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  1. Shuttle payload interface verification equipment study. Volume 2: Technical document, part 1

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1976-01-01

    The technical analysis is reported that was performed during the shuttle payload interface verification equipment study. It describes: (1) the background and intent of the study; (2) study approach and philosophy covering all facets of shuttle payload/cargo integration; (3)shuttle payload integration requirements; (4) preliminary design of the horizontal IVE; (5) vertical IVE concept; and (6) IVE program development plans, schedule and cost. Also included is a payload integration analysis task to identify potential uses in addition to payload interface verification.

  2. Cognitive Task Analysis, Interface Design, and Technical Troubleshooting.

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    Steinberg, Linda S.; Gitomer, Drew H.

    A model of the interface design process is proposed that makes use of two interdependent levels of cognitive analysis: the study of the criterion task through an analysis of expert/novice differences and the evaluation of the working user interface design through the application of a practical interface analysis methodology (GOMS model). This dual…

  3. Knowledge-based graphical interfaces for presenting technical information

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    Feiner, Steven

    1988-01-01

    Designing effective presentations of technical information is extremely difficult and time-consuming. Moreover, the combination of increasing task complexity and declining job skills makes the need for high-quality technical presentations especially urgent. We believe that this need can ultimately be met through the development of knowledge-based graphical interfaces that can design and present technical information. Since much material is most naturally communicated through pictures, our work has stressed the importance of well-designed graphics, concentrating on generating pictures and laying out displays containing them. We describe APEX, a testbed picture generation system that creates sequences of pictures that depict the performance of simple actions in a world of 3D objects. Our system supports rules for determining automatically the objects to be shown in a picture, the style and level of detail with which they should be rendered, the method by which the action itself should be indicated, and the picture's camera specification. We then describe work on GRIDS, an experimental display layout system that addresses some of the problems in designing displays containing these pictures, determining the position and size of the material to be presented.

  4. PHOTOS interface in C++. Technical and physics documentation

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    Davidson, N.; Przedzinski, T.; Was, Z.

    2016-02-01

    For five years now, PHOTOS Monte Carlo for bremsstrahlung in the decay of particles and resonances has been available with an interface to the C++ HepMC event record. The main purpose of the present paper is to document the technical aspects of the PHOTOS Monte Carlo installation and present version use. A multitude of test results and examples are distributed together with the program code. The PHOTOS C++ physics precision is better than its FORTRAN predecessor and more convenient steering options are also available. An algorithm for the event record interface necessary for process dependent photon emission kernel is implemented. It is used in Z and W decays for kernels of complete first order matrix elements of the decays. Additional emission of final state lepton pairs is also available. Physics assumptions used in the program and properties of the solution are reviewed. In particular, it is explained how the second order matrix elements were used in design and validation of the program iteration procedure. Also, it is explained that the phase space parameterization used in the program is exact.

  5. Methods for Improving the User-Computer Interface. Technical Report.

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    McCann, Patrick H.

    This summary of methods for improving the user-computer interface is based on a review of the pertinent literature. Requirements of the personal computer user are identified and contrasted with computer designer perspectives towards the user. The user's psychological needs are described, so that the design of the user-computer interface may be…

  6. Unionfining: Technical case studies

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    Nguyen, T.A.; Skripek, M.

    1994-12-31

    Hydrotreating improves the quality of FCC feeds by reducing sulfur, nitrogen, metals, asphaltenes, and polynuclear aromatic content. Four case studies presented in this paper show the benefits of hydrotreating FCC feeds: higher conversion and gasoline yield, better quality products, and lower SO{sub x} emissions.

  7. Product Development as a Fuzzy Interface between Technical and Non-technical Education.

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    Masarnau, Juan

    1988-01-01

    Discusses a product development structure, including marketing, design, technology, industrial manufacturing, reasoning, and objects. Describes needs of the interface in terms of marketing, industrial design, technology, and industry. (YP)

  8. Nonlinear optical studies of polymer interfaces

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    Shen, Y.R. |

    1993-11-01

    Second-order nonlinear optical processes can be used as effective surface probes. They can provide some unique opportunities for studies of polymer interfaces. Here the author describes two examples to illustrate the potential of the techniques. One is on the formation of metal/polymer interfaces. The other is on the alignment of liquid crystal films by mechanically rubbed polymer surfaces.

  9. FY07 Summary of System Interface and Support Systems R&D and Technical Issues Map

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    Steven R. Sherman

    2007-09-01

    This document provides a summary of research and development activities in the System Interface and Support Systems area of the DOE Nuclear Hydrogen Initiative in FY 2007. Project cost and performance data obtained from the PICS system, at least up through July 2007, are presented and analyzed. Brief summaries of accomplishments and references are provided. A mapping of System Interface and Support Systems technical issues versus the work performed is updated and presented. Lastly, near-term research plans are described, and recommendatioins are provided for additional research.

  10. High temperature ceramic interface study

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    Lindberg, L. J.

    1984-01-01

    Monolithic SiC and Si3N4 are susceptible to contact stress damage at static and sliding interfaces. Transformation-toughened zirconia (TTZ) was evaluated under sliding contact conditions to determine if the higher material fracture toughness would reduce the susceptibility to contact stress damage. Contact stress tests were conducted on four commercially available TTZ materials at normal loads ranging from 0.455 to 22.7 kg (1 to 50 pounds) at temperatures ranging from room temperature to 1204C (2200 F). Static and dynamic friction were measured as a function of temperature. Flexural strength measurements after these tests determined that the contact stress exposure did not reduce the strength of TTZ at contact loads of 0.455, 4.55, and 11.3 kg (1, 10, and 25 pounds). Prior testing with the lower toughness SiC and Si3N4 materials resulted in a substantial strength reduction at loads of only 4.55 and 11.3 kg (10 and 25 pounds). An increase in material toughness appears to improve ceramic material resistance to contact stress damage. Baseline material flexure strength was established and the stress rupture capability of TTZ was evaluated. Stress rupture tests determined that TTZ materials are susceptible to deformation due to creep and that aging of TTZ materials at elevated temperatures results in a reduction of material strength.

  11. Head Start Impact Study. Technical Report

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    Puma, Michael; Bell, Stephen; Cook, Ronna; Heid, Camilla; Shapiro, Gary; Broene, Pam; Jenkins, Frank; Fletcher, Philip; Quinn, Liz; Friedman, Janet; Ciarico, Janet; Rohacek, Monica; Adams, Gina; Spier, Elizabeth

    2010-01-01

    This Technical Report is designed to provide technical detail to support the analysis and findings presented in the "Head Start Impact Study Final Report" (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, January 2010). Chapter 1 provides an overview of the Head Start Impact Study and its findings. Chapter 2 provides technical information on the…

  12. Solar thermochemical process interface study

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1984-01-01

    The design and analyses of a subsystem of a hydrogen production process are described. The process is based on solar driven thermochemical reactions. The subject subsystem receives sulfuric acid of 60% concentration at 100 C, 1 atm pressure. The acid is further concentrated, vaporized, and decomposed (at a rate of 122 g moles/sec H2SO4) into SO2, O2, and water. The produce stream is cooled to 100 C. Three subsystem options, each being driven by direct solar energy, were designed and analyzed. The results are compared with a prior study case in which solar energy was provided indirectly through a helium loop.

  13. Tape/head interface study

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    1983-01-01

    Existing high energy tapes, high track density heads, and transport guidance techniques were evaluated and characterized to enable these technologies to be employed in future spacecraft recorders with high confidence. The results of these study efforts demonstrated tracking accuracy tape and head density that will support spacecraft recorders with data rates of a minimum of 150 Mbps and storage capacities ranging from 10 to the 10th to 10 to the 11th bits. Seven high energy tapes of either .25 in width, 1.00 in width, or both, were tested. All tapes were tested at the same speed (30 ips) and the same packing density (33 KBI). The performance of all 1 in tapes was considered superior.

  14. Insights from the study of high-temperature interface superconductivity.

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    Pereiro, J; Bollinger, A T; Logvenov, G; Gozar, A; Panagopoulos, C; Bozović, I

    2012-10-28

    A brief overview is given of the studies of high-temperature interface superconductivity based on atomic-layer-by-layer molecular beam epitaxy (ALL-MBE). A number of difficult materials science and physics questions have been tackled, frequently at the expense of some technical tour de force, and sometimes even by introducing new techniques. ALL-MBE is especially suitable to address questions related to surface and interface physics. Using this technique, it has been demonstrated that high-temperature superconductivity can occur in a single copper oxide layer-the thinnest superconductor known. It has been shown that interface superconductivity in cuprates is a genuine electronic effect-it arises from charge transfer (electron depletion and accumulation) across the interface driven by the difference in chemical potentials rather than from cation diffusion and mixing. We have also understood the nature of the superconductor-insulator phase transition as a function of doping. However, a few important questions, such as the mechanism of interfacial enhancement of the critical temperature, are still outstanding. PMID:22987034

  15. Gas Gun Studies of Interface Wear Effects

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    Jackson, Tyler; Kennedy, Greg; Thadhani, Naresh

    2011-06-01

    The characteristics of interface wear were studied by performing gas gun experiments at velocities up to 1 km/s. The approach involved developing coefficients of constitutive strength models for Al 6061 and OFHC-Cu, then using those to design die geometry for interface wear gas gun experiments. Taylor rod-on-anvil impact experiments were performed to obtain coefficients of the Johnson-Cook constitutive strength model by correlating experimentally obtained deformed states of impacted samples with those predicted using ANSYS AUTODYN hydrocode. Simulations were used with validated strength models to design geometry involving acceleration of Al rods through a copper concentric cylindrical angular extrusion die. Experiments were conducted using 7.62 mm and 80 mm diameter gas guns. Differences in the microstructure of the interface layer and microhardness values illustrate that stress-strain conditions produced during acceleration of Al through the hollow concentric copper die, at velocities less than 800 m/s, result in formation of a layer via solid state alloying due to severe plastic deformation, while higher velocities produce an interface layer consisting of melted and re-solidified aluminum.

  16. Human-system Interfaces to Automatic Systems: Review Guidance and Technical Basis

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    OHara, J.M.; Higgins, J.C.

    2010-01-31

    Automation has become ubiquitous in modern complex systems and commercial nuclear power plants are no exception. Beyond the control of plant functions and systems, automation is applied to a wide range of additional functions including monitoring and detection, situation assessment, response planning, response implementation, and interface management. Automation has become a 'team player' supporting plant personnel in nearly all aspects of plant operation. In light of the increasing use and importance of automation in new and future plants, guidance is needed to enable the NRC staff to conduct safety reviews of the human factors engineering (HFE) aspects of modern automation. The objective of the research described in this report was to develop guidance for reviewing the operator's interface with automation. We first developed a characterization of the important HFE aspects of automation based on how it is implemented in current systems. The characterization included five dimensions: Level of automation, function of automation, modes of automation, flexibility of allocation, and reliability of automation. Next, we reviewed literature pertaining to the effects of these aspects of automation on human performance and the design of human-system interfaces (HSIs) for automation. Then, we used the technical basis established by the literature to develop design review guidance. The guidance is divided into the following seven topics: Automation displays, interaction and control, automation modes, automation levels, adaptive automation, error tolerance and failure management, and HSI integration. In addition, we identified insights into the automaton design process, operator training, and operations.

  17. Theoretical study of aluminum-ceramic interfaces

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    Ooi, Newton Eng Kin

    2005-12-01

    Aluminum is one of the most widely used metals by man. Its low cost, low density, corrosion resistance, high ductility and other properties make it applicable in vehicles, buildings, food containers, and other uses. However, it has poor surface properties and its softness allows it to wear and abrade easily. It adheres to most metals and its low melting point makes it susceptible to friction welding through localized melting. Many Al forming and machining processes such as drilling, rolling, casting, and extrusion require the use of either coatings or lubricants to prevent Al from sticking to the tools. This dissertation examines the adhesion between Al and three materials typically used as coatings or lubricants: graphite, hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN), and cubic boron nitride (c-BN). Atomic scale calculations using the Hohenberg-Kohn-Sham formulism of density functional theory were performed to examine the atomic and electronic structure, and the work of separation between interfaces of Al and each of the three materials listed above. The simulations performed are explained in detail, along with the reasons behind each one. Minimal adhesion on the order of 0.11 J/m2 was found for the Al (111)-graphite (0001) interface. Adhesion was slightly higher, 0.14--0.16 J/m2, at the Al (111)-h-BN (0001) interface. This slight increase was due to attraction of B and N atoms in the BN (0001) to Al atoms on the opposing surface. Results for both interfaces suggest that either graphite or h-BN would be useful as lubricants for reducing Al adhesion to other materials. The Al (110)-c-BN (110) had a work of separation of 2.25 J/m2, much higher than the adhesion at the Al-graphite and Al-h-BN interfaces. This high adhesion argues against the use of c-BN as a tool coating for reducing adhesion of Al during aluminum machining. To complement these quantum mechanical calculations, a simple thermodynamic study was carried out to determine the reaction enthalpies between specific metal

  18. Two-Fluid Interface Instability Being Studied

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    Niederhaus, Charles E.

    2003-01-01

    The interface between two fluids of different density can experience instability when gravity acts normal to the surface. The relatively well known Rayleigh-Taylor (RT) instability results when the gravity is constant with a heavy fluid over a light fluid. An impulsive acceleration applied to the fluids results in the Richtmyer-Meshkov (RM) instability. The RM instability occurs regardless of the relative orientation of the heavy and light fluids. In many systems, the passing of a shock wave through the interface provides the impulsive acceleration. Both the RT and RM instabilities result in mixing at the interface. These instabilities arise in a diverse array of circumstances, including supernovas, oceans, supersonic combustion, and inertial confinement fusion (ICF). The area with the greatest current interest in RT and RM instabilities is ICF, which is an attempt to produce fusion energy for nuclear reactors from BB-sized pellets of deuterium and tritium. In the ICF experiments conducted so far, RM and RT instabilities have prevented the generation of net-positive energy. The $4 billion National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is being constructed to study these instabilities and to attempt to achieve net-positive yield in an ICF experiment.

  19. Vocational-Technical Education Interface with Ohio's High Technology Business and Industrial Sector. Final Report.

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    McCormick, Robert W.

    This study explored the relationship of vocational-technical educational institutions in Ohio with business and industry using high-technology applications. The study attempted to determine what high-technology applications will be adopted by Ohio's business and industry in the next 5 years, what experience the schools have had in working with…

  20. Femtosecond Studies of Electrons at Interfaces

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    Harris, Charles

    2000-03-01

    Binding energies and ultrafast relaxation dynamics of image electrons reflect the nature of the electronic interaction with both the substrate and the adsorbed layer[1,2]. We demonstrate that a positive(attractive) affinity materials, such as Xe overlayers, lead to quantum well states at the interface. Negative(repulsive) affinity materials, such a n-alkane overlayers, present a tunneling barrier that dominates the energies and lifetimes of the image electrons. With the time- and angle-resolved two-photon photoemission technique(TPPE), it is possible to directly observe the dynamics of interfacial electrons with specific energy and parallel momentum. Oscillation in the lifetime of image state electrons as a function of Xe layer thickness is attributed to a quantum size effect and the formation of quantum wells at the Xe/Ag(111) interface[3]. Binding energy measurements as a function of Xe layer thickness in combination with parallel dispersion measurements allow the mapping of the three dimensional electronic structure of bulk Xe. At the n-alkane/Ag(111) interface, image electrons become spatially localized and self-trap into a small polaron state within a few hundred femtosecond[4]. The energy dependence of the self-trapping rate has been modeled with a theory analogous to electron transfer theory. Finally, the immediate extension of this research to study other electron dynamic processes, such as two dimensional electron solvation at interfaces, will be discussed. [1] Fauster, T.; Steinmann, W. Two-Photon Photoemission Spectroscopy of Image States. In Photonic Probes of Surfaces; Halevi, P., Ed.; Elsevier: Amsterdam, 1995; pp. 346-411. [2] Harris, C.B.; Ge, N.-H.; Lingle, Jr., R.L.; McNeill, J.D.; Wong, C.M. Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 1997, 48, 711. [3] McNeill, J.D.; Lingle, R.L.,Jr.; Ge, N.-H.; Wong, C.M.; Jordan, R.E.; Harris, C.B. Phys. Rev. Lett. 1997, 79, 4645. [4] Ge, N.-H.; Wong, C.M.; Lingle, R.L., Jr.; McNeill, J.D.; Gaffney, K.J.; Harris, C.B. Science 1998

  1. Uranium(IV) Interaction with Aqueous/Solid Interfaces Studied by Nonlinear Optics

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    Geiger, Franz

    2015-03-27

    This is the Final Technical Report for "Uranium(IV) Interaction with Aqueous/Solid Interfaces Studied by Nonlinear Optics", by Franz M. Geiger, PI, from Northwestern University, IL, USA, Grant Number SC0004101 and/or DE-PS02-ER09-07.

  2. FAO-OIE-WHO Joint Technical Consultation on Avian Influenza at the Human-Animal Interface.

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    Anderson, Tara; Capua, Ilaria; Dauphin, Gwenaëlle; Donis, Ruben; Fouchier, Ron; Mumford, Elizabeth; Peiris, Malik; Swayne, David; Thiermann, Alex

    2010-05-01

    For the past 10 years, animal health experts and human health experts have been gaining experience in the technical aspects of avian influenza in mostly separate fora. More recently, in 2006, in a meeting of the small WHO Working Group on Influenza Research at the Human Animal Interface (Meeting report available from: http://www.who.int/csr/resources/publications/influenza/WHO_CDS_EPR_GIP_2006_3/en/index.html) in Geneva allowed influenza experts from the animal and public health sectors to discuss together the most recent avian influenza research. Ad hoc bilateral discussions on specific technical issues as well as formal meetings such as the Technical Meeting on HPAI and Human H5N1 Infection (Rome, June, 2007; information available from: http://www.fao.org/avianflu/en/conferences/june2007/index.html) have increasingly brought the sectors together and broadened the understanding of the topics of concern to each sector. The sectors have also recently come together at the broad global level, and have developed a joint strategy document for working together on zoonotic diseases (Joint strategy available from: ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/011/ajl37e/ajl37e00.pdf). The 2008 FAO-OIE-WHO Joint Technical Consultation on Avian Influenza at the Human Animal Interface described here was the first opportunity for a large group of influenza experts from the animal and public health sectors to gather and discuss purely technical topics of joint interest that exist at the human-animal interface. During the consultation, three influenza-specific sessions aimed to (1) identify virological characteristics of avian influenza viruses (AIVs) important for zoonotic and pandemic disease, (2) evaluate the factors affecting evolution and emergence of a pandemic influenza strain and identify existing monitoring systems, and (3) identify modes of transmission and exposure sources for human zoonotic influenza infection (including discussion of specific exposure risks by affected countries). A

  3. Study of Behavior of Sterols at Interfaces

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    Klein, P. D.; Knight, J. C.; Szczepanik, P. A.

    1968-01-01

    Behavior of sterols and sterol acetates on various types of interfaces indicates that the function of a sterol depends upon a surface orientation and surface energy of the interface. Column-chromatographic techniques determine the retention volume of various sterols under standard conditions.

  4. Improved Management of the Technical Interfaces Between the Hanford Tank Farm Operator and the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant - 13383

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    Duncan, Garth M.; Saunders, Scott A.

    2013-07-01

    The Department of Energy (DOE) is constructing the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) at the Hanford site in Washington to treat and immobilize approximately 114 million gallons of high level radioactive waste (after all retrievals are accomplished). In order for the WTP to be designed and operated successfully, close coordination between the WTP engineering, procurement, and construction contractor, Bechtel National, Inc. and the tank farms operating contractor (TOC), Washington River Protection Solutions, LLC, is necessary. To develop optimal solutions for DOE and for the treatment of the waste, it is important to deal with the fact that two different prime contractors, with somewhat differing contracts, are tasked with retrieving and delivering the waste and for treating and immobilizing that waste. The WTP and the TOC have over the years cooperated to manage the technical interface. To manage what is becoming a much more complicated interface as the WTP design progresses and new technical issues have been identified, an organizational change was made by WTP and TOC in November of 2011. This organizational change created a co-located integrated project team (IPT) to deal with mutual and interface issues. The Technical Organization within the One System IPT includes employees from both TOC and WTP. This team has worked on a variety of technical issues of mutual interest and concern. Technical issues currently being addressed include: - The waste acceptance criteria; - Waste feed delivery and the associated data quality objectives (DQO); - Evaluation of the effects of performing a riser cut on a single shell tank on WTP operations; - The disposition of secondary waste from both TOC and WTP; - The close coordination of the TOC double shell tank mixing and sampling program and the Large Scale Integrated Test (LSIT) program for pulse jet mixers at WTP along with the associated responses to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) Recommendation

  5. 'Buildings in Use' Study. Technical Factors.

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    Wisconsin Univ., Milwaukee. School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

    The second report of the 'Buildings in Use' study documents the results of over 100 field tests conducted at four elementary schools, as well as discussion of these results and relevant technical specifications and details. The procedural framework used in the Field Tests Manual is followed and test results are rated numerically wherever possible.…

  6. Advanced human-system interface design review guideline. General evaluation model, technical development, and guideline description

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    O`Hara, J.M.

    1994-07-01

    Advanced control rooms will use advanced human-system interface (HSI) technologies that may have significant implications for plant safety in that they will affect the operator`s overall role in the system, the method of information presentation, and the ways in which operators interact with the system. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reviews the HSI aspects of control rooms to ensure that they are designed to good human factors engineering principles and that operator performance and reliability are appropriately supported to protect public health and safety. The principal guidance available to the NRC, however, was developed more than ten years ago, well before these technological changes. Accordingly, the human factors guidance needs to be updated to serve as the basis for NRC review of these advanced designs. The purpose of this project was to develop a general approach to advanced HSI review and the human factors guidelines to support NRC safety reviews of advanced systems. This two-volume report provides the results of the project. Volume I describes the development of the Advanced HSI Design Review Guideline (DRG) including (1) its theoretical and technical foundation, (2) a general model for the review of advanced HSIs, (3) guideline development in both hard-copy and computer-based versions, and (4) the tests and evaluations performed to develop and validate the DRG. Volume I also includes a discussion of the gaps in available guidance and a methodology for addressing them. Volume 2 provides the guidelines to be used for advanced HSI review and the procedures for their use.

  7. Analysis of Nonintervention Studies: Technical Supplement

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    Aickin, Mikel

    2012-01-01

    Methods for analyzing data in nonintervention clinical studies are substantially different from those that are appropriate for randomized clinical trials. Although the latter methods are well known, the former are not. A systematic approach for dealing with statistical confounding in nonintervention research has been developed over the past 30 to 40 years, and the essence of this theory constitutes the contents of this article. An accompanying, less technical article explains the implications of these results for clinical research. PMID:23251125

  8. Dynamics explorer: Interface definition study, volume 1

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    1978-01-01

    Work done in response to the work statement wherein a specific deliverable was not identified but where design and analysis tasks were identified is reported. The summary and baseline change list is included along with design notes for the spacecraft system, thermal subsystem, power subsystem, communications subsystem, plasma wave instrument interface definition, and the structure.

  9. Guide to the stand-damage model interface management system. Forest Service general technical report (Final)

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    Racin, G.; Colbert, J.J.

    1995-08-16

    Describes the Gypsy Moth Stand-Damage interface management system. Management of stand-damage data made it necessary to define structures to store data and provide the mechanisms to manipulate these data. The software is used to manipulate files, graph and manage outputs, and edit input data. The interface was built using pop-up windows, menuing systems, text editing and validation, mouse support, and context-sensitive help. The interface is written in the C language for DOS microcomputers.

  10. [A new human machine interface in neurosurgery: The Leap Motion(®). Technical note regarding a new touchless interface].

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    Di Tommaso, L; Aubry, S; Godard, J; Katranji, H; Pauchot, J

    2016-06-01

    Currently, cross-sectional imaging viewing is used in routine practice whereas the surgical procedure requires physical contact with an interface (mouse or touch-sensitive screen). This type of contact results in a risk of lack of aseptic control and causes loss of time. The recent appearance of devices such as the Leap Motion(®) (Leap Motion society, San Francisco, USA) a sensor which enables to interact with the computer without any physical contact is of major interest in the field of surgery. However, its configuration and ergonomics produce key challenges in order to adapt to the practitioner's requirements, the imaging software as well as the surgical environment. This article aims to suggest an easy configuration of the Leap Motion(®) in neurosurgery on a PC for an optimized utilization with Carestream(®) Vue PACS v11.3.4 (Carestream Health, Inc., Rochester, USA) using a plug-in (to download at: https://drive.google.com/?usp=chrome_app#folders/0B_F4eBeBQc3ybElEeEhqME5DQkU) and a video tutorial (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVPTgxg-SIk).

  11. [A new human machine interface in neurosurgery: The Leap Motion(®). Technical note regarding a new touchless interface].

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    Di Tommaso, L; Aubry, S; Godard, J; Katranji, H; Pauchot, J

    2016-06-01

    Currently, cross-sectional imaging viewing is used in routine practice whereas the surgical procedure requires physical contact with an interface (mouse or touch-sensitive screen). This type of contact results in a risk of lack of aseptic control and causes loss of time. The recent appearance of devices such as the Leap Motion(®) (Leap Motion society, San Francisco, USA) a sensor which enables to interact with the computer without any physical contact is of major interest in the field of surgery. However, its configuration and ergonomics produce key challenges in order to adapt to the practitioner's requirements, the imaging software as well as the surgical environment. This article aims to suggest an easy configuration of the Leap Motion(®) in neurosurgery on a PC for an optimized utilization with Carestream(®) Vue PACS v11.3.4 (Carestream Health, Inc., Rochester, USA) using a plug-in (to download at: https://drive.google.com/?usp=chrome_app#folders/0B_F4eBeBQc3ybElEeEhqME5DQkU) and a video tutorial (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVPTgxg-SIk). PMID:27234915

  12. SUMC/MPOS/HAL interface study

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    Saponaro, J. A.; Kosmala, A. L.

    1973-01-01

    The implementation of the HAL/S language on the IBM-360, and in particular the mechanization of its real time, I/O, and error control statements within the OS-360 environment is described. The objectives are twofold: (1) An analysis and general description of HAL/S real time, I/O, and error control statements and the structure required to mechanize these statements. The emphasis is on describing the logical functions performed upon execution of each HAL statement rather than defining whether it is accomplished by the compiler or operating system. (2) An identification of the OS-360 facilities required during execution of HAL/S code as implemented for the current HAL/S-360 compiler; and an evaluation of the aspects involved with interfacing HAL/S with the SUMC operating system utilizing either the HAL/S-360 compiler or by designing a new HAL/S-SUMC compiler.

  13. Context-aware brain-computer interfaces: exploring the information space of user, technical system and environment

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    Zander, T. O.; Jatzev, S.

    2012-02-01

    Brain-computer interface (BCI) systems are usually applied in highly controlled environments such as research laboratories or clinical setups. However, many BCI-based applications are implemented in more complex environments. For example, patients might want to use a BCI system at home, and users without disabilities could benefit from BCI systems in special working environments. In these contexts, it might be more difficult to reliably infer information about brain activity, because many intervening factors add up and disturb the BCI feature space. One solution for this problem would be adding context awareness to the system. We propose to augment the available information space with additional channels carrying information about the user state, the environment and the technical system. In particular, passive BCI systems seem to be capable of adding highly relevant context information—otherwise covert aspects of user state. In this paper, we present a theoretical framework based on general human-machine system research for adding context awareness to a BCI system. Building on that, we present results from a study on a passive BCI, which allows access to the covert aspect of user state related to the perceived loss of control. This study is a proof of concept and demonstrates that context awareness could beneficially be implemented in and combined with a BCI system or a general human-machine system. The EEG data from this experiment are available for public download at www.phypa.org. Parts of this work have already been presented in non-journal publications. This will be indicated specifically by appropriate references in the text.

  14. Chemical interaction processes at the interface between mild steel and liquid magnesium of technical grade

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    Viala, J.C.; Pierre, D.; Bosselet, F.; Peronnet, M.; Bouix, J.

    1999-04-23

    Under the constraints of reducing both motor-fuel consumption and air pollution, weight saving is becoming a major requirement in the automotive industry. A way presently under investigation to meet this requirement consists in replacing, whenever possible, the aluminum alloys commonly used for the manufacture of many cast pieces ({rho} = 2.7--2.9 g.cm{sup {minus}3}) by magnesium alloys of lower specific weight ({rho} = 1.7--1.9 g.cm{sup {minus}3}). In the liquid state, magnesium and its alloys are almost universally processed using iron or steel crucibles, pipes, pumps and molds. This is justified by the fact that no intermetallic compound exists in the Fe-Mg binary system and that the mutual solubilities between the two metals are very low: according to Massalski, the solubility at 1,000 K of Mg in solid Fe is negligible and that of Fe in liquid Mg is of about 0.04 wt.% (0.018 at.%). This excellent chemical compatibility may however be altered by the presence of impurities or addition elements in the two base metals and the authors have undertaken a general study to evaluate the nature and extent of the changes thus induced. The present work reports the results of a first approach aimed to investigate the chemical behavior of mild steel substrates when exposed for a long time to liquid magnesium of technical grade.

  15. Evaluation Study of VTAE Wood Technics Programs.

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    Wisconsin State Board of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education, Madison.

    A survey of former students of the Wisconsin Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education (VTAE) wood technics programs and employers in woodworking industries was conducted during spring of 1985. General objectives were to determine job classifications, types of businesses, and relative importance of tasks or duties in various woodworking-related…

  16. GUIDON-WATCH: A Graphic Interface for Viewing a Knowledge-Based System. Technical Report #14.

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    Richer, Mark H.; Clancey, William J.

    This paper describes GUIDON-WATCH, a graphic interface that uses multiple windows and a mouse to allow a student to browse a knowledge base and view reasoning processes during diagnostic problem solving. The GUIDON project at Stanford University is investigating how knowledge-based systems can provide the basis for teaching programs, and this…

  17. Numerical Modelling of Subduction Plate Interface, Technical Advances for Outstanding Questions

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    Le Pourhiet, L.; Ruh, J.; Pranger, C. C.; Zheng, L.; van Dinther, Y.; May, D.; Gerya, T.; Burov, E. B.

    2015-12-01

    The subduction zone interface is the place of the largest earthquakes on earth. Compared to the size of a subduction zone itself, it constitutes a very thin zone (few kilometers) with effective rheological behaviour that varies as a function of pressure, temperature, loading, nature of the material locally embedded within the interface as well as the amount of water, melts and CO2. Capturing the behaviour of this interface and its evolution in time is crucial, yet modelling it is not an easy task. In the last decade, thermo-mechanical models of subduction zone have flourished in the literature. They mostly focused on the long-term dynamics of the subduction; e.g. flat subduction, slab detachment or exhumation. The models were validated models against PTt path of exhumed material as well as topography. The models that could reproduce the data all included a mechanically weak subduction channel made of extremely weak and non cohesive material. While this subduction channel model is very convenient at large scale and might apply to some real subduction zones, it does not capture the many geological field evidences that point out the exhumation of very large slice of almost pristine oceanic crust along localised shear zone. Moreover, modelling of sismological and geodetic data using short term tectonic modelling approach also point out that large localised patches rupture within the subduction interface, which is in accordance with geological data but not with large-scale long-term tectonic models. I will present how high resolution models permit to produce slicing at the subduction interface and give clues on how the plate coupling and effective location of the plate interface vary over a few millions of year time scale. I will then discuss the implication of these new high-resolution long-term models of subduction zone on earthquake generation, report progress in the development of self-consistent thermomechanical codes which can handle large strain, high resolution

  18. Study of GaAs-oxide interface by transient capacitance spectroscopy - Discrete energy interface states

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    Kamieniecki, E.; Kazior, T. E.; Lagowski, J.; Gatos, H. C.

    1980-01-01

    Interface states and bulk GaAs energy levels were simultaneously investigated in GaAs MOS structures prepared by anodic oxidation. These two types of energy levels were successfully distinguished by carrying out a comparative analysis of deep level transient capacitance spectra of the MOS structures and MS structures prepared on the same samples of epitaxially grown GaAs. The identification and study of the interface states and bulk levels was also performed by investigating the transient capacitance spectra as a function of the filling pulse magnitude. It was found that in the GaAs-anodic oxide interface there are states present with a discrete energy rather than with a continuous energy distribution. The value of the capture cross section of the interface states was found to be 10 to the 14th to 10 to the 15th/sq cm, which is more accurate than the extremely large values of 10 to the -8th to 10 to the -9th/sq cm reported on the basis of conductance measurements.

  19. Space Weather Studies at Istanbul Technical University

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    Kaymaz, Zerefsan

    2016-07-01

    This presentation will introduce the Upper Atmosphere and Space Weather Laboratory of Istanbul Technical University (ITU). It has been established to support the educational needs of the Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2011 to conduct scientific research in Space Weather, Space Environment, Space Environment-Spacecraft Interactions, Space instrumentation and Upper Atmospheric studies. Currently the laboratory has some essential infrastructure and the most instrumentation for ionospheric observations and ground induced currents from the magnetosphere. The laboratory has two subunits: SWIFT dealing with Space Weather Instrumentation and Forecasting unit and SWDPA dealing with Space Weather Data Processing and Analysis. The research area covers wide range of upper atmospheric and space science studies from ionosphere, ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling, magnetic storms and magnetospheric substorms, distant magnetotail, magnetopause and bow shock studies, as well as solar and solar wind disturbances and their interaction with the Earth's space environment. We also study the spacecraft environment interaction and novel plasma instrument design. Several scientific projects have been carried out in the laboratory. Operational objectives of our laboratory will be carried out with the collaboration of NASA's Space Weather Laboratory and the facilities are in the process of integration to their prediction services. Educational and research objectives, as well as the examples from the research carried out in our laboratory will be demonstrated in this presentation.

  20. Man-machine systems of the 1990 decade: cognitive factors and human interface issues. Technical report

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    Hoffman, P.J.

    1985-08-01

    The primary psychological concepts fundamental to the design of man-machine interfaces for intelligent systems of the 1990's are presented. These concepts embrace perception, learning motivation, and cognitive capacities of human operators, in systems that require a high degree of operator-machine interaction. The central role of feedback is emphasized through simple schematic examples, designed to provide an understanding of the reciprocity requirements in man-machine communication. Cognitive theory and recent experimental data form the basis for discussion of visual image storage, short-term memory, long-term memory, transfer rates and buffering of information being processed by the human operator, under control of a central processor with a cycle time of roughly 70 milliseconds. Systems of the 1990 era will provide increased capability for high-speed processing of data and will utilize increasing numbers of decision-aides, spreadsheets and AI tools. Users of these systems will be components of networks, linked via efficient communication systems to other users and other subsystems. These developments will lead to fundamental changes in the work place. Keywords: Interface; Artificial Intelligence; Systems; Feedback; Productivity; User Interface; Man-Machine; Cognitive.

  1. Study of gelled LNG. Final technical report

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    Rudnicki, M I; Cabeal, J A; Hoffman, L C; Newton, R A; Schaplowsky, R K; Vander Wall, E M

    1980-01-01

    Research involved the characterization of gelled LNG (GELNG) with respect to process, flow, and use properties and an examination of the degree of safety enhancement attainable by gelation. The investigation included (1) an experimental examination of gel properties and gel safety characteristics as well as (2) an analytical study involving the economics and preliminary design of an industrial scale gelation system. The safety-related criterion for successful application of gelled LNG is the substantial reduction of the Maximum Distance to the Lower Flammability Limit, MDLFL. This will be achieved by first, gel-inhibition of the hydrodynamic pooling and spreading of the spill, and second, the suppressed thermal transport properties of the GELNG relative to those of LNG. The industrial scale gelation study evaluated a design capable of producing 11,000 gallons (LNG tank truck) of gel in two hours. The increased cost of gelation using this equipment was estimated at $0.23/10/sup 6/ Btu for plants with liquefaction facilities. The technical results of this study are supportive of the conclusion that gelation of LNG will reduce, relative to ungelled LNG, the hazard associated with a given size spill. Parameters of interest to the LNG facility operator (such as pumpability) are not significantly affected by gelation, and the impact on LNG delivery cost appears to be small, about 5%. Thus, the initial assumption that gelation would provide a practical means to enhance safety is supported by the results of this study. Larger scale, comparative spill tests of LNG and GELNG are now required to confirm the safety aspects of use of the gelled material.

  2. Hydrogen energy systems studies. Final technical report

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    Ogden, J.M.; Kreutz, T.; Kartha, S.; Iwan, L.

    1996-08-13

    The results of previous studies suggest that the use of hydrogen from natural gas might be an important first step toward a hydrogen economy based on renewables. Because of infrastructure considerations (the difficulty and cost of storing, transmitting and distributing hydrogen), hydrogen produced from natural gas at the end-user`s site could be a key feature in the early development of hydrogen energy systems. In the first chapter of this report, the authors assess the technical and economic prospects for small scale technologies for producing hydrogen from natural gas (steam reformers, autothermal reformers and partial oxidation systems), addressing the following questions: (1) What are the performance, cost and emissions of small scale steam reformer technology now on the market? How does this compare to partial oxidation and autothermal systems? (2) How do the performance and cost of reformer technologies depend on scale? What critical technologies limit cost and performance of small scale hydrogen production systems? What are the prospects for potential cost reductions and performance improvements as these technologies advance? (3) How would reductions in the reformer capital cost impact the delivered cost of hydrogen transportation fuel? In the second chapter of this report the authors estimate the potential demand for hydrogen transportation fuel in Southern California.

  3. Technical operations and data collection details of the in situ WIPP (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant) Materials Interface Interaction Test

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    Molecke, M.A.

    1988-01-01

    The WIPP Materials Interface Interaction Tests (MIIT) experiments involve the in situ testing of multiple ''pineapple-slice'' shaped samples of simulated (nonradioactive) waste glasses, potential canister and overpack metals, brine, and rock salt in the salt repository environment at WIPP. This series of experiments involves multiple emplacements of various US and foreign glass waste forms (all nonradioactive) in contact with/interacting with several container metals, rock salt, brine, etc., all maintained at approximately 90 /+-/ 5/degree/C. The focus of this paper is on the technical aspects and operations of the MIIT experimental program, including assorted repository-relevant observations and experience gathered after more than two years of in situ test operation. As such, this is primarily a descriptive ''hardware'' and test operations document; test data are presented in parallel documents. 12 refs., 1 fig.

  4. Where the lay and the technical meet: Using an anthropology of interfaces to explain persistent reproductive health disparities in West Africa.

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    Jaffré, Yannick; Suh, Siri

    2016-05-01

    Despite impressive global investment in reproductive health programs in West Africa, maternal mortality remains unacceptably high and obstetric care is often inadequate. Fertility is among the highest in the world, while contraceptive prevalence remains among the lowest. This paper explores the social and technical dimensions of this situation. We argue that effective reproductive health programs require analyzing the interfaces between technical programs and the social logics and behaviors of health professionals and client populations. Significant gaps between health programs' goals and the behaviors of patients and health care professionals have been observed. While public health projects aim to manage reproduction, sexuality, fertility, and professional practices are regulated socially. Such projects may target technical practices, but access to care is greatly influenced by social norms and ethics. This paper shows how an empirical anthropology that investigates the social and technical interfaces of reproduction can contribute to improved global health.

  5. Technical communication: An initial evaluation of a novel anesthetic scavenging interface.

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    Barwise, John A; Lancaster, Leland J; Michaels, Damon; Pope, Jason E; Berry, James M

    2011-11-01

    Waste anesthetic gas scavenging technology has not changed appreciably in the past 30 years. Open reservoir systems entrain high volumes of room air and dilute waste gases before emission into the atmosphere. This process requires a large vacuum pump, which is both costly to install and, although efficient, operates continuously and at near-full capacity. In an era of increasing energy costs and environmental awareness, carbon footprint reduction is a priority and a more efficient system of safely scavenging waste anesthetic gases is desirable. We tested a low-flow scavenger interface to evaluate the potential for cost and energy savings. The use of this interface in a suite of 4 operating rooms reduced scavenging flow from a constant 37 L/min to a value equal to the fresh gas flow (usually 2 L/min) for each anesthesia machine. Using the ventilator increased this flow by approximately 6 L/min because of the exhaust of ventilator drive gas into the scavenging circuit. Daytime workload of the central vacuum pump decreased from 92% to 12% (expressed as duty cycle). The new system produces energy savings and may increase vacuum pump lifespan. PMID:21865500

  6. Technical communication: An initial evaluation of a novel anesthetic scavenging interface.

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    Barwise, John A; Lancaster, Leland J; Michaels, Damon; Pope, Jason E; Berry, James M

    2011-11-01

    Waste anesthetic gas scavenging technology has not changed appreciably in the past 30 years. Open reservoir systems entrain high volumes of room air and dilute waste gases before emission into the atmosphere. This process requires a large vacuum pump, which is both costly to install and, although efficient, operates continuously and at near-full capacity. In an era of increasing energy costs and environmental awareness, carbon footprint reduction is a priority and a more efficient system of safely scavenging waste anesthetic gases is desirable. We tested a low-flow scavenger interface to evaluate the potential for cost and energy savings. The use of this interface in a suite of 4 operating rooms reduced scavenging flow from a constant 37 L/min to a value equal to the fresh gas flow (usually 2 L/min) for each anesthesia machine. Using the ventilator increased this flow by approximately 6 L/min because of the exhaust of ventilator drive gas into the scavenging circuit. Daytime workload of the central vacuum pump decreased from 92% to 12% (expressed as duty cycle). The new system produces energy savings and may increase vacuum pump lifespan.

  7. Programs of Study: Year 2 Joint Technical Report. Research Snapshot

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    National Research Center for Career and Technical Education, 2010

    2010-01-01

    In January 2010, the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) issued a progress report on three studies being conducted by the Center that examine the implementation and outcomes of Programs of Study (POS), which were required in the 2006 reauthorization of the federal legislation for career and technical education…

  8. Technical Studies Lead to Dream Career

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    Suraci, Gary

    2008-01-01

    Like many young men, Ty Kropp had no idea what he wanted to do when he graduated from high school. Courses he took as a computer design/manufacturing (CDM) technology student at the Ulster County Career and Technical Education center in Port Ewen, NY, gave him valuable skills that opened the door to his dream job at Orange County Choppers (OCC), a…

  9. The Oregon Career and Technical Education Study

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    Klein, Steven; Richards, Amanda

    2008-01-01

    Oregon educators, policymakers, and business people are working together to increase the number and quality of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in secondary and postsecondary institutions. CTE is an integral component of Oregon's education and workforce development system and prepares students for careers in areas ranging from the…

  10. COSTS AND RETURNS OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION, A PILOT STUDY.

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    CARROLL, ADGER B.; IHNEN, LOREN A.

    THE OBJECTIVES OF THIS STUDY WERE (1) TO OBTAIN ESTIMATES OF COSTS AND RETURNS OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION, (2) TO COMPUTE SOCIAL AND PRIVATE RATES OF RETURN ON INVESTMENTS IN TECHNICAL EDUCATION, AND (3) TO COMPARE THESE WITH ESTIMATES OF THE RATE OF RETURN ON GENERAL EDUCATION AND INVESTMENTS IN TANGIBLE CAPITAL. COSTS AND RETURNS WERE MEASURED BY…

  11. Studying Quality beyond Technical Rationality: Political and Symbolic Perspectives

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    Blanco Ramírez, Gerardo

    2013-01-01

    The underlying paradigms that influence research on quality have remained alarmingly under-researched; this article analyses the constraints that a technical-rational approach for the study of quality in higher education imposes. Technical rationality has been the dominant paradigm that shapes research on quality in higher education.…

  12. Career and Technical Education at a Crossroads: A Delphi Study

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    Cutright, Michael W.

    2011-01-01

    Career and technical education in the United States has reached a critical juncture. A three round Delphi method was used to determine a consensus on the future events of career and technical education to better inform educational decision makers. Forty-one individual experts in the field were invited to serve as panelists for the Delphi study and…

  13. Case Study: Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School.

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    Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.

    Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School, which is located in the rural New England town of Franklin, Massachusetts, is a school of "choice" that students elect to attend. All of the school's 850 students must have a career/technical focus for their studies. Most of Tri-County's ninth-graders are unprepared for high school, and 38%…

  14. Airborne Precision Spacing for Dependent Parallel Operations Interface Study

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    Volk, Paul M.; Takallu, M. A.; Hoffler, Keith D.; Weiser, Jarold; Turner, Dexter

    2012-01-01

    This paper describes a usability study of proposed cockpit interfaces to support Airborne Precision Spacing (APS) operations for aircraft performing dependent parallel approaches (DPA). NASA has proposed an airborne system called Pair Dependent Speed (PDS) which uses their Airborne Spacing for Terminal Arrival Routes (ASTAR) algorithm to manage spacing intervals. Interface elements were designed to facilitate the input of APS-DPA spacing parameters to ASTAR, and to convey PDS system information to the crew deemed necessary and/or helpful to conduct the operation, including: target speed, guidance mode, target aircraft depiction, and spacing trend indication. In the study, subject pilots observed recorded simulations using the proposed interface elements in which the ownship managed assigned spacing intervals from two other arriving aircraft. Simulations were recorded using the Aircraft Simulation for Traffic Operations Research (ASTOR) platform, a medium-fidelity simulator based on a modern Boeing commercial glass cockpit. Various combinations of the interface elements were presented to subject pilots, and feedback was collected via structured questionnaires. The results of subject pilot evaluations show that the proposed design elements were acceptable, and that preferable combinations exist within this set of elements. The results also point to potential improvements to be considered for implementation in future experiments.

  15. Exploration studies technical report, FY1988 status. Volume 1: Technical summary

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    1988-01-01

    The Office of Exploration (OEXP) at NASA Headquarters has been tasked with defining and recommending alternatives for an early 1990's nationaL decision on a focused program of human exploration of the solar system. The Mission Analysis and System Engineering (MASE) group, which is managed by the Exploration Studies Office at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, is responsible for coordinating the technical studies necessary for accomplishing such a task. This technical report, produced by the MASE, describes the process that has been developed in a case study approach. The four case studies developed in FY88 include: (1) Human Expedition to Phobos; (2) Human Expedition to Mars; (3) Lunar Observatory; and (4) Lunar Outpost to Early Mars Evolution. The final outcome of this effort is a set of programmatic and technical conclusions and recommendations for the following year's work.

  16. Si nanocrystals and nanocrystal interfaces studied by positron annihilation

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    Kujala, J.; Slotte, J.; Tuomisto, F.; Hiller, D.; Zacharias, M.

    2016-10-01

    Si nanocrystals embedded in a SiO 2 matrix were studied with positron annihilation and photoluminescence spectroscopies. Analysis of the S- and W-parameters for the sample annealed at 800 °C reveals a positron trap at the interface between the amorphous nanodots and the surrounding matrix. Another trap state is observed in the 1150 °C heat treated samples where nanodots are in a crystalline form. Positrons are most likely trapped to defects related to dangling bonds at the surface of the nanocrystals. Passivation of the samples results on one hand in the decrease of the S-parameter implying a decrease in the open volume of the interface state and, on the other hand, in the strengthening of the positron annihilation signal from the interface. The intensity of the photoluminescence signal increases with the formation of the nanocrystals. Passivation of samples strengthens the photoluminescence signal, further indicating a successful deactivation of luminescence quenching at the nanocrystal surface. Strengthening of the positron annihilation signal and an increase in the photoluminescence intensity in passivated silicon nanocrystals suggests that the positron trap at the interface does not contribute to a significant extent to the exciton recombination in the nanocrystals.

  17. Nonlinear optical studies of aqueous interfaces, polymers, and nanowires

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    Onorato, Robert Michael

    Understanding the structure and composition of aqueous interfaces is one of the most important current problems in modern science. Aqueous interfaces are ubiquitous in Nature, ranging from aerosols to cellular structures. Aerosol chemistry is presently the most significant unknown factor in predicting climate change, and an understanding of the chemistry that occurs at aerosol interfaces would significantly improve climate models. Similarly, the nature of aqueous biological interfaces has a profound effect on the structure and function of proteins and other biological structures. Despite the importance of these problems, aqueous interfaces remain incompletely understood due to the challenges of experimentally probing them. Recent experimental and theoretical results have firmly established the existence of enhanced concentrations of selected ions at the air/water interface. In this dissertation, I use an interface-specific technique, UV second harmonic generation (SHG), to further investigate the adsorption of ions to the air/water interface and to extend the study of ion adsorption towards more biologically relevant systems, alcohol/water interfaces. In Chapter 2, I describe resonant UV-SHG studies of the strongly chaotropic thiocyanate ion adsorbed to the interface formed by water and a monolayer of dodecanol, wherein the Gibbs free energy of adsorption was determined to be -6.7 +/- 1.1 and -6.3 +/- 1.8 kJ/mol for sodium and potassium thiocyanate, respectively, coincident with the value determined for thiocyanate at the air/water interface. Interestingly, at concentrations near and above 4 M, the resonant SHG signal increases discontinuously, indicating a structural change in the interfacial region. Recent experimental and theoretical work has demonstrated that the adsorption of bromide is particularly important for chemical reactions on atmospheric aerosols, including the depletion of ozone. In Chapter 3, UV-SHG resonant with the bromide charge

  18. Developments of the spin labelling study of polymers at interfaces.

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    Hommel, H

    2008-09-01

    The spin labelling method has been used in a large variety of situations, in the broad field of polymers at solid interfaces. The relevance of the method is confirmed on linear neutral chains of poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO) in well defined situations and compared with the simple theoretical calculations of a mean field theory or some scaling arguments. Both theories have their own strengths and weaknesses. Then the fact, that polymers at solid liquid interfaces are three components systems, is considered and successively the effect of varying the polymer architecture, the solid surface and the solvent is studied. In all these cases specific results are obtained by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) showing the usefulness and the versatility of the method. PMID:18353269

  19. Interface strength studies of calcium phosphate ceramic coated strain gauges.

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    Battraw, G A; Szivek, J A; Anderson, P L

    1998-01-01

    In vivo strain gauging has been used to understand physiological loading and bone remodeling. In early studies, a cyanoacrylate adhesive was used to bond gauges to bone, even though this adhesive is susceptible to biodegradation that results in rapid debonding. Calcium phosphate ceramic (CPC) coated gauges have been successfully bonded to bone for long periods. However, earlier studies noted occasional debonding of coatings from gauges. The goals of this project were to develop a technique to securely bond particles to gauge backings and develop an in vitro test and assess its accuracy in simulating in vivo degradation of this interface. Gauges were heated for different time intervals, roughened with carbide papers, and prepared using layered coatings of polysulfone and CPC particles that varied in size, shape, and crystallinity. They were soaked in solution or placed in muscle pouches of rats for up to 16 weeks. They were then epoxied to fixtures, mounted on an MTS machine, and loaded to failure. Heating and roughening gauge surfaces increased the interface strengths by up to 2000%. In vivo and in vitro testing showed an initial drop in the interface strength, which leveled off to approximately 7.0+/-2.0 MPa.

  20. Atomistic study on the FCC/BCC interface structure with {112}KS orientation

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    Kang, Keonwook; Beyerlein, Irene; Han, Weizhong; Wang, Jian; Mara, Nathan

    2011-09-23

    In this study, atomistic simulation is used to explore the atomic interface structure, the intrinsic defect network, and mechanism of twin formation from the {112}KS Cu-Nb interface. The interface structure of different material systems AI-Fe and AI-Nb are also compared with Cu-Nb interface.

  1. X-Ray Studies of Thin Films and Interfaces.

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    Woronick, Steven Charles

    1990-01-01

    Presented here are a series of x-ray studies utilizing synchrotron radiation to investigate a variety of properties of thin films and interfaces in technologically important materials. By far the largest part of this dissertation is devoted to studies of x-ray reflectivity as a function of angle (mainly soft x rays), although some extended x -ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) results are included as reprinted published papers (briefly discussed). The reflectivity discussion covers theory, experimental techniques, data analysis (by curve-fitting), and specific applications. The material systems studied by the x-ray reflectivity technique include: bulk silicon, GaAs, InAs, ~250 -A InAs layers deposited by molecular-beam epitaxy (MBE) on GaAs(100) substrates, four thicknesses (~ 126-1100 A) of SiO_2 /Si(100) produced by dry thermal oxidation, and ~250-A layers of CoSi_2 /Si(111) (two samples, one produced by MBE and one by solid-phase epitaxy). Results determined from the reflectivity measurements include: interfacial roughness parameters, refractive index of materials (in the energy range ~400-1100 eV), and overlayer thicknesses. It has been found for example that the indium -stabilized growth mode of InAs on GaAs(100) results in a smoother buried interface than the arsenic-stabilized growth mode, while the indium-stabilized growth mode on 2^circ-off GaAs(100) produces the smoothest buried interface (with typical roughness parameters in the range 10-19 A). Preliminary results indicate that growth of CoSi_2/Si(111) by MBE produces smoother buried interfaces than growth by solid-phase epitaxy. The roughness parameters have been explained in terms of growth conditions, lattice mismatch, and material inhomogeneity in the vicinity of the buried interface. The oxygen atomic scattering factor for photons in the range 400-800 eV (oxygen K edge ~ 540 eV) has also been deduced from a determination the Si and SiO_2 refractive indices. The EXAFS studies were used to

  2. Study of job burnout in technical writers and technical illustrators/designers at LLNL

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    Rice, J A

    1998-06-03

    According to the American Institute of Stress, job stress is estimated to cost American industry more than $200 billion a year. These costs are, in part, related to the estimated 1 million employees that will be absent on an average workday because of stress; 75 percent of visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related problems. California workers' compensation claims for stress cost $1 billion for medical and legal fees alone (Murphy, 1997). But, there is another dimension to stress that needs to be addressed. Job stress can be a precursor to job burnout. Burnout is a loss of motivation, and antidotes for job stress will not necessarily alleviate or stop job burnout. Job burnout is experienced as exhaustion on physical, emotional, and cognitive levels. Burnout can include withdrawal and decreasing involvement on the job, seriously affecting job satisfaction, turnover, absenteeism, and productivity (Dwyer & Ganster, 1991; Erickson & Gunderson, 1972; Spector & Jex, 1991). The research project described in this paper examined whether job burnout exists in the technical writer and technical illustrator/designer occupations in the Technical Information Department at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. This study also determined at what age and after how many years of service these employees were most likely to experience job burnout, whether it affects men or women most, and if writers in a technical organization experience job burnout more than illustrators/designers in that organization.

  3. 2008 ULTRASONIC BENCHMARK STUDIES OF INTERFACE CURVATURE--A SUMMARY

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    Schmerr, L. W.; Huang, R.; Raillon, R.; Mahaut, S.; Leymarie, N.; Lonne, S.; Spies, M.; Lupien, V.

    2009-03-03

    In the 2008 QNDE ultrasonic benchmark session researchers from five different institutions around the world examined the influence that the curvature of a cylindrical fluid-solid interface has on the measured NDE immersion pulse-echo response of a flat-bottom hole (FBH) reflector. This was a repeat of a study conducted in the 2007 benchmark to try to determine the sources of differences seen in 2007 between model-based predictions and experiments. Here, we will summarize the results obtained in 2008 and analyze the model-based results and the experiments.

  4. Space station automation and robotics study. Operator-systems interface

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    1984-01-01

    This is the final report of a Space Station Automation and Robotics Planning Study, which was a joint project of the Boeing Aerospace Company, Boeing Commercial Airplane Company, and Boeing Computer Services Company. The study is in support of the Advanced Technology Advisory Committee established by NASA in accordance with a mandate by the U.S. Congress. Boeing support complements that provided to the NASA Contractor study team by four aerospace contractors, the Stanford Research Institute (SRI), and the California Space Institute. This study identifies automation and robotics (A&R) technologies that can be advanced by requirements levied by the Space Station Program. The methodology used in the study is to establish functional requirements for the operator system interface (OSI), establish the technologies needed to meet these requirements, and to forecast the availability of these technologies. The OSI would perform path planning, tracking and control, object recognition, fault detection and correction, and plan modifications in connection with extravehicular (EV) robot operations.

  5. Vibrational spectroscopy of buried interfaces using nonlinear optics. Final technical report, July 7, 1986--February 29, 1996

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    Furtak, T.E.

    1996-05-30

    This DOE sponsored program has been dedicated to the understanding, development, and application of nontraditional methods for studying buried interfaces, particularly the electrolyte-solid system. Most of the work has dealt with optical techniques. The early research was directed toward revealing the mechanisms of surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). More recently the author has concentrated on surface nonlinear optical effects--second harmonic generation (SHG) and sum-frequency generation (SHG). Both of these techniques have the potential for selective interface sensitivity, and are produced through a higher order susceptibility than that which governs linear optical response. Optical SHG has the potential of providing more information about a buried interface than can be obtained by conventional optical spectroscopy. The author`s experiments have been designed to: (a) extract the second order optical susceptibility tensor associated with the surface of a metal electrode, and (b) discover how the electrochemical environment influences the nonlinear optical measurements. Recent contributions include quantitative comparison of the nonlinear response of single crystal silver to theoretical models for the effect. The author has provided the first detailed test of the time-dependent, local density functional prediction. Optical SHG bears a fundamental connection with the symmetry of the surface atoms. While investigating Ag(111) an anomalous effect was discovered that could not be explained by the known surface structure of Ag. The phenomenon was tentatively assigned to an adsorption induced surface reconstruction, since it behaved like a second order phase transition. In addition to the optical phenomena the author has designed, built, and operated an in situ quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) electrochemical cell.

  6. Ultrafast studies of electron dynamics at metal-dielectric interfaces

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    Ge, Nien-Hui

    1998-10-01

    Femtosecond time- and angle-resolved two-photon photoemission spectroscopy has been used to study fundamental aspects of excited electron dynamics at metal-dielectric interfaces, including layer-by-layer evolution of electronic structure and two-dimensional electron localization. On bare Ag(111), the lifetimes of image states are dominated by their position with respect to the projected bulk band structure. The n = 2 state has a shorter lifetime than the n = 1 state due to degeneracy with the bulk conduction band. As the parallel momentum of the n = 1 image electron increases, the lifetime decreases. With decreasing temperatures, the n = 1 image electrons, with zero or nonzero parallel momentum, all become longer lived. Adsorption of one to three layers of n-heptane results in an approximately exponential increase in lifetime as a function of layer thickness. This results from the formation of a tunneling barrier through which the interfacial electrons must decay, consistent with the repulsive bulk electron affinity of n-alkanes. The lifetimes of the higher quantum states indicate that the presence of the monolayer significantly reduces coupling of the image states to the bulk band structure. These results are compared with predictions of a dielectric continuum model. The study of electron lateral motion shows that optical excitation creates interfacial electrons in quasifree states for motion parallel to the n-heptane/Ag(111) interface. These initially delocalized electrons decay into a localized state within a few hundred femtoseconds. The localized electrons then decay back to the metal by tunneling through the adlayer potential barrier. The localization time depends strongly on the electron's initial parallel momentum and exhibits a non-Arrhenius temperature dependence. The experimental findings are consistent with a 2-D self-trapping process in which electrons become localized by interacting with the topmost plane of the alkane layer. The energy dependence of

  7. Elementary Staffing Study. Final Technical Report. Appendixes.

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    Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.

    The Elementary Staffing Study was conducted to develop a formula for determining the allocation of personnel positions and services for individual elementary school campuses in the Austin Independent School District. The 1981-82 study was meant to identify factors to be considered in personnel assignment, to "weight" each factor, and to use the…

  8. Simulation study of water/silicon oxide interface

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    Lorenz, Christian; Rempe, Susan; Stevens, Mark; Grest, Gary; Tsige, Mesfin

    2006-03-01

    The interaction of water with solid surfaces plays a crucial role in many phenomena. The water-silica interface is one of the typical systems encountered in technological and natural materials. Numerous technological applications of silica were found to rely on its specific surface properties. Large scale quantum mechanics (QM) and classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are used to study the molecular configurations and wetting properties of water at the interface of different silicon oxide surfaces. In order to understand how the surface coverage of silanols (-SiOH) affects the wetting behavior of the silica surfaces, both crystalline ((001) α-quartz (coverage 9.6 nm-2) and (100) β-cristobalite (7.8 nm-2)) and amorphous silica (5.0 nm-2) substrates have been studied. The binding energy of the water, the number of water molecules hydrogen-bonded to the surface and the configuration of the hydrogen-bonded water molecules are determined as a function of silanol coverage from QM simulations. The number of water molecules within a monolayer and the orientation of the water molecules within the monolayer and in the bulk are determined from MD simulations. Results from two classical force fields are compared to one another and to the relevant quantities from the QM simulations. Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company, for the United States Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  9. The CULTEX RFS: A Comprehensive Technical Approach for the In Vitro Exposure of Airway Epithelial Cells to the Particulate Matter at the Air-Liquid Interface

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    Aufderheide, Michaela; Hochrainer, Dieter

    2013-01-01

    The EU Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) demands the implementation of alternative methods for analyzing the hazardous effects of chemicals including particulate formulations. In the field of inhalation toxicology, a variety of in vitro models have been developed for such studies. To simulate the in vivo situation, an adequate exposure device is necessary for the direct exposure of cultivated lung cells at the air-liquid interface (ALI). The CULTEX RFS fulfills these requirements and has been optimized for the exposure of cells to atomized suspensions, gases, and volatile compounds as well as micro- and nanosized particles. This study provides information on the construction and functional aspects of the exposure device. By using the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis, the technical design was optimized to realize a stable, reproducible, and homogeneous deposition of particles. The efficiency of the exposure procedure is demonstrated by exposing A549 cells dose dependently to lactose monohydrate, copper(II) sulfate, copper(II) oxide, and micro- and nanoparticles. All copper compounds induced cytotoxic effects, most pronounced for soluble copper(II) sulfate. Micro- and nanosized copper(II) oxide also showed a dose-dependent decrease in the cell viability, whereby the nanosized particles decreased the metabolic activity of the cells more severely. PMID:23509768

  10. Supported Lipid Bilayer Technology for the Study of Cellular Interfaces

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    Crites, Travis J.; Maddox, Michael; Padhan, Kartika; Muller, James; Eigsti, Calvin; Varma, Rajat

    2015-01-01

    Glass-supported lipid bilayers presenting freely diffusing proteins have served as a powerful tool for studying cell-cell interfaces, in particular, T cell–antigen presenting cell (APC) interactions, using optical microscopy. Here we expand upon existing protocols and describe the preparation of liposomes by an extrusion method, and describe how this system can be used to study immune synapse formation by Jurkat cells. We also present a method for forming such lipid bilayers on silica beads for the study of signaling responses by population methods, such as western blotting, flow cytometry, and gene-expression analysis. Finally, we describe how to design and prepare transmembrane-anchored protein-laden liposomes, following expression in suspension CHO (CHOs) cells, a mammalian expression system alternative to insect and bacterial cell lines, which do not produce mammalian glycosylation patterns. Such transmembrane-anchored proteins may have many novel applications in cell biology and immunology. PMID:26331983

  11. Study of large flexible tunnel for shuttle/payload interface

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    1972-01-01

    A theoretical and preliminary design study of a large flexible tunnel for use at the shuttle/payload interface is discussed. The theoretical study consisted of evaluating various design concepts and determining their adaptability to the tunnel requirements. The theoretical study culminated in the selection of one concept. The selected concept was documented with preliminary drawings of a full-scale ground test model. Supporting preliminary structural, thermal, micrometeoroid, material, and weight analyses were conducted. The specified tunnel requirements could be broadly grouped into two categories; environmental and performance. The environmental requirements were those ambient conditions and loads associated with ground, launch, space and reentry of the shuttle vehicle. Materials are presently available which will meet all these environmental requirements and can be designed into the structure to withstand the specified loads.

  12. Third International Mathematics and Science Study 1999 Video Study Technical Report: Volume 1--Mathematics. Technical Report. NCES 2003-012

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    Jacobs, Jennifer; Garnier, Helen; Gallimore, Ronald; Hollingsworth, Hilary; Givvin, Karen Bogard; Rust, Keith; Kawanaka, Takako; Smith, Margaret; Wearne, Diana; Manaster, Alfred; Etterbeek, Wallace; Hiebert, James; Stigler, James

    2003-01-01

    This first volume of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 1999 Video Study Technical Report focuses on every aspect of the planning, implementation, processing, analysis, and reporting of the mathematics components of the TIMSS 1999 Video Study. The report is intended to serve as a record of the actions and documentation…

  13. Third International Mathematics and Science Study 1999 Video Study Technical Report: Volume 2--Science. Technical Report. NCES 2011-049

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    Garnier, Helen E.; Lemmens, Meike; Druker, Stephen L.; Roth, Kathleen J.

    2011-01-01

    This second volume of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 1999 Video Study Technical Report focuses on every aspect of the planning, implementation, processing, analysis, and reporting of the science components of the TIMSS 1999 Video Study. The report is intended to serve as a record of the actions and documentation of…

  14. The MedlinePlus public user interface: studies of design challenges and opportunities

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    Marill, Jennifer L.; Miller, Naomi; Kitendaugh, Paula

    2006-01-01

    Question: What are the challenges involved in designing, modifying, and improving a major health information portal that serves over sixty million page views a month? Setting: MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine's (NLM's) consumer health Website, is examined. Method: Challenges are presented as six “studies,” which describe selected design issues and how NLM staff resolved them. Main Result: Improving MedlinePlus is an iterative process. Changes in the public user interface are ongoing, reflecting Web design trends, usability testing recommendations, user survey results, new technical requirements, and the need to grow the site in an orderly way. Conclusion: Testing and analysis should accompany Website design modifications. New technologies may enhance a site but also introduce problems. Further modifications to MedlinePlus will be informed by the experiences described here. PMID:16404467

  15. XPS study of Al/polyethylene terephtalate interface

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    Silvain, J. F.; Arzur, A.; Alnot, M.; Ehrhardt, J. J.; Lutgen, P.

    1991-07-01

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy has been used to study the formation of the aluminium/polyethylene terephtalate (Al/PET) interface. On control PET, C ls and O ls exhibits the usual behavior of the PET. An extra Cvls appears on Ar+ -bombarded PET whilst the CIV 1s component is decreased by about 10% compared to the control PET. On fluorine-treated PET, the C ls spectra have been decomposed into six different components. After annealing at 500 K, the C ls shows the usual behavior of the PET indicative of a decrease of the fluorine concentration in the polymer surface. Al films up to 64 Å were evaporated with a Knudsen cell. The Al/PET interface exhibits the behavior of the layer by layer growth. A preferential aluminum bonding with PET is observed for CIV1s. The Al evaporated onto PET presents a complex A12p peak decomposed into Almetal and aloxide component. The ratio Almetal/Aloxide changes with the PET and the temperature of the PET during Al deposition. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is performed in order to correlate the morphology and the adhesion of the Al film on PET.

  16. Microstructure development and interface studies in thick film conductor systems

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    Nagesh, V. K.

    1980-03-01

    A thick film conductor system which used acid treated (.01N HCl) lead borosilicate glass particles with chemically coated metal (silver) film was developed. Using only 40 wt percent metal (silver), sheet resistivities as low as 45 milliohms/sq were obtained. Microstructure was studied. Effect on the acid treatment of the glass particles prior to the metal coating was analyzed. X-ray photoelectron spectra studies showed preferential leaching of lead and boron from the surface of the glass. Good bonding between silver film and the glass was attributed to the oxidation of silver in the presence of oxygen and H+ ions on the glass surface (from acid treatment) and subsequent diffusion of Ag+ into the glass to form a continuous chemical interface. A model to predict sheet resistivities of the new thick film conductors was developed.

  17. Reusable Agena study. Volume 2: Technical

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    Carter, W. K.; Piper, J. E.; Douglass, D. A.; Waller, E. W.; Hopkins, C. V.; Fitzgerald, E. T.; Sagawa, S. S.; Carter, S. A.; Jensen, H. L.

    1974-01-01

    The application of the existing Agena vehicle as a reusable upper stage for the space shuttle is discussed. The primary objective of the study is to define those changes to the Agena required for it to function in the reusable mode in the 100 percent capture of the NASA-DOD mission model. This 100 percent capture is achieved without use of kick motors or stages by simply increasing the Agena propellant load by using optional strap-on-tanks. The required shuttle support equipment, launch and flight operations techniques, development program, and cost package are also defined.

  18. Technical procedures for implementation of acoustics site studies, Deaf Smith County site, Texas: Environmental Field Program: Preliminary draft

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    Not Available

    1987-09-01

    The purpose and scope of the technical procedure for processing data from the tethered meteorological system are covered. Definitions, interfaces, and concurrent data needs are also addressed. This technical procedure describes how to control, organize, verify, and archive tethered meteorological system data. These data will be received at the processing location from the field measurement location and are part of the characterization of the Deaf Smith County Site, Texas for the salt repository program. These measurements will be made in support of the sound propagation study and are a result of environmental data requirements for acoustics. 6 refs., 15 figs., 5 tabs.

  19. Space Tug Aerobraking Study. Volume 2: Technical

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    Corso, C. J.; Eyer, C. L.

    1972-01-01

    The feasibility and practicality of employing an aerobraking trajectory for return of the reusable Space Tug from geosynchronous and other high energy missions was investigated. The aerobraking return trajectory modes from high orbits employ transfer ellipses which have low perigee altitudes wherein the earth's sensible atmosphere provides drag to reduce the Tug descent delta velocity requirements and thus decrease the required return trip propulsive energy. An aerobraked Space Tug, sized to the Space Shuttle payload capability and dimensional constraints, can accomplish 95 percent of the geosynchronous missions with a single Shuttle/Tug launch per mission. Aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, trajectory, quidance and control, configuration concepts, materials, weights and performance parameters were identified. Sensitivities to trajectory uncertainties, atmospheric anomalies and re-entry environments were determined. New technology requirements and future studies required to further enhance the aerobraking potential were identified.

  20. Adhesion at WC/diamond interfaces - A theoretical study

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    Padmanabhan, Haricharan; Rao, M. S. Ramachandra; Nanda, B. R. K.

    2015-06-24

    We investigate the adhesion at the interface of face-centered tungsten-carbide (001) and diamond (001) from density-functional calculations. Four high-symmetry model interfaces, representing different lattice orientations for either side of the interface, are constructed to incorporate different degrees of strain arising due to lattice mismatch. The adhesion, estimated from the ideal work of separation, is found to be in the range of 4 - 7 J m{sup −2} and is comparable to that of metal-carbide interfaces. Maximum adhesion occurs when WC and diamond slabs have the same orientation, even though such a growth induces large epitaxial strain at the interface. From electronic structure calculations, we attribute the adhesion to covalent interaction between carbon p-orbitals as well as partial ionic interaction between the tungsten d- and carbon p-orbitals across the interface.

  1. External wave launcher study. Final technical report

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    Moses, K.G.

    1986-06-26

    The overall purpose of this study is to explore the applicability of dielectric filled waveguide launchers to couple ion cyclotron resonant frequency (ICRF) power to magnetically confined plasma. The major advantage of dielectric filled launchers is that the geometrical dimensions of a waveguide launcher required to accommodate an electromagnetic wave of any given frequency can be reduced by the square root of the relative permittivity of the dielectric compared to air or vacuum waveguide dimensions. However, removal of the intense heat load deposited by 14 MeV neutrons in a solid dielectric filled waveguide heating system in close proximity to a fusion reactor presents several major problems: Heat is distributed throughout the volume of solid dielectric by energetic neutrons, which necessitates that a substantial fraction of the dielectric filled waveguide must be occupied by channels containing liquid coolant to remove the heat. The uniformity of the internal dielectric media of the waveguide is disrupted, and electromagnetic waves in the guide will be reflected and scattered at the discontinuities. It is highly questionable that a waveguide or waveguide launcher constructed in this manner will be an efficient means of transmitting ICRF power. This circumstance leads to employing liquid dielectrics which could satisfy both electromagnetic and coolant requirements of ICRF auxiliary launching systems simultaneously. Additionally, liquid dielectrics facilitate the motion of tuning structures through the media and preserve its dielectric uniformity in contrast to the tuning restrictions imposed by solid dielectrics in this regard.

  2. English Language Proficiency Study (ELPS), 1982 Microdata File. Technical Documentation.

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    Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.

    This document consists of the printed technical documentation that accompanies the English Language Proficiency Study (ELPS) machine-readable data file when obtained from the Bureau of the Census. The ELPS was conducted by the United States Bureau of the Census for the Department of Education to provide materials with which the Department of…

  3. Management Studies Educational Knowledge: Technical, Elite or Political?

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    Hordern, Jim

    2014-01-01

    This paper draws on the technical, elite and political interpretations of the purpose of management, to identify demands for particular forms of educational knowledge in the management studies curriculum. The varied character of this knowledge is discussed using Bernsteinian concepts of verticality, grammaticality, classification and framing, and…

  4. Workplace Skills in Practice. Case Studies of Technical Work.

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    Stasz, Cathleen; And Others

    A study was conducted to explore skills and work-related dispositions in technical work. It used a sociocultural approach to examine skills in seven target jobs in worksites representing diverse industries--health care, traffic management, transportation, and semiconductor manufacturing. It explored employers' strategies for obtaining the skills…

  5. Technical implementation of feasibility study-II design

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    Zisman, Michael S.; Ozaki, Satoshi; Palmer, Robert B.

    2001-03-22

    An updated Feasibility Study for a high-performance Neutrino Factory has been undertaken by Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and the Neutrino Factory and Muon Collider Collaboration (MC). We describe the technical implementation of the facility. Details of the key components are shown, and R and D activities that need to be addressed to proceed toward a facility design are indicated.

  6. American Studies and the Technical Curriculum: Man and Technology.

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    St. Germain, Amos

    An approach to teaching American studies at a Southern institute of engineering technology is described. The curriculum of this school is technically oriented to the professional engineer. Elective humanities courses must attract their own market and justify their places to both the students and the faculty. Two courses entitled "Man and…

  7. Western Wind and Solar Integration Study Phase 3: Technical Overview

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    2015-11-01

    Technical fact sheet outlining the key findings of Phase 3 of the Western Wind and Solar Integration Study (WWSIS-3). NREL and GE find that with good system planning, sound engineering practices, and commercially available technologies, the Western grid can maintain reliability and stability during the crucial first minute after grid disturbances with high penetrations of wind and solar power.

  8. Drainage flows: A mountain-plains interface numerical case study

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    Poulos, G.S.; Bossert, J.E.

    1992-09-01

    In January/February, 1991 an intensive set of measurements was taken around Rocky Flats near Denver, CO, USA under the auspices of the Atmospheric Studies in Complex Terrain (ASCOT) program. This region of the country is known as the Front Range, and is characterized by a transition from the relatively flat terrain of the Great Plains to the highly varied terrain of the Rocky Mountains. The mountains are oriented north-south and rise from 1800m above mean sea level (MSL) to 3600m MSL at the Continental Divide. Numerous east-west oriented valleys begin in the mountains and end at the plains interface. This terrain makes the Front Range a challenging region to model. One of the more important flows created by this severe terrain are the highly-varying drainage flows found during stagnant, wintertime conditions. These flows can interact with larger-scale mountain and synoptic winds. One goal of the ASCOT 1991 program was to gain insight into multi-scale meteorological interaction by observing wintertime drainage conditions at the mountain-valley-plains interface. ASCOT data included surface and upper air measurements on approximately a 50km{sup 2} scale. Simultaneously, an SF{sub 6} tracer release study was being conducted around Rocky Flats, a nuclear materials production facility. Detailed surface concentration measurements were completed for the SF{sub 6} plume. This combination of meteorological and tracer concentration data provided a unique data set for comparisons of mesoscale and dispersion modeling results with observations and for evaluating our capability to predict pollutant transport. Our approach is to use the Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (RAMS) mesoscale model to simulate atmospheric conditions and the Lagrangian Particle Dispersion Model (LPDM) to model the dispersion of the SF{sub 6}.

  9. Drainage flows: A mountain-plains interface numerical case study

    SciTech Connect

    Poulos, G.S.; Bossert, J.E.

    1992-01-01

    In January/February, 1991 an intensive set of measurements was taken around Rocky Flats near Denver, CO, USA under the auspices of the Atmospheric Studies in Complex Terrain (ASCOT) program. This region of the country is known as the Front Range, and is characterized by a transition from the relatively flat terrain of the Great Plains to the highly varied terrain of the Rocky Mountains. The mountains are oriented north-south and rise from 1800m above mean sea level (MSL) to 3600m MSL at the Continental Divide. Numerous east-west oriented valleys begin in the mountains and end at the plains interface. This terrain makes the Front Range a challenging region to model. One of the more important flows created by this severe terrain are the highly-varying drainage flows found during stagnant, wintertime conditions. These flows can interact with larger-scale mountain and synoptic winds. One goal of the ASCOT 1991 program was to gain insight into multi-scale meteorological interaction by observing wintertime drainage conditions at the mountain-valley-plains interface. ASCOT data included surface and upper air measurements on approximately a 50km{sup 2} scale. Simultaneously, an SF{sub 6} tracer release study was being conducted around Rocky Flats, a nuclear materials production facility. Detailed surface concentration measurements were completed for the SF{sub 6} plume. This combination of meteorological and tracer concentration data provided a unique data set for comparisons of mesoscale and dispersion modeling results with observations and for evaluating our capability to predict pollutant transport. Our approach is to use the Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (RAMS) mesoscale model to simulate atmospheric conditions and the Lagrangian Particle Dispersion Model (LPDM) to model the dispersion of the SF{sub 6}.

  10. Technical Communications in Aeronautics: Results of an Exploratory Study. NASA Technical Memorandum 101534, Parts 1 and 2.

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    Pinelli, Thomas E.; And Others

    An exploratory study investigated technical communications in aeronautics by surveying aeronautical engineers and scientists. The study had five specific objectives: to solicit the opinions of aeronautical engineers and scientists regarding the importance of technical communications to their profession; to determine their use and production of…

  11. Studies of interfaces and vapors with Optical Second Harmonic Generation

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    Mullin, C. S.

    1993-12-01

    Optical Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) has been applied to the study of soap-like molecules adsorbed to the water-air interface. By calibrating the signal from a soluble monolayer with that of an insoluble homolog, absolute measurements of the surface density could be obtained and related to the bulk concentration and surface tension. We could then demonstrate that the soluble surfactant forms a single monolayer at the interface. Furthermore, it deviates significantly from the ideal case in that its activity coefficients are far from 1, yet those coefficients remain constant over a broad range of surface pressures. We present evidence of a first-order phase transition taking place during the adsorption of this soluble monolayer. We consider the effects of the non-ideal behavior and the phase transition on the microscopic model of adsorption, and formulate an alternative to the Langmuir picture of adsorption which is just as simple, yet it can more easily allow for non-ideal behavior. The second half of this thesis considers the problem of SHG in bulk metal vapors. The symmetry of the vapor forbids SHG, yet it has been observed. We consider several models whereby the symmetry of the vapor is broken by the presence of the laser and compare their predictions to new observations we have made using a few-picosecond laser pulse. The two-lobed output beam profile shows that it is the vapor-plus-beam combination whose symmetry is important. The dependence on vapor pressure demonstrates the coherent nature of the radiation, while the dependence on buffer gas pressure hints at a change of the symmetry in time. The time-dependence is measured directly with a preliminary pump-probe measurement. The magnitude and intensity dependence of the signal are also measured. All but one of the models are eliminated by this comparison.

  12. A general framework for characterizing studies of brain interface technology.

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    Mason, S G; Jackson, M M Moore; Birch, G E

    2005-11-01

    The development of brain interface (BI) technology continues to attract researchers with a wide range of backgrounds and expertise. Though the BI community is committed to accurate and objective evaluation of methods, systems, and technology, the very diversity of the methods and terminology used in the field hinders understanding and impairs technology cross-fertilization and cross-group validation of findings. Underlying this dilemma is a lack of common perspective and language. As seen in our previous works in this area, our approach to remedy this problem is to propose language in the form of taxonomy and functional models. Our intent is to document and validate our best thinking in this area and publish a perspective that will stimulate discussion. We encourage others to do the same with the belief that focused discussion on language issues will accelerate the inherently slow natural evolution of language selection and thus alleviate related problems. In this work, we propose a theoretical framework for describing BI-technology-related studies. The proposed framework is based on the theoretical concepts and terminology from classical science, assistive technology development, human-computer interaction, and previous BI-related works. Using a representative set of studies from the literature, the proposed BI study framework was shown to be complete and appropriate perspective for thoroughly characterizing a BI study. We have also demonstrated that this BI study framework is useful for (1) objectively reviewing existing BI study designs and results, (2) comparing designs and results of multiple BI studies, (3) designing new studies or objectively reporting BI study results, and (4) facilitating intra- and inter-group communication and the education of new researchers. As such, it forms a sound and appropriate basis for community discussion.

  13. Brain-computer interfacing under distraction: an evaluation study

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    Brandl, Stephanie; Frølich, Laura; Höhne, Johannes; Müller, Klaus-Robert; Samek, Wojciech

    2016-10-01

    Objective. While motor-imagery based brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) have been studied over many years by now, most of these studies have taken place in controlled lab settings. Bringing BCI technology into everyday life is still one of the main challenges in this field of research. Approach. This paper systematically investigates BCI performance under 6 types of distractions that mimic out-of-lab environments. Main results. We report results of 16 participants and show that the performance of the standard common spatial patterns (CSP) + regularized linear discriminant analysis classification pipeline drops significantly in this ‘simulated’ out-of-lab setting. We then investigate three methods for improving the performance: (1) artifact removal, (2) ensemble classification, and (3) a 2-step classification approach. While artifact removal does not enhance the BCI performance significantly, both ensemble classification and the 2-step classification combined with CSP significantly improve the performance compared to the standard procedure. Significance. Systematically analyzing out-of-lab scenarios is crucial when bringing BCI into everyday life. Algorithms must be adapted to overcome nonstationary environments in order to tackle real-world challenges.

  14. Experimental study of an isochorically heated heterogeneous interface. A progress report

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    Fernandez, Juan Carlos

    2015-08-20

    Outline of the presentation: Studying possible mix / interface motion between heterogeneous low/high Z interfaces driven by 2-fluid or kinetic plasma effects (Heated to few eV, Sharp (sub µm) interface); Isochoric heating to initialize interface done with Al quasimonoenergetic ion beams on Trident; Have measured isochoric heating in individual materials intended for compound targets; Fielded experiments on Trident to measure interface motion (Gold-diamond, tin-aluminium); Measured heated-sample temperature with streaked optical pyrometry (SOP) (UT Austin led (research contract), SOP tests → heating uniformity Vs thickness on Al foils. Results are being analyzed.

  15. Studies of the magnetic structure at the ferromagnet - antiferromagnet interface

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    Scholl, A.; Nolting, F.; Stohr, J.; Luning, J.; Seo, J.W.; Locquet, J.-P.; Anders, S.; Ohldag, H.; Padmore, H.A.

    2001-01-02

    Antiferromagnetic layers are a scientifically challenging component in magneto-electronic devices such as magnetic sensors in hard disk heads, or magnetic RAM elements. In this paper we show that photo-electron emission microscopy (PEEM) is capable of determining the magnetic structure at the interface of ferromagnets and antiferromagnets with high spatial resolution (down to 20 nm). Dichroism effects at the L edges of the magnetic 3d transition metals, using circularly or linearly polarized soft x-rays from a synchrotron source, give rise to a magnetic image contrast. Images, acquired with the PEEM2 experiment at the Advanced Light Source, show magnetic contrast for antiferromagnetic LaFeO{sub 3}, microscopically resolving the magnetic domain structure in an antiferromagnetically ordered thin film for the first time. Magnetic coupling between LaFeO{sub 3} and an adjacent Co layer results in a complete correlation of their magnetic domain structures. From field dependent measurements a unidirectional anisotropy resulting in a local exchange bias of up to 30 Oe in single domains could be deduced. The elemental specificity and the quantitative magnetic sensitivity render PEEM a perfect tool to study magnetic coupling effects in multi-layered thin film samples.

  16. The Effects of Degraded Digital Instrumentation and Control Systems on Human-system Interfaces and Operator Performance: HFE Review Guidance and Technical Basis

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    O'Hara, J.M.; W. Gunther, G. Martinez-Guridi

    2010-02-26

    New and advanced reactors will use integrated digital instrumentation and control (I&C) systems to support operators in their monitoring and control functions. Even though digital systems are typically highly reliable, their potential for degradation or failure could significantly affect operator performance and, consequently, impact plant safety. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) supported this research project to investigate the effects of degraded I&C systems on human performance and plant operations. The objective was to develop human factors engineering (HFE) review guidance addressing the detection and management of degraded digital I&C conditions by plant operators. We reviewed pertinent standards and guidelines, empirical studies, and plant operating experience. In addition, we conducted an evaluation of the potential effects of selected failure modes of the digital feedwater system on human-system interfaces (HSIs) and operator performance. The results indicated that I&C degradations are prevalent in plants employing digital systems and the overall effects on plant behavior can be significant, such as causing a reactor trip or causing equipment to operate unexpectedly. I&C degradations can impact the HSIs used by operators to monitor and control the plant. For example, sensor degradations can make displays difficult to interpret and can sometimes mislead operators by making it appear that a process disturbance has occurred. We used the information obtained as the technical basis upon which to develop HFE review guidance. The guidance addresses the treatment of degraded I&C conditions as part of the design process and the HSI features and functions that support operators to monitor I&C performance and manage I&C degradations when they occur. In addition, we identified topics for future research.

  17. Market assessment and technical feasibility study of PFBC ash use

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    Smith, V.E.; Bland, A.E.; Brown, T.H.; Georgiou, D.N.; Wheeldon, J.

    1994-10-01

    The overall objectives of this study are to determine the market potential and the technical feasibility of using PFBC ash in high volume ash use applications. The information will be of direct use to the utility industry in assessing the economics of PFBC power generation in light of ash disposal avoidance through ash marketing. In addition, the research is expected to result in the generation of generic data on the use of PFBC ash that could lead to novel processing options and procedures. The specific objectives of the proposed research and demonstration effort are: Define resent and future market potential of PFBC ash for a range of applications (Phase I); assess the technical feasibility of PFBC ash use in construction, civil engineering and agricultural applications (Phase II); and demonstrate the most promising of the market and ash use options in full-scale field demonstrations (Phase III).

  18. Discrete Element study of granular material - Bumpy wall interface behavior

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    El Cheikh, Khadija; Rémond, Sébastien; Pizette, Patrick; Vanhove, Yannick; Djelal, Chafika

    2016-09-01

    This paper presents a DEM study of a confined granular material sheared between two parallel bumpy walls. The granular material consists of packed dry spherical particles. The bumpiness is modeled by spheres of a given diameter glued on horizontal planes. Different bumpy surfaces are modeled by varying diameter or concentration of glued spheres. The material is sheared by moving the two bumpy walls at fixed velocity. During shear, the confining pressure applied on each bumpy wall is controlled. The effect of wall bumpiness on the effective friction coefficient and on the granular material behavior at the bumpy walls is reported for various shearing conditions. For given bumpiness and confining pressure that we have studied, it is found that the shear velocity does not affect the shear stress. However, the effective friction coefficient and the behavior of the granular material depend on the bumpiness. When the diameter of the glued spheres is larger than about the average grains diameter of the medium, the latter is uniformly sheared and the effective friction coefficient remains constant. For smaller diameters of the glued spheres, the effective friction coefficient increases with the diameter of glued spheres. The influence of glued spheres concentration is significant only for small glued spheres diameters, typically half of average particle diameter of the granular material. In this case, increasing the concentration of glued spheres leads to a decrease in effective friction coefficient and to shear localization at the interface. For different diameters and concentrations of glued spheres, we show that the effect of bumpiness on the effective friction coefficient can be characterized by the depth of interlocking.

  19. Transport, Interfaces, and Modeling in Amorphous Silicon Based Solar Cells: Final Technical Report, 11 February 2002 - 30 September 2006

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    Schiff, E. A.

    2008-10-01

    Results for a-Si characteristics/modeling; photocarrier drift mobilities in a-Si;H, ..mu..c-Si:H, CIGS; hole-conducting polymers as p-layer for a-Si and c-Si; IR spectra of p/i and n/i interfaces in a-Si.

  20. Study of lumineers' interfaces by means of optical coherence tomography

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    de Andrade Borges, Erica; Fernandes Cassimiro-Silva, Patrícia; Osório Fernandes, Luana; Leônidas Gomes, Anderson Stevens

    2015-06-01

    OCT has been used to evaluate dental materials, and is employed here to evaluate lumineers for the first time. Lumineers are used as esthetical indirect restoration, and after wearing and aging, several undesirable features such as gaps, bubbles and mismatch can appear in which would only be seen by invasive analysis. The OCT (spectral domain SD-OCT, 930nm central wavelength) was used to evaluate noninvasively the lumineer- cement-tooth interface. We analyzed 20 specimens of lumineers-teeth that were prepared in bovine teeth and randomly allocated in 4 experimental groups (n=5) with two different cementation techniques and two different types of cementing agent (RelyX U200 and RelyX Veneer, 3M ESPE, with the adhesive recommended by the manufacture). The lumineers were made of lithium disilicate and obtained using a vacuum injection technique. The analysis was performed by using 2D and 3D OCT images, obtained before and after cementing and the thermal cycling process to simulate thermal stress in a oral cavity. Initial measurements showed that the SD-OCT was able to see through the 500μm thick lumineer, as delivered by the fabricant, and internal stress was observed. Failures were found in the cementing process and also after ageing simulation by thermal cycling. The adhesive failures as bubbles, gaps and degradation of the cementation line are the natural precursors of other defects reported by several studies of clinical follow-up (detachments, fractures and cracks). Bubble dimensions ranging from 146 μm to 1427 μm were measured and the OCT was validated as an investigative and precise tool for evaluation of the lumineer-cement-tooth.

  1. Student-Centered and Dynamic Interfaces that Enrich Technical Learning for Online Science Learners: A Review of the Literature

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    Killian, Susan A.; Beck, Dennis E.; O'Bryan, Corliss A.; Jarvis, Nathan; Clausen, Edgar C.; Crandall, Philip G.

    2014-01-01

    Communicating complex scientific and technical information presents a challenge for food science educators. The most efficient learning occurs when all senses are engaged, one reason that many educators believe that scientific principles are best taught with hands-on laboratory experiences. Today there are many challenges to the continuation of…

  2. Communication Platform Payload Definition (CPPD) study. Volume 2: Technical report

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    Hunter, E. M.; Driggers, T.; Jorasch, R.

    1986-01-01

    This is Volume 2 (Technical Report) of the Ford Aerospace & Communications Corporation Final Report for the Communication Platform Payload Definition (CPPD) Study program conducted for NASA Lewis Research Center under contract No. NAS3-24235. This report presents the results of the study effort leading to five potential platform payloads to service CONUS and WARC Region 2 traffic demand as projected to the year 2008. The report addresses establishing the data bases, developing service aggregation scenarios, selecting and developing 5 payload concepts, performing detailed definition of the 5 payloads, costing them, identifying critical technology, and finally comparing the payloads with each other and also with non-aggregated equivalent services.

  3. Aspects of faceting in the study of percipitate interfaces

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    Dahmen, U.; Witcomb, M.J.; Westmacott, K.H.

    1989-07-01

    The role of faceting in the formation of interface structures between a precipitate and its matrix is considered and illustrated with TEM observations on a number of different alloy systems. Crystal symmetry and elastic constraints from the solid matrix are shown to be important factors in the development of morphologies and interfacial structures. 14 refs., 9 figs.

  4. Theoretical study on wettability of graphene/water interface

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    Ishimoto, Takayoshi

    2015-12-01

    We analyzed the interaction energy between water clusters and graphene model compound by using density functional theory. The mono- and multi-layer interaction of water on graphene models are regarded as the low and high contact angles, which correspond to the wettability of interface, respectively. We clearly found the size dependency of water molecules on graphene model compound for the wettability.

  5. Mephisto - Research equipment for the study of solid/liquid interface destabilization in metal alloys

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    Favier, J. J.; Malmejac, Y.; Praizey, J. P.; Cambon, G.; Barillot, R.; Changeart, F. J.

    1982-09-01

    Preliminary results of a feasiblity study of space apparatus intended for solid/liquid destabilization in metal alloys, the Mephisto project, are presented. The phenomena that Mephisto will observe, the parameters it will measure, and the scientific studies that it will perform are stated. A general description is given of the instrument, its experimental tubes, and the experiment process. The environmental and thermal constraints, electrical characteristics, and the characteristics of the different signals are outlined. Finally, the requirements of the payload interfaces on which the equipment will be mounted are set forth, including mechanical/geometrical interfaces, thermal interfaces, and electrical interfaces.

  6. In depth study of molybdenum silicon compound formation at buried interfaces

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    Zoethout, Erwin; Louis, Eric; Bijkerk, Fred

    2016-09-01

    Angle resolved x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (ARXPS) has been employed to determine non-destructively the in-depth interface formation during thin film growth. Buried interfaces underneath the nanometer thick layers are probed by identifying the chemical shift of compound materials in photoelectron spectroscopy and using the angular response to quantify the compound amounts from the measured intensities. The thin interfaces in molybdenum-silicon multilayers grown at ambient temperature are investigated. This system is an example of an almost perfect 1D-system, where the interface region is only a small part of the individual layer thicknesses of 3 to 5 nm. Despite the low growth temperature, both the interfaces of this multilayer show layer thickness dependent interface formation. While the silicon-on-molybdenum interface shows a limited interface thickness of 0.4 nm of Mo5Si3, the molybdenum-on-silicon interface shows a more complex evolution. For this interface, the composition of the first 2.0 nm of deposited layer thickness is best described as a molybdenum-silicon compound layer with a molybdenum rich top and a MoSi2 bottom layer. After 2.5 nm of the deposited layer thickness, the molybdenum rich compound at the top has transformed into polycrystalline molybdenum on top of 1.8 nm MoSi2 at the interface. The formation of the 1.8 nm MoSi2 precedes the formation of polycrystalline molybdenum on top. Angle resolved x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (ARXPS) is shown to be a good tool to study the interface phenomena beneath the nanometer thick top layers. In the case of Mo/Si multilayer mirrors, this ARXPS study shows that the compound formation at the interface accounts for the majority of the extreme ultraviolet reflectance loss.

  7. Experimental study of the detonation of technical grade ammonium nitrate

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    Presles, Henri-Noël; Vidal, Pierre; Khasainov, Boris

    2009-11-01

    The detonation of technical grade ammonium nitrate at the density ρ=0.666 g/cm confined in PVC and steel tubes was experimentally studied. The results show that the detonation is self-sustained and steady in steel tubes with diameter as small as 12 mm. Critical detonation diameter lies between 8 and 12 mm in 2 mm thick steel tubes and between 55 and 81 mm in PVC tubes. These values testify a strong detonation sensitivity of this product. To cite this article: H.-N. Presles et al., C. R. Mecanique 337 (2009).

  8. Feasibility study for future implantable neural-silicon interface devices.

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    Al-Armaghany, Allann; Yu, Bo; Mak, Terrence; Tong, Kin-Fai; Sun, Yihe

    2011-01-01

    The emerging neural-silicon interface devices bridge nerve systems with artificial systems and play a key role in neuro-prostheses and neuro-rehabilitation applications. Integrating neural signal collection, processing and transmission on a single device will make clinical applications more practical and feasible. This paper focuses on the wireless antenna part and real-time neural signal analysis part of implantable brain-machine interface (BMI) devices. We propose to use millimeter-wave for wireless connections between different areas of a brain. Various antenna, including microstrip patch, monopole antenna and substrate integrated waveguide antenna are considered for the intra-cortical proximity communication. A Hebbian eigenfilter based method is proposed for multi-channel neuronal spike sorting. Folding and parallel design techniques are employed to explore various structures and make a trade-off between area and power consumption. Field programmable logic arrays (FPGAs) are used to evaluate various structures. PMID:22254974

  9. Interaction of monovalent ions with the water liquid-vapor interface - A molecular dynamics study

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    Wilson, Michael A.; Pohorille, Andrew

    1991-01-01

    Results of molecular dynamics calculations are presented for a series of ions at infinite dilution near the water liquid-vapor interface. The free energies of ion transfer from the bulk to the interface are discussed, as are the accompanying changes of water structure at the surface and ion mobilities as a function of their proximity to the interface. It is shown that simple dielectric models do not provide an accurate description of ions at the water surface. The results of the study should be useful in the development of better models incorporating the shape and molecular structure of the interface.

  10. TEM and XPS studies on CdS/CIGS interfaces

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    Han, Jun-feng; Liao, Cheng; Cha, Li-mei; Jiang, Tao; Xie, Hua-mu; Zhao, Kui; Besland, M.-P.

    2014-12-01

    Copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) was deposited by metallic precursors sputtering and subsequently submitted to a selenization process. The upper CdS layers were deposited by chemical bath deposition (CBD) technique. The CdS/CIGS interfaces were investigated by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). As checked by XPS analysis, the CIGS surface exhibited a hydroxide-terminated CdSe layer when treated with Cd Partial Electrolyte solution (Cd PE). Its thickness was roughly estimated to several nanometers. A 100 nm thick CdS layer was deposited onto CIGS surface. The TEM images revealed a clear and sharp interface between CdS and CIGS. XPS analysis showed a CIGS surface covered by a pinhole free and homogeneous CdS layer. XPS depth profile measurement of the CdS/CIGS interface did not evidence elemental inter-diffusion between the CIGS and CdS layers, in very good agreement with TEM observations.

  11. First-principles study on oxidation of Ge and its interface electronic structures

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    Ono, Tomoya; Saito, Shoichiro; Iwase, Shigeru

    2016-08-01

    We review a series of first-principles studies on the defect generation mechanism and electronic structures of the Ge/GeO2 interface. Several experimental and theoretical studies proved that Si atoms at the Si/SiO2 interface are emitted to release interface stress. In contrast, total-energy calculation reveals that Ge atoms at the Ge/GeO2 interface are hardly emitted, resulting in the low trap density. Even if defects are generated, those at the Ge/GeO2 interface are found to behave differently from those at the Si/SiO2 interface. The states attributed to the dangling bonds at the Ge/GeO2 interface lie below the valence-band maximum of Ge, while those at the Si/SiO2 interface generate the defect state within the band gap of Si. First-principles electron-transport calculation elucidates that this characteristic behavior of the defect states is relevant to the difference in the leakage current through the Si/SiO2 and Ge/GeO2 interfaces.

  12. Advanced transportation system studies. Technical area 2: Heavy lift launch vehicle development. Volume 2; Technical Results

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    1995-01-01

    Sections 10 to 13 of the Advanced Transportation System Studies final report are included in this volume. Section 10 contains a copy of an executive summary that was prepared by Lockheed Space Operations Company (LSOC) to document their support to the TA-2 contract during the first-year period of performance of the contract, May 1992 through May 1993. LSOC participated on the TA-2 contract as part of the concurrent engineering launch system definition team, and provided outstanding heavy lift launch vehicle (HLLV) ground operations requirements and concept assessments for Lockheed Missiles and Space Company (LMSC) through an intercompany work transfer as well as providing specific HLLV ground operations assessments at the direction of NASA KSC through KSC funding that was routed to the TA-2 contract. Section 11 contains a copy of a vehicle-independent, launch system health management requirements assessment. The purpose of the assessment was to define both health management requirements and the associated interfaces between a generic advanced transportation system launch vehicle and all related elements of the entire transportation system, including the ground segment. Section 12 presents the major TA-2 presentations provided to summarize the significant results and conclusions that were developed over the course of the contract. Finally, Section 13 presents the design and assessment report on the first lunar outpost heavy lift launch vehicle.

  13. Analysis of a display and control system man-machine interface concept. Volume 1: Final technical report

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    Karl, D. R.

    1972-01-01

    An evaluation was made of the feasibility of utilizing a simplified man machine interface concept to manage and control a complex space system involving multiple redundant computers that control multiple redundant subsystems. The concept involves the use of a CRT for display and a simple keyboard for control, with a tree-type control logic for accessing and controlling mission, systems, and subsystem elements. The concept was evaluated in terms of the Phase B space shuttle orbiter, to utilize the wide scope of data management and subsystem control inherent in the central data management subsystem provided by the Phase B design philosophy. Results of these investigations are reported in four volumes.

  14. A Case Study of Technical Assistance to Demonstration Programs for Young Handicapped Children. Part I.

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    Behr, Shirley K.; And Others

    The interim report presents an evaluation of TADS (Technical Assistance Development System) through case studies of TADS technical assistance to the staffs of two demonstration programs for preschool handicapped children and their families. Purposes of the study included obtaining indepth descriptions of the technical assistance process to…

  15. Generation of polygonal gas interfaces by soap film for Richtmyer-Meshkov instability study

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    Wang, Minghu; Si, Ting; Luo, Xisheng

    2012-12-01

    A simple method of generating polygonal gas interfaces is proposed by using the soap film technique. Thin pins are used as angular vertexes to connect the adjacent sides of polygonal soap films in order to avoid the pressure singularities around the vertexes caused by the surface tension. As a demonstration, three polygonal interfaces (i.e., square, equilateral triangle and diamond) are created in the test section of a shock tube. Experiments are then carried out for a planar shock wave (Mach number about 1.2) interacting with air/SF6 polygonal interfaces. Numerical simulations are also performed to validate the proposed method of the interface formation. Wave systems and interface structures can be clearly identified in experimental schlieren images and agree well with the numerical results. It is also indicated that the presences of thin pins and fine chamfers only have limited effects on the interface evolution and can be ignored at the very early stage. Experimental and numerical results about the movement of the distorted interface, the width and height of the interface structures are further compared and good agreement is achieved. It is then concluded that the polygonal interface formed by the proposed method is applicable for the Richtmyer-Meshkov instability study.

  16. Generation of polygonal gas interfaces by soap film for Richtmyer-Meshkov instability study

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    Wang, Minghu; Si, Ting; Luo, Xisheng

    2013-01-01

    A simple method of generating polygonal gas interfaces is proposed by using the soap film technique. Thin pins are used as angular vertexes to connect the adjacent sides of polygonal soap films in order to avoid the pressure singularities around the vertexes caused by the surface tension. As a demonstration, three polygonal interfaces (i.e., square, equilateral triangle and diamond) are created in the test section of a shock tube. Experiments are then carried out for a planar shock wave (Mach number about 1.2) interacting with air/SF6 polygonal interfaces. Numerical simulations are also performed to validate the proposed method of the interface formation. Wave systems and interface structures can be clearly identified in experimental schlieren images and agree well with the numerical results. It is also indicated that the presences of thin pins and fine chamfers only have limited effects on the interface evolution and can be ignored at the very early stage. Experimental and numerical results about the movement of the distorted interface, the width and height of the interface structures are further compared and good agreement is achieved. It is then concluded that the polygonal interface formed by the proposed method is applicable for the Richtmyer-Meshkov instability study.

  17. Atomic-Scale Studies of Defect Interactions with Homo- and Heterophase Interfaces

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    Martínez, Enrique; Uberuaga, Blas P.; Beyerlein, Irene J.

    2016-06-01

    Interfaces are planar metastable defects with singular features capable of controlling diverse material properties, including mechanical response and the microstructure evolution in materials under irradiation. This ability of interfaces to dictate the material response resides inherently in their atomic structure, which controls the interactions of dislocations as well as point and defect clusters with the interface. We recently showed how dislocations nucleated from defect clusters interact with a heterophase interface in Cu-Nb layered composites. We also showed how the ability of the interface to absorb vacancy clusters depends on the atomic structure at the interface. Herein, we elaborate on the effect of the atomic structure on the ability of the interface to absorb dislocations as well as vacancy and self-interstitial defect clusters. We study a physical-vapor-deposited Kurdjumov-Sachs orientation in a Cu-Nb interface and an asymmetric Σ 11 grain boundary in pure Cu. On the one hand, the manner in which dislocations react with the interface depends on the misfit dislocation arrangement, which substantially differs between these two cases. On the other hand, vacancy and self-interstitial clusters are absorbed similarly upon interaction with both structures.

  18. Water at an electrochemical interface - a simulation study

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    Willard, Adam; Reed, Stewart; Madden, Paul; Chandler, David

    2008-08-22

    The results of molecular dynamics simulations of the properties of water in an aqueous ionic solution close to an interface with a model metallic electrode are described. In the simulations the electrode behaves as an ideally polarizable hydrophilic metal, supporting image charge interactions with charged species, and it is maintained at a constant electrical potential with respect to the solution so that the model is a textbook representation of an electrochemical interface through which no current is passing. We show how water is strongly attracted to and ordered at the electrode surface. This ordering is different to the structure that might be imagined from continuum models of electrode interfaces. Further, this ordering significantly affects the probability of ions reaching the surface. We describe the concomitant motion and configurations of the water and ions as functions of the electrode potential, and we analyze the length scales over which ionic atmospheres fluctuate. The statistics of these fluctuations depend upon surface structure and ionic strength. The fluctuations are large, sufficiently so that the mean ionic atmosphere is a poor descriptor of the aqueous environment near a metal surface. The importance of this finding for a description of electrochemical reactions is examined by calculating, directly from the simulation, Marcus free energy profiles for transfer of charge between the electrode and a redox species in the solution and comparing the results with the predictions of continuum theories. Significant departures from the electrochemical textbook descriptions of the phenomenon are found and their physical origins are characterized from the atomistic perspective of the simulations.

  19. Comparison of the Booster Interface Temperature in Stainless Steel (SS) V-Channel versus the Aluminum (Al) Y-Channel Primer Chamber Assemblies (PCAs). Volume 1; Technical Assessment Report

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    Garcia, Roberto; Saulsberry, Regor L.

    2011-01-01

    NASA's Technical Fellow for Propulsion, requested a technical assessment of the performance improvement achieved by the introduction of the stainless steel (SS) V-channel compared to the aluminum (Al) Y-channel Primer Chamber Assembly (PCA) design. The SS V-channel PCA was developed for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Project. The principle focus of the assessment was to measure the transient temperature at the booster interface with both designs. This document contains the findings of the assessment.

  20. A Theoretical Study of Remobilizing Surfactant Retarded Fluid Particle Interfaces

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    Wang, Yanping; Papageorgiou, Dimitri; Maldarelli, Charles

    1996-01-01

    Microgravity processes must rely on mechanisms other than bouyancy to move bubbles or droplets from one region to another in a continuous liquid phase. One suggested method is thermocapillary migration in which a temperature gradient is applied to the continuous phase. When a fluid particle contacts this gradient, one pole of the particle becomes warmer than the opposing pole. The interfacial tension between the drop or bubble phase and the continuous phase usually decreases with temperature. Thus the cooler pole is of higher interfacial tension than the warmer pole, and the interface is tugged in the direction of the cooler end. This thermocapillary or thermally induced Marangoni surface stress causes a fluid streaming in the continuous phase from which develops a viscous shear traction and pressure gradient which together propel the particle in the direction of the warmer fluid. In this paper, we provide a theoretical basis for remobilizing surfactant retarded fluid particle interfaces in an effort to make viable the use of thermocapillary migrations for the management of bubbles and drops in microgravity,

  1. Flight 1 technical report for experiment 74-36: Thermal migration of bubbles and their interaction with solidification interfaces

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    Papazian, J. M.; Wilcox, W. R.

    1976-01-01

    Specimens of gas saturated carbon tetrabromide were directionally solidified in a transparent furnace using a gradient freeze technique. The original temperature gradient was 5 C/cm and the cooling rate was 40 C/h. Progress of the experiment was monitored photographically. Gas bubbles were generated at the advancing solidification front in each of the three specimens. The gas bubbles were observed to increase in size, coalesce, and eventually be grown into the solid specimen under low gravity conditions. No bubble detachment from the interface was observed. Identical specimens processed in the laboratory showed bubble nucleation, bubble growth, and eventual bubble detachment due to buoyancy forces. Examination of the specimens showed a significantly greater void content in the low gravity processed samples. The grain size was observed to be finer in the low gravity processed samples.

  2. Basic research in nuclear test monitoring: Seismic wave scattering from irregular interfaces. Final technical report, 1 August 1992-31 July 1994

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    Schultz, C.A.; Dainty, A.M.; Toksoez, M.N.

    1994-12-16

    We report on two investigations of seismic wave scattering from irregular interfaces. The first is a laboratory study of the scattering of ultrasonic waves incident on a glass surface etched to produce a highly irregular 3-D interface. We find that 2-D numerical simulations predict the 3-D experimental results well at small incident angles. Both numerical and experimental results strongly support the presence of enhanced backscattering. The second study is an analysis of regional P wave coda observed from events recorded at the Scandinavian NORESS, FINESA, and ARCESS arrays and the New England NYNEX array. The F-K spectra of the P coda are dominated by on-azimuth energy with apparent velocities between Pn (or faster) and Lg. Following this analysis, reflection coefficients calculated with a boundary integral scheme are used to study the role irregular interfaces play in the creation of regional P coda. We find that observed crustal scattering in these regions is strikingly consistent with P-P and P-SV scattering from the 2-D irregular Moho and even more consistent with scattering from a 2-D irregular near surface interface.

  3. Exploring the Capability of Evaluating Technical Solutions: A Collaborative Study into the Primary Technology Classroom

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    Björkholm, Eva

    2014-01-01

    Within the field of technology education, evaluating technical solutions is considered as an important topic. Research indicates that pupils have difficulties in evaluating technical solutions in terms of fitness for purpose, i.e. how effective a technical solution supports its intended function. By using the learning study, which is an iterative…

  4. Structural and phonon transmission study of Ge-Au-Ge eutectically bonded interfaces

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    Knowlton, W.B. |

    1995-07-01

    This thesis presents a structural analysis and phonon transparency investigation of the Ge-Au-Ge eutectic bond interface. Interface development was intended to maximize the interfacial ballistic phonon transparency to enhance the detection of the dark matter candidate WIMPs. The process which was developed provides an interface which produces minimal stress, low amounts of impurities, and insures Ge lattice continuity through the interface. For initial Au thicknesses of greater than 1,000 {angstrom} Au per substrate side, eutectic epitaxial growth resulted in a Au dendritic structure with 95% cross sectional and 90% planar Au interfacial area coverages. In sections in which Ge bridged the interface, lattice continuity across the interface was apparent. Epitaxial solidification of the eutectic interface with initial Au thicknesses < 500 A per substrate side produced Au agglomerations thereby reducing the Au planar interfacial area coverage to as little as 30%. The mechanism for Au coalescence was attributed to lateral diffusion of Ge and Au in the liquid phase during solidification. Phonon transmission studies were performed on eutectic interfaces with initial Au thicknesses of 1,000 {angstrom}, 500 {angstrom}, and 300 {angstrom} per substrate side. Phonon imaging of eutectically bonded samples with initial Au thicknesses of 300 {angstrom}/side revealed reproducible interfacial percent phonon transmissions from 60% to 70%. Line scan phonon imaging verified the results. Phonon propagation TOF spectra distinctly showed the predominant phonon propagation mode was ballistic. This was substantiated by phonon focusing effects apparent in the phonon imaging data. The degree of interface transparency to phonons and resulting phonon propagation modes correlate with the structure of the interface following eutectic solidification. Structural studies of samples with initial Au thickness of 1,000 {angstrom}/side appear to correspond with the phonon transmission study.

  5. Elemental and structural studies at the bone-cartilage interface

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    Bradley, D. A.; Kaabar, W.; Gundogdu, O.

    2012-02-01

    The techniques μProton-Induced X-and γ-ray Emission, μ-PIXE and μ-PIGE, were used to investigate trace and essential element distributions in sections of normal and osteoarthritic (OA) human femoral head. μ-PIGE yielded 2-D mappings of Na and F while Ca, Z, P and S were mapped by μ-PIXE. The concentration of chondroitin sulphate supporting functionality in healthy cartilage is significantly reduced in OA samples. Localised Zn points to osteoblastic/osteoclastic activity at the bone-cartilage interface. Small-angle X-ray scattering applied to decalcified OA-affected tissue showed spatial alterations of collagen fibres of decreased axial periodicity compared to normal collagen type I.

  6. Spin labelled polymers for composite interface studies: Synthesis and characterization

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    Snow, A.W.; Pace, M.D.

    1993-12-31

    For the purpose of investigating the epoxy resin composite interface, a series of spin labelled epoxy polymers and model compounds were synthesized and characterized. Linear epoxy polymers were prepared by reacting systematically varying quantities of 4-amino-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperid-1-yloxy and cyclohexyl amine with an equivalence bisphenol A diglycidyl ether. The adducts of phenylgylcidyl ether and 4-cumylphenylgylcidyl ether with 4-amino-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperid-1-yloxy were synthesized as model compounds. Characterization determined that the 125{degrees}C polymerization temperature did not cause significant decomposition of the nitroxyl free radical, magnetic dilution of the spin label in the epoxy polymer to 3% of the amine repeat units is sufficient for observation of unobscured nitroxyl hyperfine structure in the ESR spectrum of the labelled epoxy polymer in the solid state, and a polymer glass transition temperature of 66{degrees}C as not affected by variation in the amine composition.

  7. First-principles study of the rectifying properties of Pt/TiO2 interface

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    Tamura, Tomoyuki; Ishibashi, Shoji; Terakura, Kiyoyuki; Weng, Hongming

    2009-11-01

    First-principles calculations have been performed to study the interface electronic structure of Pt/TiO2 and to analyze the rectifying property of the Pt/TiO2/Pt structure. For the stoichiometric interface, the metal-induced gap states (MIGS) have amplitude appreciably only at the interface TiO2 . We will show that the presence of MIGS makes oxygen-vacancy formation energy small at the interface. It is therefore expected that the interfacial TiO2 layer can be easily reduced. We will then demonstrate that the Schottky barrier height is strongly affected by oxygen deficiency. According to the present calculation, the interface is of Schottky-contact type for the fully oxidized interfacial TiO2 while it becomes almost ohmic for strongly reduced one.

  8. Numerical and experimental study of the nonlinear interaction between a shear wave and a frictional interface.

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    Blanloeuil, Philippe; Croxford, Anthony J; Meziane, Anissa

    2014-04-01

    The nonlinear interaction of shear waves with a frictional interface are presented and modeled using simple Coulomb friction. Analytical and finite difference implementations are proposed with both in agreement and showing a unique trend in terms of the generated nonlinearity. A dimensionless parameter ξ is proposed to uniquely quantify the nonlinearity produced. The trends produced in the numerical study are then validated with good agreement experimentally. This is carried out loading an interface between two steel blocks and exciting this interface with different amplitude normal incidence shear waves. The experimental results are in good agreement with the numerical results, suggesting the simple friction model does a reasonable job of capturing the fundamental physics. The resulting approach offers a potential way to characterize a contacting interface; however, the difficulty in activating that interface may ultimately limit its applicability. PMID:25234971

  9. North American Natural Gas Markets: Selected technical studies

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    Huntington, H.G.; Schuler, G.E.

    1989-04-01

    The Energy Modeling Forum (EMF) was established in 1976 at Stanford University to provide a structural framework within which energy experts, analysts, and policymakers could meet to improve their understanding of critical energy problems. The ninth EMF study, North American Natural Gas Markets, was conducted by a working group comprised of leading natural gas analysts and decision-makers from government, private companies, universities, and research and consulting organizations. The EMF 9 working group met five times from October 1986 through June 1988 to discuss key issues and analyze natural gas markets. This third volume includes technical papers that support many of the conclusions discussed in the EMF 9 summary report (Volume 1) and full working group report (Volume 2). These papers discuss the results from the individual models as well as some nonmodeling analysis related to US natural gas imports and industrial natural gas demand. Individual papers have been processed separately for inclusion in the Energy Science and Technology Database.

  10. North American Natural Gas Markets: Selected technical studies. Volume 3

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    Huntington, H.G.; Schuler, G.E.

    1989-04-01

    The Energy Modeling Forum (EMF) was established in 1976 at Stanford University to provide a structural framework within which energy experts, analysts, and policymakers could meet to improve their understanding of critical energy problems. The ninth EMF study, North American Natural Gas Markets, was conducted by a working group comprised of leading natural gas analysts and decision-makers from government, private companies, universities, and research and consulting organizations. The EMF 9 working group met five times from October 1986 through June 1988 to discuss key issues and analyze natural gas markets. This third volume includes technical papers that support many of the conclusions discussed in the EMF 9 summary report (Volume 1) and full working group report (Volume 2). These papers discuss the results from the individual models as well as some nonmodeling analysis related to US natural gas imports and industrial natural gas demand. Individual papers have been processed separately for inclusion in the Energy Science and Technology Database.

  11. Shape-anisotropic particles at curved fluid interfaces and role of Laplace pressure: a computational study.

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    Cheng, Tian-Le; Wang, Yu U

    2013-07-15

    The self-assembly behavior of shape-anisotropic particles at curved fluid interfaces is computationally investigated by diffuse interface field approach (DIFA). A Gibbs-Duhem-type thermodynamic formalism is introduced to treat heterogeneous pressure within the phenomenological model, in agreement with Young-Laplace equation. Computer simulations are performed to study the effects of capillary forces (interfacial tension and Laplace pressure) on particle self-assembly at fluid interfaces in various two-dimensional cases. For isolated particles, it is found that the equilibrium liquid interface remains circular and particles of different shapes do not disturb the homogeneous curvature of liquid interface, while the equilibrium position, orientation and stability of a particle at the liquid interface depend on its shape and initial location with respect to the liquid interface. For interacting particles, the curvature of local liquid interfaces is different from the apparent curvature of the particle shell; nevertheless, irrespective of the particle shapes, a particle-coated droplet always tends to deform into a circular morphology under positive Laplace pressure, loses mechanical stability and collapses under negative Laplace pressure, while adapts to any morphology and stays in neutral equilibrium under zero Laplace pressure. Finally, the collective behaviors of particles and Laplace pressure evolution in bicontinuous interfacially jammed emulsion gels (bijels) are investigated.

  12. Descriptive analysis of context evaluation instrument for technical oral presentation skills evaluation: A case study in English technical communication course

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    Mohamed, Abdullah-Adnan; Asmawi, Adelina; Hamid, Mohd Rashid Ab; Mustafa, Zainol bin

    2015-02-01

    This paper reports a pilot study of Context Evaluation using a self-developed questionnaire distributed among engineering undergraduates at a university under study. The study aims to validate the self-developed questionnaires used in the Context evaluation, a component in the CIPP Model. The Context evaluation assesses background information for needs, assets, problems and opportunities relevant to beneficiaries of the study in a defined environment. Through the questionnaire, background information for the assessment of needs, assets and problems related to the engineering undergraduates' perceptions on the teaching and learning of technical oral presentation skills was collected and analysed. The questionnaire was developed using 5-points Likert scale to measure the constructs under study. They were distributed to 100 respondents with 79 returned. The respondents consisted of engineering undergraduates studied at various faculties at one technical university in Malaysia. The descriptive analysis of data for each item which makes up the construct for Context evaluation is found to be high. This implied that engineering undergraduates showed high interest in teaching and learning of technical oral presentation skills, thus their needs are met. Also, they agreed that assets and facilities are conducive to their learning. In conclusion, the context evaluation involving needs and assets factors are both considerably important; their needs are met and the assets and facilities do support their technical oral presentation skills learning experience.

  13. Thermal boundary conductance enhancement using experimentally achievable nanostructured interfaces - analytical study combined with molecular dynamics simulation.

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    Lee, Eungkyu; Zhang, Teng; Hu, Ming; Luo, Tengfei

    2016-06-22

    Interfacial thermal resistance presents great challenges to the thermal management of modern electronics. In this work, we perform an analytical study to enhance the thermal boundary conductance (TBC) of nanostructured interfaces with square-shape pillar arrays, extendable to the characteristic lengths that can be fabricated in practice. As a representative system, we investigate a SiC substrate with the square-shape pillar array combined with epitaxial GaN as the nanostructured interface. By applying a first-order ray tracing method and molecular dynamics simulations to analyze phonon incidence and transmission at the nanostructured interface, we systematically study the impact of the characteristic dimensions of the pillar array on the TBC. Based on the multi-scale analysis we provide a general guideline to optimize the nanostructured interfaces to achieve higher TBC, demonstrating that the optimized TBC value of the nanostructured SiC/GaN interfaces can be 42% higher than that of the planar SiC/GaN interfaces without nanostructures. The model used and results obtained in this study will guide the further experimental realization of nanostructured interfaces for better thermal management in microelectronics. PMID:27275647

  14. Florida Study of Career and Technical Education. Final Report

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    Jacobson, Louis; Mokher, Christine

    2014-01-01

    A key goal of the "Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006" ("Perkins IV") is to ensure career and technical education (CTE) programs are widely available for preparing high school and college students for "high skill, high wage, or high demand occupations in current or emerging professions"…

  15. 29 CFR 1607.14 - Technical standards for validity studies.

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    2013-07-01

    ... used if it provides the information required for the specific validation strategy used. B. Technical... selection procedure by a criterion-related validity strategy should determine whether it is technically... the primary focus of the test are those which employees learn on the job. Where samples are...

  16. OEXP exploration studies technical report. Volume 3: Special reports, studies, and indepth systems assessments

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    Roberts, Barney B.; Bland, Dan

    1988-01-01

    The Office of Exploration (OEXP) at NASA has been tasked with defining and recommending alternatives for an early 1990's national decision on a focused program of manned exploration of the Solar System. The Mission analysis and System Engineering (MASE) group, which is managed by the Exploration Studies Office at the Johnson Space Center, is responsible for coordinating the technical studies necessary for accomplishing such a task. This technical report, produced by the MASE, describes the process used to conduct exploration studies and discusses the mission developed in a case study approach. The four case studies developed in FY88 include: (1) a manned expedition to PHOBOS; (2) a manned expedition to MARS; (3) a lunar surface observatory; and a lunar outpost to early Mars evolution. The final outcome of this effort is a set of programmatic and technical conclusions and recommendations for the following year's work.

  17. A multi-imaging approach to study the root–soil interface

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    Rudolph-Mohr, Nicole; Vontobel, Peter; Oswald, Sascha E.

    2014-01-01

    Background and Aims Dynamic processes occurring at the soil–root interface crucially influence soil physical, chemical and biological properties at a local scale around the roots, and are technically challenging to capture in situ. This study presents a novel multi-imaging approach combining fluorescence and neutron radiography that is able to simultaneously monitor root growth, water content distribution, root respiration and root exudation. Methods Germinated seeds of white lupins (Lupinus albus) were planted in boron-free glass rhizotrons. After 11 d, the rhizotrons were wetted from the bottom and time series of fluorescence and neutron images were taken during the subsequent day and night cycles for 13 d. The following day (i.e. 25 d after planting) the rhizotrons were again wetted from the bottom and the measurements were repeated. Fluorescence sensor foils were attached to the inner sides of the glass and measurements of oxygen and pH were made on the basis of fluorescence intensity. The experimental set-up allowed for simultaneous fluorescence imaging and neutron radiography. Key Results The interrelated patterns of root growth and distribution in the soil, root respiration, exudation and water uptake could all be studied non-destructively and at high temporal and spatial resolution. The older parts of the root system with greater root-length density were associated with fast decreases of water content and rapid changes in oxygen concentration. pH values around the roots located in areas with low soil water content were significantly lower than the rest of the root system. Conclusions The results suggest that the combined imaging set-up developed here, incorporating fluorescence intensity measurements, is able to map important biogeochemical parameters in the soil around living plants with a spatial resolution that is sufficiently high enough to relate the patterns observed to the root system. PMID:25344936

  18. Elemental and structural studies at the bone-cartilage interface

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    Kaabar, W.; Daar, E.; Bunk, O.; Farquharson, M. J.; Laklouk, A.; Bailey, M.; Jeynes, C.; Gundogdu, O.; Bradley, D. A.

    2011-10-01

    Micro-Proton Induced X-ray Emission (μ-PIXE) and Proton Induced Gamma-ray Emission (PIGE) techniques were employed in the investigation of trace and essential elements distribution in normal and diseased human femoral head sections affected by osteoarthritis (OA). PIGE was exploited in the determination of elements of low atomic number z<15 such as Na and F whereas elements with z>15 viz Ca, Z, P and S were determined by PIXE. Accumulations of key elements in the bone and cartilage sections were observed, significant S and Na concentrations being found in the cartilage region particularly in normal tissues. Zn showed enhanced concentrations at the bone-cartilage interface. At a synchrotron facility, small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) was utilized on a decalcified human femoral head section affected by OA, direct measurements being made of spatial alterations of collagen fibres. The SAXS results showed a slight decrease in the axial periodicity between normal collagen type I and that in diseased tissue in various sites, in contrast with the findings of others.

  19. Computational Study of ions binding to the liquid interface of water

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    Dang, Liem X. )

    2002-08-12

    We have performed extensive classical molecular dynamics simulations to examine the molecular transport mechanisms of the I-, Br-, Cl- and Na+ ions across the liquid/vapor interface of water. The potentials of mean force were calculated using the constrained mean force approach and polarizable potential models were used to describe the interactions among the species. The simulated potentials of mean force were found to be different, depending on the type of anion. The larger I- and Br- anions bind more strongly to the liquid/vapor interface of water than did the smaller Cl-ion. It is important to note here that most of the gas phase and solution phase properties of the Br- anion are quite similar to that of the Cl- ion. At the interface, however, the interactions of the Br- and Cl- anions with the water interface appeared to be significantly different. We found that the anions approach the interface more closely do than cations. We have also studied the transport mechanism of an I- across the water/dichloromethane interface. The computed potential of mean force showed no well-defined minimum as in the liquid/vapor case, but a stabilization free energy of about?1 kcal/mol near the interface with respect to the bulk liquid was observed. The I- anion carried a water molecule with it as it crossed the interface. This result is in agreement with a recent experimental study on a similar system. Our work differs from earlier contributions in that our potential models have taken many-body effects into account, and in some cases, these effects cannot be neglected. To the best of our knowledge, this work significantly advances our understanding of molecular processes at the liquid interfaces.

  20. Computer Simulation study of polyhedral nanoparticle self-assembly at interfaces

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    Thapar, Vikram; Gupta, Unmukt; Escobedo, Fernando

    The self-assembly of polyhedral particles confined to a fluid-fluid interface is studied using Monte Carlo simulations. Several polyhedral shapes are studied, which are selected from a family of truncated cubes which include cubes, cuboctahedra, and octahedra. First we studied the case of hard particles pinned to the interface by restricting their movement in the direction perpendicular to it while allowing their free rotations. Our results suggest that the known solid phases and mesophases of these shapes in the 3D bulk are ``translated'' into variants in 2D space. These insights on 2D entropic self-assembly of polyhedral particles is a first step toward understanding the self-assembly of particles at fluid-fluid interfaces, which is driven by a complex interplay of entropic and enthalpic forces. As a second step we hence studied the particle-surface and particle-particle interactions associated with a fluid-fluid interface using both continuum and polybead models to assess the role of enthalpic interactions in determining the particle orientation behavior with respect to interface. We find that the thickness of the interface can introduce non-trivial effects on the preferential particle orientations.

  1. Office of Exploration: Exploration studies technical report. Volume 2: Studies approach and results

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    Roberts, Barney B.; Bland, Dan

    1988-01-01

    The NASA Office of Exploration has been tasked with defining and recommending alternatives for an early 1990's national decision on a focused program of human exploration of the solar system. The Mission Analysis and System Engineering (MASE) group, which is managed by the Exploration Studies Office at the Johnson Space Center, is responsible for coordinating the technical studies necessary for accomplishing such a task. This technical report describes the process that has been developed in a case study approach. The four case studies that were developed in FY88 include: (1) human expedition to Phobos; (2) human expeditions to Mars; (3) lunar observatory; and (4) lunar outpost to early Mars evolution. The final outcome of this effort is a set of programmatic and technical conclusions and recommendations for the following year's work. Volume 2 describes the case study process, the technical results of each of the case studies, and opportunities for additional study. Included in the discussion of each case study is a description of the mission key features and profile. Mission definition and manifesting are detailed, followed by a description of the mission architecture and infrastructure. Systems concepts for the required orbital nodes, transportation systems, and planetary surface systems are discussed. Prerequisite implementation plans resulting from the synthesized case studies are described and in-depth assessments are presented.

  2. Study of the P3HT/PCBM interface using photoemission yield spectroscopy

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    Grzibovskis, Raitis; Vembris, Aivars

    2016-04-01

    Photogeneration efficiency and charge carrier extraction from active layer are the parameters that determine the efficiency of organic photovoltaics (OPVs). Devices made of organic materials often consist of thin (up to 100nm) layers. At this thickness different interface effects become more pronounced. The electron affinity and ionization energy shift can affect the charge carrier transport across metal-organic interface which can affect the performance of the entire device. In the case of multilayer OPVs, energy level compatibility at the organic-organic interface is as important. Photoemission yield spectroscopy was used for organic-organic interface study by ionization energy measurements. In this work we studied "sandwich" type samples of two well-known organic photovoltaic materials- poly(3- hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) and [6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM). Ionization energy changes at the P3HT/PCBM interface depending on PCBM layer thickness were studied. P3HT layer was obtained by spin-coating while PCBM was deposited on the P3HT by thermal evaporation in vacuum. No ionization energy shift of P3HT was observed. On the contrary, PCBM at the interface with P3HT created additional 0.40eV barrier for hole transport from PCBM to P3HT.

  3. Additive Manufacturing in Production: A Study Case Applying Technical Requirements

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    Ituarte, Iñigo Flores; Coatanea, Eric; Salmi, Mika; Tuomi, Jukka; Partanen, Jouni

    Additive manufacturing (AM) is expanding the manufacturing capabilities. However, quality of AM produced parts is dependent on a number of machine, geometry and process parameters. The variability of these parameters affects the manufacturing drastically and therefore standardized processes and harmonized methodologies need to be developed to characterize the technology for end use applications and enable the technology for manufacturing. This research proposes a composite methodology integrating Taguchi Design of Experiments, multi-objective optimization and statistical process control, to optimize the manufacturing process and fulfil multiple requirements imposed to an arbitrary geometry. The proposed methodology aims to characterize AM technology depending upon manufacturing process variables as well as to perform a comparative assessment of three AM technologies (Selective Laser Sintering, Laser Stereolithography and Polyjet). Results indicate that only one machine, laser-based Stereolithography, was feasible to fulfil simultaneously macro and micro level geometrical requirements but mechanical properties were not at required level. Future research will study a single AM system at the time to characterize AM machine technical capabilities and stimulate pre-normative initiatives of the technology for end use applications.

  4. Advanced EVA system design requirements study: EVAS/space station system interface requirements

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    Woods, T. G.

    1985-01-01

    The definition of the Extravehicular Activity (EVA) systems interface requirements and accomodations for effective integration of a production EVA capability into the space station are contained. A description of the EVA systems for which the space station must provide the various interfaces and accomodations are provided. The discussion and analyses of the various space station areas in which the EVA interfaces are required and/or from which implications for EVA system design requirements are derived, are included. The rationale is provided for all EVAS mechanical, fluid, electrical, communications, and data system interfaces as well as exterior and interior requirements necessary to facilitate EVA operations. Results of the studies supporting these discussions are presented in the appendix.

  5. The composing process of technical writers: A preliminary study

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    Mair, D.; Roundy, N.

    1981-01-01

    The assumption that technical writers compose as do other writers is tested. The literature on the composing process, not limited to the pure or applied sciences, was reviewed, yielding three areas of general agreement. The composing process (1) consists of several stages, (2) is reflexive, and (3) may be mastered by means of strategies. Data on the ways technical writers compose were collected, and findings were related to the three areas of agreement. Questionnaires and interviews surveying 70 writers were used. The disciplines represented by these writers included civil, chemical, agricultural, geological, mechanical, electrical, and petroleum engineering, chemistry, hydrology, geology, and biology. Those providing consulting services, or performing research. No technical editors or professional writers were surveyed, only technicians, engineers, and researchers whose jobs involved composing reports. Three pedagogical implications are included.

  6. A study of interface crack branching in dissimilar anisotropic bimaterial composites including thermal effects

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    Li, Renfu

    The interface crack branching phenomena, including thermal effects, has been investigated by using complex variable method and Stroh's dislocation theory, extended to thermo-elasticity in matrix notation. As one of the most catastrophic failure modes in structures like laminated and sandwich composites in aerospace and marine construction, thin film in electronic packaging, rotators in high speed engine of aircraft and reactor in nuclear power station, the study of interface crack branching has become a topic not only having theoretical importance, but also having practical significance. A unified approach is presented to address the thermoelastic interface crack problems in dissimilar anisotropic bimaterial composites, and a compact closed form solution is formulated by analytical continuation principle of complex analysis. Employing the contour integral method, an explicit solution to the interaction between the dislocations and the interface crack is obtained. By modeling the branched portion as a continuous distribution of the dislocations, the thermoelastic interface crack branching problem is then converted to a set of semi-coupled singular integral equations and solved by Gauss-Jacobi integration schemes. The influence of material property mismatches between the two constituents and the thermal loading effects on the interface crack branching are demonstrated by extensive numerical simulation. Some useful criteria for predicting the interface crack branching growth and guidance for optimal composites design are suggested. Further, a contact model to eliminate the overlapping between the two surfaces of an interface crack is also proposed and some new parameters which could influence the interpenetrating phenomena are also discovered. The technique to extend the current method to three dimensional problems is also outlined. Furthermore, the C++ source code has been implemented to manipulate the complicated complex operations for numerically solving the

  7. Microleakage at the abutment-implant interface of osseointegrated implants: a comparative study.

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    Gross, M; Abramovich, I; Weiss, E I

    1999-01-01

    Microleakage can occur at the abutment-implant (A-I) interface in osseointegrated implants and may cause malodor and inflammation of peri-implant tissues. The degree of microleakage at the A-I interface of 5 implant systems was comparatively assessed at varying closing torques. Using colored tracing probes driven by a 2-atm pressure system, the interface microleakage of Brånemark, Sulzer Calcitek, 3i, ITI, and Steri-Oss implants was determined spectrophotometrically. Microleakage through the A-I interface occurred in all systems, with variability between systems, samples, and closing torques. As closing torque increased from 10 Ncm to 20 Ncm to manufacturers' recommended closing torques, microleakage decreased significantly (P < .005) for all systems. Analysis of variance showed significant interaction between closing torques and the time course of microleakage, and between systems and the time course of microleakage (P < .001). The results indicate that fluids and small molecules are capable of passing through the interface of all the A-I assemblies studied. Presumably in an in situ situation, fluids containing bacterial byproducts and nutrients required for bacterial growth may pass through the interface gap, contributing in part to clinically observed malodor and peri-implantitis.

  8. Synchrotron X-ray scattering studies at mineral-water interfaces

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    Chiarello, R.P.; Sturchio, N.C.

    1995-03-01

    Synchrotron X-ray scattering techniques provide a powerful tool for the in situ study of atomic scale processes occurring at solid-liquid interfaces. We have applied these techniques to characterize and study reactions at mineral-water interfaces. Here we present two examples. The first is the characterization of the calcite (CaCO{sub 3}) (10{bar 1}4) cleavage surface, in equilibrium with deionized water, by crystal truncation rod measurements. The second is the in situ study of the heteroepitaxial growth of otavite (CdCO{sub 3}) on the calcite (10{bar 1}4) cleavage surface. The results of such studies will lead to significant progress in understanding mineral-water interface geochemistry.

  9. Atmosphere explorer missions C, D, and E. Spacecraft experiment interface definition study

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    1972-01-01

    The Atmosphere Explorer Missions C, D, & E Spacecraft/Experiment Interface Definition Study is discussed. The objectives of the study included an analysis of the accommodation requirements of the experiments for the three missions, an assessment of the overall effect of these requirements on the spacecraft system design and performance, and the detailed definition of all experiment/spacecraft electrical, mechanical, and environmental interfaces. In addition, the study included the identification and definition of system characteristics required to ensure compatibility with the consolidated STADAN and MSFN communications networks.

  10. A Qualitative Inquiry of Career Exploration in Highly Implemented Career and Technical Education Programs of Study

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    Stipanovic, Natalie; Stringfield, Sam

    2013-01-01

    This qualitative study explores career counseling and guidance services as provided to students engaged in career and technical education programs at three sites in the United States. The sites, consisting of high schools and community colleges, were part of the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education's 5-year studies of…

  11. First principles study of band line up at defective metal-oxide interface: oxygen point defects at Al/SiO2 interface

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    Tea, Eric; Huang, Jianqiu; Hin, Celine

    2016-03-01

    The dielectric breakdown at metal-oxide interfaces is a critical electronic device failure mechanism. Electronic tunneling through dielectric layers is a well-accepted explanation for this phenomenon. Theoretical band alignment studies, providing information about tunneling, have already been conducted in the literature for metal-oxide interfaces. However, most of the time materials were assumed defect free. Oxygen vacancies being very common in oxides, their effect on band lineup is of prime importance in understanding electron tunneling in realistic materials and devices. This work explores the effect of oxygen vacancy and oxygen di-vacancy at the Al/SiO2 interface on the band line up within Density Functional Theory using PBE0 hybrid exchange and correlation functional. It is found that the presence of defects at the interface, and their charge state, strongly alters the band line up.

  12. Case Study: Randolph County Vocational Technical Center, Elkins, W. Va.

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    Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.

    Randolph County Vocational Technical Center, Elkins, West Virginia, received a grant in 1997 for a project that was part of the High Schools That Work (HSTW) initiative to improve academic skills of career-bound students. The superintendent and faculty knew that improving achievement meant reaching out to the three home high schools to bring them…

  13. Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Delphi Study. Final Report.

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    Harkins, Arthur M.; Otto, Nelson R.

    A project was conducted to define positive, opportunity-focused methods to increase the percentage of high school students who are academically and personally prepared for enrollment in technical college directly after graduation. Objectives included determining how and why high school students choose to attend or not to attend vocational…

  14. Model studies of Rayleigh instabilities via microdesigned interfaces

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    Glaeser, Andreas M.

    2000-10-17

    The energetic and kinetic properties of surfaces play a critical role in defining the microstructural changes that occur during sintering and high-temperature use of ceramics. Characterization of surface diffusion in ceramics is particularly difficult, and significant variations in reported values of surface diffusivities arise even in well-studied systems. Effects of impurities, surface energy anisotropy, and the onset of surface attachment limited kinetics (SALK) are believed to contribute to this variability. An overview of the use of Rayleigh instabilities as a means of characterizing surface diffusivities is presented. The development of models of morphological evolution that account for effects of surface energy anisotropy is reviewed, and the potential interplay between impurities and surface energy anisotropy is addressed. The status of experimental studies of Rayleigh instabilities in sapphire utilizing lithographically introduced pore channels of controlled geometry and crystallography is summarized. Results of model studies indicate that impurities can significantly influence both the spatial and temporal characteristics of Rayleigh instabilities; this is attributed at least in part to impurity effects on the surface energy anisotropy. Related model experiments indicate that the onset of SALK may also contribute significantly to apparent variations in surface diffusion coefficients.

  15. On biomolecules and semiconductors: Analytical studies of interface dynamics

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    Slavin, John William Joseph

    The studies discussed here were undertaken to examine the use of III-V semiconducting materials as templates for biomolecules, to be applied in such technologies as Field-Effect Transistor (FET) and Light-emitting Diode (LED) biosensors. Materials application requires an informed analysis of interactions between chemical environments. Specific to surfaces, this means investigating the molecular interactions between the substrate and the bonding moieties. The analytical tools used to probe these interactions, and the changes that such communication causes on specific substrates are specifically discussed. Surface analysis tools included in this review are Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Nanoindentation, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), and Raman Microscopy. The interaction of biomolecules - deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), proteins adhered to nanoparticles, and amino acids - on semiconductor surfaces is also examined. Proper investigation follows, as well, the methods of applying these biomolecular structures to the specified surfaces, through procedures such as solution phase transfer, as well as Dip-pen Nanolithography (DPN). The stretching and enzymatic cleavage of DNA, on silicon oxide surfaces, was studied to determine the recognition properties of dual-enzymatic systems on surfaces. Fundamental questions such as the interaction of functional groups with InAs(100) surfaces, the mechanical properties of protein modified systems, and the DPN application of biologically relevant linker molecules to InAs(100) surfaces were explored. These studies provide information applicable to the development of novel sensing platforms in the future.

  16. First-principles study of interface doping in ferroelectric junctions.

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    Wang, Pin-Zhi; Cai, Tian-Yi; Ju, Sheng; Wu, Yin-Zhong

    2016-04-11

    Effect of atomic monolayer insertion on the performance of ferroelectric tunneling junction is investigated in SrRuO3/BaTiO3/SrRuO3 heterostrucutures. Based on first-principles calculations, the atomic displacement, orbital occupancy, and ferroelectric polarization are studied. It is found that the ferroelectricity is enhanced when a (AlO2)(-) monolayer is inserted between the electrode SRO and the barrier BTO, where the relatively high mobility of doped holes effectively screen ferroelectric polarization. On the other hand, for the case of (LaO)(+) inserted layer, the doped electrons resides at the both sides of middle ferroelectric barrier, making the ferroelectricity unfavorable. Our findings provide an alternative avenue to improve the performance of ferroelectric tunneling junctions.

  17. First-principles study of interface doping in ferroelectric junctions

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    Wang, Pin-Zhi; Cai, Tian-Yi; Ju, Sheng; Wu, Yin-Zhong

    2016-01-01

    Effect of atomic monolayer insertion on the performance of ferroelectric tunneling junction is investigated in SrRuO3/BaTiO3/SrRuO3 heterostrucutures. Based on first-principles calculations, the atomic displacement, orbital occupancy, and ferroelectric polarization are studied. It is found that the ferroelectricity is enhanced when a (AlO2)− monolayer is inserted between the electrode SRO and the barrier BTO, where the relatively high mobility of doped holes effectively screen ferroelectric polarization. On the other hand, for the case of (LaO)+ inserted layer, the doped electrons resides at the both sides of middle ferroelectric barrier, making the ferroelectricity unfavorable. Our findings provide an alternative avenue to improve the performance of ferroelectric tunneling junctions. PMID:27063704

  18. Space shuttle/payload interface analysis (study 2.4). Volume 1: Executive summary

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    Pritchard, E. I.

    1973-01-01

    The space shuttle/payload interface analysis is presented. The analysis consists of the following sections: (1) payload capture and cost analysis, (2) business risk and value of operations in space analysis, and (3) payload community analysis. The primary objective of the study was to furnish a method for tracing capture/cost analyses conducted by other study groups.

  19. Development of a submersible shadowgraph for the study of interfaces in salt-gradient solar ponds

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    Huacuz, J.M.; Sierra, F.; Venegas, C.; Ramos, C. )

    1989-01-01

    In this paper the processes of development and testing of a submersible shadowgraph are described. This instrument was devised as a tool for the study of interfaces in salt-gradient solar ponds. Tests were carried out in the solar pond of the University of Texas at El Paso. Photographs of interfaces inside the pond were taken for the first time. The submersible shadowgraph can be stationed inside the pond for time dependent studies of a given region, or it can be used to scan the pond depth.

  20. First principles studies of the stability and Shottky barriers of metal/CdTe(111) interfaces

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    Liu, Zhen; Miao, Masoehng; Kioussis, Nicholas; Aqariden, Fikri; Chang, Y.; Grein, Christoph

    CdZnTe and CdTe based semiconductor X-Ray and Gamma-Ray detectors have been intensively studied recently due to their promising potentials for achieving high-resolution, high signal-to-noise ratios and low leakage current, all are desirable features in applications ranging from medical diagnostics to homeland security. Using density functional calculations, we systematically studied the stability, the atomic and electronic structures of the interfaces between CdTe (111) surfaces (Cd- and Te-terminated) and the selected metals (Cu, Al Ni, Pd and Pt). We also calculated the Schottky barrier height (SBH) by aligning the electrostatic potentials in semiconductor and metal regions. Our calculations revealed significant differences between the Cd- and Te- terminated interfaces. While metals tend to deposit directly on reconstructed Te-terminated surfaces, they form a Te-metal alloy layer at the Cd-Terminated metal/CdTe interface. For both Te- and Cd- terminated interfaces, the Schottky barrier heights do not depend much on the choice of metals despite the large variation of the work functions. On the other hand, the interface structure is found to have large effect on the SBH, which is attributed to the metal induced states in the gap.

  1. Optical Second Harmonic Generation Studies of Electrochemical Interfaces

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    Nagy, Gabor

    Optical second harmonic generation (SHG) is an intrinsically surface sensitive tool that can be used to probe a wide variety of surface processes. In this work, SHG is employed to study the surface behavior of three polycrystalline electrodes, Cu, Ni, and brass, in an electrochemical environment. For the Cu electrode, SHG is used to examine the surface during oxidation and reduction in halide and non -halide electrolytes. The optical data indicate the probable formation of previously undetected small, resonant Cu clusters which are stabilized by Cu-halide crystallites on the electrode surface. The surface charge dependence of SHG is explored at a polycrystalline Ni electrode in the absence of faradaic reactions. The resulting correlation between surface charge and SHG indicates that in an electrochemical environment, the DC field activated contribution to the second order susceptibility plays the dominant role in SHG from Ni. Also with the polycrystalline Ni electrode, the behavior of the SH signal during the electrodeposition of Ag on the Ni surface is examined. The analysis of the optical data in conjunction with a diffusion limited Ag island growth model indicates that the SH signal experiences an electromagnetic enhancement on the Ni surface as a result of the Ag islands. The charge dependence of the SH signal is examined on a polycrystalline alpha-brass electrode in the absence of faradaic reactions, with two incident wavelengths. The experiments show that, as is the case with Cu, SHG from brass may (depending on the incident wavelength) also involve an interband transition and can be affected by a charge dependent Stark shift of the interband transition threshold. The brass electrode is also examined with SHG in a potential region where the selective dissolution of the surface Zn sites is known to occur. By using a layer-by-layer reordering model of the dissolving surface, the electrochemical data is correlated with simultaneously obtained optical SHG data to

  2. First-principles study of Mg(0001)/MgO(1-11) interfaces

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    Song, Hong-Quan; Zhao, Ming; Li, Jian-Guo

    2016-06-01

    By means of first-principles density-functional calculations, we studied the surface energy of a nonstoichiometric MgO(1-11) slab, the interfacial energy and interfacial bonding characteristics of Mg-terminated and O-terminated Mg/MgO(1-11) interfaces with three stacking-site (TOP, HCP and FCC sites) models, and the effect of the thickness of Mg films on the O-terminated MgO(1-11) surface. The results indicate that the surface energies of the nonstoichiometric MgO(1-11) slab and interfacial energies of Mg/Mg(1-11) interface depend on Mg chemical potential. We found that the Mg-terminated MgO(1-11) surface is more stable than the O-terminated MgO(1-11) surface at high Mg chemical potential, and Mg/MgO(1-11) with FCC stacking-site model is the most stable configuration in the Mg/MgO(1-11) interfaces. The results of the electronic structure reveals that the interfacial bonding of Mg-terminated interface with FCC site model mainly consists of metallic bond and of the O-terminated interface with FCC site model is mainly ionic with a small degree of σ-type covalent bond. Although the interfacial energy of Mg-terminated Mg/MgO interface with FCC stacking-site model is slightly higher than that of O-terminated Mg/MgO interface, the molten Mg would epitaxially grow on the FCC sites of the Mg-terminated MgO(1-11) surface because of the high evaporation pressure of Mg at high temperature.

  3. Experimental study on interface region of two-dimensional Si layers by forming gas annealing

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    Mizuno, Tomohisa; Suzuki, Yuhya; Kikuchi, Reika; Suzuki, Ayaka; Inoue, Ryohsuke; Yamanaka, Masahiro; Yokoyama, Miki; Nagamine, Yoshiki; Aoki, Takashi; Maeda, Tatsuro

    2016-04-01

    We experimentally studied the SiO2/Si and Si/buried oxide (BOX) interface regions of a two-dimensional (2D) Si layer, by forming gas annealing (FGA). A photoluminescence (PL) result measured at various lattice temperature, T L, values shows that the PL intensity I PL of the 2D-Si layer rapidly increases and then saturates with increasing FGA temperature, T A, and time, t A. I PL also increases with decreasing T L. A one-dimensional (1D) Schroedinger equation simulator indicates that some of the electrons in the 2D-Si layer generated by a PL excitation laser are quantum-mechanically transmitted into Si interface regions. Actually, we experimentally confirmed that the PL spectra of the 2D-Si layer can be fitted by the PL emission from two regions with different PL peak photon energy values, E PH, which consist of a typical 2D-Si and the interface regions of both the surface SiO2/Si and Si/BOX. Thus, this forming gas dependence is probably attributable to the improved lifetime τ of electrons in the surface interface region, because the Si surface is terminated by H atoms. Moreover, the E PH of the interface region is higher than that of the 2D-Si layer, because of the graded increased bandgap in the interface regions. However, the E PH of 2D-Si is independent of both T A and T L, and this T L independence does not agree with that of a 3D-Si layer. Consequently, we experimentally verified the larger impact of the Si interface on the performance of 2D-Si layer.

  4. At-Risk Learner Preference in Engineering/Technical Graphics: An Exploratory Study

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    Ernst, Jeremy V.

    2011-01-01

    This exploratory study investigated learner preferences of secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) Engineering/Technical Graphics students using the VARK Questionnaire. The VARK Questionnaire is an instrument that assists in determining students' dominant preferred learning styles, whether visual, aural, reading, or kinesthetic. This study…

  5. A Case Study of Technical Assistance to Demonstration Programs for Young Handicapped Children. Part III.

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    Behr, Shirley K.; And Others

    The report describes the third and final year of a 3-year case study of the technical assistance process as implemented by the Technical Assistance Development System (TADS) for the staffs of two demonstration programs for preschool handicapped children and their families. Following a review of TADS and the two demonstration programs, the…

  6. Technical Secondary Schools and the Labour Market: Some Results from a Tracer Study in Kenya.

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    Narman, Anders

    1988-01-01

    Reports tracer studies of Kenyan youths leaving technical school to determine their success at obtaining gainful employment. Almost 43% were neither in formal schooling nor training, nor employed a year after leaving, although technical skills were seen as useful, particularly in private life. (DP)

  7. Technical Work Plan for: Fracture and Lithophysal Studies

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    2006-09-11

    The primary objective of the work scope described in this technical work plan (TWP) is to enhance the descriptions of fracture and lithophysal parameters for the repository host horizon (RHH) over the repository footprint utilizing a predictive model. This work is planned to address U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) additional information needs (AINs) associated with the Structural Deformation and Seismicity (SDS) Key Technical Issues (KTI) agreement SDS 3.03 (Schlueter 2000 [DIRS 166615]). The results of the planned work are expected to enhance the technical basis and confirm the results of the fracture analyses presented in ''Drift Degradation Analysis'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 166107], Section 6.1.6). This model is not intended to provide an alternative for the unsaturated zone and saturated zone flow and transport models currently used by the Yucca Mountain Project (YMP). Nor are the outputs of this model intended to address the SDS 3.03 AINs related to the unsaturated zone and saturated zone flow and transport models.

  8. Final Technical Report for the Energy Frontier Research Center Understanding Charge Separation and Transfer at Interfaces in Energy Materials (EFRC:CST)

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    Vanden Bout, David A.

    2015-09-14

    Our EFRC was founded with the vision of creating a broadly collaborative and synergistic program that would lead to major breakthroughs in the molecular-level understanding of the critical interfacial charge separation and charge transfer (CST) processes that underpin the function of candidate materials for organic photovoltaic (OPV) and electrical-energy-storage (EES) applications. Research in these energy contexts shares an imposing challenge: How can we understand charge separation and transfer mechanisms in the presence of immense materials complexity that spans multiple length scales? To address this challenge, our 50-member Center undertook a total of 28 coordinated research projects aimed at unraveling the CST mechanisms that occur at interfaces in these nanostructured materials. This rigorous multi-year study of CST interfaces has greatly illuminated our understanding of early-timescale processes (e.g., exciton generation and dissociation dynamics at OPV heterojunctions; control of Li+-ion charging kinetics by surface chemistry) occurring in the immediate vicinity of interfaces. Program outcomes included: training of 72 graduate student and postdoctoral energy researchers at 5 institutions and spanning 7 academic disciplines in science and engineering; publication of 94 peer-reviewed journal articles; and dissemination of research outcomes via 340 conference, poster and other presentations. Major scientific outcomes included: implementation of a hierarchical strategy for understanding the electronic communication mechanisms and ultimate fate of charge carriers in bulk heterojunction OPV materials; systematic investigation of ion-coupled electron transfer processes in model Li-ion battery electrode/electrolyte systems; and the development and implementation of 14 unique technologies and instrumentation capabilities to aid in probing sub-ensemble charge separation and transfer mechanisms.

  9. A novel X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study of the Al/SiO2 interface

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    Hecht, M. H.; Vasquez, R. P.; Grunthaner, F. J.; Zamani, N.; Maserjian, J.

    1985-01-01

    The nondestructive measurement of the chemical and physical characteristics of the interface between bulk SiO2 and thick aluminum films is reported. Both X-ray phototelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electrical measurements of unannealed, resistively evaporated Al films on thermal SiO2 indicate an atomically abrupt interface. Post metallization annealing at 450 C induces reduction of the SiO2 by the aluminum, at a rate consistent with the bulk reaction rate. The XPS measurement is performed from the SiO2 side after the removal of the Si substrate with XeF2 gas and thinning of the SiO2 layer with HF:ETOH. This represents a powerful new approach to the study of metal-insulator and related interfaces.

  10. Geochemical Insight from Nonlinear Optical Studies of Mineral-Water Interfaces

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    Covert, Paul A.; Hore, Dennis K.

    2016-05-01

    The physics and chemistry of mineral-water interfaces are complex, even in idealized systems. Our need to understand this complexity is driven by both pure and applied sciences, that is, by the need for basic understanding of earth systems and for the knowledge to mitigate our influences upon them. The second-order nonlinear optical techniques of second-harmonic generation and sum-frequency generation spectroscopy have proven adept at probing these types of interfaces. This review focuses on the contributions to geochemistry made by nonlinear optical methods. The types of questions probed have included a basic description of the structure adopted by water molecules at the mineral interface, how flow and porosity affect this structure, adsorption of trace metal and organic species, and dissolution mechanisms. We also discuss directions and challenges that lie ahead and the outlook for the continued use of nonlinear optical methods for studies of mineral-water boundaries.

  11. Theoretical study of vibrational energy transfer of free OH groups at the water-air interface.

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    Zheng, Renhui; Wei, Wenmei; Sun, Yuanyuan; Song, Kai; Shi, Qiang

    2016-04-14

    Recent experimental studies have shown that the vibrational dynamics of free OH groups at the water-air interface is significantly different from that in bulk water. In this work, by performing molecular dynamics simulations and mixed quantum/classical calculations, we investigate different vibrational energy transfer pathways of free OH groups at the water-air interface. The calculated intramolecular vibrational energy transfer rate constant and the free OH bond reorientation time scale agree well with the experiment. It is also found that, due to the small intermolecular vibrational couplings, the intermolecular vibrational energy transfer pathway that is very important in bulk water plays a much less significant role in the vibrational energy relaxation of the free OH groups at the water-air interface.

  12. Developing a User-process Model for Designing Menu-based Interfaces: An Exploratory Study.

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    Ju, Boryung; Gluck, Myke

    2003-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to organize menu items based on a user-process model and implement a new version of current software for enhancing usability of interfaces. A user-process model was developed, drawn from actual users' understanding of their goals and strategies to solve their information needs by using Dervin's Sense-Making Theory…

  13. Novel applications of optical techniques to the study of buried semiconductor interfaces

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    Wilson, Barbara A.

    1989-01-01

    Detailed electronic and structural information about buried semiconductor interfaces obtained through application of optical techniques is discussed. The measurements described include the determination of band discontinuities, strain, and disorder associated with semiconductor heterointerfaces. The contactless and nondestructive nature of these optical techniques is particularly important for the study of heterointerfaces which are inherently inaccessible to direct electrical or physical contact.

  14. An experimental study of liquid drop - interface coalescence in the presence of surfactants

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    Angeli, Panagiota; Chinaud, Maxime; Li, Kai; Wang, Wei; University College London Team; Beijing Key Laboratory of Urban Oil; Gas Distribution Technology Team

    2014-11-01

    Drop-interface coalescence has been the subject of many studies both theoretical and experimental. It is of particular interest for the oil industries particularly during the transportation of multiphase mixtures where coalescence rates can affect the stability and separation of dispersions. It is well-known that the presence of surfactants can significantly affect the coalescence rates. In this work a silicon oil -water system has been studied in a rectangular coalescence cell. Both rising oil drops and falling water drops coalescing with the water-oil interface have been investigated. A water soluble surfactant, SPAN 80, was used. High speed imaging has been performed to study the coalescence phenomenon and obtain the coalescence time of the drops with the interface with and without the presence of the surfactant. The velocity fields in the bulk fluid and in the liquid film forming between the drop and the interface were studied with shadowgraphy (bright field Particle Image Velocimetry). To increase the spatial resolution particularly in the liquid film microscope lenses were implemented. Results have been compared against existing literature.

  15. Aqueous interfaces with hydrophobic room-temperature ionic liquids: a molecular dynamics study.

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    Chaumont, A; Schurhammer, R; Wipff, G

    2005-10-13

    We report a molecular dynamics study of the interface between water and (macroscopically) water-immiscible room-temperature ionic liquids "ILs", composed of PF6(-) anions and butyl- versus octyl-substituted methylimidazolium+ cations (noted BMI+ and OMI+). Because the parameters used to simulate the pure ILs were found to exaggerate the water/IL mixing, they have been modified by scaling down the atomic charges, leading to better agreement with the experiment. The comparison of [OMI][PF6] versus [BMI][PF6] ILs demonstrates the importance of the N-alkyl substituent on the extent of solvent mixing and on the nature of the interface. With the most hydrophobic [OMI][PF6] liquid, the "bulk" IL phase is dryer than with the [BMI][PF6] liquid. At the interface, the OMI+ cations retain direct contacts with the bulk IL, whereas the more hydrophilic PF6(-) anions gradually dilute in the local water micro-environment and are thus isolated from the "bulk" IL. The interfacial OMI+ cations are ordered with their imidazolium moiety pointing toward the aqueous side and their octyl chains toward the IL side of the interface. With the [BMI][PF6] liquid, the system gradually evolves from an IL-rich to a water-rich medium, leading to an ill-defined interfacial domain with high intersolvent mixing. As a result, the BMI+ cations are isotropically oriented "at the interface". Because the imidazolium cations are more hydrophobic than the PF6(-) anions, the charge distribution at the interface is heterogeneous, leading to a positive electrostatic potential at the interface with the two studied ILs. Mixing-demixing simulations on [BMI][PF6]/water mixtures are also reported, comparing Ewald versus reaction field treatments of electrostatics. Phase separation is very slow (at least 30 ns), in marked contrast with mixtures involving classical organic liquids, which separate in less than 0.5 ns at the microscopic level. The results allow us to better understand the specificity of the aqueous

  16. Fundamental measure density functional theory study of hard spheres solid-liquid interface

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    Warshavsky, Vadim

    2005-03-01

    Interfacial free energy is an important characteristic of solid-liquid interface as it is one of the crucial parameters in many formula of interface thermodynamics such the nucleation theory. Previously different aspects of crystal-melt interfaces were intensively studied with simulations [1,2,3], but theoretical studies with Density Functional Theories (DFT) are inconclusive [4,5]. In this report the structure of hard spheres fcc crystal-melt interfaces and the anisotropy of the interfacial free energies are studied using the Rosenfeld's Fundamental Measure DFT as such a functional leads to reliable coexistence results not only for the hard sphere system but also for the Lennard-Jones systems [6]. The parameters of interfacial density profile were calculated by a proper minimization procedure. For the equilibrium density profile the interfacial free energies were compared with simulation results. 1. R.L.Davidchak and B.B.Laird, Phys.Rev.Lett., 85, 4751(2000). 2. J.J. Hoyt, M. Asta and A. Karma, Phys.Rev.Lett., 86, 5530 (2001). 3. J.R.Morris and X.Song, J.Chem.Phys., 119, 3920 (2003). 4. W.A.Curtin, Phys.Rev.B, 39, 6775(1989). 5. R.Ohnesorge, H.Lowen, and H.Wagner, Phys.Rev.E, 50, 4801 (1994). 6. V.Warshavsky and X.Song, Phys.Rev.E, 69, 061113 (2004).

  17. A Study of Technical Engineering Peer Reviews at NASA

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    Chao, Lawrence P.; Tumer, Irem Y.; Bell, David G.

    2003-01-01

    This report describes the state of practices of design reviews at NASA and research into what can be done to improve peer review practices. There are many types of reviews at NASA: required and not, formalized and informal, programmatic and technical. Standing project formal reviews such as the Preliminary Design Review and Critical Design Review are a required part of every project and mission development. However, the technical, engineering peer reviews that support teams' work on such projects are informal, some times ad hoc, and inconsistent across the organization. The goal of this work is to identify best practices and lessons learned from NASA's experience, supported by academic research and methodologies to ultimately improve the process. This research has determined that the organization, composition, scope, and approach of the reviews impact their success. Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) can identify key areas of concern before or in the reviews. Product definition tools like the Project Priority Matrix, engineering-focused Customer Value Chain Analysis (CVCA), and project or system-based Quality Function Deployment (QFD) help prioritize resources in reviews. The use of information technology and structured design methodologies can strengthen the engineering peer review process to help NASA work towards error-proofing the design process.

  18. Study of Dose Perturbation at Bone-Tissue Interfaces in Megavoltage Photon Beam Therapy.

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    Das, Indra Jeet

    Dose perturbations during photon beam irradiation occur at interfaces between two dissimilar media due to the loss of electronic equilibrium. The human body contains many different types of interfaces between soft tissue and other media such as, air cavities, lungs, bones, and high atomic number (Z) materials. The dose to critical organs in the vicinity of high Z interfaces, is what leads to this project. This work describes the dose perturbation at high Z (from bone to lead) interfaces with soft tissue for clinically used megavoltage photon beams in the range of CO-60 gamma rays to 24 MV X-rays. It is divided into three main sections: (1) the dose outside the inhomogeneity in the direction of backscatter, (2) the dose inside the inhomogeneity, and (3) the dose on the photon transmission side of the inhomogeneity. Using different types of parallel plate ion chambers, TLD (powder and chip), and film as dosimeters, the dose perturbation is studied as a function of photon energy, thickness, width, and depth of inhomogeneity, distance from the interface and radiation field size. The concept of Bragg-Gray cavity theory is applied and verified for dose determination inside the inhomogeneity. A significant dose enhancement has been observed on the backscatter side for all photon energies. It is strongly dependent on the atomic number of the inhomogeneity and less dependent on the photon energy, thickness, depth, width, and field size. In the forward direction, a dose reduction occurs at the interface at beam energies lower than 10 MV, whereas a dose enhancement occurs for higher photon energies. The interface effect persists up to a few millimeters on the backscatter side but a distance equivalent to the secondary electron range for the particular photon beams in the forward direction. The dose perturbation is explained on the basis of production and transport of secondary electrons. Empirical functions are derived from the experimental data to predict the dose

  19. Reactive ZnO/Ti/ZnO interfaces studied by hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Knut, Ronny Lindblad, Rebecka; Rensmo, Håkan; Karis, Olof; Grachev, Sergey; Faou, Jean-Yvon; Søndergård, Elin

    2014-01-28

    The chemistry and intermixing at buried interfaces in sputter deposited ZnO/Ti/ZnO thin layers were studied by hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The long mean free path of the photoelectrons allowed for detailed studies of the oxidation state, band bending effects, and intrinsic doping of the buried interfaces. Oxidation of the Ti layer was observed when ZnO was deposited on top. When Ti is deposited onto ZnO, Zn Auger peaks acquire a metallic character indicating a strong reduction of ZnO at the interface. Annealing of the stack at 200 °C results in further reduction of ZnO and oxidation of Ti. Above 300 °C, oxygen transport from the bulk of the ZnO layer takes place, leading to re-oxidation of ZnO at the interface and further oxidation of Ti layer. Heating above 500 °C leads to an intermixing of the layers and the formation of a Zn{sub x}TiO{sub y} compound.

  20. First principles studies of the stability and Shottky barriers of metal/CdTe(111) interfaces

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    Dorj, Odkhuu; Miao, M. S.; Kioussis, N.; Tari, S.; Aqariden, F.; Chang, Y.; Grein, C.

    2015-03-01

    CdZnTe and CdTe based semiconductor X-Ray and Gamma-Ray detectors have been intensively studied recently due to their promising potentials for achieving high-resolution, high signal-to-noise ratios and low leakage current, all are desirable features in applications ranging from medical diagnostics to homeland security. Understanding the atomic and electronic structures of the metal/semiconductor interfaces is essential for the further improvements of performance. Using density functional calculations, we systematically studied the stability, the atomic and electronic structures of the interfaces between Cd-terminated CdTe (111) surface and the selected metals. We also calculated the Schottky barrier height (SBH) by aligning the electrostatic potentials in semiconductor and metal regions. Our calculations revealed the importance of intermixing between semiconductor and metal layers and the formation of Te-metal alloys at the interface. The obtained SBH does not depend much on the choice of metals despite the large variation of the work functions. On the other hand, the interface structure is found to have large effect to the SBH, which is attributed to the metal induced states in the gap. The position of such states is insensitive to the metal work functions, as revealed by the analysis of the electronic structures.

  1. Density functional theory based study of chlorine doped WS2-metal interface

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    Chanana, Anuja; Mahapatra, Santanu

    2016-03-01

    Investigation of a transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD)-metal interface is essential for the effective functioning of monolayer TMD based field effect transistors. In this work, we employ the Density Functional Theory calculations to analyze the modulation of the electronic structure of monolayer WS2 with chlorine doping and the relative changes in the contact properties when interfaced with gold and palladium. We initially examine the atomic and electronic structures of pure and doped monolayer WS2 supercell and explore the formation of midgap states with band splitting near the conduction band edge. Further, we analyze the contact nature of the pure supercell with Au and Pd. We find that while Au is physiosorbed and forms n-type contact, Pd is chemisorped and forms p-type contact with a higher valence electron density. Next, we study the interface formed between the Cl-doped supercell and metals and observe a reduction in the Schottky barrier height (SBH) in comparison to the pure supercell. This reduction found is higher for Pd in comparison to Au, which is further validated by examining the charge transfer occurring at the interface. Our study confirms that Cl doping is an efficient mechanism to reduce the n-SBH for both Au and Pd, which form different types of contact with WS2.

  2. Report on "A" Testing. Beginning Teacher Evaluation Study. Technical Note Series. Technical Note III-2.

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    Cahen, Leonard S.

    The "A" testing program of the Beginning Teacher Evaluation Study, Phase III-B, is summarized. A sample of 150 second grade and 134 fifth grade students completed the reading and mathematics achievement battery, as well as affective scales regarding reading, mathematics, and school. The administration procedures, test results, and psychometric…

  3. Report of "B" Testing. Beginning Teacher Evaluation Study. Technical Note Series. Technical Note III-3.

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    Cahen, Leonard S.

    The "B" testing program of the Beginning Teacher Evaluation Study, Phase III-B, is summarized. A sample of 146 second grade and 128 fifth grade students completed the reading and mathematics achievement battery, as well as affective scales pertaining to reading, mathematics, and school. The administration procedures, test results, and psychometric…

  4. Report of "C" Testing. Beginning Teacher Evaluation Study. Technical Note Series. Technical Note III-4.

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    Cahen, Leonard S.

    The "C" testing program, which followed the "A" and "B" tests of the Beginning Teacher Evaluation Study, is summarized. A sample of 139 second grade and 123 fifth grade students completed the reading and mathematics achievement battery, as well as affective scales regarding reading, mathematics, and school. The administration procedures, test…

  5. A Study of Fluid Interface Configurations in Exploration Vehicle Propellant Tanks

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    Zimmerli, Gregory A.; Asipauskas, Marius; Chen, Yongkang; Weislogel, Mark M.

    2010-01-01

    The equilibrium shape and location of fluid interfaces in spacecraft propellant tanks while in low-gravity is of interest to system designers, but can be challenging to predict. The propellant position can affect many aspects of the spacecraft such as the spacecraft center of mass, response to thruster firing due to sloshing, liquid acquisition, propellant mass gauging, and thermal control systems. We use Surface Evolver, a fluid interface energy minimizing algorithm, to investigate theoretical equilibrium liquid-vapor interfaces for spacecraft propellant tanks similar to those that have been considered for NASA's new class of Exploration vehicles. The choice of tank design parameters we consider are derived from the NASA Exploration Systems Architecture Study report. The local acceleration vector employed in the computations is determined by estimating low-Earth orbit (LEO) atmospheric drag effects and centrifugal forces due to a fixed spacecraft orientation with respect to the Earth or Moon, and rotisserie-type spacecraft rotation. Propellant/vapor interface positions are computed for the Earth Departure Stage and Altair lunar lander descent and ascent stage tanks for propellant loads applicable to LEO and low-lunar orbit. In some of the cases investigated the vapor ullage bubble is located at the drain end of the tank, where propellant management device hardware is often located.

  6. Study on User Interface of Pathology Picture Archiving and Communication System

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    Kim, Dasueran; Kang, Peter; Yun, Jungmin; Park, Sung-Hye; Seo, Jeong-Wook

    2014-01-01

    Objectives It is necessary to improve the pathology workflow. A workflow task analysis was performed using a pathology picture archiving and communication system (pathology PACS) in order to propose a user interface for the Pathology PACS considering user experience. Methods An interface analysis of the Pathology PACS in Seoul National University Hospital and a task analysis of the pathology workflow were performed by observing recorded video. Based on obtained results, a user interface for the Pathology PACS was proposed. Results Hierarchical task analysis of Pathology PACS was classified into 17 tasks including 1) pre-operation, 2) text, 3) images, 4) medical record viewer, 5) screen transition, 6) pathology identification number input, 7) admission date input, 8) diagnosis doctor, 9) diagnosis code, 10) diagnosis, 11) pathology identification number check box, 12) presence or absence of images, 13) search, 14) clear, 15) Excel save, 16) search results, and 17) re-search. And frequently used menu items were identified and schematized. Conclusions A user interface for the Pathology PACS considering user experience could be proposed as a preliminary step, and this study may contribute to the development of medical information systems based on user experience and usability. PMID:24627818

  7. A theoretical study of wave dispersion and thermal conduction for HMX/additive interfaces

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    Long, Yao; Chen, Jun

    2014-04-01

    The wave dispersion rule for non-uniform material is useful for ultrasonic inspection and engine life prediction, and also is key in achieving an understanding of the energy dissipation and thermal conduction properties of solid material. On the basis of linear response theory and molecular dynamics, we derive a set of formulas for calculating the wave dispersion rate of interface systems, and study four kinds of interfaces inside plastic bonded explosives: HMX/{HMX, TATB, F2312, F2313}. (HMX: octahydro-1,3,5,7-tetranitro-1,3,5,7-tetrazocine; TATB: 1,3,5-triamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene; F2312, F2313: fluoropolymers). The wave dispersion rate is obtained over a wide frequency range from kHz to PHz. We find that at low frequency, the rate is proportional to the square of the frequency, and at high frequency, the rate couples with the molecular vibration modes at the interface. By using the results, the thermal conductivities of HMX/additive interfaces are derived, and a physical model is built for describing the total thermal conductivity of mixture explosives, including HMX multi-particle systems and {TATB, F2312, F2313}-coated HMX.

  8. Molecular dynamics study on condensation/evaporation coefficients of chain molecules at liquid–vapor interface

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    Nagayama, Gyoko Takematsu, Masaki; Mizuguchi, Hirotaka; Tsuruta, Takaharu

    2015-07-07

    The structure and thermodynamic properties of the liquid–vapor interface are of fundamental interest for numerous technological implications. For simple molecules, e.g., argon and water, the molecular condensation/evaporation behavior depends strongly on their translational motion and the system temperature. Existing molecular dynamics (MD) results are consistent with the theoretical predictions based on the assumption that the liquid and vapor states in the vicinity of the liquid–vapor interface are isotropic. Additionally, similar molecular condensation/evaporation characteristics have been found for long-chain molecules, e.g., dodecane. It is unclear, however, whether the isotropic assumption is valid and whether the molecular orientation or the chain length of the molecules affects the condensation/evaporation behavior at the liquid–vapor interface. In this study, MD simulations were performed to study the molecular condensation/evaporation behavior of the straight-chain alkanes, i.e., butane, octane, and dodecane, at the liquid–vapor interface, and the effects of the molecular orientation and chain length were investigated in equilibrium systems. The results showed that the condensation/evaporation behavior of chain molecules primarily depends on the molecular translational energy and the surface temperature and is independent of the molecular chain length. Furthermore, the orientation at the liquid–vapor interface was disordered when the surface temperature was sufficiently higher than the triple point and had no significant effect on the molecular condensation/evaporation behavior. The validity of the isotropic assumption was confirmed, and we conclude that the condensation/evaporation coefficients can be predicted by the liquid-to-vapor translational length ratio, even for chain molecules.

  9. Molecular dynamics study on condensation/evaporation coefficients of chain molecules at liquid-vapor interface

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    Nagayama, Gyoko; Takematsu, Masaki; Mizuguchi, Hirotaka; Tsuruta, Takaharu

    2015-07-01

    The structure and thermodynamic properties of the liquid-vapor interface are of fundamental interest for numerous technological implications. For simple molecules, e.g., argon and water, the molecular condensation/evaporation behavior depends strongly on their translational motion and the system temperature. Existing molecular dynamics (MD) results are consistent with the theoretical predictions based on the assumption that the liquid and vapor states in the vicinity of the liquid-vapor interface are isotropic. Additionally, similar molecular condensation/evaporation characteristics have been found for long-chain molecules, e.g., dodecane. It is unclear, however, whether the isotropic assumption is valid and whether the molecular orientation or the chain length of the molecules affects the condensation/evaporation behavior at the liquid-vapor interface. In this study, MD simulations were performed to study the molecular condensation/evaporation behavior of the straight-chain alkanes, i.e., butane, octane, and dodecane, at the liquid-vapor interface, and the effects of the molecular orientation and chain length were investigated in equilibrium systems. The results showed that the condensation/evaporation behavior of chain molecules primarily depends on the molecular translational energy and the surface temperature and is independent of the molecular chain length. Furthermore, the orientation at the liquid-vapor interface was disordered when the surface temperature was sufficiently higher than the triple point and had no significant effect on the molecular condensation/evaporation behavior. The validity of the isotropic assumption was confirmed, and we conclude that the condensation/evaporation coefficients can be predicted by the liquid-to-vapor translational length ratio, even for chain molecules.

  10. Molecular dynamics study on condensation/evaporation coefficients of chain molecules at liquid-vapor interface.

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    Nagayama, Gyoko; Takematsu, Masaki; Mizuguchi, Hirotaka; Tsuruta, Takaharu

    2015-07-01

    The structure and thermodynamic properties of the liquid-vapor interface are of fundamental interest for numerous technological implications. For simple molecules, e.g., argon and water, the molecular condensation/evaporation behavior depends strongly on their translational motion and the system temperature. Existing molecular dynamics (MD) results are consistent with the theoretical predictions based on the assumption that the liquid and vapor states in the vicinity of the liquid-vapor interface are isotropic. Additionally, similar molecular condensation/evaporation characteristics have been found for long-chain molecules, e.g., dodecane. It is unclear, however, whether the isotropic assumption is valid and whether the molecular orientation or the chain length of the molecules affects the condensation/evaporation behavior at the liquid-vapor interface. In this study, MD simulations were performed to study the molecular condensation/evaporation behavior of the straight-chain alkanes, i.e., butane, octane, and dodecane, at the liquid-vapor interface, and the effects of the molecular orientation and chain length were investigated in equilibrium systems. The results showed that the condensation/evaporation behavior of chain molecules primarily depends on the molecular translational energy and the surface temperature and is independent of the molecular chain length. Furthermore, the orientation at the liquid-vapor interface was disordered when the surface temperature was sufficiently higher than the triple point and had no significant effect on the molecular condensation/evaporation behavior. The validity of the isotropic assumption was confirmed, and we conclude that the condensation/evaporation coefficients can be predicted by the liquid-to-vapor translational length ratio, even for chain molecules.

  11. NMR Studies of Polymer-Nanoparticle Interfaces in Biological and Synthetic Nanocomposites

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    Schmidt-Rohr, Klaus

    2010-03-01

    Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) provides unique capabilities for studying buried interfaces in organic-inorganic (specifically phosphate-based) nanocomposites, in terms of local composition as well as distances between, and mobility of, structural units near the interface. The organic-inorganic interface is crucial for the mechanical coupling between the polymer and the inorganic nanoparticles. We have studied the organic-inorganic nanocomposite in bone and characterized the interface between the organic matrix (the triple-helical fibrous polypeptide collagen) and the inorganic, reinforcing bioapatite (a calcium phosphate) that accounts for 45 vol% of the material and is present as ˜3-nm thick nanocrystals. By solid-state ^13C^31P NMR, we can obtain selective spectra of the collagen residues at the interface; ionic and hydroxyproline C-OH groups of significant mobility are dominant. ^1H-^31P and ^1H-^13C NMR prove that water with isotropic mobility, which accounts for about 7% of the total volume, forms a monomolecular interfacial layer between apatite and collagen. Its rotational correlation time is about five orders of magnitude longer than that of liquid water. We propose that this water layer can be considered as ``viscous glue'' that holds the components of the nanocomposite together. It would avoid stress concentration and, by virtue of its flexible H-bonding, reduce the requirement of matched lock-and-key binding sites for collagen sidegroups on the apatite surface. In nanocomposites of phosphate glass with polyamides, ^1H-^13C NMR reveals a reduced crystallinity of the polyamide near the inorganic particles.[4pt] Coauthors: Yan-Yan Hu, Aditya Rawal (Ames Laboratory), Joshua Otaigbe (University of Southern Mississippi)

  12. Advanced Risk Reduction Tool (ARRT) Special Case Study Report: Science and Engineering Technical Assessments (SETA) Program

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    Kirsch, Paul J.; Hayes, Jane; Zelinski, Lillian

    2000-01-01

    This special case study report presents the Science and Engineering Technical Assessments (SETA) team's findings for exploring the correlation between the underlying models of Advanced Risk Reduction Tool (ARRT) relative to how it identifies, estimates, and integrates Independent Verification & Validation (IV&V) activities. The special case study was conducted under the provisions of SETA Contract Task Order (CTO) 15 and the approved technical approach documented in the CTO-15 Modification #1 Task Project Plan.

  13. Advanced Transportation System Studies Technical Area 2 (TA-2) Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle Development Contract. Volume 2; Technical Results

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    1995-01-01

    The purpose of the Advanced Transportation System Studies (ATSS) Technical Area 2 (TA-2) Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle Development contract was to provide advanced launch vehicle concept definition and analysis to assist NASA in the identification of future launch vehicle requirements. Contracted analysis activities included vehicle sizing and performance analysis, subsystem concept definition, propulsion subsystem definition (foreign and domestic), ground operations and facilities analysis, and life cycle cost estimation. This document is Volume 2 of the final report for the contract. It provides documentation of selected technical results from various TA-2 analysis activities, including a detailed narrative description of the SSTO concept assessment results, a user's guide for the associated SSTO sizing tools, an SSTO turnaround assessment report, an executive summary of the ground operations assessments performed during the first year of the contract, a configuration-independent vehicle health management system requirements report, a copy of all major TA-2 contract presentations, a copy of the FLO launch vehicle final report, and references to Pratt & Whitney's TA-2 sponsored final reports regarding the identification of Russian main propulsion technologies.

  14. Co-Evolution of User and Organizational Interfaces: A Longitudinal Case Study of WWW Dissemination of National Statistics.

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    Marchionini, Gary

    2002-01-01

    Describes how user interfaces for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) web site evolved over a 5-year period along with the larger organizational interface and how this co-evolution has influenced the institution. Interviews with BLS staff and transaction log analysis are the foci of this study, as well as user information-seeking studies and user…

  15. Adsorption of naphthalene and ozone on atmospheric air/ice interfaces coated with surfactants: a molecular simulation study.

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    Liyana-Arachchi, Thilanga P; Valsaraj, Kalliat T; Hung, Francisco R

    2012-03-15

    The adsorption of gas-phase naphthalene and ozone molecules onto air/ice interfaces coated with different surfactant species (1-octanol, 1-hexadecanol, or 1-octanal) was investigated using classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Naphthalene and ozone exhibit a strong preference to be adsorbed at the surfactant-coated air/ice interfaces, as opposed to either being dissolved into the bulk of the quasi-liquid layer (QLL) or being incorporated into the ice crystals. The QLL becomes thinner when the air/ice interface is coated with surfactant molecules. The adsorption of both naphthalene and ozone onto surfactant-coated air/ice interfaces is enhanced when compared to bare air/ice interface. Both naphthalene and ozone tend to stay dissolved in the surfactant layer and close to the QLL, rather than adsorbing on top of the surfactant molecules and close to the air region of our systems. Surfactants prefer to orient at a tilted angle with respect to the air/ice interface; the angular distribution and the most preferred angle vary depending on the hydrophilic end group, the length of the hydrophobic tail, and the surfactant concentration at the air/ice interface. Naphthalene prefers to have a flat orientation on the surfactant coated air/ice interface, except at high concentrations of 1-hexadecanol at the air/ice interface; the angular distribution of naphthalene depends on the specific surfactant and its concentration at the air/ice interface. The dynamics of naphthalene molecules at the surfactant-coated air/ice interface slow down as compared to those observed at bare air/ice interfaces. The presence of surfactants does not seem to affect the self-association of naphthalene molecules at the air/ice interface, at least for the specific surfactants and the range of concentrations considered in this study.

  16. Integrity of the interface between denture base and soft liner: a scanning electron microscopic study.

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    Muralidhar, G; Satish Babu, C L; Shetty, Shilpa

    2012-06-01

    Aims and objectives of the study was to study the integrity of the interface between the denture base and the soft liner when the thickness of the soft liner was 0.5, 1.0 and 2.0 mm, and to study the integrity of the soft liner and denture base interface as influenced by aging process. 80 rectangular based specimens were fabricated using heat cured acrylic resin. The heat cured component of the specimen was fabricated from stainless steel template form by compression molding technique. Different thickness of silicone soft layer component was added to heat cured acrylic resin component of the specimen following the manufacturer's instructions to fabricate the group A, group B, group C and group D specimens. All the specimens were subjected to the same finishing and polishing procedures. The group A specimens was immediately scanned in scanning electron microscope after processing. A thermo statically controlled artificial saliva bath designed to maintain the temperature between 38 ± 4°C was used to simulate the oral condition and to age the group B, group C and group D specimens for 3 months after which they were subjected to scanning under a scanning electron microscope. All the aged specimens demonstrated two types of failures namely adhesive which occurred along the bond interface between the soft liner and the acrylic resin and adhesive and cohesive type of failure which occurred not only at the interface but also within the soft liner material itself. When the data was subjected to ANOVA, the group A specimens showed statistical significance with group B (P = 0.006), group C (P = 0.007) and group D specimens (P = 0.004), the level of significance being (P < 0.05). However, there was no statistical significance between group B and C (P = 0.98), group C and D specimens (P = 0.52), group B and D specimens (P = 0.70), the level of significance being (P < 0.05). Based on the results, statistical analysis of the results and within the

  17. Integrity of the interface between denture base and soft liner: a scanning electron microscopic study.

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    Muralidhar, G; Satish Babu, C L; Shetty, Shilpa

    2012-06-01

    Aims and objectives of the study was to study the integrity of the interface between the denture base and the soft liner when the thickness of the soft liner was 0.5, 1.0 and 2.0 mm, and to study the integrity of the soft liner and denture base interface as influenced by aging process. 80 rectangular based specimens were fabricated using heat cured acrylic resin. The heat cured component of the specimen was fabricated from stainless steel template form by compression molding technique. Different thickness of silicone soft layer component was added to heat cured acrylic resin component of the specimen following the manufacturer's instructions to fabricate the group A, group B, group C and group D specimens. All the specimens were subjected to the same finishing and polishing procedures. The group A specimens was immediately scanned in scanning electron microscope after processing. A thermo statically controlled artificial saliva bath designed to maintain the temperature between 38 ± 4°C was used to simulate the oral condition and to age the group B, group C and group D specimens for 3 months after which they were subjected to scanning under a scanning electron microscope. All the aged specimens demonstrated two types of failures namely adhesive which occurred along the bond interface between the soft liner and the acrylic resin and adhesive and cohesive type of failure which occurred not only at the interface but also within the soft liner material itself. When the data was subjected to ANOVA, the group A specimens showed statistical significance with group B (P = 0.006), group C (P = 0.007) and group D specimens (P = 0.004), the level of significance being (P < 0.05). However, there was no statistical significance between group B and C (P = 0.98), group C and D specimens (P = 0.52), group B and D specimens (P = 0.70), the level of significance being (P < 0.05). Based on the results, statistical analysis of the results and within the

  18. Advanced space communications architecture study. Volume 2: Technical report

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    Horstein, Michael; Hadinger, Peter J.

    1987-01-01

    The technical feasibility and economic viability of satellite system architectures that are suitable for customer premise service (CPS) communications are investigated. System evaluation is performed at 30/20 GHz (Ka-band); however, the system architectures examined are equally applicable to 14/11 GHz (Ku-band). Emphasis is placed on systems that permit low-cost user terminals. Frequency division multiple access (FDMA) is used on the uplink, with typically 10,000 simultaneous accesses per satellite, each of 64 kbps. Bulk demodulators onboard the satellite, in combination with a baseband multiplexer, convert the many narrowband uplink signals into a small number of wideband data streams for downlink transmission. Single-hop network interconnectivity is accomplished via downlink scanning beams. Each satellite is estimated to weigh 5600 lb and consume 6850W of power; the corresponding payload totals are 1000 lb and 5000 W. Nonrecurring satellite cost is estimated at $110 million, with the first-unit cost at $113 million. In large quantities, the user terminal cost estimate is $25,000. For an assumed traffic profile, the required system revenue has been computed as a function of the internal rate of return (IRR) on invested capital. The equivalent user charge per-minute of 64-kbps channel service has also been determined.

  19. Evaluation of a Novel Conjunctive Exploratory Navigation Interface for Consumer Health Information: A Crowdsourced Comparative Study

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    Cui, Licong; Carter, Rebecca

    2014-01-01

    Background Numerous consumer health information websites have been developed to provide consumers access to health information. However, lookup search is insufficient for consumers to take full advantage of these rich public information resources. Exploratory search is considered a promising complementary mechanism, but its efficacy has never before been rigorously evaluated for consumer health information retrieval interfaces. Objective This study aims to (1) introduce a novel Conjunctive Exploratory Navigation Interface (CENI) for supporting effective consumer health information retrieval and navigation, and (2) evaluate the effectiveness of CENI through a search-interface comparative evaluation using crowdsourcing with Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT). Methods We collected over 60,000 consumer health questions from NetWellness, one of the first consumer health websites to provide high-quality health information. We designed and developed a novel conjunctive exploratory navigation interface to explore NetWellness health questions with health topics as dynamic and searchable menus. To investigate the effectiveness of CENI, we developed a second interface with keyword-based search only. A crowdsourcing comparative study was carefully designed to compare three search modes of interest: (A) the topic-navigation-based CENI, (B) the keyword-based lookup interface, and (C) either the most commonly available lookup search interface with Google, or the resident advanced search offered by NetWellness. To compare the effectiveness of the three search modes, 9 search tasks were designed with relevant health questions from NetWellness. Each task included a rating of difficulty level and questions for validating the quality of answers. Ninety anonymous and unique AMT workers were recruited as participants. Results Repeated-measures ANOVA analysis of the data showed the search modes A, B, and C had statistically significant differences among their levels of difficulty (P<.001

  20. Studies of the analyte-carrier interface in flow injection analysis

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    Brown, S.D.

    1992-01-01

    Chemical analysis in flowing solution is popular for automation of classical methods. However, most of the classical methods are not specific enough for direct multicomponent analysis of simple mixtures. This research project has the goals of study of rapid multicomponent analysis of transient species in flowing media, and investigations of chemical reactions at interfaces and of effects of competition on distribution of products from interfacial reaction. This report summarizes work done over the past 4.5 years; support has been terminated.

  1. Molecular Dynamics Study of Ion Transfer and Distribution at the Interface of Water and 1,2-Dichloroethane (Letter)

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    Wick, Collin D.; Dang, Liem X.

    2008-01-24

    Molecular dynamics simulations were carried out to study Cl-’s propensity for and its transfer across the H2O-1,2-dichloroethane (DCE) interface, comparing it with the H2O-CCl4 and H2O-vapor interfaces. It was found that, primarily because the DCE molecules had a preferred orientation at the H2O-DCE interface that resulted in unfavorable interactions with Cl-, Cl- was repelled from the H2O-DCE interface. For CCl4, which has a larger Cl- free energy of transfer from H2O than DCE, Cl- had a propensity for the interface, as well as for the H2O-vapor interface. Calculated thermodynamic properties for pure DCE, the H2O-DCE surface tension, and the free energy of Cl- transfer across the H2O-DCE interface agreed very well with experiment. This study shows that a coexisting solvent’s preferred orientation at the interface can be used to control the propensity of a solute for the aqueous interface. This work was supported by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences of the U.S. Department of Energy. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy.

  2. Storable droplet interface lipid bilayers for cell-free ion channel studies.

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    Jung, Sung-Ho; Choi, Sangbaek; Kim, Young-Rok; Jeon, Tae-Joon

    2012-01-01

    An artificially created lipid bilayer is an important platform in studying ion channels and engineered biosensor applications. However, a lipid bilayer created using conventional techniques is fragile and short-lived, and the measurement of ion channels requires expertise and laborious procedures, precluding practical applications. Here, we demonstrate a storable droplet lipid bilayer precursor frozen with ion channels, resulting in a droplet interface bilayer upon thawing. A small vial with an aqueous droplet in organic solution was flash frozen in -80 °C methanol immediately after an aqueous droplet was introduced into the organic solution and gravity draws the droplet down to the interface upon thawing. A lipid bilayer created along the interface using this method had giga-ohm resistance and typical specific capacitance values. The noise level of this system is favorably comparable to the conventional system. The subsequent incorporation of ion channels, alpha-hemolysin and gramicidin A, showed typical conductance values consistent with those in previous literatures. This novel system to create a lipid bilayer as a whole can be automated from its manufacture to use and indefinitely stored when frozen. As a result, ion channel measurements can be carried out in any place, increasing the accessibility of ion channel studies as well as a number of applications, such as biosensors, ion channel drug screening, and biophysical studies. PMID:21909672

  3. Interaction between dimer interface residues of native and mutated SOD1 protein: a theoretical study.

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    Keerthana, S P; Kolandaivel, P

    2015-04-01

    Cu-Zn superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) is a highly conserved bimetallic protein enzyme, used for the scavenging the superoxide radicals (O2 (-)) produced due to aerobic metabolism in the mitochondrial respiratory chain. Over 100 mutations have been identified and found to be in the homodimeric structure of SOD1. The enzyme has to be maintained in its dimeric state for the structural stability and enzymatic activity. From our investigation, we found that the mutations apart from the dimer interface residues are found to affect the dimer stability of protein and hence enhancing the aggregation and misfolding tendency of mutated protein. The homodimeric state of SOD1 is found to be held together by the non-covalent interactions. The molecular dynamics simulation has been used to study the hydrogen bond interactions between the dimer interface residues of the monomers in native and mutated forms of SOD1 in apo- and holo-states. The results obtained by this analysis reveal the fact that the loss of hydrogen bond interactions between the monomers of the dimer is responsible for the reduced stability of the apo- and holo-mutant forms of SOD1. The conformers with dimer interface residues in native and mutated protein obtained by the molecular dynamics simulation is subjected to quantum mechanical study using M052X/6-31G(d) level of theory. The charge transfer between N-H···O interactions in the dimer interface residues were studied. The weak interaction between the monomers of the dimer accounts for the reduced dimerization and enhanced deformation energy in the mutated SOD1 protein. PMID:25578810

  4. Advanced transportation system studies, technical area 3. Alternate propulsion subsystem concepts: J-2S restart study

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    Vilja, John; Levack, Daniel

    1993-04-01

    The objectives were to assess what design changes would be required to remit late production of the J-2S engine for use as a large high energy upper stage engine. The study assessed design changes required to perform per the J-2S model specification, manufacturing changes required due to obsolescence or improvements in state-of-the-practice, availability issues for supplier provided items, and provided cost and schedule estimates for this configuration. The confidence that J-2S production could be reinitiated within reasonable costs and schedules was provided. No significant technical issues were identified in either the producibility study or in the review of previous technical data. Areas of potential cost reduction were identified which could be quantified to a greater extent with further manufacturing planning. The proposed schedule can be met with no foreseeable impacts. The results of the study provided the necessary foundation for the detailed manufacturing and test plans and non-recurring and recurring cost estimates that are needed to complete the effort to reinitiate production of the J-2S engine system.

  5. Advanced transportation system studies, technical area 3. Alternate propulsion subsystem concepts: J-2S restart study

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    Vilja, John; Levack, Daniel

    1993-01-01

    The objectives were to assess what design changes would be required to remit late production of the J-2S engine for use as a large high energy upper stage engine. The study assessed design changes required to perform per the J-2S model specification, manufacturing changes required due to obsolescence or improvements in state-of-the-practice, availability issues for supplier provided items, and provided cost and schedule estimates for this configuration. The confidence that J-2S production could be reinitiated within reasonable costs and schedules was provided. No significant technical issues were identified in either the producibility study or in the review of previous technical data. Areas of potential cost reduction were identified which could be quantified to a greater extent with further manufacturing planning. The proposed schedule can be met with no foreseeable impacts. The results of the study provided the necessary foundation for the detailed manufacturing and test plans and non-recurring and recurring cost estimates that are needed to complete the effort to reinitiate production of the J-2S engine system.

  6. First-principles study of the Fe | MgO(0 0 1) interface: magnetic anisotropy.

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    Bose, Thomas; Cuadrado, Ramon; Evans, Richard F L; Chepulskii, Roman V; Apalkov, Dmytro; Chantrell, Roy W

    2016-04-20

    We present a systematic first-principles study of Fe | MgO bilayer systems emphasizing the influence of the iron layer thickness on the geometry, the electronic structure and the magnetic properties. Our calculations ensure the unconstrained structural relaxation at scalar relativistic level for various numbers of iron layers placed on the magnesium oxide substrate. Our results show that due to the formation of the interface the electronic structure of the interface iron atoms is significantly modified involving charge transfer within the iron subsystem. In addition, we find that the magnetic anisotropy energy increases from 1.9 mJ m(-2) for 3 Fe layers up to 3.0 mJ m(-2) for 11 Fe layers. PMID:26987845

  7. Application of Neutron Reflectivity for Studies of Biomolecular Structures and Functions at Interfaces

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    Johs, Alexander; Liang, Liyuan; Gu, Baohua; Ankner, John Francis; Wang, Wei

    2009-01-01

    Structures and functions of cell membranes are of central importance in understanding processes such as cell signaling, chemotaxis, redox transformation, biofilm formation, and mineralization occurring at interfaces. This chapter provides an overview of the application of neutron reflectivity (NR) as a unique tool for probing biomolecular structures and mechanisms as a first step toward understanding protein protein, protein lipid, and protein mineral interactions at the membrane substrate interfaces. Emphasis is given to the review of existing literature on the assembly of biomimetic membrane systems, such as supported membranes for NR studies, and demonstration of model calculations showing the potential of NR to elucidate molecular fundamentals of microbial cell mineral interactions and structure functional relationships of electron transport pathways. The increased neutron flux afforded by current and upcoming neutron sources holds promise for elucidating detailed processes such as phase separation, formation of microdomains, and membrane interactions with proteins and peptides in biological systems.

  8. The Pt(111)/electrolyte interface under oxygen reduction reaction conditions: an electrochemical impedance spectroscopy study.

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    Bondarenko, Alexander S; Stephens, Ifan E L; Hansen, Heine A; Pérez-Alonso, Francisco J; Tripkovic, Vladimir; Johansson, Tobias P; Rossmeisl, Jan; Nørskov, Jens K; Chorkendorff, Ib

    2011-03-01

    The Pt(111)/electrolyte interface has been characterized during the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in 0.1 M HClO(4) using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The surface was studied within the potential region where adsorption of OH* and O* species occur without significant place exchange between the adsorbate and Pt surface atoms (0.45-1.15 V vs RHE). An equivalent electric circuit is proposed to model the Pt(111)/electrolyte interface under ORR conditions within the selected potential window. This equivalent circuit reflects three processes with different time constants, which occur simultaneously during the ORR at Pt(111). Density functional theory (DFT) calculations were used to correlate and interpret the results of the measurements. The calculations indicate that the coadsorption of ClO(4)* and Cl* with OH* is unlikely. Our analysis suggests that the two-dimensional (2D) structures formed in O(2)-free solution are also formed under ORR conditions. PMID:21244087

  9. X-ray absorption studies of Ti/polymer and Cr/polymer interfaces

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    Opila, R.L.; Konstadinidis, K.; Ibidunni, A.O; Davenport, A.J.; Isaacs, H.S.

    1993-11-01

    The interface formed between metals, Ti and Cr, and polymers, epoxy, and triazine, have been studied, non-destructively, using x-ray absorption spectroscopy. The metals were sputtered onto the polymer surfaces. Titanium reacts extensively, up to Ti thickness of 100 {Angstrom} while Cr remains primarily metallic. In situ heating at 200{degree}C increases the extent of reaction for both metals. Heating has a greater effect on metal/epoxy interfaces than metal/triazine. Titanium and Cr were ion implanted into the polymer in order to determine the interactions of isolated metal atoms with the polymer. Titanium and Cr appear to form oxides as the final reaction product, and the Ti is tetrahedrally coordinated.

  10. The Binding of Roxarsone at the Silica/Water Interface Studied with Second Harmonic Generation

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    Konek, Christopher; Ostrowski, David; Geiger, Franz

    2005-03-01

    Arsenic is a carcinogen that can also cause chronic poisoning when ingested via drinking water in quantities as low as 10 micrograms/L. In the US, organic arsenicals such as Roxarsone are commonly used as feed additives in the poultry industry. The use of poultry litter as fertilizer results in environmental arsenic deposition rates of up to 50 metric tons per year; the subsequent environmental fate of Roxarsone is unknown. We use second harmonic generation (SHG) to study the thermodynamics and kinetics of Roxarsone binding to environmentally relevant mineral oxide/water interfaces. Roxarsone binding to water/SiO2 interfaces is fully reversible, consistent with high Roxarsone mobility. Results from Langmuir isotherm measurements and surface SHG spectra are presented as well.

  11. A study of reactant interfaces in Ni+Al particle systems during shock wave propagation

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    Austin, Ryan A.; McDowell, David L.; Horie, Yasuyuki; Benson, David J.

    2007-06-01

    Macro-scale responses of energetic materials during shock compression are influenced strongly by thermo-mechano-chemical processes occurring at the level of the microstructure. For example, it is believed that the propagation of chemical reactions in reactive particle systems is intimately linked to conditions at reactant interfaces such as surface temperature, phase changes, defect density, and mass mixing due to inelastic deformation. To provide explicit resolution of such interfacial conditions, numerical models are constructed. The finite element method is used to numerically solve the differential equations that govern the coupled thermomechanical response of micron-size particle mixtures of Ni and Al during shock wave propagation (interface chemistry is not yet modeled). The size and temperature distributions of contiguous reactant contact surfaces are quantified for a range of shock strengths. A parametric study of mixture attributes is undertaken to assess the sensitivity of the aforementioned distributions to variations of the microstructure.

  12. Molecular dynamics study of two-dimensional sum frequency generation spectra at vapor/water interface

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    Ishiyama, Tatsuya; Morita, Akihiro; Tahara, Tahei

    2015-06-07

    Two-dimensional heterodyne-detected vibrational sum frequency generation (2D HD-VSFG) spectra at vapor/water interface were studied by molecular dynamics (MD) simulation with a classical flexible and nonpolarizable model. The present model well describes the spectral diffusion of 2D infrared spectrum of bulk water as well as 2D HD-VSFG at the interface. The effect of isotopic dilution on the 2D HD-VSFG was elucidated by comparing the normal (H{sub 2}O) water and HOD water. We further performed decomposition analysis of 2D HD-VSFG into the hydrogen-bonding and the dangling (or free) OH vibrations, and thereby disentangled the different spectral responses and spectral diffusion in the 2D HD-VSFG. The present MD simulation demonstrated the role of anharmonic coupling between these modes on the cross peak in the 2D HD-VSFG spectrum.

  13. Cr/B4C multilayer mirrors: Study of interfaces and X-ray reflectance

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    Burcklen, C.; Soufli, R.; Dennetiere, D.; Polack, F.; Capitanio, B.; Gullikson, E.; Meltchakov, E.; Thomasset, M.; Jérome, A.; de Rossi, S.; Delmotte, F.

    2016-03-01

    We present an experimental study of the effect of layer interfaces on the x-ray reflectance in Cr/B4C multilayer interference coatings with layer thicknesses ranging from 0.7 nm to 5.4 nm. The multilayers were deposited by magnetron sputtering and by ion beam sputtering. Grazing incidence x-ray reflectometry, soft x-ray reflectometry, and transmission electron microscopy reveal asymmetric multilayer structures with a larger B4C-on-Cr interface, which we modeled with a 1-1.5 nm thick interfacial layer. Reflectance measurements in the vicinity of the Cr L2,3 absorption edge demonstrate fine structure that is not predicted by simulations using the currently tabulated refractive index (optical constants) values for Cr.

  14. Cr/B4C multilayer mirrors: Study of interfaces and X-ray reflectance

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    Burcklen, C.; Soufli, R.; Gullikson, E.; Meltchakov, E.; Dennetiere, D.; Polack, F.; Capitanio, B.; Thomasset, M.; Jerome, A.; de Rossi, S.; et al

    2016-03-24

    Here, we present an experimental study of the effect of layer interfaces on the x-ray reflectance in Cr/B4C multilayer interference coatings with layer thicknesses ranging from 0.7 nm to 5.4 nm. The multilayers were deposited by magnetron sputtering and by ion beam sputtering. Grazing incidence x-ray reflectometry, soft x-ray reflectometry, and transmission electron microscopy reveal asymmetric multilayer structures with a larger B4C-on-Cr interface, which we modeled with a 1–1.5 nm thick interfacial layer. Reflectance measurements in the vicinity of the Cr L2,3 absorption edge demonstrate fine structure that is not predicted by simulations using the currently tabulated refractive index (opticalmore » constants) values for Cr.« less

  15. Studies of ferroelectric heterostructure thin films and interfaces via in situ analytical techniques.

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    Auciello, O.; Dhote, A.; Gao, Y.; Gruen, D. M.; Im, J.; Irene, E. A.; Krauss, A. R.; Mueller, A. H.; Ramesh, R.

    1999-08-30

    The science and technology of ferroelectric thin films has experienced an explosive development during the last ten years. Low-density non-volatile ferroelectric random access memories (NVFRAMs) are now incorporated in commercial products such as ''smart cards'', while high permittivity capacitors are incorporated in cellular phones. However, substantial work is still needed to develop materials integration strategies for high-density memories. We have demonstrated that the implementation of complementary in situ characterization techniques is critical to understand film growth and interface processes, which play critical roles in film microstructure and properties. We are using uniquely integrated time of flight ion scattering and recoil spectroscopy (TOF-ISARS) and spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) techniques to perform in situ, real-time studies of film growth processes in the high background gas pressure required to growth ferroelectric thin films. TOF-ISARS provides information on surface processes, while SE permits the investigation of buried interfaces as they are being formed. Recent studies on SrBi{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9} (SBT) and Ba{sub x}Sr{sub 1{minus}x}TiO{sub 3} (BST) film growth and interface processes are discussed.

  16. Theoretical study of binding and permeation of ether-based polymers through interfaces.

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    Samanta, Susruta; Hezaveh, Samira; Roccatano, Danilo

    2013-11-27

    We present a molecular dynamics simulation study on the interactions of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), poly(propylene oxide) (PPO), and their ABA-type block copolymer, poloxamers, at water/n-heptane and 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospatidycholine (DMPC) lipid bilayer/water interfaces. The partition coefficients in water/1-octanol of the linear polyethers up to three monomers were calculated. The partition coefficients evidenced a higher hydrophobicity of the PPO in comparison to PEO. At the water/n-heptane interface, the polymers tend to adopt elongated conformations in agreement with similar experimental ellipsometry studies of different poloxamers. In the case of the poloxamers at the n-heptane/water interface, the stronger preference of the PPO block for the hydrophobic phase resulted in bottle-brush-type polymer conformations. At lipid bilayer/water interface, the PEO polymers, as expected from their hydrophilic nature, are weakly adsorbed on the surface of the lipid bilayer and locate in the water phase close to the headgroups. The free energy barriers of permeation calculated for short polymer chains suggest a thermodynamics propensity for the water phase that increase with the chain length. The lower affinity of PEO for the hydrophobic interior of the lipid bilayer resulted in the spontaneous expulsion within the simulation time. On the contrary, PPO chains and poloxamers have a longer residence time inside the bilayer, and they tend to concentrate in the tail region of the bilayer near the polar headgroups. In addition, polymers with PPO unit length comparable to the thickness of the hydrophobic region of the bilayer tend to span across the bilayer.

  17. Theoretical study of binding and permeation of ether-based polymers through interfaces.

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    Samanta, Susruta; Hezaveh, Samira; Roccatano, Danilo

    2013-11-27

    We present a molecular dynamics simulation study on the interactions of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), poly(propylene oxide) (PPO), and their ABA-type block copolymer, poloxamers, at water/n-heptane and 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospatidycholine (DMPC) lipid bilayer/water interfaces. The partition coefficients in water/1-octanol of the linear polyethers up to three monomers were calculated. The partition coefficients evidenced a higher hydrophobicity of the PPO in comparison to PEO. At the water/n-heptane interface, the polymers tend to adopt elongated conformations in agreement with similar experimental ellipsometry studies of different poloxamers. In the case of the poloxamers at the n-heptane/water interface, the stronger preference of the PPO block for the hydrophobic phase resulted in bottle-brush-type polymer conformations. At lipid bilayer/water interface, the PEO polymers, as expected from their hydrophilic nature, are weakly adsorbed on the surface of the lipid bilayer and locate in the water phase close to the headgroups. The free energy barriers of permeation calculated for short polymer chains suggest a thermodynamics propensity for the water phase that increase with the chain length. The lower affinity of PEO for the hydrophobic interior of the lipid bilayer resulted in the spontaneous expulsion within the simulation time. On the contrary, PPO chains and poloxamers have a longer residence time inside the bilayer, and they tend to concentrate in the tail region of the bilayer near the polar headgroups. In addition, polymers with PPO unit length comparable to the thickness of the hydrophobic region of the bilayer tend to span across the bilayer. PMID:24219592

  18. A technical description of enhancements to the front-end user interface for the Worldwide Household Goods Information System for Transportation Modernization (WHIST-MOD)

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    Loftis, J.P.; Spears, P.M. ); James, T.L. )

    1990-08-01

    The Directorate of Personal Property of the Military Traffic Management Command (MTMC) asked Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to design a decision support system, the Worldwide Household Goods Information System for Transportation Modernization. This decision support system will automate tasks and provide analysis tools for evaluating the Personal Property Program, predicting impacts to the program, and planning modifications to the program to meet the evolving needs of military service members and the transportation industry. The system designed by ORNL consists of three application modules: system dictionary applications, data acquisition and administration applications, and user applications. The user applications module is divided into two phases: the data selection front-end interface and the postprocessing back-end interface. This paper describes the prototyped front-end interface using ORACLE SQL*Forms, part of the ORACLE Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) toolset. The focus of this paper is a discussion of the need for enhancements to the initial design of the interface and the coding techniques used to prototype the enhancements. These enhancements make the front-end interface more flexible and easier to use by giving users options for identifying data to be used by the back-end interface. This report is based on in-depth interviews of MTMC staff, prototype meetings with the users, and the research and design work conducted at ORNL.

  19. Communication Requirements of Employees of Business and Industry Represented by Areas of Technological Study at Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute.

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    Cary, Penny J.; Sweeney, Kevin F.

    A study examined the need and demand for communication skills for employees in the technical fields for which Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute offers programs of academic preparation. Two members of the Institute's English Department interviewed representatives of organizations that have hired technical program graduates. Further…

  20. Study of surface charge density on solid/liquid interfaces by modulating the electrical double layer

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    Pak, Hyuk Kyu; Moon, Jong Kyun

    2014-11-01

    A solid surface in contact with water or aqueous solution usually carries specific electric charges. These surface charges attract counter ions from the liquid side. Since the geometry of opposite charge distribution parallel to the solid/liquid interface is similar to that of a capacitor, it is called an electrical double layer capacitor (EDLC). Therefore, there is an electrical potential difference across an EDLC in equilibrium. When a liquid bridge is formed between two conducting plates, the system behaves as two serially connected EDLCs. In this work, we propose a new method for investigating the surface charge density on solid/liquid interfaces. By mechanically modulating the electrical double layers and simultaneously applying a DC bias voltage across the plates, an AC electric current can be generated. By measuring the voltage difference between the plates as a function of bias voltage, we can study the surface charge density on solid/liquid interfaces. Our experimental results agree very well with the simple equivalent circuit model proposed here. Furthermore, using this method, one can determine the polarity of the adsorbed state on the solid surface depending on the material used. This work was supported by Center for Soft and Living Matter through IBS program in Korea.

  1. Spectroscopic studies of U(VI) sorption at the kaolinite-water interface. Final report

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    Thompson, H.A.; Parks, G.A.; Brown, G.E. Jr.

    1994-06-01

    Efficient use of U as a resource and safe handling, recycling and disposal of U-containing wastes require an understanding of the factors controlling the fate of U, where fate refers to the destination of U, typically expressed as an environmental medium or a process phase. The sorption process constitutes a change in elemental fate. Partitioning of an element from solution to a solid phase, or sorption, can be divided into three broad categories: adsorption, surface precipitation, and absorption. Extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS), a type of X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), offers the possibility for distinguishing among different modes of sorption by characterizing the atomic environment of the sorbing element. In this study, the authors use EXAFS to determine the structure of U(VI) sorption complexes at the kaolinite-water interface. In Chapter One, they present an overview of selected aspects of U structural chemistry as a basis for considering the structural environment of U at the solid-water interface. To evaluate the utility of XAS for characterization of the structural environment of U(VI) at the solid-water interface, they have carried out an in-depth analysis of XAS data from U(VI)-containing solid and solution model compounds, which they describe in Chapter Two. In Chapter three, they consider sorption of U by kaolinite as a means of effecting the removal of U from surface collection pond waters on the Rocky Flats Plant site in northern Colorado.

  2. A comparative study about electronic structures at rubrene/Ag and Ag/rubrene interfaces

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    Sinha, Sumona Mukherjee, M.

    2015-10-15

    The contact between the electrode and the organic semiconductor is one of the most crucial factors in determining the organic device performance. The development and production technology of different organic devices require the understanding of different types of metal/organic semiconducting thin film interfaces. Comparisons about the electronic structures at Rubrene/Ag and Ag/Rubrene interfaces have been studied using photoemission spectroscopy. The Ag on rubrene interfaces is found to show more interesting and complex natures than its counterpart. The vacuum level (VL) was shifted about 0.51 eV from push back effect for deposition of 5 Å rubrene onto Ag film whereas the electronic features of silver was only suppressed and no energy shift was resulted. While the deposition of 5 Å Ag onto rubrene film leads to the diffusion of the Ag atoms, as a cluster with quantum size effect, inside the film. Angle dependent XPS measurement indicates that diffused metal clusters were present at entire probed depth of the film. Moreover these clusters dope the uppermost surface of the rubrene film which consequences a shift of the electronic states of thick organic film towards higher binding energy. The VL was found to shift about 0.31 eV toward higher binding energy whereas the shift was around 0.21 eV for the electronic states of rubrene layer.

  3. A comparative study about electronic structures at rubrene/Ag and Ag/rubrene interfaces

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    Sinha, Sumona; Mukherjee, M.

    2015-10-01

    The contact between the electrode and the organic semiconductor is one of the most crucial factors in determining the organic device performance. The development and production technology of different organic devices require the understanding of different types of metal/organic semiconducting thin film interfaces. Comparisons about the electronic structures at Rubrene/Ag and Ag/Rubrene interfaces have been studied using photoemission spectroscopy. The Ag on rubrene interfaces is found to show more interesting and complex natures than its counterpart. The vacuum level (VL) was shifted about 0.51 eV from push back effect for deposition of 5 Å rubrene onto Ag film whereas the electronic features of silver was only suppressed and no energy shift was resulted. While the deposition of 5 Å Ag onto rubrene film leads to the diffusion of the Ag atoms, as a cluster with quantum size effect, inside the film. Angle dependent XPS measurement indicates that diffused metal clusters were present at entire probed depth of the film. Moreover these clusters dope the uppermost surface of the rubrene film which consequences a shift of the electronic states of thick organic film towards higher binding energy. The VL was found to shift about 0.31 eV toward higher binding energy whereas the shift was around 0.21 eV for the electronic states of rubrene layer.

  4. Second Information Technology in Education Study: SITES 2006 Technical Report

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    Carstens, Ralph, Ed.; Pelgrum, Willem J., Ed.

    2009-01-01

    The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) has been conducting comparative studies for 50 years. SITES 2006 is the fifth wave of surveys related to information and communication technology (ICT), a wave that IEA started with its Computers in Education Study (two studies with data collection in 1989 and 1992),…

  5. Eye-voice-controlled interface

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    Glenn, Floyd A., III; Iavecchia, Helene P.; Ross, Lorna V.; Stokes, James M.; Weiland, William J.

    1986-01-01

    The Ocular Attention-Sensing Interface System (OASIS) is an innovative human-computer interface which utilizes eye movement and voice commands to communicate messages between the operator and the system. This report initially describes some technical issues relevant to the development of such an interface. The results of preliminary experiments which evaluate alternative eye processing algorithms and feedback techniques are presented. Candidate interface applications are also discussed.

  6. The New Historicism and Studies in the History of Business and Technical Writing.

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    Dillon, W. Tracy

    1997-01-01

    Argues that researchers can benefit as scholars/teachers by conducting studies in the history of business and technical writing within the framework of the new historicism. Discusses problems and features of historical studies literature. Explains the legitimizing effects of treating studies as the new historicism. Advocates teaching students to…

  7. Needs Assessment Study of Vocational, Technical, and High Skills Education Programs 1986-1987.

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    Velez, Vidal; And Others

    This report provides results from a study of the priorities of the vocational and technical education programs in Puerto Rico in light of the opinions of teachers, students, and administrators. Information on the methodology is followed by narrative and tables that present study findings and recommendations. The study covers these areas:…

  8. The Design of an Interface to a Programming System and MENUNIX: A Menu-Based Interface to UNIX (User Manual). Two Papers in Cognitive Engineering. Technical Report No. 8105.

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    Perlman, Gary

    This report consists of two papers on MENUNIX, an experimental interface to the approximately 300 programs and files available on the Berkeley UNIX 4.0 version of the UNIX operating system. The first paper discusses some of the psychological concerns involved in the design of MENUNIX; the second is a tutorial user manual for MENUNIX, in which the…

  9. Information transfer satellite concept study. Volume 2: Technical

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    Bergin, P.; Kincade, C.; Kurpiewski, D.; Leinhaupel, F.; Millican, F.; Onstad, R.

    1971-01-01

    The ITS concept study is preceded by two requirements studies whose primary objectives are to identify viable demands and to develop the functional requirements associated with these demands. In addition to continuing this basic activity the ITS concept study objectives are to: (1) develop tools and techniques for planning advanced information transfer satellite communications systems, and to (2) select viable systems for further analysis both in their near-term and in the far-term aspects.

  10. An evaluation of selected NASA scientific and technical information products: Results of a pilot study

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    Pinelli, Thomas E.; Glassman, Myron

    1989-01-01

    A pilot study was conducted to evaluate selected NASA scientific and technical information (STI) products. The study, which utilized survey research in the form of a self-administered mail questionnaire, had a two-fold purpose -- to gather baseline data regarding the use and perceived usefulness of selected NASA STI products and to develop/validate questions that could be used in a future study concerned with the role of the U.S. government technical report in aeronautics. The sample frame consisted of 25,000 members of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in the U.S. with academic, government or industrial affiliation. Simple random sampling was used to select 2000 individuals to participate in the study. Three hundred fifty-three usable questionnaires (17 percent response rate) were received by the established cutoff date. The findings indicate that: (1) NASA STI is used and is generally perceived as being important; (2) the use rate for NASA-authored conference/meeting papers, journal articles, and technical reports is fairly uniform; (3) a considerable number of respondents are unfamiliar with STAR (Scientific and Technical Aerospace Reports), IAA (International Aerospace Abstracts), SCAN (Selected Current Aerospace Notices), and the RECON on-line retrieval system; (4) a considerable number of respondents who are familiar with these media do not use them; and (5) the perceived quality of NASA-authored journal articles and technical reports is very good.

  11. The effect of multiple layers of linens on surface interface pressure: results of a laboratory study.

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    Williamson, Rachel; Lachenbruch, Charlie; Vangilder, Catherine

    2013-06-01

    Underpads and layers of linens are frequently placed under patients who are incontinent, have other moisture-related issues, and/or are immobile and cannot reposition independently. Many of these patients are also at risk for pressure ulcers and placed on pressure-redistribution surfaces. The purpose of this study was to measure the effects of linens and incontinence pads on interface pressure. Interface sacral pressures were measured (mm Hg) using a mannequinlike pelvic indenter that has pressure transducers integrated into the unit and is covered with a soft flesh-like elastomer. The indenter was loaded to simulate a median-weight male (80 kg/176 lb), and the testing was performed at head-of bed (HOB) angles of 0°, 30°, and 45°. Two different surfaces, a high performance low-air-loss support (LAL) surface and a standard foam support surface, were used and covered with a fitted sheet (FS) only or a combination of the FS and various incontinence pads and transfer sheets. Linen combinations typically used for relatively immobile patients (n = 4), moisture management (n = 4), and moisture management and immobility (n = 1) were tested, as was the heavy use of linens/pads (nine layers, n = 1). All combinations were tested 10 times at HOB angles of 0°, 30°, and 45°. The highest pressure observed was recorded (peak pressure). Ninety five percent (95%) confidence interval (CI) surrounding the mean of the 10 trials for each combination was calculated using the t-distribution; differences between means for all surface combinations were determined using one-way ANOVA with follow-up Fisher Hayter test. Results indicated that each incontinence pad, transfer sheet, or combination of linens significantly increased the mean peak sacral pressure when compared to a single FS on both the low-air-loss surface and the foam surface, regardless of the head-of-bed angle. The magnitude of peak sacral interface pressure increase for the LAL surface at 30° head-of-bed angle was 20

  12. Four Studies on Attribution of Ability. Technical Report Number 281.

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    Feldman, Robert S.; Allen, Vernon L.

    The four studies in this report consider the attribution of ability in the relationship of tutor to tutee among elementary level students. In each of the studies, the tutee displayed, or was represented as displaying, one of four learning sequences: success-success, failure-failure, failure-success, or success-failure. The results of the first…

  13. 29 CFR 1607.14 - Technical standards for validity studies.

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    2011-07-01

    ... with these guidelines. See sections 6 and 7 above. A. Validity studies should be based on review of information about the job. Any validity study should be based upon a review of information about the job for which the selection procedure is to be used. The review should include a job analysis except as...

  14. Technical design aspects of Feasibility Study-II

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    Zisman, Michael S.

    2001-08-15

    Feasibility Study-II examined a high-performance Neutrino Factory providing 1 x 10{sup 20} neutrinos per year aimed at a long-baseline detector. The Study was sponsored jointly by BNL and the Neutrino Factory and Muon Collider Collaboration ration (MC) and is based on a 1 MW proton driver operating at 24 GeV, i.e., an upgraded version of the AGS accelerator. Compared with the earlier FNAL-sponsored study (Feasibility Study-I), there is a sixfold improvement in performance. Here we describe details of the implementation of Study-II concepts and discuss their efficacy. Alternative approaches that will be pursued in follow-on R and D activities are also described briefly.

  15. High Spatial Resolution Study of Microbe-Carbonate-Silicate Interfaces by FIB and TEM

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    Benzerara, K.; Menguy, N.; Guyot, F.; Vanni, C.; Gillet, P.

    2003-12-01

    High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), chemical micro-analysis (EDX) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) are among the most powerful analytical techniques for studying microbe-mineral interactions, allowing to observe the microbe-mineral interface at almost the angstrom scale, to evidence transformations of the mineral structure and chemical alterations at the nanometer scale. However, the samples must be very thin and only a small area can be investigated. A key limitation for using this technique is thus to prepare natural geomicrobiological samples which combine hard minerals, preventing use of ultramicrotomy, with soft organic matter inadequate to ion milling procedures. Additionaly the areas of interest are usually restricted to few micrometer large areas which have to be selected from macroscopic samples. In this study we present two procedures : micromanipulation and FIB (Focused Ion Beam) which allow the study of microbe-mineral interfaces with TEM. The micromanipulation procedure has been presented in Benzerara et al (2003, PNAS). We have evidenced nannobacteria-like objects at the surface of the Tatahouine orthopyroxenite meteorite fallen in the tunisian desert in 1931. SEM observations suggest a complex interaction pattern between the nannobacteria-like objects, the pyroxene and microorganisms which have colonized the surface of the meteorite during its seventy years of residence on Earth. The TEM study on the very same area shows that the nannobacteria-like rods are actually well-crystallized nanometric calcite single crystals surrounded by an amorphous layer of carbonate composition. Those morphologies and structures are unusual for calcite single crystals. We discuss these observations in regard to the criteria of biogenicity i.e. biosignatures. Moreover, we examine the implications for carbonate production associated to silicate bio-weathering under aridic conditions. This work is relevant both to astrobiological and

  16. Molecular interactions at the hexadecane/water interface in the presence of surfactants studied with second harmonic generation

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    Sang, Yajun; Yang, Fangyuan; Chen, Shunli; Xu, Hongbo; Zhang, Si; Yuan, Qunhui; Gan, Wei

    2015-06-01

    It is important to investigate the influence of surfactants on structures and physical/chemical properties of oil/water interfaces. This work reports a second harmonic generation study of the adsorption of malachite green (MG) on the surfaces of oil droplets in a hexadecane/water emulsion in the presence of surfactants including sodium dodecyl sulfate, polyoxyethylene-sorbitan monooleate (Tween80), and cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide. It is revealed that surfactants with micromolar concentrations notably influence the adsorption of MG at the oil/water interface. Both competition adsorption and charge-charge interactions played very important roles in affecting the adsorption free energy and the surface density of MG at the oil/water interface. The sensitive detection of the changing oil/water interface with the adsorption of surfactants at such low concentrations provides more information for understanding the behavior of these surfactants at the oil/water interface.

  17. Atom-probe tomographic study of interfaces of Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} photovoltaic cells

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    Tajima, S. Asahi, R.; Itoh, T.; Hasegawa, M.; Ohishi, K.; Isheim, D.; Seidman, D. N.

    2014-09-01

    The heterophase interfaces between the CdS buffer layer and the Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} (CZTS) absorption layers are one of the main factors affecting photovoltaic performance of CZTS cells. We have studied the compositional distributions at heterophase interfaces in CZTS cells using three-dimensional atom-probe tomography. The results demonstrate: (a) diffusion of Cd into the CZTS layer; (b) segregation of Zn at the CdS/CZTS interface; and (c) a change of oxygen and hydrogen concentrations in the CdS layer depending on the heat treatment. Annealing at 573 K after deposition of CdS improves the photovoltaic properties of CZTS cells probably because of the formation of a heterophase epitaxial junction at the CdS/CZTS interface. Conversely, segregation of Zn at the CdS/CZTS interface after annealing at a higher temperature deteriorates the photovoltaic properties.

  18. 29 CFR 1607.14 - Technical standards for validity studies.

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    2012-07-01

    ... service. A standardized rating of overall work performance may be used where a study of the job shows that.... Standards regarding investigation of possible bias in testing. An investigation of fairness of a...

  19. 29 CFR 1607.14 - Technical standards for validity studies.

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    2014-07-01

    ... service. A standardized rating of overall work performance may be used where a study of the job shows that.... Standards regarding investigation of possible bias in testing. An investigation of fairness of a...

  20. Study of laser-generated interfacial waves and their interaction with a defect at solid-fluid interface

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    Yan, Zhao; Bixing, Zhang; Liping, Xue

    2016-01-01

    The analysis of the pulsed laser generation of interfacial waves propagating along a plane solid-fluid interface and their interaction with a defect (notch) on the interface are presented. The solid-fluid interface motion due to laser-generated interfacial waves including leaky Rayleigh and Scholte wave is simulated by finite element method for two configurations, one is "hard solid-fluid" interface, like steel-water, the other one is "soft solid-fluid" interface, like Plexiglas-water. And then their interaction with a notch-like defect in the interface has also been studied. Two series defects are introduced into the interface. One is with same width but different depth, and the other one with the same depth but different width. For hard and soft solid-fluid configurations, leaky Rayleigh and Scholte wave is severely affected by the notch, respectively. In contrast, Scholte and leaky Rayleigh wave experiences almost no influence for hard and soft solid-fluid interface. The results may lead to an application for defect identification and nondestructive materials characterization.

  1. Studies of surface and interface segregation in polymer blends by secondary ion mass spectrometry

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    Schwarz, S. A.; Wilkens, B. J.; Pudensi, M. A. A.; Rafailovich, M. H.; Sokolov, J.; Zhao, X.; Zhao, W.; Zheng, X.; Russell, T. P.; Jones, R. A. L.

    Dynamic secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) has recently been employed to obtain high resolution depth profiles in polymer blend thin films and is now regarded as a key probe of surface and interfacial segregation in these systems. Segregation phenomena strongly impact blend properties such as adhesion, friction and weatherability. The strengths and limitations of the SIMS polymer profiling technique are described and contrasted with the complementary techniques of forward recoil elastic scattering (FRES) and neutron reflectivity (NR). The procedures developed for sample preparation and data acquisition are discussed. Experimental results for the effect of incident O2+ energy and angle on depth resolution and sputtering rate in polystyrene (PS) are presented. Ongoing SIMS studies of model blend systems are described: Segregation from dPS (deuterated)/PS blends to vacuum and Si interfaces is examined as a function of the molecular weight of the blend components and preparation of the Si substrate, revealing the importance of long range interactions. Similar behaviour in an acrylonitrile blend is demonstrated. The surface segregation profiles in the immiscible blend PBrS (polybromostyrene)/PS are discussed for samples annealed in the one and two phase regions. The conformation of carboxy terminated PS and dPS chains grafted to the Si oxide interface in a melt is studied as a function of grafting density, temperature, and matrix molecular weight. Diffusion of homopolymer dPS in a crosslinked PS matrix is examined and the observed diffusion coefficients are in good agreement with calculated values using rubber elasticity theory. Interdiffusion of PS/PS bilayer samples annealed above the glass transition temperature is studied. Trapped oxygen at the original bilayer interface is observed, indicating UV crosslinking of the individual film surfaces.

  2. Computational parametric study of a Richtmyer-Meshkov instability for an inclined interface

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    McFarland, Jacob A.; Greenough, Jeffrey A.; Ranjan, Devesh

    2011-08-01

    A computational study of the Richtmyer-Meshkov instability for an inclined interface is presented. The study covers experiments to be performed in the Texas A&M University inclined shock tube facility. Incident shock wave Mach numbers from 1.2 to 2.5, inclination angles from 30° to 60°, and gas pair Atwood numbers of ˜0.67 and ˜0.95 are used in this parametric study containing 15 unique combinations of these parameters. Qualitative results are examined through a time series of density plots for multiple combinations of these parameters, and the qualitative effects of each of the parameters are discussed. Pressure, density, and vorticity fields are presented in animations available online to supplement the discussion of the qualitative results. These density plots show the evolution of two main regions in the flow field: a mixing region containing driver and test gas that is dominated by large vortical structures, and a more homogeneous region of unmixed fluid which can separate away from the mixing region in some cases. The interface mixing width is determined for various combinations of the parameters listed at the beginning of the Abstract. A scaling method for the mixing width is proposed using the interface geometry and wave velocities calculated using one-dimensional gas dynamic equations. This model uses the transmitted wave velocity for the characteristic velocity and an initial offset time based on the travel time of strong reflected waves. It is compared to an adapted Richtmyer impulsive model scaling and shown to scale the initial mixing width growth rate more effectively for fixed Atwood number.

  3. Study on Orbital Liquid Transport and Interface Behavior in Vane Tank

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    Kang, Qi; Rui, Wei

    2016-07-01

    Liquid propellant tank is used to supply gas free liquid for spacecraft as an important part of propulsion system. The liquid behavior dominated by surface tension in microgravity is obviously different with that on the ground, which put forward a new challenge to the liquid transport and relocation. The experiments which are investigated at drop tower in National Microgravity Lab have concentrated on liquid relocation following thruster firing. Considered that the liquid located at the bottom in the direction of the acceleration vector, a sphere scale vane tank is used to study the liquid-gas interface behaviors with different acceleration vector and different filling independently and we obtain a series of stable equilibrium interface and relocation time. We find that there is an obvious sedimentation in the direction of acceleration vector when fill rate greater than 2% fill. Suggestions have been put forward that outer vanes transferring liquid to the outlet should be fixed and small holes should be dogged at the vane close to the center post to improve the liquid flow between different vanes when B0 is greater than 2.5. The research about liquid transport alone ribbon vanes is simulated though software Flow3D. The simulation process is verified by comparing the liquid lip and vapor-liquid interface obtained from drop tower experiment and simulation result when fill rate is 15%. Then the influence of fill rate, numbers of vanes and the gap between vane and wall is studied through the same simulate process. Vanes' configurations are also changed to study the effect on the lip and liquid volume below some section. Some suggestions are put forward for the design of vanes.

  4. Computational parametric study of a Richtmyer-Meshkov instability for an inclined interface.

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    McFarland, Jacob A; Greenough, Jeffrey A; Ranjan, Devesh

    2011-08-01

    A computational study of the Richtmyer-Meshkov instability for an inclined interface is presented. The study covers experiments to be performed in the Texas A&M University inclined shock tube facility. Incident shock wave Mach numbers from 1.2 to 2.5, inclination angles from 30° to 60°, and gas pair Atwood numbers of ∼0.67 and ∼0.95 are used in this parametric study containing 15 unique combinations of these parameters. Qualitative results are examined through a time series of density plots for multiple combinations of these parameters, and the qualitative effects of each of the parameters are discussed. Pressure, density, and vorticity fields are presented in animations available online to supplement the discussion of the qualitative results. These density plots show the evolution of two main regions in the flow field: a mixing region containing driver and test gas that is dominated by large vortical structures, and a more homogeneous region of unmixed fluid which can separate away from the mixing region in some cases. The interface mixing width is determined for various combinations of the parameters listed at the beginning of the Abstract. A scaling method for the mixing width is proposed using the interface geometry and wave velocities calculated using one-dimensional gas dynamic equations. This model uses the transmitted wave velocity for the characteristic velocity and an initial offset time based on the travel time of strong reflected waves. It is compared to an adapted Richtmyer impulsive model scaling and shown to scale the initial mixing width growth rate more effectively for fixed Atwood number.

  5. The 2005 High School Transcript Study User's Guide and Technical Report. NCES 2009-480

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    Shettle, Carolyn; Cubell, Michele; Hoover, Katylee; Kastberg, David; Legum, Stan; Lyons, Marsha; Perkins, Robert; Rizzo, Lou; Roey, Stephen; Sickles, Diane

    2008-01-01

    This technical report documents the procedures used to collect and summarize data from the 2005 High School Transcript Study (HSTS 2005). The transcript studies serve as a barometer for changes in high school graduates' course-taking patterns; these patterns provide information about the rigor of high school curricula followed across the nation.…

  6. Course of Study Project. Final Report. Vocational-Technical Education Departmental Report, Vol. 17, No. 18.

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    Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Div. of Occupational and Vocational Studies.

    Designed for use by area vocational-technical schools and other vocational programs, this project developed courses of study in eight occupational areas: commercial art, appliance repair, automotive mechanics, graphic arts, building trades maintenance, building construction trades, diesel mechanics, and welding. Course-of-study development…

  7. Resonant photoemission study of the 4f spectral function of cerium in Ce/Fe(100) interfaces

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    Witkowski, N.; Bertran, F.; Gourieux, T.; Kierren, B.; Malterre, D.; Panaccione, G. |

    1997-11-01

    In this paper, we present a resonant photoemission study of the cerium 4f spectral function in Ce/Fe(100) interfaces. By covering cerium ultrathin films with lanthanum, we completely suppress the surface contribution of the spectra. Then we show that the cerium atoms at the interface are in an intermediate valent state, whereas the f{sup 1} configuration is stabilized in the top layer. This method allows us to obtain the genuine 4f spectral function of the interface, and could be extended to a study of Ce-based compounds. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  8. A STUDY OF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TECHNICAL EDUCATION CURRICULA.

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    ARNOLD, JOSEPH P.

    THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY WAS TO HAVE MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL AND TECHNICIANS IDENTIFY CORES OF SUBJECT MATTER RELATED TO TECHNICIAN JOB PERFORMANCE AND TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN THEIR JUDGMENTS. FIFTY-TWO TECHNICIANS AND 116 MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL IN 52 ILLINOIS FIRMS EMPLOYING 200 OR MORE PERSONS PARTICIPATED. A 99-CARD CURRICULUM DECK,…

  9. TECHNICAL REPORT: Studies of ``Kapustinsky's'' light pulser timing characteristics

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    Lubsandorzhiev, B. K.; Vyatchin, Y. E.

    2006-06-01

    We present the results of studies of a nanosecond light pulser built following an original design of J.S. Kapustinsky et al and using bright InGaN/GaN ultraviolet and blue LEDs produced by Nichia Chemical. It is shown how timing characteristics of the pulser depend on the type of LED and the value of power supply voltage.

  10. Impact of Participatory Design for Drug-Drug Interaction Alerts. A Comparison Study Between Two Interfaces.

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    Luna, Daniel; Otero, Carlos; Risk, Marcelo; Stanziola, Enrique; González Bernaldo de Quirós, Fernán

    2016-01-01

    Decision support systems for alert drug-drug interactions have been shown as valid strategy to reduce medical error. Even so the use of these systems has not been as expected, probably due to the lack of a suitable design. This study compares two interfaces, one of them developed using participatory design techniques (based on user centered design processes). This work showed that the use of these techniques improves satisfaction, effectiveness and efficiency in an alert system for drug-drug interactions, a fact that was evident in specific situations such as the decrease of errors to meet the specified task, the time, the workload optimization and users overall satisfaction with the system.

  11. In situ analytical electron microscopy studies of redox reactions at a YSZ/Pt interface.

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    Tavabi, Amir Hossein; Arai, Shigeo; Tanji, Takayoshi

    2012-06-01

    Redox reactions were studied at a single yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ)/Pt electrode interface, in parallel with pure YSZ with no catalyst electrode, by in situ analytical electron microscopy at elevated temperatures and in an oxygen atmosphere. In situ electron holography showed that the oxide underwent reduction at elevated temperatures in a vacuum and was consequently reoxidized upon exposure to an oxygen flux at the same temperature. In situ energy loss spectroscopy measurements were in agreement with in situ electron holography observations and indicated that the oxidation state of the host cation zirconium was altered in the reduced state of the YSZ to the metastable state Zr(3+).

  12. First-principles study of point defects at a semicoherent interface

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    Metsanurk, E.; Tamm, A.; Caro, A.; Aabloo, A.; Klintenberg, M.

    2014-12-19

    Most of the atomistic modeling of semicoherent metal-metal interfaces has so far been based on the use of semiempirical interatomic potentials. Here, we show that key conclusions drawn from previous studies are in contradiction with more precise ab-initio calculations. In particular we find that single point defects do not delocalize, but remain compact near the interfacial plane in Cu-Nb multilayers. Lastly, we give a simple qualitative explanation for this difference on the basis of the well known limited transferability of empirical potentials.

  13. Hydrogen production by supercritical water gasification of biomass. Phase 1 -- Technical and business feasibility study, technical progress report

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    1997-12-01

    The nine-month Phase 1 feasibility study was directed toward the application of supercritical water gasification (SCWG) for the economical production and end use of hydrogen from renewable energy sources such as sewage sludge, pulp waste, agricultural wastes, and ultimately the combustible portion of municipal solid waste. Unique in comparison to other gasifier systems, the properties of supercritical water (SCW) are ideal for processing biowastes with high moisture content or contain toxic or hazardous contaminants. During Phase I, an end-to-end SCWG system was evaluated. A range of process options was initially considered for each of the key subsystems. This was followed by tests of sewage sludge feed preparation, pumping and gasification in the SCW pilot plant facility. Based on the initial process review and successful pilot-scale testing, engineering evaluations were performed that defined a baseline system for the production, storage and end use of hydrogen. The results compare favorably with alternative biomass gasifiers currently being developed. The results were then discussed with regional wastewater treatment facility operators to gain their perspective on the proposed commercial SCWG systems and to help define the potential market. Finally, the technical and business plans were developed based on perceived market needs and the projected capital and operating costs of SCWG units. The result is a three-year plan for further development, culminating in a follow-on demonstration test of a 5 MT/day system at a local wastewater treatment plant.

  14. Care networking: a study of technical mediations in a home telecare service.

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    Correa, Gonzalo; Domènech, Miquel

    2013-07-22

    This article examines the processes of technical mediation within familial care networks based on a study of home telecare targeted at older people. Supported by contributions from the actor-network theory as part of the social psychology of science and technology, these processes of technical mediation are analyzed using a qualitative approach. The data were gathered through six focus groups and four in-depth interviews; the participants in the study included users, relatives and formal carers. Thematic analysis techniques encompassing the information were used, revealing the effects on the patterns of caring relationships. The results show the interplay between presence-absence made possible by the devices; the two-way direction of care between the older people and the artifacts; and the process of sustaining care using the technology. We conclude that care should be seen as a socio-technical network where technology plays an active role in sustaining family relationships.

  15. Care Networking: A Study of Technical Mediations in a Home Telecare Service

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    Correa, Gonzalo; Domènech, Miquel

    2013-01-01

    This article examines the processes of technical mediation within familial care networks based on a study of home telecare targeted at older people. Supported by contributions from the actor—network theory as part of the social psychology of science and technology, these processes of technical mediation are analyzed using a qualitative approach. The data were gathered through six focus groups and four in-depth interviews; the participants in the study included users, relatives and formal carers. Thematic analysis techniques encompassing the information were used, revealing the effects on the patterns of caring relationships. The results show the interplay between presence-absence made possible by the devices; the two-way direction of care between the older people and the artifacts; and the process of sustaining care using the technology. We conclude that care should be seen as a socio-technical network where technology plays an active role in sustaining family relationships. PMID:23880730

  16. Care networking: a study of technical mediations in a home telecare service.

    PubMed

    Correa, Gonzalo; Domènech, Miquel

    2013-07-01

    This article examines the processes of technical mediation within familial care networks based on a study of home telecare targeted at older people. Supported by contributions from the actor-network theory as part of the social psychology of science and technology, these processes of technical mediation are analyzed using a qualitative approach. The data were gathered through six focus groups and four in-depth interviews; the participants in the study included users, relatives and formal carers. Thematic analysis techniques encompassing the information were used, revealing the effects on the patterns of caring relationships. The results show the interplay between presence-absence made possible by the devices; the two-way direction of care between the older people and the artifacts; and the process of sustaining care using the technology. We conclude that care should be seen as a socio-technical network where technology plays an active role in sustaining family relationships. PMID:23880730

  17. Photovoltaic applications definition and photovoltaic system definition study in the agricultural sector. Volume II. Technical results

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    Mengel, R.W.; Nadolski, T.P.; Sparks, D.C.; Young, S.K.; Yingst, A.

    1980-05-01

    This volume describes the technical results of the study of potential photovoltaic (P/V) applications in US agriculture. The results presented address all technical aspects of the program and include a summary of agricultural energy consumption. The objectives of the technical effort reported have been to: (1) identify and characterize agricultural energy demands that can effectively use P/V power systems; (2) develop effective P/V system designs for the four most promising applications; (3) determine performance and cost-estimates for the designs; and (4) recommend systems for early test and demonstration and critical issues requiring further systems studies. The farms chosen for conceptual design include: (1) poultry layer farm, (2) hog production farm, (3) beef feedlot, and (4) year-round vegetable farm. (WHK)

  18. Superconducting gravity gradiometer mission. Volume 2: Study team technical report

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    Morgan, Samuel H. (Editor); Paik, Ho Jung (Editor)

    1988-01-01

    Scientific and engineering studies and developments performed or directed by a Study Team composed of various Federal and University activities involved with the development of a three-axis superconducting gravity gradiometer integrated with a six-axis superconducting accelerometer are examined. This instrument is being developed for a future orbital mission to make precise global gravity measurements. The scientific justification and requirements for such a mission are discussed. This includes geophysics, the primary mission objective, as well as secondary objective, such as navigation and feats of fundamental laws of physics, i.e., a null test of the inverse square law of gravitation and tests of general relativity. The instrument design and status along with mission analysis, engineering assessments, and preliminary spacecraft concepts are discussed. In addition, critical spacecraft systems and required technology advancements are examined. The mission requirements and an engineering assessment of a precursor flight test of the instrument are discussed.

  19. Mechanical properties of the interface structure of nanodiamond composite films: First-principles studies

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    Zhang, Suhui; Liu, Xuejie; Jiang, Yongjun; Ren, Yuan; Li, Suozhi

    2016-02-01

    The elastic properties of the interface structure of nanodiamond composite films are investigated using first-principles calculations. The nanodiamond grains in the films are surrounded by a monolayer heterogeneous interface. The interface phase comprises B, Si, P, and Ge. The elastic constants, bulk, shear and Young's modulus of the interface structures are all obtained with first principle calculations. Calculated elastic constants of the diamond (0 0 1) interface are larger than those of the (1 1 1) interface. For the B, Si, P, and Ge interface structures, as the average atomic distance increases, the average Young's modulus decrease, which follows the sequence EbarB>EbarSi >EbarP > EbarGe , with corresponding values of 927.05, 843.841, 840.152, and 819.805 GPa. The ductility and plasticity, as well as the anisotropy values (A and AU) of the interface structures were discussed based on the obtained mechanical parameters. The results show that P interface structures demonstrate ductile property when stressed longitudinally, whereas the other interface structures are all brittle. Then the visualization of the directional dependence of the Young's modulus are also presented. These reflected an interesting results. For the B, Si, and Ge interface structures, whether they show isotropy or anisotropy depends on the crystal structure, while it depends on the direction of the applied strain for the P interface structures.

  20. A versatile instrument for structural studies of interfaces in ultrahigh vacuum (abstract)

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    Clausnitzer, M.; Pauly, T.; Materlik, G.

    1989-07-01

    Structural studies of interfaces with synchrotron x-radiation (SXR) are presently carried out with several different methods which were developed in connection with SXR over the past decade: dynamical x-ray diffraction using standing wavefields (XSW), kinematical surface diffraction (KSD), Fresnel reflection (FR), and absorption spectroscopy (SEXAFS, SXANES). These methods can determine different, and often complementary parameters of a system such as short-/long-range order, relaxation relative to bulk, structure normal/parallel to surface, valence state of surface atoms, roughness of a buried interface, etc. Accordingly, these different principles have also been combined to form new methods such as diffraction of evanescent x rays during total external reflection (DEXTER) and reflection EXAFS (REFLEXAFS). It is, therefore, highly desirable to have the opportunity to study the same interface system with different methods. On the other hand, preparation of a system in ultrahigh vacuum requires in most cases expensive bulky equipment and time consuming techniques. These considerations call for a setup which provides different experimental options. We have, therefore, installed at the beamline ROEMO I at HASYLAB a versatile UHV system for interface studies. A sample can either be prepared inside a chamber with three Knudsen cells for MBE growth and standard equipment for cleaning, heating and surface characterization by RHEED, or inside a chamber for aggressive gases. The first one is installed outside the interlock area providing access also when the ROEMO beam is on and the second one inside the interlock area. From either chamber the sample can be transferred into an analysis chamber at the ROEMO I station or into a transportable baby chamber. The analysis chamber can be used for measurements with standing waves, absorption spectroscopy and reflectivity measurements. Electrons are detected with a spherical analyzer and photons outside the vacuum through Be windows

  1. Fundamental studies with a monodisperse aerosol-based liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry interface (MAGIC-LC/MS): Progress report, September 1, 1985-August 31, 1988

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    Browner, R.F.

    1988-05-01

    Technical advances have been made through a number of careful and detailed studies of fundamental processes occurring within the interface. These have led to great improvements in the performance of the interface, many of which are detailed below. Of particular importance has been an improvement in detection capabilities, allowing full-scan (40--400 daltons) electron impact mass spectra to be obtained with only approximately 5 ng of material injected on column. Selected ion monitoring gives detection limits in the range of 100 pg. These figures are particularly noteworthy because they represent values within a factor of 3 of the lowest detection limits possible with the same instrument when used in a GC/MS mode. The full range of compound types accessible with the MAGIC-LC/MS interface has not been fully investigated. In general terms, all compounds which are known to be capable of generating EI and CI spectra and which have been tried with the interface have generated good quality spectra. These include carbamate and triazine pesticides, phenyl urea herbicides, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, plant alkaloids, antioxidants and EPA Appendix 8 compounds. Compounds known not to generate EI spectra, such as simple sugars and certain azo dyes, predictably do not generate spectra with the current system. The primary mode of ion formation appears to be through a flash vaporization step in the ion source, followed by EI or CI ionization, as selected. It is possible to generate good searchable EI spectra with strong molecular ions even for quite involatile species. An example is provided by reserpine, with a molecular weight of 608 daltons, which generates a searchable EI spectrum with a strong molecular ion at m/z 608. 11 refs.

  2. Orbit transfer vehicle engine study. Volume 2: Technical report

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1980-01-01

    The orbit transfer vehicle (OTV) engine study provided parametric performance, engine programmatic, and cost data on the complete propulsive spectrum that is available for a variety of high energy, space maneuvering missions. Candidate OTV engines from the near term RL 10 (and its derivatives) to advanced high performance expander and staged combustion cycle engines were examined. The RL 10/RL 10 derivative performance, cost and schedule data were updated and provisions defined which would be necessary to accommodate extended low thrust operation. Parametric performance, weight, envelope, and cost data were generated for advanced expander and staged combustion OTV engine concepts. A prepoint design study was conducted to optimize thrust chamber geometry and cooling, engine cycle variations, and controls for an advanced expander engine. Operation at low thrust was defined for the advanced expander engine and the feasibility and design impact of kitting was investigated. An analysis of crew safety and mission reliability was conducted for both the staged combustion and advanced expander OTV engine candidates.

  3. New York Bight Study. Report 1. Hydrodynamic modeling. Technical report

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    Scheffner, N.W.; Vemulakonda, S.R.; Mark, D.J.; Butler, H.L.; Kim, K.W.

    1994-08-01

    As a part of the New York (NY) Bight Feasibility Study, a three-dimensional hydrodynamic model of the NY Bight was developed and applied by the Coastal Engineering R h Center of the U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station. The study used the three-dimensional hydrodynamic model CH3D-WES for this purpose. A 76 x 45 cell boundary-fitted curvilinear grid was employed in the horizontal and five to ten sigma layers were used in the vertical. Steady-state and diagnostic tests were initially performed, using M, and mixed tides, cross-shelf gradients, winds, and freshwater flows in the Hudson River. All of the tests were successful in reproducing known circulation patterns of the NY Bight system. The model was next successfully calibrated and verified against prototype tidal elevations and currents measured during April and May 1976. As a demonstration of the feasibility of long-term modeling, the hydrodynamics, including salinity and temperature, were simulated for the period April-October 1976. Model results compared favorably with available prototype temperature measurements. Model output was furnished to a water quality model of the NY Bight, which successfully reproduced the hypoxic event of 1976. Model results also were used successfully to run particle tracking and oil spill models of the NY Bight. Finally, the model was demonstrated for the Long Island Sound and East River areas, for the period of May-July 1990. Computed results for elevation, velocity, salinity, and temperature in the Sound as well as net flux in the East River matched measurements reasonably.

  4. A first-principles study on interaction of Mg/Ni interface and its hydrogen absorption characteristics

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    Chen, Yuying; Dai, Jianhong; Xie, Ruiwen; Song, Yan

    2016-07-01

    We have investigated the interaction of Mg/Ni interface and its hydrogen adsorption characteristics using first-principles calculations to obtain a better understanding of the Mg/Ni interface as a hydrogen storage material. The smallest work of adhesion of Mg/Ni interface is 4.28 J/m2 with AB stacking sequence in the studied systems. Hydrogen adsorption energy and electronic structures were evaluated to study the interaction characteristics between hydrogen and Mg/Ni interface. The hydrogen adsorption is energetically favored on all considered sites. The hydrogen atom prefers to adsorb on the tetrahedral site of the Ni side of the interface owning the lowest adsorption energy. The plane-averaged charge density and the density of states analysis indicate that the absorption of hydrogen could stabilize the Mg/Ni interface owing to the strongly bonding interactions between hydrogen atom and the host Mg and Ni atoms. Therefore, Mg/Ni interface provides a promising medium for hydrogen storage.

  5. Metal Interfaces with Cadmium Telluride and Zinc Telluride: a Photoemission Study.

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    Wahi, Anita Kumari

    How a metal overlayer grows and chemically interacts with II-VI semiconductor substrates such as CdTe and ZnTe has practical importance for the electrical characteristics of metal/II-VI contacts. Additionally, studying metal/II -VI interfaces gives insight into the role of weak Hg-bonding in HgCdTe and HgZnTe during metal contact formation, where severe Hg depletion from the HgCdTe surface is typically observed upon metal deposition. This work describes a comparative study of interfacial chemistry and band bending behavior for Al, In, Ag, and Pt overlayers on vacuum-cleaved p-CdTe and p-ZnTe (110) using UPS and XPS. A range of metal-substrate reactivities is considered: Al reacts strongly with Te, Ag moderately, and In minimally, with no evidence seen for In reaction on ZnTe. Pt exhibits strong alloying behavior with both Cd and Zn. Results for the binaries are compared to metal/HgCdTe interface formation. It is found that Hg loss can significantly influence the extent of reaction and/or intermixing for these overlayers relative to the binaries, with stronger reaction seen for Al on the binaries. CdTe and ZnTe band bending behavior is examined, in order to correlate Fermi level movement in the bandgap with interfacial chemistry and morphology. All four metals yield Schottky barriers on CdTe and ZnTe, with a narrow range of final Fermi level positions, E_ {fi} = E_{f} -E_{rm VBM}, observed on CdTe, from 0.9 to 1.05 +/- 0.1 eV, and on ZnTe from 0.65 to 1.0 +/- 0.1 eV. The prediction of the metal-induced gap states (MIGS) model that a difference in barrier height exists for two semiconductors dependent upon their valence band offset is examined and agrees with experiment for Ag, Pt and Al, but not for In. For the highly reactive Al, no evidence for the overlayer metallicity required for MIGS to operate is seen until after band bending has stabilized. Reaction and intermixing for Al, Ag, and Pt overlayers on CdTe and ZnTe indicate these interfaces are not ideal. The

  6. Final technical report on studies of plasma transport

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    O`Neil, T.M.; Driscoll, C.F.; Malmberg, J.H.

    1997-04-01

    This document gives an overview of the scientific results obtained under the DOE grant, and references the journal articles which give more complete descriptions of the various topics. Recently, the research has been focused on 2-dimensional vortices and turbulence: experiments using a new camera-diagnosed electron plasma apparatus have given surprising results which both clarify and challenge theories. Here, the crossfield E x B flow of the electron plasma is directly analogous to the 2-d flow of an ideal fluid such as water, and may also give insight into more complicated poloidal flows exhibited in toroidal plasmas. The shear-flow instabilities, turbulence, and vortices can be accurately observed, and the free relaxation of this turbulence has been characterized. The physical processes underlying the complicated turbulent evolution can also be studied in more controlled near-linear regimes. The original experimental focus of this program was on radial particle transport from applied external field asymmetries. Here, this research program clearly identified the importance of the collective response of the plasma, giving smaller fields from shielding, or enhanced fields from resonant modes. Experiments and theory work have also elucidated the flow of a plasma along the magnetic field. Finally, some theory was pursued for direct application to fusion plasmas, and to gravitating gas clouds in astrophysics. This program was highly successful in clarifying basic plasma transport processes.

  7. NGNP Composites R&D Technical Issues Study

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    AREVA Federal Services

    2008-09-01

    This study identifies potential applications and design requirements for ceramic materials (CMs) and ceramic composite materials (CCMs) in the NGNP hightemperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) primary circuit. Components anticipated for fabrication from non-graphite CMs and CCMs are identified along with recommended normal and off-normal operating conditions. The evaluation defines required dimensions and material properties of the candidate materials for normal operating conditions (NOC), anticipated transients, abnormal events, and design basis events. The report also identifies additional activities required for codifying the selected materials. The activities include ASTM Standard and ASME Code development and other work to support NRC licensing of the plant. Evaluation of the NGNP baseline design indicates components requiring either CMs or CCMs depend upon the reactor operating temperatures. For a reactor outlet temperature of 900 oC, four of the five evaluated components would benefit from either CMs or CCMs. Although some thermal and mechanical data exist for most of the candidate materials, they all need additional irradiation, thermal, and mechanical testing. The codification process must take into account the type of material and the geometry of components using either CMs or CCMs. The process requires close integration of the design and the research and development (R&D) program, which has already started by using preliminary control rod component designs as the basis for establishing specimen geometry and test conditions. The remaining time and budget for completing the R&D program need further assessment.

  8. STEM integration in middle school career and technical education programs: A Delphi design study

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    Wu-Rorrer, Billy Ray

    The purpose of this qualitative method study with a Delphi research design sought to determine how STEM programs can be effectively integrated into middle school career and technical education programs by local, state, and national educators, administrators, directors, specialists, and curriculum writers. The significance of the study is to provide leaders in CTE with a greater awareness, insight, and strategies about how CTE programs can more effectively integrate academics into career and technical education programs through STEM-related programming. The findings will increase the limited amount of available literature providing best practice strategies for the integration of STEM curriculum into middle school CTE programs. One basic question has guided this research: How can STEM programs be effectively integrated into middle school career and technical education programs? A total of twelve strategies were identified. The strategies of real-world applications and administrative buy-in were the two predominant strategies consistently addressed throughout the review of literature and all three sub-questions in the research study. The Delphi design study consisted of pilot round and three rounds of data collection on barriers, strategies, and professional development for STEM integration in middle school career and technical education programs. Four panelists participated in the pilot round, and 16 panel members not involved in the pilot round participated in the three rounds of questioning and consensus building. In the future, more comprehensive studies can build upon this foundational investigation of middle school CTE programs.

  9. Negative Feedback for Small Capacitive Touchscreen Interfaces: A Usability Study for Data Entry Tasks.

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    Parikh, S P; Esposito, J M

    2012-01-01

    Touchscreen technology has become pervasive in the consumer product arena over the last decade, offering some distinct advantages such as software reconfigurable interfaces and the removal of space consuming mice and keyboards. However, there are significant drawbacks to these devices that have limited their adoption by some users. Most notably, standard touchscreens demand the user's visual attention and require them to look at the input device to avoid pressing the wrong button. This issue is particularly important for mobile, capacitive sensing, nonstylus devices, such as the iPhone where small button sizes can generate high error rates. While previous work has shown the benefits of augmenting such interfaces with audio or vibrotactile feedback, only positive feedback (confirmation of button presses) has been considered. In this paper, we present a simple prototype interface that provides negative vibrotactile feedback. By negative, we mean feedback is generated when an inactive or ambiguous part of the screen, such as the area between two buttons, is touched. First, we present a usability study comparing positive and negative vibrotactile feedback for a benchmark numerical data entry task. The difference in performance is not statistically significant, implying negative feedback provides comparable benefits. Next, based on the experimenter's observations and the users comments, we introduce a multimodal feedback strategy-combining complementary positive audio and negative vibrotactile signals. User tests on a text entry experiment show that, with multimodal feedback, users exhibit a (statistically significant) 24 percent reduction in corrective key presses, as compared to positive audio feedback alone. Exit survey comments indicate that users favor multimodal feedback.

  10. A study of System Interface Sets (SIS) for the host, target and integration environments of the Space Station Program (SSP)

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    Mckay, Charles; Auty, David; Rogers, Kathy

    1987-01-01

    System interface sets (SIS) for large, complex, non-stop, distributed systems are examined. The SIS of the Space Station Program (SSP) was selected as the focus of this study because an appropriate virtual interface specification of the SIS is believed to have the most potential to free the project from four life cycle tyrannies which are rooted in a dependance on either a proprietary or particular instance of: operating systems, data management systems, communications systems, and instruction set architectures. The static perspective of the common Ada programming support environment interface set (CAIS) and the portable common execution environment (PCEE) activities are discussed. Also, the dynamic perspective of the PCEE is addressed.

  11. Tunneling of electrons via rotor-stator molecular interfaces: Combined ab initio and model study

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    Petreska, Irina; Ohanesjan, Vladimir; Pejov, Ljupčo; Kocarev, Ljupčo

    2016-07-01

    Tunneling of electrons through rotor-stator anthracene aldehyde molecular interfaces is studied with a combined ab initio and model approach. Molecular electronic structure calculated from first principles is utilized to model different shapes of tunneling barriers. Together with a rectangular barrier, we also consider a sinusoidal shape that captures the effects of the molecular internal structure more realistically. Quasiclassical approach with the Simmons' formula for current density is implemented. Special attention is paid on conformational dependence of the tunneling current. Our results confirm that the presence of the side aldehyde group enhances the interesting electronic properties of the pure anthracene molecule, making it a bistable system with geometry dependent transport properties. We also investigate the transition voltage and we show that conformation-dependent field emission could be observed in these molecular interfaces at realistically low voltages. The present study accompanies our previous work where we investigated the coherent transport via strongly coupled delocalized orbital by application of Non-equilibrium Green's Function Formalism.

  12. Ab initio study of the epitaxial ZrO2 /Si interface

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    Dogan, Mehmet; Kumah, Divine; Ahn, Charles; Walker, Frederick; Ismail-Beigi, Sohrab

    2015-03-01

    Growing thin films of crystalline metal oxides on semiconductors has been of much scientific interest because of the potential applications of such systems in electronic devices. One particular research goal is to achieve ferroelectricity in a crystalline and thin oxide film that is epitaxial on a semiconductor. This would enable one to realize non-volatile field-effect transistors where the state of the system is encoded in the polarization direction of the oxide. In this work, we study oxides that are not ferroelectric in the bulk but become ferroelectric as an ultrathin film on a semiconductor such as silicon. Recent developments in epitaxial growth methods also permit fabrication of such systems. Here, we use density functional theory to study the interface between ZrO2 and Si. When the oxide is only 1 monolayer thick, we find a set of stable structures with a variety of positive and negative out-of-plane ferroelectric polarizations. We present an analysis of these structures as a function of oxide thickness and the size of interface unit cell. Furthermore, the ZrO2 can be used as a buffer layer to induce ferroelectricity in ultrathin perovskite oxides such as SrTiO3 on Si which can couple the oxide polarization to the silicon carrier density. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation through Grant MRSEC NSF DMR-1119826.

  13. Experimental study of the minority-carrier transport at the polysilicon-monosilicon interface

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    Neugroschel, A.; Arienzo, M.; Isaac, R. D.; Komem, Y.

    1985-04-01

    This paper presents the results of an experimental study designed to explore both qualitatively and quantitatively the mechanism of the improved current gain in bipolar transistors with polysilicon emitter contacts. Polysilicon contacts were deposited and heat treated at different conditions. The electrical properties were measured using p-n junction test structures that are much more sensitive to the contact properties than are bipolar transistors. A simple phenomenological model was used to correlate the structural properties with electrical measurements. Possible transport mechanisms are examined and estimates are made about upper bounds on transport parameters in the principal regions of the devices. The main conclusion of this study is that the minority-carrier transport in the polycrystalline silicon is dominated by a highly disordered layer at the polysilicon-monosilicon interface characterized by very low minority-carrier mobility. The effective recombination velocity at the n(+) polysilicon-n(+) monosilicon interface was found to be a strong function of fabrication conditions. The results indicate that the recombination velocity can be much smaller than 10,000 cm/s.

  14. Study of composite MWCNT/pyrolytic Cr interface by NEXAFS spectroscopy

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    Petrova, O. V.; Nekipelov, S. V.; Mingaleva, A. E.; Sivkov, V. N.; Obiedkov, A. M.; Kaverin, B. S.; Kremlev, K. V.; Ketkov, S. Yu; Gusev, S. A.; Vyalikh, D. V.; Molodtsov, S. L.

    2016-08-01

    A composite material based on MWCNT covered by pyrolytic Cr has been prepared by MOCVD growth technique using bis(arene)chromium compounds as the pyrolytic Cr source. Their structures and morphologies were preliminary studied by X-ray diffraction and scanning and scanning electron microscopy. The atomic and chemical composition of the interface, MWCNT surface and Cr-coating of the composite were studied by total electron yield mode in the range NEXAFS C1s - and Cr2p - absorption edge with use of synchrotron radiation of RGBL at BESSY-II. The study has shown that top layers of the MWCNT in composite have no essential destruction, the coating of the MWCNT surfaces is continuous and consists of Cr2O3. The chromium oxide adhesion is provided by chemical binding between the carbon atoms of the MWCNT top layer and the oxygen atoms of the coating.

  15. Globalizing Writing Studies: The Case of U.S. Technical Communication Textbooks

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    Matsuda, Aya; Matsuda, Paul Kei

    2011-01-01

    In an increasingly globalized world, writing courses, situated as they are in local institutional and rhetorical contexts, need to prepare writers for global writing situations. Taking introductory technical communication in the United States as a case study, this article describes how and to what extent global perspectives are incorporated into…

  16. Interpretive Discourse and Other Models from Communication Studies: Expanding the Values of Technical Communication

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    Williams, Sean D.

    2010-01-01

    This article argues that in spite of some attempts to expand the diversity of approaches in Technical Communication, the field remains rooted in an expedient, managerial, techno-rational discourse, where discourse is understood as the values that guide research, practice, and teaching. The article draws on approaches from Communication Studies,…

  17. Participation in Formal Technical and Vocational Education and Training Programmes Worldwide: An Initial Statistical Study

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    UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, 2006

    2006-01-01

    There is a common perception that technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is diversifying and expanding in terms of its supply and demand. Practitioners and policymakers often believe that educational systems are offering a wider array of programmes at different levels and in various fields of study. They also assume that these…

  18. Career and Technical Education Students Who Transition to Four-Year Institutions: An Exploratory Study

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    Qi, Wen; Cole, James S.

    2011-01-01

    Each year more students with career and technical education (CTE) backgrounds are transitioning to four-year institutions. This exploratory study investigated differences between CTE, community college transfers and native (nontransfer) students at four-year institutions in regard to how they balance their time and their academic engagement…

  19. Organising, Providing and Evaluating Technical Training for Early Career Researchers: A Case Study

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    van Besouw, Rachel M.; Rogers, Katrine S.; Powles, Christopher J.; Papadopoulos, Timos; Ku, Emery M.

    2013-01-01

    This paper considers the importance of providing technical training opportunities for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) worldwide through the case study of a MATLAB training programme, which was proposed, organised, managed and evaluated by a team of five ECRs at the University of Southampton. The effectiveness of the programme in terms of the…

  20. Against the Odds: An Exploratory Study of Mexican Immigrant Women with Technical Education.

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    Morgan, Ellen

    2003-01-01

    A study examined the experiences of Mexican immigrant women holding a vocational certificate from a technical school in Mexico. Interviews with eight Mexican women living in San Francisco and rural Idaho indicated that vocational education did not ensure success as measured by common social science indicators. However, the informants were highly…

  1. Methodology in Seeking Stakeholder Perceptions of Effective Technical Oral Presentations: An Exploratory Pilot Study

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    Bhattacharyya, Ena; Patil, Arun; Sargunan, Rajeswary Appacutty

    2010-01-01

    Engineering communication studies indicate the importance of oral presentations as an indispensable component of workplace oral communication activities; however, since there is limited literature regarding stakeholder perceptions of effective presentation skills and attributes in technical oral presentations or final year engineering project…

  2. Predisposition Factors of Career and Technical Education Transfer Students: A Hermeneutic Phenomenology Study

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    Hioki, Warren; Lester, Derek; Martinez, Mario

    2015-01-01

    Six college students, who were career and technical education (CTE) transfer students in the state of Nevada, were interviewed Spring Semester of 2009. The study used a hermeneutic phenomenology framework as the method to identify those predisposition variables that heavily influenced the students in their decision to transfer to a senior…

  3. Challenge Study: A Project-Based Learning on a Wireless Communication System at Technical High School

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    Terasawa, Ikuo

    2016-01-01

    The challenge study is a project based learning curriculum at Technical High School aimed at the construction of a wireless communication system. The first period was engineering issues in the construction of an artificial satellite and the second period was a positional locating system based on the general purpose wire-less device--ZigBee device.…

  4. Policies and Guidelines for Educational and Vocational Guidance. Studies on Technical and Vocational Education 1.

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    Conger, D. Stuart

    This book is the first in a series aiming to promote international exchange of ideas, experiences, and studies relating to technical and vocational education. Recommendations for educational and vocational guidance policies and programs are given. Part 1 lists the goals of guidance: for students to know and appreciate themselves, to relate…

  5. A Feasibility Study for Consolidating and/or Coordinating Technical Procedures in Beaver County Pennsylvania Libraries.

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    Fry, James W.

    In 1977 the Public Library Commission, in conjunction with the State Library of Pennsylvania, received a Library Services and Construction Act, Title III Grant to conduct a feasibility study of technical service operations in various types of libraries within Beaver County. Its objectives were to: (1) analyze existing library materials purchasing…

  6. 1993 Pacific Northwest Loads and Resources Study, Technical Appendix: Volume 2, Book 1, Energy.

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    United States. Bonneville Power Administration.

    1993-12-01

    The 1993 Pacific Northwest Loads and Resources Study establishes the Bonneville Power Administration`s (BPA) planning basis for supplying electricity to BPA customers. The Loads and Resources Study is presented in three documents: (1) this technical appendix detailing loads and resources for each major Pacific and Northwest generating utility, (2) a summary of Federal system and Pacific Northwest region loads and resources, and (3) a technical appendix detailing forecasted Pacific Northwest economic trends and loads. This analysis updates the 1992 Pacific Northwest Loads and Resources Study Technical Appendix published in December 1992. This technical appendix provides utility-specific information that BPA uses in its long-range planning. It incorporates the following for each utility (1) Electrical demand firm loads; (2) Generating resources; and (3) Contracts both inside and outside the region. This document should be used in combination with the 1993 Pacific Northwest Loads and Resources Study, published in December 1993, because much of the information in that document is not duplicated here.

  7. Technical Training in the MNCs in Malaysia: A Case Study Analysis of the Petrochemical Industry

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    Hooi, Lai Wan

    2010-01-01

    Purpose: The aim of this paper is to gain insight into some of the types of training and development practices that are carried out in the chemical industry for technical workers. A salient focus of the study is to make a comparative analysis of four MNCs, which were selected based on equity ownership, to ascertain whether T&D practices are…

  8. A Technical, User and Cost Comparison Study of Microfiche Duplicate Film Material. Final Report.

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    Prevel, James J.

    A technical, user and cost comparison study was undertaken to provide the Educational Resources Information Clearinghouse (ERIC) staff with data on silver halide, diazo, and vesicular type films for microfiche duplication. This information will allow ERIC to determine if diazo and/or vesicular films should be considered in producing ERIC duplicate…

  9. Situating Programs of Study within Current and Historical Career and Technical Educational Reform Efforts

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    Stipanovic, Natalie; Lewis, Morgan V.; Stringfield, Sam

    2012-01-01

    This article provides a broad overview of the history of career-focused education in the United States and the reauthorization of the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006. The Perkins act required that the recipients of its funding offer at least one program of study, and this reauthorization included four…

  10. Study of Au/TiO2 interface structure using Energy Density Method

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    Yu, Min; Trinkle, Dallas R.; Martin, Richard M.

    2010-03-01

    We propose a way to decompose the total energy in a material into the contribution associated with each of the atoms, using the first principles energy density formalism[1]. Although the energy density function is non-unique up to a gauge transformation, we show that unique defect energies can be found by defining volumes for each atoms using the Bader charge analysis[2]. The methods are applied to gold nanoclusters supported on rutile titanium dioxide, which are commonly used as catalysts for chemical reactions. The variation in structure and chemistry of the interface may affect catalytic acticity. In this work, we study four model interfaces; Au(111)//TiO2(110) and Au(100)//TiO2(110), with and without bridging oxygen. Calculations are performed using the projector augmented wave method implemented in the Vienna ab initio simulation package[3], and the energy density method computes the interfacial energies to determine the equlibrium interfacial structure. [1]Phys. Rev. B 45, 6074 (1992) [2]Comput. Mater. Sci. 36, 254 (2006) [3]Phys. Rev. B 59, 1758 (1999)

  11. Fundamental measure density functional theory study of liquid-vapor interface of dipolar and quadrupolar fluids.

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    Warshavsky, V B; Zeng, X C

    2013-10-01

    We have studied interfacial structure and properties of liquid-vapor interfaces of dipolar fluids and quadrupolar fluids, respectively, using the classical density functional theory (DFT). Towards this end, we employ the fundamental measure DFT for a reference hard-sphere (HS) part of free energy and the modified mean field approximation for the correlation function of dipolar or quadrupolar fluid. At low temperatures we find that both the liquid-vapor interfacial density profile and orientational order parameter profile exhibit weakly damped oscillatory decay into the bulk liquid. At high temperatures the decay of interfacial density and order parameter profiles is entirely monotonic. The scaled temperature τ = 1 - T/T(c) that separates the two qualitatively different interfacial structures is in the range 0.10-0.15. At a given (dimensionless) temperature, increasing the dipolar or quadrupolar moment enhances the density oscillations. Application of an electric field (normal to the interface) will damp the oscillations. Likewise, at the given temperature, increasing the strength of any multipolar moment also increases the surface tensions while increasing the strength of the applied electric field will reduce the surface tensions. The results are compared with those based on the local-density approximations (LDA) for the reference HS part of free energy as well as with results of numerical experiments.

  12. Ergonomics and usability of children interfaces: Spore®, the case study.

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    Chammas, Adriana; Moraes, Anamaria de; Teixeira, Eduardo Ariel

    2012-01-01

    This study supports itself in ergonomic concepts and usability criteria by prioritizing the identification and correction of problems found during the interaction of children with projected interfaces for them and left from the cognitive, interactional and interfacial difficulties caused by the excesses of color, elements and animation in sites and games, between them the difficulty of recognition of the information during the interaction with the elements of grid of the interface. The results of the methodology had proven that 78.38% of the 37 children got so absorbed by the game and forgot to fulfill their tasks, at least partially, and that the application of the supported ergonomic beddings in usability criteria is imperative. It is relevant to point out that the projetual activity of the game is centered in the user, the child, whose behavior is distinct and particular. Points that had been disclosed that had passed unobserved by the involved adults in this project, and that they had displayed the unappropriateness of some screens of the Spore® to the etária band due to the ambiguity of the game, besides, the children had been sensible to the clarity in some screens and had passed for unnecessary situations of stress. PMID:22316855

  13. A novel tribological study on DLC-coated micro-dimpled orthopedics implant interface.

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    Choudhury, Dipankar; Urban, Filip; Vrbka, Martin; Hartl, Martin; Krupka, Ivan

    2015-05-01

    This study investigates a tribological performance of diamond like carbon (DLC) coated micro dimpled prosthesis heads against ceramic cups in a novel pendulum hip joint simulator. The simulator enables determining friction coefficient and viscous effects of a concave shaped specimen interface (conformal contact). Two types of DLC such as hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) and tetrahedral amorphous carbon (Ta-C) and one set of micro dimple (diameter of 300µm, depth of 70µm, and pitch of 900µm) were fabricated on metallic prosthesis heads. The experiment results reveal a significant friction coefficient reduction to the 'dimpled a-C:H/ceramic' prosthesis compared to a 'Metal (CoCr)/ceramic' prosthesis because of their improved material and surface properties and viscous effect. The post-experiment surface analysis displays that the dimpled a-C:H yielded a minor change in the surface roughness, and generated a larger sizes of wear debris (40-200nm sized, equivalent diameter), a size which could be certainly stored in the dimple, thus likely to reducing their possible third body abrasive wear rate. Thus, dimpled a:C-H can be used as a 'metal on ceramic hip joint interface', whereas the simulator can be utilized as an advanced bio-tribometer.

  14. Adsorption of cationic polyacrylamide at the cellulose-liquid interface: a neutron reflectometry study.

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    Su, Jielong; Garvey, Christopher J; Holt, Stephen; Tabor, Rico F; Winther-Jensen, Bjorn; Batchelor, Warren; Garnier, Gil

    2015-06-15

    The layer thickness and density of high molecular weight cationic polyacrylamide (CPAM) adsorbed at the cellulose-water interface was quantified by neutron reflectometry. The thickness of a full monolayer of CPAM of constant molecular weight (13 MD) but different charge densities, adsorbed with or without NaCl (10(-3) M), was studied. Thin cellulose films (40±7 Å) of roughness <10 Å were produced by spin coating a cellulose acetate-acetone solution and regenerating by alkaline hydrolysis. Film smoothness was greatly improved by controlling the concentration of cellulose acetate (0.13 wt%) and the hydrolysis time in sodium methoxide. The adsorption thickness of CPAM (40% charge 13 MD) at the solid-D2O interface was 43±4 Å on cellulose and 13±2 Å on silicon, an order of magnitude smaller than the CPAM radius of gyration. At constant molecular weight, the thickness of the CPAM layer adsorbed on cellulose increases with polymer charge density (10±1 Å at 5%). Addition of 10(-3) M NaCl decreased the thickness of CPAM layer already adsorbed on cellulose. However, the adsorption layer on cellulose of a CPAM solution equilibrated in 10(-3) M NaCl is much thicker (89±11 Å for 40% CPAM). For high molecular weight CPAMs adsorbed from solution under constant conditions, the adsorption layer can be varied by 1 order of magnitude via control of the variables affecting electrostatic intra- and inter-polymer chain interactions.

  15. A comparative experimental study on structural and interface damping approaches for vibration suppression purposes

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    Liu, Yi; Sanchez, Alberto; Zogg, Markus; Ermanni, Paolo

    2010-04-01

    Dynamic loadings in automotive structures may lead to reduction of driving comfort and even to failure of the components. Damping treatments are applied in order to attenuate the vibrations and improve the long term fatigue behavior of the structures. This experimental study is targeting applications in floor panels that are mounted to the loadcarrying primary structure of the vehicle. The objective is to reach outstanding damping performance considering the stringent weight and cost requirement in the automotive industry. An experimental setup has been developed and validated for the determination of the damping properties of structural specimens also considering interface damping effects. This contribution is structured in three main parts: test rig design, experimental results and discussion. Reliable and easy-to-use devices for the characterization of the damping properties of specimens between 200×40 mm2 and 400×400 mm2 are not available "on the shelf". In this context, we present a flexible experimental set-up which has been realized to (1) support the development of novel damping solutions for multi-functional composite structures; (2) characterize the loss-factor of the different damping concepts, including boundary effects. A variety of novel passive and active damping treatments have been investigated including viscoelastic, coulomb, magnetorheological (MR), particle, magnetic and eddy current damping. The particle, interface as well as active damping systems show promising performance in comparison to the classical viscoelastic treatments.

  16. Study of Hydrophobic and Ionizable Hydrophilic Copolymers at Polymer/Solid and Polymer/Liquid Interfaces

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    Perahia, Dvora

    2011-11-01

    Joint experimental-computational efforts were set to characterize the interfacial effects on the structure and dynamics of polymers consisting of highly rigid hydrophilic-ionizable and hydrophobic sub-units within one polymeric chain casted into thin films of several molecular dimensions. Focusing on the ultra thin film region we separate out the interfacial effects from bulk characteristics. Specifically, the study sought to: identify the parameters that control the formation of a stable polymer-solid interface. The study consists of two components, experimental investigations and computational efforts. The experimental component was designed to derive empirical trends that can be used to correlate the set of coupled polymer molecular parameters with the interfacial characteristics of these polymers, and their response to presence of solvents. The computational study was designed to provide molecular insight into the ensemble averages provided by the experimental efforts on multiple length scales from molecular dimensions, to the nanometer lengths to a macroscopic understanding of solvent interactions with structured polymers. With the ultimate goal of correlating molecular parameters to structure, dynamics and properties of ionic polymers, the first stage of the research began with the study of two systems, one which allowed tailoring the flexibility of the backbone without the presence of ionic groups, but with a potential to sulfonate groups at a later stage, and a polymer whose backbone is rigid and the density of the ionic group can be varied. The combined experimental and computational studies significantly extended the understanding of polymers at interfaces from model systems to polydispersed copolymers with blocks of varying nature and complexity. This new insight directly affects the design of polymers for sustainable energy applications from batteries and fuel cells to solar energy.

  17. Space transfer vehicle concepts and requirements study. Volume 2, book 3: STV system interfaces

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    Weber, Gary A.

    1991-01-01

    This report presents the results of systems analyses and conceptual design of space transfer vehicles (STV). The missions examined included piloted and unpiloted lunar outpost support and spacecraft servicing, and unpiloted payload delivery to various earth and solar orbits. The study goal was to examine the mission requirements and provide a decision data base for future programmatic development plans. The final lunar transfer vehicles provided a wide range of capabilities and interface requirements while maintaining a constant payload mission model. Launch vehicle and space station sensitivity was examined, with the final vehicles as point design covering the range of possible options. Development programs were defined and technology readiness levels for different options were determined. Volume 1 presents the executive summary, volume 2 provides the study results, and volume 3 the cost and WBS data.

  18. Effect of Single-Electron Interface Trapping in Decanano MOSFETs: A 3D Atomistic Simulation Study

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    Asenov, Asen; Balasubramaniam, R.; Brown, A. R.; Davies, J. H.

    2000-01-01

    We study the effect of trapping/detrapping of a single-electron in interface states in the channel of n-type MOSFETs with decanano dimensions using 3D atomistic simulation techniques. In order to highlight the basic dependencies, the simulations are carried out initially assuming continuous doping charge, and discrete localized charge only for the trapped electron. The dependence of the random telegraph signal (RTS) amplitudes on the device dimensions and on the position of the trapped charge in the channel are studied in detail. Later, in full-scale, atomistic simulations assuming discrete charge for both randomly placed dopants and the trapped electron, we highlight the importance of current percolation and of traps with strategic position where the trapped electron blocks a dominant current path.

  19. Neuromechanism Study of Insect–Machine Interface: Flight Control by Neural Electrical Stimulation

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    Zhao, Huixia; Zheng, Nenggan; Ribi, Willi A.; Zheng, Huoqing; Xue, Lei; Gong, Fan; Zheng, Xiaoxiang; Hu, Fuliang

    2014-01-01

    The insect–machine interface (IMI) is a novel approach developed for man-made air vehicles, which directly controls insect flight by either neuromuscular or neural stimulation. In our previous study of IMI, we induced flight initiation and cessation reproducibly in restrained honeybees (Apis mellifera L.) via electrical stimulation of the bilateral optic lobes. To explore the neuromechanism underlying IMI, we applied electrical stimulation to seven subregions of the honeybee brain with the aid of a new method for localizing brain regions. Results showed that the success rate for initiating honeybee flight decreased in the order: α-lobe (or β-lobe), ellipsoid body, lobula, medulla and antennal lobe. Based on a comparison with other neurobiological studies in honeybees, we propose that there is a cluster of descending neurons in the honeybee brain that transmits neural excitation from stimulated brain areas to the thoracic ganglia, leading to flight behavior. This neural circuit may involve the higher-order integration center, the primary visual processing center and the suboesophageal ganglion, which is also associated with a possible learning and memory pathway. By pharmacologically manipulating the electrically stimulated honeybee brain, we have shown that octopamine, rather than dopamine, serotonin and acetylcholine, plays a part in the circuit underlying electrically elicited honeybee flight. Our study presents a new brain stimulation protocol for the honeybee–machine interface and has solved one of the questions with regard to understanding which functional divisions of the insect brain participate in flight control. It will support further studies to uncover the involved neurons inside specific brain areas and to test the hypothesized involvement of a visual learning and memory pathway in IMI flight control. PMID:25409523

  20. Neuromechanism study of insect-machine interface: flight control by neural electrical stimulation.

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    Zhao, Huixia; Zheng, Nenggan; Ribi, Willi A; Zheng, Huoqing; Xue, Lei; Gong, Fan; Zheng, Xiaoxiang; Hu, Fuliang

    2014-01-01

    The insect-machine interface (IMI) is a novel approach developed for man-made air vehicles, which directly controls insect flight by either neuromuscular or neural stimulation. In our previous study of IMI, we induced flight initiation and cessation reproducibly in restrained honeybees (Apis mellifera L.) via electrical stimulation of the bilateral optic lobes. To explore the neuromechanism underlying IMI, we applied electrical stimulation to seven subregions of the honeybee brain with the aid of a new method for localizing brain regions. Results showed that the success rate for initiating honeybee flight decreased in the order: α-lobe (or β-lobe), ellipsoid body, lobula, medulla and antennal lobe. Based on a comparison with other neurobiological studies in honeybees, we propose that there is a cluster of descending neurons in the honeybee brain that transmits neural excitation from stimulated brain areas to the thoracic ganglia, leading to flight behavior. This neural circuit may involve the higher-order integration center, the primary visual processing center and the suboesophageal ganglion, which is also associated with a possible learning and memory pathway. By pharmacologically manipulating the electrically stimulated honeybee brain, we have shown that octopamine, rather than dopamine, serotonin and acetylcholine, plays a part in the circuit underlying electrically elicited honeybee flight. Our study presents a new brain stimulation protocol for the honeybee-machine interface and has solved one of the questions with regard to understanding which functional divisions of the insect brain participate in flight control. It will support further studies to uncover the involved neurons inside specific brain areas and to test the hypothesized involvement of a visual learning and memory pathway in IMI flight control. PMID:25409523

  1. X-ray studies of III-V native oxide/gallium arsenide interface

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    Cheong, Seong-Kyun

    Three x-ray techniques have been employed to study wet-thermal native oxides of AlGaAs on GaAs. For these materials, a knowledge of the role of As at the interface is important for understanding Fermi-level pinning and is a central issue in efforts to develop high performance III-V MOSFET devices. This study is focused on how the As is incorporated at the interface, the interfacial strain, and related local structural parameters. X-ray absorption fine-structure spectroscopy (XAFS) was used to determine the site of residual As in wet-oxidized Al0.96Ga0.04As. In a ˜0.5 mum oxide film removed from its GaAs substrate, the remaining As atoms were found to be coordinated with oxygen in the form of amorphous As oxides, with a mixture of ˜80% As3+ and ˜20% As 5+ sites. These two sites are locally similar to As2O 3 and As2O5. Through this measurement, no evidence of interstitial or substitutional As, As precipitates, or GaAs was seen, implying that less than 10% of the As atoms are in these forms. To characterize the oxide structure in both the oxide film and the interfacial region, x-ray reflectivity and reflection-mode XAFS experiments were performed for a thin (300 A) oxidized AlxGa1-xAs (x = 0.96) film grown on GaAs. X-ray reflectivity studies showed that the composition of the surface oxidized film is not homogeneous as a function of depth. Reflection-mode XAFS, which uses the total external reflection of x-rays to confine an x-ray beam to the interfacial region, provided details of the local environment of As atoms at the interface of the oxide/GaAs. Analysis through this technique revealed that As atoms are in the form of mixed As oxides, with the local environment appearing to resemble As2O3 and As 2O5 in the interfacial region, which is consistent with the above observation from the isolated oxide film.

  2. Structuration in the Interface of Direct and Reversed Micelles of Sucrose Esters, Studied by Fluorescent Techniques

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    Sandoval, Catalina; Ortega, Anakenna; Sanchez, Susana A.; Morales, Javier; Gunther, German

    2015-01-01

    Background Reactors found in nature can be described as micro-heterogeneous systems, where media involved in each micro-environment can behave in a markedly different way compared with the properties of the bulk solution. The presence of water molecules in micro-organized assemblies is of paramount importance for many chemical processes, ranging from biology to environmental science. Self-organized molecular assembled systems are frequently used to study dynamics of water molecules because are the simplest models mimicking biological membranes. The hydrogen bonds between sucrose and water molecules are described to be stronger (or more extensive) than the ones between water molecules themselves. In this work, we studied the capability of sucrose moiety, attached to alkyl chains of different length, as a surface blocking agent at the water-interface and we compared its properties with those of polyethylenglycol, a well-known agent used for this purposes. Published studies in this topic mainly refer to the micellization process and the stability of mixed surfactant systems using glycosides. We are interested in the effect induced by the presence of sucrose monoesters at the interface (direct and reverse micelles) and at the palisade (mixtures with Triton X-100). We believe that the different functional group (ester), the position of alkyl chain (6-O) and the huge capability of sucrose to interact with water will dramatically change the water structuration at the interface and at the palisade, generating new possibilities for technological applications of these systems. Results Our time resolved and steady state fluorescence experiments in pure SEs micelles show that sucrose moieties are able to interact with a high number of water molecules promoting water structuration and increased viscosity. These results also indicate that the barrier formed by sucrose moieties on the surface of pure micelles is more effective than the polyoxyethylene palisade of Triton X-100

  3. Electronic and magnetic properties at rough alloyed interfaces of Fe/Co on Au substrates: An augmented space study

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    Priyadarshini, Parida; Biplab, Ganguli

    2016-05-01

    We studied the interface electronic and magnetic properties of Fe/Co deposited on Au substrate and researched the effects of roughness at the interfaces within augmented space formalism (ASF). The full calculation is carried out by recursion and tight-binding linear muffin tin orbital (TB-LMTO) methods. The amount of roughness is different at different atomic layers. The formalism is also applied to sharp interface, when interdiffusion of atoms is negligible. Our results of one monolayer transition metal agree with other reported results. A realistic rough interface is also modeled with three and four monolayers of transition metals, deposited on Au substrates. Project supported by the INSPIRE Program Division, Department of Science and Technology, India.

  4. Adsorption of water to the metal/polymer interface studied by neutron and X-ray reflectivity

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    Kent, M.S.; McIntyre, D.C.; Smith, G.S.; Baker, S.; Wages, S.; Nyitray, A.; Browning, J.; Hua, Duen-Wu

    1993-12-31

    Neutron reflectivity is among the few techniques able to probe a buried interface. Through the use of isotopic labeling, complicated interface structures may be determined with a resolution on the order of 5 {angstrom}. However, for highly complex thin film and interface structures, it is often necessary to perform complementary experiments to reduce the number of unknown variables, and thus enable an unambiguous interpretation of the neutron reflectivity. To this end, the authors have combined X-ray and neutron reflectivity to study changes in a metal/polymer interface (molybdenum/polyurethane, hereafter Mo/PU) upon exposure to a humid environment. In particular, the authors have tracked the adsorption of moisture to the interface and variations in the density of the interphase. This information was obtained as a function of the concentration of a silane coupling agent added to the bulk of the PU. Adhesion of the Mo/PU interface is important to programs in the DOE complex. This paper reports the first results of this study.

  5. Case study for the evaluation and selection of man-machine interface (MMI) software

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    Nekimken, H.; Pope, N.; Macdonald, J.; Bibeau, R.; Gomez, B.; Sellon, D.

    1996-06-01

    The authors evaluated three of the top man-machine interface (MMI) software systems. The main categories upon which they based their evaluation on were the following: operator interface; network and data distribution; input/output (I/O) interface; application development; alarms; real-time and historical trending; support, documentation, and training; processing tools (batch, recipe, logic); reports; custom interfacing; start-up/recovery; external database; and multimedia. They also present their MMI requirements and guidelines for the selection and evaluation of these MMI systems.

  6. Technical Note - Project Icarus: The Origins and Aims of the Study

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    Long, K. F.; Obousy, R.; Tziolas, A.

    A brief summary is presented on the origins and aims of Project Icarus, the joint British Interplanetary Society (BIS) and Tau Zero Foundation (TZF) theoretical engineering study for the design of an unmanned interstellar probe. This paper is intended to represent an introduction to the set of technical papers presented in this special issue as well as discussing some of the early history regarding the formation of Project Icarus. This is a submission of the Project Icarus Study Group.

  7. Photoemission study of the Cs$z.urule;GaP(110) interface at low temperatures

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    Chassé, Th.; Paggel, J.; Neuhold, G.; Theis, W.; Horn, K.

    1994-04-01

    The formation of the Cs⧸GaP(110) interface at low temperature has been studied using core and valence level photoemission. It is found that a nonmetallic first adsorption layer is followed by a transition to a metallic film. Valence level spectra show that Cs induces a new peak above the valence band maximum, which from the appearance of the core level spectra is assigned to adsorbate-substrate charge transfer. At higher coverages an intermediate species is identified on the basis of Cs 5p core level spectra. The metallic layer of Cs is characterised by metallic surface and bulk core level emission, the occurrence of plasmon satellites, and the emergence of a metallic Fermi edge. The relative separation of the different Cs core level line contributions are analysed through a Born-Haber cycle and qualitative arguments based on final state screening.

  8. Semiconductor surface and interface dynamics studied in real time by synchrotron x-ray diffraction

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    Braun, Wolfgang; Ploog, Klaus H.

    2007-06-14

    We present an overview of in-situ experiments to study molecular beam epitaxial growth by x-ray diffraction and high-energy electron diffraction. The applicability of kinematic theory allows a quantitative evaluation of the surface kinetics on compound semiconductor surfaces; GaAs(001), InAs(001) and GaSb(001) are presented as examples. Both the growth in the layer-by-layer mode and the recovery can be analyzed in considerable detail. As an example of heteroepitaxy, the nucleation and relaxation of hexagonal MnAs on GaAs(001) is presented. We find an extremely anisotropic interface structure with a periodic array of misfit dislocations that can be quantitatively analyzed.

  9. Thermal study of interface between the Orbiter cold plate and typical Shuttle spacecraft payload flight electronics

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    Hwangbo, H.; Coyle, M. J.

    1979-01-01

    Spacelab provides a set of Freon line plumbing and cold plates for experiment equipments which are located in the Shuttle pallet and which need active thermal control. The reported study deals with the thermal problem of attaching a Command and Data Handling module with various electronic boxes whose combined footprints on the baseplate are much larger than the cold plate. A description of two modules and the cold plate assembly in the pallet is presented and a thermal model description is provided. The method employed in modeling heat pipes-honey-comb matrix is based upon an effective conductance between the heat pipe vapor and the walls of the heat pipe. The considered thermal models and a computer program are used to perform steady-state thermal analyses. The temperature gradients in the large module baseplate attached to the small cold plate are predicted as a function of the interface plate thickness.

  10. Atomistic simulation study of linear alkylbenzene sulfonates at the water/air interface

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    He, Xibing; Guvench, Olgun; MacKerell, Alexander D.; Klein, Michael L.

    2010-01-01

    Molecular Dynamics simulations with the CHARMM atomistic force field have been used to study monolayers of a series of linear alkylbenzene sulfonates (LAS) at the water/air interface. Both the numbers of carbon atoms in the LAS alkyl tail (1 to 11), and the position of attachment of the benzene ring on the alkyl chain have been varied. Totally 36 LAS homologues and isomers have been investigated. The surface tensions of the systems and the average tilt angles of the LAS molecules are found to be related to both the length and the degree of branching of the alkyl tails, whereas the solubility and mobility are mostly determined by the tail length. PMID:20614916

  11. Poisson-Boltzmann study of the effective electrostatic interaction between colloids at an electrolyte interface

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    Majee, Arghya; Bier, Markus; Dietrich, S.

    2016-08-01

    The effective electrostatic interaction between a pair of colloids, both of them located close to each other at an electrolyte interface, is studied by employing the full, nonlinear Poisson-Boltzmann (PB) theory within classical density functional theory. Using a simplified yet appropriate model, all contributions to the effective interaction are obtained exactly, albeit numerically. The comparison between our results and those obtained within linearized PB theory reveals that the latter overestimates these contributions significantly at short inter-particle separations. Whereas the surface contributions to the linear and the nonlinear PB results differ only quantitatively, the line contributions show qualitative differences at short separations. Moreover, a dependence of the line contribution on the solvation properties of the two adjacent fluids is found, which is absent within the linear theory. Our results are expected to enrich the understanding of effective interfacial interactions between colloids.

  12. Photoemission spectroscopy study of the lanthanum lutetium oxide/silicon interface

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    Nichau, A.; Schnee, M.; Schubert, J.; Bernardy, P.; Hollaender, B.; Buca, D.; Mantl, S.; Besmehn, A.; Breuer, U.; Rubio-Zuazo, J.; Castro, G. R.; Muecklich, A.; Borany, J. von

    2013-04-21

    Rare earth oxides are promising candidates for future integration into nano-electronics. A key property of these oxides is their ability to form silicates in order to replace the interfacial layer in Si-based complementary metal-oxide field effect transistors. In this work a detailed study of lanthanum lutetium oxide based gate stacks is presented. Special attention is given to the silicate formation at temperatures typical for CMOS processing. The experimental analysis is based on hard x-ray photoemission spectroscopy complemented by standard laboratory experiments as Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Homogenously distributed La silicate and Lu silicate at the Si interface are proven to form already during gate oxide deposition. During the thermal treatment Si atoms diffuse through the oxide layer towards the TiN metal gate. This mechanism is identified to be promoted via Lu-O bonds, whereby the diffusion of La was found to be less important.

  13. Ab initio study on microscopic properties of III-V/water interfaces for photoelectrochemical hydrogen production

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    Wood, Brandon; Choi, Woon Ih; Schwegler, Eric; Ogitsu, Tadashi

    2013-03-01

    Photoelectrodes made of III-V semiconductors are known to exhibit very high solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency (from solar energy to chemical energy as H2 bond); however, photocorrosion of the electrode in electrolyte solution remains an issue. Based on ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations, we study the structure, stability, and chemical activity of GaP/InP(001) semiconductor electrodes in contact with water. We will show how surface oxygen and hydroxyl change the electronic and chemical properties of water at the interface, leading to the formation of a strong hydrogen-bond network where fast surface hydrogen transport seems to be realized. Implications from our findings will be discussed in detail at the presentation. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52- 07NA27344.

  14. Study of interface state trap density on characteristics of MOS-HEMT

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    Tseng, Ming-Chun; Hung, Ming-Hsien; Wuu, Dong-Sing; Horng, Ray-Hua

    2015-03-01

    In this study, the effects of chemical treatment on the properties of MOS capacitors and metal-oxide-semiconductor high electron mobility transistor (MOS-HEMT) were studied. The structure consist of Al2O3/u-GaN/AlN buffer/ Si substrate and Al2O3 (10 nm)/u-AlGaN (25 nm)/u-GaN (2μm)/AlN buffer/Si substrate for MOS capacitor and MOS-HEMT device, respectively. There are four chemical treatment recipes, which consist of organic solvents, oxygen plasma, BCl3 plasma, dilute acidic solvent, hydrofluoric acid and RCA-like clean process to remove the metal ions, organic contamination and native oxide. Four different chemical treatment recipes treated the surface of u-GaN before Al2O3 was grown on the treated surface to reduce the interface state trap densities (Dit). The Dit value was calculated from measurement of C-V curve with 1M Hz frequency. The formation of interface state trap of u-GaN surface is modified by different chemical solution of varied chemical treatment recipe, which further influence the breakdown voltage (Vbk), on-resistance (Ron), threshold voltage (Vth) and drain current (Id) of MOS-HEMT. The Vth of MOS-HEMT with organic solvents clean treatment is -11.00V. The MOS-HEMT after BCl3 plasma and organic solvents clean treatment shows the lowest Vth of -9.55V. The electronic characteristics of MOS HEMT device with four different chemical treatment recipes were investigated in this article.

  15. A Study of Current and Potential Cooperation in Vocational-Technical Education between Area Schools and Public Schools in Iowa.

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    Dilts, Harold E.

    A study was conducted reviewing the current status of cooperation between area schools and secondary schools in providing vocational-technical education and developing proposals which may generate additional cooperation in vocational-technical education. Four sources provided basic information for this study: (1) data from the Iowa Department of…

  16. Factors Influencing the Pursuit of IT Certifications: A Study of Minnesota Public Community and Technical College Students

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    Wilkens, Eric S.

    2013-01-01

    This quantitative study attempted to understand the factors that influence Minnesota community and technical college students to pursue Information Technology (IT) certification. The study investigated the problem of determining the factors that influence Minnesota community and technical college students to pursue IT certification along with…

  17. Computational Studies of [Bmim][PF6]/n-Alcohol Interfaces with Many-Body Potentials

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    Chang, Tsun-Mei; Dang, Liem X.

    2014-09-04

    In this paper, we present the results from molecular-dynamics simulations of the equilibrium properties of liquid/liquid interfaces of room temperature ionic liquid [bmim][PF6] and simple alcohols (i.e., methanol, 1-butanol, and 1-hexanol) at room temperature. Polarizable potential models are employed to describe the interactions among species. Results from our simulations show stable interfaces between the ionic liquid and n-alcohols, and we found that the interfacial widths decrease from methanol to 1-butanol systems, and then increase for 1-hexanol interfaces. Angular distribution analysis reveals that the interface induces a strong orientational order of [bmim] and n-alcohol molecules near the interface, with [bmim] extending its butyl group into the alcohol phase while the alcohol has the OH group pointing into the ion liquid region, which is consistent with the recent sum-frequency-generation experiments. We found the interface to have a significant influence on the dynamics of ionic liquids and n-alcohols. The orientational autocorrelation functions illustrate that [bmim] rotate more freely near the interface than in the bulk, while the rotation of n-alcohol is hindered at the interface. Additionally, the time scale associated with the diffusion along the interfacial direction is found to be faster for [bmim] but slowed down for n-alcohols approaching the interface. We also calculate the dipole moment of n-alcohols as a function of the distance normal to the interface. We found that, even though methanol and 1-butanol have different dipole moments in bulk phase, they reach a similar value at the interface. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is a multiprogram national laboratory operated for the Department of Energy by Battelle. The calculations were carried out using computer resources provided by the

  18. Urban water interfaces

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    Gessner, M. O.; Hinkelmann, R.; Nützmann, G.; Jekel, M.; Singer, G.; Lewandowski, J.; Nehls, T.; Barjenbruch, M.

    2014-06-01

    Urban water systems consist of large-scale technical systems and both natural and man-made water bodies. The technical systems are essential components of urban infrastructure for water collection, treatment, storage and distribution, as well as for wastewater and runoff collection and subsequent treatment. Urban aquatic ecosystems are typically subject to strong human influences, which impair the quality of surface and ground waters, often with far-reaching impacts on downstream aquatic ecosystems and water users. The various surface and subsurface water bodies in urban environments can be viewed as interconnected compartments that are also extensively intertwined with a range of technical compartments of the urban water system. As a result, urban water systems are characterized by fluxes of water, solutes, gases and energy between contrasting compartments of a technical, natural or hybrid nature. Referred to as urban water interfaces, boundaries between and within these compartments are often specific to urban water systems. Urban water interfaces are generally characterized by steep physical and biogeochemical gradients, which promote high reaction rates. We hypothesize that they act as key sites of processes and fluxes with notable effects on overall system behaviour. By their very nature, urban water interfaces are heterogeneous and dynamic. Therefore, they increase spatial heterogeneity in urban areas and are also expected to contribute notably to the temporal dynamics of urban water systems, which often involve non-linear interactions and feedback mechanisms. Processes at and fluxes across urban water interfaces are complex and less well understood than within well-defined, homogeneous compartments, requiring both empirical investigations and new modelling approaches at both the process and system level. We advocate an integrative conceptual framework of the urban water system that considers interfaces as a key component to improve our fundamental

  19. Study of Night Ventilation Efficiency in Urban Environment: Technical and Legal Aspects

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    Maragogiannis, Konstantinos; Kolokotsa, Dionysia; Maria, Efpraxia-Aithra

    2011-01-01

    Night Ventilation is a critical technique of passive cooling, as it combines a significant decrease of cooling demand and improvement of thermal comfort and indoor air quality. The aim of the present paper is to study the technical and legal aspects of night ventilation in urban climatic conditions. The technical part examines the efficiency of night ventilation techniques for urban residential buildings. Moreover, the influence of urban heat island on the night ventilation effectiveness is studied. Urban heat provokes the degradation of urban air quality and causes changes in the urban area microclimate which reduce the night ventilation effectiveness as a passive cooling technique. Moreover, this paper studies the legal framework of energy efficiency in buildings and pinpoints the institutional deficiencies of the existing regulation regarding energy efficiency and passive cooling techniques

  20. Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. Volume XXVI. 1975 Edition of Course of Study Outlines. Middlesex County Vocational and Technical High Schools and Middlesex County Adult Technical Schools.

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    Capizzi, James

    The two courses of study described and outlined here are offered at Burr D. Coe Vocational and Technical High School in East Brunswick, New Jersey, for students wishing to prepare for a career in air conditioning and refrigeration. Section 1 deals with a 4-year high school course, Section 2 with a 1-year course for those who have completed high…

  1. Vocational Technical Education 1968. A Summary Report of a Study of the Effect of the Area Vocational Technical Schools in the State of Minnesota.

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    Minnesota Research Coordinating Unit for Vocational Education, Minneapolis.

    Increased pressures for added area vocational-technical schools in Minnesota led to this study with objectives of determining: (1) present and future employment needs, (2) geographic distribution of schools, (3) utilization of school facilities, (4) present and projected enrollment of students, (5) student characteristics, (6) projected facility…

  2. Structural ordering at solid-liquid interfaces in Al-Sm system: A molecular-dynamics study

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    Sun, Yang; Zhang, Feng; Ye, Zhuo; Ding, Zejun; Mendelev, Mikhail I.; Kramer, Matthew J.; Wang, Cai -Zhuang; Ho, Kai -Ming

    2016-07-12

    The structural ordering at solid-liquid interfaces far from equilibrium is studied with molecular dynamics simulations for the Al-Sm system. Using the van-Hove self-correlation function as the criterion to identify attachment/detachment events that occur at the interface, we are able to determine the time-dependent interface position, and characterize the detailed interfacial structure ordering surrounding the attached atoms. For the interface between an undercooled Al90Sm10 liquid and a metastable cubic structure, the solid induces the crystalline order of the cubic phase in the liquid layers, promoting the continuous growth of the crystal phase. When the same liquid is put in contact withmore » f.c.c. Al, Sm from the liquid can still attach to the solid interface despite its insolubility in the Al lattice. Non-f.c.c. order is revealed surrounding the attached Sm atoms. Lastly, we show that the local structure ordering at interface is highly correlated to solid packing and liquid ordering.« less

  3. Study program for encapsulation materials interface for low-cost solar array

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    Kaelble, D. H.; Mansfeld, F. B.; Kendig, M.; Leung, C.

    1981-01-01

    The service integrity of the bonded interface in solar cell modules used in solar arrays is addressed. The development of AC impedance as a nondestructive evaluation (NDE) methodology for solar arrays is reported along with development of corrosion models and materials selection criteria for corrosion resistant interfaces.

  4. Two Case Studies in the Phonetics-Phonology Interface: Evidence from Turkish Voicing and Norwegian Coalescence

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    Feizollahi, Zhaleh

    2010-01-01

    The phonetics-phonology interface has long been debated; some linguists argue for a modular approach (Keating 1984, Pierrehumbert 1990, Zsiga 1997, Cohn 1998), while others argue that there is no interface, and that phonetics and phonology are one and the same (Browman & Goldstein 1989-1992, Ohala 1990). Recent proposals by Gafos (2002), and…

  5. Interface Conditions on Postverbal Subjects: A Corpus Study of L2 English

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    Lozano, Cristobal; Mendikoetxea, Amaya

    2010-01-01

    This paper investigates how syntactic knowledge interfaces with other cognitive systems by analysing the production of postverbal subjects, V(erb)-S(ubject) order, in an L1 Spanish-L2 English corpus and a comparable English native corpus. VS order in both native and L2 English is shown to be constrained by properties operating at three interfaces:…

  6. Study of Metal-NH[subscript 3] Interfaces (Metal= Cu, Ni, Ag) Using Potentiostatic Curves

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    Nunes, Nelson; Martins, Angela; Leitao, Ruben Elvas

    2007-01-01

    Experiment is conducted to determine the kinetic parameters of metal-solution interfaces. During the experiment the kinetic parameters for the interfaces Cu-NH[subscript 3], Ag-NH[subscript 3] and Ni-NH[subscript 3] is easily determined.

  7. Iranian nurses’ experience of essential technical competences in disaster response: A qualitative content analysis study

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    Aliakbari, Fatemeh; Bahrami, Masoud; Aein, Fereshteh; Khankeh, Hamidreza

    2014-01-01

    Background: Today disasters are a part of many people's lives. Iran has a long history of disaster events and nurses are one of the most significant groups within the Iranian disaster relief operations, providing immediate and long-term care for those affected by the disaster. However, the technical competence of Iranian nurses and their training for this work has received little attention. This article presents the results of a study that aims to explore this context. Materials and Methods: A qualitative study was conducted using in-depth interviews to collect data from 30 nurses, who were deliberately selected from the health centers affiliated to the Isfahan University of Medical Sciences. Themes were identified using the conventional qualitative content analysis. The trustworthiness of the study was supported by considering the auditability, neutrality, consistency, and transferability. The study lasted from 2011 to 2012. Results: Data analysis undertaken for the qualitative study resulted in the identification of five main themes, which included: (1) Management competences, (2) ethical and legal competences, (3) team working, and (4) personal abilities and the specific technical competences presented in this report. Conclusions: This report presents an overview of the nursing technical capabilities required for Iranian nurses during disaster relief. It is argued that additional competencies are required for nurses who care in high-risk situations, including disasters. Nurses need to prepare themselves more effectively to be responsible and effective in nursing care. PMID:25558255

  8. Study of organic-inorganic hetero-interfaces and electrical transport in semiconducting nanostructures

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    Wagner, Sean Robert

    As the electronics industry continues to evolve and move towards functional electronic devices with increasing complexity and functionality, it becomes important to explore materials outside the regime of conventional semiconductors. Organic semiconducting small molecules have received a large amount of attention due to their high degree of flexibility, the option to perform molecular synthesis to modify their electronic and magnetic properties, and their ability to organize into highly-ordered functionalized nanostructures and thin films. Being able to form complex nanostructures and thin films with molecular precision, while maintaining the ability to tune properties through modifications in the molecular chemistry could result in vast improvements in conventional device architectures. However, before this is realized, there still remains a significant lack of understanding regarding how these molecules interact with various substrate surfaces as well as their intermolecular interactions. The interplay between these interactions can produce drastic changes in the molecular orientation and ordering at the hetero-interface, which can affect the transport properties of the molecular thin film and ultimately modify the performance of the organic electronic device. This study first focuses on the growth dynamics, molecular ordering, and molecular orientation of metal phthalocyanine (MPc) molecules, particularly on Si, a substrate which is notoriously difficult to form an organized organic thin film on due to the surface dangling bonds. By deactivating these bonds, the formation of a highly ordered organic molecular thin film becomes possible. Combining scanning tunneling microscopy, scanning tunneling spectroscopy, low-energy electron diffraction, and density functional theory calculations, the growth evolution of MPc molecules ( M = Zn, Cu, Co) from the single molecule level to multilayered films on the deactivated Si(111)-B surface is investigated. Initial tests are

  9. Smart nanogels at the air/water interface: structural studies by neutron reflectivity.

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    Zielińska, Katarzyna; Sun, Huihui; Campbell, Richard A; Zarbakhsh, Ali; Resmini, Marina

    2016-03-01

    The development of effective transdermal drug delivery systems based on nanosized polymers requires a better understanding of the behaviour of such nanomaterials at interfaces. N-Isopropylacrylamide-based nanogels synthesized with different percentages of N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide as cross-linker, ranging from 10 to 30%, were characterized at physiological temperature at the air/water interface, using neutron reflectivity (NR), with isotopic contrast variation, and surface tension measurements; this allowed us to resolve the adsorbed amount and the volume fraction of nanogels at the interface. A large conformational change for the nanogels results in strong deformations at the interface. As the percentage of cross-linker incorporated in the nanogels becomes higher, more rigid matrices are obtained, although less deformed, and the amount of adsorbed nanogels is increased. The data provide the first experimental evidence of structural changes of nanogels as a function of the degree of cross-linking at the air/water interface. PMID:26697736

  10. Space tug/shuttle interface compatibility study. Volume 1: Executive summary

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    1975-01-01

    Shuttle interfaces required for space tug accommodation are primarily involved with supporting and servicing the tug during launch countdown, flight, and postlanding; deploying and retrieving the tug on orbit; and maintaining control over the tug when it is in or near the orbiter. Each of these interface areas was investigated to determine the best physical and operational method of accomplishing the required functions, with an overriding goal of establishing simple and flexible orbiter interface requirements suitable for tug, tug payloads, IUS and other cargo. It is concluded the orbiter payload accommodations and the MSFC baseline tug are generally interface compatible. Specific minor changes to tug and orbiter interfaces were identified to provide full compatibility. A system concept for supporting and deploying tug from orbiter is described.

  11. Nutrient exchange and release experiment and its simulation study in lake water-sediment interface.

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    Xue, Lian-Qing; Hao, Zhen-Chun

    2006-01-01

    The sediment distributed and insolated under lake was collected for experiments. The nutrient layer distribution conditions of sampled sediment and its physical and chemical characteristics were analyzed to simulate and assess the influence degree to lake water quality. Based on the dynamic water exchanging experiments the nutrient release process in sediment and influence mechanism to substance exchanging on water-sediment interface was studied, and the correlation between the changing content of total phosphors and total nitrogen in sediment and covered water were analyzed for setting up a simulation model. At the same time the influence degree is explained in detail. The experimental results indicated that even if clean water without nutrient contents was used for water exchangement so as to decrease pollution or prevent eutrophication, however owing to the vertical nutrient distribution in lake sediment, it will lead to the increasing release amount greatly especially when the organic nutrient contained in sediment turns into inorganic status because of isolation. Besides the release process of total phosphate (TP) and total nitrogen (TN) were modeled and each nutrient's exchanging equation at interface caused by covered water nutrient concentration changing was set up. According to the simulating prediction, TP and TN content of cover water will also sustain a steady higher level in a long period. The nutrient release amount of sediment is not only affected by the covered water concentration but also connects with accumulative time. The experiments provide the fundamental theoretical and practical basis for taking ecological restoration project. And research is helpful to prevent or restore lake eutrophication. PMID:17294663

  12. Graphene-coated surface plasmon resonance interfaces for studying the interactions between bacteria and surfaces.

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    Subramanian, Palaniappan; Barka-Bouaifel, Fatiha; Bouckaert, Julie; Yamakawa, Nao; Boukherroub, Rabah; Szunerits, Sabine

    2014-04-23

    A variety of physical and chemical parameters are of importance for adhesion of bacteria to surfaces. In the colonization of mammalian organisms for example, bacterial fimbriae and their adhesins not only seek particular glycan sequences exposed on diverse epithelial linings, they also enable the bacteria to overcome electrostatic repulsion exerted by their selected surfaces. In this work, we present a new technique based on simplified model systems for studying the adhesion strength of different Escherichia coli strains. For this purpose, gold-based surface plasmon resonance (SPR) interfaces were coated with thin films of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) through electrophoretic deposition. The rGO matrix was post-modified with polyethyleneimine (PEI), poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS), mannose, and lactose through π-stacking and/or electrostatic interactions by simple immersion of the SPR interface into their respective aqueous solutions. The adhesion behaviors of one uropathogenic and two enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli clinical isolates, that each express structurally characterized fimbrial adhesins, were investigated. It was found that the UTI89 cystitis isolate that carries the mannose-binding FimH adhesin was most attracted to the PEI- and mannose-modified surfaces, whereas the att25 diarrhoeal strain with the N-acetylglucosamine-specific F17a-G adhesin disintegrated the lactose-modified rGO. The highly virulent 107/86 strain interacted strongly with the PSS-modified graphene oxide, in agreement with the polybasic surroundings of the ABH blood group-binding site of the FedF adhesin, and showed a linear SPR response in a concentration range between 1 × 10(2) and 1 × 10(9) cfu/mL. PMID:24433135

  13. Basic concepts and development of an all-purpose computer interface for ROC/FROC observer study.

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    Shiraishi, Junji; Fukuoka, Daisuke; Hara, Takeshi; Abe, Hiroyuki

    2013-01-01

    In this study, we initially investigated various aspects of requirements for a computer interface employed in receiver operating characteristic (ROC) and free-response ROC (FROC) observer studies which involve digital images and ratings obtained by observers (radiologists). Secondly, by taking into account these aspects, an all-purpose computer interface utilized for these observer performance studies was developed. Basically, the observer studies can be classified into three paradigms, such as one rating for one case without an identification of a signal location, one rating for one case with an identification of a signal location, and multiple ratings for one case with identification of signal locations. For these paradigms, display modes on the computer interface can be used for single/multiple views of a static image, continuous viewing with cascade images (i.e., CT, MRI), and dynamic viewing of movies (i.e., DSA, ultrasound). Various functions on these display modes, which include windowing (contrast/level), magnifications, and annotations, are needed to be selected by an experimenter corresponding to the purpose of the research. In addition, the rules of judgment for distinguishing between true positives and false positives are an important factor for estimating diagnostic accuracy in an observer study. We developed a computer interface which runs on a Windows operating system by taking into account all aspects required for various observer studies. This computer interface requires experimenters to have sufficient knowledge about ROC/FROC observer studies, but allows its use for any purpose of the observer studies. This computer interface will be distributed publicly in the near future. PMID:22763658

  14. Atomistic studies of grain boundaries and heterophase interfaces in alloys and compounds. Final report, July 1987-August 1998

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    Vitek, Vaclav

    1998-08-01

    The overarching goal of the research supported by this grant was investigation of the structure and properties of interfaces in multicomponent systems by atomistic modeling. Initially, the research was devoted to studies of segregation to grain boundaries in binary disordered alloys. The next step was then studies of the structure and properties of grain boundaries in ordered compounds, specifically Ni3Al and NiAl, and grain boundary segregation in these compounds in the case of off-stoichiometry. Finally, the structure of Nb/sapphire interfaces, in particular the core configurations of the misfit dislocations, was studied.

  15. Nuclear magnetic resonance studies of granular flows: Technical progress report, quarter ending 09/30/93

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    1993-10-27

    This Technical Progress Report for the quarter ending 09/30/93 describes work on two tasks which are part of nuclear magnetic resonance studies of granular flows. (1) Research has been directed toward improving concentration measurements under reasonably fast conditions. (2) The process continues of obtaining comprehensive velocity, concentration, and diffusion information at several angular velocities of the cylinder for seeds (mustard, sesame, and sunflower seeds) flowing in a half-filled cylinder.

  16. Technical efficiency of public district hospitals and health centres in Ghana: a pilot study

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    Osei, Daniel; d'Almeida, Selassi; George, Melvill O; Kirigia, Joses M; Mensah, Ayayi Omar; Kainyu, Lenity H

    2005-01-01

    Background The Government of Ghana has been implementing various health sector reforms (e.g. user fees in public health facilities, decentralization, sector-wide approaches to donor coordination) in a bid to improve efficiency in health care. However, to date, except for the pilot study reported in this paper, no attempt has been made to make an estimate of the efficiency of hospitals and/or health centres in Ghana. The objectives of this study, based on data collected in 2000, were: (i) to estimate the relative technical efficiency (TE) and scale efficiency (SE) of a sample of public hospitals and health centres in Ghana; and (ii) to demonstrate policy implications for health sector policy-makers. Methods The Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) approach was used to estimate the efficiency of 17 district hospitals and 17 health centres. This was an exploratory study. Results Eight (47%) hospitals were technically inefficient, with an average TE score of 61% and a standard deviation (STD) of 12%. Ten (59%) hospitals were scale inefficient, manifesting an average SE of 81% (STD = 25%). Out of the 17 health centres, 3 (18%) were technically inefficient, with a mean TE score of 49% (STD = 27%). Eight health centres (47%) were scale inefficient, with an average SE score of 84% (STD = 16%). Conclusion This pilot study demonstrated to policy-makers the versatility of DEA in measuring inefficiencies among individual facilities and inputs. There is a need for the Planning and Budgeting Unit of the Ghana Health Services to continually monitor the productivity growth, allocative efficiency and technical efficiency of all its health facilities (hospitals and health centres) in the course of the implementation of health sector reforms. PMID:16188021

  17. A Model Study of Inclusions Deposition, Macroscopic Transport, and Dynamic Removal at Steel-Slag Interface for Different Tundish Designs

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    Chen, Chao; Ni, Peiyuan; Jonsson, Lage Tord Ingemar; Tilliander, Anders; Cheng, Guoguang; Jönsson, Pär Göran

    2016-06-01

    This paper presents computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation results of inclusions macroscopic transport as well as dynamic removal in tundishes. A novel treatment was implemented using the deposition velocity calculated by a revised unified Eulerian deposition model to replace the widely used Stokes rising velocity in the boundary conditions for inclusions removal at the steel-slag interface in tundishes. In this study, the dynamic removal for different size groups of inclusions at different steel-slag interfaces (smooth or rough) with different absorption conditions at the interface (partially or fully absorbed) in two tundish designs was studied. The results showed that the dynamic removal ratios were higher for larger inclusions than for smaller inclusions. Besides, the dynamic removal ratio was higher for rough interfaces than for smooth interfaces. On the other hand, regarding the cases when inclusions are partially or fully absorbed at a smooth steel-slag interface, the removal ratio values are proportional to the absorption proportion of inclusions at the steel-slag interface. Furthermore, the removal of inclusions in two tundish designs, i.e., with and without a weir and a dam were compared. Specifically, the tundish with a weir and a dam exhibited a better performance with respect to the removal of bigger inclusions (radii of 5, 7, and 9 μm) than that of the case without weir and dam. That was found to be due to the strong paralleling flow near the middle part of the top surface. However, the tundish without weir and dam showed a higher removal ratio of smaller inclusions (radius of 1 μm). The reason could be the presence of a paralleling flow near the inlet zone, where the inclusions deposition velocities were much higher than in other parts.

  18. Video-microscopic observation of ionic liquid/alcohol interface and the corresponding molecular simulation study

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    Zhu, Peixi

    This research is aimed at studying the ionic liquid/n-pentanol interface via video-microscopy and molecular dynamic simulations. Understanding the interfacial phenomena and interfacial transport between ionic liquids and other liquids is of interest to the development and application of ionic liquids in a number of areas. One such area is the biphasic hydroformylation of alkenes to obtain alcohol and aldehyde, in which case ionic liquid is the reaction medium where a catalyst resides. The dissolution of an ionic liquid into an alcohol was studied by microscopically observing and measuring the shrinking of a micropipette-produced droplet in real time. Although microscopic investigation of droplet dissolution has been studied before, no attempt had been made to measure the diffusion coefficient D of the droplet species in the surrounding medium. A key finding of this work is that the Epstein-Plesset mathematical model, which describes the dissolution of a droplet/bubble in another fluid medium, can be used to measure D. Other experimental studies of the ionic liquid/alcohol system include electrical conductivity and UV-visible spectroscopy measurements of solutions of 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate in n-pentanol. Those experiments were done in order to understand the molecular state of the particular ionic liquid in n-pentanol, as well as obtaining the dissociation constant K of such weak electrolyte solution. The experimental results provide an entry to the assessment of ionic liquid interaction with n-pentanol at molecular scale. Subsequently, molecular dynamics simulation was implemented for the investigation of such interaction. The computation started with simulation of the bulk phase of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, an affine ionic liquid on which molecular simulations had already been reported. A generalized probability based on Fuoss approximation for the closest ion to a distinguished countercharge ion was developed. In

  19. 1991 Pacific Northwest Loads and Resources Study, Technical Appendix: Volume 1.

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    United States. Bonneville Power Administration.

    1992-03-01

    This publication provides detailed documentation of the load forecast scenarios and assumptions used in preparing BPA's 1991 Pacific Northwest Loads and Resources Study (the Study). This is one of two technical appendices to the Study; the other appendix details the utility-specific loads and resources used in the Study. The load forecasts and assumption were developed jointly by Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and Northwest Power Planning Council (Council) staff. This forecast is also used in the Council's 1991 Northwest Conservation and Electric Power Plan (1991 Plan).

  20. Fluorescent DNA probes at liquid/liquid interfaces studied by surface second harmonic generation.

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    Licari, Giuseppe; Brevet, Pierre-François; Vauthey, Eric

    2016-01-28

    The properties of a series of oxazole yellow dyes, including the dicationic YOPRO-1 and its homodimeric parent YOYO-1 and two monocationic dyes (YOSAC-1 and YOSAC-3), have been investigated at the dodecane/water interface using stationary and time-resolved surface second harmonic generation (SSHG) combined with quantum chemical calculations. Whereas YOYO-1 exists predominantly as a H-dimer in aqueous solution, the stationary SSHG spectra reveal that such dimers are not formed at the interface. No significant H-aggregation was observed with YOPRO-1, neither in solution nor at the interface. In the case of the monocationic YOSAC dyes, a distinct SSHG band due to H-aggregates was measured at the interface, whereas only weak aggregation was found in solution. These distinct aggregation behaviors can be explained by the different orientations of the dyes at the interface, as revealed from the analysis of polarization-resolved experiments, the doubly-charged dyes lying more flat on the interface than the singly charged ones. Although YOYO-1 and YOPRO-1 do not form H-dimer/aggregates at the interface, time-resolved SSHG measurements point to the occurrence of intra- and intermolecular interactions, respectively, which inhibit the ultrafast non-radiative decay of the excited dyes via large amplitude motion, and lead to a nanosecond excited-state lifetime. The distinct behavior evidenced here for YOYO-1 and YOSAC dyes points to their potential use as fluorescent or SHG interfacial probes.

  1. Atomistic simulation study of the structure and dynamics of a faceted crystal-melt interface.

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    Buta, Dorel; Asta, Mark; Hoyt, Jeffrey J

    2008-09-01

    A detailed analysis of the structure and dynamics of the crystal-melt interface region in silicon, modeled with the Stillinger-Weber potential, is performed via molecular dynamics simulations. The focus is on the faceted (111) crystal-melt interface, but properties of the rough (100) interface are also determined. We find an intrinsic 10-90 interface width of 0.681+/-0.001 nm for the coarse-grained density profile at the (111) interface and a 0.570+/-0.005 nm width at the (100) interface. Coarse-grained profiles of a suitably defined local order parameter are found to show a smaller width anisotropy between (111) and (100) interfaces while the order profiles exhibit a 0.20-0.25 nm shift in position toward the crystal phase relative to the corresponding density profiles. The structural analysis of the layer of melt adjacent to the (111) facet of the crystal finds ordered clusters with average lifetimes of 16 ps , as determined from autocorrelations of time-dependent layer structure factors, and cluster radii of gyration from 0.2 nm for the smallest cells to as large as 1.5 nm .

  2. Fluorescent DNA probes at liquid/liquid interfaces studied by surface second harmonic generation.

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    Licari, Giuseppe; Brevet, Pierre-François; Vauthey, Eric

    2016-01-28

    The properties of a series of oxazole yellow dyes, including the dicationic YOPRO-1 and its homodimeric parent YOYO-1 and two monocationic dyes (YOSAC-1 and YOSAC-3), have been investigated at the dodecane/water interface using stationary and time-resolved surface second harmonic generation (SSHG) combined with quantum chemical calculations. Whereas YOYO-1 exists predominantly as a H-dimer in aqueous solution, the stationary SSHG spectra reveal that such dimers are not formed at the interface. No significant H-aggregation was observed with YOPRO-1, neither in solution nor at the interface. In the case of the monocationic YOSAC dyes, a distinct SSHG band due to H-aggregates was measured at the interface, whereas only weak aggregation was found in solution. These distinct aggregation behaviors can be explained by the different orientations of the dyes at the interface, as revealed from the analysis of polarization-resolved experiments, the doubly-charged dyes lying more flat on the interface than the singly charged ones. Although YOYO-1 and YOPRO-1 do not form H-dimer/aggregates at the interface, time-resolved SSHG measurements point to the occurrence of intra- and intermolecular interactions, respectively, which inhibit the ultrafast non-radiative decay of the excited dyes via large amplitude motion, and lead to a nanosecond excited-state lifetime. The distinct behavior evidenced here for YOYO-1 and YOSAC dyes points to their potential use as fluorescent or SHG interfacial probes. PMID:26740332

  3. Space Station Furnace Facility Core. Requirements definition and conceptual design study. Volume 2: Technical report. Appendix 6: Technical summary reports

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    1992-05-01

    The Space Station Furnace Facility (SSFF) is a modular facility for materials research in the microgravity environment of the Space Station Freedom (SSF). The SSFF is designed for crystal growth and solidification research in the fields of electronic and photonic materials, metals and alloys, and glasses and ceramics and will allow for experimental determination of the role of gravitational forces in the solidification process. The facility will provide a capability for basic scientific research and will evaluate the commercial viability of low-gravity processing of selected technologically important materials. The facility is designed to support a complement of furnace modules as outlined in the Science Capabilities Requirements Document (SCRD). The SSFF is a three rack facility that provides the functions, interfaces, and equipment necessary for the processing of the furnaces and consists of two main parts: the SSFF Core Rack and the two Experiment Racks. The facility is designed to accommodate two experimenter-provided furnace modules housed within the two experiment racks, and is designed to operate these two furnace modules simultaneously. The SCRD specifies a wide range of furnace requirements and serves as the basis for the SSFF conceptual design. SSFF will support automated processing during the man-tended operations and is also designed for crew interface during the permanently manned configuration. The facility is modular in design and facilitates changes as required, so the SSFF is adept to modifications, maintenance, reconfiguration, and technology evolution.

  4. Space Station Furnace Facility Core. Requirements definition and conceptual design study. Volume 2: Technical report. Appendix 6: Technical summary reports

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1992-01-01

    The Space Station Furnace Facility (SSFF) is a modular facility for materials research in the microgravity environment of the Space Station Freedom (SSF). The SSFF is designed for crystal growth and solidification research in the fields of electronic and photonic materials, metals and alloys, and glasses and ceramics and will allow for experimental determination of the role of gravitational forces in the solidification process. The facility will provide a capability for basic scientific research and will evaluate the commercial viability of low-gravity processing of selected technologically important materials. The facility is designed to support a complement of furnace modules as outlined in the Science Capabilities Requirements Document (SCRD). The SSFF is a three rack facility that provides the functions, interfaces, and equipment necessary for the processing of the furnaces and consists of two main parts: the SSFF Core Rack and the two Experiment Racks. The facility is designed to accommodate two experimenter-provided furnace modules housed within the two experiment racks, and is designed to operate these two furnace modules simultaneously. The SCRD specifies a wide range of furnace requirements and serves as the basis for the SSFF conceptual design. SSFF will support automated processing during the man-tended operations and is also designed for crew interface during the permanently manned configuration. The facility is modular in design and facilitates changes as required, so the SSFF is adept to modifications, maintenance, reconfiguration, and technology evolution.

  5. Are We "There" Yet? the Treatment of Gender and Feminism in Technical, Business, and Workplace Writing Studies

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    White, Kate; Rumsey, Suzanne Kesler; Amidon, Stevens

    2016-01-01

    This article reexamines the treatment of gender and feminism in technical, business, and workplace writing studies--areas in which the three of us teach. Surprisingly, the published discourse of our field seems to implicitly minimize the gendered nature of business and technical writing workplaces and classrooms. To understand this apparent lack…

  6. Effects of different seat cushions on interface pressure distribution: a pilot study

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    Lee, Sang-Heon; Park, Ji-Su; Jung, Bong-Keun; Lee, Sung-A

    2016-01-01

    [Purpose] The purpose of this study was to evaluate pressure redistribution on the supporting area of healthy volunteers when using different cushions. [Subjects and Methods] Twenty healthy individuals ranging in age from 19–23 years old and 20 older adults age 60 or above participated in the study. All participants lived in urban communities in South Korea. Group differences according to gender, age, and cushion types were analyzed with one-way analysis of variance and post-hoc analysis. [Results] Statistically significant differences in peak pressure and mean pressure were identified between age, gender, and cushion types. Peak pressure and mean pressure were higher on firm surfaces and on the air cushion than other cushion types. The pressure ratio was lower when an air cushion was used in the buttock area and was higher when it was used under the thighs compared to that in other conditions. [Conclusion] This study showed that interface pressure can be distributed differently depending on what cushions are used. Therefore, when using seat cushions, individuals should seek advice to help them choose the appropriate cushion for their needs. PMID:26957763

  7. Effects of different seat cushions on interface pressure distribution: a pilot study.

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    Lee, Sang-Heon; Park, Ji-Su; Jung, Bong-Keun; Lee, Sung-A

    2016-01-01

    [Purpose] The purpose of this study was to evaluate pressure redistribution on the supporting area of healthy volunteers when using different cushions. [Subjects and Methods] Twenty healthy individuals ranging in age from 19-23 years old and 20 older adults age 60 or above participated in the study. All participants lived in urban communities in South Korea. Group differences according to gender, age, and cushion types were analyzed with one-way analysis of variance and post-hoc analysis. [Results] Statistically significant differences in peak pressure and mean pressure were identified between age, gender, and cushion types. Peak pressure and mean pressure were higher on firm surfaces and on the air cushion than other cushion types. The pressure ratio was lower when an air cushion was used in the buttock area and was higher when it was used under the thighs compared to that in other conditions. [Conclusion] This study showed that interface pressure can be distributed differently depending on what cushions are used. Therefore, when using seat cushions, individuals should seek advice to help them choose the appropriate cushion for their needs. PMID:26957763

  8. Analysis of E-Mail Produced by Middle School Students with Disabilities Using Accessible Interfaces: An Exploratory Study

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    Sohlberg, McKay Moore; Todis, Bonnie; Fickas, Stephen; Ehlhardt, Laurie

    2011-01-01

    The goal of this exploratory study was to investigate electronic communication as a potential method to enhance social communication in a range of students with disabilities. This study investigated the usability of an adapted e-mail interface, TeenMail, for 11 middle school students with significant learning and communication impairments who…

  9. Relational Study of Technical Education in Scotland and Nigeria for Sustainable Skill Development

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    Umunadi, E. Kennedy

    2014-01-01

    This paper was designed to look at technical education curriculum and mode of implementation in Scotland in order to adopt the advantageous attributes of the Scottish technical education in Nigeria. The paper x-rayed the staff perceptions of technical education and its roles in Scotland; history of technical education before the advent of British…

  10. Tunneling Spectroscopy Studies of Epitaxial Graphene on Silicon Carbide(0001) and Its Interfaces

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    Sandin, Andreas Axel Tomas

    A two dimensional network of sp2 bonded carbon atoms is defined as graphene. This novel material possesses remarkable electronic properties due to its unique band structure at the vicinity of the Fermi energy. The toughest challenge to bring use of graphene electronic properties in device geometries is that graphene is exceptionally sensitive to its electrical environment for integration into macroscopic system of electrical contacts and substrates. One of the most promising substrates for graphene is the polar surfaces of SiC for the reason it can be grown epitaxially by sublimating Si from the top-most SiC atomic layers. In this work, the interfaces of graphene grown on the Si-terminated polar surface SiC(0001) is studied in UHV using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS), low energy electron diffraction (LEED) and auger electron Spectroscopy (AES). STM is used image the graphene surface and interfaces with the capability of atomic resolution. LEED is used to study surface atomic reciprocal ordering and AES is used to determine surface atomic composition during the graphene formation. Interfacial layer (Buffer layer), Single layer graphene and bilayer graphene are identified electronically by means of probing the first member of the image potential derived state. This state is found by dZ/dV spectroscopy in the high energy unoccupied states and is exceptionally sensitive to electrostatic changes to the surface which is detected by energy shifts of image potential states (IPS). This sensitivity is utilized to probe the graphene screening of external electric fields by varying the electric field in the tunneling junction and addresses the fact that charged impurity scattering is likely to be crucial for epitaxial graphene on SiC(0001) when it comes to transport parameters. Shifts of IPS energy position has also been used verify work function changes for identification of several Sodium Intercalation structures of epitaxial

  11. Review of Technical Studies in the United States in Support of Burnup Credit Regulatory Guidance

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    Wagner, John C; Parks, Cecil V; Mueller, Don; Gauld, Ian C

    2010-01-01

    Taking credit for the reduction in reactivity associated with fuel depletion can enable more cost-effective, higher-density storage, transport, disposal, and reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) while maintaining sufficient subcritical margin to establish an adequate safety basis. Consequently, there continues to be considerable interest in the United States (U.S.), as well as internationally, in the increased use of burnup credit in SNF operations, particularly related to storage, transport, and disposal of commercial SNF. This interest has motivated numerous technical studies related to the application of burnup credit, both domestically and internationally, as well as the design of SNF storage, transport and disposal systems that rely on burnup credit for maintaining subcriticality. Responding to industry requests and needs, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) initiated a burnup credit research program in 1999, with support from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), to develop regulatory guidance and the supporting technical bases for allowing and expanding the use of burnup credit in pressurized-water reactor SNF storage and transport applications. Although this NRC research program has not been continuous since its inception, considerable progress has been achieved in many key areas in terms of increased understanding of relevant phenomena and issues, availability of relevant information and data, and subsequently updated regulatory guidance for expanded use of burnup credit. This paper reviews technical studies performed by ORNL for the U.S. NRC burnup credit research program. Examples of topics include reactivity effects associated with reactor operating characteristics, fuel assembly characteristics, burnable absorbers, control rods, spatial burnup distributions, cooling time, and assembly misloading; methods and data for validation of isotopic composition predictions; methods and data for validation of criticality calculations; and

  12. In situ study of the initiation of hydrogen bubbles at the aluminium metal/oxide interface.

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    Xie, De-Gang; Wang, Zhang-Jie; Sun, Jun; Li, Ju; Ma, Evan; Shan, Zhi-Wei

    2015-09-01

    The presence of excess hydrogen at the interface between a metal substrate and a protective oxide can cause blistering and spallation of the scale. However, it remains unclear how nanoscale bubbles manage to reach the critical size in the first place. Here, we perform in situ environmental transmission electron microscopy experiments of the aluminium metal/oxide interface under hydrogen exposure. It is found that once the interface is weakened by hydrogen segregation, surface diffusion of Al atoms initiates the formation of faceted cavities on the metal side, driven by Wulff reconstruction. The morphology and growth rate of these cavities are highly sensitive to the crystallographic orientation of the aluminium substrate. Once the cavities grow to a critical size, the internal gas pressure can become great enough to blister the oxide layer. Our findings have implications for understanding hydrogen damage of interfaces.

  13. Ab initio study on the dynamics of furfural at the liquid-solid interfaces

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    Dang, Hongli; Xue, Wenhua; Shields, Darwin; Liu, Yingdi; Jentoft, Friederike; Resasco, Daniel; Wang, Sanwu

    2013-03-01

    Catalytic biomass conversion sometimes occurs at the liquid-solid interfaces. We report ab initio molecular dynamics simulations at finite temperatures for the catalytic reactions involving furfural at the water-Pd and water-Cu interfaces. We found that, during the dynamic process, the furan ring of furfural prefers to be parallel to the Pd surface and the aldehyde group tends to be away from the Pd surface. On the other hand, at the water-Cu(111) interface, furfural prefers to be tilted to the Cu surface while the aldehyde group is bonded to the surface. In both cases, interaction of liquid water and furfural is identified. The difference of dynamic process of furfural at the two interfaces suggests different catalytic reaction mechanisms for the conversion of furfural, consistent with the experimental investigations. Supported by DOE (DE-SC0004600). Simulations and calculations were performed on XSED's and NERSC's supercomputers

  14. Satellite studies of suspended matter and aquatic interfaces in Delaware Bay

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    Klemas, V. (Principal Investigator); Srna, R.; Treasure, W.

    1973-01-01

    The author has identified the following significant results. Three successful ERTS-1 satellite passes have produced synoptic imagery showing distribution of suspended matter and aquatic interfaces over Delaware Bay and adjacent Atlantic coastal regions. The interfaces are a major hydrographic feature in Delaware Bay and frequently include regions of high convergence. In the upper and middle bay the interfaces tend to align along the flow axis of the river and parallel to the shoreline. A correlation has been found between the concentration of sand particles in suspension and the depth, suggesting that most of the heavier particles are lifted into temporary suspension over shoals and shallow areas by currents and waves. The second type of interface is primarily a tidal intrusion of shelf water into the bay during incipient flood tide, with associated discontinuities in salinity and temperature. The convergence properties of such fronts attract heavy accumulations of foam which were found to contain strong concentrations of heavy metals and other toxic substances.

  15. In situ study of the initiation of hydrogen bubbles at the aluminium metal/oxide interface

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    Xie, De-Gang; Wang, Zhang-Jie; Sun, Jun; Li, Ju; Ma, Evan; Shan, Zhi-Wei

    2015-09-01

    The presence of excess hydrogen at the interface between a metal substrate and a protective oxide can cause blistering and spallation of the scale. However, it remains unclear how nanoscale bubbles manage to reach the critical size in the first place. Here, we perform in situ environmental transmission electron microscopy experiments of the aluminium metal/oxide interface under hydrogen exposure. It is found that once the interface is weakened by hydrogen segregation, surface diffusion of Al atoms initiates the formation of faceted cavities on the metal side, driven by Wulff reconstruction. The morphology and growth rate of these cavities are highly sensitive to the crystallographic orientation of the aluminium substrate. Once the cavities grow to a critical size, the internal gas pressure can become great enough to blister the oxide layer. Our findings have implications for understanding hydrogen damage of interfaces.

  16. Dynamic modeling efforts for system interface studies for nuclear hydrogen production.

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    Vilim, R. B.; Nuclear Engineering Division

    2007-08-15

    System interface studies require not only identifying economically optimal equipment configurations, which involves studying mainly full power steady-state operation, but also assessing the operability of a design during load change and startup and assessing safety-related behavior during upset conditions. This latter task is performed with a dynamic simulation code. This report reviews the requirements of such a code. It considers the types of transients that will need to be simulated, the phenomena that will be present, the models best suited for representing the phenomena, and the type of numerical solution scheme for solving the models to obtain the dynamic response of the combined nuclear-hydrogen plant. Useful insight into plant transient behavior prior to running a dynamics code is obtained by some simple methods that take into account component time constants and energy capacitances. Methods for determining reactor stability, plant startup time, and temperature response during load change, and tripping of the reactor are described. Some preliminary results are presented.

  17. Laser studies of chemical dynamics at the gas-solid interface. Progress report

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    Cavanagh, R.R.; King, D.S.

    1985-10-14

    The pathways and rates of energy transfer at surfaces remain some of the key unresolved issues for understanding chemical reactions occurring at this interface region. A dedicated experimental facility incorporating both sophisticated laser probes and modern surface diagnostics is being applied to the study of the thermal desorption of molecules chemisorbed on well-characterized surfaces. The thermal desorption process was chosen for initial study because thermally activated desorption, and its reverse, trapping, are key steps for the control of heterogeneous reactions. While it is frequently assumed that the desorbed species may be described in terms of equilibration with the substrate heat bath, there have been no previous direct tests of the validity of this assumption. In fact, our earlier measurements of NO thermally desorbed from Ru(001) indicated this not to be the case. In the past year we have taken a detailed look at the thermal desorption of NO from Pt(111). Emphasis was placed on trying to uncover the relative importance of adsorbate-surface versus adsorbate-adsorbate interactions. In addition, we have assembled a high vacuum test station to investigate the effects of rapid pulsed laser heating on an adsorbate covered surface (Pt foil).

  18. Electronic Structure of C60/Phthalocyanine/ITO Interfaces Studied using Soft X-ray Spectroscopies

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    Cho, S.; Piper, L; DeMasi, A; Preston, A; Smith, K; Chauhan, K; Sullivan, P; Hatton, R; Jones, T

    2010-01-01

    The interface electronic structure of a bilayer heterojunction of C{sub 60} and three different phthalocyanines grown on indium tin oxide (ITO) has been studied using synchrotron radiation-excited photoelectron spectroscopy. The energy difference between the highest occupied molecular orbital level of the phthalocyanine (donor) layer and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital level of the C{sub 60} (acceptor) layer (E{sub HOMO}{sup D} - E{sub LUMO}{sup A}) was determined. The E{sub HOMO}{sup D} - E{sub LUMO}{sup A} of a heterojunction with boron subphthalocyanine chloride (SubPc) was found to be much larger than those of copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) and chloro-aluminum phthalocyanine (ClAlPc). This observation is discussed in terms of the difference of the ionization energy of each donor material. Additionally, we have studied the molecular orientation of the phthalocyanine films on ITO using angle-dependent X-ray absorption spectroscopy. We found that the SubPc films showed significant disorder compared to the CuPc and ClAlPc films and also found that E{sub HOMO}{sup D} - E{sub LUMO}{sup A} varied with the orientation of the ClAlPc molecules relative to the ITO substrate. This orientation could be controlled by varying the ClAlPc deposition rate.

  19. Wildland-Urban Interface Fires and Socioeconomic Conditions: A Case Study of a Northwestern Patagonia City

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    de Torres Curth, Monica; Biscayart, Carolina; Ghermandi, Luciana; Pfister, Gabriela

    2012-04-01

    In many regions of the world, fires are primarily of anthropogenic origin. In northwestern Patagonia, the number of fires is not correlated with meteorological variables, but is concentrated in urban areas. This study was conducted in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) area of San Carlos de Bariloche (Patagonia, Argentina), within the Nahuel Huapi National Park. WUI fires are particularly problematic because, besides people and goods, they represent a danger to protected areas. We studied the relationship between fire records and socioeconomic indicators within the WUI of San Carlos de Bariloche. We conducted a Multiple Correspondence Factorial Analysis and an Ascendant Hierarchical Classification of the city neighborhoods. The results show that the neighborhoods in Bariloche can be divided into three classes: High Socioeconomic Fire Risk neighborhoods, including neighborhoods with the highest fire rates, where people have low instruction level, high levels of unsatisfied basic needs and high unemployment levels; Low Socioeconomic Fire Risk neighborhoods, that groups neighborhoods which present the opposite characterization, and Moderate Socioeconomic Fire Risk neighborhoods, which are more heterogeneous. Once neighborhoods were classified, a Socioeconomic Fire Risk map was generated, supplementing the existing WUI Fire Danger map. Our results emphasize the relevance of socioeconomic variables to fire policies.

  20. Kinetics Study of Uranium and Iodine Transport Across The Marine Sediment-water Interface.

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    Simonucci, C.; Viollier, E.; Jézéquel, D.; Sarazin, G.; Metzger, E.; Prévot, F.; Anschutz, P.; Bouran, J. J.

    Even if extensive lab and fieldwork has been done to determine geo- or biogeochemical reactions that precipitate uranium ore, dominant pathways of uranium accumulation in anoxic marine sediments remain to be demonstrated. As well iodine transformation below sediment-water interface lacks of definitive explanation. In this work, we utilize bioreactors for undisturbed sediment to validate possible mechanisms and extract kinetics information that applies to in situ conditions in order to feed diagenetic model. Here, we are presenting our first results in uranium and iodine from our study sites in the Bay of Biscay (France) and in the Thau lagoon (France). We observe that uranium is trapped in anoxic marine sediments (cores from Bay of Biscay) during our bioreactor experiment under anoxic conditions. The concentration of uranium decreases drastically from the injection concentration, to almost zero, in 20 hours. For iodine, it is not as clear as for uranium, because the concentration is still the same from the beginning of circulation of the injection solution, until the end of the experiment (96 hours). In order to decide wether iodine is trapped in marine sediments or transformed in one of its compounds, we also study its speciation at the reactor output.

  1. Dynamical renormalization group study for a class of non-local interface equations

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    Nicoli, Matteo; Cuerno, Rodolfo; Castro, Mario

    2011-10-01

    We provide a detailed dynamic renormalization group study for a class of stochastic equations that describe non-conserved interface growth mediated by non-local interactions. We consider explicitly both the morphologically stable case, and the less studied case in which pattern formation occurs, for which flat surfaces are linearly unstable to periodic perturbations. We show that the latter leads to non-trivial scaling behavior in an appropriate parameter range when combined with the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang (KPZ) nonlinearity, which nevertheless does not correspond to the KPZ universality class. This novel asymptotic behavior is characterized by two scaling laws that fix the critical exponents to dimension-independent values, which agree with previous reports from numerical simulations and experimental systems. We show that the precise form of the linear stabilizing terms does not modify the hydrodynamic behavior of these equations. One of the scaling laws, usually associated with Galilean invariance, is shown to derive from a vertex cancellation that occurs (at least to one loop order) for any choice of linear terms in the equation of motion and is independent of the morphological stability of the surface, hence generalizing this well-known property of the KPZ equation. Moreover, the argument carries over to other systems such as the Lai-Das Sarma-Villain equation, in which vertex cancellation is known not to imply an associated symmetry of the equation.

  2. Study of the Splat-Substrate Interface for a PEEK Coating Plasma-Sprayed onto Aluminum Substrates

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    Wu, J.; Munroe, P. R.; Withy, B.; Hyland, M. M.

    2010-01-01

    The quality of coatings made using thermal spray processes depends greatly on the degree of adhesion between the substrate and its coating. Yet the bonding mechanisms between a substrate and coating are not well understood. In this study, polyetheretherketone (PEEK) powder was plasma-sprayed to form single splats on aluminum substrates, which had undergone various surface treatments, including boiled (BT), etched (E, ET), and polished (PT), all of which had also been thermally treated to remove water from the substrate surface, with the exception of one etched aluminum substrate. Scanning electron microscopy was used to give an overview of the surface and splat morphology. The splat-substrate interfaces were studied in detail using focused ion beam imaging and transmission electron microscopy, to characterize microstructural features within the splat-substrate interface, including inter/intrasplat pores, pores along the splat-substrate interface, level of contact between the splat and the substrate, etc. The results showed that the splat-substrate interface for the BT and the E substrate surface had poor level of contact, with a high number of small pores (<1 μm) along the splat-substrate interface for the BT splat-substrate interface, and the formation of a near-continuous crevice between the PEEK splat and the aluminum substrate for the E substrate surface. The presence of the fine needle-like network of oxide layer on the BT substrate surface may have restricted the flow of the molten PEEK on the aluminum substrate, and the possible presence of physisorbed and chemisorbed water on the E substrate surface may have reduced the level of contact between the PEEK and the aluminum substrate. In contrast, specimens which had undergone thermal treatment to minimize the presence of water on the substrate surface, such as the ET and PT substrate surface, exhibited high level of contact at the splat-substrate interface. The number of pores for the ET and the PT splat

  3. Micro bubbles at interfaces

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    Keshavarzi, Gholamreza; Wang, Anna; Barber, Tracie; Manoharan, Vinothan

    2014-03-01

    The behaviour of a small micron sized bubbles close to an interface is vital to various interface interaction applications in several industries. Previous studies have focused on understanding the behaviour of large millimetric bubbles reaching an interface. Some of these millimetric bubbles are shown to bounce back, while others penetrate and burst on the interface resulting in possible small micron sized bubbles. However, small micron sized bubble may act different. It has been observed that small microbubbles can act as if they are stabilized at the interface without merging to the fluid over the interface. The dynamics of the microbubble adsorption close to an interface has yet to be well understood.In this study we used digital holography microscopy to explore detailed information on the behaviour of the air microbubble at the interface. This study investigates the position and shape of a microbubble with respect to the interface. The dynamic behavior close to the interface along with where the small microbubble is positioned near an interface will help us in understanding the probability of penetration and merging back to the fluid on top.

  4. Instrument constraints and interface specifications. Earth Observatory Satellite system definition study (EOS)

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1974-01-01

    The equipment specifications for the thematic mapper and high resolution pointable imager for use on the Earth Observatory Satellite (EOS) are presented. The interface requirements of the systems are defined. The interface requirements are extracted from the equipment specifications and are intended as a summary to be used by the system and spacecraft designer. The appropriate documentation from which the specifications of the equipment are established are identified.

  5. VISTA (Vertical Integration of Science, Technology, and Applications) user interface software study

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    Chin, G.

    1990-04-01

    The Vertical Integration of Science, Technology, and Applications (VISTA) project is an initiative to employ modern information and communications technology for rapid and effective application of basic research results by end users. Developed by the Pacific Northwest Laboratory, VISTA's purpose is to develop and deploy information systems (software or software/hardware products) to broad segments of various markets. Inherent in these products would be mechanisms for accessing PNL-resident information about the problem. A goal of VISTA is to incorporate existing, commercially available user interface technology into the VISTA UIMS. Commercial systems are generally more complete, reliable, and cost-effective than software developed in-house. The objective of this report is to examine the current state of commercial user interface software and discuss the implications of selections thereof. This report begins by describing the functionality of the user interface as it applies to users and application developers. Next, a reference model is presented defining the various operational software layers of a graphical user interface. The main body follows which examines current user interface technology by sampling a number of commercial systems. Both the window system and user interface toolkit markets are surveyed. A summary of the current technology concludes this report. 15 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  6. Physicochemical Study of Viral Nanoparticles at the Air/Water Interface.

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    Torres-Salgado, Jose F; Comas-Garcia, Mauricio; Villagrana-Escareño, Maria V; Durán-Meza, Ana L; Ruiz-García, Jaime; Cadena-Nava, Ruben D

    2016-07-01

    The assembly of most single-stranded RNA (ssRNA) viruses into icosahedral nucleocapsids is a spontaneous process driven by protein-protein and RNA-protein interactions. The precise nature of these interactions results in the assembly of extremely monodisperse and structurally indistinguishable nucleocapsids. In this work, by using a ssRNA plant virus (cowpea chlorotic mottle virus [CCMV]) as a charged nanoparticle we show that the diffusion of these nanoparticles from the bulk solution to the air/water interface is an irreversible adsorption process. By using the Langmuir technique, we measured the diffusion and adsorption of viral nucleocapsids at the air/water interface at different pH conditions. The pH changes, and therefore in the net surface charge of the virions, have a great influence in the diffusion rate from the bulk solution to the air/water interface. Moreover, assembly of mesoscopic and microscopic viral aggregates at this interface depends on the net surface charge of the virions and the surface pressure. By using Brewster's angle microscopy we characterized these structures at the interface. Most common structures observed were clusters of virions and soap-frothlike micron-size structures. Furthermore, the CCMV films were compressed to form monolayers and multilayers from moderate to high surface pressures, respectively. After transferring the films from the air/water interface onto mica by using the Langmuir-Blodgett technique, their morphology was characterized by atomic force microscopy. These viral monolayers showed closed-packing nano- and microscopic arrangements.

  7. Adsorption and solvation of ethanol at the water liquid-vapor interface: a molecular dynamics study

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    Wilson, M. A.; Pohorille, A.

    1997-01-01

    The free energy profiles of methanol and ethanol at the water liquid-vapor interface at 310K were calculated using molecular dynamics computer simulations. Both alcohols exhibit a pronounced free energy minimum at the interface and, therefore, have positive adsorption at this interface. The surface excess was computed from the Gibbs adsorption isotherm and was found to be in good agreement with experimental results. Neither compound exhibits a free energy barrier between the bulk and the surface adsorbed state. Scattering calculations of ethanol molecules from a gas phase thermal distribution indicate that the mass accommodation coefficient is 0.98, and the molecules become thermalized within 10 ps of striking the interface. It was determined that the formation of the solvation structure around the ethanol molecule at the interface is not the rate-determining step in its uptake into water droplets. The motion of an ethanol molecule in a water lamella was followed for 30 ns. The time evolution of the probability distribution of finding an ethanol molecule that was initially located at the interface is very well described by the diffusion equation on the free energy surface.

  8. Numerical studies of the effects of jet-induced mixing on liquid-vapor interface condensation

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    Lin, Chin-Shun

    1989-01-01

    Numerical solutions of jet-induced mixing in a partially full cryogenic tank are presented. An axisymmetric laminar jet is discharged from the central part of the tank bottom toward the liquid-vapor interface. Liquid is withdrawn at the same volume flow rate from the outer part of the tank. The jet is at a temperature lower than the interface, which is maintained at a certain saturation temperature. The interface is assumed to be flat and shear-free and the condensation-induced velocity is assumed to be negligibly small compared with radial interface velocity. Finite-difference method is used to solve the nondimensional form of steady state continuity, momentum, and energy equations. Calculations are conducted for jet Reynolds numbers ranging from 150 to 600 and Prandtl numbers ranging from 0.85 to 2.65. The effects of above stated parameters on the condensation Nusselt and Stanton numbers which characterize the steady-state interface condensation process are investigated. Detailed analysis to gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of fluid mixing and interface condensation is performed.

  9. Structure and charging of hydrophobic material/water interfaces studied by phase-sensitive sum-frequency vibrational spectroscopy

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    Tian, C. S.; Shen, Y. R.

    2009-01-01

    We have studied the hydrophobic water/octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS) interface by using the phase-sensitive sum-frequency vibrational spectroscopy (PS-SFVS), and we obtained detailed structural information of the interface at the molecular level. Excess ions emerging at the interface were detected by changes of the surface vibrational spectrum induced by the surface field created by the excess ions. Both hydronium (H3O+) and hydroxide (OH−) ions were found to adsorb at the interface, and so did other negative ions such as Cl−. By varying the ion concentrations in the bulk water, their adsorption isotherms were measured. It was seen that among the three, OH− has the highest adsorption energy, and H3O+ has the lowest; OH− also has the highest saturation coverage, and Cl− has the lowest. The result shows that even the neat water/OTS interface is not neutral, but charged with OH− ions. The result also explains the surprising observation that the isoelectric point appeared at ∼3.0 when HCl was used to decrease the pH starting from neat water. PMID:19706483

  10. The associations of selected technical parameters with discus throwing performance: a cross-sectional study.

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    Leigh, Steve; Yu, Bing

    2007-09-01

    The aim of this study was to identify associations between discus throwing performance and the technical parameters of: hip-shoulder and shoulder-arm separation, trunk forward-backward tilt, and throwing-arm elevation angles. Video data of male and female discus throwers' competitive performances were captured during major competitions. Real-life three-dimensional coordinates of 21 body landmarks, and the discus's centre, were obtained for 94 trials using the direct linear transformation procedure. Each technical parameter was reduced at six critical instants. The trend of each parameter across four standards of performance was analysed separately for both sexes. For the female throwers, hip-shoulder and shoulder-arm separations after the flight phase, as well as forward-backward trunk tilts at the beginning and end of the throwing procedure were associated with performance. For male throwers, only the hip-shoulder separation immediately before the flight phase was associated with performance. These findings suggest that the relationships between technical parameters and discus throwing performance are different for males and females. Our results suggest that elite female discus throwers are reliant on effective technique throughout the throwing procedure to achieve long distances, whereas male discus throwers may have a relatively homogeneous technique, and a dependence on physical strength to achieve their long throws.

  11. EPR and rheological study of hybrid interfaces in gold-clay-epoxy nanocomposites.

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    Angelov, Verislav; Velichkova, Hristiana; Ivanov, Evgeni; Kotsilkova, Rumiana; Delville, Marie-Hélène; Cangiotti, Michela; Fattori, Alberto; Ottaviani, Maria Francesca

    2014-11-11

    obtained from this study is applicable to understand the role of interfaces in ternary nanocomposites with different combinations of nanofillers. PMID:25330464

  12. Study of flow at the interface of a porous medium using particle image velocimetry

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    Shams Saryazdi, Masoud

    This thesis reports the results of an experimental study of the flow at the interface of a fibrous porous medium and a freely flowing fluid. The model for the porous medium was a square array of parallel rods, and arrays with three different solid volume fractions were tested; namely 2.5%, 5.2%, and 10%. The flow adjacent to the porous medium was a shear flow perpendicular to the interface. It was created by generating circular Couette flow in a narrow channel outside the porous medium. Comprehensive velocity measurements were made inside and outside the various porous media using a PIV system that was developed for the experiment. An adverse pressure gradient in the streamwise direction was found to exist between the rods for the media with solid volume fractions of 5.2% and 10%. However no such pressure gradient was found for the 2.5% medium. The fluid motion corresponding to the adverse pressure gradients inside the medium was circulatory. The slip coefficient proposed by Beavers and Joseph was found directly by measuring the local velocity near the boundary of the porous medium. The slip coefficient for the media tested was found to be approximately 3. Comparisons show that Brinkman's equation in its original form (with the same viscosity inside the porous medium mu* and outside mu) did not produce results that matched the measured velocity field. Furthermore, Brinkman's equation did not produce results that matched the experimental velocity fields using any value of the viscosity ratio, mu*/mu. The measurements show that the slip velocity is small, and that Brinkman's equation with mu*/mu ≈ 9 predicts slip velocities quite well. The shear penetration length decreases as the solid volume fraction increases, and for a porous medium with a solid volume fraction of around 10%, the penetration length is smaller than all length scales of the medium. Therefore, for the higher solid volume fractions tested, shear penetration is practically negligible. Penetration of

  13. How family carers engage with technical health procedures in the home: a grounded theory study

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    McDonald, Janet; McKinlay, Eileen; Keeling, Sally; Levack, William

    2015-01-01

    Objectives To explore the experiences of family carers who manage technical health procedures at home and describe their learning process. Design A qualitative study using grounded theory. Participants New Zealand family carers (21 women, 5 men) who managed technical health procedures such as enteral feeding, peritoneal dialysis, tracheostomy care, a central venous line or urinary catheter. In addition, 15 health professionals involved in teaching carers were interviewed. Methods Semistructured interviews were coded soon after completion and preliminary analysis influenced subsequent interviews. Additional data were compared with existing material and as analysis proceeded, initial codes were grouped into higher order concepts until a core concept was described. Interviewing continued until no new ideas emerged and concepts were well defined. Results The response of carers to the role of managing technical health procedures in the home is presented in terms of five dispositions: (1) Embracing care, (2) Resisting, (3) Reluctant acceptance, (4) Relinquishing and (5) Being overwhelmed. These dispositions were not static and carers commonly changed between them. Embracing care included cognitive understanding of the purpose and benefits of a procedure; accepting a ‘technical’ solution; practical management; and an emotional response. Accepting embrace is primarily motivated by perceived benefits for the recipient. It may also be driven by a lack of alternatives. Resisting or reluctant acceptance results from a lack of understanding about the procedure or willingness to manage it. Carers need adequate support to avoid becoming overwhelmed, and there are times when it is appropriate to encourage them to relinquish care for the sake of their own needs. Conclusions The concept of embracing care encourages health professionals to extend their attention beyond simply the practical aspects of technical procedures to assessing and addressing carers’ emotional and

  14. Shuttle/Agena study. Volume 2, part 2: Agena tug configurations, Shuttle/Agena interface, performance, safety, cost

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    1972-01-01

    An evaluation of the compatibility of the space shuttle and Agena rocket vehicle was conducted. The Agena space tug configuration design is described in terms of the total vehicle system as well as the individual subsystems and major assemblies and components. The complete interface between the Agena space tug and the space shuttle orbiter is defined for in-flight and ground operations. The derivation and design of an evolutionary stage is also presented. This vehicle conforms to the same guidelines and interface requirements as the Agena space tug. Performance data developed for both vehicles for each of the three study baseline missions are included.

  15. XPS study of the Al/SiO2 interface viewed from the SiO2 side

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    Hecht, M. H.; Grunthaner, F. J.; Maserjian, J.

    1984-01-01

    The first nondestructive measurement of the chemical and physical characteristics of the interface between bulk SiO2 and thick aluminum films is presented. Both X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electrical measurements of unannealed resistively evaporated Al films on thermal SiO2 indicate an atomically abrupt interface. Postmetallization annealing (PMA) at 450 C induces reduction of the SiO2 by the aluminum, resulting in the layer ordering SiO2/Al2O3/Si/Al. The XPS measurement is performed from the SiO2 side after removal of the Si substrate after etching with XeF2 gas and thinning of the SiO2 layer with HF:ETOH. This represents a powerful new approach to the study of metal-insulator and other interfaces.

  16. Combining situated Cognitive Engineering with a novel testing method in a case study comparing two infusion pump interfaces.

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    Schnittker, R; Schmettow, M; Verhoeven, F; Schraagen, J M C

    2016-07-01

    We validated the usability of a new infusion pump interface designed with a situated Cognitive Engineering approach by comparing it to a reference interface using a novel testing method employing repeated measurements and process measures, in addition to traditional outcome measures. The sample consisted of 25 nurses who performed eight critical tasks three times. Performance measures consisted of number and type of errors, deviations from a pre-established normative path solution, task completion times, number of keystrokes, mental effort and preferences in use. Results showed that interaction with the new interface resulted in 18% fewer errors, 90% fewer normative path deviations, 42% lower task completion times, 40% fewer keystrokes, 39% lower mental effort and 76% more subjective preferences in use. These outcomes suggest that within the scope of this case study, combining the situated Cognitive Engineering approach with a novel testing method addresses various shortcomings of earlier testing methods. PMID:26995032

  17. Innovative Power Wheelchair Control Interface: A Proof-of-Concept Study

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    Romero, Sergio; Prather, Emily; Ramroop, Marisa; Slaibe, Emmy; Christensen, Matthew

    2016-01-01

    Some people without independent mobility are candidates for powered mobility but are unable to use a traditional power wheelchair joystick. This proof-of-concept study tested and further developed an innovative method of driving power wheelchairs for people whose impairments prevent them from operating commercial wheelchair controls. Our concept, Self-referenced Personal Orthotic Omni-purpose Control Interface (SPOOCI), is distinguished by referencing the control sensor not to the wheelchair frame but instead to the adjacent proximal lower-extremity segment via a custom-formed orthosis. Using a descriptive case-series design, we compared the pre–post functional power wheelchair driving skill data of 4 participants, measured by the Power Mobility Program, using descriptive analyses. The intervention consisted of standard-care power wheelchair training during 12 outpatient occupational or physical therapy sessions. All 4 participants who completed the 12-wk intervention improved their functional power wheelchair driving skills using SPOOCI, but only 3 were deemed safe to continue with power wheelchair driving. PMID:26943118

  18. {sup 4}He liquid-vapor interface below 1 K studied using x-ray reflectivity

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    Penanen, Konstantin; Fukuto, Masafumi; Heilmann, Ralf K.; Silvera, Isaac F.; Pershan, Peter S.

    2000-10-01

    The free surface of thin films of liquid helium adsorbed on a solid substrate has been studied using x-ray reflectivity. The film thickness and interfacial profile are extracted from the angular dependence of measured interference between signals reflected from the liquid-vapor and liquid-substrate interfaces. Polished silicon wafers, chemically cleaned and passivated, were used as substrates. Results are reported for measurements for {sup 4}He films 35 to 130 Aa thick in the temperature range 0.44 to 1.3 K. The 10%/90% interfacial width for temperature T=0.45 K varies from 5.3{+-}0.5 Aa for 36{+-}1.5 Aa thick films to 6.5{+-}0.5 Aa for 125{+-}1.5 Aa thick films. The profile width at zero temperature should not differ significantly from that measured at T=0.45 K. For T=1.22 K, the width is 7.8{+-}1.0 Aa.

  19. A Study of Various Feature Extraction Methods on a Motor Imagery Based Brain Computer Interface System

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    Resalat, Seyed Navid; Saba, Valiallah

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: Brain Computer Interface (BCI) systems based on Movement Imagination (MI) are widely used in recent decades. Separate feature extraction methods are employed in the MI data sets and classified in Virtual Reality (VR) environments for real-time applications. Methods: This study applied wide variety of features on the recorded data using Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA) classifier to select the best feature sets in the offline mode. The data set was recorded in 3-class tasks of the left hand, the right hand, and the foot motor imagery. Results: The experimental results showed that Auto-Regressive (AR), Mean Absolute Value (MAV), and Band Power (BP) features have higher accuracy values,75% more than those for the other features. Discussion: These features were selected for the designed real-time navigation. The corresponding results revealed the subject-specific nature of the MI-based BCI system; however, the Power Spectral Density (PSD) based α-BP feature had the highest averaged accuracy. PMID:27303595

  20. [Time-resolved optical studies of charge relaxation and charge transfer at electrode interfaces

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    Not Available

    1992-01-01

    Key components were identified in a quantitative model of carrier relaxation in semiconductor electrodes: nonlinear aspects of nonradiative and radiative recombination, effect of space charge field on carrier dynamics, self-absorption effects in direct gas semiconductors, and influence of surface state population kinetics on charge carrier recombination. For CdSe, the first three are operative (no direct proof of the last one). A realistic kinetic model for carrier recombination in the bulk of CdSe was used which includes important nonlinear effects, both radiative and nonradiative. The change in interfacial recombination velocity with the chemical nature of the sinterface was studied (n-CdSe/silane interfaces). Temperature effect (278 to 328 K) on fluorescence decay of n-CdSe in contact with 0.5 M KOH was found to be weak. An analytical solution was obtained for time-resolved fluoresence from electrodes under potential bias, and is being tested. Fluorescence work on a different material, CdS, indicate different recombination kinetics; this material was used to directly pump an optical transition of a surface state.

  1. [Time-resolved optical studies of charge relaxation and charge transfer at electrode interfaces

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    Not Available

    1992-12-31

    Key components were identified in a quantitative model of carrier relaxation in semiconductor electrodes: nonlinear aspects of nonradiative and radiative recombination, effect of space charge field on carrier dynamics, self-absorption effects in direct gas semiconductors, and influence of surface state population kinetics on charge carrier recombination. For CdSe, the first three are operative (no direct proof of the last one). A realistic kinetic model for carrier recombination in the bulk of CdSe was used which includes important nonlinear effects, both radiative and nonradiative. The change in interfacial recombination velocity with the chemical nature of the sinterface was studied (n-CdSe/silane interfaces). Temperature effect (278 to 328 K) on fluorescence decay of n-CdSe in contact with 0.5 M KOH was found to be weak. An analytical solution was obtained for time-resolved fluoresence from electrodes under potential bias, and is being tested. Fluorescence work on a different material, CdS, indicate different recombination kinetics; this material was used to directly pump an optical transition of a surface state.

  2. Molecular Dynamics Study of the Electrical Double Layer at Silver Chloride Electrolyte Interfaces

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    Zarzycki, Piotr P.; Kerisit, Sebastien N.; Rosso, Kevin M.

    2010-05-20

    Molecular dynamics simulations of the electrical double layer at AgCl/aqueous electrolyte (KCl) interfaces are presented, accompanied by a new force field and properties of bulk AgCl computed using planewave density functional theory. Long dynamics simulations were performed to estimate ion adsorption free energies at the AgCl surface. The simulations demonstrate formation of a bilayer hydration sheet composed of two sublayers of water molecules interconnected by hydrogen bonds. Potassium ions prefer to form an inner-sphere complex, whereas chloride ions prefer outer-sphere complexes. The adsorbed ions/water layers form a relatively rigid structure within the range of ionic strength considered, which confirms the applicability of the Helmholtz model in a high concentration regime. Profiles of the charge density, electric field and electrostatic potential across the simulation cell revealed that oscillations of water molecules govern these quantities. The electrostatic potential generated only by the electrolyte ions was used to study the quasi-Nernstian response of the silver chloride surface to the variation in the ionic strength.

  3. Liquid-Liquid Interface Study of Hydrocarbons, Alcohols, and Cationic Surfactants with Water

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    Singh, Man; Matsuoka, Hideki

    Molecular interaction dynamics at liquid-liquid interface (LLI), involved nondispersive solution as compared with the interaction in bulk phase. Thereby, interfacial tension (IFT, mN/m) of LLI for four saturated hydrocarbons, six alcohols, and three cationic surfactants are reported at 298.15 K. The pentane, hexane, heptane, octane hydrocarbons and pentanol, hexanol, heptanol, 1-octanol, 2-octanol, and 1-decanol alcohols were used and IFT data were compared with 4 mm kg-1 dodecyltrimethylammoniumbromide (DTAB), trimethylsulfoxoniumiodide (TMSOI), methyltrioctylammoniumchloride (MTOAC) surfactants studied in benzene-water LLI. The IFT data are noted as hydrocarbons > DTAB > TMSOI > alcohols > MTOAC. The hydrocarbons and alcohols decreased IFT within 16 to 49% and 87 to 92%, respectively, whereas the surfactants within 78.3 to 95.9%. The alcohols developed interaction similar to surfactants and are denoted as nonionic surfactants for making mixtures of low IFT with hydrophilic and hydrophobic interactions to the level of the surfactants. The pentanol and MTOAC caused similar decrease in IFT so the pentanol developed the hydrophilic and hydrophobic interactions of the strength of MTOAC. Comparatively, the hydrocarbons showed lower decrease but the octane showed 49% decrease in IFT. Thus, the hydrocarbon with longer alkyl chain and the alcohol with shorter behave as good surfactants. The hydrocarbons with inductive effect on sigma bond between carbon atoms in alkyl chain also weakened the IFT and influenced the hydrophobic interactions. The MTOAC with four octyl units reduced 96% IFT so inductive effects monitor LLI dynamics.

  4. Study of dithiol monolayer as the interface for controlled deposition of gold nanoparticles

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    Cichomski, M.; Tomaszewska, E.; Kosla, K.; Kozlowski, W.; Grobelny, J.

    2011-03-15

    Self-assembled monolayer of dithiol molecules, deposited on polycrystalline Au (111), prepared at room atmosphere, was studied using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Dithiols were used as interface, which chemically bonds to the deposited gold nanoparticles through strong covalent bonds. The size and size distribution of the deposited nanoparticles were measured using dynamic light scattering (DLS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The AFM results showed that nanoparticles are immobilized and stable during scanning procedure and do not contaminate the AFM tip. The size of monodisperse nanoparticles obtained from the DLS measurements is slightly higher than that obtained from the AFM and SEM measurements. This is due to the fact that the DLS measures the hydrodynamic radius, dependent on the protective chemical layer on nanoparticles. - Research Highlights: {yields} Dithiols molecules create chemically bounded layers on a Au (111) surface. {yields} Gold nanoparticles can be chemically bounded to a self-assembled monolayer. {yields} Nanoparticles are stable during AFM probe interactions.

  5. Innovative Power Wheelchair Control Interface: A Proof-of-Concept Study.

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    Winkler, Sandra L; Romero, Sergio; Prather, Emily; Ramroop, Marisa; Slaibe, Emmy; Christensen, Matthew

    2016-01-01

    Some people without independent mobility are candidates for powered mobility but are unable to use a traditional power wheelchair joystick. This proof-of-concept study tested and further developed an innovative method of driving power wheelchairs for people whose impairments prevent them from operating commercial wheelchair controls. Our concept, Self-referenced Personal Orthotic Omni-purpose Control Interface (SPOOCI), is distinguished by referencing the control sensor not to the wheelchair frame but instead to the adjacent proximal lower-extremity segment via a custom-formed orthosis. Using a descriptive case-series design, we compared the pre-post functional power wheelchair driving skill data of 4 participants, measured by the Power Mobility Program, using descriptive analyses. The intervention consisted of standard-care power wheelchair training during 12 outpatient occupational or physical therapy sessions. All 4 participants who completed the 12-wk intervention improved their functional power wheelchair driving skills using SPOOCI, but only 3 were deemed safe to continue with power wheelchair driving.

  6. Innovative Power Wheelchair Control Interface: A Proof-of-Concept Study.

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    Winkler, Sandra L; Romero, Sergio; Prather, Emily; Ramroop, Marisa; Slaibe, Emmy; Christensen, Matthew

    2016-01-01

    Some people without independent mobility are candidates for powered mobility but are unable to use a traditional power wheelchair joystick. This proof-of-concept study tested and further developed an innovative method of driving power wheelchairs for people whose impairments prevent them from operating commercial wheelchair controls. Our concept, Self-referenced Personal Orthotic Omni-purpose Control Interface (SPOOCI), is distinguished by referencing the control sensor not to the wheelchair frame but instead to the adjacent proximal lower-extremity segment via a custom-formed orthosis. Using a descriptive case-series design, we compared the pre-post functional power wheelchair driving skill data of 4 participants, measured by the Power Mobility Program, using descriptive analyses. The intervention consisted of standard-care power wheelchair training during 12 outpatient occupational or physical therapy sessions. All 4 participants who completed the 12-wk intervention improved their functional power wheelchair driving skills using SPOOCI, but only 3 were deemed safe to continue with power wheelchair driving. PMID:26943118

  7. Using minimal human-computer interfaces for studying the interactive development of social awareness

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    Froese, Tom; Iizuka, Hiroyuki; Ikegami, Takashi

    2014-01-01

    According to the enactive approach to cognitive science, perception is essentially a skillful engagement with the world. Learning how to engage via a human-computer interface (HCI) can therefore be taken as an instance of developing a new mode of experiencing. Similarly, social perception is theorized to be primarily constituted by skillful engagement between people, which implies that it is possible to investigate the origins and development of social awareness using multi-user HCIs. We analyzed the trial-by-trial objective and subjective changes in sociality that took place during a perceptual crossing experiment in which embodied interaction between pairs of adults was mediated over a minimalist haptic HCI. Since that study required participants to implicitly relearn how to mutually engage so as to perceive each other's presence, we hypothesized that there would be indications that the initial developmental stages of social awareness were recapitulated. Preliminary results reveal that, despite the lack of explicit feedback about task performance, there was a trend for the clarity of social awareness to increase over time. We discuss the methodological challenges involved in evaluating whether this trend was characterized by distinct developmental stages of objective behavior and subjective experience. PMID:25309490

  8. Using minimal human-computer interfaces for studying the interactive development of social awareness.

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    Froese, Tom; Iizuka, Hiroyuki; Ikegami, Takashi

    2014-01-01

    According to the enactive approach to cognitive science, perception is essentially a skillful engagement with the world. Learning how to engage via a human-computer interface (HCI) can therefore be taken as an instance of developing a new mode of experiencing. Similarly, social perception is theorized to be primarily constituted by skillful engagement between people, which implies that it is possible to investigate the origins and development of social awareness using multi-user HCIs. We analyzed the trial-by-trial objective and subjective changes in sociality that took place during a perceptual crossing experiment in which embodied interaction between pairs of adults was mediated over a minimalist haptic HCI. Since that study required participants to implicitly relearn how to mutually engage so as to perceive each other's presence, we hypothesized that there would be indications that the initial developmental stages of social awareness were recapitulated. Preliminary results reveal that, despite the lack of explicit feedback about task performance, there was a trend for the clarity of social awareness to increase over time. We discuss the methodological challenges involved in evaluating whether this trend was characterized by distinct developmental stages of objective behavior and subjective experience.

  9. Human-machine interface (HMI) report for 241-SY-101 data acquisition [and control] system (DACS) upgrade study

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    Truitt, R.W.

    1997-10-22

    This report provides an independent evaluation of information for a Windows based Human Machine Interface (HMI) to replace the existing DOS based Iconics HMI currently used in the Data Acquisition and Control System (DACS) used at Tank 241-SY-101. A fundamental reason for this evaluation is because of the difficulty of maintaining the system with obsolete, unsupported software. The DACS uses a software operator interface (Genesis for DOS HMI) that is no longer supported by its manufacturer, Iconics. In addition to its obsolescence, it is complex and difficult to train additional personnel on. The FY 1997 budget allocated $40K for phase 1 of a software/hardware upgrade that would have allowed the old DOS based system to be replaced by a current Windows based system. Unfortunately, budget constraints during FY 1997 has prompted deferral of the upgrade. The upgrade needs to be performed at the earliest possible time, before other failures render the system useless. Once completed, the upgrade could alleviate other concerns: spare pump software may be able to be incorporated into the same software as the existing pump, thereby eliminating the parallel path dilemma; and the newer, less complex software should expedite training of future personnel, and in the process, require that less technical time be required to maintain the system.

  10. A study of technical signs in science: implications for lexical database development.

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    Lang, Harry G; Hupper, Mary Laporta; Monte, Denise A; Brown, Scott W; Babb, Ivar; Scheifele, Pete M

    2007-01-01

    Both classroom instruction and lexical database development stand to benefit from applied research on sign language, which takes into consideration American Sign Language rules, pedagogical issues, and teacher characteristics. In this study of technical science signs, teachers' experience with signing and, especially, knowledge of content, were found to be essential for the identification of signs appropriate for instruction. The results of this study also indicate a need for a systematic approach to examine both sign selection and its impact on learning by deaf students. Recommendations are made for the development of lexical databases and areas of research for optimizing the use of sign language in instruction.

  11. NQR-NMR studies of higher alcohol synthesis Cu-Co catalysts. Final technical progress report

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    Murty, A.N.

    1995-03-10

    In recent years, due to the many technical advantages of using alcohol-gasoline blends, various processes for the production of higher alcohols from synthesis gas have been studied. The intent of this project is to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the nature of the electronic charge distribution in the vicinity of copper and cobalt nuclei in selected higher alcohol synthesis catalyst systems. Any strong perturbation in the orbital electronic charge distribution of Cu and Co is expected to sensitively influence both their catalytic properties and magnetic characteristics. The NMR and magnetic characterization studies undertaken in this investigation attempt to provide a better understanding of the correlation between magnetic and catalytic properties.

  12. Technical specification for the Sandia Management Restructure Study Team (MRST) Prototype Information System

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    Wyatt, T.R.; Hall, R.C.; Davis, L.T.; Klamerus, E.J.; Thurston, I.

    1992-01-01

    This document contains implementation details for the Sandia Management Restructure Study Team (MRST) Prototype Information System, which resides on a Sun SPARC II workstation employing the INGRES RDBMS. The INGRES/Windows 4GL application editor was used to define the components of the two user applications which comprise the system. These specifications together with the MRST information model and corresponding database definition constitute the MRST Prototype Information System technical specification and implementation description presented herein. The MRST Prototype Information System represents a completed software product which has been presented to the Management Restructure Study Team to support the management restructing processes at Sandia National Laboratories.

  13. Evaluation of Different EEG Acquisition Systems Concerning Their Suitability for Building a Brain–Computer Interface: Case Studies

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    Pinegger, Andreas; Wriessnegger, Selina C.; Faller, Josef; Müller-Putz, Gernot R.

    2016-01-01

    One important aspect in non-invasive brain–computer interface (BCI) research is to acquire the electroencephalogram (EEG) in a proper way. From an end-user perspective, it means with maximum comfort and without any extra inconveniences (e.g., washing the hair), whereas from a technical perspective, the signal quality has to be optimal to make the BCI work effectively and efficiently. In this work, we evaluated three different commercially available EEG acquisition systems that differ in the type of electrodes (gel-, water-, and dry-based), the amplifier technique, and the data transmission method. Every system was tested regarding three different aspects, namely, technical, BCI effectiveness and efficiency (P300 communication and control), and user satisfaction (comfort). We found that water-based system had the lowest short circuit noise level, the hydrogel-based system had the highest P300 spelling accuracies, and the dry electrode-based system caused the least inconveniences. Therefore, building a reliable BCI is possible with all the evaluated systems, and it is on the user to decide which system meets the given requirements best. PMID:27746714

  14. An Exploratory Study of Video Browsing User Interface Designs and Research Methodologies: Effectiveness in Information Seeking Tasks.

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    Tse, Tony; Vegh, Sandor; Shneiderman, Ben; Marchionini, Gary

    1999-01-01

    The purpose of this exploratory study was to develop research methods to compare the effectiveness of two video browsing interface designs, or surrogates--one static (storyboard) and one dynamic (slide show)--on two distinct information seeking tasks (gist determination and object recognition). (AEF)

  15. 1994 Pacific Northwest Loads and Resources Study, Technical Appendix: Volume 1.

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    United States. Bonneville Power Administration.

    1994-12-01

    The 1994 Pacific Northwest Loads and Resources Study establishes the Bonneville Power Administration`s (BPA) planning basis for supplying electricity t6 BPA customers. The Loads and Resources Study is presented in two documents: (1) this technical appendix detailing loads and resources for each major Pacific Northwest generating utility; and (2) a summary of Federal system and Pacific Northwest region loads and resources. This analysis updates the 1993 Pacific Northwest Loads and Resources Study Technical Appendix published in December 1993. This technical appendix provides utility specific information that BPA uses in its long-range planning. It incorporates the following for each utility: (1) electrical demand-firm loads; (2) generating resources; and (3) contracts both inside and outside the region. This document should be used in combination with the 1994 Pacific Northwest Loads and Resources Study, published in December 1994, because much of the information in that document is not duplicated here. This BPA planning document incorporates Pacific Northwest generating resources and the 1994 medium load forecast prepared by BPA. Each utility`s forecasted future firm loads are subtracted from its existing resources to determine whether it will be surplus or deficit. If a utility`s resources are greater than loads in any particular year or month, there is a surplus of energy and/or capacity, which the utility can sell to increase revenues. Conversely, if its firm loads exceed available resources, there is a deficit of energy and/or capacity, and additional conservation, contract purchases, or generating resources will be needed to meet the utility`s load.

  16. FRET study of G-quadruplex forming fluorescent oligonucleotide probes at the lipid monolayer interface

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    Swiatkowska, Angelika; Kosman, Joanna; Juskowiak, Bernard

    2016-01-01

    Spectral properties and G-quadruplex folding ability of fluorescent oligonucleotide probes at the cationic dioctadecyldimethylammonium bromide (DODAB) monolayer interface are reported. Two oligonucleotides, a 19-mer bearing thrombin binding aptamer sequence and a 21-mer with human telomeric sequence, were end-labeled with fluorescent groups (FAM and TAMRA) to give FRET probes F19T and F21T, respectively. The probes exhibited abilities to fold into a quadruplex structure and to bind metal cations (Na+ and K+). Fluorescence spectra of G-quadruplex FRET probes at the monolayer interface are reported for the first time. Investigations included film balance measurements (π-A isotherms) and fluorescence spectra recording using a fiber optic accessory interfaced with a spectrofluorimeter. The effect of the presence of DODAB monolayer, metal cations and the surface pressure of monolayer on spectral behavior of FRET probes were examined. Adsorption of probe at the cationic monolayer interface resulted in the FRET signal enhancement even in the absence of metal cations. Variation in the monolayer surface pressure exerted rather modest effect on the spectral properties of probes. The fluorescence energy transfer efficiency of monolayer adsorbed probes increased significantly in the presence of sodium or potassium ion in subphase, which indicated that the probes retained their cation binding properties when adsorbed at the monolayer interface.

  17. Theoretical study of temperature elevation at muscle/bone interface during ultrasound hyperthermia.

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    Lin, W L; Liauh, C T; Chen, Y Y; Liu, H C; Shieh, M J

    2000-05-01

    This paper examines the distributions of the SAR (specific absorption rate) ratio and temperature elevation when an ultrasound beam propagates through the interface of muscle and bone. This interface is regarded as a flat boundary to partition the energy of the ultrasound beam, and the analytical solution of temperature distribution is based on the steady-state bio-heat transfer equation. The parameters considered are the incident angle of ultrasound beam, the ultrasound frequency, the acoustic attenuation coefficients of refracted longitudinal and shear waves in bone, and the blood perfusion in muscle. The results show that the peak of the SAR ratio is always at the interface of muscle and bone, while the peak of temperature is located in the bone region beyond the interface. A muscle with lower perfusion or a bone with higher acoustic attenuation results in the shifting of the temperature peak closer to the interface. It is more difficult to heat a higher perfused muscle in front of a bone using a lower frequency ultrasound since the temperature elevation for bone relative to muscle is greater.

  18. Numerical study of metal oxide hetero-junction solar cells with defects and interface states

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    Zhu, Le; Shao, Guosheng; Luo, J. K.

    2013-05-01

    Further to our previous work on ideal metal oxide (MO) hetero-junction solar cells, a systematic simulation has been carried out to investigate the effects of defects and interface states on the cells. Two structures of the window/absorber (WA) and window/absorber/voltage-enhancer (WAV) were modelled with defect concentration, defect energy level, interface state (ISt) density and ISt energy level as parameters. The simulation showed that the defects in the window layer and the voltage-enhancer layer have very limited effects on the performance of the cells, but those in the absorption layer have profound effects on the cell performance. The interface states at the W/A interface have a limited effect on the performance even for a density up to 1013 cm-2, while those at the A/V interface cause the solar cell to deteriorate severely even at a low density of lower than 1 × 1011 cm-2. It also showed that the back surface field (BSF) induced by band gap off-set in the WAV structure loses its function when defects with a modest concentration exist in the absorption layer and does not improve the open voltage at all.

  19. Dynamic Interactions between a Silica Sphere and Deformable Interfaces in Organic Solvents Studied by Atomic Force Microscopy.

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    Kuznicki, Natalie P; Harbottle, David; Masliyah, Jacob; Xu, Zhenghe

    2016-09-27

    Recent studies have successfully measured surface forces using atomic force microscope (AFM) and modeled surface deformations using the Stokes-Reynolds-Young-Laplace (SRYL) equations for particle-droplet, particle-bubble, droplet-droplet, and bubble-bubble systems in various solutions. The current work focuses on interactions between spherical silica particles and a viscoelastic interface of water droplets in crude oil. The self-assembly of surface active natural polyaromatic molecules (NPAMs) at the oil-water interface has previously been shown to change a viscous dominant oil-water interface to an elastic dominant interface upon aging, due to gradual formation of rigid interfacial networks. AFM was used to measure the interactions between a small silica sphere (D ≈ 8 μm) and a deformable water droplet (D ≈ 70 μm), which exhibits time-dependent interfacial viscoelasticity in NPAM solutions. Unlike the systems studied previously, the measured deformation shown as a repulsive force over the region of constant compliance could not be modeled adequately by the conventional SRYL equations which are applicable only to purely Laplacian interfaces. As the water droplet ages in NPAM solutions, a rigid "skin" forms at the oil-water interface, with the interface exhibiting increased elasticity. Over a short aging period (up to 15 min in NPAM-in-toluene solution), interfacial deformation is well predicted by the SRYL model. However, upon further exposure to the NPAM solution, droplet deformation is overpredicted by the model. Physical properties of this mechanical barrier as a function of interfacial aging were further investigated by measuring interfacial tension, dilatational rheology, and interfacial "crumpling" (non-smooth, non-Laplacian interface) upon droplet volume reduction. By introducing a viscoelasticity parameter to account for interfacial stiffening and using experimentally determined elasticity, we are able to correct this discrepancy and predict droplet

  20. Wildfire risk in the wildland-urban interface: A simulation study in northwestern Wisconsin

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    Massada, Avi Bar; Radeloff, Volker C.; Stewart, Susan I.; Hawbaker, Todd J.

    2009-01-01

    The rapid growth of housing in and near the wildland–urban interface (WUI) increases wildfirerisk to lives and structures. To reduce fire risk, it is necessary to identify WUI housing areas that are more susceptible to wildfire. This is challenging, because wildfire patterns depend on fire behavior and spread, which in turn depend on ignition locations, weather conditions, the spatial arrangement of fuels, and topography. The goal of our study was to assess wildfirerisk to a 60,000 ha WUI area in northwesternWisconsin while accounting for all of these factors. We conducted 6000 simulations with two dynamic fire models: Fire Area Simulator (FARSITE) and Minimum Travel Time (MTT) in order to map the spatial pattern of burn probabilities. Simulations were run under normal and extreme weather conditions to assess the effect of weather on fire spread, burn probability, and risk to structures. The resulting burn probability maps were intersected with maps of structure locations and land cover types. The simulations revealed clear hotspots of wildfire activity and a large range of wildfirerisk to structures in the study area. As expected, the extreme weather conditions yielded higher burn probabilities over the entire landscape, as well as to different land cover classes and individual structures. Moreover, the spatial pattern of risk was significantly different between extreme and normal weather conditions. The results highlight the fact that extreme weather conditions not only produce higher fire risk than normal weather conditions, but also change the fine-scale locations of high risk areas in the landscape, which is of great importance for fire management in WUI areas. In addition, the choice of weather data may limit the potential for comparisons of risk maps for different areas and for extrapolating risk maps to future scenarios where weather conditions are unknown. Our approach to modeling wildfirerisk to structures can aid fire risk reduction management

  1. Space shuttle/food system study. Volume 1: Technical volume, oven study

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    1975-01-01

    The baseline space shuttle galley was designed to utilize lightweight rehydratable foods, to be prepared for consumption by rehydration with chilled or hot water. The impact is examined of an extension of food types to include thermostabilized food, at ambient temperature, and frozen foods on the baseline design of the shuttle galley. Weight, volume, and power penalities associated with heating thermostabilized and frozen foods by means of a hot air convection heating system and a conduction heating system are determined along with the impact on crew/galley interface and meal preparation.

  2. Hetero-epitaxial EuO interfaces studied by analytic electron microscopy

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    Mundy, Julia A.; Hodash, Daniel; Melville, Alexander; Held, Rainer; Mairoser, Thomas; Schmehl, Andreas; Muller, David A.; Kourkoutis, Lena F.; Schlom, Darrell G.

    2014-03-03

    With nearly complete spin polarization, the ferromagnetic semiconductor europium monoxide could enable next-generation spintronic devices by providing efficient ohmic spin injection into silicon. Spin injection is greatly affected by the quality of the interface between the injector and silicon. Here, we use atomic-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy in conjunction with electron energy loss spectroscopy to directly image and chemically characterize a series of EuO|Si and EuO|YAlO{sub 3} interfaces fabricated using different growth conditions. We identify the presence of europium silicides and regions of disorder at the EuO|Si interfaces, imperfections that could significantly reduce spin injection efficiencies via spin-flip scattering.

  3. A synchrotron-based photoemission study of the MoO{sub 3}/Co interface

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    Wang Yuzhan; Chen Shi; Chen Wei; Wee, Andrew T. S.; Yang Ming; Qi Dongchen; Gao Xingyu

    2011-01-21

    The electronic structures at the MoO{sub 3}/Co interface were investigated using synchrotron-based ultraviolet and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. It was found that interfacial chemical reactions lead to the reduction of Mo oxidation states and the formation of Co-O bonds. These interfacial chemical reactions also induce a large interface dipole, which significantly increases the work function of the cobalt substrate. In addition, two interface states located at 1.0 and 2.0 eV below the Fermi level are identified. These two states overlap at film thickness of between 2-4 nm, which suggests the MoO{sub 3} intermediate layer may facilitate ohmic charge transport.

  4. The Interface between Gd and Monolayer MoS2: A First-Principles Study

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    Zhang, Xuejing; Mi, Wenbo; Wang, Xiaocha; Cheng, Yingchun; Schwingenschlögl, Udo

    2014-01-01

    We analyze the electronic structure of interfaces between two-, four- and six-layer Gd(0001) and monolayer MoS2 by first-principles calculations. Strong chemical bonds shift the Fermi energy of MoS2 upwards into the conduction band. At the surface and interface the Gd f states shift to lower energy and new surface/interface Gd d states appear at the Fermi energy, which are strongly hybridized with the Mo 4d states and thus lead to a high spin-polarization (ferromagnetically ordered Mo magnetic moments of 0.15 μB). Gd therefore is an interesting candidate for spin injection into monolayer MoS2. PMID:25482498

  5. The interface between Gd and monolayer MoS2: a first-principles study.

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    Zhang, Xuejing; Mi, Wenbo; Wang, Xiaocha; Cheng, Yingchun; Schwingenschlögl, Udo

    2014-12-08

    We analyze the electronic structure of interfaces between two-, four- and six-layer Gd(0001) and monolayer MoS2 by first-principles calculations. Strong chemical bonds shift the Fermi energy of MoS2 upwards into the conduction band. At the surface and interface the Gd f states shift to lower energy and new surface/interface Gd d states appear at the Fermi energy, which are strongly hybridized with the Mo 4d states and thus lead to a high spin-polarization (ferromagnetically ordered Mo magnetic moments of 0.15 μ(B)). Gd therefore is an interesting candidate for spin injection into monolayer MoS2.

  6. Molecular Dynamics Studies of Structure and Functions of Water-Membrane Interfaces

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    Pohorille, Andrew; Wilson, Michael A.; DeVincenzi, Donald L. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    A large number of essential cellular processes occur at the interfaces between water and membranes. The selectivity and dynamics of these processes are largely determined by the structural and electrical properties of the water-membrane interface. We investigate these properties by the molecular dynamics method. Over the time scales of the simulations, the membrane undergoes fluctuations described by the capillary wave model. These fluctuations produce occasional thinning defects in the membrane which provide effective pathways for passive transport of ions and small molecules across the membrane. Ions moving through the membrane markedly disrupt its structure and allow for significant water penetration into the membrane interior. Selectivity of transport, with respect to ionic charge, is determined by the interfacial electrostatic potential. Many small molecules. of potential significance in catalysis, bioenergetics and pharmacology, are shown to bind to the interface. The energetics and dynamics of this process will be discussed.

  7. Theoretical and experimental studies of electrified interfaces relevant to energy storage.

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    Templeton, Jeremy Alan; Jones, Reese E.; Lee, Jonathan W.; Mandadapu, Kranthi Kiran; Kliewer, Christopher Jesse; Sasaki, Darryl Yoshio; Kane, Marie C.; Reyes, Karla Rosa; Hayden, Carl C.

    2013-12-01

    Advances in technology for electrochemical energy storage require increased understanding of electrolyte/electrode interfaces, including the electric double layer structure, and processes involved in charging of the interface, and the incorporation of this understanding into quantitative models. Simplified models such as Helmholtz's electric double-layer (EDL) concept don't account for the molecular nature of ion distributions, solvents, and electrode surfaces and therefore cannot be used in predictive, high-fidelity simulations for device design. This report presents theoretical results from models that explicitly include the molecular nature of the electrical double layer and predict critical electrochemical quantities such as interfacial capacitance. It also describes development of experimental tools for probing molecular properties of electrochemical interfaces through optical spectroscopy. These optical experimental methods are designed to test our new theoretical models that provide descriptions of the electric double layer in unprecedented detail.

  8. Earth Observatory Satellite system definition study. Report no. 2: Instrument constraints and interface specifications

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    1974-01-01

    The instruments to be flown on the Earth Observatory Satellite (EOS) system are defined. The instruments will be used to support the Land Resources Management (LRM) mission of the EOS. Program planning information and suggested acquisition activities for obtaining the instruments are presented. The subjects considered are as follows: (1) the performance and interface of the Thematic Mapper (TM) and the High Resolution Pointing Imager (HRPI), (2) procedure for interfacing the TM and HRPI with the EOS satellite, (3) a space vehicle integration plan suggesting the steps and sequence of events required to carry out the interface activities, and (4) suggested agreements between the contractors for providing timely and equitable solution of problems at minimum cost.

  9. Trace Element Speciation and Distribution Study at Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 Biofilm/Mineral/Water Interfaces

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    Gelabert, A.; Wang, Y.; Gescher, J.; Ha, J.; Cordova, C. D.; Singer, D. M.; Spormann, A. M.; Trainor, T. P.; Eng, P. J.; Brown, G. E.

    2006-12-01

    the interactions among biofilm, metal(loid)s, and mineral surfaces. The long-period X-ray Standing Wave- fluorescent yield (XSW-FY) method, performed on BL ID-13-C at the APS, was used to obtain quantitative in situ information on the partitioning of Zn(II), Pb(II), and As(V) at these interfaces as a function of pH and ion concentration. XSW-FY results show that S. oneidensis biofilms do not block reactive sites on the hematite or alumina surfaces under our experimental conditions, which is consistent with the conclusion of our previous studies on trace element distributions at Burkholderia cepacia/mineral/water interfaces. Comparison of the observed trace element partitioning measured by XSW-FY with theoretical predictions of partitioning through thermodynamic models (using binding constants of metal(loid)s with the biofilm determined in this study and published binding constants of metal(loid)s with mineral substrates) allows us to describe biofilm local microenvironments and to understand how the biofilm coatings affect the reactivity of mineral surfaces.

  10. Physicochemical Study of Viral Nanoparticles at the Air/Water Interface.

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    Torres-Salgado, Jose F; Comas-Garcia, Mauricio; Villagrana-Escareño, Maria V; Durán-Meza, Ana L; Ruiz-García, Jaime; Cadena-Nava, Ruben D

    2016-07-01

    The assembly of most single-stranded RNA (ssRNA) viruses into icosahedral nucleocapsids is a spontaneous process driven by protein-protein and RNA-protein interactions. The precise nature of these interactions results in the assembly of extremely monodisperse and structurally indistinguishable nucleocapsids. In this work, by using a ssRNA plant virus (cowpea chlorotic mottle virus [CCMV]) as a charged nanoparticle we show that the diffusion of these nanoparticles from the bulk solution to the air/water interface is an irreversible adsorption process. By using the Langmuir technique, we measured the diffusion and adsorption of viral nucleocapsids at the air/water interface at different pH conditions. The pH changes, and therefore in the net surface charge of the virions, have a great influence in the diffusion rate from the bulk solution to the air/water interface. Moreover, assembly of mesoscopic and microscopic viral aggregates at this interface depends on the net surface charge of the virions and the surface pressure. By using Brewster's angle microscopy we characterized these structures at the interface. Most common structures observed were clusters of virions and soap-frothlike micron-size structures. Furthermore, the CCMV films were compressed to form monolayers and multilayers from moderate to high surface pressures, respectively. After transferring the films from the air/water interface onto mica by using the Langmuir-Blodgett technique, their morphology was characterized by atomic force microscopy. These viral monolayers showed closed-packing nano- and microscopic arrangements. PMID:26999022

  11. Computational study of ion distributions at the air/liquid methanol interface

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    Sun, Xiuquan; Wick, Collin D.; Dang, Liem X.

    2011-06-16

    Molecular dynamic simulations with polarizable potentials were performed to systematically investigate the distribution of NaCl, NaBr, NaI, and SrCl2 at the air/liquid methanol interface. The density profiles indicated that there is no substantial enhancement of anions at the interface for the NaX systems in contrast to what was observed at the air/aqueous interface. The surfactant-like shape of the larger more polarizable halide anions is compensated by the surfactant nature of methanol itself. As a result, methanol hydroxy groups strongly interacted with one side of polarizable anions, in which their induced dipole points, and methanol methyl groups were more likely to be found near the positive pole of anion induced dipoles. Furthermore, salts were found to disrupt the surface structure of methanol, reducing the observed enhancement of methyl groups at the outer edge of the air/liquid methanol interface. With the additional of salts to methanol, the computed surface potentials increased, which is in contrast to what is observed in corresponding aqueous systems, where the surface potential decreases with the addition of salts. Both of these trends have been indirectly observed with experiments. This was found to be due to the propensity of anions for the air/water interface that is not present at the air/liquid methanol interface. This work was supported by the US Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences' Chemical Sciences, Geosciences & Biosciences Division. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated by Battelle for the US Department of Energy.

  12. Quartz crystal microbalance: a useful tool for studying thin polymer films and complex biomolecular systems at the solution-surface interface.

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    Marx, Kenneth A

    2003-01-01

    The quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) is a simple, cost effective, high-resolution mass sensing technique, based upon the piezoelectric effect. As a methodology, the QCM evolved a solution measurement capability in largely analytical chemistry and electrochemistry applications due to its sensitive solution-surface interface measurement capability. The technique possesses a wide detection range. At the low mass end, it can detect monolayer surface coverage by small molecules or polymer films. At the upper end, it is capable of detecting much larger masses bound to the surface. These can be complex arrays of biopolymers and biomacromolecules, even whole cells. In addition, the QCM can provide information about the energy dissipating properties of the bound surface mass. Another important and unique feature of the technique is the ability to measure mass and energy dissipation properties of films while simultaneously carrying out electrochemistry on solution species or upon film systems bound to the upper electrode on the oscillating quartz crystal surface. These measurements can describe the course of electropolymerization of a film or can reveal ion or solute transport within a film during changes in the film environment or state, including the oxidation state for an electroactive film driven by the underlying surface potential. The past decade has witnessed an explosive growth in the application of the QCM technique to the study of a wide range of molecular systems at the solution-surface interface, in particular, biopolymer and biochemical systems. In this report, we start with a brief historical and technical overview. Then we discuss the application of the QCM technique to measurements involving micellar systems, self-assembling monolayers and their phase transition behavior, molecularly imprinted polymers, chemical sensors, films formed using the layer-by-layer assembly technique, and biopolymer films and point out the utility of the electrochemical

  13. Technical and Conceptual Considerations for Performing and Interpreting Functional MRI Studies in Awake Rats

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    Febo, Marcelo

    2011-01-01

    Functional neuroimaging studies in rodents have the potential to provide insight into neurodevelopmental and psychiatric conditions. The strength of the technique lies in its non-invasive nature that can permit longitudinal functional studies in the same animal over its adult life. The relatively good spatial and temporal resolution and the ever-growing database on the biological and biophysical basis of the blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) signal make it a unique technique in preclinical neuroscience research. Our laboratory has used imaging to investigate brain activation in awake rats following cocaine administration and during the presentation of lactation-associated sensory stimuli. Factors that deserve attention when planning functional magnetic resonance imaging studies in rats include technical issues, animal physiology and interpretability of the resulting data. The present review discusses the pros and cons of animal imaging with a particular focus on the technical aspects of studies with awake rats. Overall, the benefits of the technique outweigh its limitations and the rapidly evolving methods will open the way for more laboratories to employ the technique in neuroscience research. PMID:21808625

  14. A comparative study of interface reconstruction methods for multi-material ALE simulations

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    Kucharik, Milan; Garimalla, Rao; Schofield, Samuel; Shashkov, Mikhail

    2009-01-01

    In this paper we compare the performance of different methods for reconstructing interfaces in multi-material compressible flow simulations. The methods compared are a material-order-dependent Volume-of-Fluid (VOF) method, a material-order-independent VOF method based on power diagram partitioning of cells and the Moment-of-Fluid method (MOF). We demonstrate that the MOF method provides the most accurate tracking of interfaces, followed by the VOF method with the right material ordering. The material-order-independent VOF method performs some-what worse than the above two while the solutions with VOF using the wrong material order are considerably worse.

  15. A study of adhesion at the E-glass/FR4 interface

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    Kent, M.S.; Baca, P.; McNarama, W.F.; Jones, G.; Fein, D.; Wright, W.; Domeier, L.; Wu, W.L.; Wong, A.

    1995-11-01

    The majority of printed circuit boards are copper clad laminates composed of fiberglass cloth impregnated with FR4 epoxy. An important factor affecting the reliability of these assemblies is the integrity of the epoxy/glass fiber interface. The goal of this work is to investigate mechanisms for the loss of adhesive strength between E-glass and FR4 epoxy upon humidity and temperature conditioning. In this paper the authors discuss the distribution of moisture between the interface region and the bulk epoxy examined by neutron reflection, and the relationship of this data to adhesive strength.

  16. X-ray Reflectivity Study of the Adsorption of Azacrown Ether at Liquid-liquid Interface

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    Wojciechowski, Kamil; Gutberlet, Thomas; Tikhonov, Aleksey; Kashimoto, Kaoru; Schlossman, Mark

    2010-03-16

    Adsorption of diaza-18-crown-6 ether substituted with two tetracosane (-C{sub 24}H{sub 49}) alkyl chains (ACE-24) was investigated at the liquid-liquid interface. X-ray reflectivity measurements determined the structure of a close-packed monolayer at the hexane-water interface, which is consistent with conclusions drawn indirectly from earlier interfacial tension measurements on similar molecules. These data provide further insights into the role of interfacial processes involving azacrown ethers in ion separation techniques such as the permeation liquid membrane.

  17. Thin-film CdTe detector for microdosimetric study of radiation dose enhancement at gold-tissue interface.

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    Paudel, Nava Raj; Shvydka, Diana; Parsai, E Ishmael

    2016-01-01

    Presence of interfaces between high and low atomic number (Z) materials, often encountered in diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy, leads to radiation dose perturbation. It is characterized by a very narrow region of sharp dose enhancement at the interface. A rapid falloff of dose enhancement over a very short distance from the interface makes the experimental dosimetry nontrivial. We use an in-house-built inexpensive thin-film Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) photodetector to study this effect at the gold-tissue interface and verify our experimental results with Monte Carlo (MC) modeling. Three-micron thick thin-film CdTe photodetectors were fabricated in our lab. One-, ten- or one hundred-micron thick gold foils placed in a tissue-equivalent-phantom were irradiated with a clinical Ir-192 high-dose-rate (HDR) source and current measured with a CdTe detector in each case was compared with the current measured for all uniform tissue-equivalent phantom. Percentage signal enhancement (PSE) due to each gold foil was then compared against MC modeled percentage dose enhancement (PDE), obtained from the geometry mimicking the experimental setup. The experimental PSEs due to 1, 10, and 100 μm thick gold foils at the closest measured distance of 12.5μm from the interface were 42.6 ± 10.8 , 137.0 ± 11.9, and 203.0 ± 15.4, respectively. The corresponding MC modeled PDEs were 38.1 ± 1, 164 ± 1, and 249 ± 1, respectively. The experimental and MC modeled values showed a closer agreement at the larger distances from the interface. The dose enhancement in the vicinity of gold-tissue interface was successfully measured using an in-house-built, high-resolution CdTe-based photodetector and validated with MC simulations. A close agreement between experimental and the MC modeled results shows that CdTe detector can be utilized for mapping interface dose distribution encountered in the application of ionizing radiation. PMID:27685139

  18. Socket Interface Pressure and Amputee Reported Outcomes for Comfortable and Uncomfortable Conditions of Patellar Tendon Bearing Socket: A Pilot Study.

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    Safari, Mohammad Reza; Tafti, Nahid; Aminian, Gholamreza

    2015-01-01

    The objectives of the current study were to compare intra-socket pressure differences between comfortable and uncomfortable socket conditions, and the usefulness of subject perception of satisfaction, activity limitations, and socket comfort in distinguishing between these two socket conditions. Five unilateral trans-tibial amputees took part in the study. They answered the Socket Comfort Score (SCS) and Trinity Amputation and Prosthetic Experience Scale (TAPES) questionnaires before the interface pressure (in standing and walking) was measured for the uncomfortable socket condition at five regions of the residual limb. Participants were then provided with a comfortable socket and wore it for two weeks. Participants who were satisfied with the socket fit after two weeks repeated the SCS and TAPES questionnaires and interface pressure measurements. The differences between the test results of the two conditions were not statistically significant, except for the interface pressure at the popliteal region during the early stance phase, TAPES socket fit subscale, and the SCS. Due to large variability of the data and the lack of statistical significance, no firm conclusion can be made on the possible relationship between the interface pressure values and the patient-reported outcomes of the two socket conditions. A larger sample size and longer acclimation period are required to locate significant differences.

  19. Brain-Machine-Interface in Chronic Stroke Rehabilitation: A Controlled Study

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    Ramos-Murguialday, Ander; Broetz, Doris; Rea, Massimiliano; Läer, Leonhard; Yilmaz, Özge; Brasil, Fabricio L; Liberati, Giulia; Curado, Marco R; Garcia-Cossio, Eliana; Vyziotis, Alexandros; Cho, Woosang; Agostini, Manuel; Soares, Ernesto; Soekadar, Surjo; Caria, Andrea; Cohen, Leonardo G; Birbaumer, Niels

    2013-01-01

    Objective Chronic stroke patients with severe hand weakness, respond poorly to rehabilitation efforts. Here, we evaluated efficacy of daily brain-machine-interface training to increase the hypothesized beneficial effects of physiotherapy alone in patients with severe paresis in a double blind sham-controlled design proof of concept study. Methods 32 chronic stroke patients with severe hand weakness, were randomly assigned to two matched groups and participated in 17.8 ± 1.4 days of training rewarding desynchronization of ipsilesional oscillatory sensorimotor rhythms (SMR) with contingent online movements of hand and arm orthoses (experimental group , n=16). In the control group (sham group, n=16) movements of the orthoses occurred randomly. Both groups received identical behavioral physiotherapy immediately following BMI training or the control intervention. Upper limb motor function scores, electromyography from arm and hand muscles, placebo-expectancy effects and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) blood oxygenation level dependent activity were assessed before and after intervention. Results A significant group × time interaction in upper limb Fugl-Meyer motor (cFMA) scores was found. cFMA scores improved more in the experimental than in the control group, presenting a significant improvement of cFMA scores (3.41±0.563 points difference, p=0.018) reflecting a clinically meaningful change from no activity to some in paretic muscles. cFMA improvements in the experimental group correlated with changes in functional MRI laterality index and with paretic hand electromyography activity. Placebo-expectancy scores were comparable for both groups. Interpretation The addition of BMI training to behaviorally oriented physiotherapy can be used to induce functional improvements in motor function in chronic stroke patients without residual finger movements and may open a new door in stroke neurorehabilitation. PMID:23494615

  20. Diffuse interface methods for inverse problems: case study for an elliptic Cauchy problem

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    Burger, Martin; Løseth Elvetun, Ole; Schlottbom, Matthias

    2015-12-01

    Many inverse problems have to deal with complex, evolving and often not exactly known geometries, e.g. as domains of forward problems modeled by partial differential equations. This makes it desirable to use methods which are robust with respect to perturbed or not well resolved domains, and which allow for efficient discretizations not resolving any fine detail of those geometries. For forward problems in partial differential equations methods based on diffuse interface representations have gained strong attention in the last years, but so far they have not been considered systematically for inverse problems. In this work we introduce a diffuse domain method as a tool for the solution of variational inverse problems. As a particular example we study ECG inversion in further detail. ECG inversion is a linear inverse source problem with boundary measurements governed by an anisotropic diffusion equation, which naturally cries for solutions under changing geometries, namely the beating heart. We formulate a regularization strategy using Tikhonov regularization and, using standard source conditions, we prove convergence rates. A special property of our approach is that not only operator perturbations are introduced by the diffuse domain method, but more important we have to deal with topologies which depend on a parameter \\varepsilon in the diffuse domain method, i.e. we have to deal with \\varepsilon -dependent forward operators and \\varepsilon -dependent norms. In particular the appropriate function spaces for the unknown and the data depend on \\varepsilon . This prevents the application of some standard convergence techniques for inverse problems, in particular interpreting the perturbations as data errors in the original problem does not yield suitable results. We consequently develop a novel approach based on saddle-point problems. The numerical solution of the problem is discussed as well and results for several computational experiments are reported. In

  1. [New organ-preserving technics for third-grade splenic trauma. An experimental study].

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    Uranüs, S; Kronberger, L; Beham, A; Neumayer, K; Kröll, W; Aktuna, D

    1990-01-01

    We studied two new techniques for orthotopic preservation of the spleen in an animal model with respect to their technical feasibility and their hemostatic efficacy. This study was performed in two stages. In the first, the treatment of central bursting ruptures by splenorrhaphy using a resorbable compressive mesh was tested. 20 sheep have been used for this part of the study. They were divided into four groups (A: control, B: sham operation, C: splenectomy, D: mesh splenorrhaphy). Following completion of this stage, two animals from group A and two from group B were used to test a second experimental setting. Experimental trauma corresponding to isolated third degree polar rupture of the spleen was induced. This was then treated by a polar resection using stapling instruments. All animals from each stage were subjected to spleen scanning three months postoperatively, followed by splenectomy. The spleens were then examined histologically. Both macroscopically and microscopically normal splenic tissue was found. No difference between the different groups could be detected by laboratory investigations. Gamma-globulins and total serum proteins were within normal ranges after five weeks. Splenic scan revealed an excellent function of the pulp. Both techniques are distinguished by their facility and rapidity, as well as reliable hemostasis and minimal technical prerequisites.

  2. Tracing the History of Technical Communication from 1850-2000: Plus a Series of Survey Studies.

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    McDowell, Earl E.

    This research focuses on the history of technical communication since 1850, with a specific focus on the technological changes that occurred between 1900 and 1950. This paper also discusses the development of professional technical communication organizations and the development of technical communication programs at the bachelor, masters, and…

  3. A Case Study of Technical Assistance to Demonstration Programs for Young Handicapped Children. Part II.

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    Behr, Shirley K.; And Others

    A project to provide technical assistance to staffs of two demonstration programs for preschool handicapped children and their families is described. The focus was technical assistance developed and exercised by the Technical Assistance Development System (TADS), which assisted in the development of the Handicapped Children's Early Education…

  4. Local/Global Cognitive Interfaces within Industrial Districts: An Italian Case Study

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    Grandinetti, Roberto

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: With the advance of globalization the competitive chances of industrial districts depends increasingly on their ability to connect to the cognitive circuits of the global economy. This challenge demands the presence of local actors capable of acting as cognitive interfaces between the district context and the global environment. The paper…

  5. A study of adhesion at the E-glass/FR4 interface

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    Kent, M.S.; Baca, P.; McNamara, W.F.

    1995-12-31

    The goal of this work is to investigate mechanisms for the loss of adhesive strength between E-glass and FR4 epoxy upon-humidity and temperature conditioning. In this paper we discuss the distribution of moisture between the interface region and the bulk epoxy examined by neutron reflection, and the relationship of this data to adhesive strength.

  6. A Chemical and Structural Study of the A1N-Si Interface

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    George, T.; Beye, R.

    1997-01-01

    Samples of A1N grown on silicon [111] subtrates were examined using electron enery loss spectroscopy (EELS) and selected area diffraction (SAD) with high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to determine the source of out-of-place tilts and in-plane rotations of the A1N crystallites at the Si interface.

  7. The behavior of NaOH at the air-water interface, a computational study

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    Wick, Collin D.; Dang, Liem X.

    2010-07-14

    Molecular dynamics simulations with a polarizable multi-state empirical valence bond model were carried out to investigate NaOH dissociation and pairing in water bulk and at the air-water interface. It was found that NaOH readily dissociates in the bulk, and the effect of the air-water interface on NaOH dissociation is fairly minor. Also, NaOH complexes were found to be strongly repelled from the air-water interface, which is consistent with surface tension measurements. At the same time, a very strong preference for the hydroxide anion to be oriented towards the air was found that persisted a few angstroms towards the liquid from the Gibbs dividing surface of the air-water interface. This was due to a preference for the hydroxide anion to have its hydrogen pointing towards the air, and the fact that the sodium ion was more likely to be found near the hydroxide oxygen than hydrogen. As a consequence, the simulation results show that surfaces of NaOH solutions should be negatively charged, in agreement with experimental observations, but also that the hydroxide has little surface affinity. This provides the possibility that the surface of water can be devoid of hydroxide anions, but still have a strong negative charge. This work was supported by the US Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences' Chemical Sciences, Geosciences & Biosciences Division. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated by Battelle for the US Department of Energy.

  8. Molecular simulation study of the adsorption of naphthalene and ozone on atmospheric air/ice interfaces.

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    Liyana-Arachchi, Thilanga P; Valsaraj, Kalliat T; Hung, Francisco R

    2011-08-25

    The adsorption of gas-phase naphthalene and ozone on atmospheric air/ice interfaces was investigated using classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and potential of mean force (PMF) calculations. Naphthalene and ozone exhibit a strong preference to be adsorbed at the air/ice interface, rather than being dissolved into the bulk of the quasi-liquid layer (QLL) or incorporated into the ice crystals. When the air/ice interface is coated with increasing concentrations of naphthalene molecules, the QLL becomes thinner and surface adsorption of ozone is enhanced. Furthermore, ozone tends to adsorb on top of the naphthalene film, although significant penetration of ozone into this film is also observed. Naphthalene molecules tend to adopt a flat orientation on the air/ice interface. Less variation in the orientation was observed for lower concentrations of naphthalene, whereas variations in the ozone concentration do not affect the orientation of naphthalene molecules. However, as the concentration of ozone increases, most of the naphthalene molecules still prefer to stay close to the mobile water molecules in the QLL, but a significant fraction of the naphthalene molecules spends a considerable amount of time inside the thicker layer of ozone. We also monitored the number of contacts between naphthalene and ozone at the air/ice interface upon variations in the concentrations of these two species. These contacts were assumed to be proportional to the reaction rate between these two species. When the number of ozone molecules was held constant, the number of contacts showed a linear relationship to the number of naphthalene molecules. However, when the naphthalene concentration was held constant, for all systems we observed a linear relationship at low ozone concentrations and a plateau at high ozone concentrations.

  9. X-Ray Reflectivity Study of Interdiffusion at YBa2Cu3O7-x and Metal Interfaces

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    Han, S.-W.; Tripathy, S.; Miceli, P. F.; Badica, E.; Covington, M.; Greene, L. H.; Aprili, M.

    2003-03-01

    We present a study of interdiffusion at interfaces of YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) and metals, Au, Ag, and Pb by using X-ray reflectivity. YBCO thin films were epitaxially grown by off-axis sputter deposition and coevaporation, with the c-axis perpendicular to the SrTiO3 substrate surfaces. The capping layers were subsequently deposited on the YBCO film in situ and ex situ near room temperature. Glancing incident X-ray reflectivity was employed to investigate the surfaces and their buried interfaces. We find that interdiffusion at the interfaces of Au/YBCO and Ag/YBCO is negligible. However, a large interdiffusion zone, ˜ 60 Å, is present at the Pb/YBCO interface and the lead films grown, both in situ and ex situ, were entirely oxidized. We do not observe any diffraction peaks from the Pb/YBCO films. The diffraction peaks are found up to (007) from the YBCO films of the Au/YBCO and Ag/YBCO films. This implies that the loss of crystalline structure in a ˜ 300-Å-thick YBCO film underneath Pb is caused by interdiffusion.

  10. Numerical studies of the scattering of light from a two-dimensional randomly rough interface between two dielectric media

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    Hetland, Ø. S.; Maradudin, A. A.; Nordam, T.; Simonsen, I.

    2016-05-01

    The scattering of polarized light incident from one dielectric medium on its two-dimensional randomly rough interface with a second dielectric medium is studied. A reduced Rayleigh equation for the scattering amplitudes is derived for the case where p- or s-polarized light is incident on this interface, with no assumptions being made regarding the dielectric functions of the media. Rigorous, purely numerical, nonperturbative solutions of this equation are obtained. They are used to calculate the reflectivity and reflectance of the interface, the mean differential reflection coefficient, and the full angular distribution of the intensity of the scattered light. These results are obtained for both the case where the medium of incidence is the optically less dense medium and in the case where it is the optically more dense medium. Optical analogs of the Yoneda peaks observed in the scattering of x rays from metal surfaces are present in the results obtained in the latter case. Brewster scattering angles for diffuse scattering are investigated, reminiscent of the Brewster angle for flat-interface reflection, but strongly dependent on the angle of incidence. When the contribution from the transmitted field is added to that from the scattered field it is found that the results of these calculations satisfy unitarity with an error smaller than 10-4.

  11. The application of the symmetry properties of optical second harmonic generation to studies of interfaces and gases

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    Feller, M.B.

    1991-11-01

    Optical second harmonic generation has proven to be a powerful tool for studying interfaces. The symmetry properties of the process allow for surface sensitivity not available with other optical methods. In this thesis, we take advantage of these symmetry properties SHG to study a variety of interesting systems not previously studied with this technique. We show that optical second harmonic generation is an effective surface probe with a submonolayer sensitivity for media without inversion symmetry. We demonstrate the technique at a gallium arsenide surface, exploiting the different symmetry properties of the bulk and surface of the crystal to isolate the surface contribution. We also demonstrate that optical second harmonic generation can be used to determine the anisotropic orientational distribution of a surface monolayer of molecules. We apply the technique to study homogeneously aligned liquid crystal cells. To further explore the LC-polymer interface, we used SHG to study the surface memory effect. The surface memory effect is the rendering of an isotropic interface anisotropic by putting it in contact with an anisotropic bulk. Last, we describe some preliminary measurements of a time-resolved spectroscopic study of the phenomenon of second harmonic generation in a gas. The construction of a 500 microjoule pulsed, tunable laser source is described.

  12. Development of a teaching tool to encourage high school students to study aerospace technical subjects

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    Gale, Anita; Edwards, Dick

    1998-01-01

    This report details the efforts to develop a design competition aimed at high school students which will encourage them to study aerospace technical subjects. It has been shown that such competitions - based on an industry simulation game - are valuable ways to energize high school students to study in this area. Under the grant, a new competition scenario was developed, in keeping with NASA-Dryden's mission to develop aircraft and foster knowledge about aeronautics. Included are preliminary background materials and information which, if the grant is continued, would form the basis of a national competition for high school students, wherein they would design an Aerospaceport in a future year, taking into consideration the requirements of aircraft, spacecraft- ground transportation systems, passengers who use the facility, and employees who operate it. Many of the Competition methods were studied and tested during two existing local competitions in the disadvantaged communities of Lancaster and Victorville, California.

  13. Study of cement-epoxy interfaces, accelerated testing, and surface modification

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    Stewart, Andrew

    Adhesion between concrete and fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) repair materials is of great importance for increasing the longevity of damaged surfaces in civil infrastructure in the US. This adhesion is dominated by a relatively weak interfacial bond that is attacked by environmental agents including water and UV radiation. Therefore, a strong bond between the two materials is essential in making a successful, long lasting repair. In this study, the fundamental question of the epoxy-concrete interface is investigated in terms of how it exists, how it is attacked by the environment, and how it may be improved to resist the elements. In this study, interactions between epoxy analogs and cement paste were investigated to get a fundamental understanding of the elusive interfacial bond. Various FTIR and NMR techniques were utilized to demonstrate the nature of this interaction. Only one of the small molecules (Bisphenol A), suggested a small interaction, however, based on the results it appeared that hydrogen bonding did not take place. The second part of this work focused on accelerated aging two epoxy systems, including a model DGEBA-POPDA system, and a commercial system. Mechanical testing was performed along with IR spectroscopy and diffusion modeling to determine the change in properties and mechanisms of degradation. The absorption of water up to 90°C resulted in a decrease in modulus and stress, along with an increase in strain. IR data confirmed the absorption of water within the epoxy network. With UV exposure, oxidation was demonstrated by the appearance of carbonyl peaks in the FTIR spectra. UV and water exposure gave evidence of hydrolysis through a decrease in ether groups and an increase in hydroxyl groups. While samples exposed to UV showed less of a loss in modulus as compared to those only exposed to water at the same temperature, the peak stress of samples exposed to UV was lower than those exposed to water. However, the data from the mechanical

  14. Why standard brain-computer interface (BCI) training protocols should be changed: an experimental study

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    Jeunet, Camille; Jahanpour, Emilie; Lotte, Fabien

    2016-06-01

    Objective. While promising, electroencephaloraphy based brain–computer interfaces (BCIs) are barely used due to their lack of reliability: 15% to 30% of users are unable to control a BCI. Standard training protocols may be partly responsible as they do not satisfy recommendations from psychology. Our main objective was to determine in practice to what extent standard training protocols impact users’ motor imagery based BCI (MI-BCI) control performance. Approach. We performed two experiments. The first consisted in evaluating the efficiency of a standard BCI training protocol for the acquisition of non-BCI related skills in a BCI-free context, which enabled us to rule out the possible impact of BCIs on the training outcome. Thus, participants (N = 54) were asked to perform simple motor tasks. The second experiment was aimed at measuring the correlations between motor tasks and MI-BCI performance. The ten best and ten worst performers of the first study were recruited for an MI-BCI experiment during which they had to learn to perform two MI tasks. We also assessed users’ spatial ability and pre-training μ rhythm amplitude, as both have been related to MI-BCI performance in the literature. Main results. Around 17% of the participants were unable to learn to perform the motor tasks, which is close to the BCI illiteracy rate. This suggests that standard training protocols are suboptimal for skill teaching. No correlation was found between motor tasks and MI-BCI performance. However, spatial ability played an important role in MI-BCI performance. In addition, once the spatial ability covariable had been controlled for, using an ANCOVA, it appeared that participants who faced difficulty during the first experiment improved during the second while the others did not. Significance. These studies suggest that (1) standard MI-BCI training protocols are suboptimal for skill teaching, (2) spatial ability is confirmed as impacting on MI-BCI performance, and (3) when faced

  15. Wildfire risk in the wildland-urban interface: A simulation study in northwestern Wisconsin

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    Bar-Massada, A.; Radeloff, V.C.; Stewart, S.I.; Hawbaker, T.J.

    2009-01-01

    The rapid growth of housing in and near the wildland-urban interface (WUI) increases wildfire risk to lives and structures. To reduce fire risk, it is necessary to identify WUI housing areas that are more susceptible to wildfire. This is challenging, because wildfire patterns depend on fire behavior and spread, which in turn depend on ignition locations, weather conditions, the spatial arrangement of fuels, and topography. The goal of our study was to assess wildfire risk to a 60,000 ha WUI area in northwestern Wisconsin while accounting for all of these factors. We conducted 6000 simulations with two dynamic fire models: Fire Area Simulator (FARSITE) and Minimum Travel Time (MTT) in order to map the spatial pattern of burn probabilities. Simulations were run under normal and extreme weather conditions to assess the effect of weather on fire spread, burn probability, and risk to structures. The resulting burn probability maps were intersected with maps of structure locations and land cover types. The simulations revealed clear hotspots of wildfire activity and a large range of wildfire risk to structures in the study area. As expected, the extreme weather conditions yielded higher burn probabilities over the entire landscape, as well as to different land cover classes and individual structures. Moreover, the spatial pattern of risk was significantly different between extreme and normal weather conditions. The results highlight the fact that extreme weather conditions not only produce higher fire risk than normal weather conditions, but also change the fine-scale locations of high risk areas in the landscape, which is of great importance for fire management in WUI areas. In addition, the choice of weather data may limit the potential for comparisons of risk maps for different areas and for extrapolating risk maps to future scenarios where weather conditions are unknown. Our approach to modeling wildfire risk to structures can aid fire risk reduction management

  16. Why standard brain-computer interface (BCI) training protocols should be changed: an experimental study

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    Jeunet, Camille; Jahanpour, Emilie; Lotte, Fabien

    2016-06-01

    Objective. While promising, electroencephaloraphy based brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) are barely used due to their lack of reliability: 15% to 30% of users are unable to control a BCI. Standard training protocols may be partly responsible as they do not satisfy recommendations from psychology. Our main objective was to determine in practice to what extent standard training protocols impact users’ motor imagery based BCI (MI-BCI) control performance. Approach. We performed two experiments. The first consisted in evaluating the efficiency of a standard BCI training protocol for the acquisition of non-BCI related skills in a BCI-free context, which enabled us to rule out the possible impact of BCIs on the training outcome. Thus, participants (N = 54) were asked to perform simple motor tasks. The second experiment was aimed at measuring the correlations between motor tasks and MI-BCI performance. The ten best and ten worst performers of the first study were recruited for an MI-BCI experiment during which they had to learn to perform two MI tasks. We also assessed users’ spatial ability and pre-training μ rhythm amplitude, as both have been related to MI-BCI performance in the literature. Main results. Around 17% of the participants were unable to learn to perform the motor tasks, which is close to the BCI illiteracy rate. This suggests that standard training protocols are suboptimal for skill teaching. No correlation was found between motor tasks and MI-BCI performance. However, spatial ability played an important role in MI-BCI performance. In addition, once the spatial ability covariable had been controlled for, using an ANCOVA, it appeared that participants who faced difficulty during the first experiment improved during the second while the others did not. Significance. These studies suggest that (1) standard MI-BCI training protocols are suboptimal for skill teaching, (2) spatial ability is confirmed as impacting on MI-BCI performance, and (3) when faced

  17. MARKET ASSESSMENT AND TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY STUDY OF PRESSURIZED FLUIDIZED BED COMBUSTION ASH USE

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    A.E. Bland; T.H. Brown

    1997-04-01

    Western Research Institute, in conjunction with the Electric Power Research Institute, Foster Wheeler International, Inc. and the US Department of Energy, has undertaken a research and demonstration program designed to examine the market potential and the technical feasibility of ash use options for PFBC ashes. Ashes from the Foster Wheeler Energia Oy pilot-scale circulating PFBC tests in Karhula, Finland, combusting (1) low-sulfur subbituminous and (2) high-sulfur bituminous coal, and ash from the AEP's high-sulfur bituminous coal-fired bubbling PFBC in Brilliant, Ohio, were evaluated in laboratory and pilot-scale ash use testing at WR1. The technical feasibility study examined the use of PFBC ash in construction-related applications, including its use as a cementing material in concrete and use in cement manufacturing, fill and embankment materials, soil stabilization agent, and use in synthetic aggregate production. Testing was also conducted to determine the technical feasibility of PFBC ash as a soil amendment for acidic and sodic problem soils and spoils encountered in agricultural and reclamation applications. The results of the technical feasibility testing indicated the following conclusions. PFBC ash does not meet the chemical requirements as a pozzolan for cement replacement. However, it does appear that potential may exist for its use in cement production as a pozzolan and/or as a set retardant. PFBC ash shows relatively high strength development, low expansion, and low permeability properties that make its use in fills and embankments promising. Testing has also indicated that PFBC ash, when mixed with low amounts of lime, develops high strengths, suitable for soil stabilization applications and synthetic aggregate production. Synthetic aggregate produced from PFBC ash is capable of meeting ASTM/AASHTO specifications for many construction applications. The residual calcium carbonate and calcium sulfate in the PFE3C ash has been shown to be of value in

  18. Neutron reflectometry study on an interface of octane and D 2O at low surfactant (C 10E 4) concentration

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    Jeng, U.; Esibov, L.; Crow, M. L.; Steyerl, A.

    1996-02-01

    We study the surface and interface roughness of a two-liquid film system using neutron reflectometry. The middle phase and bottom phase are extracted from a three-phase microemulsion containing 2 wt% non-ionic surfactant C 10E 4, 81 wt% D 2O and 17 wt% octane (C 8H 18). The system is formed by spreading a few drops of the middle phase of the microemulsion on the bottom phase of the microemulsion. The middle phase does not wet the bottom phase, but demixes to form a top octane-water mixture layer with a thickness of ∼ 580 Å. The mean surface roughness of the system is found to be 7 Å but the data are insensitive to interface roughness. An extended capillary wave model for a two-liquid-film system is derived to account for the coupling between the surface and interface. The dispersion relation yields two fundamental modes. In a calculation of mean-square roughness (< ζ2> 1/2) a high- k-cutoff is needed to account for non-linear terms in the Navier-Stokes equation. A low- k cutoff is also needed to avoid a “slip phenomenon” at the interface, which characterizes one of the modes. It turns out that for the parameters of our experiment the narrowing of k region is so significant that the mode causing the slip is strongly suppressed. As a consequence, the calculated interface roughness is much smaller than that derived from ordinary capillary wave theory.

  19. Mechanistic Studies at the Interface Between Organometallic Chemistry and Homogeneous Catalysis

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    Casey, Charles P

    2012-11-14

    Mechanistic Studies at the Interface Between Organometallic Chemistry and Homogeneous Catalysis Charles P. Casey, Principal Investigator Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706 Phone 608-262-0584 FAX: 608-262-7144 Email: casey@chem.wisc.edu http://www.chem.wisc.edu/main/people/faculty/casey.html Executive Summary. Our goal was to learn the intimate mechanistic details of reactions involved in homogeneous catalysis and to use the insight we gain to develop new and improved catalysts. Our work centered on the hydrogenation of polar functional groups such as aldehydes and ketones and on hydroformylation. Specifically, we concentrated on catalysts capable of simultaneously transferring hydride from a metal center and a proton from an acidic oxygen or nitrogen center to an aldehyde or ketone. An economical iron based catalyst was developed and patented. Better understanding of fundamental organometallic reactions and catalytic processes enabled design of energy and material efficient chemical processes. Our work contributed to the development of catalysts for the selective and mild hydrogenation of ketones and aldehydes; this will provide a modern green alternative to reductions by LiAlH4 and NaBH4, which require extensive work-up procedures and produce waste streams. (C5R4OH)Ru(CO)2H Hydrogenation Catalysts. Youval Shvo described a remarkable catalytic system in which the key intermediate (C5R4OH)Ru(CO)2H (1) has an electronically coupled acidic OH unit and a hydridic RuH unit. Our efforts centered on understanding and improving upon this important catalyst for reduction of aldehydes and ketones. Our mechanistic studies established that the reduction of aldehydes by 1 to produce alcohols and a diruthenium bridging hydride species occurs much more rapidly than regeneration of the ruthenium hydride from the diruthenium bridging hydride species. Our mechanistic studies require simultaneous transfer of hydride from ruthenium to

  20. Studies on human insulin adsorption kinetics at an organic-aqueous interface determined using a label-free electroanalytical approach.

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    Thomsen, Anne Engelbrecht; Jensen, Henrik; Jorgensen, Lene; van de Weert, Marco; Ostergaard, Jesper

    2008-06-01

    Protein adsorption represents a considerable challenge in the development and production of macromolecular drugs. From an analytical point of view the adsorption process is difficult to study in an efficient way using currently available techniques. In this work potential and time dependent adsorption and adsorption kinetics of human insulin at an 1,2-dichloroethane-aqueous interface were studied using a novel electroanalytical approach based on measurements of interfacial capacitance. Two different types of measurements were performed; potential scans and time scans. In the potential scans, the capacitance was measured over a range of applied potential differences across the interface. The interfacial potential difference is linked to the charge at the interface. Adsorption of human insulin was detectable at a bulk phase insulin concentration as low as 0.1 microM as a negative shift in the potential of zero charge (pzc). Adsorption kinetics were further studied using time scans in which the interfacial capacitance was measured at a fixed applied interfacial potential difference. Using this approach it was possible to study how the adsorption kinetics and the shape of the time scan curves were related to the bulk concentration of insulin and the interfacial potential difference. The changes in capacitance could be described phenomenologically by pseudo-first-order kinetics at low concentrations of insulin except at positive interfacial potential differences and high insulin concentrations (> or =0.25 microM) where a more complex shape of the time scans curves was observed.

  1. TOOKUIL: A case study in user interface development for safety code application

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    Gray, D.L.; Harkins, C.K.; Hoole, J.G.; Peebles, R.C.; Smith, R.J.

    1996-11-01

    Traditionally, there has been a very high learning curve associated with using nuclear power plant (NPP) analysis codes. Even for seasoned plant analysts and engineers, the process of building or modifying an input model for present day NPP analysis codes is tedious, error prone, and time consuming. Current cost constraints and performance demands place an additional burden on today`s safety analysis community. Advances in graphical user interface (GUI) technology have been applied to obtain significant productivity and quality assurance improvements for the Transient Reactor Analysis Code (TRAC) input model development. KAPL Inc. has developed an X Windows-based graphical user interface named TOOKUIL which supports the design and analysis process, acting as a preprocessor, runtime editor, help system, and post processor for TRAC. This paper summarizes the objectives of the project, the GUI development process and experiences, and the resulting end product, TOOKUIL.

  2. TOOKUIL: A case study in user interface development for safety code application

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    Gray, D.L.; Harkins, C.K.; Hoole, J.G.

    1997-07-01

    Traditionally, there has been a very high learning curve associated with using nuclear power plant (NPP) analysis codes. Even for seasoned plant analysts and engineers, the process of building or modifying an input model for present day NPP analysis codes is tedious, error prone, and time consuming. Current cost constraints and performance demands place an additional burden on today`s safety analysis community. Advances in graphical user interface (GUI) technology have been applied to obtain significant productivity and quality assurance improvements for the Transient Reactor Analysis Code (TRAC) input model development. KAPL Inc. has developed an X Windows-based graphical user interface named TOOKUIL which supports the design and analysis process, acting as a preprocessor, runtime editor, help system, and post processor for TRAC. This paper summarizes the objectives of the project, the GUI development process and experiences, and the resulting end product, TOOKUIL.

  3. The use of neutron reflectivity to study degradative processes at an epoxy/solid interface

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    Kent, M.S.; McNamara, W.F.; Fein, D.B.; Wong, A.P.Y.

    1997-11-01

    Neutron reflection is used to examine the structure of an epoxy near an interface. Variations in both the density and the crosslink density within the interphase region are examined. The density is increased near the interface relative to that in the bulk of the film, but the crosslink density over the same region is reduced relative to that in the bulk of the film. These observations are interpreted via packing of the resin oligamers next to the wall, which leads to an increased density and also inhibits the crosslinking reaction. The effect is more pronounced the more slowly the resin is cured. Significant variations in reflectivity are observed with thermal cycling, which indicate an increase in the size of the interfacial layer of excess toluene. However, data for samples with greater number of thermal cycles are required to determine the relation of this effect to the fracture process.

  4. Study of the CdS/CdTe interface and its relevance to solar cell properties

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    Dhere, Ramesh Gurupad

    CdTe based devices have shown significant progress over the last decade. CdS/CdTe devices fabricated by close-spaced sublimation have resulted in 15.8% efficiency. To understand the effect of CdS/CdTe interface properties on device properties, a detailed investigation of the dependence of properties of CdS, CdTe and CdS/CdTe interface on various processing parameters is reported. Analysis of CdS/CdTe devices fabricated under identical conditions, was carried out to determine any correlation between the interface properties and device characteristics. Possible mechanisms to explain the correlation are presented. The CdS layers were deposited by chemical bath deposition (CBD) on glass/SnOsb2 substrates. The CdTe layers were grown by close-spaced sublimation (CSS) on glass/SnOsb2/CdS substrates. Post-deposition CdClsb2 heat-treatment was carried out using different concentrations of CdClsb2/methanol solution. CBD CdS gives conformal coverage on rough SnOsb2 layers at a thickness as low as 30 nm. Under optimal conditions, CdS films with refractive index close to bulk index are obtained indicating that the layers are void-free. The grain-size of CBD CdS films is independent of film thickness and is established during the early part of growth. AFM analysis of CSS CdTe shows that the films are faceted for the entire temperature range (475sp°C-625sp°C) investigated, the grain-size increases with substrate temperature, and the films are free of voids. X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that CdTe films grown at substrate temperatures ≥525sp°C have <111> preferred orientation and the orientation is not affected by the CdClsb2 heat-treatment, indicating that the films deposited at these temperatures are more compact. TEM analysis of CdS/CdTe structures suggests that the majority of structural defects in the CdTe layers are generated at the interface and are caused by lattice mismatch and growth conditions. Cathodoluminescence and photoluminescence analysis shows that Cd

  5. DSC study of technical grade phase change heat storage materials for solar heating applications

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    Gibbs, B.M.; Hasnain, S.M.

    1995-11-01

    Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) was used to investigate the behavior of storage materials that undergo solid-liquid phase transitions. Heating scans were used to measure the enthalpy that can be stored and cooling scans were used to estimate the magnitude of the enthalpy that may be recovered from the storage material. The automatic and rapid thermal cycling features of the DSC system were used to study thermal decomposition that may arise from the daily duty cycle of the storage medium. In this study, DSC methods were applied to technical grade paraffin wax, calcium chloride hexahydrate and disodium hydrogen phosphate dodecahydrate. In the case of inorganic salt hydrates, DSC measurements showed a decrease in heat of fusion; thermal cycling and thermograms revealed considerable super cooling. This would lead to a reduction in storage capacity. On the other hand paraffin wax did not supercool nor were there any indications that thermal cycling or contact with metal could degrade its thermal performance.

  6. Properties of the In{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Si interface: An ab initio study of a model geometry

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    Höffling, Benjamin; Bechstedt, Friedhelm

    2014-05-15

    The In{sub 2}O{sub 3}(001)-Si(001) heterojunction is studied by means of the ab initio density functional theory, quasiparticle corrections, and the supercell method. We construct a model interface based on the idea of a coincidence lattice, only Si-O interface bonds and biaxially strained In{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The properties of the interface and their consequences for the junction are mainly described in terms of electronic band levels and charge redistribution. The results indicate a type II heterostructure caused by interface dipole alteration due to electron rearrangements.

  7. First Principles Study of Rare Earth Adsorption at Beta-Si3N4 Interfaces

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    Painter, Gayle S; Averill, Frank; Becher, Paul F; Shibata, Naoya; van Benthem, Klaus; Pennycook, Stephen J

    2008-01-01

    Structural characterization of rare earth adsorption at surfaces/interfaces of -Si3N4 grains within silicon nitride ceramics has recently been reported by three different groups using Z-contrast STEM imaging. Here we report the electronic structure basis for these observations and discuss the origin of similarities and differences among the lanthanides characterized in that work. Along with the features that are well-described by a first-principles cluster and surface slab models, we identify those differences in the experiment and theory that warrant further investigation. Stereochemical bonding factors are found to determine adsorption site preferences as opposed to ionic size effects. The 2 set of possible bond sites is a characteristic of the -Si3N4 interface, however the strength of the rare earth V interface bonding is determined by the electronic structure of the nitride surface and the specific adsorbate. This is the principal factor controlling the effects of dopants on the phase transformation and on the -Si3N4 grain growth at high temperature as well as the subsequent microstructure of the ceramic.

  8. A microfluidics approach to study the accumulation of molecules at basal lamina interfaces.

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    Arends, Fabienna; Sellner, Sabine; Seifert, Philipp; Gerland, Ulrich; Rehberg, Markus; Lieleg, Oliver

    2015-08-21

    For an efficient distribution of drugs and drug carriers through biological barriers such as the vascular system, the size and surface properties of nanoparticles and molecules play a key role. To screen for important parameters which determine the ability of drugs or drug carriers to translocate through complex biological barriers, an in vitro assay which correctly predicts the behavior of those objects in vivo would be highly desirable. Here, we present a microfluidic setup to probe the diffusive spreading of molecules with different net charges and molecular weights through a basal lamina interface - a biopolymer system which contributes to the barrier function of the vascular system and the skin. From our data, we find a charge dependent accumulation of molecules at the gel interface which is consistent with transient binding of those molecules to the gel constituents. We also observe a similar charge-dependent accumulation of molecules in living mice where the test molecules colocalize with collagen IV, a key component of the basal lamina. Our assay may serve as a platform to perform penetration experiments with even more complex interfaces combining cellular barriers with biopolymer coatings. PMID:26152353

  9. First Principles Study on the Electronic Structure and Interface Stability of Hybrid Silicene/Fluorosilicene Nanoribbons

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    Jiang, Q. G.; Zhang, J. F.; Ao, Z. M.; Wu, Y. P.

    2015-10-01

    The interface stability of hybrid silicene/fluorosilicene nanoribbons (SFNRs) has been investigated by using density functional theory calculations, where fluorosilicene is the fully fluorinated silicene. It is found that the diffusion of F atoms at the zigzag and armchair interfaces of SFNRs is endothermic, and the corresponding minimum energy barriers are respectively 1.66 and 1.56 eV, which are remarkably higher than the minimum diffusion energy barrier of one F atom and two F atoms on pristine silicene 1.00 and 1.29 eV, respectively. Therefore, the thermal stability of SFNRs can be significantly enhanced by increasing the F diffusion barriers through silicene/fluorosilicene interface engineering. In addition, the electronic and magnetic properties of SFNRs are also investigated. It is found that the armchair SFNRs are nonmagnetic semiconductors, and the band gap of armchair SFNRs presents oscillatory behavior when the width of silicene part changing. For the zigzag SFNRs, the antiferromagnetic semiconducting state is the most stable one. This work provides fundamental insights for the applications of SFNRs in electronic devices.

  10. First Principles Study on the Electronic Structure and Interface Stability of Hybrid Silicene/Fluorosilicene Nanoribbons

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    Jiang, Q. G.; Zhang, J. F.; Ao, Z. M.; Wu, Y. P.

    2015-01-01

    The interface stability of hybrid silicene/fluorosilicene nanoribbons (SFNRs) has been investigated by using density functional theory calculations, where fluorosilicene is the fully fluorinated silicene. It is found that the diffusion of F atoms at the zigzag and armchair interfaces of SFNRs is endothermic, and the corresponding minimum energy barriers are respectively 1.66 and 1.56 eV, which are remarkably higher than the minimum diffusion energy barrier of one F atom and two F atoms on pristine silicene 1.00 and 1.29 eV, respectively. Therefore, the thermal stability of SFNRs can be significantly enhanced by increasing the F diffusion barriers through silicene/fluorosilicene interface engineering. In addition, the electronic and magnetic properties of SFNRs are also investigated. It is found that the armchair SFNRs are nonmagnetic semiconductors, and the band gap of armchair SFNRs presents oscillatory behavior when the width of silicene part changing. For the zigzag SFNRs, the antiferromagnetic semiconducting state is the most stable one. This work provides fundamental insights for the applications of SFNRs in electronic devices. PMID:26496976

  11. First Principles Study on the Electronic Structure and Interface Stability of Hybrid Silicene/Fluorosilicene Nanoribbons.

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    Jiang, Q G; Zhang, J F; Ao, Z M; Wu, Y P

    2015-10-26

    The interface stability of hybrid silicene/fluorosilicene nanoribbons (SFNRs) has been investigated by using density functional theory calculations, where fluorosilicene is the fully fluorinated silicene. It is found that the diffusion of F atoms at the zigzag and armchair interfaces of SFNRs is endothermic, and the corresponding minimum energy barriers are respectively 1.66 and 1.56 eV, which are remarkably higher than the minimum diffusion energy barrier of one F atom and two F atoms on pristine silicene 1.00 and 1.29 eV, respectively. Therefore, the thermal stability of SFNRs can be significantly enhanced by increasing the F diffusion barriers through silicene/fluorosilicene interface engineering. In addition, the electronic and magnetic properties of SFNRs are also investigated. It is found that the armchair SFNRs are nonmagnetic semiconductors, and the band gap of armchair SFNRs presents oscillatory behavior when the width of silicene part changing. For the zigzag SFNRs, the antiferromagnetic semiconducting state is the most stable one. This work provides fundamental insights for the applications of SFNRs in electronic devices.

  12. Computational study of effect of water finger on ion transport through water-oil interface

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    Kikkawa, Nobuaki; Wang, Lingjian; Morita, Akihiro

    2016-07-01

    When an ion transports from water to oil through water-oil interface, it accompanies hydrated water molecules and transiently forms a chain of water, called "water finger." We thoroughly investigated the role of the water finger in chloride ion transport through water-dichloromethane interface by using molecular dynamics technique. We developed a proper coordinate w to describe the water finger structure and calculated the free energy landscape and the friction for the ion transport as a function of ion position z and the water finger coordinate w. It is clearly shown that the formation and break of water finger accompanies an activation barrier for the ion transport, which has been overlooked in the conventional free energy curve along the ion position z. The present analysis of the friction does not support the hypothesis of augmented local friction (reduced local diffusion coefficient) at the interface. These results mean that the experimentally observed rate constants of interfacial ion transfer are reduced from the diffusion-limited one because of the activation barrier associated to the water finger, not the anomalous local diffusion. We also found that the nascent ion just after the break of water finger has excessive hydration water than that in the oil phase.

  13. Computational study of effect of water finger on ion transport through water-oil interface.

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    Kikkawa, Nobuaki; Wang, Lingjian; Morita, Akihiro

    2016-07-01

    When an ion transports from water to oil through water-oil interface, it accompanies hydrated water molecules and transiently forms a chain of water, called "water finger." We thoroughly investigated the role of the water finger in chloride ion transport through water-dichloromethane interface by using molecular dynamics technique. We developed a proper coordinate w to describe the water finger structure and calculated the free energy landscape and the friction for the ion transport as a function of ion position z and the water finger coordinate w. It is clearly shown that the formation and break of water finger accompanies an activation barrier for the ion transport, which has been overlooked in the conventional free energy curve along the ion position z. The present analysis of the friction does not support the hypothesis of augmented local friction (reduced local diffusion coefficient) at the interface. These results mean that the experimentally observed rate constants of interfacial ion transfer are reduced from the diffusion-limited one because of the activation barrier associated to the water finger, not the anomalous local diffusion. We also found that the nascent ion just after the break of water finger has excessive hydration water than that in the oil phase. PMID:27394116

  14. Analytical study of acousto/optical holography-interfacing methods for acoustical and optical holography NDT research

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    El-Sum, H. M. A.

    1976-01-01

    The international status of the art of acousto optical imaging techniques adaptable to nondestructive testing and, interfacing methods for acoustical and optical holography in nondestructive testing research are studied. Evaluation of 20 different techniques encompassed investigation of varieties of detectors and detection schemes, all of which are described and summarized. Related investigation is reported in an Appendix. Important remarks on image quality, factors to be considered in designing a particular system, and conclusions and recommendations are presented. Three bibliographies are included.

  15. A Phenomenological Study of the Metal-Oxide Interface: The Role of Catalysis in Hydrogen Production from Renewable Resources

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    Idriss, H.; Llorca, J; Chan, S; Blackford, M; Pas, S; Hill, A; Alamgir, F; Rettew, R; Petersburg, C; Barteau, M

    2008-01-01

    The truth about Cats: The metal-oxide interface of a Pd-Rh/CeO{sub 2} catalyst was studied in the context of developing active, selective and durable solid catalytic materials for the production of hydrogen from renewables. The presence of a stable contact between finely dispersed transition-metal clusters (Pd and Rh) on the nanoparticles of the CeO{sub 2} support leads to a highly active and stable catalyst for the steam reforming of ethanol.

  16. Studies of the analyte-carrier interface in flow injection analysis. Final report, June 1, 1987--January 31, 1992

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    Brown, S.D.

    1992-12-31

    Chemical analysis in flowing solution is popular for automation of classical methods. However, most of the classical methods are not specific enough for direct multicomponent analysis of simple mixtures. This research project has the goals of study of rapid multicomponent analysis of transient species in flowing media, and investigations of chemical reactions at interfaces and of effects of competition on distribution of products from interfacial reaction. This report summarizes work done over the past 4.5 years; support has been terminated.

  17. The Development of Technical and Vocational Education for Vietnam--A Case Study in Quality Improvement. Case Studies on Technical and Vocational Education in Asia and the Pacific.

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    Nguyen, Duong

    This report provides a general overview of technical and vocational education in Vietnam, with information on the country's economy, climate, population, and culture. It summarizes the history and present practices of these types of education in the country, and suggests measures to improve the quality of teachers and instructors. Some of the…

  18. Case Study on Technical and Vocational Education in Japan. Case Studies on Technical and Vocational Education in Asia and the Pacific.

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    Iwamoto, Muneharu

    In the course of Japan's economic progress, remarkable changes have occurred in the structure of industry and employment. Workers are in extremely short supply in such occupations as mining, manufacturing and construction, services, transportation and communication, sales, and professional and technical. On the basis of recommendations of the…

  19. The Development of Technical and Vocational Education in Malaysia--A Case Study in Quality Improvement. Case Studies on Technical and Vocational Education in Asia and the Pacific.

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    Hee, Tieng Fok

    The economic profile of Malaysia has changed from an economy mainly based on agriculture and the production of tin ore to a more balanced economy with continuing growth in the manufacturing and industrial sectors. Educational programs need to be upgraded and improved, particularly the direction and development of technical and vocational education…

  20. Technical note: Detection of dimethylamine in the low pptv range using nitrate Chemical Ionization-Atmospheric Pressure interface-Time Of Flight (CI-APi-TOF) mass spectrometry

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    Simon, M.; Heinritzi, M.; Herzog, S.; Leiminger, M.; Bianchi, F.; Praplan, A.; Dommen, J.; Curtius, J.; Kürten, A.

    2015-12-01

    Amines are potentially important for atmospheric new particle formation and therefore the demand for highly sensitive gas phase amine measurements has emerged in the last several years. Nitrate Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry (CIMS) is routinely used for the measurement of gas phase-sulfuric acid in the sub-pptv range. Furthermore, Extremely Low Volatile Organic Compounds (ELVOCs) can be detected with a nitrate CIMS. In this study we demonstrate that a nitrate CIMS can also be used for the sensitive measurement of dimethylamine ((CH3)2NH, DMA) using the NO3-(HNO3)1-2(DMA) cluster ion signals. This observation was made at the CLOUD aerosol chamber, which was also used for calibration measurements. Good linearity between 0 and ~120 pptv of DMA as well as a sub-pptv detection limit of 0.7 pptv for a 10 min integration time are demonstrated at 278 K and 38 % RH.

  1. Lock and Dam Number 8 hydropower study; Mississippi River near Lacrosse, Wisconsin. supplement. Technical report Technical report

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    1985-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to determine the feasibility of constructing hydropower facilities at Lock and Dam no. 8, located on the Mississippi River, near La Crosse, Wisconsin. Several alternative powerhouse schemes were investigated. The 8.75 megawatt, 10-unit plant indicated in the 1981 reconnaissance is now considered economically infeasible. Two alternate developments using tubular generating units were selected for this new study. Because of relatively low overhead, the powerhouse costs are proportionally high and project feasibility falls below unity.

  2. A numerical study of failure mechanisms in the cemented resurfaced femur: effects of interface characteristics and bone remodelling.

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    Pal, B; Gupta, S; New, A M

    2009-05-01

    Failure mechanisms of the resurfaced femoral head include femoral neck fracture in the short-term and stress shielding and implant loosening in the long-term. In this study, finite element simulations of the resurfaced femur considering a debonded implant-cement interface, variable stem-bone interface conditions, and bone remodelling were used to study load transfer within the resurfaced femur and to investigate its relationship with known failure mechanisms. Realistic three-dimensional finite element models of an intact and resurfaced femur were used. Various conditions at the interface between the stem of the prosthesis and the bone were considered. Loading conditions included normal walking and stair climbing. For all stem-bone contact conditions, the tensile stresses in the cement mantle varied between 1 MPa and 5.4 MPa, except near the distal rim of the resurfacing component where they reached 5.4-7MPa. In the case of full stem-bone contact, high von Mises stresses (114-121MPa) were generated in the implant at the stem-cup junction. These stresses were considerably reduced (maximum von Mises stress, 76 MPa) where a gap was present at the stem-bone interface. Resurfacing led to strain shielding of the bone of the femoral head (20-75 per cent strain reductions) and periprosthetic bone resorption (50-80 per cent bone density reductions) for all interface stem-bone contact conditions. In the lateral femoral head and the proximal femoral shaft around the trochantric region, bone density reductions varied between 10 per cent and 50 per cent. Bone apposition was observed in the inferior-medial part of the femoral head and proximal femoral neck region. For full stem-bone contact, more load was transferred through the stem to the surrounding bone, exacerbating strain shielding. Although femoral hip resurfacing conserves bone stock at the primary operation, strain shielding and periprosthetic bone resorption might lead to eventual loosening over time. Post

  3. The Evaluation of the Effectiveness of ESP Courses in Enhancing Technical Translation Proficiency: A Case Study of ESP Course for Mechanical Engineering Students

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    Hatam, Amir Hussein; Shafiei, Shilan

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of the present study was twofold. Firstly, it tried to investigate the relationship between the technical English proficiency of the students of Mechanical Engineering in the universities of Iran and their technical translation proficiency in translating technical texts of Mechanics. Secondly, it attempted to evaluate the effectiveness…

  4. Transforming Further Education and Training in South Africa: A Case Study of Technical Colleges in KwaZulu-Natal. Volume One: Qualitative Findings and Analysis.

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    Kraak, Andre; Hall, Graham

    This book contains eight papers from a detailed study of technical college provision in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, that raised the following four issues relevant to the transformation of technical colleges across South Africa: (1) the teaching and learning environment at technical colleges is suboptimal; (2) social relations at the technical…

  5. The User Interface.

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    Lindeman, Martha J.; And Others

    1989-01-01

    The first of three articles on the design of user interfaces for information retrieval systems discusses the need to examine types of display, prompting, and input as separate entities. The second examines the use of artificial intelligence in creating natural language interfaces, and the third outlines standards for case studies in human computer…

  6. Study on interface and frame structure of SWAT and MODFLOW models coupling

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    Chu, Jinggang; Zhang, Chi; Zhou, Huicheng

    2010-05-01

    coupling, must be implemented first in the SWAT and MODFLOW models coupling. Currently, the HRU-CELL conversion method under AVSWAT2000 has been described in relative literatures, but the method has been implemented only in the small watershed of about 200 square kilometers. There are not applied case studies in the large watershed which covers an area of more than 10000 square kilometers when the computing time of simulation will be of importance, and the HRU-CELL conversion method under ArcSWAT2005 that is the premium edition of AVSWAT2000 has not been involved. Therefore, an HRU-CELL conversion method applicable for large watersheds under ArcSWAT2005 and the frame structure of SWAT-MODFLOW coupled model are given. The HRU-CELL conversion method is applied to the co-simulation of surface water and groundwater of Hun-River and Taizi-River Basin, the area of which is 27327 square kilometers and the effectiveness of the SWAT-MODFLOW coupled model in the water cycle simulations of large watersheds is verified to lay the foundation for the quantitative evaluation of the impact of climate changes and human activities on watershed water sources variation and the obtainment of responding regularity and mechanism of watershed water circulation to climate changes and human activities. Key words: SWAT; MODFLOW; HRU-CELL conversion; interface; frame structure

  7. Isomerization reaction dynamics and equilibrium at the liquid-vapor interface of water. A molecular-dynamics study

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    Benjamin, Ilan; Pohorille, Andrew

    1993-01-01

    The gauche-trans isomerization reaction of 1,2-dichloroethane at the liquid-vapor interface of water is studied using molecular-dynamics computer simulations. The solvent bulk and surface effects on the torsional potential of mean force and on barrier recrossing dynamics are computed. The isomerization reaction involves a large change in the electric dipole moment, and as a result the trans/gauche ratio is considerably affected by the transition from the bulk solvent to the surface. Reactive flux correlation function calculations of the reaction rate reveal that deviation from the transition-state theory due to barrier recrossing is greater at the surface than in the bulk water. This suggests that the system exhibits non-Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel-Marcus behavior due to the weak solvent-solute coupling at the water liquid-vapor interface.

  8. Polylactide/acetylated nanocrystalline cellulose composites prepared by a continuous route: A phase interface-property relation study.

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    Xu, Chunjiang; Chen, Jianxiang; Wu, Defeng; Chen, Yang; Lv, Qiaolian; Wang, Mengqi

    2016-08-01

    A 'continuous route' was developed in this work for the preparation of nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) filled polylactide (PLA) composites. It combines several separated steps, including extraction of NCC, surface acetylation of NCC, and final composite preparation, into a continuous process, without traditional freeze drying. The obtained PLA composites were then studied in terms of phase interface structure, rheological and mechanical properties. The results reveal that surface acetylation of NCC can improve its affinity to PLA evidently. The thickened interfacial layer makes the system filled with modified NCC show lower percolation threshold than the one filled with pristine NCC; and the former presents a typical strain-scaling stress overshoot behavior in the start-up shear flow because the network structure of modified NCC presents stronger characteristics of self-similarity. The phase interface adhesion also plays an important role in the mechanical behavior of PLA/NCC composites, which is further revealed by the nanomechanical analysis using atom force microscopy.

  9. Interface defects in SiC power MOSFETs - An electrically detected magnetic resonance study based on spin dependent recombination

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    Gruber, Gernot; Hadley, Peter; Koch, Markus; Peters, Dethard; Aichinger, Thomas

    2014-02-21

    This study presents electrically detected magnetic resonance (EDMR) measurements on a silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFET having the structure of a double-diffused silicon MOSFET (DMOS). The resonance pattern of a SiC DMOS was measured by monitoring the change of the recombination current between the source/body and the drain. The amplitude of the response has a maximum when the device is biased in depletion due to the equal concentrations of electrons and holes at the interface resulting in the most efficient recombination. The measured anisotropic g-tensor has axial symmetry with g{sub ∥} = 2.0051(4) (B ‖ c-axis), and g{sub ⊥} = 2.0029(4) (B⊥ c-axis) and the pattern shows several hyperfine (HF) peaks. We tentatively identify the observed defect as a silicon vacancy located directly at the interface.

  10. Microkelvin Thermometry with Bose-Einstein Condensates of Magnons and Applications to Studies of the AB Interface in Superfluid He

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    Heikkinen, P. J.; Autti, S.; Eltsov, V. B.; Haley, R. P.; Zavjalov, V. V.

    2014-06-01

    Coherent precession of trapped Bose-Einstein condensates of magnons is a sensitive probe for magnetic relaxation processes in superfluid He-B down to the lowest achievable temperatures. We use the dependence of the relaxation rate on the density of thermal quasiparticles to implement thermometry in He-B at temperatures below K. Unlike popular vibrating wire or quartz tuning fork based thermometers, magnon condensates allow for contactless temperature measurement and make possible an independent in situ determination of the residual zero-temperature relaxation provided by the radiation damping. We use this magnon-condensate-based thermometry to study the thermal impedance of the interface between A and B phases of superfluid He. The magnon condensate is also a sensitive probe of the orbital order-parameter texture. This has allowed us to observe for the first time the non-thermal signature of the annihilation of two AB interfaces.

  11. A combined experimental and theoretical study on the effect of doping and interface formation on Ppv-ether copolymer.

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    Mabrouk, A; Alimi, K; Molinié, P; Nguyen, T P

    2006-01-26

    We present a detailed optoelectronic and vibrational study devoted to the transformation from neutral to doped PPV-ether copolymer in both powder and thin film states. The full geometries were optimized with the density functional theory (DFT) for neutral and doped states, where a comparative geometric study was established. The lowest singlet excited-state geometries have been investigated by using the configuration interaction single (CIS/3-21G(d)) method. The absorption spectra are then calculated respectively on the basis of the ground- and excited-state geometries. Our calculation results are in close agreement with those available from experiments. The charge distribution and excitation energies of singly charged PPV-ether are calculated, where two subgap absorption features are found to dominate the optical spectrum correlated with the polaron picture. These theoretical results are compared to experimental optical data illustrated by iodine-doped PPV-ether. Next, we have performed a simulation to model the conformations and the electronic structure modifications of interface formation of PPV-ether copolymer thin film with calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), and aluminum (Al) metal as a cathode and indium tin oxide (ITO) as anode in polymer LEDs. By providing the optical parameter obtained and the chemical reaction at the interface, we present the energetic diagram near the interface and the energy position of the lowest occupied molecular orbital with respect to the electrode Fermi level.

  12. Fundamental studies of separation processes. Technical progress report, 15 August 1979-14 August 1980

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    Rogers, L.B.

    1980-01-01

    During the past year, four technical reports have been issued. These have dealt with relative retentions in gas chromatography of the sulfur isotopes in COS, CS/sub 2/ and SO/sub 2/, fractionations of oligomers in commercial polystyrene, identifications of classes of compounds removed from different types of carbonaceous materials by supercritical pentane, and a comparison of the speed of a system of multiple isothermal columns with that of a programmed-temperature column for the fractionation of a mixture of compounds covering a wide range of boiling points. Other studies have involved optimization of the recycle mode in gas chromatography, selective weighting of peaks in the measurement of information conveyed by a chromatogram, development of procedures for the isolations of various vanadium compounds from Venezuelan crude oil, and evaluation of the effect of organic ligand on the sensitivity of the flame emission signal observed for vanadium.

  13. Technical and scale efficiency of public community hospitals in Eritrea: an exploratory study

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    2013-01-01

    Background Eritrean gross national income of Int$610 per capita is lower than the average for Africa (Int$1620) and considerably lower than the global average (Int$6977). It is therefore imperative that the country’s resources, including those specifically allocated to the health sector, are put to optimal use. The objectives of this study were (a) to estimate the relative technical and scale efficiency of public secondary level community hospitals in Eritrea, based on data generated in 2007, (b) to estimate the magnitudes of output increases and/or input reductions that would have been required to make relatively inefficient hospitals more efficient, and (c) to estimate using Tobit regression analysis the impact of institutional and contextual/environmental variables on hospital inefficiencies. Methods A two-stage Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) method is used to estimate efficiency of hospitals and to explain the inefficiencies. In the first stage, the efficient frontier and the hospital-level efficiency scores are first estimated using DEA. In the second stage, the estimated DEA efficiency scores are regressed on some institutional and contextual/environmental variables using a Tobit model. In 2007 there were a total of 20 secondary public community hospitals in Eritrea, nineteen of which generated data that could be included in the study. The input and output data were obtained from the Ministry of Health (MOH) annual health service activity report of 2007. Since our study employs data that are five years old, the results are not meant to uncritically inform current decision-making processes, but rather to illustrate the potential value of such efficiency analyses. Results The key findings were as follows: (i) the average constant returns to scale technical efficiency score was 90.3%; (ii) the average variable returns to scale technical efficiency score was 96.9%; and (iii) the average scale efficiency score was 93.3%. In 2007, the inefficient hospitals could

  14. Preliminary study of solar ponds for salinity control in the Colorado River Basin. Technical report

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    Boegli, W.J.; Dahl, M.M.; Remmers, H.E.

    1982-12-01

    In this study, the Bureau of Reclamation investigates the technical and economic benefits of using solar salt-gradient ponds in the Colorado River Basin to provide salinity control and to produce project power and freshwater. It was assumed that the saline water needed for pond construction would be transported to one of two dry lakebeds in the Basin(Danby Dry Lake in southern California or Sevier Dry Lake in western Utah) as part of a salinity control/coal transport project. The ponds would be used to generate electric power that could be integrated with the Bureau's power grid or used in combination with thermal energy from the ponds to power commercially available desalination systems to produce freshwater. Economic benefits were compiled for two methods of concentrating the necessary brine for the ponds--one representing stage construction using collected brine only and the other using salt at the site to produce the concentrated brine.

  15. Studying the Cost and Value of Library Services: Final Report. Technical Report APLAB/94-3/1,2,3,4.

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    Kantor, Paul B.; And Others

    This is the final technical report (in three parts) of a 15-month long project to study the costs and value of library functions at five major research libraries. Twenty-one services or service aspects were studied, and numerous measures of the importance or benefit of the service to the users were made. These measures were studied together to lay…

  16. An Inquiry into Testing of Information Retrieval Systems. Comparative Systems Laboratory Final Technical Report, Part III: CSL Related Studies.

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    Zull, Carolyn Gifford, Ed.; And Others

    This third volume of the Comparative Systems Laboratory (CSL) Final Technical Report is a collection of relatively independent studies performed on CSL materials. Covered in this document are studies on: (1) properties of files, including a study of the growth rate of a dictionary of index terms as influenced by number of documents in the file and…

  17. Computational Studies of Structures and Dynamics of 1, 3-Dimethylimidazolim Salt Liquid and their Interfaces Using Polarizable Potential Models

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    Chang, Tsun-Mei; Dang, Liem X.

    2009-03-12

    The structures, thermodynamics, dynamical properties of bulk and air/liquid interfaces of three ionic liquids, 1,3-dimethylimidazolium [dmim]+, Cl-, Br-, and I- are studied using molecular dynamics techniques. In bulk melts, the radial distribution functions reveal a significant long-range structural correlation in these ionic liquids. From the angular distribution analysis, the imidazolium rings are found to lie parallel to each other at short distances, consistent with the structures observed in the crystal state. The single-ion dynamics are studied via mean-square-displacements, velocity and orientational correlation functions. The diffusion coefficients and reorientational times are found to be much smaller than H2O. We also observe that anion size plays an important role in the dynamics of ionic liquids. The computed density profiles of the ionic liquid/vapor interface exhibit oscillatory behavior, indicative of surface layering at the interface. Further analysis reveals that the [dmim]+ ions show preferred orientation at the interface with the ring parallel to the surface and methyl group attached to the ring pointing into the vapor phase. The computed surface tensions indicated small differences between these ionic liquids and are inline with recent experimental measurements. The calculated potential drops of these ionic liquids are found to be small and negative. These results could imply that the cation dipoles are likely to orient in the plane that parallel to the surface normal axis. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Chemical Sciences program. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated by Battelle for DOE.

  18. Advanced Transportation System Studies Technical Area 2 (TA-2) Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle Development Contract. Volume 2; Technical Results

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1995-01-01

    The sections in this report include: Single Stage to Orbit (SSTO) Design Ground-rules; Operations Issues and Lessons Learned; Vertical-Takeoff/Landing Versus Vertical-Takeoff/Horizontal-Landing; SSTO Design Results; SSTO Simulation Results; SSTO Assessment Results; SSTO Sizing Tool User's Guide; SSto Turnaround Assessment Report; Ground Operations Assessment First Year Executive Summary; Health Management System Definition Study; Major TA-2 Presentations; First Lunar Outpost Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle Design and Assessment; and the section, Russian Propulsion Technology Assessment Reports.

  19. SLIM: an alternative Web interface for MEDLINE/PubMed searches – a preliminary study

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    Muin, Michael; Fontelo, Paul; Liu, Fang; Ackerman, Michael

    2005-01-01

    Background With the rapid growth of medical information and the pervasiveness of the Internet, online search and retrieval systems have become indispensable tools in medicine. The progress of Web technologies can provide expert searching capabilities to non-expert information seekers. The objective of the project is to create an alternative search interface for MEDLINE/PubMed searches using JavaScript slider bars. SLIM, or Slider Interface for MEDLINE/PubMed searches, was developed with PHP and JavaScript. Interactive slider bars in the search form controlled search parameters such as limits, filters and MeSH terminologies. Connections to PubMed were done using the Entrez Programming Utilities (E-Utilities). Custom scripts were created to mimic the automatic term mapping process of Entrez. Page generation times for both local and remote connections were recorded. Results Alpha testing by developers showed SLIM to be functionally stable. Page generation times to simulate loading times were recorded the first week of alpha and beta testing. Average page generation times for the index page, previews and searches were 2.94 milliseconds, 0.63 seconds and 3.84 seconds, respectively. Eighteen physicians from the US, Australia and the Philippines participated in the beta testing and provided feedback through an online survey. Most users found the search interface user-friendly and easy to use. Information on MeSH terms and the ability to instantly hide and display abstracts were identified as distinctive features. Conclusion SLIM can be an interactive time-saving tool for online medical literature research that improves user control and capability to instantly refine and refocus search strategies. With continued development and by integrating search limits, methodology filters, MeSH terms and levels of evidence, SLIM may be useful in the practice of evidence-based medicine. PMID:16321145

  20. Comparative study on the customization of natural language interfaces to databases.

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    Pazos R, Rodolfo A; Aguirre L, Marco A; González B, Juan J; Martínez F, José A; Pérez O, Joaquín; Verástegui O, Andrés A

    2016-01-01

    In the last decades the popularity of natural language interfaces to databases (NLIDBs) has increased, because in many cases information obtained from them is used for making important business decisions. Unfortunately, the complexity of their customization by database administrators make them difficult to use. In order for a NLIDB to obtain a high percentage of correctly translated queries, it is necessary that it is correctly customized for the database to be queried. In most cases the performance reported in NLIDB literature is the highest possible; i.e., the performance obtained when the interfaces were customized by the implementers. However, for end users it is more important the performance that the interface can yield when the NLIDB is customized by someone different from the implementers. Unfortunately, there exist very few articles that report NLIDB performance when the NLIDBs are not customized by the implementers. This article presents a semantically-enriched data dictionary (which permits solving many of the problems that occur when translating from natural language to SQL) and an experiment in which two groups of undergraduate students customized our NLIDB and English language frontend (ELF), considered one of the best available commercial NLIDBs. The experimental results show that, when customized by the first group, our NLIDB obtained a 44.69 % of correctly answered queries and ELF 11.83 % for the ATIS database, and when customized by the second group, our NLIDB attained 77.05 % and ELF 13.48 %. The performance attained by our NLIDB, when customized by ourselves was 90 %. PMID:27190752

  1. Study of the interface between numerical and symbolic computing techniques. Progress report

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    Not Available

    1983-01-01

    The basic emphasis of our research during the funding period December 1, 1980 to November 30, 1983 has been on the interface between numerical and symbolic computing techniques and on new and improved techniques in both numerical and symbolic computation. The specific research topics are: an analysis of basic iterative methods for matrix equations; the use of symbolic and numerical techniques on the conjectures of Whittaker (in function theory) and Bernstein (in approximation theory); and the integration of symbolic (exact) and numerical (approximate) computing techniques.

  2. Biological Tools to Study the Effects of Environmental Contaminants at the Feto–Maternal Interface

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    Mannelli, Chiara; Ietta, Francesca; Avanzati, Anna Maria; Skarzynski, Dariusz

    2015-01-01

    The identification of reproductive toxicants is a major scientific challenge for human health. Prenatal life is the most vulnerable and important time span of human development. For obvious ethical reasons, in vivo models cannot be used in human pregnancy, and animal models do not perfectly reflect human physiology. This review describes the in vitro test models representative of the human feto–maternal interface and the effects of environmental chemicals with estrogen-like activity, mainly bisphenol A and para-nonylphenol, with a particular emphasis on the effects at low, nontoxic doses similar to concentrations commonly detected in the population. PMID:26740808

  3. Design Study of an Atmospheric Pressure Photoionization Interface for GC-MS

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    Kersten, Hendrik; Kroll, Kai; Haberer, Kirsten; Brockmann, Klaus J.; Benter, Thorsten; Peterson, Amelia; Makarov, Alexander

    2016-04-01

    This contribution reports on the development of an atmospheric pressure photoionization (APPI) source interfacing a gas chromatograph (GC) with a bench-top Orbitrap high resolution mass spectrometer (MS). We present efforts on method development aiming at high temperature stability (325°C), constant low impurity levels upon prolonged source operation, and efficient reaction volume irradiation combined with minimum peak broadening. The performance throughout each iterative development step was carefully assessed. The final GC-APPI-MS setup demonstrated femtogram-on-column sensitivity and chromatographic peaks of Gaussian shape with base peak widths <2 s for even the highest boiling compounds present in different EPA standard mixtures.

  4. The application of specular neutron reflection to the study of surfaces and interfaces

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    Penfold, J.

    1992-06-01

    In recent years the specular reflection of neutrons has proved to be a valuable new technique for determining the structure of surfaces and interfaces, and a widespread application to a range of problems in surface chemistry, solid films and surface magnetism has emerged. The white beam time of flight (TOF) method for reflection measurements, exploited on a pulsed neutron source, has proved to be particularly important. Recent developments on the instrumentation and analysis methods at ISIS are presented and recent experimental results, covering a range of scientific applications are discussed.

  5. Vocational-Technical and Professional Studies' Academic Programs and Support Services Self-Study and Evaluation Visit by the New Mexico Department of Education's Vocational-Technical Programs (April 17-20, 1995).

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    Cowen, Sonia S.

    This report presents results from an April 1995 self-study of academic programs and support services in the vocational-technical and professional studies division at New Mexico State University's two-year branch campus at Carlsbad. College activities and outcomes are described for the following 12 programs and centers: pre-business, the Career…

  6. A Study of Learning-Centered Leadership Skills of Principals in Career and Technical Education Schools

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    Rodman, Mary E.

    2012-01-01

    Despite years of educational reform, secondary students have demonstrated only modest increases in achievement. Career and technical education students have not demonstrated the same level of performance as non-career and technical education students. Except for teachers, principals have the greatest influence over student achievement. What should…

  7. Strategic Management for Competitive Advantage: A Case Study of Higher Technical and Vocational Education in Taiwan

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    Huang, Hsun-I; Lee, Cheng-Fei

    2012-01-01

    Higher technical and vocational education institutions in Taiwan face the pressure of an oversupply of student places and fierce competition from domestic and international institutions. To cope with these challenges, higher technical and vocational education institutions that are better equipped to respond to market requirements are expected to…

  8. 41 CFR 60-3.14 - Technical standards for validity studies.

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    2013-07-01

    ... specific validation strategy used. B. Technical standards for criterion-related validity studies—(1... strategy should determine whether it is technically feasible (as defined in section 16) to conduct such a... those which employees learn on the job. Where samples are combined or compared, attention should...

  9. Charles Morris's Semiotic Model and Analytical Studies of Visual and Verbal Representations in Technical Communication

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    Fan, Jiang-Ping

    2006-01-01

    In this article, the author demonstrates that the semiotic model proposed by Charles Morris enables us to optimize our understanding of technical communication practices and provides a good point of inquiry. To illustrate this point, the author exemplifies the semiotic approaches by scholars in technical communication and elaborates Morris's model…

  10. In situ X-ray studies of adlayer-induced crystal nucleation at the liquid-liquid interface

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    Elsen, Annika; Festersen, Sven; Runge, Benjamin; Koops, Christian T.; Ocko, Benjamin M.; Deutsch, Moshe; Seeck, Oliver H.; Murphy, Bridget M.; Magnussen, Olaf M.

    2013-05-29

    Crystal nucleation and growth at a liquid–liquid interface is studied on the atomic scale by in situ Å-resolution X-ray scattering methods for the case of liquid Hg and an electrochemical dilute electrolyte containing Pb2+, F-, and Br- ions. In the regime negative of the Pb amalgamation potential Φrp = -0.70 V, no change is observed from the surface-layered structure of pure Hg. Upon potential-induced release of Pb2+ from the Hg bulk at Graphic, the formation of an intriguing interface structure is observed, comprising a well-defined 7.6-Å–thick adlayer, decorated with structurally related 3D crystallites. Both are identified by their diffraction peaks as PbFBr, preferentially aligned with their Graphic axis along the interface normal. X-ray reflectivity shows the adlayer to consist of a stack of five ionic layers, forming a single-unit-cell–thick crystalline PbFBr precursor film, which acts as a template for the subsequent quasiepitaxial 3D crystal growth. This growth behavior is assigned to the combined action of electrostatic and short-range chemical interactions.

  11. Periodic array of misfit dislocations at the MnAs/GaAs interface studied by synchrotron x-ray diffraction

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    Satapathy, D.K.; Kaganer, V.M.; Jenichen, B.; Braun, W.; Daeweritz, L.; Ploog, K.H.

    2005-10-15

    We study the evolution of strain, morphology and interfacial structure during the growth at 250 deg. C and subsequent annealing of MnAs films on GaAs in situ using grazing incidence x-ray diffraction. The MnAs film grows via the formation of relaxed islands which increase in size and finally coalesce to form a continuous film. Early on, an ordered array of misfit dislocations forms at the interface with a spacing of 4.95{+-}0.05 nm, releasing the misfit strain. The Burgers vector of the dislocations lies in the interface plane, and the inhomogeneous strain due to the dislocations is confined to a 1.6 nm thick region near the interface. Annealing enhances the order of the dislocation array and reduces the mosaicity of the MnAs layer. On MnAs/GaAs(113)A, the same mismatch is released by the dislocations with the two times smaller Burgers vectors and the two times smaller spacing, as compared with the MnAs/GaAs(001)

  12. Slow positron studies of hydrogen activation/passivation on SiO sub 2 /Si(100) interfaces

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    Lynn, K.G.; Asoka-Kumar, P.

    1991-01-01

    The hydrogen atoms are one of the most common impurity species found in semiconductor systems owing to its large diffusivity, and are easily incorporated either in a controlled process like in ion implantation or in an uncontrolled process like the one at the fabrication stage. Hydrogen can passivate dangling bonds and dislocations in these systems and hence can be used to enhance the electrical properties. In a SiO{sub 2}/Si system, hydrogen can passivate electronic states at the interface and can alter the fixed or mobile charges in the oxide layer. Since hydrogen is present in almost all of the environments of SiO{sub 2}/Si wafer fabrication, the activation energy of hydrogen atoms is of paramount importance to a proper understanding of SiO{sub 2}/Si based devices and has not been measured on the technologically most important Si(100) face. There are no direct, nondestructive methods available to observe hydrogen injection into the oxide layer and subsequent diffusion. This study uses the positrons as a sensitive'', nondestructive probe to observe hydrogen interaction in the oxide layer and the interface region. We also describe a new way of characterizing the changes in the density of the interface states under a low-temperature annealing using positrons. 9 refs., 6 figs.

  13. Multiple interfacing between classical ray-tracing and wave-optical simulation approaches: a study on applicability and accuracy.

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    Leiner, Claude; Nemitz, Wolfgang; Schweitzer, Susanne; Wenzl, Franz P; Hartmann, Paul; Hohenester, Ulrich; Sommer, Christian

    2014-06-30

    In this study the applicability of an interface procedure for combined ray-tracing and finite difference time domain (FDTD) simulations of optical systems which contain two diffractive gratings is discussed. The simulation of suchlike systems requires multiple FDTD↔RT steps. In order to minimize the error due to the loss of the phase information in an FDTD→RT step, we derive an equation for a maximal coherence correlation function (MCCF) which describes the maximum degree of impact of phase effects between these two different diffraction gratings and which depends on: the spatial distance between the gratings, the degree of spatial coherence of the light source and the diffraction angle of the first grating for the wavelength of light used. This MCCF builds an envelope of the oscillations caused by the distance dependent coupling effects between the two diffractive optical elements. Furthermore, by comparing the far field projections of pure FDTD simulations with the results of an RT→FDTD→RT→FDTD→RT interface procedure simulation we show that this function strongly correlates with the error caused by the interface procedure.

  14. In situ X-ray studies of adlayer-induced crystal nucleation at the liquid–liquid interface

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    Elsen, Annika; Festersen, Sven; Runge, Benjamin; Koops, Christian T.; Ocko, Benjamin M.; Deutsch, Moshe; Seeck, Oliver H.; Murphy, Bridget M.; Magnussen, Olaf M.

    2013-01-01

    Crystal nucleation and growth at a liquid–liquid interface is studied on the atomic scale by in situ Å-resolution X-ray scattering methods for the case of liquid Hg and an electrochemical dilute electrolyte containing Pb2+, F−, and Br− ions. In the regime negative of the Pb amalgamation potential V, no change is observed from the surface-layered structure of pure Hg. Upon potential-induced release of Pb2+ from the Hg bulk at , the formation of an intriguing interface structure is observed, comprising a well-defined 7.6-Å–thick adlayer, decorated with structurally related 3D crystallites. Both are identified by their diffraction peaks as PbFBr, preferentially aligned with their axis along the interface normal. X-ray reflectivity shows the adlayer to consist of a stack of five ionic layers, forming a single-unit-cell–thick crystalline PbFBr precursor film, which acts as a template for the subsequent quasiepitaxial 3D crystal growth. This growth behavior is assigned to the combined action of electrostatic and short-range chemical interactions. PMID:23553838

  15. Modeling study of the influence of mixing on the fluxes of nutrients through the water column redox-interfaces

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    Yakushev, E.

    2009-04-01

    In this study we used a coupled hydrophysical-biogeochemical O-N-S-P-Mn-Fe- model based on ROLM (Yakushev et al., 2007) and GOTM (Burchard et al., 2006). Processes of organic matter (OM) formation and decay, the reduction and oxidation of species of nitrogen, sulphur, manganese, iron, as well as transformation of phosphorus species are parameterized. The model considered phytoplankton, zooplankton and bacteria. The model allowed to simulate the main features of the vertically balanced biogeochemical structure of the redox interfaces (i.e observed in the Black Sea, Gotland Deep, Oslo Fjord). Numerical experiments allowed to demonstrate how the changes in vertical mixing (from Kz=10-6 m2s-1 to Kz=10-4 m2s-1) affect the distributions of the considered parameters and the rates of their transformation. The received estimates allowed to analyze the influence of the water column redox interfaces on the fluxes of nutrients, in particular phosphate, in different conditions. Burchard, H., Bolding, K., Kuehn, W., Meister, A., Neumann, T., Umlauf, L. 2006. Description of a flexible and extendable physical-biogeochemical model system for the water column. J.of Mar.Sys., 61: 180-211. Yakushev E.V., Pollehne F., Jost G. et al. 2007. Analysis of the water column oxic/anoxic interface in the Black and Baltic seas with a Redox-Layer Model. Mar. Chem., 107: 388-410.

  16. X-ray studies of mixed surfactants at the hexane-water interface and thin aqueous films

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    Pingali, Sai Venkatesh

    The interface between water and mixed surfactant solutions of CH3(CH2)19OH and CF3(CF 2)7(CH2)2OH in hexane was studied with interfacial tension and X-ray reflectivity measurements. Measurements of the tension as a function of temperature for a range of total bulk surfactant concentrations (m) and for three different values of the molal ratio of fluorinated to total surfactant concentration (X 2 = 0.25, 0.28 and 0.5) determined that the interface can be in three different monolayer phases. X-ray reflectivity study of four different compositions as a function of temperature demonstrates that phases 1 and 2 correspond to an interface fully covered by only one of the surfactants (liquid monolayer of CH3(CH2)19OH in phase I and a solid condensed monolayer of CF3(CF2)7(CH2) 2OH in phase 2). The liquid monolayer of CH3(CH2) 19OH undergoes a transition to the solid monolayer of CF3(CF 2)7(CH2)2OH with increasing temperature. Phase 3 and the transition regions between Phases 1 and 2 consist of a mixed monolayer at the interface that contains domains of the two surfactants. A simple model is presented that predicts the basic features of the domain coverage as a function of temperature for the mixed surfactant system from the behavior of the single surfactant systems. Spontaneous thin film formation in a biphase system consisting of PEG, potassium phosphates and water was studied using X-ray reflectivity and off-specular diffuse scattering. Two aqueous phases, PEG-rich and salt-rich phases are formed by varying the overall salt concentration from 12--29 wt/wt% for fixed overall PEG concentration of 13 wt/wt%. Two classes of thin film formation are observed---the thickness of the spontaneously formed film is same as the drop spreading film for systems 12--18% and the thickness of the spontaneously formed film is different from the drop spreading film for systems 23% and 29%. Although system 12% is in the 12--18% class, its behavior is different from the rest. Layer thickness

  17. A study of temperature-related non-linearity at the metal-silicon interface

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    Gammon, P. M.; Donchev, E.; Pérez-Tomás, A.; Shah, V. A.; Pang, J. S.; Petrov, P. K.; Jennings, M. R.; Fisher, C. A.; Mawby, P. A.; Leadley, D. R.; McN. Alford, N.

    2012-12-01

    In this paper, we investigate the temperature dependencies of metal-semiconductor interfaces in an effort to better reproduce the current-voltage-temperature (IVT) characteristics of any Schottky diode, regardless of homogeneity. Four silicon Schottky diodes were fabricated for this work, each displaying different degrees of inhomogeneity; a relatively homogeneous NiV/Si diode, a Ti/Si and Cr/Si diode with double bumps at only the lowest temperatures, and a Nb/Si diode displaying extensive non-linearity. The 77-300 K IVT responses are modelled using a semi-automated implementation of Tung's electron transport model, and each of the diodes are well reproduced. However, in achieving this, it is revealed that each of the three key fitting parameters within the model display a significant temperature dependency. In analysing these dependencies, we reveal how a rise in thermal energy "activates" exponentially more interfacial patches, the activation rate being dependent on the carrier concentration at the patch saddle point (the patch's maximum barrier height), which in turn is linked to the relative homogeneity of each diode. Finally, in a review of Tung's model, problems in the divergence of the current paths at low temperature are explained to be inherent due to the simplification of an interface that will contain competing defects and inhomogeneities.

  18. Multi-teraflops spin dynamics studies of the magnetic structure of FeMn/Co interfaces

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    Canning, Andrew; Ujfalussy, B.; Schulthess, T.C.; Zhang, X.-G.; Shelton, W.A.; Nicholson, D.M.C.; Stocks, G.M.; Wang, Yang; Dirks, T.

    2002-11-30

    The authors have used the power of massively parallel computers to perform first principles spin dynamics (SD) simulations of the magnetic structure of Iron-Manganese/Cobalt (FeMn/Co) interfaces. These large scale quantum mechanical simulations, involving 2016-atom super-cell models, reveal details of the orientational configuration of the magnetic moments at the interface that are unobtainable by any other means. Exchange bias, which involves the use of an antiferromagnetic (AFM) layer such as FeMn to pin the orientation of the magnetic moment of a proximate ferromagnetic (FM) layer such as Co, is of fundamental importance in magnetic multilayer storage and read head devices. Here the equation of motion of first principles SD is used to perform relaxations of model magnetic structures to the true ground (equilibrium) state. Our code is intrinsically parallel and has achieved a maximum execution rate of 2.46 Teraflops on the IBM SP at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC).

  19. Icon and user interface design for emergency medical information systems: a case study.

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    Salman, Y Batu; Cheng, Hong-In; Patterson, Patrick E

    2012-01-01

    A usable medical information system should allow for reliable and accurate interaction between users and the system in emergencies. A participatory design approach was used to develop a medical information system in two Turkish hospitals. The process consisted of task and user analysis, an icon design survey, initial icon design, final icon design and evaluation, and installation of the iconic medical information system with the icons. We observed work sites to note working processes and tasks related to the information system and interviewed medical personnel. Emergency personnel then participated in the design process to develop a usable graphical user interface, by drawing icon sketches for 23 selected tasks. Similar sketches were requested for specific tasks such as family medical history, contact information, translation, addiction, required inspections, requests and applications, and nurse observations. The sketches were analyzed and redesigned into computer icons by professional designers and the research team. A second group of physicians and nurses then tested the understandability of the icons. The user interface layout was examined and evaluated by system users, followed by the system's installation. Medical personnel reported the participatory design process was interesting and believed the resulting designs would be more familiar and friendlier.

  20. XPS and SIMS study of the surface and interface of aged C+ implanted uranium

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    Donald, Scott B.; Siekhaus, Wigbert J.; Nelson, Art J.

    2016-09-08

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy in combination with secondary ion mass spectrometry depth profiling were used to investigate the surface and interfacial chemistry of C+ ion implanted polycrystalline uranium subsequently oxidized in air for over 10 years at ambient temperature. The original implantation of 33 keV C+ ions into U238 with a dose of 4.3 × 1017 cm–3 produced a physically and chemically modified surface layer that was characterized and shown to initially prevent air oxidation and corrosion of the uranium after 1 year in air at ambient temperature. The aging of the surface and interfacial layers were examined by using themore » chemical shift of the U 4f, C 1s, and O 1s photoelectron lines. In addition, valence band spectra were used to explore the electronic structure of the aged carbide surface and interface layer. Moreover, the time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry depth profiling results for the aged sample confirmed an oxidized uranium carbide layer over the carbide layer/U metal interface.« less