Sample records for constantan

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

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


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

  2. High-Sensitivity Temperature Measurement

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    Leadstone, G. S.


    Describes a method of measuring small temperature differences that amount to a .01K, using an arrangement of a copper-constantan thermocouple, a microamplifier and a galvanometer, as an indirect way of measuring heat energy. (GA)

  3. Method for making small pointed thermocouples

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    Stover, C. M.


    Constantan wire worked to a needle point and covered with a copper coating produces a small, concentric, fast-reaction thermocouple that has the fast response time necessary to measure rapid temperature changes accurately and only slightly alters the environment being measured.

  4. Modern Thermocouple Experiment.

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    Chang, K. N.; And Others


    Describes a thermocouple circuit used to measure Joule heating as well as Peltier heating and cooling for a copper-Constantan metallic junction. Shows how the Seebeck effect from a thermocouple can monitor the temperature condition of a junction with regard to input power and Peltier effect. (Author/GA)

  5. Observations of long delays to detonation in propellant for tests with marginal card gaps

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    Olinger, B.


    Using the large-scale card gap tests with pin and high-speed framing camera techniques, VRP propellant, and presumably others, were found to transit to detonation at marginal gaps after a long delay. In addition, manganin-constantan gauge measurements were made in the card gap stack.

  6. A thermocouple thermode for small animals

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    Williams, B. A.


    Thermode composed of two thin-walled stainless steel hypodermic needles and cooper-constantan thermocouple or small thermistor to indicate temperature at point of perfusion is used to measure brain temperature in animals. Because of relatively small size of thermode, structural damage to brain is minimized.

  7. Magnetization and magnetoresistance of common alloy wires used in cryogenic instrumentation

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    Abrecht, M.; Adare, A.; Ekin, J. W.


    We present magnetization and magnetoresistance data at liquid-helium and liquid-nitrogen temperatures for wire materials commonly used for instrumentation wiring of specimens, sensors, and heaters in cryogenic probes. The magnetic susceptibilities in Systeme International units at 4.2 K were found to be: Manganin 1.25×10-2, Nichrome 5.6×10-3, and phosphor bronze -3.3×10-5, indicating that phosphor bronze is the most suitable for high-field applications. We also show the ferromagnetic hysteresis loop of Constantan wire at liquid-helium temperature. The magnetoresistance of these four wires was relatively small: the changes in resistance at 4 K due to a 10 T transverse magnetic field are -2.56% for Constantan, -2.83% for Manganin, +0.69% for Nichrome, and +4.5% for phosphor bronze, compared to about +188% for a typical copper wire under the same conditions.

  8. Magnetization and magnetoresistance of common alloy wires used in cryogenic instrumentation.


    Abrecht, M; Adare, A; Ekin, J W


    We present magnetization and magnetoresistance data at liquid-helium and liquid-nitrogen temperatures for wire materials commonly used for instrumentation wiring of specimens, sensors, and heaters in cryogenic probes. The magnetic susceptibilities in Systeme International units at 4.2 K were found to be: Manganin 1.25x10(-2), Nichrome 5.6x10(-3), and phosphor bronze -3.3x10(-5), indicating that phosphor bronze is the most suitable for high-field applications. We also show the ferromagnetic hysteresis loop of Constantan wire at liquid-helium temperature. The magnetoresistance of these four wires was relatively small: the changes in resistance at 4 K due to a 10 T transverse magnetic field are -2.56% for Constantan, -2.83% for Manganin, +0.69% for Nichrome, and +4.5% for phosphor bronze, compared to about +188% for a typical copper wire under the same conditions.

  9. Dynamic buckling behavior of thin metal film lines from substrate

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    Wu, Dan; Xie, Huimin; Wang, Heling; Zhang, Jie; Li, Chuanwei


    The dynamic buckling behavior of thin films from substrate is studied in this work. The experimental results show that the buckling morphology of the constantan film lines from the polymer substrate is inconsistent and non-sinusoidal, which is different from the sinusoidal form of the buckling morphology under static loads. The plastic deformation of the film lines results in the non-sinusoidal buckling morphology and residual deformation when unloaded. Finite element modeling results with regard to the plastic dissipation of the constantan film lines reveal that the plastic dissipation suppresses the buckling-driven delaminating under impact loads. This study will give some new perspectives on the buckling behavior of thin film from substrate.

  10. A Miniature Stem Thermocouple Hygrometer 1

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    Michel, Burlyn E.


    An unprotected chromel-constantan thermocouple was mounted in a cavity (4 × 2 × 1 mm) with rounded corners in a chrome-plated brass block (10 × 6 × 4 mm). When installed against a soybean (Glycine max [L.] Merr.) xylem face, sealed with caulking gum, and insulated with polyurethane foam and aluminum foil, even rapidly changing stem water potentials could be followed accurately. Temperature gradients can be a problem. PMID:16660155

  11. A miniature stem thermocouple hygrometer.


    Michel, B E


    An unprotected chromel-constantan thermocouple was mounted in a cavity (4 x 2 x 1 mm) with rounded corners in a chrome-plated brass block (10 x 6 x 4 mm). When installed against a soybean (Glycine max [L.] Merr.) xylem face, sealed with caulking gum, and insulated with polyurethane foam and aluminum foil, even rapidly changing stem water potentials could be followed accurately. Temperature gradients can be a problem.

  12. Heat transfer tests of a 0.006-scale thin skin space shuttle model (50-0, 41-T) in the Langley Research Center nitrogen tunnel at Mach 19 (IH19)

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    Walstad, D. G.


    Data are presented from heat transfer tests on an 0.0006-scale space shuttle vehicle in the Langley Research Center Nitrogen Tunnel. The purpose of this test was to obtain ascent heating data at a high hypersonic Mach number. Configurations tested were integrated orbiter and external tank, orbiter alone, and external tank alone. All configurations were tested with and without boundary layer transition. Testing was conducted at a Mach number of 19, a Reynolds number of 0.5 million per foot, and angles of attack of 0, + or - 5, and + or - 10 degrees. Heat transfer data was obtained from 77 orbiter and 90 external tank iron-constantan thermocouples.

  13. Possibility of biological micromachining used for metal removal.


    Zhang, D; Li, Y


    Besides the physical and chemical machining methods, a biological machining method has been presented. The experimental results show that machining of pure iron, pure copper and constantan by a special bacterium,Thiobacillus ferrooxidans, was possible. A micro gear and grooves on pure copper piece were bio-machined. The depth of the groove so bio-machined was directly dependent on the machining time. The biomachining mechanism has been analyzed from the electron-transport chain (ETC) in the T.ferrooxidans membrane, and its developing direction has been also discussed. PMID:18726199

  14. Modern analogue of Ohm’s historical experiment

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    Mayer, V. V.; Varaksina, E. I.


    Students receive a more complete conception of scientific cognition methods if they reproduce fundamentally important historical investigations on their own. Ohm’s investigation realized in 1826 is one of these. This paper presents a simple and accessible experimental unit, in which Ohm’s ideas are implemented with the help of modern means. The unit includes a differential copper/constantan thermocouple, a solenoid, a compass and a spirit lamp. Doing the experiment, students investigate the dependence of current on the electromotive force of the source, source resistance and load resistance.

  15. Triple-material stress-strain resistivity gage


    Stout, Ray B.


    A triple material piezoresistive gage provides multi-component elastic stress or measurements. Thin foils of three piezoresistive materials, e.g. ytterbium, manganin, and constantan, are configured in a nested serpentine rectilinear grid or other grid arrangement and embedded in a medium, preferably normal to the direction of shock wave propagation. The output of the gage is a resistivity change history for each material of the gage. Each resistivity change is independent of the others so that three diagonal components of the elastic stress or strain tensor can be calculated from the resistivity measurements.

  16. Triple-material stress-strain resistivity gage


    Stout, R.B.


    A triple material piezoresistive gage provides multi-component elastic stress or strain measurements. Thin foils of three piezoresistive materials, e.g., ytterbium, manganin, and constantan, are configured in a nested serpentine rectilinear grind or other grind arrangement and embedded in a medium, preferably normal to the direction of shock wave propagation. The output of the gage is a resistivity change history for each material of gage. Each resistivity change is independent of the others so that three diagonal components of the elastic stress or strain tensor can be calculated form the resistivity measurements. 4 figs.

  17. Triple-material stress-strain resistivity gage


    Stout, R.B.


    A triple material piezoresistive gage provides multi-component elastic stress measurements is disclosed. Thin foils of three piezoresistive materials, e.g. ytterbium, manganin, and constantan, are configured in a nested serpentine rectilinear grid or other grid arrangement and embedded in a medium, preferably normal to the direction of shock wave propagation. The output of the gage is a resistivity change history for each material of the gage. Each resistivity change is independent of the others so that three diagonal components of the elastic stress or strain tensor can be calculated from the resistivity measurements. 4 figs.

  18. Developments in convective heat transfer models featuring seamless and selected detail surfaces, employing electroless plating

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    Stalmach, C. J., Jr.


    Several model/instrument concepts employing electroless metallic skin were considered for improvement of surface condition, accuracy, and cost of contoured-geometry convective heat transfer models. A plated semi-infinite slab approach was chosen for development and evaluation in a hypersonic wind tunnel. The plated slab model consists of an epoxy casting containing fine constantan wires accurately placed at specified surface locations. An electroless alloy was deposited on the plastic surface that provides a hard, uniformly thick, seamless skin. The chosen alloy forms a high-output thermocouple junction with each exposed constantan wire, providing means of determining heat transfer during tunnel testing of the model. A selective electroless plating procedure was used to deposit scaled heatshield tiles on the lower surface of a 0.0175-scale shuttle orbiter model. Twenty-five percent of the tiles were randomly selected and plated to a height of 0.001-inch. The purpose was to assess the heating effects of surface roughness simulating misalignment of tiles that may occur during manufacture of the spacecraft.

  19. Measurement of interfacial toughness of metal film wire and polymer membrane through electricity induced buckling method.


    Wang, Qinghua; Xie, Huimin; Lu, Jian; Chen, Pengwan; Zhang, Qingming


    Measurement of interfacial toughness of a metal film wire and a flexible substrate is a challenging issue for evaluating the interfacial bonding capacity of the film-wire/substrate systems. In this paper, an electricity induced buckling method is proposed to measure the interfacial toughness between a metal film wire and a polymer membrane, which does not use a pre-existing weak interface. This method relies on causing a buckling driven delamination of the metal film wire from the polymer membrane, by inducing a compressive stress due to electrification of the film wire. For a sort of structure formed by a constantan film wire and a polymer membrane, the current density range under which the buckling of the film wire will emerge is obtained from experiments. The average interfacial toughness of one typical sample is measured to be 31.6 J/m(2). According to the buckling topographies under different current densities, the interfacial toughness of the constantan film wire and the polymer substrate is found to vary from 10 J/m(2) to 60 J/m(2).

  20. [Influence of implants on human body during MRI examinations: fundamental experiment using metal balls].


    Muranaka, Hiroyuki; Nakamura, Osamu; Usui, Shuji; Ueda, Yoshitake; Morikawa, Kaoru


    It is increasingly the case that patients who have implants feel pain during high-field MRI examinations. A probable reason for the pain is the generation by irradiation of RF pulses and changing of the magnetic field gradient. As a fundamental study on the effect of implants on the human body under MRI procedures, temperature measurements were obtained from metal balls incorporated into gel-filled phantoms by using two kinds of measuring instruments, a copper-constantan thermocouple and a fluorescence fiber thermometer. At first we pursued a correlation between a copper-constantan thermocouple (absolute measurement) and fluoroptic thermometer and confirmed the precision and stability of the fluoroptic thermometer under MRI procedures. When a stainless steel ball with or without a loop antenna was used, only in the former case did the temperature rise during RF pulse irradiation. There was no significant difference between the magnetic field gradient ON and OFF. Furthermore, differences in metal (steel, aluminum, brass, stainless steel, copper) and size (5, 10, 20 mmPhi) were affected according to the increase of temperature. In conclusion, both RF pulse irradiation and a loop antenna are necessary for heat generation on the surface of metals.

  1. Note: A sample holder design for sensitive magnetic measurements at high temperatures in a magnetic properties measurement system

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    Arauzo, A.; Guerrero, E.; Urtizberea, A.; Stankiewicz, J.; Rillo, C.


    A sample holder design for high temperature measurements in a commercial MPMS SQUID magnetometer from Quantum Design is presented. It fulfills the requirements for the simultaneous use of the oven and reciprocating sample option (RSO) options, thus allowing sensitive magnetic measurements up to 800 K. Alternating current susceptibility can also be measured, since the holder does not induce any phase shift relative to the ac driven field. It is easily fabricated by twisting Constantan Copyright-Sign wires into a braid nesting the sample inside. This design ensures that the sample be placed tightly into a tough holder with its orientation fixed, and prevents any sample displacement during the fast movements of the RSO transport, up to high temperatures.

  2. Heat transfer tests of an 0.006-scale thin-skin space shuttle thermocouple model (41-OTS) in the Langley Research Center unitary plan wind tunnel at M equals 3.7 (IH16)

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    Walstad, D. G.


    The results are presented of supersonic heat transfer tests performed on the .006 scale space shuttle vehicle model (41-OTS) in the Langley Research Center Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel. These tests were conducted to parametrically investigate ascent heating of the integrated vehicle and its components. The tests were conducted at a nominal Mach number of 3.7 and Reynolds numbers per foot of 2 and 5 million. The model configurations investigated were the integrated vehicle and each component alone (i.e. orbiter, tank and SRB). All the configurations were run with and without transition strips and through an angle of attack range of 0 deg to minus 5 deg with the exception of the SRB which was tested through an angle of attack range of minus 5 deg to 90 deg. The heat transfer data were obtained from 223 iron constantan thermocouples attached to stainless steel thin-skin areas of the model.

  3. Thermocouple design for measuring temperatures of small insects.


    Hanson, A A; Venette, R C


    Contact thermocouples often are used to measure surface body temperature changes of insects during cold exposure. However, small temperature changes of minute insects can be difficult to detect, particularly during the measurement of supercooling points. We developed two thermocouple designs, which use 0.51 mm diameter or 0.127 mm diameter copper-constantan wires, to improve our ability to resolve insect exotherms. We tested the designs with adults from three parasitoid species: Tetrastichus planipennisi, Spathius agrili, and S. floridanus. These species are <3 mm long and <0.1 mg. Mean exotherms were greater for fine-gauge thermocouples than thick-gauge thermocouples for the smallest species tested, T. planipennisi. This difference was not apparent for larger species S. agrili and S. floridanus. Thermocouple design did not affect the mean supercooling point for any of the species. The cradle thermocouple design developed with the fine gauge wire was reusable and allowed for easy insect recovery after cold exposure.

  4. BOREAS TE-6 1994 Soil and Air Temperatures in the NSA

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    Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Curd, Shelaine (Editor); Norman, John; Wilson, Tim


    The BOREAS TE-6 team collected several data sets to examine the influence of vegetation, climate, and their interactions on the major carbon fluxes for boreal forest species. This data set contains measurements of the air temperature at a single height and soil temperature at several depths in the NSA from 25-May to 08-Oct- 1994. Chromel-Constantan thermocouple wires run by a miniprogrammable data logger (Model 21X, Campbell Scientific, Inc., Logan, UT) provided direct measurements of temperature. The data are stored in tabular ASCII files. The data files are available on a CD-ROM (see document number 20010000884), or from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distrobuted Activity Archive Center (DAAC).

  5. Statistical Analysis of a Round-Robin Measurement Survey of Two Candidate Materials for a Seebeck Coefficient Standard Reference Material

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    Lu, Z. Q. J.; Lowhorn, N. D.; Wong-Ng, W.; Zhang, W.; Thomas, E. L.; Otani, M.; Green, M. L.; Tran, T. N.; Caylor, C.; Dilley, N. R.; Downey, A.; Edwards, B.; Elsner, N.; Ghamaty, S.; Hogan, T.; Jie, Q.; Li, Q.; Martin, J.; Nolas, G.; Obara, H.; Sharp, J.; Venkatasubramanian, R.; Willigan, R.; Yang, J.; Tritt, T.


    In an effort to develop a Standard Reference Material (SRM™) for Seebeck coefficient, we have conducted a round-robin measurement survey of two candidate materials—undoped Bi2Te3 and Constantan (55 % Cu and 45 % Ni alloy). Measurements were performed in two rounds by twelve laboratories involved in active thermoelectric research using a number of different commercial and custom-built measurement systems and techniques. In this paper we report the detailed statistical analyses on the interlaboratory measurement results and the statistical methodology for analysis of irregularly sampled measurement curves in the interlaboratory study setting. Based on these results, we have selected Bi2Te3 as the prototype standard material. Once available, this SRM will be useful for future interlaboratory data comparison and instrument calibrations. PMID:27504212

  6. Resistance temperature detective materials as the thermo power generator elements

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    Singh, Jaspal; Verma, S. S.


    The conventional RTD (Resistance Temperature Detective) thermocouples of types B, E, R, K and S are the efficient keys in the temperature sensing applications. These are the combinations of thermoelectric materials like Platinum, Rhodium, Constantan, Chromel, and Alumel which works on the Seebeck theory. The chief objective of this research work is only to explore their energy conversion efficiencies in the temperature range of 330°C by the generations of thermo emf. The present research work is carried out in the two parts; one is for the normal conditions and the other for the applied magnetic field of three different magnitudes i.e. 260Gauss, 360Gauss and 460Gauss. Hence this paper reports about the energy management aspects of RTD materials not only by the direct conversion of heat into electricity but also along with the magnetic field.

  7. Surface Catalysis and Oxidation on Stagnation Point Heat Flux Measurements in High Enthalpy Arc Jets

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    Nawaz, Anuscheh; Driver, David M.; Terrazas-Salinas


    Heat flux sensors are routinely used in arc jet facilities to determine heat transfer rates from plasma plume. The goal of this study is to assess the impact of surface composition changes on these heat flux sensors. Surface compositions can change due to oxidation and material deposition from the arc jet. Systematic surface analyses of the sensors were conducted before and after exposure to plasma. Currently copper is commonly used as surface material. Other surface materials were studied including nickel, constantan gold, platinum and silicon dioxide. The surfaces were exposed to plasma between 0.3 seconds and 3 seconds. Surface changes due to oxidation as well as copper deposition from the arc jets were observed. Results from changes in measured heat flux as a function of surface catalycity is given, along with a first assessment of enthalpy for these measurements. The use of cupric oxide is recommended for future heat flux measurements, due to its consistent surface composition arc jets.

  8. Effect of ambient temperature on the thermal profile of the human forearm, hand, and fingers

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    Montgomery, L. D.; Williams, B. A.


    Forearm, hand, and finger skin temperatures were measured on the right and left sides of seven resting men. The purpose was to determine the bilateral symmetry of these segmental temperature profiles at ambient temperatures from 10 to 45 C. Thermistors placed on the right and left forearms, hands, and index fingers were used to monitor the subjects until equilibration was reached at each ambient temperature. Additionally, thermal profiles of both hands were measured with copper-constantan thermocouples. During one experimental condition (23 C ambient), rectal, ear canal, and 24 skin temperatures were measured on each subject. Average body and average skin temperatures are given for each subject at the 23 C ambient condition. Detailed thermal profiles are also presented for the dorsal, ventral, and circumferential left forearm, hand, and finger skin temperatures at 23 C ambient. No significant differences were found between the mean skin temperatures of the right and left contralateral segments at any of the selected ambient temperatures.

  9. Evaluation of measurement errors of temperature and relative humidity from HOBO data logger under different conditions of exposure to solar radiation.


    da Cunha, Antonio Ribeiro


    This study aimed to assess measurements of temperature and relative humidity obtained with HOBO a data logger, under various conditions of exposure to solar radiation, comparing them with those obtained through the use of a temperature/relative humidity probe and a copper-constantan thermocouple psychrometer, which are considered the standards for obtaining such measurements. Data were collected over a 6-day period (from 25 March to 1 April, 2010), during which the equipment was monitored continuously and simultaneously. We employed the following combinations of equipment and conditions: a HOBO data logger in full sunlight; a HOBO data logger shielded within a white plastic cup with windows for air circulation; a HOBO data logger shielded within a gill-type shelter (multi-plate prototype plastic); a copper-constantan thermocouple psychrometer exposed to natural ventilation and protected from sunlight; and a temperature/relative humidity probe under a commercial, multi-plate radiation shield. Comparisons between the measurements obtained with the various devices were made on the basis of statistical indicators: linear regression, with coefficient of determination; index of agreement; maximum absolute error; and mean absolute error. The prototype multi-plate shelter (gill-type) used in order to protect the HOBO data logger was found to provide the best protection against the effects of solar radiation on measurements of temperature and relative humidity. The precision and accuracy of a device that measures temperature and relative humidity depend on an efficient shelter that minimizes the interference caused by solar radiation, thereby avoiding erroneous analysis of the data obtained.

  10. Studies on microwave and blood-brain barrier interaction

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    Lin, J.C.; Lin, M.F.


    This investigation was aimed at correlating changes of blood-brain-barrier permeability with the quantity and distribution of absorbed microwave energy inside the brain of adult Wistar rats anesthetized by sodium pentobarbital. Through use of thermographic methods and a direct-contact applicator at the animal's head, the pattern of absorbed microwave energy was determined. Indwelling catheters were placed in the femoral vein and in the left external carotid artery. Evans blue and sodium fluorescein in isotonic saline were used as visual indicators of barrier permeation. Exposure to pulsed 2,450-MHz radiation for 20 min at average power densities of 0.5, 1, 5, 20, 145 or 1,000 mW/cm2, which resulted in average specific absorption rates (SARs) of 0.04, 0.08, 0.4, 1.6, 11.5 or 80.0 mW/g in the brain, did not produce staining, except in the pineal body, the pituitary gland, and the choroid plexus - regions that normally are highly permeable. Except for these regions, staining was also absent in the brains of sham-exposed animals. The rectal temperature, as monitored by a copper-constantan thermocouple, showed a maximum increase of less than 0.75 degrees C from a mean pre-exposure temperature of 36.6 degrees C. The highest brain temperature recorded in a similar group of animals using a thickfilm carbon thermistor was less than 41.0 degrees C.

  11. Decreases in deuterium pumping by St707 getter alloy caused by carbon dioxide preexposure

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    Malinowski, M.E.


    Intentional passivation of the deuterium pumping of the solid getter alloy St707 has been attempted by exposing samples of St707 to carbon dioxide at different pressures, temperatures and exposure times relevant for application to the getter modules in the ALT-I pump limiter. It was found that one of the most effective treatments examined was a 30 min, 1 Torr exposure at approximately 100 /sup 0/C. This preexposure kept the getter pumping speed less than 0.001 of its rated value for about 3 min when exposed to deuterium at 1 Torr and 30 /sup 0/C. After this ''incubation'' period, the getter speed increases to values greater than approx.1% of fully activated values. If left under high deuterium pressure, the getter eventually flakes off the substrate. Video observations of the flaking process indicate that individual particles leave the constantan getter substrate at velocities of 1 m/s. Attempts at passivating the getter using oxygen and carbon monoxide were found to be no more effective than using carbon dioxide, suggesting that there is no way to completely passivate the getter with these gases at pressures low enough for application to in situ getter arrays used in tokamaks.

  12. A Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Sensor Integrated with Battery-Controlled Fluidic Device for Capture and Detection of Trace Small Molecules

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    Zhou, Qitao; Meng, Guowen; Zheng, Peng; Cushing, Scott; Wu, Nianqiang; Huang, Qing; Zhu, Chuhong; Zhang, Zhuo; Wang, Zhiwei


    For surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) sensors, one of the important issues is the development of substrates not only with high SERS-activity but also with strong ability to capture analytes. However, it is difficult to achieve the two goals simultaneously especially when detecting small molecules. Herein a compact battery-controlled nanostructure-assembled SERS system has been demonstrated for capture and detection of trace small molecule pollutants in water. In this SERS fluidic system, an electrical heating constantan wire covered with the vertically aligned ZnO nanotapers decorated with Ag-nanoparticles is inserted into a glass capillary. A mixture of thermo-responsive microgels, Au-nanorods colloids and analyte solution is then filled into the remnant space of the capillary. When the system is heated by switching on the battery, the thermo-responsive microgels shrink, which immobilizes the analyte and drives the Au-nanorod close to each other and close to the Ag-ZnO nanotapers. This process has also created high-density “hot spots” due to multi-type plasmonic couplings in three-dimensional space, amplifying the SERS signal. This integrated device has been successfully used to measure methyl parathion in lake water, showing a great potential in detection of aquatic pollutants. PMID:26238799

  13. Sliding bubbles on a hot horizontal wire in a subcooled bath

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    Duchesne, Alexis; Dubois, Charles; Caps, Hervé


    When a wire is heated up to the boiling point in a liquid bath some bubbles will nucleate on the wire surface. Traditional nucleate boiling theory predicts that bubbles generate from active nucleate site, grow up and depart from the heating surface due to buoyancy and inertia. However, an alternative scenario is presented in the literature for a subcooled bath: bubbles slide along the horizontal wire before departing. New experiments were performed by using a constantan wire and different liquids, varying the injected power. Silicone oil, water and even liquid nitrogen were tested in order to vary wetting conditions, liquid viscosities and surface tensions. We explored the influence of the wire diameter and of the subcooled bath temperature. We observed, of course, sliding motion, but also a wide range of behaviors from bubbles clustering to film boiling. We noticed that bubbles could change moving sense, especially when encountering with another bubble. The bubble speed is carefully measured and can reach more than 100 mm/s for a millimetric bubble. We investigated the dependence of the speed on the different parameters and found that this speed is, for a given configuration, quite independent of the injected power. We understand these phenomena in terms of Marangoni effects. This project has been financially supported by ARC SuperCool contract of the University of Liège.

  14. The recent warming in eastern Minnesota shown by ground temperatures

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    Baker, Donald G.; Ruschy, David L.


    Soil and ground (here defined as beyond the depth of weathering or soil) temperatures can be superior to surface temperatures as indicators of climatic trends, because the “noise” common to the latter has been effectively reduced or removed. As a result, the 12.8 m ground temperatures recorded routinely at the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus climatological observatory since 1963 can provide valuable information on climatic trends.The observatory, located in the midst of land that has been in agricultural test plots since 1885, was instrumented with copper-constantan thermocouples buried at various depths in the soil and ground. The two air temperature measurements, with which the 12.8 m ground temperature is compared, are made with maximum and minimum glass thermometers housed in standard temperature shelters.The mean air temperature increases of 0.049°C and 0.035°C per year, 1963-1990, at the observatory and the nearby Eastern Minnesota station, respectively, compare favorably with the 12.8 m ground temperature mean increase of 0.041°C per year. Due to the brevity of the record and to its approximate coincidence with the most recent northern hemisphere warming period, the extrapolation of these rates beyond the record period must be done with care.

  15. Stress-strain gage measurements on a Nevada Test Site (NTS) event using pairs of triple foil gages

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    Kansa, E.J.; Stout, R.B.


    A triple-material stress-strain gage containing foils of ytterbium, manganin, and constantan was tested at LLNL. This gage yields three independent piezoresistance measurements from which an independent set of principal strains and principal stresses can be inferred. We have analyzed the signals from a gage at a specific location buried at a distance from the center of energy of an event at NTS. We inverted the resistivity signals to calculate the stress and strain histories as sensed by the foils. Using the elastic material properties and the traction and displacement conditions at the various material interfaces from the foils to the host geological medium, we calculated the stress and strain histories in the host geological medium. However, because of uncertainties in the elastic properties of the layers of surrounding materials, we calculated significant variations in both the peaks and signatures of the stress and strain histories that could produce the foil stress and strain histories. We conclude that, because of the inclusion problem, accurate measurements of the stress-strain histories in the host geological medium can be adequately addressed only by minimizing, as much as possible, such uncertainties.

  16. Harnessing modified manganin technique to study processes of explosive transformation in pyrotechnic compositions

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    Batalov, Sergei


    The paper reviews results of the experimental study of explosive transformation in pyrotechnic compositions with modified manganin technique. In particular, experimental data on pressure profiles recorded with tiny manganin sensors are cited to characterize the effect of parameters of the loading pulse, dispersion and density on peculiarities of explosive transformation in studied pyrotechnic pieces under shock-wave initiation. In the paper are shown the experimental pressure profiles, characteristic for processes of explosive transformation of extended delay. The experimental results prove the effect of density variation of the specimens under study on the process of the explosive transformation. It is felt that for given range of pressures of the incoming shock wave the difference of the explosive transformation history, at equal parameters of loading pulse, is caused also by different dispersion of the initial powder and final porosity of studied specimens. The experimental results provide support for possibility of use of tiny manganin and constantan sensors in studying processes of explosive transformation of pyrotechnic compositions under initiation by divergent shock waves of large curve front and slumping pressure profile.

  17. Developments in strong shock wave position tracking

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    Rae, Philip; Glover, Brain; Perry, Lee; WX-6; WX-7 Team


    This poster will highlight several modified techniques to allow the position vs. time to be tracked in strong shock situations (such as detonation). Each is a modification or improvement of existing ideas either making use of advances in specialist materials availability or recent advances in electronics.) Shorting embedded mini-coaxial cable with a standing microwave pattern. This technique is a modified version of an old LANL method of shock position tracking making use of a traveling short imposed in an embedded coaxial cable. A high frequency standing wave (3-8GHz) is present in the cable and the moving short position can be tracked by monitoring the output voltage envelope as a function of time. A diode detector is used to allow the envelope voltage to be monitored on a regular low frequency digitizer significantly reducing the cost. The small and cheap high frequency voltage generators now available allow much greater spatial resolution than possible previously. 2) Very thin shorting resistance track gauges. Parallel tracks of constantan resistance material are etched on a thin dielectric substrate. The gauges are less than 0.2 mm thick. The ionized gas present in a detonation front sweeps up the tracks lowering the measured resistance. A potential divider circuit allows the shock position vs. time to be monitored on a regular digitizer after easy calibration. The novel feature is the thin section of the gauge producing minimal perturbation in the detonation front.

  18. Evaluation of the effect of V2O5 on the electrical and thermoelectric properties of poly(vinyl alcohol)/graphene nanoplatelets nanocomposite

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    Morad, M.; Fadlallah, M. M.; Hassan, M. A.; Sheha, E.


    The aim of this contribution is to introduce high performance materials for thermoelectric devices. A nanopolymer composite of PVAGNP ((polyvinyl alcohol ((PVA)0.6/graphene nanoplatelets (GNP)0.4))1-x(V2O5)x where x = 0, 2.5, 5, 7.5 and 10 wt% has been prepared using a solution cast technique. The influence of V2O5 additives on the morphology, structure, thermal and electrical properties of PVA has been examined by FTIR, XRD, TGA, DC and IV techniques. The disassociation of V2O5 to (V4+) and (V5+) in the composites acts as a co-bridge which can facilitate the translational electronic motion, which enhances the charge carrier mobility and the electrical conductivity. A prototype cell was constructed using (PVAGNP)1-x(GNP)x nanocomposites with constantan wire. The addition of V2O5 improves the thermoelectric properties of the (PVA)0.6(GNP)0.4 nanocomposite, where the Seebeck coefficient is increased from 23.1 to 45.8 μV K-1 from 0 to 10 wt% V2O5, respectively. The power factor is increased from 1.17 × 10-2 to 36.30 × 10-2 μWm-1 K-2 from 0 to 10 wt% V2O5, respectively, and the ZT is increased from 4.47 × 10-9 to 1.46 × 10-7.

  19. Apparatus for the Measurement of Thermoelectric Power

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    Hishida, Shoji; Ho, Pei-Chun

    The Seebeck Effect refers to the electric potential that is established in a material under an imposed temperature gradient. This effect provides a useful tool for characterizing the thermal and electric transport behavior of materials. A measurement probe is under development in order to measure the Seebeck Coefficient (Thermoelectric Power) of a sample over the temperature range from 10 - 300 K in a cryocooler system. The sample is mounted between two platforms: one that is thermally connected with the measurement probe and another that is thermally isolated, referred to as the cold and hot platforms respectively. A 2k Ω resistance heater on the hot platform is used to establish a temperature gradient across the sample and between the two platforms. A Cernox resistance thermometer measures the temperature of the cold platform, and a Type T differential thermocouple, composed of copper-constantan-copper wires, is used to measure the temperature difference. The probe will be calibrated using the known thermopowers of Nickel, Platinum, and Chromel samples. The performance results of this design will be presented. Research at CSU-Fresno is supported by NSF DMR-1506677. Shoji Hishida is also supported by the Undergraduate Research Grant at CSU Fresno.

  20. Practical system for the direct measurement of magneto-caloric effect by micro-thermocouples.


    Kamarád, J; Kaštil, J; Arnold, Z


    A system for direct measurements of the magneto-caloric effect (MCE) exploits a rapid transport of a sample into or from magnetic field in permanent Halbach-type (1 T) or superconducting (4.7 T) magnets. Time dependence of induced changes of the sample temperature, ΔT(t), is detected directly by the differential Cu-Constantan-Cu micro-thermocouples with time steps of 300 ms. A sample placed inside an evacuated simple LN(2) cryostat is either totally isolated (adiabatic conditions) or partly connected with the copper sample holder (non-adiabatic conditions). The last arrangement (a model of the Brayton cycle) is used to simulate an application of MCE in refrigeration techniques. The relations describing ΔT(t) that allow an analysis of MCE of the studied materials are based on the general cooling law. The effect of the first-order magnetic transition on MCE of selected sample is also demonstrated by non-standard ΔT(t) curves measured in the last mentioned experimental arrangements.

  1. Finite element analysis of (SA) mechanoreceptors in tactile sensing application

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    N, Syamimi; Yahud, S.


    This paper addresses the structural design of a fingertip model in order to analyse the sensory function of slow adapting (SA) mechanoreceptors by using the finite element analysis (FEA) method. A biologically inspired tactile sensor was designed to mimic a similar response of the human mechanoreceptors in the human glabrous skin. The simulation work was done by using COMSOL Multiphysics. The artificial skin was modelled as a solid square block of silicone elastomer with a semi cylinder protrusion on top. It was modelled as a nearly incompressible and linear hyperelastic material defined by Neo Hookean constitutive law. The sensing element on the other hand was modelled by using constantan alloy mimicking the SA1 receptor. Boundary loads of 1 N/m² to 4 N/m² with the increment of 1 N/m² were applied to the top surface of the protrusion in z and x-direction for normal and shear stress, respectively. The epidermal model base was constrained to maintain the same boundary conditions throughout all simulations. The changes of length experienced by the sensing element were calculated. The simulations result in terms of strain was identified. The simulated result was plotted in terms of sensing element strain against the boundary load and the graph should produce a linear response.

  2. Pulvinus activity, leaf movement and leaf water-use efficiency of bush bean ( Phaseplus vulgaris L.) in a hot environment

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    Raeini-Sarjaz, Mahmoud; Chalavi, Vida


    Pulvinus activity of Phaseolus species in response to environmental stimuli plays an essential role in heliotropic leaf movement. The aims of this study were to monitor the continuous daily pulvinus movement and pulvinus temperature, and to evaluate the effects of leaf movements, on a hot day, on instantaneous leaf water-use efficiency (WUEi), leaf gas exchange, and leaf temperature. Potted plants of Phaseolus vulgaris L. var. Provider were grown in Chicot sandy loam soil under well-watered conditions in a greenhouse. When the second trifoliate leaf was completely extended, one plant was selected to measure pulvinus movement using a beta-ray gauging (BRG) meter with a point source of thallium-204 (204Tl). Leaf gas exchange measurements took place on similar leaflets of three plants at an air temperature interval of 33-42°C by a steady-state LI-6200 photosynthesis system. A copper-constantan thermocouple was used to monitor pulvinus temperature. Pulvinus bending followed the daily diurnal rhythm. Significant correlations were found between the leaf-incident angle and the stomatal conductance ( R 2 = 0.54; P < 0.01), and photosynthesis rate ( R 2 = 0.84; P < 0.01). With a reduction in leaf-incidence angle and increase in air temperature, WUEi was reduced. During the measurements, leaf temperature remained below air temperature and was a significant function of air temperature ( r = 0.92; P < 0.01). In conclusion, pulvinus bending followed both light intensity and air temperature and influenced leaf gas exchange.

  3. Uncertainty analysis of thermocouple measurements used in normal and abnormal thermal environment experiments at Sandia's Radiant Heat Facility and Lurance Canyon Burn Site.

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    Nakos, James Thomas


    It would not be possible to confidently qualify weapon systems performance or validate computer codes without knowing the uncertainty of the experimental data used. This report provides uncertainty estimates associated with thermocouple data for temperature measurements from two of Sandia's large-scale thermal facilities. These two facilities (the Radiant Heat Facility (RHF) and the Lurance Canyon Burn Site (LCBS)) routinely gather data from normal and abnormal thermal environment experiments. They are managed by Fire Science & Technology Department 09132. Uncertainty analyses were performed for several thermocouple (TC) data acquisition systems (DASs) used at the RHF and LCBS. These analyses apply to Type K, chromel-alumel thermocouples of various types: fiberglass sheathed TC wire, mineral-insulated, metal-sheathed (MIMS) TC assemblies, and are easily extended to other TC materials (e.g., copper-constantan). Several DASs were analyzed: (1) A Hewlett-Packard (HP) 3852A system, and (2) several National Instrument (NI) systems. The uncertainty analyses were performed on the entire system from the TC to the DAS output file. Uncertainty sources include TC mounting errors, ANSI standard calibration uncertainty for Type K TC wire, potential errors due to temperature gradients inside connectors, extension wire uncertainty, DAS hardware uncertainties including noise, common mode rejection ratio, digital voltmeter accuracy, mV to temperature conversion, analog to digital conversion, and other possible sources. Typical results for 'normal' environments (e.g., maximum of 300-400 K) showed the total uncertainty to be about {+-}1% of the reading in absolute temperature. In high temperature or high heat flux ('abnormal') thermal environments, total uncertainties range up to {+-}2-3% of the reading (maximum of 1300 K). The higher uncertainties in abnormal thermal environments are caused by increased errors due to the effects of imperfect TC attachment to the test item. 'Best

  4. High-Speed Automated Tester for Vacuum Chamber Feedthrough Connectors and Cables

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    Swope, Robert H.; Powers, Edward I. (Technical Monitor)


    The Goddard Space Flight Center's thermal vacuum laboratory has developed a high-speed automated system for testing the integrity of 37-pin MIL-C-5015 cylindrical electrical feedthrough connectors used on penetration plates of thermal vacuum chambers. The system consists of a desktop PC driving a data acquisition front end. The latter measures the resistance through each pin of the connector and the resistance from each pin to all other pins and the connector shell. In addition to identifying unacceptable feedthroughs, the system is also used for testing cables. In the special case of Type T thermocouples (used almost exclusively at the lab), the difference in resistance between the copper and constantan wires provides positive proof of accidentally reversed connector wiring. Data acquisition time to completely test a cable or feedthrough connector is less than thirty seconds. The system provides a hardcopy printout of the resistance readings. Connectors or cables with fewer wires are tested using simple adapter cables. Initial tests indicate that the performance of a given feedthrough connector can be predicted on the basis of measured resistance readings, reducing ongoing cost of connector replacement. The opportunity to positively certify the integrity of cables, cable connectors and feedthroughs before the start of a thermal vacuum test minimizes the likelihood of a circuit problem that would require returning the chamber to ambient conditions for repair. This system has two principal advantages for the Goddard thermal vacuum laboratory. Its only significant cost was the labor to fabricate the test cable and shorting cable -- about 40 man-hours total. The system was built around a computer and data acquisition unit that were already on hand. The second advantage is that it very quickly tests both of the parameters that are essential.

  5. Aeroheating Measurement of Apollo Shaped Capsule with Boundary Layer Trip in the Free-piston Shock Tunnel HIEST

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    Hideyuki, TANNO; Tomoyuki, KOMURO; Kazuo, SATO; Katsuhiro, ITOH; Lillard, Randolph P.; Olejniczak, Joseph


    An aeroheating measurement test campaign of an Apollo capsule model with laminar and turbulent boundary layer was performed in the free-piston shock tunnel HIEST at JAXA Kakuda Space Center. A 250mm-diameter 6.4%-scaled Apollo CM capsule model made of SUS-304 stainless steel was applied in this study. To measure heat flux distribution, the model was equipped with 88 miniature co-axial Chromel-Constantan thermocouples on the heat shield surface of the model. In order to promote boundary layer transition, a boundary layer trip insert with 13 "pizza-box" isolated roughness elements, which have 1.27mm square, were placed at 17mm below of the model geometric center. Three boundary layer trip inserts with roughness height of k=0.3mm, 0.6mm and 0.8mm were used to identify the appropriate height to induce transition. Heat flux records with or without roughness elements were obtained for model angles of attack 28º under stagnation enthalpy between H(sub 0)=3.5MJ/kg to 21MJ/kg and stagnation pressure between P(sub 0)=14MPa to 60MPa. Under the condition above, Reynolds number based on the model diameter was varied from 0.2 to 1.3 million. With roughness elements, boundary layer became fully turbulent less than H(sub 0)=9MJ/kg condition. However, boundary layer was still laminar over H(sub 0)=13MJ/kg condition even with the highest roughness elements. An additional experiment was also performed to correct unexpected heat flux augmentation observed over H(sub 0)=9MJ/kg condition.

  6. Numerical heat transfer during partially-confined, confined, and free liquid jet impingement with rotation and chemical mechanical planarization process modeling

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    Lallave Cortes, Jorge C.

    This work presents the use of numerical modeling for the analysis of transient and steady state liquid jet impingement for cooling application of electronics, and energy dissipation during a CMP process under the influence of a series of parameters that controls the transport phenomena mechanism. Seven thorough studies were done to explore how the flow structure and conjugated heat transfer in both the solid and fluid regions was affected by adding a secondary rotational flow during the jet impingement process. Axis-symmetrical numerical models of round jets with a spinning or static nozzle were developed using the following configurations: confined, partially-confined, and free liquid jet impingement on a rotating or stationary uniformly heated disk of finite thickness and radius. Calculations were done for various materials, namely copper, silver, Constantan, and silicon with a solid to fluid thermal conductivity ratio covering a range of 36.91.2222, at different laminar Reynolds numbers ranging from 220 to 2,000, under a broad rotational rate range of 0 to 1,000 RPM (Ekman number=infinity--3.31x10--5), nozzle-to-plate spacing (beta=, dimensionless disk thicknesses (b/dn=, confinement ratio (rp/rd=, and Prandtl number ( using NH3, H2O, FC.77 and MIL.7808 as working fluids. An engineering correlation relating the average Nusselt number with the above parameters was developed for the prediction of system performance. The simulation results compared reasonably well with previous experimental studies. The second major contribution of this research was the development of a three dimensional CMP model that shows the temperature distributions profile as an index of energy dissipation at the wafer and pad surfaces, and slurry interface. A finite element analysis was done with FIDAP 8.7.4 package under the influence of physical parameters, such as slurry flow rates ( cc/s), polishing pressures ( kPa), pad

  7. U.S. Space Radioisotope Power Systems and Applications: Past, Present and Future

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    Cataldo, Robert L.; Bennett, Gary L.


    -1906) and R. J. Strut. Almost 100 years ago, in 1913, English physicist H. G. J. Moseley (1887-1915) constructed the first nuclear battery using a vacuum flask and 20 mCi of radium (Corliss and Harvey, 1964, Proceedings of the Royal Society, 1913). After World War II, serious interest in radioisotope power systems in the U.S. was sparked by studies of space satellites such as North American Aviation s 1947 report on nuclear space power and the RAND Corporation s 1949 report on radioisotope power. (Greenfield, 1947, Gendler and Kock, 1949). Radioisotopes were also considered in early studies of nuclear-powered aircraft (Corliss and Harvey, 1964). In 1951, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) signed several contracts to study a 1-kWe space power plant using reactors or radioisotopes. Several of these studies, which were completed in 1952, recommended the use of RPS. (Corliss and Harvey, 1964). In 1954, the RAND Corporation issued the summary report of the Project Feedback military satellite study in which radioisotope power was considered (Lipp and Salter, 1954, RAND). Paralleling these studies, in 1954, K. C. Jordan and J. H. Birden of the AEC s Mound Laboratory conceived and built the first RTG using chromel-constantan thermocouples and a polonium-210 (210Po or Po-210) radioisotope heat source (see Figure 2). While the power produced (1.8 mWe) was low by today s standards, this first RTG showed the feasibility of RPS. A second thermal battery was built with more Po-210, producing 9.4 mWe. Jordan and Birden concluded that the Po-210 thermal battery would have about ten times the energy of ordinary dry cells of the same mass (Jordan and Birden, 1954). The heat source consisted of a 1-cm-diameter sphere of 57 Ci (1.8 Wt) of Po-210 inside a capsule of nickel-coated cold-rolled steel all inside a container of Lucite. The thermocouples were silver-soldered chromel-constantan. The thermal battery produced 1.8 mWe.

  8. Assessment of groundwater availability in the Northern Atlantic Coastal Plain aquifer system From Long Island, New York, to North Carolina

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    Masterson, John P.; Pope, Jason P.; Fienen, Michael N.; Monti, Jr., Jack; Nardi, Mark R.; Finkelstein, Jason S.


    , and the boundary between freshwater and saltwater as it approaches equilibrium. The largest change in water budget components is the reduction in the amount of water released from storage.Across the entire NACP aquifer system, the reduction of storage release from 7 to 4 percent of the total water budget change is accounted for by reductions in groundwater discharge to streams and coastal waters. Locally, a similar response is calculated for each of the geographic areas except for Virginia where the amount of water released from storage accounts for about 25 percent of the total change in water budget. This finding suggests that the groundwater flow system in Virginia is not approaching equilibrium under the current [2013] stresses and, therefore, water levels will continue to decrease even if the pumping remains constant.An analysis of the change in water levels in the Potomac-Patapsco aquifer as pumping is continued 30 years into the future reveals that the largest decreases in water levels throughout the NACP aquifer system will occur in the southern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina parts of the study area. It is these areas that also see the greatest potential for increased lateral movement of saline groundwater in the deep, confined portion of the groundwater flow system in response to a continuation of the current [2013] pumping rates.The potential effects of long-term climate change and variability on the hydrologic system and availability of water resources in the NACP aquifer system continue to be of serious societal concern. These concerns include the effects of changes in aquifer recharge and in sea-level rise on the groundwater flow system. An assessment of the potential effects of a prolonged drought during current [2013] pumping conditions indicated that the reductions in recharge associated with droughts, including additional irrigation withdrawals required to meet increased crop water demand, have the greatest effects on water levels and