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Jeong Tae Ok, Junseo Choi, Emily Brown, Sunggook Park
Leidenfrost droplets, liquid droplets placed on a hot flat surface above the Leidenfrost temperature of the liquid, are an interesting model system to understand and achieve frictionless motion of droplets on a surface. Controlled unidirectional motion of otherwise random Leidenfrost droplets can be achieved by replacing the flat surface by a surface with topological ratchets. In this study, we show how an increase in the vapor layer thickness below the Leidenfrost droplet influences the droplet motion for underlying ratchets with various periods ranging from 1...
June 1, 2016: Microelectronic Engineering
Yan Zhao, Hongxia Wang, Hua Zhou, Tong Lin
Directional fluid motion driven by the surface property of solid substrate is highly desirable for manipulating microfluidic liquid and collecting water from humid air. Studies on such liquid motion have been confined to dense material surfaces such as flat panels and single filaments. Recently, directional fluid transport through the thickness of thin porous materials has been reported by several research groups. Their studies not only attract fundamental, experimental and theoretical interest but also open novel application opportunities...
September 15, 2016: Small
Kislon Voïtchovsky
The behaviour of fluids confined in nanoscale gaps plays a central role in molecular science and nanofluidics, with applications ranging from biological function to multiscale printing, osmosis and filtration, lab-on-chip technology and friction reduction. Here atomic force microscopy is used to shear five different mixtures of hexadecane and squalane confined between the tip apex and atomically flat graphite. The shearing amplitudes are typically <2 nm, hence reflecting highly localised information at the interface...
October 14, 2016: Nanoscale
Franck Boizard, Valérie Brunchault, Panagiotis Moulos, Benjamin Breuil, Julie Klein, Nadia Lounis, Cécile Caubet, Stéphanie Tellier, Jean-Loup Bascands, Stéphane Decramer, Joost P Schanstra, Bénédicte Buffin-Meyer
Although capillary electrophoresis coupled to mass spectrometry (CE-MS) has potential application in the field of metabolite profiling, very few studies actually used CE-MS to identify clinically useful body fluid metabolites. Here we present an optimized CE-MS setup and analysis pipeline to reproducibly explore the metabolite content of urine. We show that the use of a beveled tip capillary improves the sensitivity of detection over a flat tip. We also present a novel normalization procedure based on the use of endogenous stable urinary metabolites identified in the combined metabolome of 75 different urine samples from healthy and diseased individuals...
October 3, 2016: Scientific Reports
A C Moore, D L Burris
OBJECTIVE: During exercise, cartilage recovers interstitial fluid lost during inactivity, which explains how tissue thickness and joint space are maintained over time. This recovery phenomenon is currently explained by a combination of osmotic swelling during intermittent bath exposure and sub-ambient pressurization during unloading. This paper tests an alternate hypothesis that cartilage can retain and recover interstitial fluid in the absence of bath exposure and unloading when physiological hydrodynamics are present...
September 30, 2016: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
Catherine Korte, Jennifer L Garber, Jillian L Descourouez, Katelyn R Richards, Karen Hardinger
PURPOSE: This article reviews organ donor pathophysiology as it relates to medication use with the goal of maximizing the successful procurement and transplantation of donor organs. SUMMARY: The number of patients requiring organ transplantation continues to grow, yet organ donation rates remain flat, making it critical to appropriately manage each organ donor in order to ensure viability of all transplantable organs. The care given to one organ donor is tantamount to the care of several transplant recipients...
September 23, 2016: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
N F Santos-Sánchez, R Valadez-Blanco, B Hernández-Carlos, A Torres-Ariño, P C Guadarrama-Mendoza, R Salas-Coronado
Despite microalgae recently receiving enormous attention as a potential source of biodiesel, their use is still not feasible as an alternative to fossil fuels. Recently, interest in microalgae has focused on the production of bioactive compounds such as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), which provide microalgae a high added value. Several considerations need to be assessed for optimizing PUFA production from microalgae. Firstly, a microalgae species that produces high PUFA concentrations should be selected, such as Nannochloropsis gaditana, Isochrysis galbana, Phaeodactylum tricornutum, and Crypthecodinium cohnii, with marine species gaining more attention than do freshwater species...
October 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Sergey V Selishchev, Dmitry V Telyshev
PURPOSE: Miniaturisation of VADs can offer important benefits, including less invasive implantation techniques and more versatility in patient selection. The aim of this work was to reduce the weight, size, and energy consumption of the Sputnik VAD. METHODS: The second generation of the Sputnik VAD was developed with a set of changes in construction. The head pressure-flow rate (H-Q) and power consumption-flow rate curves for the Sputnik VADs were measured at different rotational speeds...
October 10, 2016: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Rym Boubekri, Michel Gross, Martin In, Olivier Diat, Maurizio Nobili, Helmuth Möhwald, Antonio Stocco
The interface between two fluids is never flat at the nanoscale, and this is important for transport across interfaces. In the absence of any external field, the surface roughness is due to thermally excited capillary waves possessing subnanometric amplitudes in the case of simple liquids. Here, we investigate the effect of ultrasound on the surface roughness of liquid-gas and liquid-liquid interfaces. Megahertz (MHz) frequency ultrasound was applied normal to the interface at relatively low ultrasonic pressures (<0...
October 11, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Jørgen Høgberget, Anja Røyne, Dag K Dysthe, Espen Jettestuen
We extend the (1+1)-dimensional fluid solid-on-solid (SOS) model to include a confining flat surface opposite to the SOS surface subject to a constant load. This load is balanced by a repulsive surface-surface interaction given by an ansatz which agrees with known analytical solutions in the limit of two separated flat surfaces. Mechanical equilibrium is imposed at all times by repositioning the confining surface. By the use of kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) we calculate how the equilibrium concentration (deposition rate) depends on the applied load, and find it to reproduce analytical thermodynamics independent of the parameters of the interaction ansatz...
August 2016: Physical Review. E
Fatemeh Dabbagh Kashani, Masoud Yousefi
In this research, based on an analytical expression for cross-spectral density (CSD) matrix elements, coherence and polarization properties of phase-locked partially coherent flat-topped (PCFT) radial array laser beams propagating through weak oceanic turbulence are analyzed. Spectral degrees of coherence and polarization are analytically calculated using CSD matrix elements. Also, the effective width of spatial degree of coherence (EWSDC) is calculated numerically. The simulation is done by considering the effects of source parameters (such as radius of the array setup's circle, effective width of the spectral degree of coherence, and wavelength) and turbulent ocean factors (such as the rate of dissipation of the turbulent kinetic energy per unit mass of fluid and relative strength of temperature and salinity fluctuations, Kolmogorov micro-scale, and rate of dissipation of the mean squared temperature) in detail...
August 10, 2016: Applied Optics
Soichiro Masuda, Shunsuke Fujibayashi, Bungo Otsuki, Hiroaki Kimura, Masashi Neo, Shuichi Matsuda
BACKGROUND: Accidental dural tears are iatrogenic complications during spine surgery. However, there is no established intraoperative method or postoperative management in this situation. To examine the efficacy of the intraoperative method of dural repair, which consists of using the combination of a polyglycolic acid (PGA) mesh and fibrin glue, and the postoperative management of accidental dural tear or intended durotomy. METHODS: Seventy-five patients (34 males and 41 females; age range, 16-80 years; mean age, 57...
September 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
M A Delele, D Nuyttens, A T Duga, A Ambaw, F Lebeau, B M Nicolai, P Verboven
The dynamic impact behaviour of water droplets on plant surfaces was investigated based on a multiphase computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model. The study was conducted using the Volume Of Fluid (VOF) approach. The static contact angle of water droplets on leaf surfaces of different plants (apple, pear, leek and cabbage) was measured and found to vary between 54.9 and 138.2°. Impact experiments were conducted by monitoring the flow and impact characteristics of water droplets on leaves in still air with a high speed camera...
September 14, 2016: Soft Matter
Rosangela Salerno-Goncalves, Alessio Fasano, Marcelo B Sztein
Because cells growing in a three-dimensional (3-D) environment have the potential to bridge many gaps of cell cultivation in 2-D environments (e.g., flasks or dishes). In fact, it is widely recognized that cells grown in flasks or dishes tend to de-differentiate and lose specialized features of the tissues from which they were derived. Currently, there are mainly two types of 3-D culture systems where the cells are seeded into scaffolds mimicking the native extracellular matrix (ECM): (a) static models and (b) models using bioreactors...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Po Ki Yuen
A novel method for integrating and embedding objects to add new functionalities during 3D printing based on fused deposition modeling (FDM) (also known as fused filament fabrication or molten polymer deposition) is presented. Unlike typical 3D printing, FDM-based 3D printing could allow objects to be integrated and embedded during 3D printing and the FDM-based 3D printed devices do not typically require any post-processing and finishing. Thus, various fluidic devices with integrated glass cover slips or polystyrene films with and without an embedded porous membrane, and optical devices with embedded Corning(®) Fibrance™ Light-Diffusing Fiber were 3D printed to demonstrate the versatility of the FDM-based 3D printing and embedding method...
July 2016: Biomicrofluidics
Jean-Jacques Marigo, Agnès Maurel
A homogenization method for thin microstructured surfaces and films is presented. In both cases, sound hard materials are considered, associated with Neumann boundary conditions and the wave equation in the time domain is examined. For a structured surface, a boundary condition is obtained on an equivalent flat wall, which links the acoustic velocity to its normal and tangential derivatives (of the Myers type). For a structured film, jump conditions are obtained for the acoustic pressure and the normal velocity across an equivalent interface (of the Ventcels type)...
July 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Steffen Gielen, Neil Turok
We study quantum cosmology with conformal matter comprising a perfect radiation fluid and a number of conformally coupled scalar fields. Focusing initially on the collective coordinates (minisuperspace) associated with homogeneous, isotropic backgrounds, we are able to perform the quantum gravity path integral exactly. The evolution describes a "perfect bounce", in which the Universe passes smoothly through the singularity. We extend the analysis to spatially flat, anisotropic universes, treated exactly, and to generic inhomogeneous, anisotropic perturbations treated at linear and nonlinear order...
July 8, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Qi Zhang, Bin Gao, Yu Chang
BACKGROUND The BJUT-II VAD is a novel left ventricular assist device (LVAD), which is thought to have significant effects on the characteristics of aortic swirling flow. However, the precise mechanism of the rotational direction of BJTU-II VAD in the aortic swirling flow is unclear. MATERIAL AND METHODS A patient-specific aortic geometric model was reconstructed based on the CT data. Three pump's output flow profiles with varied rotational direction, termed "counterclockwise", "flat profile", and "clockwise", were used as the boundary conditions...
2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Zi-Long Zhao, Zong-Yuan Liu, Xi-Qiao Feng
Cattail or Typha, an emergent aquatic macrophyte widely distributed in lakes and other shallow water areas, has slender blades with a chiral morphology. The wind-resilient Typha blades can produce distinct hydraulic resistance for ecosystem functions. However, their stem may rupture and dislodge in excessive wind drag. In this paper, we combine fluid dynamics simulations and experimental measurements to investigate the aeroelastic behavior of Typha blades in wind. It is found that the chirality-dependent flutter, including wind-induced rotation and torsion, is a crucial strategy for Typha blades to accommodate wind forces...
2016: Scientific Reports
Xavier Guimerà, Antonio David Dorado, Anna Bonsfills, Gemma Gabriel, David Gabriel, Xavier Gamisans
Knowledge of mass transport mechanisms in biofilm-based technologies such as biofilters is essential to improve bioreactors performance by preventing mass transport limitation. External and internal mass transport in biofilms was characterized in heterotrophic biofilms grown on a flat plate bioreactor. Mass transport resistance through the liquid-biofilm interphase and diffusion within biofilms were quantified by in situ measurements using microsensors with a high spatial resolution (<50 μm). Experimental conditions were selected using a mathematical procedure based on the Fisher Information Matrix to increase the reliability of experimental data and minimize confidence intervals of estimated mass transport coefficients...
October 1, 2016: Water Research
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