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  1. Comparing and evaluating terminology services application programming interfaces: RxNav, UMLSKS and LexBIG

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    Peters, Lee; Chute, Christopher G; Bodenreider, Olivier

    2010-01-01

    To facilitate the integration of terminologies into applications, various terminology services application programming interfaces (API) have been developed in the recent past. In this study, three publicly available terminology services API, RxNav, UMLSKS and LexBIG, are compared and functionally evaluated with respect to the retrieval of information from one biomedical terminology, RxNorm, to which all three services provide access. A list of queries is established covering a wide spectrum of terminology services functionalities such as finding RxNorm concepts by their name, or navigating different types of relationships. Test data were generated from the RxNorm dataset to evaluate the implementation of the functionalities in the three API. The results revealed issues with various aspects of the API implementation (eg, handling of obsolete terms by LexBIG) and documentation (eg, navigational paths used in RxNav) that were subsequently addressed by the development teams of the three API investigated. Knowledge about such discrepancies helps inform the choice of an API for a given use case. PMID:20962136

  2. Effective property of tooth enamel: monoclinic behavior.

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    Lu, Cunyou; Nakamura, Toshio; Korach, Chad S

    2012-05-11

    Human tooth enamel possesses a unique morphology characterized by a repeated cell arrangement, which is composed of varying orientations of hydroxyapatite crystals. In the past, various investigators have reported diverse mechanical properties based on isotropic or orthotropic mechanical models in their experimental and numerical studies. However, these models are insufficient to capture the accurate microstructural effects on the enamel mechanical response. In this paper, a monoclinic anisotropic model, which offers correct descriptions of enamel deformation behaviors, is introduced. The model takes into account the 3D orientation changes of the hydroxyapatite crystals and their spatial elastic property variations. The proposed approach is based on a unit-cell and periodic boundary conditions, and it utilizes the collective deformation characteristics of many rods to determine 13 independent material constants required for the monoclinic model. These constants are necessary to utilize the effective property model to study various mechanical conditions such as abrasion, erosion, wear and fracture of whole tooth enamel.

  3. Behavioral properties of Balanites aegyptiaca in rodents.

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    Ya'u, J; Abdulmalik, U N; Yaro, A H; Chindo, B A; Anuka, J A; Hussaini, I M

    2011-06-01

    Balanites aegyptiaca is a native plant from the dry tropical areas of Africa and Arabia. It has been used in traditional medicine to treat psychoses, epilepsy, rheumatism and for the management of cough, liver and spleen conditions for many years. The plant is also used as antihelmintic and molluscicide. The present studies aimed at investigating the behavioral properties of ethanol extract of the root of this medicinal plant, which is already in common applications in the Nigerian traditional medicine. The intraperitoneal and oral mean lethal dose (LD(50)) of the extract was determined using the Lorke's method. The preliminary phytochemical screening of the extract was carried out to identify the secondary metabolites in the extract. Furthermore, the behavioral properties of the extract were evaluated using diazepam-induced sleep, open field test, staircase test and beam walking assay all in mice. The extract significantly (p<0.001) prolonged the duration diazepam (20mg/kg i.p)-induced sleep in mice dose dependently. However, the extract showed no significant effect on the onset of diazepam-induced sleep. In the open field test, the extract (150 and 300 mg/kg) and diazepam (0.05 mg/kg) produced a significant (p<0.05, p<0.005 and p<0.001) decrease in the number of square crossings. There was no significant effect on the number of centre square crossing following the administration of the extract. The extract (75 and 150 mg/kg) and diazepam (0.05 mg/kg) produced a significant (p<0.05) decrease in the number of rearing suggestive of sedation. In the staircase experiment there was a decrease in the number of upward step climbing as well as number of rearing suggesting anxiolytic and sedative properties of the extract. In the beam walking assay the extract did not produce any significant increase in the time taken to complete task as compared to diazepam 1mg/kg which was significant at p<0.05. Furthermore, 30 mg/kg of the extract and diazepam 1mg/kg showed significant

  4. The compulsive sexual behavior inventory: psychometric properties.

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    Miner, Michael H; Coleman, Eli; Center, Bruce A; Ross, Michael; Rosser, B R Simon

    2007-08-01

    Compulsive sexual behavior (CSB) is a putative clinical syndrome characterized by the experience of sexual urges, sexually arousing fantasies, and sexual behaviors that are recurrent, intense, and a distressful interference in one's daily life. Although the putative phenomenology of CSB has been described in the literature, the lack of a reliable, valid assessment tool has made investigation of prevalence, co-factors, and etiologic factors difficult. This study examined the further development of the Compulsive Sexual Behavior Inventory (CSBI) using a sample of 1,026 Latino men who have sex with men recruited and assessed using web-based technology. The scale showed a two factor structure (control and violence). Further, the CSBI and its subscales showed indications of validity in that those engaging in CSB-type sexual behavior (being drunk or high, feeling lonely or depressed, and feeling driven) had scores indicative of greater CSB. Those with scores above the median had more sexual partners and engaged in more unprotected anal intercourse than those with CSBI scores below the median. Additionally, the instrument showed equivalence when administered in English and Spanish.

  5. Topographical and functional properties of precursors to severe problem behavior.

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    Fahmie, Tara A; Iwata, Brian A

    2011-01-01

    A literature search identified 17 articles reporting data on 34 subjects who engaged in precursors to severe problem behavior, which we examined to identify topographical and functional characteristics. Unintelligible vocalization was the most common precursor to aggression (27%) and property destruction (29%), whereas self- or nondirected movement was the most common precursor to SIB (32%). Unintelligible vocalization and object-directed movement were the most common precursors to behavior maintained by social-positive reinforcement (27% each), and unintelligible vocalization was the most common precursor to behavior maintained by social-negative reinforcement (29%). Only one precursor was reported for behavior maintained by automatic reinforcement.

  6. Effects of Surf Zone Sediment Properties on Shock Wave Behavior

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    2016-06-07

    SEP 1999 2. REPORT TYPE 3. DATES COVERED 00-00-1999 to 00-00-1999 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Effects of Surf Zone Sediment Properties on Shock Wave ...Effects of Surf Zone Sediment Properties on Shock Wave Behavior L. Dale Bibee Seafloor Geosciences – Code 7432 Naval Research Laboratory Stennis...mines is critically dependent upon the propagation effectiveness of shock waves from the charge to the mine. Data and modeling show that this

  7. Flexural Behavior of HPFRCC Members with Inhomogeneous Material Properties.

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    Shin, Kyung-Joon; Jang, Kyu-Hyeon; Choi, Young-Cheol; Lee, Seong-Cheol

    2015-04-21

    In this paper, the flexural behavior of High-performance Fiber-Reinforced Cementitious Composite (HPFRCC) has been investigated, especially focusing on the localization of cracks, which significantly governs the flexural behavior of HPFRCC members. From four points bending tests with HPFRCC members, it was observed that almost evenly distributed cracks formed gradually, followed by a localized crack that determined the failure of the members. In order to investigate the effect of a localized crack on the flexural behavior of HPFRCC members, an analytical procedure has been developed with the consideration of intrinsic inhomogeneous material properties of HPFRCC such as cracking and ultimate tensile strengths. From the comparison, while the predictions with homogeneous material properties overestimated flexural strength and ductility of HPFRCC members, it was found that the analysis results considering localization effect with inhomogeneous material properties showed good agreement with the test results, not only the flexural strength and ductility but also the crack widths. The test results and the developed analysis procedure presented in this paper can be usefully applied for the prediction of flexural behaviors of HPFRCC members by considering the effect of localized cracking behavior.

  8. Topographical and Functional Properties of Precursors to Severe Problem Behavior

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    Fahmie, Tara A.; Iwata, Brian A.

    2011-01-01

    A literature search identified 17 articles reporting data on 34 subjects who engaged in precursors to severe problem behavior, which we examined to identify topographical and functional characteristics. Unintelligible vocalization was the most common precursor to aggression (27%) and property destruction (29%), whereas self- or nondirected…

  9. Psychometric Properties of the Brief Autism Mealtime Behaviors Inventory

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    DeMand, Alexandra; Johnson, Cynthia; Foldes, Emily

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to explore the psychometric properties of the Brief Autism Mealtime Behaviors Inventory (BAMBI). In a sample of 273 well-characterized children with ASD, we explored the factor structure of the BAMBI, determined the internal consistency of a newly derived factor structure and provide an empirically derived cut-off for…

  10. Psychometric Properties of the Brief Autism Mealtime Behaviors Inventory

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    DeMand, Alexandra; Johnson, Cynthia; Foldes, Emily

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to explore the psychometric properties of the Brief Autism Mealtime Behaviors Inventory (BAMBI). In a sample of 273 well-characterized children with ASD, we explored the factor structure of the BAMBI, determined the internal consistency of a newly derived factor structure and provide an empirically derived cut-off for…

  11. Using JMatPro to model materials properties and behavior

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    Saunders, N.; Guo, U. K. Z.; Li, X.; Miodownik, A. P.; Schillé, J.-Ph.

    2003-12-01

    This article describes the development of a new multi-platform software program called JMatPro for calculating the properties and behavior of multi-component alloys. These properties are wide ranging, including thermophysical and physical properties (from room temperature to the liquid state), time-temperature-transformation/continuous-cooling transformation diagrams, stress/strain diagrams, proof and tensile stress, hardness, coarsening of γ' and γ″, and creep. A feature of the new program is that the calculations are based on sound physical principles rather than purely statistical methods. Thus, many of the shortcomings of methods such as regression analysis can be overcome. With this program, sensitivity to microstructure can be included for many of the properties and the true inter-relationship between properties can be developed, for example in the modeling of creep and precipitation hardening.

  12. Mechanical Properties and Tableting Behavior of Amorphous Solid Dispersions.

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    Patel, Sarsvat; Kou, Xiang; Hou, Hao Helen; Huang, Ye Bill; Strong, John C; Zhang, Geoff G Z; Sun, Changquan Calvin

    2017-01-01

    Amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs) consisting of acetaminophen (APAP) and copovidone were systematically studied to identify effects of drug loading and moisture content on mechanical properties, thermal properties, and tableting behavior. ASDs containing APAP at different levels were prepared by film casting and characterized by differential scanning calorimetry and nanoindentation. The glass transition temperature (Tg) continuously decreased with increasing amount of APAP, but the hardness of ASDs was increased at a low APAP content and reduced at high APAP content. This in turn significantly influenced tablet quality. Water reduced both the hardness and Tg of ASDs, and the APAP loading level corresponding to the transition to the softening mechanism was lower at a higher relative humidity. Overall, the mechanical properties, rather than the thermal properties, better represent the plasticization/antiplasticization effect of small molecule to ASDs. Copyright © 2016 American Pharmacists Association®. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Structures and Properties of Polymers Important to Their Wear Behavior

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    Tanaka, K.

    1984-01-01

    The wear and transfer of various semicrystalline polymers sliding against smooth steel or glass surfaces were examined. The effects of structures, and properties of polymers on their wear behavior are discussed. It is found that the high wear characteristics of PTFE is due to the easy destruction of the banded structure of PTFE. The size of spherulites and the molecular profile are closely related to the magnitude of wear rates of typical semicrystalline polymers. The effects of these factors on the wear rate on the basis of the destruction or melting of spherulites at the frictional surface are discussed. Although the fatigue theory of wear indicates that some mechanical properties are important to wear behavior, it is shown that the theory does not always explain the experimental result obtained on a smooth surface.

  14. Auxetic behavior and acoustic properties of microstructured piezoelectric strain sensors

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    De Bellis, Maria Laura; Bacigalupo, Andrea

    2017-08-01

    The use of multifunctional composite materials adopting piezo-electric periodic cellular lattice structures with auxetic elastic behavior is a recent and promising solution in the design of piezoelectric sensors. In the present work, periodic anti-tetrachiral auxetic lattice structures, characterized by different geometries, are taken into account and the mechanical and piezoelectrical response are investigated. The equivalent piezoelectric properties are obtained adopting a first order computational homogenization approach, generalized to the case of electro-mechanical coupling, and various polarization directions are adopted. Two examples of in-plane and out-of-plane strain sensors are proposed as design concepts. Moreover, a piezo-elasto-dynamic dispersion analysis adopting the Floquet-Bloch decomposition is performed. The acoustic behavior of the periodic piezoelectric material with auxetic topology is studied and possible band gaps are detected.

  15. Psychometric Properties of the Brief Autism Mealtime Behaviors Inventory

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    DeMand, Alexandra; Johnson, Cynthia; Foldes, Emily

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to explore the psychometric properties of the Brief Autism Mealtime Behaviors Inventory (BAMBI). In a sample of 273 well-characterized children with ASD, we explored the factor structure of the BAMBI, determined the internal consistency of a newly derived factor structure and provide an empirically derived cut-off for the BAMBI total score. The new psychometrically identified structure consists of 4 factors: 1) Food Selectivity, 2) Disruptive Mealtime Behaviors, 3) Food Refusal and 4) Mealtime Rigidity. Internal consistency was acceptable. A cut off score of 34 is suggested based on our results. The new 15-item BAMB with an alternative 4-factor structure with clinical utility is promising in assessing feeding and mealtime problems in children with ASD. PMID:25813517

  16. Physicochemical properties and combustion behavior of duckweed during wet torrefaction.

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    Zhang, Shuping; Chen, Tao; Li, Wan; Dong, Qing; Xiong, Yuanquan

    2016-10-01

    Wet torrefaction of duckweed was carried out in the temperature range of 130-250°C to evaluate the effects on physicochemical properties and combustion behavior. The physicochemical properties of duckweed samples were investigated by ultimate analysis, proximate analysis, FTIR, XRD and SEM techniques. It was found that wet torrefaction improved the fuel characteristics of duckweed samples resulting from the increase in fixed carbon content, HHVs and the decrease in nitrogen and sulfur content and atomic ratios of O/C and H/C. It can be seen from the results of FTIR, XRD and SEM analyses that the dehydration, decarboxylation, solid-solid conversion, and condensation polymerization reactions were underwent during wet torrefaction. In addition, the results of thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) in air indicated that wet torrefaction resulted in significant changes on combustion behavior and combustion kinetics parameters. Duckweed samples after wet torrefaction behaved more char-like and gave better combustion characteristics than raw sample. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Behavioral evaluation of the irritating properties of ozone

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    Tepper, J.S.; Wood, R.W.

    1985-05-01

    The sensory irritant properties of ozone have been considered to be responsible for symptoms that occur in humans after exposure. This assumption has not been studied explicitly. One way to assess the aversive properties of airborne irritants is to give the exposed individual an opportunity to control the duration of exposure, i.e., escape from the irritant. Mice were trained to turn off 1000-ppm ammonia, a concentration that, in humans, is irritating to the upper airways. Each mouse could terminate irritant delivery for 1 min by inserting its nose five times into one of two conical response sensors. After the determination of ammonia concentration-effect curves, ozone was substituted for ammonia. Ozone exposures were alternated every other day with ammonia as a control for any changes that might occur as a result of repeated ozone exposure. Ozone reliably maintained escape behavior. Additional mice with no history of ammonia termination were trained to terminate ozone exposure, indicating that the aversive properties of ozone were not dependent on previous experience with other airborne irritants. As the concentration of ozone increased from 0.25 to 24 ppm, the number of escape responses increased, and the duration of ozone tolerated decreased. Ozone concentrations of 0.5 ppm or greater were significantly more aversive than control.

  18. A Theoretical Analysis of Potential Extinction Properties of Behavior-Specific Manual Restraint

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    Cipani, Ennio; Thomas, Melvin; Martin, Daniel

    2007-01-01

    This paper will examine possible extinction properties of behavior-specific manual restraint. It will analyze the possibility of extinction being produced via restraint with respect to the target behavior's possible environmental functions. The theoretical analysis will involve the analysis of behavioral properties of restraint during two temporal…

  19. Charcoal's physical properties are key to understanding its environmental behavior

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    Masiello, Caroline; Brewer, Catherine; Dugan, Brandon; Liu, Zuolin; Gonnermann, Helge; Zygourakis, Kyriacos; Davies, Christian; Panzacchi, Pietro; Gao, Xiaodong; Pyle, Lacey

    2014-05-01

    Charcoal is a highly porous, low density material whose physical properties play a key role in its soil behavior and its environmental fate. In considering biochar, some of its most sought-after environmental effects are a result of its physical characteristics, not its chemical or biological properties. For example, the ability of biochar to retain soil water is widely attributed to its porosity. However, charcoal physical properties are so poorly understood that they are sometimes not characterized at all in the current literature. Here we outline a suite of basic physical properties of charcoal and the likely environmental effects of their variations, with a focus on the interactions between charcoal and water. The most basic physical property of charcoal, its particle size, likely plays a role in its ability to alter the rate of drainage in soils. Particle morphology is also relevant, affecting how particles of soil and char can pack together. Bulk densities of charcoal and soil mixtures can be used to generate a simple estimate of the efficiency of char-soil packing. Charcoal density is an additionally important property and can be measured in a number of ways. Density almost certainly controls the tendency of chars to sink or float, and to erode or remain on the land surface. However, charcoal density can vary by almost a factor of 10 depending on the measurement technique used. We discuss two simple techniques available for measuring char density and the value of information provided by each approach. Finally, we report a simple, fast technique to measure total char porosity, including all pores from nanometers to 10s of micrometers in size. Porosity is at least one of the key controls on the ability of biochar to improve plant-available water, and techniques to measure it have previously been limited to the smallest fraction of pores (N2 sorption) or have required expensive, hazardous procedures (Hg porosimetry). We show that char porosity varies primarily

  20. Phase behavior, rheological and mechanical properties of hydrophilic polymer dispersions.

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    Bhattarai, Sushila; Bunt, Craig; Rathbone, Michael; Alany, Raid G

    2011-06-01

    Liquid polymeric systems that can undergo phase change (sol to gel) upon administration into the teat canal of cow's mammary gland can serve as a physical barrier to invading pathogens and can also serve as a reservoir for controlled release of therapeutic agents. The aim of the study was to investigate the phase behavior, rheological and mechanical properties of selected in situ gelling systems. Six in situ gelling polymer formulations were identified using phase behavior studies. Rheological studies revealed pseudoplastic flow with thixotropy. All six formulations showed significantly different viscosity, pseudoplasticity and thixotropy values except for CMC1 and HPMC2 which where statistically similar. The gel strength was dependent on the solvent system used and amount of water in the system. These in situ gelling systems have the potential to serve as a platform for development of intramammary formulations intended for administration into the teat canal of the cow's mammary gland. They can serve as a physical barrier or a matrix for controlled drug release.

  1. Structure, electronic properties, and aggregation behavior of hydroxylated carbon nanotubes

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    López-Oyama, A. B.; Silva-Molina, R. A.; Ruíz-García, J.; Guirado-López, R. A.; Gámez-Corrales, R.

    2014-11-07

    We present a combined experimental and theoretical study to analyze the structure, electronic properties, and aggregation behavior of hydroxylated multiwalled carbon nanotubes (OH–MWCNT). Our MWCNTs have average diameters of ∼2 nm, lengths of approximately 100–300 nm, and a hydroxyl surface coverage θ∼0.1. When deposited on the air/water interface the OH–MWCNTs are partially soluble and the floating units interact and link with each other forming extended foam-like carbon networks. Surface pressure-area isotherms of the nanotube films are performed using the Langmuir balance method at different equilibration times. The films are transferred into a mica substrate and atomic force microscopy images show that the foam like structure is preserved and reveals fine details of their microstructure. Density functional theory calculations performed on model hydroxylated carbon nanotubes show that low energy atomic configurations are found when the OH groups form molecular islands on the nanotube's surface. This patchy behavior for the OH species is expected to produce nanotubes having reduced wettabilities, in line with experimental observations. OH doping yields nanotubes having small HOMO–LUMO energy gaps and generates a nanotube → OH direction for the charge transfer leading to the existence of more hole carriers in the structures. Our synthesized OH–MWCNTs might have promising applications.

  2. Phase behaviors and membrane properties of model liposomes: temperature effect.

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    Wu, Hsing-Lun; Sheng, Yu-Jane; Tsao, Heng-Kwong

    2014-09-28

    The phase behaviors and membrane properties of small unilamellar vesicles have been explored at different temperatures by dissipative particle dynamics simulations. The vesicles spontaneously formed by model lipids exhibit pre-transition from gel to ripple phase and main transition from ripple to liquid phase. The vesicle shape exhibits the faceted feature at low temperature, becomes more sphere-like with increasing temperature, but loses its sphericity at high temperature. As the temperature rises, the vesicle size grows but the membrane thickness declines. The main transition (Tm) can be identified by the inflection point. The membrane structural characteristics are analyzed. The inner and outer leaflets are asymmetric. The length of the lipid tail and area density of the lipid head in both leaflets decrease with increasing temperature. However, the mean lipid volume grows at low temperature but declines at high temperature. The membrane mechanical properties are also investigated. The water permeability grows exponentially with increasing T but the membrane tension peaks at Tm. Both the bending and stretching moduli have their minima near Tm. Those results are consistent with the experimental observations, indicating that the main signatures associated with phase transition are clearly observed in small unilamellar vesicles.

  3. Phase behaviors and membrane properties of model liposomes: Temperature effect

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    Wu, Hsing-Lun; Sheng, Yu-Jane; Tsao, Heng-Kwong

    2014-09-01

    The phase behaviors and membrane properties of small unilamellar vesicles have been explored at different temperatures by dissipative particle dynamics simulations. The vesicles spontaneously formed by model lipids exhibit pre-transition from gel to ripple phase and main transition from ripple to liquid phase. The vesicle shape exhibits the faceted feature at low temperature, becomes more sphere-like with increasing temperature, but loses its sphericity at high temperature. As the temperature rises, the vesicle size grows but the membrane thickness declines. The main transition (Tm) can be identified by the inflection point. The membrane structural characteristics are analyzed. The inner and outer leaflets are asymmetric. The length of the lipid tail and area density of the lipid head in both leaflets decrease with increasing temperature. However, the mean lipid volume grows at low temperature but declines at high temperature. The membrane mechanical properties are also investigated. The water permeability grows exponentially with increasing T but the membrane tension peaks at Tm. Both the bending and stretching moduli have their minima near Tm. Those results are consistent with the experimental observations, indicating that the main signatures associated with phase transition are clearly observed in small unilamellar vesicles.

  4. Mechanical properties and failure behavior of phosphorene with grain boundaries

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    Sorkin, V.; Zhang, Y. W.

    2017-02-01

    Using the density-functional tight-binding method, we studied the effect of grain boundaries on the mechanical properties and failure behavior of phosphorene. We found that the high-angle tilt boundaries with a higher density of (5∣7) defect pairs (oriented along the armchair direction) are stronger than the low-angle tilt boundaries with a lower defect density, and similarly the high-angle boundaries with a higher density of (4∣8) defect pairs (oriented along the zigzag direction) are stronger than the low-angle boundaries with a lower defect density. The failure is due to the rupture of the most pre-strained bonds in the heptagons of the (5∣7) defect pair or octagons of the (4∣8) pairs. The high-angle grain boundaries are better at accommodating the pre-strained bonds in heptagon and octagon defects, leading to a higher failure stress and strain. The results cannot be described by a Griffith-type fracture mechanics criterion, since this does not take into account the bond pre-stretching. Interestingly, these anomalous mechanical and failure characteristics of tilt grain boundaries in phosphorene are also shared by graphene and hexagonal boron nitride, signifying that they may be universal for 2D materials. The findings revealed here may be useful in tuning the mechanical properties of phosphorene via defect engineering for specific applications.

  5. Mechanical behavior and elastic properties of prestrained columnar ice

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    Snyder, Scott Aaron

    Experiments on columnar-grained ice at --10 °C reveal changes to its mechanical behavior and elastic properties due to compressive prestrain. Laboratory-grown (152-mm cube) specimens of freshwater and saline ice were prestrained under uniaxial across-column compression (to levels from epsilon p = 0.003 to epsilonp = 0.20, at constant strain rates in the ductile regime) and then reloaded, again under uniaxial across-column compression (at rates from 1x10--6 s--1 to 3 x 10--2s--1). Prestrain caused solid-state recrystallization as well as damage in the form of non-propagating microcracks. These microstructural changes were quantified by analysis of thin sections. Elastic properties in across-column directions, both parallel (x1) and perpendicular ( x2) to the initial loading direction, were obtained from P-wave and S-wave ultrasonic velocities. As a result (and depending on the level) of the prestrain imparted in both materials, Young's modulus E was reduced by as much as 30%; the ductile-to-brittle (D--B) transition strain rate epsilon D/B was increased up to a factor of 3 to 10; and the ductile behavior with respect to loading along a direction within the horizontal ( x1-x2) plane of the parent ice sheet changed from isotropic to anisotropic. As the prestrain rate approached the nominal D--B transition rate of initially undamaged material, the magnitudes of prestrain effects on elastic compliance increased. The shift in the D--B transition, on the other hand, was less sensitive to the prestrain rate. The results are interpreted within the framework of a recent model that predicts the transition strain rate based on the micromechanical boundary between creep and fracture processes. Prestrain primarily affected certain parameters in the model, specifically the power-law creep coefficient B (more so than the creep exponent n), Young's modulus E and, by extension, the fracture toughness KIc. The physical implications of these effects are discussed.

  6. Antiepileptogenic properties of phenobarbital: behavior and neurochemical analysis.

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    Silva Brum, L F; Elisabetsky, E

    2000-11-01

    Chronic in vivo models of epilepsy provide a suitable strategy for quantifying epileptogenesis, as well as investigating neurochemical changes associated with neuronal plasticity that leads to seizuring conditions. The aim of this paper was to investigate antiepileptogenic properties of phenobarbital, focusing on the neurochemical changes associated with repeated seizures induced by low convulsive dose of pentylenetetrazol (PTZ) (60 mg/kg, sc) in mice. Phenobarbital (10 and 30 mg/kg, ip) significantly diminished the severity of seizures induced by PTZ. Repeated PTZ administration was associated with an increase in [3H]glutamate binding (B(max) 196.6+/-10.2 pmol/mgxcontrol B(max) 137.7+/-17.0 pmol/mg). Regarding NMDA receptors, repeated PTZ administration was likewise associated with an increase in [3H]MK-801 binding (0.55+/-0.02 pmol/mgxcontrol 0.32+/-0.01 pmol/mg). In addition, phenobarbital (10 mg/kg) prevented the increase in [3H]glutamate binding (B(max) 133.7+/-11.4 pmol/mg), as well as in [3H]MK-801 binding (phenobarbital 10 and 30 mg/kg, 0.33+/-0.01 and 0.34+/-0.01 pmol/mg, respectively). This study reveals an interesting capability of phenobarbital in interfering with the establishment of both the behavioral expression and associated neurochemical changes induced by the repeated administration of low convulsive dose of PTZ, which may be important in the context of preventing epileptogenesis.

  7. Properties and Mechanobiological Behavior of Bovine Nasal Septum Cartilage.

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    Correro-Shahgaldian, Maria Rita; Introvigne, Jasmin; Ghayor, Chafik; Weber, Franz E; Gallo, Luigi M; Colombo, Vera

    2016-05-01

    Bovine nasal septum (BNS) is a source of non-load bearing hyaline cartilage. Little information is available on its mechanical and biological properties. The aim of this work was to assess the characteristics of BNS cartilage and investigate its behavior in in vitro mechanobiological experiments. Mechanical tests, biochemical assays, and microscopic assessment were performed for tissue characterization. Compressions tests showed that the tissue is viscoelastic, although values of elastic moduli differ from the ones of other cartilaginous tissues. Water content was 78 ± 1.4%; glycosaminoglycans and collagen contents-measured by spectrophotometric assay and hydroxyproline assay-were 39 ± 5% and 25 ± 2.5% of dry weight, respectively. Goldner's Trichrome staining and transmission electron microscopy proved isotropic cells distribution and results of earlier cell division. Furthermore, gene expression was measured after uniaxial compression, showing variations depending on compression time as well as trends depending on equilibration time. In conclusion, BNS has been characterized at several levels, revealing that bovine nasal tissue is regionally homogeneous. Results suggest that, under certain conditions, BNS could be used to perform in vitro cartilage loading experiments.

  8. Synthetic melanin films: Assembling mechanisms, scaling behavior, and structural properties

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    Lorite, Gabriela S.; Coluci, Vitor R.; da Silva, Maria Ivonete N.; Dezidério, Shirlei N.; Graeff, Carlos Frederico O.; Galva~O, Douglas S.; Cotta, Mônica A.

    2006-06-01

    In this work we report on the surface characterization of melanin thin films prepared using both water-based and organic solvent-based melanin syntheses. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) analysis of these films suggests that the organic solvent synthesis provides relatively planar basic melanin structures; these basic structures generate surface steps with height in the range of 2-3 nm and small tendency to form larger aggregates. The scaling properties obtained from the AFM data were used to infer the assembling mechanisms of these thin films which depend on the solvent used for melanin synthesis. The behavior observed in organic solvent-based melanin suggests a diffusion-limited aggregation process. Thus films with good adhesion to the substrate and smoother morphologies than water-prepared melanin films are obtained. Electronic structure calculations using a conductorlike screening model were also performed in order to elucidate the microscopic processes of thin film formation. Our results suggest that the agglomerates observed in hydrated samples originate from reaction with water at specific locations on the surface most likely defects on the planar structure.

  9. Permeation Behavior and Physical Properties of Natural Rubber Nanocomposites

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    2004-12-01

    demonstrated to have significantly enhanced properties at relatively low levels of added reinforcement. The observed properties have in some cases ...were found in many cases to tolerate higher temperatures than traditional polymer/particle composites. Nanoparticle reinforcement increases the...noted increases in physical properties with the incorporation of EGN. Extensive literature has reported the exceptional physical properties

  10. Correlation Between Domain Behavior and Magnetic Properties of Materials

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    Leib, Jeffrey Scott

    2003-01-01

    Correlation between length scales in the field of magnetism has long been a topic of intensive study. The long-term desire is simple: to determine one theory that completely describes the magnetic behavior of matter from an individual atomic particle all the way up to large masses of material. One key piece to this puzzle is connecting the behavior of a material's domains on the nanometer scale with the magnetic properties of an entire large sample or device on the centimeter scale. In the first case study involving the FeSiAl thin films, contrast and spacing of domain patterns are clearly related to microstructure and stress. Case study 2 most clearly demonstrates localized, incoherent domain wall motion switching with field applied along an easy axis for a square hysteresis loop. In case study 3, axis-specific images of the complex Gd-Si-Ge material clearly show the influence of uniaxial anisotropy. Case study 4, the only study with the sole intent of creating domain structures for imaging, also demonstrated in fairly simple terms the effects of increasing stress on domain patterns. In case study 5, it was proven that the width of magnetoresistance loops could be quantitatively predicted using only MFM. When all of the case studies are considered together, a dominating factor seems to be that of anisotropy, both magneticrostaylline and stress induced. Any quantitative bulk measurements heavily reliant on K coefficients, such as the saturation fields for the FeSiAl films, Hc in cases 1, 3, and 5, and the uniaxial character of the Gd5(Si2Ge2), transferred to and from the domain scale quite well. In-situ measurements of domain rotation and switching, could also be strongly correlated with bulk magnetic properties, including coercivity, Ms, and hysteresis loop shape. In most cases, the qualitative nature of the domain structures, when properly considered, matched quite well to what might have been expected from

  11. Not just playing around: infants' behaviors with objects reflect ability, constraints, and object properties.

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    Lobo, Michele A; Kokkoni, Elena; de Campos, Ana Carolina; Galloway, James C

    2014-08-01

    This study describes infants' behaviors with objects in relation to age, body position, and object properties. Object behaviors were assessed longitudinally in 22 healthy infants supine, prone, and sitting from birth through 2 years. Results reveal: (1) infants learn to become intense and sophisticated explorers within the first 6 months of life; (2) young infants dynamically and rapidly shift among a variety of behavioral combinations to gather information; (3) behaviors on objects develop along different trajectories so that behavioral profiles vary across time; (4) object behaviors are generally similar in supine and sitting but diminished in prone; and (5) infants begin matching certain behaviors to object properties as newborns. These data demonstrate how infants learn to match their emerging behaviors with changing positional constraints and object affordances.

  12. An Analysis of the Effects of Untranslated Behavioral Checklists on the Psychometric Properties of Assessment Centers.

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    Donahue, Lisa M.; And Others

    A field study with 178 candidates for a police promotional examination was conducted to investigate the effects of "untranslated" behavioral checklists on certain psychometric properties of an assessment center. The untranslated checklist used all behavioral responses elicited by the assessment center exercises, not just those that met a…

  13. Psychometric Properties of the Disability Assessment Schedule (DAS) for Behavior Problems: An Independent Investigation

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    Tsakanikos, Elias; Underwood, Lisa; Sturmey, Peter; Bouras, Nick; McCarthy, Jane

    2011-01-01

    The present study employed the Disability Assessment Schedule (DAS) to assess problem behaviors in a large sample of adults with ID (N = 568) and evaluate the psychometric properties of this instrument. Although the DAS problem behaviors were found to be internally consistent (Cronbach's [alpha] = 0.87), item analysis revealed one weak item…

  14. Measurement Properties of Indirect Assessment Methods for Functional Behavioral Assessment: A Review of Research

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    Floyd, Randy G.; Phaneuf, Robin L.; Wilczynski, Susan M.

    2005-01-01

    Indirect assessment instruments used during functional behavioral assessment, such as rating scales, interviews, and self-report instruments, represent the least intrusive techniques for acquiring information about the function of problem behavior. This article provides criteria for examining the measurement properties of these instruments…

  15. Psychometric Properties of the Disability Assessment Schedule (DAS) for Behavior Problems: An Independent Investigation

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    Tsakanikos, Elias; Underwood, Lisa; Sturmey, Peter; Bouras, Nick; McCarthy, Jane

    2011-01-01

    The present study employed the Disability Assessment Schedule (DAS) to assess problem behaviors in a large sample of adults with ID (N = 568) and evaluate the psychometric properties of this instrument. Although the DAS problem behaviors were found to be internally consistent (Cronbach's [alpha] = 0.87), item analysis revealed one weak item…

  16. Metal matrix composite micromechanics: In-situ behavior influence on composite properties

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    Murthy, P. L. N.; Hopkins, D. A.; Chamis, C. C.

    1989-01-01

    Recent efforts in computational mechanics methods for simulating the nonlinear behavior of metal matrix composites have culminated in the implementation of the Metal Matrix Composite Analyzer (METCAN) computer code. In METCAN material nonlinearity is treated at the constituent (fiber, matrix, and interphase) level where the current material model describes a time-temperature-stress dependency of the constituent properties in a material behavior space. The composite properties are synthesized from the constituent instantaneous properties by virtue of composite micromechanics and macromechanics models. The behavior of metal matrix composites depends on fabrication process variables, in situ fiber and matrix properties, bonding between the fiber and matrix, and/or the properties of an interphase between the fiber and matrix. Specifically, the influence of in situ matrix strength and the interphase degradation on the unidirectional composite stress-strain behavior is examined. These types of studies provide insight into micromechanical behavior that may be helpful in resolving discrepancies between experimentally observed composite behavior and predicted response.

  17. Ion plated gold films: Properties, tribological behavior and performance

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    Spalvins, Talivaldis

    1987-01-01

    The glow discharge energizing favorably modifies and controls the coating/substrate adherence and the nucleation and growth sequence of ion plated gold films. As a result the adherence, coherence, internal stresses, and morphology of the films are significantly improved. Gold ion plated films because of their graded coating/substrate interface and fine uniform densely packed microstructure not only improve the tribological properties but also induce a surface strengthening effect which improves the mechanical properties such as yield, tensile, and fatigue strength. Consequently significant improvements in the tribological performance of ion plated gold films as compared to vapor deposited gold films are shown in terms of decreased friction/wear and prolonged endurance life.

  18. Detonation Properties and Thermal Behavior of FOX-7-Based Explosives

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    Trzciński, W. A.; Cudziło, S.; Chyłek, Z.; Szymańczyk, L.

    2013-01-01

    Phlegmatized FOX-7 (1,1-diamino-2,2-dinitroethylene, DADNE) and mixtures with cyclotetramethylene tetranitramine (HMX) were prepared and their detonation properties (the detonation velocity, detonation pressure, acceleration ability, and detonation energy) were investigated. The sensitivity of these compositions to mechanical stimuli (friction, impact, and shock wave) were determined, and the thermal stability and compatibility of the components were tested. This work furthers the investigation into new compositions for low vulnerability ammunition.

  19. Decoupling Polymer Properties to Elucidate Mechanisms Governing Cell Behavior

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    Wang, Xintong; Boire, Timothy C.; Bronikowski, Christine; Zachman, Angela L.; Crowder, Spencer W.

    2012-01-01

    Determining how a biomaterial interacts with cells (“structure-function relationship”) reflects its eventual clinical applicability. Therefore, a fundamental understanding of how individual material properties modulate cell-biomaterial interactions is pivotal to improving the efficacy and safety of clinically translatable biomaterial systems. However, due to the coupled nature of material properties, their individual effects on cellular responses are difficult to understand. Structure-function relationships can be more clearly understood by the effective decoupling of each individual parameter. In this article, we discuss three basic decoupling strategies: (1) surface modification, (2) cross-linking, and (3) combinatorial approaches (i.e., copolymerization and polymer blending). Relevant examples of coupled material properties are briefly reviewed in each section to highlight the need for improved decoupling methods. This follows with examples of more effective decoupling techniques, mainly from the perspective of three primary classes of synthetic materials: polyesters, polyethylene glycol, and polyacrylamide. Recent strides in decoupling methodologies, especially surface-patterning and combinatorial techniques, offer much promise in further understanding the structure-function relationships that largely govern the success of future advancements in biomaterials, tissue engineering, and drug delivery. PMID:22536977

  20. Macroscopic behavior and microscopic magnetic properties of nanocarbon

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    Lähderanta, E.; Ryzhov, V. A.; Lashkul, A. V.; Galimov, D. M.; Titkov, A. N.; Matveev, V. V.; Mokeev, M. V.; Kurbakov, A. I.; Lisunov, K. G.

    2015-06-01

    Here are presented investigations of powder and glass-like samples containing carbon nanoparticles, not intentionally doped and doped with Ag, Au and Co. The neutron diffraction study reveals an amorphous structure of the samples doped with Au and Co, as well as the magnetic scattering due to a long-range FM order in the Co-doped sample. The composition and molecular structure of the sample doped with Au is clarified with the NMR investigations. The temperature dependence of the magnetization, M (T), exhibits large irreversibility in low fields of B=1-7 mT. M (B) saturates already above 2 T at high temperatures, but deviates from the saturation behavior below ~50 (150 K). Magnetic hysteresis is observed already at 300 K and exhibits a power-law temperature decay of the coercive field, Bc (T). The macroscopic behavior above is typical of an assembly of partially blocked magnetic nanoparticles. The values of the saturation magnetization, Ms, and the blocking temperature, Tb, are obtained as well. However, the hysteresis loop in the Co-doped sample differs from that in other samples, and the values of Bc and Ms are noticeably increased.

  1. Material Properties of Hagfish Skin, with Insights into Knotting Behaviors.

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    Clark, Andrew J; Crawford, Callie H; King, Brooke D; Demas, Andrew M; Uyeno, Theodore A

    2016-06-01

    Hagfishes (Myxinidae) often integrate whole-body knotting movements with jawless biting motions when reducing large marine carcasses to ingestible items. Adaptations for these behaviors include complex arrangements of axial muscles and flexible, elongate bodies without vertebrae. Between the axial muscles and the hagfish skin is a large, blood-filled subcutaneous sinus devoid of the intricate, myoseptal tendon networks characteristic of the taut skins of other fishes. We propose that the loose-fitting skin of the hagfish facilitates the formation and manipulation of body knots, even if it is of little functional significance to steady swimming. Hagfish skin is a relatively thick, anisotropic, multilayered composite material comprising a superficial, thin, and slimy epidermis, a middle dermal layer densely packed with fibrous tissues, and a deep subdermal layer comprised of adipose tissue. Hagfish skin is stiffer when pulled longitudinally than circumferentially. Stress-strain data from uniaxial tensile tests show that hagfish skins are comparable in tensile strength and stiffness to the taut skins of elongate fishes that do not engage in knotting behaviors (e.g., sea lamprey and penpoint gunnel). Sheath-core-constructed ropes, which serve as more accurate models for hagfish bodies, demonstrate that loose skin (extra sheathing) enhances flexibility of the body (rope). Along with a loose-fitting skin, the morphologies of hagfish skin parallel those of moray eels, which are also known for generating and manipulating figure-eight-style body knots when struggling with prey. © 2016 Marine Biological Laboratory.

  2. Properties of pedestrians walking in line. II. Stepping behavior

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    Jelić, Asja; Appert-Rolland, Cécile; Lemercier, Samuel; Pettré, Julien

    2012-10-01

    In human crowds, interactions among individuals give rise to a variety of self-organized collective motions that help the group to effectively solve the problem of coordination. However, it is still not known exactly how humans adjust their behavior locally, nor what are the direct consequences on the emergent organization. One of the underlying mechanisms of adjusting individual motions is the stepping dynamics. In this paper, we present first quantitative analysis on the stepping behavior in a one-dimensional pedestrian flow studied under controlled laboratory conditions. We find that the step length is proportional to the velocity of the pedestrian, and is directly related to the space available in front of him, while the variations of the step duration are much smaller. This is in contrast with locomotion studies performed on isolated pedestrians and shows that the local density has a direct influence on the stepping characteristics. Furthermore, we study the phenomena of synchronization—walking in lock step—and show its dependence on flow densities. We show that the synchronization of steps is particularly important at high densities, which has direct impact on the studies of optimizing pedestrians’ flow in congested situations. However, small synchronization and antisynchronization effects are found also at very low densities, for which no steric constraints exist between successive pedestrians, showing the natural tendency to synchronize according to perceived visual signals.

  3. Phase behavior and material properties of hollow nanoparticles

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    Schwarz, U. S.; Safran, S. A.

    2000-11-01

    Effective pair potentials for hollow nanoparticles such as those made from carbon (fullerenes) or metal dichalcogenides (inorganic fullerenes) consist of a hard core repulsion and a deep, but short-ranged, van der Waals attraction. We investigate them for single-walled and multiwalled nanoparticles and show that in both cases, in the limit of large radii the interaction range scales inversely with the radius R, while the well depth scales linearly with R. We predict the values of the radius R and the wall thickness h at which the gas-liquid coexistence disappears from the phase diagram. We also discuss unusual material properties of the solid, which include a large heat of sublimation and a small surface energy.

  4. Bacterial spoilers of food: behavior, fitness and functional properties.

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    Remenant, Benoît; Jaffrès, Emmanuel; Dousset, Xavier; Pilet, Marie-France; Zagorec, Monique

    2015-02-01

    Most food products are highly perishable as they constitute a rich nutrient source for microbial development. Among the microorganisms contaminating food, some present metabolic activities leading to spoilage. In addition to hygienic rules to reduce contamination, various treatments are applied during production and storage to avoid the growth of unwanted microbes. The nature and appearance of spoilage therefore depend on the physiological state of spoilers and on their ability to resist the processing/storage conditions and flourish on the food matrix. Spoilage also relies on the interactions between the microorganisms composing the ecosystems encountered in food. The recent rapid increase in publicly available bacterial genome sequences, as well as the access to high-throughput methods, should lead to a better understanding of spoiler behavior and to the possibility of decreasing food spoilage. This review lists the main bacterial species identified as food spoilers, their ability to develop during storage and/or processing, and the functions potentially involved in spoilage. We have also compiled an inventory of the available genome sequences of species encompassing spoilage strains. Combining in silico analysis of genome sequences with experimental data is proposed in order to understand and thus control the bacterial spoilage of food better.

  5. Behavioral and neural properties of social reinforcement learning.

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    Jones, Rebecca M; Somerville, Leah H; Li, Jian; Ruberry, Erika J; Libby, Victoria; Glover, Gary; Voss, Henning U; Ballon, Douglas J; Casey, B J

    2011-09-14

    Social learning is critical for engaging in complex interactions with other individuals. Learning from positive social exchanges, such as acceptance from peers, may be similar to basic reinforcement learning. We formally test this hypothesis by developing a novel paradigm that is based on work in nonhuman primates and human imaging studies of reinforcement learning. The probability of receiving positive social reinforcement from three distinct peers was parametrically manipulated while brain activity was recorded in healthy adults using event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging. Over the course of the experiment, participants responded more quickly to faces of peers who provided more frequent positive social reinforcement, and rated them as more likeable. Modeling trial-by-trial learning showed ventral striatum and orbital frontal cortex activity correlated positively with forming expectations about receiving social reinforcement. Rostral anterior cingulate cortex activity tracked positively with modulations of expected value of the cues (peers). Together, the findings across three levels of analysis--social preferences, response latencies, and modeling neural responses--are consistent with reinforcement learning theory and nonhuman primate electrophysiological studies of reward. This work highlights the fundamental influence of acceptance by one's peers in altering subsequent behavior.

  6. Mechanical properties and failure behavior of unidirectional porous ceramics

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    Seuba, Jordi; Deville, Sylvain; Guizard, Christian; Stevenson, Adam J.

    2016-01-01

    We show that the honeycomb out-of-plane model derived by Gibson and Ashby can be applied to describe the compressive behavior of unidirectional porous materials. Ice-templating allowed us to process samples with accurate control over pore volume, size, and morphology. These samples allowed us to evaluate the effect of this microstructural variations on the compressive strength in a porosity range of 45–80%. The maximum strength of 286 MPa was achieved in the least porous ice-templated sample (P(%) = 49.9), with the smallest pore size (3 μm). We found that the out-of-plane model only holds when buckling is the dominant failure mode, as should be expected. Furthermore, we controlled total pore volume by adjusting solids loading and sintering temperature. This strategy allows us to independently control macroporosity and densification of walls, and the compressive strength of ice-templated materials is exclusively dependent on total pore volume. PMID:27075397

  7. Behavioral and neural properties of social reinforcement learning

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    Jones, Rebecca M.; Somerville, Leah H.; Li, Jian; Ruberry, Erika J.; Libby, Victoria; Glover, Gary; Voss, Henning U.; Ballon, Douglas J.; Casey, BJ

    2011-01-01

    Social learning is critical for engaging in complex interactions with other individuals. Learning from positive social exchanges, such as acceptance from peers, may be similar to basic reinforcement learning. We formally test this hypothesis by developing a novel paradigm that is based upon work in non-human primates and human imaging studies of reinforcement learning. The probability of receiving positive social reinforcement from three distinct peers was parametrically manipulated while brain activity was recorded in healthy adults using event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Over the course of the experiment, participants responded more quickly to faces of peers who provided more frequent positive social reinforcement, and rated them as more likeable. Modeling trial-by-trial learning showed ventral striatum and orbital frontal cortex activity correlated positively with forming expectations about receiving social reinforcement. Rostral anterior cingulate cortex activity tracked positively with modulations of expected value of the cues (peers). Together, the findings across three levels of analysis - social preferences, response latencies and modeling neural responses – are consistent with reinforcement learning theory and non-human primate electrophysiological studies of reward. This work highlights the fundamental influence of acceptance by one’s peers in altering subsequent behavior. PMID:21917787

  8. Mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of Mg-HAP composites.

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    Campo, R Del; Savoini, B; Muñoz, A; Monge, M A; Garcés, G

    2014-11-01

    Mg and Mg-HAP composites containing 5, 10 and 15 wt% of hydroxyapatite have been produced following a powder metallurgy route that consists of mixing raw powders and consolidation by extrusion. The microstructure, texture, mechanical behavior and resistance to corrosion under a PBS solution have been studied. Addition of HAP increases the microhardness of the composites, however the yield strength under compression slightly decreases. Texture analyses reveal a fiber texture for pure Mg that is weakened increasing the HAP fraction. This texture promotes twinning and softening of Mg and Mg-5HAP during the initial deformation stages. Mg-10HAP and Mg-15HAP present a strain-hardening dependence showing no softening. The volume fraction of HAP particles weakens the texture and favors the activation of secondary slip systems. Corrosion experiments in PBS solution have shown that Mg-5HAP exhibits the best resistance to corrosion. Texture and porosity appear to be the main material features controlling the corrosion rates of Mg-HAP composites under the present conditions.

  9. Study on the cold and hot properties of medicinal herbs by thermotropism in mice behavior.

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    Zhao, Yan-Ling; Wang, Jia-Bo; Xiao, Xiao-He; Zhao, Hai-ping; Zhou, Can-ping; Zhang, Xue-ru; Ren, Yong-shen; Jia, Lei

    2011-02-16

    It is a common sense that chewing a mint leaf causes a cold feeling, while masticating a piece of ginger root is associated with a hot sensation. The Traditional Chinese Medicine has termed this phenomenon as cold and hot properties of herbs and applied them in treating certain human diseases successfully for thousands of years. Here, we have developed an Animal Thermotropism Behavior Surveillance System, and by using this device and other approaches, we not only verified the existence of, but also characterized and quantitated the cold and hot properties of medicinal herbs in animal behavioral experiments. The results suggested that the hot and cold properties of herbal drugs indeed correlated with the alteration of animal behavior in search for residence temperature.

  10. Properties of a Formal Method for Prediction of Emergent Behaviors in Swarm-based Systems

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    Rouff, Christopher; Vanderbilt, Amy; Hinchey, Mike; Truszkowski, Walt; Rash, James

    2004-01-01

    Autonomous intelligent swarms of satellites are being proposed for NASA missions that have complex behaviors and interactions. The emergent properties of swarms make these missions powerful, but at the same time more difficult to design and assure that proper behaviors will emerge. This paper gives the results of research into formal methods techniques for verification and validation of NASA swarm-based missions. Multiple formal methods were evaluated to determine their effectiveness in modeling and assuring the behavior of swarms of spacecraft. The NASA ANTS mission was used as an example of swarm intelligence for which to apply the formal methods. This paper will give the evaluation of these formal methods and give partial specifications of the ANTS mission using four selected methods. We then give an evaluation of the methods and the needed properties of a formal method for effective specification and prediction of emergent behavior in swarm-based systems.

  11. Properties of ferrites important to their friction and wear behavior

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    Miyoshi, K.; Buckley, D. H.

    1983-01-01

    Environmental, chemical and crystallographical effects on the fundamental nature on friction and wear of the ferrites in contact with metals, magnetic tapes and themselves are reviewed. The removal of adsorbed films from the surfaces of ferrites results in very strong interfacial adhesion and high friction in ferrite to metal and ferrite to magnetic tape contacts. The metal ferrite bond at the interface is primarily a chemical bond between the metal atoms and the large oxygen anions in the ferrite surface, and the strength of these bonds is related to the oxygen to metal bond strength in the metal oxide. The more active the metal, the higher is the coefficient of friction. Not only under adhesive conditions, but also under abrasive conditions the friction and wear properties of ferrites are related to the crystallographic orientation. With ferrite to ferrite contact the mating of highest atomic density (most closely packed) direction on matched crystallographic planes, that is, 110 directions on /110/planes, results in the lowest coefficient of friction.

  12. Interfacial effects on the behavior of partially bonded metal matrix composite properties

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    Caruso, J. J.; Chamis, C. C.

    1990-01-01

    A novel computational method developed at NASA-Lewis in order to predict the behavior of unidirectional composites has been used to explore the effects of partial debonding and fiber fracture on the behavior of room temperature and high temperature metal-matrix composites. Attention is presently given to the influence of disbonding, which occurs with fractured fibers, on the ply properties of metal-matrix composites with orthotropic fibers, in the case of a graphite fiber-reinforced copper-matrix composite. It is shown that, for small amounts of partial bonding on fractured fibers, composite material properties are not significantly affected.

  13. Structure, properties, and surfactant adsorption behavior of fly ash carbon

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    Kulaots, Indrek

    The objective of this research was to suggest methods by which certain problems associated with use of coal fly ash as a pozzolanic agent in concrete mixtures could be alleviated, guided by a better characterization of fly ash properties. A sample suite of eighty fly ashes was gathered from utilities across the world (mainly US-based) and included ashes from coals ranging in rank from bituminous to lignite. The widely used foam index test is used to characterize ashes with respect to their propensity to adsorb surfactants (called Air Entraining Admixtures or AEAs) used to impart freeze-thaw resistance to concrete. In ash-containing concrete mixtures, AEAs are adsorbed from the polar concrete-water solution onto non-polar unburned carbon surfaces in the ash. The AEA uptake by fly ashes only crudely correlates with the amount of carbon in the fly ash, because carbon surface area, accessibility and polarity all play a role in determining adsorption capacities. Fly ash carbon particle size distribution is also a key factor. Fine carbon particles in fly ash fractions of <106mum are responsible for about 90% of surfactant adsorption capacity. Surfactant adsorption on fly ash carbon is, in the foam index test, a dynamic process. The time of the test (typically <10 minutes) is not long enough to permit penetration of small porosity by the relatively large AEA molecules, and only the most readily available adsorption surface near the geometrical surface of the carbon particles is utilized. The nature of the foam index test was also examined, and it is recommended that a more standardized test procedure based upon pure reagents be adopted for examining the nature of fly ashes. Several possible reagents were identified. Room temperature fly ash ozonation is a powerful technique that allows increasing fly ash surface polarity in a relatively short time and thus is very effective for decreasing the AEA uptake capacity. Depending on the ozone input concentration, sample amount

  14. Contribution of mineral to bone structural behavior and tissue mechanical properties.

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    Donnelly, Eve; Chen, Dan X; Boskey, Adele L; Baker, Shefford P; van der Meulen, Marjolein C H

    2010-11-01

    Bone geometry and tissue material properties jointly govern whole-bone structural behavior. While the role of geometry in structural behavior is well characterized, the contribution of the tissue material properties is less clear, partially due to the multiple tissue constituents and hierarchical levels at which these properties can be characterized. Our objective was to elucidate the contribution of the mineral phase to bone mechanical properties across multiple length scales, from the tissue material level to the structural level. Vitamin D and calcium deficiency in 6-week-old male rats was employed as a model of reduced mineral content with minimal collagen changes. The structural properties of the humeri were measured in three-point bending and related to the mineral content and geometry from microcomputed tomography. Whole-cortex and local bone tissue properties were examined with infrared (IR) spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and nanoindentation to understand the role of altered mineral content on the constituent material behavior. Structural stiffness (-47%) and strength (-50%) were reduced in vitamin D-deficient (-D) humeri relative to controls. Moment of inertia (-38%), tissue mineral density (TMD, -9%), periosteal mineralization (-28%), and IR mineral:matrix ratio (-19%) were reduced in -D cortices. Thus, both decreased tissue mineral content and changes in cortical geometry contributed to impaired skeletal load-bearing function. In fact, 97% of the variability in humeral strength was explained by moment of inertia, TMD, and IR mineral:matrix ratio. The strong relationships between structural properties and cortical material composition demonstrate a critical role of the microscale material behavior in skeletal load-bearing performance.

  15. Contribution of mineral to bone structural behavior and tissue mechanical properties

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    Donnelly, Eve; Chen, Dan X.; Boskey, Adele L.; Baker, Shefford P.; Meulen, Marjolein C. H. van der

    2010-01-01

    Bone geometry and tissue material properties jointly govern whole-bone structural behavior. While the role of geometry in structural behavior is well characterized, the contribution of the tissue material properties is less clear, partially due to the multiple tissue constituents and hierarchical levels at which these properties can be characterized. Our objective was to elucidate the contribution of the mineral phase to bone mechanical properties across multiple length scales, from the tissue material level to the structural level. Vitamin D and calcium deficiency in 6-week-old male rats was employed as a model of reduced mineral content with minimal collagen changes. The structural properties of the humeri were measured in three-point bending and related to the mineral content and geometry from microcomputed tomography. Whole-cortex and local bone tissue properties were examined with infrared (IR) spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and nanoindentation, to understand the role of altered mineral content on the constituent material behavior. Structural stiffness (-47%) and strength (-50%) were reduced in vitamin D-deficient (-D) humeri relative to controls. Moment of inertia (-38%), tissue mineral density (TMD, -9%), periosteal mineralization (-28%), and IR mineral:matrix ratio (-19%) were reduced in -D cortices. Thus, both decreased tissue mineral content and changes in cortical geometry contributed to impaired skeletal load bearing function. In fact, 97% of the variability in humeral strength was explained by moment of inertia, TMD, and IR mineral:matrix ratio. The strong relationships between structural properties and cortical material composition demonstrate a critical role of the microscale material behavior in skeletal load-bearing performance. PMID:20730582

  16. The Psychometric Properties of the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales in Children and Adolescents with Mental Retardation

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    de Bildt, Annelies; Kraijer, Dirk; Sytema, Sjoerd; Minderaa, Ruud

    2005-01-01

    The psychometric properties of the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales Survey Form were studied in a total population of children and adolescents with MR, and in the specific levels of functioning (n=826, age 4-18 years). The original division into (sub)domains, as assigned by the authors, was replicated in the total population and in the mild and…

  17. Argumentation and Students' Conceptual Understanding of Properties and Behaviors of Gases

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    Aydeniz, Mehmet; Pabuccu, Aybuke; Cetin, Pinar Seda; Kaya, Ebru

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of argumentation-based pedagogy on college students' conceptual understanding of properties and behaviors of gases. The sample consists of 108 students (52 in the control group and 56 in the intervention group) drawn from 2 general chemistry college courses taught by the same instructor. Data…

  18. Psychometric Properties of the Polish Adaptation of the Infant Behavior Questionnaire-Revised (IBQ-R)

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    Dragan, Wojciech L.; Kmita, Grazyna; Fronczyk, Krzysztof

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents the psychometric properties of the Polish version of the Infant Behavior Questionnaire&-Revised (IBQ-R). A group of 396 pairs of parents was studied, and a 3-factor structure of IBQ-R emerged with differences comparing to the original U.S. sample and a prior replication Russian sample. Analyses demonstrated satisfactory…

  19. Argumentation and Students' Conceptual Understanding of Properties and Behaviors of Gases

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    Aydeniz, Mehmet; Pabuccu, Aybuke; Cetin, Pinar Seda; Kaya, Ebru

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of argumentation-based pedagogy on college students' conceptual understanding of properties and behaviors of gases. The sample consists of 108 students (52 in the control group and 56 in the intervention group) drawn from 2 general chemistry college courses taught by the same instructor. Data…

  20. Psychometric Properties of a Korean Translation of the "Scales of Independent Behavior--Revised"

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    Cho, Su-Je; Paik, Eunhee; Lee, Byoung-In; Yi, Joonsuk

    2010-01-01

    This study explores the psychometric properties of data drawn from the Korean translation of the full "Scales of Independent Behavior--Revised" (SIB-R). In addition, semantic, content, conceptual, and technical equivalence are examined. The participants include 2,763 typically developing children and 406 children with intellectual…

  1. Psychometric Properties of the Polish Adaptation of the Infant Behavior Questionnaire-Revised (IBQ-R)

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    Dragan, Wojciech L.; Kmita, Grazyna; Fronczyk, Krzysztof

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents the psychometric properties of the Polish version of the Infant Behavior Questionnaire&-Revised (IBQ-R). A group of 396 pairs of parents was studied, and a 3-factor structure of IBQ-R emerged with differences comparing to the original U.S. sample and a prior replication Russian sample. Analyses demonstrated satisfactory…

  2. Psychometric Properties of a Youth Self-Report Measure of Neglectful Behavior by Parents

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    Dubowitz, Howard; Villodas, Miguel T.; Litrownik, Alan J.; Pitts, Steven C.; Hussey, Jon M.; Thompson, Richard; Black, Maureen M.; Runyan, Desmond

    2011-01-01

    Objective: This study aimed to empirically assess psychometric properties of a multi-dimensional youth self-report measure of neglectful behavior by parents. Method: Data were gathered from 593 12-year-old youth participating in the Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN) consortium; 272 also had data at age 14. Youth responded…

  3. Mechanical Properties and Fatigue Behavior of Unitized Composite Airframe Structures at Elevated Temperature

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    2016-09-01

    operate at high 2 temperatures. The PMR-15 resin is widely used as matrix material for high temperature polymer matrix composites (HTPMCs) in the...newly developed NRPE resin was used as a matrix material in the unitized composite material system studied in this work. In aircraft application...MECHANICAL PROPERTIES AND FATIGUE BEHAVIOR OF UNITIZED COMPOSITE AIRFRAME STRUCTURES AT ELEVATED

  4. The Psychometric Properties of the Difficult Behavior Self-Efficacy Scale

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    Oh, Hyun-Kyoung; Kozub, Francis M.

    2010-01-01

    The study was designed to estimate the psychometric properties of Hastings and Brown's (2002a) Difficult Behavior Self-efficacy Scale. Participants were two samples of physical educators teaching in Korea (n = 229) and the United States (U.S.; n = 139). An initial translation of the questionnaire to Korean and pilot study were conducted along with…

  5. Psychometric Properties of a Youth Self-Report Measure of Neglectful Behavior by Parents

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    Dubowitz, Howard; Villodas, Miguel T.; Litrownik, Alan J.; Pitts, Steven C.; Hussey, Jon M.; Thompson, Richard; Black, Maureen M.; Runyan, Desmond

    2011-01-01

    Objective: This study aimed to empirically assess psychometric properties of a multi-dimensional youth self-report measure of neglectful behavior by parents. Method: Data were gathered from 593 12-year-old youth participating in the Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN) consortium; 272 also had data at age 14. Youth responded…

  6. Examination of the Psychometric Properties of the Chinese Translated Behavioral Regulation in Exercise Questionnaire-2

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    Chung, Pak Kwong; Liu, Jing Dong

    2012-01-01

    The present study was designed to examine the psychometric properties of the Chinese-translated Behavioral Regulation in Exercise Questionnaire-2 (Markland & Tobin, 2004). A sample of Chinese university students (N =555) was invited to take part in this study. Confirmatory factor analysis was employed to examine the factorial validity, and the…

  7. Structural Properties and Phase Behavior of Crosslinked Networks in Polymer Solutions.

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    Benmouna, Farida; Zemmour, Samira; Benmouna, Mustapha

    2016-03-03

    Structural properties and phase behavior of crosslinked networks embedded in polymer solutions are theoretically investigated. The partial structure factor of the network is calculated using a matrix formulation of the random phase approximation and the forward scattering limit is correlated with the phase behavior. Swelling and deswelling processes are analyzed in terms of the polymer concentration, the mismatch of solvent quality with respect to polymer and network, the polymers incompatibility and their characteristic sizes. Most studies reported so far in the literature have focussed on the swelling of crosslinked networks and gels in pure solvents but the correlation of the structural properties with the phase behavior in the presence of high molecular weight polymers in solution has not been given sufficient attention. The present work is intended to fill this gap in view of the current efforts to develop novel drug encapsulating and targeted delivery devices.

  8. Structural Properties and Phase Behavior of Crosslinked Networks in Polymer Solutions

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    Benmouna, Farida; Zemmour, Samira; Benmouna, Mustapha

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Structural properties and phase behavior of crosslinked networks embedded in polymer solutions are theoretically investigated. The partial structure factor of the network is calculated using a matrix formulation of the random phase approximation and the forward scattering limit is correlated with the phase behavior. Swelling and deswelling processes are analyzed in terms of the polymer concentration, the mismatch of solvent quality with respect to polymer and network, the polymers incompatibility and their characteristic sizes. Most studies reported so far in the literature have focussed on the swelling of crosslinked networks and gels in pure solvents but the correlation of the structural properties with the phase behavior in the presence of high molecular weight polymers in solution has not been given sufficient attention. The present work is intended to fill this gap in view of the current efforts to develop novel drug encapsulating and targeted delivery devices. PMID:27134310

  9. Psychometric properties of a Dutch version of the behavior problems inventory-01 (BPI-01).

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    Dumont, Eric; Kroes, Diana; Korzilius, Hubert; Didden, Robert; Rojahn, Johannes

    2014-03-01

    There are only a limited number of Dutch validated measurement instruments for measuring behavioral problems in people with a moderate to profound intellectual disability. In this study, the psychometric properties of a Dutch version of the behavior Problems Inventory-01 (BPI-01; Rojahn et al., 2001) have been investigated among 195 people with a moderate to profound intellectual disability who live in a residential facility. The BPI-01 was completed by 42 informants (staff members) of 23 care units. The inter-rater reliability, intra-rater reliability and internal consistency turned out to be good. Factor analysis confirmed two of the three a priori factors and the third factor was a mix of self-injurious (SIB) behavior and stereotypic behavior. The BPI-01 was compared to the Aberrant Behavior Checklist (Aman et al., 1985a) and showed a good convergent validity. This study shows that a Dutch version of the BPI-01 has good psychometric properties for measuring behavior problems in individuals with moderate to profound intellectual disability. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Mineralization behavior and interface properties of BG-PVA/bone composite implants in simulated body fluid.

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    Ma, Yanxuan; Zheng, Yudong; Huang, Xiaoshan; Xi, Tingfei; Lin, Xiaodan; Han, Dongfei; Song, Wenhui

    2010-04-01

    Due to the non-bioactivity and poor conjunction performance of present cartilage prostheses, the main work here is to develop the bioactive glass-polyvinyl alcohol hydrogel articular cartilage/bone (BG-PVA/bone) composite implants. The essential criterion for a biomaterial to bond with living bone is well-matched mechanical properties as well as biocompatibility and bioactivity. In vitro studies on the formation of a surface layer of carbonate hydroxyl apatite (HCA) and the corresponding variation of the properties of biomaterials are imperative for their clinical application. In this paper, the mineralization behavior and variation of the interface properties of BG-PVA/bone composites were studied in vitro by using simulated body fluid (SBF). The mineralization and HCA layer formed on the interface between the BG-PVA hydrogel and bone in SBF could provide the composites with bioactivity and firmer combination. The compression property, shear strength and interface morphology of BG-PVA/bone composite implants varying with the immersion time in SBF were characterized. Also, the influence laws of the immersion time, content of BG in the composites and aperture of bones to the mineralization behavior and interface properties were investigated. The good mineralization behavior and enhanced conjunction performance of BG-PVA/bone composites demonstrated that this kind of composite implant might be more appropriate cartilage replacements.

  11. Elastic properties and auxetic behavior of Galfenol for a range of compositions

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    Schurter, Holly M.; Flatau, Alison B.

    2008-03-01

    Iron-gallium alloys (known as Galfenol), are one of only a few metal alloys known to exhibit large auxetic or negative Poisson's ratio behavior. The mechanical properties, including the auxeticity, of Galfenol are strongly dependent on the composition. This research seeks to measure the elastic properties of Galfenol through a range of practical compositions in order to create a thorough database as well as present trends in the elastic properties. This is achieved through tensile testing of single-crystal Galfenol dog-bone-shaped specimens of varying compositions. For each composition, there is one specimen aligned along the [100] crystallographic axis and one aligned along the [110] axis. This project will enable future researchers to confidently know the elastic properties of the alloy, as well as enable them to select the alloy with optimum elastic properties for their applications.

  12. Heterogeneous structure and its effect on properties and electrochemical behavior of ion-exchange membrane

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    Ariono, D.; Khoiruddin; Subagjo; Wenten, I. G.

    2017-02-01

    Generally, commercially available ion-exchange membrane (IEM) can be classified into homogeneous and heterogeneous membranes. The classification is based on degree of heterogeneity in membrane structure. It is well known that the heterogeneity greatly affects the properties of IEM, such as conductivity, permselectivity, chemical and mechanical stability. The heterogeneity also influences ionic and electrical current transfer behavior of IEM-based processes during their operation. Therefore, understanding the role of heterogeneity in IEM properties is important to provide preliminary information on their operability and applicability. In this paper, the heterogeneity and its effect on IEM properties are reviewed. Some models for describing the heterogeneity of IEM and methods for characterizing the degree of heterogeneity are discussed. In addition, the influence of heterogeneity on the performance of IEM-based processes and their electrochemical behavior are described.

  13. Computing Legacy Software Behavior to Understand Functionality and Security Properties: An IBM/370 Demonstration

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    Linger, Richard C; Pleszkoch, Mark G; Prowell, Stacy J; Sayre, Kirk D; Ankrum, Scott

    2013-01-01

    Organizations maintaining mainframe legacy software can benefit from code modernization and incorporation of security capabilities to address the current threat environment. Oak Ridge National Laboratory is developing the Hyperion system to compute the behavior of software as a means to gain understanding of software functionality and security properties. Computation of functionality is critical to revealing security attributes, which are in fact specialized functional behaviors of software. Oak Ridge is collaborating with MITRE Corporation to conduct a demonstration project to compute behavior of legacy IBM Assembly Language code for a federal agency. The ultimate goal is to understand functionality and security vulnerabilities as a basis for code modernization. This paper reports on the first phase, to define functional semantics for IBM Assembly instructions and conduct behavior computation experiments.

  14. Psychometric properties of the Disability Assessment Schedule (DAS) for behavior problems: an independent investigation.

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    Tsakanikos, Elias; Underwood, Lisa; Sturmey, Peter; Bouras, Nick; McCarthy, Jane

    2011-01-01

    The present study employed the Disability Assessment Schedule (DAS) to assess problem behaviors in a large sample of adults with ID (N=568) and evaluate the psychometric properties of this instrument. Although the DAS problem behaviors were found to be internally consistent (Cronbach's α=.87), item analysis revealed one weak item ('Objectional habits') with item-total biserial correlation of only .20. An exploratory factor analysis revealed two main factors. The first factor consisted of items relating to disruptive/distractive problems. The second factor consisted of items relating to antisocial/delinquent problems. Disruptive/distractive problems were specifically associated with low ID level. Antisocial/delinquent behaviors were specifically associated with male gender, schizophrenia, hospital admission and troubles with police. For patients who had both disruptive/distractive problems and antisocial/delinquent behaviors, personality disorders and autism were more frequent, where as anxiety and depression were less frequent. On the basis of the obtained results, two new DAS subscales for assessing challenging behavior were proposed. Both subscales had good levels of internal consistency, as well as face and criterion validity. Overall, the new DAS subscales were shown to have acceptable psychometric properties and have therefore potential for use in both research and clinical practice. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Effects of substrate properties on the hydraulic and thermal behavior of a green roof

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    Sandoval, V. P.; Suarez, F. I.; Victorero, F.; Bonilla, C.; Gironas, J. A.; Vera, S.; Bustamante, W.; Rojas, V.; Pasten, P.

    2014-12-01

    Green roofs are a sustainable urban development solution that incorporates a growing media (also known as substrate) and vegetation into infrastructures to reach additional benefits such as the reduction of: rooftop runoff peak flows, roof surface temperatures, energy utilized for cooling/heating buildings, and the heat island effect. The substrate is a key component of the green roof that allows achieving these benefits. It is an artificial soil that has an improved behavior compared to natural soils, facilitating vegetation growth, water storage and typically with smaller densities to reduce the loads over the structures. Therefore, it is important to study the effects of substrate properties on green roof performance. The objective of this study is to investigate the physical properties of four substrates designed to improve the behavior of a green roof, and to study their impact on the efficiency of a green roof. The substrates that were investigated are: organic soil; crushed bricks; a mixture of mineral soil with perlite; and a mixture of crushed bricks and organic soil. The thermal properties (thermal conductivity, volumetric heat capacity and thermal diffusivity) were measured using a dual needle probe (Decagon Devices, Inc.) at different saturation levels, and the hydraulic properties were measured with a constant head permeameter (hydraulic conductivity) and a pressure plate extractor (water retention curve). This characterization, combined with numerical models, allows understanding the effect of these properties on the hydraulic and thermal behavior of a green roof. Results show that substrates composed by crushed bricks improve the thermal insulation of infrastructures and at the same time, retain more water in their pores. Simulation results also show that the hydraulic and thermal behavior of a green roof strongly depends on the moisture content prior to a rainstorm.

  16. Effect of Hydrogen on the Mechnical Properties and Fracture Behavior of High Purity Aluminum.

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    1986-07-01

    RD-0171 214 EFFECT OF HYDROGEN ON THE NECHNICAL PROPERTIES AND 1/2 FRACTURE BEHAVIOR OF H.. (U) ILLINOIS UNIV AT URBANA DEPT OF MATERIALS SCIENCE F...University of Illinois at Urbana -Champaign, 1986 Accesion For NTIS CRA&I DTIC TAB 3 UWanno~r-ced 1 JAificatioil Urbana , Illinois Ditb jtion I orc...and should eventually 2 I RD-0171 214 EFFECT OF HYDROGEN ON THE NECHNXCAL PROPERTIES AND 2/2 FRACTURE BEHAYIOR OF H..(U) ILLINOIS UNIV AT URBANA DEPT

  17. Fault structure, frictional properties and mixed-mode fault slip behavior

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    Collettini, Cristiano; Niemeijer, André; Viti, Cecilia; Smith, Steven A. F.; Marone, Chris

    2011-11-01

    Recent high-resolution GPS and seismological data reveal that tectonic faults exhibit complex, multi-mode slip behavior including earthquakes, creep events, slow and silent earthquakes, low-frequency events and earthquake afterslip. The physical processes responsible for this range of behavior and the mechanisms that dictate fault slip rate or rupture propagation velocity are poorly understood. One avenue for improving knowledge of these mechanisms involves coupling direct observations of ancient faults exhumed at the Earth's surface with laboratory experiments on the frictional properties of the fault rocks. Here, we show that fault zone structure has an important influence on mixed-mode fault slip behavior. Our field studies depict a complex fault zone structure where foliated horizons surround meter- to decameter-sized lenses of competent material. The foliated rocks are composed of weak mineral phases, possess low frictional strength, and exhibit inherently stable, velocity-strengthening frictional behavior. In contrast, the competent lenses are made of strong minerals, possess high frictional strength, and exhibit potentially unstable, velocity-weakening frictional behavior. Tectonic loading of this heterogeneous fault zone may initially result in fault creep along the weak and frictionally stable foliated horizons. With continued deformation, fault creep will concentrate stress within and around the strong and potentially unstable competent lenses, which may lead to earthquake nucleation. Our studies provide field and mechanical constraints for complex, mixed-mode fault slip behavior ranging from repeating earthquakes to transient slip, episodic slow-slip and creep events.

  18. Morphology-dependent field emission properties and wetting behavior of ZnO nanowire arrays

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    2011-01-01

    The fabrication of three kinds of ZnO nanowire arrays with different structural parameters over Au-coated silicon (100) by facile thermal evaporation of ZnS precursor is reported, and the growth mechanism are proposed based on structural analysis. Field emission (FE) properties and wetting behavior were revealed to be strongly morphology dependent. The nanowire arrays in small diameter and high aspect ratio exhibited the best FE performance showing a low turn-on field (4.1 V/μm) and a high field-enhancement factor (1745.8). The result also confirmed that keeping large air within the films was an effective way to obtain super water-repellent properties. This study indicates that the preparation of ZnO nanowire arrays in an optimum structural model is crucial to FE efficiency and wetting behavior. PMID:21711609

  19. Structural properties and gas sensing behavior of sol-gel grown nanostructured zinc oxide

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    Rajyaguru, Bhargav; Gadani, Keval; Rathod, K. N.; Solanki, Sapana; Kansara, S. B.; Pandya, D. D.; Shah, N. A.; Solanki, P. S.

    2016-05-01

    In this communication, we report the results of the studies on structural properties and gas sensing behavior of nanostructured ZnO grown using acetone precursor based modified sol-gel technique. Final product of ZnO was sintered at different temperatures to vary the crystallite size while their structural properties have been studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurement performed at room temperature. XRD results suggest the single phasic nature of all the samples and crystallite size increases from 11.53 to 20.96nm with increase in sintering temperature. Gas sensing behavior has been studied for acetone gas which indicates that lower sintered samples are more capable to sense the acetone gas and related mechanism has been discussed in the light of crystallite size, crystal boundary density, defect mechanism and possible chemical reaction between gas traces and various oxygen species.

  20. Pectin and enzyme complex modified fish scales gelatin: Rheological behavior, gel properties and nanostructure.

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    Huang, Tao; Tu, Zong-Cai; Wang, Hui; Shangguan, Xinchen; Zhang, Lu; Zhang, Nan-Hai; Bansal, Nidhi

    2017-01-20

    The rheological behavior, gel properties and nanostructure of complex modified fish scales gelatin (FSG) by pectin and microbial transglutaminase (MTGase) were investigated. The findings suggested that MTGase and pectin have positive effect on the gelation point, melting point, apparent viscosity and gel properties of FSG. The highest values of gel strength and melting temperature could be observed at 0.8% (w/v) pectin. Nevertheless, at highest pectin concentration (1.6% w/v), the gel strength and melting temperature of complex modified gelatin gels decreased. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis revealed that MTGase catalyzed cross-links among soluble fish scales gelatin - pectin complexes, which could be responsible for the observed increase in rheological behavior, gel strength and melting temperature of modified complex gels. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Structural properties and gas sensing behavior of sol-gel grown nanostructured zinc oxide

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    Rajyaguru, Bhargav; Gadani, Keval; Kansara, S. B.; Pandya, D. D.; Shah, N. A.; Solanki, P. S.; Rathod, K. N.; Solanki, Sapana

    2016-05-06

    In this communication, we report the results of the studies on structural properties and gas sensing behavior of nanostructured ZnO grown using acetone precursor based modified sol-gel technique. Final product of ZnO was sintered at different temperatures to vary the crystallite size while their structural properties have been studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurement performed at room temperature. XRD results suggest the single phasic nature of all the samples and crystallite size increases from 11.53 to 20.96 nm with increase in sintering temperature. Gas sensing behavior has been studied for acetone gas which indicates that lower sintered samples are more capable to sense the acetone gas and related mechanism has been discussed in the light of crystallite size, crystal boundary density, defect mechanism and possible chemical reaction between gas traces and various oxygen species.

  2. Thermodynamic nonequilibrium phase change behavior and thermal properties of biological solutions for cryobiology applications.

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    Han, Bumsoo; Bischof, John C

    2004-04-01

    Understanding the phase change behavior of biomaterials during freezing/thawing including their thermal properties at low temperatures is essential to design and improve cryobiology applications such as cryopreservation and cryosurgery. However, knowledge of phase change behavior and thermal properties of various biomaterials is still incomplete, especially at cryogenic temperatures (< or = -40 degrees C). Moreover, in these applications, chemicals are often added to improve their outcome, which can result in significant variation in the phase change behavior and thermal properties from those of the original biomaterials. These chemical additives include cryoprotective agents (CPAs), antifreeze protein (AFP), or cryosurgical adjuvants like sodium chloride (NaCl). In the present study, phase change behavior and thermal properties of saline solutions--either water-NaCl or phosphate buffered saline (PBS)--with various chemical additives were investigated. The chemical additives studied are glycerol and raffinose as CPAs, an AFP (Type III, molecular weight = 6500), and NaCl as a cryosurgical adjuvant. The phase change behavior was investigated using a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and a cryomicroscope. The specific and latent heat of these solutions were also measured with the DSC. The saline solutions have two distinct phase changes--water/ice and eutectic phase changes. During freezing, eutectic solidification of both water-NaCl and PBS are significantly supercooled below their thermodynamic equilibrium eutectic temperatures. However, their melting temperatures are close to thermodynamic equilibrium during thawing. These eutectic phase changes disappear when even a small amount (0.1 M glycerol) of CPA was added, but they are still observed after the addition of an AFP. The specific heats of these solutions are close to that of ice at very low temperatures (< or = -100 degrees C) regardless of the additives, but they increase between -100 degrees C and -30

  3. Tensile behavior of cortical bone: dependence of organic matrix material properties on bone mineral content.

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    Kotha, S P; Guzelsu, N

    2007-01-01

    A porous composite model is developed to analyze the tensile mechanical properties of cortical bone. The effects of microporosity (volksman's canals, osteocyte lacunae) on the mechanical properties of bone tissue are taken into account. A simple shear lag theory, wherein tensile loads are transferred between overlapped mineral platelets by shearing of the organic matrix, is used to model the reinforcement provided by mineral platelets. It is assumed that the organic matrix is elastic in tension and elastic-perfectly plastic in shear until it fails. When organic matrix shear stresses at the ends of mineral platelets reach their yield values, the stress-strain curve of bone tissue starts to deviate from linear behavior. This is referred as the microscopic yield point. At the point where the stress-strain behavior of bone shows a sharp curvature, the organic phase reaches its shear yield stress value over the entire platelet. This is referred as the macroscopic yield point. It is assumed that after macroscopic yield, mineral platelets cannot contribute to the load bearing capacity of bone and that the mechanical behavior of cortical bone tissue is determined by the organic phase only. Bone fails when the principal stress of the organic matrix is reached. By assuming that mechanical properties of the organic matrix are dependent on bone mineral content below the macroscopic yield point, the model is used to predict the entire tensile mechanical behavior of cortical bone for different mineral contents. It is found that decreased shear yield stresses and organic matrix elastic moduli are required to explain the mechanical behavior of bones with lowered mineral contents. Under these conditions, the predicted values (elastic modulus, 0.002 yield stress and strain, and ultimate stress and strain) are within 15% of experimental data.

  4. Contrasting Roles of Dopamine and Noradrenaline in the Motivational Properties of Social Play Behavior in Rats

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    Achterberg, E J Marijke; van Kerkhof, Linda W M; Servadio, Michela; van Swieten, Maaike M H; Houwing, Danielle J; Aalderink, Mandy; Driel, Nina V; Trezza, Viviana; Vanderschuren, Louk J M J

    2016-01-01

    Social play behavior, abundant in the young of most mammalian species, is thought to be important for social and cognitive development. Social play is highly rewarding, and as such, the expression of social play depends on its pleasurable and motivational properties. Since the motivational properties of social play have only sporadically been investigated, we developed a setup in which rats responded for social play under a progressive ratio schedule of reinforcement. Dopaminergic neurotransmission plays a key role in incentive motivational processes, and both dopamine and noradrenaline have been implicated in the modulation of social play behavior. Therefore, we investigated the role of dopamine and noradrenaline in the motivation for social play. Treatment with the psychostimulant drugs methylphenidate and cocaine increased responding for social play, but suppressed its expression during reinforced play periods. The dopamine reuptake inhibitor GBR-12909 increased responding for social play, but did not affect its expression, whereas the noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor atomoxetine decreased responding for social play as well as its expression. The effects of methylphenidate and cocaine on responding for social play, but not their play-suppressant effects, were blocked by pretreatment with the dopamine receptor antagonist α-flupenthixol. In contrast, pretreatment with the α2-adrenoceptor antagonist RX821002 prevented the play-suppressant effect of methylphenidate, but left its effect on responding for social play unaltered. In sum, the present study introduces a novel method to study the incentive motivational properties of social play behavior in rats. Using this paradigm, we demonstrate dissociable roles for dopamine and noradrenaline in social play behavior: dopamine stimulates the motivation for social play, whereas noradrenaline negatively modulates the motivation for social play behavior and its expression. PMID:26174597

  5. Bacterial spores in food: how phenotypic variability complicates prediction of spore properties and bacterial behavior.

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    Eijlander, Robyn T; Abee, Tjakko; Kuipers, Oscar P

    2011-04-01

    Bacillus spores are a known cause of food spoilage and their increased resistance poses a major challenge in efficient elimination. Recent studies on bacterial cultures at the single cell level have revealed how minor differences in essential spore properties, such as core water content or germinant receptor levels, can cause the observed differences in spore germination and outgrowth behavior. Moreover, heterogeneous behavior is influenced by commonly accepted food preservation techniques, such as heating or the usage of weak organic acids. Understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms and key players involved in phenotypic heterogeneity of spores, while taking the spore's history into account, will improve predictability of the spore's behavior to various treatments and triggers. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. On the role of physiochemical properties on evaporation behavior of DISI biofuel sprays

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    Knorsch, Tobias; Heldmann, Markus; Zigan, Lars; Wensing, Michael; Leipertz, Alfred

    2013-06-01

    Biofuels and alternative fuels are increasingly being blended to conventional gasoline fuel to reduce the overall CO2 emissions. The effect on NOx and soot formation is still unclear as the atomization and evaporation of gasoline with biocomponents differ depending on fuel specific physiochemical properties. This work focuses on describing the biofuel evaporation behavior of gasoline sprays at homogeneous charge (early injection timing) and stratified-charge conditions (late injection timing mode) used in modern direct injection spark ignition engines (DISI). A spray plume of a 6-hole solenoid injector is analyzed in terms of liquid spray propagation, and local droplet sizes studied in an injection chamber. Depending on the operating conditions, different physiochemical properties are found to dominate the atomization and evaporation processes: For low and moderate ambient temperature and pressure, high-boiling point components show a strong influence on the spray droplet size distribution. However, at elevated temperature and pressure, the evaporation behavior changes completely. Due to a high degree of evaporation, the evaporation cooling effect dominates the local droplet sizes. Fuel mixtures owing a larger heat of vaporization show larger droplet sizes—even if these fuels have a lower boiling point. Depending on the local evaporation behavior, the different remaining droplet momentum in the spray controls the air entrainment and the subsequent progress of evaporation and mixing. Overall, it can be stated that the heat of vaporization is a dominating physiochemical property for the droplet evaporation rate at high-level supercharged conditions.

  7. Thermal behavior and mechanical properties of physically crosslinked PVA/Gelatin hydrogels.

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    Liu, Yurong; Geever, Luke M; Kennedy, James E; Higginbotham, Clement L; Cahill, Paul A; McGuinness, Garrett B

    2010-02-01

    Poly (vinyl alcohol)/Gelatin hydrogels are under active investigation as potential vascular cell culture biomaterials, tissue models and vascular implants. The PVA/Gelatin hydrogels are physically crosslinked by the freeze-thaw technique, which is followed by a coagulation bath treatment. In this study, the thermal behavior of the gels was examined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA). Rheological measurement and uniaxial tensile tests revealed key mechanical properties. The role of polymer fraction in relation to these mechanical properties is explored. Gelatin has no significant effect on the thermal behavior of PVA, which indicates that no substantial change occurs in the PVA crystallite due to the presence of gelatin. The glass transition temperature, melting temperature, degree of crystallinity, polymer fraction, storage modulus (G') and ultimate strength of one freeze-thaw cycle (1FT) hydrogels are inferior to those of 3FT hydrogels. With coagulation, both 1FT and 3FT hydrogels shifted to a lower value of T(g), melting temperature and polymer fraction are further increased and the degree of crystallinity is depressed. The mechanical properties of 1FT, but not 3FT, were strengthened with coagulation treatment. This study gives a detailed investigation of the microstructure formation of PVA/Gelatin hydrogel in each stage of physical treatments which helps us to explain the role of physical treatments in tuning their physical properties for biomechanical applications. Copyright 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Thermophysical Properties and Phase Behavior of Fluids for Application in Carbon Capture and Storage Processes.

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    Trusler, J P Martin

    2017-06-07

    Phase behavior and thermophysical properties of mixtures of carbon dioxide with various other substances are very important for the design and operation of carbon capture and storage (CCS) processes. The available empirical data are reviewed, together with some models for the calculation of these properties. The systems considered in detail are, first, mixtures of carbon dioxide, water, and salts; second, carbon dioxide-rich nonelectrolyte mixtures; and third, mixtures of carbon dioxide with water and amines. The empirical data and the plethora of available models permit the estimation of key fluid properties required in the design and operation of CCS processes. The engineering community would benefit from the further development, and delivery in convenient form, of a small number of these models sufficient to encompass the component slate and operating conditions of CCS processes.

  9. Properties and self-healing behavior of oil absorbent microspheres modified cement

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    Wang, Chunyu; Bu, Yuhuan; Zhao, Letian

    2017-09-01

    This paper concerns the properties and self-healing behavior of cement composites modified by oil absorbent microspheres with fumed silica shell. These microspheres, prepared by Pickering polymerization, possessed excellent properties, such as uniform particle size, good hydrophilicity and fine thermal stability. Furthermore, the effect of these microspheres on the properties of cement slurry was studied. The results showed that these microspheres had good compatibility with cement slurry, except for a slight effect on the consistency of cement slurry and the compressive strength of cement stone. At last, we derived the mathematical formulation of valid sealing for microcracks in self-healing cement, and measured sealing pressure under different filling conditions. The self-healing cement would guarantee the health, safety and high efficiency in the process of oil and gas production.

  10. Behavior of grafted polymers on nanofillers and their influence on polymer nanocomposite properties

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    Dukes, Douglas Michael

    Polymer nanocomposites continue to receive wide-spread acclaim for their potential to improve composite materials beyond conventional macroscale fillers. The improvement lies both in the altered properties of the particle itself and in the interaction region surrounding the filler. As the surface area of the filler increases, a greater volume fraction of this interphase region is present in the composite. However, simply minimizing the particle size to maximize surface area introduces additional problems; the larger specific surface area promotes aggregation to reduce the surface energy. Since the composite's properties are largely tied to the morphology, aggregation prevents control over the dispersion state of the filler, and thus the properties. Therefore, disaggregation and morphology control are vital to achieving designable nanocomposites. To accomplish both tasks, this thesis focuses on the behavior of grafted polymer coatings on nanoparticles and their in uence on the macroscopic properties. Grafted chains play an integral role in both morphology control and reinforcement. To investigate the behavior of polymer brushes on nanoparticles, polystyrene was grafted on 15 nm silica particles at varying graft densities and molecular weights. Dynamic light scattering studies in dilute solution were performed to obtain the brush height as a function of both graft density and molecular weight. Three distinct regimes of behavior exist, the "mushroom", the semi-dilute polymer brush (SDPB), and the concentrated polymer brush (CPB) regimes. In the CPB regime, which is an extraordinary configuration of highly-stretched chains on densely grafted surfaces, the brush height h was found to scale as h ∝ N4/5, where N is the degree of polymerization. This result is contrary to the observed scaling of the CPB in flat interface systems, where h ∝ N1. To explore the behavior of grafted chains in the melt, molecular dynamics simulations were performed on grafted nanoparticles

  11. Psychometric properties of the persian version of the youth risk behavior survey questionnaire.

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    Baheiraei, A; Hamzehgardeshi, Z; Mohammadi, M R; Nedjat, S; Mohammadi, E

    2012-06-01

    Adolescents may get involved in high-risk behaviors. Surveys are the primary, and sometimes the sole source of data collection for many high-risk health behaviours. We examined the reliability and validity of the psychometric properties of the self-administered Persian version of the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) questionnaire. In a methodological study in summer 2010, 100 Iranian adolescents aged 15-18 years were recruited through convenience sampling. The face and content validity were used for the questionnaire validity. In order to evaluate the questionnaire's reliability, the Intraclass Correlation Coefficient (ICC) and Cronbach's α were calculated for domains and 89 items. Among 89 items, the ICC values were below 0.4 (weak reliability) for 2 items (2.25%), 0.4-0.6 (moderate reliability) for 10 items (11.24%), 0.6-0.8 (good reliability) for 32 items (35.96%) and 0.8-1 (excellent reliability) for 45 items (50.56%). The prevalence of most high-risk behaviors was constant in the first and second survey. The value of Cronbach's α was 0.73 for intentional and unintentional injuries, 0.77 for tobacco use, 0.86 for alcohol and other drug use, and 0.79 for unsafe sexual behaviors. No domain had a mean ICC of below 0.6. Furthermore, 97.75% of the items had moderate to excellent reliability. Thus, the Persian YRBSS questionnaire had an acceptable reliability. Over the 2-week period, sexual behaviors were reported with less consistency compared to other behaviors. In any case, researchers must be aware of the limitation of the data collected through this questionnaire, particularly in comparison to the domain of sexual behaviors. Overall, 97.75% of the items had moderate to excellent reliability. Thus, the Persian YRBSS questionnaire had an acceptable reliability.

  12. Tensile properties and flow behavior analysis of modified 9Cr-1Mo steel clad tube material

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    Singh, Kanwarjeet; Latha, S.; Nandagopal, M.; Mathew, M. D.; Laha, K.; Jayakumar, T.

    2014-11-01

    The tensile properties and flow behavior of modified 9Cr-1Mo steel clad tube have been investigated in the framework of various constitutive equations for a wide range of temperatures (300-923 K) and strain rates (3 × 10-3 s-1, 3 × 10-4 s-1 and 3 × 10-5 s-1). The tensile flow behavior of modified 9Cr-1Mo steel clad tube was most accurately described by Voce equation. The variation of instantaneous work hardening rate (θ = dσ/dε) and σθ with stress (σ) indicated two stage behavior characterized by rapid decrease at low stresses (transient stage) followed by a gradual decrease in high stresses (Stage III). The variation of work hardening parameters and work hardening rate in terms of θ vs. σ and σθ vs. σ with temperature exhibited three distinct regimes. Rapid decrease in flow stress and work hardening parameters and rapid shift of θ vs. σ and σθ vs. σ towards low stresses with increase in temperature indicated dynamic recovery at high temperatures. Tensile properties of the material have been best predicted from Voce equation.

  13. The effect of interfacial octahedral behavior on magnetic properties in ultrathin manganite films

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    Moon, Eun Ju; Cheng, X. M.; Keavney, D. J.; May, S. J.

    2013-03-01

    In ABO3 perovskites, the rotation and distortions of BO6 octahedra lead to crystal symmetric variants of the basic perovskite structure. The rotation angles play a role in magnetic exchange with previous work demonstrating a clear relationship between bond angles and ordering temperatures. Recent work has shown that heteroepitaxial oxide films can be stabilized with non-equilibrium crystal structures due to structural coupling of octahedral behavior across the substrate/film interface. However, it is not yet apparent how the crystal symmetry across a heteroepitaxial oxide interface contributes to magnetic properties. Here, we report on the effect of crystal symmetry in La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 (LSMO), a canonical magnetic oxide, grown using molecular beam epitaxy on different symmetric substrates with similar lattice parameters. For this study, we have used x-ray magnetic circular dichroism, transport, and magnetoresistance measurements to explore the magnetic properties of ultrathin LSMO films for a direct comparison of magnetic behavior in isocompositional perovskites with different octahedral behavior. Work at Drexel Univ. supported by the U.S. ARO (W911NF-12-1-0132). Work at the Advanced Photon Source supported by the U.S. DOE, Office of Basic Energy Sciences (DE-AC02-06CH11357). Work at Bryn Mawr College supported by NSF DMR-1053854.

  14. Mechanical properties and crystallization behavior of hydroxyapatite/poly(butylenes succinate) composites.

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    Guo, Wenmin; Zhang, Yihe; Zhang, Wei

    2013-09-01

    Biodegradable synthetic polymers have attracted much attention nowadays, and more and more researches have been done on biodegradable polymers due to their excellent mechanical properties, biocompatibility, and biodegradability. In this work, hydroxyapatite (HA) particles were melt-mixing with poly (butylenes succinate) (PBS) to prepare the material, which could be used in the biomedical industry. To develop high-performance PBS for cryogenic engineering applications, it is necessary to investigate the cryogenic mechanical properties and crystallization behavior of HA/PBS composites. Cryogenic mechanical behaviors of the composites were studied in terms of tensile and impact strength at the glass transition temperature (-30°C) and compared to their corresponding behaviors at room temperature. With the increase of HA content, the crystallization of HA/PBS composites decreased and crystallization onset temperature shifted to a lower temperature. The diameter of spherulites increased at first and decreased with a further HA content. At the same time, the crystallization rate became slow when the HA content was no more than 15wt% and increased when HA content reached 20wt%. In all, the results we obtained demonstrate that HA/PBS composites reveal a better tensile strength at -30°C in contrast to the strength at room temperature. HA particles with different amount affect the crystallization of PBS in different ways.

  15. Hydrodynamic behavior and dilute solution properties of Ulva fasciata algae polysaccharide.

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    Shao, Ping; Zhu, Yueqiong; Qin, Minpu; Fang, Zhongxiang; Sun, Peilong

    2015-12-10

    Hydrodynamic behavior and dilute solution properties of Ulva fasciata polysaccharides (UFP) were investigated. Experimental results indicated that the variation of hydrodynamic behavior of UFP was affected by the type and concentration of salts. The specific viscosity of UFP in water increased with its increasing concentration. The slopes of the double logarithmic plots in the dilute and semi-dilute solutions were 0.86 and 1.99, respectively. The molecular conformation could be semi-flexible like. Huggins plots of UFP solutions in the presence of salts including Na(+), K(+), Mg(2+) and Ca(2+) showed that the hydrodynamic behavior of the UFP was strongly affected by the types and strength of salt ion. The stiffness parameter of UFP solution was 0.1149, higher than that of other reported polysaccharides, indicating that it could tolerate high salt concentration. Dynamic rheological results suggested that 0.5% UFP solution was a typical characteristic of polymer solution in the dilute region. This work provided some valuable and fundamental information in understanding the physicochemical properties of UFP solution. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Growth behavior and properties of nano Pb quantum islands on Si(111) surfaces at low temperatures

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    Tsong, Tien T.

    2004-03-01

    Quantum effects can affect the dynamic properties of surface atoms and the growth behavior of nanometer size islands. Using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), we have studied: 1) Dynamics of atoms and silicon magic clusters on clean Si(111)-7x7 surfaces. 2) How the electronic property affects the growth behavior of Pb ultra-thin quantum-islands on the Si(111) surface. We find the low temperature growth of Pb quantum-islands on the Si(111)-7x7 surface is affected by the electronic standing wave states formed in the normal direction of these islands. The scaling behavior in the growth of these multilayer flat-top quantum islands can be described by a scaling theory of growth of single layer 2D islands with a minor modification. 3) Observed the vertical Friedel oscillation of the electronic Morie patterns formed at the Pb-Si interface and found the decay of the amplitude to follow the inverse square of the distance to the interface. 4) Observed the dynamics of a structure phase transition of monolayer quasi two dimensional Pb islands and its size effect. These and other recent interesting observations of ours will be presented. Coworkers: C-S Chang, I-S Hwang, W-B Su, M-S Ho, W-B Jian, and S-H Chang etc. Work supported by NSC of Taiwan and Academia Sinica (Taiwan).

  17. Influence of the structural properties on the pseudocritical magnetic behavior of single-wall ferromagnetic nanotubes

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    Salazar-Enríquez, C. D.; Restrepo-Parra, E.; Restrepo, J.

    2012-04-01

    In this work we address the influence of the crystalline structure, concretely when the system under study is formed by square or hexagonal unit cells, upon the magnetic properties and pseudocritical behavior of single-wall ferromagnetic nanotubes. We focus not only on the effect of the geometrical shape of the unit cell but also on their dimensions. The model employed is based on the Monte Carlo method, the Metropolis dynamics and a nearest neighbors classical Heisenberg Hamiltonian. Magnetization per magnetic site, magnetic susceptibility, specific heat and magnetic energy were computed. These properties were computed varying the system size, unit cell dimension and temperature. The dependence of the nearest neighbor exchange integral on the nanotubes geometrical characteristics is also discussed. Results revealed a strong influence of the system topology on the magnetic properties caused by the difference in the coordination number between square and hexagonal unit cell. Moreover, the nanotubes diameter influence on magnetic properties is only observed at very low values, when the distance between atoms is less than it, presented by the 2D sheet. On the other hand, it was concluded that the surface-related finite-size effects do not influence the magnetic nanotubes properties, contrary to the case of other nano-systems as thin films and nanoparticles among others.

  18. Surface properties and corrosion behavior of Co-Cr alloy fabricated with selective laser melting technique.

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    Xin, Xian-zhen; Chen, Jie; Xiang, Nan; Wei, Bin

    2013-01-01

    We sought to study the corrosion behavior and surface properties of a commercial cobalt-chromium (Co-Cr) alloy which was fabricated with selective laser melting (SLM) technique. For this purpose, specimens were fabricated using different techniques, such as SLM system and casting methods. Surface hardness testing, microstructure observation, surface analysis using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electrochemical corrosion test were carried out to evaluate the corrosion properties and surface properties of the specimens. We found that microstructure of SLM specimens was more homogeneous than that of cast specimens. The mean surface hardness values of SLM and cast specimens were 458.3 and 384.8, respectively; SLM specimens showed higher values than cast ones in hardness. Both specimens exhibited no differences in their electrochemical corrosion properties in the artificial saliva through potentiodynamic curves and EIS, and no significant difference via XPS. Therefore, we concluded that within the scope of this study, SLM-fabricated restorations revealed good surface properties, such as proper hardness, homogeneous microstructure, and also showed sufficient corrosion resistance which could meet the needs of dental clinics.

  19. Heparin-mimetic polyurethane hydrogels with anticoagulant, tunable mechanical property and controllable drug releasing behavior.

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    Chen, Yuan; Wang, Rui; Wang, Yonghui; Zhao, Weifeng; Sun, Shudong; Zhao, Changsheng

    2017-05-01

    In the present study, novel heparin-mimetic polyurethane hydrogels were prepared by introducing chemical crosslinked sulfated konjac glucomannan (SKGM). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results indicated that the introduction of SKGM and the increase of the molecular weight of diol segments could enlarge the pore sizes of the hydrogels. The swelling behavior corresponded with the SEM results, and the hydrogels could absorb more water after the modification. The modification also led to an improvement in the mechanical property. Meanwhile, the SKGM and the modified polyurethane hydrogels showed excellent hemocompatibility. The thromboplastin time of SKGM could reach up to 182.9s. Gentamycin sulfate (GS) was used as a model drug to be loaded into the hydrogels, and the loading amount was increased ca. 50% after the introduction of SKGM, thus resulting in high bactericidal efficiency. The results indicated that the introduction of SKGM and the alternation in the diol's molecular weight bestowed polyurethane hydrogels with promising properties of integrated blood-compatibility, mechanical properties and drug loading-releasing behavior. Therefore, the heparin-mimetic multifunctional polyurethane hydrogels have great potential to be used in biomedical applications. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Lack of β2-AR Increases Anxiety-Like Behaviors and Rewarding Properties of Cocaine

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    Zhu, Huiwen; Liu, Zhiyuan; Zhou, Yiming; Yin, Xuming; Xu, Bo; Ma, Lan; Liu, Xing

    2017-01-01

    It is well known that β-adrenoceptors (β-ARs) play a critical role in emotional arousal and stressful events, but the specific contributions of the β2-AR subtype to the psychological disorders are largely unknown. To investigate whether β2-AR are involved in anxiety-like behavior and reward to addictive drugs, we conducted a series of behavioral tests on β2-AR knock-out (KO) mice. β2-AR KO mice exhibited increased preference for the dark compartment and closed arm in tests of Light/Dark box and elevated plus maze, indicating that β2-AR deletion elevates level of anxiety or innate fear. β2-AR KO mice also showed decreased immobility in tail suspension test (TST), suggesting that β2-AR deletion inhibits depression-like behavior. Interestingly, β2-AR ablation did not change basal locomotion but significantly increased locomotor activity induced by acute cocaine administration. β2-AR KO mice showed enhanced place preference for cocaine, which could be attenuated by β1-selective AR antagonist betaxolol. Consistently, β2-AR agonist suppressed cocaine-conditioned place preference (CPP). These data indicate that β2-AR deletion enhances acute response and reward to cocaine. Our results suggest that β2-AR regulates anxiety level, depression-like behavior and hedonic properties of cocaine, implicating that β2-AR are the potential targets for the treatment of emotional disorders and cocaine addiction. PMID:28348522

  1. Iranian Version of Manchester Driving Behavior Questionnaire (MDBQ): Psychometric ‎Properties

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    Alavi, Seyyed Salman; Mohammadi, Mohammadreza; Soori, Hamid; Mohammadi Kalhori, Soroush; Sepasi, Neda; Khodakarami, Rasoul; Farshchi, Mojtaba; Hasibi, Niloofar; Rostami, Soodabeh; Razi, Hadis; Babareisi, Mohammad

    2016-01-01

    Objective: Since the study of driving behavior is of great importance, we conducted this research to ‎investigate the psychometric properties and the factorial structure of the Manchester Driver ‎Behavior Questionnaire (DBQ) in Iranian drivers.‎ Method: This cross – sectional research was performed on a sample of 800 drivers (of category D and ‎C) aged 23- 75 who were referred to Imam Sajjad Centre for drug Addiction Diagnosis. ‎Manchester Driver Behavior Questionnaire (DBQ), a demographic questionnaire, were ‎conducted to the sample. To analyze data, we used factor analysis, internal consistency ‎‎(Cronbach's’α), split half, and test-retest using SPSS18 Software.‎ Results: As a result of reliability analysis and exploratory factor analysis by principal component and Varimax rotation, we extracted six factors (willful violations, unintentional errors, advertent errors, deliberate mistakes, unintentional violation, and unintentional mistakes, respectively). The factors reliability ranged from 0.65 to 0.75. The test-retest correlations of the DBQ and split- half reliability were 0.56 and 0.77, respectively. Conclusion: The results revealed that the Persian version of the DBQ in category D and C drivers is a ‎valid and reliable tool to assess driving behaviors in Iranian drivers.‎ PMID:27252767

  2. Ethological analyses of crayfish behavior: a new invertebrate system for measuring the rewarding properties of psychostimulants

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    Panksepp, Jules B.; Huber, Robert

    2016-01-01

    Recent investigations in invertebrate neurobiology have opened up a new line of research into the basic behavioral, neurochemical and genomic alterations that accompany psychostimulant drug exposure. However, the extent to which such findings relate to changes in motivational and learning processes, such as those that typify drug addictions, remains unclear. The present study addressed this issue in the crayfish, Orconectes rusticus. The first set of experiments demonstrated that intramuscular injections of cocaine and amphetamine have robust and distinguishable effects on crayfish behavior. In the second part of the study, the reinforcing properties of psychostimulants were tested in a series of conditioned place preference experiments. Amphetamine and, to a lesser extent, cocaine were both found to serve as rewards when their intra-circulatory infusion was coupled to a distinct visual environment. The monoaminergic regulation of behavior has been extensively studied in decapod crustaceans and the present experiments demonstrated that (mammalian) drugs of abuse, capable of interfering with monoamine chemistry, are similarly rewarding to crayfish. Behavioral studies in crayfish can provide a complementary approach to using other invertebrate species in addiction research. PMID:15219718

  3. Lack of β2-AR Increases Anxiety-Like Behaviors and Rewarding Properties of Cocaine.

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    Zhu, Huiwen; Liu, Zhiyuan; Zhou, Yiming; Yin, Xuming; Xu, Bo; Ma, Lan; Liu, Xing

    2017-01-01

    It is well known that β-adrenoceptors (β-ARs) play a critical role in emotional arousal and stressful events, but the specific contributions of the β2-AR subtype to the psychological disorders are largely unknown. To investigate whether β2-AR are involved in anxiety-like behavior and reward to addictive drugs, we conducted a series of behavioral tests on β2-AR knock-out (KO) mice. β2-AR KO mice exhibited increased preference for the dark compartment and closed arm in tests of Light/Dark box and elevated plus maze, indicating that β2-AR deletion elevates level of anxiety or innate fear. β2-AR KO mice also showed decreased immobility in tail suspension test (TST), suggesting that β2-AR deletion inhibits depression-like behavior. Interestingly, β2-AR ablation did not change basal locomotion but significantly increased locomotor activity induced by acute cocaine administration. β2-AR KO mice showed enhanced place preference for cocaine, which could be attenuated by β1-selective AR antagonist betaxolol. Consistently, β2-AR agonist suppressed cocaine-conditioned place preference (CPP). These data indicate that β2-AR deletion enhances acute response and reward to cocaine. Our results suggest that β2-AR regulates anxiety level, depression-like behavior and hedonic properties of cocaine, implicating that β2-AR are the potential targets for the treatment of emotional disorders and cocaine addiction.

  4. Passive Film Properties and Electrochemical Behavior of Co-Cr-Mo Stainless Steel in Chloride Solution

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    Luo, Hong; Dong, Chaofang; Xiao, Kui; Li, Xiaogang

    2017-05-01

    The electrochemical behavior and passive film properties of Co-Cr-Mo ultrahigh-strength stainless steel in neutral and acidic chloride solution were evaluated by potentiodynamic polarization curves, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results indicate that the steel exhibited good passivation behavior in neutral NaCl solution. Both the film formation potential and the applied potential time showed great effects on the open-circuit potential value and stability of the passive film. Furthermore, the oxides and hydroxides of Fe, Co, Mo and Cr were the primary components of the passive film, and the composition of the passive film was changed with a change of pH environment.

  5. The Pain Behavior Check List (PBCL): factor structure and psychometric properties.

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    Kerns, R D; Haythornthwaite, J; Rosenberg, R; Southwick, S; Giller, E L; Jacob, M C

    1991-04-01

    The construct of "pain behaviors" as observable and measurable manifestations of pain occupies a central role in Fordyce's operant model of pain. The present study was designed to evaluate the multidimensional nature of the construct and to explore the psychometric properties of a newly developed self-report instrument called the Pain Behavior Check List (PBCL). Subjects were 126 chronic pain patients who completed an initial version of the PBCL and other standardized questionnaires as part of their evaluation by the West Haven VAMC. Factor analysis identified four factors labeled Distorted Ambulation, Affective Distress, Facial/Audible Expressions, and Seeking Help. Substantial reliability and stability estimates for the total PBCL and the subscales support the potential clinical and theoretical utility of the instrument.

  6. Distress of mice induces approach behavior but has an aversive property for conspecifics.

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    Watanabe, Shigeru

    2012-06-01

    In the first experiment, approach/avoidance behavior of mice to a restrained cage mate was examined. The mice explored the restrained mates but they did not stay longer at the restrained mates in comparison to free moving mates. Conditioned Place Preference (CPP) training in the presence of a restrained mate did not result in preference or aversion to the compartment associated with the restrained mates. A second experiment used formalin injection to a hind paw of a cage mate, instead of restraint. Mice stayed longer at the cage mate injected with the formalin in comparison to intact mates. However, CPP with formalin-injected mates caused conditioned aversion to the compartment associated with the formalin-injected mate. Thus, distress in mice induced short-term approach behavior in conspecifics but also had an aversive property. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Phase behavior and rheological properties of polyamine-rich complexes for direct-write assembly.

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    Xu, Mingjie; Lewis, Jennifer A

    2007-12-04

    Polyamine-rich complexes are developed for microscale patterning of planar and 3-D structures by direct ink writing. The complexes are formed by mixing poly(allylamine) hydrochloride and poly(acrylic acid) sodium salt in water in a nonstoichiometric ratio. Their phase behavior, rheological properties, and coagulation behavior in alcohol-water reservoirs are characterized. Direct comparisons are made between these complexes, which are based on mixtures of linear polyelectrolytes, and prior observations of complexes composed of linear and highly branched chains. [Gratson, G. M.; Xu, M.; Lewis, J. A. Nature 2004, 428, 386. Gratson, G. M.; Lewis, J. A. Langmuir 2005, 21, 457-464.] The optimal polyamine-rich ink and reservoir compositions are identified for direct-write assembly of wavy, gradient, and 3-D microperiodic architectures.

  8. Fluorescence Properties and Electrochemical Behavior of Some Schiff Bases Derived from N-Aminopyrimidine.

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    Gulcan, Mehmet; Doğru, Ümit; Öztürk, Gülsiye; Levent, Abdulkadir; Akbaş, Esvet

    2014-03-01

    A series of Schiff bases (L 1 , L 2 and L 3) were prepared by refluxing aromatic aldehydes with N-Aminopyrimidine derivatives in methanol and ethanol. The structures of synthesized compounds were characterized by FTIR, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and microanalysis. The electrochemical behaviors of the Schiff base ligands were also discussed. Moreover, the evaluation of absorption and emission properties of the structures were carried out in five different solvents. The products show visible absorption maxima in the range of 304-576 nm, and emission maxima from 636 to 736 nm in all solvents tested.

  9. Mechanical properties and buckling behaviors of condensed double-walled carbon nanotubes.

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    Zhang, Yingyan; Wang, Chien Ming; Tan, Vincent Beng Chye

    2009-08-01

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are performed on condensed double-walled carbon nanotubes (CDWCNTs) to investigate the effects of compressed interwall spacings on their mechanical properties, in particular their buckling behavior under axial compression, torsion and bending. In CDWCNTs, the inner and outer nanotubes have diameters that are closer to each other than the nanotubes of conventional double-walled carbon nanotubes (DWCNTs). This leads to a smaller interwall spacing. The mechanical properties of the CDWCNTs, such as Young's modulus, interwall shear modulus, and the buckling strain under axial compression, torsion and bending are found to be greatly enhanced when compared with those of conventional DWCNTs. The enhancement is found to be inversely proportional to the interwall spacing.

  10. An unusual behavior on the electrical properties of various salts of chitosan

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    Mohan, C. Raja; Manikandan, R.; Jayakumar, K.

    2014-04-01

    The effect of ion sizes of various salts of Chitosan on the electrical properties of solid and liquid polymer electrolyte has been investigated by dissolving Chitosan in various acids like acetic, adipic, formic and succinic acids and for various concentration of acids. An unusual behavior on the electrical properties of the salts of has been observed for solid as compared with the liquid polymer electrolyte. In the liquid polymer electrolyte there is an increase in conductivity with decrease in ion size, which may be due Brownian motion of the ion. Where as in solid polymer electrolyte there is an increase in impedance with decrease in ion size, which may be due to the increase in amorphousity when the size of the salts of Chitosan ion increases.

  11. Development and psychometric properties of the health-risk behavior inventory for Chinese adolescents

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    2012-01-01

    Background There is a growing body of research investigating adolescent risk behaviors in China, however, a comprehensive measure that evaluates the full spectrum of relevant risk behaviors is lacking. In order to address this important gap, the current study sought to develop and validate a comprehensive tool: the Health-Risk Behavior Inventory for Chinese Adolescents (HBICA). Methods Adolescents, ages 14–19 years (n = 6,633), were recruited from high schools across 10 cities in mainland China. In addition, a clinical sample, which included 326 adolescents meeting DSM-IV criteria for Conduct Disorder, was used to evaluate predictive validity of the HBICA. Psychometric properties including internal consistency (Cronbach’s alpha), test-retest reliability, convergent validity, and predictive validity were analyzed. Results Based upon item analysis and exploratory factor analysis, we retained 33 items, and 5 factors explained 51.75% of the total variance: Suicide and Self-Injurious Behaviors (SS), Aggression and Violence (AV), Rule Breaking (RB), Substance Use (SU), and Unprotected Sex (US). Cronbach’s alphas were good, from 0.77 (RB) to 0.86 (US) for boys, and from 0.74 (SD) to 0.83(SS) for girls. The 8 weeks test–retest reliabilities were moderate, ranged from 0.66 (AV) to 0.76 (SD). External validities was strong, with Barratt Impulsiveness Scale-11 was 0.35 (p < 0.01), and with aggressive behavior and rule-breaking behavior subscales of the Youth Self Report were 0.54 (p < 0.01) and 0.68 (p < 0.01), respectively. Predictive validity analysis also provided enough discriminantity, which can distinguish high risky individual effectively (cohen’ d = 0.79 – 2.96). Conclusions These results provide initial support for the reliability and validity of the Health-Risk Behavior Inventory for Chinese Adolescents (HBICA) as a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate assessment instrument for risk behaviors in Chinese adolescents. PMID

  12. Effect of construction of TiO2 nanotubes on platelet behaviors: Structure-property relationships.

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    Huang, Qiaoling; Yang, Yun; Zheng, Dajiang; Song, Ran; Zhang, Yanmei; Jiang, Pinliang; Vogler, Erwin A; Lin, Changjian

    2017-03-15

    Blood compatibility of TiO2 nanotubes (TNTs) has been assessed in rabbit platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which combines activation of both blood plasma coagulation and platelets. We find that (i) amorphous TiO2 nanotubes (TNTs) with relatively larger outer diameters led to reduced platelet adhesion/activation, (ii) TNTs with relatively smaller outer diameters in a predominately rutile phase also inhibited platelet adhesion and activation, and (iii) a pervasive fibrin network formed on larger outer diameter TNTs in a predominately anatase phase. Thus, this study suggests that combined effect of crystalline phase and surface chemistry controls blood-contact behavior of TNTs. A more comprehensive mechanism is proposed for understanding hemocompatibility of TiO2 which might prove helpful as a guide to prospective design of TiO2-based biomaterials. To realize optimal design and construction of biomaterials with desired properties for blood contact materials, a comprehensive understanding of structure-property relationships is required. In the existing literature, TiO2 nanotube has been reported to be a good candidate for biomedical applications. However, it is noticeable that the blood compatibility of TiO2 nanotubes (TNTs) remains obscure or even inconsistent in the previously published works. The inconsistency could derive from different research protocols, material properties or blood sources. Thus, a thorough investigation of the effect of surface properties on blood compatibility is crucial to the development of titanium based materials. In this paper, we explored the effect of surface properties on the response of platelet-rich plasma, especially surface morphology, chemistry, wettability and crystalline phase. The results indicated that crystalline phase was a dominant factor in platelet behaviors. Reduced adhesion and activation of platelets were observed on amorphous and rutile dominated TNTs, whereas anatase dominated TNTs activated the formation of fibrin network

  13. Chemical and physical properties of carbonated hydroxyapatite affect breast cancer cell behavior.

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    Choi, Siyoung; Coonrod, Scott; Estroff, Lara; Fischbach, Claudia

    2015-09-01

    Breast microcalcifications are routinely explored for mammographic detection of breast cancer and are primarily composed of non-stoichiometric hydroxyapatite (Ca10-x(PO4)6-x(CO3)x(OH)2-x) (HA). Interestingly, HA morphology and carbonate substitution vary in malignant vs. benign lesions. However, whether or not these changes (i) are functionally linked and (ii) impact malignancy remains unclear due in part to lack of model systems that permit evaluating these possibilities. Here, we have adapted a 96 well-based mineralized culture platform to investigate breast cancer cell behavior in response to systematic changes in the chemical and physical properties of HA. By adjusting the carbonate content of the simulated body fluid (SBF) solutions used during growth, we can control the morphology and carbonate substitution of the deposited HA. Our results suggest that both the combined and individual effects of these differences alter breast cancer cell growth and secretion of tumorigenic interleukin-8 (IL-8). Consequently, changes in both HA carbonate incorporation and morphology impact the behavior of breast cancer cells. Collectively, our data underline the importance of biomineralized culture platforms to evaluate the functional contribution of HA material properties to the pathogenesis of breast cancer. Breast microcalcifications are small mineral deposits primarily composed of hydroxyapatite (HA). HA physicochemical properties have been of considerable interest, as these are often altered during breast cancer progression and linked to malignancy. However, the functional relationship between these changes and malignancy remains unclear due in part to lack of model systems. Here, we have adapted a previously developed a 96 well-based culture platform to evaluate breast cancer cell behavior in response to systematic changes in HA properties. Our results demonstrate that changes in HA morphology and carbonate content influence breast cancer cell growth and interleukin-8

  14. Surface properties and flow behavior of foams in relation to fluid displacement in porous media

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    Ling, T.F.T.

    1987-01-01

    Surface properties such as surface tension, surface viscosity, foaminess, foam quality, apparent foam viscosity, rate of drainage, bubble size distribution, etc., were investigated and correlated with fluid displacement in porous media. The effect of chain length compatability, i.e., similarity, on surface properties of foaming solutions and fluid displacement in porous media were also studied. Two mathematical models for foam flow through porous media were developed which can be used to predict foam viscosity and foam behavior in porous media. To better understand the foam stability, a numerical solution of the Poisson-Boltzmann equation in two dimensional bispherical coordinates was obtained and used to calculate the potential energy of interaction between two spherical bubbles. Predicted potential energies were consistent with results from other models. The effect of polymer on foam properties was also studied. The improvement of surface activity of the surfactants was due mainly to the effect of the excluded polymer volume and electrical double layers. The change of the surface properties of the polymer containing foam was dependent on the counterbalance of the rheology of the liquid films and the water content in the liquid films. These studies have been successfully applied to enhanced oil recovery and to characterization of biological polymers. A concept of surfactant-polymer-foam flooding is proposed, including the use of nonionic surfactants to form alcohol-free microemulsions and the injection of foam for the mobility control in heavy oil recovery.

  15. Analyticity properties and asymptotic behavior of scattering amplitude in higher dimensional theories

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    Maharana, Jnanadeva

    2017-01-01

    The properties of the high energy behavior of the scattering amplitude of massive, neutral, and spinless particles in higher dimensional field theories are investigated. The axiomatic formulation of Lehmann, Symanzik, and Zimmermann (LSZ) is adopted. The analyticity properties of the causal, the retarded, and the advanced functions associated with the four point elastic amplitudes are studied. The analog of the Lehmann-Jost-Dyson representation is obtained in higher dimensional field theories. The generalized J-L-D representation is utilized to derive the t-plane analyticity property of the amplitude. The existence of an ellipse analogous to the Lehmann ellipse is demonstrated. Thus a fixed-t dispersion relation can be written down with a finite number of subtractions due to the temperedness of the amplitudes. The domain of analyticity of scattering amplitude in s and t variables is extended by imposing unitarity constraints. A generalized version of Martin's theorem is derived to prove the existence of such a domain in D-dimensional field theories. It is shown that the amplitude can be expanded in a power series in t which converges for |" separators=" t | < R , R being s-independent. The positivity properties of absorptive amplitudes are derived to prove the t-plane analyticity of amplitude. In the extended analyticity domain dispersion relations are written with two subtractions. The bound on the total cross section is derived from LSZ axioms without any extra ad hoc assumptions.

  16. Analysis of Marshall test behavior with triaxial test determined material properties

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    Low, Boonhwee; Tan, Siewann; Fwa, Tienfang )

    1993-01-01

    The Marshall test is one of the most common methods used for mix design and quality control of asphalt concrete mixtures. However, this method is empirical in nature and does not provide fundamental engineering properties. Fundamental engineering properties provide a basis for rational analysis and design of asphalt concrete pavements. The triaxial test method described in this paper allows engineering properties such as internal angle of friction, [phi], cohesion, c, and elastic modulus, E, to be determined. The method of specimen preparation and the triaxial test setup are briefly described. A numerical simulation of the Marshall test is performed using a plane-stress finite element analysis with triaxial test determined properties as input parameters. A constitutive plasticity model based on the Drucker-Prager yield condition is used to describe the elasto-plastic behavior of the specimen. Analysis shows that the model very well describes the deformation progression before failure and can predict experimental Marshall stability value very closely. There is some underprediction of the Marshall flow, probably due to the idealization of an elastic-perfectly-plastic stress-strain relationship for asphalt concrete.

  17. Photoresponsive behavior and switchable nonlinear optical properties of Langmuir-Blodgett film based on azobenzene derivatives.

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    Li, Qiuyue; Chi, Zhen; Li, Tianfeng; Ran, Xia; Guo, Lijun

    2017-05-15

    Here, we present the investigations of photo-isomerization behavior and the nonlinear optical properties of azobenzene derivative LB films. The few-layer LB films of AOB-t4 and BNB-t4 exhibit positive nonlinear refraction and two-photon absorption properties as revealed by picosecond Z-scan. The increased conjugation by introducing an oxadiazole group improves the photo-isomerization rate and the nonlinear optical properties, due to a weaker intermolecular interaction and the formation of J-aggregates within AOB-t4 LB film. The third-order susceptibility of cis-AOB-t4 9-layer LB film reaches 1.866 × 10(-9) esu and the two-photon absorption coefficient is on the order of 10(-8) m/W. Interestingly, the 15-layer AOB-t4 LB film shows negative nonlinear refraction and saturable absorption. Taken together, we have demonstrated the switchable nonlinear optical absorption and refraction properties of AOB-t4 LB film with changing film thickness, which is of significance for nonlinear optics and photonics applications.

  18. Polymerization Behavior and Polymer Properties of Eosin-Mediated Surface Modification Reactions

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    Avens, Heather J.; Randle, Thomas James; Bowman, Christopher N.

    2008-01-01

    Surface modification by surface-mediated polymerization necessitates control of the grafted polymer film thicknesses to achieve the desired property changes. Here, a microarray format is used to assess a range of reaction conditions and formulations rapidly in regards to the film thicknesses achieved and the polymerization behavior. Monomer formulations initiated by eosin conjugates with varying concentrations of poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA), N-methyldiethanolamine (MDEA), and 1-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone (VP) were evaluated. Acrylamide with MDEA or ascorbic acid as a coinitiator was also investigated. The best formulation was found to be 40 wt% acrylamide with MDEA which yielded four to eight fold thicker films (maximum polymer thickness increased from 180 nm to 1420 nm) and generated visible films from 5-fold lower eosin surface densities (2.8 vs. 14 eosins/µm2) compared to a corresponding PEGDA formulation. Using a microarray format to assess multiple initiator surface densities enabled facile identification of a monomer formulation that yields the desired polymer properties and polymerization behavior across the requisite range of initiator surface densities. PMID:19838291

  19. Microstructure, mechanical property, biodegradation behavior, and biocompatibility of biodegradable Fe-Fe2O3 composites.

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    Cheng, J; Huang, T; Zheng, Y F

    2014-07-01

    In this study, the effects of Fe2O3 (addition, 2, 5, 10, and 50 wt %) on the microstructure, mechanical properties, corrosion behaviors, and in vitro biocompatibility of Fe-Fe2O3 composites fabricated by spark plasma sintering were systematically investigated as a novel-structure biodegradable metallic material. The results of X-ray diffraction analysis and optical microscopy indicated that Fe-Fe2O3 composite is composed of α-Fe and FeO instead of Fe2O3. Both eletrochemical measurements and immersion test showed a faster degradation rate of Fe-2Fe2O3 and Fe-5Fe2O3 composites than pure iron and Fe-5Fe2O3 exhibited the fastest corrosion rate among these composites. Besides, the effect of Fe2O3 on the corrosion behavior of Fe-Fe2O3 composites was discussed. The extracts of Fe-Fe2O3 composite exhibited no cytotoxicity to both ECV304 and L929 cells, whereas greatly reduced cell viabilities of vascular smooth muscle cells. In addition, good hemocompatibility of all Fe-Fe2O3 composites and pure iron was obtained. To sum up, Fe-5Fe2O3 composite is a promising alternative for biodegradable stent material with elevated corrosion rate, enhanced mechanical properties, as well as excellent biocompatibility.

  20. The Mechanical Properties and Modeling of Creep Behavior of UHMWPE/Nano-HA Composites

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    Li, Fan; Gao, Lilan; Gao, Hong; Cui, Yun

    2017-09-01

    Composites with different levels of hydroxyapatite (HA) content and ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) were prepared in this work. Mechanical properties of the composites were examined here, and to evaluate the effect of HA particles on the time-dependent behavior of the pure matrix, the creep and recovery performance of composites at various stress levels were also researched. As expected, the addition of HA influenced the time-dependent response of the UHMWPE and the effect had a strong dependence on the HA content. The creep and recovery strain of the composites significantly decreased with increasing HA content, and tensile properties were also impaired, which was due to the concentration of HA fillers. The mechanism and effect of HA dispersed into the UHMWPE matrix were examined by scanning electron microscopy. Additionally, since variations in the adjusted parameters revealed the impact of HA on the creep behavior of the UHMWPE matrix, Findley's model was employed. The results indicated that the analytical model was accurate for the prediction of creep of the pure matrix and its composites.

  1. Correlation between structural properties and resistivity critical behavior in SrRuO3 thin films.

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    Galdi, A; Orgiani, P; Maritato, L; Méchin, L

    2012-10-31

    SrRuO(3) is a strong itinerant ferromagnet showing many features of 'bad metals' together with Fermi liquid behavior at very low temperature. The intriguing magnetic and transport properties of SrRuO(3) are tightly related to structure, as commonly observed in transition metal oxides. Here we report on the correlation of structural parameters (lattice constant and surface roughness) with the critical behavior of resistivity at the Curie point in SrRuO(3) thin films deposited on (001) SrTiO(3) by PLD. By varying the deposition conditions we were able to obtain a wide variety of structural properties in our samples, thus allowing us to perform a systematic study. Our analysis demonstrates the direct correlation between the critical temperature T(P) and the lattice out-of-plane parameter. Furthermore, the value of the critical exponent λ is proved to be a good physical parameter to quantify the microscopic order of SrRuO(3) samples.

  2. Nano-scale mechanical properties and behavior of pre-sintered zirconia.

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    Alao, Abdur-Rasheed; Yin, Ling

    2014-08-01

    This paper reports on the mechanical properties and material behavior of pre-sintered zirconia using nanoindentation with in situ scanning probe microscopy. Indentation contact hardness, Hc, and Young׳s modulus, E, were measured at loading rates of 0.1-2mN/s and 10mN peak load to understand the loading rate effect on its properties. Indentation imprints were analyzed using in situ scanning probe imaging to understand the indentation mechanisms. The average measured contact hardness was 0.92-1.28GPa, independent of the loading rate (ANOVA, p>0.05). Young׳s moduli showed a loading rate dependence, with average 61.25GPa and a great deviation at a low loading rate of 0.1mN/s, which was twice the average moduli at the loading rates of 0.5-2mN/s. Extensive discontinuities and the largest maximum penetration, final and contact depths were also observed on the load-displacement curves at the lowest loading rate. These phenomena corresponded to microstructural compaction (pore closure and opening) and kink band formation, indicating the loading rate dependence for microstructural changes during nanoindentation. The in situ scanning probe images of indentation imprints show plastic deformation without fracture at all loading rates, compaction at the low loading rate and pore filling at the high loading rate. The mechanical behavior studied provides physical insight into the abrasive machining responses of pre-sintered zirconia using sharp diamond abrasives.

  3. Properties of the Driving Behavior Survey among individuals with motor vehicle accident-related posttraumatic stress disorder.

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    Clapp, Joshua D; Baker, Aaron S; Litwack, Scott D; Sloan, Denise M; Beck, J Gayle

    2014-01-01

    Data suggest anxious drivers may engage in problematic behaviors that place themselves and others at increased risk of negative traffic events. Three domains of problematic behavior--exaggerated safety/caution, performance deficits, and hostile/aggressive behaviors--previously were identified during development of the Driving Behavior Survey (DBS), a novel measure of anxiety-related behavior. Extending this research, the current study examined the psychometric properties of DBS scores among individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) subsequent to motor vehicle trauma (N=40). Internal consistencies and 12-week test-retest reliabilities for DBS scales ranged from good to excellent. Comparison of scores to normative student data indicated dose-response relationships for safety/caution and performance deficit subscales, with increased frequency of anxious behavior occurring within the PTSD sample. Associations with standard clinical measures provide additional evidence for anxiety-related driving behavior as a unique marker of functional impairment, distinct from both avoidance and disorder-specific symptoms.

  4. Microstructure, Tensile Properties and Work Hardening Behavior of GTA-Welded Dual-Phase Steels

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    Ashrafi, H.; Shamanian, M.; Emadi, R.; Saeidi, N.

    2017-02-01

    In the present study, microstructure, tensile properties and work hardening behavior of a DP700 steel after gas tungsten arc welding were investigated. Formation of bainite in the fusion zone resulted in a hardness increase compared to that for the base metal (BM), whereas tempering of the pre-existing martensite in the subcritical heat-affected zone (HAZ) led to softening. The GTA-welded joint exhibited a continuous yielding behavior and a yield strength close to that for the BM, while its ultimate tensile strength and total elongation were lower than those for the BM owing to the formation of soft zone in the HAZ. A joint efficiency of about 81% was obtained for the GTA-welded joint, and it failed in the softened HAZ. Analysis of work hardening based on the Kocks-Mecking approach showed one stage of hardening behavior corresponding to the stage III for both the DP700 BM and welded sample. It was also revealed that the DP700 BM has larger values of work hardening exponent and magnitude of work hardening compared with the welded sample. Analysis of fractured surfaces showed that the dominant fracture mode for both the DP700 BM and welded joint was ductile.

  5. Microstructure, Tensile Properties and Work Hardening Behavior of GTA-Welded Dual-Phase Steels

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    Ashrafi, H.; Shamanian, M.; Emadi, R.; Saeidi, N.

    2017-03-01

    In the present study, microstructure, tensile properties and work hardening behavior of a DP700 steel after gas tungsten arc welding were investigated. Formation of bainite in the fusion zone resulted in a hardness increase compared to that for the base metal (BM), whereas tempering of the pre-existing martensite in the subcritical heat-affected zone (HAZ) led to softening. The GTA-welded joint exhibited a continuous yielding behavior and a yield strength close to that for the BM, while its ultimate tensile strength and total elongation were lower than those for the BM owing to the formation of soft zone in the HAZ. A joint efficiency of about 81% was obtained for the GTA-welded joint, and it failed in the softened HAZ. Analysis of work hardening based on the Kocks-Mecking approach showed one stage of hardening behavior corresponding to the stage III for both the DP700 BM and welded sample. It was also revealed that the DP700 BM has larger values of work hardening exponent and magnitude of work hardening compared with the welded sample. Analysis of fractured surfaces showed that the dominant fracture mode for both the DP700 BM and welded joint was ductile.

  6. Lattice vibrational behavior and thermodynamic properties of uranium disilicide USi2

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    Yang, Jin-Wen; An, Li

    2016-12-01

    Detailed first-principles calculations under the projector augmented wave (PAW) framework are reported so as to determine the structural, elastic, crystal lattice-dynamical and thermodynamic properties of the binary α-USi2 alloy (Space Group: I41/amd- D4h19; Pearson: tI12) with ThSi2-type. The calculated lattice constants a and c, and inner coordinate z, equilibrium volume V0, bulk modulus B0 and its pressure derivative B‧ for USi2 are compared with the available experimental and other theoretical works, and the agreements between them are quite well. In particular, for the first time, the phonon band dispersion relations and the phonon densities of states are investigated by employing the linear-response method of the density functional perturbation theory (DFPT) under non-spin polarized and spin polarized frames. The characteristics of the phonon dynamics at the center Γ point of Brillouin zone have also been assigned systematically. The present calculated results reveal that USi2 alloy with ThSi2-type is dynamically stable at ambient conditions, and the spin polarization plays a certain role to its dynamical behavior to some extent. To gain comprehensive insight for the lattice vibration behavior of USi2, the thermodynamic properties have been calculated based on the calculated phonon densities of state (PDOS) further, however, it is found that the spin polarized effect is negligible on its thermodynamic properties. The investigations of USi2 alloy in this paper could provide essential reference data for future explorations on actinide disilicides.

  7. In vitro biodegradation behavior, mechanical properties, and cytotoxicity of biodegradable Zn-Mg alloy.

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    Gong, Haibo; Wang, Kun; Strich, Randy; Zhou, Jack G

    2015-11-01

    Zinc-Magnesium (Zn-Mg) alloy as a novel biodegradable metal holds great potential in biodegradable implant applications as it is more corrosion resistant than Magnesium (Mg). However, the mechanical properties, biodegradation uniformity, and cytotoxicity of Zn-Mg alloy remained as concerns. In this study, hot extrusion process was applied to Zn-1 wt % Mg (Zn-1Mg) to refine its microstructure. Effects of hot extrusion on biodegradation behavior and mechanical properties of Zn-1Mg were investigated in comparison with Mg rare earth element alloy WE43. Metallurgical analysis revealed significant grain size reduction, and immersion test found that corrosion rates of WE43 and Zn-1Mg were reduced by 35% and 57%, respectively after extrusion. Moreover, hot extrusion resulted in a much more uniform biodegradation in extruded Zn-1Mg alloy and WE43. In vitro cytotoxicity test results indicated that Zn-1Mg alloy was biocompatible. Therefore, hot extruded Zn-1Mg with homogenous microstructure, uniform as well as slow degradation, improved mechanical properties, and good biocompatibility was believed to be an excellent candidate material for load-bearing biodegradable implant application.

  8. Mechanical properties and failure behaviors of the interface of hybrid graphene/hexagonal boron nitride sheets

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    Ding, Ning; Chen, Xiangfeng; Wu, Chi-Man Lawrence

    2016-01-01

    Hybrid graphene/h-BN sheet has been fabricated recently and verified to possess unusual physical properties. During the growth process, defects such as vacancies are unavoidably present at the interface between graphene and h-BN. In the present work, typical vacancy defects, which were located at the interface between graphene and h-BN, were studied by density functional theory. The interface structure, mechanical and electronic properties, and failure behavior of the hybrid graphene/h-BN sheet were investigated and compared. The results showed that the formation energy of the defective graphene/h-BN interface basically increased with increasing inflection angles. However, Young’s modulus for all graphene/h-BN systems studied decreased with the increase in inflection angles. The intrinsic strength of the hybrid graphene/h-BN sheets was affected not only by the inflection angles, but also by the type of interface connection and the type of defects. The energy band structure of the hybrid interface could be tuned by applying mechanical strain to the systems. These results demonstrated that vacancies introduced significant effects on the mechanical and electronic properties of the hybrid graphene/h-BN sheet. PMID:27527371

  9. Corrosion behavior and mechanical properties of bioactive sol-gel coatings on titanium implants.

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    Catauro, M; Bollino, F; Papale, F; Giovanardi, R; Veronesi, P

    2014-10-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid coatings based on zirconia and poly (ε-caprolactone) (PCL) were prepared by means of sol-gel dip-coating technique and used to coat titanium grade 4 implants (Ti-4) in order to improve their wear and corrosion resistance. The coating chemical composition has been analysed by ATR-FTIR. The influence of the PCL amount has been investigated on the microstructure, mechanical properties of the coatings and their ability to inhibit the corrosion of titanium. SEM analysis has shown that all coatings have a nanostructured nature and that the films with high PCL content are crack-free. Mechanical properties of the coatings have been studied using scratch and nano-indentation tests. The results have shown that the Young's modulus of the coatings decreases in presence of large amounts of the organic phase, and that PCL content affects also the adhesion of the coatings to the underlying Ti-4 substrate. However, the presence of cracks on the PCL-free coatings affects severely the mechanical response of the samples at high loads. The electrochemical behavior and corrosion resistance of the coated and uncoated substrate has been investigated by polarization tests. The results have shown that both the coatings with or without PCL don't affect significantly the already excellent passivation properties of titanium.

  10. In vitro biodegradation behavior, mechanical properties, and cytotoxicity of biodegradable Zn–Mg alloy

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    Gong, Haibo; Wang, Kun; Strich, Randy; Zhou, Jack G.

    2017-01-01

    Zinc–Magnesium (Zn–Mg) alloy as a novel biodegradable metal holds great potential in biodegradable implant applications as it is more corrosion resistant than Magnesium (Mg). However, the mechanical properties, biodegradation uniformity, and cytotoxicity of Zn–Mg alloy remained as concerns. In this study, hot extrusion process was applied to Zn–1 wt % Mg (Zn–1Mg) to refine its microstructure. Effects of hot extrusion on biodegradation behavior and mechanical properties of Zn–1Mg were investigated in comparison with Mg rare earth element alloy WE43. Metallurgical analysis revealed significant grain size reduction, and immersion test found that corrosion rates of WE43 and Zn–1Mg were reduced by 35% and 57%, respectively after extrusion. Moreover, hot extrusion resulted in a much more uniform biodegradation in extruded Zn–1Mg alloy and WE43. In vitro cytotoxicity test results indicated that Zn–1Mg alloy was biocompatible. Therefore, hot extruded Zn–1Mg with homogenous microstructure, uniform as well as slow degradation, improved mechanical properties, and good biocompatibility was believed to be an excellent candidate material for load-bearing biodegradable implant application. PMID:25581552

  11. Protic ionic liquids: physicochemical properties and behavior as amphiphile self-assembly solvents.

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    Greaves, Tamar L; Weerawardena, Asoka; Krodkiewska, Irena; Drummond, Calum J

    2008-01-24

    The physicochemical properties of 22 protic ionic liquids (PILs) and 6 protic molten salts, and the self-assembly behavior of 3 amphiphiles in the PILs, are reported. Structure-property relationships have been explored for the PILs, including the effect of increasing the substitution of ammonium cations and the presence of methoxy and hydroxyl moieties in the cation. Anion choices included the formate, pivalate, trifluoroacetate, nitrate, and hydrogen sulfate anions. This series of PILs had a diverse range of physicochemical properties, with ionic conductivities up to 51.10 mS/cm, viscosities down to 5.4 mPa.s, surface tensions between 38.3 and 82.1 mN/m, and densities between 0.990 and 1.558 g/cm3. PILs were designed with various levels of solvent cohesiveness, as quantified by the Gordon parameter. Fourteen PILs were found to promote the self-assembly of amphiphiles. High-throughput polarized optical microscopy was used to identify lamellar, hexagonal, and bicontinuous cubic amphiphile self-assembly phases. The presence and extent of amphiphile self-assembly have been discussed in terms of the Gordon parameter.

  12. Mechanical properties and failure behaviors of the interface of hybrid graphene/hexagonal boron nitride sheets.

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    Ding, Ning; Chen, Xiangfeng; Wu, Chi-Man Lawrence

    2016-08-16

    Hybrid graphene/h-BN sheet has been fabricated recently and verified to possess unusual physical properties. During the growth process, defects such as vacancies are unavoidably present at the interface between graphene and h-BN. In the present work, typical vacancy defects, which were located at the interface between graphene and h-BN, were studied by density functional theory. The interface structure, mechanical and electronic properties, and failure behavior of the hybrid graphene/h-BN sheet were investigated and compared. The results showed that the formation energy of the defective graphene/h-BN interface basically increased with increasing inflection angles. However, Young's modulus for all graphene/h-BN systems studied decreased with the increase in inflection angles. The intrinsic strength of the hybrid graphene/h-BN sheets was affected not only by the inflection angles, but also by the type of interface connection and the type of defects. The energy band structure of the hybrid interface could be tuned by applying mechanical strain to the systems. These results demonstrated that vacancies introduced significant effects on the mechanical and electronic properties of the hybrid graphene/h-BN sheet.

  13. Characterization of filtration and regeneration behavior of rigid ceramic filters and particle properties at high temperatures

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    Pilz, T.

    1995-12-31

    For power generation with combined cycles or production of so called advanced materials by vapor phase synthesis particle separation at high temperatures is of crucial importance. There, systems working with rigid ceramic barrier filters are either of thermodynamical benefit to the process or essential for producing materials with certain properties. A hot gas filter test rig has been installed to investigate the influence of different parameters e.g. temperature, dust properties, filter media and filtration and regeneration conditions into particle separation at high temperatures. These tests were conducted both with commonly used filter candles and with filter discs made out of the same material. The filter disc is mounted at one side of the test rig. That is why both filters face the same raw gas conditions. The filter disc is flown through by a cross flow arrangement. This bases upon the conviction that for comparison of filtration characteristics of candles with filter discs or other model filters the structure of the dust cakes have to be equal. This way of conducting investigations into the influence of the above mentioned parameters on dust separation at high temperatures follows the new standard VDI 3926. There, test procedures for the characterization of filter media at ambient conditions are prescribed. The paper mainly focuses then on the influence of particle properties (e.g. stickiness etc.) upon the filtration and regeneration behavior of fly ashes with rigid ceramic filters.

  14. Development of Ti-C-N coatings with improved tribological behavior and antibacterial properties.

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    Sáenz de Viteri, Virginia; Barandika, Gotzone; Bayón, Raquel; Fernández, Xana; Ciarsolo, Iñigo; Igartua, Amaya; Pérez Tanoira, Ramón; Moreno, Jaime Esteban; Peremarch, Conchita Pérez-Jorge

    2015-03-01

    In artificial metallic joint implants, the failure is provoked by two effects in most of the cases: mass loss and wear debris removed due to tribological-corrosive effects on the implant alloy, and infections due to the presence of bacteria. In this work, several Ti-C-N corrosion and wear protective coatings were developed by Physical Vapour Deposition technology, and deposited on Ti6Al4V alloy. In order to provide the implant antibacterial properties, an additional silver top coating has been deposited. Tribological behavior was characterized through tribocorrosion and fretting tests. On the other hand, wettability tests were performed to study the grade of hydrophilicity/hydrophobia. Additionally, antibacterial properties were evaluated by means of bacterial adhesion tests. As a result of these characterization studies, the coating with the best performance was selected. The as-coated material includes excellent protection against tribocorrosion and fretting effects (in relation to the uncoated one) and the silver layer has been confirmed to exhibit antibacterial properties.

  15. Sintering behavior and mechanical properties of zirconia compacts fabricated by uniaxial press forming

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    Oh, Gye-Jeong; Yun, Kwi-Dug; Lee, Kwang-Min; Lim, Hyun-Pil

    2010-01-01

    PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to compare the linear sintering behavior of presintered zirconia blocks of various densities. The mechanical properties of the resulting sintered zirconia blocks were then analyzed. MATERIALS AND METHODS Three experimental groups of dental zirconia blocks, with a different presintering density each, were designed in the present study. Kavo Everest® ZS blanks (Kavo, Biberach, Germany) were used as a control group. The experimental group blocks were fabricated from commercial yttria-stabilized tetragonal zirconia powder (KZ-3YF (SD) Type A, KCM. Corporation, Nagoya, Japan). The biaxial flexural strengths, microhardnesses, and microstructures of the sintered blocks were then investigated. The linear sintering shrinkages of blocks were calculated and compared. RESULTS Despite their different presintered densities, the sintered blocks of the control and experimental groups showed similar mechanical properties. However, the sintered block had different linear sintering shrinkage rate depending on the density of the presintered block. As the density of the presintered block increased, the linear sintering shrinkage decreased. In the experimental blocks, the three sectioned pieces of each block showed the different linear shrinkage depending on the area. The tops of the experimental blocks showed the lowest linear sintering shrinkage, whereas the bottoms of the experimental blocks showed the highest linear sintering shrinkage. CONCLUSION Within the limitations of this study, the density difference of the presintered zirconia block did not affect the mechanical properties of the sintered zirconia block, but affected the linear sintering shrinkage of the zirconia block. PMID:21165274

  16. Uniaxial Extensional Behavior of A--B--A Thermoplastic Elastomers: Structure-Properties Relationship and Modeling

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    Martinetti, Luca

    At service temperatures, A--B--A thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) behave similarly to filled (and often entangled) B-rich rubbers since B block ends are anchored on rigid A domains. Therefore, their viscoelastic behavior is largely dictated by chain mobility of the B block rather than by microstructural order. Relating the small- and large-strain response of undiluted A--B--A triblocks to molecular parameters is a prerequisite for designing associated TPE-based systems that can meet the desired linear and nonlinear rheological criteria. This dissertation was aimed at connecting the chemical and topological structure of A--B--A TPEs with their viscoelastic properties, both in the linear and in the nonlinear regime. Since extensional deformations are relevant for the processing and often the end-use applications of thermoplastic elastomers, the behavior was investigated predominantly in uniaxial extension. The unperturbed size of polymer coils is one of the most fundamental properties in polymer physics, affecting both the thermodynamics of macromolecules and their viscoelastic properties. Literature results on poly(D,L-lactide) (PLA) unperturbed chain dimensions, plateau modulus, and critical molar mass for entanglement effect in viscosity were reviewed and discussed in the framework of the coil packing model. Self-consistency between experimental estimates of melt chain dimensions and viscoelastic properties was discussed, and the scaling behaviors predicted by the coil packing model were identified. Contrary to the widespread belief that amorphous polylactide must be intrinsically stiff, the coil packing model and accurate experimental measurements undoubtedly support the flexible nature of PLA. The apparent brittleness of PLA in mechanical testing was attributed to a potentially severe physical aging occurring at room temperature and to the limited extensibility of the PLA tube statistical segment. The linear viscoelastic response of A--B--A TPEs was first

  17. Examination of the Addictive and Behavioral Properties of Fatty Acid-Binding Protein Inhibitor SBFI26

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    Thanos, Panayotis K.; Clavin, Brendan H.; Hamilton, John; O’Rourke, Joseph R.; Maher, Thomas; Koumas, Christopher; Miao, Erick; Lankop, Jessenia; Elhage, Aya; Haj-Dahmane, Samir; Deutsch, Dale; Kaczocha, Martin

    2016-01-01

    The therapeutic properties of cannabinoids have been well demonstrated but are overshadowed by such adverse effects as cognitive and motor dysfunction, as well as their potential for addiction. Recent research on the natural lipid ligands of cannabinoid receptors, also known as endocannabinoids, has shed light on the mechanisms of intracellular transport of the endocannabinoid anandamide by fatty acid-binding proteins (FABPs) and subsequent catabolism by fatty acid amide hydrolase. These findings facilitated the recent development of SBFI26, a pharmacological inhibitor of epidermal- and brain-specific FABP5 and FABP7, which effectively increases anandamide signaling. The goal of this study was to examine this compound for any possible rewarding and addictive properties as well as effects on locomotor activity, working/recognition memory, and propensity for sociability and preference for social novelty (SN) given its recently reported anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Male C57BL mice were split into four treatment groups and conditioned with 5.0, 20.0, 40.0 mg/kg SBFI26, or vehicle during a conditioned place preference (CPP) paradigm. Following CPP, mice underwent a battery of behavioral tests [open field, novel object recognition (NOR), social interaction (SI), and SN] paired with acute SBFI26 administration. Results showed that SBFI26 did not produce CPP or conditioned place aversion regardless of dose and did not induce any differences in locomotor and exploratory activity during CPP- or SBFI26-paired open field activity. We also observed no differences between treatment groups in NOR, SI, and SN. In conclusion, as SBFI26 was shown previously by our group to have significant analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, here we show that it does not pose a risk of dependence or motor and cognitive impairment under the conditions tested. PMID:27092087

  18. Examination of the Addictive and Behavioral Properties of Fatty Acid-Binding Protein Inhibitor SBFI26.

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    Thanos, Panayotis K; Clavin, Brendan H; Hamilton, John; O'Rourke, Joseph R; Maher, Thomas; Koumas, Christopher; Miao, Erick; Lankop, Jessenia; Elhage, Aya; Haj-Dahmane, Samir; Deutsch, Dale; Kaczocha, Martin

    2016-01-01

    The therapeutic properties of cannabinoids have been well demonstrated but are overshadowed by such adverse effects as cognitive and motor dysfunction, as well as their potential for addiction. Recent research on the natural lipid ligands of cannabinoid receptors, also known as endocannabinoids, has shed light on the mechanisms of intracellular transport of the endocannabinoid anandamide by fatty acid-binding proteins (FABPs) and subsequent catabolism by fatty acid amide hydrolase. These findings facilitated the recent development of SBFI26, a pharmacological inhibitor of epidermal- and brain-specific FABP5 and FABP7, which effectively increases anandamide signaling. The goal of this study was to examine this compound for any possible rewarding and addictive properties as well as effects on locomotor activity, working/recognition memory, and propensity for sociability and preference for social novelty (SN) given its recently reported anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Male C57BL mice were split into four treatment groups and conditioned with 5.0, 20.0, 40.0 mg/kg SBFI26, or vehicle during a conditioned place preference (CPP) paradigm. Following CPP, mice underwent a battery of behavioral tests [open field, novel object recognition (NOR), social interaction (SI), and SN] paired with acute SBFI26 administration. Results showed that SBFI26 did not produce CPP or conditioned place aversion regardless of dose and did not induce any differences in locomotor and exploratory activity during CPP- or SBFI26-paired open field activity. We also observed no differences between treatment groups in NOR, SI, and SN. In conclusion, as SBFI26 was shown previously by our group to have significant analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, here we show that it does not pose a risk of dependence or motor and cognitive impairment under the conditions tested.

  19. Properties of amphoteric polyurethane waterborne dispersions. II. Macromolecular self-assembly behavior.

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    Dong, Anjie; Hou, Guoling; Sun, Duoxian

    2003-10-15

    Amphoteric polyurethane (APU) samples used in this paper were composed of hydrophobic soft segments and pendent -COOH and -CH(2)N(CH(3))(2) groups on the hard segments, which present the properties of both amphoteric polyelectrolytes and amphiphilic block copolymers. APU macromolecules can self-assemble into micelles in acidic and basic aqueous media by hydrophobic/hydrophilic interaction. The self-assembly behavior of APU in acidic and basic media was studied by transmission electron microscopy and light scattering methods. The spherical and hollow micelles of APU were observed respectively in acidic and basic aqueous media. The results indicate that the size and size distribution of APU self-assembly micelles largely depend on the ratio of -COOH to -CH(2)N(CH(3))(2) groups, density of ionizable groups, concentration of APU, and types of acid and base in the media.

  20. The psychometric properties of the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales in children and adolescents with mental retardation.

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    de Bildt, Annelies; Kraijer, Dirk; Sytema, Sjoerd; Minderaa, Ruud

    2005-02-01

    The psychometric properties of the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales Survey Form were studied in a total population of children and adolescents with MR, and in the specific levels of functioning (n=826, age 4-18 years). The original division into (sub)domains, as assigned by the authors, was replicated in the total population and in the mild and moderate levels of functioning. In the severe and profound levels of functioning the structure was less well recognized. The reliability of the instrument proved to be good in the total population and the subgroups. The construct validity was high in all groups. The implications of these findings are discussed with respect to the usefulness of the Vineland for the population with MR.

  1. Structural, electronic, mechanical, and transport properties of phosphorene nanoribbons: Negative differential resistance behavior

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    Maity, Ajanta; Singh, Akansha; Sen, Prasenjit; Kibey, Aniruddha; Kshirsagar, Anjali; Kanhere, Dilip G.

    2016-08-01

    Structural, electronic, mechanical, and transport properties of two different types of phosphorene nanoribbons are calculated within the density functional theory and nonequilibrium Green's function formalisms. Armchair nanoribbons turn out to be semiconductors at all widths considered. Zigzag nanoribbons are metallic in their layer-terminated structure, but undergo Peierls-like transition at the edges. Armchair nanoribbons have smaller Young's modulus compared to a monolayer, while zigzag nanoribbons have larger Young's modulus. Edge reconstruction further increases the Young's modulus of zigzag nanoribbons. A two-terminal device made of zigzag nanoribbons show negative differential resistance behavior that is robust with respect to edge reconstruction. We have also calculated the I -V characteristics for two nonzero gate voltages. The results show that the zigzag nanoribbons display strong p -type character.

  2. The deposit stress behavior and magnetic properties of electrodeposited Ni-Co-Fe ternary alloy films

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    Kim, Jin-Soo; Kwak, Jun-Ho; Na, Seong-Hun; Lim, Seung-Kyu; Suh, Su-Jeong

    2012-08-01

    Ni-Co-Fe ternary alloy films were electrodeposited from a sulfate bath. The effects of the saccharin concentration on the deposit stress behavior of these films were investigated. When the saccharin concentration was 0.004 M, the deposit stress was the lowest (61 MPa, tensile stress mode). Then, the relation between the deposit stress and the magnetic properties was investigated. As the deposit stress of the Ni-Co-Fe thin films decreased from 307 to 61 MPa, the coercivity and the squareness decreased from 6.17 to 1.35 Oe and from 0.65 to 0.18, respectively. The dependence of the deposit stress on the temperature in the plating bath was investigated. As the temperature in the plating bath was increased from 25 to 50 °C the deposit stress of the Ni-Co-Fe alloy films decreased from 61 to 32 MPa.

  3. Determination and correlation of phase behavior and physical properties for benign synthetic process of diphenylcarbonate

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    Park, So-Jin; Jeong, Inyong

    2013-10-01

    Polycarbonate (PC) over other types of plastic has unbeatable strength combined with light weight, temperature resistance, impact resistance, etc. The polycarbonate material is usually produced by the reaction of bisphenol A and toxic phosgene. Therefore, new non-phosgene polycarbonate production process, which started with diphenyl carbonate (DPC) without phosgene was developed. However, process design data for optimum design and operation of this benign process are still insufficient. In this work, to provide a green process design data for optimum separation of DPC, MPC, DMC, methanol and anisole that occurs in the synthetic process of DPC, phase behavior: VLE, LLE, SLE and physical properties for binary and ternary systems were determined and correlated with activity coefficient models and Redlich-Kister polynomials.

  4. Rheological behavior and cryogenic properties of cyanate ester/epoxy insulation material for fusion superconducting magnet

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    Wu, Z. X.; Huang, C. J.; Li, L. F.; Li, J. W.; Tan, R.; Tu, Y. P.

    2014-01-27

    In a Tokamak fusion reactor device like ITER, insulation materials for superconducting magnets are usually fabricated by a vacuum pressure impregnation (VPI) process. Thus these insulation materials must exhibit low viscosity, long working life as well as good radiation resistance. Previous studies have indicated that cyanate ester (CE) blended with epoxy has an excellent resistance against neutron irradiation which is expected to be a candidate insulation material for a fusion magnet. In this work, the rheological behavior of a CE/epoxy (CE/EP) blend containing 40% CE was investigated with non-isothermal and isothermal viscosity experiments. Furthermore, the cryogenic mechanical and electrical properties of the composite were evaluated in terms of interlaminar shear strength and electrical breakdown strength. The results showed that CE/epoxy blend had a very low viscosity and an exceptionally long processing life of about 4 days at 60 °C.

  5. Properties of longitudinal flux tube waves. II. Limiting shock strength behavior

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    Cuntz, M.

    2004-06-01

    We extend our previous work on analytic evaluations of properties of longitudinal tube waves to waves propagating in gravitational atmospheres. We derive an expression for the limiting shock strength and discuss the behavior of the shock strength in tubes of different geometry. It is found that a height-independent value for the limiting strength is attained for constant cross-section tubes and exponential tubes, whereas for wine-glass tubes the limiting shock strength increases with height due to the increase of the tube cross section. The limiting shock strength is well reproduced by time-dependent simulations. The derived limiting shock strength as well as the energy dissipation rate of the waves show significant similarities to acoustic waves. The limiting shock strength allows to estimate the heating potential of waves in the absence of detailed time-dependent computations.

  6. Thermodynamic Properties of Fluids and Fluid Mixtures: Crossover from Singular Critical to Regular Classical Behavior.

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    Chen, Zheng-Yu.

    According to the modern phase-transition theory, thermodynamic properties of a system near a critical point exhibit singular scaled behavior and universal critical exponents and universal scaling functions. Fluids near the vapor-liquid critical point are assumed to belong to the universality class of three-dimensional Ising-like systems. However, the region where the asymptotic power -law behavior applies is quite small, and correction-to -scaling terms have to be introduced in order to compare theory and experimental results in a finite range around the critical point. On the other hand, outside the critical region various analytic equations of state are being used to represent the thermodynamic surface of a fluid from the ideal-gas limit to the high-density limit. These analytic equations of state have a mean-field Landau-Ginzburg expansion near the critical point and fail to describe the singular thermodynamic behavior of fluids in the critical region. In this dissertation, we propose and discuss a theoretical procedure for the crossover from the asymptotic to the analytic behavior based on a further development of the work of Nicoll and Albright (1985a) for both one -component fluids and fluid mixtures. The theory is based on the following observations. The singular behavior in the critical region is produced by the enormous critical fluctuations which extend over distances much larger than the range of the intermolecular interactions. The detailed molecular nature of the system becomes unimportant near the critical point in such a way that the critical system looks "similar" at different length-scales and hence the system becomes renormalizable. The universal features of a critical system disappear in the classical limit far away from the critical point where the fluctuations become unimportant. We also present in this dissertation a crossover theory for fluid mixtures in the critical region. Except for the crossover phenomena which have been briefly described

  7. Phase transformation behavior and mechanical properties of thermomechanically treated K3XF nickel-titanium instruments.

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    Shen, Ya; Zhou, Hui-Min; Wang, Zhejun; Campbell, Les; Zheng, Yu-feng; Haapasalo, Markus

    2013-07-01

    The bending and torsional properties of thermomechanically treated K3XF (SybronEndo, Orange, CA) nickel-titanium instruments in relation to their phase transformation behavior were evaluated. NiTi instruments K3 (SybronEndo) and K3XF, both in sizes 25/.04 and 40/.04, were examined by differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction. The metal composition was determined by scanning electron microscopy with X-ray energy-dispersive spectrometric analyses. The bending property of K3 and K3XF instruments was measured in a cantilever-bending test with a maximum deflection of 4.00 mm. A torsional test of the instruments was evaluated according to the American National Standards Institute/American Dental Association Specification No. 28. K3 and K3XF instruments had approximately the same chemical composition with a nickel content of 48-49 atomic %. The differential scanning calorimetry analyses showed that each segment of the K3XF instruments (24.89°C ± 1.98°C) had a higher austenite finish temperature than the K3 instruments (17.63°C ± 1.76°C) (P < .05). The bending load values were significantly lower for K3XF than for K3 in the superelastic ranges (P < .05). There was no statistically significant difference between K3 and K3XF in the maximum torque or maximum angular deflection before failure. The torque at fracture values of K3 and K3XF increased significantly with the diameter (P < .05). K3XF exhibited different phase transformation behavior and flexibility when compared with K3, which may be attributed to the special heat treatment history of K3XF instruments. Copyright © 2013 American Association of Endodontists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Thixoforming of an ECAPed Aluminum A356 Alloy: Microstructure Evolution, Rheological Behavior, and Mechanical Properties

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    Campo, Kaio Niitsu; Zoqui, Eugênio José

    2016-04-01

    Thixoforming depends upon three aspects: (a) solid to liquid transformation; (b) size and morphology of the remaining solid phase in the semisolid state, and (c) the effect of both input factors on rheology of the semisolid slurry. The aluminum A356 alloy presents an ideal solid to liquid transformation, but the solidification process generates coarse aluminum dendrites surrounded by eutectic. In this regard, Equal Channel Angular Pressing (ECAP) has great potential as a method for manufacturing thixotropic raw material due to its grain refining effect. Therefore, the microstructure evolution and rheological behavior in the semisolid state of an ECAPed aluminum A356 alloy were investigated. Samples were heated up to 853 K (580 °C) and held for 0, 30, 60, 90, 210, and 600 seconds at this temperature. The isothermal heat treatment caused the globularization of the solid phase without any significant microstructure coarsening. Compression tests were carried out at the same temperature and holding times using an instrumented mechanical press. Apparent viscosities values close to 250 Pa s were obtained, revealing the exceptional rheological behavior of the produced samples. The thixoformed material also presented good mechanical properties, with high yield and ultimate tensile strength values (YS = 110/122 MPa, UTS = 173/202), and good ductility (E = 6.9/7.5 pct). These results indicate that the production of the A356 alloy via the ECAP process increases its thixoformability.

  9. Effects of lightweight fly ash aggregate properties on the behavior of lightweight concretes.

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    Kockal, Niyazi Ugur; Ozturan, Turan

    2010-07-15

    Influence of different lightweight fly ash aggregates on the behavior of concrete mixtures was discussed. The performance characteristics of lightweight concretes (LWCs) and normalweight concrete (NWC) were investigated through compressive strength, modulus of elasticity and splitting tensile strength representing the mechanical behavior; through rapid chloride permeability representing the transport properties and through rapid freezing and thawing cycling representing the durability of concrete. In order to investigate the aggregate-cement paste interfacial transition zone (ITZ), SEM observations were performed. Regression and graphical analysis of the experimental data obtained were also performed. An increase in compressive strength was observed with the increase in oven-dry density. The ratios of splitting tensile strength to compressive strength of lightweight aggregate concretes were found to be similar to that of normalweight concrete. All the 28- and 56-day concrete specimens had a durability factor greater than 85 and 90, respectively, which met the requirement for freezing and thawing durability. 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Effects of heating rate on slow pyrolysis behavior, kinetic parameters and products properties of moso bamboo.

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    Chen, Dengyu; Zhou, Jianbin; Zhang, Qisheng

    2014-10-01

    Effects of heating rate on slow pyrolysis behaviors, kinetic parameters, and products properties of moso bamboo were investigated in this study. Pyrolysis experiments were performed up to 700 °C at heating rates of 5, 10, 20, and 30 °C/min using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and a lab-scale fixed bed pyrolysis reactor. The results show that the onset and offset temperatures of the main devolatilization stage of thermogravimetry/derivative thermogravimetry (TG/DTG) curves obviously shift toward the high-temperature range, and the activation energy values increase with increasing heating rate. The heating rate has different effects on the pyrolysis products properties, including biochar (element content, proximate analysis, specific surface area, heating value), bio-oil (water content, chemical composition), and non-condensable gas. The solid yields from the fixed bed pyrolysis reactor are noticeably different from those of TGA mainly because the thermal hysteresis of the sample in the fixed bed pyrolysis reactor is more thorough.

  11. Physical Properties and Behavior of a Dense, Viscous Brine in Porous Medium Systems

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    Murphy, L. M.; Johnson, D. N.; Pedit, J. A.; Farthing, M. W.; Miller, C. T.

    2006-12-01

    Dense nonaqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs) are both a long-term source of groundwater contamination and a health risk to humans at low concentrations. The challenges of DNAPL remediation have led to the study of a novel mobilization-based strategy known as Brine-Based Remediation Technology (BBRT), which utilizes a dense brine to control the mobilized contaminant phase. Due to the unique application of such brines in the subsurface, there are many open issues addressing the behavior and properties of these brines in porous medium systems. To begin to address some of the open issues, a three-dimensional laboratory experiment was performed to monitor in situ density during brine barrier establishment and removal. Using a calcium bromide solution, this experiment demonstrated that a brine barrier density could be effectively established, sufficiently maintained to support common DNAPLs, and substantially recovered through active flushing. This experiment also demonstrated that highly viscous brines mound around injection wells, suggesting that an understanding of the effects of viscosity is required in flow and transport modeling. Since many flow and transport models fail to account for the physical properties of these brines, constitutive relations describing density and viscosity as a function of solute concentration were defined and incorporated into SUTRA, a model for saturated-unsaturated, variable-density groundwater flow with solute transport, to predict flow and transport of calcium bromide in a porous medium system.

  12. Compressive Behavior and Damping Property of Mg Alloy/SiCp Composite Foams

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    Huang, Wenzhan; Luo, Hongjie; Lin, Hao; Mu, Yongliang; Ye, Bing

    2016-02-01

    The Mg alloy composite foams reinforced by SiC particles were fabricated by the melt foaming route. The composite foams exhibit uniform cell structure with a size of 0.6-0.8 mm and SiCp distribution. The compressive behavior and damping property of the composite foams were emphasized. It is shown that the yield stress and the plateau stress depend on both porosity and SiCp content of the composite foam, which decrease with the increasing porosity, while sharper fluctuation of flow stress in the plateau region appears under the higher SiCp content. Meanwhile, the SiCp addition elevates the ideal energy absorption efficiency of the Mg alloy foams, but decreases the total amount of energy absorption. Furthermore, the loss factor β is essentially independent of temperature below approximately 250 °C, then increases rapidly with the increasing temperature. It is concluded that the composite foams show typical brittle characteristic and better damping property compared to Mg alloy foams for the SiCp addition. The improvement is attributed to the increasing interfacial microslip and microplasticity deformation derived from the micro-crack between the SiCp-Mg alloy interfaces.

  13. Degradation behaviors of geometric cues and mechanical properties in a 3D scaffold for tendon repair.

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    Wu, Yang; Wong, Yoke San; Fuh, Jerry Ying Hsi

    2017-04-01

    A three-dimensional (3D) scaffold fabricated via electrohydrodynamic jet printing (E-jetting) and thermally uniaxial stretching, has been developed for tendon tissue regeneration in our previous study. In this study, more in-depth biological test showed that the aligned cell morphology guided by the anisotropic geometries of the 3D tendon scaffolds, leading to up-regulated tendious gene expression including collagen type I, decorin, tenascin-C, and biglycan, as compared to the electrospun scaffolds. Given the importance of geometric cues to the biological function of the scaffolds, the degradation behaviors of the 3D scaffolds were investigated. Results from accelerated hydrolysis showed that the E-jetted portion followed bulk-controlled erosion, while the unaixially stretched portion followed surface-controlled erosion. The 3D tendon scaffold exhibited consistency between the weight loss and the decline of mechanical properties, which indicated by a 65% decrease in mass with a corresponding 56% loss in ultimate tensile strength after degradation. This study not only reveals that the anisotropic geometries of 3D tendon scaffold could affect cell morphology and lead to desired gene expression toward tendon tissue but also gives an insight into how the degradation impacts geometric cues and mechanical properties of the as-fabricated scaffold. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part A: 105A: 1138-1149, 2017.

  14. Nematic liquid crystals doped with nanoparticles: Phase behavior and dielectric properties

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    Osipov, Mikhail A.; Gorkunov, Maxim V.

    Thermodynamics and dielectric properties of nematic liquid crystals doped with various nanoparticles have been studied in the framework of a molecular mean-field theory. It is shown that spherically isotropic nanoparticles effectively dilute the liquid crystal material and cause a decrease of the nematic-isotropic transition temperature, while anisotropic nanoparticles are aligned by the nematic host and, in turn, may significantly improve the liquid crystal alignment. In the case of strong interaction between spherical nanoparticles and mesogenic molecules, the nanocomposite possesses a number of unexpected properties: The nematic-isotropic co-existence region appears to be very broad, and the system either undergoes a direct transition from the isotropic phase into the phase-separated state, or undergoes first a transition into the homogeneous nematic phase and then phase-separates at a lower temperature. The phase separation does not occur for sufficiently low nanoparticle concentrations, and, in certain cases, the separation takes place only within a finite region of the nanoparticle concentration. For nematics doped with strongly polar nanoparticles, the theory predicts the nanoparticle aggregation in linear chains that make a substantial contribution to the static dielectric anisotropy and optical birefringence of the nematic composite. The theory clarifies the microscopic origin of important phenomena observed in nematic composites including a shift of the isotropic-nematic phase transition and improvement of the nematic order; a considerable softening of the first order nematic-isotropic transition; a complex phase-separation behavior; and a significant increase of the dielectric anisotropy and the birefringence.

  15. Mechanical Properties and Tribological Behavior of In Situ NbC/Fe Surface Composites

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    Cai, Xiaolong; Zhong, Lisheng; Xu, Yunhua

    2016-11-01

    The mechanical properties and tribological behavior of the niobium carbide (NbC)-reinforced gray cast iron surface composites prepared by in situ synthesis have been investigated. Composites are comprised of a thin compound layer and followed by a deep diffusion zone on the surface of gray cast iron. The graded distributions of the hardness and elastic modulus along the depth direction of the cross section of composites form in the ranges of 6.5-20.1 and 159.3-411.2 GPa, respectively. Meanwhile, dry wear tests for composites were implemented on pin-on-disk equipment at sliding speed of 14.7 × 10-2 m/s and under 5 or 20 N, respectively. The result indicates that tribological performances of composites are considerably dependent on the volume fraction and the grain size of the NbC as well as the mechanical properties of the matrices in different areas. The surface compound layer presents the lowest coefficient of friction and wear rate, and exhibits the highest wear resistance, in comparison with diffusion zone and substrate. Furthermore, the worn morphologies observed reveal the dominant wear mechanism is abrasive wear feature in compound layer and diffusion zone.

  16. Damage formation, fatigue behavior and strength properties of ZrO2-based ceramics

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    Kozulin, A. A.; Narikovich, A. S.; Kulkov, S. N.; Leitsin, V. N.; Kulkov, S. S.

    2016-08-01

    It is suggested that a non-destructive testing technique using a three-dimensional X-ray tomography be applied to detecting internal structural defects and monitoring damage formation in a ceramic composite structure subjected to a bending load. Three-point bending tests are used to investigate the fatigue behavior and mechanical and physical properties of medical-grade ZrO2-based ceramics. The bending strength and flexural modulus are derived under static conditions at a loading rate of 2 mm/min. The fatigue strength and fatigue limit under dynamic loading are investigated at a frequency of 10 Hz in three stress ranges: 0.91-0.98, 0.8-0.83, and 0.73-0.77 MPa of the static bending strength. The average values of the bending strength and flexural modulus of sintered specimens are 43 MPa and 22 GPa, respectively. The mechanical properties of the ceramics are found to be similar to those of bone tissues. The testing results lead us to conclude that the fatigue limit obtained from 105 stress cycles is in the range 33-34 MPa, i.e. it accounts for about 75% of the static bending strength for the test material.

  17. Damage formation, fatigue behavior and strength properties of ZrO{sub 2}-based ceramics

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    Kozulin, A. A. Kulkov, S. S.; Narikovich, A. S.; Leitsin, V. N.; Kulkov, S. N.

    2016-08-02

    It is suggested that a non-destructive testing technique using a three-dimensional X-ray tomography be applied to detecting internal structural defects and monitoring damage formation in a ceramic composite structure subjected to a bending load. Three-point bending tests are used to investigate the fatigue behavior and mechanical and physical properties of medical-grade ZrO{sub 2}-based ceramics. The bending strength and flexural modulus are derived under static conditions at a loading rate of 2 mm/min. The fatigue strength and fatigue limit under dynamic loading are investigated at a frequency of 10 Hz in three stress ranges: 0.91–0.98, 0.8–0.83, and 0.73–0.77 MPa of the static bending strength. The average values of the bending strength and flexural modulus of sintered specimens are 43 MPa and 22 GPa, respectively. The mechanical properties of the ceramics are found to be similar to those of bone tissues. The testing results lead us to conclude that the fatigue limit obtained from 10{sup 5} stress cycles is in the range 33–34 MPa, i.e. it accounts for about 75% of the static bending strength for the test material.

  18. Mechanical Properties and Tribological Behavior of In Situ NbC/Fe Surface Composites

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    Cai, Xiaolong; Zhong, Lisheng; Xu, Yunhua

    2017-01-01

    The mechanical properties and tribological behavior of the niobium carbide (NbC)-reinforced gray cast iron surface composites prepared by in situ synthesis have been investigated. Composites are comprised of a thin compound layer and followed by a deep diffusion zone on the surface of gray cast iron. The graded distributions of the hardness and elastic modulus along the depth direction of the cross section of composites form in the ranges of 6.5-20.1 and 159.3-411.2 GPa, respectively. Meanwhile, dry wear tests for composites were implemented on pin-on-disk equipment at sliding speed of 14.7 × 10-2 m/s and under 5 or 20 N, respectively. The result indicates that tribological performances of composites are considerably dependent on the volume fraction and the grain size of the NbC as well as the mechanical properties of the matrices in different areas. The surface compound layer presents the lowest coefficient of friction and wear rate, and exhibits the highest wear resistance, in comparison with diffusion zone and substrate. Furthermore, the worn morphologies observed reveal the dominant wear mechanism is abrasive wear feature in compound layer and diffusion zone.

  19. Mechanical Properties, Corrosion Behavior, and Microstructures of a MIG-Welded 7020 Al Alloy

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    Peng, Xiaoyan; Cao, Xiaowu; Xu, Guofu; Deng, Ying; Tang, Lei; Yin, Zhimin

    2016-03-01

    7020 aluminum alloy plates were welded by metal inert gas welding method, with the ER5183 welding wire containing Zr and ER5356 welding wire without Zr, respectively. The mechanical properties, corrosion behavior, and microstructures of these two welded joints were investigated. The tensile strength and ductilities of the joints are inferior to those of base alloy, and the lowest hardness is obtained in the welded zone, while the heat-affected zones are more sensitive to corrosion than the base metal and welded zones. The base metal shows a deformed subgrains microstructure, and the heat-affected zones still remain in elongated shape, where the soften zones form as a result of η' (MgZn2) coarsening. Two welded zones are mainly characterized by as-cast structure; however, grains are refined and a zone of equiaxed grains forms along the bonding boundary due to the Zr addition into ER5183 Al alloy. Accordingly, the mechanical properties and corrosion resistance in this zone of the joint with ER5183 exhibit better than those of the joint with ER5356.

  20. Constraining Lunar Cold Spot Properties Using Eclipse and Twilight Temperature Behavior

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    Powell, T. M.; Greenhagen, B. T.; Hayne, P. O.; Bandfield, J. L.

    2016-12-01

    Thermal mapping of the nighttime lunar surface by the Diviner instrument on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has revealed anomalous "cold spot" regions surrounding young impact craters. These regions typically show 5-10K lower nighttime temperatures than background regolith. Previous modeling has shown that cold spot regions can be explained by a "fluffing-up" of the top centimeters of regolith, resulting in a layer of lower-density, highly-insulating material (Bandfield et al., 2014). The thickness of this layer is characterized by the H-parameter, which describes the rate of density increase with depth (Vasavada et al., 2012). Contrary to expectations, new Diviner and ground-based telescopic data have revealed that these cold spot regions remain warmer than typical lunar regolith during eclipses and for a short twilight period at the beginning of lunar night (Hayne et al., 2015). These events act on much shorter timescales than the full diurnal day-night cycle, and the surface temperature response is sensitive to the properties of the top few millimeters of regolith. Thermal modeling in this study shows that this behavior can be explained by a profile with higher surface density and higher H-parameter relative to typical regolith. This results in a relative increase in thermal inertia in the top few millimeters of regolith, but decreased thermal inertia at centimeter depth scales. Best-fit surface density and H-parameter values are consistent with the temperature behavior observed during diurnal night as well as early twilight and eclipse scenarios. We interpret this behavior to indicate the presence of small rocks at the surface deposited by granular flow mixing during cold spot formation. This study also shows that eclipse and twilight data can be used as an important constraint in determining the thermophysical properties of lunar regolith. References: Bandfield, et al. (2014), Icarus, 231, 221-231. Hayne, et al. (2015), In Lunar and Planetary Science

  1. Structure, mechanical properties and fracture behavior of organosilicate glass thin films

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    Lin, Youbo

    2007-12-01

    Organosilicate glass (OSG) thin films with low permittivity made by means of plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition are the inter-metal insulator in advanced integrated circuits. These materials are employed to reduce the interconnect delay and power consumption associated with the inter-line capacitance. However the implementation of OSG is hampered by its poor mechanical properties and susceptibility to stress-corrosion cracking. In this work, we present a study of the structure evolution of OSG under various processing conditions, as well as the impact of structure and environment on the mechanical properties and fracture behavior. We will show that the composition and structure of OSG can be finely tuned by changing the parameters during film deposition or post-treatments. Adding carbon content in the film lowers the density and reduces the dielectric constant, accompanied by a decrease of the network connectivity. Ultraviolet-cure is very effective in crosslinking and stabilizing the network structure without causing significant increase in permittivity. With the assist of a structure model, we determined the infrared absorption inverse cross-sections that may be used to analyze infrared spectra of other OSG films. The mechanical properties of OSG are very sensitive to the network structure. Both the mean connectivity number and networking bond density correlate well with mechanical properties. The comparison of cohesive and adhesion energies reveals that plasma treatments substantially enhance the adhesion. However, the enhancement diminishes when the films are exposed to reactive environments. Our study shows that the adhesion energy at given crack velocity changes linearly with the logarithm of the water partial pressure in ambient, or with pH value in aqueous environment. On the other hand, water degrades the electrical property and adhesion when absorbed. We found that the water diffusion in OSG film stacks is very fast, reversible under mild annealing

  2. Viscoelastic properties, creep behavior and degree of conversion of bulk fill composite resins.

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    Papadogiannis, D; Tolidis, K; Gerasimou, P; Lakes, R; Papadogiannis, Y

    2015-12-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the viscoelastic properties and creep behavior of bulk fill composites under different conditions and evaluate their degree of conversion. Seven bulk fill composites were examined: everX Posterior (EV), SDR (SD), SonicFill (SF), Tetric EvoCeram Bulk Fill (TE), Venus Bulk Fill (VE), x-tra base (XB) and x-tra fil (XF). Each material was tested at 21°C, 37°C and 50°C under dry and wet conditions by applying a constant torque for static and creep testing and dynamic torsional loading for dynamic testing. Degree of conversion (%DC) was measured on the top and bottom surfaces of composites with ATR-FTIR spectroscopy. Statistical analysis was performed with two-way ANOVA, Bonferroni's post hoc test and Pearson's correlation coefficient. Shear modulus G ranged from 2.17GPa (VE) to 8.03GPa (XF) and flexural modulus E from 6.16GPa (VE) to 23GPa (XF) when the materials were tested dry at 21°C. The increase of temperature and the presence of water lead to a decline of these properties. Flowable materials used as base composites in restorations showed significantly lower values (p<0.05) than non-base composites, while being more prone to creep deformation. %DC ranged from 47.25% (XF) to 66.67% (SD) at the top material surface and 36.06% (XF) to 63.20% (SD) at the bottom. Bulk fill composites exhibited significant differences between them with base flowable materials showing in most cases inferior mechanical properties and higher degree of conversion than restorative bulk fill materials. Copyright © 2015 Academy of Dental Materials. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. The Effect of Cerium Oxide Addition on the Properties and Behavior of Y-TZP

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    Ragurajan, D.; Satgunam, M.; Golieskardi, M.

    2014-01-01

    The effects of CeO2 addition on the sintering behavior and mechanical properties of Y-TZP have been investigated over a wide sintering regime by pressureless sintering. It has been revealed that small additions of CeO2 (0.3–1.0 wt%) to Y-TZP were beneficial in enhancing the mechanical properties and hydrothermal ageing resistance of Y-TZP. Sintered samples were used to evaluate the bulk density, Vickers's hardness, Young's modulus, and fracture toughness of the material. CeO2 doped Y-TZPs were sintered at relatively low temperatures (1250°C and 1350°C) retaining high bulk density (>97% of theoretical density) and high Young's modulus (>200 GPa) without sacrificing tetragonal phase stability. The optimum level of dopant was found to be at 0.5 wt% for sintering between 1250°C and 1450°C using the standard 2 h holding time cycle, with sintered body exhibiting excellent combination of properties when compared to the undoped ceramics. In this experiment, the addition of 0.5 wt% recorded a bulk density reading of 5.9 g/cm3, Vickers hardness value of 13.2 GPa, Young's modulus value of 211 GPa, and fracture toughness of 6.4 MPam1/2, respectively, in a temperature range of 1400–1450°C. PMID:27437471

  4. Behaviorism

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    Moore, J.

    2011-01-01

    Early forms of psychology assumed that mental life was the appropriate subject matter for psychology, and introspection was an appropriate method to engage that subject matter. In 1913, John B. Watson proposed an alternative: classical S-R behaviorism. According to Watson, behavior was a subject matter in its own right, to be studied by the…

  5. Behaviorism

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    Moore, J.

    2011-01-01

    Early forms of psychology assumed that mental life was the appropriate subject matter for psychology, and introspection was an appropriate method to engage that subject matter. In 1913, John B. Watson proposed an alternative: classical S-R behaviorism. According to Watson, behavior was a subject matter in its own right, to be studied by the…

  6. Electrospun Matrices for Pelvic Floor Repair: Effect of Fiber Diameter on Mechanical Properties and Cell Behavior.

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    Vashaghian, Mahshid; Zandieh-Doulabi, Behrouz; Roovers, Jan-Paul; Smit, Theodoor Henri

    2016-12-01

    Electrospun matrices are proposed as an alternative for polypropylene meshes in reconstructive pelvic surgery. Here, we investigated the effect of fiber diameter on (1) the mechanical properties of electrospun poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid)-blended-poly(caprolactone) (PLGA/PCL) matrices; (2) cellular infiltration; and (3) the newly formed extracellular matrix (ECM) in vitro. We compared electrospun matrices with 1- and 8 μm fiber diameter and used nonporous PLGA/PCL films as controls. The 8-μm matrices were almost twice as stiff as the 1-μm matrices with 1.38 and 0.66 MPa, respectively. Matrices had the same ultimate tensile strength, but with 80% the 1-μm matrices were much more ductile than the 8-μm ones (18%). Cells infiltrated deeper into the matrices with larger pores, but cellular activity was comparable on both substrates. New ECM was deposited faster on the electrospun samples, but after 2 and 4 weeks the amount of collagen was comparable with that on nonporous films. The ECM deposited on the 1-μm matrices, and the nonporous film was about three times stiffer than the ECM found on the 8-μm matrices. Cell behavior in terms of myofibroblastic differentiation and remodeling was similar on the 1-μm matrices and nonporous films, in comparison to that on the 8-μm matrices. We conclude that electrospinning enhances the integration of host cells as compared with a nonporous film of the same material. The 1-μm matrices result in better mechanical behavior and qualitatively better matrix production than the 8-μm matrices, but with limited cellular infiltration. These data are useful for designing electrospun matrices for the pelvic floor.

  7. Exploring the dynamic behaviors and transport properties of gas molecules in a transmembrane cyclic peptide nanotube.

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    Li, Rui; Fan, Jianfen; Li, Hui; Yan, Xiliang; Yu, Yi

    2013-12-05

    The dynamic behaviors and transport properties of O2, CO2, and NH3 molecules through a transmembrane cyclic peptide nanotube (CPNT) of 8×cyclo-(WL)4/POPE have been investigated by steered molecular dynamics (SMD) simulations and adaptive biasing force (ABF) samplings. Different external forces are needed for three gas molecules to enter the channel. The periodic change of the pulling force curve for a gas traveling through the channel mainly arises from the regular and periodic arrangement of the composed CP subunits of the CPNT. Radial distribution functions (RDFs) between gas and water disclose the density decrease of channel water, which strongly aggravates the discontinuity of H-bond formation between a gas molecule and the neighboring water. Compared to hardly any H-bond formation between CO2 (or O2) and the framework of the CPNT, NH3 can form abundant H-bonds with the carbonyl/amide groups of the CPNT, leading to a fierce competition to NH3-water H-bonded interactions. In addition to direct H-bonded interactions, all three gases can form water bridges with the tube. The potential profile of mean force coincides with the occurring probability of a gas molecule along the tube axis. The energy barriers at two mouths of the CPNT elucidate the phenomenon that CO2 and O2 are thoroughly confined in the narrow lumen while NH3 can easily go outside the tube. Intermolecular interactions of each gas with channel water and the CPNT framework and the formation of H-bonds and water bridges illuminate the different gas translocation behaviors. The results uncover interesting and comprehensive mechanisms underlying the permeation characteristics of three gas molecules traveling through a transmembrane CPNT.

  8. Predicting the Operating Behavior of Ceramic Filters from Thermo-Mechanical Ash Properties

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    Hemmer, G.; Kasper, G.

    2002-09-19

    Stable operation, in other words the achievement of a succession of uniform filtration cycles of reasonable length is a key issue in high-temperature gas filtration with ceramic media. Its importance has rather grown in recent years, as these media gain in acceptance due to their excellent particle retention capabilities. Ash properties have been known for some time to affect the maximum operating temperature of filters. However, softening and consequently ''stickiness'' of the ash particles generally depend on composition in a complex way. Simple and accurate prediction of critical temperature ranges from ash analysis--and even more so from coal analysis--is still difficult without practical and costly trials. In general, our understanding of what exactly happens during break-down of filtration stability is still rather crude and general. Early work was based on the concept that ash particles begin to soften and sinter near the melting temperatures of low-melting, often alkaline components. This softening coincides with a fairly abrupt increase of stickiness, that can be detected with powder mechanical methods in a Jenicke shear cell as first shown by Pilz (1996) and recently confirmed by others (Kamiya et al. 2001 and 2002, Kanaoka et al. 2001). However, recording {sigma}-{tau}-diagrams is very time consuming and not the only off-line method of analyzing or predicting changes in thermo-mechanical ash behavior. Pilz found that the increase in ash stickiness near melting was accompanied by shrinkage attributed to sintering. Recent work at the University of Karlsruhe has expanded the use of such thermo-analytical methods for predicting filtration behavior (Hemmer 2001). Demonstrating their effectiveness is one objective of this paper. Finally, our intent is to show that ash softening at near melting temperatures is apparently not the only phenomenon causing problems with filtration, although its impact is certainly the ''final catastrophe''. There are other

  9. Frictional and Poromechanical Properties of Serpentinite: Implications for Deep Fault Slip Behavior

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    Scuderi, M. M.; Carpenter, B. M.; Marone, C.; Saffer, D. M.

    2014-12-01

    Recent observations of deep tremor and low-frequency earthquakes (LFE) have raised fundamental questions about the physics of quasidynamic rupture and the underlying fault zone processes. The presence of serpentinite at P-T conditions characteristic of deep tremor and LFE suggests that it may be an important element in complex fault slip, however, little is known about its hydrological and mechanical properties. Here, we report on experiments designed to investigate the frictional behavior of serpentinite recovered from outcrops (SO1 and SO2) and the SAFOD borehole (G27). XRD analyses reveal the presence of lizardite, kaolinite, talc and hydrotalcite in the SO1; lizardite, clinochlore and magnetite in SO2; and lizardite, quartz and calcite in G27. We powdered samples from intact blocks to a grain size <150 µm and sheared the resulting gouge in a double-direct shear configuration using a true triaxial deformation apparatus. Effective normal stress (σ'n = σn - Pp) was kept constant at values ranging from 2 to 40 MPa. Shear stress was applied via a constant load point displacement rate, and velocity was increased stepwise from 0.1 to 100 μm/s, after which a series of slide-hold-slides (SHS) were performed. We measured permeability normal to the shear direction and recovered samples for microstructural analysis. Mechanical strength varied from m=0.17 for SO1, m=0.33 for SO2 and m=0.53 for G27. Gouges exhibit an overall velocity strengthening behavior, with values approaching velocity neutral at the highest effective normal stress. SHS tests show positive healing rates for S02 and G27; whereas, SO1 samples exhibit zero or negative healing rates. Permeability decreases with increasing σ'n, with SO1 (k = 10-20m2) showing the lowest values. Microstructural observations revealed a well-developed R-Y-P fabric in SO1, which is not observed in SO2 and G27. We posit that the development of different shear fabrics controlled by mineralogy controls frictional and

  10. Comparing slip behavior and hydromechanical properties of fault systems in the Nankai subduction zone

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    Ikari, M.; Saffer, D. M.; Marone, C.; Knuth, M. W.

    2010-12-01

    At subduction zones, the plate boundary system includes several active faults, including the master décollement and splay faults that branch from it and cut the overriding margin wedge. The partitioning of strain accumulation and slip on these structures may provide important information about the mechanical behavior of the plate boundary, and for earthquake rupture and tsunamigenesis. We conducted laboratory experiments to measure the frictional and hydrologic properties of fault and wall rock from three distinct fault zone systems sampled during IODP Expedition 316 and ODP Leg 190 to the Nankai Trough offshore Japan. These fault zones are: (1) a major out-of-sequence thrust fault that terminates ~25 km landward of the trench and extends for >120 km along-strike, termed the “megasplay”; (2) the frontal thrust, comprising a region of diffuse thrust faulting near the trench; and (3) the décollement zone sampled 2 km from the trench. We observe predominantly low friction (µ ≤ 0.46), and low permeability (k ≤ 7.00x10-19 m2) consistent with the clay-rich composition of the samples. Samples from the décollement zone are both consistently weaker (µ ≤ 0.30) and less permeable than those from the megasplay area and the frontal thrust system. Fault zone material from the megasplay is both significantly weaker and less permeable than the surrounding wall rocks, a pattern not observed in the frontal thrust and décollement. All samples exhibit velocity-strengthening frictional behavior over most of the experimental conditions we explored, consistent with aseismic slip at shallow depths. Slip stability does not vary between fault zone and wall rock in any of the three settings. A previously observed minimum in the friction rate parameter a-b at sliding velocities of ~1-3 µm/s (~0.1-0.3 m/d) for samples from the megasplay fault zone is also observed for both the frontal thrust and décollement, and our data suggests that this phenomenon may be controlled

  11. Psychometric Properties of the Scores on the Behavioral Inhibition and Activation Scales in a Sample of Norwegian Children

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    Bjornebekk, Gunnar

    2009-01-01

    The primary aim of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of the scores on a version for children of the Carver and White Behavioral Inhibition and Activation scales (the BIS-BAS scales). This involved administering the BIS-BAS scales, the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule, the Junior Eysenck Personality Questionnaire…

  12. Initial Development and Psychometric Properties of the Adolescent Perceptions of Parental Pro-Educational Attitudes and Behaviors Scale

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    Herlickson, Allison B.; Wettersten, Kara B.; Herrick, Christen G.; Kim, Grace Y.; Hunter, Patricia J.; Guilmino, Adam; Faul, Kiri; Jagow-France, Desiree; Mach, Barbara; Napton, Sean; Beecher, Timothy; Holzer, Kendra; Rudolph, Susan E.

    2009-01-01

    The Initial development and psychometric properties of the Adolescent Perceptions of Parental Pro-Educational Attitudes and Behaviors Scale (APPEABS) are reviewed. Evidence of content convergent, and construct validity are reported. The APPEABS demonstrated usefulness as a scale of predicting the role of adolescents' perceptions of parents'…

  13. Psychometric Properties of the Scores on the Behavioral Inhibition and Activation Scales in a Sample of Norwegian Children

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    Bjornebekk, Gunnar

    2009-01-01

    The primary aim of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of the scores on a version for children of the Carver and White Behavioral Inhibition and Activation scales (the BIS-BAS scales). This involved administering the BIS-BAS scales, the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule, the Junior Eysenck Personality Questionnaire…

  14. Coating of carbon nanotube fibers: variation of tensile properties, failure behavior and adhesion strength

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    Mäder, Edith; Liu, Jian-Wen; Hiller, Janett; Lu, Weibang; Li, Qingwen; Zhandarov, Serge; Chou, Tsu-Wei

    2015-07-01

    An experimental study of the tensile properties of CNT fibers and their interphasial behavior in epoxy matrices is reported. One of the most promising applications of CNT fibers is their use as reinforcement in multifunctional composites. For this purpose, an increase of the tensile strength of the CNT fibers in unidirectional composites as well as strong interfacial adhesion strength is desirable. However, the mechanical performance of the CNT fiber composites manufactured so far is comparable to that of commercial fiber composites. The interfacial properties of CNT fiber/polymer composites have rarely been investigated and provided CNT fiber/epoxy interfacial shear strength of 14.4 MPa studied by the microbond test. In order to improve the mechanical performance of the CNT fibers, an epoxy compatible coating with nano-dispersed aqueous based polymeric film formers and low viscous epoxy resin, respectively, was applied. For impregnation of high homogeneity, low molecular weight epoxy film formers and polyurethane film formers were used. The aqueous based epoxy film formers were not crosslinked and able to interdiffuse with the matrix resin after impregnation. Due to good wetting of the individual CNT fibers by the film formers, the degree of activation of the fibers was improved leading to increased tensile strength and Young’s modulus. Cyclic tensile loading and simultaneous determination of electric resistance enabled to characterize the fiber’s durability in terms of elastic recovery and hysteresis. The pull-out tests and SEM study reveal different interfacial failure mechanisms in CNT fiber/epoxy systems for untreated and film former treated fibers, on the one hand, and epoxy resin treated ones, on the other hand. The epoxy resin penetrated between the CNT bundles in the reference or film former coated fiber, forming a relatively thick CNT/epoxy composite layer and thus shifting the fracture zone within the fiber. In contrast to this, shear sliding along

  15. Cervids With Different Vocal Behavior Demonstrate Different Viscoelastic Properties of Their Vocal Folds

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    Riede, Tobias; Lingle, Susan; Hunter, Eric J.; Titze, Ingo R.

    2014-01-01

    The authors test the hypothesis that vocal fold morphology and biomechanical properties covary with species-specific vocal function. They investigate mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) vocal folds, building on, and extending data on a related cervid, the Rocky Mountain elk (Cervus elaphus nelsoni). The mule deer, in contrast to the elk, is a species with relatively little vocal activity in adult animals. Mule deer and elk vocal folds show the typical three components of the mammalian vocal fold (epithelium, lamina propria and thyroarytenoid muscle). The vocal fold epithelium and the lamina propria were investigated in two sets of tensile tests. First, creep rupture tests demonstrated that ultimate stress in mule deer lamina propria is of the same magnitude as in elk. Second, cyclic loading tests revealed similar elastic moduli for the vocal fold epithelium in mule deer and elk. The elastic modulus of the lamina propria is also similar between the two species in the low-strain region, but differs at strains larger than 0.3. Sex differences in the stress–strain response, which have been reported for elk and human vocal folds, were not found for mule deer vocal folds. The laminae propriae in mule deer and elk vocal folds are comparatively large. In general, a thick and uniformly stiff lamina propria does not self-oscillate well, even when high subglottic pressure is applied. If the less stiff vocal fold seen in elk is associated with a differentiated lamina propria it would allow the vocal fold to vibrate at high tension and high subglottic pressure. The results of this study support the hypothesis that viscoelastic properties of vocal folds varies with function and vocal behavior. PMID:19603411

  16. Calcein release behavior from liposomal bilayer; influence of physicochemical/mechanical/structural properties of lipids.

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    Maherani, Behnoush; Arab-Tehrany, Elmira; Kheirolomoom, Azadeh; Geny, David; Linder, Michel

    2013-11-01

    The design of the drug delivery depends upon different parameters. One of the most noticeable factors in design of the drug delivery is drug-release profile which determines the site of action, the concentration of the drug at the time of administration, the period of time that the drug must remain at a therapeutic concentration. To get a better understanding of drug release, large unilamellar liposomes containing calcein were prepared using 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine and 1,2-palmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, and a mixture of them; calcein was chosen as a model of hydrophilic drug. The calcein permeability across liposomal membrane (with different compositions) was evaluated on the basis of the first-order kinetic by spectrofluorometer. Also, the effects of liposome composition/fluidity as well as the incubation temperature/pH were investigated. Furthermore, we simulated the digestion condition in the gastrointestinal tract in humans, to mimic human gastro-duodenal digestion to monitor calcein release during the course of the digestion process. In vitro digestion model ''pH stat'' was used to systematically examine the influence of pH/enzyme on phospholipid liposomes digestion under simulated gastro-duodenal digestion. The results revealed that calcein permeates across liposomal membrane without membrane disruption. The release rate of calcein from the liposomes depends on the number and fluidity of bilayers and its mechanical/physical properties such as permeability, bending elasticity. Chemo-structural properties of drugs like as partition coefficient (Log P), H-bonding, polar surface area (PSA) are also determinative parameter in release behavior. Finally, stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy was used to study calcein translocation through liposomal bilayers.

  17. Cervids with different vocal behavior demonstrate different viscoelastic properties of their vocal folds.

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    Riede, Tobias; Lingle, Susan; Hunter, Eric J; Titze, Ingo R

    2010-01-01

    The authors test the hypothesis that vocal fold morphology and biomechanical properties covary with species-specific vocal function. They investigate mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) vocal folds, building on, and extending data on a related cervid, the Rocky Mountain elk (Cervus elaphus nelsoni). The mule deer, in contrast to the elk, is a species with relatively little vocal activity in adult animals. Mule deer and elk vocal folds show the typical three components of the mammalian vocal fold (epithelium, lamina propria and thyroarytenoid muscle). The vocal fold epithelium and the lamina propria were investigated in two sets of tensile tests. First, creep rupture tests demonstrated that ultimate stress in mule deer lamina propria is of the same magnitude as in elk. Second, cyclic loading tests revealed similar elastic moduli for the vocal fold epithelium in mule deer and elk. The elastic modulus of the lamina propria is also similar between the two species in the low-strain region, but differs at strains larger than 0.3. Sex differences in the stress-strain response, which have been reported for elk and human vocal folds, were not found for mule deer vocal folds. The laminae propriae in mule deer and elk vocal folds are comparatively large. In general, a thick and uniformly stiff lamina propria does not self-oscillate well, even when high subglottic pressure is applied. If the less stiff vocal fold seen in elk is associated with a differentiated lamina propria it would allow the vocal fold to vibrate at high tension and high subglottic pressure. The results of this study support the hypothesis that viscoelastic properties of vocal folds varies with function and vocal behavior.

  18. Features of microbiological behavior and biocide properties of electrosynthesized polymethylolacrylamide films

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    Kolzunova, Lidia G.

    2016-05-01

    The biocide properties of an electrosynthesized of acrylamide, N,N'-methylene-bis-acrylamide and formaldehyde copolymer films against the Staphylococcus aureus and bacterial association extracted from seawater (marine biological organisms) were investigated. Copolymer films were stable in organic solvents, acids and alkali and insoluble in water, though capable to swelling ability. Besides, the polymer is thermally stable up to 237°C. It was established that the anti-bacterial effect of the films started to be expressed after two days and was maintained from 2 up to 45 days. It was established that the degree of polymer films toxicity depended on the polymer synthesis conditions, pre-treatment method and duration of the biological object exposure to the effect. It was shown that antiseptic properties of the polymer material under study were imparted by formaldehyde both as sorbed by the polymer and as included into the copolymer composition. The toxicological effect of the polymethylolacrylamide films under study on microorganisms can be applied as in medicine (antiseptic materials and implants) as for equipment protection from bio-fouling and bio-corrosion. Microbiological stability and sterilizing effect of electrosynthesized polymethylolacrylamide ultrafiltration membranes enables one not only to prolong the operation time of film membranes, but also to provide partial sterilization of organic solutions to be filtered. It was established that polymer waste can be utilized by means of microbial destruction. It was found that the washed out polymer induced a specific bacteria behavior consisting of a complex of reactions directed to search, capture and consume nutrients.

  19. Inclusion of regional poroelastic material properties better predicts biomechanical behavior of lumbar discs subjected to dynamic loading.

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    Williams, Jamie R; Natarajan, Raghu N; Andersson, Gunnar B J

    2007-01-01

    Understanding the relationship between repetitive lifting and the breakdown of disc tissue over several years of exposure is difficult to study in vivo and in vitro. The aim of this investigation was to develop a three-dimensional poroelastic finite element model of a lumbar motion segment that reflects the biological properties and behaviors of in vivo disc tissues including swelling pressure due to the proteoglycans and strain-dependent permeability and porosity. It was hypothesized that when modeling the annulus, prescribing tissue specific material properties will not be adequate for studying the in vivo loading and unloading behavior of the disc. Rather, regional variations of these properties, which are known to exist within the annulus, must also be included. Finite element predictions were compared to in vivo measurements published by Tyrrell et al. (1985) of percent change in total stature for two loading protocols, short-term creep loading and standing recovery and short-term cyclic loading with standing recovery. The model in which the regional variations of material properties in the annulus had been included provided an overall better prediction of the in vivo behavior as compared to the model in which the annulus properties were assumed to be homogenous. This model will now be used to study the relationship between repetitive lifting and disc degeneration.

  20. Grain Size Effect of Commercial Pure Titanium Foils on Mechanical Properties, Fracture Behaviors and Constitutive Models

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    Daming, Nie; Zhen, Lu; Kaifeng, Zhang

    2017-02-01

    The constitutive models based on grain size effect are crucial for analyzing the deformation of metal foils. Previous investigations on the constitutive models concentrate on the foils whose thickness/average grain diameter (T/D) ratios are more than 3. In this study, the commercial pure titanium foils with thickness of 0.1 and 0.2 mm were employed as the experimental materials. The mechanical properties of foils with dimensions of nine different T/D ratios categorized into three ranges (T/D < 1, 1 ≤ T/D < 3, T/D ≥ 3)were tested. Meanwhile, the fracture behaviors and fracture mechanisms of the samples with different T/D ratios were compared and analyzed. Besides, three constitutive models incorporating the surface layer effect and grain boundary strengthening effect were established for the three T/D ratio ranges correspondingly. In these models, the thickness of the surface layers is set T for T/D < 1 foils, D for T/D > 3, and increases with D linearly in 1 ≤ T/D < 3. The results calculated by the three models were compared. The experiments indicate that those models are all in good agreement.

  1. Dynamic behaviors and transport properties of ethanol molecules in transmembrane cyclic peptide nanotubes.

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    Li, Rui; Fan, Jianfen; Li, Hui; Yan, Xiliang; Yu, Yi

    2015-07-07

    Classical molecular dynamics simulations have been performed to investigate the dynamic behaviors and transport properties of ethanol molecules in transmembrane cyclic peptide nanotubes (CPNTs) with various radii, i.e., 8×(WL¯)n=3,4,5/POPE. The results show that ethanol molecules spontaneously fill the octa- and deca-CPNTs, but not the hexa-CPNT. In the octa-CPNT, ethanol molecules are trapped at individual gaps with their carbon skeletons perpendicular to the tube axis and hydroxyl groups towards the tube wall, forming a broken single-file chain. As the channel radius increases, ethanol molecules inside the deca-CPNT tend to form a tubular layer and the hydroxyl groups mainly stretch towards the tube axis. Computations of diffusion coefficients indicate that ethanol molecules in the octa-CPNT nearly lost their diffusion abilities, while those in the deca-CPNT diffuse as 4.5 times as in a (8, 8) carbon nanotube with a similar tube diameter. The osmotic and diffusion permeabilities (pf and pd, respectively) of the octa- and deca-CPNTs transporting ethanol were deduced for the first time. The distributions of the gauche and trans conformers of ethanol molecules in two CPNTs are quite similar, both with approximately 57% gauche conformers. The non-bonded interactions of channel ethanol with a CPNT wall and surrounding ethanol were explored. The potential of mean force elucidates the mechanism underlying the transporting characteristics of channel ethanol in a transmembrane CPNT.

  2. Thermal behavior of Bombyx mori silk: evolution of crystalline parameters, molecular structure, and mechanical properties.

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    Martel, A; Burghammer, M; Davies, R J; Riekel, C

    2007-11-01

    The thermal behavior up to degradation of Bombyx mori silk has been studied by scanning synchrotron radiation microdiffraction, gel electrophoresis, and mechanical testing. The diffraction patterns from single baves can be separated into scattering from anisotropic crystalline beta-sheet domains and random short-range order. In contrast to dragline silk, scattering from oriented, short-range-order fibroin is not observed. The sheath of sericin proteins can be selectively probed by a microbeam and shows also principally random short-range-order domains with a small crystalline beta-sheet fraction. Microdiffraction experiments on single baves from 100 to 573 K show an increase in lattice expansion along the [010] chain-stacking direction above 200-250 K, which could be due to an increase in side-chain mobility. Degradation of the crystalline fraction commences at approximately 500 K, and the fibers have become amorphous at about 570 K with an onset of carbonization. Gel electrophoresis shows that the degradation of FibH molecules starts already at about 350 K, while FibL molecules start degrading at about 400 K. The mechanical properties of single baves such as strain-to-failure and tensile strength also start degrading at about 400 K, while the initial modulus increases up to about 475 K. It is proposed that this is due to the development of cross-linking in the short-range-order chain fraction.

  3. Microstructure, mechanical property, corrosion behavior, and in vitro biocompatibility of Zr-Mo alloys.

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    Zhou, F Y; Wang, B L; Qiu, K J; Li, L; Lin, J P; Li, H F; Zheng, Y F

    2013-02-01

    In this study, the microstructure, mechanical properties, corrosion behaviors, and in vitro biocompatibility of Zr-Mo alloys as a function of Mo content after solution treatment were systemically investigated to assess their potential use in biomedical application. The experimental results indicated that Zr-1Mo alloy mainly consisted of an acicular structure of α' phase, while ω phase formed in Zr-3Mo alloy. In Zr-5Mo alloy, retained β phase and a small amount of precipitated α phase were observed. Only the retained β phase was obtained in Zr-10Mo alloy. Zr-1Mo alloy exhibited the greatest hardness, bending strength, and modulus among all experimental Zr-Mo alloys, while β phase Zr-10Mo alloy had a low modulus. The results of electrochemical corrosion indicated that adding Mo into Zr improved its corrosion resistance which resulted in increasing the thermodynamic stability and passivity of zirconium. The cytotoxicity test suggested that the extracts of the studied Zr-Mo alloys produced no significant deleterious effect to fibroblast cells (L-929) and osteoblast cells (MG 63), indicating an excellent in vitro biocompatibility. Based on these facts, certain Zr-Mo alloys potentially suitable for different biomedical applications were proposed. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  4. Effects of silica-coated carbon nanotubes on the curing behavior and properties of epoxy composites

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    Li, Ao; Li, Weizhen; Ling, Yang; ...

    2016-02-22

    Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were coated with silica by a sol–gel method to improve interfacial bonding and dispersion of nanotubes in the diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA) matrix. TEM and FE-SEM measurements showed that the silica shell was successfully coated on the surface of r-MWCNTs (as-received MWCNTs), and that the dispersion of MWCNT@SiO2 in the epoxy matrix and interfacial adhesion between MWCNTs and epoxy were improved through the silica shell formation. The effects of silica-coated multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT@SiO2) addition on the curing behavior of epoxy resin, and on the physical and thermomechanical properties of epoxy composites, were studied.more » FT-IR measurements of different blends at different curing times indicated that the curing reaction was accelerated with the presence of MWCNTs and increased with the content of MWCNT@SiO2. DSC results confirmed that the value of activation energy decreased with the introduction of MWCNTs in the order of MWCNT@SiO2 < r-MWCNTs < epoxy. It was found that the thermal conductivity of epoxy composites were significantly enhanced by incorporation of MWCNT@SiO2, relative to composites with r-MWCNTs, while the values of the glass transition temperature slightly increased, and the high electrical resistivity of these composites was retained overall.« less

  5. Effects of silica-coated carbon nanotubes on the curing behavior and properties of epoxy composites

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    Li, Ao; Li, Weizhen; Ling, Yang; Gan, Wenjun; Brady, Michael A.; Wang, Cheng

    2016-02-22

    Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were coated with silica by a sol–gel method to improve interfacial bonding and dispersion of nanotubes in the diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA) matrix. TEM and FE-SEM measurements showed that the silica shell was successfully coated on the surface of r-MWCNTs (as-received MWCNTs), and that the dispersion of MWCNT@SiO2 in the epoxy matrix and interfacial adhesion between MWCNTs and epoxy were improved through the silica shell formation. The effects of silica-coated multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT@SiO2) addition on the curing behavior of epoxy resin, and on the physical and thermomechanical properties of epoxy composites, were studied. FT-IR measurements of different blends at different curing times indicated that the curing reaction was accelerated with the presence of MWCNTs and increased with the content of MWCNT@SiO2. DSC results confirmed that the value of activation energy decreased with the introduction of MWCNTs in the order of MWCNT@SiO2 < r-MWCNTs < epoxy. It was found that the thermal conductivity of epoxy composites were significantly enhanced by incorporation of MWCNT@SiO2, relative to composites with r-MWCNTs, while the values of the glass transition temperature slightly increased, and the high electrical resistivity of these composites was retained overall.

  6. Aging behavior and mechanical properties of maraging steels in the presence of submicrocrystalline Laves phase particles

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    Mahmoudi, A.; Ghavidel, M.R. Zamanzad; Nedjad, S. Hossein; Heidarzadeh, A.; Ahmadabadi, M. Nili

    2011-10-15

    Cold rolling and annealing of homogenized Fe-Ni-Mn-Mo-Ti-Cr maraging steels resulted in the formation of submicrocrystalline Fe{sub 2}(Mo,Ti) Laves phase particles. Optical and scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, tensile and hardness tests were used to study the microstructure, aging behavior and mechanical properties of the annealed steels. The annealed microstructures showed age hardenability during subsequent isothermal aging at 753 K. Ultrahigh fracture stress but poor tensile ductility was obtained after substantial age hardening in the specimens with 2% and 4% chromium. Increasing chromium addition up to 6% toughened the aged microstructure at the expense of the fracture stress by increasing the volume fraction of retained austenite. The Laves phase particles acted as crack nucleation sites during tensile deformation. - Highlights: {yields} Laves phases dispersed in a BCC iron matrix by annealing of cold rolled samples. {yields} The samples showed age hardenability during subsequent isothermal aging at 753 K. {yields} Ultrahigh fracture stress but poor ductility was obtained after age hardening. {yields} Increasing chromium addition toughened the aged microstructure. {yields} Laves phase particles acting as crack nucleation sites during tensile deformation.

  7. Effect of Hydroxyapatite on the Mechanical Properties and Corrosion Behavior of Mg-Zn-Y Alloy

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    Chiu, Chun; Lu, Chih-Te; Chen, Shih-Hsun; Ou, Keng-Liang

    2017-01-01

    Mg-Zn-Y alloys with a long period stacking ordered (LPSO) phase are potential candidates for biodegradable implants; however, an unfavorable degradation rate has limited their applications. Hydroxyapatite (HA) has been shown to enhance the corrosion resistance of Mg alloys. In this study, Mg97Zn1Y2-0.5 wt% HA composite was synthesized and solution treated at 500 °C for 10 h. The corrosion behavior of the composite was studied by electrochemical and immersion tests, while the mechanical properties were investigated by a tensile test. Addition of HA particles improves the corrosion resistance of Mg97Zn1Y2 alloy without sacrificing tensile strength. The improved corrosion resistance is due to the formation of a compact Ca-P surface layer and a decrease of the volume fraction of the LPSO phase, both resulting from the addition of HA. After solution-treatment, the corrosion resistance of the composite decreases. This is due to the formation of a more extended LPSO phase, which weakens its role as a corrosion barrier in protecting the Mg matrix. PMID:28773216

  8. Dynamic behaviors and transport properties of ethanol molecules in transmembrane cyclic peptide nanotubes

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    Li, Rui; Fan, Jianfen; Li, Hui; Yan, Xiliang; Yu, Yi

    2015-07-01

    Classical molecular dynamics simulations have been performed to investigate the dynamic behaviors and transport properties of ethanol molecules in transmembrane cyclic peptide nanotubes (CPNTs) with various radii, i.e., 8 × ( W L ¯ ) n = 3 , 4 , 5 / POPE . The results show that ethanol molecules spontaneously fill the octa- and deca-CPNTs, but not the hexa-CPNT. In the octa-CPNT, ethanol molecules are trapped at individual gaps with their carbon skeletons perpendicular to the tube axis and hydroxyl groups towards the tube wall, forming a broken single-file chain. As the channel radius increases, ethanol molecules inside the deca-CPNT tend to form a tubular layer and the hydroxyl groups mainly stretch towards the tube axis. Computations of diffusion coefficients indicate that ethanol molecules in the octa-CPNT nearly lost their diffusion abilities, while those in the deca-CPNT diffuse as 4.5 times as in a (8, 8) carbon nanotube with a similar tube diameter. The osmotic and diffusion permeabilities (pf and pd, respectively) of the octa- and deca-CPNTs transporting ethanol were deduced for the first time. The distributions of the gauche and trans conformers of ethanol molecules in two CPNTs are quite similar, both with approximately 57% gauche conformers. The non-bonded interactions of channel ethanol with a CPNT wall and surrounding ethanol were explored. The potential of mean force elucidates the mechanism underlying the transporting characteristics of channel ethanol in a transmembrane CPNT.

  9. The effects of structural properties on the lithium storage behavior of mesoporous TiO2

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    Xiao, Liang; Meng, Wen; Wang, Shiyao; Liu, Dan; Qu, Deyu; Xie, Zhizhong; Deng, Bohua; Liu, Jinping

    2017-06-01

    Understanding the effects of structural properties on the lithium storage behavior of mesoporous TiO2 is crucial for further optimizing its performance through rational structure design. To achieve this, herein, the surface area and the grain size of the prepared mesoporous TiO2 are intentionally adjusted by controlling the calcination temperatures. It is found that the capacities of the mesoporous TiO2 contain both the lithium-ion insertion into the bulk phase (Q in) and the additional surface lithium storage (Q as). The Q in gradually increases with grain sizes to a steady level and then slightly drops. By contrast, the Q as is directly proportional to the specific surface area of the mesoporous TiO2 and is ascribed to the capacity originated from the lithium-ion insertion into the surface layer. The experimental comparison and analysis demonstrate that the fast kinetics of the Q as ensure both the better rate performance and capacity retention of mesoporous TiO2 than bulk ones. Specially, the mesoporous TiO2 calcinated at 350 °C shows the highest reversible specific capacity of 250.2 mA h g-1, the best rate capability (132.5 mA h g-1 at 2C) and good cycling stability. Our findings shed great light on the design of high-performance nanostructured TiO2 with surface lithium storage.

  10. Mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of Mg-Gd-Ca-Zr alloys for medical applications.

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    Shi, Ling-Ling; Huang, Yuanding; Yang, Lei; Feyerabend, Frank; Mendis, Chamini; Willumeit, Regine; Ulrich Kainer, Karl; Hort, Norbert

    2015-07-01

    Magnesium alloys are promising candidates for biomedical applications. In this work, influences of composition and heat treatment on the microstructure, the mechanical properties and the corrosion behavior of Mg-Gd-Ca-Zr alloys as potential biomedical implant candidates were investigated. Mg5Gd phase was observed at the grain boundaries of Mg-10Gd-xCa-0.5Zr (x=0, 0.3, 1.2wt%) alloys. Increase in the Ca content led to the formation of additional Mg2Ca phase. The Ca additions increased both the compressive and the tensile yield strengths, but reduced the ductility and the corrosion resistance in cell culture medium. After solution heat treatment, the Mg5Gd particles dissolved in the Mg matrix. The compressive strength decreased, while the corrosion resistance improved in the solution treated alloys. After ageing at 200°C, metastable β' phase formed on prismatic planes and a new type of basal precipitates have been observed, which improved the compressive and tensile ultimate strength, but decreased the ductility.

  11. Psychometric properties of the Spanish version of the Controlling Coach Behaviors Scale in the sport context.

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    Castillo, Isabel; Tomás, Inés; Ntoumanis, Nikos; Bartholomew, Kimberley; Duda, Joan L; Balaguer, Isabel

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this research was to translate into Spanish and examine the psychometric properties of the Spanish version of the Controlling Coach Behaviors Scale (CCBS) in male soccer players. The CCBS is a questionnaire designed to assess athletes' perceptions of sports coaches' controlling interpersonal style from the perspective of the self-determination theory. Study 1 tested the factorial structure of the translated scale using confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and provided evidence of discriminant validity. Studies 2 and 3 examined the invariance across time and across competitive level via multi-sample CFA. Reliability analyses were also conducted. The CFA results revealed that a four-factor model was acceptable, indicating that a controlling interpersonal style is a multidimensional construct represented by four separate and related controlling coaching strategies. Further, results supported the invariance of the CCBS factor structure across time and competitive level and provided support for the internal consistency of the scale. Overall, the CCBS demonstrated adequate internal consistency, as well as good factorial validity. The Spanish version of the CCBS represents a valid and reliable adaptation of the instrument, which can be confidently used to measure soccer players' perceptions of their coaches' controlling interpersonal style.

  12. Geometric properties and the predicted mechanical behavior of adult human clavicles.

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    Harrington, M A; Keller, T S; Seiler, J G; Weikert, D R; Moeljanto, E; Schwartz, H S

    1993-01-01

    An image processing system was used to examine histomorphometric properties of 15 adult male and female human clavicles. Variations in porosity, cross-sectional area, anatomic and principal moments of inertia were assessed at 2.5-5.0% increments along the length of the clavicles. The clavicle's biomechanical behavior (axial, flexural, and torsional rigidities and the critical force for buckling) was modeled from these data using beam theory. Over threefold variations in porosity and moments of inertia were found along the length of the s-shaped clavicle--the greatest porosity and moments of inertia were located in the variably shaped sternal and acromial thirds of the bone in contrast to the denser and smaller, more circulatory shaped central third of the bone. Clavicle orientation, as indicated by the direction of greatest resistance to bending (maximum principal moment of inertia), was found to rotate from a primarily cranio-caudal orientation at the sternum to a primarily anterior-posterior orientation at the acromion. Based on cross-sectional geometry, section moduli, and estimates of flexural and torsional rigidity, the clavicle was found to be weakest in the central third of its length. These data concur with the fracture location most commonly reported clinically. Analysis of Euler buckling predicted a minimum critical force for buckling during axial loading of approximately two to three body weights for an average adult. Thus, buckling, or a combination of axial loading and bending or torsional loading, must be considered as possible failure mechanisms for this commonly injured bone.

  13. Mechanical properties and crack growth behavior of polycrystalline copper using molecular dynamics simulation

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    Qiu, Ren-Zheng; Li, Chi-Chen; Fang, Te-Hua

    2017-08-01

    This study investigated the mechanical properties and crack propagation behavior of polycrystalline copper using a molecular dynamics simulation. The effects of temperature, grain size, and crack length were evaluated in terms of atomic trajectories, slip vectors, common neighbor analysis, the material’s stress-strain diagram and Young’s modulus. The simulation results show that the grain boundary of the material is more easily damaged at high temperatures and that grain boundaries will combine at the crack tip. From the stress-strain diagram, it was observed that the maximum stress increased as the temperature decreased. In contrast, the maximum stress was reduced by increasing the temperature. With regard to the effect of the grain size, when the grain size was too small, the structure of the sample deformed due to the effect of atomic interactions, which caused the grain boundary structure to be disordered in general. However, when the grain size was larger, dislocations appeared and began to move from the tip of the crack, which led to a new dislocation phenomenon. With regards to the effect of the crack length, the tip of the crack did not affect the sample’s material when the crack length was less than 5 nm. However, when the crack length was above 7.5 nm, the grain boundary was damaged, and twinning structures and dislocations appeared on both sides of the crack tip. This is because the tip of the crack was blunt at first before sharpening due to the dislocation effect.

  14. Psychometric Properties of the Formal Characteristics of Behavior-Temperament Inventory in Chinese Samples.

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    Liu, Wen; Chen, Liang; Yang, Ying; Zhang, Shuai

    2015-10-12

    This paper presents a Chinese adaption of the Formal Characteristics of the Behavior-Temperament Inventory (FCB-TI), a self-report instrument that evaluates six temperamental scales, based on Strelau's concept of temperament. A first sample of 626 undergraduates completed the Chinese version of the Regulative Theory of Temperament Questionnaire (RTTQ), which is an initial pool of 381 items. Internal consistency suggests adequate reliability (.66 to .82), and an exploratory factor analysis revealed a six-factor solution consistent with the original instrument. A follow-up confirmatory factor analysis revealed good support for the temperament structure with a second sample of students (N = 2.980). Internal consistency and factorial structure were re-examined (Cronbach's alpha ranged .64 to .85), and test-retest correlations over a two-week period ranged from .82 to .96 with a third sample of adults (N = 2.265). Convergent and discriminant validity was explored in relation to the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire-Revision Short Scale for Chinese (EPQ-RSC) model dimensions. Results indicate that the Chinese version of the FCB-TI has similar psychometric properties and generally satisfactory reliability and validity.

  15. Effects of antibacterial nanostructured composite films on vascular stents: hemodynamic behaviors, microstructural characteristics, and biomechanical properties.

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    Cheng, Han-Yi; Hsiao, Wen-Tien; Lin, Li-Hsiang; Hsu, Ya-Ju; Sinrang, Andi Wardihan; Ou, Keng-Liang

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this research was to investigate stresses resulting from different thicknesses and compositions of hydrogenated Cu-incorporated diamond-like carbon (a-C:H/Cu) films at the interface between vascular stent and the artery using three-dimensional reversed finite element models (FEMs). Blood flow velocity variation in vessels with plaques was examined by angiography, and the a-C:H/Cu films were characterized by transmission electron microscopy to analyze surface morphology. FEMs were constructed using a computer-aided reverse design system, and the effects of antibacterial nanostructured composite films in the stress field were investigated. The maximum stress in the vascular stent occurred at the intersections of net-like structures. Data analysis indicated that the stress decreased by 15% in vascular stents with antibacterial nanostructured composite films compared to the control group, and the stress decreased with increasing film thickness. The present results confirmed that antibacterial nanostructured composite films improve the biomechanical properties of vascular stents and release abnormal stress to prevent restenosis. The results of the present study offer the clinical benefit of inducing superior biomechanical behavior in vascular stents. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  16. The psychometric properties of the difficult behavior self-efficacy scale.

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    Oh, Hyun-Kyoung; Kozub, Francis M

    2010-07-01

    The study was designed to estimate the psychometric properties of Hastings and Brown's (2002a) Difficult Behavior Self-efficacy Scale. Participants were two samples of physical educators teaching in Korea (n=229) and the United States (U.S.; n=139). An initial translation of the questionnaire to Korean and pilot study were conducted along with the larger study using a confirmatory factor analysis procedure. Internal consistency estimates (weighed Omega) for the five-item scale were 0.88 both the Korean and U.S. samples. The average variances extracted for the one factor were 0.59 for the total data set and 0.57 each for the Korean and U.S. samples. Confirmatory factor analysis supported a five-item, unidimensional model for self-efficacy for the total sample: Goodness of Fit Index (GFI)=0.97, Nonnormed Fit Index (NNFI)=0.95, Comparative Fit Index (CFI)=0.98, and Standardized Root Mean Square Residual (SRMR)=0.03. Only the Root Mean Square Error of Approximation (RMSEA=0.12) fell below criterion levels of acceptable fit, with similar fit indices occurring in separate analyses of the Korean and U.S. samples. Invariance testing across the two samples supported metric invariance (similarity of factor loadings) but not scalar invariance (U.S. means higher on all five items). The factor structure for the self-efficacy scale provides an initial estimate of validity and internal consistency for use with different teacher groups.

  17. Influence of Filler on the Mechanical Properties and Kinetic Crystallization Behavior of Polylactic Acid (PLA)

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    Mitsuta, Ryo; Inoue, Ryohei; Hara, Ryosuke; Sato, Sadao

    The kinetic crystallization behavior of PLA (polylactic acid) and PLA/MMT nanocomposites containing 3 wt% montmorillonite (MMT) was examined in order to develop a new technique for obtaining the relative crystallization degree of a material from the spherulite occupation area based on images obtained using a charge-coupled device (CCD) camera. In addition, the relative crystallization degree is discussed in terms of the Ozawa theory. The effect of MMT filler on the mechanical properties of PLA/MMT nanocomposites, the number of spherulites generated in the nanocomposites, and the linear growth rate of these spherulites were also examined experimentally. The relative crystallization curves obtained by CCD and by DSC measurement were found to be approximately the same. Moreover, it was found that the Ozawa theory could be applied not only to PLA but also to PLA/MMT nanocomposites. In these nanocomposites, the number of spherulites decreased and the linear growth rate slightly increased ; moreover, the rate of crystallization also increased. The tensile and flexural modulus of the PLA/MMT nanocomposites containing 3 wt% MMT were 5.2-14.3% greater than those of PLA, and annealing resulted in a further increase of about 4.0-20.7%. However, the Izod impact value decreased due to the increase in rigidity caused by annealing and the addition of filler.

  18. Properties of the Driving Behavior Survey Among Individuals with Motor Vehicle Accident-Related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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    Clapp, Joshua D.; Baker, Aaron S.; Litwack, Scott D.; Sloan, Denise M.; Beck, J. Gayle

    2014-01-01

    Data suggest anxious drivers may engage in problematic behaviors that place themselves and others at increased risk of negative traffic events. Three domains of problematic behavior – exaggerated safety/caution, performance deficits, and hostile/aggressive behaviors – previously were identified during development of the Driving Behavior Survey (DBS), a novel measure of anxiety-related behavior. Extending this research, the current study examined the psychometric properties of DBS scores among individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) subsequent to motor vehicle trauma (N = 40). Internal consistencies and 12-week test-retest reliabilities for DBS scales ranged from good to excellent. Comparison of scores to normative student data indicated dose-response relationships for safety/caution and performance deficit subscales, with increased frequency of anxious behavior occurring within the PTSD sample. Associations with standard clinical measures provide additional evidence for anxiety-related driving behavior as a unique marker of functional impairment, distinct from both avoidance and disorder-specific symptoms. PMID:24325891

  19. Structure and phase formation behavior and dielectric and magnetic properties of lead iron tantalate-lead zirconate titanate multiferroic ceramics

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    Wongmaneerung, R.; Tipakontitikul, R.; Jantaratana, P.; Bootchanont, A.; Jutimoosik, J.; Yimnirun, R.; Ananta, S.

    2016-03-15

    Highlights: • The multiferroic ceramics consisted of PFT and PZT. • Crystal structure changed from cubic to mixedcubic and tetragonal with increasing PZT content. • Dielectric showed the samples underwent a typical relaxor ferroelectric behavior. • Magnetic properties showed very interesting behavior with square saturated magnetic hysteresis loops. - Abstract: Multiferroic (1 − x)Pb(Fe{sub 0.5}Ta{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}–xPb(Zr{sub 0.53}Ti{sub 0.47})O{sub 3} (or PFT–PZT) ceramics were synthesized by solid-state reaction method. The crystal structure and phase formation of the ceramics were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The local structure surrounding Fe and Ti absorbing atoms was investigated by synchrotron X-ray Absorption Near-Edge Structure (XANES) measurement. Dielectric properties were studied as a function of frequency and temperature using a LCR meter. A vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) was used to determine the magnetic hysteresis loops. XRD study indicated that the crystal structure of the sample changed from pure cubic to mixed cubic and tetragonal with increasing PZT content. XANES measurements showed that the local structure surrounding Fe and Ti ions was similar. Dielectric study showed that the samples underwent a typical relaxor ferroelectric behavior while the magnetic properties showed very interesting behavior with square saturated magnetic hysteresis loops.

  20. Densification behavior, nanocrystallization, and mechanical properties of spark plasma sintered Fe-based bulk amorphous alloys

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    Singh, Ashish Kumar

    Fe-based amorphous alloys are gaining increasing attention due to their exceptional wear and corrosion resistance for potential structural applications. Two major challenges that are hindering the commercialization of these amorphous alloys are difficulty in processing of bulk shapes (diameter > 10 mm) and lack of ductility. Spark plasma sintering (SPS) is evolving as a promising technique for processing bulk shapes of amorphous and nanocrystalline materials. The objective of this work is to investigate densification behavior, nanocrystallization, and mechanical properties of SPS sintered Fe-based amorphous alloys of composition Fe48Cr15Mo14Y2C15B6. SPS processing was performed in three distinct temperature ranges of amorphous alloys: (a) below glass transition temperature (Tg), (b) between Tg and crystallization temperature (Tx), and (c) above Tx. Punch displacement data obtained during SPS sintering was correlated with the SPS processing parameters such as temperature, pressure, and sintering time. Powder rearrangement, plastic deformation below T g, and viscous flow of the material between Tg and Tx were observed as the main densification stages during SPS sintering. Micro-scale temperature distributions at the point of contact and macro-scale temperature distribution throughout the sample during SPS of amorphous alloys were modeled. The bulk amorphous alloys are expected to undergo structural relaxation and nanocrystallization during SPS sintering. X-ray diffraction (XRD), small angle neutron scattering (SANS), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was performed to investigate the evolution of nanocrystallites in SPS sintered Fe-based bulk amorphous alloys. The SANS analysis showed significant scattering for the samples sintered in the supercooled region indicating local structural and compositional changes with the profuse nucleation of nano-clusters (~4 nm). Compression tests and microhardness were performed on the samples sintered at different

  1. Effect of Nb on the Microstructure, Mechanical Properties, Corrosion Behavior, and Cytotoxicity of Ti-Nb Alloys

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    Han, Mi-Kyung; Kim, Jai-Youl; Hwang, Moon-Jin; Song, Ho-Jun; Park, Yeong-Joon

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, the effects of Nb addition (5–20 wt %) on the microstructure, mechanical properties, corrosion behavior, and cytotoxicity of Ti-Nb alloys were investigated with the aim of understanding the relationship between phase/microstructure and various properties of Ti-xNb alloys. Phase/microstructure was analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), SEM, and TEM. The results indicated that the Ti-xNb alloys (x = 10, 15, and 20 wt %) were mainly composed of α + β phases with precipitation of the isothermal ω phase. The volume percentage of the ω phase increased with increasing Nb content. We also investigated the effects of the alloying element Nb on the mechanical properties (including Vickers hardness and elastic modulus), oxidation protection ability, and corrosion behavior of Ti-xNb binary alloys. The mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of Ti-xNb alloys were found to be sensitive to Nb content. These experimental results indicated that the addition of Nb contributed to the hardening of cp-Ti and to the improvement of its oxidation resistance. Electrochemical experiments showed that the Ti-xNb alloys exhibited superior corrosion resistance to that of cp-Ti. The cytotoxicities of the Ti-xNb alloys were similar to that of pure titanium. PMID:28793546

  2. PROPERTIES AND BEHAVIOR OF 238PU RELEVANT TO DECONTAMINATION OF BUILDING 235-F

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    Duncan, A.; Kane, M.

    2009-11-24

    This report was prepared to document the physical, chemical and radiological properties of plutonium oxide materials that were processed in the Plutonium Fuel Form Facility (PuFF) in building 235-F at the Savannah River Plant (now known as the Savannah River Site) in the late 1970s and early 1980s. An understanding of these properties is needed to support current project planning for the safe and effective decontamination and deactivation (D&D) of PuFF. The PuFF mission was production of heat sources to power Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs) used in space craft. The specification for the PuO{sub 2} used to fabricate the heat sources required that the isotopic content of the plutonium be 83 {+-} 1% Pu-238 due to its high decay heat of 0.57 W/g. The high specific activity of Pu-238 (17.1 Ci/g) due to alpha decay makes this material very difficult to manage. The production process produced micron-sized particles which proved difficult to contain during operations, creating personnel contamination concerns and resulting in the expenditure of significant resources to decontaminate spaces after loss of material containment. This report examines high {sup 238}Pu-content material properties relevant to the D&D of PuFF. These relevant properties are those that contribute to the mobility of the material. Physical properties which produce or maintain small particle size work to increase particle mobility. Early workers with {sup 238}PuO{sub 2} felt that, unlike most small particles, Pu-238 oxide particles would not naturally agglomerate to form larger, less mobile particles. It was thought that the heat generated by the particles would prevent water molecules from binding to the particle surface. Particles covered with bound water tend to agglomerate more easily. However, it is now understood that the self-heating effect is not sufficient to prevent adsorption of water on particle surfaces and thus would not prevent agglomeration of particles. Operational

  3. Lysozyme entrapped within reverse hexagonal mesophases: physical properties and structural behavior.

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    Mishraki, Tehila; Libster, Dima; Aserin, Abraham; Garti, Nissim

    2010-01-01

    A model protein (lysozyme) was incorporated into monoolein-based reverse hexagonal (H(II)) mesophase and its structure effects were characterized by small angle X-ray scattering, ATR-FTIR spectroscopy, and rheological measurements. Modifications in molecular organization of the H(II) mesophases as well as the conformational stability of lysozyme (LSZ) as a function of pH and denaturating agent (urea) were clarified. Up to 3 wt.% LSZ can be solubilized into the H(II). The vibration FTIR analysis revealed that LSZ interacted with OH groups of glycerol monooleate (GMO) in the outer interface region, resulting in strong hydrogen bonding between the surfactant and its environment. Simultaneously, the decrease in the hydrogen-bonded carbonyl population of GMO was monitored, indicating dehydration of the monoolein carbonyls. These molecular interactions yielded a minor decrease in the lattice parameter of the systems, as detected by small angle X-ray scattering. Furthermore, LSZ was crystallized within the medium of the hexagonal structures in a single crystal form. The alpha-helix conformation of lysozyme was stabilized at high pH conditions, demonstrating greater helical structure content, compared to D(2)O solution. Moreover, the hexagonal phase decreased the unfavorable alpha-->beta transition in lysozyme, thereby increasing the stability of the protein under chemical denaturation. The rheological behavior of the hexagonal structures varied with the incorporation of LSZ, reflected in stronger elastic properties and pronounced solid-like response of the systems. The hydrogen bonding enhancement in the interface region of the structures was most likely responsible for these phenomena. The results of this study provided valuable information on the use of hexagonal systems as a carrier for incorporation and stabilization of proteins for various applications.

  4. Linking nanoscale mechanical behavior to bulk physical properties and phenomena of energetic materials

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    Taw, Matthew R.

    The hardness and reduced modulus of aspirin, RDX, HMX, TATB, FOX-7, ADAAF, and TNT/CL-20 were experimentally measured with nanoindentation. These values are reported for the first time using as-received micron sized crystals of energetic materials with no additional mechanical processing. The results for TATB, ADAAF, and TNT/CL-20 are the first of their kind, while comparisons to previous nanoindentation studies on large, carefully grown single crystals of the other energetic materials show that mechanical properties of the larger crystals are comparable to crystals in the condition they are practically used. Measurements on aspirin demonstrate the variation that can occur between nanoindentation indents based on the orientation of a Berkovich tip relative to the surface of the sample. The Hertzian elastic contact model was used to analyze the materials initial yield, or pop-in, behavior. The length, energy, indentation load, and shear stress at initial yielding were used to characterize each material. For the energetic materials the length and energy of the yield excursions were compared to the drop weight sensitivity. This comparison revealed a general trend that more impact sensitive materials have longer, more severe pop-in excursions. Hot spot initiation mechanisms involving crystal defects such as void collapses and dislocation pile-up followed by avalanche are supported by these trends. While this only takes one aspect of impact sensitivity into consideration, if this trend is observed in a larger range of energetics these methods could possibly be used to great advantage in the early stages of new explosives synthesis to obtain an estimation of drop weight sensitivity.

  5. Kinematic property of target motion conditions gaze behavior and eye-hand synergy during manual tracking.

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    Huang, Chien-Ting; Hwang, Ing-Shiou

    2013-12-01

    This study investigated how frequency demand and motion feedback influenced composite ocular movements and eye-hand synergy during manual tracking. Fourteen volunteers conducted slow and fast force-tracking in which targets were displayed in either line-mode or wave-mode to guide manual tracking with target movement of direct position or velocity nature. The results showed that eye-hand synergy was a selective response of spatiotemporal coupling conditional on target rate and feedback mode. Slow and line-mode tracking exhibited stronger eye-hand coupling than fast and wave-mode tracking. Both eye movement and manual action led the target signal during fast-tracking, while the latency of ocular navigation during slow-tracking depended on the feedback mode. Slow-tracking resulted in more saccadic responses and larger pursuit gains than fast-tracking. Line-mode tracking led to larger pursuit gains but fewer and shorter gaze fixations than wave-mode tracking. During slow-tracking, incidences of saccade and gaze fixation fluctuated across a target cycle, peaking at velocity maximum and the maximal curvature of target displacement, respectively. For line-mode tracking, the incidence of smooth pursuit was phase-dependent, peaking at velocity maximum as well. Manual behavior of slow or line-mode tracking was better predicted by composite eye movements than that of fast or wave-mode tracking. In conclusion, manual tracking relied on versatile visual strategies to perceive target movements of different kinematic properties, which suggested a flexible coordinative control for the ocular and manual sensorimotor systems. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Data concerning the psychometric properties of the Behavioral Inhibition/Behavioral Activation Scales for the Portuguese population.

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    Moreira, Diana; Almeida, Fernando; Pinto, Marta; Segarra, Pilar; Barbosa, Fernando

    2015-09-01

    The behavioral inhibition/behavioral activation (BIS/BAS) scales (Carver & White, 1994), which allow rating the Gray's motivational systems, were translated and adapted into Portuguese. In this study, the authors present the procedure and the psychometric analyses of the Portuguese version of the scales, which included basic item and scales psychometric characteristics, as well as confirmatory and exploratory factor analyses. After the psychometric analyses provided evidence for the quality of the Portuguese version of the scales, the normative data was provided by age and school grade. The confirmatory factor analysis of the BIS/BAS scales that the authors performed did not demonstrate satisfactory fit for the 2- or 4-factor solution. The authors also tested the more recent 5-factor model, but the fit indices remained inadequate. As fit indices were not satisfactory they proceeded with an exploratory factor analysis to examine the structure of the Portuguese scales. These psychometric analyses provided evidence of a successful translation of the original scales. Therefore these scales can now be used in future research with Portuguese or Brazilian population. (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved.

  7. Structure, Electronic Properties, and Electrochemical Behavior of a Boron-Doped Diamond/Quartz Optically Transparent Electrode.

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    Wächter, Naihara; Munson, Catherine; Jarošová, Romana; Berkun, Isil; Hogan, Timothy; Rocha-Filho, Romeu C; Swain, Greg M

    2016-05-31

    The morphology, microstructure, chemistry, electronic properties, and electrochemical behavior of a boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond (BDD) thin film grown on quartz were evaluated. Diamond optically transparent electrodes (OTEs) are useful for transmission spectroelectrochemical measurements, offering excellent stability during anodic and cathodic polarization and exposure to a variety of chemical environments. We report on the characterization of a BDD OTE by atomic force microscopy, optical spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopic mapping, alternating-current Hall effect measurements, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and electrochemical methods. The results reported herein provide the first comprehensive study of the relationship between the physical and chemical structure and electronic properties of a diamond OTE and the electrode's electrochemical activity.

  8. Particle properties of sugar maple hemicellulose hydrolysate and its influence on growth and metabolic behavior of Pichia stipitis.

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    Sun, Zhijie; Shupe, Alan; Liu, Tingjun; Hu, Ruofei; Amidon, Thomas E; Liu, Shijie

    2011-01-01

    In this study the influence of the insoluble solids in nano-filtrated sugar maple hemicellulosic hydrolysate on the metabolic behavior of Pichia stiptis was investigated. The particle properties of hemicellulosic hydrolysate were analyzed. Phosphoric acid and ammonium (PA) were applied to remove the particles. The metabolic behavior and growth property of P. stipitis in particle--removed hydrolysate was measured. Results demonstrated that the average particle size and zeta potential of the untreated hydrolysate were 2266.9±78.2 nm and -6.09±0.49 mV. Xylose consumption and ethanol production rate were significantly decreased when particle content is greater than 1.63 g/L. Because the majority of particles (34 g/L) were removed from hydrolysates by phosphoric acid and ammonium treatment, the fermentability of the hydrolysate was significantly improved. These results indicated particles play an important role in hydrolysate inhibition effect.

  9. Elastic properties and buckling behavior of single-walled carbon nanotubes functionalized with diethyltoluenediamines using molecular dynamics simulations

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    Ansari, R.; Ajori, S.; Rouhi, S.

    2015-01-01

    Carbon nanotube (CNT) modification processes are of great importance for good dispersion of CNTs and load transfer issues in nanocomposites. Among these processes, polymer covalent functionalization is found to be an effective way to alter the mechanical properties and behavior of pristine CNTs. Therefore, the mechanical properties and buckling behavior of diethyltoluenediamines (DETDA) functionalized CNTs are investigated employing molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The results demonstrate that as the polymer weight percentage increases, Young's modulus and critical buckling load increase almost linearly for both regular and random polymer distributions, whereas critical strain decreases with different trends depending on the type of polymer distribution. Finally, the buckling mode shapes of the presented models are illustrated and it was revealed that there are some differences between the mode shapes of functionalized CNTs and those of pristine CNTs.

  10. Improved Prediction of Rat Cortical Bone Mechanical Behavior using Composite Beam Theory to Integrate Tissue Level Properties

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    Kim, Grace; Boskey, Adele L.; Baker, Shefford P.; van der Meulen, Marjolein C. H.

    2012-01-01

    Tissue level characteristics of bone can be measured by nanoindentation and microspectroscopy, but are challenging to translate to whole bone mechanical behavior in this hierarchically structured material. The current study calculated weighted section modului from microCT attenuation values based on tissue level relationships (Zlin,a and Zlin,b) between mineralization and material properties to predict whole bone mechanical behavior. Zlin,a was determined using the equation of the best fit linear regression between nanoindentation indentation modulus and mineral:matrix ratio from Raman spectroscopy. To better represent the modulus of unmineralized tissue, a second linear regression with the intercept fixed at 0 was used to calculate Zlin,b. The predictive capability of the weighted section moduli calculated using a tissue level relationship were compared with average tissue level properties and weighted section moduli calculated using an apparent level relationship (Zexp) between Young’s Modulus and mineralization. A range of bone mineralization was created using vitamin D deficiency in growing rats. After 10 weeks, left femurs were scanned using microCT and tested to failure in 3 point bending. Contralateral limbs were used for co-localized tissue level mechanical properties by nanoindentation and compositional measurements by Raman microspectroscopy. Vitamin D deficiency reduced whole bone stiffness and strength by ~35% and ~30%, respectively, but only reduced tissue mineral density by ~10% compared with Controls. Average tissue level properties did not correlate with whole bone mechanical behavior while Zlin,a, Zlin,b, and Zexp predicted 54%, 66%, and 80% of the failure moment respectively. This study demonstrated that in a model for varying mineralization, the composite beam model in this paper is an improved method to extrapolate tissue level data to macro-scale mechanical behavior. PMID:23021607

  11. Health risk behaviors in adolescents and emerging adults with congenital heart disease: psychometric properties of the Health Behavior Scale-Congenital Heart Disease.

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    Goossens, Eva; Luyckx, Koen; Mommen, Nele; Gewillig, Marc; Budts, Werner; Zupancic, Nele; Moons, Philip

    2013-12-01

    To optimize long-term outcomes, patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) should adopt health-promoting behaviors. Studies on health behavior in afflicted patients are scarce and comparability of study results is limited. To enlarge the body of evidence, we have developed the Health Behavior Scale-Congenital Heart Disease (HBS-CHD). We examined the psychometric properties of the HBS-CHD by providing evidence for (a) the content validity; (b) validity based on the relationships with other variables; (c) reliability in terms of stability; and (d) responsiveness. Ten experts rated the relevance of the HBS-CHD items. The item content validity index (I-CVI) and the averaged scale content validity index (S-CVI/Ave); the modified multi-rater Kappa and proportion of missing values for each question were calculated. Relationships with other variables were evaluated using six hypotheses that were tested in 429 adolescents with CHD. Stability of the instrument was assessed using Heise's method; and responsiveness was tested by calculating the Guyatt's Responsiveness Index (GRI). Overall, 86.3% of the items had a good to excellent content validity; the S-CVI/Ave (0.81) and multi-rater Kappa (0.78) were adequate. The average proportion of missing values was low (1.2%). Because five out of six hypotheses were confirmed, evidence for the validity of the HBS-CHD based on relationships with other variables was provided. The stability of the instrument could not be confirmed based on our data. The GRI showed good to excellent capacity of the HBS-CHD to detect clinical changes in the health behavior over time. We found that the HBS-CHD is a valid and responsive questionnaire to assess health behaviors in patients with CHD.

  12. Common behavior of the critical properties of the 2D and 3D square-well fluids.

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    Reyes, Yuri; Flores-Sandoval, César A; Orea, Pedro

    2013-10-28

    We have analyzed the behavior of the critical properties and second virial coefficient of the square well fluids in two (2D) and three dimensions (3D) as a function of the interaction range. In both systems, the critical density shows an oscillating-like behavior as the interaction range increases. The second virial coefficient evaluated at the critical temperature as a function of the interaction range shows a general behavior for both cases, and quite surprisingly, there is a minimum of this parameter, for the 2D and 3D fluids, located approximately at the same interaction range. These findings are discussed in terms of the structure of the fluids, via the analysis of the radial distribution function evaluated at the critical point.

  13. A Swedish national twin study of criminal behavior and its violent, white-collar and property subtypes.

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    Kendler, K S; Maes, H H; Lönn, S L; Morris, N A; Lichtenstein, P; Sundquist, J; Sundquist, K

    2015-08-01

    We sought to clarify the etiological contribution of genetic and environmental factors to total criminal behavior (CB) measured as criminal convictions in men and women, and to violent (VCB), white-collar (WCCB) and property criminal behavior (PCB) in men only. In 21 603 twin pairs from the Swedish Twin Registry, we obtained information on all criminal convictions from 1973 to 2011 from the Swedish Crime Register. Twin modeling was performed using the OpenMx package. For all criminal convictions, heritability was estimated at around 45% in both sexes, with the shared environment accounting for 18% of the variance in liability in females and 27% in males. The correlation of these risk factors across sexes was estimated at +0.63. In men, the magnitudes of genetic and environmental influence were similar in the three criminal conviction subtypes. However, for violent and white-collar convictions, nearly half and one-third of the genetic effects were respectively unique to that criminal subtype. About half of the familial environmental effects were unique to property convictions. The familial aggregation of officially recorded CB is substantial and results from both genetic and familial environmental factors. These factors are moderately correlated across the sexes suggesting that some genetic and environmental influences on criminal convictions are unique to men and to women. Violent criminal behavior and property crime are substantially influenced respectively by genetic and shared environmental risk factors unique to that criminal subtype.

  14. Steady shear flow behavior of sage seed gum affected by various salts and sugars: Time-independent properties.

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    Yousefi, Ali R; Eivazlou, Razieh; Razavi, Seyed M A

    2016-10-01

    The rheological properties of food hydrocolloids are remarkably influenced by the quality of solvent/cosolutes in a food system. In this work, the steady shear flow behavior of sage seed gum (SSG, 0.5% w/w) at the presence of different levels of salts (KCl & MgCl2, 0-100mM) and sugars (sucrose, lactose & glucose, 0-6% w/w) was studied. It was found that the rheological properties of SSG were affected by the type of sugars and salts and their concentrations as well. Synergistic interaction was observed between SSG and sugars which enhanced the viscosity of gum solutions, while salts addition diminished the viscosity. SSG solutions exhibited a shear thinning behavior at all conditions tested. Various time-independent rheological models were used to fit the shear stress-shear rate data, although the Herschel-Bulkley (R(2)=0.994-0.999) and Sisko (R(2)=0.995-0.999) models showed the best results to describe the flow behavior of SSG. In the presence of salts, the yield stress (τ0), consistency coefficient (k), and flow behavior index (n) values decreased. The k and τ0 values enhanced and the n value lowered in the presence of sugars. Divalent cations of Mg(2+) and sucrose roughly showed more effect on rheological parameters than others.

  15. Physical properties and Consolidation behavior of sediments from the N. Japan subduction zone

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    Valdez, R. D., II; Lauer, R. M.; Ikari, M.; Kitajima, H.; Saffer, D. M.

    2013-12-01

    Sediment hydraulic properties, consolidation state, and ambient pore pressure development are key parameters that affect fluid migration, deformation, and the slip behavior and mechanical strength of subduction zone megathrusts. In order to better understand the dynamics and mechanisms of large subduction earthquakes, Integrated Oceanic Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 343, drilled into the toe of the Japan Trench subduction zone in a region of large shallow slip in the M 9.0 Tohoku earthquake, as part of the Japan Trench Fast Drilling Project (J-FAST). Here, we report on two constant rate of strain (CRS) uniaxial consolidation experiments and two triaxial deformation experiments on bedded claystone and clayey mudstone core samples collected from the frontal prism and subducted sediment section cored at Site C0019, 2.5 km landward of the Japan Trench, from depths of 697.18 and 831.45 mbsf. The goals of our experiments were: (1) to define the hydraulic and acoustic properties of sediments that host the subduction megathrust fault that slipped in the M 9.0 Tohoku earthquake; and (2) to constrain in-situ consolidation state and its implications for in-situ stress. The permeability-porosity trends are similar for the two samples, and both exhibit permeability that decreases systematically with increasing effective stress and decreasing porosity, and which varies log-linearly with porosity. Permeabilities of material from the frontal prism decrease from 5×10-18 m2 at 5 MPa effective stress, to 3.0×10-19 m2 at 70 MPa, and porosities decrease from 51% to 29%, while permeabilities of the subducted sediment sample decrease from 5×10-18 m2 at 5 MPa to 3.6×10-19 m2 at 90 MPa, and porosities decrease from 49% to 36%. In-situ permeabilities for the prism and underthrust sediment samples, estimated using laboratory defined permeability-porosity relationships, are 4.9×10-18 m2 and 3.7×10-18 m2, respectively. Elastic wavespeeds increase systematically with increasing

  16. Measurement properties of eating behavior self-assessment tools in adult bariatric surgery populations: a systematic review.

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    Barclay, Karen S; Rushton, Paula W; Forwell, Susan J

    2015-04-01

    The present study aims to identify the range of eating behavior self-assessment tools reported in the adult bariatric surgery literature and evaluate the measurement properties of these tools using pre-established criteria. This systematic review follows the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis (PRISMA) guidelines. This review revealed the use of 20 distinct tools; however, evidence for measurement properties specific to bariatric surgery populations was limited to only ten of these tools, as reported in 14 papers. Validity varied extensively and there was a widespread lack of information regarding measurement of change over time and patient burden. According to the evaluation criteria, there was adequate support for two tools. Several other tools show potential but would benefit from additional investigation of their measurement properties prior to continued use with bariatric surgery patients.

  17. Withdrawal properties of a neuroactive steroid: implications for GABA(A) receptor gene regulation in the brain and anxiety behavior.

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    Smith, Sheryl S

    2002-05-01

    Early work in the field established that the 5 alpha-reduced metabolite of progesterone 3 alpha-OH-5 alpha-pregnan-20-one (allopregnanolone or 3 alpha,5 alpha-THP) is a potent positive modulator of the GABA(A) receptor (GABAR), the receptor mediating the effects of the primary inhibitory transmitter in the brain. This steroid acts in a manner similar to sedative drugs, such as the barbiturates, both in terms of potentiating GABA-induced inhibition in vitro and in behavioral assays, by reducing anxiety and seizure susceptibility. Because sedative compounds exhibit withdrawal properties that result in behavioral hyperexcitability, our laboratory has more recently investigated the effect of prolonged application and rapid removal (i.e. 'withdrawal') of this steroid, administered in vivo to female rats. Withdrawal from 3 alpha,5 alpha-THP produces a state of increased anxiety and lowered seizure threshold, similar to withdrawal from other GABA-modulatory drugs such as the benzodiazepines and alcohol. Hormone withdrawal also produced increases in the alpha 4-containing GABAR, an effect correlated with insensitivity of the GABAR to modulation by the benzodiazepine class of tranquilizers, as would normally occur under control conditions. In addition, changes in intrinsic channel properties, including a marked acceleration in the decay rate was also observed as a result of declining levels of 3 alpha,5 alpha-THP. Such a change would result in less inhibitory total current, and the resulting increase in neuronal excitability could then underlie the observed behavioral excitability following hormone withdrawal. These results suggest that actions of this steroid on a traditional transmitter receptor in the brain lead to alterations in GABAR subunit composition that result in changes in the intrinsic channel properties of the receptor and behavioral excitability. These results may have implications for endogenous fluctuations in this hormone which may accompany premenstrual

  18. The Psychometric Properties of a New Measure of Sensory Behaviors in Autistic Children.

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    Neil, Louise; Green, Dido; Pellicano, Elizabeth

    2017-04-01

    Unusual reactions to sensory input became part of the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder in the DSM-5. Measures accurately assessing these symptoms are important for clinical decisions. This study examined the reliability and validity of the Sensory Behavior Questionnaire, a parent-report scale designed to assess frequency and impact of sensory behaviors in autistic children. The scale demonstrated excellent internal consistency and concurrent validity, and was a better predictor of autistic symptoms than the Short Sensory Profile within a group of 66 school-age autistic children. The scale also successfully discriminated between autistic and typical children of similar age and ability. The Sensory Behavior Questionnaire has potential as a measure of sensory behaviors in children on the autism spectrum.

  19. Fracture Behavior and Properties of Functionally Graded Fiber-Reinforced Concrete

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    Roesler, Jeffery; Bordelon, Amanda; Gaedicke, Cristian; Park, Kyoungsoo; Paulino, Glaucio

    2008-02-01

    In concrete pavements, a single concrete mixture design is selected to resist mechanical loading without attempting to adversely affect the concrete pavement shrinkage, ride quality, or noise attenuation. An alternative approach is to design distinct layers within the concrete pavement surface which have specific functions thus achieving higher performance at a lower cost. The objective of this research was to address the structural benefits of functionally graded concrete materials (FGCM) for rigid pavements by testing and modeling the fracture behavior of different combinations of layered plain and synthetic fiber-reinforced concrete materials. Fracture parameters and the post-peak softening behavior were obtained for each FGCM beam configuration by the three point bending beam test. The peak loads and initial fracture energy between the plain, fiber-reinforced, and FGCM signified similar crack initiation. The total fracture energy indicated improvements in fracture behavior of FGCM relative to full-depth plain concrete. The fracture behavior of FGCM depended on the position of the fiber-reinforced layer relative to the starter notch. The fracture parameters of both fiber-reinforced and plain concrete were embedded into a finite element-based cohesive zone model. The model successfully captured the experimental behavior of the FGCMs and predicted the fracture behavior of proposed FGCM configurations and structures. This integrated approach (testing and modeling) demonstrates the viability of FGCM for designing layered concrete pavements system.

  20. Fracture Behavior and Properties of Functionally Graded Fiber-Reinforced Concrete

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    Roesler, Jeffery; Bordelon, Amanda; Gaedicke, Cristian; Park, Kyoungsoo; Paulino, Glaucio

    2008-02-15

    In concrete pavements, a single concrete mixture design is selected to resist mechanical loading without attempting to adversely affect the concrete pavement shrinkage, ride quality, or noise attenuation. An alternative approach is to design distinct layers within the concrete pavement surface which have specific functions thus achieving higher performance at a lower cost. The objective of this research was to address the structural benefits of functionally graded concrete materials (FGCM) for rigid pavements by testing and modeling the fracture behavior of different combinations of layered plain and synthetic fiber-reinforced concrete materials. Fracture parameters and the post-peak softening behavior were obtained for each FGCM beam configuration by the three point bending beam test. The peak loads and initial fracture energy between the plain, fiber-reinforced, and FGCM signified similar crack initiation. The total fracture energy indicated improvements in fracture behavior of FGCM relative to full-depth plain concrete. The fracture behavior of FGCM depended on the position of the fiber-reinforced layer relative to the starter notch. The fracture parameters of both fiber-reinforced and plain concrete were embedded into a finite element-based cohesive zone model. The model successfully captured the experimental behavior of the FGCMs and predicted the fracture behavior of proposed FGCM configurations and structures. This integrated approach (testing and modeling) demonstrates the viability of FGCM for designing layered concrete pavements system.

  1. Evaluation of seawater exposure on mechanical properties and failure behavior of E-Glass/BMI composite for marine use

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    Zhao, Yian; Wang, Zhiying; Seah, Leong Keey; Chai, Gin Boay

    2015-03-01

    Since composite material is playing an increasingly important role in the marine and offshore drilling industry, it is essential to have a good understanding on degradation of the material in the seawater environment. This study investigates the influence of seawater exposure on the mechanical and failure behavior of E-Glass/BMI composite. The water diffusion behavior in the composite has been studied through immersing the specimens in seawater under different conditions. The diffusion rate accelerates with increase of temperature, and the material shows irreversible damage due to seawater absorption at the temperature of 80°C. It is also found that external stress would significantly increase the water absorption. The water uptake in the specimen at 50°C showed a two stage behavior dominated by Fickian law and polymeric relaxation respectively, and saturation was not achieved in 8 months. After diffusion, the Tg of the material is considerably lowered due to plasticization effect. However the effect was found to be reversible after drying the specimen. Based on the testing results of tensile, flexure and fatigue properties of the composites, it is concluded that seawater exposure especially at elevated temperature leads to significant degradation on mechanical properties of the composite. However, the flexural strength of BMI composite with seawater absorption becomes less susceptible to temperature change. It is also found that the seawater absorption doesn't show significant effect on the stiffness of the material.

  2. The effect of oxide film properties on the corrosion behavior of SiC/Al metal-matrix composites

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    Golledge, S.L.

    1991-01-01

    Oxide growth on pure aluminum, aluminum alloy 6061, and the aluminum-based metal matrix composite SiC/AA6061 was studied, and the properties of the oxides related to the pit-initiation behavior of the materials. The objectives of the work were to identify the effect of alloying elements and SiC reinforcement on the oxide film, and to better understand how the oxide properties control pit initiation behavior. To this end, electrochemical and optical studies of the materials were carried out in a buffered sodium/boric acid solution at pH values of 8.4 and 7.2. The alloy and metal-matrix composite showed a slightly lesser tendency to pit than pure aluminum, as measured by the pitting potential. The oxide on the composite was less resistant to pit initiation, and was found to exhibit slower repassivation rates than the other materials. The repassivation behavior and resistance to pit initiation were quite similar in the case of the alloy and the pure aluminum. Induction times for pit initiation were consistent with the predictions of Heusler's model for the breakdown of passivity.

  3. Surface properties, aggregation behavior and micellization thermodynamics of a class of gemini surfactants with ethyl ammonium headgroups.

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    Lu, Ting; Lan, Yuru; Liu, Chenjiang; Huang, Jianbin; Wang, Yilin

    2012-07-01

    Cationic gemini surfactant homologues alkanediyl-α,ω-bis(dodecyldiethylammonium bromide), [C(12)H(25)(CH(3)CH(2))(2)N(CH(2))(S)N(CH(2)CH(3))(2)C(12)H(25)]Br(2) (where S=2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 20), referred to as C(12)C(S)C(12)(Et) were synthesized systematically. This paper focused on various properties of the above gemini surfactants in order to give a full understanding of this series of surfactants. The following points are covered: (1) surface properties, which include (i) effect of the spacer carbon number on the general properties and (ii) the effect of added NaBr on the general surface properties; (2) aggregation behavior in bulk solution, including (i) morphologies of above gemini surfactants classed as having short spacers, middle-length spacers and long spacers and (ii) superior vesicle stability against high NaBr concentration for the long spacer gemini surfactants; (3) thermodynamic properties during micellization and the effect of spacer carbon number on them; and (4) perspectives for the further use and application of these compounds.

  4. Microwave heating behavior and microwave absorption properties of barium titanate at high temperatures

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    Kashimura, K.; Sugawara, H.; Hayashi, M.; Mitani, T.; Shinohara, N.

    2016-06-01

    The temperature dependence of the microwave absorption behavior of BaTiO3 particles was investigated over various frequencies and temperatures of 25-1000 ∘C. First, using both the coaxial transmission line method and the cavity perturbation method by a network analyzer, the real and imaginary parts of the relative permittivity of BaTiO3 ( ɛr ' and ɛr ″ , respectively) were measured, in order to improve the reliability of the data obtained at 2.45 GHz. The imaginary parts of the relative permittivity as measured by the two methods were explored by their heating behaviors. Furthermore, the temperature dependence of the microwave absorption behavior of BaTiO3 particles was investigated for frequencies of 2.0-13.5 GHz and temperatures of 25-1000 ∘C using the coaxial transmission line method.

  5. Mechanical properties and constitutive behaviors of as-cast 7050 aluminum alloy from room temperature to above the solidus temperature

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    Bai, Qing-ling; Li, Hong-xiang; Du, Qiang; Zhang, Ji-shan; Zhuang, Lin-zhong

    2016-08-01

    The mechanical properties and constitutive behaviors of as-cast AA7050 in both the solid and semi-solid states were determined using the on-cooling and in situ solidification approaches, respectively. The results show that the strength in the solid state tends to increase with decreasing temperature. The strain rate plays an important role in the stress-strain behaviors at higher temperatures, whereas the influence becomes less pronounced and irregular when the temperature is less than 250°C. The experimental data were fitted to the extended Ludwik equation, which is suitable to describe the mechanical behavior of the materials in the as-cast state. In the semi-solid state, both the strength and ductility of the alloy are high near the solidus temperature and decrease drastically with decreasing solid fraction. As the solid fraction is less than 0.97, the maximum strength only slightly decreases, whereas the post-peak ductility begins to increase. The experimental data were fitted to the modified creep law, which is used to describe the mechanical behavior of semi-solid materials, to determine the equivalent parameter f GBWL, i.e., the fraction of grain boundaries covered by liquid phase.

  6. The neuronal pathways mediating the behavioral and addictive properties of nicotine.

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    Balfour, David J K

    2009-01-01

    This chapter considers the neurobiological mechanisms that are thought to mediate the reinforcing or rewarding properties of nicotine. It focuses on the data (derived principally from studies with experimental animals) showing that nicotine, like other drugs of dependence, stimulates the mesolimbic dopamine (DA) neurones that project to the nucleus accumbens and that these effects play a pivotal role in the biology underlying nicotine dependence. The reinforcing or rewarding properties of nicotine are thought to be associated particularly with the increase in DA overflow evoked in the shell subdivision of the accumbens. However, behavioural studies suggest that these properties of nicotine in experimental animals do not seem to be sufficiently potent to explain the powerful addiction to tobacco experienced by most habitual smokers. This chapter also considers the biological mechanisms that mediate the effects of cues and stimuli associated with the presentation of nicotine, which are thought to contribute significantly to the powerful addictive properties of tobacco smoke.

  7. Influence of constituent properties and geometric form on behavior of woven fabric reinforced composites

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    Pipes, R. B.; Wilson, D. W.

    1984-01-01

    Th potential for woven fabric composite forms to increase the interlaminar strength and toughness properties of laminated composite septems is studied. Experimental and analytical studies were performed on a z-axis fabric.

  8. Effect of Cu deficiency on the transport behavior and thermoelectric properties in Cu3SbSe4

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    Kumar, Aparabal; Dhama, P.; Banerji, P.

    2017-05-01

    We investigate the effect of Cu deficiency on the transport behavior and thermoelectric properties in Cu3-δSbSe4 in the temperature range of 300 - 650 K. Samples were synthesized by melt grown technique followed by spark plasma sintering. The electrical resistivity and thermal conductivity were found to decrease with increase in Cu deficiency till a certain limit (δ = 0.03), and after that, increase in electrical resistivity was observed. Positive value of Seebeck coefficient indicates p-type behavior of the carriers taking part in transport. Enhancement in power factor and thermoelectric figure of merit was achieved by controlling the transport of phonons and electrons, and a maximum thermoelectric figure of merit (0.59 at 650 K) was achieved for Cu2.98SbSe4 in this study.

  9. AC electrical transport properties and current-voltage hysteresis behavior of PVA-CNT nanocomposite film

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    Das, Amit Kumar; Sinha, Subhojyoti; Meikap, Ajit Kumar

    2015-06-01

    Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) - Carbon nanotube (CNT) composite has been prepared and its electric modulus, ac conductivity, impedance spectroscopy and current-voltage characteristics have been studied, at and above room temperature, to understand the prevailing charge transport mechanism. Non-Debye type relaxation behavior was observed with activation energy of 1.27 eV whereas correlated barrier hopping was found to be the dominant charge transport mechanism with maximum barrier height of 48.7 meV above room temperature. The sample, under ±80 V applied voltage, exhibits hysteresis behavior in its current - voltage characteristics.

  10. Subtask 12F4: Effects of neutron irradiation on the impact properties and fracture behavior of vanadium-base alloys

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    Chung, H.M.; Loomis, B.A.; Smith, D.L.

    1995-03-01

    Up-to-date results on the effects of neutron irradiation on the impact properties and fracture behavior of V, V-Ti, V-Cr-Ti and V-Ti-Si alloys are presented in this paper, with an emphasis on the behavior of the U.S. reference alloys V-4Cr-4Ti containing 500-1000 wppm Si. Database on impact energy and cluctile-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) has been established from Charpy impact tests of one-third-size specimens irradiated at 420{degrees}C-600{degrees}C up to {approx}50 dpa in lithium environment in fast fission reactors. To supplement the Charpy impact tests fracture behavior was also characterized by quantitative SEM fractography on miniature tensile and disk specimens that were irradiated to similar conditions and fractured at -196{degrees}C to 200{degrees}C by multiple bending. For similar irradiation conditions irradiation-induced increase in DBTT was influenced most significantly by Cr content, indicating that irradiation-induced clustering of Cr atoms takes place in high-Cr (Cr {ge} 7 wt.%) alloys. When combined contents of Cr and Ti were {le}10 wt.%, effects of neutron irradiation on impact properties and fracture behavior were negligible. For example, from the Charpy-impact and multiple-bend tests there was no indication of irradiation-induced embrittlement for V-5Ti, V-3Ti-1Si and the U.S. reference alloy V-4Cr-4Ti after irradiation to {approx}34 dpa at 420{degrees}C to 600{degrees}C, and only ductile fracture was observed for temperatures as low as -196{degrees}C. 14 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab.

  11. Compensation behavior and magnetic properties of a ferrimagnetic mixed-spin (1/2, 1) Ising double layer superlattice

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    Wang, Wei; Xue, Feng-li; Wang, Ming-ze

    2017-06-01

    The compensation behavior and magnetic properties of a ferrimagnetic mixed-spin (1/2, 1) Ising double layer superlattice have been investigated by Monte Carlo simulation. The effects of the exchange couplings and the layer thickness of the system on the compensation and transition temperatures, the magnetization, the susceptibility, the internal energy and the specific heat of the system have been examined in detail. In particular, we find some interesting phenomena such as various types of magnetization curves, originating from the competition between the exchange coupling and temperature. Our results can be compared with previous theoretical studies, and a good agreement has been obtained from a qualitative comparison.

  12. Spectroscopic Analysis of 10MAG/LDAO Reverse Micelles to Determine Characteristic Properties and Behavioral Extrema

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    Berg, Joshua; Mawson, Cara; Norris, Zach; Nucci, Nathaniel

    Reverse micelles are spontaneously organizing complexes of surfactant that encapsulate a nanoscale pool of water in a bulk non-polar solvent. Reverse micelle (RM) mixtures have a wide range of applications, including biophysical investigation of protein systems. A new RM mixture composed of decyl-1-monoglycerol (10MAG) and lauryldimethylammonium-N-oxide (LDAO) was recently described. This mixture has the potential to prove more widely applicable for use of RMs in applications that involve encapsulation of macromolecules, yet little is known about the phase behavior or size of reverse micelles created by this mixture. Data describing such behaviors for this mixture are presented here. We have used dynamic light scattering (DLS) and fluorescence spectroscopy to investigate the size and partitioning behavior of RMs in varying mixtures of 10MAG, LDAO, water, pentane, and hexanol. These data demonstrate that the 10MAG/LDAO RM mixture exhibits markedly different phase and RM size behavior than that of commonly used RM surfactant mixtures. The implications of these findings for use of the 10MAG/LDAO mix for RM applications will also be addressed. Funding provided by Rowan University.

  13. Psychometric Properties of the Portuguese Version of the Adaptive Behavior Scale

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    Santos, Sofia; Morato, Pedro; Luckasson, Ruth

    2014-01-01

    The adaptive behavior construct has gained prominent attention in human services over the last several years in Portugal, and its measurement has become an integral part of the assessment of populations with intellectual disability. In Portugal, diagnosis remains exclusively based on IQ measures, although some attention recently has been given to…

  14. Crystallization behavior of polypropylene and its effect on woodfiber composite properties

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    Suzhou Yin; Timothy G. Rials; Michael P. Wolcott

    1999-01-01

    This paper describes an approach where polarizing optical microscopy is used to observe the crystallization process of different polypropylenes in the presence of wood fiber. The crystallization behavior was found to be related to the chemical composition of the polymer systems and the addition of maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene (MAPP) to polypropylene...

  15. Diversity of Cell Properties and Transport Behavior Among 12 Enviromental Escherichia Coli Isolates

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    Escherichia coli is a commonly used indicator organism for detecting the presence of fecal-borne pathogenic microorganisms in water supplies. The importance of E. coli as an indicator organism has led to numerous studies looking at surface characteristics and transport behavior of this important mi...

  16. Psychometric Properties of the Portuguese Version of the Adaptive Behavior Scale

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    Santos, Sofia; Morato, Pedro; Luckasson, Ruth

    2014-01-01

    The adaptive behavior construct has gained prominent attention in human services over the last several years in Portugal, and its measurement has become an integral part of the assessment of populations with intellectual disability. In Portugal, diagnosis remains exclusively based on IQ measures, although some attention recently has been given to…

  17. The Psychometric Properties of a New Measure of Sensory Behaviors in Autistic Children

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    Neil, Louise; Green, Dido; Pellicano, Elizabeth

    2017-01-01

    Unusual reactions to sensory input became part of the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder in the DSM-5. Measures accurately assessing these symptoms are important for clinical decisions. This study examined the reliability and validity of the Sensory Behavior Questionnaire, a parent-report scale designed to assess frequency and impact…

  18. Is Substance Use Associated with Perpetration and Victimization of Physically Violent Behavior and Property Offences among Homeless Youth? A Systematic Review of International Studies

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    Heerde, Jessica A.; Hemphill, Sheryl A.

    2015-01-01

    Background: Substance use is a commonly reported problem associated with numerous adverse outcomes among homeless youth. Homelessness is reportedly a covariate to perpetration of, and victimization from, physically violent behavior and property offences. Of particular importance in both the perpetration of, and victimization from these behaviors,…

  19. Is Substance Use Associated with Perpetration and Victimization of Physically Violent Behavior and Property Offences among Homeless Youth? A Systematic Review of International Studies

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    Heerde, Jessica A.; Hemphill, Sheryl A.

    2015-01-01

    Background: Substance use is a commonly reported problem associated with numerous adverse outcomes among homeless youth. Homelessness is reportedly a covariate to perpetration of, and victimization from, physically violent behavior and property offences. Of particular importance in both the perpetration of, and victimization from these behaviors,…

  20. Study of mechanical properties, microstructures and corrosion behavior of al 7075 t651 alloy with varying strain rate

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    Mukherjee, A.; Ghosh, M.; Mondal, K.; Venkitanarayanan, P.; Moon, A. P.; Varshney, A.

    2015-02-01

    Compression test of Al 7075 T651 was carried out at high strain rates (1138 - 2534 s-1) using Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar and at slow strain rate (10-4s-1) in 100KN Universal Testing machine to understand the improvement in mechanical properties and associated changes in microstructures. Cylindrical specimens of 6 mm height and 6 mm diameter were compressed dynamically. The influence of strain rates on mechanical properties, microstructure evolution and corrosion behavior after immersion test in 3.5% NaCl solution was also investigated. Strain rate, withdrawal stress and yield stress were observed to increase with impact velocity in high strain rate tests, while in slow strain rate tests, n value was observed to increase with increasing total strain. Microstructural observations revealed that after high strain rate test, grains of Al matrix were elongated. It was observed that corrosion resistance decreased with increase in impact velocity.

  1. Anxiolytic property of hydro-alcohol extract of Lactuca sativa and its effect on behavioral activities of mice.

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    Harsha, Singapura Nagesh; Anilakumar, Kandangath Raghavan

    2013-01-01

    Lactuca sativa, belonging to the Asteraceae family, is a leafy vegetable known for its medicinal properties. This study aimed to understand the mechanism of Lactuca sativa extract with respect to pharmacological action.We investigated the anxiolytic effects of hydro-alcoholic extract of leaves of Lactuca sativa on mice. The behavioral tests performed on mice models to assess anti-anxiety properties were: open field test (OFT), elevated plus maze test (EPM), elevated T maze test, and marble burying test. Increased locomotor activity and time spent in the "open-arm" were observed in extract fed group. Malondialdehyde (MDA) and nitrite levels were decreased, catalase and glutathione levels were increased in Lactuca sativa treated mice. The data obtained in the present study suggests that the extract of Lactuca sativa can afford significant protection against anxiolytic activity.

  2. Effect of Y addition on crystallization behavior and soft-magnetic properties of Fe78Si9B13 ribbons

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    Zhanwei, Liu; Dunbo, Yu; Kuoshe, Li; Yang, Luo; Chao, Yuan; Zilong, Wang; Liang, Sun; Kuo, Men

    2017-08-01

    A series of amorphous Fe-Si-B ribbons with various Y addition were prepared by melt-spinning. The effect of Y addition on crystallization behavior, thermal and magnetic properties was systematically investigated. With the increase of Y content, the initial crystallization temperature shifted to a higher temperature, indicating that the thermal stability of amorphous state in Fe-Si-B-Y ribbon is enhanced compared to that of Fe-Si-B alloy. Meanwhile, compared to the two exothermic peaks in the samples with lower Y content, a new exothermic peak was found in the ribbons with Y content higher than 1 at%, which corresponded to the decomposition of metastable Fe3B phase. Among all the alloys, Fe76.5Si9B13Y1.5 alloy exhibits optimized magnetic properties, with high saturation magnetization Ms of 187 emu/g and low coercivity HcJ of 7.6 A/m.

  3. Investigation on Mechanical Properties and Wear Behavior of Al-Si-SiC-Graphite Composite using SEM and EDAX

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    Karthikeyan, A.; Nallusamy, S.

    2017-08-01

    In this research article mechanical properties and wear performance with regard to the tribological behavior of aluminum metal matrix composites reinforced with silicon carbide particulates and added with graphite particulates as a second reinforcement has been analysed. The method of stir casting procedure was used for the preparation of composite samples for analysis and those samples were tested for the presence of reinforcement particles using scanning electron microscope and EDAX. Uniform distribution of reinforcements and their presence was well established using characterization. The different mechanical properties have been tested and found to be better than the base alloy. Wear tests were performed to study the influence of graphite particulates and SiC particles through pin on disc tester. The experimental results of wear test reveal that, the formation of lubricate film with 4 kg of load establish the influence of graphite in the composite materials.

  4. Anxiolytic property of hydro-alcohol extract of Lactuca sativa and its effect on behavioral activities of mice

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    Harsha, Singapura Nagesh; Anilakumar, Kandangath Raghavan

    2013-01-01

    Lactuca sativa, belonging to the Asteraceae family, is a leafy vegetable known for its medicinal properties. This study aimed to understand the mechanism of Lactuca sativa extract with respect to pharmacological action.We investigated the anxiolytic effects of hydro-alcoholic extract of leaves of Lactuca sativa on mice. The behavioral tests performed on mice models to assess anti-anxiety properties were: open field test (OFT), elevated plus maze test (EPM), elevated T maze test, and marble burying test. Increased locomotor activity and time spent in the “open-arm” were observed in extract fed group. Malondialdehyde (MDA) and nitrite levels were decreased, catalase and glutathione levels were increased in Lactuca sativa treated mice. The data obtained in the present study suggests that the extract of Lactuca sativa can afford significant protection against anxiolytic activity. PMID:23554792

  5. Nonionic surfactants with linear and branched hydrocarbon tails: compositional analysis, phase behavior, and film properties in bicontinuous microemulsions.

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    Frank, Christian; Frielinghaus, Henrich; Allgaier, Jürgen; Prast, Hartmut

    2007-06-05

    Nonionic alcohol ethoxylates are widely used as surfactants in many different applications. They are available in a large number of structural varieties as technical grade products. This variety is mainly based on the use of different alcohols, which can be linear or branched and contain primary, secondary, or tertiary OH groups. Technical grade products are poorly defined as they are composed of alcohol mixtures being different in chain length and structure. On the other hand, monodisperse alcohol ethoxylates are commercially available; however, these surfactants exist only with primary and linear alcohols. In the field of microemulsion research the monodisperse alcohol ethoxylates are widely used. The phase behavior and film properties of these surfactants were studied intensively with respect to the size of the hydrophilic and hydrophobic moieties. Due to the lack of appropriate model surfactants until now, there is little information on how the structure of the hydrocarbon tail influences the microemulsion behavior. To examine structural influences, we synthesized a series of surfactants with the composition C10E5 and having different linear and branched hydrocarbon tails. The surfactants were monodisperse with respect to the hydrocarbon tail but polydisperse with respect to the ethoxylation degree. However, a detailed characterization showed that they were similar concerning the average ethoxylation degree and EO chain length distribution. The phase behavior was investigated for bicontinuous microemulsions, and the film properties were analyzed by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). Our results show that the structure of the hydrocarbon tail strongly influences the microemulsion behavior. The most efficient surfactant is obtained if the hydrocarbon tail is linear and the hydrophilic group is attached in the C-1 position. Surfactants having the hydrophilic group bound to the C-2 or C-4 position or which contain a branched hydrocarbon tail are less efficient

  6. Determination of three-dimensional imaging properties of a light microscope system. Partial confocal behavior in epifluorescence microscopy.

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    Hiraoka, Y; Sedat, J W; Agard, D A

    1990-01-01

    We have determined the three-dimensional image-forming properties of an epifluorescence microscope for use in obtaining very high resolution three-dimensional images of biological structures by image processing methods. Three-dimensional microscopic data is collected as a series of two-dimensional images recorded at different focal planes. Each of these images contains not only in-focus information from the region around the focal plane, but also out-of-focus contributions from the remainder of the specimen. Once the imaging properties of the microscope system are characterized, powerful image processing methods can be utilized to remove the out-of-focus information and to correct for image distortions. Although theoretical calculations for the behavior of an aberration-free microscope system are available, the properties of real lenses under the conditions used for biological observation are often far from an ideal. For this reason, we have directly determined the image-forming properties of an epifluorescence microscope under conditions relevant to biological observations. Through-focus series of a point object (fluorescently-coated microspheres) were recorded on a charge-coupled device image detector. From these images, the three-dimensional point spread function and its Fourier transform, the optical transfer function, were derived. There were significant differences between the experimental results and the theoretical models which have important implications for image processing. The discrepancies can be explained by imperfections of the microscope system, nonideal observation conditions, and partial confocal effects found to occur with epifluorescence illumination. Understanding the optical behavior of the microscope system has indicated how to optimize specimen preparation, data collection, and processing protocols to obtain significantly improved images. Images FIGURE 2 FIGURE 4 FIGURE 5 FIGURE 7 PMID:2317554

  7. Effect of grain sizes on mechanical properties and biodegradation behavior of pure iron for cardiovascular stent application

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    Obayi, Camillus Sunday; Tolouei, Ranna; Mostavan, Afghany; Paternoster, Carlo; Turgeon, Stephane; Okorie, Boniface Adeleh; Obikwelu, Daniel Oray; Mantovani, Diego

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Pure iron has been demonstrated as a potential candidate for biodegradable metal stents due to its appropriate biocompatibility, suitable mechanical properties and uniform biodegradation behavior. The competing parameters that control the safety and the performance of BMS include proper strength-ductility combination, biocompatibility along with matching rate of corrosion with healing rate of arteries. Being a micrometre-scale biomedical device, the mentioned variables have been found to be governed by the average grain size of the bulk material. Thermo-mechanical processing techniques of the cold rolling and annealing were used to grain-refine the pure iron. Pure Fe samples were unidirectionally cold rolled and then isochronally annealed at different temperatures with the intention of inducing different ranges of grain size. The effect of thermo-mechanical treatment on mechanical properties and corrosion rates of the samples were investigated, correspondingly. Mechanical properties of pure Fe samples improved significantly with decrease in grain size while the corrosion rate decreased marginally with decrease in the average grain sizes. These findings could lead to the optimization of the properties to attain an adequate biodegradation-strength-ductility balance. PMID:25482336

  8. Effect of grain sizes on mechanical properties and biodegradation behavior of pure iron for cardiovascular stent application.

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    Obayi, Camillus Sunday; Tolouei, Ranna; Mostavan, Afghany; Paternoster, Carlo; Turgeon, Stephane; Okorie, Boniface Adeleh; Obikwelu, Daniel Oray; Mantovani, Diego

    2016-01-01

    Pure iron has been demonstrated as a potential candidate for biodegradable metal stents due to its appropriate biocompatibility, suitable mechanical properties and uniform biodegradation behavior. The competing parameters that control the safety and the performance of BMS include proper strength-ductility combination, biocompatibility along with matching rate of corrosion with healing rate of arteries. Being a micrometre-scale biomedical device, the mentioned variables have been found to be governed by the average grain size of the bulk material. Thermo-mechanical processing techniques of the cold rolling and annealing were used to grain-refine the pure iron. Pure Fe samples were unidirectionally cold rolled and then isochronally annealed at different temperatures with the intention of inducing different ranges of grain size. The effect of thermo-mechanical treatment on mechanical properties and corrosion rates of the samples were investigated, correspondingly. Mechanical properties of pure Fe samples improved significantly with decrease in grain size while the corrosion rate decreased marginally with decrease in the average grain sizes. These findings could lead to the optimization of the properties to attain an adequate biodegradation-strength-ductility balance.

  9. Effects of Sn addition on the microstructure, mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of Ti–Nb–Sn alloys

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    Moraes, Paulo E.L.; Contieri, Rodrigo J.; Lopes, Eder S.N.; Robin, Alain; Caram, Rubens

    2014-10-15

    Ti and Ti alloys are widely used in restorative surgery because of their good biocompatibility, enhanced mechanical behavior and high corrosion resistance in physiological media. The corrosion resistance of Ti-based materials is due to the spontaneous formation of the TiO{sub 2} oxide film on their surface, which exhibits elevated stability in biological fluids. Ti–Nb alloys, depending on the composition and the processing routes to which the alloys are subjected, have high mechanical strength combined with low elastic modulus. The addition of Sn to Ti–Nb alloys allows the phase transformations to be controlled, particularly the precipitation of ω phase. The aim of this study is to discuss the microstructure, mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of cast Ti–Nb alloys to which Sn has been added. Samples were centrifugally cast in a copper mold, and the microstructure was characterized using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffractometry. Mechanical behavior evaluation was performed using Berkovich nanoindentation, Vickers hardness and compression tests. The corrosion behavior was evaluated in Ringer's solution at room temperature using electrochemical techniques. The results obtained suggested that the physical, mechanical and chemical behaviors of the Ti–Nb–Sn alloys are directly dependent on the Sn content. - Graphical abstract: Effects of Sn addition to the Ti–30Nb alloy on the elastic modulus. - Highlights: • Sn addition causes reduction of the ω phase precipitation. • Minimum Vickers hardness and elastic modulus occurred for 6 wt.% Sn content. • Addition of 6 wt.% Sn resulted in maximum ductility and minimum compression strength. • All Ti–30Nb–XSn (X = 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10%) alloys are passive in Ringer's solution. • Highest corrosion resistance was observed for 6 wt.% Sn content.

  10. Predictive Models with Patient Specific Material Properties for the Biomechanical Behavior of Ascending Thoracic Aneurysms.

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    Trabelsi, Olfa; Duprey, Ambroise; Favre, Jean-Pierre; Avril, Stéphane

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study is to identify the patient-specific material properties of ascending thoracic aortic aneurysms (ATAA) using preoperative dynamic gated computed tomography (CT) scans. The identification is based on the simultaneous minimization of two cost functions, which define the difference between model predictions and gated CT measurements of the aneurysm volume at respectively systole and cardiac mid-cycle. The method is applied on five patients who underwent surgical repair of their ATAA at the University Hospital Center of St. Etienne. For these patients, the aneurysms were collected and tested mechanically using an in vitro bench. For the sake of validation, the mechanical properties found using the in vivo approach and the in vitro bench were compared. We eventually performed finite-element stress analyses based on each set of material properties. Rupture risk indexes were estimated and compared, showing promising results of the patient-specific identification method based on gated CT.

  11. Surface properties and scaling behavior of a generalized ballistic deposition model.

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    Mal, Baisakhi; Ray, Subhankar; Shamanna, J

    2016-02-01

    The surface exponents, scaling behavior, and bulk porosity of a generalized ballistic deposition (GBD) model are studied. In nature, there exist particles with varying degrees of stickiness ranging from completely nonsticky to fully sticky. Such particles may adhere to any one of the successively encountered surfaces, depending on a sticking probability that is governed by the underlying stochastic mechanism. The microscopic configurations possible in this model are much larger than those allowed in existing models of ballistic deposition and competitive growth models that seek to mix ballistic and random deposition processes. In this article, we find the scaling exponents for surface width and porosity for the proposed GBD model. In terms of scaled width W[over ̃] and scaled time t[over ̃], the numerical data collapse onto a single curve, demonstrating successful scaling with sticking probability p and system size L. Similar scaling behavior is also found for the porosity.

  12. Mechanical Properties and Fatigue Behavior of Unitized Composite Airframe Structures at Elevated Temperature

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    2014-03-27

    matrix (typically a polymer , metal, or ceramic resin) and the reinforcement (can also be polymeric , metallic, or ceramic) in the form of fibers, whiskers...when all absorbed water was evaporated. Weight loss stabilized in less than 9 days as shown in Figure 12. The specimens were then removed 27 from the...The tension-tension fatigue behavior of newly developed polymer matrix composites (PMCs) and that of a unitized composite was studied. The PMCs

  13. Properties of the Visible Light Phototaxis and UV Avoidance Behaviors in the Larval Zebrafish.

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    Guggiana-Nilo, Drago A; Engert, Florian

    2016-01-01

    For many organisms, color is an essential source of information from visual scenes. The larval zebrafish has the potential to be a model for the study of this topic, given its tetrachromatic retina and high dependence on vision. In this study we took a step toward understanding how the larval zebrafish might use color sensing. To this end, we used a projector-based paradigm to force a choice of a color stimulus at every turn of the larva. The stimuli used spanned most of the larval spectral range, including activation of its Ultraviolet (UV) cone, which has not been described behaviorally before. We found that zebrafish larvae swim toward visible wavelengths (>400 nm) when choosing between them and darkness, as has been reported with white light. However, when presented with UV light and darkness zebrafish show an intensity dependent avoidance behavior. This UV avoidance does not interact cooperatively with phototaxis toward longer wavelengths, but can compete against it in an intensity dependent manner. Finally, we show that the avoidance behavior depends on the presence of eyes with functional UV cones. These findings open future avenues for studying the neural circuits that underlie color sensing in the larval zebrafish.

  14. Properties of the Visible Light Phototaxis and UV Avoidance Behaviors in the Larval Zebrafish

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    Guggiana-Nilo, Drago A.; Engert, Florian

    2016-01-01

    For many organisms, color is an essential source of information from visual scenes. The larval zebrafish has the potential to be a model for the study of this topic, given its tetrachromatic retina and high dependence on vision. In this study we took a step toward understanding how the larval zebrafish might use color sensing. To this end, we used a projector-based paradigm to force a choice of a color stimulus at every turn of the larva. The stimuli used spanned most of the larval spectral range, including activation of its Ultraviolet (UV) cone, which has not been described behaviorally before. We found that zebrafish larvae swim toward visible wavelengths (>400 nm) when choosing between them and darkness, as has been reported with white light. However, when presented with UV light and darkness zebrafish show an intensity dependent avoidance behavior. This UV avoidance does not interact cooperatively with phototaxis toward longer wavelengths, but can compete against it in an intensity dependent manner. Finally, we show that the avoidance behavior depends on the presence of eyes with functional UV cones. These findings open future avenues for studying the neural circuits that underlie color sensing in the larval zebrafish. PMID:27594828

  15. Phase behavior and critical properties of size-asymmetric, primitive-model electrolytes

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    Qin, Yuan; Prausnitz, John M.

    2004-04-01

    The theory of J. Jiang et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 116, 7977 (2002)] for size-symmetric electrolytes is extended to size-asymmetric electrolytes. When compared to molecular-simulation results, this extension gives the correct trend of critical properties with size asymmetry.

  16. Pyrolysis behaviors and thermodynamics properties of hydrochar from bamboo (Phyllostachys heterocycla cv. pubescens) shoot shell.

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    Guo, Shuqing; Dong, Xiangyuan; Zhu, Caixia; Han, Yangyang; Ma, Fuqin; Wu, Tingting

    2017-06-01

    Hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) was employed to produce hydrochar from bamboo (Phyllostachys heterocycla cv. pubescens) shoot shell (BS) at severity (combined temperature and time) of 4.83-7.69. The pyrolysis and thermodynamics properties of the hydrochars were fully investigated. The results showed that the hydrochar properties (solid yield, C content, H/C and O/C atomic ratios, pyrolysis yield, pyrolysis index, formation of enthalpy, exergy, LHV, and HHV) of BS were highly dependent on severity and could be expressed by dose-response functions. The rapid variations of the hydrochar properties appeared at severity of 5.93-6.59. The pyrolysis temperature interval for the maximum weight loss shifted from 300 to 400°C at hydrothermal severity less than 6.59 to 400-500°C at hydrothermal severity greater than 6.59. The hydrochar thermal stability increased greatly with the severity increasing. And the thermodynamic properties of hydrochar approached those of lignin model compounds as the hydrothermal severity was greater than 6.59. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Schools, Taxes, and Voter Behavior: An Analysis of School District Property Tax Elections.

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    Alexander, Arthur J.; Bass, Gail V.

    This research is based on more than 1,600 school district property tax elections in California from the mid-1950s to 1972. Population, housing, social, demographic, and economic information by school district was available. This large, comprehensive, and consistent data base permitted investigation of the choices of the electorate with respect to…

  18. A study of hydrogen environment effects on microstructure property behavior of NASA-23 alloy and related alloy systems

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    Diwan, Ravinder M.

    1990-01-01

    This work is part of the overall advanced main combustion chamber (AMCC) casting characterization program of the Materials and Processes Laboratory of the Marshall Space Flight Center. The influence of hydrogen on the tensile properties and ductility behavior of NASA-23 alloy were analyzed. NASA-23 and other referenced alloys in cast and hipped conditions were solution treated and aged under selected conditions and characterized using optical metallography, scanning electron microscopy, and electron microprobe analysis techniques. The yield strength of NASA-23 is not affected much by hydrogen under tensile tests carried at 5000 psig conditions; however, the ultimate strength and ductility properties are degraded. This implies that the physical mechanisms operating would be related to the plastic deformation process. The fracture surfaces characteristics of NASA-23 specimens tensile tested in hydrogen, helium, and air were also analyzed. These revealed surface cracks around specimen periphery with the fracture surface showing a combination of intergranular and transgranular modes of fracture. It is seen that the specimens charged in hydrogen seem to favor a more brittle fracture mode in comparison to air and helium charged specimens. The AMCC casting characterization program is to be analyzed for their hydrogen behavior. As a result of this program, the basic microstructural factors and fracture characteristics in some cases were analyzed.

  19. Effect of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) on rheological and mechanical properties and crystallization behavior of PLA/CNC nanocomposites.

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    Kamal, Musa R; Khoshkava, Vahid

    2015-06-05

    In earlier work, we reported that spray freeze drying of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) yields porous agglomerate structures. On the other hand, the conventional spray dried CNC (CNCSD) and the freeze dried CNC (CNCFD) produce compact solid structures with very low porosity. As it is rather difficult to obtain direct microscopic evidence of the quality of dispersion of CNC in polymer nanocomposites, it was shown that supporting evidence of the quality and influence of dispersion in a polypropylene (PP)/CNC nanocomposite could be obtained by studying the rheological behavior, mechanical properties and crystallization characteristics of PP/CNC nanocomposites. In an effort to produce a sustainable, fully biosourced, biodegradable nanocomposite, this manuscript presents the results of a study of the rheological, mechanical and crystallization behavior of PLA/CNCSFD nanocomposites obtained by melt processing. The results are analyzed to determine CNC network formation, rheological percolation threshold concentrations, mechanical properties in the rubbery and glassy states, and the effect of CNCSFD on crystalline nucleation and crystallization rates of PLA. These results suggest that the porosity and network structure of CNCSFD agglomerates contribute significantly to good dispersion of CNC in the PLA matrix.

  20. How does γ-irradiation affect the properties of a microfiltration membrane constituted of two polymers with different radiolytic behavior?

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    Fortin, Nicolas; Albela, Belén; Bonneviot, Laurent; Rouif, Sophie; Sanchez, Jean-Yves; Portinha, Daniel; Fleury, Etienne

    2012-03-01

    The objective of this work is to present the behavior of a fluorinated microporous membrane composed of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) mechanically reinforced by a polyamide-66 (PA-66) fabric under γ-irradiation with dose ranging between 0 and 100 kGy, in inert atmosphere and at room temperature. Particular attention was paid to the evolution of mechanical properties, the surface morphology and pores size distribution of this membrane, in order to study the filtration capacity and selectivity with increasing radiation dose. Moreover, the repartition of the generated radicals onto the two components of the membrane was achieved by electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy. Two different regimes are observed depending on the dose range, and a correlation between the mechanical behavior of the membrane and the evolution of the concentration of the radicals in the PA fabric is observed. Globally, the porosity of the surface membrane does not vary whatever the dose may be, but the mechanical properties of the membrane as well as the permeability are strongly affected, even for low radiation dose such as 10 kGy. These results are related to chain scissions on the PA fabric, which occurred preferentially, compared to cross-linking, in the investigated dose range.

  1. Microstructure, properties, and age hardening behavior of a thermomechanically processed ultralow-carbon Cu-bearing high-strength steel

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    Ghosh, A.; Mishra, B.; Das, S.; Chatterjee, S.

    2005-03-01

    An ultralow-carbon steel alloyed with Ni, Mn, Mo, and Cu and microalloyed with Nb and Ti was subjected to a three-stage controlled rolling operation followed by water quenching. The effect of thermomechanical processing on the microstructure, mechanical properties, and age-hardening behavior of the steel was evaluated. The precipitation behavior of Cu at different aging temperatures was studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The high strength values obtained in the present steel are due to the fine-lath martensite structure along with tiny precipitates of microalloying carbide and carbonitride of Ti and Nb at all finish rolling temperatures (FRTs). The increased strength value at the lower FRT is due to the finer lath width and packet size of martensite. The large TiN particles and the coarse martensite-austenite (MA) constituents impaired the impact-toughness value of the steel at subambient temperature. On aging at different temperatures, a wide variation in structure and properties has been obtained. At low aging temperatures, coherent Cu particles form and a peak strength is obtained due to the formation of fine ɛ-Cu precipitates. On increasing aging temperatures, the Cu particle size increases, with a simultaneous decrease in dislocation density in the matrix resulting in a continuous decrease in strength.

  2. Property.

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    Piele, Philip K.

    Several court cases involving acquisition, use, and disposal of property by institutions of higher education are briefly summarized in this chapter. Cases discussed touch on such topics as municipal annexation of university property; repurchase of properties temporarily allocated to faculty members; implications of zoning laws and zoning board…

  3. Property.

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    Piele, Philip K.

    Several court cases involving acquisition, use, and disposal of property by institutions of higher education are briefly summarized in this chapter. Cases discussed touch on such topics as municipal annexation of university property; repurchase of properties temporarily allocated to faculty members; implications of zoning laws and zoning board…

  4. Microstructure, elastic deformation behavior and mechanical properties of biomedical β-type titanium alloy thin-tube used for stents.

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    Tian, Yuxing; Yu, Zhentao; Ong, Chun Yee Aaron; Kent, Damon; Wang, Gui

    2015-05-01

    Cold-deformability and mechanical compatibility of the biomedical β-type titanium alloy are the foremost considerations for their application in stents, because the lower ductility restricts the cold-forming of thin-tube and unsatisfactory mechanical performance causes a failed tissue repair. In this paper, β-type titanium alloy (Ti-25Nb-3Zr-3Mo-2Sn, wt%) thin-tube fabricated by routine cold rolling is reported for the first time, and its elastic behavior and mechanical properties are discussed for the various microstructures. The as cold-rolled tube exhibits nonlinear elastic behavior with large recoverable strain of 2.3%. After annealing and aging, a nonlinear elasticity, considered as the intermediate stage between "double yielding" and normal linear elasticity, is attributable to a moderate precipitation of α phase. Quantitive relationships are established between volume fraction of α phase (Vα) and elastic modulus, strength as well as maximal recoverable strain (εmax-R), where the εmax-R of above 2.0% corresponds to the Vα range of 3-10%. It is considered that the "mechanical" stabilization of the (α+β) microstructure is a possible elastic mechanism for explaining the nonlinear elastic behavior. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Different behavioral effect dose-response profiles in mice exposed to two-carbon chlorinated hydrocarbons: influence of structural and physical properties.

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    Umezu, Toyoshi; Shibata, Yasuyuki

    2014-09-01

    The present study aimed to clarify whether dose-response profiles of acute behavioral effects of 1,2-dichloroethane (DCE), 1,1,1-trichloroethane (TCE), trichloroethylene (TRIC), and tetrachloroethylene (PERC) differ. A test battery involving 6 behavioral endpoints was applied to evaluate the effects of DCE, TCE, TRIC, and PERC in male ICR strain mice under the same experimental conditions. The behavioral effect dose-response profiles of these compounds differed. Regression analysis was used to evaluate the relationship between the dose-response profiles and structural and physical properties of the compounds. Dose-response profile differences correlated significantly with differences in specific structural and physical properties. These results suggest that differences in specific structural and physical properties of DCE, TCE, TRIC, and PERC are responsible for differences in behavioral effects that lead to a variety of dose-response profiles.

  6. Monoacylglycerol Lipase Inhibitor JZL184 Improves Behavior and Neural Properties in Ts65Dn Mice, a Model of Down Syndrome

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    Lysenko, Larisa V.; Kim, Jeesun; Henry, Cassandra; Tyrtyshnaia, Anna; Kohnz, Rebecca A.; Madamba, Francisco; Simon, Gabriel M.; Kleschevnikova, Natalia E.; Nomura, Daniel K.; Ezekowitz, R . Alan B.; Kleschevnikov, Alexander M.

    2014-01-01

    Genetic alterations or pharmacological treatments affecting endocannabinoid signaling have profound effects on synaptic and neuronal properties and, under certain conditions, may improve higher brain functions. Down syndrome (DS), a developmental disorder caused by triplication of chromosome 21, is characterized by deficient cognition and inevitable development of the Alzheimer disease (AD) type pathology during aging. Here we used JZL184, a selective inhibitor of monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL), to examine the effects of chronic MAGL inhibition on the behavioral, biochemical, and synaptic properties of aged Ts65Dn mice, a genetic model of DS. In both Ts65Dn mice and their normosomic (2N) controls, JZL184-treatment increased brain levels of 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) and decreased levels of its metabolites such as arachidonic acid, prostaglandins PGD2, PGE2, PGFα, and PGJ2. Enhanced spontaneous locomotor activity of Ts65Dn mice was reduced by the JZL184-treatement to the levels observed in 2N animals. Deficient long-term memory was also improved, while short-term and working types of memory were unaffected. Furthermore, reduced hippocampal long-term potentiation (LTP) was increased in the JZL184-treated Ts65Dn mice to the levels observed in 2N mice. Interestingly, changes in synaptic plasticity and behavior were not observed in the JZL184-treated 2N mice suggesting that the treatment specifically attenuated the defects in the trisomic animals. The JZL184-treatment also reduced the levels of Aβ40 and Aβ42, but had no effect on the levels of full length APP and BACE1 in both Ts65Dn and 2N mice. These data show that chronic MAGL inhibition improves the behavior and brain functions in a DS model suggesting that pharmacological targeting of MAGL may be considered as a perspective new approach for improving cognition in DS. PMID:25474204

  7. Microstructural characterization of the chemomechanical behavior of asphalt in terms of aging and fatigue performance properties

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    Allen, Robert Grover

    The study of asphalt chemo-mechanics requires a basic understanding of the physical properties and chemical composition of asphalt and how these properties are linked to changes in performance induced by chemical modifications. This work uniquely implements the framework of chemo-mechanics by investigating two types of chemical modification processes, natural (oxidative aging) and synthetic (chemical doping) as they relate not only to macro-scale properties of asphalt binder but also to the asphalt microstructure and nanorheology. Furthermore, this study demonstrates the application of atomic force microscopy (AFM) imaging and the extraction of nano-scale engineering properties, i.e. elastic modulus, relaxation modulus, and surface energy, as a method to predict performance related to the fatigue characteristics of asphalt binders by modeling intrinsic material flaws present amongst phase interfaces. It was revealed that oxidative aging induces substantial microstructural changes in asphalt, including variations in phase structure, phase properties, and phase distribution. It has also been shown that certain asphalt chemical parameters have a consistent and measureable effect on the asphalt microstructure that is observed with AFM. In fact, particular phases that emerged via chemical doping revealed a surprising correlation between oxidative aging and the saturates chemical parameter of asphalt in terms of how they explicitly impact durability and performance of asphalt. By implementing a crack initiation model---which requires measureable microstructural characteristics as an input parameter---it was found that microstructural flaws (depending on the extremity) can have a more profound impact on asphalt performance than the properties of the material located between the flaws. It was also discovered by comparing the findings to performance data in the Strategic Highway Research Program's (SHRP's) Materials Reference Library (MRL), that the crack initiation model

  8. a Molecular Approach to Electrolyte Solutions: Predicting Phase Behavior and Thermodynamic Properties of Single and Binary-Solvent Systems

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    Gering, Kevin Leslie

    A molecular formulation based on modern liquid state theory is applied to the properties and phase behavior of electrolyte systems containing volatile species. An electrolyte model based on the exponential modification of the Mean Spherical Approximation (EXP-MSA) is used to describe the cation-cation, cation-anion, and anion-anion distributions of the ionic species. This theory represents an improvement over the nonmodified MSA approach, and goes beyond the usual Debye-Huckel theory and Pitzer correlation for treating concentrated solutions. Electrolyte solutions such as water-salt, ammonia-salt, mixed salts, and mixed -solvent systems are investigated over a wide range of temperatures, pressures, and compositions. The usual salt properties, such as osmotic and mean activity coefficients and other thermodynamic properties (enthalpies), are calculated. The predictions are accurate to saturation limits. In addition, an iterative method is presented that is used to predict vapor-liquid equilibria (VLE) and thermodynamic properties of single-salt multisolvent electrolytes of the form solvent-cosolvent-salt. In this method, a local composition model (LCM) and EXP-MSA theory are combined with traditional phase equilibria relations to estimate the pressures and compositions of a vapor phase in equilibrium with a binary-solvent electrolyte. Also, a pseudo-solvent model is proposed as a means of obtaining a variety of averaged liquid phase electrolyte properties. To predict preferential solvation in mixed solvents, a general framework is developed that is based on predicted solvation numbers of each solvent. Preferential solvation will be shown to influence VLE. Results show that phase equilibria is accurately predicted by the above iterative method. Three mixed-solvent electrolyte systems are investigated: water -ethylene glycol-LiBr, ammonia-water-LiBr, and methanol -water-LiCl. Finally, the above electrolyte model is utilized in predicting design criteria for a single

  9. Effect of Process Parameters on Microstructural Evolution, Mechanical Properties and Corrosion Behavior of Friction Stir Processed Al 7075 Alloy

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    Kumar, Atul; Sharma, Sandan Kumar; Pal, Kaushik; Mula, Suhrit

    2017-02-01

    Aim of the present study is to investigate the effect of process parameters on microstructural evolution, mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of an age-hardenable Al 7075 alloy. The alloy plates (6 mm thickness) were friction stir processed (FSPed) at various traverse speed, namely 25, 45, 65, 85, 100 and 150 mm/min at 2 different rpm of 508 and 720. The optimized result in terms of defect-free processed zone with refined microstructure was obtained only at a rotational speed of 720 rpm for a traverse speed of 25, 45, 65 and 85 mm/min. The microstructural evolution was investigated using optical, scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The grain size of the nugget zone was found to decrease with increase in the traverse speed from 25 to 85 mm/min at a constant rpm of 720. The mechanical properties were evaluated by Vickers hardness measurements, tensile and wear testing. Yield strength was found to be the maximum ( 366 MPa) for the FSPed sample processed at 85 mm/min. The hardness values also followed the similar increasing trend with increase in the traverse speed. The wear volume loss decreased by 38% for the sample processed at a traverse speed of 85 mm/min as compared to that of the sample processed at 25 mm/min. The friction coefficient was found to substantiate well with the wear track morphology. The improvement in mechanical properties is ascertained to the refinement of grain size at higher traverse speed (due to less heat input). The FSPed samples showed inferior corrosion resistance in contrast to that of the base metal. This is possibly due to the coarsening of precipitates and depletion of solutes in the matrix. The morphology of the corroded samples corroborated well with the corrosion behavior of the corresponding specimen.

  10. Synthesis, mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of powder metallurgy processed Fe/Mg2Si composites for biodegradable implant applications.

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    Sikora-Jasinska, M; Paternoster, C; Mostaed, E; Tolouei, R; Casati, R; Vedani, M; Mantovani, D

    2017-12-01

    Recently, Fe and Fe-based alloys have shown their potential as degradable materials for biomedical applications. Nevertheless, the slow corrosion rate limits their performance in certain situations. The shift to iron matrix composites represents a possible approach, not only to improve the mechanical properties, but also to accelerate and tune the corrosion rate in a physiological environment. In this work, Fe-based composites reinforced by Mg2Si particles were proposed. The initial powders were prepared by different combinations of mixing and milling processes, and finally consolidated by hot rolling. The influence of the microstructure on mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of Fe/Mg2Si was investigated. Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction were used for the assessment of the composite structure. Tensile and hardness tests were performed to characterize the mechanical properties. Potentiodynamic and static corrosion tests were carried out to investigate the corrosion behavior in a pseudo-physiological environment. Samples with smaller Mg2Si particles showed a more homogenous distribution of the reinforcement. Yield and ultimate tensile strength increased when compared to those of pure Fe (from 400MPa and 416MPa to 523MPa and 630MPa, respectively). Electrochemical measurements and immersion tests indicated that the addition of Mg2Si could increase the corrosion rate of Fe even twice (from 0.14 to 0.28mm·year(-1)). It was found that the preparation method of the initial composite powders played a major role in the corrosion process as well as in the corrosion mechanism of the final composite. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Effect of Process Parameters on Microstructural Evolution, Mechanical Properties and Corrosion Behavior of Friction Stir Processed Al 7075 Alloy

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    Kumar, Atul; Sharma, Sandan Kumar; Pal, Kaushik; Mula, Suhrit

    2017-03-01

    Aim of the present study is to investigate the effect of process parameters on microstructural evolution, mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of an age-hardenable Al 7075 alloy. The alloy plates (6 mm thickness) were friction stir processed (FSPed) at various traverse speed, namely 25, 45, 65, 85, 100 and 150 mm/min at 2 different rpm of 508 and 720. The optimized result in terms of defect-free processed zone with refined microstructure was obtained only at a rotational speed of 720 rpm for a traverse speed of 25, 45, 65 and 85 mm/min. The microstructural evolution was investigated using optical, scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The grain size of the nugget zone was found to decrease with increase in the traverse speed from 25 to 85 mm/min at a constant rpm of 720. The mechanical properties were evaluated by Vickers hardness measurements, tensile and wear testing. Yield strength was found to be the maximum ( 366 MPa) for the FSPed sample processed at 85 mm/min. The hardness values also followed the similar increasing trend with increase in the traverse speed. The wear volume loss decreased by 38% for the sample processed at a traverse speed of 85 mm/min as compared to that of the sample processed at 25 mm/min. The friction coefficient was found to substantiate well with the wear track morphology. The improvement in mechanical properties is ascertained to the refinement of grain size at higher traverse speed (due to less heat input). The FSPed samples showed inferior corrosion resistance in contrast to that of the base metal. This is possibly due to the coarsening of precipitates and depletion of solutes in the matrix. The morphology of the corroded samples corroborated well with the corrosion behavior of the corresponding specimen.

  12. Controllable fabrication of zinc borate hierarchical nanostructure on brucite surface for enhanced mechanical properties and flame retardant behaviors.

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    Wang, Xuesong; Pang, Hongchang; Chen, Wendan; Lin, Yuan; Zong, Lishuai; Ning, Guiling

    2014-05-28

    A novel and efficient halogen-free composite flame retardant (CFR) consisting of a brucite core and a fine zinc borate [Zn6O(OH)(BO3)3] hierarchical nanostructure shell was designed and synthesized via a facile nanoengineering route. It had been demonstrated that this unique hybrid structure possessed a high BET specific surface area (65 m(2)/g) and could significantly enhance the interfacial interaction when mixing with ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). This improved the transfer of stress between CFR particles and EVA matrix and increased the viscosity of EVA/EVA blends, which was beneficial for droplet inhibition and char forming. The mechanical properties and flammability behaviors of the EVA/CFR blends had been compared with the EVA/physical mixture (PM, with the given proportion of brucite and Zn6O(OH)(BO3)3). The mechanical properties of EVA/CFR blends, especially the tensile strength (TS), presented a remarkable increase reaching at least a 20% increment. Meanwhile, with the same 45 wt % of fillers, the EVA/CFR formulation could achieve a limiting oxygen index (LOI) value of 33 (37.5 % higher than that of EVA/PM blends) and UL-94 V-0 rating. Moreover, the heat release rate (HRR), peak heat release rate (PHRR), total heat released (THR), smoke production rate (SPR) and mass loss rate (MLR) were considerably reduced, especially PHRR and SPR for EVA/CFR blends were reduced to 32%. According to this study, the design of fine structure might pave the way for the future development of halogen-free flame retardants combining both enhanced mechanical properties and excellent flame retardant behaviors.

  13. Relaxation behavior and nonlinear properties of thermally stable polymers based on glycidyl derivatives of quercetin

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    Mishurov, Dmytro; Voronkin, Andrii; Roshal, Alexander; Brovko, Oleksandr

    2016-07-01

    Cross-linked polymers on the basis of di-, tri and tetraglycidyl ethers of quercetin (3,3‧,4‧,5,7-pentahydroxyflavone) were synthesized, and then, poled in electrical field of corona discharge. Investigations of structural, thermal and optical parameters of the polymer films were carried out. It was found that the polymers obtained from di- and triglycidyl quercetin ethers had high values of macroscopic quadratic susceptibilities and substantial stability of nonlinear optical (NLO) properties after the poling. Tetraglycidyl ether of quercetin forms the polymer of lower quadratic susceptibility, which demonstrates noticeable relaxation process resulting in decrease of the NLO effect. It is supposed that the difference of the NLO properties is due to peculiarities of physical network of the polymers, namely to the ratio between numbers of hydrogen bonds formed by hydroxyl groups of chromophore fragments and by the ones of interfragmental parts of the polymeric chains.

  14. Oxygen-induced magnetic properties and metallic behavior of a BN sheet

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    Zhou, Yungang; Zu, Xiaotao T.; Yang, Ping; Xiao, Hai Yan; Gao, Fei

    2010-11-24

    In this paper, ab initio method has been employed to study the adsorption energies, electronic structures and magnetic properties of a BN sheet functionalized by oxygen (O) atom. The adsorption process is typically exothermic, and some unusual properties can be revealed with different adsorption sites. The energy gap of BN sheet narrows due to the strong hybridization between O and BN electronic states when O locates above a BN bond or a nitrogen atom. Upon the adsorption of O above a B3N3 ring or a boron atom, the electrons of O-adsorbed BN system are polarized, which gives rise to the magnetic moment of 2.0 μB. In this case, Fermi level crosses the valence band, resulting the O-adsorbed BN system to be metallic. Furthermore, potential energy curves analysis shows that the magnetism and matellic of BN system can be modulated by the external temperature and pressure.

  15. Design, Properties, and In Vivo Behavior of Super-paramagnetic Persistent Luminescence Nanohybrids.

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    Teston, Eliott; Lalatonne, Yoann; Elgrabli, Dan; Autret, Gwennhael; Motte, Laurence; Gazeau, Florence; Scherman, Daniel; Clément, Olivier; Richard, Cyrille; Maldiney, Thomas

    2015-06-10

    With the fast development of noninvasive diagnosis, the design of multimodal imaging probes has become a promising challenge. If many monofunctional nanocarriers have already proven their efficiency, only few multifunctional nanoprobes have been able to combine the advantages of diverse imaging modalities. An innovative nanoprobe called mesoporous persistent luminescence magnetic nanohybrids (MPNHs) is described that shows both optical and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) properties intended for in vivo multimodal imaging in small animals. MPNHs are based on the assembly of chromium-doped zinc gallate oxide and ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles embedded in a mesoporous silica shell. MPNHs combine the optical advantages of persistent luminescence, such as real time imaging with highly sensitive and photostable detection, and MRI negative contrast properties that ensure in vivo imaging with rather high spatial resolution. In addition to their imaging capabilities, these MPNHs can be motioned in vitro with a magnet, which opens multiple perspectives in magnetic vectorization and cell therapy research.

  16. Differential behavioral state-dependence in the burst properties of CA3 and CA1 neurons.

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    Tropp Sneider, J; Chrobak, J J; Quirk, M C; Oler, J A; Markus, E J

    2006-09-15

    Brief bursts of fast high-frequency action potentials are a signature characteristic of CA3 and CA1 pyramidal neurons. Understanding the factors determining burst and single spiking is potentially significant for sensory representation, synaptic plasticity and epileptogenesis. A variety of models suggest distinct functional roles for burst discharge, and for specific characteristics of the burst in neural coding. However, little in vivo data demonstrate how often and under what conditions CA3 and CA1 actually exhibit burst and single spike discharges. The present study examined burst discharge and single spiking of CA3 and CA1 neurons across distinct behavioral states (awake-immobility and maze-running) in rats. In both CA3 and CA1 spike bursts accounted for less than 20% of all spike events. CA3 neurons exhibited more spikes per burst, greater spike frequency, larger amplitude spikes and more spike amplitude attenuation than CA1 neurons. A major finding of the present study is that the propensity of CA1 neurons to burst was affected by behavioral state, while the propensity of CA3 to burst was not. CA1 neurons exhibited fewer bursts during maze running compared with awake-immobility. In contrast, there were no differences in burst discharge of CA3 neurons. Neurons in both subregions exhibited smaller spike amplitude, fewer spikes per burst, longer inter-spike intervals and greater spike amplitude attenuation within a burst during awake-immobility compared with maze running. These findings demonstrate that the CA1 network is under greater behavioral state-dependent regulation than CA3. The present findings should inform both theoretic and computational models of CA3 and CA1 function.

  17. Emerging collective behavior and local properties of financial dynamics in a public investment game

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    da Silva, Roberto; Bazzan, Ana L. C.; Baraviera, Alexandre T.; Dahmen, Sílvio R.

    2006-11-01

    In this paper we consider a simple model of a society of economic agents, namely a variation of the well known “public investment game”, where each agent can contribute with a discrete quantity, i.e., cooperate to increase the benefits of the group. Interactions take place among nearest neighbors and depend on the motivation level (insider information, economy prospects). The profit is used to update individual motivations. We first explore a deterministic scenario and the existence of fixed points and attractors. We also consider the presence of noise, where profits fluctuate stochastically. In this scenario we analyze the global persistence as a function of time-a measure of the probability that the amount of money of the entire group remains at least equal to its initial value. Our simulations show that this quantity has a power law behavior. We have also performed simulations with a population of heterogeneous agents, including deceivers and conservatives. We show that, although there is no regular pattern regarding the average wealth, robust power laws for persistence do exist and argue that this can be used to characterize the emerging collective behavior. The influence of the motivation updating and the presence of conservatives and deceivers on persistence is also studied. Simulations for the local persistence exploring two different versions of this concept: the probability of a particular agent not going bankrupt (i.e., remaining wealth ⩾0 up to time t) and the probability of a particular agent making more money than he initially had. Different power law behaviors are also observed in these situations.

  18. Ground-state properties and high-pressure behavior of plutonium dioxide: Density functional theory calculations

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    Zhang, Ping; Wang, Bao-Tian; Zhao, Xian-Geng

    2010-10-01

    Plutonium dioxide is of high technological importance in nuclear fuel cycle and is particularly crucial in long-term storage of Pu-based radioactive waste. Using first-principles density-functional theory, in this paper we systematically study the structural, electronic, mechanical, thermodynamic properties, and pressure-induced structural transition of PuO2 . To properly describe the strong correlation in Pu5f electrons, the local-density approximation (LDA)+U and the generalized gradient approximation+U theoretical formalisms have been employed. We optimize U parameter in calculating the total energy, lattice parameters, and bulk modulus at nonmagnetic, ferromagnetic, and antiferromagnetic configurations for both ground-state fluorite structure and high-pressure cotunnite structure. Best agreement with experiments is obtained by tuning the effective Hubbard parameter U at around 4 eV within LDA+U approach. After carefully testing the validity of the ground-state calculation, we further investigate the bonding nature, elastic constants, various moduli, Debye temperature, hardness, ideal tensile strength, and phonon dispersion for fluorite PuO2 . Some thermodynamic properties, e.g., Gibbs free energy, volume thermal expansion, and specific heat are also calculated. As for cotunnite phase, besides elastic constants, various moduli, and Debye temperature at 0 GPa, we have further presented our calculated electronic, structural, and magnetic properties for PuO2 under pressure up to 280 GPa. A metallic transition at around 133 GPa and an isostructural transition in pressure range of 75-133 GPa are predicted. Additionally, as an illustration on the valency trend and subsequent effect on the mechanical properties, the calculated results for other actinide metal dioxides ( ThO2 , UO2 , and NpO2 ) are also presented.

  19. Fuel Surrogate Physical Property Effects on Direct Injection Spray and Ignition Behavior

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    2015-09-01

    emissions, and spray characteristics to the properties of alternative diesel fuels, such as dimethyl ether ( DME ), biodiesel, and jet fuel, which are... kinetic energy flow rate from the fuel injection (Ėkinetic,injection) as follows: fuel fuelU ρ 1 ∝ (Eq. 5) fuelfuelm ρ∝ (Eq. 6) ( ) fuel...fuelfuelinjectionkinetic UmE ρ 12 , ∝∝  (Eq. 7) 15 UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED As indicated by Equation 7, the kinetic energy introduced by the fuel

  20. Investigation of basic physical properties and dielectric behavior of a-Se-Sn-Ge-Sb system

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    Chaudhary, Shobhna; Modgil, Vivek; Nidhi, Anant Vidya; Kumar, Prashant; Rangra, V. S.

    2015-05-01

    The material is investigated for various physical parameters which gives us the formation about glass rigidity and glass forming ability. The cohesive energy has been interpreted using Chemical Bond Approach and glass transition temperature (Tg) has been calculated by using Tichy-Ticha approach. The decrease in glass transition temperature and weakening of structure of the material has been observed due to decrease in mean bond energy. The effect of Sb addition on the dielectric behavior of a bulk glassy material has also been studied at room temperature in the frequency range 20Hz to 1MHz.

  1. Switching behavior and electro-optical properties of liquid crystals in nematic gels

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    Gautier; Brunet; Grupp; Sauvajol; Anglaret

    2000-11-01

    Anisotropic nematic gels are prepared via in situ polymerization of diacrylate monomers in an orientated nematic liquid crystal (LC) matrix. The switching behavior of the LC molecules under electric field is probed in polarized Raman spectroscopy and straight theta-2straight theta elastic light scattering experiments. The electro-optical characteristics of the gels are directly related to the electric field dependence of the fraction of switched molecules. The electro-optical contrast relates to the coexistence of switched LC domains and LC domains anchored to the polymer network.

  2. Liquid Crystalline Behavior and Related Properties of Colloidal Systems of Inorganic Oxide Nanosheets

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    Nakato, Teruyuki; Miyamoto, Nobuyoshi

    2009-01-01

    Inorganic layered crystals exemplified by clay minerals can be exfoliated in solvents to form colloidal dispersions of extremely thin inorganic layers that are called nanosheets. The obtained “nanosheet colloids” form lyotropic liquid crystals because of the highly anisotropic shape of the nanosheets. This system is a rare example of liquid crystals consisting of inorganic crystalline mesogens. Nanosheet colloids of photocatalytically active semiconducting oxides can exhibit unusual photoresponses that are not observed for organic liquid crystals. This review summarizes experimental work on the phase behavior of the nanosheet colloids as well as photochemical reactions observed in the clay and semiconducting nanosheets system.

  3. Thermodynamic mixing properties and behavior of almandine-spessartine solid solutions

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    Dachs, Edgar; Geiger, Charles A.; Benisek, Artur; Grodzicki, Michael

    2014-01-01

    The heat capacity, Cp, of five solid-solution members of the almandine(Alm)-spessartine(Sps) binary, consisting of three synthetic polycrystalline and two natural single-crystal samples, was measured in the temperature range between 2 and 300 K using relaxation calorimetry and between 282 and 764 K using DSC methods. All garnets exhibit a λ-type heat-capacity anomaly at low temperatures resulting from a paramagnetic to antiferromagnetic phase transition. The temperature of the magnetic transition in Fe-rich garnets occurs between those of the two end-members (i.e. 9.2 K for almandine and 6.2 K for spessartine), but lies at lower values between 3.5 and 4.5 K for more Sps-rich compositions with XMngrt>0.5. The calorimetric entropy at 298 K shows mechanical-mixture behavior for Sps-rich garnets and a slight possible negative deviation from such behavior for Alm-rich compositions. At the 2σ level all data are, however, consistent with ideal mixing behavior and the Margules entropy interaction parameter, WS,FeMngrt, is zero for the Alm-Sps binary. Thermodynamic analysis of published high P and T phase-equilibrium Fe-Mn exchange experiments between garnet and ilmenite shows that the excess Gibbs free energy of mixing, ΔGex, for Fe-Mn in garnet is positive and asymmetric towards spessartine. Margules enthalpy interaction parameters of WH,FeMngrt=4170±518 J/cationṡmol and WH,MnFe=1221±588 J/cationṡmol are derived giving a maximum of ΔGex≈0.7 kJ/cationṡmol at XMngrt≈0.6. ΔHex obtained using autocorrelation analysis of published IR spectra of Alm-Sps solid solutions is in reasonable agreement with that derived from phase-equilibrium and calorimetry data. Previous diffraction and spectroscopic results on Alm-Sps garnets and quantum mechanical calculations made on almandine are used to interpret the macroscopic thermodynamic behavior from a microscopic basis. The relevance of the new garnet Fe-Mn mixing model for petrological calculations is demonstrated by

  4. Osmotic behavior and transport properties of human islets in a dimethyl sulfoxide solution.

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    de Freitas, R C; Diller, K R; Lakey, J R; Rajotte, R V

    1997-11-01

    The osmotic responses of isolated human islets were evaluated using a perfusion cryomicroscope device. Individual islet volumes were measured following equilibration with a series of solutions of graded solute concentration. The osmotically inactive volume for human islets was determined to be 25% from a Boyle-van't Hoff plot of these data. A network thermodynamic model was developed via the bond graph method to describe the transport of water and cryoprotective agent in pancreatic islets. The model was curve fit to transient volumetric data for the response of islets to a stepwise exposure to 1 Me2SO at temperatures of 24.0, 3.0, or -3.5 degrees C. Standard membrane transport parameters (Lp, omega, sigma) and interstitial diffusion transport properties (kappa w, kappa p) were calculated from the fitting procedure. The temperature coefficients for membrane transport properties were expressed in terms of activation energies for water (ELp) and Me2SO (E omega). Osmotic challenge experiments conducted with fresh and cryopreserved human islets indicate that frozen/thawed islets exhibit a a slight increase in transport properties. Copyright 1997 Academic Press.

  5. Effect of metallurgical structure and properties on adhesion and friction behavior of cobalt alloys

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    Keller, D. V., Jr.; Shatynski, S.; Vedamanikam, P. M.

    1972-01-01

    The metallurgical structure and some of the mechanical properties of two cobalt alloys, cobalt-50% iron and cobalt-25% molybdenum-10% chromium, were determined under various heat treated conditions. The mechanical properties of the bcc disordered Co-50Fe alloy, which was found to be very brittle, indicated an exceedingly low fracture strength, low hardness, and very weak grain boundary strength. Ordering by suitable heat treatment only produced a more brittle material with a lower fracture strength and a slightly higher hardness value. Work hardening was found to produce a finer grain structure and a greater grain boundary strength. Tensile properties were examined. It was found that the Co-25Mo-10Cr alloy was difficult to place in the alpha Co solid solution condition, which limited the ability to use precipitation as a hardening reaction. Over two hundred adhesion cycles from zero contact load, to maximum load, to fracture were conducted between couples for each of the above alloys in an ultrahigh vacuum system which would permit the sample surfaces to be cleaned of all contaminant layers. In the Co-50Fe case, the calculated fracture stress from the adhesion tests showed values in the range of 80 to 150 k.s.i., which is about ten times greater than the values from tension tests.

  6. The structural properties of InGaN alloys and the interdependence on the thermoelectric behavior

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    Kucukgok, Bahadir; Lu, Na; Wu, Xuewang; Wang, Xiaojia; Liu, Zhiqiang; Ferguson, Ian T.

    2016-02-15

    The III-Nitrides are promising candidate for high efficiency thermoelectric (TE) materials and devices due to their unique features which includes high thermal stability. A systematic study of the room temperature TE properties of metalorganic chemical vapor deposition grown In{sub x}Ga{sub 1-x}N were investigated for x =  0.07 to 0.24. This paper investigated the role of indium composition on the TE properties of InGaN alloys in particular the structural properties for homogenous material that did not show significant phase separation. The highest Seebeck and power factor values of 507 μV K{sup −1} and 21.84 × 10{sup −4} Wm{sup −1}K{sup −1} were observed, respectively for In{sub 0.07}Ga{sub 0.93}N at room temperature. The highest value of figure-of-merit (ZT) was calculated to be 0.072 for In{sub 0.20}Ga{sub 0.80}N alloy at room temperature.

  7. Tailoring the magnetic properties and magnetorheological behavior of spinel nanocrystalline cobalt ferrite by varying annealing temperature.

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    Sedlacik, Michal; Pavlinek, Vladimir; Peer, Petra; Filip, Petr

    2014-05-14

    Magnetic nanoparticles of spinel nanocrystalline cobalt ferrite were synthesized via the sol-gel method and subsequent annealing. The influence of the annealing temperature on the structure, magnetic properties, and magnetorheological effect was investigated. The finite crystallite size of the particles, determined by X-ray diffraction and the particle size observed via transmission electron microscopy, increased with the annealing temperature. The magnetic properties observed via a vibrating sample magnetometer showed that an increase in the annealing temperature leads to the increase in the magnetization saturation and, in contrast, a decrease in the coercivity. The effect of annealing on the magnetic properties of ferrite particles has been explained by the recrystallization process at high temperatures. This resulted in grain size growth and a decrease in an imposed stress relating to defects in the crystal lattice structure of the nanoparticles. The magnetorheological characteristics of suspensions of ferrite particles in silicone oil were measured using a rotational rheometer equipped with a magnetic field generator in both steady shear and small-strain oscillatory regimes. The magnetorheological performance expressed as a relative increase in the magnetoviscosity appeared to be significantly higher for suspensions of particles annealed at 1000 °C.

  8. Behavior of optical properties of coagulated blood sample at 633 nm wavelength

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    Morales Cruzado, Beatriz; Vázquez y Montiel, Sergio; Delgado Atencio, José Alberto

    2011-03-01

    Determination of tissue optical parameters is fundamental for application of light in either diagnostics or therapeutical procedures. However, in samples of biological tissue in vitro, the optical properties are modified by cellular death or cellular agglomeration that can not be avoided. This phenomena change the propagation of light within the biological sample. Optical properties of human blood tissue were investigated in vitro at 633 nm using an optical setup that includes a double integrating sphere system. We measure the diffuse transmittance and diffuse reflectance of the blood sample and compare these physical properties with those obtained by Monte Carlo Multi-Layered (MCML). The extraction of the optical parameters: absorption coefficient μa, scattering coefficient μs and anisotropic factor g from the measurements were carried out using a Genetic Algorithm, in which the search procedure is based in the evolution of a population due to selection of the best individual, evaluated by a function that compares the diffuse transmittance and diffuse reflectance of those individuals with the experimental ones. The algorithm converges rapidly to the best individual, extracting the optical parameters of the sample. We compare our results with those obtained by using other retrieve procedures. We found that the scattering coefficient and the anisotropic factor change dramatically due to the formation of clusters.

  9. Study of the effects of structural properties on the photoluminescence behavior of erbium thin films

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    Kamineni, Himani S.; Gallis, Spyros; Huang, Mengbing; Kaloyeros, Alain E.

    2012-10-01

    Erbium oxide is a promising candidate for possible applications as Si-based light emitting devices in nanoscale electronics. The current report presents findings pertaining to the effects of the structural properties of erbium-based thin films on their photoluminescence characteristics. Erbium metal films were deposited on silicon via electron beam evaporation followed by thermal oxidation. The effects of post-deposition annealing conditions on the structural and optical properties of the thin films were examined using a variety of techniques, such as spectroscopic ellipsometry, xray diffraction, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. It was shown that the thin films evolved as function of thermal treatment from an Er-rich to an ErO-rich (700°C) to an Er2O3-rich (900°C) phase due to an increase in oxygen incorporation with higher oxidation temperatures. At temperatures >= 1000°C, out-diffusion of silicon from the substrate led to the formation of erbium monosilicate. Furthermore, the photoluminescence spectra of these various phases were measured, and the correlation between structural properties and luminescence characteristics will be discussed in this paper.

  10. Evaluating the effects of local floodplain management policies on property owner behavior

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    Bollens, Scott A.; Kaiser, Edward J.; Burby, Raymond J.

    1988-05-01

    Floodplain management programs have been adopted by more than 85% of local governments in the nation with designated flood hazard areas. Yet, there has been little evaluation of the influence of floodplain policies on private sector decisions. This article examines the degree to which riverine floodplain management affects purchase and mitigation decisions made by owners of developed floodplain property in ten selected cities in the United States. We find that the stringency of such policies does not lessen floodplain property buying because of the overriding importance of site amenity factors. Indeed, flood protection measures incorporated into development projects appear to add to the attractiveness of floodplain location by increasing the perceived safety from the hazard. Property owner responses to the flood hazard after occupancy involve political action more often than individual on-site mitigation. Floodplain programs only minimally encourage on-site mitigation by the owner because most owners have not experienced a flood and many are unaware of the flood threat. It is suggested that floodplain programs will be more effective in meeting their objectives if they are directed at intervention points earlier in the land conversion process.

  11. Structure-behavior-property relationship study of surfactants as foam stabilizers explored by experimental and molecular simulation approaches.

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    Hu, Xiaoying; Li, Ying; He, Xiujuan; Li, Chunxiu; Li, Zhengquan; Cao, Xulong; Xin, Xia; Somasundaran, P

    2012-01-12

    A multiscale stability study of foams stabilized by sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate (SDBS), and sodium polyoxyethylene alkylether sulfate (AES) was conducted, to investigate the relationship of surfactant molecular behavior and interfacial monolayer configuration of foam film to the foam film properties. Molecular dynamic (MD) simulations using a full-atom model was utilized to explore the microscopic features of the air/liquid interface layer. Several parameters such as the distribution of surfactant head groups and the order degree of surfactant hydrophobic tails were used to describe the molecular adsorption behavior. The effect of molecular structure on the nature of the foam film and the impact on the dynamic stability of wet foam is discussed. In the experimental evaluation, the SDBS foam films manifest strong stiffness and low viscoelasticity as shown by the interfacial shear rheology determination as well as texture analyzer (TA) measurement results, which agree very well with the array behavior of SDBS molecules at the air/water interface as described by the simulation results and is identified to be the reason for the poor dynamic stability. Comparing the molecular structure of SDS, SDBS, and AES, the special contributions of the linking groups such as the O atom, the phenyl group, and the EO (oxyethyl) chain to the interfacial array behavior of surfactants were characterized. It is concluded that microhardness of the foam film enhanced by rigid linking groups favors static foam stability but decreases the dynamic foam stability, while viscoelasticity of the foam film enhanced by soft linking groups increases the dynamic foam stability.

  12. The aging behavior of types 308 and 308CRE stainless steels and its effect on mechanical properties

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    Vitek, J.M.; David, S.A.

    1987-01-01

    Aging of 308 and 308CRE SS was studied at 475 to 850/sup 0/C for aging times up to 10,000 hours. Above 550/sup 0/C, aging of 308 steel resulted in precipitation of carbides and the transformation of ferrite to sigma phase or the formation of sigma phase in initially ferrite-free material. The elevated-temperature aging of 308CRE steel resulted in the precipitation of titanium-rich carbides, nitrides, and sulfides, and the transformation of ferrite to sigma phase. The distribution of precipitates was affected by the initial condition of the materials. The elevated-temperature creep properties, and in particular the improved properties of 308CRE, were related to the precipitate distribution. Below 550/sup 0/C, aging of welded type 308 steel, precipitation of G-phase within the ferrite was observed, as well as the decomposition of ferrite into alpha and alpha prime. With the help of a novel mechanical properties microprobe, which was capable of determining the hardness of the minor constituent ferrite phase, the hardness behavior as a function of aging could be related to the microstructures. These results are interpreted in terms of the potential susceptibility of these alloys to 475/sup 0/C embrittlement.

  13. Microstructures, mechanical properties, and fracture behaviors of metal-injection molded 17-4PH stainless steel

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    Wu, Ming-Wei; Huang, Zeng-Kai; Tseng, Chun-Feng; Hwang, Kuen-Shyang

    2015-05-01

    Metal injection molding (MIM) is a versatile technique for economically manufacturing various metal parts with complicated shapes and excellent properties. The objective of this study was to clarify the effects of powder type (water-atomized and gas-atomized powders) and various heat treatments (sintering, solutioning, H900, and H1100) on the microstructures, mechanical properties, and fracture behaviors of MIM 17-4PH stainless steels. The results showed that better mechanical properties of MIM 17-4PH can be achieved with gas-atomized powder than with water-atomized powder due mainly to the lower silicon and oxygen contents and fewer SiO2 inclusions in the steels. The presence of 10 vol% δ ferrite does not impair the UTS or elongation of MIM 17-4PH stainless steels. The δ ferrite did not fracture, even though the neighboring martensitic matrix was severely cracked. Moreover, H900 treatment produces the highest hardness and UTS, along with moderate elongation. H1100 treatment produces the best elongation, along with moderate hardness and UTS.

  14. Physical properties of parabens and their mixtures: solubility in water, thermal behavior, and crystal structures.

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    Giordano, F; Bettini, R; Donini, C; Gazzaniga, A; Caira, M R; Zhang, G G; Grant, D J

    1999-11-01

    The peculiar solubility behavior of propylparaben (propyl ester of 4-hydroxybenzoic acid) in aqueous solution, when tested separately and together with methyl-, ethyl-, and butyl-parabens, has been investigated in detail. The results clearly indicate that the decrease in solubility (approximately 50% compared to the solubility value of propylparaben alone) is typical of those mixtures containing also ethylparaben, as demonstrated by solubility experiments on binary, ternary, and quaternary mixtures of the parabens. Phase diagrams of all the six binaries show that propylparaben and ethylparaben are the only pair that form almost ideal solid solutions near the melting temperatures. Moreover, phase-solubility analysis shows that propylparaben and ethylparaben, at room temperature, can also form solid solutions whose solubility is related to the composition of the solid phase at equilibrium. To achieve an independent confirmation of the possible solid solution formation that supports the above interpretation of the solubility behavior, the crystal structures of the four parabens have been examined and isostructurality has been found to exist only between ethylparaben and propylparaben. Powder X-ray diffraction has also been performed on ethylparaben, propylparaben, and their solid solutions obtained by recrystallization from water. The progressive shift of distinctive diffraction peaks with phase composition clearly indicates that propylparaben and ethylparaben form substitutional solid solutions. The small value (<1) of the disruption index provides thermodynamic support for substitutional solid solutions based on isostructural crystals.

  15. Magnetocaloric properties and critical behavior of high relative cooling power FeNiB nanoparticles

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    Chaudhary, V.; Maheswar Repaka, D. V.; Chaturvedi, A.; Ramanujan, R. V.; Sridhar, I.

    2014-10-28

    Low cost magnetocaloric nanomaterials have attracted considerable attention for energy efficient applications. We report a very high relative cooling power (RCP) in a study of the magnetocaloric effect in quenched FeNiB nanoparticles. RCP increases from 89.8 to 640 J kg{sup −1} for a field change of 1 and 5 T, respectively, these values are the largest for rare earth free iron based magnetocaloric nanomaterials. To investigate the magnetocaloric behavior around the Curie temperature (T{sub C}), the critical behavior of these quenched nanoparticles was studied. Detailed analysis of the magnetic phase transition using the modified Arrott plot, Kouvel-Fisher method, and critical isotherm plots yields critical exponents of β = 0.364, γ = 1.319, δ = 4.623, and α = −0.055, which are close to the theoretical exponents obtained from the 3D-Heisenberg model. Our results indicate that these FeNiB nanoparticles are potential candidates for magnetocaloric fluid based heat pumps and low grade waste heat recovery.

  16. SHANK3 overexpression causes manic-like behavior with unique pharmacogenetic properties

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    Han, Kihoon; Holder, J. Lloyd; Schaaf, Christian P.; Lu, Hui; Chen, Hongmei; Kang, Hyojin; Tang, Jianrong; Wu, Zhenyu; Hao, Shuang; Cheung, Sau Wai; Yu, Peng; Sun, Hao; Breman, Amy M.; Patel, Ankita; Lu, Hui-Chen; Zoghbi, Huda Y.

    2014-01-01

    Mutations in SHANK3 and large duplications of the region spanning SHANK3 both cause a spectrum of neuropsychiatric disorders, suggesting that proper SHANK3 dosage is critical for normal brain function. SHANK3 overexpression per se has not been established as a cause of human disorders, however, because 22q13 duplications involve several genes. Here we report that Shank3 transgenic mice modeling a human SHANK3 duplication exhibit manic-like behavior and seizures consistent with synaptic excitatory/inhibitory imbalance. We also identified two patients with hyperkinetic disorders carrying the smallest SHANK3-spanning duplications reported so far. These findings suggest SHANK3 overexpression causes a hyperkinetic neuropsychiatric disorder. To probe the mechanism underlying the phenotype, we generated a Shank3 in vivo interactome and found that Shank3 directly interacts with the Arp2/3 complex to increase F-actin levels in Shank3 transgenic mice. The mood-stabilizing drug valproate, but not lithium, rescues the manic-like behavior of Shank3 transgenic mice raising the possibility that this hyperkinetic disorder has a unique pharmacogenetic profile. PMID:24153177

  17. Electrospinning, mechanical properties, and cell behavior study of chitosan/PVA nanofibers.

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    Koosha, Mojtaba; Mirzadeh, Hamid

    2015-09-01

    Electrospinning process has been widely used to produce nanofibers from polymer blends. Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and chitosan (CS) have numerous biomedical applications such as wound healing and tissue engineering. Nanofibers of CS/PVA have been prepared by many works, however, a complete physicochemical and mechanical characterization as well as cell behavior has not been reported. In this study, PVA and CS/PVA blend solutions in acetic acid 70% with different volume ratios (30/70, 50/50, and 70/30) were electrospun in constant electrospinning process parameters. The structure and morphology of nanofibrous mats were characterized by SEM, FTIR, and XRD methods. The best nanofibrous mat was achieved from the CS/PVA 30/70 blend solution regarding the electrospinning throughput. The dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA) of PVA and CS/PVA 30/70 nanofibrous mats were measured which were not considered in the previous studies. DMTA results in accordance to the DSC analysis approved the partial compatibility between the two polymers, while a single glass transition temperature was not observed for the blend. The tensile strength of PVA and CS/PVA nanofibers were also reported. Results of cell behavior study indicated that the heat stabilized nanofibrous mat CS/PVA 30/70 was able to support the attachment and proliferation of the fibroblast cells.

  18. Spatial dynamics of nesting behavior: lizards shift microhabitats to construct nests with beneficial thermal properties.

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    Angilletta, Michael J; Sears, Michael W; Pringle, Robert M

    2009-10-01

    Because temperature affects the growth, development, and survival of embryos, oviparous mothers should discriminate carefully among available nesting sites. We combined a radiotelemetric study of animal movements with a spatial mapping of environmental temperatures to test predictions about the nesting behavior of the eastern fence lizard (Sceloporus undulatus). Females made large excursions from their typical home ranges to construct nests in exposed substrates. These excursions appeared to be related solely to nesting because all females returned to forested habitat immediately afterward. On average, <1% (range = 0-8%, n = 19) of the area used by a female during nesting was contained within the area used before and after nesting. The selection of nesting sites matched predictions based on laboratory studies of embryonic performance; specifically, females nested in extremely open habitat at a mean of 6 cm depth. Spatial mapping of soil temperatures revealed that temperatures of nesting areas exceeded those of areas typically used by females, indicating that females preferred to construct warm nests that speed embryonic growth and development. However, this behavior could reduce the survivorship of females because of the need to rapidly navigate unfamiliar and exposed terrain.

  19. Tensile Properties and Swelling Behavior of Sealing Rubber Materials Exposed to High-Pressure Hydrogen Gas

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    Yamabe, Junichiro; Nishimura, Shin

    Rubber O-rings exposed to high-pressure hydrogen gas swell, and the volume increase induced by swelling influences tensile properties of the O-rings. Samples of nonfilled (NF), carbon black-filled (CB), and silica-filled (SC) sulfur-vulcanized acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber were exposed to hydrogen at 30 °C and pressures of up to 100 MPa, and the effect of hydrogen exposure on the volume increase, hydrogen content, and tensile properties was investigated. The residual hydrogen content, measured 35 minutes after decompression, increased with increasing hydrogen pressure in the range 0.7-100 MPa for all three samples. In contrast, the volumes of NF, CB, and SC barely changed at pressures below 10 MPa, whereas they increased at pressures above 10 MPa. This nonlinear volume increase is probably related to the free volume of the rubber structure. The volume increase of the CB and SC samples was smaller than that of the NF samples, possibly because of the superior tensile properties of CB and SC. As the volumes of the NF, CB, and SC samples increased, their tensile elastic moduli decreased as a result of a decrease in crosslink density and elongation by volume increase. Although the true fracture stress of NF was barely dependent on the volume of the specimen, those of CB and SC clearly decreased as the volume increased. The decrease in the true fracture stress of CB and SC was related to the volume increase by swelling, showing that the boundary structure between the filler and the rubber matrix was changed by the volume increase.

  20. Mechanical properties and in vitro behavior of nanofiber-hydrogel composites for tissue engineering applications

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    Kai, Dan; Prabhakaran, Molamma P.; Stahl, Benjamin; Eblenkamp, Markus; Wintermantel, Erich; Ramakrishna, Seeram

    2012-03-01

    Hydrogel-based biomaterial systems have great potential for tissue reconstruction by serving as temporary scaffolds and cell delivery vehicles for tissue engineering (TE). Hydrogels have poor mechanical properties and their rapid degradation limits the development and application of hydrogels in TE. In this study, nanofiber reinforced composite hydrogels were fabricated by incorporating electrospun poly(ɛ-caprolactone) (PCL)/gelatin ‘blend’ or ‘coaxial’ nanofibers into gelatin hydrogels. The morphological, mechanical, swelling and biodegradation properties of the nanocomposite hydrogels were evaluated and the results indicated that the moduli and compressive strengths of the nanofiber reinforced hydrogels were remarkably higher than those of pure gelatin hydrogels. By increasing the amount of incorporated nanofibers into the hydrogel, the Young’s modulus of the composite hydrogels increased from 3.29 ± 1.02 kPa to 20.30 ± 1.79 kPa, while the strain at break decreased from 66.0 ± 1.1% to 52.0 ± 3.0%. Compared to composite hydrogels with coaxial nanofibers, those with blend nanofibers showed higher compressive strength and strain at break, but with lower modulus and energy dissipation properties. Biocompatibility evaluations of the nanofiber reinforced hydrogels were carried out using bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) by cell proliferation assay and immunostaining analysis. The nanocomposite hydrogel with 25 mg ml-1 PCL/gelatin ‘blend’ nanofibers (PGB25) was found to enhance cell proliferation, indicating that the ‘nanocomposite hydrogels’ might provide the necessary mechanical support and could be promising cell delivery systems for tissue regeneration.

  1. The Chemistry, Crystallization, Physicochemical Properties and Behavior of Sodium Aluminosilicate Solid Phases: Final Report

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    Rosencrance, S.

    2003-03-12

    The synthesis of sodium aluminosilicate solids phases precipitated from NO{sub 2}/NO{sub 3}-free and NO{sub 2}/NO{sub 3}-rich liquors has been performed. Four sodium aluminosilicate precipitation products were formed. These are (1) X-ray/electron diffraction-indifferent amorphous phase; (2) crystalline zeolite A; (3)NO{sub 2}/NO{sub 3}-rich crystalline sodalite; and (4) NO{sub 2}/NO{sub 3}-rich crystalline cancrinite phase. Characterization of the physicochemical properties for these phases has been performed under conditions simulating Westinghouse Savannah River Company liquid waste processing.

  2. Effect of Coal Properties and Operation Conditions on Flow Behavior of Coal Slag in Entrained Flow Gasifiers: A Brief Review

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    Wang,Ping; Massoudi, Mehrdad

    2011-01-01

    Integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) is a potentially promising clean technology with an inherent advantage of low emissions, since the process removes contaminants before combustion instead of from flue gas after combustion, as in a conventional coal steam plant. In addition, IGCC has potential for cost-effective carbon dioxide capture. Availability and high capital costs are the main challenges to making IGCC technology more competitive and fully commercial. Experiences from demonstrated IGCC plants show that, in the gasification system, low availability is largely due to slag buildup in the gasifier and fouling in the syngas cooler downstream of the gasification system. In the entrained flow gasifiers used in IGCC plants, the majority of mineral matter transforms to liquid slag on the wall of the gasifier and flows out the bottom. However, a small fraction of the mineral matter (as fly ash) is entrained with the raw syngas out of the gasifier to downstream processing. This molten/sticky fly ash could cause fouling of the syngas cooler. Therefore, it is preferable to minimize the quantity of fly ash and maximize slag. In addition, the hot raw syngas is cooled to convert any entrained molten fly slag to hardened solid fly ash prior to entering the syngas cooler. To improve gasification availability through better design and operation of the gasification process, better understanding of slag behavior and characteristics of the slagging process are needed. Slagging behavior is affected by char/ash properties, gas compositions in the gasifier, the gasifier wall structure, fluid dynamics, and plant operating conditions (mainly temperature and oxygen/carbon ratio). The viscosity of the slag is used to characterize the behavior of the slag flow and is the dominating factor to determine the probability that ash particles will stick. Slag viscosity strongly depends on the temperature and chemical composition of the slag. Because coal has varying ash content and

  3. Impact of petrographic properties on the burning behavior of pulverized coal using a drop tube furnace

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    S. Biswas; N. Choudhury; S. Ghosal; T. Mitra; A. Mukherjee; S.G. Sahu; M. Kumar . sb_cfri@yahoo.co.in

    2007-12-15

    The combustion behavior of three Indian coals of different rank with wide variation in ash content and maceral compositions were studied using a drop tube furnace (DTF). Each coal was pulverized into a specific size (80% below 200 mesh) and fed into the DTF separately. The DTF runs were carried out under identical conditions for all of the coals. The carbon burnout was found out from the chemical analyses of the feed coals and the char samples collected from different ports of the DTF. Char morphology analyses was carried on the burnout residues of the top port. The top port results show better burnout of the lower rank coals which however was not observed in the last port. An attempt has been made to account for this variation in terms of rank and petrographic parameters of the respective coals. 20 refs., 1 fig., 6 tabs.

  4. Effect of drug physicochemical properties on drug release and their relationship with drug skin permeation behaviors in hydroxyl pressure sensitive adhesive.

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    Liu, Chao; Quan, Peng; Fang, Liang

    2016-10-10

    The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of drug physicochemical properties on drug release behaviors and their relationship with skin permeation behaviors, which provided transdermal enhancement strategies for the design of transdermal drug delivery system. Six model drugs with different physicochemical properties were selected and hydroxyl pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) was synthesized. Horizontal diffusion cell was used to evaluate drug release and skin permeation behaviors. The relationship between physicochemical properties and release behaviors was conducted with regression analysis. Release behavior of 0.25% drug loading was linear related with polar surface area, which represented the hydrogen bond. Release behavior of 2.0% drug loading was dependent on the polarizability and log P, which represented dipole-dipole interaction and lipophilicity, respectively. According to the results of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, it was inferred that hydrogen bond was limited in controlling release of drug due to the limited quantity of bonding site, thus dipole-dipole interaction and log P became dominate control factors. Combining the drug release study and drug skin permeation study, it was concluded that drugs with different physicochemical properties should be applied with different transdermal enhancement strategies, which was useful for the design of transdermal drug delivery system. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Different behavioral effect dose–response profiles in mice exposed to two-carbon chlorinated hydrocarbons: Influence of structural and physical properties

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    Umezu, Toyoshi Shibata, Yasuyuki

    2014-09-01

    The present study aimed to clarify whether dose–response profiles of acute behavioral effects of 1,2-dichloroethane (DCE), 1,1,1-trichloroethane (TCE), trichloroethylene (TRIC), and tetrachloroethylene (PERC) differ. A test battery involving 6 behavioral endpoints was applied to evaluate the effects of DCE, TCE, TRIC, and PERC in male ICR strain mice under the same experimental conditions. The behavioral effect dose–response profiles of these compounds differed. Regression analysis was used to evaluate the relationship between the dose–response profiles and structural and physical properties of the compounds. Dose–response profile differences correlated significantly with differences in specific structural and physical properties. These results suggest that differences in specific structural and physical properties of DCE, TCE, TRIC, and PERC are responsible for differences in behavioral effects that lead to a variety of dose–response profiles. - Highlights: • We examine effects of 4 chlorinated hydrocarbons on 6 behavioral endpoints in mice. • The behavioral effect dose–response profiles for the 4 compounds are different. • We utilize regression analysis to clarify probable causes of the different profiles. • The compound's physicochemical properties probably produce the different profiles.

  6. Thermodynamic behavior and structural properties of an aqueous sodium chloride solution upon supercooling.

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    Corradini, D; Gallo, P; Rovere, M

    2008-06-28

    We present the results of a molecular dynamics simulation study of thermodynamic and structural properties upon supercooling of a low concentration sodium chloride solution in TIP4P water and the comparison with the corresponding bulk quantities. We study the isotherms and the isochores for both the aqueous solution and bulk water. The comparison of the phase diagrams shows that thermodynamic properties of the solution are not merely shifted with respect to the bulk. Moreover, from the analysis of the thermodynamic curves, both the spinodal line and the temperatures of maximum density curve can be calculated. The spinodal line appears not to be influenced by the presence of ions at the chosen concentration, while the temperatures of maximum density curve displays both a mild shift in temperature and a shape modification with respect to bulk. Signatures of the presence of a liquid-liquid critical point are found in the aqueous solution. By analyzing the water-ion radial distribution functions of the aqueous solution, we observe that upon changing density, structural modifications appear close to the spinodal. For low temperatures, additional modifications appear also for densities close to that corresponding to a low density configurational energy minimum.

  7. Atomic-scale simulations of material behaviors and tribology properties for BCC metal film

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    H, D. Aristizabal; P, A. Parra; P, López; E, Restrepo-Parra

    2016-01-01

    This work has two main purposes: (i) introducing the basic concepts of molecular dynamics analysis to material scientists and engineers, and (ii) providing a better understanding of instrumented indentation measurements, presenting an example of nanoindentation and scratch test simulations. To reach these purposes, three-dimensional molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of nanoindentation and scratch test technique were carried out for generic thin films that present BCC crystalline structures. Structures were oriented in the plane (100) and placed on FCC diamond substrates. A pair wise potential was employed to simulate the interaction between atoms of each layer and a repulsive radial potential was used to represent a spherical tip indenting the sample. Mechanical properties of this generic material were obtained by varying the indentation depth and dissociation energy. The load-unload curves and coefficient of friction were found for each test; on the other hand, dissociation energy was varied showing a better mechanical response for films that present grater dissociation energy. Structural change evolution was observed presenting vacancies and slips as the depth was varied. Project supported by la DirecciónNacional de Investigación of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, “the Theoretical Study of Physical Properties of Hard Materials for Technological Applications” (Grant No. 20101007903).

  8. Phase Behavior and Percolation Properties of the Patchy Colloidal Fluids in the Random Porous Media.

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    Kalyuzhnyi, Y V; Holovko, M; Patsahan, T; Cummings, P T

    2014-12-18

    The lack of a simple analytical description of the hard-sphere fluid in a matrix with hard-core obstacles is limiting progress in the development of thermodynamic perturbation theories for the fluid in random porous media. We propose a simple and highly accurate analytical scheme, which allows us to calculate thermodynamic and percolation properties of a network-forming fluid confined in the random porous media, represented by the hard-sphere fluid and overlapping hard-sphere matrices, respectively. Our scheme is based on the combination of scaled-particle theory, Wertheim's thermodynamic perturbation theory for associating fluids and extension of the Flory-Stockmayer theory for percolation. The liquid-gas phase diagram and percolation threshold line for several versions of the patchy colloidal fluid model confined in a random porous media are calculated and discussed. The method presented enables calculation of the thermodynamic and percolation properties of a large variety of polymerizing and network-forming fluids confined in random porous media.

  9. Mechanics of pharmaceutical pellets - Constitutive properties, deformation and breakage behavior(∗).

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    Russell, Alexander; Šibanc, Rok; Dreu, Rok; Müller, Peter

    2017-09-15

    To ensure robust manufacturing of unit-based oral solid dosage forms with minimal structural imperfections and high mechanical reliability across subsequent processing unit operations (for e.g. withstanding mechanical stresses during coating, optional axial compression, handling, packaging, storage and transport conditions), process design should include consideration of precise limits of accurate micro, macro and bulk properties of the constituent pellets. This communication presents a comprehensive intricate database of micro-mechanical properties' and breakage probability distribution functions of pellets, illustrating the stiffening and strengthening effects of coatings and the softening and weakening effects of structural moisture. Further insights such as the (contact) history-dependent softening during decompression, strain hardening upon repeated stressing, strength recovery by drying and the fragmentation pattern by cracking are also presented. The contents herein are based on conveniently performable lab-scale diametrical compression measurements on model microcrystalline cellulose pellets - demonstrating feasibility of the approach and validity of the contribution. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  10. Phase Behavior and Physical Properties of New Biobased Ionic Liquid Crystals.

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    Toledo Hijo, Ariel Antonio Campos; Maximo, Guilherme José; Costa, Mariana Conceição; Cunha, Rosiane Lopes; Pereira, Jorge Fernando Brandão; Kurnia, Kiki Adi; Batista, Eduardo A Caldas; Meirelles, Antonio J A

    2017-03-23

    Protic ionic liquids (PILs) have emerged as promising compounds and attracted the interest of the industry and the academy community, due to their easy preparation and unique properties. In the context of green chemistry, the use of biocompounds, such as fatty acids for their synthesis could disclose a possible alternative way to produce ILs with low or non-toxic effect and consequently, expanding their applicability in bio-based processes or in the development of bioproducts. This work addressed efforts to a better comprehension of the complex Solid-Liquid-Crystal-Liquid thermodynamic equilibrium of twenty new PILs synthesized by using fatty acids commonly found in vegetable oils, as well as their rheological profile and self-assembling ability. The work revealed that their phase equilibrium and physical properties are significantly impacted by the structure of the ions used for their synthesis. The use of unsaturated fatty acids and bis(2-hydroxy ethyl)ammonium for the synthesis of these biobased ILs led to a drastic decreasing of their melting temperatures. Also, the longest alkyl chain fatty acids promoted higher self-assembling and more stable mesophases. Besides their sustainable appeal, the marked high viscosity, non-Newtonian profile and very low critical micellar concentration values of the PIL crystals here disclosed make them interesting renewable compounds with potential applications as emulsifiers, stabilizers, thickeners or biolubricants.

  11. Property.

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    Goldblatt, Steven M.; Piele, Philip K.

    This chapter reviews 1982 cases related to school property. Cases involving citizen efforts to overturn school board decisions to close schools dominate the property chapter, and courts continue to uphold school board authority to close schools, transfer students, and sell or lease the buildings. Ten cases involving detachment and attachment of…

  12. Property.

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    Piele, Philip K.; Johnson, Margaret M.

    This chapter deals with 1981 cases involving disputes over property. Cases involving the detachment and attachment of land continue to dominate the property chapter with 11 cases reported, the same number summarized in last year's chapter. One case involving school board referenda raised the interesting question of whether or not a state could…

  13. Property.

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    Piele, Philip K.

    Chapter 7 of a book on school law, this chapter deals with 1979 cases involving disputes over property. Cases involving taxpayer attempts to prevent the construction of school buildings dominate this year's property chapter, as they did last year's. Yet, paradoxically, there is also a significant increase in cases in which taxpayers tried to…

  14. Property.

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    Bickel, Robert D.; Zeller, Trisha A.

    A number of cases related to property issues involving institutions of higher education are examined in this chapter. Cases discussed touch on such topics as funding for property and equipment acquisition; opposition to building construction or demolition; zoning issues; building construction and equipment contracts; and lease agreements. Current…

  15. Property.

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    Bickel, Robert D.; Zeller, Trisha A.

    A number of cases related to property issues involving institutions of higher education are examined in this chapter. Cases discussed touch on such topics as funding for property and equipment acquisition; opposition to building construction or demolition; zoning issues; building construction and equipment contracts; and lease agreements. Current…

  16. Property.

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    Piele, Philip K.; Johnson, Margaret M.

    This chapter deals with 1981 cases involving disputes over property. Cases involving the detachment and attachment of land continue to dominate the property chapter with 11 cases reported, the same number summarized in last year's chapter. One case involving school board referenda raised the interesting question of whether or not a state could…

  17. Property.

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    Piele, Philip K.

    Chapter 7 of a book on school law, this chapter deals with 1979 cases involving disputes over property. Cases involving taxpayer attempts to prevent the construction of school buildings dominate this year's property chapter, as they did last year's. Yet, paradoxically, there is also a significant increase in cases in which taxpayers tried to…

  18. Biomechanics of chiasmal compression: Sensitivity of the mechanical behaviors of nerve fibers to variations in material property and geometry

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    Wang, Xiaofei; Neely, Andrew J.; McIlwaine, Gawn G.; Lueck, Christian J.

    2016-05-01

    The mechanism of bitemporal hemianopia is still unclear. Previous research suggested that the nerve fiber packing pattern may contribute to the selective damage of nasal (crossed) nerve fibers. Numerical models were built using finite element modeling to study the biomechanics of optic nerve fibers. The sensitivity of the mechanical behaviors of the nerve fibers to variations of five parameters in the nerve fiber model were investigated using design of experiments (DOE). Results show that the crossing angle is a very significant factor that affects a wide range of responses of the model. The strain difference between the crossed and the uncrossed nerve fibers may account for the phenomenon of bitemporal hemianopia. This work also highlights the need for more accurate material properties of the tissues in the model and an improved understanding of the microstructure of the optic chiasm.

  19. Mechanical Properties and Fracture Behavior of Electroless Ni-Plated Short Carbon Fiber Reinforced Geopolymer Matrix Composites

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    Lin, Tiesong; Jia, Dechang

    Electroless Ni-plated short carbon fiber reinforced geopolymer matrix composites with various carbon fiber/matrix interface coating thicknesses have been successfully fabricated. The influences of coating thickness on the mechanical properties and fracture behavior have been investigated by three-point bending test and scanning electron microscopy. The flexural strength and Young's modulus of Ni-plated short carbon fiber reinforced geopolymer composites exhibit maximums as the average fiber coating thickness increases, but the work of fracture has a sharp decrease, and the fracture manner changes from ductile to brittle. This is mainly attributed to the fact that the carbon fibers favor breakage rather than pulling-out during loading because of the higher interface bonding strength of fiber/matrix, and pliability of the carbon fibers decreases with the increase of the coating thickness.

  20. Influence of Nitrogen Addition on Transformation Behavior and Mechanical Properties of Vanadium Microalloyed Steels

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    Ma, Jiangnan; Wang, Ruizhen; Yang, Caifu

    The influence of nitrogen addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of vanadium microalloyed steels was studied by thermal simulation and bench scale rolling experiment . The results show that addition of nitrogen enhances the starting temperature of transformation, and promotes the formation of intragranular ferrite. Increasing nitrogen promotes acicular ferrite formation, and refines MA constituent. Increasing vanadium promotes the precipitation strengthening, but has little effect on toughness. For steel rich of nitrogen, vanadium mainly precipitates in austenite in the form of VN. For low nitrogen steels, however, vanadium precipitates as VC in ferrite. The lattice misfit degree of austenite-ferrite, VC-ferrite and VN-ferrite are 6.72%, 3.89% and 1.55% respectively. It indicates that VN precipitated in austenite acts as preferential nucleation sites and promotes the intragranular ferrite transformation.

  1. Biomass properties and gasification behavior of 7-year-old Siberian elm

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    Geyer, W.A.; Argent, R.M.; Walawender, W.P.

    1987-04-01

    Studies were conducted to establish baseline information for use in characterizing Siberian elm as energy or fiber feedstock. Biomass properties were determined. Calorific value (4698 cal/g) and specific gravity (0.55) of Siberian elm are similar to those of soft elms, and its fiber length is relatively short (1.00 mm). Ash content was 1.65%. Gasification produces a medium energy gas (3 x 10/sup 6/ cal/cubic m) with yield varying from 0.17 to 0.96 cubic m/kg over a gasification temperature range of 600 to 700 C. Oven-dry yields were 9.8 t/ha annually at 700 trees/ha. 23 references.

  2. Ab initio studies of atomic properties and experimental behavior of element 119 and its lighter homologs

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    Borschevsky, A.; Pershina, V.; Eliav, E.; Kaldor, U.

    2013-03-01

    Static dipole polarizabilities of element 119 and its singly charged cation are calculated, along with those of its lighter homologs, Cs and Fr. Relativity is treated within the 4-component Dirac-Coulomb formalism and electron correlation is included by the single reference coupled cluster approach with single, double, and perturbative triple excitations (CCSD(T)). Very good agreement with available experimental values is obtained for Cs, lending credence to the predictions for Fr and element 119. The atomic properties in group-1 are largely determined by the valence ns orbital, which experiences relativistic stabilization and contraction in the heavier elements. As a result, element 119 is predicted to have a relatively low polarizability (169.7 a.u.), comparable to that of Na. The adsorption enthalpy of element 119 on Teflon, which is important for possible future experimental studies of this element, is estimated as 17.6 kJ/mol, the lowest among the atoms considered here.

  3. Ab initio studies of atomic properties and experimental behavior of element 119 and its lighter homologs.

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    Borschevsky, A; Pershina, V; Eliav, E; Kaldor, U

    2013-03-28

    Static dipole polarizabilities of element 119 and its singly charged cation are calculated, along with those of its lighter homologs, Cs and Fr. Relativity is treated within the 4-component Dirac-Coulomb formalism and electron correlation is included by the single reference coupled cluster approach with single, double, and perturbative triple excitations (CCSD(T)). Very good agreement with available experimental values is obtained for Cs, lending credence to the predictions for Fr and element 119. The atomic properties in group-1 are largely determined by the valence ns orbital, which experiences relativistic stabilization and contraction in the heavier elements. As a result, element 119 is predicted to have a relatively low polarizability (169.7 a.u.), comparable to that of Na. The adsorption enthalpy of element 119 on Teflon, which is important for possible future experimental studies of this element, is estimated as 17.6 kJ/mol, the lowest among the atoms considered here.

  4. Synthesis of New Styrylquinoline Cellular Dyes, Fluorescent Properties, Cellular Localization and Cytotoxic Behavior

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    Dulski, Mateusz; Mrozek-Wilczkiewicz, Anna; Cieslik, Wioleta; Spaczyńska, Ewelina; Bartczak, Piotr; Ratuszna, Alicja; Polanski, Jaroslaw; Musiol, Robert

    2015-01-01

    New styrylquinoline derivatives with their photophysical constants are described. The synthesis was achieved via Sonogashira coupling using the newly developed heterogeneous nano-Pd/Cu catalyst system, which provides an efficient synthesis of high purity products. The compounds were tested in preliminary fluorescent microscopy studies to in order to identify their preferable cellular localization, which appeared to be in the lipid cellular organelles. The spectroscopic properties of the compounds were measured and theoretical TD-DFT calculations were performed. A biological analysis of the quinolines that were tested consisted of cytotoxicity assays against normal human fibroblasts and colon adenocarcinoma cells. All of the compounds that were studied appeared to be safe and indifferent to cells in a high concentration range. The presented results suggest that the quinoline compounds that were investigated in this study may be valuable structures for development as fluorescent dyes that could have biological applications. PMID:26114446

  5. Rare gas-benzene-rare gas interactions: structural properties and dynamic behavior.

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    Albertí, Margarita

    2010-02-18

    In the present work, some static and dynamic properties of trimers containing one benzene molecule and two rare gas atoms are investigated. These trimers can be formed in two different configurations, one in which the two rare gas atoms are placed in opposite sides of the benzene plane, (1|1), and the other in which the two atoms are placed on the same side, (2|0). The (1|1) configuration is more stable than the (2|0), and both minima are connected by small energy barriers. Accordingly, molecular dynamics simulations show frequent (2|0) <--> (1|1) interconversions, even at low temperatures. The time spent in each configuration has been related to the abundance of isomers. It has been found that at temperatures just below the dissociation, when interconversions are quite frequent, the relative abundance of (2|0) is always higher than that of (1|1), independently of the nature of the two rare gases.

  6. Quantification of Microstructure-Properties-Behavior Relations in Magnesium Alloys Using a Hybrid Approach

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    Hazeli, K.; Cuadra, J.; Vanniamparambil, P. A.; Carmi, R.; Kontsos, A.

    This study presents a hybrid experimental mechanics approach combining multi-scale mechanical testing, in situ nondestructive evaluation and targeted microscopic quantification to identify and quantify critical micro structural parameters that affect properties and overall plasticity of Mg alloys. Room temperature monotonic and cyclic experiments monitored by Digital Image Correlation (DIC) coupled with Acoustic Emission (AE) of Mg Alloys of the AZ series were used for this investigation. Data obtained using the optico-acoustic nondestructive system revealed for the first time the direct connection between surface strain localization effects similar to Luder's bands and pronounced twin activity. Electron Back Scatter Diffraction (EBSD) measurements showed the profuse and spatially inhomogeneous nature of twinning at early stages of plasticity which is related with the onset of yielding and the macroscopic plateau region in the stress-strain curve. Furthermore, twinning/detwinning activity was identified in several grains of tested specimens and during characteristic points of fatigue cycles.

  7. Statistical Properties and Multifractal Behaviors of Market Returns by Ising Dynamic Systems

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    Fang, Wen; Wang, Jun

    An interacting-agent model of speculative activity explaining price formation in financial markets is considered in the present paper, which based on the stochastic Ising model and the mean field theory. The model describes the interaction strength among the agents as well as an external field, and the corresponding random logarithmic price return process is investigated. According to the empirical research of the model, the time series formed by this Ising model exhibits the bursting typical of volatility clustering, the fat-tail phenomenon, the power-law distribution tails and the long-time memory. The statistical properties of the returns of Hushen 300 Index, Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) Composite Index and Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE) Component Index are also studied for comparison between the real time series and the simulated ones. Further, the multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis is applied to investigate the time series returns simulated by Ising model have the distribution multifractality as well as the correlation multifractality.

  8. Plutonium behavior after pulmonary administration according to solubility properties, and consequences on alveolar macrophage activation.

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    Van der Meeren, Anne; Gremy, Olivier; Renault, Daniel; Miroux, Amandine; Bruel, Sylvie; Griffiths, Nina; Tourdes, Françoise

    2012-01-01

    The physico-chemical form in which plutonium enters the body influences the lung distribution and the transfer rate from lungs to blood. In the present study, we evaluated the early lung damage and macrophage activation after pulmonary contamination of plutonium of various preparation modes which produce different solubility and distribution patterns. Whatever the solubility properties of the contaminant, macrophages represent a major retention compartment in lungs, with 42 to 67% of the activity from broncho-alveolar lavages being associated with macrophages 14 days post-contamination. Lung changes were observed 2 and 6 weeks post-contamination, showing inflammatory lesions and accumulation of activated macrophages (CD68 positive) in plutonium-contaminated rats, although no increased proliferation of pneumocytes II (TTF-1 positive cells) was found. In addition, acid phosphatase activity in macrophages from contaminated rats was enhanced 2 weeks post-contamination as compared to sham groups, as well as inflammatory mediator levels (TNF-α, MCP-1, MIP-2 and CINC-1) in macrophage culture supernatants. Correlating with the decrease in activity remaining in macrophages after plutonium contamination, inflammatory mediator production returned to basal levels 6 weeks post-exposure. The production of chemokines by macrophages was evaluated after contamination with Pu of increasing solubility. No correlation was found between the solubility properties of Pu and the activation level of macrophages. In summary, our data indicate that, despite the higher solubility of plutonium citrate or nitrate as compared to preformed colloids or oxides, macrophages remain the main lung target after plutonium contamination and may participate in the early pulmonary damage.

  9. Interactions between Surfactants in Solution and Electrospun Protein Fibers: Effects on Release Behavior and Fiber Properties.

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    Stephansen, Karen; García-Díaz, María; Jessen, Flemming; Chronakis, Ioannis S; Nielsen, Hanne M

    2016-03-07

    Intermolecular interaction phenomena occurring between endogenous compounds, such as proteins and bile salts, and electrospun compounds are so far unreported, despite the exposure of fibers to such biorelevant compounds when applied for biomedical purposes, e.g., tissue engineering, wound healing, and drug delivery. In the present study, we present a systematic investigation of how surfactants and proteins, as physiologically relevant components, interact with insulin-loaded fish sarcoplasmic protein (FSP) electrospun fibers (FSP-Ins fibers) in solution and thereby affect fiber properties such as accessible surface hydrophilicity, physical stability, and release characteristics of an encapsulated drug. Interactions between insulin-loaded protein fibers and five anionic surfactants (sodium taurocholate, sodium taurodeoxycholate, sodium glycocholate, sodium glycodeoxycholate, and sodium dodecyl sulfate), a cationic surfactant (benzalkonium chloride), and a neutral surfactant (Triton X-100) were studied. The anionic surfactants increased the insulin release in a concentration-dependent manner, whereas the neutral surfactant had no significant effect on the release. Interestingly, only minute amounts of insulin were released from the fibers when benzalkonium chloride was present. The FSP-Ins fibers appeared dense after incubation with this cationic surfactant, whereas high fiber porosity was observed after incubation with anionic or neutral surfactants. Contact angle measurements and staining with the hydrophobic dye 8-anilino-1-naphthalenesulfonic acid indicated that the FSP-Ins fibers were hydrophobic, and showed that the fiber surface properties were affected differently by the surfactants. Bovine serum albumin also affected insulin release in vitro, indicating that also proteins may affect the fiber performance in an in vivo setting.

  10. Synthesis, physical properties and self-assembly behavior of azole-fused pyrene derivatives

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    Xiao, Jinchong; Xiao, Xuyu; Zhao, Yanlei; Wu, Bo; Liu, Zhenying; Zhang, Xuemin; Wang, Sujuan; Zhao, Xiaohui; Liu, Lei; Jiang, Li

    2013-05-01

    A novel selenadiazole-fused pyrene derivative PySe was successfully synthesized and characterized. Its single structure is almost planar and adopts a sandwich-herringbone packing model. The self-assembly behaviors based on compound PySe and its analogue thiadiazole-fused pyrene derivative PyS were studied in detail and the as-formed nanostructures were fully characterized by means of UV-vis absorption, emission spectra, X-ray diffraction, field emission SEM and TEM. We attribute the bathochromic shift absorption and emission spectra of PyS and PySe in aqueous solution to the formation of J-type aggregation. In addition, our investigation demonstrated that the shape and size of the as-prepared nanostructures could be tuned by different chalcogen analogues and the volume ratio of water to organic solvent.A novel selenadiazole-fused pyrene derivative PySe was successfully synthesized and characterized. Its single structure is almost planar and adopts a sandwich-herringbone packing model. The self-assembly behaviors based on compound PySe and its analogue thiadiazole-fused pyrene derivative PyS were studied in detail and the as-formed nanostructures were fully characterized by means of UV-vis absorption, emission spectra, X-ray diffraction, field emission SEM and TEM. We attribute the bathochromic shift absorption and emission spectra of PyS and PySe in aqueous solution to the formation of J-type aggregation. In addition, our investigation demonstrated that the shape and size of the as-prepared nanostructures could be tuned by different chalcogen analogues and the volume ratio of water to organic solvent. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: TGA analysis, spectra characterization data for compound 1, 2, 3 and X-ray crystallographic data for compound PySe (2, CIF). CCDC 917821. For ESI and crystallographic data in CIF or other electronic format see DOI: 10.1039/c3nr00523b

  11. Structure-mediated transition in the behavior of elastic and inelastic properties of beach tree bio-carbon

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    Kardashev, B. K.; Orlova, T. S.; Smirnov, B. I.; Gutierrez, A.; Ramirez-Rico, J.

    2013-09-01

    Microstructural characteristics and amplitude dependences of the Young modulus E and of internal friction (logarithmic decrement δ) of bio-carbon matrices prepared from beech tree wood at different carbonization temperatures T carb ranging from 600 to 1600°C have been studied. The dependences E( T carb) and δ( T carb) thus obtained revealed two linear regions of increase of the Young modulus and of decrease of the decrement with increasing carbonization temperature, namely, Δ E ˜ AΔ T carb and Δδ ˜ BΔ T carb, with A ≈ 13.4 MPa/K and B ≈ -2.2 × 10-6 K-1 for T carb < 1000°C and A ≈ 2.5 MPa/K and B ≈ -3.0 × 10-7 K-1 for T carb > 1000°C. The transition observed in the behavior of E( T carb) and δ( T carb) at T carb = 900-1000°C can be assigned to a change of sample microstructure, more specifically, a change in the ratio of the fractions of the amorphous matrix and of the nanocrystalline phase. For T carb < 1000°C, the elastic properties are governed primarily by the amorphous matrix, whereas for T carb > 1000°C the nanocrystalline phase plays the dominant part. The structurally induced transition in the behavior of the elastic and microplastic characteristics at a temperature close to 1000°C correlates with the variation of the physical properties, such as electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, and thermopower, reported in the literature.

  12. Competence and Adherence Scale for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CAS-CBT) for anxiety disorders in youth: Psychometric properties.

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    Bjaastad, Jon Fauskanger; Haugland, Bente Storm Mowatt; Fjermestad, Krister W; Torsheim, Torbjørn; Havik, Odd E; Heiervang, Einar R; Öst, Lars-Göran

    2016-08-01

    The aim of the present study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Competence and Adherence Scale for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CAS-CBT). The CAS-CBT is an 11-item scale developed to measure adherence and competence in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety disorders in youth. A total of 181 videotapes from the treatment sessions in a randomized controlled effectiveness trial (Wergeland et al., 2014) comprising youth (N = 182, M age = 11.5 years, SD = 2.1, range 8-15 years, 53% girls, 90.7% Caucasian) with mixed anxiety disorders were assessed with the CAS-CBT to investigate interitem correlations, internal consistency, and factor structure. Internal consistency was good (Cronbach's alpha = .87). Factor analysis suggested a 2-factor solution with Factor 1 representing CBT structure and session goals (explaining 46.9% of the variance) and Factor 2 representing process and relational skills (explaining 19.7% of the variance). The sum-score for adherence and competence was strongly intercorrelated, r = .79, p < .001. Novice raters (graduate psychology students) obtained satisfactory accuracy (ICC > .40, n = 10 videotapes) and also good to excellent interrater reliability when compared to expert raters (ICC = .83 for adherence and .64 for competence, n = 26 videotapes). High rater stability was also found (n = 15 videotapes). The findings suggest that the CAS-CBT is a reliable measure of adherence and competence in manualized CBT for anxiety disorders in youth. Further research is needed to investigate the validity of the scale and psychometric properties when used with other treatment programs, disorders and treatment formats. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved).

  13. Engineered extracellular microenvironment with a tunable mechanical property for controlling cell behavior and cardiomyogenic fate of cardiac stem cells.

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    Choi, Min-Young; Kim, Jong-Tae; Lee, Won-Jin; Lee, Yunki; Park, Kyung Min; Yang, Young-Il; Park, Ki Dong

    2017-03-01

    Endogenous cardiac stem cells (CSCs) are known to play a certain role in the myocardial homeostasis of the adult heart. The extracellular matrix (ECM) surrounding CSCs provides mechanical signals to regulate a variety of cell behaviors, yet the impact in the adult heart of these mechanical properties of ECM on CSC renewal and fate decisions is mostly unknown. To elucidate CSC mechanoresponses at the individual cell and myocardial level, we used the sol-to-gel transitional gelatin-poly(ethylene glycol)-tyramine (GPT) hydrogel with a tunable mechanical property to construct a three-dimensional (3D) matrix for culturing native myocardium and CSCs. The elastic modulus of the GPT hydrogel was controlled by adjusting cross-linking density using hydrogen peroxide. The GPT hydrogel showed an ability to transduce integrin-mediated signals into the myocardium and to permit myocardial homeostatic processes in vitro, including CSC migration and proliferation into the hydrogel from the myocardium. Decreasing the elastic modulus of the hydrogel resulted in upregulation of phosphorylated integrin-mediated signaling molecules in CSCs, which were associated with significant increases in cell spreading, migration, and proliferation of CSCs in a modulus-dependent manner. However, increasing the elastic modulus of hydrogel induced the arrest of cell growth but led to upregulation of cardiomyocyte-associated mRNAs in CSCs. This work demonstrates that tunable 3D-engineered microenvironments created by GPT hydrogel are able to control CSC behavior and to direct cardiomyogenic fate. Our system may also be appropriate for studying the mechanoresponse of CSCs in a 3D context as well as for developing therapeutic strategies for in situ myocardial regeneration.

  14. Hygroscopic Properties and Respiratory System Deposition Behavior of Particulate Matter Emitted By Mining and Smelting Operations.

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    Youn, Jong-Sang; Csavina, Janae; Rine, Kyle P; Shingler, Taylor; Taylor, Mark Patrick; Sáez, A Eduardo; Betterton, Eric A; Sorooshian, Armin

    2016-11-01

    This study examines size-resolved physicochemical data for particles sampled near mining and smelting operations and a background urban site in Arizona with a focus on how hygroscopic growth impacts particle deposition behavior. Particles with aerodynamic diameters between 0.056-18 μm were collected at three sites: (i) an active smelter operation in Hayden, AZ, (ii) a legacy mining site with extensive mine tailings in Iron King, AZ, and (iii) an urban site, inner-city Tucson, AZ. Mass size distributions of As and Pb exhibit bimodal profiles with a dominant peak between 0.32 and 0.56 μm and a smaller mode in the coarse range (>3 μm). The hygroscopicity profile did not exhibit the same peaks owing to dependence on other chemical constituents. Submicrometer particles were generally more hygroscopic than supermicrometer ones at all three sites with finite water-uptake ability at all sites and particle sizes examined. Model calculations at a relative humidity of 99.5% reveal significant respiratory system particle deposition enhancements at sizes with the largest concentrations of toxic contaminants. Between dry diameters of 0.32 and 0.56 μm, for instance, ICRP and MPPD models predict deposition fraction enhancements of 171%-261% and 33%-63%, respectively, at the three sites.

  15. Antioxidant properties and electrochemical behavior of cultivated commercial Indian edible mushrooms.

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    Babu, Dandamudi Rajesh; Rao, G Nageswara

    2013-04-01

    Methanolic extracts of cap and stipe of commercially obtained mushrooms Agaricus bisporus, Hypsizygus ulmarius, and Calocybe indica were analyzed for their antioxidant activity in different chemical systems including reducing power, free radical scavenging, ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP), superoxide scavenging, peroxide scavenging, metal chelating activities and electrochemical behavior. Scavenging effects on 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radicals were moderate (43.5-59.0%) at 1.5 mg/ml. Chelating effects on ferrous ions were moderate to excellent (40.6-96.1%) at 20 mg/ml. At 12 mg/ml, the reducing powers were excellent (2.54-1.71). FRAP results were in the range 2.15-0.98 at 16 mg/ml. The ability to scavenge H2O2 was moderate to excellent (48.9-97.7%) at 1.5 mg/ml. At 10 mg/ml, Agaricus bisporus cap proved to be better at scavenging superoxide radicals than others. Similar electrochemical responses of all extracts suggested similar electroactive chemical composition. The total phenols in the extracts ranged from 14.73-26.72 mg/g.The total flavonoid content ranged from 1.12-2.17 μg/g.

  16. Characterizing the Peano fluidic muscle and the effects of its geometry properties on its behavior

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    Veale, Allan Joshua; Xie, Sheng Quan; Anderson, Iain Alexander

    2016-06-01

    In this work, we explore the basic static and dynamic behavior of a hydraulically actuated Peano muscle and how its geometry affects key static and dynamic performance metrics. The Peano muscle, or pouch motor is a fluid powered artificial muscle. Similar to McKibben pneumatic artificial muscles (PAMs), it has the ability to generate the high forces of biological muscles with the low threshold pressure of pleated PAMs, but in a slim, easily distributed form. We found that Peano muscles have similar characteristics to other PAMs, but produce lower free-strains. A test rig capable of measuring high-speed flow rates with a Venturi tube revealed that their efficiency peaks at about 40% during highly dynamic movements. Peano muscles with more tubes and of a greater size do not move faster. Also, their muscle tubes should have an aspect ratio of at least 1:3 and channel width greater than 20% to maximize performance. These findings suggest that finite element modeling be used to optimize more complex Peano muscle geometries.

  17. Hygroscopic Properties and Respiratory System Deposition Behavior of Particulate Matter Emitted By Mining and Smelting Operations

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    Youn, Jong-sang; Csavina, Janae; Rine, Kyle P.; Shingler, Taylor; Taylor, Mark Patrick; Sáez, A. Eduardo; Betterton, Eric A.; Sorooshian, Armin

    2016-01-01

    This study examines size-resolved physicochemical data for particles sampled near mining and smelting operations and a background urban site in Arizona with a focus on how hygroscopic growth impacts particle deposition behavior. Particles with aerodynamic diameters between 0.056 – 18 μm were collected at three sites: (i) an active smelter operation in Hayden, AZ, (ii) a legacy mining site with extensive mine tailings in Iron King, AZ, and (iii) an urban site, inner-city Tucson, AZ. Mass size distributions of As and Pb exhibit bimodal profiles with a dominant peak between 0.32-0.56 μm and a smaller mode in the coarse range (> 3 μm). The hygroscopicity profile did not exhibit the same peaks owing to dependence on other chemical constituents. Sub-micrometer particles were generally more hygroscopic than super-micrometer ones at all three sites with finite water-uptake ability at all sites and particle sizes examined. Model calculations at a relative humidity of 99.5% reveal significant respiratory system particle deposition enhancements at sizes with the largest concentrations of toxic contaminants. Between dry diameters of 0.32 and 0.56 μm, for instance, ICRP and MPPD models predict deposition fraction enhancements of 171%-261% and 33%-63%, respectively, at the three sites. PMID:27700056

  18. Flexible polyelectrolyte chain in a strong electrolyte solution: Insight into equilibrium properties and force-extension behavior from mesoscale simulation

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    Malekzadeh Moghani, Mahdy; Khomami, Bamin

    2016-01-01

    Macromolecules with ionizable groups are ubiquitous in biological and synthetic systems. Due to the complex interaction between chain and electrostatic decorrelation lengths, both equilibrium properties and micro-mechanical response of dilute solutions of polyelectrolytes (PEs) are more complex than their neutral counterparts. In this work, the bead-rod micromechanical description of a chain is used to perform hi-fidelity Brownian dynamics simulation of dilute PE solutions to ascertain the self-similar equilibrium behavior of PE chains with various linear charge densities, scaling of the Kuhn step length (lE) with salt concentration cs and the force-extension behavior of the PE chain. In accord with earlier theoretical predictions, our results indicate that for a chain with n Kuhn segments, lE ˜ cs-0.5 as linear charge density approaches 1/n. Moreover, the constant force ensemble simulation results accurately predict the initial non-linear force-extension region of PE chain recently measured via single chain experiments. Finally, inspired by Cohen's extraction of Warner's force law from the inverse Langevin force law, a novel numerical scheme is developed to extract a new elastic force law for real chains from our discrete set of force-extension data similar to Padè expansion, which accurately depicts the initial non-linear region where the total Kuhn length is less than the thermal screening length.

  19. Characterization of Tensile Properties, Limiting Strains, and Deep Drawing Behavior of AA5754-H22 Sheet at Elevated Temperature

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    Panicker, Sudhy S.; Singh, Har Govind; Panda, Sushanta Kumar; Dashwood, Richard

    2015-11-01

    Automotive industries are very much interested in characterization of formability improvement of aluminum alloys at elevated temperatures before designing tools, heating systems, and processing sequences for fabrication of auto-body panels by warm forming technology. In this study, tensile tests of AA5754-H22 aluminum alloy were carried out at five different temperatures and three different strain rates to investigate the deformation behavior correlating with Cowper-Symonds constitutive equation. Laboratory scale warm forming facilities were designed and fabricated to perform limiting dome height and deep drawing tests to evaluate forming limit strains and drawability of sheet metal at different tool temperatures. The forming limit strain and dome height improved significantly when both the die and punch were heated to 200 °C. Remarkable improvement in deep drawn cup depth was observed when die and punch temperatures were maintained at 200 and 30 °C, respectively, producing a non-isothermal temperature gradient of approximately 93 °C across the blank from flange to center. The forming behavior at different isothermal and non-isothermal conditions were predicted successfully using a thermo-mechanical FE model incorporating temperature-dependent properties in Barlat-89 yield criterion coupled with Cowper-Symonds hardening model, and the thinning/failure location in deformed cups were validated implementing the experimental limiting strains as damage model.

  20. Influence of original microstructure on the transformation behavior and mechanical properties of ultra-high-strength TRIP-aided steel

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    Yin, Hong-xiang; Zhao, Ai-min; Zhao, Zheng-zhi; Li, Xiao; Li, Shuang-jiao; Hu, Han-jiang; Xia, Wei-guang

    2015-03-01

    The transformation behavior and tensile properties of an ultra-high-strength transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP) steel (0.2C-2.0Si-1.8Mn) were investigated by different heat treatments for automobile applications. The results show that F-TRIP steel, a traditional TRIP steel containing as-cold-rolled ferrite and pearlite as the original microstructure, consists of equiaxed grains of intercritical ferrite surrounded by discrete particles of M/RA and B. In contrast, M-TRIP steel, a modified TRIP-aided steel with martensite as the original microstructure, containing full martensite as the original microstructure is comprised of lath-shaped grains of ferrite separated by lath-shaped martensite/retained austenite and bainite. Most of the austenite in F-TRIP steel is granular, while the austenite in M-TRIP steel is lath-shaped. The volume fraction of the retained austenite as well as its carbon content is lower in F-TRIP steel than in M-TRIP steel, and austenite grains in M-TRIP steel are much finer than those in F-TRIP steel. Therefore, M-TRIP steel was concluded to have a higher austenite stability, resulting in a lower transformation rate and consequently contributing to a higher elongation compared to F-TRIP steel. Work hardening behavior is also discussed for both types of steel.

  1. High Temperature Tensile Properties and Fatigue Behavior of a Melt-Infiltrated SiC/SiC Composite

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    Kalluri, Sreeramesh; Calomino, Anthony M.; Brewer, David N.; Kiraly, Louis J. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    High temperature fatigue behavior of a woven, SiC/SiC ceramic matrix composite (CMC) was investigated in air at two temperatures. The reinforcement for the CMC consisted of 5HS Sylramic(Trademark) fabric with a [0deg/90deg]4s lay-up. The SiC matrix material was infiltrated into the fiber-preform with a slurry-cast, melt-infiltration process. Tensile and fatigue test specimens were machined from the CMC plates. Initially tensile tests were conducted to obtain the average values of tensile properties at 1038 and 1204 C. Subsequently, low-cycle fatigue (LCF) tests with zero and two-hour hold-times at the maximum stress were conducted at the same two temperatures. Fatigue life data generated in the LCF tests were used to determine the geometric mean fatigue lives. In this paper, the tensile behavior and the fatigue durability of the CMC determined under different loading conditions are documented. In addition, reductions observed in the cyclic lives of the composite due to the two hour hold-time at maximum tensile stress are discussed.

  2. Three-dimensional finite element stress analysis: the technique and methodology of non-linear property simulation and soft tissue loading behavior for different partial denture designs.

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    Kanbara, Ryo; Nakamura, Yoshinori; Ochiai, Kent T; Kawai, Tatsushi; Tanaka, Yoshinobu

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to develop and report upon a methodology for a non-linear capacity 3D modeling finite element analysis evaluating the loading behavior of different partial denture designs. A 3D finite element model using human CT data was constructed. An original material constant conversion program was implemented in the data simulation of non-linear tissue behavior. The finite element method material properties of residual ridge mucosa were found to have seven material constants and six conversion points of stress values. Periodontal tissues were found to have three constants, and two conversion points. Three magnetic attachment partial denture designs with different bracing elements were evaluated. Technical procedures for finite element model simulation of nonlinear tissue behavior properties evaluating the oral behavior of prosthetic device designs are reported for prosthodontic testing. The use of horizontal cross-arch bracing positively impacts upon the comparative stability of the partial denture designs tested.

  3. Influence of composition on precipitation behavior and stress rupture properties in INCONEL RTM740 series superalloys

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    Casias, Andrea M.

    Increasing demands for energy efficiency and reduction in CO2 emissions have led to the development of advanced ultra-supercritical (AUSC) boilers. These boilers operate at temperatures of 760 °C and pressures of 35 MPa, providing efficiencies close to 50 pct. However, austenitic stainless steels typically used in boiler applications do not have sufficient creep or oxidation resistance. For this reason, nickel (Ni)-based superalloys, such as IN740, have been identified as potential materials for AUSC boiler tube components. However, IN740 is susceptible to heat-affected-zone liquation cracking in the base metal of heavy section weldments. To improve weldability, IN740H was developed. However, IN740H has lower stress rupture ductility compared to IN740. For this reason, two IN740H modifications have been produced by lowering carbon content and increasing boron content. In this study, IN740, IN740H, and the two modified IN740H alloys (modified 1 and 2) were produced with equiaxed grain sizes of 90 ìm (alloys IN740, IN740H, and IN740H modified 1 alloys) and 112 µm (IN740H modified 2 alloy). An aging study was performed at 800 °C on all alloys for 1, 3, 10, and 30 hours to assess precipitation behavior. Stress rupture tests were performed at 760 °C with the goal of attaining stress levels that would yield rupture at 1000 hours. The percent reduction in area was measured after failure as a measure of creep ductility. Light optical, scanning electron, and transmission electron microscopy were used in conjunction with X-ray diffraction to examine precipitation behavior of annealed, aged, and stress rupture tested samples. The amount and type of precipitation that occurred during aging prior to stress rupture testing or in-situ during stress rupture testing influenced damage development, stress rupture life, and ductility. In terms of stress rupture life, IN740H modified 2 performed the best followed by IN740H modified 1 and IN740, which performed similarly, and IN740

  4. Behavior and Properties of Mature Lytic Granules at the Immunological Synapse of Human Cytotoxic T Lymphocytes.

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    Ming, Min; Schirra, Claudia; Becherer, Ute; Stevens, David R; Rettig, Jens

    2015-01-01

    Killing of virally infected cells or tumor cells by cytotoxic T lymphocytes requires targeting of lytic granules to the junction between the CTL and its target. We used whole-cell patch clamp to measure the cell capacitance at fixed intracellular [Ca2+] to study fusion of lytic granules in human CTLs. Expression of a fluorescently labeled human granzyme B construct allowed identification of lytic granule fusion using total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy. In this way capacitance steps due to lytic granule fusion were identified. Our goal was to determine the size of fusing lytic granules and to describe their behavior at the plasma membrane. On average, 5.02 ± 3.09 (mean ± s.d.) lytic granules were released per CTL. The amplitude of lytic granule fusion events was ~ 3.3 fF consistent with a diameter of about 325 nm. Fusion latency was biphasic with time constants of 15.9 and 106 seconds. The dwell time of fusing lytic granules was exponentially distributed with a mean dwell time of 28.5 seconds. Fusion ended in spite of the continued presence of granules at the immune synapse. The mobility of fusing granules at the membrane was indistinguishable from that of lytic granules which failed to fuse. While dwelling at the plasma membrane lytic granules exhibit mobility consistent with docking interspersed with short periods of greater mobility. The failure of lytic granules to fuse when visible in TIRF at the membrane may indicate that a membrane-confined reaction is rate limiting.

  5. Behavior and Properties of Mature Lytic Granules at the Immunological Synapse of Human Cytotoxic T Lymphocytes

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    Ming, Min; Schirra, Claudia; Becherer, Ute; Stevens, David R.; Rettig, Jens

    2015-01-01

    Killing of virally infected cells or tumor cells by cytotoxic T lymphocytes requires targeting of lytic granules to the junction between the CTL and its target. We used whole-cell patch clamp to measure the cell capacitance at fixed intracellular [Ca2+] to study fusion of lytic granules in human CTLs. Expression of a fluorescently labeled human granzyme B construct allowed identification of lytic granule fusion using total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy. In this way capacitance steps due to lytic granule fusion were identified. Our goal was to determine the size of fusing lytic granules and to describe their behavior at the plasma membrane. On average, 5.02 ± 3.09 (mean ± s.d.) lytic granules were released per CTL. The amplitude of lytic granule fusion events was ~ 3.3 fF consistent with a diameter of about 325 nm. Fusion latency was biphasic with time constants of 15.9 and 106 seconds. The dwell time of fusing lytic granules was exponentially distributed with a mean dwell time of 28.5 seconds. Fusion ended in spite of the continued presence of granules at the immune synapse. The mobility of fusing granules at the membrane was indistinguishable from that of lytic granules which failed to fuse. While dwelling at the plasma membrane lytic granules exhibit mobility consistent with docking interspersed with short periods of greater mobility. The failure of lytic granules to fuse when visible in TIRF at the membrane may indicate that a membrane-confined reaction is rate limiting. PMID:26296096

  6. Microstructure, mechanical properties, corrosion behavior and hemolysis of as-extruded biodegradable Mg-Sn-Zn alloy

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    Hou, L.; Li, Z.; Pan, Y.; Du, L.; Li, X.; Zheng, Y.; Li, L.

    2016-04-01

    As biodegradable biomaterials, magnesium alloys have favorable physical, chemical and mechanical properties, as well as good biocompatibility, and are expected to totally biodegrade in the body environment. The microstructure, mechanical properties, corrosion behaviors and hemolysis of biodegradable Mg-Sn-Zn alloy were investigated under three extrusion ratios in the present work. It is revealed that the as-extruded microstructure is obviously refined with smaller grains compared with the as-cast structure while some twins form simultaneously. The tensile strengths of the as-extruded alloys fabricated with the higher extrusion ratio is 249MPa, and elongations is 16.3% respectively. Besides, the corrosion rate of as-extruded magnesium alloys increases with the increasing extrusion ratio. The hemolysis test result shows that the hemolysis rate of biodegradable magnesium alloys fabricated with the higher extrusion ratio is 4.8%, when hemolysis rate lower than 5% has been demonstrated safe according to ISO 10993-4. In conclusion, the as-extruded biodegradable Mg-Sn-Zn alloy shows great potential as a novel medical implant material.

  7. Quality properties and adsorption behavior of freeze-dried beef meat from the Biceps femoris and Semimembranosus muscles.

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    Aykın, Elif; Erbaş, Mustafa

    2016-11-01

    The aim of this research was to determine the quality properties and adsorption behavior of freeze-dried beef meat from the Biceps femoris and Semimembranosus muscles. Most quality properties of both muscles were similar apart from total fat content. Freeze-dried meat pieces were kept in ten different equilibrium levels of relative humidity (2.0-97.3%) at 5, 15, 25 and 30°C. The experimental data were evaluated using BET (Brunauer-Emmett-Teller) and GAB (Guggenheim, Anderson and deBoer) models. The equilibrium moisture contents of freeze-dried Biceps femoris were lower than those of Semimembranosus at all water activities and temperature. The constants m0 and C of BET and GAB equations were determined to be between 6.27 and 8.07g/100g dry matter and 9.32-13.73, respectively. Constant k was about 0.90 at all temperatures, and the GAB equation exhibited a better fit to the experimental data of both muscles as a result of all %E values being approximately equal to 10%. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. The diastereomers of mannosylerythritol lipids have different interfacial properties and aqueous phase behavior, reflecting the erythritol configuration.

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    Fukuoka, Tokuma; Yanagihara, Takashi; Imura, Tomohiro; Morita, Tomotake; Sakai, Hideki; Abe, Masahiko; Kitamoto, Dai

    2012-04-01

    Mannosylerythritol lipids (MELs) produced by yeasts are one of the most promising glycolipid biosurfactants. There are two MEL diastereomers, in which the configurations of the erythritol moieties are opposite. The 4-O-β-D-mannopyranosyl-(2S,3R)-erythritol (S-form) or 4-O-β-D-mannopyranosyl-(2R,3S)-erythritol (R-form) is the hydrophilic domain. In this study, we prepared S- and R-form MEL homologs with similar fatty acyl groups, and compared their interfacial properties. Among the four diastereomers (S-MEL-B and -D/R-MEL-B and -D), R-form MELs showed a higher critical aggregation concentration and hydrophilicity compared to the corresponding S-form. R-form MELs also efficiently formed relatively large vesicles compared to S-form. Moreover, we estimated the binary phase diagram of the MEL-water system and compared the aqueous phase behavior among the four diastereomers. The present MELs self-assembled into a lamellar (L(α)) structure at all concentration ranges. Meanwhile, the one-phase L(α) region of R-form MELs was wider than those of S-form MELs. R-form MELs may maintain more water between the polar layers in accordance with an extension of the interlayer spacing. These results suggest that the differences in MEL carbohydrate configurations significantly affect interfacial properties, self-assembly, and hydrate ability. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. The properties and behavior of α-pinene secondary organic aerosol particles exposed to ammonia under dry conditions

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    Bell, David M.; Imre, Dan; T. Martin, Scot; Zelenyuk, Alla

    2017-01-01

    Chemical transformations and aging of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) particles can alter their physical and chemical properties, including particle morphology. Ammonia, one of the common atmospheric reactive constituents, can react with SOA particles, changing their properties and behavior. At low relative humidity NH3 uptake by α-pinene SOA particles appears to be limited to the particle surface, which suggests that the reacted particles might not be homogeneous and have complex morphology. Here, we present a study aimed at detailed characterization of the effect of ammonia on the composition, density, morphology, shape, and evaporation kinetics of α-pinene SOA particles. We find that a small amount of NH3 diffuses and reacts throughout the particles bulk, while most of the ammoniated products result from the reaction of NH3 with carboxylic acids on the particle surface, leading to a slight increase in particle size. We show that the reaction products form a solid semi-volatile coating that is a few nanometers thick. This solid coating prevents coagulating particles from coalescing for over two days. However, when the gas phase is diluted this semi-volatile coating evaporates in minutes, which is ensued by rapid coalescence. The ammoniated products in the particle bulk affect particles evaporation kinetics, more so for the smaller particles that contain higher fraction of ammoniated products.

  10. Structure, mechanical property and corrosion behaviors of (HA+β-TCP)/Mg-5Sn composite with interpenetrating networks.

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    Wang, X; Li, J T; Xie, M Y; Qu, L J; Zhang, P; Li, X L

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, a novel (Hydroxyapatite+β-tricalcium phosphate)/Mg-5Sn ((HA+β-TCP)/Mg-5Sn) composite with interpenetrating networks was fabricated by infiltrating Mg-5Sn alloy into porous HA+β-TCP using suction casting technique. The structure, mechanical property and corrosion behaviors of the composite have been evaluated by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), mechanical testing, electrochemical and immersion test. It is shown that the molten Mg-5Sn alloy has infiltrated not only into the pores but also into the struts of the HA+β-TCP scaffold to forming a compact composite. The microstructure observation also shows that the Mg alloy contacts to the HA+β-TCP closely, and no reaction layer can be found between Mg-5Sn alloy and scaffold. The ultimate compressive strength of the composite is as high as 176MPa, which is about four fifths of the strength of the Mg-5Sn bulk alloy. The electrochemical and immersion tests indicate that the corrosion resistance of the composite is better than that of the Mg-5Sn bulk alloy. The corrosion products on the composite surface are mainly Mg(OH)2, Ca3(PO4)2 and HA. Appropriate mechanical and corrosion properties of the (HA+β-TCP)/Mg-5Sn composite indicate its possibility for new bone tissue implant materials.

  11. Preparation and properties of graphene oxide-regenerated cellulose/polyvinyl alcohol hydrogel with pH-sensitive behavior.

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    Rui-Hong, Xie; Peng-Gang, Ren; Jian, Hui; Fang, Ren; Lian-Zhen, Ren; Zhen-Feng, Sun

    2016-03-15

    In this study, graphene oxide reinforced regenerated cellulose/polyvinyl alcohol (GO-RCE/PVA) ternary hydrogels were successfully prepared via a repeated freezing and thawing method in NaOH/urea aqueous solution. The effect of GO content on the mechanical properties, swelling behavior, water content of composite hydrogels was investigated. It was found that the mechanical properties of GO-RCE/PVA ternary hydrogels were largely enhanced relative to RCE/PVA hydrogels. With the addition of 1.0wt% GO, the tensile strength was increased by 40.4% from 0.52MPa to 0.73MPa, accompanied by the increase of the elongation at break (from 103% to 238%). Meanwhile, GO-RCE/PVA ternary hydrogels performed the excellent pH-sensitivity, and the higher pH leaded to higher swelling ratio. With 0.8wt% GO loading, the swelling ratio of GO-RCE/PVA ternary hydrogel was improved from 150% (pH=2) to 310% (pH=14). In addition, a slight increase in the water content of the ternary hydrogel was achieved with increasing concentrations of GO. It is believed that this novel ternary hydrogels is a promising material in the application of biomedical engineering and intelligent devices.

  12. Influence of solid-solution treatment on microstructure, mechanical property and corrosion behavior of biodegradable Mg-Zn-Ca alloy

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    Ly, Xuan Nam; Yang, S.; Qin, Y.

    2017-03-01

    The influence of solid-solution treatment on microstructure, mechanical property and corrosion behavior of Mg-Zn-Ca alloy was studied in the present investigation by SEM, tensile test, electrochemical and immersion test. The results show that the microstructure of Mg alloys after solid solution treatment significantly changed, a large number of the second phase (Ca2Mg6Zn3, Mg2Ca) dissolved into the α-Mg matrix reaching a supersaturated state, and the grains size was bigger than before solid solution treatment; the mechanical properties were obviously improved. In particular the tensile strength of 0.5wt.% Ca of Mg alloy reached 220MPa and the ductility reached 16.6%. Compared with the as-cast Mg alloys, the corrosion potential after solid-solution treatment slightly shifted negative, but the corrosion current density significantly decreased. After solid solution treatment, the surface corrosion was not serious and the result of weight gain was lower compared with those of the as-cast Mg alloys.

  13. Impact properties and hardening behavior of laser and electron-beam welds of V-4Cr-4Ti

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    Chung, H.M.; Strain, R.V.; Tsai, H.C.; Park, J.H.; Smith, D.L.

    1996-10-01

    The authors are conducting a program to develop an optimal laser welding procedure that can be applied to large-scale fusion-reactor structural components to be fabricated from vanadium-base alloys. Results of initial investigation of mechanical properties and hardening behavior of laser and electron-beam (EB) welds of the production-scale heat of V-4Cr-4Ti (500-kg Heat 832665) in as-welded and postwelding heat-treated (PWHT) conditions are presented in this paper. The laser weld was produced in air using a 6-kW continuous CO{sub 2} laser at a welding speed of {approx}45 mm/s. Microhardness of the laser welds was somewhat higher than that of the base metal, which was annealed at a nominal temperature of {approx}1050{degrees}C for 2 h in the factory. In spite of the moderate hardening, ductile-brittle transition temperatures (DBTTs) of the initial laser ({approx}80{degrees}C) and EB ({approx}30{degrees}C) welds were significantly higher than that of the base metal ({approx}{minus}170{degrees}C). However, excellent impact properties, with DBTT < {minus}80{degrees}C and similar to those of the base metal, could be restored in both the laser and EB welds by postwelding annealing at 1000{degrees}C for 1 h in vacuum.

  14. Study of deformation behavior, structure and mechanical properties of the AlSiMnFe alloy during ECAP-PBP.

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    Naizabekov, A B; Andreyachshenko, V A; Kocich, Radim

    2013-01-01

    The presented article deals with the effects of equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) with a newly adjusted die geometry on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the Al-Si-Mn-Fe alloy. This alloy was subjected to two modes of heat treatment followed by the ECAP process, which led to partial back pressure (ECAP-PBP). Ultra-fine grained (UFG) structure formed through ECAP-PBP process has been studied by methods of optical as well as electron microscopy. The obtained results indicate that quenched alloys, in comparison to slowly cooled alloys, do not contain large brittle particles which subsequently initiate a premature creation of cracks. It was shown that the mechanical properties of these alloys after such processing depend first and foremost on the selected type of heat treatment and on the number of performed passes. The maximum of ultimate tensile strength (417 MPa) was obtained for quenched alloy after 3 passes. On the other hand, maximum ductility was found in slowly cooled alloy after second pass. Further passes reduced strength due to the brittle behavior of excluded particles. One of the partial findings is that there is only a small dependency of the resulting size of grains on previously applied thermal processing. The minimum grain sizes were obtained after 3 passages, where their size ranged between 0.4 and 0.8 μm. The application of quick cooling after heat processing due to the occurrence of finer precipitates in the matrix seems to produce better results.

  15. Enhanced Mechanical Properties and Corrosion Behavior of Biodegradable Mg-Zn/HA Composite

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    Salleh, Emee Marina; Zuhailawati, Hussain; Ramakrishnan, Sivakumar; Dhindaw, Brij Kumar

    2017-05-01

    Magnesium (Mg) and its alloys have shown potential for use in the biomedical industry due to their excellent biological performance and biodegradability in the bioenvironment. Thus, the aim of the present study was to develop a reliable biodegradable hard tissue substituent. Biodegradable and bioactive Mg-Zinc (Zn) reinforced by hydroxyapatite (HA) composite was prepared using mechanically alloyed Mg-6.5 wt pct Zn and pure HA powders as starting materials. Various HA contents ( i.e., 5, 10, 15, and 20 wt pct) were introduced in forming the Mg-Zn/HA composite. The effect of bioactive HA incorporation in biodegradable Mg-6.5 wt pct Zn alloy matrix on mechanical and biodegradation properties as well as microstructural observation was investigated. As measured by the Williamson-Hall formula, the Mg crystallite size of the sintered composites containing 5, 10, 15, and 20 wt pct HA were 36.76, 29.08, 27.93, and 27.31 nm, respectively. According to X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, there was no new crystalline phase formed during milling, indicating that no mechanochemical reactions between Mg-Zn alloy and HA occurred. The -1.70 V shifted significantly toward the passive position of the plain Mg-6.5 wt pct Zn alloy and Mg-Zn/10 wt pct HA composite, which were -1.50 and -1.46 V, respectively, indicating that the Mg-Zn/10 wt pct HA composite was least susceptible to corrosion in the bioenvironment.

  16. Spark Plasma Sintering of Commercial Zirconium Carbide Powders: Densification Behavior and Mechanical Properties

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    Wei, Xialu; Back, Christina; Izhvanov, Oleg; Khasanov, Oleg L.; Haines, Christopher D.; Olevsky, Eugene A.

    2015-01-01

    Commercial zirconium carbide (ZrC) powder is consolidated by Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS). Processing temperatures range from 1650 to 2100 °C. Specimens with various density levels are obtained when performing single-die SPS at different temperatures. Besides the single-die tooling setup, a double-die tooling setup is employed to largely increase the actual applied pressure to achieve higher densification in a shorter processing time. In order to describe the densification mechanism of ZrC powder under SPS conditions, a power-law creep constitutive equation is utilized, whose coefficients are determined by the inverse regression of the obtained experimental data. The densification of the selected ZrC powder is shown to be likely associated with grain boundary sliding and dislocation glide controlled creep. Transverse rupture strength and microhardness of sintered specimens are measured to be up to 380 MPa and 24 GPa, respectively. Mechanical properties are correlated with specimens’ average grain size and relative density to elucidate the co-factor dependencies. PMID:28793550

  17. Directional biases reveal utilization of arm's biomechanical properties for optimization of motor behavior.

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    Goble, Jacob A; Zhang, Yanxin; Shimansky, Yury; Sharma, Siddharth; Dounskaia, Natalia V

    2007-09-01

    Strategies used by the CNS to optimize arm movements in terms of speed, accuracy, and resistance to fatigue remain largely unknown. A hypothesis is studied that the CNS exploits biomechanical properties of multijoint limbs to increase efficiency of movement control. To test this notion, a novel free-stroke drawing task was used that instructs subjects to make straight strokes in as many different directions as possible in the horizontal plane through rotations of the elbow and shoulder joints. Despite explicit instructions to distribute strokes uniformly, subjects showed biases to move in specific directions. These biases were associated with a tendency to perform movements that included active motion at one joint and largely passive motion at the other joint, revealing a tendency to minimize intervention of muscle torque for regulation of the effect of interaction torque. Other biomechanical factors, such as inertial resistance and kinematic manipulability, were unable to adequately account for these significant biases. Also, minimizations of jerk, muscle torque change, and sum of squared muscle torque were analyzed; however, these cost functions failed to explain the observed directional biases. Collectively, these results suggest that knowledge of biomechanical cost functions regarding interaction torque (IT) regulation is available to the control system. This knowledge may be used to evaluate potential movements and to select movement of "low cost." The preference to reduce active regulation of interaction torque suggests that, in addition to muscle energy, the criterion for movement cost may include neural activity required for movement control.

  18. Poly(vinyl alcohol)-Tannic Acid Hydrogels with Excellent Mechanical Properties and Shape Memory Behaviors.

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    Chen, Ya-Nan; Peng, Lufang; Liu, Tianqi; Wang, Yaxin; Shi, Shengjie; Wang, Huiliang

    2016-10-12

    Shape memory hydrogels have promising applications in a wide variety of fields. Here we report the facile fabrication of a novel type of shape memory hydrogels physically cross-linked with both stronger and weaker hydrogen bonding (H-bonding). Strong multiple H-bonding formed between poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and tannic acid (TA) leads to their coagulation when they are physically mixed at an elevated temperature and easy gelation at room temperature. The amorphous structure and strong H-bonding endow the PVA-TA hydrogels with excellent mechanical properties, as indicated by their high tensile strengths (up to 2.88 MPa) and high elongations (up to 1100%). The stronger H-bonding between PVA and TA functions as the "permanent" cross-link and the weaker H-bonding between PVA chains as the "temporary" cross-link. The reversible breakage and formation of the weaker H-bonding imparts the PVA-TA hydrogels with excellent temperature-responsive shape memory. Wet and dried hydrogel samples with a deformed or elongated shape can recover to their original shapes when immersed in 60 °C water in a few seconds or at 125 °C in about 2.5 min, respectively.

  19. A phosphorescent copper(I) complex: Synthesis, characterization, photophysical property, and oxygen-sensing behavior

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    Wen, Caihong; Tao, Guoquan; Xu, Xinhua; Feng, Xiaoqing; Luo, Rongcheng

    2011-09-01

    In this paper, we report the synthesis, crystal structure, photophysical properties, and electronic nature of a phosphorescent Cu(I) complex of [Cu(Phen-Np)(POP)]BF 4, where Phen-Np and POP stand for 2-(naphthalen-1-yl)-1H-imidazo[4,5-f][1,10]phenanthroline and bis(2-(diphenylphosphanyl)phenyl) ether, respectively. [Cu(Phen-Np)(POP)]BF 4 renders a yellow phosphorescence peaking at 545 nm, with a long excited state lifetime of 4.69 μs. Density functional calculation reveals that the emission comes from a triplet metal-to-ligand-charge-transfer excited state. We electrospun composite nanofibers of [Cu(Phen-Np)(POP)]BF 4 and polystyrene (PS), hoping to explore the possibility of using the composite nanofibers as an oxygen sensing material. The finally obtained samples with average diameter of ˜300 nm exhibit a maximum sensitivity of 7.2 towards molecular oxygen with short response time of 7 s due to the large surface-area-to-volume ratio of nanofibrous membranes. No photobleaching is detected in these samples.

  20. Colloidal properties and behaviors of 3 nm primary particles of detonation nanodiamonds in aqueous media.

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    Mchedlov-Petrossyan, N O; Kamneva, N N; Marynin, A I; Kryshtal, A P; Ōsawa, E

    2015-06-28

    This study was aimed to reveal the principal colloidal properties of the aqueous dispersion of extremely small primary single-crystalline diamond particles in water. Together with the non-diamond layer, the size of the colloidal species is 2.8 ± 0.6 nm as found via DLS of the initial 5.00 wt/vol% hydrosol. Anionic dyes are readily adsorbed on the colloidal species. This is in line with the positive zeta-potential. The critical coagulation concentrations of the 0.19 wt/vol% nanodiamond hydrosol were determined with a set of inorganic electrolytes and anionic surfactants. The data are in line with the Schulze-Hardy rule for "positive" sols. The fulfillment of the lyotropic (Hofmeister) series was also observed for single-charged anions. The abnormal influence of alkali gives evidence of the acidic nature of the positive charge of the nanodiamond species. Application of acid-base indicators allows estimating the value of the interfacial electrical potential of the nanodiamond particles. Upon dilution from 5.00% to 0.01%, the colloidal system under study exhibits unusual changes. The average size increases ca. ten-fold as determined by DLS. The TEM images support this observation. At the same time, the viscosity drops. This phenomenon was explained in terms of the so-called periodic colloidal structures (colloidal crystals) in concentrated solutions.

  1. PROPERTIES AND BALLISTIC BEHAVIOR OF PRESSURELESS SINTERED SIC/TIB2 COMPOSITES

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    T.M. Lillo; H.S. Chu; B.Merkle; D. Bailey; W.M. Harrison

    2005-01-01

    Pressureless sintering of ceramics for armor applications offers the potential of greatly reduced cost and increased production volume. Previously it was shown that pure SiC could be made by pressureless sintering while achieving a ballistic performance slightly less than commercial SiC made by pressure-assisted densification (PAD). Additions of titanium diboride were made to pin the SiC grain size during pressureless sintering to achieve a final grain size closer to that found in PAD SiC and achieve improved ballistic performance. Silicon carbide/titanium diboride composites of various compositions were blended by various means, consolidated and pressureless sintered to near theoretical density. Additions of TiB2 were <10% by volume and increased the density of the material by less than 3% over that of pure SiC. Variations in the mixing techniques yielded composites with a range of TiB2 particle sizes. TiB2 additions hindered SiC grain growth and the formation of elongated grains during high temperature pressureless sintering. The microstructure of the composites is documented and compared to commercially available SiC material. The SiC/TiB2 composites demonstrated improved ballistic properties in Depth-of-Penetration (DOP) tests over pure, pressureless-sintered SiC material and approach that of SiC made by hot pressing.

  2. Electro-deposition of oxide-dispersed nickel composites and the behavior of their mechanical properties

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    Kim, Myong Jin; Kim, Joung Soo; Kim, Dong Jin; Kim, Hong Pyo

    2009-10-01

    Oxide-dispersed nickel composites were produced by electro-deposition of nickel with various types of oxide nano-powders in a sulfamate bath. The effect of the oxide concentration in the bath on the mechanical properties of the electro-deposited composites was studied. The current efficiency of the electro-deposition process was analyzed for different types of oxide nano-powders and for in terms of the amounts embedded in the nickel (Ni) matrix. To evaluate the mechanical strength and the thermal stability, micro-hardness, tensile strength and elongation were measured at room temperature for composites that were heat-treated in a temperature range of 298 K to 1123 K. The results of the experiments showed that a higher oxide powder concentration in the bath led to a greater amount of the oxide particle co-deposited in the nickel matrix. This resulted in higher micro-hardness and improved high-temperature thermal stability. However, an inhomogeneous distribution of the co-deposited oxide powders in the composites was observed to weaken the thermal stability of their tensile strength and elongation.

  3. Enhanced Mechanical Properties and Corrosion Behavior of Biodegradable Mg-Zn/HA Composite

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    Salleh, Emee Marina; Zuhailawati, Hussain; Ramakrishnan, Sivakumar; Dhindaw, Brij Kumar

    2017-03-01

    Magnesium (Mg) and its alloys have shown potential for use in the biomedical industry due to their excellent biological performance and biodegradability in the bioenvironment. Thus, the aim of the present study was to develop a reliable biodegradable hard tissue substituent. Biodegradable and bioactive Mg-Zinc (Zn) reinforced by hydroxyapatite (HA) composite was prepared using mechanically alloyed Mg-6.5 wt pct Zn and pure HA powders as starting materials. Various HA contents (i.e., 5, 10, 15, and 20 wt pct) were introduced in forming the Mg-Zn/HA composite. The effect of bioactive HA incorporation in biodegradable Mg-6.5 wt pct Zn alloy matrix on mechanical and biodegradation properties as well as microstructural observation was investigated. As measured by the Williamson-Hall formula, the Mg crystallite size of the sintered composites containing 5, 10, 15, and 20 wt pct HA were 36.76, 29.08, 27.93, and 27.31 nm, respectively. According to X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, there was no new crystalline phase formed during milling, indicating that no mechanochemical reactions between Mg-Zn alloy and HA occurred. The -1.70 V shifted significantly toward the passive position of the plain Mg-6.5 wt pct Zn alloy and Mg-Zn/10 wt pct HA composite, which were -1.50 and -1.46 V, respectively, indicating that the Mg-Zn/10 wt pct HA composite was least susceptible to corrosion in the bioenvironment.

  4. Effects of chitosan coating on physical properties and pharmacokinetic behavior of mitoxantrone liposomes

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    Zhuang, Jie; Ping, Qineng; Song, Yunmei; Qi, Jianping; Cui, Zheng

    2010-01-01

    The objective of this work was to evaluate the physical properties and in vivo circulation of chitosan (CH)-coated liposomes of mitoxantrone (MTO). Changes in particle size and zeta potential confirmed the existence of a coating layer on the surface of liposomes. The in vitro release of adsorbed CH from the liposomes was significantly slower than CH solution, indicating the stable interaction between CH and liposomes. The physical stability of the CH-coated liposomes was evaluated by measuring the change in particle size before and after freeze-drying and rehydration. The smallest change was observed when saturated adsorption of CH occurred (0.3%). The sustained release in vitro of MTO from CH-coated liposomes confirmed the increased stability of liposomes. Systemic circulation of CH-coated MTO liposomes was examined. The 0.3% CH-coated liposomes showed the longest circulation time. It could be concluded that the prolonged retention time of the liposomes was closely related with CH coating and its stability effect. PMID:20957162

  5. Vectran Fiber Time-Dependent Behavior and Additional Static Loading Properties

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    Fette, Russell B.; Sovinski, Marjorie F.

    2004-01-01

    Vectran HS appears from literature and testing to date to be an ideal upgrade from Kevlar braided cords for many long-term, static-loading applications such as tie-downs on solar arrays. Vectran is a liquid crystalline polymer and exhibits excellent tensile properties. The material has been touted as a zero creep product. Testing discussed in this report does not support this statement, though the creep is on the order of four times slower than with similar Kevlar 49 products. Previous work with Kevlar and new analysis of Vectran testing has led to a simple predictive model for Vectran at ambient conditions. The mean coefficient of thermal expansion (negative in this case) is similar to Kevlar 49, but is not linear. A positive transition in the curve occurs near 100 C. Out-gassing tests show that the material performs well within parameters for most space flight applications. Vectran also offers increased abrasion resistance, minimal moisture regain, and similar UV degradation. The effects of material construction appear to have a dramatic effect in stress relaxation for braided Vectran. To achieve the improved relaxation rate, upgrades must also examine alternate construction or preconditioning methods. This report recommends Vectran HS as a greatly improved replacement material for applications where time-dependent relaxation is a major factor.

  6. Mechanical properties and platelet adhesion behavior of diamond-like carbon films synthesized by pulsed vacuum arc plasma deposition

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    Leng, Y. X.; Chen, J. Y.; Yang, P.; Sun, H.; Wan, G. J.; Huang, N.

    2003-05-01

    Diamond-like carbon (DLC) is an attractive biomedical material due to its high inertness and excellent mechanical properties. In this study, DLC films were fabricated on Ti6Al4V and Si(1 0 0) substrates at room temperature by pulsed vacuum arc plasma deposition. By changing the argon flow from 0 to 13 sccm during deposition, the effects of argon flow on the characteristics of the DLC films were systematically examined to correlate to the blood compatibility. The microstructure and mechanical properties of the films were investigated using Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) surface analysis, a nano-indenter and pin-on-disk tribometer. The blood compatibility of the films was evaluated using in vitro platelet adhesion investigation, and the quantity and morphology of the adherent platelets was investigated employing optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The Raman spectroscopy results showed a decreasing sp 3 fraction (an increasing trend in ID/ IG ratio) with increasing argon flow from 0 to 13 sccm. The sp 3:sp 2 ratio of the films was evaluated from the deconvoluted XPS spectra. We found that the sp 3 fraction decreased as the argon flow was increased from 0 to 13 sccm, which is consistent with the results of the Raman spectra. The mechanical properties results confirmed the decreasing sp 3 content with increasing argon flow. The Raman D-band to G-band intensity ratio increased and the platelet adhesion behavior became better with higher flow. This implies that the blood compatibility of the DLC films is influenced by the sp 3:sp 2 ratio. DLC films deposited on titanium alloys have high wear resistance, low friction and good adhesion.

  7. Phase transition behavior and electrical properties of lead-free (Ba1-xCax)(Zr0.1Ti0.9)O3 piezoelectric ceramics

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    Tian, Ye; Chao, Xiaolian; Wei, Lingling; Liang, Pengfei; Yang, Zupei

    2013-05-01

    Lead-free (Ba1-xCax)(Zr0.1Ti0.9)O3(BCZT) ceramics were synthesized by conventional solid-state sintering process. The Ca ion substitutions on phase transition behavior, microstructure, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of BCZT ceramics were systemically investigated. The diffuse phase transition (DPT) behavior was suppressed, while the orthorhombic → tetragonal (O→T) and rhombohedral → orthorhombic (R→O) phase transitions were observed when the Ca content is at x = 0.05. Further increasing the Ca content, the DPT behavior gradually enhanced, and both the O→T and R→O phase transitions gradually evolved into R→T phase transition when the Ca content increases up to 0.15 at 25 °C. This behavior was related with phase structure and morphology, which significantly impacted the ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties near the R→T phase boundary. As a result, the sample with Ca contents of 0.15 shows the outstanding piezoelectric properties (with d33 = 572 pC/N, kp = 57%, Qm = 125, ɛr = 4821, and tan δ = 0.015) while negligible change for the ferroelectric properties. The abnormal ferroelectric behavior and potential factor contributing to large piezoelectric response also were discussed.

  8. Phase behavior, rheological property, and transmutation of vesicles in fluorocarbon and hydrocarbon surfactant mixtures.

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    Yuan, Zaiwu; Qin, Menghua; Chen, Xiushan; Liu, Changcheng; Li, Hongguang; Hao, Jingcheng

    2012-06-26

    We present a detailed study of a salt-free cationic/anionic (catanionic) surfactant system where a strongly alkaline cationic surfactant (tetradecyltrimethylammonium hydroxide, TTAOH) was mixed with a single-chain fluorocarbon acid (nonadecafluorodecanoic acid, NFDA) and a hyperbranched hydrocarbon acid [di-(2-ethylhexyl)phosphoric acid, DEHPA] in water. Typically the concentration of TTAOH is fixed while the total concentration and mixing molar ratio of NFDA and DEHPA is varied. In the absence of DEHPA and at a TTAOH concentration of 80 mmol·L(-1), an isotropic L(1) phase, an L(1)/L(α) two-phase region, and a single L(α) phase were observed successively with increasing mixing molar ratio of NFDA to TTAOH (n(NFDA)/n(TTAOH)). In the NFDA-rich region (n(NFDA)/n(TTAOH) > 1), a small amount of excess NFDA can be solubilized into the L(α) phase while a large excess of NFDA eventually leads to phase separation. When NFDA is replaced gradually by DEHPA, the mixed system of TTAOH/NFDA/DEHPA/H(2)O follows the same phase sequence as that of the TTAOH/NFDA/H(2)O system and the phase boundaries remain almost unchanged. However, the viscoelasticity of the samples in the single L(α) phase region becomes higher at the same total surfactant concentration as characterized by rheological measurements. Cryo-transmission electron microscopic (cryo-TEM) observations revealed a microstructural evolution from unilamellar vesicles to multilamellar ones and finally to gaint onions. The size of the vesicle and number of lamella can be controlled by adjusting the molar ratio of NFDA to DEHPA. The dynamic properties of the vesicular solutions have also been investigated. It is found that the yield stress and the storage modulus are time-dependent after a static mixing process between the two different types of vesicle solutions, indicating the occurrence of a dynamic fusion between the two types of vesicles. The microenvironmental changes induced by aggregate transitions were probed by

  9. Thermal Properties, Thermal Shock, and Thermal Cycling Behavior of Lanthanum Zirconate-Based Thermal Barrier Coatings

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    Guo, Xingye; Lu, Zhe; Jung, Yeon-Gil; Li, Li; Knapp, James; Zhang, Jing

    2016-06-01

    Lanthanum zirconate (La2Zr2O7) coatings are newly proposed thermal barrier coating (TBC) systems which exhibit lower thermal conductivity and potentially higher thermal stability compared to other traditional thermal barrier systems. In this work, La2Zr2O7 and 8 wt pct yttria stabilized zirconia (8YSZ) single-layer and double-layer TBC systems were deposited using the air plasma spray technique. Thermal properties of the coatings were measured. Furnace heat treatment and jet engine thermal shock tests were implemented to evaluate coating performance during thermal cycling. The measured average thermal conductivity of porous La2Zr2O7 coating ranged from 0.59 to 0.68 W/m/K in the temperature range of 297 K to 1172 K (24 °C to 899 °C), which was approximately 25 pct lower than that of porous 8YSZ (0.84 to 0.87 W/m/K) in the same temperature range. The coefficients of thermal expansion values of La2Zr2O7 were approximately 9 to 10 × 10-6/K from 400 K to 1600 K (127 °C to 1327 °C), which were about 10 pct lower than those of porous 8YSZ. The double-layer coating system consisting of the porous 8YSZ and La2Zr2O7 layers had better thermal shock resistance and thermal cycling performance than those of single-layer La2Zr2O7 coating and double-layer coating with dense 8YSZ and La2Zr2O7 coatings. This study suggests that porous 8YSZ coating can be employed as a buffer layer in La2Zr2O7-based TBC systems to improve the overall coating durability during service.

  10. Phase behavior and bilayer properties of fatty acids: hydrated 1:1 acid-soaps.

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    Cistola, D P; Atkinson, D; Hamilton, J A; Small, D M

    1986-05-20

    The physical properties in water of a series of 1:1 acid-soap compounds formed from fatty acids and potassium soaps with saturated (10-18 carbons) and omega-9 monounsaturated (18 carbons) hydrocarbon chains have been studied by using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction, and direct and polarized light microscopy. DSC showed three phase transitions corresponding to the melting of crystalline water, the melting of crystalline lipid hydrocarbon chains, and the decomposition of the 1:1 acid-soap compound into its parent fatty acid and soap. Low- and wide-angle X-ray diffraction patterns revealed spacings that corresponded (with increasing hydration) to acid-soap crystals, hexagonal type II liquid crystals, and lamellar liquid crystals. The lamellar phase swelled from bilayer repeat distances of 68 (at 45% H2O) to 303 A (at 90% H2O). Direct and polarized light micrographs demonstrated the formation of myelin figures as well as birefringent optical textures corresponding to hexagonal and lamellar mesophases. Assuming that 1:1 potassium hydrogen dioleate and water were two components, we constructed a temperature-composition phase diagram. Interpretation of the data using the Gibbs phase rule showed that, at greater than 30% water, hydrocarbon chain melting was accompanied by decomposition of the 1:1 acid-soap compound and the system changed from a two-component to a three-component system. Comparison of hydrated 1:1 fatty acid/soap systems with hydrated soap systems suggests that the reduced degree of charge repulsion between polar groups causes half-ionized fatty acids in excess water to form bilayers rather than micelles.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  11. Properties, Solution State Behavior, and Crystal Structures of Chelates of DOTMA

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    Aime, Silvio; Botta, Mauro; Garda, Zoltán; Kucera, Benjamin E.; Tircso, Gyula; Young, Victor G.; Woods, Mark

    2011-01-01

    The chemistry of polyamino carboxylates and their use as ligands for Ln3+ ions is of considerable interest from the point of view of the development of new imaging agents. Of particular interest is the chemistry of the macrocyclic ligand 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid (DOTA) and its derivatives. Herein we report that the tetramethylated DOTA derivative, DOTMA, possess several properties that, from an imaging agent development point of view, are more advantageous than those of the parent DOTA. In particular, the Ln3+ chelates of DOTMA exhibit a marked preference for the monocapped twisted square antiprismatic coordination isomer which imparts more rapid water exchange kinetics on the chelates; τM298 was determined to be 85 ns for GdDOTMA. Differential analysis of the 17O R2ρ temperature profiles of both GdDOTA and GdDOTMA afforded the τM298 values for the square (SAP) and twisted square antiprismatic (TSAP) isomers of each chelate that were almost identical: 365 ns (SAP) and 52 ns (TSAP). The origin of this accelerated water exchange in the TSAP isomer appears to be the slightly longer Gd–OH2 bond distance (2.50 Å) that is observed in the crystal structure of GdDOTMA which crystallizes in the P2 space group as a TSAP isomer. The Ln3+ chelates of DOTMA also exhibit high thermodynamic stabilities ranging from log KML = 20.5 for CeDOTMA, 23.5 for EuDOTMA and YbDOTMA comparable to, but a shade lower than, those of DOTA. PMID:21819052

  12. Fabrication of biodegradable Zn-Al-Mg alloy: Mechanical properties, corrosion behavior, cytotoxicity and antibacterial activities.

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    Bakhsheshi-Rad, H R; Hamzah, E; Low, H T; Kasiri-Asgarani, M; Farahany, S; Akbari, E; Cho, M H

    2017-04-01

    In this work, binary Zn-0.5Al and ternary Zn-0.5Al-xMg alloys with various Mg contents were investigated as biodegradable materials for implant applications. Compared with Zn-0.5Al (single phase), Zn-0.5Al-xMg alloys consisted of the α-Zn and Mg2(Zn, Al)11 with a fine lamellar structure. The results also revealed that ternary Zn-Al-Mg alloys presented higher micro-hardness value, tensile strength and corrosion resistance compared to the binary Zn-Al alloy. In addition, the tensile strength and corrosion resistance increased with increasing the Mg content in ternary alloys. The immersion tests also indicated that the corrosion rates in the following order Zn-0.5Al-0.5Mgproperties, low corrosion rate, good biocompatibility and antibacterial activities was believed to be a good candidate as a biodegradable implant material.

  13. Physical and chemical modifications of surface properties lead to alterations in osteoblast behavior

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    Dorst, Kathryn Elizabeth

    Proper formation of the bone extracellular matrix (ECM), or osteoid, depends on the surface properties of pre-existing tissue and the aqueous chemical environment. Both of these factors greatly influence osteoblast migration, cytoskeletal organization, and calcium nodule production, important aspects when considering the biocompatibility of bone implants. By perturbing the physical and/or chemical micro-environment, it may be possible to elucidate effects on cellular function. To examine these factors, murine pre-osteoblasts (MC3T3-E1 subclones 4 and 24) were seeded on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrates containing "wide" micro-patterned ridges (20 mum width, 30 mum pitch, & 2 mum height), "narrow" micro-patterned ridges (2 mum width, 10 mum pitch, 2 mum height), no patterns (flat PDMS), and standard tissue culture (TC) polystyrene as a control. Zinc concentration was adjusted to mimic deficient (0.23 muM), serum-level (3.6 muM), and zinc-rich (50 muM) conditions. It was found that cells exhibited distinct anisotropic migration in serum-level zinc and zinc-deficient media on the wide PDMS patterns, however this was disrupted under zinc-rich conditions. Production of differentiation effectors, activated metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) and transforming growth factor - beta 1 (TGF-beta1), was increased with the addition of exogenous zinc. Early stage differentiation, via alkaline phosphatase, was modified by zinc levels on patterned polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) surfaces, but not on flat PDMS or tissue culture polystyrene (TC). Late stage differentiation, visualized through calcium phosphate nodules, was markedly different at various zinc levels when the cells were cultured on TC substrates. This susceptibility to zinc content can lead to differences in bone mineral production on certain substrates if osteoblasts are not able to maintain and remodel bone effectively, a process vital to successful biomaterial integration.

  14. Soil and biosolid nano- and macro-colloid properties and contaminant transport behavior

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    Ghezzi, Jessique L.

    Despite indications that they are potential contaminant transport systems and threats to groundwater quality, very little effort has been invested in comparing contaminant transport behavior of natural environmental nanocolloids and their corresponding macrocolloid fractions in the presence of As, Se, Pb, and Cu contaminants. This study involved physico-chemical, mineralogical, stability and contaminant-transport characterizations of nano- (< 100 nm) and macro-colloids (100-2000 nm) fractionated from three Kentucky soils and one biosolid waste. Particle size was investigated with SEM/TEM and dynamic light scattering. Surface reactivity was estimated using CEC and zeta potential. Mineralogical composition was determined by XRD, FTIR, and thermogravimetric analyses. Sorption isotherms assessed affinities for Cu2+, Pb2+, AsO3-, and SeO4 -2 contaminants, while settling kinetics experiments of suspensions at 0, 2 and 10 mg/L contaminants determined stability and transportability potential. Undisturbed 18x30 cm KY Ashton Loam soil monoliths were also used for transport experiments, involving infusion of 50 mg L-1 colloid suspensions spiked with 2 mg L-1 mixed contaminant loads in unsaturated, steady state, unit gradient downward percolation experiments. Overall, nanocolloids exhibited greater stability over corresponding macrocolloids in the presence and absence of contaminants following specific mineralogy trends. Physicochemical characterizations indicated that extensive organic carbon surface coatings and higher Al/Fe:Si ratios may have induced higher stability in the nanocolloid fractions, in spite of some hindrance by nano-aggregation phenomena. In the transport experiments, nanocolloids eluted significantly higher concentrations of colloids, total, and colloid-bound metals than corresponding macrocolloids. Contaminant elutions varied by colloid type, mineralogy and contaminant, with the following sequences: soil-colloids>bio-colloids, smectitic

  15. Acoustic method of investigating the material properties and humidity sensing behavior of polymer coated piezoelectric substrates

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    Caliendo, Cinzia

    2006-09-01

    The relative humidity (RH) sensing behavior of a polymeric film was investigated by means of polymer coated surface acoustic wave (SAW) delay lines implemented on single crystal piezoelectric substrates, such as quartz and LiNbO3, and on thin piezoelectric polycrystalline films, such as ZnO and AlN, on Si and GaAs. The same SAW delay line configuration was implemented on each substrate and the obtained devices' operating frequency was in the range of 105-156MHz, depending on the type of the substrate, on its crystallographic orientation, and on the SAW propagation direction. The surface of each SAW device was covered by the same type RH sensitive film of the same thickness and the RH sensitivity of each polymer coated substrate, i.e., the SAW relative phase velocity shift per RH unit changes, was investigated in the 0%—80% RH range. The perturbational approach was used to relate the SAW sensor velocity response to the RH induced changes in the physical parameters of the sensitive polymer film: the incremental change in the mass density and shear modulus of the polymer film per unit RH change were estimated. The shift of the bare SAW delay lines operating frequency induced by the presence of the polymer film, at RH =0% and at T =-10°C, allowed the experimental estimation of the mass sensitivity values of each substrate. These values were in good accordance with those reported in the literature and with those theoretically evaluated by exact numerical calculation. The shift of the bare SAW delay lines propagation loss induced by the polymer coating of the device surface, at RH =0% and at ambient temperature, allowed the experimental estimation of the elastic sensitivity of each substrate. These values were found in good accordance with those available from the literature. The temperature coefficient of delay and the electromechanical coupling coefficient of the bare substrates were also estimated. The membrane sensitivity to ethanol, methanol and isopropylic

  16. Luminescent dendritic cyclometalated iridium(III) polypyridine complexes: synthesis, emission behavior, and biological properties.

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    Zhang, Kenneth Yin; Liu, Hua-Wei; Fong, Tommy Tsz-Him; Chen, Xian-Guang; Lo, Kenneth Kam-Wing

    2010-06-21

    Luminescent dendritic cyclometalated iridium(III) polypyridine complexes [{Ir(N--C)(2)}(n)(bpy-n)](PF(6))(n) (HN--C = 2-phenylpyridine, Hppy, n = 8 (ppy-8), 4 (ppy-4), 3 (ppy-3); HN--C = 2-phenylquinoline, Hpq, n = 8 (pq-8), 4 (pq-4), 3 (pq-3)) have been designed and synthesized. The properties of these dendrimers have been compared to those of their monomeric counterparts [Ir(N--C)(2)(bpy-1)](PF(6)) (HN--C = Hppy (ppy-1), Hpq (pq-1)). Cyclic voltammetric studies revealed that the iridium(IV/III) oxidation and bpy-based reduction occurred at about +1.24 to +1.29 V and -1.21 to -1.27 V versus SCE, respectively, for all the complexes. The molar absorptivity of the dendritic iridium(III) complexes is approximately proportional to the number of [Ir(N--C)(2)(N--N)] moieties in one complex molecule. However, the emission lifetimes and quantum yields are relatively independent of the number of [Ir(N--C)(2)(N--N)] units, suggesting negligible electronic communications between these units. Upon photoexcitation, the complexes displayed triplet metal-to-ligand charge-transfer ((3)MLCT) (dpi(Ir) --> pi*(bpy-n)) emission. The interaction of these complexes with plasmid DNA has been investigated by agarose gel retardation assays. The results showed that the dendritic iridium(III) complexes, unlike their monomeric counterparts, bound to the plasmid, and the interaction was electrostatic in nature. The lipophilicity of all the complexes has been determined by reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Additionally, the cellular uptake of the complexes by the human cervix epithelioid carcinoma (HeLa) cell line has been examined by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), laser-scanning confocal microscopy, and flow cytometry. Upon internalization, all the complexes were localized in the perinuclear region, forming very sharp luminescent rings surrounding the nuclei. Interestingly, in addition to these rings, HeLa cells treated with the dendritic

  17. Τhe effect of silica nanoparticles on the thermomechanical properties and degradation behavior of polylactic acid.

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    Georgiopoulos, P; Kontou, E; Meristoudi, A; Pispas, S; Chatzinikolaidou, M

    2014-11-01

    In this work a series of polylactic acid/SiO2 nanocomposites have been prepared by a melt mixing procedure. The dispersion quality was examined by scanning electron microscopy. To study the degradation behavior of the polylactic acid/nanocomposites prepared, the samples were immersed in a buffer solution at a temperature of 37℃ with a pH of 7.4 for a time period of up to 23 weeks. These conditions simulate those in the human body, appropriate in medical applications. In order to assess their suitability in biomedical applications, we investigated the biocompatibility of these materials in terms of cell viability, growth, and morphology. A good initial cell adhesion has been detected, supporting their potential use in bone tissue engineering applications. The hydrolytic degradation of polylactic acid, under the prescribed conditions, was studied by the molecular weight reduction in terms of size exclusion chromatography, whereas the progress of thermal stability of polylactic acid and polylactic acid/nanocomposites during aging was tested by thermogravimetric analysis. The evolution of the materials' thermomechanical properties during aging was studied by differential scanning calorimetry, dynamic mechanical analysis, and tensile testing. The crystallization behavior in polylactic acid and the way it is affected by the presence of nanofillers during degradation procedure has been studied and values of 44% crystallinity increment have been found. At the specific aging conditions studied, silica nanoparticles accelerate the degradability of polylactic acid, having a higher impact on Young's modulus, under the specified aging conditions, for 7 weeks and hereafter this acceleration is retarded, due to the crystallinity increment, as a result of the molecular weight reduction. © The Author(s) 2014 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav.

  18. Age and hypertrophy related changes in contractile post-rest behavior and action potential properties in isolated rat myocytes

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    Nguyen, Quan; Schuettel, Manuela; Thomas, Daniel; Dreiner, Ulrike; Grohé, Christian; Meyer, Rainer

    2007-01-01

    “Physiological” aging as well as early and progressive cardiac hypertrophy may affect action potential (AP) pattern, contractile function, and Ca2+ handling. We hypothesize that contractile function is disturbed in hypertrophy from early stages and is differently affected in aged myocardium. In vivo function, cardiomyocyte contractile behavior and APs were compared in Wistar-Kyoto (WIS) rats and spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) at different ages and degrees of hypertrophy (3–4, 9–11, 20–24 months). Post-rest (PR) behavior was used to investigate the relative contribution of the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) and the Na/Ca exchanger (NCX) to cytosolic Ca2+ removal. APs were recorded by whole-cell current-clamp and sarcomere shortening by video microscopy. Cyclopiazonic acid was used to suppress Ca2+ ATPase (SERCA) function. Heart weight/body weight ratio was increased in SHR versus WIS within all age groups. Myocyte steady state (SS) shortening amplitude was reduced in young SHR versus WIS. Aging led to a significant decay of SS contractile amplitude and relengthening velocity in WIS, but the PR potentiation was maintained. In contrast, aging in SHR led to a decrease of PR potentiation, while SS contraction and relengthening velocity increased. APD50% was always prolonged in SHR versus WIS. With aging, APD50% increased in both WIS and SHR, but was still shorter in WIS. However, in old WIS the late AP portion (APD90%) was prolonged. Ca2+ handling and AP properties are disturbed progressively with aging and with increasing hypertrophy. Decreased amplitude of shortening and velocity of relengthening in aged WIS may be attributed to reduced SERCA function. In SHR, an increase in SR leak and shift towards transmembraneous Ca handling via NCX may be responsible for the changes in contractile function. A prolonged APD90% in aged WIS may be an adaptive mechanism to preserve basal contractility. Therefore, the effects on contractile parameters and AP are

  19. Burst Firing in a Motion-Sensitive Neural Pathway Correlates with Expansion Properties of Looming Objects that Evoke Avoidance Behaviors.

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    McMillan, Glyn A; Gray, John R

    2015-01-01

    The locust visual system contains a well-defined motion-sensitive pathway that transfers visual input to motor centers involved in predator evasion and collision avoidance. One interneuron in this pathway, the descending contralateral movement detector (DCMD), is typically described as using rate coding; edge expansion of approaching objects causes an increased rate of neuronal firing that peaks after a certain retinal threshold angle is exceeded. However, evidence of intrinsic DCMD bursting properties combined with observable oscillations in mean firing rates and tight clustering of spikes in raw traces, suggest that bursting may be important for motion detection. Sensory neuron bursting provides important timing information about dynamic stimuli in many model systems, yet no studies have rigorously investigated if bursting occurs in the locust DCMD during object approach. We presented repetitions of 30 looming stimuli known to generate behavioral responses to each of 20 locusts in order to identify and quantify putative bursting activity in the DCMD. Overall, we found a bimodal distribution of inter-spike intervals (ISI) with peaks of more frequent and shorter ISIs occurring from 1-8 ms and longer less frequent ISIs occurring from 40-50 ms. Subsequent analysis identified bursts and isolated single spikes from the responses. Bursting frequency increased in the latter phase of an approach and peaked at the time of collision, while isolated spiking was predominant during the beginning of stimulus approach. We also found that the majority of inter-burst intervals (IBIs) occurred at 40-50 ms (or 20-25 bursts/s). Bursting also occurred across varied stimulus parameters and suggests that burst timing may be a key component of looming detection. Our findings suggest that the DCMD uses two modes of coding to transmit information about looming stimuli and that these modes change dynamically with a changing stimulus at a behaviorally-relevant time.

  20. Burst Firing in a Motion-Sensitive Neural Pathway Correlates with Expansion Properties of Looming Objects that Evoke Avoidance Behaviors

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    McMillan, Glyn A.; Gray, John R.

    2015-01-01

    The locust visual system contains a well-defined motion-sensitive pathway that transfers visual input to motor centers involved in predator evasion and collision avoidance. One interneuron in this pathway, the descending contralateral movement detector (DCMD), is typically described as using rate coding; edge expansion of approaching objects causes an increased rate of neuronal firing that peaks after a certain retinal threshold angle is exceeded. However, evidence of intrinsic DCMD bursting properties combined with observable oscillations in mean firing rates and tight clustering of spikes in raw traces, suggest that bursting may be important for motion detection. Sensory neuron bursting provides important timing information about dynamic stimuli in many model systems, yet no studies have rigorously investigated if bursting occurs in the locust DCMD during object approach. We presented repetitions of 30 looming stimuli known to generate behavioral responses to each of 20 locusts in order to identify and quantify putative bursting activity in the DCMD. Overall, we found a bimodal distribution of inter-spike intervals (ISI) with peaks of more frequent and shorter ISIs occurring from 1–8 ms and longer less frequent ISIs occurring from 40–50 ms. Subsequent analysis identified bursts and isolated single spikes from the responses. Bursting frequency increased in the latter phase of an approach and peaked at the time of collision, while isolated spiking was predominant during the beginning of stimulus approach. We also found that the majority of inter-burst intervals (IBIs) occurred at 40–50 ms (or 20–25 bursts/s). Bursting also occurred across varied stimulus parameters and suggests that burst timing may be a key component of looming detection. Our findings suggest that the DCMD uses two modes of coding to transmit information about looming stimuli and that these modes change dynamically with a changing stimulus at a behaviorally-relevant time. PMID:26696845

  1. Property.

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    Piele, Philip K.

    The author notes that controversies over construction bids and contracts continue to represent the largest number of property cases reported in this year's chapter. Most of these cases are routine disputes between colleges or universities and contractors over such issues as the return of bid bonds, recovery of additional costs for construction…

  2. Property.

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    Piele, Philip K.

    Numerous cases in this year's chapter dealt with the same topics of previous years--contracts and bids for building construction, and detachment and annexation of a portion of a school district. The courts continued to attribute board discretionary authority to school boards in school property matters. Intergovernmental disputes over ownership or…

  3. Property.

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    Piele, Philip K.; Forsberg, James R.

    This chapter summarizes and analyze all state supreme court and federal court decisions as well as other significant court decisions involving school property. The cases discussed are generally limited to those decided during 1974 and reported in the General Digest on or before March 1, 1975. In their discussion, the authors attempt to integrate…

  4. Property.

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    Piele, Philip K.; Forsberg, James R.

    This chapter summarizes recent state supreme court and federal court decisions involving school property. The cases discussed are generally limited to those decided during 1975 and reported in the General Digest as of March 1976. In their discussion, the authors attempt to integrate related cases and to illuminate any unifying legal principles…

  5. Property.

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    Piele, Philip K.

    A review of cases involving higher education property matters shows that many are concerned with building construction, equipment installation, or repair contracts. A number of other cases involve routine conflicts between colleges or universities and other governmental entities over matters such as requests for special exceptions to zoning…

  6. Property.

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    Piele, Philip K.

    Numerous cases in this year's chapter dealt with the same topics of previous years--contracts and bids for building construction, and detachment and annexation of a portion of a school district. The courts continued to attribute board discretionary authority to school boards in school property matters. Intergovernmental disputes over ownership or…

  7. Property.

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    Piele, Philip K.; Forsberg, James R.

    This chapter summarizes and analyze all state supreme court and federal court decisions as well as other significant court decisions involving school property. The cases discussed are generally limited to those decided during 1974 and reported in the General Digest on or before March 1, 1975. In their discussion, the authors attempt to integrate…

  8. Property.

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    Piele, Philip K.

    A review of cases involving higher education property matters shows that many are concerned with building construction, equipment installation, or repair contracts. A number of other cases involve routine conflicts between colleges or universities and other governmental entities over matters such as requests for special exceptions to zoning…

  9. Property.

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    Piele, Philip K.; Forsberg, James R.

    This chapter summarizes recent state supreme court and federal court decisions involving school property. The cases discussed are generally limited to those decided during 1975 and reported in the General Digest as of March 1976. In their discussion, the authors attempt to integrate related cases and to illuminate any unifying legal principles…

  10. Property.

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    Piele, Philip K.

    Reflecting widespread unhappiness with the growing tax burdens in this country, the most active area of litigation reported in the property chapter this year involves various attempts by taxpayers to prevent the construction or remodeling of public school facilities. While some taxpayers fought to keep schools from being built, others in New York…

  11. Property.

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    Piele, Philip K.

    The author notes that controversies over construction bids and contracts continue to represent the largest number of property cases reported in this year's chapter. Most of these cases are routine disputes between colleges or universities and contractors over such issues as the return of bid bonds, recovery of additional costs for construction…

  12. Property.

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    Piele, Philip K.; Johnson, Margaret M.

    While the number of cases dealing with school property issues was significantly lower than in previous years, a significant number of cases involving the detachment and attachment of land to school districts arose. Eight of the eleven cases dealing with land detachment come from Illinois. The cases concerned requests from parents that their…

  13. Property.

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    Piele, Philip K.; Forsberg, James R.

    While the types of cases reported in this year's chapter are essentially the same as those reported in last year's, the number of certain types of cases have changed--in some instances significantly. For example, the number of cases raising constitutional issues in the areas of school construction, location, and property use have declined. On the…

  14. Mechanical Properties and Corrosion Behavior of CeO2 and SiC Incorporated Al5083 Alloy Surface Composites

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    Amra, M.; Ranjbar, Khalil; Dehmolaei, R.

    2015-08-01

    In this investigation, nano-sized cerium oxide (CeO2) and silicon carbide (SiC) particles were stirred and mixed into the surface of an Al5083 alloy rolled plate using friction stir processing (FSP) to form a surface nano-composite layer. For this purpose, various volume ratios of the reinforcements either separately or in the combined form were packed into a pre-machined groove on the surface of the plate. Microstructural features, mechanical properties, and corrosion behavior of the resultant surface composites were determined. Microstructural analysis, optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy, showed that reinforcement particles were fairly dispersed inside the stir zone and grain refinement was gained. Compared with the base alloy, all of the FSP composites showed higher hardness and tensile strength values with the maximum being obtained for the composite containing 100% SiC particles, i.e., Al5083/SiC. The corrosion behavior of the samples was studied by conducting potentiodynamic polarization tests and assessed in terms of corrosion potential, pitting potential, and passivation range. The result shows a significant increase in corrosion resistance of the base alloy; i.e., the longest passivation range when CeO2 alone was incorporated into the surface by acting as cathodic inhibitors. Composites reinforced with SiC particles exhibited lower pitting resistance due to the formation of microgalvanic couples between cathodic SiC particles and anodic aluminum matrix. The study was aimed to fabricate metal matrix surface composites with improved hardness, tensile strength, and corrosion resistance by the incorporation of CeO2 and SiC reinforcement particles into the surface of Al5083 base alloy. Optimum mechanical properties and corrosion resistance were obtained for the FSP composite Al5083/(75%CeO2 + 25%SiC). In this particular FSP composite, hardness and tensile strength were increased by 30, and 14%, respectively, and passivation range was increased

  15. Influence of Different Curing Modes on Polymerization Behavior and Mechanical Properties of Dual-Cured Provisional Resins.

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    Shibasaki, S; Takamizawa, T; Suzuki, T; Nojiri, K; Tsujimoto, A; Barkmeier, W W; Latta, M A; Miyazaki, M

    This study determined the influence of curing mode on polymerization behavior and mechanical properties of dual-cured provisional resins. Three dual-cured bisacryl-based provisional resins were used: Tempsmart (TS; GC Corp), Luxatemp Automix Solar (LX; DMG Chemisch Pharmazeutishe Fabrik GmbH), and Integrity Multi·Cure (IG; Dentsply Caulk). A self-cured bisacryl-based provisional resin, Protemp Plus (PP; 3M ESPE) and a conventional poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) provisional resin, Unifast III (UF; GC Corp) were used as controls. The inorganic filler content and coefficients of linear thermal expansion of the test materials were measured. Six specimens of each material were used to determine the flexural strength, elastic modulus, and resilience. The changes in ultrasound velocity during polymerization were measured. The average inorganic filler contents of the provisional resins, apart from UF, ranged from 24.4 to 39.3 wt%. The highest inorganic filler content was determined for LX, whereas TS showed the lowest value among the tested materials. The average coefficients of thermal expansion of the tested provisional resins ranged from 77.3 to 107.7 (×10(-6)/°C). TS and IG showed significantly lower thermal expansions than the other tested provisional resins. The mean flexural strengths of the provisional resins ranged from 70.4 to 122.6 MPa, the mean elastic moduli ranged from 1.8 to 3.7 GPa, and the mean resilience of the provisional resins ranged from 1.1 to 2.3 MJ/mm(3), respectively. Dual-cured provisional resins showed significantly higher flexural strengths than the PMMA resin. However, in all cases, the light-curing mode showed significantly higher flexural strengths than the self-curing mode. In the initial polymerization phase, dual-cured resins in the light-curing mode showed a rapid increase in the speed of sound (V) during light irradiation, followed by a slower increase. Conversely, the dual-cured resins in the self-curing mode showed a slower

  16. The effect of microstructure on properties and behaviors of annealed Fe/sub 78/B/sub 13/Si/sub 9/ amorphous alloy ribbon

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    Liebermann, H.H.; Martis, R.J.; Wong, C.P. ); Marti, J. )

    1989-01-01

    Changes in various properties with annealing of amorphous alloys have been studied by many researchers. The present work examines the annealing treatment dependence of mechanical relaxation, thermal, and magnetic properties and behaviors in light of microstructure as determined by TEM. The experimental results show that both the onset of embrittlement and the change in DC coercive field with annealing are consistent with microstructural development. An interrelationship among the various experimental measurements and observations is advanced as a unifying construct of the annealing treatment dependence of various properties in Fe/sub 78/B/sub 13/Si/sub 9/ amorphous alloy.

  17. Psychometric Properties and Factor Structure of the Behavior Problems Inventory (BPI-01) in a Swedish Community Population of Adults with Intellectual Disability

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    Lundqvist, Lars-Olov

    2011-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to evaluate the psychometric properties and factor structure of the Behavior Problems Inventory (BPI-01) in a community population. The Swedish version of the BPI-01 was administered by interviewing care staff of all adults (n = 915) with administratively defined intellectual disabilities (IDs) living in Orebro…

  18. A porous metal-organic framework based on Zn6O2 clusters: chemical stability, gas adsorption properties and solvatochromic behavior.

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    Cui, Jiehu; Li, Yizhi; Guo, Zijian; Zheng, Hegen

    2013-01-21

    A highly connected 3D metal-organic framework with tfz-d topology based on Zn(6)O(2) clusters and flexible carboxylate ligands has been synthesized. The obtained Zn-MOF shows solvatochromic behavior for fluorescence sensing of small molecules, gas adsorption properties and exceptional chemical stability and might have applications for separation and detection purposes.

  19. Mechanical properties of the cuticles of three cockroach species that differ in their wind-evoked escape behavior.

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    Clark, Andrew J; Triblehorn, Jeffrey D

    2014-01-01

    The structural and material properties of insect cuticle remain largely unexplored, even though they comprise the majority (approximately 80%) of animals. Insect cuticle serves many functions, including protection against predatory attacks, which is especially beneficial to species failing to employ effective running escape responses. Despite recent advances in our understanding of insect escape behaviors and the biomechanics of insect cuticle, there are limited studies on the protective qualities of cuticle to extreme mechanical stresses and strains imposed by predatory attacks, and how these qualities vary between species employing different escape responses. Blattarians (cockroaches) provide an appropriate model system for such studies. Wind-evoked running escape responses are strong in Periplaneta americana, weak in Blaberus craniifer and absent in Gromphodorhina portentosa, putting the latter two species at greater risk of being struck by a predator. We hypothesized that the exoskeletons in these two larger species could provide more protection from predatory strikes relative to the exoskeleton of P. americana. We quantified the protective qualities of the exoskeletons by measuring the puncture resistance, tensile strength, strain energy storage, and peak strain in fresh samples of thoracic and abdominal cuticles from these three species. We found a continuum in puncture resistance, tensile strength, and strain energy storage between the three species, which were greatest in G. portentosa, moderate in B. craniifer, and smallest in P. americana. Histological measurements of total cuticle thickness followed this same pattern. However, peak strain followed a different trend between species. The comparisons in the material properties drawn between the cuticles of G. portentosa, B. craniifer, and P. americana demonstrate parallels between cuticular biomechanics and predator running escape responses.

  20. Electrochemical corrosion behavior and elasticity properties of Ti-6Al-xFe alloys for biomedical applications.

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    Lu, Jinwen; Zhao, Yongqing; Niu, Hongzhi; Zhang, Yusheng; Du, Yuzhou; Zhang, Wei; Huo, Wangtu

    2016-05-01

    The present study is to investigate the microstructural characteristics, electrochemical corrosion behavior and elasticity properties of Ti-6Al-xFe alloys with Fe addition for biomedical application, and Ti-6Al-4V alloy with two-phase (α+β) microstructure is also studied as a comparison. Microstructural characterization reveals that the phase and crystal structure are sensitive to the Fe content. Ti-6Al alloy displays feather-like hexagonal α phase, and Ti-6Al-1Fe exhibits coarse lath structure of hexagonal α phase and a small amount of β phase. Ti-6Al-2Fe and Ti-6Al-4Fe alloys are dominated by elongated, equiaxed α phase and retained β phase, but the size of α phase particle in Ti-6Al-4Fe alloy is much smaller than that in Ti-6Al-2Fe alloy. The corrosion resistance of these alloys is determined in SBF solution at 37 °C. It is found that the alloys spontaneously form a passive oxide film on their surface after immersion for 500 s, and then they are stable for polarizations up to 0 VSCE. In comparison with Ti-6Al and Ti-6Al-4V alloys, Ti-6Al-xFe alloys exhibit better corrosion resistance with lower anodic current densities, larger polarization resistances and higher open-circuit potentials. The passive layers show stable characteristics, and the wide frequency ranges displaying capacitive characteristics occur for high iron contents. Elasticity experiments are performed to evaluate the elasticity property at room temperature. Ti-6Al-4Fe alloy has the lowest Young's modulus (112 GPa) and exhibits the highest strength/modulus ratios as large as 8.6, which is similar to that of c.p. Ti (8.5). These characteristics of Ti-6Al-xFe alloys form the basis of a great potential to be used as biomedical implantation materials.

  1. Mechanical properties of the cuticles of three cockroach species that differ in their wind-evoked escape behavior

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    Clark, Andrew J.

    2014-01-01

    The structural and material properties of insect cuticle remain largely unexplored, even though they comprise the majority (approximately 80%) of animals. Insect cuticle serves many functions, including protection against predatory attacks, which is especially beneficial to species failing to employ effective running escape responses. Despite recent advances in our understanding of insect escape behaviors and the biomechanics of insect cuticle, there are limited studies on the protective qualities of cuticle to extreme mechanical stresses and strains imposed by predatory attacks, and how these qualities vary between species employing different escape responses. Blattarians (cockroaches) provide an appropriate model system for such studies. Wind-evoked running escape responses are strong in Periplaneta americana, weak in Blaberus craniifer and absent in Gromphodorhina portentosa, putting the latter two species at greater risk of being struck by a predator. We hypothesized that the exoskeletons in these two larger species could provide more protection from predatory strikes relative to the exoskeleton of P. americana. We quantified the protective qualities of the exoskeletons by measuring the puncture resistance, tensile strength, strain energy storage, and peak strain in fresh samples of thoracic and abdominal cuticles from these three species. We found a continuum in puncture resistance, tensile strength, and strain energy storage between the three species, which were greatest in G. portentosa, moderate in B. craniifer, and smallest in P. americana. Histological measurements of total cuticle thickness followed this same pattern. However, peak strain followed a different trend between species. The comparisons in the material properties drawn between the cuticles of G. portentosa, B. craniifer, and P. americana demonstrate parallels between cuticular biomechanics and predator running escape responses. PMID:25101230

  2. Statistical Properties of Sleep-Wake Behavior in the Rat and Their Relation to Circadian and Ultradian Phases

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    Stephenson, Richard; Famina, Svetlana; Caron, Aimee M.; Lim, Joonbum

    2013-01-01

    circadian timescales. Citation: Stephenson R; Famina S; Caron AM; Lim J. Statistical properties of sleep-wake behavior in the rat and their relation to circadian and ultradian phases. SLEEP 2013;36(9):1377-1390. PMID:23997372

  3. Comparison of Elevated Temperature Tensile Properties and Fatigue Behavior of Two Variants of a Woven SiC/SiC Composite

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    Kalluri, Sreeramesh; Brewer, David N.; Sreeramesh, Kalluri

    2005-01-01

    Tensile properties (elastic modulus, proportional limit strength, in-plane tensile strength, and strain at failure) of two variants of a woven SiC/SiC composite, manufactured during two separate time periods (9/99 and 1/01), were determined at 1038 and 1204 C by conducting tensile tests on specimens machined from plates. Continuous cycling fatigue tests (R = 0.05) and 20 cpm) were also conducted at the same two temperatures on specimens from both composites. In this study, average tensile properties, 95% confidence intervals associated with the tensile properties, and geometric mean fatigue lives of both composite materials are compared. The observed similarities and differences in the tensile properties are highlighted and an attempt is made to understand the relationship, if any, between the tensile properties and the fatigue behaviors of the two woven composites.

  4. Changes in jaw muscle activity and the physical properties of foods with different textures during chewing behaviors.

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    Iguchi, Hiroko; Magara, Jin; Nakamura, Yuki; Tsujimura, Takanori; Ito, Kayoko; Inoue, Makoto

    2015-12-01

    This study aimed to investigate how the activity of the masseter (Mas) and suprahyoid (Hyoid) muscles is influenced by the physical properties of food, how changes in the rheological properties of food differ between different foods during the process of food reduction, and how different salivary flow rates affect bolus-making capability during masticatory behavior in healthy humans. Ten healthy adults participated in this study. Electromyographic (EMG) recordings were obtained from the Mas and Hyoid muscles, and 15 g of steamed rice and rice cake was prepared as test foods. In the ingestion test, the subjects were asked to eat each food in their usual manner. The chewing duration, number of chewing cycles before the first swallow, Mas and Hyoid EMG activity, and chewing cycle time were compared between the foods. Total chewing duration was divided into three substages: early, middle, and late; chewing cycle time and EMG activity per chewing cycle of each substage were compared between the foods and among the substages. In the spitting test, the rheological properties of the bolus at the end of each substage were compared between the foods and among the substages. Finally, stimulated salivary flow rates were measured and the relationships between salivary flow rate and chewing duration, EMG activity, and changes in physical food characteristics were investigated. There were significant differences in total chewing duration and the number of chewing cycles, but not in chewing cycle time, between the foods, which had similar hardness values. The EMG activity levels of the Mas and Hyoid per chewing cycle for the rice cake were significantly greater than for the steamed rice throughout the recording periods. While Mas activity did not change among the substages during chewing, Hyoid EMG activity decreased as chewing progressed. Chewing cycle time also gradually decreased as chewing progressed. The hardness of both foods initially increased, then gradually decreased

  5. Effects of water molecules on tribological behavior and property measurements in nano-indentation processes - a numerical analysis

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    2013-01-01

    Nano/micro-manufacturing under wet condition is an important consideration for various tool-based processes such as indentation, scratching, and machining. The existence of liquids adds complexity to the system, changes the tool/work interfacial condition, and affects material behaviors. For indentation, it may also affect material property measurements. However, little effort has been made to study this challenging issue at nano- or atomistic scale. In this study, we tackle this challenge by investigating nano-indentation processes submerged in water using the molecular dynamics (MD) simulation approach. Compared with dry indentation in which no water molecules are present, the existence of water molecules causes the increase of indentation force in initial penetration, but the decrease of indentation force in full penetration. It also reduces the sticking phenomenon between the work and tool atoms during indenter retraction, such that the indentation geometry can be better retained. Meanwhile, nano-indentation under wet condition exhibits the indentation size effect, while dry nano-indentation exhibits the reverse indentation size effect. The existence of water leads to higher computed hardness values at low indentation loads and a smaller value of Young's modulus. In addition, the friction along the tool/work interface is significantly reduced under wet indentation. PMID:24044504

  6. Transcription factors FOXA1 and FOXA2 maintain dopaminergic neuronal properties and control feeding behavior in adult mice

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    Pristerà, Alessandro; Lin, Wei; Kaufmann, Anna-Kristin; Brimblecombe, Katherine R.; Threlfell, Sarah; Dodson, Paul D.; Magill, Peter J.; Fernandes, Cathy; Cragg, Stephanie J.; Ang, Siew-Lan

    2015-01-01

    Midbrain dopaminergic (mDA) neurons are implicated in cognitive functions, neuropsychiatric disorders, and pathological conditions; hence understanding genes regulating their homeostasis has medical relevance. Transcription factors FOXA1 and FOXA2 (FOXA1/2) are key determinants of mDA neuronal identity during development, but their roles in adult mDA neurons are unknown. We used a conditional knockout strategy to specifically ablate FOXA1/2 in mDA neurons of adult mice. We show that deletion of Foxa1/2 results in down-regulation of tyrosine hydroxylase, the rate-limiting enzyme of dopamine (DA) biosynthesis, specifically in dopaminergic neurons of the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc). In addition, DA synthesis and striatal DA transmission were reduced after Foxa1/2 deletion. Furthermore, the burst-firing activity characteristic of SNc mDA neurons was drastically reduced in the absence of FOXA1/2. These molecular and functional alterations lead to a severe feeding deficit in adult Foxa1/2 mutant mice, independently of motor control, which could be rescued by l-DOPA treatment. FOXA1/2 therefore control the maintenance of molecular and physiological properties of SNc mDA neurons and impact on feeding behavior in adult mice. PMID:26283356

  7. Thermal decomposition behaviors and kinetic properties of 1,8-naphthalic anhydride loaded dense nano-silica hybrids

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    Wang, Jinpeng; Sun, Jihong; Wang, Feng; Ren, Bo

    2013-06-01

    A certain amount of (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTES) and various capacity of 1,8-naphthalic anhydride (NA) were employed to modify and then graft onto the surface of the dense nano-silica spheres (DNSS) via a post-grafting method, and thereby, a novel luminescent density nano-silica hybrid materials have been successfully synthesized. Meanwhile, the structures and properties of obtained hybrid DNSS were characterized by XRD, TEM, N2 sorption, FT-IR, and TG analysis. Furthermore, the thermal stability of before and after modification were demonstrated by using both Kissinger methods and Ozawa-Flynn-Wall methods. Particularly, the thermal decomposition behaviors of amino-modified groups and NA-grafted organic molecules were emphasized based on the TG and DTG analysis and then the related mechanism was put forward according to Coats and Redfern methods. Finally, as a comparison, the obtained results and the proposed decomposition mechanism of hybrid DNSS with non-pores were discussed with that of mesopores silicas in details.

  8. New Li-ion Battery Evaluation Research Based on Thermal Property and Heat Generation Behavior of Battery

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    Lv, Zhe; Guo, Xun; Qiu, Xin-ping

    2012-12-01

    We do a new Li-ion battery evaluation research on the effects of cell resistance and polarization on the energy loss in batteries based on thermal property and heat generation behavior of battery. Series of 18650 cells with different capacities and electrode materials are evaluated by measuring input and output energy which change with charge-discharge time and current. Based on the results of these tests, we build a model of energy loss in cells' charge-discharge process, which include Joule heat and polarization heat impact factors. It was reported that Joule heat was caused by cell resistance, which included DC-resistance and reaction resistance, and reaction resistance could not be easily obtained through routine test method. Using this new method, we can get the total resistance R and the polarization parameter η. The relationship between R, η, and temperature is also investigated in order to build a general model for series of different Li-ion batteries, and the research can be used in the performance evaluation, state of charge prediction and the measuring of consistency of the batteries.

  9. On Some Mechanical Properties and Wear Behavior of Sintered Bronze Based Composites Reinforced with Some Aluminides Microadditives

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    Feldshtein, E.; Kiełek, P.; Kiełek, T.; Dyachkova, L.; Letsko, A.

    2017-05-01

    In the paper, the changes in some mechanical properties and wear behavior of CuSn10 sintered bronze and MMCs based on this bronze reinforced with composite ultrafine aluminide powders FeAl/15 % Al2O3, NiAl/15 % Al2O3 and Ti-46Al-8Cr are described. It was observed that the presence of aluminides in the MMCs leads to an increase in the hardness, but the flexural strength may increase or decrease depending on the type of aluminide. The presence of aluminides in the MMC reduces the wear rate considerably. It is decreased in the direction of FeAl/15 % Al2O3 → NiAl/15 % Al2O3 → Ti-46Al-8Cr aluminides and for the best MMC composition the advantage is about 20 times. In the MMCs wear process, micro-craters are formed on the contact surface and it is the principal reason of a decrease in the wear rate.

  10. Place Cell Networks in Pre-weanling Rats Show Associative Memory Properties from the Onset of Exploratory Behavior

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    Muessig, L.; Hauser, J.; Wills, T. J.; Cacucci, F.

    2016-01-01

    Place cells are hippocampal pyramidal cells that are active when an animal visits a restricted area of the environment, and collectively their activity constitutes a neural representation of space. Place cell populations in the adult rat hippocampus display fundamental properties consistent with an associative memory network: the ability to 1) generate new and distinct spatial firing patterns when encountering novel spatial contexts or changes in sensory input (“remapping”) and 2) reinstate previously stored firing patterns when encountering a familiar context, including on the basis of an incomplete/degraded set of sensory cues (“pattern completion”). To date, it is unknown when these spatial memory responses emerge during brain development. Here, we show that, from the age of first exploration (postnatal day 16) onwards, place cell populations already exhibit these key features: they generate new representations upon exposure to a novel context and can reactivate familiar representations on the basis of an incomplete set of sensory cues. These results demonstrate that, as early as exploratory behaviors emerge, and despite the absence of an adult-like grid cell network, the developing hippocampus processes incoming sensory information as an associative memory network. PMID:27282394

  11. Structure, mechanical properties, corrosion behavior and cytotoxicity of biodegradable Mg-X (X=Sn, Ga, In) alloys.

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    Kubásek, J; Vojtěch, D; Lipov, J; Ruml, T

    2013-05-01

    As-cast Mg-Sn, Mg-Ga and Mg-In alloys containing 1-7 wt.% of alloying elements were studied in this work. Structural and chemical analysis of the alloys was performed by using light and scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectrometry, x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and glow discharge spectrometry. Mechanical properties were determined by Vickers hardness measurements and tensile testing. Corrosion behavior in a simulated physiological solution (9 g/l NaCl) was studied by immersion tests and potentiodynamic measurements. The cytotoxicity effect of the alloys on human osteosarcoma cells (U-2 OS) was determined by an indirect contact assay. Structural investigation revealed the dendritic morphology of the as-cast alloys with the presence of secondary eutectic phases in the Mg-Sn and Mg-Ga alloys. All the alloying elements showed hardening and strengthening effects on magnesium. This effect was the most pronounced in the case of Ga. All the alloying elements at low concentrations of approximately 1 wt.% were also shown to positively affect the corrosion resistance of Mg. But at higher concentrations of Ga and Sn the corrosion resistance worsened due to galvanic effects of secondary phases. Cytotoxicity tests indicated that Ga had the lowest toxicity, followed by Sn. The most severe toxicity was observed in the case of In.

  12. Effect of Solidification Behavior on Microstructures and Mechanical Properties of Ni-Cr-Fe Superalloy Investment Casting.

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    Kang, Maodong; Wang, Jun; Gao, Haiyan; Han, Yanfeng; Wang, Guoxiang; He, Shuxian

    2017-03-01

    The effect of solidification behavior on the microstructures and mechanical properties of Ni-Cr-Fe superalloy investment casting is given. Metallographic and image analysis have been used to quantitatively examine the microstructures' evolution. For the parts with the thickness of 3 mm and 24 mm, the volume fraction and maximum equivalent radius of the Laves phase increases from 0.3% to 1.2%, from 11.7 μm to 23.4 μm, respectively. Meanwhile, the volume fraction and maximum equivalent radius of carbides increase from 0.3% to 0.5%, from 8.1 μm to 9.9 μm, respectively. In addition, the volume fraction of microporosity increases from 0.3% to 2.7%. As a result, the ultimate tensile strength is reduced from 1125.5 MPa to 820.9 MPa, the elongation from 13.3% to 7.7%, and the quality index from 1294.2 MPa to 954.0 MPa, respectively. A typical brittle fracture is observed on the tensile fracture. As the cooling rate decreases, the microstructures become coarser.

  13. Effects of water molecules on tribological behavior and property measurements in nano-indentation processes - a numerical analysis.

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    Wang, Yachao; Shi, Jing

    2013-09-17

    Nano/micro-manufacturing under wet condition is an important consideration for various tool-based processes such as indentation, scratching, and machining. The existence of liquids adds complexity to the system, changes the tool/work interfacial condition, and affects material behaviors. For indentation, it may also affect material property measurements. However, little effort has been made to study this challenging issue at nano- or atomistic scale. In this study, we tackle this challenge by investigating nano-indentation processes submerged in water using the molecular dynamics (MD) simulation approach. Compared with dry indentation in which no water molecules are present, the existence of water molecules causes the increase of indentation force in initial penetration, but the decrease of indentation force in full penetration. It also reduces the sticking phenomenon between the work and tool atoms during indenter retraction, such that the indentation geometry can be better retained. Meanwhile, nano-indentation under wet condition exhibits the indentation size effect, while dry nano-indentation exhibits the reverse indentation size effect. The existence of water leads to higher computed hardness values at low indentation loads and a smaller value of Young's modulus. In addition, the friction along the tool/work interface is significantly reduced under wet indentation.

  14. Effect of Solidification Behavior on Microstructures and Mechanical Properties of Ni-Cr-Fe Superalloy Investment Casting

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    Kang, Maodong; Wang, Jun; Gao, Haiyan; Han, Yanfeng; Wang, Guoxiang; He, Shuxian

    2017-01-01

    The effect of solidification behavior on the microstructures and mechanical properties of Ni-Cr-Fe superalloy investment casting is given. Metallographic and image analysis have been used to quantitatively examine the microstructures’ evolution. For the parts with the thickness of 3 mm and 24 mm, the volume fraction and maximum equivalent radius of the Laves phase increases from 0.3% to 1.2%, from 11.7 μm to 23.4 μm, respectively. Meanwhile, the volume fraction and maximum equivalent radius of carbides increase from 0.3% to 0.5%, from 8.1 μm to 9.9 μm, respectively. In addition, the volume fraction of microporosity increases from 0.3% to 2.7%. As a result, the ultimate tensile strength is reduced from 1125.5 MPa to 820.9 MPa, the elongation from 13.3% to 7.7%, and the quality index from 1294.2 MPa to 954.0 MPa, respectively. A typical brittle fracture is observed on the tensile fracture. As the cooling rate decreases, the microstructures become coarser. PMID:28772611

  15. Dynamic and Steady Shear Properties of Reversibly Cross-Linked Guar Solutions and Their Effects on Particle Settling Behavior

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    Tonmukayakul, N.; Bryant, J. E.; Talbot, M. S.; Morris, J. F.

    2008-07-01

    Rheological properties of guar of molecular weight MW = 2.2×106 reversibly cross-linked with borate ion at different cross-linker concentrations were investigated using small amplitude oscillatory sweep (SAOS) and steady shear at 25 °C and atmospheric pressure. Polymer concentration was fixed at 0.003 g/ml above the overlap concentration (C* = 5×10-4 g/ml). Four borate ion concentrations of 31, 62, 93 and 125 ppm were used. A transparent Couette cell was used to study the settling behavior of particles under simple shear. Dynamic settling (i.e. under shear) results reveal that both shear thinning and elasticity of the suspending fluid affect settling rate. For a lightly cross-linked sample, settling rate increases with increasing imposed shear rate; the settling rate decreases for a highly cross-linked sample. Full-field images of the Couette during settling show the development of a non-homogeneous particulate structure during sedimentation in a highly cross-linked sample. Extended particulate structures form in the direction of gravity for the zero-imposed shear experiment (static settling), and in the shearing direction for the dynamic settling experiment.

  16. Improvement of Sintering, Thermal Behavior, and Electrical Properties of Calcium- and Transition Metal-Doped Yttrium Chromite

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    Yoon, Kyung J.; Cramer, Carolyn N.; Stevenson, Jeffry W.; Marina, Olga A.

    2010-06-21

    The A-site calcium doped yttrium chromite was additionally doped with various transition metals on the B-site to improve the sintering, thermal behavior and electrical properties of these ceramics for future use as an interconnect material in high temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). With 10 % addition of Co, Cu, Ni, Fe, and Mn, the single phase orthorhombic perovskite structure remained stable over a wide range of oxygen partial pressures, as confirmed by X-ray diffraction. The substitution of Cu for chromium remarkably improved the sinterability and allowed full densification in air by sintering at 1400 degrees C. The substitution of Co and Ni significantly improved the electrical conductivity of yttrium chromites in both oxidizing and reducing environments. This was explained by the increase of charge carrier density with nickel and cobalt doping, as confirmed by Seebeck measurements. With 10% of nickel dopant, the electrical conductivity of Y0.8Ca0.2CrO3±δ increased from 12 to 38 S/cm in air and from 2 to 15 S/cm in reducing atmosphere at 950 degrees C. Mn doping had a negative effect on the sintering and electrical conductivity.

  17. Microstructure, texture evolution, mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of ECAP processed ZK60 magnesium alloy for biodegradable applications.

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    Mostaed, Ehsan; Hashempour, Mazdak; Fabrizi, Alberto; Dellasega, David; Bestetti, Massimiliano; Bonollo, Franco; Vedani, Maurizio

    2014-09-01

    Ultra-fine grained ZK60 Mg alloy was obtained by multi-pass equal-channel angular pressing at different temperatures of 250°C, 200°C and 150°C. Microstructural observations showed a significant grain refinement after ECAP, leading to an equiaxed and ultrafine grain (UFG) structure with average size of 600nm. The original extrusion fiber texture with planes oriented parallel to extrusion direction was gradually undermined during ECAP process and eventually it was substituted by a newly stronger texture component with considerably higher intensity, coinciding with ECAP shear plane. A combination of texture modification and grain refinement in UFG samples led to a marked reduction in mechanical asymmetric behavior compared to the as-received alloy, as well as adequate mechanical properties with about 100% improvement in elongation to failure while keeping relatively high tensile strength. Open circuit potential, potentiodynamic and weight loss measurements in a phosphate buffer solution electrolyte revealed an improved corrosion resistance of UFG alloy compared to the extruded one, stemming from a shift of corrosion regime from localized pitting in the as-received sample to a more uniform corrosion mode with reduced localized attack in ECAP processed alloy. Compression tests on immersed samples showed that the rate of loss of mechanical integrity in the UFG sample was lower than that in the as-received sample.

  18. Effect of the synthesis conditions on the magnetic and electrical properties of the BaFeO{sub 3-x} oxide: A metamagnetic behavior

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    Gil de Muro, Izaskun . E-mail: qiproapt@lg.ehu.es

    2005-05-15

    The BaFeO{sub 2.95} oxide has been obtained from thermal decomposition of the [BaFe(C{sub 3}H{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 4}] metallo-organic precursor at 800 deg. C under atmospheric oxygen pressure as small and homogeneous particles. From electronic paramagnetic resonance data, a metallic behavior in the 230-130K temperature range has been observed. Magnetic measurements confirm the existence of a ferro-antiferromagnetic transition at 178K. The magnetic properties of the BaFeO{sub 2.95} oxide are strongly dependent on both temperature and magnetic field with a metamagnetic behavior. The synthesis conditions play an important role on the morphology and the electrical and magnetic properties. The syntherization of the sample produces a dramatic change in the transport properties and the existence of conductivity disappears.

  19. Compositional effects on the chemorheological properties and forming behavior of aqueous alumina-poly(vinyl alcohol) gelcasting suspensions

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    Morissette, Sherry L.

    A new gelcasting system based on aqueous, alumina-poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) suspensions cross-linked by an organotitanate coupling agent has been developed. Both the chemorheological properties and forming behavior of this system exhibited a strong compositional dependence. A sol- gel phase diagram was established, which yielded the critical titanium concentration [Ti] c required for gelation at a given PVA volume fraction, as well as the minimum PVA volume fraction ( fminPVA = 0.0245) and titanium PVA concentration ([Ti]min = 9.984 x 10--4 g Ti/ml) below which gelation was not observed irrespective of solution composition. The gelation time of suspensions of constant PVA volume fraction ( fsolnPVA ) decreased with increasing cross-linking agent concentration, PVA temperature, and solids volume fraction. The steady-state viscosity and elastic modulus of polymer solutions ( fsolnPVA = 0.05) of varying [Ti] were well described by the PVA percolation model, giving scaling exponents of 0.84 and 1.79, respectively. The steady-state elastic modulus of gel casting suspensions, which provides a measure of their handling strength in the as-gelled state, increased with increasing solids volume fraction. Gelcasting suspensions were used as feedstock for solid free-form fabrication (SFF) of ceramic components. The influence of processing conditions (e.g., tip diameter, mixing rate, table speed, etc.) and suspension rheology on deposition behavior was investigated. Continuous printablity was achieved for tip diameters ranging from dt = 0.254 -- 1.370 mm for all mixing rates (Rmix 5 -- 300 rpm) and suspension compositions (i.e., fAl2O3 = 0.45, φPVA = 0.275, [Ti] 0 -- 6.30 x 10--3 g Ti/ml) probed, where the minimum tip diameter for continuous printing was 0.203 mm. Printed lines were uniform with good edge definition. Line dimensions were independent of mixing rate for the given process conditions. The as-cast alumina volume fraction ( fAl2O3 ) depended on casting conditions and

  20. pH-Induced precipitation behavior of weakly basic compounds: determination of extent and duration of supersaturation using potentiometric titration and correlation to solid state properties.

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    Hsieh, Yi-Ling; Ilevbare, Grace A; Van Eerdenbrugh, Bernard; Box, Karl J; Sanchez-Felix, Manuel Vincente; Taylor, Lynne S

    2012-10-01

    To examine the precipitation and supersaturation behavior of ten weak bases in terms of the relationship between pH-concentration-time profiles and the solid state properties of the precipitated material. Initially the compound was dissolved at low pH, followed by titration with base to induce precipitation. Upon precipitation, small aliquots of acid or base were added to induce slight subsaturation and supersaturation respectively and the resultant pH gradient was determined. The concentration of the unionized species was calculated as a function of time and pH using mass and charge balance equations. Two patterns of behavior were observed in terms of the extent and duration of supersaturation arising following an increase in pH and this behavior could be rationalized based on the crystallization tendency of the compound. For compounds that did not readily crystallize, an amorphous precipitate was formed and a prolonged duration of supersaturation was observed. For compounds that precipitated to crystalline forms, the observed supersaturation was short-lived. This study showed that supersaturation behavior has significant correlation with the solid-state properties of the precipitate and that pH-metric titration methods can be utilized to evaluate the supersaturation behavior.

  1. Influence of Chemical Extraction on Rheological Behavior, Viscoelastic Properties and Functional Characteristics of Natural Heteropolysaccharide/Protein Polymer from Durio zibethinus Seed

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    Amid, Bahareh Tabatabaee; Mirhosseini, Hamed

    2012-01-01

    In recent years, the demand for a natural plant-based polymer with potential functions from plant sources has increased considerably. The main objective of the current study was to study the effect of chemical extraction conditions on the rheological and functional properties of the heteropolysaccharide/protein biopolymer from durian (Durio zibethinus) seed. The efficiency of different extraction conditions was determined by assessing the extraction yield, protein content, solubility, rheological properties and viscoelastic behavior of the natural polymer from durian seed. The present study revealed that the soaking process had a more significant (p < 0.05) effect than the decolorizing process on the rheological and functional properties of the natural polymer. The considerable changes in the rheological and functional properties of the natural polymer could be due to the significant (p < 0.05) effect of the chemical extraction variables on the protein fraction present in the molecular structure of the natural polymer from durian seed. The natural polymer from durian seed had a more elastic (or gel like) behavior compared to the viscous (liquid like) behavior at low frequency. The present study revealed that the natural heteropolysaccharide/protein polymer from durian seed had a relatively low solubility ranging from 9.1% to 36.0%. This might be due to the presence of impurities, insoluble matter and large particles present in the chemical structure of the natural polymer from durian seed. PMID:23203099

  2. Is there a cause-and-effect relationship between physicochemical properties and cell behavior of alginate-based hydrogel obtained after sterilization?

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    Yu, Hao; Cauchois, Ghislaine; Schmitt, Jean-François; Louvet, Nicolas; Six, Jean-Luc; Chen, Yun; Rahouadj, Rachid; Huselstein, Céline

    2017-01-25

    Alginate-based hydrogel scaffolds are widely used in the field of cartilage regeneration and repair. If the effect of autoclaving on the alginate powder is well known, it is not the same for the possible effects of the sterilization UV treatment on the properties of the hydrogel after polymerization. To select an effective sterilization treatment of alginate-based materials, one must find what are inter-relationship between the characteristics (chemical, physical and mechanical) of alginate-based hydrogel during sterilization, and what consequences have affected on cell behavior. In this study, we investigated the influence of UV sterilization treatments (UV-1 and UV-2: 25 and 50min, respectively) and autoclaving to obtain alginate (Alg)/hyaluronic acid (HA) hydrogel, as well as further evaluated the relationship between physicochemical properties and cell behavior of Alg/HA hydrogel after UVs and autoclaving. The physicochemical properties of this mixture at the powder or polymerized states were analyzed using ATR-FTIR, HPLC-SEC, rheological, indentation testing and sterility testing. The cell behaviors of hydrogels were evaluated by cell viability and proliferation, and chondrogenic differentiation. The effects of treatment parameters and their correlation with the others characteristics were determined statistically by Principal Component Analysis (PCA). In this study, we have shown that the cell behavior in alginate-based hydrogels was not only regulated by physicochemical properties (as molar mass or/and viscosity), but also associated with the controlling of sterilization time. It can provide a basis for choosing an effective method of sterilization, which can keep the mechanical or physical-chemical properties of Alg-based hydrogel scaffold and maintain its cytocompatibility and its ability to induce chondrogenesis from mesenchymal stem cells.

  3. The German Version of the Dutch Eating Behavior Questionnaire: Psychometric Properties, Measurement Invariance, and Population-Based Norms

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    Hilbert, Anja; de Zwaan, Martina; Braehler, Elmar; Kersting, Anette

    2016-01-01

    The Dutch Eating Behavior Questionnaire is an internationally widely used instrument assessing different eating styles that may contribute to weight gain and overweight: emotional eating, external eating, and restraint. This study aimed to evaluate the psychometric properties of the 30-item German version of the DEBQ including its measurement invariance across gender, age, and BMI-status in a representative German population sample. Furthermore, we examined the distribution of eating styles in the general population and provide population-based norms for DEBQ scales. A representative sample of the German general population (N = 2513, age ≥ 14 years) was assessed with the German version of the DEBQ along with information on sociodemographic characteristics and body weight and height. The German version of the DEQB demonstrates good item characteristics and reliability (restraint: α = .92, emotional eating: α = .94, external eating: α = .89). The 3-factor structure of the DEBQ could be replicated in exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses and results of multi-group confirmatory factor analyses supported its metric and scalar measurement invariance across gender, age, and BMI-status. External eating was the most prevalent eating style in the German general population. Women scored higher on emotional and restrained eating scales than men, and overweight individuals scored higher in all three eating styles compared to normal weight individuals. Small differences across age were found for external eating. Norms were provided according to gender, age, and BMI-status. Our findings suggest that the German version of the DEBQ has good reliability and construct validity, and is suitable to reliably measure eating styles across age, gender, and BMI-status. Furthermore, the results demonstrate a considerable variation of eating styles across gender and BMI-status. PMID:27656879

  4. Efficiency, behavior, and clinical properties of superelastic NiTi versus multistranded stainless steel wires: a prospective clinical trial.

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    Sandhu, Satpal S; Shetty, V Surendra; Mogra, Subraya; Varghese, Joseph; Sandhu, Jasleen; Sandhu, Jagpreet S

    2012-09-01

    To investigate efficiency, behavior, and properties of superelastic NiTi vs multistranded stainless steel wires in Begg and preadjusted edgewise appliance (PEA) under moderate to severe crowding conditions. Ninety-six participants (48 male, 48 female), aged 12-18 years old (mean age  =  15.2 ± 1.95), with moderate (≤ 6 mm; mean  =  5.3 ± 0.48) to severe (> 6 mm; mean  =  7.9 ± 0.66) initial crowding were distributed into four groups: superelastic NiTi PEA (n  =  24), superelastic NiTi Begg (n  =  24), multistranded (coaxial) stainless steel PEA (n  =  25), and multistranded (coaxial) stainless steel Begg (n = 23). In this study, 0.16-inch superelastic (austenitic active) NiTi and 0.175-inch multistranded (six stranded, coaxial) stainless steel wires were used in a 0.022-inch slot (Roth prescription) PEA and Begg appliance with a follow-up of six weeks. Analysis of variance revealed no significant difference in reduction of crowding between superelastic NiTi PEA and multistranded (coaxial) stainless steel PEA groups, but reduction in crowding was significantly greater in the superelastic NiTi Begg group compared with the multistranded (coaxial) stainless steel Begg group with F (3, 44)  =  8.896, P < .001, and effect size (ω) 0.57 in moderate crowding and F (3, 44)  =  122.341, P < .001, and effect size (ω) 0.93 in severe crowding. Linear regression demonstrated significant (P < .05) positive correlation between amount of initial crowding and reduction in crowding in all groups except the multistranded (coaxial) stainless steel Begg group, wherein a negative correlation did exist. Superelastic NiTi performed significantly better than multistranded (coaxial) stainless steel wire in the Begg appliance. However, in PEA, there was no significant difference.

  5. The German Version of the Dutch Eating Behavior Questionnaire: Psychometric Properties, Measurement Invariance, and Population-Based Norms.

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    Nagl, Michaela; Hilbert, Anja; de Zwaan, Martina; Braehler, Elmar; Kersting, Anette

    The Dutch Eating Behavior Questionnaire is an internationally widely used instrument assessing different eating styles that may contribute to weight gain and overweight: emotional eating, external eating, and restraint. This study aimed to evaluate the psychometric properties of the 30-item German version of the DEBQ including its measurement invariance across gender, age, and BMI-status in a representative German population sample. Furthermore, we examined the distribution of eating styles in the general population and provide population-based norms for DEBQ scales. A representative sample of the German general population (N = 2513, age ≥ 14 years) was assessed with the German version of the DEBQ along with information on sociodemographic characteristics and body weight and height. The German version of the DEQB demonstrates good item characteristics and reliability (restraint: α = .92, emotional eating: α = .94, external eating: α = .89). The 3-factor structure of the DEBQ could be replicated in exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses and results of multi-group confirmatory factor analyses supported its metric and scalar measurement invariance across gender, age, and BMI-status. External eating was the most prevalent eating style in the German general population. Women scored higher on emotional and restrained eating scales than men, and overweight individuals scored higher in all three eating styles compared to normal weight individuals. Small differences across age were found for external eating. Norms were provided according to gender, age, and BMI-status. Our findings suggest that the German version of the DEBQ has good reliability and construct validity, and is suitable to reliably measure eating styles across age, gender, and BMI-status. Furthermore, the results demonstrate a considerable variation of eating styles across gender and BMI-status.

  6. Studies of fatty acid composition, physicochemical and thermal properties, and crystallization behavior of mango kernel fats from various Thai varieties.

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    Sonwai, Sopark; Ponprachanuvut, Punnee

    2014-01-01

    Mango kernel fat (MKF) has received attention in recent years due to the resemblance between its characteristics and those of cocoa butter (CB). In this work, fatty acid (FA) composition, physicochemical and thermal properties and crystallization behavior of MKFs obtained from four varieties of Thai mangoes: Keaw-Morakot (KM), Keaw-Sawoey (KS), Nam-Dokmai (ND) and Aok-Rong (AR), were characterized. The fat content of the mango kernels was 6.40, 5.78, 5.73 and 7.74% (dry basis) for KM, KS, ND and AR, respectively. The analysis of FA composition revealed that all four cultivars had oleic and stearic acids as the main FA components with ND and AR exhibiting highest and lowest stearic acid content, respectively. ND had the highest slip melting point and solid fat content (SFC) followed by KS, KM and AR. All fat samples exhibited high SFC at 20℃ and below. They melted slowly as the temperature increased and became complete liquids as the temperature approached 35°C. During static isothermal crystallization at 20°C, ND displayed the highest Avrami rate constant k followed by KS, KM and AR, indicating that the crystallization was fastest for ND and slowest for AR. The Avrami exponent n of all samples ranged from 0.89 to 1.73. The x-ray diffraction analysis showed that all MKFs crystallized into a mixture of pseudo-β', β', sub-β and β structures with β' being the predominant polymorph. Finally, the crystals of the kernel fats from all mango varieties exhibited spherulitic morphology.

  7. Characterization of Thermo-Elastic Properties and Microcracking Behaviors of CFRP Laminates Using Cup-Stacked Carbon Nanotubes (CSCNT) Dispersed Resin

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    Yokozeki, Tomohiro; Iwahori, Yutaka; Ishiwata, Shin

    This study investigated the thermo-elastic properties and microscopic ply cracking behaviors in carbon fiber reinforced nanotube-dispersed epoxy laminates. The nanocomposite laminates used in this study consisted of traditional carbon fibers and epoxy resin filled with cup-stacked carbon nanotubes (CSCNTs). Thermo-mechanical properties of unidirectional nanocomposite laminates were evaluated, and quasi-static and fatigue tension tests of cross-ply laminates were carried out in order to observe the damage accumulation behaviors of matrix cracks. Clear retardation of matrix crack onset and accumulation was found in composite laminates with CSCNT compared to those without CSCNT. Fracture toughness associated with matrix cracking was evaluated based on the analytical model using the experimental results. It was concluded that the dispersion of CSCNT resulted in fracture toughness improvement and residual thermal strain decrease, and specifically, the former was the main contribution to the retardation of matrix crack formation.

  8. Stress-strain analysis for evaluating the effect of the orientation of dentin tubules on their mechanical properties and deformation behavior.

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    Han, Chang-Fu; Wu, Bo-Hsiung; Chung, Chung-Jen; Chuang, Shu-Fen; Li, Wang-Long; Lin, Jen-Fin

    2012-08-01

    A model whose porosity does not vary with compression depth is developed for evaluating the mechanical properties of dentin tubules with various orientation angles from micro-pillar nanocompression tests. Experimental results for a range of loading rates indicate that the yielding parameters and the elastic modulus are little affected by the creep behavior. For a given compression depth, the hardness, elastic modulus, and yielding strength decrease with increasing orientation angle of dentin. The mechanical properties obtained using the proposed model are consistent with the reported data, and are actually more precise since they consider the orientation angle. The proposed testing method can be applied to materials that yield a negative value of the elastic modulus due to creep behavior. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Characterization, liquid crystalline behavior, electrochemical and optoelectrical properties of new poly(azomethine)s and a poly(imide) with siloxane linkages

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    Iwan, Agnieszka; Schab-Balcerzak, Ewa; Pociecha, Damian; Krompiec, Michal; Grucela, Marzena; Bilski, Pawel; Kłosowski, Mariusz; Janeczek, Henryk

    2011-11-01

    New siloxane-containing poly(azomethine)s and a six-membered poly(imide) have been developed from siloxane-containing diamine with four different dialdehydes and 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride, and their thermotropic behavior, optoelectrical and electrochemical properties were examined. Mesomorphic behavior of the polymers was investigated via differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), polarizing optical microscopy (POM) and X-ray diffraction (WAXRD, SAXRD) studies. The electrochemical behavior of poly(azomethine)s and poly(imide) was studied by differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). The HOMO levels of these polymers were in the range of -5.13 to -5.90 eV. UV-vis properties of the polymers were investigated in solid state as thin films and in chloroform solution. Optical energy band gap ( Egopt.) was calculated from absorption spectra and absorption coefficients α. The photoluminescence properties (PL) of obtained polymers were studied in chloroform solution. The investigated poly(azomethine)s emitted blue light, while the poly(imide) emitted green light. The polymers were irradiated with a test dose of 1 Gy Co-60 gamma-rays to detect their thermoluminescence properties in the temperature range of 50-200 °C. Polymer monolayer (ITO/polymer/Al) and bulk heterojunction (BHJ) (ITO/polymer:PCBM/Al and ITO/PEDOT:PSS/polymer:PCBM/Al) devices were prepared with PAZ and PI used as active layers and I- U curves were measured in the dark and during irradiation with light (under illumination of 1000 W/m 2). Poly(azomethine)s were blended with [6,6]-phenyl C 61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM). Selected properties of the investigated polymers with siloxane linkages were compared with the polymers ( PAZ1a- PAZ3a, PIa) prepared from the same dialdehydes or dianhydride and poly(1,4-butanediol)bis(4-aminobenzoate).

  10. Trends in the Prevalence of Behaviors That Contribute to Violence on School Property. National YRBS: 1991-2011

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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011

    2011-01-01

    The national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) monitors priority health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the United States. The national YRBS is conducted every two years during the spring semester and provides data representative of 9th through 12th grade…

  11. Preliminary Psychometric Properties of an Observation System to Assess Teachers' Use of Effective Behavior Support Strategies in Preschool Classrooms

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    Vujnovic, Rebecca K.; Fabiano, Gregory A.; Waschbusch, Daniel A.; Pelham, William E.; Greiner, Andrew; Gera, Shradha; Linke, Stuart; Gormley, Matt; Buck, Melina

    2014-01-01

    Challenging behaviors are one of the most common concerns of early educators, and preschool teachers continue to report feeling unprepared to meet the needs of children displaying challenging behaviors. Overall, traditional standardized classroom assessments have evaluated global classroom quality, but they may not capture the reciprocal and…

  12. Psychometric properties of questionnaires measuring associations between behavioral factors and diabetes care for youth with type 2 diabetes

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    Because of the recency of the large numbers of youth diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (T2D), measures of adherence behavior and family response to diabetes have not been developed or tested. The objective of this study is to identify whether questionnaires on personal and family behaviors regarding th...

  13. Structure, Properties, and In Vitro Behavior of Heat-Treated Calcium Sulfate Scaffolds Fabricated by 3D Printing.

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    Asadi-Eydivand, Mitra; Solati-Hashjin, Mehran; Shafiei, Seyedeh Sara; Mohammadi, Sepideh; Hafezi, Masoud; Abu Osman, Noor Azuan

    2016-01-01

    The ability of inkjet-based 3D printing (3DP) to fabricate biocompatible ceramics has made it one of the most favorable techniques to generate bone tissue engineering (BTE) scaffolds. Calcium sulfates exhibit various beneficial characteristics, and they can be used as a promising biomaterial in BTE. However, low mechanical performance caused by the brittle character of ceramic materials is the main weakness of 3DP calcium sulfate scaffolds. Moreover, the presence of certain organic matters in the starting powder and binder solution causes products to have high toxicity levels. A post-processing treatment is usually employed to improve the physical, chemical, and biological behaviors of the printed scaffolds. In this study, the effects of heat treatment on the structural, mechanical, and physical characteristics of 3DP calcium sulfate prototypes were investigated. Different microscopy and spectroscopy methods were employed to characterize the printed prototypes. The in vitro cytotoxicity of the specimens was also evaluated before and after heat treatment. Results showed that the as-printed scaffolds and specimens heat treated at 300°C exhibited severe toxicity in vitro but had almost adequate strength. By contrast, the specimens heat treated in the 500°C-1000°C temperature range, although non-toxic, had insufficient mechanical strength, which was mainly attributed to the exit of the organic binder before 500°C and the absence of sufficient densification below 1000°C. The sintering process was accelerated at temperatures higher than 1000°C, resulting in higher compressive strength and less cytotoxicity. An anhydrous form of calcium sulfate was the only crystalline phase existing in the samples heated at 500°C-1150°C. The formation of calcium oxide caused by partial decomposition of calcium sulfate was observed in the specimens heat treated at temperatures higher than 1200°C. Although considerable improvements in cell viability of heat-treated scaffolds were

  14. Physical behavior of the hydrophobic core of membranes: properties of 1-stearoyl-2-linoleoyl-sn-glycerol.

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    Di, L; Small, D M

    1995-12-26

    Phospholipids containing a saturated fatty acid in the primary position and an unsaturated fatty acid in the secondary position are a major structural part of biological membranes. The mixed-chain hydrophobic core of the membranes is the diacylglycerol part. To better understand the core properties of membranes we have studied the physical behavior of 1-stearoyl-2-linoleoyl-sn-glycerol (SLDG) by X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) in the dry and hydrated states. Dry SLDG has four polymorphic phases: alpha (transition temperature, 11.6 degrees C; delta H = 7.5 kcal/mol); sub-alpha 1 (3.0 degrees C; 0.6 kcal/mol); sub-alpha 2(-1.0 degrees C; 0.5 kcal/mol); and beta' (16.1 degrees C; 15.4 kcal/mol). The alpha, sub-alpha 1, and sub-alpha 2 phases are metastable with a probable extended bilayer structure (d001 approximately 59.5 A). The chain packing of the alpha phase is hexagonal, while sub-alpha 1 and sub-alpha 2 have pseudohexagonal chain packing. The beta' phase has a tilted bilayer structure (46.9 A) with strong wide-angle diffractions, suggesting elements of orthorhombic perpendicular packing. Compared to saturated 1,2-diacylglycerols, SLDG packs much less efficiently, but, when compared to 1-stearoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycerol, it appears to pack somewhat more efficiently. Thus polyunsaturated linoleate chains appear to pack marginally more effectively with the saturated stearate chains than do monounsaturated chains. SLDG hydrates with 0.5 mol of H2O, which prevents the beta' phase from forming. Only one hydrated alpha phase (alpha w) and two hydrated sub-alpha (sub-alpha w1, sub-alpha w2) phases are formed. These phases are similar in structure to the nonhydrated alpha phases, but the bilayer period is increased by about 2 A (d001 approximately 61.5 A). This causes minor changes in polymorphism, including lower melting temperatures and enthalpy. A comparison of diacylglycerols to phosphatidylcholines with the same chains shows that the

  15. The effect of water to ethanol feed ratio on physical properties and aerosolization behavior of spray dried cromolyn sodium particles.

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    Gilani, Kambiz; Najafabadi, Abdolhossien Rouholamini; Barghi, Mohammadali; Rafiee-Tehrani, Morteza

    2005-05-01

    Cromolyn sodium (CS) was spray dried under constant operation conditions from different water to ethanol feed ratios (50:50-0:100). The spray dried CS samples were characterized for their physicochemical properties including crystallinity, particle size distribution, morphology, density, and water/ethanol content. To determine quantitatively the crystallinity of the powders, an X-ray diffraction (XRD) method was developed using samples with different crystallinity prepared by physical mixing of 100% amorphous and 100% crystalline CS materials. The aerodynamic behavior of the CS samples was determined using an Andersen Cascade Impactor (ACI) with a Spinhaler at an air flow of 60 L/min. Binary mixtures of each spray dried CS powder and Pharmatose 325, a commercial alpha-lactose monohydrate available for DPI formulations, were prepared and in vitro aerosol deposition of the drug from the mixtures was analyzed using ACI to evaluate the effect of carrier on deposition profiles of the spray dried samples. CS spray dried from absolute ethanol exhibited XRD pattern characteristic for crystalline materials and different from patterns of the other samples. The crystallinity of spray dried CS obtained in the presence of water varied from 0% to 28.37%, depending on the ratio of water to ethanol in the feed suspensions. All samples presented different particle size, water/ethanol content, and bulk density values. CS particles spray dried from absolute ethanol presented uniform elongated shape whereas the other samples consisted mainly of particles with irregular shape. Overall, fine particle fraction increased significantly (p < 0.01) with decreasing d50% and water and ethanol content of spray dried CS samples. Significant difference (p < 0.01) in deposition profiles of the drug were observed between corresponding carrier free and carrier blended formulations. The difference in deposition profiles of CS aerosolized from various spray dried samples were described according to

  16. Structure, Properties, and In Vitro Behavior of Heat-Treated Calcium Sulfate Scaffolds Fabricated by 3D Printing

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    Asadi-Eydivand, Mitra; Solati-Hashjin, Mehran; Shafiei, Seyedeh Sara; Mohammadi, Sepideh; Hafezi, Masoud; Abu Osman, Noor Azuan

    2016-01-01

    The ability of inkjet-based 3D printing (3DP) to fabricate biocompatible ceramics has made it one of the most favorable techniques to generate bone tissue engineering (BTE) scaffolds. Calcium sulfates exhibit various beneficial characteristics, and they can be used as a promising biomaterial in BTE. However, low mechanical performance caused by the brittle character of ceramic materials is the main weakness of 3DP calcium sulfate scaffolds. Moreover, the presence of certain organic matters in the starting powder and binder solution causes products to have high toxicity levels. A post-processing treatment is usually employed to improve the physical, chemical, and biological behaviors of the printed scaffolds. In this study, the effects of heat treatment on the structural, mechanical, and physical characteristics of 3DP calcium sulfate prototypes were investigated. Different microscopy and spectroscopy methods were employed to characterize the printed prototypes. The in vitro cytotoxicity of the specimens was also evaluated before and after heat treatment. Results showed that the as-printed scaffolds and specimens heat treated at 300°C exhibited severe toxicity in vitro but had almost adequate strength. By contrast, the specimens heat treated in the 500°C–1000°C temperature range, although non-toxic, had insufficient mechanical strength, which was mainly attributed to the exit of the organic binder before 500°C and the absence of sufficient densification below 1000°C. The sintering process was accelerated at temperatures higher than 1000°C, resulting in higher compressive strength and less cytotoxicity. An anhydrous form of calcium sulfate was the only crystalline phase existing in the samples heated at 500°C–1150°C. The formation of calcium oxide caused by partial decomposition of calcium sulfate was observed in the specimens heat treated at temperatures higher than 1200°C. Although considerable improvements in cell viability of heat-treated scaffolds

  17. The effect of friction stir processing on the microstructure, mechanical properties and fracture behavior of investment cast titanium aluminum vanadium

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    Pilchak, Adam L.

    . Thus, the mechanical properties were investigated using micropillar compression and microtensile specimens. The effect of friction stir processing on crack initiation resistance was assessed using high cycle fatigue tests conducted in four-point bend which put only the stir zone in maximum tension. The results indicated that at constant stress amplitude, there was greater than an order of magnitude increase in fatigue life after friction stir processing. In addition, the fatigue strength of the investment cast material was improved between 20 pct. and 60 pct. by friction stir processing. These improvements have been verified with a statistically significant number of tests. Finally, the wide range of microstructures created by friction stir processing provided an opportunity to study the effect of underlying microstructure on the fracture behavior of alpha + beta titanium alloys. For this purpose, high resolution fractography coupled with quantitative tilt fractography and electron backscatter diffraction was used to provide a direct link between microstructure, crystallography and fracture topography. These techniques have been used extensively to study the early stages of post-initiation crack growth in Ti-6Al-4V, especially at low stress intensity ranges (DeltaK) in the as-cast material. A limited number of experiments were also performed on Ti-6Al-4V specimens in other microstructural conditions to assess the generality of the detailed results obtained for the fully lamellar material. The results show that fracture topography depends strongly on DeltaK and microstructural length scale. In addition, many of the features observed on the fracture surface were directly related to the underlying crystallographic orientation.

  18. Synergistic effects of zirconia-coated carbon nanotube on crystalline structure of polyvinylidene fluoride nanocomposites: electrical properties and flame-retardant behavior.

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    Pal, Kaushik; Kang, Dong Jin; Zhang, Zhen Xiu; Kim, Jin Kuk

    2010-03-02

    Pristine multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) and zirconia-coated multiwalled carbon nanotubes (ZrO(2)/MWNTs) by isothermal hydrolysis and the traditional chemical precipitation method have been dispersed into polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) copolymer by solution mixing in N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF). The effect of ZrO(2)-coated MWNTs on morphological properties, electrical properties, and flame-retardant behavior has been studied in comparison with virgin PVDF and PVDF/MWNTs nanocomposites. Due to the improved dispersion of the coated nanotubes, the incorporation of 3 wt % of ZrO(2)-coated MWNTs leads to an increase of the thermal stability and dielectric properties and a decrease of the peak heat-release rate.

  19. DIRAC: A new version of computer algebra tools for studying the properties and behavior of hydrogen-like ions

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    McConnell, Sean; Fritzsche, Stephan; Surzhykov, Andrey

    2010-03-01

    During recent years, the DIRAC package has proved to be an efficient tool for studying the structural properties and dynamic behavior of hydrogen-like ions. Originally designed as a set of MAPLE procedures, this package provides interactive access to the wave and Green's functions in the non-relativistic and relativistic frameworks and supports analytical evaluation of a large number of radial integrals that are required for the construction of transition amplitudes and interaction cross sections. We provide here a new version of the DIRAC program which is developed within the framework of MATHEMATICA (version 6.0). This new version aims to cater to a wider community of researchers that use the MATHEMATICA platform and to take advantage of the generally faster processing times therein. Moreover, the addition of new procedures, a more convenient and detailed help system, as well as source code revisions to overcome identified shortcomings should ensure expanded use of the new DIRAC program over its predecessor. New version program summaryProgram title: DIRAC Catalogue identifier: ADUQ_v2_0 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/ADUQ_v2_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: Standard CPC license, http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/licence/licence.html No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 45 073 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 285 828 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: Mathematica 6.0 or higher Computer: All computers with a license for the computer algebra package Mathematica (version 6.0 or higher) Operating system: Mathematica is O/S independent Classification: 2.1 Catalogue identifier of previous version: ADUQ_v1_0 Journal reference of previous version: Comput. Phys. Comm. 165 (2005) 139 Does the new version supersede the previous version?: Yes Nature of problem: Since the early days of quantum mechanics, the

  20. Excited state properties of peridinin: Observation of a solvent dependence of the lowest excited singlet state lifetime and spectral behavior unique among carotenoids

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    Bautista, J.A.; Connors, R.E.; Raju, B.B.; Hiller, R.G.; Sharples, F.P.; Gosztola, D.; Wasielewski, M.R.; Frank, H.A.

    1999-10-14

    The spectroscopic properties and dynamic behavior of peridinin in several different solvents were studied by steady-state absorption, fluorescence, and transient optical spectroscopy. The lifetime of the lowest excited singlet state of peridinin is found to be strongly dependent on solvent polarity and ranges from 7 ps in the strongly polar solvent trifluoroethanol to 172 ps in the nonpolar solvents cyclohexane and benzene. The lifetimes show no obvious correlation with solvent polarizability, and hydrogen bonding of the solvent molecules to peridinin is not an important factor in determining the dynamic behavior of the lowest excited singlet state. The wavelengths of emission maxima, the quantum yields of fluorescence, and the transient absorption spectra are also affected by the solvent environment. A model consistent with the data and supported by preliminary semiempirical calculations invokes the presence of a charge transfer state in the excited state manifold of peridinin to account for the observations. The charge transfer state most probably results from the presence of the lactone ring in the {pi}-electron conjugation of peridinin analogous to previous findings on aminocoumarins and related compounds. The behavior of peridinin reported here is highly unusual for carotenoids, which generally show little dependence of the spectral properties and lifetimes of the lowest excited singlet state on the solvent environment.

  1. Testing Students with Special Educational Needs in Large-Scale Assessments – Psychometric Properties of Test Scores and Associations with Test Taking Behavior

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    Pohl, Steffi; Südkamp, Anna; Hardt, Katinka; Carstensen, Claus H.; Weinert, Sabine

    2016-01-01

    Assessing competencies of students with special educational needs in learning (SEN-L) poses a challenge for large-scale assessments (LSAs). For students with SEN-L, the available competence tests may fail to yield test scores of high psychometric quality, which are—at the same time—measurement invariant to test scores of general education students. We investigated whether we can identify a subgroup of students with SEN-L, for which measurement invariant competence measures of adequate psychometric quality may be obtained with tests available in LSAs. We furthermore investigated whether differences in test-taking behavior may explain dissatisfying psychometric properties and measurement non-invariance of test scores within LSAs. We relied on person fit indices and mixture distribution models to identify students with SEN-L for whom test scores with satisfactory psychometric properties and measurement invariance may be obtained. We also captured differences in test-taking behavior related to guessing and missing responses. As a result we identified a subgroup of students with SEN-L for whom competence scores of adequate psychometric quality that are measurement invariant to those of general education students were obtained. Concerning test taking behavior, there was a small number of students who unsystematically picked response options. Removing these students from the sample slightly improved item fit. Furthermore, two different patterns of missing responses were identified that explain to some extent problems in the assessments of students with SEN-L. PMID:26941665

  2. Testing Students with Special Educational Needs in Large-Scale Assessments - Psychometric Properties of Test Scores and Associations with Test Taking Behavior.

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    Pohl, Steffi; Südkamp, Anna; Hardt, Katinka; Carstensen, Claus H; Weinert, Sabine

    2016-01-01

    Assessing competencies of students with special educational needs in learning (SEN-L) poses a challenge for large-scale assessments (LSAs). For students with SEN-L, the available competence tests may fail to yield test scores of high psychometric quality, which are-at the same time-measurement invariant to test scores of general education students. We investigated whether we can identify a subgroup of students with SEN-L, for which measurement invariant competence measures of adequate psychometric quality may be obtained with tests available in LSAs. We furthermore investigated whether differences in test-taking behavior may explain dissatisfying psychometric properties and measurement non-invariance of test scores within LSAs. We relied on person fit indices and mixture distribution models to identify students with SEN-L for whom test scores with satisfactory psychometric properties and measurement invariance may be obtained. We also captured differences in test-taking behavior related to guessing and missing responses. As a result we identified a subgroup of students with SEN-L for whom competence scores of adequate psychometric quality that are measurement invariant to those of general education students were obtained. Concerning test taking behavior, there was a small number of students who unsystematically picked response options. Removing these students from the sample slightly improved item fit. Furthermore, two different patterns of missing responses were identified that explain to some extent problems in the assessments of students with SEN-L.

  3. Behavioral constraints in the development of neuronal properties: a cortical model embedded in a real-world device.

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    Almássy, N; Edelman, G M; Sporns, O

    1998-06-01

    The ability of organisms to categorize diverse and often novel stimuli depends on ongoing interactions with their environment. In a modality such as vision, categorization requires the generation of both selective and invariant responses of cortical neurons to complex visual stimuli. How does behavior contribute to shaping the responses of these neurons? Analysis of this question is made difficult by the complex multilevel interactions between many neural and behavioral variables. To mitigate this difficulty, we studied the development and ongoing plasticity of pattern-selective neuronal responses by means of synthetic neural modeling. For this purpose, we constructed Darwin V, which consists of a simulated neuronal model embedded in a real-world device that is capable of motion and autonomous behavior. The neuronal model consists of four major components: a visual system (containing cortical and subcortical networks); a taste system based on conductance; sets of motor neurons capable of triggering behavior; and a diffuse ascending (value) system. The modeled visual cortex consists of two areas: a topographic map responsive to elementary features connected to a higher-order map composed of initially non-selective neuronal units. During behavior over time in its environment, Darwin V encounters numerous objects consisting of black metal cubes displaying different patterns of white blobs and stripes. Initially, the lack of specific higher-order visual responses does not allow visual pattern discrimination, and appetitive and aversive behaviors are triggered by the 'taste' (surface conductivity of objects) alone. In the course of sensory experience, however, changes occur in visual and sensorimotor connection strengths, with two major consequences. First, units within the higher visual area acquire responses that are both pattern selective and translation invariant. Second, as a result of the operation of the value system, these responses become linked to appropriate

  4. Effects of extrusion and heat treatment on the mechanical properties and biocorrosion behaviors of a Mg-Nd-Zn-Zr alloy.

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    Zhang, Xiaobo; Yuan, Guangyin; Mao, Lin; Niu, Jialin; Fu, Penghuai; Ding, Wenjiang

    2012-03-01

    Mechanical properties at room temperature and biocorrosion behaviors in simulated body fluid (SBF) at 37 °C of a new type of patented Mg-3Nd-0.2Zn-0.4Zr (hereafter, denoted as JDBM) alloy prepared at different extrusion temperatures, as well as heat treatment, were studied. The mechanical properties of this magnesium alloy at room temperature were improved significantly after extrusion and heat treatment compared to an as-cast alloy. The results of mechanical properties show that the yield strength (YS) decreases with increasing extrusion temperature. The tensile elongation decreases a little while the ultimate tensile strength (UTS) has no obvious difference. The yield strength and ultimate tensile strength were improved clearly after heat treatment at 200 °C for 10 h compared with that at the extrusion state, which can be mainly contributed to the precipitation strengthening. The biocorrosion behaviors of the JDBM alloy were studied using immersion tests and electrochemical tests. The results reveal that the extruded JDBM alloy and the aging treatment on the extruded alloy show much better biocorrosion resistance than that at solid solution state (T4 treatment), and the JDBM exhibited favorable uniform corrosion mode in SBF.

  5. bi-3-azaoxoisoaporphine derivatives have antidepressive properties in a murine model of post stroke-depressive like behavior.

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    Nabavi, Seyed Fazel; Sobarzo-Sánchez, Eduardo; Nabavi, Seyed Mohammad; Sureda, Antoni; Moghaddam, Akbar Hajizadeh

    2013-05-01

    In the present study, three bi-3-azaoxoisoaporphine derivatives were synthesized and intracerebroventricularly administrated to BALB/c mice. The antidepressant actions in stroke-induced depressive like behavior in mice were examined using despair swimming test and tail suspension test. The results reported that bilateral common carotid arteries occlusion caused a significant abnormality of the normal behaviors. Behavioral models demonstrated that synthesized compounds showed antidepressant action. The most antidepressant active compound was DIME2 (4,4'-dimethyl-7H,7'H- [6,6'-bibenzo[e]perimidine]-7,7'-dione), which decreased the immobility time and increased the swimming and climbing times in despair swimming model. DIME2 also showed similar results in decreasing the immobility time in the tail suspension model. In open field tests, DIME2 at 0.1 μg/μl showed a significant activity in the modification of the distance movement and the number and duration of rearing versus bilateral common carotid arteries occlusion (P<0.001). Furthermore, bilateral common carotid arteries occlusion caused a significant increase in the water consumption and significant decreasing in the sucrose consumption which are indicated as a state of anhedonia, a well known common symptom of transient ischemic stroke-induced depressive like behavior, versus normal group (P<0.001). In conclusion, bi- 3-azaoxoisoaporphine derivatives can be considered as antidepressant agents for post stroke-induced depressive like behavior therapy.

  6. Effect of Nb Content on Mechanical Behavior and Structural Properties of W/(Zr55Cu30Al10Ni5)100-x Nb x Composite

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    Mahmoodan, Morteza; Gholamipour, Reza; Mirdamadi, Shamseddin; Nategh, Said

    2017-02-01

    In the present study, (Zr55Cu30Al10Ni5)100-x Nb(x=0,1,2,3) bulk metallic glass matrix/tungsten wire composites were fabricated by infiltration process. Structural studies were investigated by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction method. Also, mechanical behaviors of the materials were analyzed using quasi-static compressive tests. Results indicated that the best mechanical properties i.e., 2105 MPa compressive ultimate strength and 28 pct plastic strain before failure, were achieved in the composite sample with X = 2. It was also found that adding Nb to the matrix modified interface structure in W fiber/(Zr55Cu30Al10Ni5)98Nb2 since the stable diffusion band formation acts as a functionally graded layer. Finally, the observation of multiple shear bands formation in the matrix could confirm the excellent plastic deformation behavior of the composite.

  7. Effect of local buckling and work-hardening properties of the material on the hysteretic behavior of cantilever I-beam subjected to lateral cyclic load

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    Shaker, R.E.; Murakawa, Hidekazu; Ueda, Yukio

    1993-12-31

    The hysteretic behavior of cantilever I-beam subjected to cyclic lateral loads is investigated in this paper. Finite Element Method (FEM) considering the geometrical and material non-linearities is utilized in this study. Special attention is paid to the effects of local buckling occurring in the flanges and the web, and the material work-hardening properties on the performance of I-beam in view of a seismic design considerations. The behavior of I-beam subjected to cyclic lateral loads is closely examined with respect to the ductility, strength and absorbed energy. From this study, it is found that smaller slenderness ratios of the flange and web are recommended for improving the ductility, strength and absorbed energy. Also, the material having lower yield-to-tensile strength improves the ductility of I-beam under cyclic lateral loads as well as monotonically increasing load.

  8. Effect of Nb Content on Mechanical Behavior and Structural Properties of W/(Zr55Cu30Al10Ni5)100- x Nb x Composite

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    Mahmoodan, Morteza; Gholamipour, Reza; Mirdamadi, Shamseddin; Nategh, Said

    2017-05-01

    In the present study, (Zr55Cu30Al10Ni5)100- x Nb( x=0,1,2,3) bulk metallic glass matrix/tungsten wire composites were fabricated by infiltration process. Structural studies were investigated by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction method. Also, mechanical behaviors of the materials were analyzed using quasi-static compressive tests. Results indicated that the best mechanical properties i.e., 2105 MPa compressive ultimate strength and 28 pct plastic strain before failure, were achieved in the composite sample with X = 2. It was also found that adding Nb to the matrix modified interface structure in W fiber/(Zr55Cu30Al10Ni5)98Nb2 since the stable diffusion band formation acts as a functionally graded layer. Finally, the observation of multiple shear bands formation in the matrix could confirm the excellent plastic deformation behavior of the composite.

  9. Mechanical Properties and Fracture Behaviors of the As-Extruded Mg-5Al-3Ca Alloys Containing Yttrium at Elevated Temperature.

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    Son, Hyeon-Taek; Kim, Yong-Ho; Kim, Taek-Soo; Lee, Seong-Hee

    2016-02-01

    Effects of yttrium (Y) addition on mechanical properties and fracture behaviors of the as-extruded Mg-Al-Ca based alloys at elevated temperature were investigated by a tensile test. After hot extrusion, the average grain size was refined by Y addition and eutectic phases were broken down into fine particles. Y addition to Mg-5Al-3Ca based alloy resulted in the improvement of strength and ductility at elevated temperature due to fine grain and suppression of grain growth by formation of thermally stable Al2Y intermetallic compound.

  10. Validating the Children's Behavior Questionnaire in Dutch Children: Psychometric Properties and a Cross-Cultural Comparison of Factor Structures

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    Sleddens, Ester F. C.; Kremers, Stef P. J.; Candel, Math J. J. M.; De Vries, Nanne N. K.; Thijs, Carel

    2011-01-01

    In this article, we examined the factorial validity of the Dutch translation of the Children's Behavior Questionnaire (CBQ) and the Very Short Form scores. In addition, we conducted cross-cultural comparisons of temperament structure. In total, 353 parents of 6- to 8-year-olds completed the instrument. The original higher order factor structure of…

  11. The Children’s Behavior Questionnaire very short scale: Psychometric properties and development of a one-item temperament scale

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    Little research has been conducted on the psychometrics of the very short scale (36 items) of the Children’s Behavior Questionnaire, and no one-item temperament scale has been tested for use in applied work. In this study, 237 United States caregivers completed a survey to define their child’s behav...

  12. Traumatic Brain Injury in Young Rats Leads to Progressive Behavioral Deficits Coincident with Altered Tissue Properties in Adulthood

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    Ajao, David O.; Pop, Viorela; Kamper, Joel E.; Adami, Arash; Rudobeck, Emil; Huang, Lei; Vlkolinsky, Roman; Hartman, Richard E.; Ashwal, Stephen; Obenaus, André

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects many infants and children, and results in enduring motor and cognitive impairments with accompanying changes in white matter tracts, yet few experimental studies in rodent juvenile models of TBI (jTBI) have examined the timeline and nature of these deficits, histologically and functionally. We used a single controlled cortical impact (CCI) injury to the parietal cortex of rats at post-natal day (P) 17 to evaluate behavioral alterations, injury volume, and morphological and molecular changes in gray and white matter, with accompanying measures of electrophysiological function. At 60 days post-injury (dpi), we found that jTBI animals displayed behavioral deficits in foot-fault and rotarod tests, along with a left turn bias throughout their early developmental stages and into adulthood. In addition, anxiety-like behaviors on the zero maze emerged in jTBI animals at 60 dpi. The final lesion constituted only ∼3% of brain volume, and morphological tissue changes were evaluated using MRI, as well as immunohistochemistry for neuronal nuclei (NeuN), myelin basic protein (MBP), neurofilament-200 (NF200), and oligodendrocytes (CNPase). White matter morphological changes were associated with a global increase in MBP immunostaining and reduced compound action potential amplitudes at 60 dpi. These results suggest that brain injury early in life can induce long-term white matter dysfunction, occurring in parallel with the delayed development and persistence of behavioral deficits, thus modeling clinical and longitudinal TBI observations. PMID:22697253

  13. Sintering Behavior, Microstructure, and Microwave Dielectric Properties of Li4(1+ x)WO5 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.08)

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    Li, Chunchun; Luo, Hao; Xiang, Huaicheng; Tang, Ying; Fang, Liang

    2017-07-01

    A series of low-firing Li4(1+ x)WO5 ( x = 0.02, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08) ceramics were prepared using the solid-state reaction method. Effects of excess lithium on the crystal structure, sintering behavior, and microwave dielectric properties were studied. For x < 0.06 samples, only a single Li4WO5 phase was formed, while a secondary phase detected as Li6WO6 appeared in the x = 0.08 sample. The relative density increased obviously with increasing amount of excess lithium, resulting in the remarkable increase in quality factor. The sample with x = 0.04 sintered at 950°C obtained a high relative density of ˜95.1% and good microwave dielectric properties with ɛ r ˜ 9.5, Q × f ˜ 50200 GHz (at 12.2 GHz), τ f ˜ -3.2 ppm/°C.

  14. Sintering Behavior, Microstructure, and Microwave Dielectric Properties of Li4(1+x)WO5 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.08)

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    Li, Chunchun; Luo, Hao; Xiang, Huaicheng; Tang, Ying; Fang, Liang

    2017-03-01

    A series of low-firing Li4(1+x)WO5 (x = 0.02, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08) ceramics were prepared using the solid-state reaction method. Effects of excess lithium on the crystal structure, sintering behavior, and microwave dielectric properties were studied. For x < 0.06 samples, only a single Li4WO5 phase was formed, while a secondary phase detected as Li6WO6 appeared in the x = 0.08 sample. The relative density increased obviously with increasing amount of excess lithium, resulting in the remarkable increase in quality factor. The sample with x = 0.04 sintered at 950°C obtained a high relative density of ˜95.1% and good microwave dielectric properties with ɛ r ˜ 9.5, Q × f ˜ 50200 GHz (at 12.2 GHz), τ f ˜ -3.2 ppm/°C.

  15. Mechanical properties and drug release behavior of PCL/zein coated 45S5 bioactive glass scaffolds for bone tissue engineering application.

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    Fereshteh, Zeinab; Nooeaid, Patcharakamon; Fathi, Mohammadhossein; Bagri, Akbar; Boccaccini, Aldo R

    2015-09-01

    This article presents data related to the research article entitled "The effect of coating type on mechanical properties and controlled drug release of PCL/zein coated 45S5 bioactive glass scaffolds for bone tissue engineering" [1]. We provide data on mechanical properties, in vitro bioactivity and drug release of bioactive glass (BG) scaffolds coated by poly (ε-caprolactone) (PCL) and zein used as a controlled release device for tetracycline hydrochloride (TCH). By coating the BG scaffolds with PCL or PCL/zein blend the mechanical properties of the scaffolds were substantially improved, i.e., the compressive strength increased from 0.004±0.001 MPa (uncoated BG scaffolds) to 0.15±0.02 MPa (PCL/zein coated BG scaffolds). A dense bone-like apatite layer formed on the surface of PCL/zein coated scaffolds immersed for 14 days in simulated body fluid (SBF). The data describe control of drug release and in vitro degradation behavior of coating by engineering the concentration of zein. Thus, the developed scaffolds exhibit attractive properties for application in bone tissue engineering research.

  16. Mechanical Properties and High Temperature Oxidation Behavior of Ti-Al Coating Reinforced by Nitrides on Ti-6Al-4V Alloy

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    Dai, Jingjie; Yu, Huijun; Zhu, Jiyun; Weng, Fei; Chen, Chuanzhong

    2016-05-01

    Ti-Al alloyed coating reinforced by nitrides was fabricated by laser surface alloying technique to improve mechanical properties and high temperature oxidation resistance of Ti-6Al-4V titanium alloy. Microstructures, mechanical properties and high temperature oxidation behavior of the alloyed coating were analyzed. The results show that the alloyed coating consisted of Ti3Al, TiAl2, TiN and Ti2AlN phases. Nitrides with different morphologies were dispersed in the alloyed coating. The maximum microhardness of the alloyed coating was 906HV. The friction coefficients of the alloyed coating at room temperature and high temperature were both one-fourth of the substrate. Mass gain of the alloyed coating oxidized at 800∘C for 1000h in static air was 5.16×10-3mg/mm2, which was 1/35th of the substrate. No obvious spallation was observed for the alloyed coating after oxidation. The alloyed coating exhibited excellent mechanical properties and long-term high temperature oxidation resistance, which improved surface properties of Ti-6Al-4V titanium alloy significantly.

  17. Mechanical properties and drug release behavior of PCL/zein coated 45S5 bioactive glass scaffolds for bone tissue engineering application

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    Fereshteh, Zeinab; Nooeaid, Patcharakamon; Fathi, Mohammadhossein; Bagri, Akbar; Boccaccini, Aldo R.

    2015-01-01

    This article presents data related to the research article entitled “The effect of coating type on mechanical properties and controlled drug release of PCL/zein coated 45S5 bioactive glass scaffolds for bone tissue engineering” [1]. We provide data on mechanical properties, in vitro bioactivity and drug release of bioactive glass (BG) scaffolds coated by poly (ε-caprolactone) (PCL) and zein used as a controlled release device for tetracycline hydrochloride (TCH). By coating the BG scaffolds with PCL or PCL/zein blend the mechanical properties of the scaffolds were substantially improved, i.e., the compressive strength increased from 0.004±0.001 MPa (uncoated BG scaffolds) to 0.15±0.02 MPa (PCL/zein coated BG scaffolds). A dense bone-like apatite layer formed on the surface of PCL/zein coated scaffolds immersed for 14 days in simulated body fluid (SBF). The data describe control of drug release and in vitro degradation behavior of coating by engineering the concentration of zein. Thus, the developed scaffolds exhibit attractive properties for application in bone tissue engineering research. PMID:26966716

  18. Effect of surface topography and bioactive properties on early adhesion and growth behavior of mouse preosteoblast MC3T3-E1 cells.

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    Li, Na; Chen, Gang; Liu, Jue; Xia, Yang; Chen, Hanbang; Tang, Hui; Zhang, Feimin; Gu, Ning

    2014-10-08

    The effects of bioactive properties and surface topography of biomaterials on the adhesion and spreading properties of mouse preosteoblast MC3T3-E1 cells was investigated by preparation of different surfaces. Poly lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) electrospun fibers (ES) were produced as a porous rough surface. In our study, coverslips were used as a substrate for the immobilization of 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA) and collagen type I (COL I) in the preparation of bioactive surfaces. In addition, COL I was immobilized onto porous electrospun fibers surfaces (E-COL) to investigate the combined effects of bioactive molecules and topography. Untreated coverslips were used as controls. Early adhesion and growth behavior of MC3T3-E1 cells cultured on the different surfaces were studied at 6, 12, and 24 h. Evaluation of cell adhesion and morphological changes showed that the all the surfaces were favorable for promoting the adhesion and spreading of cells. CCK-8 assays and flow cytometry revealed that both topography and bioactive properties were favorable for cell growth. Analysis of β1, α1, α2, α5, α10 and α11 integrin expression levels by immunofluorescence, real-time RT-PCR, and Western blot and indicated that surface topography plays an important role in the early stage of cell adhesion. However, the influence of topography and bioactive properties of surfaces on integrins is variable. Compared with any of the topographic or bioactive properties in isolation, the combined effect of both types of properties provided an advantage for the growth and spreading of MC3T3-E1 cells. This study provides a new insight into the functions and effects of topographic and bioactive modifications of surfaces at the interface between cells and biomaterials for tissue engineering.

  19. Investigation into the phenomena affecting the retention behavior of basic analytes in chaotropic chromatography: Joint effects of the most relevant chromatographic factors and analytes' molecular properties.

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    Čolović, Jelena; Kalinić, Marko; Vemić, Ana; Erić, Slavica; Malenović, Anđelija

    2015-12-18

    The aim of this study was to systematically investigate the phenomena affecting the retention behavior of structurally diverse basic drugs in ion-interaction chromatographic systems with chaotropic additives. To this end, the influence of three factors was studied: pH value of the aqueous phase, concentration of sodium hexafluorophosphate, and content of acetonitrile in the mobile phase. Mobile phase pH was found to affect the thermodynamic equilibria in the studied system beyond its effects on the analytes' ionization state. Specifically, increasing pH from 2 to 4 led to longer retention times, even with analytes which remain completely protonated. An explanation for this phenomenon was sought by studying the adsorption behavior of acetonitrile and chaotropic additive onto stationary phase. It was shown that the magnitude of the developed surface potential, which significantly affects retention - increases with pH, and that this can be attributed to the larger surface excess of acetonitrile. To study how analytes' structural properties influence their retention, quantitative structure-retention modeling was performed next. A support vector machine regression model was developed, relating mobile phase constituents and structural descriptors with retention data. While the ETA_EtaP_B_RC and XlogP can be considered as molecular descriptors which describe factors affecting retention in any RP-HPLC system, TDB9p and RDF45p are molecular descriptors which account for spatial arrangement of polarizable atoms and they can clearly relate to analytes' behavior on the stationary phase surface, where the electrostatic potential develops. Complementarity of analytes' structure with that of the electric double layer can be seen as a key factor influencing their retention behavior. Structural diversity of analytes and good predictive capabilities over a range of experimental conditions make the established model a useful tool in predicting retention behavior in the studied

  20. Effect of variable physical properties on the thermal behavior of thin metallic wires under a DC field

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    Dey, Avishek Kumar; Ghosh, Abhishek Kumar; Ahmed, S. Reaz

    2016-07-01

    The effect of variable physical properties on the electro-thermal response of a thin metallic wire is investigated under a uniform direct current field. A general governing differential equation is derived for steady-state heat conduction in conductive wires with surface convection and Joule heating, in which the associated material as well as physical properties of the thermal and electrical problems are modeled as a function of temperature. The resulting nonlinear boundary-value problem is then solved by converting into an equivalent initial-value problem through a trial-and-error based numerical scheme. The electro-thermal characteristics of the wire are realized to be affected significantly when the physical properties are expressed as appropriate functions of temperature.

  1. Mechanical Properties and Fracture Behaviors of GTA-Additive Manufactured 2219-Al After an Especial Heat Treatment

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    Bai, J. Y.; Fan, C. L.; Lin, S. B.; Yang, C. L.; Dong, B. L.

    2017-04-01

    2219-Al parts were produced by gas tungsten arc-additive manufacturing and sequentially processed by an especial heat treatment. In order to investigate the effects of heat treatment on its mechanical properties, multiple tests were conducted. Hardness tests were carried out on part scale and layer scale along with tensile tests which were performed on welding and building directions. Results show that compared to conventional casting + T6 2219-Al, the current deposit + T6 2219-Al exhibits satisfying properties with regard to strength but unsatisfying results in plasticity. Additionally, anisotropy is significant. Fractures were observed and the cracks' propagating paths in both directional specimens are described. The effects of heat treatment on the cracks' initiation and propagation were also investigated. Ultimately, a revised formula was developed to calculate the strength of the deposit + T6 2219-Al. The aforementioned formula, which takes into consideration the belt-like porosities-distributing feature, can scientifically describe the anisotropic properties in the material.

  2. Mechanical Properties and Fracture Behaviors of GTA-Additive Manufactured 2219-Al After an Especial Heat Treatment

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    Bai, J. Y.; Fan, C. L.; Lin, S. B.; Yang, C. L.; Dong, B. L.

    2017-03-01

    2219-Al parts were produced by gas tungsten arc-additive manufacturing and sequentially processed by an especial heat treatment. In order to investigate the effects of heat treatment on its mechanical properties, multiple tests were conducted. Hardness tests were carried out on part scale and layer scale along with tensile tests which were performed on welding and building directions. Results show that compared to conventional casting + T6 2219-Al, the current deposit + T6 2219-Al exhibits satisfying properties with regard to strength but unsatisfying results in plasticity. Additionally, anisotropy is significant. Fractures were observed and the cracks' propagating paths in both directional specimens are described. The effects of heat treatment on the cracks' initiation and propagation were also investigated. Ultimately, a revised formula was developed to calculate the strength of the deposit + T6 2219-Al. The aforementioned formula, which takes into consideration the belt-like porosities-distributing feature, can scientifically describe the anisotropic properties in the material.

  3. The properties and fracture behavior of ion plasma sprayed TiN coating on stainless steel substrate

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    Orlova, Dina V.; Goncharenko, Igor M.; Danilov, Vladimir I.; Lobach, Maxim I.; Danilova, Lidiya V.; Shlyakhova, Galina V.

    2015-10-01

    The wear resistance and fracture behavior of ion plasma sprayed TiN coating were studied; the results are presented. The coating was applied to the stainless steel substrate using a vacuum arc method. The samples were tested by active loading. With varying coating thickness, its characteristics were found to change. Multiple cracking would occur in the deformed sample, with fragment borders aligned normal to the extension axis.

  4. Factor analysis and psychometric properties of the Mother-Adolescent Sexual Communication (MASC) instrument for sexual risk behavior.

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    Cox, Mary Foster; Fasolino, Tracy K; Tavakoli, Abbas S

    2008-01-01

    Sexual risk behavior is a public health problem among adolescents living at or below poverty level. Approximately 1 million pregnancies and 3 million cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are reported yearly. Parenting plays a significant role in adolescent behavior, with mother-adolescent sexual communication correlated with absent or delayed sexual behavior. This study developed an instrument examining constructs of mother-adolescent communication, the Mother-Adolescent Sexual Communication (MASC) instrument. A convenience sample of 99 mothers of middle school children completed the self-administered questionnaires. The original 34-item MASC was reduced to 18 items. Exploratory factor analysis was conducted on the 18-item scale, which resulted in four factors explaining 84.63% of the total variance. Internal consistency analysis produced Cronbach alpha coefficients of .87, .90, .82, and .71 for the four factors, respectively. Convergent validity via hypothesis testing was supported by significant correlations with several subscales of the Parent-Child Relationship Questionnaire (PCRQ) with MASC factors, that is, content and style factors with warmth, personal relationships and disciplinary warmth subscales of the PCRQ, the context factor with personal relationships, and the timing factor with warmth. In light of these findings, the psychometric characteristics and multidimensional perspective of the MASC instrument show evidence of usefulness for measuring and advancing knowledge of mother and adolescent sexual communication techniques.

  5. Synthesis and properties of 4′-ThioDNA: unexpected RNA-like behavior of 4′-ThioDNA

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    Inoue, Naonori; Minakawa, Noriaki; Matsuda, Akira

    2006-01-01

    The synthesis and properties of fully modified 4′-thioDNAs, oligonucleotides consisting of 2′-deoxy-4′-thionucleosides, were examined. In addition to the known literature properties (preferable hybridization with RNA and resistance to endonuclease hydrolysis), we also observed higher resistance of 4′-thioDNA to 3′-exonuclease cleavage. Furthermore, we found that fully modified 4′-thioDNAs behaved like RNA molecules in their hybridization properties and structural aspect, at least in the case of the 4′-thioDNA duplex. This observation was confirmed by experiments using groove binders, in which a 4′-thioDNA duplex interacts with an RNA major groove binder, lividomycin A, but not with DNA groove binders, to give an increase in its thermal stability. Since a 4′-thioDNA duplex competitively inhibited the hydrolysis of an RNA duplex by RNase V1, it was not only the physical properties but also this biological data suggested that a 4′-thioDNA duplex has an RNA-like structure. PMID:16855286

  6. Effect of Annealing Treatments on the Microstructure, Mechanical Properties and Corrosion Behavior of Direct Metal Laser Sintered Ti-6Al-4V

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    Xu, Yangzi; Lu, Yuan; Sundberg, Kristin L.; Liang, Jianyu; Sisson, Richard D.

    2017-05-01

    An experimental investigation on the effects of post-annealing treatments on the microstructure, mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of direct metal laser sintered Ti-6Al-4V alloys has been conducted. The microstructure and phase evolution as affected by annealing treatment temperature were examined through scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction. The tensile properties and Vickers hardness were measured and compared to the commercial Grade 5 Ti-6Al-4V alloy. Corrosion behavior of the parts was analyzed electrochemically in simulated body fluid at 37 °C. It was found out that the as-printed parts mainly composed of non-equilibrium α' phase. Annealing treatment allowed the transformation from α' to α phase and the development of β phase. The tensile test results indicated that post-annealing treatment could improve the ductility and decrease the strength. The as-printed Ti-6Al-4V part exhibits inferior corrosion resistance compared to the commercial alloy, and post-annealing treatment can reduce its susceptibility to corrosion by reducing the two-phase interface area.

  7. Enhanced mechanical properties and in vitro corrosion behavior of amorphous and devitrified Ti40Zr10Cu38Pd12 metallic glass.

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    Fornell, J; Van Steenberge, N; Varea, A; Rossinyol, E; Pellicer, E; Suriñach, S; Baró, M D; Sort, J

    2011-11-01

    The effects of annealing treatments on the microstructure, elastic/mechanical properties, wear resistance and corrosion behavior of rod-shaped Ti40Zr10Cu38Pd12 bulk glassy alloys, synthesized by copper mold casting, are investigated. Formation of ultrafine crystals embedded in an amorphous matrix is observed for intermediate annealing temperatures, whereas a fully crystalline microstructure develops after heating to sufficiently high temperatures. The glassy alloy exhibits large hardness, relatively low Young's modulus, good wear resistance and excellent corrosion behavior. Nanoindentation measurements reveal that the sample annealed in the supercooled liquid region exhibits a hardness value of 9.4 GPa, which is 20% larger than in the completely amorphous state and much larger than the hardness of commercial Ti-6Al-4V alloy. The Young's modulus of the as-cast alloy (around 100 GPa, as determined from acoustic measurements) increases only slightly during partial devitrification. Finally, the anticorrosion performance of the Ti40Zr10Cu38Pd12 alloy in Hank's solution has been shown to ameliorate as crystallization proceeds and is roughly as good as in the commercial Ti-6Al-4V alloy. The outstanding mechanical and corrosion properties of the Ti40Zr10Cu38Pd12 alloy, both in amorphous and crystalline states, are appealing for its use in biomedical applications.

  8. Role of glass structure in defining the chemical dissolution behavior, bioactivity and antioxidant properties of zinc and strontium co-doped alkali-free phosphosilicate glasses.

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    Kapoor, Saurabh; Goel, Ashutosh; Tilocca, Antonio; Dhuna, Vikram; Bhatia, Gaurav; Dhuna, Kshitija; Ferreira, José M F

    2014-07-01

    We investigated the structure-property relationships in a series of alkali-free phosphosilicate glass compositions co-doped with Zn(2+) and Sr(2+). The emphasis was laid on understanding the structural role of Sr(2+) and Zn(2+) co-doping on the chemical dissolution behavior of glasses and its impact on their in vitro bioactivity. The structure of glasses was studied using molecular dynamics simulations in combination with solid state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The relevant structural properties are then linked to the observed degradation behavior, in vitro bioactivity, osteoblast proliferation and oxidative stress levels. The apatite-forming ability of glasses has been investigated by X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy-energy-dispersive spectroscopy after immersion of glass powders/bulk in simulated body fluid (SBF) for time durations varying between 1h and 14 days, while their chemical degradation has been studied in Tris-HCl in accordance with ISO 10993-14. All the glasses exhibit hydroxyapatite formation on their surface within 1-3h of their immersion in SBF. The cellular responses were observed in vitro on bulk glass samples using human osteosarcoma MG63 cell line. The dose-dependent cytoprotective effect of glasses with respect to the concentration of zinc and strontium released from the glasses is also discussed. Copyright © 2014 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Influence of Radiation Sterilization on Properties of Biodegradable Lactide/Glycolide/Trimethylene Carbonate and Lactide/Glycolide/ε-caprolactone Porous Scaffolds with Shape Memory Behavior

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    Rychter, Piotr; Śmigiel-Gac, Natalia; Pamuła, Elżbieta; Smola-Dmochowska, Anna; Janeczek, Henryk; Prochwicz, Wojciech; Dobrzyński, Piotr

    2016-01-01

    The aim of the study was the evaluation of gamma irradiation and electron beams for sterilization of porous scaffolds with shape memory behavior obtained from biodegradable terpolymers: poly(l-lactide-co-glycolide-co-trimethylene carbonate) and poly(l-lactide-co-glycolide-co-ɛ-caprolactone). The impact of mentioned sterilization techniques on the structure of the scaffolds before and after the sterilization process using irradiation doses ranged from 10 to 25 kGy has been investigated. Treatment of the samples with gamma irradiation at 15 kGy dose resulted in considerable drop in glass transition temperature (Tg) and number average molecular weight (Mn). For comparison, after irradiation of the samples using an electron beam with the same dose, no significant changes in structure or properties of examined scaffolds have been noticed. Higher doses of irradiation via electron beam caused essential changes of the scaffolds’ pores resulting in partial melting of their surface. Nevertheless, obtained results have revealed that sterilization with electron beam, when compared to gamma irradiation, is a better method because it does not affect significantly the physicochemical properties of the scaffolds. Both used methods of sterilization did not influence the shape memory behavior of the examined materials. PMID:28787864

  10. Magnetic order and heavy fermion behavior in CePd{sub 1+x}Al{sub 6-x}: Synthesis, structure, and physical properties

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    Tobash, Paul H.; Ronning, Filip; Thompson, J.D.; Bobev, Svilen; Bauer, Eric D.

    2010-03-15

    The physical properties including magnetic susceptibility, specific heat, and electrical resistivity of single crystals are reported for the compound CePd{sub 1+x}Al{sub 6-x} (x=0.5) which crystallizes in the tetragonal SrAu{sub 2}Ga{sub 5}-type structure (space group P4/mmm). The compound was grown from an excess of molten Al flux from the respective elements and the crystal structure was established from single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Anomalies in the low temperature specific heat C{sub p}(T) and electrical resistivity rho(T) show that the compound undergoes ferromagnetic order at T{sub C}=2.8 K. In the ordered state, CePd{sub 1.5}Al{sub 5.5} displays heavy fermion behavior with a Sommerfeld coefficient of ca. 500 mJ/mol-K{sup 2}. - Graphical abstract: The compound CePd{sub 1+x}Al{sub 6-x} (x=0.5) has been synthesized and structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The measured physical properties of temperature and field dependent magnetic susceptibility, specific heat, and electrical resistivity suggests that the compound undergoes ferromagnetic order at ca. 2.8 K and further exhibits relatively heavy fermion behavior with a Sommerfeld coefficient of 500 mJ/mol-K2.

  11. Mechanical properties and in vivo behavior of a biodegradable synthetic polymer microfiber-extracellular matrix hydrogel biohybrid scaffold.

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    Hong, Yi; Huber, Alexander; Takanari, Keisuke; Amoroso, Nicholas J; Hashizume, Ryotaro; Badylak, Stephen F; Wagner, William R

    2011-05-01

    A biohybrid composite consisting of extracellular matrix (ECM) gel from porcine dermal tissue and biodegradable elastomeric fibers was generated and evaluated for soft tissue applications. ECM gel possesses attractive biocompatibility and bioactivity with weak mechanical properties and rapid degradation, while electrospun biodegradable poly(ester urethane)urea (PEUU) has good mechanical properties but limited cellular infiltration and tissue integration. A concurrent gel electrospray/polymer electrospinning method was employed to create ECM gel/PEUU fiber composites with attractive mechanical properties, including high flexibility and strength. Electron microscopy revealed a structure of interconnected fibrous layers embedded in ECM gel. Tensile mechanical properties could be tuned by altering the PEUU/ECM weight ratio. Scaffold tensile strengths for PEUU/ECM ratios of 67/33, 72/28 and 80/20 ranged from 80 to 187 kPa in the longitudinal axis (parallel to the collecting mandrel axis) and 41-91 kPa in the circumferential axis with 645-938% breaking strains. The 72/28 biohybrid composite and a control scaffold generated from electrospun PEUU alone were implanted into Lewis rats, replacing a full-thickness abdominal wall defect. At 4 wk, no infection or herniation was found at the implant site. Histological staining showed extensive cellular infiltration into the biohybrid scaffold with the newly developed tissue well integrated with the native periphery, while minimal cellular ingress into the electrospun PEUU scaffold was observed. Mechanical testing of explanted constructs showed evidence of substantial remodeling, with composite scaffolds adopting properties more comparable to the native abdominal wall. The described elastic biohybrid material imparts features of ECM gel bioactivity with PEUU strength and handling to provide a promising composite biomaterial for soft tissue repair and replacement.

  12. Effect of micro shot peening on the mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of two microstructure Ti-6Al-4V alloy

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    Ahmed, Aymen A.; Mhaede, Mansour; Wollmann, Manfred; Wagner, Lothar

    2016-02-01

    Titanium alloys continue to be used extensively for the fabrication of surgical implants due to their excellent mechanical, physical and biological performance. The surface modification is the main technique to maintain a relatively good mechanical properties and biocompatibility. In this study, a surface modification through micro shot peening (SP) using different ceramic shot (850, 450 and 125-250 μm) at 0.22 mmA have been done on two microstructures Ti-6Al-4V alloy. The effect of this treatment on the corrosion behavior, surface roughness, microhardness profiles, and residual stresses were investigated. In addition, the corrosion behavior of the ultra-fine grain of Ti-6Al-4V materials produced by rotary swaging (RS) deformation has been investigated and compared with the duplex (DU) and globular (GL) microstructures. The corrosion behavior was studied using potentiodynamic polarization and electro impedance spectroscopy techniques. The electrochemical tests were performed in Ringer's solution at 37 °C. The results show that shot peening resulted in near-surface maximum hardness and residual stresses values. Increasing the shot size led to a lower surface roughness and an improved corrosion resistance. However, SP reduces the corrosion resistance compared with the untreated materials. The globular microstructure shows high corrosion rate compared with the duplex and nanostructured materials.

  13. Psychometric Properties of the Dutch Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory (ECBI) in a Community Sample and a Multi-Ethnic Clinical Sample.

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    Abrahamse, Mariëlle E; Junger, Marianne; Leijten, Patty H O; Lindeboom, Robert; Boer, Frits; Lindauer, Ramón J L

    The Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory (ECBI) is an established parent rating scale to measure disruptive behavior problems in children aged between 2 and 16 years. The present study examined the psychometric properties of the Dutch translation, including analysis on the one-dimensional structure of the ECBI scales using item response theory. Data from two samples from the Netherlands were used, a community sample (N = 326; 51 % boys) and a multi-ethnic clinical sample (N = 197; 62 % boys). The one-dimensional structure of the ECBI Intensity and Problem Scales were confirmed in both of these samples. The results also indicated good internal consistency, test-retest reliability (community sample), and good convergent and divergent validity. The ECBI Intensity Scale was able to differentiate between diagnostic groups (no diagnosis, ADHD, ODD, and CD symptoms), demonstrating good discriminative validity. Findings support the use of the ECBI as a reliable measure for child disruptive behavior problems in a Dutch population. Suggestions for the optimal use of the both ECBI scales for research and screening purposes are made. Also, cultural issues regarding the use of the ECBI are discussed and additional research into the validity of the ECBI is recommended.

  14. Influence of the sputtering flow regime on the structural properties and magnetic behavior of Fe-Ga thin films (Ga ˜ 30 at.%)

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    Muñoz-Noval, A.; Ordóñez-Fontes, A.; Ranchal, R.

    2016-06-01

    In this paper we analyze the structure of Fe-Ga layers with a Ga content of ˜30 at.% deposited by the sputtering technique under two different regimes. We also studied the correlation between the structure and magnetic behavior of the samples. Keeping the Ar pressure fixed, we modified the flow regime from ballistic to diffusive by increasing the distance between the target and the substrate. X-ray diffraction measurements have shown a lower structural quality when growing in the diffusive flow. We investigated the impact of the growth regime by means of x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) measurements and obtained signs of its influence on the local atomic order. Full multiple scattering and finite difference calculations based on XAFS measurements point to a more relevant presence of a disordered A 2 phase and of orthorhombic Ga clusters on the Fe-Ga alloy deposited under a diffusive regime; however, in the ballistic sample, a higher presence of D 03/B 2 phases is evidenced. Structural characteristics, from local to long range, seem to determine the magnetic behavior of the layers. Whereas a clear in-plane magnetic anisotropy is observed in the film deposited under ballistic flow, the diffusive sample is magnetically isotropic. Therefore, our experimental results provide evidence of a correlation between flow regime and structural properties and its impact on the magnetic behavior of a rather unexplored compositional region of Fe-Ga compounds.

  15. Effects of high-energy electro-pulsing treatment on microstructure, mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of Ti-6Al-4V alloy.

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    Ye, Xiaoxin; Wang, Lingsheng; Tse, Zion T H; Tang, Guoyi; Song, Guolin

    2015-04-01

    The effect of electro-pulsing treatment (EPT) on the microstructure, mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of cold-rolled Ti-6Al-4V alloy strips was investigated in this paper. It was found that the elongation to failure of materials obtains a noticeable enhancement with increased EPT processing time while slightly sacrificing strength. Fine recrystallized grains and the relative highest elongation to failure (32.5%) appear in the 11second-EPT samples. Grain coarsening and decreased ductility were brought in with longer EPT duration time. Fracture surface analysis shows that transition from intergranular brittle facture to transgranular dimple fracture takes place with an increase in processing time of EPT. Meanwhile, corrosion behavior of titanium alloys is greatly improved with increased EPT processing time, which is presented by polarization test and surface observation with the beneficial effect of forming a protective anatase-TiO2 film on the surface of alloys. The rapid recrystallization behavior and oxide formation of the titanium alloy strip under EPTs are attributed to the enhancement of nucleation rate, atomic diffusion and oxygen migration resulting from the coupling of the thermal and athermal effects.

  16. Drawing dependent structures, mechanical properties and cyclization behaviors of polyacrylonitrile and polyacrylonitrile/carbon nanotube composite fibers prepared by plasticized spinning.

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    Li, Xiang; Qin, Aiwen; Zhao, Xinzhen; Liu, Dapeng; Wang, Haiye; He, Chunju

    2015-09-14

    Drawing to change the structural properties and cyclization behaviors of the polyacrylonitrile (PAN) chains in crystalline and amorphous regions is carried out on PAN and PAN/carbon nanotube (CNT) composite fibers. Various characterization methods including Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction and thermal gravimetric analysis are used to monitor the structural evolution and cyclization behaviors of the fibers. With an increase of the draw ratio during the plasticized spinning process, the structural parameters of the fibers, i.e. crystallinity and planar zigzag conformation, are decreased at first, and then increased, which are associated with the heat exchange rate and the oriented-crystallization rate. A possible mechanism for plasticized spinning is proposed to explain the changing trends of crystallinity and planar zigzag conformation. PAN and PAN/CNT fibers exhibit various cyclization behaviors induced by drawing, e.g., the initiation temperature for the cyclization (Ti) of PAN fibers is increased with increasing draw ratio, while Ti of PAN/CNT fibers is decreased. Drawing also facilitates cyclization and lowers the percentage of β-amino nitrile for PAN/CNT fibers during the stabilization.

  17. Ceramic tiles with black pigment made from stainless steel plant dust: Physical properties and long-term leaching behavior of heavy metals.

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    Zhu, Renbo; Ma, Guojun; Cai, Yongsheng; Chen, Yuxiang; Yang, Tong; Duan, Boyu; Xue, Zhengliang

    2016-04-01

    Stainless steel plant dust is a hazardous by-product of the stainless steelmaking industry. It contains large amounts of Fe, Cr, and Ni, and can be potentially recycled as a raw material of inorganic black pigment in the ceramic industry to reduce environmental contamination and produce value-added products. In this paper, ceramic tiles prepared with black pigment through recycling of stainless steel plant dust were characterized in terms of physical properties, such as bulk density, water absorption, apparent porosity, and volume shrinkage ratio, as well as the long-term leaching behavior of heavy metals (Cr, Ni, Pb, Cd, and Zn). The results show that good physical properties of ceramic tiles can be obtained with 8% pigments addition, sample preparation pressure of 25 MPa, and sintering at 1200 ºC for 30 min. The major controlling leaching mechanism for Cr and Pb from the ceramic tiles is initial surface wash-off, while the leaching behavior of Cd, Ni, and Zn from the stabilized product is mainly controlled by matrix diffusion. The reutilization process is safe and effective to immobilize the heavy metals in the stainless steel plant dust. Stainless steel plant dust is considered as a hazardous material, and it can be potentially recycled for black pigment preparation in the ceramic industry. This paper provides the characteristics of the ceramic tiles with black pigment through recycling stainless steel plant dust, and the long-term leaching behavior and controlling leaching mechanisms of heavy metals from the ceramic tile. The effectiveness of the treatment process is also evaluated.

  18. Debris Flows in a Changing Climate: Experimental and Field Investigations of the Influence of Changes in Moisture on Matrix Properties, Interparticle Interactions, and Subsequent Debris Flow Behaviors

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    Hill, K. M.; Densmore, A.; Longjas, A.; Mullenbach, J.; Fouty, T.; Fei, M.; Zhou, G.; Sun, Q.

    2016-12-01

    Debris flows, rapid gravity-driven mixtures of sediment (boulders, gravels, sands, and mud) and water, are important geomorphological agents of landscape change and common natural hazards in mountainous regions. Worldwide, there is evidence that the frequency and magnitude of debris flows are increasing under recent changes in macro and micro climate. We investigate the influence of moisture differences associated with climate change on debris flow behaviors at the field and laboratory scales. Field measurements of debris flow fan deposits in Owens Valley during glacial and interglacial periods - likely corresponding to periods of higher and lower levels of water content in the soil and flows - show marked differences in avulsion frequencies, channel aspect ratios, sorting in the deposits and depositional geometries. These measurements suggest that differing moisture levels change the density and rheology of the matrix - the watery / muddy interstitial fluid - which, in turn, can significantly alter the dynamic behavior of the debris flow itself. This supports recent experimental results (Kaitna et al., 2014 & 2015) that changing the properties of the matrix of experimental flows appears to change the nature and relative importance of interparticle interactions compared to those associated with the fluid and subsequently influence the flow dynamics. We test these hypotheses using controlled laboratory experiments in flumes of two different sizes and where we systematically vary interstitial fluid properties and scale of the experiments. In both flumes we present high speed particle tracking and measurements of pore pressure and stress at the bed to show how the flow and entrainment behavior varies as the flow transitions from inertial to viscous, that is, as pore pressures and other fluid effects become increasingly dominant over inter-particle interactions, reflected in the Bagnold (1954) number. We also demonstrate that some effects, like bed fabric and fragility

  19. Behavior of temperature dependent electrical properties of Pd/Au Schottky contact to GaN grown on Si substrate by MBE

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    Singh Nirwal, Varun; Rao Peta, Koteswara

    2016-12-01

    We investigated the effect of temperature on the behavior of electrical properties of Pd/Au Schottky contact to GaN/Si (111) in the temperature range of 125-325 K in steps of 25 K using current-voltage (I-V) and capacitance-voltage (C-V) analysis. The Schottky barrier height (ϕ I-V ) and ideality factor is calculated using standard thermionic emission theory. The value of ϕ I-V was found to increase from 0.41 ± 0.002 eV to 0.79 ± 0.008 eV when temperature varied from 125 to 325 K. The ideality factor of diodes also decreased from 5.91 ± 0.01 to 1.03 ± 0.05 with increase in temperature. The series resistance (R s) is calculated using Cheung’s method and it is observed that the value of R s decreased from 74.40 ± 0.32 Ω to 58.59 ± 0.11 Ω when the temperature increased from 125 to 325 K. Barrier height (ϕ C-V ) and effective carrier concentration (Nd ) is also reported from C-V characteristics as a function of temperature and the value of ϕ C-V was found to decrease with increase in temperature. The behavior of barrier heights obtained from I-V and C-V characteristics is different due to difference in the nature of measurement techniques. The deviation of conventional Richardson’s constant from theoretical value of GaN is due to unusual behavior of temperature dependent electrical properties and barrier inhomogeneity. This is successfully explained by assuming the double Gaussian distribution of inhomogeneous barrier heights of Au/Pd/GaN/Si Schottky diode.

  20. Plasma parameters effects on the properties, aging and stability behaviors of allylamine plasma coated ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) films

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    Aziz, Gaelle; Thukkaram, Monica; De Geyter, Nathalie; Morent, Rino

    2017-07-01

    In this work, a dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) operated at medium to atmospheric pressure has been used for the deposition of thin polyallylamine (PAA) films on ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) substrates. The effect of treatment time (1-5 min), discharge power (5.7-24.0 W), monomer concentration (1-2 g/h) and pressure (10-100 kPa) on the films properties, aging and stability behaviors have been investigated. The used characterization techniques are X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, water contact angle and optical reflectance spectroscopy. In this paper, it is shown that plasma treatment time does not affect the coatings chemistry; whereas plasma power, monomer concentration and pressure control the coatings properties. It is also shown that the deposition rate of the deposited films changes with varying W/FM values. At low W/FM values, high deposition rates of up to 2 nm/s are observed. Plasma treatments were also characterized by their amino efficiency ([NH2]/[C] in %) and amino selectivity ([NH2]/[N] in %). Depending on the used parameters, these varied between 12.3% and 20% and between 71.2% and 91.1%, respectively. For the aging study, coatings that preserved most of their hydrophilicity were obtained at power ≤11.3 W, monomer concentration ≥1.5 g/h and pressure ≥50 kPa. For the stability study, coatings that showed the highest [N] (%) and lowest percentage of thickness decrease were obtained at ≤2 min, 24.0 W, 1 g/h and pressure ≤50 kPa. One can therefore control the deposition rate as well as the properties, aging and stability behaviors of the deposited coating by carefully choosing the plasma parameters.

  1. Phase behavior and physicochemical properties of sodium octyl sulfate/n-decane/1-hexanol/aqueous AlCl[sub 3] middle-phase microemulsion

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    Abe, Masahiko; Yamazaki, Tadao; Ogino, Keizo )

    1992-03-01

    The phase behavior and physicochemical properties of sodium octyl sulfate/n-decane/1-hexanol/aqueous AlCl[sub 3] middle-phase microemulsion have been studied as a function of salinity to develop an experimental investigation for better understanding of the microstructure of a middle-phase microemulsion. The system exhibits a Winsor-type phase transition (Winsor I [leftrightarrow] Winsor III [leftrightarrow] Winsor II) with increasing salinity. Over an appreciable salinity (from 0.50% to 9.2%), the formation of Winsor III, composed of a middle-phase microemulsion in equilibrium with the excess water and oil phases, was observed. It has been observed that as the salinity is increased, the phase volume of the middle-phase microemulsion undergoes a drastic decrease at a specific brine concentration (3.8%). Furthermore, the physicochemical properties such as water content, electrical conductivity, diffusion coefficient, and solubilization of 1-hexanol in the AlCl[sub 3] middle-phase microemulsion all show abrupt changes at this salinity. The drastic change in the phase volume and physicochemical properties at the specific salinity of 3.8% may be attributed to a phase inversion of the AlCl[sub 3] middle-phase microemulsion from oil-rich to water-rich continuous phase with increasing AlCl[sub 3] concentration, which is quite a different behavior from that observed for monovalent and divalent salt systems. Specifically, it may be assumed that a fluctuating structure of bicontinuous type and a liquid crystal structure overcome the droplet structure in the phase equilibrium at a certain salinity during the increase in the trivalent salt concentration. 25 refs., 10 figs.

  2. Massive Transformation in Titanium-Silver Alloys and Its Effect on Their Mechanical Properties and Corrosion Behavior

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    Han, Mi-Kyung; Hwang, Moon-Jin; Won, Dae-Hee; Kim, Yang-Soo; Song, Ho-Jun; Park, Yeong-Joon

    2014-01-01

    In order to investigate the relationship between phase/microstructure and various properties of Ti–xAg alloys, a series of Ti–xAg alloys with Ag contents ranging from 5 to 20 wt% were prepared. The microstructures were characterized using X-ray diffractometry (XRD), optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). All of the Ti–xAg alloys showed a massive transformation from the β-Ti to αm phase, which has a different crystal structure from that of the matrix phase, but it has the same composition as the matrix α-Ti phase. As a result of solid-solution strengthening of α-Ti and massive transformation phase, the Ti–xAg showed better mechanical properties than the commercially pure titanium (cp-Ti). Electrochemical results showed that the Ti–xAg alloys exhibited improved corrosion resistance and oxidation resistance than cp-Ti. PMID:28788186

  3. Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene: Influence of the Chemical, Physical and Mechanical Properties on the Wear Behavior. A Review

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    Bellare, Anuj; Bistolfi, Alessandro

    2017-01-01

    Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) is the most common bearing material in total joint arthroplasty due to its unique combination of superior mechanical properties and wear resistance over other polymers. A great deal of research in recent decades has focused on further improving its performances, in order to provide durable implants in young and active patients. From “historical”, gamma-air sterilized polyethylenes, to the so-called first and second generation of highly crosslinked materials, a variety of different formulations have progressively appeared in the market. This paper reviews the structure–properties relationship of these materials, with a particular emphasis on the in vitro and in vivo wear performances, through an analysis of the existing literature. PMID:28773153

  4. Copper silicide/silicon nanowire heterostructures: in situ TEM observation of growth behaviors and electron transport properties.

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    Chiu, Chung-Hua; Huang, Chun-Wei; Chen, Jui-Yuan; Huang, Yu-Ting; Hu, Jung-Chih; Chen, Lien-Tai; Hsin, Cheng-Lun; Wu, Wen-Wei

    2013-06-07

    Copper silicide has been studied in the applications of electronic devices and catalysts. In this study, Cu3Si/Si nanowire heterostructures were fabricated through solid state reaction in an in situ transmission electron microscope (TEM). The dynamic diffusion of the copper atoms in the growth process and the formation mechanism are characterized. We found that two dimensional stacking faults (SF) may retard the growth of Cu3Si. Due to the evidence of the block of edge-nucleation (heterogeneous) by the surface oxide, center-nucleation (homogeneous) is suggested to dominate the silicidation. Furthermore, the electrical transport properties of various silicon channel length with Cu3Si/Si heterostructure interfaces and metallic Cu3Si NWs have been investigated. The observations not only provided an alternative pathway to explore the formation mechanisms and interface properties of Cu3Si/Si, but also suggested the potential application of Cu3Si at nanoscale for future processing in nanotechnology.

  5. The Development of the Ethnocultural Identity Behavioral Index: Psychometric Properties and Validation with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

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    Yamada, Ann-Marie; Marsella, Anthony J.; Yamada, Stan Y.

    1998-01-01

    PURPOSE. The goal of this article is to present a measurement tool with potential utility for health care workers and mental health professionals who require a means of systematically assessing ethnocultural behaviors in the course of their professional clinical activities and decision making. METHODOLOGY. As part of a larger effort to develop a multi­dimensional, ethnocultural identification scale for clinical and research use, a cultural general 19 item self­report behavior index entitled the Ethnocultural Identity Behavior Index (EIBI) was designed. The psychometrics of the EIBI were examined on a sample of 352 college students self­identifying with an Asian American or Native Hawaiian ethnocultural group. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS. The data suggest that the EIBI has high internal consistency. Construct and concurrent convergent validity were also established for the EIBI through a comparison of the EIBI schores of immigrants and non­immigrants, through correlations with self­reported strength of identification with one's chosen ethnocultural group (r=0.48), and through correlations with the self­reports of pride toward one's group (r=0.31). A factor analysis of the EIBI yielded three factors (i.e. Cultural Activities, Social Interactions, Language Opportunities) that accounted for 60% of the total variance. CONCLUSIONS. The EIBI appears to be a valid and reliable index of one's involvement with an ethnocultural group, making it useful as a quick index of ethnocultural identity. RELEVANCE TO ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER POPULATIONS. This article is particularly relevant to persons identifying with Asian American and Native Hawaiian ethnocultural groups. KEY WORDS. Ethnocultural identity, measurement, Asian American and Native Hawaiian adults

  6. Polypropylene/Short Glass Fibers Composites: Effects of Coupling Agents on Mechanical Properties, Thermal Behaviors, and Morphology

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    Lin, Jia-Horng; Huang, Chien-Lin; Liu, Chi-Fan; Chen, Chih-Kuang; Lin, Zheng-Ian; Lou, Ching-Wen

    2015-01-01

    This study uses the melt compounding method to produce polypropylene (PP)/short glass fibers (SGF) composites. PP serves as matrix while SGF serves as reinforcement. Two coupling agents, maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene, (PP-g-MA) and maleic anhydride grafted styrene-ethylene-butylene-styrene block copolymer (SEBS-g-MA) are incorporated in the PP/SGF composites during the compounding process, in order to improve the interfacial adhesion and create diverse desired properties of the composites. According to the mechanical property evaluations, increasing PP-g-MA as a coupling agent provides the composites with higher tensile, flexural, and impact properties. In contrast, increasing SEBS-g-MA as a coupling agent provides the composites with decreasing tensile and flexural strengths, but also increasing impact strength. The DSC results indicate that using either PP-g-MA or SEBS-g-MA as the coupling agent increases the crystallization temperature. However, the melting temperature of PP barely changes. The spherulitic morphology results show that PP has a smaller spherulite size when it is processed with PP-g-MA or SEBS-g-MA as the coupling agent. The SEM results indicate that SGF is evenly distributed in PP matrices, but there are distinct voids between these two materials, indicating a poor interfacial adhesion. After PP-g-MA or SEBS-g-MA is incorporated, SGF can be encapsulated by PP, and the voids between them are fewer and indistinctive. This indicates that the coupling agents can effectively improve the interfacial compatibility between PP and SGF, and as a result improves the diverse properties of PP/SGF composites. PMID:28793710

  7. The mechanical behavior of PMMA/bone specimens extracted from augmented vertebrae: a numerical study of interface properties, PMMA shrinkage and trabecular bone damage.

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    Kinzl, M; Boger, A; Zysset, P K; Pahr, D H

    2012-05-11

    Recently published compression tests on PMMA/bone specimens extracted after vertebral bone augmentation indicated that PMMA/bone composites were not reinforced by the trabecular bone at all. In this study, the reasons for this unexpected behavior should be investigated by using non-linear micro-FE models. Six human vertebral bodies were augmented with either standard or low-modulus PMMA cement and scanned with a HR-pQCT system before and after augmentation. Six cylindrical PMMA/bone specimens were extracted from the augmented region, scanned with a micro-CT system and tested in compression. Four different micro-FE models were generated from these images which showed different bone tissue material behavior (with/without damage), interface behavior (perfect bonding, frictionless contact) and PMMA shrinkage due to polymerization. The non-linear stress-strain curves were compared between the different micro-FE models as well as to the compression tests of the PMMA/bone specimens. Micro-FE models with contact between bone and cement were 20% more compliant compared to those with perfect bonding. PMMA shrinkage damaged the trabecular bone already before mechanical loading, which further reduced the initial stiffness by 24%. Progressing bone damage during compression dominated the non-linear part of the stress-strain curves. The micro-FE models including bone damage and PMMA shrinkage were in good agreement with the compression tests. The results were similar with both cements. In conclusion, the PMMA/bone interface properties as well as the initial bone damage due to PMMA polymerization shrinkage clearly affected the stress-strain behavior of the composite and explained why trabecular bone did not contribute to the stiffness and strength of augmented bone.

  8. Effects of 3 Hz and 60 Hz Extremely Low Frequency Electromagnetic Fields on Anxiety-Like Behaviors, Memory Retention of Passive Avoidance and Electrophysiological Properties of Male Rats

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    Rostami, Amin; Shahani, Minoo; Zarrindast, Mohammad Reza; Semnanian, Saeed; Rahmati Roudsari, Mohammad; Rezaei Tavirani, Mostafa; Hasanzadeh, Hadi

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: The effects of electromagnetic fields on biological organisms have been a controversial and also interesting debate over the past few decades, despite the wide range of investigations, many aspects of extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields (ELF/EMFs) effects including mechanism of their interaction with live organisms and also their possible biological applications still remain ambiguous. In the present study, we investigated whether the exposures of ELF/EMF with frequencies of 3 Hz and 60 Hz can affect the memory, anxiety like behaviors, electrophysiological properties and brain’s proteome in rats. Methods: Male rats were exposed to 3 Hz and 60 Hz ELF/EMFs in a protocol consisting of 2 cycles of 2 h/day exposure for 4 days separated with a 2-day interval. Short term memory and anxiety like behaviors were assessed immediately, 1 and 2 weeks after the exposures. Effects of short term exposure were also assessed using electrophysiological approach immediately after 2 hours exposure. Results: Behavioral test revealed that immediately after the end of exposures, locomotor activity of both 3 Hz and 60 Hz exposed groups significantly decreased compared to sham group. This exposure protocol had no effect on anxiety like behavior during the 2 weeks after the treatment and also on short term memory. A significant reduction in firing rate of locus coeruleus (LC) was found after 2 hours of both 3 Hz and 60 Hz exposures. Proteome analysis also revealed global changes in whole brain proteome after treatment. Conclusion: Here, some evidence regarding the fact that such exposures can alter locomotor activity and neurons firing rate in male rats were presented. PMID:27330708

  9. High-Tc ferromagnetic semiconductor-like behavior and unusual electrical properties in compounds with a 2×2×2 superstructure of the half-Heusler phase.

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    Xiong, Ding-Bang; Okamoto, Norihiko L; Waki, Takeshi; Zhao, Yufeng; Kishida, Kyosuke; Inui, Haruyuki

    2012-02-27

    Heusler phases, including the full- and half-Heusler families, represent an outstanding class of multifunctional materials on account of their great tunability in compositions, valence electron counts (VEC), and properties. Here we demonstrate a systematic design of a series of new compounds with a 2×2×2 superstructure of the half-Heusler unit cell in X-Y-Z (X=Fe, Ru, Co, Rh, Ir; Y=Zn, Mn; Z=Sn, Sb) systems. Their structures were solved by using both powder and single-crystal X-ray diffraction, and also directly observed by using high-angle annular dark-field imaging in a scanning transmission electron microscope (HAADF-STEM). The VEC values of these new compounds span a wide and continuous range comparable to those for the full- and half-Heusler families, thereby implying tunability in compositions and physical properties in the superstructure. In fact, we observed abnormal electrical properties and a ferromagnetic semiconductor-like behavior with a high and tunable Curie temperature in these superstructures. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. Investigation into the Mechanical Properties and Fracture Behavior of A356 Aluminum Alloy-Based ZrO2-Particle-Reinforced Metal-Matrix Composites

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    Abdizadeh, H.; Baghchesara, M. A.

    2013-11-01

    In the present study, an investigation has been carried out into the influence of ZrO2 content and casting temperature on the mechanical properties and fracture behavior of A356 Al/ZrO2 composites. A356 aluminum alloy matrix composites reinforced with 5, 10 and 15 vol.% ZrO2 were fabricated at 750, 850, and 95 0°C via the stir-casting method. Based on the results obtained, the optimum amount of reinforcement and casting temperature were determined by evaluating the density and mechanical properties of the composites through the use of hardness and tensile tests. The fracture surfaces of composite specimens were also studied to identify the main fracture mechanisms of the composites. The results obtained indicated that all samples fractured due to the interdendritic cracking of the matrix alloy. Reinforcing the Al matrix alloy with ZrO2 particles increased the hardness and ultimate tensile strength of the alloy to the maximum values of 70 BHN and 232 MPa, respectively. The best mechanical properties were obtained for the specimens with 15 vol.% of ZrO2 produced at 75 0°C.

  11. Effect of Cr on Microstructure, Mechanical Properties, and Wear Behavior of In Situ 20 wt.%Al2O3/Fe-25Al Composites

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    Bai, Yaping; Xing, Jiandong; Guo, Yongchun; Li, Jianping; He, Yuanyuan; Ma, Shengqiang

    2015-02-01

    In order to improve the room temperature ductility and high temperature strength of Fe-25Al alloys, in situ 20 wt.%Al2O3/Fe-25Al composites with 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 at.% Cr element contents (0-6.70 wt.%) were prepared by mechanical alloying inducing self-propagating reaction with subsequent plasma-activated sintering. Microstructures, room temperature hardness, flexural strength, fracture toughness, and compression property and wear behavior at mid-high temperatures of the sintered samples were tested and analyzed. The results showed that all the composites with Cr element addition had good microstructure with fine grain size and high relative density. The flexural strength and fracture toughness increased first and then decreased with increasing content of Cr. Especially, the composites with 3 at.% Cr had the highest flexural strength, highest fracture toughness, and best compressive properties during 298-1073 K, and the main fracture mechanism changed from brittle fracture at room temperature to plastic deformation and pullout of the second phase at 673 K. With Cr content increasing, the friction coefficients decreased and the wear rates increased because of decreasing hardness. The composites with 3 at.% Cr had excellent wear properties with lower friction coefficient and wear rate.

  12. Psychometric properties of the Spanish version of the UPPS-P Impulsive Behavior Scale: A Rasch rating scale analysis and confirmatory factor analysis.

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    Pilatti, Angelina; Lozano, Oscar M; Cyders, Melissa A

    2015-12-01

    The present study was aimed at determining the psychometric properties of the Spanish version of the UPPS-P Impulsive Behavior Scale in a sample of college students. Participants were 318 college students (36.2% men; mean age = 20.9 years, SD = 6.4 years). The psychometric properties of this Spanish version were analyzed using the Rasch model, and the factor structure was examined using confirmatory factor analysis. The verification of the global fit of the data showed adequate indexes for persons and items. The reliability estimates were high for both items and persons. Differential item functioning across gender was found for 23 items, which likely reflects known differences in impulsivity levels between men and women. The factor structure of the Spanish version of the UPPS-P replicates previous work with the original UPPS-P Scale. Overall, results suggest that test scores from the Spanish version of the UPPS-P show adequate psychometric properties to accurately assess the multidimensional model of impulsivity, which represents the most exhaustive measure of this construct.

  13. 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.

  14. Supramolecular structure, phase behavior and thermo-rheological properties of a poly (L-lactide-co-ε-caprolactone) statistical copolymer.

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    Ugartemendia, Jone M; Muñoz, M E; Santamaria, A; Sarasua, J R

    2015-08-01

    PLAcoCL samples, both unaged, termed PLAcoCLu, and aged over time, PLAcoCLa, were prepared and analyzed to study the phase structure, morphology, and their evolution under non-quiescent conditions. X- ray diffraction, Differential Scanning Calorimetry and Atomic Force Microscopy were complemented with thermo-rheological measurements to reveal that PLAcoCL evolves over time from a single amorphous metastable state to a 3 phase system, made up of two compositionally different amorphous phases and a crystalline phase. The supramolecular arrangements developed during aging lead to a rheological complex behavior in the PLAcoCLa copolymer: Around Tt=131 °C thermo-rheological complexity and a peculiar chain mobility reduction were observed, but at T>Tt the thermo-rheological response of a homogeneous system was recorded. In comparison with the latter, the PLLA/PCL 70:30 physical blend counterpart showed double amorphous phase behavior at all temperatures, supporting the hypothesis that phase separation in the PLAcoCLa copolymer is caused by the crystallization of polylactide segment blocks during aging.

  15. Studies on the steady shear flow behavior and chemical properties of water-soluble polysaccharide from Ziziphus lotus fruit.

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    Adeli, Mostafa; Samavati, Vahid

    2015-01-01

    The extraction of water-soluble polysaccharide from Ziziphus lotus fruit (WPZL) was performed by ultrasonic-assisted extraction method. A Box-Behnken design (BBD) was applied to evaluate the effects of three independent variables (ultrasonic power (X1: 70-100 W), extraction time (X2: 10-30 min), extraction temperature (X3: 55-95 °C), and water to raw material ratio (X4: 5-25)) on the extraction yield of APH. The effect of temperature and concentration on flow behavior of gum solution was studied. WPZL solutions exhibited shear-thinning non-Newtonian flow behavior for concentrations above 0.5% (w/v). The viscosity of fully hydrated gum solutions decreased as temperature increase. The correlation analysis of the mathematical-regression model indicated that quadratic polynomial model could be employed to optimize the extraction of WPZL. The optimal conditions to obtain the highest extraction of WPZL (13.398 ± 0.019%) were as follows: ultrasonic power, 88.77 W; extraction time, 29.96 min, extraction temperature, 77.73 °C and water to raw material ratio 24.44 mL/g. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Degradation behavior and thermal properties of red (650 nm) high-power diode single emitters and laser bars

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    Tomm, Jens W.; Tien, Tran Q.; Ziegler, Mathias; Weik, Fritz; Sumpf, Bernd; Zorn, Martin; Zeimer, Ute; Erbert, Götz

    2007-02-01

    The degradation behavior of broad-area laser diodes and bars emitting at 650 nm under constant power operation is investigated. In addition to the increase in operation current the temperature of the laser facets was monitored using Raman spectroscopy. The formation of defects was studied using photocurrent spectroscopy while cathodoluminescence provided insight into the position of extended non-radiative defects at different stages of degradation. Although the facet does not show any visible alteration even for failed devices, its immediate vicinity appears to be the starting point of the observed gradual degradation effects. At the same time the local facet temperature is increased. The observed aging behavior is compared to the known degradation scenarios for devices emitting at 808 nm. In both cases there is a clear correlation between packaging-induced strain and observed degradation effects as demonstrated by the results obtained for bars. For the red devices a correlation between optical load and facet temperature exists which proves that here facet heating is indeed caused by re-absorption processes. Furthermore, the gradual degradation process is not accompanied by the creation of dark bands along 100 directions as observed earlier for 808 nm devices. The observed gradual degradation of the 650 nm devices is primarily accompanied by the formation of deep-level point defects, followed by the creation of macroscopic areas of reduced luminescence intensity. Packaging induced strains become important when gradual bar degradation is monitored at early stages.

  17. An assessment of selected properties of the fluorescent tracer, Tinopal CBS-X related to conservative behavior, and suggested improvements

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    Licha, Tobias; Niedbala, Anne; Bozau, Elke; Geyer, Tobias

    2013-03-01

    SummaryA conservative or well known reactive behavior of water tracers is a prerequisite in the quantitative evaluation of their tracer breakthrough curves. The fluorescent dye, Tinopal CBS-X, is one of the few licensed fluorescent dyes for water tracing with safe use. Its main advantage is its blue fluorescence, which is barely visible to the human eye and thus can be used when coloring water must be avoided. However, scientists have described the recovery of this dye as poor to very poor in field tracer experiments. Hence, this study focuses on examining the interaction of the main water chemistry with Tinopal CBS-X by determining the solubility products of the dye with most common cations. The findings of this investigation reveal that the tracer forms precipitates of very low aqueous solubility with di- and trivalent cations (pKsp 6.4-16.8). As a consequence, Tinopal CBS-X is not a conservative tracer and respective tracer breakthrough curves will exhibit strong tailings at least in part, as result of precipitations formed. The addition of a chemical modifier, EDTA, is suggested to enhance the solubility of Tinopal CBS-X in order to overcome its non-conservative behavior. Equations for estimating the amount of EDTA necessary are provided. In the light of these results, earlier reported tracer breakthrough curves are revisited and re-interpreted.

  18. Modeling the Peano fluidic muscle and the effects of its material properties on its static and dynamic behavior

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    Veale, Allan Joshua; Xie, Sheng Quan; Anderson, Iain Alexander

    2016-06-01

    The promise of wearable assistive robotics cannot be realized without the development of actuators that mimic the behavior and form of biological muscles. Planar fluidic muscles known as Peano muscles or pouch motors have the potential to provide the high force and compliance of McKibben pneumatic artificial muscles with the low threshold pressure of pleated pneumatic artificial muscles. Yet they do so in a soft and slim form that can be discreetly distributed over the human body. This work is an investigation into the empirical modeling of the Peano muscle, the effect of its material on its performance, and its capabilities and limitations. We discovered that the Peano muscle could provide responsive and discreet actuation of soft and rigid bodies requiring strains between 15% and 30%. Ideally, they are made of non-viscoelastic materials with high tensile and low bending stiffnesses. While Sarosi et al’s empirical model accurately captures its static behavior with an root mean square error of 10.2 N, their dynamic model overestimates oscillation frequency and damping. We propose that the Peano muscle be modeled by a parallel ideal contractile unit and viscoelastic element, both in series with another viscoelastic element.

  19. Lipid dependence of membrane anchoring properties and snorkeling behavior of aromatic and charged residues in transmembrane peptides.

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    Strandberg, Erik; Morein, Sven; Rijkers, Dirk T S; Liskamp, Rob M J; van der Wel, Patrick C A; Killian, J Antoinette

    2002-06-11

    31P NMR spectroscopy was used to investigate the effects of transmembrane alpha-h