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  1. Rigid gas permeable extended wear.

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    Maehara, J R; Kastl, P R

    1994-04-01

    We have reviewed the pertinent literature on rigid gas permeable (RGP) extended wear contact lenses, and we discuss the benefits and adverse reactions of this contact lens modality, drawing conclusions from reviewed studies. We suggest parameters for success with these lenses and guidelines for the prevention of adverse reactions.

  2. Gas Permeable Chemochromic Compositions for Hydrogen Sensing

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    Bokerman, Gary (Inventor); Mohajeri, Nahid (Inventor); Muradov, Nazim (Inventor); Tabatabaie-Raissi, Ali (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    A (H2) sensor composition includes a gas permeable matrix material intermixed and encapsulating at least one chemochromic pigment. The chemochromic pigment produces a detectable change in color of the overall sensor composition in the presence of H2 gas. The matrix material provides high H2 permeability, which permits fast permeation of H2 gas. In one embodiment, the chemochromic pigment comprises PdO/TiO2. The sensor can be embodied as a two layer structure with the gas permeable matrix material intermixed with the chemochromic pigment in one layer and a second layer which provides a support or overcoat layer.

  3. Permeable Gas Flow Influences Magma Fragmentation Speed.

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    Richard, D.; Scheu, B.; Spieler, O.; Dingwell, D.

    2008-12-01

    Highly viscous magmas undergo fragmentation in order to produce the pyroclastic deposits that we observe, but the mechanisms involved remain unclear. The overpressure required to initiate fragmentation depends on a number of physical parameters, such as the magma's vesicularity, permeability, tensile strength and textural properties. It is clear that these same parameters control also the speed at which a fragmentation front travels through magma when fragmentation occurs. Recent mathematical models of fragmentation processes consider most of these factors, but permeable gas flow has not yet been included in these models. However, it has been shown that permeable gas flow through a porous rock during a sudden decompression event increases the fragmentation threshold. Fragmentation experiments on natural samples from Bezymianny (Russia), Colima (Mexico), Krakatau (Indonesia) and Augustine (USA) volcanoes confirm these results and suggest in addition that high permeable flow rates may increase the speed of fragmentation. Permeability from the investigated samples ranges from as low as 5 x 10-14 to higher than 9 x 10- 12 m2 and open porosity ranges from 16 % to 48 %. Experiments were performed for each sample series at applied pressures up to 35 MPa. Our results indicate that the rate of increase of fragmentation speed is higher when the permeability is above 10-12 m2. We confirm that it is necessary to include the influence of permeable flow on fragmentation dynamics.

  4. Gas permeable electrode for electrochemical system

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    Ludwig, Frank A.; Townsend, Carl W.

    1989-01-01

    An electrode apparatus adapted for use in electrochemical systems having an anode compartment and a cathode compartment in which gas and ions are produced and consumed in the compartments during generation of electrical current. The electrode apparatus includes a membrane for separating the anode compartment from the cathode compartment wherein the membrane is permeable to both ions and gas. The cathode and anode for the assembly are provided on opposite sides of the membrane. During use of the membrane-electrode apparatus in electrochemical cells, the gas and ions generated at the cathode or anode migrate through the membrane to provide efficient transfer of gas and ions between the anode and cathode compartments.

  5. SINGLE-INTERVAL GAS PERMEABILITY ESTIMATION

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    Single-interval, steady-steady-state gas permeability testing requires estimation of pressure at a screened interval which in turn requires measurement of friction factors as a function of mass flow rate. Friction factors can be obtained by injecting air through a length of pipe...

  6. SINGLE-INTERVAL GAS PERMEABILITY ESTIMATION

    EPA Science Inventory

    Single-interval, steady-steady-state gas permeability testing requires estimation of pressure at a screened interval which in turn requires measurement of friction factors as a function of mass flow rate. Friction factors can be obtained by injecting air through a length of pipe...

  7. Immediate refitting with gas permeable lenses.

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    Bennett, E S

    1983-03-01

    Handling long-term polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) lens wearers, especially those suffering severe corneal oxygen deprivation, has been a problem much relieved by the introduction of oxygen permeable rigid lenses. Previous methods including lens modifications, discontinuation of lens wear, and de-adaptation possessed limitations which could cause the patient to experience permanent corneal curvature and refractive changes. Immediately refitting these patients with gas permeable lenses has been a procedure which appears to have eliminated many of the previous problems and has achieved rapid approval from contact lens practitioners the past few years. This paper discusses how this procedure can be performed to the satisfaction of both the optometrist and the patient.

  8. Flexibility of hard gas permeable contact lenses.

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    Stevenson, R W

    1988-11-01

    Gas permeable (GP) lenses can flex on some eyes producing unpredictable clinical results. A method of measuring the flexibility of hard GP materials has been developed and shown to be repeatable. Materials in the form of flats rather than lenses were used. Differences between materials were found and in general a linear relation was shown to exist between maximum flexing and quoted oxygen permeability (r = 0.78, p less than 0.05). It is recommended that flexibility be measured and reported in the data presented with all new GP polymers. The term "hard" rather than "rigid" in describing GP lenses is suggested.

  9. 21 CFR 886.5916 - Rigid gas permeable contact lens.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Rigid gas permeable contact lens. 886.5916 Section... (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES OPHTHALMIC DEVICES Therapeutic Devices § 886.5916 Rigid gas permeable contact lens. (a) Identification. A rigid gas permeable contact lens is a device intended to be worn...

  10. 21 CFR 886.5916 - Rigid gas permeable contact lens.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Rigid gas permeable contact lens. 886.5916 Section... (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES OPHTHALMIC DEVICES Therapeutic Devices § 886.5916 Rigid gas permeable contact lens. (a) Identification. A rigid gas permeable contact lens is a device intended to be worn...

  11. 21 CFR 886.5916 - Rigid gas permeable contact lens.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Rigid gas permeable contact lens. 886.5916 Section... (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES OPHTHALMIC DEVICES Therapeutic Devices § 886.5916 Rigid gas permeable contact lens. (a) Identification. A rigid gas permeable contact lens is a device intended to be worn...

  12. 21 CFR 886.5916 - Rigid gas permeable contact lens.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Rigid gas permeable contact lens. 886.5916 Section... (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES OPHTHALMIC DEVICES Therapeutic Devices § 886.5916 Rigid gas permeable contact lens. (a) Identification. A rigid gas permeable contact lens is a device intended to be worn...

  13. 21 CFR 886.5916 - Rigid gas permeable contact lens.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Rigid gas permeable contact lens. 886.5916 Section... (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES OPHTHALMIC DEVICES Therapeutic Devices § 886.5916 Rigid gas permeable contact lens. (a) Identification. A rigid gas permeable contact lens is a device intended to be worn...

  14. Gas permeable electrode for electrochemical system

    DOEpatents

    Ludwig, F.A.; Townsend, C.W.

    1989-09-12

    An electrode apparatus is described which is adapted for use in electrochemical systems having an anode compartment and a cathode compartment in which gas and ions are produced and consumed in the compartments during generation of electrical current. The electrode apparatus includes a membrane for separating the anode compartment from the cathode compartment wherein the membrane is permeable to both ions and gas. The cathode and anode for the assembly are provided on opposite sides of the membrane. During use of the membrane-electrode apparatus in electrochemical cells, the gas and ions generated at the cathode or anode migrate through the membrane to provide efficient transfer of gas and ions between the anode and cathode compartments. 3 figs.

  15. Studying the Variation in Gas Permeability of Porous Building Substrates

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    Townsend, L.; Savidge, C. R.; Hu, L.; Rizzo, D. M.; Hayden, N. J.; Dewoolkar, M.

    2009-12-01

    Understanding permeability of building materials is important for problems involving studies of contaminant transport. Examples include contamination from fire, acid rain, and chemical and biological weapons. Our research investigates the gas permeability of porous building substrates such as concretes, limestones, sandstones, and bricks. Each sample was cored to produce 70 mm (2.75”) diameter cores approximately 75-130 mm (3-5”) tall. The surface gas permeability was measured on the top surface of these specimens using the AutoScan II device manufactured by New England Research, Inc. The measurements were taken along a 3 mm grid producing a map of surface gas permeability. An example map is shown in Figure 1. The macroscopic measurements were performed along the entire cored specimen. A second set of measurements were made on a 5 mm thick slice cut from the top of each specimen to examine whether these measurements compare better with the surface measurements. The macroscopic gas permeability was measured for all specimens using ASTM D 4525. The results are summarized in Table 1. In general, the surface and macroscopic gas permeability measurements (Table 1) compare reasonably well (within one order of magnitude). The permeability of the 5 mm slices is not significantly different from the entire core for the specimens tested. Figure 1. Results of surface permeability mappingof Ohio Sandstone using the AutoScan II device. a) Map of gas permeability b) Range of gas permeability c) Density function of permeability. Table 1. Gas permeability values (mD)

  16. Ammonia gas permeability of meat packaging materials.

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    Karim, Faris; Hijaz, Faraj; Kastner, Curtis L; Smith, J Scott

    2011-03-01

    Meat products are packaged in polymer films designed to protect the product from exterior contaminants such as light, humidity, and harmful chemicals. Unfortunately, there is almost no data on ammonia permeability of packaging films. We investigated ammonia permeability of common meat packaging films: low-density polyethylene (LDPE; 2.2 mil), multilayer polyolefin (MLP; 3 mil), and vacuum (V-PA/PE; 3 mil, 0.6 mil polyamide/2.4 mil polyethylene). The films were fabricated into 10 × 5 cm pouches and filled with 50 mL deionized water. Pouches were placed in a plexiglass enclosure in a freezer and exposed to 50, 100, 250, or 500 ppm ammonia gas for 6, 12, 24, and 48 h at -17 ± 3 °C and 21 ± 3 °C. At freezing temperatures, no ammonia residues were detected and no differences in pH were found in the water. At room temperature, ammonia levels and pH of the water increased significantly (P < 0.05) with increasing exposure times and ammonia concentrations. Average ammonia levels in the water were 7.77 ppm for MLP, 5.94 ppm for LDPE, and 0.89 ppm for V-PA/PE at 500 ppm exposure for 48 h at 21 ± 3 °C. Average pH values were 8.64 for MLP, 8.38 for LDPE, and 7.23 for V-PA/PE (unexposed ranged from 5.49 to 6.44) at 500 ppm exposure for 48 h. The results showed that temperature influenced ammonia permeability. Meat packaging materials have low ammonia permeability and protect meat products exposed to ammonia leaks during frozen storage.

  17. Acute rigid gas permeable contact lens intolerance.

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    Jackson, A J; Wolsley, C; Briggs, J L; Frazer, D G

    2001-01-01

    Rigid gas permeable (RGP) and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) lens wearers occasionally report episodes of acute intolerance which is experienced upon lens insertion. In this paper, we report two cases of such intolerance in which the probable cause was contact lens inversion. We also present the results of a study in which a custom-built calibrated strain gauge was used to measure the force in Newtons (N), required to invert RGP lenses [oxygen permeability, or Dk, values between 30 and 90 x 10(-11) (cm2/s) (mlO2/ml x mmHg)] and PMMA lenses of different spherical back vertex powers (+/-3.00 D, 9.00 D). Significantly, less force was required to invert minus powered lenses (17.5 +/- 4.8 N) than plus powered lenses (31.7 +/- 7 .4 N), irrespective of the material. PMMA lenses required more force to induce inversion than that required to invert RGP lenses. Lenses with a Dk of 90 required only two thirds of the force (20.0 +/- 5.8 N) required to cause inversion compared to PMMA lenses (32.9 +/- 11.0 N). High powered PMMA lenses were found to be more likely to fracture on inversion than any other lenses tested. The force required to return negatively powered lenses to their original shape, once inverted, was less than 25% of that initially required to induce inversion. Plus powered lenses either reverted to their original form spontaneously, or required less than 3% of the original inversion force to do so. It was concluded that practitioners should consider inversion as a possible reason for otherwise unexplained, acute RGP contact lens intolerance experienced upon lens insertion. The reason why inversion has eluded so many, as a possible cause of intolerance, is likely to be because minimal force is required to return those lenses, which do not crack or fracture, to their original shape.

  18. Permeability of stemming materials for prompt gas sampling

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    Beiriger, J.; Trimmer, D.

    1982-01-01

    The permeability and porosity of a suite of man-made granular aggregates and stemming materials currently in use at NTS was measured in 1-D loading as a function of stress. In all cases, the gas permeability was measured at 22 MPa after cycling up and down from 100 to 1200 MPa. Depending on stress and material, permeability decreased up to three orders of magnitude, porosity up to 63% and the sample compacted by as much as 35%. Steel ball bearings were found to retain the highest permeability of all the materials tested. The enhancement of prompt gas sampling through alternate stemming material in the column above the nuclear device is discussed.

  19. Gas transport in highly permeable, dry porous media

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    Levintal, Elad; Dragila, Maria I.; Kamai, Tamir; Weisbrod, Noam

    2017-04-01

    Gas exchange between soil and atmosphere is far more efficient via advective than diffusive mechanisms. Whereas advection requires media permeability be sufficiently high and an advecting driving mechanism, diffusion transport occurs in all permeabilities. Traditionally, diffusion models generally have focused only on low permeability media (sand particles and smaller, k < 10-5 cm2). Here we establish the validity of these models to quantify diffusive transport in higher permeability media when climatic conditions do not favor advection. A permeability cutoff is quantified, such that above it traditional diffusion models become inaccurate. Results are based on experiments using large columns filled with different homogeneous spherical particles, conducted inside a climate-controlled laboratory especially designed for quantifying soil-gas diffusivity under isothermal and windless conditions. The results indicate that traditional diffusion models are accurate for permeability values below 2.7×10-3 cm2. Above this threshold, gas transport could not be explained by diffusion alone. Our measurements indicate that for permeability values above this threshold gas flux is higher than can be explained by diffusion, even under stable environmental conditions where advection is not expected. The findings of this research can contribute to better understanding of gas transport in high-permeability porous media such as: aggregated soils, snowpacks and mines stockpiles.

  20. Instrumentation for Measurement of Gas Permeability of Polymeric Membranes

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    Upchurch, Billy T.; Wood, George M.; Brown, Kenneth G.; Burns, Karen S.

    1993-01-01

    A mass spectrometric 'Dynamic Delta' method for the measurement of gas permeability of polymeric membranes has been developed. The method is universally applicable for measurement of the permeability of any gas through polymeric membrane materials. The usual large sample size of more than 100 square centimeters required for other methods is not necessary for this new method which requires a size less than one square centimeter. The new method should fulfill requirements and find applicability for industrial materials such as food packaging, contact lenses and other commercial materials where gas permeability or permselectivity properties are important.

  1. Gas permeability and flow characterization of simulated lunar regolith

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    Toutanji, Houssam; Goff, Christopher M.; Ethridge, Edwin; Stokes, Eric

    2012-04-01

    Recent discoveries of water ice trapped within lunar topsoil (regolith) have placed a new emphasis on the recovery and utilization of water for future space exploration. Upon heating the lunar ice to sublimation, the resulting water vapor could theoretically transmit through the lunar regolith, to be captured on the surface. As the permeability of lunar regolith is essential to this process, this paper seeks to experimentally determine the permeability and flow characteristics of various gas species through simulated lunar regolith (SLR). Two different types of SLR were compacted and placed into the permeability setup to measure the flow-rate of transmitted gas through the sample. Darcy's permeability constant was calculated for each sample and gas combination, and flow characteristics were determined from the results. The results show that Darcy's permeability constant varies with SLR compaction density, and identified no major difference in permeable flow between the several tested gas species. Between the two tested SLR types, JSC-1A was shown to be more permeable than NU-LHT under similar conditions. In addition, a transition zone was identified in the flow when the gas pressure differential across the sample was less than ˜40 kPa.

  2. An apparent permeability model of shale gas under formation conditions

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    Chen, Peng; Jiang, Shan; Chen, Yan; Wang, Shanshan

    2017-08-01

    There are various types of pores in shale, mainly consisting of nanopores and micropores, causing flow regime variations and apparent permeability changes during the development of the reservoir. In this paper, a Knudsen number calculation model is proposed with the actual conditions of gas in a shale reservoir. Then, based on the distribution of pores in shale, an apparent permeability model is established using hydrodynamics, and a calculation method is put forward for the actual permeability of a reservoir. Finally, the Knudsen number model and the permeability correction coefficient model are used to analyze the flow regime and permeability correction coefficients in pores during the development of the shale gas reservoir. Results show that with a decreasing of pressure, the Knudsen number increases, the flow regime changes from continuous flow and slip flow to transition flow or free molecular flow. When the Knudsen number is Kn > 0.1, and with a further increasing of Kn, gas molecule slippage greatly intensifies and the permeability correction coefficient K app/Kd significantly increases. While the Knudsen number increases, the permeability correction coefficient significantly increases in the micropores and the small pores, but this does not appear in the macropores and the mesopores. These results can be used to guide flow regime analysis and production forecasting in shale gas reservoirs.

  3. [Use of rigid gas permeable contact lenses].

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    Habela, M

    1992-01-01

    By application of contact lenses destined for a extended wearing, for preservation of a normal structure and metabolism of the cornea a considerable permeability of the contact lens for oxygen is necessary (Dk/L 75-80). The actually most popular in the world soft contact lenses have no such parameters. The application of rigid lenses produced from materials of high permeability for oxygen enables the extended wearing without substantial disturbances of the corneal metabolism. The paper presents a new generation of fluoro-silicone acrylates used for the production of contact lenses permeable for oxygen. Discussed are the problems connected with the adjusting of these lenses, their tolerance and influence on the corneal metabolism.

  4. Upscaling pore pressure-dependent gas permeability in shales

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    Ghanbarian, Behzad; Javadpour, Farzam

    2017-04-01

    Upscaling pore pressure dependence of shale gas permeability is of great importance and interest in the investigation of gas production in unconventional reservoirs. In this study, we apply the Effective Medium Approximation, an upscaling technique from statistical physics, and modify the Doyen model for unconventional rocks. We develop an upscaling model to estimate the pore pressure-dependent gas permeability from pore throat size distribution, pore connectivity, tortuosity, porosity, and gas characteristics. We compare our adapted model with six data sets: three experiments, one pore-network model, and two lattice-Boltzmann simulations. Results showed that the proposed model estimated the gas permeability within a factor of 3 of the measurements/simulations in all data sets except the Eagle Ford experiment for which we discuss plausible sources of discrepancies.

  5. Water retention and gas relative permeability of two industrial concretes

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    Chen Wei; Liu Jian; Brue, Flore; Skoczylas, Frederic; Davy, C.A.; Bourbon, Xavier; Talandier, Jean

    2012-07-15

    This experimental study aims at identifying the water retention properties of two industrial concretes to be used for long term underground nuclear waste storage structures. Together with water retention, gas transfer properties are identified at varying water saturation level, i.e. relative gas permeability is assessed directly as a function of water saturation level S{sub w}. The influence of the initial de-sorption path and of the subsequent re-saturation are analysed both in terms of water retention and gas transfer properties. Also, the influence of concrete microstructure upon water retention and relative gas permeability is assessed, using porosity measurements, analysis of the BET theory from water retention properties, and MIP. Finally, a single relative gas permeability curve is proposed for each concrete, based on Van Genuchten-Mualem's statistical model, to be used for continuous modelling approaches of concrete structures, both during drying and imbibition.

  6. A new quasi-steady method to measure gas permeability of weakly permeable porous media

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    Jannot, Yves; Lasseux, Didier

    2012-01-01

    A new quasi-steady method for the determination of the apparent gas permeability of porous materials is presented in this paper along with the corresponding interpretative physical model derived from the unsteady flow equations. This method is mainly dedicated to the measurement of very low permeability of thin porous media, although thicker but more permeable samples may also be analyzed. The method relies on quasi-steady flow resulting from a (quasi) constant pressure maintained at the inlet face of the sample. Gas flow-rate, as low as 3 × 10-10 m3/s, is determined from the record of pressure increase in a reservoir connected to the outlet face of the sample. An estimate of the characteristic time, tc, to reach quasi-steady flow after imposing a constant pressure at the inlet is derived. It is validated by direct numerical simulations of the complete unsteady flow, clearly defining the required experimental duration for the method to apply. Experimental results obtained on rather permeable and thick rock samples are reported showing an excellent agreement of the measured permeability with that determined independently on the same sample whereas the experimental value of tc is also in very good agreement with the predicted one. The method is further employed on a composite material sheet allowing the identification of an apparent gas permeability of about 10-23 m2.

  7. Permeability changes in coal resulting from gas desorption

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    Levine, J.R.; Johnson, P.M.

    1992-01-01

    Research continued on the study of coal permeability and gas desorption. This quarter, most of the effort involved identifying problems with the microbalance and then getting it repaired. Measurement of the amount of gas adsorbed with the microbalance involved corrections for the buoyancy change with pressure and several experiments with helium were made to determine this correction.

  8. Rigid gas-permeable lens problem solving.

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    Bennett, E S; Egan, D J

    1986-07-01

    The introduction of high oxygen-permeable rigid lenses for daily wear has provided practitioners with an excellent alternative to other available lens materials. However, compromise in material properties may, in fact, result in lens-induced complications. This paper describes eight such "typical" problems including a treatment plan and possible alternative methods of treatment. A comprehensive summary table is provided for reference use by practitioners.

  9. Nonequilibrium gas absorption in rotating permeable media

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    Baev, V. K.; Bazhaikin, A. N.

    2016-08-01

    The absorption of ammonia, sulfur dioxide, and carbon dioxide by water and aqueous solutions in rotating permeable media, a cellular porous disk, and a set of spaced-apart thin disks has been considered. The efficiency of cleaning air to remove these impurities is determined, and their anomalously high solubility (higher than equilibrium value) has been discovered. The results demonstrate the feasibility of designing cheap efficient rotor-type absorbers to clean gases of harmful impurities.

  10. Gas Permeability of Porous Plasma-Sprayed Coatings

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    Wittmann-Ténèze, K.; Caron, N.; Alexandre, S.

    2008-12-01

    For different applications, such as solid oxide fuel cells, there is an interest in understanding the relationship between the microstructure and the gas permeability of plasma-sprayed coatings. Nevertheless, plasma spraying processes allow to elaborate coatings with singular microstructures, depending strongly on the initial material and plasma operating conditions. And so, the evolution of permeability is not directly linked to the porosity. In this work, coatings were manufactured using different initial feedstock and spray parameters to obtain various microporous structures. Measurements of their permeation with the pressure drop method and their open porosity just as the observation of the morphology and the structure by optical microscopy were achieved. The different data show that the evolution of the gas permeability with the open porosity follows the Kozeny-Carman equation. This result correlated with the microstructural observation highlights the relationship between the permeability and the physical properties of porous plasma-sprayed layers.

  11. Gas permeability measurements for film envelope materials

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    Ludtka, G.M.; Kollie, T.G.; Watkin, D.C.; Walton, D.G.

    1998-05-12

    Method and apparatus for measuring the permeability of polymer film materials such as used in super-insulation powder-filled evacuated panels (PEPs) reduce the time required for testing from several years to weeks or months. The method involves substitution of a solid non-outgassing body having a free volume of between 0% and 25% of its total volume for the usual powder in the PEP to control the free volume of the ``body-filled panel.`` Pressure versus time data for the test piece permit extrapolation to obtain long term performance of the candidate materials. 4 figs.

  12. Gas permeability measurements for film envelope materials

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    Ludtka, Gerard M.; Kollie, Thomas G.; Watkin, David C.; Walton, David G.

    1998-01-01

    Method and apparatus for measuring the permeability of polymer film materials such as used in super-insulation powder-filled evacuated panels (PEPs) reduce the time required for testing from several years to weeks or months. The method involves substitution of a solid non-outgassing body having a free volume of between 0% and 25% of its total volume for the usual powder in the PEP to control the free volume of the "body-filled panel". Pressure versus time data for the test piece permit extrapolation to obtain long term performance of the candidate materials.

  13. Permeability effects on the seismic response of gas reservoirs

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    Rubino, J. Germán.; Velis, Danilo R.; Holliger, Klaus

    2012-04-01

    In this work, we analyse the role of permeability on the seismic response of sandstone reservoirs characterized by patchy gas-water saturation. We do this in the framework of Johnson's model, which is a generalization of White's seminal model allowing for patches of arbitrary geometry. We first assess the seismic attenuation and velocity dispersion characteristics in response to wave-induced fluid flow. To this end, we perform an exhaustive analysis of the sensitivity of attenuation and velocity dispersion of compressional body waves to permeability and explore the roles played by the Johnson parameters T and S/V, which characterize the shape and size of the gas-water patches. Our results indicate that, within the typical frequency range of exploration seismic data, this sensitivity may indeed be particularly strong for a variety of realistic and relevant scenarios. Next, we extend our analysis to the corresponding effects on surface-based reflection seismic data for two pertinent models of typical sandstone reservoirs. In the case of softer and more porous formations and in the presence of relatively low levels of gas saturation we observe that the effects of permeability on seismic reflection data are indeed significant. These prominent permeability effects prevail for normal-incidence and non-normal-incidence seismic data and for a very wide range of sizes and shapes of the gas-water patches. For harder and less porous reservoirs, the normal-incidence seismic responses exhibit little or no sensitivity to permeability, but the corresponding non-normal-incidence responses show a clear dependence on this parameter, again especially so for low gas saturations. The results of this study therefore suggest that, for a range of fairly common and realistic conditions, surface-based seismic reflection data are indeed remarkably sensitive to the permeability of gas reservoirs and thus have the potential of providing corresponding first-order constraints.

  14. Explosive loading of deformable gas-permeable axisymmetric structural elements

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    Glazova, E. G.; Konstantinov, A. Yu.; Kochetkov, A. V.; Krylov, S. V.

    2016-09-01

    A mathematical model is proposed which describes the interrelated processes of unsteady elastoplastic deformation of stacks of woven metal wire mesh and wave processes in pore gas in a two-dimensional axisymmetric approximation. The nonlinear equations of the dynamics of two interpenetrating continua are solved numerically using a modified Godunov's scheme. The problem of explosive loading of a multilayer shell with an internal permeable deformable layer is solved. The results of numerical solutions are compared with experimental data. The influence of the gas-permeable layer on shell deformation is determined.

  15. Geotechnology for low-permeability gas reservoirs, 1995

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    Brown, S.; Harstad, H.; Lorenz, J.; Warpinski, N.; Boneau, T.; Holcomb, D.; Teufel, L.; Young, C.

    1995-06-01

    The permeability, and thus the economics, of tight reservoirs are largely dependent on natural fractures, and on the in situ stresses that both originated fractures and control subsequent fracture permeability. Natural fracture permeability ultimately determines the gas (or oil) producibility from the rock matrix. Therefore, it is desirable to be able to predict, both prior to drilling and during reservoir production, (1) the natural fracture characteristics, (2) the mechanical and transport properties of fractures and the surrounding rock matrix, and (3) the present in situ stress magnitudes and orientations. The combination of activities described in this report extends the earlier work to other Rocky Mountain gas reservoirs. Additionally, it extends the fracture characterizations to attempts of crosswell geophysical fracture detection using shear wave birefringence and to obtaining detailed quantitative models of natural fracture systems for use in improved numerical reservoir simulations. Finally, the project continues collaborative efforts to evaluate and advance cost-effective methods for in situ stress measurements on core.

  16. Splaying hyperthin polyelectrolyte multilayers to increase their gas permeability.

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    Yi, Song; Lin, Cen; Regen, Steven L

    2015-01-28

    The concept of splayed, hyperthin polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) is introduced in which a bulky, hydrophilic and charged pendant group is used to increase the gas permeability of a PEM without reducing its permeation selectivity. Proof of principle studies are reported using nm-thick PEMs made from poly(sodium 4-styrene sulfonate) () and poly(allylamine hydrochloride) () bearing bulky cobaltocenium ions.

  17. Multifocal rigid gas permeable contact lenses with reduced halo

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    ben Yaish, Shai; Zlotnik, Alex; Limon, Ofer; Lahav Yacouel, Karen; Doron, Ravid; Zalevsky, Zeev

    2014-05-01

    In this communication we present the first dispensing medical trial in which we successfully report on testing of novel extended depth of focus rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses having reduced halo and distinct focal peaks for near and far distance vision.

  18. Permeable polyaniline articles for gas separation

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    Wang, Hsing-Lin; Mattes, Benjamin R.

    2004-09-28

    Immersion precipitation of solutions having 15%-30% (w/w) and various molecular weights of the emeraldine base form of polyaniline in polar aprotic solvents are shown to form integrally skinned asymmetric membranes and fibers having skin layers <1 .mu.m thick which exhibit improved rates of gas transport while preserving good selectivity. These membranes can be further transformed by an acid doping process after fabrication to achieve excellent permeation rates and high selectivities for particular gas separations. Prior to the use of concentrated EB solutions, the formation of integrally skinned asymmetric membranes was not possible, since films and fibers made from <5% w/w polyaniline solutions were found to disintegrate during the IP process.

  19. Permeable polyaniline articles for gas separation

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    Wang, Hsing-Lin; Mattes, Benjamin R.

    2009-07-21

    Immersion precipitation of solutions having 15%-30% (w/w) and various molecular weights of the emeraldine base form of polyaniline in polar aprotic solvents are shown to form integrally skinned asymmetric membranes and fibers having skin layers <1 .mu.m thick which exhibit improved rates of gas transport while preserving good selectivity. These membranes can be further transformed by an acid doping process after fabrication to achieve excellent permeation rates and high selectivities for particular gas separations. Prior to the use of concentrated EB solutions, the formation of integrally skinned asymmetric membranes was not possible, since films and fibers made from <5% w/w polyaniline solutions were found to disintegrate during the IP process.

  20. Discovery sequence and the nature of low permeability gas accumulations

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    Attanasi, E.D.

    2005-01-01

    There is an ongoing discussion regarding the geologic nature of accumulations that host gas in low-permeability sandstone environments. This note examines the discovery sequence of the accumulations in low permeability sandstone plays that were classified as continuous-type by the U.S. Geological Survey for the 1995 National Oil and Gas Assessment. It compares the statistical character of historical discovery sequences of accumulations associated with continuous-type sandstone gas plays to those of conventional plays. The seven sandstone plays with sufficient data exhibit declining size with sequence order, on average, and in three of the seven the trend is statistically significant. Simulation experiments show that both a skewed endowment size distribution and a discovery process that mimics sampling proportional to size are necessary to generate a discovery sequence that consistently produces a statistically significant negative size order relationship. The empirical findings suggest that discovery sequence could be used to constrain assessed gas in untested areas. The plays examined represent 134 of the 265 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas assessed in undeveloped areas of continuous-type gas plays in low permeability sandstone environments reported in the 1995 National Assessment. ?? 2005 International Association for Mathematical Geology.

  1. Gas permeability of ice-templated, unidirectional porous ceramics.

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

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the gas flow behavior of unidirectional porous ceramics processed by ice-templating. The pore volume ranged between 54% and 72% and pore size between 2.9 [Formula: see text]m and 19.1 [Formula: see text]m. The maximum permeability ([Formula: see text] [Formula: see text] m[Formula: see text]) was measured in samples with the highest total pore volume (72%) and pore size (19.1 [Formula: see text]m). However, we demonstrate that it is possible to achieve a similar permeability ([Formula: see text] [Formula: see text] m[Formula: see text]) at 54% pore volume by modification of the pore shape. These results were compared with those reported and measured for isotropic porous materials processed by conventional techniques. In unidirectional porous materials tortuosity ([Formula: see text]) is mainly controlled by pore size, unlike in isotropic porous structures where [Formula: see text] is linked to pore volume. Furthermore, we assessed the applicability of Ergun and capillary model in the prediction of permeability and we found that the capillary model accurately describes the gas flow behavior of unidirectional porous materials. Finally, we combined the permeability data obtained here with strength data for these materials to establish links between strength and permeability of ice-templated materials.

  2. Gas permeability of ice-templated, unidirectional porous ceramics

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

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the gas flow behavior of unidirectional porous ceramics processed by ice-templating. The pore volume ranged between 54% and 72% and pore size between 2.9 μm and 19.1 μm. The maximum permeability (k1=1.39 ×10-11 m2) was measured in samples with the highest total pore volume (72%) and pore size (19.1 μm). However, we demonstrate that it is possible to achieve a similar permeability (k1=1.09 ×10-11 m2) at 54% pore volume by modification of the pore shape. These results were compared with those reported and measured for isotropic porous materials processed by conventional techniques. In unidirectional porous materials tortuosity (τ) is mainly controlled by pore size, unlike in isotropic porous structures where τ is linked to pore volume. Furthermore, we assessed the applicability of Ergun and capillary model in the prediction of permeability and we found that the capillary model accurately describes the gas flow behavior of unidirectional porous materials. Finally, we combined the permeability data obtained here with strength data for these materials to establish links between strength and permeability of ice-templated materials. PMID:27877884

  3. Preparation and gas permeabilities of zeolite membranes

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    Jinqu Wang; Yongfeng Wang; Shuanshi Fan

    1994-12-31

    Zeolites with less than 10 {angstrom} pore are desirable membrane materials, due to their crystallinity, resistance to high temperature, and chemical inertness. A variety of new membranous materials were synthesized composed of a continuous intergrowth of 5-50 micrometer type A, X, Y, or ZSM-5 crystals. The membranes were crystallized under hydrothermal conditions at 90 to 220{degrees}C on the external surface of a porous ceramics. The reagents used were aluminum sulphate, water glass (20.1 wt% SiO{sub 2}, 6.09 wt% Na{sub 2}O, 73.8 wt% water), sodium hydroxide, sulphuric acid, deionized water and templating agents. The molar composition was: 0.1-0.5 Na{sub 2}O:1 SiO{sub 2}:0.04-0.05 Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:20-60H{sub 2}O.

  4. Correlation between gas permeability and pore structure of coal matrix

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    Zhang, J.; Yang, J.; Gao, F.; Li, Y.; Niu, H.; Gao, H.

    2012-04-01

    The sequestration of CO2 in unminable coal seams represents a promising option for CO2 geologic storage, because the injected CO2 may enhance coalbed methane recovery (CO2-ECBM), which could partly offset the costs of the storage process. The CO2-ECBM technology is based on the relative affinity of CO2 and CH4 to coals under given pressure and temperature conditions. The excess sorption capacity of coals for CO2 is generally higher than the sorption capacity for methane. The coal seams are characterized by a dual porosity structure including cleat and matrix pores. The cleats in the coal seams are considered as highways for gas and water flow, while the matrix is the storage location of gas by adsorption. The slow transport process of gas in coal matrix may constrain the efficiency of the displacement of CH4 by CO2 due to the compacted pore structure of the coal matrix. Therefore, a detailed understanding of the correlation between permeability of gas and pore structure in coal matrix is crucial for the CO2-ECBM processes. Yangquan coals originating from the Qingshui basin, which contains gas-rich coals in China, were selected for the tests in this study. Yangquan coals are classified as anthracite. In order to avoid the influence of coal cleats on fluid flow, small coal plugs (~6 mm in diameter, ~13 mm in length) were selected and fixed in the sample compartment by special glue. A test system for simultaneously measuring adsorption-porosity-permeability on the coal matrix blocks in its free state is constructed. The permeability of gas and porosity in coal plugs to He under different gas pressure and temperature conditions were simultaneously investigated. The permeability and excess sorption capacity of the coal plugs to He, N2, CH4 and CO2 were compared at a constant gas pressure and temperature. It is expected that gas break through a cleat-plug is much faster than that through a coal matrix-plug. Different sample plugs with the different pore structure results

  5. 21 CFR 886.5918 - Rigid gas permeable contact lens care products.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Rigid gas permeable contact lens care products... contact lens care products. (a) Identification. A rigid gas permeable contact lens care product is a... rigid gas permeable contact lens. This includes all solutions and tablets used together with rigid...

  6. 21 CFR 886.5918 - Rigid gas permeable contact lens care products.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Rigid gas permeable contact lens care products... contact lens care products. (a) Identification. A rigid gas permeable contact lens care product is a... rigid gas permeable contact lens. This includes all solutions and tablets used together with rigid...

  7. 21 CFR 886.5918 - Rigid gas permeable contact lens care products.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Rigid gas permeable contact lens care products... contact lens care products. (a) Identification. A rigid gas permeable contact lens care product is a... rigid gas permeable contact lens. This includes all solutions and tablets used together with rigid...

  8. 21 CFR 886.5918 - Rigid gas permeable contact lens care products.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Rigid gas permeable contact lens care products... contact lens care products. (a) Identification. A rigid gas permeable contact lens care product is a... rigid gas permeable contact lens. This includes all solutions and tablets used together with rigid...

  9. 21 CFR 886.5918 - Rigid gas permeable contact lens care products.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Rigid gas permeable contact lens care products... contact lens care products. (a) Identification. A rigid gas permeable contact lens care product is a... rigid gas permeable contact lens. This includes all solutions and tablets used together with rigid...

  10. Giant papillary conjunctivitis associated with rigid gas permeable contact lenses.

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    Douglas, J P; Lowder, C Y; Lazorik, R; Meisler, D M

    1988-01-01

    Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC) is an external ocular inflammatory disorder associated with contact lens wear. GPC seems to occur less frequently with hard than with soft contact lens wear. The management of soft contact lens related GPC has included refitting with hard lenses, specifically the newer rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses. We retrospectively studied 14 RGP lens wearers in whom GPC developed. Three patients had had GPC associated with soft contact lens wear and had been fitted with RGP lenses in an effort to restore contact lens tolerance. The interval of time between the initiation of RGP lens wear and the onset of GPC was inversely related to the lens oxygen transmissibility (DK value). Ophthalmologists should be aware of the association between GPC and rigid gas permeable lens wear.

  11. Porosity and permeability of eastern Devonian gas shale

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    Soeder, D.J.

    1986-01-01

    High-precision core analysis has been performed on eight samples of Devonian gas shale from the Appalachian Basin. Seven of the core samples consist of the Upper Devonian age Huron Member of the Ohio Shale, six of which came from wells in the Ohio River valley, and the seventh from a well in east-central Kentucky. The eighth core sample consists of Middle Devonian age Marcellus Shale obtained from a well in Morgantown, West Virginia. The core analysis was originally intended to supply accurate input data for Devonian shale numerical reservoir simulation. Unexpectedly, the results have also shown that there are a number of previously unknown factors which influence or control gas production from organic-rich shales of the Appalachian Basin. The presence of petroleum as a mobile liquid phase in the pores of all seven Huron Shale samples effectively limits the gas porosity of this formation to less than 0.2%, and permeability of the rock matrix to gas is less than 0.1 microdarcy at reservoir stress. The Marcellus Shale core, on the other hand, was free of a mobile liquid phase and had a measured gas porosity of approximately 10% under stress with a fairly strong ''adsorption'' component. Permeability to gas (K/sub infinity/ was highly stress-dependent, ranging from about 20 microdarcies at a net stress of 3000 psi down to about 5 microdarcies at a net stress of 6000 psi. The conclusion reached from this study is that Devonian shale in the Appalachian Basin is a considerably more complex natural gas resource than previously thought. Production potential varies widely with geographic location and stratigraphy, just as it does with other gas and oil resources. 15 refs., 8 figs., 3 tabs.

  12. Liquid and gas permeabilities of unsaturated municipal solid waste under compression.

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    Stoltz, Guillaume; Gourc, Jean-Pierre; Oxarango, Laurent

    2010-10-21

    A novel set of experimental apparatus was designed and constructed to study the changes in the fluid-flow properties of municipal solid waste (MSW) related to the physical evolution of its structure under compression. The vertical liquid and gas permeabilities of MSW samples were measured in a laboratory-constructed cell termed an oedopermeameter. Another original device, a gas pycnometer, was employed to assess the volumetric gas content of the porous medium. Finally, the horizontal gas permeability of the compressed MSW sample was measured using another laboratory-constructed cell called a transmissivimeter. The results made it possible to characterise the intrinsic gas permeability as a function of porosity. Additionally, gas permeability measurements of samples with different liquid contents allowed the derivation of gas permeability correlations as functions of the physical parameters of the medium. A unique relationship was found between the gas permeability and the volumetric gas content. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Gas-permeable cellulose acetate butyrate (CAB) contact lenses.

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    Hales, R H

    1977-09-01

    Gas-permeable cellulose acetate butyrate (CAB) contact lenses may often be worn succesfully by aphakic and other patients who are unable to wear hard contact lenses. The comfort characteristics of the CAB lenses are betweeen those of hard and soft contact lenses. They are much more permeable to O2 and CO2 than soft lenses and thus are less apt to cause edema. They are more flexible and more wettable than hard lenses. This study presents 50 patients who, having had to discontinue wearing hard contact lenses because of discomfort, diffuse central corneal edema, or visual problems, were fitted with CAB contact lenses. Thirty of the fifty were able to wear the CAB lenses successfully.

  14. Simulating gas-water relative permeabilities for nanoscale porous media with interfacial effects

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    Wang, Jiulong; Song, Hongqing; Li, Tianxin; Wang, Yuhe; Gao, Xuhua

    2017-08-01

    This paper presents a theoretical method to simulate gas-water relative permeability for nanoscale porous media utilizing fractal theory. The comparison between the calculation results and experimental data was performed to validate the present model. The result shows that the gas-water relative permeability would be underestimated significantly without interfacial effects. The thinner the liquid film thickness, the greater the liquid-phase relative permeability. In addition, both liquid surface diffusion and gas diffusion coefficient can promote gas-liquid two-phase flow. Increase of liquid surface diffusion prefer to increase liquid-phase permeability obviously as similar as increase of gas diffusion coefficient to increase gas-phase permeability. Moreover, the pore structure will become complicated with the increase of fractal dimension, which would reduce the gas-water relative permeability. This study has provided new insights for development of gas reservoirs with nanoscale pores such as shale.

  15. The effect of rigid gas permeable lenses on corneal sensitivity.

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    Bergenske, P D; Polse, K A

    1987-03-01

    Long term wear of hard (PMMA) contact lenses decreases corneal sensitivity. Clinicians have noted that in some patients who are refitted with rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, there is often an increase in lens awareness. To document this symptom, we monitored changes in corneal sensitivity of long term PMMA wearers who were refitted with RGP lenses. Corneal sensitivity measurements were conducted over a 6-month period. During this time, corneal touch threshold decreased to normal levels within a few weeks after refitting with RGP lenses. These results suggest an oxygen dependency factor in the control of corneal sensitivity accompanying contact lens wear.

  16. Modeling Corneal Oxygen with Scleral Gas Permeable Lens Wear.

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    Compañ, Vicente; Aguilella-Arzo, Marcel; Edrington, Timothy B; Weissman, Barry A

    2016-11-01

    The main goal of this current work is to use an updated calculation paradigm, and updated boundary conditions, to provide theoretical guidelines to assist the clinician whose goal is to improve his or her scleral gas permeable (GP) contact lens wearing patients' anterior corneal oxygen supply. Our model uses a variable value of corneal oxygen consumption developed through Monod equations that disallows negative oxygen tensions within the stroma to predict oxygen tension at the anterior corneal surface of scleral GP contact lens wearing eyes, and to describe oxygen tension and flux profiles, for various boundary conditions, through the lens, tears, and cornea. We use several updated tissue and boundary parameters in our model. Tear exchange with GP scleral lenses is considered nonexistent in this model. The majority of current scleral GP contact lenses should produce some levels of corneal hypoxia under open eye conditions. Only lenses producing the thinnest of tear vaults should result in anterior corneal surface oxygen tensions greater than a presumed critical oxygen tension of 100 mmHg. We also find that corneal oxygen tension and flux are each more sensitive to modification in tear vault than to changes in lens oxygen permeability, within the ranges of current clinical manipulation. Our study suggests that clinicians would be prudent to prescribe scleral GP lenses manufactured from higher oxygen permeability materials and especially to fit without excessive corneal clearance.

  17. Permeability changes in coal resulting from gas desorption. Final report

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    Levine, J.R.; Johnson, P.W.

    1992-11-30

    This report documents studies on the effects of gas sorption on coal, with the intent of eventually evaluating how sorption and strain affect permeability. These studies were, carried out at the University of Alabama during the period from 1989 through 1992. Two major experimental methods were developed and used. In the strain experiments, electronic strain gauges were attached to polished blocks of coal in order to measure linear and volumetric swelling due to gas sorption. The effects of bedding plane orientation, of gas type, and of coal type were investigated. In the gravimetric experiment the weight of small samples of coal was measured during exposure to high pressure gases. Sample measurements were corrected for buoyancy effects and for sample swelling, and the results were plotted in the form of Langmuir isotherms. Experiments were conducted to determine the effect of grain size, coal type, moisture, and of sorbant gas. The advantage of this method is that it can be applied to very small samples, and it enabled comparison liptinite versus vitrinite concentrates, and kerogen rich versus kerogen depleted oil shales. Also included is a detailed discussion of the makeup of coal and its effect on gas sorption behavior.

  18. Permeability changes in coal resulting from gas desorption

    SciTech Connect

    Levine, J.R.; Johnson, P.W.

    1992-11-30

    This report documents studies on the effects of gas sorption on coal, with the intent of eventually evaluating how sorption and strain affect permeability. These studies were, carried out at the University of Alabama during the period from 1989 through 1992. Two major experimental methods were developed and used. In the strain experiments, electronic strain gauges were attached to polished blocks of coal in order to measure linear and volumetric swelling due to gas sorption. The effects of bedding plane orientation, of gas type, and of coal type were investigated. In the gravimetric experiment the weight of small samples of coal was measured during exposure to high pressure gases. Sample measurements were corrected for buoyancy effects and for sample swelling, and the results were plotted in the form of Langmuir isotherms. Experiments were conducted to determine the effect of grain size, coal type, moisture, and of sorbant gas. The advantage of this method is that it can be applied to very small samples, and it enabled comparison liptinite versus vitrinite concentrates, and kerogen rich versus kerogen depleted oil shales. Also included is a detailed discussion of the makeup of coal and its effect on gas sorption behavior.

  19. Recovery of [CO2]T from Aqueous Bicarbonate using a Gas Permeable Membrane

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2008-06-25

    resources such as coal . However, these technologies are not practical for sea-based generation. The approach presented uses gas permeable membranes for...2 O2 gas gas- liquid 1.35 x 10-7 O2 gas 24 Olefin paper gas-gas 7.60 x 10-2 O2 gas gas- liquid 1.97 x 10-7 O2 gas 24 Silicone-coated olefin paper

  20. Pore-Scale Simulation and Sensitivity Analysis of Apparent Gas Permeability in Shale Matrix

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    Zhang, Pengwei; Hu, Liming; Meegoda, Jay N.

    2017-01-01

    Extremely low permeability due to nano-scale pores is a distinctive feature of gas transport in a shale matrix. The permeability of shale depends on pore pressure, porosity, pore throat size and gas type. The pore network model is a practical way to explain the macro flow behavior of porous media from a microscopic point of view. In this research, gas flow in a shale matrix is simulated using a previously developed three-dimensional pore network model that includes typical bimodal pore size distribution, anisotropy and low connectivity of the pore structure in shale. The apparent gas permeability of shale matrix was calculated under different reservoir pressures corresponding to different gas exploitation stages. Results indicate that gas permeability is strongly related to reservoir gas pressure, and hence the apparent permeability is not a unique value during the shale gas exploitation, and simulations suggested that a constant permeability for continuum-scale simulation is not accurate. Hence, the reservoir pressures of different shale gas exploitations should be considered. In addition, a sensitivity analysis was also performed to determine the contributions to apparent permeability of a shale matrix from petro-physical properties of shale such as pore throat size and porosity. Finally, the impact of connectivity of nano-scale pores on shale gas flux was analyzed. These results would provide an insight into understanding nano/micro scale flows of shale gas in the shale matrix. PMID:28772465

  1. Pore-Scale Simulation and Sensitivity Analysis of Apparent Gas Permeability in Shale Matrix.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Pengwei; Hu, Liming; Meegoda, Jay N

    2017-01-25

    Extremely low permeability due to nano-scale pores is a distinctive feature of gas transport in a shale matrix. The permeability of shale depends on pore pressure, porosity, pore throat size and gas type. The pore network model is a practical way to explain the macro flow behavior of porous media from a microscopic point of view. In this research, gas flow in a shale matrix is simulated using a previously developed three-dimensional pore network model that includes typical bimodal pore size distribution, anisotropy and low connectivity of the pore structure in shale. The apparent gas permeability of shale matrix was calculated under different reservoir pressures corresponding to different gas exploitation stages. Results indicate that gas permeability is strongly related to reservoir gas pressure, and hence the apparent permeability is not a unique value during the shale gas exploitation, and simulations suggested that a constant permeability for continuum-scale simulation is not accurate. Hence, the reservoir pressures of different shale gas exploitations should be considered. In addition, a sensitivity analysis was also performed to determine the contributions to apparent permeability of a shale matrix from petro-physical properties of shale such as pore throat size and porosity. Finally, the impact of connectivity of nano-scale pores on shale gas flux was analyzed. These results would provide an insight into understanding nano/micro scale flows of shale gas in the shale matrix.

  2. Recovery of ammonia and phosphate minerals from swine wastewater using gas-permeable membranes

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    Gas-permeable membrane technology is useful to recover ammonia from liquid manures. In this study, phosphorus (P) recovery via magnesium chloride precipitation was enhanced by combining it with ammonia recovery through gas-permeable membranes. Anaerobically digested swine effluent containing approx...

  3. LEAK AND GAS PERMEABILITY TESTING DURING SOIL-GAS SAMPLING AT HAL'S CHEVRON LUST SITE IN GREEN RIVER, UTAH

    EPA Science Inventory

    The results of gas permeability and leak testing during active soil-gas sampling at Hal’s Chevron LUST Site in Green River, Utah are presented. This study was conducted to support development of a passive soil-gas sampling method. Gas mixtures containing helium and methane were...

  4. LEAK AND GAS PERMEABILITY TESTING DURING SOIL-GAS SAMPLING AT HAL'S CHEVRON LUST SITE IN GREEN RIVER, UTAH

    EPA Science Inventory

    The results of gas permeability and leak testing during active soil-gas sampling at Hal’s Chevron LUST Site in Green River, Utah are presented. This study was conducted to support development of a passive soil-gas sampling method. Gas mixtures containing helium and methane were...

  5. Study on gas permeability coefficient measurement of coal seam by radial flow method

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    Zhang, Shuchuan

    2017-08-01

    For the accurate measurement of the coal seam permeability coefficient, the application range of the coal seam permeability coefficient was studied under various gas flow conditions with the guidance of the coal seam gas flow theory. Adopting the radial flow method, the measurement and calculation of the permeability coefficient of the coal seam C13-1 in Xinji No.1 Coal Mine shows that the permeability coefficient of the original coal seam C13-1 is less than 0.1, and the coal seam is difficult to extract.

  6. Vacuum-driven power-free microfluidics utilizing the gas solubility or permeability of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS).

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    Xu, Linfeng; Lee, Hun; Jetta, Deekshitha; Oh, Kwang W

    2015-10-21

    Suitable pumping methods for flow control remain a major technical hurdle in the path of biomedical microfluidic systems for point-of-care (POC) diagnostics. A vacuum-driven power-free micropumping method provides a promising solution to such a challenge. In this review, we focus on vacuum-driven power-free microfluidics based on the gas solubility or permeability of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS); degassed PDMS can restore air inside itself due to its high gas solubility or gas permeable nature. PDMS allows the transfer of air into a vacuum through it due to its high gas permeability. Therefore, it is possible to store or transfer air into or through the gas soluble or permeable PDMS in order to withdraw liquids into the embedded dead-end microfluidic channels. This article provides a comprehensive look at the physics of the gas solubility and permeability of PDMS, a systematic review of different types of vacuum-driven power-free microfluidics, and guidelines for designing solubility-based or permeability-based PDMS devices, alongside existing applications. Advanced topics and the outlook in using micropumping that utilizes the gas solubility or permeability of PDMS will be also discussed. We strongly recommend that microfluidics and lab-on-chip (LOC) communities harness vacuum energy to develop smart vacuum-driven microfluidic systems.

  7. Hydrogen production from simulated hot coke oven gas by using oxygen-permeable ceramics

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    Hongwei Cheng; Yuwen Zhang; Xionggang Lu; Weizhong Ding; Qian Li

    2009-01-15

    Hydrogen production from simulated hot coke oven gas (HCOG) was investigated in a BaCo{sub 0.7}Fe{sub 0.2}Nb{sub 0.1}O{sub 3-{delta}} (BCFNO) membrane reactor combined with a Ni/Mg(Al)O catalyst by the partial oxidation with toluene as a model tar compound under atmospheric pressure. The reaction results indicated that toluene was completely converted to H{sub 2} and CO in the catalytic reforming of the simulated HCOG in the temperature range from 825 to 875{sup o}C. Both thermodynamically predicated values and experimental data showed that the selective oxidation of toluene took precedence over that of CH{sub 4} in the reforming reaction. At optimized reaction conditions, the dense oxygen-permeable membrane has an oxygen permeation flux around 12.3 mL cm{sup -2} min{sup -1}, and a CH{sub 4} conversion of 86%, a CO{sub 2} conversion of 99%, a H{sub 2} yield of 88%, and a CO yield of 87% have been achieved. When the toluene and methane were reformed, the amount of H{sub 2} in the reaction effluent gas was about 2 times more than that of original H{sub 2} in simulated HCOG. The results reveal that it is feasible for hydrogen production from HCOG by reforming hydrocarbon compounds in a ceramic oxygen-permeable membrane reactor. 27 refs., 10 figs., 3 abs.

  8. CONCEPTUAL MODEL FOR ORIGIN OF ABNORMALLY PRESSURED GAS ACCUMULATIONS IN LOW-PERMEABILITY RESERVOIRS.

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    Law, B.E.; Dickinson, W.W.

    1985-01-01

    The paper suggests that overpressured and underpressured gas accumulations of this type have a common origin. In basins containing overpressured gas accumulations, rates of thermogenic gas accumulation exceed gas loss, causing fluid (gas) pressure to rise above the regional hydrostatic pressure. Free water in the larger pores is forced out of the gas generation zone into overlying and updip, normally pressured, water-bearing rocks. While other diagenetic processes continue, a pore network with very low permeability develops. As a result, gas accumulates in these low-permeability reservoirs at rates higher than it is lost. In basins containing underpressured gas accumulations, rates of gas generation and accumulation are less than gas loss. The basin-center gas accumulation persists, but because of changes in the basin dynamics, the overpressured accumulation evolves into an underpressured system.

  9. Experimental characterization of in-plane permeability of gas diffusion layers

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    Feser, J. P.; Prasad, A. K.; Advani, S. G.

    Recent studies indicate that PEM fuel cell performance may be strongly influenced by in-plane permeability of the gas diffusion layer (GDL). The current study employs a radial flow technique for obtaining in-plane permeability of GDLs, using either gas or liquid as the impregnating fluid. A model has been developed and experimentally verified to account for compressibility effects when permeability measurements are conducted using a gas. Permeability experiments are performed on samples of woven, non-woven, and carbon fiber-based GDL at various levels of compression using air as the impregnating fluid. Woven and non-woven samples are measured to have significantly higher in-plane permeability compared to carbon fiber paper at similar solid volume fractions.

  10. Measurement of the gas permeability of autoclaved aerated concrete in conjunction with its physical properties

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    Waegner, F.; Moertel, H.; Schober, G.

    1995-12-01

    The technique for determining the gas permeability of autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) which was developed here allows one to identify differences in the evolution of the porous structure caused by various manufacturing conditions. A comparison of permeability and compressive strength in relation to density illustrates a contradictor tendency on the part of these two physical properties, i.e. as the raw density increases, compressive strength and permeability decline. Small cracks arising during the rising process result in decreased compressive strength in the direction of rising and an increased gas permeability perpendicular to that direction. This anisotropy in AAC can be more precisely illustrated by measuring the gas permeability than by determining the compressive strength, especially with lower classes of density.

  11. Gas permeability of biochar-amended clay: potential alternative landfill final cover material.

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    Wong, James Tsz Fung; Chen, Zhongkui; Ng, Charles Wang Wai; Wong, Ming Hung

    2016-04-01

    Compacted biochar-amended clay (BAC) has been proposed as an alternative landfill final cover material in this study. Biochar has long been proposed to promote crop growth, mitigate odor emission, and promote methane oxidation in field soils. However, previous studies showed that soil-gas permeability was increased upon biochar application, which will promote landfill gas emission. The objective of the present study is to investigate the possibility of using compacted BAC as an alternative material in landfill final cover by evaluating its gas permeability. BAC samples were prepared by mixing 425-μm-sieved peanut shell biochar with kaolin clay in different ratios (0, 5, 10, and 15 %, w/w) and compacting at different degrees of compactions (DOC) (80, 85, and 90 %) with an optimum water content of 35 %. The gas permeability of the BACs was measured by flexible wall gas permeameter and the microstructure of the BACs was analyzed by SEM with energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The results show that the effects of biochar content on BAC gas permeability is highly dependent on the DOC. At high DOC (90 %), the gas permeability of BAC decreases with increasing biochar content due to the combined effect of the clay aggregation and the inhibition of biochar in the gas flow. However, at low DOC (80 %), biochar incorporation has no effects on gas permeability because it no longer acts as a filling material to the retard gas flow. The results from the present study imply that compacted BAC can be used as an alternative final cover material with decreased gas permeability when compared with clay.

  12. Experimental investigation on the coupled effect of effective stress and gas slippage on the permeability of shale

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    Yang, Diansen; Wang, Wei; Chen, Weizhong; Wang, Shugang; Wang, Xiaoqiong

    2017-01-01

    Permeability is one of the most important parameters to evaluate gas production in shale reservoirs. Because shale permeability is extremely low, gas is often used in the laboratory to measure permeability. However, the measured apparent gas permeability is higher than the intrinsic permeability due to the gas slippage effect, which could be even more dominant for materials with nanopores. Increasing gas pressure during tests reduces gas slippage effect, but it also decreases the effective stress which in turn influences the permeability. The coupled effect of gas slippage and effective stress on shale permeability remains unclear. Here we perform laboratory experiments on Longmaxi shale specimens to explore the coupled effect. We use the pressure transient method to measure permeability under different stress and pressure conditions. Our results reveal that the apparent measured permeability is controlled by these two competing effects. With increasing gas pressure, there exists a pressure threshold at which the dominant effect on permeability switches from gas slippage to effective stress. Based on the Klinkenberg model, we propose a new conceptual model that incorporates both competing effects. Combining microstructure analysis, we further discuss the roles of stress, gas pressure and water contents on gas permeability of shale. PMID:28304395

  13. Experimental investigation on the coupled effect of effective stress and gas slippage on the permeability of shale.

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    Yang, Diansen; Wang, Wei; Chen, Weizhong; Wang, Shugang; Wang, Xiaoqiong

    2017-03-17

    Permeability is one of the most important parameters to evaluate gas production in shale reservoirs. Because shale permeability is extremely low, gas is often used in the laboratory to measure permeability. However, the measured apparent gas permeability is higher than the intrinsic permeability due to the gas slippage effect, which could be even more dominant for materials with nanopores. Increasing gas pressure during tests reduces gas slippage effect, but it also decreases the effective stress which in turn influences the permeability. The coupled effect of gas slippage and effective stress on shale permeability remains unclear. Here we perform laboratory experiments on Longmaxi shale specimens to explore the coupled effect. We use the pressure transient method to measure permeability under different stress and pressure conditions. Our results reveal that the apparent measured permeability is controlled by these two competing effects. With increasing gas pressure, there exists a pressure threshold at which the dominant effect on permeability switches from gas slippage to effective stress. Based on the Klinkenberg model, we propose a new conceptual model that incorporates both competing effects. Combining microstructure analysis, we further discuss the roles of stress, gas pressure and water contents on gas permeability of shale.

  14. Experimental investigation on the coupled effect of effective stress and gas slippage on the permeability of shale

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    Yang, Diansen; Wang, Wei; Chen, Weizhong; Wang, Shugang; Wang, Xiaoqiong

    2017-03-01

    Permeability is one of the most important parameters to evaluate gas production in shale reservoirs. Because shale permeability is extremely low, gas is often used in the laboratory to measure permeability. However, the measured apparent gas permeability is higher than the intrinsic permeability due to the gas slippage effect, which could be even more dominant for materials with nanopores. Increasing gas pressure during tests reduces gas slippage effect, but it also decreases the effective stress which in turn influences the permeability. The coupled effect of gas slippage and effective stress on shale permeability remains unclear. Here we perform laboratory experiments on Longmaxi shale specimens to explore the coupled effect. We use the pressure transient method to measure permeability under different stress and pressure conditions. Our results reveal that the apparent measured permeability is controlled by these two competing effects. With increasing gas pressure, there exists a pressure threshold at which the dominant effect on permeability switches from gas slippage to effective stress. Based on the Klinkenberg model, we propose a new conceptual model that incorporates both competing effects. Combining microstructure analysis, we further discuss the roles of stress, gas pressure and water contents on gas permeability of shale.

  15. Estimation of Permeability from NMR Logs Based on Formation Classification Method in Tight Gas Sands

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    Wei, Deng-Feng; Liu, Xiao-Peng; Hu, Xiao-Xin; Xu, Rui; Zhu, Ling-Ling

    2015-10-01

    The Schlumberger Doll Research (SDR) model and cross plot of porosity versus permeability cannot be directly used in tight gas sands. In this study, the HFU approach is introduced to classify rocks, and determine the involved parameters in the SDR model. Based on the difference of FZI, 87 core samples, drilled from tight gas sandstones reservoirs of E basin in northwest China and applied for laboratory NMR measurements, were classified into three types, and the involved parameters in the SDR model are calibrated separately. Meanwhile, relationships of porosity versus permeability are also established. The statistical model is used to calculate consecutive FZI from conventional logs. Field examples illustrate that the calibrated SDR models are applicable in permeability estimation; models established from routine core analyzed results are effective in reservoirs with permeability lower than 0.3 mD, while the unified SDR model is only valid in reservoirs with permeability ranges from 0.1 to 0.3 mD.

  16. Impact of Gas Adsorption Induced Coal Matrix Damage on the Evolution of Coal Permeability

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    Zhu, W. C.; Wei, C. H.; Liu, J.; Xu, T.; Elsworth, D.

    2013-11-01

    It has been widely reported that coal permeability can change from reduction to enhancement due to gas adsorption even under the constant effective stress condition, which is apparently inconsistent with the classic theoretical solutions. This study addresses this inconsistency through explicit simulations of the dynamic interactions between coal matrix swelling/shrinking induced damage and fracture aperture alteration, and translations of these interactions to permeability evolution under the constant effective stress condition. We develop a coupled coal-gas interaction model that incorporates the material heterogeneity and damage evolution of coal, which allows us to couple the progressive development of damage zone with gas adsorption processes within the coal matrix. For the case of constant effective stress, coal permeability changes from reduction to enhancement while the damage zone within the coal matrix develops from the fracture wall to further inside the matrix. As the peak Langmuir strain is approached, the decrease of permeability halts and permeability increases with pressure. The transition of permeability reduction to permeability enhancement during gas adsorption, which may be closely related to the damage zone development in coal matrix, is controlled by coal heterogeneity, external boundary condition, and adsorption-induced swelling.

  17. Shallow, low-permeability reservoirs of northern Great Plains - assessment of their natural gas resources.

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    Rice, D.D.; Shurr, G.W.

    1980-01-01

    Major resources of natural gas are entrapped in low-permeability, low-pressure reservoirs at depths less than 1200m in the N.Great Plains. This shallow gas is the product of the immature stage of hydrocarbon generation and is referred to as biogenic gas. Prospective low-permeability, gas-bearing reservoirs range in age from late Early to Late Cretaceous. The following facies were identified and mapped: nonmarine rocks, coastal sandstones, shelf sandstones, siltstones, shales, and chalks. The most promising low-permeability reservoirs are developed in the shelf sandstone, siltstone, and chalk facies. Reservoirs within these facies are particularly attractive because they are enveloped by thick sequences of shale which serve as both a source and a seal for the gas.-from Author

  18. Quantifying tight-gas sandstone permeability via critical path analysis

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    Rock permeability has been actively investigated over the past several decades by the geosciences community. However, its accurate estimation still presents significant technical challenges, especially in spatially complex rocks. In this letter, we apply critical path analysis (CPA) to estimate perm...

  19. Effect of surface preparation on gas permeability of wood

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    E.T. Choong; C.W. McMillin; F.O. Tesoro

    1975-01-01

    Surface preparation has a profound effect on the rate of flow of fluid through wood, particularly in the longitudinal direction of flow. For best results, the surface must be devoid of any debris and/or obstruction. The use of a sharp, thin knife appears to be an effective way of preparing samples for natural permeability measurements.

  20. General slip regime permeability model for gas flow through porous media

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    Zhou, Bo; Jiang, Peixue; Xu, Ruina; Ouyang, Xiaolong

    2016-07-01

    A theoretical effective gas permeability model was developed for rarefied gas flow in porous media, which holds over the entire slip regime with the permeability derived as a function of the Knudsen number. This general slip regime model (GSR model) is derived from the pore-scale Navier-Stokes equations subject to the first-order wall slip boundary condition using the volume-averaging method. The local closure problem for the volume-averaged equations is studied analytically and numerically using a periodic sphere array geometry. The GSR model includes a rational fraction function of the Knudsen number which leads to a limit effective permeability as the Knudsen number increases. The mechanism for this behavior is the viscous fluid inner friction caused by converging-diverging flow channels in porous media. A linearization of the GSR model leads to the Klinkenberg equation for slightly rarefied gas flows. Finite element simulations show that the Klinkenberg model overestimates the effective permeability by as much as 33% when a flow approaches the transition regime. The GSR model reduces to the unified permeability model [F. Civan, "Effective correlation of apparent gas permeability in tight porous media," Transp. Porous Media 82, 375 (2010)] for the flow in the slip regime and clarifies the physical significance of the empirical parameter b in the unified model.

  1. Transport of Gas and Solutes in Permeable Estuarine Sediments

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2008-01-01

    subsurface methane accumulations that formed gas layers up to 2 cm thick at 3 to 10 cm sediment depth. This gas was collected in the chambers and the...reactive solutes in the surface layers of the bed. Gas producing organisms benefit from this filtration, i.e. methanogens from the filtration of organic

  2. Models for Gas Hydrate-Bearing Sediments Inferred from Hydraulic Permeability and Elastic Velocities

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    Lee, Myung W.

    2008-01-01

    Elastic velocities and hydraulic permeability of gas hydrate-bearing sediments strongly depend on how gas hydrate accumulates in pore spaces and various gas hydrate accumulation models are proposed to predict physical property changes due to gas hydrate concentrations. Elastic velocities and permeability predicted from a cementation model differ noticeably from those from a pore-filling model. A nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) log provides in-situ water-filled porosity and hydraulic permeability of gas hydrate-bearing sediments. To test the two competing models, the NMR log along with conventional logs such as velocity and resistivity logs acquired at the Mallik 5L-38 well, Mackenzie Delta, Canada, were analyzed. When the clay content is less than about 12 percent, the NMR porosity is 'accurate' and the gas hydrate concentrations from the NMR log are comparable to those estimated from an electrical resistivity log. The variation of elastic velocities and relative permeability with respect to the gas hydrate concentration indicates that the dominant effect of gas hydrate in the pore space is the pore-filling characteristic.

  3. Light-controlled gas permeability of mesoporous silica glass bearing photochromic spironaphthoxazine on its surface.

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    Yagi, Shigeyuki; Minami, Naemi; Fujita, Junpei; Hyodo, Yutaka; Nakazumi, Hiroyuki; Yazawa, Tetsuo; Kami, Tetsuro; Ali, Aliyar Hyder

    2002-10-21

    N2 and CO2 gas permeability of mesoporous silica glass bearing photochromic indolinospironaphth[2,1-b][1,4]oxazine through a covalent linkage was controlled by photo-irradiation: the photo-isomerization of the spironaphthoxazine to the photomerocyanine form suppressed the gas permeation of the glass.

  4. Gas sorption and the consequent volumetric and permeability change of coal

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    Lin, Wenjuan

    Experimental and numerical investigations of gas sorption on coal, and the subsequent volumetric and permeability changes of the coal were conducted. The goals of the study were to investigate the magnitude of permeability change caused by gas sorption, and develop an algorithm to simulate numerically gas sorption and sorption-induced permeability change. The amount of gas sorption and the subsequent volumetric and permeability change of coal samples as a function of pore pressure and injection gas composition were measured in the laboratory. A constant effective confining pressure (difference between the confining pressure and pore pressure) was maintained in the process of the experiments; therefore, the role of effective stress on permeability was eliminated. Several gases, including pure CO2, pure N2, and binary mixtures of CO2 and N2 of various compositions were used as the injection gas. The coal sample was first allowed to adsorb an injection gas fully at a particular pressure. The total amount (moles) of adsorption was calculated based on a volumetric method. After adsorption equilibrium was reached, gas samples were taken from the equilibrium gaseous phase and analyzed afterwards. The composition of the gaseous phase prior to and after the adsorption was used to calculate the composition of the adsorbed phase based on material balance. Permeability of the sample was then measured by flowing the injection gas through the core at varying pressure gradient or varying flow rate, and an average permeability was obtained based on Darcy's law for compressible systems. The change of the total volume of the core was monitored and recorded in the whole process of the experiment. Volumetric strain was thereby calculated. Experimental results showed that the greater the pressure the greater the amount of adsorption for all tested gases. At the same pressure, the amount of adsorption was greater for CO2 than N2. For the binary mixtures, the greater the fraction of CO 2

  5. Gas Flow Tightly Coupled to Elastoplastic Geomechanics for Tight- and Shale-Gas Reservoirs: Material Failure and Enhanced Permeability

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    Kim, Jihoon; Moridis, George J.

    2014-12-01

    We investigate coupled flow and geomechanics in gas production from extremely low permeability reservoirs such as tight and shale gas reservoirs, using dynamic porosity and permeability during numerical simulation. In particular, we take the intrinsic permeability as a step function of the status of material failure, and the permeability is updated every time step. We consider gas reservoirs with the vertical and horizontal primary fractures, employing the single and dynamic double porosity (dual continuum) models. We modify the multiple porosity constitutive relations for modeling the double porous continua for flow and geomechanics. The numerical results indicate that production of gas causes redistribution of the effective stress fields, increasing the effective shear stress and resulting in plasticity. Shear failure occurs not only near the fracture tips but also away from the primary fractures, which indicates generation of secondary fractures. These secondary fractures increase the permeability significantly, and change the flow pattern, which in turn causes a change in distribution of geomechanical variables. From various numerical tests, we find that shear failure is enhanced by a large pressure drop at the production well, high Biot's coefficient, low frictional and dilation angles. Smaller spacing between the horizontal wells also contributes to faster secondary fracturing. When the dynamic double porosity model is used, we observe a faster evolution of the enhanced permeability areas than that obtained from the single porosity model, mainly due to a higher permeability of the fractures in the double porosity model. These complicated physics for stress sensitive reservoirs cannot properly be captured by the uncoupled or flow-only simulation, and thus tightly coupled flow and geomechanical models are highly recommended to accurately describe the reservoir behavior during gas production in tight and shale gas reservoirs and to smartly design production

  6. Simultaneous measurement of rock permeability and effective porosity using laser-polarized noble gas NMR

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    Wang, R.; Mair, R. W.; Rosen, M. S.; Cory, D. G.; Walsworth, R. L.

    2004-08-01

    We report simultaneous measurements of the permeability and effective porosity of oil-reservoir rock cores using one-dimensional NMR imaging of the penetrating flow of laser-polarized xenon gas. The permeability result agrees well with industry standard techniques, whereas effective porosity is not easily determined by other methods. This NMR technique may have applications to the characterization of fluid flow in a wide variety of porous and granular media.

  7. Relationship of pore structure to fluid behavior in low permeability gas sands. Final report

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    Morrow, N.R.

    1984-01-01

    This is the final report of a three-year project concerned with the pore structure of low permeability gas sands. The report is divided into five sections: (1) Pressure Sensitivity of Permeability, (2) Effects of Fluid, Confining Pressure, and Temperature on Absolute Permeabiities of Low Permeability Sandstones, (3) Effect of Acid Leaching and Presence of Fractures, (4) Adsorption, and, (5) Mathematical Modelling and Correlations. In the first section, a data base of core properties is developed with measurements of permeability vs. confining pressure for three suites of cores as the main feature. The third section describes an initial investigation into (a) the effects of removing carbonate cement by leaching cores with acetic acid, (b) the effects of calcite-filled fractures on permeability and pressure sensitivity. Dramatic increase in permeability and decrease in pressure sensitivity were observed to result from leaching. For cores containing calcite-filled fractures, it was found that the fracture was neither a permeability barrier to flow across the fracture or a highly conductive region for flow along the fracture. Results presented in the fourth section on relationships between relative pressure and amount of adsorption provide careful information about the existence and extent of microporous material contained in tight gas sands. The fifth section on mathematical modelling presents results in which the diffusive contribution to flow is calculated for crack-shaped pores in series, and for two- and three-dimensional networks. 93 figures, 20 tables.

  8. Gas Flow Tightly Coupled to Elastoplastic Geomechanics for Tight- and Shale-Gas Reservoirs: Material Failure and Enhanced Permeability

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    Kim, Jihoon; Moridis, George J.

    2014-12-01

    We investigate coupled flow and geomechanics in gas production from extremely low permeability reservoirs such as tight and shale gas reservoirs, using dynamic porosity and permeability during numerical simulation. In particular, we take the intrinsic permeability as a step function of the status of material failure, and the permeability is updated every time step. We consider gas reservoirs with the vertical and horizontal primary fractures, employing the single and dynamic double porosity (dual continuum) models. We modify the multiple porosity constitutive relations for modeling the double porous continua for flow and geomechanics. The numerical results indicate that production of gasmore » causes redistribution of the effective stress fields, increasing the effective shear stress and resulting in plasticity. Shear failure occurs not only near the fracture tips but also away from the primary fractures, which indicates generation of secondary fractures. These secondary fractures increase the permeability significantly, and change the flow pattern, which in turn causes a change in distribution of geomechanical variables. From various numerical tests, we find that shear failure is enhanced by a large pressure drop at the production well, high Biot's coefficient, low frictional and dilation angles. Smaller spacing between the horizontal wells also contributes to faster secondary fracturing. When the dynamic double porosity model is used, we observe a faster evolution of the enhanced permeability areas than that obtained from the single porosity model, mainly due to a higher permeability of the fractures in the double porosity model. These complicated physics for stress sensitive reservoirs cannot properly be captured by the uncoupled or flow-only simulation, and thus tightly coupled flow and geomechanical models are highly recommended to accurately describe the reservoir behavior during gas production in tight and shale gas reservoirs and to smartly design

  9. Secondary porosity and permeability of coal vs. gas composition and pressure

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    Mavor, M.J,; Gunter, W.D.

    2006-04-15

    We have been investigating the sequestration of atmospheric pollutants by injection into coal seams while at the same time enhancing hydrocarbon productivity by displacement of methane with pollutants. We found that changing the composition of the gas sorbed into the coal changes the porosity and permeability of the coal natural-fracture system owing to gas-content changes, which cause matrix swelling or shrinkage due to relative adsorption of different gases. We collected sufficient information to develop a method for predicting the permeability and porosity of a coalbed as a function of the secondary porosity system (SPS) pressure and the gas content and composition of the primary porosity system (PPS). The method uses data from injection/falloff tests with water and/or a weaker adsorbing gas (WAG) than CH{sub 4} and a stronger adsorbing gas (SAG) than CH{sub 4}. Estimates of effective permeability to gas and water obtained from these tests are used with an iterative computation procedure subject to constraints to solve for equivalent SPS porosity and absolute permeability at atmospheric pressure. Once calibrated, the model can be used to predict a coalbed's permeability and porosity as a function of injection pressure and injected-fluid composition, which in turn are used to predict injection performance. The model is applicable to production forecasts to account for SPS permeability and porosity changes as reservoir pressure declines with changes in gas composition. This paper describes the new model and discusses well-test procedures to obtain the data required for model calibration. Also included are coal property estimates resulting from Alberta Medicine River (Manville) coal core and test data and an example model calibration.

  10. Towards a Biohybrid Lung: Endothelial Cells Promote Oxygen Transfer through Gas Permeable Membranes.

    PubMed

    Menzel, Sarah; Finocchiaro, Nicole; Donay, Christine; Thiebes, Anja Lena; Hesselmann, Felix; Arens, Jutta; Djeljadini, Suzana; Wessling, Matthias; Schmitz-Rode, Thomas; Jockenhoevel, Stefan; Cornelissen, Christian Gabriel

    2017-01-01

    In patients with respiratory failure, extracorporeal lung support can ensure the vital gas exchange via gas permeable membranes but its application is restricted by limited long-term stability and hemocompatibility of the gas permeable membranes, which are in contact with the blood. Endothelial cells lining these membranes promise physiological hemocompatibility and should enable prolonged application. However, the endothelial cells increase the diffusion barrier of the blood-gas interface and thus affect gas transfer. In this study, we evaluated how the endothelial cells affect the gas exchange to optimize performance while maintaining an integral cell layer. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells were seeded on gas permeable cell culture membranes and cultivated in a custom-made bioreactor. Oxygen transfer rates of blank and endothelialized membranes in endothelial culture medium were determined. Cell morphology was assessed by microscopy and immunohistochemistry. Both setups provided oxygenation of the test fluid featuring small standard deviations of the measurements. Throughout the measuring range, the endothelial cells seem to promote gas transfer to a certain extent exceeding the blank membranes gas transfer performance by up to 120%. Although the underlying principles hereof still need to be clarified, the results represent a significant step towards the development of a biohybrid lung.

  11. Towards a Biohybrid Lung: Endothelial Cells Promote Oxygen Transfer through Gas Permeable Membranes

    PubMed Central

    Finocchiaro, Nicole; Donay, Christine; Thiebes, Anja Lena; Hesselmann, Felix; Arens, Jutta; Djeljadini, Suzana; Wessling, Matthias; Schmitz-Rode, Thomas; Cornelissen, Christian Gabriel

    2017-01-01

    In patients with respiratory failure, extracorporeal lung support can ensure the vital gas exchange via gas permeable membranes but its application is restricted by limited long-term stability and hemocompatibility of the gas permeable membranes, which are in contact with the blood. Endothelial cells lining these membranes promise physiological hemocompatibility and should enable prolonged application. However, the endothelial cells increase the diffusion barrier of the blood-gas interface and thus affect gas transfer. In this study, we evaluated how the endothelial cells affect the gas exchange to optimize performance while maintaining an integral cell layer. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells were seeded on gas permeable cell culture membranes and cultivated in a custom-made bioreactor. Oxygen transfer rates of blank and endothelialized membranes in endothelial culture medium were determined. Cell morphology was assessed by microscopy and immunohistochemistry. Both setups provided oxygenation of the test fluid featuring small standard deviations of the measurements. Throughout the measuring range, the endothelial cells seem to promote gas transfer to a certain extent exceeding the blank membranes gas transfer performance by up to 120%. Although the underlying principles hereof still need to be clarified, the results represent a significant step towards the development of a biohybrid lung. PMID:28913354

  12. CO2 permeability of cell membranes is regulated by membrane cholesterol and protein gas channels.

    PubMed

    Itel, Fabian; Al-Samir, Samer; Öberg, Fredrik; Chami, Mohamed; Kumar, Manish; Supuran, Claudiu T; Deen, Peter M T; Meier, Wolfgang; Hedfalk, Kristina; Gros, Gerolf; Endeward, Volker

    2012-12-01

    Recent observations that some membrane proteins act as gas channels seem surprising in view of the classical concept that membranes generally are highly permeable to gases. Here, we study the gas permeability of membranes for the case of CO(2), using a previously established mass spectrometric technique. We first show that biological membranes lacking protein gas channels but containing normal amounts of cholesterol (30-50 mol% of total lipid), e.g., MDCK and tsA201 cells, in fact possess an unexpectedly low CO(2) permeability (P(CO2)) of ∼0.01 cm/s, which is 2 orders of magnitude lower than the P(CO2) of pure planar phospholipid bilayers (∼1 cm/s). Phospholipid vesicles enriched with similar amounts of cholesterol also exhibit P(CO2) ≈ 0.01 cm/s, identifying cholesterol as the major determinant of membrane P(CO2). This is confirmed by the demonstration that MDCK cells depleted of or enriched with membrane cholesterol show dramatic increases or decreases in P(CO2), respectively. We demonstrate, furthermore, that reconstitution of human AQP-1 into cholesterol-containing vesicles, as well as expression of human AQP-1 in MDCK cells, leads to drastic increases in P(CO2), indicating that gas channels are of high functional significance for gas transfer across membranes of low intrinsic gas permeability.

  13. Permeability evolution during equiaxed dendritic solidification of Al-4.5 wt%Cu

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    Khajeh, Ehsan; Maijer, Daan M.

    2012-04-01

    The evolution of permeability in Al-4.5 wt%Cu during equiaxed dendritic solidification has been determined through physical and numerical modelling for solid fractions from 0.35 to 0.8. Cast samples solidified with a variety of cooling rates and quenched at different stages during dendritic solidification were used to generate 3D geometries of solidifying microstructure using x-ray microtomography. The permeability was then characterized (i) physically by passing glycerin through large-scale analogues of the microstructure and (ii) numerically by solving the continuity and momentum equations for the corresponding unstructured meshes of the 3D geometries used for the physical models. The numerically determined values of permeability are in good agreement with those measured and within the scatter of related studies. The permeability results have been compared with the Carman-Kozeny expression to determine the value of the Carman-Kozeny constant. Moreover, the correlation of secondary dendrite arm spacing and solid/liquid interfacial area per unit volume of solid with solidification time has been investigated for use as a practical means of characterizing the length scale for permeability determination.

  14. Method and apparatus for measuring the gas permeability of a solid sample

    DOEpatents

    Carstens, D.H.W.

    1984-01-27

    The disclosure is directed to an apparatus and method for measuring the permeability of a gas in a sample. The gas is allowed to reach a steady flow rate through the sample. A measurable amount of the gas is collected during a given time period and then delivered to a sensitive quadrupole. The quadrupole signal, adjusted for background, is proportional to the amount of gas collected during the time period. The quadrupole can be calibrated with a standard helium leak. The gas can be deuterium and the sample can be polyvinyl alcohol.

  15. Ultrathin gas permeable oxide membranes for chemical sensing: Nanoporous Ta2O5 test study

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    Imbault, Alexander; Wang, Yue; Kruse, Peter; ...

    2015-09-25

    Conductometric gas sensors made of gas permeable metal oxide ultrathin membranes can combine the functions of a selective filter, preconcentrator, and sensing element and thus can be particularly promising for the active sampling of diluted analytes. Here we report a case study of the electron transport and gas sensing properties of such a membrane made of nanoporous Ta2O5. These membranes demonstrated a noticeable chemical sensitivity toward ammonia, ethanol, and acetone at high temperatures above 400 °C. Furthermore, different from traditional thin films, such gas permeable, ultrathin gas sensing elements can be made suspended enabling advanced architectures of ultrasensitive analytical systemsmore » operating at high temperatures and in harsh environments.« less

  16. Permeability changes in coal resulting from gas desorption

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    Levine, J.R.; Tsay, F.

    1990-01-01

    Measurement of sorption capacity of coals by microbalance in a high pressure environment requires that corrections be made for the buoyancy of the gas that is displaced by the solid coal. As the pressure increases, the gas density increases, requiring that a correction factor be applied to the weight of the sample as measured by microbalance. A brief report summarizing this correction is attached as Appendix A.

  17. Transport of Gas and Solutes in Permeable Estuarine Sediments

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2010-09-30

    collection of information if it does not display a currently valid OMB control number. 1. REPORT DATE 2010 2. REPORT TYPE 3. DATES COVERED 00-00...thereby also gas ebullition , the bubble traps collect bubbles under the natural flow conditions. − Determination of gas composition. The...characteristics of bubble ebullition in a shallow coastal environment with strong benthic photosynthesis (May 26-28). The goal was to determine the spatial and

  18. Experimental studies and model analysis of noble gas fractionation in low-permeability porous media

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    Ding, Xin; Mack Kennedy, B.; Molins, Sergi; Kneafsey, Timothy; Evans, William C.

    2017-05-01

    Gas flow through the vadose zone from sources at depth involves fractionation effects that can obscure the nature of transport and even the identity of the source. Transport processes are particularly complex in low permeability media but as shown in this study, can be elucidated by measuring the atmospheric noble gases. A series of laboratory column experiments was conducted to evaluate the movement of noble gas from the atmosphere into soil in the presence of a net efflux of CO2, a process that leads to fractionation of the noble gases from their atmospheric abundance ratios. The column packings were designed to simulate natural sedimentary deposition by interlayering low permeability ceramic plates and high permeability beach sand. Gas samples were collected at different depths at CO2 fluxes high enough to cause extreme fractionation of the noble gases (4He/36Ar > 20 times the air ratio). The experimental noble gas fractionation-depth profiles were in good agreement with those predicted by the dusty gas (DG) model, demonstrating the applicability of the DG model across a broad spectrum of environmental conditions. A governing equation based on the dusty gas model was developed to specifically describe noble gas fractionation at each depth that is controlled by the binary diffusion coefficient, Knudsen diffusion coefficient and the ratio of total advection flux to total flux. Finally, the governing equation was used to derive the noble gas fractionation pattern and illustrate how it is influenced by soil CO2 flux, sedimentary sequence, thickness of each sedimentary layer and each layer's physical parameters. Three potential applications of noble gas fractionation are provided: evaluating soil attributes in the path of gas flow from a source at depth to the atmosphere, testing leakage through low permeability barriers used to isolate buried waste, and tracking biological methanogenesis and methane oxidation associated with hydrocarbon degradation.

  19. An explanation of large-scale coal and gas outbursts in underground coal mines: the effect of low-permeability zones on abnormally abundant gas

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    An, F. H.; Cheng, Y. P.

    2013-09-01

    Large-scale coal and gas outbursts post a risk of fatal disasters in underground mines. Large-scale outbursts (outburst of coal and rock greater than 500 t) in recent years in China indicate that there is abundant gas in areas of outbursts containing large amounts of potential energy. The adequate sealing properties of the roof and floor of a coal seam are required for local abundant gas around the site of an outburst, but an annular low-permeability zone in a coal seam, which prevents the loss by gas migration through the coal seam itself, is also required. The distribution of coal gas with this annular zone of low permeability is described, and it is proposed that the annular zone of low permeability creates conditions for confining the coal gas. The effect of this low-permeability zone on the gas distribution is analyzed after allowing for simplifications in the model. The results show that the permeability and length of the low-permeability zone have a great impact on the gas distribution. A steep gradient of gas pressure in the low-permeability zone and the high gas pressure in the abundant zone of gas can promote coal mass failure and coal wall deformation, thereby accelerating the coal and gas outburst. The high pressure gas in abundant zone of gas will lead to a large-scale outburst if an outburst occurs.

  20. Technical pitfalls in middle ear gas studies: errors introduced by the gas permeability of tubing and additional dead space.

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    Kania, Romain E; Herman, Philippe; Ar, Amos; Tran Ba Huy, Patrice

    2005-05-01

    We demonstrated errors introduced by the gas permeability of the tubing and additional dead space. Materials with practically no permeability, such as glass, must be used to overcome the loss or gain of gas through the walls of tubes used for studying ME gas variations. Experiments conducted at a constant volume (variable pressure) require the smallest possible tubing volume in order to obtain good sensitivity and improve the accuracy of the results. Experimental studies that investigate middle ear (ME) gas exchanges, using either pressure measurements or volume changes, are conducted using various tubing connections between the ME and a measuring device. The aims of this study were to highlight experimental problems due to the errors introduced by (i) the gas permeability of the tubing used and (ii) additional dead space in experiments conducted at constant volume. The problem of the gas permeability of the tubing was addressed by comparing three types of tube (silicone, polyethylene, PVC) with a glass tube. Horizontally placed tubes were connected to a syringe filled with pure CO2 via a gas-tight valve. The end of each tube tested was plunged into colored water (5% Coomassie Brilliant Blue R-250). The tube was washed out with CO2 until gas bubbles were seen leaving it. The valve was then closed and the movement of water in the tube was observed. The same experiments were repeated for pure O2. The problem of the error introduced by the additional dead space volume was addressed at a theoretical level using the well-known gas laws. Two conditions were studied: condition A, in which the experiment was conducted at constant pressure and the volume was measured; and condition B, in which the experiment was conducted at constant volume and the pressure was measured. The main outcome measure of each condition was the calculated variation in the final number of moles of gas involved. No water movement was observed in glass tubes. In contrast, plastic tubes exhibited

  1. Enhancing recovery of ammonia from swine manure anaerobic digester effluent using gas-permeable membrane technology

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    Gas-permeable membrane technology is useful to recover ammonia from manure. In this study, the technology was enhanced using aeration instead of alkali chemicals to increase pH and the ammonia recovery rate. Digested effluents from covered anaerobic swine lagoons containing 1375 to 2089 milligram am...

  2. Recovery of ammonia from poultry litter using flat gas permeable membranes

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    The use of flat gas-permeable membranes was investigated as components of a new process to capture and recover ammonia (NH3) in poultry houses. This process includes the passage of gaseous NH3 through a microporous hydrophobic membrane, capture with a circulating dilute acid on the other side of the...

  3. Abatement of ammonia emissions from digested manure using gas-permeable membranes

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    A new strategy to avoid ammonia emissions from anaerobically digested swine manure was tested using the gas-permeable membrane process. Evaluation of the efficiency of ammonia recovery from digestate as well as mitigation of ammonia emissions to the atmosphere were carried out. Digestate was colle...

  4. Recovery of ammonia from anaerobically digested manure using gas-permeable membranes

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    The gas-permeable membrane process can recover ammonia from wastewater with high nitrogen load, reducing pollution whilst converting ammonia into an ammonium salt fertilizer. The process involves manure pH control to increase ammonium (NH4) recovery rate that is normally carried out using an alkali....

  5. Recovery of ammonia from swine manure using gas-permeable membranes: Effect of aeration

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    Gas-permeable membranes can recover ammonia from manure, reducing pollution whilst converting ammonia into ammonium salt fertilizer. The process involves manure pH control to increase ammonium (NH4) recovery rate that is normally carried out using an alkali. In this study a new strategy to avoid the...

  6. Recovery of ammonia nitrogen in livestock and industrial wastes using gas permeable membranes

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    New waste management methods are needed that can protect the environment and allow manure management to switch back to a recycling view of manure handling. We investigated the use of gas-permeable membranes as components of new processes to capture and recover the ammonia in the liquid manures or in...

  7. CORRELATION OF FLORIDA SOIL-GAS PERMEABILITIES WITH GRAIN SIZE, MOISTURE, AND POROSITY

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    The report describes a new correlation or predicting gas permeabilities of undisturbed or recompacted soils from their average grain diameter (d), moisture saturation factor (m), and porosity (p). he correlation exhibits a geometric standard deviation (GSD) of only 1.27 between m...

  8. CORRELATION OF FLORIDA SOIL-GAS PERMEABILITIES WITH GRAIN SIZE, MOISTURE, AND POROSITY

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report describes a new correlation or predicting gas permeabilities of undisturbed or recompacted soils from their average grain diameter (d), moisture saturation factor (m), and porosity (p). he correlation exhibits a geometric standard deviation (GSD) of only 1.27 between m...

  9. Transport of Gas and Solutes in Permeable Estuarine Sediments

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    2013-09-30

    functionality is demonstrated by measuring the spatial and temporal distribution of small bubbles produced by photosynthesis in sublittoral sands. − We...Evaluation of ebullition caused by sedimentary photosynthesis and methanogenesis For these experiments photosynthetic gas bubbles released from the...sufficient light for benthic primary production, and O2 bubbles produced by aquatic plant photosynthesis has been reported from water as deep as 25

  10. Transport of Gas and Solutes in Permeable Estuarine Sediments

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    2011-09-30

    from the upper 10 cm and even deeper layers of shallow sands typically is photosynthetically active when exposed to light . For two dimensional plots of...ultrasonic and optical methods on sediment cores maintained at in-situ pressure, light and temperature and without changing the orientation of the...core. − Mapping of the spatial and temporal distribution of high sedimentary photosynthetic production and sites for free gas development

  11. Enhanced recovery of ammonia from swine manure anaerobic digester effluent using gas-permeable membranes and aeration

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    Atmospheric ammonia pollution from livestock wastes can be reduced using gas-permeable membrane technology by converting ammonia contained in the manure into ammonium salt for use in fertilizers. In this study, gas-permeable membrane technology was enhanced using aeration combined with nitrificatio...

  12. The flexible Ca-test: An improved performance in a gas permeability measurement system

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    Song, Eun Ho; Park, Young Wook; Choi, Jin Hwan; Park, Tae Hyun; Jeong, Jin Wook; Choi, Hyun Ju; Ju, Byeong Kwon

    2011-05-01

    A flexible performance permeability measuring test for flexible organic light-emitting diodes is described in this paper. A single thin film layer of gas barriers is constructed on polyethersulfone (PES). The barrier coats the upper and lower surfaces of the PES layer. Two PES samples, one coated with Al2O3 on both surfaces and the other coated on a single surface, were made for comparison. According to this test, the time-dependent transmission curve of the one sided barrier sample had a linear slope which measured 1.65 g/m2/day at room temperature at a 50% relative humidity. This result shows that the measurement time is about 182% faster than has been achieved with the conventional test structure that uses a glass substrate. In addition, this measurement structure not only reduces the inevitable electrical noise which occurs during measurement but also increases the water vapor permeation signal. These effects improve the sensing reliability of the test. In addition, this structure is flexible, so one can instantly detect barrier performance changes when applying external stress.

  13. Experimental study on the difference between gas and water permeability of clay-rich fault rocks

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    Duan, Qingbao; Yang, Xiaosong; Chen, Jianye

    2017-04-01

    Gas permeability of clay rich rocks is generally higher than that measured with water as the pore fluid in laboratory. Besides the Klinkenberg gas slippage effect, the swelling and adsorption of clay minerals subjected to water may have strong influences (Faulkner and Rutter, 2000; Duan and Yang, 2014). To better understand the discrepancy between gas and water permeability of clay-rich fault rocks, we performed detail fluid transport property experiments on synthetic smectite-quartz, illite-quartz mixtures and natural fault gouge, as well as clay-deplete sandstones for the comparison purpose. Experiments were conducted on a fluid flow apparatus with effective pressures cycling between 5 and 105 MPa. Each sample was subject to nine pressure cycles (the first eight with nitrogen and the last one with de-ionized water as the pore fluid), along which permeability and porosity of either the dry or water-saturated samples were measured. In a few additional experiments, X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses were used to examine the hydration state of the smectite before and after the introduction of water. Results show that permeability of all the samples investigated decreases with increasing effective pressure, following a power law relation. Gas permeabilities exhibit strong pore pressure dependence, which can be attributed to the slippage effect. Water permeabilities of the samples are generally lower than the gas results after correction, with a few exceptions for the synthetic samples (clay content ≤10%). The permeability trends observed for samples after the introduction of water can be generally explained by the evolution of sample porosity, as can be obtained from the bulk and solid phase volume measurement results. Take the smectite-quartz synthetic samples for instance. Bulk volume of the samples generally expands after water saturation and XRD results show that almost three layers of water enter the smectite interlayers (001 basal spacing expands from about 14

  14. Ultrasonic wave velocities, gas permeability and porosity in natural and granular rock salt

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    Popp, T.; Kern, H.

    Gas-permeability and P- and S-wave velocities were measured simultaneously as a function of pressure in core samples of rock salt from the Gorleben borehole Go 1002. In addition, compaction experiments were carried out on granular salt in order to establish velocity-porosity systematics. The initial permeabilities of the Gorleben rock salt vary between 10 -16 and 2∗10 -20 m 2 and are found to be controlled by the grain size of the halite matrix minerals and the amount and distribution of “impurities” (anhydrite, polyhalite) on grain boundaries. Increase of effective pressure to 30 MPa gives rise to a marked decrease of permeability and a significant increase of P- and S-wave velocities due to the closure of grain boundary cracks. Our results are in agreement with literature data reported for in situ permeability and acoustic properties of single crystals, respectively. Compaction of granular rock salt gives rise to a reduction of porosity from about 40% to 2% exhibiting linear relationships between porosity and P- and S-wave velocities for porosities <25%. The combined measurements of gas permeability and ultrasonic wave velocities are found to provide powerful tools for the investigation of dilatancy in rock salt.

  15. [Permanent-wear of gas-permeable rigid lenses: a new solution for the aphakic patient].

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    Elie, G

    1985-01-01

    The authors reviews his experience during a period of six years with permanent wear gas-permeable hard contact lenses. Problems with dislocation of the lens during sleep was solved by using a diameter of 11 mm. Corneal respiration was maintained due to the oxygen permeability of the new material. A new fitting technique was developed advising daily wear for 8 days post-operatively, extended wear at the 15th day, and the final lens given after 45 days. The results obtained suggests that the technique is a very real alternative to intraocular lens implantation.

  16. Modelling of fast hydrogen permeability of alloys for membrane gas separation

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    Zaika, Yu. V.; Rodchenkova, N. I.

    2017-05-01

    The method of measuring the specific hydrogen permeability is used to study various alloys that are promising for gas separation installations. The nonlinear boundary value problem of hydrogen permeability complying with the specific features of the experiment and its modifications taking into account the high transfer rate is presented. Substantial difference from the quasi-equilibrium model (Richardson approximation in the assumption of the equilibrium Sieverts' law near the surface) has been discussed. The model is tested on published experimental data on Ta77Nb23 alloy.

  17. NMR determination of porosity and permeability of western tight gas sands

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    Cowgill, D. F.; Pitman, J. K.; Seevers, D. O.

    1981-01-01

    Samples of fine-grained sandstone from the Colorado Interstate Gas Exploration (CIGE), Natural Buttes No. 21 core, Uinta Basin, Utah were studied using pulsed nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and standard mineralogical techniques. Brine-saturated rock porosities varied from 1 to 13% and were found deducible from the magnitude of the proton NMR. The complex pore geometry and presence of authigenic carbonate and clay minerals in these samples precluded the use of standard flow models for predicting brine permeabilities from T/sub 1/ decays. A network model of the pore system is proposed and shown capable of accurately reproducing measured rock permeabilities, which varied from 10/sup -4/ to 1 millidarcy.

  18. Permeability changes in coal resulting from gas desorption

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    Not Available

    1992-01-01

    Eventually, the weight stabilized and the measurements commenced. Helium pressure was increased slowly and carefully, first to 15 psig then to 28 psig. The readout for the balance unit continued to exhibit unexplained fluctuation and output. Buoyancy of the empty pan was measured at pressures ranging up to 800 psig measured at approximately 100 psig increments. The balance weighing unit exhibited a progressive increase in weight with increasing pressure demonstrating that the displacement volume of the tare weight side of the balance was greater than the displacement volume of the weighing pan side of the balance. Therefore, the increased gas pressure produced a greater buoyancy of the tare side, producing a net increase in weight. The carefully collected data showed a linear change in weight with pressure (see accompanying diagram). A schematic diagram of the new configuration of the sorption apparatus is depicted in the accompanying figure.

  19. Interfacial nanobubbles are leaky: permeability of the gas/water interface.

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    German, Sean R; Wu, Xi; An, Hongjie; Craig, Vincent S J; Mega, Tony L; Zhang, Xuehua

    2014-06-24

    Currently there is no widespread agreement on an explanation for the stability of surface nanobubbles. One means by which several explanations can be differentiated is through the predictions they make about the degree of permeability of the gas-solution interface. Here we test the hypothesis that the gas-solution interface of surface nanobubbles is permeable by experimental measurements of the exchange of carbon dioxide. We present measurements by attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) and atomic force microscopy (AFM), demonstrating that the gas inside surface nanobubbles is not sealed inside the bubbles, but rather exchanges with the dissolved gas in the liquid phase. Such gas transfer is measurable by using the infrared active gas CO2. We find that bubbles formed in air-saturated water that is then perfused with CO2-saturated water give rise to distinctive gaseous CO2 signals in ATR-FTIR measurements. Also the CO2 gas inside nanobubbles quickly dissolves into the surrounding air-saturated water. AFM images before and after fluid exchange show that CO2 bubbles shrink upon exposure to air-equilibrated liquid but remain stable for hours. Also air bubbles in contact with CO2-saturated water increase in size and Ostwald ripening occurs more rapidly due to the relatively high gas solubility of CO2 in water.

  20. Gas permeability and selectivity of cellulose nanocrystals films (layers) deposited by spin coating.

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    Herrera, Martha A; Mathew, Aji P; Oksman, Kristiina

    2014-11-04

    Cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) were extracted from a cellulose residue using two different acid hydrolysis procedures. CNC extracted with sulfuric acid (CNC(S)) showed higher surface charge (339 μmol/g) compared with crystals extracted with hydrochloric acid (CNC(HCl)). Spin-coated films with two different configurations were prepared; the first with alternate layers of poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAHCl) and CNC, and the second with a single layer of PAHCl coated with multilayers of CNC. Film characteristics such as roughness, thickness, contact angle, orientation, gas permeability and gas selectivity were studied. Optical microscopy showed more homogeneous films of CNC(S) compared to CNC(HCl). The surface charge of the crystals impacted the films' hydrophobicity, being highest for 25 alternate layers of PAHCl and CNC(HCl). The gas permeability coefficient was different for each film, depending primarily on the surface charge of the crystals and secondly on the film configuration. The films made with CNC(HCl) displayed gas barriers with nitrogen and oxygen, and gas selectivity with some gas combinations. CNC(S) films did not show gas selectivity. These results indicate that CNC with low surface charge can be further developed for gas separation and barrier applications.

  1. Permeability changes in coal resulting from gas desorption

    SciTech Connect

    Levine, J.R.; Johnson, P.M.

    1992-01-01

    During this quarter, work was continued on measuring the methane sorption capacity of dispersed organic matter in gas shales and maceral concentrates derived from a Kentucky coal. Although previous results have demonstrated that the microbalance technique is successful in generating sorption isotherm curves, the accuracy of the technique has not been well established. The only previous test that allowed a comparison between gravimetric data and volumetric data showed a significant discrepancy with the gravimetric data indicating a considerably greater sorption quantities than the volumetric data. During the present quarter we took advantage of an opportunity to join in a round-robin analysis of sorption capacity of carbonatious shales. A suite of four samples was sent to six laboratories with each lab measuring sorption capacity for methane and reporting the results to a central lab which would compile all of the data for comparitive purposes. Of course, none of the other laboratories were using the gravimetric approach for measuring methane sorption capacity. So this provides a unique opportunity to test the accuracy of our methods.

  2. Effective permeabilities of abandoned oil and gas wells: analysis of data from Pennsylvania.

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    Kang, Mary; Baik, Ejeong; Miller, Alana R; Bandilla, Karl W; Celia, Michael A

    2015-04-07

    Abandoned oil and gas (AOG) wells can provide pathways for subsurface fluid migration, which can lead to groundwater contamination and gas emissions to the atmosphere. Little is known about the millions of AOG wells in the U.S. and abroad. Recently, we acquired data on methane emissions from 42 plugged and unplugged AOG wells in five different counties across western Pennsylvania. We used historical documents to estimate well depths and used these depths with the emissions data to estimate the wells' effective permeabilities, which capture the combined effects of all leakage pathways within and around the wellbores. We find effective permeabilities to range from 10(-6) to 10(2) millidarcies, which are within the range of previous estimates. The effective permeability data presented here provide perspective on older AOG wells and are valuable when considering the leakage potential of AOG wells in a wide range of applications, including geologic storage of carbon dioxide, natural gas storage, and oil and gas development.

  3. Liquid-gas relative permeabilities in fractures: Effects of flow structures, phase transformation and surface roughness

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    Chen, Chih-Ying

    2005-11-01

    and between smooth-walled and rough-walled fractures. We then used these experimental data to verify and calibrate a field-scale method for inferring steam-water relative permeabilities from production data. After that, actual production data from active geothermal fields at The Geysers and Salton Sea in California were used to calculate the relative permeabilities of steam and water. These theoretical, experimental, and in-situ results provide better understanding of the likely behavior of geothermal, gas-condensate, and steam injection reservoirs.

  4. An explanation of large-scale coal and gas outbursts in underground coal mines: the effect of low-permeability zones on abnormally abundant gas

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    An, F. H.; Cheng, Y. P.

    2014-08-01

    Large-scale coal and gas outbursts pose a risk of fatal disasters in underground mines. Large-scale outbursts (outburst of coal and rock greater than 500 t) in recent years in China indicate that there is abundant gas in areas of outbursts containing large amounts of potential energy. The adequate sealing properties of the roof and floor of a coal seam are required for local abundant gas around the site of an outburst, but an annular low-permeability zone in a coal seam, which prevents the loss by gas migration through the coal seam itself, is also required. The distribution of coal gas with this annular zone of low permeability is described, and it is proposed that the annular zone of low permeability creates conditions for confining the coal gas. The effect of this low-permeability zone on the gas distribution is analyzed after allowing for simplifications in the model. The results show that the permeability and length of the low-permeability zone have a great impact on the gas distribution, and the permeability is required to be several orders of magnitude less than that of normal coal and enough length is also in demand. A steep gradient of gas pressure in the low-permeability zone and the high-pressure gas in the abundant zone of gas can promote coal mass failure and coal wall deformation, thereby accelerating the coal and gas outburst. The high-pressure gas in abundant zone of gas will lead to a large-scale outburst if an outburst occurs.

  5. Effect of agglomeration of carbon nanotubes on gas permeability of PVTMS/CNT mixed matrix membranes

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    Grekhov, A. M.; Eremin, Yu S.; Bakhtin, D.; Volkov, V. V.

    2016-09-01

    Mixed matrix membranes (MMMs) with unique transport characteristics can be prepared by the addition of the minor amounts of carbon nanotubes. Qualitative (critical, effective, marked) changes in the membrane performance are shown to be provided by the formation of a percolation cluster composed of nanotubes. For MMMs based on poly(trimethylvinylsilane) (PVTMS) containing carbon nanotubes (CNT), due to the formation of the CNT percolation cluster, gas permeability increases by a factor of 5-15. When the CNT content in the MMMs is higher than the percolation threshold, gas permeability remains on the same level or even decreases. Numerical simulation proves that the above negative changes are provided by the agglomeration of nanotubes and subsequent deterioration of the percolation structure in the membranes.

  6. Simultaneous gas-chromatographic urinary measurement of sugar probes to assess intestinal permeability: use of time course analysis to optimize its use to assess regional gut permeability

    PubMed Central

    Shaikh, Maliha; Rajan, Kumar; Forsyth, Christopher B.; Voigt, Robin M.; Keshavarzian, Ali

    2015-01-01

    Background Measurement of intestinal permeability is important in several diseases but currently several methods are employed. We sought to: (1) develop a new GC based method to measure urinary mannitol, lactulose and sucralose to assess regional and total gut permeability; (2) analyze the kinetics of these sugars in the urine to determine which ratio is useful to represent intestinal permeability; and (3) determine whether age, gender, race and BMI impact these values. Methods Subjects drank a cocktail of sucrose, lactulose, mannitol and sucralose and these sugars were measured in the urine at 5, 12 and 24 h with gas chromatography. Results Urinary mannitol exhibited significantly different kinetics than lactulose and sucralose which were similar to each other and varied little over the 24 h. No permeability differences were observed for renal function, age, race, sex, or BMI. Conclusions Our data do not support the use of the widely used L/M ratio as an accurate estimate of intestinal permeability. Our data support the use of: The sucralose/lactulose (S/M) ratio to measure: small intestine permeability (first 5 h); small and large intestine (first 12 hours), and total gut permeability (24 h). This was also found to be true in a Parkinson’s disease model. PMID:25591964

  7. Corneal epithelial response of the primate eye to gas permeable corneal contact lenses: a preliminary report.

    PubMed

    Bergmanson, J P; Ruben, M; Chu, L W

    1984-01-01

    The comparative corneal epithelial effects of rigid gas permeable and soft contact lenses are reported in the present preliminary study using two bush baby monkeys (Galago senegalensis). Both types of lenses produced early cell death among the surface squamous cells while internally the epithelium and its nerve fibers remained normal. Sporadically small abnormal groups of cells involving two to three of the surface layers were observed in both the hard and soft lens wearing corneas. It was concluded that this represented superficial punctate keratitis (SPK). Small superficial intracellular epithelial cysts with membranous contents were infrequently noted in the gas permeable lens wearing cornea and it is suggested here that they were mild forms or precursors of those seen clinically in human corneas. Since the gas permeable lens met the corneal oxygen requirement it is postulated that the traumatic effect of the rigidity of the lens caused the cystic formation to occur. The relative hypoxia induced by the soft contact lens resulted in a mild superficial epithelial edema.

  8. Recovery of ammonia and phosphate minerals from swine wastewater using gas-permeable membranes.

    PubMed

    Vanotti, M B; Dube, P J; Szogi, A A; García-González, M C

    2017-04-01

    Gas-permeable membrane technology is useful to recover ammonia (NH3) from liquid manures. In this study, phosphorus (P) recovery via MgCl2 precipitation was enhanced by combining it with NH3 recovery through gas-permeable membranes. Anaerobically digested swine wastewater containing approximately 2300 mg NH4(+)-N L(-1) and 450 mg P L(-1) was treated using submerged membranes plus low-rate aeration to recover the NH3 from within the liquid and MgCl2 to precipitate the P. The experiments included a first configuration where N and P were recovered sequentially and a second configuration with simultaneous recovery. The low-rate aeration reduced the natural carbonate, increased pH and accelerated NH3 uptake by the gas-permeable membrane system, which in turn benefited P recovery. Phosphorus removal efficiency was >90% and P recovery efficiency was about 100%. With higher NH3 capture, the recovered P contained higher P2O5 content (37-46%, >98% available), similar to the composition of the biomineral newberyite (MgHPO4·3H2O). Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  9. Verification of capillary pressure functions and relative permeability equations for gas production

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    Jang, Jaewon

    2016-10-25

    The understanding of multiphase fluid flow in porous media is of great importance in many fields such as enhanced oil recovery, hydrology, CO2 sequestration, contaminants cleanup and natural gas production from hydrate bearing sediments. However, there are many unanswered questions about the key parameters that characterize gas and water flows in porous media. The characteristics of multiphase fluid flow in porous media such as water retention curve, relative permeability, preferential fluid flow patterns and fluid-particle interaction should be taken into consideration for a fundamental understanding of the behavior of pore scale systems.

  10. Polymer/Silicate Nanocomposites Used to Manufacture Gas Storage Tanks With Reduced Permeability

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    Campbell, Sandi G.; Johnston, Chris

    2004-01-01

    Over the past decade, there has been considerable research in the area of polymer-layered silicate nanocomposites. This research has shown that the dispersion of small amounts of an organically modified layered silicate improves the polymer strength, modulus, thermal stability, and barrier properties. There have been several reports on the dispersion of layered silicates in an epoxy matrix. Potential enhancements to the barrier properties of epoxy/silicate nanocomposites make this material attractive for low permeability tankage. Polymer matrix composites (PMCs) have several advantages for cryogenic storage tanks. They are lightweight, strong, and stiff; therefore, a smaller fraction of a vehicle's potential payload capacity is used for propellant storage. Unfortunately, the resins typically used to make PMC tanks have higher gas permeability than metals. This can lead to hydrogen loss through the body of the tank instead of just at welds and fittings. One approach to eliminate this problem is to build composite tanks with thin metal liners. However, although these tanks provide good permeability performance, they suffer from a substantial mismatch in the coefficient of thermal expansion, which can lead to failure of the bond between the liner and the body of the tank. Both problems could be addressed with polymersilicate nanocomposites, which exhibit reduced hydrogen permeability, making them potential candidates for linerless PMC tanks. Through collaboration with Northrop Grumman and Michigan State University, nanocomposite test tanks were manufactured for the NASA Glenn Research Center, and the helium permeability was measured. An organically modified silicate was prepared at Michigan State University and dispersed in an epoxy matrix (EPON 826/JeffamineD230). The epoxy/silicate nanocomposites contained either 0 or 5 wt% of the organically modified silicate. The tanks were made by filament winding carbon fibers with the nanocomposite resin. Helium permeability

  11. Captura de amonio procedente de estiercol mediante membranas permeables de gases (capture of ammonnia from turkey manure using gas-permeable membranes)

    USDA-ARS?s Scientific Manuscript database

    This paper, written in Spanish, describes the capture and recovery of gaseous ammonia from turkey manure using gas-permeable membranes technology with formation of stabilized ammonium salts. Bench experiments were carried out in Maryland using a pilot prototype system with turkey litter inside contr...

  12. Tritium Transport at the Rulison Site, a Nuclear-stimulated Low-permeability Natural Gas Reservoir

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    C. Cooper; M. Ye; J. Chapman

    2008-04-01

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies conducted a program in the 1960s and 1970s that evaluated technology for the nuclear stimulation of low-permeability natural gas reservoirs. The second project in the program, Project Rulison, was located in west-central Colorado. A 40-kiltoton nuclear device was detonated 2,568 m below the land surface in the Williams Fork Formation on September 10, 1969. The natural gas reservoirs in the Williams Fork Formation occur in low permeability, fractured sandstone lenses interbedded with shale. Radionuclides derived from residual fuel products, nuclear reactions, and activation products were generated as a result of the detonation. Most of the radionuclides are contained in a cooled, solidified melt glass phase created from vaporized and melted rock that re-condensed after the test. Of the mobile gas-phase radionuclides released, tritium ({sup 3}H or T) migration is of most concern. The other gas-phase radionuclides ({sup 85}Kr, {sup 14}C) were largely removed during production testing in 1969 and 1970 and are no longer present in appreciable amounts. Substantial tritium remained because it is part of the water molecule, which is present in both the gas and liquid (aqueous) phases. The objectives of this work are to calculate the nature and extent of tritium contamination in the subsurface from the Rulison test from the time of the test to present day (2007), and to evaluate tritium migration under natural-gas production conditions to a hypothetical gas production well in the most vulnerable location outside the DOE drilling restriction. The natural-gas production scenario involves a hypothetical production well located 258 m horizontally away from the detonation point, outside the edge of the current drilling exclusion area. The production interval in the hypothetical well is at the same elevation as the nuclear chimney created by the detonation, in order to evaluate the location most vulnerable to

  13. The Mitochondrial Permeability Transition Pore in Motor Neurons: Involvement in the Pathobiology of ALS Mice

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    Martin, Lee J.; Gertz, Barry; Pan, Yan; Price, Ann C.; Molkentin, Jeffery D.; Chang, Qing

    2009-01-01

    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease of motor neurons (MNs) that causes paralysis. Some forms of ALS are inherited, caused by mutations in the superoxide dismutase-1 (SOD1) gene. The mechanisms of human mutant SOD1 (mSOD1) toxicity to MNs are unresolved. Mitochondria in MNs might be key sites for ALS pathogenesis, but cause-effect relationships between mSOD1 and mitochrondiopathy need further study. We used transgenic mSOD1 mice to test the hypothesis that the mitochondrial permeability transition pore (mPTP) is involved in the MN degeneration of ALS. Components of the multi-protein mPTP are expressed highly in mouse MNs, including the voltage-dependent anion channel, adenine nucleotide translocator (ANT), and cyclophilin D (CyPD), and are present in mitochondria marked by manganese SOD. MNs in pre-symptomatic mSOD1-G93A mice form swollen megamitochondria with CyPD immunoreactivity. Early disease is associated with mitochondrial cristae remodeling and matrix vesiculation in ventral horn neuron dendrites. MN cell bodies accumulate mitochondria derived from the distal axons projecting to skeletal muscle. Incipient disease in spinal cord is associated with increased oxidative and nitrative stress, indicated by protein carbonyls and nitration of CyPD and ANT. Reducing the levels of CyPD by genetic ablation significantly delays disease onset and extends the lifespan of G93A-mSOD1 mice expressing high and low levels of mutant protein in a gender-dependent pattern. These results demonstrate that mitochondria have causal roles in the disease mechanisms in MNs in ALS mice. This work defines a new mitochondrial mechanism for MN degeneration in ALS. PMID:19272377

  14. Gas permeability of ENR/PVC membrane with the addition of inorganic fillers

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    Nor, Farhan Mohd; Abdullah, Ibrahim; Othaman, Rizafizah

    2013-11-01

    Epoxidized natural rubber (ENR) was blended with polyvinyl chloride to form a flexible and porous membrane. SiO2 and MgO were added into the membrane for pore formation and the effects of the addition was investigated by means of FTIR, TGA, SEM, EDX and gas permeability towards CO2 and N2 gases. FTIR result showed the presence of Si-O-Si asymmetric stretching at the absorption peak of 467 cm-1 for ENR/PVC/SiO2 membrane and MgO signature peak at 3700 cm-1 for ENR/PVC/MgO membrane. Thermal analysis showed that the thermal stability of ENR/PVC membrane increased with the addition of fillers. Morphological studies prove that subsequently, the pores in the membranes increased showing that some of the added fillers were drawn towards the water leaving empty spaces and tracks. The remaining fillers are homogenously distributed on the surface of the membranes. CO2 and N2 gas permeability increased with increasing filler content and the permeability of ENR/PVC/SiO2 membranes towards CO2 and N2 gasses was higher than ENR/PVC/MgO membranes.

  15. System for exposing cultured cells to intermittent hypoxia utilizing gas permeable cultureware.

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    Polak, Jan; Studer-Rabeler, Karen; McHugh, Holly; Hussain, Mehboob A; Shimoda, Larissa A

    2015-07-01

    Tissue intermittent hypoxia (IH) occurs in obstructive sleep apnea, sickle cell anemia, physical exercise and other conditions. Poor gas solubility and slow diffusion through culture media hampers mimicking IH-induced transitions of O(2) in vitro. We aimed to develop a system enabling exposure of cultured cells to IH and to validate such exposure by real-time O(2) measurements and cellular responses. Standard 24-well culture plates and plates with bottoms made from a gas permeable film were placed in a heated cabinet. Desired cycling of O(2) levels was induced using programmable solenoids to purge mixtures of 95% N(2) + 5% CO(2) or 95% O(2) + 5% CO(2). Dissolved oxygen, gas pressure, temperature, and water evaporation were measured during cycling. IH-induced cellular effects were evaluated by hypoxia inducible factor (HIF) and NF-κB luciferase reporters in HEK296 cells and by insulin secretion in rat insulinoma cells. Oxygen cycling in the cabinet was translated into identical changes of O(2) at the well bottom in gas permeable, but not in standard cultureware. Twenty-four hours of IH exposure increased HIF (112%), NF-κB (111%) and insulin secretion (44%). Described system enables reproducible and prolonged IH exposure in cultured cells while controlling for important environmental factors.

  16. Closed System Cell Culture Protocol Using HYPERStack Vessels with Gas Permeable Material Technology

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    Rothenberg, Mark; Martin, Greg

    2010-01-01

    Large volume adherent cell culture is currently standardized on stacked plate cell growth products when microcarrier beads are not an optimal choice. HYPERStack vessels allow closed system scale up from the current stacked plate products and delivers >2.5X more cells in the same volumetric footprint. The HYPERStack vessels function via gas permeable material which allows gas exchange to occur, therefore eliminating the need for internal headspace within a vessel. The elimination of headspace allows the compartment where cell growth occurs to be minimized to reduce space, allowing more layers of cell growth surface area within the same volumetric footprint. For many applications such as cell therapy or vaccine production, a closed system is required for cell growth and harvesting. The HYPERStack vessel allows cell and reagent addition and removal via tubing from media bags or other methods. This protocol will explain the technology behind the gas permeable material used in the HYPERStack vessels, gas diffusion results to meet the metabolic needs of cells, closed system cell growth protocols, and various harvesting methods. PMID:21189467

  17. Long-term monitoring of soil gas radon and permeability at two reference sites.

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    Chen, Jing; Falcomer, Renato; Ly, Jim; Wierdsma, Jessica; Bergman, Lauren

    2008-01-01

    The long-term monitoring of soil radon variations was conducted at two reference sites in Ottawa. The purpose of this study was to determine whether a single soil radon survey could provide a representative soil radon characteristic of the site. Results showed that during the normal field survey period from June to September in Canada, a single field survey with multiple measurements of soil gas radon concentrations at a depth of 80 cm can characterise the soil radon level of a site within a deviation of +/-30%. Direct in situ soil permeability measurements exhibited, however, large variations even within an area of only 10 x 10 m(2). Considering such large variations and the weight of the equipment, soil permeability can be determined by direct measurements whenever possible or by other qualitative evaluation methods for sites that are hard to access with heavy equipment.

  18. Gas chromatographic method for detection of urinary sucralose: application to the assessment of intestinal permeability.

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    Farhadi, Ashkan; Keshavarzian, Ali; Holmes, Earle W; Fields, Jeremy; Zhang, Lei; Banan, Ali

    2003-01-25

    We developed a capillary column gas chromatography (CCGC) method for the measurement of urinary sucralose (S) and three other sugar probes including, sucrose, lactulose (L) and mannitol (M) for use in in vivo studies of intestinal permeability. We compared the capillary method with a packed column gas chromatography (PCGC) method. We also investigated a possible role for sucralose as a probe for the measurement of whole gut permeability. Sample preparation was rapid and simple. The above four sugars were detected precisely, without interference. We measured intestinal permeability using 5- and 24-h urine collections in 14 healthy volunteers. The metabolism of sugars was evaluated by incubating the intestinal bacteria with an iso-osmolar mixture of mannitol, lactulose and sucralose at 37 degrees C for 19 h. Sugar concentrations and the pH of the mixture were monitored. The use of the CCGC method improved the detection of sucralose as compared to PCGC. The average coefficient of variation decreased from 15% to 4%. It also increased the sensitivity of detection by 200-2000-fold. The GC assay was linear between sucralose concentrations of 0.2 and 40 g/l (r=1.000). Intestinal bacteria metabolized lactulose and acidified the media but did not metabolize sucralose or mannitol. The new method for the measurement of urinary sucralose permits the simultaneous quantitation of sucrose, mannitol and lactulose, and is rapid, simple, sensitive, accurate and reproducible. Because neither S nor M is metabolized by intestinal bacteria, and because only a tiny fraction of either sugar is absorbed, this pair of sugar probes appears to be available for absorption throughout the GI tract. Thus, the 24-h urinary concentrations of S and M, or the urinary S/M ratio following an oral dose of a sugar mixture, might be good markers for whole gut permeability.

  19. Guide to the clinical assessment of on-eye wettability of rigid gas permeable lenses.

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    Shiobara, M; Schnider, C M; Back, A; Holden, B A

    1989-04-01

    The number of rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lens materials is increasing rapidly. One of the most critical issues for acceptance of new materials is lens wettability. This paper describes techniques for assessing lens wetting characteristics while the lenses are worn on the eye, and relates each observation to the lens material properties or patient tear characteristics. This method of lens wetting assessment is intended to aid the practitioner in determining the optimal lens material for a patient, based upon assessment of the interactions inherent in the lens-eye system.

  20. High-resolution nanopatterning of biodegradable polylactide by thermal nanoimprint lithography using gas permeable mold

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    Takei, Satoshi; Hanabata, Makoto

    2017-03-01

    We report high-resolution (150 nm) nanopatterning of biodegradable polylactide by thermal nanoimprint lithography using dichloromethane as a volatile solvent for improving the liquidity and a porous cyclodextrin-based gas-permeable mold. This study demonstrates the high-resolution patterning of polylactic acid and other non-liquid functional materials with poor fluidity by thermal nanoimprinting. Such a patterning is expected to expand the utility of thermal nanoimprint lithography and fabricate non-liquid functional materials suitable for eco-friendly and biomedical applications.

  1. In situ oxygen transmissibility of rigid gas-permeable contact lenses.

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    Weissman, B A; Fatt, I

    1988-05-01

    On the eye a contact lens is bathed in tear fluid, which increases its resistance to oxygen flux. For rigid gas-permeable lenses, this effect should be small during open-eye wear because a large amount of oxygen is provided by air-saturated tears that are pumped under the lens. However, under closed-eye conditions this study suggests substantial decrease in overall lens system oxygen transmissibility when lens transmissibility itself is greater than 20 x 10(-9) cm ml O2/s ml mm Hg and when the average thickness of the tear layer is greater than about 20 micron.

  2. Effects of dry ice on gas permeability of nano-silver-impregnated Populus nigra and Fagus orientalis.

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    Taghiyari, H R; Layeghi, M; Aminzadeh Liyafooee, F

    2012-06-01

    Effects of dry-ice treatment (frozen CO(2) at -78.5°C) on gas permeability of untreated and nano-silver-impregnated poplar and beech specimens were studied here on the basis of their biological structure and woody mass as well as their vessel element types. A 200 ppm aqueous dispersion of silver nano-particles was used for impregnation; the size range of silver nano-particles was 20-80 nm. Dry-ice treatment increased gas permeability by 87 and 45% in poplar and beech, respectively. Nano-silver impregnation also increased gas permeability by 190 and 89% in poplar and beech, respectively. Dry-ice treatment on nano-silver-impregnated specimens increased gas permeability even more (31% increase in poplar but only 0.96% in beech). It may be concluded that dry-ice treatment on solid woods may be used as a practical method to increase permeability in species that because of their biological structures are impermeable; since this method alters the biological structure slightly and consequently decreases mechanical strength of solid woods insignificantly, it may substitute methods such as incising to increase permeability.

  3. The generation and evolution of anisotropic gas-permeability during viscous deformation in conduit-filling ignimbrites

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    Kolzenburg, Stephan; Russell, Kelly

    2015-04-01

    Gas-permeability plays a governing role in the pre-explosive pressurization of volcanic edifices. Pressurization may only occur once the total volume flux of gases emitted by an underlying magmatic or hydrothermal source exceeds the flow capacity of the permeable pathways present in the edifice. We have measured the physical properties (strain, porosity, permeability and ultrasonic wave velocities) of breadcrust bombs recovered from the deposits of the 2350 B.P. eruption of Mt Meager, BC, Canada. These rocks represent a conduit-infilling pyroclastic breccia that underwent various degrees of welding and deformation and present a remarkable opportunity to constrain the nature and timescale of mechanical processes operating within explosive volcanic conduits during repose periods between eruptive cycles. Here we present data from permeability measurements along the directions of maximum and minimum shortening which help quantifying the effect of vesicle microstructure on permeability. Permeability is measured by applying a range of confining pressures (between 3.4 and 17.2 MPa) to each sample and imposing a constant head (of 0.2 to 3.5 MPa) across the sample. The permeability is then determined using a modified version of Darcy's law applicable to compressible fluids. These rocks display a profound directionality in the measured physical properties resulting from the deformation-induced fabric. For all samples the permeability across the elongation fabric is highly correlated to the sample porosity whereas along the elongation fabric there is little effect of porosity on permeability. At porosity values of about 20% the permeability seems to reach a minimum at 10-16 m2 and does not change significantly with further reduction of porosity. Further, the effect of confining pressure on the permeability of these samples appears to be more pronounced across the elongation fabric than along the elongation fabric. The deformation fabric has a significant effect on the gas-permeability

  4. Permeability changes in coal resulting from gas desorption. Tenth quarterly report, January 1, 1992--March 31, 1992

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    Levine, J.R.; Johnson, P.M.

    1992-12-31

    Research continued on the study of coal permeability and gas desorption. This quarter, most of the effort involved identifying problems with the microbalance and then getting it repaired. Measurement of the amount of gas adsorbed with the microbalance involved corrections for the buoyancy change with pressure and several experiments with helium were made to determine this correction.

  5. Influence of silica-based hybrid material on the gas permeability of hardened cement paste

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    Li, R.; Hou, P.; Xie, N.; Zhou, Z.; Cheng, X.

    2017-03-01

    Surface treatment is one of the most effective ways to elongate the service life of concrete. The surface treatment agents, including organic and inorganic types, have been intensively studied. In this paper, the silica-based hybrid nanocomposite, which take advantages of both organic and inorganic treatment agents, was synthesized and used for surface treatment of hardened cement-based material. The effectiveness of organic and inorganic hybrid nanocomposite was evaluated through investigations on the gas permeability of cement-based materials. The results showed that SiO2/PMHS hybrid nanocomposite can greatly decrease the gas transport properties of hardened cement-based materials and has a great potential for surface treatment of cementitious materials.

  6. Stress-sensitive permeability: application to fault integrity during gas production

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    Ghanimi, Mohammed-Ali; Leroy, Yves; Kamp, Arjan

    2017-04-01

    The objective is to propose a simple theoretical approach and the associated numerical algorithm to capture the permeability evolution within a fractured region in response to a stress perturbation. The stress range of interest is typical of a reversible deformation such that the fractures have varying apertures but constant lengths and densities. It is the permeability evolution from a negligible value characteristic of flows on geological times to values more relevant for gas production which are important for the structural integrity of the fractured region. A simple 1D application related to the sealing capacity of a fault bounding a producing gas reservoir is proposed to illustrate the theory. The stress change on the two sides of the faults are obtained with a 2D finite-element simulation based on the theory of poro-elasticity and considering the fault as a material discontinuity. The 1D flow simulation is done in a second step and the flux is assumed to occur through the fault thickness from the non-depleted (minus side) to the depleted (plus side) regions. It is shown how the depletion results in the fractures opening in the fault damaged zone close to the minus side and the fracture closure next to the plus side. This evolution could be non-monotonic in time because of the development and the thinning of a boundary layer in the fluid pressure at the plus side. The simulations end once a Coulomb criterion is reached, typically at the minus side of the fault. The presence of a low-permeability core at the fault centre does not change these conclusions although a positive effective normal stress is detected in the damaged zone on the minus side of the core prior to the Coulomb criterion activation.

  7. Inflammation-free, gas-permeable, lightweight, stretchable on-skin electronics with nanomeshes

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    Miyamoto, Akihito; Lee, Sungwon; Cooray, Nawalage Florence; Lee, Sunghoon; Mori, Mami; Matsuhisa, Naoji; Jin, Hanbit; Yoda, Leona; Yokota, Tomoyuki; Itoh, Akira; Sekino, Masaki; Kawasaki, Hiroshi; Ebihara, Tamotsu; Amagai, Masayuki; Someya, Takao

    2017-09-01

    Thin-film electronic devices can be integrated with skin for health monitoring and/or for interfacing with machines. Minimal invasiveness is highly desirable when applying wearable electronics directly onto human skin. However, manufacturing such on-skin electronics on planar substrates results in limited gas permeability. Therefore, it is necessary to systematically investigate their long-term physiological and psychological effects. As a demonstration of substrate-free electronics, here we show the successful fabrication of inflammation-free, highly gas-permeable, ultrathin, lightweight and stretchable sensors that can be directly laminated onto human skin for long periods of time, realized with a conductive nanomesh structure. A one-week skin patch test revealed that the risk of inflammation caused by on-skin sensors can be significantly suppressed by using the nanomesh sensors. Furthermore, a wireless system that can detect touch, temperature and pressure is successfully demonstrated using a nanomesh with excellent mechanical durability. In addition, electromyogram recordings were successfully taken with minimal discomfort to the user.

  8. Inflammation-free, gas-permeable, lightweight, stretchable on-skin electronics with nanomeshes.

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    Miyamoto, Akihito; Lee, Sungwon; Cooray, Nawalage Florence; Lee, Sunghoon; Mori, Mami; Matsuhisa, Naoji; Jin, Hanbit; Yoda, Leona; Yokota, Tomoyuki; Itoh, Akira; Sekino, Masaki; Kawasaki, Hiroshi; Ebihara, Tamotsu; Amagai, Masayuki; Someya, Takao

    2017-09-01

    Thin-film electronic devices can be integrated with skin for health monitoring and/or for interfacing with machines. Minimal invasiveness is highly desirable when applying wearable electronics directly onto human skin. However, manufacturing such on-skin electronics on planar substrates results in limited gas permeability. Therefore, it is necessary to systematically investigate their long-term physiological and psychological effects. As a demonstration of substrate-free electronics, here we show the successful fabrication of inflammation-free, highly gas-permeable, ultrathin, lightweight and stretchable sensors that can be directly laminated onto human skin for long periods of time, realized with a conductive nanomesh structure. A one-week skin patch test revealed that the risk of inflammation caused by on-skin sensors can be significantly suppressed by using the nanomesh sensors. Furthermore, a wireless system that can detect touch, temperature and pressure is successfully demonstrated using a nanomesh with excellent mechanical durability. In addition, electromyogram recordings were successfully taken with minimal discomfort to the user.

  9. Commercially Available Gas-Permeable Cell Culture Bags May Not Prevent Anoxia in Cultured or Shipped Islets

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    Avgoustiniatos, E.S.; Hering, B.J.; Rozak, P.R.; Wilson, J.R.; Tempelman, L.A.; Balamurugan, A.N.; Welch, D.P.; Weegman, B.P.; Suszynski, T.M.; Papas, K.K.

    2009-01-01

    Prolonged anoxia has deleterious effects on islets. Gas-permeable cell culture devices can be used to minimize anoxia during islet culture and especially during shipment when elimination of gas-liquid interfaces is required to prevent the formation of damaging gas bubbles. Gas-permeable bags may have several drawbacks, such as propensity for puncture and contamination, difficult islet retrieval, and significantly lower oxygen permeability than silicone rubber membranes (SRM). We hypothesized that oxygen permeability of bags may be insufficient for islet oxygenation. We measured oxygen transmission rates through the membrane walls of three different types of commercially available bags and through SRM currently used for islet shipment. We found that the bag membranes have oxygen transmission rates per unit area about 100-fold lower than SRM. We solved the oxygen diffusion-reaction equation for 150-μm diameter islets seeded at 3000 islet equivalents per cm2, a density adequate to culture and ship an entire human or porcine islet preparation in a single gas-permeable device, predicting that about 40% of the islet volume would be anoxic at 22°C and about 70% would be anoxic at 37°C. Islets of larger size or islets accumulated during shipment would be even more anoxic. The model predicted no anoxia in islets similarly seeded in devices with SRM bottoms. We concluded that commercially available bags may not prevent anoxia during islet culture or shipment; devices with SRM bottoms are more suitable alternatives. PMID:18374080

  10. Permeable weak layer in the gas hydrate reservoir presumed by logging-while-drilling log data

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    Suzuki, K.; Fujii, T.; Takayama, T.

    2015-12-01

    One of the specific intervals attracted attention to analyze the 2012 gas-production test from methane-hydrate reservoir, because its pressure and temperature behavior was different from other intervals of the production zone. The pressure and temperature behavior implied the interval should be high permeability. We analyzed the interval to characterize the properties before gas-production test; i.e. the original properties of the interval. We checked the data of the logging-while-drilling data of AT1-MC, which was one of the monitoring wells at the gas-production test. The specific interval was described as 1290-1298m, where was boundary between upper sand and mud alteration layer and middle clayey zone. The first, we noticed that there were several layers that showed broad T2 distributions of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). On the basis of the T2 distributions and the resistivity data of the interval, there were large pores that showed the T2 distribution around 100ms, even though some amount of methane hydrate were contained. This result could be explained the interval showed high permeability below the 1294m. After checking their ultra-sonic caliper data in detail, we found interesting difference in the interval. The specific interval of 1294-1295m had different borehole-enlargement direction from other intervals of the methane-hydrate bearing zone, even though diameter of borehole was slightly enlarged. Other layers in the methane hydrate reservoir showed NW-SE directions of enlargement, however, the specific interval had NE-SW direction of enlargement. Hence, H-max stress and H-min stress of this specific interval could be very close values. Thus, near the 1294m, the lithology of the layer was permeable and weak. It might be useful to understand many phenomena occured during the gas-production test. This research was conducted as a part of the MH21 research, and the authors would like to express their sincere appreciation to MH21 and the Ministry of Economy

  11. Stress-dependence of Porosity and Permeability of Upper Jurassic Bossier Shale: Implications for Gas in Place Calculations and Production

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    Fink, Reinhard; Merkel, Alexej; Krooss, Bernhard; Amann-Hildenbrand, Alexandra; Gensterblum, Yves

    2015-04-01

    Information on porosity and permeability at realistic sub-surface (in situ) stress conditions is a prerequisite for successful exploration and production of shale gas. In order to study the effects of elastic pore compressibility on these parameters, porosity and permeability coefficients of three Upper Jurassic Bossier Shale samples were determined at stress levels up to 40 MPa. Pore volume compressibility α was measured using a gas expansion technique by helium (He) expansion from a calibrated volume into the pore system of the confined sample. The recorded decrease in specific pore volume (Vp) with increasing effective stress was fitted by an exponential function: Vp = Vp,0 e (-α σ') Unstressed specific pore volume Vp,0 of the samples corresponds to an unstressed porosity (φ0) between 3 - 7 %. At the in situ effective stress value (σ') of ~60 MPa, Vp had decreased between 8 - 13 %. Steady-state permeability tests were performed with six different gases and external stress levels up to 40 MPa. Apparent gas permeability coefficients (kgas) increase with decreasing mean pore pressure (pm) due to slip flow (Klinkenberg-effect): kgas = k∞ (1 + b/pm) Klinkenberg-corrected (intrinsic) permeability coefficients (k∞) decrease with increasing effective stress while slip factors (b) increase. The experimental results were fitted by exponential expressions: k∞ = k∞,0 e (-αk σ') b = b0 e (-αb σ') Increasing slip factors indicate that the average effective pore diameters of the shale sample are significantly reduced with increasing effective stress. During production of a shale gas reservoir the pore pressure is reduced. Apparent permeability coefficients will increase due to slip flow whereas poro-elastic deformation will lead to a decrease in permeability during production. Based on the parameters derived from the experimental data the permeability coefficients for CH4 were tentatively modelled for a hypothetical production history of a Bossier shale

  12. Mechanical properties and permeability of hydrogen isotopes through CrNi35WTiAl alloy, containing radiogenic helium

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    Maksimkin, I.P.; Yukhimchuk, A.A.; Boitsov, I.Y.; Malkov, I.L.; Musyaev, R.K.; Baurin, A.Y.; Shevnin, E.V.; Vertey, A.V.

    2015-03-15

    The long-term contact of structural materials (SM) with tritium-containing media makes their properties in terms of kinetic permeability of hydrogen isotopes change. This change is the consequence of the defect formation in SM due to the result of {sup 3}He build-up generated by the radioactive decay of tritium dissolved in SM. This paper presents the experimental results concerning the permeability of hydrogen isotopes through CrNi35WTiAl alloy containing {sup 3}He and the impact of the presence of {sup 3}He and H on its mechanical properties. Tensile tests of cylindrical samples containing various concentrations of {sup 3}He (90, 230 and 560 appm) have been performed in inert and hydrogen atmospheres. The build-up of {sup 3}He has been made using the 'helium trick' technique. The maximal decrease in the plastic characteristics of the CrNi35WTiAl alloy occurs in samples with the highest {sup 3}He (560 appm) content at 873 K. The permeability of deuterium through the CrNi35WTiAl alloy in the initial state and that with 560 appm of {sup 3}He content was explored. The presence of this {sup 3}He concentration has shown an increase in deuterium permeability, evidently due to structural changes in the material under the impact of radiogenic helium.

  13. STEADY-FATE FIELD-SCALE GAS PERMEABILITY ESTIMATION AND PORE-GAS VELOCITY CALCULATION IN A DOMAIN OPEN TO THE ATMOSPHERE

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    Field-scale estimation of gas permeability and subsequent computation of pore-gas velocity profiles are critical elements of sound soil venting design. It has been our experience however in U.S. EPA's technical assistance program, provided by the Office of Research and Developme...

  14. STEADY-FATE FIELD-SCALE GAS PERMEABILITY ESTIMATION AND PORE-GAS VELOCITY CALCULATION IN A DOMAIN OPEN TO THE ATMOSPHERE

    EPA Science Inventory

    Field-scale estimation of gas permeability and subsequent computation of pore-gas velocity profiles are critical elements of sound soil venting design. It has been our experience however in U.S. EPA's technical assistance program, provided by the Office of Research and Developme...

  15. Measurements of Gas-Water Relative Permeability for Methane-Hydrate-Bearing Sediments using X-ray Computed-Tomography

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    Konno, Y.; Jin, Y.; Nagao, J.

    2012-04-01

    Oceanic gas hydrate deposits at high saturations have been found within sandy sediments in areas such as the Eastern Nankai Trough and the Gulf of Mexico. The recent discovery of these deposits has stimulated research and development programs exploring the use of gas hydrates as energy resources. Depressurization is thought to be a promising method for gas recovery from gas hydrates deposits; however, considerable water production is expected when this method is applied for oceanic gas hydrate deposits. The prediction of water production is a critical problem for successful gas production from these deposits. The gas-water relative permeability of gas-hydrate-bearing sediments is a key parameter to predict gas-water-ratio (GWR) during gas production. However, the experimental measurement of gas-water relative permeability for gas-hydrate-bearing sediments is a challenging problem due to a phase change (gas hydrate formation/dissociation) during gas-water flooding test. We used X-ray computed tomography (CT) and a newly-developed core holder to measure gas-water relative permeability for gas-hydrate-bearing sediments. X-ray CT was used to image a displacement front and quantify density changes during water flooding test in methane-hydrate-bearing cores. We obtained CT images every two minutes during a water flooding test for a gas-saturated methane-hydrate-bearing core. The movement of displacement front was captured from these CT images. Quantitative analysis of density change was also done to analyze the change of gas/water saturations. We developed a multi-sensor-tap core holder to minimize capillary end effect on the pressure measurements. To be able to obtain CT images by X-ray, the core holder was made of aluminum alloy. We successfully measured pressure differences of the intermediate section of the core during water flooding test. The change of pressure differences during water flooding test showed strong correlation with the movement of displacement front

  16. Oxygen diffusion and edema with modern scleral rigid gas permeable contact lenses.

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    Compañ, Vicente; Oliveira, Cristina; Aguilella-Arzo, Marcel; Mollá, Sergio; Peixoto-de-Matos, Sofia C; González-Méijome, José M

    2014-09-04

    We defined the theoretical oxygen tension behind modern scleral contact lenses (CLs) made of different rigid gas permeable (RGP) materials, assuming different thickness of the tear layer behind the lens. A second goal was to show clinically the effect of the postlens tear film on corneal swelling. We simulated the partial pressure of oxygen across the cornea behind scleral CLs made of different lens materials (oxygen permeability Dk, 75-200 barrer) and different thickness (Tav, 100-300 μm). Postlens tear film thicknesses (Tpost-tear) ranging from 150 to 350 μm were considered. Eight healthy subjects were fitted randomly with a scleral lens with a thin and a thick postlens tear layer in two different sessions for a period of 3 hours under open-eye conditions. The CLs with less than 125 barrer of Dk and a thickness over 200 μm depleted the oxygen availability at the lens-cornea interface below 55 mm Hg for a postlens tear film of 150 μm. For a postlens tear film thickness of 350 μm, no combination of material or lens thickness will meet the criteria of 55 mm Hg. Our clinical measures of corneal edema showed that this was significantly higher (P < 0.001, Wilcoxon signed ranks test) with the thicker compared to the thinner Tpost-tear (mean ± SD, 1.66 ± 1.12 vs. 4.27 ± 1.19%). Scleral RGP CLs must be comprised of at least 125 barrer of oxygen permeability and up to 200 μm thick to avoid hypoxic effects even under open eye conditions. Postlens tear film layer should be below 150 μm to avoid clinically significant edema. Copyright 2014 The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Inc.

  17. Multiple-pressure-tapped core holder combined with X-ray computed tomography scanning for gas-water permeability measurements of methane-hydrate-bearing sediments.

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    Konno, Yoshihiro; Jin, Yusuke; Uchiumi, Takashi; Nagao, Jiro

    2013-06-01

    We present a novel setup for measuring the effective gas-water permeability of methane-hydrate-bearing sediments. We developed a core holder with multiple pressure taps for measuring the pressure gradient of the gas and water phases. The gas-water flooding process was simultaneously detected using an X-ray computed tomography scanner. We successfully measured the effective gas-water permeability of an artificial sandy core with methane hydrate during the gas-water flooding test.

  18. A field study to estimate the vertical gas diffusivity and permeability of compacted MSW using a barometric pumping analytical model.

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    Larson, Judd; Kumar, Sendhil; Gale, S Adrian; Jain, Pradeep; Townsend, Timothy

    2012-03-01

    The measurement of vertical gas diffusivity and permeability of compacted municipal solid waste (MSW) using an analytical gas flow and transport model was evaluated. A series of pressure transducers were buried in a MSW landfill and in situ pressures were modelled using an algorithm that predicts soil-gas pressures based on field-measured barometric pressure data and vertical diffusivity. The vertical gas diffusivity that represented the best-fit of the measured pressures was estimated at 20 locations and ranged from 0.002 to 0.052 m2 s(-1). The vertical gas permeability ranged from 3.3 × 10(-14) to 4.5 × 10(-12) m2 for the upper-most 3 to 6 m of compacted MSW. The shortfalls of applying this method to landfill conditions are also discussed.

  19. Qualitative identification of rigid gas permeable contact lens materials by densitometry.

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    Arce, C G; Schuman, P D; Schuman, W P

    1999-10-01

    We describe a practical method to qualitatively identify polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lens materials. By progressive dilution of a saturated saline solution made with distilled or tap water and sodium chloride, we recorded comparative densitometry of rigid contact lens materials using a small hydrometer or by liquid displacement. The method was sensitive enough to separate the polymethylmethacrylate, all silicon-methacrylates, and all but two fluorine-containing silicon-methacrylates. The hydrometer had a precision of three decimals rounded to the nearest 0.005. There was only one RGP product that could have been confused with the PMMA material. Most silicon-methacrylates had lower densities than fluorine containing silicon-methacrylates. Only four of 25 products under 1.117 gm/cm3 contained fluorine. Densitometry with a hydrometer is an effective non-destructive method to identify RGP materials and to verify their quality. The method is easier when lens blanks are tested, but in spite of differences in shape, size, and weight, densitometry may also be used with new or used contact lenses. Its simplicity and low cost makes densitometry feasible for any contact lens laboratory or clinic to use on a routine basis. Only silicon-methacrylates had an inverse relationship between density and oxygen permeability. As the silicon content of the contact lens increases, the Dk increases and the density decreases.

  20. Novel model for multispecies biofilms that uses rigid gas-permeable lenses.

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    Peyyala, Rebecca; Kirakodu, Sreenatha S; Ebersole, Jeffrey L; Novak, Karen F

    2011-05-01

    Oral biofilms comprise complex multispecies consortia aided by specific inter- and intraspecies interactions occurring among commensals and pathogenic bacterial species. Oral biofilms are primary initiating factors of periodontal disease, although complex multifactorial biological influences, including host cell responses, contribute to the individual outcome of the disease. To provide a system to study initial stages of interaction between oral biofilms and the host cells that contribute to the disease process, we developed a novel in vitro model system to grow biofilms on rigid gas-permeable contact lenses (RGPLs), which enable oxygen to permeate through the lens material. Bacterial species belonging to early- and late-colonizing groups were successfully established as single- or three-species biofilms, with each group comprising Streptococcus gordonii, Streptococcus oralis, and Streptococcus sanguinis; S. gordonii, Actinomyces naeslundii, and Fusobacterium nucleatum; or S. gordonii, F. nucleatum, and Porphyromonas gingivalis. Quantification of biofilm numbers by quantitative PCR (qPCR) revealed substantial differences in the magnitude of bacterial numbers in single-species and multispecies biofilms. We evaluated cell-permeable conventional nucleic acid stains acridine orange, hexidium iodide, and Hoechst 33258 and novel SYTO red, blue, and green fluorochromes for their effect on bacterial viability and fluorescence yield to allow visualization of the aggregates of individual bacterial species by confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). Substantial differences in the quantity and distribution of the species in the multispecies biofilms were identified. The specific features of these biofilms may help us better understand the role of various bacteria in local challenge of oral tissues.

  1. Gas permeability of thin polyimide foils prepared by in-situ polymerisation

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    Stolarz, Anna; Varlam, Mihai; Wellum, Roger

    2008-06-01

    The entrance windows to the gas detector chambers as well as to the target containers used in high-energy and high-intensity accelerators must be as thin as possible to minimise energy losses of the particles used in astrophysics and nuclear physics studies. Because of their good physical properties, polyimide foils are often considered as suitable material for such windows, but commercially available foils, having a thickness greater than 7-8 μm (>1 mg/cm 2), would cause energy losses of particles significant for some nuclear reactions studied. Foils prepared by in-situ polymerisation can, however, be as thin as 0.07 μm (˜10 μg/cm 2). The permeability of 4 μm foils produced by in-situ polymerisation has been measured at room temperature for He and Ar. For He measurements were performed in the pressure range of 4-70 mbar and for Ar in the range of 20-140 mbar and the permeability was found to be in good agreement with the values published for the thicker commercial foils.

  2. Multi-phase pattern evolution in gas-permeable polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microchannels during heating

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    Lu, Yanyan; Wang, Fen; Wang, Hao

    2011-06-01

    The evolution of the multi-phase patterns in water in heated gas-permeable PDMS microchannels was investigated using a heater wire inserted through the channel in design I and embedded alongside the channel in design II. The heating methods created different multi-phase patterns. Bubbles were found in design I generated from the channel walls rather than the wire surface. Interesting droplets-in-bubble pattern, i.e. bunches of micro droplets inside bubbles, was also observed. The channel in design II had a hot side and a cool side with the droplets-in-bubble pattern observed only on the cool side. The evaporation and condensation in the channel created a distillation process that would significantly affect reactants within channel. The multi-phase regimes in the PDMS channels were all summarized with pattern maps and curves. The droplets-in-bubble formation mechanisms were described.

  3. Parameters measurement of rigid gas permeable contact lens based on optical coherence tomography

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    Zhu, Dexi; Shen, Meixiao; Li, Yiyu

    2012-10-01

    Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) was developed in order to measure the geometric parameters of rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lens. With custom designed OCT system, an ultra-high axial resolution of 3.3 μm in lens was achieved. The OCT image was corrected to eliminate the optical distortion and actual surfaces of lens were shown in contour map. Central thickness, lens diameter, base curve and front surface curvature at optical zone were calculated from the contour map. The results match well with the real values measured by conventional instruments. Our research indicates that OCT can be used to test the RGP lens in a simple and exact way.

  4. Rigid gas permeable contact lenses surface roughness examined by interferential shifting phase and scanning electron microscopies.

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    Merindano, M D; Canals, M; Saona, C; Costa, J

    1998-01-01

    The anterior surface roughness of seven factory new rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses has been studied by interferential shifting phase microscopy (ISPM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Five lenses were fluorsilicone acrylate and two lenses were silicone acrylate. Their material Dk ranged from 14 to 210. ISPM is shown to be a reliable and non-destructive method to observe and measure the relief of the contact lens surface. Moreover, profile and contour data are easily stored for further quantitative studies. ISPM contour patterns of the studied lenses are qualitatively compared with those obtained by SEM for the same lenses. Results point out that ISPM gives similar accuracy but it is non-destructive and cheaper than SEM. Moreover, the quantitative study of surface roughness suggests that there is a relationship between surface roughness and Dk of the lens material: surface roughness increases with Dk and allows to distinguish between lenses with low, medium and high Dk.

  5. Corneal endothelial response to refitting polymethyl methacrylate wearers with rigid gas-permeable lenses.

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    McLaughlin, R; Schoessler, J

    1990-05-01

    Thirteen persons who had been wearing only polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) contact lenses for 3 years or more were switched to a contact lens material providing greater oxygen transmissibility (Itafocon A) while keeping other contact lens parameters the same. Monitoring of corneal endothelial cells during the first 4 months of the rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lens daily wear showed no significant change in the coefficient of variation of cell area (polymegethism) or percentage of hexagonal endothelial cells at the end of 4 months. However, paired data did show a small, but significant, decrease in cell density at the end of 4 months (3174 to 2908 cells/mm2). The results suggest that a sudden shift in the general corneal environment toward more available oxygen may have some early effect on endothelial cell density, but changes in endothelial cell size variation and form are not determined.

  6. Recovery of ammonia from swine manure using gas-permeable membranes: effect of aeration.

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    García-González, M C; Vanotti, M B; Szogi, A A

    2015-04-01

    The gas-permeable membrane process can recover ammonia from manure, reducing pollution whilst converting ammonia into an ammonium salt fertilizer. The process involves manure pH control to increase ammonium (NH4(+)) recovery rate that is normally carried out using an alkali. In this study a new strategy to avoid the use of alkali was tested applying low-rate aeration and nitrification inhibition. The wastewater used was raw swine manure with 2390 mg NH4(+)-N/L. Results showed that aeration increased pH above 8.5 allowing quick transformation of NH4(+) into gaseous ammonia (NH3) and efficient recovery by permeation through the submerged membrane. The overall NH4(+) recovery obtained with aeration was 98% and ammonia emissions losses were less than 1.5%. The new approach can substitute large amounts of alkali chemicals needed to obtain high NH4(+) recovery with important economic and environmental savings.

  7. Recovery of ammonia from poultry litter using flat gas permeable membranes.

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    Rothrock, M J; Szögi, A A; Vanotti, M B

    2013-06-01

    The use of flat gas-permeable membranes was investigated as components of a new process to capture and recover ammonia (NH3) in poultry houses. This process includes the passage of gaseous NH3 through a microporous hydrophobic membrane, capture with a circulating dilute acid on the other side of the membrane, and production of a concentrated ammonium (NH4) salt. Bench- and pilot-scale prototype systems using flat expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) membranes and a sulfuric acid solution consistently reduced headspace NH3 concentrations from 70% to 97% and recovered 88% to 100% of the NH3 volatilized from poultry litter. The potential benefits of this technology include cleaner air inside poultry houses, reduced ventilation costs, and a concentrated liquid ammonium salt that can be used as a plant nutrient solution. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  8. Modeling of a supersonic flow around a cylinder with a gas-permeable porous insert

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    Mironov, S. G.; Maslov, A. A.; Poplavskaya, T. V.; Kirilovskiy, S. V.

    2015-07-01

    Results of an experimental and numerical study of a supersonic (M∞ = 4.85) flow around a streamwise-aligned cylinder with a gas-permeable porous insert on the frontal face in the range of Reynolds numbers Re D = (0.1-2.0) · 105 are presented. The numerical study is performed by using the Ansys Fluent software system and a porous medium model based on a quadratic law of filtration. The parameters of the quadratic dependence are calculated on the basis of experimental data for an air flow in a porous material. Flow fields are obtained, and the wave drag of the model is calculated as a function of the porous insert length and the Reynolds number. Results of numerical simulations are compared with wind tunnel measurements.

  9. Transport of Gas Phase Radionuclides in a Fractured, Low-Permeability Reservoir

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    Cooper, C. A.; Chapman, J.

    2001-12-01

    The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (predecessor to the Department of Energy, DOE) oversaw a joint program between industry and government in the 1960s and 1970s to develop technology to enhance production from low-permeability gas reservoirs using nuclear stimulation rather than conventional means (e.g., hydraulic and/or acid fracturing). Project Rio Blanco, located in the Piceance Basin, Colorado, was the third experiment under the program. Three 30-kiloton nuclear explosives were placed in a 2134 m deep well at 1780, 1899, and 2039 m below the land surface and detonated in May 1973. Although the reservoir was extensively fractured, complications such as radionuclide contamination of the gas prevented production and subsequent development of the technology. Two-dimensional numerical simulations were conducted to identify the main transport processes that have occurred and are currently occurring in relation to the detonations, and to estimate the extent of contamination in the reservoir. Minor modifications were made to TOUGH2, the multiphase, multicomponent reservoir simulator developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. The simulator allows the explicit incorporation of fractures, as well as heat transport, phase change, and first order radionuclide decay. For a fractured two-phase (liquid and gas) reservoir, the largest velocities are of gases through the fractures. In the gas phase, tritium and one isotope of krypton are the principle radionuclides of concern. However, in addition to existing as a fast pathway, fractures also permit matrix diffusion as a retardation mechanism. Another retardation mechanism is radionuclide decay. Simulations show that incorporation of fractures can significantly alter transport rates, and that radionuclides in the gas phase can preferentially migrate upward due to the downward gravity drainage of liquid water in the pores. This project was funded by the National Nuclear Security Administration, Nevada Operations Office

  10. Transport of gas-phase radionuclides in a fractured, low-permeability reservoir

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    Clay Cooper; Jenny Chapman

    2001-12-01

    The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (predecessor to the U.S. Department of Energy, DOE) oversaw a joint program between industry and government in the 1960s and 1970s to develop technology to enhance production from low-permeability gas reservoirs using nuclear stimulation rather than conventional means (e.g., hydraulic and/or acid fracturing). Project Rio Blanco, located in the Piceance Basin, Colorado, was the third experiment under the program. Three 30-kiloton nuclear explosives were placed in a 2,134-m-deep well at 1,780, 1,899, and 2,039 m below the land surface and detonated in May 1973. Although the reservoir was extensively fractured, complications such as radionuclide contamination of the gas prevented production and subsequent development of the technology. Two-dimensional numerical simulations were conducted to identify the main transport processes that have occurred and are currently occurring in relation to the detonations, and to estimate the extent of contamination in the reservoir. Minor modifications were made to TOUGH2, the multiphase, multicomponent reservoir simulator developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. The simulator allows the explicit incorporation of fractures, as well as heat transport, phase change, and first-order radionuclide decay. For a fractured, two-phase (liquid and gas) reservoir, the largest velocities are of gases through the fractures. In the gas phase, tritium and one isotope of krypton are the principal radionuclides of concern. However, in addition to existing as a fast pathway, fractures also permit matrix diffusion as a retardation mechanism. Another retardation mechanism is radionuclide decay. Simulations show that incorporation of fractures can significantly alter transport rates, and that radionuclides in the gas phase can preferentially migrate upward due to the downward gravity drainage of liquid water in the pores.

  11. Morphological and biochemical evaluation for rigid gas permeable contact lens extended wear on rabbit corneal epithelium.

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    Ichijima, H; Ohashi, J; Petroll, W M; Cavanagh, H D

    1993-04-01

    We studied the effects of 24-hour wear of rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses of varying oxygen transmissibilities on the rabbit cornea by measuring concomitant lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activity in tears and by in vivo tandem scanning confocal microscopy (TSCM). We used a PMMA lens and rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses that had Dk/L values ranging from 7 to 64 x 10(-9) (cm/sec) (mL O2/mL mmHg) and a uniform 0.15 mm thickness. After 6- and 24-hour contact lens wear, rabbit tear LDH activity increased according to the decrease in the Dk of RGP lenses. Tear LDH activity after 24 hours of lens wear was higher than after 6 hours. The observed increase in tear LDH activity was correlated with in vivo corneal epithelial morphology by tandem scanning confocal microscopy. The observed severity of desquamation and swelling of corneal epithelial cells was dependent upon the Dk/Ltotal of contact lenses worn, which directly related to the contact lens induced corneal hypoxia. Based on the results of this study, we conclude that: 1) a nap or accidental overnight wear of contact lenses with less than 20 x 10(-9) Dk/Ltotal could cause severe corneal epithelial damage; 2) the ultra high Dk lens appeared to alter the ocular surface least; and 3) TSCM accompanied with tear LDH assay is an objective, non-invasive in vivo method to assess the effect of contact lens wear on the ocular surface over time at the cellular level.

  12. Clinical evaluation of rigid gas permeable contact lenses and visual outcome after repaired corneal laceration.

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    Zheng, Bin; Shen, Lijun; Walker, Maria K; Zhang, Zongduan; Zheng, Jingwei; She, Xiangjun; Zhou, Jing; Xu, Zhaoxia; Chen, Yan

    2015-01-01

    To evaluate the clinical value of rigid gas permeable contact lenses (RGPCLs) in patients with traumatic corneal scarring and address implications of primary corneal repair. Eighteen subjects with a history of corneal laceration were fit with RGPCLs. Scar locations were divided into two zones; each patient was examined using Pentacam. Entering data included uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA), spectacle-corrected visual acuity (SVA), time between injury and RGPCL fitting, location and size of scar, and amount of corneal astigmatism. Follow-up data included RGPCL visual acuity (RGPCLVA), RGPCL-related complications, and dropout characteristics. Visual acuity values were converted to logMAR for analysis. No serious complications occurred. The average time between suture removal and RGPCL fitting was 5.7±5.5 months. Average corneal astigmatism was -3.44±2.09 diopters. One subject had developed corneal ectasia. RGPCLVA was more than 0.1 in three subjects: one experienced primary corneal repair complications, and two subjects (<10 years) developed amblyopia. In both zones, the difference in RGPCLVA outcome between zone I and zone II was not statistically significant (F=0.060, P=0.809). The difference between SVA in zones I and II was found to be statistically significant (F=6.131, P=0.026), as were the differences between SVA and RGPCLVA (F=8.598, P=0.010). The scar size had no significant influence on RGPCLVA, SVA, or UCVA. Four participants (22.2%) were successfully fit. Dropout characteristics included ocular discomfort, inconvenience, parental apprehension, and low motivation. Rigid gas permeable contact lens is an ideal method for evaluating visual potential in patients with traumatic corneal astigmatism. Pentacam examinations of those patients with poor RGPCLVA can help an ophthalmologist find and understand existing problems in suture techniques.

  13. Absorbance characteristics of a liquid-phase gas sensor based on gas-permeable liquid core waveguides.

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    Peng, Pei; Wang, Wei; Zhang, Li; Su, Shiguang; Wang, Jiahui

    2013-12-04

    The absorbance characteristics and influential factors on these characteristics for a liquid-phase gas sensor, which is based on gas-permeable liquid core waveguides (LCWs), are studied from theoretical and experimental viewpoints in this paper. According to theory, it is predicted that absorbance is proportional to the analyte concentration, sampling time, analyte diffusion coefficient, and geometric factor of this device when the depletion layer of the analyte is ignored. The experimental results are in agreement with the theoretical hypothesis. According to the experimental results, absorbance is time-dependent and increasing linearly over time after the requisite response time with a linear correlation coefficient r(2)>0.999. In the linear region, the rate of absorbance change (RAC) indicates improved linearity with sample concentration and a relative higher sensitivity than instantaneous absorbance does. By using a core liquid that is more affinitive to the analyte, reducing wall thickness and the inner diameter of the tubing, or increasing sample flow rate limitedly, the response time can be decreased and the sensitivity can be increased. However, increasing the LCW length can only enhance sensitivity and has no effect on response time. For liquid phase detection, there is a maximum flow rate, and the absorbance will decrease beyond the stated limit. Under experimental conditions, hexane as the LCW core solvent, a tubing wall thickness of 0.1 mm, a length of 10 cm, and a flow rate of 12 mL min(-1), the detection results for the aqueous benzene sample demonstrate a response time of 4 min. Additionally, the standard curve for the RAC versus concentration is RAC=0.0267c+0.0351 (AU min(-1)), with r(2)=0.9922 within concentrations of 0.5-3.0 mg L(-1). The relative error for 0.5 mg L(-1) benzene (n=6) is 7.4±3.7%, and the LOD is 0.04 mg L(-1). This research can provide theoretical and practical guides for liquid-phase gas sensor design and development based on a

  14. Oxygen-Permeable, Hydrophobic Membranes of Silanized alpha-Al2O3

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    Atwater, James E.; Akse, James R.

    2006-01-01

    Membranes made of silanized alumina have been prepared and tested as prototypes of derivatized ceramic membranes that are both highly permeable to oxygen and hydrophobic. Improved oxygen-permeable, hydrophobic membranes would be attractive for use in several technological disciplines, including supporting high-temperature aqueousphase oxidation in industrial production of chemicals, oxygenation of aqueous streams for bioreactors, and oxygenation of blood during open-heart surgery and in cases of extreme pulmonary dysfunction. In comparison with organic polymeric oxygen-permeable membranes now commercially available, the derivatized ceramic membranes are more chemically robust, are capable of withstanding higher temperatures, and exhibit higher oxygen-diffusion coefficients.

  15. Influence of the permeability of networked primary Si on the ejection of hypereutectic Al-Si melts by centrifugation

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    Youn, Ji Won; Jeon, Je-Beom; Park, Jin Man; Seo, Seok Yong; Lim, Jeon Taik; Kim, Suk Jun; Kim, Ki Young

    2017-03-01

    The separation of high purity Si for solar cells from Al-Si alloy melt in the mushy zone was investigated using an advanced centrifugal technique. The efficiency of separating Si, based on the weight ratio of separated Si to Si in alloy melt, was maximized by optimizing the permeability of a porous structure of Si (Si foam.) For the optimization of the permeability, two fundamental microstructure variables, size and the solid fraction of primary Si platelets, were controlled by adjusting the Si content in the melts and the rotation start temperature, respectively. The best separation efficiency (48.3% with 3N purity) was achieved when Si content in melt was 24% and the solid fraction was 8.7%. The melt with 23% Si led to a higher separation efficiency (69.8%) for a solid fraction of 10.4%, but Al sandwiched between the Si platelets resulted in a decrease in the purity to 2N.

  16. Influence of the permeability of networked primary Si on the ejection of hypereutectic Al-Si melts by centrifugation

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    Youn, Ji Won; Jeon, Je-Beom; Park, Jin Man; Seo, Seok Yong; Lim, Jeon Taik; Kim, Suk Jun; Kim, Ki Young

    2017-02-01

    The separation of high purity Si for solar cells from Al-Si alloy melt in the mushy zone was investigated using an advanced centrifugal technique. The efficiency of separating Si, based on the weight ratio of separated Si to Si in alloy melt, was maximized by optimizing the permeability of a porous structure of Si (Si foam.) For the optimization of the permeability, two fundamental microstructure variables, size and the solid fraction of primary Si platelets, were controlled by adjusting the Si content in the melts and the rotation start temperature, respectively. The best separation efficiency (48.3% with 3N purity) was achieved when Si content in melt was 24% and the solid fraction was 8.7%. The melt with 23% Si led to a higher separation efficiency (69.8%) for a solid fraction of 10.4%, but Al sandwiched between the Si platelets resulted in a decrease in the purity to 2N.

  17. Measurements of soil permeability and pressure fields in EPA's soil-gas chamber. Report for May-August 1993

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    Mosley, R.B.; Snoddy, R.; Brubaker, S.A.

    1993-01-01

    The paper discusses the measurement of soil permeability and pressure fields using EPA's soil-gas chamber, designed to study the production and transport of radon and other potential indoor air pollutants originating in soils. The chamber is instrumented to measure distributions of radon and pressure fields and also moisture distributions and their resulting influence on soil permeability. An analytic solution for advective flow in the soil-gas chamber is presented which includes the effects of moisture-dependent spatial variations of the permeability. Measurements of the pressure field are compared with model calculations. Relatively good agreement between the measurements and calculations is obtained, except near the water level where boundary conditions are not rigorously satisfied.

  18. A high-porosity limit for the transition from conductive to convective burning in gas-permeable explosives

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    Kagan, Leonid; Sivashinsky, Gregory

    2010-02-15

    The experimentally known phenomenon of an abrupt transition from slow conductive to fast convective (penetrative) burning in a confined gas-permeable explosive is discussed. A simple model, involving only the most essential physical ingredients, is formulated and analyzed. In addition to commonly utilized assumptions of the solid-gas thermal equilibrium, validity of Darcy's law, immobility of the solid phase, and one-step Arrhenius kinetics, the model employs the distinguished limit combining high-porosity with high solid/gas density ratio, resulting in conservation of enthalpy, advantageous for theoretical analysis. A good qualitative agreement between theoretical and experimental dependencies is obtained. The transition is triggered by a localized autoignition in the extended resistance-induced preheat zone formed ahead of the advancing deflagration, provided the pressure difference between hot gas products and gases deep inside the pores of the unburned solid exceeds a certain critical level. In line with observations the critical overpressure increases with diminishing permeability. (author)

  19. Evaluating the San Andreas Fault Zone Permeability Structure by Using On-Line mud gas Monitoring Data

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    Wiersberg, T.; Erzinger, J.

    2006-12-01

    To archieve a better understanding of the permeability structure at seismogenic depths of the San Andreas Fault, we have evaluated data from drill mud gas from the SAFOD Main Hole (San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth). Two gas-rich zones at the margins of the fault core differ significantly in the composition of CH4, H2 and CO2, which are the most abundant non-atmospheric gases in the entire hole. The gases enter the bore hole through bedding-plane fractures in the upper zone (approx. 2700 2900 m) and probably from below 3550 m. Separation of two individual hydrogeologic systems by a low-permeable fault core is also indicated by the helium isotopic composition, which is 0.4-0.6 Ra in the upper zone and 0.8-0.9 Ra in the lower one. However, the overall contribution of mantle-derived helium is relatively low. The carbon and hydrogen isotopic composition display an organic gas source of hydrocarbons and CO2. High concentration of hydrogen in the fractured zones at the margins of the fault core are consistent with the concept of hydrogen formation by interaction of water with fresh mineral surfaces generated by tectonic activities. The fault core, localized between approx. 3100 - 3450 m depth, is generally low in gas, in particular in hydrogen. Within the fault core, two sections with higher gas content, but distinct gas composition were identified in 3150 3200 m and 3310 - 3340 m depths. We conclude that the SAF consists of permeable strata at the fault zone margins and a generally low- permeable fault core. In the fault core, separate gas-rich lenses are interstratified. The gas inventory of the San Andreas Fault Zone is dominated by in-situ produced gases, the contribution of gases migrated from greater depths is probably low.

  20. Recovery of nitrogen from swine manure containing high-ammonia using gas-permeable membrane technology and reduced chemicals

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    We are presenting a new and effective way of recovering ammonia from liquid manures. The recovery of nutrients from wastes for re-use as concentrated plant fertilizers is a new paradigm in manure management. In the work presented in this paper a new process using gas-permeable membranes at low press...

  1. Ionic Conductivity and Gas Permeability of Polymerized Ionic Liquid Block Copolymer Membranes

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    Evans, Christopher; Sanoja, Gabriel; Schneider, Yanika; Modestino, Miguel; Segalman, Rachel; Joint CenterArtificial Photosynthesis Team

    2014-03-01

    Polymer membranes for many energy applications, such as solar-to-hydrogen fuel production, require ionic conductivity while acting as gas diffusion barriers. We have synthesized a diblock copolymer consisting of poly(styrene-block-(4-(2-methacrylamidoethyl)-imidazolium trifluoroacetate) by treating poly(styrene-block-histamine methacrylamide) (PS- b-PHMA) with trifluoroacetic acid. The PS block serves as the structural support while the imidazolium derivative is an ion conducting polymerized ionic liquid (PIL). Small angle X-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy demonstrate that the block copolymer self-assembles into well-ordered nanostructures, with lamellae and hexagonally packed cylindrical morphologies. The ionic conductivities of the PS-b-PHMA materials were as high as 2 x 10-4 S/cm while an order of magnitude increase in conductivity was observed upon conversion to PS-b-PIL. The ionic conductivity of the PS-b-PIL increased by a factor of ~ 4 up to 1.2 x 10-3 S/cm as the PIL domain size increased from 20 to 40 nm. These insights allow for the rational design of high performance ion conducting membranes with even greater conductivities via precise morphological control. Additionally, the role of thermal annealing on the ionic conductivity and gas permeability of copolymer membranes was investigated.

  2. Recovery of ammonia and production of high-grade phosphates from side-stream digester effluents using gas-permeable membranes

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    Phosphorus recovery was combined with ammonia recovery using gas-permeable membranes. In a first step, the ammonia and alkalinity were removed from municipal side-stream wastewater using low-rate aeration and a gas-permeable membrane manifold. In a second step, the phosphorus was removed using magne...

  3. Correlation of gas permeability with polymer loading on radiation-induced wood composites

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    Chia, L. H. L.; Ong, T. S.; Yap, M. G. S.

    Selected local hardwoods and their wood polymer combinations or composites (WPC) were tested for their specific permeability in the longitudinal direction and polymer loading respectively. WPC were prepared by polymerizing methyl methacrylate monomer in situ in oven-dried woods by gamma radiation. Correlation studies between permeability of the oven-dried hardwood samples and two other factors, extractive content and polymer loading, were made. A significantly high correlation was obtained between permeability and polymer loading. Low correlation was observed between extractive content and permeability as well as polymer loading. The high permeability of most hardwoods can be attributed to their large vessel sizes and absence of any vessel deposits.

  4. Natural and Induced Fracture Diagnostics from 4-D VSP Low Permeability Gas Reservoirs

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    Mark E. Willis; Daniel R. Burns; M. Nafi Toksoz

    2008-09-30

    Tight gas sand reservoirs generally contain thick gas-charged intervals that often have low porosity and very low permeability. Natural and induced fractures provide the only means of production. The objective of this work is to locate and characterize natural and induced fractures from analysis of scattered waves recorded on 4-D (time lapse) VSP data in order to optimize well placement and well spacing in these gas reservoirs. Using model data simulating the scattering of seismic energy from hydraulic fractures, we first show that it is possible to characterize the quality of fracturing based upon the amount of scattering. In addition, the picked arrival times of recorded microseismic events provide the velocity moveout for isolating the scattered energy on the 4-D VSP data. This concept is applied to a field dataset from the Jonah Field in Wyoming to characterize the quality of the induced hydraulic fractures. The time lapse (4D) VSP data from this field are imaged using a migration algorithm that utilizes shot travel time tables derived from the first breaks of the 3D VSPs and receiver travel time tables based on the microseismic arrival times and a regional velocity model. Four azimuthally varying shot tables are derived from picks of the first breaks of over 200 VSP records. We create images of the fracture planes through two of the hydraulically fractured wells in the field. The scattered energy shows correlation with the locations of the microseismic events. In addition, the azimuthal scattering is different from the azimuthal reflectivity of the reservoir, giving us more confidence that we have separated the scattered signal from simple formation reflectivity. Variation of the scattered energy along the image planes suggests variability in the quality of the fractures in three distinct zones.

  5. Gas Permeability and Porosity Evolution of a Porous Sandstone Under Repeated Loading and Unloading Conditions

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    Wang, H. L.; Xu, W. Y.; Cai, M.; Xiang, Z. P.; Kong, Q.

    2017-08-01

    The permeability and porosity of a porous sandstone under cyclic loading-unloading conditions are measured using an integrated permeability and porosity measurement system. Mineral content analysis of the rock is performed. The rock contains open microcracks and pores, which can be closed after cyclic loading-unloading; as a result, the permeability and porosity decrease. Based on the test results, the empirical relations of confining stress-dependent sandstone permeability and porosity are derived. A power law is suggested to describe the relationship between the stress-dependent porosity and permeability of the sandstone under both loading and unloading conditions within the stress range used in the experiment. The permeability of the sandstone is more sensitive to stress than to porosity. It is inferred from the test results that the evolution of sandstone porosity and permeability is related to the relative movement of particles and the closure of microcracks.

  6. Acanthamoeba Keratitis among Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lens Wearers in the United States, 2005 through 2011.

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    Cope, Jennifer R; Collier, Sarah A; Schein, Oliver D; Brown, Allison C; Verani, Jennifer R; Gallen, Rachel; Beach, Michael J; Yoder, Jonathan S

    2016-07-01

    To describe the clinical presentation and outcomes of Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) in rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lens wearers and to identify modifiable risk factors. Case-control investigation. Patients were RGP contact lens-wearing United States residents with a diagnosis of AK from 2005 through 2011. Controls were RGP contact lens wearers with no history of AK who were at least 12 years of age. Patients were identified during 2 multistate AK outbreak investigations. Controls from the first investigation in 2007 were identified using a reverse address directory. In the second investigation, controls were recruited from participating ophthalmology and optometry practices. Patients and controls were interviewed by phone using a standardized questionnaire. Odds ratios (ORs) and Fisher exact P values were calculated to assess risk factors associated with infection. Acanthamoeba keratitis, a rare eye disease primarily affecting contact lens wearers, is caused by free-living amebae, Acanthamoeba species. We identified 37 patients in the 2 investigations, 10 (27%) from the 2007 investigation and 27 (73%) from 2011. There were 17 healthy controls, 9 (53%) from 2007 and 8 (47%) from 2011. Among patients, 9 (24%) wore RGP lenses for orthokeratology or therapeutic indication; no controls wore RGP lenses for these indications. Significant risk factors for AK were wearing lenses for orthokeratology (OR, undefined; P = 0.02), sleeping while wearing lenses (OR, 8.00; P = 0.04), storing lenses in tap water (OR, 16.00; P = 0.001), and topping off contact lens solution in the case (OR, 4.80; P = 0.01). After stratifying by use of RGP lenses for orthokeratology, storing lenses in tap water and topping off remained significant exposures. Nearly one quarter of patients were orthokeratology wearers. Using tap water to store RGP lenses and topping off solution in the lens case were modifiable risk behaviors identified in RGP wearers who wore lenses for both orthokeratology

  7. Enhanced permeability, selectivity, and antifouling ability of CNTs/Al2O3 membrane under electrochemical assistance.

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    Fan, Xinfei; Zhao, Huimin; Liu, Yanming; Quan, Xie; Yu, Hongtao; Chen, Shuo

    2015-02-17

    Membrane filtration provides effective solutions for removing contaminants, but achieving high permeability, good selectivity, and antifouling ability remains a great challenge for existing membrane filtration technologies. In this work, membrane filtration coupled with electrochemistry has been developed to enhance the filtration performance of a CNTs/Al2O3 membrane. The as-prepared CNTs/Al2O3 membrane, obtained by coating interconnected CNTs on an Al2O3 substrate, presented good pore-size tunability, mechanical stability, and electroconductivity. For the removal of a target (silica spheres as a probe) with a size comparable to the membrane pore size, the removal efficiency and flux at +1.5 V were 1.1 and 1.5 times higher, respectively, than those without electrochemical assistance. Moreover, the membrane also exhibited a greatly enhanced removal efficiency for contaminants smaller than the membrane pores, providing enhancements of 4 orders of magnitude and a factor of 5.7 for latex particles and phenol, respectively. These results indicated that both the permeability and the selectivity of CNTs/Al2O3 membranes can be significantly improved by electrochemical assistance, which was further confirmed by the removal of natural organic matter (NOM). The permeate flux and NOM removal efficiency at +1.5 V were about 1.6 and 3.0 times higher, respectively, than those without electrochemical assistance. In addition, the lost flux of the fouled membrane was almost completely recovered by an electrochemically assisted backwashing process.

  8. A discussion on the mechanism of high permeability of 12% Al-Fe alloy

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    Jun, Liu Da

    1982-03-01

    On the basis of the results such as thermal expansion coefficient under various temperatures, Mössbauer spectra and magnetic properties after different heat treatments and the investive results obtained by Kazuo and Hiromitsu, the mechanism of high permeability as well as the rule of the soft magnetic properties affected by the order-disorder transformation are discussed.

  9. Gas Diffusivity And Air Permeability In Sandy Soils: Effect Of Particle Size, Compaction And Sample Scale

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    Hamamoto, S.; Kawamoto, K.; Moldrup, P.; Komatsu, T.

    2007-12-01

    The transport and fate of gases in soils is mainly governed by gas diffusion and advection. The gas diffusivity (Dp/D0) is the transport parameter for the gas diffusion due to gas concentration gradient, while the air permeability (ka) is the transport parameter for advective gas transport due to soil-air pressure gradient. Hence, those gas transport parameters play a crucial role in simulating transport of gaseous contaminants such as volatile organic chemicals and in quantifying emission and exchange of greenhouse gases from/at the soil- atmosphere interface. In this study, we measured Dp/D0 and ka for total of six sandy soils and examined the effects of soil physical properties such as particle size, soil compaction, and sample scale on the gas transport parameters. Toyoura sand (0.106-0.50 mm) and Narita sands with three different particle size fractions (0.106-0.25, 0.25- 0.425, 0.425-0.85 mm) were used as experimental materials for the measurements of Dp/D0 and ka. The sand materials were repacked with given bulk densities into small-scale cores of 100 cm3 (for all materials) and large-scale cores of 2120 cm3 (only for Toyoura sand) at given water contents. In addition to the measurements, Dp/D0 and ka of Oso Flaco fine sand and Oakley sand from literature were also analyzed in this study. For all sand materials, we observed the threshold soil-air content (ɛth) below which Dp/D0 and ka are negligible, and measured Dp/D0 and ka increased linearly with increasing air-filled porosity (ɛ) from ɛth to soil total porosity (Φ). At high ɛ, sand materials with larger average particle diameter (APD) gave higher Dp/D0 and ka than those with smaller APD sands at a given ɛ due to the existence of rapid air flow through the highly continuous large pores. At low ɛ near the ɛth however, the measured Dp/D0 for large APD sands were lower than those for small APD sands. The measurements for Narita sand fractions with different bulk densities indicated that soil

  10. In vitro comparison of soaking solutions for rigid gas-permeable contact lenses.

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    Chowhan, M A; Asgharian, B; Fontana, F

    1995-01-01

    The comfort of rigid gas-permeable contact lenses is influenced by multiple factors, including the composition of lens material and the presence of surface deposits and/or cleaning solution residues on the lens, as well as the direct effect of lens care solutions on the lens and eye. This study was designed to examine the comparative properties of several soaking solutions with respect to wettability, viscosity, and substantivity, which are essential to maintaining patient comfort. Solutions included in this trial were: OPTI-SOAK Conditioning Solution, Boston Advance Conditioning Solution, Boston Advance Conditioning Solution, Boston Conditioning Solution, Barnes-Hind Wetting and Soaking Solution, Duracare Conditioning, and Total Cleaning, Wetting & Soaking Solution. Wettability, as indicated by mean wetting angle, was determined and OPTI-SOAK Conditioning Solution, followed by Boston Advance and Boston Conditioning solutions, respectively, yielded superior results. For viscosity, OPTI-SOAK Conditioning Solution again provided the most favorable (highest) viscosity, followed by Boston Conditioning and Barnes-Hind solutions. With regard to substantivity, a measure of sustained wettability, Boston Conditioning Solution achieved the highest measurement, followed by OPTI-SOAK and Boston Advance solutions. On the basis of this in vitro evaluation, OPTI-SOAK Conditioning Solution provided the highest potential for patient comfort based on a combination of wettability, viscosity, and substantivity.

  11. Do thinner rigid gas permeable contact lenses provide superior initial comfort?

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    Cornish, R; Sulaiman, S

    1996-03-01

    To test the hypothesis that thinner rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses provide superior initial comfort, RGP lenses of 3 center thicknesses, 0.08, 0.12, and 0.16 mm, in otherwise matched parameters, were worn for 30 min by 17 unadapted subjects in a controlled, double masked, randomized study. Comfort ratings (0 to 100) after 30 min of wear were 42 +/- 30, 55 +/- 27, and 57 +/- 28 for the 0.08-, 0.12-, and 0.16-mm thick lenses, respectively (p = 0.04, multiple analysis of variance (MANOVA)), and 93 +/- 13 for the hydrogel control lens. The thinnest RGP lens was significantly less comfortable than its thicker counterparts (p = 0.03, Univariate F-test). There were no differences among the test lenses in edge shape, front surface wettability, or static lens fittings, and small differences in movement, vertical decentration, and front surface geometry were not significantly related to comfort. We hypothesize that the greater flexibility of the thinnest lens resulted in greater deformation of the lens during a blink cycle, causing transient peripheral lens lifting and interaction with the upper eyelid, thereby reducing comfort. In conclusion we found that thinner RGP lenses do not provide an initial comfort advantage and that very thin and, as a corollary, very flexible, RGP lenses can actually be less comfortable initially than stiffer, but otherwise matched, designs.

  12. Enhancing recovery of ammonia from swine manure anaerobic digester effluent using gas-permeable membrane technology.

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    Dube, P J; Vanotti, M B; Szogi, A A; García-González, M C

    2016-03-01

    Gas-permeable membrane technology is useful to recover ammonia from manure. In this study, the technology was enhanced using aeration instead of alkali chemicals to increase pH and the ammonium (NH4(+)) recovery rate. Digested effluents from covered anaerobic swine lagoons containing 1465-2097 mg NH4(+)-N L(-1) were treated using submerged membranes (0.13 cm(2) cm(-3)), low-rate aeration (120 mL air L-manure(-1) min(-1)) and nitrification inhibitor (22 mg L(-1)) to prevent nitrification. The experiment included a control without aeration. The pH of the manure with aeration rose from 8.6 to 9.2 while the manure without aeration decreased from 8.6 to 8.1. With aeration, 97-99% of the NH4(+) was removed in about 5 days of operation with 96-98% recovery efficiency. In contrast, without aeration it took 25 days to treat the NH4(+). Therefore, the recovery of NH4(+) was five times faster with the low-rate aeration treatment. This enhancement could reduce costs by 70%.

  13. Biocompatibility and cytotoxicity study of nanophotonic rigid gas permeable contact lens material

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    Tomić, M.; Munćan, J.; Stamenković, D.; Jokanović, M.; Matija, L.

    2013-04-01

    Since materials on nanoscale have different characteristics from materials on macro scale their biocompatibility should be precisely and specifically investigated. Fullerenes, the third carbon allotrope, are one of the most used nanomaterials. The least stable and the most common is fullerene C60. One of the main disadvantages of fullerene is its low solubility in water. In order to make it soluble, it must be functionalized with polar groups such as -OH and -COOH. From all the water soluble fullerenes the most important ones are those with -OH groups attached named fullerols. We have developed new materials for contact lenses by adding fullerene (C60) and fullerol (C60(OH)24) into PMMA. The aim of our investigation was to compare the influences of those materials on aqueous solutions similar to tear film. For the analysis of the solutions we used opto-magnetic imaging and IR spectroscopy. The acquired spectrums were commented and compared with the standard contact lens material, which was analyzed by the same methods. The ISO 10993 cytotoxicity test on extract of nanophotonic material with incorporated C60 was done as well. This research contributes to better understanding of the biocompatibility of new rigid gas permeable contact lens materials.

  14. Rigid gas-permeable vs. hydrogel contact lenses for extended wear.

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    Fonn, D; Holden, B A

    1988-07-01

    A clinical trial was conducted to compare the extended wear performance of rigid gas-permeable (RGP) contact lenses with that of soft lenses. Subjects were fitted with a RGP lens (Boston IV) in one eye and a soft lens (Bausch & Lomb "O" series) in the other eye, and wore them on an extended wear basis for up to 3 months. No subjects developed any acute adverse reactions in the RGP lens-wearing eye. After the initial adaptation period, subject acceptance of RGP extended wear in terms of vision and comfort was superior. The RGP lenses also induced less chronic hypoxic stress than hydrogel lenses of comparable Dk/L, as evidenced by the presence of epithelial microcysts. Several complications of RGP extended wear were observed including lens binding, blepharoptosis, transient pupil size increases, and corneal staining. As hypoxia-induced corneal changes, such as microcysts and striae, were observed in the RGP lens-wearing eyes, we consider that these particular RGP lenses do not have adequate oxygen transmissibility for successful long-term extended wear. However, if RGP lens materials of higher oxygen transmissibility and better designs can be attained, the potential of RGP extended wear would appear promising.

  15. Mascara pigmentation of the bulbar conjunctiva associated with rigid gas permeable lens wear.

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    Davis, L J; Paragina, S; Kincaid, M C

    1992-01-01

    We present three patients who were found to have unusual pigmentation of the bulbar conjunctiva. The areas, 1 to 2 mm in size, were translucent with dark black dust-like particles randomly placed within well defined borders. These specks were usually elevated, had a granular texture, and appeared to be overlying pingueculae. All three patients wore rigid gas permeable contact lenses, were found to have either a short tear break-up time or deficient tear aqueous layer, had associated 3:00 and 9:00 o'clock staining, and routinely used heavy mascara and/or eyeliner. In one patient, the areas resolved on discontinuing contact lens wear. The elevated areas may be associated with minor discomfort. We propose that a deficient tear layer and drying adjacent to the lens edge may compromise the conjunctival epithelium and prevent efficient washing of the pigment particles from the conjunctiva, allowing these granules to become embedded in the epithelium. Additional causes of conjunctival pigmentation are discussed.

  16. Tear evaluation of subjects wearing rigid gas permeable contact lens for six months: the Asian context.

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    Mohd-Ali, B; Leong, S F; Abdul-Mutalib, H; Mohidin, N

    2011-01-01

    Asians are known to have different tear characteristics compared to Caucasians that may affect contact lens wear. There are scanty research studies that have evaluated tears during continuous wear contact lens in Asia. The present study aims to evaluate changes in tears in subjects wearing continuous wear rigid gas permeable contact lens (CWRGP) for 6 months. Thirty five neophyte subjects (21 females, 14 females) were recruited for this study. Subjects were fitted with CWRGP lenses with Dk of 163 on both eyes. Tear was evaluated using Phenol red thread test (PRT), tear break up time (TBUT) test and tear meniscus height (TMH) measurement. Non parametric and parametric analyses were used to compare the parameters. Values at baseline (BL) and six months (6M) were as follow: PRT, BL=19.10 ± 3.86 mm, 6M= 21.02 ± 4.27 mm, TBUT, BL= 8.58 ± 4.90 sec, 6M=8.08 ± 5.32 sec, TMH, BL= 0.38 ± 0.12 mm, 6M= 0.34 ± 0.07 mm. Statistical analysis showed significant difference in tear volume for PRT only at 6 months (p=0.007). Our analysis showed minimal change in the tear characteristics after six months of CWRGP lens wear, which indicated low impact of CWRGP contact lens on tears characteristics of Asian eyes. However, careful monitoring is required to prevent development of adverse events during contact lens wear.

  17. Clinical findings correlated with contact angles on rigid gas permeable contact lens surfaces in vivo.

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    Bourassa, S; Benjamin, W J

    1989-08-01

    Functional wettability of daily wear rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses worn by 16 human subjects was monitored over a 4-month period during which wettability was also assessed with an equilibrium sessile-drop contact angle method in vivo. In all, 2,128 lens surface break-up time (LBUT) and in vivo contact angle data points were accumulated. Six hundred thirty-one associated graded evaluations of lens surface deposition and patient discomfort were also recorded. The four factors (LBUT, contact angle, deposition, and discomfort) were found to be correlated to each other, their paired values having statistically significant correlation coefficients. Contact angles were of predictive value for extremes of functional wettability, based on criterion of 20 degrees equivalent to an LBUT of 5 seconds. We confirm that surface deposition and subject discomfort are related to RGP lens wettability on the eye. In addition, the in vivo contact angle is perhaps the first contact angle measurement to be correlated with functional RGP wettability.

  18. Free and Forced Convection in High Permeability Porous Media: Impact on Gas Flux at the Earth-atmosphere Interface

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    Weisbrod, N.; Levintal, E.; Dragila, M. I.; Kamai, T.

    2015-12-01

    Gas movement within the earth's subsurface and its exchange with the atmosphere is one of the principal elements contributing to soil and atmospheric function. As the soil permeability increases, gas circulation by convective mechanisms becomes significantly greater than the diffusion. Two of the convective mechanisms, which can be of great importance, are being explored in this research. The first one is thermal convection venting (TCV), which develops when there are unstable density gradients. The second mechanism is wind induced convection (WIC), which develops due to surface winds that drive air movement. Here, we report the results of a study on the relationships between the porous media permeability and particle size, and the development and magnitude of TCV and WIC with the development of thermal differences and surface winds. The research included large high-permeability column experiments carried out under highly controlled laboratory conditions, using well-defined single-sized spherical particles while surface winds and thermal differences were forced and monitored. CO2 enriched air, functioned as a tracer, was used to quantify the impact of TCV and WIC on gas migration in the porous media. Results show that in homogenous porous media a permeability range of 10-7 to 10-6 m2 is the threshold value for TCV onset under standard atmospheric conditions. Adding surface wind with an average velocity of 1.5 m s-1 resulted in WIC effect to a depth of -0.3 m in most experimental settings; however, it did not caused additional air circulation at the reference depth of -0.9 m. Furthermore, given the appropriate conditions, a combined effect of TCV and WIC did significantly increase the overall media ventilation. Simulations of temperature profiles in soil under that permeability, showed that as the thermal gradient changes with depth and is a continuous function, TCV cells can be developed in local sections of the profile, not necessarily reaching the atmosphere.

  19. [Clinical study on treatment of secondary keratoconus with special designed rigid gas permeable contact lens].

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    Wang, Dan; Xie, Pei-ying; Zhou, Jian-lan

    2013-04-01

    To investigate the clinical effects of special designed rigid gas permeable contact lens (RGPCL) in the treatment of secondary keratoconus. Retrospective study. The results of correction of secondary keratoconus by the RGPCL in 89 cases (102 eyes) at the Optometry & Ophthalmology Center were analyzed, including history, slit lamp microscope, computer assisted corneal topography, phoropter, corneal endothelial cell examinations and A-scan corneal thickness measurements. We selected and designed the contact lens with different materials for refractive correction according to different corneal deformations. Visual stability and corneal changes were regularly observed. We compared corrected vision, corneal curvature and corneal topography before and after wearing spectacles and RGPCL by using a paired-t test. Secondary keratoconus after keratorefractive operation in 56 cases (67 eyes), including post-LASIK in 53 eyes, post-PRK in 4 eyes and post-RK in 10 eyes were observed. The cornea thickness in the lesion region was less than 0.4 mm, with nebula or macula. Corneal topography showed different local protrusions, Steep K ranged 47.56 D to 69.72 D, corneal astigmatism ranged 4.00 D to 14.00 D, with irregular deformations, visible different degrees matrix strips pattern changes and Fleischer ring. Secondary keratoconus in 31 cases (31 eyes) was developed after corneal injury. The lesions included opaque scar, decrease of corneal endothelial density, multi-deformations and aphakia in 15 eyes. In addition, there were different degrees of damage in pupil, iris, vitreous and retina. Secondary keratoconus in one case (2 eyes) was developed after anti-glaucoma and pediatric cataract extraction operations (with intraocular lens implantation). Another case was secondary to repeated bilateral keratitis episodes, with large macula, mild thinning of cornea, neovascularization and roughness of corneal surface. The uncorrected visual acuity in these eyes was poor. After wearing the

  20. Effect of blinking on the level of oxygen beneath hard and soft gas-permeable contact lenses.

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    Efron, N; Carney, L G

    1983-03-01

    The oxygen tension, which can also be stated as the equivalent oxygen percentage (EOP), was measured beneath a variety of hard and soft gas-permeable contact lenses following static and dynamic wearing conditions. The significant increases in EOP beneath rigid lenses upon blinking were to be expected in view of the tear pumping mechanisms known to exist with such lenses. However, blinking was found to have a minimal effect on the EOP beneath hydrogen lenses, confirming earlier predictions.

  1. Gas diffusivity and permeability through the firn column at Summit, Greenland: measurements and comparison to microstructural properties

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    Adolph, A. C.; Albert, M. R.

    2014-02-01

    The physical structure of polar firn plays a key role in the mechanisms by which glaciers and ice sheets preserve a natural archive of past atmospheric composition. This study presents the first measurements of gas diffusivity and permeability along with microstructural information measured from the near-surface firn through the firn column to pore close-off. Both fine- and coarse-grained firn from Summit, Greenland are included in this study to investigate the variability in firn caused by seasonal and storm-event layering. Our measurements reveal that the porosity of firn (derived from density) is insufficient to describe the full profiles of diffusivity and permeability, particularly at porosity values above 0.5. Thus, even a model that could perfectly predict the density profile would be insufficient for application to issues involving gas transport. The measured diffusivity profile presented here is compared to two diffusivity profiles modeled from firn air measurements from Summit. Because of differences in scale and in firn processes between the true field situation, firn modeling, and laboratory measurements, the results follow a similar overall pattern but do not align; our results constitute a lower bound on diffusive transport. In comparing our measurements of both diffusivity and permeability to previous parameterizations from numerical 3-D lattice-Boltzmann modeling, it is evident that the previous relationships to porosity are likely site-specific. We present parameterizations relating diffusivity and permeability to porosity as a possible tool, though use of direct measurements would be far more accurate when feasible. The relationships between gas transport properties and microstructural properties are characterized and compared to existing relationships for general porous media, specifically the Katz-Thompson (KT), Kozeny-Carman (KC), and Archie's law approximations. While those approximations can capture the general trend of gas transport

  2. Recovery of ammonia from swine manure using gas-permeable membranes: effect of waste strength and pH.

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    Garcia-González, M C; Vanotti, M B

    2015-04-01

    Nitrogen recovery from swine manure was investigated using gas-permeable membranes. The process involved a continuous recirculation of an acidic solution through a gas-permeable membrane submerged in manure. Ammonia from manure was concentrated in the acidic solution increasing its pH, while pH decreased in manure. In the first set of experiments, nitrogen recovery efficiency was evaluated with no pH adjustment of manure; whereas in the second, manure with three different ammonia (NH3) concentrations (from 1070 to 2290 mg/L) was used adjusting their pH to 9 whenever pH decreased below 7.7. With no pH adjustment, NH3 recovery from manure was 55%, while NH3 recovery averaged 81% when pH of manure was adjusted. This work showed that as waste strength and available NH3 content increased in manure, more N was captured by the membrane. These results suggested that the gas-permeable membranes are a useful technology for NH3 recovery from manure, reducing environmental pollution whilst converting NH3 into a valuable ammonium (NH4(+)) salt fertilizer.

  3. Modified gas-permeable silicone rubber membranes for covalent immobilisation of enzymes and their use in biosensor development.

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    Schüler, R; Wittkampf, M; Chemnitius, G C

    1999-08-01

    Novel enzyme membranes are introduced. Modified polymeric gas-permeable layers were developed enabling biological components which have available reactive groups (-NH2, -OH, -SH, -COOH) to couple covalently on to their surfaces. Therefore, gas-permeable two component room temperature vulcanizing (2K-RTV) silicone rubber was modified using additional cross-linking agents. Triethoxysilanes with functional groups on their side chains such as epoxy or amino groups were used. A special attribute of the resulting gas-permeable membranes is that their formation and modification occur simultaneously during one reaction step. IR spectroscopy was used to observe the changes in the polymeric structure due to the reaction with the additional cross-linking agents. Sensors equipped with these layers are suitable to measure dissolved gases such as O2, CO2 and NH3 consumed or produced by enzymes converting their substrates. Determination of glucose, a well investigated enzymatic detection process, was chosen to demonstrate the applicability of the enzyme immobilisation. Glucose oxidase was immobilised on the membranes and glucose was detected by amperometric measurement of oxygen consumption. It is expected that this immobilisation method will also be useful for miniaturised planar biosensors.

  4. Symptoms and Signs in Rigid Gas Permeable Lens Wearers During Adaptation Period.

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    Carracedo, Gonzalo; Martin-Gil, Alba; Peixoto-de-Matos, Sofia C; Abejón-Gil, Pilar; Macedo-de-Araújo, Rute; González-Méijome, Jose M

    2016-03-01

    To evaluate neophyte contact lens wearers' fitting to rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses in terms of wearing time, tear volume, stability, corneal staining, and subjective ratings, over a 1-month period of time. Twenty-two young healthy subjects were enrolled for wearing RGP on a daily wear basis. The participants included in this study never wore contact lenses and showed a value under 10 in McMonnies Questionnaire. Contact Lens Dry Eye Questionnaire, Visual Analog Scales, Schirmer test, tear film break-up time (BUT), and corneal staining grading were performed. Follow-up visits were scheduled at 1, 7, 15, and 28 days. Six subjects dropped out due to discomfort from the study before 1 month (27% of discontinuation rate). Successful RGP wearers (16 participants) achieved high levels of subjective vision and reported comfort scores of approximately 9 of 10 between 10 and 15 days. They reported wearing their lenses for an average of 10.12±2.43 hr after 1 month of wear. Conversely, unsuccessful wearers discontinued wearing the lenses after the first 10 to 15 days, showing comfort scores and wearing time significantly lower compared with the first day of wear. Schirmer test showed a significant increase at 10 days (P<0.001), and the BUT trends decreased after the first week of wear in unsuccessful group. Symptomatology related with dryness and discomfort, detected during the first 10 days of the adaptation, may help the clinician to predict those participants who will potentially fail to adapt to RGP lens wear.

  5. Topical anaesthetic use prior to rigid gas permeable contact lens fitting.

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    Gill, Felicity R; Murphy, Paul J; Purslow, Christine

    2017-08-12

    To investigate effect of topical anaesthetic (TA) during gas permeable (GP) contact lens (CL) fitting on subjective and objective measures of patient anxiety. 47 subjects (mean±sd age=26.9±4.9years; soft CL wearers, 18, neophytes, 29). Each subject randomly assigned to Group A or B, and attended on two occasions, one week apart. First visit: subject received bilaterally either a single drop of TA (0.5% proxymetacaine) (Group A) or placebo (0.9% saline) (Group B) prior to GP CL application. No drops were instilled at second visit. Each visit mimicked a GP CL fitting. At each visit, patient anxiety was assessed either subjectively (visual analogue scale (VAS)) or objectively (skin conductance (SC)), as well as anterior ocular health. Visit 1: GP CL trial produced small increases in hyperaemia and corneal staining, but no difference associated with TA use. Visit 2: increases in staining and hyperaemia were observed, but hyperaemic responses significantly less than at Visit 1, for both groups. Corneal staining also less, but not statistically significant. VAS scores indicated subjects who received TA during Visit 1 were significantly less anxious at Visit 2. Visit 2: comfort slightly reduced for subjects who received TA at Visit 1, and significantly increased for subjects who received placebo. Use of TA reduced anxiety during lens adaptation period compared with subjects receiving placebo. TA use during GP CL fitting has potential patient benefits: improved first-time GP CL wear comfort, reduced anxiety during adaptation, reduced anxiety prior to subsequent GP CL wear. Copyright © 2017 British Contact Lens Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Spectral Optical Coherence Tomography vs. fluorescein pattern for rigid gas-permeable lens fit

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    Piotrowiak, Ilona; Kałużny, Bartłomiej J.; Danek, Beata; Chwiędacz, Adam; Sikorski, Bartosz Ł.; Malukiewicz, Grażyna

    2014-01-01

    Background This study aimed to evaluate anterior segment spectral optical coherence tomography (AS SOCT) for assessing the lens-to-cornea fit of rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lenses. The results were verified with the fluorescein pattern method, considered the criterion standard for RGP lens alignment evaluations. Material/Methods Twenty-six eyes of 14 patients were enrolled in the study. Initial base curve radius (BCR) of each RGP lens was determined on the basis of keratometry readings. The fluorescein pattern and AS SOCT tomograms were evaluated, starting with an alignment fit, and subsequently, with BCR reductions in increments of 0.1 mm, up to 3 consecutive changes. AS SOCT examination was performed with the use of RTVue (Optovue, California, USA). Results The average BCR for alignment fits, defined according to the fluorescein pattern, was 7.8 mm (SD=0.26). Repeatability of the measurements was 18.2%. BCR reductions of 0.1, 0.2, and 0.3 mm resulted in average apical clearances detected with AS SOCT of 12.38 (SD=9.91, p<0.05), 28.79 (SD=15.39, p<0.05), and 33.25 (SD=10.60, p>0.05), respectively. Conclusions BCR steepening of 0.1 mm or more led to measurable changes in lens-to-cornea fits. Although AS SOCT represents a new method of assessing lens-to-cornea fit, apical clearance detection with current commercial technology showed lower sensitivity than the fluorescein pattern assessment. PMID:24995686

  7. Water Exposure is a Common Risk Behavior Among Soft and Gas-Permeable Contact Lens Wearers

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    Richdale, Kathryn; Mitchell, Gladys Lynn; Kinoshita, Beth T.; Lam, Dawn Y.; Wagner, Heidi; Sorbara, Luigina; Chalmers, Robin L.; Collier, Sarah A.; Cope, Jennifer R.; Rao, Maya M.; Beach, Michael J.; Yoder, Jonathan S.

    2017-01-01

    Purpose: To understand soft contact lens (SCL) and gas-permeable (GP) lens wearers' behaviors and knowledge regarding exposure of lenses to water. Methods: The Contact Lens Risk Survey (CLRS) and health behavior questions were completed online by a convenience sample of 1056 SCL and 85 GP lens wearers aged 20 to 76 years. Participants were asked about exposing their lenses to water and their understanding of risks associated with these behaviors. Chi-square analyses examined relationships between patient behaviors and perceptions. Results: GP lens wearers were more likely than SCL wearers to ever rinse or store lenses in water (rinsing: 91% GP, 31% SCL, P < 0.001; storing: 33% GP, 15% SCL P < 0.001). Among SCL wearers, men were more likely to store (24% vs. 13%, P = 0.003) or rinse (41% vs. 29%, P = 0.012) their lenses in water. Showering while wearing lenses was more common in SCL wearers (86%) than GP lens wearers (67%) (P < 0.0001). Swimming while wearing lenses was reported by 62% of SCL wearers and 48% of GP lens wearers (P = 0.027). Wearers who rinsed (SCL; P < 0.0001, GP; P = 0.11) or stored lenses in water (SCL; P < 0.0001, GP P = 0.007) reported that this behavior had little or no effect on their infection risk, compared with those who did not. Both SCL (P < 0.0001) and GP lens wearers (P < 0.0001) perceived that distilled water was safer than tap water for storing or rinsing lenses. Conclusions: Despite previously published evidence of Acanthamoeba keratitis' association with water exposure, most SCL, and nearly all GP lens wearers, regularly expose their lenses to water, with many unaware of the risk. PMID:28410356

  8. Peripheral refraction in myopic children wearing orthokeratology and gas-permeable lenses.

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    Kang, Pauline; Swarbrick, Helen

    2011-04-01

    To investigate changes in peripheral refraction after orthokeratology (OK) and rigid gas-permeable (GP) lens wear in progressing myopic children and to compare these peripheral defocus changes with reported changes in adults wearing OK. Sixteen myopic children subjects were fitted with an OK lens in one eye for overnight wear and a GP lens in the other eye for daily wear. Central and peripheral refraction were measured at baseline and then after 3 mo of lens wear. At baseline, myopic children showed relative peripheral hyperopia compared with central refraction at and beyond 20° in the temporal visual field (VF) and 30° in the nasal VF. Three months of OK lens wear produced hyperopic shifts in refraction between 30° in the temporal VF and 20° in the nasal VF. Peripheral refraction was similar to center at all positions in the temporal VF while remaining significantly myopic at all locations in the nasal VF. No change in either central or peripheral refraction was found after 3 mo in the eye assigned for GP lens wear. OK significantly reduced myopia in the central 20° VF in myopic children, converting relative peripheral hyperopia measured at baseline to relative peripheral myopia. These changes in children are similar to changes reported in myopic adults wearing OK lenses. No change in either central or peripheral refraction was found after 3 mo of daily GP lens wear. OK lenses can be used to induce myopic defocus in the periphery in myopic children and may thus provide a potential mechanism for myopia control.

  9. Direct numerical simulation of supercritical gas flow in complex nanoporous media: Elucidating the relationship between permeability and pore space geometry

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    Landry, C. J.; Prodanovic, M.; Eichhubl, P.

    2015-12-01

    Mudrocks and shales are currently a significant source of natural gas and understanding the basic transport properties of these formations is critical to predicting long-term production, however, the nanoporous nature of mudrocks presents a unique challenge. Mudrock pores are predominantly in the range of 1-100 nm, and within this size range the flow of gas at reservoir conditions will fall within the slip-flow and early transition-flow regime (0.001 < Kn < 1.0). Therefore, flow-rates will significantly deviate from Navier-Stokes predictions. Currently, the study of slip-flows is mostly limited to simple tube and channel geometries, but the geometry of mudrock pores is often sponge-like (organic matter) and/or platy (clays). Here we present a local effective viscosity lattice Boltzmann model (LEV-LBM) constructed for flow simulation in the slip- and early-transition flow regimes, adapted here for complex geometries. At the macroscopic scale the LEV-LBM is parameterized with local effective viscosities at each node to capture the variance of the mean free path of gas molecules in a bounded system. The LEV-LBM is first validated in simple tube geometries, where excellent agreement with linearized Boltzmann solutions is found for Knudsen numbers up to 1.0. The LEV-LBM is then employed to quantify the length effect on the apparent permeability of tubes, which suggests pore network modeling of flow in the slip and early-transition regime will result in overestimation unless the length effect is considered. Furthermore, the LEV-LBM is used to evaluate the predictive value of commonly measured pore geometry characteristics such as porosity, pore size distribution, and specific solid surface area for the calculation of permeability. We show that bundle of tubes models grossly overestimate apparent permeability, as well as underestimate the increase in apparent permeability with decreasing pressure as a result of excluding topology and pore shape from calculations.

  10. Sedimentology and permeability architecture of Atokan Valley-Fill natural gas reservoirs, Boonsville Field, North-Central Texas

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    Burn, M.J.; Carr, D.L.; Stuede, J.

    1994-12-31

    The Boonsville {open_quotes}Bend Conglomerate{close_quotes} gas field in Jack and Wise Counties comprises numerous thin (10-20 ft) conglomeratic sandstone reservoirs within an approximately 1,000-ft-thick section of Atokan strata. Reservoir sandstone bodies commonly overlie sequence-boundary unconformities and exhibit overall upward-fining grain-size trends. Many represent incised valley-fill deposits that accumulated during postunconformity base-level rise. This stratal architectures is repeated at several levels throughout the Bend Conglomerate, suggesting that sediment accumulation occurred in a moderate- to low-accommodation setting and that base level fluctuated frequently. The reservoir units were deposited by low-sinuosity fluvial processes, causing a hierarchy of bed forms and grain-avalanche bar-front processes to produce complex grain-size variations. Permeability distribution is primarily controlled by depositional factors but may also be affected by secondary porosity created by the selective dissolution of chert clasts. High-permeability zones ({approximately}2.8 darcys) are characterized by macroscopic vugs composed of clast-shaped moldic voids ({approximately}5 mm in diameter). Tight (low-permeability) zones are heavily cemented by silica, calcite, dolomite, and ankerite and siderate cements. Minipermeameter, x-radiography, and petrographic studies and facies analysis conducted on cores from two Bend Conglomerate reservoirs (Threshold Development Company, I.G. Yates 33, and OXY U.S.A. Sealy {open_quotes}C{close_quotes} 2) illustrate the hierarchy of sedimentological and diagenetic controls on permeability architecture.

  11. Sedimentology and permeability architecture of Atokan Valley-fill natural gas reservoirs, Boonsville Field, north-central Texas

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    Burn, M.J.; Carr, D.L.; Stuede, J.

    1994-09-01

    The Boonsville {open_quotes}Bend Conglomerate{close_quotes} gas field in Jack and Wise counties comprises numerous thin (10-20 ft) conglomerate sandstone reservoirs within an approximately 1000-ft-thick section of Atokan strata. Reservoir sandstone bodies commonly overlie sequence-boundary unconformities and exhibit overall upward-fining grain-size trends. Many represent incised valleyfill deposits that accumulated during postunconformity baselevel rise. This stratal architecture is repeated at several levels throughout the Bend Conglomerate, suggesting that sediment accumulation occurred in a moderate-to low-accommodation setting and that base level fluctuated frequently. The reservoir units were deposited by low-sinuosity fluvial processes, causing a hierarchy of bed forms and grain-avalanche bar-front processes to produce complex grain-size variations. Permeability distribution is primarily controlled by depositional factors but may also be affected by secondary porosity created by the selective dissolution of chert clasts. High-permeability zones (up to 2.8 darcys) are characterized by macroscopic vugs comprised of clast-shaped moldic voids (up to 5 mm in diameter). Tight (low-permeability) zones are heavily cemented by silica, calcite, dolomite, and ankerite and siderite cements. Minipermeameter, x-radiograph, and petrographic studies and facies analysis conducted on cores from two Bend Conglomerate reservoirs illustrate the hierarchy of sedimentological and diagenetic controls on permeability architecture.

  12. Dissolution of Si in Molten Al with Gas Injection

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    Seyed Ahmadi, Mehran

    Silicon is an essential component of many aluminum alloys, as it imparts a range of desirable characteristics. However, there are considerable practical difficulties in dissolving solid Si in molten Al, because the dissolution process is slow, resulting in material and energy losses. It is thus essential to examine Si dissolution in molten Al, to identify means of accelerating the process. This thesis presents an experimental study of the effect of Si purity, bath temperature, fluid flow conditions, and gas stirring on the dissolution of Si in molten Al, plus the results of physical and numerical modeling of the flow to corroborate the experimental results. The dissolution experiments were conducted in a revolving liquid metal tank to generate a bulk velocity, and gas was introduced into the melt using top lance injection. Cylindrical Si specimens were immersed into molten Al for fixed durations, and upon removal the dissolved Si was measured. The shape and trajectory of injected bubbles were examined by means of auxiliary water experiments and video recordings of the molten Al free surface. The gas-agitated liquid was simulated using the commercial software FLOW-3D. The simulation results provide insights into bubble dynamics and offer estimates of the fluctuating velocities within the Al bath. The experimental results indicate that the dissolution rate of Si increases in tandem with the melt temperature and bulk velocity. A higher bath temperature increases the solubility of Si at the solid/liquid interface, resulting in a greater driving force for mass transfer, and a higher liquid velocity decreases the resistance to mass transfer via a thinner mass boundary layer. Impurities (with lower diffusion coefficients) in the form of inclusions obstruct the dissolution of the Si main matrix. Finally, dissolution rate enhancement was observed by gas agitation. It is postulated that the bubble-induced fluctuating velocities disturb the mass boundary layer, which

  13. REDUCING RISK IN LOW-PERMEABILITY GAS FORMATIONS: UNDERSTANDING THE ROCK/FLUID CHARACTERISTICS OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN LARAMIDE BASINS

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    Ronald C. Surdam

    2003-12-29

    An anomalous velocity model was constructed for the Wind River Basin (WRB) based on {approx}2000 mi of 2-D seismic data and 175 sonic logs, for a total of 132,000 velocity/depth profiles. Ten cross sections were constructed through the model coincident with known gas fields. In each cross section, an intense, anomalously slow velocity domain coincided with the gas-productive rock/fluid interval. The anomalous velocity model: (1) Easily isolates gas-charged rock/fluid systems characterized by anomalously slow velocities and water-rich rock/fluid systems characterized by normal velocities; and (2) Delineates the regional velocity inversion surface, which is characterized by steepening of the Ro/depth gradient, a significant increase in capillary displacement pressure, a significant change in formation water composition, and acceleration of the reaction rate of smectite-to-illite diagenesis in mixed-layer clays. Gas chimneys are observed as topographic highs on the regional velocity inversion surface. Beneath the surface are significant fluid-flow compartments, which have a gas-charge in the fluid phase and are isolated from meteoric water recharge. Water-rich domains may occur within regional gas-charged compartments, but are not being recharged from the meteoric water system (i.e., trapped water). The WRB is divided into at least two regionally prominent fluid-flow compartments separated by the velocity inversion surface: a water-dominated upper compartment likely under strong meteoric water drive and a gas-charged, anomalously pressured lower compartment. Judging from cross sections, numerous gas-charged subcompartments occur within the regional compartment. Their geometries and boundaries are controlled by faults and low-permeability rocks. Commercial gas production results when a reservoir interval characterized by enhanced porosity/permeability intersects one of these gas-charged subcompartments. The rock/fluid characteristics of the Rocky Mountain Laramide

  14. Local permeability changes, passive degassing and related gas hazard at the Baia di Levante area (Vulcano island, Italy)

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    Diliberto, Iole Serena; Cangemi, Marianna; Gagliano, Antonina Lisa; Inguaggiato, Salvatore; Madonia, Paolo; Pedone, Maria; Fabio Pisciotta, Antonino

    2016-04-01

    Vulcano, the southernmost island of the Aeolian archipelago (Italy), is presently characterized by active fumarolic fields located along the rim of La Fossa cone and the shoreline of the Baia di Levante beach, in the northern portion of the island.The Baia di Levante fumarolic vents are fed by a shallow hydrothermal aquifer heated by magmatic gases rising from the deep down, with a spatial distribution strongly affected by the local fracture network. These fractures are the expression of a deformation field, dominated by a northward motion to Lipari, abruptly decaying to the Vulcanello peninsula, immediately northward of the Baia di Levante beach. Variable rates of fluid transfer to the surface, following permeability changes affecting the fracture network are among the results of stress field variations over time which induce fluctuations in the pressure state of the hydrothermal system. Under these conditions, increments in hydrothermal gas flow, able to cause an increase of gas hazard, could be determined by a rearrangement of the shallow permeability distribution induced by changes in the deformation field. In this case not associated to any variation in the volcanic activity state. Since 2009 an huge gas flow increment has been noticed in some undersea vents of the Baia di Levante area, leading to increase of gas hazard in their immediate surroundings. On the contrary, the acquired data from the INGV volcanic surveillance program didn't suggest any correlated increase of the magmatic fluid component in the degassing activity.In July 2015, we carried out multi-parametric geochemical surveys in this area, based on direct (thermocouple) and indirect (thermal infrared camera and pyrometer) soil temperature, soil CO2 flux, atmospheric concentration of CO2 and H2S measurements at low elevation (one meter a.s.l.). The chemical and isotopic composition of low temperature fumarole gases was determined too.The comparison of the new data with previous surveys carried out

  15. Design, testing and emplacement of sand-bentonite for the construction of a gas-permeable seal test (gast)

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    Teodori, Sven-Peter; Ruedi, Jorg; Reinhold, Matthias; Manca, Donatella

    2013-07-01

    The main aim of a gas-permeable seal is to increase the gas transport capacity of the backfilled underground structures without compromising the radionuclide retention capacity of the engineered barrier system or the host rock. Such a seal, proposed by NAGRA as part of the 'Engineered Gas Transport System' in a L/ILW repository, considers specially designed backfill and sealing materials such as sand/bentonite (S/B) mixtures with a bentonite content of 20- 30%. NAGRA's RD and D plan foresees demonstrating the construction and performance of repository seals and improving the understanding and the database for reliably predicting water and gas transport through these systems. The fluid flow and gas transport properties of these backfills have been determined at the laboratory scale and through modelling the maximum gas pressures in the near field of a repository system and the gas flow rates have been evaluated. Within this context, the Gas-permeable Seal Test (GAST) was constructed at Grimsel Test Site (GTS) to validate the effective functioning of gas-permeable seals at realistic scale. The intrinsic permeability of such seals should be in the order of 10-18 m2. Because the construction of S/B seals is not common practice for construction companies, a stepwise approach was followed to evaluate different construction and quality assurance methods. As a first step, an investigation campaign with simple tests in the laboratory and in the field followed by 1:1 scale pre-tests at GTS was performed. Through this gradual increase of the degree of complexity, practical experience was gained and confidence in the methods and procedures to be used was built, which allowed reliably producing and working with S/B mixtures at a realistic scale. During the whole pre-testing phase, a quality assurance (QA) programme for S/B mixtures was developed and different methods were assessed. They helped to evaluate and choose appropriate emplacement techniques and methodologies to

  16. A survey of UK practitioner attitudes to the fitting of rigid gas permeable lenses.

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    Gill, Felicity R; Murphy, Paul J; Purslow, Christine

    2010-11-01

    Rigid gas permeable (GP) contact lenses may provide the safest option for lens wear, but prescribing rates are in decline. This study investigated the effect of practitioner attitudes on GP lens prescribing. A questionnaire was developed using a focus group and a pilot study. Questions addressed clinical time spent fitting GP lenses, specialist equipment requirements and perceived safety and comfort. With ethical approval, the questionnaire was sent to 1000 randomly selected UK registered eye care practitioners (ECPs). In general, ECPs enjoy the challenge of fitting GPs, although fitting takes longer than soft lens fitting. There is a difference in attitude between longer qualified and more recently qualified ECPs. Longer qualified ECPs more frequently reported enjoyment of the fitting challenges, recommended GP lenses to patients and were less likely to believe that GP lenses were becoming obsolete. ECPs are in strong agreement on the ocular health advantages of fitting GPs. They do not feel specialist equipment is generally needed, although some reported a topographer to be advantageous. The large majority of ECPs do not have access to the specialist equipment they perceive to be normally associated with GP fitting (radiuscope, V-gauge). They believe that initial fitting discomfort of GP fitting is a major drawback to their fitting, and while they feel this greatly improves with adaptation, they do not feel it reaches soft lens wear comfort. A total of 30.3% of ECPs feel it is clinically acceptable to use topical anaesthetic during GP fitting, but only 1.4% of ECPs regularly do so. ECPs are aware of the benefits that GP lenses provide in terms of ocular health. They find GPs take longer to fit, but they enjoyed the challenge of fitting, which suggests that they are not lacking in clinical skill, nor any specialist equipment. However, they are unhappy with initial patient comfort, and are not yet prepared to use topical anaesthetics during initial fitting. As a

  17. Progression of keratoconus in patients wearing pancorneal toric edge rigid gas-permeable contact lenses.

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    Ramdas, Wishal D; Vervaet, Charles J W C

    2014-08-01

    To investigate the rate of progression of keratoconus in patients wearing pancorneal toric edge rigid gas-permeable contact lenses (pancorneal RGP-CL) compared to non-pancorneal RGP-CL. We also evaluated alterations in anterior chamber parameters with the progression of keratoconus and investigated the location of the cone in eyes with keratoconus. The current study was a retrospective study including patients with clinically evident keratoconus from the outpatient clinic from the Department of Ophthalmology of the Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Medical history and contact lens characteristics were documented. All participants underwent ophthalmic examination including corneal topography. Corneal topography was repeated at one of the consecutive visits of the patient. Patients were divided into two groups: those wearing pancorneal RGP-CL and those wearing other contact lens types. As a measure of progression of keratoconus differences in corneal topography parameters between both groups were compared. A total of 82 patients were included of which 42 had follow-up (mean 17.8 months) data. We found a significant difference in progression between eyes fitted with and without pancorneal RGP-CL (K-flat: p=0.09, K-steep: p=0.02, K-mean: p=0.02, and K-minimum: p=0.04). Compared with eyes fitted without pancorneal RGP-CL no significant difference in K-values was found for eyes fitted with pancorneal RGP-CL during follow-up. Furthermore, a significant decrease in anterior chamber volume (p<0.001) and corneal volume (p=0.008) was found during follow-up. In 86.6% the location of the cone was located infero-temporal. Pancorneal RGP-CL have a better effect on stabilizing progression of keratoconus than non-pancorneal RGP-CL. The finding of an infero-temporal location of the cone in keratoconic corneas may improve results of contact lens fitting and surgical management. Copyright © 2013 British Contact Lens Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights

  18. New web-based algorithm to improve rigid gas permeable contact lens fitting in keratoconus.

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    Ortiz-Toquero, Sara; Rodriguez, Guadalupe; de Juan, Victoria; Martin, Raul

    2017-06-01

    To calculate and validate a new web-based algorithm for selecting the back optic zone radius (BOZR) of spherical gas permeable (GP) lens in keratoconus eyes. A retrospective calculation (n=35; multiple regression analysis) and a posterior prospective validation (new sample of 50 keratoconus eyes) of a new algorithm to select the BOZR of spherical KAKC design GP lenses (Conoptica) in keratoconus were conducted. BOZR calculated with the new algorithm, manufacturer guidelines and APEX software were compared with the BOZR that was finally prescribed. Number of diagnostic lenses, ordered lenses and visits to achieve optimal fitting were recorded and compared those obtained for a control group [50 healthy eyes fitted with spherical GP (BIAS design; Conoptica)]. The new algorithm highly correlated with the final BOZR fitted (r(2)=0.825, p<0.001). BOZR of the first diagnostic lens using the new algorithm demonstrated lower difference with the final BOZR prescribed (-0.01±0.12mm, p=0.65; 58% difference≤0.05mm) than with the manufacturer guidelines (+0.12±0.22mm, p<0.001; 26% difference≤0.05mm) and APEX software (-0.14±0.16mm, p=0.001; 34% difference≤0.05mm). Close numbers of diagnostic lens (1.6±0.8, 1.3±0.5; p=0.02), ordered lens (1.4±0.6, 1.1±0.3; P<0.001), and visits (3.4±0.7, 3.2±0.4; p=0.08) were required to fit keratoconus and healthy eyes, respectively. This new algorithm (free access at www.calculens.com) improves spherical KAKC GP fitting in keratoconus and can reduce the practitioner and patient chair time to achieve a final acceptable fit in keratoconus. This algorithm reduces differences between keratoconus GP fitting (KAKC design) and standard GP (BIAS design) lenses fitting in healthy eyes. Copyright © 2016 British Contact Lens Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Effect of polytetrafluoroethylene-treatment and microporous layer-coating on the in-plane permeability of gas diffusion layers used in proton exchange membrane fuel cells

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    Ismail, M. S.; Damjanovic, T.; Ingham, D. B.; Ma, L.; Pourkashanian, M.

    The in-plane permeability has been experimentally estimated for a number of carbon substrates and microporous layer (MPL)-coated gas diffusion layers (GDLs) as used in proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells. The results show that the in-plane permeability of the tested carbon substrates decreases with increasing polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) loading and, in contrast, the greater is the PTFE loading in the MPL, the greater is the permeability. It has been shown that the in-plane permeability of the carbon substrates is reduced by an order of magnitude if they are coated with MPLs. Further, the permeability is different from one in-plane principal direction to another by a factor of about two. Finally, ignoring the inertial terms (for the reported flow rates) and the compressibility of the flowing air results in significant errors in the obtained values of the permeability.

  20. Time-dependent permeability evolution in compacting volcanic fracture systems and implications for gas overpressure

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    Farquharson, Jamie I.; Wadsworth, Fabian B.; Heap, Michael J.; Baud, Patrick

    2017-06-01

    Volcanic eruptions are driven by the ascent of volatile-laden magma. The capacity of a volcano system to outgas these volatiles-its permeability-controls the explosive potential, and fractures at volcanic conduit margins play a crucial role in tempering eruption explosivity by acting as outgassing pathways. However, these fractures are often filled with hot volcanic debris that welds and compacts over time, meaning that these permeable pathways have a finite lifetime. While numerous studies emphasize that permeability evolution is important for regulating pressure in shallow volcanic systems, how and when this occurs remains an outstanding question in volcanology. In this contribution, we show that different pressure evolution regimes can be expected across a range of silicic systems as a function of the width and distribution of fractures in the system, the timescales over which they can outgas (a function of depth and temperature), and the permeability of the host material. We define outgassing, diffusive relaxation, and pressure increase regimes, which are distinguished by comparing the characteristic timescales over which they operate. Moreover, we define a critical permeability threshold, which determines (in concert with characteristic timescales of diffusive mass exchange between the pore and melt phases) whether systems fracture and outgas efficiently, or if a volcano will be prone to pressure increases, incomplete healing, and explosive failure.

  1. Gas permeability and thermal behavior of polypropylene films used for packaging minimally processed fresh-cut potatoes: a case study.

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    Siracusa, Valentina; Blanco, Ignazio; Romani, Santina; Tylewicz, Urszula; Dalla Rosa, Marco

    2012-10-01

    This work reports an experimental study on the permeability and thermal behavior of commercial polypropylene (PP) film used for fresh-cut potatoes packaging. The permeability was tested using oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, mix of these 3 gases, normally used for modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) and Air, to understand if it would be possible to extend the shelf life of this food product designed for the catering field in respect to the packaging behavior. The temperature influence on permeability data, from 5 to 40 °C, was analyzed, before and after 4, 8, 12, 15, and 20 d of food contact, pointing out the dependence between temperature and gas transmission rate (GTR), solubility (S), diffusion coefficient (D), and time lag (t(L)) parameters. The activation energies (E) of the permeation process were determined with the different gases used in the experiments. The thermal behavior of PP film was studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric analysis (TG) to well understand its thermal stability. Fourier transformed-infrared with attenuated total reflectance (FT-IR/ATR) spectroscopy was also performed in order to study the influence of the food contact on the chemical characteristics of the polymer film. The results obtained were discussed and compared each other. Studied samples showed, for all investigated gases, an increase of gas permeability and S values at higher temperature. Heat resistance classification among the sample as it is and stored in modified atmospheres was made. Finally all performed experiments have showed good polymer stability for the shelf-life storage potatoes under study. Study of packaging material was performed in a range of temperature, which can simulate the service condition to assess the suitability of a commercial polymer film for modified atmosphere packaging of fresh-cut potatoes minimally processed designed for catering purpose. © 2012 Institute of Food Technologists®

  2. Device and method for the measurement of gas permeability through membranes

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    Agarwal, Pradeep K.; Ackerman, John; Borgialli, Ron; Hamann, Jerry; Muknahalliptna, Suresh

    2006-08-08

    A device for the measuring membrane permeability in electrical/electrochemical/photo-electrochemical fields is provided. The device is a permeation cell and a tube mounted within the cell. An electrode is mounted at one end of the tube. A membrane is mounted within the cell wherein a corona is discharged from the electrode in a general direction toward the membrane thereby generating heated hydrogen atoms adjacent the membrane. A method for measuring the effects of temperature and pressure on membrane permeability and selectivity is also provided.

  3. In Silico Determination of Gas Permeabilities by Non-Equilibrium Molecular Dynamics: CO2 and He through PIM-1

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    Frentrup, Hendrik; Hart, Kyle E.; Colina, Coray M.; Müller, Erich A.

    2015-01-01

    We study the permeation dynamics of helium and carbon dioxide through an atomistically detailed model of a polymer of intrinsic microporosity, PIM-1, via non-equilibrium molecular dynamics (NEMD) simulations. This work presents the first explicit molecular modeling of gas permeation through a high free-volume polymer sample, and it demonstrates how permeability and solubility can be obtained coherently from a single simulation. Solubilities in particular can be obtained to a very high degree of confidence and within experimental inaccuracies. Furthermore, the simulations make it possible to obtain very specific information on the diffusion dynamics of penetrant molecules and yield detailed maps of gas occupancy, which are akin to a digital tomographic scan of the polymer network. In addition to determining permeability and solubility directly from NEMD simulations, the results shed light on the permeation mechanism of the penetrant gases, suggesting that the relative openness of the microporous topology promotes the anomalous diffusion of penetrant gases, which entails a deviation from the pore hopping mechanism usually observed in gas diffusion in polymers. PMID:25764366

  4. In Silico Determination of Gas Permeabilities by Non-Equilibrium Molecular Dynamics: CO2 and He through PIM-1.

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    Frentrup, Hendrik; Hart, Kyle E; Colina, Coray M; Müller, Erich A

    2015-03-10

    We study the permeation dynamics of helium and carbon dioxide through an atomistically detailed model of a polymer of intrinsic microporosity, PIM-1, via non-equilibrium molecular dynamics (NEMD) simulations. This work presents the first explicit molecular modeling of gas permeation through a high free-volume polymer sample, and it demonstrates how permeability and solubility can be obtained coherently from a single simulation. Solubilities in particular can be obtained to a very high degree of confidence and within experimental inaccuracies. Furthermore, the simulations make it possible to obtain very specific information on the diffusion dynamics of penetrant molecules and yield detailed maps of gas occupancy, which are akin to a digital tomographic scan of the polymer network. In addition to determining permeability and solubility directly from NEMD simulations, the results shed light on the permeation mechanism of the penetrant gases, suggesting that the relative openness of the microporous topology promotes the anomalous diffusion of penetrant gases, which entails a deviation from the pore hopping mechanism usually observed in gas diffusion in polymers.

  5. Supersonic flow around a cylinder with front gas-permeable insert which modeled by skeleton of porous material

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    Poplavskaya, T. V.; Kirilovskiy, S. V.; Mironov, S. G.

    2016-10-01

    Experimental data and results of numerical simulation of a supersonic flow around a streamwise aligned cylinder with a frontal gas-permeable insert made of a high-porosity cellular material are presented. The porous material structure is modeled by a system of staggered rings of different diameters (discrete model of a porous medium). The model skeleton of the material corresponds to the pore size (diameter 1mm) and porosity (0.95) of a real cellular porous material. The computed results are compared with the data of wind tunnel experiments performed in a T-327B supersonic continuous-flow wind tunnel at the flow Mach number M∞ = 4.85.

  6. Calculating areal average thickness of rigid gas-permeable contact lenses.

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    Weissman, B A

    1986-11-01

    A method to calculate areal average thickness of rigid contact lenses is shown. The method involves division of lens volume, which is determined from lens design specifications or derived from measured lens weight, by the area of the lens back surface. Areal average thickness may then be used with known oxygen permeability to generate oxygen transmissibility values.

  7. Gas Tungsten Arc Welding of Al-10Fe-5Ce.

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    1987-02-01

    See text, page 2 SECTION IV WELDING Specimens were machine welded in a clamping fixture with the gas tungsten arc welding ( GTAW ) process, with...AC) n.;’ ) ,qr~m~nLy used for tnt , as tungsten ar,: welding ( GTAW ) of’ aluminum, and with no ’.i’-lr let il , exnibited cross porosity distributed...welds made by the GTAW process in powder metallurgy Al-1OFe-5Ce base metal are not useful for structural applications. Although weld porosity can be

  8. The influence of oxygen supply on metabolism of neural cells cultured on a gas-permeable PTFE foil.

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    Mauth, Corinna; Pavlica, Sanja; Deiwick, Andrea; Steffen, Anja; Bader, Augustinus

    2010-01-01

    The influence of oxygen on neural stem cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis is of great interest for regenerative therapies in neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson's disease. These oxygen depending mechanisms have to been considered for the optimization of neural cell culture conditions. In this study, we used a cell culture system with an oxygen-permeable polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE) foil to investigate the effect of oxygen on metabolism and survival of neural cell lines in vitro. Human glial astrocytoma-derived cells (GOS-3) and rat pheochromacytoma cells (PC12) were cultured on the gas-permeable PTFE foil as well as a conventional non oxygen-permeable cell culture substrate at various oxygen concentrations. Analyses of metabolic activity, gene expression of apoptotic grade, and dopamine synthesis were performed. Under low oxygen partial pressure (2%, 5%) the anaerobic metabolism and apoptotic rate of cultured cells is diminished on PTFE foil when compared with the conventional culture dishes. In contrast, under higher oxygen atmosphere (21%) the number of apoptotic cells on the PTFE foil was enhanced. This culture model demonstrates a suitable model for the improvement of oxygen dependent metabolism under low oxygen conditions as well as for induction of oxidative stress by high oxygen atmosphere without supplementation of neurotoxins.

  9. Effect of through-plane distribution of polytetrafluoroethylene in carbon paper on in-plane gas permeability

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    Ito, Hiroshi; Abe, Katsuya; Ishida, Masayoshi; Nakano, Akihiro; Maeda, Tetsuhiko; Munakata, Tetsuo; Nakajima, Hironori; Kitahara, Tatsumi

    2014-02-01

    In-plane permeability of gas diffusion backing (GDB) of proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) was investigated experimentally. Toray-paper and SGL-paper were selected as GDB test samples. Several Toray-papers were treated in-house with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) using the immersion technique, dried either under atmospheric or vacuum pressure, and then sintered. The dependence of PTFE distribution in the through-plane direction on the PTFE drying conditions was examined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM)-based energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) imaging. The EDS image maps revealed that the PTFE distribution strongly depended on the drying condition, and PTFE drying under vacuum pressure yielded a relatively uniform PTFE distribution. The measured in-plane permeability suggests that the homogeneous distribution of PTFE achieved by the vacuum drying produces a porosity-leveling effect. In addition, the relationship between the in-plane permeability and porosity of the Toray-paper samples followed the Kozeny-Carman relation, whereas due to non-fibrous solids such as binder, that of the SGL-paper samples did not.

  10. Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lens Fitting Using New Software in Keratoconic Eyes.

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    Ortiz-Toquero, Sara; Rodriguez, Guadalupe; de Juan, Victoria; Martin, Raul

    2016-03-01

    To determine the repeatability of the back optic zone radius (BOZR) of rigid gas permeable (GP) contact lens (CL) proposed by new software for fitting in healthy and keratoconus eyes and to compare with the diagnostic CL fitting method. Three consecutive corneal topographies (Oculus-Keratograph) were performed and analyzed with APEX new software CL fitting (Hecht-Contactlinsen, Germany) in 40 healthy and 40 keratoconus eyes fitted with GP using conventional diagnostic method. The coefficient of variation (CV) of the BOZR suggested by APEX was calculated. The BOZR of both fitting methods (software versus diagnostic) were compared maintaining the same lens diameter. BOZR proposed by APEX showed good repeatability in healthy (CV = 0.32%) and keratoconus eyes (CV = 0.51%). APEX proposed flatter BOZR than the diagnostic method in healthy (7.91 ± 0.24 and 7.84 ± 0.26 mm, p < 0.01) and keratoconus eyes (7.34 ± 0.38 and 7.23 ± 0.37 mm, p < 0.01). A strong linear correlation in healthy (BOZR_Diagnostic_Method = (BOZR_APEX × 1.06) - 0.53; p < 0.01, R = 0.969) and keratoconus eyes (BOZR_Diagnostic_Method = (BOZR_APEX × 0.88) + 0.77; p < 0.01, R = 0.825) was found. A detailed analysis showed a similar trend in different keratoconus stages (Amsler-Krumeich classification); stage 1: 7.42 ± 0.30 and 7.40 ± 0.25 mm, BOZR_Diagnostic_Method = (BOZR_APEX × 0.81) + 1.38, R = 0.973; stage 2: 7.30 ± 0.44 and 7.23 ± 0.38 mm, BOZR_Diagnostic_Method = (BOZR_APEX × 0.84) + 1.07, R = 0.929; and stage 3: 7.33 ± 0.39 and 7.11 ± 0.40 mm, BOZR_Diagnostic_Method = (BOZR_APEX × 0.93) + 0.28, R = 0.831. Applying these regression formulas, the BOZR difference could be reduced in healthy (-0.01 ± 0.05 mm) and keratoconus eyes (-0.01 ± 0.14 mm) for each keratoconus stage (0.01 ± 0.04, 0.03 ± 0.10, and 0.02 ± 0.16 mm in stages 1, 2, and 3, respectively). APEX software provides repeatable BOZR in healthy and keratoconus eyes, but it tends to propose flatter BOZR than the diagnostic

  11. In situ chamber built for clarifying the relationship between methane hydrate crystal morphology and gas permeability in a thin glass micromodel cell

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    Muraoka, Michihiro; Yamamoto, Yoshitaka

    2017-06-01

    We developed a novel in situ chamber to investigate the relationship between gas hydrate crystal morphology and gas permeability in a glass micromodel that mimics marine sediment. This high-pressure experimental chamber was able to use a thin glass cell without high pressure resistance. The formation of methane hydrate (MH) in the glass micromodel was observed in situ. We investigated the relationship between the MH growth rate and the degree of super cooling ΔT. In addition, we successfully performed the in situ observation of both hydrate morphology and gas permeability measurement simultaneously.

  12. In situ chamber built for clarifying the relationship between methane hydrate crystal morphology and gas permeability in a thin glass micromodel cell.

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    Muraoka, Michihiro; Yamamoto, Yoshitaka

    2017-06-01

    We developed a novel in situ chamber to investigate the relationship between gas hydrate crystal morphology and gas permeability in a glass micromodel that mimics marine sediment. This high-pressure experimental chamber was able to use a thin glass cell without high pressure resistance. The formation of methane hydrate (MH) in the glass micromodel was observed in situ. We investigated the relationship between the MH growth rate and the degree of super cooling ΔT. In addition, we successfully performed the in situ observation of both hydrate morphology and gas permeability measurement simultaneously.

  13. Characteristics of hydrogenotrophic denitrification in a combined system of gas-permeable membrane and a biofilm reactor.

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    Lu, Caixia; Gu, Ping; He, Pan; Zhang, Guanghui; Song, Chao

    2009-09-15

    A double Monod form was employed to describe two-step hydrogenotrophic denitrification, and the saturation constants of nitrate, nitrite and hydrogen were determined by batch tests. A combined system of gas-permeable membrane and a biofilm reactor (GPM-BR) was employed to remove nitrate from drinking water. The gas-permeable membrane was tested to exclusively deliver hydrogen to an independent attached growth system. The denitrification performance of the GPM-BR was investigated with different nitrate loadings of 96.78, 163.16 and 342.58 mg N/(Ld). The nitrate removal rate (NRR) of the reactor could achieve 471.36 mg N/(Ld) with sufficient dissolved hydrogen (DH) in the batch tests. While in the continuous experiments, NRR ranged from 96.72 to 301.44 mg N/(Ld) under different nitrate loadings. Although low nitrate loading of 96.78 mg N/(Ld) led to better nitrate removal, the denitrification capacity of GPM-BR would be limited and sulfate reduction occurred.

  14. Effect of in vitro exposure to hydrogen sulfide on rabbit alveolar macrophages cultured on gas-permeable membranes

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    Robinson, A.V.

    1982-04-01

    Rabbit alveolar macrophages (AM) were cultured on gas-permeable membranes (Pettriperm dishes) and standard 25-cm/sup 2/ plastic tissue-culture flasks (Falcon Plastics) and exposed to H/sub 2/S (50-60 ppm). Exposure of AM to approximately 54 ppm of H/sub 2/S for 24 hr during culture on gas-permeable membranes reduced the percentage of AM that phagocytized 2.02-..mu..m polyvinyl toluene beads to 5% of control values. In contrast, AM cultured on plastic tissue-culture flasks showed no decrease in phagocytic ability when exposed to similar concentrations of H/sub 2/S. Unexposed AM were equally phagocytic under both culture systems. A decrease in phagocytic capability was most pronounced under continuous exposure regimens. Above a critical combination of H/sub 2/S concentration and duration of exposure, cessation of exposure did not halt a time-dependent degradation of phagocytic ability. Scanning electron microscopy of cultured AM exposed for 24 hr to 54 ppm H/sub 2/S revealed a general decrease in cell-surface ruffling and a pronounced loss of pseudopodia. Transmission electron microscopy of AM cultures exposed to 54 ppm H/sub 2/S for 24 hr revealed extensive disruption of interior organelles, cytoplasmic membrane degradation, and sharply reduced cell-surface ruffling.

  15. Compaction and gas loss in welded pyroclastic deposits as revealed by porosity, permeability, and electrical conductivity measurements of the Shevlin Park Tuff

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    Wright, Heather M.; Cashman, Katharine V.

    2014-01-01

    Pyroclastic flows produced by large volcanic eruptions commonly densify after emplacement. Processes of gas escape, compaction, and welding in pyroclastic-flow deposits are controlled by the physical and thermal properties of constituent material. Through measurements of matrix porosity, permeability, and electrical conductivity, we provide a framework for understanding the evolution of pore structure during these processes. Using data from the Shevlin Park Tuff in central Oregon, United States, and from the literature, we find that over a porosity range of 0%–70%, matrix permeability varies by almost 10 orders of magnitude (from 10–20 to 10–11 m2), with over three orders of magnitude variation at any given porosity. Part of the variation at a given porosity is due to permeability anisotropy, where oriented core samples indicate higher permeabilities parallel to foliation (horizontally) than perpendicular to foliation (vertically). This suggests that pore space is flattened during compaction, creating anisotropic crack-like networks, a geometry that is supported by electrical conductivity measurements. We find that the power law equation: k1 = 1.3 × 10–21 × ϕ5.2 provides the best approximation of dominant horizontal gas loss, where k1 = permeability, and ϕ = porosity. Application of Kozeny-Carman fluid-flow approximations suggests that permeability in the Shevlin Park Tuff is controlled by crack- or disk-like pore apertures with minimum widths of 0.3 and 7.5 μm. We find that matrix permeability limits compaction over short times, but deformation is then controlled by competition among cooling, compaction, water resorption, and permeable gas escape. These competing processes control the potential for development of overpressure (and secondary explosions) and the degree of welding in the deposit, processes that are applicable to viscous densification of volcanic deposits in general. Further, the general relationships among porosity, permeability, and

  16. Numerical simulations of the Macondo well blowout reveal strong control of oil flow by reservoir permeability and exsolution of gas.

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    Oldenburg, Curtis M; Freifeld, Barry M; Pruess, Karsten; Pan, Lehua; Finsterle, Stefan; Moridis, George J

    2012-12-11

    In response to the urgent need for estimates of the oil and gas flow rate from the Macondo well MC252-1 blowout, we assembled a small team and carried out oil and gas flow simulations using the TOUGH2 codes over two weeks in mid-2010. The conceptual model included the oil reservoir and the well with a top boundary condition located at the bottom of the blowout preventer. We developed a fluid properties module (Eoil) applicable to a simple two-phase and two-component oil-gas system. The flow of oil and gas was simulated using T2Well, a coupled reservoir-wellbore flow model, along with iTOUGH2 for sensitivity analysis and uncertainty quantification. The most likely oil flow rate estimated from simulations based on the data available in early June 2010 was about 100,000 bbl/d (barrels per day) with a corresponding gas flow rate of 300 MMscf/d (million standard cubic feet per day) assuming the well was open to the reservoir over 30 m of thickness. A Monte Carlo analysis of reservoir and fluid properties provided an uncertainty distribution with a long tail extending down to 60,000 bbl/d of oil (170 MMscf/d of gas). The flow rate was most strongly sensitive to reservoir permeability. Conceptual model uncertainty was also significant, particularly with regard to the length of the well that was open to the reservoir. For fluid-entry interval length of 1.5 m, the oil flow rate was about 56,000 bbl/d. Sensitivity analyses showed that flow rate was not very sensitive to pressure-drop across the blowout preventer due to the interplay between gas exsolution and oil flow rate.

  17. Numerical simulations of the Macondo well blowout reveal strong control of oil flow by reservoir permeability and exsolution of gas

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    Oldenburg, Curtis M.; Freifeld, Barry M.; Pruess, Karsten; Pan, Lehua; Finsterle, Stefan; Moridis, George J.

    2012-01-01

    In response to the urgent need for estimates of the oil and gas flow rate from the Macondo well MC252-1 blowout, we assembled a small team and carried out oil and gas flow simulations using the TOUGH2 codes over two weeks in mid-2010. The conceptual model included the oil reservoir and the well with a top boundary condition located at the bottom of the blowout preventer. We developed a fluid properties module (Eoil) applicable to a simple two-phase and two-component oil-gas system. The flow of oil and gas was simulated using T2Well, a coupled reservoir-wellbore flow model, along with iTOUGH2 for sensitivity analysis and uncertainty quantification. The most likely oil flow rate estimated from simulations based on the data available in early June 2010 was about 100,000 bbl/d (barrels per day) with a corresponding gas flow rate of 300 MMscf/d (million standard cubic feet per day) assuming the well was open to the reservoir over 30 m of thickness. A Monte Carlo analysis of reservoir and fluid properties provided an uncertainty distribution with a long tail extending down to 60,000 bbl/d of oil (170 MMscf/d of gas). The flow rate was most strongly sensitive to reservoir permeability. Conceptual model uncertainty was also significant, particularly with regard to the length of the well that was open to the reservoir. For fluid-entry interval length of 1.5 m, the oil flow rate was about 56,000 bbl/d. Sensitivity analyses showed that flow rate was not very sensitive to pressure-drop across the blowout preventer due to the interplay between gas exsolution and oil flow rate. PMID:21730177

  18. Effect of weave tightness and structure on the in-plane and through-plane air permeability of woven carbon fibers for gas diffusion layers

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    Caston, Terry B.; Murphy, Andrew R.; Harris, Tequila A. L.

    In this study, woven gas diffusion layers (GDLs) with varying weave type and tightness are investigated. Plain and twill weave patterns were manufactured in-house. The in-plane and through-plane air permeability of the woven samples were tested, and mercury intrusion porosimetry (MIP) tests were performed to study the pore structure. It was found that the twill weave has a higher permeability than the plain weave, which is consistent with literature. Like non-woven carbon papers, woven GDLs have higher in-plane permeability than through-plane permeability; however it has been shown that it is possible to manufacture a GDL with higher through-plane permeability than in-plane permeability. It was also concluded that the percentage of macropores in the weave is the driving factor in determining the through-plane air permeability. This work lays the groundwork for future studies to attempt to characterize the relationship between the weave structure and the air permeability in woven GDLs.

  19. Influence of dissolved inorganic carbon and calcium on gas formation and accumulation in iron permeable reactive barriers.

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    Ruhl, Aki S; Weber, Anne; Jekel, Martin

    2012-11-01

    Uncertainties in long-term reactivity and gas accumulation in Fe(0) permeable reactive barriers still hinder a broad application of this groundwater remediation technology. In this study long-term column experiments were conducted under varying geochemical conditions. Generation of hydrogen by anaerobic corrosion in Fe(0) reactive filters was mainly influenced by the mass flux of dissolved inorganic carbon. Both increased concentrations and volume flows led to a substantial rise in gas generation but only to slight differences of gas accumulation within the pores of the reactive filter. Comparisons of columns with different lengths showed higher averaged corrosion rates in the shorter and lower corrosion rates in the longer columns. Calcium in conjunction with dissolved inorganic carbon formed compact and localized aragonite minerals, while in the absence of calcium chukanovite dominated, which covered and passivated the reactive surface to a higher extent. Magnetite was the major crystalline corrosion product in the absence of carbonate and no decline in long term corrosion rates was observed within up to 700 days of operation. Total gas yields of columns were restricted by passivation and approached a volume of approximately 13.5 mL/g granulated cast iron. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Faulting of gas-hydrate-bearing marine sediments - contribution to permeability

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    Dillon, William P.; Holbrook, W.S.; Drury, Rebecca; Gettrust, Joseph; Hutchinson, Deborah; Booth, James; Taylor, Michael

    1997-01-01

    Extensive faulting is observed in sediments containing high concentrations of methane hydrate off the southeastern coast of the United States. Faults that break the sea floor show evidence of both extension and shortening; mud diapirs are also present. The zone of recent faulting apparently extends from the ocean floor down to the base of gas-hydrate stability. We infer that the faulting resulted from excess pore pressure in gas trapped beneath the gas hydrate-beating layer and/or weakening and mobilization of sediments in the region just below the gas-hydrate stability zone. In addition to the zone of surface faults, we identified two buried zones of faulting, that may have similar origins. Subsurface faulted zones appear to act as gas traps.

  1. Approach of UV nanoimprint lithography using template with gas-permeable and gaseous adsorption for reduction of air-trapping issue

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    Takei, Satoshi; Sugino, Naoto; Kameda, Takao; Nakajima, Shinya; Hanabata, Makoto

    2016-10-01

    In this paper, we studied a novel approach, UV nanoimprint lithography using glucose-based template with gaspermeable and gaseous adsorption for reduction of air-trapping issue. The air-trapping issue in UV nanoimprint lithography resist is a cause of pattern failure in resist or UV curable materials. The results of 180 nm dense line patterning of UV curable patterning materials containing acetone in UV nanoimprint lithography using glucose-based template with gas-permeable and gaseous adsorption were effected to reduce the pattern failure as compared with that of the poly(dimethylsiloxane) without gas-permeable and gaseous adsorption as the reference. The proposed UV nanoimprint lithography using glucose-based template with gas-permeable and gaseous adsorption is one of the most promising processes ready to be investigated for mass-production of photomask applications.

  2. Tunable Gas Permeability of Polymer-Clay Nano Brick Wall Thin Film Assemblies

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    Gamboa, Daniel; Priolo, Morgan; Grunlan, Jaime

    2010-03-01

    Thin films of anionic natural montmorrilonite (MMT) clay and cationic polyethylenimine (PEI) have been produced by alternately dipping a plastic substrate into dilute aqueous mixtures containing each ingredient. After 40 polymer-clay layers have been deposited, the resulting transparent film exhibits an oxygen transmission rate (OTR) below 0.35 cm^3/m^2 . day when the pH of PEI solution is 10. This low permeability is due to a brick wall nanostructure comprised of completely exfoliated clay bricks in polymeric mortar. This brick wall creates an extremely tortuous path at thicknesses below 250 nm and clay concentration above 80 wt%. A 70-bilayer PEI-MMT assembly has an undetectable OTR (< 0.005 cm^3/m^2 . day), which equates to a permeability below SiOx when multiplied by its film thickness of 231 nm. With optical transparency greater than 86% and the ability to be microwaved, these thin film composites are good candidates for flexible electronics packaging and foil replacement for food.

  3. Evaluation of Various Pulse-Decay Laboratory Permeability Measurement Techniques for Highly Stressed Coals

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    Feng, Ruimin; Harpalani, Satya; Pandey, Rohit

    2017-02-01

    The transient technique for laboratory permeability measurement, proposed by Brace et al. (J Geophys Res 73:2225-2236, 1968) and widely used for conventional gas reservoir rocks, is the preferred method when testing low-permeability rocks in the laboratory. However, Brace et al.'s solution leads to considerable errors since it does not take into account compressive storage and sorption effect when applied to sorptive rocks, such as, coals and shales. To verify the applicability of this solution when used to characterize fluid flow behavior of coal, an in-depth investigation of permeability evolution for flow of helium and methane depletion was conducted for San Juan coals using the pressure pulse-decay method under best replicated in situ conditions. Three permeability solutions, Brace et al.'s (1968), Dicker and Smits's (International meeting on petroleum engineering, Society of Petroleum Engineers, 1988) and Cui et al.'s (Geofluids 9:208-223, 2009), were utilized to establish the permeability trends. Both helium and methane permeability results exhibited very small difference between the Brace et al.'s solution and Dicker and Smits's solution, indicating that the effect of compressive storage is negligible. However, methane permeability enhancement at low pressures due to coal matrix shrinkage resulting from gas desorption can be significant and this was observed in pressure response plots and the estimated permeability values using Cui et al.'s solution only. Therefore, it is recommended that Cui et al.'s solution be employed to correctly include the sorption effect when testing coal permeability using the transient technique. A series of experiments were also carried out to establish the stress-dependent permeability trend under constant effective stress condition, and then quantify the sole contribution of the sorption effect on permeability variation. By comparison with the laboratory data obtained under in situ stress/strain condition, it was verified that

  4. Ultrathin gas permeable oxide membranes for chemical sensing: Nanoporous Ta2O5 test study

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    Imbault, Alexander; Wang, Yue; Kruse, Peter; Comini, Elisabetta; Sberveglieri, Giorgio; Kolmakov, Andrei; Strelcov, Evgheni

    2015-09-25

    Conductometric gas sensors made of gas permeable metal oxide ultrathin membranes can combine the functions of a selective filter, preconcentrator, and sensing element and thus can be particularly promising for the active sampling of diluted analytes. Here we report a case study of the electron transport and gas sensing properties of such a membrane made of nanoporous Ta2O5. These membranes demonstrated a noticeable chemical sensitivity toward ammonia, ethanol, and acetone at high temperatures above 400 °C. Furthermore, different from traditional thin films, such gas permeable, ultrathin gas sensing elements can be made suspended enabling advanced architectures of ultrasensitive analytical systems operating at high temperatures and in harsh environments.

  5. Features of interaction of an axisymmetric gas jet with a barrier of high-permeability material

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    Baev, V. K.; Bazhaikin, A. N.

    2017-03-01

    Complex diagnostics (shadow shooting, smoke imaging, gas analysis) has shown the formation of flows at inleakage of a carbon-dioxide gas jet onto a porous barrier on its surface, inside it, and behind it, as well as the flow circulating between the nozzle and the barrier. The spatial distribution of CO2 concentrations and the scheme of flows at jet interaction with a barrier are presented.

  6. Micromechanics, Fracture Mechanics and Gas Permeability of Composite Laminates for Cryogenic Storage Systems

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    Choi, Sukjoo; Sankar, Bhavani; Ebaugh, Newton C.

    2005-01-01

    investigate the effect of cryogenic cycling on permeability for various composite material systems. Textile composites have lower permeability than laminated composites even with increasing number of cryogenic cycle. Nano-particles dispersed in laminated composites do not show improvement on permeability. The optical inspection is performed to investigate the microcrack propagation and void content in laminated composites and compared the microscopic results before and after cryogenic cycling.

  7. Micromechanics, fracture mechanics and gas permeability of composite laminates for cryogenic storage systems

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    Choi, Sukjoo

    effect of cryogenic cycling on permeability for various composite material systems. The textile composite has lower permeability than laminated composites as cryogenic cycle increases. The nano-particles embedded on laminated composites do not show improvement on permeability. The optical inspection on composite materials is performed to investigate the microcrack propagation and compared the microscopic results before and after cryogenic cycling.

  8. Soil features and indoor radon concentration prediction: radon in soil gas, pedology, permeability and 226Ra content.

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    Lara, E; Rocha, Z; Santos, T O; Rios, F J; Oliveira, A H

    2015-11-01

    This work aims at relating some physicochemical features of soils and their use as a tool for prediction of indoor radon concentrations of the Metropolitan Region of Belo Horizonte (RMBH), Minas Gerais, Brazil. The measurements of soil gas radon concentrations were performed by using an AlphaGUARD monitor. The (226)Ra content analysis was performed by gamma spectrometry (high pure germanium) and permeabilities were performed by using the RADON-JOK permeameter. The GEORP indicator and soil radon index (RI) were also calculated. Approximately 53 % of the Perferric Red Latosols measurement site could be classified as 'high risk' (Swedish criteria). The Litholic Neosols presented the lowest radon concentration mean in soil gas. The Perferric Red Latosols presented significantly high radon concentration mean in soil gas (60.6 ± 8.7 kBq m(-3)), high indoor radon concentration, high RI, (226)Ra content and GEORP. The preliminary results may indicate an influence of iron formations present very close to the Perferric Red Latosols in the retention of uranium minerals. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  9. Radionuclide Migration at the Rio Blanco Site, A Nuclear-stimulated Low-permeability Natural Gas Reservoir

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    Clay A. Cooper; Ming Ye; Jenny Chapman; Craig Shirley

    2005-10-01

    The U.S. Department of Energy and its predecessor agencies conducted a program in the 1960s and 1970s that evaluated technology for the nuclear stimulation of low-permeability gas reservoirs. The third and final project in the program, Project Rio Blanco, was conducted in Rio Blanco County, in northwestern Colorado. In this experiment, three 33-kiloton nuclear explosives were simultaneously detonated in a single emplacement well in the Mesaverde Group and Fort Union Formation, at depths of 1,780, 1,899, and 2,039 m below land surface on May 17, 1973. The objective of this work is to estimate lateral distances that tritium released from the detonations may have traveled in the subsurface and evaluate the possible effect of postulated natural-gas development on radionuclide migration. Other radionuclides were considered in the analysis, but the majority occur in relatively immobile forms (such as nuclear melt glass). Of the radionuclides present in the gas phase, tritium dominates in terms of quantity of radioactivity in the long term and contribution to possible whole body exposure. One simulation is performed for {sup 85}Kr, the second most abundant gaseous radionuclide produced after tritium.

  10. Removal and recovery of ammonia from livestock wastewater using hydrophobic gas-permeable membranes

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    The costs of fertilizers have rapidly increased in recent years, especially nitrogen fertilizer such as anhydrous ammonia which is made from natural gas. Thus, new treatment technologies for abatement of ammonia emissions in livestock operations are being focused on nitrogern (N) recovery in additio...

  11. Improved recovery of ammonia from swine manure using gas-permeable membrane technology and aeration

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    Significant efforts are required to abate ammonia emissions from livestock operations. In addition, the costs of fertilizers have rapidly increased in recent years, especially nitrogen fertilizer such as anhydrous ammonia which is made from natural gas. Thus, new technologies for abatement of ammoni...

  12. Increasing Production from Low-Permeability Gas Reservoirs by Optimizing Zone Isolation for Successful Stimulation Treatments

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    Fred Sabins

    2005-03-31

    Maximizing production from wells drilled in low-permeability reservoirs, such as the Barnett Shale, is determined by cementing, stimulation, and production techniques employed. Studies show that cementing can be effective in terms of improving fracture effectiveness by 'focusing' the frac in the desired zone and improving penetration. Additionally, a method is presented for determining the required properties of the set cement at various places in the well, with the surprising result that uphole cement properties in wells destined for multiple-zone fracturing is more critical than those applied to downhole zones. Stimulation studies show that measuring pressure profiles and response during Pre-Frac Injection Test procedures prior to the frac job are critical in determining if a frac is indicated at all, as well as the type and size of the frac job. This result is contrary to current industry practice, in which frac jobs are designed well before the execution, and carried out as designed on location. Finally, studies show that most wells in the Barnett Shale are production limited by liquid invasion into the wellbore, and determinants are presented for when rod or downhole pumps are indicated.

  13. Post-synthetic Ti Exchanged UiO-66 Metal-Organic Frameworks that Deliver Exceptional Gas Permeability in Mixed Matrix Membranes

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    Smith, Stefan J. D.; Ladewig, Bradley P.; Hill, Anita J.; Lau, Cher Hon; Hill, Matthew R.

    2015-01-01

    Gas separation membranes are one of the lowest energy technologies available for the separation of carbon dioxide from flue gas. Key to handling the immense scale of this separation is maximised membrane permeability at sufficient selectivity for CO2 over N2. For the first time it is revealed that metals can be post-synthetically exchanged in MOFs to drastically enhance gas transport performance in membranes. Ti-exchanged UiO-66 MOFs have been found to triple the gas permeability without a loss in selectivity due to several effects that include increased affinity for CO2 and stronger interactions between the polymer matrix and the Ti-MOFs. As a result, it is also shown that MOFs optimized in previous works for batch-wise adsorption applications can be applied to membranes, which have lower demands on material quantities. These membranes exhibit exceptional CO2 permeability enhancement of as much as 153% when compared to the non-exchanged UiO-66 mixed-matrix controls, which places them well above the Robeson upper bound at just a 5 wt.% loading. The fact that maximum permeability enhancement occurs at such low loadings, significantly less than the optimum for other MMMs, is a major advantage in large-scale application due to the more attainable quantities of MOF needed.

  14. Synthesis and analysis of novel polymers with high permselectivity and permeability in gas separation applications

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    Koros, W.J.; Paul, D.R.

    1991-12-31

    Significant progress was made toward developing advanced materials for gas separation membrane applications and rationalizing molecular structure and efficacy: Synthesized and tested polyarylates based on terephthalic or isophthalic acid or a tertiary butyl derivative of the isophthalic acid with different diols to illustrate the effects of: opening'' the matrix by incorporation of bulky packing inhibiting groups such as the tertiary butyl moiety inhibition of backbone motion via meta connected backbone connections and tightening'' of the matrix by incorporation of polar halogens. Completed high temperature characterization of sorption and transport properties for novel materials. Continued studies of the phenyl-substituted polymers aimed at producing super stable high temperature useful polymers for gas separations. Synthesized a polyarylate based on the spirobiindane diol and bibenzoyl acid chloride to incorporate long flat packable bibenzoyl units between packing disruptive spirobiindane units in an attempt to control the segmental level morphology to produce highly selective bottleneck'' regions between highly open regions.

  15. Zone of influence of a gas permeable membrane system for delivery of gases to groundwater

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    Agarwal, Navin; Semmens, Michael J.; Novak, Paige J.; Hozalski, Raymond M.

    2005-05-01

    One approach for cleaning up aquifers contaminated with organic chemicals is to stimulate biological degradation in situ by addition of gases such as oxygen or hydrogen, which can be introduced into the groundwater using novel hollow-fiber membrane gas transfer systems. In this research, pilot-scale experiments were performed using a 1 m × 2 m × 1 m model sand aquifer to evaluate the effects of membrane system design and operation on the zone of influence of the dissolved gas plume about a vertical narrow bore (2.54 cm inner diameter) well installed in the aquifer. Two membrane systems were evaluated: (1) a membrane module installed directly in the narrow bore slotted well (``in-well'' design) which was operated passively and with addition of water pumped from a downgradient extraction well and (2) an ``external'' module located above the ground surface which was operated in pumped mode only. In addition to the physical experiments a two-dimensional MODFLOW-MT3D simulation model was created using commercial software, calibrated and verified using the experimental data, then used to evaluate additional operational strategies not investigated experimentally. The simulated zones of influence from the calibrated MODFLOW-MT3D model were in good agreement (-1.3 to 14.4%) with experimental observations. Simulations of various well configurations (i.e., locations of extraction and injection wells), pumping rates, and dissolved gas consumption rates suggested that these factors can have a significant effect on the zone of influence and hence the cost of installation and operation of a membrane gas transfer system.

  16. Synthesis and analysis of novel polymers with high permselectivity and permeability in gas separation applications. Final report

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    Koros, W.J.; Paul, D.R.

    1995-05-01

    During the three years of support under this grant, ten novel polymer structures have been synthesized and characterized in detail in terms of sorption and transport properties to test the hypotheses on strategies to develop advanced materials for gas separation membranes. The extremely important O{sub 2}/N{sub 2} and CO{sub 2}/CH{sub 4} systems have been the focus of this work. Data for permeabilities and permselectivities for O{sub 2}/N{sub 2} and CO{sub 2}/CH{sub 4} at 35 C at approximately 2 atm feed pressure for O{sub 2} and N{sub 2} and 10 atm for CO{sub 2} and CH{sub 4} are reported in two tables and will be discussed in two parts, one related to each of the groups of structures in these two tables. For the sake of efficiency, the author will only consider the O{sub 2}/N{sub 2} data; however, similar trends apply for the CO{sub 2}/CH{sub 4} system as well. This gas pair is useful, since solubility selectivity effects are generally of much smaller importance than for the CO{sub 2}/CH{sub 4} pair, so even without detailed solubility and diffusivity data, mobility selectivity based arguments tend to be adequate.

  17. Effects of Irrigating with Treated Oil and Gas Product Water on Crop Biomass and Soil Permeability

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    Terry Brown; Jeffrey Morris; Patrick Richards; Joel Mason

    2010-09-30

    Demonstrating effective treatment technologies and beneficial uses for oil and gas produced water is essential for producers who must meet environmental standards and deal with high costs associated with produced water management. Proven, effective produced-water treatment technologies coupled with comprehensive data regarding blending ratios for productive long-term irrigation will improve the state-of-knowledge surrounding produced-water management. Effective produced-water management scenarios such as cost-effective treatment and irrigation will discourage discharge practices that result in legal battles between stakeholder entities. The goal of this work is to determine the optimal blending ratio required for irrigating crops with CBNG and conventional oil and gas produced water treated by ion exchange (IX), reverse osmosis (RO), or electro-dialysis reversal (EDR) in order to maintain the long term physical integrity of soils and to achieve normal crop production. The soils treated with CBNG produced water were characterized with significantly lower SAR values compared to those impacted with conventional oil and gas produced water. The CBNG produced water treated with RO at the 100% treatment level was significantly different from the untreated produced water, while the 25%, 50% and 75% water treatment levels were not significantly different from the untreated water. Conventional oil and gas produced water treated with EDR and RO showed comparable SAR results for the water treatment technologies. There was no significant difference between the 100% treated produced water and the control (river water). The EDR water treatment resulted with differences at each level of treatment, which were similar to RO treated conventional oil and gas water. The 100% treated water had SAR values significantly lower than the 75% and 50% treatments, which were similar (not significantly different). The results of the greenhouse irrigation study found the differences in biomass

  18. Fluid-dynamical and poro-elastic coupling of gas permeability of inert and sorbing gases on an Australian sub-bituminous coal

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    Gensterblum, Y.; Krooss, B. M.

    2013-12-01

    The interaction and the coupling of slip-flow, a fluid dynamic phenomenon, and the cleat volume compressibility which is a poroelastic phenomenon has been investigated on two samples from the Taroom coal measure, Surat Basin, Queensland Australia. Measurements were performed using inert (helium and argon) and sorbing gases (nitrogen, methane and carbon dioxide) at controlled effective stress. We observed the following regular sequence of permeability coefficients for the different gases: Helium >> argon => nitrogen > methane >> CO2 Even after slip-flow correction, different intrinsic permeability coefficients are obtained for the same sample if different gases are used in the tests. The permeability values determined with helium are largest while those measured with CO2 are lowest. Inert gases like helium and argon show higher apparent- and even slip flow-corrected permeability coefficients than sorbing gases like methane or carbon dioxide. This observation is contrary to the prediction that the slip-flow corrected permeability have to be the same for all gases. The cleat volume compressibility cf was evaluated using the 'matchstick approach' [1, 2]. The cleat volume compressibility coefficients cf are almost identical for the two samples taken from the same well. However, for one sample a strong dependence of the cf with the mean pore pressure was observed. This is attributed to a strong slip-flow effect caused by a narrow cleat system as compared to the sister sample. The cleat volume compressibility coefficient cf is almost the same for inert and sorbing gases. We conclude that the occurrence of slip-flow in coals is able to compensate the permeability reduction resulting from increasing effective stress. This should lead to a much higher productivity of coal bed methane reservoirs in the third production phase (pseudo-steady state phase; [3]). This conclusion appears to be also valid for shale gas and tight gas reservoirs, where the gas transport takes place in

  19. Lox breathing system with gas permeable-liquid impermeable heat exchange and delivery hose

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    Hall, Mark N.

    1996-01-01

    Life support apparatus composed of: a garment (2): for completely enclosing a wearer and constructed for preventing passage of gas from the environment surrounding the garment (2); a portable receptacle (6) holding a quantity of an oxygen-containing fluid in liquid state, the fluid being in a breathable gaseous; state when at standard temperature and pressure; a fluid flow member (16) secured within the garment (2) and coupled to the receptacle (6) for conducting the fluid in liquid state from the receptacle (6) to the interior of the garment (2); and a fluid flow control device (14) connected for causing fluid to flow from the receptacle (6) to the fluid flow member (16) at a rate determined by the breathable air requirement of the wearer, wherein fluid in liquid state is conducted into the interior of the garment (2) at a rate to be vaporized and heated to a breathable temperature by body heat produced by the wearer.

  20. LOx breathing system with gas permeable-liquid impermeable heat exchange and delivery hose

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    Hall, M.N.

    1996-04-30

    Life support apparatus is composed of: a garment for completely enclosing a wearer and constructed for preventing passage of gas from the environment surrounding the garment; a portable receptacle holding a quantity of an oxygen-containing fluid in liquid state, the fluid being in a breathable gaseous state when at standard temperature and pressure; a fluid flow member secured within the garment and coupled to the receptacle for conducting the fluid in liquid state from the receptacle to the interior of the garment; and a fluid flow control device connected for causing fluid to flow from the receptacle to the fluid flow member at a rate determined by the breathable air requirement of the wearer, wherein fluid in liquid state is conducted into the interior of the garment at a rate to be vaporized and heated to a breathable temperature by body heat produced by the wearer. 6 figs.

  1. Study of sonic, neutron, and density logging of low-permeability gas sands. Final report

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    Osoba, J.S.

    1982-05-01

    Gas accumulations in Lower Tertiary and Upper Cretaceous formations are the object of widespread exploration in the Tight Western Gas Sands. The complex lithology of these formations has hindered the usefulness of the sonic, density, and neutron logs. Current log evaluation practices assume a matrix density of 2.68 gm/cc and a matrix travel-time of 52.6 microseconds/ft. The neutron log is calibrated for a sandstone matrix. Conventional analysis yields inconsistent and often contradictory results. Core and petrographic studies have been made on samples from Lower Tertiary and Upper Cretaceous formations in the Uinta Basin. Results indicated that a carbonate cement has filled much of the original porosity and altered the matrix density. Lower porosity samples tend to be heavily cemented and have matrix densities that approach, and even exceed, 2.68 gm/cc. Higher porosity samples tend to be lightly cemented and have matrix densities that approach 2.65 gm/cc. Log analyses in the Uinta Basin, supplemented by core data, reveal that the higher porosity samples have matrix travel-times that approach 55.6 microseconds/ft. The presence of the carbonate cement does not decrease the matrix travel-times as expected. Laboratory measured matrix travel-times substantiate these conclusions. Log analyses also indicate the neutron log, when calibrated for a sandstone matrix, will not accurately evaluate the higher porosity, non-shaly sandstones. Core and log analyses have been made on samples from the Upper Cretaceous Mesaverde formation in the Greater Green River Basin. The resulting pressure and temperature difference caused the physical properties of the Mesaverde to vary widely within the Greater Green River Basin. Matrix density and matrix travel-time for the Mesaverde are very different for the two wells. Neutron log response also varies considerably.

  2. High frequency characteristics of FeCoAlO thin films fabricated with asymmetric target at different Ar gas flow rates

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    Zheng, Fu; Luo, Feilong; Lou, Yuanfu; Wang, Ying; Bai, Jianmin; Wei, Dan; Liu, Xiaoxi; Wei, Fulin

    2012-04-01

    FeCoAlO thin films with good soft magnetic properties were fabricated by using RF magnetron sputtering. In order to obtain good high-frequency performance, the in-plane uniaxial anisotropy was tuned by combining the effects of in situ magnetic field and the gradient of Al-O concentration. The composition gradient was controlled by using an asymmetric target and different Ar gas flow rates changing from 5 sccm to 17.5 sccm. It was found that at the range of Ar gas flow rate from 7.5 sccm to 15 sccm, the films showed an excellent high-frequency performance: the resonance frequency was beyond 3.0 GHz and the real permeability μ' had a high value of ˜200 at low-frequency side. In particular, the film prepared at the Ar gas flow rate of 15 sccm showed a resonance frequency of 4.0 GHz. Large resonance frequency can be attributed to the high in-plane uniaxial anisotropy field which was induced by stress and the external magnetic field. The high values of permeability and resonance frequency enable the FeCoAlO thin films to be one of the important candidates for microwave applications.

  3. Does low gas permeability of rigid-shelled gekkotan eggs affect embryonic development?

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    Andrews, Robin M; Thompson, Michael B; Greene, Virginia W

    2013-06-01

    Parchment-shelled eggs are characteristic of most squamates, including the basal clades of gekkotan lizards. The majority of gekkotan lizards, however, produce rigid-shelled eggs that are highly impermeable to gas exchange; eggs are laid in dry sites and experience a net loss of water during incubation. We tested the hypothesis that the 1,000-fold lower rate of oxygen diffusion through the shells of rigid- compared to parchment-shelled eggs imposes a physiological cost on development. To do this, we contrasted species with rigid and with parchment shells with regards to (1) rates of embryonic metabolism and (2) rates and patterns of development of the yolk sac and chorioallantois, the vascularized extra-embryonic membranes that transport oxygen to embryonic tissues. Metabolic rates of embryos from the rigid-shelled eggs of Gehyra variegata did not differ from those of the parchment-shelled eggs of Oedura lesueurii. Moreover, maximum metabolic rates of gekkotans with rigid shells did not differ from those of gekkotan or scincid lizards with parchment shells. In contrast, the yolk sac covered more of the surface area of the egg at oviposition, and the chorioallantois reached its full extent earlier for the species with rigid shelled eggs (Chondrodactylus turneri, G. variegata) than for the species with parchment-shelled eggs (Eublepharis macularius, O. lesueurii). Differences in the temporal patterns of yolk sac and chorioallantois development would thus serve to compensate for low rates of oxygen diffusion through rigid shells of gekkotans. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  4. In vivo EPR pharmacokinetic evaluation of the redox status and the blood brain barrier permeability in the SOD1(G93A) ALS rat model.

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    Stamenković, Stefan; Pavićević, Aleksandra; Mojović, Miloš; Popović-Bijelić, Ana; Selaković, Vesna; Andjus, Pavle; Bačić, Goran

    2017-03-31

    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder affecting the motor pathways of the central nervous system. Although a number of pathophysiological mechanisms have been described in the disease, post mortem and animal model studies indicate blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption and elevated production of reactive oxygen species as major contributors to disease pathology. In this study, the BBB permeability and the brain tissue redox status of the SOD1(G93A) ALS rat model in the presymptomatic (preALS) and symptomatic (ALS) stages of the disease were investigated by in vivo EPR spectroscopy using three aminoxyl radicals with different cell membrane and BBB permeabilities, Tempol, 3-carbamoyl proxyl (3CP), and 3-carboxy proxyl (3CxP). Additionally, the redox status of the two brain regions previously implicated in disease pathology, brainstem and hippocampus, was investigated by spectrophotometric biochemical assays. The EPR results indicated that among the three spin probes, 3CP is the most suitable for reporting the intracellular redox status changes, as Tempol was reduced in vivo within minutes (t1/2 =2.0±0.5min), thus preventing reliable kinetic modeling, whereas 3CxP reduction kinetics gave divergent conclusions, most probably due to its membrane impermeability. It was observed that the reduction kinetics of 3CP in vivo, in the head of preALS and ALS SOD1(G93A) rats was altered compared to the controls. Pharmacokinetic modeling of 3CP reduction in vivo, revealed elevated tissue distribution and tissue reduction rate constants indicating an altered brain tissue redox status, and possibly BBB disruption in these animals. The preALS and ALS brain tissue homogenates also showed increased nitrilation, superoxide production, lipid peroxidation and manganese superoxide dismutase activity, and a decreased copper-zinc superoxide dismutase activity. The present study highlights in vivo EPR spectroscopy as a reliable tool for the investigation of

  5. Comparative study of all-printed polyimide humidity sensors with single- and multiwalled carbon nanotube gas-permeable top electrodes

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    Itoh, Eiji; Yuan, Zihan

    2017-05-01

    We have developed printed capacitive humidity sensors with highly gas permeable carbon nanotube top electrodes using solution techniques. The hydrophobic, porous multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) network was suitable for gas permeation, and the response of the capacitive humidity sensors was faster than that of a device with a single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) top electrode. The newly developed measurement system consisting of a small measurement chamber, a computer-controlled high-speed solenoid valve, and a mass-flow controller enabled us to vary the ambient relative humidity within 0.1 s. A comparative study of the devices consisting of a 1.1-µm-thick partially fluorinated polyimide dielectric layer and an MWCNT or SWCNT top electrode revealed that the rise time (humidification process) of the device with MWCNTs (0.49 s) in the transient measurement was almost 3 times shorter than that with SWCNTs (1.48 s) owing to the hydrophobic surface of the MWCNTs. A much larger difference was observed during the drying process (recovery time) probably owing to the hydrophilic parts of the SWCNT surface. It was revealed that the response time was almost proportional to the square of the thickness of the polyimide dielectric layer, d, and the sensitivity was inversely proportional to d. The rise time decreased to 0.15 s and a sensitivity per unit area of 12.1 pF %RH-1 cm-2 was obtained in a device with 0.6-µm-thick polyimide and MWCNT top electrodes. This value is suitable for use in high-speed humidity sensors to realize a real-time humidity and breath-sensing measurement system.

  6. Swelling and deswelling of rabbit corneas in response to rigid gas permeable, hydrogel and elastomer contact lens wear.

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    Hideji, I; MacKeen, D L; Hamano, H; Jester, J V; Cavanagh, H D

    1989-01-01

    We determined diurnal variation in corneal thickness in rabbits prior to and following overnight wear of: (i) selected rigid contact lenses with different Dk values; (ii) hydrogel lenses of low and high water content; and (iii) elastomer lenses. The degree of contact lens-induced corneal swelling observed during 24 hours of lens wear, and the rates of deswelling in the subsequent 24 hours, correlated well with the different oxygen transmissibilities of the individual RGP contact lenses. The greatest swelling (21.6 +/- 5.4%) followed the wear of PMMA lenses. The least swelling, 2.9 +/- 4.0%, followed the wear of rigid gas permeable (RGP) Menicon SF-P (melafocon A) lenses, a value nearly identical to the swelling observed in the morning following sleep without lenses, (0.0 +/- 3.1%). By contrast, low-water content hydrogel soft contact lens use was associated with drastic corneal deswelling rates (-15.1 +/- 4.5%) during the hours after lens wear. The difference between these and control corneas was significant by paired t-test (P less than 0.01). Eyes wearing high water content lenses had less deswelling than eyes with their low-water counterparts. Corneal swelling produced by elastomer lenses was similar to that seen with RGP lenses.

  7. Acanthamoeba keratitis due to genotype T11 in a rigid gas permeable contact lens wearer in Spain.

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    Lorenzo-Morales, Jacob; Morcillo-Laiz, Rafael; Martín-Navarro, Carmen Ma; López-Vélez, Rogelio; López-Arencibia, Atteneri; Arnalich-Montiel, Francisco; Maciver, Sutherland K; Valladares, Basilio; Martínez-Carretero, Enrique

    2011-04-01

    A case of a 59-year-old Spanish patient who presented with severe ocular pain, blurred vision, eyelid swelling and foreign body sensation in the right eye is reported. She was a regular gas permeable contact lens [corrected] wearer who initially claimed to maintain standard lens care. After exploration, conjunctival injection, dendritiform corneal ulcers and stromal edema were observed. She was initially treated for a possible viral keratitis due to herpes simplex virus using 3% topical acyclovir and 0.1% dexamethasone eye drops 5 times a day. The patient did not respond to this treatment and six weeks later, corneal scrapings were positive for Acanthamoeba genotype T11. She was then treated with chlorhexidine 0.02%, propamidine 0.1% and 1% cycloplegic eye drops hourly which resulted in a significant improvement. After a month, ocular pain decreased and the clinical signs of keratitis ameliorated observed as a diminution of the size of the ulcer and also in the extension and opacity of the corneal infiltrates. The patient has been following this treatment for 3 months and it is possible that she will have to carry on with it for a whole year. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case of severe keratitis due to Acanthamoeba genotype T11 in Spain . Copyright © 2010 British Contact Lens Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. The level of improvement of visual acuity in high corneal astigmatism with rigid gas permeable contact lenses.

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    Opačić, Dalibor; Miljak, Snježana; Ćuruvija-Opačić, Ksenija

    2015-03-01

    The aim of this study was to calculate the level of improvement of visual acuity comparing the best corrected visual acuity (VA) achieved with spectacles with the best corrected VA achieved with rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses in patients with high, simple or compound corneal astigmatism (myopic, hypermetropic and mixed). The investigation of patients included auto-kerato-refractometry, manual keratometry, corneal topography and visual acuity with Snellen chart. The best corrected VA obtained with spectacles was compared with the best corrected VA obtained with RGP contact lenses in 72 patients (116 eyes). All patients showed a significant improvement in visual acuity with RGP lenses from one to seven lines compared to spectacles (p = 0.0001). Level of improvement in VA represented as the number of lines obtained was as follows: 74 percent of patients got two to four lines more in VA with RGP lenses compared to spectacles, and almost 10 percent of patients got five to seven lines. RGP contact lenses provide a significant improvement in VA compared to VA reached with spectacles in patients with high corneal astigmatism. The benefit in VA with RGP lenses is higher as the astigmatism is higher.

  9. Radon concentration in soil gas and its correlations with pedologies, permeabilities and 226Ra content in the soil of the Metropolitan Region of Belo Horizonte - RMBH, Brazil

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    Lara, E.; Rocha, Z.; Palmieri, H. E. L.; Santos, T. O.; Rios, F. J.; Oliveira, A. H.

    2015-11-01

    The radon concentration in soil gas is directly dependent on the geological characteristics of the area, such as lithology, pedology and on geochemicals, physicals and mineralogicals parameters of the soil. This paper looks for correlations between radon concentrations in soil gas and its soil permeability, 238U, 232Th and 226Ra contents in the soil groups classified by pedologies of Metropolitan Region of Belo Horizonte (RMBH), Minas Gerais, Brazil. The soil gas radon concentrations were determined by using an AlphaGUARD® monitor at about 150 measurement points. In soil samples of the same measurement points, the concentrations of 226Ra were determined by gamma spectrometry (HPGe), and 238U and 232Th by ICP-MS. The soil permeabilities were determined by using the RADON-JOK® permeameter. The mean concentrations of radon in soil gas ranged from 13.6±3.0 kBq m-3 for Litholic Neosols until 60.6±8.7 kBq m-3 for Perferric Red Latosols. The mean of 226Ra activity concentrations presented variation of 12.4±2.5 Bq kg-1 for Litholic Neosols until 50.3±13 Bq kg-1 for Perferric Red Latosols. Approximately 40% of the soils presented high permeability. The areas of different pedologies were classified by Soil Radon Index (SRI), determined by the soil gas radon concentration and permeability. Approximately 53% of the Perferric Red Latosols measurement site could be classified as "High Risk" (Swedish criteria). The preliminary results may indicate an influence of iron formations present very close to the Perferric Red Latosols in the retention of uranium minerals, and hence an increase in the concentration of radon and radium, whereas the series are in equilibrium in the environment.

  10. Accelerator mass spectrometry of 26Al at 6 MV using AlO- ions and a gas-filled magnet

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    Miltenberger, Klaus-Ulrich; Müller, Arnold Milenko; Suter, Martin; Synal, Hans-Arno; Vockenhuber, Christof

    2017-09-01

    For accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) measurements of 26Al the use of AlO- ions holds considerable promise given their ionization yield which is about an order of magnitude higher compared to the commonly used Al- ions. However, the strong isobaric interference introduced by 26MgO- ions must be reduced before the identification in a gas ionization chamber (GIC). At the ETH Zurich 6 MV EN-TANDEM accelerator the foil degrader method as well as the gas-filled magnet (GFM) method were systematically investigated with respect to suppression of 26Mg and acceptance of 26Al. Additionally a new, large-acceptance GIC was designed to capture as large a fraction of the broad beams as possible. The GFM method achieves a 26Mg suppression factor of 103 and an acceptance of 26Al of > 50 % and therefore provides a significant advantage over the degrader foil method (sFoil (26Mg) ≈ 3 ·102,τFoil (26Al) ≈ 30 %). In combination with the 26Mg separation of 104 in the GIC it is now possible to measure samples with a Mg content in the ppm range down to 26Al/27Al ≈10-14 with an overall efficiency that is approximately 5 × improved with respect to the previous TANDEM setup.

  11. Morphology of AlN whiskers grown by reacting N2 gas and Al vapor

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    Matsumoto, M.; Saitou, H.; Takeuchi, Y.; Harada, S.; Tagawa, M.; Ujihara, T.

    2017-06-01

    We have investigated the morphology of AlN whiskers on a polycrystalline AlN substrate by using Fe-Al alloy melts under the different synthesis conditions. Formation density of the AlN whiskers increases and the diameter of the whisker decreases with increasing Al content of the Fe-Al alloy melt. Most of the AlN whiskers were zigzag shape with the hexagonal cross section. The longitudinal direction was the [0001] direction. The facet with the zigzag shape was the {1 1 bar 01} or {1 1 bar 0 1 bar } pyramidal plane and the period of the zigzag facet was almost constant. The average diameter of the whiskers and the period of the zigzag facet decrease with increasing Al content. At the initial stage of the whisker formation, the island of AlN formed on the AlN substrate and the pyramidal facet grows via step-flow growth. From the observation, we discussed the possible mechanism for the formation of the zigzag-shape AlN whiskers.

  12. Polymeric membrane materials: new aspects of empirical approaches to prediction of gas permeability parameters in relation to permanent gases, linear lower hydrocarbons and some toxic gases.

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    Malykh, O V; Golub, A Yu; Teplyakov, V V

    2011-05-11

    Membrane gas separation technologies (air separation, hydrogen recovery from dehydrogenation processes, etc.) use traditionally the glassy polymer membranes with dominating permeability of "small" gas molecules. For this purposes the membranes based on the low free volume glassy polymers (e.g., polysulfone, tetrabromopolycarbonate and polyimides) are used. On the other hand, an application of membrane methods for VOCs and some toxic gas recovery from air, separation of the lower hydrocarbons containing mixtures (in petrochemistry and oil refining) needs the membranes with preferable penetration of components with relatively larger molecular sizes. In general, this kind of permeability is characterized for rubbers and for the high free volume glassy polymers. Data files accumulated (more than 1500 polymeric materials) represent the region of parameters "inside" of these "boundaries." Two main approaches to the prediction of gas permeability of polymers are considered in this paper: (1) the statistical treatment of published transport parameters of polymers and (2) the prediction using model of ≪diffusion jump≫ with consideration of the key properties of the diffusing molecule and polymeric matrix. In the frames of (1) the paper presents N-dimensional methods of the gas permeability estimation of polymers using the correlations "selectivity/permeability." It is found that the optimal accuracy of prediction is provided at n=4. In the frames of the solution-diffusion mechanism (2) the key properties include the effective molecular cross-section of penetrating species to be responsible for molecular transportation in polymeric matrix and the well known force constant (ε/k)(eff i) of {6-12} potential for gas-gas interaction. Set of corrected effective molecular cross-section of penetrant including noble gases (He, Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe), permanent gases (H(2), O(2), N(2), CO), ballast and toxic gases (CO(2), NO(,) NO(2), SO(2), H(2)S) and linear lower hydrocarbons (CH(4

  13. Initial gas phase reactions between Al(CH3)3/AlH3 and ammonia: theoretical study.

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    Lisovenko, Anna S; Morokuma, Keiji; Timoshkin, Alexey Y

    2015-01-29

    Mechanisms of initial stages of gas phase reactions between trimethylaluminum and ammonia have been explored by DFT studies. Subsequent substitution of CH3 groups in AlMe3 by amido groups and substitution of hydrogen atoms in ammonia by AlMe2 groups have been considered. Structures of Al(CH3)x(NH2)3-x, NHx(Al(CH3)2)3-x (x = 0-3) and related donor-acceptor complexes, dimerization products, and reaction pathways for the methane elimination have been obtained. The transition state for the first methane elimination from Al(CH3)3NH3 adduct is the highest point on the reaction pathway; subsequent processes are exothermic and do not require additional activation energy. In excess ammonia, subsequent methane elimination reactions may lead to formation of [Al(NH2)3]2, while in excess trimethylaluminum, formation of N(AlMe2)3 is feasible. Formation of [AlMe2NH2]2 dimer is very favorable thermodynamically. Studies on model reactions between AlH3 and NH3 indicate that reaction barriers obtained for hydrogen-substituted species may serve as an upper estimate in studying the reactivity of methyl-substituted analogues in more complex systems.

  14. Development of modified flyash as a permeable reactive barrier medium for a former manufactured gas plant site, Northern Ireland

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    Doherty, R.; Phillips, D. H.; McGeough, K. L.; Walsh, K. P.; Kalin, R. M.

    2006-05-01

    A sequential biological permeable reactive barrier (PRB) was determined to be the best option for remediating groundwater that has become contaminated with a wide range of organic contaminants (i.e., benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene and polyaromatic hydrocarbons), heavy metals (i.e., lead and arsenic), and cyanide at a former manufactured gas plant after 150 years of operation in Portadown, Northern Ireland. The objective of this study was to develop a modified flyash that could be used in the initial cell within a sequential biological PRB to filter complex contaminated groundwater containing ammonium. Flyash modified with lime (CaOH) and alum was subjected to a series of batch tests which investigated the modified cation exchange capacity (CEC) and rate of removal of anions and cations from the solution. These tests showed that a high flyash composition medium (80%) could remove 8.65 mol of ammonium contaminant for every kilogram of medium. The modified CEC procedure ruled out the possibility of cation exchange as the major removal mechanism. The medium could also adsorb anions as well as cations (i.e., Pb and Cr), but not with the same capacity. The initial mechanism for Pb and Cr removal is probably precipitation. This is followed by sorption, which is possibly the only mechanism for the removal of dichromate anions. Scanning electron microscopic analysis revealed very small (<1 μm) cubic highly crystalline precipitates on the flyash, although this new crystalline zeolite growth did not occur rapidly enough to enable productive zeolite formation. Surface area measurements showed that biofilm growth on the medium could be a major factor in the comparative reduction of surface area between real and synthetic contaminant groundwaters. The modified flyash was found to be a highly sorptive granular material that did not inhibit microbiological activity, however, leaching tests revealed that the medium would fail as a long-term barrier material.

  15. Effect of Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses on Nystagmus and Visual Function in Hyperopic Patients with Infantile Nystagmus Syndrome.

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    Bagheri, Abbas; Abbasi, Hamed; Tavakoli, Mehdi; Sheibanizadeh, Abdolreza; Kheiri, Bahareh; Yazdani, Shahin

    2017-03-01

    To determine the effect of rigid gas permeable contact lenses (RGPCL) on involuntary eye movements and visual function in hyperopic patients with infantile nystagmus syndrome. This prospective interventional case series was conducted on 16 patients with infantile nystagmus and hyperopia equal or more than +0.5 D and astigmatism more than -1 D over a 2-year period. A complete ophthalmological examination including determination of best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), contrast sensitivity, and videonystagmography was performed for all patients before and after at least 3 months of RGPCL use, and the outcomes were compared. Thirty-two eyes of 16 patients with mean age of 18.6±4.9 years were enrolled. Mean spherical equivalent refractive error was +1.5±2.35 (range +1 to +6.25) diopters (D); corresponding values were +2.45±2.44 D (range +0.5 to +7.5) for spherical error and +1.90±0.83 D (range +1 to +4) for astigmatism. Monocular BCVA improved from 0.56±0.23 to 0.51±0.23 Log MAR (P=0.007), and binocular BCVA improved from 0.54±0.25 to 0.48±0.24 Log MAR (P=0.01) after fitting RGPCL. Following the use of RGPCL, contrast sensitivity was significantly improved at low (P=0.02) and intermediate (P< 0.001) frequencies but not at high frequencies (P=0.6). The frequency, amplitude, and intensity of nystagmus were decreased significantly after RGPCL use (P<0.001). RGPCL improved monocular and binocular BCVA and contrast sensitivity in hyperopic patients with infantile nystagmus syndrome. Motor indices of nystagmus (frequency, amplitude, and intensity) were also significantly improved after RGPCL use.

  16. Kinky vitrinite reflectance well profiles: evidence of paleopore pressure in low-permeability, gas-bearing sequences in Rocky Mountain foreland basins

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    Law, B.E.; Nuccio, V.F.; Barker, C.E.

    1989-01-01

    Vitrinite reflectance (Rm) profiles of wells drilled in abnormally pressured, low-permeability gas-bearing sequences in Rocky Mountain foreland basins are commonly non-linear with two or more nonparallel segments. These kinky profiles are most likely due to perturbations of the thermal gradient caused by contrasting heat transfer processes associated with the development of abnormally high pressures. We interpret the intersection of the shallow and intermediate Rm segments to mark the approximate original boundary between normal-pressured, water-bearing rocks and underlying overpressured gas- and water-bearing rocks. The intersection of the intermediate and deep Rm segments marks the approximate original boundary between overpressured gas- and water-bearing rocks and underlying overpressured gas-bearing rocks. However, because overpressuring is a transient condition that eventually evolves into normal pressuring or underpressuring, these intersections may not coincide with the present top of abnormal pressuring. -from Authors

  17. Formation of intermetallic phases in AlSi7Fe1 alloy processed under microgravity and forced fluid flow conditions and their influence on the permeability

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    Steinbach, S.; Ratke, L.; Zimmermann, G.; Budenkova, O.

    2016-03-01

    Ternary Al-6.5wt.%Si-0.93wt.%Fe alloy samples were directionally solidified on-board of the International Space Station ISS in the ESA payload Materials Science Laboratory (MSL) equipped with Low Gradient Furnace (LGF) under both purely diffusive and stimulated convective conditions induced by a rotating magnetic field. Using different analysis techniques the shape and distribution of the intermetallic phase β-Al5SiFe in the dendritic microstructure was investigated, to study the influence of solidification velocity and fluid flow on the size and spatial arrangement of intermetallics. Deep etching as well as 3-dimensional computer tomography measurements characterized the size and the shape of β-Al5SiFe platelets: Diffusive growth results in a rather homogeneous distribution of intermetallic phases, whereas forced flow promotes an increase in the amount and the size of β-Al5SiFe platelets in the centre region of the samples. The β-Al5SiFe intermetallics can form not only simple platelets, but also be curved, branched, crossed, interacting with dendrites and porosity located. This leads to formation of large and complex groups of Fe-rich intermetallics, which reduce the melt flow between dendrites leading to lower permeability of the mushy zone and might significantly decrease feeding ability in castings.

  18. Monitoring water stable isotope composition in soils using gas-permeable tubing and infrared laser absorption spectroscopy

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    Rothfuss, Youri; Vereecken, Harry; Brüggemann, Nicolas

    2013-04-01

    The water stable isotopologues 1H2H16O and 1H218O are powerful tracers of processes occurring in nature. Their slightly different masses as compared to the most abundant water isotopologue (1H216O) affect their thermodynamic (e.g. during chemical equilibrium reactions or physical phase transitions with equilibration) and kinetic (liquid and vapor phases transport processes and chemical reactions without equilibration) properties. This results in measurable differences of the isotopic composition of water within or between the different terrestrial ecosystem compartments (i.e. sub-soil, soil, surface waters, plant, and atmosphere). These differences can help addressing a number of issues, among them water balance closure and flux partitioning from the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum at the field to regional scales. In soils particularly, the isotopic composition of water (δ2H and δ18O) provides qualitative information about whether water has only infiltrated or already been re-evaporated since the last rainfall event or about the location of the evaporation front. From water stable isotope composition profiles measured in soils, it is also possible, under certain hypotheses, to derive quantitative information such as soil evaporation flux and the identification of root water uptake depths. In addition, water stable isotopologues have been well implemented into physically based Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere Transfer models (e.g. SiSPAT-Isotope; Soil-Litter iso; TOUGHREACT) and have demonstrated their potential. However, the main disadvantage of the isotope methodology is that, contrary to other soil state variables that can be monitored over long time periods, δ2H and δ18O are typically analyzed following destructive sampling. Here, we present a non-destructive method for monitoring soil liquid water δ2H and δ18O over a wide range of water availability conditions and temperatures by sampling and measuring water vapor equilibrated with soil water using gas-permeable

  19. Aberration changes of the corneal anterior surface following discontinued use of rigid gas permeable contact lenses1

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    Yu, Qing; Wu, Jiang-Xiu; Zhang, He-Ning; Ye, Sheng; Dong, Shi-Qi; Zhang, Chen-Hao

    2013-01-01

    AIM To record aberrations with a corneal topographic device on the anterior surface of the cornea at different time-points prior to wearing and following discontinued use of rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses. The effect of wearing RGP on the anterior surface of the cornea was discussed to provide guidance for clinical refractive error correction. METHODS The study objects were 24 eyes from 24 patients. All patients underwent identical examination procedures prior to lens use, as well as afterwards, including slit-lamp examination, non-contact tonometer measurement, computer optometry and corneal curvature measurement, subjective refraction test, and corneal topography analysis. The patients wore contact lenses everyday for 1 month and then discontinued. Corneal topographies were recorded at certain time points of 30 minutes, 1 day, 3, 7 and 14 days following use. RESULTS Total corneal aberration at each time point following discontinued use of RGP contact lenses was less than the time point prior to use. Detailed results were as follows: root mean square (RMS) (pre)=(1.438±0.328)µm, RMS (30 minutes)=(1.076±0.355)µm, RMS (1 day)=(1.362±0.402)µm, RMS (3 days)=(1.373±0.398)µm, RMS (7 days)=(1.387±0.415)µm, and RMS (14 days)=(1.430±0.423)µm. Results showed that at 30 minutes after discontinued use of RGP contact lenses, almost all 2nd- and 3rd-order aberrations change. Quadrafoil Z10 and spherical Z12 of the 4th-order were also changed. Alterations to Z5, Z6, and Z12 at 1 day after discontinued use were significant differences compared with the time period prior to RGP use: Z5 and Z6 decreased, and Z12 increased slightly. Z5 and Z6 remained decreased at 3 days after discontinued use, but Z9 and Z10 continued to increase and Z12 returned to levels prior to RGP use. At 14 days after discontinued use, all aberrations were not significantly different from the values prior to use. CONCLUSION The use RGP contact lenses greatly reduced total aberration of

  20. Characterizing flow behavior for gas injection: Relative permeability of CO2-brine and N2-water in heterogeneous rocks

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    Reynolds, C. A.; Krevor, S.

    2015-12-01

    We provide a comprehensive experimental study of steady state, drainage relative permeability curves with CO2-brine and N2-deionized water, on a single Bentheimer sandstone core with a simple two-layer heterogeneity. We demonstrate that, if measured in the viscous limit, relative permeability is invariant with changing reservoir conditions, and is consistent with the continuum-scale multiphase flow theory for water wet systems. Furthermore, we show that under capillary limited conditions, the CO2-brine system is very sensitive to heterogeneity in capillary pressure, and by performing core floods under capillary limited conditions, we produce effective relative permeability curves that are flow rate and fluid parameter dependent. We suggest that the major uncertainty in past observations of CO2-brine relative permeability curves is due to the interaction of CO2 flow with pore space heterogeneity under capillary limited conditions and is not due to the effects of changing reservoir conditions. We show that the appropriate conditions for measuring intrinsic or effective relative permeability curves can be selected simply by scaling the driving force for flow by a quantification of capillary heterogeneity. Measuring one or two effective curves on a core with capillary heterogeneity that is representative of the reservoir will be sufficient for reservoir simulation.

  1. Development of a cell permeable red-shifted CHEF-based chemosensor for Al(3+) ion by controlling PET.

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    Mukherjee, Manjira; Sen, Buddhadeb; Pal, Siddhartha; Maji, Abhishek; Budhadev, Darshita; Chattopadhyay, Pabitra

    2016-03-15

    A structurally modified quinazoline derivative (L) acts as highly selective chemosensor for Al(3+) ions in DMSO-H2O (1:9, v/v) over the other competitive metal ions. L shows a red shifted fluorescence after the addition of Al(3+) ions and later the further fluorescence enhancement is due to chelation enhanced fluorescence (CHEF) through inhibition of photoinduced electron transfer (PET). This probe (L) detects Al(3+) ions as low as 9nM in DMSO-H2O (1:9, v/v) at biological pH. The non-cytotoxic probe (L) can efficiently detect the intercellular distribution of Al(3+) ions in living cells under a fluorescence microscope to exhibit its sensible applications in the biological systems. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Gas diffusion ultrabarriers on polymer substrates using Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} atomic layer deposition and SiN plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Carcia, P. F.; McLean, R. S.; Groner, M. D.; Dameron, A. A.; George, S. M.

    2009-07-15

    Thin films grown by Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} atomic layer deposition (ALD) and SiN plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) have been tested as gas diffusion barriers either individually or as bilayers on polymer substrates. Single films of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ALD with thicknesses of >=10 nm had a water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) of <=5x10{sup -5} g/m{sup 2} day at 38 deg. C/85% relative humidity (RH), as measured by the Ca test. This WVTR value was limited by H{sub 2}O permeability through the epoxy seal, as determined by the Ca test for the glass lid control. In comparison, SiN PECVD films with a thickness of 100 nm had a WVTR of approx7x10{sup -3} g/m{sup 2} day at 38 deg. C/85% RH. Significant improvements resulted when the SiN PECVD film was coated with an Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ALD film. An Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ALD film with a thickness of only 5 nm on a SiN PECVD film with a thickness of 100 nm reduced the WVTR from approx7x10{sup -3} to <=5x10{sup -5} g/m{sup 2} day at 38 deg. C/85% RH. The reduction in the permeability for Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ALD on the SiN PECVD films was attributed to either Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ALD sealing defects in the SiN PECVD film or improved nucleation of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ALD on SiN.

  3. Dynamics of soil gas radon concentration in a highly permeable soil based on a long-term high temporal resolution observation series.

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    Szabó, Katalin Zsuzsanna; Jordan, Gyozo; Horváth, Ákos; Szabó, Csaba

    2013-10-01

    This paper studies the temporal variation of soil gas radon activity concentration in a highly permeable (k = 2.0E-11 m(2)) sandy-gravelly soil in order to understand if temporal variation of soil gas radon activity concentration can affect geogenic radon potential determination. Geogenic radon potential provides information about the potential risk from radon. Its calculation takes into account the equilibrium, saturated at infinite depth, soil gas radon activity concentration (c∞). This concentration may vary at annual time scale due to the environmental conditions. A long-term (yearly) and high temporal resolution (15 min) observation, applied in this study, reveal various temporal features such as long-term trend, seasonality, daily periodicity and sudden events in soil gas radon time series. Results show seasonal and daily periodical variation of the measured soil gas radon activity concentration (csoilRn) in a highly permeable sandy-gravelly soil with definite seasons without obvious long transitional periods. The winter (from October 2010 to April 2011) is characterized by 2.5 times higher average soil gas radon activity concentration (median is 7.0 kBq m(-3)) than the summer (August, September 2010 and May, June, July 2011) (median is 2.8 kBq m(-3)). Daily periodicity, which is much less than the seasonal one, controls the soil gas radon activity concentration mainly in the summer season. Average (AM) value of csoilRn is higher at night than in the daytime with about 18% and 3.8% in summer and in winter, respectively. As a conclusion, in case of single csoilRn measurement on a highly permeable (k ≥ 2.0E-11 m(2)) soil, similar to our test site, csoilRn should be corrected according to the seasons for calculating the equilibrium activity concentration c∞ value. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Measurements of radon gas concentrations in dwellings of Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah province in Saudi Arabia.

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    Mohamed, R I; Alfull, Z Z; Dawood, N D

    2014-01-01

    Indoor radon concentration levels in a large number of dwellings in Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah Province have been measured. Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah is in the western region of Saudi Arabia. It is the second holiest city in Islam after Mecca, because it is the burial place of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. The city was divided into four regions: western (contains nine sites), eastern (contains six sites), northern (contains nine sites) and southern (contains five sites). Radon gas concentration was measured using the closed chamber technique employing 2×2 cm(2) sheets of CR-39 solid-state nuclear track detectors. The detectors were kept for a period of 5 to 6 months from September 2010 to February 2011 in order to expose to radon gas. The results of the survey in the western and eastern sites showed that the overall minimum, maximum and average radon concentration levels were 20±1.6, 27±3.2 and 21±2.5 Bq m(-3), respectively. The lowest average radon concentration (20±1.6 Bq m(-3)) was found in Al Anabes and Al Suqya in the western region and Bani Dhafar in the eastern region, while the highest average concentration (27±3.2 Bq m(-3)) was found in Teeyba in the western region and Al 'Aridh in the eastern region, with an average of 21±2.5 Bq m(-3) in the western and eastern sites of Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah. Also in the northern region, the minimum radon concentration was 20±1.6 Bq m(-3) in Oyun, while the maximum was 42±1.6 Bq m(-3) in Sayyed al Shuhadd and Hai Nasr. In the southern region, the minimum radon concentration was 25±2.6 Bq m(-3) at Hai Al Hejrah, while the maximum value was 37±2.6 Bq m(-3) at Al Awali and Dawadia. The average radon concentration was 26±2.5 Bq m(-3) for Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah (western, eastern, northern and southern regions). The corresponding annual effective dose E (mSv y(-1)) to public from (222)Rn and its progeny was estimated to be 0.66 mSv y(-1) as an average value for Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah. The authors concluded that all

  5. The effect of different gas permeability of packaging on physicochemical and microbiological parameters of pork loin storage under high O2 modified atmosphere packaging conditions.

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    Marcinkowska-Lesiak, Monika; Poławska, Ewa; Wierzbicka, Agnieszka

    2017-03-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the influence of different packaging materials on meat quality during cold storage. Therefore pork loins (m. longissimus thoracis et lumborum) obtained from crossbred pigs (Polish Landrance x Duroc, n = 6) were stored at 2 ℃ in modified atmosphere packs (80% O2, 20% CO2) in four types of trays, which differ in gas permeability. Physicochemical (headspace gas composition, pH, colour, drip loss, cooking loss, shear force, the basic composition and fatty acid profile) and microbiological ( Salmonella spp., Escherichia coli, Enterobacteriaceae, total aerobic plates count, total psychrotrophic bacteria count, the number of lactic acid bacteria, Pseudomonas spp., the general amount of yeast and mold) parameters were monitored for up to 12 days. At the end of the storage period no differences in most physicochemical properties of pork loin due to type of packaging were found, however trays with high gas permeability had the greatest impact on total aerobic plates count and Pseudomonas spp. growth.

  6. Effect of Spatial Variations in Temperature, Permeability, and Water Saturation on Partitioning Gas Tracer Tests to Quantify Water in the Vadose Zone and in Landfills

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    Li, L.; Imhoff, P. T.

    2006-12-01

    The measurement of water saturation is important in the vadose zone and in the unsaturated porous media (refuse) in bioreactor landfills. The partitioning gas tracer test (PGTT) has been successfully used to measure water saturations in soils and landfills. However, the effectiveness of the this technique for obtaining average water saturations may depend on spatial variations in temperature (landfills), which result in spatially varying Henry's law constants, as well as spatial variability in water saturations and gas permeability. Investigations of the performance of PGTTs in heterogeneous porous media are needed to assess the utility of this measurement technique in such systems. A two dimensional modeling approach was used to investigate PGTT performance in soils and landfills with spatially varying properties. Temperature, permeability and water saturations were varied spatially to examine their effect on the accuracy of water saturation measurements. The influence of tracer diffusion on PGTT results was also examined. These simulations provide guidelines for applying PGTTs in soils and landfills where spatial variability of properties is significant. Keywords: water saturation, gas tracers, spatial heterogeneity, landfills

  7. AlGaN/AlN multiple quantum wells grown by MOVPE on AlN templates using nitrogen as a carrier gas

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    Gautier, S.; Aggerstam, T.; Pinos, A.; Marcinkevičius, S.; Liu, K.; Shur, M.; O'Malley, S. M.; Sirenko, A. A.; Djebbour, Z.; Migan-Dubois, A.; Moudakir, T.; Ougazzaden, A.

    2008-11-01

    Al xGa 1-xN/AlN multiple quantum wells (MQWs) structures were grown by metalorganic vapour phase epitaxy (MOVPE) on pseudo AlN substrates using nitrogen as a carrier gas. Results of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and reciprocal space mapping (RSM) indicated no sign of strain relaxation in the quantum wells with respect to the AlN substrate. The MQW parameters such as thicknesses, growth rates and material compositions were extracted from XRD measurements and demonstrated an agreement with our growth conditions. No indication of parasitic reactions between ammonia and trimethyl-aluminium (TMAl) was detected in our growth process. Optical measurements revealed well-defined photoluminescence peaks at 288 and 280 nm, which are in a good agreement with the transmission experimental data. The piezo-electric field value in the studied structures was estimated to be 900 kV/cm.

  8. Natural gas accumulations in low-permeability Tertiary, and Cretaceous (Campanian and Maastrichtian) rock, Uinta Basin, Utah

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    Fouch, T.D.; Wandrey, C.J.; Pitman, J.K.; Nuccio, V.F.; Schmoker, J.W.; Rice, D.D.; Johnson, R.C.; Dolton, G.L.

    1992-02-01

    This report characterizes Upper Cretaceous Campanian and Maastrichtian, and lower Tertiary gas-bearing rocks in the Uinta Basin with special emphasis on those units that contain gas in reservoirs that have been described as being tight. The report was prepared for the USDOE whose Western Tight Gas Sandstone Program cofunded much of this research in conjunction with the US Geological Survey's Evolution of Sedimentary Basins, and Onshore Oil and Gas Programs. (VC)

  9. Natural gas accumulations in low-permeability Tertiary, and Cretaceous (Campanian and Maastrichtian) rock, Uinta Basin, Utah. Final report

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    Fouch, T.D.; Wandrey, C.J.; Pitman, J.K.; Nuccio, V.F.; Schmoker, J.W.; Rice, D.D.; Johnson, R.C.; Dolton, G.L.

    1992-02-01

    This report characterizes Upper Cretaceous Campanian and Maastrichtian, and lower Tertiary gas-bearing rocks in the Uinta Basin with special emphasis on those units that contain gas in reservoirs that have been described as being tight. The report was prepared for the USDOE whose Western Tight Gas Sandstone Program cofunded much of this research in conjunction with the US Geological Survey`s Evolution of Sedimentary Basins, and Onshore Oil and Gas Programs. (VC)

  10. A simulation of mud invasion and characteristics of array laterolog responses in a low-permeability gas reservoir: a case study

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    Jiang, Yanjiao; Sun, Jianmeng; Gao, Jianshen; Zhang, Pengyun; Cui, Jiangman

    2017-06-01

    Mud invasion is a complex problem in reservoir evaluation. The original distribution of formation fluid and resistivity near the wellbore changes when mud filtrate invades the permeability formations, and the electric logging response always shows distortion. In this study, the influencing factors in mud invasion analysis are investigated for a low-permeability gas reservoir based on a numerical simulation method. These factors include overbalance pressure, formation permeability, initial water saturation, and relative permeability, and we acquire the law of mud invasion and the main controlling factors of the invasion. Based on the simulation results, the array laterolog responses of different invasion situations are calculated by a three-dimensional finite element method, and we hold the opinion that the characteristics of these responses and the separation differences of the curves at different investigation depths are affected by the depth of the mud invasion. Furthermore, combined with the logging data and invasion simulation results, the calculation relation of the invasion depth is established using physical property parameters and array laterolog responses. This method effectively hides the influencing factors of invasion time and has good applications regarding the logging data of different invasion moments. In a low-invasion well case, the calculated result is in accordance with the actual situation and verifies the reliability of the method. The research shows that the combination of mud invasion characteristics and array laterolog responses can be applied to the prediction and evaluation of mud invasion depth in the study area. Furthermore, it can provide a service for fluid property evaluation and resistivity correction, as well as improve the reliability of reservoir evaluation by electrical logging.

  11. Simplified gas sensor model based on AlGaN/GaN heterostructure Schottky diode

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    Das, Subhashis; Majumdar, S.; Kumar, R.; Chakraborty, A.; Bag, A.; Biswas, D.

    2015-08-01

    Physics based modeling of AlGaN/GaN heterostructure Schottky diode gas sensor has been investigated for high sensitivity and linearity of the device. Here the surface and heterointerface properties are greatly exploited. The dependence of two dimensional electron gas (2DEG) upon the surface charges is mainly utilized. The simulation of Schottky diode has been done in Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD) tool and I-V curves are generated, from the I-V curves 76% response has been recorded in presence of 500 ppm gas at a biasing voltage of 0.95 Volt.

  12. Simplified gas sensor model based on AlGaN/GaN heterostructure Schottky diode

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    Das, Subhashis Majumdar, S.; Kumar, R.; Bag, A.; Chakraborty, A.; Biswas, D.

    2015-08-28

    Physics based modeling of AlGaN/GaN heterostructure Schottky diode gas sensor has been investigated for high sensitivity and linearity of the device. Here the surface and heterointerface properties are greatly exploited. The dependence of two dimensional electron gas (2DEG) upon the surface charges is mainly utilized. The simulation of Schottky diode has been done in Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD) tool and I-V curves are generated, from the I-V curves 76% response has been recorded in presence of 500 ppm gas at a biasing voltage of 0.95 Volt.

  13. The Impacts of Rock Composition and Properties on the Ability to Stimulate Production of Ultra-Low Permeability Oil and Gas Reservoirs Through Hydraulic Fracturing

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    Zoback, M. D.; Sone, H.; Kohli, A. H.; Heller, R. J.

    2014-12-01

    In this talk, we present the results of several research projects investigating how rock properties, natural fractures and the state of stress affect the success of hydraulic fracturing operations during stimulation of shale gas and tight oil reservoirs. First, through laboratory measurements on samples of the Barnett, Eagle Ford, Haynesville and Horn River shales, we discuss pore structure, adsorption and permeability as well as the importance of clay content on the viscoplastic behavior of shale formations. Second, we present several lines of evidence that indicates that the principal way in which hydraulic fracturing stimulates production from shale gas reservoirs is by inducing slow slip on pre-existing fractures and faults, which are not detected by conventional microseismic monitoring, Finally, we discuss how hydraulic fracturing can be optimized in response to variations of rock properties.

  14. Using dissolved gas analysis to investigate the performance of an organic carbon permeable reactive barrier for the treatment of mine drainage

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    Williams, R.L.; Mayer, K.U.; Amos, R.T.; Blowes, D.W.; Ptacek, C.J.; Bain, J.G.

    2007-01-01

    The strongly reducing nature of permeable reactive barrier (PRB) treatment materials can lead to gas production, potentially resulting in the formation of gas bubbles and ebullition. Degassing in organic C based PRB systems due to the production of gases (primarily CO2 and CH4) is investigated using the depletion of naturally occurring non-reactive gases Ar and N2, to identify, confirm, and quantify chemical and physical processes. Sampling and analysis of dissolved gases were performed at the Nickel Rim Mine Organic Carbon PRB, which was designed for the treatment of groundwater contaminated by low quality mine drainage characterized by slightly acidic pH, and elevated Fe(II) and SO4 concentrations. A simple 4-gas degassing model was used to analyze the dissolved gas data, and the results indicate that SO4 reduction is by far the dominant process of organic C consumption within the barrier. The data provided additional information to delineate rates of microbially mediated SO4 reduction and confirm the presence of slow and fast flow zones within the barrier. Degassing was incorporated into multicomponent reactive transport simulations for the barrier and the simulations were successful in reproducing observed dissolved gas trends.

  15. Modification of Polystyrene/Polybutadiene Block Copolymer Films by Chemical Reaction with Bromine and Effect on Gas Permeability

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1990-06-15

    polystyrene/polybutadiene ( PS /PB) block copolymer films before and after reaction with aqueous bromine. Films reacted to low and very high extents...enhancement relative to the starting PS /PB system. These effects on permeability are the combined result of physical and chemical changes in the block...heterogeneous polystyrene/polybutadiene ( PS /PB) block copolymer films before and after reaction with aqueous bromine. Films reacted to low and very

  16. Crustal permeability

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    Gleeson, Tom; Ingebritsen, Steven E.

    2016-01-01

    Permeability is the primary control on fluid flow in the Earth’s crust and is key to a surprisingly wide range of geological processes, because it controls the advection of heat and solutes and the generation of anomalous pore pressures.  The practical importance of permeability – and the potential for large, dynamic changes in permeability – is highlighted by ongoing issues associated with hydraulic fracturing for hydrocarbon production (“fracking”), enhanced geothermal systems, and geologic carbon sequestration.  Although there are thousands of research papers on crustal permeability, this is the first book-length treatment.  This book bridges the historical dichotomy between the hydrogeologic perspective of permeability as a static material property and the perspective of other Earth scientists who have long recognized permeability as a dynamic parameter that changes in response to tectonism, fluid production, and geochemical reactions. 

  17. Production of Mg and Al Auger electrons by noble gas ion bombardment of Mg and Al surfaces

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    Ferrante, J.; Pepper, S. V.

    1976-01-01

    Relative production efficiencies of Mg and Al Auger electrons by He, Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe ion bombardment are reported as a function of ion energy for energies not exceeding 3 keV. The experimental apparatus employed consisted of a LEED-Auger system equipped with an ion gun and a four-grid retarding-potential analyzer. It is found that: (1) the shape of the ion-excited Auger signal was independent of the rare gas and quite symmetric; (2) the Al signal was about an order of magnitude smaller than the Mg signal for a given bombarding species and ion-gun voltage; (3) no signal was observed for He(+) bombardment under any of the experimental conditions; (4) signal strengths were independent of temperature and ion dose; (5) the Auger production efficiencies differed by no more than a factor of two among the different gases - except for He(+) - on a given metal; (6) all the signal strengths increased with increasing ion-gun voltage, with no maximum exhibited; and (7) the apparent threshold energy for the Al signal was higher than that for the Mg signal. The differences between the results for the two metals are attributed to the fact that the Al 2p orbital lies deeper in energy and closer to the nucleus than the corresponding Mg orbital.

  18. Production of Mg and Al Auger electrons by noble gas ion bombardment of Mg and Al surfaces

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    Ferrante, J.; Pepper, S. V.

    1976-01-01

    Relative production efficiencies of Mg and Al Auger electrons by He, Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe ion bombardment are reported as a function of ion energy for energies not exceeding 3 keV. The experimental apparatus employed consisted of a LEED-Auger system equipped with an ion gun and a four-grid retarding-potential analyzer. It is found that: (1) the shape of the ion-excited Auger signal was independent of the rare gas and quite symmetric; (2) the Al signal was about an order of magnitude smaller than the Mg signal for a given bombarding species and ion-gun voltage; (3) no signal was observed for He(+) bombardment under any of the experimental conditions; (4) signal strengths were independent of temperature and ion dose; (5) the Auger production efficiencies differed by no more than a factor of two among the different gases - except for He(+) - on a given metal; (6) all the signal strengths increased with increasing ion-gun voltage, with no maximum exhibited; and (7) the apparent threshold energy for the Al signal was higher than that for the Mg signal. The differences between the results for the two metals are attributed to the fact that the Al 2p orbital lies deeper in energy and closer to the nucleus than the corresponding Mg orbital.

  19. OMVPE growth and gas-phase reactions of AlGaN for UV emitters

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    Han, J.; Figiel, J.J.; Crawford, M.H.; Banas, M.A.; Bartram, M.E.; Biefeld, R.M.; Song, Y.K.; Nurmikko, A.V.

    1998-06-01

    Gas-phase parasitic reactions among TMG, TMA, and NH3, are investigated by monitoring of the growth rate/incorporation efficiency of GaN and AlN using an in-situ optical reflectometer. It is suggested that gas phase adduct (TMA: NH{sub 3}) reactions not only reduce the incorporation efficiency of TMA but also affect the incorporation behavior of TMGa. The observed phenomena can be explained by either a synergistic gas-phase scavenging effect or a surface site-blocking effect. Relatively low reactor pressures (30--50 Torr) are employed to grow an AlGaN/GaN QW p-n diode structure. The UV emission at 354 nm (FWHM {approximately} 6 nm) represents the first report of LED operation from an indium-free GaN QW diode.

  20. Formation of ordered CoAl alloy clusters by the plasma-gas condensation technique

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    Konno, Toyohiko J.; Yamamuro, Saeki; Sumiyama, Kenji

    2001-09-01

    CoxAl1-x alloy clusters were synthesized from a mixture of Co and Al metal vapors generated by the sputtering of pure metal targets. We observed that the produced alloy clusters were uniform in size, ranging from approximately 20 nm for Al-rich clusters to 10 nm for Co-rich clusters. For a wide average composition range (x≈0.4-0.7), the alloy clusters have the ordered B2 (CsCl-type) structure. In the Co-rich cluster aggregates (x=0.76), the clusters are composed of face-centered-cubic (fcc) Co and minor CoAl(B2) clusters. In the Al-rich aggregates (x=0.23), the clusters are mainly composed of the fcc-Al phase, although clusters occasionally possess a "core-shell structure" with the CoAl(B2) phase surrounded by an Al-rich amorphous phase. These observations are in general agreement with our prediction based on the equilibrium phase diagram. We also noticed that the average composition depends not only on the relative amount of Co and Al vapors, but also on their absolute amount, and even on the Ar gas flow rate, which promotes mixing and cooling the two vapors. These findings show that the formation of alloy clusters in vapor phase is strongly influenced by the kinetics of cluster formation, and is a competing process between the approach to equilibrium and the quenching of the whole system.

  1. A Fast Network Flow Model is used in conjunction with Measurements of Filter Permeability to calculate the Performance of Hot Gas Filters

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    VanOsdol, J.G.; Chiang, T-K.

    2002-09-19

    Two different technologies that are being considered for generating electric power on a large scale by burning coal are Pressurized Fluid Bed Combustion (PFBC) systems and Integrated Gasification and Combined Cycle (IGCC) systems. Particulate emission regulations that have been proposed for future systems may require that these systems be fitted with large scale Hot Gas Clean-Up (HGCU) filtration systems that would remove the fine particulate matter from the hot gas streams that are generated by PFBC and IGCC systems. These hot gas filtration systems are geometrically and aerodynamically complex. They typically are constructed with large arrays of ceramic candle filter elements (CFE). The successful design of these systems require an accurate assessment of the rate at which mechanical energy of the gas flow is dissipated as it passes through the filter containment vessel and the individual candle filter elements that make up the system. Because the filtration medium is typically made of a porous ceramic material having open pore sizes that are much smaller than the dimensions of the containment vessel, the filtration medium is usually considered to be a permeable medium that follows Darcy's law. The permeability constant that is measured in the lab is considered to be a function of the filtration medium only and is usually assumed to apply equally to all the filters in the vessel as if the flow were divided evenly among all the filter elements. In general, the flow of gas through each individual CFE will depend not only on the geometrical characteristics of the filtration medium, but also on the local mean flows in the filter containment vessel that a particular filter element sees. The flow inside the CFE core, through the system manifolds, and inside the containment vessel itself will be coupled to the flow in the filter medium by various Reynolds number effects. For any given filter containment vessel, since the mean flows are different in different locations

  2. Ammonia quantitative analysis model based on miniaturized Al ionization gas sensor and non-linear bistable dynamic model

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    Ma, Rongfei

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, ammonia quantitative analysis based on miniaturized Al ionization gas sensor and non-linear bistable dynamic model was proposed. Al plate anodic gas-ionization sensor was used to obtain the current-voltage (I-V) data. Measurement data was processed by non-linear bistable dynamics model. Results showed that the proposed method quantitatively determined ammonia concentrations. PMID:25975362

  3. Ammonia quantitative analysis model based on miniaturized Al ionization gas sensor and non-linear bistable dynamic model.

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    Ma, Rongfei

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, ammonia quantitative analysis based on miniaturized Al ionization gas sensor and non-linear bistable dynamic model was proposed. Al plate anodic gas-ionization sensor was used to obtain the current-voltage (I-V) data. Measurement data was processed by non-linear bistable dynamics model. Results showed that the proposed method quantitatively determined ammonia concentrations.

  4. Theoretical and experimental correlations of gas dissolution, diffusion, and thermodynamic properties in determination of gas permeability and selectivity in supported ionic liquid membranes.

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    Gan, Quan; Zou, Yiran; Rooney, David; Nancarrow, Paul; Thompson, Jillian; Liang, Lizhe; Lewis, Moira

    2011-05-11

    Supported ionic liquid membranes (SILMs) has the potential to be a new technological platform for gas/organic vapour separation because of the unique non-volatile nature and discriminating gas dissolution properties of room temperature ionic liquids (ILs). This work starts with an examination of gas dissolution and transport properties in bulk imidazulium cation based ionic liquids [C(n)mim][NTf2] (n=2.4, 6, 8.10) from simple gas H(2), N(2), to polar CO(2), and C(2)H(6), leading to a further analysis of how gas dissolution and diffusion are influenced by molecular specific gas-SILMs interactions, reflected by differences in gas dissolution enthalpy and entropy. These effects were elucidated again during gas permeation studies by examining how changes in these properties and molecular specific interactions work together to cause deviations from conventional solution-diffusion theory and their impact on some remarkably contrasting gas perm-selectivity performance. The experimental perm-selectivity for all tested gases showed varied and contrasting deviation from the solution-diffusion, depending on specific gas-IL combinations. It transpires permeation for simpler non-polar gases (H(2), N(2)) is diffusion controlled, but strong molecular specific gas-ILs interactions led to a different permeation and selectivity performance for C(2)H(6) and CO(2). With exothermic dissolution enthalpy and large order disruptive entropy, C(2)H(6) displayed the fastest permeation rate at increased gas phase pressure in spite of its smallest diffusivity among the tested gases. The C(2)H(6) gas molecules "peg" on the side alkyl chain on the imidazulium cation at low concentration, and are well dispersed in the ionic liquids phase at high concentration. On the other hand strong CO(2)-ILs affinity resulted in a more prolonged "residence time" for the gas molecule, typified by reversed CO(2)/N(2) selectivity and slowest CO(2) transport despite CO(2) possess the highest solubility and

  5. Theoretical investigation of the long-lived metastable AlO2+ dication in gas phase

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    Sghaier, Onsi; Abdallah, Hassan H.; Abdullah, Hewa Y.; Jaidane, Nejm Eddine; Al Mogren, Muneerah Mogren; Hochlaf, Majdi

    2016-09-01

    We report the results of a detailed theoretical study of the electronic ground and excited states of the gas-phase doubly charged ion AlO2+ using high-level ab initio computer calculations. Both standard and explicitly correlated methods were used to calculate their potential energy curves and spectroscopic parameters. These computations show that the ground state of AlO2+ is X2Π. The internuclear equilibrium distance of AlO2+(X2Π) is computed 1.725 Å. We also deduced the adiabatic double ionization and charge stripping energies of AlO to be about 27.45 eV and 17.80 eV, respectively.

  6. CO2 gas detection properties of a TIO2/Al2O3 heterostructure under UV light irradiation

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    Karaduman, Irmak; Demir, Mehmet; Yıldız, Dilber Esra; Acar, Selim

    2015-05-01

    Al/TiO2/p-Si and Al/TİO2/Al2O3/p-Si samples were prepared using the atomic layer deposition method (ALD) and their gas sensing properties were investigated. The electrical properties of the samples were studied using a two probe method in the temperature range 25-230 °C and at room temperature UV conditions. The TiO2/Al2O3 heterojunction sample exhibited an excellent gas sensing response to CO2 gas at room temperature and improved the effect of UV light irradiation. The results showed that heterostructures helped to improve the gas sensor properties, affected the sensing at room temperature and thus guided the design of photocatalysts. The TiO2/Al2O3 heterojunction prepared using this method can be used as a material for semiconductor gas sensors detecting poisonous gases like CO2 at room temperature with high sensitivity and selectivity.

  7. Permeability changes in coal resulting from gas desorption. Second quarterly report, November 15, 1989--February 15, 1990

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    Levine, J.R.; Tsay, F.

    1990-12-31

    Measurement of sorption capacity of coals by microbalance in a high pressure environment requires that corrections be made for the buoyancy of the gas that is displaced by the solid coal. As the pressure increases, the gas density increases, requiring that a correction factor be applied to the weight of the sample as measured by microbalance. A brief report summarizing this correction is attached as Appendix A.

  8. Permeability of alkaline magmas: a study from Campi Flegrei, Italy

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    Polacci, M.; Bouvet de Maissoneuve, C.; Giordano, D.; Piochi, M.; Degruyter, W.; Bachmann, O.; Mancini, L.

    2012-04-01

    Knowledge of permeability is of paramount importance for understanding the evolution of magma degassing during pre-, syn- and post-eruptive volcanic processes. Most permeability estimates existing to date refer to magmas of calc-alkaline compositions. We report here the preliminary results of permeability measurements performed on alkali-trachyte products erupted from the Campanian Ignimbrite (CI) and Monte Nuovo (MTN), two explosive eruptions from Campi Flegrei (CF), an active, hazardous caldera west of Naples, Southern Italy. Darcian (viscous) permeability spans a wide range between 10^-11 and 10^-14 m^2. We observe that the most permeable samples are the scoria clasts from the upper units of MTN; pumice samples from the Breccia Museo facies of CI are instead the least permeable. Non-Darcian (inertial) permeability follows the same trend as Darcian permeability. The first implication of this study is that porosity in alkaline as well as calc-alkaline magmas does not exert a first order control on permeability (e.g. the MTN samples are the most permeable but not the most porous). Second, sample geometry exhibits permeability anisotropy (higher permeability in the direction of vesicle elongation), suggesting stronger degassing in the vertical direction in the conduit. In addition, inertial effects are higher across the sample. As inertial effects are potentially generated by tortuosity (or tortuous vesicle paths), tortuosity is likely higher horizontally than vertically in the conduit. Finally, the measured CF permeability values overlap with those of rhyolitic pumice clasts from the Kos Plateau Tuff (Bouvet de Maisonneuve et al., 2009), together with CI one of the major Quaternary explosive eruptions of the Mediterranean region. This indicates that gas flow is strongly controlled by the geometry of the porous media, which is generated by the bubble dynamics during magma ascent. Therefore, permeability will depend on composition through the rheological properties

  9. Chemically Designed Molecular Interfaces in Cross-Linked Poly(ethylene glycol)/Silica Nanocomposites Reveal Strong Size-Dependent Trends in Gas Permeability

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    Su, Norman; Urban, Jeffrey

    2015-03-01

    Polymer nanocomposite membranes can exhibit gas separation performance that surpasses conventional polymeric membranes. While promising, the optimization of nanocomposite membranes requires a fundamental understanding of the transport mechanism and interfacial effects between the inorganic and polymer phase that is currently limited to empirical relationships. Synthesized nanocomposites often consist of poorly distributed and polydisperse inorganic nanomaterials. It is known that polymer dynamics can change drastically upon introduction of an inorganic phase, which can dramatically alter molecular transport behavior. Here, we systematically explore the role of nanoparticle sizes from 12 to 130 nm on polymer dynamics and permeability in a series of cross-linked poly(ethylene glycol)/silica nanocomposite membranes. The nanocomposites are well-dispersed and display excellent homogeneity throughout. Size-dependent broadening of the Tg indicates strong attractive interactions especially at high surface area loadings, which lead to deviations in permeability not captured by Maxwell's model. Chemical modifications of silica at this interface can yield significantly different polymer dynamics than previously observed with enhanced transport and mechanical properties.

  10. Gas adsorption on graphene doped with B, N, Al, and S: A theoretical study

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    Dai, Jiayu; Yuan, Jianmin; Giannozzi, Paolo

    2009-12-01

    The adsorption of several common gas molecules over boron-, nitrogen-, aluminum-, and sulfur-doped graphene was theoretically studied using density-functional theory. B- and N-doped graphene retain a planar form, while Al and S atoms protrude out of the graphene layer. We find that only NO and NO2 bind to B-doped graphene, while only NO2 binds to S-doped graphene. Al-doped graphene is much more reactive and binds many more gases, including O2. We suggest that B- and S-doped graphene could be a good sensor for polluting gases such as NO and NO2.

  11. Short-term corneal changes with gas-permeable contact lens wear in keratoconus subjects: a comparison of two fitting approaches.

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    Romero-Jiménez, Miguel; Santodomingo-Rubido, Jacinto; Flores-Rodríguez, Patricia; González-Méijome, Jose-Manuel

    2015-01-01

    To evaluate changes in anterior corneal topography and higher-order aberrations (HOA) after 14-days of rigid gas-permeable (RGP) contact lens (CL) wear in keratoconus subjects comparing two different fitting approaches. Thirty-one keratoconus subjects (50 eyes) without previous history of CL wear were recruited for the study. Subjects were randomly fitted to either an apical-touch or three-point-touch fitting approach. The lens' back optic zone radius (BOZR) was 0.4mm and 0.1mm flatter than the first definite apical clearance lens, respectively. Differences between the baseline and post-CL wear for steepest, flattest and average corneal power (ACP) readings, central corneal astigmatism (CCA), maximum tangential curvature (KTag), anterior corneal surface asphericity, anterior corneal surface HOA and thinnest corneal thickness measured with Pentacam were compared. A statistically significant flattening was found over time on the flattest and steepest simulated keratometry and ACP in apical-touch group (all p<0.01). A statistically significant reduction in KTag was found in both groups after contact lens wear (all p<0.05). Significant reduction was found over time in CCA (p=0.001) and anterior corneal asphericity in both groups (p<0.001). Thickness at the thinnest corneal point increased significantly after CL wear (p<0.0001). Coma-like and total HOA root mean square (RMS) error were significantly reduced following CL wearing in both fitting approaches (all p<0.05). Short-term rigid gas-permeable CL wear flattens the anterior cornea, increases the thinnest corneal thickness and reduces anterior surface HOA in keratoconus subjects. Apical-touch was associated with greater corneal flattening in comparison to three-point-touch lens wear. Copyright © 2014 Spanish General Council of Optometry. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  12. Short-term corneal changes with gas-permeable contact lens wear in keratoconus subjects: A comparison of two fitting approaches

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    Romero-Jiménez, Miguel; Santodomingo-Rubido, Jacinto; Flores-Rodríguez, Patricia; González-Méijome, Jose-Manuel

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To evaluate changes in anterior corneal topography and higher-order aberrations (HOA) after 14-days of rigid gas-permeable (RGP) contact lens (CL) wear in keratoconus subjects comparing two different fitting approaches. Methods Thirty-one keratoconus subjects (50 eyes) without previous history of CL wear were recruited for the study. Subjects were randomly fitted to either an apical-touch or three-point-touch fitting approach. The lens’ back optic zone radius (BOZR) was 0.4 mm and 0.1 mm flatter than the first definite apical clearance lens, respectively. Differences between the baseline and post-CL wear for steepest, flattest and average corneal power (ACP) readings, central corneal astigmatism (CCA), maximum tangential curvature (KTag), anterior corneal surface asphericity, anterior corneal surface HOA and thinnest corneal thickness measured with Pentacam were compared. Results A statistically significant flattening was found over time on the flattest and steepest simulated keratometry and ACP in apical-touch group (all p < 0.01). A statistically significant reduction in KTag was found in both groups after contact lens wear (all p < 0.05). Significant reduction was found over time in CCA (p = 0.001) and anterior corneal asphericity in both groups (p < 0.001). Thickness at the thinnest corneal point increased significantly after CL wear (p < 0.0001). Coma-like and total HOA root mean square (RMS) error were significantly reduced following CL wearing in both fitting approaches (all p < 0.05). Conclusion Short-term rigid gas-permeable CL wear flattens the anterior cornea, increases the thinnest corneal thickness and reduces anterior surface HOA in keratoconus subjects. Apical-touch was associated with greater corneal flattening in comparison to three-point-touch lens wear. PMID:25199441

  13. Permeability of displaced fractures

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    Kluge, Christian; Milsch, Harald; Blöcher, Guido

    2017-04-01

    Flow along fractures or in fissured systems becomes increasingly important in the context of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS), shale gas recovery or nuclear waste deposit. Commonly, the permeability of fractures is approximated using the Hagen-Poiseuille solution of Navier Stokes equation. Furthermore, the flow in fractures is assumed to be laminar flow between two parallel plates and the cubic law for calculating the velocity field is applied. It is a well-known fact, that fracture flow is strongly influenced by the fracture surface roughness and the shear displacement along the fracture plane. Therefore, a numerical approach was developed which calculates the flow pattern within a fracture-matrix system. The flow in the fracture is described by a free fluid flow and the flow in the matrix is assumed to be laminar and therefore validates Darcy's law. The presented approach can be applied for artificially generated fractures or real fractures measured by surface scanning. Artificial fracture surfaces are generated using the power spectral density of the surface height random process with a spectral exponent to define roughness. For calculating the permeability of such fracture-matrix systems the mean fracture aperture, the shear displacement and the surface roughness are considered by use of a 3D numerical simulator. By use of this approach correlation between shear displacement and mean aperture, shear displacement and permeability, as well as surface roughness and permeability can be obtained. Furthermore, the intrinsic measured permeability presents a combination of matrix and fracture permeability. The presented approach allows the separation and quantification of the absolute magnitudes of the matrix and the fracture permeability and the permeability of displaced fractures can be calculated. The numerical approach which is a 3D numerical simulation of the fracture-matrix system can be applied for artificial as well as real systems.

  14. Estimating the gas hydrate recovery prospects in the western Black Sea basin based on the 3D multiphase flow of fluid and gas components within highly permeable paleo-channel-levee systems

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    Burwicz, Ewa; Zander, Timo; Rottke, Wolf; Bialas, Joerg; Hensen, Christian; Atgin, Orhan; Haeckel, Matthias

    2017-04-01

    Gas hydrate deposits are abundant in the Black Sea region and confirmed by direct observations as well as geophysical evidence, such as continuous bottom simulating reflectors (BSRs). Although those gas hydrate accumulations have been well-studied for almost two decades, the migration pathways of methane that charge the gas hydrate stability zone (GHSZ) in the region are unknown. The aim of this study is to explore the most probable gas migration scenarios within a three-dimensional finite element grid based on seismic surveys and available basin cross-sections. We have used the commercial software PetroMod(TM) (Schlumberger) to perform a set of sensitivity studies that narrow the gap between the wide range of sediment properties affecting the multi-phase flow in porous media. The high-resolution model domain focuses on the Danube deep-sea fan and associated buried sandy channel-levee systems whereas the total extension of the model domain covers a larger area of the western Black Sea basin. Such a large model domain allows for investigating biogenic as well as thermogenic methane generation and a permeability driven migration of the free phase of methane on a basin scale to confirm the hypothesis of efficient methane migration into the gas hydrate reservoir layers by horizontal flow along the carrier beds.

  15. Nitrogen recovery from liquid manure using gas-permeable membranes: Effect of wastewater strength and pH control

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    The costs of fertilizers have rapidly increased in recent years, especially nitrogen (N) fertilizer such as anhydrous ammonia which is made from natural gas. Thus, new treatment technologies for abatement of ammonia emissions in livestock operations are being focused on N recovery in addition to the...

  16. Luminescence study of nanosized Al2O3:Tb3+ obtained by gas-dispersed synthesis

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    Berezovskaya, I. V.; Poletaev, N. I.; Khlebnikova, M. E.; Zatovsky, I. V.; Bychkov, K. L.; Efryushina, N. P.; Khomenko, O. V.; Dotsenko, V. P.

    2016-09-01

    Terbium-doped Al2O3 samples were obtained by gas-dispersed synthesis. It was shown that the resulting powders, with particle sizes of 10-70 nm, consist of a mixture of transition aluminas, among which the δ *-polymorph is dominant. The luminescence properties of Al2O3:Tb3+ have been studied upon excitation in the UV-visible range of the spectrum. It was found that Tb3+ ions cause several groups of inhomogeneously broadened emission bands in the range of 470-640 nm, which are characteristic for disordered materials. In addition, the emission spectra contain a broad band at about 450 nm and several narrower ones in the 680-720 nm region. These features are attributed to surface defects and impurity Cr3+ ions occupying Al3+ octahedral positions, respectively.

  17. Gas sensing properties of Al-doped ZnO for UV-activated CO detection

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    Dhahri, R.; Hjiri, M.; El Mir, L.; Bonavita, A.; Iannazzo, D.; Latino, M.; Donato, N.; Leonardi, S. G.; Neri, G.

    2016-04-01

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO) samples were prepared using a modified sol-gel route and charaterized by means of trasmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and photoluminescence analysis. Resistive planar devices based on thick films of AZO deposited on interdigitated alumina substrates were fabricated and investigated as UV light activated CO sensors. CO sensing tests were performed in both dark and illumination condition by exposing the samples to UV radiation (λ  =  400 nm).Under UV light, Al-doped ZnO gas sensors operated at lower temperature than in dark. Furthermore, by photoactivation we also promoted CO sensitivity and made signal recovery of AZO sensors faster. Results demonstrate that Al-doped ZnO might be a promising sensing material for the detection of CO under UV illumination.

  18. Dissociative Water Adsorption by Al3O4(+) in the Gas Phase.

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    Fagiani, Matias R; Song, Xiaowei; Debnath, Sreekanta; Gewinner, Sandy; Schöllkopf, Wieland; Asmis, Knut R; Bischoff, Florian A; Müller, Fabian; Sauer, Joachim

    2017-03-06

    We use cryogenic ion trap vibrational spectroscopy in combination with density functional theory (DFT) to study the adsorption of up to four water molecules on Al3O4(+). The infrared photodissociation spectra of [Al3O4(D2O)1-4](+) are measured in the O-D stretching (3000-2000 cm(-1)) as well as the fingerprint spectral region (1300-400 cm(-1)) and are assigned based on a comparison with simulated harmonic infrared spectra for global minimum-energy structures obtained with DFT. We find that dissociative water adsorption is favored in all cases. The unambiguous assignment of the vibrational spectra of these gas phase model systems allows identifying characteristic spectral regions for O-D and O-H stretching modes of terminal (μ1) and bridging (μ2) hydroxyl groups in aluminum oxide/water systems, which sheds new light on controversial assignments for solid Al2O3 phases.

  19. Determination of permeability index using Stoneley slowness analysis, NMR models, and formation evaluations: a case study from a gas reservoir, south of Iran

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    Hosseini, Mirhasan; Javaherian, Abdolrahim; Movahed, Bahram

    2014-10-01

    In hydrocarbon reservoirs, permeability is one of the most critical parameters with a significant role in the production of hydrocarbon resources. Direct determination of permeability using Stoneley waves has always had some difficulties. In addition, some un-calibrated empirical models such as Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) models and petrophysical evaluation model (intrinsic permeability) do not provide reliable estimates of permeability in carbonate formations. Therefore, utilizing an appropriate numerical method for direct determination of permeability using Stoneley waves as well as an appropriate calibration method for the empirical models is necessary to have reliable results. This paper shows the application of a numerical method, called bisection method, in the direct determination of permeability from Stoneley wave slowness. In addition, a linear regression (least squares) method was used to calibrate the NMR models including Schlumberger Doll Research (SDR) and Timur-Coates models as well as the intrinsic permeability equation (permeability from petrophysical evaluations). The Express Pressure Tester (XPT) permeability was considered as an option for the reference permeability. Therefore, all permeability models were validated for the Stoneley permeability and calibrated for the empirical models with the XPT permeability. In order to have a quantitative assessment on the results and compare the results before and after the calibration, the Root Mean Squares Error (RMSE) was calculated for each of the used models. The results for the Stoneley permeability showed that, in many points there was not much difference between the Stoneley permeability calculated by the bisection method and the XPT permeability. Comparing the results showed that the calibration of the empirical models reduced their RMSE values. As a result of the calibration, the RMSE was decreased by about 39% for the SDR model, 18% for the Timur-Coates model, and 91% for the petrophysical

  20. Correlation of Gas Permeability in a Metal-Organic Framework MIL-101(Cr)–Polysulfone Mixed-Matrix Membrane with Free Volume Measurements by Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS)

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    Jeazet, Harold B. Tanh; Koschine, Tönjes; Staudt, Claudia; Raetzke, Klaus; Janiak, Christoph

    2013-01-01

    Hydrothermally stable particles of the metal-organic framework MIL-101(Cr) were incorporated into a polysulfone (PSF) matrix to produce mixed-matrix or composite membranes with excellent dispersion of MIL-101 particles and good adhesion within the polymer matrix. Pure gas (O2, N2, CO2 and CH4) permeation tests showed a significant increase of gas permeabilities of the mixed-matrix membranes without any loss in selectivity. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) indicated that the increased gas permeability is due to the free volume in the PSF polymer and the added large free volume inside the MIL-101 particles. The trend of the gas transport properties of the composite membranes could be reproduced by a Maxwell model. PMID:24957061

  1. Correlation of Gas Permeability in a Metal-Organic Framework MIL-101(Cr)-Polysulfone Mixed-Matrix Membrane with Free Volume Measurements by Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS).

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    Jeazet, Harold B Tanh; Koschine, Tönjes; Staudt, Claudia; Raetzke, Klaus; Janiak, Christoph

    2013-10-25

    Hydrothermally stable particles of the metal-organic framework MIL-101(Cr) were incorporated into a polysulfone (PSF) matrix to produce mixed-matrix or composite membranes with excellent dispersion of MIL-101 particles and good adhesion within the polymer matrix. Pure gas (O2, N2, CO2 and CH4) permeation tests showed a significant increase of gas permeabilities of the mixed-matrix membranes without any loss in selectivity. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) indicated that the increased gas permeability is due to the free volume in the PSF polymer and the added large free volume inside the MIL-101 particles. The trend of the gas transport properties of the composite membranes could be reproduced by a Maxwell model.

  2. Vapor-liquid phase separator permeability results

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    Yuan, S. W. K.; Frederking, T. H. K.

    1981-01-01

    Continued studies are described in the area of vapor-liquid phase separator work with emphasis on permeabilities of porous sintered plugs (stainless steel, nominal pore size 2 micrometer). The temperature dependence of the permeability has been evaluated in classical fluid using He-4 gas at atmospheric pressure and in He-2 on the basis of a modified, thermosmotic permeability of the normal fluid.

  3. Structure/Permeability Relationships Of Polyimide Membranes

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    St. Clair, A. K.; Yamamoto, H.; Mi, Y.; Stern, S. A.

    1995-01-01

    Report describes experimental study of permeabilities, by each of five gases, of membranes made of four different polyimides. Conducted to gain understanding of effects of molecular structures of membranes on permeabilities and to assess potential for exploitation of selective permeability in gas-separation processes. Gases used: H2, O2, N2, CO2, and CH4.

  4. Structure/Permeability Relationships Of Polyimide Membranes

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    St. Clair, A. K.; Yamamoto, H.; Mi, Y.; Stern, S. A.

    1995-01-01

    Report describes experimental study of permeabilities, by each of five gases, of membranes made of four different polyimides. Conducted to gain understanding of effects of molecular structures of membranes on permeabilities and to assess potential for exploitation of selective permeability in gas-separation processes. Gases used: H2, O2, N2, CO2, and CH4.

  5. Numerical investigation of permeability models for low viscosity magmas: application to the 2007 Stromboli effusive eruption

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    La Spina, Giuseppe; Burton, Mike; de'Michieli Vitturi, Mattia; Landi, Patrizia; Polacci, Margherita

    2016-04-01

    Magma permeability is the most important factor controlling the transition between effusive and explosive activity of a basaltic eruption. Indeed, when low viscosity magmas are not permeable enough, volatiles stay trapped into the melt, expanding and pushing up more and more magma as the pressure decreases. As soon as the volume fraction of the gas, or the overpressure of the bubbles, or the strain rate of the melt becomes too large, magma fragments, generating an explosive eruption. On the contrary, if magma is sufficiently permeable, gas is able to decouple from the melt and fragmentation does not occur, causing, thus, an effusive eruption. A correct modelisation of gas/magma decoupling is, therefore, fundamental to properly understand the ascent dynamics occurring during an eruption. Here we study several permeability models for a low viscosity magma using a 1D steady-state model for magma ascent dynamics, focussing, in particular, on the 2007 effusive eruption at Stromboli volcano, Italy. We compare the numerical solutions computed using respectively Darcy's and Forchheimer's law. We also take into account the different expressions for Darcian permeability introduced by Bai et al. (2010, 2011) for Stromboli volcano, comparing them against a new expression for permeability derived from the data collected by Polacci et al. (2009) on Stromboli scoria. The numerical results show that using the permeability expressions of Bai et al. (2010, 2011) with Darcy's law, magma fragments into an explosive eruption. Using the new permeability model, instead, the decoupling between gas and magma is sufficient to generate an effusive eruption. However, when Forchheimer's law is adopted, fragmentation is always achieved, even with our new permeability. For a broader investigation on permeability, we also adopt the permeability relation introduced by Degruyter et al. (2012) as a function of three parameters: bubble number density, throat-bubble size ratio, and tortuosity factor

  6. The Effect of Pericellular Oxygen Levels on Proteomic Profile and Lipogenesis in 3T3-L1 Differentiated Preadipocytes Cultured on Gas-Permeable Cultureware

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    Weiszenstein, Martin; Pavlikova, Nela; Elkalaf, Moustafa; Halada, Petr; Seda, Ondrej; Trnka, Jan; Kovar, Jan; Polak, Jan

    2016-01-01

    Pericellular oxygen concentration represents an important factor in the regulation of cell functions, including cell differentiation, growth and mitochondrial energy metabolism. Hypoxia in adipose tissue has been associated with altered adipokine secretion profile and suggested as a possible factor in the development of type 2 diabetes. In vitro experiments provide an indispensable tool in metabolic research, however, physical laws of gas diffusion make prolonged exposure of adherent cells to desired pericellular O2 concentrations questionable. The aim of this study was to investigate the direct effect of various O2 levels (1%, 4% and 20% O2) on the proteomic profile and triglyceride accumulation in 3T3-L1 differentiated preadipocytes using gas-permeable cultureware. Following differentiation of cells under desired pericellular O2 concentrations, cell lysates were subjected to two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and protein visualization using Coomassie blue staining. Spots showing differential expression under hypoxia were analyzed using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry. All identified proteins were subjected to pathway analysis. We observed that protein expression of 26 spots was reproducibly affected by 4% and 1% O2 (17 upregulated and 9 downregulated). Pathway analysis showed that mitochondrial energy metabolism and triglyceride synthesis were significantly upregulated by hypoxia. In conclusion, this study demonstrated the direct effects of pericellular O2 levels on adipocyte energy metabolism and triglyceride synthesis, probably mediated through the reversed tricarboxylic acid cycle flux. PMID:27023342

  7. PAH assessment in the main Brazilian offshore oil and gas production area using semi-permeable membrane devices (SPMD) and transplanted bivalves

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    André Lourenço, Rafael; Francisco de Oliveira, Fábio; Haddad Nudi, Adriana; Rebello Wagener, Ângela de Luca; Guadalupe Meniconi, Maria de Fátima; Francioni, Eleine

    2015-06-01

    The Campos Basin is Brazil's main oil and gas production area. In 2013, more than 50 million cubic meters of produced water (PW) was discharged into these offshore waters. Despite the large volumes of PW that are discharged in the Campos Basin each day, the ecological concern of the chemicals in the PW are not completely understood. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) are the most important contributors to the ecological hazards that are posed by discharged PW. This study aimed to evaluate the potential bioaccumulation of PAH using transplanted bivalves (Nodipecten nodosus) and semi-permeable membrane devices (SPMD). The study was conducted in two platforms that discharge PW (P19 and P40). Another platform that does not discharge PW (P25) was investigated for comparison with the obtained results. Time-integrated hydrocarbon concentrations using SPMD and transplanted bivalves were estimated from the seawater near the three platforms. The bioaccumulation of the PAH in the transplanted bivalves at platforms P19 and P40 were up to fivefold greater than the bioaccumulation of the PAH at platform P25. The lowest PAH concentrations were estimated for platform P25 (4.3-6.2 ng L-1), and the highest PAH concentrations were estimated for platform P19 (9.2-37.3 ng L-1). Both techniques were effective for determining the bioavailability of the PAH and for providing time-integrated hydrocarbon concentrations regarding oil and gas production activities.

  8. The Effect of Pericellular Oxygen Levels on Proteomic Profile and Lipogenesis in 3T3-L1 Differentiated Preadipocytes Cultured on Gas-Permeable Cultureware.

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    Weiszenstein, Martin; Pavlikova, Nela; Elkalaf, Moustafa; Halada, Petr; Seda, Ondrej; Trnka, Jan; Kovar, Jan; Polak, Jan

    2016-01-01

    Pericellular oxygen concentration represents an important factor in the regulation of cell functions, including cell differentiation, growth and mitochondrial energy metabolism. Hypoxia in adipose tissue has been associated with altered adipokine secretion profile and suggested as a possible factor in the development of type 2 diabetes. In vitro experiments provide an indispensable tool in metabolic research, however, physical laws of gas diffusion make prolonged exposure of adherent cells to desired pericellular O2 concentrations questionable. The aim of this study was to investigate the direct effect of various O2 levels (1%, 4% and 20% O2) on the proteomic profile and triglyceride accumulation in 3T3-L1 differentiated preadipocytes using gas-permeable cultureware. Following differentiation of cells under desired pericellular O2 concentrations, cell lysates were subjected to two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and protein visualization using Coomassie blue staining. Spots showing differential expression under hypoxia were analyzed using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry. All identified proteins were subjected to pathway analysis. We observed that protein expression of 26 spots was reproducibly affected by 4% and 1% O2 (17 upregulated and 9 downregulated). Pathway analysis showed that mitochondrial energy metabolism and triglyceride synthesis were significantly upregulated by hypoxia. In conclusion, this study demonstrated the direct effects of pericellular O2 levels on adipocyte energy metabolism and triglyceride synthesis, probably mediated through the reversed tricarboxylic acid cycle flux.

  9. Effect of substrate temperature and gas flow ratio on the nanocomposite TiAlBN coating

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    Rosli, Z. M. Kwan, W. L. Juoi, J. M.

    2016-07-19

    Nanocomposite TiAlBN (nc-TiAlBN) coatings were successfully deposited via RF magnetron sputtering by varying the nitrogen-to-total gas flow ratio (R{sub N}), and substrate temperature (T{sub S}). All coatings were deposited on AISI 316 substrates using single Ti-Al-BN hot-pressed disc as a target. The grain size, phases, and chemical composition of the coatings were evaluated using glancing angle X-ray diffraction analysis (GAXRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Results showed that the grains size of the deposited nc-TiAlBN coatings were in the range of 3.5 to 5.7 nm and reached a nitride saturation state as early as 15 % R{sub N}. As the nitrogen concentration decreases, boron concentration increased from 9 at.% to 16.17 at.%. and thus, increase the TiB{sub 2} phase within the coatings. The T{sub S}, however, showed no significant effect either on the crystallographic structure, grain size, or in the chemical composition of the deposited nc-TiAlBN coating.

  10. Accelerated production of antigen-specific T-cells for pre-clinical and clinical applications using Gas-permeable Rapid Expansion cultureware (G-Rex)

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    Vera, Juan F.; Brenner, Lara J.; Gerdemann, Ulrike; Ngo, Minhtran C.; Sili, Uluhan; Liu, Hao; Wilson, John; Dotti, Gianpietro; Heslop, Helen E.; Leen, Ann M.; Rooney, Cliona M.

    2009-01-01

    The clinical manufacture of antigen-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) for adoptive immunotherapy is limited by the complexity and time required to produce large numbers with the desired function and specificity. The culture conditions required are rigorous, and in some cases only achieved in 2cm2 wells in which cell growth is limited by gas exchange, nutrients and waste accumulation. Bioreactors developed to overcome these issues tend to be complex, expensive and not always conducive to CTL growth. We observed that antigen-specific CTL undergo seven to ten divisions post-stimulation. However the expected CTL numbers were achieved only in the first week of culture. By recreating the culture conditions present during this first week - low frequency of antigen-specific T-cells and high frequency of feeder cells - we were able to increase CTL expansion to expected levels which could be sustained for several weeks without affecting phenotype or function. However, the number of 24-well plates needed was excessive and cultures required frequent media changes, increasing complexity and manufacturing costs. Therefore, we evaluated novel gas-permeable culture devices (G-Rex) with a silicone membrane at the base allowing gas exchange to occur uninhibited by depth of medium above. This system effectively supports the expansion of CTL and actually increases output by up to 20-fold while decreasing required technician time. Importantly, this amplified cell expansion is not due to more cell divisions but to reduced cell death. This bioprocess optimization increased T-cell output while decreasing the complexity and cost of CTL manufacture, making cell therapy more accessible. PMID:20445351

  11. Hemoglobin encapsulation in vesicles retards NO and CO binding and O2 release when perfused through narrow gas-permeable tubes.

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    Sakai, Hiromi; Okuda, Naoto; Sato, Atsushi; Yamaue, Tatsuya; Takeoka, Shinji; Tsuchida, Eishun

    2010-03-01

    Intravenous administration of cell-free Hb induces vasoconstriction and circulatory disorders, presumably because of the intrinsic affinities to endogenous nitric oxide (NO) and carbon monoxide (CO) as vasorelaxation factors and because of the facilitated O(2) release that might induce autoregulatory vasoconstriction. We examined these gas reactions when Hb-containing solutions of four kinds were perfused through artificial narrow tubes at a practical Hb concentration (10 g/dl). Purified Hb solution, polymerized bovine Hb (Poly(B)Hb), encapsulated Hb [Hb-vesicles (HbV), 279 nm], and red blood cells (RBCs) were perfused through a gas-permeable narrow tube (25 microm inner diameter) at 1 mm/s centerline velocity. The level of reactions was determined microscopically based on the visible-light absorption spectrum of Hb. When the tube was immersed in NO and CO atmospheres, both NO binding and CO binding of deoxygenated Hb (deoxy-Hb) and Poly(B)Hb in the tube was faster than those of HbV and RBCs, and HbV and RBCs showed almost identical binding rates. When the tube was immersed in a N(2) atmosphere, oxygenated Hb and Poly(B)Hb showed much faster O(2) release than did HbV and RBCs. Poly(B)Hb showed a faster reaction than Hb because of the lower O(2) affinity of Poly(B)Hb than Hb. The diffusion process of the particles was simulated using Navier-Stokes and Maxwell-Stefan equations. Results clarified that small Hb (6 nm) diffuses laterally and mixes rapidly. However, the large-dimension HbV shows no such rapid diffusion. The purely physicochemical differences in diffusivity of the particles and the resulting reactivity with gas molecules are one factor inducing biological vasoconstriction of Hb-based oxygen carriers.

  12. An Analysis of Gas Pressure Forming of Superplastic AL 5083 Alloy

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    Syn, C K; O'Brien, M J; Lesuer, D R; Sherby, O D

    2001-05-04

    Al 5083 disks of a superplastic forming grade were gas-pressure formed to hemispheres and cones at constant forming pressures with and without back pressure. The forming operation was performed using an in-house designed and built biaxial forming apparatus. The temporal change of dome heights of the hemispheres and cones were measured for the different forming and back pressures applied. The flow stresses and strain rates developed at the top of the dome during the forming step were shown to closely follow the flow stress-strain rate relationship obtained from the strain rate change tests performed at the same temperature using uniaxial tensile samples.

  13. Ultrasonic cavitation erosion of gas nitrided Ti-6Al-4V alloys.

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    Mitelea, I; Dimian, E; Bordeaşu, I; Crăciunescu, C

    2014-07-01

    Ultrasonic cavitation erosion experiments were performed on Ti-6Al-4V alloys samples in annealed, nitrided and nitrided and subsequently heat treated state. The protective oxide layer formed as a result of annealing and heat treatment after nitriding is eliminated after less than 30 min cavitation time, while the nitride layer lasts up to 90 min cavitation time. Once the protective layer is removed, the cavitation process develops by grain boundary erosion, leading to the expulsion of grains from the surface. The gas nitrided Ti-6Al-4V alloy, forming a TixN surface layer, proved to be a better solution to improve the cavitation erosion resistance, compared to the annealed and nitrided and heat treated state, respectively. The analysis of the mean depth of erosion rate at 165 min cavitation time showed an improvement of the cavitation erosion resistance of the nitrided samples of up to 77% higher compared to the one of the annealed samples.

  14. Spin polarization in two dimensional hole gas GaAs/AlGaAs

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    Chakhmane, Asmaa; El idrissi, Hassan; El kaaouachi, Abdelhamid

    2014-10-01

    In this paper, we have studied the magnetoresistance in a dilute two-dimensional hole gas in GaAs/AlGaAs within a parallel magnetic field. To do this, we tried to define the normalized resistivity, ρ(B)/ρ(0), as a function as B/Bχ and B/Bcross, where Bχ is a scaling parameter, and Bcross is determined by the bend of the resistivity curves versus B2. This study shows that there is no dependence between Bχ and Bcross for various hole densities. In order to examine the variation of the susceptibility, χ, we have access the product m*g* versus the hole density. The later is found to be almost constant. In this work we have reanalyzed the data obtained by Kumar et al., which were published in Ref. [4].

  15. Permeability changes in coal resulting from gas desorption. Ninth quarterly report, October 1, 1991--December 31, 1991

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    1992-12-31

    Eventually, the weight stabilized and the measurements commenced. Helium pressure was increased slowly and carefully, first to 15 psig then to 28 psig. The readout for the balance unit continued to exhibit unexplained fluctuation and output. Buoyancy of the empty pan was measured at pressures ranging up to 800 psig measured at approximately 100 psig increments. The balance weighing unit exhibited a progressive increase in weight with increasing pressure demonstrating that the displacement volume of the tare weight side of the balance was greater than the displacement volume of the weighing pan side of the balance. Therefore, the increased gas pressure produced a greater buoyancy of the tare side, producing a net increase in weight. The carefully collected data showed a linear change in weight with pressure (see accompanying diagram). A schematic diagram of the new configuration of the sorption apparatus is depicted in the accompanying figure.

  16. Ultraporous superhydrophobic gas-permeable nano-layers by scalable solvent-free one-step self-assembly

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    Liu, Guanyu; Wong, William S. Y.; Nasiri, Noushin; Tricoli, Antonio

    2016-03-01

    Superhydrophobic materials with excellent humidity tolerance, high porosity and light transmittance are being investigated for numerous applications including moisture-sensitive catalysts and perovskite solar cells. Here, we report the one-step solvent-free synthesis of ultraporous superhydrophobic nano-layers by the on-the-fly functionalization of nanoparticle aerosols. Short exposure of surfaces to hot Mn3O4, ZnO and TiO2 aerosols results in ultraporous nanoparticle networks with repulsive dewetting state approaching ideal Cassie-Baxter superhydrophobicity. In addition to showcasing sliding angles of ca. 0° and very low contact angle hysteresis of 3° +/- 2°, these optimal nano-layers have up to 98% porosity and pore size of several micrometres, a key feature to enable efficient penetration of gases to the substrate surface. The stability of this ultraporous superhydrophobic morphology is demonstrated by rapidly applying Moses effect-functionality to substrates that parts water up to 5 mm high. This scalable synthesis method offers a flexible and rapid approach for the production of numerous moisture-resistant devices including gas sensors, catalysts and perovskite solar cells.Superhydrophobic materials with excellent humidity tolerance, high porosity and light transmittance are being investigated for numerous applications including moisture-sensitive catalysts and perovskite solar cells. Here, we report the one-step solvent-free synthesis of ultraporous superhydrophobic nano-layers by the on-the-fly functionalization of nanoparticle aerosols. Short exposure of surfaces to hot Mn3O4, ZnO and TiO2 aerosols results in ultraporous nanoparticle networks with repulsive dewetting state approaching ideal Cassie-Baxter superhydrophobicity. In addition to showcasing sliding angles of ca. 0° and very low contact angle hysteresis of 3° +/- 2°, these optimal nano-layers have up to 98% porosity and pore size of several micrometres, a key feature to enable efficient

  17. Ultraporous superhydrophobic gas-permeable nano-layers by scalable solvent-free one-step self-assembly.

    PubMed

    Liu, Guanyu; Wong, William S Y; Nasiri, Noushin; Tricoli, Antonio

    2016-03-21

    Superhydrophobic materials with excellent humidity tolerance, high porosity and light transmittance are being investigated for numerous applications including moisture-sensitive catalysts and perovskite solar cells. Here, we report the one-step solvent-free synthesis of ultraporous superhydrophobic nano-layers by the on-the-fly functionalization of nanoparticle aerosols. Short exposure of surfaces to hot Mn3O4, ZnO and TiO2 aerosols results in ultraporous nanoparticle networks with repulsive dewetting state approaching ideal Cassie-Baxter superhydrophobicity. In addition to showcasing sliding angles of ca. 0° and very low contact angle hysteresis of 3° ± 2°, these optimal nano-layers have up to 98% porosity and pore size of several micrometres, a key feature to enable efficient penetration of gases to the substrate surface. The stability of this ultraporous superhydrophobic morphology is demonstrated by rapidly applying Moses effect-functionality to substrates that parts water up to 5 mm high. This scalable synthesis method offers a flexible and rapid approach for the production of numerous moisture-resistant devices including gas sensors, catalysts and perovskite solar cells.

  18. Permeability changes in coal resulting from gas desorption. Twelfth quarterly report, June 1, 1992--August 31, 1992

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    Levine, J.R.; Johnson, P.M.

    1992-12-31

    During this quarter, work was continued on measuring the methane sorption capacity of dispersed organic matter in gas shales and maceral concentrates derived from a Kentucky coal. Although previous results have demonstrated that the microbalance technique is successful in generating sorption isotherm curves, the accuracy of the technique has not been well established. The only previous test that allowed a comparison between gravimetric data and volumetric data showed a significant discrepancy with the gravimetric data indicating a considerably greater sorption quantities than the volumetric data. During the present quarter we took advantage of an opportunity to join in a round-robin analysis of sorption capacity of carbonatious shales. A suite of four samples was sent to six laboratories with each lab measuring sorption capacity for methane and reporting the results to a central lab which would compile all of the data for comparitive purposes. Of course, none of the other laboratories were using the gravimetric approach for measuring methane sorption capacity. So this provides a unique opportunity to test the accuracy of our methods.

  19. Mineral displacement and -dissolution processes and their relevance to rock porosity and permeability in Rotliegend sandstones of the Altmark natural gas field (central Germany) - results from CO2 laboratory batch experiments

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    Pudlo, Dieter; Enzmann, Frieder; Heister, Katja; Werner, Lars; Ganzer, Leonhard; Reitenbach, Viktor; Henkel, Steven; Albrecht, Daniel; Gaupp, Reinhard

    2014-05-01

    The Rotliegend reservoir sandstones of the Altmark area (central Germany) comprise the second largest natural gas field of Europe. These sandstones were deposited on a playa-like continental platform with braided river systems, ephemeral lakes and aeolian dunes under semi-arid conditions. Some of the pristine, red coloured deposits suffered intensive late diagenetic alteration and are now preserved as bleached, high porous and permeable sandstones. To evaluate the relevance of distinct fluids and their fluid-rock alteration reactions on such bleaching processes we performed laboratory static batch experiments on the Altmark sandstones. These 4-6 week lasting runs were conducted with CO2 saturated synthetic brines under typical Altmark reservoir conditions (p= 20 MPa, T= 125°C). Thereby mineralogical, petrophysical and (hydro- and geo-) chemical rock features were maintained prior and after the experiments. Chemical data proved the dissolution of carbonate and sulphate minerals during the runs, whereas the variation in abundance of further elements was within the detection limit of analytical accuracy. However, FE-SEM investigations on used, evaporated brines reveal the presence of illite and chlorite minerals within a matrix of Ca-, Si-, Fe, Al-, Na- and S components (carbonate, anhydrite, albite and Fe-(hydr-) oxides ?). By porosity and relative permeability measurements an increase in both rock features was observed after the runs, indicating that mineral dissolution and/or (clay) fine migration/detachment occurred during the experiments. Mineral dissolution, especially of pore-filling cements (e.g. carbonate-, sulphate minerals) is also deduced by BET analysis, in determining the specific surface of the sandstones. The size of these reactive surfaces increased after the experiments, suggesting that after the dissolution of pore-filling cements, formerly armoured grain rimming clay cutans were exposed to potential migrating fluids. These findings are also

  20. VEGF increases blood-brain barrier permeability to Evans blue dye and tetanus toxin fragment C but not adeno-associated virus in ALS mice.

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    Ay, Ilknur; Francis, Jonathan W; Brown, Robert H

    2008-10-09

    Entry of most compounds into the CNS is impeded by the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Because vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is important in the formation and maintenance of the BBB and is known to modulate BBB permeability in newborn rodents, we tested the hypothesis that VEGF may enhance BBB permeability in adult mice. We examined the effect of VEGF on the CNS distribution of three different agents: a small molecule (Evans blue dye) that is known to bind plasma proteins, an exogenous protein (tetanus toxin fragment C; TTC), and a viral vector (recombinant adeno-associated virus serotype 2/5 marked with lacZ; rAAV2/5-lacZ). Pretreatment with VEGF (20 mug; i.v.) increased permeability of the BBB to Evans blue dye and TTC as detected by augmented concentrations of these substances in the cerebrum, brainstem, and spinal cord. By contrast, VEGF did not alter BBB permeability to AAV2/5-lacZ, as defined by beta-galactosidase activity assay. These data demonstrate the potential utility of VEGF for pharmacological modulation of the BBB, and indicate that the increase in BBB permeability mediated by VEGF is limited by the size of the delivered substance.

  1. Use of fluid-ventilated, gas-permeable scleral lens for management of severe keratoconjunctivitis sicca secondary to chronic graft-versus-host disease

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    Takahide, Kikuchi; Parker, Pablo M.; Wu, Michael; Hwang, William Y.K.; Carpenter, Paul A.; Moravec, Carina; Stehr, Barbara; Martin, Paul J.; Rosenthal, Perry; Forman, Stephen J.; Flowers, Mary E.D.

    2007-01-01

    Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) occurs in 40-60 % of patients with chronic graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD) after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. While immunosuppressive therapy is the primary treatment of chronic GVHD, ocular symptoms require measures to improve ocular lubrication, decrease inflammation and maintain mucosal integrity. The liquid corneal bandage provided by a fluid-ventilated, gas-permeable scleral lens (SL) has been effective in mitigating symptoms and resurfacing corneal erosions in patients with KCS related to causes other than chronic GVHD. We report outcomes in 9 consecutive patients referred for SL fitting for chronic GVHD-related severe KCS that was refractory to standard treatments. All patients reported improvement of ocular symptoms and reduced the use of topical lubricants after SL fitting resulting from decrease evaporation. No serious adverse events or infections attributable to the SL occurred. The median Ocular Surface Disease Index improved from 81 (75-100) to 21 (6-52) within 2 weeks after SL fitting and was 12 (2-53) at the time of last contact, 1-23 months (median, 8.0) after SL fitting. Disability related to KCS resolved in 7 patients after SL fitting. The use of SL appears to be safe and effective in patients with severe chronic GVHD-related KCS refractory to conventional therapies. PMID:17697963

  2. Gas Permeability and Permselectivity of Poly(L-Lactic Acid)/SiOx Film and Its Application in Equilibrium-Modified Atmosphere Packaging for Chilled Meat.

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    Dong, Tungalag; Song, Shuxin; Liang, Min; Wang, Yu; Qi, Xiaojing; Zhang, Yuqin; Yun, Xueyan; Jin, Ye

    2017-01-01

    A layer of SiOx was deposited on the surface of poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA) film to fabricate a PLLA/SiOx layered film, by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) process. PLLA/SiOx film showed Young's modulus and tensile strength increased by 119.2% and 91.6%, respectively, over those of neat PLLA film. At 5 °C, the oxygen (O2 ) and carbon dioxide (CO2 ) permeability of PLLA/SiOx film decreased by 78.7% and 71.7%, respectively, and the CO2 /O2 permselectivity increased by 32.5%, compared to that of the neat PLLA film. When the PLLA/SiOx film was applied to the equilibrium-modified atmosphere packaging of chilled meat, the gas composition in packaging reached a dynamic equilibrium with 6% to 11% CO2 and 8% to 13% O2 . Combined with tea polyphenol pads, which effectively inhibited the microbial growth, the desirable color of meat was maintained and an extended shelf life of 52 d was achieved for the chilled meat. © 2016 Institute of Food Technologists®.

  3. In situ cryopreservation of human embryonic stem cells in gas-permeable membrane culture cassettes for high post-thaw yield and good manufacturing practice.

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    Amps, K J; Jones, M; Baker, D; Moore, H D

    2010-06-01

    The development of efficient and robust methods for the cryopreservation of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) is important for the production of master and working cell banks for future clinical applications. Such methods must meet requirements of good manufacturing practice (GMP) and maintain genetic stability of the cell line. We investigated the culture of four Shef hESC lines in gas permeable 'culture cassettes' which met GMP compliance. hESCs adhered rapidly to the membrane and colonies displayed good proliferation and expansion. After 5-7 days of culture, hESCs were cryopreserved in situ using 10% dimethyl sulphoxide in foetal calf serum at approximately 1 degrees C/min. This method was compared with a control of standard flask culture and cryopreservation in vials. Post-thaw cassette culture displayed relative proliferation ratios (fold increase above flask/cryovial culture) of 114 (Shef 4), 8.2 (Shef 5), 195 (shef 6) and 17.5 (Shef 7). The proportion of cells expressing pluripotency markers after cryopreservation was consistently greater in cassette culture than for the control with the markers SSEA3 and SSEA4 exhibiting a significant increase (P> or =0.05). The efficiency of cell line culture in cassette was associated with the overall passage number of the cell line. The procedure enables cryopreservation of relatively large quantities of hESCs in situ, whilst returning high yields of viable, undifferentiated stem cells, thereby increasing capacity to scale up with greater efficacy.

  4. Effects of rigid gas permeable contact lens extended wear on rabbit cornea assessed by LDH activity, MDH activity, and albumin levels in tear fluid.

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    Imayasu, M; Moriyama, T; Ohashi, J; Cavanagh, H D

    1993-07-01

    We used noninvasive biochemical techniques to study the effects on rabbit corneas of 7-day extended wear of rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses of varying oxygen transmissibilities. Corneal effects were assessed through measurement of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and malate dehydrogenase (MDH) activities and albumin levels in tears. The RGP contact lenses used had Dk/Ltotal values ranging from 33 to 64 x 10(-9) (cm/sec) (mL O2/mL mmHg) and were of uniform 0.15 mm center thickness. Extended wear of high Dk (Dk/Ltotal = 34) and super high Dk (Dk/Ltotal = 56) lenses caused an increase in tear LDH activity from 1,190 U/L (before lens wear) to over 18,000 U/L during 7 days of continuous wear. These contact lenses also caused gradual increases in tear MDH activity from 431 U/L (before lens wear) to over 750 U/L after 7 days of continuous wear. Extended wear of the ultra high Dk lens (Dk/Ltotal = 64), however, caused no significant increase in LDH or MDH activity in tears. Tear albumin levels in all contact lens wearing eyes increased after 1 day of lens wear, then gradually recovered to normal values after 2 days of continuous wear. The changes in albumin levels did not correlate with Dk/Ltotal values of lenses worn.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  5. In situ O2 dynamics in submerged Isoetes australis: varied leaf gas permeability influences underwater photosynthesis and internal O2

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    Pedersen, Ole; Pulido, Cristina; Rich, Sarah Meghan; Colmer, Timothy David

    2011-01-01

    A unique type of vernal pool are those formed on granite outcrops, as the substrate prevents percolation so that water accumulates in depressions when precipitation exceeds evaporation. The O2 dynamics of small, shallow vernal pools with dense populations of Isoetes australis were studied in situ, and the potential importance of the achlorophyllous leaf bases to underwater net photosynthesis (PN) and radial O2 loss to sediments is highlighted. O2 microelectrodes were used in situ to monitor pO2 in leaves, shallow sediments, and water in four vernal pools. The role of the achlorophyllous leaf bases in gas exchange was evaluated in laboratory studies of underwater PN, loss of tissue water, radial O2 loss, and light microscopy. Tissue and sediment pO2 showed large diurnal amplitudes and internal O2 was more similar to sediment pO2 than water pO2. In early afternoon, sediment pO2 was often higher than tissue pO2 and although sediment O2 declined substantially during the night, it did not become anoxic. The achlorophyllous leaf bases were 34% of the surface area of the shoots, and enhanced by 2.5-fold rates of underwater PN by the green portions, presumably by increasing the surface area for CO2 entry. In addition, these leaf bases would contribute to loss of O2 to the surrounding sediments. Numerous species of isoetids, seagrasses, and rosette-forming wetland plants have a large proportion of the leaf buried in sediments and this study indicates that the white achlorophyllous leaf bases may act as an important area of entry for CO2, or exit for O2, with the surrounding sediment. PMID:21841181

  6. Permeability evolution of shale during spontaneous imbibition

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    Chakraborty, N.; Karpyn, Z. T.; Liu, S.; ...

    2017-01-05

    Shales have small pore and throat sizes ranging from nano to micron scales, low porosity and limited permeability. The poor permeability and complex pore connectivity of shales pose technical challenges to (a) understanding flow and transport mechanisms in such systems and, (b) in predicting permeability changes under dynamic saturation conditions. This paper presents quantitative experimental evidence of the migration of water through a generic shale core plug using micro CT imaging. In addition, in-situ measurements of gas permeability were performed during counter-current spontaneous imbibition of water in nano-darcy permeability Marcellus and Haynesville core plugs. It was seen that water blocksmore » severely reduced the effective permeability of the core plugs, leading to losses of up to 99.5% of the initial permeability in experiments lasting 30 days. There was also evidence of clay swelling which further hindered gas flow. When results from this study were compared with similar counter-current gas permeability experiments reported in the literature, the initial (base) permeability of the rock was found to be a key factor in determining the time evolution of effective gas permeability during spontaneous imbibition. With time, a recovery of effective permeability was seen in the higher permeability rocks, while becoming progressively detrimental and irreversible in tighter rocks. Finally, these results suggest that matrix permeability of ultra-tight rocks is susceptible to water damage following hydraulic fracturing stimulation and, while shut-in/soaking time helps clearing-up fractures from resident fluid, its effect on the adjacent matrix permeability could be detrimental.« less

  7. Corrosion performance of Fe-Cr-Al and Fe aluminide alloys in complex gas environments

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    Natesan, K.; Johnson, R.N.

    1995-05-01

    Alumina-forming structural alloys can offer superior resistance to corrosion in the presence of sulfur-containing environments, which are prevalent in coal-fired fossil energy systems. Further, Fe aluminides are being developed for use as structural materials and/or cladding alloys in these systems. Extensive development has been in progress on Fe{sub 3}Al-based alloys to improve their engineering ductility. In addition, surface coatings of Fe aluminide are being developed to impart corrosion resistance to structural alloys. This paper describes results from an ongoing program that is evaluating the corrosion performance of alumina-forming structural alloys, Fe-Al and Fe aluminide bulk alloys, and Fe aluminide coatings in environments typical of coal-gasification and combustion atmospheres. Experiments were conducted at 650-1000{degrees}C in simulated oxygen/sulfur gas mixtures. Other aspects of the program are corrosion evaluation of the aluminides in the presence of HCl-containing gases. Results are used to establish threshold Al levels in the alloys for development of protective alumina scales and to determine the modes of corrosion degradation that occur in the materials when they are exposed to S/Cl-containing gaseous environments.

  8. Steric and electronic interactions between source gas and substrate surface during the Al-CVD/Al selective epitaxy process as investigated by quantum chemical calculations

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    Vetrivel, R.; Yamauchi, R.; Yamano, H.; Kubo, M.; Miyamoto, A.; Ohta, T.

    1994-12-01

    We have performed quantum chemical calculations by semiempirical MNDO and by density functional theory (DFT) to rationalize the selection of an Al source gas for the selective Al-CVD/Al process. The electronic properties of Al(CH 3) nH 3-n, ( n = 0 to 3) and their adsorption complexes over representative aluminum metal clusters were calculated. Initially, the interaction of Al source gases with a representative Al metal was studied by both MNDO and DFT methods and the results were found to be qualitatively comparable. Further detailed calculations were performed by MNDO to understand the interaction of Al(CH 3) nH 3-n with larger cluster models of Al substrate as well as insulator silica surface. The results of the calculations indicate that the interaction energy between the substrate and the source are controlled by both steric and electronic factors. The steric factor favors the interaction of unsubstituted hydride, namely aluminum trihydride and the electronic factor favors the interaction of maximum substituted aluminum organic, namely trimethyl aluminum with the substrates. However, dimethyl aluminum hydride has the most favorable interaction energy with the Al metal, since it has the right combination of steric and electronic factors. The interaction energy of DMAH with chlorided silica surface is more favorable than the untreated silica surface.

  9. Effect of oxide films on hydrogen permeability of candidate Stirling heater head tube alloys

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    Schuon, S R; Misencik, J A

    1981-01-01

    High pressure hydrogen has been selected as the working fluid for the developmental automotive Stirling engine. Containment of the working fluid during operation of the engine at high temperatures and at high hydrogen gas pressures is essential for the acceptance of the Stirling engine as an alternative to the internal combustion engine. Most commercial alloys are extremely permeable to pure hydrogen at high temperatures. A program was undertaken at NASA Lewis Research Center (LeRC) to reduce hydrogen permeability in the Stirling engine heater head tubes by doping the hydrogen working fluid with CO or CO/sub 2/. Small additions of these gases were shown to form an oxide on the inside tube wall and thus reduce hydrogen permeability. A study of the effects of dopant concentration, alloy composition, and effects of surface oxides on hydrogen permeability in candidate heater head tube alloys is summarized. Results showed that hydrogen permeability was similar for iron-base alloys (N-155, A286, IN800, 19-9DL, and Nitronic 40), cobalt-base alloys (HS-188) and nickel-base alloys (IN718). In general, the permeability of the alloys decreased with increasing concentration of CO or CO/sub 2/ dopant, with increasing oxide thickness, and decreasing oxide porosity. At high levels of dopants, highly permeable liquid oxides formed on those alloys with greater than 50% Fe content. Furthermore, highly reactive minor alloying elements (Ti, Al, Nb, and La) had a strong influence on reducing hydrogen permeability.

  10. Epitaxial growth of SiC from Al?Si solution reacting with propane gas

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    Tanaka, A.; Ataka, T.; Ohkura, E.; Katsuno, H.

    2004-09-01

    A new low-temperature LPE technique has been developed. SiC layers were grown on a Si-face of 6H-SiC substrates from Al-Si solution reacting with propane gas at 1000°C. Morphology of the as-grown surface of the layers changed depending on whether the solution was saturated with Si or not. Based on the observation, two growth modes, corresponding to segregation dominance or surface diffusion dominance, were discussed. The use of off-axis substrates made the growth rate increase remarkably. The thickness reached about 10-μm after 8-h growth. PL measurements revealed that the polytype of the grown layers belongs to a hexagonal group.

  11. Corneal topography for pancorneal toric edge rigid gas-permeable contact lens fitting in patients with keratoconus, and differences in age and gender.

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    Ramdas, Wishal D; Vervaet, Charles J W C; Bleyen, Isabel

    2014-02-01

    To determine whether pancorneal rigid gas-permeable toric edge contact lenses (pancorneal RGP-CL) fitting could be improved by using non-central corneal shape predictors, and to compare these parameters with respect to age and gender in patients with keratoconus. The current study was a retrospective study including patients with clinically evident keratoconus (on videokeratography) from three medical centres located in the Netherlands. Medical history, visual acuity, refraction, and contact lens characteristics were documented. All participants underwent ophthalmic examination including measurement of K-values (steepest, flattest, mean, as a non-central parameter the minimum radius [K-minimum], and all combined) using corneal topography. Fitting of contact lenses was based on the fluorescence pattern as seen during slitlamp examination. A total of 378 eyes of 218 patients with keratoconus were included. Of these, 257 (68%) were fitted with a pancorneal RGP-CL. The central K-values, K-steep and K-flat, performed well in predicting the base curve radius, though, for pancorneal RGP-CL the non-central K-minimum added most (35.5%) to the total explained variance in base curve radius. Regarding age and gender, women tended to have larger K-values than men. No differences in K-values were found with respect to age. We found that including the K-minimum as a non-central parameter may improve prediction of the best base curve radius for pancorneal RGP-CL and may reduce the number of trial contact lenses. In line with other studies, suggestive evidence was found for a difference in pattern of progression of keratoconus with gender, but not with age. Copyright © 2013 British Contact Lens Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Evaluation of organic matter, subsurface temperature and pressure with regard to gas generation in low-permeability Upper Cretaceous and Lower Tertiary sandstones in Pacific Creek area, Sublette and Sweetwater Counties, Wyoming.

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    Law, B.E.; Spencer, C.W.; Bostick, N.H.

    1980-01-01

    The onset of overpressuring occurs at c.3,500 m, near the base of the U. Cretaceous Lance Formation. The development of overpressuring may involve several processes; however, interpretation of the available information indicates that active generation of large amounts of wet gas is one of the more important processes. The present minimum temperature at the top of overpressuring is at least 88oC. The preservation of abnormally high pressures is due to presently active generation of gas in a thick interval of discontinuous, very low-permeability shales, siltstones, and sandstones. - from Authors

  13. Optimization of an oxide dispersion strengthened Ni-Cr-Al alloy for gas turbine engine vanes

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    Klarstrom, D. L.; Grierson, R.

    1975-01-01

    The investigation was carried out to determine the optimum alloy within the Ni-16Cr-Al-Y2O3 system for use as a vane material in advanced aircraft gas turbine engines. Six alloys containing nominally 4%, 5% and 6% Al with Y2O3 levels of 0.8% and 1.2% were prepared by mechanical attrition. Six small-scale, rectangular extrusions were produced from each powder lot for property evaluation. The approximate temperatures for incipient melting were found to be 1658 K (2525 F), 1644 K (2500 F) and 1630 K (2475 F) for the 4%, 5% and 6% aluminum levels, respectively. With the exception of longitudinal crystallographic texture, the eight extrusions selected for extensive evaluation either exceeded or were close to mechanical property goals. Major differences between the alloys became apparent during dynamic oxidation testing, and in particular during the 1366 K (2000 F)/500 hour Mach 1 tests carried out by NASA-Lewis. An aluminum level of 4.75% was subsequently judged to be optimum based on considerations of dynamic oxidation resistance, susceptibility to thermal fatigue cracking and melting point.

  14. [Al

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    Purath; Köppe; Schnöckel

    1999-10-04

    A "naked" aluminum atom links two aluminum tetrahedra in the [Al(7){N(SiMe(3))(2)}(6)](-) ion (see picture), which results from the reaction of a metastable AlCl solution with LiN(SiMe(3))(2) and crystallizes with [Li(OEt(2))(3)](+) as cation. This unique structure among molecular metal atom clusters represents a small but characteristic section of cubic close-packed aluminum.

  15. Relative Permeability of Fractured Rock

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    Mark D. Habana

    2002-06-30

    Contemporary understanding of multiphase flow through fractures is limited. Different studies using synthetic fractures and various fluids have yielded different relative permeability-saturation relations. This study aimed to extend the understanding of multiphase flow by conducting nitrogen-water relative permeability experiments on a naturally-fractured rock from The Geysers geothermal field. The steady-state approach was used. However, steady state was achieved only at the endpoint saturations. Several difficulties were encountered that are attributed to phase interference and changes in fracture aperture and surface roughness, along with fracture propagation/initiation. Absolute permeabilities were determined using nitrogen and water. The permeability values obtained change with the number of load cycles. Determining the absolute permeability of a core is especially important in a fractured rock. The rock may change as asperities are destroyed and fractures propagate or st rain harden as the net stresses vary. Pressure spikes occurred in water a solute permeability experiments. Conceptual models of an elastic fracture network can explain the pressure spike behavior. At the endpoint saturations the water relative permeabilities obtained are much less than the nitrogen gas relative permeabilities. Saturations were determined by weighing and by resistivity calculations. The resistivity-saturation relationship developed for the core gave saturation values that differ by 5% from the value determined by weighing. Further work is required to complete the relative permeability curve. The steady-state experimental approach encountered difficulties due to phase interference and fracture change. Steady state may not be reached until an impractical length of time. Thus, unsteady-state methods should be pursued. In unsteady-state experiments the challenge will be in quantifying rock fracture change in addition to fluid flow changes.

  16. Deep UV AlGaN light emitting diodes grown by gas source molecular beam epitaxy on sapphire and AlGaN/sapphire substrates

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    Nikishin, S.; Borisov, B.; Kuryatkov, V.; Usikov, A.; Dmitriev, V.; Holtz, M.

    2006-02-01

    We report the electrical and optical properties of deep ultraviolet light emitting diodes (LEDs) based on digital alloy structures (DAS) of AlN/Al 0.08Ga 0.92N grown by gas source molecular beam epitaxy with ammonia on sapphire substrates and AlGaN/sapphire templates. AlGaN/sapphire templates were grown by recently developed stress controlled hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE). For DAS with effective bandgap of 5.1 eV we obtain room temperature electron concentrations up to 1x10 19 cm -3 and hole concentrations of 1x10 18 cm -3. Based on these results we prepared double heterostructure (DHS) LEDs operating in the range of 250 to 290 nm. The emission wavelengths were controlled through the effective bandgap of the active region. The possible ways for increase of LED's efficiency are discussed. We observed significant improvement in the room temperature luminescence efficiency (by factor of 100) of AlGaN quantum wells when a transition growth mode is induced by reduced flux of ammonia. We found that active layer grown on HVPE AlGaN/sapphire substrates have higher luminescence efficiency (by factor of 3) than DAS grown on sapphire.

  17. Changes in rock salt permeability due to nearby excavation

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    Stormont, J C; Howard, C L

    1991-07-01

    Changes in brine and gas permeability of rock salt as a result of nearby excavation (mine-by) have been measured from the underground workings of the WIPP facility. Prior to the mine-by, the formation responds as a porous medium with a very low brine permeability, a significant pore (brine) pressure and no measurable gas permeability. The mine-by excavation creates a dilated, partially saturated zone in the immediate vicinity of the excavation with an increased permeability to brine and a measurable permeability to gas. The changes in hydrologic properties are discussed in the context of pore structure changes.

  18. A method of determination of permeability

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    Kuznetsov, S.V.; Trofimov, V.A.

    2007-11-15

    A method is proposed for determining permeability of coals under conditions of steady-state deformation and stationary filtration mode by employing a reference core made of gas-non-sorbing material with a known permeability. The approach has been developed to assess the time of transition to the stable filtration.

  19. The influence of rigid gas permeable lens wear on the concentrations of dinucleotides in tears and the effect on dry eye signs and symptoms in keratoconus.

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    Carracedo, Gonzalo; González-Méijome, José Manuel; Martín-Gil, Alba; Carballo, Jesús; Pintor, Jesús

    2016-10-01

    To evaluate the signs and symptoms of dry eye and dinucleotide secretion in tears of keratoconus patients (KC) and the potential effect of rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lens wear. Twenty-three KC patients and forty control subjects were enrolled in this study. Signs of dry eye including tear volume, tear stability and corneal staining along with symptoms were assessed using the McMonnies questionnaire. Tears were collected using Schirmer strips, and dinucleotide concentrations in collected tears measured using high pressure liquid chromatography. Values obtained in KC and controls were compared. The effect of contact lens wear in KC was also assessed. KC eyes showed a significantly lower tear volume compared to controls, shorter tear break up time (TBUT), higher corneal staining and higher McMonnies dry eye questionnaire scores (p<0.05). When compared with non-wearers, KC contact lens wearers showed significantly higher symptoms, lower Schirmer and TBUT values (p<0.05). Concentration of Ap4A (0.695±0.304μM vs. 0.185±0.178μM) and Ap5A (0.132±0.128μM vs. 0.045±0.036μM) were higher in KC compared to controls (p<0.001) and only Ap4A was statistically higher in RGP wearers compared to non-wearers (0.794±0.478μM vs. 0.417±0.313μM) (p<0.05). Signs and symptoms of dry eye as well as concentrations of Ap4A and Ap5A were markedly increased in KC patients compared to controls. Moreover, Ap4A and symptoms of dry eye were statistically higher in RGP wearers compared to non-wearers. This seems to indicate that factors such as RGP contact lens wear might exacerbate the clinical condition of dry eye. Copyright © 2016 British Contact Lens Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Relative permeability through fractures

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    Diomampo, Gracel, P.

    2001-08-01

    The mechanism of two-phase flow through fractures is of importance in understanding many geologic processes. Currently, two-phase flow through fractures is still poorly understood. In this study, nitrogen-water experiments were done on both smooth and rough parallel plates to determine the governing flow mechanism for fractures and the appropriate methodology for data analysis. The experiments were done using a glass plate to allow visualization of flow. Digital video recording allowed instantaneous measurement of pressure, flow rate and saturation. Saturation was computed using image analysis techniques. The experiments showed that gas and liquid phases flow through fractures in nonuniform separate channels. The localized channels change with time as each phase path undergoes continues breaking and reforming due to invasion of the other phase. The stability of the phase paths is dependent on liquid and gas flow rate ratio. This mechanism holds true for over a range of saturation for both smooth and rough fractures. In imbibition for rough-walled fractures, another mechanism similar to wave-like flow in pipes was also observed. The data from the experiments were analyzed using Darcy's law and using the concept of friction factor and equivalent Reynold's number for two-phase flow. For both smooth- and rough-walled fractures a clear relationship between relative permeability and saturation was seen. The calculated relative permeability curves follow Corey-type behavior and can be modeled using Honarpour expressions. The sum of the relative permeabilities is not equal one, indicating phase interference. The equivalent homogeneous single-phase approach did not give satisfactory representation of flow through fractures. The graphs of experimentally derived friction factor with the modified Reynolds number do not reveal a distinctive linear relationship.

  1. Gas gun driven dynamic fracture and fragmentation of Ti-6Al-4V cylinders

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    Jones, D. R.; Chapman, D. J.; Eakins, D. E.

    2014-05-01

    The dynamic fracture and fragmentation of a material is a complex late stage phenomenon occurring in many shock loading scenarios. Improving our predictive capability depends upon exercising our current failure models against new loading schemes and data. We present axially-symmetric high strain rate (104 s-1) expansion of Ti-6Al-4V cylinders using a single stage light gas gun technique. A steel ogive insert was located inside the target cylinder, into which a polycarbonate rod was launched. Deformation of this rod around the insert drives the cylinder into rapid expansion. This technique we have developed facilitates repeatable loading, independent of the temperature of the sample cylinder, with straightforward adjustment of the radial strain rate. Expansion velocity was measured with multiple channels of photon Doppler velocimetry. High speed imaging was used to track the overall expansion process and record strain to failure and crack growth. Results from a cylinder at a temperature of 150 K are compared with work at room temperature, examining the deformation, failure mechanisms and differences in fragmentation.

  2. Gas Gun Driven Dynamic Fracture and Fragmentation of Ti-6Al-4V

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    Jones, David; Chapman, David; Eakins, Daniel

    2013-06-01

    The dynamic fracture and fragmentation of a material is a complex late stage phenomenon occurring in many shock loading scenarios. Improving our predictive capability depends upon exercising our current failure models against new loading schemes and data. We present a series of experiments creating axially symmetric high strain rate (104 s-1) expansion of Ti-6Al-4V cylinders under controlled loading achieved using the ogive based gas gun technique. A steel ogive is located inside the cylinder, into which a polymer rod is launched. Deformation of the rod around the insert drives the cylinder into rapid expansion. This technique facilitates repeatable loading independent of the sample temperature and straightforward adjustment of radial strain rate. Expansion velocity was measured at multiple points along the cylinder outer wall using PDV. Two high speed imaging systems are used to track the overall expansion process to record strain at failure. Optical and SEM imaging is used to measure fragment size and mass distributions and examine the fracture surfaces to reveal the failure mechanism. For a peak radial strain rate of (1.1 +/- 0.1) x 104 s-1 strain localisation initiates on the outer surface at a radial strain of around 12%, with cracks fully penetrating the cylinder wall at around 22%. Hydrocode modelling has been completed with very strong agreement in predicting the expansion velocity and profile but further work is needed to develop an accurate representation of the fracture and fragmentation.

  3. Spark Plasma Sintering of a Gas Atomized Al7075 Alloy: Microstructure and Properties

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    Molnárová, Orsolya; Málek, Přemysl; Lukáč, František; Chráska, Tomáš

    2016-01-01

    The powder of an Al7075 alloy was prepared by gas atomization. A combination of cellular, columnar, and equiaxed dendritic-like morphology was observed in individual powder particles with continuous layers of intermetallic phases along boundaries. The cells are separated predominantly by high-angle boundaries, the areas with dendritic-like morphology usually have a similar crystallographic orientation. Spark plasma sintering resulted in a fully dense material with a microstructure similar to that of the powder material. The continuous layers of intermetallic phases are replaced by individual particles located along internal boundaries, coarse particles are formed at the surface of original powder particles. Microhardness measurements revealed both artificial and natural ageing behavior similar to that observed in ingot metallurgy material. The minimum microhardness of 81 HV, observed in the sample annealed at 300 °C, reflects the presence of coarse particles. The peak microhardness of 160 HV was observed in the sample annealed at 500 °C and then aged at room temperature. Compression tests confirmed high strength combined with sufficient plasticity. Annealing even at 500 °C does not significantly influence the distribution of grain sizes—about 45% of the area is occupied by grains with the size below 10 µm. PMID:28774126

  4. The CO2 permeability and mixed gas CO2/H2 selectivity of membranes composed of CO2-philic polymers

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    Barillas, Mary Katharine; Enick, Robert M.; O’Brien, Michael; Perry, Robert; Luebke, David R.; Morreale, Bryan D.

    2011-04-01

    The objective of this work was to design polymeric membranes that have very high CO2 permeability and high mixed gas selectivity toward CO2 rather than hydrogen. Therefore the membranes were based on "CO2-philic" polymers that exhibit thermodynamically favorable Lewis acid:Lewis base and hydrogen bonding interactions with CO2. CO2-philic polymers that are solid at ambient temperature include polyfluoroacrylate (PFA); polyvinyl acetate (PVAc); and amorphous polylactic acid (PLA). Literature CO2 permeability values for PVAc and PLA are disappointingly low. The cast PFA membranes from this study had low permeabilities (45 barrers at 25º C) and very low CO2/H2 selectivity of 1.4. CO2-philic polymers that are liquid at ambient conditions include polyethylene glycol (PEG), polypropylene glycol (PPG), polybutylene glycol with a linear -((CH2)4O)-repeat unit (i.e., polytetramethylene ether glycol (PTMEG)), polybutylene glycol (PBG) with a branched repeat unit, perfluoropolyether (PFPE), poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS), and polyacetoxy oxetane (PAO). A small compound, glycerol triacetate (GTA) was also considered because it is similar in chemical structure to a trimer of PVAc. These liquids were tested as supported liquid membranes (SLM) and also (with the exception of PAD and GTA) as rubbery, crosslinked materials. Mixed gas permeability was measured using equimolar mixtures of CO2 and H2 feed streams at one atmosphere total pressure in steady-state flux experiments over the 298-423 K temperature range. The most promising SLMs were those composed of PEG, PTMEG, GTA, and PDMS. For example, at 37º C the PEG-, PTMEG-, GTA- and PDMS-based SLMs exhibited CO2/H2 selectivity values of ~11, 9, 9, and 3.5, respectively, and CO2 permeability values of ~800, 900, 1900, and 2000 barrers, respectively

  5. Permeability of rayon based polymer composites

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    Stokes, E. H.

    1992-01-01

    Several types of anomalous rayon based phenolic behavior have been observed in post-fired nozzles and exit cones. Many of these events have been shown to be related to the development of internal gas pressure within the material. The development of internal gas pressure is a function of the amount of gas produced within the material and the rate at which that gas is allowed to escape. The latter property of the material is referred to as the material's permeability. The permeability of two dimensional carbonized rayon based phenolic composites is a function of material direction, temperature, and stress/strain state. Recently significant differences in the permeability of these materials has been uncovered which may explain their inconsistent performance. This paper summarizes what is known about the permeability of these materials to date and gives possible implications of these finding to the performance of these materials in an ablative environment.

  6. Effects of milling media on the mechanical properties of gas pressure sintered α/β-SiAlON

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    Chun, Sungsu; Min, Bong-Ki; Kim, Sukyoung

    2014-11-01

    Three types of milling media, alumina, zirconia and cemented tungsten carbide (CTC), were used for the solid-state preparation of SiAlON from Si3N4 using Y2O3-Al2O3-AlN as sintering aids. Fully densified α and β dual-phase SiAlON composites were obtained by gas pressure sintering (GPS) at 1750 °C for 1.5 hrs. The relative contents of α- and β-SiAlON and grain boundary phases in the sintered samples were affected by the type of milling media, where the main grain boundary phases were α-, β-SiAlON and melilite (Y2Si3O3N4). Zirconium nitride was observed at the grain boundaries of the samples prepared using zirconia media, and WC and CO3W3C were observed with the sample prepared using CTC media due to contamination from the milling media. As a result, the overall mechanical properties, color, and microstructure of SiAlON were affected by the grain boundary phases and the α- to β-SiAlON ratio. The SNZ sample prepared using ZrO2 media showed better mechanical properties than the SNA and SNW samples. These results were compared with those obtained by spark plasma sintering, which was reported previously.

  7. Controlled Gas Molecules Doping of Monolayer MoS2 via Atomic-Layer-Deposited Al2O3 Films.

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    Li, Yuanzheng; Li, Xinshu; Chen, Heyu; Shi, Jia; Shang, Qiuyu; Zhang, Shuai; Qiu, Xiaohui; Liu, Zheng; Zhang, Qing; Xu, Haiyang; Liu, Weizhen; Liu, Xinfeng; Liu, Yichun

    2017-08-23

    MoS2 as atomically thin semiconductor is highly sensitive to ambient atmosphere (e.g., oxygen, moisture, etc.) in optical and electrical properties. Here we report a controlled gas molecules doping of monolayer MoS2 via atomic-layer-deposited Al2O3 films. The deposited Al2O3 films, in the shape of nanospheres, can effectively control the contact areas between ambient atmosphere and MoS2 that allows precise modulation of gas molecules doping. By analyzing photoluminescence (PL) emission spectra of MoS2 with different thickness of Al2O3, the doped carrier concentration is estimated at ∼2.7 × 10(13) cm(-2) based on the mass action model. Moreover, time-dependent PL measurements indicate an incremental stability of single layer MoS2 as the thicknesses of Al2O3 capping layer increase. Effective control of gas molecules doping in monolayer MoS2 provides us a valuable insight into the applications of MoS2 based optical and electrical devices.

  8. The role of copper in catalytic performance of a Fe-Cu-Al-O catalyst for water gas shift reaction.

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    Ye, Yingchun; Wang, Lei; Zhang, Shiran; Zhu, Yuan; Shan, Junjun; Tao, Franklin Feng

    2013-05-14

    A Fe-Cu-Al-O water gas shift catalyst with a Fe : Cu atomic ratio of 4 : 1 upon pretreatment at 350 °C in H2 exhibits a conversion higher than a physical mixture of Fe-Al-O and Cu-Al-O by ~40% over a temperature range of 300 °C-450 °C. In situ ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies suggest that the surface region of Fe-Cu-Al-O was restructured into a double-layer structure consisting of a surface layer of Fe3O4 and a metallic Cu layer below it upon pretreatment at 350 °C. The strong metal (Cu)-oxide (Fe3O4) interface effect of this double layer structure enhances the catalytic activity of Fe3O4 in WGS.

  9. High-frequency permeability spectra of FeCoSiN/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} laminated films: Tuning of damping by magnetic couplings dependent on the thickness of each ferromagnetic layer

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    Xu Feng; Zhang Xiaoyu; Nguyen Nguyen Phuoc; Ma Yungui; Ong, C. K.

    2009-02-15

    In this work, we investigate the high-frequency permeability spectra of as-sputtered FeCoSiN/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} laminated films, and discuss their dependence on the thickness of each FeCoSiN layer, based on the phenomenological Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation. The damping factor and coercivity show their minima with lamination, deviating from the expectation based on the grain size confinement effect. Such dependences on the layer thickness indicate the influence of magnetic coupling. The decreases in the damping factor and the coercivities with lamination can be partially attributed to the decrease in the magnetostatic coupling induced by ripple structures. The enhanced damping and enlarged coercivity values obtained with further lamination are ascribed to the enhanced Neel couplings. The dependences show that the lamination can be effective in tuning the magnetization dynamics by changing the magnetic couplings.

  10. Anomalous-circular photogalvanic effect in a GaAs/AlGaAs two-dimensional electron gas

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    Tang, C. G.; Chen, Y. H.; Liu, Y.; Wang, Z. G.

    2009-09-01

    We have studied the circular photogalvanic effect (CPGE) in a GaAs/AlGaAs two-dimensional electron gas excited by near infrared light at room temperature. The anomalous CPGE observed under normal incidence indicates a swirling current which is realized by a radial spin current via the reciprocal spin-Hall effect. The anomalous CPGE exhibits a cubic cosine dependence on the incidence angle, which is discussed in line with the above interpretation.

  11. Anomalous-circular photogalvanic effect in a GaAs/AlGaAs two-dimensional electron gas.

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    Tang, C G; Chen, Y H; Liu, Y; Wang, Z G

    2009-09-16

    We have studied the circular photogalvanic effect (CPGE) in a GaAs/AlGaAs two-dimensional electron gas excited by near infrared light at room temperature. The anomalous CPGE observed under normal incidence indicates a swirling current which is realized by a radial spin current via the reciprocal spin-Hall effect. The anomalous CPGE exhibits a cubic cosine dependence on the incidence angle, which is discussed in line with the above interpretation.

  12. Fabrication of Nanocomposites of SnO2 and MgAl2O4 for Gas Sensing Applications

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    Nithyavathy, N.; Arunmetha, S.; Vinoth, M.; Sriram, G.; Rajendran, V.

    2016-04-01

    Simple solid-state and sol-gel routes have been used to synthesize nanocomposites of tin oxide and magnesium aluminate at calcination temperature of 900 K for gas sensing applications. The effects of the surface structure of magnesium aluminate on the gas response for different concentrations of tin oxide addition were investigated for potential use in gas sensors. (SnO2) x doped in small amounts x into magnesium aluminate resulted in three nanocomposite samples MAS0.25, MAS0.50, and MAS0.75 for x = 0.25, 0.50, and 0.75, respectively, plus MgAl2O4 (MA) for x = 0. The response to different pressures of gases such as oxygen (O2), carbon monoxide (CO), and ethanol (C2H5OH) was quantitatively analyzed for all samples at different operating temperatures. The temperature was varied linearly by increasing the supply to a heating pad mounted below the sensor sample, regardless of the gas pressure inside the chamber. All the sample materials showed good response at different gas pressures (1 bar to 2 bar) and operating temperatures (300 K to 600 K). It was noted that the composite samples showed enhanced and fast response to gases, at both lower and higher operating temperatures, with detection of even the smallest change in gas pressure.

  13. Study of the one dimensional electron gas arrays confined by steps in vicinal GaN/AlGaN heterointerfaces

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    Li, Huijie E-mail: sh-yyang@semi.ac.cn; Zhao, Guijuan; Liu, Guipeng; Wei, Hongyuan; Jiao, Chunmei; Yang, Shaoyan E-mail: sh-yyang@semi.ac.cn; Wang, Lianshan; Zhu, Qinsheng

    2014-05-21

    One dimensional electron gas (1DEG) arrays in vicinal GaN/AlGaN heterostructures have been studied. The steps at the interface would lead to the lateral barriers and limit the electron movement perpendicular to such steps. Through a self-consistent Schrödinger-Poisson approach, the electron energy levels and wave functions were calculated. It was found that when the total electron density was increased, the lateral barriers were lowered due to the screening effects by the electrons, and the electron gas became more two-dimension like. The calculated 1DEG densities were compared to the experimental values and good agreements were found. Moreover, we found that a higher doping density is more beneficial to form 1-D like electron gas arrays.

  14. Study of the one dimensional electron gas arrays confined by steps in vicinal GaN/AlGaN heterointerfaces

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    Li, Huijie; Zhao, Guijuan; Liu, Guipeng; Wei, Hongyuan; Jiao, Chunmei; Yang, Shaoyan; Wang, Lianshan; Zhu, Qinsheng

    2014-05-01

    One dimensional electron gas (1DEG) arrays in vicinal GaN/AlGaN heterostructures have been studied. The steps at the interface would lead to the lateral barriers and limit the electron movement perpendicular to such steps. Through a self-consistent Schrödinger-Poisson approach, the electron energy levels and wave functions were calculated. It was found that when the total electron density was increased, the lateral barriers were lowered due to the screening effects by the electrons, and the electron gas became more two-dimension like. The calculated 1DEG densities were compared to the experimental values and good agreements were found. Moreover, we found that a higher doping density is more beneficial to form 1-D like electron gas arrays.

  15. Permeability Barrier Generation in the Martian Lithosphere

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    Schools, Joe; Montési, Laurent

    2015-11-01

    Permeability barriers develop when a magma produced in the interior of a planet rises into the cooler lithosphere and crystallizes more rapidly than the lithosphere can deform (Sparks and Parmentier, 1991). Crystallization products may then clog the porous network in which melt is propagating, reducing the permeability to almost zero, i.e., forming a permeability barrier. Subsequent melts cannot cross the barrier. Permeability barriers have been useful to explain variations in crustal thickness at mid-ocean ridges on Earth (Magde et al., 1997; Hebert and Montési, 2011; Montési et al., 2011). We explore here under what conditions permeability barriers may form on Mars.We use the MELTS thermodynamic calculator (Ghiorso and Sack, 1995; Ghiorso et al., 2002; Asimow et al., 2004) in conjunction with estimated Martian mantle compositions (Morgan and Anders, 1979; Wänke and Dreibus, 1994; Lodders and Fegley, 1997; Sanloup et al., 1999; Taylor 2013) to model the formation of permeability barriers in the lithosphere of Mars. In order to represent potential past and present conditions of Mars, we vary the lithospheric thickness, mantle potential temperature (heat flux), oxygen fugacity, and water content.Our results show that permeability layers can develop in the thermal boundary layer of the simulated Martian lithosphere if the mantle potential temperature is higher than ~1500°C. The various Martian mantle compositions yield barriers in the same locations, under matching variable conditions. There is no significant difference in barrier location over the range of accepted Martian oxygen fugacity values. Water content is the most significant influence on barrier development as it reduces the temperature of crystallization, allowing melt to rise further into the lithosphere. Our lower temperature and thicker lithosphere model runs, which are likely the most similar to modern Mars, show no permeability barrier generation. Losing the possibility of having a permeability

  16. Permeable membrane experiment

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    Slavin, Thomas J.; Cao, Tuan Q.; Kliss, Mark H.

    1993-01-01

    The purpose of the Permeable Membrane Experiment is to gather flight data on three areas of membrane performance that are influenced by the presence of gravity. These areas are: (1) Liquid/gas phase separation, (2) gas bubble interference with diffusion through porous membranes and (3) wetting characteristics of hydrophilic membrane surfaces. These data are important in understaning the behavior of membrane/liquid/gas interfaces where surface tension forces predominate. The data will be compared with 1-g data already obtained and with predicted micrograviity behavior. The data will be used to develop designs for phase separation and plant nutrient delivery systems and will be available to the life support community for use in developing technologies which employ membranes. A conceptual design has been developed to conduct three membrane experiments, in sequence, aboard a single Complex Autonomous Payload (CAP) carrier to be carried in the Shuttle Orbiter payload bay. One experiment is conducted for each of the three membrane performance areas under study. These experiments are discussed in this paper.

  17. Transient pressure-pulse decay permeability measurements in the Barnett shale

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    Bhandari, A. R.; Reece, J.; Cronin, M. B.; Flemings, P. B.; Polito, P. J.

    2012-12-01

    We conducted transient pressure-pulse decay permeability measurements on core plugs of the Barnett shale using a hydrostatic pressure cell. Core plugs, 3.8 cm in diameter and less than 2.5 cm in length, were prepared from a core obtained at a depth of approximately 2330 m from the Mitchel Energy 2 T. P. Sims well in the Mississippian Barnett Formation (Loucks and Ruppel, 2007). We performed permeability measurements of the core plugs using argon at varying confining pressures in two different directions (perpendicular and parallel to bedding planes). We calculate gas permeability from changes in pressure with time using the analytical solution of the pressure diffusion equation with appropriate boundary conditions for our test setup (Dicker and Smits, 1988). Based on our limited results, we interpret 2 × 10-18 m2 for vertical permeability and 156 × 10-18 m2 for horizontal permeability. We demonstrate an extreme stress dependence of the horizontal flow permeability where permeability decreases from 156 × 10-18 m2 to 2.5 × 10-18 m2 as the confining stress is increased from 3.5 to 35 MPa. These permeability measurements are at the high side of other pulsed permeability measurements in the Barnett shale (Bustin et al. 2008; Vermylen, 2011). Permeabilities calculated from mercury injection capillary pressure curves, using theoretically derived permeability-capillary pressure models based on parallel tubes assumption, are orders of magnitude less than our transient pressure-pulse decay permeability measurements (for example, 3.7×10-21 m2 (this study), 10-21 -10-20 m2 (Sigal, 2007), 10-20 -10-17 m2 (Prince et al., 2010)). We interpret that the high measured permeabilities are due to microfractures in the sample. At this point, we do not know if the microfractures are due to sampling disturbance (stress-relief induced) or represent an in-situ fracture network. Our study illustrates the importance of characterization of microfractures at the core scale to understand

  18. Microstructure evolution of Al/Mg butt joints welded by gas tungsten arc with Zn filler metal

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    Liu Fei; Zhang Zhaodong; Liu Liming

    2012-07-15

    Based on the idea of alloying welding seam, Gas tungsten arc welding method with pure Zn filler metal was chosen to join Mg alloy and Al alloy. The microstructures, phases, element distribution and fracture morphology of welding seams were examined. The results indicate that there was a transitional zone in the width of 80-100 {mu}m between the Mg alloy substrate and fusion zone. The fusion zone was mainly composed of MgZn{sub 2}, Zn-based solid solution and Al-based solid solution. The welding seam presented distinct morphology in different location owning to the quite high cooling rate of the molten pool. The addition of Zn metal could prevent the formation of Mg-Al intermetallics and form the alloyed welding seam during welding. Therefore, the tensile strengths of joints have been significantly improved compared with those of gas tungsten arc welded joints without Zn metal added. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mg alloy AZ31B and Al alloy 6061 are welded successfully. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Zinc wire is employed as a filler metal to form the alloyed welding seam. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer An alloyed welding seam is benefit for improving of the joint tensile strength.

  19. Resonant photoionization spectroscopy of refractory metal-rare gas complexes: AlAr

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    Gardner, John M.; Lester, Marsha I.

    1987-06-01

    Mass-resolved resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization is used to probe AlAr complexes in the spectral region about the Al 2S 1/2- 2P 1/2 transition. Analysis of a vibrational progression in the AlAr 2Σ +state provides lower limits for binding energies in the X 2Π 1/2and B 2Σ + states of 133 and 373 cm -1, respectively.

  20. Al III, Si IV, and C IV absorption toward zeta Ophiuchi: Evidence for photionized and collisionally ionized gas

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    Sembach, Kenneth R.; Savage, Blair D.; Jenkins, Edward B.

    1994-01-01

    We present Goddard High-Resolution Spectrograph observations at 3.5 km/s resolution and signal-to-noise ratios of 30 to 60 for the Al III, Si IV, and N V absorption lines in the far-ultraviolet spectrum of the O9.5 V star zeat Ophiuchi. The measurement reveal three types of highly ionized gas along the 140 pc line of sight. (1) Narrow components of Al III (b = 4.3 km/s, the mean value of (v(helio)) = -7.8 km/s; b = 3.2 km/s, the mean value of (v(sub helio)) = -14.4 km/s) and Si IV (b = 5.3 km/s, the mean value of (v(sub helio)) = -15.0 km/s) trace photionized gas in the expanding H II region surrounding zeta Oph. The observed magnitude and direction of the velocity offset between the Al III and Si IV profiles can be explained by models of H II regions that incorporate expansion. Narrow C IV absorption associated with the H II region is not detected. Predictions of the expected amounts of Si IV and C IV overestimate the column densities of these ions by factors of 30 and more than 10, respectively. The discrepancy may be due to the effects of elemental depletions in the gas and/or to the interaction of the stellar wind with surrounding matter. (2) Broad (b = 15 to 18 km/s) and weak Si IV and C IV absorption components are detected near the mean value of (v(sub helio)) = -26 km/s. The high-ionization species associated with these absorption components are probably produced by electron collisional ionization in a heated gas. This absorption may be physically related to the zeta Oph bow shock ot to a cloud complex situated within the local interstellar medium at d less than 60 pc. The C IV to Si IV column density ratio in this gas is 8, a factor of 6 less than conductive interface models predict, but this discrepancy may be removed by considering the effects of self-photoionization within the cooling gas in the model calculations. (3) A broad (b = 13 km/s) and weak C IV absorption feature detected at the mean value of (v(sub helio)) = -61 km/s is not seen in other

  1. Quasi-Two-Dimensional Electron Gas Behavior in Doped LaAlO3 Thin Films on SrTiO3 Substrates

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    2013-04-03

    REPORT Quasi-two-dimensional electron gas behavior in doped LaAlO3 thin films on SrTiO3 substrates 14. ABSTRACT 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: We have...demonstrated the growth of Tm and Lu doped LaAlO3 epitaxial thin films on single crystal (001) SrTiO3 substrates. These rare-earth dopants...gas behavior in doped LaAlO3 thin films on SrTiO3 substrates Report Title ABSTRACT We have demonstrated the growth of Tm and Lu doped LaAlO3 epitaxial

  2. Tailoring the carbon nanostructures grown on the surface of Ni-Al bimetallic nanoparticles in the gas phase.

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    Kim, Whi Dong; Ahn, Ji Young; Lee, Dong Geun; Lee, Hyung Woo; Hong, Suck Won; Park, Hyun Seol; Kim, Soo H

    2011-10-15

    A gas-phase, one-step method for producing various aerosol carbon nanostructures is described. The carbon nanostructures can be selectively tailored with either straight, coiled, or sea urchin-like structures by controlling the size of Ni-Al bimetallic nanoparticles and the reaction temperature. The carbon nanostructures were grown using both conventional spray pyrolysis and thermal chemical vapor deposition. Bimetallic nanoparticles with catalytic Ni (guest) and non-catalytic Al (host) matrix were reacted with acetylene and hydrogen gases. At the processing temperature range of 650-800 °C, high concentration straight carbon nanotubes (S-CNTs) with a small amount of coiled carbon nanotubes (C-CNTs) can be grown on the surface of seeded bimetallic nanoparticle size <100 nm, resulting from consumption of the melting Al matrix sites; sea urchin-like carbon nanotubes (SU-CNTs) of small diameter (∼10±4 nm) can be grown on the bimetallic nanoparticle size >100 nm, resulting from the significant size reduction of the available Ni sites due to thermal expansion of molten Al matrix sites without consumption of Al matrix. However, at the processing temperature range of 500-650 °C, C-CNTs can be grown on the bimetallic nanoparticle size <100 nm due to the presence of Al matrix in the bimetallic nanoparticles; SU-CNTs of large diameter (∼60±13 nm) can also be grown on the bimetallic nanoparticle size >100 nm due to the isolation of Ni sites in the Al matrix. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. EPA Permeable Surface Research

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    EPA recognizes permeable surfaces as an effective post-construction infiltration-based Best Management Practice to mitigate the adverse effects of stormwater runoff. The professional user community conceptually embraces permeable surfaces as a tool for making runoff more closely...

  4. EPA Permeable Surface Research

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    EPA recognizes permeable surfaces as an effective post-construction infiltration-based Best Management Practice to mitigate the adverse effects of stormwater runoff. The professional user community conceptually embraces permeable surfaces as a tool for making runoff more closely...

  5. Permeability of Clay Concretes

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    Solomon, F.; Ekolu, S. O.

    2015-11-01

    This paper presents an investigation on the effect of clay addition on water permeability and air permeability of concretes. Clay concrete mixes consisted of 0 to 40% clay content incorporated as cement replacement. Flow methods using triaxial cells and air permeameters were used for measuring the injected water and air flows under pressure. It was found that the higher the clay content in the mixture, the greater the permeability. At higher water-cement ratios (w/c), the paste matrix is less dense and easily allows water to ingress into concrete. But at high clay contents of 30 to 40% clay, the variation in permeability was significantly diminished among different concrete mixtures. It was confirmed that air permeability results were higher than the corresponding water permeability values when all permeability coefficients were converted to intrinsic permeability values.

  6. Effect of Monomer Structure on Curing Behavior, CO2 Solubility, and Gas Permeability of Ionic Liquid-Based Epoxy-Amine Resins and Ion-Gels

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    McDanel, WM; Cowan, MG; Barton, JA; Gin, DL; Noble, RD

    2015-04-29

    New imidazolium- and pyrrolidinium-based bis(epoxide)-functionalized ionic liquid (IL) monorners were synthesized: and reacted with multifunctional amine monomers to produce cross-linked, epoxy-amine poly(ionic liquid) (PIL) resins and PIL/IL ion-gel membranes. The length and chemical nature (i.e., alkyl versus ether) between the irrildazolium group and epokitie groups were studied to determine their effects on CO2 affinity. The CO2 uptake (millimoles per gram) of the epoxy amine resins (between 0.1 and 1 mmol/g) was found to depend predominately on the epoxide-to-amine ratio and the bis(epoxide) IL molecular weight. The effect of using a primary versus a secondary amine-containing multifunctional monoiner was also assessed for the resin-synthesis. Secondary amines can increase CO2 permeability but also increase the iime required for biS(epoxide) coriversion. When either the epoxide or athine monomer structure is changed, the CO2 solubility and permeability of the resulting PIL resins and ion-sel membranes can be tuned.

  7. Numerical Reconstructions of Volcanic Tephra: Using Tomography and Two-Point Correlation Functions to Determine Magma Permeability

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    Davis, M. A.; Walsh, S. D.; Saar, M. O.; Roberts, J. J.

    2007-12-01

    Understanding the processes that cause volcanic eruptions to be either effusive or explosive is vital to improve predictability and minimize hazards associated with volcanic eruptions. Explosivity appears to be linked to gas pressure build-up within magma, which is in turn affected by the degree of degassing of magmatic volatiles through permeable bubble networks or fractures in the magma. Magma permeability inside a volcano conduit is typically estimated experimentally by measuring the permeability of small pumice clasts (e.g., Klug and Cashman, Bull. Volcanol., 1996). However, permeability has been shown to be very scale-dependent (e.g., Hyun et al., Water Resor. Res., 2002), leaving substantial uncertainty in magma permeability-dependent calculations, such as magmatic volatile degassing rates. The objective of this study is to up-scale the permeability and microstructure (bubbles and crystals) of volcanic ejecta, and related magma degassing rates, to volcano-conduit scales. This is achieved by creating a numerical reconstruction method using X-ray tomography images of pumice clasts and two-point correlation functions. These numerical reconstructions reproduce the statistics of the spatial relationships of bubbles found in a given pumice clast. Once the bubble network is reconstructed, we are able to determine the porosity, tortuosity, and specific surface area of the bubble networks in the numerical reconstruction. In addition, lattice-Boltzmann simulations can be employed to numerically determine the bubble network's permeability.

  8. Pneumatic fracturing of low permeability media

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    Schuring, J.R.

    1996-08-01

    Pneumatic fracturing of soils to enhance the removal and treatment of dense nonaqueous phase liquids is described. The process involves gas injection at a pressure exceeding the natural stresses and at a flow rate exceeding the permeability of the formation. The paper outlines geologic considerations, advantages and disadvantages, general technology considerations, low permeability media considerations, commercial availability, efficiency, and costs. Five case histories of remediation using pneumatic fracturing are briefly summarized. 11 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

  9. Synthesis of TiN and (Ti, Al)N powders by mechanical alloying in nitrogen gas

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    Ogino, Y.; Yamasaki, T.; Miki, M.; Atsumi, N.; Yoshioka, K. )

    1993-04-15

    Mechanical alloying (MA) is a nonequilibrium alloying process with which various unstable or metastable materials, such as highly supersaturated solid solutions, amorphous alloys and intermetallic compounds, can be prepared. Although MA has been applied most extensively to alloying between solid elements, it is also an effective means for allying gaseous elements by solid-gas reactions. In particular, nitrogen can be alloyed up to very high concentrations with nitride-forming transition metals and their alloys by ball milling their powders in nitrogen gas. In the present study, the authors applied this new nitriding technique to the preparation of TiN and a solid solution nitride (Ti, Al)N, and examined the nitriding kinetics and thermal stabilities of the nitrides.

  10. Preliminary results on the characterization of Cretaceous and lower Tertiary low-permeability (tight) gas-bearing rocks in the Wind River Basin, Wyoming

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    Fouch, T.D.; Keefer, W.R.; Finn, T.M.

    1993-12-31

    The Wind River Basin is a structural and sedimentary basin in central Wyoming (Figure 1) that was created during the Laramide orogeny from Late Cretaceous through Eocene time. The objectives of the Wind River Basin tight gas sandstone project are to define the limits of the tight gas accumulation in the basin and to estimate in-place and recoverable gas resources. The approximate limits of the tight gas accumulation are defined from available drillhole information. Geologic parameters, which controlled the development of the accumulation, are studied in order to better understand the origins of tight gas accumulations, and to predict the limits of the accumulation in areas where little drillhole information is available. The architecture of sandstone reservoirs are studied in outcrop to predict production characteristics of similar reservoirs within the tight gas accumulation. Core and cuttings are used to determine thermal maturities, quality of source rocks, and diagenetic histories. Our work thus far has concentrated in the Wind River Indian Reservation in the western part of the basin.

  11. Crustal permeability: Introduction to the special issue

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    Ingebritsen, Steven E.; Gleeson, Tom

    2015-01-01

    The topic of crustal permeability is of broad interest in light of the controlling effect of permeability on diverse geologic processes and also timely in light of the practical challenges associated with emerging technologies such as hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas production (‘fracking’), enhanced geothermal systems, and geologic carbon sequestration. This special issue of Geofluids is also motivated by the historical dichotomy between the hydrogeologic concept of permeability as a static material property that exerts control on fluid flow and the perspective of economic geologists, geophysicists, and crustal petrologists who have long recognized permeability as a dynamic parameter that changes in response to tectonism, fluid production, and geochemical reactions. Issues associated with fracking, enhanced geothermal systems, and geologic carbon sequestration have already begun to promote a constructive dialog between the static and dynamic views of permeability, and here we have made a conscious effort to include both viewpoints. This special issue also focuses on the quantification of permeability, encompassing both direct measurement of permeability in the uppermost crust and inferential permeability estimates, mainly for the deeper crust.

  12. Pressure sensitivity of low permeability sandstones

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    Kilmer, N.H.; Morrow, N.R.; Pitman, J.K.

    1987-01-01

    Detailed core analysis has been carried out on 32 tight sandstones with permeabilities ranging over four orders of magnitude (0.0002 to 4.8 mD at 5000 psi confining pressure). Relationships between gas permeability and net confining pressure were measured for cycles of loading and unloading. For some samples, permeabilities were measured both along and across bedding planes. Large variations in stress sensitivity of permeability were observed from one sample to another. The ratio of permeability at a nominal confining pressure of 500 psi to that at 5000 psi was used to define a stress sensitivity ratio. For a given sample, confining pressure vs permeability followed a linear log-log relationship, the slope of which provided an index of pressure sensitivity. This index, as obtained for first unloading data, was used in testing relationships between stress sensitivity and other measured rock properties. Pressure sensitivity tended to increase with increase in carbonate content and depth, and with decrease in porosity, permeability and sodium feldspar. However, scatter in these relationships increased as permeability decreased. Tests for correlations between pressure sensitivity and various linear combinations of variables are reported. Details of pore structure related to diagenetic changes appears to be of much greater significance to pressure sensitivity than mineral composition. ?? 1987.

  13. Anisotropic two-dimensional electron gas at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (110) interface

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    Annadi, A.; Zhang, Q.; Renshaw Wang, X.; Tuzla, N.; Gopinadhan, K.; Lü, W. M.; Roy Barman, A.; Liu, Z. Q.; Srivastava, A.; Saha, S.; Zhao, Y. L.; Zeng, S. W.; Dhar, S.; Olsson, E.; Gu, B.; Yunoki, S.; Maekawa, S.; Hilgenkamp, H.; Venkatesan, T.; Ariando

    2013-01-01

    The observation of a high-mobility two-dimensional electron gas between two insulating complex oxides, especially LaAlO3/SrTiO3, has enhanced the potential of oxides for electronics. The occurrence of this conductivity is believed to be driven by polarization discontinuity, leading to an electronic reconstruction. In this scenario, the crystal orientation has an important role and no conductivity would be expected, for example, for the interface between LaAlO3 and (110)-oriented SrTiO3, which should not have a polarization discontinuity. Here we report the observation of unexpected conductivity at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface prepared on (110)-oriented SrTiO3, with a LaAlO3-layer thickness-dependent metal-insulator transition. Density functional theory calculation reveals that electronic reconstruction, and thus conductivity, is still possible at this (110) interface by considering the energetically favourable (110) interface structure, that is, buckled TiO2/LaO, in which the polarization discontinuity is still present. The conductivity was further found to be strongly anisotropic along the different crystallographic directions with potential for anisotropic superconductivity and magnetism, leading to possible new physics and applications. PMID:23673623

  14. Film Permeability Determination Using Static Permeability Cells

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    The permeability of tarps to soil fumigant pesticides varies depending on the active ingredient chemical: dimethyl disulfide (DMDS), methyl bromide, chloropicrin, or other. The diffusion rate can be represented by the mass transfer coefficient (MTC).

  15. Gas

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    ... intestine. Certain foods may cause gas. Foods that produce gas in one person may not cause gas in another. You can reduce the amount of gas you have by Drinking lots of water and non-fizzy drinks Eating more slowly so you swallow less air ...

  16. Mitigating methane emissions and air intrusion in heterogeneous landfills with a high permeability layer.

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    Jung, Yoojin; Imhoff, Paul T; Augenstein, Don; Yazdani, Ramin

    2011-05-01

    Spatially variable refuse gas permeability and landfill gas (LFG) generation rate, cracking of the soil cover, and reduced refuse gas permeability because of liquid addition can all affect CH(4) collection efficiency when intermediate landfill covers are installed. A new gas collection system that includes a near-surface high permeability layer beneath the landfill cover was evaluated for enhancing capture of LFG and mitigating CH(4) emissions. Simulations of gas transport in two-dimensional domains demonstrated that the permeable layer reduces CH(4) emissions up to a factor of 2 for particular spatially variable gas permeability fields. When individual macrocracks formed in the cover soil and the permeable layer was absent, CH(4) emissions increased to as much as 24% of the total CH(4) generated, double the emissions when the permeable layer was installed. CH(4) oxidation in the cover soil was also much more uniform when the permeable layer was present: local percentages of CH(4) oxidized varied between 94% and 100% across the soil cover with the permeable layer, but ranged from 10% to 100% without this layer for some test cases. However, the permeable layer had a minor effect on CH(4) emissions and CH(4) oxidation in the cover soil when the ratio of the gas permeability of the cover soil to the mean refuse gas permeability ≤ 0.05. The modeling approach employed in this study may be used to assess the utility of other LFG collection systems and management practices.

  17. Hydroprocessing of sunflower oil-gas oil blends over sulfided Ni-Mo-Al-zeolite beta composites.

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    Sankaranarayanan, T M; Banu, M; Pandurangan, A; Sivasanker, S

    2011-11-01

    Mixtures of sunflower oil and a straight run gas oil in the diesel fuel range were hydroprocessed over sulfided NiO(3%)-MoO3(12%)-γ-Al2O3 incorporating 0, 15 or 30 wt.% zeolite beta (BEA). The studies were carried out at 320-350 °C; 30-60 bars, and weight hourly space velocities (WHSV), 1-4 h(-1). Catalyst containing 30% BEA achieved nearly 100 % conversion of the vegetable oil into hydrocarbons at 330 °C, 60 bars and a WHSV of 2 h(-1) compared to 95.5% by the Ni-Mo-γ-alumina catalyst without BEA. Hydroprocessing with blends containing oleic acid revealed that the catalysts were able to transform the acid into hydrocarbons. An analysis of the ratios of the n-C18 and n-C17 paraffins formed from the vegetable oil at different process conditions revealed that the catalyst containing 15% BEA was most active for hydrodeoxygenation. The gas oil-hydrodesulfurization activity of the Ni-Mo-Al2O3 was enhanced by the addition of BEA by more than 10%.

  18. In situ X-ray observations of gas porosity interactions with dendritic microstructures during solidification of Al-based alloys

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    Murphy, A. G.; Browne, D. J.; Houltz, Y.; Mathiesen, R. H.

    2016-03-01

    In situ X-radiography solidification experiments were performed on Al-based alloys, using both synchrotron and laboratory-based X-ray sources, in conjunction with a gradient furnace and a newly developed isothermal furnace, respectively. The effect of gas porosity nucleation and growth within the semi-solid mush during both columnar and equiaxed solidification was thereby observed. In all experimental cases examined, gas porosity was observed to nucleate and grow within the field-of-view (FOV) causing various levels of distortion to the semi-solid mush, and thereafter disappearing from the sample leaving no permanent voids within the solidified microstructure. During columnar growth, a single bubble caused severe remelting and destruction of primary trunks leading to secondary fragmentation and evidence of blocking of the columnar front. Equiaxed solidification was performed under microgravity-like conditions with restricted grain motion in the FOV. The degree to which the nucleated gas bubbles affected the surrounding grain structure increased with increasing solid fraction. However, bubble sphericity remained unaffected by apparent solid fraction or grain coherency.

  19. Impact of N{sub 2} and forming gas plasma exposure on the growth and interfacial characteristics of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} on AlGaN

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    Qin, Xiaoye; Dong, Hong; Brennan, Barry; Azacatl, Angelica; Kim, Jiyoung; Wallace, Robert M.

    2013-11-25

    The interface and atomic layer deposition (ALD) of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} on the annealed, N{sub 2} plasma and forming gas (N{sub 2}:H{sub 2}) exposed Al{sub 0.25}Ga{sub 0.75}N surface was studied using in situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and low energy ion scattering spectroscopy. Exposure of the Al{sub 0.25}Ga{sub 0.75}N surface to the plasma treatments is able to remove spurious carbon, and readily facilitate uniform ALD Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nucleation.

  20. Hysteresis phenomena of the two dimensional electron gas density in lattice-matched InAlN/GaN heterostructures

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    Sang, Ling; Yang, Xuelin Cheng, Jianpeng; Guo, Lei; Hu, Anqi; Xiang, Yong; Yu, Tongjun; Xu, Fujun; Tang, Ning; Jia, Lifang; He, Zhi; Wang, Maojun; Wang, Xinqiang; Shen, Bo; Ge, Weikun

    2015-08-03

    High-temperature transport properties in high-mobility lattice-matched InAlN/GaN heterostructures have been investigated. An interesting hysteresis phenomenon of the two dimensional electron gas (2DEG) density is observed in the temperature-dependent Hall measurements. After high-temperature thermal cycles treatment, the reduction of the 2DEG density is observed, which is more serious in thinner InAlN barrier samples. This reduction can then be recovered by light illumination. We attribute these behaviors to the shallow trap states with energy level above the Fermi level in the GaN buffer layer. The electrons in the 2DEG are thermal-excited when temperature is increased and then trapped by these shallow trap states in the buffer layer, resulting in the reduction and hysteresis phenomenon of their density. Three trap states are observed in the GaN buffer layer and C{sub Ga} may be one of the candidates responsible for the observed behaviors. Our results provide an alternative approach to assess the quality of InAlN/GaN heterostructures for applications in high-temperature electronic devices.

  1. Fracture-permeability behavior of shale

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    Carey, J. William; Lei, Zhou; Rougier, Esteban; Mori, Hiroko; Viswanathan, Hari

    2015-05-08

    The fracture-permeability behavior of Utica shale, an important play for shale gas and oil, was investigated using a triaxial coreflood device and X-ray tomography in combination with finite-discrete element modeling (FDEM). Fractures generated in both compression and in a direct-shear configuration allowed permeability to be measured across the faces of cylindrical core. Shale with bedding planes perpendicular to direct-shear loading developed complex fracture networks and peak permeability of 30 mD that fell to 5 mD under hydrostatic conditions. Shale with bedding planes parallel to shear loading developed simple fractures with peak permeability as high as 900 mD. In addition to the large anisotropy in fracture permeability, the amount of deformation required to initiate fractures was greater for perpendicular layering (about 1% versus 0.4%), and in both cases activation of existing fractures are more likely sources of permeability in shale gas plays or damaged caprock in CO₂ sequestration because of the significant deformation required to form new fracture networks. FDEM numerical simulations were able to replicate the main features of the fracturing processes while showing the importance of fluid penetration into fractures as well as layering in determining fracture patterns.

  2. Fracture-permeability behavior of shale

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    Carey, J. William; Lei, Zhou; Rougier, Esteban; ...

    2015-05-08

    The fracture-permeability behavior of Utica shale, an important play for shale gas and oil, was investigated using a triaxial coreflood device and X-ray tomography in combination with finite-discrete element modeling (FDEM). Fractures generated in both compression and in a direct-shear configuration allowed permeability to be measured across the faces of cylindrical core. Shale with bedding planes perpendicular to direct-shear loading developed complex fracture networks and peak permeability of 30 mD that fell to 5 mD under hydrostatic conditions. Shale with bedding planes parallel to shear loading developed simple fractures with peak permeability as high as 900 mD. In addition tomore » the large anisotropy in fracture permeability, the amount of deformation required to initiate fractures was greater for perpendicular layering (about 1% versus 0.4%), and in both cases activation of existing fractures are more likely sources of permeability in shale gas plays or damaged caprock in CO₂ sequestration because of the significant deformation required to form new fracture networks. FDEM numerical simulations were able to replicate the main features of the fracturing processes while showing the importance of fluid penetration into fractures as well as layering in determining fracture patterns.« less

  3. Synthesis and analysis of novel polymers with high permselectivity and permeability in gas separation applications. Progress report, December 1991--December 1992

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    Koros, W.J.; Paul, D.R.

    1991-12-31

    Significant progress was made toward developing advanced materials for gas separation membrane applications and rationalizing molecular structure and efficacy: Synthesized and tested polyarylates based on terephthalic or isophthalic acid or a tertiary butyl derivative of the isophthalic acid with different diols to illustrate the effects of: ``opening`` the matrix by incorporation of bulky packing inhibiting groups such as the tertiary butyl moiety inhibition of backbone motion via meta connected backbone connections and ``tightening`` of the matrix by incorporation of polar halogens. Completed high temperature characterization of sorption and transport properties for novel materials. Continued studies of the phenyl-substituted polymers aimed at producing super stable high temperature useful polymers for gas separations. Synthesized a polyarylate based on the spirobiindane diol and bibenzoyl acid chloride to incorporate long flat packable bibenzoyl units between packing disruptive spirobiindane units in an attempt to control the segmental level morphology to produce highly selective ``bottleneck`` regions between highly open regions.

  4. Gas nitriding and subsequent oxidation of Ti-6Al-4V alloys

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    2012-01-01

    Ti-6Al-4V alloys consisting of α-Ti grains and intergranular β-Ti islands were nitrided at 850°C for 1 to 12 h under a nitrogen pressure of 1 Pa. With increasing nitriding time, the Ti-N compound layer became thicker, and the α-Ti diffusion zone containing dissolved nitrogen became wider. In the Ti-N compound layer, the initially formed Ti2N became TiN as the nitriding progressed. The nitride layers were oxidized to rutile-TiO2 after oxidation at 700°C for 10 h in air. PMID:22221679

  5. Foam film permeability: theory and experiment.

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    Farajzadeh, R; Krastev, R; Zitha, Pacelli L J

    2008-02-28

    The mass transfer of gas through foam films is a prototype of various industrial and biological processes. The aim of this paper is to give a perspective and critical overview of studies carried out to date on the mass transfer of gas through foam films. Contemporary experimental data are summarized, and a comprehensive overview of the theoretical models used to explain the observed effects is given. A detailed description of the processes that occur when a gas molecule passes through each layer that forms a foam film is shown. The permeability of the film-building surfactant monolayers plays an important role for the whole permeability process. It can be successfully described by the models used to explain the permeability of surfactant monolayers on aqueous sub-phase. For this reason, the present paper briefly discusses the surfactant-induced resistance to mass transfer of gases through gas-liquid interface. One part of the paper discusses the experimental and theoretical aspects of the foam film permeability in a train of foam films in a matrix or a cylinder. This special case is important to explain the gas transfer in porous media or in foams. Finally, this paper will highlight the gaps and challenges and sketch possible directions for future research.

  6. Investigating the Relative Permeability of Tight Porous Media Using a Multiscale Network Model

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    Mehmani, A.; Prodanovic, M.

    2013-12-01

    Tight reservoirs, such as tight gas sandstone and tight carbonates, are rich sources of oil and gas that can significantly benefit the high global energy demand. However, the petrophysical properties (such as permeability or capillary pressure) of these so called unconventional reservoirs is difficult to quantify in terms of only porosity or saturation. This is mainly due to the high heterogeneity in pore shape, pore configuration, pore interconnectivity and a lack of understanding of fluid physics within said porous media. One unorthodox petrophysical phenomenon that remains inexplicable via conventional models is what is coined as 'permeability jail' (Shanley et al, 2004). By definition, a permeability jail is a range of water saturation in which neither the wetting phase nor the nonwetting phase is capable of moving. We investigate the effects of fluid physics (snap-off, film flow and wettability) and pore connectivity (pore shape and pore connectivity due to cementation and existence of microporosity) on tight rock relative permeability curves. Pore level modeling has become an established approach in investigating the effects of various pore structure features and fluid behaviors in pore scale on macroscopic petrophysical properties. We construct multiscale pore network flow models that contain both macro- (primary) and microporosity (secondary porosity). We first build theoretical network models based on granular packings to isolate the effects of each pore structure feature as well as fluid physics on both drainage and imbibition relative permeability curves. We then extend our method to imaged media to predict the relative permeability curves of Estaillades limestone based on X-ray microtomography images with identified solid, microporous and pore spaces.

  7. Thermopower of a 2D Electron Gas in Suspended AlGaAs/GaAs Heterostructures

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    Schmidt, M.; Schneider, G.; Heyn, Ch.; Stemmann, A.; Hansen, W.

    2012-06-01

    We present thermopower measurements on a high electron mobility two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) in a thin suspended membrane. We show that the small dimension of the membrane substantially reduces the thermal conductivity compared with bulk material so that it is possible to establish a strong thermal gradient along the 2DEG even over a distance of a few micrometers. We find that the zero-field thermopower is significantly affected by the micropatterning. In contrast to 2DEGs incorporated in a bulk material, the diffusion contribution to the thermopower remains dominant up to temperature of 7 K, until the phonon drag becomes strong and governs the thermopower. We also find that the coupling between electrons and phonons in the phonon-drag regime is due to screened deformation potentials, in contrast to the piezoelectric coupling found for bulk phonons.

  8. Contribution of alloy clustering to limiting the two-dimensional electron gas mobility in AlGaN/GaN and InAlN/GaN heterostructures: Theory and experiment

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    Ahmadi, Elaheh; Mishra, Umesh K.; Chalabi, Hamidreza; Kaun, Stephen W.; Shivaraman, Ravi; Speck, James S.

    2014-10-07

    The influence of alloy clustering on fluctuations in the ground state energy of the two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) in AlGaN/GaN and InAlN/GaN heterostructures is studied. We show that because of these fluctuations, alloy clustering degrades the mobility even when the 2DEG wavefunction does not penetrate the alloy barrier unlike alloy disorder scattering. A comparison between the results obtained for AlGaN/GaN and InAlN/GaN heterostructures shows that alloy clustering limits the 2DEG mobility to a greater degree in InAlN/GaN heterostructures. Our study also reveals that the inclusion of an AlN interlayer increases the limiting mobility from alloy clustering. Moreover, Atom probe tomography is used to demonstrate the random nature of the fluctuations in the alloy composition.

  9. Mechanism of surface modification of the Ti-6Al-4V alloy using a gas tungsten arc heat source

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    Labudovic, M.; Kovacevic, R.; Kmecko, I.; Khan, T.I.; Blecic, D.; Blecic, Z.

    1999-06-01

    The surface modification of a Ti-6Al-4V alloy using a gas tungsten arc, as a heat source, was studied. The experimental results show that the titanium alloy surface can be melted and nitrided using pure nitrogen or a nitrogen/argon mixture shielding atmosphere. The resolidified surfaces are 0.9 to 1.2-mm thick and contain titanium nitride dendrites, {alpha}-titanium, and {alpha}{double_prime}-titanium (martensite). The average dendrite arm spacing is influenced by the electrode speed. Small titanium nitride dendrites are homogeneously distributed in the resolidified surfaces. The microstructure and phase constitution in the resolidified surfaces were determined and analyzed, and the mechanism of the formation of titanium nitrides is discussed. The results show that the nitriding kinetics obey parabolic laws and are, therefore, controlled by nitrogen diffusion. The nitrogen-concentration depth profiles, calculated using Fick`s second law of diffusion, are compared to experimental nitrogen depth profiles, showing satisfactory agreement.

  10. Permeability of Dentine

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    Ghazali, Farid Bin Che

    2003-01-01

    This is an update on the present integrated knowledge regarding dentine permeability that assumed a role in dentine sensitivity and contribute clinically to the effective bonding properties of restorative dental materials. This paper will attempt to refer to in vivo and in vitro studies of dentine permeability and the various interrelated factors governing it. PMID:23365497

  11. Permeability of dentine.

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    Ghazali, Farid Bin Che

    2003-01-01

    This is an update on the present integrated knowledge regarding dentine permeability that assumed a role in dentine sensitivity and contribute clinically to the effective bonding properties of restorative dental materials. This paper will attempt to refer to in vivo and in vitro studies of dentine permeability and the various interrelated factors governing it.

  12. The influence of slip velocity and temperature on permeability during and after high-velocity fault slip

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    Tanikawa, W.; Mukoyoshi, H.; Tadai, O.; Hirose, T.; Lin, W.

    2011-12-01

    Fluid transport properties in fault zones play an important role in dynamic processes during large earthquakes. If the permeability in a fault zone is low, high pore-fluid pressures caused by thermal pressurization (Sibson, 1973) or shear-induced compaction (Blanpied et al., 1992) can lead to an apparent reduction of fault strength. Changes in porosity and permeability of fault rocks within a fault zone during earthquakes and the subsequent progressive recovery of these properties may have a large influence on earthquake recurrence (Sleep and Blanpied, 1992). A rotary shear apparatus was used to investigate changes of fluid transport properties in a fault zone by real-time measurement of gas flow rates during and after shearing of hollow sandstone and granite cylinders at various slip rates. Our apparatus measures permeability parallel to the slip plane in both the slip zone and wall rocks. In all cases, permeability decreased rapidly with an increase of friction, but recovered soon after slip, reaching a steady state within several tens of minutes. The rate of reduction of permeability increased with increasing slip velocity. Permeability did not recover to pre-slip levels after low-velocity tests but recovered to exceed them after high-velocity tests. Frictional heating of gases at the slip surface increased gas viscosity, which increased gas flow rate to produce an apparent permeability increase. The irreversible permeability changes of the low-velocity tests were caused by gouge formation due to wearing and smoothing of the slip surface. The increase of permeability after high-velocity tests was caused by mesoscale fracturing in response to rapid temperature rise. Changes of pore fluid viscosity contributed more to changes of flow rate than did permeability changes caused by shear deformation, although test results from different rocks and pore fluids might be different. References Blanpied, M.L., Lockner, D.A., Byerlee, J.D., 1992. An earthquake mechanism

  13. Al doped ZnO nanogranular film fabricated by layer-by-layer self-assembly method and its application for gas sensors.

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    Hao, Weichang; Sun, Meng; Xu, Huaizhe; Wang, Tianmin

    2011-12-01

    ZnO is one of the most promising materials for gas sensor. Nanogranular films with ultrahigh surface-to-volume ratio have great potential in gas sensor application. In this paper, Al doped ZnO nanogranular films were fabricated by layer-by-layer (LBL) self-assembly method and the gas sensitivity of ZnO films were investigated. The results show that sensitivity of Al:ZnO gas sensors is up to 12 against 20000 ppm hydrogen, while the response time and recovery time of the sensor are only 12 s and 25 s respectively. The high sensitivity is attributed to the high surface-to-volume ratio of nanogranular and porous structure of self-assembled films.

  14. What about temperature? Measuring permeability at magmatic conditions.

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    Kushnir, Alexandra R. L.; Martel, Caroline; Champallier, Rémi; Reuschlé, Thierry

    2015-04-01

    The explosive potential of volcanoes is intimately linked to permeability, which is governed by the connectivity of the porous structure of the magma and surrounding edifice. As magma ascends, volatiles exsolve from the melt and expand, creating a gas phase within the conduit. In the absence of a permeable structure capable of dissipating these gases, the propulsive force of an explosive eruption arises from the gas expansion and the build up of subsurface overpressures. Thus, characterizing the permeability of volcanic rocks under in-situ conditions (high temperature and pressure) allows us to better understand the outgassing potential and explosivity of volcanic systems. Current studies of the permeabilities of volcanic rocks generally measure permeability at room temperature using gas permeameters or model permeability using analytic imaging. Our goal is to perform and assess permeability measurements made at high temperature and high pressure in the interest of approaching the permeability of the samples at magmatic conditions. We measure the permeability of andesitic samples expelled during the 2010 Mt. Merapi eruption. We employ and compare two protocols for measuring permeability at high temperature and under high pressure using argon gas in an internally heated Paterson apparatus with an isolated pore fluid system. We first use the pulse decay method to measure the permeability of our samples, then compare these values to permeability measurements performed under steady state flow. We consider the steady state flow method the more rigorous of the two protocols, as we are more capable of accounting for the temperature gradient within the entire pore fluid system. At temperatures in excess of 700°C and pressures of 100 MPa, permeability values plummet by several orders of magnitude. These values are significantly lower than those commonly reported for room temperature permeameter measurements. The reduction in permeability at high temperature is a

  15. Petrophysics of low-permeability medina sandstone, northwestern Pennsylvania, Appalachian Basin

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    Castle, J.W.; Byrnes, A.P.

    1998-01-01

    Petrophysical core testing combined with geophysical log analysis of low-permeability, Lower Silurian sandstones of the Appalachian basin provides guidelines and equations for predicting gas producibility. Permeability values are predictable from the borehole logs by applying empirically derived equations based on correlation between in-situ porosity and in-situ effective gas permeability. An Archie-form equation provides reasonable accuracy of log-derived water saturations because of saturated brine salinities and low clay content in the sands. Although measured porosity and permeability average less than 6% and 0.1 mD, infrequent values as high as 18% and 1,048 mD occur. Values of effective gas permeability at irreducible water saturation (Swi) range from 60% to 99% of routine values for the highest permeability rocks to several orders of magnitude less for the lowest permeability rocks. Sandstones having porosity greater than 6% and effective gas permeability greater than 0.01 mD exhibit Swi less than 20%. With decreasing porosity, Swi sharply increases to values near 40% at 3 porosity%. Analysis of cumulative storage and flow capacity indicates zones with porosity greater than 6% generally contain over 90% of flow capacity and hold a major portion of storage capacity. For rocks with Swi < 20%, gas relative permeabilities exceed 45%. Gas relative permeability and hydrocarbon volume decrease rapidly with increasing Swi as porosity drops below 6%. At Swi above 40%, gas relative permeabilities are less than approximately 10%.

  16. Iron Sulfide as a Sustainable Reactive Material for Permeable Reactive Barriers

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    Henderson, A. D.; Demond, A. H.

    2012-12-01

    Permeable reactive barriers (PRBs) are gaining acceptance for groundwater remediation, as they operate in situ and do not require continuous energy input. The majority of PRBs use zero-valent iron (ZVI). However, some ZVI PRBs have hydraulically failed [1,2], due to the fact that ZVI may reduce not only contaminants but also water and non-contaminant solutes. These reactions may form precipitates or gas phases that reduce permeability. Therefore, there is a need to assess the hydraulic suitability of possible alternatives, such as iron sulfide (FeS). The capability of FeS to remove both metals and halogenated organics from aqueous systems has been demonstrated previously [3,4], and FeS formed in situ within a ZVI PRB has been linked to contaminant removal [5]. These results suggest possible applications in groundwater remediation as a permeable reactive barrier (PRB) material. However, the propensity of FeS for permeability loss, due to solids and gas production, must be evaluated in order to address its suitability for PRBs. The reduction in permeability for FeS-coated sands under the anoxic conditions often encountered at contaminated groundwater sites was examined through column experiments and geochemical modeling under conditions of high calcium and nitrate, which have been previously shown to cause significant permeability reduction in zero-valent iron (ZVI) systems [6]. The column experiments showed negligible production of both solids and gases. The geochemical model was used to estimate solid and gas volumes generated under conditions of varying FeS concentration. Then, the Kozeny-Carman equation and a power-law relationship was used to predict permeability reduction, with a maximum reduction in permeability of 1% due to solids and about 30% due to gas formation under conditions for which a complete loss of permeability was predicted for ZVI systems. This difference in permeability reduction is driven by the differences in thermodynamic stability of ZVI

  17. Evolution of microstructure and texture in Mg-Al-Zn alloys during electron-beam and gas tungsten arc welding

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    Wu, S. H.; Huang, J. C.; Wang, Y. N.

    2004-08-01

    The evolution of microstructure and texture in the AZ-series Mg alloys subjected to electron-beam welding and gas tungsten arc welding are examined. Electron-beam welding is demonstrated to be a promising means of welding delicate Mg plates, bars, or tubes with a thickness of up to 50 mm; gas tungsten arc welding is limited to lower-end thin Mg sheets. The grains in the fusion zone (FZ) are nearly equiaxed in shape and ˜8 µm or less in size, due to the rapid cooling rate. The as-welded FZ microhardness and tensile strength are higher than the base metals due to the smaller grain size. The weld efficiency, defined as the postweld microhardness or tensile strength at the mid-FZ region divided by that of the unwelded base metal, is around 110 to 125 pct for electron-beam welding and 97 to 110 pct for gas tungsten arc welding. There are three main texture components present in the electron-beam-welded (EBW) FZ, i.e., \\{ 10overline 1 1\\} < 10overline 1 overline 2 > (with TD// < 11overline 2 0 > ),\\{ 11overline 2 1\\} < 1bar 100 > (with ND∧ < 11overline 2 0 > ˜15 deg), and \\{ 10overline 1 0\\} < 11overline 2 2 > (with WD∧ < 11overline 2 0 > ˜30 deg), where TD, ND, and WD are the transverse, normal, and welding directions, respectively. The crystal growth tends to align toward the most closed-packed direction, < 11overline 2 0 > . The texture in gas tungsten arc welded (GTAW) specimens is more diverse and complicated than the EBW counterparts, due to the limited and shallow FZ and the lower cooling rate. The cooling rates calculated by the three-dimensional (3-D) and two-dimensional (2-D) heat-transfer models are considered to be the lower and upper bounds. The cooling rate increases with decreasing Al content, increasing weld speed, and increasing distance from the weld top surface. The influences of the FZ location, welding speed, and alloy content on the resulting texture components are rationalized and discussed.

  18. Solute transport in formations of very low permeability: profiles of stable isotope and dissolved noble gas contents of pore water in the Opalinus Clay, Mont Terri, Switzerland

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    Rübel, André P.; Sonntag, Christian; Lippmann, Johanna; Pearson, F. J.; Gautschi, Andreas

    2002-04-01

    Pore water profiles of water, stable isotope, and dissolved noble gas content have been determined across the Opalinus Clay and adjacent formations at the rock laboratory at Mont Terri. We have found enhanced helium contents (up to [ 4He] = 1 × 10 -4 cubic centimeters at standard pressure and temperature per gram of pore water) and argon isotope ratios ( 40Ar/ 36Ar ratios up to 334) due to accumulation of 4He and 40Ar produced in situ. The helium profile was found to be in steady state with respect to in situ production and diffusive loss into the adjacent limestones where groundwater circulates. From this profile a representative mean value of the apparent diffusion coefficient for helium in the pore water of the whole formation was derived for the first time to be D a = 3.5 × 10 -11 m 2 · s -1, which is more than two orders of magnitude lower than the diffusion coefficient D 0 in free water. The stable isotope profile, however, indicates a component of fossil marine pore water, which has not yet been replaced by molecular diffusion of meteoric water from the adjacent limestone and shale formations over the past 10 million years.

  19. New design concepts for permeable rigid contact lenses.

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    Williams, C E

    1979-03-01

    Gas permeable rigid lens materials offer the opportunity to reevaluate contact lens design. This paper presents the rationale and procedures followed in the development of a design concept for the Polycon lens material.

  20. Adsorption and reaction mechanism of arsenic vapors over γ-Al2O3 in the simulated flue gas containing acid gases.

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    Hu, Hongyun; Chen, Dunkui; Liu, Huan; Yang, Yuhan; Cai, Hexun; Shen, Junhao; Yao, Hong

    2017-08-01

    Arsenic emission from fuel combustion and metal smelting flue gas causes serious pollution. Addition of sorbents is a promising way for the arsenic capture from high temperature flue gas. However, it is difficult to remove arsenic from SO2/HCl-rich flue gas due to the competitive reaction of the sorbents with arsenic and these acid gases. To solve this problem, arsenic adsorption over γ-Al2O3 was studied in this work to evaluate its adsorption mechanism, resistance to acid gases as well as regeneration behavior. The results show that γ-Al2O3 had good resistance to acid gases and the arsenic adsorption by γ-Al2O3 could be effectively carried out at a wide temperature range between 573 and 1023 K. Nevertheless, adsorption at higher-temperature (like 1173 K) leaded to the decrease of surface area and the rearrangement of crystal structure of γ-Al2O3, reducing the active sites for arsenic adsorption. The adsorption of arsenic was confirmed to occur at different active sites in γ-Al2O3 by forming various adsorbed species. Increasing temperature facilitated arsenic transformation into more stable chemisorbed As(3+) and As(5+) which were difficult to remove through thermal treatment regeneration. Fortunately, the regeneration of spent γ-Al2O3 could be well performed using NaOH solution. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. An electrical characterization of a two-dimensional electron gas in GaN/AlGaN on silicon substrates

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    Elhamri, S.; Berney, R.; Mitchel, W. C.; Mitchell, W. D.; Roberts, J. C.; Rajagopal, P.; Gehrke, T.; Piner, E. L.; Linthicum, K. J.

    2004-06-01

    We present results of transport measurements performed on AlGaN/GaN heterostructures grown on silicon substrates. Variable temperature Hall effect measurements revealed that the temperature dependence of the carrier density and mobility were characteristic of a two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG). Carrier densities greater than 1×1013cm-2 and Hall mobilities in excess of 1500 cm2/V s were measured at room temperature. Variable field Hall measurements at low temperatures, and in magnetic fields up to 6 T, indicated that conduction is dominated by a single carrier type in these samples. Shubnikov-de Haas (SdH) measurements were also performed, but no oscillations were observed in fields up to 8 T and at temperatures as low as 1.2 K. Illuminating some of the samples with a blue (λ=470 nm) light emitting diode (LED) induced a persistent increase in the carrier density. SdH measurements were repeated and again no oscillations were present following illumination. However, exposing the samples to radiation from an UV (λ=395 nm) LED induced well-defined SdH oscillations in fields as low as 4 T. The observation of SdH oscillations confirmed the presence of a 2DEG in these structures. It is hypothesized that small angle scattering suppressed the oscillations before exposure to UV light. This conclusion is supported by the observed increase in the quantum scattering time, τq, with the carrier density and the calculated quantum to transport scattering times ratio, τq/τc. For instance, in one of the samples the τq increased by 32% while the τc changed by only 3% as the carrier density increased; an indication of an increase in the screening of small angle scattering. The absence of SdH oscillations in fields up to 8 T and at temperatures as low as 1.2 K is not unique to AlGaN/GaN on silicon. This behavior was observed in AlGaN/GaN on sapphire and on silicon carbide. SdH oscillations were observed in one AlGaN/GaN on silicon carbide sample following exposure to radiation

  2. Permeability of porour rhyolite

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    Cashman, K.; Rust, A.; Wright, H.; Roberge, J.

    2003-04-01

    The development of permeability in bubble-bearing magmas determines the efficiency of volatile escape during their ascent through volcanic conduits, which, in turn, controls their explosive potential. As permeability requires bubble connectivity, relationships between permeability and porosity in silicic magmas must be controlled by the formation, growth, deformation and coalescence of their constituent bubbles. Although permeability data on porous volcanic pyroclasts are limited, the database can be greatly extended by including data for ceramic and metallic foams1. Several studies indicate that a single number does not adequately describe the permeability of a foam because inertial effects, which predominate at high flow rates, cause deviations from Darcy's law. These studies suggest that permeability is best modeled using the Forschheimer equation to determine both the Darcy permeability (k1) and the non-Darcian (k2) permeability. Importantly, at the high porosities of ceramic foams (75-95%), both k1 and k2 are strongly dependent on pore size and geometry, suggesting that measurement of these parameters provides important information on foam structure. We determined both the connected porosity (by He-pycnometry) and the permeability (k1 and k2) of rhyolitic samples having a wide range in porosity (22-85%) and vesicle textures. In general, these data support previous observations of a power law relationship between connected porosity and Darcy permeability2. In detail, variations in k1 increase at higher porosities. Similarly, k2 generally increases in both mean and standard deviation with increasing porosity. Measurements made on three mutually perpendicular cores from individual pumice clasts suggest that some of the variability can be explained by anisotropy in the vesicle structure. By comparison with ceramic foams, we suggest that the remaining variability results from differences either in average vesicle size or, more likely, in the size of apertures

  3. Limit state for gas pressurized homogenous and inhomogenous media and rock. [Mechanical effects of high gas pressure applied to a porous, but only slightly permeable surface of a rock

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    Protosenya, A.G.; Chernikov, A.K.; Shirkes, O.A.; Stavrogin, A.N.

    1982-11-01

    The limiting strength state of gas-pressurized rock is examined in this paper. In experiments, pores of rock specimens were filled with gas. Tests of the influence of pore pressure on the magitude of the limiting strength of coal were made. The structure of a gas-pressurized porous medium is defined. The strain process is seen to exert influence on the magnitude of the porosity of the limiting state of the rock. The limiting state for plastic fracture is derived. The system of equations for the theory of the limiting strength state under plastic deformation follows. The Coulomb plasticity condition is introduced. The system of equations in inhomogenous media is also studied. Finally, a few simple solutions--stress distribution around circular holes, the elastic plastic problem--are given, to be used as component parts of more complex solutions.

  4. NiAl Oxidation Reaction Processes Studied In Situ Using MEMS-Based Closed-Cell Gas Reaction Transmission Electron Microscopy

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    Unocic, Kinga A.; Shin, Dongwon; Unocic, Raymond R.; ...

    2017-02-07

    The nanoscale oxidation mechanisms and kinetics of a model β-NiAl system were investigated using in situ closed-cell gas reaction scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). Here, we directly visualize the dynamic structural and chemical changes that occur during high-temperature oxidation at a high spatial resolution of 50.3Ni–49.7Al (at.%) nanoparticles under static air conditions at 730 Torr with heating up to 750 °C at 5 °C/s. A MEMS-based gas cell system, with microfabricated heater devices and a gas delivery system, was used to reveal site-specific oxidation initiation sites. Through time-resolved annular dark-field STEM imaging, we tracked the nanoscale oxidation kinetics of Al2O3.more » After oxidation at 750 °C, nucleation of voids at the Ni/Al2O3 interface was observed along a NiAl grain boundary, followed by the formation of faceted NiO crystals. Small faceted cubic crystals of NiO were formed at the initial stage of oxidation at high PO2 due to the outward self-diffusion of Ni2+ ions, followed by the formation of a mixture of metastable and stable α-Al2O3 at the oxide/metal interface that is attributed to a PO2 decrease with oxidation time, which agreed with thermodynamic modeling calculations. Furthermore, the results from these in situ oxidation experiments in the β-NiAl system are in agreement with the established oxidation mechanisms; however, with in situ closed-cell gas microscopy it is now feasible to investigate nanoscale oxidation mechanisms and kinetics in real time and at high spatial resolution and can be broadly applied to understand the basic high-temperature oxidation mechanisms for a wide range of alloy compositions.« less

  5. Permeability of edible coatings.

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    Mishra, B; Khatkar, B S; Garg, M K; Wilson, L A

    2010-01-01

    The permeabilities of water vapour, O2 and CO2 were determined for 18 coating formulations. Water vapour transmission rate ranged from 98.8 g/m(2).day (6% beeswax) to 758.0 g/m(2).day (1.5% carboxymethyl cellulose with glycerol). O2 permeability at 14 ± 1°C and 55 ± 5% RH ranged from 1.50 to 7.95 cm(3)cm cm(-2)s(-1)Pa(-1), with CO2 permeability 2 to 6 times as high. Permeability to noncondensable gases (O2 and CO2) was higher for hydrophobic (peanut oil followed by beeswax) coatings as compared to hydrophilic (whey protein concentrate and carboxymethyl cellulose).

  6. Comparison of Steady State Method and Transient Methods for Water Permeability Measurement in Low Permeability Rocks

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    Boulin, P. F.; Bretonnier, P.; Gland, N.

    2010-12-01

    Very low permeability geomaterials (order of nanoDarcy (10-21 m2)), such as clays rocks, are studied for many industrial applications such as production from unconventional reserves of oil and gas, CO2 geological storage and deep geological disposal of high-level long-lived nuclear wastes. For these last two applications, clay efficiency as barrier relies mainly on their very low permeability. Laboratory measurement of low permeability to water (below 10-19 m2) remains a technical challenge. Some authors argue that steady state methods are irrelevant due to the time required to stabilize water fluxes in such low permeability media. Most of the authors measuring low permeabilities use a transient technique called pulse decay. This study aims to compare objectively these different types of permeability tests performed on a single clay sample. For the steady state method, a high precision pump was used to impose a pressure gradient and to measure the small resulting water flow rate at steady state. We show that with a suitable set-up, the steady state method enables to measure a very low permeability of 8 10-22 m2 in a period of three days. For a comparable duration, the pulse decay test, most commonly used for such low permeability measurements, provides only an average estimate of the permeability. Permeability measurements by pulse decay require to perform simulations to interpret the pressure relaxation signals. Many uncertainties remain such as the determination of the reservoirs storage factor, micro leakage effect, or the determination of the initial pulse pressure. All these uncertainties have a very significant impact on the determination of sample permeability and specific storage. Opposite to the wide-spread idea that transient techniques are required to measure very low permeability, we show that direct steady state measurement of water permeability with suitable equipments can be much faster and more accurate than measurement by pulse decay, especially in

  7. Permeability of protective coatings to tritium

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    Braun, J.M.; Williamson, A.S.

    1985-09-01

    The permeability of four protective coatings to tritium gas and tritiated water was investigated. The coatings, including two epoxies, one vinyl and one urethane, were selected for their suitability in CANDU plant service in Ontario Hydro. Sorption rates of tritium gas into the coatings were considerably larger than for tritiated water, by as much as three to four orders of magnitude. However, as a result of the very large solubility of tritiated water in the coatings, the overall permeability to tritium gas and tritiated water is comparable. Marked differences were also evident among the four coatings, the vinyl exhibiting an abnormally high retention of free water because of a highly porous surface structure. It appears that epoxy coatings having a high pigment-to-binder ratio are most suited for coating concrete in tritium handling facilities.

  8. A Honeycomb-Structured Ti-6Al-4V Oil-Gas Separation Rotor Additively Manufactured by Selective Electron Beam Melting for Aero-engine Applications

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    Tang, H. P.; Wang, Q. B.; Yang, G. Y.; Gu, J.; Liu, N.; Jia, L.; Qian, M.

    2016-03-01

    Oil -gas separation is a key process in an aero-engine lubrication system. This study reports an innovative development in oil -gas separation. A honeycomb-structured rotor with hexagonal cone-shaped pore channels has been designed, additively manufactured from Ti-6Al-4V using selective electron beam melting (SEBM) and assessed for oil -gas separation for aero-engine application. The Ti-6Al-4V honeycomb structure showed a high compressive strength of 110 MPa compared to less than 20 MPa for metal foam structures. The oil -gas separation efficiency of the honeycomb-structured separation rotor achieved 99.8% at the rotation speed of 6000 rpm with much lower ventilation resistance (17.3 kPa) than that of the separator rotor constructed using a Ni-Cr alloy foam structure (23.5 kPa). The honeycomb-structured Ti-6Al-4V separator rotor produced by SEBM provides a promising solution to more efficient oil -gas separation in the aero-engine lubrication system.

  9. Characterization of Mg/Al butt joints welded by gas tungsten arc filling with Zn–29.5Al–0.5Ti filler metal

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    Liu, Fei; Wang, Hongyang; Liu, Liming

    2014-04-01

    The multivariate alloying design of a welding joint is used in the Mg to Al welding process. A Zn–29.5Al–0.5Ti alloy is added as filler metal in gas tungsten arc welding of Mg and Al alloy joint based on the analysis of Al and Mg alloy characteristics. The tensile strength, microstructure, and phase constitution of the weld seam are analyzed. The formation of brittle and hard Mg–Al intermetallic compounds is avoided because of the effects of Zn, Al, and Ti. The average tensile strength of the joint is 148 MPa. Al{sub 3}Ti is first precipitated and functions as the nucleus of heterogeneous nucleation during solidification. Moreover, the precipitated Al–MgZn{sub 2} hypoeutectic phase exhibited a feather-like structure, which enhances the property of the Mg–Al dissimilar joint. - Highlights: • Mg alloy AZ31B and Al alloy 6061 are butt welded by fusion welding. • The effect of Ti in filler metal is investigated. • The formation of Mg–Al intermetallic compounds is avoided.

  10. The origin of low water vapor transmission rates through Al2O3/ZrO2 nanolaminate gas-diffusion barriers grown by atomic layer deposition

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    Meyer, J.; Schmidt, H.; Kowalsky, W.; Riedl, T.; Kahn, A.

    2010-06-01

    This paper reports on thin film gas-diffusion barriers consisting of Al2O3/ZrO2 nanolaminates (NL) grown by low-temperature (80 °C) atomic layer deposition. We show that reliable barriers with water vapor transmission rates of 3.2×10-4 g/(m2 day), measured at 80 °C and 80% relative humidity, can be realized with very thin layers down to 40 nm. We determine that ZrO2 acts as anticorrosion element in our NL. Furthermore, we demonstrate by x-ray photoemission spectroscopy that an aluminate phase is formed at the interfaces between Al2O3 and ZrO2 sublayers, which additionally improves the gas-diffusion barrier due to a densification of the layer system. These Al2O3/ZrO2 NLs prepared at low temperatures hold considerable promises for application in organic electronics and beyond.

  11. Electronic structure of the interfacial LaAlO3/SrTiO3 2D electron gas

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    Triscone, Jean-Marc

    2012-02-01

    The interface between LaAlO3 and SrTiO3, two good band insulators, was found in 2004 to be conducting with a high mobility [1] and, in some doping range, superconducting with a maximum critical temperature of about 200 mK [2,3]. I will describe recent experiments aiming at determining the origin of the electron gas. I will then discuss the transport properties of high mobility samples that display Shubnikov de Haas (SdH) oscillations [4]. In such high mobility samples, electric field tuning of the carrier density allows the electronic structure to be followed through analysis of the evolution of the SdH oscillations. [4pt] [1] A. Ohtomo, H. Y. Hwang, Nature 427, 423 (2004).[0pt] [2] N. Reyren, S. Thiel, A. D. Caviglia, L. Fitting Kourkoutis, G. Hammerl, C. Richter, C. W. Schneider, T. Kopp, A.-S. Ruetschi, D. Jaccard, M. Gabay, D. A. Muller, J.-M. Triscone and J. Mannhart, Science 317, 1196 (2007).[0pt] [3] A. Caviglia, S. Gariglio, N. Reyren, D. Jaccard, T. Schneider, M. Gabay, S. Thiel, G. Hammerl, J. Mannhart, and J.-M. Triscone, Nature 456, 624 (2008).[0pt] [4] A.D. Caviglia, S. Gariglio, C. Cancellieri, B. Sac'ep'e, A. Fête, N. Reyren, M. Gabay, A.F. Morpurgo, J.-M. Triscone, Physical Review Letters 105, 236802 (2010).

  12. Broadband terahertz radiation from a biased two-dimensional electron gas in an AlGaN/GaN heterostructure

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    Zhongxin, Zheng; Jiandong, Sun; Yu, Zhou; Zhipeng, Zhang; Hua, Qin

    2015-10-01

    The broadband terahertz (THz) emission from drifting two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) in an AlGaN/GaN heterostructure at 6 K is reported. The devices are designed as THz plasmon emitters according to the Smith-Purcell effect and the ‘shallow water’ plasma instability mechanism in 2DEG. Plasmon excitation is excluded since no signature of electron-density dependent plasmon mode is observed. Instead, the observed THz emission is found to come from the heated lattice and/or the hot electrons. Simulated emission spectra of hot electrons taking into account the THz absorption in air and Fabry-Pérot interference agree well with the experiment. It is confirmed that a blackbody-like THz emission will inevitably be encountered in similar devices driven by a strong in-plane electric field. A conclusion is drawn that a more elaborate device design is required to achieve efficient plasmon excitation and THz emission. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (No. G2009CB929303), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 61271157), the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (No. 2014M551678), and the Jiangsu Planned Projects for Postdoctoral Research Funds (No. 1301054B).

  13. Laser gas-assisted processing of carbon coated and TiC embedded Ti-6Al-4V alloy surface

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    Yilbas, B. S.; Akhtar, S.; Aleem, B. J. Abdul; Karatas, C.

    2010-11-01

    Laser gas-assisted treatment of Ti-6Al-4V alloy surface is carried out. The alloy surface is initially coated by a carbon layer, in which the TiC particles are embedded prior to laser processing of the surface. The carbon coating with the presence of TiC particles on the workpiece surface is expected to result in carbonitride compound in the surface vicinity after the laser treatment process. Optical and scanning electron microscopes are used to examine the morphological and the metallurgical changes in the laser treated layer. The residual stress formed in the surface region after the laser treatment process is critical for the practical applications of the resulting surface. Therefore, the residual stress formed in the laser treated region is predicted from the analytically equation. The X-ray diffraction technique is incorporated to obtain the residual stress formed in the surface region. It is found that the residual stress predicted agrees with the X-ray diffraction data. The dense structures consisting of TiCxN1-x, TiNx, Ti2N, and TiC compounds are formed in the surface region of the treated layer. This, in turn, significantly increases the microhardness at the surface.

  14. High-quality AlGaN/GaN grown on sapphire by gas-source molecular beam epitaxy using a thin low-temperature AlN layer

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    Jurkovic, M.J.; Li, L.K.; Turk, B.; Wang, W.I.; Syed, S.; Simonian, D.; Stormer, H.L.

    2000-07-01

    Growth of high-quality AlGaN/GaN heterostructures on sapphire by ammonia gas-source molecular beam epitaxy is reported. Incorporation of a thin AlN layer grown at low temperature within the GaN buffer is shown to result in enhanced electrical and structural characteristics for subsequently grown heterostructures. AlGaN/GaN structures exhibiting reduced background doping and enhanced Hall mobilities (2100, 10310 and 12200 cm{sup 2}/Vs with carrier sheet densities of 6.1 x 10{sup 12} cm{sup {minus}2}, and 5.8 x 10{sup 12} cm{sup {minus}2} at 300 K, 77 K, and 0.3 K, respectively) correlate with dislocation filtering in the thin AlN layer. Magnetotransport measurements at 0.3 K reveal well-resolved Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations starting at 3 T.

  15. permeability of twenty-two small diameter hardwoods growing on southern pine sites

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    E.T. Choong; F.O. Tesora

    1974-01-01

    Gas permeability of hardwoods growing on southern pine sites is significantly affected by moisture content in the longitudinal direction. The ratio of permeability in the transverse to longitudinal directions is from 12,000:1 for post oak to over 1,000,000:1 for other oaks, but it is not affected by moisture. Although variation in longitudinal permeability varies...

  16. Permeability of twenty-two small diameter hardwoods growing on southern pine sites

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    E.T. Choong; F.O. Tesoro; F.G. Manwiller

    1974-01-01

    Gas permeability of hardwoods growing on southern pine sites is significantly affected by moisture content in the longitudinal direction. The ratio of permeability in the transverse to longitudinal directions is from 12,000:1 for post oak to over 1,000,000:1 for other oaks, but it is not affected by moisture. Although variation in longitudinal permeability varies...

  17. Seismic waves increase permeability.

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    Elkhoury, Jean E; Brodsky, Emily E; Agnew, Duncan C

    2006-06-29

    Earthquakes have been observed to affect hydrological systems in a variety of ways--water well levels can change dramatically, streams can become fuller and spring discharges can increase at the time of earthquakes. Distant earthquakes may even increase the permeability in faults. Most of these hydrological observations can be explained by some form of permeability increase. Here we use the response of water well levels to solid Earth tides to measure permeability over a 20-year period. At the time of each of seven earthquakes in Southern California, we observe transient changes of up to 24 degrees in the phase of the water level response to the dilatational volumetric strain of the semidiurnal tidal components of wells at the Piñon Flat Observatory in Southern California. After the earthquakes, the phase gradually returns to the background value at a rate of less than 0.1 degrees per day. We use a model of axisymmetric flow driven by an imposed head oscillation through a single, laterally extensive, confined, homogeneous and isotropic aquifer to relate the phase response to aquifer properties. We interpret the changes in phase response as due to changes in permeability. At the time of the earthquakes, the permeability at the site increases by a factor as high as three. The permeability increase depends roughly linearly on the amplitude of seismic-wave peak ground velocity in the range of 0.21-2.1 cm s(-1). Such permeability increases are of interest to hydrologists and oil reservoir engineers as they affect fluid flow and might determine long-term evolution of hydrological and oil-bearing systems. They may also be interesting to seismologists, as the resulting pore pressure changes can affect earthquakes by changing normal stresses on faults.

  18. Permeability of Hollow Microspherical Membranes to Helium

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    Zinoviev, V. N.; Kazanin, I. V.; Pak, A. Yu.; Vereshchagin, A. S.; Lebiga, V. A.; Fomin, V. M.

    2016-01-01

    This work is devoted to the study of the sorption characteristics of various hollow microspherical membranes to reveal particles most suitable for application in the membrane-sorption technologies of helium extraction from a natural gas. The permeability of the investigated sorbents to helium and their impermeability to air and methane are shown experimentally. The sorption-desorption dependences of the studied sorbents have been obtained, from which the parameters of their specific permeability to helium are calculated. It has been established that the physicochemical modification of the original particles exerts a great influence on the coefficient of the permeability of a sorbent to helium. Specially treated cenospheres have displayed high efficiency as membranes for selective extraction of helium.

  19. Long-term bioventing performance in low-permeability soils

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    Phelps, M.B.; Stanin, F.T.; Downey, D.C.

    1995-12-31

    Short-term and long-term bioventing treatability testing has shown that in situ air injection and extraction is a practical method for sustaining increased oxygen levels and enhancing aerobic biodegradation of petroleum hydrocarbons in low-permeability soils. At several test sites, initial physical parameter analysis of soils and air permeability tests indicated that impacted soils (fine sandy silts and clays) had low air permeabilities. Measurements of depleted soil-gas oxygen levels and increased soil-gas carbon dioxide levels indicated that the natural process of aerobic biodegradation of petroleum hydrocarbons was oxygen-limited. Initial treatability testing consisted of air permeability tests to measure the permeability of the soils to air and in situ respiration tests to measure the rates at which native microorganisms could biodegrade the contaminants when provided with sufficient oxygen. During the long-term treatment period, active air injection or extraction systems were operated for 1 year or longer. Soil gas was periodically monitored within the treatment zone to evaluate the success of the bioventing systems in increasing soil-gas oxygen levels in the low-permeability soils. Follow-up respiration tests and soil and soil-gas sampling were conducted to evaluate changes in respiration rates and contaminant concentrations with time.

  20. Permeability anisotropy of serpentinite and fluid pathways in a subduction zone

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    Katayama, I.; Kawano, S.; Okazaki, K.

    2011-12-01

    Subduction zones are the only sites where water is transported into the Earth's deep interior. Although the fluid released into the mantle wedge is generally believed to ascend under buoyancy, it is possible that fluid movement is influenced by anisotropic permeability in localized shear zones. The mantle rocks at the plate interface of a subducting slab are subjected to non-coaxial stress and commonly develop a strong foliation. Indeed, the existence of foliated serpentinite is indicated by strong seismic anisotropy in the forearc mantle wedge (e.g., Katayama et al., 2009; Bezacier et al., 2010). Therefore, fluid pathways in the mantle wedge may be controlled by the preferred orientation of highly anisotropic minerals. In this study, we measured the permeability of highly foliated natural serpentinite, in directions parallel and perpendicular to the foliation, and we discuss the influence of permeability anisotropy on fluid flow in subduction zones. The permeability was measured by an intra-vessel deformation and fluid flow apparatus housed at Hiroshima University. In the measurements, we used nitrogen gas as a pore fluid and maintained constant pore pressure during the measurements (Pp < 6 MPa). The obtained gas permeability was then converted to intrinsic permeability using the Klinkenberg effect, which is known to be insensitive to the type of pore fluid. Under low confining pressure, all the experiments show similar permeability, in the order of 10-19 m2. However, permeability anisotropy appears under high confining pressures, with the specimens oriented parallel to the foliation having higher permeability than those oriented normal to the foliation. At a confining pressure of 50 MPa, the difference in permeability between the samples with contrasting orientations reaches several orders of magnitude, possibly reflecting the pore tortuosity of the highly sheared serpentinite, as indicated by the Kozeny-Carman relation. The present experimental data show that

  1. Permeable pavement study (Edison)

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    While permeable pavement is increasingly being used to control stormwater runoff, field-based, side-by-side investigations on the effects different pavement types have on nutrient concentrations present in stormwater runoff are limited. In 2009, the U.S. EPA constructed a 0.4-ha parking lot in Edison, New Jersey, that incorporated permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP), pervious concrete (PC), and porous asphalt (PA). Each permeable pavement type has four, 54.9-m2, lined sections that direct all infiltrate into 5.7-m3 tanks enabling complete volume collection and sampling. This paper highlights the results from a 12-month period when samples were collected from 13 rainfall/runoff events and analyzed for nitrogen species, orthophosphate, and organic carbon. Differences in infiltrate concentrations among the three permeable pavement types were assessed and compared with concentrations in rainwater samples and impervious asphalt runoff samples, which were collected as controls. Contrary to expectations based on the literature, the PA infiltrate had significantly larger total nitrogen (TN) concentrations than runoff and infiltrate from the other two permeable pavement types, indicating that nitrogen leached from materials in the PA strata. There was no significant difference in TN concentration between runoff and infiltrate from either PICP or PC, but TN in runoff was significantly larger than in the rainwater, suggesting meaningful inter-event dry de

  2. Interpretation of gas transient pulse tests on low-porosity rocks

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    Liu, Ming-Ming; Chen, Yi-Feng; Wei, Kai; Zhou, Chuang-Bing

    2017-09-01

    The gas transient pulse test (GTPT) is a reliable technique for efficiently measuring the permeability of low-porosity rocks, but requires an analytical model that well considers the compressibility of gas for data interpretation. In this study, an interpretive model was proposed for calculation of both permeability and porosity from the GTPT data based on the assumption of a constant gradient of pressure squared in the sample. The proposed model relies on the time-series of pressure data in both reservoirs, and is of high efficiency because the calculation could be readily obtained long before the final equilibrium state of the test is approached. The proposed model was analytically and numerically validated, and was applied for data interpretation of the GTPTs performed on a metamorphosed sandstone sample under deviatoric loading, showing that it corrects the limitation of the classic Brace et al.'s model for overestimating the permeability from the GTPT data.

  3. Negative permeability from random particle composites

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    Hussain, Shahid

    2017-04-01

    Artificial media, such as those composed of periodically-spaced wires for negative permittivity and split ring resonators for negative permeability have been extensively investigated for negative refractive index (NRI) applications (Smith et al., 2004; Pendry et al., 1999) [1,2]. This paper presents an alternative method for producing negative permeability: granular (or particulate) composites incorporating magnetic fillers. Artificial media, such as split-ring resonators, are designed to produce a magnetic resonance feature, which results in negative permeability over a narrow frequency range about the resonance frequency. The position of the feature is dependent upon the size of the inclusion. The material in this case is anisotropic, such that the feature is only observable when the materials are orientated in a specific direction relative to the applied field. A similar resonance can be generated in magnetic granular (particulate) materials: ferromagnetic resonance from the natural spin resonance of particles. Although the theoretical resonance profiles in granular composites shows the permeability dipping to negative values, this is rarely observed experimentally due to resonance damping effects. Results are presented for iron in spherical form and in flake form, dispersed in insulating host matrices. The two particle shapes show different permeability performance, with the magnetic flakes producing a negative contribution. This is attributed to the stronger coupling with the magnetic field resulting from the high aspect ratio of the flakes. The accompanying ferromagnetic resonance is strong enough to overcome the effects of damping and produce negative permeability. The size of random particle composites is not dictated by the wavelength of the applied field, so the materials are potentially much thinner than other, more traditional artificial composites at microwave frequencies.

  4. InGaAsP/InAlAs type I/type II multiple quantum well structures grown by gas source molecular beam epitaxy

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    Kawamura, Yuichi; Iwamura, Hidetoshi

    1995-05-01

    In 1- xGa xAs 1- yP y/In 0.52Al 0.48As multiple quantum well (MQW) structures have been grown on InP substrates by gas source molecular beam epitaxy and the compositional dependence of the optical properties are studied by photoluminescence and optical absorption measurements. It is found that the type I/type II transition occurs at a P composition of 0.60. From the compositional dependence of the effective bandgap of the InGaAsP/InAlAs MQW structure, the valence band discontinuity ( ΔEv) of the InP/InAlAs hetero-interface is estimated to be 0.20 eV, which is consistent with the result for the conduction band discontinuity ( ΔEc) of In 1- w-zGa wAl zAs/InP MQW structures.

  5. Anisotropic electrical transport properties of a two-dimensional electron gas at SrTiO3-LaAlO3 interfaces

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    Brinks, Peter; Siemons, Wolter; Kleibeuker, Josee; Koster, Gertjan; Rijnders, Guus; Huijben, Mark

    2011-01-01

    Experimental evidence of strong in-plane anisotropy in electrical properties of the confined electron gas at the SrTiO{sub 3}-LaAlO{sub 3} interface on top of (LaAlO{sub 3}){sub 0.3}(Sr{sub 2}AlTaO{sub 3}){sub 0.7} substrates is provided by detailed transport measurements. Structured measurement geometries in multiple directions are used to show dependence of the sheet resistance with the in-plane angle {theta}, which is fitted with a sine function with a period of 180{sup o}. The carrier density remains constant and a directional dependence of the carrier mobility of more than one order of magnitude is determined with respect to the orientation of the unit cell height steps present at the SrTiO{sub 3}-LaAlO{sub 3} interface.

  6. Determination of Coal Permeability Using Pressure Transient Methods

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    McLendon, T.R.; Siriwardane, H.; Haljasmaa, I.V.; Bromhal, G.S.; Soong, Y.; Irdi, G.A.

    2007-05-01

    Coalbed methane is a significant natural resource in the Appalachian region. It is believed that coalbed methane production can be enhanced by injection of carbon dioxide into coalbeds. However, the influence of carbon dioxide injection on coal permeability is not yet well understood. Competitive sorption of carbon dioxide and methane gases onto coal is a known process. Laboratory experiments and limited field experience indicate that coal will swell during sorption of a gas and shrink during desorption of a gas. The swelling and shrinkage may change the permeability of the coal. In this study, the permeability of coal was determined by using carbon dioxide as the flowing fluid. Coal samples with different dimensions were prepared for laboratory permeability tests. Carbon dioxide was injected into the coal and the permeability was determined by using pressure transient methods. The confining pressure was variedto cover a wide range of depths. The permeability was also determined as a function of exposure time of carbon dioxide while the confining stress was kept constant. CT scans were taken before and after the introduction of carbon dioxide. Results show that the porosity and permeability of the coal matrix was very low. The paper presents experimental data and theoretical aspects of the flow of carbon dioxide through a coal sample during pressure transient tests. The suitability of the pressure transient methods for determining permeability of coal during carbon dioxide injection is discussed in the paper.

  7. Heterogeneity is important for predicting the permeability of seismic scale faults

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    Kremer, Y.; Lunn, R. J.; Shipton, Z. K.; Wibberley, C.

    2011-12-01

    Faults have long been recognised to form important controls on fluid flow in the geosphere (Caine et al, 1996, Geology v. 24). Several techniques have been developed to predict the permeability of faults at depth using the geophysical and well data commonly available in hydrocarbon industry workflows. Of these the Shale Gouge Ratio (SGR) is most commonly used (Fristad et al., 1997, NPF special publication 7). SGR assumes homogenous mixing of the entire displaced host rock stratigraphy into a uniform gouge. As such it does not accommodate for the strong along-strike and along-dip lateral variation of fault zone properties. The work presented here tries to shed light on how and where fluids flow across, and along, heterogeneous fault zones. Detailed maps of fault outcrops are combined with lab based permeability measurements to serve as the basis for detailed numerical modelling. The modelling reveals the relative importance of the different fault zone components and underlines the effect of their heterogeneity. The presence of paleo-fluid flow indicators allows us to calibrate our models and demonstrate the validity of our approach. We have mapped eight fault outcrops on the Colorado plateau, South East Utah, in mm scale detail. We focus on seismic scale faults, with displacements ranging from 20 to 1000m. All faults cut predominantly clastic sequences with an emphasis on mixed sand and shale sequences. Permeabilities of the fault zone components are determined using a gas based pulse decay permeameter. We use MODFLOW to model single-phase fluid flow. For all the modelled faults, fluid flow is concentrated into the highest permeability zones of the faults that are linked in the direction of flow. The focussing is controlled by the thickness variation of the lowest permeability parts (mostly silty and shaley gouges and smears). Both modelling and paleo-fluid flow indicators show that permeable sandstone lenses and slip surfaces strongly reduce the effectiveness of

  8. Combustion of Gas-Permeable Gun Propellants

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    Li, Yuxiang; Yang, Weitao; Ying, Sanjiu; Peng, Jinhua

    2015-07-01

    Foamed propellants prepared by supercritical fluid foaming show considerably high burning rates due to their porous structures. To further investigate combustion of foamed propellants, quenched combustion experiments and closed-vessel experiments were carried out, Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was also used to observe their porous morphology. The SEM images show that foamed propellant grains exhibit a porous core and compact skin. The research results show that the porous core is first burned out and the compact skin is burned out at the later burning stage. The results also demonstrate that pore size exerts an important effect on the burning behaviors of foamed propellants.

  9. IMPACT OF CAPILLARY AND BOND NUMBERS ON RELATIVE PERMEABILITY

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    Kishore K. Mohanty

    2002-09-30

    Recovery and recovery rate of oil, gas and condensates depend crucially on their relative permeability. Relative permeability in turn depends on the pore structure, wettability and flooding conditions, which can be represented by a set of dimensionless groups including capillary and bond numbers. The effect of flooding conditions on drainage relative permeabilities is not well understood and is the overall goal of this project. This project has three specific objectives: to improve the centrifuge relative permeability method, to measure capillary and bond number effects experimentally, and to develop a pore network model for multiphase flows. A centrifuge has been built that can accommodate high pressure core holders and x-ray saturation monitoring. The centrifuge core holders can operate at a pore pressure of 6.9 MPa (1000 psi) and an overburden pressure of 17 MPa (2500 psi). The effect of capillary number on residual saturation and relative permeability in drainage flow has been measured. A pore network model has been developed to study the effect of capillary numbers and viscosity ratio on drainage relative permeability. Capillary and Reynolds number dependence of gas-condensate flow has been studied during well testing. A method has been developed to estimate relative permeability parameters from gas-condensate well test data.

  10. Carrier-number fluctuations in the 2-dimensional electron gas at the LaAlO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} interface

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    Barone, C. Romeo, F.; Pagano, S.; Di Gennaro, E.; Miletto Granozio, F.; Scotti di Uccio, U.; Pallecchi, I.; Marrè, D.

    2013-12-02

    The voltage-spectral density S{sub V} (f) of the 2-dimensional electron gas formed at the interface of LaAlO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} has been thoroughly investigated. The low-frequency component has a clear 1/f behavior with a quadratic bias current dependence, attributed to resistance fluctuations. However, its temperature dependence is inconsistent with the classical Hooge model, based on carrier-mobility fluctuations. The experimental results are, instead, explained in terms of carrier-number fluctuations, due to an excitation-trapping mechanism of the 2-dimensional electron gas.

  11. Synthesis of flower-like Al doped ZnO microstructures by hydrothermal process and analysis of their gas sensing properties

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    Li, Zan; Qin, Wei; Zhao, Wenjie; Wu, Xiaohong

    2014-04-01

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO) powders with flower-like microstructures were successfully synthesized through a simple and efficient hydrothermal approach, and were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy diffraction spectrum (EDS). All the samples presented high crystallinity with a hexagonal wurtzite structure. The heater gas sensors based on AZO were fabricated and investigation of gas sensing properties was conducted. The sensors showed high response values and reproducible response-recovery for 50-1800 ppm ethanol at 332°C, comparing with NH3, SO2, CO, and HCHO. The underlying mechanism was discussed.

  12. The effect of H2O gas on volatilities of planet-forming major elements. I - Experimental determination of thermodynamic properties of Ca-, Al-, and Si-hydroxide gas molecules and its application to the solar nebula

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    Hashimoto, Akihiko

    1992-01-01

    The vapor pressures of Ca(OH)2(g), Al(OH)3(g), and Si(OH)4(g) molecules in equilibrium with solid calcium-, aluminum, and silicon-oxides, respectively, were determined, and were used to derive the heats of formation and entropies of these species, which are expected to be abundant under the currently postulated physical conditions in the primordial solar nebula. These data, in conjunction with thermodynamic data from literature, were used to calculate the relative abundances of M, MO(x), and M(OH)n gas species and relative volatilities of Fe, Mg, Si, Ca, and Al for ranges of temperature, total pressure, and H/O abundance ratio corresponding to the plausible ranges of physical conditions in the solar nebula. The results are used to explain how Ca and Al could have evaporated from Ca,Al-rich inclusions in carbonaceous chondrites, while Si, Mg, and Fe condensed onto them during the preaccretion alteration of CAIs.

  13. The effect of H2O gas on volatilities of planet-forming major elements. I - Experimental determination of thermodynamic properties of Ca-, Al-, and Si-hydroxide gas molecules and its application to the solar nebula

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    Hashimoto, Akihiko

    1992-01-01

    The vapor pressures of Ca(OH)2(g), Al(OH)3(g), and Si(OH)4(g) molecules in equilibrium with solid calcium-, aluminum, and silicon-oxides, respectively, were determined, and were used to derive the heats of formation and entropies of these species, which are expected to be abundant under the currently postulated physical conditions in the primordial solar nebula. These data, in conjunction with thermodynamic data from literature, were used to calculate the relative abundances of M, MO(x), and M(OH)n gas species and relative volatilities of Fe, Mg, Si, Ca, and Al for ranges of temperature, total pressure, and H/O abundance ratio corresponding to the plausible ranges of physical conditions in the solar nebula. The results are used to explain how Ca and Al could have evaporated from Ca,Al-rich inclusions in carbonaceous chondrites, while Si, Mg, and Fe condensed onto them during the preaccretion alteration of CAIs.

  14. Permeability of coal to CH4 under fixed volume boundary conditions: the effect of stress-strain-sorption behaviour

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    Liu, Jinfeng; Fokker, Peter; Spiers, Christopher

    2016-04-01

    Permeability evolution in coal reservoirs during CO2-Enhanced Coalbed Methane (ECBM) production is strongly influenced by swelling/shrinkage effects related to sorption and desorption of CO2 and CH4, respectively. Numerous permeability models, coupling the swelling response of coal to gas sorption, have been developed to predict in-situ coal seam permeability evolution during (E)CBM. However, experimental studies, aimed at testing such models, have mainly focused on the permeability changes occurring under constant lateral stress conditions, which are inconsistent with the in-situ boundary condition of (near) zero lateral strain. We performed CH4 permeability measurements, using the steady-state method, on a cylindrical sample of high volatile bituminous coal (25mm in diameter), under (near) fixed volume versus fixed stress conditions. The sample possessed a clearly visible cleat system. To isolate the effect of sorption on permeability evolution, helium (non-sorbing gas) was used as a control fluid. The bulk sample permeability to helium, under stress control conditions, changed from 4.07×10-17to 7.5×10-18m2, when the effective stress increased from 19.1 to 35.2MPa. Sorption of CH4 at a constant pressure of 10MPa, under fixed volume boundary conditions, resulted in a confining pressure increase from a poroelastically supported value of 29.3MPa to a near-equilibrium value of 38.6MPa over 171 hours. This is caused by the combined effect of the sorption-induced swelling and the self-compression of the sample. The concentration of CH4 adsorbed by the sample was 0.113 mmol/gcoal. During the adsorption process, the permeability to CH4 also decreased from 2.38×10-17 to 4.91×10-18m2, proving a strong influence of stress-strain-sorption behavior (c.f. Hol et al., 2012) on fracture permeability evolution. The CH4 permeability subsequently measured under stress controlled conditions varied from 1.37×10-17 to 4.33×10-18m2, for same change in confining pressure, i.e. 28

  15. Fabrication of Fe-TiC-Al2O3 composites on the surface of steel using a TiO2-Al-C-Fe combustion reaction induced by gas tungsten arc cladding

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    Sharifitabar, Mahmood; Khaki, Jalil Vahdati; Sabzevar, Mohsen Haddad

    2016-02-01

    The aim of the present study was to fabricate Fe-TiC-Al2O3 composites on the surface of medium carbon steel. For this purpose, TiO2-3C and 3TiO2-4Al-3C- xFe (0 ≤ x ≤ 4.6 by mole) mixtures were pre-placed on the surface of a medium carbon steel plate. The mixtures and substrate were then melted using a gas tungsten arc cladding process. The results show that the martensite forms in the layer produced by the TiO2-3C mixture. However, ferrite-Fe3C-TiC phases are the main phases in the microstructure of the clad layer produced by the 3TiO2-4Al-3C mixture. The addition of Fe to the TiO2-4Al-3C reactants with the content from 0 to 20wt% increases the volume fraction of particles, and a composite containing approximately 9vol% TiC and Al2O3 particles forms. This composite substantially improves the substrate hardness. The mechanism by which Fe particles enhance the TiC + Al2O3 volume fraction in the composite is determined.

  16. In situ synthesis and hardness of TiC/Ti5Si3 composites on Ti-5Al-2.5Sn substrates by gas tungsten arc welding

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    Yan, Wen-qing; Dai, Le; Gui, Chi-bin

    2013-03-01

    TiC/Ti5Si3 composites were fabricated on Ti-5Al-2.5Sn substrates by gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). Identification of the phases was performed using X-ray diffraction (XRD). The microstructures were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) combined with energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS) and optical microscopy (OM). The Vickers hardness was measured with a micro-hardness tester. The TiC/Ti5Si3 composites were obtained in a double-layer track, and the Vickers hardness of the track increased by two to three times compared with the Ti-5Al-2.5Sn substrate.

  17. Fracture toughness of Al2O3/ZrSiO4 coatings obtained by multi-chamber gas-dynamic accelerator

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    Arseenko, M. Yu; Kovaleva, M. G.; Prozorova, M. S.; Vagina, O. N.; Yapryntsev, M. N.

    2017-05-01

    In the current work the research of fracture toughness of Al2O3/xZrSiO4 composite coatings have been realized using automatic system for microhardness analysis. Al2O3/xZrSiO4 (x = 0, 3, 25 wt. %) coatings were produced from a mixture of cheap raw materials (alumina and zircon ZrSiO4) on the surface of stainless steels by a new multi-chamber gas-dynamic accelerator. It has been experimentally established that adding of ZrSiO4 increases fracture toughness of alumina coatings.

  18. Chemical Vapor Deposition of TiAlN film by Using Titanium Tetrachloride, Dimethylethylamine Alane and Ammonia Gas for ULSI Cu Diffusion Barrier Application

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    Shin, Young-Hoon; Shimogaki, Yukihiro

    2004-12-01

    We report on the deposition of Ti1-xAlxN films by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) system. Titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4), dimethylethylamine alane (DMEAA) and ammonia gas were used as sources. Chemical composition, microstructure and electrical resistivity were investigated at various deposition conditions by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and 4 point probe. Al content, x, in Ti1-xAlxN film was varied from 0.04 to 0.79 in our experimental conditions. As deposition temperature increased in the temperature range from 220°C to 410°C, Al content decreased. Also, Al content in Ti1-xAlxN films shows a linear relationship with the partial pressure of DMEAA. Up to x=0.15, glancing angle XRD peaks showed only B1 (NaCl) cubic structures but further increasing of Al content leads to amorphous structure. For Ti0.76Al0.24N film, Cu(50 nm)/Ti0.76Al0.24N(20 nm)/Si substrate stack was prepared to examine the barrier property against Cu diffusion. Cu diffused into Si substrate through the Ti0.76Al0.24N(20 nm) film from 700°C, 30 min vacuum annealing. This result is higher than that of CVD-TiN(50 nm) barrier which failed at 400°C.

  19. Permeability and of the San Andreas Fault core and damage zone from SAFOD drill core

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    Rathbun, A. P.; Fry, M.; Kitajima, H.; Song, I.; Carpenter, B. M.; Marone, C.; Saffer, D. M.

    2012-12-01

    the volumetric and axial strain in response to changes in effective stress. Permeability of the CDZ is systematically lower than that of the damage zone or wall rock, and decreases from 2x10 -19m 2 at 5 MPa effective stress to 5x10-21 m 2 at 65 MPa. Some damage zone samples exhibit permeabilities as low as the CDZ, but most values are ~10-30 times higher. For both the damage zone and CDZ, permeability anisotropy is negligible. Volumetric compressibility (mv) decreases from ~1x10-9 Pa-1 to ~1x10-10 Pa-1 and hydraulic diffusivity decreases from ~2x10-7 m2/s to 1.7x10-8 m2/s over a range of effective stresses from 10 to 65 MPa. Our results are consistent with published geochemical data from SAFOD mud gas monitoring, and from inferred pore pressures during drilling [Zoback et al., 2010], which together suggest that the fault has a low permeability and is a barrier to regional fluid flow along. Our results also demonstrate that the diffusivity of the fault core of CDZ is sufficiently low to result in effectively undrained behavior over timescales of minutes to hours, thus facilitating dynamic hydrologic processes that may impact fault slip, including thermal pressurization and dilatancy hardening.

  20. Gas-phase rotational spectroscopy of AlCCH (XΣ+): A model system for organo-aluminum compounds

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    Sun, M.; Halfen, D. T.; Min, J.; Clouthier, D. J.; Ziurys, L. M.

    2012-11-01

    The pure rotational spectrum of AlCCH in its ground electronic state (XΣ+) has been measured using Fourier transform microwave (FTMW) and mm/sub-mm direct absorption spectroscopy. AlCCH was created in a DC discharge from HCCH and aluminum vapor, either produced by a Broida-type oven, or generated from Al(CH3)3 in a supersonic jet source. Rotational transitions were measured for five isotopologues of AlCCH, with 13C and deuterium substitutions. From these data, rotational and Al and D quadrupole parameters were determined, as well as an accurate structure. AlCCH appears to exhibit an acetylenic arrangement with significant covalent character in the Al-C single bond.

  1. Study of Eu{sup 3+} → Eu{sup 2+} reduction in BaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}:Eu prepared in different gas atmospheres

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    Rezende, Marcos V. dos S.; Valerio, Mário E.G.; Jackson, Robert A.

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • The effect of different gas atmospheres on the Eu reduction process was studied. • The Eu reduction was monitored analyzing XANES region at the Eu L{sub III}-edge. • Hydrogen reducing agent are the most appropriate gas for Eu{sup 2+} stabilization. • Only a part of the Eu ions can be stabilized in the divalent state. • A model of Eu reduction process is proposed. - Abstract: The effect of different gas atmospheres such as H{sub 2}(g), synthetic air, carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen (N{sub 2}) on the Eu{sup 3+} → Eu{sup 2+} reduction process during the synthesis of Eu-doped BaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} was studied using synchrotron radiation. The Eu{sup 3+} → Eu{sup 2+} reduction was monitored analyzing XANES region when the sample are excited at the Eu L{sub III}-edge. The results show that the hydrogen reducing agent are the most appropriate gas for Eu{sup 2+} stabilization in BaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} and that only a part of the Eu ions can be stabilized in the divalent state. A model of Eu reduction process, based on the incorporation of charge compensation defects, is proposed.

  2. EPA Permeable Surface Research - Poster

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    EPA recognizes permeable surfaces as an effective post-construction infiltration-based Best Management Practice to mitigate the adverse effects of stormwater runoff. The professional user community conceptually embraces permeable surfaces as a tool for making runoff more closely...

  3. EPA Permeable Surface Research - Poster

    EPA Science Inventory

    EPA recognizes permeable surfaces as an effective post-construction infiltration-based Best Management Practice to mitigate the adverse effects of stormwater runoff. The professional user community conceptually embraces permeable surfaces as a tool for making runoff more closely...

  4. Preliminary relative permeability estimates of methanehydrate-bearing sand

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    Seol, Yongkoo; Kneafsey, Timothy J.; Tomutsa, Liviu; Moridis,George J.

    2006-05-08

    The relative permeability to fluids in hydrate-bearing sediments is an important parameter for predicting natural gas production from gas hydrate reservoirs. We estimated the relative permeability parameters (van Genuchten alpha and m) in a hydrate-bearing sand by means of inverse modeling, which involved matching water saturation predictions with observations from a controlled waterflood experiment. We used x-ray computed tomography (CT) scanning to determine both the porosity and the hydrate and aqueous phase saturation distributions in the samples. X-ray CT images showed that hydrate and aqueous phase saturations are non-uniform, and that water flow focuses in regions of lower hydrate saturation. The relative permeability parameters were estimated at two locations in each sample. Differences between the estimated parameter sets at the two locations were attributed to heterogeneity in the hydrate saturation. Better estimates of the relative permeability parameters require further refinement of the experimental design, and better description of heterogeneity in the numerical inversions.

  5. Carrier dynamics of optical emission from two-dimensional electron gas in undoped AlGaN/GaN single heterojunctions

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    Kwack, H. S.; Cho, Y. H.; Kim, G. H.; Park, M. R.; Youn, D. H.; Bae, S. B.; Lee, K.-S.; Lee, J. H.; Lee, J. H.

    2006-06-01

    The strucutral and optical properties of undoped AlGaN/GaN single heterojunctions (HJs) were studied by means of high-resolution x-ray diffraction, photoluminescence (PL), cathodoluminescence (CL), and time-resolved PL spectroscopy. An additional two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG)-related PL and CL emission appeared at about 40 meV below the GaN band-edge emission energy and persisted up to about 100 K, while this peak disappeared when the top AlGaN layer was removed by reactive ion etching. Depth-resolved CL spectra reveal the presence of a 2DEG at the heterointerface. The additional PL and CL emission below the GaN band-edge emission is attributed to the recombination between photogenerated holes and electrons confined at 2DEG states in the triangular-shaped interface potential. For the 2DEG emission, we observed an about 50-ps delayed rise time than the GaN and AlGaN emissions by using time-resolved PL, indicating effective carrier transfer from the GaN flatband and AlGaN regions to the heterointerface. From the results, we explained the optical properties and carrier recombination dynamics of 2DEG, GaN, and AlGaN emissions in undoped AlGaN/GaN single HJs.

  6. Effects of proton irradiation on a gas phase in which condensation takes place. I Negative Mg-26 anomalies and Al-26. [applied to solar and meteoritic composition

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    Heymann, D.; Dziczkaniec, M.; Walker, A.; Huss, G.; Morgan, J. A.

    1978-01-01

    In the present paper, isotopic effects in magnesium generated in a proton-irradiated gas phase are examined, taking only (p,n), (p,d), and (p, alpha) reactions in magnesium, aluminum, and silicon into consideration. In the presence of proton radiation, the three elements are 'removed' from the gas phase by condensation. It is required that a value of Al-26/Al-27 greater than 6 times 10 to the -5th must be reached, consistent with the value deduced by Lee Papanastassiou, and Wasserburg (1976) from their studies of the Allende meteorite. The calculations show that fast aluminum condensation reduces the required proton fluence substantially, that a significant fraction of aluminum remains uncondensed when the above value of the Al-26/Al-27 ratio is reached, that a detectable MG-24 excess is very likely to occur, that detectable negative MG-28 anomalies can be generated, and that proton fluxes and irradiation times can be varied simultaneously, and over a wide range of values, without significant changes in the required proton fluence.

  7. Phase Stability of Al-5Fe-V-Si Coatings Produced by Cold Gas Dynamic Spray Process Using Rapidly Solidified Feedstock Materials

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    Bérubé, G.; Yandouzi, M.; Zúñiga, A.; Ajdelsztajn, L.; Villafuerte, J.; Jodoin, B.

    2012-03-01

    In this study, aluminum alloy Al-5Fe-V-Si (in wt.%) feedstock powder, produced by rapid solidification (RS) using the gas atomization process, was selected to produce high-temperature resistant Al-alloy coatings using the cold gas dynamic spraying process (CGDS). The alloy composition was chosen for its mechanical properties at elevated temperature for potential applications in internal-combustion (IC) engines. The CGDS spray process was selected due to its relatively low operating temperature, thus preventing significant heating of the particles during spraying and as such allowing the original phases of the feedstock powder to be preserved within the coatings. The microstructure and phases stability was investigated by means of Scanning Electron Microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetery techniques. The coatings mechanical properties were evaluated through bond strength and microhardness testing. The study revealed the conservation of the complex microstructure of the rapid solidified powder during the spray process. Four distinct microstructures were observed as well as two different phases, namely a Al13(Fe,V)3Si silicide phase and a metastable (Al,Si) x (Fe,V) Micro-quasicrystalline Icosahedral (MI) phase. Aging of the coating samples was performed and confirmed that the phase transformation of the metastable phases and coarsening of the nanosized precipitates will occurs at around 400 °C. The metastable MI phase was determined to be thermally stable up to 390 °C, after which a phase transformation to silicide starts to occur.

  8. Effect of annealing atmosphere on photoluminescence and gas sensing of solution-combustion-synthesized Al, Pd co-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Li, Yan; Liu, Min; Lv, Tan; Wang, Qiong; Zou, Yun-ling; Lian, Xiao-xue; Liu, Hong-peng

    2015-11-01

    Al, Pd co-doped ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) synthesized using a solution combustion method and subsequent annealing process under various atmospheres, including air, nitrogen, and hydrogen, were characterized using x-ray diffraction, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The gas-sensing properties of the sensors based on the NPs were also examined. The results indicated that the Al, Pd co-doped ZnO NPs, with an average crystallite size of 10 nm, exhibited enhanced gas-sensing performance compared with that of pure ZnO and Al-doped ZnO. The response of the Al, Pd co-doped ZnO NPs annealed in N2 to ethanol (49.22) was nearly 5.7 times higher than that to acetone (8.61) and approximately 20 - 27 times higher than that to benzene (2.38), carbon monoxide (2.23), and methane (1.78), which demonstrates their excellent selectivity to ethanol versus other gases. This high ethanol response can be attributed to the combined effects of the small size, Schottky barrier, lattice defects, and catalysis. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  9. NOx abatement in the exhaust of lean-burn natural gas engines over Ag-supported γ-Al2O3 catalysts

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    Azizi, Y.; Kambolis, A.; Boréave, A.; Giroir-Fendler, A.; Retailleau-Mevel, L.; Guiot, B.; Marchand, O.; Walter, M.; Desse, M.-L.; Marchin, L.; Vernoux, P.

    2016-04-01

    A series of Ag catalysts supported on γ-Al2O3, including two different γ-Al2O3 supports and various Ag loadings (2-8 wt.%), was prepared, characterized (SEM, TEM, BET, physisorption, TPR, NH3-TPD) and tested for the selective catalytic reduction of NOx by CH4 for lean-burn natural gas engines exhausts. The catalysts containing 2 wt.% Ag supported on γ-Al2O3 were found to be most efficient for the NOx reduction into N2 with a maximal conversion of 23% at 650 °C. This activity was clearly linked with the ability of the catalyst to concomitantly produce CO, via the methane steam reforming, and NO2. The presence of small AgOx nanoparticles seems to be crucial for the methane activation and NOx reduction.

  10. Structural properties of AlGaP films on GaP grown by gas-source molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Dadgostar, S.; Hussein, E. H.; Schmidtbauer, J.; Boeck, T.; Hatami, F.; Masselink, W. T.

    2015-09-01

    The growth of Al0.85Ga0.15P on GaP using gas-source molecular-beam epitaxy is investigated using in situ high-energy electron diffraction, high-resolution x-ray diffraction, atomic-force microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. Growth temperature and phosphorus flux were varied. The 1.0-μm AlGaP films were grow on a GaP buffer layer and capped with GaP. The investigation indicates that a growth temperature of 490 °C and a cracked PH3 flux of 2.7 sccm resulted in the best AlGaP quality, while maintaining very good GaP quality.

  11. Strain-dependent permeability of volcanic rocks.

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    Farquharson, Jamie; Heap, Michael; Baud, Patrick

    2016-04-01

    We explore permeability evolution during deformation of volcanic materials using a suite of rocks with varying compositions and physical properties (such as porosity ϕ). 40 mm × 20 mm cylindrical samples were made from a range of extrusive rocks, including andesites from Colima, Mexico (ϕ˜0.08; 0.18; 0.21), Kumamoto, Japan (ϕ˜0.13), and Ruapehu, New Zealand (ϕ˜0.15), and basalt from Mt Etna, Italy (ϕ˜0.04). Gas permeability of each sample was measured before and after triaxial deformation using a steady-state benchtop permeameter. To study the strain-dependence of permeability in volcanic rocks, we deformed samples to 2, 3, 4, 6, and 12 % axial strain at a constant strain rate of 10-5 s-1. Further, the influence of failure mode - dilatant or compactant - on permeability was assessed by repeating experiments at different confining pressures. During triaxial deformation, porosity change of the samples was monitored by a servo-controlled pore fluid pump. Below an initial porosity of ˜0.18, and at low confining pressures (≤ 20 MPa), we observe a dilatant failure mode (shear fracture formation). With increasing axial strain, stress is accommodated by fault sliding and the generation of ash-sized gouge between the fracture planes. In higher-porosity samples, or at relatively higher confining pressures (≥ 60 MPa), we observe compactant deformation characterised by a monotonous decrease in porosity with increasing axial strain. The relative permeability k' is given by the change in permeability divided by the initial reference state. When behaviour is dilatant, k' tends to be positive: permeability increases with progressive deformation. However, results suggest that after a threshold amount of strain, k' can decrease. k' always is negative (permeability decreases during deformation) when compaction is the dominant behaviour. Our results show that - in the absence of a sealing or healing process - the efficiency of a fault to transmit fluids is correlated to

  12. Permeability of WIPP Salt During Damage Evolution and Healing

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    BODNER,SOL R.; CHAN,KWAI S.; MUNSON,DARRELL E.

    1999-12-03

    The presence of damage in the form of microcracks can increase the permeability of salt. In this paper, an analytical formulation of the permeability of damaged rock salt is presented for both initially intact and porous conditions. The analysis shows that permeability is related to the connected (i.e., gas accessible) volumetric strain and porosity according to two different power-laws, which may be summed to give the overall behavior of a porous salt with damage. This relationship was incorporated into a constitutive model, known as the Multimechanism Deformation Coupled Fracture (MDCF) model, which has been formulated to describe the inelastic flow behavior of rock salt due to coupled creep, damage, and healing. The extended model was used to calculate the permeability of rock salt from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) site under conditions where damage evolved with stress over a time period. Permeability changes resulting from both damage development under deviatoric stresses and damage healing under hydrostatic pressures were considered. The calculated results were compared against experimental data from the literature, which indicated that permeability in damaged intact WIPP salt depends on the magnitude of the gas accessible volumetric strain and not on the total volumetric strain. Consequently, the permeability of WIPP salt is significantly affected by the kinetics of crack closure, but shows little dependence on the kinetics of crack removal by sintering.

  13. Liquid-permeable electrode

    DOEpatents

    Folser, George R.

    1980-01-01

    Electrodes for use in an electrolytic cell, which are liquid-permeable and have low electrical resistance and high internal surface area are provided of a rigid, porous, carbonaceous matrix having activated carbon uniformly embedded throughout. The activated carbon may be catalyzed with platinum for improved electron transfer between electrode and electrolyte. Activated carbon is mixed with a powdered thermosetting phenolic resin and compacted to the desired shape in a heated mold to melt the resin and form the green electrode. The compact is then heated to a pyrolyzing temperature to carbonize and volatilize the resin, forming a rigid, porous structure. The permeable structure and high internal surface area are useful in electrolytic cells where it is necessary to continuously remove the products of the electrochemical reaction.

  14. Effect of N{sub 2} and Ar gas on DC arc plasma generation and film composition from Ti-Al compound cathodes

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    Zhirkov, Igor Rosen, Johanna; Oks, Efim

    2015-06-07

    DC arc plasma from Ti, Al, and Ti{sub 1−x}Al{sub x} (x = 0.16, 0.25, 0.50, and 0.70) compound cathodes has been characterized with respect to plasma chemistry (charged particles) and charge-state-resolved ion energy for Ar and N{sub 2} pressures in the range 10{sup −6} to 3 × 10{sup −2} Torr. Scanning electron microscopy was used for exploring the correlation between the cathode and film composition, which in turn was correlated with the plasma properties. In an Ar atmosphere, the plasma ion composition showed a reduction of Al of approximately 5 at. % compared to the cathode composition, while deposited films were in accordance with the cathode stoichiometry. Introducing N{sub 2} above ∼5 × 10{sup −3} Torr, lead to a reduced Al content in the plasma as well as in the film, and hence a 1:1 correlation between the cathode and film composition cannot be expected in a reactive environment. This may be explained by an influence of the reactive gas on the arc mode and type of erosion of Ti and Al rich contaminations, as well as on the plasma transport. Throughout the investigated pressure range, a higher deposition rate was obtained from cathodes with higher Al content. The origin of generated gas ions was investigated through the velocity rule, stating that the most likely ion velocities of all cathode elements from a compound cathode are equal. The results suggest that the major part of the gas ions in Ar is generated from electron impact ionization, while gas ions in a N{sub 2} atmosphere primarily originate from a nitrogen contaminated layer on the cathode surface. The presented results provide a contribution to the understanding processes of plasma generation from compound cathodes. It also allows for a more reasonable approach to the selection of composite cathode and experimental conditions for thin film depositions.

  15. Permeability evolution due to dissolution of natural shale fractures reactivated by fracking

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    Kwiatkowski, Kamil; Kwiatkowski, Tomasz; Szymczak, Piotr

    2015-04-01

    Investigation of cores drilled from gas-bearing shale formations reveals a relatively large number of calcite-cemented fractures. During fracking, some of these fractures will be reactivated [1-2] and may become important flow paths in the resulting fracture system. In this communication, we investigate numerically the effect of low-pH reactive fluid on such fractures. The low-pH fluids can either be pumped during the initial fracking stage (as suggested e.g. by Grieser et al., [3]) or injected later, as part of enhanced gas recovery (EGR) processes. In particular, it has been suggested that CO2 injection can be considered as a method of EGR [4], which is attractive as it can potentially be combined with simultaneous CO2 sequestration. However, when mixed with brine, CO2 becomes acidic and thus can be a dissolving agent for the carbonate cement in the fractures. The dissolution of the cement leads to the enhancement of permeability and interconnectivity of the fracture network and, as a result, increases the overall capacity of the reservoir. Importantly, we show that the dissolution of such fractures proceeds in a highly non-homogeneous manner - a positive feedback between fluid transport and mineral dissolution leads to the spontaneous formation of pronounced flow channels, frequently referred to as "wormholes". The wormholes carry the chemically active fluid deeper inside the system, which dramatically speeds up the overall permeability increase. If the low-pH fluids are used during fracking, then the non-uniform dissolution becomes important for retaining the fracture permeability, even in the absence of the proppant. Whereas a uniformly etched fracture will close tightly under the overburden once the fluid pressure is removed, the nonuniform etching will tend to maintain the permeability since the less dissolved regions will act as supports to keep more dissolved regions open. [1] Gale, J. F., Reed, R. M., Holder, J. (2007). Natural fractures in the Barnett

  16. Tailoring a two-dimensional electron gas at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (001) interface by epitaxial strain

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    Bark, C. W.; Felker, D. A.; Wang, Y.; Zhang, Y.; Jang, H. W.; Folkman, C. M.; Park, J. W.; Baek, S. H.; Zhou, H.; Fong, D. D.; Pan, X. Q.; Tsymbal, E. Y.; Rzchowski, M. S.; Eom, C. B.

    2011-01-01

    Recently a metallic state was discovered at the interface between insulating oxides, most notably LaAlO3 and SrTiO3. Properties of this two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) have attracted significant interest due to its potential applications in nanoelectronics. Control over this carrier density and mobility of the 2DEG is essential for applications of these unique systems, and may be achieved by epitaxial strain. However, despite the rich nature of strain effects on oxide materials properties, such as ferroelectricity, magnetism, and superconductivity, the relationship between the strain and electrical properties of the 2DEG at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterointerface remains largely unexplored. Here, we use different lattice constant single-crystal substrates to produce LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces with controlled levels of biaxial epitaxial strain. We have found that tensile-strained SrTiO3 destroys the conducting 2DEG, while compressively strained SrTiO3 retains the 2DEG, but with a carrier concentration reduced in comparison to the unstrained LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface. We have also found that the critical LaAlO3 overlayer thickness for 2DEG formation increases with SrTiO3 compressive strain. Our first-principles calculations suggest that a strain-induced electric polarization in the SrTiO3 layer is responsible for this behavior. The polarization is directed away from the interface and hence creates a negative polarization charge opposing that of the polar LaAlO3 layer. This behavior both increases the critical thickness of the LaAlO3 layer, and reduces carrier concentration above the critical thickness, in agreement with our experimental results. Our findings suggest that epitaxial strain can be used to tailor 2DEGs properties of the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterointerface.

  17. Stainless Steel Permeability

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    Buchenauer, Dean A.; Karnesky, Richard A.

    2015-09-01

    An understanding of the behavior of hydrogen isotopes in materials is critical to predicting tritium transport in structural metals (at high pressure), estimating tritium losses during production (fission environment), and predicting in-vessel inventory for future fusion devices (plasma driven permeation). Current models often assume equilibrium diffusivity and solubility for a class of materials (e.g. stainless steels or aluminum alloys), neglecting trapping effects or, at best, considering a single population of trapping sites. Permeation and trapping studies of the particular castings and forgings enable greater confidence and reduced margins in the models. For FY15, we have continued our investigation of the role of ferrite in permeation for steels of interest to GTS, through measurements of the duplex steel 2507. We also initiated an investigation of the permeability in work hardened materials, to follow up on earlier observations of unusual permeability in a particular region of 304L forgings. Samples were prepared and characterized for ferrite content and coated with palladium to prevent oxidation. Issues with the poor reproducibility of measurements at low permeability were overcome, although the techniques in use are tedious. Funding through TPBAR and GTS were secured for a research grade quadrupole mass spectrometer (QMS) and replacement turbo pumps, which should improve the fidelity and throughput of measurements in FY16.

  18. The mitochondrial permeability transition from yeast to mammals

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    Azzolin, Luca; von Stockum, Sophia; Basso, Emy; Petronilli, Valeria; Forte, Michael A.; Bernardi, Paolo

    2010-01-01

    Regulated permeability changes have been detected in mitochondria across species. We review here their key features, with the goal of assessing whether a “permeability transition” similar to that observed in higher eukaryotes is present in other species. The recent discoveries (i) that treatment with cyclosporin A unmasks an inhibitory site for Pi [Basso et al. (2008) J. Biol Chem. 283, 26307–26311], the classical inhibitor of the permeability transition of yeast; and (ii) that under proper experimental conditions a matrix Ca2+-dependence can be demonstrated in yeast as well [Yamada et al. (2009) Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1787, 1486–1491] suggest that the mitochondrial permeability transition has been conserved during evolution. PMID:20398660

  19. Removal of HCl, SO₂, and NO by treatment of acid gas with Mg-Al oxide slurry.

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    Kameda, Tomohito; Uchiyama, Naoya; Yoshioka, Toshiaki

    2011-01-01

    Although effective treatment of acid gases such as HCl, SO(x), and NO(x) is essential for preventing air pollution, current methods pose other environmental problems such as CaCl₂ leaching, reduced landfill lifetimes, and solid waste production. Here we show that acid gases can be treated simply with a Mg-Al oxide slurry. The contribution of Mg-Al oxide to HCl and SO₂ removal increased as a function of the quantity and temperature of Mg-Al oxide. HCl was removed by the reconstruction of Mg-Al layered double hydroxide (Mg-Al LDH) intercalated with Cl⁻ dissociated from HCl in the slurry. SO₂ was oxidized into SO₃ by oxygen in the air flow, dissolved in an aqueous solution, and removed by the reconstruction of Mg-Al LDH intercalated with dissociated SO₄²⁻. Although less pronounced because of surface adsorption, NO was nonetheless removed by Mg-Al oxide. Our results suggest that simultaneous removal of HCl, SO₂, and NO using a Mg-Al oxide slurry may be possible without the concomitant problems of conventional treatment methods. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Low-temperature growth of single-walled carbon nanotube using Al2O3/Pd/Al2O3 multilayer catalyst by alcohol gas source method at high vacuum

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    Kiribayashi, Hoshimitsu; Ogawa, Seigo; Kozawa, Akinari; Saida, Takahiro; Naritsuka, Shigeya; Maruyama, Takahiro

    2016-06-01

    We carried out single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) growth at 500 and 600 °C using Al2O3/Pd/Al2O3 multilayer catalysts on SiO2/Si substrates by the alcohol gas source method. When the ethanol pressures were 1 × 10-4 and 1 × 10-3 Pa, radial-breathing-mode (RBM) peaks and sharp G band peaks appeared in Raman spectra, indicating the growth of SWCNTs even at 500 °C. When the growth temperature and ethanol pressure were 500 °C and 1 × 10-4 Pa, respectively, the growth rate decreased gradually with the growth time, but the SWCNT growth continued for more than 4 h and the diameter distribution changed as the growth proceeded. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements showed that oxidized Pd catalyst particles were reduced to metallic states after the SWCNT growth started.

  1. Reservoir characteristics of low-permeability sandstones in the Rocky Mountains

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    Byrnes, A.P.

    1997-01-01

    Understanding gas production from low-permeability sandstones requires an understanding of the in situ porosity, brine saturation, and effective gas permeability at reservoir brine saturation. Diagenesis in these sandstones commonly resulted in the destruction of much of the original intergranular porosity and left dissolved grains, clay-filled pores, and sheet-like connecting intergranular pore throats. Pore throats or channels that connect larger pores typically range in size from 1 to 0.1 micron and represent only a small portion of the total porosity. In most low-permeability sandstones, porosity is not significantly changed by confining stress changes, but in situ effective gas permeabilities range from 10 to 1,000 times less than routine air permeability. The influence of confining stress on permeability can be attributed primarily to the decrease in size of the thin, tabular pore throats that connect the larger pores. Under stress, pore throats decrease in diameter by up to 50% to 70% resulting in permeability decreases of 10 to 40 times. Gas effective permeabilities also decrease rapidly to less than 1% of absolute values at water saturations above approximately 40% to 50%. {open_quotes}Irreducible{close_quotes} water saturations increase with decreasing porosity and permeability, and, in sandstones with less than 0.01 md permeability, {open_quotes}irreducible{close_quotes} water saturations increase dramatically. Cumulative flow and storage capacity plots indicate that very thin higher permeability intervals typically yield a large percentage of the cumulative flow capacity. Increased water saturations due to drilling or stimulation result in lower effective gas permeabilities and can unknowingly be stabilized by capillary pressure forces if pore pressures are decreased. This type of formation damage can be remedied by increasing the gas pore pressure to displace mobile water.

  2. IMPERMEABLE THIN AL2O3 OVERLAY FOR TBC PROTECTION FROM SULFATE AND VANADATE ATTACK IN GAS TURBINES

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    Scott X. Mao

    2003-12-16

    To improve the hot corrosion resistance of YSZ thermal barrier coatings, a 25 {micro}m and a 2 {micro}m thick Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay were deposited by HVOF thermal spray and by sol-gel coating method, respectively, onto to the surface of YSZ coating. Indenter test was employed to investigate the spalling of YSZ with and without Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay after hot corrosion. The results showed that Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay acted as a barrier against the infiltration of the molten salt into the YSZ coating during exposure, thus significantly reduced the amount of M-phase of ZrO{sub 2} in YSZ coating. However, a thick Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay was harmful for TBC by increasing compressive stress which causes crack and spalling of YSZ coating. As a result, a dense and thin Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay is critical for simultaneously preventing YSZ from hot corrosion and spalling. In the next reporting period, we will measure or calculate the residue stress within Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay and YSZ coating to study the mechanism of effect of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay on spalling of YSZ coating.

  3. Apparatus for providing directional permeability measurements in subterranean earth formations

    DOEpatents

    Shuck, Lowell Z.

    1977-01-01

    Directional permeability measurements are provided in a subterranean earth formation by injecting a high-pressure gas from a wellbore into the earth formation in various azimuthal directions with the direction having the largest pressure drop being indicative of the maximum permeability direction. These measurements are provided by employing an inflatable boot containing a plurality of conduits in registry with a like plurality of apertures penetrating the housing at circumferentially spaced-apart locations. These conduits are, in turn, coupled through a valved manifold to a source of pressurized gas so that the high-pressure gas may be selectively directed through any conduit into the earth formation defining the bore with the resulting difference in the pressure drop through the various conduits providing the permeability measurements.

  4. Sequential PLD in oxygen/argon gas mixture of Al-doped ZnO thin films with improved electrical and optical properties

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    Coman, Tudor; Timpu, Daniel; Nica, Valentin; Vitelaru, Catalin; Rambu, Alicia Petronela; Stoian, George; Olaru, Mihaela; Ursu, Cristian

    2017-10-01

    Highly conductive transparent Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films were obtained at room temperature through sequential PLD (SPLD) from Zn and Al metallic targets in an oxygen/argon gas mixture. We have investigated the structural, electrical and optical properties as a function of the oxygen/argon pressure ratio in the chamber. The measured Hall carrier concentration was found to increase with argon injection from 1.3 × 1020 to 6.7 × 1020 cm-3, while the laser shots ratio for Al/Zn targets ablation was kept constant. This increase was attributed to an enhancement of the substitution doping into the ZnO lattice. The argon injection also leads to an increase of the Hall mobility up to 20 cm2 V-1 s-1, attributed to a reduction of interstitial-type defects. Thus, the approach of using an oxygen/argon gas mixture during SPLD from metallic targets allows obtaining at room temperature AZO samples with high optical transmittance (about 90%) and low electrical resistivity (down to 5.1 × 10-4 Ω cm).

  5. Status of cross-section data for gas production from vanadium and {sup 26}AL from silicon carbide in a D-T fusion reactor.

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    Gomes, I. C.

    1998-08-11

    Current designs of fusion-reactor systems seek to use radiation-resistant, low-activation materials that support long service lifetimes and minimize radioactive-waste problems after decommissioning. Reliable assessment of fusion materials performance requires accurate neutron-reaction cross sections and radioactive-decay constants. The problem areas usually involve cross sections since decay parameters tend to be better known. The present study was motivated by two specific questions: (i) Why are the {sup 51}V(n,np){sup 50}Ti cross section values in the ENDF/B-VI library so large (a gas production issue)? (ii) How well known are the cross sections associated with producing 7.4 x 10{sup 5} y {sup 26}Al in silicon carbide by the process {sup 28}Si(n,np+d){sup 27} Al(n,2n){sup 26}Al (a long-lived radioactivity issue)? The energy range 14-15 MeV of the D-T fusion neutrons is emphasized. Cross-section error bars are needed so that uncertainties in the gas and radioactivity generated over the lifetime of a reactor can be estimated. We address this issue by comparing values obtained from prominent evaluated cross-section libraries. Small differences between independent evaluations indicate that a physical quantity is well known while the opposite signals a problem. Hydrogen from {sup 51}V(n,p){sup 51}Ti and helium from {sup 51}V(n,{alpha}){sup 48}Sc are also important sources of gas in vanadium, so they too were examined. We conclude that {sup 51}V(n,p){sup 51}Ti is adequately known but {sup 51}V(n,np+d){sup 50}Ti is not. The status for helium generation data is quite good. Due to recent experimental work, {sup 27}Al(n,2n){sup 26}Al seems to be fairly well known. However, the situation for {sup 28}Si(n,np+d){sup 27}Al remains unsatisfactory.

  6. Analytical approximations for effective relative permeability in the capillary limit

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    Rabinovich, Avinoam; Li, Boxiao; Durlofsky, Louis J.

    2016-10-01

    We present an analytical method for calculating two-phase effective relative permeability, krjeff, where j designates phase (here CO2 and water), under steady state and capillary-limit assumptions. These effective relative permeabilities may be applied in experimental settings and for upscaling in the context of numerical flow simulations, e.g., for CO2 storage. An exact solution for effective absolute permeability, keff, in two-dimensional log-normally distributed isotropic permeability (k) fields is the geometric mean. We show that this does not hold for krjeff since log normality is not maintained in the capillary-limit phase permeability field (Kj=k·krj) when capillary pressure, and thus the saturation field, is varied. Nevertheless, the geometric mean is still shown to be suitable for approximating krjeff when the variance of ln⁡k is low. For high-variance cases, we apply a correction to the geometric average gas effective relative permeability using a Winsorized mean, which neglects large and small Kj values symmetrically. The analytical method is extended to anisotropically correlated log-normal permeability fields using power law averaging. In these cases, the Winsorized mean treatment is applied to the gas curves for cases described by negative power law exponents (flow across incomplete layers). The accuracy of our analytical expressions for krjeff is demonstrated through extensive numerical tests, using low-variance and high-variance permeability realizations with a range of correlation structures. We also present integral expressions for geometric-mean and power law average krjeff for the systems considered, which enable derivation of closed-form series solutions for krjeff without generating permeability realizations.

  7. IMPERMEABLE THIN Al2O3 OVERLAY FOR TBC PROTECTION FROM SULFATE AND VANADATE ATTACK IN GAS TURBINES

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    Scott X. Mao

    2003-06-10

    In order to improve the hot corrosion resistance of yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ), an Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay has been deposited on the surface of YSZ by electron-beam physical vapor deposition. Currently, hot corrosion tests were performed on the YSZ coatings with and without Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay in molten salt mixture (Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} + 0 {approx} 15wt%V{sub 2}O{sub 5}) at 950 C in order to investigate the effect of amount of vanadate on the hot corrosion behaviors. The results showed that the presence of in V{sub 2}O{sub 5} the molten salt exacerbates the degradation of both the monolithic YSZ coating and the composite YSZ/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} system. The formation of low-melting Na{sub 2}O-V{sub 2}O{sub 5}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} liquid phase is responsible for degradation of the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay. The Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay acts as a barrier against the infiltration of the molten salt into the YSZ coating during exposure to the molten salt mixture with <5wt% vanadate. In the next reporting period, we will use XPS and SIMS to study the interactions between alumina overlay and molten salt containing vanadate.

  8. IMPERMEABLE THIN AL2O3 OVERLAY FOR TBC PROTECTION FROM SULFATE AND VANADATE ATTACK IN GAS TURBINES

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    Scott X. Mao

    2002-01-31

    The project started on September 1, 2001. During last 4 months, one post-doctor has been hired for this project. We have received TBC samples (YSZ/CoNiCrAlY/ Inconel 601) from Tohoku University, Japan, while processing of the TBC samples was delayed in GE Corp. Research and Development. The TBC preparation in Japan was based on our technical requirement by plasma spray. Bond coat CoNiCrAlY and the YSZ was produced by low-pressure plasma spray and air plasma spray respectively. The morphology of the surface and the microstructure of cross-section of the sample was observed and analyzed by SEM and EDX. XRD was also used to detect the phases in the YSZ. Currently we are processing the overlay Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} on the TBC samples by EB-PVD and high velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) spray techniques in collaboration with Penn State University and State University of New York at Stony Brook. We will finish comparing the hot corrosion behavior of the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/YSZ/CoNiCrAlY/superalloy system with the YSZ/CoNiCrAlY/superalloy system. The mechanism of hot corrosion will be investigated. The processing-structure-properties relationship of the overlays will be determined.

  9. The potential for coalbed gas exploration and production in the Greater Green River Basin, southwest Wyoming and northwest Colorado

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    Tyler, R.; Kaiser, W.R.; Scott, A.R.; Hamilton, D.S.

    1997-01-01

    Coalbed gas is an important source of natural gas in the United States. In 1993, approximately 740 BCF of coalbed gas was produced in the United States, or about 4.2% of the nation`s total gas production. Nearly 96% of this coalbed gas is produced from just two basins, the San Juan (615.7 BCF; gas in place 84 TCF) and Black Warrior (105 BCF; gas in place 20 TCF), and current production represents only a fraction of the nation`s estimated 675 TCF of in-place coalbed gas. Coal beds in the Greater Green River Basin in southwest Wyoming and northwest Colorado hold almost half of the gas in place (314 TCF) and are an important source of gas for low-permeability Almond sandstones. Because total gas in place in the Greater Green River Basin is reported to exceed 3,000 TCF (Law et al., 1989), the basin may substantially increase the domestic gas resource base. Therefore, through integrated geologic and hydrologic studies, the coalbed gas potential of the basin was assessed where tectonic, structural, and depositional setting, coal distribution and rank, gas content, coal permeability, and ground-water flow are critical controls on coalbed gas producibility. Synergism between these geologic and hydrologic controls determines gas productivity. High productivity is governed by (1) thick, laterally continuous coals of high thermal maturity, (2) basinward flow of ground water through fractured and permeable coals, down the coal rank gradient toward no-flow boundaries oriented perpendicular to the regional flow direction, and (3) conventional trapping of gas along those boundaries to provide additional sources of gas beyond that sorbed on the coal surface.

  10. IMPERMEABLE THIN AL2O3 OVERLAY FOR TBC PROTECTION FROM SULFATE AND VANADATE ATTACK IN GAS TURBINES

    SciTech Connect

    Scott X. Mao

    2002-08-31

    In order to improve the hot corrosion resistance of conventional YSZ TBC system, a dense and continues overlay of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating of about 25 {micro}m thick was deposited on the surface of TBC by EB-PVD and high velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) spray techniques. Hot corrosion tests were carried out on the TBC with and without Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating in molten salts mixtures (Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} + 5% V{sub 2}O5) at 950 C for 10h. The microstructures of TBC and overlay before and after exposure were examined by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). It has been found that TBC will react with V{sub 2}O{sub 5} to form YVO{sub 4}. A substantial amount of M-phase of ZrO{sub 2} was formed due to the leaching of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} from YSZ. During hot corrosion test, there were no significant interactions between overlay Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating and molten salts. After exposure, the alumina coating, especially produced by HVOF, was still very dense and cover the surface of YSZ, although they had been translated to {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} from original {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. As a result, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay coating decreased the penetration of salts into the YSZ and prevented the YSZ from the attack by molten salts containing vanadium. Accordingly, only a few M-phase was formed in YSZ TBC, compared with TBC without overlay coating. The penetration of salts into alumina coating was thought to be through microcracks formed in overlay Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating and at the interface between alumina and zirconia due to the presence of tensile stress in the alumina coating. In the next year, we will study the mechanisms of cracking of the overlay Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer. The hot corrosion test of TBC with EB-PVD deposited Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating will be again performed. However before hot corrosion tests, the post-annealing will be carried out in

  11. IMPERMEABLE THIN AL2O3 OVERLAY FOR TBC PROTECTION FROM SULFATE AND VANADATE ATTACK IN GAS TURBINES

    SciTech Connect

    Scott X. Mao

    2002-01-31

    In order to improve the hot corrosion resistance of conventional YSZ TBC system, the overlay of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating was deposited on the TBC by EB-PVD techniques. Hot corrosion tests were carried out on the TBC with and without Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating in molten salts mixtures (Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} + 5%V{sub 2}O{sub 5}) at 950 C for 10h. The microstructures of TBC and overlay before and after exposure were examined by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDX) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). It has been found that TBC will react with V{sub 2}O{sub 5} to form YVO{sub 4}. A substantial amount of M-phase was formed due to the leaching of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} from YSZ. Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay coating deposited by EB-PVD was dense, continues and adherent to the TBC. As a result, overlay Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating can prevent the YSZ from the attack by molten salts containing vanadium and arrest the penetration of salts into the YSZ along porous and cracks in the YSZ TBC, although there were some cracks in overlay Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating and at the interface between alumina and zirconia formed during hot corrosion tests due to the presence of tensile stress in the alumina coating. In the next reporting period, we will study the mechanisms of cracking of the overlay Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer and finish the hot corrosion tests of TBC with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating deposited by high velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) technique. The hot corrosion test of TBC with EB-PVD deposited Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating will be again performed. However before hot corrosion tests, a post-annealing will be carried out in vacuum (residual pressure 10{sup -3} Pa) at 1273K for 1h in order to transform the as-sputtered Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay to crystalline {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay.

  12. IMPERMEABLE THIN Al2O3 OVERLAY FOR TBC PROTECTION FROM SULFATE AND VANADATE ATTACK IN GAS TURBINES

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    Scott X. Mao

    2002-06-30

    In order to improve the hot corrosion resistance of conventional YSZ TBC system (YSZ/CoNiCrAlY/Inconel 601), an overlay Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} was sprayed on the surface of TBC samples by high velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) spray techniques. The TBC preparation in Japan was based on our technical requirement by plasma spray. Bond coat CoNiCrAlY and the YSZ was produced by low-pressure plasma spray and air plasma spray respectively. Hot corrosion tests were carried out on the TBC with and without Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating in molten salts mixtures (Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} + 5%V{sub 2}O{sub 5}) at 950 C for 10h. The microstructures of TBC and overlay before and after exposure were examined by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDX) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). It has been found that TBC reacted with V{sub 2}O{sub 5} to form YVO{sub 4}. A substantial amount of M-phase was formed due to the leaching of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} from YSZ. Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay coating sprayed by HVOF was dense, continues and adherent to the TBC even after exposure to the molten salts. As a result, overlay Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating can prevent the YSZ from the attack by molten salts containing vanadium and arrest the penetration of salts into the YSZ along porous and cracks in the YSZ TBC. Accordingly, the amount of M-phase formed in TBC with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay was significantly lower than that in conventional YSZ TBC system. In the next period, the hot corrosion tests of TBC with EB-PVD Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating under Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} + 5%V{sub 2}O{sub 5} will be again performed at 950 C. However before hot corrosion tests, the post-annealing will be carried at 1273K for 1h in order to transform the as-sputtered {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay to crystalline {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay. In addition, the effect of coating thickness on corrosion resistance and the mechanisms of cracking of EB-PVD alumina layer during hot corrosion will be also

  13. IMPERMEABLE THIN Al2O3 OVERLAY FOR TBC PROTECTION FROM SULFATE AND VANADATE ATTACK IN GAS TURBINES

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    Scott X. Mao

    2003-03-10

    In order to improve the hot corrosion resistance of conventional YSZ TBC system, a thin and dense {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay has been deposited on the YSZ surface by the composite-sol-gel route (CSG). The YSZ substrates were dipped with boehmite sol containing calcined {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles, dried to form a gel film and calcined at 1200 C to form {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay. Hot corrosion tests were carried out on the TBCs with and without Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating in molten salt mixtures (Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} + 5% V{sub 2}O{sub 5}) at 950 C for 10 hours. The results showed that besides a thin and dense alumina overlay with the thickness of about 100-500 nm formed on the YSZ surface, the microcracks and porous near the surface in YSZ was also occupied by alumina because of penetration of the low viscosity precursor. As a result, the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay remarkably refrained the infiltration of the molten salt into the YSZ coating. The amount of M-phase in the TBC coating with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay was substantially reduced comparing to that without alumina overlay. In the next reporting period, we will prepare the alumina overlay by CSG route with different thickness and study the hot corrosion mechanism of YSZ TBC with thin Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay coating produced by CSG.

  14. Demonstration of Confined Electron Gas and Steep-Slope Behavior in Delta-Doped GaAs-AlGaAs Core-Shell Nanowire Transistors.

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    Morkötter, S; Jeon, N; Rudolph, D; Loitsch, B; Spirkoska, D; Hoffmann, E; Döblinger, M; Matich, S; Finley, J J; Lauhon, L J; Abstreiter, G; Koblmüller, G

    2015-05-13

    Strong surface and impurity scattering in III-V semiconductor-based nanowires (NW) degrade the performance of electronic devices, requiring refined concepts for controlling charge carrier conductivity. Here, we demonstrate remote Si delta (δ)-doping of radial GaAs-AlGaAs core-shell NWs that unambiguously exhibit a strongly confined electron gas with enhanced low-temperature field-effect mobilities up to 5 × 10(3) cm(2) V(-1) s(-1). The spatial separation between the high-mobility free electron gas at the NW core-shell interface and the Si dopants in the shell is directly verified by atom probe tomographic (APT) analysis, band-profile calculations, and transport characterization in advanced field-effect transistor (FET) geometries, demonstrating powerful control over the free electron gas density and conductivity. Multigated NW-FETs allow us to spatially resolve channel width- and crystal phase-dependent variations in electron gas density and mobility along single NW-FETs. Notably, dc output and transfer characteristics of these n-type depletion mode NW-FETs reveal excellent drain current saturation and record low subthreshold slopes of 70 mV/dec at on/off ratios >10(4)-10(5) at room temperature.

  15. The percolation threshold and permeability evolution of ascending magmas

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    Burgisser, Alain; Chevalier, Laure; Gardner, James E.; Castro, Jonathan M.

    2017-07-01

    The development of gas permeability in magmas is a complex phenomenon that directly influences the style of a volcanic eruption. The emergence of permeability is linked to the concept of percolation threshold, which is the point beyond which gas bubbles are connected in a continuous network that allows gas escape. Measurements of the percolation threshold, however, range from ∼30 to 78 vol%. No known combination of parameters can explain such a wide range of threshold values, which affects our understanding of the relationship between percolation and permeability. We present permeability calculations on bubble-bearing rhyolitic melts that underwent experimental decompression. Samples were analyzed by X-ray microtomography to image the bubble networks in 3D. We develop a percolation threshold for magmas that depends on the bubble network characteristics of this sample set. This relationship recovers the behavior of a wide range of volcanic samples by separating permeable samples from impermeable ones with a success rate of 88%. We use this percolation threshold to propose simplified permeability relationships that rely on parameters widely used in numerical modeling of magma flow. These relationships are valid within one order of magnitude for the viscous permeability coefficient and within two orders of magnitude for the inertial coefficient. They recover the ranges of values previously covered by isolated relationships, reassembling them within a single framework. We test the implications of such unification on eruptive dynamics with a 1D, two-phase conduit flow model. This test shows that varying the percolation threshold has little influence on vertical gas loss and ascent dynamics.

  16. Enhanced two dimensional electron gas transport characteristics in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/AlInN/GaN metal-oxide-semiconductor high-electron-mobility transistors on Si substrate

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    Freedsman, J. J. Watanabe, A.; Urayama, Y.; Egawa, T.

    2015-09-07

    The authors report on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Al{sub 0.85}In{sub 0.15}N/GaN Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor High-Electron-Mobility Transistor (MOS-HEMT) on Si fabricated by using atomic layer deposited Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} as gate insulator and passivation layer. The MOS-HEMT with the gate length of 2 μm exhibits excellent direct-current (dc) characteristics with a drain current maximum of 1270 mA/mm at a gate bias of 3 V and an off-state breakdown voltage of 180 V for a gate-drain spacing of 4 μm. Also, the 1 μm-gate MOS-HEMT shows good radio-frequency (rf) response such as current gain and maximum oscillation cut-off frequencies of 10 and 34 GHz, respectively. The capacitance-voltage characteristics at 1 MHz revealed significant increase in two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) density for the MOS-HEMT compared to conventional Schottky barrier HEMTs. Analyses using drain-source conductivity measurements showed improvements in 2DEG transport characteristics for the MOS-HEMT. The enhancements in dc and rf performances of the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Al{sub 0.85}In{sub 0.15}N/GaN MOS-HEMT are attributed to the improvements in 2DEG characteristics.

  17. IMPERMEABLE THIN AL2O3 OVERLAY FOR TBC PROTECTION FROM SULFATE AND VANADATE ATTACK IN GAS TURBINES

    SciTech Connect

    Scott X. Mao

    2002-08-31

    In order to improve the hot corrosion resistance of conventional YSZ TBC system, the overlay of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating was deposited on the TBC by EB-PVD techniques. Hot corrosion tests were carried out on the TBC with and without Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating in molten salts mixtures (Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} + 5%V{sub 2}O{sub 5}) at 950 C for different time up to 100h. The microstructures of TBC and overlay before and after exposure were examined by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDX) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). It has been found that TBC will react with V{sub 2}O{sub 5} to form YVO{sub 4}. The amount of M-phase, which was formed due to the leaching of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} from YSZ, was increased with corrosion time. Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay coating deposited by EB-PVD was dense, continues and adherent to the TBC. As a result, overlay Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating can prevent the YSZ from the attack by molten salts containing vanadium and decrease the penetration of salts into the YSZ along porous and cracks in the YSZ TBC. The amount of M-phase formed in YSZ covered with an overlay Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} is substantially lower than that formed in conventional YSZ TBC, even after 100h exposure to the molten salts. In the next reporting period, the hot corrosion test of TBC with EB-PVD deposited Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating will be again performed. However before hot corrosion tests, the post-annealing will be carried out in vacuum (residual pressure 10 -3 Pa) at 1273K for 1h in order to transform the as-sputtered Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay to crystalline {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlay. In addition, the effect of the thickness of overlay Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} on corrosion resistance will also be investigated.

  18. Experimental observation of isotropic in-plane spin splitting in GaN /AlGaN two-dimensional electron gas

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    Zhao, Hongming; Liu, Baoli; Guo, Liwei; Tan, Changling; Chen, Hong; Chen, Dongmin

    2007-12-01

    The circular photogalvanic effect (CPGE) was used to study the in-plane-orientation dependent spin splitting in the C(0001)-oriented GaN /AlGaN two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG). The CPGE current induced by the interband transition shows an isotropic in-plane spin splitting in this system at room temperature. The spin relaxation time is found to be 14ps using the time resolved Kerr rotation technique, which is another evidence of the spin splitting in this 2DEG system.

  19. Enhanced Relative Slip Distance in Gas-Tungsten-Arc-Welded Al0.5CoCrFeNi High-Entropy Alloy

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    Sokkalingam, R.; Mishra, Sourav; Cheethirala, Srinivasa Rakesh; Muthupandi, V.; Sivaprasad, K.

    2017-08-01

    Gas-tungsten-arc-welded (GTAW) Al0.5CoCrFeNi high-entropy alloy (HEA) was analyzed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), microhardness, and tensile testing. The weld metal having refined equiaxed and elongated columnar dendritic microstructure experienced 6.38 pct reduction in strength and marginally reduced hardness compared to the base metal (BM). Lower work hardening with enhanced relative slip distance, which was observed through the Kocks-Mecking plot and slip distance-true strain plots, was attributed to the reduced bcc fraction in the weld.

  20. Donor-Like Surface Traps on Two-Dimensional Electron Gas and Current Collapse of AlGaN/GaN HEMTs

    PubMed Central

    Yu, Chen-hui; Luo, Qing-zhou; Luo, Xiang-dong; Liu, Pei-sheng

    2013-01-01

    The effect of donor-like surface traps on two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) and drain current collapse of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) has been investigated in detail. The depletion of 2DEG by the donor-like surface states is shown. The drain current collapse is found to be more sensitive to the addition of positive surface charges. Surface trap states with higher energy levels result in weaker current collapse and faster collapse process. By adopting an optimized backside doping scheme, the electron density of 2DEG has been improved greatly and the current collapse has been greatly eliminated. These results give reference to the improvement in device performance of AlGaN/GaN HEMTs. PMID:24348195