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  1. Effects of proton exposure on aluminized Teflon FEP film degradation

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    Li, Chun-dong; Yang, De-zhuang; He, Shi-yu

    2005-06-01

    Aluminized Teflon FEP films have been widely used on the exterior surfaces of spacecrafts. Under the radiation exposure of charged particles in the Earth radiation belt, Teflon FEP film could be deteriorated. In order to reveal the deterioration mechanism, effects of proton radiation on optical properties and microstructure of the Teflon FEP film were investigated. The energy of protons was chosen as 50 keV, and the flux was ϕ = 5 × 10 11 cm -2 s -1. The spectral reflectance ρλ of specimens before and after radiation exposure was measured in-situ in the wavelength region of 200-2500 nm. Experimental results showed that the proton exposure resulted in forming an absorption band in the wavelength region of 280-600 nm. XPS analysis demonstrated that the proton bombard went expelled fluorine atoms from the main-chains and activated the macromolecules in the surface layer of the Teflon FEP films, leading to formation of various active radicals and free carbon atoms. Some functional groups were also generated due to the implantation effect of the protons. The in-situ analysis of mass spectroscopy revealed that during the proton irradiation, a large amount of CF 3 free radicals were preferentially formed and readily outgassed from the film surface.

  2. Ground Laboratory Soft X-Ray Durability Evaluation of Aluminized Teflon FEP Thermal Control Insulation. Revised

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    Banks, Bruce A.; deGroh, Kim K.; Stueber, Thomas J.; Sechkar, Edward A.; Hall, Rachelle L.

    1998-01-01

    Metallized Teflon fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) thermal control insulation is mechanically degraded if exposed to a sufficient fluence of soft x-ray radiation. Soft x-ray photons (4-8 A in wavelength or 1.55 - 3.2 keV) emitted during solar flares have been proposed as a cause of mechanical properties degradation of aluminized Teflon FEP thermal control insulation on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Such degradation can be characterized by a reduction in elongation-to-failure of the Teflon FEP. Ground laboratory soft x-ray exposure tests of aluminized Teflon FEP were conducted to assess the degree of elongation degradation which would occur as a result of exposure to soft x-rays in the range of 3-10 keV. Tests results indicate that soft x-ray exposure in the 3-10 keV range, at mission fluence levels, does not alone cause the observed reduction in elongation of flight retrieved samples. The soft x-ray exposure facility design, mechanical properties degradation results and implications will be presented.

  3. Ground Laboratory Soft X-Ray Durability Evaluation of Aluminized Teflon FEP Thermal Control Insulation

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    Banks, Bruce A.; deGroh, Kim K.; Stueber, Thomas J.; Sechkar, Edward A.

    1998-01-01

    Metallized Teflon fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) thermal control insulation is mechanically degraded if exposed to a sufficient fluence of soft x-ray radiation. Soft x-ray photons (4-8 A in wavelength or 1.55 - 3.2 keV) emitted during solar flares have been proposed as a cause of mechanical properties degradation of aluminized Teflon FEP thermal control insulation on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Such degradation can be characterized by a reduction in elongation-to-failure of the Teflon FER Ground laboratory soft x-ray exposure tests of aluminized Teflon FEP were conducted to assess the degree of elongation degradation which would occur as a result of exposure to soft x-rays in the range of 3-10 keV. Tests results indicate that soft x-ray exposure in the 3-10 keV range, at mission fluence levels, does not alone cause the observed reduction in elongation of flight retrieved samples. The soft x-ray exposure facility design, mechanical properties degradation results and implications will be presented.

  4. Synchrontron VUV and Soft X-Ray Radiation Effects on Aluminized Teflon FEP

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    Dever, Joyce A.; Townsend, Jacqueline A.; Gaier, James R.; Jalics, Alice I.

    1998-01-01

    Surfaces of the aluminized Teflon FEP multi-layer thermal insulation on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) were found to be cracked and curled in some areas at the time of the second servicing, mission in February 1997, 6.8 years after HST was deployed in low Earth orbit (LEO). As part of a test program to assess environmental conditions which would produce embrittlement sufficient to cause cracking of Teflon on HST, samples of Teflon FEP with a backside layer of vapor deposited aluminum were exposed to vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) and soft x-ray radiation of various energies using facilities at the National Synchrotron Light Source. Brookhaven National Laboratory. Samples were exposed to synchrotron radiation of narrow energy bands centered on energies between 69 eV and 1900 eV. Samples were analyzed for ultimate tensile strength and elongation. Results will be compared to those of aluminized Teflon FEP retrieved from HST after 3.6 years and 6.8 years on orbit and will he referenced to estimated HST mission doses of VUV and soft x-ray radiation.

  5. Effect of X-Rays on the Mechanical Properties of Aluminized FEP Teflon(trademark)

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    Gaier, James R.; Brinkmeier, Michael R.; Gaier, Elizabeth M.

    1999-01-01

    Pieces of the multilayer insulation (MLI) that is integral to the thermal control of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) have been returned by two servicing missions after 3.6 and 6.8 years in orbit. They reveal that the outer layer, which is made from 5 mil (0.13 mm) thick aluminized fluorinated ethylenepropylene (FEP) Teflon. has become severely embrittled. Although possible agents of this embrittlement include electromagnetic radiation across the entire solar spectrum, trapped particle radiation, atomic oxygen, and thermal cycling, intensive investigations have not yielded unambiguous causes. Previous studies utilizing monoenergetic photons in the 69-1900 eV range did not cause significant embrittlement, even at much higher doses than were experienced by the HST MLI. Neither did x-rays in the 3 to 10 keV range generated in a modified electron bean evaporator. An antidotal aluminized FEP sample that was exposed to an intensive dose from unfiltered Mo x-ray radiation from a rotating anode generator, however, did show the requisite embrittlement. Thus, a study was undertaken to determine the effects of x-ray exposure on the embrittlement of aluminized FEP in hopes that it might elucidate the HST MLI degradation mechanism. Tensile specimens of aluminized 5 mil thick FEP were exposed to a constant fluence of unfiltered x-ray radiation from a Mo target whose maximum energy ranged from 20-60 kV. Other samples were annealed, thermally cycled (100x) between 77-333 K, or cycled and irradiated. Tensile tests and density measurements were then performed on the samples. Only the samples which had been irradiated had the drastically reduced elongation-to-break, characteristic of the HST samples. Thermal cycling may accelerate the embrittlement, but the effect was near the scatter in the measurements. Annealing and thermal cycling had no apparent effect. Only the samples which had been irradiated and annealed showed significant density increases, likely implicating polymer chain

  6. Effect of X-Rays on the Mechanical Properties of Aluminized FEP Teflon(R)

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    Gaier, James R.; Brinkmeier, Michael R.; Gaier, Elizabeth M.

    1998-01-01

    Pieces of the multilayer insulation (MLI) that is integral to the thermal control of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) have been returned by two servicing missions after 3.6 and 6.8 years in orbit. They reveal that the outer layer, which is made from 5 mil (0.13 mm)thick aluminized fluorinated ethylene propylene(FEP) Teflon(R), has become severely embrittled. Although possible agents of this embrittlement include electromagnetic radiation across the entire solar spectrum, trapped particle radiation, atomic oxygen, and thermal cycling, intensive investigations have not yielded unambiguous causes. Previous studies utilizing monoenergetic photons in the 69-1900 eV range did not cause significant embrittlement, even at much higher doses than were experienced by the HST MLI. Neither did x-rays in the 3 to 10 keV range generated in a modified electron beam evaporator. An antidotal aluminized FEP sample that was exposed to an intensive dose from unfiltered Mo x-ray radiation from a rotating anode generator, however, did show the requisite embrittlement. Thus, a study was undertaken to determine the effects of x-ray exposure on the embrittlement of aluminized FEP in hopes that it might elucidate the HST MLI degradation mechanism. Tensile specimens of aluminized 5 mil thick FEP were exposed to a constant fluence of unfiltered x-ray radiation from a Mo target whose maximum energy ranged from 20-60 kV. Other samples were annealed, thermally cycled (100x) between 77-333 K, or cycled and irradiated. Tensile tests and density measurements were then performed on the samples. Only the samples which had been irradiated had the drastically reduced elongation-to-break, characteristic of the HST samples. Thermal cycling may accelerate the embrittlement, but the effect was near the scatter in the measurements. Annealing and thermal cycling had no apparent effect. Only the samples which had been irradiated and annealed showed significant density increases, likely implicating polymer

  7. Synchrotron Vacuum Ultraviolet Light and Soft X-Ray Radiation Effects on Aluminized Teflon FEP Investigated

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    Dever, Joyce A.; Townsend, Jacqueline A.; Gaier, James R.; Jalics, Alice I.

    1999-01-01

    Since the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was deployed in low Earth orbit in April 1990, two servicing missions have been conducted to upgrade its scientific capabilities. Minor cracking of second-surface metalized Teflon FEP (DuPont; fluorinated ethylene propylene) surfaces from multilayer insulation (MLI) was first observed upon close examination of samples with high solar exposure retrieved during the first servicing mission, which was conducted 3.6 years after deployment. During the second HST servicing mission, 6.8 years after deployment, astronaut observations and photographic documentation revealed significant cracks in the Teflon FEP layer of the MLI on both the solar- and anti-solar-facing surfaces of the telescope. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center directed the efforts of the Hubble Space Telescope MLI Failure Review Board, whose goals included identifying the low-Earth-orbit environmental constituent(s) responsible for the cracking and embrittling of Teflon FEP which was observed during the second servicing mission. The NASA Lewis Research Center provided significant support to this effort. Because soft x-ray radiation from solar flares had been considered as a possible cause for the degradation of the mechanical properties of Teflon FEP (ref. 1), the effects of soft xray radiation and vacuum ultraviolet light on Teflon FEP were investigated. In this Lewisled effort, samples of Teflon FEP with a 100-nm layer of vapor-deposited aluminum (VDA) on the backside were exposed to synchrotron radiation of various vacuum ultraviolet and soft x-ray wavelengths between 18 nm (69 eV) and 0.65 nm (1900 eV). Synchrotron radiation exposures were conducted using the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Samples of FEP/VDA were exposed with the FEP surface facing the synchrotron beam. Doses and fluences were compared with those estimated for the 20-yr Hubble Space Telescope mission.

  8. On-Orbit Teflon FEP Degradation

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    Townsend, Jacqueline A.; Hansen, Patricia A.; Dever, Joyce A.

    1998-01-01

    During the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Second Servicing Mission (SM2), degradation of unsupported Teflon' FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene), used as the outer layer of the multi-layer insulation (MLI) blankets, was evident as large cracks on the telescope light shield. A sample of the degraded outer layer was retrieved during the mission and returned to Earth for ground testing and evaluation. The results of the Teflon FEP sample evaluation and additional testing of pristine Teflon FEP led the investigative team to theorize that the HST damage was caused by thermal cycling with deep-layer damage from electron and proton radiation which allowed the propagation of cracks along stress concentrations, and that the damage increased with the combined total dose of electrons, protons, LTV and x-rays along with thermal cycling. This paper discusses the testing and evaluation of the Teflon FEP.

  9. Investigation of Teflon FEP Embrittlement on Spacecraft in Low-Earth Orbit

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    deGroh, Kim K.; Banks, Bruce A.

    1997-01-01

    Teflon fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) (DuPont) is commonly used on exterior spacecraft surfaces for thermal control in the low-Earth orbit environment. Silverized or aluminized Teflon FEP is used for the outer layers of the thermal control blanket because of its high reflectance, low solar absorptance, and high thermal emittance. Teflon FEP is also desirable because, compared with other spacecraft polymers (such as Kapton), it has relatively high resistance to atomic oxygen erosion. Because of its comparably low atomic oxygen erosion yield, Teflon FEP has been used unprotected in the space environment. Samples of Teflon FEP from the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) and the Hubble Space Telescope (retrieved during its first servicing mission) were evaluated for solar-induced embrittlement and for synergistic effects of solar degradation and atomic oxygen.

  10. Investigation of Teflon FEP embrittlement on spacecraft in low earth orbit

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    deGroh, Kim K.; Smith, Daniela C.

    1997-01-01

    Teflon(TM) fluorinated ethylene-propylene (FEP) is used on the exterior of spacecraft surfaces in the low earth orbit environment for thermal control. Silverized or aluminized Teflon(TM) FEP used in the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) provided evidence of the low earth orbit environments. Samples from the LDEF and HST were evaluated for solar induced embrittlement and for synergistic effects of solar degradation and atomic oxygen.

  11. Atomic oxygen interactions with FEP Teflon and silicones on LDEF

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    Banks, Bruce A.; Gebauer, Linda

    1991-01-01

    The Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) spacecraft represents the first controlled unidirectional exposure of high-fluence atomic oxygen on fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP Teflon) and silicones. The atomic oxygen erosion yield for FEP Teflon was found to be significantly in excess of previous low fluence orbital data and is an order of magnitude below that of polyimide Kapton. LDEF FEP Teflon erosion yield data as a function of angle of attack is presented. Atomic oxygen interaction with silicon polymers results in crazing of the silicones as well as deposition of dark contaminant oxidation products on adjoining surfaces. Documentation of results and possible mechanistic explanations are presented.

  12. Atomic oxygen interactions with FEP Teflon and silicones on LDEF

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    Banks, Bruce A.; Gebauer, Linda

    1991-01-01

    The Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) spacecraft represents the first controlled unidirectional exposure of high-fluence atomic oxygen on fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP Teflon) and silicones. The atomic oxygen erosion yield for FEP Teflon was found to be significantly in excess of previous low fluence orbital data and is an order of magnitude below that of polyimide Kapton. LDEF FEP Teflon erosion yield data as a function of angle of attack is presented. Atomic oxygen interaction with silicon polymers results in crazing of the silicones as well as deposition of dark contaminant oxidation products on adjoining surfaces. Documentation of results and possible mechanistic explanations are presented.

  13. On-Orbit Teflon(trademark) FEP Degradation

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    Townsend, Jacqueline; Hansen, Patricia A.; Dever, Joyce A.

    1999-01-01

    During the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Second Servicing Mission (SM2), degradation of unsupported Teflon(trademark) FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene), used as the outer layer of the multi-layer insulation (MLI) blankets, was evident as large cracks on the telescope light shield. A sample of the degraded outer layer was retrieved during the mission and returned to Earth for ground testing and evaluation. The results of the Teflon(trademark) FEP sample evaluation and additional testing of pristine Teflon FEP led the investigative team to theorize that the HST damage was caused by thermal cycling with deep-layer damage from electron and proton radiation which allowed the propagation of cracks along stress concentrations, and that the damage increased with the combined total dose of electrons, protons, UV and x-rays along with thermal cycling. This paper discusses the testing and evaluation of the Teflon(trademark) FEP.

  14. On-Orbit Teflon(trademark) FEP Degradation

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    Townsend, Jacqueline A.; Hansen, Patricia A.; Dever, Joyce A.

    1998-01-01

    During the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Second Servicing Mission (SM2), degradation of unsupported Teflon(trademark) FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene), used as the outer layer of the multi-layer insulation (MLI) blankets, was evident as large cracks on the telescope light shield. A sample of the degraded outer layer was retrieved during the mission and returned to Earth for ground testing and evaluation. The results of the Teflon(trademark) FEP sample evaluation and additional testing of pristine Teflon(trademark) FEP led the investigative team to theorize that the HST damage was caused by thermal cycling with deep-layer damage from electron and proton radiation which allowed the propagation of cracks along stress concentrations, and that the damage increased with the combined total dose of electrons, protons, UV and x-rays along with thermal cycling. This paper discusses the testing and evaluation of the Teflon(trademark) FEP.

  15. On-Orbit Teflon(R) FEP Degradation

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    Townsend, Jacqueline A.; Hansen, Patricia A.; Dever, Joyce A.

    1998-01-01

    During the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Second Servicing Mission (SM2), degradation of unsupported Teflon(R) FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene), used as the outer layer of the multi-layer insulation (MLI) blankets, was evident as large cracks on the telescope light shield. A sample of the degraded outer layer was retrieved during the mission and returned to Earth for ground testing and evaluation. The results of the Teflon(R) FEP sample evaluation and additional testing of pristine Teflon(R) FEP led the investigative team to theorize that the HST damage was caused by thermal cycling with deep-layer damage from electron and proton radiation which allowed the propagation of cracks along stress concentrations, and that the damage increased with the combined total dose of electrons, protons, UV and x-rays along with thermal cycling. This paper discusses the testing and evaluation of the Teflon(R) FEP.

  16. On-Orbit Teflon(R) FEP Degradation

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    Townsend, Jacqueline A.; Hansen, Patricia A.; Dever, Joyce A.

    1998-01-01

    During the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Second Servicing Mission (SM2), degradation of unsupported Teflon(R) FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene), used as the outer layer of the multi-layer insulation (MLI) blankets, was evident as large cracks on the telescope light shield. A sample of the degraded outer layer was retrieved during the mission and returned to Earth for ground testing and evaluation. The results of the Teflon(R) FEP sample evaluation and additional testing of pristine Teflon(R) FEP led the investigative team to theorize that the HST damage was caused by thermal cycling with deep-layer damage from electron and proton radiation which allowed the propagation of cracks along stress concentrations, and that the damage increased with the combined total dose of electrons, protons, UV and x-rays along with thermal cycling. This paper discusses the testing and evaluation of the Teflon(R) FEP.

  17. Physical and Thermal Properties Evaluated of Teflon FEP Retrieved From the Hubble Space Telescope During Three Servicing Missions

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    Dever, Joyce A.; deGroh, Kim, K.; Sutter, James K.; Gaier, James R.; Messer, Russell, K.; Scheiman, Daniel A.; McClendon, Mark W.; Viens, Michael J.; Wang, L. Len; He, Charles C.; hide

    2002-01-01

    Mechanical properties of aluminized Teflon fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) thermal control materials on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) exposed to low Earth orbit for up to 9.7 years have significantly degraded, with extensive cracking occurring on orbit. The NASA Glenn Research Center and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center have collaborated on analyzing the physical and thermal properties of aluminized FEP (FEP-Al, DuPont) materials retrieved in December 1999 during HST's third servicing mission (SM3A). Comparisons have been made to properties of FEP-Al retrieved during the first and second HST servicing missions, SM1 and SM2, in order to determine degradation processes for FEP on HST.

  18. Atomic oxygen interactions with FEP Teflon and silicones on LDEF

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    Banks, Bruce A.; Dever, Joyce A.; Gebauer, Linda; Hill, Carol M.

    1992-01-01

    The Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) spacecraft has enabled the measurement of the effects of fixed orientation exposure of high fluence atomic oxygen on fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP Teflon) and silicones. The atomic oxygen erosion yield for the FEP Teflon was found to be 3.64 x 10(exp -25) cm(exp 3)/atom. This erosion yield is significantly higher than that measured from previous low fluence orbital data. The FEP Teflon erosion yield was found to have the same dependence on oxygen arrival angle as Kapton and Mylar. Atomic oxygen interaction with silicon polymers results in the crazing of silicon. Released silicone contaminants were found to darken upon further atomic oxygen exposure.

  19. Atomic oxygen interactions with FEP Teflon and silicones on LDEF

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    Banks, Bruce A.; Dever, Joyce A.; Gebauer, Linda; Hill, Carol M.

    1992-01-01

    The Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) spacecraft has enabled the measurement of the effects of fixed orientation exposure of high fluence atomic oxygen on fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP Teflon) and silicones. The atomic oxygen erosion yield for the FEP Teflon was found to be 3.64 x 10(exp -25) cm(exp 3)/atom. This erosion yield is significantly higher than that measured from previous low fluence orbital data. The FEP Teflon erosion yield was found to have the same dependence on oxygen arrival angle as Kapton and Mylar. Atomic oxygen interaction with silicon polymers results in the crazing of silicon. Released silicone contaminants were found to darken upon further atomic oxygen exposure.

  20. Soft X-Ray Exposure Testing of FEP Teflon for the Hubble Space Telescope

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    deGroh, Kim K.

    1998-01-01

    The FEP Teflon (DuPont) multilayer insulation (MLI) thermal-control blanket material on the Hubble Space Telescope is degrading in the space environment. During the first Hubble servicing mission in 1993, after 3.6 years in low Earth orbit, aluminized and silvered FEP Teflon MLI thermal-control blanket materials were retrieved. These materials have been jointly analyzed by the NASA Lewis Research Center and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for degradation induced in the space environment (ref. 1). Solar-facing blanket materials were found to be embrittled with through-the-thickness cracking in the 5-mil FEP. During the second Hubble servicing mission in 1997, astronauts noticed that several blankets had large areas with tears. The torn FEP was curled up in some areas, exposing the underlying materials to the space environment. This tearing problem, and the associated curling up of torn areas, could lead to over-heating of the telescope and to particulate contamination. A Hubble Space Telescope MLI Failure Review Board was assembled by Goddard to investigate and identify the degradation mechanism of the FEP, to identify and characterize replacement materials, and to estimate the extent of damage at the time of the third servicing mission in 1999. A small piece of FEP retrieved during the second servicing mission is being evaluated by this failure review board along with materials from the first servicing mission. Since the first servicing mission, and as part of the failure review board, Lewis has been exposing FEP to soft x-rays to help determine the damage mechanisms of FEP in the space environment. Soft x-rays, which can penetrate into the bulk of FEP, are generated during solar flares and appear to be contributing to the degradation of the Hubble MLI.

  1. The Effect of Heating on the Degradation of Ground Laboratory and Space Irradiated Teflon(r) FEP

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    deGroh, Kim K.; Martin, Morgana

    2002-01-01

    The outer most layer of the multilayer insulation (MLI) blankets on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is back surface aluminized Teflon(R) FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene). As seen by data collected after each of the three servicing missions and as observed during the second servicing mission (SM2), the FEP has become embrittled in the space environment, leading to degradation of the mechanical properties and severe on-orbit cracking of the FEP. During SM2, a sample of aluminized-FEP was retrieved from HST that had cracked and curled, exposing its aluminum backside to space. Because of the difference in optical properties between FEP and aluminum, this insulation piece reached 200 C on-orbit, which is significantly higher than the nominal MLI temperature extreme of 50 C. This piece was more brittle than other retrieved material from the first and third servicing missions (SM1 and SM3A, respectively). Due to this observation and the fact that Teflon thermal shields on the solar array bi-stems were heated on-orbit to 130 C, experiments have been conducted to determine the effect of heating on the degradation of FEP that has been irradiated in a ground laboratory facility or in space on HST. Teflon FEP samples were X-ray irradiated in a high vacuum facility in order to simulate the damage caused by radiation in the space environment. Samples of pristine FEP, X-ray irradiated FEP and FEP retrieved from the HST during SM3A were heat treated from 50 to 200 C at 25 intervals in a high vacuum facility and then tensile tested. In addition, samples were tested in a density gradient column to determine the effect of the radiation and heating on the density of FEP. Results indicate that although heating does not degrade the tensile properties of non-irradiated Teflon, there is a significant dependence of the percent elongation at failure of irradiated Teflon as a function of heating temperature. Irradiated Teflon was found to undergo increasing degradation in the elongation

  2. Negative streamer development in FEP teflon

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    Beers, B. L.; Pine, V. W.; Hwang, H. C.; Bloomberg, H. W.

    1979-01-01

    A computational model is developed which describes the evolution and propagation of an ionizing front (negative streamer) in solid materials. The ionization front consists of drifting avalanching electrons moving self-consistently under the influence of their own space-charge field together with an applied external field. The required input information for the model consists of the functional dependence of the macroscopic transport coefficients on the local electric field, the initial conditions for beginning the calculation, and the strength of the applied field. A computational approach for specifying the transport coefficients and initional conditions is also described. The approach has been implemented by constructing three computer codes which sequentially interface, beginning with single electron scattering, and ending with streamer development. Computational results are presented for model calculations in Teflon. The overall model is perceived to provide a picture of the initiation phase of a propagating discharge in electron-irradiated dielectrics.

  3. Investigation of Teflon FEP Embrittlement on Spacecraft in Low Earth Orbit

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    deGroh, Kim K.; Smith, Daniela C.

    1997-01-01

    Teflon(registered trademark) FEP (fluorinated ethylene-propylene) is commonly used on exterior spacecraft surfaces in the low Earth orbit (LEO) environment for thermal control. Silverized or aluminized FEP is used for the outer layer of thermal control blankets because of its low solar absorptance and high thermal emittance. FEP is also preferred over other spacecraft polymers because of its relatively high resistance to atomic oxygen erosion. Because of its low atomic oxygen erosion yield, FEP has not been protected in the space environment. Recent, long term space exposures such as on the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF, 5.8 years in space), and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST, after 3.6 years in space) have provided evidence of LEO environmental degradation of FEP. These exposures provide unique opportunities for studying environmental degradation because of the long durations and the different conditions (such as differences in altitude) of the exposures. Samples of FEP from LDEF and from HST (retrieved during its first servicing mission) have been evaluated for solar induced embrittlement and for synergistic effects of solar degradation and atomic oxygen. Micro-indenter results indicate that the surface hardness increased as the ratio of atomic oxygen fluence to solar fluence decreased for the LDEF samples. FEP multilayer insulation (MLI) retrieved from HST provided evidence of severe embrittlement on solar facing surfaces. Micro-indenter measurements indicated higher surface hardness values for these samples than LDEF samples, but the solar exposures were higher. Cracks induced during bend testing were significantly deeper for the HST samples with the highest solar exposure than for LDEF samples with similar atomic oxygen fluence to solar fluence ratios. If solar fluences are compared, the LDEF samples appear as damaged as HST samples, except that HST had deeper induced cracks. The results illustrate difficulties in comparing LEO exposed materials from

  4. Flexible, FEP-Teflon covered solar cell module development

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    Rauschenbach, H. S.; Cannady, M. D.

    1976-01-01

    Techniques and equipment were developed for the large scale, low-cost fabrication of lightweight, roll-up and fold-up, FEP-Teflon encapsulated solar cell modules. Modules were fabricated by interconnecting solderless single-crystal silicon solar cells and heat laminating them at approximately 300 C between layers of optically clear FEP and to a loadbearing Kapton substrate sheet. Modules were fabricated from both conventional and wraparound contact solar cells. A heat seal technique was developed for mechanically interconnecting modules into an array. The electrical interconnections for both roll-up and fold-up arrays were also developed. The use of parallel-gap resistance welding, ultrasonic bonding, and thermocompression bonding processes for attaching interconnects to solar cells were investigated. Parallel-gap welding was found to be best suited for interconnecting the solderless solar cells into modules. Details of the fabrication equipment, fabrication processes, module and interconnect designs, environmental test equipment, and test results are presented.

  5. VUV-induced degradation of FEP Teflon aboard LDEF

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    Brinza, David E.; Liang, Ranty H.; Stiegman, Albert E.

    1991-01-01

    Examination of fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) copolymer materials recovered from the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) reveals differing damage characteristics on leading edge (ram-facing) versus trailing edge (wake-facing surfaces). Silver/Teflon (Ag/FEP) thermal control materials on ram facing surfaces of the LDEF exhibited obvious degradation, with an apparent increase in diffuse light scattering, whereas identical materials on the wake facing surfaces showed little apparent damage with cursory inspection. Microscopic examination of both types of surfaces reveals the nature and extent of environment induced degradation of materials. The ram facing surfaces were clearly eroded by atomic oxygen impingement, while the wake facing material developed a thin, highly embrittled surface layer.

  6. Teflon FEP Analyzed After Retrieval From the Hubble Space Telescope

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    Dever, Joyce A.; deGroh, Kim K.; Townsend, Jacqueline A.; Hansen, Patricia A.; Banks, Bruce A.; Wang, Len; He, Charles

    1999-01-01

    During the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Second Servicing Mission, 6.8 years after the telescope was deployed in low Earth orbit, degradation of unsupported Teflon FEP (DuPont; fluorinated ethylene propylene), used as the outer layer of the multilayer insulation (MLI) blankets, was evident as large cracks on the telescope light shield. A sample of the degraded outer layer (see the photograph) was retrieved during the second servicing mission and returned to Earth for ground testing and evaluation. Also retrieved was a Teflon FEP radiator surface from a cryogen vent cover that was exposed to the space environment on the aft bulkhead of the HST. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center directed the efforts of the Hubble Space Telescope MLI Failure Review Board, whose goals included determining the FEP degradation mechanisms. As part of the investigations into the degradation mechanisms, specimens retrieved from the first and second HST servicing missions, 3.6 and 6.8 years after launch, respectively, were characterized through exhaustive mechanical, optical, and chemical testing. Testing led by Goddard included scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy, tensile testing, solar absorptance measurements, time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy (TOF-SIMS), Fourier transform infrared microscopy (m-FTIR), attenuated total reflectance infrared microscopy (ATR/FTIR), and x-ray diffraction (XRD). The NASA Lewis Research Center contributed significantly to the analysis of the retrieved HST materials by leading efforts and providing results of bend testing, surface microhardness measurements, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and density measurements. Other testing was conducted by Nano Instruments, Inc., and the University of Akron.

  7. Effect of Air and Vacuum Storage on the Tensile Properties of X-Ray Exposed Aluminized-FEP

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    deGroh, Kim K.; Gummow, Jonathan D.

    2000-01-01

    Metallized Teflon(Registered Trademark) FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene), a common spacecraft thermal control material, from the exterior layer of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has become embrittled and suffers from extensive cracking. Teflon samples retrieved during Hubble servicing missions and from the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) indicate that there may be continued degradation in tensile properties over time. An investigation has been conducted to evaluate the effect of air and vacuum storage on the mechanical properties of x-ray exposed FEP. Aluminized-FEP (Al-FEP) tensile samples were irradiated with 15.3 kV Cu x-rays and stored in air or under vacuum for various time periods. Tensile data indicate that samples stored in air display larger decreases in tensile properties than for samples stored under vacuum. Air-stored samples developed a hazy appearance, which corresponded to a roughening of the aluminized surface. Optical property changes were also characterized. These findings indicate that air exposure plays a role in the degradation of irradiated FEP, therefore proper sample handling and storage is necessary with materials retrieved from space.

  8. Environmental Exposure Conditions for Teflon FEP on the Hubble Space Telescope Investigated

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    Dever, Joyce A.; deGroh, Kim K.; Banks, Bruce A.; Townsend, Jacqueline a.; Barth, Janet L.; Thomson, Shaun; Gregory, Teri; Savage, William J.

    2000-01-01

    The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was launched into low Earth orbit on April 24,1990. During the first servicing mission in December 1993 (3.6 years after launch), multilayer insulation (MLI) blankets were retrieved from the two magnetic sensing systems located on the light shield. Retrieval of one of the solar arrays during this mission also provided MLI blanket material from the solar array drive arm. These MLI materials were analyzed in ground-based facilities, and results indicate that the space-facing outer layer of the MLI, aluminized Teflon FEP (DuPont; fluorinated ethylene propylene), was beginning to degrade. Close inspection of the FEP revealed through-the-thickness cracks in areas with the highest solar exposure and stress concentration. During the second servicing mission in February 1997 (6.8 years after launch), astronauts observed and documented severe cracking in the outer layer of the MLI blankets on both the solar-facing and anti-solar-facing surfaces. During this second mission, some material from the outer layer of the light shield MLI was retrieved and subsequently analyzed in ground-based facilities. After the second servicing mission, a Failure Review Board was convened by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to address the MLI degradation problem on HST. Members of the Electro-Physics Branch of the NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field participated on this board. To determine possible degradation mechanisms, board researchers needed to consider all environmental constituents to which the FEP MLI surfaces were exposed. On the basis of measurements, models, and predictions, environmental exposure conditions for FEP surfaces on HST were estimated for various time periods from launch in 1990 through 2010, the planned end-of-life for HST. The table summarizes these data including the number and temperature ranges of thermal cycles; equivalent Sun hours; fluence and absorbed radiation dose from solar event x rays; fluence and absorbed dose from

  9. Degradation of Teflon(tm) FEP Following Charged Particle Radiation and Rapid Thermal Cycling

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    Townsend, Jacqueline; Powers, Charles; Viens, Michael; Ayres-Treusdell, Mary; Munoz, Bruno

    1998-01-01

    During the Second Servicing Mission (SM2) of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) severe degradation was observed on the outer layer of the thermal control blankets. Astronaut observations and photographs revealed large cracks in the metallized Teflon(R) FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene), the outer layer of the multi-layer insulation (MLI), in many locations around the telescope. In an effort to understand what elements of the space environment might cause such damage, pristine Teflon(R) FEP was tested for durability to radiation and thermal cycling. Specimens were subjected to electron and proton fluences comparable to those experienced by HST and were subsequently thermal cycled in a custom-built rapid thermal cycle chamber. Tensile tests of the specimens showed that radiation followed by thermal cycling significantly reduced the ultimate strength and elongation of Teflon(R) FEP.

  10. Degradation of Teflon(trademark) FEP Following Charged Particle Radiation and Rapid Thermal Cycling

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    Townsend, Jacqueline; Powers, Charles; Viens, Michael; Ayres-Treusdell, Mary; Munoz, Bruno

    1999-01-01

    During the Second Servicing Mission (SM2) of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) severe degradation was observed on the outer layer of the thermal control blankets. Astronaut observations and photographs revealed large cracks in the metallized Teflon(trademark) FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene), the outer layer of the multi-layer insulation (MLI), in many locations around the telescope. In an effort to understand what elements of the space environment might cause such damage, pristine Teflon(trademark) FEP was tested for durability to radiation and thermal cycling. Specimens were subjected to electron and proton fluences comparable to those experienced by HST and were subsequently thermal cycled in a custom-built rapid thermal cycle chamber. Tensile tests of the specimens showed that radiation followed by thermal cycling significantly reduced the ultimate strength and elongation of Teflon(trademark) FEP.

  11. Degradation of Teflon(tm) FEP Following Charged Particle Radiation and Rapid Thermal Cycling

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    Townsend, Jacqueline A.; Powers, Charles E.; Viens, Michael J.; Ayres-Treusdell, Mary T.; Munoz, Bruno F.

    1998-01-01

    During the Second Servicing Mission (SM2) of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) severe degradation was observed on the outer layer of the thermal control blankets. Astronaut observations and photographs revealed large cracks in the metallized Teflon' FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene), the outer layer of the multi-layer insulation (MLI), in many locations around the telescope. In an effort to understand what elements of the space environment might cause such damage, pristine Teflon(registered trademark) FEP was tested for durability to radiation and thermal cycling. Specimens were subjected to electron and proton fluences comparable to those experienced by HST and were subsequently thermal cycled in a custom-built rapid thermal cycle chamber. Tensile tests of the specimens showed that radiation followed by thermal cycling significantly reduced the ultimate strength and elongation of Teflon(registered trademark) FEP.

  12. Degradation of Teflon(tm) FEP Following Charged Particle Radiation and Rapid Thermal Cycling

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    Townsend, Jacqueline A.; Powers, Charles E.; Viens, Michael J.; Ayres-Treusdell, Mary T.; Munoz, Bruno

    1998-01-01

    During the Second Servicing Mission (SM2) of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) severe degradation was observed on the outer layer of the thermal control blankets. Astronaut observations and photographs revealed large cracks in the metallized Teflon FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene), the outer layer of the multi-layer insulation (MLI), in many locations around the telescope. In an effort to understand what elements of the space environment might cause such damage, pristine Teflon' FEP was tested for durability to radiation and thermal cycling. Specimens were subjected to electron and proton fluences comparable to those experienced by HST and were subsequently thermal cycled in a custom-built rapid thermal cycle chamber. Tensile tests of the specimens showed that radiation followed by thermal cycling significantly reduced the ultimate strength and elongation of Teflon FEP.

  13. Effect of Air and Vacuum Storage on the Degradation of X-Ray-Exposed Aluminized-Teflon Investigated

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    deGroh, Kim K.; Gummow, Jonathan D.

    2001-01-01

    Metalized Teflon FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene, DuPont), a common thermal control material, has been found to degrade in the low-Earth-orbit space environment. The aluminized-FEP (Al-FEP) exterior layer on the Hubble Space Telescope has become extremely embrittled, with extensive cracking occurring on all sides of the telescope. This embrittlement has been primarily attributed to radiation exposure (x-rays from solar flares, electron/proton radiation, and possibly near-ultraviolet radiation) combined with thermal cycling. Limited samples of FEP tested after long-term exposure to low Earth orbit on the Hubble Space Telescope and on the Long Duration Exposure Facility indicated that there might be continued degradation in tensile properties over time. An investigation was conducted at the NASA Glenn Research Center to evaluate the effect of air and vacuum storage on the mechanical properties of x-ray-exposed FEP. Aluminized-FEP (5-mil-thick) tensile samples were x-ray exposed with 15.3-kV copper xrays for 2 hr, reducing the percent elongation to failure by approximately 50 percent in comparison to that for pristine Al-FEP. X-ray-exposed samples were stored in air or under vacuum for various time periods to see the effect of storage on tensile properties. Tensile results indicated that samples stored in air had larger decreases in tensile properties than samples stored under vacuum had, as seen in the graph. Samples stored under vacuum (for up to 400 hr) showed no further decrease in tensile properties over time, whereas samples stored in air (for up to 900 hr) appeared to show decreases in tensile properties over time. X-ray-exposed samples stored in air developed a hazy appearance in the exposed area, as seen in the photographs. When the source of the haziness was evaluated using scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy, it was found to reside at the Al/FEP interface as witnessed by an increased surface roughness of the aluminized side of the

  14. Preliminary results of SMM exposed aluminized Kapton and silvered Teflon

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    Santos-Mason, B.

    1985-01-01

    Early Space Shuttle flights revealed that organic materials, such as those used in thermal control blankets and paints in the payload bay, were adversely affected in the low Earth orbit environment. Examination of eroded surfaces on these early flights and materials experiments performed on subsequent flights led to the conclusion that atomic oxygen present at Shuttle operating altitudes was responsible for surface degradation. The Solar Maximum Mission provided surfaces that had been exposed in real time to atomic oxygen and ultraviolet radiation. Preliminary results of studies of the microscopic surface effects on silvered Teflon and aluminized Kapton used for thermal control on the Solar Maximum Mission are presented.

  15. A Comparison of Space and Ground Based Facility Environmental Effects for FEP Teflon. Revised

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    Rutledge, Sharon K.; Banks, Bruce A.; Kitral, Michael

    1998-01-01

    Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FEP) Teflon is widely used as a thermal control material for spacecraft, however, it is susceptible to erosion, cracking, and subsequent mechanical failure in low Earth orbit. One of the difficulties in determining whether FEP Teflon will survive during a mission is the wide disparity of erosion rates observed for this material in space and in ground based facilities. Each environment contains different levels of atomic oxygen, ions, and vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation in addition to parameters such as the energy of the arriving species and temperature. These variations make it difficult to determine what is causing the observed differences in erosion rates. This paper attempts to narrow down which factors affect the erosion rate of FEP Teflon through attempting to change only one environmental constituent at a time. This was attempted through the use of a single simulation facility (plasma asher) environment with a variety of Faraday cages and VUV transparent windows. Isolating one factor inside of a radio frequency (RF) plasma proved to be very difficult. Two observations could be made. First, it appears that the erosion yield of FEP Teflon with respect to that of polyimide Kapton is not greatly affected by the presence or lack of VUV radiation present in the RF plasma and the relative erosion yield for the FEP Teflon may decrease with increasing fluence. Second, shielding from charged particles appears to lower the relative erosion yield of the FEP to approximately that observed in space, however it is difficult to determine for sure whether ions, electrons, or some other components are causing the enhanced erosion.

  16. Effects of Various Wavelength Ranges of Vacuum Ultraviolet Radiation on Teflon FEP Film Investigated

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    Dever, Joyce A.; McCracken, Cara A.

    2004-01-01

    Teflon Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FTP) films (DuPont) have been widely used for spacecraft thermal control and have been observed to become embrittled and cracked upon exposure to the space environment. This degradation has been attributed to a synergistic combination of radiation and thermal effects. A research study was undertaken at the NASA Glenn Research Center to examine the effects of different wavelength ranges of vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation on the degradation of the mechanical properties of FEP. This will contribute to an overall understanding of space radiation effects on Teflon FEP, and will provide information necessary to determine appropriate techniques for using laboratory tests to estimate space VUV degradation. Research was conducted using inhouse facilities at Glenn and was carried out, in part, through a grant with the Cleveland State University. Samples of Teflon FEP film of 50.8 microns thickness were exposed to radiation from a VUV lamp from beneath different cover windows to provide different exposure wavelength ranges: MgF2 (115 to 400 nm), crystalline quartz (140 to 400 nm), and fused silica (FS, 155 to 400 nm). Following exposure, FEP film specimens were tensile tested to determine the ultimate tensile strength and elongation at failure as a function of the exposure duration for each wavelength range. The graphs show the effect of ultraviolet exposure on the mechanical properties of the FEP samples.

  17. Erosion of FEP Teflon and PMMA by VUV radiation and hyperthermal O or Ar atoms.

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    Zhang, Jianming; Lindholm, Ned F; Brunsvold, Amy L; Upadhyaya, Hari P; Minton, Timothy K; Tagawa, Masahito

    2009-03-01

    A combination of beam-surface-scattering, quartz-crystal-microbalance, and surface-recession experiments was conducted to study the effects of various combinations of O atoms [in the O((3)P) ground state], Ar atoms, and vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) light on fluorinated ethylene-propylene copolymer (FEP) Teflon and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). A laser-breakdown source was used to create hyperthermal beams containing O and O(2) or Ar. A D(2) lamp provided a source of VUV light. O atoms with 4 eV of translational energy or less did not react with a pristine FEP Teflon surface. Volatile O-containing reaction products were observed when the O-atom energy was higher than 4.5 eV, and the signal increased with the O-atom energy. Significant erosion of FEP Teflon ( approximately 20% of Kapton H) was observed when it was exposed to the hyperthermal O/O(2) beam with an average O-atom energy of 5.4 eV. FEP Teflon and PMMA that were exposed to VUV light alone exhibited much less mass loss. Collision-induced dissociation by hyperthermal Ar atoms also caused mass loss, similar in magnitude to that caused by VUV light. There were no observed synergistic effects when VUV light or Ar bombardment was combined with O/O(2) exposure. For both FEP Teflon and PMMA, the erosion yields caused by simultaneous exposure to O/O(2) and either VUV light or Ar atoms could be approximately predicted by adding the erosion yield caused by O/O(2), acting individually, to the erosion yield caused by the individual action of either VUV light or Ar atoms.

  18. Analyses of Hubble Space Telescope Aluminized-Teflon Insulation Retrieved After 19 Years of Space Exposure

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    deGroh, Kim K.; Waters, Deborah L.; Mohammed, Jelila S.; Perry, Bruce A.; Banks, Bruce A.

    2012-01-01

    Since its launch in April 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has made many important observations from its vantage point in low Earth orbit (LEO). However, as seen during five servicing missions, the outer layer of multilayer insulation (MLI) has become successively more embrittled and has cracked in many areas. In May 2009, during the 5th servicing mission (called SM4), two MLI blankets were replaced with new insulation pieces and the space-exposed MLI blankets were retrieved for degradation analyses by teams at NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The MLI blankets were from Equipment Bay 8, which received direct sunlight, and Equipment Bay 5, which received grazing sunlight. Each blanket contained a range of unique regions based on environmental exposure and/or physical appearance. The retrieved MLI blanket s aluminized-Teflon (DuPont) fluorinated ethylene propylene (Al-FEP) outer layers have been analyzed for changes in optical, physical, and mechanical properties, along with space induced chemical and morphological changes. When compared to pristine material, the analyses have shown how the Al-FEP was severely affected by the space environment. This paper reviews tensile properties, solar absorptance, thermal emittance, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) data and atomic oxygen erosion values of the retrieved HST blankets after 19 years of space exposure.

  19. Mechanical Properties Degradation of Teflon(Trademark) FEP Returned from the Hubble Space Telescope

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    Dever, Joyce A.; deGroh, Kim K.; Townsend, Jacqueline A.; Wang, L. Len

    1998-01-01

    After 6.8 years on orbit, degradation has been observed in the mechanical properties of second-surface metalized Teflon(Reg) FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene) used on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) on the outer surface of the multi-layer insulation (MLI) blankets and on radiator surfaces. Cracking of FEP surfaces on HST was first observed upon close examination of samples with high solar exposure retrieved during the first servicing mission (SM1) conducted 3.6 years after HST was put into orbit. Astronaut observations and photographs from the second servicing mission (SM2), conducted after 6.8 years on orbit, revealed severe cracks in the FEP surfaces of the MLI on many locations around the telescope. This paper describes results of mechanical properties testing of FEP surfaces exposed for 3.6 years and 6.8 years to the space environment on HST. These tests include tensile testing, surface micro-hardness testing, and bend testing.

  20. Degradation of Hubble Space Telescope Metallized Teflon(trademark) FEP Thermal Control Materials

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    Hansen, Patricia A.; Townsend, Jacqueline A.; Yoshikawa, Yukio; Castro, J. David; Triolo, Jack J.; Peters, Wanda C.

    1998-01-01

    The mechanical and optical properties of the metallized Teflon Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FEP) thermal control materials on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) have degraded over the seven years the telescope has been in orbit. Astronaut observations and photographic documentation from the Second Servicing Mission revealed severe cracks of the multi-layer insulation (MLI) blanket outer layer in many locations around the telescope, particularly on solar facing surfaces. Two samples, the outer Teflon FEP MLI layer and radiator surfaces, were characterized post- mission through exhaustive mechanical, thermal, chemical, and optical testing. The observed damage to the thermal control materials, the sample retrieval and handling, and the significant changes to the radiator surfaces of HST will be discussed. Each of these issues is addressed with respect to current and future mission requirements.

  1. An analysis of LDEF-exposed silvered FEP teflon thermal blanket material

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    Young, Philip R.; Slemp, Wayne S.

    1991-01-01

    The characterization of selected silvered fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) teflon thermal blanket material which received 5 years and 9 months of exposure to the LEO environment on the Long Duration Exposure Facility is reported. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, infrared, and thermal analyses did not detect a significant change at the molecular level as the result of this exposure. However, various microscopic analyses revealed a roughening of the coating surface due to atomic oxygen erosion which resulted in some materials changing from specular reflectors of visible radiation to diffuse reflectors. The potential effect of silicon-containing molecular contamination on these materials is addressed.

  2. Effects of Heating on Teflon(Registered Trademark) FEP Thermal Control Material from the Hubble Space Telescope

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    deGroh, Kim; Gaier, James R.; Hall, Rachelle L.; Norris, Mary Jo; Espe, Matthew P.; Cato, Daveen R.

    1999-01-01

    Metallized Teflon(Registered Trademark) FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene) thermal control material on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is degrading in the space environment. Teflon(Registered Trademark) FEP thermal control blankets (space-facing FEP) retrieved during the first servicing mission (SM1) were found to be embrittled on solar facing surfaces and contained microscopic cracks. During the second servicing mission (SM2) astronauts noticed that the FEP outer layer of the multi-layer insulation (MLI) covering the telescope was cracked in many locations around the telescope. Large cracks were observed on the light shield, forward shell and equipment bays. A tightly curled piece of cracked FEP from the light shield was retrieved during SM2 and was severely embrittled, as witnessed by ground testing. A Failure Review Board (FRB) was organized to determine the mechanism causing the MLI degradation. Density, x-ray crystallinity and solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) analyses of FEP retrieved during SM1 were inconsistent with results of FEP retrieved during SM2. Because the retrieved SM2 material curled while in space, it experienced a higher temperature extreme during thermal cycling, estimated at 200 C, than the SM1 material, estimated at 50 C. An investigation on the effects of heating pristine and FEP exposed on HST was therefore conducted. Samples of pristine. SM1, and SM2 FEP were heated to 200 C and evaluated for changes in density and morphology. Elevated temperature exposure was found to have a major impact on the density of the retrieved materials. Characterization of polymer morphology of as-received and heated FEP samples by NMR provided results that were consistent with the density results. These findings have provided insight to the damage mechanisms of FEP in the space environment.

  3. Analyses of Hubble Space Telescope Aluminized-Teflon Multilayer Insulation Blankets Retrieved After 19 Years of Space Exposure

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    de Groh, Kim K.; Perry, Bruce A.; Mohammed, Jelila S.; Banks, Bruce

    2015-01-01

    Since its launch in April 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has made many important observations from its vantage point in low Earth orbit (LEO). However, as seen during five servicing missions, the outer layer of multilayer insulation (MLI) has become increasingly embrittled and has cracked in many areas. In May 2009, during the 5th servicing mission (called SM4), two MLI blankets were replaced with new insulation and the space-exposed MLI blankets were retrieved for degradation analyses by teams at NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The retrieved MLI blankets were from Equipment Bay 8, which received direct sunlight, and Equipment Bay 5, which received grazing sunlight. Each blanket was divided into several regions based on environmental exposure and/or physical appearance. The aluminized-Teflon (DuPont, Wilmington, DE) fluorinated ethylene propylene (Al-FEP) outer layers of the retrieved MLI blankets have been analyzed for changes in optical, physical, and mechanical properties, along with chemical and morphological changes. Pristine and as-retrieved samples (materials) were heat treated to help understand degradation mechanisms. When compared to pristine material, the analyses have shown how the Al-FEP was severely affected by the space environment. Most notably, the Al-FEP was highly embrittled, fracturing like glass at strains of 1 to 8 percent. Across all measured properties, more significant degradation was observed for Bay 8 material as compared to Bay 5 material. This paper reviews the tensile and bend-test properties, density, thickness, solar absorptance, thermal emittance, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) elemental composition measurements, surface and crack morphologies, and atomic oxygen erosion yields of the Al-FEP outer layer of the retrieved HST blankets after 19 years of space exposure.

  4. Effect of Solar Exposure on the Atomic Oxygen Erosion of Hubble Space Telescope Aluminized-Teflon Thermal Shields

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    Guo, Aobo; Ashmead, Claire C.; deGroh, Kim K.

    2012-01-01

    When exposed to low Earth orbital (LEO) environment, external spacecraft materials degrade due to radiation, thermal cycling, micrometeoroid and debris impacts, and atomic oxygen (AO) interaction. Collisions between AO and spacecraft can result in oxidation of external spacecraft surface materials, which can lead to erosion and severe structural and/or optical property deterioration. It is therefore essential to understand the AO erosion yield (Ey), the volume loss per incident oxygen atom (cu cm/atom), of polymers to assure durability of spacecraft materials. The objective of this study was to determine whether solar radiation exposure can increase the rate of AO erosion of polymers in LEO. The material studied was a section of aluminized-Teflon (DuPont) fluorinated ethylene propylene (Al-FEP) thermal shield exposed to space on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) for 8.25 years. Retrieved samples were sectioned from the circular thermal shield and exposed to ground laboratory thermal energy AO. The results indicate that the average Ey of the solar facing HST Al-FEP was 1.9 10(exp -24)cu cm/atom, while the average Ey of the anti-solar HST Al-FEP was 1.5 10(exp -24)cu cm/atom. The Ey of the pristine samples was 1.6- 1.7 10(exp -24)cu cm/atom. These results indicate that solar exposure affects the post-flight erosion rate of FEP in a plasma asher. Therefore, it likely affects the erosion rate while in LEO.

  5. Insights Developed Into the Damage Mechanism of Teflon FEP Thermal Control Material on the Hubble Space Telescope

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    deGroh, Kim K.; Gaier, James R.; Hall, Rachelle L.; Norris, mary Jo; Espe, Matthew P.; Cato, Daveen R.

    2000-01-01

    Metalized Teflon FEP (DuPont; fluorinated ethylene propylene) thermal control material on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has been found to degrade in the space environment. Teflon FEP thermal control blankets retrieved during the first servicing mission were found to be embrittled on solar-facing surfaces and to contain microscopic cracks (the FEP surface is exposed to the space environment). During the second servicing mission, astronauts noticed that the FEP outer layer of the multilayer insulation blanketing covering the telescope was cracked in many locations. Large cracks were observed on the light shield, forward shell, and equipment bays. A tightly curled piece of cracked FEP from the light shield was retrieved during the second mission. This piece was severely embrittled, as witnessed by ground testing. A Failure Review Board was organized by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to determine the mechanism causing the multilayer insulation degradation. This board included members of the Electro-Physics Branch of the NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field. Density measurements of the retrieved materials obtained under the review board's investigations indicated that FEP from the first servicing mission was essentially unchanged from pristine FEP but that the second servicing mission FEP had increased in density in comparison to pristine FEP (ref. 1). The results were consistent with crystallinity measurements taken using x-ray diffraction and with results from solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance tests (see the table and ref. 1). Because the second servicing mission FEP was embrittled and its density and crystallinity had increased in comparison to pristine FEP, board researchers expected that the first servicing mission FEP, which was also embrittled, would also have increased in crystallinity and density, but it did not. Because the retrieved second servicing mission material curled while in space, it experienced a higher temperature extreme during

  6. Hubble Space Telescope Metallized Teflon(registered trademark) FEP Thermal Control Materials: On-Orbit Degradation and Post-Retrieval Analysis

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    Townsend, Jacqueline A.; Hansen, Patricia A.; Dever, J. A.; deGroh, K. K.; Banks, B.; Wang, L.; He, C.

    1988-01-01

    During the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Second Servicing Mission (SM2), degradation of unsupported Teflon(Registered Trademark) FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene), used as the outer layer of the multilayer insulation (MLI) blankets, was evident as large cracks on the telescope light shield. A sample of the degraded outer layer was retrieved during the mission and returned to Earth for ground testing and evaluation. The results of the Teflon(Registered Trademark) FEP sample evaluation and additional testing of pristine Teflon(Registered Trademark) FEP led the investigative team to theorize that the HST damage was caused by thermal cycling with deep-layer damage from electron and proton radiation which allowed the propagation of cracks along stress concentrations , and that the damage increased with the combined total dose of electrons, protons, UV and x-rays along with thermal cycling. This paper discusses the testing and evaluation of the retrieved Teflon(Registered Trademark) FEP.

  7. Synthesis of perm-selective membranes by grafting acrylic acid into air-irradiated Teflon-FEP films

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    Bozzi, Annick; Chapiro, Adolphe

    Grafting acrylic acid into air-irradiated Teflon-FEP films was investigated. Pre-irradiation doses ranged from 0.5 to 10 kGy. Grafting occurred at 45 or 60°C. Homopolymerization inhibitors, ferrous ions or methylene blue, were added to the system. It was found that after completion of the reaction, within 40-100 min, membranes were obtained with very low electric resistivities. The influence of added inhibitors, pre-irradiation dose and grafting temperature was studied. From the results it is concluded that the initiating centers in air-irradiated Teflon-FEP are, on the one hand, peroxides of structure POOP', in which P is a polymeric radical and Pprime; a small fragment, and on the other trapped PO .2 radicals. The latter only react after losing their oxygen. In the presence of polymerization inhibitors, initiation involves a redox process which reduces the overall activation energy.

  8. Ground-based simulation of LEO environment: Investigations of a select LDEF material: FEP Teflon (trademark)

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    Cross, Jon B.; Koontz, Steven L.

    1993-01-01

    The Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) has produced a wealth of data on materials degradation in the low earth orbit (LEO) space environment and has conclusively shown that surface chemistry (as opposed to surface physics-sputtering) is the key to understanding and predicting the degradation of materials in the LEO environment. It is also clear that materials degradation and spacecraft contamination are closely linked and that the fundamental mechanisms responsible for this linking are in general not well understood especially in the area of synergistic effects. The study of the fundamental mechanisms underlying materials degradation in LEO is hampered by the fact that the degradation process itself is not observed during the actual exposure to the environment. Rather the aftermath of the degradation process is studied, i.e., the material that remains after exposure is observed and mechanisms are proposed to explain the observed results. The EOIM-3 flight experiment is an attempt to bring sophisticated diagnostic equipment into the space environment and monitor the degradation process in real time through the use of mass spectrometry. More experiments of this nature which would include surface sensitive diagnostics (Auger and photoelectron spectroscopes) are needed to truly unravel the basic chemical mechanisms involved in the materials degradation process. Since these in-space capabilities will most likely not be available in the near future, ground-based LEO simulation facilities employing sophisticated diagnostics are needed to further advance the basic understanding of the materials degradation mechanisms. The LEO simulation facility developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been used to investigate the atomic oxygen/vacuum ultraviolet (AO/VUV) enhanced degradation of FEP Teflon. The results show that photo-ejection of polymer fragments occur at elevated temperature (200 C), that VUV synergistic rare gas sputtering of polymer fragments occur even at

  9. Beam-surface scattering studies of the individual and combined effects of VUV radiation and hyperthermal O, O2, or Ar on FEP Teflon surfaces.

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    Brunsvold, Amy L; Zhang, Jianming; Upadhyaya, Hari P; Minton, Timothy K

    2009-01-01

    Beam-surface scattering experiments were used to probe products that scattered from FEP Teflon surfaces during bombardment by various combinations of atomic and molecular oxygen, Ar atoms, and vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) light. A laser-breakdown source was used to create hyperthermal (translational energies in the range 4-13 eV) beams of argon and atomic/molecular oxygen. The average incidence energy of these beams was tunable and was controlled precisely with a synchronized chopper wheel. A filtered deuterium lamp provided a source of VUV light in a narrow-wavelength range centered at 161 nm. Volatile products that exited the surfaces were monitored with a rotatable mass spectrometer detector. Hyperthermal O atoms with average translational energies above approximately 4 eV may react directly with a pristine FEP Teflon surface, and the reactivity appears to increase with the translational energy of the incident O atoms. VUV light or highly energetic collisions of O2 or Ar may break chemical bonds and lead to the ejection of volatile products; the ejection of volatile products is enhanced when the surface is subjected to VUV light and energetic collisions simultaneously. Exposure to VUV light or to hyperthermal O2 or Ar may increase the reactivity of an FEP Teflon surface to O atoms.

  10. Vacuum Ultraviolet (VUV) radiation-induced degradation of Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FEP) Teflon aboard the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF)

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    Brinza, David E.; Stiegman, A. E.; Staszak, Paul R.; Laue, Eric G.; Liang, Ranty H.

    1992-01-01

    Examination of fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) copolymer specimens recovered from the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) provides evidence for degradation attributed to extended solar vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) irradiation. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images of sheared FEP film edges reveal the presence of a highly embrittled layer on the exposed surface of specimens obtained from the trailing edge of the LDEF. Similar images obtained for leading edge and control FEP films do not exhibit evidence for such an embrittled layer. Laboratory VUV irradiation of FEP films is found to produce a damage layer similar to that witnessed in the LDEF trailing edge films. Spectroscopic analyses of irradiated films provide data to advance a photochemical mechanism for degradation.

  11. Vacuum Ultraviolet (VUV) radiation-induced degradation of Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FEP) Teflon aboard the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF)

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    Brinza, David E.; Stiegman, A. E.; Staszak, Paul R.; Laue, Eric G.; Liang, Ranty H.

    1992-01-01

    Examination of fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) copolymer specimens recovered from the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) provides evidence for degradation attributed to extended solar vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) irradiation. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images of sheared FEP film edges reveal the presence of a highly embrittled layer on the exposed surface of specimens obtained from the trailing edge of the LDEF. Similar images obtained for leading edge and control FEP films do not exhibit evidence for such an embrittled layer. Laboratory VUV irradiation of FEP films is found to produce a damage layer similar to that witnessed in the LDEF trailing edge films. Spectroscopic analyses of irradiated films provide data to advance a photochemical mechanism for degradation.

  12. Atomic Oxygen (ATOX) simulation of Teflon FEP and Kapton H surfaces using a high intensity, low energy, mass selected, ion beam facility

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    Vered, R.; Grossman, E.; Lempert, G. D.; Lifshitz, Y.

    1994-01-01

    A high intensity (greater than 10(exp 15) ions/sq cm) low energy (down to 5 eV) mass selected ion beam (MSIB) facility was used to study the effects of ATOX on two polymers commonly used for space applications (Kapton H and Teflon FEP). The polymers were exposed to O(+) and Ne(+) fluences on 10(exp 15) - 10(exp 19) ions/sq cm, using 30eV ions. A variety of analytical methods were used to analyze the eroded surfaces including: (1) atomic force microscopy (AFM) for morphology measurements; (2) total mass loss measurements using a microbalance; (3) surface chemical composition using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and (4) residual gas analysis (RGA) of the released gases during bombardment. The relative significance of the collisional and chemical degradation processes was evaluated by comparing the effects of Ne(+) and O(+) bombardment. For 30 eV ions it was found that the Kapton is eroded via chemical mechanisms while Teflon FEP is eroded via collisional mechanisms. AFM analysis was found very powerful in revealing the evolution of the damage from its initial atomic scale (roughness of approx. 1 nm) to its final microscopic scale (roughness greater than 1 micron). Both the surface morphology and the average roughness of the bombarded surfaces (averaged over 1 micron x 1 micron images by the system's computer) were determined for each sample. For 30 eV a non linear increase of the Kapton roughness with the O(+) fluence was discovered (a slow increase rate for fluences phi less than 5 x 10(exp 17) O(+)/sq cm, and a rapid increase rate for phi greater than 5 x 10(exp 17) O(+)/sq cm). Comparative studies on the same materials exposed to RF and DC oxygen plasmas indicate that the specific details of the erosion depend on the simulation facility emphasizing the advantages of the ion beam facility.

  13. Atomic Oxygen (ATOX) simulation of Teflon FEP and Kapton H surfaces using a high intensity, low energy, mass selected, ion beam facility

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    Vered, R.; Grossman, E.; Lempert, G. D.; Lifshitz, Y.

    1994-11-01

    A high intensity (greater than 10(exp 15) ions/sq cm) low energy (down to 5 eV) mass selected ion beam (MSIB) facility was used to study the effects of ATOX on two polymers commonly used for space applications (Kapton H and Teflon FEP). The polymers were exposed to O(+) and Ne(+) fluences on 10(exp 15) - 10(exp 19) ions/sq cm, using 30eV ions. A variety of analytical methods were used to analyze the eroded surfaces including: (1) atomic force microscopy (AFM) for morphology measurements; (2) total mass loss measurements using a microbalance; (3) surface chemical composition using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and (4) residual gas analysis (RGA) of the released gases during bombardment. The relative significance of the collisional and chemical degradation processes was evaluated by comparing the effects of Ne(+) and O(+) bombardment. For 30 eV ions it was found that the Kapton is eroded via chemical mechanisms while Teflon FEP is eroded via collisional mechanisms. AFM analysis was found very powerful in revealing the evolution of the damage from its initial atomic scale (roughness of approx. 1 nm) to its final microscopic scale (roughness greater than 1 micron). Both the surface morphology and the average roughness of the bombarded surfaces (averaged over 1 micron x 1 micron images by the system's computer) were determined for each sample. For 30 eV a non linear increase of the Kapton roughness with the O(+) fluence was discovered (a slow increase rate for fluences phi less than 5 x 10(exp 17) O(+)/sq cm, and a rapid increase rate for phi greater than 5 x 10(exp 17) O(+)/sq cm). Comparative studies on the same materials exposed to RF and DC oxygen plasmas indicate that the specific details of the erosion depend on the simulation facility emphasizing the advantages of the ion beam facility.

  14. Gamma-radiation-induced grafting of binary mixture of methacrylic acid and 4-vinyl pyridine onto Teflon-FEP film as an effective polar membrane for separation processes

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    Kaur, Inderjeet; Rattan, Sunita; Chauhan, Sandeep; Gupta, Nitika

    2010-05-01

    Ionic bifunctional membranes have been synthesized by grafting binary mixture of methacrylic acid (MAAc) and 4-vinyl pyridine (4-VP) onto Teflon-FEP film by pre-irradiation method. Optimum conditions pertaining to maximum percentage of grafting were evaluated as a function of different reaction parameters. Maximum percentage of grafting of binary mixture (MAAc-co-4-VP) (71.29%) was obtained at an optimum total dose of 54.48 kGy and the total concentration was 9.49 mol/L ([4-VP] = 0.07 mol/L and [MAAc ] = 9.42 mol/L) in 5 ml of water. The effect of alcohols as additives to the reaction medium on percent grafting of the binary mixture has also been studied. The membranes were characterized by FTIR spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and thermogravimetric analysis. Swelling studies of the membranes were performed in different solvents such as water, benzene, carbon tetrachloride and dimethyl formamide (DMF). Maximum swelling was observed in DMF with minimum swelling in benzene. Metal ion (Cu 2+, Ni 2+ and Fe 2+) uptake studies show better affinity for Fe 2+ ions. Conductance measurements in different aqueous salt solution showed that these membranes have affinity for Na +/K + ions and Cl - ions and hence can be used in desalination/separation processes for the separation of both type of cationic and anionic ions.

  15. Thermal Contributions to the Degradation of Ground-Laboratory- and Space-Irradiated Teflon Investigated

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    deGroh, Kim K.; Martin, Morgana

    2003-01-01

    The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is covered with two primary types of thermal control materials, radiators and multilayer insulation blankets, which passively control temperatures during orbit. Both of these thermal control materials utilize back-surface metalized Teflon FEP (DuPont, fluorinated ethylene propylene) as the exterior (spacefacing) layer because of its excellent optical properties (low solar absorptance and high thermal emittance). The aluminized-FEP (Al-FEP) outermost layer of the multilayer insulation blankets on the HST has become embrittled while in space, resulting in severe on-orbit cracking (see the photographs). During the second servicing mission, an extremely embrittled piece of Al-FEP was retrieved that had curled, exposing the backsurface aluminum to space (see the photograph on the right). Because the aluminum surface has a lower thermal emittance than the FEP, this curled piece reached 200 C during orbit, 150 C higher than the nominal temperature extreme. To better understand the effect of temperature on the rate of degradation, and on the mechanism of degradation, of this insulation material in the low-Earth-orbit environment, researchers at the NASA Glenn Research Center conducted experiments to determine the effect of heating on the degradation of FEP that has been irradiated in a ground laboratory facility or in space on the HST. For this study, Teflon FEP retrieved from the HST during the third servicing mission after 9.7 years of space exposure was provided to Glenn by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

  16. Bonding of reinforced Teflon to metals

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    Laiacona, F. P. (Inventor)

    1971-01-01

    Reinforced FEP Teflon composite material is bonded to a metal substrate by applying a thin layer of copper on the metal surface and disposing irregularly shaped copper particles on the coated surface. The reinforced Teflon is then assembled in contact with the particles, and the assembly is heated under pressure at an elevated temperature below the melting point of the Teflon. A diffusion bond stronger than the reinforced Teflon component is produced, thus enabling the fabrication of self-lubricating bodies with relatively high strength.

  17. Charging and discharging Teflon

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    Passenheim, B. C.; Vanlint, V. A. J.

    1981-01-01

    The charging and discharging characteristics of several common satellite materials exposed to 0-30KV electrons are measured. Teflon is discussed because the charging characteristics are radically altered immediately after a spontaneous discharge. The exterior geometry of the test structure is shown. In all cases dielectric samples were 82 cm in diameter mounted on the front of a 120 cm diameter cylinder supported on an 85 cm, 0.95 cm thick plexiglass disc. Dielectric materials investigated were: back surface aluminized Kapton, back surface silvered Teflon, silicon alkyd white thermal control paint, and 50 cm by 50 cm array of 0.030 cm thick MgF2 coated fused silica solar cell cover slips.

  18. Teflon bonding of silicon solar cells

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    White, P. A.; Jones, D. E.

    The silicon adhesive used to bond the coverglass onto the solar cell can be replaced by a thin layer of FEP Teflon. The advantage of using Teflon as the adhesive is that it is supplied as a thin sheet in thicknesses of 25 or 50 microns and can be cut to size prior to use. Because the Teflon does not extrude from the join in the same manner as conventional adhesives, the cleanup after Teflon bonding is virtually nonexistent. It is considered that the use of a coverglass which is thermally matched to silicon will prevent the buildup of thermal stresses which could cause delamination. Work done to date on the Teflon bonding process including the results of some critical end of life tests is reviewed.

  19. Teflon haemoptysis.

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    Aboudara, Matthew; Krimsky, William; Harley, Daniel

    2012-03-20

    Teflon-coated pledgeted sutures can be used to reinforce the bronchial anastomosis site following a pulmonary resection in order to prevent bronchopleural fistula formation. The authors describe the case of a 42-year-old woman with recurrent haemoptysis secondary to the erosion of a pledgeted suture through the distal trachea. The pledgeted suture was used to reinforce a defect in the wall of the distal trachea after a right upper lobectomy for stage 2a squamous cell carcinoma. Surgically, a completion pneumonectomy with carinal reconstruction was thought necessary to treat the haemoptysis. Given her age and potential surgical morbidities, the decision was made to perform serial bronchoscopies with careful pruning and eventual removal of the pledget by using the cryoprobe and a flexible scissors. This resulted in the eventual removal of the suture. Follow-up bronchoscopy 4 weeks postremoval demonstrated no residual defect on the airway wall.

  20. Utilization of FEP energetics

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    Frederking, T. H. K.; Abbassi, P.; Afifi, F.; Khandhar, P. K.; Ono, D. Y.; Chen, W. E. W.

    1987-01-01

    The research and development work on Fountain Effect Pump Systems (FEP systems) has been of interest in the competition between mechanical pumps for He II and FEP units. The latter do not have moving parts. In the course of the work, the energetics have been addressed using one part of a simple four-changes-of-state cycle. One option is the FEP ideal change of state at constant chemical potential (mu). The other option is the two-state sequence mu-P with a d mu=0 state change followed by an isobar. Questions of pump behavior, of flow rate response to temperature difference at the hot end, and related questions of thermodynamic cycle completion and heat transfer have been addressed. Porous media data obtained elucidate differences between vapor-liquid phase separation (VLPS) and Zero Net Mass Transfer (ZNMF).

  1. CLAD DEGRADATION - FEPS SCREENING ARGUMENTS

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    R. Schreiner

    2004-10-21

    The purpose of this report is to evaluate and document the screening of the clad degradation features, events, and processes (FEPs) with respect to modeling used to support the Total System Performance Assessment-License Application (TSPA-LA). This report also addresses the effect of certain FEPs on both the cladding and the commercial spent nuclear fuel (CSNF), DOE-owned spent nuclear fuel (DSNF), and defense high-level waste (DHLW) waste forms, as appropriate to address the effects on multiple materials and both components (FEPs 2.1.09.09.0A, 2.1.09.11.0A, 2.1.11.05.0A, 2.1.12.02.0A, and 2.1.12.03.0A). These FEPs are expected to affect the repository performance during the postclosure regulatory period of 10,000 years after permanent closure. Table 1-1 provides the list of cladding FEPs, including their screening decisions (include or exclude). The primary purpose of this report is to identify and document the analysis, screening decision, and TSPA-LA disposition (for included FEPs) or screening argument (for excluded FEPs) for these FEPs related to clad degradation. In some cases, where a FEP covers multiple technical areas and is shared with other FEP reports, this report may provide only a partial technical basis for the screening of the FEP. The full technical basis for shared FEPs is addressed collectively by the sharing FEP reports. The screening decisions and associated TSPA-LA dispositions or screening arguments from all of the FEP reports are cataloged in a project-specific FEPs database.

  2. Performance of silvered Teflon (trademark) thermal control blankets on spacecraft

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    Pippin, Gary; Stuckey, Wayne; Hemminger, Carol

    1993-01-01

    Silverized Teflon (Ag/FEP) is a widely used passive thermal control material for space applications. The material has a very low alpha/e ratio (less than 0.1) for low operating temperatures and is fabricated with various FEP thicknesses (as the Teflon thickness increases, the emittance increases). It is low outgassing and, because of its flexibility, can be applied around complex, curved shapes. Ag/FEP has achieved multiyear lifetimes under a variety of exposure conditions. This has been demonstrated by the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF), Solar Max, Spacecraft Charging at High Altitudes (SCATHA), and other flight experiments. Ag/FEP material has been held in place on spacecraft by a variety of methods: mechanical clamping, direct adhesive bonding of tapes and sheets, and by Velcro(TM) tape adhesively bonded to back surfaces. On LDEF, for example, 5-mil blankets held by Velcro(TM) and clamping were used for thermal control over 3- by 4-ft areas on each of 17 trays. Adhesively bonded 2- and 5-mil sheets were used on other LDEF experiments, both for thermal control and as tape to hold other thermal control blankets in place. Performance data over extended time periods are available from a number of flights. The observed effects on optical properties, mechanical properties, and surface chemistry will be summarized in this paper. This leads to a discussion of performance life estimates and other design lessons for Ag/FEP thermal control material.

  3. Silver-Teflon contamination UV radiation study

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    Muscari, J. A.

    1978-01-01

    Silver-Teflon (Ag/FEP) is planned to be used as the thermal control material covering the radiator surfaces on the shuttle orbiter payload bay doors. These radiators require the use of materials that have a very low solar absorptance and a high emittance for heat rejection. However, operationally, materials used on these critical radiator surfaces, such as silver-Teflon, will be exposed to a variety of conditions which include both the natural as well as the induced environments from the Shuttle Orbiter. A complete test facility was assembled, and detailed test procedures and a test matrix were developed. Measurements of low solar absorptance were taken before and after contamination, at intervals during irradiation, and after sample cleaning to fulfill all the requirements.

  4. Teflon films for chemically-inert microfluidic valves and pumps

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    Grover, William H.; von Muhlen, Marcio G.; Manalis, Scott R.

    2014-01-01

    We present a simple method for fabricating chemically-inert Teflon microfluidic valves and pumps in glass microfluidic devices. These structures are modeled after monolithic membrane valves and pumps that utilize a featureless polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) membrane sandwiched between two etched glass wafers. The limited chemical compatibility of PDMS has necessitated research into alternative materials for microfluidic devices. Previous work has shown that spin-coated amorphous fluoropolymers and Teflon-fluoropolymer laminates can be fabricated and substituted for PDMS in monolithic membrane valves and pumps for space flight applications. However, the complex process for fabricating these spin-coated Teflon films and laminates may preclude their use in many research and manufacturing contexts. As an alternative, we show that commercially-available fluorinated ethylene-propylene (FEP) Teflon films can be used to fabricate chemically-inert monolithic membrane valves and pumps in glass microfluidic devices. The FEP Teflon valves and pumps presented here are simple to fabricate, function similarly to their PDMS counterparts, maintain their performance over extended use, and are resistant to virtually all chemicals. These structures should facilitate lab-on-a-chip research involving a vast array of chemistries that are incompatible with native PDMS microfluidic devices. PMID:18497911

  5. Teflon films for chemically-inert microfluidic valves and pumps.

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    Grover, William H; von Muhlen, Marcio G; Manalis, Scott R

    2008-06-01

    We present a simple method for fabricating chemically-inert Teflon microfluidic valves and pumps in glass microfluidic devices. These structures are modeled after monolithic membrane valves and pumps that utilize a featureless polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) membrane bonded between two etched glass wafers. The limited chemical compatibility of PDMS has necessitated research into alternative materials for microfluidic devices. Previous work has shown that spin-coated amorphous fluoropolymers and Teflon-fluoropolymer laminates can be fabricated and substituted for PDMS in monolithic membrane valves and pumps for space flight applications. However, the complex process for fabricating these spin-coated Teflon films and laminates may preclude their use in many research and manufacturing contexts. As an alternative, we show that commercially-available fluorinated ethylene-propylene (FEP) Teflon films can be used to fabricate chemically-inert monolithic membrane valves and pumps in glass microfluidic devices. The FEP Teflon valves and pumps presented here are simple to fabricate, function similarly to their PDMS counterparts, maintain their performance over extended use, and are resistant to virtually all chemicals. These structures should facilitate lab-on-a-chip research involving a vast array of chemistries that are incompatible with native PDMS microfluidic devices.

  6. Space environmental effects on silvered Teflon thermal control surfaces

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    Hemminger, C. S.; Stuckey, W. K.; Uht, J. C.

    1991-01-01

    Cumulative space environment effects on Ag/fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) were a function of exposure orientation. Samples from nineteen silvered Teflon (Ag/FEP) thermal control surfaces recovered from the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) were analyzed to determine changes in this material as a function of position on the spacecraft. Although solar absorptance and infrared emittance of measured thermal blanket specimens are relatively unchanged from control specimen values, significant changes in surface morphology, composition and chemistry were observed. Researchers hypothesize that the FEP surfaces on LDEF were degraded by ultraviolet radiation exposure at all orientations, but that the damaged material had been removed by erosion from the blankets exposed to atomic oxygen flux and that contamination is masking the damage on trays flanking the trailing edge.

  7. Space environmental effects on silvered Teflon thermal control surfaces

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    Hemminger, C. S.; Stuckey, W. K.; Uht, J. C.

    1992-01-01

    Cumulative space environmental effects on silver/fluorinated ethylene propylene (Ag/FEP) were a function of exposure orientation. Samples from nineteen silvered Teflon (Ag/FEP) thermal control surfaces recovered from the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) were analyzed to determine changes in this material as a function of position on the spacecraft. Although solar absorptance and infrared emittance of measured thermal blanket specimens are relatively unchanged from control specimen values, significant changes in surface morphology, composition, and chemistry were observed. We hypothesize that the FEP surfaces on the LDEF are degraded by UV radiation at all orientations, but that the damaged material has been removed by erosion from the blankets exposed to atomic oxygen flux and that contamination is masking the damage in some areas on the trays flanking the trailing edge.

  8. Space environmental effects on silvered Teflon thermal control surfaces

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    Hemminger, C. S.; Stuckey, W. K.; Uht, J. C.

    1992-01-01

    Cumulative space environmental effects on silver/fluorinated ethylene propylene (Ag/FEP) were a function of exposure orientation. Samples from nineteen silvered Teflon (Ag/FEP) thermal control surfaces recovered from the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) were analyzed to determine changes in this material as a function of position on the spacecraft. Although solar absorptance and infrared emittance of measured thermal blanket specimens are relatively unchanged from control specimen values, significant changes in surface morphology, composition, and chemistry were observed. We hypothesize that the FEP surfaces on the LDEF are degraded by UV radiation at all orientations, but that the damaged material has been removed by erosion from the blankets exposed to atomic oxygen flux and that contamination is masking the damage in some areas on the trays flanking the trailing edge.

  9. Teflon, Kapton surface and bulk effects

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    Robinson, J. C.; Mccargo, M.

    1985-01-01

    Two samples of 2 mil aluminized/Kapton thermal blanket and two samples of Teflon were received for evaluation. Their location on the solar maximum is given. The Kapton top layer of the thermal blanket had been exposed to the LEO atomic oxygen environment and shows the surface degradation due to atomic oxygen attack resulting in a diffuse character over most of the surface. The backside Kapton layer which was unexposed appeared to the eye to be in virgin condition. Another sample exhibited similar properties, but was, in large part, covered with Kapton adhesive tape and it was not possible to obtain usable specimens for analysis. One of the Teflon samples which was exposed shows signs of heavy degradation including attack on the Ag/Inconel backside by ultraviolet and atomic oxygen. The other Teflon sample which was unexposed was only slightly fogged on the Teflon side and the Ag/Inconel appeared untouched. These samples were subjected to several chemical and physical analyses, the results of which are discussed.

  10. SSM atomic oxygen reactions on Kapton and silverized Teflon

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    Linton, R.; Whitaker, A.

    1985-01-01

    Surface morphology studies using scanning electron microscopy on Kapton and Inconel silver coated Teflon material samples retrieved from the Solar Maximum Mission spacecraft revealed significant changes attributed to orbital atomic oxygen induced reactions. The Kapton recession observed on the aluminized Kapton material samples appeared equivalent in nature with that observed on previous Space Shuttle LEO missions. SSM Teflon taped material samples, coated on the back side with films of Inconel protected silver were observed degraded on both sides. Visibly severe reactions on the back side produced total blackening, generally restricted to areas of tape with a narrow direct view-factor of the external orbital environment. High magnification scanning electron microscope views provided evidence of near total silver reaction, flaking, and subsequent erosion of the underlying Teflon itself. Only three of the extensive S.E.M. photographs illustrating the basic reactions observed are included pending further detailed investigations.

  11. Clad Degradation - FEPs Screening Arguments

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    E. Siegmann

    2004-03-17

    The purpose of this report is to document the screening of the cladding degradation features, events, and processes (FEPs) for commercial spent nuclear fuel (CSNF). This report also addresses the effect of some FEPs on both the cladding and the CSNF, DSNF, and HLW waste forms where it was considered appropriate to address the effects on both materials together. This report summarizes the work of others to screen clad degradation FEPs in a manner consistent with, and used in, the Total System Performance Assessment-License Application (TSPA-LA). This document was prepared according to ''Technical Work Plan for Waste Form Degradation Modeling, Testing, and Analyses in Support of LA'' (BSC 2004a [DIRS 167796]).

  12. Miscellaneous Waste-Form FEPs

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    A. Schenker

    2000-12-08

    The US DOE must provide a reasonable assurance that the performance objectives for the Yucca Mountain Project (YMP) potential radioactive-waste repository can be achieved for a 10,000-year post-closure period. The guidance that mandates this direction is under the provisions of 10 CFR Part 63 and the US Department of Energy's ''Revised Interim Guidance Pending Issuance of New US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Regulations (Revision 01, July 22, 1999), for Yucca Mountain, Nevada'' (Dyer 1999 and herein referred to as DOE's Interim Guidance). This assurance must be demonstrated in the form of a performance assessment that: (1) identifies the features, events, and processes (FEPs) that might affect the performance of the potential geologic repository; (2) examines the effects of such FEPs on the performance of the potential geologic repository; (3) estimates the expected annual dose to a specified receptor group; and (4) provides the technical basis for inclusion or exclusion of specific FEPs.

  13. Analysis of Ag/FEP Thermal Control Blanket Performance From Multiple Satellites

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    Pippin, Gary; Normand, E.; Woll, S.; Munafo, Paul (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Materials performance data from operational spacecraft and spacecraft experiments has slowly accumulated over the years. Much of this data is obtained indirectly by analyzing temperature measurements telemetered to ground. Due to the Space Transportation System (STS) program, materials performance data has also been obtained by flying materials on satellites, or on the Space Shuttle itself, for limited periods of time, and then returning the materials to ground for post-flight examination. During the course of NASA contract NAS8-98213, the authors have extended the analysis of data reported for selected materials flown on a variety of spacecraft over the past 30 years. In this paper we discuss changes in two properties of silver- or aluminum-backed (metallized) FEP Teflon due to exposure to specific environmental factors on-orbit. First, the change in solar absorptance (alpha(sub s)) of metallized FEP Teflon as a function of particulate radiation will be discussed. Data providing the change in solar absorptance of metallized FEP as a function of days on orbit has been published for NTS-2 satellite, several NavStar Global Positioning Satellites (GPS), the SCATHA experiment, and the ML-101 satellite. The unique approach that we have taken is to calculate the absorbed radiation dose within the Ag/FEP for the various satellite orbits, and to plot the change in solar absorptance, alpha(sub s), as a function of the dose; the behavior agrees with the same data from laboratory tests. Second, the variation of the atomic oxygen induced material recession rate of metallized FEP will be discussed. Data from certain Space Shuttle flights, a Lockheed experiment [approximately 105 days in low Earth orbit (LEO)], and the Long Duration Exposure Facility allows the variation of the material recession rate of Ag/FEP to be estimated under conditions that include atomic oxygen exposure.

  14. Whole Teflon valves for handling droplets.

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    Cybulski, Olgierd; Jakiela, Slawomir; Garstecki, Piotr

    2016-06-21

    We propose and test a new whole-Teflon gate valve for handling droplets. The valve allows droplet plugs to pass through without disturbing them. This is possible due to the geometric design, the choice of material and lack of any pulses of flow generated by closing or opening the valve. The duct through the valve resembles a simple segment of tubing, without constrictions, change in lumen or side pockets. There are no extra sealing materials with different wettability or chemical resistance. The only material exposed to liquids is FEP Teflon, which is resistant to aggressive chemicals and fully biocompatible. The valve can be integrated into microfluidic systems: we demonstrate a complex system for culturing bacteria in hundreds of microliter droplet chemostats. The valve effectively isolates modules of the system to increase precision of operations on droplets. We verified that the valve allowed millions of droplet plugs to safely pass through, without any cross-contamination with bacteria between the droplets. The valve can be used in automating complex microfluidic systems for experiments in biochemistry, biology and organic chemistry.

  15. The Impact of FEP Legislation

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    Adams, Arvil

    1975-01-01

    This testimony, before a public hearing of the New York City Commission on Human Rights in May 1974, had three express focuses: (1) on urban poverty among blacks in the non-south; (2) on the enforcement of Fair Employment Practice (FEP) legislation and its effect on the economic position of blacks and other minority groups; and, (3) on guidelines…

  16. The Impact of FEP Legislation

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    Adams, Arvil

    1975-01-01

    This testimony, before a public hearing of the New York City Commission on Human Rights in May 1974, had three express focuses: (1) on urban poverty among blacks in the non-south; (2) on the enforcement of Fair Employment Practice (FEP) legislation and its effect on the economic position of blacks and other minority groups; and, (3) on guidelines…

  17. Analysis of Silverized Teflon Thermal Control Material Flown on the Long Duration Exposure Facility

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    Pippin, H. Gary

    1995-01-01

    Silver backed teflon (Ag/FEP) material used for thermal control on the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) has been examined in detail. Optical, mechanical, and chemical properties were characterized for specimens exposed to a variety of space environmental conditions. Recession rates were determined for this material. Samples were obtained from virtually every LDEF location except the Earth-end. Atomic oxygen exposed regions changed from specular to diffusely reflective.

  18. Reactive Air Aluminization

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    Choi, Jung-Pyung; Chou, Y. S.; Stevenson, Jeffry W.

    2011-10-28

    Ferritic stainless steels and other alloys are of great interest to SOFC developers for applications such as interconnects, cell frames, and balance of plant components. While these alloys offer significant advantages (e.g., low material and manufacturing cost, high thermal conductivity, and high temperature oxidation resistance), there are challenges which can hinder their utilization in SOFC systems; these challenges include Cr volatility and reactivity with glass seals. To overcome these challenges, protective coatings and surface treatments for the alloys are under development. In particular, aluminization of alloy surfaces offers the potential for mitigating both evaporation of Cr from the alloy surface and reaction of alloy constituents with glass seals. Commercial aluminization processes are available to SOFC developers, but they tend to be costly due to their use of exotic raw materials and/or processing conditions. As an alternative, PNNL has developed Reactive Air Aluminization (RAA), which offers a low-cost, simpler alternative to conventional aluminization methods.

  19. Gas and aerosol wall losses in Teflon film smog chambers

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    McMurry, P.H.; Grosjean, D.

    1985-12-01

    Large smog chambers (approx.60 m/sup 3/) constructed of FEP Teflon film are frequently used to study photochemistry and aerosol formation in model chemical systems. In a previous paper a theory for aerosol wall loss rates in Teflon film smog chambers was developed; predicted particle loss rates were in good agreement with measured rates. In the present paper, measurements of wall deposition rates and the effects of wall losses on measurements of gas-to-particle conversion in smog chambers are discussed. Calculations indicate that a large fraction of the aerosol formed in several smog chamber experiments was on the chamber walls at the end of the experiment. Estimated values for particulate organic carbon yield for several precursor hydrocarbons increased by factors of 1.3-6.0 when wall deposition was taken into account. The theory is also extended to loss rates of gaseous species. Such loss rates are either limited by diffusion through a concentration boundary layer near the surface or by uptake at the surface. It is shown that for a typical 60-m/sup 3/ Teflon film smog chamber, gas loss rates are limited by surface reaction rates if mass accommodation coefficients are less than 6 x 10/sup -6/. It follows that previously reported loss rates of several gases in a chamber of this type were limited by surface reactions.

  20. Degradation studies of SMRM teflon

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    Liang, Ranty H.; Oda, Keri L.; Chung, Shirley Y.; Gupta, Amitava

    1986-01-01

    Teflon samples returned from the Solar Max Satellite (SMS) suffered noticeable damage such as cracking and yellowing. This is in contrast to teflon exposed aboard STS-5 and STS-8 which showed no detectable changes. Selected teflon tape samples from SMS were studied to evaluate the extent and mechanism of degradation. ESCA studies revealed that these teflon samples contain hydrocarbon segments which were susceptible to oxygen atom degradation. Mechanical measurements also showed bulk property changes as a result of LEO exposure. A molecular model of material and energetic oxygen atom interaction was proposed. SMS data and the importance of developing correlation between accelerated exposure data from STS and ground-based testing and real time data will be presented.

  1. Teflon lubrication of liquid oxygen turbopump bearings

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    Naerheim, Y.; Stocker, P. J.

    1989-01-01

    Ball bearings with glass fiber reinforced Teflon ball retainers from hot-fired liquid oxygen turbopumps were analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to determine the extent of Teflon transfer and/or chemical reaction at the bearing surface. No Teflon, but metal fluorides could be found on the metal surface. This indicates that Teflon decomposes and reacts with the bearing steel to form fluorides. Hence, Teflon does not appear to function directly as a lubricant under these operating conditions.

  2. Duplex aluminized coatings

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    Gedwill, M. A.; Grisaffe, S. J. (Inventor)

    1975-01-01

    The surface of a metallic base system is initially coated with a metallic alloy layer that is ductile and oxidation resistant. An aluminide coating is then applied to the metallic alloy layer. The chemistry of the metallic alloy layer is such that the oxidation resistance of the subsequently aluminized outermost layer is not seriously degraded.

  3. Degradation of FEP thermal control materials returned from the Hubble Space Telescope

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    Zuby, Thomas M.; Degroh, Kim K.; Smith, Daniela C.

    1995-01-01

    After an initial 3.6 years of space flight, the Hubble Space Telescope was serviced through a joint effort with the NASA and the European Space Agency. Multi-layer insulation (MLI) was retrieved from the electronics boxes of the two magnetic sensing systems (MSS), also called the magnetometers, and from the returned solar array (SA-I) drive arm assembly. The top layer of each MLI assembly is fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP, a type of Teflon). Dramatic changes in material properties were observed when comparing areas of high solar fluence to areas of low solar fluence. Cross sectional analysis shows atomic oxygen (AO) erosion values up to 25.4 mu m (1 mil). Greater occurrences of through-thickness cracking and surface microcracking were observed in areas of high solar exposure. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) showed increases in surface microhardness measurements with increasing solar exposure. Decreases in FEP tensile strength and elongation were measured when compared to non-flight material. Erosion yield and tensile results are compared with FEP data from the Long Duration Exposure Facility. AO erosion yield data, solar fluence values, contamination, micrometeoroid or debris impact sites, and optical properties are presented.

  4. Vacuum ultraviolet radiation/atomic oxygen synergism in fluorinated ethylene propylene Teflon erosion

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    Stiegman, A. E.; Brinza, David E.; Laue, Eric G.; Anderson, Mark S.; Liang, Ranty H.

    1992-01-01

    A micrographic investigation is reported of samples of the fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) Teflon thermal-blanketing materials recovered from the Long-Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) satellite. The samples are taken from the trailing edge and row 8 which correspond to exposures to vacuum UV (VUV) and VUV + atomic O, respectively. Data are taken from SEM and IR-spectra observations, and the LDEF leading-edge FEP shows a high degree of erosion, roughening, and sharp peaks angled in the direction of the flow of atomic O. The trailing edge sample influenced primarily by VUV shows a hard brittle layer and some cracked mosaic patterns. Comparisons to a reference sample suggest that the brittle layer is related to exposure to VUV and is removed by atomic-O impingement. Polymers that are stable to VUV radiation appear to be more stable in terms of atomic oxygen.

  5. Optical and electrical properties of ion beam textured Kapton and Teflon

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    Mirtich, M. J.; Sovey, J. S.

    1977-01-01

    An electron bombardment argon ion source was used to ion etch polyimide (Kapton) and fluorinated ethylene, FEP (Teflon). Samples of polyimide and FEP were exposed to (0.5-1.0) keV Ar ions at ion current densities of (1.0-1/8) mA/sq cm for various exposure times. Changes in the optical and electrical properties of the samples were used to characterize the exposure. Spectral reflectance and transmittance measurements were made between 0.33 and 2.16 micron m using an integrating sphere after each exposure. From these measurements, values of solar absorptance were obtained. Total emittance measurements were also recorded for some samples. Surface resistivity was used to determine changes in the electrical conductivity of the etched samples. A scanning electron microscope recorded surface structure after exposure. Spectral optical data, resistivity measurements, calculated absorptance and emittance measurements are presented along with photomicrographs of the surface structure for the various exposures to Ar ions.

  6. Vacuum ultraviolet radiation/atomic oxygen synergism in fluorinated ethylene propylene Teflon erosion

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    Stiegman, A. E.; Brinza, David E.; Laue, Eric G.; Anderson, Mark S.; Liang, Ranty H.

    1992-01-01

    A micrographic investigation is reported of samples of the fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) Teflon thermal-blanketing materials recovered from the Long-Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) satellite. The samples are taken from the trailing edge and row 8 which correspond to exposures to vacuum UV (VUV) and VUV + atomic O, respectively. Data are taken from SEM and IR-spectra observations, and the LDEF leading-edge FEP shows a high degree of erosion, roughening, and sharp peaks angled in the direction of the flow of atomic O. The trailing edge sample influenced primarily by VUV shows a hard brittle layer and some cracked mosaic patterns. Comparisons to a reference sample suggest that the brittle layer is related to exposure to VUV and is removed by atomic-O impingement. Polymers that are stable to VUV radiation appear to be more stable in terms of atomic oxygen.

  7. Impact penetration experiments in teflon targets of variable thickness

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    Hoerz, F.; Cintala, M. J.; Bernhard, R. P.; See, T. H.

    1993-01-01

    Approximately 20.4 sq m of Teflon thermal blankets on the nonspinning Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) were exposed to the orbital debris and micrometeoroid environment in low-Earth orbit (LEO) for approximately 5.7 years. Each blanket consisted of an outer layer (approximately 125 micron thick) of FEP Teflon that was backed by a vapor-deposited metal mirror (Inconel; less than 1 micron thick). The inner surface consisted of organic binders and Chemglaze thermal protective paint (approximately 50 micron thick) resulting in a somewhat variable, total blanket thickness of approximately 180 to 200 microns. There was at least one of these blankets, each exposing approximately 1.2 sq m of surface area, on nine of LDEF's 12 principal pointing directions, the exceptions being Rows 3, 9, and 12. As a consequence, these blankets represent a significant opportunity for micrometeoroid and debris studies, in general, and specifically they provide an opportunity to address those issues that require information about pointing direction (i.e., spatial density of impact events as a function of instrument orientation). During deintegration of the LDEF spacecraft at KSC, all penetration holes greater than or equal to 300 micron in diameter were documented and were recently synthesized in terms of spatial density as a function of LDEF viewing direction by. The present report describes ongoing cratering and penetration experiments in pure Teflon targets, which are intended to establish the relationships between crater or penetration-hole diameters and the associated projectile dimensions at laboratory velocities (i.e., 6 km/s). The ultimate objective of these efforts is to extract reliable mass-frequencies and associated fluxes of hypervelocity particles in LEO.

  8. Impact penetration experiments in teflon targets of variable thickness

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    Hoerz, F.; Cintala, M. J.; Bernhard, R. P.; See, T. H.

    1993-03-01

    Approximately 20.4 sq m of Teflon thermal blankets on the nonspinning Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) were exposed to the orbital debris and micrometeoroid environment in low-Earth orbit (LEO) for approximately 5.7 years. Each blanket consisted of an outer layer (approximately 125 micron thick) of FEP Teflon that was backed by a vapor-deposited metal mirror (Inconel; less than 1 micron thick). The inner surface consisted of organic binders and Chemglaze thermal protective paint (approximately 50 micron thick) resulting in a somewhat variable, total blanket thickness of approximately 180 to 200 microns. There was at least one of these blankets, each exposing approximately 1.2 sq m of surface area, on nine of LDEF's 12 principal pointing directions, the exceptions being Rows 3, 9, and 12. As a consequence, these blankets represent a significant opportunity for micrometeoroid and debris studies, in general, and specifically they provide an opportunity to address those issues that require information about pointing direction (i.e., spatial density of impact events as a function of instrument orientation). During deintegration of the LDEF spacecraft at KSC, all penetration holes greater than or equal to 300 micron in diameter were documented and were recently synthesized in terms of spatial density as a function of LDEF viewing direction by. The present report describes ongoing cratering and penetration experiments in pure Teflon targets, which are intended to establish the relationships between crater or penetration-hole diameters and the associated projectile dimensions at laboratory velocities (i.e., 6 km/s). The ultimate objective of these efforts is to extract reliable mass-frequencies and associated fluxes of hypervelocity particles in LEO.

  9. Thermal anomalies in stressed Teflon.

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    Lee, S. H.; Wulff, C. A.

    1972-01-01

    In the course of testing polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon) as a calorimetric gasketing material, serendipity revealed a thermal anomaly in stressed film that occurs concomitantly with the well-documented 25 C transition. The magnitude of the excess energy absorption - about 35 cal/g - is suggested to be related to the restricted thermal expansion of the film.

  10. Teflon-packed flexible joint

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    Belmont, G. E.

    1969-01-01

    Teflon-packed flexible joint separates the movement of the shaker from the liquid nitrogen hose during the ground testing of cryogenic zero-g equipment. The joint allows the hose to lie on the floor in a stationary position as the shaker moves back and forth, thus, the hose is not subject to violent motion.

  11. Whole-Teflon microfluidic chips

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    Ren, Kangning; Dai, Wen; Zhou, Jianhua; Su, Jing; Wu, Hongkai

    2011-01-01

    Although microfluidics has shown exciting potential, its broad applications are significantly limited by drawbacks of the materials used to make them. In this work, we present a convenient strategy for fabricating whole-Teflon microfluidic chips with integrated valves that show outstanding inertness to various chemicals and extreme resistance against all solvents. Compared with other microfluidic materials [e.g., poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS)] the whole-Teflon chip has a few more advantages, such as no absorption of small molecules, little adsorption of biomolecules onto channel walls, and no leaching of residue molecules from the material bulk into the solution in the channel. Various biological cells have been cultured in the whole-Teflon channel. Adherent cells can attach to the channel bottom, spread, and proliferate well in the channels (with similar proliferation rate to the cells in PDMS channels with the same dimensions). The moderately good gas permeability of the Teflon materials makes it suitable to culture cells inside the microchannels for a long time. PMID:21536918

  12. Whole-Teflon microfluidic chips.

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    Ren, Kangning; Dai, Wen; Zhou, Jianhua; Su, Jing; Wu, Hongkai

    2011-05-17

    Although microfluidics has shown exciting potential, its broad applications are significantly limited by drawbacks of the materials used to make them. In this work, we present a convenient strategy for fabricating whole-Teflon microfluidic chips with integrated valves that show outstanding inertness to various chemicals and extreme resistance against all solvents. Compared with other microfluidic materials [e.g., poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS)] the whole-Teflon chip has a few more advantages, such as no absorption of small molecules, little adsorption of biomolecules onto channel walls, and no leaching of residue molecules from the material bulk into the solution in the channel. Various biological cells have been cultured in the whole-Teflon channel. Adherent cells can attach to the channel bottom, spread, and proliferate well in the channels (with similar proliferation rate to the cells in PDMS channels with the same dimensions). The moderately good gas permeability of the Teflon materials makes it suitable to culture cells inside the microchannels for a long time.

  13. Thermal Contributions to the Degradation of Ground Laboratory and Space Irradiated Teflon

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    deGroh, Kim K.; Martin, Morgana

    2003-01-01

    The aluminized Teflon fluorinated ethylene propylene outer most layer of the multilayer insulation blankets on the Hubble Space Telescope has become embrittled resulting in severe on-orbit cracking. During the second servicing mission, a piece of aluminized fluorinated ethylene propylene was retrieved that had curled, exposing the back-surface aluminum to space. This extremely embrittled piece reached 200 C on-orbit, 150 C higher than the nominal temperature extreme. Therefore, experiments have been conducted to determine the effect of heating on the degradation of fluorinated ethylene propylene that has been irradiated in a ground laboratory facility or in space on Hubble Space Telescope. Samples of pristine, x-ray irradiated and Hubble Space Telescope retrieved fluorinated ethylene propylene were heat treated from 50 to 200 C at 25 C intervals in a high vacuum facility and tensile tested. Density measurements were also obtained. Results indicate that heating does not embrittle non-irradiated Teflon. However, there is a significant dependence of the embrittlement of irradiated Teflon on heating temperature, with near complete loss of elongation at 100 C and higher. Rate of degradation changes, which were consistent with the glass transition temperature for fluorinated ethylene propylene, were present in the data. The results support chain scission as the primary mechanism of degradation of fluorinated ethylene propylene on Hubble Space Telescope, and indicate the significance of the on-orbit temperature of fluorinated ethylene propylene with respect to its degradation in the space environment.

  14. Bonding procedure for Teflon seals

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    Barringer, S. R.; Ezell, T. E., Jr.; Stacey, A. B., Jr.; Wright, D. B., Jr.

    1982-01-01

    Material and bonding procedures designed for use as seals at the National Transonic Facility at the NASA Langley Research Center are presented. Teflon TFE was chosen for its ability to withstand pressures of up to 130 psi and temperatures ranging from -320 to 150 F, in addition to tolerances of 0.074 in. and having a movement allowance of 0.75 in. during transient cycles. Since some of the seals are 14 in. in diameter, Teflon sheets had to be sliced and bonded together after machining to size, resulting in seals with circular, oval, straight, and rectangular cross sections. Step-by-step preparation procedures are provided, and it is noted that the scarf joints performed as predicted during tests.

  15. Degradation studies of SMRM Teflon

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    Liang, R. H.; Oda, K. L.; Chung, S. Y.

    1985-01-01

    A working group was organized to study materials and components of the Solar Max Satellite (SMS) that was returned by the STS 41C. These materials were exposed in space for 50 months and represent the only real time long term exposure data available to date. In the molecular modeling of material and energetic oxygen atom interaction, it is pointed out that the importance of developing correlation between accelerated exposure data from STS and some real time data. In particular, it was predicted that Teflon which showed no detectable degradation on various STS flights may be susceptible to atomic oxygen degradation under real time conditions. Initial inspection of returned SMS samples showed that Teflon suffered visual damage such as cracking and yellowing. The results of examination of these samples are given.

  16. Aluminizing in enameling

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    Chernyavskii, A.N.; Derkach, V.I.; Kachuk, V.S.; Lysenko, S.V.

    1982-11-01

    At the Scientific-Research Institute for Enameling of Chemical Machinery an investigation has been made of the process of aluminizing steel parts for the purpose of protecting unenameled surfaces from oxidation. Three methods were investigated: immersion in molten metal, painting with an aluminum suspension, and metallizing. For the investigation flat 75 X 50 X 10 mm samples of 08sp steel were used. Finds that aluminum metallizing makes it possible to eliminate losses of metal to oxidation of 5-6 kg per m/sup 2/, to decrease by no less than two times the costs for shot blasting of unenameled surfaces before painting, to increase the service life of the electrical spirals in furnaces, to significantly increase production culture, to eliminate entry of scale into the enamel coating, and consequently to increase the quality of enameled equipment. Concludes that taking into consideration the approximately equal cost of the aluminum wire used for metallizing and the enamel granulate, the high productivity of the operation, the simplicity of accomplishing it, the possibility of mechanization and combining in time the operations of annealing the enamel coating and aluminizing, and the availability of standard equipment for the process, enameling of steel equipment with the use of metallizing of the unprotected surfaces with aluminum may be recommended for introduction.

  17. Effects of hydraulic fluid CVCM on silver-Teflon. [Collected Volatile Condensable Material spacecraft contamination tests

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    Muscari, J. A.

    1979-01-01

    Changes in the solar absorptance of silver-Teflon (Ag/FEP) surfaces were measured after contamination by the outgassing products of hydraulic fluid and irradiation by solar simulators. Although radiator surfaces are selected for stability to the solar ultraviolet and particulate environment, contaminant deposition and their interaction with solar exposure can degrade their performance. The test procedure to deposit the hydraulic fluid collected volatile condensible material (CVCM), irradiate, and determine solar absorptance changes by reflectance measurements using a spectrophotometer and a solar simulator is described. The tests showed that for the estimated deposition rates on the Ag/FEP, the hydraulic fluid CVCM fraction remaining under normal conditions (above -40 C) would not degrade its performance. The residual CVCM can be easily removed from Ag/FEP by wiping with a solvent saturated flannel. The changes in solar absorptance with the CVCM film thickness and the radiation exposure duration are reported, concluding that vacuum ultraviolet radiation did not prevent easy removal of CVCM.

  18. Viscoelastic Properties of Fluorinated Ethylene-Propylene (FEP) Random Copolymers

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    Curtin, Megan; Wright, Benjamin; Ozisik, Rahmi

    Florinated ethylene-propylene (FEP) random copolymers contain tetrafluoroethylene (TFE) and hexafluoropropylene (HFP) repeat units. FEP is an excellent alternative to poly(tetrafluoroethylene), PTFE, which cannot be melt processed due to its high molecular weight and extensive crystallinity. On the other hand, FEP is a melt processible polymer and offers similar if not the same properties as PTFE. Many studies have been performed on FEP over the years, however, the properties of these polymers strongly depend on the HFP concentration and molecular weight (distribution). Just like PTFE, FEP cannot be dissolved in many solvents, therefore, obtaining molecular weight distribution of these polymers is not possible with commonly used methods. In the current study, we perform rheological analysis of various FEPs and obtain their molecular weight distributions by employing the Tuminello method. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CMMI-1538730.

  19. Analysis of normal and transparent silver Teflon

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    Stuckey, W. K.; Galuska, A. A.; Uht, J.

    1985-01-01

    Samples of Inconel/silver/Teflon exposed to solar radiation, and atomic oxygen on Solar Max were microcharacterized. Those samples exposed to atomic oxygen from the metallic side had become transparent while those exposed from the Teflon side remained reflective. The difference between the transparent and non-transparent material was determined. Microcharacterization of these Inconel/silver/Teflon samples was performed using scanning electron microscopy with windowless energy dispersive X ray analysis, secondary ion mass spectrometry, and X ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

  20. Hydrophobic metallic nanorods with Teflon nanopatches.

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    Khudhayer, Wisam J; Sharma, Rajesh; Karabacak, Tansel

    2009-07-08

    Introducing a hydrophobic property to vertically aligned hydrophilic metallic nanorods was investigated experimentally and theoretically. The platinum nanorod arrays were deposited on flat silicon substrates using a sputter glancing angle deposition technique (GLAD). Then a thin layer of Teflon (nanopatch) was partially deposited on the tips of platinum nanorods at a glancing angle of theta(dep) = 85 degrees for different deposition times. Teflon deposition on Pt nanorods at normal incidence (theta(dep) = 0 degrees) was also performed for comparison. Morphology and elemental analysis of Pt/Teflon nanocomposite structures were carried out using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDAX), respectively. It was found that the GLAD technique is capable of depositing ultrathin isolated Teflon nanostructures on selective regions of nanorod arrays due to the shadowing effect during obliquely incident deposition. Contact angle measurements on nanocomposite Pt nanorods with Teflon nanopatches exhibited contact angle values as high as 138 degrees, indicating a significant increase in the hydrophobicity of originally hydrophilic Pt nanostructures that had an angle of about 52 degrees. The enhanced hydrophobicity of the Pt nanorod/Teflon nanopatch composite is attributed to the presence of nanostructured Teflon coating, which imparted a low surface energy. Surface energy calculations were performed on Pt nanorods, Teflon thin film, and Pt/Teflon composite using the two-liquid method to confirm the contact angle measurements. Furthermore, a new contact angle model utilizing Cassie and Baxter theory for heterogeneous surfaces was developed in order to explain the enhanced hydrophobicity of Pt/Teflon nanorods. According to our model, it is predicted that the solid-liquid interface is mainly at the Teflon tips when the composite nanorods are in contact with water.

  1. Hydrophobic metallic nanorods with Teflon nanopatches

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    Khudhayer, Wisam J.; Sharma, Rajesh; Karabacak, Tansel

    2009-07-01

    Introducing a hydrophobic property to vertically aligned hydrophilic metallic nanorods was investigated experimentally and theoretically. The platinum nanorod arrays were deposited on flat silicon substrates using a sputter glancing angle deposition technique (GLAD). Then a thin layer of Teflon (nanopatch) was partially deposited on the tips of platinum nanorods at a glancing angle of θdep = 85° for different deposition times. Teflon deposition on Pt nanorods at normal incidence (θdep = 0°) was also performed for comparison. Morphology and elemental analysis of Pt/Teflon nanocomposite structures were carried out using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDAX), respectively. It was found that the GLAD technique is capable of depositing ultrathin isolated Teflon nanostructures on selective regions of nanorod arrays due to the shadowing effect during obliquely incident deposition. Contact angle measurements on nanocomposite Pt nanorods with Teflon nanopatches exhibited contact angle values as high as 138°, indicating a significant increase in the hydrophobicity of originally hydrophilic Pt nanostructures that had an angle of about 52°. The enhanced hydrophobicity of the Pt nanorod/Teflon nanopatch composite is attributed to the presence of nanostructured Teflon coating, which imparted a low surface energy. Surface energy calculations were performed on Pt nanorods, Teflon thin film, and Pt/Teflon composite using the two-liquid method to confirm the contact angle measurements. Furthermore, a new contact angle model utilizing Cassie and Baxter theory for heterogeneous surfaces was developed in order to explain the enhanced hydrophobicity of Pt/Teflon nanorods. According to our model, it is predicted that the solid-liquid interface is mainly at the Teflon tips when the composite nanorods are in contact with water.

  2. Laser processing of polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon) in air

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    Wang, Z. B.; Hong, Ming Hui; Lu, Yong Feng; Chong, Tow Chong

    2003-02-01

    Teflon, polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE), is an important material in bioscience and medical application due to its special characteristics (non-flammable, anti-adhesive, heat-resistant and bio-compatible). The advantages of ultrashort laser processing of Teflon include a minimal thermal penetration region and low processing temperatures, precision removal of material, and good-quality feature definition. In this paper, laser processing of Teflon by Ti:Sapphire femtosecond laser (780 nm, 110 fs), Nd:YAG laser (532 nm, 7 ns) and CO2 laser (10.6 μm, 10 μs) has been investigated. For femtosecond laser processing, clear ablation takes place and provides high-quality groove on Teflon surface. Both the groove depth and the width increase as the laser fluence increase, and decrease almost linearly as the scanning speed increase for laser fluence below 5.0 J/cm2. For Nd:YAG processing, Teflon surface roughness is improved but no clean ablation is accessible, which makes it difficult to micromachine Teflon by Nd:YAG laser. For CO2 laser processing, laser-induced bumps were formed on Teflon surface with controlled laser parameters. The physics mechanisms for different pulse duration laser processing of Teflon are also discussed.

  3. Radiologic appearance of chronic parapharyngeal Teflon granuloma.

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    Hacein-Bey, Lotfi; Conneely, Mark F; Hijaz, Tarek A; Leonetti, John P

    2010-01-01

    Although Teflon has been used for almost 5 decades to provide tissue augmentation in various surgical indications, including head and neck surgery, its use has significantly declined in the last 2 decades, primarily because of its implication in granuloma formation. Teflon granulomas have been shown to cause false positives on positron emission tomography imaging and have been reported to have a characteristic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) appearance. We report a patient with a large chronic Teflon granuloma of the parapharyngeal space that caused significant bony erosion of the atlas vertebra. The lesion's MRI signal characteristics were indistinguishable from those of surrounding tissues, while it showed characteristic hyperdensity on computed tomography due to the presence of fluorine atoms within Teflon. As MRI may supersede or replace computed tomography for a number of indications, and as Teflon has been used in large numbers of patients whose records may not always be available, knowledge of these findings has clinical relevance.

  4. Transient Ablation of Teflon Hemispheres

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    Arai, Norio; Karashima, Kei-ichi; Sato, Kiyoshi

    1997-01-01

    For high-speed entry of space vehicles into atmospheric environments, ablation is a practical method for alleviating severe aerodynamic heating. Several studies have been undertaken on steady or quasi-steady ablation. However, ablation is a very complicated phenomenon in which a nonequilibrium chemical process is associated with an aerodynamic process that involves changes in body shape with time. Therefore, it seems realistic to consider that ablation is an unsteady phenomenon. In the design of an ablative heat-shield system, since the ultimate purpose of the heat shield is to keep the internal temperature of the space vehicle at a safe level during entry, the transient heat conduction characteristics of the ablator may be critical in the selection of the material and its thickness. This note presents an experimental study of transient ablation of Teflon, with particular emphasis on the change in body shape, the instantaneous internal temperature distribution, and the effect of thermal expansion on ablation rate.

  5. Characteristics of edge breakdowns on Teflon samples

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    Yadlowsky, E. J.; Hazelton, R. C.; Churchill, R. J.

    1980-01-01

    The characteristics of electrical discharges induced on silverbacked Teflon samples irradiated by a monoenergetic electron beam have been studied under controlled laboratory conditions. Measurements of breakdown threshold voltages indicate a marked anisotropy in the electrical breakdown properties of Teflon: differences of up to 10 kV in breakdown threshold voltage are observed depending on the sample orientation. The material anisotropy can be utilized in spacecraft construction to reduce the magnitude of discharge currents.

  6. Characteristics of edge breakdowns on Teflon samples

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    Yadlowsky, E. J.; Hazelton, R. C.; Churchill, R. J.

    1980-01-01

    The characteristics of electrical discharges induced on silverbacked Teflon samples irradiated by a monoenergetic electron beam have been studied under controlled laboratory conditions. Measurements of breakdown threshold voltages indicate a marked anisotropy in the electrical breakdown properties of Teflon: differences of up to 10 kV in breakdown threshold voltage are observed depending on the sample orientation. The material anisotropy can be utilized in spacecraft construction to reduce the magnitude of discharge currents.

  7. A Study to Analyze the Permeation of High Density Gases and Propellant Vapors Through Single Layer Teflon or Teflon Structure Materials and Laminations. Volume 1

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    Johnson, R. L.; Young, Donald L. (Technical Monitor)

    1967-01-01

    This report contains the results of a fifteen month analytical and experimental study of the leakage rate of the pressurant gases (N2, He) and the propellant vapors (N2O4,N2H4) through bladder structures consisting of two layers of Teflon separated by a metallic foil diffusion barrier containing microscopic or larger holes. Results were obtained for the steady state leakage rate through circular holes and long rectangular openings in the barrier for arbitrary thicknesses of the two Teflon layers. The effect of hole shape and relative hole position on the leakage rate were studied. The transient problem was analyzed and it was shown that steady state calculations are adequate for estimating the leakage rate. A computer program entitled "Diffusion Analyzer Program" was developed to calculate the leakage rate, both transient and steady state. Finally, the analytical results were compared to experimentally determined values of the leakage rate through a model laminated bladder structure. The results of the analysis are in good agreement with experiment. The experimental effort (Part II of the Bladder Permeation Program) measured the solubility, diffusion coefficient and permeability of helium, nitrogen and nitrogen tetroxide vapor through Teflon TFE and FEP membranes. Data were obtained in the temperature range of 25 to 100 C at pressures ranging from near vacuum to about 20 atmospheres. Results of the experimental effort were compared with the limited data previously reported. As a verification to the applicability of results to actual bladder systems, counter diffusion tests were performed with a laminated sample containing aluminum foil with a selected group of holes.

  8. A Model For The Burning of Teflon

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    Waller, Jess M.; Wilson, D. Bruce; Beeson, Harold D.; Fries, Joseph (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    Teflon has been identified as suitable material for use in oxygen-enriched atmospheres because of its low specific enthalpy of combustion that is, less than 1500 cal/gram. However, once ignited, Teflon burns in a heterogeneous reaction until total consumption or depletion of oxygen occurs. A model is developed for the burning of Teflon in pure, high-pressure oxygen, 3.4 to 68.9 MPa. The Teflon polymer chain dissociates via monomer units due to pyrolysis. These monomer units diffuse to the surface due to free convection. The model consists of coupled mass and energy balances for the polymer and an energy balance for the free convection of product gases. The model is used to obtain appropriate kinetic parameters for the dissociation and surface reactions. The model is validated against experimental measurements of Teflon discs supported on aluminum rods (2216) at oxygen pressures of 3.4, 6.8, 34.4, and 68.9 MPa. The model simulates the temperature distribution in the product gases above burning Teflon.

  9. Cratering and penetration experiments in Teflon targets at velocities from 1 to 7 km/s

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    Hoerz, Friedrich; Bernhard, Ronald P.; Cintala, Mark J.; See, Thomas H.

    1995-01-01

    Approximately 20 sq m of protective thermal blankets, largely composed of Teflon, were retrieved from the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) after the spacecraft had spent approximately 5.7 years in space. Examination of these blankets revealed that they contained thousands of hypervelocity impact features ranging from micron-sized craters to penetration holes several millimeters in diameter. We conducted impact experiments in an effort to reproduce such features and to -- hopefully -- understand the relationships between projectile size and the resulting crater or penetration-hole diameter over a wide range of impact velocity. Such relationships are needed to derive the size- and mass-frequency distribution and flux of natural and man-made particles in low-Earth orbit. Powder propellant and light-gas guns were used to launch soda-lime glass spheres of 3.175 mm (1/8 inch) nominal diameter (Dp) into pure Teflon FEP targets at velocities ranging from 1 to 7 km/s. Target thickness (T) was varied over more than three orders of magnitude from infinite halfspace targets (Dp/T less than 0.1) to very thin films (Dp/T greater than 100). Cratering and penetration of massive Teflon targets is dominated by brittle failure and the development of extensive spall zones at the target's front and, if penetrated, the target's rear side. Mass removal by spallation at the back side of Teflon targets may be so severe that the absolute penetration-hole diameter (Dh) can become larger than that of a standard crater (Dc) at relative target thicknesses of Dp/T = 0.6-0.9. The crater diameter is infinite halfspace Teflon targets increases -- at otherwise constant impact conditions -- with encounter velocity by a factor of V0.44. In contrast, the penetration-hole size is very thin foils (Dp/T greater than 50) is essentially unaffected by impact velocity. Penetrations at target thicknesses intermediate to these extremes will scale with variable exponents of V. Our experimental matrix is

  10. Cratering and penetration experiments in Teflon targets at velocities from 1 to 7 km/s

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Hoerz, Friedrich; Bernhard, Ronald P.; Cintala, Mark J.; See, Thomas H.

    1995-01-01

    Approximately 20 sq m of protective thermal blankets, largely composed of Teflon, were retrieved from the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) after the spacecraft had spent approximately 5.7 years in space. Examination of these blankets revealed that they contained thousands of hypervelocity impact features ranging from micron-sized craters to penetration holes several millimeters in diameter. We conducted impact experiments in an effort to reproduce such features and to -- hopefully -- understand the relationships between projectile size and the resulting crater or penetration-hole diameter over a wide range of impact velocity. Such relationships are needed to derive the size- and mass-frequency distribution and flux of natural and man-made particles in low-Earth orbit. Powder propellant and light-gas guns were used to launch soda-lime glass spheres of 3.175 mm (1/8 inch) nominal diameter (Dp) into pure Teflon FEP targets at velocities ranging from 1 to 7 km/s. Target thickness (T) was varied over more than three orders of magnitude from infinite halfspace targets (Dp/T less than 0.1) to very thin films (Dp/T greater than 100). Cratering and penetration of massive Teflon targets is dominated by brittle failure and the development of extensive spall zones at the target's front and, if penetrated, the target's rear side. Mass removal by spallation at the back side of Teflon targets may be so severe that the absolute penetration-hole diameter (Dh) can become larger than that of a standard crater (Dc) at relative target thicknesses of Dp/T = 0.6-0.9. The crater diameter is infinite halfspace Teflon targets increases -- at otherwise constant impact conditions -- with encounter velocity by a factor of V0.44. In contrast, the penetration-hole size is very thin foils (Dp/T greater than 50) is essentially unaffected by impact velocity. Penetrations at target thicknesses intermediate to these extremes will scale with variable exponents of V. Our experimental matrix is

  11. Cratering and penetration experiments in Teflon targets at velocities from 1 to 7 km/s

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    Hoerz, Friedrich; Bernhard, Ronald P.; Cintala, Mark J.; See, Thomas H.

    1995-02-01

    Approximately 20 sq m of protective thermal blankets, largely composed of Teflon, were retrieved from the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) after the spacecraft had spent approximately 5.7 years in space. Examination of these blankets revealed that they contained thousands of hypervelocity impact features ranging from micron-sized craters to penetration holes several millimeters in diameter. We conducted impact experiments in an effort to reproduce such features and to -- hopefully -- understand the relationships between projectile size and the resulting crater or penetration-hole diameter over a wide range of impact velocity. Such relationships are needed to derive the size- and mass-frequency distribution and flux of natural and man-made particles in low-Earth orbit. Powder propellant and light-gas guns were used to launch soda-lime glass spheres of 3.175 mm (1/8 inch) nominal diameter (Dp) into pure Teflon FEP targets at velocities ranging from 1 to 7 km/s. Target thickness (T) was varied over more than three orders of magnitude from infinite halfspace targets (Dp/T less than 0.1) to very thin films (Dp/T greater than 100). Cratering and penetration of massive Teflon targets is dominated by brittle failure and the development of extensive spall zones at the target's front and, if penetrated, the target's rear side. Mass removal by spallation at the back side of Teflon targets may be so severe that the absolute penetration-hole diameter (Dh) can become larger than that of a standard crater (Dc) at relative target thicknesses of Dp/T = 0.6-0.9. The crater diameter is infinite halfspace Teflon targets increases -- at otherwise constant impact conditions -- with encounter velocity by a factor of V0.44. In contrast, the penetration-hole size is very thin foils (Dp/T greater than 50) is essentially unaffected by impact velocity. Penetrations at target thicknesses intermediate to these extremes will scale with variable exponents of V. Our experimental matrix is

  12. Method of processing aluminous ores

    DOEpatents

    Loutfy, Raouf O.; Keller, Rudolf; Yao, Neng-Ping

    1981-01-01

    A method of producing aluminum chloride from aluminous materials containing compounds of iron, titanium and silicon comprising reacting the aluminous materials with carbon and a chlorine-containing gas at a temperature of about 900.degree. K. to form a gaseous mixture containing chlorides of aluminum, iron, titanium and silicon and oxides of carbon; cooling the gaseous mixture to a temperature of about 400.degree. K. or lower to condense the aluminum chlorides and iron chlorides while titanium chloride and silicon chloride remain in the gas phase to effect a separation thereof; heating the mixture of iron chlorides and aluminum chlorides to a temperature of about 800.degree. K. to form gaseous aluminum chlorides and iron chlorides; passing the heated gases into intimate contact with aluminum sulfide to precipitate solid iron sulfide and to form additional gaseous aluminum chlorides; and separating the gaseous aluminum chloride from the solid iron sulfide.

  13. Method of processing aluminous ores

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    Loutfy, R.O.; Keller, R.; Yao, N.P.

    1981-02-24

    A method is described for producing aluminum chloride from aluminous materials containing compounds of iron, titanium and silicon comprising reacting the aluminous materials with carbon and a chlorine-containing gas at a temperature of about 900 K to form a gaseous mixture containing chlorides of aluminum, iron, titanium and silicon and oxides of carbon; cooling the gaseous mixture to a temperature of about 400 K or lower to condense the aluminum chlorides and iron chlorides while titanium chloride and silicon chloride remain in the gas phase to effect a separation thereof; heating the mixture of iron chlorides and aluminum chlorides to a temperature of about 800 K to form gaseous aluminum chlorides and iron chlorides; passing the heated gases into intimate contact with aluminum sulfide to precipitate solid iron sulfide and to form additional gaseous aluminum chlorides; and separating the gaseous aluminum chloride from the solid iron sulfide. 1 fig.

  14. Fatigue testing of corrugated and Teflon hoses

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    Benner, Steve M.; Swanson, Theodore D.; Costello, Frederick A.

    1990-01-01

    Single and two-phase heat transport systems for the thermal control of large space facilities require fluid lines that traverse joints and either rotate or move in some other manner. Flexible hoses are being considered as one means of traversing these joints. To test the resilience of flexible hoses to bending stress, a test assembly was constructed to determine the number of flexing cycles the hoses could withstand before losing their ability to maintain a constant pressure. Corrugated metal hoses and Teflon hoses were tested at different pressures with nitrogen gas. The metal hoses had lives ranging from 30,000 to 100,000 flexing cycles. But, even after 400,000 cycles, the Teflon hoses remained essentially intact, though some leakage in the convoluted Teflon is noted.

  15. Fatigue testing of corrugated and Teflon hoses

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    Benner, Steve M.; Swanson, Theodore D.; Costello, Frederick A.

    Single and two-phase heat transport systems for the thermal control of large space facilities require fluid lines that traverse joints and either rotate or move in some other manner. Flexible hoses are being considered as one means of traversing these joints. To test the resilience of flexible hoses to bending stress, a test assembly was constructed to determine the number of flexing cycles the hoses could withstand before losing their ability to maintain a constant pressure. Corrugated metal hoses and Teflon hoses were tested at different pressures with nitrogen gas. The metal hoses had lives ranging from 30,000 to 100,000 flexing cycles. But, even after 400,000 cycles, the Teflon hoses remained essentially intact, though some leakage in the convoluted Teflon is noted.

  16. Solar Effects on Tensile and Optical Properties of Hubble Space Telescope Silver-Teflon(Registered Trademark) Insulation

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    deGroh, Kim, K.; Dever, Joyce A.; Snyder, Aaron; Kaminski, Sharon; McCarthy, Catherine E.; Rapoport, Alison L.; Rucker, Rochelle N.

    2006-01-01

    A section of the retrieved Hubble Space Telescope (HST) solar array drive arm (SADA) multilayer insulation (MLI), which experienced 8.25 years of space exposure, was analyzed for environmental durability of the top layer of silver-Teflon (DuPont) fluorinated ethylene propylene (Ag-FEP). Because the SADA MLI had solar and anti-solar facing surfaces and was exposed to the space environment for a long duration, it provided a unique opportunity to study solar effects on the environmental degradation of Ag-FEP, a commonly used spacecraft thermal control material. Data obtained included tensile properties, solar absorptance, surface morphology and chemistry. The solar facing surface was found to be extremely embrittled and contained numerous through-thickness cracks. Tensile testing indicated that the solar facing surface lost 60% of its mechanical strength and 90% of its elasticity while the anti-solar facing surface had ductility similar to pristine FEP. The solar absorptance of both the solar facing surface (0.155 plus or minus 0.032) and the anti-solar facing surface (0.208 plus or minus 0.012) were found to be greater than pristine Ag-FEP (0.074). Solar facing and anti-solar facing surfaces were microscopically textured, and locations of isolated contamination were present on the anti-solar surface resulting in increased localized texturing. Yet, the overall texture was significantly more pronounced on the solar facing surface indicating a synergistic effect of combined solar exposure and increased heating with atomic oxygen erosion. The results indicate a very strong dependence of degradation, particularly embrittlement, upon solar exposure with orbital thermal cycling having a significant effect.

  17. Effects of the LDEF environment on the Ag/FEP thermal blankets

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    Levadou, Francois; Pippin, H. Gary

    1992-01-01

    This presentation was made by Francois Levadou at the NASA Langley Research Center LDEF materials workshop, November 19-22, 1991. It represents the results to date on the examination of silvered teflon thermal blankets primarily from the Ultra-heavy Cosmic Ray Experiment and also from the blanket from the Park Seed Company experiment. ESA/ESTEC and Boeing conducted a number of independent measurements on the blankets and in particular on the exposed fluorinated ethylene-propylene (FEP) layer of the blankets. Mass loss, thickness, and thickness profile measurements have been used by ESA, Boeing, and NASA LeRC to determine recession and average erosion yield under atomic oxygen exposure. Tensile strength and percent elongation to failure data, surface characterization by ESCA, and SEM images are presented. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory analysis of vacuum radiation effects is also presented. The results obtained by the laboratories mentioned and additional results from the Aerospace Corporation on samples provided by Boeing are quite similar and give confidence in the validity of the data.

  18. Staphylococcus aureus FepA and FepB proteins drive heme iron utilization in Escherichia coli.

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    Turlin, Evelyne; Débarbouillé, Michel; Augustyniak, Katarzyna; Gilles, Anne-Marie; Wandersman, Cécile

    2013-01-01

    EfeUOB-like tripartite systems are widespread in bacteria and in many cases they are encoded by genes organized into iron-regulated operons. They consist of: EfeU, a protein similar to the yeast iron permease Ftrp1; EfeO, an extracytoplasmic protein of unknown function and EfeB, also an extracytoplasmic protein with heme peroxidase activity, belonging to the DyP family. Many bacterial EfeUOB systems have been implicated in iron uptake, but a prefential iron source remains undetermined. Nevertheless, in the case of Escherichia coli, the EfeUOB system has been shown to recognize heme and to allow extracytoplasmic heme iron extraction via a deferrochelation reaction. Given the high level of sequence conservations between EfeUOB orthologs, we hypothesized that heme might be the physiological iron substrate for the other orthologous systems. To test this hypothesis, we undertook characterization of the Staphylococcus aureus FepABC system. Results presented here indicate: i) that the S. aureus FepB protein binds both heme and PPIX with high affinity, like EfeB, the E. coli ortholog; ii) that it has low peroxidase activity, comparable to that of EfeB; iii) that both FepA and FepB drive heme iron utilization, and both are required for this activity and iv) that the E. coli FepA ortholog (EfeO) cannot replace FepA in FepB-driven iron release from heme indicating protein specificity in these activities. Our results show that the function in heme iron extraction is conserved in the two orthologous systems.

  19. A study of the UV and VUV degradation of FEP

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    George, Graeme A.; Hill, David J. T.; Odonnell, James H.; Pomery, Peter J.; Rasoul, Firas A.

    1993-01-01

    UV and VUV degradation of fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) copolymer was studied using electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The ESR study revealed the formation of a terminal polymer radical. The stability of this radical was investigated under different environments. An XPS study of FEP film exposed to VUV and atomic oxygen showed that oxidation takes place on the polymer surface. The study revealed also that the percentage of CF2 in the polymer surface decreased with exposure time and the percentage of CF, CF3, and carbon attached to oxygen increased. SEM micrographs of FEP film exposed to VUV and atomic oxygen identified a rough surface with undulations similar to sand dunes.

  20. Terrestrial applications of FEP-encapsulated solar cell modules

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    Forestieri, A. F.; Ratajczak, A. F.

    1974-01-01

    FEP-encapsulated solar cell modules and arrays have been designed and built expressly for terrestrial applications. System design including solar cell array mechanical design and the approach to system sizing is outlined. Such solar cell systems have been installed at six sites. Individual modules have undergone marine environment tests. Results from seven months of operation indicate that the system is meeting its electrical design requirements. No mechanical degradation has been reported. An array on Mammoth Mountain, California has been damaged by rime ice but shows no loss in electrical output. Marine environment tests on single modules have shown that elements of the module must be completely sealed by the FEP. Based on the limited test data available, the FEP-encapsulated solar cell module appears well suited to terrestrial applications.

  1. Comparison of type A and C Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FEP) as cover materials for silicon solar cells

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Broder, J. D.

    1976-01-01

    Fluorinated ethylene propylene film (FEP, 0.0127 cm thick) was heat and pressure laminated to silicon solar cells as a low cost substitute for quartz covers. The FEP-C, treated on one side for bonding, was compared to FEP-A, an untreated FEP. With FEP-A, a silane adhesion promoter was applied to the cells. The FEP-C covers delaminated during accelerated temperature-humidity testing and Earth environmental exposure testing; FEP-A covers were unchanged. No differences were observed in peel tests, but FEP-A is superior in its resistance to tearing and in retention of transmission properties after exposure to ultraviolet radiation.

  2. Microfluidic Pumps Containing Teflon [Trademark] AF Diaphragms

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    Willis, Peter; White, Victor; Grunthaner, Frank; Ikeda, Mike; Mathies, Richard A.

    2009-01-01

    Microfluidic pumps and valves based on pneumatically actuated diaphragms made of Teflon AF polymers are being developed for incorporation into laboratory-on-a-chip devices that must perform well over temperature ranges wider than those of prior diaphragm-based microfluidic pumps and valves. Other potential applications include implanted biomedical microfluidic devices, wherein the biocompatability of Teflon AF polymers would be highly advantageous. These pumps and valves have been demonstrated to function stably after cycling through temperatures from -125 to 120 C. These pumps and valves are intended to be successors to similar prior pumps and valves containing diaphragms made of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) [commonly known as silicone rubber]. The PDMS-containing valves ae designed to function stably only within the temperature range from 5 to 80 C. Undesirably, PDMS membranes are somwehat porous and retain water. PDMS is especially unsuitable for use at temperatures below 0 C because the formation of ice crystals increases porosity and introduces microshear.

  3. Coaxially electrospun PVDF-Teflon AF and Teflon AF-PVDF core-sheath nanofiber mats with superhydrophobic properties.

    PubMed

    Muthiah, Palanikkumaran; Hsu, Shu-Hau; Sigmund, Wolfgang

    2010-08-03

    This work reports the coaxial electrospinning of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF)-Teflon amorphous fluoropolymer (AF) and Teflon AF-PVDF core-sheath nanofiber mats yielding superhydrophobic properties. The coaxial electrospinning configuration allows for the electrospinning of Teflon AF, a nonelectrospinnable polymer, with the help of an electrospinnable PVDF polymer. PVDF-Teflon AF and Teflon AF-PVDF core-sheath fibers have been found to a have mean fiber diameter ranging from 400 nm to less than 100 nm. TEM micrographs exhibit a typical core-sheath fiber structure for these fibers, where the sheath fiber coats the core fiber almost thoroughly. Water contact angle measurements by sessile drop method on these core-sheath nanofiber mats exhibited superhydrophobic characteristics with contact angles close to or higher than 150 degrees. Surprisingly, PVDF-Teflon AF and Teflon AF-PVDF nanofiber mat surface properties were dominated by the fiber dimensions and less influenced by the type of sheath polymer. This suggests that highly fluorinated polymer Teflon AF does not advance the hydrophobicity beyond what surface physics and slightly fluorinated polymer PVDF can achieve. It is concluded that PVDF-Teflon AF and Teflon AF-PVDF core-sheath electrospun nanofiber mats may be used in lithium (Li)-air batteries.

  4. Barriers to flashover discharge arcs on Teflon

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    Gossland, M.; Balmain, K. G.

    1982-01-01

    The effect of various barriers (empty gap, copper, Mylar, and nickel mesh) on the probability of simultaneous arc discharging of two physically separated pieces of electron-beam-charged Teflon was studied. For the empty gap barrier, it was found that simultaneous discharges rarely occur when the separation between the samples is greater than approximately 0.4 times the length of their common edge when this length is of the order of 1 cm. Evidence suggests that electromagnetic fields play a larger role than electrons in influencing the occurrence of simultaneous arc discharges.

  5. DYNAMIC LOADING OF TEFLON AT 200?C

    SciTech Connect

    Urtiew, P A; Forbes, J W; Tarver, C M; Vandersall, K S; Garcia, F

    2007-06-13

    Dynamic loading experiments were performed on inert Teflon (Polytetrafluoroethylene) samples, initially heated to the temperature of 200 C, to test its behavior under these conditions for its use in other heated experiments. Tests were performed in the 100 mm diameter bore propellant driven gas gun with piezo-resistive manganin pressure gauges imbedded into the samples to measure loading pressures. Experimental data provided new information on the shock velocity - particle velocity relationship for the heated material and showed no adverse effect of temperature on the insulating properties of the material.

  6. An automated Teflon microfluidic peptide synthesizer.

    PubMed

    Zheng, Hui; Wang, Weizhi; Li, Xiaojun; Wang, Zihua; Hood, Leroy; Lausted, Christopher; Hu, Zhiyuan

    2013-09-07

    We present a microfluidic synthesizer made entirely of Teflon material for solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS). Solvent-resistant perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) was used to construct chip-sized devices featuring multiple tri-layer pneumatic microvalves. Using these devices, model peptides were automatically synthesized and cleaved in situ in a continuous-flow manner. The total coupling and cleavage time was significantly reduced compared to conventional bulk reactors. The synthesis of a decapeptide, for instance, took less than 6 h using our device while it usually takes more than three days using conventional reactors.

  7. An unusual presentation of Teflon granuloma: case report and discussion.

    PubMed

    Pagedar, Nitin A; Listinsky, Catherine M; Tucker, Harvey M

    2009-01-01

    For more than 25 years, Teflon was the most commonly used material for injection laryngoplasty. However, the incidence of Teflon granuloma and the consequent deterioration of glottic function ultimately led to the development of other injectable materials, and as a result, Teflon granulomas are no longer frequently encountered. We present a case of Teflon granuloma that was unusual in that (1) a long period of time had elapsed between the injection and the granuloma formation and (2) there was no change in the patient's glottic function.

  8. Silver Teflon blanket: LDEF tray C-08

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Crutcher, E. Russ; Nishimura, L. S.; Warner, K. J.; Wascher, W. W.

    1992-01-01

    A study of the Teflon blanket surface at the edge of tray C-08 illustrates the complexity of the microenvironments on the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF). The distribution of particulate contaminants varied dramatically over a distance of half a centimeter (quarter of an inch) near the edge of the blanket. The geometry and optical effects of the atomic oxygen erosion varied significantly over the few centimeters where the blanket folded over the edge of the tray resulting in a variety of orientations to the atomic oxygen flux. A very complex region of combined mechanical and atomic oxygen damage occurred where the blanket contacted the edge of the tray. A brown film deposit apparently fixed by ultraviolet light traveling by reflection through the Teflon film was conspicuous beyond the tray contract zone. Chemical and structural analysis of the surface of the brown film and beyond toward the protected edge of the blanket indicated some penetration of energetic atomic oxygen at least five millimeters past the blanket-tray contact interface.

  9. Overexpression of the Novel MATE Fluoroquinolone Efflux Pump FepA in Listeria monocytogenes Is Driven by Inactivation of Its Local Repressor FepR

    PubMed Central

    Guérin, François; Galimand, Marc; Tuambilangana, Fabrice; Courvalin, Patrice; Cattoir, Vincent

    2014-01-01

    Whereas fluoroquinolone resistance mainly results from target modifications in gram-positive bacteria, it is primarily due to active efflux in Listeria monocytogenes. The aim of this study was to dissect a novel molecular mechanism of fluoroquinolone resistance in this important human pathogen. Isogenic L. monocytogenes clinical isolates BM4715 and BM4716, respectively susceptible and resistant to fluoroquinolones, were studied. MICs of norfloxacin and ciprofloxacin were determined in the presence or in the absence of reserpine (10 mg/L). Strain BM4715 was susceptible to norfloxacin (MIC, 4 mg/L) and ciprofloxacin (MIC, 0.5 mg/L) whereas BM4716 was highly resistant to both drugs (MICs 128 and 32 mg/L, respectively). Reserpine was responsible for a 16-fold decrease in both norfloxacin and ciprofloxacin MICs against BM4716 suggesting efflux associated resistance. Whole-genome sequencing of the strains followed by comparative genomic analysis revealed a single point mutation in the gene for a transcriptional regulator, designated fepR (for fluoroquinolone efflux protein regulator) belonging to the TetR family. The frame-shift mutation was responsible for the introduction of a premature stop codon resulting in an inactive truncated protein. Just downstream from fepR, the structural gene for an efflux pump of the MATE family (named FepA) was identified. Gene expression was quantified by qRT-PCR and demonstrated that fepA expression was more than 64-fold higher in BM4716 than in BM4715. The clean deletion of the fepR gene from BM4715 was responsible for an overexpression of fepA with resistance to norfloxacin and ciprofloxacin, confirming the role of FepR as a local repressor of fepA. In conclusion, we demonstrated that overexpression of the new MATE efflux pump FepA is responsible for fluoroquinolone resistance in L. monocytogenes and secondary to inactivation of the FepR repressor. PMID:25188450

  10. Free erythrocyte protoporphyrin (FEP) II. The FEP test is clinically useful in classifying microcytic RBC disorders in adults.

    PubMed

    Marsh, W L; Nelson, D P; Koenig, H M

    1983-06-01

    Microcytic red blood cells (RBC) are commonly encountered in clinical medicine and are caused by disorders of heme synthesis [usually iron deficiency anemia (IDA) or anemia of chronic disease (ACD)] or disorders of globin synthesis (usually thalassemia syndromes or HbE). Using the clinical history and standard laboratory tests (hematocrit, per cent saturation of transferrin (% sat), serum ferritin, Hb electrophoresis, HBA2, and HbF) we classified 198 adults with microcytic RBC as follows: 48 IDA, 11 probable IDA, 11 iron-deficient erythropoiesis without anemia, 13 ACD, 42 alpha-thalassemia trait, 35 probable alpha-thalassemia trait, 20 beta-thalassemia trait, and 15 unclassified. In addition, we demonstrated that the FEP test reliably (83-90% of the time, depending on FEP methodology) classifies microcytic RBC states into disorders of heme synthesis vs. disorders of globin synthesis. Because of reliability and ease of measurement, we recommend the hematofluorometer FEP as the first step in the clinical laboratory evaluation of microcytic RBC disorders in both adults and children.

  11. Area scaling investigations of charging phenomena. [discharge pulse characteristics of Teflon thermal control tape

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    Aron, P. R.; Staskus, J. V.

    1979-01-01

    The charging and discharging behavior of square, planar samples of silvered, fluorinated ethylene-propylene (FEP) Teflon thermal control tape was measured. The equilibrium voltage profiles scaled with the width of the sample. A wide range of discharge pulse characteristics was observed, and the area dependences of the peak current, charge, and pulse widths are described. The observed scaling of the peak currents with area was weaker than that previously reported. The discharge parameters were observed to depend strongly on the grounding impedance and the beam voltage. Preliminary results suggest that measuring only the return-current-pulse characteristics is not adequate to describe the spacecraft discharging behavior of this material. The seams between strips of tape appear to play a fundamental role in determining the discharging behavior. An approximate propagation velocity for the charge cleanoff was extracted from the data. The samples - 232, 1265, and 5058 square centimeters in area - were exposed at ambient temperature to a 1- to 2-nA/sq cm electron beam at energies of 10, 15, and 20 kilovolts in a 19-meter-long by 4.6-meter-diameter simulation facility at the Lewis Research Center.

  12. Kinetics of pack aluminization of nickel

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    Seigle, L. L.; Gupta, B. K.; Shankar, R.; Sarkhel, A. K.

    1978-01-01

    The kinetics of pack aluminization of unalloyed nickel in packs of varying aluminum activity with various halide activators were studied. Surface compositions of the coatings as functions of time, temperature, and pack composition were obtained in order to establish the boundary conditions for diffusion in the system. The structure of the packs was also examined in order to clarify the mechanism of aluminum transport. The results indicate that the kinetics of pack aluminization are controlled jointly by gas diffusion in the pack and solid diffusion in the coating. Levine and Caves' model for gas diffusion was combined with calculations of rates of diffusion in the solid to formulate a more complete theory for the kinetics of pack aluminization.

  13. Atomic Oxygen Durability of Aluminized Polymers

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    Yang, Judith C.

    2003-01-01

    The atomic oxygen durability of aluminized polymers will be investigated. Such aluminized polymers are commonly used in space and specifically on the International Space Station. Recent data from in-space results indicates that vapor deposited aluminum coatings are highly defected with many small pin windows. However, electron microscopy to validate the size and aerial density of such defects remains to be demonstrated. The research project is planned to compare electron microscopy analysis of pristine and atomic oxygen exposed aluminized polyimide Kapton with the results of ground laboratory atomic oxygen erosion data, in-space results and computational Monte Carlo modeling to develop a self consistent understanding of the atomic oxygen degradation processes and effects.

  14. Effect of silicate and aluminate ion adsorption on the reaction of quartz and alumina with caustic solution

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    Thornton, S.D.

    1986-05-01

    Caustic consumption is recognized as a problem in enhanced oil recovery by alkaline flooding. Chemical reactions which cause caustic consumption are governed by equilibria between reservoir minerals and alkaline solution. Identification of the individual dissolving and precipitating minerals in a given brine and rock system is a critical step in predicting caustic consumption and scale formation in oil recovery by alkaline flooding. This work demonstrates that ion adsorption may have a significant effect on mineral/alkali equilibria. Powdered quartz and alumina were mixed with alkaline solutions containing 0.01 to 0.1 molar hydroxide ion and added silicate or aluminate ion. Each suspension was sealed in a Teflon bottle and shaken continuously for approximately 1 week at 24/sup 0/ or 70/sup 0/C. Samples of the supernatant were removed periodically and analyzed for the elements silicon and aluminum. The solubilities of quartz and alumina in caustic solutions were found to be reduced significantly by added aluminate and silicate ion, respectively. Adsorption of these ions onto the minerals was also measured. It is postulated that these ions form a protective aluminosilicate layer when they are adsorbed onto the mineral surface. Such an aluminosilicate layer will reduce mineral reactions during alkaline flooding. Two major conclusions result from this work. Adsorbed aluminate and silicate ions can reduce the solubilities of quartz and alumina, respectively. The effect of adsorption on mineral equilibria should be included in a mineral reaction model for alkaline flooding. 18 refs., 5 figs., 8 tabs.

  15. Structure of liquid tricalcium aluminate

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    Drewitt, James W. E.; Barnes, Adrian C.; Jahn, Sandro; Kohn, Simon C.; Walter, Michael J.; Novikov, Alexey N.; Neuville, Daniel R.; Fischer, Henry E.; Hennet, Louis

    2017-02-01

    The atomic-scale structure of aerodynamically levitated and laser-heated liquid tricalcium aluminate (Ca3Al2O6 ) was measured at 2073(30) K by using the method of neutron diffraction with Ca isotope substitution (NDIS). The results enable the detailed resolution of the local coordination environment around calcium and aluminum atoms, including the direct determination of the liquid partial structure factor, SCaCa(Q ) , and partial pair distribution function, gCaCa(r ) . Molecular dynamics (MD) simulation and reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) refinement methods were employed to obtain a detailed atomistic model of the liquid structure. The composition Ca3Al2O6 lies at the CaO-rich limit of the CaO:Al2O3 glass-forming system. Our results show that, although significantly depolymerized, liquid Ca3Al2O6 is largely composed of AlO4 tetrahedra forming an infinite network with a slightly higher fraction of bridging oxygen atoms than expected for the composition. Calcium-centered polyhedra exhibit a wide distribution of four- to sevenfold coordinated sites, with higher coordinated calcium preferentially bonding to bridging oxygens. Analysis of the MD configuration reveals the presence of ˜10 % unconnected AlO4 monomers and Al2O7 dimers in the liquid. As the CaO concentration increases, the number of these isolated units increases, such that the upper value for the glass-forming composition of CaO:Al2O3 liquids could be described in terms of a percolation threshold at which the glass can no longer support the formation of an infinitely connected AlO4 network.

  16. Combustion Synthesis of Magnesium Aluminate

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    Kale, M. A.; Joshi, C. P.; Moharil, S. V.

    2011-10-20

    In the system MgO-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, three compounds MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}, MgAl{sub 6}O{sub 10}(also expressed as-Mg{sub 0.4}Al{sub 2.4}O{sub 4}) and MgAl{sub 26}O{sub 40} are well known. Importance of the first two is well established. Magnesium aluminate (MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}) spinel is a technologically important material due to its interesting thermal properties. The MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} ceramics also find application as humidity sensors. Apart from the luminescence studies, the interest in MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} is due to various applications such as humidity-sensing and PEM fuel cells, TL/OSL dosimetry of the ionizing radiations, white light source. Interest in the MgAl{sub 6}O{sub 10} has aroused due to possible use as a substrate for GaN growth. Attempt was made to synthesize these compounds by the combustion synthesis using metal nitrates as oxidizer and urea as a fuel. Compounds MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} and MgAl{sub 6}O{sub 10} were formed in a single step, while MgAl{sub 26}O{sub 40} was not formed by this procedure. Activation of MgAl{sub 6}O{sub 10} by rare earth ions like Ce{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+} and ns{sup 2} ion Pb{sup 2+} could be achieved. Excitation bands for MgAl{sub 6}O{sub 10} are at slightly shorter wavelengths compared to those reported for MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}.

  17. Treatment of recurrent trigeminal neuralgia due to Teflon granuloma.

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    Capelle, Hans-Holger; Brandis, Almuth; Tschan, Christoph A; Krauss, Joachim K

    2010-08-01

    Recurrent trigeminal neuralgia after microvascular decompression (MVD) may be due to insufficient decompression, dislocation of the implant to pad the neurovascular contact, or the development of granuloma. Here, we report on our experience with Teflon granuloma including its treatment and histopathological examination. In a series of 200 patients with trigeminal neuralgia MVD was performed with Teflon felt according to Jannetta's technique. In three patients with recurrent facial pain Teflon granuloma was found to be the cause for recurrence. In each instance, the granuloma was removed for histopathological examination. Mean age at the first procedure was 62.3 years and at the second procedure 66.3 years. Recurrence of pain occurred between 1 and 8.5 years after the first procedure. MRI scans demonstrated local gadolineum enhancement in the cerebellopontine angle, and CT scans showed local calcification. Intraoperatively dense fibrous tissue was found at the site of the Teflon granuloma. Histopathological examination revealed foreign body granuloma with multinuclear giant cells, collagen-rich hyalinized scar tissue, focal hemosiderin depositions, and microcalcifications. The Teflon granuloma was completely removed, and a new Teflon felt was used for re-decompression. Patients were free of pain after the second procedure at a mean of 40.3 months of follow-up. Teflon granuloma is a rare cause for recurrent facial pain after MVD. Small bleeding into the Teflon felt at surgery might trigger its development. A feasible treatment option is surgical re-exploration, nerve preserving removal of the granuloma, and repeat MVD.

  18. FEPs Screening of Processes and Issues in Drip Shield and Waste Package Degradation

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    K. Mon

    2004-10-11

    The purpose of this report is to evaluate and document the inclusion or exclusion of features, events and processes (FEPs) with respect to drip shield and waste package modeling used to support the Total System Performance Assessment for License Application (TSPA-LA). Thirty-three FEPs associated with the waste package and drip shield performance have been identified (DTN: MO0407SEPFEPLA.000 [DIRS 170760]). A screening decision, either ''included'' or ''excluded,'' has been assigned to each FEP, with the technical bases for screening decisions, as required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in 10 CFR 63.114 (d, e, and f) [DIRS 156605]. The FEPs analyses in this report address issues related to the degradation and potential failure of the drip shield and waste package over the post closure regulatory period of 10,000 years after permanent closure. For included FEPs, this report summarizes the disposition of the FEP in TSPA-LA. For excluded FEPs, this report provides the technical bases for the screening arguments for exclusion from TSPA-LA. The analyses are for the TSPA-LA base-case design (BSC 2004 [DIRS 168489]), where a drip shield is placed over the waste package without backfill over the drip shield (BSC 2004 [DIRS 168489]). Each FEP includes one or more specific issues, collectively described by a FEP name and description. The FEP description encompasses a single feature, event, or process, or a few closely related or coupled processes, provided the entire FEP can be addressed by a single specific screening argument or TSPA-LA disposition. The FEPs were assigned to associated Project reports, so the screening decisions reside with the relevant subject-matter experts.

  19. Phosphate-bonded calcium aluminate cements

    DOEpatents

    Sugama, T.

    1993-09-21

    A method is described for making a rapid-setting phosphate-bonded cementitious material. A powdered aluminous cement is mixed with an aqueous solution of ammonium phosphate. The mixture is allowed to set to form an amorphous cementitious material which also may be hydrothermally treated at a temperature of from about 120 C to about 300 C to form a crystal-containing phosphate-bonded material. Also described are the cementitious products of this method and the cement composition which includes aluminous cement and ammonium polyphosphate. 10 figures.

  20. Phosphate-bonded calcium aluminate cements

    DOEpatents

    Sugama, Toshifumi

    1993-01-01

    A method is described for making a rapid-setting phosphate-bonded cementitious material. A powdered aluminous cement is mixed with an aqueous solution of ammonium phosphate. The mixture is allowed to set to form an amorphous cementitious material which also may be hydrothermally treated at a temperature of from about 120.degree. C. to about 300.degree. C. to form a crystal-containing phosphate-bonded material. Also described are the cementitious products of this method and the cement composition which includes aluminous cement and ammonium polyphosphate.

  1. Eigenvalue Detonation of Combined Effects Aluminized Explosives

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    Capellos, C.; Baker, E. L.; Nicolich, S.; Balas, W.; Pincay, J.; Stiel, L. I.

    2007-12-01

    Theory and performance for recently developed combined—effects aluminized explosives are presented. Our recently developed combined-effects aluminized explosives (PAX-29C, PAX-30, PAX-42) are capable of achieving excellent metal pushing, as well as high blast energies. Metal pushing capability refers to the early volume expansion work produced during the first few volume expansions associated with cylinder and wall velocities and Gurney energies. Eigenvalue detonation explains the observed detonation states achieved by these combined effects explosives. Cylinder expansion data and thermochemical calculations (JAGUAR and CHEETAH) verify the eigenvalue detonation behavior.

  2. Eu(2+) luminescence in strontium aluminates.

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    Dutczak, D; Jüstel, T; Ronda, C; Meijerink, A

    2015-06-21

    The luminescence properties of Eu(2+) doped strontium aluminates are reported and reviewed for a variety of aluminates, viz. SrAl12O19, SrAl4O7, Sr4Al14O25, SrAl2O4 and Sr3Al2O6. The aim of the research is to investigate the role of local coordination and covalency of the aluminate host lattice, related to the Sr/Al ratio, on the optical properties of the Eu(2+) ion. The UV and VUV excited luminescence spectra as well as luminescence decay curves were recorded to characterize the luminescence properties of the investigated aluminates. The emission of Eu(2+) ions varies over a wide spectral range, from ultraviolet (UV) to red, for the series of aluminates. The variation in emission color can be related to the crystal-field splitting of the 5d levels and the covalent interaction with the surrounding oxygen anions. In the least covalent material, viz. SrAl12O19:Eu(2+), narrow line emission due to the (6)P7/2-(8)S7/2 transition occurs at 4 K, indicating that the 4f(6)5d excited state is situated above the (6)P7/2(4f(7)) excited state around 360 nm. The most alkaline material, viz. Sr3Al2O6:Eu(2+) is the most covalent host and exhibits several d-f emission bands in the yellow to red spectral range due to the Eu(2+) ions located on different crystallographic Sr(2+) sites. The Eu(2+) emission spectra in the other aluminates confirm the trend that with increasing Sr/Al ratio the Eu(2+) emission shifts to longer wavelengths. Interesting differences are observed for the Eu(2+) from different crystallographic sites which cannot always be related with apparent differences in the first oxygen coordination sphere. The discussion gives insight into how in a similar class of materials, strontium aluminates, the emission color of Eu(2+) can be tuned over a wide spectral region.

  3. HNS/Teflon, a new heat resistant explosive

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    Heller, H.; Bertram, A. L.

    1973-01-01

    HNS/Teflon (90/10) is a new pressed explosive developed for use in the Apollo program. The major advantages of HNS/Teflon are (1) excellent thermal stability at elevated temperatures, (2) superior resistance to sublimation at high temperatures and low pressures and (3) ease of molding powder preparation, pressing and machining. The impact sensitivity of HNS/Teflon is between that of Comp B and Comp A-3 while its explosive performance is about the same as TNT. Under the severe environmental conditions of the moon's surface, this explosive successfully performed its intended function of generating seismic waves in the Apollo ALSEP and LSPE experiments. (Modified author abstract)

  4. [Questionnaire on parental attitudes and rearing practices (FEPS)].

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    Richter-Appelt, Hertha; Schimmelmann, Benno Graf; Tiefensee, Jutta

    2004-01-01

    A positive parent-child relationship is one of the most important determinants of a healthy cognitive, emotional and social development. The relationship from parent to child is determined by parenting styles. Parenting styles are characterised by the two dimensions parental attitudes and rearing practices. The development and the psychometric properties of a questionnaire on parental attitudes and rearing practices (FEPS), which contains an extended version of the Parental Bonding Instrument by Parker et al. (PBI, 1979) and two scales on parental reinforcement and punishment behaviour, is presented. In a sample of 457 women and 159 men factorial and item analysis revealed four scales (care, autonomy, low punishment and low material reinforcement). The care dimension contained items of immaterial reinforcement on the positive pole and items of coldness and ignorance as means of punishment on the negative pole. Based on findings from its first application in a clinical study it can be assumed that the FEPS differentiates between clinical and non-clinical populations. Additionally, varying patterns of the four scales may emerge as risk factors for the development of certain psychiatric/psychological problems.

  5. Anion-exchange synthesis of nanoporous FeP nanosheets as electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction.

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    Xu, You; Wu, Rui; Zhang, Jingfang; Shi, Yanmei; Zhang, Bin

    2013-07-28

    Nanoporous FeP nanosheets are successfully synthesized via the anion-exchange reaction of inorganic-organic hybrid Fe18S25-TETAH (TETAH = protonated triethylenetetramine) nanosheets with P ions. The as-prepared nanoporous FeP nanosheets exhibit high electrochemical hydrogen evolution reaction activity in acidic medium.

  6. The Enhanced Plan for Features, Events, and Processes (FEPS) at Yucca Mountain

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    G. Freeze

    2002-03-25

    A performance assessment is required to demonstrate compliance with the post-closure performance objectives for the Yucca Mountain Project (YMP), as stated in 10 CFR Part 63.1 13 (66 FR 55732, p. 55807). A performance assessment is defined in 10 CFR 63.2 (66 FR 55732, p. 55794) as an analysis that: (1) identifies the features, events, and processes (FEPs) that might affect the potential geologic repository; (2) examines the effects of those FEPs upon the performance of the potential geologic repository; and (3) estimates the expected dose incurred by a specified reasonably maximally exposed individual as a result of releases caused by significant FEPs. The performance assessment must also provide the technical basis for inclusion or exclusion of specific FEPs in the performance assessment as stated in 10 CFR 63.114 (66 FR 55732, p. 55807). An initial approach for FEP development, in support of the Total System Performance Assessment for the Site Recommendation (TSPA-SR) (CRWMS M&O 2000e), was documented in Freeze et al. (2001). The development of a comprehensive list of FEPs potentially relevant to the post-closure performance of the potential Yucca Mountain repository is an ongoing, iterative process based on site-specific information, design, and regulations. Although comprehensiveness of the FEPs list cannot be proven with absolute certainty, confidence can be gained through a combination of formal and systematic reviews (both top-down and bottom-up), audits, and comparisons with other FEP lists and through the application of more than one classification scheme. To support TSPA-SR, DOE used a multi-step approach for demonstrating comprehensiveness of the initial list of FEPs. Input was obtained from other international radioactive waste disposal programs as compiled by the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to establish a general list of FEPs. The list was subsequently refined to include YMP

  7. Effect of electron irradiation in vacuum on FEP-A silicon solar cell covers

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    Marsik, S. J.; Broder, J. D.

    1975-01-01

    Fluorinated ethylene-propylene-A (FEP-A) covers on silicon solar cells were irradiated with 1-MeV electrons, in vacuum, to an accumulated fluence equivalent to approximately 28 years in synchronous orbit. The effect of irradiation on the light transmittance of FEP-A was checked by measuring the short-circuit current of the cells after each dose increment. The results indicate no apparent overall loss in transmission due to irradiation of FEP-A. Filter wheel measurements revealed some darkening of the FEP-A at the blue end of the spectrum. Although no delamination from the cell surface was observed while in vacuum, embrittlement of FEP-A occurred at the accumulated dose.

  8. An unusual crystal structure of ferric-enterobactin bound FepB suggests novel functions of FepB in microbial iron uptake.

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    Li, Bingqing; Li, Ning; Yue, Yingying; Liu, Xiuhua; Huang, Yan; Gu, Lichuan; Xu, Sujuan

    2016-09-23

    Iron acquisition by siderophores is critical for the survival of most bacteria. Enterobactin is a kind of catechol siderophore that exhibits the highest affinity to iron atoms secreted by E. coli and several other species of Enterobacteriaceae. The periplasmic binding protein (PBP) FepB can transport ferric-enterobactin (Fe-Ent) from the outer membrane to the membrane-associated ATP-binding cassette transport system in E. coli. To elucidate this process, we solved the crystal structure of FepB in complex with Fe-Ent at a resolution of 1.8 Å. Consistent with previously reported NMR results, our crystal structure shows that, similar to the other type III PBPs, the FepB structure was folded with separated globular N- and C-termini linked by a long α-helix. Additionally, the structure showed that the Fe-Ent bound to the cleft between the N- and C-terminal domains. Exceptionally, FepB differs from the other known siderophore binding PBPs in that it forms a trimer by capturing four Fe-Ents that can each contribute to FepB trimerization. Dynamic light-scattering experiments are consistent with the structural observations and indicate that FepB forms a trimer in a Fe-Ent-dependent manner.

  9. Alterations in flash evoked potentials (FEPs) in rats produced by 3,3'-iminodipropionitrile (IDPN).

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    Herr, D W; King, D; Barone, S; Crofton, K M

    1995-01-01

    3,3'-Iminodipropionitrile (IDPN) is a neurotoxicant that produces changes in flash evoked potentials (FEPs) 18 weeks after treatment. We examined dose- and time-related effects of IDPN on FEPs at earlier time points than previously studied (52). Adult male Long-Evans rats were given IDPN (0, 100, 200, 400 mg/kg/day x 3 days, i.p.) and FEPs were recorded 14 days later. IDPN (400 mg/kg/day) decreased the amplitudes of some of the "early" and "middle" FEP peaks (n30 and N56), and increased the latencies of some early peaks (P21 and P46). A separate group of rats was treated with IDPN (0 or 400 mg/kg/day x 3 days, i.p.) and FEPs were recorded 1, 3, 7, 14, and 35 days later. The latencies of of all portions of FEPs were increased by IDPN, with maximal changes occurring at 7 and/or 14 days. The amplitude of the middle portions of FEPs (peaks N56, P63, N70, P90) were altered as early as day 3, and some changes were observed up to day 14. In contrast, the "late" portion of FEPs (peak N160) was affected at later times (days 14 and 35). Corneal opacities were noted on days 3 and 7, but were largely reversible by day 14. In the time-course study, IDPN decreased colonic temperature on days 1, 3, 7, and 14. The present results suggest that IDPN alters both the early FEP peaks related to the initial afferent sensory volley, and cortical processing associated with the middle and later portions of FEPs.

  10. Recession of FEP specimens from trays D11 and B7

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Pippin, H. Gary

    1992-01-01

    We report work done at Boeing Defense and Space Group on analysis of silvered teflon specimens taken from selected locations of the Long Duration Exposure Facility under support from a contract provided by NASA LaRC. The samples discussed in this presentation were taken from the unexposed side of D11 and extended through the folded area of this blanket into the exposed area. Two similar areas were cut from blanket B7, one from the edge of the blanket near row six and one from the edge of the blanket near row eight and within a few centimeters of the copper grounding strap for B7. The specimens were each divided into three sections by cutting with a scapel. Two of the sections were mounted in a potting compound, which was cut and polished such that the cross-sectional thickness of each was exposed. One piece was mounted straight and the other was mounted in an attempt to configure the specimens such that it was bent with a radius of curvature similar to the on-orbit configuration. The third portion of each specimen was used for SEM images to help define the angle of exposure with respect to the ram at each location on the specimen. Photomicrographs were taken in cross section from the edge of the blanket through the curved transition region into the exposed area of the blanket. The thickness of the Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FEP) layer was determined at known distances from the edge of the blanket. SEM images were obtained at known distances to help define the angle with respect to ram and therefore establish the atomic oxygen fluence on each location and correlate this exposure with thickness. Thickness measurements made with a two to three centimeter distance minimized the uncertainty arising from variations in the as-manufactured thickness of each blanket. The nominal angle from ram of the exposed portion of each blanket, and the fact that the unexposed edge portions are approximately at right angles to the exposed portion were also used to help define the

  11. EQUATION OF STATE OF SOLIDS. II ALUMINUM AND TEFLON

    DTIC Science & Technology

    The pressure-volume-energy (P-V-E) equation of state of aluminum and Teflon has been investigated. The P-V-E equation of state of a material is needed to solve nonreactive flow problems using computer codes such as PUFF. Explosively induced shock waves...solid and porous specimens of aluminum and Teflon. For aluminum it is found that the following P-V-E equation of state can reproduce the experimental

  12. Eigenvalue Detonation of Combined Effects Aluminized Explosives

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    Capellos, Christos; Baker, Ernest; Balas, Wendy; Nicolich, Steven; Stiel, Leonard

    2007-06-01

    This paper reports on the development of theory and performance for recently developed combined effects aluminized explosives. Traditional high energy explosives used for metal pushing incorporate high loading percentages of HMX or RDX, whereas blast explosives incorporate some percentage of aluminum. However, the high blast explosives produce increased blast energies, with reduced metal pushing capability due to late time aluminum reaction. Metal pushing capability refers to the early volume expansion work produced during the first few volume expansions associated with cylinder wall velocities and Gurney energies. Our Recently developed combined effects aluminized explosives (PAX-29C, PAX-30, PAX-42) are capable of achieving excellent metal pushing and high blast energies. Traditional Chapman-Jouguet detonation theory does not explain the observed detonation states achieved by these combined effects explosives. This work demonstrates, with the use of cylinder expansion data and thermochemical code calculations (JAGUAR and CHEETAH), that eigenvalue detonation theory explains the observed behavior.

  13. Protoporphyrin (FEP/ZPP) screening in industrial lead exposure

    SciTech Connect

    Saryan, L.A.

    1988-11-01

    Lead-acid battery manufacturers, as a group, are among the largest industrial users of lead in the United States, and every industry using this metal is confronted with a maze of federal regulations governing workplace conditions and employee health. In the biological testing category, particular emphasis has been placed on the periodic testing of blood for lead, to assess absorption of the metal, and protoporphyrin (abbreviated ZPP or FEP) testing as a means of monitoring the biological effects resulting from lead exposure. The protoporphyrin test, however, remains a matter of general confusion among industry managers and medical directors, and this article attempts to provide a concise and understandable explanation of this topic. 10 references, 3 figures, 1 table.

  14. Cratering and penetration experiments in aluminum and teflon: Implications for space-exposed surfaces

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    Hörz, Friedrich

    2012-04-01

    Whether a target is penetrated or not during hypervelocity impact depends strongly on typical impactor dimensions (Dp) relative to the absolute target thickness (T). We have therefore conducted impact experiments in aluminum1100 and TeflonFEP targets that systematically varied Dp/T (=D*), ranging from genuine cratering events in thick targets (Dp << T) to the nondisruptive passage of the impactor through very thin films (Dp >> T). The objectives were to (1) delineate the transition from cratering to penetration events, (2) characterize the diameter of the penetration hole (Dh) as a function of D*, and (3) determine the threshold target thickness that yields Dh = Dp. We employed spherical soda-lime glass (SLG) projectiles of Dp = 50-3175 μm at impact velocities (V) from 1 to 7 km s-1, and varied target thicknesses from microns to centimeters. The transition from cratering to penetration processes in thick targets forms a continuum in all morphologic aspects. The entrance side of the target resembles that of a standard crater even when the back of the target suffers substantial, physical perforations via spallation and plastic deformation. We thus suggest that the cratering-to-penetration transition does not occur when the target becomes physically perforated (i.e., at the "ballistic limit"), but when the shock pulse duration in the projectile (tp) is identical to that in the target (tt), i.e., tp = tt. This condition is readily calculated from equation-of-state data. As a consequence, in reconstructing impactor dimensions from observations of space-exposed substrates, we recommend that crater size (Dc) be used for the case of tp < tt, and that penetration hole diameter (Dh) be used when tp > tt. The morphologic evolution of the penetration hole and its size also forms a continuum that strongly depends on both the scaled parameter D* and on V, but it is independent of the absolute scale. The condition of Dh = Dp is approached at D* > 50. The dependence of Dh on T

  15. Evaluation of Features, Events, and Processes (FEP) for the Biosphere Model

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    M. Wasiolek; P. Rogers

    2004-10-27

    The purpose of this analysis report is to evaluate and document the inclusion or exclusion of biosphere features, events, and processes (FEPs) with respect to modeling used to support the total system performance assessment (TSPA) for the license application (LA). A screening decision, either ''Included'' or ''Excluded'', is given for each FEP along with the corresponding technical basis for the excluded FEPs and the descriptions of how the included FEPs were incorporated in the biosphere model. This information is required by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulations at 10 CFR 63.114 (d, e, and f) [DIRS 156605]. The FEPs addressed in this report concern characteristics of the reference biosphere, the receptor, and the environmental transport and receptor exposure pathways for the groundwater and volcanic ash exposure scenarios considered in biosphere modeling. This revision provides the summary of the implementation of included FEPs in TSPA-LA, (i.e., how the FEP is included); for excluded FEPs, this analysis provides the technical basis for exclusion from TSPA-LA (i.e., why the FEP is excluded). This report is one of the 10 documents constituting the biosphere model documentation suite. A graphical representation of the documentation hierarchy for the biosphere model is presented in Figure 1-1. This figure shows the interrelationships among the products (i.e., analysis and model reports) developed for biosphere modeling. The ''Biosphere Model Report'' describes in detail the biosphere conceptual model and mathematical model. The input parameter reports shown to the right of the ''Biosphere Model Report'' contain detailed descriptions of the model input parameters and their development. Outputs from these six reports are used in the ''Nominal Performance Biosphere Dose Conversion Factor Analysis and Disruptive Event Biosphere Dose Conversion Factor Analysis'' to generate the biosphere dose conversion factors (BDCFs), which are input parameters for

  16. Studies on colicin B translocation: FepA is gated by TonB.

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    Devanathan, Surendranathan; Postle, Kathleen

    2007-07-01

    Colicin B is a 55 kDa dumbbell-shaped protein toxin that uses the TonB system (outer membrane transporter, FepA, and three cytoplasmic membrane proteins TonB/ExbB/ExbD) to enter and kill Escherichia coli. FepA is a 22-stranded beta-barrel with its lumen filled by an amino-terminal globular domain containing an N-terminal semiconserved region, known as the TonB box, to which TonB binds. To investigate the mechanism of colicin B translocation across the outer membrane, we engineered cysteine (Cys) substitutions in the globular domain of FepA. Colicin B caused increased exposure to biotin maleimide labelling of all Cys substitutions, but to different degrees, with TonB as well as the FepA TonB box required for all increases. Because of the large increases in exposure for Cys residues from T13 to T51, we conclude that colicin B is translocated through the lumen of FepA, rather than along the lipid-barrel interface or through another protein. Part of the FepA globular domain (residues V91-V142) proved relatively refractory to labelling, indicating either that the relevant Cys residues were sequestered by an unknown protein or that a significant portion of the FepA globular domain remained inside the barrel, requiring concomitant conformational rearrangement of colicin B during its translocation. Unexpectedly, TonB was also required for colicin-induced exposure of the FepA TonB box, suggesting that TonB binds FepA at a different site prior to interaction with the TonB box.

  17. In situ high-pressure study of FeP: Implications for planetary cores

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    Gu, Tingting; Wu, Xiang; Qin, Shan; Dubrovinsky, Leonid

    2011-02-01

    FeP with MnP-type structure is isostructural with high-pressure FeS polymorphs (both post-troilite FeS and FeS VI), which are believed to exist in planetary cores. Due to similar PTX phase diagrams of binary Fe-P and Fe-S, phosphorus can incorporate with iron-sulfur at planetary core conditions. To understand such substitution and the high-pressure behavior of FeP, we investigate the structural stability of FeP up to 15.6 GPa and 1800 ± 200 K by combined in situ powder X-ray diffraction and Mössbauer spectroscopy. Our experimental results show that FeP remains the MnP-type structure throughout the PT range covered. Isothermal equation of state of FeP is obtained with V0 of 92.91(8) Å 3, B0 of 205(7) GPa, and B0 of 4. The shortest axis of the MnP-type FeP cell, the b-axis, is the most compressible, due to the soft edge-sharing octahedra along the b-axis. Mössbauer results show that no electronic structure changes occur up to 15.6 GPa, but indicate decreasing distortion of FeP 6 octahedron with pressure increasing. The behavior of FeP is quite different from that of FeS under high pressure and high temperature, suggesting that phosphorus will have a significant impact on stability and electronic properties of FeS within terrestrial planet cores.

  18. Status of FEP encapsulated solar cell modules used in terrestrial applications

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    Ratajczak, A. F.; Forestieri, A. F.

    1974-01-01

    The Lewis Research Center has been engaged in transferring the FEP encapsulated solar cell technology developed for the space program to terrestrial applications. FEP encapsulated solar cell modules and arrays were designed and built expressly for terrestrial applications. Solar cell power systems were installed at three different land sites, while individual modules are undergoing marine environment tests. Four additional power systems are being completed for installation during the summer of 1974. These tests have revealed some minor problems which have been corrected. The results confirm the inherent utility of FEP encapsulated terrestrial solar cell systems.

  19. Embossed Teflon AF Laminate Membrane Microfluidic Diaphragm Valves

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    Willis, Peter; Hunt, Brian; White,Victor; Grunthaner, Frank

    2008-01-01

    A microfluidic system has been designed to survive spaceflight and to function autonomously on the Martian surface. It manipulates microscopic quantities of liquid water and performs chemical analyses on these samples to assay for the presence of molecules associated with past or present living processes. This technology lies at the core of the Urey Instrument, which is scheduled for inclusion on the Pasteur Payload of the ESA ExoMars rover mission in 2013. Fabrication processes have been developed to make the microfabricated Teflon-AF microfluidic diaphragm pumps capable of surviving extreme temperature excursions before and after exposure to liquid water. Two glass wafers are etched with features and a continuous Teflon membrane is sandwiched between them (see figure). Single valves are constructed using this geometry. The microfabricated devices are then post processed by heating the assembled device while applying pneumatic pressure to force the Teflon diaphragm against the valve seat while it is softened. After cooling the device, the embossed membrane retains this new shape. This solves previous problems with bubble introduction into the fluid flow where deformations of the membrane at the valve seat occurred during device bonding at elevated temperatures (100-150 C). The use of laminated membranes containing commercial Teflon AF 2400 sheet sandwiched between spun Teflon AF 1600 layers performed best, and were less gas permeable than Teflon AF 1600 membranes on their own. Spinning Teflon AF 1600 solution (6 percent in FLOURINERT(Registered TradeMark) FC40 solvent, 3M Company) at 500 rpm for 1.5 seconds, followed by 1,000 rpm for 3 seconds onto Borofloat glass wafers, results in a 10-micron-thick film of extremely smooth Teflon AF. This spinning process is repeated several times on flat, blank, glass wafers in order to gradually build a thick, smooth membrane. After running this process at least five times, the wafer and Teflon coating are heated under vacuum

  20. Optofluidic Waveguides in Teflon AF-Coated PDMS Microfluidic Channels

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    Cho, Sung Hwan; Godin, Jessica; Lo, Yu-Hwa

    2010-01-01

    We report a new method for fabricating an optofluidic waveguide that is compatible with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). The light path follows the microfluidic channels, an architecture that can maximize detection efficiency and make the most economic use of chip area in many lab-on-chip applications. The PDMS-based microfluidic channels are coated with Teflon amorphous fluoropolymers (Teflon AF) which has a lower refractive index (n = 1.31) than water (n = 1.33) to form a water/Teflon AF optical waveguide. Driven by a vacuum pump, the Teflon AF solution was flowed through the channels, leaving a thin (5–15 µm) layer of coating on the channel wall as the cladding layer of optical waveguides. This coating process resolves the limitations of spin-coating processes by reducing the elasticity mismatch between the Teflon AF cladding layer and the PDMS device body. We demonstrate that the resulting optofluidic waveguide confines and guides the laser light through the liquid core channel. Furthermore, the light in such a waveguide can be split when the fluid flow is split. This new method enables highly integrated biosensors such as lab-on-chip flow cytometers and micro-fabricated fluorescence-activated cell sorter with on-chip excitation. PMID:20729984

  1. Optofluidic Waveguides in Teflon AF-Coated PDMS Microfluidic Channels.

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    Cho, Sung Hwan; Godin, Jessica; Lo, Yu-Hwa

    2009-08-01

    We report a new method for fabricating an optofluidic waveguide that is compatible with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). The light path follows the microfluidic channels, an architecture that can maximize detection efficiency and make the most economic use of chip area in many lab-on-chip applications. The PDMS-based microfluidic channels are coated with Teflon amorphous fluoropolymers (Teflon AF) which has a lower refractive index (n = 1.31) than water (n = 1.33) to form a water/Teflon AF optical waveguide. Driven by a vacuum pump, the Teflon AF solution was flowed through the channels, leaving a thin (5-15 µm) layer of coating on the channel wall as the cladding layer of optical waveguides. This coating process resolves the limitations of spin-coating processes by reducing the elasticity mismatch between the Teflon AF cladding layer and the PDMS device body. We demonstrate that the resulting optofluidic waveguide confines and guides the laser light through the liquid core channel. Furthermore, the light in such a waveguide can be split when the fluid flow is split. This new method enables highly integrated biosensors such as lab-on-chip flow cytometers and micro-fabricated fluorescence-activated cell sorter with on-chip excitation.

  2. Free-surface light emission from shocked Teflon

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    Gallagher, Kathleen G.; Yang, Wenbo; Ahrens, Thomas J.

    1994-07-01

    Shock initiated light emission experiments were performed on Teflon shock loaded to pressures up to ˜17 GPa. Radiances up to 600×106Wṡm-2/(ster ṡnm), were measured over a range of 390 to 820 nm. We have measured the spectra of light emitted upon reflection of the shock at the free surface and observed it to be distinctly non-thermal in nature. The lights appears to result from bond destruction such as observed in shock recovery experiments on Teflon and in quasistatic experiments conducted on other polymers.

  3. Teflon strip pneumostasis for excision of giant emphysematous bullae.

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    Parmar, J M; Hubbard, W G; Matthews, H R

    1987-01-01

    Excision of giant emphysematous bullae commonly results in a persistent air leak that requires prolonged intercostal drainage and delays recovery. To minimise this we have used Teflon (polytetrafluoroethylene) strips to buttress the suture line and secure pneumostasis. During 1976-84 eight bullae were excised in seven patients. One patient had bilateral staged thoracotomies. All chest drains were removed within eight days (mean 4.5 days) and no patient developed pulmonary complications. At long term follow up (1-9 years, mean 5.5 years) no complications attributable to the Teflon felt have been identified. Images PMID:3324378

  4. Measurements of prompt radiation induced conductivity in Teflon (PTFE).

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    Hartman, E. Frederick; Zarick, Thomas Andrew; Sheridan, Timothy J.; Preston, E.

    2013-05-01

    We performed measurements of the prompt radiation induced conductivity (RIC) in thin samples of Teflon (PTFE) at the Little Mountain Medusa LINAC facility in Ogden, UT. Three mil (76.2 microns) samples were irradiated with a 0.5 %CE%BCs pulse of 20 MeV electrons, yielding dose rates of 1E9 to 1E11 rad/s. We applied variable potentials up to 2 kV across the samples and measured the prompt conduction current. Details of the experimental apparatus and analysis are reported in this report on prompt RIC in Teflon.

  5. Temperature characteristics of microfiber coil resonators embedded in teflon

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    Chen, Ye; Ming, Yang; Guo, Wei; Xu, Fei; Lu, Yan-qing

    2011-12-01

    In this paper we investigate the temperature characteristic of an optical microfiber coil resonator (OMCR) which is wrapped on Teflon coated PMMA rob and embedded in low index polymer Teflon. The micro fiber used to fabricated the OMCR was 4 ~ 5μm in diameter and 14 mm in waist region length. The PMMA rob has a diameter of 2 mm. Our sample shows high temperature sensitivity as much as 80 pm/°C. The test result suggests OMCR could be of good value in application of temperature sensing.

  6. Measurements of Gas-Wall Partitioning of Oxidized Species in Environmental Smog Chambers and Teflon Sampling Lines

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    Krechmer, J.; Pagonis, D.; Ziemann, P. J.; Jimenez, J. L.

    2015-12-01

    Environmental "smog" chambers have played an integral role in atmospheric aerosol research for decades. Recently, many works have demonstrated that the loss of gas-phase material to fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) chamber walls can have significant effects on secondary organic aerosol (SOA) yield results. The effects of gas-wall partitioning on highly oxidized species is still controversial, however. In this work we performed a series of experiments examining the losses of oxidized gas-phase compounds that were generated in-situ­ in an environmental chamber. The loss of species to the walls was measured using three chemical ionization mass spectrometry techniques: proton-transfer-reaction (PTR), nitrate (NO3-) ion, and iodide (I-). Many oxidized species have wall loss timescales ranging between 15 to 45 minutes and scale according to the molecule's estimated saturation concentration c* and functional groups. By comparing results of the different techniques, and in particular by the use of the "wall-less" NO3- source, we find that measuring species with high chamber wall-loss rates is complicated by the use of a standard ion-molecule reaction (IMR) region, as well as long Teflon sampling lines, which can be important sinks for gas-phase species. This effect is observed even for semi-volatile species and could have significant effects on ambient sampling techniques that make highly time-resolved measurements using long sampling lines, such as eddy covariance measurements.

  7. Isolation of human monocytes by double gradient centrifugation and their differentiation to macrophages in teflon-coated cell culture bags.

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    Menck, Kerstin; Behme, Daniel; Pantke, Mathias; Reiling, Norbert; Binder, Claudia; Pukrop, Tobias; Klemm, Florian

    2014-09-09

    Human macrophages are involved in a plethora of pathologic processes ranging from infectious diseases to cancer. Thus they pose a valuable tool to understand the underlying mechanisms of these diseases. We therefore present a straightforward protocol for the isolation of human monocytes from buffy coats, followed by a differentiation procedure which results in high macrophage yields. The technique relies mostly on commonly available lab equipment and thus provides a cost and time effective way to obtain large quantities of human macrophages. Briefly, buffy coats from healthy blood donors are subjected to a double density gradient centrifugation to harvest monocytes from the peripheral blood. These monocytes are then cultured in fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) Teflon-coated cell culture bags in the presence of macrophage colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF). The differentiated macrophages can be easily harvested and used for subsequent studies and functional assays. Important methods for quality control and validation of the isolation and differentiation steps will be highlighted within the protocol. In summary, the protocol described here enables scientists to routinely and reproducibly isolate human macrophages without the need for cost intensive tools. Furthermore, disease models can be studied in a syngeneic human system circumventing the use of murine macrophages.

  8. Ignition Desensitization of PBX via Aluminization

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    Kim, Seokpum; Horie, Yasuyuki; Zhou, Min

    2015-10-01

    The ignition behavior of aluminized HMX/Estane PBX under impact loading is analyzed through meso-scale simulations which account for constituent elasticity, viscoelasticity, elasto-viscoplasticity, fracture, internal contact, frictional heating, and heat conduction. The analyses involve explicit tracking of hotspot development and focuses on the probability of ignition, accounting for stochastic variations in microstructures which have HMX grain sizes ranging from 50 to 400 μm, binder-grain bonding strength of 35 MPa, and binder-grain interface bonding energy on the order of 81 J/m2. For the microstructure configuration studied, it is found that aluminization with particles 50 μm in diameter delays the initiation of chemical reaction in the material. The mean time to ignition ( t 50) for cases with 6 to 18 pct Al by volume is 1 to 1.7 μs longer (24 to 60 pct delay) as compared to that for the corresponding unaluminized PBX. To understand the mechanisms leading to the ignition delay, the differences in overall internal stresses, dissipations due to fracture and inelasticity, and hotspot field characteristics are quantified.

  9. The Relation of the Surface Properties of the Teflons to Frictional Electrification by Polystyrene.

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    The friction and frictional electrification properties of Teflon TFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), Teflon PFA (tetrafluoroethylene-perfluoro-(alkyl...constitution of the fluorocarbon surfaces to kinetic coefficient of friction and frictional electrification properties was investigated by using the

  10. Mussel-inspired block copolymer lithography for low surface energy materials of teflon, graphene, and gold.

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    Kim, Bong Hoon; Lee, Duck Hyun; Kim, Ju Young; Shin, Dong Ok; Jeong, Hu Young; Hong, Seonki; Yun, Je Moon; Koo, Chong Min; Lee, Haeshin; Kim, Sang Ouk

    2011-12-15

    Mussel-inspired interfacial engineering is synergistically integrated with block copolymer (BCP) lithography for the surface nanopatterning of low surface energy substrate materials, including, Teflon, graphene, and gold. The image shows the Teflon nanowires and their excellent superhydrophobicity.

  11. Evaluation of Features, Events, and Processes (FEP) for the Biosphere Model

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    J. J. Tappen

    2003-02-16

    The purpose of this revision of ''Evaluation of the Applicability of Biosphere-Related Features, Events, and Processes (FEPs)'' (BSC 2001) is to document the screening analysis of biosphere-related primary FEPs, as identified in ''The Development of Information Catalogued in REV00 of the YMP FEP Database'' (Freeze et al. 2001), in accordance with the requirements of the final U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulations at 10 CFR Part 63. This database is referred to as the Yucca Mountain Project (YMP) FEP Database throughout this document. Those biosphere-related primary FEPs that are screened as applicable will be used to develop the conceptual model portion of the biosphere model, which will in turn be used to develop the mathematical model portion of the biosphere model. As part of this revision, any reference to the screening guidance or criteria provided either by Dyer (1999) or by the proposed NRC regulations at 64 FR 8640 has been removed. The title of this revision has been changed to more accurately reflect the purpose of the analyses. In addition, this revision will address Item Numbers 19, 20, 21, 25, and 26 from Attachment 2 of ''U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission/U.S. Department of Energy Technical Exchange and Management Meeting on Total System Performance Assessment and Integration (August 6 through 10, 2001)'' (Reamer 2001). This Scientific Analysis Report (SAR) does not support the current revision to the YMP FEP Database (Freeze et al. 2001). Subsequent to the release of the YMP FEP Database (Freeze et al. 2001), a series of reviews was conducted on both the FEP processes used to support Total System Performance Assessment for Site Recommendation and to develop the YMP FEP Database. In response to observations and comments from these reviews, particularly the NRC/DOE TSPA Technical Exchange in August 2001 (Reamer 2001), several Key Technical Issue (KTI) Agreements were developed. ''The Enhanced Plan for Features, Events and Processes

  12. The iron uptake repressor Fep1 in the fission yeast binds Fe-S cluster through conserved cysteines

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    Kim, Hyo-Jin; Lee, Kang-Lok; Kim, Kyoung-Dong; Roe, Jung-Hye

    2016-09-09

    Iron homeostasis is tightly regulated since iron is an essential but toxic element in the cell. The GATA-type transcription factor Fep1 and its orthologs contribute to iron homeostasis in many fungi by repressing genes for iron uptake when intracellular iron is high. Even though the function and interaction partners of Fep1 have been elucidated extensively In Schizosaccharomyces pombe, the mechanism behind iron-sensing by Fep1 remains elusive. It has been reported that Fep1 interacts with Fe-S-containing monothiol glutaredoxin Grx4 and Grx4-Fra2 complex. In this study, we demonstrate that Fep1 also binds iron, in the form of Fe-S cluster. Spectroscopic and biochemical analyses of as isolated and reconstituted Fep1 suggest that the dimeric Fep1 binds Fe-S clusters. The mutation study revealed that the cluster-binding depended on the conserved cysteines located between the two zinc fingers in the DNA binding domain. EPR analyses revealed [Fe-S]-specific peaks indicative of mixed presence of [2Fe-2S], [3Fe-4S], or [4Fe-4S]. The finding that Fep1 is an Fe-S protein fits nicely with the model that the Fe-S-trafficking Grx4 senses intracellular iron environment and modulates the activity of Fep1. - Highlights: • Fep1, a prototype fungal iron uptake regulator, was isolated stably from Schizosaccharomyces pombe. • Fep1 exhibits UV–visible absorption spectrum, characteristic of [Fe-S] proteins. • The iron and sulfide contents in purified or reconstituted Fep1 also support [Fe-S]. • The conserved cysteines are critical for [Fe-S]-binding. • EPR spectra at 5 K and 123 K suggest a mixed population of [Fe-S].

  13. A cluster of Teflon pledgets manifesting as an intrathoracic cavitary mass following lung resection.

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    Lee, J-I; Park, K-Y; Park, C-H

    2010-06-01

    Teflon pledgets are widely used for hemostasis and the reinforcement of friable tissue in surgery. However, rare but serious complications caused by the erosion of Teflon pledgets have been reported. We present an unusual case of an intrathoracic cavitary mass that was formed by the erosion of a cluster of Teflon pledgets into the lung parenchyma eight years after a lung resection.

  14. Aluminate solution decomposition new technology development

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    Abramov, V.Ya.; Stelmakova, G.D.

    1996-10-01

    Scientific Technical Centre Reactor together with SC Aluminy carried out the number of investigations in the field of aluminum solution decomposition new technology development. It was based on large prime ratio on one hand, and liquid-solid countercurrent flow movement on the other hand. Practically the suggested technology was considered to be the result of unstationary, mass-transfer theory, which had been checked up at 100 m3 plot scale plant. Hydrate washing was accomplished at the first stage under the condition of countercurrent flow and less than 1 m3 water discharge. The experiments of 3.2--3.3 caustic module aluminate solution decomposition were carried out at the second stage. While full reactor 20 hour regime operation the caustic module increased till 4.1. Usually it accounts 3.7 under the analogous conditions and time.

  15. Petrogenesis of Luna 16 aluminous mare basalts

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    Ma, M.-S.; Schmitt, R. A.; Nielsen, R. L.; Taylor, G. J.; Warner, R. D.; Keil, K.

    1979-01-01

    Bulk compositions, petrology and mineralogy of Luna 16 aluminous mare basalt particles of less than 0.5 mm are described. The data rule out any close genetic relationships between Luna 16 and other major types of lunar mare basalts. Compared to high-Ti mare basalts, the Luna 16 basalts contain lower TiO2 and Ta and higher Al2O3 and REE abundances, suggesting that the Luna 16 source rocks crystallized later than (i.e. stratigraphically above) the ilmenite-bearing high-Ti basalt cumulate source rocks. The REE pattern for the Luna 16 basalts requires that the source material from which they were derived crystallized from a light REE enriched magma.

  16. The relationship between zinc protoporphyrin (ZPP) and "free" erythrocyte protoporphyrin (FEP) in lead-exposed individuals.

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    Karacić, V; Prpić-Majić, D; Telisman, S

    1980-01-01

    The relationship between zinc protoporphyrin (ZPP) and total erythrocyte protoporphyrin, measured as "free" erythrocyte protoporphyrin (FEP), was determined in 194 adult subjects with different occupational and non-occupational lead exposures. Furthermore, the ZPP-FEP comparison was considered with respect to the dose-effect relationship of ZPP and FEP with blood lead (PbB) for males and females, respectively. Bilirubin (Bil.) interferences in ZPP analysis were taken into account. A very close and highly significant relationship (r = 0.962, P < 0.001) was established between ZPP and FEP values. A significant correlation (P < 0.001) between log ZPP or log FEP and PbB (males r = 0.767 and 0.718; females r = 0.525 and 0.405) was also found. It was established, by both in vitro and in vivo studies, that Bil. interferes with the ZPP fluorescence readings; the relationship between "false" positive ZPP concentrations and Bil. concentrations (in vitro r = 0.987, in vivo r = 0.903) was highly significant (P < 0.001). A small but highly significant (r = 0.948, P < 0.001) influence of increased carboxyhemoglobin (COHb) concentrations on the decrease in hematofluorometer ZPP readings, due to inadequate oxygenation of the blood, was found. The results obtained confirm the usefullness of ZPP determinations using hematofluorometers for surveillance of increased lead absorption but stress that the interfering effect of Bil., and to a lesser extent of COHb, cannot be ignored.

  17. Characterization of the Cobalamin and Fep Operons in Methylobium petrolphilum PM1

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    Ewing, J

    2005-09-06

    The bacterium Methylobium petroleophilum PM1 is economically important due to its ability to degrade methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE), a fuel additive. Because PM1 is a representative of all MTBE degraders, it is important to understand the transport pathways critical for the organism to survive in its particular environment. In this study, the cobalamin pathway and select iron transport genes will be characterized to help further understand all metabolic pathways in PM1. PM1 contains a total of four cobalamin operons. A single operon is located on the chromosome. Located on the megaplasmid are two tandem repeats of cob operons and a very close representative of the cob operon located on the chromosome. The fep operon, an iron transport mechanism, lies within the multiple copies of the cob operon. The cob operon and the fep operon appear to be unrelated except for a shared need for the T-on-B-dependent energy transduction complex to assist the operons in moving large molecules across the outer membrane of the cell. A genomic study of the cob and the fep operons with that of phylogenetically related organisms helped to confirm the identity of the cob and fep operons and to represent the pathways. More study of the pathways should be done to find the relationship that positions the two seemingly unrelated cob and fep genes together in what appears to be one operon.

  18. Modified Pechini synthesis of tricalcium aluminate powder

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    Voicu, Georgeta Ghitulica, Cristina Daniela; Andronescu, Ecaterina

    2012-11-15

    Tricalcium aluminate (Ca{sub 3}Al{sub 2}O{sub 6}-C{sub 3}A) was obtained by a modified Pechini synthesis in order to eliminate successive thermal treatments and intermediate grinding usually performed between the two sintering steps and in order to reduce the sintering temperature. Our results indicated that pure C{sub 3}A was obtained, by a single step thermal treatment at 1300 Degree-Sign C for 4 h and 1350 Degree-Sign C for 1 h. The synthesis was confirmed by XRD, FT-IR and free lime analyses. The morphology of synthesised C{sub 3}A was assessed by electron microscopy (SEM and TEM, HRTEM) and it was observed a high tendency of the particles to form aggregates and the individual particles seem to be single crystals. The bioactivity was assessed by specimen soaking in simulated body fluid (SBF) for 7 days; the hydrate (i.e. 3CaO Bullet-Operator Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} Bullet-Operator 6H{sub 2}O formed at the C{sub 3}A surface), can act as nucleation centers for the resulted phosphate phases. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A modified Pechini synthesis was used for obtained of tricalcium aluminate. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer C{sub 3}A was obtained at 1300 Degree-Sign C/4 h and 1350 Degree-Sign C/1 h. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Were eliminated successive thermal treatments and intermediate grinding. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The morphology of synthesised C{sub 3}A was assessed by electron microscopy (SEM, TEM). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Was observed a high tendency of the particles to form aggregates.

  19. Near-infrared laser ablation of poly tetrafluoroethylene (Teflon) sensitized by nanoenergetic materials

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    Yang Yanqiang; Wang Shufeng; Sun Zhaoyong; Dlott, Dana D.

    2004-08-30

    Laser ablation of Teflon doped with size-selected (30-250 nm) Al nanoparticles is studied. Unlike pure Teflon, which requires a vacuum-ultraviolet or femtosecond excimer laser for ablation, this sensitized Teflon can be ablated with a near-infrared laser. Using 100 ps duration pulses, near-infrared ablation thresholds are lower by about a factor of 10 from excimer ablation of pure Teflon. A mechanism is discussed that involves Teflon decomposition by spherical shock fronts originating at each irradiated nanoparticle. Studies of the distance dependence of this process as a function of particle diameter and oxide layer thickness suggest ways of optimizing the ablation process.

  20. Impact of welan gum on tricalcium aluminate-gypsum hydration

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    Ma Lei Zhao Qinglin Yao Chukang; Zhou Mingkai

    2012-02-15

    The retarding effect of welan gum on tricalcium aluminate-gypsum hydration, as a partial system of ordinary Portland cement (OPC) hydration, was investigated with several methods. The tricalcium aluminate-gypsum hydration behavior in the presence or absence of welan gum was researched by field emission gun scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and zeta potential analysis. Meanwhile, we studied the surface electrochemical properties and adsorption characteristics of welan gum by utilizing a zeta potential analyzer and UV-VIS absorption spectrophotometer. By adding welan gum, the morphology change of ettringite and retardation of hydration stages in tricalcium aluminate-gypsum system was observed. Moreover, we detected the adsorption behavior and zeta potential inversion of tricalcium aluminate and ettringite, as well as a rapid decrease in the zeta potential of tricalcium aluminate-gypsum system. The reduction on nucleation rate of ettringite and hydration activity of C{sub 3}A was also demonstrated. Thus, through the adsorption effect, welan gum induces a retarding behavior in tricalcium aluminate-gypsum hydration. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Adsorption characteristics of welan gum on C{sub 3}A and ettringite have been studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer C{sub 3}A-gypsum hydration behavior and the hydration products are examined in L/S = 3. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Welan gum retards the process of C{sub 3}A-gypsum hydration. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The addition of welan gum changes the nucleation growth of ettringite.

  1. Structural, optical and photocatalytic activity of cerium doped zinc aluminate

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    Sumathi, Shanmugam; Kavipriya, A.

    2017-03-01

    Zinc aluminate and cerium-doped zinc aluminate nanoparticles are synthesised by co-precipitation method. Ammonium hydroxide is used as a precipitating agent. The synthesised compounds are characterised by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform Infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Ultraviolet diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-DRS), Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Surface area measurements. The photocatalytic activity of zinc aluminate and cerium doped zinc aluminate nanoparticles are studied under the UV light and visible light taking methylene blue as a model pollutant. The amount of catalyst, concentration of dye solution and time are optimised under UV-light. Degradation of methylene blue under the UV-light is found to be 99% in 20 min with 10 mg of cerium doped catalyst. Compared to visible light degradation, the degradation of dye under UV-light is higher. Cerium doping in zinc aluminate (ZnAl2O4:Ce3+) increased the photocatalytic activity of zinc aluminate.

  2. Terrestrial applications of FEP-encapsulated solar cell modules. [power systems using Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene encapsulation

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    Forestieri, A. F.; Ratajczak, A. F.

    1974-01-01

    The NASA-Lewis Research Center program of transferring the FEP-encapsulated solar cell technology developed for the space program to terrestrial applications is presented. The electrical power system design and the array mechanical design are described, and power systems being tested are discussed. The latter are located at NOAA-RAMOS weather stations at Sterling, Va., and Mammoth Mountain, Calif.; on the roof of the Lewis Research Center; on a NOAA-Coast Guard buoy in the Gulf of Mexico; in a U.S. Forest Service mountaintop voice repeater station in the Inyo National Forest, Calif., and in a backpack charger for portable transmitter/receivers being used in the same place. Preliminary results of testing are still incomplete, but show that rime ice can cause cracks in modular cells without damaging the FEP though, which keeps the grid lines intact, and that electrically active elements of the module must be completely sealed from salt water to prevent FEP delamination.

  3. Terrestrial applications of FEP-encapsulated solar cell modules. [power systems using Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene encapsulation

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    Forestieri, A. F.; Ratajczak, A. F.

    1974-01-01

    The NASA-Lewis Research Center program of transferring the FEP-encapsulated solar cell technology developed for the space program to terrestrial applications is presented. The electrical power system design and the array mechanical design are described, and power systems being tested are discussed. The latter are located at NOAA-RAMOS weather stations at Sterling, Va., and Mammoth Mountain, Calif.; on the roof of the Lewis Research Center; on a NOAA-Coast Guard buoy in the Gulf of Mexico; in a U.S. Forest Service mountaintop voice repeater station in the Inyo National Forest, Calif., and in a backpack charger for portable transmitter/receivers being used in the same place. Preliminary results of testing are still incomplete, but show that rime ice can cause cracks in modular cells without damaging the FEP though, which keeps the grid lines intact, and that electrically active elements of the module must be completely sealed from salt water to prevent FEP delamination.

  4. Terrestrial applications of FEP-encapsulated solar cell modules. [systems design and power output characteristics

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    Forestieri, A. F.; Ratajczak, A. F.

    1974-01-01

    FEP-encapsulated solar cell modules and arrays have been designed and built expressly for terrestrial applications. System design including solar cell array mechanical design and the approach to system sizing is outlined. Such solar cell systems have been installed at six sites. Individual modules have undergone marine environment tests. Results from seven months of operation indicate that system is meeting its electrical design requirements. No mechanical degradation has been reported. The array on Mammoth Mountain, California has been damaged by rime ice but shows no loss in electrical output. Marine environment tests on single modules have shown that elements of the module must be completely sealed by the FEP. Based on the limited test data available, the FEP-encapsulated solar cell module appears well suited to terrestrial applications.

  5. Reducing friction and miscibility studies of FEP dispersion/ PDMS fluid blends

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    Buapool, S.; Thavarungkul, N.; Srisukhumbowornchai, N.

    2017-04-01

    To develop new polymer blends having reduced friction force of fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) dispersion and improved adhesion of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) fluid, FEP dispersion was blended with PDMS fluids at different viscosities of 20 cSt and 100 cSt by using solution mixing method. The FEP/PDMS blends were coated on short hollow tubes and examined by penetrating the tubes into the rubber stoppers. It was found that the tubes coated with the blends showed reduced penetration and friction forces and improved adhesion. The tubes coated with the 100 cSt-PDMS blend in the ratio of 5:1.5 demonstrated the penetration and average friction forces as low as 3828 mN and 1524 mN, respectively. The formation of physical blends was characterized and confirmed by FTIR and DSC analyses.

  6. Roadmaps through free energy landscapes calculated using the multi-dimensional vFEP approach

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    Radak, Brian K.; Huang, Ming; Wong, Kin-Yiu

    2014-01-01

    The variational free energy profile (vFEP) method is extended to two dimensions and tested with molecular simulation applications. The proposed 2D-vFEP approach effectively addresses the two major obstacles to constructing free energy profiles from simulation data using traditional methods: the need for overlap in the re-weighting procedure and the problem of data representation. This is especially evident as these problems are shown to be more severe in two dimensions. The vFEP method is demonstrated to be highly robust and able to provide stable, analytic free energy profiles with only a paucity of sampled data. The analytic profiles can be analyzed with conventional search methods to easily identify stationary points (e.g. minima and first-order saddle points) as well as the pathways that connect these points. These “roadmaps” through the free energy surface are useful not only as a post-processing tool to characterize mechanisms, but can also serve as a basis from which to direct more focused “on-the-fly” sampling or adaptive force biasing. Test cases demonstrate that 2D-vFEP outperforms other methods in terms of the amount and sparsity of the data needed to construct stable, converged analytic free energy profiles. In a classic test case, the two dimensional free energy profile of the backbone torsion angles of alanine dipeptide, 2D-vFEP needs less than 1% of the original data set to reach a sampling accuracy of 0.5 kcal/mol in free energy shifts between windows. A new software tool for performing one and two dimensional vFEP calculations is herein described and made publicly available. PMID:24505217

  7. Roadmaps through free energy landscapes calculated using the multi-dimensional vFEP approach.

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    Lee, Tai-Sung; Radak, Brian K; Huang, Ming; Wong, Kin-Yiu; York, Darrin M

    2014-01-14

    The variational free energy profile (vFEP) method is extended to two dimensions and tested with molecular simulation applications. The proposed 2D-vFEP approach effectively addresses the two major obstacles to constructing free energy profiles from simulation data using traditional methods: the need for overlap in the re-weighting procedure and the problem of data representation. This is especially evident as these problems are shown to be more severe in two dimensions. The vFEP method is demonstrated to be highly robust and able to provide stable, analytic free energy profiles with only a paucity of sampled data. The analytic profiles can be analyzed with conventional search methods to easily identify stationary points (e.g. minima and first-order saddle points) as well as the pathways that connect these points. These "roadmaps" through the free energy surface are useful not only as a post-processing tool to characterize mechanisms, but can also serve as a basis from which to direct more focused "on-the-fly" sampling or adaptive force biasing. Test cases demonstrate that 2D-vFEP outperforms other methods in terms of the amount and sparsity of the data needed to construct stable, converged analytic free energy profiles. In a classic test case, the two dimensional free energy profile of the backbone torsion angles of alanine dipeptide, 2D-vFEP needs less than 1% of the original data set to reach a sampling accuracy of 0.5 kcal/mol in free energy shifts between windows. A new software tool for performing one and two dimensional vFEP calculations is herein described and made publicly available.

  8. The ferric enterobactin transporter Fep is required for persistent Salmonella enterica serovar typhimurium infection.

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    Nagy, Toni A; Moreland, Sarah M; Andrews-Polymenis, Helene; Detweiler, Corrella S

    2013-11-01

    Most bacterial pathogens require iron to grow and colonize host tissues. The Gram-negative bacterium Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium causes a natural systemic infection of mice that models acute and chronic human typhoid fever. S. Typhimurium resides in tissues within cells of the monocyte lineage, which limit pathogen access to iron, a mechanism of nutritional immunity. The primary ferric iron import system encoded by Salmonella is the siderophore ABC transporter FepBDGC. The Fep system has a known role in acute infection, but it is unclear whether ferric iron uptake or the ferric iron binding siderophores enterobactin and salmochelin are required for persistent infection. We defined the role of the Fep iron transporter and siderophores in the replication of Salmonella in macrophages and in mice that develop acute followed by persistent infections. Replication of wild-type and iron transporter mutant Salmonella strains was quantified in cultured macrophages, fecal pellets, and host tissues in mixed- and single-infection experiments. We show that deletion of fepB attenuated Salmonella replication and colonization within macrophages and mice. Additionally, the genes required to produce and transport enterobactin and salmochelin across the outer membrane receptors, fepA and iroN, are needed for colonization of all tissues examined. However, salmochelin appears to be more important than enterobactin in the colonization of the spleen and liver, both sites of dissemination. Thus, the FepBDGC ferric iron transporter and the siderophores enterobactin and salmochelin are required by Salmonella to evade nutritional immunity in macrophages and cause persistent infection in mice.

  9. Etude vibrationnelle d'aluminates et de gallates de terres rares—IV. Aluminates de samarium et d'europium

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    Saine, M. C.; Husson, E.

    In order to complete our studies on rare earth aluminates and gallates of perovskite structure, we have calculated a force field for orthorhombic SmAlO 3 and EuAlO 3. This force field is anisotropic with regard to the ab plane of the structure and is slightly weaker than the force field of the rhombohedral aluminates LaAlO 3 or NdAlO 3.

  10. Randomized trial of infusion set function: steel versus teflon.

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    Patel, Parul J; Benasi, Kari; Ferrari, Gina; Evans, Mark G; Shanmugham, Satya; Wilson, Darrell M; Buckingham, Bruce A

    2014-01-01

    This study compared infusion set function for up to 1 week using either a Teflon(®) (Dupont(™), Wilmington, DE) catheter or a steel catheter for insulin pump therapy in type 1 diabetes mellitus. Twenty subjects participating in a randomized, open-labeled, crossover study were asked to wear two Quick-Set(®) and two Sure-T(®) infusion sets (both from Medtronic Minimed, Northridge, CA) until the infusion set failed or was worn for 1 week. All subjects wore a MiniMed continuous glucose monitoring system for the duration of the study. One subject withdrew from the study. There were 38 weeks of Sure-T wear and 39 weeks of Quick-Set wear with no difference in the survival curves of the infusion sets. There was, however, a 15% initial failure rate with the Teflon infusion set. After 7 days, both types of infusion sets had a 64% failure rate. Overall, 30% failed because of hyperglycemia and a failed correction dose, 13% were removed for pain, 10% were pulled out by accident, 10% had erythema and/or induration of>10 mm, 5% fell out because of loss of adhesion, and 4% were removed for infection. The main predictor of length of wear was the individual subject. There was no increase in hyperglycemia or daily insulin requirements when an infusion set was successfully used for 7 days (n=25 of 77 weeks). We found no difference between steel and Teflon infusion sets in their function over 7 days, although 15% of Teflon sets failed because of kinking on insertion. The strongest predictor of prolonged 7-day infusion set function was the individual subject, not the type of infusion set.

  11. Randomized Trial of Infusion Set Function: Steel Versus Teflon

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    Patel, Parul J.; Benasi, Kari; Ferrari, Gina; Evans, Mark G.; Shanmugham, Satya; Wilson, Darrell M.

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Background: This study compared infusion set function for up to 1 week using either a Teflon® (Dupont™, Wilmington, DE) catheter or a steel catheter for insulin pump therapy in type 1 diabetes mellitus. Subjects and Methods: Twenty subjects participating in a randomized, open-labeled, crossover study were asked to wear two Quick-Set® and two Sure-T® infusion sets (both from Medtronic Minimed, Northridge, CA) until the infusion set failed or was worn for 1 week. All subjects wore a MiniMed continuous glucose monitoring system for the duration of the study. Results: One subject withdrew from the study. There were 38 weeks of Sure-T wear and 39 weeks of Quick-Set wear with no difference in the survival curves of the infusion sets. There was, however, a 15% initial failure rate with the Teflon infusion set. After 7 days, both types of infusion sets had a 64% failure rate. Overall, 30% failed because of hyperglycemia and a failed correction dose, 13% were removed for pain, 10% were pulled out by accident, 10% had erythema and/or induration of>10 mm, 5% fell out because of loss of adhesion, and 4% were removed for infection. The main predictor of length of wear was the individual subject. There was no increase in hyperglycemia or daily insulin requirements when an infusion set was successfully used for 7 days (n=25 of 77 weeks). Conclusions: We found no difference between steel and Teflon infusion sets in their function over 7 days, although 15% of Teflon sets failed because of kinking on insertion. The strongest predictor of prolonged 7-day infusion set function was the individual subject, not the type of infusion set. PMID:24090124

  12. Durable Superhydrophobic Surfaces via Spontaneous Wrinkling of Teflon AF.

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    Scarratt, Liam R J; Hoatson, Ben S; Wood, Elliot S; Hawkett, Brian S; Neto, Chiara

    2016-03-01

    We report the fabrication of both single-scale and hierarchical superhydrophobic surfaces, created by exploiting the spontaneous wrinkling of a rigid Teflon AF film on two types of shrinkable plastic substrates. Sub-100 nm to micrometric wrinkles were reproducibly generated by this simple process, with remarkable control over the size and hierarchy. Hierarchical Teflon AF wrinkled surfaces showed extremely high water repellence (contact angle 172°) and very low contact angle hysteresis (2°), resulting in droplets rolling off the surface at tilt angles lower than 5°. The wrinkling process intimately binds the Teflon AF layer with its substrate, making these surfaces mechanically robust, as revealed by macroscale and nanoscale wear tests: hardness values were close to that of commercial optical lenses and aluminum films, resistance to scratch was comparable to commercial hydrophobic coatings, and damage by extensive sonication did not significantly affect water repellence. By this fabrication method the size of the wrinkles can be reproducibly tuned from the nanoscale to the microscale, across the whole surface in one step; the fabrication procedure is extremely rapid, requiring only 2 min of thermal annealing to produce the desired topography, and uses inexpensive materials. The very low roll-off angles achieved in the hierarchical surfaces offer a potentially up-scalable alternative as self-cleaning and drag-reducing coatings.

  13. Degradation of Multi-Layer Insulation (MLI) Retrieved from the Hubble Space Telescope

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    Mohammed, Jelila S.; deGroh, Kim, K.

    2011-01-01

    Multi-Layer Insulation (MLI) returned during Servicing Mission 4 are still being analyzed. Analysis has revealed degradation of optical, thermal, and mechanical properties, increased crystallinity, and reduction in fluorine/carbon ratio of aluminized-Teflon fluorinated ethylene propylene (Al-FEP) FEP. These material properties can be affected by high temperatures on orbit, increased radiation exposure, and in some cases contamination from materials in close proximity to the insulation on orbit. Preliminary results support conclusions of previous studies: areas of Al-FEP that received higher levels of solar exposure show more degradation (high temperatures and radiation combined).

  14. Ultraviolet irradiation at elevated temperatures and thermal cycling in vacuum of FEP-A covered silicon solar cells

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    Broder, J. D.; Marsik, S. J.

    1978-01-01

    Silicon solar cells covered with FEP-A were irradiated in vacuum with ultraviolet light and then subjected to thermal cycling. These accelerated laboratory conditions are believed to be equivalent to those experienced by FEP-A covered cells on the ATS-6 spacecraft and the results indicate a probable mechanism for the faster degradation of the FEP-A covered cells. Heat-bonded FEP-A covers apparently embrittle when exposed to four months of space UV radiation at elevated temperatures, and crack when subjected to thermal cycling during the eclipse period. Low energy proton radiation can then penetrate to the junction of the cell causing degradation of the open circuit voltage and maximum power to occur. An alternate method of application of FEP-A, such as with adhesives, may prevent such cracking.

  15. Mechanical strength and stability of lithium aluminate

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    Brimhall, J. L.

    1992-06-01

    Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) investigated the strength and resistance to thermal shock of lithium aluminate annular pellets. The room temperature, axial compressive fracture strength of pellets made at Westinghouse Advanced Energy Systems (WAES) varied from 80 to 133 ksi. The strength at 430 C (806 F) was to 30 to 40 percent lower. The strength at 900 C (1652 F) showed a wide variation with one measurement near 90 ksi. These strength values are consistent with other data and predictions made in the literature when the grain size and porosity of the microstructure are taken into account. In diametral compression tests, the fracture strengths were much lower due to the existence of tensile stresses in some pellet regions from this type of loading. However, the fracture stresses were still generally higher than those reported in the literature; this fracture resistance probably reflects the better quality of the pellets tested in this study. Measurements on pellets made at PNL indicated lower strengths compared to the WAES material. This strength difference could be accounted for by different processing technologies: material made at PNL was cold-pressed and sintered with high porosity whereas the WAES material was isostatically hot-pressed with high density. Thermal shocking of the material by ramping to 900 C in two minutes did not have an observable effect on the microstructure or the strength of any of the pellets.

  16. Synthesis of magnesium aluminate spinel by periclase and alumina chlorination

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    Orosco, Pablo; Barbosa, Lucía; Ruiz, María del Carmen

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • Use of chlorination for the synthesis of magnesium aluminate spinel. • The reagents used were alumina, periclase and chlorine. • Isothermal and non-isothermal assays were performed in air and Cl{sub 2}–N{sub 2} flows. • The chlorination produced magnesium aluminate spinel at 700 °C. • Selectivity of the chlorination reaction to obtain spinel is very high. - Abstract: A pyrometallurgical route for the synthesis of magnesium aluminate spinel by thermal treatment of a mechanical mixture containing 29 wt% MgO (periclase) and 71 wt% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (alumina) in chlorine atmosphere was developed and the results were compared with those obtained by calcining the same mixture of oxides in air atmosphere. Isothermal and non-isothermal assays were performed in an experimental piece of equipment adapted to work in corrosive atmospheres. Both reagents and products were analyzed by differential thermal analysis (DTA), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray fluorescence (XRF). Thermal treatment in Cl{sub 2} atmosphere of the MgO–Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} mixture produces magnesium aluminate spinel at 700 °C, while in air, magnesium spinel is generated at 930 °C. The synthesis reaction of magnesium aluminate spinel was complete at 800 °C.

  17. Surface Modification of Nickel Foams by a Slurry Aluminizing Process

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    Omar, H.; Papanastasiou, N.; Psyllaki, P.; Stergioudi, F.; Tsipas, D. N.; Tsipas, S. A.; Michailidis, N.

    2010-01-21

    A novel slurry-based process for aluminizing nickel foams while improving the mechanical properties and conserving the excellent ductility is reported. Cellular unalloyed nickel foams with 92% porosity and uniform pore size and distribution were used as a starting material. Several slurries of different compositions were examined to investigate the possibility of developing an aluminide-nickel intermetallic coating on a Ni foam without considerably degrading the original ductile properties of the foam. The process temperature was varying from 400 to 850 deg. C and the process holding time was ranging between 2h to 6h. Scanning electron microscopy with an energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry and X-Ray diffraction were applied to assess the effectiveness of the aluminizing process and determine both the optimum parameters of the procedure (slurry composition, holding temperature and time) and the concentration profiles across the coating cross-section. The mechanical behavior of the aluminized Ni-foams was evaluated by the conduction of micro-tension tests. The resulting Ni-foams after aluminization retain the pore structure of original Ni-foams and present a thick outer surface layer which consists of a range of aluminide phases. The mechanical properties of the Ni-foams aluminized in low process temperature were insignificantly affected.

  18. A Serendipitous Mutation Reveals the Severe Virulence Defect of a Klebsiella pneumoniae fepB Mutant

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    Palacios, Michelle; Broberg, Christopher A.; Walker, Kimberly A.

    2017-01-01

    ABSTRACT Klebsiella pneumoniae is considered a significant public health threat because of the emergence of multidrug-resistant strains and the challenge associated with treating life-threatening infections. Capsule, siderophores, and adhesins have been implicated as virulence determinants of K. pneumoniae, yet we lack a clear understanding of how this pathogen causes disease. In a previous screen for virulence genes, we identified a potential new virulence locus and constructed a mutant (smr) with this locus deleted. In this study, we characterize the smr mutant and show that this mutation renders K. pneumoniae avirulent in a pneumonia model of infection. The smr mutant was expected to have a deletion of three genes, but subsequent genome sequencing indicated that a much larger deletion had occurred. Further analysis of the deleted region indicated that the virulence defect of the smr mutant could be attributed to the loss of FepB, a periplasmic protein required for import of the siderophore enterobactin. Interestingly, a ΔfepB mutant was more attenuated than a mutant unable to synthesize enterobactin, suggesting that additional processes are affected. As FepB is highly conserved among the members of the family Enterobacteriaceae, therapeutic targeting of FepB may be useful for the treatment of Klebsiella and other bacterial infections. IMPORTANCE In addition to having a reputation as the causative agent of several types of hospital-acquired infections, Klebsiella pneumoniae has gained widespread attention as a pathogen with a propensity for acquiring antibiotic resistance. It is capable of causing a range of infections, including urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and sepsis. Because of the rapid emergence of carbapenem resistance among Klebsiella strains, there is a dire need for a better understanding of virulence mechanisms and identification of new drug targets. Here, we identify the periplasmic transporter FepB as one such potential target. PMID

  19. 40 CFR 721.10423 - Complex strontium aluminate, rare earth doped (generic).

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    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Complex strontium aluminate, rare... New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10423 Complex strontium aluminate, rare earth doped... substances identified generically as complex strontium aluminate, rare earth doped (PMNs P-12-22, P-12-23,...

  20. Living history in current orthopaedic hip surgery: intrapelvic teflon granuloma after total hip replacement.

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    Gheorghiu, Daniel; Peter, Viju; Lynch, Martin

    2010-02-01

    The teflon hip arthroplasty design was used by Sir John Charnley in the early 60's but was taken off the market due to high complication rates. A case is reported of an intrapelvic granuloma after total hip arthroplasty following the use of a teflon socket. This appears to be the last surviving patient treated by Sir John Charnley using a Teflon hip socket design.

  1. Collection of aerosolized human cytokines using Teflon® filters.

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    McKenzie, Jennifer H; McDevitt, James J; Fabian, M Patricia; Hwang, Grace M; Milton, Donald K

    2012-01-01

    Collection of exhaled breath samples for the analysis of inflammatory biomarkers is an important area of research aimed at improving our ability to diagnose, treat and understand the mechanisms of chronic pulmonary disease. Current collection methods based on condensation of water vapor from exhaled breath yield biomarker levels at or near the detection limits of immunoassays contributing to problems with reproducibility and validity of biomarker measurements. In this study, we compare the collection efficiency of two aerosol-to-liquid sampling devices to a filter-based collection method for recovery of dilute laboratory generated aerosols of human cytokines so as to identify potential alternatives to exhaled breath condensate collection. Two aerosol-to-liquid sampling devices, the SKC® Biosampler and Omni 3000™, as well as Teflon® filters were used to collect aerosols of human cytokines generated using a HEART nebulizer and single-pass aerosol chamber setup in order to compare the collection efficiencies of these sampling methods. Additionally, methods for the use of Teflon® filters to collect and measure cytokines recovered from aerosols were developed and evaluated through use of a high-sensitivity multiplex immunoassay. Our results show successful collection of cytokines from pg/m(3) aerosol concentrations using Teflon® filters and measurement of cytokine levels in the sub-picogram/mL concentration range using a multiplex immunoassay with sampling times less than 30 minutes. Significant degradation of cytokines was observed due to storage of cytokines in concentrated filter extract solutions as compared to storage of dry filters. Use of filter collection methods resulted in significantly higher efficiency of collection than the two aerosol-to-liquid samplers evaluated in our study. The results of this study provide the foundation for a potential new technique to evaluate biomarkers of inflammation in exhaled breath samples.

  2. Experimental impacts into Teflon targets and LDEF thermal blankets

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    Hoerz, F.; Cintala, M. J.; Zolensky, M. E.; Bernhard, R. P.; See, T. H.

    1994-01-01

    The Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) exposed approximately 20 sq m of identical thermal protective blankets, predominantly on the Ultra-Heavy Cosmic Ray Experiment (UHCRE). Approximately 700 penetration holes greater than 300 micron in diameter were individually documented, while thousands of smaller penetrations and craters occurred in these blankets. As a result of their 5.7 year exposure and because they pointed into a variety of different directions relative to the orbital motion of the nonspinning LDEF platform, these blankets can reveal important dynamic aspects of the hypervelocity particle environment in near-earth orbit. The blankets were composed of an outer teflon layer (approximately 125 micron thick), followed by a vapor-deposited rear mirror of silver (less than 1000 A thick) that was backed with an organic binder and a thermal protective paint (approximately 50 to 75 micron thick), resulting in a cumulative thickness (T) of approximately 175 to 200 microns for the entire blanket. Many penetrations resulted in highly variable delaminations of the teflon/metal or metal/organic binder interfaces that manifest themselves as 'dark' halos or rings, because of subsequent oxidation of the exposed silver mirror. The variety of these dark albedo features is bewildering, ranging from totally absent, to broad halos, to sharp single or multiple rings. Over the past year experiments were conducted over a wide range of velocities (i.e., 1 to 7 km/s) to address velocity dependent aspects of cratering and penetrations of teflon targets. In addition, experiments were performed with real LDEF thermal blankets to duplicate the LDEF delaminations and to investigate a possible relationship of initial impact conditions on the wide variety of dark halo and ring features.

  3. Collection of Aerosolized Human Cytokines Using Teflon® Filters

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    McKenzie, Jennifer H.; McDevitt, James J.; Fabian, M. Patricia; Hwang, Grace M.; Milton, Donald K.

    2012-01-01

    Background Collection of exhaled breath samples for the analysis of inflammatory biomarkers is an important area of research aimed at improving our ability to diagnose, treat and understand the mechanisms of chronic pulmonary disease. Current collection methods based on condensation of water vapor from exhaled breath yield biomarker levels at or near the detection limits of immunoassays contributing to problems with reproducibility and validity of biomarker measurements. In this study, we compare the collection efficiency of two aerosol-to-liquid sampling devices to a filter-based collection method for recovery of dilute laboratory generated aerosols of human cytokines so as to identify potential alternatives to exhaled breath condensate collection. Methodology/Principal Findings Two aerosol-to-liquid sampling devices, the SKC® Biosampler and Omni 3000™, as well as Teflon® filters were used to collect aerosols of human cytokines generated using a HEART nebulizer and single-pass aerosol chamber setup in order to compare the collection efficiencies of these sampling methods. Additionally, methods for the use of Teflon® filters to collect and measure cytokines recovered from aerosols were developed and evaluated through use of a high-sensitivity multiplex immunoassay. Our results show successful collection of cytokines from pg/m3 aerosol concentrations using Teflon® filters and measurement of cytokine levels in the sub-picogram/mL concentration range using a multiplex immunoassay with sampling times less than 30 minutes. Significant degradation of cytokines was observed due to storage of cytokines in concentrated filter extract solutions as compared to storage of dry filters. Conclusions Use of filter collection methods resulted in significantly higher efficiency of collection than the two aerosol-to-liquid samplers evaluated in our study. The results of this study provide the foundation for a potential new technique to evaluate biomarkers of inflammation in

  4. Infrared laser deposition of Teflon coatings on microstructures

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    Papantonakis, M. R.; HaglundJr., R. F.

    2006-01-01

    Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE, trade name Teflon) has a wide range of unique and desirable physical, electrical and chemical properties. Its tribological properties are well-suited to anti-stiction applications, and its chemical inertness commends it as a barrier and passivation layer. However, conventional thin-film techniques are not suited for depositing Teflon films on microstructures. Spin coating is impossible because of the well-known insolubility of PTFE. Plasma polymerization of fluorocarbon monomers, ion beam and rf sputtering produce PTFE films that are deficient in fluorine. Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) using excimer and Ti:sapphire lasers is unsatisfactory because UV or near-IR laser ablation "unzips" the PTFE, and requires high-temperature annealing to re-polymerize the deposited monomeric film. We have demonstrated that a completely dry, vapor-phase coating technique - resonant infrared pulsed laser deposition (RIR-PLD) at a wavelength of 8.26 μm -produces crystalline, smooth Teflon films at low process temperatures. Indeed, the films as deposited by RIR-PLD exhibit a surprising degree of crystallinity even at room temperature. The stoichiometry and local electronic structure are preserved during the laser vaporization process, as demonstrated by IR absorption and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Films deposited on microscale structures show good adhesion, excellent smoothness, and a high degree of conformability to the structures. We also discuss experiments planned for the near future to compare the tribological properties of the PTFE films deposited by RIR-PLD with those of other tribological coatings. We will also discuss the implementation of RIR-PLD in practical processing schemes for MEMS applications, including the challenge in adapting existing solid-state mid-IR laser technology for this purpose.

  5. Flexible circular waveguides at millimeter wavelengths from metallized Teflon tubing

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    Obrzut, J.; Goldsmith, P. F.

    1990-03-01

    Flexible waveguides for use at millimeter wavelengths have been fabricated by deposition of metallic film onto the composite-modified inside surface of Teflon tubing. The attenuation characteristics in the range 80 to 115 GHz show losses on the order of 0.1 dB/cm. Bending, twisting, and rotating to the limit of plastic mechanical stability (curvature radius typically greater than 8 cm) have a negligible effect on the attenuation, and bend angles less than 45 deg produce relatively small changes in the insertion phase.

  6. Actinide-Aluminate Speciation in Alkaline Radioactive Waste

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    Dr. David L. Clark; Dr. Alexander M. Fedosseev

    2001-12-21

    Investigation of behavior of actinides in alkaline media containing AL(III) showed that no aluminate complexes of actinides in oxidation states (IIII-VIII) were formed in alkaline solutions. At alkaline precipitation IPH (10-14) of actinides in presence of AL(III) formation of aluminate compounds is not observed. However, in precipitates contained actinides (IIV)<(VI), and to a lesser degree actinides (III), some interference of components takes place that is reflected in change of solid phase properties in comparison with pure components or their mechanical mixture. The interference decreases with rise of precipitation PH and at PH 14 is exhibited very feebly. In the case of NP(VII) the individual compound with AL(III) is obtained, however it is not aluminate of neptunium(VII), but neptunate of aluminium(III) similar to neptunates of other metals obtained earlier.

  7. Limestone reaction in calcium aluminate cement–calcium sulfate systems

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    Bizzozero, Julien Scrivener, Karen L.

    2015-10-15

    This paper reports a study of ternary blends composed of calcium aluminate cement, calcium sulfate hemihydrate and limestone. Compressive strength tests and hydration kinetics were studied as a function of limestone and calcium sulfate content. The phase evolution and the total porosity were followed and compared to thermodynamic simulation to understand the reactions involved and the effect of limestone on these binders. The reaction of limestone leads to the formation of hemicarboaluminate and monocarboaluminate. Increasing the ratio between sulfate and aluminate decreases the extent of limestone reaction.

  8. Femtosecond laser ablation of polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon) in ambient air

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    Wang, Z. B.; Hong, M. H.; Lu, Y. F.; Wu, D. J.; Lan, B.; Chong, T. C.

    2003-05-01

    Teflon, polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE), is an important material in bioscience and medical application due to its special characteristics (bio-compatible, nonflammable, antiadhesive, and heat resistant). The advantages of ultrashort laser processing of Teflon include a minimal thermal penetration region and low processing temperatures, precision removal of material, and good-quality feature definition. In this paper, laser processing of PTFE in ambient air by a Ti:sapphire femtosecond laser (780 nm, 110 fs) is investigated. It is found that the pulse number on each irradiated surface area must be large enough for a clear edge definition and the ablated depth increases with the pulse number. The air ionization effect at high laser fluences not only degrades the ablated structures quality but also reduces the ablation efficiency. High quality microstructures are demonstrated with controlling laser fluence below a critical fluence to exclude the air ionization effect. The ablated microstructures show strong adhesion property to liquids and clear edges that are suitable for bio-implantation applications. Theoretical calculation is used to analyze the evolution of the ablated width and depth at various laser fluences.

  9. Dynamic electrowetting-on-dielectric (DEWOD) on unstretched and stretched teflon.

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    Lee, Min Wook; Latthe, Sanjay S; Yarin, Alexander L; Yoon, Sam S

    2013-06-25

    Dynamic electrowetting-on-dielectric (DEWOD) of the unstretched and stretched Teflon is reported in the experiments with water drop impact and rebound. We explore experimentally and theoretically the situation with the capacitance different from the standard static electrowetting. Deionized water drops impact onto either an unstretched hydrophobic Teflon surface or Teflon stretched up to 250% strain normally to the impact direction. The surface roughness of the unstretched Teflon increased after stretching from 209.9 to 245.6 nm resulting in the increase in the equilibrium water contact angle from 96 ± 4° to 147 ± 5°, respectively. The electric arrangement used in the drop impact experiments on DEWOD results in a dramatically reduced capacitance and requires a much higher voltage to observe EW in comparison with the standard static case of a drop deposited on a dielectric layer and attached to an electrode. In the dynamic situation we found that as the EW sets in it can greatly reduce the superhydrophobicity of the unstretched and stretched Teflon. At 0 kV, the water drop rebound height (hmax) is higher for the stretched Teflon (hmax ≈ 5.13 mm) and lower for the unstretched Teflon (hmax ≈ 4.16 mm). The EW response of unstretched Teflon is weaker than that of the stretched one. At the voltage of 3 kV, the water drop sticks to the stretched Teflon without rebound, whereas water drops still partially rebound (hmax ≈ 2.8 mm) after a comparable impact onto the unstretched Teflon. We found a sharp dynamic EW response for the stretched Teflon. The contact angle of deionized water ranged from 147 ± 5° (superhydrophobic) to 67 ± 5° (partially hydrophilic) by applying external voltage of 0 and 3 kV, respectively. Dynamic electrowetting introduced in this work for the first time can be used to control spray cooling, painting, and coating and for drop transport in microfluidics.

  10. IMPACT OF INCREASED ALUMINATE CONCENTRATIONS ON PROPERTIES OF SALTSTONE MIXES

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    Harbour, J; Tommy Edwards, T; Erich Hansen, E; Vickie Williams, V

    2007-10-12

    One of the goals of the Saltstone variability study is to identify the operational and compositional variables that control or influence the important processing and performance properties of Saltstone mixes. The protocols developed in this variability study are ideally suited as a tool to assess the impact of proposed changes to the processing flow sheet for Liquid Waste Operations (LWO). One such proposal that is currently under consideration is to introduce a leaching step in the treatment of the High Level Waste (HLW) sludge to remove aluminum prior to vitrification at the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF). This leachate would significantly increase the soluble aluminate concentrations as well as the free hydroxide ion concentration in the salt feed that will be processed at the Saltstone Processing Facility (SPF). Consequently, an initial study of the impact of increased aluminate concentration on the Saltstone grout properties was performed. The projected compositions and ranges of the aluminate rich salt stream (which includes the blending strategy) are not yet available and consequently, in this initial report, two separate salt stream compositions were investigated. The first stream starts with the previously projected baseline composition of the salt solution that will be fed to SPF from the Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF). The second stream is the solution that results from washing of the current Tank 51 sludge and subsequent transfer of the salt solution to Tank 11. The SWPF simulant has higher nitrate and lower free hydroxide than the Tank 11 simulant. In both of these cases, the aluminate was varied up to a maximum of 0.40 to 0.45M aluminate in order to evaluate the impact of increasing aluminate ion concentration on the grout properties. In general, the fresh grout properties of mixes made with SWPF and Tank 11 simulants were relatively insensitive to an increase in aluminate concentration in the salt solutions. However, the overall

  11. Secondary electron emission from electrically charged fluorinated-ethylene-propylene Teflon for normal and non-normal electron incidence. M.S. Thesis; [spacecraft thermal coatings

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    Budd, P. A.

    1981-01-01

    The secondary electron emission coefficient was measured for a charged polymer (FEP-Teflon) with normally and obliquely incident primary electrons. Theories of secondary emission are reviewed and the experimental data is compared to these theories. Results were obtained for angles of incidence up to 60 deg in normal electric fields of 1500 V/mm. Additional measurements in the range from 50 to 70 deg were made in regions where the normal and tangential fields were approximately equal. The initial input angles and measured output point of the electron beam could be analyzed with computer simulations in order to determine the field within the chamber. When the field is known, the trajectories can be calculated for impacting electrons having various energies and angles of incidence. There was close agreement between the experimental results and the commonly assumed theoretical model in the presence of normal electric fields for angles of incidence up to 60 deg. High angle results obtained in the presence of tangential electric fields did not agree with the theoretical models.

  12. [Aluminous cement for dental application (author's transl)].

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    Takeda, S

    1982-01-01

    The various materials such as zinc oxide eugenol pastes, calcium hydroxide slurry and self hardening polymers have been used for the root canal filling and pulp capping. However, those materials have various problems in terms of biocompatibility and physical properties in clinical use. The development of root canal filling and pulp capping materials has been carried out with powder-liquid system which consisted of aluminous cement added to 20 wt% Ca (OH)2 and polyvinylalcohol solutions. The influence of polyvinylalcohol concentrations and L/P ratio on physical properties and biocompatibility were investigated. The results were as follows: 1. The initial setting time was showed between 3 and 20 minutes according to polyvinylalcohol concentration and L/P ratio and delayed linearly by increasing the L/P ratio. 2. The consistency was indicated between 18 and 51 mm with polyvinylalcohol concentration and L/P ratio. The lower the L/P ratio, the thicker was the consistency. 3. The solubilities in distilled water were 2.7-7.3% and 3.9-8.4%, respectively, after storage for 24 hours and 1 week, while those values in 199 medium were 2.9-6.2% and 4.4-9.9%, respectively, after storage for 24 hours and 1 week. 4. The pH values in distilled water were indicated high alkaline conditions of about 11.5 after storage for 24 hours and was not influenced by the repeated immersions. On the other hand, the pH values in 199 medium were showed high alkaline conditions of about 11.0 after storage for 24 hours, but decreased rapidly to the neutral conditions of about 8.0 with the repeated immersion. 5. The compressive strengths were increased by the use of higher polyvinylalcohol concentration and lower L/P ratio and indicated from 26 kg/cm2 and 278 kg/cm2. 6. By the use of the tissue culture method, mild response with the un-set cement was recognized from the morphological observation. In the case of the set cement, the cell morphological changes showed no significant difference in the

  13. Nanoporous FeP nanorods grown on Ti plate as an enhanced binder-free hydrogen evolution cathode.

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    Gao, J J; Luo, P; Qiu, H-J; Wang, Y

    2017-03-10

    A porous and interconnected nanorod-like FeP structure on titanium plate has been fabricated by a simple hydrothermal method and followed by a calcination process. The nanorod is assembled by many paralleled FeP nanowires with a porous structure. With the porous surface structure of FeP nanorods and the synergetic effect from the electronic conductive Ti support, this binder-free FeP electrode brings about a desirable electrocatalytic activity for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), showing a low onset overpotential of 23 mV and a small Tafel slope of 39 mV dec(-1). Meanwhile, its catalytic activity could be maintained almost unchanged for at least 12 h in an acidic solution. This work provides us an effective HER electrocatalyst which can be easily produced on a large scale and at low cost.

  14. Nanoporous FeP nanorods grown on Ti plate as an enhanced binder-free hydrogen evolution cathode

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    Gao, J. J.; Luo, P.; Qiu, H.-J.; Wang, Y.

    2017-03-01

    A porous and interconnected nanorod-like FeP structure on titanium plate has been fabricated by a simple hydrothermal method and followed by a calcination process. The nanorod is assembled by many paralleled FeP nanowires with a porous structure. With the porous surface structure of FeP nanorods and the synergetic effect from the electronic conductive Ti support, this binder-free FeP electrode brings about a desirable electrocatalytic activity for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), showing a low onset overpotential of 23 mV and a small Tafel slope of 39 mV dec‑1. Meanwhile, its catalytic activity could be maintained almost unchanged for at least 12 h in an acidic solution. This work provides us an effective HER electrocatalyst which can be easily produced on a large scale and at low cost.

  15. Synthesis and Reactivity of Aluminized Fluorinated Acrylic (AIFA) Nanocomposites (Postprint)

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    2012-06-18

    REACTIVITY OF ALUMINIZED FLUORINATED ACRYLIC (ALFA) NANOCOMPOSITES (POSTPRINT) 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER In-house 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT...the nano Al throughout the material, the composite was compounded for 3 min in a DACA Instruments benchtop twin screw extruder at 150 C. The com

  16. SINTERING AND SULFATION OF CALCIUM SILICATE-ALUMINATE

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    The effect of sintering on the reactivity of solids at high temperature was studied. The nature of the interaction was studied with calcium silicate-aluminate reacting with SO2 between 665 and 800 C. The kinetics of the sintering and sulfation processes were measured independentl...

  17. SINTERING AND SULFATION OF CALCIUM SILICATE-ALUMINATE

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    The effect of sintering on the reactivity of solids at high temperature was studied. The nature of the interaction was studied with calcium silicate-aluminate reacting with SO2 between 665 and 800 C. The kinetics of the sintering and sulfation processes were measured independentl...

  18. DNA adsorption onto calcium aluminate and silicate glass surfaces.

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    Carlson, Krista; Flick, Lisa; Hall, Matthew

    2014-05-01

    A common technique for small-scale isolation of genomic DNA is via adsorption of the DNA molecules onto a silica scaffold. In this work, the isolation capacities of calcium aluminate based glasses were compared against a commercially available silica scaffold. Silica scaffolds exhibit a negative surface at the physiological pH values used during DNA isolation (pH 5-9), while the calcium aluminate glass microspheres exhibit a positive surface charge. Isolation data demonstrates that the positively charged surface enhanced DNA adsorption over the negatively charged surface. DNA was eluted from the calcium aluminate surface by shifting the pH of the solution to above its IEP at pH 8. Iron additions to the calcium aluminate glass improved the chemical durability without compromising the surface charge. Morphology of the glass substrate was also found to affect DNA isolation; 43-106 μm diameter soda lime silicate microspheres adsorbed a greater quantity of genomic DNA than silica fibers with an average diameter of ∼2 μm.

  19. [Preparation and clinical application of Teflon-wire piston and stapes height measurer].

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    Xie, Nan-ping

    2003-08-01

    With Teflon, and a tiny stainless steel needle of a number 7 injector and an acupuncture needle,Teflon-piston and a measurer of the stapes height were prepared respectively of stapedectomy for treatment of otosclerosis. Good clinical results were achieved with these simple and useful devices.

  20. Confined Mobility of TonB and FepA in Escherichia coli Membranes

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    Lill, Yoriko; Jordan, Lorne D.; Smallwood, Chuck R.; Newton, Salete M.; Lill, Markus A.; Klebba, Phillip E.; Ritchie, Ken

    2016-01-01

    The important process of nutrient uptake in Escherichia coli, in many cases, involves transit of the nutrient through a class of beta-barrel proteins in the outer membrane known as TonB-dependent transporters (TBDTs) and requires interaction with the inner membrane protein TonB. Here we have imaged the mobility of the ferric enterobactin transporter FepA and TonB by tracking them in the membranes of live E. coli with single-molecule resolution at time-scales ranging from milliseconds to seconds. We employed simple simulations to model/analyze the lateral diffusion in the membranes of E.coli, to take into account both the highly curved geometry of the cell and artifactual effects expected due to finite exposure time imaging. We find that both molecules perform confined lateral diffusion in their respective membranes in the absence of ligand with FepA confined to a region 0.180−0.007+0.006 μm in radius in the outer membrane and TonB confined to a region 0.266−0.009+0.007 μm in radius in the inner membrane. The diffusion coefficient of these molecules on millisecond time-scales was estimated to be 21−5+9 μm2/s and 5.4−0.8+1.5 μm2/s for FepA and TonB, respectively, implying that each molecule is free to diffuse within its domain. Disruption of the inner membrane potential, deletion of ExbB/D from the inner membrane, presence of ligand or antibody to FepA and disruption of the MreB cytoskeleton was all found to further restrict the mobility of both molecules. Results are analyzed in terms of changes in confinement size and interactions between the two proteins. PMID:27935943

  1. Confined Mobility of TonB and FepA in Escherichia coli Membranes.

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    Lill, Yoriko; Jordan, Lorne D; Smallwood, Chuck R; Newton, Salete M; Lill, Markus A; Klebba, Phillip E; Ritchie, Ken

    2016-01-01

    The important process of nutrient uptake in Escherichia coli, in many cases, involves transit of the nutrient through a class of beta-barrel proteins in the outer membrane known as TonB-dependent transporters (TBDTs) and requires interaction with the inner membrane protein TonB. Here we have imaged the mobility of the ferric enterobactin transporter FepA and TonB by tracking them in the membranes of live E. coli with single-molecule resolution at time-scales ranging from milliseconds to seconds. We employed simple simulations to model/analyze the lateral diffusion in the membranes of E.coli, to take into account both the highly curved geometry of the cell and artifactual effects expected due to finite exposure time imaging. We find that both molecules perform confined lateral diffusion in their respective membranes in the absence of ligand with FepA confined to a region [Formula: see text] μm in radius in the outer membrane and TonB confined to a region [Formula: see text] μm in radius in the inner membrane. The diffusion coefficient of these molecules on millisecond time-scales was estimated to be [Formula: see text] μm2/s and [Formula: see text] μm2/s for FepA and TonB, respectively, implying that each molecule is free to diffuse within its domain. Disruption of the inner membrane potential, deletion of ExbB/D from the inner membrane, presence of ligand or antibody to FepA and disruption of the MreB cytoskeleton was all found to further restrict the mobility of both molecules. Results are analyzed in terms of changes in confinement size and interactions between the two proteins.

  2. Formation of droplet interface bilayers in a Teflon tube

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    Walsh, Edmond; Feuerborn, Alexander; Cook, Peter R.

    2016-01-01

    Droplet-interface bilayers (DIBs) have applications in disciplines ranging from biology to computing. We present a method for forming them manually using a Teflon tube attached to a syringe pump; this method is simple enough it should be accessible to those without expertise in microfluidics. It exploits the properties of interfaces between three immiscible liquids, and uses fluid flow through the tube to pack together drops coated with lipid monolayers to create bilayers at points of contact. It is used to create functional nanopores in DIBs composed of phosphocholine using the protein α-hemolysin (αHL), to demonstrate osmotically-driven mass transfer of fluid across surfactant-based DIBs, and to create arrays of DIBs. The approach is scalable, and thousands of DIBs can be prepared using a robot in one hour; therefore, it is feasible to use it for high throughput applications. PMID:27681313

  3. Dielectric breakdown studies of Teflon perfluoroalkoxy at high temperature

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    Suthar, J. L.; Laghari, J. R.

    1992-01-01

    Teflon perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) was evaluated for use as a dielectric material in high-temperature high-voltage capacitors for space applications. The properties that were characterized included the dc dielectric strength at temperatures up to 250 C and the permittivity and dielectric loss as a function of frequency, temperature and voltage. To understand the breakdown mechanism taking place at high temperatures, the pre-breakdown discharge and conduction currents, and the dependence of dielectric strength on thickness of the film were determined. Confocal laser microscopy was performed to diagnose for microimperfections within the film structure. The results obtained show a significant decrease in the dielectric strength and an increase in dielectric loss with an increase in temperature, suggesting that impulse thermal breakdown could be a responsible mechanism in PFA film at temperatures above 150 C.

  4. Electrical properties of teflon and ceramic capacitors at high temperatures

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    Hammoud, A. N.; Baumann, E. D.; Myers, I. T.; Overton, E.

    1992-01-01

    Space power systems and components are often required to operate efficiently and reliably in harsh environments where stresses, such as high temperature, are encountered. These systems must, therefore, withstand exposure to high temperature while still providing good electrical and other functional properties. Experiments were carried out to evaluate Teflon and ceramic capacitors for potential use in high temperature applications. The capacitors were characterized in terms of their capacitance and dielectric loss as a function of temperature, up to 200 C. At a given temperature, these properties were obtained in a frequency range of 50 Hz to 100 kHz. DC leakage current measurements were also performed in a temperature range from 25 to 200 C. The results obtained are discussed and conclusions are made concerning the suitability of the capacitors studied for high temperature applications.

  5. Formation of droplet interface bilayers in a Teflon tube.

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    Walsh, Edmond; Feuerborn, Alexander; Cook, Peter R

    2016-09-29

    Droplet-interface bilayers (DIBs) have applications in disciplines ranging from biology to computing. We present a method for forming them manually using a Teflon tube attached to a syringe pump; this method is simple enough it should be accessible to those without expertise in microfluidics. It exploits the properties of interfaces between three immiscible liquids, and uses fluid flow through the tube to pack together drops coated with lipid monolayers to create bilayers at points of contact. It is used to create functional nanopores in DIBs composed of phosphocholine using the protein α-hemolysin (αHL), to demonstrate osmotically-driven mass transfer of fluid across surfactant-based DIBs, and to create arrays of DIBs. The approach is scalable, and thousands of DIBs can be prepared using a robot in one hour; therefore, it is feasible to use it for high throughput applications.

  6. Effective ultraviolet irradiation of platelet concentrates in teflon bags

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    Capon, S.M.; Sacher, R.A.; Deeg, H.J. )

    1990-10-01

    Several plastic materials used in blood storage were evaluated for their ability to transmit ultraviolet B (UVB) light. A plastic bag manufactured from sheets of transparent Teflon efficiently (78-86%) transmitted UVB light and was employed in subsequent functional studies of lymphocytes and platelets exposed to UVB light while contained in these bags. In vitro experiments showed a UVB dose-dependent abrogation of lymphocyte responder and stimulator functions, with concurrent preservation of platelet aggregation responses. In a phase I pilot study, UVB-treated platelet concentrates were administered to four bone marrow transplant recipients. Adverse effects attributable to the transfusions were not observed, and patients showed clinically effective transfusion responses. No patient developed lymphocytotoxic HLA or platelet antibodies. These studies suggest that platelets can be effectively irradiated with UVB light in a closed system. However, numerous variables, including container material, volume and composition of contents, steady exposure versus agitation, and exact UV wavelength, must be considered.

  7. Ion beam guiding with straight and curved Teflon tubes

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    Kojima, Takao M.; Ikeda, Tokihiro; Kanai, Yasuyuki; Yamazaki, Yasunori; Esaulov, Vladimir A.

    2011-09-01

    In an effort to develop a flexible ion beam guiding scheme, the guiding capabilities of straight and curved Teflon tubes were tested with 8 keV Ar8+ ions. The tubes used were about 50 mm long and of 1 mm/2 mm inner and outer diameters. One was straight, and the others were bent with different radii of curvature corresponding to bending angles from 9.6° to 26.7°. Transmission of several tens of per cent of the injected beam was observed for the curved tubes, while transmission through the tilted straight tube vanished when the tilt was more than 7°. This demonstrates the possibility of efficient ion beam guiding with flexible insulator tubes.

  8. Room temperature ferromagnetism in Teflon due to carbon dangling bonds.

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    Ma, Y W; Lu, Y H; Yi, J B; Feng, Y P; Herng, T S; Liu, X; Gao, D Q; Xue, D S; Xue, J M; Ouyang, J Y; Ding, J

    2012-03-06

    The ferromagnetism in many carbon nanostructures is attributed to carbon dangling bonds or vacancies. This provides opportunities to develop new functional materials, such as molecular and polymeric ferromagnets and organic spintronic materials, without magnetic elements (for example, 3d and 4f metals). Here we report the observation of room temperature ferromagnetism in Teflon tape (polytetrafluoroethylene) subjected to simple mechanical stretching, cutting or heating. First-principles calculations indicate that the room temperature ferromagnetism originates from carbon dangling bonds and strong ferromagnetic coupling between them. Room temperature ferromagnetism has also been successfully realized in another polymer, polyethylene, through cutting and stretching. Our findings suggest that ferromagnetism due to networks of carbon dangling bonds can arise in polymers and carbon-based molecular materials.

  9. Formation of droplet interface bilayers in a Teflon tube

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    Walsh, Edmond; Feuerborn, Alexander; Cook, Peter R.

    2016-09-01

    Droplet-interface bilayers (DIBs) have applications in disciplines ranging from biology to computing. We present a method for forming them manually using a Teflon tube attached to a syringe pump; this method is simple enough it should be accessible to those without expertise in microfluidics. It exploits the properties of interfaces between three immiscible liquids, and uses fluid flow through the tube to pack together drops coated with lipid monolayers to create bilayers at points of contact. It is used to create functional nanopores in DIBs composed of phosphocholine using the protein α-hemolysin (αHL), to demonstrate osmotically-driven mass transfer of fluid across surfactant-based DIBs, and to create arrays of DIBs. The approach is scalable, and thousands of DIBs can be prepared using a robot in one hour; therefore, it is feasible to use it for high throughput applications.

  10. Teflon granulomas mimicking cerebellopontine angle tumors following microvascular decompression.

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    Deep, Nicholas L; Graffeo, Christopher S; Copeland, William R; Link, Michael J; Atkinson, John L; Neff, Brian A; Raghunathan, Aditya; Carlson, Matthew L

    2017-03-01

    To report two patients with a history of microvascular decompression (MVD) for hemifacial spasm who presented with Teflon granulomas (TG) mimicking cerebellopontine angle (CPA) tumors and to perform a systematic review of the English-language literature. Case series at a single tertiary academic referral center and systematic review. Retrospective chart review with analysis of clinical, radiological, and histopathological findings. Systematic review using PubMed, Embase, MEDLINE, and Web of Science databases. Two patients with large skull base TGs mimicking CPA tumors clinically and radiographically were managed at the authors' institution. The first presented 4 years after MVD with asymmetrical sensorineural hearing loss, multiple progressive cranial neuropathies, and brainstem edema due to a growing TG. Reoperation with resection of the granuloma confirmed a foreign-body reaction consisting of multinucleated giant cells containing intracytoplasmic Teflon particles. The second patient presented 11 years after MVD with asymmetrical sensorineural hearing loss and recurrent hemifacial spasm. No growth was noted over 2 years, and the patient has been managed expectantly. Only one prior case of TG after MVD for hemifacial spasm has been reported in the English literature. TG is a rare complication of MVD for hemifacial spasm. The diagnosis should be suspected in patients presenting with a new-onset enhancing mass of the CPA after MVD, even when performed decades earlier. A thorough clinical and surgical history is critical toward establishing an accurate diagnosis to guide management and prevent unnecessary morbidity. Surgical intervention is not required unless progressive neurologic complications ensue. 4 Laryngoscope, 127:715-719, 2017. © 2016 The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc.

  11. Teflon bonding of solar cell assemblies using Pilkington CMZ and CMG coverglasses -- Now a production process

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    Kitchen, C.A.; Dollery, A.A.; Mullaney, K.; Bogus, K.

    1994-12-31

    Attempts at Teflon bonding have always failed due to the mismatch of thermal coefficients of expansion. With the advent of the Pilkington CMZ and CMG coverglasses where the coefficients have been exactly matched to the solar cell material, the bonding process has been developed so that the advantages and disadvantages of Teflon Bonding may be evaluated for use in the space environment. One important advantage is that Teflon lends itself to the incorporation of a device which limits the build up of electrical potential on the coverglass. Concepts for ESD protection and automated production assembly processes are given along with flight test results and environmental test programs.

  12. Parallel Syntheses of Peptides on Teflon-Patterned Paper Arrays (SyntArrays).

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    Deiss, Frédérique; Yang, Yang; Derda, Ratmir

    2016-01-01

    Screening of peptides to find the ligands that bind to specific targets is an important step in drug discovery. These high-throughput screens require large number of structural variants of peptides to be synthesized and tested. This chapter describes the generation of arrays of peptides on Teflon-patterned sheets of paper. First, the protocol describes the patterning of paper with a Teflon solution to produce arrays with solvophobic barriers that are able to confine organic solvents. Next, we describe the parallel syntheses of 96 peptides on Teflon-patterned arrays using the SPOT synthesis method.

  13. A reactive flow model for heavily aluminized cyclotrimethylene-trinitramine

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    Kim, Bohoon; Lee, Kyung-Cheol; Yoh, Jack J.; Park, Jungsu

    2014-07-14

    An accurate and reliable prediction of reactive flow is a challenging task when characterizing an energetic material subjected to an external shock impact as the detonation transition time is on the order of a micro second. The present study aims at investigating the size effect behavior of a heavily aluminized cyclotrimethylene-trinitramine (RDX) which contains 35% of aluminum by using a detonation rate model that includes ignition and growth mechanisms for shock initiation and subsequent detonation. A series of unconfined rate stick tests and two-dimensional hydrodynamic simulations are conducted to construct the size effect curve which represents the relationship between detonation velocity and inverse radius of the charge. A pressure chamber test is conducted to further validate the reactive flow model for predicting the response of a heavily aluminized high explosive subjected to an external impact.

  14. Determination of performance of non-ideal aluminized explosives.

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    Keshavarz, Mohammad Hossein; Mofrad, Reza Teimuri; Poor, Karim Esmail; Shokrollahi, Arash; Zali, Abbas; Yousefi, Mohammad Hassan

    2006-09-01

    Non-ideal explosives can have Chapman-Jouguet (C-J) detonation pressure significantly different from those expected from existing thermodynamic computer codes, which usually allows finding the parameters of ideal detonation of individual high explosives with good accuracy. A simple method is introduced by which detonation pressure of non-ideal aluminized explosives with general formula C(a)H(b)N(c)O(d)Al(e) can be predicted only from a, b, c, d and e at any loading density without using any assumed detonation products and experimental data. Calculated detonation pressures show good agreement with experimental values with respect to computed results obtained by complicated computer code. It is shown here how loading density and atomic composition can be integrated into an empirical formula for predicting detonation pressure of proposed aluminized explosives.

  15. Magnetic properties of some rare-earth nanostuctured aluminates

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    Lovchinov, V.; Petrov, D.; Simeonova, P.; Angelov, B.

    2010-11-01

    Nanocrystalline single-phase RAlO3 (R = Nd, Sm, Eu, Dy, Gd) has been prepared by modified Pechini's method. Malic acid has been used for the first time as a new complexing agent in the sol-gel process. It has facilited a low temperature synthesis of the compound. The characterization of the nanoparticles has been carried out by different methods. Using Physical Property Measurement System (PPMS-9 QD) the temperature and magnetic dependency of the susceptibility and magnetization of the nanostuctured aluminates were measured. The obtained results were compared with the existing ones for the single crystals and powder specimens of the same aluminates. The differences observed have been discussed in the framework of the molecular field theory for a two-sublattice system.

  16. Porosity-strength relation in calcium aluminate cement pastes

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    Matusinovic, T.; Sipusic, J.; Vrbos, N

    2003-11-01

    The compressive strength and the volume porosity of calcium aluminate cement pastes have been studied in order to connect their relationship. The influence of mass fraction of lithium carbonate on compressive strength and porosity of calcium aluminate cement (CAC) has been investigated at different water-cement (w/c) ratios. The functions proposed in the literature for different technical materials were tested on obtained strength and porosity data. Those functions have been a base for further development of more general functional dependence of strength and porosity for cement materials. Thus, we propose the following equation to relate the strength and porosity for CAC pastes:{sigma}={sigma}{sub P0}1-PP{sub 0}{sup 2}.

  17. Study of Detonation and Cylinder Velocities for Aluminized Explosives

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    Stiel, Leonard; Baker, Ernest

    2005-07-01

    The detonation properties of aluminized explosives have been studied using experimental data available in the literature and EXP-6 thermo-chemical potential calculations with the JAGUAR computer program. It has been found that the observed detonation velocity behavior for aluminized explosives can be accurately represented by a reaction zone model in which unreacted aluminum is initially in equilibrium with H-C-N-O compounds. The JAGUAR procedures have been modified to represent the aluminum reaction zone behavior and to enable specified temperature differences between the gas and aluminum particles in the initial portion of this reaction zone. The modified procedures enable isentropic expansion for incomplete or complete aluminum reaction in the zone, and result in close agreement with experimental cylinder test data for several explosives. In order to aid in the application of the model, constants of thermodynamic equations of state are related to the extent of aluminum reaction.

  18. Study of Detonation and Cylinder Velocities for Aluminized Explosives

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    Stiel, Leonard I.; Baker, Ernest L.; Capellos, Christos

    2006-07-01

    The detonation properties of aluminized explosives have been studied using experimental data and EXP-6 thermo-chemical potential calculations with the JAGUAR computer program. It has been found that the observed detonation velocity behavior for aluminized explosives can be accurately represented by a reaction zone model in which unreacted aluminum is initially in equilibrium with H-C-N-O compounds. The JAGUAR procedures have been modified to represent the reaction zone behavior and to enable specified temperature differences between the gas and aluminum particles in the initial portion of this reaction zone. The modified procedures enable isentropic expansion for incomplete or complete aluminum reaction in the zone, and result in close agreement with experimental cylinder test data.

  19. Morphological and microstructural studies on aluminizing coating of carbon steel

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    Samsu, Zaifol; Othman, Norinsan Kamil; Daud, Abd Razak; Hussein, Hishammuddin

    2013-11-27

    Hot dip aluminizing is one of the most effective methods of surface protection for steels and is gradually gaining popularity. The morphology and microstructure of an inter-metallic layer form on the surface of low carbon steel by hot dip aluminization treatment had been studied in detail. This effect has been investigated using optical and scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. The result shows that the reaction between the steel and the molten aluminium leads to the formation of Fe–Al inter-metallic compounds on the steel surface. X-ray diffraction and electron microscopic studies showed that a two layer coating was formed consisting of an external Al layer and a (Fe{sub 2}Al{sub 5}) inter metallic on top of the substrate after hot dip aluminizing process. The inter-metallic layer is ‘thick’ and exhibits a finger-like growth into the steel. Microhardness testing shown that the intermetallic layer has high hardness followed by steel substrate and the lowest hardness was Al layer.

  20. Inhibited Aluminization of an ODS FeCr Alloy

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    Vande Put Ep Rouaix, Aurelie; Pint, Bruce A

    2012-01-01

    Aluminide coatings are of interest for fusion energy applications both for compatibility with liquid Pb-Li and to form an alumina layer that acts as a tritium permeation barrier. Oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferritic steels are a structural material candidate for commercial reactor concepts expected to operate above 600 C. Aluminizing was conducted in a laboratory scale chemical vapor deposition reactor using accepted conditions for coating Fe- and Ni-base alloys. However, the measured mass gains on the current batch of ODS Fe-14Cr were extremely low compared to other conventional and ODS alloys. After aluminizing at two different Al activities at 900 C and at 1100 C, characterization showed that the ODS Fe-14Cr specimens formed a dense, primarily AlN layer that prevented Al uptake. This alloy batch contained a higher (> 5000 ppma) N content than the other alloys coated and this is the most likely reason for the inhibited aluminization. Other factors such as the high O content, small ({approx} 140 nm) grain size and Y-Ti oxide nano-clusters in ODS Fe-14Cr also could have contributed to the observed behavior. Examples of typical aluminide coatings formed on conventional and ODS Fe- and Ni-base alloys are shown for comparison.

  1. Effect of aluminizing treatment on the oxidation properties of 12Cr heat resisting steel

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    Kim, Jae-Hwan; Wang, Jei-Pil; Kang, Chang-Yong

    2011-12-01

    In order to investigate the effect of aluminization on the oxidation properties of 12Cr martensitic heat resisting steel, a specimen was prepared by forging after centrifugal casting. After aluminizing treatment under various conditions, scanning electron microscopy observation, and hardness, line profile and x-ray diffraction analysis of the alloy layer were performed. The results confirmed that the thickness of the layer of Al13Fe4, with a Vickers hardness of over 880, increased with increasing aluminizing temperature and time. Moreover, it was concluded from the results of the oxidation experiment that the oxidation properties of the aluminized specimen were improved by up to approximately 30 %.

  2. Neutron diffraction study of the Li-ion battery cathode Li2FeP2O7.

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    Barpanda, Prabeer; Rousse, Gwenaëlle; Ye, Tian; Ling, Chris D; Mohamed, Zakiah; Klein, Yannick; Yamada, Atsuo

    2013-03-18

    With a combination of magnetic susceptibility measurements and low-temperature neutron diffraction analyses, the magnetic structure of Li2FeP2O7 cathode has been solved. This pyrophosphate Li2FeP2O7 compound stabilizes into a monoclinic framework (space group P2(1)/c), having a pseudolayered structure with the constituent Li/Fe sites distributed into MO6 and MO5 building units. The magnetic susceptibility follows a Curie-Weiss behavior above 50 K. Li2FeP2O7 shows a long-range antiferromagnetic ordering at T(N) = 9 K, as characterized by the appearance of distinct additional peaks in the neutron diffraction pattern below T(N). Its magnetic reflections can be indexed with a propagation vector k = (0,0,0). The magnetic moments inside the FeO6-FeO5 clusters are ferromagnetic, whereas these clusters are antiferromagnetic along the chains. The adjacent chains are in turn ferromagnetically arranged along the a-axis. The magnetic structure of Li2FeP2O7 cathode material is described focusing on their localized spin-spin exchange. The magnetic structure and properties have been generalized for Li2FeP2O7-Li2CoP2O7 binary solid solutions.

  3. Application of FEPs analysis to identify research priorities relevant to the safety case for an Australian radioactive waste facility

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    Payne, T.E.; McGlinn, P.J.

    2007-07-01

    The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) has established a project to undertake research relevant to the safety case for the proposed Australian radioactive waste facility. This facility will comprise a store for intermediate level radioactive waste, and either a store or a near-surface repository for low-level waste. In order to identify the research priorities for this project, a structured analysis of the features, events and processes (FEPs) relevant to the performance of the facility was undertaken. This analysis was based on the list of 137 FEPs developed by the IAEA project on 'Safety Assessment Methodologies for Near Surface Disposal Facilities' (ISAM). A number of key research issues were identified, and some factors which differ in significance for the store, compared to the repository concept, were highlighted. For example, FEPs related to long-term groundwater transport of radionuclides are considered to be of less significance for a store than a repository. On the other hand, structural damage from severe weather, accident or human interference is more likely for a store. The FEPs analysis has enabled the scientific research skills required for the inter-disciplinary project team to be specified. The outcomes of the research will eventually be utilised in developing the design, and assessing the performance, of the future facility. It is anticipated that a more detailed application of the FEPs methodology will be undertaken to develop the safety case for the proposed radioactive waste management facility. (authors)

  4. Enhanced absorption of microwaves within cylindrical holes in Teflon film.

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    Alekseev, Stanislav I; Fesenko, Evgeny E; Ziskin, Marvin C

    2010-10-01

    Earlier publications demonstrated that 0.9 GHz microwave exposure induced notable changes of the conductivity of modified bilayer lipid membranes (BLM) formed in holes in thin Teflon film (TF). The aims of this study were: 1) to perform detailed calculations of the microwave field distributions in holes formed in TF, using the finite-difference time-domain technique and 2) to model microwave heating of the hole under the conditions used in the BLM experiments but in the absence of BLM in the hole. We found that with the E-field oriented perpendicular to the TF plane the local-specific absorption rate in holes increased significantly. The increase became larger with increasing electrolyte concentration and with decreasing diameter of the hole and frequency. The calculated temperature elevations in the hole were in good agreement with those determined experimentally. These findings allowed us to conclude that the microwave effects on BLM conductivity reported previously resulted mostly from the enhanced absorption of microwave energy by the membrane-forming holes and subsequent local temperature elevation in the holes.

  5. Direct deposition of patterned copper films on Teflon

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    Perry, W. L.; Chi, K. M.; Koda, T.; Hampden-Smith, M.; Rye, R.

    1993-05-01

    Current subtractive methods yielding patterned Cu features on PTFE substrates rely on wet Cu etching processes. We have developed three variations of a new dry, additive patterning process. The mechanisms for patterning include MgKα X-ray-induced cross-linking, e-beam-induced cross-linking, or laser patterning. The X-ray and e-beam patterning processes rely on irradiation followed by selective etching of the non-irradiated areas. The laser patterning begins by chemically etching PTFE which leaves a rough surface with good adhesion characteristics. An argon-ion laser beam is then used to selectively remove the etched layer, revealing the underlying surface which has physical properties closely resembling unmodified Teflon. Typical laser patterning conditions are scan rates of 0.005-5.5 mm/s, incident powers of 40-380 mW at 514 nm, and base pressures of 10 -2 Torr and at atmospheric pressure in air. In all cases, CVD from ( β-diketonate)CuL compounds is used to deposit copper only on the etched regions of the sample, leaving the irradiated regions copper-free. The advantages of this procedure are: (1) subtractive Cu wet etching of copper is avoided, so no masking techniques are necessary and no liquid waste is generated; (2) ten-micron-sized features can be produced; (3) excellent adhesion is obtained.

  6. Optical and electrical properties of ion beam textured Kapton and Teflon

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    Mirtich, M. J.; Sovey, J. S.

    1977-01-01

    Results are given for ion beam texturing of polyimide (Kapton) and fluorinated ethylene propylene (Teflon) by means of a 30-cm diam electron bombardment argon ion source. Ion beam-textured Kapton and Teflon surfaces are evaluated for various beam energies, current densities, and exposure times. The optical properties and sheet resistance are measured after each exposure. Provided in the paper are optical spectral data, resistivity measurements, calculated absorptance and emittance measurements, and surface structure SEM micrographs for various exposures to argon ions. It is found that Kapton becomes conducting and Teflon nonconducting when ion beam-textured. Textured Kapton exhibits large changes in the transmittance and solar absorptance, but only slight changes in reflectance. Surface texturing of Teflon may allow better adherence of subsequent sputtered metallic films for a high absorptance value. The results are valuable in spacecraft charging applications.

  7. High-resolution micropatterned Teflon AF substrates for biocompatible nanofluidic devices.

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    Czolkos, Ilja; Hakonen, Bodil; Orwar, Owe; Jesorka, Aldo

    2012-02-14

    We describe a general photolithography-based process for the microfabrication of surface-supported Teflon AF structures. Teflon AF patterns primarily benefit from superior optical properties such as very low autofluorescence and a low refractive index. The process ensures that the Teflon AF patterns remain strongly hydrophobic in order to allow rapid lipid monolayer spreading and generates a characteristic edge morphology which assists directed cell growth along the structured surfaces. We provide application examples, demonstrating the well-controlled mixing of lipid films on Teflon AF structures and showing how the patterned surfaces can be used as biocompatible growth-directing substrates for cell culture. Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells develop in a guided fashion along the sides of the microstructures, selectively avoiding to grow over the patterned areas.

  8. Evaluation of non-specular reflecting silvered Teflon and filled adhesives

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    Bourland, G.; Cox, R. L.

    1981-01-01

    A non-specular silver-Teflon tape thermal control coating was tested to provide the data necessary to qualify it for use on the Space Shuttle Orbiter radiators. Effects of cure cycle temperature and pressure on optical and mechanical properties on the silver-Teflon tape were evaluated. The baseline Permacel P-223 adhesive, used with the specular silver-Teflon tape initially qualified for the Orbiter radiators, and four alternate metal-filled and unfilled adhesives were evaluated. Tests showed the cure process has no effect on the silver-Teflon optical properties, and that the baseline adhesive cure cycle gives best results. In addition the P-223 adhesive bond is more reproducible than the alternates, and the non-specular tape meets both the mechanical and the optical requirements of the Orbiter radiator coating specification. Existing Orbiter coating techniques were demonstrated to be effective in aplying the non-specular tape to a curved panel simulating the radiators. Author

  9. Characteristics of a Teflon Rod Antenna for Millimeter- and Submillimeter-Wave Irradiation on Living Bodies

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    Tatsukawa, Toshiaki; Doi, Akitaka; Teranaka, Masato; Takashima, Hitoshi; Goda, Fuminori; Idehara, Toshitaka; Kanemaki, Tomohiro; Nishizawa, Seiji; Namba, Tunetoyo

    2003-11-01

    The development of a millimeter- and submillimeter-wave catheter for irradiation on living bodies using a Teflon rod dielectric antenna is described. The power sources of electromagnetic wave are an Impatt oscillator (90 GHz, 0.3 W) and a gyrotron (302 GHz, 30 W). Irradiation tests using various Teflon rod dielectric antennas were performed on cow livers, living rats and a cancerous tumor implanted in living mice. Irradiation results were considered by microwave theory and ray optics.

  10. The development of an inert simulant for HNS/teflon explosive

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    Elban, W. L.

    1972-01-01

    The report describes the development and evaluation of an inert simulant for the thermally stable, heat-resistant plastic-bonded explosive HNS/Teflon. The simulant is made by dry blending vinylidene fluoride, melamine and Teflon which when compared has a pressed density and thermal properties corresponding closely to the explosive. In addition, the machinability and handling characteristics of the simulant are similar to the explosive.

  11. Novel strategy involving surfactant-polymer combinations for enhanced stability of aqueous teflon dispersions.

    PubMed

    Sharma, Mukesh; Bharatiya, Bhavesh; Mehta, Krupali; Shukla, Atindra; Shah, Dinesh O

    2014-06-24

    Among various polymers, the Teflon surface possesses extreme hydrophobicity (low surface energy), which is of great interest to both industry and academia. In this report, we discuss the stability of aqueous Teflon dispersions (particle size range of 100-3000 nm) formulated by a novel strategy that involves distinct combinations of surfactant and polymer mixtures for dispersion stabilization. As a first step, the hydrophobic Teflon particles were wetted using a range of surfactants (ionic, Triton, Brij, Tween, and Pluronic series) bearing different hydrophobic-lipophilic balance (HLB) and further characterized by contact angle and liquid penetration in packed powder measurements. The interaction between hydrophobic chains of surfactants and the Teflon particle surface is the driving force resulting in wetting of the Teflon particle surface. Further, these wetted particles in aqueous solutions were mixed with various polymers, for example, poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC), and hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (HPMC). The rate of sedimentation for the final dispersions was measured using a pan suspended into the dispersion from a transducer recording the increase in weight with time. A significant stability was noticed for Teflon particles suspended in surfactant + polymer mixtures, which was linearly proportional to the concentration of added polymer. The observed phenomenon can be possibly explained by molecular interactions between the hydrophobic chains of surfactant molecules and polar groups in the polymer architecture. Brij-O10 + HEC mixture was found to be the best surfactant-polymer combination for decreasing the sedimentation of the Teflon particles in the final dispersion. As measured by dynamic light scattering (DLS), the hydrodynamic volume of the Teflon particles increases up to ∼55% in the final formulation. These dispersions could be further explored for various technological applications such as

  12. Ultraviolet irradiation at elevated temperatures and thermal cycling in vacuum of FEP-A covered silicon solar cells

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    Broder, J. D.; Marsik, S. J.

    1978-01-01

    Experiments were designed and performed on silicon solar cells covered with heat-bonded FEP-A in an effort to explain the rapid degeneration of open-circuit voltage and maximum power observered on cells of this type included in an experiment on the ATS-6 spacecraft. Solar cells were exposed to ultraviolet light in vacuum at temperatures ranging from 30 to 105 C. The samples were then subjected to thermal cycling from 130 to -130 C. Inspection following irradiation indicated that all the covers remained physically intact. However, during the temperature cycling heat-bonded covers showed cracking. The test showed that heat-bonded FEP-A covers embrittle during UV exposure and the embrittlement is dependent upon sample temperature during irradiation. The results of the experiment suggest a probable mechanism for the degradation of the FEP-A cells on ATS-6.

  13. Evaluation of teflon-coated intraocular lenses in an organ culture method.

    PubMed

    Werner, L; Legeais, J M; Nagel, M D; Renard, G

    1999-09-05

    An amorphous and transparent form of Teflon is proposed as a coating of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) intraocular lenses (IOLs), rendering them highly hydrophobic. We used an organ culture method to evaluate cell adhesion, proliferation, and migration on Teflon-coated IOLs. Corneal explants from 14-day-old chicken embryos were placed on a semisolid culture medium and covered with uncoated PMMA (n = 36) and Teflon-coated PMMA (n = 36) IOLs and two controls, Thermanox (n = 84) and latex (n = 36). After incubation (7 days at 37 degrees C), a digital imaging system was used to measure the areas of the cell migration layers on the materials. The cells were then removed with tripsin-ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid and the cells detached at times up to 75 min were counted (Coulter(R) Multisizer System). The values were used to construct a cell disconnecting curve for each material. The areas of cell migration layers on uncoated and Teflon-coated IOLs were significantly different (p <.05). Cell disconnecting curves demonstrated that cells adhered less strongly to Teflon-coated IOLs than to the other materials. This organ culture method demonstrated that the coating of PMMA IOLs with Teflon AF(R) is correlated with antiadhesive and antiproliferative properties.

  14. The effect of Teflon coating on the resistance to sliding of orthodontic archwires.

    PubMed

    Farronato, Giampietro; Maijer, Rolf; Carìa, Maria Paola; Esposito, Luca; Alberzoni, Dario; Cacciatore, Giorgio

    2012-08-01

    Teflon is an anti-adherent and aesthetic material. The aim of this study was to evaluate, in vitro, the influence of Teflon coating on the resistance to sliding (RS) of orthodontic archwires. For this purpose, Teflon-coated archwires were examined using frictional resistance tests by means of a universal testing machine and compared with conventional uncoated wires. Twelve types of archwires with round and rectangular sections (0.014, 0.018, and 0.018 × 0.025 inches) and of different materials (stainless steel and nickel-titanium) were tested with two passive self-ligating brackets (SmartClip™ and Opal(®)) and one active self-ligating bracket (Quick(®)). Each archwire-bracket combination was tested 10 times under 8 simulated clinical scenarios. Statistical comparisons were conducted between the uncoated and Teflon-coated archwires using Wilcoxon and Mann-Whitney tests, and linear regression analysis. For all bracket-archwire combinations, Teflon-coated archwires resulted lower friction than the corresponding uncoated archwires (P < 0.01). The results showed that Teflon coating has the potential to reduce RS of orthodontic archwires.

  15. Fluoresceination of FepA during colicin B killing: effects of temperature, toxin and TonB.

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    Smallwood, Chuck R; Marco, Amparo Gala; Xiao, Qiaobin; Trinh, Vy; Newton, Salete M C; Klebba, Phillip E

    2009-06-01

    We studied the reactivity of 35 genetically engineered Cys sulphydryl groups at different locations in Escherichia coli FepA. Modification of surface loop residues by fluorescein maleimide (FM) was strongly temperature-dependent in vivo, whereas reactivity at other sites was much less affected. Control reactions with bovine serum albumin showed that the temperature dependence of loop residue reactivity was unusually high, indicating that conformational changes in multiple loops (L2, L3, L4, L5, L7, L8, L10) transform the receptor to a more accessible form at 37 degrees C. At 0 degrees C colicin B binding impaired or blocked labelling at 8 of 10 surface loop sites, presumably by steric hindrance. Overall, colicin B adsorption decreased the reactivity of more than half of the 35 sites, in both the N- and C- domains of FepA. However, colicin B penetration into the cell at 37 degrees C did not augment the chemical modification of any residues in FepA. The FM modification patterns were similarly unaffected by the tonB locus. FepA was expressed at lower levels in a tonB host strain, but when we accounted for this decrease its FM labelling was comparable whether TonB was present or absent. Thus we did not detect TonB-dependent structural changes in FepA, either alone or when it interacted with colicin B at 37 degrees C. The only changes in chemical modification were reductions from steric hindrance when the bacteriocin bound to the receptor protein. The absence of increases in the reactivity of N-domain residues argues against the idea that the colicin B polypeptide traverses the FepA channel.

  16. Fluoresceination of FepA during Colicin B Killing: Effects of Temperature, Toxin and TonB

    PubMed Central

    Smallwood, Chuck R.; Marco, Amparo Gala; Xiao, Qiaobin; Trinh, Vy; Newton, Salete M. C.; Klebba, Phillip E.

    2009-01-01

    We studied the reactivity of 35 genetically engineered Cys sulfhydryl groups at different locations in Escherichia coli FepA. Modification of surface loop residues by fluorescein maleimide (FM) was strongly temperature-dependent in vivo, whereas reactivity at other sites was much less affected. Control reactions with bovine serum albumin showed that the temperature dependence of loop residue reactivity was unusually high, indicating that conformational changes in multiple loops (L2, L3, L4, L5, L7, L8, L10) transform the receptor to a more accessible form at 37 °C. At 0 °C colicin B binding impaired or blocked labeling at 8 of 10 surface loop sites, presumably by steric hindrance. Overall, colicin B adsorption decreased the reactivity of more than half of the 35 sites, in both the N - and C- domains of FepA. However, colicin B penetration into the cell at 37 °C did not augment the chemical modification of any residues in FepA. The FM modification patterns were similarly unaffected by the tonB locus. FepA was expressed at lower levels in a tonB host strain, but when we accounted for this decrease its FM-labeling was comparable whether TonB was present or absent. Thus we did not detect TonB-dependent structural changes in FepA, either alone or when it interacted with colicin B at 37 °C. The only changes in chemical modification were reductions from steric hindrance when the bacteriocin bound to the receptor protein. The absence of increases in the reactivity of N-domain residues argues against the idea (Devanathan and Postle, Mol. Microbiol. 65: 441–453, 2007) that the colicin B polypeptide traverses the FepA channel. PMID:19432807

  17. Magnetic structure and magnon dynamics of the quasi-two-dimensional antiferromagnet FePS3

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    Lançon, D.; Walker, H. C.; Ressouche, E.; Ouladdiaf, B.; Rule, K. C.; McIntyre, G. J.; Hicks, T. J.; Rønnow, H. M.; Wildes, A. R.

    2016-12-01

    Neutron scattering from single crystals has been used to determine the magnetic structure and magnon dynamics of FePS3, an S =2 Ising-like quasi-two-dimensional antiferromagnet with a honeycomb lattice. The magnetic structure has been confirmed to have a magnetic propagation vector of kM=[01 1/2 ] and the moments are collinear with the normal to the a b planes. The magnon data could be modeled using a Heisenberg Hamiltonian with a single-ion anisotropy. Magnetic interactions up to the third in-plane nearest neighbor needed to be included for a suitable fit. The best fit parameters for the in-plane exchange interactions were J1=1.46 , J2=-0.04 , and J3=-0.96 meV. The single-ion anisotropy is large, Δ =2.66 meV, explaining the Ising-like behavior of the magnetism in the compound. The interlayer exchange is very small, J'=-0.0073 meV, proving that FePS3 is a very good approximation to a two-dimensional magnet.

  18. Reevaluation of thermonuclear reaction rate of 50Fe(p, 𝜸)51Co

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    Zhang, Li-Ping; He, Jian-Jun; Chai, Wan-Dong; Hou, Su-Qing; Zhang, Li-Yong

    2016-11-01

    The thermonuclear rate of the 50Fe(p, 𝜸)51Co reaction in the Type I X-ray bursts (XRBs) temperature range has been reevaluated based on a recent precise mass measurement at CSRe Lanzhou, where the proton separation energy Sp = 142±77 keV has been determined firstly for the 51Co nucleus. Comparing to the previous theoretical predictions, the experimental Sp value has much smaller uncertainty. Based on the nuclear shell model and mirror nuclear structure information, we have calculated two sets of thermonuclear rates for the 50Fe(p, 𝜸)51Co reaction by utilizing the experimental Sp value. It shows that the statistical-model calculations are not ideally applicable for this reaction primarily because of the low density of low-lying excited states in 51Co. In this work, we recommend that a set of new reaction rates based on the mirror structure of 51Cr should be incorporated in future astrophysical network calculations. Supported by Natural Science Foundation of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China (2013MS0916) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (11490562, 11405228)

  19. Crystal structure control of aluminized clay minerals on the mobility of caesium in contaminated soil environments

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    Dzene, Liva; Ferrage, Eric; Viennet, Jean-Christophe; Tertre, Emmanuel; Hubert, Fabien

    2017-02-01

    Radioactive caesium pollution resulting from Fukushima Dai-ichi and Chernobyl nuclear plant accidents involves strong interactions between Cs+ and clays, especially vermiculite-type minerals. In acidic soil environments, such as in Fukushima area, vermiculite is subjected to weathering processes, resulting in aluminization. The crystal structure of aluminized clays and its implications for Cs+ mobility in soils remain poorly understood due to the mixture of these minerals with other clays and organic matter. We performed acidic weathering of a vermiculite to mimic the aluminization process in soils. Combination of structure analysis and Cs+ extractability measurements show that the increase of aluminization is accompanied by an increase in Cs+ mobility. Crystal structure model for aluminized vermiculite is based on the interstratification of unaltered vermiculite layers and aluminized layers within the same particle. Cs+ in vermiculite layers is poorly mobile, while the extractability of Cs+ is greatly enhanced in aluminized layers. The overall reactivity of the weathered clay (cation exchange capacity, Cs+ mobility) is then governed by the relative abundance of the two types of layers. The proposed layer model for aluminized vermiculite with two coexisting populations of caesium is of prime importance for predicting the fate of caesium in contaminated soil environments.

  20. Crystal structure control of aluminized clay minerals on the mobility of caesium in contaminated soil environments

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    Dzene, Liva; Ferrage, Eric; Viennet, Jean-Christophe; Tertre, Emmanuel; Hubert, Fabien

    2017-01-01

    Radioactive caesium pollution resulting from Fukushima Dai-ichi and Chernobyl nuclear plant accidents involves strong interactions between Cs+ and clays, especially vermiculite-type minerals. In acidic soil environments, such as in Fukushima area, vermiculite is subjected to weathering processes, resulting in aluminization. The crystal structure of aluminized clays and its implications for Cs+ mobility in soils remain poorly understood due to the mixture of these minerals with other clays and organic matter. We performed acidic weathering of a vermiculite to mimic the aluminization process in soils. Combination of structure analysis and Cs+ extractability measurements show that the increase of aluminization is accompanied by an increase in Cs+ mobility. Crystal structure model for aluminized vermiculite is based on the interstratification of unaltered vermiculite layers and aluminized layers within the same particle. Cs+ in vermiculite layers is poorly mobile, while the extractability of Cs+ is greatly enhanced in aluminized layers. The overall reactivity of the weathered clay (cation exchange capacity, Cs+ mobility) is then governed by the relative abundance of the two types of layers. The proposed layer model for aluminized vermiculite with two coexisting populations of caesium is of prime importance for predicting the fate of caesium in contaminated soil environments. PMID:28233805

  1. Crystal structure control of aluminized clay minerals on the mobility of caesium in contaminated soil environments.

    PubMed

    Dzene, Liva; Ferrage, Eric; Viennet, Jean-Christophe; Tertre, Emmanuel; Hubert, Fabien

    2017-02-24

    Radioactive caesium pollution resulting from Fukushima Dai-ichi and Chernobyl nuclear plant accidents involves strong interactions between Cs(+) and clays, especially vermiculite-type minerals. In acidic soil environments, such as in Fukushima area, vermiculite is subjected to weathering processes, resulting in aluminization. The crystal structure of aluminized clays and its implications for Cs(+) mobility in soils remain poorly understood due to the mixture of these minerals with other clays and organic matter. We performed acidic weathering of a vermiculite to mimic the aluminization process in soils. Combination of structure analysis and Cs(+) extractability measurements show that the increase of aluminization is accompanied by an increase in Cs(+) mobility. Crystal structure model for aluminized vermiculite is based on the interstratification of unaltered vermiculite layers and aluminized layers within the same particle. Cs(+) in vermiculite layers is poorly mobile, while the extractability of Cs(+) is greatly enhanced in aluminized layers. The overall reactivity of the weathered clay (cation exchange capacity, Cs(+) mobility) is then governed by the relative abundance of the two types of layers. The proposed layer model for aluminized vermiculite with two coexisting populations of caesium is of prime importance for predicting the fate of caesium in contaminated soil environments.

  2. Properties and transport behavior of perfluorotripentylamine (FC-70)-doped amorphous teflon AF 2400 films.

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    Zhang, Hong; Hussam, Abul; Weber, Stephen G

    2010-12-22

    Teflon AF 2400 films are known to imbibe solvents, making films in the presence of solvents less fluorous than they might otherwise be. Herein, we demonstrate that doping films with perfluorotripentylamine (Fluorinert FC-70) maintains the fluorous nature of Teflon AF 2400 and improves transport selectivity for fluorine-containing organic compounds. Density measurements on the FC-70-doped films reveal that free volume decreases dramatically as the dopant concentration increases (0-12 wt %) and then increases to approach that of pure FC-70. Remarkably, films from 0 to 12 wt % FC-70 have the same w/v concentration of Teflon AF 2400, indicating that FC-70 fills the free volume of Teflon AF 2400. This is consistent with the observed increased storage modulus and significant decrease (compared to undoped films) of solute diffusion coefficients in the same range of FC-70 concentrations. In contrast, FC-70 at concentrations greater than 12 wt % dilutes Teflon AF 2400, leading to a decrease of storage modulus and dramatic increase in solute diffusion coefficients. Sorption of chloroform decreases from 11.8 g of chloroform/100 g of film (pure Teflon film) to 3.8 g of chloroform/100 g of film (27 wt % FC-70-doped Teflon film), less than the solubility of chloroform in pure FC-70 (4.06 g of chloroform/100 g of FC-70). Solute partition coefficients from chloroform to FC-70-doped films generally decrease with increased dopant concentration. However, within a series of toluenes and nitrobenzenes, selectivity for F-containing solutes over analogous H-containing solutes increases as dopant concentration increases if the substitution is on the aromatic ring but not if it is on the methyl group (toluene). Transport (partitioning × diffusion) rates, as they involve both thermodynamic and kinetic factors, are not simply related to composition.

  3. Aluminized film, seam sealing tests and observations. Final report

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    Not Available

    1994-06-16

    The purpose of this work was to investigate various seam sealing techniques, reinforcing methods, fitting installations, seam tolerances and geometric configurations pertinent to an aluminized plastic laminate. The program seeks a successful fabricating method for producing low-diffusion, cylindrical, spar liners to contain pressurized GH{sub 2} and GO{sub 2}. The test plan included: (1) seaming techniques on metallized Mylar film; (2) ``double patches`` for end fittings; (3) stainless steel bulkhead fitting assembly with seals; (4) minimum run tolerance on linear shear seam; (5) peel seam vs. inverted seal seam fabrication.

  4. Tritium recovery from a breeder material: Gamma lithium aluminate

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    Roth, E.; Botter, F.; Briec, M.; Rostaing, M.; Werle, H.; Clemmer, R. G.

    1986-11-01

    This paper discusses phenomena that have been observed during tritium extraction from y-lithium aluminate, specifically: Increase of rate of extraction when adding hydrogen to the sweep gas formation of tritiated water in all cases permeation of tritium through gas pipes adsorption of tritiated water on gas lines.To minimize the blanket tritium inventory a flowchart is proposed whose specificity rests in the addition of hydrogen to the gas within the blanket, followed by recovery of the tritium after oxidation of hydrogen to water, electrolysis and reconcentration. This flowchart includes a provision for detritiation of the coolant which is separate from the purge gas.

  5. Porous electrolyte retainer for molten carbonate fuel cell. [lithium aluminate

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    Singh, R.N.; Dusek, J.T.

    1979-12-27

    A porous tile for retaining molten electrolyte within a fuel cell is prepared by sintering particles of lithium aluminate into a stable structure. The tile is assembled between two porous metal plates which serve as electrodes with fuels gases such as H/sub 2/ and CO opposite to oxidant gases such as O/sub 2/ and CO/sub 2/. The tile is prepared with a porosity of 55 to 65% and a pore size distribution selected to permit release of sufficient molten electrolyte to wet but not to flood the adjacent electrodes.

  6. Thermal Properties of Double-Aluminized Kapton at Low Temperatures

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    Tuttle, J.; DiPirro, M.; Canavan, E.; Hait, T.

    2007-01-01

    Double-aluminized kapton (DAK) is commonly used in multi-layer insulation blankets in cryogenic systems. NASA plans to use individual DAK sheets in lightweight deployable shields for satellites carrying instruments. A set of these shields will reflect away thermal radiation from the sun, the earth, and the instrument's warm side and allow the instrument's cold side to radiate its own heat to deep space. In order to optimally design such a shield system, it is important to understand the thermal characteristics of DAK down to low temperatures. We describe experiments which measured the thermal conductivity and electrical resistivity down to 4 Kelvin and the emissivity down to 10 Kelvin.

  7. System and process for aluminization of metal-containing substrates

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    Chou, Yeong-Shyung; Stevenson, Jeffry W

    2015-11-03

    A system and method are detailed for aluminizing surfaces of metallic substrates, parts, and components with a protective alumina layer in-situ. Aluminum (Al) foil sandwiched between the metallic components and a refractory material when heated in an oxidizing gas under a compression load at a selected temperature forms the protective alumina coating on the surface of the metallic components. The alumina coating minimizes evaporation of volatile metals from the metallic substrates, parts, and components in assembled devices during operation at high temperature that can degrade performance.

  8. Deflagration to Detonation Transition Behavior of Aluminized HMX

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1979-06-04

    NSWC TR 79-119 tLN DEFLAG RATION TO DETONATION TRANSITION BEHAVIOR OF ALUMINIZED HMX BY DONNA PRICE A. R. CLAIRMONT, JR 0 RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY...Detonation of Solid Explosives," J. Chem. Soc., 4154, 1960. 3Bernecker, R. R. and Price , D., "Studies in the Transition from Deflagration to Detonation in...Laboratory TR 74-186. 4 NSWC TR 79-119 tube with heavy end closures. The column length of the 0.35 g of 25/75 B/ KNO3 ignitor is 6.3 mm; the length of

  9. THERMAL PROPERTIES OF DOUBLE-ALUMINIZED KAPTON AT LOW TEMPERATURES

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    Tuttle, J.; DiPirro, M.; Canavan, E.; Hait, T.

    2008-03-03

    Double-aluminized kapton (DAK) is commonly used in multi-layer insulation blankets in cryogenic systems. NASA plans to use individual DAK sheets in lightweight deployable shields for satellites carrying instruments. A set of these shields will reflect away thermal radiation from the sun, the earth, and the instrument's warm side and allow the instrument's cold side to radiate its own heat to deep space. In order to optimally design such a shield system, it is important to understand the thermal characteristics of DAK down to low temperatures. We describe experiments which measured the thermal conductivity and electrical resistivity down to 4 Kelvin and the emissivity down to 10 Kelvin.

  10. Accelerated carbonation of Friedel's salt in calcium aluminate cement paste

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    Goni, S.; Guerrero, A

    2003-01-01

    The stability of Friedel's salt with respect to carbonation has been studied in calcium aluminate cement (CAC) pastes containing NaCl (3% of Cl{sup -} by weight of cement). Carbonation was carried out on a powdered sample in flowing 5% CO{sub 2} gas at 65% relative humidity to accelerate the process. At an intermediate carbonation step, a part of the sample was washed and dried up to 10 cycles to simulate a dynamic leaching attack. The two processes were followed by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), pH and Cl{sup -} analyses in the simulated pore solution.

  11. Bonding of teflon to metals. (Latest citations from the Rubber and Plastics Research Association database). Published Search

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    Not Available

    1994-04-01

    The bibliography contains citations concerning the adhesion of Teflon to metal. Adhesion strength, bond mechanisms, and the effects on friction and lubrication are discussed. Metal films applied to Teflon products and Teflon films joined to metal are discussed. Joining processes, surface treatments, and reasons for failure are examined. Applications discussed include bearings, pipe linings, and bridge coatings. (Contains a minimum of 75 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.)

  12. [Teflon granuloma after microvascular decompression of the trigeminal nerve root in a patient with recurrent trigeminal neuralgia].

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    Rzaev, D A; Kulikova, E V; Moysak, G I; Voronina, E I; Ageeva, T A

    2016-01-01

    The use of a Teflon implant for Jannetta surgery in patients with trigeminal neuralgia is complicated in rare cases by the development of a Teflon granuloma and can cause recurrent facial pain. The article presents a clinical case of a Teflon granuloma developed after microvascular decompression of the trigeminal nerve root, describes the surgical findings and histological picture, and analyzes the literature, causes of granuloma development, and recommendations for treatment of these patients.

  13. The solution structure, binding properties, and dynamics of the bacterial siderophore-binding protein FepB.

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    Chu, Byron C H; Otten, Renee; Krewulak, Karla D; Mulder, Frans A A; Vogel, Hans J

    2014-10-17

    The periplasmic binding protein (PBP) FepB plays a key role in transporting the catecholate siderophore ferric enterobactin from the outer to the inner membrane in Gram-negative bacteria. The solution structures of the 34-kDa apo- and holo-FepB from Escherichia coli, solved by NMR, represent the first solution structures determined for the type III class of PBPs. Unlike type I and II PBPs, which undergo large "Venus flytrap" conformational changes upon ligand binding, both forms of FepB maintain similar overall folds; however, binding of the ligand is accompanied by significant loop movements. Reverse methyl cross-saturation experiments corroborated chemical shift perturbation results and uniquely defined the binding pocket for gallium enterobactin (GaEnt). NMR relaxation experiments indicated that a flexible loop (residues 225-250) adopted a more rigid and extended conformation upon ligand binding, which positioned residues for optimal interactions with the ligand and the cytoplasmic membrane ABC transporter (FepCD), respectively. In conclusion, this work highlights the pivotal role that structural dynamics plays in ligand binding and transporter interactions in type III PBPs.

  14. Development of a Communications Front End Processor (FEP) for the VAX-11/780 Using an LSI-11/23.

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    1983-12-01

    DECISIONS System Level Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Local Computer Network. ......... . . . 19 Host Operating System ...19 FEP Operating System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Consistent User Interface. . . . . . . . . . . . 21 ?. iii ,.5 Operating Environment...Information Routing 1.3.1.1.3 Message Assembly/Disassembly 1.3.1.1.14 Link Assignment Strategy 1.3.1.2 Perform User Tasks 1.3.1.2.1 Operating System Tasks

  15. Randomised comparison of silicone versus Teflon cannulas for peripheral intravenous nutrition.

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    Reynolds, J. V.; Walsh, K.; Ruigrok, J.; Hyland, J. M.

    1995-01-01

    The use of peripheral intravenous nutrition using standard Teflon cannulas is limited by a high incidence of thrombophlebitis, with resultant frequent line changes and compromised nutritional therapy. Fine-bore silicone catheters may reduce the incidence of thrombophlebitis; we prospectively compared the silicone catheter with a Teflon cannula in a randomised trial. Seventy-nine surgical patients were randomised to receive peripheral nutrition (10 g nitrogen; 1770 kcal; 650 mOsm/l) either via a Teflon cannula (18G, 4.4 cm long) or via a silicone catheter (23G, 15 cm long). Compared with the group randomised to a standard Teflon cannula, patients fed via a silicone catheter had a significant (P < 0.001) improvement in (a) median time to survival of the first catheter (125 h vs 48 h); (b) incidence of catheter reinsertions (13% vs 75%); and (c) incidence of thrombophlebitis (10% vs 48%). Delivery of a moderately hypertonic nutritional solution through a fine-bore silicone catheter is safe, durable and well tolerated, with a low incidence of complications relative to a Teflon cannula. An expanded role for this catheter in nutritional therapy is feasible, which may reduce the requirement for central venous parenteral nutrition. PMID:8540665

  16. Teflon Injection into the Trachea Causes Predictable Fibroblastic Response and Collagen Deposition: A Pilot Study.

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    Longoria, Javier A; Fujiwara, Miwa; Guerra, Catalina; Lee, Jeffrey L; Sassoon, Catherine S H; Mazdisnian, Farhad

    2016-10-01

    Expiratory central airway collapse is an increasingly recognized abnormality of the central airways and may be present in as many as 22% of patients evaluated for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and/or asthma. Many current treatment options require invasive procedures that have been shown to cause significant morbidity and mortality. To test the hypothesis that Teflon injection will induce sufficient fibroblast proliferation and collagen deposition, we evaluated the time course on the effect of Teflon injection in the posterior membranous trachea on the histopathology of the tracheobronchial tree. Six Yucatan Pigs were assigned to undergo general anesthesia and injection of 0.3 to 0.5 mL of sterile Teflon paste in 50% glycerin into the posterior membranous tracheal wall. A control pig received an equivalent volume of glycerin. Animals were euthanized in predefined intervals and tracheas were excised and examined under light microscopy for identifying fibroblast proliferation and collagen deposition. Compared with the control pig, the Teflon injection site showed tissue reaction of fibrohistiocytic proliferation and subsequent collagen deposition in all animals. Furthermore, the increased fibroblast proliferation and collagen deposition were time dependent (P<0.01). This pilot study demonstrates histopathologic changes in the trachea after Teflon injection, comprised of increased fibroblast activity and collagen deposition that could be of potential use in creating greater airway rigidity in patients with sever diffuse excessive dynamic airway collapse.

  17. Nylon and teflon scribe effect on NBR to Chemlok 233 and NBR to NBR bond interfaces

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    Jensen, S. K.

    1990-01-01

    A study was requested by Manufacturing Engineering to determine what effects marking with nylon (6/6) and Teflon scribes may have on subsequent bonding. Witness panel bond specimens were fabricated by the development lab to test both acrylonitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) to Chemlok and NBR to NBR after controlled exposure. The nylon rod used as a scribe tool demonstrates virtually no bond deterioration when used to scribe lines on either the Chemlok to NBR surfaces or the NBR to NBR interface. Lab test results indicate that the nylon rod-exposed samples produce tensile and peel values very similar to the control samples and the Teflon exposed samples produce tensile and peel values much lower than the control samples. Visual observation of the failure surfaces of the tested samples shows that Teflon scribing produces an obvious contamination to the surface and the nylon produces no effect. Photographs of test samples are provided. It is concluded that Teflon stock used as a scribe tool on a Chemlok 233 to NBR surface or an NBR to NBR surface has a detrimental effect on the bond integrity on either of these bond interfaces. Therefore, it is recommended that the nylon rod continue to be used where a scribe line is required in the redesigned solid rocket motor segment insulation layup operations. The use of Teflon scribes should not be considered.

  18. Role of the Teflon deposit in the recurrence of vesicoureteral reflux.

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    Oberritter, Zsolt; Somogyi, Reka; Juhasz, Zsolt; Pinter, Andrew B

    2008-05-01

    A relationship between the Teflon deposit, visible with ultrasound, and long-term success of subureteric Teflon injection (STING) treatment was investigated. The study included only those patients with primary vesicoureteral reflux (VUR), in whom the reflux had disappeared and the Teflon deposits were visible 6 weeks following STING treatment. Cessation of VUR was proven by voiding cysto-urethrography (VCUG) in 99 patients (143 ureters). Average follow-up time was 9 (4-12) years. Patients were divided into two groups: group I, deposits visible with ultrasound [deposit (+)], and group II, no visible deposits at the end of the follow-up period [deposit (-)]. Reflux recurrence, the occurrence of urinary tract infection (UTI), and pyelonephritis were investigated, and technetium scintigraphy scans were examined. The deposit (+) group included 43 patients (65 ureters), and the deposit (-) group contained 56 patients (78 ureters). In the deposit (+) group there were no recurrences of VUR; however, 17 recurrences were found in the deposit (-) group (P < 0.05). Dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) scintigraphy scans and occurrence of UTI showed significant difference between the groups (P < 0.05). A close relationship was found between the disappearance of the Teflon deposit and the recurrence of VUR. Disappearance of the Teflon deposit and repeated bacteriuria is a warning sign of the recurrence of VUR; therefore, VCUG might be warranted for these patients.

  19. Higher quality quercetin sustained release ethyl cellulose nanofibers fabricated using a spinneret with a Teflon nozzle.

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    Li, Chen; Wang, Zhuan-Hua; Yu, Deng-Guang

    2014-02-01

    This study investigates the usage of a spinneret with a Teflon nozzle for fabrication of higher quality drug sustained-release electrospun nanofibers. Ethyl cellulose (EC) and quercetin were used as a filament-forming polymer matrix and an active pharmaceutical ingredient, respectively. The electrospinning was conducted using both a traditional stainless steel spinneret and a spinneret with a Teflon nozzle. Experimental results demonstrated that a Teflon-fluid interface at the spinneret's nozzle provided a better performance for implementing electrospinning than a traditional metal-fluid interface in the following aspects: (1) keeping more electrical energy on the working fluids for an efficacious process; (2) exerting less negative effect on the fluid to draw it back to the tube; and (3) making less possibility of clogging. The resulted nanofibers from the spinneret with a Teflon nozzle exhibited higher quality than those from the traditional spinneret in those: (1) smaller diameter and narrower distribution, 520±70 nm for the former and 750±280 nm for the later, as indicated by the field emission scanning electron microscopic images; and (2) better sustained-release profiles of quercetin from the former than the latter, as demonstrated by the in vitro dissolution tests. The new protocols about usage of Teflon as a spinneret's nozzle and the related knowledge disclosed here should promote the preparation and application of electrospun functional nanofibers.

  20. Aluminous Minerals for Caustic Processing of Scheelite Concentrate

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    Chen, Min; Li, Zhao; Li, Xuewei; Qu, Jun; Zhang, Qiwu

    2017-06-01

    Dry milling of the mixture of scheelite concentrate and solid NaOH is conducted to develop a caustic process for tungsten (W) extraction. Aluminum hydroxide (Al(OH)3) is further added to the milling to control the calcium dissolution of one reaction product, calcium hydroxide, in the next aqueous extraction of soluble tungstate to form an insoluble substance. For practical application, several aluminous minerals of kaolin, gibbsite, and diaspore with different alumina concentrations and water percentages are used to replace the pure chemical Al(OH)3, and the feasibility of using these minerals as calcium immobilization additives is confirmed to give rise to the formation of Na2WO4 and water-insoluble katoite (Ca3Al2(SiO4)3- x (OH)4 x ) in the form of powders. Tungsten recovery is found to depend on the compositions of the used mineral, and the conditions for improving W recovery are studied with respect to the compositions of aluminum hydroxide and water inside the minerals. The developed process allows the caustic extraction of W by applying the nearby available aluminous minerals.

  1. A high acid mesoporous USY zeolite prepared by alumination

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    Ma, Jinghong; Kang, Yuhong; Ma, Ning; Hao, Wenming; Wang, Yan; Li, Ruifeng

    2013-01-01

    A high-acidity HUSY zeolite with mesoporous structure was prepared by alumination with a dilute aqueous NaAlO2 solution and characterized by XRD, N2 adsorption, IR framework vibration and 29Si MAS NMR methods. The results indicated the extra-framework aluminum was reinserted into the tetrahedral framework through isomorphic substitution of framework Si (0Al) sites by Al ions, whereas the crystal and micropore structure were unaltered. FTIR spectra of hydroxyl vibrations and pyridine adsorbed on realuminated zeolites showed that the number of Brønsted acid sites and strong Lewis acid sites increased whereas weak Lewis acid sites decreased twice. The mesoporous structure composed of inter-and intra-crystalline pores in the aluminated HUSY increased the external surface area of the zeolite, improving accessibility of molecules to the active sites and enhancing its catalytic ability. The realuminated HUSY zeolite supported with Ru catalyst exhibited a higher catalytic activity for benzene hydrogenation than the parent HUSY zeolite; the reaction rate in comparison to the mesozeolite increased by 5.5 times.

  2. On the kinetics of the pack - Aluminization process

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    Sivakumar, R.; Seigle, L. L.

    1976-01-01

    An investigation has been made of the aluminization of unalloyed Ni in fluoride-activated packs of varying Al activity. In packs of low Al activity, in which the ratio of Al to Ni was less than 50 at. pct, the specimen surface quickly came to equilibrium with the pack and remained close to equilibrium for the duration of normal coating runs. In these packs the kinetics of aluminization was controlled by diffusion in the solid. In packs of higher Al activity the surface of the specimen did not come to equilibrium with the pack and the kinetics of the process was governed by a combination of solid and gas diffusion rates. Under most conditions however, the surface composition was time-invariant and a steady-state appeared to exist at the pack-coating interface. By combining Levine and Caves' model for gaseous diffusion in pure-Al packs with calculations of solid diffusion rates some success has been achieved in explaining the results.

  3. Improper Ferroelectricity in Stuffed Aluminate Sodalites for Pyroelectric Energy Harvesting

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    Maeda, Yusaku; Wakamatsu, Toru; Konishi, Ayako; Moriwake, Hiroki; Moriyoshi, Chikako; Kuroiwa, Yoshihiro; Tanabe, Kenji; Terasaki, Ichiro; Taniguchi, Hiroki

    2017-03-01

    In the present study, we demonstrate ferroelectricity in stuffed aluminate sodalites (Ca1 -xSrx)8[AlO2]12(WO4)2 (x ≤0.2 ) (C1 -xSxAW ). Pyroelectric measurements clarify switchable spontaneous polarization in polycrystalline C1 -xSxAW , whose polarization values are on the order of 10-2 μ C /cm2 at room temperature. A weak anomaly in the dielectric permittivity at temperatures near the ferroelectric transition temperature suggests improper ferroelectricity of C1 -xSxAW for all investigated values of x . A comprehensive study involving synchrotron x-ray powder diffraction measurements, molecular dynamics simulations, and first-principles calculations clarifies that the ferroelectric phase transition of C1 -xSxAW is driven by the freezing of the fluctuations of WO4 tetrahedra in the voids of an [AlO2]12 12 - framework. The voltage response and electromechanical coupling factor of C1 -xSxAW estimated from the present results indicate that this material exhibits excellent performance as a pyroelectric energy harvester, suggesting that aluminate sodalites exhibit great promise as a class of materials for highly efficient energy-harvesting devices.

  4. Sonochemical synthesis of cobalt aluminate nanoparticles under various preparation parameters.

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    Lv, Weizhong; Qiu, Qi; Wang, Fang; Wei, Shaohui; Liu, Bo; Luo, Zhongkuan

    2010-06-01

    Cobalt aluminate (CoAl(2)O(4)) nanoparticles were synthesized using a precursor method with the aid of ultrasound irradiation under various preparation parameters. The effects of the preparation parameters, such as the sonochemical reaction time and temperature, precipitation agents, calcination temperature and time on the formation of CoAl(2)O(4) were investigated. The precursor on heating yields nanosized CoAl(2)O(4) particles and both these nanoparticles and the precursor were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The use of ultrasound irradiation during the homogeneous precipitation of the precursor reduces the duration of the precipitation reaction. The mechanism of the formation of cobalt aluminate was investigated by means of Fourier transformation infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and EDX (energy dispersive X-ray). The thermal decomposition process and kinetics of the precursor of nanosized CoAl(2)O(4) were investigated by means of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetry (TG). The apparent activation energy (E) and the pre-exponential constant (A) were 304.26 kJ/mol and 6.441 x 10(14)s(-1), respectively. Specific surface area was investigated by means of Brunauer Emmett Teller (BET) surface area measurements. (c) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Concerted loop motion triggers induced fit of FepA to ferric enterobactin.

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    Smallwood, Chuck R; Jordan, Lorne; Trinh, Vy; Schuerch, Daniel W; Gala, Amparo; Hanson, Mathew; Hanson, Matthew; Shipelskiy, Yan; Majumdar, Aritri; Newton, Salete M C; Klebba, Phillip E

    2014-07-01

    Spectroscopic analyses of fluorophore-labeled Escherichia coli FepA described dynamic actions of its surface loops during binding and transport of ferric enterobactin (FeEnt). When FeEnt bound to fluoresceinated FepA, in living cells or outer membrane fragments, quenching of fluorophore emissions reflected conformational motion of the external vestibular loops. We reacted Cys sulfhydryls in seven surface loops (L2, L3, L4, L5, L7 L8, and L11) with fluorophore maleimides. The target residues had different accessibilities, and the labeled loops themselves showed variable extents of quenching and rates of motion during ligand binding. The vestibular loops closed around FeEnt in about a second, in the order L3 > L11 > L7 > L2 > L5 > L8 > L4. This sequence suggested that the loops bind the metal complex like the fingers of two hands closing on an object, by individually adsorbing to the iron chelate. Fluorescence from L3 followed a biphasic exponential decay as FeEnt bound, but fluorescence from all the other loops followed single exponential decay processes. After binding, the restoration of fluorescence intensity (from any of the labeled loops) mirrored cellular uptake that depleted FeEnt from solution. Fluorescence microscopic images also showed FeEnt transport, and demonstrated that ferric siderophore uptake uniformly occurs throughout outer membrane, including at the poles of the cells, despite the fact that TonB, its inner membrane transport partner, was not detectable at the poles. © 2014 Smallwood et al.

  6. Concerted loop motion triggers induced fit of FepA to ferric enterobactin

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    Smallwood, Chuck R.; Jordan, Lorne; Trinh, Vy; Schuerch, Daniel W.; Gala, Amparo; Hanson, Mathew; Shipelskiy, Yan; Majumdar, Aritri; Newton, Salete M.C.

    2014-01-01

    Spectroscopic analyses of fluorophore-labeled Escherichia coli FepA described dynamic actions of its surface loops during binding and transport of ferric enterobactin (FeEnt). When FeEnt bound to fluoresceinated FepA, in living cells or outer membrane fragments, quenching of fluorophore emissions reflected conformational motion of the external vestibular loops. We reacted Cys sulfhydryls in seven surface loops (L2, L3, L4, L5, L7 L8, and L11) with fluorophore maleimides. The target residues had different accessibilities, and the labeled loops themselves showed variable extents of quenching and rates of motion during ligand binding. The vestibular loops closed around FeEnt in about a second, in the order L3 > L11 > L7 > L2 > L5 > L8 > L4. This sequence suggested that the loops bind the metal complex like the fingers of two hands closing on an object, by individually adsorbing to the iron chelate. Fluorescence from L3 followed a biphasic exponential decay as FeEnt bound, but fluorescence from all the other loops followed single exponential decay processes. After binding, the restoration of fluorescence intensity (from any of the labeled loops) mirrored cellular uptake that depleted FeEnt from solution. Fluorescence microscopic images also showed FeEnt transport, and demonstrated that ferric siderophore uptake uniformly occurs throughout outer membrane, including at the poles of the cells, despite the fact that TonB, its inner membrane transport partner, was not detectable at the poles. PMID:24981231

  7. Mechanical impact tests of materials in oxygen effects of contamination. [Teflon, stainless steel, and aluminum

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    Ordin, P. M.

    1980-01-01

    The effect of contaminants on the mechanical impact sensitivity of Teflon, stainless steel, and aluminum in a high-pressure oxygen environment was investigated. Uncontaminated Teflon did not ignite under the test conditions. The liquid contaminants - cutting oil, motor lubricating oil, and toolmaker dye - caused Teflon to ignite. Raising the temperature lowered the impact energy required for ignition. Stainless steel was insensitive to ignition under the test conditions with the contaminants used. Aluminum appeared to react without contaminants under certain test conditions; however, contamination with cutting oil, motor lubricating oil, and toolmakers dye increased the sensitivity of aluminum to mechanical impact. The grit contaminants silicon dioxide and copper powder did not conclusively affect the sensitivity of aluminum.

  8. A comparison of performance between Teflon and polyurethane safety cannulae at extremes of operating temperatures.

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    Jeyanathan, J; Webster, B B; Hawksley, O J; Mellor, A J

    2012-06-01

    In the United Kingdom, approximately eight million peripheral cannulations are performed each year. Intravenous cannulae are made from either polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon) or polyurethane. Polyurethane has a lower incidence of thrombophlebitis, however the physical characteristics of polyurethane may make the cannulae difficult to use at higher ambient temperatures. This effect maybe of importance to those involved in cannulation in extreme environments and especially for military doctors deployed in current theatres of operations. In a randomised single blinded study we investigated the different characteristics of Teflon and polyurethane cannulae (Vasofix Safety Cannulae, B Braun) at three different temperatures (-10 degrees C, 21 degrees C and 40 degrees C). There is no statistically significant difference in the ease or speed of cannulation of either polyurethane or Teflon safety cannulae in extremes of temperature. This study provides evidence that performance of polyurethane safety cannulae are not impaired by temperature extremes.

  9. Dielectric dilatometry on thin Teflon-PTFE films prepared by pulsed-laser deposition

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    Schwoediauer, Reinhard; Bauer-Gogonea, Simona; Bauer, Stefan; Heitz, J.; Arenholz, Enno; Baeuerle, Dieter

    1999-12-01

    Polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon PTFE) films were grown by pulsed-laser deposition (PLD). Films prepared by ablation from press-sintered targets are found to be highly crystalline, with spherulite sizes adjustable over more than one order in magnitude by suitable thermal annealing. As revealed by dielectric dilatometry, PLD-PTFE films show characteristics remarkably similar to those of conventional PTFE, i.e. the same structural first-order phase transitions. Dielectric losses are low and indicate no tendency to film oxidation. PLD-PTFE films additionally show an excellent charge-stability, comparable and even superior to commercially available Teflon-PTFE foils. PLD-PTFE enlarges the family of Teflon materials and may thus become interesting for potential miniaturized electret devices. Furthermore, dielectric dilatometry provides an elegant means for the determination of the coefficient of thermal expansion in thin nonpolar films.

  10. Obstructive sleep apnea following treatment of velopharyngeal incompetence by Teflon injection.

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    Furlow, L T; Block, A J; Williams, W N

    1986-04-01

    From 1967 to 1974 a clinical trial of Teflon injection into the posterior pharyngeal wall for correction of velopharyngeal incompetence (VPI) was conducted in thirty-six patients. Six years after Teflon injection, one of the patients reported the onset of severe snoring punctuated by silences when he seemed not to be breathing, daytime hypersomnolence, and tiredness severe enough to interfere with work and studies. The diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) was confirmed by polysomnographic sleep monitoring, and the dynamics of the obstruction elucidated by cinefluoroscopy performed with the patient asleep. Resection of the lower 3/4 of the Teflon pad, leaving the upper rim to avoid recurrence of his VPI, has eliminated the symptoms of OSA and produced an improvement in his polysomnographic findings.

  11. Thin teflon-like films for eliminating adhesion in released polysilicon microstructures

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    Smith, B.K.; Sniegowski, J.J.; LaVigne, G.

    1996-12-31

    This paper presents a method for depositing thin Teflon-like films using a commercial plasma reactor to eliminate adhesion or stiction in released polysilicon microstructures. A Lam 384T oxide etch system is used in a remote plasma mode with commercially available trifluoromethane (CHF{sub 3}) to deposit thin hydrophobic films around and under released microstructures. Hard, uniform, Teflon-like films which penetrate into undercuts beneath structures have been produced. Thus far, surfaces beneath gears as large as 1600 micron diameter with a gap of 2.0 microns are hydrophobic after being exposed to plasma treatment. These Teflon-like coatings have been shown to reduce the coefficient of friction from 1.0 to 0.07.

  12. [Case of polymer fume fever with interstitial pneumonia caused by inhalation of polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon)].

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    Son, Masami; Maruyama, Eiichi; Shindo, Yuichiro; Suganuma, Nobukazu; Sato, Shinji; Ogawa, Masahiro

    2006-07-01

    A 30-year old man was admitted to our hospital with cough, slight fever, and dyspnea that he had developed several hours after inhaling the fumes produced from a Teflon-coated pan, after evaporation of the water in the pan. Chest radiography revealed diffuse infiltrations, and a computed tomography (CT) scan revealed patchy interstitial shadows in both lungs. In pulmonary function tests, the diffusing capacity of the lungs showed a moderate decrease. Leukocytosis and slight hypoxemia were observed. The patient recovered clinically in a few days without any specific treatment. We speculated that the pulmonary problems in this patient may have been induced by the products of thermal degradation of Teflon that were present in the fumes. When Teflon is heated, the fumes generated cause an influenza like syndrome (polymer fume fever) or cause severe toxic effects such as pulmonary edema, pneumonitis, and death in the exposed individual.

  13. High temperature corrosion of hot-dip aluminized steel in Ar/1%SO2 gas

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    Abro, Muhammad Ali; Lee, Dong Bok

    2017-01-01

    Carbon steels were hot-dip aluminized in Al or Al-1at%Si baths, and corroded in Ar/1%SO2 gas at 700-800 °C for up to 50 h. The aluminized layers consisted of not only an outer Al(Fe) topcoat that had interdispersed needle-like Al3Fe particles but also an inner Al-Fe alloy layer that consisted of an outer Al3Fe layer and an inner Al5Fe2 layer. The Si addition in the bath made the Al(Fe) topcoat thin and nonuniform, smoothened the tongue-like interface between the Al-Fe alloy layer and the substrate, and increased the microhardness of the aluminized layer. The aluminized steels exhibited good corrosion resistance by forming thin α-Al2O3 scales, along with a minor amount of iron oxides on the surface. The interdiffusion that occurred during heating made the aluminized layer thick and diffuse, resulting in the formation of Al5Fe2, AlFe and AlFe3 layers. It also smoothened the tongue-like interface, and decreased the microhardness of the aluminized layer. The non-aluminized steel formed thick, nonadherent, nonprotective (Fe3O4, FeS)-mixed scales.

  14. Shock initiation of nano-Al/Teflon: High dynamic range pyrometry measurements

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    Wang, Jue; Bassett, Will P.; Dlott, Dana D.

    2017-02-01

    Laser-launched flyer plates (25 μm thick Cu) were used to impact-initiate reactive materials consisting of 40 nm Al particles embedded in TeflonAF polymer (Al/Teflon) on sapphire substrates at a stoichiometric concentration (2.3:1 Teflon:Al), as well as one-half and one-fourth that concentration. A high dynamic range emission spectrometer was used to time and spectrally resolve the emitted light and to determine graybody temperature histories with nanosecond time resolution. At 0.5 km s-1, first light emission was observed from Teflon, but at 0.6 km s-1, the emission from Al/Teflon became much more intense, so we assigned the impact threshold for Al/Teflon reactions to be 0.6 (±0.1) km s-1. The flyer plates produced a 7 ns duration steady shock drive. Emission from shocked Al/Teflon above threshold consisted of two bursts. At the higher impact velocities, the first burst started 15 ns after impact, peaked at 25 ns, and persisted for 75 ns. The second burst started at a few hundred nanoseconds and lasted until 2 μs. The 15 ns start time was exactly the time the flyer plate velocity dropped to zero after impact with sapphire. The first burst was associated with shock-triggered reactions and the second, occurring at ambient pressure, was associated with combustion of leftover material that did not react during shock. The emission spectrum was found to be a good fit to a graybody at all times, allowing temperature histories to be extracted. At 25 ns, the temperature at 0.7 km s-1 and the one-fourth Al load was 3800 K. Those temperatures increased significantly with impact velocity, up to 4600 K, but did not increase as much with Al load. A steady combustion process at 2800 (±100) K was observed in the microsecond range. The minimal dependence on Al loading indicates that these peak temperatures arise primarily from Al nanoparticles reacting almost independently, since the presence of nearby heat sources had little influence on the peak temperatures.

  15. Demonstrating a Lack of Reactivity Using a Teflon-Coated Pan

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    Richmond, Thomas G.

    1995-08-01

    Checked by: Paul F. Krause In order to demonstrate the inert nature of polytetrafluoroethene, an egg is "chemically" fried in 6 M HCl in an aluminum saute pan from which the Teflon coating has been removed by abrasion. A control experiment in an otherwise identical Teflon coated pan shows only slow denaturing of the egg by the acid. This demonstration illustrates the most important property of fluorocarbons in a dramatic way and can lead to discussion of the numerous technological applicatiions of fluorinated molecules.

  16. Chemical modifications at Teflon interfaces induced by MeV ion beams

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    Ingemarsson, P. Anders; Keane, Michael P.; Gelius, Ulrik

    1989-10-01

    The effect of MeV ion beams incident on Teflon surfaces was studied by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Irradiation with 20-MeV 35Cl4+ was carried out at doses ranging from 1012 to 1014 ions/cm2. Residual gas analysis was performed during irradiation to identify molecular fragments released from the Teflon surface. XPS spectra were recorded before and after ion irradiation. On some substrates, gold thin films were evaporated before and after ion bombardment, respectively, to detect possible modifications in thin-film adhesion. Changes in the XPS spectra were interpreted in terms of chemical and structural shifts, and related to the observed adhesion modifications.

  17. Laser etching of quartz and teflon with 157 nm and 193 nm laser radiation

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    Herman, Peter R.; Chen, Boyi; Moore, J. David

    1993-10-01

    Laser etching rates are presented for Teflon and quartz at 193 nm and 157 nm wavelengths. The shorter 157 nm wavelength yields high-quality surfaces with etching thresholds at low fluences of 57 and 470 mJ/cm2, respectively, affording features well-suited to micromachining applications in the electronics and photonics industries. At 193 nm, etching profiles are severely degraded. A computer model was developed to model the ablation, swelling, incubation, and plume absorption processes observed in Teflon under 193 nm irradiation. The computer results satisfactorily represent the experimental data over a large fluence range of 0.6 to 13 J/cm2 with four adjustable parameters.

  18. Oxidation Resistance of Low-Temperature Pack Aluminizing Coatings on Ni-Base Superalloy

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    Yuan, Bifei; Yu, Longwen; Lu, Guiwu

    A nickel-base superalloy has been used to deposit the aluminide coating by low-temperature pack cementation process. The high temperature oxidation tests on aluminized alloys and the uncoated specimens are carried out at 1000°C for 10h. It is observed that a dense and protective Al2O3 surface layer is produced on the aluminized alloy, and the aluminizing process has greatly enhanced the high temperature oxidation resistance of the Ni-base superalloy at 1000°C. As a contrast, the uncoated specimen begins to be failure when treated only for 6h at the same temperature.

  19. Synthesis of lanthanum aluminate by reverse chemical precipitation using pseudoboehmite as alumina precursor.

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    Wilson, Hernández Muñoz; Juan, Serrato Rodríguez; Juan, Muñoz Saldaña; Juan, Zárate Medina

    2016-11-01

    Lanthanum aluminate was synthesized by using reverse precipitation. A lanthanum nitrate salt in solution allowed the precipitation of lanthanum hydroxide onto the surface of the pseudoboehmite particles. Pseudoboehmite was previously synthesized out of aluminum sulfate which after characterization presents a poor crystallized structure. A Perovskite-type lanthanum aluminate was obtained at different temperature and calcination time. When calcination was set up to 1500°C to 3°C/min pure, high crystallinity and highly agglomerated lanthanum aluminate is obtained, relative density of 94% was reached.

  20. Results of examination of silvered Teflon from the Long Duration Exposure Facility

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    Rousslang, Ken; Crutcher, E. Russ; Pippin, H. Gary

    1992-01-01

    A significant effort to determine the effects of low earth orbit (LEO) exposure on silver backed fluorinated ethylene-propylene (FEP) blankets from the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) was performed, and the results of this investigation are described. Extensive measurements of surface, optical, chemical, and mechanical properties were conducted. Effects of contamination and erosion rates of the FEP layer were determined. Specific results are reported on solar absorptance, thermal emittance, diffuse reflectance, cross sectional microphotography, secondary ion mass spectroscopy, electron scattering for chemical analysis, scanning electron microscopy, percent elongation, and tensile strength. These measurements show the effects of two distinctly different exposure environments, solar exposure, and simultaneous atomic oxygen (AO) and solar exposure.

  1. Pressure-induced Hydrogen Bond Symmetrization in Aluminous Phase D

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    Thompson, E. C.; Chidester, B.; Danielson, L. R.; Prakapenka, V.; Campbell, A.; Tsuchiya, J.

    2016-12-01

    Phase D, (Mg,Al)(Si,Al)2O6OH2, is a dense hydrous magnesium silicate which is stable at pressures and temperatures corresponding to depths up to 1200 km, potentially ushering hydrogen through the transition zone and into the lower mantle [1]. Previously, a pressure-induced hydrogen-bond symmetrization in Mg-end member phase D was established at 40 GPa on the basis of first-principles [2] and subsequent high-pressure X-ray diffraction (XRD) experiments [3]. This hydrogen-bond symmetrization was found to lead to an increase in the bulk modulus of 20%. Al-substitution stabilizes phase D at high P-T conditions, and aluminous end-member phase D (Al2SiO6H2) is likely precursor to Al-rich phase H and δ-AlOOH, which may form a solid solution and continuous hydrous reservoir with P-T stability extending to the core-mantle boundary [4]. This study combines first-principles DFT calculations using the Quantum ESPRESSO package with high-pressure XRD experiments, to evaluate the hydrogen-bond symmetrization of the aluminous end-member phase D. As with the Mg-end member, the aluminous phase undergoes hydrogen-bond symmetrization at 40 GPa, with an associated increase in the bulk modulus. Also, as with the Al-free phase, the c/a ratio was found to reduce with increased pressure up to the point of hydrogen-bond symmetrization, above which pressure there was an associated stabilization of the c/a ratio. However, in contrast to the Al-free phase, the increase in bulk modulus from the hydrogen-off-center (HOC) to hydrogen centered (HC) structures is only 5%, a significant departure from the 20% increase reported for the HOC to HC transition in the Mg-end member. The pressure at which hydrogen bond symmetrization occurred, as well as the equations of state parameters for both the HOC and HC proton arrangements, were calculated to be within 1% for both ordered and disordered aluminum substitution structures. [1] Frost and Fei (1998) J. Geophys. Res. 103, 7463-7474. [2] Tsuchiya et al

  2. Teflon Might Be a Factor Accounting for a Failed Microvascular Decompression in Hemifacial Spasm: A Technical Note.

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    Dou, Ning-Ning; Zhong, Jun; Liu, Ming-Xing; Xia, Lei; Sun, Hui; Li, Bin; Li, Shi-Ting

    2016-01-01

    Although Teflon is widely adopted for microvascular decompression (MVD) surgery, it has never been addressed for failure analysis. This study analyzed the reasons for failed MVDs with emphasis on the Teflon sponge. Among the 685 hemifacial spasm cases between 2010 and 2014, 31 were reoperated on within a week because of unsatisfactory outcome, which was focused on in this study. Intraoperative findings regarding Teflon inserts of these repeat MVDs were reviewed. Among the 38 without satisfactory outcomes, 31 underwent repeat MVDs, and they were all spasm free afterwards. Eventually, the final cure rate was 99.2%. It was found in the repeat MVDs that the failure was attributable to the Teflon insert in most of the cases (74.2%) directly or indirectly. It was caused by improper placement (47.8%), inappropriate size (34.8%) and unsuitable shape (17.4%) of the Teflon sponge. Although it is not difficult for an experienced neurosurgeon to discover a neurovascular conflict during the MVD process, the size, shape and location of the Teflon sponge should not be ignored. Basically, the Teflon insert is used to keep the offending artery away from the facial nerve root rather than to isolate it. Therefore, the ideal Teflon sponge should be just small enough to produce a neurovascular separation. © 2016 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  3. Forecasting of radiation hazard, 1. Alerts on great FEP events beginning; probabilities of false and missed alerts

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    Dorman, L. I.; Pustil'Nik, L. A.; Sternlieb, A.; Zukerman, I. G.

    It is well known that in periods of great FEP fluxes of energetic particles can be so big that memory of computers and other electronics in space may be destroyed, satellites and spacecrafts became dead: according to NOAA Space Weather Scales are dangerous Solar Radiation Storms S5-extreme (flux level of particles with energy > 10 MeV more than 10^5), S4-severe (flux more than 10^4) and S3-strong (flux more than 10^3). In these periods is necessary to switch off some part of electronics for few hours to protect computer memories. These periods are also dangerous for astronauts on space-ships, and passengers and crew in commercial jets (especially during S5 storms). The problem is how to forecast exactly these dangerous phenomena. We show that exact forecast can be made by using high-energy particles (few GeV/nucleon and higher) which transportation from the Sun is characterized by much bigger diffusion coefficient than for small and middle energy particles. Therefore high energy particles came from the Sun much more early (8-20 minutes after acceleration and escaping into solar wind) than main part of smaller energy particles caused dangerous situation for electronics (about 30-60 minutes later). We describe here principles and experience of automatically working of program "FEP-Search". The positive result which shows the exact beginning of FEP event on the Emilio Segre' Observatory (2025 m above sea level, Rc=10.8 GV), is determined now automatically by simultaneously increasing on 2.5 St. Dev. in two sections of neutron supermonitor. The next 1-min data the program "FEP-Search" uses for checking that the observed increase reflects the beginning of real great FEP or not. If yes, automatically starts to work on line the programs "FEP-Research". We determine also the probabilities of false and missed alerts. The work of NM on Mt. Hermon is supported by Israel (Tel Aviv University and ISA) -- Italian (UNIRoma-Tre and IFSI-CNR) collaboration.

  4. Synthesis and optical study of barium magnesium aluminate blue phosphors

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    Jeet, Suninder Pandey, O. P.; Sharma, Manoj

    2015-05-15

    Europium doped barium magnesium aluminate (BaMgAl{sub 10}O{sub 17}:Eu{sup 2+}) phosphor was prepared via solution combustion method at 550°C using urea as a fuel. Morphological and optical properties of the prepared sample was studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). XRD result showed the formation of pure phase BaMgAl{sub 10}O{sub 17}(JCPDS 26-0163) along with an additional phase BaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}(JCPDS 01-082-1350). TEM image indicated the formation of faceted particles with average particle size 40 nm. From PL spectra, a broad emission band obtained at about 450 nm attributes to 4f{sup 6} 5d → 4f{sup 7} transition of Eu{sup 2+} which lies in the blue region of the visible spectrum.

  5. Method of winning aluminum metal from aluminous ore

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    Loutfy, R.O.; Keller, R.; Yao, N.P.

    Aluminous ore such as bauxite containing alumina is blended with coke or other suitable form of carbon and reacted with sulfur gas at an elevated temperature. For handling, the ore and coke can be extruded into conveniently sized pellets. The reaction with sulfur gas produces molten aluminum sulfide which is separated from residual solid reactants and impurities. The aluminum sulfide is further increased in temperature to cause its decomposition or sublimation, yielding aluminum subsulfide liquid (A1S) and sulfur gas that is recycled. The aluminum monosulfide is then cooled to below its disproportionation temperature to again form molten aluminum sulfide and aluminum metal. A liquid-liquid or liquid-solid separation, depending on the separation temperature, provides product aluminum and aluminum sulfide for recycle to the disproportionation step.

  6. Method of winning aluminum metal from aluminous ore

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    Loutfy, Raouf O.; Keller, Rudolf; Yao, Neng-Ping

    1981-01-01

    Aluminous ore such as bauxite containing alumina is blended with coke or other suitable form of carbon and reacted with sulfur gas at an elevated temperature. For handling, the ore and coke can be extruded into conveniently sized pellets. The reaction with sulfur gas produces molten aluminum sulfide which is separated from residual solid reactants and impurities. The aluminum sulfide is further increased in temperature to cause its decomposition or sublimation, yielding aluminum subsulfide liquid (AlS) and sulfur gas that is recycled. The aluminum monosulfide is then cooled to below its disproportionation temperature to again form molten aluminum sulfide and aluminum metal. A liquid-liquid or liquid-solid separation, depending on the separation temperature, provides product aluminum and aluminum sulfide for recycle to the disproportionation step.

  7. Ethylene glycol contamination effects on first surface aluminized mirrors

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    Dunlop, Patrick; Probst, Ronald G.; Evatt, Matthew; Reddell, Larry; Sprayberry, David

    2016-07-01

    The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) is under construction for installation on the Mayall 4 Meter telescope. The use of a liquid cooling system is proposed to maintain the DESI prime focus assembly temperature within ±1°C of ambient. Due to concerns of fluid deposition onto optical surfaces from possible leaks, systematic tests were performed of the effects on first surface aluminized mirrors of ethylene glycol and two other candidate coolants. Objective measurement of scattering and reflectivity was an important supplement to visual inspection. Rapid cleanup of a coolant spill followed by a hand wash of the mirror limited surface degradation to the equivalent of a few months of general environmental exposure. Prolonged exposure to corrosive coolants dissolved the aluminum, necesitating mirror recoating.

  8. Synthesis and optical study of barium magnesium aluminate blue phosphors

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    Jeet, Suninder; Sharma, Manoj; Pandey, O. P.

    2015-05-01

    Europium doped barium magnesium aluminate (BaMgAl10O17:Eu2+) phosphor was prepared via solution combustion method at 550°C using urea as a fuel. Morphological and optical properties of the prepared sample was studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). XRD result showed the formation of pure phase BaMgAl10O17(JCPDS 26-0163) along with an additional phase BaAl2O4(JCPDS 01-082-1350). TEM image indicated the formation of faceted particles with average particle size 40 nm. From PL spectra, a broad emission band obtained at about 450 nm attributes to 4f6 5d → 4f7 transition of Eu2+ which lies in the blue region of the visible spectrum.

  9. The measurement of free erythrocyte porphyrin (FEP) as a simple means of distinguishing iron deficiency from beta-thalassemia trait in subjects with microcytosis.

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    Stockman, J A; Weiner, L S; Simon, G E; Stuart, M J; Oski, F A

    1975-01-01

    Assay of free erythrocyte porphyrin (FEP) and measurement of red cell indices were obtained in a group of subjects with iron deficiency and beta-thalassemia trait to determine if these studies cound detect these disorders and discriminate bbetween them. FEP values were increased in 90.2 per cent of subjects with iron deficiency but were within the normal range in 96.6 per cent of subjects with beta-thalassemia trait. Mean FEP values increased sligtly as transferrin saturation fell but became abnormally elevated when the transferrin saturation fell but became abnormally elevated when the transferrin saturation was less than 15 per cent. Unlike subjecs with iron deficiency in whom the mean corpuscular volume varied from 46 to 84, all individuals with beta-thalassermia trait exhibited microcytosis. In most instances, determination of FEP appears to distinguish beta-thalassemia trait from iron deficiency in patients with microcytosis.

  10. Evaluation of commercially supplied silver coated Teflon for spacecraft temperature control usage

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    Heaney, J. B.

    1974-01-01

    A series of tests are described which were performed to evaluate the acceptability of a commercially supplied silver backed teflon thermal control coating relative to teflon previously coated at GSFC. Optical measurements made on numerous samples indicate that the commercial material possesses an average solar absorptance of 0.085, an emittance of 0.76 and an average alpha/epsilon equal to 0.112, all of which are equivalent to the GSFC coated teflon. The emittance of the protective inconel backing was found to be 0.037. The coating is shown to have good adhesion at the Ag-teflon interface and exposure to UV irradiation uncovered no coating irregularities. Temperature cycling over the range -135 C to +200 C produced crazing in the evaporated Ag layer as expected but no delamination was observed. The suitability of Mystik no. 7366 and 3M no. 467 adhesives as bonding agents for the metallized polymer is demonstrated. Various problems associated with production reproducibility and selection of a proper bonding process are discussed.

  11. Demonstrating a Lack of Reactivity Using a Teflon-Coated Pan.

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    Richmond, Thomas G.

    1995-01-01

    Illustrates the chemical resistance of polytetrafluoroethene to mineral acids using an ordinary Teflon-coated frying pan. The demonstration can also be used to lead to a discussion of the long lifetimes of fluorocarbons and chlorofluorocarbons in the atmosphere and their roles in the breakdown of the ozone layer. (AIM)

  12. Demonstrating a Lack of Reactivity Using a Teflon-Coated Pan.

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    Richmond, Thomas G.

    1995-01-01

    Illustrates the chemical resistance of polytetrafluoroethene to mineral acids using an ordinary Teflon-coated frying pan. The demonstration can also be used to lead to a discussion of the long lifetimes of fluorocarbons and chlorofluorocarbons in the atmosphere and their roles in the breakdown of the ozone layer. (AIM)

  13. Teflon laryngeal granuloma presenting as laryngeal cancer on combined positron emission tomography and computed tomography scanning.

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    Ondik, M P; Kang, J; Bayerl, M G; Bruno, M; Goldenberg, D

    2009-05-01

    Positron emission tomography with 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18FDG) has been increasingly used in the diagnostic investigation of patients with neoplasms of the head and neck. Positron emission tomography and computed tomography have also proven useful for surveillance of thyroid cancers that no longer concentrate radioiodine. However, certain benign or inflammatory lesions can also accumulate 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose and lead to misdiagnosis. We review and discuss the pitfalls of using positron emission tomography and computed tomography for surveillance of thyroid cancer. We present the case of a 48-year-old woman who was diagnosed with a laryngeal neoplasm on integrated positron emission tomography and computed tomography scanning, after a routine ultrasound demonstrated an enlarged thyroid nodule. On physical examination, she had a laryngeal mass overlying an immobile vocal fold. The mass was biopsied and found to harbour a Teflon granuloma. Positron emission tomography positive Teflon granulomas have previously been reported in the nasopharynx and vocal folds, and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of patients who have undergone prior surgery involving Teflon injection. It is important for otolaryngologists and radiologists to recognise potential causes of false positive positron emission tomography and computed tomography findings, including Teflon granulomas.

  14. Placement of Teflon Sponges in Microvascular Decompression Procedure for Treatment of Hemifacial Spasm.

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    Nan-Xiang, Xiong; Lv-An, Chen; Zhi-Jun, Chen; Hong-Yang, Zhao

    2016-07-01

    Background Hemifacial spasm (HFS) is generally treated by microvascular decompression (MVD). Inadequate separation of vessel and nerve or adhesive inflammation surrounding the nerve root may cause recurrence. Objective To explore a method to reduce the incidence of adhesions and to ensure sufficient separation of the offending vessel and nerve during MVD. Methods Fifty-one patients diagnosed with HFS were studied. During the MVD procedure, Teflon sponges were placed between the offending vessels and medulla oblongata to push compressing vessels away from the facial nerve without contacting the nerve. Results Our method of placement of the Teflon sponge effectively shifts the compressing artery and ensures that both the Teflon sponge and offending vessels do not contact the root exit zone. This method also ensures that the Teflon sponge is fixed in place. Conclusion The technique described for the treatment of HFS provides an effective, safe, and durable resolution to patient symptoms that minimizes surgical complications and may be useful in treating HFS. Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  15. Microfabricated Teflon Membranes for Low-Noise Recordings of Ion Channels in Planar Lipid Bilayers

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    Mayer, Michael; Kriebel, Jennah K.; Tosteson, Magdalena T.; Whitesides, George M.

    2003-01-01

    We present a straightforward, accessible method for the fabrication of micropores with diameters from 2 to 800 μm in films of amorphous Teflon (Teflon AF). Pores with diameters ≤40 μm made it possible to record ion fluxes through ion channels in planar bilayers with excellent signal characteristics. These pores afforded: i), stable measurements at transmembrane voltages up to 460 mV; ii), recordings at low noise levels (0.4 pA rms at 4.3 kHz bandwidth); iii), recordings at high effective bandwidth (10.7 kHz); and iv), formation of multiple planar lipid bilayers in parallel. Microfabricated pores in films of Teflon AF made it possible to examine, experimentally and theoretically, the influence of the pore diameter on the current noise in planar bilayer recordings. Reducing the pore diameter below 40 μm mainly increased the stability of the planar bilayers, but had only a small effect on the level of the current noise. The low-noise properties of bilayer recordings on micropores in Teflon AF films were exploited to record the smallest conductance state of alamethicin (24 pS) at an unprecedentedly high bandwidth of 10.7 kHz. PMID:14507731

  16. An investigation of the adhesive bonding of Teflon solar cell covers

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    Rayl, G. J.

    1979-01-01

    The concept of introducing organic agents into silicone resins to stabilize these materials against the ravages of ultraviolet radiation is presented. A screening of coating materials, cover materials and ultraviolet screening agents is described. Fabrication processes were developed for the application of thin 25 micrometer coatings to Teflon. Temperature shock and temperature-humidity tests were conducted.

  17. Teflon-wire piston or stainless-steel bucket stapes prosthesis: does it make a difference?

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    Farrior, J B; Temple, A E

    1999-04-01

    The goal of this study was to determine whether postoperative (implantation of a stapes prosthesis) hearing gain and the amount of air-bone gap overclosure are more improved with the Teflon-wire piston or with the stainless-steel bucket prosthesis. We retrospectively reviewed the outcomes of 82 surgeries that had been performed by the primary author; 41 of these patients had received a Fisch Teflon-wire piston, and 41 had received a Bailey-modified Robinson stainless-steel bucket prosthesis. The mean hearing gain for the patients who received the Teflon-wire piston was 23.3 dB after primary stapes surgery and 20.5 dB after revision surgery. Patients who received the stainless-steel bucket prosthesis experienced a mean hearing gain of 20.7 and 20.3 dB, respectively. Following primary stapes surgery, the air-bone gap overclosure was 4.4 dB with the Teflon-wire piston and 5.2 dB with the stainless-steel bucket prosthesis. There was no statistically significant difference in either hearing gain or air-bone gap overclosure between the two prostheses.

  18. Alkali impregnated teflon as a filter for atmospheric SO 2 PIXE analysis

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    Matsuda, Yatsuka; Cahill, Thomas A.

    1985-02-01

    In order to collect SO 2 gas on a stretched Teflon filter impregnated with an alkali solution for a PIXE analysis, an impregnation method has been developed. In this article, the following points are presented. a) It has been found to be necessary to replace the air trapped in filter pores by methanol, and then to replace the methanol by an alkali solution, b) The resistance for air flow through an impregnated Teflon filter is not high and it has been checked that an ordinary pump can be used for the air sampling with the impregnated filter, with the usual flow rate aerosol sampling, c) The impurity levels of the reagents used for impregnants were small enough for sulfur analysis, d) The collection efficiencies of the impregnants, 20%NaOH + 10%glycerin and 20%NaOH + 10%TEA, which are the most suitable ones, did not decrease with flow rate in the range of 0-10 {1}/{min} per filter of 25 mm in diameter. A cross check experiment on the collection of ambient SO 2 gas with the three kinds of filter (A: 5%NaOH + 5%glycerin impregnated Whatman-41 filter, B: 20%NaOH + 10%TEA coated Nuclepore filter, C: 20%NaOH + 10%TEA impregnated stretched Teflon filter) was done. The results showed a satisfactory tolerance for the practical use of Teflon impregnated filter.

  19. Flow ozonolysis using a semipermeable Teflon AF-2400 membrane to effect gas-liquid contact.

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    O'Brien, Matthew; Baxendale, Ian R; Ley, Steven V

    2010-04-02

    A flow-through chemistry apparatus has been developed which allows gases and liquids to contact via a semipermeable Teflon AF-2400 membrane. In this preliminary investigation, the concept was proven by application to the ozonolysis of a series of alkenes.

  20. Noncontact detection of Teflon inclusions in glass-fiber-reinforced polymer composites using terahertz imaging.

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    Zhang, Jin; Wang, Jie; Han, Xiaohui; Cui, Hong-Liang; Shi, Changcheng; Zhang, Jinbo; Shen, Yan

    2016-12-20

    We employed terahertz (THz) time-domain spectroscopy (TDS) imaging technology, a new nondestructive testing method, to detect the inclusions of glass-fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) composites. The refractive index and absorption coefficient of two types of GFRP composites (epoxy GFRP composites and polyester GFRP composites) were first extracted, and GFRP composites with Teflon inclusions were examined, including an epoxy GFRP solid panel with a smaller Teflon inclusion hidden behind a larger Teflon inclusion, and polyester GFRP solid panels with Teflon inclusions of various sizes, at different depths. It was experimentally demonstrated that THz TDS imaging technology could clearly detect a smaller inclusion hidden behind a larger inclusion. When the reflected THz pulse from the inclusion did not overlap with that from the front surface of the sample, removal of the latter before Fourier transform was shown to be helpful in imaging the inclusions. With sufficiently strong incident THz radiation, inclusion insertion depth had little impact on the ability of the THz wave to detect inclusions. However, as the thickness of the inclusion became thinner, the inclusion detection ability of the THz wave deteriorated. In addition, with a combination of reflected C-scan imaging and B-scan imaging using the reflected time-domain waveform, both the lateral sizes and locations of the inclusions and the depths and thicknesses of the inclusions were clearly ascertained.

  1. A false-positive FDG uptake in Teflon granuloma: a case report.

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    Bajin, Münir Demir; Hosal, Ali Sefik

    2013-01-01

    Positron emmision tomography (PET) is successfully used to monitor malignancies. Unfortunately it is not tumor specific. We present a case with history of rectum cancer and lentigo maligna who underwent PET-CT which revealed an increased uptake in the larynx. What was first considered as a third primary turned out to be a Teflon granuloma.

  2. Development of adsorbent from Teflon waste by radiation induced grafting: equilibrium and kinetic adsorption of dyes.

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    Goel, N K; Kumar, Virendra; Pahan, S; Bhardwaj, Y K; Sabharwal, S

    2011-10-15

    Mutual radiation grafting technique was employed to graft polyacrylic acid (PAA) onto Polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon) scrap using high energy gamma radiation. Polyacrylic acid-g-Teflon (PAA-g-Teflon) adsorbent was characterized by grafting extent measurement, FTIR spectroscopy, SEM and wet ability & surface energy analysis. The PAA-g-Teflon adsorbent was studied for dye adsorption from aqueous solution of basic dyes, namely, Basic red 29 (BR29) and Basic yellow 11 (BY11). The equilibrium adsorption data were analyzed by Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption isotherm models, whereas, adsorption kinetics was analyzed using pseudo-first order, pseudo-second order and intra-particle diffusion kinetic models. Equilibrium adsorption of BR29 was better explained by Langmuir adsorption model, while that of BY11 by Freundlich adsorption model. The adsorption capacity for BY11 was more than for BR29. Separation factor (R(L)) was found to be in the range 0 < R(L) < 1, indicating favorable adsorption of dyes. Higher coefficient of determination (r(2) > 0.99) and better agreement between the q(e,cal) and q(e,exp) values suggested that pseudo-second order kinetic model better represents the kinetic adsorption data. The non-linearity obtained for intra-particle diffusion plot indicated, more than one process is involved in the adsorption of basic dyes. The desorption studies showed that ~95% of the adsorbed dye could be eluted in suitable eluent.

  3. Mylar and Teflon-AF as cell culture substrates for studying endothelial cell adhesion.

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    Anamelechi, Charles C; Truskey, George A; Reichert, W Monty

    2005-12-01

    The textured and opaque nature of Dacron and ePTFE has prevented the use of these fabrics in conventional cell culture techniques normally employed to optimize cell attachment and retention. This lack of optimization has led, in part, to the poor performance of endothelialization strategies for improving vascular graft patency. Here we show that thin, transparent films of Mylar and Teflon-AF are viable in vitro cell culture mimics of Dacron and ePTFE vascular graft materials, particularly for the study of protein mediated endothelial cell (EC) attachment, spreading and adhesion. Glass substrates were used as controls. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and contact angle analysis showed that Mylar and Teflon-AF have surface chemistries that closely match Dacron and ePTFE. (125)I radiolabeling was used to quantify fibronectin (FN) adsorption, and FN and biotinylated-BSA "dual ligand" co-adsorption onto glass, Mylar and Teflon-AF substrates. Native human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) and streptavidin-incubated biotinylated-HUVEC (SA-b-HUVEC) spreading was measured using phase contrast microscopy. Cell retention and adhesion was determined using phase contrast microscopy under laminar flow. All surfaces lacking protein pre-treatment, regardless of surface type, showed the lowest degree of cell spreading and retention. Dual ligand treated Mylar films showed significantly greater SA-b-HUVEC spreading up to 2 h, but were similar to HUVEC on FN treated Mylar at longer times; whereas SA-b-HUVEC spreading on dual ligand treated Teflon-AF was never significantly different from HUVEC on FN treated Teflon-AF at any time point. SA-b-HUVEC retention was significantly greater on dual ligand treated Mylar compared to HUVEC on FN treated Mylar over the entire range of shear stresses tested (3.54-28.3 dynes/cm(2)); whereas SA-b-HUVEC retention to dual ligand and HUVEC retention to FN treated Teflon-AF gave similar results at each shear stress, with only the mid

  4. [Study on the Influence of Mineralizer on the Preparation of Calcium Aluminates Based on Infrared Spectroscopy].

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    Fan, Wei; Wang, Liang; Zheng, Huai-li; Chen, Wei; Tang, Xiao-min; Shang, Juan-fang; Qian, Li

    2015-05-01

    In this study, effect of mineralizer on the structure and spectraproperties of calcium aluminates formation was extensively studied. Medium or low-grade bauxite and calcium carbonate were used as raw material and mineralizer CaF2 as additive. Calcium aluminates can be obtained after mixing fully, calcination and grinding. The prepared calcium aluminates can be directly used for the production of polyaluminiumchloride (PAC), polymeric aluminum sulfate, sodium aluminate and some other water treatment agents. The calcium aluminates preparation technology was optimized by investigating the mass ratio of raw materials (bauxiteand calcium carbonate) and mineralizer CaF2 dosage. The structure and spectra properties of bauxite and calcium aluminates were characterized by Fourier transform infrared(FTIR) spectroscopy analysis and the mineralization mechanism of the mineralizer was studied. FTIR spectra indicated that the addition of mineralizer promoted the decomposition and transformation of the diaspore, gibbsite and kaolinite, the decomposition of calcium carbonate, and more adequately reaction between bauxite and calcium carbonate. In addition, not only Ca in calcium carbonate and Si in bauxite were more readily reacted, but also Si-O, Si-O-Al and Al-Si bonds in the bauxite were more fractured which contributed to the release of Al in bauxite, and therefore, the dissolution rate of Al2O3 could be improved. The dissolution rate of Al2O3 can be promoted effectively when the mineralizer CaF2 was added in a mass ratio amount of 3%. And the mineralizer CaF2 cannot be fully functioned, when its dosage was in a mass percent of 1. 5%. Low-grade bauxite was easier to sinter for the preparation of calcium aluminates comparing with the highgrade one. The optimum material ratio for the preparation of calcium aluminates calcium at 1 250 °C was the mass ratio between bauxite and calcium carbonate of 1 : 0. 6 and mineralizer CaF2 mass ratio percent of 3%.

  5. Crystallographic features related to a van der Waals coupling in the layered chalcogenide FePS3

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    Murayama, Chisato; Okabe, Momoko; Urushihara, Daisuke; Asaka, Toru; Fukuda, Koichiro; Isobe, Masahiko; Yamamoto, Kazuo; Matsushita, Yoshitaka

    2016-10-01

    We investigated the crystallographic structure of FePS3 with a layered structure using transmission electron microscopy and powder X-ray diffraction. We found that FePS3 forms a rotational twin structure with the common axis along the c*-axis. The high-resolution transmission electron microscopy images revealed that the twin boundaries were positioned at the van der Waals gaps between the layers. The narrow bands of dark contrast were observed in the bright-field transmission electron microscopy images below the antiferromagnetic transition temperature, TN ≈ 120 K. Low-temperature X-ray diffraction showed a lattice distortion; the a- and b-axes shortened and lengthened, respectively, as the temperature decreased below TN. We propose that the narrow bands of dark contrast observed in the bright-field transmission electron microscopy images are caused by the directional lattice distortion with respect to each micro-twin variant in the antiferromagnetic phase.

  6. Facile synthesis and characterization of FeP x V1 - x O4 nanobelts with enhanced photocatalytic performance

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    Liu, Zhendong; Lu, Qifang; Guo, Enyan; Wei, Mingzhi; Wang, Qinyu; Yao, Linbing

    2017-09-01

    With doping a bit of phosphorus (P) into the lattice of FeVO4 nanobelts, FeP x V1 - x O4 solid solution nanobelts have been successfully synthesized for the first time via a simple electrospinning process. The as-prepared products were characterized by thermogravimetric and differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV-vis absorbance spectroscopy, and electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS). The results demonstrated that the lattice constants of FeVO4 were changed and transport of charge carriers was improved after doping P element. Furthermore, the FeP0.005V0.995O4 nanobelts presented an admirable one-dimensional morphology and the excellent photocatalytic properties for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) solution under the visible light irradiation. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  7. Multi-domain CGFS-type glutaredoxin Grx4 regulates iron homeostasis via direct interaction with a repressor Fep1 in fission yeast

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    Kim, Kyoung-Dong; Kim, Hyo-Jin; Lee, Kyung-Chang; Roe, Jung-Hye

    2011-05-20

    Research highlights: {yields} Monothiol glutaredoxin Grx4 allows Fep1-mediated de-repression of iron uptake genes at low iron. {yields} Grx4 directly interacts with Fep1 in vivo and in vitro. {yields} The Cys172 in the CGFS motif of Grx4 is necessary for cell proliferation and iron regulation. {yields} The Cys172 of Grx4 is required for normal interaction with Fep1. -- Abstract: The fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe contains two CGFS-type monothiol glutaredoxins, Grx4 and Grx5, which are localized primarily in the nucleus and mitochondria, respectively. We observed involvement of Grx4 in regulating iron-responsive gene expression, which is modulated by a repressor Fep1. Lack of Grx4 caused defects not only in growth but also in the expression of both iron-uptake and iron-utilizing genes regardless of iron availability. In order to unravel how Grx4 is involved in Fep1-mediated regulation, interaction between them was investigated. Co-immunoprecipitation and bimolecular fluorescence complementation (BiFC) revealed that Grx4 physically interacts with Fep1 in vivo. BiFC revealed localized nuclear dots produced by interaction of Grx4 with Fep1. Mutation of cysteine-172 in the CGFS motif to serine (C172S) produced effects similarly observed under Grx4 depletion, such as the loss of iron-dependent gene regulation and the absence of nuclear dots in BiFC analysis. These results suggest that the ability of Grx4 to bind iron, most likely Fe-S cofactor, could be critical in interacting with and modulating the activity of Fep1.

  8. Etude vibrationnelle d'aluminates et de gallates de terres rares—III. Aluminates et gallates de structure grenat

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    Saine, M. C.; Husson, E.; Brusset, H.; de, A. Cerez

    The i.r. absorption and Raman scattering spectra of some aluminium and gallium garnets have been studied. They show a stronger force field in the aluminates than in the gallates and the influence of the ionic radius of the Ln 3+ cation on the frequencies of the aluminium—oxygen or gallium—oxygen network. The study of the system Er 3Ga 5O 12-Er 3Al 5O 12 permitted us to propose an assignment of the different ranges of frequencies and to point out that the tetrahedra vibrations are higher than the octahedra ones. The i.r. spectrum of the perovskite NdGaO 3 is compared to the garnet Nd 3GasO 12 one.

  9. ePTFE/FEP-Covered Metallic Stents for Palliation of MalignantBiliary Disease: Can Tumor Ingrowth Be Prevented?

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    Hatzidakis, Adam Krokidis, Miltiadis; Kalbakis, Kostantinos; Romanos, Jiannis; Petrakis, Ioannis; Gourtsoyiannis, Nicholas

    2007-09-15

    Purpose. To determine the application and clinical effectiveness of ePTFE/FEP-covered metallic stents for palliation of malignant biliary disease, and to evaluate the efficiency of stent coverage in preventing tumor ingrowth. Methods. During a 3-year period, 36 patients with malignant obstructive jaundice were treated with ePTFE/FEP-covered stents, with or without proximal side holes. The stricture was located in the lower common bile duct (CBD) in 18 cases, the upper CBD in 9, the lower common hepatic duct (CHD) in 6, and the upper CHD in 3 patients. Results.Thirty-seven covered stents were percutaneously implanted. The technical success rate was 97%. Reintervention was required in 6 cases. The 30-day mortality rate was 40%, not procedure-related. Mean survival was 128 days. Primary patency rates were 100%,55.5%, and 25% at 3, 6, and 12 months, respectively, while the assisted patency rate was 100% at 12 months. Stents without side holes had higher primary patency rates compared with those with side holes, where occlusion was always due to tumor ingrowth. Tumor ingrowth did not occur in the completely covered stents. No stent dysfunction due to sludge incrustation was found.Complications were 1 case of arterial laceration that occurred during percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography, and a subcapsular hematoma and 1 case of bile peritonitis, that both occurred during primary stenting. No complications followed the secondary stenting technique. Conclusion. ePTFE/FEP-covered metallic stents are safe and effective for palliation of malignant biliary disease. The presence of the ePTFE/FEP coating is likely to prevent from tumor ingrowth.

  10. Biocompatibility and durability of Teflon-coated platinum-iridium wires implanted in the vitreous cavity.

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    Nishida, Kentaro; Sakaguchi, Hirokazu; Xie, Ping; Terasawa, Yasuo; Ozawa, Motoki; Kamei, Motohiro; Nishida, Kohji

    2011-12-01

    Teflon-coated platinum-iridium wires are placed in the vitreous as electrodes in artificial vision systems. The purpose of this study was to determine whether these wires have toxicity in the vitreous cavity, and to examine the durability of their coating when grasped by forceps. Rabbits were implanted with platinum-iridium wires that were 50 μm in diameter and coated with Teflon to a total diameter of 68 or 100 μm. To examine the biocompatibility, electroretinograms (ERGs) and fluorescein angiography (FA) were performed before and 1 week, 1, 3, and 6 months after the implantation of the electrode. After 6 months, the eyes were histologically examined with light microscopy. To check the durability, the surface of a coated wire was examined with scanning electron microscopy after grasping with different types of forceps. At all times after the implantation the amplitudes and implicit times of the ERGs recorded were not significantly different from those recorded before the implantation (P > 0.05). FA showed no notable change during the follow-up periods. Histological studies showed that the retinas were intact after 6 months of implantation. There was no damage to the Teflon-coated wire after grasping the wire with forceps with silicon-coated tips, while surface damage of the Teflon that did not extend to the platinum-iridium wire was found when grasped by vitreoretinal forceps. We conclude that Teflon-coated platinum-iridium wire is highly biocompatible in the vitreous for at least 6 months. Wires should be handled with vitreoretinal forceps with silicone-coated tips in order to avoid causing damage during wire manipulation.

  11. Monolithic Teflon membrane valves and pumps for harsh chemical and low-temperature use.

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    Willis, Peter A; Hunt, Brian D; White, Victor E; Lee, Michael C; Ikeda, Michael; Bae, Sam; Pelletier, Michael J; Grunthaner, Frank J

    2007-11-01

    Microfluidic diaphragm valves and pumps capable of surviving conditions required for unmanned spaceflight applications have been developed. The Pasteur payload of the European ExoMars Rover is expected to experience temperatures ranging between -100 degrees C and +50 degrees C during its transit to Mars and on the Martian surface. As such, the Urey instrument package, which contains at its core a lab-on-a-chip capillary electrophoresis analysis system first demonstrated by Mathies et al., requires valving and pumping systems that are robust under these conditions before and after exposure to liquid samples, which are to be analyzed for chemical signatures of past or present living processes. The microfluidic system developed to meet this requirement uses membranes consisting of Teflon and Teflon AF as a deformable material in the valve seat region between etched Borofloat glass wafers. Pneumatic pressure and vacuum, delivered via off-chip solenoid valves, are used to actuate individual on-chip valves. Valve sealing properties of Teflon diaphragm valves, as well as pumping properties from collections of valves, are characterized. Secondary processing for embossing the membrane against the valve seats after fabrication is performed to optimize single valve sealing characteristics. A variety of different material solutions are found to produce robust devices. The optimal valve system utilizes a membrane of mechanically cut Teflon sandwiched between two thin spun films of Teflon AF-1600 as a composite "laminated" diaphragm. Pump rates up to 1600 nL s(-1) are achieved with pumps of this kind. These high pumping rates are possible because of the very fast response of the membranes to applied pressure, enabling extremely fast pump cycling with relatively small liquid volumes, compared to analogous diaphragm pumps. The developed technologies are robust over extremes of temperature cycling and are applicable in a wide range of chemical environments.

  12. Formation of copper aluminate spinel and cuprous aluminate delafossite to thermally stabilize simulated copper-laden sludge.

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    Hu, Ching-Yao; Shih, Kaimin; Leckie, James O

    2010-09-15

    The study reported herein indicated the stabilization mechanisms at work when copper-laden sludge is thermally treated with gamma-alumina and kaolinite precursors, and evaluated the prolonged leachability of their product phases. Four copper-containing phases - copper oxide (CuO), cuprous oxide (Cu(2)O), copper aluminate spinel (CuAl(2)O(4)), and cuprous aluminate delafossite (CuAlO(2)) - were found in the thermal reactions of the investigated systems. These phases were independently synthesized for leaching by 0.1M HCl aqueous solution, and the relative leachabilities were found to be CuAl(2)O(4)

  13. Absorption of CO2 in the ionic liquid 1-n-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium tris(pentafluoroethyl)trifluorophosphate ([hmim][FEP]): a molecular view by computer simulations.

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    Zhang, Xiaochun; Huo, Feng; Liu, Zhiping; Wang, Wenchuan; Shi, Wei; Maginn, Edward J

    2009-05-28

    Using a computational screening methodology, we predicted (AIChE J. 2008, 54, 2717) that the anion tris(pentafluoroethyl)trifluorophosphate ([FEP]) should increase the solubility of CO2 in ionic liquids (ILs) relative to a wide range of conventional anions. This prediction was confirmed experimentally. In this work, we develop a united-atom force field for the [FEP] anion and use the continuous fractional component Monte Carlo (CFC MC) method to predict CO2 absorption isotherms in 1-n-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium ([hmim]) [FEP] at 298.2 and 323.2 K and pressures up to 20.0 bar. The simulated isotherms overestimate the solubility of CO2 by about 20% but capture the experimental trends quite well. Additional Monte Carlo (MC) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are performed to study the mechanisms of CO2 absorption in [hmim][FEP] and [hmim][PF6]. The site-site radial distribution functions (RDFs) show that CO2 is highly organized around the [PF6] anion due to its symmetry and smaller size, while less ordered distributions were found around [FEP] and [hmim]. However, more CO2 can be found in the first coordination shell of [FEP] compared with [PF6]. The structures of ILs, illustrated by P-P radial distribution functions, change very little upon the addition of as much as 50 mol % CO2. An energetic analysis shows that the van der Waals interactions between CO2 and ILs are generally larger than electrostatic interactions.

  14. Synthesis of Li2FeP2O7/Carbon nanocomposite as cathode materials for Li-ion batteries

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    Nagano, Hiroaki; Taniguchi, Izumi

    2015-12-01

    A Li2FeP2O7/Carbon (C) nanocomposite was successfully synthesized via a combination of spray pyrolysis and wet ball milling followed by annealing from a precursor solution; in which LiNO3, H3PO4 and Fe(NO3)3·9H2O were stoichiometrically dissolved into distilled water. Ascorbic acid was added to the precursor solution as a reduction agent. The peaks of the Li2FeP2O7/C nanocomposite obtained by X-ray diffraction analysis were indexed to the monoclinic structure with the space group P21/c. The Li2FeP2O7/C nanocomposite cathode delivered a first discharge capacity of 100 mAh g-1 at 0.05 C, which corresponded to 91% of its theoretical capacity. After various higher discharge rates from 0.05 to 2 C in the cycle performance test, a discharge capacity of 93 mAh g-1 was achieved at 0.05 C, which showed an excellent capacity retention (93%) after 29 cycles.

  15. Effect of steel and teflon infusion catheters on subcutaneous adipose tissue blood flow and infusion counter pressure in humans.

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    Højbjerre, Lise; Skov-Jensen, Camilla; Kaastrup, Peter; Pedersen, Per Elgård; Stallknecht, Bente

    2009-05-01

    Subcutaneous tissue is an important target for drug deposition or infusion. A local trauma may induce alterations in local microcirculation and diffusion barriers with consequences for drug bioavailability. We examined the influence of infusion catheters' wear time on local microcirculation and infusion counter pressure. One steel catheter and one Teflon (Dupont, Wilmington, DE) catheter were inserted in subcutaneous, abdominal adipose tissue (SCAAT) in 10 healthy, lean men. The catheters were infused with isotonic saline at a rate of 10 microL/h for 48 h. Another steel catheter and a Teflon catheter were inserted contralateral to the previous catheters after 48 h. The infusion counter pressure was measured during a basal infusion rate followed by a bolus infusion. The measurements during a basal rate infusion were repeated after the bolus infusion. Adipose tissue blood flow (ATBF) was measured in SCAAT continuously. A significant increase in ATBF was observed with wear time for Teflon but not for steel catheters. Mean infusion pressure during the bolus phase increased significantly from 0 to 48 h for Teflon but not for steel catheters. ATBF and infusion counter pressure was similar between Teflon and steel catheters after acute catheter implantation and after wear time of 48 h. The maximum value of pressure during the bolus phase increased with wear time of a catheter. ATBF and bolus mean infusion pressure increased significantly with a wear time of 48 h in Teflon but not in steel catheters. The maximal pressure required to deliver a bolus infusion increased with wear time of a catheter. A higher maximal pressure was required to deliver a bolus infusion through a Teflon than through a steel catheter. We propose that the difference in infusion counter pressure and ATBF between Teflon and steel catheters with wear time may be explained by better biocompatibility of steel than Teflon.

  16. Gamma ray monitoring in direction of few degrees from the Sun for on-line forecasting of radiation hazard from great FEP events

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    Dorman, L. I.

    We show that by observations of gamma rays generated by solar FEP interactions with solar wind matter near the Sun can be obtained important information on FEP time generation and spectrum in the source, and on mode of FEP propagation in the interplanetary space. For great solar flare events we calculate expected gamma-ray fluxes in periods of flare energetic particle (FEP) events. We calculate the expected space-time-energy distribution of these particles in the Heliosphere in the periods of FEP events. On the basis of investigations of cosmic ray non-linear interaction with solar wind we determine also the expected space-time distribution of solar wind matter. Then we calculate the expected generation of gamma rays by decay of neutral pions generated in nuclear interactions of FEP with solar wind matter and determine the expected space-time distribution of gamma ray emissivity. Then we calculate the expected time variation of the angle distribution and spectra of gamma ray fluxes. For some simple diffusion models of solar FEP propagation and simple model of non-linear interaction of cosmic rays with solar wind we found expected time evolution of gamma ray flux angle distribution. From these observations of gamma rays generated by solar FEP interactions with solar wind matter near the Sun can be obtained important information on FEP time generation and spectrum in the source, and on mode of FEP propagation in the interplanetary space. This information obtained on-line by gamma ray telescope directed in few degrees from the Sun, may be used for prediction of expected radiation hazard in the interplanetary space in dependence of time and distance from the Sun, and then on expected radiation hazard in the magnetosphere for astronauts and satellites on different orbits as well as for crew and passengers in aircrafts on different regular airlines. In some rare cases the obtained forecasting on radiation hazard can be sufficient also for people and technology on the

  17. Going Outside the TonB Box: Identification of Novel FepA-TonB Interactions In Vivo.

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    Gresock, Michael G; Postle, Kathleen

    2017-05-15

    In Gram-negative bacteria, the cytoplasmic membrane protein TonB transmits energy derived from proton motive force to energize transport of important nutrients through TonB-dependent transporters in the outer membrane. Each transporter consists of a beta barrel domain and a lumen-occluding cork domain containing an essential sequence called the TonB box. To date, the only identified site of transporter-TonB interaction is between the TonB box and residues ∼158 to 162 of TonB. While the mechanism of ligand transport is a mystery, a current model based on site-directed spin labeling and molecular dynamics simulations is that, following ligand binding, the otherwise-sequestered TonB box extends into the periplasm for recognition by TonB, which mediates transport by pulling or twisting the cork. In this study, we tested that hypothesis with the outer membrane transporter FepA using in vivo photo-cross-linking to explore interactions of its TonB box and determine whether additional FepA-TonB interaction sites exist. We found numerous specific sites of FepA interaction with TonB on the periplasmic face of the FepA cork in addition to the TonB box. Two residues, T32 and A33, might constitute a ligand-sensitive conformational switch. The facts that some interactions were enhanced in the absence of ligand and that other interactions did not require the TonB box argued against the current model and suggested that the transport process is more complex than originally conceived, with subtleties that might provide a mechanism for discrimination among ligand-loaded transporters. These results constitute the first study on the dynamics of TonB-gated transporter interaction with TonB in vivoIMPORTANCE The TonB system of Gram-negative bacteria has a noncanonical active transport mechanism involving signal transduction and proteins integral to both membranes. To achieve transport, the cytoplasmic membrane protein TonB physically contacts outer membrane transporters such as Fep

  18. Late ureteral obstruction in an adult who had STING/Teflon in childhood: Should we expect an epidemic?

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    Rosenberg, Shilo; Lorber, Amitay; Landau, Ezekiel H.; Pode, Dov; Gofrit, Ofer N.; Hidas, Guy; Duvdevani, Mordechai; Sfoungaristos, Stavros

    2015-01-01

    We present a case of left renal colic in a 25-year-old female patient. She had subureteral injection of Teflon (STING) at the age of 10 due to vesico-ureteral reflux (VUR) disease and recurrent urinary tract infections. Renal colic was the result of late ureteral obstruction due to Teflon-induced periureteral foreign body reaction. To our knowledge, this is the longest interval between STING and ureteral obstruction reported and the first case of delayed ureteral obstruction caused by Teflon. Monitoring the upper tracts of patients after STING should go beyond childhood. PMID:26664516

  19. [Effect of microwaves on bilayer lipid membranes: role of a membrane-forming hole in the Teflon film].

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    Alekseev, S I; Ziskin, M S; Fesenko, E E

    2009-01-01

    The distributions of specific abcorption rate (SAR) and E-field in a membrane-forming hole of Teflon film and surrounding electrolyte were calculated for 0.9 GHz exposure. It was found that the specific absorption rate in the membrane-forming hole increased greatly with increasing thickness of the Teflon film, and electrolyte concentration and decreasing diameter of the hole. The previously demonstrated significant changes in the conductivity of modified bilayer lipid membranes induced by microwave exposure can be explained by a local increase in specific absorption rate and subsequent elevation of temperature in the membrane-forming hole of the Teflon film.

  20. Cratering and penetration experiments in teflon targets at velocities from 1 to 7 km/s

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    Horz, Friedrich; Cintala, Mark; Bernhard, Ronald P.; Cardenas, Frank; Davidson, William; Haynes, Gerald; See, Thomas H.; Winkler, Jerry; Knight, Jeffrey

    1994-01-01

    Approximately 20 sq m of protective thermal blankets, largely composed of Teflon, were retrieved from the Long Duration Exposure Facility after the spacecraft spent approximately 5.7 years in space. Examination of these blankets revealed that they contained thousands of hypervelocity impact features ranging from micron-sized craters to penetration holes several millimeters in diameter. We conducted impact experiments to reproduce such features and to understand the relationships between projectile size and the resulting crater or penetration hole diameter over a wide range of impact velocities. Such relationships are needed to derive the size and mass frequency distribution and flux of natural and man-made particles in low-earth orbit. Powder propellant and light-gas guns were used to launch soda-lime glass spheres into pure Teflon targets at velocities ranging from 1 to 7 km/s. Target thickness varied over more than three orders of magnitude from finite halfspace targets to very thin films. Cratering and penetration of massive Teflon targets is dominated by brittle failure and the development of extensive spall zones at the target's front and, if penetrated, the target's rear side. Mass removal by spallation at the back side of Teflon targets may be so severe that the absolute penetration hole diameter can become larger than that of a standard crater. The crater diameter in infinite halfspace Teflon targets increases, at otherwise constant impact conditions, with encounter velocity by a factor of V (exp 0.44). In contrast, the penetration hole size in very thin foils is essentially unaffected by impact velocity. Penetrations at target thicknesses intermediate to these extremes will scale with variable exponents of V. Our experimental matrix is sufficiently systematic and complete, up to 7 km/s, to make reasonable recommendations for velocity-scaling of Teflon craters and penetrations. We specifically suggest that cratering behavior and associated equations apply

  1. An Evaluation of Mass Absorption Cross-Section for Optical Carbon Analysis on Teflon Filter Media.

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    Presler-Jur, Paige; Doraiswamy, Prakash; Hammond, Oki; Rice, Joann

    2017-04-05

    Black carbon (BC) or elemental carbon (EC) is a by-product of incomplete fuel combustion, and contributes adversely to human health, visibility, and climate impacts. Previous studies have examined non-destructive techniques for particle light attenuation measurements on Teflon(®) filters to estimate BC. The incorporation of an inline Magee Scientific OT21 Transmissometer into the MTL AH-225 robotic weighing system provides the opportunity to perform optical transmission measurements on Teflon(®) filters at the same time as the gravimetric mass measurement. In this study, we characterize the performance of the inline OT21, and apply it to determine the mass absorption cross-section (MAC) of PM2.5 BC across the U.S. We analyzed 5393 archived Teflon(®) filters from the Chemical Speciation Network (CSN) collected during 2010-2011 and determined MAC by comparing light attenuation on Teflon(®) filters to corresponding thermal EC on quartz-fiber filters. Results demonstrated the importance of the initial transmission (I0) value used in light attenuation calculations. While light transmission varied greatly within filter lots, the average I0 of filter blanks during from the sampling period provided an estimate for archived filters. For newly collected samples, it is recommended that filter-specific I0 measurements be made (i.e., same filter before sample collection). The estimated MAC ranged from 6.9 to 9.4 m(2)/g that varied by region and season across the U.S., indicating that using a default value may lead to under- or over-estimated BC concentrations. An analysis of the chemical composition of these samples indicated good correlation with EC for samples with higher EC content as a fraction of total PM2.5 mass, while the presence of light scattering species such as crustal elements impacted the correlation affecting the MAC estimate. Overall, the method is demonstrated to be a quick, cost-effective approach to estimate BC from archived and newly sampled Teflon

  2. Poststapedectomy hearing gain: comparison of a Teflon (fluoroplastic ASTM F 754) prosthesis with a Schuknecht-type wire/Teflon prosthesis.

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    Zepeda-López, Emilia Guadalupe; Bello-Mora, Antonio; Félix-Trujillo, Manuel Martín

    2005-11-01

    We conducted a retrospective study to compare poststapedectomy hearing gain in study-eligible patients who had received a Teflon (fluoroplastic ASTM F 754) prosthesis (study group; n = 76) with hearing gain achieved in a matched group (by age, sex, and degree of hypoacusis) of patients who had received a Schuknecht-type wire/Teflon prosthesis (control group; n = 70). All procedures had been performed by the authors at our institution between Jan. 2, 1994, and Dec. 31, 1997. Airway averages at low, medium, and high frequencies were estimated on the basis ofpre- and postoperative audiologic evaluations, as were total air-bone gaps at 7 frequencies between 125 and 8, 000 Hz. We found that the study group achieved a significantly greater degree of hearing gain at 125 and 250 Hz and significantly better closure of the air-bone gap at 250, 500, 1,000, 2,000, and 4,000 Hz. The hearing outcomes among patients in the study group were excellent.

  3. Impact initiation of reactive aluminized fluorinated acrylic nanocomposites

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    White, Bradley W.; Crouse, Christopher A.; Spowart, Jonathan E.; Aydelotte, Brady; Thadhani, Naresh N.

    2016-04-18

    The initiation of aluminized fluorinated acrylic (AlFA) nanocomposites during modified Taylor impact tests was investigated. Samples were impacted against a steel or sapphire anvil at a nominal velocity of 150 m/s. A framing camera was used to capture head-on and side-profile impact images for the sapphire window and steel plate rigid anvils, respectively. Correlations were drawn between both experimental setups to determine the initiation locations and reaction times. Reactions were found to initiate at an intermediate radius on the impact face of the pellet at a time near full compaction. From simulations, the highest strains and temperatures were found at radii similar to those observed in experiments at the time of ignition. Off-normal impacts produced higher localized straining and temperatures on one-half of the pellet. As a result, the copper projectile, used for delivery, was revealed to aid in a shear assisted reaction by helping to drive the pellet material outward as the projectile deformed radially.

  4. Development of a Blue Emitting Calcium-Aluminate Phosphor

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    Kim, Doory; Kim, Han-Eol; Kim, Chang-Hong

    2016-01-01

    We report methodological advances that enhance the phosphorescence efficiency of a blue-emitting calcium aluminate phosphor (CaAl2O4: Eu2+, Nd3+). The investigation of long-persistence blue-emitting phosphors is highly desirable due to their promising applications, such as white LEDs; however, the development of highly efficient blue-emitting phosphors is still challenging. Here, we have quantitatively characterized the phosphorescence properties of the blue-emitting phosphor CaAl2O4:Eu2+, Nd3+ with various compositions and directly related these properties to the quality of its luminescence. We optimized the composition of the activator Eu2+ and the co-activator Nd3+, the doping conditions with alkaline earth metals, alkali metals, and Si to create crystallographic distortions and, finally, the flux conditions to find the best parameters for bright and persistent blue-emitting phosphors. Our research has identified several doping compositions with good to excellent performance, with which we have demonstrated bright and persistent phosphors with afterglow characteristics superior to those of conventional phosphors. PMID:27648560

  5. Impact initiation of reactive aluminized fluorinated acrylic nanocomposites

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    White, Bradley W.; Crouse, Christopher A.; Spowart, Jonathan E.; ...

    2016-04-18

    The initiation of aluminized fluorinated acrylic (AlFA) nanocomposites during modified Taylor impact tests was investigated. Samples were impacted against a steel or sapphire anvil at a nominal velocity of 150 m/s. A framing camera was used to capture head-on and side-profile impact images for the sapphire window and steel plate rigid anvils, respectively. Correlations were drawn between both experimental setups to determine the initiation locations and reaction times. Reactions were found to initiate at an intermediate radius on the impact face of the pellet at a time near full compaction. From simulations, the highest strains and temperatures were found atmore » radii similar to those observed in experiments at the time of ignition. Off-normal impacts produced higher localized straining and temperatures on one-half of the pellet. As a result, the copper projectile, used for delivery, was revealed to aid in a shear assisted reaction by helping to drive the pellet material outward as the projectile deformed radially.« less

  6. Impact initiation of reactive aluminized fluorinated acrylic nanocomposites

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    White, Bradley W.; Crouse, Christopher A.; Spowart, Jonathan E.; Aydelotte, Brady; Thadhani, Naresh N.

    2016-04-18

    The initiation of aluminized fluorinated acrylic (AlFA) nanocomposites during modified Taylor impact tests was investigated. Samples were impacted against a steel or sapphire anvil at a nominal velocity of 150 m/s. A framing camera was used to capture head-on and side-profile impact images for the sapphire window and steel plate rigid anvils, respectively. Correlations were drawn between both experimental setups to determine the initiation locations and reaction times. Reactions were found to initiate at an intermediate radius on the impact face of the pellet at a time near full compaction. From simulations, the highest strains and temperatures were found at radii similar to those observed in experiments at the time of ignition. Off-normal impacts produced higher localized straining and temperatures on one-half of the pellet. As a result, the copper projectile, used for delivery, was revealed to aid in a shear assisted reaction by helping to drive the pellet material outward as the projectile deformed radially.

  7. Hard transparent domes and windows from magnesium aluminate spinel

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    DiGiovanni, Anthony A.; Fehrenbacher, Larry; Roy, Don W.

    2005-05-01

    Transparent magnesium aluminate spinel is an attractive material for use in a wide range of optical applications including windows, domes, armor, and lenses, which require excellent transmission from the visible through to the mid IR. Theoretical transmission is very uniform and approaches 87% between 0.3 to 5 microns. Transmission characteristics rival that of ALON and sapphire in the mid-wave IR, making it especially attractive for the everincreasing performance requirements of current and next-generation IR imaging systems. Future designs in missile technology will require materials that can meet stringent performance demands in both optical and RF wavelengths. Loss characteristics for spinel are being investigated to meet those demands. Technology Assessment and Transfer Inc. (TA&T), have established a 9000 ft2 production facility for optical quality spinel based on the traditional hot-pressing followed by hot isostatic pressing (HIPing) route. Additionally, TA&T is developing pressureless sintering - a highly scalable, near net shape processing method based on traditional ceramic processing technology - to fabricate optical components. These two main processing approaches allow the widest variety of applications to be addressed using a range of optical components and configurations. The polycrystalline nature of spinel facilitates near net shape processing, which provides the potential to fabricate physically larger optical parts or larger quantities of parts at significantly lower costs compared to single crystal materials such as sapphire. Current research is focused at optimizing the processing parameters for both synthesis routes to maximize strength and transparency while minimizing the cost of fabrication.

  8. Micro-stress dominant displacive reconstructive transition in lithium aluminate

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    Hu, Qiwei; Yan, Xiaozhi; Zhang, Leilei; Peng, Fang; Lei, Li He, Duanwei; Li, Xiaodong

    2016-08-15

    It is supposed that diffusive reconstructive transitions usually take place under hydrostatic pressure or low stresses, and displacive reconstructive phase transitions easily occur at nonhydrostatic pressure. Here, by in-situ high pressure synchrotron X-ray diffraction and single-crystal Raman scattering studies on lithium aluminate at room temperature, we show that the reconstructive transition mechanism is dependent on the internal microscopic stresses rather than the macroscopic stresses. In this case, even hydrostatic pressure can favor the displacive transition if the compressibility of crystal is anisotropic. During hydrostatic compression, γ-LiAlO{sub 2} transforms to δ-LiAlO{sub 2} at about 4 GPa, which is much lower than that in previous nonhydrostatic experiments (above 9 GPa). In the region where both phases coexist, there are enormous microscopic stresses stemming from the lattice mismatch, suggesting that this transition is displacive. Furthermore, the atomic picture is drawn with the help of the shear Raman modes.

  9. Sintering and sulfation of calcium silicate: Calcium aluminate

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    Borgwardt, R.H.; Rochelle, G.T.

    1990-01-01

    The effect of sintering on the reactivity of solids at high temperature was studied. The nature of the interaction was studied with calcium silicate-aluminate reacting with SO2 between 665 and 800 C. The kinetics of the sintering and sulfation processes were measured independently in terms of the common variables, temperature and specific surface area. Surface reduction parameters were evaluated by the German-Munir sinter model, modified to account for a strong catalytic effect of H2O vapor. Sulfation parameters were determined from a series of conversion vs. time measurements at various temperatures using calcined solids of known surface area. These show product layer diffusion through CaSO4 to be the probable controlling process above 670 C and diffusion through a mixture of CaSO3 and CaSO4 controlling below that temperature. Like sintering, sulfation was enhanced by the presence of H2O in the feed gas. With 7% H2O vapor, the enhancement factor for sulfation was 1.5 at 665 C and estimated to be 5.0 at higher temperatures where only CaSO4 is formed. A combined sinter/sulfation model, based on the parameters evaluated for the independent processes, is compared to sulfation rates measured for the uncalcined solid when sintering is occurring simultaneously.

  10. Hydration of calcium aluminate cement determined by thermal analysis

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    Scheinherrová, Lenka; Trník, Anton

    2017-07-01

    Calcium aluminate cements (CACs) are a very important type of non-Portland or special cements. Since they are considerably more expensive, they are not used as a simple substitute for Portland cement. Their structure allows them to achieve high compressive strength. They resist very well to high temperatures and temperature changes, or also to chemical attacks. The original motivation, why the CACs were developed, was the idea of finding new cement chemistries that would be more resistant to sulfate attack then Portland cements. Nowadays, the main usage of the CACs is in high temperatures applications. In this paper, we study the hydration of a CAC up to one year of age to control what happens in CACs structure during aging. The variety in the main products of hydration is studied using differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetry in the temperature range from 25 °C to 1000 °C with a heating rate of 5 °C/min in an argon atmosphere. The basic physical and mechanical properties are also determined.

  11. Measurement of the optical performance of liquid scintillator filled Teflon-fiber tubes

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    Zaman, S.M.

    1990-05-01

    A study of the optical performance of a liquid scintillator (BC517L) filled Teflon tube of inner diameter 0.06 cm, was carried out using a rectangular array of those tubes. Two experimental methods, the cosmic ray telescope and the direct scouce method, were used in measuring the light output (in photoelectrons) and the light attenuation length through the scintillator. Results showed the light output from this array for minimum ionizing charged particles to ba a fraction of a photoelectron (about 10{sup {minus}2}) and the attenuation length to be about 20.0 cm, for high energy particles, suggesting a limiting value for the tube diameter of the Teflon that can be used in scintillating fiber calorimeters for high energy physics experiments. 18 refs., 16 figs., 4 tabs.

  12. Thermal conductance of Teflon and Polyethylene: Insight from an atomistic, single-molecule level

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    Buerkle, Marius; Asai, Yoshihiro

    2017-02-01

    The thermal transport properties of teflon (polytetrafluoroethylene) and its polyethylene counterparts are, while highly desirable and widely used, only superficially understood. Here, we aim therefore to provide rigorous insight from an atomistic point of view in context of single-molecule devices. We show that for vinyl polymers adsorbed on metal-surfaces the thermal transport strongly depends on the properties of the metal-molecule interface and that the reduced thermal conductance observed for teflon derivatives originates in a reduced phonon injection life time. In asymmetric molecules phonon blocking on the intra molecular interface leads to a further reduction of thermal conductance. For hetrojunctions with different electrode materials we find that thermal conductance is suppressed due to a reduced overlap of the available phonon modes in the different electrodes. A detailed atomistic picture is thereby provided by studying the transport through perfluorooctane and octane on a single-molecule level using first principles transport calculations and nonequilibrium molecular dynamic simulations.

  13. Thermal conductance of Teflon and Polyethylene: Insight from an atomistic, single-molecule level

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    Buerkle, Marius; Asai, Yoshihiro

    2017-01-01

    The thermal transport properties of teflon (polytetrafluoroethylene) and its polyethylene counterparts are, while highly desirable and widely used, only superficially understood. Here, we aim therefore to provide rigorous insight from an atomistic point of view in context of single-molecule devices. We show that for vinyl polymers adsorbed on metal-surfaces the thermal transport strongly depends on the properties of the metal-molecule interface and that the reduced thermal conductance observed for teflon derivatives originates in a reduced phonon injection life time. In asymmetric molecules phonon blocking on the intra molecular interface leads to a further reduction of thermal conductance. For hetrojunctions with different electrode materials we find that thermal conductance is suppressed due to a reduced overlap of the available phonon modes in the different electrodes. A detailed atomistic picture is thereby provided by studying the transport through perfluorooctane and octane on a single-molecule level using first principles transport calculations and nonequilibrium molecular dynamic simulations. PMID:28150738

  14. Teflon-buttressed sutures plus pericardium patch repair left ventricular rupture caused by radiofrequency catheter ablation

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    Cao, Hao; Zhang, Qi; He, Yanzhong; Feng, Xiaodong; Liu, Zhongmin

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Background: Cardiac rupture often occurs after myocardial infarction or chest trauma with a high mortality rate. However, left ventricular rupture caused by radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) is extremely rare. Methods: We describe a case of a 61-year-old male who survived from left ventricular rupture caused by a RFCA procedure for frequent ventricular premature contractions. Surgical exploration with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) was performed when the signs of cardiac tamponade developed 7 hours after the ablation surgery. Results: Teflon-buttressed sutures of the tear in the left ventricular posterolateral wall and pericardium patch applied to the contusion region on the wall repaired the rupture safely and effectively. Conclusion: Timely surgical intervention under CPB facilitated the survival of the patient. Teflon-buttressed sutures plus pericardium patch achieved the successful repair of the rupture. PMID:27661047

  15. A Teflon microreactor with integrated piezoelectric actuator to handle solid forming reactions.

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    Kuhn, Simon; Noël, Timothy; Gu, Lei; Heider, Patrick L; Jensen, Klavs F

    2011-08-07

    We present a general inexpensive method for realizing a Teflon stack microreactor with an integrated piezoelectric actuator for conducting chemical synthesis with solid products. The microreactors are demonstrated with palladium-catalyzed C-N cross-coupling reactions, which are prone to clogging microchannels by forming insoluble salts as by-products. Investigations of the ultrasonic waveform applied by the piezoelectric actuator reveal an optimal value of 50 kHz at a load power of 30 W. Operating the system at these conditions, the newly developed Teflon microreactor handles the insoluble solids formed and no clogging is observed. The investigated reactions reach full conversion in very short reaction times and high isolated yields are obtained (>95% yield).

  16. Nanopatterning of mobile lipid monolayers on electron-beam-sculpted Teflon AF surfaces.

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    Shaali, Mehrnaz; Lara-Avila, Samuel; Dommersnes, Paul; Ainla, Alar; Kubatkin, Sergey; Jesorka, Aldo

    2015-02-24

    Direct electron-beam lithography is used to fabricate nanostructured Teflon AF surfaces, which are utilized to pattern surface-supported monolayer phospholipid films with 50 nm lateral feature size. In comparison with unexposed Teflon AF coatings, e-beam-irradiated areas show reduced surface tension and surface potential. For phospholipid monolayer spreading experiments, these areas can be designed to function as barriers that enclose unexposed areas of nanometer dimensions and confine the lipid film within. We show that the effectiveness of the barrier is defined by pattern geometry and radiation dose. This surface preparation technique represents an efficient, yet simple, nanopatterning strategy supporting studies of lipid monolayer behavior in ultraconfined spaces. The generated structures are useful for imaging studies of biomimetic membranes and other specialized surface applications requiring spatially controlled formation of self-assembled, molecularly thin films on optically transparent patterned polymer surfaces with very low autofluorescence.

  17. The Reduction of Sulfuryl Chloride at Teflon-Bonded Carbon Cathodes

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1980-07-01

    corresponding vide high electronic conduction. While still moist, the lithium - thionyl chloride system. One reason for the electrode was pressed to whatever...curves were measured for sulfuryl chloride re- duction at Teflon-bonded carbon cathodes fabricated using a number of differ- ent carbon powders. Lithium ...electrochemical performance against lithium counterelectrodes. When sulfuryl chloride is reduced at the optimized cathode (against a lithium anode), the main

  18. The Reduction of Sulfuryl Chloride at Teflon-Bonded Carbon Cathodes.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1981-01-01

    lower priority, by both Governmental and industrial organizations, than the corresponding lithium - thionyl chloride system. One reason for the...S. Gilman, "Teflon-Bonded Cathodes in Lithium - Thionyl Chloride Cells," Proc. Tenth Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, p. 437 (1975...0. L. Holleck, and D. E. Toland, "Reactions in Lithium Thionyl Chloride Cells," Proc. 27th Power Sources Symposium, p. 28 (1976). 11 4i CI Cw-4 0 0 -4

  19. Results of examination of silvered Teflon from the Long Duration Exposure Facility

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    Rousslang, Ken W.; Crutcher, E. Russ; Pippin, H. Gary

    1991-01-01

    Pieces of silvered Teflon thermal control blanket from seventeen locations on the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) were studied. Results of the measurements of surface texturing, and mechanical, electrical and thermal properties are presented. Photos of the blankets, scanning electron microscope pictures, infrared spectra, and surface analysis results are presented. Contamination issues relative to performance of the blankets are discussed. The variation in measured properties are reported as a function of exposure conditions.

  20. Solvent-free phase-vanishing reactions with PTFE (Teflon®) as a phase screen.

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    Pels, Kevin; Dragojlovic, Veljko

    2009-12-09

    In a solvent-free phase-vanishing reaction with PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene, Teflon®) tape as the phase screen, a thermometer adapter is utilized to insert a PTFE-sealed tube into the vapor phase above the substrate. Besides avoiding use of solvents, the experimental design is not dependent upon the densities of the reactants and the procedure generates little or no waste while providing the reaction products in high yield and in high purity.

  1. Gold doping effects on swelling of teflon-like thin films

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    Bassi, A.; Valentini, A.; Convertino, A.

    We report on the swelling process in gold-doped teflon-like films as a function of metal concentrations. The film thickness variation, measured in low-pressure acetone vapour using an ellipsometric technique, shows, with a range of 0.001-9 mbar, a linear increase in gold content. This trend disappears for metal percentages near to the percolation threshold, an effect which is also evident from the time evolution of the swelling process at constant pressure.

  2. Teflon cylindrical phantom for delivery quality assurance of stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT).

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    Lack, Danielle W; Kakakhel, Ali; Starin, Ross; Snyder, Michael

    2014-01-06

    At our institution the standard delivery quality assurance (DQA) procedure for tomotherapy plans is accomplished with a water equivalent phantom, EDR2 film, and ion chamber point-dose measurements. Most plans deliver at most 5 Gy to the dose plane; however, recently a stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) protocol has produced plans delivering upwards of 12 Gy to the film plane. EDR2 film saturates at a dose of ~ 7 Gy, requiring a modification of our DQA procedure for SBRT plans. To reduce the dose to the film plane and accommodate a possible move to SBRT using Varian RapidArc, a Teflon phantom has been constructed and tested. Our Teflon phantom is cylindrical in shape and of a similar design to the standard phantom. The phantom was MVCT scanned on the TomoTherapy system with images imported into the TomoTherapy and Varian Eclipse planning systems. Phantom images were smoothed to reduce artifacts for treatment planning purposes. Verification SBRT plans were delivered with film and point-dose benchmarked against the standard procedure. Verification tolerance criteria were 3% dose difference for chamber measurements and a gamma pass rate > 90% for film (criteria: 3 mm DTA, 3% dose difference, 10% threshold). The phantom sufficiently reduced dose to the film plane for DQA of SBRT plans. Both planning systems calculated accurate point doses in phantom, with the largest differences being 2.4% and 4.4% for TomoTherapy and Rapid Arc plans. Measured dose distributions correlated well with planning system calculations (γ < 1 for > 95%). These results were comparable to the standard phantom. The Teflon phantom appears to be a potential option for SBRT DQA. Preliminary data show that the planning systems are capable of calculating point doses in the Teflon, and the dose to the film plane is reduced sufficiently to allow for a direct measured DQA without the need for dose rescaling.

  3. Development of an Automated All-Teflon HPLC System for the Analysis of Precious Geological and Extraterrestrial Materials

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    Ireland, T. J.; Dauphas, N.; Tissot, F. L. H.

    2012-03-01

    We outline the development and progress toward building an automated all-Teflon HPLC system for the analysis of precious geological and extraterrestrial samples. Our system has several traits that distinguish it from traditional column setups.

  4. Silver-coated Teflon hollow waveguides for the delivery of terahertz radiation

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    Melzer, Jeffrey E.; Navarro-Cía, Miguel; Mitrofanov, Oleg; Harrington, James A.

    2014-02-01

    Significant research exists regarding the successful implementation of hollow waveguides for the low-loss transmission of infrared radiation in applications ranging from laser power delivery to spectroscopy. With the continued development of terahertz (THz) technologies and applications, it is often advantageous to have a waveguide for the transmission of THz radiation. This study focuses on the fabrication of novel silver-coated polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) waveguides for the transmission of terahertz radiation. The hollow structure described in this paper is made by depositing a thin film of Ag on the outer surface of a dielectric tube. This is in contrast to depositing metallic and dielectric thin film coatings on the inner surface of capillary tubing as is commonly done for IR and some THz transmissive waveguides. In this work, the Teflon tubing itself is the dielectric layer that is used to enhance the reflectivity of the Ag. Theoretical loss calculations will be presented and compared to the loss obtained for the guides measured at THz frequencies. In addition the spectra of the guides in the infrared region are also measured as a means to study the uniformity of the Teflon "layer" and to confirm the wall thickness of the Teflon tubing. The surface topography of the silver / PTFE waveguides is obtained and the resulting surface roughness related scattering losses are calculated. The implications of the terahertz fiber for applications ranging from nondestructive evaluation (NDE), security, and medical imaging are briefly discussed.

  5. Penetration experiments in aluminum and Teflon targets of widely variable thickness

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    Hoerz, F.; Cintala, Mark J.; Bernhard, R. P.; See, T. H.

    1994-01-01

    The morphologies and detailed dimensions of hypervelocity craters and penetration holes on space-exposed surfaces faithfully reflect the initial impact conditions. However, current understanding of this postmortem evidence and its relation to such first-order parameters as impact velocity or projectile size and mass is incomplete. While considerable progress is being made in the numerical simulation of impact events, continued impact simulations in the laboratory are needed to obtain empirical constraints and insights. This contribution summarizes such experiments with Al and Teflon targets that were carried out in order to provide a better understanding of the crater and penetration holes reported from the Solar Maximum Mission (SMM) and the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) satellites. A 5-mm light gas gun was used to fire spherical soda-lime glass projectiles from 50 to 3175 microns in diameter (D(sub P)), at a nominal 6 km/s, into Al (1100 series; annealed) and Teflon (Teflon(sup TFE)) targets. Targets ranged in thickness (T) from infinite halfspace targets (T approx. equals cm) to ultrathin foils (T approx. equals micron), yielding up to 3 degrees of magnitude variation in absolute and relative (D(sub P)/T) target thickness. This experimental matrix simulates the wide range in D(sub P)/T experienced by a space-exposed membrane of constant T that is being impacted by projectiles of widely varying sizes.

  6. Thin teflon-like films for MEMS: Film properties and reliability studies

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    Smith, B.K.; LaVigne, G.; Sniegowski, J.J.; Brown, C.D.

    1998-07-01

    This work presents film properties and initial reliability studies for thin Teflon-like films applied to a unique test vehicle, the Sandia-designed and fabricated microengine. Results on microengines coated with the film show a factor of three improvement in their lifetime and an order of magnitude reduction in the coefficient of friction when compared to uncoated samples. Coefficients Of Friction (COF) of 0.07 for the Teflon-like film and 1.0 for uncoated samples are extracted from models which match the measured behavior of working microengines. These films, deposited form a plasma source, exhibit the ability to penetrate into very narrow, deep channels common to many MEMS devices. For as-deposited film, both the refractive index at 1.4 and the contact angle with water at 108{degree} show the film to be very similar to bulk Teflon PTFE. Film stability as a function of temperature has been examined using Fourier Transformation Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The film structure as observed by the fluorine-carbon (F-C) peak is stable up to 200 C, but starts decomposing above 250 C. Film composition has been examined using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and is quite different for directly exposed surfaces compared with deep, narrow channels where the deposition process is diffusion limited.

  7. Penetration experiments in aluminum and Teflon targets of widely variable thickness

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    Hoerz, F.; Cintala, Mark J.; Bernhard, R. P.; See, T. H.

    1994-01-01

    The morphologies and detailed dimensions of hypervelocity craters and penetration holes on space-exposed surfaces faithfully reflect the initial impact conditions. However, current understanding of this postmortem evidence and its relation to such first-order parameters as impact velocity or projectile size and mass is incomplete. While considerable progress is being made in the numerical simulation of impact events, continued impact simulations in the laboratory are needed to obtain empirical constraints and insights. This contribution summarizes such experiments with Al and Teflon targets that were carried out in order to provide a better understanding of the crater and penetration holes reported from the Solar Maximum Mission (SMM) and the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) satellites. A 5-mm light gas gun was used to fire spherical soda-lime glass projectiles from 50 to 3175 microns in diameter (D(sub P)), at a nominal 6 km/s, into Al (1100 series; annealed) and Teflon (Teflon(sup TFE)) targets. Targets ranged in thickness (T) from infinite halfspace targets (T approx. equals cm) to ultrathin foils (T approx. equals micron), yielding up to 3 degrees of magnitude variation in absolute and relative (D(sub P)/T) target thickness. This experimental matrix simulates the wide range in D(sub P)/T experienced by a space-exposed membrane of constant T that is being impacted by projectiles of widely varying sizes.

  8. Bioglue-Coated Teflon Sling Technique in Microvascular Decompression for Hemifacial Spasm Involving the Vertebral Artery

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    Lee, Seong Ho; Park, Jae Sung

    2016-01-01

    Objective Microvascular decompression (MVD) for hemifacial spasm (HFS) involving the vertebral artery (VA) can be technically challenging. We investigated the therapeutic effects of a bioglue-coated Teflon sling technique on the VA during MVD in 42 cases. Methods A bioglue-coated Teflon sling was crafted by the surgeon and applied to patients in whom neurovascular compression was caused by the VA. The radiologic data, intra-operative findings with detailed introduction of the procedure, and the clinical outcomes of each patient were reviewed and analyzed. Results The 42 patients included in the analysis consisted of 22 females and 20 males, with an average follow-up duration of 76 months (range 24–132 months). Intraoperative investigation revealed that an artery other than the VA was responsible for the neurovascular compression in all cases : posterior inferior cerebellar artery (PICA) in 23 patients (54.7%) and anterior inferior cerebellar artery (AICA) in 11 patients (26.2%). All patients became symptom-free after MVD. Neither recurrence nor postoperative neurological deficit was noted during the 2-year follow-up, except in one patient who developed permanent deafness. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak occurred in three patients, and one required dural repair. Conclusion Transposition of the VA using a bioglue-coated Teflon sling is a safe and effective surgical technique for HFS involving the VA. A future prospective study to compare clinical outcomes between groups with and without use of this novel technique is required. PMID:27651870

  9. Penetration experiments in aluminum and Teflon targets of widely variable thickness

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    Hoerz, F.; Cintala, Mark J.; Bernhard, R. P.; See, T. H.

    The morphologies and detailed dimensions of hypervelocity craters and penetration holes on space-exposed surfaces faithfully reflect the initial impact conditions. However, current understanding of this postmortem evidence and its relation to such first-order parameters as impact velocity or projectile size and mass is incomplete. While considerable progress is being made in the numerical simulation of impact events, continued impact simulations in the laboratory are needed to obtain empirical constraints and insights. This contribution summarizes such experiments with Al and Teflon targets that were carried out in order to provide a better understanding of the crater and penetration holes reported from the Solar Maximum Mission (SMM) and the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) satellites. A 5-mm light gas gun was used to fire spherical soda-lime glass projectiles from 50 to 3175 microns in diameter (D(sub P)), at a nominal 6 km/s, into Al (1100 series; annealed) and Teflon (Teflon(sup TFE)) targets. Targets ranged in thickness (T) from infinite halfspace targets (T approx. equals cm) to ultrathin foils (T approx. equals micron), yielding up to 3 degrees of magnitude variation in absolute and relative (D(sub P)/T) target thickness. This experimental matrix simulates the wide range in D(sub P)/T experienced by a space-exposed membrane of constant T that is being impacted by projectiles of widely varying sizes.

  10. Structural Characterization of Spinel Zinc Aluminate Nanoparticles Prepared By Coprecipitation Method

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    Sunder, Shyam; Rohilla, Sunil; Kumar, Sushil; Aghamkar, Praveen

    2011-12-01

    Zinc aluminate is well known wide bandgap semiconductor with cubic spinel structure and transparent for wavelength greater than 320 nm. Therefore, ZnAl2O4 can be used for ultraviolet photoelectronic devices. Furthermore, spinel zinc aluminate is useful in many reactions as catalytic support. Moreover, zinc aluminate can be used as second phase in glaze layer of white ceramics to improve wear resistance and to preserve whiteness. In present study cubic spinel zinc aluminate nanoparticles have been synthesized from aqueous solution of Zn(NO3)2.6H2O (0.1 M) and Al(NO3)2.9H2O (0.2 M) using chemical coprecipitation technique. Ammonium hydroxide was used as precipitating agent and pH was maintained between 8 to 9. The precipitated slurry was filtered and washed several times with deionized double distilled water and dried at 110 °C. The fine powder was annealed at different temperatures from 600 °C to 900 °C for 4h in temperature controlled furnace. Structural characterization of annealed samples was carried out via X-ray Diffraction (XRD), and Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). XRD patterns reveal that zinc aluminate samples were cubic spinel nanoparticles and grain size determined by Debye-Scherrer formula is from 5 to 16 nm.

  11. Origins of saccharide-dependent hydration at aluminate, silicate, and aluminosilicate surfaces

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    Smith, Benjamin J.; Rawal, Aditya; Funkhouser, Gary P.; Roberts, Lawrence R.; Gupta, Vijay; Israelachvili, Jacob N.; Chmelka, Bradley F.

    2011-01-01

    Sugar molecules adsorbed at hydrated inorganic oxide surfaces occur ubiquitously in nature and in technologically important materials and processes, including marine biomineralization, cement hydration, corrosion inhibition, bioadhesion, and bone resorption. Among these examples, surprisingly diverse hydration behaviors are observed for oxides in the presence of saccharides with closely related compositions and structures. Glucose, sucrose, and maltodextrin, for example, exhibit significant differences in their adsorption selectivities and alkaline reaction properties on hydrating aluminate, silicate, and aluminosilicate surfaces that are shown to be due to the molecular architectures of the saccharides. Solid-state 1H, 13C, 29Si, and 27Al nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy measurements, including at very high magnetic fields (19 T), distinguish and quantify the different molecular species, their chemical transformations, and their site-specific adsorption on different aluminate and silicate moieties. Two-dimensional NMR results establish nonselective adsorption of glucose degradation products containing carboxylic acids on both hydrated silicates and aluminates. In contrast, sucrose adsorbs intact at hydrated silicate sites and selectively at anhydrous, but not hydrated, aluminate moieties. Quantitative surface force measurements establish that sucrose adsorbs strongly as multilayers on hydrated aluminosilicate surfaces. The molecular structures and physicochemical properties of the saccharides and their degradation species correlate well with their adsorption behaviors. The results explain the dramatically different effects that small amounts of different types of sugars have on the rates at which aluminate, silicate, and aluminosilicate species hydrate, with important implications for diverse materials and applications. PMID:21562207

  12. Titanium CliP piston versus platinum-ribbon Teflon piston: piston and fenestra size affect air-bone gap.

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    Mangham, Charles A

    2008-01-01

    To analyze if titanium material and a clip attachment to the incus offer a hearing result advantage over the traditional Teflon piston in stapes surgery. Retrospective chart review. Subspecialty private practice. One hundred seven ears in 97 consecutive patients who had primary stapes surgery during 2003 to 2005. The first 74 ears received either a Teflon 0.5- or 0.6-mm piston, and the last 33 received a titanium 0.6-mm piston. American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery guidelines, including 4-frequency pure-tone average air-bone gap and success rate (gap, 10 dB). Mean pure-tone average air-bone gap for the Teflon 0.6-mm piston (5.1 dB) was significantly smaller than for the titanium 0.6-mm piston (8.1 dB) and the Teflon 0.5-mm piston (7.5 dB). Success rate did not differ. Although labeled as 0.6-mm pistons, the Teflon piston diameter was 10% greater than the titanium piston. Results were comparable among devices when adjusted for true piston diameter. Results for the titanium piston were significantly better when the fenestra was no more than 0.05 mm larger than the piston diameter. Comparing 2 pistons designated 0.6 mm in diameter, the Teflon piston produced better hearing results than the titanium device. However, actual piston diameter differed between devices that contributed to the superior results with the larger Teflon piston. In addition, the titanium piston performed better with a small stapes fenestra diameter that suggests an advantage for titanium over Teflon in certain conditions. The clip design was problematic for a few patients.

  13. Calcium aluminate, RGD-modified calcium aluminate, and beta-tricalcium phosphate implants in a calvarial defect.

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    Miljkovic, Natasa D; Cooper, Gregory M; Hott, Shelby L; Disalle, Brian F; Gawalt, Ellen S; Smith, Darren M; McGowan, Kenneth; Marra, Kacey G

    2009-09-01

    Calcium aluminate (CaAl), arginine-glycine-aspartic acid-modified CaAl, and beta-tricalcium phosphate (TCP) implants were studied in a rat calvarial critical-sized defect model. The rates of newly formed bone and osteointegration were measured using 3 different methods: radiography, micro-computed tomography, and histologic examination. After 4 weeks, there was no new bone formed and no signs of osteointegration into the skull bone in the CaAl or arginine-glycine-aspartic acid-modified CaAl groups, and thick fibrous capsules were visible around the whole circumference of the implants in both groups. In the beta-TCP group, neovascularization of the implant was observed, which is consistent with the early phase of new bone formation. In addition, in the beta-TCP group, signs of implant integration into the host tissue were evident at 4 weeks. There was no soft tissue reaction around the beta-TCP implant. These observations suggest that more specific adhesion peptides may be needed to activate the bioinert CaAl implant and promote bone formation in the craniofacial skeleton.

  14. Percutaneous Palliation of Pancreatic Head Cancer: Randomized Comparison of ePTFE/FEP-Covered Versus Uncovered Nitinol Biliary Stents

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    Krokidis, Miltiadis; Fanelli, Fabrizio; Orgera, Gianluigi; Tsetis, Dimitrios; Mouzas, Ioannis; Bezzi, Mario; Kouroumalis, Elias; Pasariello, Roberto; Hatzidakis, Adam

    2011-04-15

    The purpose of this study was to compare the clinical effectiveness of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene/fluorinated-ethylene-propylene (ePTFE/FEP)-covered stents with that of uncovered nitinol stents for the palliation of malignant jaundice caused by inoperable pancreatic head cancer. Eighty patients were enrolled in a prospective randomized study. Bare nitinol stents were used in half of the patients, and ePTFE/FEP-covered stents were used in the remaining patients. Patency, survival, complications, and mean cost were calculated in both groups. Mean patency was 166.0 {+-} 13.11 days for the bare-stent group and 234.0 {+-} 20.87 days for the covered-stent group (p = 0.007). Primary patency rates at 3, 6, and 12 months were 77.5, 69.8, and 69.8% for the bare-stent group and 97.5, 92.2, and 87.6% for the covered-stent group, respectively. Mean secondary patency was 123.7 {+-} 22.5 days for the bare-stent group and 130.3 {+-} 21.4 days for the covered-stent group. Tumour ingrowth occurred exclusively in the bare-stent group in 27.5% of cases (p = 0.002). Median survival was 203.2 {+-} 11.8 days for the bare-stent group and 247.0 {+-} 20 days for the covered-stent group (p = 0.06). Complications and mean cost were similar in both groups. Regarding primary patency and ingrowth rate, ePTFE/FEP-covered stents have shown to be significantly superior to bare nitinol stents for the palliation of malignant jaundice caused by inoperable pancreatic head cancer and pose comparable cost and complications. Use of a covered stent does not significantly influence overall survival rate; nevertheless, the covered endoprosthesis seems to offer result in fewer reinterventions and better quality of patient life.

  15. Regions of Escherichia coli TonB and FepA proteins essential for in vivo physical interactions.

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    Larsen, R A; Foster-Hartnett, D; McIntosh, M A; Postle, K

    1997-01-01

    The transport of Fe(III)-siderophore complexes and vitamin B12 across the outer membrane of Escherichia coli is an active transport process requiring a cognate outer membrane receptor, cytoplasmic membrane-derived proton motive force, and an energy-transducing protein anchored in the cytoplasmic membrane, TonB. This process requires direct physical contact between the outer membrane receptor and TonB. Previous studies have identified an amino-terminally located region (termed the TonB box) conserved in all known TonB-dependent outer membrane receptors as being essential for productive energy transduction. In the present study, a mutation in the TonB box of the ferric enterochelin receptor FepA resulted in the loss of detectable in vivo chemical cross-linking between FepA and TonB. Protease susceptibility studies indicated this effect was due to an alteration of conformation rather than the direct disruption of a specific site of physical contact. This suggested that TonB residue 160, implicated in previous studies as a site of allele-specific suppression of TonB box mutants, also made a conformational rather than a direct contribution to the physical interaction between TonB and the outer membrane receptors. This possibility was supported by the finding that TonB carboxyl-terminal truncations that retained Gln-160 were unable to participate in TonB-FepA complex formation, indicating that this site alone was not sufficient to support the physical interactions involved in energy transduction. These studies indicated that the final 48 residues of TonB were essential to this physical interaction. This region contains a putative amphipathic helix which could facilitate TonB-outer membrane interaction. Amino acid replacements at one site in this region were found to affect energy transduction but did not appear to greatly alter TonB conformation or the formation of a TonB-FepA complex. The effects of amino acid substitutions at several other TonB sites were also examined

  16. Improving electrochemical properties of AISI 1045 steels by duplex surface treatment of plasma nitriding and aluminizing

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    Haftlang, Farahnaz; Habibolahzadeh, Ali; Sohi, Mahmoud Heydarzadeh

    2015-02-01

    Improvement in electrochemical behavior of AISI 1045 steel after applying aluminum nitride coating was investigated in 3.5% NaCl solution, using potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) analyses. Aluminum nitride coating was applied on the steel surface by duplex treatment of pack aluminizing and plasma nitriding. Some specimens were plasma nitrided followed by aluminizing (PN-Al), while the others were pack aluminized followed by plasma nitriding (Al-PN). Topological and structural studies of the modified surfaces were conducted using scanning electron microscope (SEM) equipped by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscope (EDS), and X-ray diffractometer (XRD). The electrochemical measurements showed that the highest corrosion and polarization (Rp) resistances were obtained in PN-Al specimens, having single phase superficial layer of AlN. Pitting mechanism was dominant reason of lower corrosion resistance in the Al-PN specimens.

  17. Microstructure and creep resistance of a diffusionally aluminized Ni-base superalloy

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    Sah, Injin; Kim, Sung Hwan; Jang, Changheui

    2016-11-01

    An aluminide layer was formed on a wrought Ni-base superalloy by the diffusional aluminizing method, which involves a physical vapor deposition of Al followed by two-step heat treatment in vacuum. Microstructural analysis revealed the presence of an aluminide layer, inter-diffusion zone (IDZ), and affected substrate, all of which developed due to the inter-diffusion of deposited Al and elements in the matrix. In addition, a wide carbide free zone, in which grain boundaries were mostly denuded of carbides, was found below the IDZ. Depth profiling analysis using a glow discharge spectrometer confirmed the reduced carbon content in the carbide free zone. At 900 °C, the diffusionally aluminized specimens showed a decrease in creep-rupture life caused by the presence of the carbide free zone. Fracture surface and cross-section microstructure observation confirmed the detrimental effect of the carbide free zone on the creep resistance of the diffusionally aluminized Alloy 617.

  18. MBE Growth of AlN Nanowires on Si Substrates by Aluminizing Nucleation

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    E, Yanxiong; Hao, Zhibiao; Yu, Jiadong; Wu, Chao; Liu, Runze; Wang, Lai; Xiong, Bing; Wang, Jian; Han, Yanjun; Sun, Changzheng; Luo, Yi

    2015-10-01

    By introducing an aluminization process to achieve nucleation of nanowires (NWs), spontaneous growth of AlN NWs on Si substrates has been realized by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. The AlN NWs are grown from the nuclei formed by the aluminization process, and the NW density and diameter can be controlled by the aluminization parameters. The influence of growth conditions on the morphologies of AlN NWs is carefully investigated. Island-like films are found to grow between the NWs due to poor migration ability of Al adatoms. The films are proved to be Al-polar different from the N-polar AlN NWs, which can explain the absence of newly formed NWs. Increasing the V/III ratio can efficiently suppress the growth of Al-polar AlN films.

  19. Method of preparing a sintered lithium aluminate structure for containing electrolyte

    DOEpatents

    Sim, James W.; Kinoshita, Kimio

    1981-01-01

    A porous sintered tile is formed of lithium aluminate for retaining molten lectrolyte within a fuel cell. The tile is prepared by reacting lithium hydroxide in aqueous solution with alumina particles to form beta lithium aluminate particles. The slurry is evaporated to dryness and the solids dehydrated to form a beta lithium aluminate powder. The powder is compacted into the desired shape and sintered at a temperature in excess of 1200 K. but less than 1900 K. to form a porous integral structure that is subsequently filled with molten electrolyte. A tile of this type is intended for use in containing molten alkali metal carbonates as electolyte for use in a fuel cell having porous metal or metal oxide electrodes for burning a fuel gas such as hydrogen and/or carbon monoxide with an oxidant gas containing oxygen.

  20. Rare earth activated yttrium aluminate phosphors with modulated luminescence.

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    Muresan, L E; Popovici, E J; Perhaita, I; Indrea, E; Oro, J; Casan Pastor, N

    2016-06-01

    Yttrium aluminate (Y3 A5 O12 ) was doped with different rare earth ions (i.e. Gd(3+) , Ce(3+) , Eu(3+) and/or Tb(3+) ) in order to obtain phosphors (YAG:RE) with general formula,Y3-x-a Gdx REa Al5 O12 (x = 0; 1.485; 2.97 and a = 0.03). The synthesis of the phosphor samples was done using the simultaneous addition of reagents technique. This study reveals new aspects regarding the influence of different activator ions on the morpho-structural and luminescent characteristics of garnet type phosphor. All YAG:RE phosphors are well crystallized powders containing a cubic-Y3 Al5 O12 phase as major component along with monoclinic-Y4 Al2 O9 and orthorhombic-YAlO3 phases as the impurity. The crystallites dimensions of YAG:RE phosphors vary between 38 nm and 88 nm, while the unit cell slowly increase as the ionic radius of the activator increases. Under UV excitation, YAG:Ce exhibits yellow emission due to electron transition in Ce(3+) from the 5d level to the ground state levels ((2) F5/2 , (2) F7/2 ). The emission intensity of Ce(3+) is enhanced in the presence of the Tb(3+) ions and is decreased in the presence of Eu(3+) ions due to some radiative or non-radiative processes that take place between activator ions. By varying the rare earth ions, the emission colour can be modulated from green to white and red. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  1. Elastic Properties of Zinc Ferrite and Aluminate Spinels

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    Reichmann, H. J.; Jacobsen, S. D.

    2004-12-01

    Spinels are important ternary oxides of Earth's crust and upper mantle, and silicate spinel (ringwoodite) is the stable high-pressure phase of Mg2SiO4 in Earth's lower transition zone. The zinc ferrite spinel, franklinite (ZnFe2O4 ) exhibits ferrimagnetism at room pressure. Here we report the effects of iron-aluminium substitution on the single-crystal elastic properties of the zinc ferrite spinel (franklinite) and zinc aluminate spinel, gahnite (ZnAL2O4)using gigahertz ultrasonic interferometry. We studied natural franklinite from New Jersey and gahnite from North Carolina with measured cell parameters of 8.4456(6) Å and 8.0985(2) Å, respectively. The adiabatic bulk modulus KS0 (Voigt-Reuss-Hill average) of these two spinels is 179(6) GPa for franklinite and 209(5) GPa for gahnite. The shear modulus of the zinc spinels increases dramatically upon substitution of Al for Fe, with G = 65(3) GPa for franklinite and G = 102(3) GPa gahnite. The elastic moduli of franklinite are comparable to those of the magnetite, which we measured to be KS0 = 186(3) GPa and G = 60(3) GPa. In an earlier study, we reported the negative pressure dependence of C44 and G for magnetite. High-pressure shear-wave measurements are currently underway with franklinite and gahnite in order to determine whether or not pressure-induced shear-mode softening is common also to the zinc spinels.

  2. Microwave absorption in single crystals of lanthanum aluminate

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    Zuccaro, Claudio; Winter, Michael; Klein, Norbert; Urban, Knut

    1997-12-01

    A very sensitive dielectric resonator technique is employed to measure loss tangent tan δ and relative permittivity ɛr of lanthanum aluminate (LaAlO3) single crystals at 4-300 K and 4-12 GHz. A variety of single crystals grown by different techniques and purchased from different suppliers are considered. For T>150 K the loss tangent tan δ is almost sample independent with linear frequency dependence and monotonous temperature variation from 8×10-6 at 300 K to 2.5×10-6 at 150 K and 4.1 GHz. In this temperature range the experimental data are explained by a model based on lifetime broadened two-phonon difference processes. The loss tangent below 150 K is characterized by a peak in tan δ(T) at about 70 K. The height of this peak is frequency and strongly sample dependent. This leads to a variation of the loss tangent from 10-6 to 1.5×10-5 at 77 K and 8.6 GHz, the lowest values are generally achieved with Verneuil grown crystals and approach the intrinsic lower limit predicted by the phonon model. The peak is explained by defect dipole relaxation (local motions of ions). The activation energy of the relaxation process is determined from the measured data to be 31 meV. This low value indicates that the defect dipoles are associated with interstitials, possibly impurities in interstitial positions. Considering absorption due to phonons and due to defect dipole relaxation the loss tangent is calculated for a wide frequency range.

  3. Role of Adsorption Phenomena in Cubic Tricalcium Aluminate Dissolution.

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    Myers, Rupert J; Geng, Guoqing; Li, Jiaqi; Rodríguez, Erich D; Ha, Juyoung; Kidkhunthod, Pinit; Sposito, Garrison; Lammers, Laura N; Kirchheim, Ana Paula; Monteiro, Paulo J M

    2017-01-10

    The workability of fresh Portland cement (PC) concrete critically depends on the reaction of the cubic tricalcium aluminate (C3A) phase in Ca- and S-rich pH >12 aqueous solution, yet its rate-controlling mechanism is poorly understood. In this article, the role of adsorption phenomena in C3A dissolution in aqueous Ca-, S-, and polynaphthalene sulfonate (PNS)-containing solutions is analyzed. The zeta potential and pH results are consistent with the isoelectric point of C3A occurring at pH ∼12 and do not show an inversion of its electric double layer potential as a function of S or Ca concentration, and PNS adsorbs onto C3A, reducing its zeta potential to negative values at pH >12. The S and Ca K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) data obtained do not indicate the structural incorporation or specific adsorption of SO4(2-) on the partially dissolved C3A solids analyzed. Together with supporting X-ray ptychography and scanning electron microscopy results, a model for C3A dissolution inhibition in hydrated PC systems is proposed whereby the formation of an Al-rich leached layer and the complexation of Ca-S ion pairs onto this leached layer provide the key inhibiting effect(s). This model reconciles the results obtained here with the existing literature, including the inhibiting action of macromolecules such as PNS and polyphosphonic acids upon C3A dissolution. Therefore, this article advances the understanding of the rate-controlling mechanism in hydrated C3A and thus PC systems, which is important to better controlling the workability of fresh PC concrete.

  4. The influence of high temperatures on selected properties of calcium aluminous composites

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    KoÅáková, Dana; KoÅ¥átková, Jaroslava; Čáchová, Monika; Vejmelková, Eva; Čechmánek, René; Reiterman, Pavel; Černý, Robert

    2017-07-01

    The article compares different types of aluminate cements with the reference Portland cement, used in refractory composites. The rate of influence of elevated temperatures (400 °C and 1000 °C) is studied. The investigated parameters are basic physical characteristics and mechanical properties. Results show the best behaviour of the mixture containing Portland cement for the reference state (in the means of all studied parameters); which however after exposition to 1000 °C has the worst performance. Both aluminate cements behave better after heating, which proves its suitability for refractory composites. It is concluded, that the mixture with Gorkal cement achieves the best results.

  5. Crystal Growth of: Yttrium Phosphate Ce3+:Thorium Dioxide Ce3+:Lanthanum Aluminate.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1982-10-01

    OF S7ANOARDS1963-A c; CRYSTAL WRONTH Or: gIUm PRSHATI Ce :TUORIUK DIOXIDZ Ce * LANTHANUM ALUMIRATH PHILIPS LABO0MIORXES A Division of North American...PERFORMING ORG. REPORT NUMBER Ce : LANTHANUM ALUMINATE 7. AUTHOR(&) S. CONTRACT OR GRANT NUMOER(a) W. Zwicker E. Abelaf S. Colak T. Kovats N00014-79-C-0180...Thorium Oxide (Ce :ThO )..........................16 3.3 Ce3 : Lanthanum Aluminate (Ce3 :LaA1O 3) ........... ........ 21 4. CRYSTAL EVALUATION

  6. Study of optical properties of cerium ion doped barium aluminate phosphor

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    Lohe, P. P.; Omanwar, S. K.; Bajaj, N. S.; Belsare, P. D.

    2016-05-01

    In the recent years due to their various optical and technological applications aluminate materials have attracted attention of several researchers. When these materials are doped with rare earth ions they show properties favorable for many optical applications such as high quantum efficiencies. These materials are used in various applications such as lamp phosphors, optically and thermoluminescence dosimeter etc Barium aluminate BaAl2O4 doped with Ce is well known long lasting phosphor. This paper reports synthesis of BaAl2O4: Ce phosphor prepared by a simple combustion synthesis. The samples were characterized for the phase purity, chemical bonds and luminescent properties.

  7. Study of optical properties of cerium ion doped barium aluminate phosphor

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    Lohe, P. P.; Omanwar, S. K.; Bajaj, N. S.; Belsare, P. D.

    2016-05-06

    In the recent years due to their various optical and technological applications aluminate materials have attracted attention of several researchers. When these materials are doped with rare earth ions they show properties favorable for many optical applications such as high quantum efficiencies. These materials are used in various applications such as lamp phosphors, optically and thermoluminescence dosimeter etc Barium aluminate BaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} doped with Ce is well known long lasting phosphor. This paper reports synthesis of BaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}: Ce phosphor prepared by a simple combustion synthesis. The samples were characterized for the phase purity, chemical bonds and luminescent properties.

  8. Rugae-like FeP nanocrystal assembly on a carbon cloth: an exceptionally efficient and stable cathode for hydrogen evolution

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    Yang, Xiulin; Lu, Ang-Yu; Zhu, Yihan; Min, Shixiong; Hedhili, Mohamed Nejib; Han, Yu; Huang, Kuo-Wei; Li, Lain-Jong

    2015-06-01

    There is a strong demand to replace expensive Pt catalysts with cheap metal sulfides or phosphides for hydrogen generation in water electrolysis. Earth-abundant Fe can be electroplated on carbon cloth (CC) to form high surface area rugae-like FeOOH assembly. Subsequent gas phase phosphidation converts the FeOOH to FeP or FeP2 and the morphology of the crystal assembly is controlled by the phosphidation temperature. FeP prepared at 250 °C presents lower crystallinity and that prepared at higher temperatures of 400 °C and 500 °C possesses higher crystallinity, but lower surface area. The phosphidation at 300 °C produces nanocrystalline FeP and preserves the high-surface area morphology; thus, it exhibits the highest HER efficiency in 0.5 M H2SO4, i.e., the required overpotential to reach 10 and 20 mA cm-2 is 34 and 43 mV, respectively. These values are lowest among the reported non-precious metal phosphides on CC. The Tafel slope for FeP prepared at 300 °C is around 29.2 mV dec-1, which is comparable to that of Pt/CC; this indicates that the hydrogen evolution for our best FeP is limited by the Tafel reaction (same as Pt). Importantly, the FeP/CC catalyst exhibits much better stability in a wide-range working current density (up to 1 V cm-2), suggesting that it is a promising replacement of Pt for HER.There is a strong demand to replace expensive Pt catalysts with cheap metal sulfides or phosphides for hydrogen generation in water electrolysis. Earth-abundant Fe can be electroplated on carbon cloth (CC) to form high surface area rugae-like FeOOH assembly. Subsequent gas phase phosphidation converts the FeOOH to FeP or FeP2 and the morphology of the crystal assembly is controlled by the phosphidation temperature. FeP prepared at 250 °C presents lower crystallinity and that prepared at higher temperatures of 400 °C and 500 °C possesses higher crystallinity, but lower surface area. The phosphidation at 300 °C produces nanocrystalline FeP and preserves the high

  9. Forecast of solar radiation storms by on-line NM one-minute data, 1. automatically search of great FEP event beginning

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    Dorman, L. I.; Pustilnik, L. A.; Sternlieb, A.; Zukerman, I. G.

    2001-08-01

    It is well known that in periods of great FEP fluxes of energetic particles can be so big that memory of computers and other electronics in space may be destroyed, satellites and spacecrafts became dead: according to NOAA Space Weather Scales are dangerous Solar Radiation Storms S5extreme (flux level of particles with energy > 10 MeV more than 105 ), S4-severe (flux more than 104 ) and S3-strong (flux more than 103 3). In these periods is necessary to switch off some part of electronics for few hours to protect computer memories. These periods are also dangerous for astronauts on space-ships, and passengers and crew in commercial jets (especially during S5 storms). The problem is how to forecast exactly these dangerous phenomena. We show that exact forecast can be made by using high-energy particles (few GeV/nucleon and higher) which transportation from the Sun is characterized by much bigger diffusion coefficient than for small and middle energy particles. Therefore high energy particles came from the Sun much more early (8-20 minutes after acceleration and escaping into solar wind) than main part of smaller energy particles caused dangerous situation for electronics (about 30-60 minutes later). We describe here principles and experience of automatically working of program "FEP-Search". The positive result which shows the exact beginning of FEP event on the Emilio Segre' Observatory (2025 m above sea level, Rc = 10.8 GV), is determined now automatically by simultaneously increasing on 2.5 St. Dev. in two sections of neutron supermonitor. The next 1-min data the program "FEP-Search" uses for checking that the observed increase reflects the beginning of real great FEP or not. If yes, automatically starts to work on line the programs "FEP-Research".

  10. New Use of Teflon to Reduce Bleeding in Modified Bentall Operation

    PubMed Central

    Sokullu, Onur; Sanioglu, Soner; Orhan, Gokcen; Kut, M. Sinan; Hastaoglu, Oral; Karaca, Pelin; Ozay, Batuhan; Ayoglu, Umut; Bilgen, Fuat

    2008-01-01

    We analyzed the postoperative short- and mid-term outcomes of a series of patients with annuloaortic ectasia who underwent a modified Bentall operation in our clinic from September 2000 through March 2006. The study included 44 patients. Their average age was 53.4 ± 14.1 years. The underlying disease was degenerative aortic aneurysm in 42 patients (95.5%) and acute aortic dissection in 2 patients (4.5%). Six patients (13.6%) had Marfan phenotype. Aortic insufficiency was moderate in 30 patients (68.2%) and severe in 14 patients (31.8%). In our modification of the Bentall technique, we completed the resection of the aortic root while leaving 5 to 10 mm of native aortic wall tissue to support the anastomosis. A long piece of Teflon felt (width, 0.5–1 cm) was laid on the annulus, and nonpledgeted 2–0 polyester sutures were passed in turn through the Teflon felt, the preserved aortic tissue, and the aortic annulus. A thin piece of Teflon felt was also used in the coronary artery reimplantation sites. Fibrin glue was routinely applied to all anastomoses. There were no intraoperative deaths. One patient died in the hospital after surgery for acute type I aortic dissection. Another patient died 1 year after the operation from prosthetic-valve endocarditis. No patient required surgical correction of excessive postoperative bleeding. Kaplan-Meier curves showed overall survival of 0.94 (95% confidence intervals, 0.9–0.99). We consider our approach an easy, effective way to minimize bleeding from the anastomoses and at the aortic root—a common challenge in aortic surgery. PMID:18612443

  11. Charge-Exchange Processes of Titanium-Doped Aluminate Crystals

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    Wong, Wing Cheong

    1995-01-01

    Titanium exists in more than one charge state in the aluminate crystals: it is stable as Ti^ {3+} and Ti^{4+}. Other than the intense Ti^{4+ } absorption, a ubiquitous absorption/luminescence excitation band in the UV region is identified as a titanium -bound exciton in Al_2rm O_3, Y_3Al_5rm O_{12}, {rm YAlO}_3, MgAl_2O _4, and LaMgAl_{11} {rm O}_{19}. One -step and two-step photoconductivities of Ti^ {3+} are measured and compared. While the selectivity of the two-step process is demonstrated, its use in locating the energy threshold is hampered by the small Franck-Condon factor for the transition between the Ti^{3+} ^2{ rm E} excited state and Ti^ {4+}. The titanium-bound exciton band, together with the one-step photocurrent signal, makes it possible to determine the photoionization energy threshold accurately. The charge-transfer transition energy thresholds of Ti^{4+} are obtained from the emission and the luminescence excitation spectra. Locally and non-locally charge compensated Ti^{4+ } are found in Al_2{rm O}_3. The luminescence kinetics for the two kinds of Ti^{4+} are well explained by a three-level system with a lower triplet excited state and a higher singlet excited state. These charge-exchange threshold energies can be deduced from the Born-Haber thermodynamical cycle. The electrostatic site potentials are calculated and from it, the calculated photoionization and charge-transfer energy thresholds are found to be consistent with the experimental results. The deficiency of this model is pointed out and possible improvement is discussed. Quantitatively, the sum of the two charge-exchange energy thresholds is close to the band-gap energy of the host crystal. This offers a convenient way for material characterization. Provided that any two of the three quantities (band-gap energy, photoionization energy threshold, and charge-transfer transition energy threshold) have been found, the third quantity can be calculated. In addition, the trapping of charge

  12. Hydrogen Incorporation in Aluminous MgSiO3-Perovskite

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    Smyth, J. R.; Jacobsen, S. D.; Huss, G. R.; Miyajima, N.; Pamato, M. G.

    2013-12-01

    We have synthesized hydrous, aluminum-bearing MgSiO3 perovskite samples at 25GPa and various temperatures from 1600 to 2200C in a multi-anvil press and have characterized the samples by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, electron microprobe (EPMA), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS). Perovskite crystals range up to 100 micrometers in size and contain 1 - 2.5% by weight Al2O3. SIMS analyses with a probe spot of approximately 10 micron square indicate up to several thousand ppm by weight H2O which corresponds to one H per Al atom in the structure. Microprobe chemical analysis and crystal structure refinement from single crystal X-ray data indicates that Al substitutes in the Si site, but not in the Mg site. However, Raman spectroscopy indicates the presence of micro-inclusions of brucite, super-hydrous phase B (SHyB), magnesite, and stishovite in most samples. Some of the perovskite crystals in the samples synthesized at temperatures above 2100 C exhibit rounded inclusions that are interpreted to be melt that quenched to perovskite plus brucite, phase D, and/or stishovite. Nearly all spectra show O-H stretching bands that are associated with brucite and/or Shy-B. None of the samples show a Raman peak in the O-H stretching region (3000 to 3700 cm-1) that correlates in intensity with perovskite Raman lattice modes. Our provisional interpretation is that the MgSiO3-perovskite structure incorporates very little H2O (<100 ppmw) and that most of the H in the samples is contained in brucite, phase D, superhydrous phase B (SHyB) or aluminous stishovite. This implies that the magnesium silicate perovskite phase in the lower mantle is unlikely to be a significant host for H in the lower mantle. However, phase D may be stabilized to higher temperatures by incorporation of Al and is extremely hydrous so that two modal percent of phase D may allow the lower mantle to contain several thousand ppmw H2O. Such a small

  13. Studies of erosion of solar max samples of Kapton and Teflon

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    Fristrom, R. M.; Benson, R. C.; Bargeron, C. B.; Phillips, T. E.; Vest, C. E.; Hoshall, C. H.; Satkiewicz, F. G.; Uy, O. M.

    1985-01-01

    Several samples of Kapton and Teflon which was exposed to solar radiation were examined. The samples represent material behavior in near Earth space. Clues to the identity of erosive processes and the responsible species were searched for. Interest centered around oxygen atoms which are ubiquitous at these altitudes and are known to erode some metal surfaces. Three diagnostic methods were employed: optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Two types of simulation were used: a flow containing low energy oxygen atoms and bombardment with 3000 volt Ar ions. Results and conclusions are presented.

  14. Studies of erosion of solar max samples of Kapton and Teflon

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Fristrom, R. M.; Benson, R. C.; Bargeron, C. B.; Phillips, T. E.; Vest, C. E.; Hoshall, C. H.; Satkiewicz, F. G.; Uy, O. M.

    1985-01-01

    Several samples of Kapton and Teflon which was exposed to solar radiation were examined. The samples represent material behavior in near Earth space. Clues to the identity of erosive processes and the responsible species were searched for. Interest centered around oxygen atoms which are ubiquitous at these altitudes and are known to erode some metal surfaces. Three diagnostic methods were employed: optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Two types of simulation were used: a flow containing low energy oxygen atoms and bombardment with 3000 volt Ar ions. Results and conclusions are presented.

  15. [Selective Heating of Membrane-forming Holes in Teflon Film Exposed to Decimeter Waves].

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    Alekseev, S I; Fesenko, E E; Fesenko, E E

    2015-01-01

    Calculations of heating of membrane-forming holes in Teflon film exposed to decimeter waves were performed. The dependence of the temperature increment in holes on the geometry of holes, electrolyte concentration, and decimeter wave frequency was studied. The kinetics of heating depending on the hole diameter was also obtained. It was concluded that the observed in the experiment effects of the decimeter wave on bilayer lipid membranes resulted from the elevated concentration of decimeter electromagnetic waves in membrane-forming hole that led to selective heating of electrolyte in hole and bilayer lipid membranes.

  16. Teflon probing for the flow characterization of arc-heated wind tunnel facilities

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    Gulli, Stefano; Ground, Cody; Crisanti, Matthew; Maddalena, Luca

    2014-02-01

    The experimental flow characterization of the arc-heated wind tunnel of the University of Texas at Arlington is investigated in this work using ablative Teflon probes in combination with total pressure measurements. A parallel analytical work, focused on the dimensional analysis of the ablation process, has been conducted with the purpose of improving existing semi-empirical correlations for the heat blockage due to the mass injection inside the boundary layer. A control volume analysis at the receding surface of the specimens is used to calculate the wall heat transfer for a non-ablating probe by including the blockage effect. The new correlations, obtained for the convective blockage, show an improvement of the correlation coefficient of 110 % with respect to those available in literature, once a new blowing parameter containing the stagnation pressure is introduced. A correlation developed by NASA during the Round-Robin program, which relates the Teflon mass loss rate to the total pressure and cold-wall heat flux measured experimentally, is also used to predict the wall heat transfer referred to the ablation temperature of Teflon. For both approaches, a simplified stagnation point convective heat transfer equation allows the average stagnation enthalpy to be calculated. Several locations downstream of the nozzle exit have been surveyed, and selected points of the facility's performance map have been used for the experimental campaign. The results show that both approaches provide similar results in terms of stagnation heat flux and enthalpy prediction with uncertainties comparable to those provided by standard intrusive heat flux probes ( δ q max < 25 %). The analysis of the Teflon's ablated surface does not reveal significant flow non-uniformities, and a 1.14 heat flux enhancement factor due to the shock-shock interaction is detectable at x = 3.5 in. from the nozzle exit plane. The results show the use of ablative probes for the flow characterization of arc

  17. Fast surface temperature measurement of Teflon propellant-in-pulsed ablative discharges using HgCdTe photovoltaic cells

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    Antonsen, Erik L.; Burton, Rodney L.; Reed, Garrett A.; Spanjers, Gregory G.

    2006-10-15

    High-speed mercury cadmium telluride photovoltaic detectors, sensitive to infrared emission, are investigated as a means of measuring surface temperature on a microsecond time frame during pulsed ablative discharges with Teflon trade mark sign as the ablated material. Analysis is used to derive a governing equation for detector output voltage for materials with wavelength dependent emissivity. The detector output voltage is experimentally calibrated against thermocouples embedded in heated Teflon. Experimental calibration is performed with Teflon that has been exposed to {approx}200 pulsed discharges and non-plasma-exposed Teflon and is compared to theoretical predictions to analyze emissivity differences. The diagnostic capability is evaluated with measurements of surface temperature from the Teflon propellant of electric micropulsed plasma thrusters. During the pulsed current discharge, there is insufficient information to claim that the surface temperature is accurately measured. However, immediately following the discharge, the postpulse cooling curve is measured. The statistical spread of postpulse surface temperature from shot to shot, most likely due to arc constriction and localization, is investigated to determine an operational envelope for postpulse temperature and mass ablation. This information is useful for determining postpulse ablation contributions to mass loss as well as evaluation of theoretical discharge models currently under development.

  18. Lithium aluminate/zirconium material useful in the production of tritium

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    Cawley, William E.; Trapp, Turner J.

    1984-10-09

    A composition is described useful in the production of tritium in a nuclear eactor. Lithium aluminate particles are dispersed in a matrix of zirconium. Tritium produced by the reactor of neutrons with the lithium are absorbed by the zirconium, thereby decreasing gas pressure within capsules carrying the material.

  19. Lithium aluminate/zirconium material useful in the production of tritium

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    Cawley, W.E.; Trapp, T.J.

    1984-10-09

    A composition is described useful in the production of tritium in a nuclear reactor. Lithium aluminate particles are dispersed in a matrix of zirconium. Tritium produced by the reactor of neutrons with the lithium are absorbed by the zirconium, thereby decreasing gas pressure within capsules carrying the material.

  20. Lithium aluminate/zirconium material useful in the production of tritium

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    Cawley, W.E.; Trapp, T.J.

    A composition is described useful in the production of tritium in a nuclear reactor. Lithium aluminate particles are dispersed in a matrix of zirconium. Tritium produced by the reactor of neutrons with the lithium are absorbed by the zirconium, thereby decreasing gas pressure within capsules carrying the material.

  1. Crystal growth and characterization of LaMAl 11O 19 lanthanum aluminates

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    Laville, F.; Lejus, A. M.

    1983-10-01

    New magnetoplumbite-type lanthanum aluminates with the formula LaMAl 11O 19 (M 2+ = Ni 2+, Co 2+, Fe 2+, Mg 1- xMn x, 0≤ x ≤1, have been grown as large single crystals using the Verneuil process or the floating zone method. Some characteristics of these crystals are given.

  2. Wear Resistance and Wear Mechanism of a Hot Dip Aluminized Steel in Sliding Wear Test

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    Xue, Zhiyong; Hao, Xiaoyang; Huang, Yao; Gu, Lingyun; Ren, Yu; Zheng, Ruipeng

    2016-12-01

    Sliding wear experiments were conducted on a hot dip aluminized steel to investigate its wear resistance and wear mechanism. The wear tests were also carried out on a hot dip galvanized steel and the base material (steel Q345) as a comparison. Results show that the wear resistance and hardness of the hot dip aluminized steel are significantly higher than that of the hot dip galvanized steel and the steel Q345 at room temperature. The better wear resistance of the hot dip aluminized steel attributes mainly to the formation of a transition layer containing abundant Fe-Al intermetallic compounds and the transformation of wear-resisting oxides during the friction process. The main phase in the transition layer is Fe2Al5. The thickness of the transition layer is about 90-120 μm. When the wear load increases from 3 N to 19 N, the wear type of the aluminized layer transform from adhesive wear (3 N) into abrasive wear (7 N) and finally into slight wear mixed with oxidation (higher than 11 N).

  3. Software framework for the upcoming MMT Observatory primary mirror re-aluminization

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    Gibson, J. Duane; Clark, Dusty; Porter, Dallan

    2014-07-01

    Details of the software framework for the upcoming in-situ re-aluminization of the 6.5m MMT Observatory (MMTO) primary mirror are presented. This framework includes: 1) a centralized key-value store and data structure server for data exchange between software modules, 2) a newly developed hardware-software interface for faster data sampling and better hardware control, 3) automated control algorithms that are based upon empirical testing, modeling, and simulation of the aluminization process, 4) re-engineered graphical user interfaces (GUI's) that use state-of-the-art web technologies, and 5) redundant relational databases for data logging. Redesign of the software framework has several objectives: 1) automated process control to provide more consistent and uniform mirror coatings, 2) optional manual control of the aluminization process, 3) modular design to allow flexibility in process control and software implementation, 4) faster data sampling and logging rates to better characterize the approximately 100-second aluminization event, and 5) synchronized "real-time" web application GUI's to provide all users with exactly the same data. The framework has been implemented as four modules interconnected by a data store/server. The four modules are integrated into two Linux system services that start automatically at boot-time and remain running at all times. Performance of the software framework is assessed through extensive testing within 2.0 meter and smaller coating chambers at the Sunnyside Test Facility. The redesigned software framework helps ensure that a better performing and longer lasting coating will be achieved during the re-aluminization of the MMTO primary mirror.

  4. Adhesion of the positively charged bacterium Stenotrophomonas (Xanthomonas) maltophilia 70401 to glass and Teflon.

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    Jucker, B A; Harms, H; Zehnder, A J

    1996-01-01

    Medical implants are often colonized by bacteria which may cause severe infections. The initial step in the colonization, the adhesion of bacteria to the artificial solid surface, is governed mainly by long-range van der Waals and electrostatic interactions between the solid surface and the bacterial cell. While van der Waals forces are generally attractive, the usually negative charge of bacteria and solid surfaces leads to electrostatic repulsion. We report here on the adhesion of a clinical isolate, Stenotrophomonas maltophilia 70401, which is, at physiological pH, positively charged. S. maltophilia has an electrophoretic mobility of +0.3 x 10(-8) m2 V-1 s-1 at pH 7 and an overall surface isoelectric point at pH 11. The positive charge probably originates from proteins located in the outer membrane. For this bacterium, both long-range forces involved in adhesion are attractive. Consequently, adhesion of S. maltophilia to negatively charged surfaces such as glass and Teflon is much favored compared with the negatively charged bacterium Pseudomonas putida mt2. While adhesion of negatively charged bacteria is impeded in media of low ionic strength because of a thick negatively charged diffuse layer, adhesion of S. maltophilia was particularly favored in dilute medium. The adhesion efficiencies of S. maltophilia at various ionic strengths could be explained in terms of calculated long-range interaction energies between S. maltophilia and glass or Teflon. PMID:8808938

  5. Graphite-Teflon composite bienzyme amperometric biosensors for monitoring of alcohols.

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    de Prada, A Guzmán-Vázquez; Peña, N; Mena, M L; Reviejo, A J; Pingarrón, J M

    2003-09-01

    Composite graphite-Teflon electrodes, in which the enzymes alcohol oxidase (AOD) and horseradish peroxidase (HRP), as well as the mediator ferrocene, are incorporated into the electrode matrix, are reported for the reliable monitoring of alcohols in food and beverages. The bienzyme electrodes are constructed by simple physical inclusion of the enzymes and the mediator in the bulk of graphite-70% Teflon rigid cylindrical pellets. The composite biosensors are robust and reusable because of the renewability of the electrode surface by polishing. Reproducible amperometric responses at 0.00 V were obtained with different electrodes constructed from the same pellet and from different pellets. No significant loss of the enzymes activities was found after at least 3 months of storage at 0 degrees C. The detection limits obtained by amperometry in stirred solutions can be advantageously compared with those achieved with commercial sensors for alcohols. The bienzyme electrodes are suitable to be used under flow-injection conditions, as well as for amperometric detection in HPLC. The bioelectrodes were employed for the determination of ethanol in beers, wines and liquors, using both batch- and flow-injection modes, and for the determination of methanol in wines and liquors by HPLC with amperometric detection. Only a dilution of the beverages was needed as sample treatment in all cases.

  6. UV and IR laser radiation's interaction with metal film and teflon surfaces

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    Fedenev, A. V.; Alekseev, S. B.; Goncharenko, I. M.; Koval', N. N.; Lipatov, E. I.; Orlovskii, V. M.; Shulepov, M. A.; Tarasenko, V. F.

    2003-04-01

    The interaction of Xe ([lambda] [similar] 1.73 [mu]m) and XeCl (0.308 [mu]m) laser radiation with surfaces of metal and TiN-ceramic coatings on glass and steel substrates has been studied. Correlation between parameters of surface erosion versus laser-specific energy was investigated. Monitoring of laser-induced erosion on smooth polished surfaces was performed using optical microscopy. The correlation has been revealed between characteristic zones of thin coatings damaged by irradiation and energy distribution over the laser beam cross section allowing evaluation of defects and adhesion of coatings. The interaction of pulsed periodical CO2 ([lambda] [similar] 10.6 [mu]m), and Xe ([lambda] [similar] 1.73 [mu]m) laser radiation with surfaces of teflon (polytetrafluoroethylene—PTFE) has been studied. Monitoring of erosion track on surfaces was performed through optical microscopy. It has been shown that at pulsed periodical CO2-radiation interaction with teflon the sputtering of polymer with formation of submicron-size particles occurs. Dependencies of particle sizes, form, and sputtering velocity on laser pulse duration and target temperature have been obtained.

  7. Application of the dielectric barrier discharge to detect defects in a teflon coated metal surface

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    Ebihara, Kenji; Tanaka, Takahiro; Ikegami, Tomoaki; Yamagata, Yukihiko; Matsunaga, Toru; Yamashita, Kazutaka; Oyama, Yoshifumi

    2003-12-01

    In the semiconductor industry, flexible stainless steel tubes, the inside of which are coated with thick Teflon films, by the splay coating method, have been used to prevent their degradation and erosion by organic solvents. We have developed an inspection system to detect pinholes and cracks in the deposited Teflon films, and the dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) was employed to reduce residual substances and damages to the coated film in the tube. Conducting water contained in the cylinder-like glass pipe was used as a liquid electrode to apply a high voltage at any portion of the tube tested. A defective part with a pinhole was modelled by a point electrode in this experiment, because the uncoated defective part has a lower electric breakdown voltage. High frequency voltage (10 kHz) was applied between the point electrode and the liquid electrode. The level of the liquid electrode was varied to detect the occurrence of a microdischarge. It is found that the number of current pulses due to the microdischarge can be used to estimate the size and location of the defective uncoated point of the sample tube.

  8. Medicated Janus fibers fabricated using a Teflon-coated side-by-side spinneret.

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    Yu, Deng-Guang; Yang, Chen; Jin, Miao; Williams, Gareth R; Zou, Hua; Wang, Xia; Bligh, S W Annie

    2016-02-01

    A family of medicated Janus fibers that provides highly tunable biphasic drug release was fabricated using a side-by-side electrospinning process employing a Teflon-coated parallel spinneret. The coated spinneret facilitated the formation of a Janus Taylor cone and in turn high quality integrated Janus structures, which could not be reliably obtained without the Teflon coating. The fibers prepared had one side consisting of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) K60 and ketoprofen, and the other of ethyl cellulose (EC) and ketoprofen. To modulate and tune drug release, PVP K10 was doped into the EC side in some cases. The fibers were linear and had flat morphologies with an indent in the center. They provide biphasic drug release, with the PVP K60 side dissolving very rapidly to deliver a loading dose of the active ingredient, and the EC side resulting in sustained release of the remaining ketoprofen. The addition of PVP K10 to the EC side was able to accelerate the second stage of release; variation in the dopant amount permitted the release rate and extent this phase to be precisely tuned. These results offer the potential to rationally design systems with highly controllable drug release profiles, which can complement natural biological rhythms and deliver maximum therapeutic effects.

  9. Acute silicosis in teflon-coated pan manufacturing due to metal sandblasting.

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    Köksal, Nurhan; Kahraman, Hasan

    2011-01-01

    Sandblasting is one of the occupational causes of silicosis. This report details three cases diagnosed as silicosis caused by sandblasting in Teflon-coated pan manufacturing: Case 1--A 24-year-old man admitted with dyspnea and cough; Case 2--An 18-year-old man admitted with shortness of breath and fever; and Case 3--A 25-year-old man admitted with dyspnea and weight loss. Chest examinations of the first and second cases revealed crackles in both lungs, but the third case was normal, no crackles. Chest x-rays showed bilateral reticulonodular densities and hilar enlargement in all cases. They were clinically and radiologically diagnosed as silicosis due to occupational exposure. All cases had worked in the sandblasting unit at a Teflon-coated pan manufacturing factory for one to three years. Silicosis is a preventable occupational lung disease, but no effective treatment is available for the disease yet. Improving workplace conditions is the most effective way to prevent silicosis.

  10. Pichia pastoris Fep1 is a [2Fe-2S] protein with a Zn finger that displays an unusual oxygen-dependent role in cluster binding

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    Cutone, Antimo; Howes, Barry D.; Miele, Adriana E.; Miele, Rossella; Giorgi, Alessandra; Battistoni, Andrea; Smulevich, Giulietta; Musci, Giovanni; di Patti, Maria Carmela Bonaccorsi

    2016-01-01

    Fep1, the iron-responsive GATA factor from the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris, has been characterised both in vivo and in vitro. This protein has two Cys2-Cys2 type zinc fingers and a set of four conserved cysteines arranged in a Cys-X5-Cys-X8-Cys-X2-Cys motif located between the two zinc fingers. Electronic absorption and resonance Raman spectroscopic analyses in anaerobic and aerobic conditions indicate that Fep1 binds iron in the form of a [2Fe-2S] cluster. Site-directed mutagenesis shows that replacement of the four cysteines with serine inactivates this transcriptional repressor. Unexpectedly, the inactive mutant is still able to bind a [2Fe-2S] cluster, employing two cysteine residues belonging to the first zinc finger. These two cysteine residues can act as alternative cluster ligands selectively in aerobically purified Fep1 wild type, suggesting that oxygen could play a role in Fep1 function by causing differential localization of the [Fe-S] cluster. PMID:27546548

  11. Topotactic Conversion of α-Fe2O3 Nanowires into FeP as a Superior Fluorosensor for Nucleic Acid Detection: Insights from Experiment and Theory.

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    Yang, Li; Liu, Danni; Hao, Shuai; Qu, Fengli; Ge, Ruixiang; Ma, Yongjun; Du, Gu; Asiri, Abdullah M; Chen, Liang; Sun, Xuping

    2017-02-21

    Nanostructures possess distinct quenching ability toward fluorophores with different emission frequencies and have been intensively used as nanoquenchers for homogeneous nucleic acid detection. Complete understanding of such a sensing system will provide significant guidance for the design of superior sensing materials, which is still lacking. In this Letter, we demonstrate the development of FeP nanowires as a nanoquencher for high-performance fluorescent nucleic acid detection with much superior performance to α-Fe2O3 counterparts. The whole detection process is complete within 1 min, and this fluorosensor presents a detection limit as low as 4 pM with strong discrimination of single-point mutation. Electrochemical tests and density functional theory calculations reveal that FeP NWs are superior in both conductivity for facilitated electron diffusion and hydrogen-evolving catalytic activity for favorable electron depletion, providing further experimental and theoretical insights into the enhanced sensing performance of the FeP nanosensor. Both faster electron transfer kinetics and stronger electron-consuming ability via catalyzed proton reduction enable FeP nanowires to be a superb nucleic acid nanosensor for applications.

  12. Fast lithium intercalation chemistry of the hierarchically porous Li2FeP2O7/C composite prepared by an iron-reduction method

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    Tan, L.; Zhang, S.; Deng, C.

    2015-02-01

    Lithium iron pyrophosphate has drawn great attention because of its interesting physical and electrochemical properties, whereas its high rate capability is far from satisfactory. We synthesize nano-Li2FeP2O7/C with hierarchical pore via a low cost method which uses iron powder instead of Vitamin C as the reducing agent. The hierarchical pore is constructed through a "combustion" mechanism according to the thermogravimetric and morphological characterizations. The phase-pure nanoparticles of Li2FeP2O7 are embedded in the three-dimensional network of amorphous carbon. The hierarchical pore together with the two-dimensional diffusion channel of lithium in Li2FeP2O7 is beneficial to lithium diffusion capability which is evaluated by the lithium diffusion coefficients calculated from the results of GITT measurements. The fast lithium intercalation chemistry facilitates the reversible de/intercalation of lithium, resulting in the high cycling stability and rate-capability. After 100 cycles at the current density of 1C, 93.8% of the initial capacity is retained. The discharge capacity is 62.1 mAh g-1 at the current density of 4C. Therefore, the hierarchically porous nano-Li2FeP2O7/C is a promising cathode material for advanced rechargeable lithium ion battery.

  13. Resistance of Spores of Bacillus subtilis var. niger on Kapton and Teflon Film to High Temperature and Dry Heat

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    Bruch, Mary K.; Smith, Frederick W.

    1968-01-01

    To determine parameters that would assure sterility of a sealed seam of film for application in “split-seam entry,” spores of Bacillus subtilis var. niger were sprayed onto pieces of Kapton and Teflon film. Short-time, high-temperature (200 to 270 C) exposures were made with film pieces between aluminum blocks in a hot-air oven, and the D and z values were determined after subculture of surviving spores. The use of Kapton film allowed the study of high temperatures, since it is not heat sealable and could be used to make thin packages for heat treatment. Spores on Teflon were dry-heat treated in a package designed to simulate an actual seam to be sealed. The z values of 29.1 C (52.4 F) for spores on Kapton and 139 C (250.4 F) for spores on Teflon were calculated. Images Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3 PMID:4973071

  14. Preliminary Safety Analysis of the Gorleben Site: Safety Concept and Application to Scenario Development Based on a Site-Specific Features, Events and Processes (FEP) Database - 13304

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    Moenig, Joerg; Beuth, Thomas; Wolf, Jens; Lommerzheim, Andre; Mrugalla, Sabine

    2013-07-01

    Based upon the German safety criteria, released in 2010 by the Federal Ministry of the Environment (BMU), a safety concept and a safety assessment concept for the disposal of heat-generating high-level waste have both been developed in the framework of the preliminary safety case for the Gorleben site (Project VSG). The main objective of the disposal is to contain the radioactive waste inside a defined rock zone, which is called containment-providing rock zone. The radionuclides shall remain essentially at the emplacement site, and at the most, a small defined quantity of material shall be able to leave this rock zone. This shall be accomplished by the geological barrier and a technical barrier system, which is required to seal the inevitable penetration of the geological barrier by the construction of the mine. The safe containment has to be demonstrated for probable and less probable evolutions of the site, while evolutions with very low probability (less than 1 % over the demonstration period of 1 million years) need not to be considered. Owing to the uncertainty in predicting the real evolution of the site, plausible scenarios have been derived in a systematic manner. Therefore, a comprehensive site-specific features, events and processes (FEP) data base for the Gorleben site has been developed. The safety concept was directly taken into account, e.g. by identification of FEP with direct influence on the barriers that provide the containment. No effort was spared to identify the interactions of the FEP, their probabilities of occurrence, and their characteristics (values). The information stored in the data base provided the basis for the development of scenarios. The scenario development methodology is based on FEP related to an impairment of the functionality of a subset of barriers, called initial barriers. By taking these FEP into account in their probable characteristics the reference scenario is derived. Thus, the reference scenario describes a

  15. A site-directed spin-labeling study of ligand-induced conformational change in the ferric enterobactin receptor, FepA.

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    Liu, J; Rutz, J M; Klebba, P E; Feix, J B

    1994-11-15

    The ferric enterobactin receptor, FepA, is a TonB-dependent gated porin that transports the siderophore ferric enterobactin across the outer membrane of gram-negative bacteria. We have created two site-directed mutants of Escherichia coli FepA, in both cases introducing a cysteine residue into the putative ligand-binding domain. The introduced cysteines were then modified with nitroxide spin labels for structural and dynamic studies using electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy. The mutants were fully functional, as indicated by their ability to grow under iron-limiting conditions, their uptake of [59Fe]enterobactin, and their sensitivity to colicin B. Labeling of the mutant FepA receptors proceeded easily upon incubation with sulfhydryl-specific spin labels, e.g. MTSL, (1-oxy-2,2,5,5-tetramethylpyrrolidin-3-yl)methyl methanethiosulfonate. In contrast, spin labeling of the two native cysteines (Cys486 and Cys493) within wild-type FepA occurred only after treatment with a thiol reducing agent and partial denaturation in urea, suggesting that the native cysteines are disulfide-linked. ESR spectra showed a high degree of motional restriction for all three sites. Continuous wave (CW) saturation studies indicated that one of the mutationally introduced sites (Cys280) was surface-localized as evidenced by its exposure to the aqueous paramagnetic relaxation agent chromium oxalate and its low accessibility to O2. The other (Cys310) apparently occupies a site near the membrane/aqueous interface. The native cysteines occupy a site tightly packed within the protein structure with low accessibility to both CROX and O2. A shift in both conventional and saturation-transfer ESR spectra of MTSL-labeled E280C and E310C (but not MTSL-labeled wild type) FepA was observed upon addition of ferric enterobactin. The ESR spectral shift was dependent on ferric enterobactin concentration and did not occur with siderophores not recognized by FepA. Ferric enterobactin binding did not alter

  16. Experimental validation of a numerical model predicting the charging characteristics of Teflon and Kapton under electron beam irradiation

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    Hazelton, R. C.; Yadlowsky, E. J.; Churchill, R. J.; Parker, L. W.; Sellers, B.

    1981-01-01

    The effect differential charging of spacecraft thermal control surfaces is assessed by studying the dynamics of the charging process. A program to experimentally validate a computer model of the charging process was established. Time resolved measurements of the surface potential were obtained for samples of Kapton and Teflon irradiated with a monoenergetic electron beam. Results indicate that the computer model and experimental measurements agree well and that for Teflon, secondary emission is the governing factor. Experimental data indicate that bulk conductivities play a significant role in the charging of Kapton.

  17. Specific heat of Teflon, Torlon 4203 and Torlon 4301 in the range of 30-400 mK

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    Singh, V.; Garai, A.; Mathimalar, S.; Dokania, N.; Nanal, V.; Pillay, R. G.; Ramakrishnan, S.

    2015-04-01

    The specific heat of amorphous polymers, Teflon, Torlon 4203 and Torlon 4301, has been measured in the range of 30-400 mK using thermal relaxation calorimetric technique. The data is consistent with the tunneling state models used to explain the observed unusual low temperature specific heat of amorphous polymers. Below 100 mK, the specific heat of Torlon 4301 is ∼3 times higher than that of Torlon 4203. Teflon has the lowest specific heat, ∼10 times lower than that of Torlon 4301.

  18. Experimental validation of a numerical model predicting the charging characteristics of Teflon and Kapton under electron beam irradiation

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    Hazelton, R. C.; Yadlowsky, E. J.; Churchill, R. J.; Parker, L. W.; Sellers, B.

    1981-01-01

    The effect differential charging of spacecraft thermal control surfaces is assessed by studying the dynamics of the charging process. A program to experimentally validate a computer model of the charging process was established. Time resolved measurements of the surface potential were obtained for samples of Kapton and Teflon irradiated with a monoenergetic electron beam. Results indicate that the computer model and experimental measurements agree well and that for Teflon, secondary emission is the governing factor. Experimental data indicate that bulk conductivities play a significant role in the charging of Kapton.

  19. Radiation grafted and sulfonated (FEP-g-polysterene) - An alternative to perfluorinated membranes for PEM fuel cells?

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    Buechi, F. N.; Gupta, B.; Rouilly, M.; Hauser, P. C.; Chapiro, A.; Scherer, G. G.

    Partially fluorinated proton exchange membranes (PEMs) were synthesized for fuel cell applications by simultaneous radiation grafting of styrene on FEP films followed by sulfonation. Properties of the synthesized membranes can be tailored by varying the degree of grafting and crosslinking. The performance of these membranes was tested in H2/O2 fuel cells. Long time testing showed steady performance for high grafted membranes over periods of more than 300 h at a cell temperature of 60 C. Low grafted membranes and the Morgane CDS membrane showed considerable decay of cell power on the same time scale. A fast degradation of all membranes occurred at a cell temperature of 80 C. It is noted that grafting in film form makes this process a potentially cheap and easy technique for the preparation of solid polymer fuel cell electrolytes.

  20. The effect of the initial exciton numbers on {sup 54,56}Fe(p, xp) Pre-Equilibrium Reactions

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    Boeluekdemir, M. H.; Tel, E.; Ayd Latin-Small-Letter-Dotless-I n, A.; Okuducu, S.; Kaplan, A.

    2011-02-15

    In pre-equilibrium nuclear reactions, the geometry-dependent hybrid model is applied with the use of the neutron and proton densities to investigate the effect of initial exciton numbers on the nucleon emission spectra. The initial exciton numbers calculated with the theoretical neutron and proton densities have been obtained within the Skryme-Hartree-Fock method with SKM* and SLy4 forces on target nuclei in the {sup 54,56}Fe(p, xp) reaction at 61.5-MeV incident proton energy by using a new calculationmethod of Tel et al. Also, the differences between the initial exciton numbers for protons and neutrons as a function of nuclear radius, focusing on systematic discrepancies correlated to differences in the proton and neutron densities have been investigated.

  1. Graphene Decorated with Uniform Ultrathin (CoP)x -(FeP)1-x Nanorods: A Robust Non-Noble-Metal Catalyst for Hydrogen Evolution.

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    Liu, Baocang; Huo, Lili; Gao, Zhiqing; Zhi, Guolei; Zhang, Geng; Zhang, Jun

    2017-06-01

    Developing high-performance but low-cost hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) electrocatalysts with superior activity and stability for future sustainable energy conversion technologies is highly desired. Tuning of microstructure, configuration, and chemical composition are paramount to developing effective non-noble electrocatalysts for HER. Herein, a universal "nanocasting" method is reported to construct graphene decorated with uniform ternary (CoP)x -(FeP)1-x (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) nanorods hybrids with different chemical compositions [(CoP)x -(FeP)1-x -NRs/G] as a highly active and durable nonprecious-metal electrocatalyst for the HER. The optimized (CoP)0.54 -(FeP)0.46 -NRs/G electrocatalyst exhibits overpotentials of as low as 57 and 97 mV at 10 mA cm(-2) , Tafel slopes of 52 and 62 mV dec(-1) , exchange current densities of 0.489 and 0.454 mA cm(-2) , and Faradaic efficiency of nearly 100% in acidic and alkaline media, respectively. More importantly, this electrocatalyst also exhibits high tolerance and durability in a wide pH range and keeps catalytic activity for at least 3000 cycles and 24 h of sustained hydrogen production. The excellent catalytic performance of the (CoP)x -(FeP)1-x -NRs/G electrocatalyst may be ascribed to its unique mesoporous structure and strong synergistic effect between CoP and FeP. Thus, the work provides a feasible way to fabricate cheap and highly efficient electrocatalyst as alternatives for Pt-based electrocatalysts for HER in electrochemical water splitting. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Characterization of TonB interactions with the FepA cork domain and FecA N-terminal signaling domain.

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    Peacock, R Sean; Andrushchenko, Valery V; Demcoe, A Ross; Gehmlich, Matt; Lu, Lily Sia; Herrero, Alicia Garcia; Vogel, Hans J

    2006-04-01

    The mechanism of TonB dependent siderophore uptake through outer membrane transporters in Gram-negative bacteria is poorly understood. In an effort to expand our knowledge of the interaction between TonB and the outer membrane transporters, we have cloned and expressed the FepA cork domain (11-154) from Salmonella typhimurium and characterized its interaction with the periplasmic C-terminal domain of TonB (103-239) by isotope assisted FTIR and NMR spectroscopy. For comparison we also performed similar experiments using the FecA N-terminal domain (1-96) from Escherichia coli which includes the conserved TonB box. The FepA cork domain was completely unfolded in solution, as observed for the E. coli cork domain previously [Usher et al. (2001) Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 98, 10676-10681]. The FepA cork domain was found to bind to TonB, eliciting essentially the same chemical shift changes in TonB C-terminal domain as was observed in the presence of TonB box peptides. The FecA construct did not cause this same structural change in TonB. The binding of the FepA cork domain to TonB-CTD was found to decrease the amount of ordered secondary structure in TonB-CTD. It is likely that the FecA N-terminal domain interferes with TonB-CTD binding to the TonB box. Binding of the FepA cork domain induces a loss of secondary structure in TonB, possibly exposing TonB surface area for additional intermolecular interactions such as potential homodimerization or additional interactions with the barrel of the outer membrane transporter.

  3. Analysis of the treatment, by the U.S. Department of Energy, of the FEP hydrothermal activity in the Yucca Mountain Performance Assessment.

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    Dublyansky, Yuri

    2007-12-01

    The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, 10 CFR Part 63, stipulates that the expected performance of the geological high-level nuclear waste repository must be demonstrated through a total system performance assessment (TSPA). The TSPA represents an analysis that identifies all features, events, and processes (FEPs) that might affect the disposal system and examines the effects of the identified FEPs upon the performance of the system. Secondary minerals from the thick unsaturated zone of Yucca Mountain were deposited from waters with temperatures up to 70-90 degrees C. U-Pb dating constrained the ages of the elevated temperatures to the period between 10 and 5-6 million years ago. Relatively youthful circulation of thermal waters (hydrothermal activity) would be of concern for the safety of the disposal facility. A phenomenological model was advanced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which proposed that the minerals were deposited by infiltrating meteoric waters that were heated upon contact with the bedrock; it was hypothesized that the latter was conductively heated by a shallow silicic magma body. The model rendered processes responsible for elevated water temperatures inconsequential for the safety of the proposed nuclear waste facility. However, attempts by DOE at validating the model by means of numeric thermal simulations and analogue system observations were unsuccessful. Regulations specify two criteria for exclusion of a FEP from consideration in the TSPA: low probability and low consequence. The lack of a plausible phenomenological model makes it impossible to apply either of these two criteria to the FEP Hydrothermal Activity. Despite the lack of a valid criterion for exclusion, it was excluded from the TSPA. Both the development of DOE's thermal model and the formal FEP analysis were associated with deviations from DOE's quality assurance regulations.

  4. The effect of ambient ozone and humidity on the performance of nylon and Teflon filters used in ambient air monitoring filter-pack systems

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    PE Padgett

    2010-01-01

    Nylon and Teflon filter media are frequently used for monitoring ambient air pollutants. These media are subject to many environmental factors that may influence adsorption and retention of particulate and gaseous nitrogenous pollutants. This study evaluated the effects of ozone and humidity on the efficacy of nylon and Teflon filters used in the US dry deposition...

  5. Development of a New Design Concept (Replaceable Knee and Elbow patches) for the Standard Aluminized Proximity Coat/Trouser Ensemble.

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    1991-06-28

    DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW DESIGN CONCEPT (REPLACEABLE KNEE AND ELBOW PATCHES) FOR THE STANDARD ALUMINIZED PROXIMITYCOAT/TROUSER ENSEMBLE o :~ 91-10527 T...New Design Concept (Replaceable Knee and Elbow Patches) for the Standard Aluminized Proximity Coatf PR 90-3-13 Trouser Ensemble. 6. AUTHOR(S) William...Havy Clothirq aid TVX ile Reearch Facility (MCM) ws tasked by the ArFoarc to develop and evaluate a rmvable knee and elbow patcdeign concept far

  6. Fluorous Polymeric Membranes for Ionophore-Based Ion-Selective Potentiometry: How Inert is Teflon AF?

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    Lai, Chun-Ze; Koseoglu, Secil S.; Lugert, Elizabeth C.; Boswell, Paul G.; Rábai, József; Lodge, Timothy P.; Bühlmann, Philippe

    2011-01-01

    Fluorous media are the least polar and polarizable condensed phases known. Their use as membrane materials considerably increases the selectivity and robustness of ion-selective electrodes (ISEs). In this research, a fluorous amorphous perfluoropolymer was used for the first time as a matrix for an ISE membrane. Electrodes for pH measurements with membranes composed of poly[4,5-difluoro-2,2-bis(trifluoromethyl)-1,3-dioxole]-co-poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (87% dioxole monomer content; known as Teflon AF2400) as polymer matrix, a linear perfluorooligoether as plasticizer, sodium tetrakis[3,5-bis(perfluorohexyl)phenyl]borate providing for ionic sites, and bis[(perfluorooctyl)propyl]-2,2,2-trifluoroethylamine as H+-ionophore were investigated. All electrodes had excellent potentiometric selectivities, showed Nernstian responses to H+ over a wide pH range, exhibited enhanced mechanical stability and maintained their selectivity over at least four weeks. For membranes of low ionophore concentration, the polymer affected the sensor selectivity noticeably at polymer concentrations exceeding 15%. Also, the membrane resistance increased quite strongly at high polymer concentrations, which cannot be explained by the Mackie–Meares obstruction model. The selectivities and resistances depend on the polymer concentration because of a functional group associated with Teflon AF2400, with a concentration of one functional group per 854 monomer units of the polymer. In the fluorous environment of these membranes, this functional group binds to Na+, K+, Ca2+, and the unprotonated ionophore with binding constants of 103.5, 101.8, 106.8 and 104.4 M−1, respectively. Potentiometric and spectroscopic evidence indicates that these functional groups are COOH groups formed by the hydrolysis of carboxylic acid fluoride (COF) groups originally present in Teflon AF2400. The use of higher ionophore concentrations removes the undesirable effect of these COOH groups almost completely

  7. Experimental evaluation of a fixed collector employing vee-trough concentrator and vacuum tube receivers

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    Selcuk, M. K.

    1977-01-01

    A test bed for experimental evaluation of a fixed solar collector which combines an evacuated glass tube solar receiver with a flat plate/black chrome plated copper absorber and an asymmetric vee-trough concentrator was designed and constructed. Earlier predictions of thermal performance were compared with test data acquired for a bare vacuum tube receiver; and receiver tubes with Alzak aluminum, aluminized FEP Teflon film laminated sheet metal and second surface ordinary mirror reflectors. Test results and system economics as well as objectives of an ongoing program to obtain long-term performance data are discussed.

  8. Measurements of particle emission from discharge sites in Teflon irradiated by high energy electron beams

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    Hazelton, R. C.; Churchill, R. J.; Yadlowsky, E. J.

    1979-01-01

    Anomalous behavior of synchronous orbit satellites manifested by overall degradation of system performance and reduced operating life is associated with electrical discharges resulting from differential charging of the spacecraft surface by fluxes of high energy electrons. During a laboratory simulation silver-backed Teflon samples have been irradiated by electron beams having energies in the range 16-26 keV. Charged particles emitted from the resultant electrical discharges have been measured with a biased Faraday cup and retarding potential analyser. Measurements indicate the presence of two distinct fluxes of particles, the first being an early pulse (0-600ns) of high energy (about 7keV) electrons, while the second is a late pulse (1-5 microseconds) of low energy electrons (less than 1eV) and ions (70eV) leaving the discharge site as a quasi plasma. Calculations indicate an electrostatic field as the dominant accelerating mechanism for charged particles.

  9. Characterization of electrical discharges on Teflon dielectrics used as spacecraft thermal control

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    Yadlowsky, E. J.; Hazelton, R. C.; Churchill, R. J.

    1979-01-01

    The dual effects of system degradation and reduced life of synchronous-orbit satellites as a result of differential spacecraft charging underscore the need for a clearer understanding of the prevailing electrical discharge phenomena. In a laboratory simulation, the electrical discharge current, surface voltage, emitted particle fluxes, and photo-emission associated with discharge events on electron beam irradiated silver-backed Teflon samples were measured. Sample surface damage was examined with optical and electron beam microscopes. The results are suggestive of a model in which the entire sample surface is discharged by lateral sub-surface currents flowing from a charge deposition layer through a localized discharge channel to the back surface of the sample. The associated return current pulse appears to have a duration which may be a signature by which different discharge processes may be characterized.

  10. Measurements of particle emission from discharge sites in Teflon irradiated by high energy electron beams

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    Hazelton, R. C.; Churchill, R. J.; Yadlowsky, E. J.

    1979-01-01

    Anomalous behavior of synchronous orbit satellites manifested by overall degradation of system performance and reduced operating life is associated with electrical discharges resulting from differential charging of the spacecraft surface by fluxes of high energy electrons. During a laboratory simulation silver-backed Teflon samples have been irradiated by electron beams having energies in the range 16-26 keV. Charged particles emitted from the resultant electrical discharges have been measured with a biased Faraday cup and retarding potential analyser. Measurements indicate the presence of two distinct fluxes of particles, the first being an early pulse (0-600ns) of high energy (about 7keV) electrons, while the second is a late pulse (1-5 microseconds) of low energy electrons (less than 1eV) and ions (70eV) leaving the discharge site as a quasi plasma. Calculations indicate an electrostatic field as the dominant accelerating mechanism for charged particles.

  11. Characterization of electrical discharges on Teflon dielectrics used as spacecraft thermal control

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    Yadlowsky, E. J.; Hazelton, R. C.; Churchill, R. J.

    1979-01-01

    The dual effects of system degradation and reduced life of synchronous-orbit satellites as a result of differential spacecraft charging underscore the need for a clearer understanding of the prevailing electrical discharge phenomena. In a laboratory simulation, the electrical discharge current, surface voltage, emitted particle fluxes, and photo-emission associated with discharge events on electron beam irradiated silver-backed Teflon samples were measured. Sample surface damage was examined with optical and electron beam microscopes. The results are suggestive of a model in which the entire sample surface is discharged by lateral sub-surface currents flowing from a charge deposition layer through a localized discharge channel to the back surface of the sample. The associated return current pulse appears to have a duration which may be a signature by which different discharge processes may be characterized.

  12. Electrical characterization of glass, teflon, and tantalum capacitors at high temperatures

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    Hammoud, A. N.; Baumann, E. D.; Myers, I. T.; Overton, E.

    1991-01-01

    Dielectric materials and electrical components and devices employed in radiation fields and the space environment are often exposed to elevated temperatures among other things. Therefore, these systems must withstand the high temperature exposure while still providing good electrical and other functional properties. Experiments were carried out to evaluate glass, teflon, and tantalum capacitors for potential use in high temperature applications. The capacitors were characterized in terms of their capacitance and dielectric loss as a function of temperature up to 200 C. At a given temperature, these properties were obtained in a frequency range of 50 Hz to 100 kHz. The DC leakage current measurements were also performed in a temperature range from 20 to 200 C. The obtained results are discussed and conclusions are made concerning the suitability of the capacitors investigated for high temperature applications.

  13. Direct measurement of electrostatic fields using single Teflon nanoparticle attached to AFM tip

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    2013-01-01

    Abstract A single 210-nm Teflon nanoparticle (sTNP) was attached to the vertex of a silicon nitride (Si3N4) atomic force microscope tip and charged via contact electrification. The charged sTNP can then be considered a point charge and used to measure the electrostatic field adjacent to a parallel plate condenser using 30-nm gold/20-nm titanium as electrodes. This technique can provide a measurement resolution of 250/100 nm along the X- and Z-axes, and the minimum electrostatic force can be measured within 50 pN. PACS 07.79.Lh, 81.16.-c, 84.37. + q PMID:24314111

  14. Production of biologically inert Teflon thin layers on the surface of allergenic metal objects by pulsed laser deposition technology

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    Hopp, B.; Smausz, T.; Kresz, N.; Nagy, P. M.; Juhász, A.; Ignácz, F.; Márton, Z.

    Allergic-type diseases are current nowadays, and they are frequently caused by certain metals. We demonstrated that the metal objects can be covered by Teflon protective thin layers using a pulsed laser deposition procedure. An ArF excimer laser beam was focused onto the surface of pressed PTFE powder pellets; the applied fluences were 7.5-7.7 J/cm2. Teflon films were deposited on fourteen-carat gold, silver and titanium plates. The number of ablating pulses was 10000. Post-annealing of the films was carried out in atmospheric air at oven temperatures between 320 and 500 °C. The thickness of the thin layers was around 5 μm. The prepared films were granular without heat treatment or after annealing at a temperature below 340 °C. At 360 °C a crystalline, contiguous, smooth, very compact and pinhole-free thin layer was produced; a melted and re-solidified morphology was observed above 420 °C. The adhesion strength between the Teflon films and the metal substrates was determined. This could exceed 1-4 MPa depending on the treatment temperature. It was proved that the prepared Teflon layers can be suitable for prevention of contact between the human body and allergen metals and so for avoidance of metal allergy.

  15. Effects of pressure, oxygen concentration, and forced convection on flame spread rate of Plexiglas, Nylon and Teflon

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    Notardonato, J. J.; Burkhardt, L. A.; Cochran, T. H.

    1974-01-01

    Experiments were conducted in which the burning of cylindrical materials in a flowing oxidant stream was studied. Plexiglas, Nylon, and Teflon fuel specimens were oriented such that the flames spread along the surface in a direction opposed to flowing gas. Correlations of flame spread rate were obtained that were power law relations in terms of pressure, oxygen concentration, and gas velocity.

  16. A Novel Teflon-membrane Gas Tension Device for Denitrification-studies in Oxygen Minimum Zones

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    Reed, A. C.; McNeil, C. L.; D'Asaro, E. A.; Altabet, M. A.; Johnson, B.; Bourbonnais, A.

    2014-12-01

    Oxygen Minimum Zones (OMZs) are global hotspots for the biogeochemical transformation of biologically-available forms of nitrogen to unusable nitrogen-gas. We present a new Teflon-membrane based Gas Tension Device (GTD) for measuring the excess N2 signal generated by denitrification and anammox in OMZs, with a hydrostatic pressure-independent response and a depth range from 0 - 550 m, a significant advancement from previous GTD models. The GTD consists of a 4/1000" thick by 2" diameter Teflon-membrane with a water-side plenum connected to SeaBird 5T pump. Dissolved gases in the water equilibrate across the membrane with a low-dead-volume housing connected to a high-precision quart pressure sensor. Laboratory data characterizing the GTD will be presented. The e-folding (response) time ranges from 14 min at continuous (100%) pumping to 28 min at pulse (10%) pumping. We also demonstrate the pressure dependence of the partial pressures from Henry's Law in the laboratory for pure nitrogen, pure oxygen, and standard atmospheric ratios of gases. GTD's were field tested on two floats deployed in the Eastern Tropical North Pacific (ETNP) OMZ for 15 days that targeted a productive mesoscale surface eddy originating from the Mexican coast. We anticipated that high organic carbon export should stimulate denitrification within the OMZ below. The floats profiled between the surface and 400 m depth and concurrently measured T, S, PAR, O2 (SBE 43 and Optode), and nitrate (SUNA). The N2-profiles from the GTDs are validated against independently measured N2/Ar ratio data collected during the deployment.

  17. The "Teflon basin" myth: Snow-soil interactions in mountain catchments in the western US

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    Williams, M. W.; Cowie, R. M.

    2015-12-01

    In much of western North America, snow and snowmelt provide the primary means for storage of winter precipitation, effectively transferring water from the relatively wet winter season to the typically dry summers. A common assumption is that high-elevation catchments in the western United States behave like "Teflon basins" and that water released from seasonal storage in snow packs flows directly into streams with little or no interaction with underlying soils. Here I present information from a variety of catchments in the Colorado Front Range on snowmelt/soil interactions using isotopic, geochemical, nutrient and hydrometric data in 2- and 3- component hydrograph separations, along with end-member mixing analysis (EMMA). For most catchments we measured these parameters in weekly precipitation, the seasonal snowpack, snowmelt before contact with the ground, discharge, springs, soil solution, and groundwater. We ran EMMA at the catchment scale for catchments that represent the rain-snow transition zone in the montane forest, the seasonally snow covered sub-alpine to alpine transition zone, and a high-elevation alpine zone near the continental divide. In all catchments three end-members were the source waters for about 95% of discharge. Two end-members were the same in all catchments, snow and groundwater. For the alpine catchment talus springs was the third water source, while rain was the third water source in the two lower-elevation catchments. For all three catchments, soil solution plotted with stream waters along or near a line connecting the snow and groundwater end-members. Thus, for seasonally snow-covered catchments from montane to alpine ecosystems, snowmelt infiltrates underlying soils before snowmelt recharges groundwater reservoirs and contributes to surface flows. Seasonally snow-covered catchments are not Teflon basins. Rather, snowmelt infiltrates soils where solute concentrations are changed by biological and geochemical processes.

  18. Nitinol-teflon stapes prosthesis improves low-frequency hearing results after stapedotomy.

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    Mangham, Charles A

    2010-09-01

    To determine if nitinol-Teflon shape-memory stapes prostheses offer a hearing result advantage compared with platinum-Teflon pistons that must be manually crimped. Retrospective chart review. One hundred eighty-eight consecutive ears with either a platinum or a nitinol piston and primary stapes surgery between 1998 and 2009. Subspecialty private practice. One hundred forty-four ears received a platinum 0.6-mm-diameter piston, and 44 ears received a nitinol 0.6-mm-diameter piston. American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery guidelines, including 4-frequency pure-tone average air-bone (AB) gap, and success (gap

  19. Bilayer lipid membranes supported on Teflon filters: a functional environment for ion channels.

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    Phung, Thai; Zhang, Yanli; Dunlop, James; Dalziel, Julie

    2011-03-15

    Many ion channel proteins have binding sites for toxins and pharmaceutical drugs and therefore have much promise as the sensing entity in high throughput technologies and biosensor devices. Measurement of ionic conductance changes through ion channels requires a robust biological membrane with sufficient longevity for practical applications. The conventional planar BLM is 100-300 μm in diameter and typically contains fewer than a dozen channels whereas pharmaceutical screening methods in cells use current recordings for many ion channels. We present a new, simple method for the fabrication of a disposable porous-supported bilayer lipid membrane (BLM) ion channel biosensor using hydrated Teflon (polytetrafluoroethylene, PTFE) filter material (pore size 5 μm, filter diameter=1 mm). The lipid layer was monitored for its thickness and mechanical stability by electrical impedance spectroscopy. The results showed membrane capacitances of 1.8±0.2 nF and membrane resistances of 25.9±4.1 GΩ, indicating the formation of lipid bilayers. The current level increased upon addition of the pore-forming peptide gramicidin. Following addition of liposomes containing voltage-gated sodium channels, small macroscopic sodium currents (1-80 pA) could be recorded. By preloading the porous Teflon with sodium channel proteoliposomes, prior to BLM formation, currents of 1-10 nA could be recorded in the presence of the activator veratridine that increased with time, and were inhibited by tetrodotoxin. A lack of rectification suggests that the channels incorporated in both orientations. This work demonstrates that PTFE filters can support BLMs that provide an environment in which ion channels can maintain their functional activity relevant for applications in drug discovery, toxin detection, and odour sensing.

  20. Identification of the hydrate gel phases present in phosphate-modified calcium aluminate binders

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    Chavda, Mehul A.; Bernal, Susan A.; Apperley, David C.; Kinoshita, Hajime; Provis, John L.

    2015-04-15

    The conversion of hexagonal calcium aluminate hydrates to cubic phases in hydrated calcium aluminate cements (CAC) can involve undesirable porosity changes and loss of strength. Modification of CAC by phosphate addition avoids conversion, by altering the nature of the reaction products, yielding a stable amorphous gel instead of the usual crystalline hydrate products. Here, details of the environments of aluminium and phosphorus in this gel were elucidated using solid-state NMR and complementary techniques. Aluminium is identified in both octahedral and tetrahedral coordination states, and phosphorus is present in hydrous environments with varying, but mostly low, degrees of crosslinking. A {sup 31}P/{sup 27}Al rotational echo adiabatic passage double resonance (REAPDOR) experiment showed the existence of aluminium–phosphorus interactions, confirming the formation of a hydrated calcium aluminophosphate gel as a key component of the binding phase. This resolves previous disagreements in the literature regarding the nature of the disordered products forming in this system.

  1. Highly reflective and adhesive surface of aluminized polyvinyl chloride film by vacuum evaporation

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    Li, Denian; Tai, Qile; Feng, Qiang; Li, Qi; Xu, Xizhe; Li, Hairong; Huang, Jing; Dong, Lijie; Xie, Haian; Xiong, Chuanxi

    2014-08-01

    Aluminized poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) film with high reflectivity and strong adhesion was facilely fabricated by vacuum evaporation. The technical study revealed that both alkali-pretreatment of the PVC matrix and thermal annealing after aluminization could greatly promote the peeling adhesion force of this metal/polymer composite by producing interfacial active chemical groups and removing the inner stress, respectively. Reflectivity test and AFM study indicated that the reflecting capacitance of the aluminum coating was closely related to the surface roughness, which can be easily controlled by modulating deposition of aluminum. Moreover, the formation of aluminum layer follows an island model process, and a continuous and smooth coating with highest reflectivity and lowest surface resistance was achieved at deposition time of 60 s. We anticipate that the cost-effective metallized PVC film by this strategy may find extensive applications in light harvesting, solar energy, and flexible mirrors, among others.

  2. Sodium aluminate leaching and desilication in lime-soda sinter process for alumina from coal wastes

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    Padilla, R.; Sohn, H. Y.

    1985-12-01

    Sodium aluminate in the sinter produced from coal wastes using the lime-soda sinter process can be leached with dilute alkaline solutions. The extraction of alumina by leaching with water and sodium hydroxide solutions was comparable to extraction by leaching with Na2CO3 solutions. However, leaching with water dissolved the least amount of silica. The optimal conditions for water leaching were determined to be temperatures of 60 to 70 °C and times of 30 to 40 minutes. The sodium aluminate solution obtained under these conditions readily responded to desilication with Ca(OH)2 suspensions at atmospheric pressure, reducing the silica-to-alumina ratio to less than 10-3, which is lower than the specification for reduction-grade alumina.

  3. Two-Stage Process for Precipitating Coarse Boehmite from Sodium Aluminate Solution

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    Liu, Guihua; Li, Zheng; Qi, Tiangui; Li, Xiaobin; Zhou, Qiusheng; Peng, Zhihong

    2017-10-01

    To increase the precipitation rate significantly and obtain sandy alumina, a two-stage seeded precipitation process for preparing coarse boehmite was studied. In the first stage, which involved gibbsite precipitation, the fresh fine gibbsite, along with the active seed of less than 20 g L-1, acted as seed. An estimated 70% precipitation rate was achieved in the concentrated sodium aluminate solution at 45°C for 20 h. In the second stage, which involved boehmite precipitation, the fine gibbsite played a dual function in dissolution and as seed. After gibbsite was dissolved into the solution and boehmite was precipitated, uniform coarse boehmite was precipitated from sodium aluminate solution at 95°C for 20 h. Extending the duration and adding boehmite as seed benefitted the formation of coarse boehmite and the transformation of gibbsite into boehmite. Finally, a precipitation process that remarkably increased the precipitation rate was presented.

  4. Calcium aluminates for quick cesium trapping, application for nuclear power plants

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    Capmas, A.; Dubourg, M.; Boch, P.

    1993-12-31

    It has recently been shown that cesium dissolved in water could be trapped in a solid structure by adding cementitious calcium aluminates and fume silica. Calcium aluminates are heat resistant and widely used as refractory products. Extensive studies on the rheological properties has been achieved. It is now possible to obtain flow properties to such an extent as to percolate a slurry through broken structures and give high mechanical strength in a short time. This along with the other properties of thermal shock resistance and cesium trapping makes a solution possible for nuclear building safety as a preventitive or a curative material. For example, at Chernobyl, this material could improve safety by remote casting techniques, construction of a structure which could serve as as ash tray under the coruim. Remotelly controlled equipment needed for this are in operation in more than 50 standardized PWR`s. The equipment performs maintenance and inspection tasks with low radiation exposure.

  5. Two-Stage Process for Precipitating Coarse Boehmite from Sodium Aluminate Solution

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    Liu, Guihua; Li, Zheng; Qi, Tiangui; Li, Xiaobin; Zhou, Qiusheng; Peng, Zhihong

    2017-08-01

    To increase the precipitation rate significantly and obtain sandy alumina, a two-stage seeded precipitation process for preparing coarse boehmite was studied. In the first stage, which involved gibbsite precipitation, the fresh fine gibbsite, along with the active seed of less than 20 g L-1, acted as seed. An estimated 70% precipitation rate was achieved in the concentrated sodium aluminate solution at 45°C for 20 h. In the second stage, which involved boehmite precipitation, the fine gibbsite played a dual function in dissolution and as seed. After gibbsite was dissolved into the solution and boehmite was precipitated, uniform coarse boehmite was precipitated from sodium aluminate solution at 95°C for 20 h. Extending the duration and adding boehmite as seed benefitted the formation of coarse boehmite and the transformation of gibbsite into boehmite. Finally, a precipitation process that remarkably increased the precipitation rate was presented.

  6. Coating Prospects in Corrosion Prevention of Aluminized Steel and Its Coupling with Magnesium

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    Sun, Fuyan

    In this study, a plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) process was used to form oxide coating on aluminized steel, heated aluminized steel and magnesium. A potentiodynamic polarization corrosion test was employed to investigate the general corrosion properties. Galvanic corrosion of steel samples and magnesium samples was studied by zero resistance ammeter (ZRA) tests and boiling tests. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and EDS were used to investigate the coating microstructure and the coating/substrate interface. In general, the PEO coatings on all three substrate can help prevent general corrosion. 6-min coated magnesium with unipolar current mode performs best in most galvanic couplings for preventing both general corrosion and galvanic corrosion. Factors which could influence galvanic corrosion behaviors of tested samples were discussed based on area ratios of anode/cathode and cell potential driving force during the ZRA corrosion tests and boiling tests.

  7. Crystal structures and optical properties of new quaternary strontium europium aluminate luminescent nanoribbons

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    Li, Xufan; Budai, John D.; Liu, Feng; ...

    2014-11-12

    We report the synthesis and characterizations of three series of quaternary strontium europium aluminate (Sr-Eu-Al-O; SEAO) luminescent nanoribbons that show blue, green, and yellow luminescence from localized Eu2+ luminescent centers. These three series of SEAO nanoribbons are: blue luminescent, tetragonal Sr1-xEuxAl6O10 (01-xEuxAl2O4 (01-xEuxAl2O4 (0

  8. Properties of Expansive Porous Materials Based on Aluminate Cement for Underground Mining

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    Klimas, Wojciech

    2017-06-01

    The paper presents the results of laboratory tests of expansive mineral binding materials based on calcium aluminate with mineral additive and carbonate expander. The expansion size can be controlled by the amount of expander as well as by water-binder ratio. The study describes the method of measuring the expansion size and selected technical parameters of obtained expansive binders together with the proposed scope of their use in underground construction.

  9. Boundary conditions for diffusion in the pack-aluminizing of nickel.

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    Sivakumar, R.; Seigle, L. L.; Menon, N. B.

    1973-01-01

    The surface compositions of nickel specimens coated for various lengths of time in aluminizing packs at 2000 F were studied, in order to obtain information about the kinetics of the pack-cementation process in the formation of aluminide coatings. The results obtained indicate that the surface compositions of the coated nickel specimens are independent of time, at least for time between 0.5 and 20 hrs. Another important observation is that the specimens gained weight during the coating process.

  10. Computer modelling of the reduction of rare earth dopants in barium aluminate

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    Rezende, Marcos V. dos S; Valerio, Mario E.G.; Jackson, Robert A.

    2011-08-15

    Long lasting phosphorescence in barium aluminates can be achieved by doping with rare earth ions in divalent charge states. The rare earth ions are initially in a trivalent charge state, but are reduced to a divalent charge state before being doped into the material. In this paper, the reduction of trivalent rare earth ions in the BaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} lattice is studied by computer simulation, with the energetics of the whole reduction and doping process being modelled by two methods, one based on single ion doping and one which allows dopant concentrations to be taken into account. A range of different reduction schemes are considered and the most energetically favourable schemes identified. - Graphical abstract: The doping and subsequent reduction of a rare earth ion into the barium aluminate lattice. Highlights: > The doping of barium aluminate with rare earth ions reduced in a range of atmospheres has been modelled. > The overall solution energy for the doping process for each ion in each reducing atmosphere is calculated using two methods. > The lowest energy reduction process is predicted and compared with experimental results.

  11. The compressibility of a natural composition calcium ferrite-type aluminous phase to 70 GPa

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    Ono, Shigeaki; Hirose, Kei; Kikegawa, Takumi; Saito, Yoko

    2002-08-01

    In situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) experiments of a calcium ferrite-type aluminous phase that is a sodium host mineral of subducted oceanic crusts into the Earth's lower mantle have been carried out using a laser-heated diamond anvil cell (LHDAC), up to a pressure of 70 GPa with synchrotron radiation source at the Photon Factory (PF) in Japan. The sample was heated using a Nd:YAG laser at each pressure increment to relax the deviatoric stress in the sample. XRD measurements were carried out at 300 K using an angle-dispersive technique. The pressure was determined from an internal platinum pressure calibrant. A Birch-Murnaghan equation of state (EOS) was determined from the experimental unit cell parameters: volume V0=244.07 (±55) Å 3, density ρ0=4.143 g/cm 3, bulk modulus K0=253 (±14) GPa, and K0'=3.6 (±0.6). When the first pressure derivative of the bulk modulus K0' was fixed at 4, the value of K0=243 (±2) GPa was obtained. The density of the calcium ferrite-type aluminous phase is lower than those of co-existing Mg-, Ca-perovskite, and hexagonal aluminous phase in subducted oceanic crusts.

  12. Ion microprobe analyses of aluminous lunar glasses - A test of the 'rock type' hypothesis

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    Meyer, C., Jr.

    1978-01-01

    Previous soil survey investigations found that there are natural groupings of glass compositions in lunar soils and that the average major element composition of some of these groupings is the same at widely separated lunar landing sites. This led soil survey enthusiasts to promote the hypothesis that the average composition of glass groupings represents the composition of primary lunar 'rock types'. In this investigation the trace element composition of numerous aluminous glass particles was determined by the ion microprobe method as a test of the above mentioned 'rock type' hypothesis. It was found that within any grouping of aluminous lunar glasses by major element content, there is considerable scatter in the refractory trace element content. In addition, aluminous glasses grouped by major elements were found to have different average trace element contents at different sites (Apollo 15, 16 and Luna 20). This evidence argues that natural groupings in glass compositions are determined by regolith processes and may not represent the composition of primary lunar 'rock types'.

  13. Development of LiCl-containing calcium aluminate cement for bone repair and remodeling applications.

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    Acuña-Gutiérrez, I O; Escobedo-Bocardo, J C; Almanza-Robles, J M; Cortés-Hernández, D A; Saldívar-Ramírez, M M G; Reséndiz-Hernández, P J; Zugasti-Cruz, A

    2017-01-01

    The effect of LiCl additions on the in vitro bioactivity, hemolysis, cytotoxicity, compressive strength and setting time of calcium aluminate cements was studied. Calcium aluminate clinker (AC) was obtained via solid state reaction from reagent grade chemicals of CaCO3 and Al2O3. Calcium aluminate cements (CAC) were prepared by mixing the clinker with water or aqueous LiCl solutions (0.01, 0.0125 or 0.015M (M)) using a w/c ratio of 0.4. After 21days of immersion in a simulated body fluid (SBF) at physiological conditions of temperature and pH, a Ca-P rich layer, identified as hydroxyapatite (HA), was formed on the cement without LiCl and on the cement prepared with 0.01M of LiCl solution. This indicates the high bioactivity of these cements. The cements setting times were significantly reduced using LiCl. The measured hemolysis percentages, all of them lower than 5%, indicated that the cements were not hemolytic. The compressive strength of the cements was not negatively affected by the LiCl additions. The obtained cement when a solution of LiCl 0.010M was added, presented high compressive strength, appropriated bioactivity, no cytotoxicity and low setting time, making this material a potentially bone cement.

  14. Structure and mechanical properties of ceramic coatings fabricated by plasma electrolytic oxidation on aluminized steel

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    Wu, Zhenqiang; Xia, Yuan; Li, Guang; Xu, Fangtao

    2007-08-01

    Ceramic coatings were formed by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) on aluminized steel. Characteristics of the average anodic voltages versus treatment time were observed during the PEO process. The micrographs, compositions and mechanical properties of ceramic coatings were investigated. The results show that the anodic voltage profile for processing of aluminized steel is similar to that for processing bulk Al alloy during early PEO stages and that the thickness of ceramic coating increases approximately linearly with the Al layer consumption. Once the Al layer is completely transformed, the FeAl intermetallic layer begins to participate in the PEO process. At this point, the anodic voltage of aluminized steel descends, and the thickness of ceramic coating grows more slowly. At the same time, some micro-cracks are observed at the Al 2O 3/FeAl interface. The final ceramic coating mainly consists of γ-Al 2O 3, mullite, and α-Al 2O 3 phases. PEO ceramic coatings have excellent elastic recovery and high load supporting performance. Nanohardness of ceramic coating reaches about 19.6 GPa.

  15. Solidification and immobilization of MSWI fly ash through aluminate geopolymerization: Based on partial charge model analysis.

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    Zheng, Lei; Wang, Wei; Gao, Xingbao

    2016-12-01

    This study presents an integrated synopsis of the solidification and immobilization mechanisms of fly ash-based geopolymers. A rational analysis of the ion reactions involved in geopolymerization was conducted using the partial charge model (PCM). The following conclusions were obtained: (1) heavy metal cations cannot be immobilized as counter cations through exchange with Na(+); (2) isomorphous substitution of heavy metals in the geopolymer can be expected from the condensation reaction between the hydrolyzed heavy metal species and aluminosilicate; (3) the hydrolyzed species condensation could result in solidification and immobilization and be promoted by aluminates; and (4) a geopolymer with the highest immobilization and solidification efficiency can be obtained at an intermediate pH value. The partial charges on the framework of Si, Al, and O in the primary building blocks of aluminosilicate and heavy metal-doped aluminosilicate were confirmed through XPS and (29)Si NMR spectroscopy analyses. The effects of activator dosage and types on fly ash-based geopolymers were also investigated, and the results verify the PCM analysis. A geopolymer with the highest strength was produced at an intermediate alkaline dosage. Silicate or aluminate introduced into the activator improved the strength and immobilization efficiency, and aluminate exhibited better performance. Heavy metals bound to the exchangeable or acid-soluble fraction were transformed into aluminosilicate species during geopolymerization.

  16. IMPACT OF ALUMINATE IONS ON THE PROPERTIES OF SALTSTONE GROUT MIXES

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    Harbour, J; Tommy Edwards, T; Erich Hansen, E; Vickie Williams, V

    2008-02-21

    It is important to identify and control the operational and compositional variables that impact the important processing and performance properties of Saltstone grout mixes. The grout that is produced at the Saltstone Production Facility (SPF) is referred to as Saltstone and is a waste form that immobilizes low concentrations of radionuclides as well as certain toxic metals. The Saltstone will be disposed of in vaults at Savannah River Site (SRS). An effort referred to as the Saltstone Variability Study has been initiated to achieve this goal. The protocols developed in this variability study are also ideally suited as a tool to assess the impact of proposed changes to the processing flow sheet for Liquid Waste Operations at SRS. One such proposal that is currently under consideration is to introduce a leaching step in the treatment of the High Level Waste (HLW) sludge to remove aluminum prior to vitrification at the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF). This leachate would significantly increase the soluble aluminate concentration in the salt feed that will be processed at the SPF. Consequently, an initial study of the impact of increased aluminate concentration on the Saltstone grout properties was performed. Prior work by Lukens (1) showed that aluminate in the salt solutions increases the amount of heat generation.

  17. Supercritical fluid-mediated alumination of mesoporous silica and its beneficial effect on hydrothermal stability.

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    O'Neil, Adam S; Mokaya, Robert; Poliakoff, Martyn

    2002-09-11

    We have investigated the use of supercritical fluids (SCFs) as carriers/solvents during the postsynthesis alumination of mesoporous silica. SCFs were found to be ideally suited for transport of Al into mesoporous silica and to lead to Al-grafted aluminosilicate materials that exhibit exceptional hydrothermal (steam) stability even for highly aluminated materials. The improvements in steam stability arising from the use of SCFs as grafting media (as compared to aqueous or organic solvents) are remarkable, especially for Al-grafted MCM-41 materials with high (Si/Al < or = 10) Al contents. It is proposed that under supercritical fluid conditions Al is sorbed on the surface of the pore walls of the host Si-MCM-41 with little penetration into the pore wall region, that is, the low solvating power of SCFs ensures the deposition of Al onto rather than into the silica framework. This is because the host silica framework cannot undergo any significant hydrolysis (to allow penetration of Al into the pore wall region) during the SCF-mediated alumination. Removal of the Al (i.e., dealumination) which occurs during steaming is therefore less detrimental to the structural integrity of SCF-grafted Al-MCM-41 materials since any dealumination that occurs will not involve removal of Al from deep within the pore walls.

  18. Ion microprobe analyses of aluminous lunar glasses - A test of the 'rock type' hypothesis

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    Meyer, C., Jr.

    1978-01-01

    Previous soil survey investigations found that there are natural groupings of glass compositions in lunar soils and that the average major element composition of some of these groupings is the same at widely separated lunar landing sites. This led soil survey enthusiasts to promote the hypothesis that the average composition of glass groupings represents the composition of primary lunar 'rock types'. In this investigation the trace element composition of numerous aluminous glass particles was determined by the ion microprobe method as a test of the above mentioned 'rock type' hypothesis. It was found that within any grouping of aluminous lunar glasses by major element content, there is considerable scatter in the refractory trace element content. In addition, aluminous glasses grouped by major elements were found to have different average trace element contents at different sites (Apollo 15, 16 and Luna 20). This evidence argues that natural groupings in glass compositions are determined by regolith processes and may not represent the composition of primary lunar 'rock types'.

  19. The importance of protonation and tautomerization in relative binding affinity prediction: a comparison of AMBER TI and Schrödinger FEP.

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    Hu, Yuan; Sherborne, Brad; Lee, Tai-Sung; Case, David A; York, Darrin M; Guo, Zhuyan

    2016-07-01

    In drug discovery, protonation states and tautomerization are easily overlooked. Through a Merck-Rutgers collaboration, this paper re-examined the initial settings and preparations for the Thermodynamic Integration (TI) calculation in AMBER Free-Energy Workflows, demonstrating the value of careful consideration of ligand protonation and tautomer state. Finally, promising results comparing AMBER TI and Schrödinger FEP+ are shown that should encourage others to explore the value of TI in routine Structure-based Drug Design.

  20. The importance of protonation and tautomerization in relative binding affinity prediction: a comparison of AMBER TI and Schrödinger FEP

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    Hu, Yuan; Sherborne, Brad; Lee, Tai-Sung; Case, David A.; York, Darrin M.; Guo, Zhuyan

    2016-07-01

    In drug discovery, protonation states and tautomerization are easily overlooked. Through a Merck-Rutgers collaboration, this paper re-examined the initial settings and preparations for the Thermodynamic Integration (TI) calculation in AMBER Free-Energy Workflows, demonstrating the value of careful consideration of ligand protonation and tautomer state. Finally, promising results comparing AMBER TI and Schrödinger FEP+ are shown that should encourage others to explore the value of TI in routine Structure-based Drug Design.

  1. Detection of Benzo[a]pyrene in water using a wavelength-interrogated SPR sensor coated with Teflon AF2400 film

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    Gong, Xiaoqing; Wang, Li; Wan, Xiumei; Lu, Dan-feng; Qi, Zhi-mei

    2017-02-01

    A wavelength-interrogated surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor overlaid with a Teflon AF2400 film was prepared for rapid and sensitive detection of Benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) in water. The thickness of the Teflon AF 2400 film is much larger than the penetration depth of plasmon field, making the SPR sensor insensitive to refractive index (RI) of bulk solution and particle adsorption on the film surface. The sensor is only responsive to changes in RI of the Teflon film. The Teflon AF 2400 film is highly hydrophobic, enabling to effectively absorb nonpolar BaP molecules in water. Since BaP is a high-RI (n = 1.887) compound, its enrichment in the Teflon film can result in a considerable increase of the film RI. Consequently, the SPR sensor operating in the visible-near infrared reflection (NIR) wavelength range can be used to detect very low concentration of BaP in water. According to the simulation results, the thickness of the Teflon film should exceed 1000 nm to eliminate the SPR sensitivity to RI of bulk solution. The experimental results indicate that the resonance-wavelength shift (ΔλR) of the SPR sensor linearly increases with increasing the BaP concentration from C = 20 nmol·L-1 up to 100 nmol·L-1. ΔλR is about 0.9 nm at C = 20 nmol·L-1, which is very close to the minimum ΔλR detectable with the CCD spectrometer used. The resonance wavelength stabilized 6 seconds after the sample injection, indicating that the diffusion of BaP molecules in the Teflon film is quite quick, which is attributable to the nanoporous structure of the Teflon film. It is anticipated that the sensitivity of SPR sensor to BaP and its detection limit can be further improved by optimization of the thickness of the Teflon film.

  2. The reactivity of the 1,4-biradical formed by Norrish type reactions of aqueous valerophenone: a QM/MM-based FEP study.

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    Shen, Lin; Fang, Wei-Hai

    2011-02-04

    In the present work, Norrish type reactions of aqueous valerophenone and the reactivity of the triplet 1,4-biradical formed by the 1,5-H shift have been studied with the free energy perturbation (FEP) method that is based on the combined scheme of quantum mechanics (QM) and molecular mechanics (MM). The fluctuation and diffusion of the solvent molecules were found to have an important influence on Norrish type reactions of valerophenone. The α C-C bond cleavages were predicted to be not in competition with the 1,5-H shift, which is consistent with the experimental findings that Norrish type II quantum yield is close to unity. The triplet lifetime of aqueous valerophenone was experimentally inferred to be 52 ns, which is nearly reproduced by the QM/MM-FEP calculated rate constant of 2.33 × 10(7) s(-1). The calculated results show that branch ratios of the subsequent reactions from the triplet 1,4-biradical are mainly controlled by the equilibrium populations of its stable conformations. The ratio of cleavage to cyclization measured experimentally is well reproduced by the present QM/MM-FEP calculations. However, the absolute quantum yields of cleavage and cyclization reactions are underestimated theoretically and the reason for this is discussed.

  3. Relative binding affinity prediction of farnesoid X receptor in the D3R Grand Challenge 2 using FEP+

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    Schindler, Christina; Rippmann, Friedrich; Kuhn, Daniel

    2017-09-01

    Physics-based free energy simulations have increasingly become an important tool for predicting binding affinity and the recent introduction of automated protocols has also paved the way towards a more widespread use in the pharmaceutical industry. The D3R 2016 Grand Challenge 2 provided an opportunity to blindly test the commercial free energy calculation protocol FEP+ and assess its performance relative to other affinity prediction methods. The present D3R free energy prediction challenge was built around two experimental data sets involving inhibitors of farnesoid X receptor (FXR) which is a promising anticancer drug target. The FXR binding site is predominantly hydrophobic with few conserved interaction motifs and strong induced fit effects making it a challenging target for molecular modeling and drug design. For both data sets, we achieved reasonable prediction accuracy (RMSD ≈ 1.4 kcal/mol, rank 3-4 according to RMSD out of 20 submissions) comparable to that of state-of-the-art methods in the field. Our D3R results boosted our confidence in the method and strengthen our desire to expand its applications in future in-house drug design projects.

  4. Atomistic modeling of an impurity element and a metal-impurity system: pure P and Fe-P system.

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    Ko, Won-Seok; Kim, Nack J; Lee, Byeong-Joo

    2012-06-06

    An interatomic potential for pure phosphorus, an element that has van der Waals, covalent and metallic bonding character, simultaneously, has been developed for the purpose of application to metal-phosphorus systems. As a simplification, the van der Waals interaction, which is less important in metal-phosphorus systems, was omitted in the parameterization process and potential formulation. On the basis of the second-nearest-neighbor modified embedded-atom method (2NN MEAM) interatomic potential formalism applicable to both covalent and metallic materials, a potential that can describe various fundamental physical properties of a wide range of allotropic or transformed crystalline structures of pure phosphorus could be developed. The potential was then extended to the Fe-P binary system describing various physical properties of intermetallic compounds, bcc and liquid alloys, and also the segregation tendency of phosphorus on grain boundaries of bcc iron, in good agreement with experimental information. The suitability of the present potential and the parameterization process for atomic scale investigations about the effects of various non-metallic impurity elements on metal properties is demonstrated.

  5. Raman sensitivity enhancement for aqueous absorbing sample using Teflon-AF 2400 liquid core optical fibre cell.

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    Tian, Yanjie; Zhang, Liuyang; Zuo, Jian; Li, Zuowei; Gao, Shuqin; Lu, Guohui

    2007-01-02

    The compatibility Teflon-AF 2400 liquid core optical fibre with resonance Raman spectroscopy (RRS-LCOF) was used to detect aqueous biomolecules. The maximum sensitivity enhancement factor for concentrations greater than the detection limit in a conventional cell was 10, and detection limit reduction of about 1000-fold have been achieved for the measurement of aqueous absorbing sample using Teflon-AF 2400 fibre Raman cell compared to the conventional cell. We were able to collect spectra of 2.5 x 10(-9) and 2.5 x 10(-10) M aqueous beta-carotene using 16.2 mW of laser power and 10s integration time. This volume of a 2.5 x 10(-10) M aqueous solution corresponds to only 1.5 fmol or 830 fg of beta-carotene. The results of this preliminary study indicate that RRS-LCOF has potential in bioanalytical and biomedical applications.

  6. Teflon-buttressed sutures plus pericardium patch repair left ventricular rupture caused by radiofrequency catheter ablation: A case report.

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    Cao, Hao; Zhang, Qi; He, Yanzhong; Feng, Xiaodong; Liu, Zhongmin

    2016-09-01

    Cardiac rupture often occurs after myocardial infarction or chest trauma with a high mortality rate. However, left ventricular rupture caused by radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) is extremely rare. We describe a case of a 61-year-old male who survived from left ventricular rupture caused by a RFCA procedure for frequent ventricular premature contractions. Surgical exploration with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) was performed when the signs of cardiac tamponade developed 7 hours after the ablation surgery. Teflon-buttressed sutures of the tear in the left ventricular posterolateral wall and pericardium patch applied to the contusion region on the wall repaired the rupture safely and effectively. Timely surgical intervention under CPB facilitated the survival of the patient. Teflon-buttressed sutures plus pericardium patch achieved the successful repair of the rupture.

  7. Flow-through synthesis on Teflon-patterned paper to produce peptide arrays for cell-based assays.

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    Deiss, Frédérique; Matochko, Wadim L; Govindasamy, Natasha; Lin, Edith Y; Derda, Ratmir

    2014-06-16

    A simple method is described for the patterned deposition of Teflon on paper to create an integrated platform for parallel organic synthesis and cell-based assays. Solvent-repelling barriers made of Teflon-impregnated paper confine organic solvents to specific zones of the patterned array and allow for 96 parallel flow-through syntheses on paper. The confinement and flow-through mixing significantly improves the peptide yield and simplifies the automation of this synthesis. The synthesis of 100 peptides ranging from 7 to 14 amino acids in length gave over 60% purity for the majority of the peptides (>95% yield per coupling/deprotection cycle). The resulting peptide arrays were used in cell-based screening to identify 14 potent bioactive peptides that support the adhesion or proliferation of breast cancer cells in a 3D environment. In the future, this technology could be used for the screening of more complex phenotypic responses, such as cell migration or differentiation.

  8. Nanoimprint of large-area optical gratings on a conventional photoresist using a teflon-coated nanoimprint mold

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    Jugessur, A. S.; Zhang, A.; Lyu, Y.

    2016-03-01

    Nanoimprint Lithography is a promising high-throughput technology for the fabrication of optical nanostructures over large areas in the centimeter range. However, there are limitations (cost, proprietary and tool specific) of the commercial transfer resist. In this work, the photo-resist AZ1518 is investigated as a viable nanoimprint resist mask with a tefloncoated silicon mold. The results are comparable with a commercial nanoimprint resist. To our knowledge, the application of a conventional photoresist as the nanoimprint mask with teflon-coated mold is novel, providing a critical solution for cost-effective, flexible and high-throughput fabrication of optical nanostructures over large areas. Periodic gratings with lateral width of 100 nm and 200 nm pitch have been fabricated using this approach. The nanoimprint process parameters (pressure and temperature) are optimized to improve the release of the mold from the resist. In addition, the Teflon-coated mold improves the release process to avoid tearing of the mask.

  9. Electric field modulation of magnetic anisotropy and microwave absorption properties in Fe50Ni50/Teflon composite films

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    Xia, Zhenjun; He, Jun; Ou, Xiulong; Wang, Yu; He, Shuli; Zhao, Dongliang; Yu, Guanghua

    2016-05-01

    Fe50Ni50 nanoparticle films with the size about 6 nm were deposited by a high energetic cluster deposition source. An electric field of about 0 - 40 kV was applied on the sample platform when the films were prepared. The field assisted deposition technique can dramatically induce in-plane magnetic anisotropy. To probe the microwave absorption properties, the Fe50Ni50 nanoparticles were deliberately deposited on the dielectric Teflon sheet. Then the laminated Fe50Ni50/Teflon composites were used to do reflection loss scan. The results prove that the application of electric field is an effective avenue to improve the GHz microwave absorption performance of our magnetic nanoparticles films expressed by the movement of reflection loss peak to high GHz region for the composites.

  10. Forecasting of radiation hazard: 1. Alerts on great FEP events beginning; probabilities of false and missed alerts; on-line determination of solar energetic particle spectrum by using spectrographic method

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    Dorman, L. I.; Pustil'Nik, L. A.; Sternlieb, A.; Zukerman, I. G.

    We show that exact forecast can be made by using high-energy particles (few GeV/nucleon and higher) which transportation from the Sun is characterized by much bigger diffusion coefficient than for small and middle energy particles. Therefore, high-energy particles came from the Sun much more early (8 20 min after acceleration and escaping into solar wind) than main part of smaller energy particles caused dangerous situation for electronics (more than 30 60 min later). We describe here principles and experience of automatically working of program “FEP-Search”. The positive result which shows the exact beginning of FEP event on the Emilio Segre’ Observatory (2025 m above sea level, Rc = 10.8 GV), is determined now automatically by simultaneously increasing on 2.5 St. Dev. in two sections of neutron supermonitor. The next 1-min data the program “FEP-Search” uses for checking that the observed increase reflects the beginning of real great FEP or not. If yes, automatically starts to work on line the programs “FEP-Research”. We determine also the probabilities of false and missed alerts. The first of programs “FEP-Research” is the program “FEP-Research/Spectrum”. We consider two variants: (1) quiet period (no change in cut-off rigidity), (2) disturbed period (characterized with possible changing of cut-off rigidity). We describe the method of determining of the spectrum of FEP in the 1-st variant (for this we need data for at least two components with different coupling functions). For the 2-nd variant we need data for at least three components with different coupling functions. We show that for these purposes can be used data of total intensity and some different multiplicities, but better to use data from two or three NM with different cut-off rigidities. We describe in details the algorithms of the program “FEP-Research/Spectrum”. We show how worked this program on examples of some historical great FEP events.

  11. Fabrication of flexible photonic crystal using alumina ball inserted Teflon tube

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    Watanabe, Yoshimi; Hotta, Takehiro; Sato, Hisashi

    2010-09-01

    In our previous paper, it was found that cotton yarn/TiO2-dispersed resin photonic crystals were fabricated successfully by applying textile technology. However, it is difficult to apply for practical use because these photonic crystals cannot change their shape flexibly. In this study, we fabricate the flexible photonic crystals using high-dielectric constant fibers. The high-dielectric constant fibers were made by inserting alumina balls into Teflon tubes. The crossed linear-fiber laminated fabric and multilayered woven fabric with an fcc lattice structure were structured by aligning high-dielectric constant fibers periodically. These photonic crystals consist of air and high-dielectric constant fibers. The attenuation of transmission amplitude through the photonic crystals was measured. The photonic crystal of crossed linear-fiber laminated fabric exhibits a forbidden gap in the range from 16 to 18 GHz range. On the other hand, the photonic crystal of multilayered woven fabric, which was fabricated by the same parameter with crossed linear-fiber laminated fabric, also exhibits a forbidden gap in the range from 13 to 16 GHz range. Thus, we can successfully fabricate flexible photonic crystals of woven fabric using high-dielectric constant fibers.

  12. Design and fabrication of teflon-coated tungsten nanorods for tunable hydrophobicity.

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    Khedir, Khedir R; Kannarpady, Ganesh K; Ishihara, Hidetaka; Woo, Justin; Ryerson, Charles; Biris, Alexandru S

    2011-04-19

    The nature of water interaction with tungsten nanorods (WNRs) fabricated by the glancing-angle deposition technique (GLAD)-using RF magnetron sputtering under various Ar pressures and substrate tilting angles and then subsequent coating with Teflon-has been studied and reported. Such nanostructured surfaces have shown strong water repellency properties with apparent water contact angles (AWCA) of as high as 160°, which were found to depend strongly upon the fabrication conditions. Variations in Ar pressure and the substrate tilting angle resulted in the generation of WNRs with different surface roughness and porosity properties. A theoretical model has been proposed to predict the observed high AWCAs measured at the nanostructure interfaces. The unique pyramidal tip geometry of WNRs generated at low Ar pressure with a high oblique angle reduced the solid fraction at the water interface, explaining the high AWCA measured on such surfaces. It was also found that the top geometrical morphologies controlling the total solid fraction of the WNRs are dependent upon and controlled by both the Ar pressure and substrate tilting angle. The water repellency of the tungsten nanorods with contact angles as high as 160° suggests that these coatings have enormous potential for robust superhydrophobic and anti-icing applications in harsh environments. © 2011 American Chemical Society

  13. Dynamic response of binders; teflon, estane™ and Kel-F-800™

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    Bourne, N. K.; Gray, G. T.

    2005-12-01

    It is important to understand the mechanical behavior of polymeric materials that have a range of industrial and defence applications. In particular, several are used as the binder phase in plastic bonded explosives and propellants. Binder materials used in energetics need to be understood first to ensure their long-term, high-temperature stability when cycled during service, and second to ensure that the accidental loading of such materials leaves the explosives crystals within safe to handle. This work presents experimental data on equation-of-state and shock-induced damage evolution of the polymers teflon, estane™ and Kel-F-800™. The tensile (spall) strength at high rate was quantified using real-time laser interferometric techniques on each polymer as a function of impact stress. Measurements were made of the lateral stress under impact using manganin gauges, which, when combined with longitudinal data, allowed investigation of the shear strength of each polymer. An increase of shear strength, determined in this manner, was noted for two polymers and comparisons are drawn with others investigated using the same technique. A discussion of the mechanical response of these polymers is presented.

  14. The investigation of water diffusion into teflon copolymer revealed by fiber-optic evanescent wave spectroscopy.

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    Raichlin, Yosef; Marx, Sharon; Katzir, Abraham

    2007-07-19

    Fiber-optic evanescent wave infrared spectroscopy was used for the study of water diffusion in Teflon and has provided valuable information about the structure of water in amorphous hydrophobic polymers. Time-dependent absorption measurements were carried out in two spectral ranges: 3000-3800 cm(-1), associated with the O-H stretching mode, and 1620-1670 cm(-1), associated with the H-O-H bending mode of water. The results indicate that the IR spectra could be expressed as a superposition of spectra due to two species of water molecules: strongly and weakly hydrogen-bonded. We suggest that water molecules form clusters with strongly hydrogen-bonded molecules at the cores and with weakly hydrogen-bonded molecules at the external parts of the clusters. A mathematical model, based on a linear diffusion equation with a moving boundary, gave a ratio of 3.5 between the total number of molecules in a cluster and the number of water molecules at the core of the cluster.

  15. Teflon impregnated anatase TiO2 nanoparticles irradiated by 80 keV Xe+ ions

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    Khanam, Rizwin; Paul, Nibedita; Kumar, P.; Kanjilal, D.; Ahmed, Gazi A.; Mohanta, Dambarudhar

    2014-10-01

    We report the effect of 80 keV Xe+ ion irradiation on the morphological and optical responses of TiO2 nanoparticles spread over commercially available polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE, Teflon). These nanoparticles were synthesized via a convenient, sol-gel approach with titanium isopropoxide as the main precursor. From X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies we found that, the nanoparticles crystallize in anatase phase and with a preferential orientation of crystallites along (1 0 1) plane. Upon irradiation at a fluence of 1.25 × 1017 ions/cm2, the nanoparticle dimension was found to increase from a value of ∼9 nm to ∼20-30 nm. Essentially, particle growth is predicted as a consequence of swelling behavior accompanied by the formation of Xe van der Waal crystals in isolated regions of nano-titania. Evidence of nanoripples was also witnessed on the surface of the irradiated nano-titania. The morphological evolution was assessed both by atomic force and transmission electron microscopies (AFM and TEM) independently. From the UV-Vis optical absorption studies, the estimated optical band gap was found to drop with increasing fluence, while refractive index exhibited a remarkable improvement. Photoluminescence (PL) studies have revealed that, the band edge emission and those due to the self trapped excitons (STE) and other oxygen vacancy related ones were manifested considerably as a result of Xe ion irradiation.

  16. Investigation of background radical sources in a teflon-film irradiation chamber

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    Glasson, W.A.; Dunker, A.M. )

    1988-09-01

    In attempts to model hydrocarbon/NOx irradiations carried out in smog chambers, workers have found it necessary to postulate background free radical sources. Without such radical sources, it has not been possible to obtain agreement between the predictions of chemical mechanisms and the chamber data. The background radical sources appear to be specific to chambers and are not used when applying chemical mechanisms to simulate the atmosphere. Until recently, there were no experimental measurements of the radical sources, and as a result assumptions on the nature and magnitude of the sources varied. Differences in these assumptions are responsible for some of the differences in the predictions of chemical mechanisms in atmospheric simulations. Experimental determinations of the background radical sources in different chambers are, therefore, imperative for the effective use of chamber experiments in developing and evaluating chemical mechanisms for smog formation. In this work, they have conducted a detailed study of the background radical sources in a small Teflon-film chamber. The purpose was to determine the usefulness of such chambers for quantitative studies of smog formation. Values for the background radical sources were derived from the experimental data by simulations with a detailed chemical mechanism, and the uncertainties in these values were estimated as well. The effects of various parameters, such as light intensity and NO and NO{sub 2} concentrations, on the radical sources were studied to provide the necessary information for taking these sources into account in modeling future chamber experiments.

  17. High temperature dielectric properties of Apical, Kapton, Peek, Teflon AF, and Upilex polymers

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    Hammoud, A. N.; Baumann, E. D.; Overton, E.; Myers, I. T.; Suthar, J. L.; Khachen, W.; Laghari, J. R.

    1992-01-01

    Reliable lightweight systems capable of providing electrical power at the magawatt level are a requirement for future manned space exploration missions. This can be achieved by the development of high temperature insulating materials which are not only capable of surviving the hostile space environment but can contribute to reducing the mass and weight of the heat rejection system. In this work, Apical, Upilex, Kapton, Teflon AF, and Peek polymers are characterized for AC and DC dielectric breakdown in air and in silicone oil at temperatures up to 250 C. The materials are also tested in terms of their dielectric constant and dissipation factor at high temperatures with an electrical stress of 60 Hz, 200 V/mil present. The effects of thermal aging on the properties of the films are determined after 15 hours of exposure to 200 and 250 C, each. The results obtained are discussed and conclusions are made concerning the suitability of these dielectrics for use in capacitors and cable insulations in high temperature environments.

  18. Exploring imperfect squeezing flow measurements in a Teflon geometry for semisolid foods.

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    Terpstra, M E J; Janssen, A M; Linden, E van der

    2007-11-01

    The method of imperfect lubricated squeezing flow in a Teflontrade mark geometry has been explored for the characterization of elongational behavior of custard and mayonnaise. Two Newtonian products, one of low (0.07 Pas) and one of high (18 Pas) shear viscosity, were used as references. Measurements of custards and mayonnaises did not behave according to either the theory of lubricated or nonlubricated squeezing flow, as there were effects of the initial sample height and compression speed. Also, calculated values for the flow index were not as we had expected. The same was true for the Newtonian samples. An important factor explaining the effect of compression speed was the presence of a certain amount of friction, rendering both lubricated theory and nonlubricated theory nonapplicable. Correcting for (pseudo-) thixotropic behavior of custard and mayonnaise appears to be an effective way of obtaining realistic values for the flow index. The presence of buoyancy also affected the results, especially in the case of low viscous products and the effect of initial sample height. Other factors that played a role in the results were yield stress for custard and mayonnaise and instrumental artifacts associated with the imperfect setup of the measurement, especially for the highly viscous products. Quantitatively correcting the results for all of these factors is not possible at this point. Although the imperfect squeezing flow technique in a Teflon geometry is a very practical way to measure semisolids such as custard and mayonnaise under (partly) elongational deformation, the results should be regarded as more qualitative than quantitative.

  19. The stabilities of gibbsite, boehmite, aluminous goethites and aluminous hematites in bauxites, ferricretes and laterites as a function of water activity, temperature and particle size

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    Trolard, Fabienne; Tardy, Yves

    1987-04-01

    Stability relationships between Al-goethite, Al-hematite, boehmite and gibbsite are presented in terms of water activity [H 2O], temperature ( T), grain size and bulk-composition in the system Fe 2O 3-Al 2O 3-H 2O at a total pressure of 1 bar. Al-goethite and Al-hematite are treated as ideal solid solutions, the former of the end-members FeOOH (goethite) and AlOOH (diaspore) and the latter of the end-members Fe 2O 3 (hematite) and Al 2O 3 (corundum). Using log K sp provided by the literature for the various phases involved, the common associations observed in laterites, bauxites and ferricretes do not have stability fields over geologically reasonable intervals of [H 2O] and T. Consequently a new internally consistent set of log Ksp values is proposed and used, and allows such associations to have actual stability fields in the appropriate diagrams. The new log Ksp values used in the calculations are such that the solubilities of the end members are greater than those commonly listed. This is in agreement with natural observations which show that such minerals, are generally poorly crystallized and of very small size. The assumption of an ideal solid solution in aluminous goethite and aluminous hematite combined with the new log Ksp values leads to prediction of composition limits for these two minerals which agree well with observed values. The fact that an ideal solid solution must extend continuously from one end-member to the other is masked by the appearance of other stability fields ( e.g. gibbsite or boehmite) which cross and overlap a part of the solid solution stability fields of AlOOH-FeOOH and Fe 2O 3-Al 2O 3.

  20. Fast Surface Temperature Measurement of Teflon Propellant in Pulsed Ablative Discharges Using HgCdTe Photovoltaic Cells (PREPRINT)

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    2006-01-01

    performed using crossed tungsten wires of 80 µm diameter. Current up to 1.2 A is run through each wire to induce thermal emission. The signal is maximized...2 second intervals. A typical calibration takes about 10 hours. A slow heating scheme is used to increase accuracy by reducing transient thermal ...Reasons why the two curves might not match include Teflon expansion out of the viewing hole (which causes a change in the optical path), targeting errors

  1. Short-term hearing results after primary stapedotomy with nitinol and teflon-platinum prostheses for otosclerosis.

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    Gouveris, Haralampos; Tóth, Miklós; Koutsimpelas, Dimitrios; Schmidtmann, Irene; Mann, Wolf J

    2013-08-01

    The aim of this study is to determine differences in postoperative air-bone gap (ABG) after placement of teflon-platinum or nitinol middle ear prostheses in primary stapedotomy patients with otosclerosis. Thirty otosclerosis patients (24 female, 6 male; age 10-61 years) with primary stapedotomy were studied prospectively. Before and after surgery, the mean and standard deviations of the ABG were measured at eight frequencies (0.25-4 kHz). Patients were randomized into one of two groups receiving either teflon-platinum or nitinol prostheses. Hearing results were assessed 1 year after surgery. To assess the joint influence of treatment and frequency on ABG reduction, a linear mixed model was used (significance level was p = 5%). The Tukey-Kramer method was used to adjust for multiple comparisons. Significant differences were found between treatment groups (p < 0.0001) and between frequencies within the same treatment group (p < 0.0001) but no interaction (p = 0.7963), i.e. the reduction of the conductive components over frequencies was nearly parallel in both groups. Overall, patients in the Teflon group had a larger reduction of conductive components, on average 8.0 dB more reduction, than patients in the nitinol group. However, after adjusting for multiple comparisons, we could not identify a single frequency with a significant difference in reduction of conductive components. Use of the teflon-platinum prosthesis results in statistically non-significant better ABG closure at 0.25-4 kHz 1 year postoperatively than the use of the nitinol prosthesis.

  2. Mass transfer in fuel cells. [electron microscopy of components, thermal decomposition of Teflon, water transport, and surface tension of KOH solutions

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    Walker, R. D., Jr.

    1973-01-01

    Results of experiments on electron microscopy of fuel cell components, thermal decomposition of Teflon by thermogravimetry, surface area and pore size distribution measurements, water transport in fuel cells, and surface tension of KOH solutions are described.

  3. A Study of Pack Aluminizing Process for NiCrAlY Coatings Using Response Surface Methodology

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    Gao, Feng; Huang, Xiao; Liu, Rong; Yang, Qi

    2014-01-01

    Aluminizing process is widely used to provide additional Al deposition onto superalloy surface for enhanced oxidation and corrosion resistance. In this research, an aluminizing process—pack cementation process, is used to deposit Al onto the surface of NiCrAlY coatings for increasing environmental protection. The experiment is designed using Box-Behnken approach, in which three parameters, the Al content, Ni content of the pack powder, and the temperature of the process, are selected as factors; and the thickness and Al/Ni ratio of the coatings are selected as responses. The effects of the factors on the responses are analyzed and modeled empirically. It is found that these empirical models correlate well with the results from additional sets of experiment. These models can be used to produce aluminized NiCrAlY coatings with specific thicknesses and Al/Ni ratios.

  4. Methods of use of calcium hexa aluminate refractory linings and/or chemical barriers in high alkali or alkaline environments

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    McGowan, Kenneth A; Cullen, Robert M; Keiser, James R; Hemrick, James G; Meisner, Roberta A

    2013-10-22

    A method for improving the insulating character/and or penetration resistance of a liner in contact with at least one of an alkali and/or alkaline environments is provided. The method comprises lining a surface that is subject to wear by an alkali environment and/or an alkaline environment with a refractory composition comprising a refractory aggregate consisting essentially of a calcium hexa aluminate clinker having the formula CA.sub.6, wherein C is equal to calcium oxide, wherein A is equal to aluminum oxide, and wherein the hexa aluminate clinker has from zero to less than about fifty weight percent C.sub.12A.sub.7, and wherein greater than 98 weight percent of the calcium hexa aluminate clinker having a particle size ranging from -20 microns to +3 millimeters, for forming a liner of the surface. This method improves the insulating character/and or penetration resistance of the liner.

  5. Calcium aluminate coated and uncoated free form fabricated CoCr implants: a comparative study in rabbit.

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    Palmquist, A; Jarmar, T; Hermansson, L; Emanuelsson, L; Taylor, A; Taylor, M; Engqvist, H; Thomsen, P

    2009-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to compare the integration in bone of uncoated free form fabricated cobalt chromium (CoCr) implants to the same implant with a calcium aluminate coating. The implants of cylindrical design with a pyramidal surface structure were press-fit into the limbs of New Zealand white rabbits. After 6 weeks, the rabbits were sacrificed, and samples were retrieved and embedded. Ground sections were subjected to histological analysis and histomorphometry. The section counter part was used for preparing an electron transparent transmission electron microscopy sample by focused ion beam milling. Calcium aluminate dip coating provided a significantly greater degree of bone contact than that of the native CoCr. The gibbsite hydrate formed in the hardening reaction of the calcium aluminate was found to be the exclusive crystalline phase material in direct contact with bone.

  6. Graphite-Teflon composite bienzyme electrodes for the determination of L-lactate: application to food samples.

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    Serra, B; Reviejo, A J; Parrado, C; Pingarrón, J M

    1999-05-31

    A bienzyme amperometric graphite-Teflon composite biosensor, in which lactate oxidase (LOD) and peroxidase, together with the mediator ferrocene, are incorporated into the electrode matrix, was developed for the determination of L-lactate in food samples such as wine and yogurt by using both batch- and flow-injection modes. This bienzyme electrode was fabricated by simple physical inclusion of the enzymes and the mediator in the bulk of the graphite-Teflon matrix. A Teflon content of 70%, an applied potential of 0.00 V, and a pH of 7.4 were employed as working conditions. The composite bioelectrode exhibited long-term operation because of the renewability of its surface by polishing. Reproducible amperometric responses were achieved with different electrodes fabricated from different composite matrices, and no significant loss of the enzyme activity occurred after 6 months of storage at 4 degrees C. Detection limits for L-lactate of 1.4 and 0.9 microM were obtained by batch amperometry in stirred solutions and flow-injection with amperometric detection, respectively. An interferences study with different substances which may be present in wine and yogurt together with L-lactic acid demonstrated very good selectivity for the determination of this analyte. The bienzyme composite electrode was applied to the determination of L-lactic acid in red wine and shaken yogurt, and the methods were validated by comparing these results with those obtained by applying a recommended reference method.

  7. Loss of particle nitrate from teflon sampling filters: effects on measured gravimetric mass in California and in the IMPROVE network.

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    Ashbaugh, Lowell L; Eldred, Robert A

    2004-01-01

    The extent of mass loss on Teflon filters caused by ammonium nitrate volatilization can be a substantial fraction of the measured particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than 2.5 microm (PM2.5) or 10 microm (PM10) mass and depends on where and when it was collected. There is no straightforward method to correct for the mass loss using routine monitoring data. In southern California during the California Acid Deposition Monitoring Program, 30-40% of the gravimetric PM2.5 mass was lost during summer daytime. Lower mass losses occurred at more remote locations. The estimated potential mass loss in the Interagency Monitoring of Protected Visual Environments network was consistent with the measured loss observed in California. The biased mass measurement implies that use of Federal Reference Method data for fine particles may lead to control strategies that are biased toward sources of fugitive dust, other primary particle emission sources, and stable secondary particles (e.g., sulfates). This analysis clearly supports the need for speciated analysis of samples collected in a manner that preserves volatile species. Finally, although there is loss of volatile nitrate (NO3-) from Teflon filters during sampling, the NO3- remaining after collection is quite stable. We found little loss of NO3- from Teflon filters after 2 hr under vacuum and 1 min of heating by a cyclotron proton beam.

  8. Erosion Data from the MISSE 8 Polymers Experiment After 2 Years of Space Exposure on the International Space Station

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    de Groh, Kim K.; Banks, Bruce A.; Asmar, Olivia C.; Yi, Grace T.; Mitchell, Gianna G.; Guo, Aobo; Sechkar, Edward A.

    2016-01-01

    The Polymers Experiment was exposed to the low Earth orbit (LEO) space environment for 2.14 and 2.0 years as part of the Materials International Space Station Experiment 8 (MISSE 8) and the Optical Reflector Materials Experiment-III (ORMatE-III), respectively. The experiment contained 42 samples, which were flown in either ram, wake, or zenith orientations. The primary objective was to determine the effect of solar exposure on the atomic oxygen erosion yield (Ey) of fluoropolymers. This paper provides an overview of the experiment with details on the polymers flown, the characterization techniques used, the atomic oxygen fluence for each exposure orientation, and the LEO Ey results. The Ey values for the fluoropolymers range from 1.45 x 10(exp -25) cm(exp 3)/atom for white Tedlar Registered Trademark? (polyvinyl fluoride with white titanium dioxide pigment) flown in the ram orientation to 6.32 x 10(exp -24) cm(exp 3)/atom for aluminized-Teflon Registered Trademark? fluorinated ethylene propylene (Al-FEP) flown in the zenith orientation. Erosion yield data for FEP flown in ram, wake and zenith orientations are compared, and the Ey was found to be highly dependent on orientation, hence environmental exposure. Teflon FEP had an order of magnitude higher Ey when flown in the zenith direction (6.32 x10(exp -24) cm(exp3)/atom) as compared to the ram direction (2.37 x 10(exp -25) cm(exp 3)/atom). The Ey of FEP was found to increase with a direct correlation to the solar exposure/AO fluence ratio showing the effect of solar radiation and/or heating due to solar exposure on FEP erosion. In addition, back-surface carbon painted FEP (C-FEP) flown in the zenith orientation had a significantly higher Ey than clear FEP or Al-FEP further indicating that heating has a significant impact on the erosion of FEP, particularly in the zenith orientation.

  9. Competitive graphitization and diamond growth on hot-dip aluminized carbon steel substrate

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    Li, Y. S.; Ma, H. T.; Yang, L. Z.; Zhang, C. Z.; Feng, R. F.; Yang, Q.; Hirose, A.

    2014-09-01

    When carbon steel is directly exposed in 99%H2-1%CH4 gas mixture for plasma enhanced CVD deposition of diamond coatings, an intermediate graphite layer is preferentially formed on the substrate surface, and the substrate is subjected to a severe internal carburization attack. The diamond coatings formed easily delaminate from the steel substrate. Hot dip aluminizing treatment of the carbon steel has markedly promoted diamond nucleation, growth and interfacial adhesion. The formation of graphite intermediate phase on the substrate surface is effectively inhibited and the substrate carburization is also suppressed. The possible mechanism of this transition is discussed based on a series of analytical techniques.

  10. Acyl silicates and acyl aluminates as activated intermediates in peptide formation on clays

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    White, D. H.; Kennedy, R. M.; Macklin, J.

    1984-01-01

    Glycine reacts with heating on dried clays and other minerals to give peptides in much better yield than in the absence of mineral. This reaction was proposed to occur by way of an activated intermediate such as an acyl silicate or acyl aluminate analogous to acyl phosphates involved in several biochemical reactions including peptide bond synthesis. The proposed mechanism has been confirmed by trapping the intermediate, as well as by direct spectroscopic observation of a related intermediate. The reaction of amino acids on periodically dried mineral surfaces represents a widespead, geologically realistic setting for prebiotic peptide formation via in situ activation.

  11. Using FEP's List and a PA Methodology for Evaluating Suitable Areas for the LLW Repository in Italy

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    Risoluti, P.; Ciabatti, P.; Mingrone, G.

    2002-02-26

    In Italy following a referendum held in 1987, nuclear energy has been phased out. Since 1998, a general site selection process covering the whole Italian territory has been under way. A GIS (Geographic Information System) methodology was implemented in three steps using the ESRI Arc/Info and Arc/View platforms. The screening identified approximately 0.8% of the Italian territory as suitable for locating the LLW Repository. 200 areas have been identified as suitable for the location of the LLW Repository, using a multiple exclusion criteria procedure (1:500,000), regional scale (1:100.000) and local scale (1:25,000-1:10,000). A methodology for evaluating these areas has been developed allowing, along with the evaluation of the long term efficiency of the engineered barrier system (EBS), the characterization of the selected areas in terms of physical and safety factors and planning factors. The first step was to identify, on a referenced FEPs list, a group of geomorphological, geological, hydrogeological, climatic and human behavior caused process and/or events, which were considered of importance for the site evaluation, taking into account the Italian situation. A site evaluation system was established ascribing weighted scores to each of these processes and events, which were identified as parameters of the new evaluation system. The score of each parameter is ranging from 1 (low suitability) to 3 (high suitability). The corresponding weight is calculated considering the effect of the parameter in terms of total dose to the critical group, using an upgraded AMBER model for PA calculation. At the end of the process an index obtained by a score weighted sum gives the degree of suitability of the selected areas for the LLW Repository location. The application of the methodology to two selected sites is given in the paper.

  12. Filamentary superhydrophobic Teflon surfaces: Moderate apparent contact angle but superior air-retaining properties.

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    Di Mundo, Rosa; Bottiglione, Francesco; Palumbo, Fabio; Notarnicola, Michele; Carbone, Giuseppe

    2016-11-15

    Micro-scale textured Teflon surfaces, resulting from plasma etching modification, show extremely high water contact angle values and fairly good resistance to water penetration when hit by water drops at medium-high speed. This behavior is more pronounced when these surfaces present denser and smaller micrometric reliefs. Tailoring the top of these reliefs with a structure which further stabilizes the air may further increase resistance to wetting (water penetration) under static and dynamic conditions. Conditions of the oxygen fed plasma were tuned in order to explore the possibility of obtaining differently topped structures on the surface of the polymer. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) was used to explore topography and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) to assess chemical similarity of the modified surfaces. Beside the usual advancing and receding water contact angle (WCA) measurements, surfaces were subjected to high speed impacting drops and immersion in water. At milder, i.e. shorter time and lower input power, plasma conditions formation of peculiar filaments is observed on the top of the sculpted reliefs. Filamentary topped surfaces result in a lower WCA than the spherical ones, appearing in this sense less superhydrophobic. However, these surfaces give rise to the formation of a more pronounced air layer when placed underwater. Further, when hit by water drops falling at medium/high speed, they show a higher resistance to water penetration and a sensitively lower surface-liquid contact time. The contact time is as low as previously observed only on heated solids. This behavior may be ascribed to the cavities formed beneath the filaments which, similarly with the salvinia leaf structures, require a surplus of pressure to be filled by water. Also, it suggests a different concept of superhydrophobicity, which cannot be expected on the basis of the conventional water contact angle characterization. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. A New Method for Determining the Equation of State of Aluminized Explosive

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    Zhou, Zheng-Qing; Nie, Jian-Xin; Guo, Xue-Yong; Wang, Qiu-Shi; Ou, Zhuo-Cheng; Jiao, Qing-Jie

    2015-01-01

    The time-dependent Jones—Wilkins—Lee equation of state (JWL-EOS) is applied to describe detonation state products for aluminized explosives. To obtain the time-dependent JWL-EOS parameters, cylinder tests and underwater explosion experiments are performed. According to the result of the wall radial velocity in cylinder tests and the shock wave pressures in underwater explosion experiments, the time-dependent JWL-EOS parameters are determined by iterating these variables in AUTODYN hydrocode simulations until the experimental values are reproduced. In addition, to verify the reliability of the derived JWL-EOS parameters, the aluminized explosive experiment is conducted in concrete. The shock wave pressures in the affected concrete bodies are measured by using manganin pressure sensors, and the rod velocity is obtained by using a high-speed camera. Simultaneously, the shock wave pressure and the rod velocity are calculated by using the derived time-dependent JWL equation of state. The calculated results are in good agreement with the experimental data.

  14. Experimental determination of the admittances of aluminized propellants by the impedance tube method

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    Baum, J. D.; Daniel, B. R.; Zinn, B. T.

    1980-01-01

    The adaptation of the impedance tube concept for the determination of the pressure coupled admittances and response functions of burning solid propellants is discussed. The results obtained in experiments with UTP-3001 and UTP-19360 aluminized propellants are presented. It is shown that the admittance Y remains constant during the quasi-steady burn period of a test, indicating constant driving of the gas phase disturbance by the burning solid propellant. The measured real part of the admittance is positive, indicating that the burning aluminized propellant is driving the gas phase oscillations. In addition, the measured high gas phase damping, provided by the aluminum oxide particles in the gas phase, suggests that the latter can significantly increase the damping in unstable solid rockets over the investigated frequency range. Finally, it is shown that the wave structure obtained by numerically solving the impedance tube wave equations which utilize the determined propellant admittance as an initial condition and the determined value of G to describe the gas phase losses is in excellent agreement with the measured wave structure.

  15. Precipitation of spherical boehmite from concentrated sodium aluminate solution by adding gibbsite as seed

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    Liu, Gui-hua; Li, Zheng; Li, Xiao-bin; Qi, Tian-gui; Peng, Zhi-hong; Zhou, Qiu-sheng

    2017-08-01

    The precipitation of spherical boehmite was studied by surface energy calculations, measurements of precipitation ratios, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The surface energy calculation results show that the (001) and (112) planes of gibbsite surfaces are remarkably stable because of their low surface energies. In addition, the (010) plane of boehmite grows preferentially during precipitation because of its low surface energy. Thus, we propose a method to precipitate spherical boehmite from a supersaturated sodium aluminate solution by adding gibbsite as seed in a heterogeneous system. In this method, gibbsite acts as the preliminary seed and saturation modifier. The results show that the fine boehmite first nucleates on the (001) and (112) planes of gibbsite and then grows vertically on the (001) and (112) basal planes of gibbsite via self-assembly, thereby forming spherical boehmite. Simultaneously, gibbsite is dissolved into the aluminate solution to maintain the saturation for the precipitation of boehmite. The precipitation ratio fluctuates (forming an M-shaped curve) because of gibbsite dissolution and boehmite precipitation. The mechanism of boehmite precipitation was further discussed on the basis of the differences in surface energy and solubility between gibbsite and boehmite. This study provides an environmentally friendly and economical method to prepare specific boehmite in a heterogeneous system.

  16. Reaction temperature variations on the crystallographic state of spinel cobalt aluminate.

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    Taguchi, Minori; Nakane, Takayuki; Hashi, Kenjiro; Ohki, Shinobu; Shimizu, Tadashi; Sakka, Yoshio; Matsushita, Akiyuki; Abe, Hiroya; Funazukuri, Toshitaka; Naka, Takashi

    2013-05-21

    In this study, we report a rapid and simple technique for obtaining cobalt aluminate having a spinel structure. The products were prepared from a hydroxide precursor synthesized by coprecipitation of cobalt (Co(2+)) and aluminum (Al(3+)) nitrates with an alkaline solution. The chosen precursor enabled low temperature fabrication of cobalt aluminate with a spinel structure by sintering it for 2 hours at low temperatures (>400 °C). Crystallographic and thermal analyses suggest that the low-temperature-sintered products contain Co(3+) ions stabilized by chemisorbed water and/or hydroxide groups, which was not observed for products sintered at temperatures higher than 1000 °C. The color of the products turned from clear blue (Thenard's blue) to dark green when sintering temperatures were below 1000 °C. Magnetic quantities, Curie constants, and Weiss temperatures show a strong dependence on the sintering temperature. These findings suggest that there are mixed valent states, i.e. Co(2+) and Co(3+), and unique cation distributions at the different crystallographic sites in the spinel structure, especially in the products sintered at lower temperatures.

  17. Spin transition of ferric iron in the calcium-ferrite type aluminous phase

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    Wu, Ye; Qin, Fei; Wu, Xiang; Huang, Haijun; McCammon, Catherine A.; Yoshino, Takashi; Zhai, Shuangmeng; Xiao, Yuming; Prakapenka, Vitali B.

    2017-08-01

    We investigated Fe-free and Fe-bearing CF phases using nuclear forward scattering and X-ray diffraction coupled with diamond anvil cells up to 80 GPa at room temperature. Octahedral Fe3+ ions in the Fe-bearing CF phase undergo a high-spin to low-spin transition at 25-35 GPa, accompanied by a volume reduction of 2.0% and a softening of bulk sound velocity up to 17.6%. Based on the results of this study and our previous studies, both the NAL and CF phases, which account for 10-30 vol % of subducted MORB in the lower mantle, are predicted to undergo a spin transition of octahedral Fe3+ at lower mantle pressures. Spin transitions in these two aluminous phases result in an increase of density of 0.24% and a pronounced softening of bulk sound velocity up to 2.3% for subducted MORB at 25-60 GPa and 300 K. The anomalous elasticity region expands and moves to 30-75 GPa at 1200 K and the maximum of the VΦ reduction decreases to 1.8%. This anomalous elastic behavior of Fe-bearing aluminous phases across spin transition zones may be relevant in understanding the observed seismic signatures in the lower mantle.

  18. Experimental determination of the admittances of aluminized propellants by the impedance tube method

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    Baum, J. D.; Daniel, B. R.; Zinn, B. T.

    1980-01-01

    The adaptation of the impedance tube concept for the determination of the pressure coupled admittances and response functions of burning solid propellants is discussed. The results obtained in experiments with UTP-3001 and UTP-19360 aluminized propellants are presented. It is shown that the admittance Y remains constant during the quasi-steady burn period of a test, indicating constant driving of the gas phase disturbance by the burning solid propellant. The measured real part of the admittance is positive, indicating that the burning aluminized propellant is driving the gas phase oscillations. In addition, the measured high gas phase damping, provided by the aluminum oxide particles in the gas phase, suggests that the latter can significantly increase the damping in unstable solid rockets over the investigated frequency range. Finally, it is shown that the wave structure obtained by numerically solving the impedance tube wave equations which utilize the determined propellant admittance as an initial condition and the determined value of G to describe the gas phase losses is in excellent agreement with the measured wave structure.

  19. Effect of aluminized covers on body temperature in patients having abdominal surgery.

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    Erickson, R S; Yount, S T

    1991-05-01

    An unintended fall in body temperature is commonly associated with surgery. One promising strategy to help conserve body heat is use of covers made of aluminum-coated plastic. We compared the effect of three combinations of the covers (head cover, body covers, both) and a control condition on tympanic temperature in 60 adults having major abdominal surgery under general anesthesia. The covers were applied from the time of transport to the operating room until exit from the postanesthesia care unit (PACU). Tympanic temperature was measured with an infrared thermometer. Between transport and PACU entry, the four groups had mean temperature decreases ranging from 1.6 degrees to 2.3 degrees F (0.9 degree to 1.3 degrees C). After controlling for background variables affecting body temperature, adjusted PACU entry temperature was higher in the two groups with aluminized body covers. Regression analysis showed that use of the body covers accounted for 7% of the temperature variance at PACU entry and predicted a 0.9 degree F (0.5 degree C) higher temperature at that time. These findings indicate that aluminized body covers help to reduce heat loss in patients having major abdominal surgery.

  20. IMPACT OF TIME / TEMPERATURE CURING CONDITIONS AND ALUMINATE CONCENTRATIONS ON SALTSTONE PROPERTIES

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    Harbour, J.; Edwards, T.; Williams, V.

    2009-05-05

    This report addresses the impact of (1) the time and temperature curing conditions (profile) and (2) the impact of higher aluminate concentrations in the decontaminated salt solution on Saltstone processing and performance properties. The results demonstrate that performance properties as well as some of the processing properties of Saltstone are highly sensitive to the conditions of time and temperature under which curing occurs. This sensitivity is in turn dependent on the concentration of aluminate in the salt feed solution. In general, the performance properties and indicators (Young's modulus, compressive strength and total porosity) are reduced when curing is initially carried out under high temperature. However, this reduction in performance properties is dependent on the sequence of temperatures (the time/temperature profile) experienced during the curing process. That is, samples that are subjected to a 1, 2, 3 or 4 day curing time at 60 C followed by final curing at 22 C lead to performance properties that are significantly different than the properties of grouts allowed to cure for 1, 2, 3 or 4 days at 22 C followed by a treatment at 60 C. The performance properties of Saltstone cured in the sequence of higher temperature first are generally less (and in some cases significantly less) than performance properties of Saltstone cured only at 22 C. This loss in performance was shown to be mitigated by increased slag content or cement content in the premix at the expense of fly ash. For the sequence in which the Saltstone is initially cured at 22 C followed by a higher temperature cure, the performance properties can be equal to or greater than the properties observed with curing only at 22 C curing. The results in this report indicate that in order to meaningfully measure and report the performance properties of Saltstone, one has to know the time/temperature profile conditions under which the Saltstone will be cured. This will require thermal modeling and