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  1. Low gravity solidification structures in the tin-15 wt pct lead and tin-3 wt pct bismuth alloys

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    Johnston, M. H.; Parr, R. A.

    1982-01-01

    The tin-15 wt pct lead and tin-3 wt pct bismuth alloys have been solidified in the low-gravity environment provided by the Space Processing Applications Rocket (SPAR), on the KC-135 airplane, and at high 'g' levels in a centrifuge furnace. In each case the resultant cast structure was significantly different from that obtained in ground based experiments. Earlier low-gravity studies with the metal-model system NH4Cl-H2O presaged these results. This paper presents and discusses the influence of changes in the gravity force on the grain structure of these materials.

  2. Phase Transformation Behavior of Medium Manganese Steels with 3 Wt Pct Aluminum and 3 Wt Pct Silicon During Intercritical Annealing

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    Sun, Binhan; Fazeli, Fateh; Scott, Colin; Yue, Stephen

    2016-08-01

    Medium manganese steels alloyed with sufficient aluminum and silicon amounts contain high fractions of retained austenite adjustable to various transformation-induced plasticity/twinning-induced plasticity effects, in addition to a reduced density suitable for lightweight vehicle body-in-white assemblies. Two hot rolled medium manganese steels containing 3 wt pct aluminum and 3 wt pct silicon were subjected to different annealing treatments in the present study. The evolution of the microstructure in terms of austenite transformation upon reheating and the subsequent austenite decomposition during quenching was investigated. Manganese content of the steels prevailed the microstructural response. The microstructure of the leaner alloy with 7 wt pct Mn (7Mn) was substantially influenced by the annealing temperature, including the variation of phase constituents, the morphology and composition of intercritical austenite, the Ms temperature and the retained austenite fraction. In contrast, the richer variant 10 wt pct Mn steel (10Mn) exhibited a substantially stable ferrite-austenite duplex phase microstructure containing a fixed amount of retained austenite which was found to be independent of the variations of intercritical annealing temperature. Austenite formation from hot band ferrite-pearlite/bainite mixtures was very rapid during annealing at 1273 K (1000 °C), regardless of Mn contents. Austenite growth was believed to be controlled at early stages by carbon diffusion following pearlite/bainite dissolution. The redistribution of Mn in ferrite and particularly in austenite at later stages was too subtle to result in a measureable change in austenite fraction. Further, the hot band microstructure of both steels contained a large fraction of coarse-grained δ-ferrite, which remained almost unchanged during intercritical annealing. A recently developed thermodynamic database was evaluated using the experimental data. The new database achieved a better agreement

  3. Phase Transformation Behavior of Medium Manganese Steels with 3 Wt Pct Aluminum and 3 Wt Pct Silicon During Intercritical Annealing

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    Sun, Binhan; Fazeli, Fateh; Scott, Colin; Yue, Stephen

    2016-10-01

    Medium manganese steels alloyed with sufficient aluminum and silicon amounts contain high fractions of retained austenite adjustable to various transformation-induced plasticity/twinning-induced plasticity effects, in addition to a reduced density suitable for lightweight vehicle body-in-white assemblies. Two hot rolled medium manganese steels containing 3 wt pct aluminum and 3 wt pct silicon were subjected to different annealing treatments in the present study. The evolution of the microstructure in terms of austenite transformation upon reheating and the subsequent austenite decomposition during quenching was investigated. Manganese content of the steels prevailed the microstructural response. The microstructure of the leaner alloy with 7 wt pct Mn (7Mn) was substantially influenced by the annealing temperature, including the variation of phase constituents, the morphology and composition of intercritical austenite, the Ms temperature and the retained austenite fraction. In contrast, the richer variant 10 wt pct Mn steel (10Mn) exhibited a substantially stable ferrite-austenite duplex phase microstructure containing a fixed amount of retained austenite which was found to be independent of the variations of intercritical annealing temperature. Austenite formation from hot band ferrite-pearlite/bainite mixtures was very rapid during annealing at 1273 K (1000 °C), regardless of Mn contents. Austenite growth was believed to be controlled at early stages by carbon diffusion following pearlite/bainite dissolution. The redistribution of Mn in ferrite and particularly in austenite at later stages was too subtle to result in a measureable change in austenite fraction. Further, the hot band microstructure of both steels contained a large fraction of coarse-grained δ-ferrite, which remained almost unchanged during intercritical annealing. A recently developed thermodynamic database was evaluated using the experimental data. The new database achieved a better agreement

  4. Supercooling effects in Cu-10 wt pct Co alloys solidified at different cooling rates

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    Munitz, A.; Elder-Randall, S. P.; Abbaschian, R.

    1992-01-01

    Electromagnetic levitation and electron beam surface melting were employed to study the effects of supercooling and cooling rate on the solidification of Cu-10 wt pct Co alloys. Two major effects were observed in the supercooled alloys: the nucleation of a metastable copper-rich phase which contains 13 wt pct to 20 wt pct Co in samples supercooled between 105 and 150 K and liquid phase separation which occurs in samples supercooled 150 K or more. The microstructure of the electron beam melted surfaces consisted of very fine spheres which were similar to those of the sample supercooled more than 150 K but with a refined microstructure. The results indicate that a dynamic bulk supercooling of 150 K may exist in the molten pool during the solidification of electron beam melted surfaces.

  5. Microstructure and corrosion behavior of as-cast and heat-treated Al-4.5 Wt pct Cu-2.0 wt pct Mn alloys

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    Skolianos, S. M.; Kattamis, T. Z.; Devereux, O. F.

    1989-11-01

    The microstructure and corrosion behavior of as-cast and heat-treated Al-4.5 pct Cu-2.0 pct Mn alloy specimens solidified at various cooling rates were investigated. The equilibrium phases Al6Mn and θ-Al2Cu, which are observed in the conventionally solidified alloy in the as-cast condition, were not detected in rapidly solidified (melt-spun) material. Instead, the ternary compound Al20Cu2Mn3 was present in addition to the α phase, which was present in all cases. The morphological and kinetic nature of corrosion was investigated metallographically and through potentiostatic techniques in 3.5 wt pct NaCl aqueous solution. Corrosion of the as-cast material was described by two anodic reactions: corrosion of the intermetallic phases and pitting of the α-Al solid solution. The corrosion rate increased with cooling rate from that for the furnace-cooled alloy to that for the copper mold-cast alloy and, subsequently, decreased in the rapidly solidified alloy. In the heat-treated material, corrosion could be described by two anodic reactions: corrosion of Al20Cu2Mn3 precipitate particles and pitting of the α-Al matrix.

  6. Microstructure, strength, and oxidation of a 10 wt pct zyttrite-Si3N4 ceramic

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    Dutta, S.; Buzek, B.

    1984-01-01

    Hot pressed Si3N4 doped with 10 wt pct zyttrite as a sintering aid was studied. An equiaxed, fine grained microstructure was predominant, with no apparent porosity. Bend strengths were determined at room temperature and high temperatures (up to 1370 C). Oxidation was measured by weight gain at 1370 C in air. The resulting material exhibited very good room temperature strength (755 MPa). The work showed that room temperature strength can be improved significantly by using controlled Si3N4 powder with 10 wt pct zyttrite. High temperature strength (514 MPa) at 1370 C was nearly double that of hot-pressed Si3N4 (NC-132). The oxidation resistance at 1370 C was also higher than that of NC-132.

  7. Estimation of crack closure stresses for in situ toughened silicon nitride with 8 wt pct scandia

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    Choi, Sung R.; Salem, Jonathan A.; Sanders, William A.

    1992-01-01

    An 8-wt pct-scandia silicon nitride with an elongated grain structure was fabricated. The material exhibited high fracture toughness and a rising R-curve as measured by the indentation strength technique. The 'toughening' exponent m was found to be m about 0.1. The high fracture toughness and R-curve behavior was attributed mainly to bridging of the crack faces by the elongated grains. The crack closure (bridging) stress distribution in the wake region of the crack tip was estimated as a function of crack size from the R-curve data, with an arbitrarily assumed distribution function.

  8. Growth-speed dependence of primary arm spacings in directionally solidified Pb-10 wt pct Sn

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    Chopra, M. A.; Tewari, S. N.

    1991-01-01

    The dependence of primary arm spacings on growth speed has been investigated for cellular and dendritic arrays in directionally solidified Pb-10 wt pct Sn. The spatial arrangements of cells and dendrites, as given by their coordination number, are not very different from each other. The primary arm spacing maxima and the cell-to-dendrite transition appear to be strongly influenced by the magnitude of the solute partition coefficient (k). The planar-to-cellular transition in Pb-Sn (k = 0.50) is supercritical as compared to the subcritical behavior reported in Al-Cu (k = 0.14) and succinonitrile-acetone (k = 0.1).

  9. The unidirectional solidification of Al-4 wt pct Cu ingots in microgravity

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    Cahoon, J. R.; Chaturvedi, M. C.; Tandon, K. N.

    1998-03-01

    Three Al-4 wt pct Cu alloy ingots, 10 mm in diameter and 25-mm long, were unidirectionally solidified in microgravity during the flight of a sounding rocket, with solidification rates of about 1.6×10-4 m/s and temperature gradients of about 2600 K/m. The apparatus was comprised of three muffle furnaces, which melted the ingots prior to the launch of the rocket. Unidirectional solidification of the ingots was accomplished by chill plates attached to the furnaces, which were withdrawn from the ingots during the microgravity portion of the flight, bringing the chill plates into contact with the bases of the capsules containing the ingots. Solidification was complete in less than 4 minutes. For comparison, several ground-based ingots were solidified in unit gravity under similar conditions. Metallographic analysis of the solidified ingots showed that the macrostructures of the unit-gravity and microgravity ingots were similar, all exhibiting columnar grains. However, the microstructures were significantly different, with the microgravity ingots exhibiting primary dendrite spacings about 40 pct larger than the unit-gravity ingots and secondary dendrite arm spacings about 85 pct larger. The larger dendrite spacings for the ingots solidified in microgravity are explained by lower dendrite growth velocities. The absence of convective mixing in the microgravity ingots slightly increased temperature gradients in the liquid portion of the alloy during solidification, which resulted in decreased growth velocities.

  10. Electrical conductivity in directionally solidified lead-9 and -20 wt pct copper alloys

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    Kim, Shinwoo; Flanagan, W. F.; Lichter, B. D.; Grugel, R. N.

    1993-01-01

    Composites consisting of aligned copper dendrites in a lead matrix have been produced by directional solidification processing for potential application as grids in lead-acid batteries. To promote a uniform composite of aligned copper dendrites in a protective lead matrix, two alloy compositions, Pb-9 and -20 wt pct Cu, have been directionally solidified through a temperature gradient of 4.5 K/mm at constant growth velocities which ranged from 1 to 100 micron/s. With slow growth rates (below about 10 microns/s), the copper dendrites were generally columnar and continuous along the sample length; at higher velocities (above 60 microns/s), they assumed an intricate and equiaxed morphology. In accordance with copper content and growth rate, the electrical conductivity of the directionally solidified composites was found to be as much as a 2.5 times that of pure lead. The results are compared with that predicted by a model based on a geometrical dendrite.

  11. Solidification of hypereutectic Al-38 wt pct Cu alloy in microgravity and in unit gravity

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    Yu, H.; Tandon, K.N.; Cahoon, J.R.

    1997-05-01

    Solidification in microgravity aboard the space shuttle Endeavour resulted in a dramatic change in the morphology of the primary Al{sub 2}Cu phase compared to ground-based solidification in unit gravity. An Al-38 wt pct Cu ingot directionally solidified at a rate of 0.015 mm/s with a temperature gradient of 1.69 K/mm exhibited large, well-formed dendrites of primary Al{sub 2}Cu phase. Ingots solidified under similar conditions in unit gravity contained primary Al{sub 2}Cu phase with smooth, faceted surfaces. The primary Al{sub 2}Cu phase spacing in the microgravity ingot was much greater than that in the unit gravity ingot, 670 {micro}m compared to 171 {micro}m. It is suggested that thermosolutal mixing in the unit gravity ingot reduces the buildup of an Al-rich layer at the solid/liquid interface, which increases the stability of the interface resulting in smooth, faceted particles of Al{sub 2}Cu phase. It is also suggested that the large difference in primary phase spacings is due mostly to the difference in morphology rather than changes in parameters that might influence dendrite ripening mechanisms. The presence or absence of gravity had no effect on the interlamellar spacing of the inter-Al{sub 2}Cu phase eutectic. The ingot solidified in microgravity exhibited almost no longitudinal macrosegregation, in agreement with the theory of inverse segregation in the absence of thermosolutal convection. The ingot solidified in unit gravity exhibited considerable longitudinal macrosegregation, with the chilled end having about 6 wt pct more Cu than the average composition. It is not clear whether the segregation results from thermosolutal convection during solidification or from sedimentation during melting.

  12. Effect of Nickel Precoating on Wettability of Twinning-Induced Plasticity Steels by Liquid Zn-0.23 Wt Pct Al

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    Kim, Yunkyum; Lee, Joonho; Shin, Kwang-Soo; Jeon, Sun-Ho; Chin, Kwang-Geun

    2016-10-01

    The effect of the nickel precoating on the wettability and the corresponding coating property of twinning-induced plasticity steel (17 wt pct Mn-1.2 wt pct Al-0.1 wt pct Si-0.5 wt pct C) by liquid Zn-0.23 wt pct Al were investigated. Annealing and Zn coating experiments were carried out in a galvanization simulator, and Zn wetting experiments were performed with a dispensed drop test machine. The experimental results showed that nickel precoating improved the Zn wetting property. SEM, XPS, and TEM analyses showed that nickel precoating decreased the thickness of surface oxides and thus improved the Zn coating property. It was speculated that oxygen adsorption on the nickel surface might be suppressed. In addition, Al2O3 was found just below the nickel precoating layer, and this indicated that the oxygen potential in the subsurface region was considerably decreased.

  13. Effect of Nickel Precoating on Wettability of Twinning-Induced Plasticity Steels by Liquid Zn-0.23 Wt Pct Al

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    Kim, Yunkyum; Lee, Joonho; Shin, Kwang-Soo; Jeon, Sun-Ho; Chin, Kwang-Geun

    2016-07-01

    The effect of the nickel precoating on the wettability and the corresponding coating property of twinning-induced plasticity steel (17 wt pct Mn-1.2 wt pct Al-0.1 wt pct Si-0.5 wt pct C) by liquid Zn-0.23 wt pct Al were investigated. Annealing and Zn coating experiments were carried out in a galvanization simulator, and Zn wetting experiments were performed with a dispensed drop test machine. The experimental results showed that nickel precoating improved the Zn wetting property. SEM, XPS, and TEM analyses showed that nickel precoating decreased the thickness of surface oxides and thus improved the Zn coating property. It was speculated that oxygen adsorption on the nickel surface might be suppressed. In addition, Al2O3 was found just below the nickel precoating layer, and this indicated that the oxygen potential in the subsurface region was considerably decreased.

  14. Microstructure and Corrosion Behavior of Hf-40 Wt Pct Ti Alloy in Nitric Acid Medium for Reprocessing Applications

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    Jayaraj, J.; Ravi, K. R.; Mallika, C.; Kamachi Mudali, U.

    2016-09-01

    The Hf-40 wt pct Ti (Hf-Ti) alloy was developed for neutron poison application in the spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant. The furnace-cooled Hf-Ti sample exhibited the microstructure comprising equiaxed-α, lamellar-α, and feathery-α. The water-quenched Hf-Ti sample confirmed the presence of lath and internally twinned martensite. In comparison to the furnace-cooled sample, low corrosion current density and passivation current density values obtained for the water-quenched Hf-Ti in 6 M HNO3 at 298 K (25 °C) indicated better passivation ability. The martensitic structure exhibited high hardness (660 HV) and negligible corrosion rate in 6 M nitric acid at 298 K (25 °C). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) analysis confirmed that passivation behavior of this alloy was due to the protective passive film composed of TiO2 and HfO2.

  15. Primary arm spacing in directionally solidified Pb-10 wt pct Sn alloys

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    Chopra, M. A.; Tewari, S. N.

    1990-01-01

    The dependence of primary arm spacings on growth speed was investigated for cellular and dendritic arrays in Pb-10 wt percent Sn samples directionally solidified under a constant positive thermal gradient in the melt. The gradient of constitutional supercooling was varied from almost zero (near the break-down of the planar liquid-solid interface at small growth speeds, cellular morphology) to near unity (large growth speeds, dendritic morphology). The spatial arrangements of cells and dendrites, as given by their coordination number, are not very different from each other. It appears that primary arm spacing maxima and the cell to dendrite transition are strongly influenced by the magnitude of the solute partition coefficient. The planar to cellular bifurction is supercritical in Pb-Sn which has a high partition coefficient, as compared to the subcritical behavior reported in Al-Cu and succinonitrile-acetone, both of which have low partition coefficients. The primary arm spacing model due to Hunt agrees with the experimentally observed trend for the whole growth regime. There is a good quantitative agreement at higher grdients of supercooling. However, the model overpredicts the primary arm spacings at low gradients of constitutional supercooling.

  16. On the Densification Behavior of (0.2, 0.5, and 1 Wt Pct) CNT-YSZ Ceramic Composites Processed via Spark Plasma Sintering

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    Karanam, Abhinav; Bichler, Lukas; Fong, Randy

    2015-08-01

    Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ) is a promising thermal insulating ceramic for high temperature applications due to its stability and chemical inertness. As was demonstrated with other technical ceramics ( e.g., Alumina), addition of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) to a ceramic matrix may significantly enhance its mechanical properties. In this work, 8 mol pct YSZ with 0.2, 0.5, and 1 wt pct CNT composites were fabricated via the spark plasma sintering process. The densification, Vicker's microhardness, specific gravity, and microstructure evolution of the composites were investigated. The results suggest that the addition of CNTs to YSZ hindered densification and grain growth during SPS processing leading to inhomogeneous grain size distribution. However, the CNTs had a profound impact on the hardness of the composite ceramics, with an increase from 697 HV (YSZ) to 1195 HV (1 wt pctCNT-YSZ).

  17. Response of Mg Addition on the Dendritic Structures and Mechanical Properties of Hypoeutectic Al-10Si (Wt Pct) Alloys

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    Karaköse, Ercan; Yildiz, Mehmet; Keskin, Mustafa

    2016-08-01

    Rapidly solidified hypoeutectic Al-10Si- xMg ( x = 0, 5, 10 wt pct) alloys were produced by the melt-spinning method. The phase composition was identified by X-ray diffractometry, and the microstructures of the alloys were characterized by scanning electron microscopy. The melting characteristics were studied by differential scanning calorimetry and differential thermal analysis under an Ar atmosphere. The mechanical properties of the melt-spun and conventionally solidified alloys were tested by tensile-strength and Vickers microhardness tests. The results illustrate that the cooling rate and solidification time of 89 μm thick melt-spun ribbon were estimated to be 2.97 × 107 K s-1 and 9.31 × 10-6 s, respectively. Nanoscale Si spot particles were observed growing on the surface of the dendritic α-Al matrix and the average sizes of these spots ranged from 10 to 50 nm. The improvement in the tensile properties and microhardness was related to structural refinement and the supersaturated α-Al solid solution; the nanoscale-dispersed Si spot particles made a significant improvement to the mechanical properties of the melt-spun ribbon. Detailed electrical resistivity tests of the ribbons were carried out at temperatures of 300 K to 800 K (27 °C to 527 °C).

  18. The Work Softening by Deformation-Induced Disordering and Cold Rolling of 6.5 wt pct Si Steel Thin Sheets

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    Wang, Xianglong; Li, Haoze; Zhang, Weina; Liu, Zhenyu; Wang, Guodong; Luo, Zhonghan; Zhang, Fengquan

    2016-09-01

    As-cast strip of 6.5 wt pct Si steel was fabricated by twin-roll strip casting. After hot rolling at 1323 K (1050 °C), thin sheets with the thickness of 0.35 mm were produced by warm rolling at 373 K (100 °C) with rolling reductions of 15, 25, 35, 45, 55, and 65 pct. Influence of warm rolling reduction on ductility was investigated by room temperature bending test. The measurement of macro-hardness showed that "work softening" could begin when the warm rolling reduction exceeded 35 pct. The room temperature ductility of the thin sheets gradually increased with the increase of warm rolling reductions, and the plastic deformation during bending began to form when the warm rolling reduction was greater than 45 pct, the 65 pct rolled thin sheet exhibited the maximum plastic deformation of about 0.6 pct during bending at room temperature, with a few small dimples having been observed on the fracture surfaces. B2-ordered domains were formed in the 15, 25, 35, 45, and 55 pct rolled specimens, and their average size decreased with the increase of warm rolling reductions. By contrast, no B2-ordered domain could be found in the 65 pct rolled specimen. It had been observed that large-ordered domains could be split into several small parts by the slip of partial super-dislocations during warm rolling, which led to significant decrease of the order degree to cause the phenomenon of deformation-induced disordering. On the basis of these results, cold rolling schedule was developed to successfully fabricate 0.25-mm-thick sheets with good surface qualities and magnetic properties from warm rolled sheets.

  19. Effect of Layer Thickness in Selective Laser Melting on Microstructure of Al/5wt.%Fe2O3 Powder Consolidated Parts

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    Hao, Liang

    2014-01-01

    In situ reaction was activated in the powder mixture of Al/5wt.%Fe2O3 by using selective laser melting (SLM) to directly fabricate aluminium metal matrix composite parts. The microstructural characteristics of these in situ consolidated parts through SLM were investigated under the influence of thick powder bed, 75 μm layer thickness, and 50 μm layer thickness in various laser powers and scanning speeds. It was found that the layer thickness has a strong influence on microstructural outcome, mainly attributed to its impact on oxygen content of the matrix. Various microstructural features (such as granular, coralline-like, and particulate appearance) were observed depending on the layer thickness, laser power, and scanning speed. This was associated with various material combinations such as pure Al, Al-Fe intermetallics, and Al(-Fe) oxide phases formed after in situ reaction and laser rapid solidification. Uniformly distributed very fine particles could be consolidated in net-shape Al composite parts by using lower layer thickness, higher laser power, and lower scanning speed. The findings contribute to the new development of advanced net-shape manufacture of Al composites by combining SLM and in situ reaction process. PMID:24526879

  20. Effect of layer thickness in selective laser melting on microstructure of Al/5wt.%Fe2O3 powder consolidated parts.

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    Dadbakhsh, Sasan; Hao, Liang

    2014-01-01

    In situ reaction was activated in the powder mixture of Al/5wt.%Fe2O3 by using selective laser melting (SLM) to directly fabricate aluminium metal matrix composite parts. The microstructural characteristics of these in situ consolidated parts through SLM were investigated under the influence of thick powder bed, 75  μm layer thickness, and 50  μm layer thickness in various laser powers and scanning speeds. It was found that the layer thickness has a strong influence on microstructural outcome, mainly attributed to its impact on oxygen content of the matrix. Various microstructural features (such as granular, coralline-like, and particulate appearance) were observed depending on the layer thickness, laser power, and scanning speed. This was associated with various material combinations such as pure Al, Al-Fe intermetallics, and Al(-Fe) oxide phases formed after in situ reaction and laser rapid solidification. Uniformly distributed very fine particles could be consolidated in net-shape Al composite parts by using lower layer thickness, higher laser power, and lower scanning speed. The findings contribute to the new development of advanced net-shape manufacture of Al composites by combining SLM and in situ reaction process.

  1. Effect of layer thickness in selective laser melting on microstructure of Al/5wt.%Fe2O3 powder consolidated parts.

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    Dadbakhsh, Sasan; Hao, Liang

    2014-01-01

    In situ reaction was activated in the powder mixture of Al/5wt.%Fe2O3 by using selective laser melting (SLM) to directly fabricate aluminium metal matrix composite parts. The microstructural characteristics of these in situ consolidated parts through SLM were investigated under the influence of thick powder bed, 75  μm layer thickness, and 50  μm layer thickness in various laser powers and scanning speeds. It was found that the layer thickness has a strong influence on microstructural outcome, mainly attributed to its impact on oxygen content of the matrix. Various microstructural features (such as granular, coralline-like, and particulate appearance) were observed depending on the layer thickness, laser power, and scanning speed. This was associated with various material combinations such as pure Al, Al-Fe intermetallics, and Al(-Fe) oxide phases formed after in situ reaction and laser rapid solidification. Uniformly distributed very fine particles could be consolidated in net-shape Al composite parts by using lower layer thickness, higher laser power, and lower scanning speed. The findings contribute to the new development of advanced net-shape manufacture of Al composites by combining SLM and in situ reaction process. PMID:24526879

  2. Simultaneous creep and oxidation of an Fe-1 Wt pct Al alloy at 973 to 1073 K

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    Rolls, R.; Shahhosseini, M. H.

    1983-06-01

    Studies of the simultaneous creep and oxidation of an Fe-lwt pct Al alloy at constant stresses of 16 to 26 MN/m2 in the temperature range 973 to 1073 K have shown that the steady state creep obeys a power law. The stress exponent n was found to be 6.9 for creep in an argon atmosphere (Po2 = 10-3 mbar). Values of the apparent activation energy for creep were in the range 225 to 351 kJ/mol and appeared to be dependent on the P o 2 of the test environment. Oxidation strengthening (è decreasing) o°Curred at 998 K but only at P o 2 = 10-3 mbar and was primarily due to intergranular oxidation and the mechanical constraint of a strongly adherent scale. Oxidation weakening (è increasing), however, o°Curred at 973 to 1073 K in environments of the lowest P o 2 (10-9 and 10-5 mbar) and in the highest P o 2 (162 to 1013 mbar). The factors contributing to weakening are believed to be oxidation-induced vacancies, weakly adherent scales and the loss of solute strengthening aluminum through selective oxidation.

  3. Effect of Crucible Diameter Reduction on the Convection, Macrosegregation, and Dendritic Morphology during Directional Solidification of Pb-2.2 Wt Pct Sb Alloy

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    Chen, Jun; Tewari, S. N.; Magadi, G.; DeGroh, H. C., III

    2003-01-01

    The Pb-2.2 wt pct Sb alloy has been directionally solidified in 1-, 2-, 3-, and 7-mm-diameter crucibles with planar and dendritic liquid-solid interface orphology. For plane front solidification, the experimentally observed macrosegregation along the solidified length follows the relationship proposed by Favier. Application of a 0.4 T transverse magnetic field has no effect on the extent of convection. Reducing the ampoule diameter appears to decrease the extent of convection. However, extensive convection is still present even in the 1-mm-diameter crucible. An extrapolation of the observed behavior indicated that nearly diffusive transport conditions require ampoules that are about 40 microns in diameter. Reduction of the crucible diameter does not appear to have any significant effect on the primary dendrite spacing. However, it results in considerable distortion of the dendrite morphology and ordering. This is especially true for the 1-mm diameter samples.

  4. Evolution of Microstructure and Stress Corrosion Cracking Behavior of AA2219 Plate to Ring Weld Joints in 3.5 Wt Pct NaCl Solution

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    Venugopal, A.; Narayanan, P. Ramesh; Sharma, S. C.

    2016-04-01

    AA2219 aluminum alloy plate (T87) and ring (T851) were joined by tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding using multi-pass welding. The mechanical properties and stress corrosion cracking (SCC) resistance of the above base metals (BMs) in different directions (L, LT, and ST) were examined. Similarly, the weld metal joined by plate to plate and plate to ring (PR) joints was evaluated. The results revealed that the mechanical properties of the ring were comparatively lower than the plate. This was found to be due to the extremely coarse grain size of the ring along with severe Cu-rich segregation along the grain boundaries when compared to the plate material. The SCC resistance of the base and weldments were found to be good and not susceptible to SCC. This was shown to be due to high values of SCC index (>0.9) and the typical ductile cracking morphology of the BM and the weld joints after SCC test in the environment (3.5 wt pct NaCl) when compared to test performed in the control environment (air). However, the corrosion resistance of the weld interface between the FZ and ring was inferior to the FZ-plate interface.

  5. Analysis of Slip Activity and Deformation Modes in Tension and Tension-Creep Tests of Cast Mg-10Gd-3Y-0.5Zr (Wt Pct) at Elevated Temperatures Using In Situ SEM Experiments

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    Wang, Huan; Boehlert, Carl J.; Wang, Qudong; Yin, Dongdi; Ding, Wenjiang

    2016-05-01

    The tension and tension-creep deformation behavior at elevated temperatures of a cast Mg-10Gd-3Y-0.5Zr (wt pct, GW103) alloy was investigated using in situ scanning electron microscopy. The tests were performed at temperatures ranging from 473 K to 598 K (200 °C to 325 °C). The active slip systems were identified using an EBSD-based slip trace analysis methodology. The results showed that for all of the tests, basal slip was the most likely system to be activated, and non-basal slip was activated to some extent depending on the temperature. No twinning was observed. For the tension tests, non-basal slip consisted of ~35 pct of the deformation modes at low temperatures (473 K and 523 K (200 °C and 250 °C)), while non-basal slip accounted for 12 and 7 pct of the deformation modes at high temperatures (573 K and 598 K (300 °C and 325 °C)), respectively. For the tension-creep tests, non-basal slip accounted for 31 pct of the total slip systems at low temperatures, while this value decreased to 10 to 16 pct at high temperatures. For a given temperature, the relative activity for prismatic slip in the tension-creep tests was slightly greater than that for the tension tests, while the activity for pyramidal slip was lower. Slip-transfer in neighboring grains was observed for the low-temperature tests. Intergranular cracking was the main cracking mode, while some intragranular cracks were observed for the tension-creep tests at high temperature and low stress. Grain boundary ledges were prevalently observed for both the tension and tension-creep tests at high temperatures, which suggests that besides dislocation slip, grain boundary sliding also contributed to the deformation.

  6. The Effect of Nd on the Tension and Compression Deformation Behavior of Extruded Mg-1Mn (wt pct) at Temperatures Between 298 K and 523 K (25 °C and 250 °C)

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    Chakkedath, Ajith; Bohlen, Jan; Yi, Sangbong; Letzig, Dietmar; Chen, Zhe; Boehlert, Carl J.

    2014-07-01

    The tension and compression deformation behavior of extruded magnesium-1 wt pct manganese alloys with nominally 0.3 wt pct (MN10) and 1 wt pct neodymium (MN11) was studied over the temperature range of 298 K to 523 K (25 °C to 250 °C). Nd additions to Mg alloys tend to reduce the strong basal texture exhibited by conventional wrought Mg alloys and this work was intended to study the effect of Nd on the deformation behavior of Mg alloys. In situ tensile and compressive experiments were performed using a scanning electron microscopy, and electron backscatter diffraction was performed both before and after the deformation. A slip trace analysis technique was used to identify the distribution of the deformation systems as a function of strain, and based on this analysis and the texture of the undeformed samples, the critical resolved shear stress ratios between the deformation systems were estimated. In the case of MN11, the deformation behavior under tension at all temperatures was dominated by slip, while in compression, extension twinning was the major deformation mode. In tension at 323 K (50 °C), extension twinning, basal, prismatic < a>, and pyramidal < c + a> slip were active in MN11. Much less extension twinning was observed at 423 K (150 °C), while basal slip and prismatic < a> slip were dominant and presented similar relative activities. At 523 K (250 °C), twinning was not observed, and basal slip controlled the deformation. With the reduction of Nd content, less slip deformation and more twinning were observed during the tensile deformation. However, like for MN11, the extent of twinning in MN10 decreased with increasing temperature and basal slip was the primary deformation mode at elevated temperatures. Extension twinning was the major deformation mode under compression for all test temperatures in MN10 and MN11. The tensile strength decreased with increasing temperature for both alloys, where MN10 was slightly stronger than MN11 at 323 K (50

  7. Characterization and Formation of Rod-Shaped (Al,Si)3Ti Particles in an Al-7Si-0.35Mg-0.12Ti (Wt Pct) Alloy

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    Gao, Xiang; Zhu, Yuman; Easton, Mark A.; Rinderer, Barbara; Couper, Mal; Nie, Jian-Feng

    2015-08-01

    In this study, the rod-shaped particles in an Al-7Si-0.35Mg-0.12Ti (wt pct) casting alloy have been characterized using transmission electron microscopy. It is found that these particles invariably contain Ti, Al, and Si and that they have the structure of the equilibrium phase (Al,Si)3Ti. A near-rational orientation relationship is observed between the (Al,Si)3Ti particles and the α-Al matrix phase. For this orientation relationship, the long axes of the (Al,Si)3Ti rods are invariably parallel to the moiré planes defined by the intersection of closest-packed planes of the (Al,Si)3Ti and α-Al phases. In contrast to the (Al,Si)3Ti or Al3Ti particles form directly from the melt act as heterogeneous nucleation sites for aluminum grains and thus grain-refined Al-Si foundry alloys, the (Al,Si)3Ti particles are found to form during solution treatment at temperatures above 673 K (400 °C). Their formation occurs in the center of aluminum grains and/or dendrites which is Ti enriched due to partitioning during solidification. The low diffusivity of Ti in α-Al allows the particles to form in the Ti-enriched areas near the center of grains as the Ti concentration is not able to be homogenized during typical solution treatment times.

  8. Diffusional Interaction Between U-10 wt pct Zr and Fe at 903 K, 923 K, and 953 K (630 °C, 650 °C, and 680 °C)

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    Park, Y.; Huang, K.; Paz y Puente, A.; LEE, H. S.; Sencer, B. H.; Kennedy, J. R.; Sohn, Y. H.

    2015-01-01

    U-Zr metallic fuels cladded in Fe-alloys are being considered for application in an advanced sodium-cooled fast reactor that can recycle the U-Zr fuels and minimize the long-lived actinide waste. To understand the complex fuel-cladding chemical interaction between the U-Zr metallic fuels with Fe-alloys, a systematic multicomponent diffusion study was carried out using solid-to-solid diffusion couples. The U-10 wt pct Zr vs pure Fe diffusion couples were assembled and annealed at temperatures, 903 K, 923 K, and 953 K (630 °C, 650 °C, and 680 °C) for 96 hours. Development of microstructure, phase constituents, and compositions developed during the thermal anneals were examined by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy. Complex microstructure consisting of several layers that include phases such as U6Fe, UFe2, ZrFe2, α-U, β-U, Zr-precipitates, χ, ɛ, and λ were observed. Multi-phase layers were grouped based on phase constituents and microstructure, and the layer thicknesses were measured to calculate the growth constant and activation energy. The local average compositions through the interaction layer were systematically determined, and employed to construct semi-quantitative diffusion paths on isothermal U-Zr-Fe ternary phase diagrams at respective temperatures. The diffusion paths were examined to qualitatively estimate the diffusional behavior of individual components and their interactions. Furthermore, selected area electron diffraction analyses were carried out to determine, for the first time, the exact crystal structure and composition of χ, ɛ, and λ-phases. The χ, ɛ, and λ-phases were identified as Pnma(62) Fe(Zr,U), I4/ mcm(140) Fe(Zr,U)2, and P42/ mnm(136) U3(Zr,Fe), respectively.

  9. Corrosion Behavior of Alloy 625 in PbSO4-Pb3O4-PbCl2-ZnO-10 Wt Pct CdO Molten Salt Medium

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    Mohammadi Zahrani, E.; Alfantazi, A. M.

    2012-08-01

    Corrosion behavior and degradation mechanisms of alloy 625 under a 47.288 PbSO4-12.776 Pb3O4-6.844PbCl2-23.108ZnO-10CdO (wt pct) molten salt mixture under air atmosphere were studied at 873 K, 973 K, and 1073 K (600 °C, 700 °C, and 800 °C). Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), open circuit potential (OCP) measurements, and potentiodynamic polarization techniques were used to evaluate the degradation mechanisms and characterize the corrosion behavior of the alloy. Morphology, chemical composition, and phase structure of the corrosion products and surface layers of the corroded specimens were studied by scanning electron microscopy/energy-dispersive X-ray (SEM/EDX) and X-ray map analyses. Results confirmed that during the exposure of alloy 625 to the molten salt, chromium was mainly dissolved through an active oxidation process as CrO3, Cr2O3, and CrNbO4, while nickel dissolved only as NiO in the system. Formation of a porous and nonprotective oxide layer with low resistance is responsible for the weak protective properties of the barrier layer at high temperatures of 973 K and 1073 K (700 °C and 800 °C). There were two kinds of attack for INCONEL 625, including general surface corrosion and pitting. Pitting corrosion occurred due to the breakdown of the initial oxide layer by molten salt dissolution of the oxide or oxide cracking.

  10. Effect of Boron Addition on Microstructural Evolution and Room-Temperature Mechanical Properties of Novel Fe66-x CrNiB x Si (x = 0, 0.25, 0.50 and 0.75 Wt Pct) Advanced High-Strength Steels

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    Askari-Paykani, Mohsen; Shahverdi, Hamid Reza; Miresmaeili, Reza

    2016-08-01

    In this study, the Vickers hardnesses and room-temperature uniaxial tensile behaviors of four Fe66-x CrNiB x Si (x = 0 (0B), 0.25 (25B), 0.50 (50B), and 0.75 (75B) wt pct) advanced high-strength steels (AHSSs) in the as-hot-rolled and heat-treated (1373 K (1100 °C)/2 h + 973 K (700 °C)/20 min) conditions were investigated. Microstructural evolution after solidification, hot rolling, heat treatment, and uniaxial tensile tests of 0B, 25B, 50B, and 75B AHSSs was also characterized using field emission gun scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The tensile behaviors of the 0B, 25B, 50B, and 75B AHSSs were manifested by an excellent combination of strength and ductility over 34.7 and 47.1 GPa pct, 36.9 and 42.3 GPa pct, 45.9 and 46.4 GPa pct, and 11.9 and 47.8 GPa pct, respectively, arising from microband-induced plasticity in the 0B, 50B, and 75B AHSSs and transformation-induced plasticity in the 25B specimens. All specimens in the as-hot-rolled and heat-treated states showed an austenitic matrix grain. Adding boron to the base alloy (0B) resulted in grain refinement, M2B dispersion, precipitation hardening, and solid solution strengthening, which led to an increase in strength. The results of the present work show promise for automotive applications that require excellent properties and reduced specific weight.

  11. Effect of Boron Addition on Microstructural Evolution and Room-Temperature Mechanical Properties of Novel Fe66- x CrNiB x Si ( x = 0, 0.25, 0.50 and 0.75 Wt Pct) Advanced High-Strength Steels

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    Askari-Paykani, Mohsen; Shahverdi, Hamid Reza; Miresmaeili, Reza

    2016-11-01

    In this study, the Vickers hardnesses and room-temperature uniaxial tensile behaviors of four Fe66- x CrNiB x Si ( x = 0 (0B), 0.25 (25B), 0.50 (50B), and 0.75 (75B) wt pct) advanced high-strength steels (AHSSs) in the as-hot-rolled and heat-treated (1373 K (1100 °C)/2 h + 973 K (700 °C)/20 min) conditions were investigated. Microstructural evolution after solidification, hot rolling, heat treatment, and uniaxial tensile tests of 0B, 25B, 50B, and 75B AHSSs was also characterized using field emission gun scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The tensile behaviors of the 0B, 25B, 50B, and 75B AHSSs were manifested by an excellent combination of strength and ductility over 34.7 and 47.1 GPa pct, 36.9 and 42.3 GPa pct, 45.9 and 46.4 GPa pct, and 11.9 and 47.8 GPa pct, respectively, arising from microband-induced plasticity in the 0B, 50B, and 75B AHSSs and transformation-induced plasticity in the 25B specimens. All specimens in the as-hot-rolled and heat-treated states showed an austenitic matrix grain. Adding boron to the base alloy (0B) resulted in grain refinement, M2B dispersion, precipitation hardening, and solid solution strengthening, which led to an increase in strength. The results of the present work show promise for automotive applications that require excellent properties and reduced specific weight.

  12. Analysis of the Deformation Behavior in Tension and Tension-Creep of Ti-3Al-2.5V (wt pct) at 296 K and 728 K (23 °C and 455 °C) Using In Situ SEM Experiments

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    Li, Hongmei; Boehlert, Carl J.; Bieler, Thomas R.; Crimp, Martin A.

    2014-12-01

    The deformation behavior of a Ti-3Al-2.5V (wt pct) near-α alloy was investigated during in situ deformation inside a scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Two plates with distinct textures were examined. Tensile experiments were performed at 296 K and 728 K (455 °C) (~0.4 T m), while a tensile-creep experiment was performed at 728 K (455 °C) and 180 MPa ( σ/ σ ys = 0.72). The active deformation systems were identified in the α phase using electron backscattered diffraction based slip-trace analysis and SEM images of the surface. Prismatic slip deformation was the dominant slip mode observed for all the experiments in both plates, which was supported by a critical resolved shear stress (CRSS) ratio analysis. However, due to the texture of plate 1, which strongly favored the activation of prismatic slip, the percentages of prismatic slip activity for specimens from plate 1 tested at 296 K and 728 K (23 °C and 455 °C) were higher than the specimens from plate 2 under the same testing conditions. T1 twinning was an active deformation mode at both 296 K and 728 K (23 °C and 455 °C), but the extent of twinning activity decreased with increased temperature. T1 twinning was more frequently observed in specimens from plate 2, which exhibited a higher fraction of twinning systems favoring activation at both 296 K and 728 K (23 °C and 455 °C). The tension-creep experiment revealed less slip and more grain boundary sliding than in the higher strain rate tensile experiments. Using a previously demonstrated bootstrapping statistical analysis methodology, the relative CRSS ratios of prismatic, pyramidal < a>, pyramidal < c+ a>, and T1 twinning deformation systems compared with basal slip were calculated and discussed in light of similar measurements made on CP Ti and Ti-5Al-2.5Sn (wt pct).

  13. Porphyria Cutanea Tarda (PCT)

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    ... of UROD in the liver. Hemochromatosis, an iron overload disorder, also can predispose individuals to PCT. Symptoms ... centers regardless of whether there is confirmed iron overload. A phlebotomy is a simple and safe procedure ...

  14. Refinement of Eutectic Si in High Purity Al-5Si Alloys with Combined Ca and P Additions

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    Ludwig, Thomas Hartmut; Li, Jiehua; Schaffer, Paul Louis; Schumacher, Peter; Arnberg, Lars

    2015-01-01

    The effects of combined additions of Ca and P on the eutectic Si in a series of high purity Al-5 wt pct Si alloys have been investigated with the entrained droplet technique and complementary sets of conventional castings. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermal analysis were used to investigate the eutectic droplet undercooling and the recalescence undercooling, respectively. Optical microscopy, SEM, EPMA, and TEM were employed to characterize the resultant microstructures. It was found that 250 ppm Ca addition to Al-5Si wt pct alloys with higher P contents leads to a significant increase of the eutectic droplet undercooling. For low or moderate cooling rates, the TEM results underline that Ca additions do not promote Si twinning. Thus, a higher twin density cannot be expected in Ca containing Al-Si alloys after, e.g., sand casting. Consequently, a refinement of the eutectic Si from coarse flake-like to fine plate-like structure, rather than a modification of the eutectic Si to a fibrous morphology, was achieved. This strongly indicates that the main purpose of Ca additions is to counteract the coarsening effect of the eutectic Si imposed by higher P concentrations. Significant multiple Si twinning was observed in melt-spun condition; however, this can be attributed to the higher cooling rate. After DSC heating (slow cooling), most of Si twins disappeared. Thus, the well-accepted impurity-induced twinning mechanism may be not valid in the case of Ca addition. The possible refinement mechanisms were discussed in terms of nucleation and growth of eutectic Si. We propose that the pre-eutectic Al2Si2Ca phase and preferential formation of Ca3P2 deactivate impurity particles, most likely AlP, poisoning the nucleation sites for eutectic Si.

  15. Calorimetric Investigation of Thermal Stability of 304H Cu (Fe-17.7Cr-9.3Ni-2.95Cu-0.91Mn-0.58Nb-0.24Si-0.1C-0.12N-Wt Pct) Austenitic Stainless Steel

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    Tripathy, Haraprasanna; Subramanian, Raju; Hajra, Raj Narayan; Rai, Arun Kumar; Rengachari, Mythili; Saibaba, Saroja; Jayakumar, Tammana

    2016-05-01

    The sequence of phase instabilities that take place in a Fe-17.7Cr-9.3Ni-0.58Nb-2.95Cu-0.12N (wt pct) austenitic stainless steel (304H Cu grade) as a function of temperature has been investigated using dynamic calorimetry. The results obtained from this investigation are supplemented by Thermocalc-based equilibrium and Scheil-Gulliver nonequilibrium solidification simulation. The following phase transformation sequence is found upon slow cooling from liquid: L → L + γ → L + γ + MX → γ + MX + δ → γ +MX + M23C6 → γ + MX + M23C6 + Cu. Under slow cooling, the solidification follows austenite + ferrite (AF) mode, which is in accordance with Thermocalc prediction and Scheil-Gulliver simulation. However, higher cooling rates result in skeletal δ-ferrite formation, due to increased segregation tendency of Nb and Cr to segregate to interdendritic liquid. The solidification mode is found to depend on combined Nb + Cu content. Experimental estimates of enthalpy change associated with melting and secondary phase precipitation are also obtained. In addition a semi-quantitative study on the dissolution kinetics of M23C6 type carbides has also been investigated. The standard solution treatment at 1413 K (1140 °C) is found to be adequate to dissolve both Cu and M23C6 into γ-austenite; but the complete dissolution of MX type carbonitrides occurs near the melting region.

  16. Fatigue and fracture behavior of U-6 wt. pct. Nb

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    Strum, M.J.; Freeman, D.C.; Elmer, J.W.

    1993-05-21

    The fatigue and fracture properties of U6Nb were measured to provide the materials property data needed for structural designs in material processed by solution quenching and aging 200 C/2h. Limited testing was also performed on as-quenched U6Nb. The authors have extended the database on fatigue properties in U6Nb to include both crack initiation data and crack propagation data. The static load carrying capabilities have been characterized through fracture toughness and tensile property measurements. Using a rotating beam fatigue machine, a fatigue strength of 248 MPa was measured at 10{sup 8} cycles for smooth bars at zero mean load. As is typical of nonferrous alloys, U6Nb does not exhibit a fatigue endurance limit. Reductions in fatigue strength for notched bars and for mean loads of 276 MPa and 483 MPa (70 ksi) were also determined. The predominant sites for fatigue crack initiation were identified as niobium carbide and uranium oxide inclusion clusters and the distribution of these inclusions are presented. Fatigue crack propagation rates were measured in the near-threshold regime using compact tension specimens. The fatigue threshold for crack growth rates below 10{sup {minus}7} mm/cycle were measured at both R = 0.1, for which a fatigue threshold of 3.2 MPa{radical}m was measured, and for constant Kmax cycles with Kmax values of 14.6 MPa{radical}m and 30.5 MPa{radical}m, for which the fatigue threshold was reduced to 0.9 MPa{radical} and 0.6 MPa{radical}m, respectively.

  17. PCT funding. Beggars belief.

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    Hacking, John

    2003-04-10

    At the pace of change set for implementing the new PCT funding formula over the next three years, it will take more than 20 years to achieve equity. If the minimum increases were set lower it would largely be achieved within five years. The current state of affairs perpetuates the north-south health divide.

  18. PCT funding. Beggars belief.

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    Hacking, John

    2003-04-10

    At the pace of change set for implementing the new PCT funding formula over the next three years, it will take more than 20 years to achieve equity. If the minimum increases were set lower it would largely be achieved within five years. The current state of affairs perpetuates the north-south health divide. PMID:12705085

  19. Aging effects in a Cu-12Al-5Ni-2Mn-1Ti shape memory alloy

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    Wei, Z.G.; Peng, H.Y.; Yang, D.Z.; Zou, W.H.

    1997-04-01

    The isothermal aging effects in an as-quenched Cu-11.88Al-5.06Ni-1.65Mn-0.96Ti (wt pct) shape memory alloy at temperatures in the range 250 C to 400 C were investigated. The changes in the state of atomic order and microstructural evolutions were traced by means of in situ X-ray diffraction and electrical resistivity measurements, as well as transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and optical observations. The kinetics of the aging process, i.e., the temperature and time dependence of the properties including hardness, resistivity, martensitic transformation temperatures, and shape memory capacity were characterized, and at least three temperature-dependent aging stages were distinguished: (1) D0{sub 3} or L2{sub 1} atomic reordering, which causes the martensic transformation temperatures to shift upward and leads the M18R martensite to tend to be a N18R type structure; (2) formation of solute-depleted bainite which results in a drastic depression in martensitic transformation temperatures and loss of the shape memory capacity, accompanied by the atomic disordering in both the remaining parent phase and bainite; and (3) precipitation of the equilibrium {alpha} and {gamma}{sub 2} phases and destruction of the shape memory capacity.

  20. Properties of TIMETAL 555 (Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr-0.6Fe)

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    Fanning, J. C.

    2005-12-01

    TIMETAL 555 is a high-strength near-β titanium alloy that was designed for improved producibility and excellent mechanical property combinations, including deep hardenability. The nominal chemical composition of TIMETAL 555 is Ti-5wt.%Al-5wt.%Mo-5wt.%V-3wt.%Cr. This article provides a summary of the available data for this relatively new alloy.

  1. Effects of Copper and Austempering on Corrosion Behavior of Ductile Iron in 3.5 Pct Sodium Chloride

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    Hsu, Cheng-Hsun; Lin, Kuan-Ting

    2013-10-01

    Although alloying and heat treatments are common industrial practices to obtain ductile irons with desired mechanical properties, related information on how the two practices affect corrosion behavior is scarce. In this study, two ductile irons—with and without 1 wt pct copper addition—were austempered to obtain austempered ductile irons (ADIs). Polarization tests and salt spray tests were conducted to explore how both copper-alloying and austempering heat treatments influenced the corrosion behavior of ductile irons. The results showed that the corrosion resistance of 1 wt pct copper-alloyed ductile iron was better than that of the unalloyed one, while ADI had improved corrosion resistance compared with the as-cast. In particular, the ductile iron combined with the copper-alloying and austempering treatments increased the corrosion inhibition efficiency up to 84 pct as tested in 3.5 wt pct NaCl solution.

  2. PbO reduction and crucible reactions of 70 wt pct PbO-30 wt pct B2O3 glass

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    Schilling, Christopher H.; Lee, Mark C.

    1987-01-01

    NASA has conducted an investigation of PbO-B2O3 glass with a view to PbO reduction and subsequent crucible reactions as a function of temperature and oxygen partial pressure, in order to establish the optimum processing conditions for subcentimetric glass hollow spheres applicable to inertial confinement fusion targets. The results obtained support the selection of appropriate crucible materials and oxygen partial pressure-temperature combinations that avoid phase separation from PbO reduction and/or crucible reactions.

  3. Damping Capacities of Mg-4 Pct Zn-(0-0.5) Pct Ca Biomedical Alloys

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    Jun, Joong-Hwan; Hwang, In-Je

    2016-07-01

    This study is intended to investigate the damping capacities of cast Mg-4 pct Zn-(0-0.5) pct Ca biomedical alloys. The Mg-4 pct Zn-(0-0.5) pct Ca alloys had similar damping levels regardless of Ca content in the strain-amplitude-independent region, but showed a decreasing tendency with an increase in Ca content in the strain-amplitude-dependent region. Almost identical concentration of solutes in the α-(Mg) matrix and the increased number density of the precipitate particles are responsible for the damping behaviors in the strain-amplitude-independent and strain-amplitude-dependent regions, respectively.

  4. Damping Capacities of Mg-4 Pct Zn-(0-0.5) Pct Ca Biomedical Alloys

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    Jun, Joong-Hwan; Hwang, In-Je

    2016-10-01

    This study is intended to investigate the damping capacities of cast Mg-4 pct Zn-(0-0.5) pct Ca biomedical alloys. The Mg-4 pct Zn-(0-0.5) pct Ca alloys had similar damping levels regardless of Ca content in the strain-amplitude-independent region, but showed a decreasing tendency with an increase in Ca content in the strain-amplitude-dependent region. Almost identical concentration of solutes in the α-(Mg) matrix and the increased number density of the precipitate particles are responsible for the damping behaviors in the strain-amplitude-independent and strain-amplitude-dependent regions, respectively.

  5. The Effect of Carbon Additions on the Creep Resistance of Fe-25Al-5Zr Alloy

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    Dobeš, Ferdinand; Vodičková, Věra; Veselý, Jozef; Kratochvíl, Petr

    2016-09-01

    Creep experiments were conducted on Fe-25 at. pct Al-5 at. pct Zr alloy with carbon additions at the temperatures of 973 K and 1173 K (700 °C and 900 °C). The alloys were tested in two different states: (i) cast and (ii) annealed at 1273 K (1000 °C) for 50 hours. Stress exponents and activation energies were estimated. The values of the stress exponent n could be explained by the dislocation motion controlled by climb. The increased values of n in the high-carbon alloy at the temperature of 1173 K (900 °C) can be described by means of the threshold stress concept. The creep resistance at 973 K (700 °C) decreased with the increasing content of carbon. This result is discussed in terms of the ratio of zirconium to carbon in the alloy. An increase of the creep resistance with increasing ratio Zr:C is in agreement with the behavior observed previously in alloys with substantially lower concentrations of zirconium.

  6. Effect of environment on fracture toughness of 96 wt pct alumina

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    Choi, Sung R.; Tikare, Veena; Salem, Jonathan A.

    1993-01-01

    An effort is made to deepen understanding of environmental effects on the fracture toughness of an alumina composition that contains a residual glassy phase, by ascertaining the fracture toughness under atmospheric conditions in such varied environments as air distilled water, silicone oil, and liquid nitrogen. Fracture toughness was determined via the single-edge-precracked beam technique. Weibull strength parameters are compared for polished specimens tested both in air and silicone environments.

  7. Correlation between signal input and output in PctA and PctB amino acid chemoreceptor of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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    Reyes-Darias, José A; Yang, Yiling; Sourjik, Victor; Krell, Tino

    2015-05-01

    The PctA and PctB chemoreceptors of Pseudomonas aeruginosa mediate chemotaxis toward amino acids. A general feature of signal transduction processes is that a signal input is converted into an output. We have generated chimeras combining the Tar signaling domain with either the PctA or PctB ligand binding domain (LBD). Escherichia coli harboring either PctA-Tar or PctB-Tar mediated chemotaxis toward amino acids. The responses of both chimeras were determined using fluorescence resonance energy transfer, and the derived EC50 values are a measure of output. PctA-Tar and PctB-Tar responded to 19 and 11 L-amino acids respectively. The EC50 values of PctA-Tar responses differed by more than three orders of magnitude, whereas PctB-Tar responded preferentially to L-Gln. The comparison of amino acid binding constants and the corresponding EC50 values for both receptors revealed statistically significant correlations between inputs and outputs. PctA and PctB possess a double PDC (PhoQ-DcuS-CitA) LBD - a family of binding domain found in various other amino acid chemoreceptors. Similarly, various chemoreceptors share the preferential response to certain amino acids (e.g. L-Cys, L-Ser and L-Thr) that we observed for PctA. Defining the specific inputs and outputs of these chemoreceptors is an important step toward better understanding of their physiological role.

  8. Synthesis and electroluminescence properties of tris-[5-choloro-8-hydroxyquinoline] aluminum Al(5-Clq)3

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    Kumar, Rahul; Bhargava, Parag; Srivastava, Ritu; Tyagi, Priyanka

    2015-06-01

    A new electroluminescent material tris-[5-choloro-8-hydroxyquinoline] aluminum has been synthesized and characterized. Solution of this material Al(5-Clq)3 in toluene showed absorption maxima at 385 nm which was attributed to the moderate energy (π-π*) transitions of the aromatic rings. The photoluminescence spectrum of Al(5-Clq)3 in toluene solution showed a peak at 522 nm. This material shows thermal stability up to 400 °C. The structure of the device is ITO/0.4 wt%F4-TCNQ doped α-NPD (35 nm) / Al(5-Clq)3 (30 nm) / BCP (6 nm) / Alq3 (30 nm) / LiF (1 nm) / Al (150 nm). This device exhibited a luminescence peak at 585 nm (CIE coordinates, x = 0.39, y = 0.50). The maximum luminescence of the device was 920 Cd/m2 at 25 V. The maximum current efficiency of OLED was 0.27 Cd/A at 20 V and maximum power efficiency was 0.04 lm/W at 18 V.

  9. Microstructure-strength relations in a hardenable stainless steel with 16 pct Cr, 1.5 pct Mo, and 5 pct Ni

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    Grobner, P. J.; Blšs, V.

    1984-07-01

    Metallographic studies have been conducted on a 0.024 pct C-16 pct Cr-1.5 pct Mo-5 pct Ni stainless steel to study the phase reactions associated with heat treatments and investigate the strengthening mechanisms of the steel. In the normalized condition, air cooled from 1010 °C, the microstructure consists of 20 pct ferrite and 80 pct martensite. Tempering in a temperature range between 500 and 600 °C results in a gradual transformation of martensite to a fine mixture of ferrite and austenite. At higher tempering temperatures, between 600 and 800 °C, progressively larger quantities of austenite form and are converted during cooling to proportionally increasing amounts of fresh martensite. The amount of retained austenite in the microstructure is reduced to zero at 800 °C, and the microstructure contains 65 pct re-formed martensite and 35 pct total ferrite. Chromium rich M23C6 carbides precipitate in the single tempered microstructures. The principal strengthening is produced by the presence of martensite in the microstructure. Additional strengthening is provided by a second tempering treatment at 400 °C due to the precipitation of ultrafine (Cr, Mo) (C,N) particles in the ferrite.

  10. Adsorption interaction between Al-5% Pb alloy and water

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    Ryabina, A. V.; Shevchenko, V. G.

    2016-10-01

    The adsorption and structural features of Al-5% Pb alloy powder before and after reacting with water are analyzed. Results from studying the morphology and phase composition of the oxidation products are presented, and the specific surface area and porosity of the powders are calculated. It is shown experimentally that water treatment of Al-5% Pb alloy powder even at room temperature leads to the formation of new phases and affects the powder's morphology. It is established that a major role in the properties of the watertreated powders is played by nanopores that form between crystallites on a particle's surface during waterinduced oxidation and subsequent thermal dehydration.

  11. Dendrite characteristics in directionally solidified Pb-8 pct Au and Pb-3 pct Pd alloys

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    Tewari, S. N.

    1986-01-01

    The dendritic microstructure and solute compression profiles for Pb-8 pct Au and Pb-3 pct Pd alloy samples are examined. Two groups of models, the minimum undercooled dendrite tip model of Burden and Hunt (1974) and Laxmanan (1974, 1984) and marginal stability at the dendrite tip models of Trivedi (1980) and Laxmanan (1974) are used to predict growth behavior of the alloy samples. The experimentally observed dendrite tip radius, primary arm spacing, and liquid composition at the dendrite tip are compared with theoretical predictions. It is observed that the modified minimum undercooling dendrite tip model and both of the marginal stability models accurately predict dendritic behavior. It is concluded that quantitative comparison of the primary arm spacing measurements can not form the basis for distinguishing among the various dendrite growth models in a positive temperature gradient.

  12. Dendrite characteristics in directionally solidified Pb-8 pct Au and Pb-3 pct Pd alloys

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    Tewari, S. N.

    1986-01-01

    An investigation of Pb-8 pct Au and Pb-3 pct Pd alloy specimens which have been partially directionally solidified and then quenched is performed in order to characterize their dendritic microstructural details and solute composition profiles. A controlled sectioning technique is employed to measure dendrite tip radii. It is found that most of the observed behavior is predicted quite well by a modification of the Burden and Hunt (1974) model proposed by Laxmanan (1984), in addition to the models based on the marginal stability approach. Results indicate that quantitative comparison of the primary arm spacing measurements can not form the basis of distinguishing among the various dendrite growth models in a positive temperature gradient.

  13. Effect of Carbon Content on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of 9 to 12 pct Cr Ferritic/Martensitic Heat-Resistant Steels

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    Yin, Feng-Shi; Tian, Li-Qian; Xue, Bing; Jiang, Xue-Bo; Zhou, Li

    2012-07-01

    Two heats of 9 to 12 pct Cr ferritic/martensitic heat-resistant steels were prepared. One has an ultralow carbon content of 0.01 wt pct, whereas another heat has a normal carbon content of 0.09 wt pct. The effect of carbon content on microstructure and mechanical properties of 9 to 12 pct Cr ferritic/martensitic heat-resistant steels was studied. The results show that the ultralow-carbon steel contains bimodal, nanosized MX precipitates with high density in the matrix but few M23C6 carbide particles in the normalized-and-tempered state. The smaller nanosized MX precipitates have two kinds of typical morphology: One is cubic and another is rectangular. The cubic MX precipitate contains Nb, Ti, and V, whereas the rectangular one only contains Nb and V. The normal carbon steel has abundant M23C6 carbide particles along the grain and lath boundaries and much less density of nanosized MX precipitates after the same heat treatments. After long-term aging at 923 K (650 °C) for 10,000 hours, the stress rupture properties of the ultralow carbon content steel degrades more significantly. The strength degradation mechanism of the 9 to 12 pct Cr ferritic/martensitic heat-resistant steels is discussed in this article.

  14. Mechanical Properties and Strengthening Mechanisms of Al-15 Pct B4C Composites with Sc and Zr at Elevated Temperatures

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    Qin, Jian; Zhang, Zhan; Chen, X.-Grant

    2016-09-01

    The mechanical properties at ambient and elevated temperatures of two Al-15 vol pct B4C composites, S40 with 0.4 wt pct Sc and SZ40 with 0.4 wt pct Sc and 0.24 wt pct Zr, are investigated during long-term thermal annealing. The presence of large B4C particles in the microscale has a moderate but stable strengthening effect on Al-B4C composites at ambient and elevated temperatures, while the precipitation of nanoscale Al3Sc and Al3(Sc, Zr) in the composite matrix provides a predominate contribution to the composite strength, which is varied by tested temperatures. The Al3Sc precipitates in S40 remain coarsening resistant at 523 K (250 °C), whereas the Al3(Sc, Zr) precipitates in SZ40 are thermally stable at 573 K (300 °C) over 2000 hours of annealing. At higher annealing temperatures (573 K (300 °C) for S40 and 623 K (350 °C) for SZ40), both Al3Sc and Al3(Sc, Zr) precipitates become coarsening with prolonged annealing time. The yield strength of S40 and SZ40 at ambient temperature decreases with the increasing precipitate size, which can be explained by the classical precipitate shearing and Orowan bypass mechanisms. At elevated temperatures [523 K to 623 K (250 °C to 350 °C)], considerably lower yield stresses are observed compared to those at ambient temperature, which invokes a dislocation climb mechanism. The predicted yield strengths at elevated temperatures by the combination of dislocation climb and Orowan models are in good agreement with the experimental data.

  15. Mechanisms of nonstoichiometry in Y3Al5O12

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    Patel, A. P.; Levy, M. R.; Grimes, R. W.; Gaume, R. M.; Feigelson, R. S.; McClellan, K. J.; Stanek, C. R.

    2008-11-01

    Currently, Y2O3-Al2O3 phase diagrams do not show the technologically significant yttrium aluminum garnet (Y3Al5O12,YAG) phase as deviating from the stoichiometric ratio, i.e., YAG is always expressed as a line compound. In this paper, we not only report the synthesis of nonstoichiometric YAG, but also the use of atomistic simulation to predict the defect structure associated with the deviation. By comparing the experimental variation in the lattice parameter as a function of deviation from stoichiometry with the defect volume changes predicted by atomistic simulation, we predict that nonstoichiometry in YAG proceeds via cation antisite defects.

  16. Accelerated glass reaction under PCT conditions

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    Ebert, W.L.; Bates, J.K.; Buck, E.C.; Bradley, C.R.

    1992-01-01

    Static leach tests similar to PCT (Product Consistency Test) were performed for up to 2 years to assess long-term reaction behavior of high-level nuclear waste glasses similar to those at Defense Waste Processing Facility. These tests show the reaction rate to decrease with the reaction time from an initially high rate to a low rate, but then to accelerate to a higher rate after reaction times of about 1 year, depending on glass surface area/leachant volume ratio used. Solution concentrations of soluble glass components increase as the reaction is accelerated, while release of other glass components into solution is controlled by secondary phases. Net result is that transformation of glass to stable phases is accelerated while the solution becomes enriched in soluble components not effectively contained in secondary phases. Rate becomes linear in time after the acceleration and may be similar to the initial forward rate. A current model of glass reaction predicts that the glass reaction will be accelerated upon the formation of secondary phases which lower the silicic acid solution concentration. These tests show total Si concentration to increase upon reaction acceleration, however, which may be due to the slightly higher pH attained with the acceleration. The sudden change in the reaction rate is likely due to secondary phase formation. 17 refs, 2 tabs, 3 figs.

  17. Accelerated glass reaction under PCT conditions

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    Ebert, W.L.; Bates, J.K.; Buck, E.C.; Bradley, C.R.

    1992-12-31

    Static leach tests similar to PCT (Product Consistency Test) were performed for up to 2 years to assess long-term reaction behavior of high-level nuclear waste glasses similar to those at Defense Waste Processing Facility. These tests show the reaction rate to decrease with the reaction time from an initially high rate to a low rate, but then to accelerate to a higher rate after reaction times of about 1 year, depending on glass surface area/leachant volume ratio used. Solution concentrations of soluble glass components increase as the reaction is accelerated, while release of other glass components into solution is controlled by secondary phases. Net result is that transformation of glass to stable phases is accelerated while the solution becomes enriched in soluble components not effectively contained in secondary phases. Rate becomes linear in time after the acceleration and may be similar to the initial forward rate. A current model of glass reaction predicts that the glass reaction will be accelerated upon the formation of secondary phases which lower the silicic acid solution concentration. These tests show total Si concentration to increase upon reaction acceleration, however, which may be due to the slightly higher pH attained with the acceleration. The sudden change in the reaction rate is likely due to secondary phase formation. 17 refs, 2 tabs, 3 figs.

  18. Simulation of Channel Segregation During Directional Solidification of In—75 wt pct Ga. Qualitative Comparison with In Situ Observations

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    Saad, Ali; Gandin, Charles-André; Bellet, Michel; Shevchenko, Natalia; Eckert, Sven

    2015-11-01

    Freckles are common defects in industrial casting. They result from thermosolutal convection due to buoyancy forces generated from density variations in the liquid. The present paper proposes a numerical analysis for the formation of channel segregation using the three-dimensional (3D) cellular automaton (CA)—finite element (FE) model. The model integrates kinetics laws for the nucleation and growth of a microstructure with the solution of the conservation equations for the casting, while introducing an intermediate modeling scale for a direct representation of the envelope of the dendritic grains. Directional solidification of a cuboid cell is studied. Its geometry, the alloy chosen as well as the process parameters are inspired from experimental observations recently reported in the literature. Snapshots of the convective pattern, the solute distribution, and the morphology of the growth front are qualitatively compared. Similitudes are found when considering the coupled 3D CAFE simulations. Limitations of the model to reach direct simulation of the experiments are discussed.

  19. Resistance Microwelding of Ti-55.8 wt pct Ni Nitinol Wires and the Effects of Pseudoelasticity

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    Tam, Billy; Pequegnat, Andrew; Khan, Mohammad Ibraheem; Zhou, Yunhong

    2012-08-01

    Nitinol has revolutionized many traditional engineering designs with its unique properties that include pseudoelasticity and the shape-memory effect (SME). However, the general lack of understanding on welding Nitinol limits its full potential in practical applications. The current study examined the microstructure and mechanical properties of resistance microwelded (RMW) Ni-rich Nitinol wires at different applied currents. The results revealed a solid-state bonding mechanism that consisted of six main stages, including (1) cold collapse, (2) dynamic recrystallization, (3) interfacial melting, (4) squeeze out, (5) excessive flash, and (6) surface melting. The joint strength and fracture mechanism were linked closely to the metallurgical properties of the welds. Through differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) testing, it was found that the weld metal underwent phase transformation at lower temperatures compared with the base material. Also, the pseudoelastic property of Nitinol was found to have a large effect on the contact resistance during the onset of welding current. Compression tests with varying temperatures confirmed distinct differences in displacement ( i.e., cold collapse) under the welding load of 5 kg-f caused by changes in the thermodynamic stability of the austenite phase. Both the dynamic resistance and displacement measurements were found to be significantly different during the RMW of Nitinol crossed wires compared with welding 316 low-vacuum melted (LVM) stainless steel (SS) crossed wires.

  20. Influence of Heat Treatment on the Microstructure and Corrosion Resistance of 13 Wt Pct Cr-Type Martensitic Stainless Steel

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    Lu, Si-Yuan; Yao, Ke-Fu; Chen, Yun-Bo; Wang, Miao-Hui; Ge, Xue-Yuan

    2015-12-01

    The effect of heat treatment on the microstructure and the electrochemical properties of a typical corrosion-resistant plastic mold steel in Cl--containing solution were studied in this research. Through X-ray diffraction patterns, SEM and TEM analysis, it was found that the sequence of the precipitates in the steels tempered at 573 K, 773 K, and 923 K (300 °C, 500 °C, and 650 °C) was θ-M3C carbides, nano-sized Cr-rich M23C6 carbides, and micro/submicron-sized Cr-rich M23C6 carbides, respectively. The results of the electrochemical experiments showed that the pitting potential of the as-quenched martensitic stainless steels increased with the austenitizing temperature. However, the corrosion resistance of the steels would decreased after tempering, especially when tempered at 773 K (500 °C), no passivation regime could be found in the polarization curve of the MSSs and no effective passive film could be formed on the steels in Cl--containing environments. The present results suggested that the temperature around 773 K (500 °C) should be avoided for tempering process of MSS used as plastic molds.

  1. Macrosegregation during plane front directional solidification of Csl-1 wt. percent Tll alloy

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    Sidawi, I. M. S.; Tewari, S. N.

    1991-01-01

    Macrosegregation produced during vertical Bridgeman directional solidification of Csl-1 wt. pct. Tll in crucibles of varying diameter, from 0.5 to 2.0 cm, was examined. Gravity driven convection is present in the melt even in the smallest crucible diameter of 0.5 cm. Observed solutal profiles are in agreement with the analytical boundary layer model of Favier which describes macrosegregation in the presence of convection. The scintillation efficiency of Csl decreases along the specimen length as the thallium iodide content of the alloy increases.

  2. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of short-range order in Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu50Zr45Al5 metallic glasses

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    Huang, Yuxiang; Huang, Li; Wang, C. Z.; Kramer, M. J.; Ho, K. M.

    2016-02-01

    Comparative analysis between Zr-rich Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu-rich Cu50Zr45Al5 metallic glasses (MGs) is extensively performed to locate the key structural motifs accounting for their difference of glass forming ability. Here we adopt ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the local atomic structures of Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu50Zr45Al5 MGs. A high content of icosahedral-related (full and distorted) orders was found in both samples, while in the Zr-rich MG full icosahedrons < 0,0,12,0 > is dominant, and in the Cu-rich one the distorted icosahedral orders, especially < 0,2,8,2 > and < 0,2,8,1 >, are prominent. And the < 0,2,8,2 > polyhedra in Cu50Zr45Al5more » MG mainly originate from Al-centered clusters, while the < 0,0,12,0 > in Zr50Cu45Al5 derives from both Cu-centered clusters and Al-centered clusters. These difference may be ascribed to the atomic size difference and chemical property between Cu and Zr atoms. Lastly, the relatively large size of Zr and large negative heat of mixing between Zr and Al atoms, enhancing the packing density and stability of metallic glass system, may be responsible for the higher glass forming ability of Zr50Cu45Al5.« less

  3. Thermal conductivity of U-20 wt.%Pu-2 wt.%Am-10 wt.%Zr alloy

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    Nishi, Tsuyoshi; Nakajima, Kunihisa; Takano, Masahide; Kurata, Masaki; Arita, Yuji

    2015-09-01

    The authors fabricated U-20 wt.%Pu-2 wt.%Am-10 wt.%Zr alloys and evaluated the heat capacity and thermal conductivity. The heat capacity was measured between 335 and 827 K by a drop calorimetry. The thermal diffusivity was measured between 300 and 1073 K by a laser flash method. The thermal conductivity was evaluated from the measured thermal diffusivity and heat capacity. The thermal conductivity of U-20 wt.%Pu-2 wt.%Am-10 wt.%Zr alloy was slightly higher than literature values of U-Pu-Zr and U-Pu-MA-Zr alloys. The thermal conductivity was formulated for use in practical design for Generation IV fast reactors.

  4. [Analytical interference in determination of procalcitonin by PCT-Q (Brahms)].

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    Désidéri-Vaillant, C; Rouby, Y; Cardon, N; Vinsonneau, U; Laborde, J-P

    2006-05-01

    Procalcitonin (PCT) is a biological marker of infection. We present the cas of a patient who has presented a high concentration of PCT with PCT-Q test (Brahms). At the same time, the concentration of CRP is remained low, which is no physiological. Then, PCT concentration has been determinated with an automatic system (Kryptor-Brahms) and finded at low than 0.5 microg/l. Brahms company has searched an analytical interference: human anti-mouse antibodies (HAMA) were positive. If PCT concentration stay a marker of infection for the most part, this case show that biologists have to keep in mind that immunological assays remain submitted to interferences.

  5. Impact Toughness of 0.2 Pct C-1.5 Pct Si-(1.5 to 5) Pct Mn Transformation-Induced Plasticity-Aided Steels with an Annealed Martensite Matrix

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    Tanino, Hikaru; Horita, Masaomi; Sugimoto, Koh-Ichi

    2016-05-01

    The impact properties of 0.2 pct C-1.5 pct Si-(1.5 to 5) pct Mn transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP)-aided steels with an annealed martensite matrix which had been subjected to isothermal transformation after inter-critical annealing were investigated for potential automotive applications. The impact properties are related to the retained austenite characteristics of the steels. The products of tensile strength (TS) and Charpy impact absorbed value (CIAV) were the same for the 1.5 and 5 pct Mn steels, although the ductile-brittle transition temperature was higher for the latter. The impact properties of the 3 pct Mn steel were worse than these two steels. The high TS × CIAV value for the 5 pct Mn steel at 293 K (25 °C) was mainly caused by the TRIP effect of a larger amount of retained austenite (36 vol pct) and the hardened matrix structure; low retained austenite stability and/or a hard martensite-austenite phase reduced this value. The higher ductile-brittle transition temperature of the 5 pct Mn steel was associated with Mn segregation, a large amount of unstable retained austenite on prior austenitic grain boundaries, and decreased cleavage fracture stress owing to the high Mn content.

  6. WT1 mutations in T-ALL.

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    Tosello, Valeria; Mansour, Marc R; Barnes, Kelly; Paganin, Maddalena; Sulis, Maria Luisa; Jenkinson, Sarah; Allen, Christopher G; Gale, Rosemary E; Linch, David C; Palomero, Teresa; Real, Pedro; Murty, Vundavalli; Yao, Xiaopan; Richards, Susan M; Goldstone, Anthony; Rowe, Jacob; Basso, Giuseppe; Wiernik, Peter H; Paietta, Elisabeth; Pieters, Rob; Horstmann, Martin; Meijerink, Jules P P; Ferrando, Adolfo A

    2009-07-30

    The molecular mechanisms involved in disease progression and relapse in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) are poorly understood. We used single nucleotide polymorphism array analysis to analyze paired diagnostic and relapsed T-ALL samples to identify recurrent genetic alterations in T-ALL. This analysis showed that diagnosis and relapsed cases have common genetic alterations, but also that relapsed samples frequently lose chromosomal markers present at diagnosis, suggesting that relapsed T-ALL emerges from an ancestral clone different from the major leukemic population at diagnosis. In addition, we identified deletions and associated mutations in the WT1 tumor suppressor gene in 2 of 9 samples. Subsequent analysis showed WT1 mutations in 28 of 211 (13.2%) of pediatric and 10 of 85 (11.7%) of adult T-ALL cases. WT1 mutations present in T-ALL are predominantly heterozygous frameshift mutations resulting in truncation of the C-terminal zinc finger domains of this transcription factor. WT1 mutations are most prominently found in T-ALL cases with aberrant rearrangements of the oncogenic TLX1, TLX3, and HOXA transcription factor oncogenes. Survival analysis demonstrated that WT1 mutations do not confer adverse prognosis in pediatric and adult T-ALL. Overall, these results identify the presence of WT1 mutations as a recurrent genetic alteration in T-ALL. PMID:19494353

  7. CHEMICAL COMPOSITION AND PCT DATA FOR THE INITIAL SET OF HANFORD ENHANCED WASTE LOADING GLASSES

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    Fox, K.; Edwards, T.

    2014-06-02

    oxides that ranged from about 98 to 101.5 wt % for the study glasses, indicating excellent recovery of all the components in the chemical composition analyses. Comparisons of the targeted and measured chemical compositions indicated that, in general, the measured values for the glasses met the targeted concentrations. Exceptions were Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}, MgO, and P{sub 2}O{sub 5}. The measured values for Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} were somewhat low when compared to the targeted values for all of the study glasses targeting Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} concentrations above 0.5 wt %. Many of the measured MgO and P{sub 2}O{sub 5} values were below the targeted values for those glasses that contained these components. Two of the study glasses exhibited differences from the targeted compositions that may indicate a batching error. Glasses EWG-HAI-Centroid-2 and EWG-OL-1672 had measured values for Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and SiO{sub 2} that were lower than the targeted values, and measured values for B{sub 2}O{sub 3} that were higher than the targeted values. Glass EWG-HAI-Centroid-2 also had a measured value for Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} that was lower than the targeted value. A review of the PCT data, including standards and blanks, revealed no issues with the performance of the tests. The PCT results were normalized to both the targeted and measured compositions of the study glasses. Comparisons of the normalized PCT results for both the quenched and Canister Centerline Cooled versions of the study glasses are made with the Environmental Assessment benchmark glass for reference.

  8. Dislocations in extruded Co-49.3 at. pct Al

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    Yaney, D. L.; Nix, W. D.; Pelton, A. R.

    1986-01-01

    Polycrystalline Co-49.3 at. pct Al, which had been extruded at 1505 K, was examined using transmission electron microscopy. Diffraction contrast analysis showed that b = 100 as well as b = 111 line dislocations contribute to elevated temperature deformation in CoAl. Therefore, it was concluded that sufficient slip systems exist in CoAl to allow for general plasticity in the absence of diffusional mechanisms. Line dislocations of the type b = 001 were observed on both 110 and 100 planes while b = 111 line dislocations were observed on 1 -1 0 planes.

  9. PCT-233, a novel modulator of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokine production

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    BISSONNETTE, E Y; PROULX, L-I; TURMEL, V; DROUIN, R; PURCELL, M

    2004-01-01

    Plant extracts have been implicated in various immunoregulatory effects that are poorly understood. Thus, we investigated the modulatory activity of PureCell Complex (PCT)-233, an active molecular complex from mesophyll tissue of Spinacia oleacea on the inflammatory process. Alveolar macrophages (AM) were treated with PCT-233 and/or budesonide, a well-known anti-inflammatory agent, before or after being stimulated with lipopolysaccharides (LPS). Pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokine production, tumour necrosis factor (TNF) and interleukin (IL)-10, respectively, were measured in cell-free supernatants at different times after the treatment. PCT-233 increased unstimulated AM release of both TNF and IL-10, whereas heat- and light-inactivated PCT-233 stimulated only the release of TNF without affecting IL-10 production, suggesting that different mechanisms are involved in the modulation of TNF and IL-10 release by PCT-233. The presence of LPS did not modify PCT-233-stimulated TNF production, but the ratio TNF/IL-10 production by LPS-stimulated AM was reduced significantly in the presence of PCT-233. Pretreatment of AM with PCT-233 and budesonide before LPS stimulation reduced TNF production at both protein and mRNA levels, whereas IL-10 production was increased. Moreover, TNF/IL-10 ratio was reduced further with the combination PCT-233/budesonide. Interestingly, AM treatment with PCT-233 and budesonide 18 h after LPS stimulation did not modulate TNF release significantly but it did increase IL-10 production, and a synergistic effect was observed with the combination PCT-233/budesonide. These exciting data suggest that PCT-233 possesses some anti-inflammatory properties, even when added during the inflammatory process, and could potentiate the effect of other anti-inflammatory agents. PMID:15008976

  10. Portable Computer Technology (PCT) Research and Development Program Phase 2

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    Castillo, Michael; McGuire, Kenyon; Sorgi, Alan

    1995-01-01

    The subject of this project report, focused on: (1) Design and development of two Advanced Portable Workstation 2 (APW 2) units. These units incorporate advanced technology features such as a low power Pentium processor, a high resolution color display, National Television Standards Committee (NTSC) video handling capabilities, a Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA) interface, and Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) and ethernet interfaces. (2) Use these units to integrate and demonstrate advanced wireless network and portable video capabilities. (3) Qualification of the APW 2 systems for use in specific experiments aboard the Mir Space Station. A major objective of the PCT Phase 2 program was to help guide future choices in computing platforms and techniques for meeting National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) mission objectives. The focus being on the development of optimal configurations of computing hardware, software applications, and network technologies for use on NASA missions.

  11. Photolysis of rhodamine-WT dye

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    Tai, D.Y.; Rathbun, R.E.

    1988-01-01

    Photolysis of rhodamine-WT dye under natural sunlight conditions was determined by measuring the loss of fluorescence as a function of time. Rate coefficients at 30?? north latitude ranged from 4.77 x 10-2 day-1 for summer to 3.16 x 10-2 day-1 for winter. Experimental coefficients were in good agreement with values calculated using a laboratory-determined value of the quantum yield.

  12. One step combustion synthesis and thermoluminescence in Y3Al5O12:Ce3+

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    Dhadade, I. H.; Moharil, S. V.; Dhoble, S. J.; Rahangdale, S. R.

    2016-05-01

    In the present paper one step combustion synthesis of compound Y3Al5O12:Ce3+ is reported using a modified procedure and employing mixed (Urea + Glycine) as fuel. Powder X-ray diffraction confirms the formation of said compound. Thermoluminescence study over the wide gamma exposure (1KGy - 13 KGy) Suggests the possible use of the phosphor in dosimetric application.

  13. [Use of procalcitonine in intensive care units: comparison of semi quantitative PCT-Q Brahms assay with automated PCT-Kryptor assay].

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    Schuch, Géraldine; Duc-Marchand, Catherine; Venet, Cyrille; Mann, Hubert; Tixier, Anne; Bionda, Clara

    2011-01-01

    Procalcitonine (PCT) is recognized as a major and specific biomarker in diagnosis of bacterial infection. Used early in sepsis, it allows immediate administration of antibiotics and monitoring its effectiveness. Confronted on systemic inflammation response syndrom (SIRS), physicians must react quickly and effectively to evaluate bacterial infection and sepsis. The objective of this study was to compare analytical and clinical performances of semi-quantitative PCT-Q assay (Brahms) with quantitative and automated assay such on Kryptor (Brahms). Fifty blood samples of intensive care patients were compared. The analytical performance observed with PCT-Q assay is accurate: linear ratio kappa of 0.912 (95% CI 0.61, 0.97) and a good correlation between these techniques (p < 0.0001) (MedCalc software) were observed. Three discordances were observed and confirm the difficulties of reading for values close to 0.5 ng/mL. For these patients, PCT result showed its interest to discriminate local infection of a sepsis, to stop antibiotherapy with broad spectrum and to consolidate a therapeutic effectiveness in multi-visceral failure context. The semi-quantitative assay seems adapted for a fast and reliable evaluation of PCT in a general-purpose laboratory, not requiring neither dedicated analyzer, nor complex technicality but a control of the visual evaluation of results. It could be used for diagnosis of sepsis without monitoring precisely therapeutic follow-up.

  14. [Use of procalcitonine in intensive care units: comparison of semi quantitative PCT-Q Brahms assay with automated PCT-Kryptor assay].

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    Schuch, Géraldine; Duc-Marchand, Catherine; Venet, Cyrille; Mann, Hubert; Tixier, Anne; Bionda, Clara

    2011-01-01

    Procalcitonine (PCT) is recognized as a major and specific biomarker in diagnosis of bacterial infection. Used early in sepsis, it allows immediate administration of antibiotics and monitoring its effectiveness. Confronted on systemic inflammation response syndrom (SIRS), physicians must react quickly and effectively to evaluate bacterial infection and sepsis. The objective of this study was to compare analytical and clinical performances of semi-quantitative PCT-Q assay (Brahms) with quantitative and automated assay such on Kryptor (Brahms). Fifty blood samples of intensive care patients were compared. The analytical performance observed with PCT-Q assay is accurate: linear ratio kappa of 0.912 (95% CI 0.61, 0.97) and a good correlation between these techniques (p < 0.0001) (MedCalc software) were observed. Three discordances were observed and confirm the difficulties of reading for values close to 0.5 ng/mL. For these patients, PCT result showed its interest to discriminate local infection of a sepsis, to stop antibiotherapy with broad spectrum and to consolidate a therapeutic effectiveness in multi-visceral failure context. The semi-quantitative assay seems adapted for a fast and reliable evaluation of PCT in a general-purpose laboratory, not requiring neither dedicated analyzer, nor complex technicality but a control of the visual evaluation of results. It could be used for diagnosis of sepsis without monitoring precisely therapeutic follow-up. PMID:22123565

  15. Time-resolved FRET and PCT in cationic conjugated polymer/dye-labeled DNA complex

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    Kim, Inhong; Kim, Jihoon; Kim, Bumjin; Kang, Mijeong; Woo, Han Young; Kyhm, Kwangseuk

    2011-12-01

    The energy transfer mechanism between cationic conjugated polyelectrolytes and a single stranded DNA labeled with fluorescein was investigated in terms of Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) and photo-induced charge transfer (PCT) by time-resolved fluorescence. Both FRET and PCT rate efficiencies were obtained by phenomenological coupled rate equations, which are in excellent agreement with experiments. We found the total energy transfer in the complex is maximized as a consequence of FRET and PCT at an optimum distance 32.7Å.

  16. On the assertion that PCT violation implies Lorentz non-invariance

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    Dütsch, Michael; Gracia-Bondía, José M.

    2012-05-01

    Out of conviction or expediency, some current research programs (Kostelecký (2008) [1], Kostelecký and Russell (2011) [2], Ferrero and Altschul (2011) [3], Anselmi (2009) [4]) take for granted that "PCT violation implies violation of Lorentz invariance". We point out that this claim (Greenberg (2002) [5]) is still on somewhat shaky ground. In fact, for many years there has been no strengthening of the evidence in this direction. However, using causal perturbation theory, we prove here that when starting with a local PCT-invariant interaction, PCT symmetry can be maintained in the process of renormalization.

  17. Letter report on PCT/Monolith glass ceramic corrosion tests

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    Crawford, Charles L.

    2015-09-24

    The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) is collaborating with personnel from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to study advanced waste form glass ceramics for immobilization of waste from Used Nuclear Fuel (UNF) separations processes. The glass ceramic waste forms take advantage of both crystalline and glassy phases where ‘troublesome’ elements (e.g., low solubility in glass or very long-lived) partition to highly durable ceramic phases with the remainder of elements residing in the glassy phase. The ceramic phases are tailored to create certain minerals or unique crystalline structures that can host the radionuclides by binding them in their specific crystalline network while not adversely impacting the residual glass network (Crum et al., 2011). Glass ceramics have been demonstrated using a scaled melter test performed in a pilot scale (1/4 scale) cold crucible induction melter (CCIM) (Crum et al., 2014; Maio et al., 2015). This report summarizes recent results from both Phase I and Phase II bench scale tests involving crucible fabrication and corrosion testing of glass ceramics using the Product Consistency Test (PCT). Preliminary results from both Phase I and Phase II bench scale tests involving statistically designed matrices have previously been reported (Crawford, 2013; Crawford, 2014).

  18. Investigation of slective laser melting of mecanically alloyed metastable Al5Fe2 powder

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    Montiel, Hugo

    Selective Laser Melting (SLM), an Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology, enables the production of complex structured metal products. Aluminum alloys are used in SLM as high-strength lightweight materials for weight reduction in structural components. Previous investigations report high laser powers (300 W) and slow scanning speeds (500 mm/s) to process aluminum alloys under SLM. This research investigates the SLM processing of Al-Fe alloy by utilizing metastable Al5Fe2 powder system produced by mechanical alloying. Metastable systems are thermodynamically activated with internal energy that can generate an energy shortcut when processing under SLM. The optimum laser power, scan speeds and scan distances were investigated by test series experiments. Results indicate that metastable Al5Fe2 alloy can be processed and stabilized under a 200 W laser scanning and a relative high scanning speed of 1000 mm/s. Thus, the internal energy of metastable powder contributes in reducing laser energy for SLM process for Al alloys.

  19. Thermoluminescence studies of γ-irradiated nanocrystalline Y3Al5O12

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    Shivaramu, N. J.; Lakshminarasappa, B. N.; Nagabhushana, K. R.; Ramani; Singh, Fouran

    2014-08-01

    Nanocrystalline yttrium aluminum garnet (Y3Al5O12) is synthesized by combustion technique. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern of 900 °C annealed sample revealed a cubic structure. The average crystallite size is found to be 20.5 nm. γ-irradiated Y3Al5O12 exhibits two thermoluminescence (TL) glows: a prominent one with a peak at ∼410 K and another one with a peak at ∼575 K. It is found that the TL glow peak intensity at 410 K increases, while its glow peak temperature is almost steady with an increase in the γ-dose. The effect of the heating rate on the TL glow curve is studied. It is found that Tm1 shifts towards higher temperature region while the Im1 decreases with an increase in the heating rate. The TL glow curves are analyzed by Chen's peak shape method and the TL parameters are estimated.

  20. Structural and optical properties of the naked and passivated Al5Au5 bimetallic nanoclusters

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    Grande-Aztatzi, Rafael; Formoso, Elena; Mercero, Jose M.; Matxain, Jon M.; Grabowski, Slawomir J.; Ugalde, Jesus M.

    2016-03-01

    The structural and optical properties of both the naked and passivated bimetallic Al5Au5 nanoclusters have been analyzed based on data obtained from ab initio density functional theory and quantum molecular dynamics simulations. It has been found that the Al5Au5 nanocluster possesses a hollow shaped minimum energy structure with segregated Al and Au layered domains, the former representing the electrophilic domain and the latter the nucleophilic domain. In particular, it has been shown that alkali metal cations attach in the nucleophilic domain and hop from one Au site to the next one in the picoseconds time scale, while anions are bound tightly to the Al atoms of the electrophilic domain. Simulating annealing studies are very suggestive of the proneness of the nanocluster towards coalescence into large cluster units, when the cluster is left unprotected by appropriate ligands. Further passivation studies with NaF salt suggest, nonetheless, the possibility of the isolation of the Al5Au5 cluster in molten salts or ionic liquids.

  1. Numerical Simulation of Three-Dimensional Dendritic Growth of Alloy: Part II—Model Application to Fe-0.82WtPctC Alloy

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    Wang, Weiling; Luo, Sen; Zhu, Miaoyong

    2016-03-01

    In the second part (Part II) of the present simulation work, the three-dimensional (3D) dendritic growth of Fe-0.82wtpctC alloy is investigated with the 3D CA-FVM cellular automaton-finite volume method model developed in Part I. The influences of the melt undercooling, the interfacial anisotropy, and the forced flow on the equiaxed dendritic growth, especially the formation of secondary arms, are discussed. The comparisons of equiaxed dendritic growth in 3D and two-dimensional (2D) are also carried out. Finally, the columnar dendritic growth under different cooling conditions is investigated including the morphology and the secondary dendrite arm spacing (SDAS). The results show that the high undercooling can promote the formation of secondary arms as the anisotropy parameter is 0.04. With the increase of the anisotropy parameter, the secondary arms first reduce and then well develop again; meanwhile the tertiary arms are gradually developed. However, the secondary arms vanish at the undercooling of 5 K as the anisotropy parameter increases to 0.04. With the introduction of the forced flow with the inlet velocity of 0.001 m/s along the x axis, the secondary arms at the left (upstream) arm become more developed. However, they become slightly less developed with the forced flow intensifying. Secondary arms at the left side (upstream) of the perpendicular arms and in the y-z symmetrical plane become more and more developed as the inlet velocity increases. The competition of the secondary arms at the right side (downstream) of the perpendicular arms and at the right (downstream) arm becomes significant as the undercooling increases from 10 to 15 K. The solute-enriched envelope in 2D is much thicker than in the 3D case, so that the dendritic growth in 2D is influenced more by the melt flow and the undercooling; moreover, the secondary arms in 2D are hard to form even at the undercooling of 15 K and with the forced convection in the present article. Meanwhile, the variation tendency of the movement of columnar dendritic tip and the decrement of the average SDAS with every 0.025-MW/m2 increment of the heat flux are quite different.

  2. Effects of physical activity on pupil cycle time (PCT) in healthy Indian male.

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    Ghosh, Suparna; Avadhany, Sandhya T

    2014-01-01

    Globally, physical inactivity is an important risk factor for the development of non-communicable disease consisting of coronary artery disease, as well as, other diseases including hypertension, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, and certain types of cancers. Parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) activity in the eye is determined by the pupil cycle time (PCT) can be comparable with cardiac parasympathetic response and thereby determine the morbidity and mortality among individuals. The PCT is measured by throwing white light on the edge of the pupil. Pupil cycling is a feature of pupillary reflex arc. The aim of this study is to establish the effect of physical activity on the PCT. The counting of PCT was done for 90 cycles and average one count is considered a single PCT. The physical activity level (PAL) was determined by administering a physical activity level questionnaire developed in the Division of Nutrition, St. John's Medical College, Bangalore. The PAL is classified as < 1.4 as sedentary, 1.55 to 1.75 moderately active, and > 1.75 heavily active. Thirty healthy male volunteers in the age group of 18-50 years and with BMI of 18.5 kg/m2-30 kg/m2 were studied. We obtained PCT of 962.00 ± 105.72 msec in sedentary, 896.77 ± 85.88 msec in moderately active and 889.45 ± 68.71 msec in heavily active individuals. Linear regression analysis shows there is statistically significant difference between the three different groups of physical activity level with a b value of 0 and R2 being 0.19. Increase in physical activity led to decrease in the PCT i.e. increase in the parasympathetic tone in the eye. Pupil cycle time (PCT) is a simple noninvasive tool to assess and differentiate the PNS function in different activity level of individual. PMID:25906609

  3. Purification, crystallization and preliminary crystallographic analysis of the ligand-binding regions of the PctA and PctB chemoreceptors from Pseudomonas aeruginosa in complex with amino acids

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    Rico-Jiménez, Miriam; Muñoz-Martínez, Francisco; Krell, Tino; Gavira, Jose A.; Pineda-Molina, Estela

    2013-01-01

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogen and one of the major model organisms for the study of chemotaxis. The bacterium harbours 26 genes encoding chemoreceptors, most of which have not been annotated with a function. The paralogous chemoreceptors PctA and PctB (Pseudomonas chemotactic transducer A and B) were found to mediate chemotaxis towards l-amino acids. However, the ligand spectrum of the receptors is quite different since the recombinant ligand-binding region (LBR) of PctA binds 17 different l-­amino acids whereas that of PctB recognizes only five. To determine the molecular basis underlying this ligand specificity, PctA-LBR and PctB-LBR have been purified and crystals have been produced after pre-incubation with l-­Ile and l-Arg, respectively. Initial crystallization conditions have been identified by the counter-diffusion method and X-ray data have been collected at 2.5 Å (PctA-LBR bound to l-Ile) and 3.14 Å (PctB-LBR bound to l-Arg) resolution. Crystals belonged to space groups P212121 and P3121, with unit-cell parameters a = 72.2, b = 78.5, c = 116.6 Å and a = b = 111.6, c = 117.4, respectively, for PctA-LBR and PctB-LBR. Molecular-replacement methods will be pursued for structural determination. PMID:24316847

  4. Hot deformation of U-9 wt% Mo

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    Kapoor, R.; Thota, M. K.; Chakravartty, J. K.; Basak, C. B.; Jha, S. K.; Hussain, M. M.

    2016-08-01

    Uranium - 9 wt% molybdenum in the as-extruded condition was deformed in compression in vacuum at temperatures from 850 to 1000 °C and strain rates from 3 × 10-3 to 1 s-1. The strain rate sensitivity (m) was computed and plotted as iso-strain rate sensitivity contour plots. m was around 0.33 at 950-1000 °C at strain rate of 3 × 10-3 s-1. Electron backscatter diffraction showed that at 1000 °C-3 × 10-3 s-1 grains refined, fraction of high angle boundaries increased and the average local misorientation reduced, all indicative of the occurrence of dynamic recrystallization. In comparison, at 950 and 900 °C both the fraction of low angle boundaries and local misorientation was higher. At 1000 °C-3 × 10-3 s-1 the [111] direction was aligned along the compression axis, whereas at lower temperature of 900 °C and 3 × 10-3 s-1 it was the orientations close to [001].

  5. Luminescence of Y3Al5O12:Eu3+ nanophosphors in blood and organic media

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    Kolesnikov, I. E.; Povolotskiy, A. V.; Tolstikova, D. V.; Manshina, A. A.; Mikhailov, M. D.

    2015-02-01

    Lanthanide-doped nanoparticles characterized by their large Stokes’ shifts, narrow emission bands, long lifetimes and high photostability are promising candidates for luminescent labels in biological research. That is why investigation of lanthanide-doped nanoparticles’ fluorescence in complex biological media (like blood and Intralipid) is of great importance from the standpoint of applicability in medicine and biology. Nanopowder of yttrium aluminum garnet doped with Eu3+ was synthesized by the Pechini method. X-ray diffraction data demonstrated formation of cubic crystalline phase without any impurities. The synthesized sample was found to be well-defined 20-50 nm nanoparticles agglomerated to clusters no bigger than 200 nm in diameter. The emission spectrum of nanocrystalline powder consists of characteristic narrow lines attributed to 5D0-7FJ transitions. It was found that the long lifetime of 5D0 level (4.13 ms) allows using time-resolved techniques to eliminate fluorescence of the biological background. The possibility of the luminescence signal detection of Y3Al5O12:Eu3+ nanopowder (0.14 mg per 1 ml) against the background of blood auto-luminescence was demonstrated. Y3Al5O12:Eu3+ phosphors luminescence in blood media showed timing stability whereas fluorescein luminescence dropped down by a factor of 3 after 20 min. It was found that the luminescence signal of Y3Al5O12:Eu3+ phosphors could be detected through 5 mm of biological tissue. The possibility of independent registration of nanopowders doped with different REI-ions (Eu3+ and Nd3+) was investigated.

  6. Thermophysical properties of Ti-5Al-5V-5Mo-3Cr-1Zr titanium alloy

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    Bykov, V. A.; Kulikova, T. V.; Vedmid', L. B.; Fishman, A. Ya.; Shunyaev, K. Yu.; Tarenkova, N. Yu.

    2014-07-01

    The thermophysical properties of the Ti-5Al-5V-5Mo-3Cr-1Zr titanium alloy in a wide range of temperatures from room temperature to 1000°C have been studied by the methods of differential scanning calorimetry, the laser flash method, and dilatometry. The obtained data on heat capacity, thermal diffusivity, and thermal expansion have been used for calculating coefficient of thermal conductivity. The sequence and temperatures of structural transformations during heating of the alloy have been established. It has been shown that the studied alloy possesses a coefficient of thermal conductivity that is 3.5-4 times smaller than that of pure titanium.

  7. Plasma arc melting of a 80 wt % tantalum-20 wt % titanium alloy

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    Dunn, P.S.; Patterson, R.A.

    1994-10-01

    An alloy of 80wt% tantalum-20wt% titanium is being considered for use in an oxidizing and highly corrosive liquid metal application. The high melting point of the alloy, 2400 C, and other physical properties narrowed the possible melting techniques. Previous melting experience with these materials by electron beam resulted in extensive vaporization of the titanium during the melt and poor chemical homogeneity. A technique has been developed using plasma arc melting to melt refractory alloys with very dissimilar densities and vapor pressures. The 80Ta--20Ti alloy falls into this category with the density of tantalum 16.5 g/cc and that of titanium 4.5 g/cc. The melting of these materials is further complicated by the high melting point of tantalum( 3020 C) and the relatively low boiling point of titanium( 3287 C). The plasma arc melting technique described results in good chemical homogeneity with ingot size quantities of material.

  8. Identification of a Novel C-Terminal Truncated WT1 Isoform with Antagonistic Effects against Major WT1 Isoforms

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    Tatsumi, Naoya; Hojo, Nozomi; Sakamoto, Hiroyuki; Inaba, Rena; Moriguchi, Nahoko; Matsuno, Keiko; Fukuda, Mari; Matsumura, Akihide; Hayashi, Seiji; Morimoto, Soyoko; Nakata, Jun; Fujiki, Fumihiro; Nishida, Sumiyuki; Nakajima, Hiroko; Tsuboi, Akihiro; Oka, Yoshihiro; Hosen, Naoki; Sugiyama, Haruo; Oji, Yusuke

    2015-01-01

    The Wilms’ tumor gene WT1 consists of 10 exons and encodes a zinc finger transcription factor. There are four major WT1 isoforms resulting from alternative splicing at two sites, exon 5 (17AA) and exon 9 (KTS). All major WT1 isoforms are overexpressed in leukemia and solid tumors and play oncogenic roles such as inhibition of apoptosis, and promotion of cell proliferation, migration and invasion. In the present study, a novel alternatively spliced WT1 isoform that had an extended exon 4 (designated as exon 4a) with an additional 153 bp (designated as 4a sequence) at the 3’ end was identified and designated as an Ex4a(+)WT1 isoform. The insertion of exon 4a resulted in the introduction of premature translational stop codons in the reading frame in exon 4a and production of C-terminal truncated WT1 proteins lacking zinc finger DNA-binding domain. Overexpression of the truncated Ex4a(+)WT1 isoform inhibited the major WT1-mediated transcriptional activation of anti-apoptotic Bcl-xL gene promoter and induced mitochondrial damage and apoptosis. Conversely, suppression of the Ex4a(+)WT1 isoform by Ex4a-specific siRNA attenuated apoptosis. These results indicated that the Ex4a(+)WT1 isoform exerted dominant negative effects on anti-apoptotic function of major WT1 isoforms. Ex4a(+)WT1 isoform was endogenously expressed as a minor isoform in myeloid leukemia and solid tumor cells and increased regardless of decrease in major WT1 isoforms during apoptosis, suggesting the dominant negative effects on anti-apoptotic function of major WT1 isoforms. These results indicated that Ex4a(+)WT1 isoform had an important physiological function that regulated oncogenic function of major WT1 isoforms. PMID:26090994

  9. Kinetics of Z-Phase Precipitation in 9 to 12 pct Cr Steels

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    Danielsen, Hilmar K.; di Nunzio, Paolo Emilio; Hald, John

    2013-05-01

    The Z-phase nitride is seen as a detrimental phase in 9 to 12 pct Cr steels as it is in competition with the beneficial MX particles. Two model steels, with 9 pct Cr and 12 pct Cr content, respectively, were designed to study the effect of Cr on Z-phase precipitation kinetics. The steels were isothermally aged at 873 K, 923 K, and 973 K (600 °C, 650 °C, and 700 °C) for up to 30,000 hours in order for Z-phase to replace MX. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis of extracted precipitates was used to quantitatively follow the evolution of the nitrides population. It was found that the 12 pct Cr steel precipitated Z-phase 20 to 50 times faster than the 9 pct Cr steel. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was applied to follow the Z-phase precipitation, using energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) line scans and atomic resolution imaging.

  10. Enriching and Separating Primary Copper Impurity from Pb-3 Mass Pct Cu Melt by Super-Gravity Technology

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    Yang, Yuhou; Song, Bo; Song, Gaoyang; Yang, Zhanbing; Xin, Wenbin

    2016-10-01

    In this study, super-gravity technology was introduced in the lead bullion-refining process to investigate the enriching and separating laws of copper impurity from Pb-3 mass pct Cu melt. With the gravity coefficient G = 700 at the cooling rate of ν = 5 K min-1, the entire copper phase gathers at the upper area of the sample, and it is hard to find any copper particles at the bottom area of the sample. The floatation movement of copper phase was greatly intensified by super gravity and the mass pct of copper in tailing lead is up to 8.631 pct, while that in the refined lead is only 0.113 pct. The refining rate of lead bullion reached up to 94.27 pct. Copper-phase impurity can be separated effectively from Pb-3 mass pct Cu melt by filtration method in super-gravity field, and the separation efficiency increased with the increasing gravity coefficient in the range of G ≥ 10. After filtration at 613 K (340 °C) with gravity coefficient G = 100 for 10 minutes, the refined lead, with just 0.157 mass pct copper impurity, was separated to the bottom of the crucible, and the copper dross containing only 23.56 mass pct residual lead was intercepted by the carbon fiber felt, leading to the separation efficiency up to 96.18 pct (meaning a great reduction in metal loss).

  11. Enriching and Separating Primary Copper Impurity from Pb-3 Mass Pct Cu Melt by Super-Gravity Technology

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    Yang, Yuhou; Song, Bo; Song, Gaoyang; Yang, Zhanbing; Xin, Wenbin

    2016-08-01

    In this study, super-gravity technology was introduced in the lead bullion-refining process to investigate the enriching and separating laws of copper impurity from Pb-3 mass pct Cu melt. With the gravity coefficient G = 700 at the cooling rate of ν = 5 K min-1, the entire copper phase gathers at the upper area of the sample, and it is hard to find any copper particles at the bottom area of the sample. The floatation movement of copper phase was greatly intensified by super gravity and the mass pct of copper in tailing lead is up to 8.631 pct, while that in the refined lead is only 0.113 pct. The refining rate of lead bullion reached up to 94.27 pct. Copper-phase impurity can be separated effectively from Pb-3 mass pct Cu melt by filtration method in super-gravity field, and the separation efficiency increased with the increasing gravity coefficient in the range of G ≥ 10. After filtration at 613 K (340 °C) with gravity coefficient G = 100 for 10 minutes, the refined lead, with just 0.157 mass pct copper impurity, was separated to the bottom of the crucible, and the copper dross containing only 23.56 mass pct residual lead was intercepted by the carbon fiber felt, leading to the separation efficiency up to 96.18 pct (meaning a great reduction in metal loss).

  12. ALS5/SPG11/KIAA1840 mutations cause autosomal recessive axonal Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.

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    Montecchiani, Celeste; Pedace, Lucia; Lo Giudice, Temistocle; Casella, Antonella; Mearini, Marzia; Gaudiello, Fabrizio; Pedroso, José L; Terracciano, Chiara; Caltagirone, Carlo; Massa, Roberto; St George-Hyslop, Peter H; Barsottini, Orlando G P; Kawarai, Toshitaka; Orlacchio, Antonio

    2016-01-01

    Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is a group of hereditary peripheral neuropathies that share clinical characteristics of progressive distal muscle weakness and atrophy, foot deformities, distal sensory loss, as well as diminished tendon reflexes. Hundreds of causative DNA changes have been found, but much of the genetic basis of the disease is still unexplained. Mutations in the ALS5/SPG11/KIAA1840 gene are a frequent cause of autosomal recessive hereditary spastic paraplegia with thin corpus callosum and peripheral axonal neuropathy, and account for ∼ 40% of autosomal recessive juvenile amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The overlap of axonal Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease with both diseases, as well as the common autosomal recessive inheritance pattern of thin corpus callosum and axonal Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease in three related patients, prompted us to analyse the ALS5/SPG11/KIAA1840 gene in affected individuals with autosomal recessive axonal Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. We investigated 28 unrelated families with autosomal recessive axonal Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease defined by clinical, electrophysiological, as well as pathological evaluation. Besides, we screened for all the known genes related to axonal autosomal recessive Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT2A2/HMSN2A2/MFN2, CMT2B1/LMNA, CMT2B2/MED25, CMT2B5/NEFL, ARCMT2F/dHMN2B/HSPB1, CMT2K/GDAP1, CMT2P/LRSAM1, CMT2R/TRIM2, CMT2S/IGHMBP2, CMT2T/HSJ1, CMTRID/COX6A1, ARAN-NM/HINT and GAN/GAN), for the genes related to autosomal recessive hereditary spastic paraplegia with thin corpus callosum and axonal peripheral neuropathy (SPG7/PGN, SPG15/ZFYVE26, SPG21/ACP33, SPG35/FA2H, SPG46/GBA2, SPG55/C12orf65 and SPG56/CYP2U1), as well as for the causative gene of peripheral neuropathy with or without agenesis of the corpus callosum (SLC12A6). Mitochondrial disorders related to Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2 were also excluded by sequencing POLG and TYMP genes. An additional locus for autosomal recessive Charcot

  13. Microstructural Characterization of Irradiated U-7Mo/Al-5Si Dispersion to High Fission Density

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    J. Gan; B. D. Miller; D. D. Keiser, Jr.; A. B. Robinson; J. W. Madden; P. G. Medvedev; D. M. Wachs

    2014-11-01

    The fuel development program for research and test reactors calls for improved knowledge on the effect of microstructure on fuel performance in reactors. This work summarizes the recent TEM microstructural characterization of an irradiated U-7Mo/Al-5Si dispersion fuel plate (R3R050) irradiated in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory to 5.2×1021 fissions/cm3. While a large fraction of the fuel grains is decorated with large bubbles, there is no evidence showing interlinking of these large bubbles at the specified fission density. The attachment of solid fission product precipitates to the bubbles is likely the result of fission product diffusion into these bubbles. The process of fission gas bubble superlattice collapse appears through bubble coalescence. The results are compared with the previous TEM work of the dispersion fuels irradiated to lower fission density from the same fuel plate.

  14. Synthesis of CORONA 5 (Ti-4.5Al-5Mo-1.5Cr)

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    Froes, F. H.; Highberger, W. T.

    1980-05-01

    The synthesis of CORONA 5 (Ti-4.5Al-5Mo-1.5Cr) is described from the viewpoints of alloy chemistry and microstructure. Lenticular alpha is shown to maximize fracture resistance parameters, while a globular alpha optimizes hightemperature flow characteristics. The processing and application of CORONA 5 as forging, plate, sheet and powder metallurgy products are presented. The weldability of the alloy is described and potential use of the alloy for engine applications discussed. The improved mechanical property behavior over the "workhorse" Ti-6Al-4V alloy combined with cost-effective production should result in use of CORONA 5 in many applications. Future developments for CORONA 5 are suggested both in terms of further mechanical property optimization and in light of the economics of producing the alloy.

  15. Experimental investigation of thermal effects and PCT on FBGs-based linearly polarized fiber laser performance.

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    Huang, Long; Ma, Pengfei; Tao, Rumao; Shi, Chen; Wang, Xiaolin; Zhou, Pu

    2015-04-20

    We experimentally study the impacts of thermal effects and polarization crosstalk (PCT) on the performance of FBGs-based linearly polarized all-fiber laser. The mechanism that the thermal effects and PCT influence the performance of the laser is analyzed. Thermally-dependent reflection peaks of polarization maintaining (PM) fiber Bragg gratings are revealed to be the prime reason why temperature influences spectrum, output power, and polarization property of the laser. The PCT would also influence the performance of the laser seriously in the case of mismatched angle even with effectively overlapped spectrum. It is revealed experimentally that stable linearly polarized output can be obtained if a certain pair of aligned principal axes of PM FBGs is not only spectrally overlapped but also strictly angle matched. Further, we point out that accurate temperature control and careful angle match are essential for stable linearly polarized output and even possible power scaling further. PMID:25969091

  16. WT1 regulates the development of the posterior taste field.

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    Gao, Yankun; Toska, Eneda; Denmon, Dane; Roberts, Stefan G E; Medler, Kathryn F

    2014-06-01

    Despite the importance of taste in determining nutrient intake, our understanding of the processes that control the development of the peripheral taste system is lacking. Several early regulators of taste development have been identified, including sonic hedgehog, bone morphogenetic protein 4 and multiple members of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway. However, the regulation of these factors, including their induction, remains poorly understood. Here, we identify a crucial role for the Wilms' tumor 1 protein (WT1) in circumvallate (CV) papillae development. WT1 is a transcription factor that is important in the normal development of multiple tissues, including both the olfactory and visual systems. In mice, WT1 expression is detectable by E12.5, when the CV taste placode begins to form. In mice lacking WT1, the CV fails to develop normally and markers of early taste development are dysregulated compared with wild type. We demonstrate that expression of the WT1 target genes Lef1, Ptch1 and Bmp4 is significantly reduced in developing tongue tissue derived from Wt1 knockout mice and that, in normal tongue, WT1 is bound to the promoter regions of these genes. Moreover, siRNA knockdown of WT1 in cultured taste cells leads to a reduction in the expression of Lef1 and Ptch1. Our data identify WT1 as a crucial transcription factor in the development of the CV through the regulation of multiple signaling pathways that have established roles in the formation and patterning of taste placodes.

  17. Interconnection between microstructure and microhardness of directionally solidified binary Al-6wt.%Cu and multicomponent Al-6wt.%Cu-8wt.%Si alloys.

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    Vasconcelos, Angela J; Kikuchi, Rafael H; Barros, André S; Costa, Thiago A; Dias, Marcelino; Moreira, Antonio L; Silva, Adrina P; Rocha, Otávio L

    2016-05-31

    An experimental study has been carried out to evaluate the microstructural and microhardness evolution on the directionally solidified binary Al-Cu and multicomponent Al-Cu-Si alloys and the influence of Si alloying. For this purpose specimens of Al-6wt.%Cu and Al-6wt.%Cu-8wt.%Si alloys were prepared and directionally solidified under transient conditions of heat extraction. A water-cooled horizontal directional solidification device was applied. A comprehensive characterization is performed including experimental dendrite tip growth rates (VL) and cooling rates (TR) by measuring Vickers microhardness (HV), optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy with microanalysis performed by energy dispersive spectrometry (SEM-EDS). The results show, for both studied alloys, the increasing of TR and VL reduced the primary dendrite arm spacing (l1) increasing the microhardness. Furthermore, the incorporation of Si in Al-6wt.%Cu alloy to form the Al-6wt.%Cu-8wt.%Si alloy influenced significantly the microstructure and consequently the microhardness but did not affect the primary dendritic growth law. An analysis on the formation of the columnar to equiaxed transition (CET) is also performed and the results show that the occurrence of CET is not sharp, i.e., the CET in both cases occurs in a zone rather than in a parallel plane to the chill wall, where both columnar and equiaxed grains are be able to exist.

  18. Interconnection between microstructure and microhardness of directionally solidified binary Al-6wt.%Cu and multicomponent Al-6wt.%Cu-8wt.%Si alloys.

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    Vasconcelos, Angela J; Kikuchi, Rafael H; Barros, André S; Costa, Thiago A; Dias, Marcelino; Moreira, Antonio L; Silva, Adrina P; Rocha, Otávio L

    2016-05-31

    An experimental study has been carried out to evaluate the microstructural and microhardness evolution on the directionally solidified binary Al-Cu and multicomponent Al-Cu-Si alloys and the influence of Si alloying. For this purpose specimens of Al-6wt.%Cu and Al-6wt.%Cu-8wt.%Si alloys were prepared and directionally solidified under transient conditions of heat extraction. A water-cooled horizontal directional solidification device was applied. A comprehensive characterization is performed including experimental dendrite tip growth rates (VL) and cooling rates (TR) by measuring Vickers microhardness (HV), optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy with microanalysis performed by energy dispersive spectrometry (SEM-EDS). The results show, for both studied alloys, the increasing of TR and VL reduced the primary dendrite arm spacing (l1) increasing the microhardness. Furthermore, the incorporation of Si in Al-6wt.%Cu alloy to form the Al-6wt.%Cu-8wt.%Si alloy influenced significantly the microstructure and consequently the microhardness but did not affect the primary dendritic growth law. An analysis on the formation of the columnar to equiaxed transition (CET) is also performed and the results show that the occurrence of CET is not sharp, i.e., the CET in both cases occurs in a zone rather than in a parallel plane to the chill wall, where both columnar and equiaxed grains are be able to exist. PMID:27254454

  19. Procalcitonin (PCT) and C-reactive Protein (CRP) as severe systemic infection markers in febrile neutropenic adults

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    Massaro, Karin SR; Costa, Silvia F; Leone, Claudio; Chamone, Dalton AF

    2007-01-01

    Background Procalcitonin (PCT) is an inflammatory marker that has been used as indicator of severe bacterial infection. We evaluated the concentrations of PCT as a marker for systemic infection compared to C-reactive protein (CRP) in patients neutropenic febrile. Methods 52 adult patients were enrolled in the study. Blood sample was collected in order to determine the serum concentrations of PCT, CRP and other hematological parameters at the onset of fever. The patients were divided into 2 groups, one with severe infection (n = 26) and the other in which the patients did not present such an infection (n = 26). Then PCT and CRP concentrations at the fever onset were compared between groups using non parametric statistical tests, ROC curve, sensitivity, specificity, likelihood ratio, and Spearman's correlation coefficient. Results The mean of PCT was significantly higher in the group with severe infection (6.7 ng/mL versus 0.6 ng/mL – p = 0.0075) comparing with CRP. Serum concentrations of 0.245 ng/mL of PCT displayed 100% de sensitivity and 69.2% specificity. PCT concentrations of 2,145 ng/mL presented a likelihood ratio of 13, which was not observed for any concentration of CRP. Conclusion PCT seems to be an useful marker for the diagnosis of systemic infection in febrile neutropenic patients, probably better than CRP. PMID:18034890

  20. Nuclear waste glass product consistency test (PCT): Version 7.0. Revision 3

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    Jantzen, C.M.; Bibler, N.E.; Beam, D.C.; Ramsey, W.G.

    1994-06-01

    Liquid high-level nuclear waste will be immobilized at the Savannah River Site (SRS) by vitrification in borosilicate glass. The glass will be produced in the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF), poured into stainless steel canisters, and eventually disposed of in a geologic repository. In order to comply with the Waste Acceptance Product Specifications (WAPS), the durability of the glass needs to be measured during production to assure its long term stability and radionuclide release properties. A durability test, designated the Product Consistency Test (PCT), was developed for DWPF glass in order to meet the WAPS requirements. The response of the PCT procedure was based on extensive testing with glasses of widely different compositions. The PCT was determined to be very reproducible, to yield reliable results rapidly, and to be easily performed in shielded cell facilities with radioactive samples. Version 7.0 of the PCT procedure is attached. This draft version has been submitted to ASTM for full committee (C26, Nuclear Fuel Cycle) ballot after being balloted successfully through subcommittee C26.13 on Repository Waste Package Materials Testing.

  1. Luminescence and scintillation properties of Lu3Al5O12 nanoceramics sintered by SPS method

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    Pejchal, Jan; Babin, Vladimir; Beitlerova, Alena; Kucerkova, Romana; Panek, Dalibor; Barta, Jan; Cuba, Vaclav; Yamaji, Akihiro; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Mihokova, Eva; Ito, Akihiko; Goto, Takashi; Nikl, Martin; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2016-03-01

    Ce-doped lutetium aluminum garnet Lu3Al5O12 (LuAG) nanoceramics were fabricated at 1600 °C and 1700 °C by spark-plasma sintering (SPS) method from nano-powders prepared by radiation synthesis. Both undoped and Ce-doped LuAG ceramic samples were also prepared from the nano-powders at 1700 °C with significantly increased pre-heating rate. The backscattered electron images revealed large amount of pores in all the Ce-doped samples causing their significant opacity. On the other hand, very large grains and no pores were revealed in the undoped sample, which was the only transparent one. The radioluminescence measurements revealed superior overall scintillation efficiency of the samples sintered at the temperature 1700 °C, and their defect emission in the UV region was ascribed to oxygen-vacancy-related defects such as F+ centers. The photoluminescence decay of the defect emission was characterized by an extremely fast decay time of a few nanoseconds. Influence of sintering procedure and subsequent annealing on the luminescence and scintillation properties is discussed.

  2. WT1 Expression in the Human Fetus During Development

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    Ambu, R.; Vinci, L.; Gerosa, C.; Fanni, D.; Obinu, E.; Faa, A.; Fanos, V.

    2015-01-01

    Wilms’ Tumor 1 (WT1) is a transcription factor involved in the development of the urogenital system. The purpose of this study was to analyze the immunoreactivity for WT1 protein in different tissues and organs in human fetuses in early phases of gestation. To this end, samples from multiple organs were obtained from 4 human fetuses, ranging from 7 up to 12 weeks of gestation. Each sample was formalin-fixed, paraffin embedded and immunostained for WT1. Our data show that WT1 is involved in development of multiple human organs in a more vast series of cells types than previously reported. Immunostaining for WT1 was characterized by a predominant cytoplasmic reactivity in the vast majority of cell types. Mesenchimal progenitors in the fetal lung, ductal plate progenitors in fetal liver, cap mesenchimal cells in the developing kidney, fetal zone cells in adrenal glands, atrial and ventricular cardiomyocytes in the fetal heart, radial glial cells in the fetal cerebral cortex and skeletal muscle cell precursors showed the highest levels of WT1 immunoreactivity. Future studies will be needed to detect differences in the expression of WT1 in various organs at different gestational ages, in order to better evaluate the role of WT1 in cell proliferation and differentiation during intrauterine human development. PMID:26150159

  3. Expression of Wilms' tumor 1 (WT1) in ameloblastomas.

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    Bologna-Molina, Ronell; Takeda, Yasunori; Kuga, Takahisa; Chosa, Naoyuki; Kitagawa, Masae; Takata, Takashi; Ishisaki, Akira; Mikami, Toshinari

    2016-01-01

    The Wilms' tumor 1 gene (WT1) was originally isolated and described as the gene responsible for Wilms' tumor. Although there is growing evidence linking the overexpression of WT1 to tumorigenesis, no reports on ameloblastoma are available at present. The aim of this study was to examine the expression of WT1 in various histological subtypes of ameloblastoma tissue specimens and in human ameloblastoma cell lines. Immunohistochemical analyses were performed on a total of 168 cases of ameloblastoma, one case of ameloblastic carcinoma, and five cases of tooth germs (control). Three immortalized human dental epithelial cell lines (HAM1, HAM2, and HAM3) derived from the same ameloblastoma patient were used for reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and western blot assays. The tooth germs did not express WT1 (0%), and more than half of the ameloblastoma cases showed WT1 overexpression (54.7%). Immunoreactivity of solid-type ameloblastoma (76.1%) was more evident than that of unicystic-type ameloblastoma (40.9%). The expression level of WT1 mRNA in HAM2 was higher than that in HAM1 (moderate) and HAM3 (weak), showing the heterogeneity of tumor cells. The WT1 protein was strongly detected in HAM2 and minimally detected in HAM1 and HAM3. Our results suggest that WT1 expression influences the pathogenesis of ameloblastoma by varying its expression level in different histological types. (J Oral Sci 58, 407-413, 2016). PMID:27665981

  4. Genotype-phenotype associations in WT1 glomerulopathy.

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    Lipska, Beata S; Ranchin, Bruno; Iatropoulos, Paraskevas; Gellermann, Jutta; Melk, Anette; Ozaltin, Fatih; Caridi, Gianluca; Seeman, Tomas; Tory, Kalman; Jankauskiene, Augustina; Zurowska, Aleksandra; Szczepanska, Maria; Wasilewska, Anna; Harambat, Jerome; Trautmann, Agnes; Peco-Antic, Amira; Borzecka, Halina; Moczulska, Anna; Saeed, Bassam; Bogdanovic, Radovan; Kalyoncu, Mukaddes; Simkova, Eva; Erdogan, Ozlem; Vrljicak, Kristina; Teixeira, Ana; Azocar, Marta; Schaefer, Franz

    2014-05-01

    WT1 mutations cause a wide spectrum of renal and extrarenal manifestations. Here we evaluated disease prevalence, phenotype spectrum, and genotype-phenotype correlations of 61 patients with WT1-related steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome relative to 700 WT1-negative patients, all with steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome. WT1 patients more frequently presented with chronic kidney disease and hypertension at diagnosis and exhibited more rapid disease progression. Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis was equally prevalent in both cohorts, but diffuse mesangial sclerosis was largely specific for WT1 disease and was present in 34% of cases. Sex reversal and/or urogenital abnormalities (52%), Wilms tumor (38%), and gonadoblastoma (5%) were almost exclusive to WT1 disease. Missense substitutions affecting DNA-binding residues were associated with diffuse mesangial sclerosis (74%), early steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome onset, and rapid progression to ESRD. Truncating mutations conferred the highest Wilms tumor risk (78%) but typically late-onset steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome. Intronic (KTS) mutations were most likely to present as isolated steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (37%) with a median onset at an age of 4.5 years, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis on biopsy, and slow progression (median ESRD age 13.6 years). Thus, there is a wide range of expressivity, solid genotype-phenotype associations, and a high risk and significance of extrarenal complications in WT1-associated nephropathy. We suggest that all children with steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome undergo WT1 gene screening. PMID:24402088

  5. Spectra and energy levels of Tm3+:Y3Al5O12

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    Gruber, John B.; Hills, Marian E.; Macfarlane, Roger M.; Morrison, Clyde A.; Turner, Gregory A.; Quarles, Gregory J.; Kintz, Gregory J.; Esterowitz, Leon

    1989-11-01

    Absorption spectra of Tm3+:Y3Al5O12 are reported between 1.9 and 0.26 μm at 15 and 90 K, and between 0.80 and 0.35 μm at 1.6 K. Laser-excited emission obtained at 80 K is also reported from the Tm3+ manifolds 1D2, 1G4, 3H4, and 3F4 to the ground-state manifold, 3H6. The emission from 1D2 also includes transitions to Stark levels in manifolds 3F4, 3F3, and 3F2. Analysis of the emission spectra confirms the experimental crystal-field splitting deduced from an analysis of the hot-band absorption data. Both emission and absorption spectra indicate that Tm3+ ions occupy several different sites although the majority of Tm3+ ions appear to substitute for Y3+ ions in dodecahedral lattice sites (D2 point-group symmetry). The most intense spectra are analyzed assuming selection rules for D2 symmetry. A lattice-sum calculation predicts a symmetry of Γ2 for the ground state. Using this result the symmetries of 20 Γ1, 11 Γ2, 17 Γ3, and 18 Γ4 Stark levels were identified experimentally and compared with results from a crystal-field splitting calculation. A Hamiltonian consisting of Coulombic, spin-orbit, interconfiguration-interaction, and crystal-field (D2 symmetry) terms was parametrized and diagonalized for all manifolds of the Tm3+(4f12) configuration. The rms deviation between 66 experimental and calculated Stark levels was 11 cm-1.

  6. Effects of Al-5Ti-1B master alloy on the microstructural evaluation of a highly alloyed aluminum alloy produced by SIMA process

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    Alipour, M.; Emamy, M.; Azarbarmas, M.; Karamouz, M.

    2010-06-15

    This study was undertaken to investigate the influence of Al-5Ti-1B master alloy on the structural characteristics of Al-12Zn-3 Mg-2.5Cu aluminum alloy. The optimum amount of Ti containing master alloy for proper grain refining was selected as 6 wt.%. A modified strain-induced, melt-activated (SIMA) process for semi-solid processing of alloys was proposed. In order to examine the effectiveness of the modified SIMA process, the recrystallized microstructures of the Al alloy (Al-12Zn-3 Mg-2.5Cu) prepared by the modified SIMA processes were macroscopically. The modified SIMA process employed casting, warm multi-forging, recrystallization and partial melting instead of the conventional process. Reheating condition to obtain a fine globular microstructure was optimized. The microstructure evolution of reheated Al-12Zn-3 Mg-2.5Cu aluminum alloy was characterized by SEM (Scanning electron microscopy) and optical microscopy. In this study the relation between the induced strain with size and shape of grain size has been studied. Results indicated that with the increase of strain sphericity of particles, their size decreases and sphericity takes place in less reahiting time.

  7. Effect of microstructural features on the laser efficiency of Nd3+:Y3Al5O12 ceramics

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    Vorona, I. O.; Yavetskiy, R. P.; Tolmachev, A. V.; Shpilinskaya, O. L.; Li, Jiang; Pan, Yubai; Voznyy, V. L.

    2015-09-01

    The optical properties and microstructure of transparent Nd3+:Y3Al5O12 ceramics synthesised by different reactive sintering routes are studied. It is found that the residual porosity of optical ceramics is directly related to the homogeneity of the microstructure of initial compacts, which can be estimated by the existence of particle agglomerates larger than 1 mm in initial nanopowders. A qualitative correlation is established between the residual porosity, the optical losses and the lasing slope efficiency of Nd3+:Y3Al5O12 ceramics. The maximum laser efficiency (η = 49%) was observed in the samples with the lowest porosity (2.3 × 10-3 vol %).

  8. Effect of undercooling on the microstructure of Ni-35 at. pct Mo (eutectic) and Ni-38 at. pct Mo (hypereutectic) alloys

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    Tewari, S. N.

    1987-01-01

    Ni-35 at. pct Mo and Ni-38 at. pct Mo alloy specimens have been solidified from various levels of undercooling in the differential thermal analysis and the electromagnetic levitation units in a pyrex/vycor bed. The evolution of the microstructure in the solified specimens has been examined in terms of the degree of undercooling, the nature of the first phase to nucleate from the melt, and the specimen cooling rate. The melt has been observed to undercool more in the presence of intermetallic NiMo (beta) phase as compared to that in the presence of nickel-rich solid solution (gamma). The 'anomalous eutectic' type of microstructure has been shown to result from the initial formation of the dendritic skeleton of either of the two phases, its segmentation due to convection and ripening, and the subsequent nucleation of the other phase in the interdendritic liquid regions. The recalescence behavior has been examined as a function of undercooling and the nature of the phase nucleating first in the melt.

  9. a Robust Pct Method Based on Complex Least Squares Adjustment Method

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    Haiqiang, F.; Jianjun, Z.; Changcheng, W.; Qinghua, X.; Rong, Z.

    2013-07-01

    Polarization Coherence Tomography (PCT) method has the good performance in deriving the vegetation vertical structure. However, Errors caused by temporal decorrelation and vegetation height and ground phase always propagate to the data analysis and contaminate the results. In order to overcome this disadvantage, we exploit Complex Least Squares Adjustment Method to compute vegetation height and ground phase based on Random Volume over Ground and Volume Temporal Decorrelation (RVoG + VTD) model. By the fusion of different polarimetric InSAR data, we can use more observations to obtain more robust estimations of temporal decorrelation and vegetation height, and then, we introduce them into PCT to acquire more accurate vegetation vertical structure. Finally the new approach is validated on E-SAR data of Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. The results demonstrate that the robust method can greatly improve accusation of vegetation vertical structure.

  10. The stress corrosion susceptibility of a quenched and tempered 12 pct crmov martensitic stainless steel

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    Doig, P.; Chastell, D. J.; Flewitt, P. E. J.

    1982-05-01

    The stress corrosion susceptibility of a martensitic 12 pct Cr 1 pct MoV stainless steel in alkaline chloride solution has been measured as a function of tempering heat treatment. The microstructures produced during tempering have been characterized by transmission electron microscopy and related to measured hardness values. In addition, scanning transmission electron microscopy combined with energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis has allowed the distribution of alloying elements within the microstructure to be examined. Electron energy loss spectroscopy was used to establish fully precipitate compositions, and the microanalysis results have been explained in terms of a diffusion controlled growth of grain boundary precipitates. The overall stress corrosion cracking susceptibility has been correlated with the development of chromium solute depletion profiles about prior austenite grain boundaries.

  11. Direct Resistance Joule Heating of Al-10 pct Si-Coated Press Hardening Steel

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    Lee, Chang Wook; Choi, Won Seok; Cho, Yeol Rae; De Cooman, Bruno C.

    2016-06-01

    Various rapid heating methods have been developed to increase the productivity of press hardening steel. One of these methods is direct resistance Joule heating. This heating method results in the melting of the surface coating and the formation of a persistent liquid trail as a result of the high thermal conductivity and low melting temperature of the Al-10 pct Si alloy coating. This can be addressed by an alloying preheating treatment prior to the press hardening process.

  12. Serum PCT and its Relation to Body Weight Gain in Pulmonary Tuberculosis.

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    Rohini, K; Bhat, Surekha; Srikumar, P S; Mahesh Kumar, A

    2015-07-01

    The present study was aimed at assessing alterations in serum PCT in terms of its relation to body weight gain in pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) patients undergoing treatment. Among patients (25-75 years) diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis, those that were new smear positive, showed sputum conversion at the end of 2 months and were declared clinically cured at the end of 6 months, were included in the study (n = 40). Serum procalcitonin was determined by BRAHMS PCT-Q kit. Patients were divided into two study groups-Group 1 (n = 21; serum PCT > 2 ng/ml at diagnosis), Group 2 (n = 19; serum PCT > 10 ng/ml at diagnosis). Body weights of all patients were obtained at three different time points, PTB-0 (at diagnosis), PTB-2 (after 2 months of intensive treatment) and PTB-6 (after 6 months of treatment). In both groups, mean body weights at PTB-2 and PTB-6 were significantly higher than those at PTB-0 and at PTB-6 were significantly higher than those at PTB-2. However, percentage body weight gain following 2 months of intensive treatment was higher in group 1 (4.05 % gain, p < 0.01) than in group 2 (2.75 % body weight gain, p < 0.05). Thus, the percentage gain in group 1 was tending more towards the desirable minimum gain of 5 % during intensive phase. Increase in serum PCT levels in pulmonary tuberculosis is inversely associated with body weight gain during treatment. Thus, PCT could play a role in regulation of body weight gain in anorectic conditions like tuberculosis.

  13. Effect of the strain-induced melt activation (SIMA) process on the tensile properties of a new developed super high strength aluminum alloy modified by Al-5Ti-1B grain refiner

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    Haghparast, Amin; Nourimotlagh, Masoud; Alipour, Mohammad

    2012-09-15

    In this study, the effect of Al-5Ti-1B grain refiners and modified strain-induced melt activation process on an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy was studied. The optimum level of Ti was found to be 0.1 wt.%. The specimens subjected to deformation ratio of 40% (at 300 Degree-Sign C) and various heat treatment times (10-40 min) and temperature (550-600 Degree-Sign C) regimes were characterized in this study. Reheating condition to obtain a fine globular microstructure was optimized. Microstructural examinations were conducted by optical and scanning electron microscopy coupled with an energy dispersive spectrometry. The optimum temperature and time in strain-induced melt activation process are 575 Degree-Sign C and 20 min, respectively. T6 heat treatment including quenching to room temperature and aging at 120 Degree-Sign C for 24 h was employed to reach to the maximum strength. Significant improvements in mechanical properties were obtained with the addition of grain refiner combined with T6 heat treatment. After the T6 heat treatment, the average tensile strength increased from 283 MPa to 587 and 332 MPa to 617 for samples refined with 2 wt.% Al-5Ti-1B before and after strain-induced melt activation process and extrusion process, respectively. Ultimate strength of Ti-refined specimens without SIMA process has a lower value than globular microstructure specimens after SIMA and extrusion process. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The effect of Al-5Ti-1B on the aluminum alloy produced by SIMA process was studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Al-5Ti-1B is an effective in reducing the grain and reagent fine microstructure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Reheating condition to obtain a fine globular microstructure was optimized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The optimum temperature and time in SIMA process are 575 Degree-Sign C and 20 min respectively. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer UTS of globular structure specimens have a more value than Ti-refined specimens.

  14. HTS and PCT Reliability of Chips and Flex Substrates Assembled Using a Thermosonic Flip-Chip Bonding Process

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    Chuang, Cheng-Li; Kang, Min-Yi

    2012-09-01

    This study assesses the high-temperature storage (HTS) test and the pressure-cooker test (PCT) reliability of an assembly of chips and flexible substrates. After the chips were bonded onto the flexible substrates, specimens were utilized to assess the HTS test and PCT reliability. After the PCT and HTS tests, the die-shear test was applied to examine changes in die-shear forces. The microstructure of the test specimens was analyzed to evaluate reliability and to identify possible failure mechanisms. When the duration of the HTS test was increased, the percentage of gold bumps that peeled off from the surface of the copper pads on the chip side increased, and a crack was present at the bonding interface between the gold bumps and chip bond pads. This crack was due to thermal stress generated during the HTS test, and degraded the die-shear force of the assembly of chips and flexible substrates. After the PCT, the crack was present at the interface between deposited layers of copper electrodes after the specimens were subjected to the PCT for various durations. Moisture penetrated into the deposited layers of the copper electrodes, deposited layers lost their adhesion, and the crack progressed from the corner into the central bond area as the test duration increased. To improve the PCT reliability of assemblies of chips and flexible substrates using the thermosonic flip-chip bonding process, one must prevent moisture from penetrating into deposited layers of copper electrodes and prevent crack formation at the interface between nickel and copper layers. Underfill would be an effective approach to prevent moisture from penetrating into deposited layers during the PCT, thereby improving the reliability of the samples during the PCT.

  15. Effects of Mo on microstructure of as-cast 28 wt.% Cr–2.6 wt.% C–(0–10) wt.% Mo irons

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    Imurai, S.; Thanachayanont, C.; Pearce, J.T.H.; Tsuda, K.; Chairuangsri, T.

    2014-04-01

    Microstructures of as-cast 28 wt.% Cr–2.6 wt.% C irons containing (0–10) wt.% Mo with the Cr/C ratio of about 10 were studied and related to hardness. The experimental irons were cast into dry sand molds. Microstructural investigation was performed by light microscopy, X-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry. It was found that the iron with about 10 wt.% Mo was eutectic/peritectic, whereas the others with less Mo content were hypoeutectic. The matrix in all irons was austenite, partly transformed to martensite during cooling. Mo addition promoted the formation of M{sub 23}C{sub 6} and M{sub 6}C. At 1 wt.% Mo, multiple eutectic carbides including M{sub 7}C{sub 3}, M{sub 23}C{sub 6} and M{sub 6}C were observed. M{sub 23}C{sub 6} existed as a transition zone between eutectic M{sub 7}C{sub 3} and M{sub 6}C, indicating a carbide transition as M{sub 7}C{sub 3}(M{sub 2.3}C) → M{sub 23}C{sub 6}(M{sub 3.8}C) → M{sub 6}C. At 6 wt.% Mo, multiple eutectic carbides including M{sub 7}C{sub 3} and M{sub 23}C{sub 6} were observed together with fine cellular/lamellar M{sub 6}C aggregates. In the iron with 10 wt.% Mo, only eutectic/peritectic M{sub 23}C{sub 6} and M{sub 6}C were found without M{sub 7}C{sub 3}. Mo distribution to all carbides has been determined to be increased from ca. 0.4 to 0.7 in mass fraction as the Mo content in the irons was increased. On the other hand, Cr distribution to all carbides is quite constant as ca. 0.6 in mass fraction. Mo addition increased Vickers macro-hardness of the irons from 495 up to 674 HV{sub 30}. High Mo content as solid-solution in the matrix and the formation of M{sub 6}C or M{sub 23}C{sub 6} aggregates were the main reasons for hardness increase, indicating potentially improved wear performance of the irons with Mo addition. - Highlights: • Mo promoted the formation of M{sub 23}C{sub 6} and M{sub 6}C in the irons with Cr/C ratio of about 10

  16. Effects of W on microstructure of as-cast 28 wt.%Cr–2.6 wt.%C–(0–10)wt.%W irons

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    Imurai, S.; Thanachayanont, C.; Pearce, J.T.H.; Tsuda, K.; Chairuangsri, T.

    2015-01-15

    Microstructures of as-cast 28 wt.%Cr–2.6 wt.%C irons containing (0–10)wt.%W with the Cr/C ratio about 10 were studied and related to their hardness. The experimental irons were cast into dry sand molds. Microstructural investigation was performed by light microscopy, X-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry. It was found that the irons with 1 to 10 wt.%W addition was hypereutectic containing large primary M{sub 7}C{sub 3}, whereas the reference iron without W addition was hypoeutectic. The matrix in all irons was austenite, partly transformed to martensite during cooling. The volume fractions of primary M{sub 7}C{sub 3} and the total carbides increased, but that of eutectic carbides decreased with increasing the W content of the irons. W addition promoted the formation of W-rich M{sub 7}C{sub 3}, M{sub 6}C and M{sub 23}C{sub 6}. At about 4 wt.%W, two eutectic carbides including M{sub 7}C{sub 3} and M{sub 6}C were observed together with primary M{sub 7}C{sub 3}. At 10 wt.%W, multiple carbides including primary M{sub 7}C{sub 3}, fish-bone M{sub 23}C{sub 6}, and M{sub 6}C were observed. M{sub x}C where x = 3 or less has not been found due possibly to the high M/C ratio in the studied irons. W distribution to all carbides has been determined increasing from ca. 0.3 to 0.8 in mass fraction as the W content in the irons was increased. W addition led to an increase in Vickers macro-hardness of the irons up to 671 kgf/(mm){sup 2} (HV30/15) obtained from the iron with 10 wt.%W. The formation of primary M{sub 7}C{sub 3} and aggregates of M{sub 6}C and M{sub 23}C{sub 6} were the main reasons for hardness increase, indicating potentially improved wear performance of the as-cast irons with W addition. - Highlights: • W addition at 1 up to 10 wt.%W to Fe–28Cr–2.6C produced “hypereutectic” structure. • W addition promoted the formation of W-rich M{sub 7}C{sub 3}, M{sub 6}C and M

  17. Use of procalcitonin (PCT) to guide discontinuation of antibiotic use in an unspecified sepsis is an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP).

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    Liew, Y X; Chlebicki, M P; Lee, W; Hsu, L Y; Kwa, A L

    2011-07-01

    Clinicians have used procalcitonin (PCT) (biomarker to differentiate bacterial from non-bacterial sepsis) to guide use of antibiotics in patients. As the data for utility of PCT to discontinue antibiotics in an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) are lacking, we aim to describe the outcomes of patients in whom PCT was used to discontinue antibiotics under our ASP. An antimicrobial stewardship (AS) team intervened to discontinue antibiotics in patients with persistent fever or leucocytosis, source of sepsis unknown or negative bacteriological cultures, who had completed an adequate course of antibiotic therapy and had a PCT of <0.5 μg/L. Main outcomes evaluated were 14-day re-infection, 30-day mortality and readmission. Antibiotic therapy was discontinued in 42 patients in 1 year. Unknown source of sepsis was found in 38% of the patients (including possible malignant fever) and culture-negative pneumonia was found in 21%. Two patients died of advanced cancer. One patient decided for comfort care and died one week later. One patient died due to a second episode of pneumonia 37 days after first PCT test. Six patients were readmitted within 30 days due to non-infectious causes. Three patients were readmitted due to culture-negative pneumonia. None had a 14-day re-infection. PCT used to discontinue antibiotics under our ASP did not compromise patients' outcome.

  18. The morphology, crystallography, and mechanism of carbide precipitation in an Fe-0.12 Pct C-3.28 Pct Ni alloy

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    Spanos, G.

    1992-01-01

    Carbide precipitation during the eutectoid decomposition of austenite has been studied in an Fe-0.12 pct C-3.28 pct Ni alloy by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) supplemented by optical microscopy. Nodular bainite which forms during the latter stages of austenite decomposition at 550 °C exhibits two types of carbide arrangement: (a) banded interphase boundary carbides with particle diameters of about 20 to 90 nm and mean band spacings between 180 and 390 nm and (b) more randomly distributed (“nonbanded”) elongated particles exhibiting a wide range of lengths between 33 and 2500 nm, thicknesses of approximately 11 to 50 nm, and mean intercarbide spacings of approximately 140 to 275 nm. Electron diffraction analysis indicated that in both cases, the carbides are cementite, obeying the Pitsch orientation relationship with respect to the bainitic ferrite. The intercarbide spacings of both morphologies are significantly larger than those previously reported for similar microstructures in steels containing alloy carbides other than cementite ( e.g., VC, TiC). Both curved and straight cementite bands were observed; in the latter case, the average plane of the interphase boundary precipitate sheets was near {110}α//{011}c consistent with cementite precipitation on low-energy {110}α//{111}γ ledge terrace planes (where α, β, and c refer to ferrite, austenite, and cementite, respectively). The results also suggest that the first stage in the formation of the nonbanded form of nodular bainite is often the precipitation of cementite rods, or laths, in austenite at the α: γ interfaces of proeutectoid ferrite secondary sideplates formed earlier. Although these cementite rods frequently resemble the “fibrous” microstructures observed by previous investigators in carbide-forming alloy steels, they are typically much shorter than fibrous alloy carbides. The bainitic microstructures observed here are analyzed in terms of a previously developed model centered

  19. How much more would KNM-WT 15000 have grown?

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    Ruff, Christopher B; Burgess, M Loring

    2015-03-01

    Because of its completeness, the juvenile Homo ergaster/erectus KNM-WT 15000 has played an important role in studies of the evolution of body form in Homo. Early attempts to estimate his adult body size used modern human growth models. However, more recent evidence, particularly from the dentition, suggests that he may have had a more chimpanzee-like growth trajectory. Here we re-estimate his adult stature and body mass using ontogenetic data derived from four African ape taxa: Pan troglodytes troglodytes, Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii, Pan paniscus, and Gorilla gorilla gorilla. The average percentage change in femoral and tibial lengths and femoral head breadth between individuals at the same stage of dental development as KNM-WT 15000 - eruption of M2s but not M3s - and adult individuals with fully fused long bone epiphyses, was determined. Results were then applied to KNM-WT 15000, and his adult size estimated from skeletal dimensions using modern human prediction formulae. Using this approach, adult stature best estimates of 176-180 cm and body mass best estimates of 80-83 kg were obtained. These estimates are close to those estimated directly from longitudinal changes in body length and body mass between 8 and 12 years of age in chimpanzees, the suggested chronological equivalent to KNM-WT 15000's remaining growth period. Thus, even using an African ape growth model, it is likely that KNM-WT 15000 would have attained close to 180 cm in stature (without a slight reduction for his lower cranial height) and 80 kg in body mass as an adult. Other evidence from the East African Early Pleistocene indicates that KNM-WT 15000 was not unusually large-bodied for his time period. PMID:25449954

  20. High temperature embrittlement caused by traces of calcium or strontium in an Al-5.5 mol% Mg alloy

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    Horikawa, Keitaro; Kuramoto, Shigeru; Kanno, Motohiro

    1998-09-04

    Al-5--10mol%Mg alloys are now being developed for automotive parts since they have good formability. However, an alloy containing magnesium of more than 5mol% has poor hot rolling characteristics. It has been reported that an Al-5.5mol%Mg alloy shows high temperature embrittlement (HTE) based on intergranular fracture at around 300 C depending on strain rate. This embrittlement is considered to be closely related to the unfavorable hot rolling characteristics of the Al-Mg alloy. One of the present authors reported recently that this embrittlement is caused by a trace amount of sodium of only of only 0.6mass ppm (0.7mol ppm) in a coarse-grained Al-5.5mol%Mg alloy produced using high purity ingots. Although numerous studies have been made on the effect of sodium, little is known about the effect of alkali and alkaline-earth elements other than sodium. However, unusual impurities may inevitably creep in the recycling process in future. For example, it is reported that the Al-Mg alloy is contaminated by calcium through the ceramic tube filter using during melting and casting, and strontium is used commercially as an additional element in Al-Si alloys. Hence, aluminum alloys made using recycled stock may be contaminated at least by calcium and strontium. The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of traces of calcium or strontium on hot ductility of an Al-5.5mol%Mg alloy.

  1. Experimental Determination of the Phase Diagram of the CaO-SiO2-5 pctMgO-10 pctAl2O3-TiO2 System

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    Shi, Junjie; Sun, Lifeng; Zhang, Bo; Liu, Xuqiang; Qiu, Jiyu; Wang, Zhaoyun; Jiang, Maofa

    2016-02-01

    Ti-bearing CaO-SiO2-MgO-Al2O3-TiO2 slags are important for the smelting of vanadium-titanium bearing magnetite. In the current study, the pseudo-melting temperatures were determined by the single-hot thermocouple technique for the specified content of 5 to 25 pct TiO2 in the CaO-SiO2-5 pctMgO-10 pctAl2O3-TiO2 phase diagram system. The 1573 K to 1773 K (1300 °C to 1500 °C) liquidus lines were first calculated based on the pseudo-melting temperatures according to thermodynamic equations in the specific primary crystal field. The phase equilibria at 1573 K (1300 °C) were determined experimentally using the high-temperature equilibrium and quench method followed by X-ray fluorescence, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscope analysis; the liquid phase, melilite solid solution phase (C2MS2,C2AS)ss, and perovskite phase of CaO·TiO2 were found. Therefore, the phase diagram was constructed for the specified region of the CaO-SiO2-5 pctMgO-10 pctAl2O3-TiO2 system.

  2. Characterization of U-2 wt% Mo and U-10 wt% Mo alloy powders prepared by centrifugal atomization

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    Kim, Ki Hwan; Lee, Don Bac; Kim, Chang Kyu; Hofman, Gerard E.; Paik, Kyung Wook

    1997-06-01

    The characteristics of high density UMo alloy powder solidified rapidly by the centrifugal atomization process have been examined. The results indicate that most of the atomized UMo alloy particles have a smooth surface and near-perfect spherical shape. The atomized powder, irrespective of particle size, is found to be single phase γ-U alloy with isotropic structure and non-dendritic grain. The continuous cooling DSC trace of U-2 wt% Mo alloy shows a small, broad endothermic peak originated from the formation of α-U phase and U 2Mo phase, whereas that of U-10 wt% Mo alloy shows no peak over all temperature ranges associated with the decomposition of γ-U phase. The γ-U phase of U-2 wt% Mo powder is decomposed as the α-U phase and the U 2Mo phase after an annealing treatment at 400°C for 100 h. But the γ-U phase of atomized U-10 wt% Mo powder remains as it was.

  3. The PRIMA collaboration: Preliminary results in FBP reconstruction of pCT data

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    Vanzi, Eleonora; Bruzzi, Mara; Bucciolini, Marta; Cirrone, G. A. Pablo; Civinini, Carlo; Cuttone, Giacomo; Lo Presti, Domenico; Pallotta, Stefania; Pugliatti, Cristina; Randazzo, Nunzio; Romano, Francesco; Scaringella, Monica; Sipala, Valeria; Stancampiano, Concetta; Talamonti, Cinzia; Zani, Margherita

    2013-12-01

    A first prototype of proton Computed Tomography (pCT) scanner, made of four planes and a calorimeter, has been developed by the PRIMA (PRoton IMAging) Italian collaboration and first results concerning tomographic image reconstruction of experimentally acquired data are discussed in this paper. The Filtered Back-Projection (FBP) algorithm was used to reconstruct projections of a phantom acquired with a 62 MeV proton beam. Image noise and spatial resolution were assessed for different parameters of the filter used, with and without selection strategies on proton directions. A satisfactory image quality (0.88 mm resolution and 2.5% noise) was achieved even when the backprojection line was defined using only the line connecting the impact points on the second and third planes and all the data were used, irrespective of the proton direction and residual energy. Probably due to the specific detector-phantom arrangement used in this experiment and due to the substantial reduction of the number of useful events, cuts on proton directions did not increase the image resolution significantly. The results confirm the good performances of the PRIMA scanner prototype. They also demonstrate that FBP can produce images of sufficient quality to be used for patient positioning and to initialize iterative pCT reconstruction methods.

  4. Microstructure of a Creep-Resistant 10 Pct Chromium Steel Containing 250 ppm Boron

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    Golpayegani, Ardeshir; Liu, Fang; Svensson, Henrik; Andersson, Marcus; Andrén, Hans-Olof

    2011-04-01

    The microstructure of a trial martensitic chromium steel containing a high content of boron (250 ppm) was characterized in detail in the as-tempered and aged conditions. This steel has a similar composition and heat treatment as the TAF steel that still is unsurpassed in creep strength among all 9 to 12 pct chromium steels. Characterization was performed by using scanning electron microscopy, energy-filtered transmission electron microscopy, secondary ion mass spectroscopy, and atom probe tomography. Focus was placed on investigating different types of precipitates that play a key role in improving the creep resistance of these steels. The low tempering temperature of 963 K (690 °C) is enough for the precipitation of the full volume fraction of both MX and M23C6. A high boron content, more than 1 at. pct, was found in M23C6 precipitates and they grow slowly during aging. The high boron level in the steel results in metal borides rather than BN with the approximate formula (Mo0.66Cr0.34)2(Fe0.75V0.25)B2. Two families of MX precipitates were found, one at lath boundaries about 35 nm in size and one dense inside the laths, only 5 to 15 nm in size.

  5. ECG compression: evaluation of FFT, DCT, and WT performance.

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    GholamHosseini, H; Nazeran, H; Moran, B

    1998-12-01

    This work investigates a set of ECG data compression schemes to compare their performances in compressing and preparing ECG signals for automatic cardiac arrhythmia classification. These schemes are based on transform methods such as fast Fourier transform (FFT), discrete cosine transform (DCT), wavelet transform (WT), and their combinations. Each specific transform is applied to a pre-selected data segment from the MIT-BIH database and then compression is performed in the new domain. These transformation methods are known as an important class of ECG compression techniques. The WT has been shown as the most efficient method for further improvement. A compression ratio of 7.98 to 1 has been achieved with a percent of root mean square difference (PRD) of 0.25%, indicating that the wavelet compression technique offers the best performance over the other evaluated methods.

  6. Physical properties of monolithic U8 wt.%-Mo

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    Hengstler, R. M.; Beck, L.; Breitkreutz, H.; Jarousse, C.; Jungwirth, R.; Petry, W.; Schmid, W.; Schneider, J.; Wieschalla, N.

    2010-07-01

    As a possible high density fuel for research reactors, monolithic U8 wt.%-Mo ("U8Mo") was examined with regard to its structural, thermal and electric properties. X-ray diffraction by the Bragg-Brentano method was used to reveal the tetragonal lattice structure of rolled U8Mo. The specific heat capacity of cast U8Mo was determined by differential scanning calorimetry, its thermal diffusivity was measured by the laser flash method and its mass density by Archimedes' principle. From these results, the thermal conductivity of U8Mo in the temperature range from 40 °C to 250 °C was calculated; in the measured temperature range, it is in good accordance with literature data for UMo with 8 and 9 wt.% Mo, is higher than for 10 wt.% Mo and lower than for 5 wt.% Mo. The electric conductivity of rolled and cast U8Mo was measured by a four-wire method and the electron based part of the thermal conductivity calculated by the Wiedemann-Frantz law. Rolled and cast U8Mo was irradiated at about 150 °C with 80 MeV 127I ions to receive the same iodine ion density in the damage peak region as the fission product density in the fuel of a typical high flux reactor after the targeted nuclear burn-up. XRD analysis of irradiated U8Mo showed a change of the lattice parameters as well as the creation of UO 2 in the superficial sample regions; however, a phase change by irradiation was not observed. The determination of the electron based part of the thermal conductivity of the irradiated samples failed due to high measurement errors which are caused by the low thickness of the damage region in the ion irradiated samples.

  7. Microstructural Evolution and Mechanical Properties of Cold-deformed Al-5Cu Alloy Samples After Isothermal Heat Treatments

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    Saklakoglu, Nursen; Gencalp, Simge

    2011-01-17

    Abstract.In this paper, the microscopic morphology of a semi solid Al5Cu alloy by strain induced melt activated (SIMA) process were investigated, and the effects of predeformation, microstructural evolution, aging response and hardness changes were determined. The microstructural observation shows that while the grain boundaries started to appear after 620 deg. C, globular grains surrounded wet boundaries needed for SSP were obtained at 650 deg. C. The grain sizes exhibited ununiformity from the outer surface to the center of the sample because of ununiform predeformation. Although isothermal heat treatments reduced hardness, age hardening gave back the hardness loss.

  8. Immunohistochemical localization of WT1 in epithelial salivary tumors.

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    Leader, Ross; Deol-Poonia, Ranjeev Kaur; Sheard, Jon; Triantafyllou, Asterios

    2014-11-01

    The subcellular localization of WT1 is controversial and has received little attention in the epithelial tumors of salivary glands. Paraffin-embedded, surgical specimens from 80 salivary tumors were investigated by immunohistochemistry using a monoclonal, anti-WT1 antibody (6F-H2, Dako). Immunostaining was seen in 14/14 pleomorphic adenomas (PAs), 6/6 myoepitheliomas, 4/4 basal cell adenomas, 4/4 canalicular adenomas, 0/7 Warthin tumors, 0/1 oncocytoma, 1/6 acinic cell carcinomas (Cas), 0/11 mucoepidemoid Cas, 1/11 adenoid cystic Cas, 11/12 polymorphous low-grade adenocarcinomas (PLGAs), 1/2 Ca ex PA, 0/1 salivary duct Ca and 0/1 clear cell adenocarcinoma. Stained-cell subpopulations up to 90% were not uncommon in the benign tumors. Up to 80% of cells in PLGA could be stained. Staining was weak to intense and confined to the cytoplasm of preferentially non-luminal or adjacent to stroma cells. One adenoid cystic Ca showed nuclear staining. The results suggest that WT1 is often highly expressed in benign non-oncocytic salivary tumors whereas the malignant tumors show decreased expression, the exception being PLGA. The expression is usually cytoplasmic and associated with non-luminal cells. PLGA immunoreactivities could be useful in histological differential diagnosis.

  9. Preparation of Y 3Al 5O 12:Eu phosphors by citric-gel method and their luminescent properties

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    Zhou, Y. H.; Lin, J.; Wang, S. B.; Zhang, H. J.

    2002-08-01

    By using metal nitrates as starting materials and citric acid as complexing agent, Y 3Al 5O 12 (YAG) and Y 3Al 5O 12:Eu (1 mol%) (YAG:Eu) powder phosphors were prepared by a citrate-gel method. The formation process of YAG and YAG:Eu were investigated by means of XRD, TG-DTA and FT-IR spectra. The purified crystalline phases of YAG and YAG:Eu were obtained at 800 °C. The crystalline YAG:Eu phosphors showed an orange-red emission with 5D0- 7F1 (591 nm) as the most prominent group, whose intensity was dependent on the pH value of the starting solution, citric acid content and firing temperature. It has been found that the suitable pH and citric acid/metal ratio are 3 and 2 for obtaining the highest emission intensity, respectively. The emission intensity increases steadily with increasing the annealing temperature from 800 to 1200 °C, and nearly remains constant after 1200 °C. Furthermore, great differences were observed for the lifetimes and the charge transfer band of Eu 3+ in crystalline and amorphous states of YAG.

  10. The Flow Behavior and Microstructural Evolution of Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr during Subtransus Isothermal Forging

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    Jones, N. G.; Dashwood, R. J.; Dye, D.; Jackson, M.

    2009-08-01

    High-strength metastable β alloys, for example, Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr, have replaced steel as the material of choice for large components, such as the main truck beam on the latest generation of airframes. The production of these components is carried out by hot near-net-shape forging, during which process variable control is essential to achieve the desired microstructural condition and subsequent mechanical properties. The flow behavior and microstructural evolution during subtransus isothermal forging of Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr has been investigated for two different starting microstructures and analysis has incorporated previously published results. The flow behavior, irrespective of initial microstructural condition, is found to be very similar at strains ≥0.35. It is thought that this is due to a common microstructural state being reached, where dynamic recovery of the β phase is the dominating deformation mechanism. At strains <0.35, the flow behavior is believed to be dominated by the morphology and volume fraction of the α phase. Small globular α particles are thought to have little effect on the flow behavior, while the observed flow softening is directly linked to the fragmentation of acicular α precipitates.

  11. Behavior of welds in liquid lead containing 10-6 wt% and 10-8 wt% oxygen

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    Heinzel, A.; Müller, G.; Weisenburger, A.

    2013-06-01

    Specimens with welded joints of P91 TIG (tungsten inert gas welding), P91 EB (electron beam welding) and frictions stir welding, with P92 (EB), PM2000 (EB) and combination of P91-PM2000 EB were tested 2000 h in stagnant liquid Pb at 550 °C with an oxygen concentration of 10-6 wt% and 10-8 wt%. After exposure at 10-6 wt% all specimens showed an oxide layer on the surface. If the grain size of the welds varies strongly from that of the bulk material like in the friction stir welds, a change in oxide thickness could be observed. Also precipitations which pin the oxide formers or reduce the diffusion rate can lead to thicker oxide layers or a stronger dissolution attack like it was observed on the dissimilar weld P91/PM2000 EB. The specimens have similar microstructures in all regions (weld, heat affected zone and bulk material) and due to a post-weld heat treatment show everywhere the same behavior.

  12. The improvement of solar photocatalytic activity of ZnO by doping with Er3+:Y3Al5O12 during dye degradation

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    Yin, L. N.; Li, Y.; Wang, J.; Kong, Y. M.; Zhai, Y.; Wang, B. X.; Li, K.; Zhang, X. D.

    2012-12-01

    The Er3+:Y3Al5O12, an upconversion luminescence agent, which is able to transform the visible light to ultraviolet light, was synthesized by nitrate-citric acid method. And then, a novel photocatalyst, Er3+:Y3Al5O12/ZnO composites, was prepared by ultrasonic dispersing and liquid boil method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to characterize the structural morphology and surface properties of the Er3+:Y3Al5O12/ZnO. Azo Fuchsine dye was selected as target organic pollutant to inspect the photocatalytic activity of Er3+:Y3Al5O12/ZnO. The key parameters affecting the photocatalytic activity of Er3+:Y3Al5O12/ZnO, such as Er3+:Y3Al5O12 content, heat-treatment temperature and heat-treatment time, were studied. In addition, the effects of dye initial concentration, Er3+:Y3Al5O12/ZnO amount and solar light irradiation time were also reviewed, as well as the photocatalytic activity in degradation of other organic dyes were compared. It was found that the photocatalytic activity of Er3+:Y3Al5O12/ZnO was much superior to pure ZnO under the same conditions. Thus, the Er3+:Y3Al5O12/ZnO is a useful photocatalyst for the wastewater treatment because it can efficiently utilize solar light by converting visible light into ultraviolet light.

  13. Biaxially textured constantan alloy (Cu 55 wt%, Ni 44 wt%, Mn 1 wt%) substrates for YBa2Cu3O7-x coated conductors

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    Varanasi, C. V.; Brunke, L.; Burke, J.; Maartense, I.; Padmaja, N.; Efstathiadis, H.; Chaney, A.; Barnes, P. N.

    2006-09-01

    Commercially available constantan alloy rods (nominal composition Cu55-Ni44-Mn1 wt%) have been thermo-mechanically processed to develop biaxially textured substrates. It was found that the (001) recrystallization cube texture percentage could be increased from 72% to nearly 100% as the annealing temperature of the rolled substrates was increased from 750 to 1200 °C. A full width half maximum (FWHM) of 6.5° in (111) phi scans and an FWHM of 4.9° in (100) omega scans were observed in the substrates annealed at 1200 °C for 2 h. These substrates were found to have a Curie temperature of 35 K and so were paramagnetic at 77 K and ferromagnetic at 5 K with a saturation magnetization that is 2.5 times less than that of Ni-5 at.% W substrates. Yield strengths of highly textured constantan substrates were found to be 1.5 times that of textured pure Ni substrates at room temperature.

  14. Report on Characterization of U-10 wt.% Zr Alloy

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    McKeown, J; Wall, M; Hsiung, L; Turchi, P

    2012-03-01

    This report summarizes the chemical and structural characterization results for a U-10 wt.% Zr alloy to be used in an ultra-high burn-up nuclear fuel concept. The as-cast alloy material was received from Texas A and M University. Characterization and an initial heat treatment of the alloy material were conducted at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The as-received ingot was sectioned for X-ray analysis, metallography, SEM, TEM, and heat treatments, as shown in Figure 1.

  15. Spin-foam fermions: PCT symmetry, Dirac determinant and correlation functions

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    Han, Muxin; Rovelli, Carlo

    2013-04-01

    We discuss fermion coupling in the framework of spin-foam quantum gravity. We analyze the gravity-fermion spin-foam model and its fermion correlation functions. We show that there is a spin-foam analogue of PCT symmetry for the fermion fields on a spin-foam model, which is proved for spin-foam fermion correlation functions. We compute the determinant of the Dirac operator for the fermions, where two presentations of the Dirac determinant are given in terms of diagram expansions. We compute the fermion correlation functions and show that they can be given by Feynman diagrams on the spin-foams, where the Feynman propagators can be represented by a discretized path integral of a world-line action along the edges of the underlying 2-complex.

  16. Side branch morphology and coarsening in directionally solidified Pb-8.4 at. pct Au

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    Tewari, S. N.; Lee, David; Nesarikar, V. V.

    1989-01-01

    The scaling relationships among the morphological features associated with the formation of perturbations (side branches) in the intercellular regions of a directionally solidified Pg-8.4 at. pct Au alloy were investigated. It is shown that the ratio between the initial side-branch spacing near dendrite tips, lambda-2, and the dendrite-tip radius, r(t), equals 2 to 2.5. The ratio between the distance from the dendrite tip to the location of the first side branch formation, lambda(p), and the t(r) equals 8 to 10. It was found that the model proposed by Kirkwood (1985) for the secondary dendrite arm coarsening shows a very good quantitative fit to the experimentally observed secondary arm coarsening kinetics during directional solidification.

  17. Effects of gamma-irradiation and air annealing on Yb-doped Y3Al5O12 single crystal.

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    Zeng, Xionghui; Xu, Xiaodong; Wang, Xiaodan; Zhao, Zhiwei; Zhao, Guangjun; Xu, Jun

    2008-03-01

    The effects of gamma-irradiation on the air-annealed 10at.% Yb:Y(3)Al(5)O(12) (YAG) and air annealing on the gamma-irradiated 10at.% Yb:YAG have been studied by the difference absorption spectra before and after treatment. The gamma-irradiation and air annealing led to opposite changes of the absorption properties of the Yb:YAG crystal. After air annealing, the gamma-irradiation induced centers were totally removed and the concentration of Fe(3+) and Yb(3+) were lightly increased. For the first time, the gamma-irradiation induced valence changes between Yb(3+) and Yb(2+) ions in Yb:YAG crystals have been observed.

  18. Optically stimulated luminescence properties of nanocrystalline Y 3Al 5O 12 phosphor exposed to β radiation

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    De la Rosa, E.; Rodríguez, R. A.; Díaz-Torres, L. A.; Salas, P.; Meléndrez, R.; Barboza-Flores, M.

    2005-04-01

    The optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) characterization of undoped Y3Al5O12 (YAG) nanocrystals, exposed to β radiation up to a dose of 0.6 kGy was performed. Previously β-irradiated samples showed a strong OSL intensity when stimulated with 470 nm light. The OSL intensity is comparable and in some cases exceeds that of thermoluminescence (TL) intensity build up under the same irradiation conditions. The integrated OSL decay curve was found to be a function of the irradiation dose exposure and it showed low OSL fading. This property along with the all optical readout dose determination and the lack of thermal quenching effects makes the YAG nanocrystals a very prospective optically stimulated luminescence dosimeter (OSLD) with great advantages over the TLD systems.

  19. Effect of lead on the structure and phase composition of an Al-5% Si-4% Cu casting alloy

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    Belov, N. A.; Stolyarova, O. O.; Yakovleva, A. O.

    2016-03-01

    The phase transformations in the Al-Cu-Si-Pb system have been studied using calculations. It is shown that the aluminum-based solid solution is in equilibrium only with the Al2Cu, (Si), and (Pb) phases, which correspond to the relevant binary systems. Reported polythermal and isothermal sections show that the Al-Cu-Si-Pb system is characterized by a significant liquid miscibility gap. The effect of lead on the structure and phase composition of an Al-5% Si-4% Cu alloy in the as-cast and annealed states is studied. Lead inclusions are located at the boundaries of dendritic (Al) cells and are globular in the as-cast alloy and after annealing at 500°C. The presence of lead phase does not affect the precipitation hardening upon quenching and aging.

  20. TEM study of continuous precipitation in Mg-9 wt%Al-1 wt%Zn alloy[Transmission Electron Microscopy

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    Celotto, S.

    2000-05-11

    The development of continuous precipitate morphology in heat-treated Mg-9 wt%Al-1 wt%Zn alloy (AZ91) for a range of ageing temperatures is investigated in detail using TEM. The matrix/precipitate orientation relationships (ORs), sizes, shapes and the number of precipitates per unit volume (N{sub V}) are described for ageing at temperatures from 70 to 300 C. Most of the continuous precipitates have a Burgers OR and are plate-shaped with the primary habit plane parallel to the basal plane of the matrix. These precipitates are initially lozenge-shaped plates that elongate with time at temperature to become long laths. Two other smaller populations of precipitates that have ORs different from the Burgers OR are also present. These precipitates are rod-shaped with their long direction either perpendicular to or inclined to the basal plane. The relationship between the continuous precipitate morphology and the hardness response is discussed and comparisons are made with high-strength aluminum alloys.

  1. Advanced solutions in combustion-based WtE technologies.

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    Martin, Johannes J E; Koralewska, Ralf; Wohlleben, Andreas

    2015-03-01

    Thermal treatment of waste by means of combustion in grate-based systems has gained world-wide acceptance as the preferred method for sustainable management and safe disposal of residual waste. In order to maintain this position and to address new challenges and/or priorities, these systems need to be further developed with a view to energy conservation, resource and climate protection and a reduction in the environmental impact in general. MARTIN GmbH has investigated continuously how the implementation of innovative concepts in essential parts of its grate-based Waste-to-Energy (WtE) combustion technology can be used to meet the above-mentioned requirements. As a result of these efforts, new "advanced solutions" were developed, four examples of which are shown in this article. PMID:25305685

  2. Insights into the physiological role of WT1 from studies of genetically modified mice.

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    Discenza, Maria Teresa; Pelletier, Jerry

    2004-02-13

    The identification of WT1 gene mutations in children with WAGR and Denys-Drash syndromes pointed toward a role for WT1 in genitourinary system development. Biochemical analysis of the different WT1 protein isoforms showed that WT1 is a transcription factor and also has the ability to bind RNA. Analysis of WT1 complexes identified several target genes and protein partners capable of interacting with WT1. Some of these studies placed WT1, its downstream targets, and protein partners in a transcriptional regulatory network that controls urogenital system development. We review herein studies on WT1 knockout and transgenic models that have been instrumental in defining a physiological role for WT1 in normal and abnormal urogenital development.

  3. Correlation between structure and optical properties in (Y,Lu)3Al5O12:Ce3+ solid solutions

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    Zhang, Mei; Li, Bowen; Yang, Yingshu; Chen, Shuijin; He, Xin; Zhao, Fenghua; Zeng, Qingguang

    2016-10-01

    A series of (Y,Lu)3Al5O12:Ce3+ (YLuAG:Ce) solid solutions were synthesized via the solid-state reaction route. The phosphors are all of the cubic garnet crystal structures confirmed by x-ray diffraction (XRD). The internal quantum efficiency and emission intensity of the phosphors can be enhanced by increasing the Lu3+ content in the host lattice, along with a blue shift of the emission peak. In addition, the blue shift of the emission peak correlates very well with the lattice contraction. Intense light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are successfully fabricated based on the YLuAG:Ce phosphors and 450 nm blue Ga(In)N chips. The luminous efficiency of YLuAG:Ce phosphors converted LEDs increases with elevating Lu3+ concentration. The results indicate that Ce3+ doped YLuAG solid solutions, especially LuAG:Ce phosphor is a promising green phosphor for solid-state lighting.

  4. Analysis of the Plasticity-Enhancing Mechanisms in 12 pctMn Austeno-ferritic Steel by In Situ Neutron Diffraction

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    Lee, Sangwon; Woo, Wanchuck; De Cooman, Bruno C.

    2014-12-01

    The tensile behavior of ductile ultra-high strength Fe-12 pctMn-0.3 pctC-2 pctAl austeno-ferritic steel was studied by in situ neutron diffraction measurement of the elastic lattice strains, dislocation density, stacking fault probability, and strain-induced transformation kinetics. Micro-yielding was observed in austenite, and the plastic deformation of ferrite remained very limited throughout the deformation. The analysis identified three contributions to the strain hardening: twinning-induced plasticity, transformation-induced plasticity, and the accumulation of a high density of geometrically necessary dislocations accommodating the strain mismatch at the phase boundaries.

  5. Low-Temperature Agining Behavior of U-6 wt% Nb

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    Hsiung, L L

    2005-01-26

    Phase stability and aging mechanisms in a water-quenched (WQ) U-6wt% Nb (U-14at% Nb) alloy artificially aged at 200 C and naturally aged at ambient temperature for 15 years have been investigated and studied using Vickers-hardness measurement, X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. Age hardening/softening phenomenon is recorded from the artificially aged samples based upon the microhardness measurement. The age hardening can be readily rationalized by the occurrence of fine-scaled Nb segregation, or spinodal decomposition, within the {alpha}'' domains, which results in the formation of a modulated structure containing nano-scaled Nb-rich and Nb-lean domains. Prolonged aging leads to age softening of the alloy by coarsening of the modulated structure. Chemical ordering, or disorder-order phase transformation, is found within the naturally aged alloy according to TEM observations of antiphase domain boundaries (APBs) and superlattice diffraction patterns. A possible superlattice structure for the ordered {alpha}'' phase observed in the naturally aged sample and underlying low-temperature aging mechanisms are proposed.

  6. Low-Temperature Aging Mechanisms in U-6wt% Nb

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    Hsiung, L L

    2004-12-07

    Phase stability and aging mechanisms in a water-quenched (WQ) U-6wt% Nb (U-14at% Nb) alloy artificially aged at 200 C and naturally aged at ambient temperature for 15 years have been investigated and studied using Vickers-hardness measurement, X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. Age hardening/softening phenomenon is recorded from the artificially aged samples based upon the microhardness measurement. The age hardening can be readily rationalized by the occurrence of fine-scaled Nb segregation, or spinodal decomposition, within the {alpha}'' domains, which results in the formation of a modulated structure containing nano-scaled Nb-rich and Nb-lean domains. Prolonged aging leads to age softening of the alloy by coarsening of the modulated structure. Chemical ordering, or disorder-order phase transformation, is found within the naturally aged alloy according to TEM observations of antiphase domain boundaries (APBs) and superlattice diffraction patterns. A possible superlattice structure for the ordered {alpha}'' phase observed in the naturally aged sample and underlying low-temperature aging mechanisms are proposed.

  7. Adiabatic calorimetric decomposition studies of 50 wt.% hydroxylamine/water.

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    Cisneros, L O; Rogers, W J; Mannan, M S

    2001-03-19

    Calorimetric data can provide a basis for determining potential hazards in reactions, storage, and transportation of process chemicals. This work provides calorimetric data for the thermal decomposition behavior in air of 50wt.% hydroxylamine/water (HA), both with and without added stabilizers, which was measured in closed cells with an automatic pressure tracking adiabatic calorimeter (APTAC). Among the data provided are onset temperatures, reaction order, activation energies, pressures of noncondensable products, thermal stability at 100 degrees C, and the effect of HA storage time. Discussed also are the catalytic effects of carbon steel, stainless steel, stainless steel with silica coating, inconel, titanium, and titanium with silica coating on the reaction self-heat rates and onset temperatures. In borosilicate glass cells, HA was relatively stable at temperatures up to 133 degrees C, where the HA decomposition self-heat rate reached 0.05 degrees C/min. The added stabilizers appeared to reduce HA decomposition rates in glass cells and at ambient temperatures. The tested metals and metal surfaces coated with silica acted as catalysts to lower the onset temperatures and increase the self-heat rates. PMID:11165058

  8. Neutron diffraction study of U-10 wt% Mo alloy

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    Seong, Baek-Seok; Lee, Chang-Hee; Lee, Jeong-Soo; Shim, Hae-Seop; Lee, Jin-Ho; Kim, Ki Hwan; Kim, Chang Kyu; Em, Vyacheslav

    2000-01-01

    The structural properties of a U-10 wt% Mo powder sample prepared by the centrifugal atomization method were investigated by the Rietveld total profile analysis method. The high resolution neutron powder diffractometer at the HANARO research reactor in Taejon, Korea, was used for a series of neutron diffraction pattern measurements for the study. The sample was synthesized by the centrifugal atomization method and was found to consist of two γ-U solid solution phases having identical bcc structures, but slightly different lattice dimensions, and accordingly different Mo content. When the sample was annealed for 10 h at 600°C, the two solid solution phases with different Mo contents merged into a uniform single phased γ-U solid solution. The diffraction pattern of the annealed sample showed two additional weak reflections, which could be indexed as a super lattice structure U 3Mo derived from the bcc cell by a /1 1 0/-1 1 0/0 0 1/ type lattice transformation. The disorder-order phase transition leading to the formation of ordered metastable phase U 3Mo should be of the first-order.

  9. Adiabatic calorimetric decomposition studies of 50 wt.% hydroxylamine/water.

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    Cisneros, L O; Rogers, W J; Mannan, M S

    2001-03-19

    Calorimetric data can provide a basis for determining potential hazards in reactions, storage, and transportation of process chemicals. This work provides calorimetric data for the thermal decomposition behavior in air of 50wt.% hydroxylamine/water (HA), both with and without added stabilizers, which was measured in closed cells with an automatic pressure tracking adiabatic calorimeter (APTAC). Among the data provided are onset temperatures, reaction order, activation energies, pressures of noncondensable products, thermal stability at 100 degrees C, and the effect of HA storage time. Discussed also are the catalytic effects of carbon steel, stainless steel, stainless steel with silica coating, inconel, titanium, and titanium with silica coating on the reaction self-heat rates and onset temperatures. In borosilicate glass cells, HA was relatively stable at temperatures up to 133 degrees C, where the HA decomposition self-heat rate reached 0.05 degrees C/min. The added stabilizers appeared to reduce HA decomposition rates in glass cells and at ambient temperatures. The tested metals and metal surfaces coated with silica acted as catalysts to lower the onset temperatures and increase the self-heat rates.

  10. Microsegregation in directionally solidified Pb-8.4 at. pct Au alloy

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    Tewari, S. N.

    1988-01-01

    The dependence of microsegregation behavior on growth rate and thermal gradient has been examined in a Pb-8.4 at. pct Au alloy material partially directionally solidified and quenched. The composition of the quenched 'liquid' at the dendrite tip (Ct), that of the eutectic-like solid phase freezing from the interdendritic liquid at the base of dendrite (Cse), the volume fraction of this eutectic-like region (fe), and solute profiles in the interdendritic quenched liquid and ahead of the dendrite have been measured. Two dendritic growth models for solidification of a binary alloy melt in a positive thermal gradient at the liquid-solid interface, one for dendrites with 'minimum undercooled dendrite tip' and the other for an Ivantsov type of dendrite with 'marginally stable tip', have been examined for a quantitative comparison with measured values of Ct, Cse, and fe. Convection in the melt, possibly due to horizontal density gradients, is found to be a serious limitation for theoretical understanding of the observed experimental behavior and meaningful comparison of theories.

  11. Interphase boundary precipitation in a Ti-1.7 at. pct Er alloy

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    Kral, M.V.; Hofmeister, W.H.; Wittig, J.E.

    1997-12-01

    Microstructures in a Ti-1.7 at. pct Er alloy were studied in the arc-cast, rapidly solidified, and annealed conditions. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) of the rapidly solidified materials revealed 3- to 20-nm-diameter precipitates that were distributed in regularly spaced, approximately planar sheets throughout equiaxed {alpha} Ti grains. The precipitate sheet morphology is similar to the interphase boundary carbide sheets that have been documented in many alloy steels. In addition, precipitate fibers with cross sections of approximately 5 nm and up to 500 nm in length were often found adjacent to particle sheets. Electron diffraction experiments showed that the structure and lattice spacings of the sheet and fibrous particles are consistent with elemental erbium. Subsequent annealing treatments resulted in the formation of a face-centered cubic allotrope of Er{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The present work describes the precipitate morphologies and crystallography and discusses the applicability of current ledge growth models of interphase boundary precipitation to titanium-erbium alloys.

  12. Transmission Line Modeling Applied to Hot Corrosion of Fe-40at.pctAl in Molten LiCl-KCl

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    Barraza-Fierro, Jesus Israel; Espinosa-Medina, Marco Antonio; Castaneda, Homero

    2015-12-01

    The effect of Cu and Li additions to the intermetallic alloy Fe-40at.pctAl on the corrosion performance in an LiCl-55wtpctKCl molten eutectic salt was studied by means of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, transmission line modeling (TLM), and cathodic polarization. The tests were done at 723 K, 773 K, and 823 K (450 °C, 500 °C, and 550 °C), for 60 and 720 minutes. The element additions could improve the corrosion resistance of Fe-40at.pctAl in molten LiCl-KCl, while TLM could characterize and quantify the interfacial processes in hot corrosion. The polarization curves helped to establish the possible cathodic reactions in the experimental conditions.

  13. DNA-binding dependent and independent functions of WT1 protein during human hematopoiesis

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    Svensson, Emelie; Eriksson, Helena; Gekas, Christos; Olofsson, Tor; Richter, Johan; Gullberg, Urban . E-mail: urban.gullberg@hematologi.lu.se

    2005-08-01

    The Wilms tumor gene 1 (WT1) encodes a zinc-finger-containing transcription factor highly expressed in immature hematopoietic progenitor cells. Overexpression and presence of somatic mutations in acute leukemia indicate a role for WT1 in the pathogenesis of leukemia. CD34{sup +} progenitor cells were transduced with one splice variant of human WT1 without the KTS insert in the zinc-finger domain, WT1(+/-), and with a deleted mutant of WT1 lacking the entire zinc-finger region, WT1(delZ), thus incapable of binding DNA. We show that inhibition of erythroid colony formation and differentiation is absolutely dependent on the DNA-binding zinc-finger domain of WT1. Unexpectedly, however, WT1(delZ) was equally effective as wild type protein in the reduction of myeloid clonogenic growth as well as in stimulation of myeloid differentiation, as judged by the expression of cell surface CD11b. Expression of neither WT1(+/-) nor WT1(delZ) upregulated mRNA for the cdk inhibitor p21{sup Waf1/Cip1} or p27{sup Kip1}. Our results demonstrate that WT1 affects proliferation and differentiation in erythroid and myeloid cells by different molecular mechanisms, and suggest that mutations affecting the zinc-finger domain of WT1 could interfere with normal differentiation in the pathogenesis of leukemia.

  14. Towards an understanding of kidney diseases associated with WT1 mutations

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    Dong, Lihua; Pietsch, Stefan; Englert, Christoph

    2015-01-01

    Mutations in Wilms' tumor 1 (WT1) cause a wide spectrum of renal manifestations, eventually leading to end-stage kidney failure. Insufficient understanding of WT1's molecular functions in kidney development has hampered efficient therapeutic applications for WT1-associated diseases. Recently, the generation and characterization of mouse models and application of multiple state-of-the-art approaches have significantly expanded our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of how WT1 mutations lead to kidney failure. Here, we discuss the WT1 binding consensus and illustrate the major roles of WT1 in different cell populations in kidney biology. WT1 controls metanephric mesenchyme (MM) self-renewal and proliferation mainly by regulating FGF and BMP-pSMAD signaling pathways as well as Sall1 and Pax2, encoding key transcription factors; WT1 drives MM differentiation and mesenchyme–epithelial transition by targeting Fgf8 and Wnt4; WT1 defines podocyte identity by activation of other podocyte-specific transcription factors, including Mafb, Lmx1b, FoxC2, and Tcf21. These factors potentially cooperate with WT1 regulating the expression of components and regulators of the cytoskeleton for establishing podocyte polarity, slit diaphragm structure, and focal adhesion to the glomerular basement membrane. Understanding of WT1's function in kidney biology including WT1-regulated pathways will give insights that will eventually help therapeutic applications. PMID:26154924

  15. Towards an understanding of kidney diseases associated with WT1 mutations.

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    Dong, Lihua; Pietsch, Stefan; Englert, Christoph

    2015-10-01

    Mutations in Wilms' tumor 1 (WT1) cause a wide spectrum of renal manifestations, eventually leading to end-stage kidney failure. Insufficient understanding of WT1's molecular functions in kidney development has hampered efficient therapeutic applications for WT1-associated diseases. Recently, the generation and characterization of mouse models and application of multiple state-of-the-art approaches have significantly expanded our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of how WT1 mutations lead to kidney failure. Here, we discuss the WT1 binding consensus and illustrate the major roles of WT1 in different cell populations in kidney biology. WT1 controls metanephric mesenchyme (MM) self-renewal and proliferation mainly by regulating FGF and BMP-pSMAD signaling pathways as well as Sall1 and Pax2, encoding key transcription factors; WT1 drives MM differentiation and mesenchyme-epithelial transition by targeting Fgf8 and Wnt4; WT1 defines podocyte identity by activation of other podocyte-specific transcription factors, including Mafb, Lmx1b, FoxC2, and Tcf21. These factors potentially cooperate with WT1 regulating the expression of components and regulators of the cytoskeleton for establishing podocyte polarity, slit diaphragm structure, and focal adhesion to the glomerular basement membrane. Understanding of WT1's function in kidney biology including WT1-regulated pathways will give insights that will eventually help therapeutic applications.

  16. The PanCam Calibration Target (PCT) and multispectral image processing for the ExoMars 2018 mission

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    Barnes, D.; Wilding, M.; Gunn, M.; Tyler, L.; Pugh, S.; Coates, A.; Griffiths, A.; Cousins, C.; Schmitz, N.; Paar, G.

    2011-10-01

    The Panoramic Camera (PanCam) instrument for the ESA/NASA 2018 ExoMars mission is designed to be the 'eyes' of the Mars rover and is equipped with two wide angle multispectral cameras (WACs) from MSSL, and a focusable High Resolution Camera (HRC) from DLR. To achieve its science role within the ExoMars mission, the PanCam will generate terrain reflectance spectra to help identify the mineralogy of the Martian surface, and generate true-colour images of the Martian environment. The PanCam Calibration Target (PCT) is an essential component for the science operations of the PanCam instrument. Its purpose is to allow radiometric calibration and to support geometric calibration check-out of the PanCam instrument during the mission. Unlike other camera calibration targets flown to Mars, the PCT target regions are being made from stained glass. The paper describes the work undertaken during the early build and testing of the PCT, together with results from the baseline algorithms that have been designed and implemented to process the multispectral PanCam images.

  17. Spinodal Ordering and Precipitation in U-6 wt% Nb

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    Hsiung, L; Zhou, J

    2005-12-19

    A combinative approach of microhardness testing, tensile testing, and TEM microstructural analysis was employed to study the microstructure and mechanical instability of a water-quenched U-6wt.% Nb (WQU6Nb) alloy subjected to different aging schedules including artificial aging at 200 C, 15-year natural aging at ambient temperatures, and 15-year natural aging followed by accelerative aging at 200 C. The changes in mechanical property during and after the aging processes were examined using microhardness and tensile-testing methods. During the early stages of artificial aging at 200 C, the microhardness of WQ-U6Nb alloy increased, i.e., age hardening, as a result of the development of nanoscale modulation caused by spinodal decomposition. Coarsening of the modulated structure occurred after a prolonged aging at 200 C for 16 hours, and it led to a decrease of microhardness, i.e., age softening. Phase instability was also found to occur in WQ-U6Nb alloy that was subjected to a 15-year natural aging at ambient temperatures. The formation of partially ordered domains resulting from a spinodal modulation with an atomic-scale wavelength rendered the appearance of swirl-shape antiphase domain boundaries (APBs) observed in TEM images. Although it did not cause a significant change in microhardness, 15-year natural aging has dramatically affected the aging mechanisms of the alloy isothermally aged at 200 C. Microhardness values of the NA alloy continuously increased after isothermal aging at 200 C for 96 hours as a result of the phase decomposition of partially ordered domains into Nb-depleted {alpha} phase and Nb-enriched U{sub 3}Nb ordered phase in the alloy. It is concluded that the long-term natural aging changes the transformation pathway of WQ-U6Nb, and it leads to order-disorder transformation and precipitation hardening of WQ-U6Nb alloy.

  18. Intercontinental Bistatic Radar Test Observation of Asteroid 1998 WT24

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    Righini, S.; Poppi, S.; Montebugnoli, S.; DiMartino, M.; Saba, L.; Delbo, M.; Ostro, S.; Monari, J.; Poloni, M.; Orlati, A.

    2002-01-01

    We describe the first intercontinental planetary radar test performed in Italy observing the near Earth asteroid (NEA) 33342 (1998 WT24) in December 2001 by means of the bistatic configurations Goldstone (California, USA)-Medicina (Italy) and Evpatoria (Ukraine)-Medicina. The experiment goal was to characterize the system for realtime radar follow-up observations of NEAs and artificial orbiting debris, in the framework of a feasibility study which aims at using the Sardinia Radio Telescope, at present under construction, also as a planetary radar facility. We report the preliminary results of the radar observations carried out by the IRA-CNR (Instituto di Radioastronomia - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche) and the OATo (Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino) groups, aimed at exploring the scientific potentials of a new space radar program, using the existing facilities in Italy. The planetary radar technique is uniquely capable of investigating geometry and surface properties of various solar system objects, demonstrating advantages over the optical methods in its high spatial resolution and ability to obtain three-dimensional images. A single radar detection allows to obtain extremely accurate orbital elements, improving the instantaneous positional uncertainties by orders of magnitude with respect to an optically determined orbit. Radar is a powerful means to spatially resolve NEAs by measuring the distribution of the echo power in time delay (range) and Doppler frequency (line-of-sight velocity) with extreme precision in each coordinate, as it provides detailed information about the target physical properties like size, shape, rotation, near-surface bulk density and roughness and internal density distribution. The Medicina 32m antenna had been successfully used for the first time as the receiving part of a bistatic configuration during a test experiment (September 2001) held to check the capabilities of the entire data acquisition system. This test was possible

  19. Discordant phenotypes in monozygotic twins with identical de novo WT1 mutation.

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    Yu, Zihua; Yang, Yonghui; Feng, Dongning

    2012-06-01

    Mutations in the WT1 gene, leading to Denys-Drash syndrome and Frasier syndrome, can also cause isolated steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (ISRNS). Previous studies have reported six pairs of monozygotic twins with WT1 mutations, including one presenting with discordant phenotypes with identical WT1 mutations being of paternal origin and five pairs of monozygotic twins presenting the same phenotype with identical WT1 mutations. In this study, we report on female monozygotic twins showing discordant phenotypes with an identical de novo WT1 mutation, R394W, and presenting incomplete Denys-Drash syndrome and ISRNS. PMID:26069768

  20. Peripheral Blood WT1 Expression Predicts Relapse in AML Patients Undergoing Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation

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    Malagola, Michele; Skert, Cristina; Ruggeri, Giuseppina; Ribolla, Rossella; Bernardi, Simona; Borlenghi, Erika; Pagani, Chiara; Rossi, Giuseppe; Caimi, Luigi; Russo, Domenico

    2014-01-01

    To evaluate if WT1 expression may predict relapse after allo-SCT, we analyzed WT1 levels on peripheral blood (PB) and bone marrow (BM) before and after allo-SCT in 24 AML patients with WT1 overexpression at diagnosis. Five copies of WT1/ABL × 104 from PB were identified as the threshold value that correlated with relapse after allo-SCT. The same correlation was not identified when WT1 expression was assessed from bone marrow (BM). Eight out of 11 (73%) patients with a pre-allo-SCT PB-WT1 ≥ 5 and 4/13 (31%) patients with a pre-allo-SCT PB-WT1 < 5 relapsed, respectively (P = 0.04). The incidence of relapse was higher in patients with PB-WT1 ≥ 5 measured after allo-SCT, at the 3rd (56% versus 38%; P = 0.43) and at the 6th month (71% versus 20%; P = 0.03). Patients with pretransplant PB-WT1 < 5 had significantly better 2-year OS and LFS than patients with a PB-WT1 ≥ 5 (81% versus 0% and 63% versus 20%) (P = 0.02). Our data suggest the usefulness of WT1 monitoring from PB to predict the relapse in allotransplanted AML patients and to modulate the intensity of conditioning and/or the posttransplant immunosuppression in an attempt to reduce the posttransplant relapse risk. PMID:25202702

  1. Lithium ion batteries made of electrodes with 99 wt% active materials and 1 wt% carbon nanotubes without binder or metal foils

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    Hasegawa, Kei; Noda, Suguru

    2016-07-01

    Herein, we propose lithium ion batteries (LIBs) without binder or metal foils, based on a three-dimensional carbon nanotube (CNT) current collector. Because metal foils occupy 20-30 wt% of conventional LIBs and the polymer binder has no electrical conductivity, replacing such non-capacitive materials is a valid approach for improving the energy and power density of LIBs. Adding only 1 wt% of few-wall CNTs to the active material enables flexible freestanding sheets to be fabricated by simple dispersion and filtration processes. Coin cell tests are conducted on full cells fabricated from a 99 wt% LiCoO2-1 wt% CNT cathode and 99 wt% graphite-1 wt% CNT anode. Discharge capacities of 353 and 306 mAh ggraphite-1 are obtained at charge-discharge rates of 37.2 and 372 mA ggraphite-1, respectively, with a capacity retention of 65% at the 500th cycle. The suitability of the 1 wt% CNT-based composite electrodes for practical scale devices is demonstrated with laminate cells containing 50 × 50 mm2 electrodes. Use of metal combs instead of metal foils enables charge-discharge operation of the laminate cell without considerable IR drop. Such electrodes will minimize the amount of metal and maximize the amount of active materials contained in LIBs.

  2. The Role of WT1 in Embryonic Development and Normal Organ Homeostasis.

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    Wilm, Bettina; Muñoz-Chapuli, Ramon

    2016-01-01

    The Wilms' tumor suppressor gene 1 (Wt1) is critically involved in a number of developmental processes in vertebrates, including cell differentiation, control of the epithelial/mesenchymal phenotype, proliferation, and apoptosis. Wt1 proteins act as transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulators, in mRNA splicing and in protein-protein interactions. Furthermore, Wt1 is involved in adult tissue homeostasis, kidney function, and cancer. For these reasons, Wt1 function has been extensively studied in a number of animal models to establish its spatiotemporal expression pattern and the developmental fate of the cells expressing this gene. In this chapter, we review the developmental anatomy of Wt1, collecting information about its dynamic expression in mesothelium, kidney, gonads, cardiovascular system, spleen, nervous system, lung, and liver. We also describe the adult expression of Wt1 in kidney podocytes, gonads, mesothelia, visceral adipose tissue, and a small fraction of bone marrow cells. We have reviewed the available animal models for Wt1-expressing cell lineage analysis, including direct Wt1 expression reporters and systems for permanent Wt1 lineage tracing, based on constitutive or inducible Cre recombinase expression under control of a Wt1 promoter. Finally we provide a number of laboratory protocols to be used with these animal models in order to assess reporter expression. PMID:27417957

  3. Fine structure analysis of the WT1 gene in sporadic Wilms tumors

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    Varanasi, R.; Bardeesy, N.; Ghahremani, M.; Pelletier, J.; Petruzzi, M.-J.; Nowak, N.; Shows, T.B.; Adam, M.A.; Grundy, P.

    1994-04-26

    Molecular genetic studies indicate that the etiology of Wilms tumor (WT) is complex, involving at least three loci. Germ-line mutations in the tumor suppressor gene, WT1, have been documented in children with WTs and urogenital developmental anomalies. Sporadic tumors constitute the majority (>90%) of WT cases and previous molecular analyses of the WT1 gene have focused only on the DNA-binding domain. Using the single-strand conformational polymorphism (SSCP) assay, the authors analyzed the structural integrity of the entire WT1 gene in 98 sporadic WTs. By PCR-SSCP they find that mutations in the WT1 gene are rare, occurring in only six tumors analyzed. In one sample, two independent intragenic mutations inactivated both WT1 alleles, providing a singular example of two different somatic alterations restricted to the WT1 gene. This case is consistent with the existence of only one tumor suppressor gene at 11p13 involved in the pathogenesis of WTs. The data, together with the previously ascertained occurrence of large deletions/insertions in WT1, define the frequency at which the WT1 gene is altered in sporadic tumors. 36 refs., 3 figs.

  4. Mutational screening of the Wilms's tumour gene, WT1, in males with genital abnormalities.

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    Clarkson, P A; Davies, H R; Williams, D M; Chaudhary, R; Hughes, I A; Patterson, M N

    1993-01-01

    Several lines of evidence suggest that the Wilms's tumour susceptibility gene, WT1, has an important role in genital as well as kidney development. WT1 is expressed in developing kidney and genital tissues. Furthermore, mutations in WT1 have been detected in patients with the Denys-Drash syndrome (DDS), which is characterised by nephropathy, genital abnormalities, and Wilms's tumour. It is possible that WT1 mutations may cause genital abnormalities in the absence of kidney dysfunction. We tested this hypothesis by screening the WT1 gene for mutation in 12 46,XY patients with various forms of genital abnormality. Using single strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) we did not detect any WT1 mutations in these patients. However, in addition to the 12 patients, three DDS patients were also analysed using SSCP, and in all three cases heterozygous WT1 mutations were found which would be predicted to disrupt the DNA binding activity of WT1 protein. These results support the notion that DDS results from a dominant WT1 mutation. However, WT1 mutations are unlikely to be a common cause of male genital abnormalities when these are not associated with kidney abnormalities. Images PMID:8411073

  5. The roadmap of WT1 protein expression in the human fetal heart.

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    Duim, Sjoerd N; Smits, Anke M; Kruithof, Boudewijn P T; Goumans, Marie-José

    2016-01-01

    The transcription factor Wilms' Tumor-1 (WT1) is essential for cardiac development. Deletion of Wt1 in mice results in disturbed epicardial and myocardial formation and lack of cardiac vasculature, causing embryonic lethality. Little is known about the role of WT1 in the human fetal heart. Therefore, as a first step, we analyzed the expression pattern of WT1 protein during human cardiac development from week 4 till week 20. WT1 expression was apparent in epicardial, endothelial and endocardial cells in a spatiotemporal manner. The expression of WT1 follows a pattern starting at the epicardium and extending towards the lumen of the heart, with differences in timing and expression levels between the atria and ventricles. The expression of WT1 in cardiac arterial endothelial cells reduces in time, whereas WT1 expression in the endothelial cells of cardiac veins and capillaries remains present at all stages studied. This study provides for the first time a detailed description of the expression of WT1 protein during human cardiac development, which indicates an important role for WT1 also in human cardiogenesis.

  6. Creep Behavior and Degradation of Subgrain Structures Pinned by Nanoscale Precipitates in Strength-Enhanced 5 to 12 Pct Cr Ferritic Steels

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    Ghassemi Armaki, Hassan; Chen, Ruiping; Maruyama, Kouichi; Igarashi, Masaaki

    2011-10-01

    Creep behavior and degradation of subgrain structures and precipitates of Gr. 122 type xCr-2W-0.4Mo-1Cu-VNb ( x = 5, 7, 9, 10.5, and 12 pct) steels were evaluated during short-term and long-term static aging and creep with regard to the Cr content of steel. Creep rupture life increased from 5 to 12 pct Cr in the short-term creep region, whereas in the long-term creep region, it increased up to 9 pct Cr and then decreased with the addition of Cr from 9 to 12 pct. Behavior of creep rupture life was attributed to the size of elongated subgrains. In the short-term creep region, subgrain size decreased from 5 to 12 pct Cr, corresponding to the longer creep strength. However, in the long-term creep region after 104 hours, subgrain size increased up to 9 pct Cr and then decreased from 9 to 12 pct, corresponding to the behavior of creep rupture life. M23C6 and MX precipitates had the highest number fraction among all of the precipitates present in the studied steels. Cr concentration dependence of spacing of M23C6 and MX precipitates exhibited a V-like shape during short-term as well as long-term aging at 923 K (650 °C), and the minimum spacing of precipitates belonged to 9 pct Cr steel, corresponding to the lowest recovery speed of subgrain structures. In the short-term creep region, subgrain coarsening during creep was controlled by strain and proceeded slower with the addition of Cr, whereas in long-term creep region, subgrain coarsening was controlled by the stability of precipitates rather than due to the creep plastic deformation and took place faster from 9 to 12 pct and 9 to 5 pct Cr. However, M23C6 precipitates played a more important role than MX precipitates in the control of subgrain coarsening, and there was a closer correlation between spacing of M23C6 precipitates and subgrain size during static aging and long-term creep region.

  7. On the response of Y 3Al 5O 12: Ce (YAG: Ce) powder scintillating screens to medical imaging X-rays

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    Kandarakis, I.; Cavouras, D.; Sianoudis, I.; Nikolopoulos, D.; Episkopakis, A.; Linardatos, D.; Margetis, D.; Nirgianaki, E.; Roussou, M.; Melissaropoulos, P.; Kalivas, N.; Kalatzis, I.; Kourkoutas, K.; Dimitropoulos, N.; Louizi, A.; Nomicos, C.; Panayiotakis, G.

    2005-02-01

    The aim of this study was to examine Y 3Al 5O 12:Ce (also known as YAG:Ce) powder scintillator under X-ray imaging conditions. This material shows a very fast scintillation decay time and it has never been used in X-ray medical imaging. In the present study various scintillator layers (screens) with coating thickness ranging from 13 to 166 mg/cm 2 were prepared in our laboratory by sedimentation of Y 3Al 5O 12: Ce powder. Optical emission spectra and light emission efficiency (spectrum area over X-ray exposure) of the layers were measured under X-ray excitation using X-ray tube voltages (80-120 kVp) often employed in general medical radiography and fluoroscopy. Spectral compatibility with various optical photon detectors (photodiodes, photocathodes, charge coupled devices, films) and intrinsic conversion efficiency values were determined using emission spectrum data. In addition, parameters related to X-ray detection, energy absorption efficiency and K-fluorescence characteristic emission were calculated. A theoretical model describing radiation and light transfer through scattering media was used to fit experimental data. Intrinsic conversion efficiency (η≈0.03-0.05) and light attenuation coefficients (σ≈26.5 cm/g) were derived through this fitting. Y 3Al 5O 12:Ce showed peak emission in the wavelength range 530-550 nm. The light emission efficiency was found to be maximum for the 107 mg/cm 2 layer. Due to its "green" emission spectrum, Y 3Al 5O 12:Ce showed excellent compatibility (of the order of 0.9) with the sensitivity of many currently used photodetectors. Taking into account its very fast response Y 3Al 5O 12:Ce could be considered for application in X-ray imaging especially in various digital detectors.

  8. An investigation of the thermal cycling damage of 25 vol. pct SiCw/alumina ceramic matrix composite

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    Armstrong, William D.; Taya, Minoru

    1989-01-01

    An investigation was made of the thermal cycling damage of a 25 vol pct SiC whisker/alumina (SiCw/Al2O3) composite. Thermal cycling tests were conducted by subjecting a composite specimen to two different fluidized beds. After thermal cycling the composite specimens were subjected to elastic modulus and effective fracture toughness measurements. The thermal cycled specimens were investigated with SEM and TEM studies. It was found that this composite has a relatively high resistance to thermal cycling.

  9. Transformation to Ni5Al3 in a 63.0 at. pct Ni-Al alloy

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    Khadkikar, P. S.; Locci, I. E.; Vedula, K.; Michal, G. M.

    1993-01-01

    Microstructures of 63 at. pct P/M Ni-Al alloys with a composition close to the stoichiometry of the Ni5Al3 phase were investigated using homogenized and quenched specimens aged at low temperatures for various times. Results of analyses of XRD data and electron microscopy observations were used for quantitative phase analysis, performed to calculate the (NiAl + Ni5Al3)/Ni5Al3 phase boundary locations. The measured lattice parameters of Ni5Al3 phase formed at 823, 873, and 923 K indicated an increase in tetragonality of the phase with increasing nickel content.

  10. WT1 suppresses synthesis of the epidermal growth factor receptor and induces apoptosis.

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    Englert, C; Hou, X; Maheswaran, S; Bennett, P; Ngwu, C; Re, G G; Garvin, A J; Rosner, M R; Haber, D A

    1995-01-01

    The Wilms tumor suppressor gene WT1 encodes a developmentally regulated transcription factor that is mutated in a subset of embryonal tumors. To test its functional properties, we developed osteosarcoma cell lines expressing WT1 under an inducible tetracycline-regulated promoter. Induction of WT1 resulted in programmed cell death. This effect, which was differentially mediated by the alternative splicing variants of WT1, was independent of p53. WT1-mediated apoptosis was associated with reduced synthesis of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), but not of other postulated WT1-target genes, and it was abrogated by constitutive expression of EGFR. WT1 repressed transcription from the EGFR promoter, binding to two TC-rich repeat sequences. In the developing kidney, EGFR expression in renal precursor cells declined with the onset of WT1 expression. Repression of EGFR and induction of apoptosis by mechanism that may contribute to its critical role in normal kidney development and to the immortalization of tumor cells with inactivated WT1 alleles. Images PMID:7588596

  11. The Wilms' tumor gene Wt1 is required for normal development of the retina.

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    Wagner, Kay-Dietrich; Wagner, Nicole; Vidal, Valerie P I; Schley, Gunnar; Wilhelm, Dagmar; Schedl, Andreas; Englert, Christoph; Scholz, Holger

    2002-03-15

    The Wilms' tumor gene Wt1 is known for its important functions during genitourinary and mesothelial formation. Here we show that Wt1 is necessary for neuronal development in the vertebrate retina. Mouse embryos with targeted disruption of Wt1 exhibit remarkably thinner retinas than age-matched wild-type animals. A large fraction of retinal ganglion cells is lost by apoptosis, and the growth of optic nerve fibers is severely disturbed. Strikingly, expression of the class IV POU-domain transcription factor Pou4f2 (formerly Brn-3b), which is critical for the survival of most retinal ganglion cells, is lost in Wt1(-/-) retinas. Forced expression of Wt1 in cultured cells causes an up-regulation of Pou4f2 mRNA. Moreover, the Wt1(-KTS) splice variant can activate a reporter construct carrying 5'-regulatory sequences of the human POU4F2. The lack of Pou4f2 and the ocular defects in Wt1(-/-) embryos are rescued by transgenic expression of a 280 kb yeast artificial chromosome carrying the human WT1 gene. Taken together, our findings demonstrate a continuous requirement for Wt1 in normal retina formation with a critical role in Pou4f2-dependent ganglion cell differentiation.

  12. The LIM-only coactivator FHL2 modulates WT1 transcriptional activity during gonadal differentiation.

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    Du, Xiaojuan; Hublitz, Philip; Günther, Thomas; Wilhelm, Dagmar; Englert, Christoph; Schüle, Roland

    2002-08-19

    An essential step during sex determination is the maintenance of the Müllerian duct in females and its regression in males caused by the expression of Müllerian inhibiting substance (MIS). In testes, the Wilms' tumor suppressor and the orphan nuclear receptor SF1 cooperatively bind to the promoter and activate transcription of MIS. In the ovaries, on the other hand, the orphan nuclear receptor DAX1 binds to SF1, inhibits transactivation by WT1/SF1 and thereby suppresses the induction of MIS expression. In addition, WT1 itself is responsible for the upregulation of DAX1 transcription. So far, little is known on which protein-protein interactions or cofactors elicit the spatiotemporal control of WT1-mediated transcription. Here we demonstrate coexpression of the LIM-only coactivator FHL2 and WT1. FHL2 and WT1 functionally interact both in vitro and in vivo. The importance of this interaction is revealed by the ability of FHL2 to potentiate the synergistic induction of MIS gene expression by WT1/SF1. Moreover, FHL2 coactivates transactivation of the DAX1 promoter by WT1. Hence, we present FHL2 as a novel transcriptional coactivator of WT1. The ability to modulate both DAX1 and MIS expression might allow FHL2 to act in the molecular fine tuning of WT1-dependent control mechanisms in the reproductive organs.

  13. Expression of the Wilms' tumor gene WT1 in the murine urogenital system.

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    Pelletier, J; Schalling, M; Buckler, A J; Rogers, A; Haber, D A; Housman, D

    1991-08-01

    The Wilms' tumor gene WT1 is a recessive oncogene that encodes a putative transcription factor implicated in nephrogenesis during kidney development. In this report we analyze expression of WT1 in the murine urogenital system. WT1 is expressed in non-germ-cell components of the testis and ovaries in both young and adult mice. In situ mRNA hybridization studies demonstrate that WT1 is expressed in the granulosa and epithelial cells of ovaries, the Sertoli cells of the testis, and in the uterine wall. In addition to the 3.1-kb WT1 transcript detected by Northern blotting of RNA from kidney, uterus, and gonads, there is an approximately 2.5-kb WT1-related mRNA species in testis. The levels of WT1 mRNA in the gonads are among the highest observed, surpassing amounts detected in the embryonic kidney. During development, these levels are differentially regulated, depending on the sexual differentiation of the gonad. Expression of WT1 mRNA in the female reproductive system does not fluctuate significantly from days 4 to 40 postpartum. In contrast, WT1 mRNA levels in the tesis increase steadily after birth, reaching their highest expression levels at day 8 postpartum and decreasing slightly as the animal matures. Expression of WT1 in the gonads is detectable as early as 12.5 days postcoitum (p.c.). As an initial step toward exploring the tissue-specific expression of WT1, DNA elements upstream of WT1 were cloned and sequenced. Three putative transcription initiation sites, utilized in testis, ovaries, and uterus, were mapped by S1 nuclease protection assays. The sequences surrounding these sites have a high G + C content, and typical upstream CCAAT and TATAA boxes are not present. These studies allowed us to identify the translation initiation site for WT1 protein synthesis. We have also used an epitope-tagging protocol to demonstrate that WT1 is a nuclear protein, consistent with its role as a transcription factor. Our results demonstrate regulation of WT1 expression

  14. Prognostic Impact of WT-1 Gene Expression in Egyptian Children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

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    Hagag, Adel A; Badraia, Ibrahim M; Hassan, Samir M; Abd El-Lateef, Amal E

    2016-01-01

    Background Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common childhood cancer representing 23% of pediatric cancers. Wilms’ tumor -1 gene is a novel prognostic factor, minimal residual disease marker and therapeutic target in acute leukemia. Aim of the work The aim of this work was to study the impact of WT-1 gene expression in the prognosis of ALL. Patients and methods This study was conducted on 40 Egyptian children with newly diagnosed ALL who were subjected to full history taking, thorough clinical examination and laboratory investigations including; complete blood count, LDH, BM aspiration, cytochemistry, immunophenotyping, FISH technique for detection of t(12;21) and t(9;22) and assessment of WT-1 Gene by real-time PCR in BM samples at time of diagnosis. Results Positive WT-1 gene expression was found in 22 cases (55%) and negative expression in 18 cases (45%). Positive WT-1 gene expression group (n=22) includes 14 males and 8 females with mean age at presentation of 5.261 ± 0.811 while negative WT-1 gene expression group (n=18) includes 12 males and 6 females with mean age at diagnosis of 9.669 ± 3.731 with significantly older age in negative WT-1 gene expression group but no significant differences between positive and negative WT-1 gene expression groups regarding sex and clinical presentations. There were no significant differences in platelets and WBCs counts, hemoglobin and LDH levels and the number of peripheral blood and BM blast cells at diagnosis between positive and negative WT-1 gene expression groups but after induction therapy there were significantly lower BM blast cells in positive WT-1 gene expression group. There were no statistically significant differences between positive and negative WT-1 gene expression groups regarding immunophenotyping and chromosomal translocations including t(12;21) and t(9;22). There were a significantly higher relapse and death rate and a lower rate of CR, DFS, and OAS in negative WT-1 gene expression

  15. Preparation of Fluorescent Poly(methyl methacrylate) Beads Hybridized with Y3Al5O12:Ce3+ Nanophosphor for Biological Application

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    Asakura, Ryo; Kusayama, Ikumi; Saito, Daisuke; Isobe, Tetsuhiko; Kurokawa, Kiyoshi; Hirayama, Yosuke; Aizawa, Hideki; Takagi, Tomohiro; Ohkubo, Michio

    2007-08-01

    Poly(methyl methacrylate) beads were hybridized with Y3Al5O12:Ce3+ nanoparticles through electrostatic interactions using the layer-by-layer adsorption technique to prepare fluorescent beads for biological application. The subsequent sequential adsorption of poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) and poly(allylamine hydrochloride) onto the composite beads prevented the detachment of the Y3Al5O12:Ce3+ nanoparticles. The fluorescent beads were observed as tight dot plots by flowcytometry. Bovine serum albumin can be immobilized on the surface of the composite beads and tagged with a red dye through an antigen-antibody reaction. This result indicates that the composite beads are useful for bead assays such as flowcytometry.

  16. Structures of native and affinity-enhanced WT1 epitopes bound to HLA-A*0201: Implications for WT1-based cancer therapeutics

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    Borbulevych, Oleg Y.; Do, Priscilla; Baker, Brian M.

    2010-09-07

    Presentation of peptides by class I or class II major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules is required for the initiation and propagation of a T cell-mediated immune response. Peptides from the Wilms Tumor 1 transcription factor (WT1), upregulated in many hematopoetic and solid tumors, can be recognized by T cells and numerous efforts are underway to engineer WT1-based cancer vaccines. Here we determined the structures of the class I MHC molecule HLA-A*0201 bound to the native 126-134 epitope of the WT1 peptide and a recently described variant (R1Y) with improved MHC binding. The R1Y variant, a potential vaccine candidate, alters the positions of MHC charged side chains near the peptide N-terminus and significantly reduces the peptide/MHC electrostatic surface potential. These alterations indicate that the R1Y variant is an imperfect mimic of the native WT1 peptide, and suggest caution in its use as a therapeutic vaccine. Stability measurements revealed how the R1Y substitution enhances MHC binding affinity, and together with the structures suggest a strategy for engineering WT1 variants with improved MHC binding that retain the structural features of the native peptide/MHC complex.

  17. Development of an ASTM standard glass durability test, the Product Consistency Test (PCT), for high level radioactive waste glass

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    Jantzen, C.M.; Bibler, N.E.; Beam, D.C.; Ramsey, W.G.

    1994-06-01

    The nation`s first, and the world`s largest, facility to immobilize high-level nuclear waste in durable borosilicate glass has started operation at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in Aiken, South Carolina. The product specifications on the glass wasteform produced in the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF) required extensive characterization of the glass product before actual production began and for continued characterization during production. To aid in this characterization, a glass durability (leach) test was needed that was easily reproducible, could be performed remotely on highly radioactive samples, and could yield results rapidly. Several standard leach tests were examined with a variety of test configurations. Using existing tests as a starting point, the DWPF Product Consistency Test (PCT was developed in which crushed glass samples are exposed to 90 {plus_minus} 2{degree}C deionized water for seven days. Based on extensive testing, including a seven-laboratory round robin and confirmatory testing with radioactive samples, the PCT is very reproducible, yields reliable results rapidly, and can be performed in shielded cell facilities with radioactive samples.

  18. Effects of WT1 down-regulation on oocyte maturation and preimplantation embryo development in pigs.

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    Gao, Fei; Guan, Jiyu; Liu, Limei; Zhang, Sheng; An, Peipei; Fan, Anran; Song, Guangqi; Zhang, Peng; Zhao, Tianchuang; Tang, Bo; Zhang, Xueming; Li, Ziyi

    2014-10-01

    The Wilms' tumour 1 (WT1) gene originally identified as a tumour suppressor associated with WTs encodes a zinc finger-containing transcription factor that is expressed in multiple tissues and is an important regulator of cellular and organ growth, proliferation, development, migration and survival. However, there is a deficiency of data regarding the expression and function of WT1 during oocyte maturation and preimplantation embryonic development. Herein, we sought to define the expression characteristics and functions of WT1 during oocyte maturation and preimplantation embryonic development in pigs. We show that WT1 is expressed in porcine oocytes and at all preimplantation stages in embryos generated by ICSI. We then evaluated the effects of down-regulating WT1 expression at germinal vesicle and early ICSI stages using a recombinant plasmid (pGLV3-WT1-shRNA). Down-regulation of WT1 did not affect oocyte maturation but significantly decreased preimplantation embryonic development and increased apoptosis in blastocysts. These results indicate that WT1 plays important roles in the development of porcine preimplantation embryos. PMID:25030893

  19. Abnormal WT1 expression in the CD34-negative compartment in myelodysplastic bone marrow.

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    Van Dijk, Jeroen P; Knops, Gertrudis H J N; Van De Locht, Louis T F; Menke, Aswin L; Jansen, Joop H; Mensink, Ewald J B M; Raymakers, Reinier A P; De Witte, Theo

    2002-09-01

    In normal bone marrow, WT1 expression is restricted to CD34+ cells. We assessed WT1 mRNA expression levels with quantitative, real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction in normal, myelodysplastic (MDS) and secondary acute myeloid leukaemia (sAML) bone marrow subfractions, based on differentiation status. The highest WT1 expression was observed in the primitive CD34+ rhodamine-123 (rho) dull cells, both in healthy donors and MDS or sAML patients. In contrast to normal CD34-negative bone marrow cells, WT1 was present in CD34-negative bone marrow cells in 12 out of 13 MDS patients and two sAML samples. Further analysis of this aberrant WT1 expression was performed in the CD34-negative subfractions of three MDS patients. In one of these, WT1 expression was found exclusively in the erythroid cells. This patient was completely transfusion dependent and showed morphological dyserythropoiesis. In another MDS patient, WT1 expression was found in a non-erythroid compartment. We conclude that abnormal WT1 expression may contribute to the disturbed differentiation of haematopoietic cells in MDS patients.

  20. Microstructural and thermophysical properties of U-6 wt.%Zr alloy for fast reactor application

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    Kaity, Santu; Banerjee, Joydipta; Nair, M. R.; Ravi, K.; Dash, Smruti; Kutty, T. R. G.; Kumar, Arun; Singh, R. P.

    2012-08-01

    The microstructural and high temperature behavior of U-6 wt.%Zr alloy has been investigated in this study. U-6 wt.%Zr alloy sample for this study was prepared by following injection casting route. The thermophysical properties like coefficient of thermal expansion, specific heat, thermal conductivity of the above alloy were determined. The hot-hardness data of the U-6 wt.%Zr alloy was also generated from room temperature to 973 K. Apart from that, the fuel-clad chemical compatibility with T91 grade steel was also studied by diffusion couple experiment. No studies have been reported on U-6 wt.%Zr alloy. This paper aims at filling up the gap on characterization and thermophysical property evaluation of U-6 wt.%Zr alloy.

  1. Measuring Equilibrium Binding Constants for the WT1-DNA Interaction Using a Filter Binding Assay.

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    Romaniuk, Paul J

    2016-01-01

    Equilibrium binding of WT1 to specific sites in DNA and potentially RNA molecules is central in mediating the regulatory roles of this protein. In order to understand the functional effects of mutations in the nucleic acid-binding domain of WT1 proteins and/or mutations in the DNA- or RNA-binding sites, it is necessary to measure the equilibrium constant for formation of the protein-nucleic acid complex. This chapter describes the use of a filter binding assay to make accurate measurements of the binding of the WT1 zinc finger domain to the consensus WT1-binding site in DNA. The method described is readily adapted to the measurement of the effects of mutations in either the WT1 zinc finger domain or the putative binding sites within a promoter element or cellular RNA.

  2. Nonlinear relationship between the Product Consistency Test (PCT) response and the Al/B ratio in a soda-lime aluminoborosilicate glass

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    Farooqi, Rahmat Ullah; Hrma, Pavel

    2016-06-01

    We have investigated the effect of Al/B ratio on the Product Consistency Test (PCT) response. In an aluminoborosilicate soda-lime glass based on a modified International Simple Glass, ISG-3, the Al/B ratio varied from 0 to 0.55 (in mole fractions). In agreement with various models of the PCT response as a function of glass composition, we observed a monotonic increase of B and Na releases with decreasing Al/B mole ratio, but only when the ratio was higher than 0.05. Below this value (Al/B < 0.05), we observed a sharp decrease that we attribute to B in tetrahedral coordination.

  3. An investigation on the rheological behavior of metallic semi-solid slurries of Al-6.5 pct Si and semi-solid composite slurries of SiC particulates in an Al-6.5 pct Si alloy matrix

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    Moon, H.-K.; Ito, Y.; Cornie, J. A.; Flemings, M. C.

    1993-01-01

    The rheology of SiC particulate/Al-6.5 pct Si composite slurries was explored. The rheological behavior of the composite slurries shows both thixotropic and pseudoplastic behaviors. Isostructural experiments on the composite slurries revealed a Newtonian behavior beyond a high shear rate limit. The rheology of fully molten composite slurries over the low to high shear rate range indicates the existence of a low shear rate Newtonian region, an intermediate pseudoplastic region and a high shear rate Newtonian region. The isostructural studies indicate that the viscosity of a composite slurry depends upon the shearing history of a given volume of material. An unexpected shear thinning was noted for SiC particulate + alpha slurries as compared to semi-solid metallic slurries at the same fraction solid. The implications of these findings for the processing of slurries into cast components is discussed.

  4. Fe-24 wt.%Cr-4.1 wt.%C hardfacing alloy: Microstructure and carbide refinement mechanisms with ceria additive

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    Zhou, Y.F.; Yang, Y.L.; Jiang, Y.W.; Yang, J.; Ren, X.J.; Yang, Q.X.

    2012-10-15

    The microstructure and carbide refinement mechanisms of Fe-24 wt.%Cr-4.1 wt.%C hardfacing alloys with 0 wt.%, 0.5 wt.%, 1.0 wt.%, 2 wt.%, and 4 wt.% ceria additives have been systematically investigated in this work. Optical microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectrometer, and X-ray diffraction were collectively used to study the microstructure, the phase components, and the chemical formation of inclusion formed in the welding process. Wear-resistance of the alloys was comparatively studied using an abrasive wear testing machine. The structure analysis results show that the Fe-Cr-C hardfacing alloy mainly consists of martensite, retained austenite, MC carbide and M{sub 7}C{sub 3} carbide. With increasing ceria additive contents, the average size of the primary M{sub 7}C{sub 3} carbide decreases and reaches a most refined state in the alloy with 2 wt.% ceria additives. Comparative wear tests data shows that the wear resistance of the hardfacing alloys with ceria additives is better than that without ceria additive. In a good agreement with the carbide refinement results, the wear resistance of the alloy reaches an optimum level in the sample with 2 wt.% ceria additive. The main RE inclusion type identified with in-situ XRD analysis is RE inclusion Ce{sub 2}O{sub 2}S. Thermodynamics calculation confirms that this type of RE inclusion could precipitate prior to M{sub 7}C{sub 3} carbides, and act as a heterogeneous nucleus for M{sub 7}C{sub 3} in the welding process, which effectively provides a mechanism for significant refinement of the M{sub 7}C{sub 3} carbide and improves its wear resistance. - Graphical Abstract: Rare Earth inclusion (Ce{sub 2}O{sub 2}S) distributes in the primary M{sub 7}C{sub 3} carbide. Moreover, Ce{sub 2}O{sub 2}S, which acts as heterogeneous nuclei of the primary M{sub 7}C{sub 3} carbide, is medium effective. Therefore, the primary M{sub 7}C{sub 3} carbide has been refined. Highlights: Black

  5. Final Report - IHLW PCT, Spinel T1%, Electrical Conductivity, and Viscosity Model Development, VSL-07R1240-4

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    Kruger, Albert A.; Piepel, Gregory F.; Landmesser, S. M.; Pegg, I. L.; Heredia-Langner, Alejandro; Cooley, Scott K.; Gan, H.; Kot, W. K.

    2013-11-13

    This report is the last in a series of currently scheduled reports that presents the results from the High Level Waste (HLW) glass formulation development and testing work performed at the Vitreous State Laboratory (VSL) of the Catholic University of America (CUA) and the development of IHLW property-composition models performed jointly by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and VSL for the River Protection Project-Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (RPP-WTP). Specifically, this report presents results of glass testing at VSL and model development at PNNL for Product Consistency Test (PCT), one-percent crystal fraction temperature (T1%), electrical conductivity (EC), and viscosity of HLW glasses. The models presented in this report may be augmented and additional validation work performed during any future immobilized HLW (IHLW) model development work. Completion of the test objectives is addressed.

  6. Analysis of NiAlTa precipitates in beta-NiAl + 2 at. pct Ta alloy

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    Pathare, V.; Michal, G. M.; Vedula, K.; Nathal, M. V.

    1987-01-01

    Results are reported from experiments performed to identify the precipitates, and their orientation in the matrix, in a beta-NiAl alloy containing 2 at. pct. Ta after undergoing creep test at 1300 K. Test specimens formed by extruding hot powders were compressed at 1300 K for about 50 hr at a strain rate averaging 6/1 million per sec. The specimens were then thinned and examined under an electron microscope and by X-ray diffractometry. An intermetallic NiAlTa compound with a hexagonal Cl4 structure appeared as second phase precipitates in the samples, exhibiting plate-like shapes and a habit plane close to (012). The prism planes of the hexagonal NiAlTa precipitates paralleled the closest packed planes in the cubic beta-NiAl matrix.

  7. Effect of 0.1 at. pct Zirconium on the cyclic oxidation resistance of beta-NiAl

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    Barrett, Charles A.

    1988-01-01

    The effect of 0.1 at. pct Zr on the cyclic oxidation of hipped beta-NiAl was studied. Oxidation testing was performed in static air at 1100-1200 C, using 1-hr exposure cycles for test times up to 3000 hr. The weight change versus time data were modeled with the COSP computer program to analyze and predict cyclic-oxidation behavior. Zr additions significantly change the nature of the scale-spalling process during cooling, so that the oxide spalls near the oxide-air interface at a relatively low depth within the scale. Without Zr, the predominantly alpha-Al2O3 scale tends to spall randomly to bare metal at relatively high effective-scale-loss rates, particularly at 1150 C and 1200 C. This leads to higher rates of Al consumption for the Zr-free aluminide and much earlier depletion of Al, leading to eventual breakaway (i.e., failure).

  8. Lasing in a Tm:Ho:Yb3Al5O12 crystal pumped into the 3H6 - 3F4 transition

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    Zavartsev, Yu D.; Zagumennyi, A. I.; Kalachev, Yu L.; Kutovoi, S. A.; Mikhailov, V. A.; Shcherbakov, I. A.

    2016-03-01

    A growth technology has been developed, and a Tm:Ho:Yb3Al5O12 laser crystal of high optical quality has been grown by Czochralski method. Its spectral and luminescent characteristics are studied. Lasing at a wavelength of 2100 nm is obtained under pumping into the absorption line on the 3H6 - 3F4 transition of the Tm3+ ion at a wavelength of 1678 nm. The slope and total (optical) efficiencies of the laser at an output power of up to 320 mW reach 41% and 30%, respectively.

  9. Television interference measurements near the MOD-2 WT array at Goodnoe Hills, Washington

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    Sengupta, D L; Senior, T B.A.; Ferris, J E

    1983-11-01

    Electromagnetic interference to television reception caused by the MOD-2 wind turbine (WT) array at Goodnoe Hills, Washington, was studied by means of detailed measurements at a number of test sites in the vicinity of the WT array. The commercial television signals available in the area were used as the radio frequency sources during the measurements. The dynamic measurements indicated that varying amounts of TVI were produced at all sites and on some or all of the available TV channels; with the directional antenna in use, most of the backward region interference produced video distortion that was judged to be acceptable; at one test location about 1-1/2 miles from the WT array site, forward region interference was observed; when the blades of the WTs rotate in synchronism, they tend to increase the amplitude of the interference pulses, thereby producing more TVI effects; and when the blades do not rotate in synchronism, each WT produces interference effects individually.

  10. Characterization and property evaluation of U-15 wt%Pu alloy for fast reactor

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    Kaity, Santu; Banerjee, Joydipta; Ravi, K.; Keswani, R.; Kutty, T. R. G.; Kumar, Arun; Prasad, G. J.

    2013-02-01

    The characterization and high temperature behaviour of U-15 wt%Pu alloy has been investigated in this study for the first time. U-15 wt%Pu alloy sample for this study was prepared by following melting and casting route. Microstructural characterization of the alloy was carried out by XRD and optical microscopy. The thermophysical properties like phase transition temperatures, coefficient of thermal expansion and hot hardness of the above alloy were determined. Eutectic temperature between T91 and U-15 wt%Pu was established. Apart from that, the fuel-cladding chemical compatibility of U-15 wt%Pu alloy with T91 grade steel was studied by diffusion couple experiment.

  11. Wt p53 impairs response to chemotherapy: make lemonade to spare normal cells

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    Blagosklonny, Mikhail V.

    2012-01-01

    As published recently in Cancer Cell, p53 impairs the apoptotic response to chemotherapy and clinical outcome in breast cancer. I discuss that, while treating tumors lacking wt p53, this phenomenon can be exploited to protect normal cells from chemotherapy because all normal cells have wt p53. Also, several therapeutic paradigms can be reassessed, including the role of cellular senescence in cancer therapy. PMID:22802145

  12. Microstructural evolution of a uranium-10 wt.% molybdenum alloy for nuclear reactor fuels

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    Clarke, A. J.; Clarke, K. D.; McCabe, R. J.; Necker, C. T.; Papin, P. A.; Field, R. D.; Kelly, A. M.; Tucker, T. J.; Forsyth, R. T.; Dickerson, P. O.; Foley, J. C.; Swenson, H.; Aikin, R. M.; Dombrowski, D. E.

    2015-10-01

    Low-enriched uranium-10 wt.% molybdenum (LEU-10wt.%Mo) is of interest for the fabrication of monolithic fuels to replace highly-enriched uranium (HEU) dispersion fuels in high performance research and test reactors around the world. In this work, depleted uranium-10 wt.%Mo (DU-10wt.%Mo) is used to simulate the solidification and microstructural evolution of LEU-10wt.%Mo. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and complementary electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) reveal significant microsegregation present in the metastable γ-phase after solidification. Homogenization is performed at 800 and 1000 °C for times ranging from 1 to 32 h to explore the time-temperature combinations that will reduce the extent of microsegregation, as regions of higher and lower Mo content may influence local mechanical properties and provide preferred regions for γ-phase decomposition. We show for the first time that EBSD can be used to qualitatively assess microstructural evolution in DU-10wt.%Mo after homogenization treatments. Complementary EPMA is used to quantitatively confirm this finding. Homogenization at 1000 °C for 2-4 h may the regions that contain 8 wt.% Mo or lower, whereas homogenization at 1000 °C for longer than 8 h effectively saturates Mo chemical homogeneity, but results in substantial grain growth. The appropriate homogenization time will depend upon additional microstructural considerations, such as grain growth and intended subsequent processing. Higher carbon LEU-10wt.%Mo generally contains more inclusions within the grains and at grain boundaries after solidification. The effect of these inclusions on microstructural evolution (e.g. grain growth) during homogenization and as potential γ-phase decomposition nucleation sites is unclear, but likely requires additional study.

  13. WT1 expression in salivary gland pleomorphic adenomas: a reliable marker of the neoplastic myoepithelium.

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    Langman, Gerald; Andrews, Claire L; Weissferdt, Annikka

    2011-02-01

    Pleomorphic adenoma is a benign salivary gland neoplasm with a diverse morphology. This is considered to be a function of the neoplastic myoepithelium, which shows histological and immunophenotypical variability. Wilms' tumor 1 gene (WT1) protein, involved in bidirectional mesenchymal-epithelial transition, has been detected by reverse transcription PCR in salivary gland tumors showing myoepithelial-epithelial differentiation. The aim of this study was to investigate the immunoreactivity of WT1 in pleomorphic adenomas and to compare the pattern of staining with p63 and calponin, two reliable markers of myoepithelial cells. A total of 31 cases of pleomorphic adenoma were selected. The myoepithelium was classified as myoepithelial-like (juxtatubular and spindled), modified myoepithelium (myxoid, chondroid and plasmacytoid) and transformed myoepithelium (solid epithelioid, squamous and basaloid cribriform). Immunohistochemistry for WT1, p63 and calponin was assessed in each myoepithelial component, as well as in nonneoplastic myoepithelial cells and inner tubular epithelial cells. There was no immunostaining of tubular epithelial cells by any of the markers. In contrast to p63 and calponin, WT1 did not react with normal myoepithelial cells. Cytoplasmic WT1 staining was present in all pleomorphic adenomas, and in 29 cases (94%), >50% of neoplastic myoepithelial cells were highlighted. p63 and calponin stained the myoepithelium in 30 tumors. In comparison, 50% of cells were positive in 21 (68%) and 9 (29%) cases of p63 and calponin, respectively. Staining with WT1 showed less variability across the spectrum of myoepithelial differentiation with the difference most marked in the transformed myoepithelium. WT1 is a sensitive marker of the neoplastic myoepithelial cell in pleomorphic adenomas. The role of this protein in influencing the mesenchymal-epithelial state of cells suggests that WT1 and the myoepithelial cell have an important role in the histogenesis of

  14. Alternative splicing of Wilms tumor suppressor 1 (Wt1) exon 4 results in protein isoforms with different functions.

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    Schnerwitzki, Danny; Perner, Birgit; Hoppe, Beate; Pietsch, Stefan; Mehringer, Rebecca; Hänel, Frank; Englert, Christoph

    2014-09-01

    The Wilms tumor suppressor gene Wt1 encodes a zinc finger transcription factor that is essential for development of multiple organs including kidneys, gonads, spleen and heart. In mammals Wt1 comprises 10 exons with two characteristic splicing events: inclusion or skipping of exon 5 and alternative usage of two splice donor sites between exons 9 and 10. Most fish including zebrafish and medaka possess two wt1 paralogs, wt1a and wt1b, both lacking exon 5. Here we have characterized wt1 in guppy, platyfish and the short-lived African killifish Nothobranchius furzeri. All fish except zebrafish show alternative splicing of exon 4 of wt1a but not of wt1b with the wt1a(-exon 4) isoform being the predominant splice variant. With regard to function, Wt1a(+exon 4) showed less dimerization but stimulated transcription more effectively than the Wt1a(-exon 4) isoform. A specific knockdown of wt1a exon 4 in zebrafish was associated with anomalies in kidney development demonstrating a physiological function for Wt1a exon 4. Interestingly, alternative splicing of exon 4 seems to be an early evolutionary event as it is observed in the single wt1 gene of the sturgeon, a species that has not gone through teleost-specific genome duplication. PMID:25014653

  15. Sliding Wear Behavior of TiC-Reinforced Cu-4 wt.% Ni Matrix Composites

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    Jha, Pushkar; Gautam, R. K.; Tyagi, Rajnesh; Kumar, Devendra

    2016-08-01

    The present investigation explores the effect of TiC content on the sliding wear properties of Cu-4 wt.% Ni matrix composites. Cu-4 wt.% Ni - x wt.% TiC (x = 0, 2, 4 and 8 wt.%) metal matrix composites were developed by powder metallurgy route. Their friction and wear was studied under dry sliding at different loads of 5, 7.5 and 10 N and constant sliding speed of 2 m/s using a pin-on-disk machine. The metallographic observations showed an almost uniform distribution of TiC particles in the matrix. Hardness of the composites increased with increasing TiC content (up to 4 wt.%). Friction and wear results of TiC-reinforced composites show better wear resistance than unreinforced matrix alloy. However, the optimum wear resistance was observed for 4 wt.% TiC-reinforced composites. Worn surfaces of specimens indicated the abrasion as the primary mechanism of wear in all the materials investigated in the study. The observed behavior has been explained on the basis of (1) the hardness which results in a decrease in real area of contact in composites containing TiC particles and (2) the formation of a transfer layer of wear debris on the surface of the composites which protects underlying substrate by inhibiting metal-metal contact.

  16. WT1 recruits TET2 to regulate its target gene expression and suppress leukemia cell proliferation

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    Wang, Yiping; Xiao, Mengtao; Chen, Xiufei; Chen, Leilei; Xu, Yanping; Lv, Lei; Wang, Pu; Yang, Hui; Ma, Shenghong; Lin, Huaipeng; Jiao, Bo; Ren, Ruibao; Ye, Dan; Guan, Kun-Liang; Xiong, Yue

    2015-01-01

    The TET2 DNA dioxygenase regulates cell identity and suppresses tumorigenesis by modulating DNA methylation and expression of a large number of genes. How TET2, like most other chromatin modifying enzymes, is recruited to specific genomic sites is unknown. Here we report that WT1, a sequence-specific transcription factor, is mutated in a mutually exclusive manner with TET2, IDH1 and IDH2 in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). WT1 physically interacts with and recruits TET2 to its target genes to activate their expression. The interaction between WT1 and TET2 is disrupted by multiple AML-derived TET2 mutations. TET2 suppresses leukemia cell proliferation and colony formation in a manner dependent on WT1. These results provide a mechanism for targeting TET2 to specific DNA sequence in the genome. Our results also provide an explanation for the mutual exclusivity of WT1 and TET2 mutations in AML and suggest an IDH1/2-TET2-WT1 pathway in suppressing AML. PMID:25601757

  17. The oxidation behavior of Co-15 wt % Cr alloy containing dispersed oxides formed by internal oxidation

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    Hou, P.Y.; Shui, Z.R.; Stringer, J.

    1991-12-01

    Internal oxidation pretreatments of Co-15wt%Cr and Co-15wt%Cr-1wt%Ti were carried out using a Rhines pack in quartz, in mullite and in alumina. A dispersion of titanium oxide particles formed in the Ti-containing alloy as a result of the internal oxidation. However, silicon also diffused into all treated specimens when the pretreatments were carried out in quartz or in mullite. The effect of various pretreatments on the subsequent oxidation of these alloys was studied at 1000{degree}C, and compared with that of Co-15wt%Cr-1wt%Si alloy. The main purpose of this study was to determine the relative effectiveness of the dispersed oxide particles and the contaminated silicon on the selective oxidation of chromium. It was found that the oxidation behavior of both treated alloys were strongly affected by the degree of silicon contamination. Selective oxidation of chromium to form a nearly continuous protective Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} scale was achieved with greater than 0.4wt% silicon. The presence of dispersed particles reduced initial oxidation rate, but was ineffective in promoting Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} scale formation.

  18. Sliding Wear Behavior of TiC-Reinforced Cu-4 wt.% Ni Matrix Composites

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    Jha, Pushkar; Gautam, R. K.; Tyagi, Rajnesh; Kumar, Devendra

    2016-10-01

    The present investigation explores the effect of TiC content on the sliding wear properties of Cu-4 wt.% Ni matrix composites. Cu-4 wt.% Ni - x wt.% TiC ( x = 0, 2, 4 and 8 wt.%) metal matrix composites were developed by powder metallurgy route. Their friction and wear was studied under dry sliding at different loads of 5, 7.5 and 10 N and constant sliding speed of 2 m/s using a pin-on-disk machine. The metallographic observations showed an almost uniform distribution of TiC particles in the matrix. Hardness of the composites increased with increasing TiC content (up to 4 wt.%). Friction and wear results of TiC-reinforced composites show better wear resistance than unreinforced matrix alloy. However, the optimum wear resistance was observed for 4 wt.% TiC-reinforced composites. Worn surfaces of specimens indicated the abrasion as the primary mechanism of wear in all the materials investigated in the study. The observed behavior has been explained on the basis of (1) the hardness which results in a decrease in real area of contact in composites containing TiC particles and (2) the formation of a transfer layer of wear debris on the surface of the composites which protects underlying substrate by inhibiting metal-metal contact.

  19. WT1 targets Gas1 to maintain nephron progenitor cells by modulating FGF signals.

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    Kann, Martin; Bae, Eunnyung; Lenz, Maximilian O; Li, Liangji; Trannguyen, BaoTran; Schumacher, Valerie A; Taglienti, Mary E; Bordeianou, Liliana; Hartwig, Sunny; Rinschen, Markus M; Schermer, Bernhard; Benzing, Thomas; Fan, Chen-Ming; Kreidberg, Jordan A

    2015-04-01

    Development of the metanephric kidney depends on tightly regulated interplay between self-renewal and differentiation of a nephron progenitor cell (NPC) pool. Several key factors required for the survival of NPCs have been identified, including fibroblast growth factor (FGF) signaling and the transcription factor Wilms' tumor suppressor 1 (WT1). Here, we present evidence that WT1 modulates FGF signaling by activating the expression of growth arrest-specific 1 (Gas1), a novel WT1 target gene and novel modulator of FGF signaling. We show that WT1 directly binds to a conserved DNA binding motif within the Gas1 promoter and activates Gas1 mRNA transcription in NPCs. We confirm that WT1 is required for Gas1 expression in kidneys in vivo. Loss of function of GAS1 in vivo results in hypoplastic kidneys with reduced nephron mass due to premature depletion of NPCs. Although kidney development in Gas1 knockout mice progresses normally until E15.5, NPCs show decreased rates of proliferation at this stage and are depleted as of E17.5. Lastly, we show that Gas1 is selectively required for FGF-stimulated AKT signaling in vitro. In summary, our data suggest a model in which WT1 modulates receptor tyrosine kinase signaling in NPCs by directing the expression of Gas1.

  20. Charge deformation and orbital hybridization: intrinsic mechanisms on tunable chromaticity of Y3Al5O12:Ce3+ luminescence by doping Gd3+ for warm white LEDs

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    Chen, Lei; Chen, Xiuling; Liu, Fayong; Chen, Haohong; Wang, Hui; Zhao, Erlong; Jiang, Yang; Chan, Ting-Shan; Wang, Chia-Hsin; Zhang, Wenhua; Wang, Yu; Chen, Shifu

    2015-07-01

    The deficiency of Y3Al5O12:Ce (YAG:Ce) luminescence in red component can be compensated by doping Gd3+, thus lead to it being widely used for packaging warm white light-emitting diode devices. This article presents a systematic study on the photoluminescence properties, crystal structures and electronic band structures of (Y1-xGdx)3Al5O12: Ce3+ using powerful experimental techniques of thermally stimulated luminescence, X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES), extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and ultraviolet photoelectron spectra (UPS) of the valence band, assisted with theoretical calculations on the band structure, density of states (DOS), and charge deformation density (CDD). A new interpretation from the viewpoint of compression deformation of electron cloud in a rigid structure by combining orbital hybridization with solid-state energy band theory together is put forward to illustrate the intrinsic mechanisms that cause the emission spectral shift, thermal quenching, and luminescence intensity decrease of YAG: Ce upon substitution of Y3+ by Gd3+, which are out of the explanation of the classic configuration coordinate model. The results indicate that in a rigid structure, the charge deformation provides an efficient way to tune chromaticity, but the band gaps and crystal defects must be controlled by comprehensively accounting for luminescence thermal stability and efficiency.

  1. Fretting wear behavior of laser-nitrided Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-1Cr-1Fe alloy fabricated by laser melting deposition

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    Liu, L.; Shangguan, Y. J.; Tang, H. B.; Wang, H. M.

    2014-09-01

    Fretting wear behavior of laser-nitrided titanium alloy (Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-1Cr-1Fe) fabricated by laser melting deposition (LMD) has been investigated to explore surface engineering for protection against wear damage of laser melting deposited titanium alloy. The morphology and volume of the wear scars of unmodified and laser-nitrided LMD Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-1Cr-1Fe tested at different frequencies, 10 and 50 Hz, were studied using non-contact three-dimensional surface profilometer and scanning electron microscope. Friction coefficients measured at different frequencies or loading forces were compared for unmodified and laser-nitrided LMD specimens. Experimental results show that laser-nitrided LMD specimens have shown fretting resistance superior to unmodified LMD specimens due to the presence of hard TiN dendrites in the laser-nitrided layer. W-shaped wear scar caused by local rotation of fretting ball at the two ends of the scar was observed. Given a constant loading force of 50 N, unmodified and laser-nitrided LMD specimens exhibited similar friction coefficients and their friction coefficients increased with test frequency. The friction coefficients of both specimens increased with the reduction of normal load, which corresponds to the trend in Hertzian contact model.

  2. Charge deformation and orbital hybridization: intrinsic mechanisms on tunable chromaticity of Y3Al5O12:Ce3+ luminescence by doping Gd3+ for warm white LEDs.

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    Chen, Lei; Chen, Xiuling; Liu, Fayong; Chen, Haohong; Wang, Hui; Zhao, Erlong; Jiang, Yang; Chan, Ting-Shan; Wang, Chia-Hsin; Zhang, Wenhua; Wang, Yu; Chen, Shifu

    2015-01-01

    The deficiency of Y3Al5O12:Ce (YAG:Ce) luminescence in red component can be compensated by doping Gd(3+), thus lead to it being widely used for packaging warm white light-emitting diode devices. This article presents a systematic study on the photoluminescence properties, crystal structures and electronic band structures of (Y1-xGdx)3Al5O12: Ce(3+) using powerful experimental techniques of thermally stimulated luminescence, X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES), extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and ultraviolet photoelectron spectra (UPS) of the valence band, assisted with theoretical calculations on the band structure, density of states (DOS), and charge deformation density (CDD). A new interpretation from the viewpoint of compression deformation of electron cloud in a rigid structure by combining orbital hybridization with solid-state energy band theory together is put forward to illustrate the intrinsic mechanisms that cause the emission spectral shift, thermal quenching, and luminescence intensity decrease of YAG: Ce upon substitution of Y(3+) by Gd(3+), which are out of the explanation of the classic configuration coordinate model. The results indicate that in a rigid structure, the charge deformation provides an efficient way to tune chromaticity, but the band gaps and crystal defects must be controlled by comprehensively accounting for luminescence thermal stability and efficiency. PMID:26175141

  3. Charge deformation and orbital hybridization: intrinsic mechanisms on tunable chromaticity of Y3Al5O12:Ce3+ luminescence by doping Gd3+ for warm white LEDs

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    Chen, Lei; Chen, Xiuling; Liu, Fayong; Chen, Haohong; Wang, Hui; Zhao, Erlong; Jiang, Yang; Chan, Ting-Shan; Wang, Chia-Hsin; Zhang, Wenhua; Wang, Yu; Chen, Shifu

    2015-01-01

    The deficiency of Y3Al5O12:Ce (YAG:Ce) luminescence in red component can be compensated by doping Gd3+, thus lead to it being widely used for packaging warm white light-emitting diode devices. This article presents a systematic study on the photoluminescence properties, crystal structures and electronic band structures of (Y1−xGdx)3Al5O12: Ce3+ using powerful experimental techniques of thermally stimulated luminescence, X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES), extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and ultraviolet photoelectron spectra (UPS) of the valence band, assisted with theoretical calculations on the band structure, density of states (DOS), and charge deformation density (CDD). A new interpretation from the viewpoint of compression deformation of electron cloud in a rigid structure by combining orbital hybridization with solid-state energy band theory together is put forward to illustrate the intrinsic mechanisms that cause the emission spectral shift, thermal quenching, and luminescence intensity decrease of YAG: Ce upon substitution of Y3+ by Gd3+, which are out of the explanation of the classic configuration coordinate model. The results indicate that in a rigid structure, the charge deformation provides an efficient way to tune chromaticity, but the band gaps and crystal defects must be controlled by comprehensively accounting for luminescence thermal stability and efficiency. PMID:26175141

  4. Microstructural evolution and intermetallic formation in Al-8wt% Si-0.8wt% Fe alloy due to grain refiner and modifier additions

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    Hassani, Amir; Ranjbar, Khalil; Sami, Sattar

    2012-08-01

    An alloy of Al-8wt% Si-0.8wt% Fe was cast in a metallic die, and its microstructural changes due to Ti-B refiner and Sr modifier additions were studied. Apart from usual refinement and modification of the microstructure, some mutual influences of the additives took place, and no mutual poisoning effects by these additives, in combined form, were observed. It was noticed that the dimensions of the iron-rich intermetallics were influenced by the additives causing them to become larger. The needle-shaped intermetallics that were obtained from refiner addition became thicker and longer when adding the modifier. It was also found that α-Al and eutectic silicon phases preferentially nucleate on different types of intermetallic compounds. The more iron content of the intermetallic compounds and the more changes in their dimensions occurred. Formation of the shrinkage porosities was also observed.

  5. Expression profile of Wilms Tumor 1 (WT1) isoforms in undifferentiated and all-trans retinoic acid differentiated neuroblastoma cells

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    Maugeri, Grazia; D'Amico, Agata Grazia; Rasà, Daniela Maria; Reitano, Rita; Saccone, Salvatore; Federico, Concetta; Parenti, Rosalba; Magro, Gaetano; D'Agata, Velia

    2016-01-01

    Wilms tumor 1 gene (WT1) is a tumor suppressor gene originally identified in nephroblastoma. It is also expressed in neuroblastoma which represents the most aggressive extracranial pediatric tumor. Many evidences have shown that neuroblastoma may undergo maturation, by transforming itself in a more differentiated tumors such as ganglioneuroblastoma and ganglioneuroma, or progressing into a highly aggressive metastatic malignancy. To date, 13 WT1 mRNA alternative splice variants have been identified. However, most of the studies have focused their attention only on isoform of ∼49 kDa. In the present study, it has been investigated the expression pattern of WT1 isoforms in an in vitro model of neuroblastoma consisting in undifferentiated or all-trans retinoic acid (RA) differentiated cells. These latter representing the less malignant phenotype of this tumor. Results have demonstrated that WT1.1-WT1.5, WT1.6-WT1.9, WT1.10 WT1.11-WT1.12 and WT1.13 isoforms are expressed in both groups of cells, but their levels are significantly increased after RA treatment. These data have also been confirmed by immunofluorescence analysis. Moreover, the inhibition of PI3K/Akt and MAPK/ERK, that represent two signalling pathway specifically involved in NB differentiation, induces an overexpression of WT1 isoforms. These data suggest that WT1 isoforms might be involved in differentiation of neuroblastic into mature ganglion cells. PMID:27014421

  6. Alternative splicing and genomic structure of the Wilms tumor gene WT1.

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    Haber, D A; Sohn, R L; Buckler, A J; Pelletier, J; Call, K M; Housman, D E

    1991-01-01

    The chromosome 11p13 Wilms tumor susceptibility gene WT1 appears to play a crucial role in regulating the proliferation and differentiation of nephroblasts and gonadal tissue. The WT1 gene consists of 10 exons, encoding a complex pattern of mRNA species: four distinct transcripts are expressed, reflecting the presence or absence of two alternative splices. Splice I consists of a separate exon, encoding 17 amino acids, which is inserted between the proline-rich amino terminus and the zinc finger domains. Splice II arises from the use of an alternative 5' splice junction and results in the insertion of 3 amino acids between zinc fingers 3 and 4. RNase protection analysis demonstrates that the most prevalent splice variant in both human and mouse is that which contains both alternative splices, whereas the least common is the transcript missing both splices. The relative distribution of splice variants is highly conserved between normal fetal kidney tissue and Wilms tumors that have intact WT1 transcripts. The ratio of these different WT1 mRNA species is also maintained as a function of development in the mouse kidney and in various mouse tissues expressing WT1. The conservation in structure and relative levels of each of the four WT1 mRNA species suggests that each encoded polypeptide makes a significant contribution to normal gene function. The control of cellular proliferation and differentiation exerted by the WT1 gene products may involve interactions between four polypeptides with distinct targets and functions. Images PMID:1658787

  7. Enhancement of solar light photocatalytic activity of TiO2-CeO2 composite by Er3+:Y3Al5O12 in organic dye degradation

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    Li, Y.; Li, S. G.; Zhang, L.; Wang, J.; Li, Y.; Ma, C. H.

    2014-12-01

    The Er3+:Y3Al5O12, as an upconversion luminescence agent which is able to transform the visible part of the solar light to ultraviolet light, was prepared by nitrate-citrate sol-gel method. A novel solar light photocatalyst, Er3+:Y3Al5O12/TiO2-CeO2 composite was synthesized using ultrasonic treatment. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning election microscopy (SEM) were used to characterize the structural morphology of the Er3+:Y3Al5O12/TiO2-CeO2 composite. In order to evaluate the solar light photocatalytic activity of Er3+:Y3Al5O12/TiO2-CeO2 composite, the Azo Fuchsine dye was used as a model organic pollutant. The progress of the degradation reaction was monitored by UV-Vis spectroscopy and ion chromatography. The key influences on the solar light photocatalytic activity of Er3+:Y3Al5O12/TiO2-CeO2 were studied, such as Ti/Ce molar ratio, heat-treatment temperature and heat-treatment time. Otherwise, the effects of initial dye concentration, Er3+:Y3Al5O12/TiO2-CeO2 amount, solar light irradiation time and the nature of the dye on the solar light photocatalytic degradation process were investigated. It was found that the solar light photocatalytic activity of Er3+:Y3Al5O12/TiO2-CeO2 composite was superior to Er3+:Y3Al5O12/TiO2 and Er3+:Y3Al5O12/CeO2 powder in the similar conditions.

  8. Conditional deletion of WT1 in the septum transversum mesenchyme causes congenital diaphragmatic hernia in mice.

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    Carmona, Rita; Cañete, Ana; Cano, Elena; Ariza, Laura; Rojas, Anabel; Muñoz-Chápuli, Ramon

    2016-01-01

    Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is a severe birth defect. Wt1-null mouse embryos develop CDH but the mechanisms regulated by WT1 are unknown. We have generated a murine model with conditional deletion of WT1 in the lateral plate mesoderm, using the G2 enhancer of the Gata4 gene as a driver. 80% of G2-Gata4(Cre);Wt1(fl/fl) embryos developed typical Bochdalek-type CDH. We show that the posthepatic mesenchymal plate coelomic epithelium gives rise to a mesenchyme that populates the pleuroperitoneal folds isolating the pleural cavities before the migration of the somitic myoblasts. This process fails when Wt1 is deleted from this area. Mutant embryos show Raldh2 downregulation in the lateral mesoderm, but not in the intermediate mesoderm. The mutant phenotype was partially rescued by retinoic acid treatment of the pregnant females. Replacement of intermediate by lateral mesoderm recapitulates the evolutionary origin of the diaphragm in mammals. CDH might thus be viewed as an evolutionary atavism. PMID:27642710

  9. Conditional deletion of WT1 in the septum transversum mesenchyme causes congenital diaphragmatic hernia in mice

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    Carmona, Rita; Cañete, Ana; Cano, Elena; Ariza, Laura; Rojas, Anabel; Muñoz-Chápuli, Ramon

    2016-01-01

    Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is a severe birth defect. Wt1-null mouse embryos develop CDH but the mechanisms regulated by WT1 are unknown. We have generated a murine model with conditional deletion of WT1 in the lateral plate mesoderm, using the G2 enhancer of the Gata4 gene as a driver. 80% of G2-Gata4Cre;Wt1fl/fl embryos developed typical Bochdalek-type CDH. We show that the posthepatic mesenchymal plate coelomic epithelium gives rise to a mesenchyme that populates the pleuroperitoneal folds isolating the pleural cavities before the migration of the somitic myoblasts. This process fails when Wt1 is deleted from this area. Mutant embryos show Raldh2 downregulation in the lateral mesoderm, but not in the intermediate mesoderm. The mutant phenotype was partially rescued by retinoic acid treatment of the pregnant females. Replacement of intermediate by lateral mesoderm recapitulates the evolutionary origin of the diaphragm in mammals. CDH might thus be viewed as an evolutionary atavism. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.16009.001 PMID:27642710

  10. Observation of > 5 wt % zinc at the Kimberley outcrop, Gale crater, Mars

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    Lasue, J.; Clegg, S. M.; Forni, O.; Cousin, A.; Wiens, R. C.; Lanza, N.; Mangold, N.; Le Deit, L.; Gasnault, O.; Maurice, S.; Berger, J. A.; Stack, K.; Blaney, D.; Fabre, C.; Goetz, W.; Johnson, J.; Le Mouélic, S.; Nachon, M.; Payré, V.; Rapin, W.; Sumner, D. Y.

    2016-03-01

    Zinc-enriched targets have been detected at the Kimberley formation, Gale crater, Mars, using the Chemistry Camera (ChemCam) instrument. The Zn content is analyzed with a univariate calibration based on the 481.2 nm emission line. The limit of quantification for ZnO is 3 wt % (at 95% confidence level) and 1 wt % (at 68% confidence level). The limit of detection is shown to be around 0.5 wt %. As of sol 950, 12 targets on Mars present high ZnO content ranging from 1.0 wt % to 8.4 wt % (Yarrada, sol 628). Those Zn-enriched targets are almost entirely located at the Dillinger member of the Kimberley formation, where high Mn and alkali contents were also detected, probably in different phases. Zn enrichment does not depend on the textures of the rocks (coarse-grained sandstones, pebbly conglomerates, and resistant fins). The lack of sulfur enhancement suggests that Zn is not present in the sphalerite phase. Zn appears somewhat correlated with Na2O and the ChemCam hydration index, suggesting that it could be in an amorphous clay phase (such as sauconite). On Earth, such an enrichment would be consistent with a supergene alteration of a sphalerite gossan cap in a primary siliciclastic bedrock or a possible hypogene nonsulfide zinc deposition where Zn, Fe, Mn would have been transported in a reduced sulfur-poor fluid and precipitated rapidly in the form of oxides.

  11. On the use of rhodamine WT for the characterization of stream hydrodynamics and transient storage

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    Runkel, Robert L.

    2015-01-01

    Recent advances in fluorometry have led to increased use of rhodamine WT as a tracer in streams and rivers. In light of this increased use, a review of the dye's behavior in freshwater systems is presented. Studies in the groundwater literature indicate that rhodamine WT is transported nonconservatively, with sorption removing substantial amounts of tracer mass. Column studies document a two-step breakthrough curve in which two structural isomers are chromatographically separated. Although the potential for nonconservative transport is acknowledged in the surface water literature, many studies assume that sorptive losses will not affect the characterization of physical transport processes. A literature review and modeling analysis indicates that this assumption is valid for quantification of physical properties that are based on the bulk of the tracer mass (traveltime), and invalid for the characterization of processes represented by the tracer tail (transient storage attributable to hyporheic exchange). Rhodamine WT should be considered nonconservative in the hyporheic zone due to nonconservative behavior demonstrated for similar conditions in groundwater. As such, rhodamine WT should not be used as a quantitative tracer in hyporheic zone investigations, including the study of long flow paths and the development of models describing hyporheic zone processes. Rhodamine WT may be used to qualitatively characterize storage in large systems, where there are few practical alternatives. Qualitative investigations should rely on early portions of the tracer profile, making use of the temporal resolution afforded by in situ fluorometry, while discarding later parts of the tracer profile that are adversely affected by sorption.

  12. On the use of rhodamine WT for the characterization of stream hydrodynamics and transient storage

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    Runkel, Robert L.

    2015-08-01

    Recent advances in fluorometry have led to increased use of rhodamine WT as a tracer in streams and rivers. In light of this increased use, a review of the dye's behavior in freshwater systems is presented. Studies in the groundwater literature indicate that rhodamine WT is transported nonconservatively, with sorption removing substantial amounts of tracer mass. Column studies document a two-step breakthrough curve in which two structural isomers are chromatographically separated. Although the potential for nonconservative transport is acknowledged in the surface water literature, many studies assume that sorptive losses will not affect the characterization of physical transport processes. A literature review and modeling analysis indicates that this assumption is valid for quantification of physical properties that are based on the bulk of the tracer mass (traveltime), and invalid for the characterization of processes represented by the tracer tail (transient storage attributable to hyporheic exchange). Rhodamine WT should be considered nonconservative in the hyporheic zone due to nonconservative behavior demonstrated for similar conditions in groundwater. As such, rhodamine WT should not be used as a quantitative tracer in hyporheic zone investigations, including the study of long flow paths and the development of models describing hyporheic zone processes. Rhodamine WT may be used to qualitatively characterize storage in large systems, where there are few practical alternatives. Qualitative investigations should rely on early portions of the tracer profile, making use of the temporal resolution afforded by in situ fluorometry, while discarding later parts of the tracer profile that are adversely affected by sorption.

  13. The effect of chemical composition on the PCT durability of mixed waste glasses from wastewater treatment sludges

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    Resce, J.L.; Ragsdale, R.G.; Overcamp, T.J.; Bickford, D.F.; Cicero, C.A.

    1995-01-25

    An experimental program has been designed to examine the chemical durability of glass compositions derived from the vitrification of simulated wastewater treatment sludges. These sludges represent the majority of low-level mixed wastes currently in need of treatment by the US DOE. The major oxides in these model glasses included SiO{sub 2}, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, B{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Na{sub 2}O, CaO and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}. In addition, three minor oxides, BaO, NiO, and PbO, were added as hazardous metals. The major oxides were each varied at two levels resulting in 32 experimental glasses. The chemical durability was measured by the 7-Day Product Consistency Test (PCT). The normalized sodium release rates (NRR{sub Na}) of these glasses ranged from 0.01 to 4.99 g/m{sup 2}. The molar ratio of the glass-former to glass-modifier (F/M) was found to have the greatest effect on PCT durability. Glass-formers included SiO{sub 2}, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and B{sub 2}O{sub 3}, while Na{sub 2}O, CaO, BaO, NiO, and PbO were glass-modifiers. As this ratio increased from 0.75 to 2.0, NRR{sub Na} was found to decrease between one and two orders of magnitude. Another important effect on NRR{sub Na} was the Na{sub 2}O/CaO ratio. As this ratio increased from 0.5 to 2.0, NRR{sub Na} increased up to two orders of magnitude for the glasses with the low F/M ratio but almost no effect was observed for the glasses with the high F/M ratio. Increasing the iron oxide content from 2 to 18 mole% was found to decrease NRR{sub Na} one order of magnitude for the glasses with low F/M but iron had little effect on the glasses with the high F/M ratio. The durability also increased when 10 mole percent Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} was included in low iron oxide glasses but no effect was observed with the high iron glasses. The addition of B{sub 2}O{sub 3} had little effect on durability. The effects of other composition parameters on durability are discussed as well.

  14. Deformation and thermal oxidation of GaAsP wafers locally heated by a Nd:Y3Al5O12 (yttrium aluminum garnet) laser beam

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    Kawamura, Tsutomu; Matsumoto, Takashi

    1992-11-01

    A Ga0.6As0.4P epitaxial wafer, deposited on a GaAs substrate with a compositional graded layer placed between these two substances, was locally heated to temperatures ranging from 600 to 1300 °C (melting point) in air by a Nd:Y3Al5O12 (yttrium aluminum garnet) laser beam. The characteristics of the wafer were determined by three different x-ray diffraction methods. When the temperature gradient was very steep, large disordering took place in the irradiated region of the wafer. This resulted in the formation of explosive disordered GaAsP, fibrous β-Ga2O3 on the epitaxial-layer side, and GaPO4 polycrystals on the graded-layer side. The characteristic formation mechanisms for these by-products are discussed.

  15. Fine-sized Tb3Al5O12:Ce phosphor powders prepared by spray pyrolysis from spray solution with ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid

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    Kim, Hyung Tae; Kim, Jung Hyun; Hong, Young Jun; Lee, Jung-Kul; Kang, Yun Chan

    2012-06-01

    Fine Tb2.91Al5O12:Ce0.09 (TAG:Ce) phosphor powders are prepared by spray pyrolysis from a spray solution with ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). EDTA is used as an organic additive to form hollow precursor powders as well as a chelating agent. The powders prepared from the spray solution with EDTA have mean sizes of 350, 400 and 604 nm at post-treatment temperatures of 1400°C, 1450°C and 1500°C, respectively. The phosphor powders prepared from the spray solution with EDTA have similar photoluminescence intensities at post-treatment temperatures of 1450°C and 1500°C. The photoluminescence intensity of the phosphor powders prepared from the spray solution with EDTA is 116% of that of the phosphor powders prepared from the spray solution without EDTA at a post-treatment temperature of 1450°C.

  16. Effect of the B4C content on the structure and thermal expansion coefficient of the Al-5% Cu alloy-based metal-matrix composite material

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    Pozdniakov, A. V.; Lotfy, A.; Qadir, A.; Zolotorevskiy, V. S.

    2016-08-01

    The Al-5% Cu alloy-based metal-matrix composite materials reinforced with 5-μm B4C particles have been produced using mechanical mixing-in method. A process of addition of the B4C particles into the melt has been developed. A homogeneous distribution of the B4C reinforcing particles in the metal-matrix composite matrix was obtained. Using X-ray diffraction analysis, the formation of Al3BC and AlB2 phases has been revealed at the interphase matrix/particle boundary, which indicates a good interaction in the phases. With increasing B4C content in the matrix alloy, an insignificant increase in the porosity (from 1 to 3.1%) occurs. The average linear thermal-expansion coefficient is reduced from 24.5 to 22.6 × 10-6 K-1 in the temperature range of 20-100°C.

  17. Freestanding GaN-based light-emitting diode membranes on Y3Al5O12:Ce3+ crystal phosphor plate for efficient white light emission

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    Feng, Lungang; Li, Yufeng; Xiong, Han; Wang, Shuai; Wang, Jiangteng; Ding, Wen; Zhang, Ye; Yun, Feng

    2016-08-01

    GaN-based light-emitting diode (LED) membranes were peeled from the substrate using electrochemical etching of the bottom sacrificial layer. The freestanding membranes were transferred onto a Y3Al5O12:Ce3+ (YAG:Ce3+) crystal phosphor plate to realize a compact white light source. Verified by the Raman test, the initial strain within the original GaN layers was greatly released after the exfoliation process, which induced alleviation of the quantum confined stark effect. The electroluminescence measurement of a blue LED membranes-on-YAG:Ce3+ plate-structured device was conducted exhibiting color coordinates and a correlated color temperature of (0.3367,0.4525) and 5450 K at 10 mA, respectively.

  18. Research of Residual Stress After Deformation and Annealing of a Titanium Alloy Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-1Cr-1Fe Billets

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    Balaykin, A. V.; Nosova, E. A.; Galkina, N. V.

    2016-08-01

    Research of opening angle changes in bent billets of Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-1Cr-1Fe alloy after bending and annealing at temperature 800°C for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 hours has been madeto improve the accuracy of the titanium partsmanufacture. The change of surface residual micro- and macrostrains via X-ray analysis was found depending on the duration of annealingduration. It was found that the value of the opening angle between the legs bent billets is defined by the influence of the level of residual microstress. To maintain the geometry of the bent billets it is recommended to anneal them at a temperature of 800°C for 2 hours.

  19. Modeling and forecasting of KLCI weekly return using WT-ANN integrated model

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    Liew, Wei-Thong; Liong, Choong-Yeun; Hussain, Saiful Izzuan; Isa, Zaidi

    2013-04-01

    The forecasting of weekly return is one of the most challenging tasks in investment since the time series are volatile and non-stationary. In this study, an integrated model of wavelet transform and artificial neural network, WT-ANN is studied for modeling and forecasting of KLCI weekly return. First, the WT is applied to decompose the weekly return time series in order to eliminate noise. Then, a mathematical model of the time series is constructed using the ANN. The performance of the suggested model will be evaluated by root mean squared error (RMSE), mean absolute error (MAE), mean absolute percentage error (MAPE). The result shows that the WT-ANN model can be considered as a feasible and powerful model for time series modeling and prediction.

  20. Acute Multiple Organ Failure in Adult Mice Deleted for the Developmental Regulator Wt1

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    Chau, You-Ying; Brownstein, David; Mjoseng, Heidi; Lee, Wen-Chin; Buza-Vidas, Natalija; Nerlov, Claus; Jacobsen, Sten Eirik; Perry, Paul; Berry, Rachel; Thornburn, Anna; Sexton, David; Morton, Nik; Hohenstein, Peter; Freyer, Elisabeth; Samuel, Kay; van't Hof, Rob; Hastie, Nicholas

    2011-01-01

    There is much interest in the mechanisms that regulate adult tissue homeostasis and their relationship to processes governing foetal development. Mice deleted for the Wilms' tumour gene, Wt1, lack kidneys, gonads, and spleen and die at mid-gestation due to defective coronary vasculature. Wt1 is vital for maintaining the mesenchymal–epithelial balance in these tissues and is required for the epithelial-to-mesenchyme transition (EMT) that generates coronary vascular progenitors. Although Wt1 is only expressed in rare cell populations in adults including glomerular podocytes, 1% of bone marrow cells, and mesothelium, we hypothesised that this might be important for homeostasis of adult tissues; hence, we deleted the gene ubiquitously in young and adult mice. Within just a few days, the mice suffered glomerulosclerosis, atrophy of the exocrine pancreas and spleen, severe reduction in bone and fat, and failure of erythropoiesis. FACS and culture experiments showed that Wt1 has an intrinsic role in both haematopoietic and mesenchymal stem cell lineages and suggest that defects within these contribute to the phenotypes we observe. We propose that glomerulosclerosis arises in part through down regulation of nephrin, a known Wt1 target gene. Protein profiling in mutant serum showed that there was no systemic inflammatory or nutritional response in the mutant mice. However, there was a dramatic reduction in circulating IGF-1 levels, which is likely to contribute to the bone and fat phenotypes. The reduction of IGF-1 did not result from a decrease in circulating GH, and there is no apparent pathology of the pituitary and adrenal glands. These findings 1) suggest that Wt1 is a major regulator of the homeostasis of some adult tissues, through both local and systemic actions; 2) highlight the differences between foetal and adult tissue regulation; 3) point to the importance of adult mesenchyme in tissue turnover. PMID:22216009

  1. Measurement of ground water velocity using Rhodamine WT dye near Sheffield, Illinois

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    Garklavs, George; Toler, L.G.

    1985-01-01

    Ground-water flow velocity was estimated in a tract of land adjacent to a low-level radioactive-waste disposal site near Sheffield, Illinois, by measuring the time-of-travel between two wells spaced 110 feet apart. Rhodamine WT dye was the principal tracer used in the test. The leading edge and peak concentrations of Rhodamine WT were well defined. A ground-water velocity of 6.9 feet per day (2,500 feet per year) was computed from the arrival time of the leading edge of the tracer cloud. (USGS)

  2. Texture and Magnetic Properties of Rolled Fe-6.5 wt.%Si Thin Sheets

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    Yao, Y. C.; Sha, Y. H.; Liu, J. L.; Zhang, F.; Zuo, L.

    2014-01-01

    Thin (0.20 mm) Fe-6.5 wt.%Si sheets have been successfully fabricated by the continuous rolling method. The designed rolling process parameters, including the initial hot-band grain size, grain size after intermediate annealing, cold rolling reduction, and cold rolling temperature, were selected to control the texture development. Dominant recrystallization η fiber [rolling direction (RD)//] was achieved after high-temperature annealing. The produced Fe-6.5 wt.%Si thin sheets are promising alternatives for use in power electronics because of their magnetic properties from 400 Hz to 40 kHz.

  3. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Al-8 pct Si Alloy Prepared by Direct Chill Casting Under Electromagnetic and Ultrasonic Fields

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    Zhang, Yubo; Jie, Jinchuan; Wu, Li; Fu, Ying; Li, Mu; Lu, Yiping; Li, Tingju

    2014-04-01

    The intermediate frequency electromagnetic field and power ultrasonic field were applied during the direct chill (DC) casting process of Al-8 pct Si alloy. The effects of different physical fields on the solidification microstructure and mechanical properties were studied. The results show that compared to the conventional casting without any treatments, refined microstructures and improved mechanical properties can be obtained when the electromagnetic or ultrasonic field is applied individually. For the case of compound fields, the electromagnetic field can increase the ultrasonic treated region, while the ultrasonic field can enhance the refinement effect of electromagnetic field. Owing to the advantages of both electromagnetic and ultrasonic fields, the microstructure obtained under the compound fields is fine and uniform, leading to a remarkable enhancement of mechanical properties. The interaction mechanism between intermediate frequency electromagnetic field and power ultrasonic field was discussed. The present study may be useful for grain refinement and improvement of mechanical properties of alloys during the DC casting process which is now widely used in industry.

  4. Effect of Boron on Carbide Coarsening at 873 K (600 °C) in 9 to 12 pct Chromium Steels

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    Liu, Fang; Fors, Dan H. R.; Golpayegani, Ardeshir; Andrén, Hans-Olof; Wahnström, Göran

    2012-11-01

    The addition of small amounts of boron to 9 to 12 pct chromium steels has been found to decrease their creep rate at 823 K to 923 K (550 °C to 650 °C). In this article, the behavior of boron during austenitizing, tempering, and isothermal heat treatment at 873 K (600 °C) is studied using high-resolution microscopy and microanalysis as well as using atomistic modeling. It was found that increasing the boron content from 9 to 40 ppm decreased the coarsening constant of M23C6 by a factor of almost 2. Most of the added boron was incorporated in M23C6. Atomistic modeling showed that boron diffusion in ferrite is dominated by an interstitial mechanism at 873 K (600 °C). However, the generation of vacancies when carbide precipitates dissolve may promote a distribution with substitutional boron atoms. The absence of a fast mechanism for the transition from substitutional to interstitial occupancy will make the slow substitutional boron diffusion in the matrix rate controlling for the coarsening process.

  5. Microstructure Evolution in an Advanced 9 pct Cr Martensitic Steel during Creep at 923 K (650 °C)

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    Fedorova, Irina; Kipelova, Alla; Belyakov, Andrey; Kaibyshev, Rustam

    2013-01-01

    Crept microstructures were examined in a 9 pct Cr martensitic steel with low carbon content. The steel was hot forged at 1323 K (1050 °C) followed by air cooling and then tempered at 1023 K (750 °C) for 3 hours. The tempered microstructure included numerous precipitates of MX-type carbonitrides and a small amount of M23C6-type carbides. Two groups of the MX-type particles were observed. The nanoscale MX-type precipitates appeared in the form of plate- and round-shaped particles. The plate-shaped MX-type particles were approximately 15 nm in the longitudinal direction and approximately 3 nm in thickness, and the round-shaped MX-type particles were 10 nm in diameter. In addition to the fine particles, the tempered martensite contained relatively coarse MX-type particles, which have a size of approximately 90 nm. The structural changes that occurred during the creep test were associated with an increase in the sizes of the lath and second-phase particles. Moreover, the creep was accompanied by appearance of Laves and Z-phase particles.

  6. Microstructure Evolution and Pinning of Boundaries by Precipitates in a 9 pct Cr Heat Resistant Steel During Creep

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    Dudko, Valeriy; Belyakov, Andrey; Molodov, Dmitri; Kaibyshev, Rustam

    2013-01-01

    Structural changes in a 9 pct Cr martensitic steel during a creep test at 923 K (720 °C) under the applied stress of 118 MPa were examined. The tempered martensite lath structure (TMLS) was characterized by M23C6-type carbide particles with an average size of about 110 nm and MX-type carbonitrides with a size of 40 nm. The M23C6 particles were located on the packet/block/lath boundaries, whereas the MX precipitates were distributed homogeneously throughout TMLS. TMLS in the grip portion of the crept specimen changed scarcely during the tests. In contrast, the structural changes in the gauge section of the samples were characterized by the evolution of relatively large subgrains with remarkably lowered density of interior dislocations within former martensite laths. The formation of a well-defined subgrain structure in the gauge section was accompanied by the coarsening of M23C6 carbides and precipitations of Laves phase during creep. The most pronounced structural changes occurred just at the beginning of the tertiary creep regime, which was interpreted as a result of the change in the mechanism of grain boundary pinning by precipitates.

  7. Isothermal Reduction of Oxide Scale on Hot-Rolled, Low-Carbon Steel in 10 pct H2-Ar

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    He, Yongquan; Jia, Tao; Li, Zhifeng; Cao, Guangming; Liu, Zhenyu; Li, Jun

    2016-08-01

    The isothermal reduction of oxide scale on hot-rolled, low-carbon steel strip in 10 pct H2-Ar mixtures in the temperature range of 673 K to 1073 K (400 °C to 800 °C) was investigated by using a thermo-gravimetric analyzer (TGA). During heating under an argon atmosphere, magnetite/iron eutectoid and proeutectoid magnetite in the oxide scale successively transformed into wüstite at a temperature above 843 K (570 °C). The kinetic plot of the isothermal reduction assumes a sigmoid shape, including induction, acceleration, and finally the decaying stage. Fitting the kinetic curve to mathematical models, the reaction at 1073 K (800 °C) and 773 K (500 °C) were determined to be controlled by phase-boundary-controlled reaction and three-dimensional growth of nuclei, respectively. The reduction product varies with temperature and itself affects the kinetics. Porous and dense iron were, respectively, obtained below and above 873 K (600 °C). A "rate-minimum" was observed at 973 K (700 °C) due to the formation of dense iron that blocks the gas diffusion. Due to the structural transformation of oxide scale during heating, the reactant depends on the heating process. However, compared with the oxide scale structure, the temperature is more important in determining the reduction kinetics at temperatures above 973 K (700 °C).

  8. Phase separation in a Ni-12.7 at. pct Al alloy at 550 °C

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    Epperson, J. E.; Loomis, B. A.; Faber, J.; Lin, J. S.; Hendricks, R. W.

    1987-12-01

    The phase separation at 550 °C in a Ni-12.7 at. pct Al alloy was investigated by means of small angle X-ray scattering, large angle X-ray scattering, electrical resistivity, and transmission electron microscopy. It was found that an abrupt change in the electrical resistivity and small angle scattering occurred within 15 seconds at 550 °C, following quenching from 1060 °C, and transmission electron microscopy confirmed the presence of small nuclei. However, after this period of rapid change, there was an incubation period of about ten hours in which there was minimal net growth of the nuclei. After the incubation period, growth was accelerated. High angle side bands were observed after a few minutes annealing, and their development closely paralleled the growth of the nuclei and precipitate particles at this temperature. For times beyond the incubation period, small angle X-ray scattering diagrams from single crystals became markedly anisotropic, indicating a quasi-regular spatial distribution of particles. The large and rapid change, in both electrical resistivity and in X-ray small angle scattering, observed after annealing at 550 °C of samples quenched from 1060 °C was attributed to the formation of tiny regions of short range ordered Ni3Al which constitute subcritical nuclei.

  9. Isothermal Reduction of Oxide Scale on Hot-Rolled, Low-Carbon Steel in 10 pct H2-Ar

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    He, Yongquan; Jia, Tao; Li, Zhifeng; Cao, Guangming; Liu, Zhenyu; Li, Jun

    2016-10-01

    The isothermal reduction of oxide scale on hot-rolled, low-carbon steel strip in 10 pct H2-Ar mixtures in the temperature range of 673 K to 1073 K (400 °C to 800 °C) was investigated by using a thermo-gravimetric analyzer (TGA). During heating under an argon atmosphere, magnetite/iron eutectoid and proeutectoid magnetite in the oxide scale successively transformed into wüstite at a temperature above 843 K (570 °C). The kinetic plot of the isothermal reduction assumes a sigmoid shape, including induction, acceleration, and finally the decaying stage. Fitting the kinetic curve to mathematical models, the reaction at 1073 K (800 °C) and 773 K (500 °C) were determined to be controlled by phase-boundary-controlled reaction and three-dimensional growth of nuclei, respectively. The reduction product varies with temperature and itself affects the kinetics. Porous and dense iron were, respectively, obtained below and above 873 K (600 °C). A "rate-minimum" was observed at 973 K (700 °C) due to the formation of dense iron that blocks the gas diffusion. Due to the structural transformation of oxide scale during heating, the reactant depends on the heating process. However, compared with the oxide scale structure, the temperature is more important in determining the reduction kinetics at temperatures above 973 K (700 °C).

  10. Effect of rolling technologies on the properties of Pb-0.06wt%Ca-1.2wt%Sn alloy anodes during copper electrowinning

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    Yang, Jian; Chen, Bu-ming; Hang, Hui; Guo, Zhong-cheng; Wang, Shuai

    2015-11-01

    The objective of this work was to study the effect of different rolling technologies on the properties of Pb-0.06wt%Ca-1.2wt%Sn anodes during copper electrowinning and to determine the relationship between the properties of the anodes and rolling techniques during copper electrowinning. The anode process was investigated via anodic polarization curves, cyclic voltammetry curves, electrochemical impedance spectra, and corrosion tests. The microscopic morphology and phase composition of the anodic oxide layers were observed by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction, respectively. Observable variations in the electrocatalytic activity and reaction kinetics of anodes during electrowinning indicated that the electrochemical behavior of the anodes was strongly affected by the rolling technology. An increase in the rolling number tended to decrease the oxygen evolution overpotential and the corrosion rate of the anodes. These trends are contrary to that of the apparent exchange current density. Furthermore, the intensities of diffraction peaks associated with PbO, PbOx, and α-PbO2 tended to increase with increasing rolling number. In addition, the rolled anodes exhibited a more uniform microstructure. Compared with one-way rolled anodes, the eight-time cross rolled anodes exhibited better electrocatalytic activity and improved corrosion resistance.

  11. Effect of Mushy State Rolling on the Microstructure, Microhardness, and Microtexture in Al-4.5wt.%Cu-5wt.%TiB2 In Situ Composite

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    Mandal, Monalisa; Mitra, Rahul

    2016-07-01

    Al-4.5wt.%Cu-5wt.%TiB2 in situ composite, fabricated by stir casting through a mixed salt reaction route process, needs further processing to exclude casting defects. Mushy state rolling has been developed as an easy and energy-efficient method for microstructural refinement and improvement in mechanical properties. It has been carried out at 621°C and 632°C with 20 vol.% and 30 vol.% of liquid, respectively, for up to 5% reduction in thickness. Mushy state rolling of the as-cast composite gives rise to a bimodal microstructure, which consists of very fine equiaxed grains adjacent to the rolled surface and comparatively larger elongated grains away from the rolled surface of the sample. Microhardness of the mushy state rolled sample has been observed to decrease gradually from edge to center of the rolled sample. The presence of the dislocation tangles and subgrains formed by dynamic recovery within solid-state deformed elongated grains and formation of recrystallized grains just adjacent to the second-phase particles have been examined with the help of electron backscattered diffraction and transmission electron microscopy analysis.

  12. Effect of heat treatment on the structure, properties and fracture of Nd:YAG laser welded Ti-14. 8 wt% Al-21. 3 wt% Nb

    SciTech Connect

    Baeslack, W.A. III ); Cieslak, M.J. )

    1989-05-01

    A recent investigation by the authors showed that pulsed Nd:YAG laser welding can produce defect-free, comparatively ductile weldments in a Ti-14.8 wt% Al-21.3 wt% Nb titanium aluminide. The achievement of a bend ductility across the weldment equivalent to that of the {alpha}/{beta} processed base material was attributed to the effect of high laser weld cooling rates in suppressing {beta} decomposition to a brittle {alpha}{sub 2} microstructure and instead promoting the formation of an ordered {beta} superlattice (B2,CsCl type). Proposed aerospace applications of {alpha}{sub 2} titanium aluminides will require excursions to elevated temperatures approaching 600{degrees}C. Exposure to such thermal conditions even for relatively short durations would be expected to promote decomposition of the metastable weld fusion and heat-affected zone (HAZ) microstructures, thereby altering their mechanical properties. The purpose of the study presented in this paper was to investigate the influence of postweld heat treatment at 565{degrees}C on {beta} decomposition in the Nd:YAG laser weld fusion zone and the resulting microstructure, mechanical properties and fracture characteristics.

  13. Characterization and optical studies of 90/10 (wt/wt%) PVA/β-chitin blend irradiated with γ-rays.

    PubMed

    Abd El-Kader, F H; Gaafer, S A; Abd El-Kader, M F H

    2014-10-15

    X-ray diffraction, IR spectroscopy and UV/visible spectra were studied as a function of gamma irradiation doses (5-100kGy) for 90/10 (wt/wt%) PVA/β-chitin. A new intense reflection peak at 2θ=21.5° appeared in the X-ray spectrum of the sample irradiated at 50kGy γ-dose. Besides, the band centered at 2931cm(-1) in IR spectrum splits into two clearly separated bands around 2919 and 2941cm(-1) for the sample irradiated at 10kGy γ-dose. The disappearance of the absorption band at 280nm of PVA in the blend sample indicates that the ligand PVA becomes opaque in the UV region and provides evidence for the miscibility between homopolymers. The value of absorbance, in UV/visible range, at 10kGy γ-dose was the highest one compared to the other γ-doses. The location of the γ-doses on the chromaticity diagram was different, indicating the change in the spectral colors of the investigated blend. In addition, the absorption edge, band tail and color parameters values were determined as a function of γ-doses.

  14. WT1 interacts with the splicing protein RBM4 and regulates its ability to modulate alternative splicing in vivo

    SciTech Connect

    Markus, M. Andrea; Heinrich, Bettina; Raitskin, Oleg; Adams, David J.; Mangs, Helena; Goy, Christine; Ladomery, Michael; Sperling, Ruth; Stamm, Stefan; Morris, Brian J. . E-mail: brianm@medsci.usyd.edu.au

    2006-10-15

    Wilm's tumor protein 1 (WT1), a protein implicated in various cancers and developmental disorders, consists of two major isoforms: WT1(-KTS), a transcription factor, and WT1(+KTS), a post-transcriptional regulator that binds to RNA and can interact with splicing components. Here we show that WT1 interacts with the novel splicing regulator RBM4. Each protein was found to colocalize in nuclear speckles and to cosediment with supraspliceosomes in glycerol gradients. RBM4 conferred dose-dependent and cell-specific regulation of alternative splicing of pre-mRNAs transcribed from several reporter genes. We found that overexpressed WT1(+KTS) abrogated this effect of RBM4 on splice-site selection, whereas WT1(-KTS) did not. We conclude that the (+KTS) form of WT1 is able to inhibit the effect of RBM4 on alternative splicing.

  15. Improvement of sonocatalytic activity of TiO2 by using Yb, N and F-doped Er3+:Y3Al5O12 for degradation of organic dyes.

    PubMed

    Wang, Jian; Zhou, Songying; Wang, Jun; Li, Shuguang; Gao, Jingqun; Wang, Baoxin; Fan, Ping

    2014-01-01

    In this study, several up-conversion luminescence agents (Er(3+):Y3Al5O12, Er(3+):Yb0.2Y2.79Al5O12, Er(3+):Yb0.2Y2.79Al5N0.01O11.99, Er(3+):Yb0.2Y2.79Al5F0.01O11.99 and Er(3+):Yb0.2Y2.79Al5N0.01F0.01O11.98) were synthesized using sol-gel method. And then, the corresponding sonocatalyst (Er(3+):Y3Al5O12/TiO2, Er(3+):Yb0.2Y2.79Al5O12/TiO2, Er(3+):Yb0.2Y2.79Al5N0.01O11.99/TiO2, Er(3+):Yb0.2Y2.79Al5F0.01O11.99/TiO2 and Er(3+):Yb0.2Y2.79Al5N0.01F0.01O11.98/TiO2 coated composites) were prepared by sol-gel coating process. The synthesized up-conversion luminescence agents and their coated composites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). And that, the sonocatalytic activities were detected through the degradation of Azo Fuchsine (AF) dye in aqueous solution by UV-vis spectroscopy. Some key influences such as heat-treated temperature and heat-treated time on the sonocatalytic activity of Er(3+):YbaY2.99-aNxFyAl5O12-x-y/TiO2 coated composite, as well as ultrasonic irradiation time and initial dye concentration on the sonocatalytic degradation were studied. The results showed that the doping of Yb, N and F into Er(3+):Y3Al5O12/TiO2 significantly enhanced the sonocatalytic activity of Er(3+):Y3Al5O12/TiO2 coated composite in the degradation of organic dyes. Particularly, Er(3+):Yb0.2Y2.79Al5N0.01F0.01O11.98/TiO2 coated composites with 3:7 M ratio heat-treated at 550 °C for 60 min showed the highest sonocatalytic activity. At last, the experiments also indicated that the Er(3+):Yb0.2Y2.79Al5N0.01F0.01O11.98/TiO2 coated composites has a good sonocatalytic activity to degrade other organic dyes under ultrasonic irradiation.

  16. 50 CFR Table 30 to Part 679 - Rockfish Program Retainable Percentages (in round wt. equivalent)

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... 50 Wildlife and Fisheries 9 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Rockfish Program Retainable Percentages (in round wt. equivalent) 30 Table 30 to Part 679 Wildlife and Fisheries FISHERY CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT, NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (CONTINUED) FISHERIES OF THE EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE OFF ALASKA...

  17. 50 CFR Table 30 to Part 679 - Rockfish Program Retainable Percentages (in round wt. equivalent)

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... 50 Wildlife and Fisheries 11 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Rockfish Program Retainable Percentages (in round wt. equivalent) 30 Table 30 to Part 679 Wildlife and Fisheries FISHERY CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT, NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (CONTINUED) FISHERIES OF THE EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE OFF ALASKA...

  18. Wt-1 Expression Linked to Nitric Oxide Availability during Neonatal Obstructive Nephropathy

    PubMed Central

    Mazzei, Luciana; Manucha, Walter

    2013-01-01

    The wt-1 gene encodes a zinc finger DNA-binding protein that acts as a transcriptional activator or repressor depending on the cellular or chromosomal context. The wt-1 regulates the expression of a large number of genes that have a critical role in kidney development. Congenital obstructive nephropathy disrupts normal renal development and causes chronic progressive interstitial fibrosis, which contributes to renal growth arrest, ultimately leading to chronic renal failure. Wt-1 is downregulated during congenital obstructive nephropathy, leading to apoptosis. Of great interest, nitric oxide bioavailability associated with heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) interaction may modulate wt-1 mRNA expression, preventing obstruction-induced cell death during neonatal unilateral ureteral obstruction. Moreover, recent genetic researches have allowed characterization of many of the complex interactions among the individual components cited, but the realization of new biochemical, molecular, and functional experiments as proposed in our and other research labs allows us to establish a deeper level of commitment among proteins involved and the potential pathogenic consequences of their imbalance. PMID:24288526

  19. ADAMS/WT advanced development - version 1.4 and beyond

    SciTech Connect

    Elliott, A.S.; Depauw, T.R.

    1996-12-31

    ADAMS/WT is an wind-turbine-specific shell for the general-purpose mechanical system simulation package ADAMS5. It was developed under the guidance of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to give engineers and analysts in the wind turbine community access to the analytical power of ADAMS, without having to become expert in its particular technology. The 1.4 version of ADAMS/WT is the most recent upgrade to the package, incorporating the most up-to-date version of the AeroDyn aerodynamic forcing subroutines from the University of Utah. It is also the first version to be made available on the Windows/NT platform. In version 1.4, ADAMS/WT has been significantly improved throughout and runs much faster. Automatic generation of standardized output has been added. The documentation has been extensively augmented with more detailed descriptions, more figures and more examples. ADAMS/WT remains the most powerful analytical tool available for horizontal-axis wind turbine development. 10 figs.

  20. All-Fiber Optical Faraday Mirror Using 56-wt%-Terbium-Doped Fiber

    SciTech Connect

    Sun, L.; Jiang, S.; Marciante, J.R.

    2010-06-22

    An all-fiber optical Faraday mirror that consists of a fiber Faraday rotator and a fiber Bragg grating is demonstrated. The fiber Faraday rotator uses a 21-cm-long section of 56-wt%-terbium-doped silicate fiber. The polarization state of the reflected light is rotated 89 degrees +/- 2 degrees with a 16-dB polarization extinction ratio.

  1. Hominin diversity in the Middle Pliocene of eastern Africa: the maxilla of KNM-WT 40000.

    PubMed

    Spoor, Fred; Leakey, Meave G; Leakey, Louise N

    2010-10-27

    The 3.5-Myr-old hominin cranium KNM-WT 40000 from Lomekwi, west of Lake Turkana, has been assigned to a new hominin genus and species, Kenyanthropus platyops, on the basis of a unique combination of derived facial and primitive neurocranial features. Central to the diagnosis of K. platyops is the morphology of the maxilla, characterized by a flat and relatively orthognathic subnasal region, anteriorly placed zygomatic processes and small molars. To study this morphology in more detail, we compare the maxillae of African Plio-Pleistocene hominin fossils and samples of modern humans, chimpanzees and gorillas, using conventional and geometric morphometric methods. Computed tomography scans and detailed preparation of the KNM-WT 40000 maxilla enable comprehensive assessment of post-mortem changes, so that landmark data characterizing the morphology can be corrected for distortion. Based on a substantially larger comparative sample than previously available, the results of statistical analyses show that KNM-WT 40000 is indeed significantly different from and falls outside the known range of variation of species of Australopithecus and Paranthropus, contemporary Australopithecus afarensis in particular. These results support the attribution of KNM-WT 40000 to a separate species and the notion that hominin taxonomic diversity in Africa extends back well into the Middle Pliocene. PMID:20855311

  2. Hominin diversity in the Middle Pliocene of eastern Africa: the maxilla of KNM-WT 40000

    PubMed Central

    Spoor, Fred; Leakey, Meave G.; Leakey, Louise N.

    2010-01-01

    The 3.5-Myr-old hominin cranium KNM-WT 40000 from Lomekwi, west of Lake Turkana, has been assigned to a new hominin genus and species, Kenyanthropus platyops, on the basis of a unique combination of derived facial and primitive neurocranial features. Central to the diagnosis of K. platyops is the morphology of the maxilla, characterized by a flat and relatively orthognathic subnasal region, anteriorly placed zygomatic processes and small molars. To study this morphology in more detail, we compare the maxillae of African Plio-Pleistocene hominin fossils and samples of modern humans, chimpanzees and gorillas, using conventional and geometric morphometric methods. Computed tomography scans and detailed preparation of the KNM-WT 40000 maxilla enable comprehensive assessment of post-mortem changes, so that landmark data characterizing the morphology can be corrected for distortion. Based on a substantially larger comparative sample than previously available, the results of statistical analyses show that KNM-WT 40000 is indeed significantly different from and falls outside the known range of variation of species of Australopithecus and Paranthropus, contemporary Australopithecus afarensis in particular. These results support the attribution of KNM-WT 40000 to a separate species and the notion that hominin taxonomic diversity in Africa extends back well into the Middle Pliocene. PMID:20855311

  3. WT1-Dependent Sulfatase Expression Maintains the Normal Glomerular Filtration Barrier

    PubMed Central

    Schlötzer-Schrehardt, Ursula; Karumanchi, S. Ananth; Shi, Xiaofeng; Zaia, Joseph; Jeruschke, Stefanie; Zhang, Dongsheng; Pavenstaedt, Hermann; Drenckhan, Astrid; Amann, Kerstin; Ng, Carrie; Hartwig, Sunny; Ng, Kar-Hui; Ho, Jacqueline; Kreidberg, Jordan A.; Taglienti, Mary; Royer-Pokora, Brigitte; Ai, Xingbin

    2011-01-01

    Paracrine signaling between podocytes and glomerular endothelial cells through vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) maintains a functional glomerular filtration barrier. Heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs), located on the cell surface or in the extracellular matrix, bind signaling molecules such as VEGFA and affect their local concentrations, but whether modulation of these moieties promotes normal crosstalk between podocytes and endothelial cells is unknown. Here, we found that the transcription factor Wilms' Tumor 1 (WT1) modulates VEGFA and FGF2 signaling by increasing the expression of the 6-O-endosulfatases Sulf1 and Sulf2, which remodel the heparan sulfate 6-O-sulfation pattern in the extracellular matrix. Mice deficient in both Sulf1 and Sulf2 developed age-dependent proteinuria as a result of ultrastructural abnormalities in podocytes and endothelial cells, a phenotype similar to that observed in children with WT1 mutations and in Wt1+/− mice. These kidney defects associated with a decreased distribution of VEGFA in the glomerular basement membrane and on endothelial cells. Collectively, these data suggest that WT1-dependent sulfatase expression plays a critical role in maintaining the glomerular filtration barrier by modulating the bioavailability of growth factors, thereby promoting normal crosstalk between podocytes and endothelial cells. PMID:21719793

  4. 50 CFR Table 30 to Part 679 - Rockfish Program Retainable Percentages (in round wt. equivalent)

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... 50 Wildlife and Fisheries 13 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false Rockfish Program Retainable Percentages (in round wt. equivalent) 30 Table 30 to Part 679 Wildlife and Fisheries FISHERY CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT, NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (CONTINUED) FISHERIES OF THE EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE OFF ALASKA...

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  7. Health workers’ performance in the implementation of Patient Centred Tuberculosis Treatment (PCT) strategy under programmatic conditions in Tanzania: a cross sectional study

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    2013-01-01

    Background Patient Centred Tuberculosis Treatment (PCT) is a promising treatment delivery strategy for Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB). It aims to improve adherence to treatment by giving patients the choice of having drug intake supervised at the health facility by a medical professional or at home by a supporter of their choice. Methods A cross-sectional survey was undertaken in three districts of Tanzania during October 2007, one year after PCT was rolled out nationally. Semi-structured questionnaires were used to assess whether key elements of the PCT approach were being implemented, to evaluate supporters’ knowledge, to capture opinions on factors contributing to treatment completion, and to assess how treatment completion was measured. Transcripts from open-ended responses were analysed using framework analysis. Results Interviews were conducted with 127 TB patients, 107 treatment supporters and 70 health workers. In total, 25.2% of TB patients were not given a choice about the place of treatment by health workers, and only 13.7% of those given a choice reported that they were given adequate time to make their decision. Only 24.3% of treatment supporters confirmed that they were instructed how to complete patients’ treatment cards. Proper health education was the factor most frequently reported by health workers as favouring successful completion of TB treatment (45.7%). The majority of health workers (68.6%) said they checked returned blister packs to verify whether patients had taken their treatment, but only 20.0% checked patients’ treatment cards. Conclusions The provision of choice of treatment location, information on treatment, and guidance for treatment supporters need to be improved. There is a requirement for regular re-training of health workers with effective supportive supervision if successful implementation of the PCT approach is to be sustained. PMID:23497025

  8. Novel WT1 Missense Mutations in Han Chinese Women with Premature Ovarian Failure.

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    Wang, Huidan; Li, Guangyu; Zhang, Jun; Gao, Fei; Li, Weiping; Qin, Yingying; Chen, Zi-Jiang

    2015-09-11

    Premature ovarian failure (POF) is a heterogeneous disease. Though dozens of candidate genes have been identified for the genetic etiology of POF, it is largely unexplained in majority of patients. Recently, Wt1(+/R394W) mice was found to present POF-like phenotype, which indicates that WT1 might be a plausible candidate gene for non-syndromic POF. The coding region of WT1 gene was screened in 384 patients with POF and 6 novel variations were identified, including two missense mutations (p. Pro126Ser in exon1 and p. Arg370His in exon7) and four intronic variants (c.647-27C > T, c.647-13G > C, c.647-13G > A in intron1 and c.950 + 14T > C in intron 4). In vitro experiments showed that both mutant p. Pro126Ser and p. Arg370His repressed the expression of Amh and Cdh1, and induced the expression of Fshr and Cyp19 in mRNA level (P < 0.05). The expression changes of AMH, FSHR, CYP19 and CDH1 were confirmed by western blot. These genes (AMH, FSHR, CYP19 and CDH1) are required for granular cells (GCs) proliferation, differentiation and oocyte-GCs interaction. The novel mutant p. P126S and p. R370H in the WT1 gene potentially impaired GCs differentiation and oocyte-GCs interaction, which might result in loss of follicles prematurely. Therefore, WT1 is a plausible causal gene for POF.

  9. Novel WT1 Missense Mutations in Han Chinese Women with Premature Ovarian Failure

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    Wang, Huidan; Li, Guangyu; Zhang, Jun; Gao, Fei; Li, Weiping; Qin, Yingying; Chen, Zi-Jiang

    2015-01-01

    Premature ovarian failure (POF) is a heterogeneous disease. Though dozens of candidate genes have been identified for the genetic etiology of POF, it is largely unexplained in majority of patients. Recently, Wt1+/R394W mice was found to present POF-like phenotype, which indicates that WT1 might be a plausible candidate gene for non-syndromic POF. The coding region of WT1 gene was screened in 384 patients with POF and 6 novel variations were identified, including two missense mutations (p. Pro126Ser in exon1 and p. Arg370His in exon7) and four intronic variants (c.647-27C > T, c.647-13G > C, c.647-13G > A in intron1 and c.950 + 14T > C in intron 4). In vitro experiments showed that both mutant p. Pro126Ser and p. Arg370His repressed the expression of Amh and Cdh1, and induced the expression of Fshr and Cyp19 in mRNA level (P < 0.05). The expression changes of AMH, FSHR, CYP19 and CDH1 were confirmed by western blot. These genes (AMH, FSHR, CYP19 and CDH1) are required for granular cells (GCs) proliferation, differentiation and oocyte-GCs interaction. The novel mutant p. P126S and p. R370H in the WT1 gene potentially impaired GCs differentiation and oocyte-GCs interaction, which might result in loss of follicles prematurely. Therefore, WT1 is a plausible causal gene for POF. PMID:26358501

  10. WT1 vaccination in AML and MDS: A pilot trial with synthetic analog peptides.

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    Brayer, Jason; Lancet, Jeffrey E; Powers, John; List, Alan; Balducci, Lodovico; Komrokji, Rami; Pinilla-Ibarz, Javier

    2015-07-01

    Peptide vaccines are capable of eliciting immune responses targeting tumor-associated antigens such as the Wilms' Tumor 1 (WT1) antigen, often overexpressed in myeloid malignancies. Here, we assessed the safety, tolerability, and immunogenicity of a polyvalent WT1 peptide vaccine. Individuals with WT1-positive acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in first (CR1) or second (CR2) remission or with higher-risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) following at least 1 prior line of therapy were vaccinated with a mixture of peptides derived from the WT1 protein, with sargramostim injections before vaccination to amplify immunogenicity. Six vaccinations were delivered biweekly, continuing then monthly until patients received 12 vaccinations or showed disease relapse or progression. Therapeutic efficacy was evaluated by progression-free and overall survival. Immune responses were evaluated by delayed-type hypersensitivity testing and T-cell IFNγ ELISPOT at specified intervals. In 16 patients who received at least one vaccination, 10 completed the planned course of six vaccinations and six continued for up to six additional monthly vaccinations. Vaccinations were well tolerated, with no patients discontinuing due to toxicity. One of two patients with high-risk MDS experienced a prolonged decrease in transfusion dependence. Two of 14 AML patients demonstrated relapse-free survival >1 year. Both patients were in CR2 at time of vaccination, with duration of their remission exceeding duration of their first remission, suggesting a potential benefit. Our WT1 vaccine was well-tolerated. The clinical benefit that we observed in several patients suggests engagement of a protective immune response, indicating a need for further trials.

  11. WT1 vaccination in AML and MDS: A pilot trial with synthetic analog peptides.

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    Brayer, Jason; Lancet, Jeffrey E; Powers, John; List, Alan; Balducci, Lodovico; Komrokji, Rami; Pinilla-Ibarz, Javier

    2015-07-01

    Peptide vaccines are capable of eliciting immune responses targeting tumor-associated antigens such as the Wilms' Tumor 1 (WT1) antigen, often overexpressed in myeloid malignancies. Here, we assessed the safety, tolerability, and immunogenicity of a polyvalent WT1 peptide vaccine. Individuals with WT1-positive acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in first (CR1) or second (CR2) remission or with higher-risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) following at least 1 prior line of therapy were vaccinated with a mixture of peptides derived from the WT1 protein, with sargramostim injections before vaccination to amplify immunogenicity. Six vaccinations were delivered biweekly, continuing then monthly until patients received 12 vaccinations or showed disease relapse or progression. Therapeutic efficacy was evaluated by progression-free and overall survival. Immune responses were evaluated by delayed-type hypersensitivity testing and T-cell IFNγ ELISPOT at specified intervals. In 16 patients who received at least one vaccination, 10 completed the planned course of six vaccinations and six continued for up to six additional monthly vaccinations. Vaccinations were well tolerated, with no patients discontinuing due to toxicity. One of two patients with high-risk MDS experienced a prolonged decrease in transfusion dependence. Two of 14 AML patients demonstrated relapse-free survival >1 year. Both patients were in CR2 at time of vaccination, with duration of their remission exceeding duration of their first remission, suggesting a potential benefit. Our WT1 vaccine was well-tolerated. The clinical benefit that we observed in several patients suggests engagement of a protective immune response, indicating a need for further trials. PMID:25802083

  12. Crossed-Wire Laser Microwelding of Pt-10 Pct Ir to 316 Low-Carbon Vacuum Melted Stainless Steel: Part I. Mechanism of Joint Formation

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    Zou, G. S.; Huang, Y. D.; Pequegnat, A.; Li, X. G.; Khan, M. I.; Zhou, Y.

    2012-04-01

    The excellent biocompatibility and corrosion properties of Pt alloys and 316 low-carbon vacuum melted (LVM) stainless steel (SS) make them attractive for biomedical applications. With the increasing complexity of medical devices and in order to lower costs, the challenge of joining dissimilar materials arises. In this study, laser microwelding (LMW) of crossed Pt-10 pct Ir to 316 LVM SS wires was performed and the weldability of these materials was determined. The joint geometry, joining mechanism, joint breaking force (JBF), and fracture modes were investigated using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), and microtensile testing. It was shown that the mechanisms of joint formation transitioned from (1) brazing, (2) a combination of brazing and fusion welding, and (3) fusion welding with increasing pulsed laser energy. The joints demonstrated various tensile failure modes including (1) interfacial failure below a peak power of 0.24 kW, (2) partial interfacial failure that propagated into the Pt-Ir wire, (3) failure in the Pt-Ir wire, and (4) failure in the SS wire due to porosity and severe undercutting caused by overwelding. During this study, the optimal laser peak power range was identified to produce joints with good joint geometry and 90 pct of the tensile strength of the Pt-10 pct Ir wire.

  13. Thermodynamic data of the high-pressure phase Mg5Al5Si6O21(OH)7 (Mg-sursassite)

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    Grevel, K.-D.; Navrotsky, A.; Kahl, W. A.; Fasshauer, D. W.; Majzlan, J.

    Calorimetric and P-V-T data for the high-pressure phase Mg5Al5Si6O21(OH)7 (Mg-sursassite) have been obtained. The enthalpy of drop solution of three different samples was measured by high-temperature oxide melt calorimetry in two laboratories (UC Davis, California, and Ruhr University Bochum, Germany) using lead borate (2PbO.B2O3) at T=700∘C as solvent. The resulting values were used to calculate the enthalpy of formation from different thermodynamic datasets; they range from -221.1 to -259.4kJmol-1 (formation from the oxides) respectively -13892.2 to -13927.9kJmol-1 (formation from the elements). The heat capacity of Mg5Al5Si6O21(OH)7 has been measured from T=50 ∘C to T=500 ∘C by differential scanning calorimetry in step-scanning mode. A Berman and Brown (1985)-type four-term equation represents the heat capacity over the entire temperature range to within the experimental uncertainty: CP (Mg-sursassite) =(1571.104 -10560.89×T-0.5-26217890.0 ×T-2+1798861000.0×T-3) J K-1 mol-1 (T in K). The PVT behaviour of Mg-sursassite has been determined under high pressures and high temperatures up to 8GPa and 800∘C using a MAX 80 cubic anvil high-pressure apparatus. The samples were mixed with Vaseline to ensure hydrostatic pressure-transmitting conditions, NaCl served as an internal standard for pressure calibration. By fitting a Birch-Murnaghan EOS to the data, the bulk modulus was determined as 116.0+/-1.3GPa, (K'=4), VT,0=446.49 3 exp[∫(0.33+/-0.05) × 10-4 + (0.65+/-0.85)×10-8T dT], (KT/T)P=-0.011+/- 0.004GPaK-1. The thermodynamic data obtained for Mg-sursassite are consistent with phase equilibrium data reported recently (Fockenberg 1998); the best agreement was obtained with ΔfH0298 (Mg-sursassite)= -13901.33kJmol-1, and S0298 (Mg-sursassite)= 614.61JK-1mol-1.

  14. Preparation of Er3+:Y3Al5O12/TiO2 composite film and influence of layer number and layer sequence on the visible-light photocatalytic activity

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    Zhang, L.; Ma, C. H.; Wang, J.; Li, S. G.; Li, Y.; Wang, B. X.

    2014-12-01

    In this work, the Er3+:Y3Al5O12 as up-conversion luminescence agent was mixed with TiO2 and the corresponding Er3+:Y3Al5O12/TiO2 composite films were prepared on the one-sided surface of treated sheet glass through sol-gel dip-coating method. The prepared Er3+:Y3Al5O12/TiO2 composite films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). Their photocatalytic activities were examined through the degradation of some organic dyes under visible-light irradiation. The degradation process of organic dyes was monitored by UV-Vis spectrophotometer. Furthermore, some main influence factors on the visible-light photocatalytic activity of Er3+:Y3Al5O12/TiO2 composite film such as heat-treatment temperature and heat-treatment time were studied. The results indicate that three layer Er3+:Y3Al5O12/TiO2 composite films with one Er3+:Y3Al5O12/TiO2 composite film (as first layer close to sheet glass) and two pure TiO2 film (as second and third layers) display a higher visible-light photocatalytic activity during photocatalytic degradation of Azo Fuchsine. In addition, the results showed that the visible-light photocatalytic activity of Er3+:Y3Al5O12/TiO2 composite film related to the layer number and layer sequence on the sheet glass. Perhaps, the research results may offer some meaningful references for developing solar energy continuous flow wastewater treatment reactor.

  15. Electronic excitations and defect creation in wide-gap MgO and Lu3Al5O12 crystals irradiated with swift heavy ions

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    Lushchik, A.; Kärner, T.; Lushchik, Ch.; Schwartz, K.; Savikhin, F.; Shablonin, E.; Shugai, A.; Vasil'chenko, E.

    2012-09-01

    A comparative study of radiation effects in two groups of single crystals with an energy gap of about 8 eV possessing drastically different lattice and electron energy structures - fcc MgO and Lu3Al5O12 with 160 atoms per a unit cell - has been performed using crystal irradiation with vacuum ultraviolet radiation, electrons, fast fission neutrons and, in particular, ˜2.2 GeV uranium ions. In MgO with the absence of self-trapping for valence holes, the localization of holes near impurity ions or bivacancies (both as-grown or induced by a plastic stress) has been detected. In LuAG, the peculiarities of the motion of hole polarons and excitons, the radius of which is smaller than the size of a unit cell, have been revealed and analysed. The irradiation of MgO and LuAG with swift heavy ions providing an extremely high density of electronic excitations causes also the nonimpact creation of long-lived Frenkel defects in an oxygen sublattice.

  16. Effect of air annealing on the color center in Yb:Y3Al5O12 transparent ceramics with MgO as sintering additive

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    Lu, Zhongwen; Lu, Tiecheng; Wei, Nian; Zhang, Wei; Ma, Benyuan; Qi, Jianqi; Guan, Yongbing; Chen, Xingtao; Wu, Huajun; Zhao, Yu

    2015-09-01

    High quality Yb:Y3Al5O12 (YAG) transparent ceramics were fabricated by vacuum sintering with MgO as sintering aids. The Yb:YAG samples were annealed at 1250-1450 °C for 20 h in air. The experimental results showed that the transparency of Yb:YAG samples declined markedly with the annealing temperatures of 1250-1450 °C. The samples became increasingly orange-yellow in color with the increase of annealing temperature. The potential reasons of discoloration were discussed for the first time. It was attributed to the complex color center [Mg2+F+] formed during the annealing, which was evidenced by optical absorption in the range of 300-500 nm wavelength and the presence of an electron spin resonance (ESR) line at g = 1.9806. The formation mechanism of the complex color center was explained in detail. The complex color center can be eliminated after post-HIP (hot isostatic pressing). And by air annealing and post-HIP, the transmittance of the samples increased from 80.3% to 83.4%.

  17. Influence of Melt Superheat, Sr Modifier, and Al-5Ti-1B Grain Refiner on Microstructural Evolution of Secondary Al-Si-Cu Alloys

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    Rakhmonov, Jovid; Timelli, Giulio; Bonollo, Franco

    2016-11-01

    The role of impurity elements and melt superheat on the efficiency of Sr modification, grain refinement with Al-Ti-B and the precipitation behavior of intermetallic phases in a secondary Al-7Si-3Cu-0.3Mg alloy were investigated. Metallographic and thermal analysis techniques were used to quantitatively examine the macro- and microstructural changes occurring with modifier and grain refiner additions at various pouring temperatures. The results indicate how the Sr modification and grain refinement with Al-Ti-B can be effective enough despite the presence of impurity elements in the material and the variation of pouring temperature. A slight poisonous effect of impurities, in particular, Zr and V, in the grain refinement efficiency can be eventually induced due to their action in promoting the formation of primary AlSiTi compounds. Moreover, grain refiner addition exerted a pronounced influence on the precipitation sequence of Fe-rich phases. The TiB2 particles appeared to promote the formation of Al5FeSi during solidification by acting as a favorable nucleation site.

  18. Pulsed-Laser-Induced Simple Synthetic Route for Tb3Al5O12:Ce3+ Colloidal Nanocrystals and Their Luminescent Properties

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    Mhin, Sung Wook; Ryu, Jeong Ho; Kim, Kang Min; Park, Gyeong Seon; Ryu, Han Wool; Shim, Kwang Bo; Sasaki, Takeshi; Koshizaki, Naoto

    2009-08-01

    Cerium-doped Tb3Al5O12 (TAG:Ce3+) colloidal nanocrystals were synthesized by pulsed laser ablation (PLA) in de-ionized water and lauryl dimethylaminoacetic acid betain (LDA) aqueous solution for luminescent bio-labeling application. The influence of LDA molecules on the crystallinity, crystal morphology, crystallite size, and luminescent properties of the prepared TAG:Ce3+ colloidal nanocrystals was investigated in detail. When the LDA solution was used, smaller average crystallite size, narrower size distribution, and enhanced luminescence were observed. These characteristics were explained by the effective role of occupying the oxygen defects on the surface of TAG:Ce3+ colloidal nanocrystal because the amphoteric LDA molecules were attached by positively charged TAG:Ce3+ colloidal nanocrystals. The blue-shifted phenomena found in luminescent spectra of the TAG:Ce3+ colloidal nanocrystals could not be explained by previous crystal field theory. We discuss the 5d energy level of Ce3+ with decreased crystal size with a phenomenological model that explains the relationship between bond distance with 5d energy level of Ce3+ based on the concept of crystal field theory modified by covalency contribution.

  19. Influence of Melt Superheat, Sr Modifier, and Al-5Ti-1B Grain Refiner on Microstructural Evolution of Secondary Al-Si-Cu Alloys

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    Rakhmonov, Jovid; Timelli, Giulio; Bonollo, Franco

    2016-08-01

    The role of impurity elements and melt superheat on the efficiency of Sr modification, grain refinement with Al-Ti-B and the precipitation behavior of intermetallic phases in a secondary Al-7Si-3Cu-0.3Mg alloy were investigated. Metallographic and thermal analysis techniques were used to quantitatively examine the macro- and microstructural changes occurring with modifier and grain refiner additions at various pouring temperatures. The results indicate how the Sr modification and grain refinement with Al-Ti-B can be effective enough despite the presence of impurity elements in the material and the variation of pouring temperature. A slight poisonous effect of impurities, in particular, Zr and V, in the grain refinement efficiency can be eventually induced due to their action in promoting the formation of primary AlSiTi compounds. Moreover, grain refiner addition exerted a pronounced influence on the precipitation sequence of Fe-rich phases. The TiB2 particles appeared to promote the formation of Al5FeSi during solidification by acting as a favorable nucleation site.

  20. Pulsed-Laser-Induced Simple Synthetic Route for Tb(3)Al(5)O(12):Ce Colloidal Nanocrystals and Their Luminescent Properties.

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    Mhin, Sung Wook; Ryu, Jeong Ho; Kim, Kang Min; Park, Gyeong Seon; Ryu, Han Wool; Shim, Kwang Bo; Sasaki, Takeshi; Koshizaki, Naoto

    2009-01-01

    Cerium-doped Tb(3)Al(5)O(12) (TAG:Ce(3+)) colloidal nanocrystals were synthesized by pulsed laser ablation (PLA) in de-ionized water and lauryl dimethylaminoacetic acid betain (LDA) aqueous solution for luminescent bio-labeling application. The influence of LDA molecules on the crystallinity, crystal morphology, crystallite size, and luminescent properties of the prepared TAG:Ce(3+) colloidal nanocrystals was investigated in detail. When the LDA solution was used, smaller average crystallite size, narrower size distribution, and enhanced luminescence were observed. These characteristics were explained by the effective role of occupying the oxygen defects on the surface of TAG:Ce(3+) colloidal nanocrystal because the amphoteric LDA molecules were attached by positively charged TAG:Ce(3+) colloidal nanocrystals. The blue-shifted phenomena found in luminescent spectra of the TAG:Ce(3+) colloidal nanocrystals could not be explained by previous crystal field theory. We discuss the 5d energy level of Ce(3+) with decreased crystal size with a phenomenological model that explains the relationship between bond distance with 5d energy level of Ce(3+) based on the concept of crystal field theory modified by covalency contribution. PMID:20596420

  1. Optical properties of Yb3+ doped Lu3Al5O12 crystal fibers grown by μ-pulling down technique

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    Toncelli, Alessandra; Alshourbagy, Mohamed; Tonelli, Mauro

    2008-11-01

    Yb doped Lu3Al5O12 single crystal fibers has been grown with various Yb3+ ion concentrations: 2%, 5%, 10%, 15%, and 50% Yb doping levels. The diameter of the fibers is around 3mm and their length is up to 110mm. The fibers have been annealed in air at 1400°C for 24h to remove Yb2+ produced during the growth in the fibers. Structural characterization by x-ray diffraction method has been performed to confirm the monocrystalline phase and the orientation of the fibers. Absorption measurements have been performed on different pieces of the fibers to check the homogeneity of the distribution of Yb3+ along the fiber length. The results indicate that the distribution coefficient is close to 1. The fluorescence lifetime was measured for different Yb3+ concentrations. Results are in agreement with the literature and can be interpreted as a mixture of the radiation trapping and concentration quenching effects. The emission cross section has been calculated both from absorption spectra and from emission data. The two different independent methods give similar results, but emission data suffer from strong reabsorption effects on some of the lines. On the zero phonon line at high doping levels a central dip appears that can be interpreted with a reabsorption model.

  2. The Effect of Colored Titanium Oxides on the Color Change on the Surface of Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-1Cr-1Fe Alloy

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    Peng, Wenwen; Zeng, Weidong; Zhang, Yaowu; Shi, Chunling; Quan, Biao; Wu, Jianding

    2013-09-01

    In the present investigation, a color change on the surface of Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-1Cr-1Fe alloy was studied through thermal oxidation experiments in the temperature range of 100-1000 °C with an interval of 50 °C. The phase composition and morphology of oxide layer were characterized by x-ray diffraction and light optical microscopy, respectively. The result shows that the achieved colors after thermal oxidation followed a chromatic scale which went from silver white to light yellow to golden yellow to blue and then to light green and brownish black. The color change on the alloy mainly resulted from the different colored titanium oxides in the oxide layer. The silver white, yellow, and blue on the alloy with the oxidation temperature below 600 °C were the results of TiO2 white tint, TiO golden tint, and Ti2O3 blue color, respectively. The light green was the mixed color of TiO golden tint and Ti2O3 blue color in the oxidation temperature range of 600-700 °C. However, at the oxidation temperatures exceeding 750 °C, the color turned to be brownish black. It might be associated with the thick, porous, and multilayered oxide layer. Consequently, it can be suggested that the illustration of the color change is vitally necessary for assessing the quality of the final workpieces according to the color change on titanium alloys.

  3. Comparison of Y3Al5O12:Ce0.05 phosphor coating methods for white-light-emitting diode on gallium nitride

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    Yum, Jun-Ho; Seo, Soo-Yeon; Lee, Seonghoon; Sung, Yung-Eun

    2001-12-01

    White light was obtained by mixing blue light from the emission of a GaN chip and a yellow light by the fluorescence of a Y3Al5O12:Ce0.05 yellow phosphor. A uniform coating of yellow phosphor on a GaN chip and an optimized thickness of a phosphor layer were necessary for achieving efficient white LED. Several methods for coating yellow phosphor particles such as the slurry method, the settling method, the electrophoretic deposition (EPD), and the modified EPD were examined for preparing the phosphor layer. The properties of the phosphor layer prepared by these methods were examined using SEM, XRD, and photoluminescence. The intensity of white light and the harmony between blue light and yellow light were dependent on the thickness of the phosphor layer. The properties of the phosphor layer made by the EPD such as packing density, thickness and uniformity could be more easily controlled than the slurry and settling methods. Further weak adhesion strength of phosphor particles by the EPD could be overcome via the use of a UV curable PVA+ADC layer on the phosphor layer in the EPD.

  4. Charge-compensation effect of Al on luminescence properties of M2(Si, Al)5N8:Ce3+ (M = Ca, Sr, Ba)

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    Kuramoto, Daiki; Horikawa, Takashi; Hanzawa, Hiromasa; Machida, Ken-ichi

    2013-09-01

    The charge-compensated materials, M2AlxSi5-xN8:Ce3+ (M = Ca, Sr, Ba), were synthesized from appropriate mixtures of MSi, MAlSi, (MSiHy, MAlSiHy), Si3N4 and CeF3 by a direct nitriding process in a N2 gas and the luminescence properties were characterized. The resultant phosphors showed green emission suitable for LED illumination by optimizing the mixing ratio of metal elements. These phosphors were effectively excited by violet or blue light (400-430 nm) and the emission bands were observed at various wavelength regions for Ca: 489-528 nm, Sr: 511-520 nm, and Ba: 508-514 nm. Although the emission intensity of Ca2(Si, Al)5N8:Ce3+ was decreased with increasing amount of Al, those of Sr- and Ba-analogues were maximized at x = 0.5 of Al content in M2Si5-xAlxN8:Ce3+.

  5. α-Phase transformation kinetics of U - 8 wt% Mo established by in situ neutron diffraction

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    Steiner, M. A.; Calhoun, C. A.; Klein, R. W.; An, K.; Garlea, E.; Agnew, S. R.

    2016-08-01

    The α-phase transformation kinetics of as-cast U - 8 wt% Mo below the eutectoid temperature have been established by in situ neutron diffraction. α-phase weight fraction data acquired through Rietveld refinement at five different isothermal hold temperatures can be modeled accurately utilizing a simple Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov impingement-based theory, and the results are validated by a corresponding evolution in the γ-phase lattice parameter during transformation that follows Vegard's law. Neutron diffraction data is used to produce a detailed Time-Temperature-Transformation diagram that improves upon inconsistencies in the current literature, exhibiting a minimum transformation start time of 40 min at temperatures between 500 °C and 510 °C. The transformation kinetics of U - 8 wt% Mo can vary significantly from as-cast conditions after extensive heat treatments, due to homogenization of the typical dendritic microstructure which possesses non-negligible solute segregation.

  6. Neutron diffraction study of U-5.4 wt% Mo alloy

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    Lee, Jeong-Soo; Lee, Chang-Hee; Kim, Ki Hwan; Em, Vyacheslav

    2000-06-01

    The structure of U-5.4 wt% Mo alloy prepared by the centrifugal atomization method and the decomposition of the alloy at elevated temperature were studied. The single uniform γ-phase was obtained after annealing the synthesized alloy at 700°C for 48 h. The homogenized alloy was annealed at 400°C and 500°C to search for an ordered phase and study the decomposition process. No ordered phase in U-5.4 wt% Mo alloy after annealing was observed. With the result from the Rietveld refinement of the neutron diffraction patterns it was concluded that the b parameter of the α-phase is contracted like metastable α'-phase and phase boundary of the α-phase region at 500°C lies near 2.6 at.% Mo.

  7. WT1-specific T cell receptor gene therapy: improving TCR function in transduced T cells.

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    Stauss, Hans J; Thomas, Sharyn; Cesco-Gaspere, Michela; Hart, Daniel P; Xue, Shao-An; Holler, Angelika; King, Judy; Wright, Graham; Perro, Mario; Pospori, Constantina; Morris, Emma

    2008-01-01

    Adoptive transfer of antigen-specific T lymphocytes is an attractive form of immunotherapy for haematological malignancies and cancer. The difficulty of isolating antigen-specific T lymphocytes for individual patients limits the more widespread use of adoptive T cell therapy. The demonstration that cloned T cell receptor (TCR) genes can be used to produce T lymphocyte populations of desired specificity offers new opportunities for antigen-specific T cell therapy. The first trial in humans demonstrated that TCR gene-modified T cells persisted for an extended time period and reduced tumor burden in some patients. The WT1 protein is an attractive target for immunotherapy of leukemia and solid cancer since elevated expression has been demonstrated in AML, CML, MDS and in breast, colon and ovarian cancer. In the past, we have isolated high avidity CTL specific for a WT1-derived peptide presented by HLA-A2 and cloned the TCR alpha and beta genes of a WT1-specific CTL line. The genes were inserted into retroviral vectors for transduction of human peripheral blood T lymphocytes of leukemia patients and normal donors. The treatment of leukemia-bearing NOD/SCID mice with T cells transduced with the WT1-specific TCR eliminated leukemia cells in the bone marrow of most mice, while treatment with T cells transduced with a TCR of irrelevant specificity did not diminish the leukemia burden. In order to improve the safety and efficacy of TCR gene therapy, we have developed lentiviral TCR gene transfer. In addition, we employed strategies to enhance TCR expression while avoiding TCR mis-pairing. It may be possible to generate dominant TCR constructs that can suppress the expression of the endogenous TCR on the surface of transduced T cells. The development of new TCR gene constructs holds great promise for the safe and effective delivery of TCR gene therapy for the treatment of malignancies.

  8. Rapidly solidified U-6 wt%Nb powders for dispersion-type nuclear fuels

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    McKeown, Joseph T.; Hsiung, Luke L.; Ryu, Ho Jin; Park, Jong Man; Turchi, Patrice E. A.; King, Wayne E.

    2014-05-01

    The microstructures of U-6 wt%Nb powder particles were investigated to assess their use as a distributed fuel phase in dispersion-type nuclear fuels. The powder was produced by centrifugal atomization, leading to rapid solidification of the molten alloy particles. The microstructure of the solidified particles consisted of a dendritic structure comprising metastable α-phase-related dendrites and interdendritic metastable γ0 phase formation. The relationship between the observed microstructure and processing conditions are discussed.

  9. WT1-specific T cell receptor gene therapy: improving TCR function in transduced T cells.

    PubMed

    Stauss, Hans J; Thomas, Sharyn; Cesco-Gaspere, Michela; Hart, Daniel P; Xue, Shao-An; Holler, Angelika; King, Judy; Wright, Graham; Perro, Mario; Pospori, Constantina; Morris, Emma

    2008-01-01

    Adoptive transfer of antigen-specific T lymphocytes is an attractive form of immunotherapy for haematological malignancies and cancer. The difficulty of isolating antigen-specific T lymphocytes for individual patients limits the more widespread use of adoptive T cell therapy. The demonstration that cloned T cell receptor (TCR) genes can be used to produce T lymphocyte populations of desired specificity offers new opportunities for antigen-specific T cell therapy. The first trial in humans demonstrated that TCR gene-modified T cells persisted for an extended time period and reduced tumor burden in some patients. The WT1 protein is an attractive target for immunotherapy of leukemia and solid cancer since elevated expression has been demonstrated in AML, CML, MDS and in breast, colon and ovarian cancer. In the past, we have isolated high avidity CTL specific for a WT1-derived peptide presented by HLA-A2 and cloned the TCR alpha and beta genes of a WT1-specific CTL line. The genes were inserted into retroviral vectors for transduction of human peripheral blood T lymphocytes of leukemia patients and normal donors. The treatment of leukemia-bearing NOD/SCID mice with T cells transduced with the WT1-specific TCR eliminated leukemia cells in the bone marrow of most mice, while treatment with T cells transduced with a TCR of irrelevant specificity did not diminish the leukemia burden. In order to improve the safety and efficacy of TCR gene therapy, we have developed lentiviral TCR gene transfer. In addition, we employed strategies to enhance TCR expression while avoiding TCR mis-pairing. It may be possible to generate dominant TCR constructs that can suppress the expression of the endogenous TCR on the surface of transduced T cells. The development of new TCR gene constructs holds great promise for the safe and effective delivery of TCR gene therapy for the treatment of malignancies. PMID:17855129

  10. Investigation on hydrogenation performance of Mg{sub 2}Ni+10 wt.% NbN composite

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    Zhao, Xin; Han, Shumin; Zhu, Yi; Chen, Xiaocui; Ke, Dandan; Wang, Zhibin; Liu, Ting; Ma, Yufei

    2015-01-15

    The Mg{sub 2}Ni+10 wt.% NbN composite was prepared by mechanical milling and its hydrogen absorption/desorption properties and microstructure were systematically investigated. XRD results indicated that NbN was stable during ball milling process while partly decomposed into NbN{sub 0.95} and NbH during hydriding/dehydriding cycles irreversibly. The composite exhibited excellent hydrogenation/dehydrogenation kinetics performance with 2.71 wt.% hydrogen absorbed in 60 s at 423 K and 0.81 wt.% hydrogen released in 2 h at 523 K, respectively. The H diffusion constant of the composite reached 14.98×10{sup −5} s{sup −1} which was more than twice increased than that of pure Mg{sub 2}Ni powder. The superior hydrogen storage properties of the composite were ascribed to the refined grain size and abundant N-defect points provided by NbN and NbN{sub 0.95} in the composite. - Graphical abstract: The Mg{sub 2}Ni+10 wt.% NbN composite displays improvements on particle size distribution as well as hydrogen storage properties compared with that of pure Mg{sub 2}Ni. - Highlights: • NbN is introduced into Mg{sub 2}Ni hydride by Ar protected ball-milling. • Surfaces of the additive NbN particle are reduced by Mg{sub 2}NiH{sub 4}. • Hydrogenation kinetic property at 423 K is double improved. • Dehydrogenation capacity at 523 K of composites is beyond double improved.

  11. Process aspects in combustion and gasification Waste-to-Energy (WtE) units.

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    Leckner, Bo

    2015-03-01

    The utilisation of energy in waste, Waste to Energy (WtE), has become increasingly important. Waste is a wide concept, and to focus, the feedstock dealt with here is mostly municipal solid waste. It is found that combustion in grate-fired furnaces is by far the most common mode of fuel conversion compared to fluidized beds and rotary furnaces. Combinations of pyrolysis in rotary furnace or gasification in fluidized or fixed bed with high-temperature combustion are applied particularly in Japan in systems whose purpose is to melt ashes and destroy dioxins. Recently, also in Japan more emphasis is put on WtE. In countries with high heat demand, WtE in the form of heat and power can be quite efficient even in simple grate-fired systems, whereas in warm regions only electricity is generated, and for this product the efficiency of boilers (the steam data) is limited by corrosion from the flue gas. However, combination of cleaned gas from gasification with combustion provides a means to enhance the efficiency of electricity production considerably. Finally, the impact of sorting on the properties of the waste to be fed to boilers or gasifiers is discussed. The description intends to be general, but examples are mostly taken from Europe.

  12. Process aspects in combustion and gasification Waste-to-Energy (WtE) units.

    PubMed

    Leckner, Bo

    2015-03-01

    The utilisation of energy in waste, Waste to Energy (WtE), has become increasingly important. Waste is a wide concept, and to focus, the feedstock dealt with here is mostly municipal solid waste. It is found that combustion in grate-fired furnaces is by far the most common mode of fuel conversion compared to fluidized beds and rotary furnaces. Combinations of pyrolysis in rotary furnace or gasification in fluidized or fixed bed with high-temperature combustion are applied particularly in Japan in systems whose purpose is to melt ashes and destroy dioxins. Recently, also in Japan more emphasis is put on WtE. In countries with high heat demand, WtE in the form of heat and power can be quite efficient even in simple grate-fired systems, whereas in warm regions only electricity is generated, and for this product the efficiency of boilers (the steam data) is limited by corrosion from the flue gas. However, combination of cleaned gas from gasification with combustion provides a means to enhance the efficiency of electricity production considerably. Finally, the impact of sorting on the properties of the waste to be fed to boilers or gasifiers is discussed. The description intends to be general, but examples are mostly taken from Europe. PMID:24846797

  13. A Project Assessment of Stabilizing System of WT Generation using Rechargeable Battery

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    Kojima, Yasuhiro; Takano, Tomihiro; Tanikawa, Ryoichi; Takagi, Tetsuro; Hirooka, Koutaro; Kumagai, Sadatoshi

    The expansion of the renewable energy introduction is examined as measures for controlling global warming. Wind power generation is expected as effective power resource, but the negative impact from the difficulty of an unstable output is concerned. In recent years, WT generation with contract of cut-of with shorting adjusting power and with rechargeable battery for stabilizing control are examined, but the introduction has not been accelerated yet because there is an influence in WT generation entrepreneur's business. In this paper, we make a brief summary of relation between the fluctuation of wind power generation and stability of electric power operation, and two types of approach; cut-off contract and stabilization using rechargeable battery. For the stabilization using battery, there are two methods, one is reduction control and the other is constant control. We propose a new control method for constant control based on profit optimization considering WT generation forecast and its risk of deviation. We also propose the estimation method for the .limitation of battery installation. Simulation results show the efficiency of our proposed methods.

  14. WT1 immunoprofiling and comparison of malignant Mullerian mixed tumors of the female genital tract.

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    Franko, Angela; Magliocco, Anthony M; Duan, Quili; Duggan, Máire A

    2010-09-01

    A malignant Mullerian mixed tumor (MMMT) is a biphasic homologous or heterologous malignancy of the female genital tract. WT1 (Wilms tumor 1) is both a tumor suppressor gene and oncogene overexpressed in the nuclei of some gynecologic carcinomas. Expression in MMMT is incompletely described. Whole sections from 16 MMMTs were stained with WT1 (N terminus) using a standard immunoperoxidase technique. There were 7 heterologous and 9 homologous tumors and 10 were endometrial, 5 were ovarian, and 1 was of peritoneal origin. The tissue and cell staining pattern and score (intensity by amount) were evaluated and correlated with the tumor subtype and anatomic location. Among the 16 tumors, 81.3% showed mostly stromal and cytoplasmic staining and a score of 3 or 6. Staining was positive in 80% of the endometrial and ovarian tumors and the 1 peritoneal tumor and in all heterologous and 66.7% of the homologous tumors. The immunoprofile correlated with tumor subtype but not with anatomic location. Stromal and epithelial staining was more frequent (83.3%) in homologous tumors and differed significantly (P=0.009) from the heterologous types where stromal staining prevailed (85.7%). MMMT is another genital tract malignancy which can over express WT1 and the immunoprofile may assist in tumor subtyping.

  15. Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis in patients with complete deletion of one WT1 allele.

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    Iijima, Kazumoto; Someya, Tomonosuke; Ito, Shuichi; Nozu, Kandai; Nakanishi, Koichi; Matsuoka, Kentaro; Ohashi, Hirofumi; Nagata, Michio; Kamei, Koichi; Sasaki, Satoshi

    2012-06-01

    The renal prognosis of patients with Wilms' tumor, aniridia, genitourinary anomalies, and mental retardation syndrome (WAGR) is poor. However, the renal histology and its mechanisms are not well understood. We performed renal biopsies in 3 patients with WAGR syndrome who had heavy proteinuria. The complete deletion of one WT1 allele was detected in each patient by constitutional chromosomal deletion at 11p13 using G-banding, high-resolution G-banding, and fluorescence in situ hybridization. The patients exhibited proteinuria at the ages of 6, 10, and 6 years and were diagnosed as having focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) at the ages of 7, 16 and 19 years, respectively. They exhibited normal or mildly declined renal function at the time of biopsy. Re-examination of a nephrectomized kidney from 1 patient revealed that some glomeruli showed segmental sclerosis, although he did not have proteinuria at the time of nephrectomy. The other 2 patients did not develop Wilms' tumor and thus did not undergo nephrectomy, chemotherapy, or radiotherapy, thereby eliminating any effect of these therapies on the renal histology. In conclusion, complete deletion of one WT1 allele may induce the development of FSGS. Our findings suggest that haploinsufficiency of the WT1 could be responsible for the development of FSGS.

  16. DNA hydroxymethylation profiling reveals that WT1 mutations result in loss of TET2 function in acute myeloid leukemia

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    Rampal, Raajit; Alkalin, Altuna; Madzo, Jozef; Vasanthakumar, Aparna; Pronier, Elodie; Patel, Jay; Li, Yushan; Ahn, Jihae; Abdel-Wahab, Omar; Shih, Alan; Lu, Chao; Ward, Patrick S.; Tsai, Jennifer J.; Hricik, Todd; Tosello, Valeria; Tallman, Jacob E.; Zhao, Xinyang; Daniels, Danette; Dai, Qing; Ciminio, Luisa; Aifantis, Iannis; He, Chuan; Fuks, Francois; Tallman, Martin S.; Ferrando, Adolfo; Nimer, Stephen; Paietta, Elisabeth; Thompson, Craig B.; Licht, Jonathan D.; Mason, Chris; Godley, Lucy A.; Melnick, Ari; Figueroa, Maria E.; Levine, Ross L.

    2014-01-01

    Summary Somatic mutations in IDH1/2 and TET2 result in impaired TET2 mediated conversion of 5-methylcytosine (5-mC) to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5-hmC). The observation that WT1 inactivating mutations anti-correlate with TET2/IDH1/2 mutations in AML led us to hypothesize that WT1 mutations may impact TET2 function. WT1 mutant acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients have reduced 5-hmC levels similar to TET2/IDH1/2-mutant AML. These mutations are characterized by convergent, site-specific alterations in DNA hydroxymethylation, which drive differential gene expression more than alterations in DNA promoter methylation. WT1 overexpression increases global levels of 5-hmC, and WT1 silencing reduced 5-hmC levels. WT1 physically interacts with TET2 and TET3, and WT1 loss of function results in a similar hematopoietic differentiation phenotype as observed with TET2 deficiency. These data provide a novel role for WT1 in regulating DNA hydroxymethylation and suggest that TET2 IDH1/2, and WT1 mutations define a novel AML subtype defined by dysregulated DNA hydroxymethylation. PMID:25482556

  17. In Vivo Assays for Assessing the Role of the Wilms' Tumor Suppressor 1 (Wt1) in Angiogenesis.

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    McGregor, Richard J; Ogley, R; Hadoke, Pwf; Hastie, Nicholas

    2016-01-01

    The Wilms' tumor suppressor gene (WT1) is widely expressed during neovascularization, but it is almost entirely absent in quiescent adult vasculature. However, in vessels undergoing angiogenesis, WT1 is dramatically upregulated. Studies have shown Wt1 has a role in both tumor and ischemic angiogenesis, but the mechanism of Wt1 action in angiogenic tissue remains to be elucidated. Here, we describe two methods for induction of in vivo angiogenesis (subcutaneous sponge implantation, femoral artery ligation) that can be used to assess the influence of Wt1 on new blood vessel formation. Subcutaneously implanted sponges stimulate an inflammatory and fibrotic response including cell infiltration and angiogenesis. Femoral artery ligation creates ischemia in the distal hindlimb and produces an angiogenic response to reperfuse the limb which can be quantified in vivo by laser Doppler flowmetry. In both of these models, the role of Wt1 in the angiogenic process can be assessed using histological/immunohistochemical staining, molecular analysis (qPCR) and flow cytometry. Furthermore, combined with suitable genetic modifications, these models can be used to explore the causal relationship between Wt1 expression and angiogenesis and to trace the lineage of cells expressing Wt1. This approach will help to clarify the importance of Wt1 in regulating neovascularization in the adult, and its potential as a therapeutic target.

  18. In Vivo Assays for Assessing the Role of the Wilms' Tumor Suppressor 1 (Wt1) in Angiogenesis.

    PubMed

    McGregor, Richard J; Ogley, R; Hadoke, Pwf; Hastie, Nicholas

    2016-01-01

    The Wilms' tumor suppressor gene (WT1) is widely expressed during neovascularization, but it is almost entirely absent in quiescent adult vasculature. However, in vessels undergoing angiogenesis, WT1 is dramatically upregulated. Studies have shown Wt1 has a role in both tumor and ischemic angiogenesis, but the mechanism of Wt1 action in angiogenic tissue remains to be elucidated. Here, we describe two methods for induction of in vivo angiogenesis (subcutaneous sponge implantation, femoral artery ligation) that can be used to assess the influence of Wt1 on new blood vessel formation. Subcutaneously implanted sponges stimulate an inflammatory and fibrotic response including cell infiltration and angiogenesis. Femoral artery ligation creates ischemia in the distal hindlimb and produces an angiogenic response to reperfuse the limb which can be quantified in vivo by laser Doppler flowmetry. In both of these models, the role of Wt1 in the angiogenic process can be assessed using histological/immunohistochemical staining, molecular analysis (qPCR) and flow cytometry. Furthermore, combined with suitable genetic modifications, these models can be used to explore the causal relationship between Wt1 expression and angiogenesis and to trace the lineage of cells expressing Wt1. This approach will help to clarify the importance of Wt1 in regulating neovascularization in the adult, and its potential as a therapeutic target. PMID:27417962

  19. Preparation and characterization of Al2O3/Y3Al5O12/ZrO2 ternary hypoeutectic in situ composites by laser rapid solidification

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    Su, Haijun; Zhang, Jun; Tian, Junjie; Liu, Lin; Fu, Hengzhi

    2008-07-01

    The directionally solidified oxide eutectic in situ composite is one of the most promising high-temperature structural materials in oxidizing environments. Pore-free rods and plates of ternary Al2O3/Y3Al5O12 (YAG)/ZrO2 hypoeutectic in situ composites with hypoeutectic composition (71 mol % Al2O3, 17 mol % Y2O3, and 12 mol % ZrO2) are prepared rapidly by the laser zone remelting technique. The hypoeutectic growth and microstructure characteristic of grown crystals are studied using the scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and energy dispersive spectroscopy, aiming to understand well the rapid solidification behavior of the ternary oxide system of Al2O3-Y2O3-ZrO2. The rapidly solidified Al2O3/YAG/ZrO2 hypoeutectic shows a refined, interpenetrating, and irregular lamellar structure with a reticular distribution of coarse Al2O3 and yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) and smaller ZrO2 phases. The fine ZrO2 phases are partially embedded at the Al2O3/YAG interfaces. Moreover, the typical dendrite microstructure similar to the metallic solidification is also observed. The formation of two kinds of microstructures is mainly attributed to the rapid growth during the laser zone remelting and constitutional supercooling. The Al2O3 and YAG phases grow in a typical faceted manner, and the ZrO2 phase presents a weak-faceted growth. The size of the interphase spacing obtained decreases rapidly in increasing the laser scanning rate. The fundamental investigations on the irregular growth mechanisms of the hypoeutectic are suggestive to the comprehension of the complex solidification behavior of the ternary oxide systems.

  20. Cyclic Deformation Response of β-Annealed Ti-5Al-5V-5Mo-3Cr Alloy Under Compressive Loading Conditions

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    Huang, Jun; Wang, Zhirui; Zhou, Jie

    2011-09-01

    This article reports the cyclic deformation behavior of the β-annealed metastable Ti-5Al-5V-5Mo-3Cr (Ti-5553) alloy under the condition of pure compressive fatigue stress. The following three aspects, namely, the mechanical response, the surface morphology evolution, and the dislocation structures, were systematically investigated. Under all testing conditions, the material demonstrated cyclic softening in the initial cycles followed by saturation. The progressive observation of surface morphology at fixed locations, but after different numbers of cycles, elucidated typical planar slip behavior and the early appearance of fatigue microcracks, which were found often to be induced by the highly localized planar slip bands. The transmission electron microscopy (TEM) study revealed dislocation annihilation upon cycling, i.e., the reduction of dislocation density as well as the simplification of dislocation configurations. In addition, detwinning and changed twin boundary structures upon cycling were also detected. Such activities, together with the intersection of coherent ω precipitates by moving dislocations, are considered to be responsible for the initial softening, whereas the dislocation dipole flip-flop mechanism is presumably responsible for the cyclic saturation behavior. An attempt was made to explain the strain-localized planar slip behavior by considering the stacking fault energy (SFE) as well as the free-electron-to-atom ( e/ a) ratio. The nanoscaled ω and α precipitation in the β matrix may also contribute to the planar slip behavior. The effect of the microstructure in the as-received material was also analyzed for the strain localization and planar-slip mode.

  1. Why do mafic arc magmas contain ˜4wt% water on average?

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    Plank, Terry; Kelley, Katherine A.; Zimmer, Mindy M.; Hauri, Erik H.; Wallace, Paul J.

    2013-02-01

    The last 15 yr have seen an explosion of data on the volatile contents of magmas parental to arc volcanoes. This has occurred due to the intense study of melt inclusions trapped in volcanic phenocrysts, aliquots of magma that have presumably escaped degassing during eruption. The surprising first-order result is the narrow range in H2O concentrations in the least degassed melt inclusions from each volcano. Nearly all arc volcanoes are sourced with mafic magmas that contain 2-6 wt% H2O. The average for each arc varies even less, from 3.2 (for the Cascades) to 4.5 (for the Marianas), with a global average of 3.9±0.4 wt% H2O. Significant variations occur from volcano to volcano within each arc, but the means are indistinguishable within one s.d. The narrow range and common average value for H2O are in stark contrast to the concentrations of most other subduction tracers, such as Nb or Ba, which vary by orders of magnitude. A modulating process, either in the crust or mantle, is likely responsible for the restricted range in the H2O contents of arc melt inclusions. One possibility is that melt inclusion H2O values reflect vapor saturation at the last storage depth in the crust prior to eruption. In this scenario, magmas rise from the mantle with variable H2O contents (>4 wt%), become vapor-saturated and start degassing, and continue to degas up until the depth at which they stall. If the stalling depths are ∼6 km, which is common for storage depths beneath volcanoes, magmas would be saturated at ∼4 wt% H2O, and melt inclusions, most of which become closed during further ascent, would thus record ≤4 wt% H2O. Another possibility is that the mantle melting process modulates water content in the melt such that magmas rise out of the mantle with ∼4 wt% H2O. A strong relationship between the water content of the source, H2O(o) and the degree of melting (F) maintains nearly constant water contents in the melt for a restricted range in mantle temperature. Magmas with

  2. Warm/cold rolling processes for producing Fe-6.5wt% Si electrical steel with columnar grains

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    Fu, Hua-dong; Zhang, Zhi-hao; Pan, Hong-jiang; Mo, Yuan-ke; Xie, Jian-xin

    2013-06-01

    A new technical prototype for producing Fe-6.5wt% Si electrical steel sheets by directional solidification, heat treatment before rolling, warm rolling, and cold rolling was proposed in the present study. The formability of Fe-6.5wt% Si electrical steel before rolling and the reasonable process parameters of this technical prototype were obtained. Experimental results reveal that the formability of Fe-6.5wt% Si electrical steel is improved significantly under the combination of directional solidification and heat treatment before rolling. Fe-6.5wt% Si electrical steel sheets with the thickness of 0.15 mm, bright surface, few edge cracks, and high rolling yield can be successfully fabricated using this technology without any intermediate annealing during the whole rolling. The combination of directional solidification, heat treatment before rolling, warm rolling, and cold rolling can work as a new process for highly efficient and compact fabrication of Fe-6.5wt% Si electrical steel sheets.

  3. Environmental impact assessment of a WtE plant after structural upgrade measures.

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    Passarini, Fabrizio; Nicoletti, Monica; Ciacci, Luca; Vassura, Ivano; Morselli, Luciano

    2014-04-01

    The study focuses on analysing the evolution of environmental impacts caused by a medium-large Italian WtE plant before and after revamping and maintenance operations, with the aim of providing an evaluation of how much these structural upgrade measures may affect the total environmental performance. LCA methodology was applied for the modelling and comparison of six WtE scenarios, each describing the main structural upgrades carried out in the plant over the years 1996-2011. The comparison was conducted by adopting 1ton of MSW as the functional unit, and the net contribution from energy recovery to power generation was distinguished by defining consistent national grid electricity mixes for every year considered. The Ecoindicator99 2.09 impact assessment method was used to evaluate the contribution to midpoint and endpoint categories (e.g. carcinogens, respiratory inorganics and organics, climate change, damage to human health). Lastly, the "Pedigree quality matrix" was applied to verify the reliability and robustness of the model created. As expected, the results showed better environmental scores after both the implementation of new procedures and the integration of operations. However, while a net reduction of air emissions seems to be achievable through dedicated flue gas treatment technologies, outcomes underscored potentials for improving the management of bottom ash through the adoption of alternative options aimed to use that solid residue mainly as filler, and to decrease risks from its current disposal in landfill. If the same effort that is put into flue gas treatment were devoted to energy recovery, the targets for the WtE plant could be easily met, achieving a higher sustainability. This aspect is even more complex: national policies for implementing greener and renewable energy sources would result in a lower impact of the national energy mix and, hence, in a lower net avoided burden from energy recovery. The study confirmed the expected improvements

  4. Directionally Solidified Aluminum - 7 wt% Silicon Alloys: Comparison of Earth and International Space Station Processed Samples

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    Grugel, Richard N,; Tewari, Surendra; Rajamure, R. S.; Erdman, Robert; Poirier, David

    2012-01-01

    Primary dendrite arm spacings of Al-7 wt% Si alloy directionally solidified in low gravity environment of space (MICAST-6 and MICAST-7: Thermal gradient approx. 19 to 26 K/cm, Growth speeds varying from 5 to 50 microns/s show good agreement with the Hunt-Lu model. Primary dendrite trunk diameters of the ISS processed samples show a good fit with a simple analytical model based on Kirkwood s approach, proposed here. Natural convection, a) decreases primary dendrite arm spacing. b) appears to increase primary dendrite trunk diameter.

  5. Planar to cellular transition during directional solidification of Al-0.5 wt. % Cu

    SciTech Connect

    Fornaro, O.; Palacio, H.A.

    1997-02-15

    Directional solidification is one of the most widely used methods for production of high quality components, as it permits a precise control of the resultant microstructure. The formation of cellular or dendritic interfaces is influenced by microsegregation and thermal profiles ahead of the interface. These structures influence the mechanical properties of the final product. Hence, the instabilities of a planar interface and its development into a periodic array of cells or dendrites have received particular attention from the metallurgist. This transition is evaluated for a Al-0.5 wt.% Cu alloy.

  6. Elastic Properties of Rolled Uranium -- 10 wt.% Molybdenum Nuclear Fuel Foils

    SciTech Connect

    D. W. Brown; D. J. Alexander; K. D. Clarke; B. Clausen; M. A. Okuniewski; T. A. Sisneros

    2013-11-01

    In situ neutron diffraction data was collected during elastic loading of rolled foils of uranium-10 wt.% molybdenum bonded to a thin layer of zirconium. Lattice parameters were ascertained from the diffraction patterns to determine the elastic strain and, subsequently, the elastic moduli and Poisson’s ratio in the rolling and transverse directions. The foil was found to be elastically isotropic in the rolling plane with an effective modulus of 86 + / - 3 GPa and a Poisson’s ratio 0.39 + / - 0.04.

  7. Molecular Dynamics Simulation of γS-WT and γS-G18V

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    Ozawa, Ai; Yamada, Hironao; Mori, Sakiko; Noguchi, Yoh; Miyakawa, Takeshi; Morikawa, Ryota; Takasu, Masako

    γS-crystallin maintains transparency of the crystalline lens and increases the refraction index of lens. γS-G18V is a mutant γS-crystallin in which 18th glycine is replaced by valine. This protein is related to childhood-onset cortical cataract. In this paper, we study the fluctuation of residues and dihedral angles, and investigate the difference between γS-WT and γS-G18V by using molecular dynamics simulation. In the result of RMSF, we found large difference around the mutation point. In addition, differences of dihedral angles of cysteins were found in this area.

  8. Laser remelting of Al-1.5 wt%Fe alloy surfaces: Numerical and experimental analyses

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    Bertelli, Felipe; Meza, Elisangela S.; Goulart, Pedro R.; Cheung, Noé; Riva, Rudimar; Garcia, Amauri

    2011-04-01

    A 3D heat transfer mathematical model based on the finite element method is applied to the laser surface remelting (LSR) process with a view to simulating temperature fields and melt pool dimensions. The theoretical predictions furnished by the model are validated against LSR experimental results from tests carried out in the present study with Al-1.5 wt%Fe alloy samples. The work also encompasses an analysis of microstructural and microhardness variations throughout the resulting treated and untreated zones. A remarkable effect of the LSR treatment on the mechanical and corrosion resistance of the treated samples is shown.

  9. Phyto-chemical evaluation of dried aqueous extract of Jivanti [Leptadenia reticulata (Retz.) Wt. et Arn].

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    Pal, Atanu; Sharma, Parmeshwar P; Pandya, Tarulata N; Acharya, Rabinarayan; Patel, Bhupesh R; Shukla, Vinay J; Ravishankar, B

    2012-10-01

    Jivanti (Leptadenia reticulata (Retz.) Wt. et Arn) is a well known climber used for its innumerable therapeutic properties like antioxidant, antibacterial, vasodilator, galactogogue, Jivaniya, etc., Its use in veterinary practice is tremendous due to its lactogenic effect. The Ghana (dried aqueous extract) of the whole plant was prepared and evaluated phyto-chemically by subjecting it to various tests like physico-chemical, qualitative analysis; TLC and HPTLC. Qualitative tests revealed the presence of flavonoids and TLC also inferred positive Rf value (0.30), indicating the presence of quercetin in the Ghana.

  10. Environmental impact assessment of a WtE plant after structural upgrade measures.

    PubMed

    Passarini, Fabrizio; Nicoletti, Monica; Ciacci, Luca; Vassura, Ivano; Morselli, Luciano

    2014-04-01

    The study focuses on analysing the evolution of environmental impacts caused by a medium-large Italian WtE plant before and after revamping and maintenance operations, with the aim of providing an evaluation of how much these structural upgrade measures may affect the total environmental performance. LCA methodology was applied for the modelling and comparison of six WtE scenarios, each describing the main structural upgrades carried out in the plant over the years 1996-2011. The comparison was conducted by adopting 1ton of MSW as the functional unit, and the net contribution from energy recovery to power generation was distinguished by defining consistent national grid electricity mixes for every year considered. The Ecoindicator99 2.09 impact assessment method was used to evaluate the contribution to midpoint and endpoint categories (e.g. carcinogens, respiratory inorganics and organics, climate change, damage to human health). Lastly, the "Pedigree quality matrix" was applied to verify the reliability and robustness of the model created. As expected, the results showed better environmental scores after both the implementation of new procedures and the integration of operations. However, while a net reduction of air emissions seems to be achievable through dedicated flue gas treatment technologies, outcomes underscored potentials for improving the management of bottom ash through the adoption of alternative options aimed to use that solid residue mainly as filler, and to decrease risks from its current disposal in landfill. If the same effort that is put into flue gas treatment were devoted to energy recovery, the targets for the WtE plant could be easily met, achieving a higher sustainability. This aspect is even more complex: national policies for implementing greener and renewable energy sources would result in a lower impact of the national energy mix and, hence, in a lower net avoided burden from energy recovery. The study confirmed the expected improvements

  11. The Relationships Between Microstructure, Tensile Properties and Fatigue Life in Ti-5Al-5V-5Mo-3Cr-0.4Fe (Ti-5553)

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    Foltz, John W., IV

    beta-titanium alloys are being increasingly used in airframes as a way to decrease the weight of the aircraft. As a result of this movement, Ti-5Al-5V-5Mo-3Cr-0.4Fe (Timetal 555), a high-strength beta titanium alloy, is being used on the current generation of landing gear. This alloy features good combinations of strength, ductility, toughness and fatigue life in alpha+beta processed conditions, but little is known about beta-processed conditions. Recent work by the Center for the Accelerated Maturation of Materials (CAMM) research group at The Ohio State University has improved the tensile property knowledge base for beta-processed conditions in this alloy, and this thesis augments the aforementioned development with description of how microstructure affects fatigue life. In this work, beta-processed microstructures have been produced in a Gleeble(TM) thermomechanical simulator and subsequently characterized with a combination of electron and optical microscopy techniques. Four-point bending fatigue tests have been carried out on the material to characterize fatigue life. All the microstructural conditions have been fatigue tested with the maximum test stress equal to 90% of the measured yield strength. The subsequent results from tensile tests, fatigue tests, and microstructural quantification have been analyzed using Bayesian neural networks in an attempt to predict fatigue life using microstructural and tensile inputs. Good correlation has been developed between lifetime predictions and experimental results using microstructure and tensile inputs. Trained Bayesian neural networks have also been used in a predictive fashion to explore functional dependencies between these inputs and fatigue life. In this work, one section discusses the thermal treatments that led to the observed microstructures, and the possible sequence of precipitation that led to these microstructures. The thesis then describes the implications of microstructure on fatigue life and

  12. Wilms Tumor Gene (WT1) Peptide–based Cancer Vaccine Combined With Gemcitabine for Patients With Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

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    Nishida, Sumiyuki; Koido, Shigeo; Takeda, Yutaka; Homma, Sadamu; Komita, Hideo; Takahara, Akitaka; Morita, Satoshi; Ito, Toshinori; Morimoto, Soyoko; Hara, Kazuma; Tsuboi, Akihiro; Oka, Yoshihiro; Yanagisawa, Satoru; Toyama, Yoichi; Ikegami, Masahiro; Kitagawa, Toru; Eguchi, Hidetoshi; Wada, Hiroshi; Nagano, Hiroaki; Nakata, Jun; Nakae, Yoshiki; Hosen, Naoki; Oji, Yusuke; Tanaka, Toshio; Kawase, Ichiro; Kumanogoh, Atsushi; Sakamoto, Junichi; Doki, Yuichiro; Mori, Masaki; Ohkusa, Toshifumi; Tajiri, Hisao

    2014-01-01

    Wilms tumor gene (WT1) protein is an attractive target for cancer immunotherapy. We aimed to investigate the feasibility of a combination therapy consisting of gemcitabine and WT1 peptide–based vaccine for patients with advanced pancreatic cancer and to make initial assessments of its clinical efficacy and immunologic response. Thirty-two HLA-A*24:02+ patients with advanced pancreatic cancer were enrolled. Patients received HLA-A*24:02-restricted, modified 9-mer WT1 peptide (3 mg/body) emulsified with Montanide ISA51 adjuvant (WT1 vaccine) intradermally biweekly and gemcitabine (1000 mg/m2) on days 1, 8, and 15 of a 28-day cycle. This combination therapy was well tolerated. The frequencies of grade 3–4 adverse events for this combination therapy were similar to those for gemcitabine alone. Objective response rate was 20.0% (6/30 evaluable patients). Median survival time and 1-year survival rate were 8.1 months and 29%, respectively. The association between longer survival and positive delayed-type hypersensitivity to WT1 peptide was statistically significant, and longer survivors featured a higher frequency of memory-phenotype WT1-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes both before and after treatment. WT1 vaccine in combination with gemcitabine was well tolerated for patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. Delayed-type hypersensitivity-positivity to WT1 peptide and a higher frequency of memory-phenotype WT1-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes could be useful prognostic markers for survival in the combination therapy with gemcitabine and WT1 vaccine. Further clinical investigation is warranted to determine the effectiveness of this combination therapy. PMID:24509173

  13. Wt1 dictates the fate of fetal and adult Leydig cells during development in the mouse testis.

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    Wen, Qing; Zheng, Qiao-Song; Li, Xi-Xia; Hu, Zhao-Yuan; Gao, Fei; Cheng, C Yan; Liu, Yi-Xun

    2014-12-15

    Wilms' tumor 1 (Wt1) is a tumor suppressor gene encoding ∼24 zinc finger transcription factors. In the mammalian testis, Wt1 is expressed mostly by Sertoli cells (SCs) involved in testis development, spermatogenesis, and adult Leydig cell (ALC) steroidogenesis. Global knockout (KO) of Wt1 is lethal in mice due to defects in embryogenesis. Herein, we showed that Wt1 is involved in regulating fetal Leydig cell (FLC) degeneration and ALC differentiation during testicular development. Using Wt1(-/flox);Amh-Cre mice that specifically deleted Wt1 in the SC vs. age-matched wild-type (WT) controls, FLC-like-clusters were found in Wt1-deficient testes that remained mitotically active from postnatal day 1 (P1) to P56, and no ALC was detected at these ages. Leydig cells in mutant adult testes displayed morphological features of FLC. Also, FLC-like cells in adult mutant testes had reduced expression in ALC-associated genes Ptgds, Sult1e1, Vcam1, Hsd11b1, Hsd3b6, and Hsd17b3 but high expression of FLC-associated genes Thbs2 and Hsd3b1. Whereas serum LH and testosterone level in mutant mice were not different from controls, intratesticular testosterone level was significantly reduced. Deletion of Wt1 gene also perturbed the expression of steroidogenic enzymes Star, P450c17, Hsd3b6, Hsd3b1, Hsd17b1, and Hsd17b3. FLCs in adult mutant testes failed to convert androstenedione to testosterone due to a lack of Hsd17b3, and this defect was rescued by coculturing with fetal SCs. In summary, FLC-like cells in mutant testes are putative FLCs that remain mitotically active in adult mice, illustrating that Wt1 dictates the fate of FLC and ALC during postnatal testis development.

  14. Electrochemical studies on LiCoO 2 surface coated with Y 3Al 5O 12 for lithium-ion cells

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    Chen, Jin-Ming; Cho, Yung-Da; Hsiao, Chiao-Ling; Fey, George Ting-Kuo

    Synthesized yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) sol was coated on the surface of the LiCoO 2 cathode particles by an in situ sol-gel process, followed by calcination at 923 K for 10 h in air. Based on XRD, TEM, and ESCA data, a compact YAG kernel with an average thickness of ∼20 nm was formed on the surface of the core LiCoO 2 particles, which ranged from ∼90 to 120 nm in size. The charge-discharge cycling studies for the coated materials suggest that 0.3 wt.% YAG-coated LiCoO 2 heated at 923 K for 10 h in air, delivered a discharge capacity of 167 mAh g -1 and a cycle stability of about 164 cycles with a fading rate of 0.2 mAh cycle -1 at a 0.2 C-rate between 2.75 and 4.40 V vs. Li/Li +. The differential capacity plots revealed that impedance growth was slower for YAG surface treated LiCoO 2, when cells were charged at 4.40 V. DSC results exemplified that the exothermic peak at ∼468 K corresponded to the release of much less oxygen and greater thermal-stability.

  15. Effect of 4 wt.% Cr on microstructure, corrosion resistance and tribological properties of Fe{sub 3}Al–20 wt.%Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composites

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    Bai, Yaping Xing, Jiandong Ma, Shengqiang Huang, Qian He, Yuanyuan Liu, Zhen Gao, Yimin

    2013-04-15

    Fe{sub 3}Al–20 wt.%Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ultrafine grained composites with 4 wt.% Cr were prepared by mechanical alloying inducing self propagating high temperature synthesis with subsequent plasma activated sintering. Microstructures of the composites were studied by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectrum and transmission electron microscope. Then the relative density, room temperature hardness, static corrosion resistance and dry sliding wear behavior at a temperature range of 25 °C–800 °C of the sintered samples were tested and analyzed. The results showed that the composites had high hardness and a good microstructure with fine grain size, high relative density. The composites with 4 wt.% Cr amount also exhibited excellent comprehensive tribological properties at medium–high temperatures especially at a temperature above 500 °C, although the wear resistance did not be improved at 25 °C–500 °C. 4 wt.% Cr element addition improved the corrosion resistance of the composites significantly with the corrosion loss decreasing by 19.48%. - Highlights: ► In-situ Fe{sub 3}Al–20 wt.%Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composites with 4 wt.% Cr was prepared by MA-PAS. ► Composites had good tribological properties at the temperature above 500 °C. ► Corrosion resistance was improved obviously by 4 wt.% Cr amount.

  16. The Influences of Grain Size and Morphology on the Hot Tearing Susceptibility, Contraction, and Load Behaviors of AA7050 Alloy Inoculated with Al-5Ti-1B Master Alloy

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    Li, Y.; Bai, Q. L.; Liu, J. C.; Li, H. X.; Du, Q.; Zhang, J. S.; Zhuang, L. Z.

    2016-08-01

    The influences of grain size and morphology on the hot tearing susceptibility of AA7050 alloy inoculated with Al-5Ti-1B master alloy were investigated by the authors. It was found that with the optimal addition of Al-5Ti-1B, coarse columnar grains were transformed into fine globular equiaxed grains. Moreover, due to the changes of grain size and morphology, the hot tearing susceptibility was decreased remarkably, which was attributed to the lower mechanical coherency temperature, better feeding ability, lower strain, and strain rate imposed to the mushy zone and more meandering propagation paths of hot tears. But the excess Al-5Ti-1B additions did not affect the grain structure, and greatly promoted hot tearing susceptibility due to the agglomerations of secondary phase particles from Al-5Ti-1B master alloy. The formation of massive secondary phases at grain boundaries hindered the interdendritic liquid flow and substantially deteriorated the feeding ability in the last stage of solidification. Meanwhile, TiB2 agglomerates would also act as stress raisers and cause the formation of voids. The contraction and load behaviors of AA7050 alloy influenced by grain size and morphology would be explored and connected with the hot tearing occurrence in this study.

  17. Analytical and experimental studies on the strain rate effects in penetration of 10wt % ballistic gelatin

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    Liu, L.; Jia, Z.; Ma, X. L.; Fan, Y. R.

    2013-07-01

    This work concentrates on modeling the super-elastic behavior of 10wt% ballistic gelatin at 4°C and the mechanical responses at quasi-static and high-speed penetrations. Uniaxial compression and simple shearing experiments were carried out to determine the moduli in Mooney-Rivlin model describing the elastic behavior of gelatin at low strain rates. The failure mode is determined to be elastic fracture as the tensile stretch ratio exceeds a critical value. For high compression strain rates, the available results from the split Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB) experiments for 10wt% gelatin were carefully examined and assessed. Linear relationship between the moduli and the strain rate is established. Based on these material parameters, an analytic solution of stress for the quasi-static and quasi-dynamic expansion of spherical cavity in gelatin is derived. As a consequence, the work needed to open unit volume of cavity, Ps, which is the key parameter in studying penetration problems, is linearly increasing with the characteristic strain rate. The application of Ps to our quasi-static and high-speed penetration experiments is discussed and assessed.

  18. Design assessment of a 150 kWt CFBC Test Unit

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    Batu, A.; Selcuk, N.; Kulah, G.

    2010-04-15

    For clean and efficient energy generation from coal, the most suitable technology known to date is 'Fluidized Bed Combustion' technology. Applications of circulating fluidized bed (CFB) combustion technology have been steadily increasing in both capacity and number over the past decade. Designs of these units have been based on the combustion tests carried out in pilot scale facilities to determine the combustion and desulfurization characteristics of coal and limestone reserves in CFB conditions. Similarly, utilization of Turkish lignites in CFB boilers necessitates adaptation of CFB combustion technology to these resources. However, the design of these test units are not based on firing coals with high ash, volatile matter and sulfur contents like Turkish lignites. For this purpose, a 150 kWt CFB combustor test unit is designed and constructed in Chemical Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University, based on the extensive experience acquired at the existing 0.3 MWt Bubbling Atmospheric Fluidized Bed Combustor (AFBC) Test Rig. Following the commissioning tests, a combustion test is carried out for investigation of combustion characteristics of Can lignite in CFB conditions and for assessment of the design of test unit. Comparison of the design outputs with experimental results reveals that most of the predictions and assumptions have acceptable agreement with the operating conditions. In conclusion, the performance of 150 kWt CFBC Test Unit is found to be satisfactory to be utilized for the long term research studies on combustion and desulfurization characteristics of indigenous lignite reserves in circulating fluidized bed combustors. (author)

  19. Therapeutic bispecific T-cell engager antibody targeting the intracellular oncoprotein WT1.

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    Dao, Tao; Pankov, Dmitry; Scott, Andrew; Korontsvit, Tatyana; Zakhaleva, Victoriya; Xu, Yiyang; Xiang, Jingyi; Yan, Su; de Morais Guerreiro, Manuel Direito; Veomett, Nicholas; Dubrovsky, Leonid; Curcio, Michael; Doubrovina, Ekaterina; Ponomarev, Vladimir; Liu, Cheng; O'Reilly, Richard J; Scheinberg, David A

    2015-10-01

    Intracellular tumor antigens presented on the cell surface in the context of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) molecules have been targeted by T cell-based therapies, but there has been little progress in developing small-molecule drugs or antibodies directed to these antigens. Here we describe a bispecific T-cell engager (BiTE) antibody derived from a T-cell receptor (TCR)-mimic monoclonal antibody (mAb) ESK1, which binds a peptide derived from the intracellular oncoprotein WT1 presented on HLA-A*02:01. Despite the very low density of the complexes at the cell surface, ESK1-BiTE selectively activated and induced proliferation of cytolytic human T cells that killed cells from multiple leukemias and solid tumors in vitro and in mice. We also discovered that in an autologous in vitro setting, ESK1-BiTE induced a robust secondary CD8 T-cell response specific for tumor-associated antigens other than WT1. Our study provides an approach that targets tumor-specific intracellular antigens without using cell therapy and suggests that epitope spreading could contribute to the therapeutic efficacy of this BiTE.

  20. Structure and phase stability of a Pu-0.32 wt% Ga alloy

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    Wheeler, D. W.; Ennaceur, S. M.; Matthews, M. B.; Roussel, P.; Bayer, P. D.

    2016-08-01

    In plutonium-gallium (Pu-Ga) alloys that have a Ga content of 0.3-0.4 wt%, their readiness to transform to α‧ renders them of particular interest in efforts to understand the tenuous nature of δ phase stability. The present study is a comprehensive examination of the structure and phase stability of a cast Pu-0.32 wt% Ga alloy, the Ga content being close to the minimum amount needed to retain the δ phase to ambient temperature. The alloy was characterised in both the as-cast condition as well as following a homogenising heat treatment. The 250-h heat treatment at 450 °C was shown to achieve an apparently stable δ-Pu phase. However, the stability of the δ-Pu phase was shown to be marginal: partial transformation to α‧-Pu was observed when the alloy was subjected to hydrostatic compression. Similar transformation was also apparent during metallographic preparation as well as during hardness indentation. The results provide new understanding of the nature of δ phase stability.

  1. Therapeutic bispecific T-cell engager antibody targeting the intracellular oncoprotein WT1.

    PubMed

    Dao, Tao; Pankov, Dmitry; Scott, Andrew; Korontsvit, Tatyana; Zakhaleva, Victoriya; Xu, Yiyang; Xiang, Jingyi; Yan, Su; de Morais Guerreiro, Manuel Direito; Veomett, Nicholas; Dubrovsky, Leonid; Curcio, Michael; Doubrovina, Ekaterina; Ponomarev, Vladimir; Liu, Cheng; O'Reilly, Richard J; Scheinberg, David A

    2015-10-01

    Intracellular tumor antigens presented on the cell surface in the context of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) molecules have been targeted by T cell-based therapies, but there has been little progress in developing small-molecule drugs or antibodies directed to these antigens. Here we describe a bispecific T-cell engager (BiTE) antibody derived from a T-cell receptor (TCR)-mimic monoclonal antibody (mAb) ESK1, which binds a peptide derived from the intracellular oncoprotein WT1 presented on HLA-A*02:01. Despite the very low density of the complexes at the cell surface, ESK1-BiTE selectively activated and induced proliferation of cytolytic human T cells that killed cells from multiple leukemias and solid tumors in vitro and in mice. We also discovered that in an autologous in vitro setting, ESK1-BiTE induced a robust secondary CD8 T-cell response specific for tumor-associated antigens other than WT1. Our study provides an approach that targets tumor-specific intracellular antigens without using cell therapy and suggests that epitope spreading could contribute to the therapeutic efficacy of this BiTE. PMID:26389576

  2. Therapeutic bispecific T-cell engager antibody targeting the intracellular oncoprotein WT1

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    Dao, Tao; Pankov, Dmitry; Scott, Andrew; Korontsvit, Tatyana; Zakhaleva, Victoriya; Xu, Yiyang; Xiang, Jingyi; Yan, Su; de Morais Guerreiro, Manuel Direito; Veomett, Nicholas; Dubrovsky, Leonid; Curcio, Michael; Doubrovina, Ekaterina; Ponomarev, Vladimir; Liu, Cheng; O’Reilly, Richard J; Scheinberg, David A

    2015-01-01

    Intracellular tumor antigens presented on the cell surface in the context of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) molecules have been targeted by T cell–based therapies, but there has been little progress in developing small-molecule drugs or antibodies directed to these antigens. Here we describe a bispecific T-cell engager (BiTE) antibody derived from a T-cell receptor (TCR)-mimic monoclonal antibody (mAb) ESK1, which binds a peptide derived from the intracellular oncoprotein WT1 presented on HLA-A*02:01. Despite the very low density of the complexes at the cell surface, ESK1-BiTE selectively activated and induced proliferation of cytolytic human T cells that killed cells from multiple leukemias and solid tumors in vitro and in mice. We also discovered that in an autologous in vitro setting, ESK1-BiTE induced a robust secondary CD8 T-cell response specific for tumor-associated antigens other than WT1. Our study provides an approach that targets tumor-specific intracellular antigens without using cell therapy and suggests that epitope spreading could contribute to the therapeutic efficacy of this BiTE. PMID:26389576

  3. Bridge deck surface temperature monitoring by infrared thermography and inner structure identification using PPT and PCT analysis methods

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    Dumoulin, Jean

    2013-04-01

    One of the objectives of ISTIMES project was to evaluate the potentialities offered by the integration of different electromagnetic techniques able to perform non-invasive diagnostics for surveillance and monitoring of transport infrastructures. Among the EM methods investigated, we focused our research and development efforts on uncooled infrared camera techniques due to their promising potential level of dissemination linked to their relative low cost on the market. On the other hand, works were also carried out to identify well adapted implementation protocols and key limits of Pulse Phase Thermography (PPT) and Principal Component Thermography (PCT) processing methods to analyse thermal image sequence and retrieve information about the inner structure. So the first part of this research works addresses infrared thermography measurement when it is used in quantitative mode (not in laboratory conditions) and not in qualitative mode (vision applied to survey). In such context, it requires to process in real time thermal radiative corrections on raw data acquired to take into account influences of natural environment evolution with time, thanks to additional measurements. But, camera sensor has to be enough smart to apply in real time calibration law and radiometric corrections in a varying atmosphere. So, a complete measurement system was studied and developed [1] with low cost infrared cameras available on the market. In the system developed, infrared camera is coupled with other sensors to feed simplified radiative models running, in real time, on GPU available on small PC. The whole measurement system was implemented on the "Musmeci" bridge located in Potenza (Italy). No traffic interruption was required during the mounting of our measurement system. The infrared camera was fixed on top of a mast at 6 m elevation from the surface of the bridge deck. A small weather station was added on the same mast at 1 m under the camera. A GPS antenna was also fixed at the

  4. Reduction in WT1 gene expression during early treatment predicts the outcome in patients with acute myeloid leukemia.

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    Andersson, Charlotta; Li, Xingru; Lorenz, Fryderyk; Golovleva, Irina; Wahlin, Anders; Li, Aihong

    2012-12-01

    Wilms tumor gene 1 (WT1) expression has been suggested as an applicable minimal residual disease marker in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). We evaluated the use of this marker in 43 adult AML patients. Quantitative assessment of WT1 gene transcripts was performed using real-time quantitative-polymerase chain reaction assay. Samples from both the peripheral blood and the bone marrow were analyzed at diagnosis and during follow-up. A strong correlation was observed between WT1 normalized with 2 different control genes (β-actin and ABL1, P<0.001). WT1 mRNA level at diagnosis was of no prognostic relevance (P>0.05). A≥1-log reduction in WT1 expression in bone marrow samples taken <1 month after diagnosis significantly correlated with an improved overall survival (P=0.004) and freedom from relapse (P=0.010) when β-actin was used as control gene. Furthermore, a reduction in WT1 expression by ≥2 logs in peripheral blood samples taken at a later time point significantly correlated with a better outcome for overall survival (P=0.004) and freedom from relapse (P=0.012). This result was achieved when normalizing against both β-actin and ABL1. These results therefore suggest that WT1 gene expression can provide useful information for minimal residual disease detection in adult AML patients and that combined use of control genes can give more informative results.

  5. Deformation of as-cast LiF-22 mol pct CaF2 hypereutectic salt between 500 and 1015 K

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    Raj, S. V.; Whittenberger, J. D.

    1990-01-01

    Results are presented on compression tests conducted on as-cast LiF-22 mol pct CaF2 hypereutectic specimens at nominal strain rates between 1.8 x 10 to the -6th/sec and 0.25/sec over the temperature range 500-1015 K. In all instances, the stress-strain curves showed broad maxima, with negative strain-hardening rates after the peak stress sigma(max). It was found that, at low temperatures and high stresses, the CaF2 lamellae are rigid while the LiF matrix exhibits extensive transgranular cavitation, while at high temperatures and low stresses the CaF2 lamellae break down and spheroidize while the LiF matrix does not cavitate. It was concluded that the mechanical properties of the as-cast hypereutectic LiF-22 mol pct CaF2 are governed by the rate of deformation of the CaF2 phase. It is suggested that, for thermal energy storage applications, a spheroidal microstructure is more desirable than a lamellar structure.

  6. Crossed-Wire Laser Microwelding of Pt-10 Pct Ir to 316 LVM Stainless Steel: Part II. Effect of Orientation on Joining Mechanism

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    Huang, Y. D.; Pequegnat, A.; Zou, G. S.; Feng, J. C.; Khan, M. I.; Zhou, Y.

    2012-04-01

    With the increasing complexity of medical devices and with efforts to reduce manufacturing costs, challenges arise in joining dissimilar materials. In this study, the laser weldability of dissimilar joints between Pt-10 pct Ir and 316 low-carbon vacuum melted (LVM) stainless steel (SS) crossed wires was investigated by characterizing the weld geometry, joint strength, morphology of weld cross sections, and differences in joining behavior, depending on which material is subject to the incident laser beam. With the Pt-Ir alloy on top, a significant amount of porosity was observed on the surface of the welds as well as throughout the weld cross sections. This unique form of porosity is believed to be a result of preferential vaporization of 316 LVM SS alloying elements that become mixed with the molten Pt-10 pct Ir during welding. The joining mechanism documented in micrographs of cross-sectioned welds was found to transition from laser brazing to fusion welding. It is inferred that the orientation of the two dissimilar metals ( i.e., which material is subject to the incident laser beam) plays an important role in weld quality of crossed-wire laser welds.

  7. Plastic-Strain-Amplitude Dependence of Dislocation Structures in Cyclically Deformed <112>-Oriented Cu-7 at. pct Al Alloy Single Crystals

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    Li, X. W.; Peng, N.; Wu, X. M.; Wang, Z. G.

    2014-08-01

    Dislocation structures in Cu-7 at. pct Al alloy single crystals cyclically deformed at different plastic strain amplitudes were investigated by transmission electron microscope (TEM) and compared with the results of Cu single crystals. It is found that the plastic strain amplitude γ pl has an obvious effect on the slip deformation mode, and consequently on the cyclic hardening behavior of Cu-7 at. pct Al alloy single crystals with an intermediate stacking fault energy. For instance, a high slip planarity ( i.e., only formation of planar-slip bands) contributes to the occurrence of a gentle cyclic hardening with a much lower saturation stress at a low γ pl of 4.5 × 10-4. A mixed planar/wavy-slip mode ( e.g., persistent Lüder's bands/wall-like microstructures) at an intermediate γ pl of 2.2 × 10-3 causes an obvious cyclic hardening up to a comparable saturation stress to that for the Cu single crystal. In contrast, the deformation mode is dominated by wavy slip ( e.g., ill-defined dislocation cells and walls) at the highest γ pl of 7.2 × 10-3, causing that its cyclic hardening curve is quite similar to that for the Cu single crystal; in this case, a slightly higher saturation stress level than that for the Cu single crystal is reached due to the additional solid solution strengthening.

  8. Clinical usefulness of WT1 mRNA expression in bone marrow detected by a new WT1 mRNA assay kit for monitoring acute myeloid leukemia: a comparison with expression of WT1 mRNA in peripheral blood.

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    Kitamura, Kunio; Nishiyama, Takahiro; Ishiyama, Ken; Miyawaki, Shuichi; Miyazaki, Kanji; Suzuki, Kenshi; Masaie, Hiroaki; Okada, Masaya; Ogawa, Hiroyasu; Imai, Kiyotoshi; Kiyoi, Hitoshi; Naoe, Tomoki; Yokoyama, Yasuhisa; Chiba, Shigeru; Hata, Tomoko; Miyazaki, Yasushi; Hatta, Yoshihiro; Takeuchi, Jin; Nannya, Yasuhito; Kurokawa, Mineo; Ueda, Yasunori; Koga, Daisuke; Sugiyama, Haruo; Takaku, Fumimaro

    2016-01-01

    We have previously shown the clinical usefulness of Wilms' tumor 1 gene (WT1) mRNA expression in peripheral blood (PB) as a minimal residual disease (MRD) monitoring marker in 191 acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients using the WT1 mRNA assay kit "Otsuka" (Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.; "former kit"). In contrast, the usefulness of WT1 mRNA expression in bone marrow (BM) has been investigated in only a limited number of subjects using former kit. Following that previous study, a next-generation kit, WT1 mRNA assay kit II "Otsuka" (Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.; "new kit") has been newly developed. In the present study, we aimed to evaluate the performance of the new kit and to investigate the clinical usefulness of WT1 mRNA expression in BM. The PB and BM were collected on the same day from 164 blood disease patients, including 118 AML patients. WT1 mRNA expression was determined using the new and former kits and the values obtained were compared. The performance of new kit was shown to be equivalent to that of former kit. As reported in PB, WT1 mRNA expression in BM was found to be a useful marker for monitoring disease status as well as for a diagnosis of early stage relapse in AML patients. PMID:26520650

  9. Recrystallization of plane strain compressed Al-1 wt.% Mn alloy single crystals of typical unstable orientations.

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    Bijak, M; Paul, H; Driver, J H

    2010-03-01

    A systematic study of crystal lattice reorientation in early stages of recrystallization has been carried out to correlate the orientations of recrystallization nuclei with the deformation microtexture and with slip systems. Microstructure and texture of Al-1 wt.% Mn single crystals of unstable initial orientations of {112}111, {100}001 and {001}110 have been examined by high-resolution field-emission gun scanning electron microscope local orientation measurements. All single crystals were channel-die deformed at room temperature and then annealed for a short time. It was shown that often observed presence of the 112 directions as rotation axes in the formation of new nuclei orientation directly suggested a close link with the deformation process.

  10. Macrosegregation during Plane Front Solidification of Cesium Iodide wt Percent Thallium Iodide Alloy

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    Sidawi, Ibrahim M. S.

    Macrosegregation produced during directional solidification of CsI-1 wt% TlI by vertical Bridgman technique has been examined in crucibles of varying diameter, from 0.5 to 2.0 cm. Phase diagram and temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity have been determined. The experimentally observed liquid-solid interface shape and the fluid flow behavior have been compared with that computed from the commercially available code FIDAP. Thallium iodide content of the alloy was observed to increase along the length of the directionally solidified specimens, resulting in continuously decreasing light output. The experimentally observed solutal distribution agrees with predictions from the boundary layer model of Favier. The observed macrosegregation behavior suggests that there is a significant convection in the melt even in the smallest crucible diameter of 0.5 cm.

  11. Air pollution control systems in WtE units: an overview.

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    Vehlow, J

    2015-03-01

    All WtE (waste-to-energy) plants, based on combustion or other thermal processes, need an efficient gas cleaning for compliance with legislative air emission standards. The development of gas cleaning technologies started along with environment protection regulations in the late 1960s. Modern APC (air pollution control) systems comprise multiple stages for the removal of fly ashes, inorganic and organic gases, heavy metals, and dioxins from the flue gas. The main technologies and devices used for abatement of the various pollutants are described and their basic principles, their peculiarities, and their application are discussed. Few systems for cleaning of synthesis gas from waste gasification plants are included. Examples of APC designs in full scale plants are shown and cautious prospects for the future development of APC systems are made.

  12. Solidification analysis of a centrifugal atomizer using the Al-32.7wt.% Cu alloy

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    Osborne, M.G.

    1998-02-23

    A centrifugal atomizer (spinning disk variety) was designed and constructed for the production of spherical metal powders, 100--1,000 microns in diameter in an inert atmosphere. Initial atomization experiments revealed the need for a better understanding of how the liquid metal was atomized and how the liquid droplets solidified. To investigate particle atomization, Ag was atomized in air and the process recorded on high-speed film. To investigate particle solidification, Al-32.7 wt.% Cu was atomized under inert atmosphere and the subsequent particles were examined microscopically to determine solidification structure and rate. This dissertation details the experimental procedures used in producing the Al-Cu eutectic alloy particles, examination of the particle microstructures, and determination of the solidification characteristics (e.g., solidification rate) of various phases. Finally, correlations are proposed between the operation of the centrifugal atomizer and the observed solidification spacings.

  13. Analysis of irradiated U-7wt%Mo dispersion fuel microstructures using automated image processing

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    Collette, R.; King, J.; Buesch, C.; Keiser, D. D.; Williams, W.; Miller, B. D.; Schulthess, J.

    2016-07-01

    The High Performance Research Reactor Fuel Development (HPPRFD) program is responsible for developing low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel substitutes for high performance reactors fueled with highly enriched uranium (HEU) that have not yet been converted to LEU. The uranium-molybdenum (U-Mo) fuel system was selected for this effort. In this study, fission gas pore segmentation was performed on U-7wt%Mo dispersion fuel samples at three separate fission densities using an automated image processing interface developed in MATLAB. Pore size distributions were attained that showed both expected and unexpected fission gas behavior. In general, it proved challenging to identify any dominant trends when comparing fission bubble data across samples from different fuel plates due to varying compositions and fabrication techniques. The results exhibited fair agreement with the fission density vs. porosity correlation developed by the Russian reactor conversion program.

  14. Investigation of powdering ductile gamma U-10 wt%Mo alloy for dispersion fuels

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    Leal Neto, R. M.; Rocha, C. J.; Urano de Carvalho, E.; Riella, H. G.; Durazzo, M.

    2014-02-01

    This work forms part of the studies presently ongoing at Nuclear and Energy Research Institute - IPEN/CNEN-SP investigating the feasibility of powdering ductile U-10 wt%Mo alloy by hydriding-milling-dehydriding of the gamma phase (HMD). Hydriding was conducted at room temperature in a Sievert apparatus following heat treatment activation. Hydrided pieces were fragile enough to be hand milled to the desired particle size range. Hydrogen was removed by heating the samples under high vacuum. X-ray diffraction analysis of the hydrided material showed an amorphous-like pattern that is completely reversed following dehydriding. The hydrogen content of the hydrided samples corresponds to a trihydride, i.e. (U,Mo)H3. SEM analysis of HMD powder particles revealed equiaxial powder particles together with some plate-like particles. A hypothesis for the amorphous hydride phase formation is suggested.

  15. Dendrite growth morphologies in rapidly solidified Al-4.5wt.%Cu droplets

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    Bedel, M.; Reinhart, G.; Bogno, A.-A.; Nguyen-Thi, H.; Boller, E.; Gandin, Ch-A.; Henein, H.

    2016-03-01

    The impulse atomization process developed at the University of Alberta (Canada) enables metallic powders to be solidified with controlled process parameters and improved properties. In order to investigate the microstructure morphologies in droplets of Al- 4.5wt.%Cu alloys, three-dimensional reconstructions of several droplets are obtained by using synchrotron X-ray micro-tomography, allowing a visualization of the inner microstructure in three dimensions. The analysis of the reconstructed volumes reveals that a wide range of morphology, from highly branched to “finger-bundle”, can be obtained for different droplets of similar diameter and produced in the same batch. Unexpectedly for this alloy, microstructural features also indicate that the development of the dendrite arms (primary and of higher orders) occurs in most droplets along <111> crystallographic axes, instead of the usual <100> directions observed in conventional casting technologies.

  16. Analysis of irradiated U-7wt%Mo dispersion fuel microstructures using automated image processing

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    Collette, R.; King, J.; Buesch, C.; Keiser, Jr., D. D.; Williams, W.; Miller, B. D.; Schulthess, J.

    2016-04-01

    The High Performance Research Reactor Fuel Development (HPPRFD) program is responsible for developing low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel substitutes for high performance reactors fueled with highly enriched uranium (HEU) that have not yet been converted to LEU. The uranium-molybdenum (U-Mo) fuel system was selected for this effort. In this study, fission gas pore segmentation was performed on U-7wt%Mo dispersion fuel samples at three separate fission densities using an automated image processing interface developed in MATLAB. Pore size distributions were attained that showed both expected and unexpected fission gas behavior. In general, it proved challenging to identify any dominant trends whenmore » comparing fission bubble data across samples from different fuel plates due to varying compositions and fabrication techniques. Here, the results exhibited fair agreement with the fission density vs. porosity correlation developed by the Russian reactor conversion program.« less

  17. XRMON-SOL: Isothermal equiaxed solidification of a grain refined Al-20 wt%Cu alloy

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    Murphy, A. G.; Mathiesen, R. H.; Houltz, Y.; Li, J.; Lockowandt, C.; Henriksson, K.; Zimmermann, G.; Melville, N.; Browne, D. J.

    2016-04-01

    A novel isothermal solidification furnace (XRMON-SOL) has been developed for operation under terrestrial and microgravity conditions, using aluminium-based alloys, in conjunction with real-time in situ X-radiography. The furnace is scheduled to fly on board the MASER 13 Sounding Rocket with a view to investigating isothermal equiaxed solidification under microgravity conditions. The present work provides details of the furnace design as well as detailed analysis of pre-flight terrestrial solidification experiments investigating nucleation and growth characteristics of a thin sample of grain refined Al-20 wt%Cu alloy isothermally solidified at a constant cooling rate of -0.05 K/s. Measurements of nucleation density, nucleation undercooling, grain orientation, grain envelope evolution, primary tip growth velocities, and equiaxed grain interactions are provided. Although the effects of gravity were minimised by choice of sample orientation, we show that such effects can only be eliminated in a microgravity environment.

  18. Revisiting scoliosis in the KNM-WT 15000 Homo erectus skeleton.

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    Schiess, Regula; Boeni, Thomas; Rühli, Frank; Haeusler, Martin

    2014-02-01

    Owing to its completeness, the 1.5 million year old Nariokotome boy skeleton KNM-WT 15000 is central for understanding the skeletal biology of Homo erectus. Nevertheless, since the reported asymmetries and distortions of Nariokotome boy's axial skeleton suggest adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, possibly associated with congenital skeletal dysplasia, it is questionable whether it still can be used as a reference for H. erectus. Recently, however, the presence of skeletal dysplasia has been refuted. Here, we present a morphological and morphometric reanalysis of the assertion of idiopathic scoliosis. We demonstrate that unarticulated vertebral columns of non-scoliotic and scoliotic individuals can be distinguished based on the lateral deviation of the spinous process, lateral and sagittal wedging, vertebral body torsion, pedicle thickness asymmetry, and asymmetry of superior and inferior articular facet areas. A principal component analysis of the overall asymmetry of all seven vertebral shape variables groups KNM-WT 15000 within non-scoliotic modern humans. There is, however, an anomaly of vertebrae T1-T2 that is compatible with a short left convex curve at the uppermost thoracic region, possibly due to injury or local growth dysbalance. Asymmetries of the facet joints L3-L5 suggest a local right convex curve in the lower lumbar region that probably resulted from juvenile traumatic disc herniation. This pattern is incompatible with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis or other types of scoliosis, including congenital, neuromuscular or syndromic scoliosis. It is, however, consistent with a recent reanalysis of the rib cage that did not reveal any asymmetry. Except for these possibly trauma-related anomalies, the Nariokotome boy fossil therefore seems to belong to a normal H. erectus youth without evidence for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis or other severe pathologies of the axial skeleton. PMID:24491377

  19. Height-Control Test Apparatus (HICONTA) Simulator mounted to the exterior of the 40x80ft W.T.

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    1969-01-01

    Height-Control Test Apparatus (HICONTA) Simulator mounted to the exterior of the 40x80ft W.T. Building N-221B and provided extensive vertical motion simulating airplanes, helicopter and V/STOL aircraft

  20. The chimeric EWS-WT1 gene product in the desmoplastic small round cell tumor: Molecular detection and alternative transcripts

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    Gerald, W.; Alava, E. de; Ladanyi, M.

    1994-09-01

    The desmoplastic small round cell tumor (DSRCT) is a recently recognized aggressive type of primitive sarcoma occurring mainly in young males. Previous cytogenetic reports have identified a recurrent translocation in DSRCT, t(11;22)(p13;q12). We have recently shown that this translocation represents a rearrangement between the EWS and WT1 genes, normally located at 22q12 and 11p13, respectively, generating a fusion gene which encodes a chimeric RNA resulting from an in-frame junction of EWS exon 7 to WT1 exon 8. Thus, this chimeric RNA encodes a putative protein in which the RNA-binding domain of EWS is replaced by the three C-terminal zinc fingers of the WT1 DNA-binding domain. We have now assessed the molecular detection of this rearrangement in a panel of 7 DSRCTs and 38 other small round cell tumors, and we have examined the WT1 portion of the chimeric RNA for the presence of the previously reported splice variants of the zinc-finger DNA-binding domain of WT1. Reverse transcriptase PCR (RT-PCR) revealed a single identical product in 4/5 cases tested, including a case in which a t(11;22)(p13;q12) by karyotyping. By Southern blotting, rearrangement of both EWS and WT1 was detectable in 3/6 cases, EWS alone in 1/6, and neither in 2/6. Histologically, the sole sample negative by both methods contained very scanty viable tumor. EWS-WT1 RT-PCR was negative in 16 Wilms` tumors, 12 rhadomyosarcomas, and 10 Ewing`s sarcomas. RT-PCR with splice site-specific primers showed the chimeric EWS-WT1 transcripts to include both splice variants of the zinc-finger domain of WT1, {open_quotes}+KTS{close_quotes} and {open_quotes}-KTS{close_quotes}. The t(11;22)(p13;q12) of DSRCT is most reliably detected by RT-PCR, and results in a specific and structurally highly consistent EWS-WT1 chimeric transcript which may interact with the normal targets of both splice variants of WT1.

  1. Genome Sequence of the Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon-Degrading Bacterium Strain Marinobacter nanhaiticus D15-8WT.

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    Cui, Zhisong; Gao, Wei; Li, Qian; Xu, Guangsu; Zheng, Li

    2013-01-01

    Marinobacter nanhaiticus strain D15-8W(T) was isolated from a phenanthrene-degrading consortium, enriched from sediment of the South China Sea. Here, we present the draft genome of strain D15-8W(T), which contains 5,358,309 bp with a G+C content of 58.53% and contains 4,829 protein-coding genes and 47 tRNA genes.

  2. Gravity and magnetic data across the Ghost Dance Fault in WT-2 Wash, Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    Oliver, H.W.; Sikora, R.F.

    1994-12-31

    Detailed gravity and ground magnetic data were obtained in September 1993 along a 4,650 ft-long profile across the Ghost Dance Fault system in WT-2 Wash. Gravity stations were established every 150 feet along the profile. Total-field magnetic measurements made initially every 50 ft along the profile, then remade every 20 ft through the fault zone. These new data are part of a geologic and geophysical study of the Ghost Dance Fault (GDF) which includes detailed geologic mapping, seismic reflection, and some drilling including geologic and geophysical logging. The Ghost Dance Fault is the only through-going fault that has been identified within the potential repository for high-level radioactive waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Preliminary gravity results show a distinct decrease of 0.1 to 0.2 mGal over a 600-ft-wide zone to the east of and including the mapped fault. The gravity decrease probably marks a zone of brecciation. Another fault-offset located about 2,000 ft to the east of the GDF was detected by seismic reflection data and is also marked by a distinct gravity low. The ground magnetic data show a 200-ft-wide magnetic low of about 400 nT centered about 100 ft east of the Ghost Dance Fault. The magnetic low probably marks a zone of brecciation within the normally polarized Topopah Spring Tuff, the top of which is about 170 ft below the surface, and which is known from drilling to extend to a depth of about 1,700 ft. Three-component magnetometer logging in drill hole WT-2 located about 2,700 ft east of the Ghost Dance Fault shows that the Topopah Spring Tuff is strongly polarized magnetically in this area, so that fault brecciation of a vertical zone within the Tuff could provide an average negative magnetic contrast of the 4 Am{sup {minus}1} needed to produce the 400 nT low observed at the surface.

  3. Suitability of the rare-earth compounds Dy2Ti2O7 and Gd3Al5O12 for low temperature (4K-20K) magnetic refrigeration cycle

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    Flood, D. J.

    1973-01-01

    Measurements were made of the magnetic entropy and magnetization of powered samples of the compounds Dy2Ti2O7 and Gd3Al5O12. The magnetization was measured for temperatures at and below 4.2 K, in applied fields ranging to 7.0 tesla. Isothermal changes in magnetic entropy were measured for temperatures from 1.2 to 20 K, in applied fields up to 10 tesla. The results of the measurements are consistent with a doublet ground state for Dy2Ti2O7, and an eight-fold degenerate ground state for Gd3Al5O12. Absolute values of magnetic entropy have been obtained at the lower temperatures, permitting the isotherms to be properly located in the S-H plane with the use of adiabatic magnetization data. The iso-field lines in the S-T plane were determined. The results indicate that Dy2Ti2O7 can absorb a maximum of 71 + or - 4 joules/kg of heat at 4.2 K, while Gd3Al5O12 can absorb 233 + or - joules/kg at the same temperature. The large difference between the two is most likely a result of crystal field interactions in the dysoprosium compound. Both materials can be cycled adiabatically between 4.2 and 20 K.

  4. Temperature dependence of the elastic moduli and damping for polycrystalline LiF-22 pct CaF2 eutectic salt

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    Wolfenden, A.; Lastrapes, G.; Duggan, M. B.; Raj, S. V.

    1991-01-01

    Young's and shear moduli and damping were measured for as-cast polycrystalline LiF-(22 mol pct)CaF2 eutectic specimens as a function of temperature using the piezoelectric ultrasonic composite oscillator technique. The shear modulus decreased with increasing temperature from about 40 GPa at 295 K to about 30 GPa at 1000 K, while the Young modulus decreased from about 115 GPa at 295 K to about 35 GPa at 900 K. These values are compared with those derived from the rule of mixtures using elastic moduli data for LiF and CaF2 single crystals. It is shown that, while the shear modulus data agree reasonably well with the predicted trend, there is a large discrepancy between the theoretical calculations and the Young modulus values, where this disagreement increases with increasing temperature.

  5. Effects of casting conditions and deformation processing on A356 aluminum and A356-20 vol. pct SiC composites

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    Rozak, G. A.; Lewandowski, J. J.; Wallace, J. F.; Altmisoglu, A.

    1992-01-01

    The effects of casting conditions and deformation processing on the mechanical properties of unreinforced A356 aluminum and A356-20 vol pct SiC composite were investigated by tensile properties in these compounds fabricated by either sand casting or squeeze casting techniques followed by hot working to 33, 50, 90, and 95 percent reductions. The evolution of the microstructure and values of tensile properties were evaluated for the cast materials in each of the hot worked conditions. It was found that, while the deformation processing of the sand-cast composite resulted in banding of the Al and SiC particles within the microstructure, such features were not observed in the squeeze-cast microstructure. The tensile strengths of the squeeze cast materials was found to be higher than those of the sand cast materials, for both the unreinforced and composite samples, while increased amounts of deformation were found to improve the ductility of the composite.

  6. A simple application of the Bailey-Orowan creep model to Fe-39.8 at. pct Al and gamma/gamma prime - alpha

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    Whittenberger, J. D.; Krishnan, R. V.

    1984-01-01

    The results of a study to determine the recovery rates and work-hardening coefficients for creep from constant cross-head speed compressive tests are presented. Stressing and straining rates are computed from measured time-load curves obtained from compression testing between 1200 and 1400 K of several B2 crystal structure Fe-39.8 Al intermetallic materials and the directionally solidified eutectic alloy gamma/gamma prime alpha. These quantities are then fitted to the universal form of the Bailey-Orowan equation for creep. The recovery rates were found to be functions of nominal strain rate, stress, and temperature, while the hardening coefficients were dependent only on temperature. While the work-hardening coefficient for gamma/gamma prime - alpha was about 0.05 of the elastic modulus, the work-hardening coefficients for Fe-39.8 at. pct Al were less than 0.002 of the modulus.

  7. Evaluation of Solid-Solution Hardening of Fe-27 at. pct Al by Vanadium and Comparison to Precipitation Strengthening by Vanadium Carbides

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    Kratochvíl, Petr; Pešička, Josef; Král, Robert; Švec, Martin; Palm, Martin

    2015-11-01

    The compressive yield stress of Fe-27Al- xV(-C) ( x = 0 to 4 at. pct) at 1073 K (800 °C) has been determined. The increase of the yield stress of Fe-Al by increasing vanadium content is explained by solid-solution hardening. The experimentally observed values of the yield stress at 1073 K (800 °C) are compared with the strengthening given by theories evaluating the interaction between solute atoms and dislocations. The experimental results fit well the increase of the yield stress by the interaction of the solute atoms with screw dislocations. Further increase in yield strength in similar alloys due to vanadium carbides is documented. Precipitated carbides were identified by transmission electron microscopy and Kikuchi patterns. Although precipitation of vanadium carbides increases the compressive yield stress, they also could result in premature failure in tension as their highly anisotropic shape may facilitate crack nucleation.

  8. A STATISTICAL REVIEW OF THE CHEMICAL COMPOSITION MEASUREMENTS AND PCT RESULTS FOR THE GLASSES FABRICATED AS PART OF THE US TEST MATRIX

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    Fox, K

    2007-06-12

    The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) is part of a consortium that is looking to improve the retention of aluminum, chromium, and sulfate in high level radioactive waste (HLW) glass. Such glass has been produced by the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF) at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina since it began operating in 1996 and is planned to be produced by the River Protection Project-Waste Treatment Plant (WTP) at the Hanford Site in Washington. The consortium conducting this study, which is designated as Task No.6 by the Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management (EM) program sponsoring this effort, is made up of personnel from SRNL, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and the V.G. Khlopin Radium Institute (KRI). Coordinated glass experimental work will be performed by each member of the consortium. The glasses that are being studied were selected to further the understanding of composition-property relationships within the glass regions of interest to both DWPF and WTP. Forty-five (45) glasses, making up the US test matrix, were batched and fabricated to support the study. The chemical compositions of these glasses were measured by SRNL's Process Science Analytical Laboratory (PSAL) under the auspices of an analytical plan. In addition, two heat treatments (quenched and centerline canister cooled, ccc) of each glass were subjected to the 7-day Product Consistency Test (PCT) to assess their durabilities. More specifically, the Method A of the PCT (ASTM C-1285-2002) was used for these tests. Measurements of the resulting leachate solutions were conducted by PSAL under the auspices of three analytical plans. A statistical review of the PSAL measurements of the chemical compositions and of the PCT results for the glasses making up the US test matrix is provided in this memorandum. Target, measured, and measured bias-corrected compositional views were determined for these glasses. The durability results for the US

  9. Immunolabeling for p16, WT1, and Fli-1 in the assignment of growth phase for cutaneous melanomas.

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    Strickler, Allen G; Schaefer, Jochen T; Slingluff, Craig L; Wick, Mark R

    2014-09-01

    Distinction between radial growth phase (RGP) and vertical growth phase (VGP) in cutaneous melanomas is prognostically significant. Despite established morphological criteria, molecular markers to separate RGP and VGP have not been well established. The goal of this study was to investigate associations of p16, WT1, and Fli-1 with RGP-to-VGP progression, by immunohistochemistry. The p16 is a tumor suppressor, whereas WT1 and Fli-1 are transcriptional activators. The authors hypothesized that entry into VGP would be associated with decreased p16 and increased WT1 and Fli-1. Paraffin sections from 18 RGP and 15 VGP melanomas were immunostained with well-characterized antibodies to p16, WT1, and Fli-1. Melanoma growth phases were determined using precodified morphological attributes. In RGP melanomas, p16 was expressed in 15 of 18 (83%), WT1 in 17 of 17 (100%), and Fli-1 at least focally in 6 of 18 (33%). The deep dermal component of VGP melanomas stained positively for Fli-1 in 9 of 14 (64%), strongly for WT1 in 10 of 14 (71%), and strongly for p16 in only 2 of 15 (13%). Observed patterns of WT1 immunopositivity did not support the authors' hypothesis; it is not likely to be a good indicator of VGP. On the other hand, Fli-1 staining trended toward more positive deep tumor compartment staining and p16 to weaker staining in the deep compartment. At present, application of histological criteria remains the best method for assignment of growth phase in melanomas; however, p16 and possibly Fli-1 immunostains may serve as useful adjuncts in morphologically indeterminate cases.

  10. The role of CRP, PCT, IL-6 and presepsin in early diagnosis of bacterial infectious complications in paediatric haemato-oncological patients.

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    Plesko, M; Suvada, J; Makohusova, M; Waczulikova, I; Behulova, D; Vasilenkova, A; Vargova, M; Stecova, A; Kaiserova, E; Kolenova, A

    2016-01-01

    Bacterial infection is the most common complication in paediatric oncological patients during cancer treatment. A suitable tool for early prediction of unfavourable course of infection is still needed. We performed a prospective longitudinal observational study to evaluate of the role of serum biomarkers (C-reactive protein, procalcitonin, interleukin-6, presepsin) in the early diagnosis of bacteraemia (gram-negative versus gram-positive) in patients with haematological malignancies. We observed 69 febrile episodes in 33 patients (17 male, 16 female; 1.5-18.9 years, mean 7.31 years, median 5 years). Within this sample, there were 22 cases of positive blood cultures, 16 cases of sepsis, 38 cases of fever with no signs or symptoms of sepsis, and two deaths from infectious complications. All markers tested had good negative predictive value (73% - 93%). CRP was characterized by good specificity for registration bacteraemia (96%, 95% CI: 85% - 99%), but other results were inconclusive. We identified comparably balanced sensitivity (64% - 81%) and specificity (61% - 88%) for interleukin-6 and procalcitonin, and we proved their quality to predict positive blood culture and clinical signs of sepsis as well. Patients with gram-negative bacteraemia had significantly elevated levels of PCT and IL-6 in comparison with a group of patients with gram-positive bacteraemia (p = 0.04 for PCT and p = 0.005 for IL-6). Presepsin was characterized by poor specificity (27%, 95% CI: 15% - 43%) and positive predictive value (24%, 95% CI: 12 - 39%) for predicting bacteraemia, and by better sensitivity (84%, 95% CI: 55% - 98%) and specificity (58%, 95% CI: 42% - 73%) for predicting clinical signs of sepsis. PMID:27468879

  11. Properties of WZ21 (%wt) alloy processed by a powder metallurgy route.

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    Cabeza, Sandra; Garcés, Gerardo; Pérez, Pablo; Adeva, Paloma

    2015-06-01

    Microstructure, mechanical properties and corrosion behaviour of WZ21 (%wt) alloy prepared by a powder metallurgy route from rapidly solidified powders have been studied. Results were compared to those of the same alloy prepared through a conventional route of casting and extrusion. The microstructure of the extruded ingot consisted of α-Mg grains and Mg3Zn3Y2 (W-phase) and LPSO-phase particles located at grain boundaries. Moreover, stacking faults were also observed within α-Mg grains. The alloy processed by the powder metallurgy route exhibited a more homogeneous and finer microstructure, with a grain size of 2 μm. In this case W-phase and Mg24Y5 phase were identified, but not the LPSO-phase. The microstructural refinement induced by the use of rapidly solidified powders strengthened the alloy at room temperature and promoted superplasticity at higher strain rates. Corrosion behaviour in PBS medium evidenced certain physical barrier effect of the almost continuous arrangements of second phases aligned along the extrusion direction in conventionally processed WZ21 alloy, with a stable tendency around 7 mm/year. On the other hand, powder metallurgy processing promoted significant pitting corrosion, inducing accelerated corrosion rate during prolonged immersion times. PMID:25792409

  12. Microstructural, mechanical, corrosion and cytotoxicity characterization of the hot forged FeMn30(wt.%) alloy.

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    Čapek, Jaroslav; Kubásek, Jiří; Vojtěch, Dalibor; Jablonská, Eva; Lipov, Jan; Ruml, Tomáš

    2016-01-01

    An interest in biodegradable metallic materials has been increasing in the last two decades. Besides magnesium based materials, iron-manganese alloys have been considered as possible candidates for fabrication of biodegradable stents and orthopedic implants. In this study, we prepared a hot forged FeMn30 (wt.%) alloy and investigated its microstructural, mechanical and corrosion characteristics as well as cytotoxicity towards mouse L 929 fibroblasts. The obtained results were compared with those of iron. The FeMn30 alloy was composed of antiferromagnetic γ-austenite and ε-martensite phases and possessed better mechanical properties than iron and even that of 316 L steel. The potentiodynamic measurements in simulated body fluids showed that alloying with manganese lowered the free corrosion potential and enhanced the corrosion rate, compared to iron. On the other hand, the corrosion rate of FeMn30 obtained by a semi-static immersion test was significantly lower than that of iron, most likely due to a higher degree of alkalization in sample surrounding. The presence of manganese in the alloy slightly enhanced toxicity towards the L 929 cells; however, the toxicity did not exceed the allowed limit and FeMn30 alloy fulfilled the requirements of the ISO 10993-5 standard. PMID:26478385

  13. Air pollution control systems in WtE units: An overview

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    Vehlow, J.

    2015-03-15

    Highlights: • The paper describes in brief terms the development of gas cleaning in waste incineration. • The main technologies for pollutant removal are described including their basic mechanisms. • Their respective efficiencies and their application are discussed. • A cautious outlook regarding future developments is made. - Abstract: All WtE (waste-to-energy) plants, based on combustion or other thermal processes, need an efficient gas cleaning for compliance with legislative air emission standards. The development of gas cleaning technologies started along with environment protection regulations in the late 1960s. Modern APC (air pollution control) systems comprise multiple stages for the removal of fly ashes, inorganic and organic gases, heavy metals, and dioxins from the flue gas. The main technologies and devices used for abatement of the various pollutants are described and their basic principles, their peculiarities, and their application are discussed. Few systems for cleaning of synthesis gas from waste gasification plants are included. Examples of APC designs in full scale plants are shown and cautious prospects for the future development of APC systems are made.

  14. Thermal treatment of solid residues from WtE units: A review

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    Lindberg, Daniel Molin, Camilla Hupa, Mikko

    2015-03-15

    Highlights: • We review the thermal treatment methods for ashes and residues from WtE plants. • We review the results from extensive laboratory work on vitrification, melting and vaporization of ash. • We analyze the results from the extensive patent literature on thermal treatment. • We review industrial concepts for thermal treatment of ash. - Abstract: Thermal treatment methods of bottom ash, fly ash and various types of APC (air pollution control) residues from waste-to-energy plants can be used to obtain environmentally stable material. The thermal treatment processes are meant to reduce the leachability of harmful residue constituents, destroy toxic organic compounds, reduce residue volume, and produce material suitable for utilization. Fly ash and APC residues often have high levels of soluble salts, particularly chlorides, metals such as cadmium, lead, copper and zinc, and trace levels of organic pollutants such as dioxins and furans. Different thermal treatment methods can be used to either decompose or stabilize harmful elements and compounds in the ash, or separate them from the ash to get a material that can be safely stored or used as products or raw materials. In the present paper, thermal treatment methods, such as sintering, vitrification, and melting have been reviewed. In addition to a review of the scientific literature, a survey has been made of the extensive patent literature in the field.

  15. Subcritical bifurcation from planar to cellular interface in Al-0.5 wt% Cu directionally solidified

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    Fornaro, O.; Palacio, H.; Biloni, H.

    1998-12-31

    Samples of the Al-0.5 wt% Cu system were directionally grown under controlled conditions, to study the role played by the instabilities in the process relatives to the microstructure selection for a given value of interface velocity, and thermal gradient. Using an interface quenching technique and metallographic analysis in longitudinal and transversal cuts of the samples, the authors determine the transition mechanism between the different stages of the growth, and associate them to the stability of the solidification front. They study the planar to a cellular transition in different conditions, and although the solidification parameters are in good agreement with the perturbation theory, when analyzing the amplitude of the perturbations during the planar to a cellular transition, the same theory is not able to predict certainly the critical wavelength in this case., Also, they found a subcritical behavior during the transition from a planar to a cellular interface for the diluted Al-Cu system, detecting a hysteresis behavior for the amplitude of the perturbations when it is increasing and then decreasing the interface velocity, through the threshold.

  16. Method for improving the mechanical properties of uranium-1 to 3 wt % zirconium alloy

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    Anderson, R.C.

    1983-11-22

    A uranium-1 to 3 wt % zirconium alloy characterized by high strength, high ductility and stable microstructure is fabricated by an improved thermal mechanical process. A homogenous ingot of the alloy which has been reduced in thickness of at least 50% in the two-step forging operation, rolled into a plate with a 75% reduction and then heated in vacuum at a temperature of about 750 to 850/sup 0/C and then quenched in water, is subjected to further thermal-mechanical operation steps to increase the compressive yield strength approximately 30%, stabilize the microstructure, and decrease the variations in mechanical properties throughout the plate is provided. These thermal-mechanical steps are achieved by cold rolling the quenchd plate to reduce the thickness thereof about 8 to 12%, aging the cold rolled plate at a first temperature of about 325 to 375/sup 0/C for five to six hours and then aging the plate at a higher temperature ranging from 480 to 500/sup 0/C for five to six hours prior to cooling the billet to ambient conditions and sizing the billet or plate into articles provides the desired increase in mechanical properties and phase stability throughout the plate.

  17. Primary arm spacing in directionally solidified Pb-10 wt percent Sn alloys

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    Chopra, M. A.; Tewari, S. N.

    1990-01-01

    The dependence of primary arm spacings on growth speed was investigated for cellular and dendritic arrays in Pb-10 wt percent Sn samples directionally solidified under a constant positive thermal gradient in the melt. The gradient of constitutional supercooling was varied from almost zero (near the break-down of the planar liquid-solid interface at small growth speeds, cellular morphology) to near unity (large growth speeds, dendritic morphology). The spatial arrangements of cells and dendrites, as given by their coordination number, are not very different from each other. It appears that primary arm spacing maxima and the cell to dendrite transition are strongly influenced by the magnitude of the solute partition coefficient. The planar to cellular bifurcation is supercritical in Pb-Sn which has a high partition coefficient, as compared to the subcritical behavior reported in Al-Cu and succinonitrile-acetone, both of which have low partition coefficients. The primary arm spacing model due to Hunt agrees with the experimentally observed trend for the whole growth regime. There is a good quantitative agreement at higher gradients of supercooling. However, the model overpredicts the primary arm spacings at low gradients of constitutional supercooling.

  18. Properties of WZ21 (%wt) alloy processed by a powder metallurgy route.

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    Cabeza, Sandra; Garcés, Gerardo; Pérez, Pablo; Adeva, Paloma

    2015-06-01

    Microstructure, mechanical properties and corrosion behaviour of WZ21 (%wt) alloy prepared by a powder metallurgy route from rapidly solidified powders have been studied. Results were compared to those of the same alloy prepared through a conventional route of casting and extrusion. The microstructure of the extruded ingot consisted of α-Mg grains and Mg3Zn3Y2 (W-phase) and LPSO-phase particles located at grain boundaries. Moreover, stacking faults were also observed within α-Mg grains. The alloy processed by the powder metallurgy route exhibited a more homogeneous and finer microstructure, with a grain size of 2 μm. In this case W-phase and Mg24Y5 phase were identified, but not the LPSO-phase. The microstructural refinement induced by the use of rapidly solidified powders strengthened the alloy at room temperature and promoted superplasticity at higher strain rates. Corrosion behaviour in PBS medium evidenced certain physical barrier effect of the almost continuous arrangements of second phases aligned along the extrusion direction in conventionally processed WZ21 alloy, with a stable tendency around 7 mm/year. On the other hand, powder metallurgy processing promoted significant pitting corrosion, inducing accelerated corrosion rate during prolonged immersion times.

  19. In Situ Investigation of Dendrite Deformation During Upward Solidification of Al-7wt.%Si

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    Reinhart, G.; Nguyen-Thi, H.; Mangelinck-Noël, N.; Baruchel, J.; Billia, B.

    2014-08-01

    The in situ investigation of dendrite deformation during solidification processing is an ongoing challenge because of the technical difficulties in carrying out experimental observations and direct measurements in metallic systems that are opaque to visible light and have a high melting temperature. Over the last 20 years, x-ray imaging has been established as a method of choice to overcome this experimental barrier by taking advantage of the increased capabilities of third-generation synchrotron x-ray sources, providing information on growth process and semisolid deformation that is not available otherwise. In this article, we present results showing that the unique combination of synchrotron x-ray radiography and synchrotron white beam x-ray topography can help to reveal the deformations that dendritic microstructures undergo during the upward directional solidification of Al -7wt.%Si alloys. Particular focus will be placed on the bending phenomena of dendrites because of gravity, which may precede fragmentation in the case of well-developed secondary arms.

  20. Hugoniot Information for Bromonitromethane, Isopropyl Nitrate, and 90 wt% H_2O_2

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    Sheffield, Stephen A.; Davis, Lloyd; Engelke, Ray

    1998-03-01

    Hugoniot curves and related information are reported for three liquid explosives: bromonitromethane (BrNM), isopropyl nitrate (IPN), and 90/10 wt% hydrogen peroxide/water (H_2O_2). Hugoniot curves were determined using the measured sound speeds and the universal liquid Hugoniot empirical form(Woolfolk, R. W.; Cowperthwaite, M.; Shaw, R. Thermochimica Acta,) 1973, 5, 409-414. which only requires the initial sound speed as a parameter. We measured sound speeds for these liquids. In addition, gas gun experiments were conducted to determine experimental Hugoniot states for BrNM and IPN. Magnetic gauges were used to measure the input particle velocity and to track the shock front (a shock velocity measurement), providing the necessary information to determine a Hugoniot state. These measured states were compared to those predicted using the universal liquid Hugoniot and agreement was found to be very good. Using the calculated Hugoniot curves and the detonation velocities for IPN and H_2O_2, von Neumann spike detonation conditions were estimated and compared to nitromethane (NM). BrNM was also found to be more sensitive to shock initiation than neat NM.

  1. Precipitation under cyclic strain in solution-treated Al4wt%Cu I: mechanical behavior

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    Farrow, Adam M; Laird, Campbell

    2008-01-01

    Solution-treated AL-4wt%Cu was strain-cycled at ambient temperature and above, and the precipitation and deformation behaviors investigated by TEM. Anomalously rapid growth of precipitates appears to have been facilitated by a vacancy super-saturation generated by cyclic strain and the presence of a continually refreshed dislocation density to provide heterogeneous nucleation sites. Texture effects as characterized by Orientation Imaging Microscopy appear to be responsible for latent hardening in specimens tested at room temperature, with increasing temperatures leading to a gradual hardening throughout life due to precipitation. Specimens exhibiting rapid precipitation hardening appear to show a greater effect of texture due to the increased stress required to cut precipitates in specimens machined from rolled plate at an angle corresponding to a lower average Schmid factor. The accelerated formation of grain boundary precipitates appears to be partially responsible for rapid inter-granular fatigue failure at elevated temperatures, producing fatigue striations and ductile dimples coexistent on the fracture surface.

  2. Precipitation in solution-treated Al-4wt%Cu under cyclic strain

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    Farrow, Adam M; Laird, Campbell

    2010-09-15

    Solution-treated Al-4wt%Cu was strain-cycled at ambient temperature and above and the precipitation behavior investigated by TEM. In the temperature range 100 C to 200 C precipitation of {Theta}'' appears to have been suppressed and precipitation of {Theta}' promoted via cyclic strain. Anomalously rapid growth of precipitates appears to have been facilitated by a vacancy supersaturation generated by dislocation motion, with a diminishing effect observed at higher temperatures due to the faster recovery of non-equilibrium vacancy concentrations. {Theta}' precipitates generated under cyclic strain are considerably smaller and more finely dispersed than those typically produced via quench-aging due to their heterogeneous nucleation on dislocations, and possess a low aspect ratio and rounded edges of the broad faces due to the introduction of ledges into the growing precipitates by dislocation cutting. Frequency effects indicate that dislocation motion, rather than the extremely small precipitate size, is responsible for the observed reduction in aspect ratio. Accelerated formation of grain boundary precipitates appears partially responsible for rapid intergranular fatigue failure following cycling at elevated temperatures, producing fatigue striations and ductile dimples coexistent on the fracture surface.

  3. Precipitation under cyclic strain in solution-treated Al4wt%Cu II: precipitation behavior

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    Farrow, Adam M; Laird, Campbell

    2008-01-01

    Solution-treated Al-4wt%Cu was strain-cycled at ambient temperature and above, and the precipitation behavior investigated by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). In the temperature range 100{sup o}C to 200{sup o}C, precipitation of {Theta}' appears to have been suppressed, and precipitation of theta-prime promoted. Anomalously rapid growth of precipitates appears to have been facilitated by a vacancy super-saturation generated by cyclic strain, with a diminishing effect observed at higher temperatures due to the recovery of non-equilibrium vacancy concentrations. The {Theta}' precipitates generated under cyclic strain are considerably smaller and more finely dispersed than those typically produced via quench-aging due to their heterogeneous nucleation on disloctions, and possess a low aspect ratio and rounded edges of the broad faces, due to the introduction of ledges into the growing precipitates by dislocation cutting. Frequency effects indicate that dislocation motion, rather than extremely small precipitate size, is responsible for the reduction in aspect ratio.

  4. Microstructural, mechanical, corrosion and cytotoxicity characterization of the hot forged FeMn30(wt.%) alloy.

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    Čapek, Jaroslav; Kubásek, Jiří; Vojtěch, Dalibor; Jablonská, Eva; Lipov, Jan; Ruml, Tomáš

    2016-01-01

    An interest in biodegradable metallic materials has been increasing in the last two decades. Besides magnesium based materials, iron-manganese alloys have been considered as possible candidates for fabrication of biodegradable stents and orthopedic implants. In this study, we prepared a hot forged FeMn30 (wt.%) alloy and investigated its microstructural, mechanical and corrosion characteristics as well as cytotoxicity towards mouse L 929 fibroblasts. The obtained results were compared with those of iron. The FeMn30 alloy was composed of antiferromagnetic γ-austenite and ε-martensite phases and possessed better mechanical properties than iron and even that of 316 L steel. The potentiodynamic measurements in simulated body fluids showed that alloying with manganese lowered the free corrosion potential and enhanced the corrosion rate, compared to iron. On the other hand, the corrosion rate of FeMn30 obtained by a semi-static immersion test was significantly lower than that of iron, most likely due to a higher degree of alkalization in sample surrounding. The presence of manganese in the alloy slightly enhanced toxicity towards the L 929 cells; however, the toxicity did not exceed the allowed limit and FeMn30 alloy fulfilled the requirements of the ISO 10993-5 standard.

  5. Differential evolution of a CXCR4-using HIV-1 strain in CCR5wt/wt and CCR5∆32/∆32 hosts revealed by longitudinal deep sequencing and phylogenetic reconstruction

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    Le, Anh Q.; Taylor, Jeremy; Dong, Winnie; McCloskey, Rosemary; Woods, Conan; Danroth, Ryan; Hayashi, Kanna; Milloy, M.-J.; Poon, Art F. Y.; Brumme, Zabrina L.

    2015-01-01

    Rare individuals homozygous for a naturally-occurring 32 base pair deletion in the CCR5 gene (CCR5∆32/∆32) are resistant to infection by CCR5-using (“R5”) HIV-1 strains but remain susceptible to less common CXCR4-using (“X4”) strains. The evolutionary dynamics of X4 infections however, remain incompletely understood. We identified two individuals, one CCR5wt/wt and one CCR5∆32/∆32, within the Vancouver Injection Drug Users Study who were infected with a genetically similar X4 HIV-1 strain. While early-stage plasma viral loads were comparable in the two individuals (~4.5–5 log10 HIV-1 RNA copies/ml), CD4 counts in the CCR5wt/wt individual reached a nadir of <20 CD4 cells/mm3 within 17 months but remained >250 cells/mm3 in the CCR5∆32/∆32 individual. Ancestral phylogenetic reconstructions using longitudinal envelope-V3 deep sequences suggested that both individuals were infected by a single transmitted/founder (T/F) X4 virus that differed at only one V3 site (codon 24). While substantial within-host HIV-1 V3 diversification was observed in plasma and PBMC in both individuals, the CCR5wt/wt individual’s HIV-1 population gradually reverted from 100% X4 to ~60% R5 over ~4 years whereas the CCR5∆32/∆32 individual’s remained consistently X4. Our observations illuminate early dynamics of X4 HIV-1 infections and underscore the influence of CCR5 genotype on HIV-1 V3 evolution. PMID:26631642

  6. 20 CFR 645.125 - What are the roles of the local and State governmental partners in the governance of the WtW...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... governmental partners in the governance of the WtW program? 645.125 Section 645.125 Employees' Benefits... governance of the WtW program? (a) Local boards or alternate administering agencies, in coordination with CEO... the WtW statute to the extent that such policies, interpretations, guidelines and definitions are...

  7. Shape memory effect in uranium-niobium alloys below room temperature. Final report. [6. 2 to 7. 0 wt % Nb

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    Vandermeer, R.A.

    1985-03-01

    The temperature dependence of the martensitic ..gamma../sup 0/ to ..cap alpha../sup 11/ phase transformation between 25/sup 0/C and -198/sup 0/C in water-quenched uranium-niobium alloys between 6.2 and 7.0 wt % niobium was determined using cold-stage x-ray diffraction experiments. Lowering the temperature promoted the transformation to ..cap alpha../sup 11/ but complete transformation was never observed. The transformation was reversible with little or no hysteresis. Aging the alloys for two hours at 200/sup 0/C stabilized the ..gamma../sup 0/ phase and retarded the martensitic transformation. The compositions where M/sub s/ and M/sub f/ equaled room temperature were 5.80 and 7.04 wt % Nb respectively. At -196/sup 0/C these values were approximately 0.25 wt % higher. Two alloys were selected as potential candidates for a uranium alloy clamp.

  8. Molecular Dynamics Analysis of Binding of Kinase Inhibitors to WT EGFR and the T790M Mutant.

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    Park, Jiyong; McDonald, Joseph J; Petter, Russell C; Houk, K N

    2016-04-12

    Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitors interrupt EGFR-dependent cellular signaling pathways that lead to accelerated tumor growth and proliferation. Mutation of a threonine in the inhibitor binding pocket, known as the "gatekeeper", to methionine (T790M) confers acquired resistance to several EGFR-selective inhibitors. We studied interactions between EGFR inhibitors and the gatekeeper residues of the target protein. Thermodynamic integration (TI) with Amber14 indicates that the binding energies of gefitinib and AEE788 to the active state of the T790M mutant EGFR is 3 kcal/mol higher than to the wild type (WT), whereas ATP binding energy to the mutant is similar to the WT. Using metadynamics MD simulations with NAMD v2.9, the conformational equilibrium between the inactive resting state and the catalytically competent activate state was determined for the WT EGFR. When combined with the results obtained by Sutto and Gervasio, our simulations showed that the T790M point mutation lowers the free energy of the active state by 5 kcal/mol relative to the inactive state of the enzyme. Relative to the WT, the T790M mutant binds gefitinib more strongly. The T790M mutation is nevertheless resistant due to its increased binding of ATP. By contrast, the binding of AEE788 to the active state causes a conformational change in the αC-helix adjacent to the inhibitor binding pocket, that results in a 2 kcal/mol energy penalty. The energy penalty explains why the binding of AEE788 to the T790M mutant is unfavorable relative to binding to WT EGFR. These results establish the role of the gatekeeper mutation on inhibitor selectivity. Additional molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, TI, and metadynamics MD simulations reveal the origins of the changes in binding energy of WT and mutants. PMID:27010480

  9. Stream Tracer Integrity: Comparative Analyses of Rhodamine-WT and Sodium Chloride through Transient Storage Modeling

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    Smull, E. M.; Wlostowski, A. N.; Gooseff, M. N.; Bowden, W. B.; Wollheim, W. M.

    2013-12-01

    Solute transport in natural channels describes the transport of water and dissolved matter through a river reach of interest. Conservative tracers allow us to label a parcel of stream water, such that we can track its movement downstream through space and time. A transient storage model (TSM) can be fit to the breakthrough curve (BTC) following a stream tracer experiment, as a way to quantify advection, dispersion, and transient storage processes. Arctic streams and rivers, in particular, are continuously underlain by permafrost, which provides for a simplified surface water-groundwater exchange. Sodium chloride (NaCl) and Rhodamine-WT (RWT) are widely used tracers, and differences between the two in conservative behavior and detection limits have been noted in small-scale field and laboratory studies. This study seeks to further this understanding by applying the OTIS model to NaCl and RWT BTC data from a field study on the Kuparuk River, Alaska, at varying flow rates. There are two main questions to be answered: 1) Do differences in NaCl and RWT manifest in OTIS parameter values? 2) Are the OTIS model results reliable for NaCl, RWT, or both? Fieldwork was performed in the summer of 2012 on the Kuparuk River, and modeling was performed using a modified OTIS framework, which provided for parameter optimization and further global sensitivity analyses. The results of this study will contribute to the greater body of literature surrounding Arctic stream hydrology, and it will assist in methodology for future tracer field studies. Additionally, the modeling work will provide an analysis for OTIS parameter identifiability, and assess stream tracer integrity (i.e. how well the BTC data represents the system) and its relation to TSM performance (i.e. how well the TSM can find a unique fit to the BTC data). The quantitative tools used can be applied to other solute transport studies, to better understand potential deviations in model outcome due to stream tracer choice and

  10. Human lymphocytes express the transcriptional regulator, Wilms tumor 1: The role of WT1 in mediating nitric oxide-dependent repression of lymphocyte proliferation

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    Marcet-Palacios, Marcelo; Davoine, Francis; Adamko, Darryl J.; Moqbel, Redwan; Befus, A. Dean

    2007-11-16

    The inhibitory roles of nitric oxide (NO) in T cell proliferation have been observed and studied extensively over the last two decades. Despite efforts, the fundamental pathway by which NO exerts its inhibitory actions remains to be elucidated although recent evidence suggests that the transcription factor Wilms tumor 1 (WT1) may be important. WT1 has been linked to numerous developmental pathways in particular nephrogenesis. Due to its roles in development and cell proliferation, polymorphisms within the WT1 gene can result in malignancies such as leukemia and Wilms tumor. WT1 functions as a transcriptional regulator and its activity is controlled through phosphorylation by protein kinase A (PKA). PKA-dependent WT1 phosphorylation results in translocation of WT1 from the nucleus to the cytosol, a process that interferes with WT1 transcriptional activities. In the current study we demonstrate that WT1 is expressed in human lymphocytes. Using the proliferative compound PHA we induced T cell proliferation and growth correlated with an increase in the expression of WT1 measured by RT-PCR, flow cytometry and immunoblot. Co-stimulation with the NO donor SNOG at concentrations of 0, 100, 300 and 600 {mu}M reduced in a concentration dependent way the PHA-induced upregulation of WT1 that correlated with a reduction in T cell proliferation. We conclude that WT1 might be an important component of the NO-dependent regulation of T lymphocyte proliferation and potential function.

  11. 20 CFR 645.215 - What must a WtW operating entity that serves noncustodial parent participants do?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... and children who may be at risk of domestic violence, the operating entity must consult with domestic violence prevention and intervention organizations in the development of its WtW project serving... ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PROVISIONS GOVERNING WELFARE-TO-WORK GRANTS General Program...

  12. HuR antagonizes the effect of an intronic pyrimidine-rich sequence in regulating WT1 +/-KTS isoforms.

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    Li, Hui; Hou, Shuai; Hao, Tian; Azam, Sikandar; Liu, Caigang; Shi, Lei; Lei, Haixin

    2015-01-01

    WT1 + KTS and -KTS isoforms only differ in 3 amino acids in protein sequence but show significant functional difference. The +/-KTS isoforms were generated by alternative usage of 2 adjacent 5' splice sites at RNA level, however, how these 2 isoforms are regulated is still elusive. Here we report the identification of an intronic pyrimidine-rich sequence that is critical for the ratio of +/-KTS isoforms, deletion or partial replacement of the sequence led to full/significant shift to -KTS isoform. To identify trans-factors that can regulate +/-KTS isoforms via the binding to the element, we performed RNP assembly using in vitro transcribed RNA with or without the pyrimidine-rich sequence. Mass spectrometry analysis of purified RNPs showed that the element associated with many splicing factors. Co-transfection of these factors with WT1 reporter revealed that HuR promoted the production of -KTS isoform at the reporter level. RNA immuno-precipitation experiment indicated that HuR interacted with the pyrimidine-rich element in WT1 intron 9. We further presented evidence that transient or stable over-expression of HuR led to enhanced expression of endogenous -KTS isoform. Moreover, knockdown of HuR resulted in decreased expression of endogenous -KTS isoform in 293T, SW620, SNU-387 and AGS cell lines. Together, these data indicate that HuR binds to the pyrimidine-rich sequence and antagonize its effect in regulating WT1 +/-KTS isoforms.

  13. A TCR-mimic antibody to WT1 bypasses tyrosine kinase inhibitor resistance in human BCR-ABL+ leukemias.

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    Dubrovsky, Leonid; Pankov, Dmitry; Brea, Elliott Joseph; Dao, Tao; Scott, Andrew; Yan, Su; O'Reilly, Richard J; Liu, Cheng; Scheinberg, David A

    2014-05-22

    Acute and chronic leukemias, including CD34(+) CML cells, demonstrate increased expression of the Wilms tumor gene 1 product (WT1), making WT1 an attractive therapeutic target. However, WT1 is a currently undruggable, intracellular protein. ESKM is a human IgG1 T-cell receptor mimic monoclonal antibody directed to a 9-amino acid sequence of WT1 in the context of cell surface HLA-A*02. ESKM was therapeutically effective, alone and in combination with tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), against Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute leukemia in murine models, including a leukemia with the most common, pan-TKI, gatekeeper resistance mutation, T315I. ESKM was superior to the first-generation TKI, imatinib. Combination therapy with ESKM and TKIs was superior to either drug alone, capable of curing mice. ESKM showed no toxicity to human HLA-A*02:01(+) stem cells under the conditions of this murine model. These features of ESKM make it a promising nontoxic therapeutic agent for sensitive and resistant Ph(+) leukemias. PMID:24723681

  14. Lithium-functionalized metal-organic frameworks that show >10 wt% H2 uptake at ambient temperature.

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    Han, Sang Soo; Jung, Dong Hyun; Choi, Seung-Hoon; Heo, Jiyoung

    2013-08-26

    We have used grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations with a first-principles-based force field to show that metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) with Li functional groups (i.e. C-Li bonds) allow for exceptional H2 uptake at ambient temperature. For example, at 298 K and 100 bar, IRMOF-1-4Li shows a total H2 uptake of 5.54 wt% and MOF-200-27Li exhibits a total H2 uptake of 10.30 wt%, which are much higher than the corresponding values with pristine MOFs. Li-functionalized MOF-200 (MOF-200-27Li) shows 11.84 wt% H2 binding at 243 K and 100 bar. These hydrogen-storage capacities exceed the 2015 DOE target of 5.5 wt% H2. Moreover, the incorporation of Li functional groups into MOFs provides more benefits, such as higher delivery amount, for H2 uptake than previously reported Li-doped MOFs.

  15. A new insight into high-strength Ti62Nb12.2Fe13.6Co6.4Al5.8 alloys with bimodal microstructure fabricated by semi-solid sintering.

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    Liu, L H; Yang, C; Kang, L M; Qu, S G; Li, X Q; Zhang, W W; Chen, W P; Li, Y Y; Li, P J; Zhang, L C

    2016-03-31

    It is well known that semi-solid forming could only obtain coarse-grained microstructure in a few alloy systems with a low melting point, such as aluminum and magnesium alloys. This work presents that semi-solid forming could also produce novel bimodal microstructure composed of nanostructured matrix and micro-sized (CoFe)Ti2 twins in a titanium alloy, Ti62Nb12.2Fe13.6Co6.4Al5.8. The semi-solid sintering induced by eutectic transformation to form a bimodal microstructure in Ti62Nb12.2Fe13.6Co6.4Al5.8 alloy is a fundamentally different approach from other known methods. The fabricated alloy exhibits high yield strength of 1790 MPa and plastic strain of 15.5%. The novel idea provides a new insight into obtaining nano-grain or bimodal microstructure in alloy systems with high melting point by semi-solid forming and into fabricating high-performance metallic alloys in structural applications.

  16. A new insight into high-strength Ti62Nb12.2Fe13.6Co6.4Al5.8 alloys with bimodal microstructure fabricated by semi-solid sintering

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    Liu, L. H.; Yang, C.; Kang, L. M.; Qu, S. G.; Li, X. Q.; Zhang, W. W.; Chen, W. P.; Li, Y. Y.; Li, P. J.; Zhang, L. C.

    2016-03-01

    It is well known that semi-solid forming could only obtain coarse-grained microstructure in a few alloy systems with a low melting point, such as aluminum and magnesium alloys. This work presents that semi-solid forming could also produce novel bimodal microstructure composed of nanostructured matrix and micro-sized (CoFe)Ti2 twins in a titanium alloy, Ti62Nb12.2Fe13.6Co6.4Al5.8. The semi-solid sintering induced by eutectic transformation to form a bimodal microstructure in Ti62Nb12.2Fe13.6Co6.4Al5.8 alloy is a fundamentally different approach from other known methods. The fabricated alloy exhibits high yield strength of 1790 MPa and plastic strain of 15.5%. The novel idea provides a new insight into obtaining nano-grain or bimodal microstructure in alloy systems with high melting point by semi-solid forming and into fabricating high-performance metallic alloys in structural applications.

  17. A new insight into high-strength Ti62Nb12.2Fe13.6Co6.4Al5.8 alloys with bimodal microstructure fabricated by semi-solid sintering

    PubMed Central

    Liu, L. H.; Yang, C.; Kang, L. M.; Qu, S. G.; Li, X. Q.; Zhang, W. W.; Chen, W. P.; Li, Y. Y.; Li, P. J.; Zhang, L. C.

    2016-01-01

    It is well known that semi-solid forming could only obtain coarse-grained microstructure in a few alloy systems with a low melting point, such as aluminum and magnesium alloys. This work presents that semi-solid forming could also produce novel bimodal microstructure composed of nanostructured matrix and micro-sized (CoFe)Ti2 twins in a titanium alloy, Ti62Nb12.2Fe13.6Co6.4Al5.8. The semi-solid sintering induced by eutectic transformation to form a bimodal microstructure in Ti62Nb12.2Fe13.6Co6.4Al5.8 alloy is a fundamentally different approach from other known methods. The fabricated alloy exhibits high yield strength of 1790 MPa and plastic strain of 15.5%. The novel idea provides a new insight into obtaining nano-grain or bimodal microstructure in alloy systems with high melting point by semi-solid forming and into fabricating high-performance metallic alloys in structural applications. PMID:27029858

  18. A novel cell-penetrating peptide derived from WT1 enhances p53 activity, induces cell senescence and displays antimelanoma activity in xeno- and syngeneic systems☆

    PubMed Central

    Massaoka, Mariana H.; Matsuo, Alisson L.; Figueiredo, Carlos R.; Girola, Natalia; Faria, Camyla F.; Azevedo, Ricardo A.; Travassos, Luiz R.

    2014-01-01

    The Wilms tumor protein 1 (WT1) transcription factor has been associated in malignant melanoma with cell survival and metastasis, thus emerging as a candidate for targeted therapy. A lysine–arginine rich peptide, WT1-pTj, derived from the ZF domain of WT1 was evaluated as an antitumor agent against A2058 human melanoma cells and B16F10-Nex2 syngeneic murine melanoma. Peptide WT1-pTj quickly penetrated human melanoma cells and induced senescence, recognized by increased SA-β-galactosidase activity, enhanced transcriptional activity of p53, and induction of the cell cycle inhibitors p21 and p27. Moreover, the peptide bound to p53 and competed with WT1 protein for binding to p53. WT1-pTj treatment led to sustained cell growth suppression, abrogation of clonogenicity and G2/M cell cycle arrest. Notably, in vivo studies showed that WT1-pTj inhibited both the metastases and subcutaneous growth of murine melanoma in syngeneic mice, and prolonged the survival of nude mice challenged with human melanoma cells. The 27-amino acid cell-penetrating WT1-derived peptide, depends on C3 and H16 for effective antimelanoma activity, inhibits proliferation of WT1-expressing human tumor cell lines, and may have an effective role in the treatment of WT1-expressing malignancies. PMID:24490140

  19. HLA-restricted presentation of WT1 tumor antigen in B-lymphoblastoid cell lines established using a maxi-EBV system.

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    Kanda, T; Ochi, T; Fujiwara, H; Yasukawa, M; Okamoto, S; Mineno, J; Kuzushima, K; Tsurumi, T

    2012-08-01

    Lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs), which are established by in vitro infection of peripheral B-lymphocytes with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), are effective antigen-presenting cells. However, the ability of LCLs to present transduced tumor antigens has not yet been evaluated in detail. We report a single-step strategy utilizing a recombinant EBV (maxi-EBV) to convert B-lymphocytes from any individuals into indefinitely growing LCLs expressing a transgene of interest. The strategy was successfully used to establish LCLs expressing Wilms' tumor gene 1 (WT1) tumor antigen (WT1-LCLs), which is an attractive target for cancer immunotherapy. The established WT1-LCLs expressed more abundant WT1 protein than K562 leukemic cells, which are known to overexpress WT1. A WT1-specific cytotoxic T lymphocyte line efficiently lysed the WT1-LCL in a human leukocyte antigen-restricted manner, but poorly lysed control LCL not expressing WT1. These results indicate that the transduced WT1 antigen is processed and presented on the WT1-LCL. This experimental strategy can be applied to establish LCLs expressing other tumor antigens and will find a broad range of applications in the field of cancer immunotherapy.

  20. The predominant WT1 isoform (+KTS) encodes a DNA binding protein targeting the planar cell polarity gene Scribble in renal podocytes

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    Wells, Julie; Rivera, Miguel N.; Kim, Woo Jae; Starbuck, Kristen; Haber, Daniel A.

    2010-01-01

    WT1 encodes a tumor suppressor, first identified by its inactivation in Wilms Tumor. While one WT1 splicing variant encodes a well-characterized zinc finger transcription factor, little is known about the function of the most prevalent WT1 isoform, whose DNA binding domain is disrupted by a three amino acid (KTS) insertion. Using cells which conditionally express WT1(+KTS), we undertook a genome-wide chromatin immunoprecipitation and cloning (ChIP-cloning) analysis to identify candidate WT1(+KTS) regulated promoters. We identified the planar cell polarity (PCP) gene Scribble (SCRB) as the first WT1(+KTS) target gene in podocytes of the kidney. WT1 and SCRB expression patterns overlap precisely in developing renal glomeruli of mice, and WT1(+KTS) binds to a 33 nucleotide region within the Scribble promoter in both mouse and human cell lines and kidneys. Together, our results support a role for the predominant WT1(+KTS) isoform in transcriptional regulation and suggest a link between the WT1-dependent tumor suppressor pathway and a key component of the planar cell polarity pathway. PMID:20571064

  1. The predominant WT1 isoform (+KTS) encodes a DNA-binding protein targeting the planar cell polarity gene Scribble in renal podocytes.

    PubMed

    Wells, Julie; Rivera, Miguel N; Kim, Woo Jae; Starbuck, Kristen; Haber, Daniel A

    2010-07-01

    WT1 encodes a tumor suppressor first identified by its inactivation in Wilms' Tumor. Although one WT1 splicing variant encodes a well-characterized zinc finger transcription factor, little is known about the function of the most prevalent WT1 isoform, whose DNA binding domain is disrupted by a three-amino acid (KTS) insertion. Using cells that conditionally express WT1(+KTS), we undertook a genome-wide chromatin immunoprecipitation and cloning analysis to identify candidate WT1(+KTS)-regulated promoters. We identified the planar cell polarity gene Scribble (SCRB) as the first WT1(+KTS) target gene in podocytes of the kidney. WT1 and SCRB expression patterns overlap precisely in developing renal glomeruli of mice, and WT1(+KTS) binds to a 33-nucleotide region within the Scribble promoter in mouse and human cell lines and kidneys. Together, our results support a role for the predominant WT1(+KTS) isoform in transcriptional regulation and suggest a link between the WT1-dependent tumor suppressor pathway and a key component of the planar cell polarity pathway. PMID:20571064

  2. WT1 is involved in the Akt-JNK pathway dependent autophagy through directly regulating Gas1 expression in human osteosarcoma cells.

    PubMed

    Mo, Hao; He, Juliang; Yuan, Zhenchao; Mo, Ligen; Wu, Zhenjie; Lin, Xiang; Liu, Bin; Guan, Jian

    2016-09-01

    Macroautophagy (herein termed autophagy) works as a protective mechanism in tumorigenesis and development under metabolic stress condition. Multitudes of genes have been found involved in this process during past decades. In the present study, we report that Wilm's tumor suppressor1 (WT1) is involved in autophagy in osteosarcoma (OS) cells. WT1, a transcription factor with multitude of target genes, expresses in a majority of cancer types. Though wide-ranging effect of WT1 is now well documented, the function of WT1 in tumors remains poorly defined. In this chapter, it is found that high expression of WT1 positively correlates with active autophagy in human osteosarcoma cells. And further study on cell signaling pathway illustrates that Akt/JNK pathway acts as a positive regulator of autophagy induced by WT1. Here, we present evidence that WT1 modulates Akt/JNK signaling pathway mediated autophagy by controlling the expression of growth arrest-specific 1 (Gas1). We show that WT1 is required for Gas1 transcription in osteosarcoma cells. And Gas1 is upregulated followed WT1 overexpression in a time-dependent manner. Loss of Gas1 results in a reduction of WT1-induced autophagy. PMID:27453337

  3. Predicting Pathways for Synthesis of Ferromagnetic τ Phase in Binary Heusler Alloy Al-55 pct Mn Through Understanding of the Kinetics of ɛ-τ Transformation

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    Palanisamy, Dhanalakshmi; Singh, Shailesh; Srivastava, Chandan; Madras, Giridhar; Chattopadhyay, Kamanio

    2016-09-01

    This paper outlines the detailed procedure for the synthesis of pure ferromagnetic τ phase in binary Heusler Al-55 pct Mn alloy in bulk form through casting route without any addition of stabilizers. To obtain the processing domain for the formation of the τ phase from high-temperature ɛ phase, isothermal transformation experiments were carried out. The structure and microstructure were characterized by X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy studies. The τ phase start times were obtained through magnetic measurements. In order to tune the casting conditions for the formation of this phase, thermal modeling was carried out to predict the heat extraction rates for copper molds of different diameters (2 to 12 mm) containing hot solids during casting process. This enabled us to estimate the diameter of the mold to be used for obtaining τ phase directly during casting. It was concluded through experimental verification that 10-mm-diameter casting in copper mold is suitable to obtain complete τ phase. A saturation magnetization of 116 emu/g at 10 K was measured for such samples. The Curie point for the τ phase was found to be 668 K (395 °C). Additionally, the cast rod exhibits a compressive strength of 1170 MPa which is higher than those of both ferrites and AlNiCo magnets.

  4. The workability of commercial and experimental 0.6 pct carbon low alloy steels in the temperature range of 650 °C to 870 °C

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    Matuszewski, T.; McQueen, H. J.; Machmeier, P. M.

    1994-04-01

    The torsional strength and ductility of commercial AlSI 4063 steel along with four 0.6 pct carbon, low alloy experimental steel compositions were determined with temperature. These parameters were then related to the workability of the steels. The influence of initial lamellar or spheroidal microstructures, as well as of vacuum or air-melt practices, were studied in the deformation temperature range of 650 °C to 870 °C and strain-rate range of 0.71 to 2.13 s-1 The experimental steels showed increased ductility and lower peak flow stresses over the entire temperature range when compared to the commercial alloy. Lamellar microstructures resulted in higher maximum flow stresses and subsequent work softening in the ferritic regime. Initial carbide morphology did not influence the maximum flow stresses in the austenitic range. Improved ductility of the experimental steels over the entire working temperatures could possibly be attributed to the combination of a reduced amount of oxides and sulfides, reduced particleto-matrix decohesion, improved grain-boundary cohesion, or the ability to annihilate or heal microcracks which may form during deformation. Constitutive equations were developed for the ferritic and austenitic conditions with both spheroidized and lamellar carbides.

  5. Early Postnatal Myelin Content Estimate of White Matter via T1w/T2w Ratio

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    Lee, Kevin; Cherel, Marie; Budin, Francois; Gilmore, John; Consing, Kirsten Zaldarriaga; Rasmussen, Jerod; Wadhwa, Pathik D.; Entringer, Sonja; Glasser, Matthew F.; Van Essen, David C.; Buss, Claudia; Styner, Martin

    2015-01-01

    Purpose To develop and evaluate a novel processing framework for the relative quantification of myelin content in cerebral white matter (WM) regions from brain MRI data via a computed ratio of T1 to T2 weighted intensity values. Data We employed high resolution (1mm3 isotropic) T1 and T2 weighted MRI from 46 (28 male, 18 female) neonate subjects (typically developing controls) scanned on a Siemens Tim Trio 3T at UC Irvine. Methods We developed a novel, yet relatively straightforward image processing framework for WM myelin content estimation based on earlier work by Glasser et al. We first co-register the structural MRI data to correct for motion. Then, background areas are masked out via a joint T1w and T2 foreground mask computed. Raw T1w/T2w-ratios images are computed next. For purpose of calibration across subjects, we first coarsely segment the fat-rich facial regions via an atlas co-registration. Linear intensity rescaling based on median T1w/T2w-ratio values in those facial regions yields calibrated T1w/T2w-ratio images. Mean values in lobar regions are evaluated using standard statistical analysis to investigate their interaction with age at scan. Results Several lobes have strongly positive significant interactions of age at scan with the computed T1w/T2w-ratio. Most regions do not show sex effects. A few regions show no measurable effects of change in myelin content change within the first few weeks of postnatal development, such as cingulate and CC areas, which we attribute to sample size and measurement variability. Conclusions We developed and evaluated a novel way to estimate white matter myelin content for use in studies of brain white matter development. PMID:26612964

  6. Early postnatal myelin content estimate of white matter via T1w/T2w ratio

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    Lee, Kevin; Cherel, Marie; Budin, Francois; Gilmore, John; Zaldarriaga Consing, Kirsten; Rasmussen, Jerod; Wadhwa, Pathik D.; Entringer, Sonja; Glasser, Matthew F.; Van Essen, David C.; Buss, Claudia; Styner, Martin

    2015-03-01

    To develop and evaluate a novel processing framework for the relative quantification of myelin content in cerebral white matter (WM) regions from brain MRI data via a computed ratio of T1 to T2 weighted intensity values. We employed high resolution (1mm3 isotropic) T1 and T2 weighted MRI from 46 (28 male, 18 female) neonate subjects (typically developing controls) scanned on a Siemens Tim Trio 3T at UC Irvine. We developed a novel, yet relatively straightforward image processing framework for WM myelin content estimation based on earlier work by Glasser, et al. We first co-register the structural MRI data to correct for motion. Then, background areas are masked out via a joint T1w and T2 foreground mask computed. Raw T1w/T2w-ratios images are computed next. For purpose of calibration across subjects, we first coarsely segment the fat-rich facial regions via an atlas co-registration. Linear intensity rescaling based on median T1w/T2w-ratio values in those facial regions yields calibrated T1w/T2wratio images. Mean values in lobar regions are evaluated using standard statistical analysis to investigate their interaction with age at scan. Several lobes have strongly positive significant interactions of age at scan with the computed T1w/T2w-ratio. Most regions do not show sex effects. A few regions show no measurable effects of change in myelin content change within the first few weeks of postnatal development, such as cingulate and CC areas, which we attribute to sample size and measurement variability. We developed and evaluated a novel way to estimate white matter myelin content for use in studies of brain white matter development.

  7. Mechanical Properties of Plasma-Sprayed ZrO2-8 wt% Y2O3 Thermal Barrier Coatings

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    Choi, Sung R.; Zhu, Dongming; Miller, Robert A.

    2004-01-01

    Mechanical behavior of free standing, plasma-sprayed ZrO2-8 wt% Y2O3 thermal barrier coatings, including strength, fracture toughness, fatigue, constitutive relation, elastic modulus, and directionality, has been determined under various loading-specimen configurations. This report presents and describes a summary of mechanical properties of the plasma-sprayed coating material to provide them as a design database.

  8. 45 CFR 286.130 - Does the receipt of Welfare-to-Work (WtW) cash assistance count towards a Tribe's TANF time limit?

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    2010-10-01

    ... 45 Public Welfare 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Does the receipt of Welfare-to-Work (WtW) cash... and Processing § 286.130 Does the receipt of Welfare-to-Work (WtW) cash assistance count towards a... as well as the penalty provision at § 286.195(a)(1), WtW cash assistance counts towards a...

  9. Early-stage nucleation of manganese sulfide particle and its processing evolution in Fe—3wt.%Si alloys

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    Guo, Wei; Meng, Li; Wang, Hongcai; Yan, Guochun; Mao, Weimin

    2016-03-01

    Manganese sulfide is often referred to as one of important inhibitors in grain-oriented electrical steels, which is of great importance to yield strong Goss texture. However, the early stage of nucleation for such inhibitors and their evolution during the processing has not been well understood. In present work we selected a Fe—3.12wt.%Si—0.11wt.%Mn—0.021wt.%S model system and used FE-SEM and atom probe tomography (APT) to investigate the precipitation behavior of MnS inhibitors at near atomic scale. It was found that the Si—S enriched clusters with sizes of 5—15 nm were formed close to the MnS particles. The density of inhibitors decreased after large pseudo-plane-strain compression because of the effect of dislocation motion, and then slightly increased again when sample was aged at 200°C for 48 h. The dislocations and grain boundaries can act as fast diffusion paths and assist the reemergence of Si—S enriched clusters.

  10. WT1-mediated repression of the proapoptotic transcription factor ZNF224 is triggered by the BCR-ABL oncogene

    PubMed Central

    Montano, Giorgia; Vidovic, Karina; Palladino, Chiara; Cesaro, Elena; Sodaro, Gaetano; Quintarelli, Concetta; De Angelis, Biagio; Errichiello, Santa; Pane, Fabrizio; Izzo, Paola; Grosso, Michela; Gullberg, Urban; Costanzo, Paola

    2015-01-01

    The Kruppel-like protein ZNF224 is a co-factor of the Wilms’ tumor 1 protein, WT1. We have previously shown that ZNF224 exerts a specific proapoptotic role in chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) K562 cells and contributes to cytosine arabinoside-induced apoptosis, by modulating WT1-dependent transcription of apoptotic genes. Here we demonstrate that ZNF224 gene expression is down-regulated both in BCR-ABL positive cell lines and in primary CML samples and is restored after imatinib and second generation tyrosine kinase inhibitors treatment. We also show that WT1, whose expression is positively regulated by BCR-ABL, represses transcription of the ZNF224 gene. Finally, we report that ZNF224 is significantly down-regulated in patients with BCR-ABL positive chronic phase-CML showing poor response or resistance to imatinib treatment as compared to high-responder patients. Taken as a whole, our data disclose a novel pathway activated by BCR-ABL that leads to inhibition of apoptosis through the ZNF224 repression. ZNF224 could thus represent a novel promising therapeutic target in CML. PMID:26320177

  11. Transmission electron microscopy characterization of the fission gas bubble superlattice in irradiated U-7wt% Mo dispersion fuels

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    B.D. Miller; J. Gan; D.D. Keiser Jr.; A.B. Robinson; J.-F. Jue; J.W. Madden; P.G. Medvedev

    2015-03-01

    Transmission electron microscopy characterization of irradiated U-7wt% Mo dispersion fuel was performed on various samples to understand the effect of irradiation parameters (fission density, fission rate, and temperature) on the self-organized fission-gas-bubble superlattice that forms in the irradiated U-Mo fuel. The bubble superlattice was seen to form a face-centered cubic structure coherent with the host U-7wt% Mo body centered cubic structure. At a fission density between 3.0 and 4.5 x 1021 fiss/cm3, the superlattice bubbles appear to have reached a saturation size with additional fission gas associated with increasing burnup predominately accumulating along grain boundaries. At a fission density of ~4.5x1021 fiss/cm3, the U-7wt% Mo microstructure undergoes grain subdivision and can no longer support the ordered bubble superlattice. The fuel grains are primarily less than 500 nm in diameter with micron-size fission-gas bubbles present on the grain boundaries. Solid fission products decorate the inside surface of the micron-sized fission-gas bubbles. Residual superlattice bubbles are seen in areas where fuel grains remain micron sized. Potential mechanisms of the formation and collapse of the bubble superlattice are discussed.

  12. Ganglioside accumulation in activated glia in the developing brain: comparison between WT and GalNAcT KO mice

    PubMed Central

    Saito, Mariko; Wu, Gusheng; Hui, Maria; Masiello, Kurt; Dobrenis, Kostantin; Ledeen, Robert W.; Saito, Mitsuo

    2015-01-01

    Our previous studies have shown accumulation of GM2 ganglioside during ethanol-induced neurodegeneration in the developing brain, and GM2 elevation has also been reported in other brain injuries and neurodegenerative diseases. Using GM2/GD2 synthase KO mice lacking GM2/GD2 and downstream gangliosides, the current study explored the significance of GM2 elevation in WT mice. Immunohistochemical studies indicated that ethanol-induced acute neurodegeneration in postnatal day 7 (P7) WT mice was associated with GM2 accumulation in the late endosomes/lysosomes of both phagocytic microglia and increased glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP)-positive astrocytes. However, in KO mice, although ethanol induced robust neurodegeneration and accumulation of GD3 and GM3 in the late endosomes/lysosomes of phagocytic microglia, it did not increase the number of GFAP-positive astrocytes, and the accumulation of GD3/GM3 in astrocytes was minimal. Not only ethanol, but also DMSO, induced GM2 elevation in activated microglia and astrocytes along with neurodegeneration in P7 WT mice, while lipopolysaccharide, which did not induce significant neurodegeneration, caused GM2 accumulation mainly in lysosomes of activated astrocytes. Thus, GM2 elevation is associated with activation of microglia and astrocytes in the injured developing brain, and GM2, GD2, or other downstream gangliosides may regulate astroglial responses in ethanol-induced neurodegeneration. PMID:26063460

  13. WT1-mediated repression of the proapoptotic transcription factor ZNF224 is triggered by the BCR-ABL oncogene.

    PubMed

    Montano, Giorgia; Vidovic, Karina; Palladino, Chiara; Cesaro, Elena; Sodaro, Gaetano; Quintarelli, Concetta; De Angelis, Biagio; Errichiello, Santa; Pane, Fabrizio; Izzo, Paola; Grosso, Michela; Gullberg, Urban; Costanzo, Paola

    2015-09-29

    The Kruppel-like protein ZNF224 is a co-factor of the Wilms' tumor 1 protein, WT1. We have previously shown that ZNF224 exerts a specific proapoptotic role in chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) K562 cells and contributes to cytosine arabinoside-induced apoptosis, by modulating WT1-dependent transcription of apoptotic genes. Here we demonstrate that ZNF224 gene expression is down-regulated both in BCR-ABL positive cell lines and in primary CML samples and is restored after imatinib and second generation tyrosine kinase inhibitors treatment. We also show that WT1, whose expression is positively regulated by BCR-ABL, represses transcription of the ZNF224 gene. Finally, we report that ZNF224 is significantly down-regulated in patients with BCR-ABL positive chronic phase-CML showing poor response or resistance to imatinib treatment as compared to high-responder patients. Taken as a whole, our data disclose a novel pathway activated by BCR-ABL that leads to inhibition of apoptosis through the ZNF224 repression. ZNF224 could thus represent a novel promising therapeutic target in CML. PMID:26320177

  14. Real-time quantitative PCR detection of WT1 gene expression in children with AML: prognostic significance, correlation with disease status and residual disease detection by flow cytometry.

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    Trka, J; Kalinová, M; Hrusák, O; Zuna, J; Krejcí, O; Madzo, J; Sedlácek, P; Vávra, V; Michalová, K; Jarosová, M; Starý, J

    2002-07-01

    The clinical significance of WT1 gene expression at diagnosis and during therapy of AML has not yet been resolved. We analysed WT1 expression at presentation in an unselected group of 47 childhood AML patients using real-time quantitative reverse-transcription PCR. We also showed that within the first 30 h following aspiration RQ-RT-PCR results were not influenced by transportation time. We observed lower levels of WT1 transcript in AML M5 (P = 0.0015); no association was found between expression levels and sex, initial leukocyte count and karyotype-based prognostic groups. There was significant correlation between very low WT1 expression at presentation and excellent outcome (EFS P = 0.0014). Combined analysis of WT1 levels, three-colour flow cytometry residual disease detection and the course of the disease in 222 samples from 28 children with AML showed remarkable correlation. Fourteen patients expressed high WT1 levels at presentation. In eight of them, who suffered relapse or did not reach complete remission, dynamics of WT1 levels clearly correlated with the disease status and residual disease by flow cytometry. We conclude that very low WT1 levels at presentation represent a good prognostic factor and that RQ-RT-PCR-based analysis of WT1 expression is a promising and rapid approach for monitoring of MRD in approximately half of paediatric AML patients.

  15. The radial distribution of dopant (Cr, Nd, Yb, or Ce) in yttrium aluminum garnet (Y 3Al 5O 12) single crystals grown by the micro-pulling-down method

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    Simura, Rayko; Yoshikawa, Akira; Uda, Satoshi

    2009-12-01

    Dopant distribution in yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG:Y 3Al 5O 12) shaped crystal grown via the micro-pulling-down method depends primarily on the distribution coefficient (k0). The solid-favoring dopants (k0>1.0), Cr and Yb, concentrated in the central core of the crystal, while the liquid-favoring dopants (k0<1.0), Nd and Ce, concentrated in the rim. Secondary rare-earth oxide phases were sometimes segregated and crystallized circumferentially with Nd and Ce dopant. The dopant distribution profile was also controlled by the position of the melt entrance hole in the crucible shaper, which was confirmed by SIMPLER calculation. Segregation/distribution coefficients for Cr, Yb, Nd, and Ce in YAG were found to be 1.5, 1.01, 0.1, and 0.01, respectively.

  16. Specificity for the tumor-associated self-antigen WT1 drives the development of fully functional memory T cells in the absence of vaccination.

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    Pospori, Constandina; Xue, Shao-An; Holler, Angelika; Voisine, Cecile; Perro, Mario; King, Judith; Fallah-Arani, Farnaz; Flutter, Barry; Chakraverty, Ronjon; Stauss, Hans J; Morris, Emma C

    2011-06-23

    Recently, vaccines against the Wilms Tumor antigen 1 (WT1) have been tested in cancer patients. However, it is currently not known whether physiologic levels of WT1 expression in stem and progenitor cells of normal tissue result in the deletion or tolerance induction of WT1-specific T cells. Here, we used an human leukocyte antigen-transgenic murine model to study the fate of human leukocyte antigen class-I restricted, WT1-specific T cells in the thymus and in the periphery. Thymocytes expressing a WT1-specific T-cell receptor derived from high avidity human CD8 T cells were positively selected into the single-positive CD8 population. In the periphery, T cells specific for the WT1 antigen differentiated into CD44-high memory phenotype cells, whereas T cells specific for a non-self-viral antigen retained a CD44(low) naive phenotype. Only the WT1-specific T cells, but not the virus-specific T cells, displayed rapid antigen-specific effector function without prior vaccination. Despite long-term persistence of WT1-specific memory T cells, the animals did not develop autoimmunity, and the function of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells was unimpaired. This is the first demonstration that specificity for a tumor-associated self-antigen may drive differentiation of functionally competent memory T cells.

  17. Specificity for the tumor-associated self-antigen WT1 drives the development of fully functional memory T cells in the absence of vaccination.

    PubMed

    Pospori, Constandina; Xue, Shao-An; Holler, Angelika; Voisine, Cecile; Perro, Mario; King, Judith; Fallah-Arani, Farnaz; Flutter, Barry; Chakraverty, Ronjon; Stauss, Hans J; Morris, Emma C

    2011-06-23

    Recently, vaccines against the Wilms Tumor antigen 1 (WT1) have been tested in cancer patients. However, it is currently not known whether physiologic levels of WT1 expression in stem and progenitor cells of normal tissue result in the deletion or tolerance induction of WT1-specific T cells. Here, we used an human leukocyte antigen-transgenic murine model to study the fate of human leukocyte antigen class-I restricted, WT1-specific T cells in the thymus and in the periphery. Thymocytes expressing a WT1-specific T-cell receptor derived from high avidity human CD8 T cells were positively selected into the single-positive CD8 population. In the periphery, T cells specific for the WT1 antigen differentiated into CD44-high memory phenotype cells, whereas T cells specific for a non-self-viral antigen retained a CD44(low) naive phenotype. Only the WT1-specific T cells, but not the virus-specific T cells, displayed rapid antigen-specific effector function without prior vaccination. Despite long-term persistence of WT1-specific memory T cells, the animals did not develop autoimmunity, and the function of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells was unimpaired. This is the first demonstration that specificity for a tumor-associated self-antigen may drive differentiation of functionally competent memory T cells. PMID:21447831

  18. Analysis of the functional WT1-specific T-cell repertoire in healthy donors reveals a discrepancy between CD4+ and CD8+ memory formation

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    Schmied, Sabine; Gostick, Emma; Price, David A; Abken, Hinrich; Assenmacher, Mario; Richter, Anne

    2015-01-01

    The Wilms’ tumour-1 (WT1) protein is considered a prime target for cancer immunotherapy based on its presumptive immunogenicity and widespread expression across a variety of malignancies. However, little is known about the naturally occurring WT1-specific T-cell repertoire because self-derived antigens typically elicit low frequency responses that challenge the sensitivity limits of current detection techniques. In this study, we used highly efficient cell enrichment procedures based on CD137, CD154, and pHLA class I tetramer staining to conduct a detailed analysis of WT1-specific T cells from the peripheral blood. Remarkably, we detected WT1-specific CD4+ and CD8+ T-cell populations in the vast majority of healthy individuals. Memory responses specific for WT1 were commonly present in the CD4+ T-cell compartment, whereas WT1-specific CD8+ T cells almost universally displayed a naive phenotype. Moreover, memory CD4+ and naive CD8+ T cells with specificity for WT1 were found to coexist in some individuals. Collectively, these findings suggest a natural discrepancy between the CD4+ and CD8+ T-cell lineages with respect to memory formation in response to a self-derived antigen. Nonetheless, WT1-specific T cells from both lineages were readily activated ex vivo and expanded in vitro, supporting the use of strategies designed to exploit this expansive reservoir of self-reactive T cells for immunotherapeutic purposes. PMID:25882672

  19. 20 CFR 645.125 - What are the roles of the local and State governmental partners in the governance of the WtW...

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    2013-04-01

    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 3 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false What are the roles of the local and State governmental partners in the governance of the WtW program? 645.125 Section 645.125 Employees' Benefits... governance of the WtW program? (a) Local boards or alternate administering agencies, in coordination with...

  20. 20 CFR 645.125 - What are the roles of the local and State governmental partners in the governance of the WtW...

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    2012-04-01

    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 3 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false What are the roles of the local and State governmental partners in the governance of the WtW program? 645.125 Section 645.125 Employees' Benefits... governance of the WtW program? (a) Local boards or alternate administering agencies, in coordination with...

  1. 20 CFR 645.125 - What are the roles of the local and State governmental partners in the governance of the WtW...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 3 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false What are the roles of the local and State governmental partners in the governance of the WtW program? 645.125 Section 645.125 Employees' Benefits... governance of the WtW program? (a) Local boards or alternate administering agencies, in coordination with...

  2. CAFE simulation of columnar-to-equiaxed transition in Al-7wt%Si alloys directionally solidified under microgravity

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    Liu, D. R.; Mangelinck-Noël, N.; Gandin, Ch-A.; Zimmermann, G.; Sturz, L.; Nguyen Thi, H.; Billia, B.

    2016-03-01

    A two-dimensional multi-scale cellular automaton - finite element (CAFE) model is used to simulate grain structure evolution and microsegregation formation during solidification of refined Al-7wt%Si alloys under microgravity. The CAFE simulations are first qualitatively compared with the benchmark experimental data under microgravity. Qualitative agreement is obtained for the position of columnar to equiaxed transition (CET) and the CET transition mode (sharp or progressive). Further comparisons of the distributions of grain elongation factor and equivalent diameter are conducted and reveal a fair quantitative agreement.

  3. Synchrotron X-ray Tomographic Quantification of Deformation Induced Strain Localisation in Semi-solid Al- 15wt.%Cu

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    Cai, B.; Karagadde, S.; Marrow, T. J.; Connolley, T.; Lee, P. D.

    2015-06-01

    Uniaxial compression and indentation of a semi-solid Al-15wt.%Cu alloy was investigated by high speed synchrotron X-ray microtomography, quantifying the microstructural response of a solidifying alloy to applied strain. Tomograms were continuously acquired whilst performing deformation using a precision thermal-mechanical rig on a synchrotron beamline. The results illustrate how defects and shear bands can form in response to different loading conditions. Using digital volume correlation, the global and localised strains were measured, providing quantitative datasets for granular flow models of semi-solid deformation.

  4. Chemical analyses of pore water from boreholes USW SD-6 and USW WT-24, Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    Yang, I.C.; Peterman, Z.E.; Scofield, K.M.

    2003-01-01

    Analyses of pore water extracted from cores of boreholes USW SD-6 in the central part and USW WT-24 in the northern part of Yucca Mountain, Nevada, show significant vertical and lateral variations in dissolved-ion concentrations. Analyses of samples of only a few milliliters of pore water extracted by uniaxial or triaxial compression and by ultracentrifugation methods from adjacent core samples are generally in agreement, within the analytical error of 10% to 15%. However, the values of silica for water obtained by ultracentrifugation are consistently lower than values for water obtained by compression. The larger concentrations probably are due to localized pressure solution of silicate minerals during compression. The shallower water from core in borehole USW SD-6 was extracted from nonwelded units collectively referred to as the Paintbrush Tuff nonwelded (PTn). The deeper water was from core in both boreholes USW SD-6 and USW WT-24 in the nonwelded units referred to as the Calico Hills nonwelded (CHn). Significant differences in mean dissolved-ion concentrations in pore water between the PTn and CHn are (1) decreases in Ca, Mg, SO4, and NO3 and (2) increases in HCO3 and (Na+K)/(Ca+Mg) ratios. The decrease in NO3 and the increase in HCO3 could be the result of denitrification through the oxidation of organic matter. The decrease in Ca and associated increase in (Na+K)/(Ca+Mg) is the result of ion exchange with zeolites in the CHn in borehole USW WT-24. This effect is not nearly as pronounced in borehole USW SD-6, probably reflecting a smaller amount of zeolitization of the CHn in USW SD-6. Geochemical calculations using the PHREEQC code indicate that the pore water from both boreholes USW SD-6 and USW WT-24 is uniformly undersaturated in anhydrite, gypsum, and amorphous silica, but supersaturated in quartz and chalcedony. The saturation of calcite, aragonite, sepiolite, and dolomite is more variable from sample to sample. ?? 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights

  5. WT1 PEPTIDE VACCINATIONS INDUCE CD4 AND CD8 T CELL IMMUNE RESPONSES IN PATIENTS WITH MESOTHELIOMA AND NON-SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER

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    Krug, Lee M.; Dao, Tao; Brown, Andrew B.; Maslak, Peter; Travis, William; Bekele, Sara; Korontsvit, Tatyana; Zakhaleva, Victoria; Wolchok, Jedd; Yuan, Jianda; Li, Hao; Tyson, Leslie; Scheinberg, David A.

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND The transcription factor, WT1, is highly overexpressed in malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) and immunohistochemical stains for WT1 are used routinely to aid in its diagnosis. Using computer prediction analysis we designed analog peptides derived from WT1 sequences by substituting amino acids at key HLA-A0201 binding positions. We tested the safety and immunogenicity of a WT1 vaccine comprised of four class 1 and class 2 peptides in patients with thoracic neoplasms expressing WT1. METHODS Therapy consisted of six subcutaneous vaccinations administered with Montanide adjuvant on weeks 0, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12, with 6 additional monthly injections for responding patients. Injection sites were pre-stimulated with GM-CSF (70mcg). Immune responses were evaluated by DTH, CD4 T-cell proliferation, CD8 T-cell interferon gamma release, intracellular cytokine staining, WT1 peptide MHC-tetramer staining, and cytotoxicity against WT1 positive tumor cells. RESULTS Nine patients with MPM and 3 with NSCLC were vaccinated, with 8 patients receiving at least 6 vaccinations; in total, 10 patients were evaluable for immune response. Six out of nine patients tested demonstrated CD4 T-cell proliferation to WT1 specific peptides, and five of the six HLA-A0201 patients tested mounted a CD8 T-cell response. Stimulated T cells were capable of cytotoxicity against WT-1 positive cells. Vaccination also induced polyfunctional CD8 T cell responses. CONCLUSIONS This multivalent WT1 peptide analog vaccine induces immune responses in a high proportion of patients with thoracic malignancies with minimal toxicity. A randomized trial testing this vaccine as adjuvant therapy in MPM is planned. PMID:20532500

  6. Dissolution of Cu/Mg Bearing Intermetallics in Al-Si Foundry Alloys

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    Javidani, Mousa; Larouche, Daniel; Grant Chen, X.

    2016-08-01

    Evolutions of the Cu/Mg bearing intermetallics were thoroughly investigated in four Al-Si hypoeutectic alloys containing various Cu (1 and 1.6 wt pct) and Mg (0.4 and 0.8 wt pct) contents. The area fractions of Cu/Mg bearing phases before and after solution heat treatment (SHT) were quantified to evaluate the solubility/stability of the phases. Two Mg-bearing intermetallics (Q-Al5Cu2Mg8Si6, π-Al8FeMg3Si6) which appear as gray color under optical microscope were discriminated by the developed etchant. Moreover, the concentrations of the elements (Cu, Mg, and Si) in α-Al were analyzed. The results illustrated that in the alloys containing ~0.4 pct Mg, Q-Al5Cu2Mg8Si6 phase was dissolved after 6 hours of SHT at 778 K (505 °C); but containing in the alloys ~0.8 pct Mg, it was insoluble/ partially soluble. Furthermore, after SHT at 778 K (505 °C), Mg2Si was partially substituted by Q-phase. Applying a two-step SHT [6 hours@778 K (505 °C) + 8 hours@798 K (525 °C)] in the alloys containing ~0.4 pct Mg helped to further dissolve the remaining Mg bearing intermetallics and further modified the microstructure, but in the alloys containing ~0.8 pct Mg, it caused partial melting of Q-phase. Thermodynamic calculations were carried out to assess the phase formation in equilibrium and in non-equilibrium conditions. There was an excellent agreement between the experimental results and the predicted results.

  7. Dissolution of Cu/Mg Bearing Intermetallics in Al-Si Foundry Alloys

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    Javidani, Mousa; Larouche, Daniel; Grant Chen, X.

    2016-10-01

    Evolutions of the Cu/Mg bearing intermetallics were thoroughly investigated in four Al-Si hypoeutectic alloys containing various Cu (1 and 1.6 wt pct) and Mg (0.4 and 0.8 wt pct) contents. The area fractions of Cu/Mg bearing phases before and after solution heat treatment (SHT) were quantified to evaluate the solubility/stability of the phases. Two Mg-bearing intermetallics (Q-Al5Cu2Mg8Si6, π-Al8FeMg3Si6) which appear as gray color under optical microscope were discriminated by the developed etchant. Moreover, the concentrations of the elements (Cu, Mg, and Si) in α-Al were analyzed. The results illustrated that in the alloys containing ~0.4 pct Mg, Q-Al5Cu2Mg8Si6 phase was dissolved after 6 hours of SHT at 778 K (505 °C); but containing in the alloys ~0.8 pct Mg, it was insoluble/ partially soluble. Furthermore, after SHT at 778 K (505 °C), Mg2Si was partially substituted by Q-phase. Applying a two-step SHT [6 hours@778 K (505 °C) + 8 hours@798 K (525 °C)] in the alloys containing ~0.4 pct Mg helped to further dissolve the remaining Mg bearing intermetallics and further modified the microstructure, but in the alloys containing ~0.8 pct Mg, it caused partial melting of Q-phase. Thermodynamic calculations were carried out to assess the phase formation in equilibrium and in non-equilibrium conditions. There was an excellent agreement between the experimental results and the predicted results.

  8. Fabrication of U-10 wt.%Zr Metallic Fuel Rodlets for Irradiation Test in BOR-60 Fast Reactor

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    Kim, Ki-Hwan; Kim, Jong-Hwan; Oh, Seok-Jin; Lee, Jung-Won; Lee, Ho-Jin; Lee, Chan-Bock

    2016-01-01

    The fabrication technology for metallic fuel has been developed to produce the driver fuel in a PGSFR in Korea since 2007. In order to evaluate the irradiation integrity and validate the in-reactor of the starting metallic fuel with FMS cladding for the loading of the metallic fuel, U-10 wt.%Zr fuel rodlets were fabricated and evaluated for a verification of the starting driver fuel through an irradiation test in the BOR-60 fast reactor. The injection casting method was applied to U-10 wt.%Zr fuel slugs with a diameter of 5.5 mm. Consequently, fuel slugs per melting batch without casting defects were fabricated through the developmentmore » of advanced casting technology and evaluation tests. The optimal GTAW welding conditions were also established through a number of experiments. In addition, a qualification test was carried out to prove the weld quality of the end plug welding of the metallic fuel rodlets. The wire wrapping of metallic fuel rodlets was successfully accomplished for the irradiation test. Thus, PGSFR fuel rodlets have been soundly fabricated for the irradiation test in a BOR-60 fast reactor.« less

  9. Production of light olefins by catalytic conversion of lignocellulosic biomass with HZSM-5 zeolite impregnated with 6wt.% lanthanum.

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    Huang, Weiwei; Gong, Feiyan; Fan, Minghui; Zhai, Qi; Hong, Chenggui; Li, Quanxin

    2012-10-01

    Catalytic conversion of rice husk, sawdust, sugarcane bagasse, cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin into olefins was performed with HZSM-5 containing 6 wt.% lanthanum. The olefins yields for different feedstocks decreased in the order: cellulose>hemicellulose>sugarcane bagasse>rice husk>sawdust>lignin. Biomass containing higher content of cellulose or hemicellulose produced more olefins than feedstocks with higher content of lignin. Among the biomass types, sugarcane bagasse provided the highest olefin yield of 0.12 kg olefins/(kg dry biomass) and carbon yield of 21.2C-mol%. Temperature, residence time and the catalyst/feed ratio influenced olefin yield and selectivity. While the HZSM-5 zeolite was catalytically active, the incorporation of lanthanum at 2.9, and 6.0 wt.% increased the production of olefins from rice husk by 15.6% and 26.5%, respectively. The conversion of biomass to light olefins potentially provides an alternative and sustainable route for production of the key petrochemicals. PMID:22858493

  10. α-Phase transformation kinetics of U – 8 wt% Mo established by in situ neutron diffraction

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    Garlea, Elena; Steiner, M. A.; Calhoun, C. A.; Klein, R. W.; An, K.; Agnew, S. R.

    2016-05-08

    The α-phase transformation kinetics of as-cast U - 8 wt% Mo below the eutectoid temperature have been established by in situ neutron diffraction. α-phase weight fraction data acquired through Rietveld refinement at five different isothermal hold temperatures can be modeled accurately utilizing a simple Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov impingement-based theory, and the results are validated by a corresponding evolution in the γ-phase lattice parameter during transformation that follows Vegard’s law. Neutron diffraction data is used to produce a detailed Time-Temperature-Transformation diagram that improves upon inconsistencies in the current literature, exhibiting a minimum transformation start time of 40 min at temperatures between 500 °Cmore » and 510 °C. Lastly, the transformation kinetics of U – 8 wt% Mo can vary significantly from as-cast conditions after extensive heat treatments, due to homogenization of the typical dendritic microstructure which possesses non-negligible solute segregation.« less

  11. Thermal shock behavior of W-0.5 wt% Y2O3 alloy prepared via a novel chemical method

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    Zhao, Mei-Ling; Luo, Lai-Ma; Lin, Jing-Shan; Zan, Xiang; Zhu, Xiao-Yong; Luo, Guang-Nan; Wu, Yu-Cheng

    2016-10-01

    A wet-chemical method combined with spark plasma sintering was used to prepare W-0.5 wt% Y2O3 alloy. The W-0.5 wt% Y2O3 precursor was reduced at 800 °C for 4 h under different hydrogen flow rates of 300, 400, 500, 600, and 700 ml/min. The reduced powder was analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), laser particle size analyzer (LPSA), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). An optimized process for reducing precursor was discussed. After sintering, the specimens were exposed to different laser beam irradiation energies (90, 120, 150, and 180 W) to simulate loads as expected for edge localized modes (ELMs). Top surface and cross-sectional morphology were observed by SEM, and the changes in hardness were evaluated. The changes in microstructural properties (i.e., Y2O3-particle distribution, crack propagation direction, depth of thermal shock effect, and grain size of the recrystallization region) after thermal shock were investigated.

  12. Microstructural and Tribological Properties of Al2O3-13pctTiO2 Thermal Spray Coatings Deposited by Flame Spraying

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    Younes, Rassim; Bradai, Mohand Amokrane; Sadeddine, Abdelhamid; Mouadji, Youcef; Bilek, Ali; Benabbas, Abderrahim

    2015-10-01

    T He present investigation has been conducted to study the tribological properties of Al2O3-13pctTiO2 (AT-13) ceramic coatings deposited on a low carbon steel type E335 by using a thermal flame spray technique. The microstructure and phase composition of wire and coatings were analyzed by scanning electron microscope, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Measurements of micro hardness were also performed on the surface of the coatings. The tribological tests were carried out using a pin-on-disk tribometer at different loads. All tests were performed using two disks as counter body, namely Al2O3-ZrO2 (AZ-25) and Al2O3-TiO2 (AT-3) which formed couple 1 and couple 2, respectively, in order to work out the wear rate and friction coefficient. Roughness profiles were also evaluated before and after each test. The SEM showed that the dense microstructure of Al2O3-TiO2 (AT-13) coatings have a homogenous lamellar morphology and complex of several phases with the presence of porosities and unmelted particles. The XRD analysis of the wire before the spray showed a majority phase of α-Al2O3 rhombohedral structure and a secondary phase of Al2TiO5 orthorhombic structure with little traces of TiO2 (rutile) tetragonal structure, whereas the XRD of the coating revealed the disappearance of TiO2 replaced by the formation of a new metastable phase γ-Al2O3 cubic structure. The tribological results showed that the applied contact pressure affects the variation of the friction coefficient with time and that it decreases with the rise of the normal force of contact. It was found also that the couple 2 with nearly chemical compositions of spray-coated (AT-13) and disk (AT-3) exhibited much higher wear resistance than the couple 1 although they have sliding coefficient of friction nearly.

  13. Cytoplasmic expression of Wilms tumor transcription factor-1 (WT1): a useful immunomarker for young-type fibromatoses and infantile fibrosarcoma.

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    Magro, Gaetano; Salvatorelli, Lucia; Vecchio, Giada Maria; Musumeci, Giuseppe; Rita, Alaggio; Parenti, Rosalba

    2014-09-01

    There is increasing evidence that Wilms' tumor transcription factor-1 (WT1) is expressed in the cytoplasm of neoplastic cells from different benign and malignant tumors. Only a few studies on WT1 cytoplasmic immunolocalization are available in pediatric tumors. The aim of the present study was to investigate immunohistochemically the expression and distribution of WT1 in a large series of soft tissue fibroblastic/myofibroblastic lesions occurring in children and adolescents. Notably WT1 was not expressed in nodular fasciitis and desmoid-type (adult) fibromatosis, while it stained diffusely and strongly in several infantile-type fibromatoses, such as fibrous hamartoma of infancy, myofibroma/myofibromatosis, and lipofibromatosis. Interestingly, WT1 cytoplasmic expression was also found in all cases (10/10) of infantile fibrosarcomas examined. The present study shows that a diffuse WT1 cytoplasmic expression is of complementary diagnostic value to conventional myofibroblastic markers (α-smooth muscle actin; desmin) in confirming diagnosis of young-type fibromatoses or infantile fibrosarcoma and in ruling out both desmoid-type fibromatoses and nodular fasciitis. WT1 cytoplasmic expression in infantile fibrosarcoma is a novel finding which could be exploitable as an immunomarker for this tumor. Although highly sensitive, WT1 cytoplasmic immunostaining is not specific for infantile fibrosarcoma, and thus it should be evaluated in the context of a wide immunohistochemical panel when pathologists are dealing with spindle cell lesions of soft tissues in children and adolescents. Accordingly we recommend that a correct diagnosis of fibroblastic/myofibroblastic soft tissue lesion in pediatric patients is usually achieved on the basis of a careful correlation of morphological and immunohistochemical findings in the appropriate clinical context. The different cellular localization of WT1, namely nuclear, cytoplasmic or nucleo-cytoplasmic, in different benign and malignant

  14. Formation of ZrO{sub 2} in coating on Mg–3 wt.%Al–1 wt.%Zn alloy via plasma electrolytic oxidation: Phase and structure of zirconia

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    Lee, Kang Min; Kim, Yeon Sung; Yang, Hae Woong; Park, Joo Hyun; Ko, Young Gun; Shin, Dong Hyuk

    2015-01-15

    An investigation of the coating structure formed on Mg–3 wt.%Al–1 wt.%Zn alloy sample subjected to plasma electrolytic oxidation was examined by field-emission transmission electron microscopy. The plasma electrolytic oxidation process was conducted in a phosphoric acid electrolyte containing K{sub 2}ZrF{sub 6} for 600 s. Microstructural observations showed that the coating consisting of MgO, MgF{sub 2}, and ZrO{sub 2} phases was divided into three distinctive parts, the barrier, intermediate, and outer layers. Nanocrystalline MgO and MgF{sub 2} compounds were observed mainly in the barrier layer of ~ 1 μm thick near to the substrate. From the intermediate to outer layers, various ZrO{sub 2} polymorphs appeared due to the effects of the plasma arcing temperature on the phase transition of ZrO{sub 2} compounds during the plasma electrolytic oxidation process. In the outer layer, MgO compound grew in the form of a dendrite-like structure surrounded by cubic ZrO{sub 2}. - Highlights: • The barrier layer containing MgO and MgF{sub 2} was observed near to the Mg substrate. • In the intermediate layer, m-, t-, and o-ZrO{sub 2} compounds were additionally detected. • The outer layer contained MgO with the dendrite-like structure surrounded by c-ZrO{sub 2}. • The grain sizes of compounds in oxide layer increased from barrier to outer layer.

  15. POTENTIAL FOR NITROSAMINE FORMATION RESULTING FROM THE USE OF RHODAMINE WT FOR TIME-OF-TRAVEL STUDIES: A COMBINED LABORATORY AND FIELD INVESTIGATION.

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    Johnson, Sharon M.; Steinheimer, Thomas R.

    1984-01-01

    Rhodamine WT is used by surface water hydrologists for time of travel and dispersion studies in which flow characteristics of surface streams are determined. Surface water contamination by nitrosamines formed from Rhodamine WT and nitrite ion has been studied. A method for residue analysis of N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) has been developed and evaluated using river samples spiked with Rhodamine WT and nitrite ion. It permits rapid and reliable determination of NDEA at a minimum concentration of 0. 03 mu g/L. The method uses solid-phase extraction and capillary gas chromatography.

  16. Evaluation of the MICAST #2-12 AI-7wt%Si Sample Directionally Solidified Aboard the International Space Station

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    Tewari, Surendra N.; Ghods, Masoud; Angart, Samuel G.; Lauer, Mark; Grugel, Richard N.; Poirier, David R.

    2016-01-01

    The US team of the European led "MIcrostructure Formation in CASTing of Technical Alloys under Diffusive and Magnetically Controlled Convective Conditions" (MICAST) program recently received a third Aluminum - 7wt% silicon alloy that was processed in the microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station. The sample, designated MICAST#2-12, was directionally solidified in the Solidification with Quench Furnace (SQF) at a constant rate of 40micometers/s through an imposed temperature gradient of 31K/cm. Procedures taken to evaluate the state of the sample prior to sectioning for metallographic analysis are reviewed and rational for measuring the microstructural constituents, in particular the primary dendrite arm spacing (Lambda (sub1)), is given. The data are presented, put in context with the earlier samples, and evaluated in view of a relevant theoretical model.

  17. Effects of Hot Rolling on Low-Cycle Fatigue Properties of Zn-22 wt.% Al Alloy at Room Temperature

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    Dong, X. H.; Cao, Q. D.; Ma, S. J.; Han, S. H.; Tang, W.; Zhang, X. P.

    2016-09-01

    The effects of the reduction ratio (RR) on the low-cycle fatigue (LCF) properties of the Zn-22 wt.% Al (Zn-22Al) alloy were investigated. Various grain sizes from 0.68 to 1.13 μm were obtained by controlled RRs. Tensile and LCF tests were carried out at room temperature. Superplasticity and cyclic softening were observed. Strength and ductility of the rolled Zn-22Al alloy increased with the RR, owing to the decrease in its grain size. The RR did not affect the cyclic softening behavior of the alloy. The fatigue life of the alloy decreased with increasing strain amplitude, while the fatigue life first decreased and then increased with increasing RR. The longest fatigue life was observed for the alloy rolled at a RR of 60%. A bilinear Coffin-Manson relationship was observed to hold true for this alloy.

  18. Heterogeneous nucleation of the primary phase in the rapid solidification of Al-4.5wt%Cu alloy droplet

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    Maitre, A.; Bogno, A.-A.; Bedel, M.; Reinhart, G.; Henein, H.

    2015-06-01

    This paper reports on rapid solidification of Al-Cu alloys. A heterogeneous nucleation/growth model coupled with a thermal model of a falling droplet through a stagnant gas was developed. The primary undercooling as well as the number of nucleation points was compared with Al-Cu alloy droplets produced by Impulse Atomization (IA). Based on experimental results from Neutron Diffraction, secondary (eutectic) phases were obtained. Then, primary and secondary undercoolings were estimated using the metastable extensions of solidus and liquidus lines calculated by Thermo-Calc. Moreover, Synchrotron X-ray microtomography has been performed on Al-4.5wt%Cu droplets. The undercoolings are in good agreement. Results also evidence the presence of one nucleation point and are in agreement with the experimental observations.

  19. Neutron diffraction analyses of U-(6-10 wt.%)Mo alloy powders fabricated by centrifugal atomization

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    Park, Jong Man; Ryu, Ho Jin; Kim, Ki Hwan; Lee, Don Bae; Lee, Yoon Sang; Lee, Jeong Soo; Seong, Baek Seok; Kim, Chang Kyu; Cornen, Marilyne

    2010-02-01

    Lattice parameters of U-(6-10 wt.%)Mo alloy powders fabricated by a centrifugal atomization technique were measured by neutron diffraction analyses. A micro-segregation of Mo at cell boundaries was observed in the centrifugally atomized U-Mo alloy powders with varying Mo content. Lattice parameters of gamma phases decrease linearly with the increasing Mo content. By separating the overlapped diffraction peaks from cell boundaries and cell interior, lattice parameters and Mo contents of each region were calculated. The Mo content at cell boundaries is about 2-5 at.% lower than that in the cell interior and the lattice parameters for the cell boundaries are higher than those for the cell interior of the atomized U-Mo powder.

  20. TTP SR1-6-WT-31, Milestone C.3-2 annual report on Clemson/INEEL melter work. Revision 1

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    Bickford, D.F.

    1999-12-17

    This work is performed in collaboration with RL37WT31-C and ID77WT31-B. During the first two years of radioactive operation of the DWPF process, several areas for improvement in melter design have been identified. The continuing scope of this task is to address performance limitations and deficiencies identified by the user. SRS will design and test several configurations of the melter pour spout and associated equipment to improve consistency of performance and recommend design improvements.

  1. Genotype differences in anxiety and fear learning and memory of WT and ApoE4 mice associated with enhanced generation of hippocampal reactive oxygen species.

    PubMed

    Villasana, Laura E; Weber, Sydney; Akinyeke, Tunde; Raber, Jacob

    2016-09-01

    Apolipoprotein E (apoE), involved in cholesterol and lipid metabolism, also influences cognitive function and injury repair. In humans, apoE is expressed in three isoforms. E4 is a risk factor for age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease, particularly in women. E4 might also be a risk factor for developing behavioral and cognitive changes following (56) Fe irradiation, a component of the space environment astronauts are exposed to during missions. These changes might be related to enhanced generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). In this study, we compared the behavioral and cognitive performance of sham-irradiated and irradiated wild-type (WT) mice and mice expressing the human E3 or E4 isoforms, and assessed the generation of ROS in hippocampal slices from these mice. E4 mice had greater anxiety-like and conditioned fear behaviors than WT mice, and these genotype differences were associated with greater levels of ROS in E4 than WT mice. The greater generation of ROS in the hippocampus of E4 than WT mice might contribute to their higher anxiety levels and enhanced fear conditioning. In E4, but not WT, mice, phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate-treated hippocampal slices showed more dihydroxy ethidium oxidation in sham-irradiated than irradiated mice and hippocampal heme oxygenase-1 levels were higher in irradiated than sham-irradiated E4 mice. Mice with apolipoprotein E4 (E4), a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, have greater anxiety-like and conditioned fear behaviors than wild-type (WT) mice. Generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS, in red) 3 months following (56) Fe irradiation, a component of the space environment astronauts are exposed to, is more pronounced in the hippocampus of E4 than WT mice. In E4, but not WT, mice, hippocampal levels of the oxidative stress-relevant marker heme oxygenase-1 are higher in irradiated than sham-irradiated E4 mice. PMID:27412623

  2. Induction of WT1-specific human CD8+ T cells from human HSCs in HLA class I Tg NOD/SCID/IL2rgKO mice.

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    Najima, Yuho; Tomizawa-Murasawa, Mariko; Saito, Yoriko; Watanabe, Takashi; Ono, Rintaro; Ochi, Toshiki; Suzuki, Nahoko; Fujiwara, Hiroshi; Ohara, Osamu; Shultz, Leonard D; Yasukawa, Masaki; Ishikawa, Fumihiko

    2016-02-11

    Induction of specific immune response against therapy-resistant tumor cells can potentially improve clinical outcomes in malignancies. To optimize immunotherapy in the clinic, we aimed to create an in vivo model enabling us to analyze human cytotoxic T-lymphocyte (CTL) responses against human malignancies. To this end, we developed NOD/SCID/IL2rgKO (NSG) mice expressing the HLA class I molecules HLA-A*0201 and A*2402. In the bone marrow (BM) and spleen of HLA class I transgenic (Tg) NSG mice transplanted with cord blood hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), we found human memory CD8(+) T cells and antigen-presenting cells. To evaluate antigen-specific human CTL responses, we immunized HLA class I Tg NSG mice using polyinosinic:polycytidylic acid mixed Wilms tumor 1 (WT1) peptides, with or without WT1 peptide-loaded autologous dendritic cells. After immunization, the frequencies of HLA-restricted WT1-specific CTLs increased significantly in the spleen. Next, we transplanted the WT1-specific T-cell receptor (WT1-TCR) gene-transduced human HSCs into HLA class I Tg NSG newborn mice. WT1 tetramer-positive CD8(+) T cells differentiated from WT1-TCR-transduced HSCs in the recipients' BM, spleen, and thymus. Upon stimulation with WT1 peptide in vitro, these CTLs produced interferon-γ and showed lytic activity against leukemia cells in an antigen-specific, HLA-restricted manner. HLA class I Tg NSG xenografts may serve as a preclinical model to develop effective immunotherapy against human malignancies.

  3. Induction of WT1-specific human CD8+ T cells from human HSCs in HLA class I Tg NOD/SCID/IL2rgKO mice.

    PubMed

    Najima, Yuho; Tomizawa-Murasawa, Mariko; Saito, Yoriko; Watanabe, Takashi; Ono, Rintaro; Ochi, Toshiki; Suzuki, Nahoko; Fujiwara, Hiroshi; Ohara, Osamu; Shultz, Leonard D; Yasukawa, Masaki; Ishikawa, Fumihiko

    2016-02-11

    Induction of specific immune response against therapy-resistant tumor cells can potentially improve clinical outcomes in malignancies. To optimize immunotherapy in the clinic, we aimed to create an in vivo model enabling us to analyze human cytotoxic T-lymphocyte (CTL) responses against human malignancies. To this end, we developed NOD/SCID/IL2rgKO (NSG) mice expressing the HLA class I molecules HLA-A*0201 and A*2402. In the bone marrow (BM) and spleen of HLA class I transgenic (Tg) NSG mice transplanted with cord blood hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), we found human memory CD8(+) T cells and antigen-presenting cells. To evaluate antigen-specific human CTL responses, we immunized HLA class I Tg NSG mice using polyinosinic:polycytidylic acid mixed Wilms tumor 1 (WT1) peptides, with or without WT1 peptide-loaded autologous dendritic cells. After immunization, the frequencies of HLA-restricted WT1-specific CTLs increased significantly in the spleen. Next, we transplanted the WT1-specific T-cell receptor (WT1-TCR) gene-transduced human HSCs into HLA class I Tg NSG newborn mice. WT1 tetramer-positive CD8(+) T cells differentiated from WT1-TCR-transduced HSCs in the recipients' BM, spleen, and thymus. Upon stimulation with WT1 peptide in vitro, these CTLs produced interferon-γ and showed lytic activity against leukemia cells in an antigen-specific, HLA-restricted manner. HLA class I Tg NSG xenografts may serve as a preclinical model to develop effective immunotherapy against human malignancies. PMID:26702062

  4. Genotype differences in anxiety and fear learning and memory of WT and ApoE4 mice associated with enhanced generation of hippocampal reactive oxygen species.

    PubMed

    Villasana, Laura E; Weber, Sydney; Akinyeke, Tunde; Raber, Jacob

    2016-09-01

    Apolipoprotein E (apoE), involved in cholesterol and lipid metabolism, also influences cognitive function and injury repair. In humans, apoE is expressed in three isoforms. E4 is a risk factor for age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease, particularly in women. E4 might also be a risk factor for developing behavioral and cognitive changes following (56) Fe irradiation, a component of the space environment astronauts are exposed to during missions. These changes might be related to enhanced generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). In this study, we compared the behavioral and cognitive performance of sham-irradiated and irradiated wild-type (WT) mice and mice expressing the human E3 or E4 isoforms, and assessed the generation of ROS in hippocampal slices from these mice. E4 mice had greater anxiety-like and conditioned fear behaviors than WT mice, and these genotype differences were associated with greater levels of ROS in E4 than WT mice. The greater generation of ROS in the hippocampus of E4 than WT mice might contribute to their higher anxiety levels and enhanced fear conditioning. In E4, but not WT, mice, phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate-treated hippocampal slices showed more dihydroxy ethidium oxidation in sham-irradiated than irradiated mice and hippocampal heme oxygenase-1 levels were higher in irradiated than sham-irradiated E4 mice. Mice with apolipoprotein E4 (E4), a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, have greater anxiety-like and conditioned fear behaviors than wild-type (WT) mice. Generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS, in red) 3 months following (56) Fe irradiation, a component of the space environment astronauts are exposed to, is more pronounced in the hippocampus of E4 than WT mice. In E4, but not WT, mice, hippocampal levels of the oxidative stress-relevant marker heme oxygenase-1 are higher in irradiated than sham-irradiated E4 mice.

  5. Corrosion behavior of as-cast Mg-8Li-3Al+ xCe alloy in 3.5wt% NaCl solution

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    Manivannan, S.; Dinesh, P.; Mahemaa, R.; MariyaPillai, Nandhakumaran; Kumaresh Babu, S. P.; Sundarrajan, Srinivasan

    2016-10-01

    Mg-8Li-3Al+ xCe alloys ( x = 0.5wt%, 1.0wt%, and 1.5wt%) were prepared through a casting route in an electric resistance furnace under a controlled atmosphere. The cast alloys were characterized by X-ray diffraction, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The corrosion behavior of the as-cast Mg-8Li-3Al+ xCe alloys were studied under salt spray tests in 3.5wt% NaCl solution at 35°C, in accordance with standard ASTM B-117, in conjunction with potentiodynamic polarization (PDP) tests. The results show that the addition of Ce to Mg-8Li-3Al (LA83) alloy results in the formation of Al2Ce intermetallic phase, refines both the α-Mg phase and the Mg17Al12 intermetallic phase, and then increases the microhardness of the alloys. The results of PDP and salt spray tests reveal that an increase in Ce content to 1.5wt% decreases the corrosion rate. The best corrosion resistance is observed for the LA83 alloy sample with 1.0wt% Ce.

  6. Wt1a, Foxc1a, and the Notch mediator Rbpj Physically Interact and Regulate the Formation of Podocytes in Zebrafish

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    O’Brien, Lori L.; Grimaldi, Michael; Kostun, Zachary; Wingert, Rebecca A.; Selleck, Rori; Davidson, Alan J.

    2011-01-01

    Podocytes help form the glomerular blood filtration barrier in the kidney and their injury or loss leads to renal disease. The Wilms’ tumor suppressor-1 (Wt1) and the FoxC1/2 transcription factors, as well as Notch signaling, have been implicated as important regulators of podocyte fate. It is not known whether these factors work in parallel or sequentially on different gene targets, or as higher-order transcriptional complexes on common genes. Here, we use the zebrafish to demonstrate that embryos treated with morpholinos against wt1a, foxc1a, or the Notch transcriptional mediator rbpj develop fewer podocytes, as determined by wt1b, hey1 and nephrin expression, while embryos deficient in any two of these factors completely lack podocytes. From GST-pull-downs and co-immunoprecipitation experiments we show that Wt1a, Foxc1a, and Rbpj can physically interact with each other, whereas only Rbpj binds to the Notch intracellular domain (NICD). In transactivation assays, combinations of Wt1, FoxC1/2, and NICD synergistically induce the Hey1 promoter, and have additive or repressive effects on the Podocalyxin promoter, depending on dosage. Taken together, these data suggest that Wt1, FoxC1/2, and Notch signaling converge on common target genes where they physically interact to regulate a podocyte-specific gene program. These findings further our understanding of the transcriptional circuitry responsible for podocyte formation and differentiation during kidney development. PMID:21871448

  7. Thermomechanical process optimization of U-10 wt% Mo - Part 1: high-temperature compressive properties and microstructure

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    Joshi, Vineet V.; Nyberg, Eric A.; Lavender, Curt A.; Paxton, Dean; Garmestani, Hamid; Burkes, Douglas E.

    2015-10-01

    Nuclear power research facilities require alternatives to existing highly enriched uranium alloy fuel. One option for a high density metal fuel is uranium alloyed with 10 wt% molybdenum (U-10Mo). Fuel fabrication process development requires specific mechanical property data that, to date has been unavailable. In this work, as-cast samples were compression tested at three strain rates over a temperature range of 400-800 °C to provide data for hot rolling and extrusion modeling. The results indicate that with increasing test temperature the U-10Mo flow stress decreases and becomes more sensitive to strain rate. In addition, above the eutectoid transformation temperature, the drop in material flow stress is prominent and shows a strain-softening behavior, especially at lower strain rates. Room temperature X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy combined with energy dispersive spectroscopy analysis of the as-cast and compression tested samples were conducted. The analysis revealed that the as-cast samples and the samples tested below the eutectoid transformation temperature were predominantly γ phase with varying concentration of molybdenum, whereas the ones tested above the eutectoid transformation temperature underwent significant homogenization.

  8. Thermomechanical Process Optimization of U-10wt% Mo – Part 1: High-Temperature Compressive Properties and Microstructure

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    Joshi, Vineet V.; Nyberg, Eric A.; Lavender, Curt A.; Paxton, Dean M.; Garmestani, Hamid; Burkes, Douglas

    2013-11-14

    Nuclear power research facilities require alternatives to existing highly enriched uranium alloy fuel. One option for a high density metal fuel is uranium alloyed with 10wt% molybdenum (U-10Mo). Fuel fabrication process development requires specific mechanical property data that, to-date, has been unavailable. In this work, as-cast samples were compression tested at three strain rates over a temperature range of 400 to 800° C to provide data for hot rolling and extrusion modeling. The results indicate that with increasing test temperature the U-10Mo flow stress decreases and becomes more sensitive to strain rate. In addition, above the eutectoid transformation temperature, the drop in material flow stress is prominent and shows a strain-softening behavior, especially at lower strain rates. Room temperature X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) combined with electron dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) analysis of the as-cast and compression tested samples were conducted. The analysis revealed that the as-cast and the samples tested below the eutectoid transformation temperature were predominantly γ phase with varying concentration of molybdenum whereas the ones tested above the eutectoid transformation temperature underwent significant homogenization.

  9. Solidification analysis of a centrifugal atomizer using the Al-32.7wt.percent Cu alloy

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    Osborne, Matthew Gary

    1997-12-01

    A centrifugal atomizer (spinning disk variety) was designed and constructed for the production of spherical metal powders, 100-1000 microns in diameter in an inert atmosphere. Initial atomization experiments revealed the need for a better understanding of how the liquid metal was atomized and how the liquid droplets solidified. To investigate particle atomization, Ag was atomized in air and the process recorded on high-speed film. To investigate particle solidification, Al-32.7wt.% Cu was atomized under inert atmosphere and the subsequent particles were examined microscopically to determine solidification structure and rate. This dissertation details the experimental procedures used in producing the Al-Cu eutectic alloy particles, examination of the particle microstructures, and determination of the solidification characteristics (e.g., solidification rate) of various phases. Finally, correlations are proposed between the operation of the centrifugal atomizer and the observed solidification spacings. This research was supported in part by the Office of Basic Energy Science, USDOE. The Ames laboratory is operated by Iowa State University for the U.S. Department of Energy under contract number W-7405-Eng-82.

  10. Method of increasing the phase stability and the compressive yield strength of uranium-1 to 3 wt. % zirconium alloy

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    Anderson, Robert C.

    1986-01-01

    A uranium-1 to 3 wt. % zirconium alloy characterized by high strength, high ductility and stable microstructure is fabricated by an improved thermal mechanical process. A homogenous ingot of the alloy which has been reduced in thickness of at least 50% in the two-step forging operation, rolled into a plate with a 75% reduction and then heated in vacuum at a temperature of about 750.degree. to 850.degree. C. and then quenched in water is subjected to further thermal-mechanical operation steps to increase the compressive yield strength approximately 30%, stabilize the microstructure, and decrease the variations in mechanical properties throughout the plate is provided. These thermal-mechanical steps are achieved by cold rolling the quenched plate to reduce the thickness thereof about 8 to 12%, aging the cold rolled plate at a first temperature of about 325.degree. to 375.degree. C. for five to six hours and then aging the plate at a higher temperature ranging from 480.degree. to 500.degree. C. for five to six hours prior to cooling the billet to ambient conditions and sizing the billet or plate into articles provides the desired increase in mechanical properties and phase stability throughout the plate.

  11. Micromechanical Behavior of Solid-Solution-Strengthened Mg-1wt.%Al Alloy Investigated by In-Situ Neutron Diffraction

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    Lee, Sooyeol; Woo, Wanchuck; Gharghouri, Michael; Yoon, Cheol; An, Ke

    2014-01-01

    In-situ neutron-diffraction experiments were employed to investigate the micromechanical behavior of solid-solution-strengthened Mg-1wt.%Al alloy. Two starting textures were used: 1) as-extruded then solutionized texture, T1, in which the basal poles of most grains are tilted around 70~85 from the extrusion axis, and 2) a reoriented texture, T2, in which the basal poles of most grains are tilted around 10~20 from the extrusion axis. Lattice strains and diffraction peak intensity variations were measured in situ during loading-unloading cycles in uniaxial tension. Twinning activities and stress states for various grain orientations were revealed. The results show that the soft grain orientations, favorably oriented for either extension twinning or basal slip, exhibit the stress relaxation, resulting in the compressive residual strain after unloading. On the other hand, the hard grain orientations, unfavorably oriented for both extension twinning and basal slip, carry more applied load, leading to much higher lattice strains during loading followed by tensile residual strains upon unloading.

  12. Correlation between microstructure and hardness of a Bi-1.5wt%Ag lead-free solder alloy

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    Spinelli, J. E.; Macedo, R. A.; Silva, B. L.; Garcia, A.

    2016-03-01

    In the present study a hypoeutectic Bi-1.5wt%Ag alloy was directionally solidified under transient heat flow conditions and the microstructure was analysed. Bi-Ag alloys are considered as potential alternatives to replace Pb-based alloys as solder materials for metallic connections under high temperatures. However, a lack of understanding regarding the effects of solidification thermal parameters (growth rate - VL, the cooling rate - Ṫ) on microstructural aspects is reported in literature. Another challenge is to improve properties and reliability. The results of the present study include the determination of the tip growth rate and the cooling rate by cooling curves recorded by thermocouples positioned along the casting length, metallography, X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and Vickers hardness. The entire directionally solidified Bi-1.5Ag microstructure was arranged by faceted Bi-rich dendrites surrounded by a eutectic mixture (Bi+Ag). The primary and secondary dendrite arm spacing (λ1 and λ2), the interphase spacing (λ) and the diameter of Ag-rich particles were also measured along the casting length; and experimental growth laws. Relating these microstructural features to the experimental thermal parameters are proposed.

  13. Evolution of the dendritic morphology with the solidification velocity in rapidly solidified Al-4.5wt.%Cu droplets

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    Bedel, M.; Reinhart, G.; Gandin, Ch-A.; Bogno, A.-A.; Nguyen-Thi, H.; Henein, H.

    2015-06-01

    The microstructure morphology of Al-4.5wt.%Cu droplets formed by the Impulse Atomization technique is investigated. Three-dimensional reconstructions by synchrotron X- ray micro-tomography of several droplets reveal different morphologies in droplets of similar diameter and produced in the same batch. Moreover, microstructural features also indicate that the development of the dendrite arms occurs in some droplets along <111> crystallographic axes instead of the usual <100> directions observed in conventional casting for the same alloy. It has been observed that such an unusual growth direction of the dendrites is directly related to the solidification velocity. We underpin these results by carrying out comparisons with a solidification model. Predictions are used to discuss the change of dendrite growth direction, as well as the existence of a dendrite growth direction range for a given type of droplets. In addition, the effect of the droplet size and the cooling gas on the dendrite growth direction range observed experimentally is also investigated by using the model.

  14. Ageing characteristics of the metastable gamma phase in U-9 wt.% Mo alloy: experimental observations and thermodynamic validation

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    Neogy, S.; Saify, M. T.; Jha, S. K.; Srivastava, D.; Dey, G. K.

    2015-09-01

    Ageing characteristics of the metastable bcc γ-phase in U-9 wt.% Mo alloy, a candidate for high uranium density nuclear fuel for research and test reactors, have been investigated in this study. Analyses of the aged microstructures, employing X-ray diffraction and various microscopy techniques, revealed the decomposition mechanism of the metastable γ-phase to the stable α-U and γ‧ (U2Mo) phases. A discontinuous precipitation reaction, leading to the generation of partially transformed cellular colonies with lamellae comprising of either the α-phase or the γ‧-phase in γ-phase matrix, was found to be operative. The in situ transformation of γ interlamellar regions to the γ‧-phase was noticed occasionally within the γ + α lamellar colonies. Thermodynamic analysis of the U-Mo system, using free energy-composition diagrams, could associate the observed attributes of the decomposition of γ-phase to the extent of Mo segregation and the chemical driving force required for the nucleation of α- and γ‧-phases in the γ-matrix.

  15. Effect of carbon and oxygen on microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti-25V-15Cr-2Al (wt%) alloys

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    Li, Y.G.; Blenkinsop, P.A.; Loretto, M.H.; Rugg, D.; Voice, W.

    1999-08-10

    The effect of carbon additions on microstructure and mechanical properties of alloys with different levels of oxygen was studied in {beta} titanium alloys of the general composition Ti-25V-15Cr-2Al (all compositions are in wt% unless otherwise indicated). The microstructures were studied using optical microscopy (OM), X-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). It was found that titanium carbides with vacancy-ordered structure formed in all alloys with C additions of over 1,000 w.p.p.m. Grains were refined by carbides.Wavelength-dispersive X-ray (WDX) analysis showed that oxygen was much higher in carbides than in {beta} matrix. After long-term exposure at 550 C {alpha} precipitation was significantly reduced in samples with titanium carbides compared with those without. A significant improvement in room temperature tensile ductility was achieved by the addition of carbon to the alloys. Elongations of {approximately} 10% were obtained in samples which were exposed at 550 C for 500 h following heat treatments at 1,050 and 700 C.

  16. Anodic dissolution of a crack tip at AA2024-T351 in 3.5wt% NaCl solution

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    Sheng, Hai; Dong, Chao-fang; Xiao, Kui; Li, Xiao-gang; Lu, Lin

    2012-10-01

    The anodic dissolution process of a crack tip at 2024-T351 aluminium alloy (AA2024-T351) was determined by means of scanning Kelvin probe (SKP). Wedge-open loading (WOL) specimens were immersed in a 3.5wt% NaCl solution. After various durations of immersion, the Volta potential distributions around the crack were measured by SKP and the surface morphologies were observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It is found that there is a nonuniform distribution of Volta potential around the crack. Before immersion, the Volta potential at crack tip is more negative than that in other regions. However, after immersion, a converse result occurs with the most positive Volta potential measured at the crack tip. SEM observations demonstrate that the noticeable positive shift of Volta potential results from the formation of corrosion products which deposit around the crack tip. Energy-dispersive spectrometry (EDS) analysis shows that the corrosion products are mainly Al oxide and Cu-rich particles. These observations implicate that the applied stress contributes to the preferential anodic dissolution of the crack tip and the redistribution of Cu.

  17. Extrusion-formed uranium-2.4 wt. % article with decreased linear thermal expansion and method for making the same

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    Anderson, Robert C.; Jones, Jack M.; Kollie, Thomas G.

    1982-01-01

    The present invention is directed to the fabrication of an article of uranium-2.4 wt. % niobium alloy in which the linear thermal expansion in the direction transverse to the extrusion direction is less than about 0.98% between 22.degree. C. and 600.degree. C. which corresponds to a value greater than the 1.04% provided by previous extrusion operations over the same temperature range. The article with the improved thermal expansion possesses a yield strength at 0.2% offset of at least 400 MPa, an ultimate tensile strength of 1050 MPa, a compressive yield strength of at least 0.2% offset of at least 675 MPa, and an elongation of at least 25% over 25.4 mm/sec. To provide this article with the improved thermal expansion, the uranium alloy billet is heated to 630.degree. C. and extruded in the alpha phase through a die with a reduction ratio of at least 8.4:1 at a ram speed no greater than 6.8 mm/sec. These critical extrusion parameters provide the article with the desired decrease in the linear thermal expansion while maintaining the selected mechanical properties without encountering crystal disruption in the article.

  18. MRD assessed by WT1 and NPM1 transcript levels identifies distinct outcomes in AML patients and is influenced by gemtuzumab ozogamicin

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    Lambert, Juliette; Lambert, Jérôme; Nibourel, Olivier; Pautas, Cécile; Hayette, Sandrine; Cayuela, Jean-Michel; Terré, Christine; Rousselot, Philippe; Dombret, Hervé; Chevret, Sylvie; Preudhomme, Claude; Castaigne, Sylvie; Renneville, Aline

    2014-01-01

    We analysed the prognostic significance of minimal residual disease (MRD) level in adult patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) treated in the randomized gemtuzumab ozogamicin (GO) ALFA-0701 trial. Levels of WT1 and NPM1 gene transcripts were assessed using cDNA-based real-time quantitative PCR in 183 patients with WT1 overexpression and in 77 patients with NMP1 mutation (NPM1mut) at diagnosis. Positive WT1 MRD (defined as > 0.5% in the peripheral blood) after induction and at the end of treatment were both significantly associated with a higher risk of relapse and a shorter overall survival (OS). Positive NPM1mut MRD (defined as > 0.1% in the bone marrow) after induction and at the end of treatment also predicted a higher risk of relapse, but did not influence OS. Interestingly, the achievement of a negative NPM1mut MRD was significantly more frequent in patients treated in the GO arm compared to those treated in control arm (39% versus 7% (p=0.006) after induction and 91% versus 61% (p=0.028) at the end of treatment). However, GO did not influence WT1 MRD levels. Our study supports the prognostic significance of MRD assessed by WT1 and NPM1mut transcript levels and show that NPM1 MRD is decreased by GO treatment. PMID:25026287

  19. Microstructural anomalies in hot-isostatic pressed U–10wt.% Mo fuel plates with Zr diffusion barrier

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    Park, Y.; Eriksson, N.; Keiser, D. D.; Jue, J.; Rabin, B.; Moore, G.; Sohn, Y. H.

    2015-05-01

    Microstructural anomalies in the co-rolled-and-HIP'ed U–10 wt.% Mo (U10Mo) metallic fuel plate with Zr diffusion barrier assembly were examined as a function of HIP temperature (from 520 to 580 °C) and duration (45, 60, 90, 180 and 345 min) by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The anomalies observed in this study are carbide/oxide inclusions within the U10Mo fuel alloy, and regions of limited interaction between the U10Mo alloy and Zr barrier, frequently associated with carbide/oxide inclusions. In the U10Mo alloy, the cF8, Fm3m (225) UC phase (a=4.955 Å) and cF12, Fm3m (225) UO2 phase (a=5.467 Å) were observed throughout the U10Mo alloy with an approximate volume percent of 0.5 to 1.8. The volume percent of the UC–UO2 inclusions within the U10Mo alloy did not change as functions of HIP temperature and time. These inclusion phases, located near the surface of the U10Mo alloy, were frequently observed to impede the development of interdiffusion and reaction between the U10Mo alloy and Zr diffusion barrier. The regions of limited interaction between the U10Mo and Zr barrier decreased with an increase in HIP temperature, however no noticeable trend was observed with an increase in HIP duration at constant temperature of 560 °C.

  20. Molecular details of INH-C10 binding to wt KatG and Its S315T mutant.

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    Teixeira, Vitor H; Ventura, Cristina; Leitão, Ruben; Ràfols, Clara; Bosch, Elisabeth; Martins, Filomena; Machuqueiro, Miguel

    2015-03-01

    Isoniazid (INH) is still one of the two most effective antitubercular drugs and is included in all recommended multitherapeutic regimens. Because of the increasing resistance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to INH, mainly associated with mutations in the katG gene, new INH-based compounds have been proposed to circumvent this problem. In this work, we present a detailed comparative study of the molecular determinants of the interactions between wt KatG or its S315T mutant form and either INH or INH-C10, a new acylated INH derivative. MD simulations were used to explore the conformational space of both proteins, and results indicate that the S315T mutation did not have a significant impact on the average size of the access tunnel in the vicinity of these residues. Our simulations also indicate that the steric hindrance role assigned to Asp137 is transient and that electrostatic changes can be important in understanding the enzyme activity data of mutations in KatG. Additionally, molecular docking studies were used to determine the preferred modes of binding of the two substrates. Upon mutation, the apparently less favored docking solution for reaction became the most abundant, suggesting that S315T mutation favors less optimal binding modes. Moreover, the aliphatic tail in INH-C10 seems to bring the hydrazine group closer to the heme, thus favoring the apparent most reactive binding mode, regardless of the enzyme form. The ITC data is in agreement with our interpretation of the C10 alkyl chain role and helped to rationalize the significantly lower experimental MIC value observed for INH-C10. This compound seems to be able to counterbalance most of the conformational restrictions introduced by the mutation, which are thought to be responsible for the decrease in INH activity in the mutated strain. Therefore, INH-C10 appears to be a very promising lead compound for drug development.

  1. Microstructure and Mechanical Instability of Water-Quenched U-6wt% Nb Alloy Affected by Long-Term Aging

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    Hsiung, L; Zhou, J

    2005-12-06

    A combinative approach of microhardness testing, tensile testing, and TEM microstructural analysis was employed to study the microstructure and mechanical instability of a water-quenched U-6wt.% Nb (WQ-U6Nb) alloy subjected to different aging schedules including artificial aging at 200 C, 15-year natural aging at ambient temperatures, and 15-year natural aging followed by accelerative aging at 200 C. The changes in mechanical property during and after the aging processes were examined using microhardness and tensile-testing methods. During the early stages of artificial aging at 200 C, the microhardness of WQ-U6Nb alloy increased, i.e., age hardening, as a result of the development of nanoscale modulation caused by spinodal decomposition. Coarsening of the modulated structure occurred after a prolonged aging at 200 C for 16 hours, and it led to a decrease of microhardness, i.e., age softening. Phase instability was also found to occur in WQ-U6Nb alloy that was subjected to a 15-year natural aging at ambient temperatures. The formation of partially ordered domains resulting from a spinodal modulation with an atomic-scale wavelength rendered the appearance of swirl-shape antiphase domain boundaries (APBs) observed in TEM images. Although it did not cause a significant change in microhardness, 15-year natural aging has dramatically affected the aging mechanisms of the alloy isothermally aged at 200 C. Microhardness values of the NA alloy continuously increased and no age softening was found after isothermal aging at 200 C for 96 hours as a result of the phase decomposition of partially ordered domains into Nb-depleted {alpha} phase and Nb-enriched U{sub 3}Nb ordered phase in the alloy. It is concluded that the long-term natural aging changes the transformation pathway of WQ-U6Nb, and it leads to order-disorder transformation, precipitation hardening, and ductility embrittlement of WQ-U6Nb alloy.

  2. Effects of aging time and temperature of Fe-1wt.%Cu on magnetic Barkhausen noise and FORC

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    Saleh, Muad; Cao, Yue; Edwards, Danny J.; Ramuhalli, Pradeep; Johnson, Bradley R.; McCloy, John S.

    2016-05-01

    Magnetic Barkhausen noise (MBN), hysteresis measurements, first order reversal curves (FORC), Vickers microhardness, and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) analyses were performed on Fe-1wt.%Cu (Fe-Cu) samples isothermally aged at 700°C for 0.5 - 25 hours to obtain samples with different sized Cu precipitates and dislocation structures. Fe-Cu is used to simulate the thermal and irradiation-induced defects in copper-containing nuclear reactor materials such as cooling system pipes and pressure vessel materials. The sample series showed an initial increase followed by a decrease in hardness and coercivity with aging time, which is explained by Cu precipitates formation and growth as observed by TEM measurements. Further, the MBN envelope showed a continuous decrease in its magnitude and the appearance of a second peak with aging. Also, FORC diagrams showed multiple peaks whose intensity and location changed for different aging time. The changes in FORC diagrams are attributed to combined changes of the magnetic behavior due to Cu precipitate characteristics and dislocation structure. A second series of samples aged at 850°C, which is above the solid solution temperature of Fe-Cu, was studied to isolate the effects of dislocations. These samples showed a continuous decrease in MBN amplitude with aging time although the coercivity and hardness did not change significantly. The decrease of MBN amplitude and the appearance of the second MBN envelope peak are attributed to the changes in dislocation density and structure. This study shows that the effect of dislocations on MBN and FORC of Fe-Cu materials can vary significantly and should be considered in interpreting magnetic signatures.

  3. Structural evolution of electroless Ni-P coating on Al-12 wt.% Si alloy during heat treatment at high temperatures

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    Vojtěch, D.; Novák, M.; Zelinková, M.; Novák, P.; Michalcová, A.; Fabián, T.

    2009-01-01

    The work is concerned with the high-temperature heat treatment of an Al-12 wt.% Si alloy coated by an electroless Ni-P layer. The electroless deposition took place on a pre-treated substrate in a bath containing nickel hypophosphite, nickel lactate and lactic acid. Resulting Ni-P deposit showed a thickness of about 8 μm. The coated samples were heat-treated at 200-550 °C/1-24 h. LM, SEM, EDS and XRD were used to investigate phase transformations. Adherence to the substrate was estimated from the scratch test and microhardness of the heat-treated layers was also measured. It is found that various phase transformations occur, as both temperature and annealing time increase. These include (1) amorphous Ni-P → Ni + Ni 3P, (2) Al + Ni → Al 3Ni, (3) Ni 3P → Ni 12P 5 + Ni, (4) Ni 12P 5 → Ni 2P + Ni, and (5) Al 3Ni + Ni → Al 3Ni 2. The formation of intermetallic phases, particularly Al 3Ni 2, leads to significant surface hardening, however, too thick layers of intermetallics reduce the adherence to the substrate. Based on the growth kinetics of the intermetallic phases, diffusion coefficients of Ni in Al 3Ni and Al 3Ni 2 at 450-550 °C are estimated as follows: D(Al 3Ni, 450 °C) ≈ 6 × 10 -12 cm 2 s -1, D(Al 3Ni, 550 °C) ≈ 4 × 10 -11 cm 2 s -1, D(Al 3Ni 2, 450 °C) ≈ 1 × 10 -12 cm 2 s -1 and D(Al 3Ni 2, 550 °C) ≈ 1 × 10 -11 cm 2 s -1. Mechanisms of phase transformations are discussed in relation to the elemental diffusion.

  4. Electrochemical studies and analysis of 1-10 wt% UCl3 concentrations in molten LiCl-KCl eutectic

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    Hoover, Robert O.; Shaltry, Michael R.; Martin, Sean; Sridharan, Kumar; Phongikaroon, Supathorn

    2014-09-01

    Three electrochemical methods - cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronopotentiometry (CP), and anodic stripping voltammetry (ASV) - were applied to solutions of up to 10 wt% UCl3 in the molten LiCl-KCl eutectic salt at 500 °C to determine electrochemical properties and behaviors and to help provide a scientific basis for the development of an in situ electrochemical probe for determining the concentration of uranium in a used nuclear fuel electrorefiner. Diffusion coefficients of UCl4 and UCl3 were calculated to be (6.72 ± 0.360) × 10-6 cm2/s and (1.04 ± 0.17) × 10-5 cm2/s, respectively. Apparent standard reduction potentials were determined to be (-0.381 ± 0.013) V and (-1.502 ± 0.076) V vs. 5 mol% Ag/AgCl or (-1.448 ± 0.013) V and (-2.568 ± 0.076) V vs. Cl2/Cl- for the U(IV)/U(III) and U(III)/U redox couples, respectively. In comparing this data with supercooled thermodynamic data to determine activity coefficients, the thermodynamic database used was important with resulting activity coefficients ranging from 2.34 × 10-3 to 1.08 × 10-2 for UCl4 and 4.94 × 10-5 to 4.50 × 10-4 for UCl3. Of anodic stripping voltammetry and cyclic voltammetry anodic or cathodic peaks, the CV cathodic peak height divided by square root of scan rate was shown to be the most reliable method of determining UCl3 concentration in the molten salt.

  5. Effects of age hardening on magnetic and transport properties of Mg-1.3 wt% Ce alloys

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    Yamashita, T.; Cavallaro, P.; Kelly, P.M.; Hisa, M.

    1998-05-22

    Magnesium is the lightest structural metal. It has advantages over many other materials in terms of specific strength, machinability and shock absorption. Improvements in magnesium alloy design and more stringent requirements to reduce fuel consumption and air pollution, have recently focused attention on the use of magnesium alloys for automotive components. Here, a Mg-1.3 wt% Ce alloy has been isothermally heat treated at 423 K and the transport and magnetic properties are investigated. This alloy is known to have distinct age hardening behavior and its age hardened microstructure has been studied in detail. The transport properties depend on the early stage of precipitation which is difficult to define by transmission electron microscopy. The scattering sites of electrons are not identical to precipitates, but consist of strain fields induced by the precipitates, solute atoms, dislocations and vacancies. The resistivity was found to increase initially with aging time and then decrease. The highest resistivity was obtained from a specimen aged for 3.6 ks. This aging time is far less than that of 1,800 ks which gives the maximum hardness. On the other hand, magnetic properties correlate with the later stages of the precipitation. In particular, the imaginary part of the magnetic susceptibility is related to macroscopic formation of precipitates. The imaginary part of the magnetic susceptibility of the alloys seems to be generated by eddy current loss. The imaginary part of the magnetic susceptibility increases monotonically with aging time but it may decrease for extensive aging treatments beyond 3,600 ks.

  6. Tensile and compressive creep behavior of extruded Mg–10Gd–3Y–0.5Zr (wt.%) alloy

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    Wang, H.; Wang, Q.D.; Boehlert, C.J.; Yin, D.D.; Yuan, J.

    2015-01-15

    The tensile and compressive creep behavior of an extruded Mg–10Gd–3Y–0.5Zr (wt.%) alloy was investigated at temperatures ranging from 200 °C to 300 °C and under stresses ranging from 30 MPa to 120 MPa. There existed an asymmetry in the tensile and compressive creep properties. The minimum creep rate of the alloy was slightly greater in tension than in compression. The measured values of the transient strain and initial creep rate in compression were greater than those in tension. The creep stress exponent was approximately 2.5 at low temperatures (T < 250 °C) and 3.4 at higher temperatures both in tension and in compression. The compression creep activation energy at low temperatures and high temperatures was 83.4 and 184.3 kJ/mol respectively, while one activation energy (184 kJ/mol) represented the tensile–creep behavior over the temperature range examined. Dislocation creep was suggested to be the main mechanism in tensile creep and in the high-temperature regime in compressive creep, while grain boundary sliding was suggested to dominate in the low-temperature regime in compressive creep. Precipitate free zones were observed near grain boundaries perpendicular to the loading direction in tension and parallel to the loading direction in compression. Electron backscattered diffraction analysis revealed that the texture changed slightly during creep. Non-basal slip was suggested to contribute to the deformation after basal slip was introduced. In the tensile–creep ruptured specimens, intergranular cracks were mainly observed at general high-angle boundaries. - Highlights: • Creep behavior of an extruded Mg–RE alloy was characterized by EBSD. • T5 aging treatment enhanced the tension–compression creep asymmetry. • The grains grew slightly during tensile creep, but not for compressive creep. • Precipitate free zones (PFZs) were observed at specific grain boundaries. • Intergranular fracture was dominant and cracks mainly originated at

  7. Phase-field simulation of peritectic solidification closely coupled with directional solidification experiments in an Al-36 wt% Ni alloy.

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    Siquieri, R; Doernberg, E; Emmerich, H; Schmid-Fetzer, R

    2009-11-18

    In this work we present experimental and theoretical investigations of the directional solidification of Al-36 wt% Ni alloy. A phase-field approach (Folch and Plapp 2005 Phys. Rev. E 72 011602) is coupled with the CALPHAD (calculation of phase diagrams) method to be able to simulate directional solidification of Al-Ni alloy including the peritectic phase Al(3)Ni. The model approach is calibrated by systematic comparison to microstructures grown under controlled conditions in directional solidification experiments. To illustrate the efficiency of the model it is employed to investigate the effect of temperature gradient on the microstructure evolution of Al-36 wt% Ni during solidification.

  8. Evolutionary conservation of zinc finger transcription factor binding sites in promoters of genes co-expressed with WT1 in prostate cancer

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    Eisermann, Kurtis; Tandon, Sunpreet; Bazarov, Anton; Brett, Adina; Fraizer, Gail; Piontkivska, Helen

    2008-01-01

    Background Gene expression analyses have led to a better understanding of growth control of prostate cancer cells. We and others have identified the presence of several zinc finger transcription factors in the neoplastic prostate, suggesting a potential role for these genes in the regulation of the prostate cancer transcriptome. One of the transcription factors (TFs) identified in the prostate cancer epithelial cells was the Wilms tumor gene (WT1). To rapidly identify coordinately expressed prostate cancer growth control genes that may be regulated by WT1, we used an in silico approach. Results Evolutionary conserved transcription factor binding sites (TFBS) recognized by WT1, EGR1, SP1, SP2, AP2 and GATA1 were identified in the promoters of 24 differentially expressed prostate cancer genes from eight mammalian species. To test the relationship between sequence conservation and function, chromatin of LNCaP prostate cancer and kidney 293 cells were tested for TF binding using chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP). Multiple putative TFBS in gene promoters of placental mammals were found to be shared with those in human gene promoters and some were conserved between genomes that diverged about 170 million years ago (i.e., primates and marsupials), therefore implicating these sites as candidate binding sites. Among those genes coordinately expressed with WT1 was the kallikrein-related peptidase 3 (KLK3) gene commonly known as the prostate specific antigen (PSA) gene. This analysis located several potential WT1 TFBS in the PSA gene promoter and led to the rapid identification of a novel putative binding site confirmed in vivo by ChIP. Conversely for two prostate growth control genes, androgen receptor (AR) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), known to be transcriptionally regulated by WT1, regulatory sequence conservation was observed and TF binding in vivo was confirmed by ChIP. Conclusion Overall, this targeted approach rapidly identified important candidate

  9. Analysis of Microstructural Evolution and Fracture Mechanisms in Ti-5Al-5V-5Mo-3Cr-0.4Fe in Response to Electron Beam Welding and Post Weld Heat Treatments

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    Sabol, Joseph C.

    Within the last half-century, advances in Ti and Ti alloys have increased their popularity in the aerospace industry as well as in commercial products. Some Ti alloys have even replaced steels and Ni-base alloys due to their high strength and superior corrosion resistance. Of the various Ti alloys, near-beta and metastable beta alloys have become more common since their first large-scale use in the SR-71 Blackbird. In particular, TIMET's Ti-5Al-5V-5Mo-3Cr (Timetal Ti555, Ti-5553) gained high attainable strengths, excellent forging characteristics, and increased sensitivity to heat treatments compared to other beta-Ti alloys. Ti-5553 has become widely known for its desirable attributes and has since become the baseline for the next generation of metastable beta and near-beta Ti alloys. However, as well known as Ti-5553 is in the aerospace and Ti industry, its responses to welding have, for the most part, gone uncharacterized. The work presented in this dissertation investigates the influence of electron beam welding and post weld heat treatments on the microstructural, mechanical, and fracture responses of Ti-5553. In this study, Ti-5553 was electron beam welded and heat-treated in accordance to three predetermined heat treatments: 700°C for 4 hours followed by air cooling to room temperature, 804°C for 1 hour followed by air cooling to room temperature, and 804°C for 1 hour followed by air cooling to room temperature then aging at 600°C for 4 hours followed by air cooling to room temperature. Subsequently, the mechanical properties, microstructure, solute partitioning, precipitate identities, and fracture characteristics were evaluated. With the use of traditional techniques and new technology it was shown that electron beam welded Ti-5553 in the as-welded condition and three post weld heat treatment conditions exhibited varying properties, distinctive to each of the corresponding microstructures. It was also found that the o-phase played a large role in the

  10. Spinodal Decomposition and Order-Disorder Transformation in a Water-Quenched U-6wt%Nb Alloy

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    Hsiung, L; Zhou, J

    2006-09-12

    A combinative approach of microhardness testing, tensile testing, and TEM microstructural analysis has been employed to study phase stability and aging mechanisms of a water-quenched U-6wt%Nb (WQU6Nb) alloy subjected to different aging schedules that include artificial aging of WQ-U6Nb at 200 C, natural aging of WQ-U6Nb at ambient temperatures for 15 to18 years, and accelerative aging of the naturally aged (NA) alloy at 200 C. During the early stages of artificial aging at 200 C, the microhardness values continuously increase as a result of the development of a fine-scale compositional modulation (wavelength: 3 nm) caused by spinodal decomposition. Coarsening of the modulated structure occurs after prolonged aging of WQ-U6Nb at 200 C for 16 hours, which leads to a decrease of microhardness. Phase instability has also been found to occur in the NA alloy, in which the formation of partially ordered phase domains resulting from an atomic-scale spinodal modulation (wavelength: 0.5 nm) renders the appearance of antiphase domain boundaries (APBs) in TEM images. Although 18-year natural aging does not cause a significant change in hardness, it affects dramatically the aging mechanism of WQ-U6Nb subjected to the accelerative aging at 200 C. The result of microhardness measurement shows that the hardness values continuously increase until after aging for 239 hours, and the total hardness increment is twice in magnitude than that in the case of the artificial aging of water-quenched alloy at 200 C. The anomalous increment of hardness for the accelerative aging of NA alloy can be attributed to the precipitation of an ordered U{sub 3}Nb phase. It is accordingly concluded that the long-term natural aging at ambient temperatures can detour the transformation pathway of WQ U-6Nb alloy; it leads to the order-disorder transformation and precipitation of ordered phase in the alloy.

  11. Full-length U-xPu-10Zr (x=0, 8, 19 wt%) Fast Reactor Fuel Test in FFTF

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    D. L. Porter; H.C. Tsai

    2012-08-01

    The Integral Fast Reactor-1 (IFR-1) experiment performed in the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) was the only U-Pu-10Zr (Pu-0, 8 and 19 wt%) metallic fast reactor test with commercial-length (91.4 cm active fuel column length) conducted to date. With few remaining test reactors there is little opportunity for performing another test with a long active fuel column. The assembly was irradiated to the goal burnup of 10 at.%. The beginning of life (BOL) peak cladding temperature of the hottest pin was 608?C, cooling to 522?C at end of life (EOL). Selected fuel pins were examined non destructively using neutron radiography, precision axial gamma scanning, and both laser and spiral contact cladding profilometry. Destructive exams included plenum gas pressure, volume, and gas composition determinations on a number of pins followed by optical metallography, electron probe microanalysis (EPMA), and alpha and beta gamma autoradiography on a single U-19Pu-10Zr pin. The post-irradiation examinations (PIEs) showed very few differences compared to the short-pin (34.3 cm fuel column) testing performed on fuels of similar composition in Experimental Breeder Reactor-II (EBR-II). The fuel column grew axially slightly less than observed in the short pins, but with the same pattern of decreasing growth with increasing Pu content. There was a difference in the fuel-cladding chemical interaction (FCCI) in that the maximum cladding penetration by interdiffusion with fuel/fission products did not occur at the top of the fuel column where the cladding temperature is highest, as observed in EBR-II tests. Instead, the more exaggerated fission-rate profile of the FFTF pins resulted in a peak FCCI at ~0.7 X/L axial location along the fuel column. This resulted from a lower production of rare earth fission products higher in the fuel column as well as a much smaller delta-T between fuel center and cladding, and therefore less FCCI, despite the higher cladding temperature. This behavior could

  12. Interaction mechanism exploration of R-bicalutamide/S-1 with WT/W741L AR using molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Liu, Hongli; An, Xiaoli; Li, Shuyan; Wang, Yuwei; Li, Jiazhong; Liu, Huanxiang

    2015-12-01

    R-Bicalutamide is a first generation antiandrogen used to treat prostate cancer, which inhibits androgen action by competitively binding to the androgen receptor (AR). However, R-bicalutamide was discovered to exhibit some agonistic properties in clinical application. According to reports, the W741L AR mutation may lead to resistance towards R-bicalutamide. But the mechanism of the R-bicalutamide switch from an antagonist to an agonist due to the mutation of AR W741L is still not so clear. Another molecule, S-1, owing to a very similar structure to R-bicalutamide, is always agonistic to both the wild type and W741L AR. The main difference between these two chemicals is that S-1 has an ether linkage while R-bicalutamide has a sulfonyl group. To study the drug-resistant mechanism caused by W741L mutation and the opposite effects arising from subtle structure differences, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and molecular mechanics generalized Born surface area (MM-GBSA) calculations were employed to explore the interaction mechanisms between R-bicalutamide/S-1 and WT/W741L AR. The calculated binding free energies are in accordance with the reported experimental values. The obtained results indicate that M895 and W741 are vital amino acids in the antagonism of R-bicalutamide. The bulkier substitution of sulfonyl and tryptophan push aside M895, together with helix 12 (H12), to expose the ligand-binding domain resulting in the antagonistic conformation of the AR. If W741 is mutated to L741, the B-ring of these two chemicals would shift toward L741. At the same time, M895 dragging helix H12, would also move closer to L741. So H12 tends to cover the AR ligand-binding domain to a certain degree, changing the androgen receptor from an antagonistic to an agonistic conformation, which may explain the agonism of R-bicalutamide to the mutant W741L AR.

  13. A new morphological variant of uterine PEComas with sex-cord-like pattern and WT1 expression: more doubts about the existence of uterine PEComas.

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    Carvalho, Filomena M; Carvalho, Jesus Paula; Maluf, Fernando C; Bacchi, Carlos E

    2010-04-01

    PEComas are rare neoplasms that are sometimes associated with the tuberous sclerosis complex. They typically contain perivascular epithelioid cells that coexpress muscle and melanocytic markers. However, apart from these classical features, considerable clinical, pathologic, and immunohistochemical variation has been reported. WT1, the Wilms tumor gene product, can be expressed in various tumors from different anatomical sites, including sex-cord and other ovarian tumors with a sertoliform pattern. Neither a sex-cord-like pattern nor WT1 expression has been described in PEComas. Here, we describe a case of uterine PEComa with a pattern of infiltration into the myometrium that is similar to stromal sarcomas, characterized by tongues and endovascular growing. The architecture and cellular morphology were similar to sex-cord tumors, and the PEComa was diffusely and strongly positive for WT1. We reviewed, from our files, an additional 9 cases of PEComa from different sites, and found WT1 expression in one more soft tissue tumor. We discuss the relationship between PEComas and other uterine sarcomas.

  14. Classification of a frameshift/extended and a stop mutation in WT1 as gain-of-function mutations that activate cell cycle genes and promote Wilms tumour cell proliferation

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    Busch, Maike; Schwindt, Heinrich; Brandt, Artur; Beier, Manfred; Görldt, Nicole; Romaniuk, Paul; Toska, Eneda; Roberts, Stefan; Royer, Hans-Dieter; Royer-Pokora, Brigitte

    2014-01-01

    The WT1 gene encodes a zinc finger transcription factor important for normal kidney development. WT1 is a suppressor for Wilms tumour development and an oncogene for diverse malignant tumours. We recently established cell lines from primary Wilms tumours with different WT1 mutations. To investigate the function of mutant WT1 proteins, we performed WT1 knockdown experiments in cell lines with a frameshift/extension (p.V432fsX87 = Wilms3) and a stop mutation (p.P362X = Wilms2) of WT1, followed by genome-wide gene expression analysis. We also expressed wild-type and mutant WT1 proteins in human mesenchymal stem cells and established gene expression profiles. A detailed analysis of gene expression data enabled us to classify the WT1 mutations as gain-of-function mutations. The mutant WT1Wilms2 and WT1Wilms3 proteins acquired an ability to modulate the expression of a highly significant number of genes from the G2/M phase of the cell cycle, and WT1 knockdown experiments showed that they are required for Wilms tumour cell proliferation. p53 negatively regulates the activity of a large number of these genes that are also part of a core proliferation cluster in diverse human cancers. Our data strongly suggest that mutant WT1 proteins facilitate expression of these cell cycle genes by antagonizing transcriptional repression mediated by p53. We show that mutant WT1 can physically interact with p53. Together the findings show for the first time that mutant WT1 proteins have a gain-of-function and act as oncogenes for Wilms tumour development by regulating Wilms tumour cell proliferation. PMID:24619359

  15. [Construction of fusion gene vaccine of WT1 multi-epitope fused with stimulating epitope of mycobacterium tuberculosis heat shock protein 70 and its expression and immunogenicity].

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    Tian, Wei-Wei; Qiao, Zhen-Hua; Yang, Lin-Hua; Wang, Hong-Wei; Tang, Yan-Hong; Bian, Si-Cheng

    2011-04-01

    This study was purposed to construct a fusion DNA vaccine containing WT1 multi-epitope and stimulating epitope of mycobacterium tuberculosis heat shock protein 70 and to detect its expression and immunogenicity. On the basis of published data, a multi-epitope gene (Multi-WT1) containing three HLA *0201-restricted CTL epitopes: one HLA*2402-restricted CTL epitope, two Th epitopes and one universal Th Pan-DR epitope (PADRE) was constructed. DNA-coding sequence was modified by Computer-Aided Design (CAD) to optimize proteasome-mediated epitope processing through the introduction of different amino acid spacer sequences. The synthetic nucleotide sequence was then inserted into an eukaryotic vector to construct the plasmid pcDNA3.1-WT1.For enhancing CTL activity, HSP70 fragment including stimulatory domain P407-426 was amplified by PCR from mycobacterial HSP70 gene and cloned into pcDNA3.1(+). Then Multi-WT1 was fused to the N-terminal of pcDNA3.1-mHSP70(407-426) to make the multi-epitope fusion gene vaccine pcDNA3.1-WT1-mHSP70(407-426). HEK-293T cells were transfected with this vaccine and the expressed product was identified by RT-PCR. Enzyme-linked immunospot assay (ELISPOT) was used to evaluate the immunological responses elicited by vaccine. The results showed that the most of WT1 epitopes could be correctly cleaved which was confirmed by software Net Chop 3.1 and PAPROCIanalysis. RT-PCR showed correct expression of target gene in HEK293T cells and ELISPOT showed specific T-cell responses. It is concluded that the eukaryotic expression vector PcDNA3.1-WT1-mHSP70(407-426) fusion gene has been successfully constructed and the immunity response is also elicited, which is a good candidate for further research of DNA vaccine.

  16. Comparison of the deformation behaviour of commercially pure titanium and Ti-5Al-2.5Sn(wt.%) at 296 and 728 K

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    Li, H.; Mason, D. E.; Yang, Y.; Bieler, T. R.; Crimp, M. A.; Boehlert, C. J.

    2013-07-01

    The tension and tensile-creep deformation behaviours of a fully-α phase commercially pure (CP) Ti and a near-α Ti-5Al-2.5Sn(wt.%) alloy deformed in situ inside a scanning electron microscope were compared. Tensile tests were performed at 296 and 728 K, while tensile-creep tests were performed at 728 K. The yield stress of CP Ti decreased dramatically with increasing temperature. In contrast, temperature had much smaller effect on the yield stress of Ti-5Al-2.5Sn(wt.%). Electron backscattered diffraction was performed both before and after the deformation, and slip trace analysis was used to determine the active slip and twinning systems, as well as the associated global stress state Schmid factors. In tension tests of CP Ti, prismatic slip was the most likely slip system to be activated when the Schmid factor exceeded 0.4. Prismatic slip was observed over the largest Schmid factor range, indicating that the local stress tensor varies significantly from the global stress state of uniaxial tension. The basal slip activity in Ti-5Al-2.5Sn(wt.%) was observed in a larger faction of grains than in CP Ti. Pyramidal ⟨c + a⟩ slip was more prevalent in CP Ti. Although twinning was an active deformation mode in tension tests of the CP Ti, it was rare in Ti-5Al-2.5Sn(wt.%). During creep, dislocation slip was the primary apparent deformation mechanism in CP Ti, while evidence for dislocation slip was much less apparent in Ti-5Al-2.5Sn(wt.%), where grain boundary sliding was dominant. A robust statistical analysis was carried out to assess the significance of the comparative activity of the different slip systems under the variety of experimental conditions examined.

  17. Comparison of rhodomine-WT and sodium chloride tracer transport in a 4th order arctic river

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    Smull, E. M.; Wlostowski, A. N.; Gooseff, M. N.; Bowden, W. B.; Wollheim, W. M.

    2012-12-01

    Conservative tracers are useful for tracking a parcel of water through a river reach and understanding tracer transport phenomena (i.e. advection, dispersion, and transient storage). Rhodomine- WT (RWT) and sodium chloride (NaCl) are two popular stream tracers. NaCl is considered to be conservative and relatively inexpensive, yet it cannot be detected at very low concentrations. On the other hand, RWT can be detected at very low concentrations (<0.1 ppb), but it is known to photo-degrade and sorb to organic materials. Previous work has compared these tracers with small-scale laboratory analyses and field experiments on small headwater streams. The limitations and advantages to each of these tracers, as applied to large river slug injections, are not clearly understood. This work seeks to answer the following questions: 1) Does RWT improve the tracer window of detection (time of tracer arrival to time of tracer non-detection), compared to NaCl? 2) Are there differences in the late-time tailing behavior of each tracer? More specifically, can we compare RWT and NaCl breakthrough curve tail shapes to understand processes contributing to late time solute transport (transient storage or sorption-desorption)? During the summer of 2012, combined slug additions of RWT and NaCl were injected into a 1.5-kilometer reach on the Kuparuk River, a 4th order tundra river underlain by continuous permafrost located on Alaska's North Slope. Fluorescence and electrical conductivity were continuously logged at the upstream and downstream ends of the reach. Preliminary results show that the window of detection is expanded when using RWT under both high and low flow conditions by 0.2 times the advective transport timescale. Tail shapes are more similar under higher discharge conditions and dissimilar under lower discharge conditions. For example, using an exponential regression model (c(t) = eat) to quantify tail shapes, at Q = 500 l/s the exponential coefficient ratio, aRWT:aNaCl, is 0

  18. Virus growth and antibody responses following respiratory tract infection of ferrets and mice with WT and P/V mutants of the paramyxovirus Simian Virus 5

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    Capraro, Gerald A.; Johnson, John B.; Kock, Nancy D.; Parks, Griffith D.

    2008-01-01

    P/V gene substitutions convert the non-cytopathic paramyxovirus Simian Virus 5 (SV5), which is a poor inducer of host cell responses in human tissue culture cells, into a mutant (P/V-CPI–) that induces high levels of apoptosis, interferon (IFN)-beta, and proinflammatory cytokines. However, the effect of SV5-P/V gene mutations on virus growth and adaptive immune responses in animals has not been determined. Here, we used two distinct animal model systems to test the hypothesis that SV5-P/V mutants which are more potent activators of innate responses in tissue culture will also elicit higher antiviral antibody responses. In mouse cells, in vitro studies identified a panel of SV5-P/V mutants that ranged in their ability to limit IFN responses. Intranasal infection of mice with these WT and P/V mutant viruses elicited equivalent anti-SV5 IgG responses at all doses tested, and viral titers recovered from the respiratory tract were indistinguishable. In primary cultures of ferret lung fibroblasts, WT rSV5 and P/V-CPI– viruses had phenotypes similar to those established in human cell lines, including differential induction of IFN secretion, IFN signaling and apoptosis. Intranasal infection of ferrets with a low dose of WT rSV5 elicited ~500 fold higher anti-SV5 serum IgG responses compared to the P/V-CPI– mutant, and this correlated with overall higher viral titers for the WT virus in tracheal tissues. There was a dose-dependent increase in antibody response to infection of ferrets with P/V-CPI–, but not with WT rSV5. Together our data indicate that WT rSV5 and P/V mutants can elicit distinct innate and adaptive immunity phenotypes in the ferret animal model system, but not in the mouse system. We present a model for the effect of P/V gene substitutions on SV5 growth and immune responses in vivo. PMID:18456301

  19. Single-Crystal Elasticity of Wadsleyites, beta-Mg2SiO4, Containing 0.37-1.66 wt.% H2O

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    Mao,Z.; Jacobsen, S.; Jiang, F.; Smyth, J.; Holl, C.; Duffy, T.; Frost, D.

    2008-01-01

    The presence of hydrogen can affect elastic properties and seismic velocities of minerals in the Earth's upper mantle. In this study, the second-order elastic constants of hydrous wadsleyites containing 0.37, 0.84, and 1.66 wt.% H2O were determined by Brillouin scattering at ambient conditions. Measurements were performed on at least three independent crystal planes for each composition. The aggregate bulk modulus, KS0, and shear modulus, G0, were calculated using VRH (Voigt-Reuss-Hill) averages. The results are: KS0 = 165.4(9) GPa, G0 = 108.6(6) GPa for wadsleyite with 0.37 wt.% H2O;KS0 = 160.3(7) GPa, G0 = 105.3(6) GPa for 0.84 wt.% H2O; KS0 = 149.2(6) GPa, G0 = 98.6(4) GPa for 1.66 wt.% H2O. We find that the bulk and shear moduli of hydrous wadsleyites decrease linearly with water content according to the following relations (in GPa): KS0 = 170.9(9)-13.0(8)CH2O, G0 = 111.7(6)-7.8(4)CH2O, where CH2O is the H2O weight percentage. Compared with anhydrous wadsleyite, addition of 1 wt.% H2O will lead to a 7.6% decrease in the bulk modulus, and a 7.0% decrease in the shear modulus. Using these results, we examine the velocity contrast between hydrous olivine and wadsleyite at ambient conditions for an Fe-free system assuming an H2O partition coefficient between wadsleyite and olivine of 3. The velocity contrast in compressional and shear velocity between wadsleyite and olivine ranges from 12 to 13% for an H2O-free system to 7-8% for wadsleyite containing 1.5 wt.% H2O. Thus, the magnitude of the seismic velocity change at 410-km depth can be expected to be sensitive to the presence of H2O in olivine polymorphs.

  20. Effects of Alloying Elements on Microstructure and Properties of Magnesium Alloys for Tripling Ball

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    Xiao, D. H.; Geng, Z. W.; Chen, L.; Wu, Z.; Diao, H. Y.; Song, M.; Zhou, P. F.

    2015-10-01

    In order to find good candidate materials for degradable fracturing ball applications, Mg-Al-Zn-Cu alloys with different contents of aluminum, zinc, and copper were prepared by ingot metallurgy. The effects of aluminum, zinc, and copper additions on the microstructure, compressive strength, and rapid decomposition properties of the alloys have been investigated using scanning electron microscopy, compressive tests, and immersion tests. The results show that the addition of high contents Al (15 to 20 wt pct) in pure magnesium promotes a large number of network-like β-Mg17All2 phases, which helps produce more micro-thermocouples to accelerate the corrosion process in 3 wt pct potassium chloride (KCl) at 366 K (93 °C). Adding different Zn contents improves the compressive properties of Mg-20Al alloys drastically. However, it decreases the decomposition rate in 3 wt pct KCl at 366 K (93 °C). Small amount of Cu will slightly reduce the compressive strength of Mg-20Al-5Zn alloy but dramatically increase its decomposition rate.

  1. Numerical study of effect of sulphur element on mesosegregation by thermosolutal convection in Iron-Carbon-Sulphur system

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    Liu, D. R.; Kang, X. H.; Li, D. Z.

    2012-07-01

    The effects of a sulphur element on the mesosegregation formation by the multicomponent thermosolutal convection in a Fe-0.21wt pct C-X wt pct S system studied numerically. A two-dimensional solidification model that describes conservations of mass, momentum, energy and solute is presented. Simulations are performed on the Hebditch-Hunt casting. The validation of codes is carried out by the comparison with a consensus of previous numerical simulation for the Sn-5 wt pct Pb alloy. Three cases, encompassing variations of the initial concentration of the sulphur (0, 0.05, 0.1 wt pct), are studied. Simulated results show that no mesosegregates form for S = 0.0 wt pct. The mesosegregates are triggered by the weak instabilities of the solidification front growth for S = 0.05 wt pct. The increased fluid flow induces the local remelting, and results in the mesosegregation for S = 0.1 wt pct.

  2. WT1 Promotes Cell Proliferation in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Cell Lines through Up-Regulating Cyclin D1 and p-pRb In Vitro and In Vivo

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    Xia, Yang; Zhong, Zhaopeng; Liu, Xiang; Xu, Jing; Cui, Fei; Chen, Bin; Røe, Oluf Dimitri; Li, Aihong; Chen, Yijiang

    2013-01-01

    The Wilms’ tumor suppressor gene (WT1) has been identified as an oncogene in many malignant diseases such as leukaemia, breast cancer, mesothelioma and lung cancer. However, the role of WT1 in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) carcinogenesis remains unclear. In this study, we compared WT1 mRNA levels in NSCLC tissues with paired corresponding adjacent tissues and identified significantly higher expression in NSCLC specimens. Cell proliferation of three NSCLC cell lines positively correlated with WT1 expression; moreover, these associations were identified in both cell lines and a xenograft mouse model. Furthermore, we demonstrated that up-regulation of Cyclin D1 and the phosphorylated retinoblastoma protein (p-pRb) was mechanistically related to WT1 accelerating cells to S-phase. In conclusion, our findings demonstrated that WT1 is an oncogene and promotes NSCLC cell proliferation by up-regulating Cyclin D1 and p-pRb expression. PMID:23936312

  3. Effect of poling process on piezoelectric properties of BCZT - 0.08 wt.% CeO2 lead-free ceramics

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    Chandrakala, E.; Praveen, J. Paul; Das, Dibakar

    2016-05-01

    The properties of lead free piezoelectric materials can be tuned by suitable doping in the A and B sites of the perovskite structure. In the present study, cerium has been identified as a dopant to investigate the piezoelectric properties of lead-free BCZT system. BCZT - 0.08 wt.%CeO2 lead-free ceramics have been synthesized using sol-gel technique and the effects of CeO2 dopant on their phase structure and piezoelectric properties were investigated systematically. Poling conditions, such as temperature, electric field, and poling time have been optimized to get enhanced piezoelectric response. The optimized poling conditions (50°C, 3Ec and 30min) resulted in high piezoelectric charge coefficient d33 ~ 670pC/N, high electromechanical coupling coefficient kp ~ 60% and piezoelectric voltage coefficient g33 ~ 14 mV.m/N for BCZT - 0.08wt.% CeO2 ceramics.

  4. 200 MeV Ag15+ ion beam irradiation effects on spray deposited 5 wt% `Li' doped V2O5 thin film

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    Kovendhan, M.; Joseph, D. Paul; Manimuthu, P.; Sendilkumar, A.; Asokan, K.; Venkateswaran, C.; Mohan, R.

    2016-05-01

    Lithium 5 wt% doped V2O5 thin film was deposited onto ITO substrate by spray pyrolysis technique. The substrate temperature was kept at 450 °C. 200 MeV Ag15+ ion beams at a fluence of 5×1012 ions/cm2 was irradiated on 5 wt% `Li' doped V2O5 film of thickness 1367 nm. The XRD pattern confirms that the pristine film is non stoichiometry with orthorhombic structure and upon irradiation the crystallinity decreased and an obvious textured growth along (020) plane is induced. Raman peak observed at 917 cm-1 is due to oxygen deficiency. Upon irradiation, the optical transparency and band gap of the film decreased. Electrical transport property study shows that the resistivity increased by one order for the irradiated film.

  5. A comparative study on the electrochemical corrosion behavior of iron and X-65 steel in 4.0 wt % sodium chloride solution after different exposure intervals.

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    Sherif, El-Sayed M

    2014-07-09

    In this work, the results obtained from studying the anodic dissolution of pure iron and API X-65 5L pipeline steel after 40 min and 12 h exposure period in 4.0 wt % NaCl solutions at room temperature were reported. Potential-time, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, potentiodynamic polarization, and chronoamperometric current-time at constant potential techniques were employed. It has been found that the iron electrode corrodes in the chloride test solutions faster than the API X-65 5L steel does under the same conditions. Increasing the exposure period for the electrodes from 40 min to 12 h showed a significant reduction in the corrosion parameters for both iron and steel in the 4.0 wt % NaCl solution. Results together confirmed clearly that the X-65 steel is superior to iron against corrosion in sodium chloride solutions.

  6. Controlled Directional Solidification of Aluminum - 7 wt Percent Silicon Alloys: Comparison Between Samples Processed on Earth and in the Microgravity Environment Aboard the International Space Station

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    Grugel, Richard N.; Tewari, Surendra N.; Erdman, Robert G.; Poirier, David R.

    2012-01-01

    An overview of the international "MIcrostructure Formation in CASTing of Technical Alloys" (MICAST) program is given. Directional solidification processing of metals and alloys is described, and why experiments conducted in the microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station (ISS) are expected to promote our understanding of this commercially relevant practice. Microstructural differences observed when comparing the aluminum - 7 wt% silicon alloys directionally solidified on Earth to those aboard the ISS are presented and discussed.

  7. No skeletal dysplasia in the Nariokotome boy KNM-WT 15000 (Homo erectus)--a reassessment of congenital pathologies of the vertebral column.

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    Schiess, Regula; Haeusler, Martin

    2013-03-01

    The Nariokotome boy skeleton KNM-WT 15000 is the most complete Homo erectus fossil and therefore is key for understanding human evolution. Nevertheless, since Latimer and Ohman (2001) reported on severe congenital pathology in KNM-WT 15000, it is questionable whether this skeleton can still be used as reference for Homo erectus skeletal biology. The asserted pathologies include platyspondylic and diminutive vertebrae implying a disproportionately short stature; spina bifida; condylus tertius; spinal stenosis; and scoliosis. Based on this symptom complex, the differential diagnosis of spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia tarda, an extremely rare form of skeletal dysplasia, has been proposed. Yet, our reanalysis of these pathologies shows that the shape of the KNM-WT 15000 vertebrae matches that of normal modern human adolescents. The vertebrae are not abnormally flat, show no endplate irregularities, and thus are not platyspondylic. As this is the hallmark of spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia tarda and related forms of skeletal dysplasia, the absence of platyspondyly refutes axial dysplasia and disproportionate dwarfism. Furthermore, we neither found evidence for spina bifida occulta nor manifesta, whereas the condylus tertius, a developmental anomaly of the cranial base, is not related to skeletal dysplasias. Other fossils indicate that the relatively small size of the vertebrae and the narrow spinal canal are characteristics of early hominins rather than congenital pathologies. Except for the recently described signs of traumatic lumbar disc herniation, the Nariokotome boy fossil therefore seems to belong to a normal Homo erectus youth without pathologies of the axial skeleton. PMID:23283736

  8. Microstructural Analysis of As-Processed U-10 wt% Mo Monolithic Fuel Plate in AA6061 Matrix with Zr Diffusion Barrier

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    E. Perez; B. Yao; D. D. Keiser, Jr.; Y. H. Sohn

    2010-07-01

    For higher U-loading in low-enriched U-10wt.%Mo fuels, monolithic fuel plate clad in AA6061 is being developed as a part of Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactor (RERTR) program. This paper reports the first characterization results from a monolithic U- 10wt.%Mo fuel plate with a Zr diffusion barrier that was fabricated as part of a plate fabrication campaign for irradiation testing in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR). Both scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM) were employed for analysis. At the interface between the Zr barrier and U-10wt.%Mo, going from Zr-to-U(Mo), UZr2, ?-UZr, Zr solidsolution and Mo2Zr phases were observed. The interface between AA6061 cladding and Zr barrier plate consisted of four layers, going from Al-to-Zr, (Al,Si)2Zr, (Al,Si)Zr3 (Al,Si)3Zr, and AlSi4Zr5. Irradiation behavior of these intermetallic phases is discussed based on their constituents. Characterization of as-fabricated phase constituents and microstructure would help understand the irradiation behavior of these fuel plates, interpret post-irradiation examination, and optimize the processing parameters of monolithic fuel system.

  9. Dielectric Properties and AC Conduction of 5 wt % ZnBO Doped (Ba,Sr)TiO3 Ceramics for Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramics Applications

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    Kim, Se-Ho; Koh, Jung-Hyuk

    2009-04-01

    ZnBO doped (Ba0.5Sr0.5)TiO3 (BST) ceramic was synthesized by conventional mixed oxide method. 5 wt % ZnBO addition to the BST has lowered the sintering temperature of BST from 1350 to 1100 °C. From the X-ray diffraction analysis, we found that the 5 wt % ZnBO doped BST has the perovskite structure, and any pryo phase was not observed. The dielectric properties and ac conductivity have been investigated at temperature range from 30 to 130 °C with various frequencies (1-100 kHz). The real part of relative dielectric permittivity ɛr' was decreased with increasing the temperature and the frequency. The activation energy for conduction process was calculated from the slope of ac conductivity at 1 kHz. The activation energy calculated through the Arrhenius law was 0.42 eV. In this paper, we will discuss the low-frequency dielectric relaxation and ac conductivity of 5 wt % ZnBO doped BST ceramics in relation to the electrical conduction.

  10. Improved cold rolling workability of warm rolled Fe-6.5wt%Si electrical steel with columnar grains by annealing

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    Mo, Yuan-ke; Zhang, Zhi-hao; Xie, Jian-xin; Fu, Hua-dong; Pan, Hong-jiang

    2015-11-01

    The effects of annealing temperature (with the annealing time being constant at 1 h) on the microstructure, ordering, residual stress, mechanical properties, and subsequent cold rolling workability of Fe-6.5wt%Si electrical steel with columnar grains were investigated, where the steel was warm rolled at 500°C with a reduction of 95%. The results show that recrystallization began to occur in the sample annealed at 575°C and that full recrystallization occurred in the sample annealed at 625°C. When the annealing temperature was 500°C or greater, the extent of reordering in the sample was high, which reduced the room-temperature plasticity. However, annealing at temperatures below 300°C did not significantly reduce the residual tensile stress on the edge of the warm rolled samples. Considering the comprehensive effects of annealing temperature on the recrystallization, reordering, residual stress, and mechanical properties of the warm rolled Fe-6.5wt%Si electrical steel with columnar grains, the appropriate annealing temperature range is 300°C-400°C. Unlike the serious edge cracks that appeared in the sample after direct cold rolling, the annealed samples could be cold rolled to a total reduction of more than 71.4% without the formation of obvious edge cracks, and bright-surface Fe-6.5wt%Si electrical steel strips with a thickness less than 0.1 mm could be fabricated by cold rolling.

  11. Examination of the distribution of the tensile deformation systems in tension and tension-creep of Ti-6Al-4V (wt.%) at 296 K and 728 K

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    Li, H.; Boehlert, C. J.; Bieler, T. R.; Crimp, M. A.

    2015-03-01

    The deformation behaviour of an α + β Ti-6Al-4V (wt.%) alloy was investigated during in situ deformation inside a scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Tensile experiments were performed at 296 and 728 K (~0.4Tm), while a tensile-creep experiment was performed at 728 K and 310 MPa (σ/σys = 0.74). The active deformation systems were identified using electron backscattered diffraction-based slip-trace analysis and SEM images of the specimen surface. The distribution of the active deformation systems varied as a function of temperature. Basal slip deformation played a major role in the tensile deformation behaviour, and the relative activity of basal slip increased with increasing temperature. For the 296 K tension deformation, basal slip was less active than prismatic slip, whereas this was reversed at 728 K. Twinning was observed in both the 296 and 728 K tension experiments; however, no more than 4% of the total deformation systems observed was twins. The tension-creep experiment revealed no slip traces, however grain boundary ledge formation was observed, suggesting that grain boundary sliding was an active deformation mechanism. The results of this work were compared with those from previous studies on commercially pure Ti, Ti-5Al-2.5Sn (wt.%) and Ti-8Al-1Mo-1V (wt.%), and the effects of alloying on the deformation behaviour are discussed. The relative amount of basal slip activity increased with increasing Al content.

  12. Depressing effect of 0.1 wt.% Cr addition into Sn-9Zn solder alloy on the intermetallic growth with Cu substrate during isothermal aging

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    Hu Jin; Hu Anmin; Li Ming; Mao Dali

    2010-03-15

    In this paper, the effect of 0.1 wt.% Cr addition into Sn-9Zn lead-free solder alloys on the growth of intermetallic compound (IMC) with Cu substrate during soldering and subsequent isothermal aging was investigated. During soldering, it was found that 0.1 wt.% Cr addition did not contribute to forming the IMC, which was verified as the same phase structure as the IMC for Sn-9Zn/Cu. However, during solid-state isothermal aging, the IMC growth was remarkably depressed by 0.1 wt.% Cr addition in the Sn-9Zn solder, and this effect tended to be more prominent at higher aging temperature. The activation energy for IMC growth was determined as 21.2 kJ mol{sup -1} and 42.9 kJ mol{sup -1} for Sn-9Zn/Cu and Sn-9Zn-Cr/Cu, respectively. The reduced diffusion coefficient was confirmed for the 0.1Cr-containing solder/Cu. Energy-dispersive X-ray mapping and point analysis also showed ZnCr phase existing in solder matrix, which can reduce diffusion rate of Zn atoms.

  13. Effects of Rapid Solidification Process and 0.1 wt.% Pr Addition on Properties of Sn-9Zn Alloy and Cu/Solder/Cu Joints

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    Zhao, Guoji; Jing, Yanxia; Sheng, Guangmin; Chen, Jianhua

    2016-05-01

    Effects of 0.1 wt.% Pr addition and rapid solidification process on Sn-9Zn solder alloy were investigated. Solder characteristics of the as-solidified and rapidly solidified Sn-9Zn-0.1Pr alloys were analyzed in comparison with those of the as-solidified Sn-9Zn alloy. Mechanical properties and interfacial microstructure of solder/Cu joints obtained using these solders were comparatively studied. By comparison with the as-solidified Sn-9Zn alloy, the wettability of the solder was obviously improved with 0.1 wt.% Pr addition, and the melting behavior of the solder was promoted due to the rapid solidification process. The corrosion resistance of Sn-9Zn-0.1Pr alloy was improved due to the refined microstructure resulting from 0.1 wt.% Pr addition and rapid solidification. The growth of IMCs at the interface of Sn-9Zn-0.1Pr/Cu joints was depressed in some degree. Rapid solidification process promoted the interfacial reaction during soldering and improved the bonding strength of joints.

  14. Nano-eutectic growth in Co-17.8 wt%Gd alloy ribbons and the magnetostrictive properties at different wheel speeds.

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    Yao, Wen-Jing; Sun, Wen; Wang, Nan; Han, Seung Zeon; Lee, Je-Hyun

    2014-11-01

    Under near-equilibrium solidification conditions, the Co-17.8 wt%Gd eutectic alloy forms rod-like eutectic microstructure of (αCo) solid solution and Co17Gd2 compound. When the solidification condition is far from the equilibrium, the rapid growth of nano-eutectic in Co-17.8 wt%Gd alloy ribbons is realized by the single-roller techniques. The average granular size (d) of nano-eutectic in the center of ribbons varies with the increase of wheel speed (V), d = 510.36-25.51 V+0.44 V2. XRD results of ribbons at different wheel speeds indicate that, with the rise of wheel speed, the main peak of Co17Gd2 compound becomes more and more notable, whereas the main peak of (αCo) solid solution tends to reduce. Along the length direction, the Co-17.8 wt%Gd alloy ribbons have the negative magnetostrictive strain. The magnetostrictive strain enhances with the increase of wheel speed. At the wheel speed of 40 m/s, the magnetostrictive coefficient of ribbons is measured to be - 733 ppm at the magnetic field of 6 kOe. The influence of the wheel speed and the magnetic field on the maanetostrictive coefficient is discussed.

  15. Synthesis of BaTiO[subscript 3]-20wt%CoFe[subscript 2]O[subscript 4] Nanocomposites via Spark Plasma Sintering

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    Ghosh, Dipankar; Han, Hyuksu; Nino, Juan C.; Subhash, Ghatu; Jones, Jacob L.

    2012-10-23

    Barium titanate-20wt% cobalt ferrite (BaTiO{sub 3}-20wt%CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) nanocomposites were sintered from nanocrystalline BaTiO{sub 3} and CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} powders using spark plasma sintering (SPS) and pressureless sintering (PS) techniques. Using SPS, dense polycrystalline composites were obtained at a sintering temperature as low as 860 C and a time of 5 min whereas PS required a higher sintering temperature (1150 C) and time (120 min) to obtain similarly dense composites. Microstructural analysis of the composites showed that both the techniques retained nanocrystalline grain sizes after sintering. High resolution X-ray diffraction measurements revealed that the BaTiO{sub 3}-20wt%CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} composites sintered by the SPS technique did not exhibit formation of any new phase(s) due to reaction between the BaTiO{sub 3} and CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} phases during sintering. However, the PS technique resulted in the formation of additional phases (other than the BaTiO{sub 3} and CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} phases) in the composites. While the composites synthesized by SPS were of superior phase-purity, evidence of Fe diffusion from the spinel to the perovskite phase was found from X-ray diffraction and permittivity measurements.

  16. Microstructural Evolution and Solidification Behavior of Al-Mg-Si Alloy in High-Pressure Die Casting

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    Ji, Shouxun; Wang, Yun; Watson, D.; Fan, Z.

    2013-07-01

    Microstructural evolution and solidification behavior of Al-5 wt pct Mg-1.5 wt pct Si-0.6 wt pct Mn-0.2 wt pct Ti alloy have been investigated using high-pressure die casting. Solidification commences with the formation of primary α-Al phase in the shot sleeve and is completed in the die cavity. The average size of dendrites and fragmented dendrites of the primary α-Al phase formed in the shot sleeve is 43 μm, and the globular primary α-Al grains formed inside the die cavity is at a size of 7.5 μm. Solidification inside the die cavity also forms the lamellar Al-Mg2Si eutectic phase and the Fe-rich intermetallics. The size of the eutectic cells is about 10 μm, in which the lamellar α-Al phase is 0.41 μm thick. The Fe-rich intermetallic compound exhibits a compact morphology and is less than 2 μm with a composition of 1.62 at. pct Si, 3.94 at. pct Fe, and 2.31 at. pct Mn. A solute-enriched circular band is always observed parallel to the surface of the casting. The band zone separates the outer skin region from the central region of the casting. The solute concentration is consistent in the skin region and shows a general drop toward the center inside the band for Mg and Si. The peak of the solute enrichment in the band zone is much higher than the nominal composition of the alloy. The die casting exhibits a combination of brittle and ductile fracture. There is no significant difference on the fracture morphology in the three regions. The band zone is not significantly detrimental in terms of the fracture mechanism in the die casting. Calculations using the Mullins and Sekerka stability criterion reveal that the solidification of the primary α-Al phase inside the die cavity has been completed before the spherical α-Al globules begin to lose their stability, but the α-Al grains formed in the shot sleeve exceed the limit of spherical growth and therefore exhibit a dendritic morphology.

  17. Impact of mTORC1 inhibition on keratinocyte proliferation during skin tumor promotion in wild-type and BK5.AktWT mice.

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    Rho, Okkyung; Kiguchi, Kaoru; Jiang, Guiyu; DiGiovanni, John

    2014-11-01

    In this study, we examined the impact of rapamycin on mTORC1 signaling during 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA)-induced keratinocyte proliferation and skin tumor promotion in both wild-type (FVB/N) and BK5.Akt(WT) mice. TPA activated mTORC1 signaling in a time-dependent manner in cultured primary mouse keratinocytes and a mouse keratinocyte cell line. Early activation (15-30 min) of mTORC1 signaling induced by TPA was mediated in part by PKC activation, whereas later activation (2-4 h) was mediated by activation of EGFR and Akt. BK5.Akt(WT) transgenic mice, where Akt1 is overexpressed in basal epidermis, are highly sensitive to TPA-induced epidermal proliferation and two-stage skin carcinogenesis. Targeting mTORC1 with rapamycin effectively inhibited TPA-induced epidermal hyperplasia and hyperproliferation as well as tumor promotion in a dose-dependent manner in both wild-type and BK5.Akt(WT) mice. A significant expansion (∼threefold) of the label retaining cell (LRC) population per hair follicle was observed in BK5.Akt(WT) mice compared to FVB/N mice. There was also a significant increase in K15 expressing cells in the hair follicle of transgenic mice that coincided with expression of phospho-Akt, phospho-S6K, and phospho-PRAS40, suggesting an important role of mTORC1 signaling in bulge-region keratinocyte stem cell (KSC) homeostasis. After 2 weeks of TPA treatment, LRCs had moved upward into the interfollicular epidermis from the bulge region of both wild-type and BK5.Akt(WT) mice. TPA-mediated LRC proliferation and migration was significantly inhibited by rapamycin. Collectively, the current data indicate that signaling through mTORC1 contributes significantly to the process of skin tumor promotion through effects on proliferation of the target cells for tumor development. PMID:24114993

  18. Impact of mTORC1 inhibition on keratinocyte proliferation during skin tumor promotion in wild-type and BK5.AktWT mice.

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    Rho, Okkyung; Kiguchi, Kaoru; Jiang, Guiyu; DiGiovanni, John

    2014-11-01

    In this study, we examined the impact of rapamycin on mTORC1 signaling during 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA)-induced keratinocyte proliferation and skin tumor promotion in both wild-type (FVB/N) and BK5.Akt(WT) mice. TPA activated mTORC1 signaling in a time-dependent manner in cultured primary mouse keratinocytes and a mouse keratinocyte cell line. Early activation (15-30 min) of mTORC1 signaling induced by TPA was mediated in part by PKC activation, whereas later activation (2-4 h) was mediated by activation of EGFR and Akt. BK5.Akt(WT) transgenic mice, where Akt1 is overexpressed in basal epidermis, are highly sensitive to TPA-induced epidermal proliferation and two-stage skin carcinogenesis. Targeting mTORC1 with rapamycin effectively inhibited TPA-induced epidermal hyperplasia and hyperproliferation as well as tumor promotion in a dose-dependent manner in both wild-type and BK5.Akt(WT) mice. A significant expansion (∼threefold) of the label retaining cell (LRC) population per hair follicle was observed in BK5.Akt(WT) mice compared to FVB/N mice. There was also a significant increase in K15 expressing cells in the hair follicle of transgenic mice that coincided with expression of phospho-Akt, phospho-S6K, and phospho-PRAS40, suggesting an important role of mTORC1 signaling in bulge-region keratinocyte stem cell (KSC) homeostasis. After 2 weeks of TPA treatment, LRCs had moved upward into the interfollicular epidermis from the bulge region of both wild-type and BK5.Akt(WT) mice. TPA-mediated LRC proliferation and migration was significantly inhibited by rapamycin. Collectively, the current data indicate that signaling through mTORC1 contributes significantly to the process of skin tumor promotion through effects on proliferation of the target cells for tumor development.

  19. In-situ scanning electron microscopy (sem) observations of the tensile and tensile-creep deformation of Titanium-8Aluminum-1mo-1v (wt.%) alloy

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    Ghosh Dastidar, Indraroop

    Titanium (Ti) and titanium alloys (Ti alloys) are attractive for structural applications, such as in the aerospace and automotive industries due to their high specific strength, excellent corrosion resistance and good ability to withstand elevated temperatures. To develop Ti alloys with better mechanical properties, it is necessary to comprehend the deformation behavior of available Ti alloys. Previous studies performed by another graduate student, Dr. Hongmei Li, involved investigation of the deformation behavior of commercially pure (CP) Ti, Ti-5Al-2.5Sn (wt.%), Ti-3Al-2.5V (wt.%) and Ti-6Al-4V (wt.%) alloys. The current thesis focused on investigating the deformation behavior of Ti-8Al-1Mo-1V (wt.%). In-situ tensile and tensile-creep experiments were performed at temperatures ranging from room temperature (RT) to 650OC inside a scanning electron microscope (SEM), which allowed for the observation of the surface deformation evolution. Electron Back Scattered Diffraction (EBSD) was used to identify the distribution of the active deformation systems. In this thesis efforts were made to characterize the various deformation modes of the Ti-8Al-1Mo-1V (wt.%) alloy as a function of the testing conditions (stress and temperature). It was observed that prismatic slip made up the majority of the observed slip systems during the RT tensile deformation, while basal and prismatic slip were almost equally active during the 455OC tensile deformation. Grain boundary ledges were observed during the elevated temperature tensile-creep deformation and from this observation it was suggested that grain boundary sliding was an active deformation mode. This work also involved estimating the Critical Resolved Shear Stress (CRSS) ratios of the alpha-phase deformation modes. The CRSS ratios were compared with the CRSS ratios of CP Ti and other Ti alloys. Overall, this work was intended to add more data to the scientific literature of Ti alloys in order to better comprehend their

  20. Expression of WT1, CA 125, and GCDFP-15 as useful markers in the differential diagnosis of primary ovarian carcinomas versus metastatic breast cancer to the ovary.

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    Tornos, Carmen; Soslow, Robert; Chen, Shirley; Akram, Muzaffar; Hummer, Amanda J; Abu-Rustum, Nadeen; Norton, Larry; Tan, Lee K

    2005-11-01

    Metastatic breast carcinoma to the ovary is sometimes difficult to differentiate from primary ovarian carcinoma. This problem is often encountered in breast carcinoma patients who develop adnexal masses. ER and PR can be positive in a high percentage of breast and ovarian carcinomas, and therefore cannot be used in the differential diagnosis of these entities. WT1 and CA125 have been identified as possible markers for ovarian cancer. However, no studies have been done that specifically compare the immunophenotype of breast carcinoma metastatic to ovary with that of primary ovarian cancer. Thirty-nine cases of metastatic breast carcinoma to the ovary, 36 primary breast carcinomas, and 42 primary ovarian carcinomas were examined immunohistochemically for the expression of WT1, CA125, carcinoembryonic antigen, MUC2, MUC1, and GCDFP. The percentage of cells stained and the intensity of staining were recorded. Thirty-two ovarian carcinomas (76%) were positive for WT1, including 31 of 33 (94%) serous carcinomas. Most of them had strong and diffuse staining. None of the breast cancers either primary or metastatic to the ovary expressed WT1. Thirty-eight (90%) ovarian carcinomas were positive for CA125, most of them with strong and diffuse staining. Most breast carcinomas were negative for CA125, with only 6 (16%) of the primary ones and 5 (12%) of the metastatic showing weak and focal positivity. All ovarian carcinomas were negative for GCDFP. Five primary breast cancers (14%) and 17 (43%) metastatic to the ovary were positive for GCDFP. Nine (21%) ovarian carcinomas, 8 (22%) primary breast carcinomas, and 13 (33%) metastatic to the ovary were positive for carcinoembryonic antigen. Almost all tumors examined were positive for MUC1 (100% ovarian carcinomas, 100% primary breast carcinomas, and 95% metastatic breast carcinomas to ovary). MUC2 was positive in 10 (24%) ovarian carcinomas, 3 (8%) primary breast cancers, and 12 (30%) metastases to the ovary. The presence of

  1. Interplay Between Melt Flow and the 3D Distribution and Morphology of Fe-Rich Phases in AlSi Alloys

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    Mikolajczak, Piotr; Ratke, Lorenz

    2015-03-01

    The presence of Fe aids in establishing the mechanical and physical properties of AlSi alloys and is also one of the main impurities leading to formation of β-Al5FeSi intermetallics. This study aims to understand the effect of fluid flow on the dendritic microstructure with intermetallics in Al-5/7/9 wt pct Si-0.2/0.5/1.0 wt pct Fe alloys that are directionally solidified under defined thermal and fluid flow conditions. We made extensive use of 3D X-ray tomography to obtain a better insight into the morphology and formation of the intermetallics. Three-dimensional (3-D) distribution of intermetallics presented here shows that the growth of large β-Al5FeSi due to forced flow occurs in the eutectic specimen center and together with an increase in the number density of β precipitates. The 3D reconstructions have verified the β shaped to be curved, bent with twining, branched, and to have imprints, holes, and propeller-shaped platelets. The 3D views showed that hole-shaped β arose from the lateral growth around α-Al dendrites. These views also confirmed the phenomenon of shortening of β as an effect of flow in the dendritic region, where β could be fragmented or completely remelted, and ultimately resulting in microstructures with shorter β-Al5FeSi and increases in number density. The analysis revealed an interaction between melt flow, 3D distribution, and the morphology of β-Al5FeSi. The growth of a large and complex group of β intermetallics can reduce the melt flow between dendrites and strengthen pore nucleation and eutectic colonies nucleation, leading to lower permeability of the mushy zone and increased porosity in the castings.

  2. Increasing fat content from 20 to 45 wt% in a complex diet induces lower endotoxemia in parallel with an increased number of intestinal goblet cells in mice.

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    Benoit, Bérengère; Laugerette, Fabienne; Plaisancié, Pascale; Géloën, Alain; Bodennec, Jacques; Estienne, Monique; Pineau, Gaëlle; Bernalier-Donadille, Annick; Vidal, Hubert; Michalski, Marie-Caroline

    2015-04-01

    The impacts of high-fat diets (HFDs) on the onset of metabolic endotoxemia and low-grade inflammation are well established in rodent models. However, the dose-effect of dietary lipid intakes on these parameters is not known. We hypothesized that increasing dietary lipid amounts could be linked to parallel increases of endotoxemia, low-grade inflammation, and metabolic and intestinal alterations. Six-week-old male C57BL/6J mice were fed a low-fat diet (LFD, 2.6 wt% of lipids), a moderate HFD (mHFD, 22 wt% of lipids), or a very HFD (vHFD, 45 wt% of lipids) formulated mainly using chow ingredients and milk fat. After 12 weeks, white adipose tissues, liver, intestine, distal colon contents, and plasma were collected. Only vHFD mice significantly increased body weight and fat mass vs LFD mice. This was associated with increases of plasma concentrations of triglycerides, leptin and adiponectin, and liver lipids. No such differences were observed between LFD and mHFD mice. However, mHFD developed metabolic endotoxemia and inflammation, unlike vHFD mice. In turn, vHFD mice showed more goblet cells in all intestine segments vs both other groups and a decrease of Bacteroides-Prevotella in their microbiota vs LFD mice. Finally, mHFD mice colon exhibited a decrease in lactobacilli and in the levels of occludin phosphorylation. Altogether, using complex HFD, no associations were observed between dietary lipid amounts and the magnitude of endotoxemia, inflammation, and physiological alterations developed. These results reveal the impact of the diet composition on intestinal goblet cells and mucus coat, bringing new insights about further consequences on HFD-induced metabolic disorders. PMID:25687164

  3. Modification of tumor cell exosome content by transfection with wt-p53 and microRNA-125b expressing plasmid DNA and its effect on macrophage polarization.

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    Trivedi, M; Talekar, M; Shah, P; Ouyang, Q; Amiji, M

    2016-01-01

    Exosomes are responsible for intercellular communication between tumor cells and others in the tumor microenvironment. These microvesicles promote oncogensis and can support towards metastasis by promoting a pro-tumorogenic environment. Modifying the exosomal content and exosome delivery are emerging novel cancer therapies. However, the clinical translation is limited due to feasibility of isolating and delivery of treated exosomes as well as an associated immune response in patients. In this study, we provide proof-of-concept for a novel treatment approach for manipulating exosomal content by genetic transfection of tumor cells using dual-targeted hyaluronic acid-based nanoparticles. Following transfection with plasmid DNA encoding for wild-type p53 (wt-p53) and microRNA-125b (miR-125b), we evaluate the transgene expression in the SK-LU-1 cells and in the secreted exosomes. Furthermore, along with modulation of wt-p53 and miR-125b expression, we also show that the exosomes (i.e., wt-p53/exo, miR-125b/exo and combination/exo) have a reprogramed global miRNA profile. The miRNAs in the exosomes were mainly related to the activation of genes associated with apoptosis as well as p53 signaling. More importantly, these altered miRNA levels in the exosomes could mediate macrophage repolarization towards a more pro-inflammatory/antitumor M1 phenotype. However, further studies, especially in vivo studies, are warranted to assess the direct influence of such macrophage reprogramming on cancer cells and oncogenesis post-treatment. The current study provides a novel platform enabling the development of therapeutic strategies affecting not only the cancer cells but also the tumor microenvironment by utilizing the 'bystander effect' through genetic transfer with secreted exosomes. Such modification could also support antitumor environment leading to decreased oncogenesis. PMID:27500388

  4. Modification of tumor cell exosome content by transfection with wt-p53 and microRNA-125b expressing plasmid DNA and its effect on macrophage polarization

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    Trivedi, M; Talekar, M; Shah, P; Ouyang, Q; Amiji, M

    2016-01-01

    Exosomes are responsible for intercellular communication between tumor cells and others in the tumor microenvironment. These microvesicles promote oncogensis and can support towards metastasis by promoting a pro-tumorogenic environment. Modifying the exosomal content and exosome delivery are emerging novel cancer therapies. However, the clinical translation is limited due to feasibility of isolating and delivery of treated exosomes as well as an associated immune response in patients. In this study, we provide proof-of-concept for a novel treatment approach for manipulating exosomal content by genetic transfection of tumor cells using dual-targeted hyaluronic acid-based nanoparticles. Following transfection with plasmid DNA encoding for wild-type p53 (wt-p53) and microRNA-125b (miR-125b), we evaluate the transgene expression in the SK-LU-1 cells and in the secreted exosomes. Furthermore, along with modulation of wt-p53 and miR-125b expression, we also show that the exosomes (i.e., wt-p53/exo, miR-125b/exo and combination/exo) have a reprogramed global miRNA profile. The miRNAs in the exosomes were mainly related to the activation of genes associated with apoptosis as well as p53 signaling. More importantly, these altered miRNA levels in the exosomes could mediate macrophage repolarization towards a more pro-inflammatory/antitumor M1 phenotype. However, further studies, especially in vivo studies, are warranted to assess the direct influence of such macrophage reprogramming on cancer cells and oncogenesis post-treatment. The current study provides a novel platform enabling the development of therapeutic strategies affecting not only the cancer cells but also the tumor microenvironment by utilizing the ‘bystander effect' through genetic transfer with secreted exosomes. Such modification could also support antitumor environment leading to decreased oncogenesis. PMID:27500388

  5. Increasing fat content from 20 to 45 wt% in a complex diet induces lower endotoxemia in parallel with an increased number of intestinal goblet cells in mice.

    PubMed

    Benoit, Bérengère; Laugerette, Fabienne; Plaisancié, Pascale; Géloën, Alain; Bodennec, Jacques; Estienne, Monique; Pineau, Gaëlle; Bernalier-Donadille, Annick; Vidal, Hubert; Michalski, Marie-Caroline

    2015-04-01

    The impacts of high-fat diets (HFDs) on the onset of metabolic endotoxemia and low-grade inflammation are well established in rodent models. However, the dose-effect of dietary lipid intakes on these parameters is not known. We hypothesized that increasing dietary lipid amounts could be linked to parallel increases of endotoxemia, low-grade inflammation, and metabolic and intestinal alterations. Six-week-old male C57BL/6J mice were fed a low-fat diet (LFD, 2.6 wt% of lipids), a moderate HFD (mHFD, 22 wt% of lipids), or a very HFD (vHFD, 45 wt% of lipids) formulated mainly using chow ingredients and milk fat. After 12 weeks, white adipose tissues, liver, intestine, distal colon contents, and plasma were collected. Only vHFD mice significantly increased body weight and fat mass vs LFD mice. This was associated with increases of plasma concentrations of triglycerides, leptin and adiponectin, and liver lipids. No such differences were observed between LFD and mHFD mice. However, mHFD developed metabolic endotoxemia and inflammation, unlike vHFD mice. In turn, vHFD mice showed more goblet cells in all intestine segments vs both other groups and a decrease of Bacteroides-Prevotella in their microbiota vs LFD mice. Finally, mHFD mice colon exhibited a decrease in lactobacilli and in the levels of occludin phosphorylation. Altogether, using complex HFD, no associations were observed between dietary lipid amounts and the magnitude of endotoxemia, inflammation, and physiological alterations developed. These results reveal the impact of the diet composition on intestinal goblet cells and mucus coat, bringing new insights about further consequences on HFD-induced metabolic disorders.

  6. RRR and thermal conductivity of Ag and Ag-0.2 wt.%Mg alloy in Ag/Bi-2212 wires

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    Li, P.; Ye, L.; Jiang, J.; Shen, T.

    2015-12-01

    Residual resistivity ratio (RRR) and thermal conductivity of metal matrix in metal/superconductor composite wires are important parameters for designing superconducting magnets. However, the resistivity of silver in reacted Ag/Bi-2212 wires has yet to be determined over temperature range from 4.2 K to 80 K because Bi-2212 filaments have a critical transition temperature Tc of ∼ 80 K, and because it is unknown whether the RRR of Ag/Bi-2212 degrades with Cu diffusing from Bi-2212 filaments into silver sheathes at elevated temperatures and to what degree it varies with heat treatment. We measured the resistivity of stand-alone Ag and AgMg (Ag-0.2 wt.% Mg) wires as well as the resistivity of Ag and Ag-0.2 wt.% Mg in Ag/Bi- 2212 round wires reacted in 1 bar oxygen at 890 °C for 1, 8, 24 and 48 hours and quickly cooled to room temperature. The heat treatment was designed to reduce the critical current Ic of Bi- 2212 wires to nearly zero while allowing Cu loss to fully manifest itself. We determined that pure silver exhibits a RRR of ∼ 220 while the oxide-dispersion strengthened Ag-Mg exhibits a RRR of ∼ 5 in stand-alone samples. A surprising result is that the RRR of silver in the composite round wires doesn't degrade with extended time at 890 °C for up to 48 hours. This surprising result may be explained by our observation that the Cu that diffuses into silver tends to form Cu2O precipitates in oxidizing atmosphere, instead of forming Ag-Cu solution alloy. We also measured the thermal conductivity and the magneto-resistivity of pure Ag and Ag-0.2 wt. % Mg from 4.2 K to 300 K in magnetic fields up to 14.8 T and summarized them using a Kohler plot.

  7. Detachment of Tertiary Dendrite Arms during Controlled Directional Solidification in Aluminum - 7 wt Percent Silicon Alloys: Observations from Ground-based and Microgravity Processed Samples

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    Grugel, Richard N.; Erdman, Robert; Van Hoose, James R.; Tewari, Surendra; Poirier, David

    2012-01-01

    Electron Back Scattered Diffraction results from cross-sections of directionally solidified aluminum 7wt% silicon alloys unexpectedly revealed tertiary dendrite arms that were detached and mis-oriented from their parent arm. More surprisingly, the same phenomenon was observed in a sample similarly processed in the quiescent microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in support of the joint US-European MICAST investigation. The work presented here includes a brief introduction to MICAST and the directional solidification facilities, and their capabilities, available aboard the ISS. Results from the ground-based and microgravity processed samples are compared and possible mechanisms for the observed tertiary arm detachment are suggested.

  8. TP53 mutations induced by BPDE in Xpa-WT and Xpa-Null human TP53 knock-in (Hupki) mouse embryo fibroblasts.

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    Kucab, Jill E; van Steeg, Harry; Luijten, Mirjam; Schmeiser, Heinz H; White, Paul A; Phillips, David H; Arlt, Volker M

    2015-03-01

    Somatic mutations in the tumour suppressor gene TP53 occur in more than 50% of human tumours; in some instances exposure to environmental carcinogens can be linked to characteristic mutational signatures. The Hupki (human TP53 knock-in) mouse embryo fibroblast (HUF) immortalization assay (HIMA) is a useful model for studying the impact of environmental carcinogens on TP53 mutagenesis. In an effort to increase the frequency of TP53-mutated clones achievable in the HIMA, we generated nucleotide excision repair (NER)-deficient HUFs by crossing the Hupki mouse with an Xpa-knockout (Xpa-Null) mouse. We hypothesized that carcinogen-induced DNA adducts would persist in the TP53 sequence of Xpa-Null HUFs leading to an increased propensity for mismatched base pairing and mutation during replication of adducted DNA. We found that Xpa-Null Hupki mice, and HUFs derived from them, were more sensitive to the environmental carcinogen benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) than their wild-type (Xpa-WT) counterparts. Following treatment with the reactive metabolite of BaP, benzo[a]pyrene-7,8-diol-9,10-epoxide (BPDE), Xpa-WT and Xpa-Null HUF cultures were subjected to the HIMA. A significant increase in TP53 mutations on the transcribed strand was detected in Xpa-Null HUFs compared to Xpa-WT HUFs, but the TP53-mutant frequency overall was not significantly different between the two genotypes. BPDE induced mutations primarily at G:C base pairs, with approximately half occurring at CpG sites, and the predominant mutation type was G:C>T:A in both Xpa-WT and Xpa-Null cells. Further, several of the TP53 mutation hotspots identified in smokers' lung cancer were mutated by BPDE in HUFs (codons 157, 158, 245, 248, 249, 273). Therefore, the pattern and spectrum of BPDE-induced TP53 mutations in the HIMA are consistent with TP53 mutations detected in lung tumours of smokers. While Xpa-Null HUFs exhibited increased sensitivity to BPDE-induced damage on the transcribed strand, NER-deficiency did not enhance TP53

  9. APOBEC3A Is Implicated in a Novel Class of G-to-A mRNA Editing in WT1 Transcripts

    PubMed Central

    Niavarani, Ahmadreza; Anjos-Afonso, Fernando; Horswell, Stuart; Griessinger, Emmanuel; Luis Sardina, Jose; Bonnet, Dominique

    2015-01-01

    Classic deamination mRNA changes, including cytidine to uridine (C-to-U) and adenosine to inosine (A-to-I), are important exceptions to the central dogma and lead to significant alterations in gene transcripts and products. Although there are a few reports of non-classic mRNA alterations, as yet there is no molecular explanation for these alternative changes. Wilms Tumor 1 (WT1) mutations and variants are implicated in several diseases, including Wilms tumor and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). We observed two alternative G-to-A changes, namely c.1303G>A and c.1586G>A in cDNA clones and found them to be recurrent in a series of 21 umbilical cord blood mononuclear cell (CBMC) samples studied. Two less conserved U-to-C changes were also observed. These alternative changes were found to be significantly higher in non-progenitor as compared to progenitor CBMCs, while they were found to be absent in a series of AML samples studied, indicating they are targeted, cell type-specific mRNA editing modifications. Since APOBEC/ADAR family members are implicated in RNA/DNA editing, we screened them by RNA-interference (RNAi) for WT1-mRNA changes and observed near complete reversal of WT1 c.1303G>A alteration upon APOBEC3A (A3A) knockdown. The role of A3A in mediating this change was confirmed by A3A overexpression in Fujioka cells, which led to a significant increase in WT1 c.1303G>A mRNA editing. Non-progenitor CBMCs showed correspondingly higher levels of A3A-mRNA and protein as compared to the progenitor ones. To our knowledge, this is the first report of mRNA modifying activity for an APOBEC3 protein and implicates A3A in a novel G-to-A form of editing. These findings open the way to further investigations into the mechanisms of other potential mRNA changes, which will help to redefine the RNA editing paradigm in both health and disease. PMID:25807502

  10. APOBEC3A is implicated in a novel class of G-to-A mRNA editing in WT1 transcripts.

    PubMed

    Niavarani, Ahmadreza; Currie, Erin; Reyal, Yasmin; Anjos-Afonso, Fernando; Horswell, Stuart; Griessinger, Emmanuel; Luis Sardina, Jose; Bonnet, Dominique

    2015-01-01

    Classic deamination mRNA changes, including cytidine to uridine (C-to-U) and adenosine to inosine (A-to-I), are important exceptions to the central dogma and lead to significant alterations in gene transcripts and products. Although there are a few reports of non-classic mRNA alterations, as yet there is no molecular explanation for these alternative changes. Wilms Tumor 1 (WT1) mutations and variants are implicated in several diseases, including Wilms tumor and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). We observed two alternative G-to-A changes, namely c.1303G>A and c.1586G>A in cDNA clones and found them to be recurrent in a series of 21 umbilical cord blood mononuclear cell (CBMC) samples studied. Two less conserved U-to-C changes were also observed. These alternative changes were found to be significantly higher in non-progenitor as compared to progenitor CBMCs, while they were found to be absent in a series of AML samples studied, indicating they are targeted, cell type-specific mRNA editing modifications. Since APOBEC/ADAR family members are implicated in RNA/DNA editing, we screened them by RNA-interference (RNAi) for WT1-mRNA changes and observed near complete reversal of WT1 c.1303G>A alteration upon APOBEC3A (A3A) knockdown. The role of A3A in mediating this change was confirmed by A3A overexpression in Fujioka cells, which led to a significant increase in WT1 c.1303G>A mRNA editing. Non-progenitor CBMCs showed correspondingly higher levels of A3A-mRNA and protein as compared to the progenitor ones. To our knowledge, this is the first report of mRNA modifying activity for an APOBEC3 protein and implicates A3A in a novel G-to-A form of editing. These findings open the way to further investigations into the mechanisms of other potential mRNA changes, which will help to redefine the RNA editing paradigm in both health and disease. PMID:25807502

  11. TP53 mutations induced by BPDE in Xpa-WT and Xpa-Null human TP53 knock-in (Hupki) mouse embryo fibroblasts

    PubMed Central

    Kucab, Jill E.; van Steeg, Harry; Luijten, Mirjam; Schmeiser, Heinz H.; White, Paul A.; Phillips, David H.; Arlt, Volker M.

    2015-01-01

    Somatic mutations in the tumour suppressor gene TP53 occur in more than 50% of human tumours; in some instances exposure to environmental carcinogens can be linked to characteristic mutational signatures. The Hupki (human TP53 knock-in) mouse embryo fibroblast (HUF) immortalization assay (HIMA) is a useful model for studying the impact of environmental carcinogens on TP53 mutagenesis. In an effort to increase the frequency of TP53-mutated clones achievable in the HIMA, we generated nucleotide excision repair (NER)-deficient HUFs by crossing the Hupki mouse with an Xpa-knockout (Xpa-Null) mouse. We hypothesized that carcinogen-induced DNA adducts would persist in the TP53 sequence of Xpa-Null HUFs leading to an increased propensity for mismatched base pairing and mutation during replication of adducted DNA. We found that Xpa-Null Hupki mice, and HUFs derived from them, were more sensitive to the environmental carcinogen benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) than their wild-type (Xpa-WT) counterparts. Following treatment with the reactive metabolite of BaP, benzo[a]pyrene-7,8-diol-9,10-epoxide (BPDE), Xpa-WT and Xpa-Null HUF cultures were subjected to the HIMA. A significant increase in TP53 mutations on the transcribed strand was detected in Xpa-Null HUFs compared to Xpa-WT HUFs, but the TP53-mutant frequency overall was not significantly different between the two genotypes. BPDE induced mutations primarily at G:C base pairs, with approximately half occurring at CpG sites, and the predominant mutation type was G:C > T:A in both Xpa-WT and Xpa-Null cells. Further, several of the TP53 mutation hotspots identified in smokers’ lung cancer were mutated by BPDE in HUFs (codons 157, 158, 245, 248, 249, 273). Therefore, the pattern and spectrum of BPDE-induced TP53 mutations in the HIMA are consistent with TP53 mutations detected in lung tumours of smokers. While Xpa-Null HUFs exhibited increased sensitivity to BPDE-induced damage on the transcribed strand, NER-deficiency did not

  12. Characterisations Of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-13% Wt TiO{sub 2} Deposition On Mild Steel Via Plasma Spray Method

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    Yusoff, N. H.; Isa, M. C.; Daud, A. R.

    2011-01-17

    To date, plasma sprayed alumina titania have been widely used as wear resistance coatings in textile, machinery and printing industries. Previous studies showed that the coating microstructures and properties were strongly depended on various parameters such as ceramic composition, grain size powders and spray parameters, thus, influencing the melting degree of the alumina titania during the deposition process. The aim of this study focuses on the evolution of the micron sizes of alumina-13%wt titania at different plasma spray power, ranging from 20kW to 40kW. It was noted that the coating porosity of alumina-13%wt titania were decreased from 6.2% to 4% by increasing the plasma power from 20 to 40 kW. At lower power value, partially melted powders were deposited, generating over 6% porosity within the microstructures. Percentage of porosity about 5.6% gave the best ratio of bi-modal structures, providing the highest microhardness value. Furthermore, the effect of microstructure and porosity formation on wear resistance was also discussed. Coatings with less porosity exhibited better resistance to wear, in which the wear resistance of coated mild steel possessed only {approx}5 x 10{sup -4} cm{sup 3}/Nm with 4% of porosity.

  13. Synthesis and characterisation of composite based biohydroxyapatite bovine bone mandible waste (BHAp) doped with 10 wt % amorphous SiO2 from rice husk by solid state reaction

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    Asmi, Dwi; Sulaiman, Ahmad; Oktavia, Irene Lucky; Badaruddin, Muhammad; Zulfia, Anne

    2016-04-01

    Effect of 10 wt% amorphous SiO2 from rice husk addition on the microstructures of biohydroxyapatite (BHAp) obtained from bovine bone was synthesized by solid state reaction. In this study, biohydroxyapatite powder was obtained from bovine bone mandible waste heat treated at 800 °C for 5 h and amorphous SiO2 powder was extracted from citric acid leaching of rice husk followed by combustion at 700°C for 5 h. The composite powder then mixed and sintered at 1200 °C for 3 h. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transformed infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques are utilized to characterize the phase relations, functional group present and morphology of the sample. The study has revealed that the processing procedures played an important role in microstructural development of BHAp-10 wt% SiO2 composite. The XRD study of the raw material revealed that the primary phase material in the heat treated of bovine bone mandible waste is hydroxyapatite and in the combustion of rice husk is amorphous SiO2. However, in the composite the hydroxyapatite, β-tricalcium phosphate, and calcium phosphate silicate were observed. The FTIR result show that the hydroxyl stretching band in the composite decrease compared with those of hydroxyapatite spectra and the evolution of morphology was occurred in the composite.

  14. Genomic markers of panitumumab resistance including ERBB2/HER2 in a phase II study of KRAS wild-type (wt) metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC)

    PubMed Central

    Barry, Garrett S.; Cheang, Maggie C.; Chang, Hector Li; Kennecke, Hagen F.

    2016-01-01

    A prospective study was conducted to identify biomarkers associated with resistance to panitumumab monotherapy in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). Patients with previously treated, codon 12/13 KRAS wt, mCRC were prospectively administered panitumumab 6 mg/kg IV q2weeks. Of 34 panitumumab-treated patients, 11 (32%) had progressive disease at 8 weeks and were classified as non-responders. A Nanostring nCounter-based assay identified a 5-gene expression signature (ERBB2, MLPH, IRX3, MYRF, and KLK6) associated with panitumumab resistance (P = 0.001). Immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization determined that the HER2 (ERBB2) protein was overexpressed in 4/11 non-responding and 0/21 responding cases (P = 0.035). Two non-responding tumors had ERBB2 gene amplification only, and one demonstrated both ERBB2 amplification and mutation. A non-codon 12/13 KRAS mutation occurred in one panitumumab-resistant patient and was mutually exclusive with ERBB2/HER2 abnormalities. This study identifies a 5-gene signature associated with non-response to single agent panitumumab, including a subgroup of non-responders with evidence of aberrant ERBB2/HER2 signaling. KRAS wt tumors resistant to EGFRi may be identified by gene signature analysis, and the HER2 pathway plays an important role in resistance to therapy. PMID:26980732

  15. Experimental and molecular dynamics study of thermo-physical and transport properties of ThO2-5wt.%CeO2 mixed oxides

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    Somayajulu, P. S.; Ghosh, P. S.; Banerjee, J.; Babu, K. L. N. C.; Danny, K. M.; Mandal, B. P.; Mahata, T.; Sengupta, P.; Sali, S. K.; Arya, A.

    2015-12-01

    We have determined the thermo-physical (elastic modulus, specific heat, thermal expansion and thermal conductivity) and transport (ionic conductivity) properties of ThO2-5wt.%CeO2 mixed oxide (MOX) using a combined experimental and theoretical methodology. The specific heat, ionic conductivity and elastic properties of ThO2-5wt.%CeO2 pellets prepared by conventional powder metallurgy (POP) and coated agglomerate pelletization (CAP) routes (sintered in both air and Ar-8%H2 atmosphere) are compared with respect to homogeneity (CeO2 distribution in ThO2 matrix), microstructure, porosity and oxygen to metal ratio. The effects of inhomogeneity and pore distribution on thermal expansion and thermal conductivity of the mixed-oxide pellets are identified. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations using the Coulomb-Buckingham-Morse-many-body model based interatomic potentials are used to predict elastic properties in the temperature range between 300 and 2000 K and thermodynamic properties, viz., enthalpy increment and specific heats of ThO2. Finally, the thermal expansion coefficient and thermal conductivity of ThO2 and (Th,Ce)O2 mixed-oxides obtained from MD are compared with available experimental results.

  16. Removal of cadmium(II) ions from aqueous solution using Ni (15 wt.%)-doped α-Fe2O3 nanocrystals: equilibrium, thermodynamic, and kinetic studies.

    PubMed

    OuldM'hamed, Mohamed; Khezami, L; Alshammari, Abdulrahman G; Ould-Mame, S M; Ghiloufi, I; Lemine, O M

    2015-01-01

    The present publication investigates the performance of nanocrystalline Ni (15 wt.%)-doped α-Fe2O3 as an effective nanomaterial for the removal of Cd(II) ions from aqueous solutions. The nanocrystalline Ni-doped α-Fe2O3 powders were prepared by mechanical alloying, and characterized by X-ray diffraction and a vibrating sample magnetometer. Batch-mode experiments were realized to determine the adsorption equilibrium, kinetics, and thermodynamic parameters of toxic heavy metal ions by Ni (15 wt.%)-doped α-Fe2O3. The adsorption isotherms data were found to be in good agreement with the Langmuir model. The adsorption capacity of Cd(II) ion reached a maximum value of about 90.91 mg g(-1) at 328 K and pH 7. The adsorption process kinetics was found to comply with pseudo-second-order rate law. Thermodynamic parameters related to the adsorption reaction, free energy change, enthalpy change and entropy change, were evaluated. The found values of free energy and enthalpy revealed a spontaneous endothermic adsorption-process. Moreover, the positive entropy suggests an increase of randomness during the process of heavy metal removal at the adsorbent-solution interface. PMID:26247760

  17. Neutron and hard X-ray diffraction studies of the isothermal transformation kinetics in the research reactor fuel candidate U–8 wt%Mo

    PubMed Central

    Säubert, Steffen; Jungwirth, Rainer; Zweifel, Tobias; Hofmann, Michael; Hoelzel, Markus; Petry, Winfried

    2016-01-01

    Exposing uranium–molybdenum alloys (UMo) retained in the γ phase to elevated temperatures leads to transformation reactions during which the γ-UMo phase decomposes into the thermal equilibrium phases, i.e. U2Mo and α-U. Since α-U is not suitable for a nuclear fuel exposed to high burn-up, it is necessary to retain the γ-UMo phase during the production process of the fuel elements for modern high-performance research reactors. The present work deals with the isothermal transformation kinetics in U–8 wt%Mo alloys for temperatures between 673 and 798 K and annealing durations of up to 48 h. Annealed samples were examined at room temperature using either X-ray or neutron diffraction to determine the phase composition after thermal treatment, and in situ annealing studies disclosed the onset of phase decomposition. While for temperatures of 698 and 673 K the start of decomposition is delayed, for higher temperatures the first signs of transformation are already observable within 3 h of annealing. The typical C-shaped curves in a time–temperature–transformation (TTT) diagram for both the start and the end of phase decomposition could be determined in the observed temperature regime. Therefore, a revised TTT diagram for U–8 wt%Mo between 673 and 798 K and annealing durations of up to 48 h is proposed. PMID:27275139

  18. Post-irradiation examination of prototype Al-64 wt% U{sub 3}Si{sub 2} fuel rods from NRU

    SciTech Connect

    Sears, D.F.; Primeau, M.F.; Buchanan, C.; Rose, D.

    1997-08-01

    Three prototype fuel rods containing Al-64 wt% U{sub 3}Si{sub 2} (3.15 gU/cm{sup 3}) have been irradiated to their design burnup in the NRU reactor without incident. The fuel was fabricated using production-scale equipment and processes previously developed for Al-U{sub 3}Si fuel fabrication at Chalk River Laboratories, and special equipment developed for U{sub 3}Si{sub 2} powder production and handling. The rods were irradiated in NRU up to 87 at% U-235 burnup under typical driver fuel conditions; i.e., nominal coolant inlet temperature 37{degrees}C, inlet pressure 654 kPa, mass flow 12.4 L/s, and element linear power ratings up to 73 kW/m. Post-irradiation examinations showed that the fuel elements survived the irradiation without defects. Fuel core diametral increases and volumetric swelling were significantly lower than that of Al-61 wt% U{sub 3}Si fuel irradiated under similar conditions. This irradiation demonstrated that the fabrication techniques are adequate for full-scale fuel manufacture, and qualified the fuel for use in AECL`s research reactors.

  19. Characterisations Of Al2O3-13% Wt TiO2 Deposition On Mild Steel Via Plasma Spray Method

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    Yusoff, N. H.; Ghazali, M. J.; Isa, M. C.; Daud, A. R.; Muchtar, A.; Forghani, S.

    2011-01-01

    To date, plasma sprayed alumina titania have been widely used as wear resistance coatings in textile, machinery and printing industries. Previous studies showed that the coating microstructures and properties were strongly depended on various parameters such as ceramic composition, grain size powders and spray parameters, thus, influencing the melting degree of the alumina titania during the deposition process. The aim of this study focuses on the evolution of the micron sizes of alumina-13%wt titania at different plasma spray power, ranging from 20kW to 40kW. It was noted that the coating porosity of alumina-13%wt titania were decreased from 6.2% to 4% by increasing the plasma power from 20 to 40 kW. At lower power value, partially melted powders were deposited, generating over 6% porosity within the microstructures. Percentage of porosity about 5.6% gave the best ratio of bi-modal structures, providing the highest microhardness value. Furthermore, the effect of microstructure and porosity formation on wear resistance was also discussed. Coatings with less porosity exhibited better resistance to wear, in which the wear resistance of coated mild steel possessed only ˜5 x 10-4 cm3/Nm with 4% of porosity.

  20. Process for producing enriched uranium having a {sup 235}U content of at least 4 wt. % via combination of a gaseous diffusion process and an atomic vapor laser isotope separation process to eliminate uranium hexafluoride tails storage

    DOEpatents

    Horton, J.A.; Hayden, H.W. Jr.

    1995-05-30

    An uranium enrichment process capable of producing an enriched uranium, having a {sup 235}U content greater than about 4 wt. %, is disclosed which will consume less energy and produce metallic uranium tails having a lower {sup 235}U content than the tails normally produced in a gaseous diffusion separation process and, therefore, eliminate UF{sub 6} tails storage and sharply reduce fluorine use. The uranium enrichment process comprises feeding metallic uranium into an atomic vapor laser isotope separation process to produce an enriched metallic uranium isotopic mixture having a {sup 235} U content of at least about 2 wt. % and a metallic uranium residue containing from about 0.1 wt. % to about 0.2 wt. % {sup 235} U; fluorinating this enriched metallic uranium isotopic mixture to form UF{sub 6}; processing the resultant isotopic mixture of UF{sub 6} in a gaseous diffusion process to produce a final enriched uranium product having a {sup 235}U content of at least 4 wt. %, and up to 93.5 wt. % or higher, of the total uranium content of the product, and a low {sup 235}U content UF{sub 6} having a {sup 235}U content of about 0.71 wt. % of the total uranium content of the low {sup 235}U content UF{sub 6}; and converting this low {sup 235}U content UF{sub 6} to metallic uranium for recycle to the atomic vapor laser isotope separation process. 4 figs.

  1. Process for producing enriched uranium having a .sup.235 U content of at least 4 wt. % via combination of a gaseous diffusion process and an atomic vapor laser isotope separation process to eliminate uranium hexafluoride tails storage

    DOEpatents

    Horton, James A.; Hayden, Jr., Howard W.

    1995-01-01

    An uranium enrichment process capable of producing an enriched uranium, having a .sup.235 U content greater than about 4 wt. %, is disclosed which will consume less energy and produce metallic uranium tails having a lower .sup.235 U content than the tails normally produced in a gaseous diffusion separation process and, therefore, eliminate UF.sub.6 tails storage and sharply reduce fluorine use. The uranium enrichment process comprises feeding metallic uranium into an atomic vapor laser isotope separation process to produce an enriched metallic uranium isotopic mixture having a .sup.235 U content of at least about 2 wt. % and a metallic uranium residue containing from about 0.1 wt. % to about 0.2 wt. % .sup.235 U; fluorinating this enriched metallic uranium isotopic mixture to form UF.sub.6 ; processing the resultant isotopic mixture of UF.sub.6 in a gaseous diffusion process to produce a final enriched uranium product having a .sup.235 U content of at least 4 wt. %, and up to 93.5 wt. % or higher, of the total uranium content of the product, and a low .sup.235 U content UF.sub.6 having a .sup.235 U content of about 0.71 wt. % of the total uranium content of the low .sup.235 U content UF.sub.6 ; and converting this low .sup.235 U content UF.sub.6 to metallic uranium for recycle to the atomic vapor laser isotope separation process.

  2. Wilms Tumor Suppressor, WT1, Cooperates with MicroRNA-26a and MicroRNA-101 to Suppress Translation of the Polycomb Protein, EZH2, in Mesenchymal Stem Cells.

    PubMed

    Akpa, Murielle M; Iglesias, Diana; Chu, LeeLee; Thiébaut, Antonin; Jentoft, Ida; Hammond, Leah; Torban, Elena; Goodyer, Paul R

    2016-02-19

    Hereditary forms of Wilms arise from developmentally arrested clones of renal progenitor cells with biallelic mutations of WT1; recently, it has been found that Wilms tumors may also be associated with biallelic mutations in DICER1 or DROSHA, crucial for miRNA biogenesis. We have previously shown that a critical role for WT1 during normal nephrogenesis is to suppress transcription of the Polycomb group protein, EZH2, thereby de-repressing genes in the differentiation cascade. Here we show that WT1 also suppresses translation of EZH2. All major WT1 isoforms induce an array of miRNAs, which target the 3' UTR of EZH2 and other Polycomb-associated transcripts. We show that the WT1(+KTS) isoform binds to the 5' UTR of EZH2 and interacts directly with the miRNA-containing RISC to enhance post-transcriptional inhibition. These observations suggest a novel mechanism through which WT1 regulates the transition from resting stem cell to activated progenitor cell during nephrogenesis. Our findings also offer a plausible explanation for the fact that Wilms tumors can arise either from loss of WT1 or loss of miRNA processing enzymes. PMID:26655220

  3. Results of U-xMo (x=7, 10, 12 wt.%) Alloy versus Al-6061 Cladding Diffusion Couple Experiments Performed at 500, 550 and 600 Degrees C

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    Emmanuel Perez; Dennis D. Keiser, Jr.; Yongho Sohn

    2013-04-01

    The Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors (RERTR) program has been developing low enrichment fuel systems encased in Al 6061 for use in research and test reactors. U–Mo alloys in contact with Al and Al alloys can undergo diffusional interactions that can result in the development of interdiffusion zones with complex fine-grained microstructures composed of multiple phases. A monolithic fuel currently being developed by the RERTR program has local regions where the U–Mo fuel plate is in contact with the Al 6061 cladding and, as a result, the program finds information about interdiffusion zone development at high temperatures of interest. In this study, the microstructural development of diffusion couples consisting of U-7wt.%Mo, U-10wt.%Mo, and U-12wt.%Mo vs. Al 6061 (or 6061 aluminum) cladding, annealed at 500, 550, 600 degrees C for 1, 5, 20, 24, or 132 hours, was analyzed by backscatter electron microscopy and x-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy on a scanning electron microscope. Concentration profiles were determined by standardized wavelength dispersive spectroscopy and standardless x-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy. The results of this work shows that the presence of surface layers at the U–Mo/Al 6061 interface can dramatically impact the overall interdiffusion behavior in terms of rate of interaction and uniformity of the developed interdiffusion zones. It further reveals that relatively uniform interaction layers with higher Si concentrations can develop in U–Mo/Al 6061 couples annealed at shorter times and that longer times at temperature result in the development of more non-uniform interaction layers with more areas that are enriched in Al. At longer annealing times and relatively high temperatures, U–Mo/Al 6061 couples can exhibit more interaction compared to U–Mo/pure Al couples. The minor alloying constituents in Al 6061 cladding can result in the development of many complex phases in the interaction layer of U

  4. RRR and thermal conductivity of Ag and Ag0.2wt%Mg alloy in Ag/Bi-2212 wires

    SciTech Connect

    Li, Pei; Ye, L.; Jiang. J., Jiang. J.; Shen, T.

    2015-08-19

    The residual resistivity ratio (RRR) and thermal conductivity of metal matrix in metal/superconductor composite wires are important parameters for designing superconducting magnets. However, the resistivity of silver in reacted Ag/Bi-2212 wires has yet to be determined over temperature range from 4.2 K to 80 K because Bi-2212 filaments have a critical transition temperature Tc of ~ 80 K, and because it is unknown whether the RRR of Ag/Bi-2212 degrades with Cu diffusing from Bi-2212 filaments into silver sheathes at elevated temperatures and to what degree it varies with heat treatment. We measured the resistivity of stand-alone Ag and AgMg (Ag-0.2wt%Mg) wires as well as the resistivity of Ag and Ag- 0.2wt%Mg in the state-of-the-art Ag/Bi-2212 round wires reacted in 1 bar oxygen at 890 °C for 1, 8, 24 and 48 hours and quickly cooled to room temperature. The heat treatment was designed to reduce the critical current Ic of Bi-2212 wires to nearly zero while allowing Cu loss to fully manifest itself. We determined that pure silver exhibits a RRR of ~ 220 while the oxide-dispersion strengthened AgMg exhibits a RRR of ~ 5 in stand-alone samples. A surprising result is that the RRR of silver in the composite round wires doesn’t degrade with extended time at 890 °C for up to 48 hours. This surprising result may be explained by our observation that the Cu that diffuses into the silver tends to form Cu2O precipitates in oxidizing atmosphere, instead of forming Ag-Cu solution alloy. We also measured the thermal conductivity and the magneto-resistivity of pure Ag and Ag-0.2 wt%Mg from 4.2 K to 300 K in magnetic fields up to 14.8 T and summarized them using a Kohler plot.

  5. Tempering and Precipitation Behavior of 7 Pct Cr-0.1 Pct V-0.06 Pct Nb-0.08 Pct N Steel

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    Tamura, M.; Nakamura, M.; Shinozuka, K.; Esaka, H.

    2008-05-01

    In order to clarify the tempering and precipitation behavior of carbon-free and nitrogen-bearing high-chromium martensitic steel, an experimental steel was newly designed and examined precisely. Tempering was performed at 650 °C to 800 °C for a maximum of 1000 hours. In addition to the general trend of recovery, discontinuous changes in hardness and bulk X-ray properties were observed during the tests. Fine particles of the NaCl type (MX) and coarse, platelike Cr2N particles containing small amounts of V and Nb were observed. The average chemical composition of MX changed from (Cr0.65V0.25Nb0.1)N to (Cr0.35V0.45Nb0.2)N, with the progress of tempering. Even after tempering at 750 °C for 1000 hours, the chemical composition of the MX was distributed widely around the average value. The size of the MX nitride gradually increased from 20 to 60 nm in 1000 hours at 750 °C, and the apparent time exponent was roughly 0.25. When the discontinuous changes in hardness were observed, the amount of both the MX and the Cr2N and the composition of the MX changed, discontinuously. This suggested that, accompanying the formation of subgrains during tempering, the particles precipitated on the boundaries repeatedly dissolved into the matrix, followed by reprecipitation.

  6. Evaluation of Primary Dendrite Arm Spacings from Aluminum-7wt% Silicon alloys Directionally Solidified aboard the International Space Station - Comparison with Theory

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    Angart, Samuel; Lauer, Mark; Poirier, David; Tewari, Surendra; Rajamure, Ravi; Grugel, Richard

    2015-01-01

    Aluminum – 7wt% silicon alloys were directionally solidified in the microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station as part of the “MIcrostructure Formation in CASTing of Technical Alloys under Diffusive and Magnetically Controlled Convective Conditions” (MICAST) European led program. Cross-sections of the sample during periods of steady-state growth were metallographically prepared from which the primary dendrite arm spacing (lambda 1) was measured. These spacings were found to be in reasonable agreement with the Hunt-Lu model which assumes a diffusion-controlled, convectionless, environment during controlled solidification. Deviation from the model was found and is attributed to gravity-independent thermocapillary convection where, over short distances, the liquid appears to have separated from the crucible wall.

  7. Improved optical and electrical properties of 200 MeV Ag{sup 15+} irradiated 3 wt% 'Li' doped MoO{sub 3} thin film

    SciTech Connect

    Kovendhan, M.; Mohan, R.; Joseph, D. Paul; Manimuthu, P.; Venkateswaran, C.; Sambasivam, S.; Singh, J. P.; Asokan, K.

    2013-02-05

    The lithium (3 wt%) doped MoO{sub 3} thin film was prepared by spray deposition onto ITO substrate at 325 Degree-Sign C. The film of thickness 577 nm was irradiated with 200 MeV Ag{sup 15+} ion beams at a fluence of 5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 12} ions/cm{sup 2}. The XRD pattern confirmed that the pristine film is polycrystalline with orthorhombic symmetry. Upon irradiation, the film turned amorphous. The sharp Raman peak in pristine film at 993 cm{sup -1} is due to the terminal oxygen of {alpha}-MoO{sub 3} phase. Optical transparency of the film increased upon irradiation. Large red shift was observed in both direct and indirect band gaps. Electrical transport property study shows that the carrier concentration increased by one order for the irradiated film.

  8. Measurements of fuel pin/water hole worths and power peaking, void coefficients, and temperature coefficients for 4. 81 wt% enriched UO[sub 2] fuel rods

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    Harris, D.R.; Rohr, R.R.; Angelo, P.L.; Patrou, N.T.; Buckwheat, K.W.; Hayes, D.K.

    1990-01-01

    The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute reactor critical facility is currently the only facility in North America providing critical measurement data in support of the light water reactor electric power industry. The reactor is fueled by 4.81 wt% [sup 235]U enriched UO[sub 2] high-density pellets in stainless steel clad fuel rods at the present time, although experiments with other fuels are being analyzed. The fuel pins are supported by inexpensive stainless steel lattice plates in a large open water tank. Three sets of lattice plates have been fabricated for fuel pins in square array with pitches 0.585, 0.613, and 0.640 in. (1.486, 0.613, and 1.656 cm, respectively) to provide a relevant range of water-to-fuel volume ratios. The measurements reported here are for the first of these, a relatively tight lattice of considerable interest for reactor physics methods for advanced fuels and reactors.

  9. Effect of traveling magnetic field on solute distribution and dendritic growth in unidirectionally solidifying Sn-50 wt%Pb alloy: An in situ observation

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    Cao, Fei; Yang, Fenfen; Kang, Huijun; Zou, Cunlei; Xiao, Tiqiao; Huang, Wanxia; Wang, Tongmin

    2016-09-01

    Synchrotron X-ray radiography was used to in situ study the solute distribution and the dendritic growth during the bottom-up solidification of Sn-50 wt%Pb alloy under a traveling magnetic field (TMF) for the first time. The buoyance driven evolution and motion of the plumes containing Sn-rich melt are directly observed in the solidification front before the application of TMF. A forced melt flow from left to right is induced with the application of TMF, which results in the redistribution of the solute concentration (facilitate the solute transportation and reduce the local fluctuations considerably) and the change of the dendrite morphologies (promote/suppress the growth of the secondary arms, remelting and fragmentation of dendrites). Meanwhile, the concentration variations of Sn around the solidification front are quantitatively analyzed through the extraction of gray level from sequenced X-ray images.

  10. Project W-314 acceptance test report HNF-4647 for HNF-4646 241-B pit leak detection ANB-WT-LDSTA-231 for project W-314

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    HAMMERS, J.S.

    1999-09-30

    The purpose of the test was to verify that the AN Tank Farm B Pit Leak Detector components are functionally integrated and operate in accordance with engineering design specifications. The Acceptance Test Procedure HNF-4646,241-AN-B-Pit Leak Detection ANB-WT-LDSTA-231 was conducted between 26 June and 02 July 1999 at the 200E AN Tank Farm. The test has been completed with no open test exceptions. The test was conducted prior to final engineering ''as built'' activities being completed this had no impact on the procedure or test results. All components, identified in the procedure were found to be labeled and identified as written in the procedure.

  11. Formation of delta ferrite in 9 wt.% Cr steel investigated by in-situ X-ray diffraction using synchrotron radiation

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    Mayr, Peter; Palmer, T. A.; Elmer, J. W.; Specht, Eliot D; Allen, S M

    2010-01-01

    In situ X-ray diffraction measurements using high energy synchrotron radiation were performed to monitor in real time the formation of delta ferrite in a martensitic 9 wt.% chromium steel under simulated weld thermal cycles. Volume fractions of martensite, austenite and delta ferrite were measured as a function of temperature at a 10 C s-1 heating rate to 1300 C and subsequent cooling to room temperature. At the peak temperature, the delta ferrite concentration rose to a level of 19%, of which 17% transformed back to austenite on subsequent cooling. The final microstructure after this single thermal cycle consisted of newly formed martensite with 4% of retained austenite and 2% of retained delta ferrite.

  12. Effects of Thermally Sprayed Aluminum Coating on the Corrosion Fatigue Behavior of X80 Steel in 3.5 wt.% NaCl

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    Zhao, Weimin; Zhang, Timing; Xin, Ruofei; Wang, Manman; Ai, Hua; Sun, Jianbo; Wang, Yong

    2015-08-01

    Corrosion fatigue and fatigue crack propagation experiments were conducted using X80 steel (with and without aluminum coating) in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution. Results show that the aluminum coating could significantly improve the corrosion fatigue life of the steel substrate, and that this influence would be enhanced by decreasing the applied stress. However, the crack growth rate of the aluminum-coated X80 steel was slightly higher than that of bare X80 steel. Therefore, the presence of aluminum coating extends the crack initiation stage, and the inhibiting effect of aluminum coating on crack initiation outweighs its promotion of crack propagation. The acting mechanisms of the aluminum coating on crack initiation and propagation were discussed.

  13. Atom-probe investigation of a micro-crack associated with hydrogen in a Fe-Ti alloy. [Fe-0. 29 wt % Ti

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    Kuk, Y.; Sakurai, T.; Pickering, H. W.

    1980-01-01

    We have for the first time witnessed the formation of a micro-crack and its development into a fracture using field ion microscopy. The crack initiated at a grain boundary intersection and propagated mainly, though not entirely, along the grain boundary. Compositional analysis at a hydrogen-produced micro-crack in a Fe-0.29 wt % Ti alloy by the high-performance time-of-fight atom-probe showed a large amount of hydrogen at the crack (H and H/sub 2/) and iron-hydrides (FeH, FeH/sub 2/). In contrast, hydrogen in any form is rarely found in other surface areas, or in the bulk.

  14. Electrochemical Corrosion Behavior of Magnetron-Sputtered Al-Mo Gradient-Coated Steel in 3.5 wt.% NaCl Solution

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    Venugopal, A.; Narayanan, P. Ramesh; Sharma, S. C.; George, Koshy M.

    2016-03-01

    A gradient three-layer Al-Mo coating was deposited on steel using magnetron sputtering method. The corrosion properties of the coating were studied in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution using electrochemical techniques, whereas the hydrogen-induced cracking (HIC) resistance was examined by constant-load tests using notched tensile specimens. These results were compared with conventional electroplated cadmium-coated steel. The results show that the gradient Al-Mo coating exhibits better corrosion and HIC resistance when compared to electroplated cadmium. This was due to the excellent corrosion resistance of the bottom aluminum-rich layer, while the top Mo-rich layer provided good lubrication properties.

  15. Microstructural Evolution and Structure-Hardness Relationship in an Al-4wt.%Mg Alloy Processed by High-Pressure Torsion

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    Yang, Xiaohui; Yi, Jianhong; Ni, Song; Du, Yong; Song, Min

    2016-05-01

    Coarse-grained Al-4wt.%Mg alloy with high stacking fault energy was deformed by high-pressure torsion (HPT) at room temperature. The HPT-induced grain refinement process of the alloy can be clarified as follows: (1) the randomly distributed dislocations firstly interact and rearrange to form dislocation cells; (2) with increasing the strain, these cell boundaries transform to small-angle grain boundaries that act as the dislocation sources, and therefore Shockley partial dislocations on the glide plane (111) can be easily emitted to accommodate plastic deformation; (3) along with the partial dislocations emission from low angle grain boundaries, the low angle grain boundaries gradually transform into the high angle grain boundaries. The relationship between the microstructural evolution and hardness was also investigated. It has been shown that the relationship between grain size and hardness deviates from the Hall-Petch linear relationship.

  16. A TEM study of the crystallography and interphase boundary structure of [alpha] precipitates in a Zr-2. 5 wt% Nb alloy

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    Zhang, W.Z.; Purdy, G.R. . Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering)

    1993-02-01

    The crystallography and the interfacial structure of [alpha] precipitates (h.c.p.) and [beta] matrix (b.c.c.) boundaries in a Zr-2.5 wt% Nb alloy have been studied using TEM. The orientation relationship was found to deviate slightly from the ideal Burgers orientation relationship. The habit plane of precipitates has been determined, and found to be normal to some particular [bold [Delta]g]s. The habit plane is characterized by a single set of misfit dislocations, about 10 nm apart, parallel to the long axis of the [alpha] plate. The Burgers vector of these dislocations, as determined by [bold g[center dot]b] contrast analysis, is [0 1 0] with respect to [beta] phase. The experimental observations are discussed in terms of an invariant line strain and the condition of optimal atomic matching in the habit plane as proposed in a recently-developed model. The observations tend to support the predictions of the model.

  17. Project W-314 updated acceptance test report HNF-4649 for HNF-4648 241-AN-A pit leak detection ANA-WT-LDSTA-331 for project W-314

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    HAMMERS, J.S.

    1999-09-30

    The purpose of the test was to verify that the AN Tank Farm AN-A Pit Leak Detector components are functionally integrated and operate in accordance with engineering design specifications. The Acceptance Test Procedure HNF-4648,24l-AN-A-Pit Leak Detection ANA-WT-LDSTA-331 was conducted between 23 June and 01 July 1999 at the 200E AN Tank Farm. The test has been completed with no open test exceptions. The test was conducted prior to final engineering ''as built'' activities being completed this had no impact on the procedure or test results. All components, identified in the procedure were found to be labeled and identified as written in the procedure.

  18. Critical experiments with 4. 31 wt % /sup 235/U-enriched UO/sub 2/ rods in highly borated water lattices

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    Durst, B.M.; Bierman, S.R.; Clayton, E.D.

    1982-08-01

    A series of critical experiments were performed with 4.31 wt % /sup 235/U enriched UO/sub 2/ fuel rods immersed in water containing various concentrations of boron ranging up to 2.55 g/l. The boron was added in the form of boric acid (H/sub 3/BO/sub 3/). Critical experimental data were obtained for two different lattice pitches wherein the water-to-uranium oxide volume ratios were 1.59 and 1.09. The experiments provide benchmarks on heavily borated systems for use in validating calculational techniques employed in analyzing fuel shipping casks and spent fuel storage systems that may utilize boron for criticality control.

  19. Deformation and Tensile Cyclic Fatigue of Plasma-Sprayed ZrO2-8wt% Y2O3 Thermal Barrier Coatings

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    Choi, Sung R.; Zhu, Dong-Ming; Miller, Robert A.

    2001-01-01

    Deformation (constitutive relations) of free-standing, thick thermal barrier coatings of sprayed ZrO2-8Wt% Y2O3 was determined at ambient temperature in both pure tension and pure compression using cylindrical bar test specimens. The material exhibited both significant nonlinearity and hysteresis in its load-strain curves, The load-strain relations in four-point uniaxial flexure were determined from tension and compression sides and were compared with individual pure tension and compression constitutive data. Effect of sintering on deformation behavior was significant, resulting in a dramatic change in constitutive relation. Cyclic fatigue testing of the coating material in tension-tension at room temperature showed an insignificant susceptibility to fatigue, similar to the slow crack growth behavior of the material in flexure in 800 C air.

  20. A genome-wide association study identifies WT1 variant with better response to 5-fluorouracil, pirarubicin and cyclophosphamide neoadjuvant chemotherapy in breast cancer patients

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    Zhang, Hong; Ouyang, Tao; Li, Jinfeng; Wang, Tianfeng; Fan, Zhaoqing; Fan, Tie; Lin, Benyao; Yin, C. Cameron; Xie, Yuntao

    2016-01-01

    Breast cancer is believed to result from the interplay of genetic and non-genetic risk factors, and individual genetic variation may influence the efficacy of chemotherapy. Here we conducted a genome-wide association study to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with response to anthracycline- and taxane-based neoadjuvant chemotherapy in breast cancer patients. In the discovery stage, we divided 92 patients who received anthracycline-based neoadjuvant chemotherapy into 2 groups according to pathologic response and performed a genome-wide study using Affymetrix SNP6.0 genechip. Of 389,795 SNPs associated with pathologic complete response (pCR), we identified 2 SNPs, rs6044100 and rs1799937, that were significantly associated with pCR after neoadjuvant chemotherapy. In the validation stage, genotype analysis of samples from an independent cohort of 401 patients who received anthracycline-based neoadjuvant regimens and 467 patients who received taxane-based regimens was performed using sequencing analysis. We found that only SNP rs1799937, located in the WT1 gene, was associated with pCR after anthracycline-based neoadjuvant therapy (AA vs GG; odds ratio [OR], 2.81; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.13–6.98; P < 0.05) but not after taxane-based neoadjuvant therapy (AA vs GG; OR, 0.85; 95% CI, 0.36–2.04; P = 0.72). These results suggest that WT1 may be a potential target of anthracycline-based neoadjuvant therapy for breast cancer. PMID:26573232