Kirby, Stephen H

    2006-03-01

    Rheological experiments on fine-grained water ice II at low strain rates reveal a creep mechanism that dominates at conditions of low stress. Using cryogenic scanning electron microscopy, we observed that a change in stress exponent from 5 to 2.5 correlates strongly with a decrease in grain size from about 40 to 6 micrometers. The grain size-sensitive creep of ice II demonstrated here plausibly dominates plastic strain at the low-stress conditions in the interior of medium- to large-sized icy moons of the outer solar system. PMID:16513977

  11. The Effects of Grain Size and Texture on Dynamic Abnormal Grain Growth in Mo

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    Noell, Philip J.; Taleff, Eric M.

    2016-07-01

    This is the first report of abnormal grain morphologies specific to a Mo sheet material produced from a commercial-purity arc-melted ingot. Abnormal grains initiated and grew during plastic deformation of this material at temperatures of 1793 K and 1813 K (1520 °C and 1540 °C). This abnormal grain growth during high-temperature plastic deformation is termed dynamic abnormal grain growth, DAGG. DAGG in this material readily consumes nearly all grains near the sheet center while leaving many grains near the sheet surface unconsumed. Crystallographic texture, grain size, and other microstructural features are characterized. After recrystallization, a significant through-thickness variation in crystallographic texture exists in this material but does not appear to directly influence DAGG propagation. Instead, dynamic normal grain growth, which may be influenced by texture, preferentially occurs near the sheet surface prior to DAGG. The large grains thus produced near the sheet surface inhibit the subsequent growth of the abnormal grains produced by DAGG, which preferentially consume the finer grains near the sheet center. This produces abnormal grains that span the sheet center but leave unconsumed polycrystalline microstructure near the sheet surface. Abnormal grains are preferentially oriented with the < 110rangle approximately along the tensile axis. These results provide additional new evidence that boundary curvature is the primary driving force for DAGG in Mo.

  12. Radiation Pressure on Fluffy Submicron-sized Grains

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    Silsbee, Kedron; Draine, Bruce T.

    2016-02-01

    We investigate the claim that the ratio β of radiation pressure force to gravitational force on a dust grain in our solar system can substantially exceed unity for some grain sizes, provided that grain porosity is high enough. For model grains consisting of random aggregates of silicate spherules, we find that the maximum value of β is almost independent of grain porosity, but for small (\\lt 0.3 μ {{m}}) grains, β actually decreases with increasing porosity. We also investigate the effect of metallic iron and amorphous carbon inclusions in the dust grains and find that while these inclusions do increase the radiation pressure cross-section, β remains below unity for grains with 3 pg of silicate material. These results affect the interpretation of the grain trajectories estimated from the Stardust mission, which were modeled assuming β values exceeding one. We find that radiation pressure effects are not large enough for particles Orion and Hylabrook captured by Stardust to be of interstellar origin given their reported impact velocities. We also consider the effects of solar radiation on transverse velocities and grain spin, and show that radiation pressure introduces both transverse velocities and equatorial spin velocities of several hundred meters per second for incoming interstellar grains at 2 au. These transverse velocities are not important for modeling trajectories, but such spin rates may result in centrifugal disruption of aggregates.

  13. Abrasive wear of advanced structural materials

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    Lee, Gun-Young

    Wear of advanced structural materials, namely composites and ceramics, in abrasion has been examined in the present study. A simple physically-based model for the abrasive wear of composite materials is presented based on the mechanics and mechanisms associated with sliding wear in soft (ductile) matrix composites containing hard (brittle) reinforcement particles. The model is based on the assumption that any portion of the reinforcement that is removed as wear debris cannot contribute to the wear resistance of the matrix material. The size of this non-contributing portion of reinforcement is estimated by modeling three primary wear mechanisms, specifically plowing, cracking at the matrix/reinforcement interface or in the reinforcement, and particle removal. Critical variables describing the role of the reinforcement, such as the relative size, fracture toughness, and the nature of the matrix/reinforcement interface, are characterized by a single contribution coefficient, C. Predictions are compared with the results of experimental two-body (pin-on-drum) abrasive wear tests performed on a model aluminum particulate-reinforced epoxy-matrix composite material. In addition, the effects of post heat-treatment on the wear behavior of toughened silicon carbide (ABC-SiC) are investigated by characterizing the role of the microstructures introduced during the post annealing processes. When the annealing temperature is above 1300°C, an aluminum rich secondary phase (nano-precipitate) forms and grows inside the SiC grains. This toughened silicon carbide (ABC-SiC), annealed at temperatures ranging from 0 to 1600°C, is subjected to two- and three-body abrasions with different sizes of abrasives (3˜70 mum). The test results exhibit that the effect of nano-precipitates on wear resistance of post-annealed ABC-SiC is restricted to the abrasion with fine abrasives (3 mum), since nano-precipitates, in the range from 4 nm at 1300°C to 25 nm at 1600°C, are comparable in dimension

  14. The Effect of Grain Size and Grain Size Distribution on Deep-Marine Channel Evolution

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    Arnott, R. W. C.

    2015-12-01

    Like continental environments, sinuous channels are common geomorphic features on deep-marine slopes. However unlike their fluvial counterparts well developed lateral accretion surfaces related to episodes of lateral channel migration are comparatively rare. Instead most deep-marine channels fill aggradationally. This, then, begs the question as to the nature and origin of the seemingly uncommon sedimentological conditions that result in laterally accreting deep-marine channels. In the Neoproterozoic Windermere Supergroup (WSG) channels filled with well developed lateral accretion surfaces are well exposed and occur at the top of much larger, aggradationally-filled (sinuous) channels, or as isolated clusters. Channel fills are 10-15 m thick and consist of amalgamated beds of decimeter-thick, very coarse sandstone/granule conglomerate. These, in turn, are overlain abruptly vertically and obliquely-upward by mudstone interbedded with thin-bedded turbidites. These finer, thinner strata are interpreted to be the inner-bend levee deposits onto which the channel-filling, thicker-bedded, coarser grained strata onlap. Moreover, the successive several-meter-scale lateral-offset stacking of these strata is interpreted to be caused by the continuous lateral migration of a single channel. Notably also these strata are generally coarser than those that fill the many other WSG channels that lack lateral accretion. The coarseness, but more importantly the bimodal grain size distribution of the sediment supply, is interpreted to have had caused the channelized flows to be highly density stratified, and for density to be equally distributed throughout the lower part of the flow. Together these conditions caused the momentum and related fluid circulation patterns in the lower part of the flow to resemble those observed in rivers, and hence sediment transport patterns to be meandering-river-like with deposition along the inner bend and erosion along the outer bend.

  15. [Hyperspectral remote sensing estimation models for snow grain size].

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    Wang, Jian-Geng; Feng, Xue-Zhi; Xiao, Peng-Feng; Liang, Ji; Zhang, Xue-Liang; Li, Hai-Xing; Li, Yun

    2013-01-01

    Snow grain size is a key parameter not only to affect the energy budget of the global or local region but also characterizing the status of snow vapor transport and temperature gradient. It is significant to monitor and estimate the snow grain size in large area for global or local climate change and water resource management. Recently, remote sensing technology has become a useful tool for snow grain size monitoring and estimating. In the present paper, the estimate models were built based on simulating the snow surface spectral reflectance curve in visible-infrared region and the sensitive bands and snow indices for snow grain size were selected. These models help estimate snow grain size by hyperspectral remote sensing. Through validating with ground true data, the results show that these models have higher explorative accuracy using 1 030, 1 260 nm and normalized difference snow index (460 and 1 030 nm). In addition, the correlation slopes of estimated and observed valves are 1.37, 0.61 and 0.62, respectively. R2 are 0.82, 0.86 and 0.93 and RMSE are 55.65, 50.83 and 35.91 microm, respectively. The result can provide a scientific basis for snow grain size monitoring and estimating. PMID:23586251

  16. Grain size distribution of the matrix in the Allende chondrite

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    Toriumi, M.

    1989-03-01

    Results are presented from analytical TEM, high-resolution TEM, and SEM studies of the Allende chondrite, showing that the matrix consists of very fine-grained Fe-rich olivine, Ca-poor and Fe-rich clinopyroxene, Fe-rich spinel, and Ni-bearing troilite. Slightly sintered and non-sintered very fine-grained aggregates are observed. The results suggest that the coarse-grained olivine aggregates experienced a heating event, whereas the ultrafine-grained aggregates did not. The size and frequency distributions of matrix grains are measured. The frequency distribution displays a long-term tail with power law and a log-normal pattern with a peak at 5 nm in the range from 1 to 10 nm. This suggests that the fine-grained matrix was probably formed at conditions far from equilibrium in the protosolar cloud.

  17. On the maximum grain size entrained by photoevaporative winds

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    Hutchison, Mark A.; Laibe, Guillaume; Maddison, Sarah T.

    2016-09-01

    We model the behaviour of dust grains entrained by photoevaporation-driven winds from protoplanetary discs assuming a non-rotating, plane-parallel disc. We obtain an analytic expression for the maximum entrainable grain size in extreme-UV radiation-driven winds, which we demonstrate to be proportional to the mass loss rate of the disc. When compared with our hydrodynamic simulations, the model reproduces almost all of the wind properties for the gas and dust. In typical turbulent discs, the entrained grain sizes in the wind are smaller than the theoretical maximum everywhere but the inner disc due to dust settling.

  18. Grain boundaries and grain size distributions in nanocrystalline diamond films derived from fullerene precursors

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    Csencsits, R.; Zuiker, C.D.; Gruen, D.M.; Krauss, A.R.

    1995-12-31

    Film growth from C{sub 60}/Ar mixtures results in very pure diamond. Diamond films grown using C{sub 60} as a carbon source have been shown to be nanocrystalline with average grain sizes of 15 nm and standard deviations of 13 nm. The measured grain size distribution for two separate films, each based on measurements of over 400 grains, were found to be very similar and well approximated by a gamma distribution. Unlike typical CVD grown diamond films, these nanocrystalline films do not exhibit columnar growth. From the measured grain size distributions, it is estimated that 2% of the carbon atoms are located in the grain boundaries. The structure of the carbon in the grain boundaries is not known, but the films survive extended wear tests and hold together when the substrate is removed, indicating that the grains are strongly bound. The grain boundary carbon may give rise to additional features in the Raman spectrum and result in absorption and scattering of light in the films. We also expect that the grain boundary carbon may affect film properties, such as electrical and thermal conductivity.

  19. Activation of Big Grain1 significantly improves grain size by regulating auxin transport in rice

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    Liu, Linchuan; Tong, Hongning; Xiao, Yunhua; Che, Ronghui; Xu, Fan; Hu, Bin; Liang, Chengzhen; Chu, Jinfang; Li, Jiayang; Chu, Chengcai

    2015-01-01

    Grain size is one of the key factors determining grain yield. However, it remains largely unknown how grain size is regulated by developmental signals. Here, we report the identification and characterization of a dominant mutant big grain1 (Bg1-D) that shows an extra-large grain phenotype from our rice T-DNA insertion population. Overexpression of BG1 leads to significantly increased grain size, and the severe lines exhibit obviously perturbed gravitropism. In addition, the mutant has increased sensitivities to both auxin and N-1-naphthylphthalamic acid, an auxin transport inhibitor, whereas knockdown of BG1 results in decreased sensitivities and smaller grains. Moreover, BG1 is specifically induced by auxin treatment, preferentially expresses in the vascular tissue of culms and young panicles, and encodes a novel membrane-localized protein, strongly suggesting its role in regulating auxin transport. Consistent with this finding, the mutant has increased auxin basipetal transport and altered auxin distribution, whereas the knockdown plants have decreased auxin transport. Manipulation of BG1 in both rice and Arabidopsis can enhance plant biomass, seed weight, and yield. Taking these data together, we identify a novel positive regulator of auxin response and transport in a crop plant and demonstrate its role in regulating grain size, thus illuminating a new strategy to improve plant productivity. PMID:26283354

  20. Activation of Big Grain1 significantly improves grain size by regulating auxin transport in rice.

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    Liu, Linchuan; Tong, Hongning; Xiao, Yunhua; Che, Ronghui; Xu, Fan; Hu, Bin; Liang, Chengzhen; Chu, Jinfang; Li, Jiayang; Chu, Chengcai

    2015-09-01

    Grain size is one of the key factors determining grain yield. However, it remains largely unknown how grain size is regulated by developmental signals. Here, we report the identification and characterization of a dominant mutant big grain1 (Bg1-D) that shows an extra-large grain phenotype from our rice T-DNA insertion population. Overexpression of BG1 leads to significantly increased grain size, and the severe lines exhibit obviously perturbed gravitropism. In addition, the mutant has increased sensitivities to both auxin and N-1-naphthylphthalamic acid, an auxin transport inhibitor, whereas knockdown of BG1 results in decreased sensitivities and smaller grains. Moreover, BG1 is specifically induced by auxin treatment, preferentially expresses in the vascular tissue of culms and young panicles, and encodes a novel membrane-localized protein, strongly suggesting its role in regulating auxin transport. Consistent with this finding, the mutant has increased auxin basipetal transport and altered auxin distribution, whereas the knockdown plants have decreased auxin transport. Manipulation of BG1 in both rice and Arabidopsis can enhance plant biomass, seed weight, and yield. Taking these data together, we identify a novel positive regulator of auxin response and transport in a crop plant and demonstrate its role in regulating grain size, thus illuminating a new strategy to improve plant productivity. PMID:26283354

  1. Grain size evolution and fractionation trends in an experimental regolith

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    Horz, F.; Cintala, M. J.; See, T. H.; Cardenas, F.; Thompson, T. D.

    1984-01-01

    The communication of blocky planetary surfaces into fine-grained regoliths was simulated by impacting a fragmental gabbro target 200 times with stainless steel projectiles. It is found that the comminution efficiency of the surfaces changes with time, being highest in the early stages of regolith formation and decreasing gradually. The relationship between mean grain size and cumulative energy is not linear. Individual, fine-grained regolith components can be generated very early from relatively large progenitor fragments without going through intermediate-size fractions. Impact comminution is capable of producing fractionated fines as postulated by Papike et al. (1982). The role of grain-size selective, lateral transport to explain the fractionated nature of lunar regolith fines may have been overestimated in the past.

  2. Morphological Variability and Grain Size From Digital Images

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    Gallagher, E. L.; Macmahan, J.; Russell, P.; Masselink, G.

    2006-12-01

    In the past, hydrodynamic and morphologic coastal modelers have assumed that the sand layer on the beach is thick, well-sorted (uniform in grain size) and relatively smooth. Many recent studies contradict this assumption and suggest that sediments on a beach are not homogeneous and that variations in sediment size and supply are important in sediment transport and morphodynamics at all scales. Unfortunately, traditional techniques for measuring grain size are difficult, tedious and time consuming. Therefore, in spite of the evidence pointing to the importance of grain size and its variability in sediment transport and morphodynamics, most of the studies are based on relatively few field samples. In May 2006, a new digital imaging system for measuring grain size quickly and efficiently was used during a field experiment that took place at Truc Vert on the west coast of France. The field site is a high-energy, macro-tidal beach characterized by beach cusps, crescentic bars and a rip channel system. The digital imaging system was used to conduct daily surveys of sand size, alongside simultaneous surveys of beach morphology and traditional sand sampling. Preliminary results are promising and suggest that the imaging system is ideal for sampling large areas for detailed spatial grain size information. The data will be examined for morphological and sedimentological variability associated with the complex morphology at Truc Vert.

  3. Grain size assisted formation of pseudotachylites: A numerical study

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    Thielmann, Marcel; Rozel, Antoine; Kaus, Boris; Ricard, Yanick

    2014-05-01

    The processes resulting in the formation of lithospheric-scale shear zones are still poorly understood. Among others, shear heating and grain size reduction have been proposed to be viable weakening mechanisms to localize deformation and form lithospheric-scale shear zones. The interplay between both mechanisms is particularly interesting, as both compete for a part of the deformational work. High temperatures favor grain growth, therefore one would expect larger grain sizes in shear zones that have been formed by shear heating. However, larger temperatures increase strain rates, thus also the amount of deformational work, which in turn would favor grain size reduction. Here we investigate the interplay between both mechanisms using numerical models of a viscoelastic slab deforming in simple shear, employing a viscous rheology composed of dislocation and diffusion creep. Grain size evolution is governed by a recently developed physics-based evolution law. We develop scaling laws for the peak stress and the dominating deformation mechanisms depending on various material parameters and boundary conditions. We find that grain size reduction alone does not localize deformation in simple shear. In conjunction with shear heating however, a localized shear zone is formed due to thermal runaway. During this process, grain size is significantly reduced. Depending on grain growth parameters, a mylonitic shear zone is formed in which deformation is permanently localized and which deforms in diffusion creep. Additionally, the stress required to initiate thermal runaway is reduced compare to cases with shear heating alone, thus facilitating the formation of a narrow localized shear zone in the ductile regime. These results have several implications ranging and from simultaneous pseudotachylite and mylonite formation at depths below the seismogenic depth to subduction initiation.

  4. Genetic and molecular basis of grain size and grain number and its relevance to grain productivity in higher plants.

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    Gupta, Pushpendra K; Rustgi, Sachin; Kumar, Neeraj

    2006-06-01

    Grain size and grain number constitute 2 important components of grain yield. In particular, the grain size also influences the end-use quality (e.g., flour yield and protein content) and attracts consumer preference. These 2 traits are also the components of the domestication syndrome of crop plants. A number of important studies have recently been conducted to understand the genetic and molecular basis of these 2 important yield-contributing traits. Information generated from these studies was collected and synthesized for the benefit of plant biologists, particularly plant breeders. In the present article, this information is briefly reviewed and the prospects of using this information for improvement of grain productivity in crop plants are discussed. PMID:16936836

  5. PROCEDURE FOR DETERMINATION OF SEDIMENT PARTICLE SIZE (GRAIN SIZE)

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    Sediment quality and sediment remediation projects have become a high priority for USEPA. Sediment particle size determinations are used in environmental assessments for habitat characterization, chemical normalization, and partitioning potential of chemicals. The accepted met...

  6. The Strength-Grain Size Relationship in Ultrafine-Grained Metals

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    Balasubramanian, N.; Langdon, Terence G.

    2016-04-01

    Metals processed by severe plastic deformation (SPD) techniques, such as equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP) and high-pressure torsion (HPT), generally have submicrometer grain sizes. Consequently, they exhibit high strength as expected on the basis of the Hall-Petch (H-P) relationship. Examples of this behavior are discussed using experimental data for Ti, Al, and Ni. These materials typically have grain sizes greater than ~50 nm where softening is not expected. An increase in strength is usually accompanied by a decrease in ductility. However, both high strength and high ductility may be achieved simultaneously by imposing high strain to obtain ultrafine-grain sizes and high fractions of high-angle grain boundaries. This facilitates grain boundary sliding, and an example is presented for a cast Al-7 pct Si alloy processed by HPT. In some materials, SPD may result in a weakening even with a very fine grain size, and this is due to microstructural changes during processing. Examples are presented for an Al-7034 alloy processed by ECAP and a Zn-22 pct Al alloy processed by HPT. In some SPD-processed materials, it is possible that grain boundary segregation and other features are present leading to higher strengths than predicted by the H-P relationship.

  7. Novel ultrafine grain size processing of soft magnetic materials.

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    Michael, Joseph Richard; Robino, Charles Victor

    2009-01-01

    High performance soft magnetic alloys are used in solenoids in a wide variety of applications. These designs are currently being driven to provide more margin, reliability, and functionality through component size reductions; thereby providing greater power to drive ratio margins as well as decreases in volume and power requirements. In an effort to produce soft magnetic materials with improved properties, we have conducted an initial examination of one potential route for producing ultrafine grain sizes in the 49Fe-49Co-2V alloy. The approach was based on a known method for the production of very fine grain sizes in steels, and consisted of repeated, rapid phase transformation cycling through the ferrite to austenite transformation temperature range. The results of this initial attempt to produce highly refined grain sizes in 49Fe-49Co-2V were successful in that appreciable reductions in grain size were realized. The as-received grain size was 15 {micro}m with a standard deviation of 9.5 {micro}m. For the temperature cycling conditions examined, grain refinement appears to saturate after approximately ten cycles at a grain size of 6 {micro}m with standard deviation of 4 {micro}m. The process also reduces the range of grain sizes present in these samples as the largest grain noted in the as received and treated conditions were 64 and 26 {micro}m, respectively. The results were, however, complicated by the formation of an unexpected secondary ferritic constituent and considerable effort was directed at characterizing this phase. The analysis indicates that the phase is a V-rich ferrite, known as {alpha}{sub 2}, that forms due to an imbalance in the partitioning of vanadium during the heating and cooling portions of the thermal cycle. Considerable but unsuccessful effort was also directed at understanding the conditions under which this phase forms, since it is conceivable that this phase restricts the degree to which the grains can be refined. Due to this difficulty

  8. Grain-size Distribution of Apollo 11 Soil 10084

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    Basu, A.; Wentworth, S. J.; McKay, D. S.

    2000-01-01

    Results of a new grain size analysis of 0.99 g of the submillimeter fraction of the soil 10084, using the JSC methodology, are: 4.28 phi =(51 micrometers) and 2.23 phi (=213 micrometers). A significant fraction (14.2%) of the soil is less than 10 micrometers in size.

  9. On Suspended matter grain size in Baltic sea

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    Bubnova, Ekaterina; Sivkov, Vadim; Zubarevich, Victor

    2016-04-01

    Suspended matter grain size data were gathered during the 25th research vessel "Akademik Mstislav Keldysh" cruise (1991, September-October). Initial quantitative data were obtained with a use of the Coulter counter and subsequently modified into volume concentrations (mm3/l) for size intervals. More than 80 samples from 15 stations were analyzed (depth range 0-355 m). The main goal of research was to illustrate the spatial variability of suspended matter concentration and dispersion in Baltic Sea. The mutual feature of suspended matter grain size distribution is the logical rise of particle number along with descending of particle's size. Vertical variability of grain size distribution was defined by Baltic Sea hydrological structure, including upper mixed layer - from the surface to the thermocline - with 35 m thick, cold intermediate layer - from the thermocline to the halocline- and bottom layer, which lied under the halocline. Upper layer showed a rise in total suspended matter concentration (up to 0.6 mm3/l), while cold intermediate level consisted of far more clear water (up to 0.1 mm3/l). Such a difference is caused by the thermocline boarding role. Meanwhile, deep bottom water experienced surges in suspended matter concentration owing to the nepheloid layer presence and "liquid bottom" effect. Coastal waters appeared to have the highest amount of particles (up to 5.0 mm3/l). Suspended matter grain size distribution in the upper mixed layer revealed a peak of concentration at 7 μ, which can be due to autumn plankton bloom. Another feature in suspended matter grain size distribution appeared at the deep layer below halocline, where both O2 and H2S were observed and red/ox barrier is. The simultaneous presence of Fe and Mn (in solutions below red/ox barrier) and O2 leads to precipitation of oxyhydrates Fe and Mn and grain size distribution graph peaking at 4.5 μ.

  10. RAPID COMMUNICATION: Control of grain size and size effect on the dielectric constant of diamond films

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    Ye, Haitao; Sun, Chang Q.; Hing, Peter

    2000-12-01

    This work reports that the optimum diamond grain size can be controlled by adjusting the flow rate of Ar/H2 in the reaction chamber through orthogonal optimization. The dielectric properties of the diamond films were investigated using an RCL (resistance-capacitance-inductance) meter. It was found that (i) the dominating factors in controlling the grain size are in the following order: Ar/H2 gas ratio, gas total pressure, plasma power and substrate temperature; (ii) increasing the Ar gas fraction reduces the grain size of synthetic diamond films; and (iii) reducing the grain size lowers the dielectric constant. The grain size effect on the dielectric behaviour can be explained by the change of the crystal field caused by surface bond contraction of the nanosized particles.

  11. Universal scaling relations for pebble abrasion

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    Litwin, K. L.; Jerolmack, D. J.

    2012-12-01

    The process of abrasion of gravel in bed load transport results from particle-to-particle collisions, where the energy involved is sufficient to cause chipping and spallation but not fragmentation of parent grains. The removed rock material is not infinitesimal; daughter products as large as coarse sand can be produced. Although previous work has shown that lithology, grain shape, and energy of collision are contributing factors that control abrasion rates of river-bed material, little is known regarding the relationship between these factors and diminution rates. Here we explicitly isolate and investigate how these three factors influence rates of abrasion and the size distribution of daughter products, with laboratory experiments. The apparatus is a double pendulum (Newton's cradle) that produces well-controlled binary collisions. A high-speed camera precisely measures collision energy, while mass of parent rocks. and the size and shape distributions of daughter products, are measured periodically. We examined abrasion of initially square-cut 'rocks' as they underwent successive collisions in the binary collision apparatus. We have examined mass loss rate for varied lithologies, and observe a similar power-law relationship between impact energy and mass abraded. When normalized by sensible material properties, mass loss curves for all materials collapse onto a single curve, suggesting that the underlying mechanics of abrasion for different materials are the same. The relationship does not display the linear trend expected from pure energetics, and we suggest that this is a shape effect as protruding - and hence easily eroded - corners are worn away. Analysis of daughter-product particle size distributions for different lithology fragments - including natural rocks and also bricks - show the same functional form. Surprisingly, it is the power-law relation expected for brittle materials undergoing fragmentation. This suggests that brittle fracture theory also

  12. Physics-Based Reactive Burn Model: Grain Size Effects

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    Lu, X.; Hamate, Y.; Horie, Y.

    2007-12-01

    We have been developing a physics-based reactive burn (PBRB) model, which was formulated based on the concept of a statistical hot spot cell. In the model, essential thermomechanics and physiochemical features are explicitly modeled. In this paper, we have extended the statistical hot spot model to explicitly describe the ignition and growth of hot spots. In particular, grain size effects are explicitly delineated through introduction of grain size-dependent, thickness of the hot-region, energy deposition criterion, and specific surface area. Besides the linear relationships between the run distance to detonation and the critical diameter with respect to the reciprocal specific surface area of heterogeneous explosives (HE), which is based on the original model and discussed in a parallel paper of this meeting, parametric studies have shown that the extended PBRB model can predict a non-monotonic variation of shock sensitivity with grain size, as observed by Moulard et al.

  13. The effect of grain size, microcracking and grain boundary grooving on osteoblast attachment in hydroxyapatite

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    Smith, Ian Orland

    This research examined the effect of particle size, microcracking and grain-boundary grooving in hydroxyapatite (HA) ceramics on osteoblast (OB) attachment, with the overall goal of understanding the role of physical characteristics in optimized scaffolds for bone tissue engineering. Bimodally porous HA scaffolds were fabricated by foaming and sintering either micron-scale or nano-scale HA powder, yielding two sets with average grain diameters of 8.6 +/- 1.9 mum and 588 +/- 55 nm, respectively. OBs were seeded onto these scaffolds and counted at 0.5, 1, 2 and 4 hours for attachment and 1, 3 and 5 days for proliferation using a hemacytometer. Results showed that OB attachment and proliferation was not significantly affected by the change in grain size and may depend more on the bimodal porosity of the implant. However, as our attempt to reduce the error in the hemacytometer counts was not fully successful, a more accurate method of counting the OBs, such as a quantifiable dye, must be used to verify this trend. While microcracks occur as a result of thermal processing of HA, these TEA-induced cracks are not easily controlled. For our studies we used Vickers-induced microcracks to quantify the effect of microcracking on OB attachment in HA. OB attachment was not significantly affected at one hour, but increased at four hours to 61% higher than on non-microcracked control specimens. This increase indicates that microcracking does have an effect on OB attachment and should be studied further, to assess its effect on OB proliferation and differentiation. It is not surprising that microcracks have a positive effect on OB attachment, as this mimics the natural process of bone remodeling. However, they are not likely to occur in nano-grained HA as a result of processing, as its small grain size falls below the known values of critical grain size for microcracking (GCR) in HA. Grain boundary grooving in dense HA is also investigated in this dissertation. OBs were seeded

  14. Effects of grain size evolution on mantle dynamics

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    Schulz, Falko; Tosi, Nicola; Plesa, Ana-Catalina; Breuer, Doris

    2016-04-01

    The rheology of planetary mantle materials is strongly dependent on temperature, pressure, strain-rate, and grain size. In particular, the rheology of olivine, the most abundant mineral of the Earth's upper mantle, has been extensively studied in the laboratory (e.g., Karato and Wu, 1993; Hirth and Kohlstedt, 2003). Two main mechanisms control olivine's deformation: dislocation and diffusion creep. While the former implies a power-law dependence of the viscosity on the strain-rate that leads to a non-Newtonian behaviour, the latter is sensitively dependent on the grain size. The dynamics of planetary interiors is locally controlled by the deformation mechanism that delivers the lowest viscosity. Models of the dynamics and evolution of planetary mantles should thus be capable to self-consistently distinguish which of the two mechanisms dominates at given conditions of temperature, pressure, strain-rate and grain size. As the grain size can affect the viscosity associated with diffusion creep by several orders of magnitude, it can strongly influence the dominant deformation mechanism. The vast majority of numerical, global-scale models of mantle convection, however, are based on the use of a linear diffusion-creep rheology with constant grain-size. Nevertheless, in recent studies, a new equation has been proposed to properly model the time-dependent evolution of the grain size (Austin and Evens, 2007; Rozel et al., 2010). We implemented this equation in our mantle convection code Gaia (Hüttig et al., 2013). In the framework of simple models of stagnant lid convection, we compared simulations based on the fully time-dependent equation of grain-size evolution with simulations based on its steady-state version. In addition, we tested a number of different parameters in order to identify those that affects the grain size to the first order and, in turn, control the conditions at which mantle deformation is dominated by diffusion or dislocation creep. References Austin

  15. New methods for unmixing sediment grain size data

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    Paterson, Greig A.; Heslop, David

    2015-12-01

    Grain size distribution (GSD) data are widely used in Earth sciences and although large data sets are regularly generated, detailed numerical analyses are not routine. Unmixing GSDs into components can help understand sediment provenance and depositional regimes/processes. End-member analysis (EMA), which fits one set of end-members to a given data set, is a powerful way to unmix GSDs into geologically meaningful parts. EMA estimates end-members based on covariability within a data set and can be considered as a nonparametric approach. Available EMA algorithms, however, either produce suboptimal solutions or are time consuming. We introduce unmixing algorithms inspired by hyperspectral image analysis that can be applied to GSD data and which provide an improvement over current techniques. Nonparametric EMA is often unable to identify unimodal grain size subpopulations that correspond to single sediment sources. An alternative approach is single-specimen unmixing (SSU), which unmixes individual GSDs into unimodal parametric distributions (e.g., lognormal). We demonstrate that the inherent nonuniqueness of SSU solutions renders this approach unviable for estimating underlying mixing processes. To overcome this, we develop a new algorithm to perform parametric EMA, whereby an entire data set can be unmixed into unimodal parametric end-members (e.g., Weibull distributions). This makes it easier to identify individual grain size subpopulations in highly mixed data sets. To aid investigators in applying these methods, all of the new algorithms are available in AnalySize, which is GUI software for processing and unmixing grain size data.

  16. Promise and Pitfalls of Using Grain Size Analysis to Identify Glacial Sediments in Alpine Lake Cores.

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    Clark, D. H.

    2011-12-01

    Lakes fed by glacier outwash should have a clastic particle-size record distinct from non-glacial lakes in the same area, but do they? The unique turquoise color of alpine glacial lakes reflects the flux of suspended clastic glacial rock flour to those lakes; conversely, lakes not fed by outwash are generally clear with sediments dominated by organics or slope-wash from nearby hillslopes. This contrast in sediment types and sources should produce a distinct and measureable different in grain sizes between the two settings. Results from a variety of lakes suggest the actual situation is often more subtle and complex. I compare grain size results to other proxies to assess the value of grain size analysis for paleoglacier studies. Over the past 10 years, my colleagues and I have collected and analyzed sediment cores from a wide variety of lakes below small alpine glaciers in an attempt to constrain the timing and magnitude of alpine glaciation in those basins. The basic concept is that these lakes act as continuous catchments for any rock flour produced upstream by glacier abrasion; as a glacier grows, the flux of rock flour to the lake will also increase. If the glacier disappears entirely, rock flour deposition will also cease in short order. We have focused our research in basins with simple sedimentologic settings: mostly small, high-altitude, stripped granitic or metamorphic cirques in which the cirque glaciers are the primary source of clastic sediments. In most cases, the lakes are fed by meltwater from a modern glacier, but were ice free during the earlier Holocene. In such cases, the lake cores should record formation of and changes in activity of the glacier upstream. We used a Malvern Mastersizer 2000 laser particle size analyzer for our grain size analyses, as well as recording magnetic susceptibility, color, and organics for the same cores. The results indicate that although lakes often experience increases in silt and clay-size (<0.63 mm) clastic

  17. Transitional grain-size-sensitive flow of milky quartz aggregates

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    Fukuda, J. I.; Holyoke, C. W., III; Kronenberg, A. K.

    2014-12-01

    Fine-grained (~15 μm) milky quartz aggregates exhibit reversible flow strengths in triaxial compression experiments conducted at T = 800-900oC, Pc = 1.5 GPa when strain rates are sequentially decreased (typically from 10-3.5 to 10-4.5 and 10-5.5 s-1), and then returned to the original rate (10-3.5 s-1), while samples that experience grain growth at 1000oC (to 35 μm) over the same sequence of strain rates exhibit an irreversible increase in strength. Polycrystalline quartz aggregates have been synthesized from natural milky quartz powders (ground to 5 μm) by HIP methods at T = 1000oC, Pc = 1.5 GPa and t = 24 hours, resulting in dense, fine-grained aggregates of uniform water content of ~4000 ppm (H/106Si), as indicated by a broad OH absorption band at 3400 cm-1. In experiments performed at 800o and 900oC, grain sizes of the samples are essentially constant over the duration of each experiment, though grain shapes change significantly, and undulatory extinction and deformation lamellae indicate that much of the sample shortening (to 50%) is accomplished, over the four strain-rate steps, by dislocation creep. Differential stresses measured at T = 800oC decrease from 160 to 30 MPa as strain rate is reduced from 10-4.6 to 10-5.5 s-1, and a stress of 140 MPa is measured when strain rate is returned to 10-4.5 s-1. Samples deformed at 1000o and 1100oC experience normal grain growth, with grain boundary energy-driven grain-coarsening textures superposed by undulatory extinction and deformation lamellae. Differential stresses measured at 1000oC and strain rates of 10-3.6, 10-4.6, and 10-5.5 s-1 are 185, 80, and 80 MPa, respectively, while an increased flow stress of 260 MPa is measured (following ~28 hours of prior high temperature deformation and grain growth) when strain rate is returned to 10-3.6 s-1. While all samples exhibit lattice preferred orientations, the stress exponent n inferred for the fine-grained 800oC sample is 1.5 and the stress exponent of the coarse-grained

  18. Automatic Grain Sizing of vertical exposures of gravelly deposits

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    Storz-Peretz, Yael; Laronne, Jonathan B.

    2013-08-01

    The Grain Size Distribution (GSD) is a key indicator in stratigraphy and morphology; it is a basic tool used by a variety of disciplines: geology, geomorphology, archeology, ecology and engineering. Automatic Grain Sizing (AGS) has been developed to estimate the GSD of surfaces in a rapid and effortless manner. Yet the traditional bulk method, time consuming and laborious, is still in use for the determination of the GSD of coarse-grained sedimentary deposits and of the near-subsurface of landforms, principally river beds. The AGS technique is examined here in its application to the stratigraphic record and to the subsurface. Images processed by AGS and manual samples of coarse-grained deposits in section were compared for evaluation of accuracy and determination of the extent of validation of the AGS technique. The AGS often achieves results very similar to field counting, especially when the largest grains are accounted for in the size of the sampling area and when photographs are taken afar without flash. Best results are provided when two images of the same sediment are taken at close range and also from afar to combine their GSDs, hence overcoming errors generated by resolution, sampling area and grain size. The computed errors are larger than those in prior studies yet remain reasonably small, even though results are not bias corrected, axes exposed in an outcrop very likely differ from those exposed on the surface, and sediment properties and lighting conditions vary. Although results indicate a 25% burial effect, the performance of the AGS for sections is high. Unlike prior application of AGS for riverbed surface openwork gravels, conglomerate sections and the near-subsurface include a matrix, resulting in a somewhat larger mean irreducible error. The technique may be utilized in studies of conglomerate texture, allowing the evaluation of entire GSDs under difficult sampling conditions. An example use of AGS to subsurface GSD evaluation is provided, among

  19. OsSPL13 controls grain size in cultivated rice.

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    Si, Lizhen; Chen, Jiaying; Huang, Xuehui; Gong, Hao; Luo, Jianghong; Hou, Qingqing; Zhou, Taoying; Lu, Tingting; Zhu, Jingjie; Shangguan, Yingying; Chen, Erwang; Gong, Chengxiang; Zhao, Qiang; Jing, Yufeng; Zhao, Yan; Li, Yan; Cui, Lingling; Fan, Danlin; Lu, Yiqi; Weng, Qijun; Wang, Yongchun; Zhan, Qilin; Liu, Kunyan; Wei, Xinghua; An, Kyungsook; An, Gynheung; Han, Bin

    2016-04-01

    Although genetic diversity has a cardinal role in domestication, abundant natural allelic variations across the rice genome that cause agronomically important differences between diverse varieties have not been fully explored. Here we implement an approach integrating genome-wide association testing with functional analysis on grain size in a diverse rice population. We report that a major quantitative trait locus, GLW7, encoding the plant-specific transcription factor OsSPL13, positively regulates cell size in the grain hull, resulting in enhanced rice grain length and yield. We determine that a tandem-repeat sequence in the 5' UTR of OsSPL13 alters its expression by affecting transcription and translation and that high expression of OsSPL13 is associated with large grains in tropical japonica rice. Further analysis indicates that the large-grain allele of GLW7 in tropical japonica rice was introgressed from indica varieties under artificial selection. Our study demonstrates that new genes can be effectively identified on the basis of genome-wide association data. PMID:26950093

  20. Spatial and Temporal Snow Grain Size Variability across Northwestern Greenland

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    Courville, Z.; Polashenski, C. M.; Domine, F.

    2015-12-01

    The albedo of snow-covered surfaces is influenced by several factors including the presence of water; the inclusion of impurities, in particular black carbon and dust; and snow grain size and shape. The SAGE project (Sunlight Absorption across the Greenland ice sheet Experiment) aims at determining the impact of these interdependent factors. The SAGE project consisted of two overland traverses in 2013 and 2014 between Summit Station in the center of the ice sheet and Thule Air Base, on the northwest coast. This route crosses over several facies of the ice sheet representing different accumulation and melt regimes. The SAGE field objectives included detailed shallow pit studies of snow grain size, stratigraphy, and chemistry. In addition to snow pit data from the SAGE traverses that can be used to examine spatial variations, snow grain size and chemistry data from seasonal campaigns at Summit Station are used to examine temporal variations. Here, we present snow grain and chemistry seasonal and spatial results, and compare the relative effects to available ground-based albedo and meteorological data from co-located weather stations and hand-held spectro-radiometer measurements.

  1. A pretreatment method for grain size analysis of red mudstones

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    Jiang, Zaixing; Liu, Li'an

    2011-11-01

    Traditional sediment disaggregation methods work well for loose mud sediments, but not for tightly cemented mudstones by ferric oxide minerals. In this paper, a new pretreatment method for analyzing the grain size of red mudstones is presented. The experimental samples are Eocene red mudstones from the Dongying Depression, Bohai Bay Basin. The red mudstones are composed mainly of clay minerals, clastic sediments and ferric oxides that make the mudstones red and tightly compacted. The procedure of the method is as follows. Firstly, samples of the red mudstones were crushed into fragments with a diameter of 0.6-0.8 mm in size; secondly, the CBD (citrate-bicarbonate-dithionite) treatment was used to remove ferric oxides so that the cementation of intra-aggregates and inter-aggregates became weakened, and then 5% dilute hydrochloric acid was added to further remove the cements; thirdly, the fragments were further ground with a rubber pestle; lastly, an ultrasonicator was used to disaggregate the samples. After the treatment, the samples could then be used for grain size analysis or for other geological analyses of sedimentary grains. Compared with other pretreatment methods for size analysis of mudstones, this proposed method is more effective and has higher repeatability.

  2. Grain-size Distributions from Deconvolved Broadband Magnetic Susceptibility

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    Fukuma, K.

    2014-12-01

    A magnetic susceptibility meter with several-decade frequency band has recently made it possible to obtain superparamagnetic grain-size distributions only by room-temperature measurement. A rigorous deconvolution scheme of frequency dependence of susceptibility is already available. I have made some corrections on the deconvolution scheme and present its applications to broadband susceptibility data on loess and volcanic rocks. Deconvolution of frequency dependence of susceptibility was originally developed by Shchervakov and Fabian [2005]. Suppose an ensemble of grains distributed for two independent variables of volume (grain-size) and energy barrier. Applying alternating magnetic field with varying frequency results in differentiating grains by energy barrier - not directly by volume. Since the response function for frequency is known, deconvolution of frequency dependence of susceptibility provide a rigorous solution for the second moment of volume on the volume-energy barrier distribution. Based on a common assumption of a linear relation between volume and energy barrier, we can obtain analytical volume or grain-size distributions of superparamagnetic grains. A ZH broadband susceptibility meter comprises of two separated devices for lower (SM-100, 65 - 16kHz) and higher (SM-105, 16k - 512kHz) frequency ranges. At every frequency susceptibility calibration was conducted using three kinds of paramagnetic rare earth oxides [Fukuma and Torii, 2011]. Almost all samples exhibited seemingly linear dependences of in-phase susceptibility on logarithmic frequency. This indicates that the measured data do not suffer serious noise, and that the second moment of volume is relatively constant against energy barrier. Nonetheless, third-order polynomial fittings revealed slight deflections from the quasi-linear susceptibility - logarithmic frequency relations. Deconvolving the polynomials showed that such slight defections come from peaks or troughs in varying second moment

  3. Grain Size and Pressure Effects on Spall Strength in Copper

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    Schwartz, A J; Cazamias, J U; Fiske, P S; Minich, R W

    2001-06-01

    We are executing a systematic study to quantify the effects of specific microstructural features on the spall behavior of 99.999% copper. Single crystals with [100] orientation, polycrystals with three grain sizes, and internally oxidized single crystals are shocked with Cu flyers at velocities from 300 to 2000 m/s using a 35-mm single/two-stage light gas gun. VISAR measurements of the free surface velocity are used to characterize the spall pullback signal and details of the ringing. The high purity single crystals exhibit the highest spall strength followed by the large, medium and small grain size polycrystalline samples. Cu-0.15 wt.% Si single crystals have been internally oxidized to produce a fine dispersion of 350 nm silica particles. These samples exhibit the lowest spall strength, a factor of two and greater below the high purity single crystals.

  4. Grain-size-sensitive creep and its relationship to grain-size-insensitive attenuation in ice-I

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    Caswell, T. E.; Cooper, R. F.; Goldsby, D. L.

    2014-12-01

    Tidal dissipation in the ice shell of, e.g., Europa, occurs in the context of a periodic strain amplitude ɛa ~10-5 imposed upon a material with a deformation-effected microstructure related to tectonic activity. Tidal flexing "samples" this microstructure; the microstructure's anelastic (attenuation, Q-1) response effects dissipation. Experiments combining steady-state creep of polycrystalline ice-I with superposed sinusoidal loading demonstrated an attenuation response that is (a) an order of magnitude more attenuating than predicted by the Maxwell Solid model, (b) similar in form to the Andrade Solid model, which at high-temperature and/or low-frequency conditions is approximated by a power law, (c) modestly non-linear (i.e., Q-1 is a function of the periodic strain amplitude) and (d) insensitive to grain size [1]. The grain-size insensitivity is profound, as steady-state creep of the specimens occurred by the geologically relevant mechanism of grain boundary sliding accommodated by basal dislocation glide (GBS)—a grain-size-sensitive rheology [2]. Here GBS involves emission, motion and interaction of lattice dislocations, and dislocation structures (e.g., subgrain boundaries and secondary grain boundary dislocations) are part of the microstructure sampled by the periodic stress. Transient creep responses sample the aspects of creep microstructure that effect attenuation. In our experiments, polycrystalline ice-I specimens are crept to steady state in the GBS regime (σ = 0.5-5.0 MPa, T = 243K, d = 30-150µm) and subjected to instantaneous drops in differential stress: initial strain-rate recovery is related to the creep microstructure of the previous, higher stress. Our results map-out in stress-strain rate space a "hardness" curve consistent with dislocation microstructure self-similarity - a requirement for grain size-insensitive attenuation. Cryogenic electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) characterizes the associated microstructure. We have not observed

  5. Effects of grain size distribution on the creep damage evolution of polycrystalline materials

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    Yu, Tao; Shi, Huiji

    2010-04-01

    It is evident that realistic microstructures of polycrystalline materials demonstrate a certain distribution of grain size, which has not been widely studied in most analyses of mechanical properties of materials at high temperatures. In this work, the effects of grain size distribution on the creep damage evolution induced by void growth of polycrystalline materials were investigated by the Voronoi tessellation approach, taking into account the void evolution on the grain boundaries in a grain aggregate cell. The results indicate that with the decrease in mean grain size, the damage variable increases faster. When the mean grain sizes are the same, the more uniform the grain size is, the faster the damage variable increases.

  6. Modeling grain size during hot deformation of IN 718

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    Medeiros, S.C.; Prasad, Y.V.R.K.; Frazier, W.G.; Srinivasan, R.

    1999-12-17

    Aerospace gas turbine disks operate in an environment of relatively high stresses caused by centrifugal forces and elevated temperatures. These severe conditions necessitate the need for materials with high temperature strength and good low cycle fatigue resistance. One class of alloys used for this task is the nickel base superalloys, out of which, IN 718 is the most widely used in the aerospace industry. The properties of IN 718 are attributed to the combined effects of the chemistry, heat treatment, and microstructure. The chemistry is tailored not only for solid solution strengthening but also for precipitation hardening developed during heat treatment, which combined with a fine grained microstructure lead to excellent mechanical properties such as low cycle fatigue resistance and elevated temperature strength. The properties of a gas turbine disk are sensitive to the microstructure, in particular the grain size, which is dependent on the processing history. The ability to precisely control the microstructural development during forging is dependent on controlling the process so that the workpiece is deformed within a safe region where no microstructural damage or flow instabilities occur. The microstructural mechanisms during deformation may themselves vary within the age region and it is desirable to determine them within the range of parameters that are commonly used in industrial processing. The objective of this work is to establish a relationship between the grain size and the process control parameters i.e., temperature and strain rate, in the hot working of IN 178.

  7. Apollo 16 soils - Grain size analyses and petrography

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    Heiken, G. H.; Mckay, D. S.; Fruland, R. M.

    1973-01-01

    Soils from South Ray Crater, North Ray Crater, and the interray area of Station 10 have a similar provenance, containing breccia fragments of low to medium metamorphic grade and low light/dark lithic fragment ratios; these appear to be characteristic of the Cayley Formation. The primary difference between soils possibly derived from North Ray and South Ray craters is in the agglutinate content. A soil from Stone Mountain (Station 4) is characterized by breccia fragments of medium to high metamorphic grade and a high light/dark lithic fragment ratio; this soil may be derived from the Descartes Formation. Differences between the selenomorphic units, the Descartes and Cayley formations, may be lithologic as well as structural. The mean grain size varies from 84 to 280 microns, and all of the samples are poorly to very poorly sorted. There appears to be a relation between the sorting, grain size, and agglutinate content, with the finer-grained, better sorted soils containing more than 30% agglutinates. 'Shadowed' soils, collected close to large boulders, are similar in all respects to the 'reference' soils collected at least 5 m from the boulders.

  8. Grain characteristics of landslide breccias: the influence of grain size distribution, aspect ratio, grain size and composition on potential rockslope failure.

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    Henderson, I.; Venvik-Ganerod, G.

    2005-12-01

    This study presents the preliminary microstructural analysis of a nationwide study of potential rockslope failures in Norway. All of the potential rockslope failures examined have a similar geometry. These include i) a steep extensional fracture detaching the back edge of the failure block ii) a transfer fault parallel to the movement direction of the block down the fall line and iii) a shallow-angle detachment surface, or Basal Shear Zone (BSZ) along the base of the potential failure block. 15 sites have been examined in Norway as part of this study and all of these features are present. Slow-creep shearing on the BSZ has resulted in the formation of a fault breccia, or gouge, in all cases. 20 breccia and gouge samples have been collected from these BSZ's throughout Norway. The undeformed wall-rock to all of these breccias is granitic to granodioritic gneiss and consists of quartz, feldspar and variable amounts of white mica and biotite with grain sizes of 1-2mm. However, the result of mechanical breakdown along the BSZ has created a non-cohesive breccia averaging 50-80μm in grain size consisting of angular fragments of quartz and feldspar, crushed and milled biotite and white mica grains and the formation of clays from the chemical breakdown of feldspars. SEM paragenesis also demonstrates that these fault rocks have been brecciated several times and cemented by low temperature zeolites. Grain size distribution curves for these samples show a remarkable variation from extremely grain supported to extremely matrix supported. Both Ring Shear and Direct Simple Shear Strength tests have been carried out on the sample material. Comparison of the ring shear tests for the most matrix supported and most grain supported samples as two end members clearly shows that the grain supported samples have the highest residual strength whereas the most matrix supported samples have the lowest residual shear strength. Comparison of the residual shear strength with the amount of

  9. The effects of grain size composition on the efficiency of fine-grained coal separation

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    Blahova, O.; Rezek, K.; Novacek, J.

    1994-12-31

    One factor that favorably affects the economics of exploitation and preparation of coal is reducing the loss of coal matter in the tailings from washeries. Thus, it is necessary to modify existing technologies for the preparation of coking coal. This study of the effects of grain size composition for run-of-mine coal on the efficiency of coal separation, as well as on the quality of the products, was performed on the following equipment used for fine-grained coal separation: fine coal jigs (0.5 to 10/15 mm); jigs (0.5 to 40 mm); heavy medium cyclones (0.5 to 10 mm); slurry hydrocyclones (0.0 to 0.5 mm); HIRST hydrocyclones (0.0 to 0.5 mm); and spiral concentrators (0.0 to 3.0 mm). The results of the study lead to the following conclusions. (1) It is impossible to attain efficient separation in a wide range of fine grain sizes processed simultaneously in a single piece of equipment. (2) Among the equipment available for separation, one type can be found with the highest efficiency for a given grain size of fine coal. (3) The newly introduced spiral concentrators have attained such an efficiency of separation and are so economical that they could be included with advantage between the jigs and the lotion process. This would favorably affect the output and the efficiency of separation of all the equipment involved in the process. (4) All measures to be taken in the flow sheet of coal preparation plants and designed to increase the efficiency of separation should be documented with data that show the expected economic benefits of any change for both the mine and the preparation plant.

  10. Modeling the Role of Small Scale Physics in Sediment Transport From Grain Size to Grain Shape

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    Calantoni, J.; Holland, K. T.

    2007-12-01

    In recent years work has focused on the detailed physics of sediment transport at or near the grain scale. Although computational resources often restrict the domain size, deterministic models for sediment motions can prove useful in improving our understanding of sediment dynamics. Using a discrete particle model (DPM), we have performed computer simulations that describe the collective and individual motions of sediment grains immersed in fluid in an effort to emulate the physics of the sea floor, at the fluid-sediment interface, in shallow water under forcing from waves and currents. Examples of our DPM (briefly described) are shown for research applications at a range scales from millimeters to meters involving fluid flow models from simple one- dimensional eddy viscosity up to three-dimensional direct numerical simulation. Based on hundreds of different simulations over the past decade, our findings have shown: how a parameterization of pressure gradients or equivalently fluid accelerations on particle motions under waves influences sand bar migration in the surf zone; how grain shape changes bulk bedload transport rates; how efforts to model sediment particle motions in the swash zone can yield insight toward models for shoreline erosion and accretion; how recently simulated bedload transport using bimodal size distributions has uncovered a new power law; how upcoming work focuses on simulating the role of grain size distributions in small-scale sand ripple dynamics. Good agreement is found between comparisons of model output for both bulk transport rates and time dependent concentration profiles with laboratory data. Likewise, parameterizations obtained from simulation results have demonstrated skill in hindcast applications to both field and laboratory measurements. Conclusions will discuss the future role of reductionism in sediment transport modeling.

  11. Grain size control and superplasticity in 6013-type aluminum alloys

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    Troeger, Lillianne Plaster Whitelock

    Aluminum alloys have been the material of choice for aircraft construction since the 1930's. Currently, the automotive industry is also showing an increasing interest in aluminum alloys as structural materials. 6xxx aluminum alloys possess a combination of strength and formability which makes them attractive to both industries. In addition, 6xxx alloys are highly weldable, corrosion resistant, and low in cost as compared with the 2xxx and 7xxx aluminum alloys. Superplastic forming (SPF) is a manufacturing process which exploits the phenomenon of superplasticity in which gas pressure is used to form complex-shaped parts in a single forming operation. This reduces part counts and the need for fasteners and connectors, resulting in reduced product weight. Reduced product/vehicle weight improves fuel economy. Most alloys must be specially processed for superplasticity. Much research effort has been directed at the development of thermomechanical processes for the grain refinement of aluminum alloys by static or dynamic recrystallization. to induce superplasticity. While large numbers of studies have been conducted on 2xxx, 5xxx, 7xxx, and 8xxx aluminum alloys, very few studies have been focused on the grain refinement of 6xxx aluminum alloys for superplasticity. The current research describes a new thermomechanical process for application to 6xxx aluminum alloys for grain refinement and superplasticity. The process is shown to successfully refine and induce superplasticity in an Al-Mg-Si-Cu alloy which falls within the compositional limits of both 6013 and 6111. The grain refinement is by particle-stimulated nucleation of recrystallization. The microstructural evolution during the thermomechanical processing is characterized in terms of precipitate size, shape, distribution and composition; texture; recrystallization; and grain size, shape, and thermal stability. The new process produces a statically-stable, weakly-textured, equiaxed grain structure with an average

  12. The effective porosity and grain size relations in permeability functions

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    Urumović, K.; Urumović, K., Sr.

    2014-06-01

    Hydrogeological parameters of coherent and incoherent deposits are deeply dependent of their granulometric characteristics. These relations were shaped in formulas and defaultly used for calculation of hydraulic conductivity, and are valid only for uniform incoherent materials, mostly sands. In this paper, the results of analyses of permeability and specific surface area as a function of granulometric composition of various sediments - from siltey clays to very well graded gravels are presented. The effective porosity and the referential grain size are presented as fundamental granulometric parameters which express an effect of forces operating fluid movement through the saturated porous media. Suggested procedures for calculating referential grain size and determining effective (flow) porosity result with parameters that reliably determine specific surface area and permeability. These procedures ensure successful appliance of Kozeny-Carman model up to the limits of validity of Darcy's law. The value of an effective porosity in function of referential mean grain size has been calibrated within range from 1.5 μm to 6.0 mm. Reliability of these parameters application in KC model was confirmed by very high correlation between predicted and tested hydraulic conductivity - R2 = 0.99 for sandy and gravelly materials and R2 = 0.70 for clayey-siltey materials. Group representation of hydraulic conductivity (ranged from 10-12 m s-1 up to 10-2 m s-1) presents coefficient of correlation R2 = 0.97, for total sum of 175 samples of various deposits. These results present the new road to researches of porous material's effective porosity, permeability and specific surface area distribution, since these three parameters are critical conditions for successful groundwater flow modelling and contaminant transport. From the practical point of view, it is very important to be able to identify these parameters swiftly, cheaply and very accurately.

  13. Grain Constraint and Size Effects in Shape Memory Alloy Microwires

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    Ueland, Stian Melhus

    Shape memory alloys exhibit interesting and useful properties, such as the shape memory effect and superelasticity. Among the many alloy families that have been shown to exhibit shape memory properties the ones based on copper are interesting because they are relatively inexpensive and show excellent properties when made as single crystals. However, the performance ofthese alloys is severely compromised by the introduction of grain boundaries, to the point where they are too poor for commercial applications. This thesis studies the mechanical properties of fine Cobased wires with a bamboo microstructure, i.e., where triple junctions are absent and grain boundaries run perpendicular to the wire axis. These microwires are not single crystals, but their microstructure is not as complex as that of polycrystals either: we call this new class of shape memory alloys oligocrystals. This thesis seeks to better understand the relationship between microstructure and properties in these alloys through a combination of mechanical testing, in situ experiments and modeling. First, in situ scanning electron microscopy, together with finite element modeling, is used to understand the role of grain constraint on the martensitic transformation. Grain constraints are observed to be much less severe in oligocrystalline wires as compared to polycrystals. Oligocrystalline microwires are then thermomechanically tested and shown to exhibit excellent properties that approach those of single crystals. Next, property evolution during cycling is investigated, revealing training effects as well as fatigue life and fracture. Finally, size effects in damping and transformation morphology are studied and it is shown that a transition from a many-domain to a single domain martensite morphology takes place when the wire diameter is decreased. (Copies available exclusively from MIT Libraries, libraries.mit.edu/docs - docs@mit.edu)

  14. Magnetospheric ion sputtering and water ice grain size at Europa

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    Cassidy, T. A.; Paranicas, C. P.; Shirley, J. H.; Dalton, J. B., III; Teolis, B. D.; Johnson, R. E.; Kamp, L.; Hendrix, A. R.

    2013-03-01

    We present the first calculation of Europa's sputtering (ion erosion) rate as a function of position on Europa's surface. We find a global sputtering rate of 2×1027 H2O s-1, some of which leaves the surface in the form of O2 and H2. The calculated O2 production rate is 1×1026 O2 s-1, H2 production is twice that value. The total sputtering rate (including all species) peaks at the trailing hemisphere apex and decreases to about 1/3rd of the peak value at the leading hemisphere apex. O2 and H2 sputtering, by contrast, is confined almost entirely to the trailing hemisphere. Most sputtering is done by energetic sulfur ions (100s of keV to MeV), but most of the O2 and H2 production is done by cold oxygen ions (temperature ∼ 100 eV, total energy ∼ 500 eV). As a part of the sputtering rate calculation we compared experimental sputtering yields with analytic estimates. We found that the experimental data are well approximated by the expressions of Famá et al. for ions with energies less than 100 keV (Famá, M., Shi, J., Baragiola, R.A., 2008. Sputtering of ice by low-energy ions. Surf. Sci. 602, 156-161), while the expressions from Johnson et al. fit the data best at higher energies (Johnson, R.E., Burger, M.H., Cassidy, T.A., Leblanc, F., Marconi, M., Smyth, W.H., 2009. Composition and Detection of Europa's Sputter-Induced Atmosphere, in: Pappalardo, R.T., McKinnon, W.B., Khurana, K.K. (Eds.), Europa. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.). We compare the calculated sputtering rate with estimates of water ice regolith grain size as estimated from Galileo Near-Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (NIMS) data, and find that they are strongly correlated as previously suggested by Clark et al. (Clark, R.N., Fanale, F.P., Zent, A.P., 1983. Frost grain size metamorphism: Implications for remote sensing of planetary surfaces. Icarus 56, 233-245.). The mechanism responsible for the sputtering rate/grain size link is uncertain. We also report a surface composition estimate using

  15. Mapping Snow Grain Size over Greenland from MODIS

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    Lyapustin, Alexei; Tedesco, Marco; Wang, Yujie; Kokhanovsky, Alexander

    2008-01-01

    This paper presents a new automatic algorithm to derive optical snow grain size (SGS) at 1 km resolution using Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) measurements. Differently from previous approaches, snow grains are not assumed to be spherical but a fractal approach is used to account for their irregular shape. The retrieval is conceptually based on an analytical asymptotic radiative transfer model which predicts spectral bidirectional snow reflectance as a function of the grain size and ice absorption. The analytical form of solution leads to an explicit and fast retrieval algorithm. The time series analysis of derived SGS shows a good sensitivity to snow metamorphism, including melting and snow precipitation events. Preprocessing is performed by a Multi-Angle Implementation of Atmospheric Correction (MAIAC) algorithm, which includes gridding MODIS data to 1 km resolution, water vapor retrieval, cloud masking and an atmospheric correction. MAIAC cloud mask (CM) is a new algorithm based on a time series of gridded MODIS measurements and an image-based rather than pixel-based processing. Extensive processing of MODIS TERRA data over Greenland shows a robust performance of CM algorithm in discrimination of clouds over bright snow and ice. As part of the validation analysis, SGS derived from MODIS over selected sites in 2004 was compared to the microwave brightness temperature measurements of SSM\\I radiometer, which is sensitive to the amount of liquid water in the snowpack. The comparison showed a good qualitative agreement, with both datasets detecting two main periods of snowmelt. Additionally, MODIS SGS was compared with predictions of the snow model CROCUS driven by measurements of the automatic whether stations of the Greenland Climate Network. We found that CROCUS grain size is on average a factor of two larger than MODIS-derived SGS. Overall, the agreement between CROCUS and MODIS results was satisfactory, in particular before and during the

  16. Formation of asteroids from mm-cm sized grains

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    Carrera, D.; Johansen, A.; Davies, M. B.

    2014-03-01

    Context. Asteroids and comets are intricately connected to life in the universe. Asteroids are the building blocks of terrestrial planets; water-rich asteroids and comets are likely to be the primary source of water for Earth's oceans and other volatiles (Morbidelli et al. 2000; Hartogh et al. 2011); and they may play role in mass extinctions. Yet, the formation of these objects is poorly understood. There is mounting evidence that the traditional picture of the formation of asteroids must be revised. The size distribution of asteroids is hard to reconcile with a traditional bottomup formation scenario. Instead, asteroids may form top-down, with large 100 - 1000 km sized objects forming first by the gravitational collapse of dense clumps of small particles. Experiments and simulations suggest that dust grains cannot grow to sizes larger than mm-cm in protoplanetary disks (Zsom et al. 2010). Also, primitive meteorites from the asteroid belt contain a large mass fraction in chondrules of sizes from 0.1 mm to a few mm. Hence, it is desirable to find a model for asteroid formation from mm-sized particles. Aims. In this work, we model the dynamics of mm-cm sized grains in dust-enriched inner regions of protoplanetary disks. We model the dust-gas interaction to determine whether dust grains of this size can form dense, self-gravitating clouds that can collapse to form asteroids. Methods. We perform shearing box simulations of the inner disk using the Pencil Code (Brandenburg & Dobler 2002). The simulations start with a Solar-type solids-to-gas ratio of 0.01 and we gradually increase the particle concentration. In a real protoplanetary disk, solid particles are expected to migrate from the outer regions and concentrate in the inner disk. Results. Our simulations show that mm-sized particles can form very dense clumps, driven by a run-away convergence in the radial-drift flow of these particles - this dynamic is known as the streaming instability (Youdin & Goodman 2005

  17. Analysis of Abrasive Blasting of DOP-26 Iridium Alloy

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    Ohriner, Evan Keith; Zhang, Wei; Ulrich, George B

    2012-01-01

    The effects of abrasive blasting on the surface geometry and microstructure of DOP-26 iridium alloy (Ir-0.3% W-0.006% Th 0.005% Al) have been investigated. Abrasive blasting has been used to control emissivity of components operating at elevated temperature. The effects of abrasive blasting conditions on surface morphology were investigated both experimentally and by numerical modeling. The simplified model, based on finite element analysis of a single angular particle impacting on Ir alloy disk, calculates the surface deformation and residual strain distribution. The experimental results and modeling results both indicate that the surface geometry is not sensitive to the abrasive blast process conditions of nozzle pressure and standoff distance considered in this study. On the other hand, the modeling results suggest that the angularity of the abrasive particle has an important role in determining surface geometry, which in turn, affects the emissivity. Abrasive blasting causes localized surface strains and localized recrystallization, but it does not affect grain size following extended exposure at elevated temperature. The dependence of emissivity of the DOP-26 alloy on mean surface slope follows a similar trend to that reported for pure iridium.

  18. Lead in grain size fractions of road-deposited sediment.

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    Sutherland, Ross A

    2003-01-01

    Road-deposited sediment (RDS) is an important environmental medium for assessing contaminant levels in urban systems. Their atmospheric resuspension has significant implications for human health, and storm water transport can directly impact aquatic biota. Data from 20 RDS samples from Palolo Valley, Oahu, Hawaii, were fractionated into six grain-size classes and analyzed for Pb using a weak HCl (0.5 M) digestion. Data indicate significant Pb contamination in all samples. Median labile Pb concentration (n = 120) was 170 mg/kg, with a range from 4 to 1750 mg/kg. The five sediment fractions < 1000 microm had statistically similar Pb concentrations, but all were significantly greater than the coarsest fraction examined (1000-2000 microm). Silt plus clay ( < 63 microm) was the single most important mass component with 38% of the total sediment stored in this fraction. Mass of sediment < 63 microm combined with a median labile Pb concentration of 222 mg/kg accounted for 51% of the total Pb load stored in road sediments. These findings are significant from an environmental management perspective, and these issues are discussed in light of street sweeper sediment grain size removal efficiencies. PMID:12521110

  19. Grain Size of Recall Practice for Lengthy Text Material: Fragile and Mysterious Effects on Memory

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    Wissman, Kathryn T.; Rawson, Katherine A.

    2015-01-01

    The current research evaluated the extent to which the grain size of recall practice for lengthy text material affects recall during practice and subsequent memory. The "grain size hypothesis" states that a smaller vs. larger grain size will increase retrieval success during practice that in turn will enhance subsequent memory for…

  20. Grain size analysis of the Bright Materials on 4 Vesta

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    Zambon, F.; De Sanctis, M.; Capaccioni, F.; Ammannito, E.; Li, J.; Longobardo, A.; Mittlefehldt, D. W.; Palomba, E.; Pieters, C. M.; Schröder, S.; Tosi, F.; Hiesinger, H.; Blewett, D. T.; Russell, C. T.; Raymond, C. A.; Capria, M.; Fonte, S.; Carraro, F.; Frigeri, A.; Magni, G.

    2012-12-01

    The Dawn spectrometer, VIR-MS (Visible and InfraRed Mapping Spectrometer), has provided data for almost all of Vesta's surface in the wavelength interval between 0.25 μm and 5 μm [1]. The VIR spectra are similar to the spectra of howardite-eucrite-diogenite (HED) meteorites and are characterized by the presence of two strong absorption bands at 0.9 μm and 1.9 μm, associated with iron-bearing pyroxenes [2]. Vesta's surface presents a large number of Bright Materials (BM) deposits distributed mostly in the equatorial region. BM have different spectral characteristics than do other regions. Band depths for the bright areas are deeper than the surroundings, while the BM visible reflectance is higher than the Vesta's average. In the infrared channel, bright areas are associated with low thermal emission regions [3]. The bright deposits are of several types and are classified according to their characteristics. On Vesta we can recognize: Crater Wall/Scarp Material, Radial Material, Slope Material, Patchy Material, Spot Material and Diffuse Plains Material [4]. These deposits differ from each other for instance for the albedo, in particular, Crater Walls have an albedo level 40% higher than the others, while Spot Materials are 20% brighter than the rest of the surface [5]. Band depth and albedo are affected by various parameters including the grain size; in particular the albedo increases with decreasing particle size [6]. Therefore, deposits with different albedo or band depth may correspond to different grain sizes. During the High Altitude Mapping Orbit (HAMO) and High Altitude Mapping Orbit 2 (HAMO2) mission phases, VIR acquired data that allow us to map the BM at a spatial resolution of ~180 m/pixel. Analysis of the spectral features of HED meteorites at different grain sizes and comparison with the VIR spectra provides more information about the nature of the bright deposits and their physical properties. The authors acknowledge the support of the Dawn Science

  1. Two-Phase Abrasion in Eolian Transport of Gypsum Sand, White Sands NM

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    Shaw, S.; Jerolmack, D. J.; Miller, K. L.

    2014-12-01

    Downstream rounding of grains is consistently observed in natural sediment transport settings. A recent theory put forth by Domokos et al. (2014) attributes particle rounding and size reduction to a geometric curvature-driven abrasion process. This process occurs in two phases, in which irregularly shaped or angular particles round to convex shapes with negligible change in axis dimension, then slowly reduce in particle diameter. Miller et al (in review) establish the existence of two-phase abrasion in the natural setting of a fluvial gravel stream. This study examines field samples from White Sands, NM to investigate the presence of two-phase abrasion in a different, non-idealized natural environment - a high-energy, eolian gypsum dunefield. Analysis of grain shapes from White Sands confirms the two-phase abrasion process, dependent upon mode of sediment transport. We find that large sand grains carried in saltation bed load transport exhibit shape change indicative of two-phase abrasion, while smaller particles carried in suspension do not. We observe rapid shape change in bed load particles approaching a convex shape, followed by slower reduction in grain axis dimensions. Confirmation of this process in a natural, non-idealized setting establishes two-phase abrasion as a general application for bed load transport.

  2. AnalySize: New software for analyzing and unmixing sediment grain size distribution spectra

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    Paterson, G. A.; Heslop, D.

    2015-12-01

    Grain size distribution (GSD) data are a widely used tool in Earth sciences, particularly in understanding sediment transportation and sourcing. Although large data sets are regularly generated, detailed numerical analyses, such as grain size unmixing, are not routinely performed. Unmixing of GSD data involves approximating a given data set by a small number of GSDs, known as end members. These end members, along with their relative abundances, can be used to fully characterize the variability of the data. End member analysis (EMA), which fits one set of end members to a single data set, is one the most robust ways to do this. This approach estimates the form of the end members from the data set itself; hence it is a non-parametric approach. Available algorithms, however, either produce sub-optimal solutions, or are time consuming. To aid investigators in exploring the full potential of their data, we introduce AnalySize, which is a GUI based tool that allows for comprehensive processing and unmixing of grain size data obtained from laser diffraction particle grain size analyzers. AnalySize brings together methods from other disciplines in Earth sciences as well as introducing new techniques and improvements to provide a complete software package for unmixing GSD data. The software utilizes the rapid HALS-NMF algorithm from hyperspectral image analysis to perform non-parametric EMA, which is demonstrated to yield results that are an improvement over algorithms currently used in GSD analysis. Non-parametric EMA, however, is often unable to clearly identify discrete unimodal grain size sub-populations, which can more detailed information about sediment sources. To alleviate this, we introduce a new algorithm to perform parametric EMA, whereby an entire GSD data set can be unmixed into unimodal parametric end members (e.g., lognormal or Weibull end members). This allows individual grain size sub-populations to be more readily identifiable in highly mixed data set

  3. Awns reduce grain number to increase grain size and harvestable yield in irrigated and rainfed spring wheat

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    Rebetzke, G. J.; Bonnett, D. G.; Reynolds, M. P.

    2016-01-01

    Genotypic variation in ear morphology is linked to differences in photosynthetic potential to influence grain yield in winter cereals. Awns contribute to photosynthesis, particularly under water-limited conditions when canopy assimilation is restricted. We assessed performance of up to 45 backcross-derived, awned–awnletted NILs representing four diverse genetic backgrounds in 25 irrigated or rainfed, and droughted environments in Australia and Mexico. Mean environment grain yields were wide-ranging (1.38–7.93 t ha−1) with vegetative and maturity biomass, plant height, anthesis date, spike number, and harvest index all similar (P >0.05) for awned and awnletted NILs. Overall, grain yields of awned–awnletted sister-NILs were equivalent, irrespective of yield potential and genetic background. Awnletted wheats produced significantly more grains per unit area (+4%) and per spike (+5%) reflecting more fertile spikelets and grains in tertiary florets. Increases in grain number were compensated for by significant reductions in grain size (–5%) and increased frequency (+0.8%) of small, shrivelled grains (‘screenings’) to reduce seed-lot quality of awnletted NILs. Post-anthesis canopies of awnletted NILs were marginally warmer over all environments (+0.27 °C) but were not different and were sometimes cooler than awned NILs at cooler air temperatures. Awns develop early and represented up to 40% of total spikelet biomass prior to ear emergence. We hypothesize that the allocation of assimilate to large and rapidly developing awns decreases spikelet number and floret fertility to reduce grain number, particularly in distal florets. Individual grain size is increased to reduce screenings and to increase test weight and milling quality, particularly in droughted environments. Despite the average reduction in grain size, awnless lines could be identified that combined higher grain yield with larger grain size, increased grain protein concentration, and reduced

  4. Awns reduce grain number to increase grain size and harvestable yield in irrigated and rainfed spring wheat.

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    Rebetzke, G J; Bonnett, D G; Reynolds, M P

    2016-04-01

    Genotypic variation in ear morphology is linked to differences in photosynthetic potential to influence grain yield in winter cereals. Awns contribute to photosynthesis, particularly under water-limited conditions when canopy assimilation is restricted. We assessed performance of up to 45 backcross-derived, awned-awnletted NILs representing four diverse genetic backgrounds in 25 irrigated or rainfed, and droughted environments in Australia and Mexico. Mean environment grain yields were wide-ranging (1.38-7.93 t ha(-1)) with vegetative and maturity biomass, plant height, anthesis date, spike number, and harvest index all similar (P >0.05) for awned and awnletted NILs. Overall, grain yields of awned-awnletted sister-NILs were equivalent, irrespective of yield potential and genetic background. Awnletted wheats produced significantly more grains per unit area (+4%) and per spike (+5%) reflecting more fertile spikelets and grains in tertiary florets. Increases in grain number were compensated for by significant reductions in grain size (-5%) and increased frequency (+0.8%) of small, shrivelled grains ('screenings') to reduce seed-lot quality of awnletted NILs. Post-anthesis canopies of awnletted NILs were marginally warmer over all environments (+0.27 °C) but were not different and were sometimes cooler than awned NILs at cooler air temperatures. Awns develop early and represented up to 40% of total spikelet biomass prior to ear emergence. We hypothesize that the allocation of assimilate to large and rapidly developing awns decreases spikelet number and floret fertility to reduce grain number, particularly in distal florets. Individual grain size is increased to reduce screenings and to increase test weight and milling quality, particularly in droughted environments. Despite the average reduction in grain size, awnless lines could be identified that combined higher grain yield with larger grain size, increased grain protein concentration, and reduced screenings. PMID

  5. LUNAR DUST GRAIN CHARGING BY ELECTRON IMPACT: DEPENDENCE OF THE SURFACE POTENTIAL ON THE GRAIN SIZE

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    Nemecek, Z.; Pavlu, J.; Safrankova, J.; Beranek, M.; Richterova, I.; Vaverka, J.; Mann, I.

    2011-09-01

    The secondary electron emission is believed to play an important role for the dust charging at and close to the lunar surface. However, our knowledge of emission properties of the dust results from model calculations and rather rare laboratory investigations. The present paper reports laboratory measurements of the surface potential on Lunar Highlands Type regolith simulants with sizes between 0.3 and 3 {mu}m in an electron beam with energy below 700 eV. This investigation is focused on a low-energy part, i.e., {<=}100 eV. We found that the equilibrium surface potential of this simulant does not depend on the grain size in our ranges of grain dimensions and the beam energies, however, it is a function of the primary electron beam energy. The measurements are confirmed by the results of the simulation model of the secondary emission from the spherical samples. Finally, we compare our results with those obtained in laboratory experiments as well as those inferred from in situ observations.

  6. Wheel Abrasion Experiment Conducted on Mars

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    Ferguson, Dale C.

    1998-01-01

    that the Martian dust has a size somewhat smaller than 40 microns in diameter. The WAE experiment has detected electrostatic charging in the Martian environment for the first time; however, under conditions when the wheel is relatively clean of Martian dust, flight data now indicate that abrasion has also been detected. Crude limits so far place the hardness of the Martian dust at harder than aluminum but softer than nickel, and place the grain size at somewhat smaller than 40 microns.

  7. A simple autocorrelation algorithm for determining grain size from digital images of sediment

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    Rubin, D.M.

    2004-01-01

    Autocorrelation between pixels in digital images of sediment can be used to measure average grain size of sediment on the bed, grain-size distribution of bed sediment, and vertical profiles in grain size in a cross-sectional image through a bed. The technique is less sensitive than traditional laboratory analyses to tails of a grain-size distribution, but it offers substantial other advantages: it is 100 times as fast; it is ideal for sampling surficial sediment (the part that interacts with a flow); it can determine vertical profiles in grain size on a scale finer than can be sampled physically; and it can be used in the field to provide almost real-time grain-size analysis. The technique can be applied to digital images obtained using any source with sufficient resolution, including digital cameras, digital video, or underwater digital microscopes (for real-time grain-size mapping of the bed). ?? 2004, SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology).

  8. Composite grain size sensitive and grain size insensitive creep of bischofite, carnallite and mixed bischofite-carnallite-halite salt rock

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    Muhammad, Nawaz; de Bresser, Hans; Peach, Colin; Spiers, Chris

    2016-04-01

    Deformation experiments have been conducted on rock samples of the valuable magnesium and potassium salts bischofite and carnallite, and on mixed bischofite-carnallite-halite rocks. The samples have been machined from a natural core from the northern part of the Netherlands. Main aim was to produce constitutive flow laws that can be applied at the in situ conditions that hold in the undissolved wall rock of caverns resulting from solution mining. The experiments were triaxial compression tests carried out at true in situ conditions of 70° C temperature and 40 MPa confining pressure. A typical experiment consisted of a few steps at constant strain rate, in the range 10‑5 to 10‑8 s‑1, interrupted by periods of stress relaxation. During the constant strain rate part of the test, the sample was deformed until a steady (or near steady) state of stress was reached. This usually required about 2-4% of shortening. Then the piston was arrested and the stress on the sample was allowed to relax until the diminishing force on the sample reached the limits of the load cell resolution, usually at a strain rate in the order of 10‑9 s‑1. The duration of each relaxation step was a few days. Carnallite was found to be 4-5 times stronger than bischofite. The bischofite-carnallite-halite mixtures, at their turn, were stronger than carnallite, and hence substantially stronger than pure bischofite. For bischofite as well as carnallite, we observed that during stress relaxation, the stress exponent nof a conventional power law changed from ˜5 at strain rate 10‑5 s‑1 to ˜1 at 10‑9 s‑1. The absolute strength of both materials remained higher if relaxation started at a higher stress, i.e. at a faster strain rate. We interpret this as indicating a difference in microstructure at the initiation of the relaxation, notably a smaller grain size related to dynamical recrystallization during the constant strain rate step. The data thus suggest that there is a gradual change in

  9. Relationship between near-surface ultrasonic shear-wave backscatter and grain size in metals

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    Engle, Brady J.; Margetan, Frank J.; Bond, Leonard J.

    2016-02-01

    Backscattered ultrasonic microstructural noise can be used to estimate grain size in metals. However for normal-incidence immersion measurements the ring-down of the front-wall echo creates a "dead zone" where backscattered grain noise cannot be quantified. This poses a problem for near-surface grain sizing efforts. In this paper we explore the use of mode-converted 45-degree shear waves for near-surface grain sizing using a water immersion setup. We discuss how to accurately relate grain noise arrival time with depth of sound penetration in the metal. Then for a set of Ni-alloy specimens having near-equiaxed microstructures we correlate various backscattered noise attributes with grain sizes determined from micrographs. These noise attributes include both time-domain and frequency-domain characteristics. The backscattered grain noise attributes correlate well with grain size, and are relatively insensitive to modest changes in the transducer tilt angle.

  10. Dressing of diamond grinding wheels by abrasive water jet for freeform optical surface grinding

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    Wang, Wei; Yao, Peng; Li, Chengwu; Huang, Chuanzhen; Wang, Jun; Zhu, Hongtao; Liu, Zengwen

    2014-08-01

    During the ultra-precision grinding of a large aperture mirror made of RB-SiC, the grinding wheel becomes dull rapidly, which will lead to an increase of grinding force and a decrease of grinding ratio. In this paper, diamond grinding sticks were dressed with micro SiC abrasive water jet and water jet. Through single factorial experiments, the influence of jet pressure on the dressing performance was investigated. To analyze and evaluate the effect of dressing quantitatively, the 3D roughness and the wheel topography were measured and compared with laser scanning confocal microscope before and after dressing. The experimental results show that the abrasive grains are well protruded from binder and the distribution of the abrasive grains becomes uniform after dressing by abrasive water jet when the dressing parameters are properly selected. The dressing performance of abrasive water jet is much better than water jet. For dressing ultra-fine grit size wheels, the abrasive size of the jet should be smaller than the wheel grit size to achieve a better result. The jet pressure is an obvious influence factor of the surface topography.

  11. The Effects of Grain Size and Temperature Distributions on the Formation of Interstellar Ice Mantles

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    Pauly, Tyler; Garrod, Robin T.

    2016-02-01

    Computational models of interstellar gas-grain chemistry have historically adopted a single dust-grain size of 0.1 micron, assumed to be representative of the size distribution present in the interstellar medium. Here, we investigate the effects of a broad grain-size distribution on the chemistry of dust-grain surfaces and the subsequent build-up of molecular ices on the grains, using a three-phase gas-grain chemical model of a quiescent dark cloud. We include an explicit treatment of the grain temperatures, governed both by the visual extinction of the cloud and the size of each individual grain-size population. We find that the temperature difference plays a significant role in determining the total bulk ice composition across the grain-size distribution, while the effects of geometrical differences between size populations appear marginal. We also consider collapse from a diffuse to a dark cloud, allowing dust temperatures to fall. Under the initial diffuse conditions, small grains are too warm to promote grain-mantle build-up, with most ices forming on the mid-sized grains. As collapse proceeds, the more abundant, smallest grains cool and become the dominant ice carriers; the large population of small grains means that this ice is distributed across many grains, with perhaps no more than 40 monolayers of ice each (versus several hundred assuming a single grain size). This effect may be important for the subsequent processing and desorption of the ice during the hot-core phase of star formation, exposing a significant proportion of the ice to the gas phase, increasing the importance of ice-surface chemistry and surface-gas interactions.

  12. Effects of grain size and grain boundary on critical current density of high T(sub c) superconducting oxides

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    Zhao, Y.; Zhang, Q. R.; Zhang, H.

    1990-01-01

    By means of adding impurity elements in high T sub c oxides, the effects were studied of grain size and grain boundary on the critical current density of the following systems: YBa2Cu3O(7-y) and Bi-Pr-Sr-Ca-Cu-O. In order to only change the microstructure instead of the superconductivity of the grains in the samples, the impurity elements were added into the systems in terms of the methods like this: (1) substituting Y with the lanthanide except Pr, Ce, and Tb in YBa2Cu3O(7-y) system to finning down grains in the samples, therefore, the effect can be investigated of the grain size on the critical current density of 1:2:3 compounds; (2) mixing the high T sub c oxides with the metal elements, such as Ag, according to the composition of (high T sub c oxide)1-xAgx to metallize the grain boundaries in the samples, studying the effect of the electric conductivity of the grain boundaries on the critical current density; (3) adding SiO2, PbO2, and SnO2 into the high T sub c oxide to form impurity phases in the grain boundaries, trying to find out the effects of the impurity phases or metalloid grain boundaries on the critical current density of the high T sub c superconductors. The experimental results indicate that in the case of of the presence of the metalloid grain boundaries finning down grains fails to enhance the j sub c, but restrains it strongly, the granular high T sub c superconductors with the small size grains coupled weakly is always the low j sub c system.

  13. Ceramic-bonded abrasive grinding tools

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    Holcombe, Jr., Cressie E.; Gorin, Andrew H.; Seals, Roland D.

    1994-01-01

    Abrasive grains such as boron carbide, silicon carbide, alumina, diamond, cubic boron nitride, and mullite are combined with a cement primarily comprised of zinc oxide and a reactive liquid setting agent and solidified into abrasive grinding tools. Such grinding tools are particularly suitable for grinding and polishing stone, such as marble and granite.

  14. Ceramic-bonded abrasive grinding tools

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    Holcombe, C.E. Jr.; Gorin, A.H.; Seals, R.D.

    1994-11-22

    Abrasive grains such as boron carbide, silicon carbide, alumina, diamond, cubic boron nitride, and mullite are combined with a cement primarily comprised of zinc oxide and a reactive liquid setting agent and solidified into abrasive grinding tools. Such grinding tools are particularly suitable for grinding and polishing stone, such as marble and granite.

  15. Grain size effects on dielectric properties of barium strontium titanate composite ceramics

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    Zhang, Qiwei; Zhai, Jiwei; Shen, Bo; Zhang, Haijun; Yao, Xi

    2013-03-15

    Graphical abstract: The tunability (T) and quality factor (Q) were found to be strongly dependent on the grain sizes. With increasing the grain size, the tunability significantly decreased. In contrary, the quality factor (Q) at microwave frequencies increased with increasing grain size. A moderate tunability while maintaining a high Q value is still realizable for composite ceramics when grain sizes were controlled to a suitable region A (from 6.5 to 15.0 μm). Highlights: ► The tunability (T) and quality factor (Q) were found to be strongly dependent on the grain sizes. ► With increasing the grain size, the tunability significantly decreased, while the quality factor Q at microwave frequencies increased. ► A moderate tunability while maintaining a high Q value is realizable for composites with grain sizes from about 6.5 to 15.0 μm. - Abstract: Ba{sub 0.4}Sr{sub 0.6}TiO{sub 3}–Mg{sub 2}TiO{sub 4} composite ceramics with different grain sizes were prepared by three sintering methods. The dielectric constant dependences of temperature and frequency showed an increased degree of diffuseness of the Curie peaks as the grain sizes decreased. The tunability (T) and quality factor (Q) were found to be strongly dependent on the grain sizes. The tunability significantly decreased with increasing the grain size. In contrary, the quality factor (Q) at microwave frequencies increased with increasing grain size. A moderate tunability while maintaining a high Q value is still realizable for composite ceramics with grain sizes from about 6.5 to 15.0 μm.

  16. Migration Reversals in Grain-size Transitions to Shoreline

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    Baumanis, C.; Kim, W.

    2015-12-01

    The migration of the lithofacies boundary recorded in the sedimentary record is key to interpreting changes in depositional environments. Change in grain size in the stratigraphic record is one of the most recognizable physical lithological features. Advance and retreat of the lithofacies boundary (gravel-sand transition) is attributed to external control variation, e.g., climate variation, sea-level change, and tectonic subsidence. While most models focus on predicting the response of the fluviodeltaic shoreline to these forcings, none have thoroughly incorporated the migration of grain-size transitions (GST) that coevolve within the fluviodeltaic system. We present a delta evolution model that treats the shoreline and GST as moving boundaries to provide quantitative understanding of the dynamic interaction between the external boundary (shoreline) and the internal lithofacies boundaries (GSTs) under relative sea-level rise. We tested a range of relative sea-level rise rates in the model. The shoreline and GST gradually reduced their progradation rates and eventually retreated landward as the fluviodeltaic topset and foreset elongated. However, their timings of retreats were different, resulting in a counterintuitive case for a quicker retreat of GST while the shoreline still continued to advance. A series of scaled flume experiments with a sand and crushed walnut sediment mixture captured the same behaviors of these two moving boundaries. We found that GST experienced higher relative sea-level rise rates that scale with the downstream river slope and the shoreline progradation rate, which caused earlier GST retreat timing in comparison to the shoreline. Time series data from the experiments show higher natural variability in migration rate of GST compared to that of the shoreline. Therefore, final recorded stratigraphy displayed a GST trajectory as a shazam line that shows zigzag fluctuations. This study investigates autogenic processes acting on the

  17. Potts model simulation of grain size distributions during final stage sintering

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    Zeng, P.; Tikare, V.

    1998-09-01

    The Potts Monte Carlo model was used to simulate microstructural evolution and characterize grain size distribution during the final stages of sintering. Simultaneous grain growth, pore migration and pore shrinkage were simulated in a system with an initial porosity of 10% with varying ratios of grain boundary mobility to pore shrinkage rates. This investigation shows that the presence of pores changes the grain size distribution and the topological characteristics due to pinning of grains by pores. As pores shrink away, their pinning effect decreases. Once pore shrinkage is complete, normal grain growth is achieved.

  18. Grain size effect on monotonic and cyclic deformation responses of electroformed copper with ultrafine and nano sized twins

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    Luo, Ji

    2007-12-01

    Refining of grain sizes is one of the most powerful tools for achieving enhanced properties and performance in polycrystalline metallic materials. It has been found that, by reducing the grain size to ultrafine and nano ranges, the strength of the materials can be significantly enhanced. However, interpretation of the influence of the grain size on the mechanical behaviour of this kind of materials is still in its infancy. Especially, as the grain size falls in these regions, conventional dislocation model is subjected to contradictory experimental results. A wide spread of the applications of these materials is hindered due to the lack of validated models. To develop the present understanding, a novel energy approach is attempted, in which deformation process was treated as an energetic process. This energy approach is experimentally tested and theoretically investigated. The experimental investigation includes mechanical response characterization and microstructure investigation. It was found that, with decreasing grain size, the static deformation mechanism appears to transform from lower hardening stage to higher stage. Similarly, the cyclic deformation mode also exhibits corresponding characteristics shifting. Such transitions are attributed to the material's internal energy increases with the decrease of the grain size, leading to the following conclusions: (1) A novel view on cyclic hardening, cyclic softening and cyclic creep in relation to the strain energy of the material is synthesized, based on which a microstructure evolution law is derived. (2) Quantitative grading of grain size is enabled for the first time. According to the presented grading method, the size of the ultrafine grain is equal to the critical grain size at which the energetic transition condition from Stage III hardening to Stage IV hardening is satisfied. (3) An original interpretation of the physical meaning for Hall-Petch constant is provided. The Hall-Petch slope constant is found

  19. Relationship among fatigue strength, mean grain size and compressive strength of a rock

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    Singh, S. K.

    1988-10-01

    Fatigue tests carried on three sets of samples having different mean grain sizes revealed that fatigue strength is a function of mean grain size of the rock. Samples having smaller grain size show higher value of fatigue strength. Graywacke samples from Flagstaff formation having mean grain sizes of 1.79 mm, 1.35 mm and 0.93 mm showed fatigue strengths of 87%, 88.25% and 89.1% respectively. Since the mean uniaxial compressive strength also varied with varying grain size, i. e. higher mean strength value for samples having finer grain size; the fatigue strength of a rock also shows a converse relation with mean uniaxial compressive strength.

  20. Ductility of metal alloys with grain size distribution in a wide range of strain rates

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    Skripnyak, Vladimir V.; Skripnyak, Nataliya V.; Skripnyak, Evgeniya G.

    Ductility of ultrafine grained (UFG) metal alloys with a distribution of grain size was investigated in wide loading conditions by numerical simulation. The multiscale models with a unimodal and a bimodal grain size distributions were developed using the data of structure research of hexagonal close packed and face center cubic UFG alloys. Macroscopic fracture is considered as a result of the formation of percolation clusters of damage at the mesoscopic level. The critical fracture strain of UFG alloys on the mesoscale level depends on the relative volumes of coarse grains. The nucleation of damages at quasi-static and dynamic loading is associated with strain localization in UFG partial volumes with bimodal grain size distribution. The concentration of damages arise in the vicinity of the boundaries of coarse and ultrafine grains. The occurrence of a bimodal grain size distributions causes the increase of UFG alloys' ductility, but decrease of their tensile strength. Linkoping University, Sweden.

  1. A micromechanical theory of grain-size dependence in metal plasticity

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    Weng, G. J.

    T HE EFFECT of grain-size on the elastoplastic behavior of metals is investigated from the micromechanics standpoint. First, based on the observations that dislocation pile-ups, formation of cell structures, and other inelastic activities influenced by the presence of grain boundary actually take place transcrystallinely, a grain-size dependent constitutive equation is proposed for the slip deformation of slip systems. By means of a modified Hill's self-consistent relation the local stress of a grain is calculated, and used in conjunction with this constitutive equation to evaluate the plastic strain of each constituent grain. The grain-size effect on the plastic flow of polycrystals then can be determined by an averaging process. To check the validity of the proposed theory it was finally applied to predict the stress-strain curves and flow stresses of a copper at various grain-sizes. The obtained results were found to be in good agreement with experimental data.

  2. Grain-size dependence of shear wave speed dispersion and attenuation in granular marine sediments.

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    Kimura, Masao

    2014-07-01

    The author has shown that measured shear wave speed dispersion and attenuation in water-saturated silica sand can be predicted by using a gap stiffness model incorporated into the Biot model (the BIMGS model) [Kimura, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 134, 144-155 (2013)]. In this study, the grain-size dependence of shear wave speed dispersion and attenuation in four kinds of water-saturated silica sands with different grain sizes is measured and calculated. As a result, the grain-size dependence of the aspect ratio in the BIMGS model can be validated and the effects of multiple scattering for larger grain sizes are demonstrated. PMID:24993238

  3. Material grain size characterization method based on energy attenuation coefficient spectrum and support vector regression.

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    Li, Min; Zhou, Tong; Song, Yanan

    2016-07-01

    A grain size characterization method based on energy attenuation coefficient spectrum and support vector regression (SVR) is proposed. First, the spectra of the first and second back-wall echoes are cut into several frequency bands to calculate the energy attenuation coefficient spectrum. Second, the frequency band that is sensitive to grain size variation is determined. Finally, a statistical model between the energy attenuation coefficient in the sensitive frequency band and average grain size is established through SVR. Experimental verification is conducted on austenitic stainless steel. The average relative error of the predicted grain size is 5.65%, which is better than that of conventional methods. PMID:26995732

  4. Modeling the effect of grain size and dislocation density on hysteretic magnetic properties in steels

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    Sablik, M. J.

    2001-05-01

    In this article, the Jiles-Atherton model is modified to elucidate the variation of magnetic properties with grain size and dislocation density. The modified model predicts generally that coercive field increases with increasing dislocation density and inverse grain size and that remanent flux density and permeability at the coercive field decrease with increasing dislocation density and inverse grain size. Using the same model, it should be possible to model the effects of grain size and dislocation density on other magnetic measurements such as nonlinear harmonics of the flux density or Barkhausen noise.

  5. Basis for Stream Classification Using Bed Material Median Grain Size

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    Wilkerson, G. V.; Parker, G.

    2008-12-01

    Earlier work has demonstrated the relationship between channel-perimeter sediment type and channel shape by relating the weighted mean percent silt-clay in the channel and banks (M) to the width-depth ratio. Moreover, it has been demonstrated that M is indicative of the dominant type of sediment load carried by a channel. These results have been used to classify channels as either being suspended and dissolved load, mixed load, or bedload. In addition, observations regarding the shape of each channel class have been reported. We have developed a new stream classification scheme that relies on the median bed material grain size (D50) to classify streams as carrying either washload, suspended load, mixed load, or bedload as the dominant type of sediment load. This work is warranted because in most studies of rivers and canals the D50, rather than M, is used to describe channel sediment type and oftentimes the D50 is the only data available for characterizing channel-perimeter sediment. Specifically, we are concerned with classifying stable, single-thread alluvial rivers which comprise a group of rivers that are common in the natural environment and studied extensively. Many (but not all) such river reaches have a distinct channel and floodplain, such that flow spills from the channel onto the floodplain at a well-defined "bankfull" discharge. For such reaches it is possible to define a bankfull channel geometry, that is, a bankfull width, depth, and slope. Each of the channel classes we identify has distinct bankfull channel geometry.

  6. Microstructure and abrasive wear in silicon nitride ceramics

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    Dogan, Cynthia P.; Hawk, Jeffrey A.

    2001-10-01

    It is well known that abrasive wear resistance is not strictly a materials property, but also depends upon the specific conditions of the wear environment. Nonetheless, characteristics of the ceramic microstructure do influence its hardness and fracture toughness and must, therefore, play an active role in determining howa ceramic will respond to the specific stress states imposed upon it by the wear environment. In this study, the ways in which composition and microstructure influence the abrasive wear behavior of six commercially-produced silicon nitride based ceramics are examined. Results indicate that microstructural parameters, such as matrix grain size and orientation, porosity, and grain boundary microstructure, and thermal expansion mismatch stresses created as the result of second phase formation, influence the wear rate through their effect on wear sheet formation and subsurface fracture. It is also noted that the potential impact of these variables on the wear rate may not be reflected in conventional fracture toughness measurements.

  7. Nanoscale Deformation Behavior of Phase-Reversion Induced Austenitic Stainless Steels: The Interplay Between Grain Size from Nano-Grain Regime to Coarse-Grain Regime

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    Misra, R. D. K.; Venkatsurya, P. K. C.; Somani, M. C.; Karjalainen, L. P.

    2012-12-01

    We have used the recently adopted concept of phase reversion to obtain grain size from the nanograined/ultrafine-grained (NG/UFG) to fine grain (FG) regime by varying temperature-time annealing sequence of cold deformed metastable austenite. The phase-reversion induced NG/UFG structure was characterized by high strength-high ductility combination. The concept of phase reversion involves severe cold deformation of metastable austenite to generate strain-induced martensite. Upon annealing, martensite transforms back to austenite through a diffusional reversion mechanism with NG/UFG, sub-micron grains (SMG) or FG structure, depending on the annealing condition. Depth-sensing nanoindentation experiments were combined with electron microscopy to elucidate the dependence of grain size from nanograin/ultrafine-grain (NG/UFG) to coarse grain (CG) regime on the deformation mechanisms. There was distinct transition in the deformation mechanism from intense mechanical twinning and stacking faults in NG/UFG structure to strain-induced martensite formation at the intersection of shear bands in the CG structure. The transition in the deformation mechanism is discussed in terms of increase in austenite stability with decrease in grain size.

  8. Grain size dependent mechanical properties of nanocrystalline diamond films grown by hot-filament CVD

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    Wiora, M; Bruehne, K; Floeter, A; Gluche, P; Willey, T M; Kucheyev, S O; Van Buuren, A W; Hamza, A V; Biener, J; Fecht, H

    2008-08-01

    Nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) films with a thickness of {approx}6 {micro}m and with average grain sizes ranging from 60 to 9 nm were deposited on silicon wafers using a hot-filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD) process. These samples were then characterized with the goal to identify correlations between grain size, chemical composition and mechanical properties. The characterization reveals that our films are phase pure and exhibit a relatively smooth surface morphology. The levels of sp{sup 2}-bonded carbon and hydrogen impurities are low, and showed a systematic variation with the grain size. The hydrogen content increases with decreasing grain size, whereas the sp{sup 2} carbon content decreases with decreasing grain size. The material is weaker than single crystalline diamond, and both stiffness and hardness decrease with decreasing grain size. These trends suggest gradual changes of the nature of the grain boundaries, from graphitic in the case of the 60 nm grain size material to hydrogen terminated sp{sup 3} carbon for the 9 nm grain size material. The films exhibit low levels of internal stress and freestanding structures with a length of several centimeters could be fabricated without noticeable bending.

  9. Grain-size dynamics beneath mid-ocean ridges: Implications for permeability and melt extraction

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    Turner, Andrew J; Katz, Richard F; Behn, Mark D

    2015-01-01

    Grain size is an important control on mantle viscosity and permeability, but is difficult or impossible to measure in situ. We construct a two-dimensional, single phase model for the steady state mean grain size beneath a mid-ocean ridge. The mantle rheology is modeled as a composite of diffusion creep, dislocation creep, dislocation accommodated grain boundary sliding, and a plastic stress limiter. The mean grain size is calculated by the paleowattmeter relationship of Austin and Evans (2007). We investigate the sensitivity of our model to global variations in grain growth exponent, potential temperature, spreading-rate, and mantle hydration. We interpret the mean grain-size field in terms of its permeability to melt transport. The permeability structure due to mean grain size may be approximated as a high permeability region beneath a low permeability region. The transition between high and low permeability regions occurs across a boundary that is steeply inclined toward the ridge axis. We hypothesize that such a permeability structure generated from the variability of the mean grain size may focus melt toward the ridge axis, analogous to Sparks and Parmentier (1991)-type focusing. This focusing may, in turn, constrain the region where significant melt fractions are observed by seismic or magnetotelluric surveys. This interpretation of melt focusing via the grain-size permeability structure is consistent with MT observation of the asthenosphere beneath the East Pacific Rise. Key Points: The grain-size field beneath MORs can vary over orders of magnitude The grain-size field affects the rheology and permeability of the asthenosphere The grain-size field may focus melt toward the ridge axis PMID:26693211

  10. A New Grain Harvesting System for Single Pass Grain Harvest, Biomass Collection, Crop Residue Sizing and Grain Segregation

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    A cereal grain harvesting system is introduced that combines existing technologies in a unique way to improve cereal grain harvest performance, profitability and efficiently collect biomass. The harvesting system is comprised of three machines – one to gather the crop and prepare the residue for no...

  11. A New Grain Harvesting System for Single-Pass Grain Harvest, Biomass Collection, Crop Residue Sizing, and Grain Segregation

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    A cereal grain harvesting system is introduced that combines existing technologies in a unique way to improve cereal grain harvest performance, profitability and efficiently collect biomass. The harvesting system is comprised of three machines – one to gather the crop and prepare the residue for no...

  12. Field test of an autocorrelation technique for determining grain size using a digital camera

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    Barnard, P. L.; Rubin, D. M.; Harney, J.; Mustain, N.

    2007-12-01

    An extensive field test using Rubin's (2004) autocorrelation technique shows that median and mean grain size can be determined with suitable accuracy using a digital camera and associated autocorrelation when compared to traditional methods such as mechanical sieving and settling-tube analysis. The field test included 205 sediment samples and > 1200 digital images from a variety of beaches on the west coast of the United States, with grain sizes ranging from sand to granules. To test the accuracy of the digital-image grain-size algorithm, we compared results with manual point counts of a large image data set in the Santa Barbara littoral cell. Grain sizes calculated using the autocorrelation algorithm were highly correlated with the point counts of the same images (r2=0.93; n=79) and had an error of only 1%. Although grain sizes calculated from digital images give an accurate result for grains in the image, natural lateral and vertical variability in grain size can cause differences between grain size measured in digital images of the bed surface and grain size measured by sieving a grab sample that includes subsurface sediment. Lateral spatial variability was tested by analyzing the results of up to 100 images taken in a series of 1 m2 sample areas. Comparisons of calculated grain sizes and grain sizes measured from grab samples show small differences between surface sediment and grab samples on high- energy dissipative beaches with well-sorted sediment such as in the Pacific Northwest (r2 > 0.92; n=115). In contrast, on less dissipative, more poorly sorted beaches such as Ocean Beach in San Francisco, differences between surface and subsurface grain size are greater (r2 > 0.70; n=67; within 3% accuracy). In all field tests the autocorrelation method was able to predict the mean and median grain size with ~96% accuracy, which is more than adequate for the majority of sedimentological applications. When properly automated for large numbers of samples, the

  13. Relative Effects of Angularity, Grain Size, and Sorting on Auto-Acoustic Compaction in Granular Flow

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    Taylor, S.; Brodsky, E. E.

    2015-12-01

    There are thought to be three main rheological regimes exhibited within granular media in the presence of shear stress, each dependent on a dimensionless number, I, representing the relative values of collisional stress between grains and confining stress. At slow shear rates, when I<<1, the granular flow is in the quasi-static regime, and shear stress is supported elastically through multi-grain networks (force-chains). At high shear rates, when I>>1, the flow is in the grain-inertial regime, and shear stress is supported through the transfer of momentum occurring in grain-to-grain collisions. Experiments conducted using a torsional rheometer found that at intermediate shear velocities, where I approaches 1, force-chain collapse in angular sand samples produces sound waves capable of vibrating the shear zone enough to cause compaction (van der Elst et al., 2012; Lu et al., 2007). Whether or not a granular mixture exhibits this auto-acoustic compaction effect during flow has been observed to be dependent on angularity, grain size, sorting, and mineral strength: more angular grains produce more noise and compact more at intermediate shear velocities than spherical grains do, and smaller angular grains produce more noise and compact more than larger angular grains. We use the same experimental set up to explore the relative importance of the effects of angularity and grain size, comparing various grain sizes and sorting in both spherical and angular granular mixtures. Accurate assessment of the effect of angularity and grain size on rheology of granular flow will serve as a helpful predictive tool for modeling granular processes including landslides, rockslides, fault ruptures, and desert dune migrations. Grain size and shape can vary greatly system-to-system but are also often easy to observe in the field. We hope to be able to use these types of small scale grain observations to form predictions about the behavior of the larger scale process of which they are a

  14. HIGH SPATIAL RESOLUTION SURVEY OF GRAIN SIZE INFORMATION ON RIVER BED BY IMAGE PROCESSING

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    Ohashi, Keisuke; Ihara, Kazuki; Yasuda, Shingo

    We tried a method of grain sizing by image processing which is available to survey and analyze in short time. The high-efficiency method actualizes high spatial resolution information of grain size distribution. Thus, the information has a vailability to express a situation of stream flow better than traditional grain sizing methods. For this reason, we paid attention to 50 m reservoir area upper from the check dam in mountainous region and surveyed the grain distribution at 26 sites and river channel landform. The grain sizing by image processing provided the appropriate result qualitatively. Moreover we estimated the critical diameter of moving from hydraulic information simultaneously. A qualitative appropriate result is showed less than 50 mm error as a result, however, quantitative response is not found between the critical diameter of moving and the grain size distribution surveyed. Meanwhile,the different grain sizing methods that are image processing and traditional sieving are used to cover the bilateral weak point. Thereby, a peak of grain existence probability is found in the threshold diameter between image processing and sieving. This result indicates that it is necessary to change the threshold diameter much larger than the limit of image processing grain sizing.

  15. Effect of grain size on the superplastic behavior of a 7475 aluminum alloy

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    Mahidhara, R.K.

    1995-12-01

    Specimens of a superplastic 7475 aluminum alloy with grain sizes ranging between 9 and 35 {micro}m were tensile tested at a strain rate of 1 {times} 10{sup {minus}4}/s at 457 and 517 C. At 517 C, the ductility was found to decrease with an increase in grain size. At 457 C, on the other hand, the ductility was found to increase initially and then decrease for grain sizes larger than 14 {micro}m. The latter decrease in ductility is attributed to the lowered ability for grain-boundary sliding with decreasing grain-boundary area. In the as-received material (grain size of 9 {micro}m), the observed low ductility is attributed to an inhomogeneous microstructure.

  16. Relative importance of grain boundaries and size effects in thermal conductivity of nanocrystalline materials

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    Dong, Huicong; Wen, Bin; Melnik, Roderick

    2014-01-01

    A theoretical model for describing effective thermal conductivity (ETC) of nanocrystalline materials has been proposed, so that the ETC can be easily obtained from its grain size, single crystal thermal conductivity, single crystal phonon mean free path (PMFP), and the Kaptiza thermal resistance. In addition, the relative importance between grain boundaries (GBs) and size effects on the ETC of nanocrystalline diamond at 300 K has been studied. It has been demonstrated that with increasing grain size, both GBs and size effects become weaker, while size effects become stronger on thermal conductivity than GBs effects. PMID:25391882

  17. Grain size distributions and their effects on auto-acoustic compaction

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    Taylor, S.; Brodsky, E. E.

    2013-12-01

    A variety of geophysical and geomorphological processes depend on the response of granular mixtures to shear stress. For example, if shear sliding in a fault zone causes gouge to compact or dilate, this has implications on our understanding of earthquake nucleation and propagation. The behavior of granular flows has previously been found to be strongly dependent on shear rate. At relatively slow shear velocities, a granular flow will support stresses elastically through force chains in what is recognized as the 'quasi-static' regime. At relatively high shear velocities, it will support stresses by transferring momentum in higher velocity grain collisions in the 'grain-inertial' regime, which results in dilation of the flow. Recent experiments conducted using a commercial torsional rheometer found that at intermediate shear velocities, force chain collapse in angular sand samples produced sound waves capable of vibrating the shear zone enough to cause compaction. To expand on the characterization of this newly identified rheological regime, the 'auto-acoustic' regime, we used the same experimental set up to observe how volumetric and acoustic response to shear stress changes with grain size mean and range. Stepped velocity ramp experiments were conducted first on five separate grain size bins, and then on various mixtures of these grain sizes. As expected, larger grain sizes entered the mass-dependent grain-inertial regime at lower shear velocities than smaller grain sizes. Interestingly, smaller grain sizes exhibited more pronounced compaction at slower velocities resulting from the auto-acoustic regime, and the largest grain sizes showed no compaction, implying a grain size threshold for auto-acoustic compaction. In mixtures of different grain size bins, the response of the flow to intermediate shear velocities was consistent with the response of the smallest grain size bin included in the mixture, while the response of the flow to high shear velocities was most

  18. Grain size in lithospheric-scale shear zones: Chicken or Egg?

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    Thielmann, M.; Rozel, A.; Kaus, B. J. P.; Ricard, Y.

    2012-04-01

    Lithospheric-scale shear zones are commonly defined as regions inhomogeneous and localized deformation. Strain softening has been demonstrated to be necessary for localization in those shear zones, but there is still debate about the physical cause of this softening. As natural shear zones typically have a significantly reduced grain size, it has been proposed that grain size reduction provides the necessary strain softening to localize deformation. As grain size reduces, the dominant deformation mechanism switches from dislocation to diffusion creep, thus requiring less stress to deform the rock. Until recently, the equilibrium grain size has been thought to follow a piezometric relationship, thus indicating the stress under which a shear zone deformed. More recent work (Austin and Evans (2007), Rozel et. al. (2011)) suggests that the equilibrium grain size is not dependent on stress, but rather on the deformational work. Using this relationship, we use numerical models to investigate the effect of grain size evolution on lithospheric deformation. We focus on the question if grain size provides sufficient weakening to effectively localize deformation under lithospheric conditions or if it's effect is rather passive and as such a marker for the deformational work done in a shear zone. We then compare the localization potential of grain size reduction to shear heating and investigate the interplay between the two weakening mechanisms.

  19. Effects of grain size and shape in modeling reflectance spectra of mineral mixtures

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    Hiroi, T.; Pieters, Carle M.

    1991-01-01

    The effects of grain size and shape on the reflectance spectra of mineral mixtures are investigated to improve a reflectance model called the isograin model, whose prototype was proposed by M. Kinoshita in 1985. The sample powder was assumed to consist of an infinite number of layers, each of which has the same thickness with the grain size d.

  20. Eyewitness Recall: Regulation of Grain Size and the Role of Confidence

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    Weber, Nathan; Brewer, Neil

    2008-01-01

    Eyewitness testimony plays a critical role in Western legal systems. Three experiments extended M. Goldsmith, A. Koriat, and A. Weinberg-Eliezer's (2002) framework of the regulation of grain size (precision vs. coarseness) of memory reports to eyewitness memory. In 2 experiments, the grain size of responses had a large impact on memory accuracy.…

  1. Latitude-Dependence of Median Grain Size in the Lunar Regolith

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    Jeong, M.; Kim, S. S.; Garrick-Bethell, I.; Park, S. M.; Sim, C. K.; Jin, H.; Min, K. W.

    2015-11-01

    We conducted polarimetric observations of the Moon and constructed a grain size map of the lunar regolith. The grain size is found to be larger at higher latitude. This is thought to be a result of reduced space weathering effects at high latitudes.

  2. METHOD FOR VARIATION OF GRAIN SIZE IN STUDIES OF GAS-SOLID REACTIONS INVOLVING CAO

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    The paper describes a method for varying grain size in studies of gas-solid reactions involving CaO. (Note: Introducing grain size as an independent experimental variable should contribute to improved understanding of reactions in porous solids.) Calcining 1 micrometer CaCO3 part...

  3. Grain-Size Dynamics Beneath Mid-Ocean Ridges: Implications for Permeability and Melt Extraction

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    Turner, A. J.; Katz, R. F.; Behn, M. D.

    2014-12-01

    The permeability structure of the sub-ridge mantle plays an important role in how melt is focused and extracted at mid-ocean ridges. Permeability is controlled by porosity and the grain size of the solid mantle matrix, which is in turn controlled by the deformation conditions. To date, models of grain size evolution and mantle deformation have not been coupled to determine the influence of spatial variations in grain-size on the permeability structure at mid-ocean ridges. Rather, current models typically assume a constant grain size for the whole domain [1]. Here, we use 2-D numerical models to evaluate the influence of grain-size variability on the permeability structure beneath a mid-ocean ridge and use these results to speculate on the consequences for melt focusing and extraction. We construct a two-dimensional, single phase model for the steady-state grain size beneath a mid-ocean ridge. The model employs a composite rheology of diffusion creep, dislocation creep, dislocation accommodated grain boundary sliding, and a brittle stress limiter. Grain size is calculated using the "wattmeter" model of Austin and Evans [2]. We investigate the sensitivity of the model to global variations in grain growth exponent, potential temperature, spreading-rate, and grain boundary sliding parameters [3,4]. Our model predicts that permeability varies by two orders of magnitude due to the spatial variability of grain size within the expected melt region of a mid-ocean ridge. The predicted permeability structure suggests grain size may promote focusing of melt towards the ridge axis. Furthermore, the calculated grain size structure should focus melt from a greater depth than models that exclude grain-size variability. Future work will involve evaluating this hypothesis by implementing grain-size dynamics within a two-phase mid-ocean ridge model. The developments of such a model will be discussed. References: [1] R. F. Katz, Journal of Petrology, volume 49, issue 12, page 2099

  4. The effect of grain size on dynamic tensile extrusion behaviour

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    Park, Leeju; Kim, Hack Jun; Kim, Seok Bong

    2015-09-01

    Dynamic tensile extrusion (DTE) tests were conducted on coarse grained and ultrafine grained (UFG) OFHC Cu, Interstitial free (IF) Steel, and pure Ta. Equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) of 16passes with Bc for Cu, IF Steel and 4 passes for Ta was employed to fabricated UFG materials. DTE tests were carried out by launching the sphere samples (Dia. 7.62 mm) to the conical extrusion die at a speed of ˜500 m/sec. The fragmentation behavior of the soft-recovered fragments were examined and compared with each other. The DTE fragmentation behavior of CG and UFG was numerically simulated by the LS-DYNA FEM code.

  5. Tungsten Carbide Grain Size Computation for WC-Co Dissimilar Welds

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    Zhou, Dongran; Cui, Haichao; Xu, Peiquan; Lu, Fenggui

    2016-05-01

    A "two-step" image processing method based on electron backscatter diffraction in scanning electron microscopy was used to compute the tungsten carbide (WC) grain size distribution for tungsten inert gas (TIG) welds and laser welds. Twenty-four images were collected on randomly set fields per sample located at the top, middle, and bottom of a cross-sectional micrograph. Each field contained 500 to 1500 WC grains. The images were recognized through clustering-based image segmentation and WC grain growth recognition. According to the WC grain size computation and experiments, a simple WC-WC interaction model was developed to explain the WC dissolution, grain growth, and aggregation in welded joints. The WC-WC interaction and blunt corners were characterized using scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The WC grain size distribution and the effects of heat input E on grain size distribution for the laser samples were discussed. The results indicate that (1) the grain size distribution follows a Gaussian distribution. Grain sizes at the top of the weld were larger than those near the middle and weld root because of power attenuation. (2) Significant WC grain growth occurred during welding as observed in the as-welded micrographs. The average grain size was 11.47 μm in the TIG samples, which was much larger than that in base metal 1 (BM1 2.13 μm). The grain size distribution curves for the TIG samples revealed a broad particle size distribution without fine grains. The average grain size (1.59 μm) in laser samples was larger than that in base metal 2 (BM2 1.01 μm). (3) WC-WC interaction exhibited complex plane, edge, and blunt corner characteristics during grain growth. A WC ( { 1 {bar{{1}}}00} ) to WC ( {0 1 1 {bar{{0}}}} ) edge disappeared and became a blunt plane WC ( { 10 1 {bar{{0}}}} ) , several grains with two- or three-sided planes and edges disappeared into a multi-edge, and a WC-WC merged.

  6. Tungsten Carbide Grain Size Computation for WC-Co Dissimilar Welds

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    Zhou, Dongran; Cui, Haichao; Xu, Peiquan; Lu, Fenggui

    2016-06-01

    A "two-step" image processing method based on electron backscatter diffraction in scanning electron microscopy was used to compute the tungsten carbide (WC) grain size distribution for tungsten inert gas (TIG) welds and laser welds. Twenty-four images were collected on randomly set fields per sample located at the top, middle, and bottom of a cross-sectional micrograph. Each field contained 500 to 1500 WC grains. The images were recognized through clustering-based image segmentation and WC grain growth recognition. According to the WC grain size computation and experiments, a simple WC-WC interaction model was developed to explain the WC dissolution, grain growth, and aggregation in welded joints. The WC-WC interaction and blunt corners were characterized using scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The WC grain size distribution and the effects of heat input E on grain size distribution for the laser samples were discussed. The results indicate that (1) the grain size distribution follows a Gaussian distribution. Grain sizes at the top of the weld were larger than those near the middle and weld root because of power attenuation. (2) Significant WC grain growth occurred during welding as observed in the as-welded micrographs. The average grain size was 11.47 μm in the TIG samples, which was much larger than that in base metal 1 (BM1 2.13 μm). The grain size distribution curves for the TIG samples revealed a broad particle size distribution without fine grains. The average grain size (1.59 μm) in laser samples was larger than that in base metal 2 (BM2 1.01 μm). (3) WC-WC interaction exhibited complex plane, edge, and blunt corner characteristics during grain growth. A WC ( { 1 {bar{{1}}}00} ) to WC ( {0 1 1 {bar{{0}}}} ) edge disappeared and became a blunt plane WC ( { 10 1 {bar{{0}}}} ) , several grains with two- or three-sided planes and edges disappeared into a multi-edge, and a WC-WC merged.

  7. Grain Size Dependence of Uniform Elongation in Single-Phase FCC/BCC Metals

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    Liu, Haiting; Shen, Yao; Ma, Jiawei; Zheng, Pengfei; Zhang, Lei

    2016-07-01

    We studied the dependence of uniform elongation on grain size in the range of submicron to millimeter for single-phase FCC/BCC metals by reviewing recent experimental results and applying crystal plasticity finite element method simulation. In the order of increasing grain size, uniform elongation can be divided into three stages, namely low elongation stage, nearly constant elongation stage, and decreased elongation with large scatters stage. Low elongation stage features a dramatic increase near the critical grain size at the end of the stage, which is primarily attributed to the emergence of dislocation cell size transition from ultrafine to mid-size grain. Other factors can be neglected due to their negligible influence on overall variation trend. In nearly constant elongation stage, uniform elongation remains unchanged at a high level in general. As grain size keeps growing, uniform elongation starts decreasing and becomes scattered upon a certain grain size, indicating the initiation of decreased elongation with large scatters stage. It is shown that the increase is not linear or smooth but rather sharp at the end of low elongation stage, leading to a wider range in nearly constant elongation stage. The grain size dependence of uniform elongation can serve as a guiding principle for designing small uniaxial tensile specimens for mechanical testing, where size effect matters in most cases.

  8. Grain Size as a Control for Melt Focusing Beneath Mid-Ocean Ridges

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    Turner, A.; Katz, R. F.; Behn, M. D.

    2015-12-01

    Grain size is a fundamental control on both the rheology and permeability of the mantle. These properties, in turn, affect the transport of melt beneath mid-ocean ridges. Previous models of grain size beneath ridges have considered only the single-phase problem of dynamic recrystallisation and the resultant pattern of grain-size variation [1,2]. These models have not coupled the spatially variable grain-size field to two-phase (partially molten) mechanics to investigate the implications of spatially variable grain size on melt transport. Here, we present new results from numerical models that investigate the consequences of this coupling. In our two-dimensional, two-phase model the grain-size is coupled to both the permeability and rheology. The rheology is strain-rate and grain-size dependent. For simplicity, however, the grain-size field is not computed dynamically — rather, it is imposed from a single-phase, steady-state model [1] that is based on the "wattmeter" theory [3]. Our calculations predicts that a spatially variable grain size field can promote focusing of melt towards the ridge axis. This focusing is distinct from the commonly discussed, sub-lithospheric decompaction channel [4]. Furthermore, our model predicts that the shape of the partially molten region is sensitive to rheological parameters associated with grain size. The comparison of this shape with observations [5] may help to constrain the rheology of the upper mantle beneath mid-ocean ridges. References: [1] Turner et al., Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 16, 925-946, 2015. [2] Behn et al., EPSL, 282, 178-189, 2009. [3] Austin and Evans, Geology, 35:343-346, 2007. [4] Sparks and Parmentier, EPSL, 105, 368-377, 1991. [5] Key et al., Nature, 495, 499-502, 2013.

  9. Evolutionary models of the Earth with a grain size-dependent rheology: diffusion versus dislocation creep

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    Rozel, Antoine; Golabek, Gregor; Thielmann, Marcel; Schierjott, Jana; Tackley, Paul

    2016-04-01

    We present a set of 2D numerical simulations of mantle convection considering grain size evolution and a composite visco-plastic rheology including diffusion and dislocation creep. A 1D parameterization allows us to anticipate the stress conditions for the present-day temperature profile in a convection cell. We are therefore able to obtain self-consistent 2D convecion models together with non-equilibrium grain size for present-day conditions, controlling the partitioning between diffusion and dislocation creep. However, the internal temperature of the mantle is thought to have significantly evolved throughout the history of the Earth. Using a higher internal temperature is usually believed to decrease both viscosity and internal stresses. In our case, a high temperature potentially increases the grain size, which tends to increase the viscosity: the temperature and grain size-dependence of the viscosity are in competition. We study the evolution of the diffusion-dislocation partitioning throughout the history of the Earth. We report the evolution of grain size and stress over time in our simulations. Several complex processes are included in our models. Grain size evolution is a sum of grain growth and dynamic recrystallization. All our simulations consider thermochemical convection in a compressible mantle with melting producting basaltic crust and depleted mantle. Close to the surface, melting produces basaltic material which is erupted or intruded at the base of the crust. Phase transitions reset the grain size to a low value, which influences the whole dynamics of the mantle.

  10. Genetic Dissection of Grain Size and Grain Number Trade-Offs in CIMMYT Wheat Germplasm

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    Griffiths, Simon; Wingen, Luzie; Pietragalla, Julian; Garcia, Guillermo; Hasan, Ahmed; Miralles, Daniel; Calderini, Daniel F.; Ankleshwaria, Jignaben Bipinchandra; Waite, Michelle Leverington; Simmonds, James; Snape, John; Reynolds, Matthew

    2015-01-01

    Grain weight (GW) and number per unit area of land (GN) are the primary components of grain yield in wheat. In segregating populations both yield components often show a negative correlation among themselves. Here we use a recombinant doubled haploid population of 105 individuals developed from the CIMMYT varieties Weebill and Bacanora to understand the relative contribution of these components to grain yield and their interaction with each other. Weebill was chosen for its high GW and Bacanora for high GN. The population was phenotyped in Mexico, Argentina, Chile and the UK. Two loci influencing grain yield were indicated on 1B and 7B after QTL analysis. Weebill contributed the increasing alleles. The 1B effect, which is probably caused by to the 1BL.1RS rye introgression in Bacanora, was a result of increased GN, whereas, the 7B QTL controls GW. We concluded that increased in GW from Weebill 7B allele is not accompanied by a significant reduction in grain number. The extent of the GW and GN trade-off is reduced. This makes this locus an attractive target for marker assisted selection to develop high yielding bold grain varieties like Weebill. AMMI analysis was used to show that the 7B Weebill allele appears to contribute to yield stability. PMID:25775191

  11. The effects of grain size and grain boundary characteristics on the thermal conductivity of nanocrystalline diamond

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    Spiteri, David; Anaya, Julian; Kuball, Martin

    2016-02-01

    Molecular dynamics simulation was used to study the effects of each grain dimension and of grain boundary characteristics on the inter-grain thermal boundary resistance (TBR) and intragrain thermal conductivity of nanocrystalline diamond. The effect of the grain boundaries perpendicular to the heat flow was studied using a multiple slab configuration, which greatly reduced the artifacts associated with the heat source/sink. The TBR between the slabs was found to be more sensitive to the atomic arrangement at the boundary than to the tilt angle between the slabs. When the atomic arrangement at the interface was altered from the minimum energy configuration, the TBR increased by a factor of three, suggesting that a sub-optimal interface quality between the grains could play a large role in reducing the thermal conductivity of nanocrystalline diamond. The thermal conductivity between the boundaries was found to be similar to the bulk value, even when the boundaries were only 25 nm apart. The effect of grain boundaries parallel to the heat flow was found to have a large dependence on the microstructural details. Parallel boundaries which were 2 nm apart reduced the thermal conductivity of defect-free diamond by between one third and a factor of ten.

  12. Genetic dissection of grain size and grain number trade-offs in CIMMYT wheat germplasm.

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    Griffiths, Simon; Wingen, Luzie; Pietragalla, Julian; Garcia, Guillermo; Hasan, Ahmed; Miralles, Daniel; Calderini, Daniel F; Ankleshwaria, Jignaben Bipinchandra; Waite, Michelle Leverington; Simmonds, James; Snape, John; Reynolds, Matthew

    2015-01-01

    Grain weight (GW) and number per unit area of land (GN) are the primary components of grain yield in wheat. In segregating populations both yield components often show a negative correlation among themselves. Here we use a recombinant doubled haploid population of 105 individuals developed from the CIMMYT varieties Weebill and Bacanora to understand the relative contribution of these components to grain yield and their interaction with each other. Weebill was chosen for its high GW and Bacanora for high GN. The population was phenotyped in Mexico, Argentina, Chile and the UK. Two loci influencing grain yield were indicated on 1B and 7B after QTL analysis. Weebill contributed the increasing alleles. The 1B effect, which is probably caused by to the 1BL.1RS rye introgression in Bacanora, was a result of increased GN, whereas, the 7B QTL controls GW. We concluded that increased in GW from Weebill 7B allele is not accompanied by a significant reduction in grain number. The extent of the GW and GN trade-off is reduced. This makes this locus an attractive target for marker assisted selection to develop high yielding bold grain varieties like Weebill. AMMI analysis was used to show that the 7B Weebill allele appears to contribute to yield stability. PMID:25775191

  13. The effects of surface finish and grain size on the strength of sintered silicon carbide

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    You, Y. H.; Kim, Y. W.; Lee, J. G.; Kim, C. H.

    1985-01-01

    The effects of surface treatment and microstructure, especially abnormal grain growth, on the strength of sintered SiC were studied. The surfaces of sintered SiC were treated with 400, 800 and 1200 grit diamond wheels. Grain growth was induced by increasing the sintering times at 2050 C. The beta to alpha transformation occurred during the sintering of beta-phase starting materials and was often accompanied by abnormal grain growth. The overall strength distributions were established using Weibull statistics. The strength of the sintered SiC is limited by extrinsic surface flaws in normal-sintered specimens. The finer the surface finish and grain size, the higher the strength. But the strength of abnormal sintering specimens is limited by the abnormally grown large tabular grains. The Weibull modulus increases with decreasing grain size and decreasing grit size for grinding.

  14. Algorithm for repairing the damaged images of grain structures obtained from the cellular automata and measurement of grain size

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    Ramírez-López, A.; Romero-Romo, M. A.; Muñoz-Negron, D.; López-Ramírez, S.; Escarela-Pérez, R.; Duran-Valencia, C.

    2012-10-01

    Computational models are developed to create grain structures using mathematical algorithms based on the chaos theory such as cellular automaton, geometrical models, fractals, and stochastic methods. Because of the chaotic nature of grain structures, some of the most popular routines are based on the Monte Carlo method, statistical distributions, and random walk methods, which can be easily programmed and included in nested loops. Nevertheless, grain structures are not well defined as the results of computational errors and numerical inconsistencies on mathematical methods. Due to the finite definition of numbers or the numerical restrictions during the simulation of solidification, damaged images appear on the screen. These images must be repaired to obtain a good measurement of grain geometrical properties. Some mathematical algorithms were developed to repair, measure, and characterize grain structures obtained from cellular automata in the present work. An appropriate measurement of grain size and the corrected identification of interfaces and length are very important topics in materials science because they are the representation and validation of mathematical models with real samples. As a result, the developed algorithms are tested and proved to be appropriate and efficient to eliminate the errors and characterize the grain structures.

  15. Can grain size sensitive creep lubricate faults during earthquake propagation?

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    De Paola, N.; Holdsworth, R.; Viti, C.; Collettini, C.; Bullock, R. J.; Faoro, I.

    2014-12-01

    In the shallow portion of crustal fault zones, fracturing and cataclasis are thought to be the dominant processes during earthquake propagation. In the lower crust/upper mantle, viscous flow is inferred to facilitate aseismic creep along shear zones. Recent studies show that slip zones (SZs), in natural and experimental carbonate seismic faults, are made of nanograins with a polygonal texture, a microstructure consistent with deformation by grain boundary sliding (GBS) mechanisms. Friction experiments performed on calcite fine-grained gouges, at speed v = 1 ms-1, normal stress sn = 18 MPa, displacements d = 0.009-1.46 m, and room temperature and humidity, show a four stage-evolution of the fault strength: SI) attainment of initial value, f = 0.67; SII) increase up to peak value f = 0.82; SIII) sudden decrease to low steady-state value, f = 0.18; and SIV) sudden increase to final value, f = 0.44, during sample deceleration. Samples recovered at the end of each displacement-controlled experiments (Stages I-IV) show the following microstructures evolution of the SZ material, which is: SI) poorly consolidated, and made of fine-grained (1 < D < 5 microns), angular clasts formed by brittle fracturing and cataclasis; SII) cohesive, and made of larger clasts of calcite (D ≈ 1 microns), exhibiting a high density of free dislocations and hosting subgrains (D ≤ 200 nm), dispersed within calcite nanograins. SIII) made of nanograin aggregates exhibiting polygonal grain boundaries, and 120° triple junctions between equiaxial grains. The grains display no preferred elongation, no crystal preferred orientation and low free dislocation densities, possibly due to high temperature (> 900 C) GBS creep deformation. Our microstructural observations suggest that GBS mechanisms can operate in geological materials deformed at high strain rates along frictionally heated seismogenic slip surfaces. The observed microstructures in experimental slip zones are strikingly similar to those

  16. An Informatics Based Approach to Reduce the Grain Size of Cast Hadfield Steel

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    Dey, Swati; Pathak, Shankha; Sheoran, Sumit; Kela, Damodar H.; Datta, Shubhabrata

    2016-04-01

    Materials Informatics concept using computational intelligence based approaches are employed to bring out the significant alloying additions to achieve grain refinement in cast Hadfield steel. Castings of Hadfield steels used for railway crossings, requires fine grained austenitic structure. Maintaining proper grain size of this component is very crucial in order to achieve the desired properties and service life. This work studies the important variables affecting the grain size of such steels which includes the compositional and processing variables. The computational findings and prior knowledge is used to design the alloy, which is subjected to a few trials to validate the findings.

  17. Modulating crystal grain size and optoelectronic properties of perovskite films for solar cells by reaction temperature

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    Ren, Xiaodong; Yang, Zhou; Yang, Dong; Zhang, Xu; Cui, Dong; Liu, Yucheng; Wei, Qingbo; Fan, Haibo; Liu, Shengzhong (Frank)

    2016-02-01

    Regulating the temperature during the direction contact and intercalation process (DCIP) for the transition from PbI2 to CH3NH3PbI3 modulated the crystallinity, crystal grain size and crystal grain orientation of the perovskite films. Higher temperatures produced perovskite films with better crystallinity, larger grain size, and better photovoltaic performance. The best cell, which had a PCE of 12.9%, was obtained on a film prepared at 200 °C. Further open circuit voltage decay and film resistance characterization revealed that the larger grain size contributed to longer carrier lifetime and smaller carrier transport resistance, both of which are beneficial for solar cell devices.Regulating the temperature during the direction contact and intercalation process (DCIP) for the transition from PbI2 to CH3NH3PbI3 modulated the crystallinity, crystal grain size and crystal grain orientation of the perovskite films. Higher temperatures produced perovskite films with better crystallinity, larger grain size, and better photovoltaic performance. The best cell, which had a PCE of 12.9%, was obtained on a film prepared at 200 °C. Further open circuit voltage decay and film resistance characterization revealed that the larger grain size contributed to longer carrier lifetime and smaller carrier transport resistance, both of which are beneficial for solar cell devices. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: XRD patterns and statistic results of solar cell performance. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr08935b

  18. Influence of Grain Size on Electrically Assisted Tensile Behavior of Ti-6Al-4V Alloy

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    Li, Xifeng; Ji, Boyu; Zhou, Qiang; Chen, Jun; Gao, Peng

    2016-08-01

    The effect of grain size and current density on deformation behavior during electrically assisted tension of Ti-6Al-4V alloy was investigated. The microstructural variations under different conditions were observed by optical microscope, SEM and TEM. The dislocation density was quantified by x-ray diffraction technique. The decrease in grain size could increase the elongation growth and stress reduction during electrically assisted tension. Fine grain size specimens can reach higher temperature than coarse grain specimens. With increasing current density, wider and deeper dimples on the fracture surfaces were observed, and less dislocation density and pileups were found in comparison with room-temperature tension without current. The dislocation density has a 62.1% reduction at 10.48 A/mm2 compared with room-temperature tension for 9.2 μm grain size specimens.

  19. Grain size dependence of elastic anomalies accompanying the α β phase transition in polycrystalline quartz

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    McKnight, Ruth E. A.; Moxon, T.; Buckley, A.; Taylor, P. A.; Darling, T. W.; Carpenter, M. A.

    2008-02-01

    The effects of grain size on the elastic properties of quartz through the α-β phase transition have been investigated by resonant ultrasound spectroscopy. It is found that there are three regimes, dependent on grain size, within which elastic properties show different evolutions with temperature. In the large grain size regime, as represented by a quartzite sample with ~100-300 µm grains, microcracking is believed to occur in the vicinity of the transition point, allowing grains to pull apart. In the intermediate grain size regime, as represented by novaculite (1-5 µm grain size) and Ethiebeaton agate (~120 nm grain size), bulk and shear moduli through the transition follow closely the values expected from averages of single crystal data. The novaculite sample, however, has a transition temperature ~7 °C higher than that of single crystal quartz. This is assumed to be due to the development of internal pressure arising from anisotropic thermal expansion. In the small grain size region, agates from Mexico (~65 nm) and Brazil (~50 nm) show significant reductions in the amount of softening of the bulk modulus as the transition point is approached from below. This is consistent with a tendency for the transition to become more second order in character. The apparent changes towards second order character do not match quantitative predictions for samples with homogeneous strain across elastically clamped nanocrystals, however. Some of the elastic variations are also due to the presence of moganite in these samples. True 'nanobehaviour' for quartz in ceramic samples thus appears to be restricted to grain sizes of less than ~50 nm.

  20. Charging of Individual Micron-Size Interstellar/Planetary Dust Grains by Secondary Electron Emissions

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    Tankosic, D.; Abbas, M. M.

    2012-01-01

    Dust grains in various astrophysical environments are generally charged electrostatically by photoelectric emissions with UV/X-ray radiation, as well as by electron/ion impact. Knowledge of physical and optical properties of individual dust grains is required for understanding of the physical and dynamical processes in space environments and the role of dust in formation of stellar and planetary systems. In this paper, we discuss experimental results on dust charging by electron impact, where low energy electrons are scattered or stick to the dust grains, thereby charging the dust grains negatively, and at sufficiently high energies the incident electrons penetrate the grain leading to excitation and emission of electrons referred to as secondary electron emission (SEE). Currently, very limited experimental data are available for charging of individual micron-size dust grains, particularly by low energy electron impact. Available theoretical models based on the Sternglass equation (Sternglass, 1954) are applicable for neutral, planar, and bulk surfaces only. However, charging properties of individual micron-size dust grains are expected to be different from the values measured on bulk materials. Our recent experimental results on individual, positively charged, micron-size lunar dust grains levitated in an electrodynamic balance facility (at NASA-MSFC) indicate that the SEE by electron impact is a complex process. The electron impact may lead to charging or discharging of dust grains depending upon the grain size, surface potential, electron energy, electron flux, grain composition, and configuration (e.g. Abbas et al, 2010). Here we discuss the complex nature of SEE charging properties of individual micron-size lunar dust grains and silica microspheres.

  1. Grain-size distribution of volcaniclastic rocks 1: A new technique based on functional stereology

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    Jutzeler, M.; Proussevitch, A. A.; Allen, S. R.

    2012-09-01

    The power of explosive volcanic eruptions is reflected in the grain size distribution and dispersal of their pyroclastic deposits. Grain size also forms part of lithofacies characteristics that are necessary to determine transport and depositional mechanisms responsible for producing pyroclastic deposits. However, the common process of welding and rock lithification prevents quantification of grain size by traditional sieving methods for deposits in the rock record. Here we show that functional stereology can be used to obtain actual 3D volume fractions of clast populations from 2D cross-sectional images. Tests made on artificially consolidated rocks demonstrate successful correlations with traditional sieving method. We show that the true grain size distribution is finer grained than its representation on a random 2D section. Our method allows the original size of vesicular pumice clasts to be estimated from their compacted shapes. We anticipate that the original grain-size distribution of welded ignimbrites can also be characterized by this method. Our method using functional stereology can be universally applied to any type of consolidated, weakly to non-deformed clastic material, regardless of grain size or age and therefore has a wide application in geology.

  2. Effect of carbonitride precipitates on the abrasive wear behaviour of hardfacing alloy

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    Yang, Ke; Yu, Shengfu; Li, Yingbin; Li, Chenglin

    2008-06-01

    Hardfacing alloy of martensitic stainless steel expect higher abradability to be achieved through the addition of nitrogen being provided by the fine scale precipitation of complex carbonitride particles. Niobium and titanium as the most effective carbonitride alloying elements were added in the Fe-Cr13-Mn-N hardfacing alloy to get carbonitride precipitates. Carbonitride was systematically studied by optical microscopy, scanning electronic microscopy and energy spectrum analysis. Abrasive wear resistance of hardfacing alloy in as-welded and heat-treated conditions was tested by using the belt abrasion test apparatus where the samples slide against the abrasive belt. It is found that carbonitride particles in the hardfacing alloy are complex of Cr, Ti and Nb distributing on the grain boundary or matrix of the hardfacing alloy with different number and size in as-welded and heat-treated conditions. A large number of carbonitrides can be precipitated with very fine size (nanoscale) after heat treatment. As a result, the homogeneous distribution of very fine carbonitride particles can significantly improve the grain-abrasion wear-resisting property of the hardfacing alloy, and the mass loss is plastic deformation with minimum depth of grooving by abrasive particles and fine delamination.

  3. A field test of the relative influence of sediment flux and grain size in determining bedrock river channel slope

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    Klier, R. E.; Finnegan, N. J.

    2013-12-01

    Interpreting spatial patterns in rates of fluvial incision from river channel elevation long profile data requires an assumption that tectonic uplift rate governs river channel slope. However, application of the most mechanistically explicit description of river incision (the saltation abrasion model of Sklar and Dietrich) suggests that sediment flux and sediment grain size, not rock uplift rate, control river channel slopes in many settings. Because it is usually difficult to independently constrain sediment supply, tectonic interpretations of river elevation long profiles are necessarily uncertain. Here we exploit a natural experiment in Boulder Creek, a 30 km2 drainage in the Santa Cruz Mountains, CA USA in order to isolate the effect of sediment supply (flux and grain size) on river channel slope in an actively uplifting landscape along a restraining bend in the San Andreas Fault. A single prominent knickpoint exists near the midpoint of Boulder Creek, separating a 5.6 km long region of low slope(~0.8%) from a steeper(~2.5%) 3.5 km reach along the lower portion of the channel . Mapping and field observations reveal that this knickpoint does not coincide with any lithologic or tectonic boundaries; the channel cuts weak sedimentary rock for it length. In addition, longer wavelength changes in rates of rock uplift due to the bend in the San Andreas fault near Boulder Creek are negligible over the relative small size of Boulder Creek's catchment. Instead the knickpoint coincides with the location of the first tributary that taps a source of resistant, granitic sediment that is not found in the upstream reaches of Boulder Creek. Field observations indicate that coarse granitic bedload is sourced by debris flows and introduced by a series of tributaries draining into the steep lower reaches of Boulder Creek. The knickpoint marks a transition in median grain size from ~2cm just upstream of the knickpoint to ~16cm at the bottom of the Boulder Creek. Additionally

  4. Grain size evolution in the mantle and its effect on geodynamics, seismic velocities and attenuation

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    Dannberg, Juliane; Eilon, Zach; Gassmoeller, Rene; Moulik, Pritwiraj; Myhill, Robert; Faul, Ulrich; Asimow, Paul

    2015-04-01

    Dynamic models of Earth's convecting mantle usually implement flow laws with constant grain size, stress-independent viscosity and a limited treatment of variations associated with changes in mineral assemblage. These simplifications greatly reduce computational requirements but preclude effects such as shear localisation and transient changes in rheology associated with phase transitions, which have the potential to fundamentally change flow patterns in the mantle. Here we use the finite-element code ASPECT (Bangerth et al., 2013) to model grain size evolution and the interplay between grain size, stress and strain rate in the convecting mantle. We include the simultaneous and competing effects of dynamic recrystallisation resulting from work done by dislocation creep, grain growth in multiphase assemblages and recrystallisation at phase transitions. Grain size variations also affect seismic properties of mantle materials. We use several published formulations to relate intrinsic variables (P, T, and grain size) from our numerical models to seismic velocity (Vs) and attenuation (Q). Our calculations use thermodynamically self-consistent anharmonic elastic moduli determined for the mineral assemblages in the mantle using HeFESTo (Stixrude and Lithgow-Bertelloni, 2013). We investigate the effect of realistically heterogeneous grain sizes by computing body wave travel times, ray paths, and attenuation (t*) at different frequencies. We highlight the frequency-dependent sensitivity of seismic waves to grain size, which is important when interpreting Vs and Q observations in terms of mineral assemblage and temperature. Our models show that rapid metamorphic reactions in mantle upwellings and downwellings lead to high lateral viscosity contrasts, as a result of gradual grain size evolution. Positive feedback between grain size reduction and viscosity reduction results in shear localisation. As a result, the edges of thermal plumes have smaller grain sizes and lower

  5. Critical single domain grain sizes in chains of interacting greigite particles: Implications for magnetosome crystals

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    Muxworthy, Adrian R.; Williams, Wyn; Roberts, Andrew P.; Winklhofer, Michael; Chang, Liao; Pósfai, Mihály

    2013-12-01

    Magnetotactic bacteria contain chains of magnetically interacting crystals (magnetosomes), which aid navigation (magnetotaxis). To improve the efficiency of magnetotaxis, magnetosome crystals (which can consist of magnetite or greigite) should be magnetically stable single domain (SD) particles. Larger particles subdivide into nonuniform multidomain (MD) magnetic structures that produce weaker magnetic signals, while small SD particles become magnetically unstable due to thermal fluctuations and exhibit superparamagnetic (SP) behavior. In this study, we determined the stable SD range as a function of grain elongation and interparticle separation for chains of identical greigite grains using fundamental parameters recently determined for greigite. Interactions significantly increase the stable SD range. For example, for cube-shaped greigite grains the upper stable SD threshold size is increased from 107 nm for isolated grains to 204 nm for touching grains arranged in chains. The larger critical SD grain size for greigite means that, compared to magnetite magnetosomes, greigite magnetosomes can produce larger magnetic signals without the need for intergrain interactions.

  6. Effect of grain size on the melting point of confined thin aluminum films

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    Wejrzanowski, Tomasz; Lewandowska, Malgorzata; Sikorski, Krzysztof; Kurzydlowski, Krzysztof J.

    2014-10-01

    The melting of aluminum thin film was studied by a molecular dynamics (MD) simulation technique. The effect of the grain size and type of confinement was investigated for aluminum film with a constant thickness of 4 nm. The results show that coherent intercrystalline interface suppress the transition of solid aluminum into liquid, while free-surface gives melting point depression. The mechanism of melting of polycrystalline aluminum thin film was investigated. It was found that melting starts at grain boundaries and propagates to grain interiors. The melting point was calculated from the Lindemann index criterion, taking into account only atoms near to grain boundaries. This made it possible to extend melting point calculations to bigger grains, which require a long time (in the MD scale) to be fully molten. The results show that 4 nm thick film of aluminum melts at a temperature lower than the melting point of bulk aluminum (933 K) only when the grain size is reduced to 6 nm.

  7. The effect of abrasive blasting on the strength of a joint between dental porcelain and metal base.

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    Pietnicki, Krzysztof; Wołowiec, Emilia; Klimek, Leszek

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents the effect of selected parameters of abrasive blasting on the strength of a joint between dental porcelain and metal base. Experiments were conducted for different grain sizes of abrasive material and different blasting angles, with a constant blasting pressure. InLine dental porcelain was fused on samples of cobalt-chromium alloy following abrasive blasting; they were subsequently subjected to shearing forces on a testing machine. The fractures were observed under an electron scanning microscope in order to determine the character and course of fracturing. Strength tests showed that the grain size of abrasive material was a parameter with the greatest effect on the strength. The best effects were achieved for samples subjected to abrasive blasting with material with grain size of 110 μm. No statistically significant differences were found for the strength of samples worked at different angles. The results of the fractographic examinations have shown that in all the samples, fracturing occurred mainly along the porcelain-metal boundary, with few cases of fracturing through porcelain. PMID:24708248

  8. The mechanical characterization of fully dense Ni sheets with different grain sizes: application of DIC

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    Wu, Jia; Zhou, Jianqiu; Zhang, Dongsheng

    2008-11-01

    The mechanical behaviors of metals vary with the grain size. Typically grain size change from micro to nanometer would cause increase in hardness and strength and a decrease in ductility. In this study, two sorts of fully dense, nanocrystalline and coarse-grained Nickel sheets were prepared. Fully dense, sheets with a purity of 99.9% were purchased from Integran Technologies Inc., Canada). Their nominal grain sizes are about 20nm and were produced by electrodeposition. And the fully dense, coarse-grained Ni sheets with a purity of 99.9% were mechanically polished to a thickness of approximately 0.2 mm and afterwards annealed at 700°C. Both sorts of specimens were subjected to monotonic uniaxial tensile load. The surface intensity was documented with high resolution imaging system. The deformation including displacement and strain fields were quantified with digital image correlation (DIC) algorithm. Experimental results including, stress-strain curve, strain distributions at critical states are presented.

  9. Grain size effect on the nonlinear dielectric properties of barium titanate ceramics

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    Curecheriu, Lavinia; Mitoseriu, Liliana; Buscaglia, Maria Teresa; Buscaglia, Vincenzo; Zhao, Zhe

    2010-12-13

    The nonlinear dielectric properties of dense BaTiO{sub 3} ceramics with grain size of 1 {mu}m-90 nm were investigated. In the finest ceramics, the permittivity reduces below 1000 and a remarkable nonhysteretic linear dc-tunability [{epsilon}(E)] is obtained at high field, above 40 kV/cm. The observed behavior was explained by considering the nanostructured ceramic as a composite formed by ferroelectric grains, whose nonlinearity is reducing, and by low-permittivity nonferroelectric grain boundaries, whose volume fraction increases when decreasing the grain size. Reducing the grain size in ferroelectric dense materials is an alternative route to accomplish the application requirements: nonhysteretic tunability and permittivity below 1000.

  10. Transport, retention, and size perturbation of graphene oxide in saturated porous media: Effects of input concentration and grain size

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    Accurately predicting the fate and transport of graphene oxide (GO) in porous media is critical to assess its environmental impact. In this work, sand column experiments were conducted to determine the effect of input concentration and grain size on transport, retention, and size perturbation of GO ...

  11. A High-strain Flow Law for Olivine: Grain-size Sensitivity and Crystallographic Fabric

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    Hansen, L. N.; Zimmerman, M. E.; Kohlstedt, D. L.

    2011-12-01

    The dislocation-accommodated grain-boundary sliding regime, which has recently been recognized in deformation experiments on olivine aggregates, has important implications for the rheological characteristics of the upper mantle and for the interpretation of microstructures in naturally deformed rocks. However, previous experimental studies suffer from both the difficulty in synthesizing samples with a desired mean grain size and the limitation that crystallographic fabrics have not fully developed at low strains. We alleviate these difficulties in a series of innovative deformation experiments. Aggregates of iron-bearing olivine, hot pressed as hollow cylinders, were deformed in torsion at 1200°C in a gas-medium apparatus at constant strain rate until a steady-state shear stress was reached, which occurred by a shear strain of ~5. Since recrystallized grain size is a function of shear stress, we were able to systematically vary the mean grain size among samples by changing the controlling shear-strain rate. Above a shear strain of ~5, strain rate stepping tests were performed to determine the stress exponent. Between each strain-rate step, the strain rate was returned to the original strain rate to reset the microstructure. Experiments were stopped when the total shear strain reached ~11. Our results yield a stress exponent of ~4 and a grain size exponent of ~1, both of which agree with previous small-strain compression experiments on olivine in the dislocation-accommodated grain-boundary sliding regime. If the dependence of strain rate on grain size in the power-law flow law is removed by inserting the grain-size piezometer, the apparent stress exponent in the resulting grain size independent flow law increases to 5.2. Microstructural analyses indicate that very strong crystallographic-preferred orientation (CPO) fabrics are developed with M-indices of ~0.6. The CPO fabrics have [100] maxima sub-parallel to the shear direction and [010] maxima sub

  12. Millimeter-sized grains in the protostellar envelopes: Where do they come from?

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    Wong, Yi Hang Valerie; Hirashita, Hiroyuki; Li, Zhi-Yun

    2016-08-01

    Grain growth during star formation affects the physical and chemical processes in the evolution of star-forming clouds. We investigate the origin of the millimeter (mm)-sized grains recently observed in Class I protostellar envelopes. We use the coagulation model developed in our previous paper and find that a hydrogen number density of as high as 1010 cm-3, instead of the typical density 105 cm-3, is necessary for the formation of mm-sized grains. Thus, we test a hypothesis that such large grains are transported to the envelope from the inner, denser parts, finding that gas drag by outflow efficiently "launches" the large grains as long as the central object has not grown to ≳0.1 M⊙. By investigating the shattering effect on the mm-sized grains, we ensure that the large grains are not significantly fragmented after being injected in the envelope. We conclude that the mm-sized grains observed in the protostellar envelopes are not formed in the envelopes but formed in the inner parts of the star-forming regions and transported to the envelopes before a significant mass growth of the central object, and that they survive in the envelopes.

  13. Size Distribution and Rate of Dust Generated During Grain Elevator Handling

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    Dust generated during grain handling is an air pollutant that produces safety and health hazards. This study was conducted to characterize the particle size distribution (PSD) of dust generated during handling of wheat and shelled corn in the research elevator of the USDA Grain Marketing and Product...

  14. Millimeter-sized grains in the protostellar envelopes: Where do they come from?

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    Wong, Yi Hang Valerie; Hirashita, Hiroyuki; Li, Zhi-Yun

    2016-06-01

    Grain growth during star formation affects the physical and chemical processes in the evolution of star-forming clouds. We investigate the origin of the millimeter (mm)-sized grains recently observed in Class I protostellar envelopes. We use the coagulation model developed in our previous paper and find that a hydrogen number density of as high as 1010 cm-3, instead of the typical density 105 cm-3, is necessary for the formation of mm-sized grains. Thus, we test a hypothesis that such large grains are transported to the envelope from the inner, denser parts, finding that gas drag by outflow efficiently "launches" the large grains as long as the central object has not grown to ≳0.1 M⊙. By investigating the shattering effect on the mm-sized grains, we ensure that the large grains are not significantly fragmented after being injected in the envelope. We conclude that the mm-sized grains observed in the protostellar envelopes are not formed in the envelopes but formed in the inner parts of the star-forming regions and transported to the envelopes before a significant mass growth of the central object, and that they survive in the envelopes.

  15. Cobble cam: Grain-size measurements of sand to boulder from digital photographs and autocorrelation analyses

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    Warrick, J.A.; Rubin, D.M.; Ruggiero, P.; Harney, J.N.; Draut, A.E.; Buscombe, D.

    2009-01-01

    A new application of the autocorrelation grain size analysis technique for mixed to coarse sediment settings has been investigated. Photographs of sand- to boulder-sized sediment along the Elwha River delta beach were taken from approximately 1??2 m above the ground surface, and detailed grain size measurements were made from 32 of these sites for calibration and validation. Digital photographs were found to provide accurate estimates of the long and intermediate axes of the surface sediment (r2 > 0??98), but poor estimates of the short axes (r2 = 0??68), suggesting that these short axes were naturally oriented in the vertical dimension. The autocorrelation method was successfully applied resulting in total irreducible error of 14% over a range of mean grain sizes of 1 to 200 mm. Compared with reported edge and object-detection results, it is noted that the autocorrelation method presented here has lower error and can be applied to a much broader range of mean grain sizes without altering the physical set-up of the camera (~200-fold versus ~6-fold). The approach is considerably less sensitive to lighting conditions than object-detection methods, although autocorrelation estimates do improve when measures are taken to shade sediments from direct sunlight. The effects of wet and dry conditions are also evaluated and discussed. The technique provides an estimate of grain size sorting from the easily calculated autocorrelation standard error, which is correlated with the graphical standard deviation at an r2 of 0??69. The technique is transferable to other sites when calibrated with linear corrections based on photo-based measurements, as shown by excellent grain-size analysis results (r2 = 0??97, irreducible error = 16%) from samples from the mixed grain size beaches of Kachemak Bay, Alaska. Thus, a method has been developed to measure mean grain size and sorting properties of coarse sediments. ?? 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  16. Modeling grain size variations of aeolian gypsum deposits at White Sands, New Mexico, using AVIRIS imagery

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    Ghrefat, H.A.; Goodell, P.C.; Hubbard, B.E.; Langford, R.P.; Aldouri, R.E.

    2007-01-01

    Visible and Near-Infrared (VNIR) through Short Wavelength Infrared (SWIR) (0.4-2.5????m) AVIRIS data, along with laboratory spectral measurements and analyses of field samples, were used to characterize grain size variations in aeolian gypsum deposits across barchan-transverse, parabolic, and barchan dunes at White Sands, New Mexico, USA. All field samples contained a mineralogy of ?????100% gypsum. In order to document grain size variations at White Sands, surficial gypsum samples were collected along three Transects parallel to the prevailing downwind direction. Grain size analyses were carried out on the samples by sieving them into seven size fractions ranging from 45 to 621????m, which were subjected to spectral measurements. Absorption band depths of the size fractions were determined after applying an automated continuum-removal procedure to each spectrum. Then, the relationship between absorption band depth and gypsum size fraction was established using a linear regression. Three software processing steps were carried out to measure the grain size variations of gypsum in the Dune Area using AVIRIS data. AVIRIS mapping results, field work and laboratory analysis all show that the interdune areas have lower absorption band depth values and consist of finer grained gypsum deposits. In contrast, the dune crest areas have higher absorption band depth values and consist of coarser grained gypsum deposits. Based on laboratory estimates, a representative barchan-transverse dune (Transect 1) has a mean grain size of 1.16 ??{symbol} (449????m). The error bar results show that the error ranges from - 50 to + 50????m. Mean grain size for a representative parabolic dune (Transect 2) is 1.51 ??{symbol} (352????m), and 1.52 ??{symbol} (347????m) for a representative barchan dune (Transect 3). T-test results confirm that there are differences in the grain size distributions between barchan and parabolic dunes and between interdune and dune crest areas. The t-test results

  17. Using the 10-Be Grain Size Dependency in Alluvial Sediments to Investigate Hillslope and Channel Processes

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    Belmont, P.; Pazzaglia, F. J.; Gosse, J.

    2006-12-01

    The method for estimating basin-wide erosion rates from in situ produced 10-Be in alluvial sediments has matured over the past decade; nevertheless, several applications have not been fully explored. Foremost among these is identifying hillslope weathering and erosion processes through a study of the cosmogenic inventories of specific grain-size fractions of alluvial sediment. We applied a nested sampling strategy to two (6-12 km 2) basins on the Olympic Peninsula, western Washington State, to investigate how cosmogenic nuclides are sequestered across different alluvial grain sizes. Alluvium was sampled near the mouth and headwaters of each basin. The 10-Be concentration in river-borne quartz was measured for two grain-size fractions, medium-sized sand (0.25 - 0.50 mm) and an amalgamation of 80+ cobbles (22.6 - 90 mm). Extensive granulometry was conducted at each site and several different methods were used to qualify weathering intensity of channel boulders, which differs substantially for the two basins. We observed different concentrations of 10-Be in all eight grain size fractions. At both headwater sites the cobbles consistently exhibit 25% lower 10-Be concentrations, compared to sand. In contrast, the cobbles in the downstream sites differed with one basin exhibiting 22% higher 10-Be concentration compared to sand and the other site exhibiting 55% lower 10-Be concentration in the cobbles, compared to sand. A GIS was used to extract basin morphological metrics including basin hypsometry, hillslope gradient and channel gradient. Concentrations of 10-Be at the headwater sites are best explained by shielding of the coarser grain size fraction and its delivery to the channel by deep-seated landslide processes. The contrasting grain-size dependency at the two downstream sites requires a more complex interplay between hillslope and channel processes including cobble weathering and grain size reduction during fluvial transport. Although preliminary, these results

  18. Robust grain size end-members inferred from Quaternary lacustrine sediments across the Tibetan Plateau

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    Dietze, Elisabeth; Diekmann, Bernhard; Henkel, Karoline; Herb, Christian; Kasper, Thomas; Opitz, Stephan; Zhang, Weilin; Haberzettl, Torsten

    2013-04-01

    The detrital grain size composition of sediments can be explained by different transport processes, each of them sorting sediments in a characteristic way. Transport processes are typically linked to distinct environmental, mainly hydrological variations. However, also tectonic and anthropogenic influence can significantly alter them. Lake basins act as final sediment sinks, where sediments that were sorted by different processes get mixed. This results in multi-modal grain-size distributions of lake sediments. To interpret these distributions descriptive grain size analysis (e.g., the method of moments) may lead to misinterpretations. End-member modelling analysis (EMMA) allows a mathematical unmixing of grain size compositions to geoscientifically-interpretable end-members and quantifying these end-members in space and time. Lakes of different sizes and catchment configurations from the northern, north-eastern, and southern Tibetan Plateau are studied here, including Late Quaternary sediments from Lakes Donggi Cona, Nam Co, Tangra Yum Co and up to 2.7 Ma old lake sediments from the Qaidam basin. Grain size distributions from lake sediments are analysed using EMMA. The most robust grain-size end-members are determined by a variety of similarly-likely model runs. Their relation provides valuable and quantitative information on the most prominent past sediment transport processes and, hence, on past hydrological variations for different times throughout the Quaternary independent of time scale and resolution of the respective lake sediment archive.

  19. Snow grain size and albedo in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica: measurements and modeling

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    Pirazzini, Roberta; Räisänen, Petri; Vihma, Timo; Johansson, Milla; Tastula, Esa-Matti

    2014-05-01

    Snow grain macro-photos collected near the Finnish Antarctic Station Aboa during summer 2009-2010 were analyzed, and the link between snow grain metamorphism and surface albedo was investigated. Snow grain macro-photos were taken twice a day for a one-month period from four snowpack layers (at the surface and at the depths of 5, 10, and 20 cm). A cave inside the snowpack was used as a cold and dark "laboratory". The dataset also includes vertical profiles of snow temperature and density (twice a day), surface broadband albedo, surface spectral reflectance during clear and overcast days, and ancillary meteorological data. With such an extensive and complete dataset, we studied the snow grain metric that best represents the grain scattering properties at various wavelengths, establishing a direct relationship between measured grain dimensions and optically-equivalent grain size. For this purpose, we analyzed the 2D macro-photos with an image processing software (based on Matlab) that allows the determination of the size distribution of many dimensional quantities. A statistical approach was applied to estimate the representativeness error in the snow grain observations. The distributions of the obtained grain size metrics and the snow density profiles were utilized in the radiative transfer model DISORT to simulate the surface spectral albedo. The comparison of the model results with the observed spectral albedo allowed the identification of the snow grain dimensions that best explain the albedo at each wavelength. The impact of the snow grain shape in the model simulations was addressed utilizing spherical and droxtal grain representations.

  20. Composition and grain size effects on the structural and mechanical properties of CuZr nanoglasses

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    Adibi, Sara; Branicio, Paulo S.; Zhang, Yong-Wei; Joshi, Shailendra P.

    2014-07-01

    Nanoglasses (NGs), metallic glasses (MGs) with a nanoscale grain structure, have the potential to considerably increase the ductility of traditional MGs while retaining their outstanding mechanical properties. We investigated the effects of composition on the structural and mechanical properties of CuZr NG films with grain sizes between 3 to 15 nm using molecular dynamics simulations. Results indicate a transition from localized shear banding to homogeneous superplastic flow with decreasing grain size, although the critical average grain size depends on composition: 5 nm for Cu36Zr64 and 3 nm for Cu64Zr36. The flow stress of the superplastic NG at different compositions follows the trend of the yield stress of the parent MG, i.e., Cu36Zr64 yield/flow stress: 2.54 GPa/1.29 GPa and Cu64Zr36 yield/flow stress: 3.57 GPa /1.58 GPa. Structural analysis indicates that the differences in mechanical behavior as a function of composition are rooted at the distinct statistics of prominent atomic Voronoi polyhedra. The mechanical behavior of NGs is also affected by the grain boundary thickness and the fraction of atoms at interfaces for a given average grain size. The results suggest that the composition dependence of the mechanical behavior of NGs follows that of their parent MGs, e.g., a stronger MG will generate a stronger NG, while the intrinsic tendency for homogeneous deformation occurring at small grain size is not affected by composition.

  1. The Effects of Dilute Polymer Solutions on the Shape, Size, and Roughness of Abrasive Slurry Jet Micromachined Channels and Holes in Brittle and Ductile Materials

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    Kowsari, Kavin

    The present study investigated the effect of dilute polymer solutions on the size, shape, and roughness of channels and holes, machined in metal and glass using a novel abrasive slurry-jet micro-machining (ASJM) apparatus. The apparatus consisted of a slurry pump and a pulsation damper connected to an open reservoir tank to generate a 140-micron turbulent jet containing 1 wt% 10-micron alumina particles. With the addition of 50 wppm of 8-M (million) molecular weight polyethylene oxide (PEO), the widths of the channels and diameters of holes machined in glass decreased by an average amount of 25%. These changes were accompanied by approximately a 20% decrease in depth and more V-shaped profiles compared with the U-shape of the reference channels and holes machined without additives. The present results demonstrate that a small amount of a high-molecular-weight polymer can significantly decrease the size of machined channels and holes for a given jet diameter.

  2. Laboratory application of laser grain-size analyzer in determining suspended sediment concentration

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    Liu, Xiao; Feng, Xiuli; Liu, Jie; Lin, Lin

    2014-06-01

    Suspended sediment concentration (SSC) is an important parameter in marine sedimentology. With the development of technology, many acoustic and optical devices, such as the Laser In-Situ Scattering and Transmissometry, have been designed to measure in situ SSC and grain size distribution. But due to fund or other restrictions, many experiments were only conducted in laboratory, using an indoor laser grain-size analyzer and gravimetric method to measure grain size distribution and concentration, respectively. In this study the laboratory experiment is simplified by omitting the tiring step of gravimetric method. The connections between SSC and other parameters (obscuration, D50 and sorting index) were investigated based on 124 surface sediment samples collected from different offshore areas. A new method is developed for determining SSC in laboratory using a laser grain-size analyzer.

  3. Strain Rate Effect on the Mechanical Behaviour of Sandstones with Different Grain Sizes

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    Wasantha, P. L. P.; Ranjith, P. G.; Zhao, J.; Shao, S. S.; Permata, G.

    2015-09-01

    Sandstone specimens with different grain sizes were tested under uniaxial compression at a range of strain rates to investigate the coupled influence of strain rate and grain size on the mechanical behaviour of sandstone. Average grain sizes of sandstones were 105.4 µm (fine grained, FG), 228 µm (medium grained, MG) and 321 µm (coarse grained, CG), and the considered strain rates were 10-6, 10-5, 10-4 and 10-3 S-1. We used an optical deformation and strain measuring system for all the tests to determine the deformation characteristics of specimens during loading. The peak strength was observed to increase non-linearly with an increasing gradient against logarithmic strain rate for FG sandstone, while the trend was a linear increase for MG sandstone and unsystematic for CG sandstone. The relationships of elastic modulus versus logarithmic strain rate for the three types of sandstones showed similar trends as for the peak strength. This observation suggests that the FG sandstones are more responsive to strain rate compared to coarser-grained sandstones and this was attributed to the differences in micro-crack development patterns of sandstones with different grain sizes. A surprising behaviour was observed for CG sandstone, which displayed an increase of strength at the slowest strain rate, reversing the general decreasing trend of strength with decreasing strain rate. Stress redistribution associated with grain fracturing was proposed as a possible mechanism to explain this counter-intuitive behaviour. Finally, the results of this paper suggest that the size of constituent grains is a critical parameter that needs to be incorporated in considerations of the mechanical behaviour of sandstones under different strain rates.

  4. Objective Delineation of River Bed Surface Patches from High-Resolution Spatial Grain Size Data

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    Nelson, P. A.; Bellugi, D.; Dietrich, W. E.

    2010-12-01

    Gravel-bed rivers commonly display distinct sorting patterns on their beds. Visually, this heterogeneity often appears to form an organization of distinct textural patches or facies. The local bed surface grain size, and therefore bed surface patchiness, exerts considerable influence on local bed mobility, bedload transport rates, hydrodynamic roughness, and benthic microhabitats. Despite the ecological and morphodynamic importance of bed surface patchiness, we lack accurate and objective methods to delineate bed patches. However, recent advances in photographic measurement of bed surface grain size distributions are capable of providing data at a spatial resolution high enough to allow us an opportunity to answer the question: what is a patch? Here, we explore a variety of techniques that can be applied to high-resolution spatial grain size data to automatically generate maps of grain size patches. We apply a state-of-the-art image processing and machine learning procedure to a photographic survey of the bed surface of a near-field scale flume to extract grain size data and to generate a spatial grid of bed surface grain size distributions. The flume bed was composed of gravel 2-45 mm in diameter and it featured clearly identifiable sorting features. Using this dataset, we investigate several possible methods of patch delineation. The grid of grain size distributions can be represented by a graph of nodes (grain size distributions) connected by edges whose weight is a function of the similarity between two nodes. Spectral graph theory is then used to optimally cut the edges in order to produce a spatial structure of patches that minimizes the association between patches and maximizes the association of nodes within a patch. In a different approach, agglomerative clustering of spatially adjacent grain size distributions is used to produce a hierarchical dendrogram that can be thresholded to partition the bed into patches. We also explore using the k-means algorithm

  5. Autonomous bed-sediment imaging-systems for revealing temporal variability of grain size

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    Buscombe, Daniel; Rubin, David M.; Lacy, Jessica R.; Storlazzi, Curt D.; Hatcher, Gerald; Chezar, Henry; Wyland, Robert; Sherwood, Christopher R.

    2014-01-01

    We describe a remotely operated video microscope system, designed to provide high-resolution images of seabed sediments. Two versions were developed, which differ in how they raise the camera from the seabed. The first used hydraulics and the second used the energy associated with wave orbital motion. Images were analyzed using automated frequency-domain methods, which following a rigorous partially supervised quality control procedure, yielded estimates to within 20% of the true size as determined by on-screen manual measurements of grains. Long-term grain-size variability at a sandy inner shelf site offshore of Santa Cruz, California, USA, was investigated using the hydraulic system. Eighteen months of high frequency (min to h), high-resolution (μm) images were collected, and grain size distributions compiled. The data constitutes the longest known high-frequency record of seabed-grain size at this sample frequency, at any location. Short-term grain-size variability of sand in an energetic surf zone at Praa Sands, Cornwall, UK was investigated using the ‘wave-powered’ system. The data are the first high-frequency record of grain size at a single location of a highly mobile and evolving bed in a natural surf zone. Using this technology, it is now possible to measure bed-sediment-grain size at a time-scale comparable with flow conditions. Results suggest models of sediment transport at sandy, wave-dominated, nearshore locations should allow for substantial changes in grain-size distribution over time-scales as short as a few hours.

  6. Nano-scale machining of polycrystalline coppers - effects of grain size and machining parameters

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    2013-01-01

    In this study, a comprehensive investigation on nano-scale machining of polycrystalline copper structures is carried out by molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. Simulation cases are constructed to study the impacts of grain size, as well as various machining parameters. Six polycrystalline copper structures are produced, which have the corresponding equivalent grain sizes of 5.32, 6.70, 8.44, 13.40, 14.75, and 16.88 nm, respectively. Three levels of depth of cut, machining speed, and tool rake angle are also considered. The results show that greater cutting forces are required in nano-scale polycrystalline machining with the increase of depth of cut, machining speed, and the use of the negative tool rake angles. The distributions of equivalent stress are consistent with the cutting force trends. Moreover, it is discovered that in the grain size range of 5.32 to 14.75 nm, the cutting forces and equivalent stress increase with the increase of grain size for the nano-structured copper, while the trends reserve after the grain size becomes even higher. This discovery confirms the existence of both the regular Hall–Petch relation and the inverse Hall–Petch relation in polycrystalline machining, and the existence of a threshold grain size allows one of the two relations to become dominant. The dislocation-grain boundary interaction shows that the resistance of the grain boundary to dislocation movement is the fundamental mechanism of the Hall–Petch relation, while grain boundary diffusion and movement is the reason of the inverse Hall–Petch relation. PMID:24267785

  7. Grain size measurements using the point-sampled intercept technique

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    Srinivasan, S. ); Russ, J.C.; Scattergood, R.O. . Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering)

    1991-01-01

    Recent developments in the field of stereology and measurement of three-dimensional size scales from two-dimensional sections have emanated from the medical field, particularly in the area of pathology. Here, the measurement of biological cell sizes and their distribution are critical for diagnosis and treatment of such deadly diseases as cancer. The purpose of this paper is to introduce these new methods to the materials science community and to illustrate their application using a series of typical microstructures found in polycrystalline ceramics. As far as the current authors are aware, these methods have not been applied in materials-science related applications.

  8. The influence of grain size, grain color, and suspended-sediment concentration on light attenuation: Why fine-grained terrestrial sediment is bad for coral reef ecosystems

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    Storlazzi, Curt D.; Norris, Ben K.; Rosenberger, Kurt J.

    2015-09-01

    Sediment has been shown to be a major stressor to coral reefs globally. Although many researchers have tested the impact of sedimentation on coral reef ecosystems in both the laboratory and the field and some have measured the impact of suspended sediment on the photosynthetic response of corals, there has yet to be a detailed investigation on how properties of the sediment itself can affect light availability for photosynthesis. We show that finer-grained and darker-colored sediment at higher suspended-sediment concentrations attenuates photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) significantly more than coarser, lighter-colored sediment at lower concentrations and provide PAR attenuation coefficients for various grain sizes, colors, and suspended-sediment concentrations that are needed for biophysical modeling. Because finer-grained sediment particles settle more slowly and are more susceptible to resuspension, they remain in the water column longer, thus causing greater net impact by reducing light essential for photosynthesis over a greater duration. This indicates that coral reef monitoring studies investigating sediment impacts should concentrate on measuring fine-grained lateritic and volcanic soils, as opposed to coarser-grained siliceous and carbonate sediment. Similarly, coastal restoration efforts and engineering solutions addressing long-term coral reef ecosystem health should focus on preferentially retaining those fine-grained soils rather than coarse silt and sand particles.

  9. The influence of grain size, grain color, and suspended-sediment concentration on light attenuation: why fine-grained terrestrial sediment is bad for coral reef ecosystems

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    Storlazzi, Curt; Norris, Benjamin; Rosenberger, Kurt

    2015-01-01

    Sediment has been shown to be a major stressor to coral reefs globally. Although many researchers have tested the impact of sedimentation on coral reef ecosystems in both the laboratory and the field and some have measured the impact of suspended sediment on the photosynthetic response of corals, there has yet to be a detailed investigation on how properties of the sediment itself can affect light availability for photosynthesis. We show that finer-grained and darker-colored sediment at higher suspended-sediment concentrations attenuates photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) significantly more than coarser, lighter-colored sediment at lower concentrations and provide PAR attenuation coefficients for various grain sizes, colors, and suspended-sediment concentrations that are needed for biophysical modeling. Because finer-grained sediment particles settle more slowly and are more susceptible to resuspension, they remain in the water column longer, thus causing greater net impact by reducing light essential for photosynthesis over a greater duration. This indicates that coral reef monitoring studies investigating sediment impacts should concentrate on measuring fine-grained lateritic and volcanic soils, as opposed to coarser-grained siliceous and carbonate sediment. Similarly, coastal restoration efforts and engineering solutions addressing long-term coral reef ecosystem health should focus on preferentially retaining those fine-grained soils rather than coarse silt and sand particles.

  10. Fatigue Resistance of the Grain Size Transition Zone in a Dual Microstructure Superalloy Disk

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    Gabb, T. P.; Kantzos, P. T.; Telesman, J.; Gayda, J.; Sudbrack, C. K.; Palsa, B. S.

    2010-01-01

    Mechanical property requirements vary with location in nickel-based superalloy disks. To maximize the associated mechanical properties, heat treatment methods have been developed for producing tailored microstructures. In this study, a specialized heat treatment method was applied to produce varying grain microstructures from the bore to the rim portions of a powder metallurgy processed nickel-based superalloy disk. The bore of the contoured disk consisted of fine grains to maximize strength and fatigue resistance at lower temperatures. The rim microstructure of the disk consisted of coarse grains for maximum resistance to creep and dwell crack growth at high temperatures up to 704 C. However, the fatigue resistance of the grain size transition zone was unclear, and needed to be evaluated. This zone was located as a band in the disk web between the bore and rim. Specimens were extracted parallel and transverse to the transition zone, and multiple fatigue tests were performed at 427 and 704 C. Mean fatigue lives were lower at 427 C than for 704 C. Specimen failures often initiated at relatively large grains, which failed on crystallographic facets. Grain size distributions were characterized in the specimens, and related to the grains initiating failures as well as location within the transition zone. Fatigue life decreased with increasing maximum grain size. Correspondingly, mean fatigue resistance of the transition zone was slightly higher than that of the rim, but lower than that of the bore. The scatter in limited tests of replicates was comparable for all transition zone locations examined.

  11. Metamorphic reactions, grain size reduction and deformation of mafic lower crustal rocks

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    Degli Alessandrini, Giulia; Menegon, Luca; Beltrando, Marco; Dijkstra, Arjan; Anderson, Mark

    2016-04-01

    This study investigates grain-scale deformation mechanisms associated with strain localization in the mafic continental lower crust, with particular focus on the role of syn-kinematic metamorphic reactions and their product - symplectites - in promoting grain size reduction and phase mixing. The investigated shear zone is hosted in the Finero mafic-ultramafic complex in the Italian Southern Alps. Shearing occurred at T ≥ 650° C and P ≥ 0.4-0.6 GPa. The shear zone reworks both mafic and ultramafic lithologies and displays anastomosing patterns of (ultra)mylonitic high strain zones wrapping less foliated, weakly deformed low strain domains. Field and microstructural observations indicate that different compositional layers of the shear zone responded differently to deformation, resulting in strain partitioning. Four distinct microstructural domains have been identified: (1) an ultramylonitic domain characterized by an amph + pl matrix (grain size < 30μm) with large amphibole porphyroclasts (grain size between 200μm and 5000μm) and rare garnets; (2) a domain rich in garnet porphyroclasts embedded in a matrix of monomineralic plagioclase displaying a core and mantle structure (average grain size 45μm) (3) a metagabbroic domain with porphyroclasts of clinopyroxene, orthopyroxene and garnets (200μm average grain size) wrapped by monomineralic ribbons of recrystallized plagioclase and (4) a garnet-free ultramylonitic domain composed of an intermixed amph + cpx + opx + pl matrix (6μm average grain size). In these domains, each porphyroclastic mineral responds differently to deformation: amphibole readily breaks down to symplectitic intergrowths of amph + pl or opx + pl. Garnet undergoes fracturing (in domain 2) or reacts to give symplectites of pl + opx (in domain 3). Plagioclase dynamically recrystallizes in mono-phase aggregates, whereas clinopyroxene undergoes fracturing and orthopyroxene undergoes plastic deformation. The behaviour of the different phases

  12. Anomaly in Dependence of Radiation-induced Vacancy Accumulation on Grain Size

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    Yang, Yi; Huang, Hanchen; Zinkle, Steven J

    2010-01-01

    According to conventional steady-state rate theory predictions of displacement damage evolution in irradiated materials, the accumulation of vacancies decreases as grain size decreases. Using atomistic simulations, the authors report a transient anomaly in the dependence of radiation produced vacancy accumulation on grain size. Contrary to the conventional wisdom, the accumulation of vacancies can be higher in smaller grains than in larger grains during a transient stage. The anomaly is a result of competition between two atomic-level processes: grain boundary absorption and bulk recombination of point defects, each of which has characteristic length and time scales. A simple metal copper is used as the prototype of face-centered cubic material and electron radiation is the source of non-cascade defect production, both choices aiming at clarity for identifying physical mechanisms.

  13. The Importance of Grain Size to Mantle Dynamics and Seismological Observations: A Multidisciplinary Approach

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    Gassmöller, Rene; Dannberg, Juliane; Eilon, Zach; Moulik, Pritwiraj; Myhill, Robert; Faul, Ulrich

    2016-04-01

    Dynamic models of Earth's convecting mantle usually implement flow laws with constant grain size, stress-independent viscosity and a limited treatment of variations associated with changes in mineral assemblage. These simplifications greatly reduce computational requirements but preclude effects such as shear localisation and transient changes in rheology associated with phase transitions, which have the potential to fundamentally change flow patterns in the mantle. Here we use the finite-element code ASPECT [Bangerth et al., 2013] to model grain size evolution and the interplay between grain size, stress and strain rate in the convecting mantle. We include the simultaneous and competing effects of dynamic recrystallisation resulting from work done by dislocation creep, grain growth in multiphase assemblages and recrystallisation at phase transitions. Grain size variations also affect seismic properties of mantle materials. We apply published formalisms [Jackson & Faul, 2010; McCarthy et al., 2011; Takei et al., 2014] to relate intrinsic variables (P, T, and grain size) from our numerical models to seismic velocity (Vs) and attenuation (Q). We investigate these formalisms for consistency with seismic observations at conditions beyond the range of the experiments upon which they are based; this requires constraining the range of pre-factors and activation volumes relevant for the lower mantle. Our calculations use thermodynamically self-consistent anharmonic elastic moduli determined for the mineral assemblages in the mantle using HeFESTo [Stixrude and Lithgow-Bertelloni, 2013]. We investigate the effect of realistically heterogeneous grain sizes by computing synthetic seismological data; these highlight the frequency-dependent sensitivity of seismic waves to grain size, which is important when interpreting Vs and Q observations in terms of mineral assemblage and temperature. Our models show that grain size evolution can lead to lateral viscosity variations of six

  14. Trajectories and energy transfer of saltating particles onto rock surfaces : application to abrasion and ventifact formation on Earth and Mars

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    Bridges, Nathan T.; Phoreman, James; White, Bruce R.; Greeley, Ronald; Eddlemon, Eric E.; Wilson, Gregory R.; Meyer, Christine J.

    2005-01-01

    The interaction between saltating sand grains and rock surfaces is assessed to gauge relative abrasion potential as a function of rock shape, wind speed, grain size, and planetary environment. Many kinetic energy height profiles for impacts exhibit a distinctive increase, or kink, a few centimeters above the surface, consistent with previous field, wind tunnel, and theoretical investigations. The height of the kink observed in natural and wind tunnel settings is greater than predictions by a factor of 2 or more, probably because of enhanced bouncing off hard ground surfaces. Rebounded grains increase the effective flux and relative kinetic energy for intermediate slope angles. Whether abrasion occurs, as opposed to simple grain impact with little or no mass lost from the rock, depends on whether the grain kinetic energy (EG) exceeds a critical value (EC), as well as the flux of grains with energies above EC. The magnitude of abrasion and the shape change of the rock over time depends on this flux and the value of EG > EC. Considering the potential range of particle sizes and wind speeds, the predicted kinetic energies of saltating sand hitting rocks overlap on Earth and Mars. However, when limited to the most likely grain sizes and threshold conditions, our results agree with previous work and show that kinetic energies are about an order of magnitude greater on Mars.

  15. Small angle neutron scattering from nanometer grain sized materials

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    Epperson, J.E.; Siegel, R.W.

    1991-11-01

    Small angie neutron scattering has been utilized, along with a number of complementary characterization methods suitable to the nanometer size scale, to investigate the structures of cluster-assembled nanophase materials. Results of these investigations are described and problems and opportunities in using small angle scattering for elucidating nanostructures are discussed.

  16. Grain growth and size distribution in ion-irradiated chemical vapor deposited amorphous silicon

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    Spinella, C.; Lombardo, S.; Campisano, S. U.

    1989-07-10

    The amorphous to polycrystal transition in chemical vapor deposited (CVD) amorphous silicon has been studied at 450 /degree/C under Kr ion beam irradiation. The average grain size increases linearly with the ion dose, and the grain size distribution is very narrow compared to thermally grown grains. These results are consistent with the presence of crystal seeds in CVD material. All these seeds can grow simultaneously under ion beam irradiation. For layers completely preamorphized by Ge/sup +/ implantation, no ion beam induced nucleation is observed.

  17. Multiscale architectured materials with composition and grain size gradients manufactured using high-pressure torsion

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    Kang, Ji Yun; Kim, Jung Gi; Park, Hyo Wook; Kim, Hyoung Seop

    2016-01-01

    The concept of multiscale architectured materials is established using composition and grain size gradients. Composition-gradient nanostructured materials are produced from coarse grained interstitial free steels via carburization and high-pressure torsion. Quantitative analyses of the dislocation density using X-ray diffraction and microstructural studies clearly demonstrate the gradients of the dislocation density and grain size. The mechanical properties of the gradient materials are compared with homogeneous nanostructured carbon steel without a composition gradient in an effort to investigate the gradient effect. Based on the above observations, the potential of multiscale architecturing to open a new material property is discussed. PMID:27229160

  18. Multiscale architectured materials with composition and grain size gradients manufactured using high-pressure torsion.

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    Kang, Ji Yun; Kim, Jung Gi; Park, Hyo Wook; Kim, Hyoung Seop

    2016-01-01

    The concept of multiscale architectured materials is established using composition and grain size gradients. Composition-gradient nanostructured materials are produced from coarse grained interstitial free steels via carburization and high-pressure torsion. Quantitative analyses of the dislocation density using X-ray diffraction and microstructural studies clearly demonstrate the gradients of the dislocation density and grain size. The mechanical properties of the gradient materials are compared with homogeneous nanostructured carbon steel without a composition gradient in an effort to investigate the gradient effect. Based on the above observations, the potential of multiscale architecturing to open a new material property is discussed. PMID:27229160

  19. Multiscale architectured materials with composition and grain size gradients manufactured using high-pressure torsion

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    Kang, Ji Yun; Kim, Jung Gi; Park, Hyo Wook; Kim, Hyoung Seop

    2016-05-01

    The concept of multiscale architectured materials is established using composition and grain size gradients. Composition-gradient nanostructured materials are produced from coarse grained interstitial free steels via carburization and high-pressure torsion. Quantitative analyses of the dislocation density using X-ray diffraction and microstructural studies clearly demonstrate the gradients of the dislocation density and grain size. The mechanical properties of the gradient materials are compared with homogeneous nanostructured carbon steel without a composition gradient in an effort to investigate the gradient effect. Based on the above observations, the potential of multiscale architecturing to open a new material property is discussed.

  20. Role of grain size and particle velocity distribution in secondary electron emission in space plasmas

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    Chow, V. W.; Mendis, D. A.; Rosenberg, M.

    1993-01-01

    By virtue of being generally immersed in a plasma environment, cosmic dust is necessarily electrically charged. The fact that secondary emission plays an important role in determining the equilibrium grain potential has long been recognized, but the fact that the grain size plays a crucial role in this equilibrium potential, when secondary emission is important, has not been widely appreciated. Using both conducting and insulating spherical grains of various sizes and also both Maxwellian and generalized Lorentzian plasmas (which are believed to represent certain space plasmas), we have made a detailed study of this problem. In general, we find that the secondary emission yield delta increases with decreasing size and becomes very large for grains whose dimensions are comparable to the primary electron penetration depth, such as in the case of the very small grains observed at comet Halley and inferred in the interstellar medium. Moreover, we observed that delta is larger for insulators and equilibrium potentials are generally more positive when the plasma has a broad non-Maxwellian tail. Interestingly, we find that for thermal energies that are expected in several cosmic regions, grains of different sizes can have opposite charge, the smaller ones being positive while the larger ones are negative. This may have important consequences for grain accretion in polydisperse dusty space plasmas.

  1. Grain size evolution in the mantle and its effect on geodynamics and seismic observables

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    Myhill, R.; Dannberg, J.; Eilon, Z.; Gassmoeller, R.; Moulik, P.; Faul, U.; Asimow, P. D.

    2014-12-01

    Dynamic models of Earth's convecting mantle usually implement flow laws with constant grain size, stress-independent viscosity and a limited treatment of variations associated with changes in mineral assemblage. These simplifications greatly reduce computational requirements but preclude effects such as shear localisation and transient changes in rheology associated with phase transitions, which have the potential to fundamentally change flow patterns in the mantle. Here we use the finite-element code ASPECT (Bangerth et al., 2013) to model grain size evolution and the interplay between grain size, stress and strain rate in the convecting mantle. We include the simultaneous and competing effects of dynamic recrystallisation resulting from work done by dislocation creep, grain growth and recrystallisation at phase transitions. Further expressions account for slow growth in multiphase assemblages resulting from pinning. Grain size variations also affect seismic properties of mantle materials. We use several formulations from the literature to relate intrinsic variables (P, T, and grain size) from our numerical models to seismic velocity (Vs) and attenuation (Q). Our calculations use thermodynamically self-consistent anharmonic elastic moduli determined for the mineral assemblages in the mantle using HeFESTo (Stixrude and Lithgow-Bertelloni, 2013). We investigate the effect of realistically heterogeneous grain sizes by computing seismic observables such as body wave travel times, ray paths, and attenuation (t*) as well as mode eigenfrequencies and quality factors at different frequencies. We highlight the frequency-dependent sensitivity of seismic waves to grain size, which is important when interpreting Vs and Q observations in terms of mineral assemblage and temperature. This work is based on a project started at the CIDER 2014 summer program. References: Bangerth, W. et al., 2014, ASPECT: Advanced Solver for Problems in Earth's ConvecTion. Computational

  2. Flow strengths of quartz aggregates: grain size and pressure effects due to hydrolytic weakening

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    Kronenberg, A.K.; Tullis, J.

    1984-06-10

    Novaculites and quartzite ranging in grain size from 1.2--211 ..mu..m have been experimentally deformed at confining pressures of 350--1620 MPa under conditions of constant displacement rate and constant deviatoric stress in order to determine the effect of both grain size and pressure on the rheology of quartizite. The amount of water available to the samples was varied so that flow strengths for the entire suite of samples could be compared at several, nominally equal water concentrations; samples were vacuum dried at 800 /sup 0/C for 12 hours, left as is, or sealed in Pt jackets with 0.03--0.4 wt % water added. Novaculties deformed at 800 /sup 0/C for 12 hours, left as is, or sealed in Pt jackets with 0.03--0.4 wt% water added. Novaculities deformed at 800 /sup 0/C and 10/sup 0 -6//s/sup -1/ in the presence of 0.4 wt % water show a continuous decrease in flow strength with increasing confining pressure over the range 350--1590 MPa. At high confining pressures 950--1600 MPa, constant displacement rate experiments show three distinct grain size effects, corresponding to the three levels of water concentrations: (1) ''grain boundary hardening'' for vacuum-dried samples, (2) grain size independent strength for as is samples, and (3) ''grain boundaries weakening'' for samples deformed in the presence of water. Although grain boundary-dislocation interactions may lead to grain boundary hardening and grain boundary sliding to weakening the details of the mechanical data, in combination with microstructural observations, are inconsistent with existing models of intrinsic grain boundary effects.

  3. Relationship between abrasive wear and microstructure of composite resins.

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    Draughn, R A; Harrison, A

    1978-08-01

    The in vitro abrasion resistance of seven commercial composite resin restorative materials has been measured. Analysis of the composite microstructures shows that abrasion rates are dependent upon the size, hardness, and volume fraction of particles in the material. The most abrasion-resistant composites contain a high volume fraction of large, hard particles. PMID:278840

  4. Effect of grain size on the hardness and reactivity of plasma-sintered beryllium

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    Kim, Jae-Hwan; Nakamichi, Masaru

    2014-10-01

    Beryllium and its intermetallic compounds have attracted great attention as promising neutron multipliers in fusion reactors. In this study, mechanical and chemical properties of fabricated plasma-sintered beryllium (PS-Be) with different grain-sizes are investigated. Density and hardness analysis results of the fabricated PS-Be samples infer that a smaller grain size in the sintered Be indicates higher porosity and hardness. Sintered Be with a large grain size exhibits better resistance toward oxidation at 1273 K in dry air and at 1073 K in Ar/1% H2O, since oxidation at the grain boundaries of the determines the rate. In contrast, at 1273 K in Ar/1% H2O, a catastrophic oxidation is indicated by the increase of weight of the samples and the generation of H2 from the bulk Be.

  5. The magnetized sheath of a dusty plasma with grains size distribution

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    Ou, Jing Gan, Chunyun; Lin, Binbin; Yang, Jinhong

    2015-05-15

    The structure of a plasma sheath in the presence of dust grains size distribution (DGSD) is investigated in the multi-fluid framework. It is shown that effect of the dust grains with different sizes on the sheath structure is a collective behavior. The spatial distributions of electric potential, the electron and ion densities and velocities, and the dust grains surface potential are strongly affected by DGSD. The dynamics of dust grains with different sizes in the sheath depend on not only DGSD but also their radius. By comparison of the sheath structure, it is found that under the same expected value of DGSD condition, the sheath length is longer in the case of lognormal distribution than that in the case of uniform distribution. In two cases of normal and lognormal distributions, the sheath length is almost equal for the small variance of DGSD, and then the difference of sheath length increases gradually with increase in the variance.

  6. Underwater microscope for measuring spatial and temporal changes in bed-sediment grain size

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    Rubin, David M.; Chezar, Henry; Harney, Jodi N.; Topping, David J.; Melis, Theodore S.; Sherwood, Christopher R.

    2007-01-01

    For more than a century, studies of sedimentology and sediment transport have measured bed-sediment grain size by collecting samples and transporting them back to the laboratory for grain-size analysis. This process is slow and expensive. Moreover, most sampling systems are not selective enough to sample only the surficial grains that interact with the flow; samples typically include sediment from at least a few centimeters beneath the bed surface. New hardware and software are available for in situ measurement of grain size. The new technology permits rapid measurement of surficial bed sediment. Here we describe several systems we have deployed by boat, by hand, and by tripod in rivers, oceans, and on beaches.

  7. Underwater Microscope for Measuring Spatial and Temporal Changes in Bed-Sediment Grain Size

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    Rubin, David M.; Chezar, Henry; Harney, Jodi N.; Topping, David J.; Melis, Theodore S.; Sherwood, Christopher R.

    2006-01-01

    For more than a century, studies of sedimentology and sediment transport have measured bed-sediment grain size by collecting samples and transporting them back to the lab for grain-size analysis. This process is slow and expensive. Moreover, most sampling systems are not selective enough to sample only the surficial grains that interact with the flow; samples typically include sediment from at least a few centimeters beneath the bed surface. New hardware and software are available for in-situ measurement of grain size. The new technology permits rapid measurement of surficial bed sediment. Here we describe several systems we have deployed by boat, by hand, and by tripod in rivers, oceans, and on beaches.

  8. Effect of Initial Grain Size on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Extruded Mg-9Al-0.6Zn Alloy

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    Park, Sung Hyuk; Bae, Jun Ho; Kim, Sang-Hoon; Yoon, Jonghun; You, Bong Sun

    2015-12-01

    The effect of initial grain size on the microstructural evolution and tensile properties of an extruded Mg-9Al-0.6Zn alloy was investigated using homogenized billets with grain sizes of 411 and 87 μm. It is found that although dynamically recrystallized (DRXed) grains remain the same size regardless of the initial grain size, a finer-grained billet results in a significant reduction of the size and area fraction of un-DRXed grains through an increase in grain boundaries capable of acting as nucleation sites for DRX during hot extrusion. This increase in the fraction of DRXed grains, combined with more precipitates, improves the tensile yield strength of the extruded alloy. The elongation is also significantly improved, as the reduction in unDRXed grains suppresses the formation of twins that cause micro-cracks. This increased ductility subsequently results in an increase in ultimate tensile strength through continuous strain hardening.

  9. Modeling grain size and dislocation density effects on harmonics of the magnetic induction

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    Sablik, M. J.; Stegemann, D.; Krys, A.

    2001-06-01

    Microstructural attributes of steels affect hysteretic magnetic properties because the microstructure affects domain wall movement and pinning. Two important features are grain size and dislocation density. The consensus experimentally is that the coercivity tends to be linearly related to the inverse of the average grain diameter and to the square root of the dislocation density. In this article, these experimental tendencies are utilized in formulating the dependence of the hysteresis parameters of the Jiles{endash}Atherton model as a function of grain size and dislocation density. The results are then used in computing the first and third harmonics of the magnetic induction as a function of grain size and dislocation density. This is done via an adaptation of a hysteresis model formulated by Jiles for higher excitation frequencies. The results indicate that the harmonic amplitudes decrease monotonically with inverse grain size and the square root of dislocation density. Since increasing inverse grain size and dislocation density are correlated with increasing tensile strength, the results are consistent with experimental results for the decrease of the harmonic amplitudes with increasing tensile strength in automotive steels. Also, the harmonic amplitudes decrease with increasing excitation frequency, consistent with experiment. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  10. Modeling grain size and dislocation density effects on harmonics of the magnetic induction

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    Sablik, M. J.; Stegemann, D.; Krys, A.

    2001-06-01

    Microstructural attributes of steels affect hysteretic magnetic properties because the microstructure affects domain wall movement and pinning. Two important features are grain size and dislocation density. The consensus experimentally is that the coercivity tends to be linearly related to the inverse of the average grain diameter and to the square root of the dislocation density. In this article, these experimental tendencies are utilized in formulating the dependence of the hysteresis parameters of the Jiles-Atherton model as a function of grain size and dislocation density. The results are then used in computing the first and third harmonics of the magnetic induction as a function of grain size and dislocation density. This is done via an adaptation of a hysteresis model formulated by Jiles for higher excitation frequencies. The results indicate that the harmonic amplitudes decrease monotonically with inverse grain size and the square root of dislocation density. Since increasing inverse grain size and dislocation density are correlated with increasing tensile strength, the results are consistent with experimental results for the decrease of the harmonic amplitudes with increasing tensile strength in automotive steels. Also, the harmonic amplitudes decrease with increasing excitation frequency, consistent with experiment.

  11. Influence of Grain-size and Water on the Seismic Structure of the Oceanic Upper Mantle

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    Elsenbeck, J. R.; Behn, M.; Hirth, G.

    2006-12-01

    Grain size is an important material property that has significant effects on the viscosity [1], dominant deformation mechanism [2], attenuation, and shear wave velocity [3] of the upper mantle. Many studies have investigated grain size evolution, but have yet to incorporate the evolution equations into a steady-state flow model for the oceanic upper mantle. We construct self-consistent 1.5-D steady-state Couette flow models motivated by [4] to constrain how grain size evolves with depth in a composite diffusion-dislocation creep rheology. We run cases for a dry, wet, and dehydrated mantle (with dehydration above ~60-70 km depth). The calculated grain size profiles are input into a Burger's model system [3] to calculate seismic quality factor (Q) and shear wave velocity (Vs). For ages older than 50 Myrs, Q and Vs predicted by the dehydration case best match the reference models PREM and SW02 for Q [5,6], and the low seismic shear wave velocity zone (LVZ) observed [7,8]. Faul & Jackson [3] demonstrated that to fit observed values of Q and Vs in the LVZ, a grain size of 1 mm is required. Extrapolation of olivine creep data predicts that for a grain size of 1 mm, viscosity is on the order of 1016 Pa s. In addition, a grain size of 1 mm would result in deformation being dominated by diffusion creep. Our dehydration model for 75 Myrs shows a grain size of ~1 cm, a viscosity of ~1019 Pa s at a depth of ~150 km (the center of the LVZ), and dislocation creep as the dominant deformation mechanism. We also find that the characteristic timescale for grain size to reach steady-state is less than ~10% of plate age for depths equivalent to the LVZ. These results indicate that a combination of grain size evolution and dehydration are a plausible explanation for the LVZ. [1] Hall & Parmentier, G3, 2003; [2] Montési & Hirth, EPSL, 2003; [3] Faul & Jackson, EPSL, 2005; [4] Podolefsky et al., GJI, 2004; [5] Dziewonski & Anderson, PEPI, 1981; [6] Selby & Woodhouse, JGR, 2002; [7

  12. The influence of stress history on the grain size and microstructure of experimentally deformed quartzite

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    Kidder, Steven; Hirth, Greg; Avouac, Jean-Philippe; Behr, Whitney

    2016-02-01

    Deformation of middle crustal shear zones likely varies with time as a result of the stress build-up and release associated with earthquakes and post-seismic deformation, but the processes involved and their microstructural signature in the rock record are poorly understood. We conducted a series of experiments on quartzite at 900 °C to characterize microstructures associated with changes in stress and strain rate, and to investigate the feasibility of carrying out grain size piezometry in natural rocks that experienced analogous changes. Differential stress (referred to simply as "stress") was varied in two-stage experiments by changing strain rate and by stopping the motor and allowing stress to relax. The two-stage samples preserve a microstructural record that can be interpreted quantitatively in terms of stress history. The microstructure associated with a stress increase is a bimodal distribution of recrystallized grain sizes. The smaller grains associated with the second deformation stage accurately record the stress of the second stage, and the surviving coarse grains remain similar in size to those formed during the earlier stage. The transient microstructure associated with stress decrease is a "partial foam" texture containing a larger concentration of stable 120° triple junctions than occur in samples deformed at a relatively constant strain rate. Our results indicate that microstructures preserved in rocks that experienced relatively simple, two-stage deformation histories can be used to quantitatively assess stress histories. Grain growth rates during deformation are similar to rates observed in previous isostatic growth experiments, supporting theoretical approaches to recrystallized grain size, such as the wattmeter theory (Austin and Evans, 2007), that incorporate static growth rates. From an analysis of the experimental data for quartz recrystallized grain size, we find: 1) Recrystallized grain size quickly reaches a value consistent with

  13. Control of grain size and rice yield by GL2-mediated brassinosteroid responses.

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    Che, Ronghui; Tong, Hongning; Shi, Bihong; Liu, Yuqin; Fang, Shanru; Liu, Dapu; Xiao, Yunhua; Hu, Bin; Liu, Linchuan; Wang, Hongru; Zhao, Mingfu; Chu, Chengcai

    2015-01-01

    Given the continuously growing population and decreasing arable land, food shortage is becoming one of the most serious global problems in this century(1). Grain size is one of the determining factors for grain yield and thus is a prime target for genetic breeding(2,3). Although a number of quantitative trait loci (QTLs) associated with rice grain size have been identified in the past decade, mechanisms underlying their functions remain largely unknown(4,5). Here we show that a grain-length-associated QTL, GL2, has the potential to improve grain weight and grain yield up to 27.1% and 16.6%, respectively. We also show that GL2 is allelic to OsGRF4 and that it contains mutations in the miR396 targeting sequence. Because of the mutation, GL2 has a moderately increased expression level, which consequently activates brassinosteroid responses by upregulating a large number of brassinosteroid-induced genes to promote grain development. Furthermore, we found that GSK2, the central negative regulator of rice brassinosteroid signalling, directly interacts with OsGRF4 and inhibits its transcription activation activity to mediate the specific regulation of grain length by the hormone. Thus, this work demonstrates the feasibility of modulating specific brassinosteroid responses to improve plant productivity. PMID:27250747

  14. Anomalous polarization switching related to grain size in Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 polycrystalline films

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    Guo, Huifen; Cheng, Gang; Yong, Yongliang; Li, Liben

    2016-04-01

    Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 films of various grain size were prepared by the sol-gel technique. X-ray diffraction results show that these films are of single tetragonal phase with no evidence of preferential orientation. Anomalous polarization switching (APS) was induced in the films with average grain size ~150 nm by using the tip of a scanning force microscope. After scanning an area by the tip with constant poling parameter, the polarization of some grains orient opposite to the applied electric field irrespective of applied field polarity, exhibiting APS; while the rest switch in a normal way. The ratio of the APS grains to the total number decreases with the decrease of average grain size. Pulse poling experiments reveal that APS is likely to be related to the intrinsic characteristic of grains. Control experiments of poling (during and after) exclude backswitching after the removal of the external field due to the charge injection effect or the built-in field; both of which are possible reasons for APS. It is suggested that coupling between the temporary stress created in grains during field-induced normal switching and the applied field probably plays a key role in APS.

  15. Grain size effect on yield strength of titanium alloy implanted with aluminum ions

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    Popova, Natalya; Nikonenko, Elena; Yurev, Ivan; Kalashnikov, Mark; Kurzina, Irina

    2016-01-01

    The paper presents a transmission electron microscopy (TEM) study of the microstructure and phase state of commercially pure titanium VT1-0 implanted by aluminum ions. This study has been carried out before and after the ion implantation for different grain size, i.e. 0.3 µm (ultra-fine grain condition), 1.5 µm (fine grain condition), and 17 µm (polycrystalline condition). This paper presents details of calculations and analysis of strength components of the yield stress. It is shown that the ion implantation results in a considerable hardening of the entire thickness of the implanted layer in the both grain types. The grain size has, however, a different effect on the yield stress. So, both before and after the ion implantation, the increase of the grain size leads to the decrease of the alloy hardening. Thus, hardening in ultra-fine and fine grain alloys increased by four times, while in polycrystalline alloy it increased by over six times.

  16. Species sensitivity distributions for suspended clays, sediment burial, and grain size change in the marine environment.

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    Smit, Mathijs G D; Holthaus, Karlijn I E; Trannum, Hilde C; Neff, Jerry M; Kjeilen-Eilertsen, Grete; Jak, Robbert G; Singsaas, Ivar; Huijbregts, Mark A J; Hendriks, A Jan

    2008-04-01

    Assessment of the environmental risk of discharges, containing both chemicals and suspended solids (e.g., drilling discharges to the marine environment), requires an evaluation of the effects of both toxic and nontoxic pollutants. To date, a structured evaluation scheme that can be used for prognostic risk assessments for nontoxic stress is lacking. In the present study we challenge this lack of information by the development of marine species sensitivity distributions (SSDs) for three nontoxic stressors: suspended clays, burial by sediment, and change in sediment grain size. Through a literature study, effect levels were obtained for suspended clays, as well as for burial of biota. Information on the species preference range for median grain size was used to assess the sensitivity of marine species to changes in grain size. The 50% hazardous concentrations (HC50) for suspended barite and bentonite based on 50% effect concentrations (EC50s) were 3,010 and 1,830 mg/L, respectively. For burial the 50% hazardous level (HL50) was 5.4 cm. For change in median grain size, two SSDs were constructed; one for reducing and one for increasing the median grain size. The HL50 for reducing the median grain size was 17.8 mum. For increasing the median grain size this value was 305 mum. The SSDs have been constructed by using information related to offshore oil- and gas-related activities. Nevertheless, the results of the present study may have broader implications. The hypothesis of the present study is that the SSD methodology developed for the evaluation of toxic stress can also be applied to evaluate nontoxic stressors, facilitating the incorporation of nontoxic stressors in prognostic risk assessment tools. PMID:18333685

  17. Bacteria cell properties and grain size impact on bacteria transport and deposition in porous media.

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    Bai, Hongjuan; Cochet, Nelly; Pauss, André; Lamy, Edvina

    2016-03-01

    The simultaneous role of bacteria cell properties and porous media grain size on bacteria transport and deposition behavior was investigated in this study. Transport column experiments and numerical HYDRUS-1D simulations of three bacteria with different cell properties (Escherichia coli, Klebsiella oxytoca, and Rhodococcus rhodochrous) were carried out on two sandy media with different grain sizes, under saturated steady state flow conditions. Each bacterium was characterized by cell size and shape, cell motility, electrophoretic mobility, zeta potential, hydrophobicity and potential of interaction with the sand surface. Cell characteristics affected bacteria transport behavior in the fine sand, but similar bacteria breakthroughs and retardation factors observed in the coarse sand, indicated that bacteria transport was more depended on grain size than on bacteria cell properties. Retention decreased with increasing hydrophobicity and increased with increasing electrophoretic mobility of bacteria for both sand. The increasing sand grain size resulted in a decrease of bacteria retention, except for the motile E. coli, indicating that retention of this strain was more dependent on cell motility than on the sand grain size. Bacteria deposition coefficients obtained from numerical simulations of the retention profiles indicated that straining was an important mechanism affecting bacteria deposition of E. coli and Klebsiella sp., in the fine sand, but the attachment had the same importance as straining for R. rhodochrous. The results obtained in the coarse sand did not permit to discriminate the predominant mechanism of bacteria deposition and the relative implication of bacteria cell properties of this process. PMID:26705829

  18. Fatigue Failure Modes of the Grain Size Transition Zone in a Dual Microstructure Disk

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    Gabb, Timothy P.; Kantzos, Pete T.; Palsa, Bonnie; Telesman, Jack; Gayda, John; Sudbrack, Chantal K.

    2012-01-01

    Mechanical property requirements vary with location in nickel-based superalloy disks. In order to maximize the associated mechanical properties, heat treatment methods have been developed for producing tailored grain microstructures. In this study, fatigue failure modes of a grain size transition zone in a dual microstructure disk were evaluated. A specialized heat treatment method was applied to produce varying grain microstructure in the bore to rim portions of a powder metallurgy processed nickel-based superalloy disk. The transition in grain size was concentrated in a zone of the disk web, between the bore and rim. Specimens were extracted parallel and transversely across this transition zone, and multiple fatigue tests were performed at 427 C and 704 C. Grain size distributions were characterized in the specimens, and related to operative failure initiation modes. Mean fatigue life decreased with increasing maximum grain size, going out through the transition zone. The scatter in limited tests of replicates was comparable for failures of uniform gage specimens in all transition zone locations examined.

  19. Model for evolution of grain size in the rim region of high burnup UO2 fuel

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    Xiao, Hongxing; Long, Chongsheng; Chen, Hongsheng

    2016-04-01

    The restructuring process of the high burnup structure (HBS) formation in UO2 fuel results in sub-micron size grains that accelerate the fission gas swelling, which will raise some concern over the safety of extended the nuclear fuel operation life in the reactor. A mechanistic and engineering model for evolution of grain size in the rim region of high burnup UO2 fuel based on the experimental observations of the HBS in the literature is presented. The model takes into account dislocations evolution under irradiation and the grain subdivision occur successively at increasing local burnup. It is assumed that the original driving force for subdivision of grain in the HBS of UO2 fuel is the production and accumulation of dislocation loops during irradiation. The dislocation loops can also be annealed through thermal diffusion when the temperature is high enough. The capability of this model is validated by the comparison with the experimental data of temperature threshold of subdivision, dislocation density and sub-grain size as a function of local burnup. It is shown that the calculated results of the dislocation density and subdivided grain size as a function of local burnup are in good agreement with the experimental results.

  20. The dependence of grain size of silicon from rice husk ash on metallothermic reaction time

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    Malino, Mariana B.; Jimmy, Lapanporo, Boni P.

    2016-03-01

    This paper presents the influence of metallothermic reaction time on the grain size of silicon from rice husk ash. The silicon was produced by the metallothermic reaction of silica which is isolated from rice husk ash and aluminum at 620°C for reaction time varies at 3 hours, 4 hours, 5 hours and 6 hours and continued with purification of the products using acid hydrolysis method. The results of the crystallite size determination, obtained from profile analysis of XRD peaks, were indicated a tendency that the size increases as the reaction time increase, however, presumably the samples did not experience the grain growth significantly due to impurity contents.

  1. Phosphorus removal from slow-cooled steelmaking slags: Grain size determination and liberation studies

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    Fregeau-Wu, E.; Iwasaki, I.

    1995-07-01

    The major obstacle in recycling steelmaking slags to the blast furnace is their phosphorus content. Removal of the phosphorus, which is primarily associated with the silicate and phosphate phases, would allow for greater recycle of these slags for their iron, manganese, and lime contents. Calculations show that separation of the silicates from the oxide phases would remove nearly 90% of the phosphorus from the slag. The variable grain size of the as-received slag made liberation by fine grinding difficult. Therefore, slow-cooling experiments were undertaken to improve the grain size distribution. The grain size distributions were determined using in-situ image analysis. The samples were ground to their apparent liberation size and high gradient magnetic separation was used to separate the magnetic oxides from the nonmagnetic silicates and phosphates. Liberation analysis and modeling was performed on selected separation products for discussion of benefication characteristics.

  2. Effect of time and temperature on grain size of V and V-Cr-Ti alloys

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    Natesan, K.; Rink, D.L.

    1996-10-01

    Grain growth studies were conducted to evaluate the effect of time and temperature on the grain size of pure V, V-4 wt.%Cr-4 wt.%Ti, and V-5 wt.%Cr-5 wt.%Ti alloys. The temperatures used in the study were 500, 650, 800, and 1000{degrees}C, and exposure times ranged between 100 and {approx}5000 h. All three materials exhibited negligible grain growth at 500, 650, and 800{degrees}C, even after {approx}5000 h. At 1000{degrees}C, pure V showed substantial grain growth after only 100 h, and V-4Cr-4Ti showed growth after 2000 h, while V-5Cr-5Ti showed no grain growth after exposure for up to 2000 h.

  3. Arena size, hole density, and capture of Oryzaephilus surinamensis (Coleoptera: Silvanidae) in grain probe traps.

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    Epsky, Nancy D; Shuman, Dennis

    2004-02-01

    The relationship of size of test arena, number of holes in a grain probe trap body and capture of the sawtoothed grain beetle, Oryzaephilus surinamensis (L.), was determined in simulated field tests conducted in an outdoor screen enclosure exposed to natural temperature fluctuations. Polyvinylchloride (PVC) probe bodies were attached to electronic sensor heads, and insect captures were recorded electronically using an electronic grain probe insect counter (EGPIC) system. In comparisons among PVC probe trap bodies with 60, 132, 252, and 492 holes, tested at 18 insects per kilogram in 4.5, 17, and 40 kg of soft wheat in cylindrical arenas (10.2, 20.3, and 30.5 cm in diameter, respectively), number of holes in the probe trap body had no effect on insect capture, but percentage of insects recovered was indirectly related to size of the test arena. Periodicity of insect capture was determined using the time-stamp data that were recorded by the EGPIC system. Circadian rhythm was observed in the periodicity of the capture that corresponded to foraging activity peaks documented for sawtoothed grain beetles, with activity peaks occurring early in the scotophase. There were shifts in times of peak activity among the different test arena sizes that corresponded to differences in temperature in the grain mass. Increases in both temperature and contact between insects and grain probe in the smallest arenas resulted in higher capture of sawtoothed grain beetles. This research documents additional important factors when evaluating capture of sawtoothed grain beetles in grain probe traps. PMID:14998139

  4. How Grain Size Ratio and Fine Sediment Feed Concentration Influence Channel Slope Evolution Due to Grain Size Sorting in Bimodal Mixtures

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    Dudill, A. R.; Frey, P.; Church, M. A.; Hassan, M. A.

    2014-12-01

    It is essential that understanding of grain size sorting and its influence upon sediment transport in gravel-bed rivers is deepened due to implications for channel stability, ecology and stratigraphy. Previous work has shown how the addition of finer material to a coarse channel bed can enhance the mobility of the coarser sediment due to a reduced entrainment threshold. This enhanced mobility has been indexed using the change in equilibrium slope within the channel. However, it is not yet known how variations in the grain size ratio (diameter of coarse/diameter of fine), along with the concentration of fine material, influences this behavior. New experiments undertaken with bimodal mixtures of spherical glass particles in a relatively narrow sediment-feed flume permit observation of the individual and bulk particle motion. These experiments demonstrate that degradation can occur when fine sediment is added to a coarse bed (Figure 1), and show the grain size ratios and fine sediment feed concentrations at which this arises. The research also shows that under certain conditions, aggradation can also occur due to the addition of finer sediment to a coarse channel bed. The amount of degradation and aggradation under varying conditions is quantified using the change in equilibrium bed slope. Figure 1: Channel degradation (flow from right to left)

  5. Influence of gravel mulch stratum thickness and gravel grain size on evaporation resistance

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    Qiu, Yang; Xie, Zhongkui; Wang, Yajun; Ren, Jilong; Malhi, Sukhdev S.

    2014-11-01

    In the Loess Plateau of northwestern China, a system for dry farming has evolved based on the employ of gravel mulch. A couple of lab experiments were conducted to study the influences of mulch stratum thickness and gravel grain size on water vapor flow, with a focus on resistance to evaporation in gravel mulch stratum. In Experiment 1, six treatments included mulching with gravel of different thickness (2 cm, 4 cm, 6 cm, 8 cm and 10 cm) plus no mulching (control) were studied. In Experiment 2, the 10 cm thick mulch layer consisted of different grain size gravel [2-5 (A), 5-20 (B), 20-40 (C), 40-60 (D) and 60-80 (E) mm], plus three mixture treatments. Compared to bare soil, mulched soils had significantly lower accumulated evaporation, and gravel mulch significantly increased resistance to evaporation. The aerodynamic resistance to evaporation in bare soil is higher than that in mulched treatments and the relationship between equivalent grain size and aerodynamic resistance in mulched surface can be described by a line function. The relationships between mulch resistance and mulch stratum thickness or grain size of gravel, were represented by logistic curves. The findings showed that equivalent grain size and specific surface area of gravel were sensitive indicators of mulch resistance. Based on the results of laboratory experiments, we put forward a new calculated model of mulch resistance, but further research is needed for verification and exact parameterization of this model under field conditions.

  6. Selected room temperature magnetic parameters as a function of mineralogy, concentration and grain size

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    Peters, C.; Dekkers, M. J.

    A data set of room temperature magnetic parameters for several iron oxides and sulphides was compiled from the available literature. The aim was to propose the most effective methods for assessing mineralogy, concentration and domain state within environmental magnetic studies. Establishing the magnetic mineralogy is essential for a correct interpretation of concentration and grain-size indicative parameters. Hematite and in particular goethite are recognised by their high (remanent) coercivities. The ratio of saturation remanent magnetisation to susceptibility is suited for assessing mineralogy; for low coercivity minerals, high values of the ratio are indicative of pyrrhotite. Greigite and maghemite both have intermediate ratios, while very low values suggest the presence of (titano)magnetite. From the concentration-dependent parameters mass specific susceptibility, saturation remanent magnetisation and susceptibility of anhysteretic remanent magnetisation, susceptibility displayed the least grain-size dependence. Therefore, it is perhaps the best indicator of concentration, under the proviso of uniform mineralogy and when paramagnetic and diamagnetic contributions are taken into consideration. All minerals showed a decrease in coercivity and remanence ratios with increasing grain size for sizes larger than one micrometer. In contrast, the coercivity of goethite showed an increase with grain size. Assessment of domain state was complicated by very small and large grains displaying similar magnetic properties.

  7. The grain size gap and abrupt gravel-sand transitions in rivers due to suspension fallout

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    Lamb, Michael P.; Venditti, Jeremy G.

    2016-04-01

    Median grain sizes on riverbeds range from boulders in uplands to silt in lowlands; however, rivers with ~1-5 mm diameter bed sediment are rare. This grain size gap also marks an abrupt transition between gravel- and sand-bedded reaches that is unlike any other part of the fluvial network. Abrupt gravel-sand transitions have been attributed to rapid breakdown or rapid transport of fine gravel, or a bimodal sediment supply, but supporting evidence is lacking. Here we demonstrate that rivers dramatically lose the ability to transport sand as wash load where bed shear velocity drops below ~0.1 m/s, forcing an abrupt transition in bed-material grain size. Using thresholds for wash load and initial motion, we show that the gap emerges only for median bed-material grain sizes of ~1-5 mm due to Reynolds number dependencies in suspension transport. The grain size gap, therefore, is sensitive to material properties and gravity, with coarser gaps predicted on Mars and Titan.

  8. Grain-size-independent plastic flow at ultrahigh pressures and strain rates.

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    Park, H-S; Rudd, R E; Cavallo, R M; Barton, N R; Arsenlis, A; Belof, J L; Blobaum, K J M; El-dasher, B S; Florando, J N; Huntington, C M; Maddox, B R; May, M J; Plechaty, C; Prisbrey, S T; Remington, B A; Wallace, R J; Wehrenberg, C E; Wilson, M J; Comley, A J; Giraldez, E; Nikroo, A; Farrell, M; Randall, G; Gray, G T

    2015-02-13

    A basic tenet of material science is that the flow stress of a metal increases as its grain size decreases, an effect described by the Hall-Petch relation. This relation is used extensively in material design to optimize the hardness, durability, survivability, and ductility of structural metals. This Letter reports experimental results in a new regime of high pressures and strain rates that challenge this basic tenet of mechanical metallurgy. We report measurements of the plastic flow of the model body-centered-cubic metal tantalum made under conditions of high pressure (>100  GPa) and strain rate (∼10(7)  s(-1)) achieved by using the Omega laser. Under these unique plastic deformation ("flow") conditions, the effect of grain size is found to be negligible for grain sizes >0.25  μm sizes. A multiscale model of the plastic flow suggests that pressure and strain rate hardening dominate over the grain-size effects. Theoretical estimates, based on grain compatibility and geometrically necessary dislocations, corroborate this conclusion. PMID:25723227

  9. Grain size-dependent magnetic and electric properties in nanosized YMnO3 multiferroic ceramics

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    2011-01-01

    Magnetic and electric properties are investigated for the nanosized YMnO3 samples with different grain sizes (25 nm to 200 nm) synthesized by a modified Pechini method. It shows that magnetic and electric properties are strongly dependent on the grain size. The magnetic characterization indicates that with increasing grain size, the antiferromagnetic (AFM) transition temperature increases from 52 to 74 K. A corresponding shift of the dielectric anomaly is observed, indicating a strong correlation between the electric polarization and the magnetic ordering. Further analysis suggests that the rising of AFM transition temperature with increasing grain size should be from the structural origin, in which the strength of AFM interaction as well as the electrical polarization is dependent on the in-plane lattice parameters. Furthermore, among all samples, the sample with grain size of 95 nm is found to have the smallest leakage current density (< 1 μA/cm2). PACS: 75.50.Tt, 75.50.Ee, 75.85.+t, 77.84.-s PMID:21711722

  10. Bedload transport rates by grain-size fraction determined from Swiss plate geophone signal

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    Rodrigo Wyss, Carlos; Rickenmann, Dieter; Fritschi, Bruno; Turowski, Jens Martin; Weitbrecht, Volker; Boes, Robert Michael

    2015-04-01

    The Swiss plate geophone is a device that measures bedload transport indirectly. At the Erlenbach stream in Central Switzerland, the Swiss plate geophone system has been calibrated for total transported bedload mass sampled with automatically activated basket samplers. In this study we show that the amplitude of the signal registered by the Swiss plate geophones at the Erlenbach contains information about the transported grain-size distribution. The method to extract grain-size information is based on summary values describing the statistical distribution of the signal's amplitude: the so-called amplitude histograms. The amplitude histograms are computed by summing up the number of impulses and packets (representing a single impact) registered for different amplitude ranges. The presented method is further based on the number of transported particles which, together with the amplitude histograms, are used to compute bedload mass for different grain-size fractions. The results show that for particles larger than 9.5 mm, the grain size distribution of the transported material at the Erlenbach can be continuously monitored with the Swiss plate geophone system. Keywords: Swiss plate geophone, grain-size distribution, amplitude histograms, bedload transport, indirect measurement.

  11. An evaluation of different measures of dynamically recrystallized grain size for paleopiezometry or paleowattometry studies

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    Lopez-Sanchez, M. A.; Llana-Fúnez, S.

    2015-05-01

    Paleopiezometry and paleowattometry studies are essential to validate models of lithospheric deformation and therefore increasingly common in structural geology. These studies require a single measure of dynamically recrystallized grain size in natural mylonites to estimate the magnitude of differential paleostress (or the rate of mechanical work). This contribution tests the various measures of grain size used in the literature and proposes the frequency peak of a grain size distribution as the most robust estimator for paleopiezometry or paleowattometry studies. The novelty of the approach resides in the use of the Gaussian kernel density estimator as an alternative to the classical histograms, which improves reproducibility. A free, open-source, easy-to-handle script named GrainSizeTools ( http://www.TEOS-10.org) was developed with the aim of facilitating the adoption of this measure of grain size in paleopiezometry or paleowattometry studies. The major advantage of the script over other programs is that by using the Gaussian kernel density estimator and by avoiding manual steps in the estimation of the frequency peak, the reproducibility of results is improved.

  12. Different-sized dust grains and the chemical evolution of protostellar objects

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    Kochina, O. V.; Wiebe, D. S.

    2014-04-01

    Results of modeling the chemical evolution of protostellar objects are presented. The models take into account the existence of different dust populations with distinct grain sizes, total mass fractions, and temperatures. In addition to "classical" dust grains, the models include an entirely different second dust population, with dust grain sizes of 30 Å and a higher temperature. Two chemical-evolution models are compared, one taking into account only classical dust and the other including both dust populations. The influence of a complex dust composition on the general evolution of the molecular contents of prestellar cores and the abundances of a number of chemical species is studied. At early evolutionary stages, differences are mainly determined by the modification changes in the photoprocesses' balance due to efficient UV absorption by the second population of dust grains and in collisional reactions with the dust grains. At late stages, distinctions between the models are also determined by the increasing dominance of additional reaction channels. The species that respond to the presence of small grains in different ways are separated into different groups. Allowing for the presence of small grains makes it possible to significantly lower the water abundance in the gas phase.

  13. Grain size bias in cosmogenic nuclide studies of stream sediment in steep terrain

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    Lukens, Claire E.; Riebe, Clifford S.; Sklar, Leonard S.; Shuster, David L.

    2016-05-01

    Cosmogenic nuclides in stream sediment are widely used to quantify catchment-average erosion rates. A key assumption is that sampled sediment is representative of erosion from the entire catchment. Here we show that the common practice of collecting a narrow range of sizes—typically sand—may not yield a representative sample when the grain size distribution of sediment produced on slopes is spatially variable. A grain size bias arises when some parts of the catchment produce sand more readily than others. To identify catchments that are prone to this bias, we used a forward model of sediment mixing and erosion to explore the effects of catchment relief and area across a range of altitudinal gradients in sediment size and erosion rate. We found that the bias increases with increasing relief, because higher-relief catchments have a larger fraction of high elevations that are underrepresented in the sampled sand when grain size increases with altitude. The bias also increases with catchment area, because sediment size reduction during transport causes an underrepresentation of more distal, higher elevations within the catchment. Our analysis indicates that grain size bias may be significant at many sites where cosmogenic nuclides have been used to quantify catchment-average erosion rates. We discuss how to quantify and account for the bias using cosmogenic nuclides and detrital thermochronometry in multiple sediment sizes.

  14. Effect of Grain Size Distribution on Processing Maps for Isothermal Compression of Inconel 718 Superalloy

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    Wang, Jianguo; Liu, Dong; Hu, Yang; Yang, Yanhui; Zhu, Xinglin

    2016-02-01

    Cylindrical specimens of Inconel 718 alloys with three types of grain size distribution were used in the compression tests and processing maps were developed in 940-1040 °C and 0.001-10 s-1. The equiaxed fine grain is more effective on the dynamic softening behavior. For partial recrystallized microstructure, the peak efficiency of power dissipation occurs at the strain rate of 0.001 s-1, and the temperature range of 1000-1020 °C. In order to obtain homogeneous microstructure with fine grains, the partial recrystallized microstructure should be deformed at the low temperature and slow strain rates. The area fraction of instability domains decreases with strain increasing. The peak efficiency of power dissipation increases with average grain size decreasing. The efficiency of power dissipation will be stimulated by the precipitation of δ phase at slow strain rate of 0.001-0.01 s-1, and the initial deformed substructure at the strain rate of 0.1-1 s-1. Equiaxed fine grain is the optimum state for forging process and dynamic recrystallization. The grain size distribution has slight influence on the microstructure evolution at high temperatures.

  15. A new database sub-system for grain-size analysis

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    Suckow, Axel

    2013-04-01

    Detailed grain-size analyses of large depth profiles for palaeoclimate studies create large amounts of data. For instance (Novothny et al., 2011) presented a depth profile of grain-size analyses with 2 cm resolution and a total depth of more than 15 m, where each sample was measured with 5 repetitions on a Beckman Coulter LS13320 with 116 channels. This adds up to a total of more than four million numbers. Such amounts of data are not easily post-processed by spreadsheets or standard software; also MS Access databases would face serious performance problems. The poster describes a database sub-system dedicated to grain-size analyses. It expands the LabData database and laboratory management system published by Suckow and Dumke (2001). This compatibility with a very flexible database system provides ease to import the grain-size data, as well as the overall infrastructure of also storing geographic context and the ability to organize content like comprising several samples into one set or project. It also allows easy export and direct plot generation of final data in MS Excel. The sub-system allows automated import of raw data from the Beckman Coulter LS13320 Laser Diffraction Particle Size Analyzer. During post processing MS Excel is used as a data display, but no number crunching is implemented in Excel. Raw grain size spectra can be exported and controlled as Number- Surface- and Volume-fractions, while single spectra can be locked for further post-processing. From the spectra the usual statistical values (i.e. mean, median) can be computed as well as fractions larger than a grain size, smaller than a grain size, fractions between any two grain sizes or any ratio of such values. These deduced values can be easily exported into Excel for one or more depth profiles. However, such a reprocessing for large amounts of data also allows new display possibilities: normally depth profiles of grain-size data are displayed only with summarized parameters like the clay

  16. Measuring Snow Grain Size with the Near-Infrared Emitting Reflectance Dome (NERD)

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    Schneider, A. M.; Flanner, M.

    2014-12-01

    Because of its high visible albedo, snow plays a large role in Earth's surface energy balance. This role is a subject of intense study, but due to the wide range of snow albedo, variations in the characteristics of snow grains can introduce radiative feedbacks in a snow pack. Snow grain size, for example, is one property which directly affects a snow pack's absorption spectrum. Previous studies model and observe this spectrum, but potential feedbacks induced by these variations are largely unknown. Here, we implement a simple and inexpensive technique to measure snow grain size in an instrument we call the Near-infrared Emitting Reflectance Dome (NERD). A small black styrene dome (~17cm diameter), fitted with two narrowband light-emitting diodes (LEDs) centered around 1300nm and 1550nm and three near-infrared reverse-biased photodiodes, is placed over the snow surface enabling a multi-spectral measurement of the hemispheric directional reflectance factor (HDRF). We illuminate the snow at each wavelength, measure directional reflectance, and infer grain size from the difference in HDRFs measured on the same snow crystals at fixed viewing angles. We validate measurements from the NERD using two different reflectance standards, materials designed to be near perfect Lambertian reflectors, having known, constant reflectances (~99% and ~55%) across a wide range of wavelengths. Using a 3D Monte Carlo model simulating photon pathways through a pack of spherical snow grains, we calculate the difference in HDRFs at 1300nm and 1550nm to predict the calibration curve for a wide range of grain sizes. This theoretically derived curve gives a relationship between effective radius and the difference in HDRFs and allows us to approximate grain sizes using the NERD in just a few seconds. Further calibration requires knowledge of truth values attainable using a previously validated instrument or measurements from an inter-comparison workshop.

  17. Composition and grain size effects on the structural and mechanical properties of CuZr nanoglasses

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    Adibi, Sara; Branicio, Paulo S. Zhang, Yong-Wei; Joshi, Shailendra P.

    2014-07-28

    Nanoglasses (NGs), metallic glasses (MGs) with a nanoscale grain structure, have the potential to considerably increase the ductility of traditional MGs while retaining their outstanding mechanical properties. We investigated the effects of composition on the structural and mechanical properties of CuZr NG films with grain sizes between 3 to 15 nm using molecular dynamics simulations. Results indicate a transition from localized shear banding to homogeneous superplastic flow with decreasing grain size, although the critical average grain size depends on composition: 5 nm for Cu{sub 36}Zr{sub 64} and 3 nm for Cu{sub 64}Zr{sub 36}. The flow stress of the superplastic NG at different compositions follows the trend of the yield stress of the parent MG, i.e., Cu{sub 36}Zr{sub 64} yield/flow stress: 2.54 GPa/1.29 GPa and Cu{sub 64}Zr{sub 36} yield/flow stress: 3.57 GPa /1.58 GPa. Structural analysis indicates that the differences in mechanical behavior as a function of composition are rooted at the distinct statistics of prominent atomic Voronoi polyhedra. The mechanical behavior of NGs is also affected by the grain boundary thickness and the fraction of atoms at interfaces for a given average grain size. The results suggest that the composition dependence of the mechanical behavior of NGs follows that of their parent MGs, e.g., a stronger MG will generate a stronger NG, while the intrinsic tendency for homogeneous deformation occurring at small grain size is not affected by composition.

  18. An automated and universal method for measuring mean grain size from a digital image of sediment

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    Buscombe, Daniel D.; Rubin, David M.; Warrick, Jonathan A.

    2010-01-01

    Existing methods for estimating mean grain size of sediment in an image require either complicated sequences of image processing (filtering, edge detection, segmentation, etc.) or statistical procedures involving calibration. We present a new approach which uses Fourier methods to calculate grain size directly from the image without requiring calibration. Based on analysis of over 450 images, we found the accuracy to be within approximately 16% across the full range from silt to pebbles. Accuracy is comparable to, or better than, existing digital methods. The new method, in conjunction with recent advances in technology for taking appropriate images of sediment in a range of natural environments, promises to revolutionize the logistics and speed at which grain-size data may be obtained from the field.

  19. Net sediment transport patterns over the Bohai Strait based on grain size trend analysis

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    Cheng, Peng; Gao, Shu; Bokuniewicz, Henry

    2004-06-01

    Grain size trend analysis indicates two distinct characteristics of sediment transport in Bohai Strait. Eastward transport dominates the western area and along the coast of the Shangdong Peninsula. This result supports the previous work which indicated that the Yellow River sediments are transported from the Bohai Sea to the Yellow Sea through the south channel of Bohai Strait, and dispersed into the southern Yellow Sea along the coast of Shangdong Peninsula. In the central eastern Bohai Strait, net deposition is taking place, as indicated by the convergence of the grain size trends. This result is consistent with current circulation pattern on Bohai Strait and the interpretation of strata disclosed by seismic reflection profile. This study supports the use of grain size trend analysis for large-scale areas on the continental shelf.

  20. Scattering and Absorption Properties of Polydisperse Wavelength-sized Particles Covered with Much Smaller Grains

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    Dlugach, Jana M.; Mishchenko, Michael I.; Mackowski, Daniel W.

    2012-01-01

    Using the results of direct, numerically exact computer solutions of the Maxwell equations, we analyze scattering and absorption characteristics of polydisperse compound particles in the form of wavelength-sized spheres covered with a large number of much smaller spherical grains.The results pertain to the complex refractive indices1.55 + i0.0003,1.55 + i0.3, and 3 + i0.1. We show that the optical effects of dusting wavelength-sized hosts by microscopic grains can vary depending on the number and size of the grains as well as on the complex refractive index. Our computations also demonstrate the high efficiency of the new superposition T-matrix code developed for use on distributed memory computer clusters.

  1. The effect of grain size on aluminum anodes for Al-air batteries in alkaline electrolytes

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    Fan, Liang; Lu, Huimin

    2015-06-01

    Aluminum is an ideal material for metallic fuel cells. In this research, different grain sizes of aluminum anodes are prepared by equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) at room temperature. Microstructure of the anodes is examined by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) in scanning electron microscope (SEM). Hydrogen corrosion rates of the Al anodes in 4 mol L-1 NaOH are determined by hydrogen collection method. The electrochemical properties of the aluminum anodes are investigated in the same electrolyte using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and polarization curves. Battery performance is also tested by constant current discharge at different current densities. Results confirm that the electrochemical properties of the aluminum anodes are related to grain size. Finer grain size anode restrains hydrogen evolution, improves electrochemical activity and increases anodic utilization rate. The proposed method is shown to effectively improve the performance of Al-air batteries.

  2. Computational characterizations on the grain-size-dependent properties of polycrystalline nanomaterials

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    Hyun, Sangil; Park, Youngho; Kim, Hyo-tae

    2015-12-01

    The microstructures of real nanomaterials can be quite complex with variety of grain sizes aligned in different crystal orientations and structural defects possibly created in a fabrication process. Material properties of these polycrystalline materials are generally known strongly dependent on the nanoscale morphology. First principle calculations based on the density functional theory need to be employed in these atomic characterizations; however, it may not be suitable for the polycrystalline nanomaterials for which large number of atoms is required in the simulation model. Instead, a mesoscale computer simulation scheme is employed to investigate these morphology-dependent mechanical properties of polycrystalline materials. We demonstrated the Voronoi construction of various polycrystalline atomic models such as two-dimensional graphene and three-dimensional silicon carbide. General behavior of the mechanical characteristics of the bulk nanostructured silicon carbide (SiC) was addressed, particularly the contribution of grain sizes. From this study, the optimal grain size was determined near 10 nm under tensile and compressive deformations.

  3. Spectral Profiler Probe for In Situ Snow Grain Size and Composition Stratigraphy

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    Berisford, Daniel F.; Molotch, Noah P.; Painter, Thomas

    2012-01-01

    An ultimate goal of the climate change, snow science, and hydrology communities is to measure snow water equivalent (SWE) from satellite measurements. Seasonal SWE is highly sensitive to climate change and provides fresh water for much of the world population. Snowmelt from mountainous regions represents the dominant water source for 60 million people in the United States and over one billion people globally. Determination of snow grain sizes comprising mountain snowpack is critical for predicting snow meltwater runoff, understanding physical properties and radiation balance, and providing necessary input for interpreting satellite measurements. Both microwave emission and radar backscatter from the snow are dominated by the snow grain size stratigraphy. As a result, retrieval algorithms for measuring snow water equivalents from orbiting satellites is largely hindered by inadequate knowledge of grain size.

  4. Effects of grain size, hardness, and stress on the magnetic hysteresis loops of ferromagnetic steels

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    Kwun, H.; Burkhardt, G. L.

    1987-02-01

    Effects of grain size, hardness, and stress on the magnetic hysteresis loops of AISI 410 stainless steel and SAE 4340 steel specimens were investigated experimentally. It was observed that both hardness and stress significantly influenced the hysteresis loops, while the grain size had a minimal effect. For each material, the mechanically harder specimen was more difficult to magnetize. Upon application of uniaxial stress, the magnetic induction increased under tension and decreased under compression, with the sides of the hysteresis loops becoming inclined more toward the vertical axis under tension and the horizontal axis under compression. For each material, the effects of stress on the hysteresis loops were greater for the mechanically softer specimen and exhibited an inverse relationship to the hardness. The effects of stress were not dependent on grain size.

  5. Grain Size Estimation of Superalloy Inconel 718 After Upset Forging by a Fuzzy Inference System

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    Toro, Luis; Cavazos, Alberto; Colás, Rafael

    2009-12-01

    A fuzzy logic inference system was designed to predict the grain size of Inconel 718 alloy after upset forging. The system takes as input the original grain size, temperature, and reduction rate at forging and predicts the final grain size at room temperature. It is assumed that the system takes into account the effects that the heterogeneity of deformation and grain growth exerts in this particular material. Experimental trials were conducted in a factory that relies on upset forging to produce preforms for ring rolling. The grain size was reported as ASTM number, as this value is used on site. A first attempt was carried out using a series of 15 empirically based set of rules; the estimation error with these was above two ASTM numbers; which is considered to be very high. The system was modified and expanded to take into account 28 rules; the estimation error of this new system resulted to be close to one ASTM number, which is considered to be adequate for the prediction.

  6. Microstructure of TRISO Coated Particles from the AGR-1 Experiment I: SiC Grain Size and Grain Boundary Character

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    Rita Kirchhofer; John D, Hunn; Paul A. Demkowicz; James I. Cole; Brian P. Gorman

    2013-01-01

    Pre-irradiation SiC microstructures in TRISO coated fuel particles from the AGR-1 experiment were quantitatively characterized using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). From EBSD it was determined that only the cubic polymorph of as-deposited SiC was present and the SiC had a high fraction of CSL S3 grain boundaries. Additionally, the local area misorientation (LAM), which is a qualitative measurement of strain in the SiC lattice, was mapped for each fuel variant. The morphology of the SiC / IPyC interfaces were characterized by TEM following site-specific focused ion beam (FIB) specimen preparation. It was determined that the SiC layer had a heavily faulted microstructure typical of CVD deposited SiC and that the average grain diameter increased from the SiC/IPyC interface for all the fuel variants, except V3 that showed a constant grain size across the layer.

  7. A universal approximation to grain size from images of non-cohesive sediment

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    Buscombe, D.; Rubin, D.M.; Warrick, J.A.

    2010-01-01

    The two-dimensional spectral decomposition of an image of sediment provides a direct statistical estimate, grid-by-number style, of the mean of all intermediate axes of all single particles within the image. We develop and test this new method which, unlike existing techniques, requires neither image processing algorithms for detection and measurement of individual grains, nor calibration. The only information required of the operator is the spatial resolution of the image. The method is tested with images of bed sediment from nine different sedimentary environments (five beaches, three rivers, and one continental shelf), across the range 0.1 mm to 150 mm, taken in air and underwater. Each population was photographed using a different camera and lighting conditions. We term it a “universal approximation” because it has produced accurate estimates for all populations we have tested it with, without calibration. We use three approaches (theory, computational experiments, and physical experiments) to both understand and explore the sensitivities and limits of this new method. Based on 443 samples, the root-mean-squared (RMS) error between size estimates from the new method and known mean grain size (obtained from point counts on the image) was found to be ±≈16%, with a 95% probability of estimates within ±31% of the true mean grain size (measured in a linear scale). The RMS error reduces to ≈11%, with a 95% probability of estimates within ±20% of the true mean grain size if point counts from a few images are used to correct bias for a specific population of sediment images. It thus appears it is transferable between sedimentary populations with different grain size, but factors such as particle shape and packing may introduce bias which may need to be calibrated for. For the first time, an attempt has been made to mathematically relate the spatial distribution of pixel intensity within the image of sediment to the grain size.

  8. Effects of grain size on high temperature creep of fine grained, solution and dispersion hardened V -1.6Y -8W -0.8TiC

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    Furuno, T.; Kurishita, H.; Nagasaka, T.; Nishimura, A.; Muroga, T.; Sakamoto, T.; Kobayashi, S.; Nakai, K.; Matsuo, S.; Arakawa, H.

    2011-10-01

    Creep resistance is the major concern of vanadium and its alloys for fusion reactor structural applications. In order to elucidate the effects of grain size on the creep behavior of solution and dispersion strengthened vanadium alloys, V-1.6Y-8W-0.8TiC specimens with fine grain sizes from 0.58 to 1.45 μm were prepared by mechanical alloying and HIP without any plastic working and tested at 1073 K and 250 MPa in vacuum. It is shown that the creep resistance of V-1.6Y-8W-0.8TiC depends strongly on grain size and increases with increasing grain size: The creep life for the grain size of 1.45 μm is almost one order longer than that of 0.58 μm, and about two orders longer than that of V-4Cr-4Ti (NIFS-Heat 2) although the grain size of V-4Cr-4Ti is as large as 17.8 μm. The observed creep behavior is discussed in terms of grain size effects on dislocation glide and grain boundary sliding.

  9. Eyewitness recall: Regulation of grain size and the role of confidence.

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    Weber, Nathan; Brewer, Neil

    2008-03-01

    Eyewitness testimony plays a critical role in Western legal systems. Three experiments extended M. Goldsmith, A. Koriat, and A. Weinberg-Eliezer's (2002) framework of the regulation of grain size (precision vs. coarseness) of memory reports to eyewitness memory. In 2 experiments, the grain size of responses had a large impact on memory accuracy. Further, participants achieved a compromise between the accuracy and informativeness of their testimony by volunteering precise answers only when likely to be correct. The level of detail reported was strongly, positively related to confidence in the accuracy of the response. This highlights the importance of considering the level of detail, not just the accuracy, of eyewitness testimony. PMID:18377166

  10. Effect of grain size of polycrystalline diamond on its heat spreading properties

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    Simon, Roland B.; Anaya, Julian; Faili, Firooz; Balmer, Richard; Williams, Gruffudd T.; Twitchen, Daniel J.; Kuball, Martin

    2016-06-01

    The exceptionally high thermal conductivity of polycrystalline diamond (>2000 W m‑1 K‑1) makes it a very attractive material for optimizing the thermal management of high-power devices. In this paper, the thermal conductivity of a diamond sample capturing grain size evolution from nucleation towards the growth surface is studied using an optimized 3ω technique. The thermal conductivity is found to decrease with decreasing grain size, which is in good agreement with theory. These results clearly reveal the minimum film thickness and polishing thickness from nucleation needed to achieve single-crystal diamond performance, and thus enable production of an optimal polycrystalline diamond for heat-spreading applications.

  11. Effect of grain size on the high temperature properties of B2 aluminides

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    Whittenberger, J. Daniel

    1987-01-01

    Measurements of the slow plastic flow behavior of cobalt, iron and nickel B2 crystal structure aluminides were conducted on materials fabricated by metallurical techniques. Due to this processing, the aluminides invariably had small equiaxed grains, ranging in size from about 3 to 60 microns in diameter. Grain size was dependent on the extrusion temperature used for powder consolidation, and it proved to be remarkably stable at elevated temperatures. Mechanical properties of all three aluminides were determined via constant velocity compression testing in air between 1000 and 1400 K at strain rates ranging from approx. 10 to the minus 3 power to 10 to the minus 7 power s (-1).

  12. Preferential cataclastic grain size reduction of feldspar in deformation bands in poorly consolidated arkosic sands

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    Exner, Ulrike; Tschegg, Cornelius

    2012-10-01

    This study presents microstructural as well as bulk and mineral chemical investigations of deformation bands in uncemented, friable arkosic sands of Miocene age (Vienna Basin, Austria). Our microstructural study indicates grain size reduction by grain flaking in deformation bands with small offsets (0.5-8 cm), and dominant intragranular fracturing and cataclasis of altered feldspar grains at larger displacements (up to 60 cm). Relative to quartz, the sericitized feldspar grains are preferably fractured and abraded, which additionally leads to an enrichment of mainly phyllosilicates by mechanical expulsion from feldspar. Both cataclasis of quartz and feldspar grains and enrichment of phyllosilicates result in grain size reduction within the deformation bands. The measured reduction in porosity of up to 20% is in some cases associated with a permeability reduction, reflected in the retention of iron-oxide rich fluids along deformation bands. These deformation bands formed at very shallow burial depths in unconsolidated sediments indicate that fault sealing may occur in the absence of chemical alteration of the deformation bands and lead to a compartmentalization of a groundwater or hydrocarbon reservoir.

  13. Effect of grain size on the melting point of confined thin aluminum films

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    Wejrzanowski, Tomasz; Lewandowska, Malgorzata; Sikorski, Krzysztof; Kurzydlowski, Krzysztof J.

    2014-10-28

    The melting of aluminum thin film was studied by a molecular dynamics (MD) simulation technique. The effect of the grain size and type of confinement was investigated for aluminum film with a constant thickness of 4 nm. The results show that coherent intercrystalline interface suppress the transition of solid aluminum into liquid, while free-surface gives melting point depression. The mechanism of melting of polycrystalline aluminum thin film was investigated. It was found that melting starts at grain boundaries and propagates to grain interiors. The melting point was calculated from the Lindemann index criterion, taking into account only atoms near to grain boundaries. This made it possible to extend melting point calculations to bigger grains, which require a long time (in the MD scale) to be fully molten. The results show that 4 nm thick film of aluminum melts at a temperature lower than the melting point of bulk aluminum (933 K) only when the grain size is reduced to 6 nm.

  14. Preferential cataclastic grain size reduction of feldspar in deformation bands in poorly consolidated arkosic sands

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    Exner, Ulrike; Tschegg, Cornelius

    2012-01-01

    This study presents microstructural as well as bulk and mineral chemical investigations of deformation bands in uncemented, friable arkosic sands of Miocene age (Vienna Basin, Austria). Our microstructural study indicates grain size reduction by grain flaking in deformation bands with small offsets (0.5–8 cm), and dominant intragranular fracturing and cataclasis of altered feldspar grains at larger displacements (up to 60 cm). Relative to quartz, the sericitized feldspar grains are preferably fractured and abraded, which additionally leads to an enrichment of mainly phyllosilicates by mechanical expulsion from feldspar. Both cataclasis of quartz and feldspar grains and enrichment of phyllosilicates result in grain size reduction within the deformation bands. The measured reduction in porosity of up to 20% is in some cases associated with a permeability reduction, reflected in the retention of iron-oxide rich fluids along deformation bands. These deformation bands formed at very shallow burial depths in unconsolidated sediments indicate that fault sealing may occur in the absence of chemical alteration of the deformation bands and lead to a compartmentalization of a groundwater or hydrocarbon reservoir. PMID:26523078

  15. Frictional sliding at a compressed polycrystalline 50 nm grain size Al-Al interface

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    Hammerberg, J. E.; Ravelo, R. J.; Germann, T. C.

    2015-03-01

    We present the results of large-scale NEMD simulations for a polycrystalline Al-Al interface sliding at a relative velocity of 60 m/s and a pressure of 15 GPa with a boundary temperature of 300K. The sample consisted of annealed grains, 125 grains on either side of the initial sliding interface, with dimensions of 2x(236) nm in the normal direction and 236 nm in the periodic sliding and transverse directions. Simulation times were of order 20 ns and the sample had 1.8B atoms interacting with an Al-EAM potential. The initial grain structure evolves to a complex dynamic steady state grain morphology that is very different from the initial grain structure and is characterized by large plastic strains and strain rates in a deformation region of thickness 150 nm at the interface in the normal direction. The steady state shows a sequence of grain growth and refinement and a highly strained graded microstructure. This behavior is similar to that seen in simulations for 13 and 20 nm grains and a mesoscale model that takes into account the large plastic strains and strain rates, and the size of the deformation region is able to reproduce the values of the frictional force per unit area. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Dept. of Energy under Contract DE-AC52-06NA25396. The support of the LANL ASC-PEM program is gratefully acknowledged.

  16. Relationship between ferromagnetic properties and grain size of Inconel alloy 600

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    Kikuchi, H.; Takahashi, H.; Yanagiwara, H.; Murakami, T.

    2015-05-01

    Inconel alloy 600 is widely used in steam generator tubings where sensitization due to chromium depletion occurs at grain boundaries and the sensitization induces tubing failures. Though the alloy usually exhibits paramagnetic properties, it shows ferromagnetic properties along grain boundaries when chromium depletion occurs. This means that magnetic nondestructive evaluation of sensitization is possible. Therefore, as a fundamental study to develop magnetic nondestructive evaluation technique for sensitization, the relationship between ferromagnetic properties and grain size in Inconel 600 was investigated using isothermal heat treatment. The grain was controlled using solution annealing, and then, specimens were heat treated at 873, 923, and 973 K within 400 h. The saturation magnetization increases as heat treatment time increases and eventually peaks. The peak time depends on the heat treatment temperature. The coercivity increases during the initial heat treatment stage, and decreases as the duration of heat treatment increases. The maximum saturation magnetization decreases as the grain diameter increases and is inversely proportional to the grain diameter squared, which is consistent with the fact that the ferromagnetic phase only formed along grain boundaries.

  17. Laboratory Experiments on Rotation of Micron Size Cosmic Dust Grains with Radiation

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    Abbas, M. M.; Craven, P. D.; Spann, J. F.; Tankosic, D.; LeClair, A.; Gallagher, D. L.; West, E.; Weingartner, J.; Witherow, W. K.

    2004-01-01

    The processes and mechanisms involved in the rotation and alignment of interstellar dust grains have been of great interest in astrophysics ever since the surprising discovery of the polarization of starlight more than half a century ago. Numerous theories, detailed mathematical models and numerical studies of grain rotation and alignment along the Galactic magnetic field have been presented in the literature. In particular, the subject of grain rotation and alignment by radiative torques has been shown to be of particular interest in recent years. However, despite many investigations, a satisfactory theoretical understanding of the processes involved in grain rotation and alignment has not been achieved. As there appears to be no experimental data available on this subject, we have carried out some unique experiments to illuminate the processes involved in rotation of dust grains in the interstellar medium. In this paper we present the results of some preliminary laboratory experiments on the rotation of individual micron/submicron size nonspherical dust grains levitated in an electrodynamic balance evacuated to pressures of approx. 10(exp -3) to 10(exp -5) torr. The particles are illuminated by laser light at 5320 A, and the grain rotation rates are obtained by analyzing the low frequency (approx. 0-100 kHz) signal of the scattered light detected by a photodiode detector. The rotation rates are compared with simple theoretical models to retrieve some basic rotational parameters. The results are examined in the light of the current theories of alignment.

  18. On the effect of grain size on shock sensitivity of heterogeneous high explosives

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    Khasainov, B. A.; Ermolaev, B. S.; Presles, H.-N.; Vidal, P.

    Analysis of available data on dependence of the critical detonation diameter dcr of various heterogeneous condensed explosives on mean size of grains and voids demonstrated that in many cases surprising correlations between dcr and the initial specific surface area of heterogeneous explosives Ao exist, namely, dcr=α 1+α 2/A_o or 1/dcr=β 1+β 2A_o. The run distance to detonation in wedge test with sustained strong shock of constant amplitude also linearly correlates with 1/Ao, i.e. L{P= Const}=γ 1+γ 2/A_o. At the same time, the shock sensitivity reversal effect is often observed when grain size of HE is reduced. Apart from that Moulard (1989) found that detonation critical diameter of plastic bonded explosive with mono- and bimodal RDX grain size distribution depends nonmonotonously on mean grain size. Complicated dependence of shock sensitivity of heterogeneous explosives on their specific surface area can be explained based on comparison of the critical hot spot size a*(P) at given characteristic pressure behind shock wave P with the mean heterogeneity size /line{a}. At high characteristic pressure (relative to the critical ignition pressure) a* is small compared with /line{a} and all specific surface area of heterogeneous explosive is available for the hot spot growth process in accordance with the grain burn concept. However, when characteristic pressure of shock wave decreases, a*(P) increases and can become comparable with /line{a}. In this case only relatively large potential hot spots (with size a>a*) can result in self-supported hot spot growth process and shock sensitivity is controlled by the specific surface area which corresponds to only larger heterogeneities and can be significantly smaller than initial specific surface area.

  19. Optimal reproduction in salmon spawning substrates linked to grain size and fish length

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    Riebe, Clifford S.; Sklar, Leonard S.; Overstreet, Brandon T.; Wooster, John K.

    2014-02-01

    Millions of dollars are spent annually on revitalizing salmon spawning in riverbeds where redd building by female salmon is inhibited by sediment that is too big for fish to move. Yet the conditions necessary for productive spawning remain unclear. There is no gauge for quantifying how grain size influences the reproductive potential of coarse-bedded rivers. Hence, managers lack a quantitative basis for optimizing spawning habitat restoration for reproductive value. To overcome this limitation, we studied spawning by Chinook, sockeye, and pink salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha, O. nerka, and O. gorbuscha) in creeks and rivers of California and the Pacific Northwest. Our analysis shows that coarse substrates have been substantially undervalued as spawning habitat in previous work. We present a field-calibrated approach for estimating the number of redds and eggs a substrate can accommodate from measurements of grain size and fish length. Bigger fish can move larger sediment and thus use more riverbed area for spawning. They also tend to have higher fecundity, and so can deposit more eggs per redd. However, because redd area increases with fish length, the number of eggs a substrate can accommodate is maximized for moderate-sized fish. This previously unrecognized tradeoff raises the possibility that differences in grain size help regulate river-to-river differences in salmon size. Thus, population diversity and species resilience may be linked to lithologic, geomorphic, and climatic factors that determine grain size in rivers. Our approach provides a tool for managing grain-size distributions in support of optimal reproductive potential and species resilience.

  20. Sintering Trajectories: Description on How Density, Surface Area, and Grain Size Change

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    German, Randall M.

    2016-03-01

    Sintering is a mainstay production step in forming metal, ceramic, polymer, and composite components from particles. Since the 1940s, the sintering process is treated using a matrix of mathematical relationships that include at least seven atomic transport mechanisms, several options on powder characteristics, and three pore-grain morphology options. The interplay of these relationships is handled by numerical solutions to predict property development. An alternative approach is to track the sintering trajectory using relatively simple relationships based on bulk measures. Energy minimization dictates that initial stage sintering acts to reduce surface area. In late stage sintering, the energy minimization turns to grain boundary area reduction via grain growth. Accordingly, relationships result between density, surface area, and grain size, which largely ignore mechanistic details. These relationships are applicable to a wide variety of materials and consolidation conditions, including hot pressing, and spark sintering.

  1. Influence of grain size on transition temperature of thermochromic VO2

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    Miller, Mark J.; Wang, Junlan

    2015-01-01

    Vanadium(IV) oxide (VO2) is a unique material that undergoes a reversible phase transformation around 68 °C. The material could potentially be used as an energy-efficient coating for windows since its reflectance in the infrared (IR) increases significantly more than in the visible region. Currently, VO2 is limited by a transition temperature ( τ c ) that is too high, luminous transmittance that is too low or both. In this study, a transition temperature of 45 °C is achieved for a reactively sputtered, undoped film by restricting grain size to approximately 30 nm. It is concluded that a higher density of grain boundaries (smaller grain size) provides a greater number of nucleating defects which in turn reduces τ c . Similarly, a higher density of grain boundaries may reduce the hysteresis width (difference between transition temperatures in heating and cooling). Also in this study, a new set of optical performance metrics is proposed in which the solar spectrum is divided into the ultraviolet (UV), visible and near infrared (NIR) regions. This approach is more closely aligned with the goals of limiting UV, allowing luminous and modulating NIR transmission. Using these metrics, the optical properties of the low- τ c sample were: 2% UV transmittance, 47% luminous transmittance, and 23% NIR modulation (decrease from 43 to 33%). This study demonstrates that the grain size of VO2 should be viewed as an important parameter for controlling the transition temperature of the material.

  2. Physical conditions in three high-z H2-bearing DLAs: implications for grain size

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    Shaw, Gargi; Rawlins, Katherine; Srianand, Raghunathan

    2016-07-01

    We present results of our numerical simulation of three H2-bearing damped Lyman α absorbers (DLAs) in the redshift interval ˜ 2-3. The systems we have modelled are the DLAs at zabs = 2.3377 towards the quasar LBQS 1232 + 0815, at zabs = 2.418 37 towards SDSS J143912.04 + 111740.5 and at zabs = 2.6265 towards FBQS J081240.6 + 320808. We have used the spectral synthesis code CLOUDY to simulate the physical environment of these DLAs, and constrain the density, radiation field, geometry and dust-grain properties of the DLAs self-consistently based on the observed column densities of various atomic and molecular species such as H I, fine structure lines of C I and the rotational level population of H2. In our models, we explore the effect of grain size distribution on the predicted column densities of different species. Within the allowed uncertainties in the inferred dust-to-gas ratio, both models with standard interstellar medium grains and smaller sized grains reproduce the observations equally well. Improved constraints on dust-to-gas ratio and line-of-sight extinction are important for probing the grain size distribution in high-z DLAs. We find the H2-bearing clouds to have line-of-sight thickness in the range 1-6 pc, consistent with what has been found using partial coverage or 21-cm observations in some high-z DLAs.

  3. Physical conditions in three high-z H2-bearing DLAs: implications for grain size

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    Rawlins, Katherine; Shaw, Gargi; Srianand, Raghunathan

    2016-04-01

    We present results of our numerical simulation of three H2-bearing damped Lyman α absorbers (DLAs) in the redshift interval ˜2-3. The systems we have modelled are the DLAs at zabs = 2.3377 towards the quasar LBQS 1232 + 0815, at zabs = 2.41837 towards SDSS J143912.04 + 111740.5 and at zabs = 2.6265 towards FBQS J081240.6 + 320808. We have used the spectral synthesis code CLOUDY to simulate the physical environment of these DLAs, and constrain the density, radiation field, geometry and dust-grain properties of the DLAs self-consistently based on the observed column densities of various atomic and molecular species such as H I, fine structure lines of C I and the rotational level population of H2. In our models, we explore the effect of grain size distribution on the predicted column densities of different species. Within the allowed uncertainties in the inferred dust-to-gas ratio, both models with standard ISM grains and smaller-sized grains reproduce the observations equally well. Improved constraints on dust-to-gas ratio and line-of-sight extinction are important for probing the grain size distribution in high-z DLAs. We find the H2-bearing clouds to have line-of-sight thickness in the range 1-6 pc, consistent with what has been found using partial coverage or 21-cm observations in some high-z DLAs.

  4. Abrasion in pyroclastic density currents: Insights from tumbling experiments

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    Kueppers, Ulrich; Putz, Constanze; Spieler, Oliver; Dingwell, Donald B.

    2012-01-01

    During granular mass movements of any kind, particles may interact with one another. The degree of interaction is a function of several variables including; grain-size distribution, particle concentration, density stratification and degree of fluidisation. The impact of particle interaction is additionally influenced by the relative speed, impact angle and clast temperature. Thus, both source conditions and transport-related processes are expected to influence the flow dynamics of pyroclastic density currents and their subsequent deposition. Here, we use tumbling experiments to shed light on the susceptibility of porous clasts to abrasion. We investigated the abrasion of unaltered volcanic rocks (5.7-80 vol.% porosity) from Unzen (Japan), Bezymianny (Russia) and Santorini (Greece) volcanoes as well as one synthetic analogue material, an insulating material with the trade name Foamglas® (95 vol.% porosity). Each experiment started with angular fragments generated in a jaw crusher from larger clasts. Two experimental series were performed; on samples with narrow and broader grain-size distributions, respectively. The dry samples were subject to rotational movement at constant speed and ambient temperature in a gum rotational tumbler for durations of 15, 30, 45, 60 and 120 min. The amount of volcanic ash (particles <2 mm) generated was evaluated as a function of experimental duration and sample porosity. We term “abrasion” as the ash fraction generated during the experiments. The observed increase of “abrasion” with increasing sample porosity and experimental duration is initially non-linear but becomes linear for experiments of 30 min duration or longer. For any given sample, abrasion appears to be more effective for coarser samples and larger initial mass. The observed range of ash generated in our experiments is between 1 and 35 wt.%. We find that this amount generally increases with increasing initial clast size or increasing breadth of the initial grain-size

  5. Space Weathering of Intermediate-Size Soil Grains in Immature Apollo 17 Soil 71061

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    Wentworth, S. J.; Robinson, G. A.; McKay, D. S.

    2005-01-01

    Understanding space weathering, which is caused by micrometeorite impacts, implantation of solar wind gases, radiation damage, chemical effects from solar particles and cosmic rays, interactions with the lunar atmosphere, and sputter erosion and deposition, continues to be a primary objective of lunar sample research. Electron beam studies of space weathering have focused on space weathering effects on individual glasses and minerals from the finest size fractions of lunar soils [1] and patinas on lunar rocks [2]. We are beginning a new study of space weathering of intermediate-size individual mineral grains from lunar soils. For this initial work, we chose an immature soil (see below) in order to maximize the probability that some individual grains are relatively unweathered. The likelihood of identifying a range of relatively unweathered grains in a mature soil is low, and we plan to study grains ranging from pristine to highly weathered in order to determine the progression of space weathering. Future studies will include grains from mature soils. We are currently in the process of documenting splash glass, glass pancakes, craters, and accretionary particles (glass and mineral grains) on plagioclase from our chosen soil using high-resolution field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). These studies are being done concurrently with our studies of patinas on larger lunar rocks [e.g., 3]. One of our major goals is to correlate the evidence for space weathering observed in studies of the surfaces of samples with the evidence demonstrated at higher resolution (TEM) using cross-sections of samples. For example, TEM studies verified the existence of vapor deposits on soil grains [1]; we do not yet know if they can be readily distinguished by surfaces studies of samples. A wide range of textures of rims on soil grains is also clear in TEM [1]; might it be possible to correlate them with specific characteristics of weathering features seen in SEM?

  6. Geochemistry of grain-size fractions of soils from the Taurus-Littrow valley floor

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    Korotev, R. L.

    1976-01-01

    Results are presented for a study in which high-precision instrumental neutron activation analysis was applied to determine the abundances of seven rare-earth and nine other elements in two grain-size fractions (90 to 150 microns and less than 20 microns) of eight soils from the Taurus-Littrow Valley floor and one Apollo 11 bulk-soil fraction with grain sizes of less than 1 mm. Compositional differences between the two size fractions of two valley-floor soils are examined, and mixing of soil components is investigated. It is found that a five-component mixing model describes very adequately the chemical composition of bulk soils with grain sizes of less than 1 mm as mixtures of local Apollo 17 rock types (basalt, anorthositic gabbro, noritic breccia), orange glass, and meteorites, but does not describe well the chemical compositions of the other two size fractions. A ten-component model is used to show that the compositions of those two size fractions can be well represented as mixtures of the five components if the mineralogy and chemical composition of the basalt component are allowed to vary in the size fractions.

  7. An Integrated Genomic Strategy Delineates Candidate Mediator Genes Regulating Grain Size and Weight in Rice

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    Malik, Naveen; Dwivedi, Nidhi; Singh, Ashok K.; Parida, Swarup K.; Agarwal, Pinky; Thakur, Jitendra K.; Tyagi, Akhilesh K.

    2016-01-01

    The present study deployed a Mediator (MED) genes-mediated integrated genomic strategy for understanding the complex genetic architecture of grain size/weight quantitative trait in rice. The targeted multiplex amplicon resequencing of 55 MED genes annotated from whole rice genome in 384 accessions discovered 3971 SNPs, which were structurally and functionally annotated in diverse coding and non-coding sequence-components of genes. Association analysis, using the genotyping information of 3971 SNPs in a structured population of 384 accessions (with 50–100 kb linkage disequilibrium decay), detected 10 MED gene-derived SNPs significantly associated (46% combined phenotypic variation explained) with grain length, width and weight in rice. Of these, one strong grain weight-associated non-synonymous SNP (G/A)-carrying OsMED4_2 gene was validated successfully in low- and high-grain weight parental accessions and homozygous individuals of a rice mapping population. The seed-specific expression, including differential up/down-regulation of three grain size/weight-associated MED genes (including OsMED4_2) in six low and high-grain weight rice accessions was evident. Altogether, combinatorial genomic approach involving haplotype-based association analysis delineated diverse functionally relevant natural SNP-allelic variants in 10 MED genes, including three potential novel SNP haplotypes in an OsMED4_2 gene governing grain size/weight differentiation in rice. These molecular tags have potential to accelerate genomics-assisted crop improvement in rice. PMID:27000976

  8. A model for estimating the hydraulic conductivity of granular material based on grain shape, grain size, and porosity

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    Sperry, J.M.; Peirce, J.J.

    1995-11-01

    Particle shape is an important parameter in numerous civil, environmental, and petroleum engineering applications. In ground-water flow, the shape of individual particles comprising the soil affects the soil`s pore size distribution and, hence, the important flow characteristics such as hydraulic conductivity and headloss. A model for delineating the relative importance of particle size, particle shape, and porosity, (and their interactions), in explaining the variability of hydraulic conductivity of a granular porous medium is developed and tested. Three types of porous media are considered in this work: spherical glass beads; granular sand; and irregularly shaped, shredded glass particles. A reliable method for quantifying the three-dimensional shape and packing of large samples of irregular particles based on their angle of repose is presented. The results of column experiments indicate that in the size range examined (i.e., 149 {micro}m to 2,380 {micro}m), the single most important predictor of hydraulic conductivity is seen to be particle size, explaining 69% of the variability. Porous media comprising irregular particles exhibit lower hydraulic conductivity only for the larger (707 to 841 {micro}m) particles. For the smaller (149 to 177 {micro}m) particles, particle shape has no observable influence on hydraulic conductivity. The results of the regression analysis reveal the importance off the interaction between particle size and porosity, indicating that similar pore configurations for a given type of particle are not achieved at different sizes. This empirical model seems to provide better estimates of the hydraulic conductivity of granular porous media comprising irregular particles than selected models based solely on grain size, including Hazen, Kozeny-Carman, and more recently Alyamani and Sen.

  9. Influence of Processing Parameters on Grain Size Evolution of a Forged Superalloy

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    Reyes, L. A.; Páramo, P.; Salas Zamarripa, A.; de la Garza, M.; Guerrero-Mata, M. P.

    2016-01-01

    The microstructure evolution of nickel-based superalloys has a great influence on the mechanical behavior during service conditions. Microstructure modification and the effect of process variables such as forging temperature, die-speed, and tool heating were evaluated after hot die forging of a heat-resistant nickel-based alloy. Forging sequences in a temperature range from 1253 to 1323 K were considered through experimental trials. An Avrami model was applied using finite element data to evaluate the average grain size and recrystallization at different evolution zones. It was observed that sequential forging at final temperatures below 1273 K provided greater grain refinement through time-dependent recrystallization phenomena. This investigation was aim to explore the influence of forging parameters on grain size evolution in order to design a fully homogenous and refined microstructure after hot die forging.

  10. An investigation of the deformation mechanism in grain size-sensitive Newtonian creep

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    Wang, J.N.

    2000-04-19

    Creep of polycrystalline materials at low stresses often shows a linear relationship between strain rate and stress, and an inverse dependence on grain size squared or cubed. Attribution of this behavior to diffusional creep or grain boundary sliding (GBS) has evoked much confusion and controversy in the literature. A model is proposed to unify these two creep mechanisms. The model predicts a change in dominant mechanism from diffusional creep to GBS accommodated mainly by diffusion or by GBS itself as the amount of matter moved by diffusion decreases. Corresponding to this change, the model also predicts a spectrum of creep rate with the absolute value being dependent upon the extent of diffusion accommodation. Although experimental data exhibit scattering, most of them are in very good agreement with the prediction of the GBS model. Therefore, it is suggested that the Newtonian creep behavior with grain size dependence be induced by GBS rather than by conventional diffusion creep as believed before.

  11. Frost grain size metamorphism - Implications for remote sensing of planetary surfaces

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    Clark, R. N.; Fanale, F. P.; Zent, A. P.

    1983-01-01

    The effective grain size of a material on a planetary surface affects the strength of absorption features observed in the reflectance of a particulate surface. In the case of a planetary surface containing volatile ices, the absorption characteristics can change in connection with processes leading to a change in the grain size of the material. The present investigation is concerned with an evaluation regarding the occurrence of such processes and the implications for remote sensing applications. It is found that quantitative modeling of the kinetics of grain growth and destruction by thermal and nonthermal processes can provide a means to reconcile apparent optical paths in the volatile portions of planetary surfaces with the physical history of those surfaces. Attention is also given to conditions in the case of the Pluto/Triton system, Uranus and Saturnian satellites, and the Galilean system.

  12. Quantifying depositional processes in sediment archives using end-member modelling of grain size data

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    Dietze, Elisabeth; Diekmann, Bernhard; Opitz, Stephan; Hartmann, Kai

    2013-04-01

    Key proxies in sedimentary archives typically are derived from detrital grain size distributions, precisely measured by particle size analysers with often more than 80 grain size classes. Although grain size distributions contain a lot of information on past depositional environments, research typically neglects the complete distribution and uses instead only integrated measures of moments (i.e. mean sand/silt/clay content, sorting, skewness, kurtosis). These are biased, when applied to multi-modal distributions. Such distributions indicate different sources and sorting by different transport processes. To decipher the genetic fingerprints of sources and transport processes, grain size distributions need to be unmixed. Principles of eigenspace analysis and several scaling procedures are integrated in an end-member modelling algorithm (EMMA), which aims to reduce redundancy in the large grain size datasets producing only limited numbers of meaningful end-member distributions related to sedimentary processes. Their contribution to each sample in space and time as well as associated uncertainties can be quantified and the most robust sedimentation processes can be derived from several similarly-likely model runs. Here we present the application of EMMA considering sediment archives in Donggi Cona lake system at the north-eastern Tibetan Plateau, China. Quantitative reconstructions of lacustrine, littoral, fluvial and aeolian sediment end-members are provided from modern and fossil offshore lake sediments and from onshore sequences of lake high-stand sediments. Knowledge on local catchment configuration is embedded in the conceptual frame of a catchment-wide sediment cascade. In a synthesis, Late Quaternary lake level changes, related sedimentary processes, and further regional reconstructions allow first inferences of dominant driving forces (i.e., climate, geomorphological, and neo-tectonic dynamics).

  13. Grain-Size Effects on Field Capacity of Soil-Biochar Mixtures

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    Liu, Z.; Dugan, B.; Masiello, C. A.; Gonnermann, H. M.

    2014-12-01

    While it is known that under some circumstances amending soil with biochar improves soil hydrologic properties, the mechanisms driving these improvements are not well-understood. This is a serious gap: without mechanism understanding, it is much harder to predict when biochar will improve soil properties. Grain size likely plays a key role in controlling biochar effects on water movement and storage, because grain size (of both biochar and soils) plays a major role in soil porosity. Here we report water potential of soil-biochar mixtures in the context of grain size and porosity measurements to better understand the mechanisms controlling how pores in biochar and soil store water. Our soil-biochar mixtures are sand (0.251-0.853 mm) with 2 wt% biochar; we used two separate biochar grain size ranges. Comparison of pure sand with biochar+sand mixtures shows a field capacity (θfc, water content at soil water potential = 33 kPa) increase from 0.014 to 0.027 kgwater/kgsoil+water (increase of 93%) when biochar is 0.251-0.853 mm (same size as sand) and a field capacity increase from 0.014 to 0.032 kgwater/kgsoil+water (increase of 129%) when biochar is 0.853-2.00 mm (larger than sand). Thus when biochar is larger than sand, θfc of biochar+sand mixtures (0.032 kgwater/kgsoil+water) is higher than θfc of biochar+sand mixtures (0.027 kgwater/kgsoil+water) when biochar is the same size as sand. Biochar+sand mixtures have interporosity (porosity between grains) and intraporosity (pores inside biochar particles). The average intraporosity of our biochars is 0.61±0.01 (61±1% of the biochar volume is pore space). Based our results we interpret that this intraporosity can store water and drives the increase of θfc for biochar-amended sand. Field capacity also increases with pore size decreases because smaller pores tend to hold water tightly due to higher capillary forces. The increase of θfc with increased biochar grain size may be caused by the bimodal particle size

  14. Abrasives in snuff?

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    Dahl, B L; Stølen, S O; Oilo, G

    1989-08-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine and calculate the inorganic contents of four brands of snuff. Visual inspection of wet snuff showed fairly large, yellow crystal-like particles. Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray dispersive (EDX) analyses were used to study both wet snuff and ashes of snuff, whereas light emission spectrography was used to determine elements in the ashes. The crystal-like particles did not dissolve in distilled water or in ethanol heated to 60 degrees C. EDX analyses showed that most elements remained in the particles after washing. The total weight percentage of inorganic material in snuff was calculated after burning dried snuff until constant weight was obtained. The ashes of snuff did not contain any crystal-like particles but consisted of a small-grained amorphous mass. The following elements were detected: Ag, Al, Ba, Ca, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Li, Mg, Mn, Na, P, Pb, Si, Sr, Ti, Va, and Zr. Other elements such as rare earths were not searched for. The weight percentage of inorganic elements ranged between 12.35 +/- 0.69 and 20.95 +/- 0.81. Provided snuff is used in the same manner as chewing tobacco, and some people admit to doing so, there is a risk that its relatively high contents of inorganic material and heavily soluble salts may be conducive to excessive abrasion of teeth and restorations. PMID:2782061

  15. Comparative studies of grain size separates of 60009. [lunar soil samples

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    Mckay, D. S.; Morris, R. V.; Dungan, M. A.; Fruland, R. M.; Fuhrman, R.

    1976-01-01

    Five samples from 60009, the lower half of a double drive tube, were analyzed via grain-size methods, with particle types classified and counted in the coarser grain sizes. Studies were undertaken of particle types and distributions by petrographic methods, of magnetic fractions, of the size splits and magnetic splits as analyzed by ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) techniques, of maturity (based on agglutinate content, FMR index Is/FeO, mean size of sub-cm material, magnetic fraction), of possible reworking or mixing in situ, and of depositional history. Maturity indices are in substantial agreement for all of the five samples. Strong positive correlation of percent agglutinates and percent bedrock-derived lithic fragments, combined with negative correlation of those components with percent single crystal plagioclase, argue against in situ reworking of the same soil.

  16. The Smallest Lunar Grains: Analytical TEM Characterization of the Sub-micron Size Fraction of a Mare Soil

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    Thompson, M.; Christoffersen, R.

    2010-01-01

    The chemical composition, mineralogical type, and morphology of lunar regolith grains changes considerably with decreasing size, and below the approx.25 m size range the correlation between these parameters and remotely-sensed lunar surface properties connected to space weathering increases significantly. Although trends for these parameters across grain size intervals greater than 20 m are now well established, the 0 to 20 m size interval remains relatively un-subdivided with respect to variations in grain modal composition, chemistry and microstructure. Of particular interest in this size range are grains in the approximate < 1 m diameter class, whose fundamental properties are now the focus of lunar research pertaining to electrostatic grain transport, dusty plasmas, and lunar dust effects on crew health and exploration systems. In this study we have used analytical transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to characterize the mineralogy, microstructure and major element composition of grains below the 1 m size threshold in lunar soil 10084.

  17. Effects of grain size on the spallation behavior of pure copper under plate-impact loading

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    Jiang, ZhaoXiu; Peng, Hui; Xing, MingZhi; Shen, HaiTing; He, HongLiang; Wang, YongGang

    2015-09-01

    The effects of grain size on the dynamic tensile fracture (or spall) response were investigated for high purity copper materials by plate-impact experiments. The spall strength estimated from the free surface velocity profile is nearly constant with no significant effect from the grain size. However, differences are observed in the acceleration rate of velocity rebound beyond the minima. This may be attributed to the effect of grain size on the growth rate of damage. Metallographic analyses of the fracture surface show that the characteristic feature of the fracture surface clearly depends on the grain size. In the smaller samples, the fracture surfaces are decorated with large, high-density ductile dimples suggesting that the preferential failure mode is ductile intergranular fracture. In the larger samples, the fracture surfaces have a rock candy appearance with small, brittle, high density dimples as well as large ductile dimples suggesting that the fracture mode is a mix of both brittle intergranular fracture and ductile transgranular fracture.

  18. Effect of grain size on thermal shock property of alumina ceramic

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    Xu, Xianghong; Sheng, Shilong; Yuan, Wenjun; Lin, Zhongkang

    2016-04-01

    Ceramic has a great broad application in high-temperature environment due to its favorable mechanical, antioxidant and corrosion resistance properties. However, it tends to exhibit severe crack or fail under thermal shock resulting from its inherent brittleness. Microstructure property is a vital factor and plays a critical role in influencing thermal shock property of ceramic. The present study experimentally tested and characterized thermal-shock crack and residual strength of ceramic under different quench temperature, while two kinds of alumina ceramics with different grain size are employed. A two-dimensional (2D) numerical model based on statistical mesoscopic damage mechanics is introduced to depict the micro-crack propagation of ceramic sheet under water quenching. The effects of grain size on critical thermal shock temperature, crack characteristics and residual strength are studied. And the microscopic mechanism of the influence of grain size on thermal shock resistance of ceramic is discussed based on the crack propagation path obtained from experimental and simulation results. The qualitative effect and evolution change of grain size on thermal shock property of alumina ceramic will be summarized.

  19. Kinetics of HMX and Phase Transitions: Effects of Grain Size at Elevated Temperature

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    Saw, C K

    2002-06-13

    To date a global kinetic rate law has not been written to accurately describe solid-solid phase transformations of HMX and TATB where contributions from grain size effects, binder contents, and impurity levels are explicitly defined. Our recent work presented at the 2001 SCCM topical APS meeting, Atlanta, GA, demonstrated one can not confidently use the second harmonic generation (SHG) diagnostic to study energetic material phase transitions where non-uniform grain size distributions are present. For example, in HMX, the early arrival of SHG before the XRD in the SHG/XRD simultaneous high temperature experiment clearly indicates the partial molecular conversion from centrosymmetric to non-centrosymmetric without any structural changes as exhibit by the XRD pattern. This conversion is attributed to the changes of the surface molecules due to the differences in potential between the surface and the bulk. The present paper reports on accurate XRD measurements following changes of {beta}-HMX to {delta}-HMX at elevated temperature. The results are compared for sample with 2 different grain sizes for HMX. We report accurate temperature dependent lattice parameters and hence volume and linear thermal expansion coefficients along each crystallographic axis. We have also conducted kinetic studies of the behavior of 2 grain-sizes of HMX and concluded that their kinetics, are drastically different.

  20. Effect Of Grain Size-Distribution And Nonthermal Ion Distribution On Dust Acoustic Solitons

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    Annou, K.; Annou, R.

    2005-10-31

    The investigation of the formation of non-linear coherent structures in dusty plasmas taking into account the dust size and non-thermal ion distributions is conducted. Conditions of the existence of solitons in terms of the Mach number, concentration of non-thermal ions, dust charge and the permeability of the grains are evaluated.

  1. TOC as a regional sediment condition indicator: Parsing effects of grain size and organic content

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    TOC content of sediments is often used as an indicator of benthic condition. Percent TOC is generally positively correlated with sediment percent fines. While sediment grain size may have impacts on benthic organisms independent of organic content, it is often not explicitly co...

  2. TOC as a regional sediment conditionindicator: Parsing effects of grain size and organic content

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    TOC content of sediments is often used as an indicator of benthic condition. Percent TOC is generally positively correlated with sediment percent fines. While sediment grain size may have impacts on benthic organisms independent of organic content, it is often not explicitly co...

  3. Discrimination of sediment provenance in the Yellow Sea: Secondary grain-size effect and REE proxy

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    Jung, Hoi-Soo; Lim, Dhongil; Jeong, Do-Hyun; Xu, Zhaokai; Li, Tiegang

    2016-06-01

    This study analyzed grain size and elemental concentrations (Al, Mg, Fe, and rare earth elements (REEs)) in 91 surface sediments to elucidate sediment provenance in the Yellow Sea. Elemental concentrations were normalized by Al concentration (Celement/CAl) to minimize the sediment grain-size effect (GSE). However, noticeable linear relationships between Al concentration (or mean grain size) and the ratio (e.g., Mg/Al or Fe/Al) appeared unexpectedly in pair diagrams. The spatial distribution patterns of Fe/Al and Mg/Al ratios were also similar to the pattern of mean grain size. This implies that the GSE was not removed completely, even after the normalization process. Thus, great care must be taken when applying the ratios of Celement/CAl as a proxy of sediment provenance. To improve provenance discrimination of the sediments in the Yellow Sea, the difference between the REE distribution patterns of Chinese and Korean river sediments, expressed as δ (δ = REE∗(La) - REE∗(Lu)), was calculated, and the spatial distribution patterns of the δ values were mapped. The δ values gradually increased from the western to the eastern part of the Yellow Sea, except for low δ values in the southeastern part of the Yellow Sea. This result indicates that the majority of Chinese and Korean river sediments are accumulating near to their respective coasts, except for a deposit along the southwestern coast of Korea in which a considerable amount of sediment from Chinese rivers has been accumulating.

  4. Patterns of grain-size dependent sediment tranpsort in low-ordered, ephemeral-channels

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    Sediment data were analyzed to determine grain-size dependant factors affecting sediment transport in a low ordered, ephemeral watershed. Sediment was collected during 37 flow events at the outlet of a 4.53 ha sub-watershed within the Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed in southeastern Arizona. Meas...

  5. Luminescence dating of glacial deposits near the eastern Himalayan syntaxis using different grain-size fractions

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    Hu, Gang; Yi, Chao-Lu; Zhang, Jia-Fu; Liu, Jin-Hua; Jiang, Tao

    2015-09-01

    Numerical dating of glacial deposits is important for understanding Quaternary glacial evolution. Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating is one of the techniques widely used on such sediments. Owing to the short distances traveled before deposition, the incomplete bleaching of luminescence signals in glacial sediments may introduce serious dating problems vis-à-vis glacial and any associated sediments. Here, we report a comparison of OSL ages obtained from the fine (4-11 μm) and medium (38-63 μm) grain size fractions of quartz extracted from glaciofluvial sediments and from glacial tills in the Basongcuo catchment near the eastern Himalayan syntaxis. Initially, four glacial stages were identified based on field observations of moraine distribution and geomorpho-stratigraphic relations. A total of 39 OSL samples were then collected from glaciofluvial sand layers or lenses and from till. Quartz grains in the fine (4-11 μm) and medium (38-63 μm) size fractions were extracted from each sample, and dated using the single-aliquot regeneration (SAR) protocol. The modern supraglacial sediment sample was dated to ˜0.2 (fine grain) to ˜0.7 (medium grain) ka, suggesting that the sediment was not completely bleached on deposition. Contrary to previous experience suggesting that coarse grains are usually better bleached than fine grains prior to deposition, our results show that estimated OSL ages for fine grains are generally younger than those for medium grains. This suggests that the two fractions may have come from different sources and thus have different bleaching histories, and that fine-grained quartz may be more suitable for OSL dating of these materials. Applying the minimum age model to data from medium-grained quartz yields ages close to those obtained from fine-grained quartz, suggesting that both can be used for dating glacial advances. The OSL dates suggest that glaciers in the studied area advanced at 0.1-1.3 ka, ˜7.5 ka and 11-13 ka, and were

  6. Transport, retention, and size perturbation of graphene oxide in saturated porous media: effects of input concentration and grain size.

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    Sun, Yuanyuan; Gao, Bin; Bradford, Scott A; Wu, Lei; Chen, Hao; Shi, Xiaoqing; Wu, Jichun

    2015-01-01

    Accurately predicting the fate and transport of graphene oxide (GO) in porous media is critical to assess its environmental impact. In this work, sand column experiments were conducted to determine the effect of input concentration and grain size on transport, retention, and size perturbation of GO in saturated porous media. The mobility of GO in the sand columns reduced with decreasing grain size and almost all GO were retained in fine sand columns for all of the tested conditions. This result can be explained with colloid filtration and XDLVO theories. Input concentration also influenced the retention and transport of GO in the sand columns because of the 'blocking' mechanism that reduces the particle retention rate. After passing through the column, average GO sizes increased dramatically. In addition, the sizes of GO retained in the sand also increased with travel distance. These results suggested that transport through the porous media induced GO aggregation. A mathematical model based on the advection-dispersion equation coupled with the second-order kinetics to reflect the blocking effect simulated the experimental data well. PMID:25462714

  7. Dolomite microstructures between 390° and 700 °C: Indications for deformation mechanisms and grain size evolution

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    Berger, Alfons; Ebert, Andreas; Ramseyer, Karl; Gnos, Edwin; Decrouez, Danielle

    2016-08-01

    Dolomitic marble on the island of Naxos was deformed at variable temperatures ranging from 390 °C to >700 °C. Microstructural investigations indicate two end-member of deformation mechanisms: (1) Diffusion creep processes associated with small grain sizes and weak or no CPO (crystallographic preferred orientation), whereas (2) dislocation creep processes are related with larger grain sizes and strong CPO. The change between these mechanisms depends on grain size and temperature. Therefore, sample with dislocation and diffusion creep microstructures and CPO occur at intermediate temperatures in relative pure dolomite samples. The measured dolomite grain size ranges from 3 to 940 μm. Grain sizes at Tmax >450 °C show an Arrhenius type evolution reflecting the stabilized grain size in deformed and relative pure dolomite. The stabilized grain size is five times smaller than that of calcite at the same temperature and shows the same Arrhenius-type evolution. In addition, the effect of second phase particle influences the grain size evolution, comparable with calcite. Calcite/dolomite mixtures are also characterized by the same difference in grain size, but recrystallization mechanism including chemical recrystallization induced by deformation may contribute to apparent non-temperature equilibrated Mg-content in calcite.

  8. Hardening by ion implantation of VT1-0 alloy having different grain size

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    Nikonenko, Alisa; Popova, Natalya; Nikonenko, Elena; Kalashnikov, Mark; Kurzina, Irina

    2016-01-01

    The paper presents a transmission electron microscopy (TEM) study of the structural and phase state of commercially pure titanium implanted by aluminum ions. TEM study has been carried out for two types of grains, namely coarse (0.4 µm) and small (0.5 µm). This paper presents details of the yield stress calculations and the analysis of strength components for the both grain types in two areas of the modified layer: at a distance of 0-150 nm (surface area I) and ˜300 nm (central area II) from the irradiated surface. It is shown that the ion implantation results in a considerable hardening of the entire thickness of the implanted layer in the both grain types. The grain size has, however, a different effect on the yield stress in areas I and II. Thus, near the ion-alloyed layer, the yield stress decreases with the increase of the grain size, whilst area II demonstrates its increase. Moreover, the contribution to the general hardening of the alloy made by certain hardening mechanisms differs from contributions made by each of these mechanisms in each certain case.

  9. Kinetics of Sub-Micron Grain Size Refinement in 9310 Steel

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    Kozmel, Thomas; Chen, Edward Y.; Chen, Charlie C.; Tin, Sammy

    2014-05-01

    Recent efforts have focused on the development of novel manufacturing processes capable of producing microstructures dominated by sub-micron grains. For structural applications, grain refinement has been shown to enhance mechanical properties such as strength, fatigue resistance, and fracture toughness. Through control of the thermo-mechanical processing parameters, dynamic recrystallization mechanisms were used to produce microstructures consisting of sub-micron grains in 9310 steel. Starting with initial bainitic grain sizes of 40 to 50 μm, various levels of grain refinement were observed following hot deformation of 9310 steel samples at temperatures and strain rates ranging from 755 K to 922 K (482 °C and 649 °C) and 1 to 0.001/s, respectively. The resulting deformation microstructures were characterized using scanning electron microscopy and electron backscatter diffraction techniques to quantify the extent of carbide coarsening and grain refinement occurring during deformation. Microstructural models based on the Zener-Holloman parameter were developed and modified to include the effect of the ferrite/carbide interactions within the system. These models were shown to effectively correlate microstructural attributes to the thermal mechanical processing parameters.

  10. Enhanced Sucrose Loading Improves Rice Yield by Increasing Grain Size1[OPEN

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    Wang, Liang; Lu, Qingtao

    2015-01-01

    Yield in cereals is a function of grain number and size. Sucrose (Suc), the main carbohydrate product of photosynthesis in higher plants, is transported long distances from source leaves to sink organs such as seeds and roots. Here, we report that transgenic rice plants (Oryza sativa) expressing the Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) phloem-specific Suc transporter (AtSUC2), which loads Suc into the phloem under control of the phloem protein2 promoter (pPP2), showed an increase in grain yield of up to 16% relative to wild-type plants in field trials. Compared with wild-type plants, pPP2::AtSUC2 plants had larger spikelet hulls and larger and heavier grains. Grain filling was accelerated in the transgenic plants, and more photoassimilate was transported from the leaves to the grain. In addition, microarray analyses revealed that carbohydrate, amino acid, and lipid metabolism was enhanced in the leaves and grain of pPP2::AtSUC2 plants. Thus, enhancing Suc loading represents a promising strategy to improve rice yield to feed the global population. PMID:26504138

  11. Magnetic properties in an ash flow tuff with continuous grain size variation: a natural reference for magnetic particle granulometry

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    Till, J.L.; Jackson, M.J.; Rosenbaum, J.G.; Solheid, P.

    2011-01-01

    The Tiva Canyon Tuff contains dispersed nanoscale Fe-Ti-oxide grains with a narrow magnetic grain size distribution, making it an ideal material in which to identify and study grain-size-sensitive magnetic behavior in rocks. A detailed magnetic characterization was performed on samples from the basal 5 m of the tuff. The magnetic materials in this basal section consist primarily of (low-impurity) magnetite in the form of elongated submicron grains exsolved from volcanic glass. Magnetic properties studied include bulk magnetic susceptibility, frequency-dependent and temperature-dependent magnetic susceptibility, anhysteretic remanence acquisition, and hysteresis properties. The combined data constitute a distinct magnetic signature at each stratigraphic level in the section corresponding to different grain size distributions. The inferred magnetic domain state changes progressively upward from superparamagnetic grains near the base to particles with pseudo-single-domain or metastable single-domain characteristics near the top of the sampled section. Direct observations of magnetic grain size confirm that distinct transitions in room temperature magnetic susceptibility and remanence probably denote the limits of stable single-domain behavior in the section. These results provide a unique example of grain-size-dependent magnetic properties in noninteracting particle assemblages over three decades of grain size, including close approximations of ideal Stoner-Wohlfarth assemblages, and may be considered a useful reference for future rock magnetic studies involving grain-size-sensitive properties.

  12. Evolutionary models of the Earth with a grain size-dependent rheology

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    Rozel, Antoine; Golabek, Gregor; Tackley, Paul

    2015-04-01

    Thermodynamically consistent models of single phase grain size evolution have been proposed in the past years [Austin and Evans (2007), Ricard and Bercovici (2009), Rozel et al. (2011), Rozel (2012)]. Following the same physical approach, the mechanics of two-phase grain aggregates has been formulated [Bercovici and Ricard (2012a)]. Several non-linear mechanisms such as dynamic recrystallization or Zener pinning are now available in a single non-equilibrium formulation of grain size distributions evolution. The self-consistent generation of localized plate boundaries is predicted in [Bercovici and Ricard (2012b)] using this model, but it has not been tested in a dynamically consistent way. Our preliminary results have shown that out of equilibrium grain size dynamics leads to localization of deformation below the lithosphere rather than subduction initiation. Yet this result was obtained assuming indealized conditions. We study here, for the first time, the evolution of grain size in the mantle and lithosphere in evolutionary models, starting from a just-frozen magma ocean until the present day situation. Following complexities are considered in these models: melting, phase transitions, compressible convection, and different pressure-temperature-dependent composite rheologies in upper and lower mantles. We use a visco-plastic rheology in which the viscous strain rate is obtained by summation of dislocation and diffusion creep. Pressure and velocity fields are solved on a staggered grid using a SIMPLER-like method. Multigrid W-cycles and extra coarse-grid relaxations are employed to enhance the convergence of Stokes and continuity equations. The grain size is stored on a large number of tracers advected through the computational domain (a 2D spherical annulus), which prevent numerical diffusion and allows a high resolution. We also describe the physical formalism itself and derive a set of free parameters for the model. The results show that Normal growth, dynamic

  13. Absorption Efficiencies of Forsterite. I: DDA Explorations in Grain Shape and Size

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    Lindsay, Sean S.; Wooden, Diane; Harker, David E.; Kelley, Michael S.; Woodward, Charles E.; Murphy, Jim R.

    2013-01-01

    We compute the absorption efficiency (Q(sub abs)) of forsterite using the discrete dipole approximation (DDA) in order to identify and describe what characteristics of crystal grain shape and size are important to the shape, peak location, and relative strength of spectral features in the 8 - 40 micron wavelength range. Using the DDSCAT code, we compute Q(sub abs) for non-spherical polyhedral grain shapes with a(sub eff) = 0.1 micron. The shape characteristics identified are: 1) elongation/reduction along one of three crystallographic axes; 2) asymmetry, such that all three crystallographic axes are of different lengths; and 3) the presence of crystalline faces that are not parallel to a specific crystallographic axis, e.g., non-rectangular prisms and (di)pyramids. Elongation/reduction dominates the locations and shapes of spectral features near 10, 11, 16, 23.5, 27, and 33.5 micron, while asymmetry and tips are secondary shape effects. Increasing grain sizes (0.1 - 1.0 micron) shifts the 10, 11 micron features systematically towards longer wavelengths and relative to the 11 micron feature increases the strengths and slightly broadens the longer wavelength features. Seven spectral shape classes are established for crystallographic a-, b-, and c-axes and include columnar and platelet shapes plus non-elongated or equant grain shapes. The spectral shape classes and the effects of grain size have practical application in identifying or excluding columnar, platelet or equant forsterite grain shapes in astrophysical environs. Identification of the shape characteristics of forsterite from 8 - 40 micron spectra provides a potential means to probe the temperatures at which forsterite formed.

  14. ABSORPTION EFFICIENCIES OF FORSTERITE. I. DISCRETE DIPOLE APPROXIMATION EXPLORATIONS IN GRAIN SHAPE AND SIZE

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    Lindsay, Sean S.; Wooden, Diane H.; Harker, David E.; Kelley, Michael S.; Woodward, Charles E.; Murphy, Jim R. E-mail: diane.h.wooden@nasa.gov E-mail: msk@astro.umd.edu E-mail: murphy@nmsu.edu

    2013-03-20

    We compute the absorption efficiency (Q{sub abs}) of forsterite using the discrete dipole approximation in order to identify and describe what characteristics of crystal grain shape and size are important to the shape, peak location, and relative strength of spectral features in the 8-40 {mu}m wavelength range. Using the DDSCAT code, we compute Q{sub abs} for non-spherical polyhedral grain shapes with a{sub eff} = 0.1 {mu}m. The shape characteristics identified are (1) elongation/reduction along one of three crystallographic axes; (2) asymmetry, such that all three crystallographic axes are of different lengths; and (3) the presence of crystalline faces that are not parallel to a specific crystallographic axis, e.g., non-rectangular prisms and (di)pyramids. Elongation/reduction dominates the locations and shapes of spectral features near 10, 11, 16, 23.5, 27, and 33.5 {mu}m, while asymmetry and tips are secondary shape effects. Increasing grain sizes (0.1-1.0 {mu}m) shifts the 10 and 11 {mu}m features systematically toward longer wavelengths and relative to the 11 {mu}m feature increases the strengths and slightly broadens the longer wavelength features. Seven spectral shape classes are established for crystallographic a-, b-, and c-axes and include columnar and platelet shapes plus non-elongated or equant grain shapes. The spectral shape classes and the effects of grain size have practical application in identifying or excluding columnar, platelet, or equant forsterite grain shapes in astrophysical environs. Identification of the shape characteristics of forsterite from 8 to 40 {mu}m spectra provides a potential means to probe the temperatures at which forsterite formed.

  15. Size distribution of dust grains: A problem of self-similarity

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    Henning, TH.; Dorschner, J.; Guertler, J.

    1989-01-01

    Distribution functions describing the results of natural processes frequently show the shape of power laws, e.g., mass functions of stars and molecular clouds, velocity spectrum of turbulence, size distributions of asteroids, micrometeorites and also interstellar dust grains. It is an open question whether this behavior is a result simply coming about by the chosen mathematical representation of the observational data or reflects a deep-seated principle of nature. The authors suppose the latter being the case. Using a dust model consisting of silicate and graphite grains Mathis et al. (1977) showed that the interstellar extinction curve can be represented by taking a grain radii distribution of power law type n(a) varies as a(exp -p) with 3.3 less than or equal to p less than or equal to 3.6 (example 1) as a basis. A different approach to understanding power laws like that in example 1 becomes possible by the theory of self-similar processes (scale invariance). The beta model of turbulence (Frisch et al., 1978) leads in an elementary way to the concept of the self-similarity dimension D, a special case of Mandelbrot's (1977) fractal dimension. In the frame of this beta model, it is supposed that on each stage of a cascade the system decays to N clumps and that only the portion beta N remains active further on. An important feature of this model is that the active eddies become less and less space-filling. In the following, the authors assume that grain-grain collisions are such a scale-invarient process and that the remaining grains are the inactive (frozen) clumps of the cascade. In this way, a size distribution n(a) da varies as a(exp -(D+1))da (example 2) results. It seems to be highly probable that the power law character of the size distribution of interstellar dust grains is the result of a self-similarity process. We can, however, not exclude that the process leading to the interstellar grain size distribution is not fragmentation at all. It could be, e

  16. Effect of melt spinning on grain size and texture in Ni-Mo alloys

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    Tewari, S. N.

    1988-01-01

    Chill-block melt-spun ribbons of Ni-Mo alloys with Mo contents of 8 to 41.8 wt pct have been examined for microstructure and texture dependence on processing conditions. Linear features observed in grains solidified with a planar liquid-solid interface at the quench side of the ribbons have been identified to be due to the twins on the (111)gamma plane formed during solidification. Grain size variation with the wheel surface speed and the alloy composition has been studied. The crystallographic texture on the quench side and the free surface side of the ribbons has been investigated.

  17. Effect of grain size on optical properties of iron oxide nanoparticles

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    Singh, Gurdhir; Jalandhara, Devender; Yadav, Kamlesh

    2016-05-01

    In the present paper, iron oxide nanoparticles are successfully synthesized by the sol-gel method. The grain size is varied by sintering the nanoparticles at different temperature 400, 500, 600, 700 and 800 °C. Field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) image shows that the grains are uniformly distributed. The grain size increases from 15 nm to 35 nm with increasing the sintering temperature (400-800 °C). Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) analysis shows that Fe is present in the stoichiometric ratio in all the synthesized samples. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) spectra show that Fe-O stretching peaks appears at ˜495 cm-1. The value of energy band gap are found 2.75, 2.67, 2.62, 2.59, and 2.57 eV for the samples sintered at 400, 500, 600, 700 and 800 °C respectively. Therefore, the decrease in band gap with increasing the temperature has been observed. In this paper, the structural and optical properties have been explained on the basis of variation in the grain size with the temperature. The present studied samples more widely used in gas sensors and as catalysts.

  18. Vertical grain size distribution in dust devils: Analyses of in situ samples from southern Morocco

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    Raack, J.; Reiss, D.; Ori, G. G.; Taj-Eddine, K.

    2014-04-01

    Dust devils are vertical convective vortices occurring on Earth and Mars [1]. Entrained particle sizes such as dust and sand lifted by dust devils make them visible [1]. On Earth, finer particles (<~50 μm) can be entrained in the boundary layer and transported over long distances [e.g., 2]. The lifetime of entrained particles in the atmosphere depends on their size, where smaller particles maintain longer into the atmosphere [3]. Mineral aerosols such as desert dust are important for human health, weather, climate, and biogeochemistry [4]. The entrainment of dust particles by dust devil and its vertical grain size distribution is not well constrained. In situ grain size samples from active dust devils were so far derived by [5,6,7] in three different continents: Africa, Australia, and North America, respectively. In this study we report about in situ samples directly derived from active dust devils in the Sahara Desert (Erg Chegaga) in southern Morocco in 2012 to characterize the vertical grain size distribution within dust devils.

  19. Grain size effects on the compressibility and yield strength of copper

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    Wang, Yuejian; Zhang, Jianzhong; Wei, Qiang; Zhao, Yusheng

    2013-01-01

    A comparative investigation on mechanical properties of micro- and nano-sized polycrystalline copper (Cu) under high pressure and temperature (high P-T) up to 9.1 GPa and 1150 K has been conducted in a single experimental run using in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction integrated with the high pressure technique. We derived the bulk moduli for both samples from the least-squares fitting of measured pressure-volume (P-V) data by a second-order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state (EOS). The results reveal that in the present study grain sizes negligibly affect the compressibility of Cu. Furthermore, we investigated the deformation of samples under high P-T conditions. At high pressure and room temperature, both local/micro and bulk/macro yielding points are observed in the elastic stage of nano-sized Cu. By contrast, micro-sized Cu demonstrates only a bulk yielding point over its entire elastic regime. At high temperature and fixed pressure, both samples exhibit stress relaxation, grain growth, and finally reach an identical status. Based on the peak-width analysis of diffraction profiles and subsequent graphic derivation, the yield strengths are determined to be 0.17±0.05 GPa and 0.75±0.07 GPa for micro- and nano-sized grains, respectively, which indicates a substantial enhancement of yield strength in Cu by nanocrystals.

  20. The influence of phase and grain size distribution on the dynamics of strain localization in polymineralic rocks

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    Czaplińska, Daria; Piazolo, Sandra; Zibra, Ivan

    2015-03-01

    Deformation microstructures of a quartzo-feldspathic pegmatite deformed at mid-crustal levels allow the study of the dynamics of strain localization in polymineralic rocks. Strain localization results from (i) difference in grain sizes between phases, both original and obtained during fluid present reactions and (ii) initial compositional banding. Due to original difference in grain size stress concentrates in the initially finer-grained phases resulting in their intense grain size reduction via subgrain rotation recrystallization (SGR). When the grain size is sufficiently reduced through either deformation or interphase coupled dissolution-precipitation replacement of the coarse grained feldspar, aggregates start to deform by dominantly diffusion accommodated grain boundary sliding (GBS). Phase mixing inhibits grain growth and sustains a grain size allowing GBS. Consequently, discontinuous microscale shear zones form locally within initially coarse grained areas. At the same time difference in strain rate between feldspar-rich and quartz-rich domains needs to be accommodated at domain boundaries. This results in the formation of continuous mesoscale shear zones deformed by GBS. Once these are formed, deformation in the coarse grained parts is arrested and strain is mainly accommodated in the mesoscale shear zones resulting in "superplastic" behaviour consistent with diffusion creep.

  1. Effect of grain size on uranium(VI) surface complexation kinetics and adsorption additivity.

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    Shang, Jianying; Liu, Chongxuan; Wang, Zheming; Zachara, John M

    2011-07-15

    The contribution of variable grain sizes to uranium adsorption/desorption was studied using a sediment from the US DOE Hanford site. The sediment was wet sieved into four size fractions: coarse sand (1-2 mm), medium sand (0.2-1 mm), fine sand (0.053-0.2 mm), and clay/silt fraction (<0.053 mm). For each size fraction and their composite (sediment), batch and flow-cell experiments were performed to determine uranium adsorption isotherms and kinetic uranium adsorption and subsequent desorption. The results showed that uranium adsorption isotherms and adsorption/desorption kinetics were size specific, reflecting the effects of size-specific adsorption site concentration and kinetic rate constants. The larger-size fraction had a larger mass percentage in the sediment but with a smaller adsorption site concentration and generally a slower uranium adsorption/desorption rate. The same equilibrium surface complexation reaction and reaction constant could describe uranium adsorption isotherms for all size fractions and the composite after accounting for the effect of adsorption site concentration. Mass-weighted, linear additivity was observed for both uranium adsorption isotherms and adsorption/desorption kinetics in the composite. One important implication of this study is that grain-size distribution may be used to estimate uranium adsorption site and adsorption/desorption kinetic rates in heterogeneous sediments from a common location. PMID:21648458

  2. On Techniques to Characterize and Correlate Grain Size, Grain Boundary Orientation and the Strength of the SiC Layer of TRISO Coated Particles: A Preliminary Study

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    I.J.van Rooyen; J.L. Dunzik Gougar; T. Trowbridge; Philip M van Rooyen

    2012-10-01

    The mechanical properties of the silicon carbide (SiC) layer of the TRi-ISOtropic (TRISO) coated particle (CP) for high temperature gas reactors (HTGR) are performance parameters that have not yet been standardized by the international HTR community. Presented in this paper are the results of characterizing coated particles to reveal the effect of annealing temperature (1000 to 2100°C) on the strength and grain size of unirradiated coated particles. This work was further expanded to include possible relationships between the grain size and strength values. The comparative results of two strength measurement techniques and grain size measured by the Lineal intercept method are included. Preliminary grain boundary characterization results determined by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) are included. These results are also important for future fission product transport studies, as grain boundary diffusion is identified as a possible mechanism by which 110mAg, one of the fission activation products, might be released through intact SiC layers. Temperature is a parameter known to influence the grain size of SiC and therefore it is important to investigate the effect of high temperature annealing on the SiC grain size. Recommendations and future work will also be briefly discussed.

  3. Method to grow carbon thin films consisting entirely of diamond grains 3-5 nm in size and high-energy grain boundaries

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    Carlisle, John A.; Auciello, Orlando; Birrell, James

    2006-10-31

    An ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) having an average grain size between 3 and 5 nanometers (nm) with not more than about 8% by volume diamond having an average grain size larger than 10 nm. A method of manufacturing UNCD film is also disclosed in which a vapor of acetylene and hydrogen in an inert gas other than He wherein the volume ratio of acetylene to hydrogen is greater than 0.35 and less than 0.85, with the balance being an inert gas, is subjected to a suitable amount of energy to fragment at least some of the acetylene to form a UNCD film having an average grain size of 3 to 5 nm with not more than about 8% by volume diamond having an average grain size larger than 10 nm.

  4. Relationship among grain size, annealing twins and shape memory effect in Fe–Mn–Si based shape memory alloys

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    Wang, Gaixia; Peng, Huabei; Zhang, Chengyan; Wang, Shanling; Wen, Yuhua

    2016-07-01

    In order to clarify the relationship among grain size, annealing twins and the shape memory effect in Fe–Mn–Si based shape memory alloys, the Fe–21.63Mn–5.60Si–9.32Cr–5.38Ni (weight %) alloy with a grain size ranging from 48.9 μm–253.6 μm was obtained by adjusting the heating temperature or heating time after 20% cold-rolling. The densities of grain boundaries and annealing twins increase with a decrease in grain size, whereas the volume fraction and width of stress-induced ε martensite after 9% deformation at Ms + 10 K decrease. This result indicates that grain refinement raises the constraint effects of grain boundaries and annealing twins upon martensitic transformation. In this case, the ability to suppress the plastic deformation and facilitate the stress-induced ε martensite transformation deteriorates after grain refinement owing to the enhancement of the constraint effects. It is demonstrated by the result that the difference at Ms + 10 K between the critical stress for plastic yielding and that for inducing martensitic transformation is smaller for the specimen with a grain size of 48.9 μm than for the specimen with a grain size of 253.6 μm. Therefore, the shape memory effect declined by decreasing the grain size.

  5. Application of carbon extraction replicas in grain-size measurements of high-strength steels using TEM

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    Poorhaydari, Kioumars . E-mail: kioumars@ualberta.ca; Ivey, Douglas G.

    2007-06-15

    In this paper, the application of carbon extraction replicas in grain-size measurements is introduced and discussed. Modern high-strength microalloyed steels, used as structural or pipeline materials, have very small grains with substructures. Replicas used in transmission electron microscopes can resolve the grain boundaries and can be used for systematic measurement of grain size in cases where the small size of the grains pushes the resolution of conventional optical microscopes. The grain-size variations obtained from replicas are compared with those obtained from optical and scanning electron microscopy. An emphasis is placed on the importance of using the correct technique for imaging and the optimal magnification. Grain-size measurements are used for estimation of grain-boundary strengthening contribution to yield strength. The variation in grain size is also correlated with hardness in the base metal of several microalloyed steels, as well as the fine-grained heat-affected zone of a weld structure with several heat inputs.

  6. Processing Variables in Alumina Slips and Their Effects on the Density and Grain Size of the Sintered Sample

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    Rowley, R.; Lillo, Thomas Martin

    2002-01-01

    High densities and small grain size of alumina ceramic bodies provide high strength and better mechanical properties than lower density and larger grain size bodies. The final sintered density and grain size of slip-cast, alumina samples depends greatly on the processing of the slip and the alumina powder, as well as the sintering schedule. There were many different variables explored that include initial powder particle size, slurry solids percent, amount and type of dispersant used, amount and type of binder used, and sintering schedule. Although the experimentation is not complete, to this point the sample with the highest density and smallest grain size has been a SM8/Nano mixture with Darvan C as the dispersant and Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) as the binder, with a solids loading of 70 wt% and a 1500 °C for 2 hours sintering schedule. The resultant density was 98.81% of theoretical and the average grain size was approximately 2.5 µm.

  7. Processing Variables of Alumina Slips and Their Effects on the Density and Grain Size of the Sintered Sample

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    Rowley, R.; Chu, H.

    2002-01-01

    High densities and small grain size of alumina ceramic bodies provide high strength and better mechanical properties than lower density and larger grain size bodies. The final sintered density and grain size of slip-cast, alumina samples depends greatly on the processing of the slip and the alumina powder, as well as the sintering schedule. There were many different variables explored that include initial powder particle size, slurry solids percent, amount and type of dispersant used, amount and type of binder used, and sintering schedule. Although the experimentation is not complete, to this point the sample with the highest density and smallest grain size has been a SM8/Nano mixture with Darvan C as the dispersant and Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) as the binder, with a solids loading of 70 wt% and a 1500 C for 2 hours sintering schedule. The resultant density was 98.81% of theoretical and the average grain size was approximately 2.5 {micro}m.

  8. Distribution of garnet grain sizes and morphologies across the Moine Supergroup, northern Scottish Caledonides

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    Ashley, Kyle T.; Thigpen, J. Ryan; Law, Richard D.

    2016-04-01

    Garnet is used in a wide range of geologic studies due to its important physical and chemical characteristics. While the mineral is useful for thermobarometry and geochronology constraints and can often be correlated to deformation and fabric development, difficulties remain in making meaningful interpretations of such data. In this study, we characterize garnet grain sizes and crystal morphologies from 141 garnet-bearing metasedimentary rock samples collected from the northern part of the Moine Supergroup in the Scottish Caledonides. Larger, euhedral crystals are indicative of prograde metamorphic growth and are typically associated with the most recent phase of orogenesis (Scandian, ˜430 Ma). Small, rounded ("pin-head") garnets are interpreted as detrital in origin. A subhedral classification is more subjective and is used when garnets contains portions of straight boundaries but have rounded edges or rims that have been altered through retrograde metamorphic reactions. From our collection, 88 samples contain anhedral garnets (maximum measured grain size d = 0.46 ± 0.21 mm), 34 bear subhedral garnets (d = 2.0 ± 1.0 mm), and the remaining 19 samples contain garnets with euhedral grains (d = 4.4 ± 2.6 mm). Plotting the distribution of garnets relative to the mapped thrust contacts reveals an abrupt change in morphology and grain size when traced from the Moine thrust sheet across the Ben Hope and Sgurr Beag thrusts into the higher-grade, more hinterland-positioned thrust sheets. The dominance of anhedral garnets in the Moine thrust sheet suggests that these grains should not be used for peak P ‑ T estimation associated with relatively low temperature (<500 ° C) Scandian metamorphism, as they are likely detrital in origin and contain protolith chemical signatures that would not have been reset due to sluggish diffusivities at greenschist facies temperatures. However, chemical and isotopic data from these grains may provide information into the provenance of

  9. MinSORTING: an Excel macro for modelling sediment composition and grain-size distribution

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    Resentini, Alberto; Malusà, Marco G.; Garzanti, Eduardo

    2013-04-01

    Detrital mineral analyses are gaining increasing attention in the geosciences as new single-grain analytical techniques are constantly improving their resolution, and consequently widening their range of application, including sedimentary petrology, tectonic geomorphology and archaeology (Mange and Wright, 2007; von Eynatten and Dunkl, 2012). We present here MinSORTING, a new tool to quickly predict the size distribution of various minerals and rock fragments in detrital sediments, based on the physical laws that control sedimentation by tractive wind or water currents (Garzanti et al., 2008). The input values requested by the software are the sediment mean size, sorting, fluid type (seawater, freshwater, air) and standard sediment composition chosen from a given array including nine diverse tectonic settings. MinSORTING calculates the bulk sediment density and the settling velocity. The mean size of each single detrital component, assumed as lognormally-distributed, is calculated from its characteristic size-shift with respect to bulk sediment mean size, dependent in turn on its density and shape. The final output of MinSORTING is the distribution of each single detrital mineral in each size classes (at the chosen 0.25, 0.5 or 1 phi intervals). This allows geochronolgists to select the most suitable grain size of sediment to be sampled in the field, as well as the most representative size-window for analysis. Also, MinSORTING provides an estimate of the volume/weight of the fractions not considered in both sizes finer and coarser than the selected size-window. A beta version of the software is available upon request from: alberto.resentini@unimib.it Mange, M., and Wright, D. (eds), 2007. Heavy minerals in use. Developments in Sedimentology Series, 58. Elsevier, Amsterdam. Garzanti, E., Andò, S., Vezzoli, G., 2008. Settling-equivalence of detrital minerals and grain-size dependence of sediment composition. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 273, 138-151. von

  10. Grain Size Distribution in Mudstones: A Question of Nature vs. Nurture

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    Schieber, J.

    2011-12-01

    Grain size distribution in mudstones is affected by the composition of the source material, the processes of transport and deposition, and post-depositional diagenetic modification. With regard to source, it does make a difference whether for example a slate belt is eroded vs a stable craton. The former setting tends to provide a broad range of detrital quartz in the sub 62 micron size range in addition to clays and greenschist grade rock fragments, whereas the latter may be biased towards coarser quartz silt (30-60 microns), in addition to clays and mica flakes. In flume experiments, when fine grained materials are transported in turbulent flows at velocities that allow floccules to transfer to bedload, a systematic shift of grain size distribution towards an increasingly finer grained suspended load is observed as velocity is lowered. This implies that the bedload floccules are initially constructed of only the coarsest clay particles at high velocities, and that finer clay particles become incorporated into floccules as velocity is lowered. Implications for the rock record are that clay beds deposited from decelerating flows should show subtle internal grading of coarser clay particles; and that clay beds deposited from continuous fast flows should show a uniform distribution of coarse clays. Still water settled clays should show a well developed lower (coarser) and upper (finer) subdivision. A final complication arises when diagenetic processes, such as the dissolution of biogenic silica, give rise to diagenetic quartz grains in the silt to sand size range. This diagenetic silica precipitates in fossil cavities and pore spaces of uncompacted muds, and on casual inspection can be mistaken for detrital quartz. In distal mudstone successions close to 100 % of "apparent" quartz silt can be of that origin, and reworking by bottom currents can further enhance a detrital perception by producing rippled and laminated silt beds. Although understanding how size

  11. Can sediment total organic carbon and grain size be used to diagnose organic enrichment in estuaries?

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    Pelletier, Marguerite C; Campbell, Daniel E; Ho, Kay T; Burgess, Robert M; Audette, Charles T; Detenbeck, Naomi E

    2011-03-01

    Eutrophication (i.e., nutrient enrichment, organic enrichment, and oxygen depletion) is one of the most common sources of impairment in Clean Water Act 303(d)-listed waters in the United States. Although eutrophication can eventually cause adverse effects to the benthos, it may be difficult to diagnose. Sediment organic carbon (OC) content has been used as an indicator of enrichment in sediments, but the amount of surface area available for carbon adsorption must be considered. We investigated the utility of the relationship between OC and sediment grain size as an indicator of eutrophication. Data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program was used to test this relationship. However, anthropogenic contaminants are also capable of causing adverse effects to the benthos and often co-occur with elevated levels of OC. Contaminant analysis and toxicity tests were not consistently related to enrichment status as defined by relationship between total OC and grain size. Although variability in response occurred, reflecting the variance in the water column factors (dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll a, and nutrients) and limited sample sizes, the data supported the hypothesis that sites designated as enriched were eutrophied. Dissolved oxygen levels were reduced at enriched sites, whereas chlorophyll a and nutrients were higher at enriched sites. This suggests that the relationship of OC to grain size can be used as a screening tool to diagnose eutrophication. PMID:21298700

  12. The origin of bimodal grain-size distribution for aeolian deposits

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    Lin, Yongchong; Mu, Guijin; Xu, Lishuai; Zhao, Xue

    2016-03-01

    Atmospheric dust deposition is a common phenomenon in arid and semi-arid regions. Bimodal grain size distribution (BGSD) (including the fine component and coarse component) of aeolian deposits has been widely reported. But the origin of this pattern is still debated. Here, we focused on the sedimentary process of modern dust deposition, and analyzed the grain size distribution of modern dust deposition, foliar dust, and aggregation of the aeolian dust collected in Cele Oasis, southern margin of Tarim Basin. The results show that BGSD also appear in a dust deposition. The content of fine components (<20 μm size fraction) change with temporal and spatial variation. Fine component from dust storm is significant less than that from subsequent floating dust. Fine component also varies with altitude. These indicate that modern dust deposition have experienced changing aerodynamic environment and be reworked during transportation and deposition, which is likely the main cause for BGSD. The dusts from different sources once being well-mixed in airflow are hard to form multiple peaks respectively corresponding with different sources. In addition, the dust deposition would appear BGSD whether aggregation or not. Modern dust deposition is the continuation of ancient dust deposition. They both may have the same cause of formation. Therefore, the origin of BGSD should provide a theoretical thinking for reconstructing the palaeo-environmental changes with the indicator of grain size.

  13. Using stream sediment lithology to explore the roles of abrasion and channel network structure in shaping downstream sediment yields

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    Mueller, E. R.; Smith, M. E.; Pitlick, J.

    2012-12-01

    Both the flux and characteristics of stream sediment evolve downstream in response to variations in sediment supply, abrasion rate, and channel network structure. We use a simple erosion-abrasion mass balance to model the downstream evolution of sediment flux in two adjacent watersheds draining differing mixtures of soft and resistant rock types in the northern Rocky Mountains. Measurements of bed sediment grain size and lithology are used in conjunction with measured bed load and suspended load sediment fluxes to constrain the model. The results show that the downstream evolution in bed load flux and composition can be strongly influenced by subtle differences in underlying geology, which shapes both the abrasion characteristics and travel path lengths of individual rock types. In the Big Wood basin, abrasion rapidly reduces the size of soft sedimentary and volcanic rocks exposed in headwater areas, concentrating resistant granitic rocks in the stream bed and depressing bed load in favor of suspended load. Alternatively, in the North Fork Big Lost basin, volcanic and sedimentary lithologies are exposed throughout the catchment, and the bed material becomes dominated by erodible but resistant quartzitic sandstones. The result is a much higher bed load flux best modeled with modest abrasion rates. In both cases, the best-fit model can reproduce within 5% the composition of the stream bed substrate using realistic erosion and abrasion parameters. The results also demonstrate a strong linkage between modern hillslopes and channel systems even in these formerly glaciated landscapes, as the sediment signature of the primary streams reflects the systematic tapping of distinct source areas. While this work shows promise, measurement of the spatial patterns in the size and composition of bed and suspended load fluxes at locations throughout a channel network would better elucidate that relative importance of supply, sorting, and abrasion processes.

  14. [The application of air abrasion in dentistry].

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    Mandinić, Zoran; Vulićević, Zoran R; Beloica, Milos; Radović, Ivana; Mandić, Jelena; Carević, Momir; Tekić, Jasmina

    2014-01-01

    One of the main objectives of contemporary dentistry is to preserve healthy tooth structure by applying techniques of noninvasive treatment. Air abrasion is a minimally invasive nonmechanical technique of tooth preparation that uses kinetic energy to remove carious tooth structure. A powerful narrow stream of moving aluminum-oxide particles hit the tooth surface and they abrade it without heat, vibration or noise. Variables that affect speed of cutting include air pressure, particle size, powder flow, tip's size, angle and distance from the tooth. It has been proposed that air abrasion can be used to diagnose early occlusal-surface lesions and treat them with minimal tooth preparation using magnifier. Reported advantages of air abrasion include reduced noise, vibration and sensitivity. Air abrasion cavity preparations have more rounded internal contours than those prepared with straight burs. This may increase the longevity of placed restorations because it reduces the incidence of fractures and a consequence of decreased internal stresses. However, air abrasion cannot be used for all patients, i.e. in cases involving severe dust allergy, asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease, recent extraction or other oral surgery, open wounds, advanced periodontal disease, recent placement of orthodontic appliances and oral abrasions, or subgingival caries removal. Many of these conditions increase the risk of air embolism in the oral soft tissues. Dust control is a challenge, and it necessitates the use of rubber dam, high-volume evacuation, protective masks and safety eyewear for both the patient and the therapist. PMID:24684041

  15. Detection and determination of solute carbon in grain interior to correlate with the overall carbon content and grain size in ultra-low-carbon steel.

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    Dong, Jiling; He, Yinsheng; Lee, Chan-Gyu; Lee, Byungho; Yoon, Jeongbong; Shin, Keesam

    2013-08-01

    In this study, every effort was exerted to determine and accumulate data to correlate microstructural and compositional elements in ultra-low-carbon (ULC) steels to variation of carbon content (12-44 ppm), manganese (0.18-0.36%), and sulfur (0.0066-0.001%). Quantitative analysis of the ULC steel using optical microscope, scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, and three-dimensional atom probe revealed the decrease of grain size and dislocation density with the increase of carbon contents and/or increase of the final delivery temperature. For a given carbon content, the grain interior carbon concentration increases as the grain size increases. PMID:23920177

  16. BACTERIA TRANSPORT AND DEPOSITION UNDER UNSATURATED CONDITIONS: THE ROLE OF THE MATRIX GRAIN SIZE AND THE BACTERIA SURFACE PROTEIN

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    Unsaturated (80% water saturated) packed column experiments were conducted to investigate the influence of grain size distribution and bacteria surface macromolecules on bacteria (Rhodococcus rhodochrous) transport and deposition mechanisms. Three sizes of silica sands were used in these transport ...

  17. The dust grain size-stellar luminosity trend in debris discs

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    Pawellek, Nicole; Krivov, Alexander V.

    2015-12-01

    The cross-section of material in debris discs is thought to be dominated by the smallest grains that can still stay in bound orbits despite the repelling action of stellar radiation pressure. Thus the minimum (and typical) grain size smin is expected to be close to the radiation pressure blowout size sblow. Yet a recent analysis of a sample of Herschel-resolved debris discs showed the ratio smin/sblow to systematically decrease with the stellar luminosity from about 10 for solar-type stars to nearly unity in the discs around the most luminous A-type stars. Here, we explore this trend in more detail, checking how significant it is and seeking to find possible explanations. We show that the trend is robust to variation of the composition and porosity of dust particles. For any assumed grain properties and stellar parameters, we suggest a recipe of how to estimate the `true' radius of a spatially unresolved debris disc, based solely on its spectral energy distribution. The results of our collisional simulations are qualitatively consistent with the trend, although additional effects may also be at work. In particular, the lack of grains with small smin/sblow for lower luminosity stars might be caused by the grain surface energy constraint that should limit the size of the smallest collisional fragments. Also, a better agreement between the data and the collisional simulations is achieved when assuming debris discs of more luminous stars to have higher dynamical excitation than those of less-luminous primaries. This would imply that protoplanetary discs of more massive young stars are more efficient in forming big planetesimals or planets that act as stirrers in the debris discs at the subsequent evolutionary stage.

  18. Importance of Pore Size Distribution of Fine-grained Sediments on Gas Hydrate Equilibrium

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    Kwon, T. H.; Kim, H. S.; Cho, G. C.; Park, T. H.

    2015-12-01

    Gas hydrates have been considered as a new source of natural gases. For the gas hydrate production, the gas hydrate reservoir should be depressurized below the equilibrium pressure of gas hydrates. Therefore, it is important to predict the equilibrium of gas hydrates in the reservoir conditions because it can be affected by the pore size of the host sediments due to the capillary effect. In this study, gas hydrates were synthesized in fine-grained sediment samples including a pure silt sample and a natural clayey silt sample cored from a hydrate occurrence region in Ulleung Basin, East Sea, offshore Korea. Pore size distributions of the samples were obtained by the nitrogen adsorption and desorption test and the mercury intrusion porosimetry. The equilibrium curve of gas hydrates in the fine-grained sediments were found to be significantly influenced by the clay fraction and the corresponding small pores (>50 nm in diameter). For the clayey silt sample, the equilibrium pressure was higher by ~1.4 MPa than the bulk equilibrium pressure. In most cases of oceanic gas hydrate reservoirs, sandy layers are found interbedded with fine-grained sediment layers while gas hydrates are intensively accumulated in the sandy layers. Our experiment results reveal the inhibition effect of fine-grained sediments against gas hydrate formation, in which greater driving forces (e.g., higher pressure or lower temperature) are required during natural gas migration. Therefore, gas hydrate distribution in interbedded layers of sandy and fine-grained sediments can be explained by such capillary effect induced by the pore size distribution of host sediments.

  19. Influence of grain size on transition temperature of thermochromic VO{sub 2}

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    Miller, Mark J.; Wang, Junlan

    2015-01-21

    Vanadium(IV) oxide (VO{sub 2}) is a unique material that undergoes a reversible phase transformation around 68 °C. The material could potentially be used as an energy-efficient coating for windows since its reflectance in the infrared (IR) increases significantly more than in the visible region. Currently, VO{sub 2} is limited by a transition temperature (τ{sub c}) that is too high, luminous transmittance that is too low or both. In this study, a transition temperature of 45 °C is achieved for a reactively sputtered, undoped film by restricting grain size to approximately 30 nm. It is concluded that a higher density of grain boundaries (smaller grain size) provides a greater number of nucleating defects which in turn reduces τ{sub c}. Similarly, a higher density of grain boundaries may reduce the hysteresis width (difference between transition temperatures in heating and cooling). Also in this study, a new set of optical performance metrics is proposed in which the solar spectrum is divided into the ultraviolet (UV), visible and near infrared (NIR) regions. This approach is more closely aligned with the goals of limiting UV, allowing luminous and modulating NIR transmission. Using these metrics, the optical properties of the low-τ{sub c} sample were: 2% UV transmittance, 47% luminous transmittance, and 23% NIR modulation (decrease from 43 to 33%). This study demonstrates that the grain size of VO{sub 2} should be viewed as an important parameter for controlling the transition temperature of the material.

  20. Size and shape of grain boundary network components and their atomic structures in polycrystalline nanoscale materials

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    Xu, Tao; Li, Mo

    2015-10-28

    Microstructure in polycrystalline materials is composed of grain boundary plane, triple junction line, and vertex point. They are the integral parts of the grain boundary network structure and the foundation for the structure-property relations. In polycrystalline, especially nanocrystalline, materials, it becomes increasingly difficult to probe the atomistic structure of the microstructure components directly in experiment due to the size limitation. Here, we present a numerical approach using pair correlation function from atomistic simulation to obtain the detailed information for atomic order and disorder in the grain boundary network in nanocrystalline materials. We show that the atomic structures in the different microstructural components are related closely to their geometric size and shape, leading to unique signatures for atomic structure in microstructural characterization at nanoscales. The dependence varies systematically with the characteristic dimension of the microstructural component: liquid-like disorder is found in vertex points, but a certain order persists in triple junctions and grain boundaries along the extended dimensions of these microstructure components.

  1. Fabrication of nano-sized grains by pulsed laser surface melting

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    Wang, Chengtao; Zhou, Hong; lin, Pengyu; Sun, Na; Guo, Qingchen; Yu, Jiaxiang; Wang, Mingxing; Zhao, Yu; Ren, Luquan

    2010-03-01

    In this work, the formation and characterization of nano-sized grains on the modified surfaces of GCr15 and H13 steels have been investigated. The material was processed by pulsed laser surface melting (LSM) under different depths of de-ionized water. The microstructures and phases of the melted zones were examined by x-ray diffraction, environmental field emission scanning electron microscopy and high resolution transmission electron microscopy. The results indicate that LSM under water can successfully fabricate nano-scaled grains on the surfaces of steel, due to the rapid solidification and crystallization by heterogeneous nucleation. The elemental segregation of chromium and activated heterogeneous nucleation mechanism of austenite in liquid metal play a key role in the formation of nano-sized grains at high cooling rates. This one-step technique provides us a new way to prepare uniform nano-scaled grains, and is of great importance for further understanding the growth of nano-materials under extreme conditions.

  2. Mechanical and Electrochemical Behavior of a High Strength Low Alloy Steel of Different Grain Sizes

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    Ghosh, K. S.; Mondal, D. K.

    2013-08-01

    Various heat treatments applied to a fine-grained high strength low alloy (HSLA) steel resulted in producing different grain sizes. Optical and scanning electron microstructures of the different alloy states exhibited varying ferrite grains which have increased with the increase of annealing time and decrease of cooling rates. TEM structures of the as-received HSLA steel displayed characteristics microstructural features, distribution, and morphology of microalloy precipitates. Hardness and tensile strength values have decreased with the increase of grain sizes. Potentiodynamic electrochemical polarization of the different alloy states in 3.5 wt pct NaCl solution showed typical active metal/alloy behavior. Tensile specimens of the as-received and heat-treated alloy cathodically charged with hydrogen, followed by tensile testing, did not indicate any noticeable loss of ductility. FESEM fractographs of hydrogen-charged samples showed a few chain of voids in the presence of cup and cone ductile fracture features in tensile-tested samples without hydrogen charging as well.

  3. Grain size reduction and shear heating: a recipe for intermediate-depth earthquake generation?

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    Thielmann, Marcel; Rozel, Antoine

    2016-04-01

    The mechanisms resulting in intermediate-depth earthquakes remain enigmatic, with two processes - dehydration embrittlement and thermal runaway - being the most promising candidates. Using a simple shear one-dimensional model, Thielmann et al. (2015) have shown that the feedback between grain size evolution and shear heating significantly reduces the stress needed to initiate thermal runaway. However, at intermediate depths, Peierls creep as well as dislocation accommodated grain boundary sliding (disGBS) are also viable deformation mechanisms. Here we investigate the impact of those additional creep mechanisms (grain boundary sliding and Peierls creep) on the formation of shear zones. As in Thielmann et al. (2015), we consider both thermal and microstructural damage mechanisms (shear heating and grain size reduction). Depending on material and deformation parameters different creep mechanisms are dominant during deformation, which affects the occurrence and timing of thermal runaway (e.g. at low temperatures and/or high strain rates Peierls creep is dominant and limits the strength of the material which delays thermal runaway). We derive regime diagrams and from them regime boundaries that allow for easy determination of the governing mechanisms and of the localization potential for given material parameters. In one-dimensional models however, the shear zone - once formed - extends infinitely. In nature however, this is not the case. This has potentially a large impact on rupture velocities during shear zone formation. For this reason, we compare the 1D predictions to 2D simulations where fault length is finite.

  4. Fluorescein Dye Penetration in Round Top Rhyolite (Hudspeth County, Texas, USA) to Reveal Micro-permeability and Optimize Grain Size for Heavy REE Heap Leach

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    Negron, L. M.; Clague, J. W.; Gorski, D.; Amaya, M. A.; Pingitore, N. E.

    2013-12-01

    Millimeter- and micrometer-scale permeability of fine-grained igneous rocks has generated limited research interest. Nonetheless, the scale and distribution of such micro-permeability determines fluid penetration and pathways, parameters that define both the ability to heap leach a rock and the optimal grain size for such an operation. Texas Rare Earth Resources is evaluating the possibility of heap leaching of yttrium and heavy rare earth elements (YHREE) from the peraluminous rhyolite laccolith that forms one-mile-diameter Round Top Mountain. The YHREEs in this immense, surface-exposed deposit (minimum 1.6 billion tons, Texas Bureau Economic Geology) are dilute and diffuse, suggesting leaching as the best option for recovery. The REE grade is 0.05% and YHREEs comprise more than 70% of the total REE content. The YHREEs are hosted exclusively in micron-scale yttrofluorite grains, which proved soluble in dilute sulfuric acid. Laboratory experiments showed YHREE recoveries of up to 90%. Within limits, recoveries decrease with larger grain sizes, and increase with acid strength and exposure time. Our research question centers on dissolution effectiveness: Is YHREE recovery, relative to grain size, limited by (1) diffusion time of acid into, and dissolved solids, including YHREEs, out of the micro-permeability paths inherent in the rock particles; (2) the effective lengths of the natural micro-permeability paths in the rock; or (3) the putative role of the acid in dissolving new micro-paths into the grains? The maximum grain size should not exceed twice the typical path length (unless acid creates new paths), lest YHREEs in the core of a larger grain than that not be reached by acid. If instead diffusion time is limiting, longer leach time may prove effective. Rather than perform an extensive and expensive series of laboratory leaching experiments--some of which would be several months in duration--to determine optimal grain size, we developed a technique to

  5. Turbidite systems in deep-water basin margins classified by grain size and feeder system

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    Reading, H.G. ); Richards, M. )

    1994-05-01

    Depositional system in deep-water basin margins can be classified on the basis of grain size and feeder system into 12 classes: mud-rich, mud/sand-rich, sand-rich, and gravel-rich [open quotes]point-source submarine fans,[close quotes] mud-rich, mud/sand-rich, sand-rich, and gravel-rich [open quotes]multiple-source submarine ramps;[close quotes] and mud-rich, mud/sand-rich, sand-rich, and gravel-rich [open quotes]linear-source slope aprons.[close quotes] The size and stability of channels and the organization of the depositional sequences decreases toward a linear source as does the length:width ratio of the system. As grain size increases, so does slope gradient, impersistence of channel systems, and tendency for channels to migrate. As grain size diminishes, there is an increase in the size of the source area, the size of the depositional system, the downcurrent length, the persistence and size of flows, fan channels, channel-levee systems, and in the tendency to meander and for major slumps and sheet sands to reach the lower fan and basin plan. The exact positioning of any one depositional system within the scheme cannot always be precise and the position may be altered by changes in tectonic, climate, supply, and sea level. The models derived from each system are sufficiently different to significantly affect the nature of petroleum prospectivity and reservoir pattern. Understanding and recognizing this variability is crucial to all elements of the exploration-production chain. In exploration, initial evaluations of prospectivity and commerciality rely on the accurate stratigraphic prediction of reservoir facies, architecture, and trapping styles. For field appraisal and reservoir development, a similar appreciation of variability aids reservoir description by capturing the distribution and architecture of reservoir and nonreservoir facies and their impact on reservoir delineation, reservoir behavior, and production performance. 161 refs., 19 figs., 4 tabs.

  6. Dependence of Field-Effect Mobility of Graphene Grown by Thermal Chemical Vapor Deposition on Its Grain Size

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    Yagi, Katsunori; Yamada, Ayaka; Hayashi, Kenjiro; Harada, Naoki; Sato, Shintaro; Yokoyama, Naoki

    2013-11-01

    Graphene was synthesized on a Cu film by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and its grain size was analyzed by using dark-field transmission electron microscopy. The grain size was mainly controlled by changing the partial pressure of hydrocarbons in H2/Ar. The grain size increased as the partial pressure of C2H4 decreased, but eventually leveled off. The size saturation may be related to the long growth time at a low partial pressure. It was also revealed that growth using CH4 provided graphene with larger grain sizes than that using C2H4 at the same partial pressure. Back-gate transistors were then fabricated using graphene with various grain sizes, and the dependence of field-effect mobility on the grain size was investigated. The mobility roughly scales with the grain size, but the intergrain angles and/or small holes at grain boundaries also seem to affect the carrier mobility. It was also found that low mobility was often caused by fractures and/or wrinkles in graphene channels.

  7. Grain size distribution along the Msasani Beach, north of Dar es Salaam Harbour

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    Muzuka, Alfred N. N.; Shaghude, Yohana W.

    2000-02-01

    Beach sediments collected from the tidal flat and beach slope at the Msasani Beach, about 15 km north of the Dar es Salaam Harbour, are used to (1) establish the grain size distribution pattern, (2) assess the effect of man-made and natural structures (rivers, creeks, sea wall and groynes) on the grain size distribution, and (3) assess whether sediments are preferentially transported northward by longshore currents. Generally, the Msasani Beach slope sediments have an average mean diameter of 1.55φ while those from the tidal flat average at 1.87φ. There is a general trend of decreasing grain size from south to north that is associated with improvement in sorting, particularly in the tidal flat. The northward fining of the sediment suggests that the sediment in the study area is transported from south to north. The trend of northward decrease in the mean grain size is locally distorted at the river mouths, creeks and man-made structures. The contribution of the man-made structures to the observed distortion can not be separated from that of natural structures owing to the fact that these man-made structures were placed next to the natural features. The data collected from the Msasani Beach were subjected to factor analysis. Four factors account for more than 95% of the observed variations in the grain size distribution in the study area. These factors are: medium energy environments (66.5% of total variance) common at the beach slope; low energy environments found in micro-bays (16%); high energy environment found at the tidal creeks and river entrance (7.8%); and intermediate (between medium and low) energy environments common in the tidal flat (5.6%). Most of the beach slope samples are unimodal (87%), while a significant number of the tidal flat samples (46%) are bimodal, with the most common mode being 2.25φ. The bimodality observed in this study can be attributed to the presence of shell fragments that were not removed during sieving, to sudden fluctuation

  8. Sediment grain size and surface textural observations of quartz grains in late quaternary lacustrine sediments from Schirmacher Oasis, East Antarctica: Paleoenvironmental significance

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    Warrier, Anish Kumar; Pednekar, Hemant; Mahesh, B. S.; Mohan, Rahul; Gazi, Sahina

    2016-03-01

    In this study we report the sediment grain size parameters and surface textural observations (using scanning electron microscopy (SEM)) of quartz grains from sediments of Sandy Lake, Schirmacher Oasis, East Antarctica. The sediment core spans the last 43 cal ka B.P. The statistical parameters of grain size data (sorting, skewness, kurtosis, mean grain size, D10, D50, D90 and SPAN index) indicate that the sediments are primarily transported by melt-water streams and glaciers. However, during the last glacial period, sediments seem to be transported due to wind activity as evident by the good correlation between rounded quartz data and dust flux data from EPICA ice-core data. The mean grain size values are low during the last glacial period indicating colder climatic conditions and the values increase after the last glacial maximum suggesting an increase in the energy of the transporting medium, i.e., melt-water streams. The sediments are poorly sorted and finely skewed and show different modes of grain size distribution throughout the last 43 cal ka B.P. SEM studies of selected quartz grains and analyses of various surface textures indicate that glacigenic conditions must have prevailed at the time of their transport. Semi-quantitative analyses of mineral (quartz, feldspar, mica, garnet and rock fragments & other minerals) counts suggest a mixed population of minerals with quartz being the dominant mineral. Higher concentration of quartz grains over other minerals indicates that the sediments are compositionally mature. The study reveals the different types of physical weathering, erosive signatures, and chemical precipitation most of them characteristic of glacial environment which affected these quartz grains before final deposition as lake sediments. The palaeoclimatic signals obtained from this study show similarities with ice-core and lake sediment records from Schirmacher Oasis and other ice-free regions in East Antarctica.

  9. Chemical and isotopic fractionation by grain size separates. [in interstellar medium

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    Clayton, D. D.

    1980-01-01

    Fractionation of refractory elements according to grain size is argued to occur during their growth. Two major modes should exist: (1) during thermal condensation sequences whenever the condensing phase (e.g. Mg2SiO4) does not alloy with the precondensed phase (e.g. MgAl2O4); (2) during accretion of gaseous atoms in the nonequilibrated interstellar medium. Processes dynamically sorting grains according to size (e.g. sedimentation) therefore are potentially capable of achieving fractionations normally attributed to separations of dust and gas. This paper considers the first mode during supernova condensation; however, it also can occur in an equilibrium solar condensation sequence owing to an overlooked freedom in that simplified description.

  10. Effect of grain size distribution on the development of compaction localization in porous sandstone

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    Cheung, Cecilia S. N.; Baud, Patrick; Wong, Teng-fong

    2012-11-01

    Compaction bands are strain localization structures that are relatively impermeable and can act as barriers to fluid flow in reservoirs. Laboratory studies have shown that discrete compaction bands develop in several sandstones with porosities of 22-25%, at stress states in the transitional regime between brittle faulting and cataclastic flow. To identify the microstructural parameters that influence compaction band formation, we conducted a systematic study of mechanical deformation, failure mode and microstructural evolution in Bleurswiller and Boise sandstones, of similar porosity (˜25%) and mineralogy but different sorting. Discrete compaction bands were observed to develop over a wide range of pressure in the Bleurswiller sandstone that has a relatively uniform grain size distribution. In contrast, compaction localization was not observed in the poorly sorted Boise sandstone. Our results demonstrate that grain size distribution exerts important influence on compaction band development, in agreement with recently published data from Valley of Fire and Buckskin Gulch, as well as numerical studies.

  11. Grain size dependent phase transition and superparaelectric behavior of ferroelectric BST

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    Mondal, R. A.; Murty, B. S.; Murthy, V. R. K.

    2015-03-01

    In this article, we investigate the grain size dependent phase transition and polarization behavior of ferroelectric Ba0.9Sr0.1TiO3 (BST). Starting with nanocrystalline powders (crystalline size≈22 nm), various grain sizes were obtained in nano-submicron domain (202-745 nm) by regulating the sintering temperatures (Tsin) in the range of 1050-1300 °C. All samples were found to possess diffuse phase transition characteristics with frequency independent broad dielectric maxima near transition temperature due to the lattice strain contribution. Dielectric stiffness showed tarnished step-like anomalous behavior in the paraelectric state for Tsin≥1200 °C due to the existence of polar (superparaelectric) nano-regions generated by local polarization by off-centered Ti4+ ions exhibiting an exceptionally rare delicate polarization hysteresis loop.

  12. Porosity and grain size controls on compaction band formation in Jurassic Navajo Sandstone

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    Schultz, Richard A.; Okubo, Chris H.; Fossen, Haakon

    2010-11-01

    Determining the rock properties that permit or impede the growth of compaction bands in sedimentary sequences is a critical problem of importance to studies of strain localization and characterization of subsurface geologic reservoirs. We determine the porosity and average grain size of a sequence of stratigraphic layers of Navajo Sandstone that are then used in a critical state model to infer plastic yield envelopes for the layers. Pure compaction bands are formed in layers having the largest average grain sizes (0.42-0.45 mm) and porosities (28%), and correspondingly the smallest values of critical pressure (˜22 MPa) in the sequence. The results suggest that compaction bands formed in these layers after burial to ˜1.5 km depth in association with thrust faulting beneath the nearby East Kaibab monocline, and that hardening of the yield caps accompanied compactional deformation of the layers.

  13. Effect of grain size and heavy metals on As immobilization by marble particles.

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    Simón, M; García, I; González, V; Romero, A; Martín, F

    2015-05-01

    The effect of grain size and the interaction of heavy metals on As sorption by marble waste with different particle sizes was investigated. Acidic solutions containing only arsenic and a mixture of arsenic, lead, zinc, and cadmium were put in contact with the marble waste. The amount of metal(loid)s that were immobilized was calculated using the difference between the concentration in the acidic solution and in the liquid phase of the suspensions. Approximately 420 μg As m(-2) was sorbed onto the marble grains, both nonspecifically and specifically, where ≥ 80 % of the total arsenic in the acidic solution remained soluble, which suggests that this amendment is not effective to immobilize arsenic. However, in mixed contamination, relatively stable Pb-Ca arsenates were formed on the surface of the marble particles, and the soluble arsenic was reduced by 95 %, which indicates that marble particles can effectively immobilize arsenic and lead when both appear together. PMID:25432428

  14. Grain size disposed structural, optical and polarization tuning in ZnO

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    Para, Touseef Ahmad; Reshi, Hilal Ahmad; Pillai, Shreeja; Shelke, Vilas

    2016-08-01

    Structural, optical and polarization properties were investigated in different batches of ZnO synthesized by sol-gel method at varying sintering temperature. The structural visualization and charge scattering density analysis on the basis of X-ray diffraction data indicate polarized nature of sample. The structure- and polarization-related parameters were determined from Raman and Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy data. Urbach energies and band gap were calculated using UV-visible spectroscopy. We observed increase in polarization, decrease in optical activity and band gap with increasing grain size without any increase in defects. Distortion in ZnO tetrahedra resulted in nonlinear optical behaviour above band edges. The results show direct correlation between grain size, band gap, optical behaviour and polarization. Low band gap and high polarization in ZnO can be employed for the production of opto-electronic devices.

  15. Transient response in longitudinal grain size to reduced gravel supply in a large river

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    Singer, Michael Bliss

    2010-09-01

    The first extensive dataset on subaqueous bed material grain size in a large river subject to reduced sediment supply is investigated alongside bathymetry, modeled flow, and sediment flux. Results suggest that following sediment supply decline and a shift to a finer sediment supply, the gravel-sand transition (GST) in fluvial systems extends and subsequently migrates upstream. The non-abrupt (˜125 km) GST in the Sacramento River corresponds with a hump in the long profile, indicating recent downstream redistribution of sediment that impacts grain sizes. The hump is composed of sediments winnowed from upstream gravel beds that accumulate downstream where slope declines. This increases local sorting values and coarse sediment flux rates in the GST, leading to further gravel loss by burial and net efflux. Thus, in a transient response to sediment supply changes, whether anthropogenic or natural, the GST extends upstream as a longitudinally patchy bed modulated by bedload sheet transport that favors the loss of gravel.

  16. Transient response in longitudinal grain size to reduced gravel supply in a large river

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    Singer, M. B.

    2010-12-01

    The first extensive dataset on subaqueous bed material grain size in a large river subject to reduced sediment supply is investigated alongside bathymetry, modeled flow, and sediment flux. Results suggest that following sediment supply decline and a shift to a finer sediment supply, the gravel-sand transition (GST) in fluvial systems extends and subsequently migrates upstream. The non-abrupt (~125 km) GST in the Sacramento River corresponds with a hump in the long profile, indicating recent downstream redistribution of sediment that impacts grain sizes. The hump is composed of sediments winnowed from upstream gravel beds that accumulate downstream where slope declines. This increases local sorting values and coarse sediment flux rates in the GST, leading to further gravel loss by burial and net efflux. Thus, in a transient response to sediment supply changes, whether anthropogenic or natural, the GST extends upstream as a longitudinally patchy bed modulated by bedload sheet transport that favors the loss of gravel.

  17. Disk radii and grain sizes in Herschel-resolved debris disks

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    Pawellek, Nicole; Krivov, Alexander V.; Marshall, Jonathan P.; Montesinos, Benjamin; Ábrahám, Péter; Moór, Attila; Bryden, Geoffrey; Eiroa, Carlos

    2014-09-01

    The radii of debris disks and the sizes of their dust grains are important tracers of the planetesimal formation mechanisms and physical processes operating in these systems. Here we use a representative sample of 34 debris disks resolved in various Herschel Space Observatory (Herschel is an ESA space observatory with science instruments provided by European-led Principal Investigator consortia and with important participation from NASA) programs to constrain the disk radii and the size distribution of their dust. While we modeled disks with both warm and cold components, and identified warm inner disks around about two-thirds of the stars, we focus our analysis only on the cold outer disks, i.e., Kuiper-belt analogs. We derive the disk radii from the resolved images and find a large dispersion for host stars of any spectral class, but no significant trend with the stellar luminosity. This argues against ice lines as a dominant player in setting the debris disk sizes, since the ice line location varies with the luminosity of the central star. Fixing the disk radii to those inferred from the resolved images, we model the spectral energy distribution to determine the dust temperature and the grain size distribution for each target. While the dust temperature systematically increases toward earlier spectral types, the ratio of the dust temperature to the blackbody temperature at the disk radius decreases with the stellar luminosity. This is explained by a clear trend of typical sizes increasing toward more luminous stars. The typical grain sizes are compared to the radiation pressure blowout limit s {sub blow} that is proportional to the stellar luminosity-to-mass ratio and thus also increases toward earlier spectral classes. The grain sizes in the disks of G- to A-stars are inferred to be several times s {sub blow} at all stellar luminosities, in agreement with collisional models of debris disks. The sizes, measured in the units of s {sub blow}, appear to decrease

  18. Grain Size Effect on the Microhardness of BCC Metal Vapor Deposits

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    Jankowski, A F; Hayes, J P; Saw, C K; Vallier, R F; Go, J; Bliss, R A

    2004-09-08

    The physical vapor deposition methods of evaporation and sputtering are used to prepare foils of the body-centered-cubic metals, vanadium and tantalum. A two-fold increase in the micro-hardness is measured as the grain size decreases to the sub-micron scale. The micro-hardness of vanadium increases to 2.7 GPa and for tantalum to 2.9 GPa.

  19. Internally oxidized Nb₃Sn strands with fine grain size and high critical current density.

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    Xu, Xingchen; Sumption, Michael D; Peng, Xuan

    2015-02-25

    Nb3Sn strands fabricated using Nb-Zr alloy can be internally oxidized, provided that oxygen is properly supplied via an oxide powder. This allows the formation of fine intragranular and intergranular ZrO2 particles in a Nb3Sn matrix. These particles can refine the grain size by a factor of three and thereby greatly enhance the Nb3Sn critical current density. PMID:25582555

  20. Effects of the Depth-Dependent Grain Size on the Evolution of Earth's Mantle: Linking Mantle Rheology and Geophysical Observations

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    Glisovic, P.; Forte, A. M.

    2014-12-01

    The effects of the grain size variations on the viscosity are comparable to that of temperature and pressure. A detailed depth-profile of the grain size in the mantle is, however, unknown. To explore the possible depth-dependence of grain size, we use models of coupled core-mantle evolution that include the dynamic effect of surface tectonic plates. We developed an algorithm for modelling: 1) the surface yield stress in a dynamically consistent manner, and 2) the diffusion creep, that is based on the following ingredients: vacancy diffusion in perovskite, depth-dependent grain size, temperature and pressure. This algorithm is able to provide a fit to a wide set of geodynamical observations. Time-dependent convection simulations reveal that the thermal evolution of the mantle is very sensitive to depth-variations in the grain size. We also explore the important feedbacks of thermal convection on the evolution of Earth's mantle rheology.

  1. Simulating the grain-size distribution of Wisconsinan age glaciofluvial sediments: Applications to fluid transport

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    Webb, E.K.; Anderson, M.P. )

    1991-03-01

    A sedimentary deposition model, SEDSIM, was used to simulate the deposition of glaciofluvial sediments in south-central Wisconsin. These types of deposits are present at or near the surface over much of the northern United States and have a high contamination potential. They also represent relatively recent analogs for ancient braided stream systems. Sixty sediment samples were used to determine the average sediment properties for a facies assemblage located 8-10 km from the ice margin. A regional depositional system was simulated, using SEDSIM, to determine the range of input values that reproduced the observed average sediment characteristics. Progressively smaller scale models were constructed to produce more detailed estimates of the grain-size distribution. the grain-size estimates from the finest scale model were translated into relative hydraulic conductivity values using the method of Hazen. The resulting conductivities were incorporated into a fluid flow model to illustrate the control that heterogeneity of petrologic properties has on the direction and rate of fluid movement. This work indicates that a wide range of input parameters will reproduce the bulk sediment properties. Furthermore, small-scale features may not be reproduced under the assumptions incorporated in the current SEDSIM code. Thus, for sedimentary depositional models to be used to predict permeability and porosity distributions, or to interpret paleo-flow conditions, one must determine calibration targets that are more sensitive to flow parameters than bulk grain-size distributions.

  2. Modeling Grain Size and Strain Rate in Linear Friction Welded Waspaloy

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    Chamanfar, Ahmad; Jahazi, Mohammad; Gholipour, Javad; Wanjara, Priti; Yue, Stephen

    2013-09-01

    The high-temperature deformation behavior of the Ni-base superalloy, Waspaloy, using uniaxial isothermal compression testing was investigated at temperatures above the γ' solvus, 1333 K, 1373 K, and 1413 K (1060 °C, 1100 °C, and 1140 °C) for constant true strain rates of 0.001, 0.01, 0.1, and 1 s-1 and up to a true strain of 0.83. Flow softening and microstructural investigation indicated that dynamic recrystallization took place during deformation. For the investigated conditions, the strain rate sensitivity factor and the activation energy of hot deformation were 0.199 and 462 kJ/mol, respectively. Constitutive equations relating the dynamic recrystallized grain size to the deformation temperature and strain rate were developed and used to predict the grain size and strain rate in linear friction-welded (LFWed) Waspaloy. The predictions were validated against experimental findings and data reported in the literature. It was found that the equations can reliably predict the grain size of LFWed Waspaloy. Furthermore, the estimated strain rate was in agreement with finite element modeling data reported in the literature.

  3. The Effect of Black Carbon and Snow Grain Size on Snow Surface Albedo

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    Hadley, O. L.; Kirchstetter, T.; Flanner, M.

    2009-12-01

    Black carbon (BC) has been measured in snow and ice cores at levels that climate models predict are high enough to be the second leading cause in arctic ice melt and glacial retreat after greenhouse gas warming. BC deposited on snow reduces the snow surface albedo; however, in addition to BC content, snow albedo also depends on sky cover, solar angle, snow grain size and shape, surface roughness, and depth. Quantifying the albedo reduction due to BC separately from these other variables is difficult to achieve in field measurements. We are conducting laboratory experiments that isolate the effect of BC and snow grain size on snow albedo. Snow is made by spraying and freezing drops of water; BC contaminated snow is made from BC hydrosol. Snow albedo is measured with a spectrometer equipped with an integrating sphere over the entire visible spectrum (400-1000 nm). Snow grain size distribution and shape are characterized using a digital microscope to calculate the effective radius of the snow. Measured snow albedo is compared to that predicted using the Snow, Ice, and Aerosol Radiative Model. Preliminary results indicate good agreement between measured and modeled albedo for pure and BC contaminated snow.

  4. Computer program for the calculation of grain size statistics by the method of moments

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    Sawyer, Michael B.

    1977-01-01

    A computer program is presented for a Hewlett-Packard Model 9830A desk-top calculator (1) which calculates statistics using weight or point count data from a grain-size analysis. The program uses the method of moments in contrast to the more commonly used but less inclusive graphic method of Folk and Ward (1957). The merits of the program are: (1) it is rapid; (2) it can accept data in either grouped or ungrouped format; (3) it allows direct comparison with grain-size data in the literature that have been calculated by the method of moments; (4) it utilizes all of the original data rather than percentiles from the cumulative curve as in the approximation technique used by the graphic method; (5) it is written in the computer language BASIC, which is easily modified and adapted to a wide variety of computers; and (6) when used in the HP-9830A, it does not require punching of data cards. The method of moments should be used only if the entire sample has been measured and the worker defines the measured grain-size range. (1) Use of brand names in this paper does not imply endorsement of these products by the U.S. Geological Survey.

  5. Development Support Environment of Business ApplicationsBased on a Multi-Grain-Size Repository

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    Terai, Koichi; Izumi, Noriaki; Yamaguchi, Takahira

    In order to build the Web-based application as a shopping site on the Web, various ideas from the different viewpoints are required, such as enterprise modeling, workflow modeling, software development, and so on. From the above standpoint, this paper proposes an integrated environment to support the whole development process of analysis, design and implementation of business application. In order to reuse know-hows of various ideas in the business application development, we device a multi-grain-size repository, which consists of coarse-, middle-, and fine-grain-size repositories that correspond to the enterprise models, workflow models, and software models, respectively. We also provide a methodology that rebuilds heterogeneous information resources required for the business applications development into a multi-grain-size repository based on ontologies. The contents of the repositories are modeled by the is-a, has-a, and E-R relations, and described by the XML language. We have implemented Java-based prototype environment with the tools dealing with the multi-layered repository and confirmed that it supports us in various phases of business application development including business model manifestation, detailed business model definition and an implementation of business software applications.

  6. An attempt to detect sedimentary materials grain size using texture analysis of FCIR orthophotos

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    Deluigi, Nicola; Lambiel, Christophe

    2014-05-01

    Grain size is one of the main factors controlling the ground (surface) temperature, and thus the permafrost occurrence in mountain areas. Its automatic detection may thus help to improve the distribution models of the phenomenon. The physical properties of the ground surface can be detected by performing image texture analysis. As texture is usually defined as the spatial variation of the gray values in an image or the variation of its spectral radiance, texture operators can provide useful information about the spatial variation of the ground surface characteristics. For this study false-color infrared (FCIR) orthophotos were used (0.25 meters resolution). These five channels (PAN, NIR, R, G, B) images were recorded with airborne digital sensor (ADS) digital cameras by the Swiss federal office of topography (swisstopo). They cover two test sites located in the Western Valais Alps (Switzerland). In a preliminary step some regions of interest were delineated. Hydrography network, glaciers and human infrastructures (buildings, roads, etc.) were masked from FCIR images by extraction from a primary surfaces map (swisstopo). Vegetation was distinguished and extracted thanks to the Normalized Difference of Vegetation Index (NDVI), calculated with the NIR and Red bands. Finally, the resulting dataset was only composed by mineral-covered surfaces. In a second step, we computed a Principal Component Analysis (PCA) in order to find the combination of bands that contain most spectral information. Various texture operators such tonal features (mean, variance, skewness and kurtosis of gray levels) as well as texture features computed from gray level co-occurrence matrices (entropy, homogeneity, energy, etc.) were performed on the first principal component using different moving windows (3x3, 5x5, 7x7, 9x9). The grain size classification was lately performed on a new dataset whose variables correspond to the various combinations of moving window sizes and the corresponding

  7. How well does end-member modelling analysis of grain size data work?

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    Schulte, Philipp; Dietze, Michael; Dietze, Elisabeth

    2014-05-01

    End-member modelling analysis (EMMA) is a powerful and flexible statistic approach to identify and quantify generic sediment transport processes from multimodal grain-size distributions. EMMA has been introduced over 15 years ago and is now available in different approaches as encapsulated FORTRAN code (Weltje, 1997), Matlab-script (Dietze et al., 2012) and the R-package EMMAgeo (Dietze and Dietze, 2013). EMMA was mainly used to reconstruct past sedimentation processes in a variety of sedimentary environments (marine, aeolian, lacustrine). Typically, it is rather difficult to assess how meaningful and well the model performs in a certain environment, since neither the actual process end-members (generic grain-size distributions sorted by a certain sediment transport) nor their individual contributions to each sample are known a priori. To allow a comprehensive performance test, we sampled a set of four known process end-members: alluvial sand (main mode: 0.70±0.55 φ), dune sand (main mode: 1.35±0.60 φ), loess (main mode: 4.71±0.65 φ) and overbank deposit (main mode: 5.81±1.62 φ). High resolution grain-size information is based on laser-diffraction analysis (116 classes). The four process end-members were artificially mixed with random, but known proportions to yield 100 samples. This mixed data set was measured again with the laser particle size analyser and served as input for EMMA within the R-package EMMAgeo. This contribution discusses the ability of EMMA to identify and characterise the four distinct process end-members and quantify their contributions to each sample. Different ways to estimate uncertainties are presented. Further evaluations focus on the influence of numbers of included samples, numbers of grain-size classes, vertical mixing of samples (simulating turbation) and self-similarity of process end-members. Dietze E, et al. 2012. An end-member algorithm for deciphering modern detrital processes from lake sediments of Lake Donggi Cona, NE

  8. Can we use only Grain Size Data for Paleo-Flow Reconstructions?

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    Perillo, M. M.; Pohl, F.; Eggenhuisen, J. T.; Fedele, J.; Hoyal, D. C. J. D.; Mohrig, D. C.

    2015-12-01

    Paleo-flow and paleo-environmental reconstruction from ancient deposits is a critical task for earth surface scientists interested in the sedimentary record. Forming processes are commonly interpreted from the architectural characteristics of sedimentary deposits using quantitative relationships derived from experiments or geomorphic studies. However, very little attention has been paid to the equivalent problem at the scale of micro-facies: can we interpret the conditions at the time of sediment accumulation from grain size information in a small sample? Here we investigate the use of grain size distributions alone to reconstruct the flow conditions based on a set of experiments conducted in a 2D flume tank in the Eurotank facilities at Utrecht University. The experiments are designed for the examination of grain size distributions within sediments which were deposited by flows with known conditions (e.g. velocity, turbulence, shear velocity, concentration). By changing the slope of the flume tank we were able to create a range of flows from strongly depositional (depletive) to bypassing. Inspired by Eastwood et al (2012), we propose a working methodology to link the grain size distribution of the deposit to flow conditions. Our method utilizes the following empiric relations: i) the finer fraction of the deposit was deposited while most of that range surpass the Bagnold (1966)'s suspension threshold (shear velocity υ* approx. 3 times the settling velocity ωs); ii) the mean fraction was at incipient suspension stage (υ* ~ ωs); iii) the finer portion of the coarser grains were at bedload/saltation stage, where u* is approx. υ*c (critical shear velocity for initiation of motion); and iv) the coarser portion of the coarser grains were at creep-bedload stage, where υ* is approx. 0.7υ*c . We test whether this set of rules can be applied to the probability distribution function of deposit grainsize in an inversion that converges on a single value for the shear

  9. Meltwater pathways and grain size transformation in a Pleistocene Mediterranean glacial-fluvial system

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    Adamson, Kathryn; Woodward, Jamie; Hughes, Philip

    2013-04-01

    The Pleistocene sedimentary records of Mount Orjen, western Montenegro, have been used to investigate changes in grain size characteristics of fine sediments transported from the glaciated mountains to the fluvial systems downstream. Understanding the particle size characteristics of the fine sediments transported by these cold stage river systems is important for several reasons. The braided rivers draining the glaciated mountains of the western Balkans may have been an important source of loess for example. It is also important to establish the grain size signature of suspended sediment delivered to the marine environment to aid land-marine correlations. The fine-grained component of the tills is dominated by glacially-comminuted limestone particles. Detailed particle size analysis of the fine sediment matrix component (<63 μm) of glacial till and alluvial deposits has been undertaken using multiple samples at 12 sites surrounding the Orjen massif. This limestone karst terrain includes a range of meltwater pathways and depositional contexts, including: river valleys, alluvial fans, poljes, and ice marginal settings. 35 U-series ages and soil development indices have been used to develop a robust geochronology for the Pleistocene records Two dominant surface meltwater and sediment pathways have been identified around Mount Orjen. The particle size distributions reveal that these transportation routes can have distinctive sedimentological signatures. Type 1 pathways deliver meltwater and sediments downstream via bedrock gorges. In these settings, the fine grained alluvial matrix presents a largely bimodal particle size distribution (PSD). Type 2 pathways represent meltwater channels draining directly from the ice margin. Alluvial sediments within these environments more closely resemble the normally distributed PSD of the glacial tills. The transition to bimodal PSDs, downstream of Type 1 meltwater routes, suggests that the glacially-comminuted sediments are

  10. Effects of particle optical properties on grain size measurements of aeolian dust deposits

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    Varga, György; Újvári, Gábor; Kovács, János; Szalai, Zoltán

    2015-04-01

    Particle size data are holding crucial information on the sedimentary environment at the time the aeolian dust deposits were accumulated. Various aspects of aeolian sedimentation (wind strength, distance to source(s), possible secondary source regions and modes of sedimentation and transport) can be reconstructed from proper grain size distribution data. Laser diffraction methods provide much more accurate and reliable information on the major granulometric properties of wind-blown sediments compared to the sieve and pipette methods. The Fraunhofer and Mie scattering theories are generally used for laser diffraction grain size measurements. () The two different approaches need different 'background' information on the medium measured. During measurements following the Fraunhofer theory, the basic assumption is that parcticles are relatively large (over 25-30 µm) and opaque. The Mie theory could offer more accurate data on smaller fractions (clay and fine silt), assuming that a proper, a'priori knowledge on refraction and absorption indices exists, which is rarely the case for polymineral samples. This study is aimed at determining the effects of different optical parameters on grain size distributions (e.g. clay-content, median, mode). Multiple samples collected from Hungarian red clay and loess-paleosol records have been analysed using a Malvern Mastersizer 3000 laser diffraction particle sizer (with a Hydro LV unit). Additional grain size measurements have been made on a Fritsch Analysette 22 Microtec and a Horiba Partica La-950 v2 instrument to investigate possible effects of the used laser sources with different wavelengths. XRF and XRD measurements have also been undertaken to gain insight into the geochemical/mineralogical compositions of the samples studied. Major findings include that measurements using the Mie theory provide more accurate data on the grain size distribution of aeolian dust deposits, when we use a proper optical setting. Significant

  11. Dust Dynamics in Protoplanetary Disk Winds Driven by Magnetorotational Turbulence: A Mechanism for Floating Dust Grains with Characteristic Sizes

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    Miyake, Tomoya; Suzuki, Takeru K.; Inutsuka, Shu-ichiro

    2016-04-01

    We investigate the dynamics of dust grains of various sizes in protoplanetary disk winds driven by magnetorotational turbulence, by simulating the time evolution of the dust grain distribution in the vertical direction. Small dust grains, which are well-coupled to the gas, are dragged upward with the upflowing gas, while large grains remain near the midplane of a disk. Intermediate-size grains float near the sonic point of the disk wind located at several scale heights from the midplane, where the grains are loosely coupled to the background gas. For the minimum mass solar nebula at 1 au, dust grains with size of 25-45 μm float around 4 scale heights from the midplane. Considering the dependence on the distance from the central star, smaller-size grains remain only in an outer region of the disk, while larger-size grains are distributed in a broader region. We also discuss the implications of our result for observations of dusty material around young stellar objects.

  12. Only pick the right grains: Modelling the bias due to subjective grain-size interval selection for chronometric and fingerprinting approaches.

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    Dietze, Michael; Fuchs, Margret; Kreutzer, Sebastian

    2016-04-01

    Many modern approaches of radiometric dating or geochemical fingerprinting rely on sampling sedimentary deposits. A key assumption of most concepts is that the extracted grain-size fraction of the sampled sediment adequately represents the actual process to be dated or the source area to be fingerprinted. However, these assumptions are not always well constrained. Rather, they have to align with arbitrary, method-determined size intervals, such as "coarse grain" or "fine grain" with partly even different definitions. Such arbitrary intervals violate principal process-based concepts of sediment transport and can thus introduce significant bias to the analysis outcome (i.e., a deviation of the measured from the true value). We present a flexible numerical framework (numOlum) for the statistical programming language R that allows quantifying the bias due to any given analysis size interval for different types of sediment deposits. This framework is applied to synthetic samples from the realms of luminescence dating and geochemical fingerprinting, i.e. a virtual reworked loess section. We show independent validation data from artificially dosed and subsequently mixed grain-size proportions and we present a statistical approach (end-member modelling analysis, EMMA) that allows accounting for the effect of measuring the compound dosimetric history or geochemical composition of a sample. EMMA separates polymodal grain-size distributions into the underlying transport process-related distributions and their contribution to each sample. These underlying distributions can then be used to adjust grain-size preparation intervals to minimise the incorporation of "undesired" grain-size fractions.

  13. Debris flow grain size scales with sea surface temperature over glacial-interglacial timescales

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    D'Arcy, Mitch; Roda Boluda, Duna C.; Whittaker, Alexander C.; Araújo, João Paulo C.

    2015-04-01

    Debris flows are common erosional processes responsible for a large volume of sediment transfer across a range of landscapes from arid settings to the tropics. They are also significant natural hazards in populated areas. However, we lack a clear set of debris flow transport laws, meaning that: (i) debris flows remain largely neglected by landscape evolution models; (ii) we do not understand the sensitivity of debris flow systems to past or future climate changes; and (iii) it remains unclear how to interpret debris flow stratigraphy and sedimentology, for example whether their deposits record information about past tectonics or palaeoclimate. Here, we take a grain size approach to characterising debris flow deposits from 35 well-dated alluvial fan surfaces in Owens Valley, California. We show that the average grain sizes of these granitic debris flow sediments precisely scales with sea surface temperature throughout the entire last glacial-interglacial cycle, increasing by ~ 7 % per 1 ° C of climate warming. We compare these data with similar debris flow systems in the Mediterranean (southern Italy) and the tropics (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), and find equivalent signals over a total temperature range of ~ 14 ° C. In each area, debris flows are largely governed by rainfall intensity during triggering storms, which is known to increase exponentially with temperature. Therefore, we suggest that these debris flow systems are transporting predictably coarser-grained sediment in warmer, stormier conditions. This implies that debris flow sedimentology is governed by discharge thresholds and may be a sensitive proxy for past changes in rainfall intensity. Our findings show that debris flows are sensitive to climate changes over short timescales (≤ 104 years) and therefore highlight the importance of integrating hillslope processes into landscape evolution models, as well as providing new observational constraints to guide this. Finally, we comment on what grain size

  14. Grain-size signature of Saharan dust over the Atlantic Ocean at 12°N

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    van der Does, Michelle; Korte, Laura; Munday, Chris; Brummer, Geert-Jan; Stuut, Jan-Berend

    2015-04-01

    Every year, an estimated 200 million tons of Saharan dust are deposited in the Atlantic Ocean. On its way from source to sink, the dust can be influenced by many climatic processes, but it also affects climate itself in various ways that are far from understood. In order to constrain the relations between atmospheric dust and climate, we deployed ten submarine sediment traps along a transect in the Atlantic Ocean at 12˚N, at 1200m and 3500m water depth. These have been sampling Saharan dust settling in the ocean since October 2012. Samples of seven of these sediment traps have been successfully recovered during RV Pelagia cruise 64PE378 in November 2013. The transect also includes three floating dust collectors and two on-land dust collectors, and all the instruments lie directly underneath the largest dust plume originating from the African continent. This study focuses on the size of the dust particles, which can have an effect on the positive or negative radiation balance in the atmosphere. Small particles in the high atmosphere can reflect incoming radiation and therefore have a cooling effect on climate. Large particles in the lower atmosphere have the opposite effect by absorbing reflected radiation from the Earth's surface. Mineral dust also affects carbon export to the deep ocean by providing mineral ballast for organic particles, and the size of the dust particles directly relates to the downward transport velocity. Here I will present the measured grain-size distributions of samples from seven sediment traps recovered from the 12°N-latitude transect. The data show seasonal variations, with finer grained dust particles during winter and spring, and coarser grained particles during summer and fall. Samples from multiple years should give more details about the dust's seasonality. Also a fining trend of the grain sizes of the dust particles from source (Africa) to sink (Caribbean) is observed, which is also expected due to intuitive relationships between

  15. Interpreting Hydraulic Conditions from Morphology, Sedimentology, and Grain Size of Sand Bars in the Colorado River in Grand Canyon

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    Rubin, D. M.; Topping, D. J.; Schmidt, J. C.; Grams, P. E.; Buscombe, D.; East, A. E.; Wright, S. A.

    2015-12-01

    During three decades of research on sand bars and sediment transport in the Colorado River in Grand Canyon, we have collected unprecedented quantities of data on bar morphology, sedimentary structures, grain size of sand on the riverbed (~40,000 measurements), grain size of sand in flood deposits (dozens of vertical grain-size profiles), and time series of suspended sediment concentration and grain size (more than 3 million measurements using acoustic and laser-diffraction instruments sampling every 15 minutes at several locations). These data, which include measurements of flow and suspended sediment as well as sediment within the deposits, show that grain size within flood deposits generally coarsens or fines proportionally to the grain size of sediment that was in suspension when the beds were deposited. The inverse problem of calculating changing flow conditions from a vertical profile of grain size within a deposit is difficult because at least two processes can cause similar changes. For example, upward coarsening in a deposit can result from either an increase in discharge of the flow (causing coarser sand to be transported to the depositional site), or from winnowing of the upstream supply of sand (causing suspended sand to coarsen because a greater proportion of the bed that is supplying sediment is covered with coarse grains). These two processes can be easy to distinguish where suspended-sediment observations are available: flow-regulated changes cause concentration and grain size of sand in suspension to be positively correlated, whereas changes in supply can cause concentration and grain size of sand in suspension to be negatively correlated. The latter case (supply regulation) is more typical of flood deposits in Grand Canyon.

  16. Grain-size and grain-shape analyses using digital imaging technology: Application to the fluvial formation of the Ngandong paleoanthropological site in Central Java, Indonesia

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    Sipola, Maija

    2013-04-01

    This study implements grain-size and grain-shape analyses to better understand the fluvial processes responsible for forming the Ngandong paleoanthropological site along the Solo River in Central Java. The site was first discovered and excavated by the Dutch Geological Survey in the early 1930's, during which fourteen Homo erectus fossils and thousands of other macrofaunal remains were uncovered. The Homo erectus fossils discovered at Ngandong are particularly interesting to paleoanthropologists because the morphology of the excavated crania suggests they are from a recently-living variety of the species. The primary scientific focus for many years has been to determine the absolute age of the Ngandong fossils, while the question of exactly how the Ngandong site itself formed has been frequently overlooked. In this study I use Retsch CAMSIZER digital imaging technology to conduct grain-size and grain-shape analyses of sediments from the terrace stratigraphy at the Ngandong site to understand if there are significant differences between sedimentary layers in grain-size and/or grain-shape, and what these differences mean in terms of local paleoflow dynamics over time. Preliminary analyses indicate there are four distinct sedimentary layers present at Ngandong with regard to size sorting, with the fossil-bearing layers proving to be the most poorly-sorted and most similar to debris-flow deposits. These results support hypotheses by geoarchaeologists that the fossil-bearing layers present at Ngandong were deposited during special flow events rather than under normal stream flow conditions.

  17. Reproductive Potential of Salmon Spawning Substrates Inferred from Grain Size and Fish Length

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    Riebe, C. S.; Sklar, L. S.; Overstreet, B. T.; Wooster, J. K.; Bellugi, D. G.

    2014-12-01

    The river restoration industry spends millions of dollars every year on improving salmon spawning in riverbeds where sediment is too big for fish to move and thus use during redd building. However, few studies have addressed the question of how big is too big in salmon spawning substrates. Hence managers have had little quantitative basis for gauging the amount of spawning habitat in coarse-bedded rivers. Moreover, the scientific framework has remained weak for restoration projects that seek to improve spawning conditions. To overcome these limitations, we developed a physically based, field-calibrated model for the fraction of the bed that is fine-grained enough to support spawning by fish of a given size. Model inputs are fish length and easy-to-measure indices of bed-surface grain size. Model outputs include the number of redds and eggs the substrate can accommodate when flow depth, temperature, and other environmental factors are not limiting. The mechanistic framework of the model captures the biophysical limits on sediment movement and the space limitations on redd building and egg deposition in riverbeds. We explored the parameter space of the model and found a previously unrecognized tradeoff in salmon size: bigger fish can move larger sediment and thus use more riverbed area for spawning; they also tend to have higher fecundity, and so can deposit more eggs per redd; however, because redd area increases with fish length, the number of eggs a substrate can accommodate is highest for moderate-sized fish. One implication of this tradeoff is that differences in grain size may help regulate river-to-river differences in salmon size. Thus, our model suggests that population diversity and, by extension, species resilience are linked to lithologic, geomorphic, and climatic factors that determine grain size in rivers. We cast the model into easy-to-use look-up tables, charts, and computer applications, including a JavaScript app that works on tablets and mobile

  18. Effect of Grain Size on Uranium(VI) Surface Complexation Kinetics and Adsorption Additivity

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    Shang, Jianying; Liu, Chongxuan; Wang, Zheming; Zachara, John M.

    2011-07-27

    Laboratory experiments were performed to investigate the contribution of variable grain sizes to uranium adsorption/desorption in a sediment collected from the US DOE Hanford site. The sediment was wet-sieved into four size fractions: coarse sand (1-2 mm), medium sand (0.2-1 mm), fine sand (0.05-0.2 mm), and clay/silt fraction (< 0.05mm). For each size fraction and their composite (sediment), batch experiments were performed to determine uranium adsorption isotherms, and stirred flow-cell experiments were conducted to derive kinetic data of uranium adsorption and subsequent desorption. The results showed that uranium adsorption isotherms and adsorption/desorption kinetics were size-specific, reflecting the effects of size-specific adsorption site concentration and kinetic rate constants. The larger-size fraction had a larger mass percentage in the sediment, but with a smaller adsorption site concentration and generally a slower uranium adsorption/desorption rate. The same equilibrium surface complexation reaction and reaction constant could describe uranium adsorption isotherms for all size fractions and the composite after accounting for the effect of adsorption site concentration. Mass-weighted, linear additivity was observed for both uranium adsorption isotherms and adsorption/desorption kinetics in the composite. Our analysis also showed that uranium adsorption site concentration estimated from the adsorption isotherms was 3 orders of magnitude less than a site concentration estimated from sediment surface area and generic site density. One important implication of this study is that grain size distribution may be used to estimate uranium adsorption site, and adsorption/desorption kinetic rates in heterogeneous sediments from a common location.

  19. The Influence of Grain Size on Twinning and Microstructure Refinement During Cold Rolling of Commercial-Purity Titanium

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    Zherebtsov, S. V.; Dyakonov, G. S.; Salishchev, G. A.; Salem, A. A.; Semiatin, S. L.

    2016-08-01

    Microstructure evolution in commercial-purity titanium (CP Ti) with various initial grain sizes (1, 7, 15, and 30 μm) during plane-strain multipass rolling to a true thickness strain of 2.66 at 293 K (20 °C) was established. The degree of deformation twinning was found to be strongly dependent on grain size. Twinning was rare in the material with a grain size of 1 μm. For all grain sizes >15 μm, the occurrence of twinning reached a similar, maximum level. Concurrently, the propensity for twinning enhanced the kinetics of microstructure refinement particularly for the initially coarse-grain materials. Due to the extensive twinning-induced microstructure refinement, rolling of coarse-grain (15 μm) CP Ti to a true thickness strain of 2.66 resulted in the formation of an ultrafine microstructure with a grain/subgrain size of 200-300 nm, a value similar to that attained for the initially micrometer-scale microstructure. The effect of grain size on twinning in titanium was discussed in the context of a disclination model.

  20. Dependence of Grain Size on the Performance of a Polysilicon Channel TFT for 3D NAND Flash Memory.

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    Kim, Seung-Yoon; Park, Jong Kyung; Hwang, Wan Sik; Lee, Seung-Jun; Lee, Ki-Hong; Pyi, Seung Ho; Cho, Byung Jin

    2016-05-01

    We investigated the dependence of grain size on the performance of a polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) channel TFT for application to 3D NAND Flash memory devices. It has been found that the device performance and memory characteristics are strongly affected by the grain size of the poly-Si channel. Higher on-state current, faster program speed, and poor endurance/reliability properties are observed when the poly-Si grain size is large. These are mainly attributed to the different local electric field induced by an oxide valley at the interface between the poly-Si channel and the gate oxide. In addition, the trap density at the gate oxide interface was successfully measured using a charge pumping method by the separation between the gate oxide interface traps and traps at the grain boundaries in the poly-Si channel. The poly-Si channel with larger grain size has lower interface trap density. PMID:27483868

  1. Effect of specimen size and grain orientation on the mechanical and physical properties of NBG-18 nuclear graphite

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    Vasudevamurthy, G.; Byun, T. S.; Pappano, P.; Snead, L. L.; Burchell, T. D.

    2015-07-01

    We present here a comparison of the measured baseline mechanical and physical properties of with grain (WG) and against grain (AG) non-ASTM size NBG-18 graphite. The objectives of the experiments were twofold: (1) assess the variation in properties with grain orientation; (2) establish a correlation between specimen tensile strength and size. The tensile strength of the smallest sized (4 mm diameter) specimens were about 5% higher than the standard specimens (12 mm diameter) but still within one standard deviation of the ASTM specimen size indicating no significant dependence of strength on specimen size. The thermal expansion coefficient and elastic constants did not show significant dependence on specimen size. Experimental data indicated that the variation of thermal expansion coefficient and elastic constants were still within 5% between the different grain orientations, confirming the isotropic nature of NBG-18 graphite in physical properties.

  2. Effect of specimen size and grain orientation on the mechanical and physical properties of NBG-18 nuclear graphite

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    Vasudevamurthy, Gokul; Byun, Thak Sang; Pappano, Pete; Snead, Lance L.; Burchell, Tim D.

    2015-03-13

    We present here a comparison of the measured baseline mechanical and physical properties of with grain (WG) and against grain (AG) non-ASTM size NBG-18 graphite. The objectives of the experiments were twofold: (1) assess the variation in properties with grain orientation; (2) establish a correlation between specimen tensile strength and size. The tensile strength of the smallest sized (4 mm diameter) specimens were about 5% higher than the standard specimens (12 mmdiameter) but still within one standard deviation of the ASTM specimen size indicating no significant dependence of strength on specimen size. The thermal expansion coefficient and elastic constants did not show significant dependence on specimen size. Experimental data indicated that the variation of thermal expansion coefficient and elastic constants were still within 5% between the different grain orientations, confirming the isotropic nature of NBG-18 graphite in physical properties.

  3. Trends in grain size and surface area of glacial and non-glacial alluvial sediments: Building a paleoclimate proxy for deep-time

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    Marra, K. R.; Keiser, L.; Soreghan, G. S.; Elwood-Madden, M.

    2011-12-01

    Extent of chemical and physical weathering in sediments depends upon climatic factors, which affect both the mode of sediment production and the rate of chemical reactions. Most glacial systems are capable of producing large amounts of fine-grained sediments, due to glacial grinding and abrasion, which increases the surface area of mineral constituents. Increased surface area enhances rates of chemical weathering despite cold temperatures, which are typically considered to limit rates of chemical reactions due to relatively high activation energies. The amount of chemical weathering in non-glacial systems depends upon erosion rates, although modes of sediment production differ, with temperature exerting a secondary control. To assess variations in weathering rates and products in cold-arid relative to semi-arid climates, sediment samples were collected every 500 m along 5-7 km fluvial transects in the Dry Valleys, Antarctica and the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma, where bedrock (granitoid), drainage area, and relief are similar. Sediments were sieved for the gravel, sand, and mud (< 63 μm) fractions. The mud fraction was treated with acetic acid and hydrogen peroxide to remove carbonate and organics, and then analyzed for surface area (nitrogen absorption BET) and grain size. Preliminary grain size analysis of sediments from Clark Glacier stream (Wright Valley, Antarctica) shows the mud fraction coarsens with distance along a 5 km transect and surface area correspondingly decreases, suggesting weathering products (clays) are not being produced in this climate but are being dissolved. Sediments collected along a 5 km transect from Blue Beaver Creek in the Wichita Mountains show the opposite, wherein a downstream decrease in grain size and increase in surface area likely relate to precipitation of secondary weathering phases. XRD and whole-rock geochemical analyses are currently underway to further assess chemical weathering signatures in glacial and non

  4. Microplastics in the Mediterranean Sea: Deposition in coastal shallow sediments, spatial variation and preferential grain size.

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    Alomar, Carme; Estarellas, Fernando; Deudero, Salud

    2016-04-01

    Marine litter loads in sea compartments are an emergent issue due to their ecological and biological consequences. This study addresses microplastic quantification and morphological description to test spatial differences along an anthropogenic gradient of coastal shallow sediments and further on to evaluate the preferential deposition of microplastics in a given sediment grain fraction. Sediments from Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) contained the highest concentrations of microplastics (MPs): up to 0.90 ± 0.10 MPs/g suggesting the transfer of microplastics from source areas to endpoint areas. In addition, a high proportion of microplastic filaments were found close to populated areas whereas fragment type microplastics were more common in MPAs. There was no clear trend between sediment grain size and microplastic deposition in sediments, although microplastics were always present in two grain size fractions: 2 mm > x > 1 mm and 1 mm > x 0.5 mm. PMID:26803229

  5. Effect of grain size on the mechanical properties of dual phase Fe/Si/C steels

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    Ahn, J.H.

    1983-08-01

    For an Fe/2Si/0.1C steel with an intermediate quenching heat treatment, it was found that as the prior austenite grain size is refined, significant improvements in total elongation, reduction in area and impact toughness can be achieved, while uniform elongation, yield and tensile strengths are not affected. These improvements are analyzed in terms of microstructure and fracture characteristics. The cleavage cracks propagate nearly straight without deviation at the ferrite/martensite interfaces within the sub-units of the DFM structure, but change their path at high angle sub-unit boundaries. The crack is less likely to be deflected at the ferrite/martensite interface because the interface is coherent. Comparison of optical micrographs and SEM fractographs has shown that there is close agreement between the sub-unit size and cleavage facet size. The observations lead to the conclusion that the sub-unit size is the basic microstructure unit controlling the fracture behavior of DFM steels produced by the intermediate quenching heat treatment. A controlled rolling process was undertaken to obtain grain refined DFM steels. Results showed that this produces micro-duplex structures with attractive mechanical properties in an economicl way.

  6. Physics-Based Reactive Burn Model: Grain size effects and binder effects

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    Lu, Xia; Hamate, Yuichio; Horie, Yasuyuki

    2007-06-01

    We have been developing a physics-based reactive burn (PBRB) model aiming at expanding predictive capability. The PBRB model was formulated based on the concept of a statistical hot spot cell. In the model, thermomechanics and physiochemical features are explicitly modeled. In this paper, we have extended the statistical hot spot model to explicitly describe the ignition and growth of hot spots. In particular, grain size effects are explicitly delineated through introduction of a size-dependent thickness of the hot-region thickness, a size-dependent energy deposition criterion, and a specific surface area. Besides the linear relationships between the run distance to detonation and critical diameter with the reciprocal specific surface area of HE, as discussed in a parallel paper in this meeting, parametric studies have also shown that the PBRB can predict a non-monotonous variation of shock sensitivity with grain size, as observed by Moulard et al. The purpose of this work is to extend the model to include the effects of explosive binders explicitly. As a first step we investigate the thermomechanical effects of a binder by using direct mesoscale simulations. The results will be used in the extending the PBRB model to include binder thermomechanics explicitly.

  7. Grain size effect on electrical resistivity of bulk nanograined Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} material

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    Ivanov, Oleg Maradudina, Oxana; Lyubushkin, Roman

    2015-01-15

    The bulk nanograined Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} material with various mean grain sizes changing from ~ 97 nm to ~ 51 nm was prepared by microwave assisted solvothermal method and hot pseudo-isostatic pressure. It was found that the specific electrical resistivity of the material increases as mean grain size decreases. Such kind of the grain effect on the resistivity can be attributed to enhanced electron scattering at the grain boundaries. The Mayadas–Shatzkes model was applied to explain experimental results. In this model the grain boundaries are regarded as potential barriers which have to be overcome by the electrons. The reflectivity R of the grain boundaries for the material under study was estimated to be equal to ~ 0.7. - Highlights: • The bulk nanograined Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} material with various mean grain sizes was prepared. • It was found that the electrical resistivity of the material increases as grain size decreases. • The Mayadas–Shatzkes model was applied to explain experimental results. • The reflectivity R of the grain boundaries was estimated to be equal to ~ 0.7.

  8. Lithologic Influence and Experimental Variability in Gravel Abrasion: Implications for Predicting Rates of Downstream Fining of River Bed Sediments

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    Farrow, J. W.; Sklar, L. S.

    2004-12-01

    The question of what controls the occurrence and rate of downstream fining of bed-material sediments remains a fundamental unsolved problem despite over a century of field, experimental and theoretical investigations. Downstream fining rates are commonly modeled as exponential or power-law functions of travel distance. Much recent work has focused on the relative influence of particle abrasion and differential transport, however, no general method has been developed for explicitly accounting for the influence of rock strength in parameterizing fining models. Here we report preliminary results of laboratory tumbling experiments in which we are investigating the influence of variable rock durability, both between and within distinct lithologic units, on rates of particle abrasion. We consider three separate questions: 1) can rock tensile strength be used to predict differences in bulk fining rates across a wide spectrum of rock types; 2) does variability in rock durability among individual gravel clasts of the same lithologic composition and initial grain size lead to patterns of downstream evolution of grain size distributions that differ significantly from the predictions of simple fining models; and 3) how large is the uncertainty in abrasion coefficients determined by laboratory tumbling, as determined by replicate experiments with identical initial conditions? We use a horizontal axis, 25-cm diameter, steel barrel tumbler, driven by a mechanical transmission with excellent control of rotational velocity. Rock samples were collected from units of the Franciscan Formation in the Redwood Creek Watershed of Marin County, California, and from sedimentary and intrusive volcanic rocks of the Henry Mountains, in southeastern Utah. We collected clasts predominantly from hillslope source areas, to focus our attention on the durability of gravel as it enters the river network. We use the `Brazilian' tensile splitting test to measure the strength of 50-mm diameter core

  9. Estimation of Fracture Toughness of Small-Sized Ultrafine-Grained Specimens

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    Deryugin, E. E.; Suvorov, B. I.

    2015-10-01

    The results obtained from measurements of the crack resistance of a VT6 alloy (Ti-6.46Al-3.84V in wt.%) produced by refining coarse-crystalline structure down to an ultrafine-grained state, using a triaxial forging technique, are presented. The specific fracture energy γc is calculated by means of a new procedure developed for small-sized chevron-notched specimens. Severe plastic deformation is shown to cause a substantial reduction in γc at room temperature. Fracture surface structure found in the ultrafine-grained alloy under study contains local zones of a severely deformed material characterized by high pore concentration. This type of structure cannot be formed solely by crystallographic shearing along densely packed lattice planes. This is evidence for a significant role of rotation deformation modes in crack nucleation and growth on different structural scales of the material.

  10. SLG controls grain size and leaf angle by modulating brassinosteroid homeostasis in rice.

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    Feng, Zhiming; Wu, Chuanyin; Wang, Chunming; Roh, Jeehee; Zhang, Long; Chen, Jun; Zhang, Shengzhong; Zhang, Huan; Yang, Chunyan; Hu, Jinlong; You, Xiaoman; Liu, Xi; Yang, Xiaoming; Guo, Xiuping; Zhang, Xin; Wu, Fuqing; Terzaghi, William; Kim, Seong-Ki; Jiang, Ling; Wan, Jianmin

    2016-07-01

    Grain size and leaf angle are two important traits determining grain yield in rice. However, the mechanisms regulating the two traits remain largely unknown. Here, we characterized a rice gain-of-function mutant, slender grain Dominant (slg-D), which exhibited longer and narrower grains and larger leaf angles, similar to plants with elevated brassinosteroid (BR) levels or strengthened BR signaling. The increased cell length is responsible for the mutant phenotypes in slg-D We demonstrated that the phenotype of slg-D is caused by enhanced expression of SLG, a BAHD acyltransferase-like protein gene. SLG is preferentially expressed in young panicles and lamina joints, implying its role in controlling cell growth in those two tissues. slg-D was restored to wild type by treatment with brassinazole, an inhibitor of BR biosynthesis. Overexpression of SLG in d11-2 (deficient in BR synthesis) and d61-1 (deficient in BR signaling) did not change the existing phenotypes. The slg-D plants had elevated BR contents and, accordingly, expression of BR-related genes was changed in a manner similar to BR treatment. Moreover, SLG RNAi plants displayed mild BR-deficient phenotypes including shorter grains, smaller leaf angles, and compact semi-dwarf plant types. The in vitro biochemical assays and transgenic approaches collectively demonstrated that SLG functions as homomers. Taken together, we conclude that SLG is an important regulator in BR homeostasis and that manipulation of SLG expression to an optimal level may provide a way to develop an ideal plant type. PMID:27252468

  11. Influence of Grain Size Distribution on the Mechanical Behavior of Light Alloys in Wide Range of Strain Rates

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    Skripnyak, Vladimir A.; Skripnyak, Natalia V.; Skripnyak, Evgeniya G.; Skripnyak, Vladimir V.

    2015-06-01

    Inelastic deformation and damage at the mesoscale level of ultrafine grained (UFG) Al 1560 aluminum and Ma2-1 magnesium alloys with distribution of grain size were investigated in wide loading conditions by experimental and computer simulation methods. The computational multiscale models of representative volume element (RVE) with the unimodal and bimodal grain size distributions were developed using the data of structure researches aluminum and magnesium UFG alloys. The critical fracture stress of UFG alloys on mesoscale level depends on relative volumes of coarse grains. Microcracks nucleation at quasi-static and dynamic loading is associated with strain localization in UFG partial volumes with bimodal grain size distribution. Microcracks arise in the vicinity of coarse and ultrafine grains boundaries. It is revealed that the occurrence of bimodal grain size distributions causes the increasing of UFG alloys ductility, but decreasing of the tensile strength. The increasing of fine precipitations concentration not only causes the hardening but increasing of ductility of UFG alloys with bimodal grain size distribution. This research carried out in 2014-2015 was supported by grant from ``The Tomsk State University Academic D.I. Mendeleev Fund Program''.

  12. Grain size and shape analysis of the AD 1226 tephra layer, Reykjanes volcanic system

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    Ösp Magnúsdóttir, Agnes; Höskuldsson, Ármann; Larsen, Guðrún; Tumi Guðmunsson, Magnús; Sigurgeirsson, Magnús Á.

    2014-05-01

    Recent explosive eruptions in Iceland have drawn attention to long range tephra transport in the atmosphere. In Iceland tephra forming explosion eruptions are frequent, due to abundance of water. However, the volcanism on the island is principally basaltic. Volcanism along the Reykjanes Peninsula is divided into five distinct volcanic systems. Volcano-tectonic activity within these systems is periodic, with recurrence intervals in the range of 1 ka. Last volcano-tectonic sequence began around AD 940, shortly after settlement of Iceland, and lasted through AD 1340. During this period activity was characterized by basaltic fissure eruptions. Furthermore, this activity period on the Reykjanes peninsula began within the eastern most volcanic system and gradually moved towards the west across the peninsula. The 1226 eruption was a basaltic fissure eruption with in the Reykjanes volcanic system. The eruption began on land and gradually progressed towards the SW until the volcanic fissure extended into the sea. Water-magma interaction changed the eruption from effusive into explosive forming the largest tephra layer on the peninsula. Due to its close proximity to the Keflavik international airport and that of the capital of Iceland it is important to get an insight into, the characteristics, generation and distribution of such tephra deposits. In this eruption the tephra produced had an approximate volume of 0.1 km3 and covered an area of some 3500 km2 within the 0.5 cm isopach. Total grain size distribution of this tephra layer will be presented along with analysis of principal grain shapes of the finer portion of the tephra layer as a function of distance from the source. The tephra grain size is dominated by particles finer than 1 millimeter with an almost complete absence of large grains independent of distance from the source. Comprehensive understanding of the characteristics of tephra generated in this eruption can help us to understand hazards posed by future

  13. Exploring the effects of temperature and grain size on plumes associated with PDCs through analogue experimentation

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    Mitchell, S. J.; Eychenne, J.; Rust, A.

    2015-12-01

    Pyroclastic density currents (PDCs) often loft upwards into convective, buoyant co-PDC plumes. Recent analogue experiments using a unimodal grain size of 22 ± 6 μm (Andrews & Manga, 2012) have established that plume generation is aided by PDC interaction with a topographic barrier. Here, we have simulated the onset of co-PDC plumes from the collapse of concentrated particle-gas mixtures comprised of unimodal or bimodal grain size distributions (GSD) of glass beads, using combinations of lognormal populations with modes of 35, 195 and 590 μm. The collapse of a mixture, with constant mass 2950 ± 150 g, induced the propagation of a gravity current channelized down a 13° sloping tank; a barrier in the tank caused the gravity current to produce a plume of particles. Experiments were recorded with high speed visible and thermal-infrared cameras. Initial GSD and temperature of the mixture were varied to assess the effects of the addition of a coarser component on plume generation. Analogue co-PDC plumes were only produced when a proportion of fine grains (35 μm) was present in the initial granular mixture. Sampling of the particles entrained in the co-PDC plumes revealed that fine grains (35 μm) are preferentially lofted, although a few coarser particles (195 or 590 μm) are also entrained in the co-PDC plumes and settle closer to the area of uplift. Increasing the initial temperature of the mixture increases plume height measured at 1 and 2s after onset; this is supported by repeat experiments at specific conditions. Bimodal mixtures containing both fine (35 μm) and coarser (195 or 590 μm) grains result in plume heights and initial flow velocities higher than observed in unimodal fine-grained experiments of the same total mass of particles. Repeat experiments identify the natural variability in plume generation under the same nominal conditions, which is likely due to the combined variations of momentum during flow propagation and heat-driven buoyancy, as well

  14. The Influence of Grain Size and Crystal Content on Rheology and Deformation of Pyroclastic Material

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    Paquereau-Lebti, P.; Robert, G.; Grunder, A. L.; Russell, K. J.

    2007-12-01

    Pyroclastic deposits undergo variable degrees of sintering, viscous deformation of particles and loss of pore space, which combine to produce the dramatic textural variations that define welded facies. We here investigate the effects of grain size and crystal content on the rheology and welding of pyroclastic material.Uniaxial deformation experiments were conducted using sintered cores of natural rhyolite ash under conditions consistent with welding. Experiments were done in the University of British Columbia Volcanology Deformation Rig (VDR). This apparatus is designed to run experiments relevant to volcanology, by supporting low-load, high temperature, deformation experiments (Quane et al., 2004). We ran experiments at constant displacement rate (2.5.10-6 m.s-1), under ambient water pressure ("Dry"), at temperatures of 850 and 900°C and to maximal strain of 50%. Grain-size effect was investigated using sintered cores from three different sieving fractions of Rattlesnake Tuff (RST, Eastern Oregon, USA) ash: fine ash (grain size < 0.6 mm), coarse ash (0.6 to 2mm) and row unsieved ash. The effect of crystal content was explored using cores of sintered unsieved RST ash, variably enriched in crystals of feldspars and quartz.Unsieved and fine ash cores suffered higher total porosity reduction than coarse ash cores during deformation experiments. For cores of unsieved ash, porosity loss is facilitated by mechanical compaction, which includes orientation and organisation of different size clasts to a compact assemblage, without any deformation of individual particles. Isolated porosity decreases faster than connected porosity in coarse and fine ash cores, whereas cores of raw ash mainly loose connected porosity. This is also consistent with mechanical compaction for cores of unsieved ash, in which isolated porosity of weakly deformed individual pumice clasts or glass shards is maintained. Increasing strain causes a reduction in porosity and correlates with increase in

  15. Predicting Bed Grain Size in Threshold Channels Using Lidar Digital Elevation Models

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    Snyder, N. P.; Nesheim, A. O.; Wilkins, B. C.; Edmonds, D. A.

    2011-12-01

    Over the past 20 years, researchers have developed GIS-based algorithms to extract channel networks and measure longitudinal profiles from digital elevation models (DEMs), and have used these to study stream morphology in relation to tectonics, climate and ecology. The accuracy of stream elevations from traditional DEMs (10-50 m pixels) is typically limited by the contour interval (3-20 m) of the rasterized topographic map source. This is a particularly severe limitation in low-relief watersheds, where 3 m of channel elevation change may occur over several km. Lidar DEMs (~1 m pixels) allow researchers to resolve channel elevation changes of ~0.5 m, enabling reach-scale calculations of gradient, which is the most important parameter for understanding channel processes at that scale. Lidar DEMs have the additional advantage of allowing users to make estimates of channel width. We present a process-based model that predicts median bed grain size in threshold gravel-bed channels from lidar slope and width measurements using the Shields and Manning equations. We compare these predictions to field grain size measurements in segments of three Maine rivers. Like many paraglacial rivers, these have longitudinal profiles characterized by relatively steep (gradient >0.002) and flat (gradient <0.0005) segments, with length scales of several km. This heterogeneity corresponds to strong variations in channel form, sediment supply, bed grain size, and aquatic habitat characteristics. The model correctly predicts bed sediment size within a factor of two in ~70% of the study sites. The model works best in single-thread channels with relatively low sediment supply, and poorly in depositional, multi-thread and/or fine (median grain size <20 mm) reaches. We evaluate the river morphology (using field and lidar measurements) in the context of the Parker et al. (2007) hydraulic geometry relations for single-thread gravel-bed rivers, and find correspondence in the locations where both

  16. Grain Size of the North-Atlantic Drifts Sediments: is the Gloria Drift a Contourite Drift?

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    Dorokhova, E.; Sivkov, V.; Bashirova, L.

    2015-12-01

    Mean size of mineral particles of 10-63 fraction, so-called sortable silt mean size (SS) (McCave, 1995) and modes of grain-size distribution were used as proxies for reconstruction of paleocurrents intensity variations in the North Atlantic. It was assumed that the first mode (3-8 μm) is formed as the result of normal pelagic sedimentation and the second mode (10-30 μm) appears under the bottom currents influence. The sediments with bimodal grain-size distribution (the second mode varies from 10 to 28 μm) correlate with increased SS (up to 18-23 μm) in the Hatton and Snorry Drifts, indicating an increase in contour currents intensity during MIS 1, 3 and 5e. In contrast, there are no any relationships between grain size distribution (high SS values, appearance of bimodal distributions) and climatic cyclicity of variations in contour currents intensity at the Gloria Drift. Moreover, the Gloria Drift sediments differ from the contourite sediments of the Snorry and Hatton Drifts by shifting of the second mode toward the coarse particles (25-40 μm), higher sedimentation rates and higher IRD content. This evidence puts in doubt the contourite origin of the Gloria Drift. At the same time, we have identified the similarity between the Gloria Drift sediments and IRD-containing hemiturbidites of Labrador Sea (Hesse and Khodabakhsh, 2006). Fine-grained sediment lofting has been inferred for ice marginal regions of the northwest Labrador Sea. Sediment failure on the Labrador Slope predominantly produces muddy turbidity currents, because the slope sediments are mud-dominated. Their deposits are the indicative muddy spill-over turbidites of the NAMOC levees and the levees of the tributaries to the NAMOC. Dispersal of the IRD throughout the graded mud layers is evidence that the two processes, ice rafting and the delivery of the fines by lofting, occurred simultaneously. This work was supported by Russian Scientific Fund (grant No. 14-50-00095).

  17. Abrasive drill for resilient materials

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    Koch, A. J.

    1981-01-01

    Resilient materials normally present problem in obtaining accurate and uniform hole size and position. Tool is fabricated from stiff metal rod such as tungsten or carbon steel that has diameter slightly smaller than required hole. Piercing/centering point is ground on one end of rod. Rod is then plasma-sprayed (flame-sprayed) with suitable hard abrasive coating. High-speed, slow-feed operation of tool is necessary for accurate holes, and this can be done with drill press, hard drill, or similar machines.

  18. Grain size dependence of dynamic mechanical behavior of AZ31B magnesium alloy sheet under compressive shock loading

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    Asgari, H.; Odeshi, A.G.; Szpunar, J.A.; Zeng, L.J.; Olsson, E.

    2015-08-15

    The effects of grain size on the dynamic deformation behavior of rolled AZ31B alloy at high strain rates were investigated. Rolled AZ31B alloy samples with grain sizes of 6, 18 and 37 μm, were subjected to shock loading tests using Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar at room temperature and at a strain rate of 1100 s{sup −} {sup 1}. It was found that a double-peak basal texture formed in the shock loaded samples. The strength and ductility of the alloy under the high strain-rate compressive loading increased with decreasing grain size. However, twinning fraction and strain hardening rate were found to decrease with decreasing grain size. In addition, orientation imaging microscopy showed a higher contribution of double and contraction twins in the deformation process of the coarse-grained samples. Using transmission electron microscopy, pyramidal dislocations were detected in the shock loaded sample, proving the activation of pyramidal slip system under dynamic impact loading. - Highlights: • A double-peak basal texture developed in all shock loaded samples. • Both strength and ductility increased with decreasing grain size. • Twinning fraction and strain hardening rate decreased with decreasing grain size. • ‘g.b’ analysis confirmed the presence of dislocations in shock loaded alloy.

  19. Grain size distribution uncertainty quantification in volcanic ash dispersal and deposition from weak plumes

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    Pardini, Federica; Spanu, Antonio; de'Michieli Vitturi, Mattia; Salvetti, Maria Vittoria; Neri, Augusto

    2016-02-01

    We present the results of uncertainty quantification and sensitivity analysis applied to volcanic ash dispersal from weak plumes with focus on the uncertainties associated to the original grain size distribution of the mixture. The Lagrangian particle model Lagrangian Particles Advection Code is used to simulate the transport of inertial particles under the action of realistic atmospheric conditions. The particle motion equations are derived by expressing the particle acceleration as the sum of forces acting along its trajectory, with the drag force calculated as a function of particle diameter, density, shape, and Reynolds number. Simulations are representative of a weak plume event of Mount Etna (Italy) and aimed at quantifying the effect on the dispersal process of the uncertainty in the mean and standard deviation of a lognormal function describing the initial grain size distribution and in particle sphericity. In order to analyze the sensitivity of particle dispersal to these uncertain variables with a reasonable number of simulations, response surfaces in the parameter space are built by using the generalized polynomial chaos expansion technique. The mean diameter and standard deviation of particle size distribution, and their probability density functions, at various distances from the source, both airborne and on ground, are quantified. Results highlight that uncertainty ranges in these quantities are drastically reduced with distance from source, making them largely dependent just on the location. Moreover, at a given distance from source, the distribution is mostly controlled by particle sphericity, particularly on the ground, whereas in air also mean diameter and sorting play a main role.

  20. Extending and simplifying the standard Köhn-pipette technique for grain size analysis

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    Hirsch, Florian; Raab, Thomas

    2014-05-01

    Grain size distribution is a fundamental parameter to characterize physical properties of soils and sediments. Manifold approaches exist and according to the DIN ISO 11277 soil texture is analyzed by default with the combined pipette sieving and sedimentation method developed by Köhn. With this standard technique subfractions of sand and silt as well as the total clay content can be determined but the differentiation of clay subfractions is impossible. As the differentiation of the clay subfractions yields relevant information about pedogenesis, we present a protocol basing on standard techniques of granulometry with easy to handle and low cost equipment. The protocol was tested on a set of soil samples to cover the range of grain size distributions. We used a three-step procedure for achieving the grain size distribution of soil samples taking into account the subfractions of sand, silt and clay by a combination of sedimentation, centrifugal sedimentation and wet sieving. The pipetting was done with a piston-stroke pipette instead of the referred complex pipette from the DIN ISO 11277. Our first results show that the applied protocol is less prone to operating errors than the standard Köhn-pipette technique. Furthermore, even a less experienced laboratory worker can handle 10 samples in one day. Analyses of a luvisol profile, sampled in high spatial resolution, showed that the lessivation process is characterized by translocation of fine clay from the eluvial horizon to the illuvial horizon. Therefore our protocol is a fast alternative to detect lessivation, which is otherwise only clearly identifiable by micromorphological investigation and not by the standard Köhn-pipette technique.

  1. The referential grain size and effective porosity in the Kozeny-Carman model

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    Urumović, Kosta; Urumović, Kosta, Sr.

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, the results of permeability and specific surface area analyses as functions of granulometric composition of various sediments (from silty clays to very well graded gravels) are presented. The effective porosity and the referential grain size are presented as fundamental granulometric parameters expressing an effect of the forces operating on fluid movement through the saturated porous media. This paper suggests procedures for calculating referential grain size and determining effective (flow) porosity, which result in parameters that reliably determine the specific surface area and permeability. These procedures ensure the successful application of the Kozeny-Carman model up to the limits of validity of Darcy's law. The value of effective porosity in the referential mean grain size function was calibrated within the range of 1.5 µm to 6.0 mm. The reliability of the parameters applied in the KC model was confirmed by a very high correlation between the predicted and tested hydraulic conductivity values (R2 = 0.99 for sandy and gravelly materials; R2 = 0.70 for clayey-silty materials). The group representation of hydraulic conductivity (ranging from 10-12 m s-1 up to 10-2 m s-1) presents a coefficient of correlation of R2 = 0.97 for a total of 175 samples of various deposits. These results present new developments in the research of the effective porosity, the permeability and the specific surface area distributions of porous materials. This is important because these three parameters are critical conditions for successful groundwater flow modeling and contaminant transport. Additionally, from a practical viewpoint, it is very important to identify these parameters swiftly and very accurately.

  2. Paleo Channel Reconstruction and Grain Size Variability in Fluvial Deposits in the Cretaceous Ferron Sandstone, Utah

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    Bhattacharyya, P.; Bhattacharya, J.; Khan, S.

    2014-12-01

    Paleocurrents are significant in predicting heterogeneity in ancient point bar deposits but have been mostly studied from vertical exposures. Changes in channel orientation could be misinterpreted in cross-sectional studies. In this study, we combined closely spaced paleocurrent and grain size data, collected in field, with airborne LiDAR survey (Light Detection and Ranging) to evaluate the paleocurrent geometry in ancient point bar deposits in Cretaceous Ferron Sandstone near Hanksville, Utah. In LiDAR hillshade images, derived from LiDAR digital terrain models, numerous crescent shaped sandstone ridges, dominated by unidirectional paleocurrents, are interpreted as scroll bars. Migration patterns of these scroll bars and their cross-cutting relationships have been interpreted from their distribution in plan view as seen in the hillshade images. Paleocurrent directions, measured in the field, closely follow the shape of these scroll bars. Planview grain size distribution shows a coarsening trend toward the bend apex on an individual point bar. However, on the whole channel bend scale this trend is less prominent. Two sets of cross cutting scroll bars, with different orientations, have been identified in the field area. Paleoflow directions are perpendicular in these scroll bars. A significant change in grain size has been observed at the edge, indicating where the younger scroll bars cut into the older one. These two set of scroll bars are identified as two channel belts built by migration of the bars. However, lack of vertical exposures in the field area limits our understanding of the complete three dimensional geometry, paleohydraulics and the temporal evolution of the channel. Future work will involve integration of our current data set with GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar) which will allow reconstruction of the three dimensional architecture of this deposit.

  3. Propagation of Source Grain-size Distribution Uncertainty by Using a Lagrangian Volcanic Particle Dispersal Model

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    Neri, A.; De'Michieli Vitturi, M.; Pardini, F.; Salvetti, M. V.; Spanu, A.

    2014-12-01

    Lagrangian particle dispersal models are commonly used for tracking ash particles emitted from volcanic plumes and transported under the action of atmospheric wind fields. In this work, we adopted a Lagrangian particle model to carry out an uncertainty quantification analysis of volcanic ash dispersal in the atmosphere focused on the uncertainties affecting particle source conditions. To this aim the Eulerian fully compressible mesoscale non-hydrostatic model WRF was used to generate the driving wind field. The Lagrangian particle model LPAC (de'Michieli Vitturi et al., JGR 2010) was then used to simulate the transport of mass particles under the action of atmospheric conditions. The particle motion equations were derived by expressing the Lagrangian particle acceleration as the sum of the forces acting along its trajectory, with drag forces calculated as a function of particle diameter, density, shape and Reynolds number. The simulations were representative of weak plume events of Mt. Etna and aimed to quantify the effect on the dispersal process of the uncertainty in the mean and variance of a Gaussian density function describing the grain-size distribution of the mixture and in the particle sphericity. In order to analyze the sensitivity of particle dispersal to these uncertain parameters with a reasonable number of simulations, and therefore with affordable computational costs, response surfaces in the parameter space were built by using the generalized polynomial chaos technique. The uncertainty analysis allowed to quantify the most probable values, as well as their pdf, of the number of particles as well as of the mean and variance of the grain size distribution at various distances from the source, both in air and on the ground. In particular, results highlighted the strong reduction of the uncertainty ranges of the mean and variance of the grain-size distribution with increasing distance from source and the significant control of particle sphericity on the

  4. Lack of bedrock grain size influence on the soil production rate

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    Gontier, Adrien; Rihs, Sophie; Chabaux, Francois; Lemarchand, Damien; Pelt, Eric; Turpault, Marie-Pierre

    2015-10-01

    Our study deals with the part played by bedrock grain size on soil formation rates. U- and Th-series disequilibria were measured in two soil profiles developed from two different facies of the same bedrock, i.e., fine and coarse grain size granites, in the geomorphically flat landscape of the experimental Breuil-Chenue forest site, Morvan, France. The U- and Th-series disequilibria of soil layers and the inferred soil formation rate (1-2 mm ky-1) are nearly identical along the two profiles despite differences in bedrock grain size, variable weathering states and a significant redistribution of U and Th from the uppermost soil layers. This indicates that the soil production rate is more affected by regional geomorphology than by the underlying bedrock texture. Such a production rate inferred from residual soil minerals integrated over the age of the soil is consistent with the flat and slowly eroding geomorphic landscape of the study site. It also compares well to the rate inferred from dissolved solutes integrated over the shorter time scale of solute transport from granitic and basaltic watersheds under similar climates. However, it is significantly lower than the denudation or soil formation rates previously reported from either cosmogenic isotope or U-series measurements from similar climates and lithologies. Our results highlight the particularly low soil production rates of flat terrains in temperate climates. Moreover, they provide evidence that the reactions of mineral weathering actually take place in horizons deeper than 1 m, while a chemical steady state of both concentrations and U-series disequilibria is established in the upper most soil layers, i.e., above ∼70 cm depth. In such cases, the use of soil surface horizons for determining weathering rates is precluded and illustrates the need to focus instead on the deepest soil horizons.

  5. Grain size effect on activation energy in spinel CoFe2O4 ceramic

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    Supriya, Sweety; Kumar, Sunil; Kar, Manoranjan

    2016-05-01

    Cobalt ferrite of different average crystallites (from nanocrystallite to micro crystallites) has been prepared by the Sol-Gel Method. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis confirms the cubic spinel phase with no trace of impurity phases. The effect of annealing temperature on micro structure and electric transport properties as a function of frequency and temperature has been studied. It is observed that the electric impedance and conductivity are strongly dependent on grain size. The impedance spectroscopic study is employed to understand the electrical transport properties of cobalt ferrite.

  6. Delineation of river bed-surface patches by clustering high-resolution spatial grain size data

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    Nelson, Peter A.; Bellugi, Dino; Dietrich, William E.

    2014-01-01

    The beds of gravel-bed rivers commonly display distinct sorting patterns, which at length scales of ~ 0.1 - 1 channel widths appear to form an organization of patches or facies. This paper explores alternatives to traditional visual facies mapping by investigating methods of patch delineation in which clustering analysis is applied to a high-resolution grid of spatial grain-size distributions (GSDs) collected during a flume experiment. Specifically, we examine four clustering techniques: 1) partitional clustering of grain-size distributions with the k-means algorithm (assigning each GSD to a type of patch based solely on its distribution characteristics), 2) spatially-constrained agglomerative clustering ("growing" patches by merging adjacent GSDs, thus generating a hierarchical structure of patchiness), 3) spectral clustering using Normalized Cuts (using the spatial distance between GSDs and the distribution characteristics to generate a matrix describing the similarity between all GSDs, and using the eigenvalues of this matrix to divide the bed into patches), and 4) fuzzy clustering with the fuzzy c-means algorithm (assigning each GSD a membership probability to every patch type). For each clustering method, we calculate metrics describing how well-separated cluster-average GSDs are and how patches are arranged in space. We use these metrics to compute optimal clustering parameters, to compare the clustering methods against each other, and to compare clustering results with patches mapped visually during the flume experiment.All clustering methods produced better-separated patch GSDs than the visually-delineated patches. Although they do not produce crisp cluster assignment, fuzzy algorithms provide useful information that can characterize the uncertainty of a location on the bed belonging to any particular type of patch, and they can be used to characterize zones of transition from one patch to another. The extent to which spatial information influences

  7. Sediment transport modelling based on grain size trend analysis in Augusta Harbour (Sicily)

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    Barbera, Giuseppe; Feo, Roberto; Freni, Gabriele

    2015-12-01

    To support marine civil engineer in pollutant studies, sediment management or dredging operations, is useful to know how the sediments move in accumulation basin. This paper investigates the dynamic of the sediment path using a two-dimensional numeric model: the Grain Size Trend Analysis (GSTA). The GSTA was applied using GiSedTrend plugin, under GIS software. The case study is the Augusta Harbour, which is one of the most polluted Italian harbours. It is the marine part of the Site of National Interest (SNI) of Priolo Gargallo (Siracusa, Italy) and it can be hydrodynamically considered as a lagoon. Two scenarios were obtained by using different geostatistical criteria.

  8. GRAIN SIZING AND CALIBRATING OF DISTORTION BY IMAGE PROCESSING WITH INCLINED PHOTOGRAPH

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    Yasuda, Shingo; Ohashi, Keisuke; Ihara, Kazuki

    River bed material is normally heterogeneous, and the grain size distribution shows some features of each rivers. The information of distribution is, therefore, important factor in river engineering, and several traditional methods is practically used. Image processing method with digital photograph is modern analysis by using computer and replaced traditional analog photograph method. In image processing, however, optical distortion brings measurement error. We present a calibration of the distortion with optical theorem. In laboratory experiment with balls supposed river bed gravel, the theoretical calibration is considered to be appropriate. In field experiment, actual coefficient to calibrate distortion is estimated. In consequence of the investigation, it makes image processing method more accurate.

  9. Deformation mechanisms at Different grain sizes in a cryogenically ball-milled Al-Mg alloy.

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    Liao, Xiaozhou; Huang, J.; Zhu, Y. T.; Zhou, F.; Lavernia, Enrique J.

    2001-01-01

    An Al-7.5 wt. % Mg alloy was ball-milled in liquid N2 for eight hours and its microstructures were investigated using transmission electron microscopy. Electron diffraction confirmed that the resulting powder is a supersaturated Al-Mg solid solution with a face-centered cubic structure. Three nanostructures with different grain size ranges and shapes were observed and the deformation mechanisms in these structures were found to be different. The reasons for the different deformation mechanisms were discussed. Keywords: Aluminum alloy; Cryogenic ball milling; Transmission electron microscopy; Microstructure.

  10. A study of the effect of grain size on the ballistic performance of silicon carbide

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    Cline, C.F.

    1995-03-01

    The depth of penetration method was used to ballistically evaluate the performance of silicon carbide as a function of grain size. The hot-pressed silicon carbide was backed by 4340 steel Rc = 35 and impacted by tungsten heavy metal projectiles of L/D = 4 at velocities of 1.6 and 1/75 km/s. The hot-pressed silicon carbide was also compared with reaction-sintered silicon carbide of identical thickness in the current study. Results are compared with data previously reported by others.

  11. Effect of Grain Size on Bacterial Penetration, Reproduction, and Metabolic Activity in Porous Glass Bead Chambers

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    Sharma, Pramod K.; McInerney, Michael J.

    1994-01-01

    We determined the effects of grain size and nutritional conditions on the penetration rate and metabolic activity of Escherichia coli strains in anaerobic, nutrient-saturated chambers packed with different sizes of glass beads (diameters, 116 to 767 μm) under static conditions. The chambers had nearly equal porosities (38%) but different calculated pore sizes (range, 10 to 65 μm). Motile strains always penetrated faster than nonmotile strains, and nutrient conditions that resulted in faster growth rates (fermentative conditions versus nitrate-respiring conditions) resulted in faster penetration rates for both motile and nonmotile strains for all of the bead sizes tested. The penetration rate of nonmotile strains increased linearly when bead size was increased, while the penetration rate of motile strains became independent of the bead size when beads having diameters of 398 μm or greater were used. The rate of H2 production and the final amount of H2 produced decreased when bead size was decreased. However, the final protein concentrations were similar in chambers packed with 116-, 192-, and 281-μm beads and were only slightly higher in chambers packed with 398- and 767-μm beads. Our data indicated that conditions that favored faster growth rates also resulted in faster penetration times and that the lower penetration rates observed in chambers packed with small beads were due to restriction of bacterial activity in the small pores. The large increases in the final amount of hydrogen produced without corresponding increases in the final amount of protein made indicated that metabolism became uncoupled from cell mass biosynthesis as bead size increased, suggesting that pore size influenced the efficiency of substrate utilization. PMID:16349250

  12. Laboratory Measurements on Charging of Individual Micron-Size Apollo-11 Dust Grains by Secondary Electron Emissions

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    Tankosic, D.; Abbas, M. M.

    2012-01-01

    Observations made during Apollo missions, as well as theoretical models indicate that the lunar surface and dust grains are electrostatically charged, levitated and transported. Lunar dust grains are charged by UV photoelectric emissions on the lunar dayside and by the impact of the solar wind electrons on the nightside. The knowledge of charging properties of individual lunar dust grains is important for developing appropriate theoretical models and mitigating strategies. Currently, very limited experimental data are available for charging of individual micron-size size lunar dust grains in particular by low energy electron impact. However, experimental results based on extensive laboratory measurements on the charging of individual 0.2-13 micron size lunar dust grains by the secondary electron emissions (SEE) have been presented in a recent publication. The SEE process of charging of micron-size dust grains, however, is found to be very complex phenomena with strong particle size dependence. In this paper we present some examples of the complex nature of the SEE properties of positively charged individual lunar dust grains levitated in an electrodynamic balance (EDB), and show that they remain unaffected by the variation of the AC field employed in the above mentioned measurements.

  13. Development of a System to Measure Austenite Grain Size of Plate Steel Using Laser-Based Ultrasonics

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    Lim, C. S.; Hong, S. T.; Yi, J. K.; Choi, S. G.; Oh, K. J.; Nagata, Y.; Yamada, H.; Hamada, N.

    2007-03-21

    A measurement system for austenite grain size of plate steel using laser-based ultrasonics has been developed. At first, the relationship between the ultrasonic attenuation coefficients using longitudinal waves and austenite grain size of samples was investigated in the laboratory experiments. According to the experimental results, the ultrasonic attenuation coefficients showed a good correlation with actual austenite grain sizes. For the next step, the system was installed in a hot rolling pilot plant of plate steel, and it was verified that the austenite grain size could be measured even in the environment of a hot rolling pilot plant. In the experiments, it was also confirmed that the fiber delivery system could deliver Nd:YAG laser beam of 810 mJ/pulse and ultrasonic signals could be obtained successfully.

  14. The relaxation of shear stress in a metal alloys with a wide grain size distribution under shock loadings

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    Skripnyak, Evgeniya G.; Skripnyak, Vladimir V.; Skripnyak, Nataliya V.

    The influence of a grain size distribution on the relaxation of shear stress in the metal alloys under shock wave loading was investigated by numerical simulation. The model takes into account the influence of a grain size distribution and a precipitation concentration on the kinetics of shear stress relaxation. The relaxation rate of shear stress in shock waves depends on the specific volume of nano- and ultra-fine grains in the FCC and HCP metal alloys. A wide distribution of grain size reduces the relaxation rate of elastic precursor in HCP alloys. The relaxation of the elastic precursor depends on size and volume concentration of precipitates in metal alloys. Results of simulation show that the rate of plastic deformation in the shock wave exceeds significantly that of the elastic precursor at the same value of shear stresses. Linkoping University, Sweden.

  15. Influence of the residual aluminum content on the grain size and the mechanical properties of 20G steel

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    Zyuban, N. A.; Rutskii, D. V.; Kolesnichenko, A. P.; Ananyeva, A. N.

    2013-12-01

    The article presents the results of detecting the possible influence of the residual aluminum content on the grain size and the mechanical properties of the 20G steel produced at ZAO VMZ Krasny Oktyabr.

  16. Enhancement of coercivity with reduced grain size in CoCrPt film grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Liang, Q.; Hu, X. F.; Li, H. Q.; He, X. X.; Wang, Xiaoru; Zhang, W.

    2006-04-01

    We report a pulsed laser deposition (PLD) growth of VMn/CoCrPt bilayer with a magnetic coercivity ( Hc) of 2.2 kOe and a grain size of 12 nm. The effects of VMn underlayer on magnetic properties of CoCrPt layer were studied. The coercivity, Hc, and squareness, S, of VMn/CoCrPt bilayer, is dependent on the thickness of VMn. The grain size of the CoCrPt film can also be modified by laser parameters. High laser fluence used for CoCrPt deposition produces a smaller grain size. Enhanced Hc and reduced grain size in VMn/CoCrPt is explained by more pronounced surface phase segregation during deposition at high laser fluence.

  17. Can grain size sensitive flow lubricate faults during the initial stages of earthquake propagation?

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    De Paola, Nicola; Holdsworth, Robert E.; Viti, Cecilia; Collettini, Cristiano; Bullock, Rachael

    2015-12-01

    Recent friction experiments carried out under upper crustal P-T conditions have shown that microstructures typical of high temperature creep develop in the slip zone of experimental faults. These mechanisms are more commonly thought to control aseismic viscous flow and shear zone strength in the lower crust/upper mantle. In this study, displacement-controlled experiments have been performed on carbonate gouges at seismic slip rates (1 m s-1), to investigate whether they may also control the frictional strength of seismic faults at the higher strain rates attained in the brittle crust. At relatively low displacements (<1 cm) and temperatures (≤100 °C), brittle fracturing and cataclasis produce shear localisation and grain size reduction in a thin slip zone (150 μm). With increasing displacement (up to 15 cm) and temperatures (T up to 600 °C), due to frictional heating, intracrystalline plasticity mechanisms start to accommodate intragranular strain in the slip zone, and play a key role in producing nanoscale subgrains (≤100 nm). With further displacement and temperature rise, the onset of weakening coincides with the formation in the slip zone of equiaxial, nanograin aggregates exhibiting polygonal grain boundaries, no shape or crystal preferred orientation and low dislocation densities, possibly due to high temperature (>900 °C) grain boundary sliding (GBS) deformation mechanisms. The observed micro-textures are strikingly similar to those predicted by theoretical studies, and those observed during experiments on metals and fine-grained carbonates, where superplastic behaviour has been inferred. To a first approximation, the measured drop in strength is in agreement with our flow stress calculations, suggesting that strain could be accommodated more efficiently by these mechanisms within the weaker bulk slip zone, rather than by frictional sliding along the main slip surfaces in the slip zone. Frictionally induced, grainsize-sensitive GBS deformation

  18. Stratigraphy, grain-size and component characteristics of the 2011 Shinmoedake eruption deposits, Kirishima Volcano, Japan

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    Miyabuchi, Yasuo; Hanada, Daisuke; Niimi, Hiroshi; Kobayashi, Tetsuo

    2013-05-01

    The 2011 eruption of Shinmoedake Volcano, part of Kirishima Volcanic Complex in southern Kyushu, southwestern Japan was characterized by a significant change in eruption style from subplinian eruptions to lava effusion in the summit crater, and subsequent vulcanian eruptions. The stratigraphy, distribution and textures of fallout tephra deposits reveal the character and sequence of the eruption. The tephra-fall deposits distributed southeast of the volcano are divided into five units based on the eruptive events. Unit 1 is a lithic-rich fine ash-fall deposited on 19 January 2011. Unit 2 is a very well to well sorted pumice-fall deposit from the evening of January 26 to early morning of January 27, and is the main product of the 2011 eruption. The unit-2 deposit was dispersed throughout an area extending more than 20 km SE of the source crater. Unit 3 comprises tephra-fall deposits related to the January 27 15 h 41 min explosion, and is subdivided into lower (3L) and upper (3U) parts. Unit 3L is a lithic-rich well-sorted coarse ash-fall, deposited during the initial stage of the January 27 15 h 41 min eruption, whereas the unit 3U is composed mainly of coarse-grained pumiceous lapilli. Unit 4 is a fine ash-fall deposited on January 28-29, and consists mostly of fresh lava fragments and crystal grains. Unit 5 is a product of the largest vulcanian eruption, on March 13. Unit-5 tephra is a lithic-rich medium to coarse ash-fall deposit. Furthermore, the 31 August 2011 ash-fall deposit extending 19 km southwest of the Shinmoedake crater is fine grained and contains abundant lava fragments. Temporal variations in grain size and components of the 2011 eruption deposits reveal the eruption sequence and the conditions of the crater, conduit and magma chamber.

  19. The size distribution of dust grains in single clouds. I. The analysis of extinction using multicomponent mixtures of bare spherical grains.

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    Zubko, V. G.; Krełowski, J.; Wegner, W.

    1996-12-01

    We demonstrate that the method of regularization designed to resolve inverse problems may be successfully applied in analysis of interstellar extinction. The absolute extinction curves of apparently single clouds, seen towards the stars HD 147165, 179406 and 202904, have been derived and modelled using multicomponent bare spherical dust grain mixtures containing graphite, silicates, various types of amorphous carbon, SiC and water ice. We find that the grain size distributions are essentially different from the Mathis, Rumpl and Nordsieck (1977) power law and may be multimodal. From more recent data about reduced (˜2/3 solar) cosmic abundances, it has been shown that a mixture of graphite, silicate and ice grains explains quite satisfactorily the extinction towards the stars under analysis whereas a traditional mixture of graphite and silicate grains fails.

  20. Temperature, grain size, and CO2-clathrate hydrates maps of Enceladus and Dione

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    Taffin, C.; Combe, J.; Grasset, O.; Le Menn, E.; McCord, T. B.; Bollengier, O.; Oancea, A.; Giraud, M.; Tobie, G.

    2011-12-01

    Reflectance spectra of water ice have absorption bands at 1.30 and 1.50 μm that depend on temperature and grain size. Band shape measurements can be used to characterize the surface properties of icy celestial bodies1,2,3. Moreover, CO2-clathrates have a diagnostic and unique absorption band at 2.7 μm. Mapping of these properties and components of the surface can be used to better constrain the internal activity and surface tectonics. We present an analysis of the 1.30 and 1.50 μm water ice absorption bands and the 2.7-μm CO2-clathrates absorption band in reflectance spectra from VIMS on Cassini in order to understand the geological history of the South Pole of Enceladus and an equatorial area of Dione. We have synthesized samples of pure ice Ih grains and acquired reflectance spectra between 1 and 5 μm with a Nicolet Fourier Transform spectrometer to investigate the characteristics of near-IR spectra using temperature and pressure ranges relevant for the icy satellites of Saturn. Forty-seven spectra of crystalline water ice have been acquired. We have derived two empirical laws to calculate temperature and grain size from pure crystalline water ice spectrum4. We have also synthesized samples of CO2-clathrates and acquired reflectance spectra for the band. These two spectra have been used as end-member. A linear sum is computed using the end-member spectra: [CRF×(clathrate)+(1-CRF)×(pure water ice)], where CRF is the to-be-determined clathrate ratio factor, 'clathrate' and 'pure water ice' are the reference spectra (end-member). Figure 1 shows results on one equatorial area where craters and ridges can be observed. Temperature appears to be higher besides the ridges (Figure 1f), but this may indicate that water ice is amorphous, which results in overestimating the temperature. Along the ridge, grain size is larger (Figure 1e), and CO2-clathrates have higher concentration near the ridges (Figure 1d). All these clues indicate a recent activity that we are

  1. Importance of suspended sediment (SPS) composition and grain size in the bioavailability of SPS-associated pyrene to Daphnia magna.

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    Xia, Xinghui; Zhang, Xiaotian; Zhou, Dong; Bao, Yimeng; Li, Husheng; Zhai, Yawei

    2016-07-01

    Hydrophobic organic compounds (HOCs) tend to associate with suspended sediment (SPS) in aquatic environments; the composition and grain size of SPS will affect the bioavailability of SPS-associated HOCs. However, the bioavailability of HOCs sorbed on SPS with different compositions and grain sizes is not well understood. In this work, passive dosing devices were made to control the freely dissolved concentration of pyrene, a typical HOC, in the exposure systems. The effect of pyrene associated with amorphous organic carbon (AOC), black carbon (BC), and minerals of SPS with grain sizes of 0-50 μm and 50-100 μm on the immobilization and enzymatic activities of Daphnia magna was investigated to quantify the bioavailability of pyrene sorbed on SPS with different grain sizes and compositions. The results showed that the contribution of AOC-, BC-, and mineral-associated pyrene to the total bioavailability of SPS-associated pyrene was approximately 50%-60%, 10%-29%, and 20%-30%, respectively. The bioavailable fraction of pyrene sorbed on the three components of SPS was ordered as AOC (22.4%-67.3%) > minerals (20.1%-46.0%) > BC (9.11%-16.8%), and the bioavailable fraction sorbed on SPS of 50-100 μm grain size was higher than those of 0-50 μm grain size. This is because the SPS grain size will affect the ingestion of SPS and the SPS composition will affect the desorption of SPS-associated pyrene in Daphnia magna. According to the results obtained in this study, a model has been developed to calculate the bioavailability of HOCs to aquatic organisms in natural waters considering both SPS grain size and composition. PMID:27112726

  2. Assessing tephra total grain-size distribution: Insights from field data analysis

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    Costa, A.; Pioli, L.; Bonadonna, C.

    2016-06-01

    The Total Grain-Size Distribution (TGSD) of tephra deposits is crucial for hazard assessment and provides fundamental insights into eruption dynamics. It controls both the mass distribution within the eruptive plume and the sedimentation processes and can provide essential information on the fragmentation mechanisms. TGSD is typically calculated by integrating deposit grain-size at different locations. The result of such integration is affected not only by the number, but also by the spatial distribution and distance from the vent of the sampling sites. In order to evaluate the reliability of TGSDs, we assessed representative sampling distances for pyroclasts of different sizes through dedicated numerical simulations of tephra dispersal. Results reveal that, depending on wind conditions, a representative grain-size distribution of tephra deposits down to ∼100 μm can be obtained by integrating samples collected at distances from less than one tenth up to a few tens of the column height. The statistical properties of TGSDs representative of a range of eruption styles were calculated by fitting the data with a few general distributions given by the sum of two log-normal distributions (bi-Gaussian in Φ-units), the sum of two Weibull distributions, and a generalized log-logistic distribution for the cumulative number distributions. The main parameters of the bi-lognormal fitting correlate with height of the eruptive columns and magma viscosity, allowing general relationships to be used for estimating TGSD generated in a variety of eruptive styles and for different magma compositions. Fitting results of the cumulative number distribution show two different power law trends for coarse and fine fractions of tephra particles, respectively. Our results shed light on the complex processes that control the size of particles being injected into the atmosphere during volcanic explosive eruptions and represent the first attempt to assess TGSD on the basis of pivotal physical

  3. An estimate of field size distributions for selected sites in the major grain producing countries

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    Podwysocki, M. H.

    1977-01-01

    The field size distributions for the major grain producing countries of the World were estimated. LANDSAT-1 and 2 images were evaluated for two areas each in the United States, People's Republic of China, and the USSR. One scene each was evaluated for France, Canada, and India. Grid sampling was done for representative sub-samples of each image, measuring the long and short axes of each field; area was then calculated. Each of the resulting data sets was computer analyzed for their frequency distributions. Nearly all frequency distributions were highly peaked and skewed (shifted) towards small values, approaching that of either a Poisson or log-normal distribution. The data were normalized by a log transformation, creating a Gaussian distribution which has moments readily interpretable and useful for estimating the total population of fields. Resultant predictors of the field size estimates are discussed.

  4. High contrast hollow-cone dark field transmission electron microscopy for nanocrystalline grain size quantification.

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    Yao, Bo; Sun, Tik; Warren, Andrew; Heinrich, Helge; Barmak, Katayun; Coffey, Kevin R

    2010-04-01

    In this paper, we describe hollow-cone dark field (HCDF) transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging, with a slightly convergent beam, as an improved technique that is suitable to form high contrast micrographs for nanocrystalline grain size quantification. We also examine the various factors that influence the HCDF TEM image quality, including the conditions of microscopy (alignment, focus and objective aperture size), the properties of the materials imaged (e.g., atomic number, strain, defects), and the characteristics of the TEM sample itself (e.g., thickness, ion milling artifacts). Sample preparation was found to be critical and an initial thinning by wet etching of the substrate (for thin film samples) or tripod polishing (for bulk samples), followed by low-angle ion milling was found to be the preferred approach for preparing high-quality electron transparent samples for HCDF imaging. PMID:20018512

  5. Grain size analysis and high frequency electrical properties of Apollo 15 and 16 samples

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    Gold, T.; Bilson, E.; Yerbury, M.

    1973-01-01

    The particle size distribution of eleven surface fines samples collected by Apollo 15 and 16 was determined by the method of measuring the sedimentation rate in a column of water. The fact that the grain size distribution in the core samples shows significant differences within a few centimeters variation of depth is important for the understanding of the surface transportation processes which are responsible for the deposition of thin layers of different physical and/or chemical origin. The variation with density of the absorption length is plotted, and results would indicate that for the case of meter wavelength radar waves, reflections from depths of more than 100 meters generally contribute significantly to the radar echoes obtained.

  6. Grain-size dependence of the magnetic properties of street dusts from Warsaw, Poland

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    Dytłow, Sylwia; Winkler, Aldo; Sagnotti, Leonardo

    2015-04-01

    In recent years, in connection with a substantial development of transportation in urban areas, vehicular traffic increased its importance as source of pollution and consequent cause of health problems in urban environments. In fact, it is well established that the concentration and size of pollution related particulate matter (PM) are important factors affecting human health. The aim of this study is to identify the variations of the magnetic properties and of the chemical composition of different granulometric fractions from street dusts collected at four locations in Warsaw: the city center, a suburb, a tramline and a big crossroad. Dust samples were mechanically sieved and classified using the laboratory shaker with a standard sieve set (0.5 mm, 0.25 mm, 0.1 mm and 0.071 mm). Data show a distribution of magnetic susceptibility (χ) in the wide range of 80-370 × 10-8 m3kg-1. Comparison of magnetic parameters shows that the street dust contains the pollution characteristics for air and soil. The samples were characterized by uniform magnetic mineralogy, typical for fine-grained magnetite, in a grain size range between pseudo-single-domain and fine multi-domain, with a small contribution from ultrafine superparamagnetic particles (~2-3.5 %). The street dust contains, as usual for the urban areas, spherical magnetic particles produced by fossil fuel combustion processes and mixture of irregular angular iron-oxides grains containing other elements. The magnetic susceptibility and hysteresis properties of the dusts have been analyzed in detail; the temperature variation of the saturation of remanent magnetization and of the magnetic susceptibility revealed that the main magnetic mineral, for all the fractions, is almost stoichiometric magnetite, with the finest fractions (d=0.1 mm, 0.071 mm and d

  7. Critical superparamagnetic/single-domain grain sizes in interacting magnetite particles: implications for magnetosome crystals

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    Muxworthy, Adrian R.; Williams, Wyn

    2009-01-01

    Magnetotactic bacteria contain chains of magnetically interacting crystals (magnetosome crystals), which they use for navigation (magnetotaxis). To improve magnetotaxis efficiency, the magnetosome crystals (usually magnetite or greigite in composition) should be magnetically stable single-domain (SSD) particles. Smaller single-domain particles become magnetically unstable owing to thermal fluctuations and are termed superparamagnetic (SP). Previous calculations for the SSD/SP threshold size or blocking volume did not include the contribution of magnetic interactions. In this study, the blocking volume has been calculated as a function of grain elongation and separation for chains of identical magnetite grains. The inclusion of magnetic interactions was found to decrease the blocking volume, thereby increasing the range of SSD behaviour. Combining the results with previously published calculations for the SSD to multidomain threshold size in chains of magnetite reveals that interactions significantly increase the SSD range. We argue that chains of interacting magnetosome crystals found in magnetotactic bacteria have used this effect to improve magnetotaxis. PMID:19091684

  8. Critical superparamagnetic/single-domain grain sizes in interacting magnetite particles: implications for magnetosome crystals.

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    Muxworthy, Adrian R; Williams, Wyn

    2009-12-01

    Magnetotactic bacteria contain chains of magnetically interacting crystals (magnetosome crystals), which they use for navigation (magnetotaxis). To improve magnetotaxis efficiency, the magnetosome crystals (usually magnetite or greigite in composition) should be magnetically stable single-domain (SSD) particles. Smaller single-domain particles become magnetically unstable owing to thermal fluctuations and are termed superparamagnetic (SP). Previous calculations for the SSD/SP threshold size or blocking volume did not include the contribution of magnetic interactions. In this study, the blocking volume has been calculated as a function of grain elongation and separation for chains of identical magnetite grains. The inclusion of magnetic interactions was found to decrease the blocking volume, thereby increasing the range of SSD behaviour. Combining the results with previously published calculations for the SSD to multidomain threshold size in chains of magnetite reveals that interactions significantly increase the SSD range. We argue that chains of interacting magnetosome crystals found in magnetotactic bacteria have used this effect to improve magnetotaxis. PMID:19091684

  9. Control of thickness uniformity and grain size in graphene films for transparent conductive electrodes

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    Wu, Wei; Yu, Qingkai; Peng, Peng; Liu, Zhihong; Bao, Jiming; Pei, Shin-Shem

    2012-01-01

    Large-scale and transferable graphene films grown on metal substrates by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) still hold great promise for future nanotechnology. To realize the promise, one of the key issues is to further improve the quality of graphene, e.g., uniform thickness, large grain size, and low defects. Here we grow graphene films on Cu foils by CVD at ambient pressure, and study the graphene nucleation and growth processes under different concentrations of carbon precursor. On the basis of the results, we develop a two-step ambient pressure CVD process to synthesize continuous single-layer graphene films with large grain size (up to hundreds of square micrometers). Scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy characterizations confirm the film thickness and uniformity. The transferred graphene films on cover glass slips show high electrical conductivity and high optical transmittance that make them suitable as transparent conductive electrodes. The growth mechanism of CVD graphene on Cu is also discussed, and a growth model has been proposed. Our results provide important guidance toward the synthesis of high quality uniform graphene films, and could offer a great driving force for graphene based applications.

  10. Control of thickness uniformity and grain size in graphene films for transparent conductive electrodes.

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    Wu, Wei; Yu, Qingkai; Peng, Peng; Liu, Zhihong; Bao, Jiming; Pei, Shin-Shem

    2012-01-27

    Large-scale and transferable graphene films grown on metal substrates by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) still hold great promise for future nanotechnology. To realize the promise, one of the key issues is to further improve the quality of graphene, e.g., uniform thickness, large grain size, and low defects. Here we grow graphene films on Cu foils by CVD at ambient pressure, and study the graphene nucleation and growth processes under different concentrations of carbon precursor. On the basis of the results, we develop a two-step ambient pressure CVD process to synthesize continuous single-layer graphene films with large grain size (up to hundreds of square micrometers). Scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy characterizations confirm the film thickness and uniformity. The transferred graphene films on cover glass slips show high electrical conductivity and high optical transmittance that make them suitable as transparent conductive electrodes. The growth mechanism of CVD graphene on Cu is also discussed, and a growth model has been proposed. Our results provide important guidance toward the synthesis of high quality uniform graphene films, and could offer a great driving force for graphene based applications. PMID:22173552

  11. Exceptional high fatigue strength in Cu-15at.%Al alloy with moderate grain size

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    Liu, Rui; Tian, Yanzhong; Zhang, Zhenjun; An, Xianghai; Zhang, Peng; Zhang, Zhefeng

    2016-01-01

    It is commonly proposed that the fatigue strength can be enhanced by increasing the tensile strength, but this conclusion needs to be reconsidered according to our study. Here a recrystallized α-Cu-15at.%Al alloy with moderate grain size of 0.62 μm was fabricated by cold rolling and annealing, and this alloy achieved exceptional high fatigue strength of 280 MPa at 107 cycles. This value is much higher than the fatigue strength of 200 MPa for the nano-crystalline counterpart (0.04 μm in grain size) despite its higher tensile strength. The remarkable improvement of fatigue strength should be mainly attributed to the microstructure optimization, which helps achieve the reduction of initial damage and the dispersion of accumulated damage. A new strategy of “damage reduction” was then proposed for fatigue strength improvement, to supplement the former strengthening principle. The methods and strategies summarized in this work offer a general pathway for further improvement of fatigue strength, in order to ensure the long-term safety of structural materials. PMID:27264347

  12. Exceptional high fatigue strength in Cu-15at.%Al alloy with moderate grain size.

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    Liu, Rui; Tian, Yanzhong; Zhang, Zhenjun; An, Xianghai; Zhang, Peng; Zhang, Zhefeng

    2016-01-01

    It is commonly proposed that the fatigue strength can be enhanced by increasing the tensile strength, but this conclusion needs to be reconsidered according to our study. Here a recrystallized α-Cu-15at.%Al alloy with moderate grain size of 0.62 μm was fabricated by cold rolling and annealing, and this alloy achieved exceptional high fatigue strength of 280 MPa at 10(7) cycles. This value is much higher than the fatigue strength of 200 MPa for the nano-crystalline counterpart (0.04 μm in grain size) despite its higher tensile strength. The remarkable improvement of fatigue strength should be mainly attributed to the microstructure optimization, which helps achieve the reduction of initial damage and the dispersion of accumulated damage. A new strategy of "damage reduction" was then proposed for fatigue strength improvement, to supplement the former strengthening principle. The methods and strategies summarized in this work offer a general pathway for further improvement of fatigue strength, in order to ensure the long-term safety of structural materials. PMID:27264347

  13. Exceptional high fatigue strength in Cu-15at.%Al alloy with moderate grain size

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    Liu, Rui; Tian, Yanzhong; Zhang, Zhenjun; An, Xianghai; Zhang, Peng; Zhang, Zhefeng

    2016-06-01

    It is commonly proposed that the fatigue strength can be enhanced by increasing the tensile strength, but this conclusion needs to be reconsidered according to our study. Here a recrystallized α-Cu-15at.%Al alloy with moderate grain size of 0.62 μm was fabricated by cold rolling and annealing, and this alloy achieved exceptional high fatigue strength of 280 MPa at 107 cycles. This value is much higher than the fatigue strength of 200 MPa for the nano-crystalline counterpart (0.04 μm in grain size) despite its higher tensile strength. The remarkable improvement of fatigue strength should be mainly attributed to the microstructure optimization, which helps achieve the reduction of initial damage and the dispersion of accumulated damage. A new strategy of “damage reduction” was then proposed for fatigue strength improvement, to supplement the former strengthening principle. The methods and strategies summarized in this work offer a general pathway for further improvement of fatigue strength, in order to ensure the long-term safety of structural materials.

  14. Significant enhancement of the thermoelectric figure of merit of polycrystalline Si films by reducing grain size

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    Valalaki, K.; Vouroutzis, N.; Nassiopoulou, A. G.

    2016-08-01

    The thermoelectric properties of p-type polycrystalline silicon thin films deposited by low pressure chemical vapour deposition (LPCVD) were accurately determined at room temperature and the thermoelectric figure of merit was deduced as a function of film thickness, ranging from 100 to 500 nm. The effect of film thickness on their thermoelectric performance is discussed. More than threefold increase in the thermoelectric figure of merit of the 100 nm thick polysilicon film was observed compared to the 500 nm thick film, reaching a value as high as 0.033. This enhancement is mainly the result of the smaller grain size in the thinner films. With the decrease in grain size the resistivity of the films is increased twofold and electrical conductivity decreased, however the Seebeck coefficient is increased by 30% and the thermal conductivity is decreased eightfold, being mainly at the origin of the increased figure of merit of the 100 nm film. Our experimental results were compared to known theoretical models and the possible mechanisms involved are presented and discussed.

  15. Characterizing 3D grain size distributions from 2D sections in mylonites using a modified version of the Saltykov method

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    Lopez-Sanchez, Marco; Llana-Fúnez, Sergio

    2016-04-01

    The understanding of creep behaviour in rocks requires knowledge of 3D grain size distributions (GSD) that result from dynamic recrystallization processes during deformation. The methods to estimate directly the 3D grain size distribution -serial sectioning, synchrotron or X-ray-based tomography- are expensive, time-consuming and, in most cases and at best, challenging. This means that in practice grain size distributions are mostly derived from 2D sections. Although there are a number of methods in the literature to derive the actual 3D grain size distributions from 2D sections, the most popular in highly deformed rocks is the so-called Saltykov method. It has though two major drawbacks: the method assumes no interaction between grains, which is not true in the case of recrystallised mylonites; and uses histograms to describe distributions, which limits the quantification of the GSD. The first aim of this contribution is to test whether the interaction between grains in mylonites, i.e. random grain packing, affects significantly the GSDs estimated by the Saltykov method. We test this using the random resampling technique in a large data set (n = 12298). The full data set is built from several parallel thin sections that cut a completely dynamically recrystallized quartz aggregate in a rock sample from a Variscan shear zone in NW Spain. The results proved that the Saltykov method is reliable as long as the number of grains is large (n > 1000). Assuming that a lognormal distribution is an optimal approximation for the GSD in a completely dynamically recrystallized rock, we introduce an additional step to the Saltykov method, which allows estimating a continuous probability distribution function of the 3D grain size population. The additional step takes the midpoints of the classes obtained by the Saltykov method and fits a lognormal distribution with a trust region using a non-linear least squares algorithm. The new protocol is named the two-step method. The

  16. A comparison of field methods for grain size characterization in the context of passive microwave modeling of snow

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    Durand, M. T.; Molotch, N. P.; Kim, E. J.; Margulis, S. A.; Courville, Z.; Schneebeli, M.; Painter, T. H.; Berisford, D. F.

    2010-12-01

    Snow grain size controls snow radiometric response in both the microwave and the visible/near-infrared (NIR) parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. E.g., prior knowledge of grain size is critical in interpreting passive microwave (PM) brightness temperature measurements over snow-covered landscapes and making inference about hydrological processes. In order to develop methods for characterizing the response of PM brightness temperature (Tb) to snow properties or to develop so-called inverse methods of characterizing snow from PM brightness, reliable field measurements of grain size are required for model development and evaluation. Grain size can be measured via at least four methods: hand lens, contact spectroscopy, near-infrared (NIR) cameras, and stereology. Each of these methods has advantages and disadvantages in terms of expected accuracy, ease of execution in a field context, and ease of post-processing. In February 2010, we measured grain size via all four methods in six snowpits within an area of approximately 25 m2 at Storm Peak Laboratory in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA. In addition, we measured snow stratigraphy, density, and temperature. Snow depth ranged from 134 cm to 174 cm. Optical equivalent grain radius ranged from large (greater than 200 µm) for depth hoar and basal ice layers, to very small (less than 50 µm) for new snow. We made concurrent measurements of microwave radiance at 18.7 and 36.5 GHz frequencies, vertical polarization. Mean Tb was 250 K and 231 K at 18.7 and 36.5 GHz, respectively. The snowpit measurements spanned a total of six days. We compared grain size via each of the four methods. Stereology methods are time-consuming and require significant laboratory analysis; as stereological methods are the most direct measurement, they are considered to be the most accurate. Measurement via hand lens is subject to significant errors when compared to optical equivalent grain size measurements. The contact spectroscopy and NIR camera

  17. Transient response in longitudinal grain size to reduced sediment supply in a large river

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    Singer, Michael

    2010-05-01

    Bed material grain size is an important degree of freedom in fluvial systems as they adjust to system-wide perturbations such as sediment supply changes. However, little is known about processes and patterns of such adjustment in longitudinal grain size sorting in large rivers. This research uses unprecedented datasets collected in a large fluvial system to investigate transient response to recent supply changes associated with anthropogenic activities. Separate fining trends for gravel and fines, a protracted gravel-sand (G-S) transition, and bed patchiness identified in Singer (2008) were interrogated using output from a hydraulic model with grain size distributions (GSDs) extracted from ~125 cross sections spanning ~400 river kilometers of the Sacramento River, California. The analysis suggests that interactions between hydraulics, bed material sorting, and sediment flux explain these previously identified anomalies. Highest values of sorting occur in the G-S transition and represent the overlap of separate fining trends for gravel and fines, where the long profile is jagged with evidence of progressive incision. Much of the sediment in this poorly sorted zone is organized into patches, where transport apparently occurs as bedload sheets. Patchiness occurs over short length scales leading to strong differences in entrainment and flux, regardless of hydraulic conditions. A modified Shields stress is proposed that is scaled by GSD sorting to improve characterization of entrainment/disentrainment. Sediment flux calculations based on an equation sensitive bed material conditions (Singer and Dunne, 2004) reveal a strong relationship between fine sediment flux and d90, suggesting that the efficiency of fine patch flux controls bed material bed surface roughness. Results are in part consistent with Paola and Seal (1995) suggesting that patches are a result of overlapping pdfs of shear stress and sorting and with Ferguson (2003) in that the final end of the protracted G

  18. Experimental Investigations of the Physical and Optical Properties of Individual Micron/Submicron-Size Dust Grains in Astrophysical Environments

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    Abbas, M. M.; Tankosic, D.; LeClair, A.

    2014-01-01

    Dust grains constitute a significant component of matter in the universe, and play an important and crucial role in the formation and evolution of the stellar/planetary systems in interstellar dust clouds. Knowledge of physical and optical properties of dust grains is required for understanding of a variety of processes in astrophysical and planetary environments. The currently available and generally employed data on the properties of dust grains is based on bulk materials, with analytical models employed to deduce the corresponding values for individual small micron/submicron-size dust grains. However, it has been well-recognized over a long period, that the properties of individual smallsize dust grains may be very different from those deduced from bulk materials. This has been validated by a series of experimental investigations carried out over the last few years, on a laboratory facility based on an Electrodynamic Balance at NASA, which permits levitation of single small-size dust grains of desired composition and size, in vacuum, in simulated space environments. In this paper, we present a brief review of the results of a series of selected investigations carried out on the analogs of interstellar and planetary dust grains, as well as dust grains obtained by Apollo-l1-17 lunar missions. The selected investigations, with analytical results and discussions, include: (a) Direct measurements of radiation on individual dust grains (b) Rotation and alignments of dust grains by radiative torque (c) Charging properties of dust grains by: (i) UV Photo-electric emissions (ii) Electron Impact. The results from these experiments are examined in the light of the current theories of the processes involved.

  19. Remote Analysis of Grain Size Characteristic in Submarine Pyroclastic Deposits from Kolumbo Volcano, Greece

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    Smart, C.; Whitesell, D. P.; Roman, C.; Carey, S.

    2011-12-01

    Grain size characteristics of pyroclastic deposits provide valuable information about source eruption energetics and depositional processes. Maximum size and sorting are often used to discriminate between fallout and sediment gravity flow processes during explosive eruptions. In the submarine environment the collection of such data in thick pyroclastic sequences is extremely challenging and potentially time consuming. A method has been developed to extract grain size information from stereo images collected by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). In the summer of 2010 the ROV Hercules collected a suite of stereo images from a thick pumice sequence in the caldera walls of Kolumbo submarine volcano located about seven kilometers off the coast of Santorini, Greece. The highly stratified, pumice-rich deposit was likely created by the last explosive eruption of the volcano that took place in 1650 AD. Each image was taken from a distance of only a few meters from the outcrop in order to capture the outlines of individual clasts with relatively high resolution. Mosaics of individual images taken as the ROV transected approximately 150 meters of vertical outcrop were used to create large-scale vertical stratigraphic columns that proved useful for overall documentation of the eruption sequence and intracaldera correlations of distinct tephra units. Initial image processing techniques, including morphological operations, edge detection, shape and size estimation were implemented in MatLab and applied to a subset of individual images of the mosiacs. A large variety of algorithms were tested in order to best discriminate the outlines of individual pumices. This proved to be challenging owing to the close packing and overlapping of individual pumices. Preliminary success was achieved in discriminating the outlines of the large particles and measurements were carried out on the largest clasts present at different stratigraphic levels. In addition, semi-quantitative analysis of the

  20. Effect of Freeze-Thaw Cycles on Grain Size of Biochar

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    Dugan, B.; Liu, Z.; Masiello, C. A.; Gonnermann, H. M.; Nittrouer, J. A.

    2015-12-01

    Biochar may improve soil performance by altering soil physical properties such as porosity, density, hydraulic conductivity, and water holding capacity. Because these physical properties of soil-biochar mixtures are associated with the grain size of the soil and the biochar, they may change if biochar particles are physically broken down in the environment. In cold regions, biochar may be fragmented into smaller particles when water in biochar's internal pores expands during freezing. This expansion may mechanically break particles. In this study we investigate if freeze-thaw cycles affect grain size of biochars produced at two temperatures (350°C and 500°C) from four types of feedstock (mesquite, pine, sewage waste, and miscanthus). Prior to freeze-thaw cycles, biochar's internal porosity increases with pyrolysis temperature and also varies with feedstock type. In our study, the highest internal porosity is 0.82±0.11 for 500 °C miscanthus biochar and the lowest internal porosity is 0.27±0.01 for 350 °C sewage waste biochar. Our biochars also have different median grain diameter (D50) and aspect ratio (AR). The largest D50 is 4836±132 μm for 350 °C miscanthus biochar and the smallest D50 is 2238±13 μm for 350°C sewage waste biochar. The highest AR is 0.85±0.01 for 500 °C sewage waste biochar and the lowest AR is 0.31±0.01 for 350 °C miscanthus biochar. After characterizing the initial properties of biochars, we saturated our biochar using synthetic rain water and subjected them to 10 freeze-thaw cycles (freeze at -19±3°C for 8 hours and thaw at 20±0°C for 16 hours). We expect that D50 will be reduced and AR will be changed by freeze-thaw cycles and the effect will vary with biochar porosity. Ultimately this work will help constrain how biochar particle size changes due to freezing, which can be extrapolated to understand transients in soil performance associated with biochar particle size.

  1. The Evolution of Grain Size Distribution in Explosive Rock Fragmentation - Sequential Fragmentation Theory Revisited

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    Scheu, B.; Fowler, A. C.

    2015-12-01

    Fragmentation is a ubiquitous phenomenon in many natural and engineering systems. It is the process by which an initially competent medium, solid or liquid, is broken up into a population of constituents. Examples occur in collisions and impacts of asteroids/meteorites, explosion driven fragmentation of munitions on a battlefield, as well as of magma in a volcanic conduit causing explosive volcanic eruptions and break-up of liquid drops. Besides the mechanism of fragmentation the resulting frequency-size distribution of the generated constituents is of central interest. Initially their distributions were fitted empirically using lognormal, Rosin-Rammler and Weibull distributions (e.g. Brown & Wohletz 1995). The sequential fragmentation theory (Brown 1989, Wohletz at al. 1989, Wohletz & Brown 1995) and the application of fractal theory to fragmentation products (Turcotte 1986, Perfect 1997, Perugini & Kueppers 2012) attempt to overcome this shortcoming by providing a more physical basis for the applied distribution. Both rely on an at least partially scale-invariant and thus self-similar random fragmentation process. Here we provide a stochastic model for the evolution of grain size distribution during the explosion process. Our model is based on laboratory experiments in which volcanic rock samples explode naturally when rapidly depressurized from initial pressures of several MPa to ambient conditions. The physics governing this fragmentation process has been successfully modelled and the observed fragmentation pattern could be numerically reproduced (Fowler et al. 2010). The fragmentation of these natural rocks leads to grain size distributions which vary depending on the experimental starting conditions. Our model provides a theoretical description of these different grain size distributions. Our model combines a sequential model of the type outlined by Turcotte (1986), but generalized to cater for the explosive process appropriate here, in particular by

  2. Temperature dependence of critical sizes, wall widths and moments in two-domain magnetite grains

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    Newell, Andrew J.; Dunlop, David J.; Enkin, Randolph J.

    We use a one-dimensional micromagnetic model with temperature-dependent parameters for the mineral magnetite to calculate the critical sizes dSDmax, above which a single-domain (SD) state does not exist; d2Dmin, below which no two-domain state exists; and d0, at which the SD and two-domain states have equal energies, all as a function of temperature up to the Curie point TC. We also compute the structures, widths, and net moments of domain walls in two-domain particles from room temperature up to TC. In two-domain grains just above d2Dmin, the domain wall expands to fill an increasing fraction of the particle volume. In cubic SD grains just below dSDmax, magnetic moments are twisted symmetrically away from the easy axis at opposite ends of the crystal. The limits dSDmax and d2Dmin are determined with a precision of < 0.001 μm in particle size. There are no intermediate structures to indicate how the wall nucleates or denucleates. At room temperature, SD and two-domain states are both permitted over a range of grain lengths of about 0.4 μm in elongated ( q = 1.5) magnetites, but this coexistence range narrows to about 0.1 μm from 400°C to TC. In cubic magnetites, there is no significant size range over which SD and two-domain states are both metastable above ˜ 250°C. Domain walls in two-domain magnetites expand with rising temperature; however, the expansion is slow and the domain wall fills no more than 50% of the particle except within a few degrees of TC. The √( A/ K) expansion predicted by Landau and Lifschitz and subsequent theories, in which there is no upper limit to the size of the walls, is a result of ignoring the demagnetizing energy of the domain wall. Domain walls have considerable structure, including 'skirts' of magnetic moments rotated beyond 0° and 180°. The skirts partly compensate the wall moment and expand as the temperature rises. As a result of the competing effects of expanding walls and expanding skirts flanking the walls, the net

  3. Valve for abrasive material

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    Gardner, Harold S.

    1982-01-01

    A ball valve assembly for controlling the flow of abrasive particulates including an enlarged section at the bore inlet and an enlarged section at the bore outlet. A refractory ceramic annular deflector is positioned in each of the enlarged sections, substantially extending the useful life of the valve.

  4. Tracking eolian dust with helium and thorium: Impacts of grain size and provenance

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    McGee, David; Winckler, Gisela; Borunda, Alejandra; Serno, Sascha; Anderson, Robert F.; Recasens, Cristina; Bory, Aloys; Gaiero, Diego; Jaccard, Samuel L.; Kaplan, Michael; McManus, Jerry F.; Revel, Marie; Sun, Youbin

    2016-02-01

    Reconstructions of the deposition rate of windblown mineral dust in ocean sediments offer an important means of tracking past climate changes and of assessing the radiative and biogeochemical impacts of dust in past climates. Dust flux estimates in ocean sediments have commonly been based on the operationally defined lithogenic fraction of sediment samples. More recently, dust fluxes have been estimated from measurements of helium and thorium, as rare isotopes of these elements (He-3 and Th-230) allow estimates of sediment flux, and the dominant isotopes (He-4 and Th-232) are uniquely associated with the lithogenic fraction of marine sediments. In order to improve the fidelity of dust flux reconstructions based on He and Th, we present a survey of He and Th concentrations in sediments from dust source areas in East Asia, Australia and South America. Our data show systematic relationships between He and Th concentrations and grain size, with He concentrations decreasing and Th concentrations increasing with decreasing grain size. We find consistent He and Th concentrations in the fine fraction (<5 μm) of samples from East Asia, Australia and Central South America (Puna-Central West Argentina), with Th concentrations averaging 14 μg/g and He concentrations averaging 2 μcc STP/g. We recommend use of these values for estimating dust fluxes in sediments where dust is dominantly fine-grained, and suggest that previous studies may have systematically overestimated Th-based dust fluxes by 30%. Source areas in Patagonia appear to have lower He and Th contents than other regions, as fine fraction concentrations average 0.8 μcc STP/g and 9 μg/g for 4He and 232Th, respectively. The impact of grain size on lithogenic He and Th concentrations should be taken into account in sediments proximal to dust sources where dust grain size may vary considerably. Our data also have important implications for the hosts of He in long-traveled dust and for the 3He/4He ratio used for

  5. State-of-the-art of Grain-Size Analyses Using Laser Diffractometry

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    Machalett, Bjoern

    2013-04-01

    Laser diffractometry is based on the principle that particles of a given size diffract light through a given angle: large particles scatter light at small angles, while small particles scatter light at big angles. The method has become accepted to measure grain-size distributions as it offers important advantages compared with traditional sieve-pipette methods or image particle analyses. Laser diffractometry allows fast measurements of large sample sets with high reproducibility and accuracy. Furthermore, this method needs only small amounts of sample material and offers a dynamic measuring range from around 0.04 to 2000 µm. This paper summarizes improvements in lab procedures and methodology, as well as comprehensive experimental results using laser diffractometry leading towards a standardized protocol for applying laser particle size analysis in geomorphic and paleoenvironmental studies. It will be demonstrated that advances in measurement technologies as well as in sample collection and sample preparation reveal much more complex particle size distributions than it has been hitherto suspected.

  6. State-of-the-art of Grain-Size Analyses Using Laser Diffractometry

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    Rosmayev, P.; Machalett, B.

    2011-12-01

    Laser diffractometry is based on the principle that particles of a given size diffract light through a given angle: large particles scatter light at small angles, while small particles scatter light at big angles. The method has become accepted to measure grain-size distributions as it offers important advantages compared with traditional sieve-pipette methods or image particle analyses. Laser diffractometry allows fast measurements of large sample sets with high reproducibility and accuracy. Furthermore, this method needs only small amounts of sample material and offers a dynamic measuring range from around 0.04 to 2000 μm. This paper summarizes improvements in lab procedures and methodology, as well as comprehensive experimental results using laser diffractometry leading towards a standardized protocol for applying laser particle size analysis in geomorphic and paleoenvironmental studies. It will be demonstrated that advances in measurement technologies as well as in sample collection and sample preparation reveal much more complex particle size distributions than it has been hitherto suspected.

  7. Hydrostratigraphic Characterization Using High-resolution Borehole Moisture Logs and Grain-size Distribution Statistics

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    Ward, A. L.; Keller, J. M.; Zhang, Z. F.; Gee, G. W.

    2004-12-01

    Small-scale heterogeneities typical of natural soils are known to impact field scale flow. Model predictions of flow and transport under such extreme variations in hydraulic and geochemical properties often show large discrepancies from field observations, perhaps because small-scale variations are often ignored. In this study, we develop pedotransfer functions, based entirely on the statistics of the particle-size distribution, to predict hydraulic and geochemical properties at multiple scales. Grain-size statistics, namely mean diameter, dg, sorting index, So, and the Fredle index, Fi, are derived from samples taken on a coarse sampling interval. A relationship between the size-statistics and specific retention is coupled with high-resolution neutron moisture logs to predict size statistics on intervals as small as 3 inches. Hydraulic and geochemical properties, reflecting the small-scale heterogeneity, are then generated using the pedotransfer functions. Flow and transport of reactive contaminants using the STOMP simulator show very good agreement with observations from a waste site at Hanford. Hydrostratigraphic models ignoring the small scale heterogeneity were unable to match field observations. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated for the U.S. Department of Energy by Battelle under Contract DE-AC06-76RL01830.

  8. Influence of grain size on optical properties of Sr{sub 2}CeO{sub 4} nanocrystals

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    Stefanski, M.; Marciniak, L. Hreniak, D.; Strek, W.

    2015-05-14

    The absorption, excitation, and emission spectra of the Sr{sub 2}CeO{sub 4} nanocrystals prepared by the modified sol–gel method were investigated. The impact of the average grain size of Sr{sub 2}CeO{sub 4} nanocrystals on their optical properties was investigated. It was observed that with increasing the average grain size of Sr{sub 2}CeO{sub 4} nanocrystals, the emission decay times decreased significantly. A similar behavior was observed for the emission quantum efficiencies and the Huang–Rhys factors. The grain size dependence of optical parameters of Sr{sub 2}CeO{sub 4} nanocrystals was found well fitted by functions of the reciprocal of the grain diameter. It was shown that this dependence may be rationalized assuming that the correction for electric local field associated with effective refractive index affecting the spherical nanoparticle is governed by its shell.

  9. Effect of grain size on microstructure, properties, and surface roughness of reaction bonded SiC ceramics

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    Aghajanian, Michael; Emmons, Craig; Rummel, Steve; Barber, Paul; Robb, Chris; Hibbard, Doug

    2013-09-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) based ceramics have received significant study for optical applications due to high specific stiffness, high thermal conductivity, and low coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE). Reaction bonded SiC ceramics, which are composites of SiC and Si, are of particular interest due to large size and complex shape capability. The behavior of these ceramics is very much affected by the grain size of the SiC phase. The present work examines SiC grain sizes ranging from 6 to 50 μm, with the goal of optimizing properties and finishing capability for optical uses. Microstructures are reviewed; physical, mechanical and thermal properties are presented; and post-polishing surface roughness data are provided. In particular, results demonstrate that properties can be tailored by SiC particle size selection, and that measureable enhancement in surface roughness can be achieved by moving to smaller SiC grain size.

  10. Total grain size distribution of particles fallen from the atmosphere following explosive ash eruptions

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    Rose, W. I.; Durant, A. J.

    2007-12-01

    We have collected grain size distribution data (-6 to 12 phi) for tephra-fall from five recent eruptions (Fuego 14 Oct 1974; Mount St Helens 18 May 1980; El Chichón 4 April 1982; Crater Peak/Spurr 18 Aug 1992 and Crater Peak/Spurr 16-17 Sept 1992) where ash was collected immediately after extensive subarial fallout up to several hundreds of kilometers from the source volcano. Total grain size distributions for each eruption were estimated using previously reported deposit distribution maps and the new GSD data, which has improved measurements of fine particles. Results indicate that all ash-fall samples have multimodal size distributions, with fine (<50 microns in diameter) particles dominating in distal regions. Most can be broadly described as having a coarse mode, which could reflect fragmentation by explosive vesiculation, and a fine mode that probably reflects milling in pyroclastic flows or in the vent. Fine particle fallout in these eruptions was greatly enhanced relative to single particle terminal velocities and occurred in <12 hours. The abundance of water in volcanic clouds, satellite remote sensing retrievals of ice and observations of mammatus support hydrometeor involvement in fine ash particle settling. In general, tephra generated in explosive eruptions cannot be characterized by a simple lognormal GSD. Fallout consists of abundant fine particles, which have previously been underestimated because they occur in distal areas and are not well preserved in the geological record. The total GSD data presented here provides a new basis for source parameters in eruption models and also for hazard evaluations since fine particles are important in assessing both aircraft and health hazards.

  11. Grain Size Distribution and Health Risk Assessment of Metals in Outdoor Dust in Chengdu, Southwestern China.

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    Chen, Mengqin; Pi, Lu; Luo, Yan; Geng, Meng; Hu, Wenli; Li, Zhi; Su, Shijun; Gan, Zhiwei; Ding, Sanglan

    2016-04-01

    A total of 27 outdoor dust samples from roads, parks, and high spots were collected and analyzed to investigate the contamination of 11 metals (Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Sr, Cd, Sb, and Pb) in Chengdu, China. The results showed that the samples from the high spots exhibited the highest heavy metal level compared with those from the roads and the parks, except for Ni, Cu, and Pb. The dust was classified into five grain size fractions. The mean loads of each grain size fraction of 11 determined metals displayed similar distribution, and the contribution of median size (63-125, 125-250, 250-500 μm) fractions accounted for more than 70 % of overall heavy metal loads. The health risk posed by the determined metals to human via dust ingestion, dermal contact, and inhalation was investigated. Oral and respiratory bioaccessible parts of the metals in dust were extracted using simulated stomach solution and composite lung serum. The mean bioaccessibilities of 11 investigated metals in the gastric solution were much higher than those in the composite lung serum, especially Zn, Cd, and Pb. Ingestion was the most important exposure pathway with percentage greater than 70 % for both children and adults. Risk evaluation results illustrated that children in Chengdu might suffer noncarcinogenic risk when exposed to outdoor dust. Given that the cancer risk values of Pb and Cr larger than 1 × 10(-4), potential carcinogenic risk might occur for Chengdu residents through outdoor dust intake. PMID:26843369

  12. Heavy metal speciation in various grain sizes of industrially contaminated street dust using multivariate statistical analysis.

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    Yıldırım, Gülşen; Tokalıoğlu, Şerife

    2016-02-01

    A total of 36 street dust samples were collected from the streets of the Organised Industrial District in Kayseri, Turkey. This region includes a total of 818 work places in various industrial areas. The modified BCR (the European Community Bureau of Reference) sequential extraction procedure was applied to evaluate the mobility and bioavailability of trace elements (Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb and Zn) in street dusts of the study area. The BCR was classified into three steps: water/acid soluble fraction, reducible and oxidisable fraction. The remaining residue was dissolved by using aqua regia. The concentrations of the metals in street dust samples were determined by flame atomic absorption spectrometry. Also the effect of the different grain sizes (<38µm, 38-53µm and 53-74µm) of the 36 street dust samples on the mobility of the metals was investigated using the modified BCR procedure. The mobility sequence based on the sum of the first three phases (for <74µm grain size) was: Cd (71.3)>Cu (48.9)>Pb (42.8)=Cr (42.1)>Ni (41.4)>Zn (40.9)>Co (36.6)=Mn (36.3)>Fe (3.1). No significant difference was observed among metal partitioning for the three particle sizes. Correlation, principal component and cluster analysis were applied to identify probable natural and anthropogenic sources in the region. The principal component analysis results showed that this industrial district was influenced by traffic, industrial activities, air-borne emissions and natural sources. The accuracy of the results was checked by analysis of both the BCR-701 certified reference material and by recovery studies in street dust samples. PMID:26595510

  13. Relationship between hydraulic conductivity and formation factor of coarse-grained soils as a function of particle size

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    Choo, H.; Kim, J.; Lee, W.; Lee, C.

    2016-04-01

    This theoretical and experimental study investigates the variations of both the hydraulic conductivity and the electrical conductivity of coarse-grained soils as a function of pore water conductivity, porosity, and median particle size, with the ultimate goal of developing the relationship between the hydraulic conductivity (K) and the formation factor (F) in coarse-grained soils as a function of particle size. To monitor the variations of both the hydraulic conductivity and electrical conductivity (formation factor) of six sands with varying particle sizes, a series of hydraulic conductivity tests were conducted using a modified constant head permeameter equipped with a four electrode resistivity probe. It is demonstrated that K of the tested coarse-grained soils is mainly determined by the porosity and particle size. In contrast, the effect of particle size on the measured electrical conductivity (or F) is negligible, and the variation of F of the tested soils is mainly determined by porosity. Because the porosity may act as a connecting characteristic between K and F, the relation between them in coarse-grained soils can be expressed as a function of particle size. Finally, simple charts are developed for estimating the hydraulic conductivity of coarse-grained soils from the measured particle sizes and formations factors.

  14. Tracer-pebble movement along a concave river profile: Virtual velocity in relation to grain size and shear stress

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    Ferguson, R. I.; Wathen, S. J.

    1998-08-01

    Over 1400 tracer pebbles 16-256 mm in diameter were tracked for 2 years in six reaches of Allt Dubhaig, Scotland, a small gravel-bed river along which shear stress and bed surface grain size decrease toward a local base level. Pebble movement was size-selective both within and between reaches. Within reaches the decrease in mean travel distance with increasing grain size is strongest in the coarse tail of the size distribution. Particle shape has a minor secondary effect. A nondimensional grain velocity, averaged over the duration of competent flow, is used to compare different size classes and reaches. Over 90% of its variance is explained by relative grain size and reach Shields stress. The pattern of size selectivity is consistent with single-event tracer results elsewhere, bedload trap data from our distal reach, and the concept of partial mobility. It provides a mechanism for strong downstream fining by selective transport and deposition along rivers in which stress declines toward base level. The nondimensional prediction equation for grain velocity may be of use in other rivers but requires testing.

  15. The effect of grain size on the biocompatibility, cell-materials interface, and mechanical properties of microwave-sintered bioceramics.

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    Veljović, Djordje; Colić, Miodrag; Kojić, Vesna; Bogdanović, Gordana; Kojić, Zvezdana; Banjac, Andrijana; Palcevskis, Eriks; Petrović, Rada; Janaćković, Djordje

    2012-11-01

    The effect of decreasing the grain size on the biocompatibility, cell-material interface, and mechanical properties of microwave-sintered monophase hydroxyapatite bioceramics was investigated in this study. A nanosized stoichiometric hydroxyapatite powder was isostatically pressed at high pressure and sintered in a microwave furnace in order to obtain fine grained dense bioceramics. The samples sintered at 1200°C, with a density near the theoretical one, were composed of micron-sized grains, while the grain size decreased to 130 nm on decreasing the sintering temperature to 900°C. This decrease in the grain size certainly led to increases in the fracture toughness by much as 54%. An in vitro investigation of biocompatibility with L929 and human MRC-5 fibroblast cells showed noncytotoxic effects for both types of bioceramics, while the relative cell proliferation rate, cell attachment and metabolic activity of the fibroblasts were improved with decreasing of grain size. An initial in vivo investigation of biocompatibility by the primary cutaneous irritation test showed that both materials exhibited no irritation properties. PMID:22733649

  16. Field test comparison of an autocorrelation technique for determining grain size using a digital 'beachball' camera versus traditional methods

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    Barnard, P.L.; Rubin, D.M.; Harney, J.; Mustain, N.

    2007-01-01

    This extensive field test of an autocorrelation technique for determining grain size from digital images was conducted using a digital bed-sediment camera, or 'beachball' camera. Using 205 sediment samples and >1200 images from a variety of beaches on the west coast of the US, grain size ranging from sand to granules was measured from field samples using both the autocorrelation technique developed by Rubin [Rubin, D.M., 2004. A simple autocorrelation algorithm for determining grain size from digital images of sediment. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 74(1): 160-165.] and traditional methods (i.e. settling tube analysis, sieving, and point counts). To test the accuracy of the digital-image grain size algorithm, we compared results with manual point counts of an extensive image data set in the Santa Barbara littoral cell. Grain sizes calculated using the autocorrelation algorithm were highly correlated with the point counts of the same images (r2 = 0.93; n = 79) and had an error of only 1%. Comparisons of calculated grain sizes and grain sizes measured from grab samples demonstrated that the autocorrelation technique works well on high-energy dissipative beaches with well-sorted sediment such as in the Pacific Northwest (r2 ??? 0.92; n = 115). On less dissipative, more poorly sorted beaches such as Ocean Beach in San Francisco, results were not as good (r2 ??? 0.70; n = 67; within 3% accuracy). Because the algorithm works well compared with point counts of the same image, the poorer correlation with grab samples must be a result of actual spatial and vertical variability of sediment in the field; closer agreement between grain size in the images and grain size of grab samples can be achieved by increasing the sampling volume of the images (taking more images, distributed over a volume comparable to that of a grab sample). In all field tests the autocorrelation method was able to predict the mean and median grain size with ???96% accuracy, which is more than

  17. Effect of sputtering target's grain size on the sputtering yield, particle size and coercivity (Hc) of Ni and Ni20Al thin films

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    Reza, M.; Sajuri, Z.; Yunas, J.; Syarif, J.

    2016-02-01

    Researches on magnetic thin films concentrated mainly on optimizing the sputtering parameters to obtain the desired thin film's properties. However, the effect of the sputtering target's properties towards the thin film's properties is not well established. This study is focused on analysing the effect of sputtering target's grain size towards the sputtering yield, particle size and the magnetic coercivity (Hc) of thin film. Two sets of sputtering targets; pure Ni (magnetic) and Ni20Al (at.%) (non-magnetic) were prepared. Each target has 2 sets of samples with different grain sizes; (a) 30 to 50μm and (b) 80 to 100μm. Thin films from each target were sputtered onto glass substrates under fixed sputtering parameters. The initial results suggested that the sputtering target's grain size has significant effect on the thin film's sputtering yield, particle size and Hc. Sputtering target with smaller grain size has 12% (pure Ni) to 60% (Ni20Al) higher sputtering yield, which produces thin films with smaller particle size and larger Hc value. These initial findings provides a basis for further magnetic thin film research, particularly for the seed layer in hard disk drive (HDD) media, where seed layer with smaller particle size is essential in reducing signal-to-noise ratio (SNR).

  18. Downwind changes in grain size of aeolian dust; examples from marine and terrestrial archives

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    Stuut, Jan-Berend; Prins, Maarten

    2013-04-01

    Aeolian dust in the atmosphere may have a cooling effect when small particles in the high atmosphere block incoming solar energy (e.g., Claquin et al., 2003) but it may also act as a 'greenhouse gas' when larger particles in the lower atmosphere trap energy that was reflected from the Earth's surface (e.g., Otto et al., 2007). Therefore, it is of vital importance to have a good understanding of the particle-size distribution of aeolian dust in space and time. As wind is a very size-selective transport mechanism, the sediments it carries typically have a very-well sorted grain-size distribution, which gradually fines from proximal to distal deposition sites. This fact has been used in numerous paleo-environmental studies to both determine source-to-sink changes in the particle size of aeolian dust (e.g., Weltje and Prins, 2003; Holz et al., 2004; Prins and Vriend, 2007) and to quantify mass-accumulation rates of aeolian dust (e.g., Prins and Weltje 1999; Stuut et al., 2002; Prins et al., 2007; Prins and Vriend, 2007; Stuut et al., 2007; Tjallingii et al., 2008; Prins et al., 2009). Studies on modern wind-blown particles have demonstrated that particle size of dust not only is a function of lateral but also vertical transport distance (e.g., Torres-Padron et al., 2002; Stuut et al., 2005). Nonetheless, there are still many unresolved questions related to the physical properties of wind-blown particles like e.g., the case of "giant" quartz particles found on Hawaii (Betzer et al., 1988) that can only originate from Asia but have a too large size for the distance they travelled through the atmosphere. Here, we present examples of dust particle-size distributions from terrestrial (loess) as well as marine (deep-sea sediments) sedimentary archives and their spatial and temporal changes. With this contribution we hope to provide quantitative data for the modelling community in order to get a better grip on the role of wind-blown particles in the climate system. Cited

  19. Grain Size Analyses of Neogene-Quaternary Sediments from the Arctic Coring Expedition

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    Moran, K.; Lado-Insua, T.; O'Regan, M.

    2013-12-01

    The Arctic Coring Expedition (ACEX) recovered the first Cenozoic sediment sequence from the central Arctic Ocean. Results from this expedition indicate that perennial sea ice may have formed in the Arctic at or before the early mid-Miocene. Sea ice formation is an important process in the global climate system, affecting directly the Earth's albedo and indirectly the Meridional Overturning Circulation. The deep Arctic Ocean receives sediment primarily from ice-rafted debris and turbidity currents. Suspension freezing on the shallow continental shelves of the Arctic has generally been considered the major process trapping sediment within sea ice. Sea ice motion is largely driven by wind. The anticyclonic Beaufort Gyre transports sea ice over the Amerasia Basin, while the Transpolar Drift transports it across the Eurasian Basin. The Transpolar Drift is divided into a Siberian and Polar branch, both branches cross the position of the ACEX drilling sites on the Lomonosov Ridge. Grain size analyses of ACEX sediments were obtained with a Malvern Mastersizer 2000 laser diffraction particle sizing system. Preliminary analyses indicate pulses with a higher percentage of sand between 3.64 Ma ago until the end of the Gelasian (1.8 Ma). The percent sand remained relatively low during the Cenozoic with the exception of two major increases of sand occurring ~6.2 and 9.2 Ma ago and a smaller peak ~8.2 Ma ago. These intervals also show less sorting and lower values for skewness and kurtosis. Increases in the percentage of sand and less sorting at this latitude relate to ice rafted debris, indicating an increase in sea-ice melting during these periods. A Principal Components Analysis and a Maximum Correlation Factor Analysis agree on a correlation between different grain sizes that would divide the grain size in two major distributions (<19 μm and 19 μm to 2 mm) based on the sedimentation and transport mechanism. These two classes do not agree with the major divisions of sand (63

  20. Impact of Moisture Content and Grain Size on Hydrocarbon Diffusion in Porous Media

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    McLain, A. A.; Ho, C. K.

    2001-12-01

    Diffusion of hydrocarbon vapors in porous media can play an important role in our ability to characterize subsurface contaminants such as trichloroethylene (TCE). For example, traditional monitoring methods often rely on direct sampling of contaminated soils or vapor. These samples may be influenced by the diffusion of vapors away from the contaminant source term, such as non-aqueous-phase TCE liquid. In addition, diffusion of hydrocarbon vapors can also impact the migration and dispersion of the contaminant in the subsurface. Therefore, understanding the diffusion rates and vapor transport processes of hydrocarbons in variably-saturated, heterogeneous porous media will assist in the characterization and detection of these subsurface contaminants. The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of soil heterogeneity and water-moisture content on the diffusion processes for TCE. A one-dimensional column experiment was used to monitor the rates of vapor diffusion through sand. Experiments were performed with different average water-moisture contents and different grain sizes. On one end of the column, a reservoir cap is used to encase the TCE, providing a constant vapor boundary condition while sealing the end. The other end of the column contains a novel microchemical sensor. The sensor employs a polymer-absorption resistor (chemiresistor) that reversibly swells and increases in resistance when exposed to hydrocarbons. Once calibrated, the chemiresistors can be used to passively monitor vapor concentrations. This unique method allows the detection of in-situ vapor concentrations without disturbing the local environment. Results are presented in the form of vapor-concentration breakthrough curves as detected by the sensor. The shape of the breakthrough curve is dependent on several key parameters, including the length of the column and parameters (e.g., water-moisture content and grain-size) that affect the effective diffusion coefficient of TCE in air

  1. Control of resputtering in biased CoCrPt -SiO2 media to enhance grain decoupling and grain size distribution

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    Lee, Hwan-Soo; Guo, Vickie W.; Zhu, Jian-Gang; Laughlin, David E.

    2008-04-01

    A CoCrPt -SiO2 magnetic layer was investigated as functions of argon pressure and substrate bias voltage. Use of these two parameters provided fine tuning of the average kinetic energy of incoming Ar +, which causes resputtering and, consequently, influences adatom mobility during film growth. Biasing and high Ar pressure resulted in a significant improvement in grain decoupling and grain size distribution in the films. Furthermore, resputtering of the metal and oxide species from the growing CoCrPt -SiO2 film was interpreted in terms of the surface adhesion energy of the species on the metal Ru underlayer.

  2. Superior Mobility in Chemical Vapor Deposition Synthesized Graphene by Grain Size Engineering

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    Petrone, Nicholas; Dean, Cory; Meric, Inanc; van der Zande, Arend; Huang, Pinshane; Wang, Lei; Muller, David; Shepard, Kenneth; Hone, James

    2012-02-01

    Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) offers a promising method to produce large-area films of graphene, crucial for commercial realization of graphene-based applications. However, electron transport in CVD grown graphene has continued to fall short of the performance demonstrated by graphene derived from mechanical exfoliation. Lattice defects and grain boundaries developed during growth, structural defects and chemical contamination introduced during transfer, and charged scatterers present in sub-optimal dielectric substrates have all been identified as sources of disorder in CVD grown graphene devices. We grow CVD graphene and fabricate field-effect transistors, attempting to minimize potential sources of disorder. We reduce density of grain boundaries in CVD graphene by controlling domain sizes up to 250 microns. By transferring CVD graphene onto h-BN utilizing a dry-transfer method, we minimize trapped charges at the interface between graphene and in the underlying substrate. We report field-effect mobilities up to 110,000 cm2V-1s-1 and oscillations in magnetotransport measurements below 1 T, confirming the high quality and low disorder in our CVD graphene devices.

  3. Experimental investigation of suspended particles transport through porous media: particle and grain size effect.

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    Liu, Quansheng; Cui, Xianze; Zhang, Chengyuan; Huang, Shibing

    2016-01-01

    Particle and grain size may influence the transportation and deposition characteristics of particles within pollutant transport and within granular filters that are typically used in wastewater treatment. We conducted two-dimensional sandbox experiments using quartz powder as the particles and quartz sand as the porous medium to study the response of transportation and deposition formation to changes in particle diameter (ds, with median diameter 18, 41, and 82 μm) and grain diameter (dp, with median diameter 0.36, 1.25, and 2.82 mm) considering a wide range of diameter ratios (ds/dp) from 0.0064 to 0.228. Particles were suspended in deionized water, and quartz sand was used as the porous medium, which was meticulously cleaned to minimize any physicochemical and impurities effects that could result in indeterminate results. After the experiments, the particle concentration of the effluent and particle mass per gram of dry sands were measured to explore changes in transportation and deposition characteristics under different conditions. In addition, a micro-analysis was conducted to better analyse the results on a mesoscopic scale. The experimental observation analyses indicate that different diameter ratios (ds/dp) may lead to different deposit formations. As ds/dp increased, the deposit formation changed from 'Random Deposition Type' to 'Gradient Deposition Type', and eventually became 'Inlet Deposition Type'. PMID:26323505

  4. Effect of grain size on stability of X-ray diffraction patterns used for threat detection

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    Ghammraoui, B.; Rebuffel, V.; Tabary, J.; Paulus, C.; Verger, L.; Duvauchelle, Ph.

    2012-08-01

    Energy Dispersive X-ray Diffraction (EDXRD) is well-suited to detecting narcotics and a wide range of explosives. The integrated intensity of an X-ray diffraction peak is proportional to the number of grains in the inspected object which are oriented such that they satisfy Bragg's condition. Several parameters have a significant influence on this number. Among them, we can list grain size and the fill rate for polycrystalline materials that both may significantly vary for a same material according to its way of production. Consequently, peak intensity may change significantly from one measurement to another one, thus increasing the risk of losing peaks. This instability is one of the many causes of false alarms. To help avoid these, we have developed a model to quantify the stability of the diffraction patterns measured. Two methods (extension of the detector in a direction perpendicular to the diffractometer plane and slow rotation of both source and detector) can be used to decrease the coefficient of variation, leading to a more stable spectral measurement.

  5. Graphene on Crystallographically Oriented mm-size grains of Polycrystalline Cu Foil

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    Arseven, Merve; Eren Kalay, Y.; Ozdas, Engin

    2012-02-01

    Graphene is a promising candidate for novel technological applications due to its unique band structure and electronic properties. CVD methods on polycrystalline Cu foils has been attracted a great attention for providing not only a cost effective way but also large scale growth of mono-few layer graphene [1]. Controlling the homogenity of graphene layers and its scale is one of the most important step for its quality to achieve its unique properties. Our research is focused on investigating the graphene island shapes and their qualities which are strongly depend on Cu texture orientation. Optimizing the surface by tuning the CVD parameters is indispensable to get oriented, defectless and large scale single crystal like grain structure. The effect of the crystallographic textures of Cu surface on the growth quality and the shape of graphene domains were analyzed by SEM and Raman Spectroscopy, and its key role on grain size distribution were investigated by EBSD and optical microscope. [1] Li X. et al. Science 324, 1312, 2009.

  6. Grain Size Effects on Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Twin Development in Mg-4 wt pct Li (-1 wt pct Al) Alloys

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    Lentz, Martin; Behringer, Andreas; Fahrenson, Christoph; Beyerlein, Irene J.; Reimers, Walter

    2014-10-01

    Grain size effects on three generations of twins were investigated in extruded Mg-4 wt pct Li (-1 wt pct Al) alloys using electron-backscatter diffraction. Samples with three distinct grains sizes, yet the same texture and applied strain were analyzed. With these variables fixed, we show that compression and double twinning decrease substantially with decreasing grain size. We find that compression twinning exhibits a stronger grain size effect than tension twinning, whereas the compression twinning to double twinning transition is independent of grain size.

  7. Extracting magnetic cluster size and its distributions in advanced perpendicular recording media with shrinking grain size using small angle x-ray scattering

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    Mehta, Virat; Ikeda, Yoshihiro; Takano, Ken; Terris, Bruce D.; Hellwig, Olav; Wang, Tianhan; Wu, Benny; Graves, Catherine; Dürr, Hermann A.; Scherz, Andreas; Stöhr, Jo

    2015-05-18

    We analyze the magnetic cluster size (MCS) and magnetic cluster size distribution (MCSD) in a variety of perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) media designs using resonant small angle x-ray scattering at the Co L{sub 3} absorption edge. The different PMR media flavors considered here vary in grain size between 7.5 and 9.5 nm as well as in lateral inter-granular exchange strength, which is controlled via the segregant amount. While for high inter-granular exchange, the MCS increases rapidly for grain sizes below 8.5 nm, we show that for increased amount of segregant with less exchange the MCS remains relatively small, even for grain sizes of 7.5 and 8 nm. However, the MCSD still increases sharply when shrinking grains from 8 to 7.5 nm. We show evidence that recording performance such as signal-to-noise-ratio on the spin stand correlates well with the product of magnetic cluster size and magnetic cluster size distribution.

  8. Relationship of manganese-iron oxides and associated heavy metals to grain size in stream sediments

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    Whitney, P.R.

    1975-01-01

    The distribution of ammonium citrate-leachable lead, zinc and cadmium among size fractions in stream sediments is strongly influenced by the presence of hydrous Mn-Fe oxides in the form of coatings on sediment grains. Distribution curves showing leachable metals as a function of particle size are given for eight samples from streams in New York State. These show certain features in common; in particular two concentrations of metals, one in the finest fractions, and a second peak in the coarse sand and gravel fraction. The latter can be explained as a result of the increasing prevalence and thickness of oxide coatings with increasing particle size, with the oxides serving as collectors for the heavy metals. The distribution of Zn and Cd in most of the samples closely parallels that of Mn; the distribution of Pb is less regular and appears to be related to Fe in some samples and Mn in others. The concentration of metals in the coarse fractions due to oxide coatings, combined with the common occurrence of oxide deposition in streams of glaciated regions, raises the possibility of using coarse materials for geochemical surveys and environmental heavy-metal studies. ?? 1975.

  9. Statistical relationship between pyrite grain size distribution and pyritic sulfur reduction in Ohio coal

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    Mazumdar, M.; Carlton, R.W.; Irdi, G.A.

    1988-01-01

    This paper presents a statistical relationship between the pyrite particle size distribution and the potential amount of pyritic sulfur reduction achieved by specific-gravity-based separation. This relationship is obtained from data on 26 Ohio coal samples crushed to 14 ?? 28 mesh. In this paper a prediction equation is developed that considers the complete statistical distribution of all the pyrite particle sizes in the coal sample. Assuming that pyrite particles occurring in coal have a lognormal distribution, the information about the particle size distribution can be encapsulated in terms of two parameters only, the mean and the standard deviation of the logarithms of the grain diameters. When the pyritic sulfur reductions of the 26 coal samples are related to these two parameters, a very satisfactory regression equation (R2 = 0.91) results. This equation shows that information on both these parameters is needed for an accurate prediction of potential sulfur reduction, and that the mean and the standard deviation interact negatively insofar as their influence on pyritic sulfur reduction is concerned. ?? 1988.

  10. Stimulated Brillouin scattering of laser in semiconductor plasma embedded with nano-sized grains

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    Sharma, Giriraj; Dad, R. C.; Ghosh, S.

    2015-07-31

    A high power laser propagating through semiconductor plasma undergoes Stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) from the electrostrictively generated acoustic perturbations. We have considered that nano-sized grains (NSGs) ions are embedded in semiconductor plasma by means of ion implantation. The NSGs are bombarded by the surrounding plasma particles and collect electrons. By considering a negative charge on the NSGs, we present an analytically study on the effects of NSGs on threshold field for the onset of SBS and Brillouin gain of generated Brillouin scattered mode. It is found that as the charge on the NSGs builds up, the Brillouin gain is significantly raised and the threshold pump field for the onset of SBS process is lowered.

  11. Stress Relaxation in Sn-Based Films: Effects of Pb Alloying, Grain Size, and Microstructure

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    Jadhav, Nitin; Wasserman, Jacob; Pei, Fei; Chason, Eric

    2012-03-01

    Stress is believed to provide the driving force for growth of Sn whiskers, so stress relaxation in the Sn layer plays a key role in their formation. To understand and enhance stress relaxation in Sn-based films, the effects of Pb alloying and microstructure on their mechanical properties have been studied by observing the relaxation of thermal expansion-induced strain. The relaxation rate is found to increase with film thickness and grain size in pure Sn films, and it depends on the microstructure in Pb-alloyed Sn films. Measurements of multilayered structures (Sn on Pb-Sn and Pb-Sn on Sn) show that changing the surface layer alone is not sufficient to enhance the relaxation, indicating that the Pb enhances relaxation in the bulk of the film and not by surface modification. Implications of our results for whisker mitigation strategies are discussed.

  12. Grain-size control in Ti-48Al-2Cr-2Nb with yttrium additions

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    Trivedi, P. B.; Patankar, S. N.; (Sam) Froes, F. H.; Baburaj, E. G.; Genç, A.; Ovecoglu, L.

    2002-08-01

    A gas-atomized (GA) prealloyed powder of the Ti-48Al-2Cr-2Nb intermetallic and 1.6 wt pct Y were mechanically alloyed (MA) and hot isostatically pressed (hipped) to produce a fully dense nanocrystalline material. Mechanical alloying of the as-blended powder for 16 hours resulted in the formation of a disordered fcc phase. Hipping of the alloy powder produced a single-phase nanocrystalline TiAl intermetallic, containing a distribution of 20 to 35-nm-sized Al2Y4O9 particles. The formation of oxide particles occurred by the chemical combination of Al and Y with oxygen, which entered as a contaminant during milling. Oxide particles increased the hardness of the intermetallic compound and minimized grain growth even at 0.8 T m , where T m is the melting point of the compound.

  13. The influence of the grain-size, mineralogical and geochemical composition on the Verdesca landslide

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    Summa, V.; Margiotta, S.; Colaiacovo, R.; Giannossi, M. L.

    2015-01-01

    Silty sands and clayey silts taken from a landslide in the Agri Valley have been analysed in order to study the role of sediment composition in the slope stability and the development of a slip zone. A geognostic hole was used to collect samples and monitor movements. A slip zone at a depth of about 14 m was identified. Compositional and physical-mechanical characterisation of samples was carried out. Some compositional characters, such as a 32-2 μm grain-size fraction, clay mineral content, cation exchange capacity and total nitrogen, increase in the slip zone. Some correlations have been found between geotechnical properties (residual shear strength and residual friction angle) and the same compositional characters, which can therefore be considered possible factors influencing slope stability.

  14. Vibracore, Radiocarbon, Microfossil, and Grain-Size Data from Apalachicola Bay, Florida

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    Twichell, D.C.; Pendleton, E.A.; Poore, R.Z.; Osterman, L.E.; Kelso, K.W.

    2009-01-01

    In 2007, the U.S. Geological Survey collected 24 vibracores within Apalachicola Bay, Florida. The vibracores were collected by using a Rossfelder electric percussive (P-3) vibracore system during a cruise on the Research Vessel (R/V) G.K. Gilbert. Selection of the core sites was based on a geophysical survey that was conducted during 2005 and 2006 in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Coastal Services Center (CSC) and the Apalachicola Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. This report contains the vibracore data logs, photographs, and core-derived data including grain-size analyses, radiocarbon ages, microfossil counts, and sedimentological interpretations. The long-term goal of this study is to provide maps, data, and assistance to the Apalachicola Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in their effort to monitor and understand the geology and ecology of Apalachicola Bay Estuary. These data will inform coastal managers charged with the responsibility for resource preservation.

  15. New Technology/Old Technology: Comparing Lunar Grain Size Distribution Data and Methods

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    Fruland, R. M.; Cooper, Bonnie L.; Gonzalexz, C. P.; McKay, David S.

    2011-01-01

    Laser diffraction technology generates reproducible grain size distributions and reveals new structures not apparent in old sieve data. The comparison of specific sieve fractions with the Microtrac distribution curve generated for those specific fractions shows a reasonable match for the mean of each fraction between the two techniques, giving us confidence that the large existing body of sieve data can be cross-correlated with new data based on laser diffraction. It is well-suited for lunar soils, which have as much as 25% of the material in the less than 20 micrometer fraction. The fines in this range are of particular interest because they may contain a record of important space weathering processes.

  16. Airway size and the rate of pulmonary function decline in grain handlers

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    Vedal, S.; Enarson, D.A.; Chan-Yeung, M.

    1988-12-01

    Tracheal diameter and chest dimensions were measured from postero-anterior chest radiographs in grain handlers to prospectively identify airway size and chest size-related predictors of the rate of pulmonary function decline. A total of 634 grain workers were studied at the initial survey, of whom 239 satisfied the following inclusion criteria: (1) had a satisfactory chest radiograph taken at the initial survey in 1975, (2) performed spirometry at the 1975, 1978, and 1981 surveys, and (3) had no change in smoking status from 1975 to 1981. Radiographic measurements consisted of height of the right lung, transverse diameter of the chest at the level of the right diaphragm and at a level two-thirds up the right lung, and tracheal diameter (Tr). Areas of both lungs were measured by planimetry. Tr was only weakly related to height (r = 0.24). Increasing age was strongly associated with faster rates of FEV1 decline. After adjusting for the effects of age and cigarette smoking, Tr was the only radiographic measurement associated with FEV1 decline. Workers with Tr of 16 mm or less lost an average of 0.2% of their FEV1 per year compared to 0.9% per year for those with larger tracheas. This association was not modified by dust exposure estimates based on measurements of total dust. However, the strength of the association did depend upon smoking status, being strongest in current cigarette smokers (Tr less than or equal to 16 mm lost 0.2% annually and Tr greater than or equal to 21 mm lost 1.4% annually).

  17. Trace, isotopic analysis of micron-sized grains -- Mo, Zr analysis of stardust (SiC and graphite grains).

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    Pellin, M. J.; Nicolussi, G. K.

    1998-02-19

    Secondary Neutral Mass Spectrometry using resonant laser ionization can provide for both high useful yields and high discrimination while maintaining high lateral and depth resolutions. An example of the power of the method is measurement of the isotopic composition of Mo and Zr in 1-5 {micro}m presolar SiC and graphite grains isolated from the Murchison CM2 meteorite for the first time. These grains have survived the formation of the Solar System and isotopic analysis reveals a record of the stellar nucleosynthesis present during their formation. Mo and Zr, though present at less than 10 ppm in some grains, are particularly useful in that among their isotopes are members that can only be formed by distinct nucleosynthetic processes known as s-, p-, and r-process. Successful isotopic analysis of these elements requires both high selectivity (since these are trace elements) and high efficiency (since the total number of atoms available are limited). Resonant Ionization Spectroscopy is particularly useful and flexible in this application. While the sensitivity of this t.edmique has often been reported in the past, we focus hereon the very low noise properties of the technique. We further demonstrate the efficacy of noise removal by two complimentary methods. First we use the resonant nature of the signal to subtract background signal. Second we demonstrate that by choosing the appropriate resonance scheme background can often be dramatically reduced.

  18. 3D granulometry: grain-scale shape and size distribution from point cloud dataset of river environments

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    Steer, Philippe; Lague, Dimitri; Gourdon, Aurélie; Croissant, Thomas; Crave, Alain

    2016-04-01

    The grain-scale morphology of river sediments and their size distribution are important factors controlling the efficiency of fluvial erosion and transport. In turn, constraining the spatial evolution of these two metrics offer deep insights on the dynamics of river erosion and sediment transport from hillslopes to the sea. However, the size distribution of river sediments is generally assessed using statistically-biased field measurements and determining the grain-scale shape of river sediments remains a real challenge in geomorphology. Here we determine, with new methodological approaches based on the segmentation and geomorphological fitting of 3D point cloud dataset, the size distribution and grain-scale shape of sediments located in river environments. Point cloud segmentation is performed using either machine-learning algorithms or geometrical criterion, such as local plan fitting or curvature analysis. Once the grains are individualized into several sub-clouds, each grain-scale morphology is determined using a 3D geometrical fitting algorithm applied on the sub-cloud. If different geometrical models can be conceived and tested, only ellipsoidal models were used in this study. A phase of results checking is then performed to remove grains showing a best-fitting model with a low level of confidence. The main benefits of this automatic method are that it provides 1) an un-biased estimate of grain-size distribution on a large range of scales, from centimeter to tens of meters; 2) access to a very large number of data, only limited by the number of grains in the point-cloud dataset; 3) access to the 3D morphology of grains, in turn allowing to develop new metrics characterizing the size and shape of grains. The main limit of this method is that it is only able to detect grains with a characteristic size greater than the resolution of the point cloud. This new 3D granulometric method is then applied to river terraces both in the Poerua catchment in New-Zealand and

  19. Effect of hot band grain size on development of textures and magnetic properties in 2.0% Si non-oriented electrical steel sheet

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    Lee, K. M.; Huh, M. Y.; Lee, H. J.; Park, J. T.; Kim, J. S.; Shin, E. J.; Engler, O.

    2015-12-01

    The effect of hot band grain size on the development of crystallographic texture and magnetic properties in non-oriented electrical steel sheet was studied. After cold rolling the samples with different initial grain sizes displayed different microstructures and micro-textures but nearly identical macro-textures. The homogeneous recrystallized microstructure and micro-texture in the sample having small grains caused normal continuous grain growth. The quite irregular microstructure and micro-texture in the recrystallized sample with large initial grain size provided a preferential growth of grains in <001>//ND and <113>//ND which were beneficial for developing superior magnetic properties.

  20. The effects of snowpack grain size on satellite passive microwave observations from the Upper Colorado River Basin

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    Josberger, E.G.; Gloersen, P.; Chang, A.; Rango, A.

    1996-01-01

    Understanding the passive microwave emissions of a snowpack, as observed by satellite sensors, requires knowledge of the snowpack properties: water equivalent, grain size, density, and stratigraphy. For the snowpack in the Upper Colorado River Basin, measurements of snow depth and water equivalent are routinely available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but extremely limited information is available for the other properties. To provide this information, a field program from 1984 to 1995 obtained profiles of snowpack grain size, density, and temperature near the time of maximum snow accumulation, at sites distributed across the basin. A synoptic basin-wide sampling program in 1985 showed that the snowpack exhibits consistent properties across large regions. Typically, the snowpack in the Wyoming region contains large amounts of depth hoar, with grain sizes up to 5 mm, while the snowpack in Colorado and Utah is dominated by rounded snow grains less than 2 mm in diameter. In the Wyoming region, large depth hoar crystals in shallow snowpacks yield the lowest emissivities or coldest brightness temperatures observed across the entire basin. Yearly differences in the average grain sizes result primarily from variations in the relative amount of depth hoar within the snowpack. The average grain size for the Colorado and Utah regions shows much less variation than do the grain sizes from the Wyoming region. Furthermore, the greatest amounts of depth hoar occur in the Wyoming region during 1987 and 1992, years with strong El Nin??o Southern Oscillation, but the Colorado and Utah regions do not show this behavior.

  1. Genotypic variation in spike fertility traits and ovary size as determinants of floret and grain survival rate in wheat.

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    Guo, Zifeng; Slafer, Gustavo A; Schnurbusch, Thorsten

    2016-07-01

    Spike fertility traits are critical attributes for grain yield in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Here, we examine the genotypic variation in three important traits: maximum number of floret primordia, number of fertile florets, and number of grains. We determine their relationship in determining spike fertility in 30 genotypes grown under two contrasting conditions: field and greenhouse. The maximum number of floret primordia per spikelet (MFS), fertile florets per spikelet (FFS), and number of grains per spikelet (GS) not only exhibited large genotypic variation in both growth conditions and across all spikelet positions studied, but also displayed moderate levels of heritability. FFS was closely associated with floret survival and only weakly related to MFS. We also found that the post-anthesis process of grain set/abortion was important in determining genotypic variation in GS; an increase in GS was mainly associated with improved grain survival. Ovary size at anthesis was associated with both floret survival (pre-anthesis) and grain survival (post-anthesis), and was thus believed to 'connect' the two traits. In this work, proximal florets (i.e. the first three florets from the base of a spikelet: F1, F2, and F3) produced fertile florets and set grains in most cases. The ovary size of more distal florets (F4 and beyond) seemed to act as a decisive factor for grain setting and effectively reflected pre-anthesis floret development. In both growth conditions, GS positively correlated with ovary size of florets in the distal position (F4), suggesting that assimilates allocated to distal florets may play a critical role in regulating grain set. PMID:27279276

  2. Magnetic behaviour of sol-gel driven BiFeO3 thin films with different grain size distribution

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sharma, Shiwani; Saravanan, P.; Pandey, O. P.; Vinod, V. T. P.; Černík, Miroslav; Sharma, Puneet

    2016-03-01

    BiFeO3 (BFO) thin films with uniform thickness of ~200 nm were prepared by the sol-gel assisted spin coating method. Different grain size distributions in the as-grown BFO films were then induced by varying the annealing temperature between 525 and 600 °C. It is found that the grain size distribution become wider as the annealing temperature increases. All the films showed a well-saturated magnetization (M) versus magnetic field (H) hysteresis loops at 300 K. A strong dependence of M on the grain size distribution is observed. An optimal grain size distribution with average grain size ~90 nm is responsible for high M in the BFO films. The non-saturated M-H loops obtained at 10 K suggest the spin glass behaviour of BFO films. The zero field cooled (ZFC) and field cooled (FC) magnetization curves shows split at 300 K and a cusp at ~50 K in the ZFC curve, which further confirms the spin glass state of polycrystalline BFO thin films.