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  1. Use of anomalous small angle x-ray scattering to investigate microstructural features in complex alloys

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    Weertman, J.R.

    1988-08-01

    This report covers the last 5 months of the second year of this grant and the first 8 months of the third year. The research thrust of this grant has been directed into two areas. The principal effort has been spent in an investigation of the use of anomalous small angle x-ray scattering (ASAXS) to observe changes in the microstructure of a relatively complex alloy produced by high temperature deformation or aging. The second effort involves a study of the high temperature behavior of several ferritic steels. During this past year we have been examining the effect of environment (air vs vacuum) on the high temperature strength of Fe9Cr1Mo modified by the addition of small amounts of V and Nb.

  2. Use of anomalous small angle x-ray scattering to investigate microstructural features in complex alloys

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    Weertman, J.R.

    1990-08-01

    The research thrust has been directed into two areas. The principal effort has been spent in an investigation of the use of anomalous small angle x-ray scattering (ASAXS) to observe changes in the microstructure of a relatively complex alloy produced by high temperature deformation or aging. A second effort involves a study of the high temperature behavior of several ferritic steels. In particular, we are investigating the precursors and earliest stages of fatigue crack initiation, especially how initiation is affected by hold times and by environment. We have been studying carbides in two ferritic steel alloys. The first is Fe9CrlMo modified by the addition of small amounts of the strong carbide formers, V and Nb. This alloy, which has been studied at ORNL and in the course of this grant, is used in power-generating equipment. The second alloy is AF1410 (primarily Fel4Col0Ni), an ultra high-strength, high toughness steel. 8 figs.,

  3. Microstructural investigations on aerated concrete

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    Narayanan, N.; Ramamurthy, K.

    2000-03-01

    Aerated concrete is characterized by the presence of large voids deliberately included in its matrix to reduce the density. This study reports the investigations conducted on the structure of cement-based autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) and non-AAC with sand or fly ash as the filler. The reasons for changes in compressive strength and drying shrinkage are explained with reference to the changes in the microstructure. Compositional analysis was carried out using XRD. It was observed that fly ash responds poorly to autoclaving. The process of pore refinement in fly ash mixes is discussed with reference to the formation of Hadley grains as well as fly ash hydration. The paste-void interface in aerated concrete investigated in relation to the paste-aggregate interface in normal concrete revealed the existence of an interfacial transition zone.

  4. A review on preparation techniques for synthesis of nanocrystalline soft magnetic ferrites and investigation on the effects of microstructure features on magnetic properties

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    Hajalilou, Abdollah; Mazlan, Saiful Amri

    2016-07-01

    Soft magnetic materials have been used in many applications, i.e., electrical and electronic industries, due to their desirable electromagnetic characteristics. The performance of these materials in bulk form, where the size of grains is in micrometer scale, is only limited to a few megahertz frequencies due to their higher conductivity and domain wall resonance. Synthesizing the ferrite particles in nanometer scales before compacting them for sintering would be one way to solve using these materials at higher frequencies. The properties of ferrite depend mainly on the technique and conditions of preparation, which, in turn, affect the cation distribution over the tetrahedral and octahedral sites. Thus, the aim of this study was to introduce some methods used for synthesizing nanocrystalline soft magnetic ferrites. Furthermore, the microstructure features, i.e., grain sizes and porosities, which are influenced by the types of method used for preparation, playing key role on the magnetic properties of the sample, are also highlighted.

  5. Use of anomalous small angle x-ray scattering to investigate microstructural features in complex alloys. Technical progress report, July 1, 1987--July 31, 1988

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    Weertman, J.R.

    1988-08-01

    This report covers the last 5 months of the second year of this grant and the first 8 months of the third year. The research thrust of this grant has been directed into two areas. The principal effort has been spent in an investigation of the use of anomalous small angle x-ray scattering (ASAXS) to observe changes in the microstructure of a relatively complex alloy produced by high temperature deformation or aging. The second effort involves a study of the high temperature behavior of several ferritic steels. During this past year we have been examining the effect of environment (air vs vacuum) on the high temperature strength of Fe9Cr1Mo modified by the addition of small amounts of V and Nb.

  6. Experimental Investigation of Microstructured Evaporators

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    Wibel, W.; Westermann, S.; Maikowske, S.; Brandner, J. J.

    2012-11-01

    Microfluidic devices have become more and more popular over the last decades [1]. Cooling is a topic where microstructures offer significant advantages compared to conventional techniques due the much higher possible surface to volume ratios and short heat transfer lengths. By evaporating of a fluid in microchannels, compact, fast and powerful cooling devices become possible [2]. Experimental results for different designs of microstructured evaporators are presented here. They have been obtained either using water as evaporating coolant or the refrigerant R134a (Tetrafluoroethane). A new microstructured evaporator design consisting of bended microchannels instead of straight channels for a better performance is shown and compared to previous results [2] for the evaporation of R134a in straight microchannels.

  7. Development of microstructural features during irradiation

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    Wiedersich, H.

    1980-01-01

    During elevated temperature irradiation with energetic neutrons, ions or electrons, the microstructure of alloys undergoes significant changes accompanied by corresponding changes in physical properties. The microstructural development is caused by the defect production throughout the material and the concurrent annihilation of the mobile point defects and small defect clusters on spatially discrete sinks such as dislocations, grain boundaries and voids. We review here the present understanding of the development of the radiation microstructure beyond the nucleation stage of stable defect clusters. After a short characterization of the dynamic state of a crystalline material during elevated temperature irradiation we discuss (a) the void swelling phenomenon; (b) radiation-enhanced, diffusion controlled processes such as precipitate coarsening; and (c) radiation-induced processes such as radiation-induced precipitation and spatial redistribution of phases in multiphase alloys.

  8. Artificial Microstructures to Investigate Microstructure-Property Relationships in Metallic Glasses

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    Sarac, Baran

    Technology has evolved rapidly within the last decade, and the demand for higher performance materials has risen exponentially. To meet this demand, novel materials with advanced microstructures have been developed and are currently in use. However, the already complex microstructure of technological relevant materials imposes a limit for currently used development strategies for materials with optimized properties. For this reason, a strategy to correlate microstructure features with properties is still lacking. Computer simulations are challenged due to the computing size required to analyze multi-scale characteristics of complex materials, which is orders of magnitude higher than today's state of the art. To address these challenges, we introduced a novel strategy to investigate microstructure-property relationships. We call this strategy "artificial microstructure approach", which allows us to individually and independently control microstructural features. By this approach, we defined a new way of analyzing complex microstructures, where microstructural second phase features were precisely varied over a wide range. The artificial microstructures were fabricated by the combination of lithography and thermoplastic forming (TPF), and subsequently characterized under different loading conditions. Because of the suitability and interesting properties of metallic glasses, we proposed to use this toolbox to investigate the different deformation modes in cellular structures and toughening mechanism in metallic glass (MG) composites. This study helped us understand how to combine the unique properties of metallic glasses such as high strength, elasticity, and thermoplastic processing ability with plasticity generated from heterostructures of metallic glasses. It has been widely accepted that metallic glass composites are very complex, and a broad range of contributions have been suggested to explain the toughening mechanism. This includes the shear modulus, morphology

  9. Investigation of Human Nail Microstructure with Ultrasound

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    Maeva, A. R.; Bakulin, E. Y.; Denisova, L. A.; Maev, R. Gr.

    Investigation of a human fingernail and the extraction of the data on its microstructure and elastic properties is important in three main aspects. First of all, various diseases of the nail can be differentiated more precisely; second of all, it is possible to non-invasively track during time the effects of a cosmetic product upon the nail; third of all, because various processes in the organism have a strong influence upon the nail plate growth, the monitoring of the nail morphology and its mechanical properties may be used as additional information for the diagnosis of a number of medical disorders, such as systemic sclerosis, psoriasis, chronic hand eczema, anemia etc. The aim of the present study was to carry out a detailed ultrasound investigation in the high-frequency range (25-50 MHz) of a human nail including micro-anatomical structure imaging and ultrasound velocity evaluation, using B-scans obtained with a scanning acoustic microscope. On the images, exact topology of the nail, nail matrix and the underlying bone have been revealed. Additionally, a certain type of inclined internal layering along the nails of some individuals has been found, which was not reported in previous ultrasonic studies of the nail.

  10. Hypoparathyroidism: clinical features, skeletal microstructure and parathyroid hormone replacement

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    Rubin, Mishaela R.; Bilezikian, John P.

    2013-01-01

    Objective Hypoparathyroidism is a disorder in which parathyroid hormone is deficient in the circulation due most often to immunological destruction of the parathyroids or to their surgical removal. The objective of this work was to define the abnormalities in skeletal microstructure as well as to establish the potential efficacy of PTH(1-84) replacement in this disorder. Subjects and methods Standard histomorphometric and μCT analyses were performed on iliac crest bone biopsies obtained from patients with hypoparathyroidism. Participants were treated with PTH(1-84) for two years. Results Bone density was increased and skeletal features reflected the low turnover state with greater BV/TV, Tb. Wi and Ct. Wi as well as suppressed MS and BFR/BS as compared to controls. With PTH(1-84), bone turnover and bone mineral density increased in the lumbar spine. Requirements for calcium and vitamin D fell while serum and urinary calcium concentrations did not change. Conclusion Abnormal microstructure of the skeleton in hypoparathyroidism reflects the absence of PTH. Replacement therapy with PTH has the potential to correct these abnormalities as well as to reduce the requirements for calcium and vitamin D. PMID:20485912

  11. MICROSTRUCTURAL FEATURES AFFECTING PROPERTIES AND AGING OF TRITIUM-EXPOSED AUSTENTIC STAINLESS STEEL

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    Subramanian, K; Michael Morgan, M

    2004-01-10

    banding and nitrogen concentration were also included as features of interest. The microstructural features of interest included (1) grain size, shape, and orientation; (2) dislocation structure and distribution, or recovered vs. un-recovered. The grain size and orientation affect the grain boundary fracture stress and the hydrogen solubility and diffusion paths. The dislocation structure and distribution play a role in hydrogen trapping as well as potentially affecting the hydrogen assisted fracture path. The initial mechanical and physical properties that are to be included in the investigation are yield stress, fracture toughness, work-hardening capacity, threshold hydrogen cracking stress intensity and stacking-fault energy.

  12. Investigation on overplating high-aspect-ratio microstructure

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    Guo, Yuhua; Liu, Gang; Tian, Yangchao

    2006-01-01

    Most previous research on electroplating in LIGA has focused on electrodeposition of metal into high aspect ratio resist molds. In overplating process how the metal grows up across the top of resist molds has been relatively neglected. Typical defects like holes formation at the top of cavities of electroplated metal mold usually occur due to improper process control especially when the space/linewidth ratio of microstructure increases. To help understand these problems, overplating process has been investigated. A model is developed to compute current density distribution based on LIGA mold feature using electroplating simulation tools. Results show that it is almost an isotropic growing model at the first stage of overplating. As the deposited metal grows bigger the space between electrodes is shortened and the current density distribution along electrode may be modulated by neighbor electrode. It doesn't show an isotropic growing model any more. The deposition rate in inward lateral direction is smaller than in vertical direction. The growing model based on calculation shows that the trench feature aspect ratio can reach a considerable magnitude especially when the LIGA mold feature space/linewidth ratio increases. In poor transport situation, ion depletion becomes significant and a stopped deposition may occur thus holes can be formed at the bottom of overlapped neighbor electrodes. An optimized experiment has been performed using low overpotentials at the stage before the overlapping of neighbor electrodes and a rigorous stirring of electrolyte. A nickel mold insert without holes-formation defects can be obtained.

  13. Magnetic characterisation of microstructural feature distribution in P9 and T22 steels by major and minor BH loop measurements

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    Liu, Jun; Wilson, John; Strangwood, Martin; Davis, Claire L.; Peyton, Anthony

    2016-03-01

    This paper investigates the magnetic properties and parameters measured from major/minor loops and used to characterise different microstructural feature distributions in P9 and T22 steel in different heat treatment or service conditions. The present study introduces a non-destructive way of selecting microstructural features of interest and/or excluding those of little relevance by examination of minor loop measurements at a selected range of applied fields and discusses the fundamental mechanism in terms of domain processes. There is remarkable consistency in magnetic behaviours and properties such as initial/incremental permeability values between the measurements by different techniques. This behaviour has been ascribed to the similar underlying domain processes and hence similar selected microstructural features that are affecting the domain processes.

  14. Intensive drying and the related microstructure features in agglomerate spheres

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    Kudlyk, Rostyslav

    pressure. Hence, they will be the first to become dry, while surface drying continues through the system of interconnected larger pores reaching the surface. Experimental research to be described validates the extended model for the drying of agglomerates that have a wide range of particle size and have been dried under wide range of drying conditions. New insights have been gained by applying this new drying model. Critical aspects of microstructure of agglomerates were investigated more specifically in the light of these new insights. They include pore-matrix expansion during drying due to the engulfment of fine particles into the contacts between the larger, structure-creating ones. Experimental results validate the matrix-expansion hypothesis developed in this study. Although this study focused on a specific industrial process, the pelletizing of iron-ore concentrates, the interrelationship between microstructure and drying behaviour has important implications in understanding the nature of soils, rocks, ceramics and processed foods.

  15. Quantitative analysis and feature recognition in 3-D microstructural data sets

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    Lewis, A. C.; Suh, C.; Stukowski, M.; Geltmacher, A. B.; Spanos, G.; Rajan, K.

    2006-12-01

    A three-dimensional (3-D) reconstruction of an austenitic stainless-steel microstructure was used as input for an image-based finite-element model to simulate the anisotropic elastic mechanical response of the microstructure. The quantitative data-mining and data-warehousing techniques used to correlate regions of high stress with critical microstructural features are discussed. Initial analysis of elastic stresses near grain boundaries due to mechanical loading revealed low overall correlation with their location in the microstructure. However, the use of data-mining and feature-tracking techniques to identify high-stress outliers revealed that many of these high-stress points are generated near grain boundaries and grain edges (triple junctions). These techniques also allowed for the differentiation between high stresses due to boundary conditions of the finite volume reconstructed, and those due to 3-D microstructural features.

  16. Synthetic Investigations Featuring Amidometallic Complexes

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    Cummins, Christopher Colin

    Chapters 1-3 describe results illustrating a new technique for synthesizing nanoclusters of metal sulfide semiconductors within block copolymer microdomains. The sulfides of divalent Zn, Cd, and Pb were considered. Block copolymers were prepared using living ring-opening metathesis polymerization techniques based on well-defined initiators such as Mo(NAr)(CHR)(OR)_2 (Ar = 2,6-C_6H_3 -i-Pr_2; R = t-Bu). Certain amidometallic complexes were prepared that were polymerized in a living fashion permitting block copolymer synthesis; the block copolymers were converted to films through static casting and the domain-confined amidometallic complexes served as precursors to metal sulfides. In the course of this research a preparative route to light-sensitive pentamethylcyclopentadienyl cadmium complexes was uncovered. This led in turn to a nanocluster synthesis in which a precursor complex such as ZnPh_2 or CdAr_2 (Ar = 3,5-C_6H_3 (CF_3)_2) was attached to the desired block copolymer by a dative link. It was possible to synthesize ZnS and CdS within block copolymers displaying various morphologies using this versatile methodology. Chapters 4-9 describe transition metal chemistry stemming from the application of a novel tetradentate, tris(amido) ligand system: (RNCH_2CH _2)_3N (R = Me_3 Si, (N_3N); R = t-BuMe _2Si, (N_3N ^'); R = Et_3Si, (N_3N^*]). A terminal monohydride complex, HTi (N _3N), was investigated with respect to cyclometallation and ethylene insertion chemistry. A series of trigonal monopyramidal complexes M (N_3N) ^') (M = Ti, V, Cr, Mn, and Fe) was synthesized; the rare TMP coordination geometry has not previously been encountered for early transition metal complexes. The chemistry of V (N_3 N) was studied extensively; chalcogenide atom and imido group transfer to V (N_3N) are facile processes that lead to a formal two-electron oxidation of vanadium and give rise to a terminal vanadium -element multiple bond. Starting from Fe (N_3 N^') it was possible to

  17. Application of Image Analysis for Characterization of Spatial Arrangements of Features in Microstructure

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    Louis, Pascal; Gokhale, Arun M.

    1995-01-01

    A number of microstructural processes are sensitive to the spatial arrangements of features in microstructure. However, very little attention has been given in the past to the experimental measurements of the descriptors of microstructural distance distributions due to the lack of practically feasible methods. We present a digital image analysis procedure to estimate the micro-structural distance distributions. The application of the technique is demonstrated via estimation of K function, radial distribution function, and nearest-neighbor distribution function of hollow spherical carbon particulates in a polymer matrix composite, observed in a metallographic section.

  18. Amontonian friction induced by flexible surface features on microstructured silicon.

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    Thormann, Esben; Yun, Sang Ho; Claesson, Per M; Linnros, Jan

    2011-09-01

    Friction between nonadhering sliding surfaces are normally described by Amontons' law, which states that there exists a linear relationship between the friction force and the normal applied load and that the friction force is independent of the macroscopic contact area between the surfaces and the sliding velocity. In this study we have measured friction as a function of applied load between a spherical silica particle and a microstructured silicon surface consisting of arrays of vertical microneedles, and we have challenged Amontons' law by changing the size of the silica particle and the sliding velocity. First, when looking at the friction as a function of time for a given applied load, the friction force was observed to oscillate with a period related to the spacing between the microneedles when using a small silica particle, whereas the friction force exhibited a more random variation when a larger silica particle was used. The oscillation in the friction force is a direct evidence for bending and release of individual microneedles and the observation illustrates that the energy dissipating mechanism becomes hidden in the friction data when the dimensions of the sliding body becomes much larger than the length scale of the surface features causing the friction. Second, when looking at the average friction force as a function of applied load we find, in accordance with Amontons' law, a linear relationship between the friction force and the applied load and the friction force is independent of both the size of the sliding silica particle and of the sliding velocity. One exception from this, however, was observed when sliding a small silica particle at low velocity, where a deviation from Amontons' law was noticed. The deviation from Amontons' law is suggested to be attributed to a change in the energy dissipating mechanism giving rise to the friction force. In light of that it is suggested that Amontons' law only is valid as long as the main energy dissipating

  19. Effect of processing on microstructural features and mechanical properties of a reduced activation ferritic/martensitic EUROFER steel grade

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    Puype, A.; Malerba, L.; De Wispelaere, N.; Petrov, R.; Sietsma, J.

    2017-10-01

    The microstructure of a 9Cr-1W-0.22V-0.09Ta-0.11C reduced activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steel has been investigated after thermo-mechanical rolling with subsequent annealing for 30 min at temperatures of 880 °C, 920 °C, 980 °C and 1050 °C, followed by water quenching. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy investigations and electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) measurements were performed to determine the microstructural features after the different thermal treatments. Additionally, the microstructure and the mechanical properties of the materials were studied after tempering at 750 °C for 2 h. This study aims to understand microstructural processes that occur in the material during thermo-mechanical treatment and to assess the effect of the microstructure on its strength and toughness, with a view on improving its mechanical performance. Microstructural analysis together with the data from mechanical tests identified the beneficial effect of grain refinement obtained with adequate processing on the ductile-to-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) and on the delay of strength degradation at elevated temperatures.

  20. Peculiar Features of Microstructure Formation and Microhardness Variations During Torsional Straining of Tantalum Specimens in Bridgman Anvils

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    Ditenberg, I. A.; Tymentsev, A. N.; Korznikov, A. V.

    2015-04-01

    Using the method of transmission electron microscopy, peculiar features of evolution of microstructure and variations in microhardness of Та are investigated under torsional loading in the Bridgman anvil as a function of plastic deformation at room temperature. A quantitative examination of grain and defect's structure of the material under study and the values of local internal stresses is performed in different loading stages. The mechanisms of formation of submicrocrystalline and nanostructured states are analyzed and so is the microstructure variation as a function of the defect-structure characteristics, strain level, and spacing from the axis of torsion.

  1. Rapid characterization of titanium microstructural features for specific modelling of mechanical properties

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    Searles, T.; Tiley, J.; Tanner, A.; Williams, R.; Rollins, B.; Lee, E.; Kar, S.; Banerjee, R.; Fraser, H. L.

    2005-01-01

    Mechanical properties of α/β Ti alloys are closely related to their microstructure. The complexity of the microstructural features involved makes it rather difficult to develop models for predicting properties of these alloys. Advances in stereology and microscopy permit rapid characterization of various features in Ti alloys including Widmanstätten α-laths, grain sizes, grain shapes, colony structures and volume fractions of different phases. This research documents the stereology procedures for characterizing microstructural features in Ti alloys, including the use of three-dimensional serial sectioning and reconstruction procedures for developing through material measurements. The resulting data indicate the powerful characterization processes now available, and the ability to rapidly assess microstructural features in Ti alloys. The processes were tested using Ti-62222 by serial sectioning the sample and conducting automated stereology protocols to determine features. In addition, three-dimensional reconstruction was completed on a Ti-6242 sample to evaluate lath interactions within the alloy. Results indicate the tremendous potential for characterizing microstructures using advanced techniques.

  2. The Features of Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Metastable Austenitic Steel Subjected to Low-Temperature and Subsequent Warm Deformation

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    Litovchenko, I. Yu.; Akkuzin, S. A.; Polekhina, N. A.; Tyumentsev, A. N.; Naiden, E. P.

    2016-10-01

    The features of microstructure and phase composition of metastable austenitic steel subjected to thermomechanical treatment, including low-temperature processing accompanied by warm rolling deformation, are investigated. Direct (γ → α΄) and reverse strain-induced martensitic transformations are shown to take place, followed by the formation of submicrocrystalline states and 3-4-fold increase in the yield point values. The mechanisms of formation of submicrocrystalline states and the reasons for increased strength are discussed.

  3. Microstructural investigation of vintage pipeline steels highly susceptible to stress corrosion cracking

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    Torres, Monica

    The use of pipelines for the transmission of gas offers not only efficiency, but a number of economic advantages. Nevertheless, pipelines are subject to aggressive operating conditions and environments which can lead to in-service degradation [1] and thus to failures. These failures can have catastrophic consequences, such as environmental damage and loss of life [2]. One of the most dangerous threats to pipeline integrity is stress corrosion cracking (SCC). Despite the substantial progress that has been achieved in the field, due to the complex nature of this phenomenon there is still not a complete understanding of this form of external corrosion. This makes its detection and prevention a challenge and therefore a risk to pipeline integrity, and most importantly, to the safety of the population. SCC cracks are the result of the interaction between a corrosive environment, applied stresses, and a susceptible microstructure. To date, what defines a susceptible microstructure remains ambiguous, as SCC has been observed in a range of steel grades, microstructures, chemical composition, and grain sizes. Therefore, in order to be able to accurately predict and prevent this hazardous form of corrosion, it is imperative to advance our knowledge on the subject and gain a better understanding on the microstructural features of highly susceptible pipeline materials, especially in the subsurface zone where crack nucleation must take place. Therefore, a microstructural characterization of the region near the surface layer was carried-out utilizing TEM. TEM analysis revealed the dislocation character, ferrite morphology, and apparent carbide precipitation in some grain boundaries. Furthermore, light microscopy, SEM, and hardness testing were performed to expand our knowledge on the microscopical features of highly SCC susceptible service components. This investigation presents a new approach to SCC characterization, which exposed the sub-surface region microscopical

  4. Microstructural Features in Corroded Celtic Iron Age Sword Blades

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    Ghiara, G.; Piccardo, P.; Campodonico, S.; Carnasciali, M. M.

    2014-05-01

    Archaeological artefacts made from iron and steel are often of critical importance for archaeometallurgical studies, which aim to understand the process of manufacturing, as the nearly complete alloy mineralization does not allow for any type of metallographic interpretation. In this study, three Iron Age sword blades dated from the second century BC (LaTène B2/D1) found in the archaeological site of Tintignac (Commune de Naves, Corrèze, France), were investigated. A multianalytical approach was employed to acquire a complete range of data from the partially or totally corroded objects. Analyses were carried out with the use of light optical microscopy, micro Raman spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDXS). Remnants of metallographic features—ghost microstructure—in the corrosion layers of the blades were observed, allowing for a partial reconstruction of the manufacturing process.

  5. Microstructural Investigation of Friction-Stir-Welded 7005 Aluminum Alloy

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    Xu, Xuesong; Lu, Yan; Zheng, Feiyan; Chen, Bin

    2015-11-01

    This paper is aimed to investigate the microstructure of 7005 aluminum sheets joined by friction-stir welding as well as their mechanical properties. Specimens with ten different sets of welding parameters were studied. Tensile test and fracture analysis determined that the joint of the best quality was obtained at the rotation speed of 1000 rpm matching with the travel speed of 200 mm/min, and the travel speed has more impact on the ultimate tensile strength. Optical microscope observation was applied to this high-quality specimen and gave evidence to explaining the formation of the onion ring structure. Electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD) technique was employed to characterize the textures and revealed the evolution of microstructures during friction stir processing. The EBSD results showed that the grains maintain their original orientations at relatively low deformation while the orientations rotate under increasing strain. Accumulated rotation will turn the textures into mixed shear components, which finally results in grain refinement and contributes to the high quality of the joint.

  6. TEM investigations on the local microstructure of electrodeposited galfenol nanowires

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    Pohl, D.; Damm, C.; Pohl, D.; Schultz, L.; Schlörb, H.

    2016-01-01

    The local microstructure of Fe-Ga nanowires is investigated considering dependence on the deposition technique. Using a complexed electrolyte, smooth and homogeneous Fe80Ga20 nanowires are deposited into anodic aluminum oxide templates by either applying pulse potential or potentiostatic deposition technique. At optimized deposition conditions the wires show the desired composition of Fe80±2Ga20±2 without a gradient along the growth direction. Composition distribution, structure and microstructure are examined in detail and reveal only minor differences. Line EELS and crystal lattice measurements reveal a negligible oxygen content for both preparation routines. Neither Fe/Ga oxides nor hydroxides were found. Both potentiostatically deposited as well as pulse deposited nanowires exhibit a preferred <110> orientation, the latter with slightly larger crystals. Different contrast patterns were found by TEM that appear more pronounced in the case of pulse deposited wires. High resolution transmission electron microscopy analysis and comparison of differently prepared focused ion beam lamellas reveal that these contrasts are caused by defects in the alternating potential deposition itself and are not induced during the TEM preparation process. The alternating potential mode causes periodic growth thereby inducing different layers with reduced wire thickness/defects at the layer interfaces.

  7. Special Features of the Microstructure of Cast Iron with Spheroidal Graphite

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    Chaus, A. S.

    2015-11-01

    Metallographic and microscopic x-ray spectrum analyses are used to study the special features of the microstructure of perlite-ferrite cast iron with spheroidal graphite. The internal polycrystalline structure of the spheroidal graphite is discussed, and the presence of ferrite precipitates over the boundaries of pyramidal crystals forming spherulites is proved. Data qualifying the nature of nucleus in a spheroidal graphite inclusion are presented.

  8. Investigating the Microstructure of Carbopol by Light Scattering

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    Lee, David; Bailey, Arthur; Frisken, Barbara

    2009-05-01

    Carbopol, a family of cross-linked acrylic acid-based polymers and a well-known thickener used in personal care, household and industrial products, is often used as a model yield-stress fluid because it is transparent and its rheological properties can be precisely tuned by sample preparation conditions. Carbopol dispersions behave as an elastic solid but they will flow when the applied stress exceeds a sample-dependent yield value. Both the yield stress phenomena and the range of potential applications recommend study of the microscopic structure and properties of yield stress fluids as this will lead to a fundamental understanding of this behaviour. Light scattering experiments investigating Carbopol ETD2050 dispersed in water have revealed that the Carbopol microstructure consists of a highly cross-linked inner region surrounded by a lightly cross-linked outer region. Experiments also show that the length scales and mass fractal dimension depend on the sample concentration and pH.

  9. Microstructural investigations of naturally and artificially weathered autoclaved aerated concrete

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    Kus, Huelya; Carlsson, Thomas

    2003-09-01

    The microstructural changes in autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC), particularly due to chemical degradation, have been investigated. The carbonation process has been studied on naturally and artificially weathered AAC by spectrographic and microscopic analysis. Visual inspections of unexposed and aged AAC were made by means of light optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), while chemical and structural analysis were based on X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The results obtained from two different experimental exposure set-ups, i.e., natural and artificial weathering, are presented. Thin-section images clearly indicate leaching out of the surface layer resulting in open larger air voids. Both naturally and artificially weathered samples displayed similar ageing characteristics in terms of mineralogical changes. The XRD patterns confirm that tobermorite were gradually transforming into calcium carbonate with exposure time. Calcite and gypsum were the two main crystal structures growing during weathering as detected in the SEM+EDS examinations.

  10. Investigation of AE Features in Grinding

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    Chen, Xun; Mohammed, Arif; Oluwajobi, Akinjide

    2012-05-01

    This paper presents recent investigation of acoustic emission (AE) behaviours in grinding processes. It demonstrated the acoustic emission features characterized in time and frequency domain are influenced by thermal behaviours of materials. By control laser conditions, the temperature elevation under laser irradiation can be similar to that in a grinding process. Therefore, an innovative concept that grinding process can be monitored by using thermal AE signatures from laser irradiation tests has been proposed. Accordingly, an artificial neural network (ANN), built on laser irradiation tests, was applied to monitor grinding thermal performance. The results showed that grinding performance variation due to wheel wear can be identified by using the ANN. This development could bring great benefits by reducing experimental works in the preparation of an ANN for grinding monitoring.

  11. Microstructural Features Leading to Enhanced Resistance to Grain Boundary Creep Cracking in ALLVAC 718Plus

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    Unocic, Kinga A.; Hayes, Robert W.; Mills, Michael J.; Daehn, Glenn S.

    2010-02-01

    This study focuses on the microstructural features that enhance the resistance of ALLVAC 718Plus to grain boundary creep cracking during testing of samples at 704 °C in both dry and moist air. Fully recrystallized structures were found to be susceptible to brittle grain boundary cracking in both environments. Detailed transmission electron microscopy (TEM) microstructural characterization reveals features that are believed to lead to resistance to grain boundary cracking in the resistant microstructures. It is suggested that dislocation substructures found within the grains of resistant structures compete with the high-angle grain boundaries for oxygen, thereby reducing the concentration of oxygen on the grain boundaries and subsequent embrittlement. In addition, electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) misorientation maps reveal that special boundaries ( i.e., Σ3 boundaries) resist cracking. This is in agreement with previous findings on the superalloy INCONEL 718. Furthermore, it is observed that cracks propagate along high-angle boundaries. This study also shows that in this case, the presence of delta phase at the grain boundaries does not by itself produce materials that are resistant to grain boundary cracking.

  12. Effect of vanadium and chromium on the microstructural features of V-Cr-Mn-Ni spheroidal carbide cast irons

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    Efremenko, V. G.; Shimizu, K.; Cheiliakh, A. P.; Kozarevskaya, T. V.; Kusumoto, K.; Yamamoto, K.

    2014-11-01

    The objective of this investigation is to study the influence of vanadium (5.0wt%-10.0wt%) and chromium (0-9.0wt%) on the microstructure and hardness of Cr-V-Mn-Ni white cast irons with spheroidal vanadium carbides. The alloys' microstructural features are presented and discussed with regard to the distribution of phase elements. The structural constituents of the alloys are spheroidal VC, proeutectoid cementite, ledeburite eutectic, rosette-shaped carbide eutectic (based on M7C3), pearlite, martensite, and austenite. Their combinations and area fraction (AF) ratios are reported to be influenced by the alloys' chemical composition. Spheroidized VC particles are found to be sites for the nucleation of carbide eutectics. Cr and V are shown to substitute each other in the VC and M7C3 carbides, respectively. Chromium alloying leads to the formation of a eutectic (γ-Fe + M7C3), preventing the appearance of proeutectoid cementite in the structure. Vanadium and chromium are revealed to increase the total carbide fraction and the amount of austenite in the matrix. Cr is observed to play a key role in controlling the metallic matrix microstructure.

  13. A surface intrinsic feature based method (SIFBM) for the characterization of optical microstructure

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    Cheung, C. F.; Kong, L. B.; Lee, W. B.; To, S.

    2008-12-01

    Optical microstructures are small scale topologies which are generally classified as grooves, pyramids, microlens arrays, lenticulations, echells, etc. They are widely used in advanced optics applications. Currently, there is lack of methods for the characterization of surface quality for optical microstructures with sub-micromenter form accuracy and surface finish in the nanometer range. This paper presents a Surface Intrinsic Feature Based Method (SIFBM) which makes use of surface intrinsic properties such as curvatures, normal vectors, torsion, intrinsic frames, etc. They are mapped as special images and image processing techniques are then employed to conduct image registration or correspondences searching by some algorithms such as correlation functions. The surface matching is optimized by corresponding vectors deviations. In the present study, a prototype surface characterization system has been built based on the SIFBM. Primary experimental work has been conducted to validate the proposed method. The results demonstrate that the SIFBM has potential advantages over existing methods.

  14. Distinctive microstructural features of aged sodium silicate-activated slag concretes

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    San Nicolas, Rackel; Bernal, Susan A.; Mejía de Gutiérrez, Ruby; Deventer, Jannie S.J. van; Provis, John L.

    2014-11-15

    Electron microscopic characterisation of 7-year old alkali-activated blast-furnace slag concretes enabled the identification of distinct microstructural features, providing insight into the mechanisms by which these materials evolve over time. Backscattered electron images show the formation of Liesegang-type ring formations, suggesting that the reaction at advanced age is likely to follow an Oswald supersaturation–nucleation–depletion cycle. Segregation of Ca-rich veins, related to the formation of Ca(OH){sub 2}, is observed in microcracked regions due to the ongoing reaction between the pore solution and available calcium from remnant slag grains. A highly dense and uniform interfacial transition zone is identified between siliceous aggregate particles and the alkali activated slag binders, across the concretes assessed. Alkali-activated slag concretes retain a highly dense and stable microstructure at advanced ages, where any microcracks induced at early ages seem to be partially closing, and the remnant slag grains continue reacting.

  15. Characterizing microstructural features of biomedical samples by statistical analysis of Mueller matrix images

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    He, Honghui; Dong, Yang; Zhou, Jialing; Ma, Hui

    2017-03-01

    As one of the salient features of light, polarization contains abundant structural and optical information of media. Recently, as a comprehensive description of polarization property, the Mueller matrix polarimetry has been applied to various biomedical studies such as cancerous tissues detections. In previous works, it has been found that the structural information encoded in the 2D Mueller matrix images can be presented by other transformed parameters with more explicit relationship to certain microstructural features. In this paper, we present a statistical analyzing method to transform the 2D Mueller matrix images into frequency distribution histograms (FDHs) and their central moments to reveal the dominant structural features of samples quantitatively. The experimental results of porcine heart, intestine, stomach, and liver tissues demonstrate that the transformation parameters and central moments based on the statistical analysis of Mueller matrix elements have simple relationships to the dominant microstructural properties of biomedical samples, including the density and orientation of fibrous structures, the depolarization power, diattenuation and absorption abilities. It is shown in this paper that the statistical analysis of 2D images of Mueller matrix elements may provide quantitative or semi-quantitative criteria for biomedical diagnosis.

  16. Transmission electron microscopy characterization of microstructural features in aluminum-lithium-copper alloys

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    Avalos-Borja, M.; Larson, L. A.; Pizzo, P. P.

    1984-01-01

    A transmission electron microscopy (TEM) examination of aluminum-lithium-copper alloys was conducted. The principal purpose is to characterize the nature, size, and distribution of stringer particles which result from the powder metallurgy (P/M) processing of these alloys. Microstructural features associated with the stringer particles are reported that help explain the stress corrosion susceptibility of the powder metallurgy-processed Al-Li-Cu alloys. In addition, matrix precipitaton events are documented for a variety of heat treatments and process variations. Hot rolling is observed to significantly alter the nature of matrix precipitation, and the observations are correlated with concomitant mechanical property variations.

  17. Transmission electron microscopy characterization of microstructural features in aluminum-lithium-copper alloys

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    Avalos-Borja, M.; Larson, L. A.; Pizzo, P. P.

    1984-01-01

    A transmission electron microscopy (TEM) examination of aluminum-lithium-copper alloys was conducted. The principal purpose is to characterize the nature, size, and distribution of stringer particles which result from the powder metallurgy (P/M) processing of these alloys. Microstructural features associated with the stringer particles are reported that help explain the stress corrosion susceptibility of the powder metallurgy-processed Al-Li-Cu alloys. In addition, matrix precipitaton events are documented for a variety of heat treatments and process variations. Hot rolling is observed to significantly alter the nature of matrix precipitation, and the observations are correlated with concomitant mechanical property variations.

  18. Transmission electron microscopy characterization of microstructural features of Al-Li-Cu alloys

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    Avalos-Borja, M.; Pizzo, P. P.; Larson, L. A.

    1983-01-01

    A transmission electron microscopy (TEM) examination of aluminum-lithium-copper alloys was conducted. The principal purpose is to characterize the nature, size, and distribution of stringer particles which result from the powder metallurgy (P/M) processing of these alloys. Microstructural features associated with the stringer particles are reported that help explain the stress corrosion susceptibility of the powder metallurgy-processed Al-Li-Cu alloys. In addition, matrix precipitation events are documented for a variety of heat treatments and process variations. Hot rolling is observed to significant alter the nature of matrix precipitation, and the observations are correlated with concomitant mechanical property variations.

  19. Experimental investigation of the serum albumin fascia microstructure

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    Buzoverya, M. E.; Shcherbak, Yu. P.; Shishpor, I. V.

    2012-09-01

    The results of theoretical and experimental investigation of biological liquids are reported. Structural effects observed in fascias are considered with account of the molecular features of albumin and the concept of supramolecular organization of polymers. It is revealed that the morphology of human serum albumin fascias depends on the concentration and quality of the solvent. It is shown that the water-salt fascias of albumin are more structured than water solutions with the same concentration.

  20. Investigation of porous asphalt microstructure using optical and electron microscopy.

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    Poulikakos, L D; Partl, M N

    2010-11-01

    Direct observations of porous asphalt concrete samples in their natural state using optical and electron microscopy techniques led to useful information regarding the microstructure of two mixes and indicated a relationship between microstructure and in situ performance. This paper presents evidence that suboptimal microstructure can lead to premature failure thus making a first step in defining well or suboptimal performing pavements with a bottom-up approach (microstructure). Laboratory and field compaction produce different samples in terms of the microstructure. Laboratory compaction using the gyratory method has produced more microcracks in mineral aggregates after the binder had cooled. Well-performing mixes used polymer-modified binders, had a more homogeneous void structure with fewer elongated voids and better interlocking of the aggregates. Furthermore, well-performing mixes showed better distribution of the mastic and better coverage of the aggregates with bitumen. Low vacuum scanning electron microscopy showed that styrene butadiene styrene polymer modification in binder exists in the form of discontinuous globules and not continuous networks. A reduction in the polymer phase was observed as a result of aging and in-service use. © 2010 The Authors Journal compilation © 2010 The Royal Microscopical Society.

  1. Correlation of Thermally Induced Pores with Microstructural Features Using High Energy X-rays

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    Menasche, David B.; Shade, Paul A.; Lind, Jonathan F.; Li, Shiu Fai; Kenesei, Peter; Schuren, Jay C.; Suter, Robert M.

    2016-11-01

    Combined application of a near-field High Energy Diffraction Microscopy measurement of crystal lattice orientation fields and a tomographic measurement of pore distributions in a sintered nickel-based superalloy sample allows pore locations to be correlated with microstructural features. Measurements were carried out at the Advanced Photon Source beamline 1-ID using an X-ray energy of 65 keV for each of the measurement modes. The nickel superalloy sample was prepared in such a way as to generate significant thermally induced porosity. A three-dimensionally resolved orientation map is directly overlaid with the tomographically determined pore map through a careful registration procedure. The data are shown to reliably reproduce the expected correlations between specific microstructural features (triple lines and quadruple nodes) and pore positions. With the statistics afforded by the 3D data set, we conclude that within statistical limits, pore formation does not depend on the relative orientations of the grains. The experimental procedures and analysis tools illustrated are being applied to a variety of materials problems in which local heterogeneities can affect materials properties.

  2. Correlation of Thermally Induced Pores with Microstructural Features Using High Energy X-rays

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    Menasche, David B.; Shade, Paul A.; Lind, Jonathan; Li, Shiu Fai; Bernier, Joel V.; Kenesei, Peter; Schuren, Jay C.; Suter, Robert M.

    2016-11-01

    Combined application of a near-field High Energy Diffraction Microscopy measurement of crystal lattice orientation fields and a tomographic measurement of pore distributions in a sintered nickel-based superalloy sample allows pore locations to be correlated with microstructural features. Measurements were carried out at the Advanced Photon Source beamline 1-ID using an X-ray energy of 65 keV for each of the measurement modes. The nickel superalloy sample was prepared in such a way as to generate significant thermally induced porosity. A three-dimensionally resolved orientation map is directly overlaid with the tomographically determined pore map through a careful registration procedure. The data are shown to reliably reproduce the expected correlations between specific microstructural features (triple lines and quadruple nodes) and pore positions. With the statistics afforded by the 3D data set, we conclude that within statistical limits, pore formation does not depend on the relative orientations of the grains. The experimental procedures and analysis tools illustrated are being applied to a variety of materials problems in which local heterogeneities can affect materials properties.

  3. Molecular-scale investigations of cellulose microstructure during enzymatic hydrolysis.

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    Santa-Maria, Monica; Jeoh, Tina

    2010-08-09

    Changes in cellulose microstructure have been proposed to occur throughout hydrolysis that impact enzyme access and hydrolysis rates. However, there are very few direct observations of such changes in ongoing reactions. In this study, changes in the microstructure of cellulose are measured by simultaneous confocal and atomic force microscopy and are correlated to hydrolysis extents and quantities of bound enzyme in the reaction. Minimally processed and never-dried cellulose I was hydrolyzed by a purified cellobiohydrolase, Trichoderma reesei Cel7A. Early in the reaction ( approximately 30% hydrolysis), at high hydrolysis rates and high bound cellulase quantities, untwisting of cellulose microfibrils was observed. As the hydrolysis reaction neared completion (>80% hydrolysis), extensively thinned microfibrils (diameters of 3-5 nm) and channels (0.3-0.6 nm deep) along the lengths of the microfibrils were observed. The prominent microstructural changes in cellulose due to cellobiohydrolase action are discussed in the context of the overall hydrolysis reaction.

  4. Investigation of the Microstructure of Joints of Aluminum Alloys Produced by Friction Stir Welding

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    Kolubaev, E. A.

    2015-02-01

    Special features of the microstructure of joints of aluminum-magnesium and aluminum-copper alloys produced by friction stir welding are analyzed. It is demonstrated that a layered structure with ultradisperse grains is produced by friction stir welding at the center of the weld joint. An analogy is drawn between the microstructures of joints produced by friction stir welding and surface layer produced by sliding friction.

  5. Investigating Surface Features on Nix and Hydra

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    Weaver, Harold A.; Barnouin, O. S.; Cheng, A. F.; Ernst, C. M.; Lauer, T. R.; Stern, S. A.; Olkin, C. B.; Ennico, K.; Young, L. A.

    2015-11-01

    The LORRI (Cheng et al. 2008,Space Sci. Rev. 140, 189) and MVIC (Reuter et al. 2008,Space Sci. Rev. 140, 129) imagers on the New Horizons (NH) spacecraft obtained spatially resolved measurements of Nix and Hydra, two of Pluto's four small moons. Nix was observed by LORRI in panchromatic light (350-850 nm) at resolutions up to 0.30 km/pix, and by MVIC in color (400-550 nm, 540-700 nm, 780-975 nm, 860-910 nm; the latter is centered on a weak CH4 band) at resolutions up to 2.0 km/pix. Hydra was observed by LORRI in panchromatic light at 1.1 km/pix, and by MVIC in color at 4.6 km/pix. The lossless versions of the images, which we will employ in our analysis, are scheduled for downlink in September and October 2015. After image deconvolutions, which typically double the spatial resolution, the NH images provide hundreds to thousands of pixels across the surfaces of Nix and Hydra. We will present results on our searches for craters, lineaments, and other features on the surfaces of Nix and Hydra. We will also present results on any correlations between morphological features and color and albedo variations on the surface. This work was supported by NASA's New Horizons project.

  6. Microstructural Features Controlling Mechanical Properties in Nb-Mo Microalloyed Steels. Part I: Yield Strength

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    Isasti, Nerea; Jorge-Badiola, Denis; Taheri, Mitra L.; Uranga, Pello

    2014-10-01

    Low carbon Nb-Mo microalloyed steels show interesting synergies between the "micro"-alloying elements when high strength-high toughness properties are required. Strain accumulation in austenite is enhanced, and therefore grain sizes are refined in the final microstructures. The presence of Mo facilitates the presence of non-polygonal phases, and this constituent modification induces an increment in strength through a substructure formation as well as through an increase in the dislocation density. Regarding fine precipitation and its strengthening effect, the mean size of NbC is reduced in the presence of Mo and their fraction increased, thus enhancing their contribution to yield strength. In this paper, a detailed characterization of the microstructural features of a series of microalloyed steels is described using the electron-backscattered diffraction technique. Mean crystallographic unit sizes, a grain boundary misorientation analysis, and dislocation density measurements are performed. Transmission electron microscopy is carried out to analyze the chemical composition of the precipitates and to estimate their volume fraction. In this first part, the contribution of different strengthening mechanisms to yield strength is evaluated and the calculated value is compared to tensile test results for different coiling temperatures and compositions.

  7. Microstructural investigations on Russian reactor pressure vessel steels by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Ulbricht, A.; Boehmert, J.; Strunz, P.; Dewhurst, C.; Mathon, M.-H.

    The effect of radiation embrittlement has a high safety significance for Russian VVER reactor pressure vessel steels. Heats of base and weld metals of the as-received state, irradiated state and post-irradiation annealed state were investigated using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) to obtain insight about the microstructural features caused by fast neutron irradiation. The SANS intensities increase in the momentum transfer range between 0.8 and 3 nm-1 for all the material compositions in the irradiated state. The size distribution function of the irradiation-induced defect clusters has a pronounced maximum at 1 nm in radius. Their content varies between 0.1 and 0.7 vol.% dependent on material composition and increases with the neutron fluence. The comparison of nuclear and magnetic scattering indicates that the defects differ in their composition. Thermal annealing reduces the volume fraction of irradiation defect clusters.

  8. Investigation of microstructural details in low thermal conductivity thermoelectric Sn1-xSbxTe alloy

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    Vishal, B.; Sahu, R.; Bhat, U.; Datta, R.

    2017-08-01

    We report on the detailed microstructural features in a low thermal conductivity Sn1-xSbxTe (x = 0.04, 0.08, 0.15) alloy investigated by transmission electron microscopy and density functional theory calculation. A near theoretical minimum thermal conductivity is obtained for Sn0.85Sb0.15Te alloy composition containing distinct microstructures. The crisscross lines along {111} planes forming nano-scale structures have been identified as areas with Sb replacing both regular Sn sites and Te anti-sites. This leads to the modulation in the {111} inter-planar spacing (d111) and results in superstructure spots in the electron diffraction pattern. The formation of such structures is supported by theoretical calculation. In general, two different phases are observed in the system, one with Sb replacing the regular Sn sites and another with crisscross lines where Sb replaces both the Sn and Te sites. Theoretical calculation further reveals that while the areas with Sb at the regular site give rise to large thermo-power, the areas with Sb substituting regular and anti-sites combination forming a superstructure contribute towards low lattice thermal conductivity and the combined effect increases the zT to ˜1.

  9. 3D additive manufactured 316L components microstructural features and changes induced by working life cycles

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    Pace, M. L.; Guarnaccio, A.; Dolce, P.; Mollica, D.; Parisi, G. P.; Lettino, A.; Medici, L.; Summa, V.; Ciancio, R.; Santagata, A.

    2017-10-01

    The ability of processing through laser beams different kinds of metallic powders for direct production of 3D components with complex geometries has been gaining an impressive and growing attention for specific industrial applications. The process which can be distinguished as Selective Laser Sintering or Selective Laser Melting is even considered, more generally, as Additive Manufacturing where layer by layer material is built by the interaction between a laser beam and a powder bed. The rapid heating of the powder due to the laser beam energy transfer process followed by a rapid cooling rate induces within the manufactured material a cellular structure with fine sub-grains, which are in the range of few hundreds of micrometers. These metastable structures, which are smaller than the grain size in conventionally manufactured 316L stainless steel components, can undertake towards a recrystallization process due to either heat or mechanical treatments. For instance, when sub-grain boundaries of the cells are enriched with Mo and higher concentration of dislocation, dynamical processes occur generating local residual stresses. In these circumstances the segregation of Mo in cell boundaries is out of thermodynamic equilibrium conditions so that microstructures and phases are metastable. In the range of 1100-1400 °C heat treatments a complete dissolution of Mo in the Fe matrix with a gradual disappearance of sub-microns cell is observed feeding the growth of larger austenitic sub-grains formation. It follows a higher degree of Mo dissolution in the material matrix and a decrease of dislocation's concentration (Saeidi et al., 2015) [1]. In the work here presented we point out which are the microstructural features of stainless steel 316L components realized by Additive Manufacturing. Furthermore, the occurrence of a microstructural evolution is presented after experiencing to fatigue of 80000 cycles some door joints obtained by this technique. A decrease of dislocation

  10. Investigation of Microstructured Optical Fiber in Eight Fiber Laser

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    Bahloul, Faouzi; Ennejah, Tarek; Attia, Rabah

    2012-06-01

    In passively mode locked fiber laser, case of 8FL (Eight Fiber Laser), the management of length, linear and non linear parameters of the cavity plays a paramount role in the generation of stable ultra short pulses with high peak powers. In this work, we propose an 8FL consisted of MOF (Microstructured Optical Fiber). According to the various properties of the MOF, we studied the variation of the pulses peak power and width. We demonstrated that there are optimal parameters of the MOF for which the peak power is maximal and the width is minimal.

  11. Investigation of Microstructured Optical Fiber in Eight Fiber Laser

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    Bahloul, Faouzi; Ennejah, Tarek; Attia, Rabah

    2011-09-01

    In passively mode locked fiber laser, case of 8FL (Eight Fiber Laser), the management of length, linear and non linear parameters of the cavity plays a paramount role in the generation of stable ultra short pulses with high peak powers. In this work, we propose an 8FL consisted of MOF (Microstructured Optical Fiber). According to the various properties of the MOF, we studied the variation of the pulses peak power and width. We demonstrated that there are optimal parameters of the MOF for which the peak power is maximal and the width is minimal.

  12. Differentiating characteristic microstructural features of cancerous tissues using Mueller matrix microscope.

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    Wang, Ye; He, Honghui; Chang, Jintao; Zeng, Nan; Liu, Shaoxiong; Li, Migao; Ma, Hui

    2015-12-01

    Polarized light imaging can provide rich microstructural information of samples, and has been applied to the detections of various abnormal tissues. In this paper, we report a polarized light microscope based on Mueller matrix imaging by adding the polarization state generator and analyzer (PSG and PSA) to a commercial transmission optical microscope. The maximum errors for the absolute values of Mueller matrix elements are reduced to 0.01 after calibration. This Mueller matrix microscope has been used to examine human cervical and liver cancerous tissues with fibrosis. Images of the transformed Mueller matrix parameters provide quantitative assessment on the characteristic features of the pathological tissues. Contrast mechanism of the experimental results are backed up by Monte Carlo simulations based on the sphere-cylinder birefringence model, which reveal the relationship between the pathological features in the cancerous tissues at the cellular level and the polarization parameters. Both the experimental and simulated data indicate that the microscopic transformed Mueller matrix parameters can distinguish the breaking down of birefringent normal tissues for cervical cancer, or the formation of birefringent surrounding structures accompanying the inflammatory reaction for liver cancer. With its simple structure, fast measurement and high precision, polarized light microscope based on Mueller matrix shows a good diagnosis application prospect.

  13. Rheological and microstructural investigation of oat β-glucan isolates varying in molecular weight.

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    Agbenorhevi, Jacob K; Kontogiorgos, Vassilis; Kirby, Andrew R; Morris, Victor J; Tosh, Susan M

    2011-10-01

    The rheological properties and microstructure of aqueous oat β-glucan solutions varying in molecular weight were investigated. The structural features and molecular weights (MW) were characterized by (13)C NMR spectroscopy and high performance size-exclusion chromatography (HPSEC), respectively. The microstructure of the β-glucans dispersions was also examined by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The samples with β-glucan content between 78 and 86% on a dry weight basis had MW, intrinsic viscosity ([η]) and critical concentration (c*) in the range of 142-2800×10(3)g/mol, 1.7-7.2dl/g and 0.25-1.10g/dl, respectively. The flow and viscoelastic behaviour was highly dependent on MW and on the concentration of the β-glucans dispersions. Pseudoplastic behaviour was exhibited at high concentrations and Newtonian behaviour was evident at low concentrations. At the same concentration, the viscosity was higher for higher MW samples. The Cox-Merz rule was applicable for the lower molecular weight samples at higher concentrations whereas the high molecular weight sample deviated at concentrations greater than 1.0%, w/v. The mechanical spectra with variation of both MW and concentration were typical of entangled biopolymer solutions. AFM images revealed the formation of clusters or aggregates linked via individual polymer chains scattered heterogeneously throughout the system. The aggregate size increased with the molecular weight of the samples investigated and has been linked to the rheological behaviour of the samples. Crown Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Realization of periodic and quasiperiodic microstructures with sub-diffraction-limit feature sizes by far-field holographic lithography

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    Yang, Yi; Wang, Guo Ping

    2006-09-01

    The authors experimentally demonstrate a far-field holography for the realization of Ag nanoparticles-embedded periodic and quasiperiodic microstructures with feature sizes beyond the diffraction limit. Periodic cylindrical nanoshell arrays with about 240nm hole diameter and 12-fold symmetry quasiperiodic structures with 220nm feature sizes are achieved, respectively, by using a 632.8nm laser beam. Our results imply that conventional far-field optical technology is capable of fabricating nanostructures in modern micromanufacture.

  15. Mechanical Properties and Microstructure Investigation of Lead Free Solder

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    Wang, Qing; Gail, William F.; Johnson, R. Wayne; Strickland, Mark; Blanche, Jim

    2005-01-01

    While the electronics industry appears to be focusing on Sn-Ag-Cu as the alloy of choice for lead free electronics assembly, ,the exact composition varies by geographic region, supplier and user. Add to that dissolved copper and silver from the printed circuit board traces and surface finish, and there can be significant variation in the final solder joint composition. A systematic study of the mechanical and microstructural properties of Sn-Ag-Cu alloys with Ag varying from 2wt% to 4wt% and Cu varying from 0.5wt% to lSwt%, was undertaken in this research study. Different sample preparation techniques (water quenched, oil quenched and water quenched followed by reflow) were explored and the resulting microstructure compared to that of a typical reflowed lead free chip scale package (CSP) solder joint. Tensile properties (modulus, 0.2% yield strength and the ultimate tensile strength) and creep behavior of selected alloy compositions (Sn-4Ag-1 X u , Sn-4Ag-OSCu, Sn- 2Ag-1 X u , Sn-2Ag-OSCu, Sn-3.5Ag-O.SCu) were determined for three conditions: as- cast; aged for 100 hours at 125OC; and aged for 250 hours at 125OC. There was no significant difference in Young's Modulus as a function of alloy composition. After an initial decrease in modulus after 100 hours at 125"C, there was an insignificant change with further aging. The distribution of 0.2% strain yield stress and ultimate tensile strength as a function of alloy composition was more significant and decreased with aging time and temperature. The microstructures of these alloys were examined using light and scanning electron microscopy (LM and SEM) respectively and SEM based energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Fracture surface and cross-section analysis were performed on the specimens after creep testing. The creep testing results and the effect of high temperature aging on mechanical properties is presented for the oil quenched samples. In general the microstructure of oil quenched specimen exhibited a

  16. Microstructural Investigations On Ni-Ta-Al Ternary Alloys

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    Negache, M.; Souami, N.

    2010-01-05

    The Ni-Al-Ta ternary alloys in the Ni-rich part present complex microstructures. They are composed of multiple phases that are formed according to the nominal composition of the alloy, primary Ni(gamma), Ni{sub 3}Al(gamma'), Ni{sub 6}AlTa(tau{sub 3}), Ni{sub 3}Ta(delta) or in equilibrium: two solid phases (gamma'-tau{sub 3}), (tau{sub 3}-delta), (tau{sub 3}-gamma), (gamma-delta) or three solid phases (gamma'-tau{sub 3}-delta). The nature and the volume fraction of these phases give these alloys very interesting properties at high temperature, and this makes them attractive for specific applications. We have developed a series of ternary alloys in electric arc furnace, determining their solidification sequences using Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA), characterized by SEM-EDS, X-ray diffraction and by a microhardness tests. The follow-up results made it possible to make a correlation between the nature of the formed phases and their solidifying way into the Ni{sub 75}Al{sub x}Ta{sub y} (x+y = 25at.%) system, which are varied and complex. In addition to the solid solution Ni (gamma), the formed intermetallics compounds (gamma', tau{sub 3} and delta) has been identified and correlated with a complex balance between phases.We noticed that the hardness increases with the tantalum which has a hardening effect and though the compound Ni{sub 3}Ta(delta) is the hardest. The below results provide a better understanding of the complex microstructure of these alloys.

  17. The co-evolution of microstructure features in self-ion irradiated HT9 at very high damage levels

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    Getto, E.; Vancoevering, G.; Was, G. S.

    2017-02-01

    precipitates to understand the effect on either voids or dislocations. Finally, a more complete combination of microstructure treatments will be implemented to determine if any discrepancies between the model and experiment can be resolved. Thus, the objective of this paper is to understand the co-evolution of microstructure features at very high damage in self-ion irradiated HT9 using a rate theory model to unfold the interactions between the major irradiated microstructure features.

  18. Comparison of microstructural features of radiation embrittlement of VVER-440 and VVER-1000 reactor pressure vessel steels

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    Kuleshova, E. A.; Gurovich, B. A.; Shtrombakh, Ya. I.; Erak, D. Yu.; Lavrenchuk, O. V.

    2002-02-01

    Comparative microstructural studies of both surveillance specimens and reactor pressure vessel (RPV) materials of VVER-440 and VVER-1000 light water reactor systems have been carried out, following irradiation to different fast neutron fluences and of the heat treatment for extended periods at the operating temperatures. It is shown that there are several microstructural features in the radiation embrittlement of VVER-1000 steels compared to VVER-440 RPV steels that can cause changes in the contributions of different radiation embrittlement mechanisms for VVER-1000 steel.

  19. Cooling thermal parameters and microstructure features of directionally solidified ternary Sn–Bi–(Cu,Ag) solder alloys

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    Silva, Bismarck L.; Garcia, Amauri; Spinelli, José E.

    2016-04-15

    Low temperature soldering technology encompasses Sn–Bi based alloys as reference materials for joints since such alloys may be molten at temperatures less than 180 °C. Despite the relatively high strength of these alloys, segregation problems and low ductility are recognized as potential disadvantages. Thus, for low-temperature applications, Bi–Sn eutectic or near-eutectic compositions with or without additions of alloying elements are considered interesting possibilities. In this context, additions of third elements such as Cu and Ag may be an alternative in order to reach sounder solder joints. The length scale of the phases and their proportions are known to be the most important factors affecting the final wear, mechanical and corrosions properties of ternary Sn–Bi–(Cu,Ag) alloys. In spite of this promising outlook, studies emphasizing interrelations of microstructure features and solidification thermal parameters regarding these multicomponent alloys are rare in the literature. In the present investigation Sn–Bi–(Cu,Ag) alloys were directionally solidified (DS) under transient heat flow conditions. A complete characterization is performed including experimental cooling thermal parameters, segregation (XRF), optical and scanning electron microscopies, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and length scale of the microstructural phases. Experimental growth laws relating dendritic spacings to solidification thermal parameters have been proposed with emphasis on the effects of Ag and Cu. The theoretical predictions of the Rappaz-Boettinger model are shown to be slightly above the experimental scatter of secondary dendritic arm spacings for both ternary Sn–Bi–Cu and Sn–Bi–Ag alloys examined. - Highlights: • Dendritic growth prevailed for the ternary Sn–Bi–Cu and Sn–Bi–Ag solder alloys. • Bi precipitates within Sn-rich dendrites were shown to be unevenly distributed. • Morphology and preferential region for the Ag{sub 3}Sn growth depend on Ag

  20. Application Prospects and Microstructural Features in Laser-Induced Rapidly Solidified High-Entropy Alloys

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    Zhang, Hui; Pan, Ye; He, Yi-Zhu; Wu, Ji-Li; Yue, T. M.; Guo, Sheng

    2014-10-01

    Recently, high-entropy alloys (HEAs) have attracted much interest in the materials community, as they offer massive opportunities to observe new phenomena, explore new structure, and develop new materials. Particularly, it is attractive to prepare high-performance HEA coatings by laser-induced rapid solidification, which can be formed on the surface of components and parts in a variety of sizes and shapes with a lower cost in comparison with those bulk material fabrication methods. From the technical point of view, laser-induced rapid solidification could hamper the compositional segregation, improve the solubility in solid-solution phases, and lead to the strengthening effect by the grain refinement. This article reviews the recent work on the typical microstructural features and the mechanical and chemical properties in laser-induced rapidly solidified HEAs, and these data are compared with conventional Co- and Ni-based alloy coatings. The article concludes with suggestions for future research and development in HEAs, from considerations of their characteristic properties.

  1. Investigation of microstructure thermal evolution in nanocrystalline Cu

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    Zhou, Kai; Li, Hui; Pang, JinBiao; Wang, Zhu

    2011-02-01

    The microstructure of nanocrystalline Cu prepared by compacting nanoparticles (50-60 nm in diameter) under high pressures has been studied by means of positron lifetime spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. These nanoparticles were produced by two different methods. We found that there are order regions interior to the grains and disorder regions at the grain boundaries with a wide distribution of interatomic distances. The mean grain sizes of the nanocrystalline Cu samples decrease after being annealed at 900 °C and increase during aging at 180 °C, which are observed by X-ray diffraction, revealing that the atoms exchange between the two regions. The positron lifetime results clearly indicate that the vacancy clusters formed in the annealing process are unstable and decomposed at the aging time below 6 hours. In addition, the partially oxidized surfaces of the nanoparticles hinder grain growth when the samples age at 180 °C, and the vacancy clusters inside the disorder regions, which are related to Cu 2O, need longer aging time to decompose. The disorder regions remain after the heat treatment in this work, in spite of the grain growth, which will be good for the samples keeping the properties of nanocrystalline material.

  2. Microstructural Features Controlling Mechanical Properties in Nb-Mo Microalloyed Steels. Part II: Impact Toughness

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    Isasti, Nerea; Jorge-Badiola, Denis; Taheri, Mitra L.; Uranga, Pello

    2014-10-01

    The present paper is the final part of a two-part paper where the influence of coiling temperature on the final microstructure and mechanical properties of Nb-Mo microalloyed steels is described. More specifically, this second paper deals with the different mechanisms affecting impact toughness. A detailed microstructural characterization and the relations linking the microstructural parameters and the tensile properties have already been discussed in Part I. Using these results as a starting point, the present work takes a step forward and develops a methodology for consistently incorporating the effect of the microstructural heterogeneity into the existing relations that link the Charpy impact toughness to the microstructure. In conventional heat treatments or rolling schedules, the microstructure can be properly described by its mean attributes, and the ductile-brittle transition temperatures measured by Charpy tests can be properly predicted. However, when different microalloying elements are added and multiphase microstructures are formed, the influences of microstructural heterogeneity and secondary hard phases have to be included in a modified equation in order to accurately predict the DB transition temperature in Nb and Nb-Mo microalloyed steels.

  3. Dynamic fracture toughness of cellulose-fiber-reinforced polypropylene : preliminary investigation of microstructural effects

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    Craig M. Clemons; Daniel F. Caulfield; A. Jeffrey. Giacomin

    1999-10-01

    In this study, the microstructure of injection-molded polypropylene reinforced with cellulose fiber was investigated. Scanning electron microscopy of the fracture surfaces and X-ray diffraction were used to investigate fiber orientation. The polypropylene matrix was removed by solvent extraction, and the lengths of the residual fibers were optically determined. Fiber...

  4. Investigation of microstructural alterations in M50 and 52100 steel using nanoindentation

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    Paulson, Kristin R.

    Bearing steels are used in rolling elements and are designed to withstand heavy loads for an extended period of time. At the end of life, microstructural alterations within the material have been observed and are linked to failure. In this study, a three ball-on-rod fatigue tester was used to test M50 and 52100 steel cylindrical rods at differing loads of 4.0 GPa, 4.5 GPa, and 5.0 GPa and in lubricated and unlubricated conditions to 108 cycles in an attempt to produce microstructural alterations. Microstructural alterations characterized as butterflies were observed and investigated further in two M50 samples that were tested at 4.5 GPa to 10 8 cycles in the lubricated and unlubricated condition. Microstructural alterations characterized as dark etching regions (DER), and white etching bands (WEBs) were not observed. Additionally, hardness was investigated cross sectionally as a function of depth and location within the wear track produced by the fatigue test. No conclusive evidence was derived from the hardness measurements as a function of depth in relation to the formation of microstructural alterations or the stress experienced subsurface within the material. Hardness measurements performed specifically within a butterfly wing, however, returned hardness values significantly higher than the matrix hardness values.

  5. Microstructural Features Controlling Ductile-to-Brittle Transition Behavior in High-Strength, Martensitic Steel Weld Metals

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    1990-10-01

    Development Report Microstructural Features Controlling Ductile-to- Brittle Transition Behavior in High-Strength, Martensitic Steel Weld Metals C 0by...Martensitic Steel Weld Metals PERSONAL AUTHOR(S) .J. DeLoach, Jr. .TYPE OF REPORT 13b TIME COVERED 114 DATE OF REPORT (Year, Month, Day) 1S PAGE COUNT I...if necessary and identify by block number) FIELD GROUP SUB-GROUP High strength steel , Ductile-brittle transition Martensitic Mechanical proper ties

  6. Electron microscopy investigation of the microstructure of unsupported Ni-Mo-W sulfide

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    Zhang, B.S.; Yi, Y.J.; Zhang, W.; Liang, C.H.; Su, D.S.

    2011-07-15

    An exploration was made on structure and active sites of the unsupported Ni-Mo-W sulfide hydrodesulphurization catalyst prepared by a thiosalt decomposition method. More insights into the nanocomposite structure were provided by introducing the concept of average curvature of Mo(W)S{sub 2} and establishing a new structure model. The defects of cross and mixed stacks, steps along c-axis, expansion of (002) interplanar spacing and mixing structure of Mo(W)/Ni sulfides were investigated using advanced electron microscopy. All these defects in Mo(W) sulfides are closely correlated with increasing active sites of unsupported Ni-Mo-W sulfide catalyst. - Graphical Abstract: From the top schematic of unsupported Ni-Mo-W sulfide, the MoS{sub 2}, WS{sub 2}, or Mo{sub x}W{sub 1-x}S{sub 2} are surrounded by the dispersed Ni sulfide, which make the formation of nanocomposite phases possible. For the bottom colorized high-resolution transmission electron microscopy image with 3D rotation, the variation in sample thickness leads to a varying representation of the contrast of the Ni-Mo-W sulfide sheet, ... Research Highlights: {yields} Rich microstructural features of unsupported Ni-Mo-W sulfide catalyst were revealed. {yields} Curvature of HDS catalyst was firstly proposed, also illustrative for other catalysts. {yields} Insights into the nano-composite were gained from its new structure model.

  7. Investigation on microstructural evolution and hardening mechanism in dilute Zrsbnd Nb binary alloys

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    Yang, H. L.; Matsukawa, Y.; Kano, S.; Duan, Z. G.; Murakami, K.; Abe, H.

    2016-12-01

    In this study, the microstructural changes induced by doping of Nb in Zr were investigated by the combined utilization of electron backscatter diffraction and electron transmission microscopy techniques, followed by the correlated hardening mechanism being elucidated based on the obtained microstructural parameters. Microstructural characterization results revealed that microstructural changes caused by doping of Nb in Zr were mainly embodied via two aspects: reducing the matrix α-Zr grain size and increasing the amount of β-Nb particles. β-phase stabilizing effect, dragging effect and pinning effect introduced and enhanced by Nb addition, worked together to significantly reduce the grain size in Zr-Nb alloys. β-Nb particles were firstly observed in Zr0.5Nb specimen with the fairly low number density of ∼2.0 × 1018/m3, then this value explosively increased to ∼3.3 × 1020/m3 for Zr2Nb specimen. In addition, hardness was increased with an increase in the Nb content. The hardening contributions from solid solution hardening, grain boundary hardening and precipitation hardening were quantitatively estimated as per the obtained microstructural parameters. Results inferred that solid solution hardening contributed the majority when the Nb atoms were solid dissolved (≤0.5 wt%), whereas the precipitation hardening surpassed any other factors when the β-Nb particles were steadily precipitated (≥1 wt%).

  8. Effect of Prior Austenite Grain Size Refinement by Thermal Cycling on the Microstructural Features of As-Quenched Lath Martensite

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    Hidalgo, Javier; Santofimia, Maria Jesus

    2016-11-01

    Current trends in steels are focusing on refined martensitic microstructures to obtain high strength and toughness. An interesting manner to reduce the size of martensitic substructure is by reducing the size of the prior austenite grain (PAG). This work analyzes the effect of PAGS refinement by thermal cycling on different microstructural features of as-quenched lath martensite in a 0.3C-1.6Si-3.5Mn (wt pct) steel. The application of thermal cycling is found to lead to a refinement of the martensitic microstructures and to an increase of the density of high misorientation angle boundaries after quenching; these are commonly discussed to be key structural parameters affecting strength. Moreover, results show that as the PAGS is reduced, the volume fraction of retained austenite increases, carbides are refined and the concentration of carbon in solid solution as well as the dislocation density in martensite increase. All these microstructural modifications are related with the manner in which martensite forms from different prior austenite conditions, influenced by the PAGS.

  9. Investigation of flow and microstructure in rheometric and processing flow conditions for liquid crystalline pitch

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    Kundu, Santanu

    The microstructure development within mesophase pitch-based carbon materials depends on the flow history that the pitch is subjected to. Therefore, a fundamental understanding of flow and its influence on the microstructure is required to obtain carbon materials with desired properties. The objective of this research was to investigate the flow and microstructural behavior of a synthetic mesophase pitch (AR-HP) in rheometric and processing flow conditions. In addition, simulation studies were performed to establish a frame work for modeling the flow behavior of this complex material in different flow situations. The steady-shear viscosities obtained from a cone-plate rheometer during increasing rate-sweep experiments exhibited shear-thinning (Region I) and plateau (Region II) responses. However, the slope of the shear-thinning region was only about -0.2, much lower than -0.5 observed in some pitches and liquid-crystalline polymers. This difference could arise from the different molecular constituents of pitches. At higher shear rates, as measured from capillary rheometers, the viscosity values remained almost constant. The transient shear stress responses, as measured from cone-plate rheometer, exhibited nonmonotonic behavior as a function of applied strain at all shear rates and temperatures tested. After rheological experiments, the samples were collected by developing a new experimental protocol for preservation of the sample for microstructural analysis. Microstructural observations obtained from three orthogonal sections, reported for the first time in the literature, indicate that the local maximum in shear stress was due to yielding of initial microstructure. The microstructure became flow oriented with further shearing, and the structure size decreased with increasing shear rates. In addition to high-strain experiments, dynamic experiments were also performed in the linear viscoelastic region where no significant deformation of fluid takes place. The

  10. Advances in Instrumental Techniques for Investigating Planetary Regolith Microstructure

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    Smythe, W. D.; Nelson, R. M.; Hapke, B. W.; Mannatt, K. S.; Eady, J.

    2005-05-01

    Introduction: The Opposition Effect (OE) is the non-linear increase in the intensity of light scattered from a surface as phase angle approaches 0o. It is seen in laboratory experiments and in remote sensing observations of planetary surfaces. Understanding the OE is a requirement to fitting photometric models which will produce meaningful results about regolith texture. Previously we have reported measurements from the JPL long arm goniometer and we have shown that this instrument enables us to distinguish between two distinct processes which create the opposition surges, Shadow Hiding (SHOE) and Coherent Backscattering (CBOE)(Hapke et al., 1993; Nelson, et al. 2000; 2002). SHOE arises because, as phase angle approaches zero, shadows cast by regolith grains on other grains become invisible to the observer. CBOE results from constructive interference between rays traveling the same path but in opposite directions. Our instrument was able to measure the phase curve using linearly and circularly polarized light which enabled us to distinguish between the singly and multiply scattered components in the reflected radiation. We were able to measure to angles as small at 0.05 degrees but our results were limited to maximum measurements of only 5 degrees. In the last year, we have extensively renovated the instrument so that measurements can be made from phase angles as small at 0.05 degrees to 20 degrees. This permits us to study the reflectance phase curve and the linear and circular polarization phase curves for phase angles at which important changes occur depending principally on the albedo, the particle size and the single scattering phase function of the material under investigation. We report the results from the first series of measurements of the refurbished instrument. The Experiment: We measured the angular scattering properties of 13 mixtures of Aluminum Oxide powders of the different particle size (0.1 to 30 microns). Along with the reflectance phase curve

  11. The features of microstructure and mechanical properties of austenitic steel after direct and reverse martensitic transformations

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    Litovchenko, I. Yu.; Akkuzin, S. A.; Polekhina, N. A.; Tyumentsev, A. N.; Naiden, E. P.

    2015-10-01

    The features of structural states of metastable austenitic steel after thermomechanical treatments, including low-temperature deformation, warm deformation and subsequent annealing are investigated. It is shown that under these conditions the direct (γ → α') and reverse (α' → γ) martensitic transformations occur and submicrocrystalline structural states are formed. The proposed thermomechanical treatment allows varying the strength and plastic properties of austenitic steel in a wide range. The strength of steel in submicrocrystalline state is 4-6 times higher than its original value.

  12. Investigating Flow Features Near Abrupt Topography in the Mariana Basin

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2015-09-30

    1 DISTRIBUTION STATEMENT A. Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited. Investigating Flow Features Near Abrupt Topography in...waves generated by flow over topography and mesoscale eddies generated by flow past islands. Having identified the prime locations in the region for such

  13. Evolution and Control of 2219 Aluminum Microstructural Features Through Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication

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    Taminger, Karen M.; Hafley, Robert A.; Domack, Marcia S.

    2006-01-01

    The layer-additive nature of the electron beam freeform fabrication (EBF3) process results in a tortuous thermal path producing complex microstructures including: small homogeneous equiaxed grains; dendritic growth contained within larger grains; and/or pervasive dendritic formation in the interpass regions of the deposits. Several process control variables contribute to the formation of these different microstructures, including translation speed, wire feed rate, beam current and accelerating voltage. In electron beam processing, higher accelerating voltages embed the energy deeper below the surface of the substrate. Two EBF3 systems have been established at NASA Langley, one with a low-voltage (10-30kV) and the other a high-voltage (30-60 kV) electron beam gun. Aluminum alloy 2219 was processed over a range of different variables to explore the design space and correlate the resultant microstructures with the processing parameters. This report is specifically exploring the impact of accelerating voltage. Of particular interest is correlating energy to the resultant material characteristics to determine the potential of achieving microstructural control through precise management of the heat flux and cooling rates during deposition.

  14. Instability-Assisted Direct Writing of Microstructured Fibers Featuring Sacrificial Bonds.

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    Passieux, Renaud; Guthrie, Leigh; Rad, Somayeh Hosseini; Lévesque, Martin; Therriault, Daniel; Gosselin, Frédérick P

    2015-06-24

    A 30 μm-diameter thread of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) dissolved in dichloromethane is deposited on top of the eye of a sewing needle. The deposition robot traces a straight line; the helical shape of the thread is due to the liquid rope coiling instability. This instability is used to fabricate microstructured fibers with tailored mechanical properties.

  15. Investigation of Magnetic Signatures and Microstructures for Heat-Treated Ferritic/Martensitic HT-9 Alloy

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    Henager, Charles H.; McCloy, John S.; Ramuhalli, Pradeep; Edwards, Danny J.; Hu, Shenyang Y.; Li, Yulan

    2013-05-01

    There is increased interest in improved methods for in-situ nondestructive interrogation of materials for nuclear reactors in order to ensure reactor safety and quantify material degradation (particularly embrittlement) prior to failure. Therefore, a prototypical ferritic/martensitic alloy, HT-9, of interest to the nuclear materials community was investigated to assess microstructure effects on micromagnetics measurements – Barkhausen noise emission, magnetic hysteresis measurements, and first-order reversal curve analysis – for samples with three different heat-treatments. Microstructural and physical measurements consisted of high-precision density, resonant ultrasound elastic constant determination, Vickers microhardness, grain size, and texture. These were varied in the HT-9 alloy samples and related to various magnetic signatures. In parallel, a meso-scale microstructure model was created for alpha iron and effects of polycrystallinity and demagnetization factor were explored. It was observed that Barkhausen noise emission decreased with increasing hardness and decreasing grain size (lath spacing) while coercivity increased. The results are discussed in terms of the use of magnetic signatures for nondestructive interrogation of radiation damage and other microstructural changes in ferritic/martensitic alloys.

  16. A Monte Carlo Potts Investigation of Microstructural Evolution: Particle Assisted Abnormal Grain Growth

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    Guebels, Corentin Alain Pierre Nicolas

    The microstructural changes that occur in metals and alloys due to deformation and heat treatment are often characterized according to the macroscale deformation process (i.e. cold or hot working). The general problem of this type of characterization is that it only distinguishes the general microstructural trends. For many decades, these microstructural phenomena have been described empirically or with limited experimental verification. This shortcoming is apparent for recrystallization and abnormal grain growth processes. Understanding and characterizing the thermal and mechanical processes that compete to control grain boundary kinetics and the subsequent microstructural evolution is critical. These include but are not limited to: the input and recovery of deformation energy, the influence of deformation energy on grain boundary migration, the mechanisms controlling the nucleation of new grains, and the effect of second-phase particles. The present work introduces a new temporal scaling method and investigates the conditions in which some grain boundaries may become unpinned in an otherwise stable, pinned microstructure and extends work done by E. Holm. The temporal scaling method contributes to resolving some of the limitations of Monte Carlo Potts (MCP) simulations in the investigation of the conditions and mechanisms that distinguish recrystallization from dynamic abnormal grain growth (DAGG). Grain boundary unpinning is then investigated for the case of an idealized spherical grain and for a polycrystalline microstructure. The mechanisms of grain boundary pinning and grain growth inhibition by second-phase particles are well known. The influence of simulation temperature on grain boundary unpinning is investigated numerically using a 3D Monte Carlo Potts approach. MCP based models are commonly implemented to simulate microstructural evolution. However, the numerical implementations of recrystallization and other deformation-induced phenomena often elude

  17. Evolution and Control of 2219 Aluminum Microstructural Features through Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication

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    Taminger, Karen M.; Hafley, Robert A.; Domack, Marcia S.

    2006-01-01

    Electron beam freeform fabrication (EBF3) is a new layer-additive process that has been developed for near-net shape fabrication of complex structures. EBF3 uses an electron beam to create a molten pool on the surface of a substrate. Wire is fed into the molten pool and the part translated with respect to the beam to build up a 3-dimensional structure one layer at a time. Unlike many other freeform fabrication processes, the energy coupling of the electron beam is extremely well suited to processing of aluminum alloys. The layer-additive nature of the EBF3 process results in a tortuous thermal path producing complex microstructures including: small homogeneous equiaxed grains; dendritic growth contained within larger grains; and/or pervasive dendritic formation in the interpass regions of the deposits. Several process control variables contribute to the formation of these different microstructures, including translation speed, wire feed rate, beam current and accelerating voltage. In electron beam processing, higher accelerating voltages embed the energy deeper below the surface of the substrate. Two EBF3 systems have been established at NASA Langley, one with a low-voltage (10-30kV) and the other a high-voltage (30-60 kV) electron beam gun. Aluminum alloy 2219 was processed over a range of different variables to explore the design space and correlate the resultant microstructures with the processing parameters. This report is specifically exploring the impact of accelerating voltage. Of particular interest is correlating energy to the resultant material characteristics to determine the potential of achieving microstructural control through precise management of the heat flux and cooling rates during deposition.

  18. Microstructure refinement of cold-sprayed copper investigated by electron channeling contrast imaging.

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    Zhang, Yinyin; Brodusch, Nicolas; Descartes, Sylvie; Chromik, Richard R; Gauvin, Raynald

    2014-10-01

    The electron channeling contrast imaging technique was used to investigate the microstructure of copper coatings fabricated by cold gas dynamic spray. The high velocity impact characteristics for cold spray led to the formation of many substructures, such as high density dislocation walls, dislocation cells, deformation twins, and ultrafine equiaxed subgrains/grains. A schematic model is proposed to explain structure refinement of Cu during cold spray, where an emphasis is placed on the role of dislocation configurations and twinning.

  19. Microstructural Investigation of Heat-Treated Ultra-High Performance Concrete for Optimum Production

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    Kang, Sung-Hoon; Lee, Ji-Hyung; Hong, Sung-Gul; Moon, Juhyuk

    2017-01-01

    For optimum production of ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC), the material and microstructural properties of UHPC cured under various heat treatment (HT) conditions are studied. The effects of HT temperature and duration on the hydration reaction, microstructure, and mechanical properties of UHPC are investigated. Increasing HT temperature accelerates both cement hydration and pozzolanic reaction, but the latter is more significantly affected. This accelerated pozzolanic reaction in UHPC clearly enhances compressive strength. However, strength after the HT becomes stable as most of the hydration finishes during the HT period. Particularly, it was concluded that the mechanical benefit of the increased temperature and duration on the 28 day-strength is not noticeable when the HT temperature is above 60 °C (with a 48 h duration) or the HT duration is longer than 12 h (with 90 °C temperature). On the other hand, even with a minimal HT condition such as 1 day at 60 °C or 12 h at 90 °C, outstanding compressive strength of 179 MPa and flexural tensile strength of 49 MPa are achieved at 28 days. Microstructural investigation conducted herein suggests that portlandite content can be a good indicator for the mechanical performance of UHPC regardless of its HT curing conditions. These findings can contribute to reducing manufacturing energy consumption, cost, and environmental impact in the production of UHPC and be helpful for practitioners to better understand the effect of HT on UHPC and optimize its production. PMID:28930189

  20. Microstructural Investigation of Heat-Treated Ultra-High Performance Concrete for Optimum Production.

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    Kang, Sung-Hoon; Lee, Ji-Hyung; Hong, Sung-Gul; Moon, Juhyuk

    2017-09-20

    For optimum production of ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC), the material and microstructural properties of UHPC cured under various heat treatment (HT) conditions are studied. The effects of HT temperature and duration on the hydration reaction, microstructure, and mechanical properties of UHPC are investigated. Increasing HT temperature accelerates both cement hydration and pozzolanic reaction, but the latter is more significantly affected. This accelerated pozzolanic reaction in UHPC clearly enhances compressive strength. However, strength after the HT becomes stable as most of the hydration finishes during the HT period. Particularly, it was concluded that the mechanical benefit of the increased temperature and duration on the 28 day-strength is not noticeable when the HT temperature is above 60 °C (with a 48 h duration) or the HT duration is longer than 12 h (with 90 °C temperature). On the other hand, even with a minimal HT condition such as 1 day at 60 °C or 12 h at 90 °C, outstanding compressive strength of 179 MPa and flexural tensile strength of 49 MPa are achieved at 28 days. Microstructural investigation conducted herein suggests that portlandite content can be a good indicator for the mechanical performance of UHPC regardless of its HT curing conditions. These findings can contribute to reducing manufacturing energy consumption, cost, and environmental impact in the production of UHPC and be helpful for practitioners to better understand the effect of HT on UHPC and optimize its production.

  1. The use of X-ray diffraction, microscopy, and magnetic measurements for analysing microstructural features of a duplex stainless steel

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    Ribeiro Miranda, M.A.; Neto, J.M.

    2005-05-15

    X-ray diffraction, light optical microscopy, and magnetization saturation measurements were employed to analyse the microstructural features of a UNS S31803 duplex stainless steel modified by high-temperature treatments. The samples were heated to 1300 deg. C and cooled by different ways to produce five different microstructures. Solution treatments at 1000 deg. C were also employed to produce another five conditions. Three methods were employed to determine the austenite/ferrite proportions. X-ray diffraction gave higher austenite values than the other methods, due to the influence of texture, but can be successfully used to determine the microstrain level in each phase. Magnetic saturation measurement is a very simple and precise method for quantification of austenite and ferrite volume fractions in samples that were fast-cooled and slow-cooled. Light microscopy can give a fast and precise measurement of the phase proportions and reveals important features related to the morphology of the phases, but in the samples where the austenite content is low, quantification becomes difficult and imprecise.

  2. Investigation on microstructure and martensitic transformation of neodymium-added NiTi shape memory alloys

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    Maashaa, Dovchinvanchig; Dorj, Ulzii-Orshikh; Lee, Malrey; Lee, Min Hi; Zhao, Chunwang; Dashjav, Munguntsetseg; Woo, Seon-Mi

    2016-10-01

    The effect of rare earth element neodymium (Nd) addition on the microstructure and martensitic transformation behavior of Ni50Ti50-xNdx (x = 0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5 and 0.7 at.%) shape memory alloy was investigated by scanning electronic microscope, X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry. The results show that the microstructure of Ni-Ti-Nd ternary alloy consists of NiNd phase, NiTi2 and the NiTi matrix. A one-step martensitic transformation is observed in the alloys. The martensitic transformation temperature Ms increases sharply increasing 0.1-0.7 at.% Nd content is added.

  3. Comparative investigation of NiO nano- and microstructures for structural, optical and magnetic properties

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    Manikandan, A.; Judith Vijaya, J.; John Kennedy, L.

    2013-03-01

    Nickel oxide (NiO) nano- and microstructures were synthesized by the microwave combustion method (MCM) and the conventional combustion method (CCM) using urea as the fuel. The as-synthesized NiO powders were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HR-SEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) analysis and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) analysis. The XRD results confirmed the formation of cubic phase NiO. The formation of NiO nano- and microstructures were confirmed by HR-SEM and HR-TEM and their possible formation mechanisms were also proposed. The optical absorption and photoluminescence emissions were determined by DRS and PL spectra respectively. The band gap was measured using the Kubelka-Munk model and it shows 3.36 eV for NiO (MCM) and 2.70 eV for NiO (CCM). The magnetic properties of the synthesized NiO nano- and microstructures were investigated with a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and their hysteresis loops were obtained at room temperature. The relatively high saturation magnetization (21.22 emu/g) of NiO-MCM shows that it is ferromagnetic and low saturation magnetization (7.43 emu/g) of NiO-CCM confirms the superparamagnetic behavior.

  4. Investigation of the Dynamic Strain Aging and Mechanical Properties in Alloy-625 with Different Microstructures

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    Chatterjee, Arnomitra; Sharma, Garima; Tewari, R.; Chakravartty, J. K.

    2015-03-01

    Tensile tests were carried out on service exposed Alloy 625 ammonia cracker tube used at heavy water production plant to study the effect of microstructure on the serrated yielding and mechanical properties of the material. Owing to temperature gradient during service exposure, the microstructure was different in top, middle, and bottom sections of the tube. Variation of flow stress, ductility, and average work hardening were monitored with temperature. In the present work, emphasis was given on the study of serrated yielding in the service exposed Alloy 625. Detail investigations were made to study the effect of microstructure on the underlying mechanism of dynamic strain aging of the material. The study revealed that both the normal and the inverse Portevin-Le Chatelier effect (PLC) occured in the material at lower and higher temperature regime, respectively. While the normal PLC dynamics was associated with locking of dislocations by interstitial carbon atoms, the inverse one was accomplished by the dislocation pinning by substitutional Mo atoms. Further analyses identified that the basic deformation mechanism was different in middle and bottom samples as that in the top samples which was reflected in the difference in their respective activation energy and stress drop magnitude.

  5. Investigating the origin of emissivity features in airless body spectra

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    Greenhagen, B. T.; Bowles, N. E.; Thomas, I.; Donaldson Hanna, K. L.

    2013-12-01

    It has long been noted that mid-infrared emissivity features remote observations of airless bodies do not generally match reflectance and ambient thermal emission laboratory measurements. Recently Vernazza et al., (2012) conducted reflectance experiments and successfully reproduced spectral differences by doping a fine (<30 micron) particulate samples of meteorite and/or minerals with KBr (potassium bromide) powder, which is transparent in the infrared. Their results suggest that porosity and/or cavity effects are significant in modifying the observed spectra of asteroids and derived values of surface thermal inertia. At similar wavelengths, the lunar community has long supported the theory that radiative transfer was a driving phenomenon through the creation of strong thermal gradients in the upper 100 microns of a particulate surface (e.g. Logan et al., 1973; Henderson et al., 1995). These thermal gradients are steep within the depth of thermal emission causing a strong wavelength dependence to the observed thermal emission spectrum. For example, strong absorptions like Reststrahlen Bands emit from the colder, shallower surface while strongly transparent features such as the Christiansen Feature emit from the warmer, deeper surface. To study these effects, we have built simulated airless body thermal emission chambers at University of Oxford and JPL (Thomas et al., 2012). In this study we investigate both radiative transfer and porosity phenomenon by measuring KBr-doped samples in reflectance and both ambient and simulated airless body emission.

  6. Investigation of Microstructural Factors that Cause Low Fracture Toughness in Silicon Carbide Whisker/Al Alloy Composites

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    1988-10-01

    TOUGHNESS IN SILICON CARBIDE WHISKER/Al ALLOY COMPOSITES oSubmittLJ to: Office of Naval Research 800 N. Quincy Street Arlington, VA 22217-5000...September 30, 1988 INVESTIGATION OF MICROSTRUCTURAL FACTORS THAT CAUSE LOW FRACTURE TOUGHNESS IN SILICON CARBIDE WHISKER/Al ALLOY COMPOSITES Submitted...Investigation of Microstructural Factors that Cause Low Fracture Toughness in Silicon Carbide Whisker/Al Alloy Composites .12 PERSONAL AUTHOR(S) F. E. Wawner

  7. Effect of processing conditions on microstructural features in Mn–Si sintered steels

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    Oro, Raquel; Hryha, Eduard; Campos, Mónica; Torralba, José M.

    2014-09-15

    Sintering of steels containing oxidation sensitive elements is possible if such elements are alloyed with others which present lower affinity for oxygen. In this work, a master alloy powder containing Fe–Mn–Si–C, specifically designed to create a liquid phase during sintering, has been used for such purpose. The effect of processing conditions such as sintering temperature and atmosphere was studied with the aim of describing the microstructural evolution as well as the morphology and distribution of oxides in the sintered material, evaluating the potential detrimental effect of such oxides on mechanical properties. Chemical analyses, metallography and fractography studies combined with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses on the fracture surfaces were used to reveal the main mechanism of fracture and their correlation with the chemical composition of the different fracture surfaces. The results indicate that the main mechanism of failure in these steels is brittle fracture in the surrounding of the original master alloy particles due to degradation of grain boundaries by the presence of oxide inclusions. Mn–Si oxide inclusions were observed on intergranular decohesive facets. The use of reducing atmospheres and high sintering temperatures reduces the amount and size of such oxide inclusions. Besides, high heating and cooling rates reduce significantly the final oxygen content in the sintered material. A model for microstructure development and oxide evolution during different stages of sintering is proposed, considering the fact that when the master alloy melts, the liquid formed can dissolve some of the oxides as well as the surface of the surrounding iron base particles. - Highlights: • Oxide distribution in steels containing oxidation-sensitive elements • Mn, Si introduced in a master alloy powder, mixed with a base iron powder • Selective oxidation of Mn and Si on iron grain boundaries • Decohesive fracture caused by degradation of grain

  8. Helium-3 in nickel-base amorphous metals: Surface features, subsurface microstructure, migration, and release upon annealing

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    Uenleu, K.

    1989-01-01

    The amorphous alloys Ni{sub 75.1}Cr{sub 14}P{sub 10.1}C{sub 0.08}, Ni{sub 63.5}Zr{sub 36.5}, and Ni{sub 87.7}P{sub 12.3} have been implanted with 150 keV helium-3 ions with doses 1 {times} 10{sup 16} He{sup 3}/cm{sup 2} and 5 {times} 10{sup 16} He{sup 3}/cm{sup 2}. The samples were isochronally annealed at several consecutive stages up t their crystallization temperatures. The surface features were examined by scanning electron microscope, subsurface microstructural changes were investigated by electron diffraction using a scanning transmission electron microscope, and helium-3 depth profiles were measured by a thermal neutron induced nuclear reaction technique called neutron depth profiling (NDP). It was confirmed that for amorphous metals: (a) the helium-3 release is concentration dependent; (b) the migration and the release of helium-3 is controlled by detrapping mechanism; and (c) the crystallization temperatures obtained in this study are in agreement with the reported values. The penetration depth or the projected depth of helium-3 ions with an initial energy of 150 keV is measured here for the first time after obtaining the depth profiles by using the NDP technique. The most probable range values are: 320 nm for Ni{sub 75.1}Cr{sub 14}P{sub 10.1}C{sub 0.08}, 378 nm for Ni{sub 63.5}Zr{sub 36.5} and 375 nm for Ni{sub 87.7}P{sub 12.3}. No blisters, bubbles or pitting were observed on the samples when they were annealed up to their crystallization temperature. Some of the helium-3 trapped in amorphous metals seems not to be as strongly bound as in single crystal nickel. More helium-3 release was observed for the metal-metal amorphous metal samples than the metal-metalloid amorphous metal. For metal-metal amorphous alloy the helium-3 release behavior can be correlated with the partial or full crystallization. For metal-metalloid amorphous alloys this correlation may depend on the chemical composition.

  9. Investigation of microstructural changes in polyetherether-ketone films at cryogenic temperatures by positron lifetime spectroscopy

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    Singh, Jag J.; Eftekhari, Abe; St.clair, Terry L.; Sprinkle, Danny R.

    1991-01-01

    Microstructural changes in Polyetherether-ketone (PEEK) films were investigated in the temperature ranges of 23 to -196 C, using Positron Lifetime Spectroscopy (PLS) technique. It was determined that the total free volume decreases by about 46 percent in amorphous PEEK samples and about 36 percent in semicrystalline PEEK samples when they are cooled down from room temperature to liquid nitrogen (LN2) temperature. If this trend in reduction in free volume with decreasing temperature continues, as expected, it is surmised that PEEK will be able to withstand cooling down to liquid hydrogen (LH2) temperature without any detrimental effect on its diffusivity for liquid hydrogen.

  10. Quantitatively characterizing the microstructural features of breast ductal carcinoma tissues in different progression stages by Mueller matrix microscope.

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    Dong, Yang; Qi, Ji; He, Honghui; He, Chao; Liu, Shaoxiong; Wu, Jian; Elson, Daniel S; Ma, Hui

    2017-08-01

    Polarization imaging has been recognized as a potentially powerful technique for probing the microstructural information and optical properties of complex biological specimens. Recently, we have reported a Mueller matrix microscope by adding the polarization state generator and analyzer (PSG and PSA) to a commercial transmission-light microscope, and applied it to differentiate human liver and cervical cancerous tissues with fibrosis. In this paper, we apply the Mueller matrix microscope for quantitative detection of human breast ductal carcinoma samples at different stages. The Mueller matrix polar decomposition and transformation parameters of the breast ductal tissues in different regions and at different stages are calculated and analyzed. For more quantitative comparisons, several widely-used image texture feature parameters are also calculated to characterize the difference in the polarimetric images. The experimental results indicate that the Mueller matrix microscope and the polarization parameters can facilitate the quantitative detection of breast ductal carcinoma tissues at different stages.

  11. Investigation of Processing, Microstructures and Efficiencies of Polycrystalline CdTe Photovoltaic Films and Devices

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    Munshi, Amit Harenkumar

    CdTe based photovoltaics have been commercialized at multiple GWs/year level. The performance of CdTe thin film photovoltaic devices is sensitive to process conditions. Variations in deposition temperatures as well as other treatment parameters have a significant impact on film microstructure and device performance. In this work, extensive investigations are carried out using advanced microstructural characterization techniques in an attempt to relate microstructural changes due to varying deposition parameters and their effects on device performance for cadmium telluride based photovoltaic cells deposited using close space sublimation (CSS). The goal of this investigation is to apply advanced material characterization techniques to aid process development for higher efficiency CdTe based photovoltaic devices. Several techniques have been used to observe the morphological changes to the microstructure along with materials and crystallographic changes as a function of deposition temperature and treatment times. Traditional device structures as well as advanced structures with electron reflector and films deposited on Mg1-xZnxO instead of conventional CdS window layer are investigated. These techniques include Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) with Electron Back Scattered Diffraction (EBSD) and Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) to study grain structure and High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) with electron diffraction and EDS. These investigations have provided insights into the mechanisms that lead to change in film structure and device performance with change in deposition conditions. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) is used for chemical mapping of the films as well as to understand interlayer material diffusion between subsequent layers. Electrical performance of these devices has been studied using current density vs voltage plots. Devices with efficiency over 18% have been fabricated on low cost commercial glass substrates

  12. Down scaling of micro-structured Fresnel lenses for solar concentration: a quantitative investigation

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    Duerr, Fabian; Meuret, Youri; Thienpont, Hugo

    2010-05-01

    Scaling down the dimensions of concentrating photovoltaic systems based on plane Fresnel lenses has several promising advantages. By conserving a designed concentration ratio and reducing the aperture size of the lens, the working distance decreases as well. This provides thinner modules and the dimensions of the used solar cells can be scaled down to the millimeter range. An important benefit of this miniaturization process is the avoidance of technically demanding cooling. In this work the design of a plane Fresnel lens is introduced and the basic limitations concerning the achievable concentration ratio are investigated based on geometrical optics. However, accompanied by the down scaling of the prism dimensions, pure ray tracing based on the geometrical optics approximation may no longer be valid for the determination of the concentration ratio. In terms of micro-structured Fresnel lenses for solar concentration, only a qualitative description of this limit - typically a rule of thumb - is provided in the literature. For this reason a quantitative investigation of the influence of the prisms' down scaling and thus the appearing wave optical effects on the obtained concentration ratio is presented. In a final step the introduced monochromatic investigations are extended to a polychromatic analysis. This allows for the prediction of the influence of miniaturization on the effective concentration ratio for a given spectrum and thus the adequate size of the receiver. A better quantitative understanding of the impact of diffraction in micro-structured Fresnel lenses might help to optimize the design of several applications in nonimaging optics.

  13. Microstructural Investigation and Phase Relationships of Fe-Al-Hf Alloys

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    Yildirim, Mehmet; Akdeniz, M. Vedat; Mekhrabov, Amdulla O.

    2014-07-01

    The effect of Hf addition on microstructures, phase relationships, microhardness, and magnetic properties of Fe50Al50- n Hf n alloys for n = 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 at. pct has been investigated. At all investigated compositions, the ternary intermetallic HfFe6Al6 τ 1 phase forms due to the limited solid solubility of Hf in FeAl phase and tends to develop a eutectic phase mixture with the Fe-Al-based phase. The Hf concentration of the eutectic composition is found to be 7 at. pct from the microstructural examinations and the eutectic phase transition temperature is determined as 1521 K (1248 °C) independent of Hf amount by differential scanning calorimetry measurements. Furthermore, the enthalpies and activation energies (based on Kissinger and Ozawa methods) of eutectic phase transitions are reported. The minimum activation energy is calculated for the fully eutectic composition. Moreover, variation of the microhardness of Fe-Al-based alloys as a function of the Hf content is investigated, and its dependence on the thermal history of the alloys is explained.

  14. Pumice-supported palladium catalysts. I. Chemical preparation and microstructural features

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    Fagherazzi, G.; Benedetti, A.; Deganello, G.; Duca, D.; Martorana, A.; Spoto, G.

    1994-11-01

    Two series of pumice-supported palladium catalysts (W = washed, U = unwashed) were prepared by the reaction of [Pd(C{sub 3}H{sub 5}){sub 2}] with the support, followed by reduction using H{sub 2}. W catalysts were washed before reduction to eliminate unreacted [Pd(C{sub 3}H{sub 5}){sub 2}]. U catalysts did not undergo this treatment. Microstructural characterization of the catalysts was performed by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), wide-angle X-ray line broadening, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Line-broadening analysis revealed the presence of lattice imperfections, such as growth stacking faults and microstrains in the fcc structure of palladium. The average particle size values determined by SAXS were confirmed by TEM analysis and were employed to calculate the percentage of palladium exposed (catalyst dispersion). W catalysts showed well-dispersed spheroidal particles, whereas the U series displayed agglomerates. 38 refs., 9 figs., 2 tabs.

  15. Processing conditions and microstructural features of porous 316L stainless steel components by DMLS

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    Gu, Dongdong; Shen, Yifu

    2008-12-01

    Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS), due to its flexibility in materials and shapes, would be especially interesting to produce complex shaped porous metallic components. In the present work, processing conditions and microstructural characteristics of direct laser sintered porous 316L stainless steel components were studied. It was found that a partial melting mechanism of powders gave a high feasibility in obtaining porous sintered structures possessing porosities of ˜21-˜55%. Linear energy density (LED), which was defined by the ratio of laser power to scan speed, was used to tailor the laser sintering mechanism. A moderate LED of ˜3400-˜6000 J/m and a lower scan speed less than 0.06 m/s proved to be feasible. With the favorable sintering mechanism prevailed, lowering laser power or increasing scan speed, scan line spacing, and powder layer thickness generally led to a higher porosity. Metallurgical mechanisms of pore formation during DMLS were addressed. It showed that the presence of pores was through: (i) the formation of liquid bridges between partially melted particles during laser irradiation; and (ii) the growth of sintering necks during solidification, leaving residual pores between solidified metallic agglomerates.

  16. Investigation of grain-scale microstructural variability in tantalum using crystal plasticity-finite element simulations

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    Lim, Hojun; Dingreville, Rémi; Deibler, Lisa A.; Buchheit, Thomas E.; Battaile, Corbett C.

    2016-02-27

    In this research, a crystal plasticity-finite element (CP-FE) model is used to investigate the effects of microstructural variability at a notch tip in tantalum single crystals and polycrystals. It is shown that at the macroscopic scale, the mechanical response of single crystals is sensitive to the crystallographic orientation while the response of polycrystals shows relatively small susceptibility to it. However, at the microscopic scale, the local stress and strain fields in the vicinity of the crack tip are completely determined by the local crystallographic orientation at the crack tip for both single and polycrystalline specimens with similar mechanical field distributions. Variability in the local metrics used (maximum von Mises stress and equivalent plastic strain at 3% deformation) for 100 different realizations of polycrystals fluctuates by up to a factor of 2–7 depending on the local crystallographic texture. Comparison with experimental data shows that the CP model captures variability in stress–strain response of polycrystals that can be attributed to the grain-scale microstructural variability. In conclusion, this work provides a convenient approach to investigate fluctuations in the mechanical behavior of polycrystalline materials induced by grain morphology and crystallographic orientations.

  17. Investigation of grain-scale microstructural variability in tantalum using crystal plasticity-finite element simulations

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    Lim, Hojun; Dingreville, Rémi; Deibler, Lisa A.; ...

    2016-02-27

    In this research, a crystal plasticity-finite element (CP-FE) model is used to investigate the effects of microstructural variability at a notch tip in tantalum single crystals and polycrystals. It is shown that at the macroscopic scale, the mechanical response of single crystals is sensitive to the crystallographic orientation while the response of polycrystals shows relatively small susceptibility to it. However, at the microscopic scale, the local stress and strain fields in the vicinity of the crack tip are completely determined by the local crystallographic orientation at the crack tip for both single and polycrystalline specimens with similar mechanical field distributions.more » Variability in the local metrics used (maximum von Mises stress and equivalent plastic strain at 3% deformation) for 100 different realizations of polycrystals fluctuates by up to a factor of 2–7 depending on the local crystallographic texture. Comparison with experimental data shows that the CP model captures variability in stress–strain response of polycrystals that can be attributed to the grain-scale microstructural variability. In conclusion, this work provides a convenient approach to investigate fluctuations in the mechanical behavior of polycrystalline materials induced by grain morphology and crystallographic orientations.« less

  18. Cross-correlative 3D micro-structural investigation of human bone processed into bone allografts.

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    Singh, Atul Kumar; Gajiwala, Astrid Lobo; Rai, Ratan Kumar; Khan, Mohd Parvez; Singh, Chandan; Barbhuyan, Tarun; Vijayalakshmi, S; Chattopadhyay, Naibedya; Sinha, Neeraj; Kumar, Ashutosh; Bellare, Jayesh R

    2016-05-01

    Bone allografts (BA) are a cost-effective and sustainable alternative in orthopedic practice as they provide a permanent solution for preserving skeletal architecture and function. Such BA however, must be processed to be disease free and immunologically safe as well as biologically and clinically useful. Here, we have demonstrated a processing protocol for bone allografts and investigated the micro-structural properties of bone collected from osteoporotic and normal human donor samples. In order to characterize BA at different microscopic levels, a combination of techniques such as Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (ssNMR), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), micro-computed tomography (μCT) and Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA) were used for delineating the ultra-structural property of bone. ssNMR revealed the extent of water, collagen fine structure and crystalline order in the bone. These were greatly perturbed in the bone taken from osteoporotic bone donor. Among the processing methods analyzed, pasteurization at 60 °C and radiation treatment appeared to substantially alter the bone integrity. SEM study showed a reduction in Ca/P ratio and non-uniform distribution of elements in osteoporotic bones. μ-CT and MIMICS (Materialize Interactive Medical Image Control System) demonstrated that pasteurization and radiation treatment affects the BA morphology and cause a shift in the HU unit. However, the combination of all these processes restored all-important parameters that are critical for BA integrity and sustainability. Cross-correlation between the various probes we used quantitatively demonstrated differences in morphological and micro-structural properties between BA taken from normal and osteoporotic human donor. Such details could also be instrumental in designing an appropriate bone scaffold. For the best restoration of bone microstructure and to be used as a biomaterial allograft, a step-wise processing method is recommended that preserves all

  19. Microstructure and frictional properties of sheared calcite speleothems: natural vs. experimental investigation

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    Mitrovic, I.; Tesei, T.; Grasemann, B.; Collettini, C.; Plan, L.; Baron, I.

    2015-12-01

    Several alpine caves in Austria preserve evidences related to active faulting, such as broken and scratched speleothems. Here, in order to better understand fault slip behavior and related potential earthquake hazards, microstructures of experimentally deformed speleothems are presented and compared with naturally deformed ones. Speleothems are monomineralitic rocks precipitated in caves, composed of columnar centimeter-scale calcite crystals with strong growth orientation. In order to better study the origin and evolution of deformation in faulted speleothems we performed sliding experiments using a rock deformation biaxial apparatus. In order to recreate the faulting conditions observed in Austrian caves, speleothems were cut into rectangular blocks and sheared against each other, with long growth axes of calcite perpendicular to the shearing direction. The experiments were performed under room conditions, sliding velocity in the range of 0.001-0.01 mm/s, and constant effective normal stress of 3 MPa. The mechanical data show fairly high friction coefficient (0.7-0.95) accompanied by the production of calcite-rich fault gouge which displays Riedel shears within a foliated cataclasite and drastic grain size reduction (nano-scale). The transition from the fault gouge towards the undeformed crystals is characterized first by a series of in situ jigsaw puzzle fracturing, then dense mechanical twin network, which is decreasing in its intensity away from the gouge (i.e. principal slip surface). The similarity between laboratory induced and naturally formed microstructures reinforce the tectonic interpretation of the damaged speleothems. Detailed microstructure investigations, including electron backscattered diffraction technique combined with electron microprobe and cathodoluminescence, are on the way to help distinguishing between seismic slip and/or aseismic creep.

  20. EN AW-4032 T6 Piston Alloy After High-Temperature Exposure: Residual Strength and Microstructural Features

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    Balducci, Eleonora; Ceschini, Lorella; Morri, Alessandro; Morri, Andrea

    2017-08-01

    This study aims to evaluate the effects of prolonged thermal exposure on both microstructural evolution and mechanical properties of the EN AW-4032 T6 piston alloy. For the purpose, the experimental activities have been carried out on samples machined from forged and heat-treated automotive pistons. The effects of overaging have been investigated in the temperature range of 140-290 °C, firstly by evaluating the time-temperature-hardness curves and then by carrying out room-temperature tensile tests on overaged samples. The material softening was substantial and extremely rapid when the soaking temperature exceeded 250 °C. During overaging, both the tensile strength and the residual hardness considerably decreased, and a relationship between these parameters has been established. The alloy behavior in the plastic field has been modeled according to the Hollomon's equation, showing that both the strain hardening exponent and the strength coefficient are a function of the residual hardness. The results were finally related to the corresponding microstructural changes: OM and FEG-SEM metallographic and fractographic analyses on overaged samples gave evidence of coarsened precipitates along the grain boundaries.

  1. Microstructural investigation of hardfacing weld deposit obtained from CrB paste

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    Kr. Ray, S.; Sarker, B.; Kr. Bhattacharya, S. )

    1989-05-01

    Hardfacing weld deposits are used as a protective layer on engineering components and tools subjected to different modes of wear. Cheaper iron-based alloys with chromium and carbon or relatively expensive alloys with some niobium or titanium have long been used as standard hardfacing materials. In recent years boron has substituted the costlier alloying elements and the newly developed Fe-B-C alloys have shown encouraging results. The microstructure of the welded hardfacing deposit is one of the most important factors that determine its performance. The amount, size, distribution and hardness of the individual constituents play important roles in imparting the desired properties. Recently Colomonoy sweat on paste containing fine CrB particles (of about 12 {mu}m average size) suspended in an organic binder has been marketed as the new generation hardfacing material. A thin coating of the paste is applied on the component surface, allowed to dry and welded. The welded deposit has been found to offer good wear resistance in many industrial applications. This paper reports the microstructural investigation of the welded deposit obtained from this paste.

  2. An investigation on microstructure and mechanical property of thermally aged stainless steel weld overlay cladding

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    Cao, X. Y.; Zhu, P.; Ding, X. F.; Lu, Y. H.; Shoji, T.

    2017-04-01

    Microstructural evolution and mechanical property change of E308L stainless steel weld overlay cladding aged at 400 °C for 400, 1000 and 5000 h were investigated by transmission electron microscope (TEM) and small punch test (SPT). The results indicated that thermal aging had no obvious effect on the volume fraction of ferrite, but can cause microstructural evolution by spinodal decomposotion and G-phase precipitation in the ferrite phase. Spinodal decomposition took place after aging up to 1000 h, while G-phase formed along dislocations, and growed up to 2-11 nm after aging for 5000 h. The total energy for inducing deformation and fracture by the small punch tests decreased with the increase of thermal aging time, and this decline was associated with spinodal decomposition and G-phase precipitation. Plastic deformation of the aged ferrite proceeded via formation of curvilinear slip bands. Nucleation of microcracks occurred at the δ/γ interface along the slip bands. The hardening of the ferrite and high stress concentration on δ/γ phase interface resulted in brittle fracture and phase boundary separation after thermal aging.

  3. A Whole-Brain Investigation of White Matter Microstructure in Adolescents with Conduct Disorder.

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    Sarkar, Sagari; Dell'Acqua, Flavio; Froudist Walsh, Seán; Blackwood, Nigel; Scott, Stephen; Craig, Michael C; Deeley, Quinton; Murphy, Declan G M

    2016-01-01

    The biological basis of severe antisocial behaviour in adolescents is poorly understood. We recently reported that adolescents with conduct disorder (CD) have significantly increased fractional anisotropy (FA) of the uncinate fasciculus (a white matter (WM) tract that connects the amygdala to the frontal lobe) compared to their non-CD peers. However, the extent of WM abnormality in other brain regions is currently unclear. We used tract-based spatial statistics to investigate whole brain WM microstructural organisation in 27 adolescent males with CD, and 21 non-CD controls. We also examined relationships between FA and behavioural measures. Groups did not differ significantly in age, ethnicity, or substance use history. The CD group, compared to controls, had clusters of significantly greater FA in 7 brain regions corresponding to: 1) the bilateral inferior and superior cerebellar peduncles, corticopontocerebellar tract, posterior limb of internal capsule, and corticospinal tract; 2) right superior longitudinal fasciculus; and 3) left cerebellar WM. Severity of antisocial behavior and callous-unemotional symptoms were significantly correlated with FA in several of these regions across the total sample, but not in the CD or control groups alone. Adolescents with CD have significantly greater FA than controls in WM regions corresponding predominantly to the fronto-cerebellar circuit. There is preliminary evidence that variation in WM microstructure may be dimensionally related to behaviour problems in youngsters. These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that antisocial behaviour in some young people is associated with abnormalities in WM 'connectivity'.

  4. Microstructural investigation, using polarized neutron scattering, of a martensitic steel for fusion reactors

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    Coppola, R.; Kampmann, R.; Staron, P.; Magnani, M.

    1998-09-18

    Small- and wide-angle polarized neutron scattering has been used to investigate the microstructure of modified martensitic steel DIN 1.4914 (MANET-type) developed as a potential candidate for the first wall of future fusion reactors. The nuclear-magnetic interference term and the comparison of the size distribution functions, obtained from the nuclear and from the magnetic scattering components, show that for quench temperatures lower than 1200 C three kinds of microstructural inhomogeneities can be identified: (a) tiny C-Cr elementary aggregates (1 nm or less in size), (b) larger (1--25 nm) Fe-carbides, (c) much larger inhomogeneities arising either from M{sub 23}C{sub 6} precipitates or from fluctuations in the Cr distribution. The scattering data are also compared with those previously obtained on the same samples from a conventional SANS instrument and the influence of the available Q-range on the accuracy of the obtained size distribution functions is discussed.

  5. Multi-methodological investigation of the variability of the microstructure of HPMC hard capsules.

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    Faulhammer, E; Kovalcik, A; Wahl, V; Markl, D; Stelzer, F; Lawrence, S; Khinast, J G; Paudel, A

    2016-09-25

    The objective of this study was to analyze differences in the subtle microstructure of three different grades of HMPC hard capsule shells using mechanical, spectroscopic, microscopic and tomographic approaches. Dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), vibrational spectroscopic, X-Ray scattering techniques as well as environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) were used. Two HPMC capsules manufactured via chemical gelling, one capsule shell manufactured via thermal gelling and one thermally gelled transparent capsule were included. Characteristic micro-structural alterations (associated manufacturing processes) such as mechanical and physical properties relevant to capsule performance and processability were thoroughly elucidated with the integration of data obtained from multi-methodological investigations. The physico-chemical and physico-mechanical data obtained from a gamut of techniques implied that thermally gelled HPMC hard capsule shells could offer an advantage in terms of machinability during capsule filling, owing to their superior micro- and macroscopic structure as well as specifically the mechanical stability under dry or humid conditions. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Investigation of microstructures and residual stresses in laser peened Incoloy 800H weldments

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    Chen, Xizhang; Wang, Jingjun; Fang, Yuanyuan; Madigan, Bruce; Xu, Guifang; Zhou, Jianzhong

    2014-04-01

    Laser Shock Peening (LSP) is an advanced surface enhancement technique to improve the mechanical properties of engineering materials. In the present study, LSP was performed on Incoloy 800H laser weldments. The microstructure and residual stress, two key factors for application of weldments, were investigated via optical and transmission electron microscopy and crystallographic and residual stress X-ray diffraction analysis. Micro-hardness tests were also used to evaluate mechanical properties. Results show that significant grain refinement occurs in the LSP-treated zone where original lath structures are refined to equiaxed grains, and dislocation density increases significantly. Because of the high strain rates produced by LSP, grain deformation by slip is limited, and therefore deformation by grain twinning occurs. The micro-hardness of weld joint increased after LSP with a hardened depth of about 1.2 mm. LSP processed welded joints exhibited high compressive residual stress, and the residual stress distribution was uniform. It is shown that LSP is an effective way to refine microstructure, increase strength and rebalance residual stress which will improve fatigue life and corrosion cracking resistance of Incoloy 800H weldments.

  7. Investigation of the effect of rapidly solidified braze ribbons on the microstructure of brazed joints

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    Bobzin, K.; Öte, M.; Wiesner, S.; Rochala, P.; Mayer, J.; Aretz, A.; Iskandar, R.; Schwedt, A.

    2017-03-01

    Shrinkage and warpage due to melting and solidification are crucial for the geometric precision of related components. In order to assure a high geometric precision, the formation of the microstructure in the joint during brazing must be taken into consideration. An extensive interaction can occur between liquid melt and base material, resulting in the formation of distinctive phases. This interaction depends on the parameters of the brazing process. However, the consequences of the interaction between phase formation and process parameters in terms of geometric precision cannot be estimated yet. Insufficient quality of the joint can be a result. In this study, investigations focus on the process of solidification in terms of time dependent diffusion behavior of elements. Therefore, microcrystalline and amorphous braze ribbons based on Ti are produced by rapid solidification and are used for joining. The microstructure of the braze ribbons as well as the melting behavior and phase formation during brazing are considered to be of particular importance for the mechanical properties of the brazed components.

  8. Investigation on microstructure, texture, and magnetic properties of hot deformed Nd-Fe-B ring magnets

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    Li, A. H.; Li, W.; Lai, B.; Wang, H. J.; Zhu, M. G.; Pan, W.

    2010-05-01

    Radially oriented Nd-Fe-B ring magnets have been prepared by backward extrusion of melt-spun powder. The position dependent of the microstructure, the magnetic properties, and the crystal alignment of the extruded rings have been investigated. The magnetic properties in radial direction increase slightly along the axis from the bottom to the middle then steeply decrease at the upper end of the ring. The magnetic properties and x-ray diffraction patterns of the upper end are very close to that of the isotropic pressed precursor. It suggests that the extruded ring approximately retains the initial structure at its upper end which is because the formation of texture is difficult at the initial stage of hot extrusion. Characteristic microstructure morphologies were found at different spatial positions: flake-shaped grains for the inner, elongated grains for the middle, and particle-shaped grains for the outer region in the cross section. Only particle-shaped grains were observed at the upper end of the ring. But the circumferential homogeneity of the surface magnetic flux densities is better in an extruded ring magnet than in a radially oriented ring prepared by sintering method. The deformation and texture formation processes were discussed. The deformation and texture formation in backward extruded magnets from melt-spun Nd-Fe-B precursors may possibly involve grain boundary sliding and grain rotation, solution-precipitation process, and preferred growth of Nd2Fe14B nanograins along the easy growth a-axis.

  9. A Whole-Brain Investigation of White Matter Microstructure in Adolescents with Conduct Disorder

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    Sarkar, Sagari; Dell’Acqua, Flavio; Froudist Walsh, Seán; Blackwood, Nigel; Scott, Stephen; Craig, Michael C.

    2016-01-01

    Background The biological basis of severe antisocial behaviour in adolescents is poorly understood. We recently reported that adolescents with conduct disorder (CD) have significantly increased fractional anisotropy (FA) of the uncinate fasciculus (a white matter (WM) tract that connects the amygdala to the frontal lobe) compared to their non-CD peers. However, the extent of WM abnormality in other brain regions is currently unclear. Methods We used tract-based spatial statistics to investigate whole brain WM microstructural organisation in 27 adolescent males with CD, and 21 non-CD controls. We also examined relationships between FA and behavioural measures. Groups did not differ significantly in age, ethnicity, or substance use history. Results The CD group, compared to controls, had clusters of significantly greater FA in 7 brain regions corresponding to: 1) the bilateral inferior and superior cerebellar peduncles, corticopontocerebellar tract, posterior limb of internal capsule, and corticospinal tract; 2) right superior longitudinal fasciculus; and 3) left cerebellar WM. Severity of antisocial behavior and callous-unemotional symptoms were significantly correlated with FA in several of these regions across the total sample, but not in the CD or control groups alone. Conclusions Adolescents with CD have significantly greater FA than controls in WM regions corresponding predominantly to the fronto-cerebellar circuit. There is preliminary evidence that variation in WM microstructure may be dimensionally related to behaviour problems in youngsters. These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that antisocial behaviour in some young people is associated with abnormalities in WM ‘connectivity’. PMID:27271503

  10. Oral features in Apert syndrome: a histological investigation.

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    Surman, T L; Logan, R M; Townsend, G C; Anderson, P J

    2010-02-01

    The number of publications on the oral features in Apert syndrome is limited. The present study investigated dental tissues in Apert syndrome histologically, to determine the nature and extent of anomalies, to provide some insight into the nature of the condition, and to explain how observed anomalies may affect the dental management of individuals with Apert syndrome. Extracted primary and secondary teeth were collected from patients with Apert who had attended the Australian Craniofacial Unit, Adelaide, South Australia. The total study sample comprised 13 individuals, aged from 14 to 21 , with nine men and four women. A total of 40 teeth were available for histological examination (the number belonging to each individual varied from 2 to 5 per patient). The teeth were sectioned longitudinally, and one-half of each tooth underwent decalcification. Sections were stained with H&E for routine histological examination. Ground sections were prepared from undecalcified tooth halves. Histological assessment of the dental hard tissues revealed an intact enamel and dentinal structure but some irregularities were noted in the region of the dentino-enamel junction (DEJ), which could affect caries progression and also make dental management more difficult. This study identified histological anomalies of the DEJ of Apert syndrome teeth. An improved appreciation of the nature and extent of dental anomalies in Apert syndrome should assist clinicians when undertaking management of affected individuals.

  11. Contribution of energetically reactive surface features to the dissolution of CeO2 and ThO2 analogues for spent nuclear fuel microstructures.

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    Corkhill, Claire L; Myllykylä, Emmi; Bailey, Daniel J; Thornber, Stephanie M; Qi, Jiahui; Maldonado, Pablo; Stennett, Martin C; Hamilton, Andrea; Hyatt, Neil C

    2014-08-13

    In the safety case for the geological disposal of nuclear waste, the release of radioactivity from the repository is controlled by the dissolution of the spent fuel in groundwater. There remain several uncertainties associated with understanding spent fuel dissolution, including the contribution of energetically reactive surface sites to the dissolution rate. In this study, we investigate how surface features influence the dissolution rate of synthetic CeO2 and ThO2, spent nuclear fuel analogues that approximate as closely as possible the microstructure characteristics of fuel-grade UO2 but are not sensitive to changes in oxidation state of the cation. The morphology of grain boundaries (natural features) and surface facets (specimen preparation-induced features) was investigated during dissolution. The effects of surface polishing on dissolution rate were also investigated. We show that preferential dissolution occurs at grain boundaries, resulting in grain boundary decohesion and enhanced dissolution rates. A strong crystallographic control was exerted, with high misorientation angle grain boundaries retreating more rapidly than those with low misorientation angles, which may be due to the accommodation of defects in the grain boundary structure. The data from these simplified analogue systems support the hypothesis that grain boundaries play a role in the so-called "instant release fraction" of spent fuel, and should be carefully considered, in conjunction with other chemical effects, in safety performance assessements for the geological disposal of spent fuel. Surface facets formed during the sample annealing process also exhibited a strong crystallographic control and were found to dissolve rapidly on initial contact with dissolution medium. Defects and strain induced during sample polishing caused an overestimation of the dissolution rate, by up to 3 orders of magnitude.

  12. White matter microstructure in transsexuals and controls investigated by diffusion tensor imaging.

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    Kranz, Georg S; Hahn, Andreas; Kaufmann, Ulrike; Küblböck, Martin; Hummer, Allan; Ganger, Sebastian; Seiger, Rene; Winkler, Dietmar; Swaab, Dick F; Windischberger, Christian; Kasper, Siegfried; Lanzenberger, Rupert

    2014-11-12

    Biological causes underpinning the well known gender dimorphisms in human behavior, cognition, and emotion have received increased attention in recent years. The advent of diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging has permitted the investigation of the white matter microstructure in unprecedented detail. Here, we aimed to study the potential influences of biological sex, gender identity, sex hormones, and sexual orientation on white matter microstructure by investigating transsexuals and healthy controls using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). Twenty-three female-to-male (FtM) and 21 male-to-female (MtF) transsexuals, as well as 23 female (FC) and 22 male (MC) controls underwent DTI at 3 tesla. Fractional anisotropy, axial, radial, and mean diffusivity were calculated using tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) and fiber tractography. Results showed widespread significant differences in mean diffusivity between groups in almost all white matter tracts. FCs had highest mean diffusivities, followed by FtM transsexuals with lower values, MtF transsexuals with further reduced values, and MCs with lowest values. Investigating axial and radial diffusivities showed that a transition in axial diffusivity accounted for mean diffusivity results. No significant differences in fractional anisotropy maps were found between groups. Plasma testosterone levels were strongly correlated with mean, axial, and radial diffusivities. However, controlling for individual estradiol, testosterone, or progesterone plasma levels or for subjects' sexual orientation did not change group differences. Our data harmonize with the hypothesis that fiber tract development is influenced by the hormonal environment during late prenatal and early postnatal brain development.

  13. Performances of feature tracking in turbulent boundary layer investigation

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    Miozzi, M.; Jacob, B.; Olivieri, A.

    2008-10-01

    In this paper, we describe the application of a feature tracking (FT) algorithm for the measurement of velocity statistics in a turbulent boundary layer over a flat plate at Re θ ≃ 3,700. The feature tracking algorithm is based on an optical flow approach. Displacements are obtained by searching the parameters of the mapping between interrogation windows in the first and second image which minimize a correlation distance between them. The correlation distance is here defined as the minimum of the sum of squared differences of interrogation windows intensities. The linearized equation which governs the minimization problem is solved with an iterative procedure only where the solution is guaranteed to exist, thus maximizing the signal-to-noise ratio. In this process, the interrogation window first undergoes a pure translation, and then a complete affine deformation. Final mapping parameters provide the velocity and velocity gradients values in a lagrangian framework. The interpolation inherent to window-deforming algorithms represents a critical factor for the overall accuracy and particular attention must be devoted to this step. In this paper different schemes are tested, and their effects on algorithm accuracy are first discussed by looking at the distribution of systematic and random errors computed from synthetic images. The same analysis is then performed on the turbulent boundary layer data, where the effects associated with the use of a near-wall logical mask are also investigated. The comparison with single-point data gathered from the literature demonstrate the overall ability of the FT technique to correctly extract all relevant statistical quantities, including the spanwise vorticity distribution. Concerning the mean velocity profile, no evident influence of the interpolation scheme appears, while the near-wall accuracy is improved by the application of the logical mask. On the contrary, for the fluctuating components of the velocity, the interpolation

  14. Features of the microstructure development under conditions, reproducing the process of friction stir welding. Molecular-dynamics study

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    Nikonov, Anton Yu. E-mail: dmitr@ispms.tsc.ru; Dmitriev, Andrey I. E-mail: dmitr@ispms.tsc.ru; Kolubaev, Evgeniy A. E-mail: rvy@ispms.tsc.ru; Rubtsov, Valeriy E. E-mail: rvy@ispms.tsc.ru

    2014-11-14

    Friction stir welding is a recently developed technology which is used in various branches of modern engineering. The basis of this technology is the friction of the rotating cylindrical or specially shaped tool between two metal plates brought together either to meet their ends of one above another with the overlap. When applying the FSW process in various economical sectors, the important task is to study the mechanisms and identify the physical laws and factors leading to formation of structural inhomogeneities and discontinuities in the weld seam. This paper analyzes the basic mechanisms behind the structural state generation in the material subjected to severe plastic deformation and heating. To investigate the atomic mechanisms of structural changes in FSW, the modeling at atomic scale has been carried out. Results of work can be a basis for new knowledge about the microstructure evolution in FSW.

  15. Microstructure-Sensitive Investigation of Fracture Using Acoustic Emission Coupled With Electron Microscopy

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    Wisner, Brian; Cabal, Mike; Vanniamparambiland, Prashanth A.; Leser, William; Hochhalter, Jacob; Kontsos, Antonios

    2015-01-01

    A novel technique using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) in conjunction with Acoustic Emission (AE) monitoring is proposed to investigate microstructure-sensitive fatigue and fracture of metals. The coupling between quasi in situ microscopy with actual in situ nondestructive evaluation falls into the ICME framework and the idea of quantitative data-driven characterization of material behavior. To validate the use of AE monitoring inside the SEM chamber, Aluminum 2024-B sharp notch specimen were tested both inside and outside the microscope using a small scale mechanical testing device. Subsequently, the same type of specimen was tested inside the SEM chamber. Load data were correlated with both AE information and observations of microcracks around grain boundaries as well as secondary cracks, voids, and slip bands. The preliminary results are in excellent agreement with similar findings at the mesoscale. Extensions of the application of this novel technique are discussed.

  16. [Effect of technological parameters of sputtering on the microstructure of silicon film investigated by Raman analysis].

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    Tian, Gui; Zhu, Jia-qi; Han, Jie-cai; Jiang, Chun-zhu; Jia, Ze-chun

    2010-07-01

    In order to facilitate optical polishing of silicon carbide space telescope, in the present paper, silicon film, which has similar coefficient of thermal expansion with silicon carbide, was fabricated on SiC substrate by radio frequency magnetron sputtering. The effect of substrate temperature, radio frequency power, and substrate bias voltage was investigated by Raman scattering. The results indicate that at lower substrate temperature, the crystalline volume fraction of Si films increases with the increase in deposition temperature. Exceeding a certain temperature, the crystalline volume fraction decreases with further increasing deposition temperature; the increase in substrate bias voltage is bad for forming crystalline structure; the effect of radio power on microstructure of silicon film is comparatively complicated. As the rf power increases, the cluster size and crystallite volume fraction decrease, and both of them increase with further increasing the rf power. But when the rf power is too high, the crystallite volume fraction of the silicon film will decrease slightly.

  17. Microstructure investigations of streak formation in 6063 aluminum extrusions by optical metallographic techniques.

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    Vander Voort, George; Suárez-Peña, Beatriz; Asensio-Lozano, Juan

    2013-04-01

    The present study investigates the effect of the solidification strategy for AA 6063 alloy on the surface appearance of anodized extrusions. The microstructure of the samples was analyzed using both light optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Results show that if heavy segregation occurs from rapid solidification, coarse Mg2Si particles form, thus reducing the potential for precipitation strengthening by the finer β-Mg2Si developed in the solid state. Differentially-strained regions formed during hot extrusion induce differences in particle size for magnesium silicide (Mg2Si) precipitates. Anodizing generates surface roughness due to Mg2Si particle dissolution and AlFeSi decohesion, which is related to both particle size and deformation. During anodizing, an oxide layer forms on the surface of the extruded products, which can lead to streak formation, usually a subject of rejection due to unacceptable heterogeneous reflectivity.

  18. Investigation of microstructure changes in ODS-EUROFER after hydrogen loading

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    Emelyanova, O. V.; Ganchenkova, M. G.; Malitskii, E.; Yagodzinskyy, Y. N.; Klimenkov, M.; Borodin, V. A.; Vladimirov, P. V.; Lindau, R.; Möslang, A.; Hänninen, H.

    2016-01-01

    The effect of hydrogen on the microstructure of mechanically tested ODS-EUROFER steel was investigated by means of transmission electron microscopy, thermal desorption spectroscopy, and atomistic simulations. The presence of yttrium oxide particles notably increases hydrogen uptake in ODS-EUROFER steel as compared to ODS-free EUROFER 97. Under tensile loading, hydrogen accumulation promotes the loss of cohesion at the oxide particle interfaces. First-principles molecular dynamics simulations indicate that hydrogen can be trapped at nanoparticle/matrix interface, creating OH-groups. The accumulation of hydrogen atoms at the oxide particle surface can be the reason for the observed hydrogen-induced oxide/matrix interface weakening and de-cohesion under the action of external tensile stress.

  19. GALACTIC S STARS: INVESTIGATIONS OF COLOR, MOTION, AND SPECTRAL FEATURES

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    Otto, Elizabeth; Green, Paul J.; Gray, Richard O.

    2011-09-01

    Known bright S stars, recognized as such by their enhanced s-process abundances and C/O ratio, are typically members of the asymptotic giant branch (AGB) or the red giant branch. Few modern digital spectra for these objects have been published, from which intermediate resolution spectral indices and classifications could be derived. For published S stars, we find accurate positions using the Two-Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS), and use the FAST spectrograph of the Tillinghast reflector on Mt. Hopkins to obtain the spectra of 57 objects. We make available a digital S star spectral atlas consisting of 14 spectra of S stars with diverse spectral features. We define and derive basic spectral indices that can help distinguish S stars from late-type (M) giants and carbon stars. We convolve all our spectra with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey bandpasses, and employ the resulting gri magnitudes together with 2MASS JHK{sub s} mags to investigate S star colors. These objects have colors similar to carbon and M stars, and are therefore difficult to distinguish by color alone. Using near- and mid-infrared colors from IRAS and Akari, we identify some of the stars as intrinsic (AGB) or extrinsic (with abundances enhanced by past mass transfer). We also use V band and 2MASS magnitudes to calculate a temperature index for stars in the sample. We analyze the proper motions and parallaxes of our sample stars to determine upper and lower limit absolute magnitudes and distances, and confirm that most are probably giants.

  20. Microstructural and magnetic investigations of pseudotachylyte and ultracataclasite in the Hoping River, Tananao Complex, Eastern Taiwan

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    Kuo, Ruo-Lin; Chou, Yu-Min; Ferré, Eric. C.; Yeh, En-Chao; Chu, Hao-Tsu; Hu, Jyr-Ching

    2016-04-01

    Here we investigate seismic rupture processes through the microstructural and magnetic study of pseudotachylyte and ultracataclasite from the Hoping River area. Unlike other fault rocks, pseudotachylytes form through friction-related melting during an earthquake. Therefore, these rocks, regarded as earthquake fossils potentially hold valuable information on seismic deformation. Paradoxically, although Taiwan is a seismically active zone, reports of pseudotachylyte outcrops in Taiwan remain rare. Previous studies reported the first pseudotachylyte outcrop in the Hoping River from which the magnitude, direction and sense of seismic slip were subsequently determined. In this study, we apply new microstructural and magnetic approaches to investigate the pseudotachylyte veins. X- ray fluorescence (XRF) geochemical analyses show that the pseudotachylyte melt, formed by incongruent melting, is depleted in SiO2, Al2O3, Na2O and enriched in Fe2O3, K2O compared with the ultracataclasite and host rock. This observation suggests selective melting of biotite. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission X-ray microscopy (TXM) supports the melt origin of the pseudotachylyte although melting occurred only in small spots, manifested by a few microcrystalline aggregates, with low melt percentage (≈10%). Small iron-oxide grains are discovered under TXM, which may be formed by the breakdown of biotite in the host rock during melting. The presence of iron oxide grains appears restricted to the pseudotachylyte. Since the iron content of the pseudotachylyte is slightly higher (4 wt. %) than the ultracataclasite and granitic host rock, magnetic hysteresis measurements were performed under high field (up to 1 Tesla) using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) to determine the nature of ferromagnetic minerals. Magnetic hysteresis curves show the pseudotachylyte veins of the Hoping River are dominated by paramagnetic phases, with a very weak saturation isothermal remanent

  1. Experimental and model based investigation of the links between snow bidirectional reflectance and snow microstructure.

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    Dumont, Marie; Flin, Frédéric; Malinka, Aleksey; Brissaud, Olivier; Lapalus, Philippe; Hagenmuller, Pascal; Lesaffre, Bernard; Dufour, Anne; Calonne, Neige; Rolland-du-roscoat, Sabine; Ando, Edward

    2017-04-01

    The variations of snow spectral bi-hemispherical reflectance with snow microstructure can be well explained using the snow specific surface area, i.e. the ratio of the surface of the ice-air interface to the mass of ice. Several theories and models are able to simulate the snow bi-hemispherical reflectance accurately. On the contrary the effect of ice crystal habits of snow spectral reflectances, and especially on snow bidirectional reflectance is not yet fully understood. The understanding of the variations of the angular distribution of light reflected by snow is however of a crucial importance for instance for snow remote sensing. In this work, we estimate the bidirectional reflectance of 3 different snow samples within the solar spectrum and for 3 different incident angles (0°, 30° and 60°) from measurements in cold room using a spectro-gonioradiometer. The snow samples microstructure was measured before and after the snow reflectance measurements using micro-computed tomography. For each sample, the measured spectra are compared to the simulated reflectances obtained using the model developed by Malinka, 2014 for the 3 samples. The impacts of several model inputs are discussed. We first investigate the effect of uncertainties in the values of the ice refractive indices. We also compare model runs using idealized chord lengths distribution and simulations based on chord lengths distribution obtained from micro-computed tomography. The effect of the vertical anisotropy of the snow samples on snow sample reflectance is also investigated. Malinka, A.V., 2014. Light scattering in porous materials: Geometrical optics and stereological approach. Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 141, pp.14-23.

  2. Investigation of kinematic features for dismount detection and tracking

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    Narayanaswami, Ranga; Tyurina, Anastasia; Diel, David; Mehra, Raman K.; Chinn, Janice M.

    2012-05-01

    With recent changes in threats and methods of warfighting and the use of unmanned aircrafts, ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) activities have become critical to the military's efforts to maintain situational awareness and neutralize the enemy's activities. The identification and tracking of dismounts from surveillance video is an important step in this direction. Our approach combines advanced ultra fast registration techniques to identify moving objects with a classification algorithm based on both static and kinematic features of the objects. Our objective was to push the acceptable resolution beyond the capability of industry standard feature extraction methods such as SIFT (Scale Invariant Feature Transform) based features and inspired by it, SURF (Speeded-Up Robust Feature). Both of these methods utilize single frame images. We exploited the temporal component of the video signal to develop kinematic features. Of particular interest were the easily distinguishable frequencies characteristic of bipedal human versus quadrupedal animal motion. We examine limits of performance, frame rates and resolution required for human, animal and vehicles discrimination. A few seconds of video signal with the acceptable frame rate allow us to lower resolution requirements for individual frames as much as by a factor of five, which translates into the corresponding increase of the acceptable standoff distance between the sensor and the object of interest.

  3. AFM investigations of the morphology features and local mechanical properties of HTS YBCO thin films

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    Soifer, Yakov M.; Verdyan, Armen; Lapsker, Igor; Azoulay, Jacob

    2004-08-01

    In the paper presented here the application of the atomic force microscope (AFM) is considered for evaluation of hardness and Young's modulus of high Tc superconducting YBCO thin films of different thickness (from 0.05 to 1 μm) grown on unbuffered SrTiO 3 (film I) and on sapphire with a buffer layer of CeO 2 (film II). The best film features a transition temperature Tc of 90 K, critical current density Jc ( H=0) of 3 × 10 7 A/cm 2 at 4.2 K and 2 × 10 6 A/cm 2 at 77 K. The relationship between mechanical properties and microstructure of these films was investigated. It was found that all the films comprised well-defined Cu-rich precipitates of different size and with different density on their surface. For both type of films the hardness was measured to be in the range of 12-18 GPa. The Young's modulus of the films was about 180-200 GPa. The nanoindentation and nanoscratching measurements showed that the mechanical strength of the films studied was determined mainly by mechanical failure and surface defects (secondary phases).

  4. Striae distensae are characterized by distinct microstructural features as measured by non-invasive methods in vivo.

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    Bertin, C; Lopes-DaCunha, A; Nkengne, A; Roure, R; Stamatas, G N

    2014-02-01

    Stretch marks or striae distensae (SD) are characterized by epidermal atrophy following repeated over-stretching of the skin tissue. The objective of this study was to investigate the skin texture and microstructure of SD lesions compared to those of normal adjacent skin in vivo using non-invasive methods. A population of 26 women and 3 men with SD were examined after giving written informed consent. Following clinical grading, skin replicas were collected, confocal microscopy was performed on SD lesions and healthy neighboring skin. Skin surface texture parameters were calculated using 3D image analysis of the skin replicas and epidermal and dermal microstructure were evaluated by analysis of the confocal images. In a parallel study, histological analysis was performed on 6 skin biopsies taken from abdominal reduction surgeries in areas where skin exhibited SD. Analysis of the skin surface texture showed that the SD area was more anisotropic and with higher skin roughness than the adjacent skin in terms of directions of skin microglyphics. Confocal microscopy demonstrated that SD were characterized by shallower dermal papillae (P < 0.05) and that dermal papillae height inversely correlated to the intensity of collagen alignment on the SD sites (P < 0.05). The histology findings confirmed the in vivo confocal microscopy findings. The skin structure of SD is qualitatively and quantitatively different compared to healthy skin. Altered skin relief reflects structural modifications in the dermis. Flattening of the dermal-epidermal junction maybe functionally related to the observed collagen fiber alignment. Observations by non-invasive methods were in line with the histological findings and therefore relevant in studies assessing the efficacy of SD treatment options. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  5. Early Age Characterization and Microstructural Features of Sustainable Binder Systems for Concrete

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    Vance, Kirk

    Concrete is the most widely used infrastructure material worldwide. Production of Portland cement, the main binding component in concrete, has been shown to require significant energy and account for approximately 5-7% of global carbon dioxide production. The expected continued increased use of concrete over the coming decades indicates this is an ideal time to implement sustainable binder technologies. The current work aims to explore enhanced sustainability concretes, primarily in the context of limestone and flow. Aspects such as hydration kinetics, hydration product formation and pore structure add to the understanding of the strength development and potential durability characteristics of these binder systems. Two main strategies for enhancing this sustainability are explored in this work: (i) the use of high volume limestone in combination with other alternative cementitious materials to decrease the Portland cement quantity in concrete and (ii) the use of geopolymers as the binder phase in concrete. The first phase of the work investigates the use of fine limestone as cement replacement from the perspective of hydration, strength development, and pore structure. The nature of the potential synergistic benefit of limestone and alumina will be explored. The second phase will focus on the rheological characterization of these materials in the fresh state, as well as a more general investigation of the rheological characterization of suspensions. The results of this work indicate several key ideas. (i) There is a potential synergistic benefit for strength, hydration, and pore structure by using alumina and in Portland limestone cements, (ii) the limestone in these systems is shown to react to some extent, and fine limestone is shown to accelerate hydration, (iii) rheological characteristics of cementitious suspensions are complex, and strongly dependent on several key parameters including: the solid loading, interparticle forces, surface area of the particles

  6. Investigating the performance of catalyst layer micro-structures with different platinum loadings

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    Khakaz-Baboli, Moben; Harvey, David; Pharoah, Jon

    2012-07-01

    In this study a four-phase micro-structure of a PEFC catalyst layer was reconstructed by randomly placing overlapping spheres for each solid catalyst phase. The micro-structure was mirrored to make a micro-structure. A body-fit computational mesh was produced for the reconstructed micro-structure in OpenFOAM. Associated conservation equations were solved within all the phases with electrochemical reaction as the boundary condition at the interface between ionomer and platinum phases. The study is focused on the platinum loading of CL. The polarization curves of the micro-structure performance have been compared for different platinum loadings. This paper gives increased insight into the relatively greater losses at decreased platinum loadings.

  7. Microstructural investigation of MX-80 bentonite and Na/Ca-montmorillonite using basal spacing determination

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    Holmboe, M.; Wold, S.

    2010-12-01

    interlayer swelling as water uptake restricted by volume. Hence saturating clay samples under free swelling conditions vs. RH% may not be representative for describing water uptake and swelling of the bentonite barrier in a deep geological repository. The interlayer porosity dominated the total porosity for all samples investigated. In general, the interparticle, or so-called free porosity, decreases with decreasing water content and was found to be lower than commonly reported in the literature. For the clay buffer dry density planned to be used in the Swedish KBS-3 concept (1.6 g/cm3), the average basal spacing for compacted MX-80 bentonite is approx. 17.3±1 Å compared to the theoretical maximum of 17.8 Å. This means the microstructure is dominated by 2 and 3 H2O layers and the free porosity is approx. < 3%. In order to verify these results, accurate data from neutron or X-ray small-angle scattering and diffraction experiments in transmission mode using pressure cells is needed, as well as more precise layer structure functions at high water contents. [1] Holmboe, M., Wold, S. 2010. To be submitted. [2] Moore & Reynolds, 1997, 2ed. [3] Ferrage et al, 2005, Chem. Mater. 17, 3499-3512.

  8. Adults' Tolerance of Cries: An Experimental Investigation of Acoustic Features.

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    Bisping, Rudolf; And Others

    1990-01-01

    Variations in the aversiveness of a newborn's distress cry were examined by means of manipulation of features of fundamental frequency, intonation, and spectral complexity, and of information given to subjects about the infant's health status. Findings suggest that the listener's reaction to cry characteristics can be altered by the inducement of…

  9. Investigation of the effect of microstructure on the R-Curve behavior of metal-ceramic composites

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    Ellerby, D.T.; Flinn, B.D.; Scott, W.D.; Bordia, R.K.; Ewsuk, K.G.; Loehman, R.E.; Fahrenholtz, W.G.

    1995-07-01

    An investigation was made into the effect of microstructure on the peak toughness and shape of the crack growth resistance curves for two ceramic-metal composites. An Al{sup 2}O{sup 3}/Al composite formed by Reactive Metal Penetration was used along with an AlN/Al composite formed using a reactive infiltration technique. The results indicate that the toughness increases with an increase in the volume fraction of the metal phase for a particular composite composition, and the peak toughness and shape of the R-Curve also depend on the composite microstructure and metal composition.

  10. Influence of cryomilling on the microstructural features in HVOF-sprayed NiCrAlY bond coats for thermal barrier coatings: Creation of a homogeneous distribution of nanoscale dispersoids

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    Ma, Kaka; Schoenung, Julie M.

    2010-10-01

    Previous research has revealed that thermal barrier coatings with cryomilled bond coats exhibit improved thermal cycling lifetime by growing a continuous and uniform oxide layer at a slower rate; yet the mechanism controlling the ultimate failure remains unclear. In an effort to provide a foundation for understanding the improved behavior, the influence of cryomilling on the microstructure of the NiCrAlY bond coat material is investigated in this article. Rather than focusing on the alumina scale formation, the microstructural features and their evolution within the high-velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF)-sprayed NiCrAlY bond coats themselves, prepared from conventional powder and cryomilled powder, were carefully compared through extensive scanning electron microscope/energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy characterization. In addition, the as-cryomilled NiCrAlY powder is characterized to provide evidence of the direct influence of cryomilling and to exclude the impact from the HVOF spraying. It is found that the essential change in microstructural features resulting from the cryomilling is the creation of a homogeneous distribution of ultrafine (nanoscale) Al-rich oxide/nitride dispersoids, which remain thermally stable even after exposure at 1100°C for 100 h. The TEM study on the as-cryomilled powder, prior to the HVOF spraying, indicates that some Al and Y-rich oxides are already present within the material as a direct result of the cryomilling process.

  11. Investigation of mesoscale cloud features viewed by LANDSAT

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    Sherr, P. E. (Principal Investigator); Feteris, P. J.; Lisa, A. S.; Bowley, C. J.; Fowler, M. G.; Barnes, J. C.

    1976-01-01

    The author has identified the following significant results. Some 50 LANDSAT images displaying mesoscale cloud features were analyzed. This analysis was based on the Rayleigh-Kuettner model describing the formation of that type of mesoscale cloud feature. This model lends itself to computation of the average wind speed in northerly flow from the dimensions of the cloud band configurations measured from a LANDSAT image. In nearly every case, necessary conditions of a curved wind profile and orientation of the cloud streets within 20 degrees of the direction of the mean wind in the convective layer were met. Verification of the results by direct observation was hampered, however, by the incompatibility of the resolution of conventional rawinsonde observations with the scale of the banded cloud patterns measured from LANDSAT data. Comparison seems to be somewhat better in northerly flows than in southerly flows, with the largest discrepancies in wind speed being within 8m/sec, or a factor of two.

  12. Microstructural Investigations of the White and Deformed Layers Close to the Turned Surface of Ti-6Al-4V

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    Rancic, Mickael; Colin, Christophe; Sennour, Mohamed; Costes, Jean-Phillipe; Poulachon, Gérard

    2017-01-01

    In the aircraft industry, along with geometrical and dimensional integrity, the surface integrity of manufactured parts is a necessity. In fact, severe anomalies generated during machining may have a substantial impact on the lifetime of the parts. Nevertheless, these anomalies are not well known in terms of microstructures such as the white layer in titanium alloys. Based on this observation, the present paper deals with microstructural investigations performed on Ti-6Al-4V white and deformed layers generated during turning with a round uncoated carbide insert. The aim of this study is to characterize these anomalies in terms of microstructure and phases. In particular, this study provides a better understanding of metallurgical transformations in the sublayer of machined surfaces through qualitative models.

  13. Microstructural investigation of Sr-modified Al-15 wt%Si alloys in the range from micrometer to atomic scale.

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    Timpel, M; Wanderka, N; Vinod Kumar, G S; Banhart, J

    2011-05-01

    Strontium-modified Al-15 wt%Si casting alloys were investigated after 5 and 60 min of melt holding. The eutectic microstructures were studied using complementary methods at different length scales: focused ion beam-energy selective backscattered tomography, transmission electron microscopy and 3D atom probe. Whereas the samples after 5 min of melt holding show that the structure of eutectic Si changes into a fine fibrous morphology, the increase of prolonged melt holding (60 min) leads to the loss of Sr within the alloy with an evolution of an unmodified eutectic microstructure displaying coarse interconnected Si plates. Strontium was found at the Al/Si eutectic interfaces on the side of the eutectic Al region, measured by 3D atom probe. The new results obtained using 3D atom probe shed light on the location of Sr within the Al-Si eutectic microstructure.

  14. Investigating the evolving microstructure of lithium metal electrodes in 3D using X-ray computed tomography.

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    Taiwo, O O; Finegan, D P; Paz-Garcia, J M; Eastwood, D S; Bodey, A J; Rau, C; Hall, S A; Brett, D J L; Lee, P D; Shearing, P R

    2017-08-23

    The growth of electrodeposited lithium microstructures on metallic lithium electrodes has prevented their use in rechargeable lithium batteries due to early performance degradation and safety implications. Understanding the evolution of lithium microstructures during battery operation is crucial for the development of an effective and safe rechargeable lithium-metal battery. This study employs both synchrotron and laboratory X-ray computed tomography to investigate the morphological evolution of the surface of metallic lithium electrodes during a single cell discharge and over numerous cycles, respectively. The formation of surface pits and the growth of mossy lithium deposits through the separator layer are characterised in three-dimensions. This has provided insight into the microstructural evolution of lithium-metal electrodes during rechargeable battery operation, and further understanding of the importance of separator architecture in mitigating lithium dendrite growth.

  15. Microstructure of 3D-Printed Polymer Composites Investigated by Small-Angle Neutron Scattering

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    Kang, Tae Hui; Compton, Brett G.; Heller, William T.; Urban, Voker S.; Duty, Chad E.; Do, Changwoo

    Polymer composites printed from the large scale printer at Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been investigated by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). For the Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)/Carbon Fiber (CF) composites, the microstructure of polymer domains and the alignment of CF have been characterized across the layer from the printed piece. CF shows strong anisotropic alignment along the printing direction due to the flow of polymer melt at the nozzle. Order parameter of the anisotropy which ranges from -0.11 to -0.06 exhibits strong correlation with the position within the layer: stronger alignment near the layer interface. It is also confirmed that the existence of CF reduces the polymer domain correlation length significantly and reinforces the mechanical strength of the polymer composites. For the Epoxy/nano-clay platelet composites, the effect of processing condition, nozzle size, and the addition of the another filler, Silicon Carbide (SC), have been investigated by SANS. Nano-clay platelet shows strong anisotropic alignment along the printing direction as well. Order parameter of the anisotropy varies according to nozzle size and presence of the SC, and difference disappears at high Q region. Scientific User Facilities Division and Materials Sciences and Energy Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy.

  16. Selective laser melting of titanium alloy: investigation of mechanical properties and microstructure

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    Agapovichev, A. V.; Kokareva, V. V.; Smelov, V. G.; Sotov, A. V.

    2016-11-01

    This article presents the mechanical properties and microstructure of titanium alloy after selective laser melting (SLM). Titanium alloys are ideal material for selective laser melting (SLM), because they are expensive and difficult to machinery using traditional technologies. The application of SLM in the biomedical area has been slow due to the stringent performance criteria and concerns related to personification and part quality. In this article we focused on the manufacture by SLM and determination of microstructure and mechanical properties of titanium alloy (Ti Grade 2 Powder) using tensile tests and X-ray diffraction. The results reveal that the alloy exhibits a pronounced the homogeneous microstructure and high mechanical strength.

  17. Technique for Automated Extraction of Symmetric Microstructural Features: Application to Dendritic Cores in Single Crystal Ni-Based Superalloys

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    2010-06-14

    microstructure in Ni alloys [4, 22, 23], the intermetallic particles in Sn -rich solder [24], and the pore morphology in die-cast magnesium alloys [25], to name...alloys [11, 12], and Pb- Sn alloys [13, 14], the reinforcement particle for particle-reinforced metal-matrix composites [15, 16], microstructure...stitching multiple individual images together. Occasionally, an individual image may be out-of-focus or the im- age contrast may change slightly in the

  18. Investigation on microstructure, composition, and cytocompatibility of natural pumice for potential biomedical application.

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    Li, Xiyu; Yang, Weihu; Zou, Qin; Zuo, Yi

    2010-06-01

    In this study, the properties of Changbaishan natural pumice were characterized including the microstructure, porosity, mechanical strength, composition, harmful trace element content, and cytocompatibility. The results show that the natural pumice has a porous structure with a pore size ranging from 50 to 150 mum, an interconnective porosity of 80%, and a compressive strength of 1.72 +/- 0.12 MPa, which are adequate as a scaffold for bone tissue engineering. The natural pumice is mainly composed of silicate, and the content of harmful trace elements of arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), and mercury (Hg) in the pumice are less than 3 ppm, whereas the content of plumbum (Pb) is less than 5 ppm, which can meet the requirement of China Medicine Standard regulation. Cytocompatibility of the pumice was also evaluated by culturing and seeding MG63 cells on the scaffold and with its medium extraction. The cells present good adhesion and proliferation and the pumice does not show a negative effect on the MG63 cells in vitro. A period of 11 days testing by 3-{4,5-dimethylthiazol-2yl}-2,5-diphenyl-2H-tetrazolium-bromide assay demonstrates that the pumice has little influence on the cell viability. This new investigation paves the way for further study on pumice's potential for biomedical applications, such as for bone tissue engineering scaffold.

  19. Investigating the microstructural and neurochemical environment within the basal ganglia of current methamphetamine abusers.

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    Lin, Joanne C; Jan, Reem K; Kydd, Rob R; Russell, Bruce R

    2015-04-01

    Methamphetamine is a highly addictive psychostimulant and the medical, social, and economic consequences associated with its use have become a major international problem. Current evidence has shown methamphetamine to be particularly neurotoxic to dopamine neurons and striatal structures within the basal ganglia. A previous study from our laboratory demonstrated larger putamen volumes in actively using methamphetamine-dependent participants. The purpose of this current study was to determine whether striatal structures in the same sample of participants also exhibit pathology on the microstructural and molecular level. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) were carried out in current methamphetamine users (n = 18) and healthy controls (n = 22) to investigate diffusion indices and neurometabolite levels in the basal ganglia. Contrary to findings from previous DTI and MRS studies, no significant differences in diffusion indices or metabolite levels were observed in the basal ganglia regions of current methamphetamine users. These findings differ from those reported in abstinent users and the absence of diffusion and neurochemical abnormalities may suggest that striatal enlargement in current methamphetamine use may be due to mechanisms other than edema and glial proliferation. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Investigation on microstructure and magnetic properties of Sm2Co17 magnets aged at high temperature

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    Feng, Haibo; Chen, Hongsheng; Guo, Zhaohui; Pan, Wei; Zhu, Minggang; Li, Wei

    2011-04-01

    The Sm2Co17 magnet is the most promising candidate for high temperature applications. The microstructure evolutions and losses in the magnetic properties of the magnet in high temperature aging status have been investigated. The Sm(CobalFe0.22Cu0.068Zr0.025)7.75 magnets were prepared using the conventional powder sintering method. The magnet samples were isothermally aged at 500°C, 600 °C, and 700 °C for 72 h, respectively. The magnetic properties and the demagnetization curve were kept invariable for the magnet samples aged at 500 °C. The coercivity Hcj of the magnet samples decreased with increasing aging temperature. The Hcj decreased from 29.2 kOe for the original status samples to 10.8 kOe for the samples aged at 700 °C. The cell structure in the magnet is not destroyed after aging at 700 °C for 72 h. The deterioration of the magnetic properties and the demagnetization-curve squareness was caused by an increasing lattice mismatch between the 2:17R cell phase and the cell-boundary 1:5H phase, and by an increasing cell diameter for the magnet sample aged at a high temperature.

  1. THEORETICAL INVESTIGATION OF MICROSTRUCTURE EVOLUTION AND DEFORMATION OF ZIRCONIUM UNDER CASCADE DAMAGE CONDITIONS

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    Barashev, Alexander V; Golubov, Stanislav I; Stoller, Roger E

    2012-06-01

    This work is based on our reaction-diffusion model of radiation growth of Zr-based materials proposed recently in [1]. In [1], the equations for the strain rates in unloaded pure crystal under cascade damage conditions of, e.g., neutron or heavy-ion irradiation were derived as functions of dislocation densities, which include contributions from dislocation loops, and spatial distribution of their Burgers vectors. The model takes into account the intra-cascade clustering of self-interstitial atoms and their one-dimensional diffusion; explains the growth stages, including the break-away growth of pre-annealed samples; and accounts for some striking observations, such as of negative strain in prismatic direction, and co-existence of vacancy- and interstitial-type prismatic loops. In this report, the change of dislocation densities due to accumulation of sessile dislocation loops is taken into account explicitly to investigate the dose dependence of radiation growth. The dose dependence of climb rates of dislocations is calculated, which is important for the climb-induced glide model of radiation creep. The results of fitting the model to available experimental data and some numerical calculations of the strain behavior of Zr for different initial dislocation structures are presented and discussed. The computer code RIMD-ZR.V1 (Radiation Induced Microstructure and Deformation of Zr) developed is described and attached to this report.

  2. Investigation of the microstructure of milk protein concentrate powders during rehydration: alterations during storage.

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    Mimouni, A; Deeth, H C; Whittaker, A K; Gidley, M J; Bhandari, B R

    2010-02-01

    The aim of this work was to use scanning electron microscopy to investigate the microstructure of rehydrated milk protein concentrate powder (MPC) particles. A sample preparation method for scanning electron microscopy analysis of rehydrated MPC particles is described and used to characterize the time course of dissolution and the effects of prior storage on the dissolution process. The results show that a combination of different types of interactions (e.g., bridges, direct contact) between casein micelles results in a porous, gel-like structure that restrains the dispersion of individual micelles into the surrounding liquid phase without preventing water penetration and solubilization of nonmicellar components. During storage of the powder, increased interactions occur between and within micelles, leading to compaction of micelles and the formation of a monolayer skin of casein micelles packed close together, the combination of which are proposed to be responsible for the slow dissolution of stored MPC powders. Copyright 2010 American Dairy Science Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Fundamental Investigation of the Microstructural Parameters to Improve Dynamic Response in Al-Cu Model System

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    2014-05-01

    better engineer and optimize the properties of aluminum alloys for high strain rate applications.The composition of these alloys are shown in Table 4...rate application aluminum alloys . In A. Bajaj, P. Zavattieri, M. Koslowski, & T. Siegmund (Eds.). Proceedings of the Society of Engineering Science...chemistry on deformation in a series of model aluminum alloy systems were investigated in an attempt to understand the dominant features responsible for the

  4. Microstructural investigations in Cf-SiC composites in as-sintered state and after creep experiments

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    Vicens; Boitier; Chermant

    1999-11-01

    The high interest in ceramic matrix composites during the last decade has led to a considerable number of studies devoted to their thermomechanical properties and damage processes. Despite their sensitivity to oxygen partial pressure, carbon fibres appear to possess higher stability and better mechanical properties if they are treated under protective atmospheres than other ceramic fibres (especially classical silicon carbide fibres). The aim of this investigation is to characterize at the nanoscale the main microstructural parameters of Cf-SiC composites provided by the SEP (Division of SNECMA, Bordeaux, France). This material was fabricated from a 2.5D preform made of high strength polyacrylonitrile (PAN)-based carbon fibres densified according to the chemical vapour infiltration process. A pyrocarbon (PyC) interphase was deposited on the fibre prior to the beta-SiC matrix infiltration. A careful high resolution electron microscopy (HREM) microstructural investigation focused on the fibre microstructure as well as on the different interfaces in the material: pyrocarbon/fibre and matrix/pyrocarbon interfaces. All these observations have been realized in longitudinal and transverse sections of the specimen. These observations are found in good agreement with Guigon's model for high strength ex-PAN carbon fibres. The PyC interphase texture was strongly anisotropic at the fibre/interphase and interphase/matrix interfaces over a mean thickness of 8-15 nm. Tensile creep tests were performed under partial pressure of argon between 1273 and 1673 K for stress levels ranging from 110 to 220 MPa. Scanning electron microscopy and high resolution electron microscopy were used to study the microstructural modifications inside the fibres and at the different interfaces. A discussion of the possible creep mechanisms based on the microstructural investigation and the creep results is presented.

  5. Processing parameters investigation for the fabrication of self-supported and freeform polymeric microstructures using ultraviolet-assisted three-dimensional printing

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    Farahani, R. D.; Lebel, L. L.; Therriault, D.

    2014-05-01

    Ultraviolet-assisted three-dimensional (3D) printing (UV-3DP) was used to manufacture photopolymer-based microdevices with 3D self-supported and freeform features. The UV-3DP technique consists of the robotized deposition of extruded filaments, which are rapidly photopolymerized under UV illumination during the deposition process. This paper systematically studies the processing parameters of the UV-3DP technique using two photo-curable polymers and their associated nanocomposite materials. The main processing parameters including materials' rheological behavior, deposition speed and extrusion pressure, and UV illumination conditions were thoroughly investigated. A processing map was then defined in order to help choosing the proper parameters for the UV-3DP of microstructures with various geometries. Compared to self-supported features, the accurate fabrication of 3D freeform structures was found to take place in a narrower processing region since a higher rigidity of the extruded filament was required for structural stability. Finally, various 3D self-supported and freeform microstructures with high potential in micro electromechanical systems, micro-systems and organic electronics were fabricated to show the capability of the technique.

  6. Investigating the Features of the M170 in Congenital Prosopagnosia

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    Rivolta, Davide; Palermo, Romina; Schmalzl, Laura; Williams, Mark A.

    2012-01-01

    Face perception generates specific neural activity as early as 170 ms post-stimulus onset, termed the M170 when measured with Magnetoencephalography (MEG). We examined the M170 in six people with congenital prosopagnosia (CP) and 11 typical controls. Previous research indicates that there are two neural generators for the M170 (one within the right lateral occipital area – rLO and one within the right fusiform gyrus – rFG), and in the current study we explored whether these sources reflect the processing of different types of information. Individuals with CP showed face-selective M170 responses within the rLO and right rFG, which did not differ in magnitude to those of the controls. To examine possible links between neural activity and behavior we correlated the CPs’ MEG activity generated within rLO and rFG with their face perception skills. The rLO-M170 correlated with holistic/configural face processing, whereas the rFG-M170 correlated with featural processing. Hence, the results of our study demonstrate that individuals with CP can show an M170 that is within the normal range, and that the M170 in the rLO and rFG are involved in different aspects of face processing. PMID:22416228

  7. Bayes factor for investigative assessment of selected handwriting features.

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    Taroni, F; Marquis, R; Schmittbuhl, M; Biedermann, A; Thiéry, A; Bozza, S

    2014-09-01

    This paper extends previous research on the use of multivariate continuous data in comparative handwriting examinations, notably for gender classification. A database has been constructed by analyzing the contour shape of loop characters of type a and d by means of Fourier analysis, which allows characters to be described in a global way by a set of variables (e.g., Fourier descriptors). Sample handwritings were collected from right- and left-handed female and male writers. The results reported in this paper provide further arguments in support of the view that investigative settings in forensic science represent an area of application for which the Bayesian approach offers a logical framework. In particular, the Bayes factor is computed for settings that focus on inference of gender and handedness of the author of an incriminated handwritten text. An emphasis is placed on comparing the efficiency for investigative purposes of characters a and d.

  8. An Experimental Investigation on Hardness and Microstructure of Heat Treated EN 9 Steel

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    Biswas, Palash; Kundu, Arnab; Mondal, Dhiraj

    2017-08-01

    In the modern engineering world, extensive research has led to the development of some special grades of steel, often suited for enhanced functions. EN 9 steel is one such grade, having major applications in power plants, automobile and aerospace industry. Different heat treatment processes are employed to achieve high hardness and high wear resistance, but machinability subsequently decreases. Existing literature is not sufficient to achieve a balance between hardness and machinability. The aim of this experimental work is to determine the hardness values and observe microstructural changes in EN9 steel, when it is subjected to annealing, normalizing and quenching. Finally, the effects of tempering after each of these heat treatments on hardness and microstructure have also been shown. It is seen that the tempering after normalizing the specimen achieved satisfactory results. The microstructure was also observed to be consisting of fine grains.

  9. An investigation of the microstructure and strength of open-cell 6101 aluminum foams

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    Zhou, J.; Mercer, C.; Soboyejo, W. O.

    2002-05-01

    This article presents the results of a study of the microstructure and strength of open-cell 6101 aluminum alloy fans with three different levels of pore size (measured in pores per inch (PPI)). The macrostructures and microstructures of open-cell foam struts are characterized using a combination of optical and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The compositions of the individual phases are also determined via energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The variations in strut microhardness are then measured using Vickers microindentation techniques. Following the measurement of the mechanical properties of foams, a modified model is used to estimate the relative density from measured strut dimensions. The mechanisms of compressive deformation are then elucidated before presenting a discussion on unit-cell modeling, strut plastic deformation, and the relationships between strut microstructure and microhardness.

  10. Effects of changes in rock microstructures on permeability: 3-D printing investigation

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    Head, D.; Vanorio, T.

    2016-07-01

    Rocks are naturally heterogeneous; two rock samples with identical bulk properties can vary widely in microstructure. Understanding how the microstructure and bulk properties of rocks then evolve during experiments and computations simulating diagenesis is inherently a multiscale problem. The advent of modern 3-D printing has provided an unprecedented opportunity to link those scales by combining the strengths of digital and experimental rock physics. In this study, we take a computerized tomography-scanned model of a natural carbonate pore space then iteratively digitally manipulate, 3-D print, and measure the flow properties in the laboratory. This approach allows us to access multiple scales digitally and experimentally and test hypotheses about how changes in rock microstructure due to compaction and dissolution affect bulk transport properties in a repeatable manner.

  11. Confocal scanning laser microscopy and quantitative image analysis: application to cream cheese microstructure investigation.

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    Fenoul, F; Le Denmat, M; Hamdi, F; Cuvelier, G; Michon, C

    2008-04-01

    The naked eye observation of cream cheese confocal scanning laser microscopy images only provides qualitative information about its microstructure. Because those products are dense dairy gels, confocal scanning laser microscopy images of 2 different cream cheeses may appear close. Quantitative image analysis is then necessary to compensate for human eye deficiency (e.g., lack of precision, subjectivity). Two kinds of quantitative image analysis were performed in this study: high-order statistical methods and grayscale mathematical morphology. They were applied to study the microstructure of 3 different cream cheeses (same manufacturing process, same dry matter content, but different fat and protein contents). Advantages and drawbacks of both methods are reviewed. The way they may be used to describe cream cheese microstructure is also presented.

  12. An investigation on the crack growth resistance of human tooth enamel: Anisotropy, microstructure and toughening

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    Yahyazadehfar, Mobin

    The enamel of human teeth is generally regarded as a brittle material with low fracture toughness. Consequently, the contributions of this tissue in resisting tooth fracture and the importance of its complex microstructure have been largely overlooked. The primary objective of this dissertation is to characterize the role of enamel's microstructure and degree of decussation on the fracture behavior of human enamel. The importance of the protein content and aging on the fracture toughness of enamel were also explored. Incremental crack growth in sections of human enamel was achieved using a special inset Compact Tension (CT) specimen configuration. Crack extension was achieved in two orthogonal directions, i.e. longitudinal and transverse to the prism axes. Fracture surfaces and the path of crack growth path were evaluated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to understand the fundamental mechanisms of crack growth extension. Furthermore, a hybrid approach was adopted to quantify the contribution of toughening mechanisms to the overall toughness. Results of this investigations showed that human enamel exhibits rising R-curve for both directions of crack extension. Cracks extending transverse to the rods in the outer enamel achieved lower rise in toughness with crack extension, and significantly lower toughness (1.23 +/- 0.20 MPa·m 0.5) than in the inner enamel (1.96 +/- 0.28 MPa· 0.5) and in the longitudinal direction (2.01 +/- 0.21 MPa· 0.5). The crack growth resistance exhibited both anisotropy and inhomogeneity, which arise from the complex hierarchical microstructure and the decussated prism structure. Decussation causes deflection of cracks extending from the enamel surface inwards, and facilitates a continuation of transverse crack extension within the outer enamel. This process dissipates fracture energy and averts cracks from extending toward the dentin and vital pulp. This study is the first to investigate the importance of proteins and the effect of

  13. Investigation of micro-structural phenomena at aggregate level in concretes using DEM

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    Nitka, Michał; Tejchman, Jacek

    2017-06-01

    This paper presents numerical analyses of concrete beams under three-point bending. The discrete element methods (DEM) was used to calculate fracture at the aggregate level. Concrete was described as a four-phase material, which was composed of aggregate, cement matrix, interfacial transitional zones (ITZs) and macro-voids. The beam micro-structure was directly taken from our experiments using x-ray micro-tomography. Simulations were carried out with real aggregate modelled as sphere clusters. Numerical results were compared with laboratory outcomes. The special attention was laid on the fracture propagation and some micro-structural phenomena at the aggregate level.

  14. An Electronic Health Record Investigation of Lenticulostriate Vasculopathy Features.

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    Frankovich, Jennifer; Egan, Maximillian; Mahony, Talia; Benitz, William; Shaw, Gary

    2017-02-01

    Objective Lenticulostriate vasculopathy (LSV) is characterized by linear hyperechogenicities in the basal ganglia found on the head ultrasounds of infants. We reviewed electronic health records of infants with and without LSV to investigate whether physician dictations indicated symptoms which could reflect subtle basal ganglia injury. Study Design In a case-control study, we analyzed data from 46 infants with LSV and 127 controls. Infants were stratified between term and preterm birth. Odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals were calculated for tone abnormalities, apnea, feeding difficulties, seizures, and movement abnormalities in the presence of LSV. Results Both term and preterm infants with LSV showed elevated risks for tone abnormalities (OR: 3.6 and 2.9, respectively). Term infants with LSV showed elevated risks for hypotonia (OR: 4.3), apnea (OR: 2.9), and feeding difficulties (OR: 4.1). Preterm infants with LSV showed elevated risks for truncal hypotonia (OR: 3.9) and hyperreflexia (OR: 3.9). Conclusion Our findings provide some evidence that LSV is associated with an increased risk of early signs of abnormal development, possibly relating to signs of subtle basal ganglia injury. Historically LSV has been considered incidental. The associations identified here suggest that LSV findings are worthy of further study.

  15. Microstructure investigations of Yb- and Bi-doped Mg2Si prepared from metal hydrides for thermoelectric applications

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    Janka, Oliver; Zaikina, Julia V.; Bux, Sabah K.; Tabatabaifar, Hosna; Yang, Hao; Browning, Nigel D.; Kauzlarich, Susan M.

    2017-01-01

    Within the field of thermoelectric materials for energy conversion magnesium silicide, Mg2Si, is an outstanding candidate due to its low density, abundant constituents and low toxicity. However electronic and thermal tuning of the material is a required necessity to improve its Figure of Merit, zT. Doping of Yb via reactive YbH2 into the structure is performed with the goal of reducing the thermal conductivity. Hydrogen is released as a by-product at high temperatures allowing for facile incorporation of Yb into the structure. We report on the properties of Yb- and Bi-doped Mg2Si prepared with MgH2 and YbH2 with the focus on the synthetic conditions, and samples' microstructure, investigated by various electron microscopy techniques. Yb is found in the form of both Yb3Si5 inclusions and Yb dopant segregated at the grain boundary substituting for Mg. The addition of 1 at% Yb concentration reduced the thermal conductivity, providing a value of 30 mW/cm K at 800 K. In order to adjust carrier concentration, the sample is additionally doped with Bi. The impact of the microstructure on the transport properties of the obtained material is studied. Idealy, the reduction of the thermal conductivity is achieved by doping with Yb and the electronic transport is adjusted by doping with Bi. Large grain microstructure facilitates the electronic transport. However, the synthetic conditions that provide the optimized microstructure for electrical transport do not facilitate the additional Yb dopant incorporation. Therefore, the Yb and Bi containing sample with the optimized microstructure provides a zT=0.46 at 800 K.

  16. Microstructure investigations of Yb- and Bi-doped Mg2Si prepared from metal hydrides for thermoelectric applications

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    Janka, Oliver; Zaikina, Julia V.; Bux, Sabah K.; Tabatabaifar, Hosna; Yang, Hao; Browning, Nigel D.; Kauzlarich, Susan M.

    2017-01-01

    Within the field of thermoelectric materials for energy conversion magnesium silicide, Mg2Si, is an outstanding candidate due to its low density, abundant constituents and low toxicity. However electronic and thermal tuning of the material is a required necessity to improve its Figure of Merit, zT. Doping of Yb via reactive YbH2 into the structure is performed with the goal of reducing the thermal conductivity. Hydrogen is released as a by-product at high temperatures allowing for facile incorporation of Yb into the structure. We report on the properties of Yb-and Bi-doped Mg2Si prepared with MgH2 and YbH2 with the focus on the synthetic conditions, and samples' microstructure, investigated by various electron microscopy techniques. Yb is found in the form of both Yb3Si5 inclusions and Yb dopant segregated at the grain boundary substituting for Mg. The addition of 1 at% Yb concentration reduced the thermal conductivity, providing a value of 30 mW/cm K at 800 K. In order to adjust carrier concentration, the sample is additionally doped with Bi. The impact of the microstructure on the transport properties of the obtained material is studied. Idealy, the reduction of the thermal conductivity is achieved by doping with Yb and the electronic transport is adjusted by doping with Bi. Large grain microstructure facilitates the electronic transport. However, the synthetic conditions that provide the optimized microstructure for electrical transport do not facilitate the additional Yb dopant incorporation. Therefore, the Yb and Bi containing sample with the optimized microstructure provides a zT=0.46 at 800 K.

  17. Relationships between microstructure and microfissuring in alloy 718

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    Thompson, R. G.

    1985-01-01

    Microfissures which occur in the weld heat affected zone of alloy 718 can be a limiting factor in the material's weldability. Several studies have attempted to relate microfissuring susceptibility to processing conditions, microstructure, and/or heat-to-heat chemistry differences. The present investigation studies the relationships between microstructure and microfissuring by isolating a particular microstructural feature and measuring microfissuring as a function of that feature. Results to date include the identification of a microstructure-microfissure sequence, microfissuring susceptibility as a function of grain size, and microfissuring susceptibility as a function of solution annealing time.

  18. Investigation of the Microstructural Mechanism of Relaxation and Fracture Healing in Asphalt

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    1993-04-12

    FOR THE AIR FORCE OFFICE OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH FINAL REPORT GRANT NO. AFOSR-89-0520 DTIC * APRIL 12, 1993 uN 2 a 1993 TEXAS TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE...throuqh Vibration Analysis . 114 APPROACH TO FUTURE RESEARCH ....... ..... .................. 117 MICROSTRUCTURAL FATIGUE RELATIONSHIPS...microdamage healing. This report contains one appendix entitled "Characterization of Damage Growth in Asphalt Concrete ." This appendix supports the

  19. Influence of Aging Treatments on Alterations of Microstructural Features and Stress Corrosion Cracking Behavior of an Al-Zn-Mg Alloy

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    Rout, Prasanta Kumar; Ghosh, M. M.; Ghosh, K. S.

    2015-07-01

    7xxx series Al-Zn-Mg-(Cu) alloys have higher strength in their peak-aged (T6) states compared with other age-hardenable aluminum alloys; however, the maximum strength peak-aged state is more susceptible to stress corrosion cracking (SCC) which leads to catastrophic failure. The over-aged (T7) temper with 10-15% lower strength has higher resistance to SCC requiring oversized structural aerospace component applications. The medium-strength AA7017 Al-Zn-Mg weldable alloy without Cu is also prone to SCC under certain environmental conditions. In the present investigation, the SCC behaviors of an AA7017 Al-Zn-Mg alloys of different tempers have been assessed. Specific aging schedules have been adapted to an AA7017 alloy to produce various tempers, e.g., under-, peak-(T6), over-(T7), and highly over-aged tempers. Artificial aging behavior of the AA7017 alloy has been characterized by hardness, electrical conductivity measurements, x-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, and electrochemical studies. Slow strain rate test technique was used to assess the SCC behaviors of the AA7017 alloys of under-, T6, T7, and highly over-aged tempers in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution at free corrosion potential (FCP) and at applied anodic potential, as well. Results revealed that the AA7017 alloy tempers are not susceptible to SCC in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution at FCP, but severely damaging to SCC at applied anodic potentials. Microstructural features, showing a non-recrystallized grain structure and the presence of discrete, widely spaced, not-interconnected η precipitates at the grain boundaries, are the contributive factors by virtue of which the alloy tempers at FCP did not exhibit SCC. However, the applied anodic potential resulted in rapid metal dissolution from the grain boundary region and led to SCC. The local anodic dissolution (LAD) is believed to be the associated SCC mechanism.

  20. Structural and microstructural investigation of CdxZn1-xIn2S4 photocatalyst for solar hydrogen production

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    Indrea, E.; Silipaş, D. T.; Bǎnicǎ, R.; Nyari, Terezia; Suciu, Ramona-Crina

    2012-02-01

    A novel low temperature hydrothermal synthesis of II-III2-VI4 (II = Zn, Cd; III = In; VI = S) mixed ternary chalcogenide semiconductors as visible photocatalysts for solar hydrogen production was performed. In this work, an X-ray diffraction based structural and microstructural study of chalcogenide semiconductors type CdxZn1-xIn2S4 (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) is reported. The investigated powder samples were synthesized by a hydrothermal technique, using a Teflon lined closed autoclave with self-generated pressure, at 180°C for 20 hours. Rietveld method based on pseudo-Voigt profile fitting function was applied to perform a simultaneous refinement of X-ray diffraction patterns concerning both material structure and microstructure. The Rietveld refinement of the X-ray diffraction data has been done using the MATCH, MAUD and PowderCel softwares.

  1. Investigation on microstructure characterization and property of rapidly solidified Mg-Zn-Ca-Ce-La alloys

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    Zhou Tao; Chen Zhenhua; Yang Mingbo; Hu Jianjun; Xia Hua

    2012-01-15

    Rapidly solidified (RS) Mg-Zn-Ca-Ce-La (wt.%) alloys have been produced via atomizing the alloy melt and subsequent splat-quenching on the water-cooled copper twin-rollers in the form of flakes. Microstructure characterization, phase compositions and thermal stability of the alloys have been systematically investigated. The results showed that with addition of RE (Ce and La) to the Mg-6Zn-5Ca alloy, the stable intermetallic compounds i.e. the Mg{sub x}Zn{sub y}RE{sub z} phase with a few Ca (about 3 at.%), shortened as the T Prime phase, were formed at the expense of the binary Mg-Zn and Ca{sub 2}Mg{sub 6}Zn{sub 3} phases, which was possibly beneficial to the enhanced thermal stability of the alloy. In the Mg-6Zn-5Ca-3Ce-0.5La alloy, the composition of the T Prime phase in the grain interior was different from that at the grain boundaries, in which the segregation of the La elements was found, and the atomic percentage ratio of Zn to Ce in the T Prime phase within the grains was close to 2. Moreover, the stable Mg{sub 2}Ca phases were detected around the T Prime phases at the grain boundaries in the alloy. - Research Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The phase constitution of RS Mg-6Zn-5Ca alloy can be improved by RE additions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In the Mg-Zn-Ca-Ce-La alloys, the Mg{sub x}Zn{sub y}RE{sub z} phase with a few Ca (T Prime phase) is formed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The formation of the T Prime phase leads to the loss of the Mg-Zn and Ca{sub 2}Mg{sub 6}Zn{sub 3} phases. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The composition of the T Prime phase differs from the grain interior to the grain boundary.

  2. Mineralogical and microstructural investigations of fractures in Permian z2 potash seam and surrounding salt rocks

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    Mertineit, Michael; Grewe, Wiebke; Schramm, Michael; Hammer, Jörg; Blanke, Hartmut; Patzschke, Mario

    2017-04-01

    Fractures occur locally in the z2 potash seam (Kaliflöz Staßfurt). Most of them extend several centimeter to meter into the surrounding salt rocks. The fractures are distributed on all levels in an extremely deformed area of the Morsleben salt mine, Northern Germany. The sampling site is located within a NW-SE trending synclinal structure, which was reverse folded (Behlau & Mingerzahn 2001). The samples were taken between the -195 m and - 305 m level at the field of Marie shaft. In this area, more than 200 healed fractures were mapped. Most of them show opening widths of only a few millimeters to rarely 10 cm. The fractures in rock salt are filled with basically polyhalite, halite and carnallite. In the potash seam, the fractures are filled with kainite, halite and minor amounts of carnallite and polyhalite. In some cases the fracture infill changes depending on the type of surrounding rocks. There are two dominant orientations of the fractures, which can be interpreted as a conjugated system. The main orientation is NE-SW trending, the dip angles are steep (ca. 70°, dip direction NW and SE, respectively). Subsequent deformation of the filled fractures is documented by a strong grain shape fabric of kainite, undulatory extinction and subgrain formation in kainite, and several mineral transformations. Subgrain formation in halite occurred in both, the fracture infill and the surrounding salt rocks. The results correlate in parts with investigations which were carried out at the close-by rock salt mine Braunschweig-Lüneburg (Horn et al. 2016). The development of the fractures occurred during compression of clayey salt rocks. However, the results are only partly comparable due to different properties (composition, impurities) of the investigated stratigraphic units. Further investigations will focus on detailed microstructural and geochemical analyses of the fracture infill and surrounding salt rocks. Age dating of suitable minerals, e.g. polyhalite (Leitner et al

  3. Influence of Solution Treatment Duration on Microstructural Features of an Industrial Forged UNS S32750/1.4410/F53 Super Duplex Stainless Steel (SDSS) Alloy

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    Cojocaru, Vasile Dănuţ; Răducanu, Doina; Angelescu, Mariana Lucia; Vintilă, Adrian Nicolae; Şerban, Nicolae; Dan, Ioan; Cojocaru, Elisabeta Mirela; Cinca, Ion

    2017-08-01

    The microstructural changes induced by solution treatment of an industrial forged F53 Super Duplex Stainless Steel alloy were studied, in order to emphasize how component phases are influenced by heat treatment temperature and duration. The solution treatment was done at a temperature of 1100°C, with variable holding times: 0.6 ks (10 min), 3.6 ks (60 min) and 10.8 ks (180 min). Scanning electron microscopy-electron backscattered diffraction was used as main characterization technique, to obtain and analyse data referring to microstructural features, such as: nature and morphology of constituent phases, average grain-size and grain misorientation. It was shown that in all studied cases the microstructure consisted of a mixture of about 45% δ-Fe (ferrite) and 55% γ-Fe (austenite). Besides δ-Fe and γ-Fe phases, other phases were also identified, such as τ-phase (chromium-iron carbide), σ-phase (chromium-iron) and δ-(Cr-Fe) (ferrite).

  4. Specific features of direct formation of graphite-like microstructures in polycarbonate samples by single femtosecond laser pulses

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    Ganin, D V; Lapshin, K E; Obidin, A Z; Vartapetov, S K

    2015-11-30

    We present the result of the experiments on producing graphite-like cylindrical microstructures by focusing single femtosecond laser pulses into the bulk of a transparent polymer (polycarbonate). The microstructures are embedded in a cladding with a modified refractive index, possessing waveguide properties. In the experiments with nontransparent screens and diaphragms, placed in the laser beam in front of the entrance pupil of the objective with a large numerical aperture, we have found that the paraxial rays are blocked by the peripheral ones, which reduces the length of the destruction region in the pre-focal zone. In the experiments with transparent screens and diaphragms, introducing optical delays τ{sub d} between the paraxial and peripheral rays, the quantitative dependence of the destruction region length in the pre-focal zone on the value of τ{sub d} is determined. (interaction of laser radiation with matter. laser plasma)

  5. Synchrotron imaging and diffraction to investigate internal features of stable tearing fracture phenomenon in metallic specimens.

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    Frink, Elizabeth; Lease, Kevin

    2012-07-01

    In situ synchrotron imaging and diffraction on beamline 1-ID-C at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) has been used to investigate the internal features present during the stable tearing fracture phenomenon in low-constraint metallic specimens. The results that are obtained from this investigation show that the internal features are identifiable with these techniques, and this initial investigation lays the groundwork for future, more in-depth investigations with some improvements to the methods.

  6. Investigation of microstructure within metal welds by energy resolved neutron imaging

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    Tremsin, A. S.; Kockelmann, W.; Paradowska, A. M.; Zhang, Shu-Yan; Korsunsky, A. M.; Shinohara, T.; Feller, W. B.; Lehmann, E. H.

    2016-09-01

    The recent development of bright pulsed neutron sources and high resolution neutron counting detectors enables simultaneous acquisition of a neutron transmission spectrum for each pixel of the image. These spectra can be used to reconstruct microstructure parameters within welds, such as strain, texture and phase composition through Bragg edge analysis, and in some cases elemental composition through resonance absorption analysis. In this paper we demonstrate the potential of energy-resolved neutron imaging to study the microstructures of two steel welds, where the spatial distribution of residual strain within the welds, as well as some information on the texture, are obtained with sub-mm spatial resolution. A friction stir weld of two steel plates and a conventional weld of two steel pipes were studied at pulsed neutron facilities, where a Δλ/λ resolution as low as 0.2% can be attained over a wide range of neutron wavelengths ranging from 0.5 Å to 8 Å.

  7. Experimental investigation of temperature influence on nonlinear effects in microstructured fibers

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    Holdynski, Z.; Jozwik, M.; Murawski, Michal; Ostrowski, L.; Mergo, P.; Nasilowski, T.

    2015-12-01

    In this paper we present possibilities of tuning spectrum of supercontinuum with the use of temperature change. Our study is based on the information about the role of dispersion characteristics in the process of nonlinear effects generation in nanosecond pulse regime. We obtain tunable spectrum effects in microstructured fiber and we show how to optimize its properties. Our experimental results showing nonlinear effects generation in fiber pumped in normal and anomalous dispersion regime enables to determine how the nonlinear effects depend on temperature changes. We show that even small changes of dispersion characteristic of microstructured fibers enable to obtain significant modification of generated spectra when four wave mixing is dominant effect. Controllable generation of tunable supercontinuum can be used in numbers of potential applications such as diagnostics and measurement systems.

  8. Investigating the microstructure of a yield-stress fluid by light scattering

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    Lee, David; Gutowski, Iris A.; Bailey, Arthur E.; Rubatat, Laurent; de Bruyn, John R.; Frisken, Barbara J.

    2011-03-01

    We report the results of an experimental study of the microstructure of dispersions of Carbopol ETD 2050, a model yield-stress fluid. Using two different light scattering instruments, measurements were made over three decades in scattering wave vector, from 0.02 to 25 μm-1. These measurements reveal microstructure characterized by two length scales: a longer length scale, 6μm and larger, that depends on Carbopol concentration and the pH of the dispersion and a shorter length scale of approximately 400 nm that is independent of both sample concentration and pH. We relate these results to shear rheology measurement of the yield stress of these materials.

  9. Investigating the microstructure of a yield-stress fluid by light scattering.

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    Lee, David; Gutowski, Iris A; Bailey, Arthur E; Rubatat, Laurent; de Bruyn, John R; Frisken, Barbara J

    2011-03-01

    We report the results of an experimental study of the microstructure of dispersions of Carbopol ETD 2050, a model yield-stress fluid. Using two different light scattering instruments, measurements were made over three decades in scattering wave vector, from 0.02 to 25 μm⁻¹. These measurements reveal microstructure characterized by two length scales: a longer length scale, 6 μm and larger, that depends on Carbopol concentration and the pH of the dispersion and a shorter length scale of approximately 400 nm that is independent of both sample concentration and pH. We relate these results to shear rheology measurement of the yield stress of these materials.

  10. Micro-chemical and micro-structural investigation of archaeological bronze weapons from the Ayanis fortress (lake Van, Eastern Anatolia, Turkey)

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    Faraldi, F.; Çilingirǒglu, A.; Angelini, E.; Riccucci, C.; De Caro, T.; Batmaz, A.; Mezzi, A.; Caschera, D.; Cortese, B.

    2013-12-01

    Bronze weapons (VII cen BC) found during the archaeological excavation of the Ayanis fortress (lake Van, eastern Anatolia, Turkey) are investigated in order to determine their chemical composition and metallurgical features as well as to identify the micro-chemical and micro-structural nature of the corrosion products grown during long-term burial. Small fragments were sampled from the artefacts and analysed by means of the combined use of optical microscopy (OM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS). The results show that the bronze artefacts have been manufactured by using alloys with a controlled and refined chemical composition demonstrating the high level metallurgical competence and skill of the Urartian craftsmen and artists. Furthermore, the micro-structural and metallurgical investigations evidence the presence of equiaxed grains in the matrix, indicating that the artefact were produced by repeated cycles of mechanical shaping and thermal annealing treatments to restore the alloy ductility. From the degradation point of view, the results show the structures and the chemical composition of the stratified corrosion layers (i.e. the patina) where the copper or tin depletion phenomenon is commonly observed with the surface enrichment of some elements coming from the burial soil, mainly Cl, which is related to the high concentration of chlorides in the Ayanis soil. The results reveal also that another source of degradation is the inter-granular corrosion phenomenon likely increased by the metallurgical features of the alloys caused by the high temperature manufacturing process that induces crystallisation and segregation phenomena along the grain boundaries.

  11. Meso-scale Computational Investigation of Polyurea Microstructure and Its Role in Shockwave Attenuation/dispersion

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    2015-07-01

    an ability to attenuate and disperse shocks . Polyurea is a segmented thermoplastic elastomer which possesses a meso-scale segregated microstructure...polyurea possesses a high shockwave-mitigation capacity, i.e. an ability to attenuate and disperse shocks . Polyurea is a segmented thermoplastic...Polyurea is presently being used both in ballistic-protection and blast-/ shock -wave mitigation applications. However, the phenomena and processes behind

  12. Role of microstructural degradation in the heat affected zone of 2.25Cr-1Mo steel weldments on subscale features during steam oxidation and their role in weld failures

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    Raman, R.K.S.

    1998-02-01

    Microstructural degradations in the base metal adjacent to the weld pool, i.e., the heat-affected zone (HAZ), caused during welding of 2.25Cr-1Mo steel, were characterized by electron and optical microscopy of different regions of the weldments. In order to study the influence of the microstructural degradations on scaling kinetics in steam and the resulting subscale features, samples of the base metal, the HAZ, and weld metal specimens were extracted from the weldment and oxidized in an environment of 35 pct steam + nitrogen at 873 K for 10 hours. Oxide scales formed in the three regions and the underlying subscales were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electron probe microanalysis (EPMA). Influence of the free chromium content in the three weldment regions on protective scale formation and on the subscale features has been investigated. As the principal achievement, this study has clearly shown the occurrence of oxidation-induced void formation in the subscale zone and grain boundary cavitation in the neighboring area during steam oxidation of the HAZ. This article also discusses the possible role of oxidation-induced void formation and grain boundary cavitation in the inferior service life of welds in 2.25Cr-1Mo steel components.

  13. Investigation of microstructure in additive manufactured Inconel 625 by spatially resolved neutron transmission spectroscopy.

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    Tremsin, Anton S; Gao, Yan; Dial, Laura C; Grazzi, Francesco; Shinohara, Takenao

    2016-01-01

    Non-destructive testing techniques based on neutron imaging and diffraction can provide information on the internal structure of relatively thick metal samples (up to several cm), which are opaque to other conventional non-destructive methods. Spatially resolved neutron transmission spectroscopy is an extension of traditional neutron radiography, where multiple images are acquired simultaneously, each corresponding to a narrow range of energy. The analysis of transmission spectra enables studies of bulk microstructures at the spatial resolution comparable to the detector pixel. In this study we demonstrate the possibility of imaging (with ~100 μm resolution) distribution of some microstructure properties, such as residual strain, texture, voids and impurities in Inconel 625 samples manufactured with an additive manufacturing method called direct metal laser melting (DMLM). Although this imaging technique can be implemented only in a few large-scale facilities, it can be a valuable tool for optimization of additive manufacturing techniques and materials and for correlating bulk microstructure properties to manufacturing process parameters. In addition, the experimental strain distribution can help validate finite element models which many industries use to predict the residual stress distributions in additive manufactured components.

  14. Investigation of microstructure in additive manufactured Inconel 625 by spatially resolved neutron transmission spectroscopy

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    Tremsin, Anton S.; Gao, Yan; Dial, Laura C.; Grazzi, Francesco; Shinohara, Takenao

    2016-07-08

    Non-destructive testing techniques based on neutron imaging and diffraction can provide information on the internal structure of relatively thick metal samples (up to several cm), which are opaque to other conventional non-destructive methods. Spatially resolved neutron transmission spectroscopy is an extension of traditional neutron radiography, where multiple images are acquired simultaneously, each corresponding to a narrow range of energy. The analysis of transmission spectra enables studies of bulk microstructures at the spatial resolution comparable to the detector pixel. In this study we demonstrate the possibility of imaging (with ~100 μm resolution) distribution of some microstructure properties, such as residual strain, texture, voids and impurities in Inconel 625 samples manufactured with an additive manufacturing method called direct metal laser melting (DMLM). Although this imaging technique can be implemented only in a few large-scale facilities, it can be a valuable tool for optimization of additive manufacturing techniques and materials and for correlating bulk microstructure properties to manufacturing process parameters. Additionally, the experimental strain distribution can help validate finite element models which many industries use to predict the residual stress distributions in additive manufactured components.

  15. Investigation of microstructure in additive manufactured Inconel 625 by spatially resolved neutron transmission spectroscopy

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    Tremsin, Anton S.; Gao, Yan; Dial, Laura C.; ...

    2016-07-08

    Non-destructive testing techniques based on neutron imaging and diffraction can provide information on the internal structure of relatively thick metal samples (up to several cm), which are opaque to other conventional non-destructive methods. Spatially resolved neutron transmission spectroscopy is an extension of traditional neutron radiography, where multiple images are acquired simultaneously, each corresponding to a narrow range of energy. The analysis of transmission spectra enables studies of bulk microstructures at the spatial resolution comparable to the detector pixel. In this study we demonstrate the possibility of imaging (with ~100 μm resolution) distribution of some microstructure properties, such as residual strain,more » texture, voids and impurities in Inconel 625 samples manufactured with an additive manufacturing method called direct metal laser melting (DMLM). Although this imaging technique can be implemented only in a few large-scale facilities, it can be a valuable tool for optimization of additive manufacturing techniques and materials and for correlating bulk microstructure properties to manufacturing process parameters. Additionally, the experimental strain distribution can help validate finite element models which many industries use to predict the residual stress distributions in additive manufactured components.« less

  16. Investigating the Microstructural Correlation of White Matter in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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    Dean, Douglas C; Travers, Brittany G; Adluru, Nagesh; Tromp, Do P M; Destiche, Daniel J; Samsin, Danica; Prigge, Molly B; Zielinski, Brandon A; Fletcher, P Thomas; Anderson, Jeffrey S; Froehlich, Alyson L; Bigler, Erin D; Lange, Nicholas; Lainhart, Janet E; Alexander, Andrew L

    2016-06-01

    White matter microstructure forms a complex and dynamical system that is critical for efficient and synchronized brain function. Neuroimaging findings in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) suggest this condition is associated with altered white matter microstructure, which may lead to atypical macroscale brain connectivity. In this study, we used diffusion tensor imaging measures to examine the extent that white matter tracts are interrelated within ASD and typical development. We assessed the strength of inter-regional white matter correlations between typically developing and ASD diagnosed individuals. Using hierarchical clustering analysis, clustering patterns of the pairwise white matter correlations were constructed and revealed to be different between the two groups. Additionally, we explored the use of graph theory analysis to examine the characteristics of the patterns formed by inter-regional white matter correlations and compared these properties between ASD and typical development. We demonstrate that the ASD sample has significantly less coherence in white matter microstructure across the brain compared to that in the typical development sample. The ASD group also presented altered topological characteristics, which may implicate less efficient brain networking in ASD. These findings highlight the potential of graph theory based network characteristics to describe the underlying networks as measured by diffusion magnetic resonance imaging and furthermore indicates that ASD may be associated with altered brain network characteristics. Our findings are consistent with those of a growing number of studies and hypotheses that have suggested disrupted brain connectivity in ASD.

  17. Investigation of microstructure in additive manufactured Inconel 625 by spatially resolved neutron transmission spectroscopy

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    Tremsin, Anton S.; Gao, Yan; Dial, Laura C.; Grazzi, Francesco; Shinohara, Takenao

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Non-destructive testing techniques based on neutron imaging and diffraction can provide information on the internal structure of relatively thick metal samples (up to several cm), which are opaque to other conventional non-destructive methods. Spatially resolved neutron transmission spectroscopy is an extension of traditional neutron radiography, where multiple images are acquired simultaneously, each corresponding to a narrow range of energy. The analysis of transmission spectra enables studies of bulk microstructures at the spatial resolution comparable to the detector pixel. In this study we demonstrate the possibility of imaging (with ~100 μm resolution) distribution of some microstructure properties, such as residual strain, texture, voids and impurities in Inconel 625 samples manufactured with an additive manufacturing method called direct metal laser melting (DMLM). Although this imaging technique can be implemented only in a few large-scale facilities, it can be a valuable tool for optimization of additive manufacturing techniques and materials and for correlating bulk microstructure properties to manufacturing process parameters. In addition, the experimental strain distribution can help validate finite element models which many industries use to predict the residual stress distributions in additive manufactured components. PMID:27877885

  18. Construction of a high-resolution moiré interferometer for investigating microstructural displacement fields in materials.

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    Goldrein, H T; Rae, P J; Palmer, S J P; Field, J E

    2002-05-15

    A high-magnification moiré interferometer has been constructed with a spatial resolution of the order of 1 microm to measure the local in-plane displacement field associated with a material's microstructure. Laser illumination passes through phase-stepping optics and is delivered to the microscope head by polarization-preserving single-mode optical fibres. The head itself is a compact unit consisting of collimating optics, an objective lens and a charge coupled device (CCD) camera. Thin-phase gratings are cast onto the sample surface with a compliant epoxy resin and coated with ca. 5 nm of gold to enhance the fringe contrast and reduce speckle noise. By switching between the laser illumination and white-light illumination, the underlying microstructure is viewed in exact registration with the measured displacement fields. The application of the instrument is illustrated here by visualization of displacement fields in polymer-bonded explosives (PBXs) during deformation to failure. PBXs are highly filled polymers consisting of up to 95% by weight crystalline explosive bound in a variety of polymeric binders. The mechanical properties of PBXs are highly dependent on the microstructure, and moiré interferometry is an ideal tool for investigating the relationship between the 1-100 microm sized crystals and the displacement fields. Methods such as this are required if computer models of inhomogeneous materials are to be accurately validated.

  19. The synthesis of flower shaped microstructures of Co3O4 by solvothermal approach and investigation of its catalytic activity

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    Jamil, Saba; Janjua, Muhammad Ramzan Saeed Ashraf; Ahmad, Tauqeer

    2014-10-01

    A unique flower like microstructures of cobalt oxide (Co3O4) are prepared by solvothermal method in two steps: In first step the Co(OH)2 micro particles are generated and in second step Co3O4 flower like microstructures are obtained after annealing for 2 h. The final product of Co3O4 is subjected to different instrumental analysis to investigate its morphology and other properties. It is clear from the Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) that the product is flower like in shape with a size of approximately 10-15 μm from sideway view. It is also observed that these structures are composed of nanosheets, which are further organized into layer by layer pattern to form a specific flower like morphology. The experimental data proved that the solvent and temperature played a significant role in the formation of such flowers like morphology under provided reaction conditions. These microstructures have shown remarkable catalytic activity for thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate (AP).

  20. Microstructural Investigation of a Wark-Lovering Rim on a Vigarano CAI

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    Han, J.; Keller, L. P.; Needham, A. W.; Messenger, S.; Simon, J. I.

    2015-01-01

    Wark-Lovering (WL) rims are thin multi-layered mineral sequences that surround many CAIs. These rim layers consist of the primary minerals found in the CAI interiors, but vary in their mineralogy. Several models for their origin have been proposed including condensation, reaction with a nebular gas, evaporation, or combinations of these. However, there still is little consensus on how and when the rims formed. Here, we describe the microstructure and mineralogy of a WL rim on a type B CAI from the Vigarano CV(sub red) chondrite using FIB/TEM to better understand the astrophysical significance of WL rim formation.

  1. An Investigation into the Properties and Microstructure of Cement Mixtures Modified with Cellulose Nanocrystal

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    Flores, Jessica; Kamali, Mahsa; Ghahremaninezhad, Ali

    2017-01-01

    This paper aims to examine the effect of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) on the hydration, transport behavior, and microstructure of cement mixtures. The addition of CNC delayed hydration at an early age but improved hydration at later ages. A small increase in the electrical resistivity of the cement mixtures with CNC was observed. Statistical nanoindentation showed a small tendency to a larger volume fraction of high density calcium-silicate-hydrate (C-S-H) and a smaller volume fraction of low-density C-S-H in the mixture with CNC. PMID:28772857

  2. Microstructural Features Controlling the Variability in Low-Cycle Fatigue Properties of Alloy Inconel 718DA at Intermediate Temperature

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    Texier, Damien; Gómez, Ana Casanova; Pierret, Stéphane; Franchet, Jean-Michel; Pollock, Tresa M.; Villechaise, Patrick; Cormier, Jonathan

    2016-03-01

    The low-cycle fatigue behavior of two direct-aged versions of the nickel-based superalloy Inconel 718 (IN718DA) was examined in the low-strain amplitude regime at intermediate temperature. High variability in fatigue life was observed, and abnormally short lifetimes were systematically observed to be due to crack initiation at (sub)-surface non-metallic inclusions. However, crack initiation within (sub)-surface non-metallic inclusions did not necessarily lead to short fatigue life. The macro- to micro-mechanical mechanisms of deformation and damage have been examined by means of detailed microstructural characterization, tensile and fatigue mechanical tests, and in situ tensile testing. The initial stages of crack micro-propagation from cracked non-metallic particles into the surrounding metallic matrix occupies a large fraction of the fatigue life and requires extensive local plastic straining in the matrix adjacent to the cracked inclusions. Differences in microstructure that influence local plastic straining, i.e., the δ-phase content and the grain size, coupled with the presence of non-metallic inclusions at the high end of the size distribution contribute strongly to the fatigue life variability.

  3. Investigation of microemulsion microstructure and its impact on skin delivery of flufenamic acid.

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    Mahrhauser, Denise-Silvia; Kählig, Hanspeter; Partyka-Jankowska, Ewa; Peterlik, Herwig; Binder, Lisa; Kwizda, Kristina; Valenta, Claudia

    2015-07-25

    Microemulsions are well known penetration enhancing delivery systems. Several properties are described that influence the transdermal delivery of active components. Therefore, this study aimed to characterize fluorosurfactant-based microemulsions and to assess the impact of formulation variables on the transdermal delivery of incorporated flufenamic acid. The microemulsion systems prepared in this study consisted of bistilled water, oleic acid, isopropanol as co-solvent, flufenamic acid as active ingredient and either Hexafor(TM)670 (Hex) or Chemguard S-550-100 (Sin) as fluorosurfactant. Characterization was performed by a combination of techniques including electrical conductivity measurements, small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) self-diffusion experiments. In vitro skin permeation experiments were performed with each prepared microemulsion using Franz type diffusion cells to correlate their present microstructure with their drug delivery to skin. Electrical conductivity increased with added water content. Consequently, the absence of a conductivity maximum as well as the NMR and SAXS data rather suggest O/W type microemulsions with spherical or rod-like microstructures. Skin permeation data revealed enhanced diffusion for Hex- and Sin-microemulsions if the shape of the structures was rather elongated than spherical implying that the shape of droplets had an essential impact on the skin permeation of flufenamic acid.

  4. Investigation into Microstructures of Maraging Steel 250 Weldments and Effect of Post-Weld Heat Treatments

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    Tariq, Fawad; Baloch, Rasheed Ahmed; Ahmed, Bilal; Naz, Nausheen

    2010-03-01

    This study was undertaken to gain a better understanding of microstructures obtained by multipass gas tungsten arc welding in maraging steel grade 250. Metallography and microhardness measurements were carried out on sheet and welded joints in as-welded and post-weld aged conditions. It was found that there was a significant amount of reverted austenite formed on cell boundaries of weld metal after aging at 758-823 K for 3-5 h, and was stable at room temperature. Aging at higher temperatures led to an increase in the continuous network of patchy austenite along the cell boundaries. The reason for the above, in our opinion, is the concentrational heterogeneity which characterizes the microstructure of maraging steel welds. No reverted austenite was observed in as-welded specimens. Solution annealing at 1093 K for 1 h did not completely eliminate the chemical heterogeneity associated with weld structures. However, homogenizing at 1373 K produced homogenous structure that on subsequent aging produces austenite-free lath martensitic structure.

  5. On the correlation between irradiation-induced microstructural features and the hardening of reactor pressure vessel steels

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    Lambrecht, M.; Meslin, E.; Malerba, L.; Hernández-Mayoral, M.; Bergner, F.; Pareige, P.; Radiguet, B.; Almazouzi, A.

    2010-11-01

    A correlation is attempted between microstructural observations by various complementary techniques, which have been implemented within the PERFECT project and the hardening measured by tensile tests of reactor pressure vessel steel and model alloys after irradiation to a dose of ˜7 × 10 19 n cm -2. This is done, using the simple hardening model embodied by the Orowan equation and applying the most suitable superposition law, as suggested by a parametric study using the DUPAIR line tension code. It is found that loops are very strong obstacles to dislocation motion, but due to their low concentration, they only play a minor role in the hardening itself. For the precipitates, the contrary is found, although they are quite soft (due to their very small sizes and their coherent nature), they still play the dominant role in the hardening. Vacancy clusters are important for the formation of both loops and precipitates, but they will play almost no role in the hardening by themselves.

  6. Ground-probing radar investigations for foundation and other subsurface features at a historical site

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    Vaish, J. N.; Sharma, R. S.

    2000-04-01

    The ground investigations for a historical site of archaeological importance are usually a labor intensive and time consuming process. Exploratory diggings are most commonly employed to know about the buried artifacts or construction features. Many a time important features are not documented because such features are not easily accessible or the approach involves disturbance to the monument. A study was made with Ground Probing Radar (GPR) at Taj Mahal, one of the most cherished monuments of the Mughal period. The GPR techniques are comparatively new for the studies of foundation features of such monuments. In this paper, the results are presented from a GPR investigation with 100 and 200 MHz frequency antenna. Important features detected from GPR profiling near the boundary wall and on the Mausoleum floor are discussed. The location of the foundation wells and stone pinning etc. was correlated with the borewell data. Some features identified by GPR, however, could not be confirmed due to intricate location of the subsurface features. The findings show that the GPR techniques with a large spectrum of the antenna frequencies can be used to investigate the details of subsurface features at historical sites.

  7. Investigation of microstructured chitosans by coherent anti-Stokes Raman microscopy.

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    Dementjev, A; Mordas, G; Ulevičius, V; Gulbinas, V

    2015-03-01

    This work describes application of coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy technique for analytical characterization of microstructured materials based on chitosan. We demonstrate that nitrogen-hydrogen vibration band in the high wavenumber region of CARS spectrum prevails over response from oxygen-hydrogen vibrations and can be used as a spectral marker of chitosan. The chemically selective imaging is experimentally demonstrated by applying CARS microscopy to discriminate between chitosan and polystyrene microparticles. CARS microscopy was shown to be a valuable tool for characterization of polluted chitosan fibre from utilized engine filter material. A possibility to observe foreign material pieces on the surface of the polluted chitosan fibre is demonstrated and discussed.

  8. A microstructural investigation of ``machining rings'' and deformation uniformity for dynamic ring compression tests

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    Cloete, T. J.; Hartley, R. S.; Nurick, G. N.

    2006-08-01

    A series of ring compression tests, conducted both quasi-statically (using a Zwick tensile test machine) and dynamically (using a split Hopkinson bar) are presented. The friction conditions were inferred from the behaviour of the inner diameter of the ring specimen using the analysis of Avitzur. Both quasi-static and dynamic specimens displayed machining rings. Microstructural analysis revealed that under quasi-static conditions the machining rings correlate with fold-over, while under dynamic conditions machining rings can appear without fold over. This indicates that machining rings formed during dynamic tests may be due to lubrication breakdown. The results indicate that the assumption of uniform specimen deformation is reasonable for strains attainable during split Hopkinson bar tests.

  9. Microstructural investigation of as-cast uranium rich U-Zr alloys

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    Zhang, Yuting; Wang, Xin; Zeng, Gang; Wang, Hui; Jia, Jianping; Sheng, Liusi; Zhang, Pengcheng

    2016-04-01

    The present study evaluates the microstructure in as-cast uranium rich U-Zr alloys, an important subsystem of U-Pu-Zr ternary metallic nuclear reactor fuel, as a function of the Zr content, from 2wt.% to 15wt.%Zr. It has been previously suggested that the unique intermetallic compound δ phase in U-Zr alloys is only present in as-cast U-Zr alloys with a Zr content exceeding 10wt.%Zr. However, our analysis of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) data shows that the δ phase is common to all as-cast alloys studied in this work. Furthermore, specific coherent orientation relationship is found between the α and δ phases, consistent with previous findings, and a third variant is discovered in this paper.

  10. An investigation of microstructural stability in an Al-Mg alloy with submicrometer grain size

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    Wang, J.; Iwahashi, Y.; Horita, Z.; Furukawa, M.; Nemoto, M.; Valiev, R.Z.; Langdon, T.G.

    1996-07-01

    The microstructural stability of an Al-3%Mg solid solution alloy with a submicrometer-grained (SMG) structure ({approximately}0.2 {micro}m) was evaluated using both static annealing and transmission electron microscopy over a range of temperatures from 443 to 803 K and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) up to 773 K. The results show that the SMG structure contains many non-equilibrium grain boundaries but recrystallization occurs at the higher temperatures giving large grains with boundaries having high-angle equilibrium configurations. There are significant differences between the DSC curves of the SMG alloy and a standard cold-rolled Al-3%Mg alloy, due primarily to the advent of significant heat release at low temperatures in the SMG alloy because of recovery at the non-equilibrium grain boundaries. A temperature of {approximately}500 K, close to half the absolute melting temperature, represents an effective upper limit for utilization of the SMG structure in this material.

  11. Crystal plasticity investigation of the microstructural factors influencing dislocation channeling in a model irradiated bcc material

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    Patra, Anirban; McDowell, David L.

    2016-03-25

    We use a continuum crystal plasticity framework to study the effect of microstructure and mesoscopic factors on dislocation channeling and flow localization in an irradiated model bcc alloy. For simulated dislocation channeling characteristics we correlate the dislocation and defect densities in the substructure, local Schmid factor, and stress triaxiality, in terms of their temporal and spatial evolution. A metric is introduced to assess the propensity for localization and is correlated to the grain-level Schmid factor. We also found that localization generally takes place in grains with a local Schmid factor in the range 0.42 or higher. Surface slip step heights are computed at free surfaces and compared to relevant experiments.

  12. Crystal plasticity investigation of the microstructural factors influencing dislocation channeling in a model irradiated bcc material

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    Patra, Anirban; McDowell, David L.

    2016-03-25

    We use a continuum crystal plasticity framework to study the effect of microstructure and mesoscopic factors on dislocation channeling and flow localization in an irradiated model bcc alloy. For simulated dislocation channeling characteristics we correlate the dislocation and defect densities in the substructure, local Schmid factor, and stress triaxiality, in terms of their temporal and spatial evolution. A metric is introduced to assess the propensity for localization and is correlated to the grain-level Schmid factor. We also found that localization generally takes place in grains with a local Schmid factor in the range 0.42 or higher. Surface slip step heightsmore » are computed at free surfaces and compared to relevant experiments.« less

  13. Investigation on the coupling effect of thermochromism and microstructure on spectral properties of structured surfaces

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    Fang, Junfei; Xuan, Yimin; Li, Qiang; Fan, Desong; Huang, Jinguo

    2012-07-01

    This paper is aimed at studying the coupling effect of thermochromism and surface microstructure on the spectral properties of structured surfaces. We prepare the samples of structured surfaces of perovskite-type manganese thermochromic materials by patterning one-dimensional gratings and two-dimensional cavity arrays by means of the photolithographic technique. Experiment on radiative properties of these samples indicates that the emittance of the structured surfaces dramatically increases compared with that of the bulk thermochromic materials. It is demonstrated the adjustable emittance range of the thermochromic materials can be effectively enlarged by designing the surface morphology. This implies a novel approach for improving the thermochromic effect of the perovskite-type manganese materials.

  14. Three-dimensional microstructural investigation of high magnetization nano-micro composite fluids using x-ray microcomputed tomography

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    Borbáth, T.; Borbáth, I.; Günther, S.; Marinica, O.; Vékás, L.; Odenbach, S.

    2014-05-01

    X-ray microcomputed tomography was used in a three-dimensional investigation of the microstructure of suspensions of multi-domain soft iron particles in magnetic nanofluids. The measurements were performed using two different approaches: with the sample kept frozen, and with the sample under the effect of an external magnetic field. Results show that even a relatively low magnetic field gradient drives the micron-sized iron particles towards the stronger field and thus leads to a redistribution of the ferromagnetic particles in the magnetic nanofluid. Three-dimensional images of the internal microstructure of the composite magnetizable fluid (CMF) were obtained not only for the nano-micro composite system placed in a closed sample holder, but also for the spikes formed at the CMF free surface. It was demonstrated that x-ray microcomputed tomography is an efficient way to investigate the distribution and chain formation of ferromagnetic microparticles in a magnetic nanofluid carrier allowing an analysis even at a single particle level.

  15. Quantitative investigation of the tensile plastic deformation characteristic and microstructure for friction stir welded 2024 aluminum alloy

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    Hu, Z.L.; Wang, X.S.; Yuan, S.J.

    2012-11-15

    The effect of the microstructure heterogeneity on the tensile plastic deformation characteristic of friction stir welded (FSW) 2024 aluminum alloy was investigated for the potential applications on light weight design of vehicles. The microstructure characteristics of the FSW joints, such as the grain structure, dislocation density and the distribution of precipitation, were studied by electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The tensile deformation characteristic of the FSW joints was examined using the automatic strain measuring system (ASAME) by mapping the global and local strain distribution, and then was analyzed by mechanics calculation. It is found that the tensile deformation of the FSW joints is highly heterogeneous leading to a significant decrease in global ductility. The FSW joints mainly contain two typical deformation zones, which show great effect on the regional inhomogeneous deformation. One is the nugget zone (NZ) with a region of 8 mm in width, and the other is part of the BM with a region of 10 mm in width. The BM of the joints is the weakest region where the strain localizes early and this localization extends until fracture with a strain over 30%, while the strain in the NZ is only 4%. Differences in regional strain of FSW joints, which are essentially controlled by grain structure, the distribution of precipitation and dislocation density, result in decrease on the overall mechanical properties. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Microstructure heterogeneity of welds on tensile deformation behavior is studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The welds contain two typical deformation zones, affecting the global ductility. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Regional strain of welds is controlled by grain structure and dislocation density. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Theoretical calculation is in good agreement with experimental result.

  16. Relationship Between the Microstructure and Thermal Conductivity of Plasma-Sprayed ZrO2 Coatings

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    Wang, Yongzhe; Wu, Wei; Zheng, Xuebin; Zeng, Yi; Ding, Minju; Zhang, Chenggong

    2011-12-01

    Plasma-sprayed yttria-stabilized zirconia coatings have a complex microstructure consisting of a variety of pores and cracks. These microstructure features which are determined by the spray process are known to influence the thermal conductivity of coatings. In this article, the microstructure features such as total porosity, large pores, and small pores were quantified by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and image analysis, and for each spray process, the particle velocity and particle temperature were measured prior to impact onto the substrate using the online monitoring system (Spray Watch 2i). Multiple linear regression was used to find the relationship between the particle state and the spray gun parameters. The linear regression models were also investigated between the particle state and the microstructure features, in addition, between the microstructure features and the thermal conductivity. The comprehensive correlation of spray process-microstructure-thermal conductivity was established for plasma-sprayed ZrO2 coatings.

  17. Experimental and microstructural investigations of frictional heating and fluidization in clay-rich fault gouge

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    Ujiie, K.; Nakakoji, T.; Tsutsumi, A.

    2011-12-01

    Mature faults commonly contain a considerable amount of clay minerals in their core. The frictional properties and the co-seismic deformation mechanisms of clay-rich fault gouges are key controls of the co-seismic fault strength, rupture propagation, and tsunamigenesis in subduction zones. Recent microstructural observations of natural slip zones and high-velocity friction experiments on clay-rich fault gouges suggest that the clay-clast aggregates (CCA; the spherical aggregates defined by clasts surrounded by a cortex of concentric clay layer) and the grain size segregation could be new textural evidence for thermal pressurization associated with water vaporization and fluidization, respectively. However, the physical processes and frictional properties during the development of these textures remain not fully understood. We conducted friction experiments on clay-rich fault gouge taken from the megasplay fault zone in the Nankai subduction zone and examined the resulting microstructures. Friction experiments were conducted at a normal stress of 1.0 MPa and slip rates (V) of 0.0013-1.3 m/s under dry (room humidity) and wet (water saturated) conditions. In the dry tests at V=1.3 m/s, the peak friction of 0.6-0.7 decreases to the steady-state friction of 0.2, over slip weakening distances of ~10.9 m, which is closely correlated to gouge dilation. In contrast, there is no visible slip weakening in the dry tests at V=0.0013-0.13 m/s; friction coefficients remain high in the range of 0.6-0.9 until the end of the experiments and the gouge dilation is small or absent. However, CCA are observed in all dry tests, with their volume content in the fault gouge decreasing with a decrease in V. The calculated temperatures in the fault gouge during the experiments are lower than the temperature for water vaporization at 1.0 MPa (180°C) when V=0.0013-0.013 m/s. These results demonstrate that CCA are neither textural evidence of the reduction in frictional coefficient due to

  18. Microstructural Investigations on Alloy Mg-2Ca-0.2Mn-0.5Zr-1Y

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    Lupescu, S.; Munteanu, C.; Istrate, B.; Stanciu, S.; Cimpoesu, N.; Oprisan, B.

    2017-06-01

    Authors elaborated a five component material using specific magnesium master alloys with several elements resulting a potential biocompatible and biodegradable alloy. The main goal of the present paper is to investigate the properties of some master Mg-2Ca-0.2Mn-0.5Zr-1Y alloy. The surface morphology was characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). After the XRD analysis, it have been identified the following compounds, such as Mg, Mg2Ca, Mg24Y5, respectively MgY. These compounds have the hexagonal crystallographic structure for Mg and Mg2Ca type, respectively cubic form for Mg-Y and Mg24Y5. The microstructure presents a uniform morphology and an undisclosed zirconium. Also, manganese is embedded in magnesium and Ca forms a lamellar eutectic mixture of Mg2Ca type. In conclusion, Mg-2Ca-0.2Mn-0.5Zr-1Y alloy shows similar characteristics from the microstructure point of view with other biodegradable materials, these alloy could be used as biodegradable implant.

  19. An In-Depth Investigation into the Physicochemical, Thermal, Microstructural, and Rheological Properties of Petroleum and Natural Asphalts

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    Nciri, Nader; Kim, Jeonghyun; Kim, Namho; Cho, Namjun

    2016-01-01

    Over the last decade, unexpected and sudden pavement failures have occurred in several provinces in South Korea. Some of these failures remain unexplained, further illustrating the gaps in our knowledge about binder chemistry. To prevent premature pavement distress and enhance road performance, it is imperative to provide an adequate characterization of asphalt. For this purpose, the current research aims at inspecting the chemistry, microstructure, thermal, and physico-rheological properties of two types of asphalt, namely petroleum asphalt (PA) and natural asphalt (NA). The binders were extensively investigated by using elemental analysis, thin-layer chromatography with flame ionization detection (TLC-FID), matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-fight mass spectroscopy (MALDI-TOF-MS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Raman spectroscopy (RS), Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-NMR), ultraviolet and visible spectroscopy (UV-VIS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), penetration, softening point, ductility, and viscosity tests. The findings of this research have revealed the distinct variations between the chemical compositions, microstructures, and thermo-rheological properties of the two asphalts and provided valuable knowledge into the characteristics of the binders. Such insight has been effective in predicting the performance or distress of road pavement. This paper will, therefore, be of immediate interest to materials engineers in state highway agencies and asphalt industries. PMID:28773979

  20. Investigation of microstructural evolution under neutron irradiation in Eurofer97 steel by means of small-angle neutron scattering

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    Coppola, R.; Lindau, R.; May, R. P.; Möslang, A.; Valli, M.

    2009-04-01

    Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) has been utilized to investigate in Eurofer97 steel (9Cr, 0.01C, 1W, 0.2V Fe bal wt%) the microstructural effect of neutron irradiation at 300 °C up to a dose level of 8.4 dpa. For each irradiated sample an unirradiated reference was measured to distinguish as accurately as possible the actual effect of the neutron irradiation. The SANS measurements were carried out at the D22 diffractometer at the High-Flux Reactor of the Institut Max von Laue-Paul Langevin, Grenoble, France. Analysing separately the nuclear and magnetic SANS components obtained after subtraction of the reference from the irradiated sample it appears that the microstructural inhomogeneities produced under such irradiation conditions are non-magnetic ones, such as microvoids. Their size distributions are presented and compared with those previously obtained for the same steel irradiated at 2.5 dpa: with increasing the dose, the volume fraction is increased by a factor of 2 roughly, while the average size of these inhomogeneities remains nearly unchanged.

  1. Investigation of structural properties associated with alkali-silica reaction by means of macro- and micro-structural analysis

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    Mo Xiangyin . E-mail: moxiangyin@njnu.edu.cn; Fournier, Benoit

    2007-02-15

    Structural properties associated with alkali-silica reaction were systematically investigated by means of macro-structural accelerated mortar prism expansion levels testing, combined with micro-structural analysis. One part of this study is to determine the reactivity of the aggregate by means of accelerated mortar bar tests, and also to evaluate perlite aggregate constituents, especially the presence of deleterious components and find main causes of the alkali-silica reaction, which was based on the petrographic studies by optical microscope and the implication of X-ray diffraction on the aggregate. Results implied that the aggregate was highly alkali-silica reactive and the main micro-crystalline quartz-intermediate character and matrix that is mainly composed of chalcedony are potentially suitable for alkali-silica reaction. The other part is to study the long-term effect of lithium salts against alkali-silica reaction by testing accelerated mortar prism expansion levels. The macro-structural results were also consistent with the micro-structural mechanisms of alkali-silica reaction of mortar prisms containing this aggregate and the effect of chemical admixtures by means of the methods of scanning electron microscope-X-ray energy-dispersive spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. It was indicated by these techniques that lithium salts, which were introduced into concrete containing reactive aggregate at the mixing stage, suppressed the alkali-silica reaction by producing non-expansive crystalline materials.

  2. From tin oxalate to (Fe, Co, Nb)-doped SnO{sub 2}: Sintering behavior, microstructural and electrical features

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    Parra, R.

    2008-12-01

    Highly reactive SnO{sub 2}-doped nanocrystalline powders with average particle size of 20 nm and specific surface areas above 30 m{sup 2}/g were obtained through the polymeric precursor method with tin oxalate (SnC{sub 2}O{sub 4}) as a chloride-free precursor for SnO{sub 2}. Powders and sintered discs were characterized by means of X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), SEM and TEM. The influence of Co and Fe on the microstructure development and on the electrical properties of dense SnO{sub 2}-based ceramics was studied. Co and Fe species were found to decrease in more than 70 deg. C the sintering temperature of SnO{sub 2} with respect to mixed oxide procedures. Secondary phases enriched in Co and Fe were detected and identified in sintered samples with XRD. Current-voltage curves were registered for electrical characterization. Doping with iron increased the electrical breakdown field and a nonlinearity coefficient of 20 was achieved.

  3. The use of linear feature detection to investigate thematic mapper data performance and processing

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    Gurney, C. M.

    1983-01-01

    The geometric and radiometric characteristics of thematic mapper data through analysis of linear features in the data are investigated. The particular aspects considered are: (1) thematic mapper ground IFOV; (2) radiometric contrast between linear features and background; (3) precision of system geometric correction; (4) band-to-band registration; and (5) potential utility of TM data for linear feature detection especially as compared to MSS data. It is shown that TM data may be used to estimate TM pixel size and to illustrate band-band mis-registration. Further, the geometry and radiometry of the data are sufficiently precise to allow accurate estimation of the widths of linear features. In optimum conditions features one quarter of a pixel in width may be accurately measured. These results have considerable potential for applications for hydrological and topographic mapping.

  4. An insight into what superconducts in polycrystalline boron-doped diamonds based on investigations of microstructure

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    Dubrovinskaia, N.; Wirth, R.; Wosnitza, J.; Papageorgiou, T.; Braun, H. F.; Miyajima, N.; Dubrovinsky, L.

    2008-01-01

    The discovery of superconductivity in polycrystalline boron-doped diamond (BDD) synthesized under high pressure and high temperatures [Ekimov, et al. (2004) Nature 428:542–545] has raised a number of questions on the origin of the superconducting state. It was suggested that the heavy boron doping of diamond eventually leads to superconductivity. To justify such statements more detailed information on the microstructure of the composite materials and on the exact boron content in the diamond grains is needed. For that we used high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy. For the studied superconducting BDD samples synthesized at high pressures and high temperatures the diamond grain sizes are ≈1–2 μm with a boron content between 0.2 (2) and 0.5 (1) at %. The grains are separated by 10- to 20-nm-thick layers and triangular-shaped pockets of predominantly (at least 95 at %) amorphous boron. These results render superconductivity caused by the heavy boron doping in diamond highly unlikely. PMID:18697937

  5. Microstructural and mechanical investigation of aluminium alloy (Al 1050) melted by microwave hybrid heating

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    Shashank Lingappa, M.; Srinath, M. S.; Amarendra, H. J.

    2017-07-01

    Microwave processing of metals is an emerging area. Melting of bulk metallic materials through microwave irradiation is still immature. In view of this, the present paper discusses the melting of bulk Al 1050 metallic material through microwave irradiation. The melting process is carried out successfully in a domestic microwave oven with 900 W power at 2450 MHz frequency. Metallurgical and mechanical characterization of the processed and as-received material is carried out. Aluminium phase is found to be dominant in processed material when tested through x-ray diffraction (XRD). Microstructure study of as-cast metal through scanning electron microscopy (SEM) reveals the formation of uniform hexagonal grain structure free from pores and cavities. The average tensile strength of the cast material is found to be around 21% higher, when compared to as-received material. Vickers’ microhardness of the as-cast metal is measured and is 10% higher than that of the as-received metal. Radiography on as-cast metal shows no significant defects. Al 1050 material melted through microwave irradiation has exhibited superior properties than the as-received Al 1050.

  6. Microrheological investigations give insights into the microstructure and functionality of pectin gels.

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    Vincent, Romaric R; Williams, Martin A K

    2009-09-28

    Many of the functional attributes of pectin, whether in the plant cell wall or in engineered food materials, are linked to its gelling properties and in particular to its ability to assemble in the presence of calcium. Pectin's fine structure and local concentration relative to that of its cross-linking ion play a major role in determining resultant gel micro-structures, and consequently the mechanical and transport properties of pectin matrices. Recent studies have sought to probe the basic properties of such calcium-induced matrices, using a light scattering technique called diffusing wave spectroscopy (DWS). In addition to the low frequency mechanical behaviour, which provides information about the nature and density of cross-links, microrheological measurements carried out with DWS are able to determine the high frequency behaviour, which is closely linked to the response of the basic strands of the network. By using these microrheological measurements, two distinct regimes have been identified into which pectin gels appear to fall: one corresponding to the presence of semi-flexible networks, a generally accepted paradigm in biological gels, and another where flexible networks dominate. In order to explain the origin of these dramatically different networks, distinct assembly pathways have been proposed in which the relative importance of the free energy gained by association and the frictional barrier to polymeric re-arrangement during network formation can differ significantly. By manipulating the local environment in the plant cell wall it is possible that Nature makes full use of both of these network types for fulfilling different tasks; such as providing strain-hardening, maximizing local elastic properties or controlling macromolecular transport.

  7. The mechanical and microstructural behaviour of calcite-dolomite composites: An experimental investigation

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    Kushnir, Alexandra R. L.; Kennedy, L. A.; Misra, Santanu; Benson, Philip; White, J. C.

    2015-01-01

    The styles and mechanisms of deformation associated with many variably dolomitized limestone shear systems are strongly controlled by strain partitioning between dolomite and calcite. Here, we present experimental results from the deformation of four composite materials designed to address the role of dolomite on the strength of limestone. Composites were synthesized by hot isostatic pressing mixtures of dolomite (Dm) and calcite powders (% Dm: 25%-Dm, 35%-Dm, 51%-Dm, and 75%-Dm). In all composites, calcite is finer grained than dolomite. The synthesized materials were deformed in torsion at constant strain rate (3 × 10-4 and 1 × 10-4 s-1), high effective pressure (262 MPa), and high temperature (750 °C) to variable finite shear strains. Mechanical data show an increase in yield strength with increasing dolomite content. Composites with <75% dolomite (the remaining being calcite), accommodate significant shear strain at much lower shear stresses than pure dolomite but have significantly higher yield strengths than anticipated for 100% calcite. The microstructure of the fine-grained calcite suggests grain boundary sliding, accommodated by diffusion creep and dislocation glide. At low dolomite concentrations (i.e. 25%), the presence of coarse-grained dolomite in a micritic calcite matrix has a profound effect on the strength of composite materials as dolomite grains inhibit the superplastic flow of calcite aggregates. In high (>50%) dolomite content samples, the addition of 25% fine-grained calcite significantly weakens dolomite, such that strain can be partially localized along narrow ribbons of fine-grained calcite. Deformation of dolomite grains by shear fracture is observed; there is no intracrystalline deformation in dolomite irrespective of its relative abundance and finite shear strain.

  8. Investigation on preparation and performance of spinel LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 with different microstructures for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Xue, Yuan; Wang, Zhenbo; Zheng, Lili; Yu, Fuda; Liu, Baosheng; Zhang, Yin; Ke, Ke

    2015-08-24

    The high voltage spinel LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 is a promising cathode material in next generation of lithium ion batteries. In this study, LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 with various particle microstructures are prepared by controlling the microstructures of precursors. LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 spinel samples with solid, hollow and hierarchical microstructures are prepared with solid MnCO3, hollow MnO2 and hierarchical Mn2O3 as precursor, respectively. The homemade spinel materials are investigated and the results show that the content of Mn(3+) and impurity phase differ much in these three spinel samples obtained under the same calcining and annealing conditions. It is revealed for the first time that an inhomogeneous migration of atoms may introduce Mn(3+) and impurity phase in the spinel. The hierarchical microstructure with the primary particles interconnected is optimal for electrode materials because this microstructure has a higher conductivity between the interconnected primary particles and appropriate specific surface area. LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 in this microstructure has the best rate capability and also the best long-term cycling stability.

  9. Investigation of microstructure and mechanical properties of Cu/ZnO nano composite produced by ARB process

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    Shahhoseyni, M.; Qods, F.

    2014-08-01

    In this study, ARB process was used to produce Cu/Nano ZnO composite and samples were subjected up to six ARB cycles. Microstructural and mechanical properties of the composite within different ARB cycles were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and tensile and micro hardness tests. The results showed that increasing the number of cycles, not only helped the distribution of reinforcing Nano-reinforcement in the matrix, but also improved the initial bonding strength, so that at final cycles, structural integration was achieved. Mechanical experiments also showed that increasing the number of ARB cycles, increased yield and ultimate strengths as well as micro hardness. However, elongation decreased up to second cycle and then increased by later final cycles. SEM studies of the fracture surfaces after the tensile test showed that the fracture mechanism of the composite was shear ductile rupture.

  10. Investigation of mechanical properties based on grain growth and microstructure evolution of alumina ceramics during two step sintering process

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    Khan, U. A.; Hussain, A.; Shah, M.; Shuaib, M.; Qayyum, F.

    2016-08-01

    Alumina ceramics having small grain size and high density yield good mechanical properties, which are required in most mechanical applications. Two Step Sintering (TSS) is used to develop dense alumina ceramics. In this research work the effect of sintering temperatures on microstructure and density of the alumina specimens developed by using TSS has been investigated. It has been observed that TSS is more efficient in controlling grain growth and increasing the density as compared to One Step Sintering (OSS) of alumina. Scanning electron micrographs of sintered alumina specimens have been compared. It has been observed that TSS proves to be a better technique for increasing density and controlling grain growth of alumina ceramics than OSS. More relative density, hardness, fracture toughness and small grain size was achieved by using TSS over OSS technique.

  11. Component selection in time-resolved magneto-optical wide-field imaging for the investigation of magnetic microstructures

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    Holländer, Rasmus B.; Müller, Cai; Lohmann, Mathis; Mozooni, Babak; McCord, Jeffrey

    2017-06-01

    We report on a component-selective and vectorial magneto-optical imaging setup for the visualization of magnetization processes with picosecond temporal resolution. The stable imaging setup is suitable for the investigation of high excitation frequency magnetization dynamics, including domain wall motion, precession of magnetization, and spin-waves. The orthogonally aligned in-plane and out-of-plane components of magnetization are separated by untangling the superpositioned longitudinal and polar magneto-optical effects. Combining images obtained with varying plane and angle of incidence of illumination allow for the quantitative and time-dependent extraction of the spatial magnetization response. The capabilities of the setup are demonstrated with the phase-locked imaging of spin precession and spin-waves in a structured Co40Fe40B20 thin film at the precessional frequency of the magnetic microstructure at 1.9 GHz.

  12. Modeling white matter microstructure

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    Duval, Tanguy; Stikov, Nikola; Cohen-Adad, Julien

    2016-01-01

    Summary Quantitative magnetic resonance imaging can be combined with advanced biophysical models to measure microstructural features of white matter. Non-invasive microstructural imaging has the potential to revolutionize neuroscience, and acquiring these measures in clinically feasible times would greatly improve patient monitoring and clinical studies of drug efficacy. However, a good understanding of microstructural imaging techniques is essential to set realistic expectations and to prevent over-interpretation of results. This review explains the methodology behind microstructural modeling and imaging, and gives an overview of the breakthroughs and challenges associated with it. PMID:28072382

  13. Mechanical properties and microstructure investigation of Sn-Ag-Cu lead free solder for electronic package applications

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    Wang, Qing

    While the electronics industry appears to be focusing on Sn-Ag-Cu as the alloy of choice for lead free electronics assembly, the exact composition varies by geographic region, supplier and user. Add to that dissolved copper and silver from the printed circuit board traces and surface finish, and there can be significant variation in the final solder joint composition. A systematic study of the mechanical and microstructural properties of Sn-Ag-Cu alloys with Ag varying from 2wt% to 4wt% and Cu varying from 0.5wt% to 1.5wt%, was investigated in this research study. Different sample preparation techniques (water quenched, oil quenched and water quenched followed by reflow) were explored and the resulting microstructure compared to that of a typical reflowed lead free chip scale package (CSP) solder joint. Tensile properties such as tensile strength, 0.2% yield strength and the ultimate tensile strength and creep behavior of selected alloy compositions (Sn-4Ag-1.5Cu, Sn-4Ag-0.5Cu, Sn-2Ag-1.5Cu, Sn-2Ag-0.5Cu, Sn-3.5Ag-0.8Cu) were performed for three conditions: as-cast; aged for 100 hours at 125°C; and aged for 250 hours at 125°C. The microstructures of these alloys were examined using light and scanning electron microscopy (LM and SEM) respectively and SEM based energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Fracture surface and cross-section analysis were performed on the specimens after creep testing. The creep testing results and the effect of high temperature aging on mechanical properties will also be presented for the oil quenched samples. A hyperbolic-sine creep model was adopted and used to fit the creep experiment data. The effect of adding the quaternary element bismuth to the Sn-3.5Ag-0.8Cu alloy on the mechanical properties was measured and compared with the mechanical properties of the ternary alloys. The results of this research study provide necessary data for the modeling of solder joint reliability for a range of Sn-Ag-Cu compositions and a baseline

  14. X-Ray Microspectroscopic Investigations of Remote Aerosol Composition and Changes in Aerosol Microstructure and Phase State upon Hydration

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    Andreae, M. O.; Artaxo, P.; Bechtel, M.; Förster, J. D.; Kilcoyne, A. L. D.; Krüger, M. L.; Pöhlker, C.; Saturno, J.; Weigand, M.; Wiedemann, K. T.

    2014-12-01

    Atmospheric aerosols play a crucial role in the Earth's climate system and hydrological cycle by scattering and absorbing sunlight and affecting the formation and development of clouds and precipitation. Our research focuses on aerosols in remote regions, in order to characterize the properties and sources of natural aerosol particles and the extent of human perturbations of the aerosol burden. The phase and mixing state of atmospheric aerosols, and particularly their hygroscopic response to relative humidity (RH) variations, is a central determinant of their atmospheric life cycle and impacts. We present an investigation using X-ray microspectroscopy on submicrometer aerosols under variable RH conditions, showing in situ changes in morphology, microstructure, and phase state upon humidity cycling. We applied Scanning Transmission X-ray Microscopy with Near-Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure spectroscopy (STXM-NEXAFS) under variable RH conditions to standard aerosols for a validation of the experimental approach and to internally mixed aerosol particles from the Amazonian rain forest collected during periods with anthropogenic pollution. The measurements were conducted at X-ray microscopes at the synchrotron facilities Advanced Light Source (ALS) in Berkeley, USA, and BESSY II in Berlin, Germany. Upon hydration, we observed substantial and reproducible changes in microstructure of the Amazonian particles (internal mixture of secondary organic material, ammoniated sulfate, and soot), which appear as mainly driven by efflorescence and recrystallization of sulfate salts. Multiple solid and liquid phases were found to coexist, especially in intermediate humidity regimes (60-80% RH). This shows that X-ray microspectroscopy under variable RH is a valuable technique to analyze the hygroscopic response of individual ambient aerosol particles. Our initial results underline that RH changes can trigger strong particle restructuring, in agreement with previous studies on

  15. Study of Radiographic Linear Indications and Subsequent Microstructural Features in Gas Tungsten Arc Welds of Inconel 718

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    Walley, J. L.; Nunes, A. C.; Clounch, J. L.; Russell, C. K.

    2007-01-01

    This study presents examples and considerations for differentiating linear radiographic indications produced by gas tungsten arc welds in a 0.05-in-thick sheet of Inconel 718. A series of welds with different structural features, including the enigma indications and other defect indications such as lack of fusion and penetration, were produced, radiographed, and examined metallographically. The enigma indications were produced by a large columnar grain running along the center of the weld nugget occurring when the weld speed was reduced sufficiently below nominal. Examples of respective indications, including the effect of changing the x-ray source location, are presented as an aid to differentiation. Enigma, nominal, and hot-weld specimens were tensile tested to demonstrate the harmlessness of the enigma indication. Statistical analysis showed that there is no difference between the strengths of these three weld conditions.

  16. Microstructural investigations on carbonate fault core rocks in active extensional fault zones from the central Apennines (Italy)

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    Cortinovis, Silvia; Balsamo, Fabrizio; Storti, Fabrizio

    2017-04-01

    The study of the microstructural and petrophysical evolution of cataclasites and gouges has a fundamental impact on both hydraulic and frictional properties of fault zones. In the last decades, growing attention has been payed to the characterization of carbonate fault core rocks due to the nucleation and propagation of coseismic ruptures in carbonate successions (e.g., Umbria-Marche 1997, L'Aquila 2009, Amatrice 2016 earthquakes in Central Apennines, Italy). Among several physical parameters, grain size and shape in fault core rocks are expected to control the way of sliding along the slip surfaces in active fault zones, thus influencing the propagation of coseismic ruptures during earthquakes. Nevertheless, the role of grain size and shape distribution evolution in controlling the weakening or strengthening behavior in seismogenic fault zones is still not fully understood also because a comprehensive database from natural fault cores is still missing. In this contribution, we present a preliminary study of seismogenic extensional fault zones in Central Apennines by combining detailed filed mapping with grain size and microstructural analysis of fault core rocks. Field mapping was aimed to describe the structural architecture of fault systems and the along-strike fault rock distribution and fracturing variations. In the laboratory we used a Malvern Mastersizer 3000 granulometer to obtain a precise grain size characterization of loose fault rocks combined with sieving for coarser size classes. In addition, we employed image analysis on thin sections to quantify the grain shape and size in cemented fault core rocks. The studied fault zones consist of an up to 5-10 m-thick fault core where most of slip is accommodated, surrounded by a tens-of-meters wide fractured damage zone. Fault core rocks consist of (1) loose to partially cemented breccias characterized by different grain size (from several cm up to mm) and variable grain shape (from very angular to sub

  17. Learning through Feature Prediction: An Initial Investigation into Teaching Categories to Children with Autism through Predicting Missing Features

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    Sweller, Naomi

    2015-01-01

    Individuals with autism have difficulty generalising information from one situation to another, a process that requires the learning of categories and concepts. Category information may be learned through: (1) classifying items into categories, or (2) predicting missing features of category items. Predicting missing features has to this point been…

  18. Learning through Feature Prediction: An Initial Investigation into Teaching Categories to Children with Autism through Predicting Missing Features

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    Sweller, Naomi

    2015-01-01

    Individuals with autism have difficulty generalising information from one situation to another, a process that requires the learning of categories and concepts. Category information may be learned through: (1) classifying items into categories, or (2) predicting missing features of category items. Predicting missing features has to this point been…

  19. Investigation of cellular microstructure and enhanced coercivity in sputtered Sm{sub 2}(CoCuFeZr){sub 17} film

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    Bhatt, Ranu Schütz, G.; Bhatt, Pramod

    2014-03-14

    We have investigated the effect of annealing temperature on the microstructure and magnetic properties of Sm{sub 2}(CoCuFeZr){sub 17} films prepared using ion beam sputtering at room temperature. The as-deposited film shows randomly oriented polycrystalline grains and exhibits small coercivity (H{sub C}) of 0.04 T at room temperature. Post annealing of these films at 700 °C under Ar atmosphere shows significant changes in the microstructure transforming it to the development of cellular growth, concomitant with enhanced coercivity up to 1.3 T. The enhanced coercivity is explained using the domain wall pinning mechanism.

  20. Microstructural investigation using synchrotron radiation X-ray microtomography reveals taste-masking mechanism of acetaminophen microspheres.

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    Guo, Zhen; Yin, Xianzhen; Liu, Congbiao; Wu, Li; Zhu, Weifeng; Shao, Qun; York, Peter; Patterson, Laurence; Zhang, Jiwen

    2016-02-29

    The structure of solid drug delivery systems has considerable influence on drug release behaviors from particles and granules and also impacts other properties relevant to release characteristics such as taste. In this study, lipid-based microspheres of acetaminophen were prepared to mask the undesirable taste of drug and therefore to identify the optimal formulation for drug release. Synchrotron radiation X-ray computed microtomography (SR-μCT) was used to investigate the fine structural architectures of microspheres non-destructively at different sampling times during drug release test, which were simultaneously determined to quantitatively correlate the structural data with drug release behaviors. The results demonstrated that the polymeric formulation component, namely, cationic polymethacrylate (Eudragit E100), was the key factor to mask the bitter taste of acetaminophen by inhibiting immediate drug release thereby reducing the interaction intensity of the bitter material with the oral cavity taste buds. The structure and morphology of the microspheres were found to be influenced by the shape and particle size of the drug, which was also an important factor for taste-masking performance. The quantitative analysis generated detailed structural information which was correlated well with drug release behaviors. Thus, SR-μCT has been proved as a powerful tool to investigate the fine microstructure of particles and provides a new approach in the design of particles for taste masking. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Glancing angle deposition of SiO{sub 2} thin film microstructures: Investigations of optical and morphological properties

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    Tokas, R. B. E-mail: tokasstar@gmail.com; Jena, S. E-mail: tokasstar@gmail.com; Sarkar, P. E-mail: tokasstar@gmail.com; Thakur, S. E-mail: tokasstar@gmail.com; Sahoo, N. K. E-mail: tokasstar@gmail.com

    2014-04-24

    In present work, the optical and the morphological properties of micro-structured SiO{sub 2} thin films fabricated by using glancing angle deposition (GLAD) technique has been carried out. The results are compared with the normally deposited SiO{sub 2} films for the gained advantages. The influence of the glancing angle on the refractive index of porous SiO{sub 2} film was investigated by the spectral transmission measurement in 400–950 nm wavelength regimes. The refractive index has been found to be 1.14@532 nm for the porous SiO{sub 2} film deposited at a glancing angle of 85°. The density and surface qualities of these samples were primarily investigated by using grazing angle X-ray reflectivity (GIXR) and atomic force microscope (AFM) measurements. Results indicate a substantial decrease in film density and refractive index and increase in surface roughness and grain size for GLAD SiO{sub 2} compared to normally deposited SiO{sub 2} films.

  2. Numerical Investigation for the Microstructural Effects on the Crack Growth Behavior of Particulate Composite Materials

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    2006-07-26

    When the damage constitutive law is adopted in an analysis, we perform an incremental analysis, just like the case of elastoplasticity (see Okada...isotropic elastoplasticity . 2.4 Some other issues associated with the damage constitutive law-initiation of nonlinear deformation Material...ABSTRACT In present investigation, analyses for the damage evolution behavior of particulate composite materials by using the finite element method

  3. Metal-Semiconductor Reaction Phenomena and Microstructural Investigations of Laser Induced Regrowth of Silicon on Insulators.

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    1982-01-01

    VAN DER PAUW TECHNIQUE ... ........... . 39 11. BRIGHT-FIELD TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROGRAPH SHOWING FORMATION OF As2 Sn 3 PLOTS ... ........... .. 40...Electrical Characterisitcs To further investigate the quality of the Si film, we prepared samples for Hall effect measurements in a Van der Pauw configuration...C, was obtained. A series of 1, 3 and 5 scan frames were performed with the double layer "source-cap" remaining on the substrate. A Van der Pauw luchnique

  4. Surface Microstructure of Mo(C)N Coatings Investigated by AFM

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    Kuznetsova, T.; Zubar, T.; Chizhik, S.; Gilewicz, A.; Lupicka, O.; Warcholinski, B.

    2016-12-01

    MoCN coatings have been formed by cathodic arc evaporation using the mixture of acetylene and nitrogen and pure molybdenum target. The surface structure, in conjunction with x-ray data, was analyzed by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The AFM results show differently shaped grain forms on the surface of coatings investigated. The increase in carbon in chemical coatings composition results in the reduction in surface grain size and the increase in roughness of the coatings.

  5. Investigation of autistic features among individuals with mild to moderate Cornelia de Lange syndrome.

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    Nakanishi, Mariko; Deardorff, Matthew A; Clark, Dinah; Levy, Susan E; Krantz, Ian; Pipan, Mary

    2012-08-01

    Cornelia de Lange syndrome (CdLS) is a congenital disorder characterized by distinctive facial features, growth retardation, limb abnormalities, intellectual disability, and behavioral problems. Autism has been reported to occur frequently in CdLS, but the frequency of autism in individuals with the milder CdLS phenotype is not well studied. We investigated autistic features by using a screening tool and a diagnostic interview in 49 individuals with the mild to moderate phenotype from a CdLS research database at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ), a screening instrument for autistic disorder, was completed for all individuals. For individuals who screened positive and a subset of those that screened negative, the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) was administered. Autistic symptom severity was not significantly different by gender, age groups, and genotypes. There was a significant correlation between higher levels of adaptive functioning and lower scores of autistic symptoms. The estimated prevalence of significant autistic features by ADI-R criteria was 43% in our cohort of individuals with the mild to moderate CdLS phenotype, which suggests that prevalence of autistic disorder may be higher than previously described among individuals with mild to moderate phenotype of CdLS. Clinicians who take care of individuals with CdLS should have a high index of suspicion for autistic features, and refer for further evaluation when these features are present in order to expedite appropriate intervention.

  6. Semantic Feature Training for the Treatment of Anomia in Alzheimer Disease: A Preliminary Investigation.

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    Flanagan, Kieran J; Copland, David A; van Hees, Sophia; Byrne, Gerard J; Angwin, Anthony J

    2016-03-01

    This is a preliminary investigation into the effectiveness of semantic feature training for the treatment of anomia in Alzheimer disease (AD). Anomia is a common clinical characteristic of AD. It is widely held that anomia in AD is caused by the combination of cognitive deficits and progressive loss of semantic feature information. Therapy that aims to help participants relearn or retain semantic features should, therefore, help treat anomia in AD. Two men with AD and one man with progressive nonfluent aphasia received 10 treatment sessions focused on relearning the names of 20 animals and 20 fruits. Within each category, half of the items were of high and half were of low typicality. We individualized treatment items to each participant, using items that each had not named correctly at baseline. Treatment sessions consisted of naming, category sorting, and semantic feature verification tasks. Both participants with AD showed post-treatment improvements in naming, and one maintained the treatment effects at 6-week follow-up. The semantic category of the treatment items influenced post-treatment outcomes, but typicality did not. In contrast to the participants with AD, the man with progressive nonfluent aphasia had no improvement in naming ability. Our results suggest the potential viability of semantic feature training to treat anomia in AD and, therefore, the need for further research.

  7. Contactless electromodulation investigations of surface/interface electric fields in semiconductor microstructures

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    Pollak, F.H.

    1993-07-01

    This article reviews some recent experiments using contactless electromodulation techniques, i.e., photoreflectance and contactless electroreflectance, to investigate the surface/interface electric fields in (a) pseudomorphic GaAlAs/InGaAs/GaAs modulation-doped quantum well structures (including the determination of the two-dimensional electron gas density) and (b) Fermi-level pinning on n- and p-type GaAs (001) surfaces. Evidence for the reduced surface state density on p-type material will be presented from both prior and new experiments. 25 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  8. Microstructure, calorimetric and dielectric investigation of hafnium doped barium titanate ceramics

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    Garbarz-Glos, B.; Bąk, W.; Molak, A.; Kalvane, A.

    2013-09-01

    Ferroelectric properties of BaTi1- x Hf x O3 ceramics with Hf content x = 0, 0.001, and 0.025 were examined. It was found that the substitution of Hf4+ for Ti4+ in BaTiO3 resulted in shifting the two low-temperature transitions (T 1, T 2) of the investigated samples to higher temperatures and decreasing the tetragonal-cubic phase transition temperature (T c). This is a well-known pinching effect. Thermal parameters of the transitions, such as the enthalpy ΔH and the entropy ΔS, were also estimated and discussed.

  9. Computational investigation of the microstructural characteristics and physical properties of glycerol-based deep eutectic solvents.

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    Aissaoui, Tayeb; Benguerba, Yacine; AlOmar, Mohamed Khalid; AlNashef, Inas M

    2017-09-14

    Recently, there has been significant interest in the possibility of using deep eutectic solvents (DESs) as novel green media and alternatives to conventional solvents and ionic liquids (ILs) in many applications. Due to their attractive properties, such as their biodegradability, low cost, easy preparation, and nontoxicity, DESs appear to be very promising solvents for use in the field of green chemistry. This computational study investigated six glycerol-based DESs: DES1 (glycerol:methyl triphenyl phosphonium bromide), DES2 (glycerol:benzyl triphenyl phosphonium chloride), DES3 (glycerol:allyl triphenyl phosphonium bromide), DES4 (glycerol:choline chloride), DES5 (glycerol:N,N-diethylethanolammonium chloride), and DES6 (glycerol:tetra-n-butylammonium bromide). The chemical structures and combination mechanisms as well as the sigma profiles and sigma potentials of the studied DESs were explored in detail. Moreover, density, viscosity, vapor pressure, and IR analytical data were predicted and compared with the corresponding experimental values reported in the literature for these DESs. To achieve these goals, the conductor-like screening model for realistic solvents (COSMO-RS) and the Amsterdam Density Functional (ADF) software package were used. The predicted results were found to be in good agreement with the corresponding experimental values reported in the literature. Further theoretical investigations are needed to confirm the experimental results-regarding both properties and applications-reported for these DESs.

  10. Investigation of bulk laser damage in transparent YAG ceramics controlled with microstructural refinement

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    Kamimura, T.; Kawaguchi, Y.; Arii, T.; Shirai, W.; Mikami, T.; Okamoto, T.; Aung, Yan Lin; Ikesue, A.

    2008-10-01

    We have investigated a relationship among the bulk laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) and YAG ceramics with various structural defects. The correlation of scattering defect density and laser damage resistance was clearly observed. A high-quality YAG ceramic having a low-scattering density showed a higher LIDT than that of a low-quality YAG ceramic. Laser damage threshold (LIDT) of high-quality YAG ceramic was almost the same as that of a single crystal. In addition, the high-quality Nd:YAG ceramics with low-defect density showed an excellent oscillation efficiency which was comparable to that of a single crystal. Thus, high-quality YAG ceramic with low-defect density is more reliable as a material which is highly resistant to laser damage.

  11. Associations between white matter microstructure and amyloid burden in preclinical Alzheimer's disease: A multimodal imaging investigation.

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    Racine, Annie M; Adluru, Nagesh; Alexander, Andrew L; Christian, Bradley T; Okonkwo, Ozioma C; Oh, Jennifer; Cleary, Caitlin A; Birdsill, Alex; Hillmer, Ansel T; Murali, Dhanabalan; Barnhart, Todd E; Gallagher, Catherine L; Carlsson, Cynthia M; Rowley, Howard A; Dowling, N Maritza; Asthana, Sanjay; Sager, Mark A; Bendlin, Barbara B; Johnson, Sterling C

    2014-01-01

    Some cognitively healthy individuals develop brain amyloid accumulation, suggestive of incipient Alzheimer's disease (AD), but the effect of amyloid on other potentially informative imaging modalities, such as Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), in characterizing brain changes in preclinical AD requires further exploration. In this study, a sample (N = 139, mean age 60.6, range 46 to 71) from the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer's Prevention (WRAP), a cohort enriched for AD risk factors, was recruited for a multimodal imaging investigation that included DTI and [C-11]Pittsburgh Compound B (PiB) positron emission tomography (PET). Participants were grouped as amyloid positive (Aβ+), amyloid indeterminate (Aβi), or amyloid negative (Aβ-) based on the amount and pattern of amyloid deposition. Regional voxel-wise analyses of four DTI metrics, fractional anisotropy (FA), mean diffusivity (MD), axial diffusivity (Da), and radial diffusivity (Dr), were performed based on amyloid grouping. Three regions of interest (ROIs), the cingulum adjacent to the corpus callosum, hippocampal cingulum, and lateral fornix, were selected based on their involvement in the early stages of AD. Voxel-wise analysis revealed higher FA among Aβ+ compared to Aβ- in all three ROIs and in Aβi compared to Aβ- in the cingulum adjacent to the corpus callosum. Follow-up exploratory whole-brain analyses were consistent with the ROI findings, revealing multiple regions where higher FA was associated with greater amyloid. Lower fronto-lateral gray matter MD was associated with higher amyloid burden. Further investigation showed a negative correlation between MD and PiB signal, suggesting that Aβ accumulation impairs diffusion. Interestingly, these findings in a largely presymptomatic sample are in contradistinction to relationships reported in the literature in symptomatic disease stages of Mild Cognitive Impairment and AD, which usually show higher MD and lower FA. Together with analyses showing

  12. Associations between white matter microstructure and amyloid burden in preclinical Alzheimer's disease: A multimodal imaging investigation

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    Racine, Annie M.; Adluru, Nagesh; Alexander, Andrew L.; Christian, Bradley T.; Okonkwo, Ozioma C.; Oh, Jennifer; Cleary, Caitlin A.; Birdsill, Alex; Hillmer, Ansel T.; Murali, Dhanabalan; Barnhart, Todd E.; Gallagher, Catherine L.; Carlsson, Cynthia M.; Rowley, Howard A.; Dowling, N. Maritza; Asthana, Sanjay; Sager, Mark A.; Bendlin, Barbara B.; Johnson, Sterling C.

    2014-01-01

    Some cognitively healthy individuals develop brain amyloid accumulation, suggestive of incipient Alzheimer's disease (AD), but the effect of amyloid on other potentially informative imaging modalities, such as Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), in characterizing brain changes in preclinical AD requires further exploration. In this study, a sample (N = 139, mean age 60.6, range 46 to 71) from the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer's Prevention (WRAP), a cohort enriched for AD risk factors, was recruited for a multimodal imaging investigation that included DTI and [C-11]Pittsburgh Compound B (PiB) positron emission tomography (PET). Participants were grouped as amyloid positive (Aβ+), amyloid indeterminate (Aβi), or amyloid negative (Aβ−) based on the amount and pattern of amyloid deposition. Regional voxel-wise analyses of four DTI metrics, fractional anisotropy (FA), mean diffusivity (MD), axial diffusivity (Da), and radial diffusivity (Dr), were performed based on amyloid grouping. Three regions of interest (ROIs), the cingulum adjacent to the corpus callosum, hippocampal cingulum, and lateral fornix, were selected based on their involvement in the early stages of AD. Voxel-wise analysis revealed higher FA among Aβ+ compared to Aβ− in all three ROIs and in Aβi compared to Aβ− in the cingulum adjacent to the corpus callosum. Follow-up exploratory whole-brain analyses were consistent with the ROI findings, revealing multiple regions where higher FA was associated with greater amyloid. Lower fronto-lateral gray matter MD was associated with higher amyloid burden. Further investigation showed a negative correlation between MD and PiB signal, suggesting that Aβ accumulation impairs diffusion. Interestingly, these findings in a largely presymptomatic sample are in contradistinction to relationships reported in the literature in symptomatic disease stages of Mild Cognitive Impairment and AD, which usually show higher MD and lower FA. Together with analyses

  13. Microstructure investigations of hcp phase CoPt thin films with high coercivity

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    Yang, Y.; Varghese, B.; Tan, H. K.; Wong, S. K.; Piramanayagam, S. N.

    2014-02-28

    CoPt films have been grown in the past with a high anisotropy in L1{sub 1} or L1{sub 0} phase, and a high coercivity is observed only in L1{sub 0} CoPt films. Recently, we have grown CoPt films which exhibited a high coercivity without exhibiting an ordered phase. In this study, high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) investigations have been carried out to understand the strong thickness and deposition pressure dependent magnetic properties. HRTEM studies revealed the formation of an initial growth layer in a metastable hexagonal (hcp) CoPt with high anisotropy. This phase is believed to be aided by the heteroepitaxial growth on Ru as well as the formation of Ru-doped CoPt phase. As the films grew thicker, transformation from hcp phase to an energetically favourable face-centered cubic (fcc) phase was observed. Stacking faults were found predominantly at the hcp-fcc transformation region of the CoPt film. The higher coercivity of thinner CoPt film is attributed to relatively less fcc fraction, less stacking faults, and to the isolated grain structure of these films compared to the thicker films.

  14. Investigation of ice-assisted sonication on the microstructure and chemical quality of Ganoderma lucidum spores.

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    Zhao, Ding; Chang, Ming-Wei; Li, Jing-Song; Suen, William; Huang, Jie

    2014-11-01

    Ganoderma lucidum spores (GLS) are well known for disease treatment and vitality enhancement, and have been shown to contain a variety of bioactive components, such as polysaccharides and triterpenes. However, the resilient bilayer sporoderm structure of GLS restricts the release of bioactive components and limits its complete pharmacological effects. The current study was aimed to improve the quality of GLS by means of a customized sonication technique, particularly, the effect of sonication processing parameters on GLS-breaking efficiencies was investigated. Significant morphological changes, such as cracked, fractured, and disintegrated GLS were observed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) after sonication treatment. The performance for breaking GLS sporoderm was obtained at ultrasonic power density of 23.7 W/cm(2) , duty cycle 100%, and 90-min processing time. Through the combination of sonication in an ice bath, sporoderm breaking efficiency can be further increased from 45% to almost 75%. FTIR analysis revealed an increase in bioactive components of polysaccharide, protein, and fatty acid from the sonication processed GLS when compared to ground spores available commercially. The current results indicated that the ice bath combined sonication method is more effective in delivering GLS ingredients and could be an economic technique for the production of high-quality broken sporoderm GLS.

  15. Investigation on Strength Development in RBI Grade 81 Stabilized Serian Soil with Microstructural Considerations

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    Taib, S. N. L.; Striprabu, S.; Ahmad, F.; Charmaine, H. J.; Patricia, N. E.

    2016-07-01

    The aim of the research is to investigate the strength development of stabilised local Serian soil with RBI Grade 81 a chemical additive to enhance soil properties in term of strength. Serian is a town which is located about 60 km from Kuching city where the soil was chosen to be treated in this study. The soil sample was mixed with 2%, 6% and 8% of RBI Grade 81 by weight of dry soil and added with water at optimum water content (OWC) to replicate field site conditions. The modified samples were cured in ambient air for 7, 14, and 28 days. Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) was utilized to analyze surface morphology of the stabilized soil specifically on the formation of bonding between soils and RBI 81 particles. The experimental results show the highest average peak UCS strength achieved was 1071.6 kN/m2 at 14 day curing period with 8% of RBI Grade 81 which is higher than the untreated control sample which was 179.946 kN/m2, showing increment by almost six folds. Hence the RBI 81 stabilization technique enhances the local soil structure by improving the inter-cluster bonding, reducing pore spaces in the soil and subsequently increasing the soil's strength.

  16. Kinetics and Microstructural Investigation of High-Temperature Oxidation of IN-738LC Super Alloy

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    Hamidi, S.; Rahimipour, M. R.; Eshraghi, M. J.; Hadavi, S. M. M.; Esfahani, H.

    2017-02-01

    The present study was carried out to investigate the kinetics and the surface chemistry of the oxide layers formed on the IN-738LC super alloy during high-temperature oxidation at 950 °C in air from 1 to 260 h. Oxidation kinetics were studied by mass gain measurement. The oxide layers were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscope, elemental distribution map, energy-dispersive spectroscopy as well as x-ray diffractometry (XRD). The oxidation kinetics followed the parabolic law. The XRD analysis revealed that the oxide scale contained mainly NiO, Ni (Cr, Al)2O4, Al2O3, TiO2 and Cr2O3. The oxide structure, from the top surface down to the substrate, was clarified by elemental map distribution studies as Ni-Ti oxides, Cr-Ti oxides, Cr2O3 oxide band, Ni-Co-Cr-W oxide and finally a blocky Al2O3 region. The oxidation scales were composed of three distinct layers of the outer and mid layers enriched by TiO2 and Cr2O3, NiCr2O4 oxide, respectively, and the innermost layer was composed of Al2O3 and matrix alloy. The depleted gamma prime layer was formed under the oxidation scales due to the impoverishment of Al and Ti which were induced by the formation of Al2O3 and TiO2.

  17. Kinetics and Microstructural Investigation of High-Temperature Oxidation of IN-738LC Super Alloy

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    Hamidi, S.; Rahimipour, M. R.; Eshraghi, M. J.; Hadavi, S. M. M.; Esfahani, H.

    2016-12-01

    The present study was carried out to investigate the kinetics and the surface chemistry of the oxide layers formed on the IN-738LC super alloy during high-temperature oxidation at 950 °C in air from 1 to 260 h. Oxidation kinetics were studied by mass gain measurement. The oxide layers were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscope, elemental distribution map, energy-dispersive spectroscopy as well as x-ray diffractometry (XRD). The oxidation kinetics followed the parabolic law. The XRD analysis revealed that the oxide scale contained mainly NiO, Ni (Cr, Al)2O4, Al2O3, TiO2 and Cr2O3. The oxide structure, from the top surface down to the substrate, was clarified by elemental map distribution studies as Ni-Ti oxides, Cr-Ti oxides, Cr2O3 oxide band, Ni-Co-Cr-W oxide and finally a blocky Al2O3 region. The oxidation scales were composed of three distinct layers of the outer and mid layers enriched by TiO2 and Cr2O3, NiCr2O4 oxide, respectively, and the innermost layer was composed of Al2O3 and matrix alloy. The depleted gamma prime layer was formed under the oxidation scales due to the impoverishment of Al and Ti which were induced by the formation of Al2O3 and TiO2.

  18. Investigation of the Mechanical Properties and Microstructure of Graphene Nanoplatelet-Cement Composite

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    Wang, Baomin; Jiang, Ruishuang; Wu, Zhenlin

    2016-01-01

    In this work, graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) were dispersed uniformly in aqueous solution using methylcellulose (MC) as a dispersing agent via ultrasonic processing. Homogenous GNP suspensions were incorporated into the cement matrix to investigate the effect of GNPs on the mechanical behavior of cement paste. The optimum concentration ratio of GNPs to MC was confirmed as 1:7 by ultraviolet visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis), and the optical microscope and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images displayed remarkable dispersing performance. The GNP–cement composite exhibited better mechanical properties with the help of surface-modified GNPs. The flexural strength of cement paste increased up to 15%–24% with 0.05 wt % GNPs (by weight of cement). Meanwhile, the compressive strength of the GNP–cement composite increased up to 3%–8%. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) and thermal analysis (TG/DTG) demonstrated that the GNPs could accelerate the degree of hydration and increase the amount of hydration products, especially at an early age. Meanwhile, the lower porosity and finer pore size distribution of GNP–cement composite were detected by mercury intrusion porosimetry (MIP). In addition, scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis showed the introduction of GNPs could impede the development of cracks and preserve the completeness of the matrix through the plicate morphology and tortuous behavior of GNPs. PMID:28335328

  19. An Investigation of the Microstructure of an Intermetallic Layer in Welding Aluminum Alloys to Steel by MIG Process

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    Nguyen, Quoc Manh; Huang, Shyh-Chour

    2015-01-01

    Butt joints of A5052 aluminum alloy and SS400 steel, with a new type of chamfered edge, are welded by means of metal inert gas welding and ER4043 Al-Si filler metal. The microhardness and microstructure of the joint are investigated. An intermetallic layer is found on the surface of the welding seam and SS400 steel sheet. The hardness of the intermetallic layer is examined using the Vickers hardness test. The average hardness values at the Intermetallic (IMC) layer zone and without the IMC layer zone were higher than that of the welding wire ER4043. The tensile strength test showed a fracture at the intermetallic layer when the tensile strength is 225.9 MPa. The tensile value test indicated the average of welds was equivalent to the 85% tensile strength of the A5052 aluminum alloy. The thickness of the intermetallic layers is non-uniform at different positions with the ranges from 1.95 to 5 μm. The quality of the butt joint is better if the intermetallic layer is minimized. The Si crystals which appeared at the welding seam, indicating that this element participated actively during the welding process, also contributed to the IMC layer’s formation. PMID:28793708

  20. An Investigation of the Microstructure of an Intermetallic Layer in Welding Aluminum Alloys to Steel by MIG Process.

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    Nguyen, Quoc Manh; Huang, Shyh-Chour

    2015-12-02

    Butt joints of A5052 aluminum alloy and SS400 steel, with a new type of chamfered edge, are welded by means of metal inert gas welding and ER4043 Al-Si filler metal. The microhardness and microstructure of the joint are investigated. An intermetallic layer is found on the surface of the welding seam and SS400 steel sheet. The hardness of the intermetallic layer is examined using the Vickers hardness test. The average hardness values at the Intermetallic (IMC) layer zone and without the IMC layer zone were higher than that of the welding wire ER4043. The tensile strength test showed a fracture at the intermetallic layer when the tensile strength is 225.9 MPa. The tensile value test indicated the average of welds was equivalent to the 85% tensile strength of the A5052 aluminum alloy. The thickness of the intermetallic layers is non-uniform at different positions with the ranges from 1.95 to 5 μm. The quality of the butt joint is better if the intermetallic layer is minimized. The Si crystals which appeared at the welding seam, indicating that this element participated actively during the welding process, also contributed to the IMC layer's formation.

  1. Investigations on the structural, microstructural, dielectric, ferroelectric, and leakage characteristics of sol-gel derived lanthanum modified lead titanate systems

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    Srinivasan, Bhaskar

    properties of these films were investigated. The observed variation of band-gap energy and other optical properties with La doping has been correlated with the observed microstructure of these films. The dielectric properties of PLT thin films were studied in the temperature range 80--700 K and frequencies (1kHz--1MHz). Results indicate that PLT films undergo normal-to-relaxor ferroelectric transformation with 30 at% La content in PLT films. The observed behavior is evaluated in terms of diffuseness and Vogel-Fulcher relationship, typical for relaxor ferroelectrics. Novel Graded heterostructure films were synthesized by sol-gel technique on platinum substrates exhibited relatively higher values of Pm and Pr (69 and 38 muC/cm 2, respectively) and excellent dielectric properties with lower loss (K = 1900, tandelta = 0.035 at 100 kHz). The ac electric field dependence of the permittivity at sub-switching fields was analyzed in the framework of the Rayleigh dynamics of domain walls.

  2. Abiotic hydrogen production in fresh and altered MSWI-residues: texture and microstructure investigation.

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    Heuss-Assbichler, S; Magel, G; Fehr, K T

    2010-10-01

    Long-term hydrogen generation was observed in a Bavarian mono-landfill for municipal solid waste incineration (MSWI) residues. Hydration reactions of non-noble metals, especially aluminum, predominantly produce hydrogen at alkaline reaction conditions. Microscopic investigations show that aluminum metal may occur in different forms: as larger single grains, as small particles embedded in a vitrified matrix or less frequently in blowholes together with metallic silica. Four types of corrosion texture were observed, indicating different reaction mechanisms: aluminum hydroxide rims caused by hydration reactions at alkaline reaction conditions (reaction type 1) and multiphase rims with ettringite and hydrocalumite due to the reaction of aluminum hydroxide with sulfate and chloride ions which are solved in the pore water (reaction type 2). Galvanic corrosion textures due to the electric potential difference between aluminum and embedded intermetallic Fe- or Cu-rich exsolution phases lead to two further corrosion textures: Strong hydration effects of aluminum except a border of aluminum remnant directly beside the Fe- or Cu-rich segregations were only observed in fresh samples (reaction type 3). The reaction type 4 shows a network of Al-hydroxide veins occurring along the embedded intermetallic Fe- or Cu-rich exsolution segregation pattern within the metallic aluminum grain. Metal particles enclosed in vitrified particles offers the potential for future corrosion processes. The occurrence of corrosion types 1, 2 and 3 in fresh bottom ashes indicates that these reaction mechanisms predominate during the first reaction period in the presence of chlorine in an alkaline solution. Corrosion type 4, however, was additionally observed in aged samples. Here aluminum acts as sacrificed anode implying electrochemical reaction due to electrolytic pore water. Chloride in the system keeps the reaction alive as Al-hydroxide is solved which normally builds a protection shield around

  3. Three-dimensional microstructural characterization of bulk plutonium and uranium metals using focused ion beam technique

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    Chung, Brandon W.; Erler, Robert G.; Teslich, Nick E.

    2016-03-03

    Nuclear forensics requires accurate quantification of discriminating microstructural characteristics of the bulk nuclear material to identify its process history and provenance. Conventional metallographic preparation techniques for bulk plutonium (Pu) and uranium (U) metals are limited to providing information in two-dimension (2D) and do not allow for obtaining depth profile of the material. In this contribution, use of dual-beam focused ion-beam/scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM) to investigate the internal microstructure of bulk Pu and U metals is demonstrated. Our results demonstrate that the dual-beam methodology optimally elucidate microstructural features without preparation artifacts, and the three-dimensional (3D) characterization of inner microstructures can revealmore » salient microstructural features that cannot be observed from conventional metallographic techniques. As a result, examples are shown to demonstrate the benefit of FIB-SEM in improving microstructural characterization of microscopic inclusions, particularly with respect to nuclear forensics.« less

  4. Three-dimensional microstructural characterization of bulk plutonium and uranium metals using focused ion beam technique

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    Chung, Brandon W.; Erler, Robert G.; Teslich, Nick E.

    2016-03-03

    Nuclear forensics requires accurate quantification of discriminating microstructural characteristics of the bulk nuclear material to identify its process history and provenance. Conventional metallographic preparation techniques for bulk plutonium (Pu) and uranium (U) metals are limited to providing information in two-dimension (2D) and do not allow for obtaining depth profile of the material. In this contribution, use of dual-beam focused ion-beam/scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM) to investigate the internal microstructure of bulk Pu and U metals is demonstrated. Our results demonstrate that the dual-beam methodology optimally elucidate microstructural features without preparation artifacts, and the three-dimensional (3D) characterization of inner microstructures can reveal salient microstructural features that cannot be observed from conventional metallographic techniques. As a result, examples are shown to demonstrate the benefit of FIB-SEM in improving microstructural characterization of microscopic inclusions, particularly with respect to nuclear forensics.

  5. Three-dimensional microstructural characterization of bulk plutonium and uranium metals using focused ion beam technique

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    Chung, Brandon W.; Erler, Robert G.; Teslich, Nick E.

    2016-05-01

    Nuclear forensics requires accurate quantification of discriminating microstructural characteristics of the bulk nuclear material to identify its process history and provenance. Conventional metallographic preparation techniques for bulk plutonium (Pu) and uranium (U) metals are limited to providing information in two-dimension (2D) and do not allow for obtaining depth profile of the material. In this contribution, use of dual-beam focused ion-beam/scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM) to investigate the internal microstructure of bulk Pu and U metals is demonstrated. Our results demonstrate that the dual-beam methodology optimally elucidate microstructural features without preparation artifacts, and the three-dimensional (3D) characterization of inner microstructures can reveal salient microstructural features that cannot be observed from conventional metallographic techniques. Examples are shown to demonstrate the benefit of FIB-SEM in improving microstructural characterization of microscopic inclusions, particularly with respect to nuclear forensics.

  6. Investigations on the 1.7 micron residual absorption feature in the vegetation reflection spectrum

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    Verdebout, J.; Jacquemoud, S.; Andreoli, G.; Hosgood, B.; Sieber, A.

    1993-01-01

    The detection and interpretation of the weak absorption features associated with the biochemical components of vegetation is of great potential interest to a variety of applications ranging from classification to global change studies. This recent subject is also challenging because the spectral signature of the biochemicals is only detectable as a small distortion of the infrared spectrum which is mainly governed by water. Furthermore, the interpretation is complicated by complexity of the molecules (lignin, cellulose, starch, proteins) which contain a large number of different and common chemical bonds. In this paper, we present investigations on the absorption feature centered at 1.7 micron; these were conducted both on AVIRIS data and laboratory reflectance spectra of leaves.

  7. Storm-enhanced plasma density features investigated during the Bastille Day Superstorm

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    Horvath, Ildiko; Lovell, Brian C.

    2010-06-01

    Field-aligned passes track true profiles. Such Defense Meteorological Satellite Program passes permitted investigating storm-enhanced plasma density (SED) feature development during the Bastille Day Superstorm in a comprehensive way. We tracked equatorial ionization anomaly (EIA) and SED features and their underlying forward fountain circulation and downward SED plume plasma flows, respectively. Northward subauroral polarization stream E fields detaching plasma and producing SED plumes were also detected. We assessed the effects of South Atlantic Magnetic Anomaly and summer-to-winter interhemispheric plasma flows on the EIA and found a southward dipping gradient in drift/flow when no storm/evening-related fountain strengthening occurred. We investigated the relative importance of different plasma sources in SED development. An extremely large plasma enhancement seen over Florida at 2200 UT on 15 July 2000 was a SED feature that was tracked by many GPS total electron content (TEC) maps as a 200 TEC unit (TECU) enhancement. We tracked its equally large conjugate pair over Trelew (Argentine Patagonia) and unraveled their development. Their underlying SED plume supplied most of the plasma. Appearing between these two SED features, a small and highly asymmetrical EIA offered on each side a low baseline upon which the downward streaming SED plume plasma piled up. Contradicting a currently accepted explanation, there was no enhanced fountain action detected to contribute 150 TECU to the 200 TECU. Later (˜2400 UT), there was enhanced fountain action, but SED plume contribution still dominated. Proven by observational evidence, SED development is a complex process of SED plume plasma flows and equatorward wind effects that cannot be described by one single explanation.

  8. Primary combination of phase-field and discrete dislocation dynamics methods for investigating athermal plastic deformation in various realistic Ni-base single crystal superalloy microstructures

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    Gao, Siwen; Rajendran, Mohan Kumar; Fivel, Marc; Ma, Anxin; Shchyglo, Oleg; Hartmaier, Alexander; Steinbach, Ingo

    2015-10-01

    Three-dimensional discrete dislocation dynamics (DDD) simulations in combination with the phase-field method are performed to investigate the influence of different realistic Ni-base single crystal superalloy microstructures with the same volume fraction of {γ\\prime} precipitates on plastic deformation at room temperature. The phase-field method is used to generate realistic microstructures as the boundary conditions for DDD simulations in which a constant high uniaxial tensile load is applied along different crystallographic directions. In addition, the lattice mismatch between the γ and {γ\\prime} phases is taken into account as a source of internal stresses. Due to the high antiphase boundary energy and the rare formation of superdislocations, precipitate cutting is not observed in the present simulations. Therefore, the plastic deformation is mainly caused by dislocation motion in γ matrix channels. From a comparison of the macroscopic mechanical response and the dislocation evolution for different microstructures in each loading direction, we found that, for a given {γ\\prime} phase volume fraction, the optimal microstructure should possess narrow and homogeneous γ matrix channels.

  9. Multi-modal MRI investigation of volumetric and microstructural changes in the hippocampus and its subfields in mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease, and dementia with Lewy bodies.

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    Mak, Elijah; Gabel, Silvy; Su, Li; Williams, Guy B; Arnold, Robert; Passamonti, Luca; Vazquez Rodríguez, Patricia; Surendranathan, Ajenthan; Bevan-Jones, W Richard; Rowe, James B; O'Brien, John T

    2017-04-01

    Volumetric atrophy and microstructural alterations in diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) measures of the hippocampus have been reported in people with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and mild cognitive impairment (MCI). However, no study to date has jointly investigated concomitant microstructural and volumetric changes of the hippocampus in dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). A total of 84 subjects (23 MCI, 17 DLB, 14 AD, and 30 healthy controls) were recruited for a multi-modal imaging (3T MRI and DTI) study that included neuropsychological evaluation. Freesurfer was used to segment the total hippocampus and delineate its subfields. The hippocampal segmentations were co-registered to the mean diffusivity (MD) and fractional anisotropy (FA) maps obtained from the DTI images. Both AD and MCI groups showed significantly smaller hippocampal volumes compared to DLB and controls, predominantly in the CA1 and subiculum subfields. Compared to controls, hippocampal MD was elevated in AD, but not in MCI. DLB was characterized by both volumetric and microstructural preservation of the hippocampus. In MCI, higher hippocampal MD was associated with greater atrophy of the hippocampus and CA1 region. Hippocampal volume was a stronger predictor of memory scores compared to MD within the MCI group. Through a multi-modal integration, we report novel evidence that the hippocampus in DLB is characterized by both macrostructural and microstructural preservation. Contrary to recent suggestions, our findings do not support the view that DTI measurements of the hippocampus are superior to volumetric changes in characterizing group differences, particularly between MCI and controls.

  10. Microstructure Features of Proventriculus and Ultrastructure of the Gastric Gland Cells in Chinese Taihe Black-bone Silky Fowl (Gallus gallus domesticus Brisson).

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    Zhang, H; Ge, T; Peng, S; Zhong, S; Zhou, Z

    2016-02-01

    To investigate microstructure of proventriculus and ultrastructure of the gastric gland cells from Chinese Taihe black-bone silky fowl (BSF), the proventriculus of 4-week-old BSF was sampled. Conventional histological and transmission electron microscope (TEM) methods were used in this study. The wall of the Taihe BSF proventriculus was consisted of four layers, the mucous, submucosa, muscularis externa and the serosa as others birds. The muscularis externa of the birds' proventriculus contained three layers. Much of the melanin was present in loose connective tissue of lamina propria, submucosa, and muscularis externa unlike others. In addition, the ultrastructure of the gastric gland cells was observed by TEM. There was only one kind of gland cell, for example oxynticopeptic cell in proventriculus of Taihe BSF. The oxynticopeptic cells contained numerous mitochondria, cisternae of rough endoplasmic reticulum (CRER), intracellular canaliculi (IC) that secrete hydrochloric acid and small amounts of pepsinogen granules. The rough endoplasmic reticulum (RER) was irregular cisternae with ribosomes and surrounded tightly the mitochondria along their configuration. The electron-dense pepsinogen granules were round with various sizes. The neighbouring oxynticopeptic cells were closed up with tight junction and gap junction. The inter-space between the neighbouring oxynticopeptic cells was stenosis or was filled with electron-dense extracellular substance. In conclusion, the gastric gland cells of Chinese Taihe BSF proventriculus were only oxynticopeptic cells that secrete hydrochloric acid and pepsinogen, but no parietal cells and chief cells of mammal. The gastric gland cells of proventriculus were underdeveloped compared with those of mammals.

  11. Determination of optimum threshold values for EMG time domain features; a multi-dataset investigation

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    Nlandu Kamavuako, Ernest; Scheme, Erik Justin; Englehart, Kevin Brian

    2016-08-01

    Objective. For over two decades, Hudgins’ set of time domain features have extensively been applied for classification of hand motions. The calculation of slope sign change and zero crossing features uses a threshold to attenuate the effect of background noise. However, there is no consensus on the optimum threshold value. In this study, we investigate for the first time the effect of threshold selection on the feature space and classification accuracy using multiple datasets. Approach. In the first part, four datasets were used, and classification error (CE), separability index, scatter matrix separability criterion, and cardinality of the features were used as performance measures. In the second part, data from eight classes were collected during two separate days with two days in between from eight able-bodied subjects. The threshold for each feature was computed as a factor (R = 0:0.01:4) times the average root mean square of data during rest. For each day, we quantified CE for R = 0 (CEr0) and minimum error (CEbest). Moreover, a cross day threshold validation was applied where, for example, CE of day two (CEodt) is computed based on optimum threshold from day one and vice versa. Finally, we quantified the effect of the threshold when using training data from one day and test data of the other. Main results. All performance metrics generally degraded with increasing threshold values. On average, CEbest (5.26 ± 2.42%) was significantly better than CEr0 (7.51 ± 2.41%, P = 0.018), and CEodt (7.50 ± 2.50%, P = 0.021). During the two-fold validation between days, CEbest performed similar to CEr0. Interestingly, when using the threshold values optimized per subject from day one and day two respectively, on the cross-days classification, the performance decreased. Significance. We have demonstrated that threshold value has a strong impact on the feature space and that an optimum threshold can be quantified. However, this optimum threshold is highly data and

  12. Munitions integrity and corrosion features observed during the HUMMA deep-sea munitions disposal site investigations

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    Silva, Jeff A. K.; Chock, Taylor

    2016-06-01

    An evaluation of the current condition of sea-disposed military munitions observed during the 2009 Hawaii Undersea Military Munitions Assessment Project investigation is presented. The 69 km2 study area is located south of Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii, and is positioned within a former deep-sea disposal area designated as Hawaii-05 or HI-05 by the United States Department of Defense. HI-05 is known to contain both conventional and chemical munitions that were sea-disposed between 1920 and 1951. Digital images and video reconnaissance logs collected during six remotely operated vehicle and 16 human-occupied vehicle surveys were used to classify the integrity and state of corrosion of the 1842 discarded military munitions (DMM) objects encountered. Of these, 5% (or 90 individual DMM objects) were found to exhibit a mild-moderate degree of corrosion. The majority (66% or 1222 DMM objects) were observed to be significantly corroded, but visually intact on the seafloor. The remaining 29% of DMM encountered were found to be severely corroded and breached, with their contents exposed. Chemical munitions were not identified during the 2009 investigation. In general, identified munitions known to have been constructed with thicker casings were better preserved. Unusual corrosion features were also observed, including what are termed here as 'corrosion skirts' that resembled the flow and cementation of corrosion products at and away from the base of many munitions, and 'corrosion pedestal' features resembling a combination of cemented corrosion products and seafloor sediments that were observed to be supporting munitions above the surface of the seafloor. The origin of these corrosion features could not be determined due to the lack of physical samples collected. However, a microbial-mediated formation hypothesis is presented, based on visual analysis, which can serve as a testable model for future field programs.

  13. Infantile hepatic hemangiomas. Clinical features, radiologic investigations, and treatment of 20 patients

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    Stanley, P.; Geer, G.D.; Miller, J.H.; Gilsanz, V.; Landing, B.H.; Boechat, I.M. )

    1989-08-15

    The clinical features, radiologic investigation, and treatment of 20 infants with hepatic hemangiomas are presented. Palpable abdominal mass (n = 18) and cardiac failure (n = 11) were the common presenting features. Nine patients had hyperconsumptive coagulopathy. Seven patients had other hemangiomas. Ultrasound (n = 15) showed the number and distribution of the hemangiomas within the liver. Hypoechoic and hyperechoic elements were present in addition to prominent vascular channels and diminished caliber of the distal aorta. Radionuclide sulfur colloid (n = 12) and labeled red blood cell (n = 7) studies showed the distribution and vascularity of the hemangiomas. Computed tomography (n = 8) revealed central hypointensity with marked peripheral enhancement after contrast. Arteriography now performed only as a prelude to therapeutic embolization demonstrated hypervascularity in each patient, contrast pooling in six and early draining veins in five. Magnetic resonance scanning (n = 3) showed decreased signal intensity on T1 images and high intensity signal on T2. In two patients, there was resolution or improvement of the hemangiomas without therapy. Four patients had surgery (lobectomy (2), trisegmentectomy (1), and surgical evacuation of a central hematoma (1)). Steroids and radiation were given to seven patients, and one patient also required therapeutic embolization. Steroids were the initial therapy in five patients, one of whom later required therapeutic embolization and another cyclophosphamide. Two patients were treated initially with radiation therapy, one of whom also needed emergency hepatic artery ligation. Seventeen of the 20 patients are alive and well from 6 months to 14 years after diagnosis.

  14. Do Online Voting Patterns Reflect Evolved Features of Human Cognition? An Exploratory Empirical Investigation

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    Priestley, Maria; Mesoudi, Alex

    2015-01-01

    Online votes or ratings can assist internet users in evaluating the credibility and appeal of the information which they encounter. For example, aggregator websites such as Reddit allow users to up-vote submitted content to make it more prominent, and down-vote content to make it less prominent. Here we argue that decisions over what to up- or down-vote may be guided by evolved features of human cognition. We predict that internet users should be more likely to up-vote content that others have also up-voted (social influence), content that has been submitted by particularly liked or respected users (model-based bias), content that constitutes evolutionarily salient or relevant information (content bias), and content that follows group norms and, in particular, prosocial norms. 489 respondents from the online social voting community Reddit rated the extent to which they felt different traits influenced their voting. Statistical analyses confirmed that norm-following and prosociality, as well as various content biases such as emotional content and originality, were rated as important motivators of voting. Social influence had a smaller effect than expected, while attitudes towards the submitter had little effect. This exploratory empirical investigation suggests that online voting communities can provide an important test-bed for evolutionary theories of human social information use, and that evolved features of human cognition may guide online behaviour just as it guides behaviour in the offline world. PMID:26066657

  15. Investigation of binding features: effects on the interaction between CYP2A6 and inhibitors.

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    Ai, Chunzhi; Li, Yan; Wang, Yonghua; Li, Wei; Dong, Peipei; Ge, Guangbo; Yang, Ling

    2010-07-15

    A computational investigation has been carried out on CYP2A6 and its naphthalene inhibitors to explore the crucial molecular features contributing to binding specificity. The molecular bioactive orientations were obtained by docking (FlexX) these compounds into the active site of the enzyme. And the density functional theory method was further used to optimize the molecular structures with the subsequent analysis of molecular lipophilic potential (MLP) and molecular electrostatic potential (MEP). The minimal MLPs, minimal MEPs, and the band gap energies (the energy difference between the highest occupied molecular orbital and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital) showed high correlations with the inhibition activities (pIC(50)s), illustrating their significant roles in driving the inhibitor to adopt an appropriate bioactive conformation oriented in the active site of CYP2A6 enzyme. The differences in MLPs, MEPs, and the orbital energies have been identified as key features in determining the binding specificity of this series of compounds to CYP2A6 and the consequent inhibitory effects. In addition, the combinational use of the docking, MLP and MEP analysis is also demonstrated as a good attempt to gain an insight into the interaction between CYP2A6 and its inhibitors.

  16. Investigation of automated feature extraction techniques for applications in cancer detection from multispectral histopathology images

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    Harvey, Neal R.; Levenson, Richard M.; Rimm, David L.

    2003-05-01

    Recent developments in imaging technology mean that it is now possible to obtain high-resolution histological image data at multiple wavelengths. This allows pathologists to image specimens over a full spectrum, thereby revealing (often subtle) distinctions between different types of tissue. With this type of data, the spectral content of the specimens, combined with quantitative spatial feature characterization may make it possible not only to identify the presence of an abnormality, but also to classify it accurately. However, such are the quantities and complexities of these data, that without new automated techniques to assist in the data analysis, the information contained in the data will remain inaccessible to those who need it. We investigate the application of a recently developed system for the automated analysis of multi-/hyper-spectral satellite image data to the problem of cancer detection from multispectral histopathology image data. The system provides a means for a human expert to provide training data simply by highlighting regions in an image using a computer mouse. Application of these feature extraction techniques to examples of both training and out-of-training-sample data demonstrate that these, as yet unoptimized, techniques already show promise in the discrimination between benign and malignant cells from a variety of samples.

  17. An investigation of the microstructure and mechanical properties of electrochemically coated Ag(4)Sn dental alloy particles condensed in vitro

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    Marquez, Jose Antonio

    As part of the ongoing scientific effort to develop a new amalgam-like material without mercury, a team of metallurgists and electrochemists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, announced in 1993 the development of a new Ag-Sn dental alloy system without mercury that sought to replace conventional dental amalgams. They used spherical Ag3Sn and Ag4Sn intermetallic dental alloy particles, commonly used in conventional dental alloys, and coated them with electrodeposited silver with newly-developed electrolytic and immersion techniques. The particles had relatively pure silver coatings that were closely adherent to the intermetalfic cores. These silver-coated particles, due to silver's plasticity at room temperature, were condensed into PlexiglasRTM molds with the aid of an acidic surface activating solution (HBF4) and a mechanical condensing device, producing a metal-matrix composite with Ag3,4Sn filler particles surrounded by a cold-welded silver matrix. Since silver strain hardens rather easily, the layers had to be condensed in less than 0.5 mm increments to obtain a dense structure. Mechanical testing at NIST produced compressive strength values equal to or greater than those of conventional dental amalgams. Because of its potential for eliminating mercury as a constituent in dental amalgam, this material created a stir in dental circles when first developed and conceivably could prove to be a major breakthrough in the field of dental restoratives. To date, the chief impediments to its approval for human clinical applications by the Food and Drug Administration are the potentially-toxic surface activating solution used for oxide reduction, and the high condensation pressures needed for cold welding because of the tendency for silver to strain harden. In this related study, the author, who has practiced general dentistry for 25 years, evaluates some of the mechanical and microstructural properties of these

  18. Investigation of the Phenomenological and Psychopathological Features of Trichotillomania in an Italian Sample.

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    Bottesi, Gioia; Cerea, Silvia; Razzetti, Enrico; Sica, Claudio; Frost, Randy O; Ghisi, Marta

    2016-01-01

    Trichotillomania (TTM) is still a scarcely known and often inadequately treated disorder in Italian clinical settings, despite growing evidence about its severe and disabling consequences. The current study investigated the phenomenology of TTM in Italian individuals; in addition, we sought to examine patterns of self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and OCD-related symptoms in individuals with TTM compared to healthy participants. The current study represents the first attempt to investigate the phenomenological and psychopathological features of TTM in Italian hair pullers. One hundred and twenty-two individuals with TTM were enrolled: 24 were assessed face-to-face (face-to-face group) and 98 were recruited online (online group). An additional group of 22 face-to-face assessed healthy controls (HC group) was included in the study. The overall female to male ratio was 14:1, which is slightly higher favoring female than findings reported in literature. Main results revealed that a higher percentage of individuals in the online group reported pulling from the pubic region than did face-to-face participants; furthermore, the former engaged in examining the bulb and running the hair across the lips and reported pulling while lying in bed at higher frequencies than the latter. Interestingly, the online TTM group showed greater functional and psychological impairment, as well as more severe psychopathological characteristics (self-esteem, physiological and social anxiety, perfectionism, overestimation of threat, and control of thoughts), than the face-to-face one. Differences between the two TTM groups may be explained by the anonymity nature of the online group, which may have led to successful recruitment of more serious TTM cases, or fostered more open answers to questions. Overall, results revealed that many of the phenomenological features of Italian TTM participants matched those found in U.S. clinical settings, even though some notable differences were observed

  19. Investigation of the Phenomenological and Psychopathological Features of Trichotillomania in an Italian Sample

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    Bottesi, Gioia; Cerea, Silvia; Razzetti, Enrico; Sica, Claudio; Frost, Randy O.; Ghisi, Marta

    2016-01-01

    Trichotillomania (TTM) is still a scarcely known and often inadequately treated disorder in Italian clinical settings, despite growing evidence about its severe and disabling consequences. The current study investigated the phenomenology of TTM in Italian individuals; in addition, we sought to examine patterns of self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and OCD-related symptoms in individuals with TTM compared to healthy participants. The current study represents the first attempt to investigate the phenomenological and psychopathological features of TTM in Italian hair pullers. One hundred and twenty-two individuals with TTM were enrolled: 24 were assessed face-to-face (face-to-face group) and 98 were recruited online (online group). An additional group of 22 face-to-face assessed healthy controls (HC group) was included in the study. The overall female to male ratio was 14:1, which is slightly higher favoring female than findings reported in literature. Main results revealed that a higher percentage of individuals in the online group reported pulling from the pubic region than did face-to-face participants; furthermore, the former engaged in examining the bulb and running the hair across the lips and reported pulling while lying in bed at higher frequencies than the latter. Interestingly, the online TTM group showed greater functional and psychological impairment, as well as more severe psychopathological characteristics (self-esteem, physiological and social anxiety, perfectionism, overestimation of threat, and control of thoughts), than the face-to-face one. Differences between the two TTM groups may be explained by the anonymity nature of the online group, which may have led to successful recruitment of more serious TTM cases, or fostered more open answers to questions. Overall, results revealed that many of the phenomenological features of Italian TTM participants matched those found in U.S. clinical settings, even though some notable differences were observed

  20. An Investigation Into the Effects of In Vitro Dilution With Different Colloid Resuscitation Fluids on Clot Microstructure Formation.

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    Lawrence, Matthew James; Marsden, Nick; Kaczynski, Jakub; Davies, Gareth; Davies, Nia; Hawkins, Karl; Perumal, Sounder; Brown, Martin Rowan; Morris, Keith; Davidson, Simon J; Williams, Phylip Rhodri; Evans, Phillip Adrian

    2016-11-01

    Balancing the beneficial effects of resuscitation fluids against their detrimental effect on hemostasis is an important clinical issue. We aim to compare the in vitro effects of 3 different colloid resuscitation fluids (4.5% albumin, hydroxyethyl starch [Voluven 6%], and gelatin [Geloplasma]) on clot microstructure formation using a novel viscoelastic technique, the gel point. This novel hemorheologic technique measures the biophysical properties of the clot and provides an assessment of clot microstructure from its viscoelastic properties. Importantly, in contrast to many assays in routine clinical use, the measurement is performed using unadulterated whole blood in a near-patient setting and provides rapid assessment of coagulation. We hypothesized that different colloids will have a lesser or greater detrimental effect on clot microstructure formation when compared against each other. Healthy volunteers were recruited into the study (n = 104), and a 20-mL sample of whole blood was obtained. Each volunteer was assigned to 1 of the 3 fluids, and the sample was diluted to 1 of 5 different dilutions (baseline, 10%, 20%, 40%, and 60%). The blood was tested using the gel point technique, which measures clot mechanical strength and quantifies clot microstructure (df) at the incipient stages of fibrin formation. df and clot mechanical strength decrease with progressive dilution for all 3 fluids. A significant reduction in df from baseline was recorded at dilutions of 20% for albumin (P < .0001), 40% for starch (P < .0001), and 60% for gelatin (P < .0001). We also observed significant differences, in terms of df, when comparing the different types of colloid (P < .0001). We found that albumin dilution produced the largest changes in clot microstructure, providing the lowest values of df (= 1.41 ± 0.061 at 60% dilution) compared with starch (1.52 ± 0.081) and gelatin (1.58 ± 0.063). We show that dilution with all 3 fluids has a significant effect on coagulation at even

  1. Wire-based laser metal deposition for additive manufacturing of TiAl6V4: basic investigations of microstructure and mechanical properties from build up parts

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    Klocke, Fritz; Arntz, Kristian; Klingbeil, Nils; Schulz, Martin

    2017-02-01

    The wire-based laser metal deposition (LMD-W) is a new technology which enables to produce complex parts made of titanium for the aerospace and automotive industry. For establishing the LMD-W as a new production process it has to be proven that the properties are comparable or superior to conventional produced parts. The mechanical properties were investigated by analysis of microstructure and tensile test. Therefore, specimens were generated using a 4.5 kW diode laser cladding system integrated in a 5-Axis-machining center. The structural mechanical properties are mainly influence by crystal structure and thereby the thermal history of the work piece. Especially the high affinity to oxide, distortion and dual phase microstructure make titanium grade 5 (TiAl6V4) one of the most challenging material for additive manufacturing. By using a proper local multi-nozzle shielding gas concept the negative influence of oxide in the process could be eliminated. The distortion being marginal at a single bead, accumulated to a macroscopic effect on the work piece. The third critical point for additive processing of titanium, the bimodal microstructure, could not be cleared by the laser process alone. All metallurgical probes showed α-martensitic-structure. Therefore, a thermal treatment became a necessary production step in the additive production chain. After the thermal treatment the microstructure as well as the distortion was analyzed and compared with the status before. Although not all technical issues could be solved, the investigation show that LMD-W of titanium grade 5 is a promising alternative to other additive techniques as electronic beam melting or plasma deposition welding.

  2. Chemistry in microstructured reactors.

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    Jähnisch, Klaus; Hessel, Volker; Löwe, Holger; Baerns, Manfred

    2004-01-16

    The application of microstructured reactors in the chemical process industry has gained significant importance in recent years. Companies that offer not only microstructured reactors, but also entire chemical process plants and services relating to them, are already in existence. In addition, many institutes and universities are active within this field, and process-engineering-oriented reviews and a specialized book are available. Microstructured systems can be applied with particular success in the investigation of highly exothermic and fast reactions. Often the presence of temperature-induced side reactions can be significantly reduced through isothermal operations. Although microstructured reaction techniques have been shown to optimize many synthetic procedures, they have not yet received the attention they deserve in organic chemistry. For this reason, this Review aims to address this by providing an overview of the chemistry in microstructured reactors, grouped into liquid-phase, gas-phase, and gas-liquid reactions.

  3. Microstructural evolution in two-phase alloys: Experimental investigation and modeling of stochastic effects at finite volume fractions

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    Crawford, Paula Jean

    2002-01-01

    The study of microstructural evolution in two-phase alloy systems has been a vital component of modern materials science over the past few decades. The ability to understand and effectively control the microstructure of a material provides control over mechanical, physical and chemical properties during processes such as casting and liquid phase sintering. Phase coarsening, or Ostwald ripening, is a kinetic process occurring during the later stages of microstructural evolution. This is a competitive multiparticle diffusion process typically occurring among a dispersion of domains (particles) randomly distributed throughout a continuous matrix phase. Understanding the evolution of the average particle size and particle size distribution (PSD) is essential in order to accurately predict the final microstructures. In 1961, Lifshitz, Slyozov, and Wagner (TLSW) [1] formulated the classical theory of phase coarsening kinetics by relying on a variety of simplifying assumptions, such as spherical particles and, most importantly, an infinitely small volume fraction of the coarsening phase. In order to more accurately model the phase coarsening process, theories need to account for the effects of particle-particle interactions and of the "local" environment of each particle has on the overall kinetics of the system. The first part of this study provides new experimental results on the liquid-solid phase coarsening of Ag-Cu alloys. Isothermal annealing of several different alloy compositions for various periods of time resulted in significant phase coarsening of the nearly spherical solid particles within the melt phase. Large areas of the annealed microstructures were analyzed using digital image processing techniques to provide statistically large amounts of raw data. The growth rate of the average particle volume was found to scale linearly with the cube-root of time, in agreement with theoretical predictions and other experimental studies. The experimental PSD's showed a

  4. Corrosion, microstructure, and metallography

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    Northwood, D.O.; White, W.E.; Vander Voort, G.F.

    1985-01-01

    Of the forty-one papers presented, nearly half of them deal with microstructural aspects of corrosion, corrosion control and corrosion failure analysis. They describe various analytical approaches for studying corrosion and for diagnosing corrosion failure mechanisms. Details include microstructural features of corrosion on a wide range of materials or coatings and in environments ranging from within the human body to outer space. Another series of papers handles microstructure-property relationships and contains reports on hydrogen embrittlement of AISI 316 stainless steel, shell and detail cracking in railroad rails, and the precipitation of martensitic Fe-Ni-W alloys. A third grouping looks at microstructure-fracture relationships. Coverage of advancements in metal-lographic techniques includes the use of microcomputers, applied techniques of inplace analysis, and use of the Tandem Van de Graff accelerator facility.

  5. Use of DC Resistivity Tomography to Investigate Thermokarst Features, Toolik Lake area, Alaska, USA

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    Lewkowicz, A. G.; Godsey, S.; Gooseff, M. N.

    2010-12-01

    We present the results of geophysical investigations carried out in the foothills of the Brooks Range at retrogressive thaw slumps and in areas of thermo-erosion, as well as at sites without thermokarst. The goal was to assess the strengths and limitations of the DC resistivity tomography technique in an area of continuous permafrost, as well as to examine the impact of thermokarst processes on permafrost conditions at the sites. An ABEM Terrameter LS profiling system was used with a Wenner array and either 1 or 2 m electrode spacing and corresponding profile lengths of either 80 m or 160 m (extended further at some sites) with investigation depths of about 13 m or 25 m respectively. Profiles were topographically corrected and data were processed with RES2DINV software using a robust inversion which can respond to the rapid transitions and high contrasts in resistivity that occur between frozen and unfrozen ground. Supplementary information included ground temperatures measured at a variety of depths and frost table values obtained by probing along the profiles at the time of the measurements. Results from retrogressive thaw slumps (Figure 1) discriminate well between undisturbed terrain upslope of the active headwall, the thawed or low ice content mudflow, and the underlying ice-rich material. Zones where past thaw has led to deeper melt-out of the ice-rich material were revealed. Investigations of thermo-erosion effects within small streams showed clear differences in the permafrost conditions upstream of the reach affected by thermokarst, and in the thermokarst itself where the permafrost table appeared depressed to depths of up to 4 m and a talik may be present. However, profiles across networks of undisturbed ice wedge polygons or of water-track features did not reveal correlations between the resistivity results and the surface features, probably because of their scale. Overall, the DC resistivity technique proved useful to image changes in ice content at the

  6. Investigation of the Influence of Cr on the Microstructure and Properties of Ti6Al4VxCr Alloys with a Combinatorial Approach

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    Wu, D.; Liu, L. B.; Zhang, L. G.; Zeng, L. J.; Shi, X.

    2017-08-01

    A combinatorial approach has been applied to investigate the influence of Cr on the microstructure and properties of Ti6Al4VxCr alloys. A diffusion couple was manufactured with Ti6Al4V and Ti6Al4V20Cr alloys and annealed at 1000 °C for 600 h to obtain a wide range of compositions. It was heated to 1050 °C (above β transus) for 6 h, quenched to room temperature and subsequently aged at 600 °C for 6 h to achieve the typical α + β two-phase microstructures. Combining electron probe microanalysis, scanning electron microscope and nanoindentation, the relationships between the composition and microstructure as well as hardness of the diffusion couple were determined. By calculating the volume fractions using Thermo-Calc, it was found that after aging the Ti6Al4V6Cr sample contained a reasonable ( 57 vol%) content of fine α phase and showed peak hardness among the Ti6Al4VxCr alloys. HAADF-STEM and XRD revealed that after solution treatment above the β transus temperature and quenching, the metastable α″ lamellar formed in the Ti6Al4V6Cr alloy. Subsequent isothermal aging of the α″ lamellar became coarse acting as precursors/preferential nucleation sites for the stable α phase.

  7. High sensitive and high resolution investigations of the Jovian S-burst emission modulation features

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    Litvinenko, G. V.; Konovalenko, A. A.; Rucker, H. O.; Lecacheux, A.; Vinogradov, V. V.

    2007-08-01

    In spite of the long history of studying, the Jovian S-burst radiation still represents an event which needs to be investigated in detail. Many questions concerning this complex phenomenon are opened. One of the interesting problems is the different modulation features appearing on the dynamic spectra in dependence on the time resolution achieved in the experiment and also on the visualization time scale. It seems that in every concrete case the physical mechanism of the modulation is different. In connection to this the following statistical sets need to be fully collected and analyzed for each modulation effects: 1) observed conditions: dependence or independence on Jupiter - Io - observer position, season time, day-night time, the Solar activity; 2) observed parameters: sign and value of the frequency drift, lane's curvature, modulation depth, distances between the nearest lanes and their variety, scale of the modulation; 3) polarization properties. During the last years the new high sensitive recording facilities, such as the digital spectro-polarimiter (DSP) and waveform receiver (WFR) were created and installed into the largest decameter band antenna array UTR-2 (Kharkov, Ukraine). It can be noted that in the present time this combination (antenna + equipments) gives the best sensitiveness, band of analysis, dynamic range, time and frequency resolutions. The using of mentioned above technique allowed detecting new time-frequency features of the Jovian S-bursts. Several bright new results concerning the modulations were obtained. With the creation of new giant low frequency antenna array (LOFAR) and low wavelength array (LWA) the new possibilities of high level study of the Jovian DAM emission will appear. For instance, the combination of LOFAR and already existing instruments (max base in order of 2000 km) will permit to determine the spatial parameters and localization of an emission source. Future results may prove useful for the general understanding of

  8. COSMO-SkyMed Image Investigation of Snow Features in Alpine Environment

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    Paloscia, Simonetta; Pettinato, Simone; Santi, Emanuele; Valt, Mauro

    2017-01-01

    In this work, X band images acquired by COSMO-SkyMed (CSK) on alpine environment have been analyzed for investigating snow characteristics and their effect on backscattering variations. Preliminary results confirmed the capability of simultaneous optical and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images (Landsat-8 and CSK) in separating snow/no-snow areas and in detecting wet snow. The sensitivity of backscattering to snow depth has not always been confirmed, depending on snow characteristics related to the season. A model based on Dense Media Radiative Transfer theory (DMRT-QMS) was applied for simulating the backscattering response on the X band from snow cover in different conditions of grain size, snow density and depth. By using DMRT-QMS and snow in-situ data collected on Cordevole basin in Italian Alps, the effect of grain size and snow density, beside snow depth and snow water equivalent, was pointed out, showing that the snow features affect the backscatter in different and sometimes opposite ways. Experimental values of backscattering were correctly simulated by using this model and selected intervals of ground parameters. The relationship between simulated and measured backscattering for the entire dataset shows slope >0.9, determination coefficient, R2 = 0.77, and root mean square error, RMSE = 1.1 dB, with p-value <0.05. PMID:28054962

  9. Investigations of morphological features of picosecond dual-wavelength laser ablation of stainless steel

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    Zhao, Wanqin; Wang, Wenjun; Mei, Xuesong; Jiang, Gedong; Liu, Bin

    2014-06-01

    Investigations on the morphological features of holes and grooves ablated on the surface of stainless steel using the picosecond dual-wavelength laser system with different powers combinations are presented based on the scarce researches on morphology of dual-wavelength laser ablation. The experimental results show the profiles of holes ablated by the visible beam appear V-shaped while those for the near-infrared have large openings and display U-shaped, which are independent of the ablation mechanism of ultrafast laser. For the dual-wavelength beam (a combination of visible beam and near-infrared), the holes resemble sunflower-like structures and have smoother ring patterns on the bottom. In general, the holes ablated by the dual-wavelength beam appear to have much flatter bottoms, linearly sloped side-walls and spinodal structures between the bottoms of the holes and the side-walls. Furthermore, through judiciously combining the powers of the dual-wavelength beam, high-quality grooves could be obtained with a flat worm-like structure at the bottom surface and less resolidified melt ejection edges. This study provides insight into optimizing ultrafast laser micromachining in order to obtain desired morphology.

  10. An investigation of the high-temperature and solidification microstructures of PH 13-8 Mo stainless steel

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    Cieslak, M. J.; Hills, C. R.; Hlava, P. F.; David, S. A.

    1990-09-01

    Differential thermal analysis (DTA), high-temperature water-quench (WQ) experiments, and optical and electron microscopy were used to establish the near-solidus and solidification microstructures in PH 13-8 Mo. On heating at a rate of 0. 33 °C/s, this alloy begins to transform from austenite to δ-ferrite at ≈1350 °C. Transformation is complete by ≈1435 °C. The solidus is reached at ≈1447 °C, and the liquidus is ≈1493 °C. On cooling from the liquid state at a rate of 0. 33 °C/s, solidification is completed as δ-ferrite with subsequent transformation to austenite beginning in the solid state at ≈1364 °C. Insufficient time at temperature is available for complete transformation and the resulting room-temperature microstructure consists of matrix martensite (derived from the shear decomposition of the austenite) and residual δ-ferrite. The residual δ-ferrite in the DTA sample is enriched in Cr (≈16 wt pct), Mo (≈4 wt pct), and Al (≈1. 5 wt pct) and depleted in Ni (≈4 wt pct) relative to the martensite (≈12. 5 wt pct Cr, ≈2 wt pct Mo, ≈1 wt pct Al, ≈9 wt pct Ni). Solid-state transformation of δ σ γ was found to be quench-rate sensitive with large grain, fully ferritic microstructures undergoing a massive transformation as a result of water quenching, while a diffusionally controlled Widmanstätten structure was produced in air-cooled samples.

  11. 3-D Printing as a Tool to Investigate the Effects of Changes in Rock Microstructures on Permeability

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    Head, D. A.; Vanorio, T.

    2016-12-01

    Rocks are naturally heterogeneous; two rock samples with identical bulk properties can vary widely in microstructure. Understanding the evolutionary trends of rock properties requires the ability to connect time-lapse measurements of properties at different scales: the macro- scale used in the laboratory and field analyses capturing the bulk scale changes and the micro- scale used in imaging and digital techniques capturing the changes to the pore space. However, measuring those properties at different scales is very challenging, and sometimes impossible. The advent of modern 3D printing has provided an unprecedented opportunity to link those scales by combining the strengths of digital and experimental rock physics. To determine the feasibility of this technique we characterized the resolution capabilities of two different 3D printers. To calibrate our digital models with our printed models, we created a sample with an analytically solvable permeability. This allowed us to directly compare analytic calculation, numerical simulation, and laboratory measurement of permeability of the exact same sample. Next we took a CT-scanned model of a natural carbonate pore space, then iteratively digitally manipulated, 3D printed, and measured the flow properties in the laboratory. This approach allowed us to access multiple scales digitally and experimentally, to test hypotheses about how changes in rock microstructure due to compaction and dissolution affect bulk transport properties, and to connect laboratory measurements of porosity and permeability to quantities that are traditionally impossible to measure in the laboratory such as changes in surface area and tortuosity. As 3D printing technology continues to advance, we expect this technique to contribute to our ability to characterize the properties of remote and/or delicate samples as well as to test the impact of microstructural alteration on bulk physical properties in the lab in a highly consistent, repeatable manner.

  12. Radiative shocking and acceleration of polycrystalline slabs for investigation of ablative Rayleigh-Taylor instability triggered by ablator microstructure

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    Hoffman, N. M.; Tubbs, D. L.; Swift, D. C.; Cobble, J. A.; Kyrala, George A.; Tierney, T.

    2002-01-01

    It is vital to identify and control all perturbation sources that could trigger ablative Rayleigh-Taylor instability One obvious perturbation 'seed' is surface roughness computed perturbation growth, validated by experiments - Specification for allowable roughness of NIF ignition capsule' is based on But what about infernal microstructure of shell materials? - Beryllium shells are composed of individual crystalline grains with - Polymer shells are composed of long molecular chains that might 'stack like an isotropic elastic/plastic properties logs' with a preferred orientation What happens when shock waves transit anisotropic material? What happens when such material is accelerated by radiation drive? We need a specification for allowable internal anisotropy.

  13. Effect of microstructural features on the laser efficiency of Nd{sup 3+}:Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} ceramics

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

    2015-09-30

    The optical properties and microstructure of transparent Nd{sup 3+}:Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} ceramics synthesised by different reactive sintering routes are studied. It is found that the residual porosity of optical ceramics is directly related to the homogeneity of the microstructure of initial compacts, which can be estimated by the existence of particle agglomerates larger than 1 mm in initial nanopowders. A qualitative correlation is established between the residual porosity, the optical losses and the lasing slope efficiency of Nd{sup 3+}:Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} ceramics. The maximum laser efficiency (η = 49%) was observed in the samples with the lowest porosity (2.3 × 10{sup -3} vol %). (lasers)

  14. How Configural Is the Configural Superiority Effect? A Neuroimaging Investigation of Emergent Features in Visual Cortex

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    Fox, Olivia M.; Harel, Assaf; Bennett, Kevin B.

    2017-01-01

    The perception of a visual stimulus is dependent not only upon local features, but also on the arrangement of those features. When stimulus features are perceptually well organized (e.g., symmetric or parallel), a global configuration with a high degree of salience emerges from the interactions between these features, often referred to as emergent features. Emergent features can be demonstrated in the Configural Superiority Effect (CSE): presenting a stimulus within an organized context relative to its presentation in a disarranged one results in better performance. Prior neuroimaging work on the perception of emergent features regards the CSE as an “all or none” phenomenon, focusing on the contrast between configural and non-configural stimuli. However, it is still not clear how emergent features are processed between these two endpoints. The current study examined the extent to which behavioral and neuroimaging markers of emergent features are responsive to the degree of configurality in visual displays. Subjects were tasked with reporting the anomalous quadrant in a visual search task while being scanned. Degree of configurality was manipulated by incrementally varying the rotational angle of low-level features within the stimulus arrays. Behaviorally, we observed faster response times with increasing levels of configurality. These behavioral changes were accompanied by increases in response magnitude across multiple visual areas in occipito-temporal cortex, primarily early visual cortex and object-selective cortex. Our findings suggest that the neural correlates of emergent features can be observed even in response to stimuli that are not fully configural, and demonstrate that configural information is already present at early stages of the visual hierarchy. PMID:28167924

  15. How Configural Is the Configural Superiority Effect? A Neuroimaging Investigation of Emergent Features in Visual Cortex.

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    Fox, Olivia M; Harel, Assaf; Bennett, Kevin B

    2017-01-01

    The perception of a visual stimulus is dependent not only upon local features, but also on the arrangement of those features. When stimulus features are perceptually well organized (e.g., symmetric or parallel), a global configuration with a high degree of salience emerges from the interactions between these features, often referred to as emergent features. Emergent features can be demonstrated in the Configural Superiority Effect (CSE): presenting a stimulus within an organized context relative to its presentation in a disarranged one results in better performance. Prior neuroimaging work on the perception of emergent features regards the CSE as an "all or none" phenomenon, focusing on the contrast between configural and non-configural stimuli. However, it is still not clear how emergent features are processed between these two endpoints. The current study examined the extent to which behavioral and neuroimaging markers of emergent features are responsive to the degree of configurality in visual displays. Subjects were tasked with reporting the anomalous quadrant in a visual search task while being scanned. Degree of configurality was manipulated by incrementally varying the rotational angle of low-level features within the stimulus arrays. Behaviorally, we observed faster response times with increasing levels of configurality. These behavioral changes were accompanied by increases in response magnitude across multiple visual areas in occipito-temporal cortex, primarily early visual cortex and object-selective cortex. Our findings suggest that the neural correlates of emergent features can be observed even in response to stimuli that are not fully configural, and demonstrate that configural information is already present at early stages of the visual hierarchy.

  16. Investigation of the microstructure and mineralogical composition of urinary calculi fragments by synchrotron radiation X-ray microtomography: a feasibility study.

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    Kaiser, Jozef; Holá, Markéta; Galiová, Michaela; Novotný, Karel; Kanický, Viktor; Martinec, Petr; Sčučka, Jiří; Brun, Francesco; Sodini, Nicola; Tromba, Giuliana; Mancini, Lucia; Kořistková, Tamara

    2011-08-01

    The outcomes from the feasibility study on utilization of synchrotron radiation X-ray microtomography (SR-μCT) to investigate the texture and the quantitative mineralogical composition of selected calcium oxalate-based urinary calculi fragments are presented. The comparison of the results obtained by SR-μCT analysis with those derived from current standard analytical approaches is provided. SR-μCT is proved as a potential effective technique for determination of texture, 3D microstructure, and composition of kidney stones.

  17. Judging a Book by Its Cover: An Investigation of Peritextual Features in Caldecott Award Books

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    Martinez, Miriam; Stier, Catherine; Falcon, Lori

    2016-01-01

    While scholars have recognized the meaning making potential offered by the peritext of picturebooks, there has previously been only limited research on the nature of peritextual features. This content analysis focused on the ways in which various peritextual features (dust jackets, beginning endpapers, illustrations before title page, title pages,…

  18. Judging a Book by Its Cover: An Investigation of Peritextual Features in Caldecott Award Books

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    Martinez, Miriam; Stier, Catherine; Falcon, Lori

    2016-01-01

    While scholars have recognized the meaning making potential offered by the peritext of picturebooks, there has previously been only limited research on the nature of peritextual features. This content analysis focused on the ways in which various peritextual features (dust jackets, beginning endpapers, illustrations before title page, title pages,…

  19. Transmission electron microscopy investigation of the microstructural mechanisms for the piezoelectricity in lead-free perovskite ceramics

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    Ma, Cheng

    2012-01-01

    Lead-free materials with superior piezoelectricity are in increasingly urgent demand in the current century, because the industrial standard Pb(Zr,Ti)O3-based piezoelectrics, which contain over 60 weight% of the toxic element lead, pose severe environmental hazards. Although significant research efforts have been devoted in the past decade, no effective lead-free substitute for Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 has been identified yet. One of the primary hindrances to the development of lead-free piezoelectrics lies in the ignorance of the microstructural mechanism for the electric-field-induced strains in the currently existing compositions. In this dissertation, the microstructural origin for the high piezoelectricity in (1-x)(Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3-xBaTiO3 [(1-x)BNT-xBT], the most widely studied lead-free piezoelectric system, has been elucidated.

  20. Development of virtual simulation platform for investigation of the radiographic features of periapical bone lesion.

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    Gao, Yuan; Haapasalo, Markus; Shen, Ya; Wu, Hongkun; Jiang, Huiyong; Zhou, Xuedong

    2010-08-01

    The periapical radiograph is used as an important tool in the assessment of periapical bone lesions in endodontic therapy. The purpose of this study was to develop a virtual simulation platform for radiographic research of periapical bone lesions based on a digitally reconstructed radiograph and to investigate the radiographic features of different simulated periapical bone lesions. A cadaver mandible was scanned by microcomputed tomography. The application framework for the creation of a digitally reconstructed radiograph with virtual periapical lesions was constructed. Subsequently, different size and shape periapical lesions were created virtually in an incisor, a premolar, and a molar, and the digitally reconstructed radiographs were produced. The detection of periapical lesions based on digitally reconstructed radiographs was depended on lesion size, position, shape, and tooth position. Virtual periapical lesions could not be visualized with lesions smaller than 1 mm in the incisor, 2 mm in the premolar, and 3 mm in the molar, and these virtual lesions were confined within the cancellous bone. A 4-mm lesion in the molar was still not visualized even if it encroached on the cortical bone. If the lesions encroached on the junctional trabeculae and cortical bone or the lesion was created with the maximal buccal-lingual dimension in ellipsoid shape and confined within the cancellous bone giving it an abnormal shape, it could be seen, except for the "thinnest" 1-mm lesion in incisor region. The virtual simulation platform described here provides a reproducible assessment of periapical lesions and aids in a better understanding of the characteristics of periapical lesions. Copyright 2010 American Association of Endodontists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. A non-invasive approach to investigation of ventricular blood pressure using cardiac sound features.

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    Tang, Hong; Zhang, Jinghui; Chen, Huaming; Mondal, Ashok; Park, Yongwan

    2017-02-01

    Heart sounds (HSs) are produced by the interaction of the heart valves, great vessels, and heart wall with blood flow. Previous researchers have demonstrated that blood pressure can be predicted by exploring the features of cardiac sounds. These features include the amplitude of the HSs, the ratio of the amplitude, the systolic time interval, and the spectrum of the HSs. A single feature or combinations of several features have been used for prediction of blood pressure with moderate accuracy. Experiments were conducted with three beagles under various levels of blood pressure induced by different doses of epinephrine. The HSs, blood pressure in the left ventricle and electrocardiograph signals were simultaneously recorded. A total of 31 records (18 262 cardiac beats) were collected. In this paper, 91 features in various domains are extracted and their linear correlations with the measured blood pressures are examined. These features are divided into four groups and applied individually at the input of a neural network to predict the left ventricular blood pressure (LVBP). The analysis shows that non-spectral features can track changes of the LVBP with lower standard deviation. Consequently, the non-spectral feature set gives the best prediction accuracy. The average correlation coefficient between the measured and the predicted blood pressure is 0.92 and the mean absolute error is 6.86 mmHg, even when the systolic blood pressure varies in the large range from 90 mmHg to 282 mmHg. Hence, systolic blood pressure can be accurately predicted even when using fewer HS features. This technique can be used as an alternative to real-time blood pressure monitoring and it has promising applications in home health care environments.

  2. Microstructural effects on fracture behavior of particulate composites: Investigation of toughening mechanisms using optical and boundary element methods

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    Kitey, Rajesh

    Particulate polymer composites are used in a variety of engineering applications. These are generally two phase materials with polymeric phase reinforced by a filler phase to improve overall mechanical, thermal and/or dielectric functionalities. From a mechanical perspective, polymers when filled with stiffer particulates generally show enhanced elastic properties and creep resistance. Achieving similar improvement in failure characteristics has not been consistent due to a lack of thorough understanding of microstructural and loading rate effects. This dissertation addresses a few of these issues by studying effects of filler particle size, filler size distribution and filler-matrix adhesion strength on fracture behavior under quasi-static and dynamic loading conditions. Glass-filled epoxy composites consisting of solid spherical particles are studied in this research. Spherical particles of mean dia. (D) 7 mum to 200 mum are used to reinforce epoxy matrix at a constant volume fraction (Vf = 10%) and two different filler-matrix strengths, weak and strong. Optical interferometry in conjunction with high-speed photography is used to quantify crack growth and deformation histories during impact loading. Although elastic characteristics remain unaffected by microstructural variations, significant differences in fracture behaviors are seen. Both weakly and strongly bonded particles in the matrix show higher values of steady-state dynamic fracture toughness, KIss, relative to unfilled material. Filler particle size affects KIss significantly when particles are weakly bonded to the matrix but not when bonded strongly. Weakly bonded fillers result in consistently higher KIss values compared to strongly bonded counterparts. A particle size of 35 mum appears to be the optimum at the chosen Vf. The KIss of two inter-mixed particle sizes (each of 5% Vf) is bounded by the KIss values of the composite with corresponding single particle size. Fracture surface micromeasurements

  3. Inversion boundary induced grain growth in ZnO ceramics: from atomic-scale investigations to microstructural engineering

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    Daneu, Nina; Bernik, Slavko; Rečnik, Aleksander

    2011-11-01

    In semiconducting materials special boundaries play the key role in crystal growth. They introduce an abrupt structural and chemical anisotropy, which is readily reflected in an unusual microstructure evolution, whereas their local structure affects the physical properties of semiconducting materials. These effects, however, can be exploited to tailor the electronic and optical properties of the materials, as demonstrated in this review. The presented topic fits in the field of preparatory stage of phase transformations, manifested through evolution of chemically induced structural faults. In the noncentrosymmetric structure of ZnO, inversion boundaries (IBs) are the most common type of planar faults that can be triggered by the addition of specific spinel-forming dopants (Sb2O3, SnO2, TiO2). In addition to conventional HRTEM techniques several new methods were developed to resolve crystallography and atomic-scale chemistry of IBs. The absolute orientation of the polar c-axes on both sides of the IB was determined by a novel quantitative microdiffraction method, providing a reliable identification of crystal polarity in noncentrosymmetric crystals. To determine sub-monolayer quantities of dopants on the IB, we developed a special technique of analytical electron microscopy using concentric electron probe (CEP) in EDS or EELS mode, providing more accurate and precise results than any other available technique. Knowing the local crystal chemistry of IBs we were able to design experiments to identify their formation mechanism. IBs nucleate in the early stage of grain growth as a dopant-rich topotaxial 2D reaction product on Zn-terminated surfaces of ZnO grains. Soon after their nucleation, ZnO is epitaxially grown on the inherent 2D phase in an inverted orientation, which effectively starts to dictate anisotropic growth of the infected crystallite. In very short time the grains with IBs dominate the entire microstructure in ZnO ceramics via IB-induced exaggerated

  4. A Microstructural and Kinetic Investigation of the KCl-Induced Corrosion of an FeCrAl Alloy at 600 °C

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    Israelsson, Niklas; Unocic, Kinga A.; Hellström, K.; Jonsson, T.; Norell, M.; Svensson, J. -E.; Johansson, L. -G.

    2015-03-18

    In this paper, the corrosion behaviour of a FeCrAl alloy was investigated at 600 °C in O2 + H2O with solid KCl applied. A kinetics and microstructural investigation showed that KCl accelerates corrosion and that potassium chromate formation depletes the protective scale in Cr, thus triggering the formation of a fast-growing iron-rich scale. Iron oxide was found to grow both inward and outward, on either side of the initial oxide. A chromia layer is formed with time underneath the iron oxide. Finally, it was found that although the alloy does not form a continuous pure alumina scale at the investigated temperature, aluminium is, however, always enriched at the oxide/alloy interface.

  5. Comparative investigation of CuFe2O4 nano and microstructures for structural, morphological, optical and magnetic properties

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    Raja, G.; Gopinath, S.; Raj, R. Azhagu; Shukla, Arun K.; Alhoshan, Mansour S.; Sivakumar, K.

    2016-09-01

    CuFe2O4 nanocrystals were synthesized by the sol-gel method (SGM) and microwave method (MM) by using sucrose as a fuel. The structural, morphological, optical and magnetic properties of the products were determined and characterized in detail by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HR-SEM), photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The XRD results confirmed the formation of cubic phase CuFe2O4. The formation of CuFe2O4 nano and microstructures were confirmed by HR-SEM. Photoluminescence emissions were determined by PL spectra, respectively. The relatively high saturation magnetization (78.22 emu/g) of CuFe2O4-MM shows that it is ferromagnetic and low saturation magnetization (35.98 emu/g) of CuFe2O4O-SGM confirms the super paramagnetic behavior.

  6. AN INVESTIGATION OF WETTABILITY, AND MICROSTRUCTURE IN ALUMINA JOINTS BRAZED WITH Ag-CuO-TiO2

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    Darsell, Jens T.; Hardy, John S.; Kim, Jin Yong Y.; Weil, K. Scott

    2004-04-06

    A silver-based joining technique referred to as reactive air brazing (RAB) has been recently developed for joining high temperature structural ceramic components of the type used in gas turbines, combustion engines, heat exchangers, and burners. It was found that additions of CuO to silver have a significant effect on the wettability and joint strength characteristics of the resulting braze on polycrystalline alumina substrates. More recently, it has been found that by adding as little as 0.5 mol% titania to these Ag-CuO brazes, the wettability of the RAB on alumina surfaces is further enhanced. The results of wettabilty measurements of Ag-CuO-TiO2 RAB compositions on alumina will be presented along with the microstructural characterization of Ag-CuO-TiO2 braze joints in alumina.

  7. Effects of Microalloying on the Microstructures and Mechanical Properties of Directionally Solidified Ni-33(at.%)Al-31Cr-3Mo Eutectic Alloys Investigated

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    Whittenberger, J. Daniel; Raj, Sai V.; Locci, Ivan E.; Salem, Jonathan A.

    2002-01-01

    Despite nickel aluminide (NiAl) alloys' attractive combination of oxidation and thermophysical properties, their development as replacements for superalloy airfoils in gas turbine engines has been largely limited by difficulties in developing alloys with an optimum combination of elevated-temperature creep resistance and room-temperature fracture toughness. Alternatively, research has focused on developing directionally solidified NiAl-based in situ eutectic composites composed of NiAl and (Cr,Mo) phases in order to obtain a desirable combination of properties a systematic investigation was undertaken at the NASA Glenn Research Center to examine the effects of small additions of 11 alloying elements (Co, Cu, Fe, Hf, Mn, Nb, Re, Si, Ta, Ti, and Zr) in amounts varying from 0.25 to 1.0 at.% on the elevated-temperature strength and room-temperature fracture toughness of directionally solidified Ni-33Al-31Cr-3Mo eutectic alloy. The alloys were grown at 12.7 mm/hr, where the unalloyed eutectic base alloy exhibited a planar eutectic microstructure. The different microstructures that formed because of these fifth-element additions are included in the table. The additions of these elements even in small amounts resulted in the formation of cellular microstructures, and in some cases, dendrites and third phases were observed. Most of these elemental additions did not improve either the elevated-temperature strength or the room-temperature fracture toughness over that of the base alloy. However, small improvements in the compression strength were observed between 1200 and 1400 K when 0.5 at.% Hf and 0.25 at.% Ti were added to the base alloy. The results of this study suggest that the microalloying of Ni-33Al-31Cr-3Mo will not significantly improve either its elevatedtemperature strength or its room-temperature fracture toughness. Thus, any improvements in these properties must be acquired by changing the processing conditions.

  8. No place for /h/: an ERP investigation of English fricative place features

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    Schluter, Kevin; Politzer-Ahles, Stephen; Almeida, Diogo

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT The representational format of speech units in long-term memory is a topic of debate. We present novel event-related brain potential evidence from the Mismatch Negativity (MMN) paradigm that is compatible with abstract, non-redundant feature-based models like the Featurally Underspecified Lexicon (FUL). First, we show that the fricatives /s/ and /f/ display an asymmetric pattern of MMN responses, which is predicted if /f/ has a fully specified place of articulation ([Labial]) but /s/ does not ([Coronal], which is lexically underspecified). Second, we show that when /s/ and /h/ are contrasted, no such asymmetric MMN pattern occurs. The lack of asymmetry suggests both that (i) oral and laryngeal articulators are represented distinctly and that (ii) /h/ has no oral place of articulation in long-term memory. The lack of asymmetry between /s/ and /h/ is also in-line with traditional feature-geometric models of lexical representations. PMID:27366758

  9. [Clinical features in fatal Spanish influenza: Japanese Army Hospital medical records investigation].

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    Fujikura, Yuji; Kawana, Akihiko; Kato, Yasuyuki; Mizuno, Yasutaka; Kudo, Koichiro

    2010-03-01

    Pandemic influenza preparedness requires a thorough knowledge of past pandemics. Tokyo First Army Hospital medical records from January 1918 to December 1920 found recently included 132 consecutive records of those diagnosed with influenza. We report on the clinical features in 8 fatal cases. Inpatient mortality was found to be 6.1% (8/132). Cough was noted in 6 (75%) and thoracic rales in 8 (100%) on admission, mimicking pneumonia. Bloody sputum was noted in 5 (62.5%) and diarrhea in 4 (50%), with marked hemorrhagic and digestive symptoms, resembling highly pathogenic avian influenza. Clinical features may differ from seasonal influenza, making early detection and treatment essential especially in severe cases.

  10. A Microstructural and Kinetic Investigation of the KCl-Induced Corrosion of an FeCrAl Alloy at 600 °C

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    Israelsson, Niklas; Unocic, Kinga A.; Hellström, K.; ...

    2015-03-18

    In this paper, the corrosion behaviour of a FeCrAl alloy was investigated at 600 °C in O2 + H2O with solid KCl applied. A kinetics and microstructural investigation showed that KCl accelerates corrosion and that potassium chromate formation depletes the protective scale in Cr, thus triggering the formation of a fast-growing iron-rich scale. Iron oxide was found to grow both inward and outward, on either side of the initial oxide. A chromia layer is formed with time underneath the iron oxide. Finally, it was found that although the alloy does not form a continuous pure alumina scale at the investigatedmore » temperature, aluminium is, however, always enriched at the oxide/alloy interface.« less

  11. Investigating Relationships between Features of Learning Designs and Student Learning Outcomes

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    McNaught, Carmel; Lam, Paul; Cheng, Kin Fai

    2012-01-01

    This article reports a study of eLearning in 21 courses in Hong Kong universities that had a blended design of face-to-face classes combined with online learning. The main focus of the study was to examine possible relationships between features of online learning designs and student learning outcomes. Data-collection strategies included expert…

  12. Investigation of micro-structured Li(Ni1/3Mn1/3Co1/3)O2 cathodes by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy

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    Smyrek, P.; Zheng, Y.; Rakebrandt, J.-H.; Seifert, H. J.; Pfleging, W.

    2017-02-01

    Lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (Li(Ni1/3Mn1/3Co1/3)O2, NMC) thick film electrodes were manufactured by using the doctor-blade technique (tape-casting). Ultrafast laser-structuring was performed in order to improve the electrochemical performance. For this purpose, three-dimensional (3D) micro-structures such as free standing micropillars were generated in NMC cathodes by using femtosecond laser ablation. Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) was used for post-mortem investigation of the lithium distribution of unstructured and femtosecond laser-structured NMC electrodes. For achieving a variable State-of-Health (SoH), both types of electrodes were electrochemically cycled. LIBS calibration was performed based on NMC electrodes with defined lithium amount. Those samples were produced by titration technique in a voltage window of 3.0 V - 5.0 V. Elemental mapping and elemental depth-profiling of lithium with a lateral resolution of 100 μm were applied in order to characterize the whole electrode surface. The main goal is to develop an optimized 3D cell design with improved electrochemical properties which can be correlated to a characteristic lithium distribution along 3D micro-structures at different SoH.

  13. An Investigation of Microstructure and Microhardness of Sn-Cu and Sn-Ag Solders as Functions of Alloy Composition and Cooling Rate

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    Seo, Sun-Kyoung; Kang, Sung K.; Shih, Da-Yuan; Lee, Hyuck Mo

    2009-02-01

    The microstructure and microhardness of Sn- xAg and Sn- xCu solders were investigated as functions of alloy composition and cooling rate. The Ag compositions examined varied from 0.5 wt.% to 3.5 wt.%, while Cu varied from 0.5 wt.% to 2.0 wt.%. Three cooling rates were employed during solidification: 0.02°C/s (furnace cooling), about 10°C/s (air cooling), and 100°C/s or higher (rapid solidification). Sn grain size and orientation were observed by cross-polarization light microscopy and electron-backscattering diffraction (EBSD) techniques. The microhardness was measured to correlate the mechanical properties with alloy compositions and cooling rates. From this study, it was found that both alloy composition and cooling rate can significantly affect the Sn grain size and hardness in Sn-rich solders. The critical factors that affect the microstructure-property relationships of Sn-rich solders are discussed, including grain size, crystal orientation, dendrite cells, twin boundaries, and intermetallic compounds (IMC).

  14. Investigation on the microstructure, mechanical property and corrosion behavior of the selective laser melted CoCrW alloy for dental application.

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    Lu, Yanjin; Wu, Songquan; Gan, Yiliang; Li, Junlei; Zhao, Chaoqian; Zhuo, Dongxian; Lin, Jinxin

    2015-04-01

    In this study, an experimental investigation on fabricating Ni-free CoCrW alloys by selective laser melting (SLM) for dental application was conducted in terms of microstructure, hardness, mechanical property, electrochemical behavior, and metal release; and line and island scanning strategy were applied to determine whether these strategies are able to obtain expected CoCrW parts. The XRD revealed that the γ-phase and ε-phase coexisted in the as-SLM CoCrW alloys; The OM and SEM images showed that the microstructure of CoCrW alloys appeared square-like pattern with the fine cellular dendrites at the borders; tensile test suggested that the difference of mechanical properties of line- and island-formed specimens was very small; whilst the outcomes from the electrochemical and metal release tests indicated that the island-formed alloys showed slightly better corrosion resistance than line-formed ones in PBS and Hanks solutions. Considering that the mechanical properties and corrosion resistance of line-formed and island-formed specimens meet the standards of ISO 22674:2006 and EN ISO 10271, CoCrW dental alloys can be successfully fabricated by line and island scanning strategies in the SLM process. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Investigation of microstructure and V-defect formation inInxGa1-xN/GaN MQW grown using temperature-gradient MOCVD

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    Johnson, M.C.; Liliental-Weber, Z.; Zakharov, D.N.; McCready,D.E.; Jorgenson, R.J.; Wu, J.; Shan, W.; Bourret-Courchesne, E.D.

    2004-11-19

    Temperature-gradient Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition was used to deposit In{sub x}Ga{sub 1-x}N/GaN multiple quantum well structures with a concentration gradient of indium across the wafer. These multiple quantum well structures were deposited on low defect density (2 x 10{sup 8} cm{sup -2}) GaN template layers for investigation of microstructural properties and V-defect (pinhole) formation. Room temperature photoluminescence and photomodulated transmission were used for optical characterization which show a systematic decrease in emission energy for a decrease in growth temperature. Triple-axis X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and cross-section transmission electron microscopy were used to obtain microstructural properties of different regions across the wafer. Results show that there is a decrease in crystal quality and an increase in V-defect formation with increasing indium concentration. A direct correlation was found between V-defect density and growth temperature due to increased strain and indium segregation for increasing indium concentration.

  16. Argon broad ion beam tomography in a cryogenic scanning electron microscope: a novel tool for the investigation of representative microstructures in sedimentary rocks containing pore fluid.

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    Desbois, G; Urai, J L; Pérez-Willard, F; Radi, Z; Offern, S; Burkart, I; Kukla, P A; Wollenberg, U

    2013-03-01

    The contribution describes the implementation of a broad ion beam (BIB) polisher into a scanning electron microscope (SEM) functioning at cryogenic temperature (cryo). The whole system (BIB-cryo-SEM) provides a first generation of a novel multibeam electron microscope that combines broad ion beam with cryogenic facilities in a conventional SEM to produce large, high-quality cross-sections (up to 2 mm(2)) at cryogenic temperature to be imaged at the state-of-the-art SEM resolution. Cryogenic method allows detecting fluids in their natural environment and preserves samples against desiccation and dehydration, which may damage natural microstructures. The investigation of microstructures in the third dimension is enabled by serial cross-sectioning, providing broad ion beam tomography with slices down to 350 nm thick. The functionalities of the BIB-cryo-SEM are demonstrated by the investigation of rock salts (synthetic coarse-grained sodium chloride synthesized from halite-brine mush cold pressed at 150 MPa and 4.5 GPa, and natural rock salt mylonite from a salt glacier at Qom Kuh, central Iran). In addition, results from BIB-cryo-SEM on a gas shale and Boom Clay are also presented to show that the instrument is suitable for a large range of sedimentary rocks. For the first time, pore and grain fabrics of preserved host and reservoir rocks can be investigated at nm-scale range over a representative elementary area. In comparison with the complementary and overlapping performances of the BIB-SEM method with focused ion beam-SEM and X-ray tomography methods, the BIB cross-sectioning enables detailed insights about morphologies of pores at greater resolution than X-ray tomography and allows the production of large representative surfaces suitable for FIB-SEM investigations of a specific representative site within the BIB cross-section. © 2013 The Authors Journal of Microscopy © 2013 Royal Microscopical Society.

  17. Microstructure, Martensite Transition and Mechanical Properties Investigations of Polycrystalline Co-Ni-Al Alloys with Er Doping

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    Ju, Jia; Yang, Liu; Hao, Shuai; Mao, Qitong; Lou, Shuting; Liu, Huan

    2017-03-01

    Using a multi-technique approach, we explore the effect of Er doping on the mechanical properties and phase transition temperature of polycrystalline Co-Ni-Al alloy. The un-doped alloy exhibits poor mechanical properties and a very low phase transition temperature. Therefore, the alloy could not obtain the apparent magnetic-field-induced strain. We show that the microstructure is typical of a multi-phase structure at room temperature. Within the grain boundary, a γ phase exists and is shown to continuously grow surrounding the matrix as the Er is being doped. This results in the appearance of Co2Er in the γ phase when Er rises above 0.5 at.%. The phase transformation temperature clearly increases with doping and reaches room temperature when doping is at 1 at.% Er. The yield stress and ductility of the alloy increased remarkably at first and then slightly decreased with further doping. The sample exhibits an interesting shape memory effect that is enhanced by Er doping or thermo-mechanical cycles.

  18. EBSD Investigation of Cu-Sn IMC Microstructural Evolution in Cu/Sn-Ag/Cu Microbumps During Isothermal Annealing

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    Wang, S. J.; Hsu, L. H.; Wang, N. K.; Ho, C. E.

    2014-01-01

    The microstructural evolution of Cu/Sn-Ag (~5 μm)/Cu Cu-bump-on-line (CuBOL) joints during isothermal annealing at 180°C was examined using a field-emission scanning electron microscope equipped with an electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) system. Cu6Sn5 and Cu3Sn were the two key intermetallic compound (IMC) species that appeared in the CuBOL joints. After annealing for 24 h (= t), the solder had completely converted to Cu-Sn IMCs, forming an "IMC" joint with Cu/Cu3Sn/Cu6Sn5/Cu3Sn/Cu structure. EBSD analyses indicated that the preferred orientation of the hexagonal Cu6Sn5 (η) was , while the preferred orientation was (100) for the monoclinic Cu6Sn5 structure (η'). Upon increasing t to 72 h, Cu6Sn5 entirely transformed into Cu3Sn, and the IMC joint became Cu/Cu3Sn/Cu accordingly. Interestingly, the grain size and crystallographic orientation of Cu3Sn displayed location dependence. Detailed EBSD analyses in combination with transmission electron microscopy on Cu3Sn were performed in the present study. This research offers better understanding of crystallographic details, including crystal structure, grain size, and orientation, for Cu6Sn5 and Cu3Sn in CuBOL joints after various annealing times.

  19. Microstructure, Martensite Transition and Mechanical Properties Investigations of Polycrystalline Co-Ni-Al Alloys with Er Doping

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    Ju, Jia; Yang, Liu; Hao, Shuai; Mao, Qitong; Lou, Shuting; Liu, Huan

    2017-02-01

    Using a multi-technique approach, we explore the effect of Er doping on the mechanical properties and phase transition temperature of polycrystalline Co-Ni-Al alloy. The un-doped alloy exhibits poor mechanical properties and a very low phase transition temperature. Therefore, the alloy could not obtain the apparent magnetic-field-induced strain. We show that the microstructure is typical of a multi-phase structure at room temperature. Within the grain boundary, a γ phase exists and is shown to continuously grow surrounding the matrix as the Er is being doped. This results in the appearance of Co2Er in the γ phase when Er rises above 0.5 at.%. The phase transformation temperature clearly increases with doping and reaches room temperature when doping is at 1 at.% Er. The yield stress and ductility of the alloy increased remarkably at first and then slightly decreased with further doping. The sample exhibits an interesting shape memory effect that is enhanced by Er doping or thermo-mechanical cycles.

  20. Integrating Retrogenesis Theory to Alzheimer's Disease Pathology: Insight from DTI-TBSS Investigation of the White Matter Microstructural Integrity

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    Alves, Gilberto Sousa; Oertel Knöchel, Viola; Knöchel, Christian; Carvalho, André Férrer; Pantel, Johannes; Engelhardt, Eliasz; Laks, Jerson

    2015-01-01

    Microstructural abnormalities in white matter (WM) are often reported in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and may reflect primary or secondary circuitry degeneration (i.e., due to cortical atrophy). The interpretation of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) eigenvectors, known as multiple indices, may provide new insights into the main pathological models supporting primary or secondary patterns of WM disruption in AD, the retrogenesis, and Wallerian degeneration models, respectively. The aim of this review is to analyze the current literature on the contribution of DTI multiple indices to the understanding of AD neuropathology, taking the retrogenesis model as a reference for discussion. A systematic review using MEDLINE, EMBASE, and PUBMED was performed. Evidence suggests that AD evolves through distinct patterns of WM disruption, in which retrogenesis or, alternatively, the Wallerian degeneration may prevail. Distinct patterns of WM atrophy may be influenced by complex interactions which comprise disease status and progression, fiber localization, concurrent risk factors (i.e., vascular disease, gender), and cognitive reserve. The use of DTI multiple indices in addition to other standard multimodal methods in dementia research may help to determine the contribution of retrogenesis hypothesis to the understanding of neuropathological hallmarks that lead to AD. PMID:25685779

  1. Detailed investigation of optoelectronic and microstructural properties of plasma polymerized cyclohexane thin films: Dependence on the radiofrequency power

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    Manaa, C.; Bouaziz, L.; Lejeune, M.; Kouki, F.; Zellama, K.; Benlahsen, M.; Mejatty, M.; Bouchriha, H.

    2015-06-01

    Optical properties of polymerized cyclohexane films deposited by radiofrequency plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition technique at different radiofrequency powers onto glass and silicon substrates, are studied and correlated with the microstructure of the films, using a combination of atomic force microscopy, Raman and Fourier Transformer Infrared spectroscopy and optical measurements. The optical constants such as refractive index n, dielectric permittivity ɛ and extinction k and absorption α coefficients, are extracted from transmission and reflection spectra through the commercial software CODE. These constants lead, by using common theoretical models as Cauchy, Lorentz, Tauc and single effective oscillator, to the determination of the static refractive index ns and permittivity ɛs, the plasma frequency ωp , the carrier density to effective mass ratio N /me* , the optical conductivity σoc, the optical band gap Eg and the oscillation and dispersion energies E0 and Ed, respectively. We find that n, ɛs , ωp , N /me* , Ed , increase with radiofrequency power, while Eg and E0 decrease in the same range of power. These results are well correlated with those obtained from atomic force microscopy, Raman and infrared measurements. They also indicate that the increase of the radiofrequency power promotes the fragmentation of the precursor and increases the carbon C-sp2 hybridization proportion, which results in an improvement of the optoelectronic properties of the films.

  2. Effect of Fatigue Behavior on Microstructural Features in a Cast Al-12Si-CuNiMg Alloy Under High Cycle Fatigue Loading

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    Liu, Jinxiang; Zhang, Qing; Zuo, Zhengxing; Xiong, Yi

    2013-12-01

    High cycle fatigue tests of a cast Al-12Si-CuNiMg alloy are carried out under different stress amplitudes at room temperature. The scanning and transmission electron microscopy observations are used to examine the fracture surfaces and dislocation structures of the tested material, respectively. The results show that the fatigue damage originates from the microstructural defects, and the fracture surface morphology is typical quasi-cleavage fracture. With the increasing strain amplitude, the material fatigue life obviously decreases; however, the dislocation density increases significantly, which leads to the formation of the dislocation walls and cells. Under the cycle loading, the eutectic Si phase and the secondary particles undergo fracture. The pinning effect of the precipitates on the dislocations becomes obvious, indicating that the Al-12Si-CuNiMg alloy has the cyclic hardening characteristic.

  3. Image mining for investigative pathology using optimized feature extraction and data fusion.

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    Chen, Wenjin; Meer, Peter; Georgescu, Bogdan; He, Wei; Goodell, Lauri A; Foran, David J

    2005-07-01

    In many subspecialties of pathology, the intrinsic complexity of rendering accurate diagnostic decisions is compounded by a lack of definitive criteria for detecting and characterizing diseases and their corresponding histological features. In some cases, there exists a striking disparity between the diagnoses rendered by recognized authorities and those provided by non-experts. We previously reported the development of an Image Guided Decision Support (IGDS) system, which was shown to reliably discriminate among malignant lymphomas and leukemia that are sometimes confused with one another during routine microscopic evaluation. As an extension of those efforts, we report here a web-based intelligent archiving subsystem that can automatically detect, image, and index new cells into distributed ground-truth databases. Systematic experiments showed that through the use of robust texture descriptors and density estimation based fusion the reliability and performance of the governing classifications of the system were improved significantly while simultaneously reducing the dimensionality of the feature space.

  4. An investigation into the impact of safety features on the ergonomics of surgical scalpels.

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    Wu, Xuefang; Thomson, Gareth; Tang, Benjie

    2009-05-01

    In the case of surgical scalpels, blade retraction and disposability have been incorporated into a number of commercial designs to address sharps injury and infection transmission issues. Despite these new designs, the traditional metal reusable scalpel is still extensively used and this paper attempts to determine whether the introduction of safety features has compromised the ergonomics and so potentially the take-up of the newer designs. Examples of scalpels have been analysed to determine the ergonomic impact of these design changes. Trials and questionnaires were carried out using both clinical and non-clinical user groups, with the trials making use of assessment of incision quality, cutting force, electromyography and video monitoring. The results showed that ergonomic performance was altered by the design changes and that while these could be for the worse, the introduction of safety features could act as a catalyst to encourage re-evaluation of the ergonomic demands of a highly traditional product.

  5. Microstructural and Compositional Features of the Fibrous and Hyaline Cartilage on the Medial Tibial Plateau Imply a Unique Role for the Hopping Locomotion of Kangaroo

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    He, Bo; Wu, Jian Ping; Xu, Jiake; Day, Robert E.; Kirk, Thomas Brett

    2013-01-01

    Hopping provides efficient and energy saving locomotion for kangaroos, but it results in great forces in the knee joints. A previous study has suggested that a unique fibrous cartilage in the central region of the tibial cartilage could serve to decrease the peak stresses generated within kangaroo tibiofemoral joints. However, the influences of the microstructure, composition and mechanical properties of the central fibrous and peripheral hyaline cartilage on the function of the knee joints are still to be defined. The present study showed that the fibrous cartilage was thicker and had a lower chondrocyte density than the hyaline cartilage. Despite having a higher PG content in the middle and deep zones, the fibrous cartilage had an inferior compressive strength compared to the peripheral hyaline cartilage. The fibrous cartilage had a complex three dimensional collagen meshwork with collagen bundles parallel to the surface in the superficial zone, and with collagen bundles both parallel and perpendicular to the surface in the middle and deep zones. The collagen in the hyaline cartilage displayed a typical Benninghoff structure, with collagen fibres parallel to the surface in the superficial zone and collagen fibres perpendicular to the surface in the deep zone. Elastin fibres were found throughout the entire tissue depth of the fibrous cartilage and displayed a similar alignment to the adjacent collagen bundles. In comparison, the elastin fibres in the hyaline cartilage were confined within the superficial zone. This study examined for the first time the fibrillary structure, PG content and compressive properties of the central fibrous cartilage pad and peripheral hyaline cartilage within the kangaroo medial tibial plateau. It provided insights into the microstructure and composition of the fibrous and peripheral hyaline cartilage in relation to the unique mechanical properties of the tissues to provide for the normal activities of kangaroos. PMID:24058543

  6. Microstructural and compositional features of the fibrous and hyaline cartilage on the medial tibial plateau imply a unique role for the hopping locomotion of kangaroo.

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    He, Bo; Wu, Jian Ping; Xu, Jiake; Day, Robert E; Kirk, Thomas Brett

    2013-01-01

    Hopping provides efficient and energy saving locomotion for kangaroos, but it results in great forces in the knee joints. A previous study has suggested that a unique fibrous cartilage in the central region of the tibial cartilage could serve to decrease the peak stresses generated within kangaroo tibiofemoral joints. However, the influences of the microstructure, composition and mechanical properties of the central fibrous and peripheral hyaline cartilage on the function of the knee joints are still to be defined. The present study showed that the fibrous cartilage was thicker and had a lower chondrocyte density than the hyaline cartilage. Despite having a higher PG content in the middle and deep zones, the fibrous cartilage had an inferior compressive strength compared to the peripheral hyaline cartilage. The fibrous cartilage had a complex three dimensional collagen meshwork with collagen bundles parallel to the surface in the superficial zone, and with collagen bundles both parallel and perpendicular to the surface in the middle and deep zones. The collagen in the hyaline cartilage displayed a typical Benninghoff structure, with collagen fibres parallel to the surface in the superficial zone and collagen fibres perpendicular to the surface in the deep zone. Elastin fibres were found throughout the entire tissue depth of the fibrous cartilage and displayed a similar alignment to the adjacent collagen bundles. In comparison, the elastin fibres in the hyaline cartilage were confined within the superficial zone. This study examined for the first time the fibrillary structure, PG content and compressive properties of the central fibrous cartilage pad and peripheral hyaline cartilage within the kangaroo medial tibial plateau. It provided insights into the microstructure and composition of the fibrous and peripheral hyaline cartilage in relation to the unique mechanical properties of the tissues to provide for the normal activities of kangaroos.

  7. Toward Automated Multi-Trait Scoring of Essays: Investigating Links among Holistic, Analytic, and Text Feature Scores

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    Lee, Yong-Won; Gentile, Claudia; Kantor, Robert

    2010-01-01

    The main purpose of the study was to investigate the distinctness and reliability of analytic (or multi-trait) rating dimensions and their relationships to holistic scores and "e-rater"[R] essay feature variables in the context of the TOEFL[R] computer-based test (TOEFL CBT) writing assessment. Data analyzed in the study were holistic…

  8. Toward Automated Multi-Trait Scoring of Essays: Investigating Links among Holistic, Analytic, and Text Feature Scores

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    Lee, Yong-Won; Gentile, Claudia; Kantor, Robert

    2010-01-01

    The main purpose of the study was to investigate the distinctness and reliability of analytic (or multi-trait) rating dimensions and their relationships to holistic scores and "e-rater"[R] essay feature variables in the context of the TOEFL[R] computer-based test (TOEFL CBT) writing assessment. Data analyzed in the study were holistic…

  9. An Investigation of the 3-μm Feature in M-Type Asteroids

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    Landsman, Zoe A.; Campins, H.; Hargrove, K.; Pinilla-Alonso, N.; Emery, J.; Ziffer, J.

    2013-10-01

    The M-type asteroids had originally been interpreted as the disrupted iron cores of differentiated bodies by spectral analogy with the NiFe meteorites. More detailed studies have since indicated a range of compositions. In particular, the presence of a 3-µm feature, diagnostic of hydration, detected in more than 35% of surveyed M-type asteroids (Jones et al. 1990, Rivkin et al. 1995, 2000) has challenged the notion that these bodies are all metallic. Spectroscopy in the 0.8 - 2.5 µm region has revealed absorption features due to mafic silicates and hydroxides or phyllosilicates (Fornasier et al. 2010, Hardersen et al. 2006, 2010, Ockert-Bell et al. 2010). Radar studies have shown that most M-types are not likely to be iron cores, but they typically have a higher metal content than average (Shepard et al. 2010). Taken together, these results paint a fairly confounding picture of the M-type asteroids. While several interpretations have been suggested, more work is needed to clarify the mineralogy of these bodies. We have started a new spectroscopic study of the M asteroids in the 2 - 4 µm region. We seek to characterize the shape, band center, and band depth of the 3-µm feature where it is present, as these measures are indicative of the type and extent of hydration present on asteroids (Lebofsky et al. 1985, Rivkin et al. 2002, Takir & Emery 2012, Volguardsen et al. 2007). With this work, we hope to shed new light on the origin of hydration on M asteroids and its context within their mineralogy and thermal evolution. In July 2013, we obtained 2 - 4 µm spectra for 69 Hesperia, 136 Austria, and 261 Prymno with the SpeX at NASA’s IRTF, and are in the process of reducing the data. We have also obtained 0.8 - 2.0 µm data for 261 Prymno using the NICS at the TNG in February 2013. We report the presence of an absorption feature near 0.9 µm in Prymno’s spectrum, indicating a partially silicate composition. Based on spectral, physical and orbital similarities to

  10. Microstructural effects on the creep and crack propagation behaviors of {gamma}-Ti aluminide alloy

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    Lupinc, V.; Onofrio, G.; Nazmy, M.; Staubli, M.

    1999-07-01

    Gamma titanium aluminides class of materials possess several unique physical and mechanical properties. These characteristics can be attractive for specific industrial applications. By applying different heat treatment schedules one can change the microstructural features of this class of materials. In the present investigation, two heat treatment schedules were used to produce two different microstructures, duplex (D) and nearly lamellar (NL) in the cast and HIP'ed Ti-47Al-2W-0.5Si alloy. The tensile strength and creep behavior, in the 700--850 C temperature range, of this alloy have been determined and correlated to the corresponding microstructures. In addition, the fatigue crack propagation behavior in this alloy has been studied at different temperatures. The results on the creep behavior showed that the alloy with nearly lamellar microstructure has a strongly improved creep strength as compared with that of the duplex microstructure.

  11. Detailed investigation of optoelectronic and microstructural properties of plasma polymerized cyclohexane thin films: Dependence on the radiofrequency power

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    Manaa, C.; Bouaziz, L.; Lejeune, M.; Zellama, K. Benlahsen, M.; Kouki, F.; Mejatty, M.; Bouchriha, H.

    2015-06-07

    Optical properties of polymerized cyclohexane films deposited by radiofrequency plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition technique at different radiofrequency powers onto glass and silicon substrates, are studied and correlated with the microstructure of the films, using a combination of atomic force microscopy, Raman and Fourier Transformer Infrared spectroscopy and optical measurements. The optical constants such as refractive index n, dielectric permittivity ε and extinction k and absorption α coefficients, are extracted from transmission and reflection spectra through the commercial software CODE. These constants lead, by using common theoretical models as Cauchy, Lorentz, Tauc and single effective oscillator, to the determination of the static refractive index n{sub s} and permittivity ε{sub s}, the plasma frequency ω{sub p}, the carrier density to effective mass ratio N/m{sub e}{sup *}, the optical conductivity σ{sub oc}, the optical band gap E{sub g} and the oscillation and dispersion energies E{sub 0} and E{sub d}, respectively. We find that n, ε{sub s}, ω{sub p}, N/m{sub e}{sup *}, E{sub d}, increase with radiofrequency power, while E{sub g} and E{sub 0} decrease in the same range of power. These results are well correlated with those obtained from atomic force microscopy, Raman and infrared measurements. They also indicate that the increase of the radiofrequency power promotes the fragmentation of the precursor and increases the carbon C-sp{sup 2} hybridization proportion, which results in an improvement of the optoelectronic properties of the films.

  12. Application of EBSD method for the investigation of microstructure and crystallographic orientation in RE2Zr2O7 TBC

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    Chmiela, B.; Sozańska, M.; Moskal, G.

    2012-03-01

    Modern aero engine turbine blades made of nickel-based superalloys are covered by thermal barrier coatings (TBC) for thermal and oxidation protection. A new generation of TBCs consist of a bond coat (thin layer of MCrAlY, where M may be Ni, Co, Fe) followed by a ceramic top coat of RE2Zr2O7 (RE - rare earth element). In this paper we present the possibility of the electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) method for characterisation of the microstructure and crystallographic orientation of a new TBC consisting of a Gd2Zr2O7 top coat and a NiFeCrAlY bond coat after long thermal exposure (1100 °C, 500 h). During thermal exposure, a thermally grown oxide (TGO) layer forms at the bond coat/top coat interface. The TGO is mainly composed of Al2O3. But, there is a possible reaction between Gd2Zr2O7 and Al2O3, leading to Gd-Al-O phases. Phase composition plays an important role in controlling the stress evolution, TGO deformation and crack propagation. Application of SEM-EDS-EBSD techniques allows direct characterisation of the chemical composition, phase composition and crystallographic orientation in the ceramic top coat and TGO layers. This paper presents the possibilities of using the EBSD method for phase identification (Gd2Zr2O7, spinel Ni(Al,Cr)2O4, GdAlO3 and other phases) and orientation analysis of grains in the TGO layer.

  13. Investigation of Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of St37 Steel-Ck60 Steel Joints by Explosive Cladding

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    Yazdani, Majid; Toroghinejad, Mohammad Reza; Hashemi, Seyyed Mohammad

    2015-10-01

    The present work aimed at studying the microstructure and mechanical properties of Ck60/St37 composite plates fabricated by explosive cladding. The explosive ratio and stand-off distance were set to be R = 1.7 and s = 1.5 t, respectively. Optical and scanning electron microscopy revealed that the bonding at the interface had a wavy morphology, but local melted zones were formed along the interface. The chemical composition of the local melted zones was evaluated by energy-dispersive spectroscopy analysis. This analysis showed that the melted zones consisted of both Ck60 and St37 steels. The maximum hardness was obtained near the explosively cladded interface; then these values were decreased by the distance away from the interface. Moreover, it was seen that the local melted zones, especially the vortices, had a high degree of hardness. Shear tests on the cladded metals also showed that the average shear strength was higher than 140 MPa, as set by the ASTM A263-12, implying that composite plates could be used safely. The study was also conducted to consider the strength of bonding by bending test in two ways, one with the cladding metal in tension and the other with the cladding metal in compression. Bending test results showed that these joints could be used safely when the cladded metal was in compression; otherwise, it would be fractured. Finally, impact test results showed that the fracture toughness of cladded samples was higher than that of flyer material due to the higher fracture toughness of the base material.

  14. Analytical and numerical investigations on the accuracy and robustness of geometric features extracted from 3D point cloud data

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    Dittrich, André; Weinmann, Martin; Hinz, Stefan

    2017-04-01

    In photogrammetry, remote sensing, computer vision and robotics, a topic of major interest is represented by the automatic analysis of 3D point cloud data. This task often relies on the use of geometric features amongst which particularly the ones derived from the eigenvalues of the 3D structure tensor (e.g. the three dimensionality features of linearity, planarity and sphericity) have proven to be descriptive and are therefore commonly involved for classification tasks. Although these geometric features are meanwhile considered as standard, very little attention has been paid to their accuracy and robustness. In this paper, we hence focus on the influence of discretization and noise on the most commonly used geometric features. More specifically, we investigate the accuracy and robustness of the eigenvalues of the 3D structure tensor and also of the features derived from these eigenvalues. Thereby, we provide both analytical and numerical considerations which clearly reveal that certain features are more susceptible to discretization and noise whereas others are more robust.

  15. Investigating the role of content knowledge, argumentation, and situational features to support genetics literacy

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    Shea, Nicole Anne

    Science curriculum is often used as a means to train students as future scientists with less emphasis placed on preparing students to reason about issues they may encounter in their daily lives (Feinstein, Allen, & Jenkins, 2013; Roth & Barton, 2004). The general public is required to think scientifically to some degree throughout their life and often across a variety of issues. From an empirical standpoint, we do not have a robust understanding of what scientific knowledge the public finds useful for reasoning about socio-scientific issues in their everyday lives (Feinstein, 2011). We also know very little about how the situational features of an issue influences reasoning strategy (i.e., the use of knowledge to generate arguments). Rapid advances in science - particularly in genetics - increasingly challenge the public to reason about socio-scientific issues. This raises questions about the public's ability to participate knowledgeably in socio-scientific debates, and to provide informed consent for a variety of novel scientific procedures. This dissertation aims to answer the questions: How do individuals use their genetic content knowledge to reason about authentic issues they may encounter in their daily lives? Individuals' scientific knowledge is a critical aspect of scientific literacy, but what scientific literacy looks like in practice as individuals use their content knowledge to reason about issues comprised of different situational features is still unclear. The purpose of this dissertation is to explore what knowledge is actually used by individuals to generate and support arguments about a variety of socio-scientific issues, and how the features of those issues influences reasoning strategy. Three studies were conducted to answer questions reflecting this purpose. Findings from this dissertation provide important insights into what scientific literacy looks like in practice.

  16. Investigation of microstructure evolution during self-annealing in thin Cu films by combining mesoscale level set and ab initio modeling

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    Hallberg, Håkan; Olsson, Pär A. T.

    2016-05-01

    Microstructure evolution in thin Cu films during room temperature self-annealing is investigated by means of a mesoscale level set model. The model is formulated such that the relative, or collective, influence of anisotropic grain boundary energy, mobility and heterogeneously distributed stored energy can be investigated. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations are performed in the present work to provide the variation of grain boundary energy for different grain boundary configurations. The stability of the predominant (111) fiber texture in the as-deposited state is studied as well as the stability of some special low-Σ grain boundaries. Further, the numerical model allows tracing of the grain size distribution and occurrence of abnormal grain growth during self-annealing. It is found that abnormal grain growth depends mainly on the presence of stored energy variations, whereas anisotropic grain boundary energy or mobility is insufficient to trigger any abnormal growth in the model. However, texture dependent grain boundary properties, mobility in particular, contribute to an increased content of low-Σ boundaries in the annealed microstructure. The increased presence of such boundaries is also promoted by stored energy variations. In addition, if the stored energy variations are sufficient the coexisting (111) and (001) texture components in the as-deposited state will evolve into a (001) dominated texture during annealing. Further, it is found that whereas stored energy variations promote the stability of the (001) texture component, anisotropic grain boundary energy and mobility tend to work the other way and stabilize the (111) component at the expense of (001) grains.

  17. Optimization of microstructure development during hot working using control theory

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    Malas, James C.; Frazier, W. Garth; Medina, Enrique A.; Medeiros, Steven; Mullins, W. M.; Chaudhary, Anil; Venugopal, S.; Irwin, R. Dennis; Srinivasan, Raghavan

    1997-09-01

    A new approach for controlling microstructure development during hot working processes is proposed. This approach is based on optimal control theory and involves state-space type models for describing the material behavior and the mechanics of the process. The effect of process control parameters such as strain, strain rate, and temperature on important microstructural features can be systematically formulated and then solved as an optimal control problem. This method has been applied to the optimization of grain size and process parameters such as die geometry and ram velocity during the extrusion of plain carbon steel. Experimental results of this investigation show good agreement with those predicted in the design stage.

  18. Jackpot Expiry: An Experimental Investigation of a New EGM Player-Protection Feature.

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    Rockloff, Matthew J; Donaldson, Phillip; Browne, Matthew

    2015-12-01

    Given the evidence for the motivating influence of electronic gaming machines (EGM) jackpots on intensifying player behaviour (Rockloff and Hing in J Gambl Stud 1-7, 2013), there is good reason to explore consumer-protection features. Jackpot Expiry is a potential feature of a mandatory pre-commitment system or player identification system (e.g., loyalty program) whereby the availability of jackpots expires after a fixed interval of play. One hundred and thirty volunteers (males = 56, females = 74) played a laptop-simulated EGM with a starting $20 real-money stake. In the test condition, players were shown a "relevant" message stating that the promised jackpot had expired and could no longer be won by the participant (after the 20th trial). In the irrelevant message condition a similar pop-up message simply said to push the button to continue. Lastly, a control condition had no pop-up message about the jackpot expiring. The results showed that betting speeds (one indicator of gambling intensity) were significantly slowed by the relevant 'expiry' message. Most importantly, all wagers past the 20th trial were programmed as losses. Player receiving the 'expiry' message for a cash jackpot quit with significantly more money remaining on the machine. Therefore, jackpot expiry was effective in limiting player losses, while there was no evidence that jackpot expiry reduced self-rated player enjoyment of the simulated EGM experience.

  19. Operational Features of the Constant Voltage Anemometer For the Investigation of Supersonic Boundary Layers

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    Comte-Bellot, G.; Sarma, G. R.; Mangalam, S. M.

    1998-11-01

    The new Constant Voltage Anemometer (CVA) has been analyzed in several papers particularly by Sarma 1998, Review of Scientific Instruments (RSI), 69, 6, 2385-2391, and Comte-Bellot, 1998 Chap. 34, CRC Press Handbook of Fluid Dynamics. The convenient use of the CVA has been demonstrated in several applications like detection of the in-flight shock location (Moes et. al 1997 NASA TM 4806), boundary layer stability in hypersonic tunnel, 1997 (Lachowicz et. al AIAA J. 35, 1, 23-28). The resolution of the turbulent components in a supersonic boundary layer with the CVA has been successfully demonstrated by Sarma et. al 1998 ( RSI scheduled for September). In this presentation, the authors will illustrate several features of the CVA particularly useful for supersonic turbulence measurements. The data from CVA could be collected using a fixed compensation setting, while also collecting the hot-wire time constant data and post processing the signals yielding a constant bandwidth and higher productivity. Other features like the in-situ remote overheat adjustment for modal analysis and typical noise spectra will be presented.

  20. Investigating chaotic features in solar radiation over a tropical station using recurrence quantification analysis

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    Ogunjo, Samuel T.; Adediji, Adekunle T.; Dada, Joseph B.

    2017-01-01

    The use of solar energy for power generation and other uses is on the increase. This demand necessitate a better understanding of the underlying dynamics for better prediction. Nonlinear dynamics and its associated tools readily lend itself for such analysis. In this paper, nonlinearity in solar radiation data is tested using recurrence plot (RP) and recurrence quantification analysis (RQA) in a tropical station. The data used was obtained from an ongoing campaign at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Southwestern Nigeria using an Integrated Sensor Suite (Vantage2 Pro). Half hourly and daily values were tested for each month of the year. Both were found to be nonlinear. The dry months of the year exhibit higher chaoticity compared to the wet months of the year. The daily average values were found to be mildly chaotic. Using RQA, features due to external effects such as harmattan and intertropical discontinuity (ITD) on solar radiation data were uniquely identified.

  1. Investigation of Reversing Sand Dunes at the Bruneau Dunes, Idaho, as Analogs for Features on Mars

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    Zimbelman, J. R.; Scheidt, S. P.

    2012-12-01

    The Bruneau Dunes in south-central Idaho include several large reversing sand dunes located within a cut-off meander of the Snake River. These dunes include the largest single-structured sand dune present in North America. Wind records from the Remote Automated Weather Station (RAWS) installation at the Mountain Home Air Force Base, which is ~21 km NW of the Bruneau Dunes, have proved to be very helpful in assessing the regional wind patterns at this section of the western Snake River Plains province; a bimodal wind regime is present, with seasonal changes of strong (sand-moving) winds blowing from either the northwest or the southeast. During April of 2011, we obtained ten precision topographic surveys across the southernmost reversing dune using a Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS). The DGPS data document the shape of the dune going from a low, broad sand ridge at the southern distal end of the dune to the symmetrically shaped 112-m-high central portion of the dune, where both flanks of the dune consist of active slopes near the angle of repose. These data will be useful in evaluating the reversing dune hypothesis proposed for enigmatic features on Mars called Transverse Aeolian Ridges (TARs), which could have formed either as large mega-ripples or small sand dunes. The symmetric profiles across TARs with heights greater than 1 m are more consistent with measured profiles of reversing sand dunes than with measured profiles of mega-ripples (whose surfaces are coated by large particles ranging from coarse sand to gravel, moved by saltation-induced creep). Using DGPS to monitor changes in the three-dimensional location of the crests of the reversing dunes at the Bruneau Dunes should provide a means for estimating the likely timescale for changes of TAR crests if the Martian features are indeed formed in the same manner as reversing sand dunes on Earth.

  2. The features of infrared spectrum of bio-polymer and its theoretical investigation

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    Pang, Xiao-Feng

    2015-12-01

    We have here an insight into the features of molecular structures of bio-polymers with α-helix structure using infrared spectrum and elucidated theoretically, its relationship with bio-functions. In this case, we analyzed first the features of molecular structure of collagen and collected further the infrared spectrum of absorption of collagen and bovine serum albumin containing α-helix conformation in 400-4000 cm-1 as well as their changes of strength of infrared absorption with varying temperatures using Fourier Transform-Infrared (FT-IR) spectrometers in the region of 15-95°C. The results show that there is a new band of 1650 cm-1 close to the amide-I band of 1666 cm-1 or 1670 cm-1 in these bio-polymers, its strength decreases exponentially with increasing temperature of the systems, which can be expressed by exp[-(0.437 + 8.987 × 10-6 T2)], but 1666 cm-1 band increases linearly with increasing temperature. We calculated the energy spectrum of the protein molecules with α-helix conformation using the Soliton Theory of bio-energy transport, which are basically same with the experimental results measured by us. From these results and soliton theory we can conclude that the nonlinear soliton excitation, corresponding to 1650 cm-1 band and the exciton excitation, is related to 1666 cm-1 band, exists in the collagen and bovine serum albumin. In the meanwhile, these results also verified that the soliton theory of bio-energy transport along α-helix bio-polymers is appropriate to the protein molecules with α-helix conformation. Therefore, the studied results are helpful to elucidate the relationship between the molecular structure and bio-function of these bio-polymers.

  3. Dynamic features of carboxy cytoglobin distal mutants investigated by molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Zhao, Cong; Du, Weihong

    2016-04-01

    Cytoglobin (Cgb) is a member of hemoprotein family with roles in NO metabolism, fibrosis, and tumourigenesis. Similar to other hemoproteins, Cgb structure and functions are markedly influenced by distal key residues. The sixth ligand His(81) (E7) is crucial to exogenous ligand binding, heme pocket conformation, and physiological roles of this protein. However, the effects of other key residues on heme pocket and protein biological functions are not well known. In this work, a molecular dynamics (MD) simulation study of two single mutants in CO-ligated Cgb (L46FCgbCO and L46VCgbCO) and two double mutants (L46FH81QCgbCO and L46VH81QCgbCO) was conducted to explore the effects of the key distal residues Leu(46)(B10) and His(81)(E7) on Cgb structure and functions. Results indicated that the distal mutation of B10 and E7 affected CgbCO dynamic properties on loop region fluctuation, internal cavity rearrangement, and heme motion. The distal conformation change was reflected by the distal key residues Gln(62) (CD3) and Arg(84)(E10). The hydrogen bond between heme propionates with CD3 or E10 residues were evidently influenced by B10/E7 mutation. Furthermore, heme pocket rearrangement was also observed based on the distal pocket volume and occurrence rate of inner cavities. The mutual effects of B10 and E7 residues on protein conformational rearrangement and other dynamic features were expressed in current MD studies of CgbCO and its distal mutants, suggesting their crucial role in heme pocket stabilization, ligand binding, and Cgb biological functions. The mutation of distal B10 and E7 residues affects the dynamic features of carboxy cytoglobin.

  4. A modelling investigation of solute transport in permeable porous media containing a discrete preferential flow feature

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    Sebben, Megan L.; Werner, Adrian D.

    2016-08-01

    Preferential flow features (PFFs, e.g. fractures and faults) are common features in rocks that otherwise have significant matrix permeability. Despite this, few studies have explored the influence of a PFF on the distribution of solute plumes in permeable rock formations, and the current understanding of PFF effects on solute plumes is based almost entirely on low-permeability rock matrices. This research uses numerical modelling to examine solute plumes that pass through a PFF in permeable rock, to explore the PFF's influence on plume migration. The study adopts intentionally simplified arrangements involving steady-state solute plumes in idealised, moderate-to-high-permeability rock aquifers containing a single PFF. A range of matrix-PFF permeability ratios (4.9 × 10-6-2.5 × 10-2), typical of fractured sedimentary aquifers, is considered. The results indicate that for conditions representative of high-to-moderate-permeability sedimentary rock matrices containing a medium-sized fracture, the effect of the PFF on solute plume displacement and spreading can be considerable. For example, plumes are between 1.3 and 19 times wider than in associated porous media only scenarios, and medium-sized PFFs in moderately permeable matrices can reduce the maximum solute concentration by up to 104 times. Plume displacement and spreading is lower in aquifers of higher matrix-PFF permeability ratios, and where solute plumes are more dispersed at the point of intersection with the PFF. Asymmetry in the plume caused by the passage through the PFF is more pronounced for more dispersive plumes. The current study demonstrates that PFFs most likely govern solute plume characteristics in typical permeable matrices, given that a single PFF of aperture representing a medium-sized fracture (i.e. 5.0 × 10-4m) produces the equivalent spreading effects of 0.22-7.88 m of plume movement through the permeable matrix.

  5. Investigating the structural and functional features of representative recombinants of chondroitinase ABC I.

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    Moradi, Khadijeh; Shirdel, Seyedeh Akram; Shamsi, Masoumeh; Jafarian, Vahab; Khalifeh, Khosrow

    2017-12-01

    Chondroitin Sulfate Proteoglycans (CSPGs) are the main inhibitors for axon regeneration after damaging of Central Nervous System (CNS). Chondroitinase ABC I (cABC I) can degrade CSPGs by removing chondroitin and dermatan sulfate side chains from proteoglycans. Hence, it may be considered as an attractive candidate in biomedicine. For practical applications of this enzyme, increasing the effective circulating level and reducing the number and volume of injections for patients is one of the main concerns which is directly related to conformational stability and catalytic efficiency of the enzyme. Structural examination of C-terminal domain of cABC I reveals that there are a few numbers of residues in helical conformation which are positioned at the context of a cohesive structural organization of β-strands. In line with our previous studies on C-terminal domain of cABC I and regarding the residues in α-helix conformation; we designed and constructs some representative mutants including M889K, M889L, L679D/M889K and L679S/M889K. According to structural and functional characterization of protein variants and regarding the wide range of variability in determining parameters for β-sheet conformation, we proposed a model in which the structural integrity of β-strands at C-terminal domain can be manipulated and directed toward a new patterns of organization, some of them may have positive effects on the structural and functional features of the enzyme. Using this strategy it may be possible to improve functional and structural features of the enzyme by engineering the intra-molecular interactions in positions far from the active site of the enzyme. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. The distinguishing characteristics of narrative identity in adults with features of Borderline Personality Disorder: An empirical investigation

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    Adler, Jonathan M.; Chin, Erica D.; Kolisetty, Aiswarya P.; Oltmanns, Thomas F.

    2011-01-01

    While identity disturbance has long been considered one of the defining features of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), the present study marks only the third empirical investigation to assess it and the first to do so from the perspective of research on narrative identity. Drawing on the rich tradition of studying narrative identity, the present study examined identity disturbance in a group of 40 mid-life adults, 20 with features of BPD and a matched sample of 20 without BPD. Extensive life story interviews were analyzed for a variety of narrative elements and the themes of agency, communion fulfillment (but not communion), and narrative coherence significantly distinguished the stories of those people with features of BPD from those without the disorder. In addition, associations between the theme of agency and psychopathology were evident six and twelve months following the life story interview. This study seeks to bridge the mutually-informative fields of research on personality disorders and normal identity processes. PMID:22867502

  7. An investigation of sex differences in acoustic features in black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) chick-a-dee calls.

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    Campbell, Kimberley A; Hahn, Allison H; Congdon, Jenna V; Sturdy, Christopher B

    2016-09-01

    Sex differences have been identified in a number of black-capped chickadee vocalizations and in the chick-a-dee calls of other chickadee species [i.e., Carolina chickadees (Poecile carolinensis)]. In the current study, 12 acoustic features in black-capped chickadee chick-a-dee calls were investigated, including both frequency and duration measurements. Using permuted discriminant function analyses, these features were examined to determine if any features could be used to identify the sex of the caller. Only one note type (A notes) classified male and female calls at levels approaching significance. In particular, a permuted discriminant function analysis revealed that the start frequency of A notes best allowed for categorization between the sexes compared to any other acoustic parameter. This finding is consistent with previous research on Carolina chickadee chick-a-dee calls that found that the starting frequency differed between male- and female-produced A notes [Freeberg, Lucas, and Clucas (2003). J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 113, 2127-2136]. Taken together, these results and the results of studies with other chickadee species suggest that sex differences likely exist in the chick-a-dee call, specifically acoustic features in A notes, but that more complex features than those addressed here may be associated with the sex of the caller.

  8. In situ investigation on rapid microstructure evolution in extreme complex environment by developing a new AFBP-TVM sparse tomography algorithm from original CS-XPCMT

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    Xu, Feng; Dong, Bo; Hu, Xiaofang; Xiao, Yu; Wang, Yang

    2017-09-01

    A new sparse tomography method for observing the rapid internal microstructure evolution of material, called the Algebraic Filtered-Back-Projection and Total Variation Minimization (AFBP-TVM) iteration sparse reconstruction algorithm, was proposed in this paper. The new algorithm was developed by combining the two techniques of the Algebraic Reconstruction Technique (ART) and the Filtered-Back-Projection (FBP) on the basis of analysis in linear space. A series of numerical reconstruction experiments were conducted to validate the new algorithm. The results indicated the new algorithm can obtain satisfactory reconstruction images from 1/6 of the projections that were used in traditional algorithms. So the time spent on projection acquisition process can be reduced to 1/6 of that in traditional tomography method. The quality of images reconstructed by new algorithm was better than other algorithms, which was evaluated by three quantitative parameters. The normalized average absolute distance criterion and the normalized mean square criterion, which were used to evaluate the relative error of the reconstruction results (smaller value means better quality of reconstruction), decreased from 0.3758 to 0.1272 and from 0.1832 to 0.0894 respectively. The standardized covariance criterion, which was used to evaluate the similarity level (greater value means higher accuracy of reconstruction), increased from 92.72% to 99.30%. Finally, the new algorithm was validated under actual experimental conditions. The results indicated that the AFBP-TVM algorithm obtained better reconstruction quality than other algorithms. It meant that the AFBP-TVM algorithm may be a suitable method for in situ investigation on material's rapid internal microstructure evolution in extreme complex environment.

  9. Analysis of head impact exposure and brain microstructure response in a season-long application of a jugular vein compression collar: a prospective, neuroimaging investigation in American football.

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    Myer, Gregory D; Yuan, Weihong; Barber Foss, Kim D; Thomas, Staci; Smith, David; Leach, James; Kiefer, Adam W; Dicesare, Chris; Adams, Janet; Gubanich, Paul J; Kitchen, Katie; Schneider, Daniel K; Braswell, Daniel; Krueger, Darcy; Altaye, Mekibib

    2016-10-01

    Historical approaches to protect the brain from outside the skull (eg, helmets and mouthpieces) have been ineffective in reducing internal injury to the brain that arises from energy absorption during sports-related collisions. We aimed to evaluate the effects of a neck collar, which applies gentle bilateral jugular vein compression, resulting in cerebral venous engorgement to reduce head impact energy absorption during collision. Specifically, we investigated the effect of collar wearing during head impact exposure on brain microstructure integrity following a competitive high school American football season. A prospective longitudinal controlled trial was employed to evaluate the effects of collar wearing (n=32) relative to controls (CTRL; n=30) during one competitive football season (age: 17.04±0.67 years). Impact exposure was collected using helmet sensors and white matter (WM) integrity was quantified based on diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) serving as the primary outcome. With similar overall g-forces and total head impact exposure experienced in the two study groups during the season (p>0.05), significant preseason to postseason changes in mean diffusivity, axial diffusivity and radial diffusivity in the WM integrity were noted in the CTRL group (corrected p<0.05) but not in the collar group (p>0.05). The CTRL group demonstrated significantly larger preseason to postseason DTI change in multiple WM regions compared with the collar group (corrected p<0.05). Reduced WM diffusivity alteration was noted in participants wearing a neck collar after a season of competitive football. Collar wearing may have provided a protective effect against brain microstructural changes after repetitive head impacts. NCT02696200. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/.

  10. Analysis of head impact exposure and brain microstructure response in a season-long application of a jugular vein compression collar: a prospective, neuroimaging investigation in American football

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    Myer, Gregory D; Yuan, Weihong; Barber Foss, Kim D; Thomas, Staci; Smith, David; Leach, James; Kiefer, Adam W; Dicesare, Chris; Adams, Janet; Gubanich, Paul J; Kitchen, Katie; Schneider, Daniel K; Braswell, Daniel; Krueger, Darcy; Altaye, Mekibib

    2016-01-01

    Background Historical approaches to protect the brain from outside the skull (eg, helmets and mouthpieces) have been ineffective in reducing internal injury to the brain that arises from energy absorption during sports-related collisions. We aimed to evaluate the effects of a neck collar, which applies gentle bilateral jugular vein compression, resulting in cerebral venous engorgement to reduce head impact energy absorption during collision. Specifically, we investigated the effect of collar wearing during head impact exposure on brain microstructure integrity following a competitive high school American football season. Methods A prospective longitudinal controlled trial was employed to evaluate the effects of collar wearing (n=32) relative to controls (CTRL; n=30) during one competitive football season (age: 17.04±0.67 years). Impact exposure was collected using helmet sensors and white matter (WM) integrity was quantified based on diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) serving as the primary outcome. Results With similar overall g-forces and total head impact exposure experienced in the two study groups during the season (p>0.05), significant preseason to postseason changes in mean diffusivity, axial diffusivity and radial diffusivity in the WM integrity were noted in the CTRL group (corrected p<0.05) but not in the collar group (p>0.05). The CTRL group demonstrated significantly larger preseason to postseason DTI change in multiple WM regions compared with the collar group (corrected p<0.05). Discussion Reduced WM diffusivity alteration was noted in participants wearing a neck collar after a season of competitive football. Collar wearing may have provided a protective effect against brain microstructural changes after repetitive head impacts. Trial registration number NCT02696200. PMID:27307271

  11. Microstructural investigation of a locally mirror-like surface collected at 4 km depth in a Pomeranian shale sample

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    Pluymakers, Anne; Renard, Francois

    2016-04-01

    The presence of shiny sliding surfaces, or mirror surfaces, is sometimes thought to have been caused by slip at seismic velocities. Many fault mirrors reported so far are described to occur in carbonate-rich rocks. Here we present microstructural data on a mirror-like slip surface in the Pomeranian shale, recovered from approximately 4 km depth. The accommodated sliding of this fault is probably small, not more than one or two centimeter. The Pomeranian shale is a dark-grey to black shale, composed of 40-60% illite plus mica, 1-10% organic matter, 10% chlorite, and 10 % carbonates plus minor amounts of K-feldspar, plagioclase and kaolinite. In this sample, the surface is optically smooth with striations and some patches that reflect light. Observations using a Hitachi TM3000 (table-top) SEM show that the striations are omnipresent, though more prominent in the carbonate patches (determined using EDS analysis). The smooth surface is locally covered by granular material with a grain size up to 10 μm. This is shown to consist of a mixture of elements and thus likely locally derived fault gouge. The clay-rich parts of the smooth surface are equidimensional grains, with sub-micron grain sizes, whereas in the unperturbed part of the shale core the individual clay platelets are easy to distinguish, with lengths up to 10 μm. The striated calcite-rich patches appear as single grains with sizes up to several millimeters, though they occasionally are smeared out in a direction parallel to the striations. We have analyzed surface roughness at magnifications of 2.5x to 100x using a standard White Light Interferometer, parallel and perpendicular to slip. At low magnifications, 2.5x and 5x, Hurst exponents were anomalously low, around 0.1 to 0.2, interpreted to be related to a lack of sufficient resolution to pick up the striations. At higher magnification the Hurst exponent is 0.34 to 0.43 parallel to the striation, and 0.44 to 0.61 perpendicular to the striation. This

  12. Temporal Features of Articulation from Childhood to Adolescence: An Electropalatographic Investigation

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    Cheng, Hei Yan; Murdoch, Bruce E.; Goozee, Justine V.

    2007-01-01

    This study was designed to investigate the development of articulatory timing from mid-childhood to late adolescence. Productions of sentences containing /t/, /l/, /s/, and /k/ were produced by 48 children and adults (aged 6-38 years) and captured using the Reading Electropalatography3 (EPG3) system. Mean duration of the sentences and the…

  13. Investigating Neuroanatomical Features in Top Athletes at the Single Subject Level.

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    Taubert, Marco; Wenzel, Uwe; Draganski, Bogdan; Kiebel, Stefan J; Ragert, Patrick; Krug, Jürgen; Villringer, Arno

    2015-01-01

    In sport events like Olympic Games or World Championships competitive athletes keep pushing the boundaries of human performance. Compared to team sports, high achievements in many athletic disciplines depend solely on the individual's performance. Contrasting previous research looking for expertise-related differences in brain anatomy at the group level, we aim to demonstrate changes in individual top athlete's brain, which would be averaged out in a group analysis. We compared structural magnetic resonance images (MRI) of three professional track-and-field athletes to age-, gender- and education-matched control subjects. To determine brain features specific to these top athletes, we tested for significant deviations in structural grey matter density between each of the three top athletes and a carefully matched control sample. While total brain volumes were comparable between athletes and controls, we show regional grey matter differences in striatum and thalamus. The demonstrated brain anatomy patterns remained stable and were detected after 2 years with Olympic Games in between. We also found differences in the fusiform gyrus in two top long jumpers. We interpret our findings in reward-related areas as correlates of top athletes' persistency to reach top-level skill performance over years.

  14. Investigation of image corner features matching algorithm based on heuristic local geometric constrained strategy

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    An, Ru; Wang, Huilin; Fen, Xuezhi; Xu, Daxin; Ruan, Renzong

    2005-11-01

    The main aim of the study is to improve the performance of image matching algorithm of Scene Matching Aided Navigation System. In the paper, corner-based image matching algorithm with automatic search of homonymous corner pairs is discussed. Gaussian Low-pass Filter with different kernels according to the spatial resolution of reference image and real-time image are applied to the image in preprocessing stage to remove noise, to get over spatial resolution difference between reference image and real-time image and to enhance the repeatability of corner detection. A novel fast corner detector, which is based on SUSAN and the geometric structure analysis, is designed to extract corner features. Normalized co-correlation algorithm is applied in search of homonymous corner pairs through a small window centering corners. A heuristic local geometrically constrained strategy is employed to remove mis-matched corner pairs in initial matching stage. In the end, matched corners, in combination with a suitable polynomial algorithm, are used to match and rectify images.

  15. Investigating DNA-, RNA-, and protein-based features as a means to discriminate pathogenic synonymous variants.

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    Livingstone, Mark; Folkman, Lukas; Yang, Yuedong; Zhang, Ping; Mort, Matthew; Cooper, David N; Liu, Yunlong; Stantic, Bela; Zhou, Yaoqi

    2017-10-01

    Synonymous single-nucleotide variants (SNVs), although they do not alter the encoded protein sequences, have been implicated in many genetic diseases. Experimental studies indicate that synonymous SNVs can lead to changes in the secondary and tertiary structures of DNA and RNA, thereby affecting translational efficiency, cotranslational protein folding as well as the binding of DNA-/RNA-binding proteins. However, the importance of these various features in disease phenotypes is not clearly understood. Here, we have built a support vector machine (SVM) model (termed DDIG-SN) as a means to discriminate disease-causing synonymous variants. The model was trained and evaluated on nearly 900 disease-causing variants. The method achieves robust performance with the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of 0.84 and 0.85 for protein-stratified 10-fold cross-validation and independent testing, respectively. We were able to show that the disease-causing effects in the immediate proximity to exon-intron junctions (1-3 bp) are driven by the loss of splicing motif strength, whereas the gain of splicing motif strength is the primary cause in regions further away from the splice site (4-69 bp). The method is available as a part of the DDIG server at http://sparks-lab.org/ddig. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  16. Investigating Neuroanatomical Features in Top Athletes at the Single Subject Level

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    Taubert, Marco; Wenzel, Uwe; Draganski, Bogdan; Kiebel, Stefan J.; Ragert, Patrick; Krug, Jürgen; Villringer, Arno

    2015-01-01

    In sport events like Olympic Games or World Championships competitive athletes keep pushing the boundaries of human performance. Compared to team sports, high achievements in many athletic disciplines depend solely on the individual’s performance. Contrasting previous research looking for expertise-related differences in brain anatomy at the group level, we aim to demonstrate changes in individual top athlete’s brain, which would be averaged out in a group analysis. We compared structural magnetic resonance images (MRI) of three professional track-and-field athletes to age-, gender- and education-matched control subjects. To determine brain features specific to these top athletes, we tested for significant deviations in structural grey matter density between each of the three top athletes and a carefully matched control sample. While total brain volumes were comparable between athletes and controls, we show regional grey matter differences in striatum and thalamus. The demonstrated brain anatomy patterns remained stable and were detected after 2 years with Olympic Games in between. We also found differences in the fusiform gyrus in two top long jumpers. We interpret our findings in reward-related areas as correlates of top athletes’ persistency to reach top-level skill performance over years. PMID:26079870

  17. Investigation of the grain size effect on mechanical properties of Ti-6Al-4V alloy with equiaxed and bimodal microstructures

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    Chong, Yan; Bhattacharjee, Tilak; Shibata, Akinobu; Tsuji, Nobuhiro

    2017-07-01

    In this study, equiaxed microstructures with various grain sizes ranging from 6.0μm to 0.3μm and bimodal microstructures with grain sizes of primary α ranging from 5.0μm to 0.6μm were successfully fabricated by hot deformation and subsequent annealing in α+β two phase region in Ti-6Al-4V alloy having a martensite initial microstructure. The mechanical properties of both microstructures with different grain sizes were tested at room temperature. It was found that the strength (yield and tensile strength) of both microstructures increased with the decrease of the grain size. In the equiaxed microstructure, the uniform elongation gradually decreased with the decrease of the grain size, which was in consistent with the behavior of other metallic materials with ultrafine grains. However, in the bimodal microstructure, relatively large uniform elongation (∼8%) was stably obtained regardless of the grain size. The unique and superior balance between strength and uniform elongation in bimodal microstructures was discussed, considering the contribution of interfaces between primary α grains (α p) and transformed β areas (β trans).

  18. Investigation of features of plastic deformation and fracture of fine-crystalline V-4Ti-4Cr alloy

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    Grinyaev, Konstantin V. Tyumentsev, Alexander N.; Ditenberg, Ivan A.; Smirnov, Ivan V.; Chernov, Vyacheslav M. E-mail: mmp@bochvar.ru; Potapenko, Mikhail M. E-mail: mmp@bochvar.ru

    2014-11-14

    With the use of transmission electron microscopy the investigation of defect substructure was carried out in the V-4Ti-4Cr-(C, N, O) alloy with disperse strengthening (by nanoparticles of oxy-carbo-nitride phase) after deformation by active tension at temperatures of 20 and 800 °C. It has been shown that an important feature of plastic deformation is deformation localization with crystal lattice reorientation.

  19. Investigations of accretion disk evidence and features in weak-line/classical T Tauri stars using BPES and EVIM

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    Boubaker, K.

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, a gas sphere model of weak-line classical T Tauri stars is investigated based on the Enhanced Variational Iteration Method (EVIM) and the Boubaker Polynomials Expansion Scheme (BPES). Solutions for the implemented second-order differential equations are obtained and quantitatively analyzed. The analytical results reveal many interesting features of the main patterns of accretion disks found in some relevant published studies.

  20. Investigations of High Pressure Acoustic Waves in Resonators with Seal-like Features

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    Daniels, Christopher; Steinetz, Bruce; Finkbeiner, Joshua

    2003-01-01

    A conical resonator (having a dissonant acoustic design) was tested in four configurations: (1) baseline resonator with closed ends and no blockage, (2) closed resonator with internal blockage, (3) ventilated resonator with no blockage, and (4) ventilated resonator with an applied pressure differential. These tests were conducted to investigate the effects of blockage and ventilation holes on dynamic pressurization. Additionally, the investigation was to determine the ability of acoustic pressurization to impede flow through the resonator. In each of the configurations studied, the entire resonator was oscillated at the gas resonant frequency while dynamic pressure, static pressure, and temperature of the fluid were measured. In the final configuration, flow through the resonator was recorded for three oscillation conditions. Ambient condition air was used as the working fluid.

  1. Investigating tectonic and bathymetric features of the Indian Ocean using MAGSAT magnetic anomaly data

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    Sailor, R. V.; Lazarewicz, A. R. (Principal Investigator)

    1982-01-01

    An equivalent source anomaly map and a map of the relative magnetization for the investigation region were produced. Gravimetry, bathymetry, and MAGSAT anomaly maps were contoured in pseudocolor displays. Finally, an autoregressive spectrum estimation technique was verified with synthetic data and shown to be capable of resolving exponential power spectra using small samples of data. Interpretations were made regarding the relationship between MAGSAT data spectra and crustal anomaly spectra.

  2. Investigating service features to sustain engagement in early intervention mental health services.

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    Becker, Mackenzie; Cunningham, Charles E; Christensen, Bruce K; Furimsky, Ivana; Rimas, Heather; Wilson, Fiona; Jeffs, Lisa; Madsen, Victoria; Bieling, Peter; Chen, Yvonne; Mielko, Stephanie; Zipursky, Robert B

    2017-08-23

    To understand what service features would sustain patient engagement in early intervention mental health treatment. Mental health patients, family members of individuals with mental illness and mental health professionals completed a survey consisting of 18 choice tasks that involved 14 different service attributes. Preferences were ascertained using importance and utility scores. Latent class analysis revealed segments characterized by distinct preferences. Simulations were carried out to estimate utilization of hypothetical clinical services. Overall, 333 patients and family members and 183 professionals (N = 516) participated. Respondents were distributed between a Professional segment (53%) and a Patient segment (47%) that differed in a number of their preferences including for appointment times, individual vs group sessions and mode of after-hours support. Members of both segments shared preferences for many of the service attributes including having crisis support available 24 h per day, having a choice of different treatment modalities, being offered help for substance use problems and having a focus on improving symptoms rather than functioning. Simulations predicted that 60% of the Patient segment thought patients would remain engaged with a Hospital service, while 69% of the Professional segment thought patients would be most likely to remain engaged with an E-Health service. Patients, family members and professionals shared a number of preferences about what service characteristics will optimize patient engagement in early intervention services but diverged on others. Providing effective crisis support as well as a range of treatment options should be prioritized in the future design of early intervention services. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.

  3. A machine learning approach to investigate the relationship between shape features and numerically predicted risk of ascending aortic aneurysm.

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    Liang, Liang; Liu, Minliang; Martin, Caitlin; Elefteriades, John A; Sun, Wei

    2017-04-06

    Geometric features of the aorta are linked to patient risk of rupture in the clinical decision to electively repair an ascending aortic aneurysm (AsAA). Previous approaches have focused on relationship between intuitive geometric features (e.g., diameter and curvature) and wall stress. This work investigates the feasibility of a machine learning approach to establish the linkages between shape features and FEA-predicted AsAA rupture risk, and it may serve as a faster surrogate for FEA associated with long simulation time and numerical convergence issues. This method consists of four main steps: (1) constructing a statistical shape model (SSM) from clinical 3D CT images of AsAA patients; (2) generating a dataset of representative aneurysm shapes and obtaining FEA-predicted risk scores defined as systolic pressure divided by rupture pressure (rupture is determined by a threshold criterion); (3) establishing relationship between shape features and risk by using classifiers and regressors; and (4) evaluating such relationship in cross-validation. The results show that SSM parameters can be used as strong shape features to make predictions of risk scores consistent with FEA, which lead to an average risk classification accuracy of 95.58% by using support vector machine and an average regression error of 0.0332 by using support vector regression, while intuitive geometric features have relatively weak performance. Compared to FEA, this machine learning approach is magnitudes faster. In our future studies, material properties and inhomogeneous thickness will be incorporated into the models and learning algorithms, which may lead to a practical system for clinical applications.

  4. Microstructural lines involving luminescence

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    Shimada, Kazuhiko

    2004-06-01

    Japanese National Printing Bureau has been focused upon the development of anti-copy lines for many years. The basic concept with regard to security measure lies in the merge of art and technology. On this basis, our originally developed anti-copy lines show flexibility to various security designs. Our newest anti-copy lines comprising from the Tri-Branched and Divided Lines shows clearer latent image effect compared to that of our other developed anti-copy lines. However, the anti-copy effect of security printing lines with microstructure is deteriorating due to the emergence of digital image techniques with higher resolution. In this situation, this paper introduces a new security measure comprising from luminescence and security printing lines with microstructure. It gives rise to a latent image effect under UV light due to the characteristic microstructure while visually same density. The principle advantage is that the combination of the anti-copy and luminescent feature strongly enhances its secure effect in documents. There is no necessity of two kinds of inks and any specially designed equipment to produce security documents with microstructural lines involving luminescence.

  5. An Investigation for Ground State Features of Some Structural Fusion Materials

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    Aytekin, H.; Tel, E.; Baldik, R.; Aydin, A.

    2011-02-01

    Environmental concerns associated with fossil fuels are creating increased interest in alternative non-fossil energy sources. Nuclear fusion can be one of the most attractive sources of energy from the viewpoint of safety and minimal environmental impact. When considered in all energy systems, the requirements for performance of structural materials in a fusion reactor first wall, blanket or diverter, are arguably more demanding or difficult than for other energy system. The development of fusion materials for the safety of fusion power systems and understanding nuclear properties is important. In this paper, ground state properties for some structural fusion materials as 27Al, 51V, 52Cr, 55Mn, and 56Fe are investigated using Skyrme-Hartree-Fock method. The obtained results have been discussed and compared with the available experimental data.

  6. Integrated system for investigating sub-surface features of a rock formation

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    Vu, Cung Khac; Skelt, Christopher; Nihei, Kurt; Johnson, Paul A.; Guyer, Robert; Ten Cate, James A.; Le Bas, Pierre -Yves; Larmat, Carene S.

    2015-08-18

    A system for investigating non-linear properties of a rock formation around a borehole is provided. The system includes a first sub-system configured to perform data acquisition, control and recording of data; a second subsystem in communication with the first sub-system and configured to perform non-linearity and velocity preliminary imaging; a third subsystem in communication with the first subsystem and configured to emit controlled acoustic broadcasts and receive acoustic energy; a fourth subsystem in communication with the first subsystem and the third subsystem and configured to generate a source signal directed towards the rock formation; and a fifth subsystem in communication with the third subsystem and the fourth subsystem and configured to perform detection of signals representative of the non-linear properties of the rock formation.

  7. Characteristic Features of Water Dynamics in Restricted Geometries Investigated with Quasi-Elastic Neutron Scattering

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    Osti, Naresh C.; Mamontov, Eugene; Ramirez-cuesta, A.; ...

    2015-12-10

    Understanding the molecular behavior of water in spatially restricted environments is important to better understanding its role in many biological, chemical and geological processes. Here we examine the translational diffusion of water confined to a variety of substrates, from flat surfaces to nanoporous media, in the context of a recently proposed universal scaling law (Chiavazzo 2014) [1]. Using over a dozen previous neutron scattering results, we test the validity of this law, evaluating separately the influence of the hydration amount, and the effects of the size and morphology of the confining medium. Additionally, we investigate the effects of changing instrumentmore » resolutions and fitting models on the applicability of this law. Finally, we perform quasi-elastic neutron scattering measurements on water confined inside nanoporous silica to further evaluate this predictive law, in the temperature range 250≤T≤290 K.« less

  8. Characteristic features of water dynamics in restricted geometries investigated with quasi-elastic neutron scattering

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    Osti, N. C.; Coté, A.; Mamontov, E.; Ramirez-Cuesta, A.; Wesolowski, D. J.; Diallo, S. O.

    2016-02-01

    Understanding the molecular behavior of water in spatially restricted environments is key to better understanding its role in many biological, chemical and geological processes. Here we examine the translational diffusion of water confined to a variety of substrates, from flat surfaces to nanoporous media, in the context of a recently proposed universal scaling law (Chiavazzo 2014) [1]. Using over a dozen previous neutron scattering results, we test the validity of this law, evaluating separately the influence of the hydration amount, and the effects of the size and morphology of the confining medium. Additionally, we investigate the effects of changing instrument resolutions and fitting models on the applicability of this law. Finally, we perform quasi-elastic neutron scattering measurements on water confined inside nanoporous silica to further evaluate this predictive law, in the temperature range 250≤T≤290 K.

  9. Investigating tectonic and bathymetric features of the Indian Ocean using MAGSAT magnetic anomaly data

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    Lazarewicz, A. R.; Sailor, R. V. (Principal Investigator)

    1982-01-01

    MAGSAT Investigator-B tapes were preprocessed by (1) removing all data points with obvious erroneous values and location errors; (2) removing smaller spikes (typically 15 nT or more), and deleting data tracks with fewer than 20 points; and (3) removing a linear trend from each track. The remaining data were recorded on tape for use by the equivalent source mapping (ESMAP) program which uses a least squares algorithm to fit the magnetization parameter of the grid of equivalent source dipoles in the crust to satellite data acquired at different times and locations. ESMAP was implemented on the TASC computing system and modified to read preprocessed MAGSAT tapes and interface with TASC plotting software. Some verification of the software was accomplished. Gridded 1-degree mean values of gravity anomaly and sea surface undulation computed from SEASAT radar altimeter were obtained and brought on line.

  10. Characteristic Features of Water Dynamics in Restricted Geometries Investigated with Quasi-Elastic Neutron Scattering

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    Osti, Naresh C.; Mamontov, Eugene; Ramirez-cuesta, A.; Wesolowski, David J.; Diallo, S. O.

    2015-12-10

    Understanding the molecular behavior of water in spatially restricted environments is important to better understanding its role in many biological, chemical and geological processes. Here we examine the translational diffusion of water confined to a variety of substrates, from flat surfaces to nanoporous media, in the context of a recently proposed universal scaling law (Chiavazzo 2014) [1]. Using over a dozen previous neutron scattering results, we test the validity of this law, evaluating separately the influence of the hydration amount, and the effects of the size and morphology of the confining medium. Additionally, we investigate the effects of changing instrument resolutions and fitting models on the applicability of this law. Finally, we perform quasi-elastic neutron scattering measurements on water confined inside nanoporous silica to further evaluate this predictive law, in the temperature range 250≤T≤290 K.

  11. The investigation of the microstructure behavior of the spray distances and argon gas flow rates effects on the aluminum coating using self-generated atmospheric plasma spray system

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    Khandanjou, Sh.; Ghoranneviss, M.; Saviz, Sh.

    2017-09-01

    In the present paper, our aims are the investigation of the effects of the spray parameters of the aluminum-coated layer on the microstructure and mechanical properties. For this purpose, we use the self-generated atmospheric plasma spray system for coating of aluminum on the carbon steel substrate to protect it against corrosion degradation. This system allows us to achieve the best choice for parameters. In this paper, the effects of spray distance and argon flow rate on the characteristics of aluminum coating are investigated. To obtain the results, the analyses are used such as X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, micro hardness of the coating by Vickers method, and adhesion strength behaviors by pull-off test. The results show that the porosity increases with increasing distance. This phenomenon reduces the hardness and adhesion, which is clearly evident in our results. The other important conclusion is that, if the gas flow rate increases, the porosity decreases. It is shown that the best adhesion strength is obtained at the special value of the spraying distance.

  12. The investigation of the microstructure behavior of the spray distances and argon gas flow rates effects on the aluminum coating using self-generated atmospheric plasma spray system

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    Khandanjou, Sh.; Ghoranneviss, M.; Saviz, Sh.

    2017-06-01

    In the present paper, our aims are the investigation of the effects of the spray parameters of the aluminum-coated layer on the microstructure and mechanical properties. For this purpose, we use the self-generated atmospheric plasma spray system for coating of aluminum on the carbon steel substrate to protect it against corrosion degradation. This system allows us to achieve the best choice for parameters. In this paper, the effects of spray distance and argon flow rate on the characteristics of aluminum coating are investigated. To obtain the results, the analyses are used such as X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, micro hardness of the coating by Vickers method, and adhesion strength behaviors by pull-off test. The results show that the porosity increases with increasing distance. This phenomenon reduces the hardness and adhesion, which is clearly evident in our results. The other important conclusion is that, if the gas flow rate increases, the porosity decreases. It is shown that the best adhesion strength is obtained at the special value of the spraying distance.

  13. Investigation of Microstructural Factors that Cause Low Fracture Toughness in Silicon Carbide Whisker/Al Alloy Composites.

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    1986-08-15

    extrusion methods developed at ARCO Silag have greatly improved whisker distribution throughout the matrix. In Figure 4, note the distribution and orientation...being used in this investigation). The composites of altered chemistry were proposed by ARCO 4. N Silag . However, only a limited amount of material, less...observed at fiber ends and running through grains adjacent to whiskers (Figure 11). Dislocation density measurements have not been made, but intense

  14. Numerical investigations with WRF about atmospheric features leading to heavy precipitation and flood events over the Central Andes' complex topography

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    Zamuriano, Marcelo; Brönnimann, Stefan

    2017-04-01

    It's known that some extremes such as heavy rainfalls, flood events, heatwaves and droughts depend largely on the atmospheric circulation and local features. Bolivia is no exception and while the large scale dynamics over the Amazon has been largely investigated, the local features driven by the Andes Cordillera and the Altiplano is still poorly documented. New insights on the regional atmospheric dynamics preceding heavy precipitation and flood events over the complex topography of the Andes-Amazon interface are added through numerical investigations of several case events: flash flood episodes over La Paz city and the extreme 2014 flood in south-western Amazon basin. Large scale atmospheric water transport is dynamically downscaled in order to take into account the complex topography forcing and local features as modulators of these events. For this purpose, a series of high resolution numerical experiments with the WRF-ARW model is conducted using various global datasets and parameterizations. While several mechanisms have been suggested to explain the dynamics of these episodes, they have not been tested yet through numerical modelling experiments. The simulations captures realistically the local water transport and the terrain influence over atmospheric circulation, even though the precipitation intensity is in general unrealistic. Nevertheless, the results show that Dynamical Downscaling over the tropical Andes' complex terrain provides useful meteorological data for a variety of studies and contributes to a better understanding of physical processes involved in the configuration of these events.

  15. Compositional and technological features of glazed pottery from Aosta Valley (Italy): a SEM-EDS investigation.

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    Gulmini, Monica; Appolonia, Lorenzo; Framarin, Patrizia; Mirti, Piero

    2006-11-01

    Twelve finds from archaeological excavations carried out in the Aosta region (Italy) were studied by scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy-dispersive X-ray detection (SEM-EDS). The archaeological samples were shards of glazed pottery dating from the fourth to the seventh century AD. Analysis of ceramic bodies revealed a general homogeneity in composition among the studied samples and the use of a noncalcareous clay for their manufacture; however, two shards stand out due to their high iron contents. Glazes proved to be high-lead products with more than 70% PbO in all of the samples investigated but one. For the latter, a composition poorer in lead and richer in silicon, aluminium and iron was found. SEM observation of the contact region between body and glaze suggests that the vitreous coatings were mostly obtained by applying the glazing components onto the unfired clay body; moreover, a comparison between clay and glaze compositions suggests the use of a lead compound mixed with a silica-rich material, not a lead compound by itself.

  16. Microstructural investigations of principal slip zones in carbonates, examples from shallow crustal strike-slip faults in the Northern Calcareous Alps (Austria)

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    Bauer, Helene; Grasemann, Bernhard; Decker, Kurt

    2014-05-01

    Faults in the upper crust can move episodically by seismic deformation (individual earthquake ruptures) and/or continuously by aseismic creep deformation. In carbonate fault zones, several studies have shown that seismic deformation produces very narrow principal slip zones (cm to mm wide) that accommodate most of the fault displacement during an individual earthquake. Within these principal slip zones, ultracataclasites containing the principal slip surface, fluidization of ultracataclastic sub-layers and clast cortex grains have been proposed to be characteristic for seismic slip. In contrast, pressure solution has been proposed as a mechanism of aseismic sliding along a fault. Spaced cleavage solution planes and associated veins indicate diffusive mass transfer and precipitation in pervasive vein networks. At micro-scale, calcite CPO in fine-grained matrix of principal slip zones has been suggested to result from post-seismic pressure solution creep. Here, we present field data from the Salzchtal-Ennstal-Mariazell-Puchberg (SEMP) fault system (Austria) to interpret the principal slip zones with regard to possible indicators of seismic or aseismic deformation. We investigated exhumed, ancient sinistral strike-slip faults in dolomite and limestone that formed during eastward lateral extrusion of the Eastern Alps during Oligocene to Lower Miocene. The faults belong to a system of convergent strike-slip duplexes that developed at a restraining bend on an eastern segment of the SEMP-fault system. Distinct fault cores contain cataclastic fault rocks differing in textural complexity. Microstructural analysis of cataclastic fault rocks was done using both, optical and electron microscopy. Microstructures reveal several cataclastic types that can be interpreted in terms of different stages of cataclastic evolution. Coarser grained, well cemented cataclasites underlie fine grained ultracataclastic layers. For at least two of the faults, cataclasites containing clast

  17. Microstructure and properties of ceramics

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    Hamano, K.

    1984-01-01

    The history of research into the microstructure and properties of ceramic ware is discussed; methods of producing ceramics with particular characteristics are investigated. Bubbles, sintering, cracks, and electron microscopy are discussed.

  18. [Investigation on the biophysical features of strong luminescence phenomena in the 14 channel of human body].

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    Yan, Z Q; Shi, Y Q; Wang, Y Z

    1989-01-01

    During the last few years, using the ultra-feeble cold luminescence signal of the body surface as an indicator, we had previously characterized quantitatively the dominant propagated sensation along the classical channels and the regulatory effects of acupuncture on human body. There was a great improvement upon our original apparatus for the measurement which permitted the precise detection for the superficial luminescence phenomena at the acupoints along the classical channels on body surface, by which the intense luminescence lines (various points were described as a line) were found. The nature bio-luminescence of human body surface was investigated in 158 healthy subjects, 158 times for regular channels and 11,582 times for acupoints. It was found that existed intense cold luminescent points (or described as the lines) on body surface along the courses identical with Fourteen Classical Channels, i.e. Back Middle Channel, Front Middle Channel, Lung Channel of Hand Taiyin, Heart Channel of Hand Shaoyin, Pericardium Channel of Hand Jueyin, Large intestine Channel of Hand Yangming, Small Intestine Channel of Hand Taiyang, Triple Burners (warmer) Channel of Hand Shaoyang, Stomach Channel of Foot Yangming, Urinary Bladder Channel of Foot Taiyang, Gall Bladder Channel of Foot Shaoyang, Spleen Channel of Foot Taiyin, Kidney Channel of Foot Thaoyin and Liver Channel of Foot Jueyin. The intensity of luminescence at the classical acupoints was 1.5 times higher than that of the matched points bilaterally 0.5 cm apart from either side of each classical channel, providing that the observation data were displayed by an automatic digital computer, the mean values and standard errors calculated logarithmically and the comparisons assessed with T-test.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  19. Investigation of Sediment Pathways and Concealed Sedimentological Features in Hidden River Cave, Kentucky

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    Feist, S.; Maclachlan, J. C.; Reinhardt, E. G.; McNeill-Jewer, C.; Eyles, C.

    2016-12-01

    Hidden River Cave is part of a cave system hydrogeologically related to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky and is a multi-level active cave system with 25km of mapped passages. Upper levels experience flow during flood events and lower levels have continuously flowing water. Improper industrial and domestic waste disposal and poor understanding of local hydrogeology lead to contamination of Hidden River Cave in the early 1940s. Previously used for hydroelectric power generation and as a source of potable water the cave was closed to the public for almost 50 years. A new sewage treatment plant and remediation efforts since 1989 have improved the cave system's health. This project focuses on sedimentological studies in the Hidden River Cave system. Water and sediment transport in the cave are being investigated using sediment cores, surface sediment samples and water level data. An Itrax core scanner is used to analyze sediment cores for elemental concentrations, magnetic susceptibility, radiography, and high resolution photography. Horizons of metal concentrations in the core allow correlation of sedimentation events in the cave system. Thecamoebian (testate amoebae) microfossils identified in surface samples allow for further constraint of sediment sources, sedimentation rates, and paleoclimatic analysis. Dive recorders monitor water levels, providing data to further understand the movement of sediment through the cave system. A general time constraint on the sediment's age is based on the presence of microplastic in the surface samples and sediment cores, and data from radiocarbon and lead-210 dating. The integration of various sedimentological data allows for better understanding of sedimentation processes and their record of paleoenvironmental change in the cave system. Sediment studies and methodologies from this project can be applied to other karst systems, and have important applications for communities living on karst landscapes and their water management policies.

  20. Classical molecular dynamics investigation of microstructure evolution and grain boundary diffusion in nano-polycrystalline UO2

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    Govers, K.; Verwerft, M.

    2013-07-01

    The High Burnup Structure (HBS) observed at pellet periphery in conventional Light Water Reactor nuclear fuels and around spots presenting high plutonium content in mixed (U, Pu) oxide fuel - MOX fuel - consists of a restructuration of the original grains into smaller ones. The process is often postulated to occur because of the accumulation of irradiation damage and the retention of fission products in the matrix. The computing power nowadays available enables for simulating larger systems at the atomic scale up to the point that nano-polycrystalline material can now be investigated by empirical potential molecular dynamics. Simulations of nano-polycrystalline UO2 structures have been carried out at various temperatures to investigate atom mobility close to grain boundaries. The variation of Arrhénius parameters for the diffusion coefficient of oxygen, uranium and xenon as a function of the distance from a grain boundary was studied, leading to the distinction of three zones: the grain boundary layers (up to 1 nm depth) presenting enhanced diffusion, an intermediate zone (1 to roughly 2 nm depth) with intermediate diffusion values and the bulk of the grains. The following Arrhénius relations for grain boundary diffusion were derived:

  1. Dimensionality of ICA in resting-state fMRI investigated by feature optimized classification of independent components with SVM

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    Wang, Yanlu; Li, Tie-Qiang

    2015-01-01

    Different machine learning algorithms have recently been used for assisting automated classification of independent component analysis (ICA) results from resting-state fMRI data. The success of this approach relies on identification of artifact components and meaningful functional networks. A limiting factor of ICA is the uncertainty of the number of independent components (NIC). We aim to develop a framework based on support vector machines (SVM) and optimized feature-selection for automated classification of independent components (ICs) and use the framework to investigate the effects of input NIC on the ICA results. Seven different resting-state fMRI datasets were studied. 18 features were devised by mimicking the empirical criteria for manual evaluation. The five most significant (p < 0.01) features were identified by general linear modeling and used to generate a classification model for the framework. This feature-optimized classification of ICs with SVM (FOCIS) framework was used to classify both group and single subject ICA results. The classification results obtained using FOCIS and previously published FSL-FIX were compared against manually evaluated results. On average the false negative rate in identifying artifact contaminated ICs for FOCIS and FSL-FIX were 98.27 and 92.34%, respectively. The number of artifact and functional network components increased almost linearly with the input NIC. Through tracking, we demonstrate that incrementing NIC affects most ICs when NIC < 33, whereas only a few limited ICs are affected by direct splitting when NIC is incremented beyond NIC > 40. For a given IC, its changes with increasing NIC are individually specific irrespective whether the component is a potential resting-state functional network or an artifact component. Using FOCIS, we investigated experimentally the ICA dimensionality of resting-state fMRI datasets and found that the input NIC can critically affect the ICA results of resting-state fMRI data. PMID

  2. Dimensionality of ICA in resting-state fMRI investigated by feature optimized classification of independent components with SVM.

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    Wang, Yanlu; Li, Tie-Qiang

    2015-01-01

    Different machine learning algorithms have recently been used for assisting automated classification of independent component analysis (ICA) results from resting-state fMRI data. The success of this approach relies on identification of artifact components and meaningful functional networks. A limiting factor of ICA is the uncertainty of the number of independent components (NIC). We aim to develop a framework based on support vector machines (SVM) and optimized feature-selection for automated classification of independent components (ICs) and use the framework to investigate the effects of input NIC on the ICA results. Seven different resting-state fMRI datasets were studied. 18 features were devised by mimicking the empirical criteria for manual evaluation. The five most significant (p < 0.01) features were identified by general linear modeling and used to generate a classification model for the framework. This feature-optimized classification of ICs with SVM (FOCIS) framework was used to classify both group and single subject ICA results. The classification results obtained using FOCIS and previously published FSL-FIX were compared against manually evaluated results. On average the false negative rate in identifying artifact contaminated ICs for FOCIS and FSL-FIX were 98.27 and 92.34%, respectively. The number of artifact and functional network components increased almost linearly with the input NIC. Through tracking, we demonstrate that incrementing NIC affects most ICs when NIC < 33, whereas only a few limited ICs are affected by direct splitting when NIC is incremented beyond NIC > 40. For a given IC, its changes with increasing NIC are individually specific irrespective whether the component is a potential resting-state functional network or an artifact component. Using FOCIS, we investigated experimentally the ICA dimensionality of resting-state fMRI datasets and found that the input NIC can critically affect the ICA results of resting-state fMRI data.

  3. Rolling Spheres on Bioinspired Microstructured Surfaces.

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    Ryu, Brian K; Dhong, Charles; Fréchette, Joëlle

    2017-01-10

    Microstructured surfaces, such as those inspired by nature, mediate surface interactions and are actively sought after to control wetting, adhesion, and friction. In particular, the rolling motion of spheres on microstructured surfaces in fluid environments is important for the transport of particles in microfluidic devices or in tribology. Here, we characterize the motion of smooth silicon nitride spheres (diameters 3-5 mm) as they roll down inclined planes decorated with hexagonal arrays of microwells and micropillars. For both types of patterned surfaces, we vary the area fraction of the micropatterned features from 0.04 to 0.96. We measure directly and independently the rotational and translational velocities of the spheres as they roll down planes with inclination angles that vary between 5 and 30°. For a given area fraction, we find that spheres have a higher translational and rotational velocity on surfaces with microwells than on micropillars. We rely on the model of Smart and Leighton [Phys. Fluids A 5, 13 (1993)] to obtain an effective gap width and coefficient of friction for all microstructured surfaces investigated. We find that the coefficient of friction is significantly higher for a surface with micropillars than that for one with microwells, likely due to the presence of interconnected drainage channels that provide additional paths for the fluid flow and favor solid-solid contact on the surface with micropillars. We find that while the effective gap width at a very low solid fraction is equal to the height of the patterned features, the effective separation decreases exponentially as the surface coverage of microstructures increases, with little measured differences between the two geometries. Superposition of resistance functions is used to relate the rapid decrease in the effective gap height with increase in the surface coverage observed in experiments.

  4. Investigation on the microstructure and mechanical properties of CuCrZr after manufacturing thermal cycle for plasma facing component

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    Park, Jeong-Yong; Jung, Yang-Il; Choi, Byung-Kwon; Lee, Jung-Suk; Jeong, Yong Hwan; Hong, Bong Guen

    2011-10-01

    The effects of manufacturing thermal cycle on the various mechanical properties of CuCrZr were investigated. Vickers hardness was changed with an aging temperature in an identical manner with the strength change in a wide range of heat treatment. The change of Charpy impact energy with an aging temperature exhibited an opposite trend to the changes of the strength and hardness. At least in terms of the impact energy of CuCrZr, aging at a higher temperate would be preferable if the strength of CuCrZr could be maintained higher than the limitation value after the completion of the fabrication of ITER first wall. The fatigue life of CuCrZr was influenced to a certain extent by the cooling rate and the aging temperature. Especially in the higher strain amplitude, the contribution of the elastic and plastic components to the fatigue response was dependent on the yield strength which is determined by the aging temperature.

  5. Metal-semiconductor reaction phenomena and microstructural investigations of laser-induced regrowth of silicon on insulators

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    Magee, T. J.; Leung, C.; Ormond, R.; Armistead, R. A.

    1981-01-01

    The defect structure in CVD Si layers on sapphire were investigated before and after scanning laser annealing. Prior to laser annealing, the films were characterized by the presence of stacking faults, twinning zones dislocation lines producing large regions of high disorder. Subsequent to laser annealing under conditions to produce total melting of the Si layers it was shown that liquid phase epitaxial regrowth occurred resulting in regions of defect-free Si and a total absence of twinning regions. Correlated Rutherford backscattering, channeling and transmission electron microscopic analyses showed a dramatic improvement in crystalline perfection relative to the results obtained from films grown by any other technique on sapphire substrates. In separate collaborative experiments with Stanford University, it was also shown that scanning cw laser irradiation could be used to produce diffusion and activation of Sn from a spin-on SnO2/SiO2 source. The formation of a Sn3As2 alloy has been shown to be related to the observed n+ activity.

  6. On the origin of residual strain in shape memory alloys: experimental investigation on evolutions in the microstructure of CuAlBe during complex thermomechanical loadings

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    Barati, M.; Arbab Chirani, S.; Kadkhodaei, M.; Saint-Sulpice, L.; Calloch, S.

    2017-02-01

    The behaviors of shape memory alloys (SMAs) strongly depend on the presence of different phases: austenite, thermally-induced martensite and stress-induced martensite. Consequently, it is important to know the phase volume fraction of each phases and their evolution during thermomechanical loadings. In this work, a three-phase proportioning method based on electric resistivity variation of a CuAlBe SMA is proposed. Simple thermomechanical loadings (i. e. pseudoplasticity and pseudoelasticity), one-way shape memory effect, recovery stress, assisted two-way memory effect at different level of stress and cyclic pseudoelasticity tests are investigated. Based on the electric resistivity results, during each loading path, evolution of the microstructure is determined. The origin of residual strain observed during the considered thermomechanical loadings is discussed. A special attention is paid to two-way shape memory effect generated after considered cyclic loadings and its relation with the developed residual strain. These results permit to identify and to validate the macroscopic models of SMAs behaviors.

  7. Precipitation of T₁ and θ' Phase in Al-4Cu-1Li-0.25Mn During Age Hardening: Microstructural Investigation and Phase-Field Simulation.

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    Häusler, Ines; Schwarze, Christian; Bilal, Muhammad Umer; Ramirez, Daniela Valencia; Hetaba, Walid; Kamachali, Reza Darvishi; Skrotzki, Birgit

    2017-01-28

    Experimental and phase field studies of age hardening response of a high purity Al-4Cu-1Li-0.25Mn-alloy (mass %) during isothermal aging are conducted. In the experiments, two hardening phases are identified: the tetragonal θ' (Al₂Cu) phase and the hexagonal T₁ (Al₂CuLi) phase. Both are plate shaped and of nm size. They are analyzed with respect to the development of their size, number density and volume fraction during aging by applying different analysis techniques in TEM in combination with quantitative microstructural analysis. 3D phase-field simulations of formation and growth of θ' phase are performed in which the full interfacial, chemical and elastic energy contributions are taken into account. 2D simulations of T₁ phase are also investigated using multi-component diffusion without elasticity. This is a first step toward a complex phase-field study of T₁ phase in the ternary alloy. The comparison between experimental and simulated data shows similar trends. The still unsaturated volume fraction indicates that the precipitates are in the growth stage and that the coarsening/ripening stage has not yet been reached.

  8. Microstructure and mechanical properties investigation of in situ TiB2 and ZrB2 reinforced Al-4Cu composites

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    Lutfi Anis, Ahmad; Ramli, Rosmamuhammadani; Darham, Widyani; Zakaria, Azlan; Talari, Mahesh Kumar

    2016-02-01

    Conventional Al-Cu alloys exhibit coarse grain structure leading to inferior mechanical properties in as-cast condition. Expensive thermo-mechanical treatments are needed to improve microstructure and corresponding mechanical properties. In situ Al-based composites were developed to improve mechanical properties by dispersion strengthening and grain refinement obtained by the presence of particulates in the melt during solidification. In this work Al-4Cu - 3TiB2 and Al-4Cu-3ZrB2 in situ composites were prepared by liquid casting method. XRD, electron microscopy and mechanical tests were performed on suitably sectioned and metallographically prepared surfaces to investigate the phase distribution, hardness and tensile properties. It was found that the reinforcement particles were segregated along the grain boundaries of Al dendrites. Tensile fracture morphology for both Al-4Cu - 3TiB2 and Al-4Cu-3ZrB2 were analyzed and compared to determine the fracture propagation mechanism in the composites. Al-4Cu-3ZrB2 in situ composites displayed higher strength and hardness compared to Al-4Cu-3TiB2 which could be ascribed to the stronger interfacial bonding between the Al dendrites and ZrB2 particulates as evidenced from fractographs.

  9. Microstructural investigation, using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), of Optifer steel after low dose neutron irradiation and subsequent high temperature tempering

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    Coppola, R.; Lindau, R.; Magnani, M.; May, R. P.; Möslang, A.; Valli, M.

    2007-08-01

    The microstructural effect of low dose neutron irradiation and subsequent high temperature tempering in the reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel Optifer (9.3 Cr, 0.1 C, 0.50 Mn, 0.26 V, 0.96 W, 0.66 Ta, Fe bal wt%) has been studied using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). The investigated Optifer samples had been neutron irradiated, at 250 °C, to dose levels of 0.8 dpa and 2.4 dpa. Some of them underwent 2 h tempering at 770 °C after the irradiation. The SANS measurements were carried out at the D22 instrument of the High Flux Reactor at the Institut Max von Laue - Paul Langevin, Grenoble, France. The differences observed in nuclear and magnetic SANS cross-sections after subtraction of the reference sample from the irradiated one suggest that the irradiation and the subsequent post-irradiation tempering produce the growth of non-magnetic defects, tentatively identified as microvoids.

  10. Investigating Microstructural Abnormalities and Neurocognition in Sub-Acute and Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury Patients with Normal-Appearing White Matter: A Preliminary Diffusion Tensor Imaging Study

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    Hashim, Eyesha; Caverzasi, Eduardo; Papinutto, Nico; Lewis, Caroline E.; Jing, Ruiwei; Charles, Onella; Zhang, Shudong; Lin, Amy; Graham, Simon J.; Schweizer, Tom A.; Bharatha, Aditya; Cusimano, Michael D.

    2017-01-01

    For a significant percentage of subjects, with chronic traumatic brain injury (TBI), who report persisting cognitive impairment and functional loss, the diagnosis is often impeded by the fact that routine neuroimaging often does not reveal any abnormalities. In this paper, we used diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to investigate the apparently normal white matter (as assessed by routine magnetic resonance imaging) in the brains of 19 subjects with sub-acute (9) and chronic (10) TBI. We also assessed memory, executive function, and visual-motor coordination in these subjects. Using a voxel-wise approach, we investigated if parameters of diffusion were significantly different between TBI subjects and 17 healthy controls (HC), who were demographically matched to the TBI group. We also investigated if changes in DTI parameters were associated with neuropsychological performance in either group. Our results indicate significantly increased mean and axial diffusivity (MD and AD, respectively) values in widespread brain locations in TBI subjects, while controlling for age, sex, and time since injury. HC performed significantly better than the TBI subjects on tests of memory and executive function, indicating the persisting functional loss in chronic TBI. We found no correlation between diffusion parameters and performance on test of executive function in either group. We found negative correlation between FA and composite memory scores, and positive correlation between RD and visuomotor coordination test scores, in various tracts in both groups. Our study suggests that changes in MD and AD can indicate persisting micro-structure abnormalities in normal-appearing white matter in the brains of subjects with chronic TBI. Our results also suggest that FA in major white matter tracts is correlated with memory in health and in disease, alike; larger and longitudinal studies are needed to discern potential differences in these correlations in the two groups. PMID:28373856

  11. Investigating Microstructural Abnormalities and Neurocognition in Sub-Acute and Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury Patients with Normal-Appearing White Matter: A Preliminary Diffusion Tensor Imaging Study.

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    Hashim, Eyesha; Caverzasi, Eduardo; Papinutto, Nico; Lewis, Caroline E; Jing, Ruiwei; Charles, Onella; Zhang, Shudong; Lin, Amy; Graham, Simon J; Schweizer, Tom A; Bharatha, Aditya; Cusimano, Michael D

    2017-01-01

    For a significant percentage of subjects, with chronic traumatic brain injury (TBI), who report persisting cognitive impairment and functional loss, the diagnosis is often impeded by the fact that routine neuroimaging often does not reveal any abnormalities. In this paper, we used diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to investigate the apparently normal white matter (as assessed by routine magnetic resonance imaging) in the brains of 19 subjects with sub-acute (9) and chronic (10) TBI. We also assessed memory, executive function, and visual-motor coordination in these subjects. Using a voxel-wise approach, we investigated if parameters of diffusion were significantly different between TBI subjects and 17 healthy controls (HC), who were demographically matched to the TBI group. We also investigated if changes in DTI parameters were associated with neuropsychological performance in either group. Our results indicate significantly increased mean and axial diffusivity (MD and AD, respectively) values in widespread brain locations in TBI subjects, while controlling for age, sex, and time since injury. HC performed significantly better than the TBI subjects on tests of memory and executive function, indicating the persisting functional loss in chronic TBI. We found no correlation between diffusion parameters and performance on test of executive function in either group. We found negative correlation between FA and composite memory scores, and positive correlation between RD and visuomotor coordination test scores, in various tracts in both groups. Our study suggests that changes in MD and AD can indicate persisting micro-structure abnormalities in normal-appearing white matter in the brains of subjects with chronic TBI. Our results also suggest that FA in major white matter tracts is correlated with memory in health and in disease, alike; larger and longitudinal studies are needed to discern potential differences in these correlations in the two groups.

  12. Investigating the microstructure of keratin extracted from wool: Peptide sequence (MALDI-TOF/TOF) and protein conformation (FTIR)

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    Cardamone, Jeanette M.

    2010-04-01

    Investigations of keratins extracted from wool by reduction hydrolysis and by alkaline hydrolysis showed that their chemical compositions and secondary structures were similar to original wool. The keratin isolates were similar in amino acid, Amides I and II, and secondary structure to each other and to original wool. From SDS-PAGE electrophoresis, keratin isolated by reduction contained protein homologs of molecular weight, ˜40-60 kDa and keratin isolate from alkaline hydrolysis contained peptide fragments of ˜6-8 kDa. MALDI-TOF/TOF spectrometry confirmed that the reduction isolate contained Type II microfibrillar component 7C, hair Type II intermediate filament, Type I microfibrillar 48 kDa component 8C-1, and Type I microfibrillar 47.6 kDa protein homologs which contained alanine, glutamine, glutamic acid, leucine, serine, leucine, and cystine with highest amounts glutamic acid and leucine amino acids. FTIR spectroscopy was applied to examine secondary structure to confirm the content of α-helix/β-sheet/disordered regions for original wool (58.2%/37.9%/3.9%); keratin from reduction (36.7%/50.2%/13.1%); and keratin from alkaline hydrolysis (25.7%/51.8%/22.5%). The higher content of β-sheet secondary structure and intact α-helical conformation characterized these isolates as viable starting materials for chemical modification to form novel bio-based materials useful in industrial formulations and compositions. In particular keratin extracted by reduction with the molecular weight of original wool and the probability of useful mechanical properties can be transformed into stand-alone products of various shapes and forms such as porous foams, sponges, mats, and films for bio-based, adaptable structures.

  13. Microstructure effects on shock response of Cu nanofoams

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    Zhao, F. P.; Wu, H. A.; Luo, S. N.

    2013-08-01

    Microstructure effects on shock response of Cu nanofoams are investigated with molecular dynamics simulations, including elastic-plastic deformation, Hugoniot states, void collapse, nanojetting, and vaporization. The microstructure features examined include pore shape, arrangement and size, as well as grain boundaries. The elastic-plastic transition, void collapse, and jetting including vaporization, are dependent on the microstructure, although to different extents. The void arrangement and aspect ratio play an important role. The effects of grain boundaries and void size are less pronounced. Considering the measurement scatter inherent for porous materials, the high pressure Hugoniot states are not sensitive to microstructure. Jetting during void collapse is due to tensorial velocity gradients (direction and amplitude), and a combined result of forward, divergent, and convergent flows with varying contributions; this mechanism and related processes are common for different microstructures. Free surface jetting involves necking and cavitation. Elliptical voids with large aspect ratios, and with their centers aligned linearly with the shock direction, are particularly efficient in inducing high speed jetting and vaporization.

  14. Microstructural features of the La{sub 1−x}Ca{sub x}FeO{sub 3−δ} solid solutions prepared via Pechini route

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    Gerasimov, E.Yu.; Isupova, L.A.; Tsybulya, S.V.

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • La{sub 1−x}Ca{sub x}FeO {sub (3−δ)} (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.7) perovskite were prepared by Pechini method. • Planar defects in direction (1 0 1) were observed in the perovskite surface. • α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles (1–10 nm) on the surface of perovskite were revealed. • Amount of α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles on the perovskite surface grew with rising x values. - Abstract: Solid solutions with La{sub 1−x}Ca{sub x}FeO{sub 3−δ} (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.7) perovskite-like structure prepared via Pechini route have been investigated by using high resolution transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Extended planar defects lying in (1 0 1) crystallographic planes and α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles on the surface of perovskite microcrystals are characteristic of the samples under investigation. It was found that testing of the samples in catalytic deep CH{sub 4} oxidation process results in partial destruction of solid solutions with formation of planar defects in the bulk and α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles on the surface.

  15. Microstructural Control of Additively Manufactured Metallic Materials

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    Collins, P. C.; Brice, D. A.; Samimi, P.; Ghamarian, I.; Fraser, H. L.

    2016-07-01

    In additively manufactured (AM) metallic materials, the fundamental interrelationships that exist between composition, processing, and microstructure govern these materials’ properties and potential improvements or reductions in performance. For example, by using AM, it is possible to achieve highly desirable microstructural features (e.g., highly refined precipitates) that could not otherwise be achieved by using conventional approaches. Simultaneously, opportunities exist to manage macro-level microstructural characteristics such as residual stress, porosity, and texture, the last of which might be desirable. To predictably realize optimal microstructures, it is necessary to establish a framework that integrates processing variables, alloy composition, and the resulting microstructure. Although such a framework is largely lacking for AM metallic materials, the basic scientific components of the framework exist in literature. This review considers these key components and presents them in a manner that highlights key interdependencies that would form an integrated framework to engineer microstructures using AM.

  16. The effect of microstructural evolution on superplasticity in Ni{sub 3}Si(V,Mo)

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    Stoner, S.L.; Mukherjee, A.K.

    1992-10-01

    To further the understanding of superplasticity in intermetallics, this paper presents results of experimental investigations on an intermetallic alloy based on nickel silicide. Specifically, the evolution of the microstructure and its influence on superplastic performance is discussed. In the duplex microstructure, one phase showed grain growth, and the other, grain refinement. Cavitation occurred at interphase boundaries and final failure was by interlinkage of these cavities. Annealing the material improved the homogeneity of the microstructure. The annealed material showed improved strain rate sensitivity values and enhanced superplasticity. Microstructural features and ductility were also influenced by changing the orientation of the tensile axis. Though a transverse orientation showed more cavitation than longitudinal, it yielded greater elongation. An increased resistance to cavity coalescence in the transverse direction played a role in the enhanced ductility.

  17. Intersectant Microstructure of Hydroxyapatite Sheets of Shankbone

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    Chen, B.; Luo, J.; Wang, J. G.; Yuan, Q.; Fan, J. H.

    Bone possesses excellent mechanical properties, which are closely related to its favorable microstructures optimized by nature through millions of years. In this work, a scanning electron microscope (SEM) was used to observe the microstructures of a shankbone. It showed that the bone is a kind of bioceramic composite consisting of hydroxyapatite layers and collagen protein matrix. The hydroxyapatite layers are further composed of long and thin hydroxyapatite sheets. The hydroxyapatite sheets in different hydroxyapatite layers distribute along different orientations, which composes a kind of intersectant microstructure. The maximum pullout force of the intersectant microstructure was investigated and compared with that of 0° microstructure with their representative models. The result indicated that the maximum pullout force of the intersectant microstructure is markedly larger than that of the 0° microstructure, which was experimentally verified.

  18. INSTRUMENTS AND METHODS OF INVESTIGATION: Microstructure optical fibers for a new generation of fiber-optic sources and converters of light pulses

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    Zheltikov, Aleksei M.

    2007-07-01

    Breakthroughs in microstructure-fiber technologies are pushing the development of a new class of fiber-optic frequency converters, broadband light sources, and short-pulse lasers. The frequency profile of dispersion and the spatial profile of electromagnetic field distribution in waveguide modes of microstructure fibers can be tailored by modifying the core and cladding design on a micro- and nanoscale, suggesting ways of creating novel fiber-optic devices providing the highly efficient spectral and temporal transformation of laser pulses with pulse widths ranging from dozens of nanoseconds to a few optical cycles (several femtoseconds) within a broad range of peak powers from hundreds of watts to several gigawatts. In new fiber lasers, microstructure fibers provide a precise balance of dispersion within a broad spectral range, allowing the creation of compact all-fiber sources of high-power ultrashort light pulses.

  19. Investigation of effects of deposition parameters on composition, microstructure,a nd emission of RF sputtered SrS:Eu thin film phosphors

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    Droes, S.R.; Mueller-Mach, R.; Mueller, G.O.; Ruffner, J.A.

    1996-12-31

    There has been little systematic study of the cause of dead (inactive) layers in II-VI phosphors used in thin film electroluminescent devices. This paper discusses preparation and characterization of rf sputter deposited Eu-doped Sr sulfide (SrS:Eu) thin films for use in a study to determine the cause of the dead layer. (The dead layer`s behavior is likely influenced by thin film composition, crystallinity, and microstructure.) We have deposited SrS:Eu thin films in a repeatable, consistent manner and have characterized properties such as composition, crystallinity, and microstructure as well as photoluminescent (PL) and electroluminescent behavior. The composition was determined using Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and electron microprobe analysis. XRD was used to assess crystalline orientation and grain size, SEM to image thin film microstructure. Measuring the PL decay after subnanosecond laser excitation in the lowest absorption band of the dopant allowed direct measurement of the dopant luminescence efficiency.

  20. Investigation of the Microstructure and the Mechanical Properties of Cu-NiC Composite Produced by Accumulative Roll Bonding and Coating Processes

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    Shabani, Ali; Toroghinejad, Mohammad Reza

    2015-12-01

    In the present study, Cu-1.8 wt.% NiC (nickel coating) composite was produced by the combination of two methods, including accumulative roll bonding (ARB) and electroplating processes. Electroplating process was done on copper strips in order to produce a nickel-particle-reinforced composite. Microstructure, texture, and the mechanical properties of the produced composite were evaluated during various cycles of ARB using optical and scanning electron microscopes, x-ray diffraction, microhardness, and tensile tests. In addition, the results were compared with Cu-Cu and also Cu-NiS (nickel sheet) samples. It was found that nickel layers were fractured from the first cycle of the process, and nickel fragments were distributed in the copper matrix as the number of cycles was increased. Variation of orientation density of α-, β-, and τ-fibers for the produced composite was examined in different cycles. Microhardness for different elements in different cycles of Cu-NiC was also evaluated. Also, the investigation of the mechanical properties showed that by proceeding the ARB process, the tensile strength of the produced Cu-NiC and Cu-Cu samples was increased. However, improvement in the mechanical properties of composite samples was more noticeable due to the reinforcing effect of nickel particles. The elongation of composite samples showed a decrease in the primary cycles, unlike Cu-Cu ones; however, it was then increased. Finally, by using scanning electron microscopy, the fracture surfaces of Cu-NiC composite were studied to disclose the fracture mechanism of the samples.

  1. Women with TSC: Relationship between Clinical, Lung Function and Radiological Features in a Genotyped Population Investigated for Lymphangioleiomyomatosis

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    Imeri, Gianluca; Palumbo, Giuseppina; La Briola, Francesca; Tresoldi, Silvia; Volpi, Angela; Gualandri, Lorenzo; Ghelma, Filippo; Alfano, Rosa Maria; Montanari, Emanuele; Gorio, Alfredo; Lesma, Elena; Peron, Angela; Canevini, Maria Paola; Centanni, Stefano

    2016-01-01

    The advent of pharmacological therapies for lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) has made early diagnosis important in women with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), although the lifelong cumulative radiation exposure caused by chest computer tomography (CT) should not be underestimated. We retrospectively investigated, in a cohort of TSC outpatients of San Paolo Hospital (Milan, Italy) 1) the role of pulmonary function tests (PFTs) for LAM diagnosis, 2) the association between LAM and other features of TSC (e.g. demography, extrapulmonary manifestations, genetic mutations, etc.), and 3) the characteristics of patients with multifocal micronodular pneumocyte hyperplasia (MMPH). Eighty-six women underwent chest CT scan; pulmonary involvement was found in 66 patients (77%; 49% LAM with or without MMPH, and 28% MMPH alone). LAM patients were older, with a higher rate of pneumothorax, presented more frequently with renal and hepatic angiomyolipomas, and tended to have a TSC2 mutation profile. PFTs, assessed in 64% of women unaffected by cognitive impairments, revealed a lower lung diffusion capacity in LAM patients. In multivariate analysis, age, but not PFTs, resulted independently associated with LAM diagnosis. Patients with MMPH alone did not show specific clinical, functional or genetic features. A mild respiratory impairment was most common in LAM-TSC patients: In conclusions, PFTs, even if indicated to assess impairment in lung function, are feasible in a limited number of patients, and are not significantly useful for LAM diagnosis in women with TSC. PMID:27171001

  2. Investigation of microstructure, micro-mechanical and optical properties of HfTiO{sub 4} thin films prepared by magnetron co-sputtering

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    Mazur, Michal

    2015-12-15

    Highlights: • HfTiO{sub 4} thin films were deposited by magnetron co-sputtering. • As-prepared and annealed at 800 °C thin films were nanocrystalline. • Optical properties and hardness were investigated in relation to thin films structure. • Hardness was 3-times higher in the case of as-deposited thin films. • HfTiO{sub 4} thin films are suitable for use as optical coatings with protective properties. - Abstract: Titania (TiO{sub 2}) and hafnium oxide (HfO{sub 2}) thin films are in the focus of interest to the microelectronics community from a dozen years. Because of their outstanding properties like, among the others, high stability, high refractive index, high electric permittivity, they found applications in many optical and electronics domains. In this work discussion on the hardness, microstructure and optical properties of as-deposited and annealed HfTiO{sub 4} thin films has been presented. Deposited films were prepared using magnetron co-sputtering method. Performed investigations revealed that as-deposited coatings were nanocrystalline with HfTiO{sub 4} structure. Deposited films were built from crystallites of ca. 4–12 nm in size and after additional annealing an increase in crystallites size up to 16 nm was observed. Micro-mechanical properties, i.e., hardness and elastic modulus were determined using conventional load-controlled nanoindentation testing. the annealed films had 3-times lower hardness as-compared to as-deposited ones (∼9 GPa). Based on optical investigations real and imaginary components of refractive index were calculated, both for as-deposited and annealed thin films. The real refractive index component increased after annealing from 2.03 to 2.16, while extinction coefficient increased by an order from 10{sup −4} to 10{sup −3}. Structure modification was analyzed together with optical energy band-gap, Urbach energy and using Wemple–DiDomenico model.

  3. Microstructure and Property Evolution in Advanced Cladding and Duct Materials Under Long-Term and Elevated Temperature Irradiation: Modeling and Experimental Investigation

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    Wirth, Brian; Morgan, Dane; Kaoumi, Djamel; Motta, Arthur

    2013-12-01

    The in-service degradation of reactor core materials is related to underlying changes in the irradiated microstructure. During reactor operation, structural components and cladding experience displacement of atoms by collisions with neutrons at temperatures at which the radiation-induced defects are mobile, leading to microstructure evolution under irradiation that can degrade material properties. At the doses and temperatures relevant to fast reactor operation, the microstructure evolves by dislocation loop formation and growth, microchemistry changes due to radiation-induced segregation, radiation-induced precipitation, destabilization of the existing precipitate structure, and in some cases, void formation and growth. These processes do not occur independently; rather, their evolution is highly interlinked. Radiationinduced segregation of Cr and existing chromium carbide coverage in irradiated alloy T91 track each other closely. The radiation-induced precipitation of Ni-Si precipitates and RIS of Ni and Si in alloys T91 and HCM12A are likely related. Neither the evolution of these processes nor their coupling is understood under the conditions required for materials performance in fast reactors (temperature range 300-600°C and doses beyond 200 dpa). Further, predictive modeling is not yet possible as models for microstructure evolution must be developed along with experiments to characterize these key processes and provide tools for extrapolation. To extend the range of operation of nuclear fuel cladding and structural materials in advanced nuclear energy and transmutation systems to that required for the fast reactor, the irradiation-induced evolution of the microstructure, microchemistry, and the associated mechanical properties at relevant temperatures and doses must be understood. Predictive modeling relies on an understanding of the physical processes and also on the development of microstructure and microchemical models to describe their evolution under

  4. An investigation into the relationship between the hydrogen storage properties and the microstructure of mechanically alloyed mixtures of titanium, magnesium, and nickel

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    Lomness, Janice K.

    The hydrogen storage properties and the microstructures of titanium, magnesium, nickel mixtures mechanically alloyed using ball-to-powder mass ratios of 20:1, 40:1, and 70:1 have been studied. Materials have been produced that exhibit the ability to absorb moderate to significant amounts of hydrogen and show significant changes in the microstructure as a result of the ball-milling process. The hydriding/dehydriding characteristics of samples of the Ti-Mg-Ni mixture were determined. The thermal analysis results obtained using differential scanning calorimetry, as well as the hydrogen uptake onset temperatures, weight percent hydrogen and hydrogen-to-metals ratios are presented. The microstructural characterization of mechanically alloyed Ti-Mg-Ni mixtures was performed using x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy/x-ray dispersive spectrometry (SEM/XEDS), focus ionbeam milling (FIB), and Transmission electron microscopy/x-ray dispersive spectrometry. Significant changes were observed in the hydrogen storage characteristics and the microstructures of Ti-Mg-Ni mixtures mechanically alloyed using the ball-to-powder mass ratios of 20:1 and 70:1. The hydrogen storage capacity of the material alloyed with a ball-to-powder mass ratio of 20:1 was 3.5 wt%. The Ti-Mg-Ni mixture mechanically alloyed using a ball-to-powder mass ratio of 70:1 exhibited an extraordinary hydrogen storage capacity. The resulting material was capable of absorbing 11 wt%. In addition, the onset temperature for hydriding decreased as the ball-to-powder mass ration increased. XRD analysis shows that only the elemental planes of Ti, Mg, Ni are present in the ball-milled materials, where the suppression of the Mg reflections during ball-milling was observed. However, TEM results indicate that the complex arrangement of phases on the surface of the original Mg particle, indicating that XRD may not be a suitable technique for the study of these materials due to sampling limitations. A

  5. Investigation on particle swarm optimisation for feature selection on high-dimensional data: local search and selection bias

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    Tran, Binh; Xue, Bing; Zhang, Mengjie; Nguyen, Su

    2016-07-01

    Feature selection is an essential step in classification tasks with a large number of features, such as in gene expression data. Recent research has shown that particle swarm optimisation (PSO) is a promising approach to feature selection. However, it also has potential limitation to get stuck into local optima, especially for gene selection problems with a huge search space. Therefore, we developed a PSO algorithm (PSO-LSRG) with a fast "local search" combined with a gbest resetting mechanism as a way to improve the performance of PSO for feature selection. Furthermore, since many existing PSO-based feature selection approaches on the gene expression data have feature selection bias, i.e. no unseen test data is used, 2 sets of experiments on 10 gene expression datasets were designed: with and without feature selection bias. As compared to standard PSO, PSO with gbest resetting only, and PSO with local search only, PSO-LSRG obtained a substantial dimensionality reduction and a significant improvement on the classification performance in both sets of experiments. PSO-LSRG outperforms the other three algorithms when feature selection bias exists. When there is no feature selection bias, PSO-LSRG selects the smallest number of features in all cases, but the classification performance is slightly worse in a few cases, which may be caused by the overfitting problem. This shows that feature selection bias should be avoided when designing a feature selection algorithm to ensure its generalisation ability on unseen data.

  6. The use of a directional solidification technique to investigate the interrelationship of thermal parameters, microstructure and microhardness of Bi–Ag solder alloys

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    Spinelli, José Eduardo; Silva, Bismarck Luiz; Cheung, Noé; Garcia, Amauri

    2014-10-15

    Bi–Ag alloys have been stressed as possible alternatives to replace Pb-based solder alloys. Although acceptable melting temperatures and suitable mechanical properties may characterize such alloys, as referenced in literature, there is a lack of comprehension regarding their microstructures (morphologies and sizes of the phases) considering a composition range from 1.5 to 4.0 wt.%Ag. In order to better comprehend such aspects and their correlations with solidification thermal parameters (growth rate, v and cooling rate, T-dot), directional solidification experiments were carried out under transient heat flow conditions. The effects of Ag content on both cooling rate and growth rate during solidification are examined. Microstructure parameters such as eutectic/dendritic spacing, interphase spacing and diameter of the Ag-rich phase were determined by optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The competition between eutectic cells and dendrites in the range from 1.5 to 4.0 wt.%Ag is explained by the coupled zone concept. Microhardness was determined for different microstructures and alloy Ag contents with a view to permitting correlations with microstructure parameters to be established. Hardness is shown to be directly affected by both solute macrosegregation and morphologies of the phases forming the Bi–Ag alloys, with higher hardness being associated with the cellular morphology of the Bi-2.5 and 4.0 wt.%Ag alloys. - Highlights: • Asymmetric zone of coupled growth for Bi–Ag is demonstrated. • Faceted Bi-rich dendrites have been characterized for Bi–1.5 wt.%Ag alloy. • Eutectic cells were shown for the Bi-2.5 and 4.0 wt.%Ag solder alloys. • Interphase spacing relations with G × v are able to represent the experimental scatters. • Hall-Petch type equations are proposed relating microstructural spacings to hardness.

  7. Microstructure and Cross-Sectional Shape of Limb Bones in Great Horned Owls and Red-Tailed Hawks: How Do These Features Relate to Differences in Flight and Hunting Behavior?

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    Marelli, Crystal A.; Simons, Erin L. R.

    2014-01-01

    The Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl are two species of raptor that are similar in body size, diet, and habitat. Both species use their hindlimbs during hunting, but differ in foot morphology, how they approach and immobilize prey, and the average size of prey captured. They also differ in primary flight style: the Red-tailed Hawk uses static soaring and the Great Horned Owl uses flap-gliding. The objectives of this study were to characterize the microstructure and cross-sectional shape of limb bones of these species and examine the relationship with flight and hunting behaviors. The mid-shaft of six limb bones from six individuals of each species was sampled. The degree of bone laminarity (proportion of circular primary vascular canals) and cross-sectional geometric parameters were calculated. In both species, the humerus and femur exhibited features that suggest high resistance to torsional loading, whereas the tibiotarsus and phalanges had a shape more likely to resist compression and bending in a specific plane. The femur of the Red-tailed Hawk exhibited higher laminarity and larger polar moment of area than that of the Great Horned Owl. The tibiotarsus was more elliptical than that of the Great Horned Owl. The hawk approaches prey from a more horizontal axis, takes prey of greater mass, and is more likely to pursue prey on the ground, which could potentially be causing more torsional loads on the femur and bending loads on the tibiotarsus. In addition, differences in polar moment of area of the phalanges between the species could relate to differences in foot morphology or digit length. The humerus and ulna of the flap-gliding Great Horned Owl are more elliptical than the static soaring Red-tailed Hawk, a shape that may better resist the bending loads associated with a larger amount of flapping. PMID:25162595

  8. Microstructure and cross-sectional shape of limb bones in Great Horned Owls and Red-tailed Hawks: how do these features relate to differences in flight and hunting behavior?

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    Marelli, Crystal A; Simons, Erin L R

    2014-01-01

    The Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl are two species of raptor that are similar in body size, diet, and habitat. Both species use their hindlimbs during hunting, but differ in foot morphology, how they approach and immobilize prey, and the average size of prey captured. They also differ in primary flight style: the Red-tailed Hawk uses static soaring and the Great Horned Owl uses flap-gliding. The objectives of this study were to characterize the microstructure and cross-sectional shape of limb bones of these species and examine the relationship with flight and hunting behaviors. The mid-shaft of six limb bones from six individuals of each species was sampled. The degree of bone laminarity (proportion of circular primary vascular canals) and cross-sectional geometric parameters were calculated. In both species, the humerus and femur exhibited features that suggest high resistance to torsional loading, whereas the tibiotarsus and phalanges had a shape more likely to resist compression and bending in a specific plane. The femur of the Red-tailed Hawk exhibited higher laminarity and larger polar moment of area than that of the Great Horned Owl. The tibiotarsus was more elliptical than that of the Great Horned Owl. The hawk approaches prey from a more horizontal axis, takes prey of greater mass, and is more likely to pursue prey on the ground, which could potentially be causing more torsional loads on the femur and bending loads on the tibiotarsus. In addition, differences in polar moment of area of the phalanges between the species could relate to differences in foot morphology or digit length. The humerus and ulna of the flap-gliding Great Horned Owl are more elliptical than the static soaring Red-tailed Hawk, a shape that may better resist the bending loads associated with a larger amount of flapping.

  9. Role of Microstructural Phenomena in Magnetic Thin Films. Final Report

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    Laughlin, D. E.; Lambeth, D. N.

    2001-04-30

    Over the period of the program we systematically varied microstructural features of magnetic thin films in an attempt to better identify the role which each feature plays in determining selected extrinsic magnetic properties. This report summarizes the results.

  10. Investigating the multi-causal and complex nature of the accident causal influence of construction project features.

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    Manu, Patrick A; Ankrah, Nii A; Proverbs, David G; Suresh, Subashini

    2012-09-01

    Construction project features (CPFs) are organisational, physical and operational attributes that characterise construction projects. Although previous studies have examined the accident causal influence of CPFs, the multi-causal attribute of this causal phenomenon still remain elusive and thus requires further investigation. Aiming to shed light on this facet of the accident causal phenomenon of CPFs, this study examines relevant literature and crystallises the attained insight of the multi-causal attribute by a graphical model which is subsequently operationalised by a derived mathematical risk expression that offers a systematic approach for evaluating the potential of CPFs to cause harm and consequently their health and safety (H&S) risk implications. The graphical model and the risk expression put forth by the study thus advance current understanding of the accident causal phenomenon of CPFs and they present an opportunity for project participants to manage the H&S risk associated with CPFs from the early stages of project procurement. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Anemia in the Elderly in Northeastern Thailand: A Community-Based Study Investigating Prevalence, Contributing Factors, and Hematologic Features.

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    Deeruksa, Lalitpatch; Sanchaisuriya, Kanokwan

    2017-01-01

    This community-based study investigated anemia prevalence and certain hematologic features and their possible relationships to thalassemia and iron deficiency (ID) in a population of older people in Northeastern Thailand. Participants included 319 apparently healthy individuals ranging in age from 60 to 98 years, whose current health status was assessed by means of personal interviews. Blood samples were also collected to determine the following parameters: red blood cell indices, serum ferritin, C-reactive protein, hemoglobin profiles, and the α0-thalassemia gene. Based upon established WHO criteria, the overall prevalence of anemia was found to be 47.7%, increasing from 39% within the age group of 60-70 years to 68% in those >80 years. Factors considered to be significant contributors to anemia were classified as ID (3.6%), thalassemia (56.2%), and "unknown" (40.1%). Overall, only 2.4% of participants exhibited any ID. Hematologic changes appear to correlate with age. Our findings provide not only baseline information, potentially useful for implementing appropriate control measures, but also an enhanced awareness and understanding of the factors contributing to anemia among the elderly in the region. © 2017 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  12. Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Imagery to Investigate Surface Displacements and Surface Features of the Super-Sauze Earthflow (France)

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    James, M. R.; Tizzard, S.; Niethammer, U.

    2014-12-01

    We present the result of using imagery collected with a small rotary wing UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) to investigate surface displacements and fissures on the Super-Sauze earthflow (France); a slow moving earthflow with the potential to develop into rapid and highly destructive mud flows. UAV imagery acquired in October 2009 was processed using a structure-from-motion and multi-view stereo (SfM-MVS) approach in PhotoScan software. Identification of ~200 ground control points throughout the image set was facilitated by automated image matching in SfM_georef software[1] and the data incorporated into PhotoScan for network optimisation and georeferencing. The completed 2009 model enabled an ~5 cm spatial resolution orthoimage to be generated with an expected accuracy (based on residuals on control) of ~0.3 m. This was supported by comparison to a previously created 2008 model, which gave standard deviations on tie points (located on stationary terrain) of 0.27 m and 0.43 m in Easting and Northing respectively. The high resolution of the orthoimage allowed an investigation into surface displacements and geomorphology of surface features (compared to the 2008 model). The results have produced a comprehensive surface displacement map of the Super-Sauze earthflow, as well as highlighting interesting variations in fissure geomorphology and density between the 2008 and 2009 models. This study underscored the capability for UAV imagery and SfM-MVS to generate highly detailed orthographic imagery and DEMs with a low cost approach that offers significant potential for landslide hazard assessments. [1] http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/staff/jamesm/software/sfm_georef.htm

  13. Investigation of Microstructure and Microhardness in Self-Reacting Friction Stir Welded AA2014-T6 and AA2219-T87

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    Horton, K. Renee; McGill, Preston; Barkey, Mark

    2011-01-01

    Friction stir welding (FSW) is a solid state welding process with potential advantages for aerospace and automotive industries dealing with light alloys. Self-reacting friction stir welding (SR-FSW) is one variation of the FSW process being developed at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for use in the fabrication of propellant tanks. This work reports on the microstructure and microhardness of SR-FSW between two dissimilar aluminum alloys. Specifically, the study examines the cross section of the weld joint formed between an AA2014-T6 plate on the advancing side and an AA2219-T87 plate on the retreating side. The microstructural analysis shows an irregularly displaced weld seam from the advancing side past the thermo-mechanical affected zone (TMAZ) into the weld nugget region. There are sharp variations in the microhardness across the weld. These variations are described in the paper and mechanisms for their formation are discussed.

  14. Preparation of Cement Composites with Ordered Microstructures via Doping with Graphene Oxide Nanosheets and an Investigation of Their Strength and Durability

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    Lv, Shenghua; Zhang, Jia; Zhu, Linlin; Jia, Chunmao

    2016-01-01

    The main problem with cement composites is that they have structural defects, including cracks, holes, and a disordered morphology, which significantly affects their strength and durability. Therefore, the construction of cement composites with defect-free structures and high strength and long durability is an important research topic. Here, by controlling the size and chemical groups of graphene oxide nanosheets (GONs) used for doping, we were able to control the entire cement matrix to form an ordered microstructure consisting of polyhedron-like crystals and exhibit flower-like patterns. The cracks and holes in the cement matrix just about vanished. The compressive and flexural strengths as well as the parameters for the durability assessment of the corresponding cement composites obviously improved compared with the control samples. Thus, the formation mechanism of the cement matrix with the ordered microstructure is proposed, and a proper explanation is given to regulation action. PMID:28774045

  15. Preparation of Cement Composites with Ordered Microstructures via Doping with Graphene Oxide Nanosheets and an Investigation of Their Strength and Durability.

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    Lv, Shenghua; Zhang, Jia; Zhu, Linlin; Jia, Chunmao

    2016-11-14

    The main problem with cement composites is that they have structural defects, including cracks, holes, and a disordered morphology, which significantly affects their strength and durability. Therefore, the construction of cement composites with defect-free structures and high strength and long durability is an important research topic. Here, by controlling the size and chemical groups of graphene oxide nanosheets (GONs) used for doping, we were able to control the entire cement matrix to form an ordered microstructure consisting of polyhedron-like crystals and exhibit flower-like patterns. The cracks and holes in the cement matrix just about vanished. The compressive and flexural strengths as well as the parameters for the durability assessment of the corresponding cement composites obviously improved compared with the control samples. Thus, the formation mechanism of the cement matrix with the ordered microstructure is proposed, and a proper explanation is given to regulation action.

  16. Investigation on microstructure and mechanical properties of Friction Stir Welded AA6061-4.5Cu-10SiC composite

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    Herbert, Mervin A.; Shettigar, Arun Kumar; Nigalye, Akshay V.; Rao, Shrikantha S.

    2016-02-01

    The application of Metal Matrix Composites (MMCs) is restricted by the availability of properly developed fabrication methods. The main challenge here is the fabrication and welding of MMCs in a cost effective way. In the present study, synthesis of AA6061-4.5%Cu- 10%SiC composite was done by stir casting method. The joining of MMCs was performed by Friction Stir Welding (FSW) using a combination of square and threaded profile pin tool (CSTPP). Further, the welded composite was evaluated for microstructure and joint properties. The microstructural characterization showed uniform distribution of refined fine grains and numerous small particles at nugget zone. The hardness at the stir zone is higher than that of the base material. The tensile test revealed 96% joint efficiency in transverse direction.

  17. Investigation of Methods for Extracting Features Related to Motor Imagery and Resting States in EEG-Based BCI System

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    Susila, I. Putu; Kanoh, Shin'ichiro; Miyamoto, Ko-Ichiro; Yoshinobu, Tatsuo

    Methods for extracting features of motor imagery from 1-channel bipolar EEG were evaluated. The EEG power spectrums which were used as feature vectors were calculated with filter bank, FFT and AR model, and were then classified by linear discriminant analysis (LDA) to discriminate motor imagery and resting states. It was shown that the extraction method using AR model gave the best result with the average true positive rate of 83% (σ = 7%). Furthermore, when principal component analysis (PCA) was applied to the feature vectors, the dimension of the feature vectors could be reduced without decreasing accuracy of discrimination.

  18. Multi-scale Microstructure Characterization for Improved Understanding of Microstructure-Property Relationship in Additive Manufacturing

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    Song, Hye Yun

    Additive manufacturing (AM) is the process for making 3-D objects by adding materials layer by layer. It can result in a marked reduction of the time and cost associated with designing and producing highly complex parts. Over the past decade, significant progress has been made in machine hardware and control software for process development to achieve dimensional accuracy and mitigate defects. On the other hand, the knowledge on microstructure-property relationship in the additively manufactured builds is still being established. In additive manufacturing, the interactions between the heat source and the material lead to a series of physical phenomena including localized heating, melting, solidification and micro-segregation, and cooling. Far-from-equilibrium microstructure can form as the material experiences a large number of repeated, rapid heating and cooling cycles (i.e. temperature gyrations) during depositions. The mechanical properties of additively manufactured parts are significantly influenced by their final microstructure. The overarching goal of the present research is to improve the fundamental understanding of microstructure-property relationship for AM parts. Specially, it is investigated the high-temperature creep strength of InconelRTM 718 (abbreviated as IN718 thereafter) fabricated by laser-powder bed fusion (L-PBF) AM. The specific objectives include (1) effect of support on the local microstructure, (2) microstructure evolution during post-built heat treatment, and (3) creep strength. Detailed microstructure characterization is performed using a multitude of tools including micro-hardness mapping, scanning electron microscope (SEM) along with electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), and transmission electron microscope (TEM) for selected area diffraction (SAD) analysis and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The characterized microstructure is correlated to the mechanical properties. Highlights of the research findings are discussed in

  19. Investigation of the influence of the chemical composition of HSLA steel grades on the microstructure homogeneity during hot rolling in continuous rolling mills using a fast layer model

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    Schmidtchen, M.; Rimnac, A.; Warczok, P.; Kozeschnik, E.; Bernhard, C.; Bragin, S.; Kawalla, R.; Linzer, B.

    2016-03-01

    The newly developed LaySiMS simulation tool provides new insight for inhomogeneous material flow and microstructure evolution in an endless strip production (ESP) plant. A deepened understanding of the influence of inhomogeneities in initial material state, temperature profile and material flow and their impact on the finished product can be reached e.g. by allowing for variable layer thickness distributions in the roll gap. Coupling temperature, deformation work and work hardening/recrystallization phenomena accounts for covering important effects in the roll gap. The underlying concept of the LaySiMS approach will be outlined and new insight gained regarding microstructural evolution, shear and inhomogeneous stress and strain states in the roll gap as well as local residual stresses will be presented. For the case of thin slab casting and direct rolling (TSDR) the interrelation of inhomogeneous initial state, micro structure evolution and dissolution state of micro alloying elements within the roughing section of an ESP line will be discussed. Special emphasis is put on the influence of the local chemical composition arising from direct charging on throughthickness homogeneity of the final product. It is concluded that, due to the specific combination of large reductions in the high reduction mills (HRM) and the highly inhomogeneous inverse temperature profile, the ESP-concept provides great opportunities for homogenizing the microstructure across the strip thickness.

  20. Investigation of microstructure, mechanical properties and cellular viability of poly(L-lactic acid) tissue engineering scaffolds prepared by different thermally induced phase separation protocols.

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    Molladavoodi, Sara; Gorbet, Maud; Medley, John; Kwon, Hyock Ju

    2013-01-01

    Two thermally induced phase separation (TIPS) methods have been used to fabricate biodegradable poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA) tissue engineering scaffolds each with fibrous (F-TIPS) and porous (P-TIPS) microstructures. Three levels of PLLA concentration (3, 5 and 7 wt%) were employed in each fabrication method and both wet and dry specimens were studied. Simple compression testing revealed that an elastic-plastic representation of the mechanical behavior was possible for all specimens. Both elastic and plastic moduli were higher for the P-TIPS, for higher polymer concentration, and might be somewhat higher for dry as opposed to wet specimens. For F-TIPS specimens, permanent deformation occurred successively during cyclic deformation but a "memory effect" simplified the behavior. Although F-TIPS microstructure better resembled the natural extracellular matrix, human osteosarcoma fibroblast cells showed more consistent viability in the P-TIPS scaffolds under our unloaded test protocols. Biodegradation in cell culture medium resulted in a decreased elastic moduli for F-TIPS specimens. Information presented regarding the microstructure, mechanical properties and cell viability of these PLLA scaffolds that should help reduce the number of iterations involved in developing tissue engineering products. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Modeling microstructure development in gray cast irons

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    Goettsch, David D.; Dantzig, Jonathan A.

    1994-05-01

    Recent years have seen increasing use of solidification process modeling as a tool to aid in the analysis and elimination of manufacturing defects in castings. Grain size and other microstructural features such as second-phase morphology and distribution are the primary factors in determining the mechanical properties in cast metals. In this work, a representation of nucleation and growth kinetics for gray cast irons, based on a statistical description of the microstructure, has been coupled with a commercial finite-element method code for transient heat-flow calculation to determine microstructure. Features predicted include eutectic cell size, fractions of gray and white iron, graphite morphology, percent pearlite, percent ferrite, and pearlite spacing. The predicted microstructure can then be used to determine the strength and fatigue properties using published correlations. The theoretical development and results of the finite-elementbased model will be discussed and compared with experimental results.

  2. Predictive capabilities of statistical learning methods for lung nodule malignancy classification using diagnostic image features: an investigation using the Lung Image Database Consortium dataset

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    Hancock, Matthew C.; Magnan, Jerry F.

    2017-03-01

    To determine the potential usefulness of quantified diagnostic image features as inputs to a CAD system, we investigate the predictive capabilities of statistical learning methods for classifying nodule malignancy, utilizing the Lung Image Database Consortium (LIDC) dataset, and only employ the radiologist-assigned diagnostic feature values for the lung nodules therein, as well as our derived estimates of the diameter and volume of the nodules from the radiologists' annotations. We calculate theoretical upper bounds on the classification accuracy that is achievable by an ideal classifier that only uses the radiologist-assigned feature values, and we obtain an accuracy of 85.74 (+/-1.14)% which is, on average, 4.43% below the theoretical maximum of 90.17%. The corresponding area-under-the-curve (AUC) score is 0.932 (+/-0.012), which increases to 0.949 (+/-0.007) when diameter and volume features are included, along with the accuracy to 88.08 (+/-1.11)%. Our results are comparable to those in the literature that use algorithmically-derived image-based features, which supports our hypothesis that lung nodules can be classified as malignant or benign using only quantified, diagnostic image features, and indicates the competitiveness of this approach. We also analyze how the classification accuracy depends on specific features, and feature subsets, and we rank the features according to their predictive power, statistically demonstrating the top four to be spiculation, lobulation, subtlety, and calcification.

  3. A quick eye to anger: An investigation of a differential effect of facial features in detecting angry and happy expressions.

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    Lo, L Y; Cheng, M Y

    2015-08-11

    Detection of angry and happy faces is generally found to be easier and faster than that of faces expressing emotions other than anger or happiness. This can be explained by the threatening account and the feature account. Few empirical studies have explored the interaction between these two accounts which are seemingly, but not necessarily, mutually exclusive. The present studies hypothesised that prominent facial features are important in facilitating the detection process of both angry and happy expressions; yet the detection of happy faces was more facilitated by the prominent features than angry faces. Results confirmed the hypotheses and indicated that participants reacted faster to the emotional expressions with prominent features (in Study 1) and the detection of happy faces was more facilitated by the prominent feature than angry faces (in Study 2). The findings are compatible with evolutionary speculation which suggests that the angry expression is an alarming signal of potential threats to survival. Compared to the angry faces, the happy faces need more salient physical features to obtain a similar level of processing efficiency.

  4. Investigating microstructural evolution during the electroreduction of UO2 to U in LiCl-KCl eutectic using focused ion beam tomography

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    Brown, L. D.; Abdulaziz, R.; Tjaden, B.; Inman, D.; Brett, D. J. L.; Shearing, P. R.

    2016-11-01

    Reprocessing of spent nuclear fuels using molten salt media is an attractive alternative to liquid-liquid extraction techniques. Pyroelectrochemical processing utilizes direct, selective, electrochemical reduction of uranium dioxide, followed by selective electroplating of a uranium metal. Thermodynamic prediction of the electrochemical reduction of UO2 to U in LiCl-KCl eutectic has shown to be a function of the oxide ion activity. The pO2- of the salt may be affected by the microstructure of the UO2 electrode. A uranium dioxide filled "micro-bucket" electrode has been partially electroreduced to uranium metal in molten lithium chloride-potassium chloride eutectic. This partial electroreduction resulted in two distinct microstructures: a dense UO2 and a porous U metal structure were characterised by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Focused ion beam tomography was performed on five regions of this electrode which revealed an overall porosity ranging from 17.36% at the outer edge to 3.91% towards the centre, commensurate with the expected extent of reaction in each location. The pore connectivity was also seen to reduce from 88.32% to 17.86% in the same regions and the tortuosity through the sample was modelled along the axis of propagation of the electroreduction, which was seen to increase from a value of 4.42 to a value of infinity (disconnected pores). These microstructural characteristics could impede the transport of O2- ions resulting in a change in the local pO2- which could result in the inability to perform the electroreduction.

  5. Investigation of a Novel NDE Method for Monitoring Thermomechanical Damage and Microstructure Evolution in Ferritic-Martensitic Steels for Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems

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    Nagy, Peter

    2013-09-30

    The main goal of the proposed project is the development of validated nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques for in situ monitoring of ferritic-martensitic steels like Grade 91 9Cr-1Mo, which are candidate materials for Generation IV nuclear energy structural components operating at temperatures up to ~650{degree}C and for steam-generator tubing for sodium-cooled fast reactors. Full assessment of thermomechanical damage requires a clear separation between thermally activated microstructural evolution and creep damage caused by simultaneous mechanical stress. Creep damage can be classified as "negligible" creep without significant plastic strain and "ordinary" creep of the primary, secondary, and tertiary kind that is accompanied by significant plastic deformation and/or cavity nucleation and growth. Under negligible creep conditions of interest in this project, minimal or no plastic strain occurs, and the accumulation of creep damage does not significantly reduce the fatigue life of a structural component so that low-temperature design rules, such as the ASME Section III, Subsection NB, can be applied with confidence. The proposed research project will utilize a multifaceted approach in which the feasibility of electrical conductivity and thermo-electric monitoring methods is researched and coupled with detailed post-thermal/creep exposure characterization of microstructural changes and damage processes using state-of-the-art electron microscopy techniques, with the aim of establishing the most effective nondestructive materials evaluation technique for particular degradation modes in high-temperature alloys that are candidates for use in the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) as well as providing the necessary mechanism-based underpinnings for relating the two. Only techniques suitable for practical application in situ will be considered. As the project evolves and results accumulate, we will also study the use of this technique for monitoring other GEN IV

  6. Microstructure-property relationships in digitally generated three-dimensional, two-phase, liquid phase sintered materials

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    Lee, Sukbin

    In studying microstructure-property relationships, it is of great interest to reveal the effect of individual microstructural parameters on the properties of the materials in all three dimensions. However, it is not easy to obtain experimentally samples in which the individual microstructural features are independently controlled. Even though one can prepare such samples, conventional materials characterization is based on the data obtained from two-dimensional plane sections of the samples. Since many problems related to the properties of materials are three-dimensional in nature, conventional two-dimensional characterization is not always sufficient to describe the microstructure quantitatively. Also, many property experiments are destructive and therefore one needs to repeat the process many times to map the properties as a function of the microstructural parameters. Considerable effort has been made to reconstruct three-dimensional microstructures using serial sectioning in recent years in order to determine three-dimensional microstructural features of two-phase composite materials directly. While this approach yields three-dimensional data on the size, shape, and spatial correlation of particles, it demands difficult and time-consuming steps. Thus, numerical reconstruction or synthesis methods can contribute significantly to modeling three-dimensional microstructures, especially two-phase composite microstructures for this project. One objective of this project is to introduce a procedure for generating three-dimensional digital microstructures representing two-phase composite materials containing isotropically coarsened particles in the surrounding matrix phase. In order to achieve the goal, a three-dimensional, Q-state Monte Carlo Potts model of isotropic particle coarsening in a system with full wetting of particles by matrix is introduced to investigate the coarsening kinetics and microstructures associated with this process. By imposing the condition of

  7. The effect of THPS concentration on nPAG microstructure

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    Watson, C. J.; Supple, J. R.; Yeo, A. U.; Geso, M.; Franich, R. D.

    2017-05-01

    The microstructures formed within a normoxic polyacrylamide gel (nPAG) dosimeter and their correlation to amount of dose received is investigated through the use of two scanning electron microscope modalities. The effect of gold sputtering onto the samples was examined to determine if it impacted the detectable structures. The evolution of polymer structure with increasing dose is shown to progress from long shard like polymer chains to smooth polymer structures coating the gel surface. It is demonstrated that without gold coating the samples, which is a necessity in high vacuum scanning electron microscopy, that an environmental scanning electron microscope can be used for analysis of polymerized structures. The addition of THPS as an antioxidant is shown to not alter the formation of polymer microstructures when compared to other studies involving THPC. It is also proposed that knowledge of these features could be used to manipulate the deformability, stability and polymerized opacity of an nPAG dosimeter.

  8. Microstructural Preparation and Examination of Polymer-Matrix Composites

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    Elban, Wayne L.; Rutzebeck, Maddy M.; Small, Ryan A.; Walsh, Adam M.

    1996-01-01

    Adapting procedures widely used in the metallographic characterization of metals and alloys, the microstructural preparation and examination of three polymer-matrix composites (PMC's) is described. The materials investigated contained either hollow ceramic filler particles or woven, continuous carbon/graphite fibers. Since the two particulate composites were considered to be isotropic, only one sample orientation was prepared. For the fiber composite, both longitudinal and planar orientations were studied. Once prepared, the samples were examined using reflected light microscopy. A number of microstructural features were evaluated qualitatively, including porosity and cracks, filler-matrix interfacial bonding, filler particle characteristics (shape, size, size distribution, and loading variation) and fiber characteristics (orientation, packing variation, and discontinuities).

  9. Microstructural Preparation and Examination of Polymer-Matrix Composites

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    Elban, Wayne L.; Rutzebeck, Maddy M.; Small, Ryan A.; Walsh, Adam M.

    1996-01-01

    Adapting procedures widely used in the metallographic characterization of metals and alloys, the microstructural preparation and examination of three polymer-matrix composites (PMC's) is described. The materials investigated contained either hollow ceramic filler particles or woven, continuous carbon/graphite fibers. Since the two particulate composites were considered to be isotropic, only one sample orientation was prepared. For the fiber composite, both longitudinal and planar orientations were studied. Once prepared, the samples were examined using reflected light microscopy. A number of microstructural features were evaluated qualitatively, including porosity and cracks, filler-matrix interfacial bonding, filler particle characteristics (shape, size, size distribution, and loading variation) and fiber characteristics (orientation, packing variation, and discontinuities).

  10. Laser beam steering approaches for microstructuring of copper layers

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    Mur, Jaka; Podobnik, Boštjan; Poberaj, Igor

    2017-02-01

    We have investigated the process of copper layer ablation with a tightly focused Q-switched 532 nm laser. Focusing 40 ns long laser pulses to a micrometer-sized spot results in high energy density and gives rise to ablation phenomena not seen during laser processing with larger beam diameters. Use of acousto-optic deflectors (AODs) enabled us to test different laser beam steering approaches in terms of choosing the position for each laser pulse independently of the previous pulses. Random addressing of desired positions across a microstructure proved to be the most efficient method compared to various scanning approaches. Assigning a random order to the spatial sequence of laser pulses resulted in the fastest microstructuring process and featured lowest residual heating of the substrate.

  11. Role of Microstructure on the Performance of UHTCs

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    Johnson, Sylvia M.; Gasch, Matthew J.; Lawson, John W.; Gusman, Michael I.; Stackpoole, Mairead

    2010-01-01

    We have investigated a number of methods to control microstructure. We have routes to form: a) in situ "composites" b) Very fine microstructures. Arcjet testing and other characterization of monolithic materials. Control oxidation through microstructure and composition. Beginning to incorporate these materials as matrices for composites. Modeling effort to facilitate material design and characterization.

  12. Three-dimensional investigation of cycling-induced microstructural changes in lithium-ion battery cathodes using focused ion beam/scanning electron microscopy

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    Liu, Hanshuo; Foster, Jamie M.; Gully, Adam; Krachkovskiy, Sergey; Jiang, Meng; Wu, Yan; Yang, Xingyi; Protas, Bartosz; Goward, Gillian R.; Botton, Gianluigi A.

    2016-02-01

    For vehicle electrification, one of the biggest issues for lithium ion batteries is cycle life. Within this context, the mechanisms at the source of capacity degradation during cycling are not yet to be fully understood. In this work, we use state-of-the-art FIB-SEM serial sectioning and imaging techniques to determine the effect of cycling on lithium-ion battery cathodes. The three-dimensional (3D) microstructural study was performed on both pristine and cycled LiNixMnyCo1-x-yO2 (NMC) and Li(Li0.2Ni0.13Mn0.54Co0.13)O2 (HE-NMC) cathodes. The spatial distribution of active material, carbon-doped binder and pore spaces were successfully reconstructed by appropriate image processing. Comparisons of NMC and HE-NMC cathodes after different number of cycles showed only minor increases in the number of smaller active particles, possibly negligible, considering the intrinsic microstructure variation within the cathodes. However, the connectivity between carbon-doped binder additives and active particles in NMC and HE-NMC cathodes, assessed using a "neighbor counting" method, showed an appreciable decrease after cycling which indicates a detachment of carbon-doped binder from active particles. This significant cycling-induced detachment effect between the two phases (e.g., ∼22% for HE-NMC) could indicate a loss in electrical connectivity, which may partially explain the capacity fade in the cells.

  13. Effects of a Destabilization Heat Treatment on the Microstructure and Abrasive Wear Behavior of High-Chromium White Cast Iron Investigated Using Different Characterization Techniques

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    Gasan, Hakan; Erturk, Fatih

    2013-11-01

    The hypoeutectic white cast iron was subjected to various destabilization heat treatment temperatures of 1173 K, 1273 K, and 1373 K (900 °C, 1000 °C, and 1100 °C) for 2 hours. The as-cast and destabilized specimens were characterized by optical metallography, classical direct comparison, and the Rietveld method. The volume fractions of carbides were measured by optical metallography. Moreover, the volume fractions of retained austenite and martensite were measured by the classical direct comparison method. Despite the limitations of optical metallography and the classical direct comparison method, the Rietveld method was successively and accurately applied to determine the volume fractions of all phases. In addition, the Rietveld analysis yielded certain results, such as the crystallographic properties of the phases that can be used to explain the relationship between the microstructural parameters and the wear behavior. Abrasive wear tests with different sliding speeds were carried out on the as-cast and destabilized alloys to identify the effect of microstructural parameters on the wear behavior. The results indicated that the morphologies of secondary carbides, the crystallographic properties of the phases, and the proper combination of the amount of martensite, retained austenite, and carbides were the principle parameters that affect the hardness and wear behavior of the alloy.

  14. Investigating the Enigmatic Ultraviolet 2175 A Extinction Feature and Correlation with Infrared Aromatic/PAH emission in M101

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    Gordon, Karl

    2011-10-01

    The 2175 Angstrom ultraviolet dust extinction feature has been known for more than 45 years, but the source of the extinction has yet to be positively identified. One of the leading contenders in dust grain models is small aromatic/PAHs grains. Through IR observations of HII regions in the spiral galaxy M101, PAHs have measured emission strengths that dramatically weaken at large radii and ionizations. The parameter space of these HII regions in terms of metallicity, ionization, and PAH emission strengths is the largest of any known galaxy. To explore the connection between the 2175 A extinction feature and IR aromatic/PAH emission strengths, we propose to observe the six regions in M101 {5 HII and the nucleus} using near-UV and far-UV gratings {G230L/G140L} with the MAMA detectors on STIS. The STIS instrument provides the opportunity to obtain high S/N UV spectra integrated over the same large spatial scales of the previous IR observations { 78 square arcsec} in minimal time {2 orbits per region}. From the measured spectra, we will employ stellar evolutionary synthesis and radiative transfer models to extract the intrinsic strength of the 2175 A extinction feature. The 2175 A features strengths will be compared with the published emission strengths of five different aromatic/PAH features in all six regions. If the 2175 A feature is associated with aromatic/PAHs grains, we will see a strong correlation. The lack of a strong correlation will imply the need for significant modification of leading dust models.

  15. The effect of strain rate on the evolution of microstructure in aluminium alloys.

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    Leszczyńska-Madej, B; Richert, M

    2010-03-01

    Intensive deformations influence strongly microstructure. The very well-known phenomenon is the diminishing dimension of grain size by the severe plastic deformation (SPD) methods. The nanometric features of microstructure were discovered after the SPD deformation of various materials, such as aluminium alloys, iron and others. The observed changes depended on the kind of the deformed material, amount of deformation, strain rate, existence of different phases and stacking fault energy. The influence of the strain and strain rate on the microstructure is commonly investigated nowadays. It was found that the high strain rates activate deformation in shear bands, microbands and adiabatic shear bands. It was observed that bands were places of the nucleation of nanograins in the material deformed by SPD methods. In the work, the refinement of microstructure of the aluminium alloys influenced by the high strain rate was investigated. The samples were compressed by a specially designed hammer to the deformation of phi= 0/0.62 with the strain rate in the range of [Formula in text]. The highest reduction of microbands width with the increase of the strain was found in the AlCu4Zr alloy. The influence of the strain rate on the microstructure refinement indicated that the increase of the strain rate caused the reduction of the microbands width in the all investigated materials (Al99.5, AlCu4Zr, AlMg5, AlZn6Mg2.5CuZr). A characteristic feature of the microstructure of the compressed material was large density of the shear bands and microbands. It was found that the microbands show a large misorientation to the surrounds and, except Al99.5, the large density of dislocation.

  16. Stability Study of the RERTR Fuel Microstructure

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    Jian Gan; Dennis Keiser; Brandon Miller; Daniel Wachs

    2014-04-01

    The irradiation stability of the interaction phases at the interface of fuel and Al alloy matrix as well as the stability of the fission gas bubble superlattice is believed to be very important to the U-Mo fuel performance. In this paper the recent result from TEM characterization of Kr ion irradiated U-10Mo-5Zr alloy will be discussed. The focus will be on the phase stability of Mo2-Zr, a dominated second phase developed at the interface of U-10Mo and the Zr barrier in a monolithic fuel plate from fuel fabrication. The Kr ion irradiations were conducted at a temperature of 200 degrees C to an ion fluence of 2.0E+16 ions/cm2. To investigate the thermal stability of the fission gas bubble superlattice, a key microstructural feature in both irradiated dispersion U-7Mo fuel and monolithic U-10Mo fuel, a FIB-TEM sample of the irradiated U-10Mo fuel (3.53E+21 fission/cm3) was used for a TEM in-situ heating experiment. The preliminary result showed extraordinary thermal stability of the fission gas bubble superlattice. The implication of the TEM observation from these two experiments on the fuel microstructural evolution under irradiation will be discussed.

  17. Classroom Texts: An Investigation of the Correlative Features of Assigned Reading and Test Performance. Applied Educational Research and Evaluation.

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    Rochlin, Joyce T.; Weislogel, Louis F.

    The correlative features of assigned reading and in-class performance were evaluated for 75 students enrolled in psychology classes in two community colleges in Maryland. Four tests and a final examination were used to measure in-class performance as a function of rates of reading and times of attendance. Control for content was attempted by…

  18. Learning representation hierarchies by sharing visual features: a computational investigation of Persian character recognition with unsupervised deep learning.

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    Sadeghi, Zahra; Testolin, Alberto

    2017-02-25

    In humans, efficient recognition of written symbols is thought to rely on a hierarchical processing system, where simple features are progressively combined into more abstract, high-level representations. Here, we present a computational model of Persian character recognition based on deep belief networks, where increasingly more complex visual features emerge in a completely unsupervised manner by fitting a hierarchical generative model to the sensory data. Crucially, high-level internal representations emerging from unsupervised deep learning can be easily read out by a linear classifier, achieving state-of-the-art recognition accuracy. Furthermore, we tested the hypothesis that handwritten digits and letters share many common visual features: A generative model that captures the statistical structure of the letters distribution should therefore also support the recognition of written digits. To this aim, deep networks trained on Persian letters were used to build high-level representations of Persian digits, which were indeed read out with high accuracy. Our simulations show that complex visual features, such as those mediating the identification of Persian symbols, can emerge from unsupervised learning in multilayered neural networks and can support knowledge transfer across related domains.

  19. The Role of the L1 and Individual Differences in L2 Sensitivity to Morphosyntactic Features: An ERP Investigation

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    Bond, Kristi

    2013-01-01

    This study used ERP (event-related potentials) to examine both the role of the L1 and the role of individual differences in the processing of agreement violations. Theories of L2 acquisition differ with regard to whether or not native-like acquisition of L2 features is possible (Schwartz and Sprouse, 1994, 1996; Tsimpli and Mastropavlou, 2007),…

  20. Mueller matrix polarimetry for characterizing microstructural variation of nude mouse skin during tissue optical clearing.

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    Chen, Dongsheng; Zeng, Nan; Xie, Qiaolin; He, Honghui; Tuchin, Valery V; Ma, Hui

    2017-08-01

    We investigate the polarization features corresponding to changes in the microstructure of nude mouse skin during immersion in a glycerol solution. By comparing the Mueller matrix imaging experiments and Monte Carlo simulations, we examine in detail how the Mueller matrix elements vary with the immersion time. The results indicate that the polarization features represented by Mueller matrix elements m22&m33&m44 and the absolute values of m34&m43 are sensitive to the immersion time. To gain a deeper insight on how the microstructures of the skin vary during the tissue optical clearing (TOC), we set up a sphere-cylinder birefringence model (SCBM) of the skin and carry on simulations corresponding to different TOC mechanisms. The good agreement between the experimental and simulated results confirm that Mueller matrix imaging combined with Monte Carlo simulation is potentially a powerful tool for revealing microscopic features of biological tissues.

  1. Investigation of the Effect of Magnesium on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of NiTi Shape Memory Alloy Prepared by Self-Propagating High-Temperature Synthesis

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    Školáková, Andrea; Novák, Pavel; Salvetr, Pavel; Moravec, Hynek; Šefl, Václav; Deduytsche, Davy; Detavernier, Christophe

    2017-07-01

    This work aims to describe the effect of magnesium on the microstructure, phase composition, amount of undesirable Ti2Ni phase, martensitic transformation, mechanical properties, and corrosion resistance of NiTi alloy. To minimize the quantity of Ti2Ni phase, we use the magnesium as an element with high affinity to oxygen, because this phase is stabilized by oxygen. Various quantities of magnesium (1, 3, and 5 wt pct) were tested. Self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) was used as a production method of the alloys. The samples prepared by SHS were pulverized by a vibrating mill, and the obtained powders were used for consolidation by means of spark plasma sintering. Results showed a significant reduction of the content of undesirable Ti2Ni phase by the addition of magnesium. Further, magnesium increased corrosion resistance and yield strength.

  2. Use of cyclic current reversal polarization voltammetry for investigating the relationship between corrosion resistance and heat-treatment induced variations in microstructures of 400 C martensitic stainless steels

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    Ambrose, John R.

    1992-01-01

    Software for running a cyclic current reversal polarization voltammagram has been developed for use with a EG&G Princeton Applied Research Model 273 potentiostat/galvanostat system. The program, which controls the magnitude, direction and duration of an impressed galvanostatic current, will produce data in ASCII spreadsheets (Lotus, Quattro) for graphical representation of CCRPV voltammograms. The program was used to determine differences in corrosion resistance of 440 C martenstic stainless steel produced as a result of changes in microstructure effected by tempering. It was determined that tempering at all temperatures above 400 F resulted in increased polarizability of the material, with the increased likelihood that pitting would be initiated upon exposure to marine environments. These results will be used in development of remedial procedures for lowering the susceptibility of these alloys toward the stress corrosion cracking experienced in bearings used in high pressure oxygen turbopumps used in the main engines of space shuttle orbiters.

  3. Nanoscale microstructure effects on hydrogen behavior in rapidly solidified aluminum alloys

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    Tashlykova-Bushkevich, Iya I.

    2015-12-31

    The present work summarizes recent progress in the investigation of nanoscale microstructure effects on hydrogen behavior in rapidly solidified aluminum alloys foils produced at exceptionally high cooling rates. We focus here on the potential of modification of hydrogen desorption kinetics in respect to weak and strong trapping sites that could serve as hydrogen sinks in Al materials. It is shown that it is important to elucidate the surface microstructure of the Al alloy foils at the submicrometer scale because rapidly solidified microstructural features affect hydrogen trapping at nanostructured defects. We discuss the profound influence of solute atoms on hydrogen−lattice defect interactions in the alloys. with emphasis on role of vacancies in hydrogen evolution; both rapidly solidified pure Al and conventionally processed aluminum samples are considered.

  4. Microstructure and inclusion of Ti-6Al-4V fabricated by selective laser melting

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    Huang, Qianli; Hu, Ningmin; Yang, Xing; Zhang, Ranran; Feng, Qingling

    2016-09-01

    Selective laser melting (SLM) was used in fabricating the dense part from pre-alloyed Ti-6Al-4V powder. The microstructural evolution and inclusion formation of as-fabricated part were characterized in depth. The microstructure was characterized by features of columnar prior β grains and acicular martensite α'. High density defects such as dislocations and twins can be produced in SLM process. Investigations on the inclusions find out that hard alpha inclusion, amorphous CaO and microcrystalline Al2O3 are three main inclusions formed in SLM. The inclusions formed at some specific sites on melt pool surface. The microstructural evolution and inclusion formation of as-fabricated material are closely related to the SLM process.

  5. Influence of Microstructure on Uniaxial Strain Localization in AA5754 Aluminum Sheets Produced by Various Processing Routes

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    Tewari, Asim; Vijayalakshmi, S.; Tiwari, Shashank; Biswas, Pinaki; Kim, Sooho; Mishra, Raja K.; Kubic, Robert; Sachdev, Anil K.

    2013-05-01

    The application of lightweight aluminum sheets to fabricate automotive components for vehicle weight reduction continues to be limited due to their low formability and high cost. This report summarizes a metallurgical investigation of the influence of various microstructural attributes on the forming and failure characteristics of aluminum sheets produced by lower cost continuous casting processes. The study has identified the combination of microstructural attributes, such as grain size, texture, and second phase particle distribution, in the sheets which make some sheets more formable than others and has traced the origin of these features to the processing history. The results show that the microstructural features present in the sheets have their origin in the casting, rolling, and recrystallization processes involved in their fabrication.

  6. Diagnosis of osteoporosis by extraction of trabecular features from hip radiographs using support vector machine: an investigation panorama with DXA.

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    Sapthagirivasan, V; Anburajan, M

    2013-11-01

    Lifespan and its quality can be improved by early diagnosis of osteoporosis. Analysis of trabecular boundness on digital hip radiographs could be useful for identifying subjects with low bone mineral density (BMD) or osteoporosis. The main aim of our study was to evaluate the ability of a kernel-based support vector machine (SVM) with respect to diagnosis and add to knowledge about the trabecular features of digital hip radiographs for identifying subjects with low BMD. In this paper we present an SVM kernel classifier-based computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) system for osteoporotic risk detection using digital hip radiographs. Initially, the original radiograph was intensified, then trabecular features such as boundness, orientation, solidity of spur and delta were evaluated and radial bias function (RBF) based discrimination was manifested. The next step was the evaluation of the diagnostic capability of the proposed method in order to spot subjects with low BMD at the femoral neck in 50 (50.7 ± 14.3 years) South Indian women with no previous history of osteoporotic fracture. Out of 50 subjects, 28 were used to train the classifier and the other 22 were used for testing. The proposed system has achieved the highest classification accuracy documented so far by means of a fivefold cross-validation analysis with mean accuracy of 90% (95% confidence interval (CI): 82 to 98%); sensitivity and positive predictive value (PPV) were 90% (95% CI: 82 to 98%) and 89% (95% CI: 81 to 97%), respectively. Pearson's correlation was observed at the level of p<0.001, between extracted image trabecular features with age and BMDs measured by dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA). Extracted image features also demonstrated significant differences between high and low BMD groups at the level of p<0.001. Our findings suggest that the proposed CAD system with SVM would be useful for spotting women vulnerable to osteoporotic risk. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. ProViz-a web-based visualization tool to investigate the functional and evolutionary features of protein sequences.

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    Jehl, Peter; Manguy, Jean; Shields, Denis C; Higgins, Desmond G; Davey, Norman E

    2016-07-08

    Low-throughput experiments and high-throughput proteomic and genomic analyses have created enormous quantities of data that can be used to explore protein function and evolution. The ability to consolidate these data into an informative and intuitive format is vital to our capacity to comprehend these distinct but complementary sources of information. However, existing tools to visualize protein-related data are restricted by their presentation, sources of information, functionality or accessibility. We introduce ProViz, a powerful browser-based tool to aid biologists in building hypotheses and designing experiments by simplifying the analysis of functional and evolutionary features of proteins. Feature information is retrieved in an automated manner from resources describing protein modular architecture, post-translational modification, structure, sequence variation and experimental characterization of functional regions. These features are mapped to evolutionary information from precomputed multiple sequence alignments. Data are displayed in an interactive and information-rich yet intuitive visualization, accessible through a simple protein search interface. This allows users with limited bioinformatic skills to rapidly access data pertinent to their research. Visualizations can be further customized with user-defined data either manually or using a REST API. ProViz is available at http://proviz.ucd.ie/. © The Author(s) 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Nucleic Acids Research.

  8. Microstructural investigation of plastically deformed Ti{sub 20}Zr{sub 20}Hf{sub 20}Nb{sub 20}Ta{sub 20} high entropy alloy by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy

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    Dirras, G.; Gubicza, J.; Heczel, A.; Lilensten, L.; Couzinié, J.-P.; Perrière, L.; Guillot, I.; Hocini, A.

    2015-10-15

    The microstructure evolution in body-centered cubic (bcc) Ti{sub 20}Zr{sub 20}Hf{sub 20}Nb{sub 20}Ta{sub 20} high entropy alloy during quasi-static compression test was studied by X-ray line profile analysis (XLPA) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The average lattice constant and other important parameters of the microstructure such as the mean crystallite size, the dislocation density and the edge/screw character of dislocations were determined by XLPA. The elastic anisotropy factor required for XLPA procedure was determined by nanoindentation. XLPA shows that the crystallite size decreased while the dislocation density increased with strain during compression, and their values reached about 39 nm and 15 × 10{sup 14} m{sup −2}, respectively, at a plastic strain of ~ 20%. It was revealed that with increasing strain the dislocation character became more screw. This can be explained by the reduced mobility of screw dislocations compared to edge dislocations in bcc structures. These observations are in line with TEM investigations. The development of dislocation density during compression was related to the yield strength evolution. - Highlights: • Ti{sub 20}Zr{sub 20}Hf{sub 20}Nb{sub 20}Ta{sub 20} high entropy alloy was processed by arc-melting. • The mechanical was evaluated by RT compression test. • The microstructure evolution was studied by XLPA and TEM. • With increasing strain the dislocation character became more screw. • The yield strength was related to the development of the dislocation density.

  9. Microswimmers in Complex Environments with Heterogeneous Microstructure

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    Hyon, Yunkyong; Fu, Henry

    2011-11-01

    We will discuss the swimming of microorganisms in complex and heterogeneous environments. Microswimmers in biological complex fluids, for instance, bacteria and sperm, are often greatly influenced by heterogeneous medium microstructure with length scales comparable to themselves. We characterize the interaction between the microswimmer and the medium microstructure using the model Golestanian three-sphere swimmer, treating the hydrodynamic interaction with the microstructure through the Oseen tensor. In this investigation, the microstructure of the heterogeneous environment is modeled by fixed spheres representing obstacles, or chains consisting of spheres connected with elastic springs. We find that the swimming speed of the swimmer depends on the force and deformation exerted on micro-structure. Furthermore, we find that while short freely suspended chains and short chains anchored at their ends interact with swimmer quite differently, long enough chains interact similarly, that is, a long mobile chain acts like a anchored chain. We discuss the implications for swimmer interactions with polymer solutions and compliant networks.

  10. Effect of microstructure on Na/+/ diffusion in beta alumina

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    Sarian, S.; Dunbar, B. J.; Mcentee, W. J.

    1977-01-01

    The effect of microstructural features, such as grain size and orientation, on sodium ion diffusion in polycrystalline beta alumina is investigated; the ionic solid is suitable for use in high-energy and power density batteries. Two types of hot-pressed polycrystalline samples are studied, one with grains highly oriented in the direction normal to the pressing direction, the other with significantly less preferred orientation normal to the pressing direction. Results of the experimental assessments indicate that grain size and diffusion path tortuosity have little effect on diffusion kinetics, while grain boundary type and grain aspect ratio are important factors in determining the diffusion rate.

  11. Bridging the gap between atomic microstructure and electronic properties of alloys: The case of (In,Ga)N

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    Chan, J. A.; Liu, J. Z.; Zunger, Alex

    2010-07-01

    The atomic microstructure of alloys is rarely perfectly random, instead exhibiting differently shaped precipitates, clusters, zigzag chains, etc. While it is expected that such microstructural features will affect the electronic structures (carrier localization and band gaps), theoretical studies have, until now, been restricted to investigate either perfectly random or artificial “guessed” microstructural features. In this paper, we simulate the alloy microstructures in thermodynamic equilibrium using the static Monte Carlo method and study their electronic structures explicitly using a pseudopotential supercell approach. In this way, we can bridge atomic microstructures with their electronic properties. We derive the atomic microstructures of InGaN using (i) density-functional theory total energies of ˜50 ordered structures to construct a (ii) multibody cluster expansion, including strain effects to which we have applied (iii) static Monte Carlo simulations of systems consisting of over 27000 atoms to determine the equilibrium atomic microstructures. We study two types of alloy thermodynamic behavior: (a) under lattice incoherent conditions, the formation enthalpies are positive and thus the alloy system phase-separates below the miscibility-gap temperature TMG , (b) under lattice coherent conditions, the formation enthalpies can be negative and thus the alloy system exhibits ordering tendency. The microstructure is analyzed in terms of structural motifs (e.g., zigzag chains and InnGa4-nN tetrahedral clusters). The corresponding electronic structure, calculated with the empirical pseudopotentials method, is analyzed in terms of band-edge energies and wave-function localization. We find that the disordered alloys have no electronic localization but significant hole localization, while below the miscibility gap under the incoherent conditions, In-rich precipitates lead to strong electron and hole localization and a reduction in the band gap.

  12. Investigating Criterial Discourse Features across Second Language Development: Lexical Bundles in Rated Learner Essays, CEFR B1, B2 and C1

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    Chen, Yu-Hua; Baker, Paul

    2016-01-01

    In this study, we investigated criterial discourse features in L2 writing through the use of recurrent word combinations, a.k.a. lexical bundles, taking a corpus-driven and expert-judged approach by examining L2 English data across various proficiency levels from L1 Chinese learners. Proficiency was determined by a robust rating procedure which is…

  13. Watershed Health Assessment Tools Investigating Fisheries WHAT IF Version 2: A Manager’s Guide to New Features

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    The CVI Watershed Health Assessment Tool Investigating Fisheries, WHAT IF version 2, currently contains five components: Regional Prioritization Tool, Hydrologic Tool, Clustering Tool, Habitat Suitability Tool, BASS model

  14. Investigation of influence of friction stir welding regimes on the features of mass transfer and temperature distribution in forming welds

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    Astafurov, S. V.; Shilko, E. V.; Kolubaev, E. A.; Psakhie, S. G.

    2015-10-01

    Computer simulation by the movable cellular automaton method was performed to study the influence of friction stir welding regimes on the features of intensive mass transfer and temperature distribution in forming welded joints. The calculation results showed that there is a range of optimal values of the ratio of the angular velocity to the welding speed which provides sufficient mass transfer to form a welded joint with a minimum volume content of defects. The use of the optimal FSW regimes allows to obtain joints without significant overheating of the welded materials.

  15. Microstructural diagnosis using electromagnetic wave scattering methodologies

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    Chou, Kevin Jenn Chien

    Scattered electromagnetic waves were used in the present work to characterize the microstructural effects on the performance of metallic materials. A Nisb3Al alloy with a dendritic microstructure has exhibited better creep resistance compared to similar alloys having equiaxed microstructure of grains. X-ray diffraction was applied along the dendritic arms to investigate their orientations. Both the interlocking boundaries and crystallographic texture of the dendritic arms resulted in the superior creep behavior. Non-invasive laser scattering was also used to optically probe smooth fatigue specimens to detect and monitor the development of fatigue damage. Inconel 718 specimens with a cylindrical geometry were tested under low cycle fatigue conditions with constant strain amplitudes ranging from 0.3% to 1%. A detection scheme to minimize computational time and memory was used to achieve in-situ data analysis. Both laser scanning and surface replication procedures were periodically performed throughout the life of the specimens. The scattered light signals were compared with microcrack length and density data from surface replicate SEM images. Three characteristic stages of the scattering signal were observed. The scanning laser light scattering (SLLS) technique was sufficiently robust, and well suited for the non-planar geometry in the leading edge. The SLLS signals correlated well with microstructural features over a large surface area. A physical model of microcrack size distribution within a surface grain was developed. The results of the model suggest that a SLLS signal saturation which coincides with the onset of microcrack density saturation corresponds to a transition from predominately single grain microcracks to microcracks that transverse multiple grains. The saturation of SLLS signal versus mean surface crack length also provided the following findings. Low cycle fatigue cracks were contained and saturated in those surface grains with the highest Schmid

  16. Using prismatic microstructured films for image blending in OLEDS

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    Haenichen, Lukas [Anspach, DE; Pschenitzka, Florian [San Francisco, CA

    2009-09-08

    An apparatus such as a light source is disclosed which has an OLED device and a microstructured film disposed on the substrate or transparent electrode of said OLED device and on the exterior of said OLED device. The microstructured film contains features which diffuse light emitted by said OLED device and increase the luminance of the device.

  17. Investigation of the role of template features on the electrically induced structure formation (EISF) for a faithful duplication.

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    Tian, Hongmiao; Shao, Jinyou; Chen, Xiaoliang; Jiang, Wei; Wang, Li; Ding, Yucheng

    2017-03-17

    Electrically induced structure formation (EISF), as a physical approach to fabricate micro/nano-structures, has attracted much attention because of the simple process, low cost, high efficiency and wide applications on electronics, microfluidics, and so forth. Hitherto, the influence of some process parameters, such as voltage, air gap, film thickness, polymer properties, on the polymeric behavior and the structure formation has been explored, neglecting the effects of the template features, which affect the polymer deformation. Especially for the conductive protrusions directly contacting the polymer, the phenomenon of electric breakdown may occur, leading to a failure of structure formation. The limitation of the research on the template features triggers the necessity to study its influence for a faithful deformation. In this paper, three types of patterned template are studied based on the electric field at the air-polymer interface, consisting of completely conductive template, partially conductive template and dielectric template. Comprehensive consideration of the electric intensity for a sufficient driving pressure and the leaky current for preventing damaging the polymer, some guiding opinions on the template material and geometry can be provided to design the patterned template for the EISF process with a purpose for a faithful structure. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  18. Integration of electrical resistivity imaging and ground penetrating radar to investigate solution features in the Biscayne Aquifer

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    Yeboah-Forson, Albert; Comas, Xavier; Whitman, Dean

    2014-07-01

    The limestone composing the Biscayne Aquifer in southeast Florida is characterized by cavities and solution features that are difficult to detect and quantify accurately because of their heterogeneous spatial distribution. Such heterogeneities have been shown by previous studies to exert a strong influence in the direction of groundwater flow. In this study we use an integrated array of geophysical methods to detect the lateral extent and distribution of solution features as indicative of anisotropy in the Biscayne Aquifer. Geophysical methods included azimuthal resistivity measurements, electrical resistivity imaging (ERI) and ground penetrating radar (GPR) and were constrained with direct borehole information from nearby wells. The geophysical measurements suggest the presence of a zone of low electrical resistivity (from ERI) and low electromagnetic wave velocity (from GPR) below the water table at depths of 4-9 m that corresponds to the depth of solution conduits seen in digital borehole images. Azimuthal electrical measurements at the site reported coefficients of electrical anisotropy as high as 1.36 suggesting the presence of an area of high porosity (most likely comprising different types of porosity) oriented in the E-W direction. This study shows how integrated geophysical methods can help detect the presence of areas of enhanced porosity which may influence the direction of groundwater flow in a complex anisotropic and heterogeneous karst system like the Biscayne Aquifer.

  19. Microstructure-Tensile Properties Correlation for the Ti-6Al-4V Titanium Alloy

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    Shi, Xiaohui; Zeng, Weidong; Sun, Yu; Han, Yuanfei; Zhao, Yongqing; Guo, Ping

    2015-04-01

    Finding the quantitative microstructure-tensile properties correlations is the key to achieve performance optimization for various materials. However, it is extremely difficult due to their non-linear and highly interactive interrelations. In the present investigation, the lamellar microstructure features-tensile properties correlations of the Ti-6Al-4V alloy are studied using an error back-propagation artificial neural network (ANN-BP) model. Forty-eight thermomechanical treatments were conducted to prepare the Ti-6Al-4V alloy with different lamellar microstructure features. In the proposed model, the input variables are microstructure features including the α platelet thickness, colony size, and β grain size, which were extracted using Image Pro Plus software. The output variables are the tensile properties, including ultimate tensile strength, yield strength, elongation, and reduction of area. Fourteen hidden-layer neurons which can make ANN-BP model present the most excellent performance were applied. The training results show that all the relative errors between the predicted and experimental values are within 6%, which means that the trained ANN-BP model is capable of providing precise prediction of the tensile properties for Ti-6Al-4V alloy. Based on the corresponding relations between the tensile properties predicted by ANN-BP model and the lamellar microstructure features, it can be found that the yield strength decreases with increasing α platelet thickness continuously. However, the α platelet thickness exerts influence on the elongation in a more complicated way. In addition, for a given α platelet thickness, the yield strength and the elongation both increase with decreasing β grain size and colony size. In general, the β grain size and colony size play a more important role in affecting the tensile properties of Ti-6Al-4V alloy than the α platelet thickness.

  20. Injection molding of thermoplastic elastomers for microstructured substrates

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    Birkar, Smita

    Amorphous and semi-crystalline thermoplastic polymers have been widely investigated for injection molding of parts with microstructured surfaces. Microstructured surfaces injection molded from thermoplastic elastomers have emerging applications as superhydrobic surfaces and patterned adhesives, but there is a limited understanding of the factors affecting replication with these materials. This research was a continued investigation of block copolymer thermoplastic elastomers as well as the first in-depth examination of thermoplastic vulcanizates for injection molding microfeatures. The first focus of this research was the interactions between tooling aspect ratio and feature orientation (negative and positive tooling) and thermoplastic elastomer hard segment content on microfeature replication. Electroformed nickel tooling having positive and negative features with different geometries and aspect ratios of 0.02:1 to 2:1 were molded from three copolyester thermoplastic elastomers with similar chemistry and different hardness values. The tooling and part features were characterized for feature depth and height as well as feature definition using scanning electron microscopy and optical profilometry. Results were correlated with elastomer properties. In the second parts of this research, the effects of microfeature spacing on the replication of thermoplastic elastomer features was investigated using micropillars with two diameters (10 and 20 mum) and three spacing ratios (0.5:1, 1:1, and 2:1). The tooling and part features were characterized for feature depth and height as well as feature definition using scanning electron microscopy and optical profilometry. Feature spacing significantly affected the replication of micropillars using a thermoplastic elastomer. This replication was competition between cooling and pressurization of the melt. Wider spacing between smaller features allowed cooling in the tooling lands to dominate the feature filling. Higher pressures did

  1. An investigation on microstructure evolution and mechanical properties during liquid state diffusion bonding of Al2024 to Ti–6Al–4V

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    Samavatian, Majid; Halvaee, Ayoub; Amadeh, Ahmad Ali; Khodabandeh, Alireza

    2014-12-15

    Joining mechanism of Ti/Al dissimilar alloys was studied during liquid state diffusion bonding process using Cu/Sn/Cu interlayer at 510 °C under vacuum of 7.5 × 10{sup −5} Torr for various bonding times. The microstructure and compositional changes in the joint zone were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Microhardness and shear strength tests were also applied to study the mechanical properties of the joints. It was found that with an increase in bonding time, the elements of interlayer diffused into the parent metals and formed various intermetallic compounds at the interface. Diffusion process led to the isothermal solidification and the bonding evolution in the joint zone. The results from mechanical tests showed that microhardness and shear strength values have a straight relation with bonding time so that the maximum shear strength of joint was obtained for a bond made with 60 min bonding time. - Highlights: • Liquid state diffusion bonding of Al2024 to Ti–6Al–4V was performed successfully. • Diffusion of the elements caused the formation of various intermetallics at the interface. • Microhardness and shear strength values have a straight relation with bonding time. • The maximum shear strength reached to 36 MPa in 60 min bonding time.

  2. Use of response surface methodology to investigate the effects of brown and golden flaxseed on wheat flour dough microstructure and rheological properties.

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    Codină, Georgiana Gabriela; Mironeasa, Silvia

    2016-12-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the effects of brown flaxseed and golden flaxseed on the water absorption and the rheological parameters of wheat flour. The rheological properties were evaluated by the Mixolab. The optimum parameters were identified for high quality flaxseed-wheat composite flour bread. Each predictor variable was tested at five levels. The microstructure of dough was assessed by epifluorescence light microscopy. The substitution of 4.81/100 g for brown flaxseed and 5.07/100 g for golden flaxseed was found optimal. At the optimum level of brown and golden flaxseed, the water absorption of 55.07/100 g, dough development time of 1.28 min and dough stability of 10.04 min was observed. In terms of protein quality the optimum values were 0.41 N m for C2 and 0.69 for C1-2, and in terms of starch characteristics they were 1.56 N m for C3, 1.14 for C3-2, 1.33 N m for C4, 0.20 for C3-4, 1.97 N m for C5 and 0.60 for C5-4.

  3. Transmission electron microscopy investigation of the microstructure of Fe-Cr alloys induced by neutron and ion irradiation at 300 °C

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    Hernández-Mayoral, M.; Heintze, C.; Oñorbe, E.

    2016-06-01

    Four Fe-Cr binary alloys, with Cr content from 2.5 up to 12wt%, were neutron or ion irradiated up to a dose of 0.6 dpa at 300 °C. The microstructural response to irradiation has been characterised using Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). Both, neutrons and ions, gave rise to the formation of dislocation loops. The most striking difference between ion and neutron irradiation is the distribution of these loops in the sample. Except for the lowest Cr content, loops are distributed mainly along grain boundaries and dislocations in the neutron irradiated samples. The inhomogeneous distribution of dislocation loops could be related to the presence of α‧ precipitates in the matrix. In contrast, a homogeneous distribution is observed in all ion irradiated samples. This important difference is attributed to the orders of magnitude difference in dose rate between these two irradiation conditions. Moreover, the density of loops depends non-monotonically on Cr content in case of neutron irradiation, while it seems to increase with Cr content for ion implantation. Differences are also observed in terms of cluster size, with larger sizes for neutron irradiation than for ion implantation, again pointing towards an effect of the dose rate.

  4. Investigation of microstructural and physical characteristics of nano composite tin oxide-doped Al3+ in Zn2+ based composite coating by DAECD technique

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    Anawe, P. A. L.; Fayomi, O. S. I.; Popoola, A. P. I.

    In other to overcome the devastating deterioration of mild steel in service, Zn-based embedded Al/SnO2 composite coatings have been considered as reinforcing alternative replacements to the more traditional deposition for improved surface properties by using Dual Anode Electrolytic Co-deposition (DAECD) technique from chloride bath. The structural characterization of the starting materials and deposited coating are evaluated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), equipped with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) elemental analysis and atomic force microscope (AFM). The hardness behaviour, wear and intermetallic distribution was examined by diamond based microhardness tester, CETR reciprocating sliding test rig and X-ray diffractometer (XRD) respectively. The corrosion properties of the developed coating were examined in 3.5% NaCl. The microstructure of the deposited sample obtained at 7% SnO2, revealed fine-grains deposit of the Al/SnO2 on the mild steel surface. The results showed that the Al/SnO2 strengthening alloy plays a significant role in impelling the wear and corrosion behaviour of Zn-Al/SnO2 coatings in an aggressive saline environment. Interestingly Zn-30Al-7Sn-chloride showed the highest wear and improved corrosion resistance due to Al/SnO2 oxide passive film that forms during anodic polarization. This work established that co-deposition of mild steel with Al/SnO2 is auspicious in increasing the anti-wear and corrosion progression.

  5. Investigation of the mica x-ray absorption near-edge structure spectral features at the Al K-edge

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    Wu, Ziyu; Marcelli, A.; Cibin, G.; Mottana, A.; Della Ventura, G.

    2003-10-01

    Near-edge features of Al x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectra in aluminosilicate compounds with mixed coordination number are usually assigned to a fourfold coordinated site contribution followed by a sixfold coordinated site contribution that is displaced towards higher energy because of the increasing ligand nucleus potentials, neglecting possible contributions due to bond distance variations and local geometrical distortion. Here we present and discuss the Al K-edge XANES spectra of synthetic micas with either fourfold coordinated Al (phlogopite), or with sixfold coordinated Al (polylithionite), as well as with mixed coordination (preiswerkite). Multiple scattering simulations of XANES spectra demonstrate that octahedral contributions may overlap the tetrahedral ones so that the lower energy structures in mixed coordination compounds may be associated with the octahedral sites. This unexpected behaviour can be described as due to the effect of a significant reduction of the ligand field strength (i.e. large local distortion and Al-O bond distances).

  6. Selective substitution in orbital domains of a low doped manganite: an investigation from Griffiths phenomenon and modification of glassy features

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    Mukherjee, K.; Banerjee, A.

    2009-03-01

    An effort is made to study the contrast in magnetic behavior resulting from minimal disorder introduced by substitution of 2.5% Ga or Al in Mn site of La0.9Sr0.1MnO3. It is considered that Ga or Al selectively create disorder within the orbital domains or on its walls, causing enhancement of Griffiths phase (GP) singularity for the former and disappearance of it in the latter case. It is shown that Ga replaces Mn3+, which is considered to be concentrated within the domains, whereas Al replaces Mn4+, which is segregated on the hole-rich walls, without causing any significant effect on structure or ferromagnetic transition temperatures. Thus, it is presumed that the effect of disorder created by Ga extends across the bulk of the domain having correlation over a similar length scale, resulting in enhancement of the GP phenomenon. In contrast, the effect of disorder created by Al remains restricted to the walls, resulting in the modification of the dynamics arising from the domain walls and suppresses the GP. Moreover, contrasting features are observed in the low temperature region of the compounds; a re-entrant spin-glass-like behavior is observed in the Ga-doped sample, while the observed characteristics for the Al-doped sample are ascribed only to modified domain wall dynamics with the absence of any glassy phase. Distinctive features in third-order susceptibility measurements reveal that the magnetic ground state of the entire series comprises of orbital domain states. These observations bring out the role of the nature of disorder on the GP phenomenon and also reconfirms the character of self-organization in low doped manganites.

  7. Multimodal MRI Imaging of Apoptosis-Triggered Microstructural Alterations in the Postnatal Cerebral Cortex.

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    Petrenko, Volodymyr; van de Looij, Yohan; Mihhailova, Jevgenia; Salmon, Patrick; Hüppi, Petra S; Sizonenko, Stéphane V; Kiss, Jozsef Z

    2017-02-03

    Prematurely born children often develop neurodevelopmental delay that has been correlated with reduced growth and microstructural alterations in the cerebral cortex. Much research has focused on apoptotic neuronal cell death as a key neuropathological features following preterm brain injuries. How scattered apoptotic death of neurons may contribute to microstructural alterations remains unknown. The present study investigated in a rat model the effects of targeted neuronal apoptosis on cortical microstructure using in vivo MRI imaging combined with neuronal reconstruction and histological analysis. We describe that mild, targeted death of layer IV neurons in the developing rat cortex induces MRI-defined metabolic and microstructural alterations including increased cortical fractional anisotropy. Delayed architectural modifications in cortical gray matter and myelin abnormalities in the subcortical white matter such as hypomyelination and microglia activation follow the acute phase of neuronal death and axonal degeneration. These results establish the link between mild cortical apoptosis and MRI-defined microstructure changes that are reminiscent to those previously observed in preterm babies. © The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  8. Microstructural refinement through multipass GTAW process

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    Kin, H.J.; Morris, J.W. Jr.

    1986-04-01

    The present work was undertaken to illustrate and clarify the microstructural features of martensitic Fe-Ni weld deposits made by a multipass welding process. To simulate this, rapid thermal treatments were applied to an Fe-12Ni-0.25Ti alloy using an induction furnace and bead-on-plate welding. The rapid thermal treatment refines the microstructure significantly by destroying the previous packet structure. Hence, the term ''packet refinement'' is used to distinguish its microstructural features from the grain refinement associated with recrystallization of austenite. During multipass GTAW process with an 11% Ni ferritic filler wire, a coarse columnar grain structure is formed after solidification but this structure is refined repetitively by the rapid thermal cycles of subsequent passes. The result is a fully packet refined and extremely fine structure, in the order of several microns, throughout the weldment.

  9. Can Online Discussion Participation Predict Group Project Performance? Investigating the Roles of Linguistic Features and Participation Patterns

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    Yoo, Jaebong; Kim, Jihie

    2014-01-01

    Although many college courses adopt online tools such as Q&A online discussion boards, there is no easy way to measure or evaluate their effect on learning. As a part of supporting instructional assessment of online discussions, we investigate a predictive relation between characteristics of discussion contributions and student performance.…

  10. Investigating the Emerging Generic Features of the Blog Writing Task across Three Discrete Learner Groups at a Higher Education Institution

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    Hourigan, Triona; Murray, Liam

    2010-01-01

    Because of the recent revolutionary developments brought about by Web 2.0, the emergence and popularity of blogs as learning tools represent an important area of consideration by the higher education sector. Indeed, while many researchers have acknowledged the advantages of using blogs in this environment, it is clear that more investigation is…

  11. Can Online Discussion Participation Predict Group Project Performance? Investigating the Roles of Linguistic Features and Participation Patterns

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    Yoo, Jaebong; Kim, Jihie

    2014-01-01

    Although many college courses adopt online tools such as Q&A online discussion boards, there is no easy way to measure or evaluate their effect on learning. As a part of supporting instructional assessment of online discussions, we investigate a predictive relation between characteristics of discussion contributions and student performance.…

  12. Investigation of the formation mechanism and morphology of the features created in the interior of cornea by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Guo, Yizang; Vukelic, Sinisa

    2015-03-01

    Laser assisted corneal surgeries often rely on the nonlinear absorption effect of ultrafast lasers to induce features in the interior of the cornea without affecting the surface. In particular, corneal flap formation in femtosecond assisted Laser- Assisted in situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is based on the bubble creation. This study focuses on the interaction between the tissue and the femtosecond laser. Interior of cornea is treated with tightly focused femtosecond laser pulses. Due to the nature of the process, heating of the tissue within and around the focal volume is practically instantaneous. The affected region is subject to thermoelastic stress that arises with the steep temperature elevation. To predict the size of the region subject to the morphological changes due to the laser treatment, the temperature field is calculated. Cavitation bubble initiation and expansion process, which acts as precursor to the stress induced tissue trauma, is studied as well. Theoretical findings are compared against experimental results. High-speed camera is utilized to assess the laser treatment process, showing the temporal development of the cavitation bubbles. The results obtained in this study facilitate a better understanding of the effects of femtosecond laser assisted corneal surgeries and help in choosing optimal laser parameters.

  13. Investigation of a passive capstan based grasp enhancement feature in a voluntary-closing prosthetic terminal device.

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    Gemmell, Kevin D; Leddy, Michael T; Belter, Joseph T; Dollar, Aaron M

    2016-08-01

    Body-powered prosthetic terminal devices fall into two main categories: voluntary-closing devices, which require the user to exert a force to maintain a grasp, and voluntary opening devices, which generally utilize springs to close and maintain a force. As a result, voluntary-closing devices often have a locking feature that allows the user to relax and transport objects while maintaining a firm grip. In this paper, we examine a new type of capstan-based passive brake mechanism in a voluntary-closing prosthetic terminal device. Three different mechanisms were compared on the benchtop and with human subjects: the passive capstan grasp enhancement, a "pull-to-lock, pull-to-release" mechanism, and a manual cable locking mechanism. Standard tests of prosthetic device dexterity, including the Box and Blocks test and Southampton Hand Assessment Protocol, were performed with an instrumented prosthesis socket simulator with each device. While results are similar across the three mechanisms, the passive capstan mechanism does not require a physical user input to engage or disengage the lock, adding a benefit over the existing mechanisms.

  14. Axial phase measurements of light interacting with microstructures

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    Kim, Myun-Sik; Scharf, Toralf; Herzig, Hans Peter

    2012-03-01

    We present an experimental method to study field structures of highly confined light after interaction with microstructures. A high-resolution interference microscope (HRIM) allows us to measure the three-dimensional (3D) amplitude and phase distributions of light emerging from the sample. While the amplitude fields represent conventional pictures of light confinements like a hotspot, the phase fields exhibit peculiar behaviors, which are of significant interest. Longitudinal-differential interferometry can directly visualize and quantify phase deviations in 3D space with respect to a plane wave of the same frequency serving as a reference. The phase fields near the confinement exhibits particular phase features, e.g., axial phase anomaly and superluminal phase velocity. As example of the light interaction with microstructures, two specific optical phenomena have been investigated here: Gouy phase anomaly in the photonic nanojet and superluminal phase propagation of the spot of Arago. For the first time, we could experimentally demonstrate high-resolution axial phase measurements of such phenomena generated by microstructures of wavelengthscale size and at visible light with 642-nm wavelength.

  15. Microstructure evolution of polycrystalline silicon by molecular dynamics simulation

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    Chen, Xiao; Ding, Jianning; Jiang, Cunhua; Liu, Zunfeng; Yuan, Ningyi

    2017-06-01

    Polycrystalline silicon is the dominant material in solar cells and plays an important role in photovoltaic industry. It is important for not only the conventional production of silicon ingots but also the direct growth of silicon wafers to control crystallization for obtaining the desired polycrystalline silicon. To the best of our knowledge, few studies have systematically reported about the effects of crystalline planes on the solidification behavior of liquid silicon and the analysis of the microstructural features of the polysilicon structure. In this study, molecular dynamics simulations were employed to investigate the solidification and microstructure evolution of polysilicon, with focus on the effects of the seed distribution and cooling rate on the growth of polycrystalline silicon. The (110), (111), and (112) planes were extruded by the (100) plane and formed the inclusion shape. The crystallization of silicon consisted of diamond-type structures is relatively high at a low cooling rate. The simulations provide substantial information regarding microstructures and serve as guidance for the growth of polycrystalline silicon.

  16. Comprehensive investigation on microstructural and transport properties of electrophoretically deposited Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8+ δ/silver composite tapes with various heat treatment conditions

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    Huang, Sun-Li; Dew-Hughes, David

    1999-06-01

    This paper describes a systematic investigation of the influence of heat treatment parameters of the partial melting process on the microstructure, the superconducting transition and the transport critical current density ( Jct) of electrophoretically deposited Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8+ δ/silver tapes (EPD Bi-2212/Ag tapes). The behavior of this material is found to differ from that of Ag-sheathed, dip-coated or doctor-blade-cast tapes. Our processing conditions herein described are favorable for the industrial manufacture of tape conductors. Jct values of 1.0×10 6 and 5.0×10 5 A/cm 2 at 4.2 K in an applied field of 0 and 15 T, respectively, is expected to be achievable in EPD Bi-2212/Ag tapes.

  17. [Application of laser interference microscopy (LIM) for investigating the features of UV(B)-irradiated mouse peritoneal macrophages].

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    Zagubizhenko, M V; Iusipovich, A I; Pirutin, S K; Minaev, V L; Kudryashov, Iu B

    2011-01-01

    The plasma membrane dose-dependent damage of UV(B)-irradiated mouse peritoneal macrophages was investigated using laser interference microscopy (LIM). LIM is a method which allows one to estimate morphological and functional parameters of a cell without dyeing or introduction of other substances which can affect the cell condition. This makes it possible to reduce and accelerate the procedure of counting the damaged cells as compared with the methods using different dyes. The value of optical path difference (OPD)--a variable proportional to the object thickness and the difference in the refractive indices of the object and the surrounding medium was used for estimation of the cell damage. Also compared was usability of LIM and microfluorimetry assay in investigations of the UV(B)-irradiated macrophage plasma membrane.

  18. Method to control artifacts of microstructural fabrication

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    Shul, Randy J.; Willison, Christi G.; Schubert, W. Kent; Manginell, Ronald P.; Mitchell, Mary-Anne; Galambos, Paul C.

    2006-09-12

    New methods for fabrication of silicon microstructures have been developed. In these methods, an etching delay layer is deposited and patterned so as to provide differential control on the depth of features being etched into a substrate material. Compensation for etching-related structural artifacts can be accomplished by proper use of such an etching delay layer.

  19. Microstructure design for fast oxygen conduction

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    Aidhy, Dilpuneet S.; Weber, William J.

    2015-11-11

    Research from the last decade has shown that in designing fast oxygen conducting materials for electrochemical applications has largely shifted to microstructural features, in contrast to material-bulk. In particular, understanding oxygen energetics in heterointerface materials is currently at the forefront, where interfacial tensile strain is being considered as the key parameter in lowering oxygen migration barriers. Nanocrystalline materials with high densities of grain boundaries have also gathered interest that could possibly allow leverage over excess volume at grain boundaries, providing fast oxygen diffusion channels similar to those previously observed in metals. In addition, near-interface phase transformations and misfit dislocations aremore » other microstructural phenomenon/features that are being explored to provide faster diffusion. In this review, the current understanding on oxygen energetics, i.e., thermodynamics and kinetics, originating from these microstructural features is discussed. Moreover, our experimental observations, theoretical predictions and novel atomistic mechanisms relevant to oxygen transport are highlighted. In addition, the interaction of dopants with oxygen vacancies in the presence of these new microstructural features, and their future role in the design of future fast-ion conductors, is outlined.« less

  20. Capturing the Complexity of Additively Manufactured Microstructures

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    Livescu, Veronica; Bronkhorst, Curt Allan; Vander Wiel, Scott Alan; Mayeur, Jason Rhea; Brown, Donald William; Dippo, Olivia

    2016-05-12

    The underlying mechanisms and kinetics controlling damage nucleation and growth as a function of material microstructure and loading paths are discussed. These experiments indicate that structural features such as grain boundaries, grain size distribution, grain morphology crystallographic texture are all factors that influence mechanical behavior.

  1. Microstructure design for fast oxygen conduction

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    Aidhy, Dilpuneet S.; Weber, William J.

    2015-11-11

    Research from the last decade has shown that in designing fast oxygen conducting materials for electrochemical applications has largely shifted to microstructural features, in contrast to material-bulk. In particular, understanding oxygen energetics in heterointerface materials is currently at the forefront, where interfacial tensile strain is being considered as the key parameter in lowering oxygen migration barriers. Nanocrystalline materials with high densities of grain boundaries have also gathered interest that could possibly allow leverage over excess volume at grain boundaries, providing fast oxygen diffusion channels similar to those previously observed in metals. In addition, near-interface phase transformations and misfit dislocations are other microstructural phenomenon/features that are being explored to provide faster diffusion. In this review, the current understanding on oxygen energetics, i.e., thermodynamics and kinetics, originating from these microstructural features is discussed. Moreover, our experimental observations, theoretical predictions and novel atomistic mechanisms relevant to oxygen transport are highlighted. In addition, the interaction of dopants with oxygen vacancies in the presence of these new microstructural features, and their future role in the design of future fast-ion conductors, is outlined.

  2. Microstructural investigation of phases and pinning properties in MBa2Cu3O7-x (M = Y and/or Gd) coated conductors produced by scale-up facilitie

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    Jin, Hye-Jin; Moon, Han-Kyoul; Yoon, Seokhyun; Jo, William; Kim, Kunsu; Kim, Miyoung; Ko, Rock-Kil; Jo, Young-Sik; Ha, Dong-Woo

    2016-03-01

    To expedite the commercialization of coated conductors, a robust stacking architecture of the wires must be developed and the performance of the critical currents improved. More importantly, the manufacturability, or large-scale delivery, and the capability of sustaining production at a high rate must be considered. The products of three companies, American Superconductor, Superpower Inc., and SuNAM Co., Ltd, were selected because these companies have announced commercial-grade production lines and delivered a significant amounts of wires to the open market that meet the standards demanded by power devices. X-ray diffraction patterns were used to verify the structural properties and the phase formation in the wires, and transmission electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy was used to investigate the microstructure and composition of the conductors. In addition, Raman scattering spectroscopy was used for the analysis of the phase formation and for the elucidation of secondary phases in the superconducting layers. The field dependence of the critical current was also studied to compare the transport characteristics under relatively low and medium magnetic field at 77 K and 60 K. Pinning forces were obtained from the field dependence of transport properties and pinning characteristics were investigated. The theoretical and experimental analyses were combined together using the Dew-Hughes formula to extract the scaling exponents and estimate the irreversibility lines of the fields. The results showed that the three conductors possess pinning mechanisms that originate from core pinning with a surface pinning geometry. It is remarkable that the wires discussed in this paper exhibit very similar pinning characteristics even though they have different characteristics in terms of chemical composition, microstructure, stacking architectures, and distribution of parasitic phases.

  3. Investigation of special features of parameters of Schottky barrier contacts caused by a nonlinear bias dependence of the barrier height

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    Bozhkov, V. G.; Shmargunov, A. V.

    2012-03-01

    The results of studying the IV-characteristics (IVCs) of the contact Au-n-GaAs obtained by electrochemical deposition are presented. The observed characteristics - the bias dependence of the ideality factor (n), the measured (ϕbm) and effective (ϕbI) barrier heights, an inverse relationship between the measured barrier height and ideality factor, and the edge effects (the dependence of n, ϕbm, and ϕbI on the contact diameter) are explained by the nonlinear bias dependence on the effective barrier height. The explanation is given on the basis of the contact model with an intermediate layer and interface states (Bardeen model), and the intimate contact model with the subsurface states. The nonlinearity of the bias dependence on the barrier height is due to the inhomogeneous energy distribution of the interface states (a decrease in density from the edges to the middle of the bandgap) and the inhomogeneous energy and coordinate (from the surface to the depth) distribution of the subsurface states. An essential feature for every model is also the condition that the barrier height and ideality factor are measured at a constant current (or in a constant range of currents) while studying contacts with different diameters or when measuring the IVCs at different temperatures. This condition is not difficult to achieve, but gives the necessary certainty to different barrier height values used in examining experimental results. Some limitations and shortcomings of the widely used model of inhomogeneous Schottky barrier contact with the "saddle points" are also discussed.

  4. Pore- and micro-structural characterization of a novel structural binder based on iron carbonation

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    Das, Sumanta; Stone, David; Convey, Diana; Neithalath, Narayanan

    2014-12-15

    The pore- and micro-structural features of a novel binding material based on the carbonation of waste metallic iron powder are reported in this paper. The binder contains metallic iron powder as the major ingredient, followed by additives containing silica and alumina to facilitate favorable reaction product formation. Compressive strengths sufficient for a majority of concrete applications are attained. The material pore structure is investigated primarily through mercury intrusion porosimetry whereas electron microscopy is used for microstructural characterization. Reduction in the overall porosity and the average pore size with an increase in carbonation duration from 1 day to 4 days is noticed. The pore structure features are used in predictive models for gas and moisture transport (water vapor diffusivity and moisture permeability) through the porous medium which dictates its long-term durability when used in structural applications. Comparisons of the pore structure with those of a Portland cement paste are also provided. The morphology of the reaction products in the iron-based binder, and the distribution of constituent elements in the microstructure are also reported. - Highlights: • Carbonation of iron produces a dense microstructure. • Pore volume in iron carbonate lower, critical size higher than those in OPC pastes • Reaction product contains iron, carbon, silicon, aluminum and calcium. • Power-law for porosity-moisture permeability relationship was established.

  5. Microstructural evolution from stable sliding to fast stick slip: insights from rock deformation experiments on quartz

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    Collettini, Cristiano; Scuderi, Marco M.; Viti, Cecilia; Marone, Chris

    2016-04-01

    Inferring microstructural evolution and associated fault slip behaviour along natural and/or experimental faults is a long-standing problem in fault mechanics. For example, does grain-size reduction and shear localization facilitate earthquake slip or vice versa? We have sheared granular layers of quartz gouge in a double direct shear configuration using a biaxial apparatus. We varied loading stiffness and applied normal stresses to produce a spectrum of slip modes from stable sliding at 10 μm/s, slow stick-slip (average slip velocity 100 μm/s) and fast stick slip (average slip velocity 4 mm/s). At the end of the experiments we collected the experimental fault rocks for microstructural investigations. Additional samples were collected from control experiments to investigate shear fabric development and microstructural features before the onset of stick-slip instabilities. We investigated the role of normal stress and stick-slip properties, including slip velocity, in determining fault zone microstructural features. Ranging from stable sliding to fast stick-slip we observe a progressive localization of deformation along fault parallel boundary shear planes. Only during fast stick-slip is the deformation localized along continuous, thin (1-2 microns wide), boundary parallel shear planes. The shear zones are composed of nanograins dispersed within a patchy matrix. We conducted TEM analyses to characterize these materials. In experiments at the same normal stress, fast stick-slip results in localized shear zones and fabric with nanograins whereas for stable sliding the microstructure does not show a significant grain size reduction and localization. Our results indicate that the fault rheological properties and fault slip behaviour, ranging from stable to unstable slip, plays a significant role in shear localization and fault zone fabric development.

  6. Monitoring microstructural evolution in irradiated steel with second harmonic generation

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    Matlack, Kathryn H.; Kim, Jin-Yeon; Jacobs, Laurence J.; Wall, James J.; Qu, Jianmin

    2015-03-31

    Material damage in structural components is driven by microstructural evolution that occurs at low length scales and begins early in component life. In metals, these microstructural features are known to cause measurable changes in the acoustic nonlinearity parameter. Physically, the interaction of a monochromatic ultrasonic wave with microstructural features such as dislocations, precipitates, and vacancies, generates a second harmonic wave that is proportional to the acoustic nonlinearity parameter. These nonlinear ultrasonic techniques thus have the capability to evaluate initial material damage, particularly before crack initiation and propagation occur. This paper discusses how the nonlinear ultrasonic technique of second harmonic generation can be used as a nondestructive evaluation tool to monitor microstructural changes in steel, focusing on characterizing neutron radiation embrittlement in nuclear reactor pressure vessel steels. Current experimental evidence and analytical models linking microstructural evolution with changes in the acoustic nonlinearity parameter are summarized.

  7. Local microstructural organization in carbogenic molecular sieves

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    Kane, M.S.; Foley, H.C.

    1996-12-31

    The microstructure of nanoporous, carbogenic molecular sieves (CMS) was studied using high resolution electron microscopy and neutron diffraction. The narrow range of pore sizes observed in these complex materials suggests that although these materials are globally amorphous, the local microstructural features are more organized. This work, focused on poly(furfuryl alcohol)-derived CMS, is aimed at characterizing the evolution of this microstructure. Microscopy results show that materials synthesized at low temperature have some degree of organization but that the microstructure is featureless and symmetric at longer length scales. This symmetry is broken at higher synthesis temperatures as thermodynamic driving forces lead to further organization of the carbon atoms into more ordered structures but the length scales remain short. Micrographs of high temperature CMS show a high degree of curvature and features reminiscent of fullerene. The connectivity of the carbon atoms in the CMS has been probed using powder neutron diffraction. This data suggests that the atoms in the CMS form ordered structures on the length scale of 15{angstrom} which are distinctly different from the structure of graphite. These observed changes in the microstructure directly impact the adsorptive and molecular sieving characteristics of the CMS as illustrated by the marked differences between the diffusivities of oxygen and nitrogen. This property is crucial for the very demanding separation of nitrogen from oxygen in air.

  8. An investigation of asymmetric flow features in a scaled-up driven model of the human vocal folds

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    Erath, Byron D.; Plesniak, Michael W.

    2010-07-01

    Flow through a driven, 7.5 times life-size vocal fold model was investigated at corresponding life-size flow rates of Q mean = 89.1 ml/s, 159.4 ml/s, and 253.0 ml/s. The flow was scaled to match physiological values for Reynolds, Strouhal, and Euler numbers. The models were driven at a life-size frequency of 94 Hz. Particle image velocimetry (PIV) data were acquired in the anterior-posterior midplane of the glottis, and the unsteady transglottal pressure drop across the vocal folds was simultaneously measured. Flow and pressure data were obtained at four discrete instances during the closing phases of the phonatory cycle for which t/T open = 0.60, 0.70, 0.80, and 0.90. The glottal jet trajectory exhibited a bimodal distribution of flow attachment between the two medial surfaces of the glottis. Vortex shedding at the trailing edge separation point generated instabilities in the shear layer, which caused large oscillations in the glottal jet orientation downstream of the glottal exit. The development of the Coanda effect during the glottal cycle was found to have minimal impact on the transglottal pressure drop, suggesting that flow orientation does not directly influence the dipole sound source. The change in transglottal pressure drop as a result of jet trajectory was less than 2% for all three investigated flow rates.

  9. Exploration of the West Florida Shelf Blue Holes Investigation of Physical and Biological Characteristics and Archaeological Implications of Unique Karst Features

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    Culter, J. K.

    2006-12-01

    The west Florida continental shelf is nearly as large as peninsular Florida and embraces a vast mosaic of marine habitats. The dominant shelf habitats have been described and studied to some degree. However, the offshore submerged sinkhole and spring features (blue holes) have not been scientifically described or studied, with the exception of one site called the Mudhole, a saltwater spring off Ft. Myers Beach. These features are relatively small habitats by standards of aerial coverage, but are probably more common than previously thought. These habitats are very unique shelf features, a reef in reverse, representing island habitats on the Florida shelf. This study was initiated in summer 2005 to describe the biota associated with the offshore blue hole features of this region and search for new sites. Eleven sites off the west central Florida coast have been verified and data has been collected at eight locations, all greater than 30 miles offshore. Most blue holes exhibit similar structural features, which divide the biota into zones. Pelagic species, such as amberjack, occupy the water column above the holes and reef species populate the rim. All of the sites investigated harbor one or more goliath grouper (Epinephelus itajara) and most of the features have resident nurse sharks (Ginglymostoma cirratum). Pelagic sharks periodically visit the sites and sea turtles are frequently observed at or near the holes. Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) also seem to have an affinity for these features. The reef fauna that occupy the rim rapidly decline in abundance and diversity deeper into the holes with the deepest fauna being calcareous tube dwelling polychaetes that grow down to the edges of the hydrogen sulfide layer. There is pronounced temperature stratification within all holes. All of the sites investigated to date are relatively deep, by standards of recreational scuba diving, and divers utilized open circuit trimix to conduct the investigations. The key components

  10. Investigation of the Extinguishing Features for Liquid Fuels and Organic Flammable Liquids Atomized by a Water Flow

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    Voytkov, Ivan V.; Zabelin, Maksim V.; Vysokomornaya, Olga V.

    2016-02-01

    The processes of heat and mass transfer were investigated experimentally while moving and evaporating the atomized water flow in high-temperature combustion products of typical liquid fuels and organic flammable liquids: gasoline, kerosene, acetone, crude oil, industrial alcohol. We determined typical periods of liquid extinguishing by an atomized water flow of various dispersability. Data of the discharge of extinguishing medium corresponding to various parameters of atomization and duration of using the atomization devices was presented. It is shown that Um≈3.5 m/s is a minimal outflow velocity of droplets during moving while passing the distance of 1m in the high-temperature gas medium to stop the combustion of organic liquids.

  11. System and method for investigating sub-surface features of a rock formation with acoustic sources generating coded signals

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    Vu, Cung Khac; Nihei, Kurt; Johnson, Paul A; Guyer, Robert; Ten Cate, James A; Le Bas, Pierre-Yves; Larmat, Carene S

    2014-12-30

    A system and a method for investigating rock formations includes generating, by a first acoustic source, a first acoustic signal comprising a first plurality of pulses, each pulse including a first modulated signal at a central frequency; and generating, by a second acoustic source, a second acoustic signal comprising a second plurality of pulses. A receiver arranged within the borehole receives a detected signal including a signal being generated by a non-linear mixing process from the first-and-second acoustic signal in a non-linear mixing zone within the intersection volume. The method also includes-processing the received signal to extract the signal generated by the non-linear mixing process over noise or over signals generated by a linear interaction process, or both.

  12. System and method for investigating sub-surface features of a rock formation using compressional acoustic sources

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    Vu, Cung Khac; Skelt, Christopher; Nihei, Kurt; Johnson, Paul A.; Guyer, Robert; Ten Cate, James A.; Le Bas, Pierre-Yves; Larmat, Carene S.

    2016-09-27

    A system and method for investigating rock formations outside a borehole are provided. The method includes generating a first compressional acoustic wave at a first frequency by a first acoustic source; and generating a second compressional acoustic wave at a second frequency by a second acoustic source. The first and the second acoustic sources are arranged within a localized area of the borehole. The first and the second acoustic waves intersect in an intersection volume outside the borehole. The method further includes receiving a third shear acoustic wave at a third frequency, the third shear acoustic wave returning to the borehole due to a non-linear mixing process in a non-linear mixing zone within the intersection volume at a receiver arranged in the borehole. The third frequency is equal to a difference between the first frequency and the second frequency.

  13. A cross-cultural study investigating body features associated with male adolescents' body dissatisfaction in Australia, China, and Malaysia.

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    Mellor, David; Hucker, Alice; Waterhouse, Monique; binti Mamat, Norul Hidayah; Xu, Xiaoyan; Cochrane, Jamie; McCabe, Marita; Ricciardelli, Lina

    2014-11-01

    This study investigated how dissatisfaction with particular aspects of the body was associated with overall body dissatisfaction among male adolescents in Western and Asian cultures. One hundred and six Malaysian Malays, 55 Malaysian Chinese, 195 Chinese from China, and 45 non-Asian Australians aged 12 to 19 years completed a questionnaire assessing dissatisfaction with their overall body and dissatisfaction with varying aspects of their body. Dissatisfaction with the face, height, and hair was positively correlated with overall body dissatisfaction among Malaysian Malays after body mass index, age and dissatisfaction with body areas typically included in measures (weight/shape, upper, middle, and lower body, and muscles) had been controlled for. Dissatisfaction with the face was positively correlated with overall body dissatisfaction among Malaysian Chinese. These findings demonstrate the differences in body focus for males from different cultures and the importance of using assessment measures that address all possible areas of body focus. © The Author(s) 2014.

  14. Ocular features in Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome: investigation of 24 patients and review of the literature

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    van Genderen, M. M; Kinds, G.; Riemslag, F.; Hennekam, R.

    2000-01-01

    AIMS—To delineate the nature and frequency of ocular pathology in Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome (RTs).
METHODS—Literature was searched for reports describing ocular symptoms in patients with RTs. 24 RTs patients (out of a total of 73 Dutch known RTs individuals) were selected for ophthalmological and electrophysiological examination, selection being based only on the distance between a patient's residence and the place of investigation.
RESULTS—Most frequently reported eye anomalies in the literature were lacrimal duct obstruction, corneal abnormalities, congenital glaucoma, congenital cataract, and colobomata. Abnormalities of almost any eye segment have been published in case reports. Ophthalmological examination of 24 Dutch RTs patients showed a visual acuity ⩽0.3 in five patients. The most frequently found eye anomalies were nasolacrimal duct problems (six patients), cataract (six patients, four congenital), and retinal abnormalities (18 patients). VEPs showed an abnormal waveform in 15 patients. It was possible to perform an ERG in 18 patients, of whom 14 were abnormal (eight showed cone dysfunction, six cone-rod dysfunction).
CONCLUSIONS—Ocular abnormalities occur in the majority of RTs patients and can be remarkably diverse. The high frequency of retinal dysfunction (78%) has not been described before. With age, retinal as well as electrophysiological abnormalities occur more frequently. In four patients no signs of retinal dysfunction were observed, indicating phenotypic heterogeneity. Further cytogenetic and molecular examination of the patients is needed before it becomes clear if this also represents genetic heterogeneity. Because of the high frequency of ocular abnormalities, visual function tests and electrophysiological investigations should be performed in every RTs patient at regular intervals.

 PMID:11004107

  15. Investigating medical decision-making capacity in patients with cognitive impairment using a protocol based on linguistic features.

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    Tallberg, Ing-Mari; Stormoen, Sara; Almkvist, Ove; Eriksdotter, Maria; Sundström, Erik

    2013-10-01

    A critical question is whether cognitively impaired patients have the competence for autonomous decisions regarding participation in clinical trials. The present study aimed to investigate medical decision-making capacity by use of a Swedish linguistic instrument for medical decision-making (LIMD) in hypothetical clinical trials in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Three comparable groups (age, education) participated in the study: AD (n = 20; MMSE: 24.1 ± 3.3) and MCI (n = 22; MMSE: 26.7 ± 2.4) patients and healthy controls (n = 37; MMSE: 29.1 ± 1.0). Medical decision-making capacity was operationalized as answers to questions regarding participation in three hypothetical clinical trials. Answers were scored regarding comprehension, evaluation and intelligibility of decisions, and a total LIMD score was used as the measure of medical decision-making ability. Groups differed significantly in LIMD with AD patients performing worst and MCI poorer than the control group. A strong association was found between all LIMD scores and diagnosis which supported the assertion that LIMD as it is designed is a one-dimensional instrument of medical decision-making capacity (MDMC). The results indicate that a fundamental communicative ability has an impact on the competence for autonomous decisions in cognitive impairment.

  16. The clinical features and prognosis of mumps-associated hearing loss: a retrospective, multi-institutional investigation in Japan.

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    Morita, Shinya; Fujiwara, Keishi; Fukuda, Atsushi; Fukuda, Satoshi; Nishio, Shin-Ya; Kitoh, Ryosuke; Hato, Naohito; Ikezono, Tetsuo; Ishikawa, Kotaro; Kaga, Kimitaka; Matsubara, Atsushi; Matsunaga, Tatsuo; Murata, Takaaki; Naito, Yasushi; Nishizaki, Kazunori; Ogawa, Kaoru; Sano, Hajime; Sato, Hiroaki; Sone, Michihiko; Suzuki, Mikio; Takahashi, Haruo; Tono, Tetsuya; Yamashita, Hiroshi; Yamasoba, Tatsuya; Usami, Shin-Ichi

    2017-01-01

    The majority of hearing loss due to mumps presents as unilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss, which is refractory to treatment. In rare cases of bilateral total deafness, cochlear implants were beneficial for speech perception. Vaccination against mumps is recommended to prevent mumps-associated hearing loss. The objective of this study is to investigate the clinical characteristics of hearing loss due to mumps and to evaluate hearing outcomes. The clinical parameters were analyzed under a retrospective multi-institutional study design in patients diagnosed with hearing loss due to mumps at the Otolaryngology departments of 19 hospitals between 1987 and 2016. Sixty-seven patients with hearing loss due to mumps were enrolled. The study population consisted of 35 males and 32 females, ranging in age from 1 to 54, with a median age of 9.5 years. Sixty-three patients presented with unilateral, and 4 with bilateral hearing loss. Profound hearing loss was observed in 65 ears. Only one ear with severe hearing loss showed complete recovery. Four patients with bilateral hearing loss received cochlear implant surgery. Most of the patients with hearing loss due to mumps had no history of vaccination.

  17. Experimental investigations of the microscopic features and polarization limiting factors of planar SOFCs with LSM and LSCF cathodes

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    Leone, P.; Santarelli, M.; Asinari, P.; Calì, M.; Borchiellini, R.

    The paper deals with the microscopic and polarization evaluation of planar circular-shaped seal-less SOFC cells from InDEC ® with an outline of performance limiting factors at reduced temperature. The cells consist of porous NiO-YSZ anode as mechanical support, NiO-YSZ anode active layer, yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte, and only differ for the cathode design. A first design (ASC1) with strontium doped lanthanum manganate LSM-YSZ cathode functional layer (CFL) and LSM cathode current collector layer (CCCL); the second design (ASC2) with yttria doped ceria (YDC) barrier layer and lanthanum strontium cobalt ferrite oxide (LSCF) cathode. The microscopic analysis was performed using SEM methods. The electrical characterization was performed by taking current-voltage measurements over a range of temperatures between 650 and 840 °C with hydrogen as fuel, and air as oxidant. The analysis of performance showed that at 740 °C the voltage of 700 mV is reached at around a double value of current density in the case of ASC2. Further, the dependence of performance on the various polarization contributions was rationalized on the basis of an analytical model. Through a parameter estimation on the experimental data, it was possible to determine some polarization parameters for the two cells such as the effective exchange current densities, ohmic resistance and anodic limiting current density. It is shown that the performance limitation at low temperature is due to activation polarization for ASC1 and ohmic polarization for ASC2. Based on the results of the investigation, it is concluded that LSCF cathodes are really effective for decreasing the cathode activation polarization, allowing the reduction of operating temperature.

  18. Effects of temperature, particle features and vent geometry on volcanic jet dynamics, a shock-tube investigation.

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    Cigala, Valeria; Kueppers, Ulrich; Dingwell, Donald B.

    2016-04-01

    The lowermost part of an eruptive plume commonly shows characteristics of an underexpanded jet. The dynamics of this gas-thrust region are likely to be a direct consequence of intrinsic (magma properties, overpressure) and extrinsic (vent geometry, weather) eruption conditions. Additionally, they affect the subsequent evolution of the eruptive column and have, therefore, important hazard assessment implications for both near- and far-field. Direct observation of eruptive events is possible, but often insufficient for complete characterization. Important complementary data can be achieved using controlled and calibrated laboratory experiments. Loose natural particles were ejected from a shock-tube while controlling temperature (25° and 500°C), overpressure (15MPa), starting grain size distribution (1-2 mm, 0.5-1 mm and 0.125-0.250 mm), density (basaltic and phonolitic), gas-particle ratio and vent geometry (nozzle, cylindrical, funnel with a flaring of 15° and 30°, respectively). For each experiment, we quantified the velocity of individual particles, the jet spreading angle, the presence of electric discharges and the production of fines and analysed their dynamic evolution. Data shows velocity of up to 296 m/s and deceleration patterns following nonlinear paths. Gas spreading angles range between 21° and 41° while the particle spreading angles between 3° and 32°. Electric discharges, in the form of lightning, are observed, quantified and described. Moreover, a variation in the production of fines is recognized during the course of single experiments. This experimental investigation, which mechanistically mimics the process of pyroclast ejection, is shown to be capable of constraining the effects of input parameters and conduit/vent geometry on pyroclastic plumes. Therefore, the results should greatly enhance the ability of numerically model explosive ejecta in nature.

  19. Effects of potential geothermal development in the Corwin Springs Known Geothermal Resources Area, Montana, on the thermal features of Yellowstone National Park. Water Resources Investigation

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    Sorey, M.L.

    1991-01-01

    A two-year study by the U.S. Geological Survey, in collaboration with the National Park Service, Argonne National Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory was initiated in 1988 to determine the effects of potential geothermal development in the Corwin Springs Known Geothermal Resources Area (KGRA), Montana, on the thermal features of Yellowstone National Park. The study addressed three principal issues: (1) the sources of thermal water in the hot springs at Mammoth, La Duke, and Bear Creek; (2) the degree of subsurface connection between these areas; and (3) the effects of geothermal development in the Corwin Springs KGRA on the Park's thermal features. The authors investigations included, but were not limited to, geologic mapping, electrical geophysical surveys, chemical sampling and analyses of waters and rocks, determinations of the rates of discharge of various thermal springs, and hydrologic tracer tests.

  20. Statistical Investigations on Solar Wind Dynamic Pressure Pulses:Basic features and Their Impacts on Geosynchronous Magnetic Fields

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    Zuo, Pingbing; Feng, Xueshang

    2016-07-01

    Solar wind dynamic pressure pulse (DPP) structures, across which the dynamic pressure abruptly changes over timescales from a few seconds to several minutes, are often observed in the near-Earth space environment. Recently we have developed a novel procedure that is able to rapidly identify the DPPs from the plasma data stream, and simultaneously define the transition region and smartly select the upstream and downstream region for analysis. The plasma data with high time-resolution from 3DP instrument on board the WIND spacecraft are inspected with this automatic DPP-searching code, and a complete list of solar wind DPPs of historic WIND observations are built up. We perform a statistical survey on the properties of DPPs near 1 AU based on this event list. It is found that overwhelming majority of DPPs are associated with the solar wind disturbances including the CME-related flows, the corotating interaction regions, as well as the complex ejecta. The annual variations of the averaged occurrence rate of DPPs are roughly in phase with the solar activities. Although the variabilities of geosynchronous magnetic fields (GMFs) due to the impact of positive DPPs have been well established, there appears no systematic investigations on the response of GMFs to negative DPPs. Here we also study the decompression/compression effects of very strong negative/positive DPPs on GMFs under northward IMFs. In response to the decompression of strong negative DPPs, GMFs on dayside, near the dawn and dusk on nightside are generally depressed. But near the midnight region, the responses of GMF are very diverse, being either positive or negative. For part of events when GOES is located at the midnight sector, GMF is found to abnormally increase as the result of magnetospheric decompression caused by negative DPPs. It is known that on certain conditions magnetic depression of nightside GMFs can be caused by the impact of positive DPPs. Statistically, both the decompression effect of

  1. Feature regulation and applications of M-FBG by laser ablation

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    Zhou, Xian; Dai, Yutang; Liu, Bin; Karanja, Joseph M.; Wen, Xiaoyan; Huang, Jun

    2015-07-01

    Fabricating microstructures into the cladding of fiber Bragg grating, the FBG sensors will have wider applications in magnetic field measurement or gas sensing. In present paper, we regulate the physical feature of FBG by ablating single or cross spiral micro-trench with femtosecond laser. The influences of different processing parameters on M-FBG (microstructured FBG) have been investigated. The waveform variations and its controlling method have been discussed. It is shown that, the central wavelength shift enlarged with increasing of the laser energy, or decreasing of scanning speed. Finally, a cross spiral type M-FBG magnetic field probe and a temperature probe are also demonstrated.

  2. Microstructural effects in foam fracture

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    Stewart, Peter; Davis, Stephen; Hilgenfeldt, Sascha

    2015-11-01

    We examine the fracture of a quasi two-dimensional aqueous foam under an applied driving pressure, using a network modelling approach developed for metallic foams by Stewart & Davis (J. Rheol., vol. 56, 2012, p. 543). In agreement with experiments, we observe two distinct mechanisms of failure analogous to those observed in a crystalline solid: a slow ductile mode when the driving pressure is applied slowly, where the void propagates as bubbles interchange neighbours through the T1 process, and a rapid brittle mode for faster application of pressures, where the void advances by successive rupture of liquid films driven by Rayleigh-Taylor instability. The simulations allow detailed insight into the mechanics of the fracturing medium and the role of its microstructure. In particular, we examine the stress distribution around the crack tip and investigate how brittle fracture localizes into a single line of breakages. We also confirm that pre-existing microstructural defects can alter the course of fracture.

  3. Texture and microstructure evolution in single-phase Ti{sub x}Ta{sub 1-x}N alloys of rocksalt structure

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    Koutsokeras, L. E.; Abadias, G.; Patsalas, P.

    2011-08-15

    The mechanisms controlling the structural and morphological features (texture and microstructure) of ternary transition metal nitride thin films of the Ti{sub x}Ta{sub 1-x}N system, grown by various physical vapor deposition techniques, are reported. Films deposited by pulsed laser deposition, dual cathode magnetron sputtering, and dual ion beam sputtering have been investigated by means of x-ray diffraction in various geometries and scanning electron microscopy. We studied the effects of composition, energetic, and kinetics in the evolution of the microstructure and texture of the films. We obtain films with single and mixed texture as well as films with columnar ''zone-T'' and globular type morphology. The results have shown that the texture evolution of ternary transition metal nitrides as well as the microstructural features of such films can be well understood in the framework of the kinetic mechanisms proposed for their binary counterparts, thus giving these mechanisms a global application.

  4. Optical and Calorimetric Studies of Cholesterol-Rich Filamentous, Helical Ribbon and Crystal Microstructures (abstract)

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    Miroshnikova, Y. A.; Elsenbeck, M.; Kashuri, K.; Iannacchione, G. S.; Zastavker, Y. V.

    2009-04-01

    Formation of biological self-assemblies at all scales is a focus of studies in fields ranging from biology to physics to biomimetics. Understanding the physico-chemical properties of these self-assemblies may lead to the design of bio-inspired structures and technological applications. Here we examine self-assembled filamentous, helical ribbon, and crystal microstructures formed in chemically defined lipid concentrate (CDLC), a model system for cholesterol crystallization in gallbladder bile. CDLC consists of cholesterol, bilayer-forming amphiphiles, micelle-forming amphiphiles, and water. Phase contrast and differential interference contrast (DIC) microscopy indicate the presence of three microstructure types in all samples studied, and allow for an investigation of the structures' unique geometries. Additionally, confocal microscopy is used for qualitative assessment of surface and internal composition. To complement optical observations, calorimetric (differential-scanning and modulation) experiments, provide the basis for an in-depth understanding of collective and individual thermal behavior. Observed ``transition'' features indicate clustering and ``straightening'' of helical ribbons into short, increasingly thickening, filaments that dissolve with increasing temperature. These results suggest that all microstructures formed in CDLC may coexist in a metastable chemical equilibrium. Further investigation of the CDLC thermal profile should uncover the process of cholesterol crystallization as well as the unique design and function of microstructures formed in this system.

  5. Optical and Calorimetric Studies of Cholesterol-Rich Filamentous, Helical Ribbon and Crystal Microstructures

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    Miroshnikova, Y. A.; Elsenbeck, M.; Zastavker, Y. V.; Kashuri, K; Iannacchione, G. S.

    2009-04-19

    Formation of biological self-assemblies at all scales is a focus of studies in fields ranging from biology to physics to biomimetics. Understanding the physico-chemical properties of these self-assemblies may lead to the design of bio-inspired structures and technological applications. Here we examine self-assembled filamentous, helical ribbon, and crystal microstructures formed in chemically defined lipid concentrate (CDLC), a model system for cholesterol crystallization in gallbladder bile. CDLC consists of cholesterol, bilayer-forming amphiphiles, micelle-forming amphiphiles, and water. Phase contrast and differential interference contrast (DIC) microscopy indicate the presence of three microstructure types in all samples studied, and allow for an investigation of the structures' unique geometries. Additionally, confocal microscopy is used for qualitative assessment of surface and internal composition. To complement optical observations, calorimetric (differential-scanning and modulation) experiments, provide the basis for an in-depth understanding of collective and individual thermal behavior. Observed ''transition'' features indicate clustering and ''straightening'' of helical ribbons into short, increasingly thickening, filaments that dissolve with increasing temperature. These results suggest that all microstructures formed in CDLC may coexist in a metastable chemical equilibrium. Further investigation of the CDLC thermal profile should uncover the process of cholesterol crystallization as well as the unique design and function of microstructures formed in this system.

  6. Towards predicting weld metal microstructure from fundamentals of transport phenomena

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    Mundra, K.; DebRoy, T.; Babu, S.S.; David, S.A.; Paul, A.J.

    1995-06-01

    Heat transfer and fluid flow during manual metal arc welding Of low alloy steels were investigated by solving the equations of conservation of mass, momentum and energy in three dimensions. Calculated cooling rates were coupled with an existing phase transformation model to predict the microstructure in low alloy steel welds. The computed results were found to be in good agreement with experimentally observed microstructures. The agreement indicates significant promise for predicting spatial distribution of weld metal microstructure from the fundamentals of transport phenomena.

  7. Modeling of Microstructure Evolution During Alloy Solidification

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    Zhu, Mingfang; Pan, Shiyan; Sun, Dongke

    In recent years, considerable advances have been achieved in the numerical modeling of microstructure evolution during solidification. This paper presents the models based on the cellular automaton (CA) technique and lattice Boltzmann method (LBM), which can reproduce a wide variety of solidification microstructure features observed experimentally with an acceptable computational efficiency. The capabilities of the models are addressed by presenting representative examples encompassing a broad variety of issues, such as the evolution of dendritic structure and microsegregation in two and three dimensions, dendritic growth in the presence of convection, divorced eutectic solidification of spheroidal graphite irons, and gas porosity formation. The simulations offer insights into the underlying physics of microstructure formation during alloy solidification.

  8. Microstructural characterization of next generation nuclear graphites.

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    Karthik, Chinnathambi; Kane, Joshua; Butt, Darryl P; Windes, William E; Ubic, Rick

    2012-04-01

    This article reports the microstructural characteristics of various petroleum and pitch based nuclear graphites (IG-110, NBG-18, and PCEA) that are of interest to the next generation nuclear plant program. Bright-field transmission electron microscopy imaging was used to identify and understand the different features constituting the microstructure of nuclear graphite such as the filler particles, microcracks, binder phase, rosette-shaped quinoline insoluble (QI) particles, chaotic structures, and turbostratic graphite phase. The dimensions of microcracks were found to vary from a few nanometers to tens of microns. Furthermore, the microcracks were found to be filled with amorphous carbon of unknown origin. The pitch coke based graphite (NBG-18) was found to contain higher concentration of binder phase constituting QI particles as well as chaotic structures. The turbostratic graphite, present in all of the grades, was identified through their elliptical diffraction patterns. The difference in the microstructure has been analyzed in view of their processing conditions.

  9. Microstructural Characterization of Next Generation Nuclear Graphites

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    Karthik Chinnathambi; Joshua Kane; Darryl P. Butt; William E. Windes; Rick Ubic

    2012-04-01

    This article reports the microstructural characteristics of various petroleum and pitch based nuclear graphites (IG-110, NBG-18, and PCEA) that are of interest to the next generation nuclear plant program. Bright-field transmission electron microscopy imaging was used to identify and understand the different features constituting the microstructure of nuclear graphite such as the filler particles, microcracks, binder phase, rosette-shaped quinoline insoluble (QI) particles, chaotic structures, and turbostratic graphite phase. The dimensions of microcracks were found to vary from a few nanometers to tens of microns. Furthermore, the microcracks were found to be filled with amorphous carbon of unknown origin. The pitch coke based graphite (NBG-18) was found to contain higher concentration of binder phase constituting QI particles as well as chaotic structures. The turbostratic graphite, present in all of the grades, was identified through their elliptical diffraction patterns. The difference in the microstructure has been analyzed in view of their processing conditions.

  10. Evaluation of microstructural properties of coffee beans by synchrotron X-ray microtomography: a methodological approach.

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    Pittia, Paola; Sacchetti, Giampiero; Mancini, Lucia; Voltolini, Marco; Sodini, Nicola; Tromba, Giuliana; Zanini, Franco

    2011-03-01

    Synchrotron radiation microtomography was used as a nondestructive imaging technique to investigate the microstructural properties of green and roasted coffee beans. After image acquisition, 2D images have been reconstructed and 3D images of the beans have been then obtained. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of the images allow to fully characterize the morphological and structural features of the coffee beans. Roasting causes meaningful changes in the microstructure of the coffee bean tissue with the development in the entire bean of a porous structure with pores of different shape and size depending on the zone of the bean and cracks occurring mainly in the more external regions and between parenchyma and mucilage. The highly contrasted X-ray images have been analyzed to determine the pore size and its distribution in different regions of the coffee beans by selecting Volume-of-Interest (VoI). The use of phase-contrast hard X-rays imaging techniques represents an interesting tool of investigation of the internal structure, morphology, as well as the quality of whole coffee beans. Moreover, the high potentiality of 3D X-ray imaging and the approach used in this study could be applied in understanding the effects of roasting process conditions on the evolution of microstructural properties of the bean that may affect the stability as well the grinding and brewing performances. Synchrotron radiation microtomography is an elegant nondestructive imaging technique to investigate the microstructural properties of porous cellular matrices like the green and roasted coffee beans. The quantitative analysis of the resulting 2D and 3D images allows a more comprehensive and objective characterization of the sample under investigation as a whole or of extracted Volumes-of-Interest in the bean. This imaging technique could have a major role in understanding the effects of roasting process conditions on the microstructural properties of the bean.

  11. Associating spatial diversity features of radiologically defined tumor habitats with epidermal growth factor receptor driver status and 12-month survival in glioblastoma: methods and preliminary investigation

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    Lee, Joonsang; Narang, Shivali; Martinez, Juan J.; Rao, Ganesh; Rao, Arvind

    2015-01-01

    Abstract. We analyzed the spatial diversity of tumor habitats, regions with distinctly different intensity characteristics of a tumor, using various measurements of habitat diversity within tumor regions. These features were then used for investigating the association with a 12-month survival status in glioblastoma (GBM) patients and for the identification of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-driven tumors. T1 postcontrast and T2 fluid attenuated inversion recovery images from 65 GBM patients were analyzed in this study. A total of 36 spatial diversity features were obtained based on pixel abundances within regions of interest. Performance in both the classification tasks was assessed using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis. For association with 12-month overall survival, area under the ROC curve was 0.74 with confidence intervals [0.630 to 0.858]. The sensitivity and specificity at the optimal operating point (threshold=0.5) on the ROC were 0.59 and 0.75, respectively. For the identification of EGFR-driven tumors, the area under the ROC curve (AUC) was 0.85 with confidence intervals [0.750 to 0.945]. The sensitivity and specificity at the optimal operating point (threshold=0.166) on the ROC were 0.76 and 0.83, respectively. Our findings suggest that these spatial habitat diversity features are associated with these clinical characteristics and could be a useful prognostic tool for magnetic resonance imaging studies of patients with GBM. PMID:26835490

  12. Radiogenomics of glioblastoma: a pilot multi-institutional study to investigate a relationship between tumor shape features and tumor molecular subtype

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    Czarnek, Nicholas M.; Clark, Kal; Peters, Katherine B.; Collins, Leslie M.; Mazurowski, Maciej A.

    2016-03-01

    Genomic subtype has been shown to be an important predictor of therapy response for patients with glioblastomas. Unfortunately, obtaining the genomic subtype is an expensive process that is not typically included in the standard of care. It is therefore of interest to investigate potential surrogates of molecular subtypes that use standard diagnostic data such as magnetic resonance (