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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213338/a-uniaxial-cyclic-compression-method-for-characterizing-the-rheological-and-textural-behaviors-of-mechanically-dewatered-sewage-sludge
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Fenglin Liang, Martial Sauceau, Gilles Dusserre, Patricia Arlabosse
The mechanically dewatered sewage sludge with total solid content around 20% on a weight basis is very similar to yield stress fluid, its complex transition between solid and fluid states is not perfectly reversible and especially challenging in terms of pumping, land spreading and drying. To characterize the rheological and textural properties of highly concentrated sludge, a specific methodology based on uniaxial single and cyclic compression tests is developed. Three types of sludge samples (fresh original, fresh premixed and aged original ones) are extruded into cylinders and pressed between two parallel plates using a material testing machine...
February 7, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213035/influence-of-electro-activated-solutions-of-weak-organic-acid-salts-on-microbial-quality-and-overall-appearance-of-blueberries-during-storage
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Viacheslav Liato, Riadh Hammami, Mohammed Aïder
The aim of this work was to study the potential of diluted electro-activated solutions of weak organic acid salts (potassium acetate, potassium citrate and calcium lactate) to extend the shelf life of blueberries during post-harvest storage. The sanitizing capacity of these solutions was studied against pathogenic bacteria Listeria monocytogenes and E. coli O157:H7 as well as phytopathogenic fungi A. alternata, F. oxysporum and B. cinerea. The results showed that a 5-min treatment of inoculated blueberries with electro-activated solutions resulted in a 4 log CFU/g reduction in Listeria monocytogenes for all solutions...
June 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213023/inactivation-of-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-salmonella-typhimurium-and-listeria-monocytogenes-in-ready-to-bake-cookie-dough-by-gamma-and-electron-beam-irradiation
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Seul-Gi Jeong, Dong-Hyun Kang
This study was conducted to investigate the efficacy of gamma and electron beam irradiation to inactivate foodborne pathogens in ready-to-bake cookie dough and to determine the effect on quality by measuring color and texture changes. Cookie dough inoculated with Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella Typhimurium, or Listeria monocytogenes was subjected to gamma and electron beam irradiation, with doses ranging from 0 to 3 kGy. As the radiation dose increased, the inactivation effect increased among all tested pathogens...
June 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212934/effects-of-basil-seed-gum-cress-seed-gum-and-quince-seed-gum-on-the-physical-textural-and-rheological-properties-of-whipped-cream
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Reza Farahmandfar, Maryam Asnaashari, Reza Salahi, Tandis Khosravi Rad
This study focuses on the physical, textural and rheological properties of low fat (LF) whipped cream with 30% fat content developed with Basil seed gum (BSG), Cress seed gum (CSG) and Quince seed gum (QSG) at the concentration of 0.1 and 0.3% (wt/wt) and comparison with high fat (HF) whipped cream sample (55%) as control. Flow curves were analyzed using Herschel bulkey and Carreau models through a fitting procedure. The rheological investigations confirmed that all samples were shear thinning fluid exhibiting a yield stress and thixotropy properties...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212077/robust-guided-image-filtering-using-nonconvex-potentials
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Bumsub Ham, Minsu Cho, Jean Ponce
Filtering images using a guidance signal, a process called guided or joint image filtering, has been used in various tasks in computer vision and computational photography, particularly for noise reduction and joint upsampling. This uses an additional guidance signal as a structure prior, and transfers the structure of the guidance signal to an input image, restoring noisy or altered image structure. The main drawbacks of such a data-dependent framework are that it does not consider structural differences between guidance and input images, and that it is not robust to outliers...
February 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211997/highly-conformal-ni-micromesh-as-a-current-collecting-front-electrode-for-reduced-cost-si-solar-cell
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Nikita Gupta, K D Mallikharjuna Rao, Ritu Gupta, Frederik C Krebs, Giridhar U Kulkarni
Despite relatively high manufacturing cost, crystalline-Si solar cell continues to hold promising future due to its high energy conversion efficiency and long life. As regards cost, one pertinent issue is the top electrode metallization of textured cell surface, which typically involves screen printing of silver paste. The associated disadvantages call for alternative methods that can lower the cost without compromising the solar cell efficiency. In the present work, a highly interconnected one dimensional (1D) metal wire network has been employed as front electrode on conventional Si wafers...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211469/soil-wettability-can-be-explained-by-the-chemical-composition-of-particle-interfaces-an-xps-study
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Susanne K Woche, Marc-O Goebel, Robert Mikutta, Christian Schurig, Matthias Kaestner, Georg Guggenberger, Jörg Bachmann
Soil wettability (quantified in terms of contact angle, CA) is crucial for physical, chemical, and biological soil functioning. As the CA is determined by components present within the outmost nanometer of particles, this study applied X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) with a maximum analysis depth of 10 nm to test the relationship between CA and surface elemental composition, using soil samples from a chronosequence where CA increased from 0° (0 yrs) to about 98° (120 yrs). Concurrently, as seen by XPS, C and N content increased and the content of O and the mineral-derived cations (Si, Al, K, Na, Ca, Mg, Fe) decreased...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211468/long-lasting-solid-lubrication-by-cnt-coated-patterned-surfaces
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L Reinert, F Lasserre, C Gachot, P Grützmacher, T MacLucas, N Souza, F Mücklich, S Suarez
The use of lubricants (solid or liquid) is a well-known and suitable approach to reduce friction and wear of moving machine components. Another possibility to influence the tribological behaviour is the formation of well-defined surface topographies such as dimples, bumps or lattice-like pattern geometries by laser surface texturing. However, both methods are limited in their effect: surface textures may be gradually destroyed by plastic deformation and lubricants may be removed from the contact area, therefore no longer properly protecting the contacting surfaces...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209539/chemically-deposited-nano-grain-composed-mos2-thin-films-for-supercapacitor-application
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R B Pujari, A C Lokhande, A R Shelke, J H Kim, C D Lokhande
Low temperature soft chemical synthesis approach is employed towards MoS2 thin film preparation on cost effective stainless steel substrate. 3-D semispherical nano-grain composed surface texture of MoS2 film is observed through FE-SEM technique. Electrochemical supercapacitor performance of MoS2 film is tested from cyclic voltammetry (CV) and galvanostatic charge discharge (GCD) techniques in 1M aqueous Na2SO4 electrolyte. Specific capacitance (Cs) of 180Fg(-1) with CV cycling stability of 82% for 1000 cycles is achieved...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209428/an-artificial-intelligence-based-improved-classification-of-two-phase-flow-patterns-with-feature-extracted-from-acquired-images
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C Shanthi, N Pappa
Flow pattern recognition is necessary to select design equations for finding operating details of the process and to perform computational simulations. Visual image processing can be used to automate the interpretation of patterns in two-phase flow. In this paper, an attempt has been made to improve the classification accuracy of the flow pattern of gas/ liquid two- phase flow using fuzzy logic and Support Vector Machine (SVM) with Principal Component Analysis (PCA). The videos of six different types of flow patterns namely, annular flow, bubble flow, churn flow, plug flow, slug flow and stratified flow are recorded for a period and converted to 2D images for processing...
February 13, 2017: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208504/structure-diffusion-relationship-of-polymer-membranes-with-different-texture
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Monika Krasowska, Anna Strzelewicz, Gabriela Dudek, Michał Cieśla
Two-dimensional diffusion in heterogenic composite membranes, i.e., materials comprising polymer with dispersed inorganic fillers, composed of ethylcellulose and magnetic powder is studied. In the experimental part, the morphology of membranes is described by the following characteristics: the amount of polymer matrix, the fractal dimension of polymer matrix, the average size of polymer matrix domains, the average number of obstacles in the proximity of each polymer matrix pixel. The simulation work concentrates on the motion of a particle in the membrane environment...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207752/soilgrids250m-global-gridded-soil-information-based-on-machine-learning
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Tomislav Hengl, Jorge Mendes de Jesus, Gerard B M Heuvelink, Maria Ruiperez Gonzalez, Milan Kilibarda, Aleksandar Blagotić, Wei Shangguan, Marvin N Wright, Xiaoyuan Geng, Bernhard Bauer-Marschallinger, Mario Antonio Guevara, Rodrigo Vargas, Robert A MacMillan, Niels H Batjes, Johan G B Leenaars, Eloi Ribeiro, Ichsani Wheeler, Stephan Mantel, Bas Kempen
This paper describes the technical development and accuracy assessment of the most recent and improved version of the SoilGrids system at 250m resolution (June 2016 update). SoilGrids provides global predictions for standard numeric soil properties (organic carbon, bulk density, Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC), pH, soil texture fractions and coarse fragments) at seven standard depths (0, 5, 15, 30, 60, 100 and 200 cm), in addition to predictions of depth to bedrock and distribution of soil classes based on the World Reference Base (WRB) and USDA classification systems (ca...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207305/heavy-metal-presence-in-two-different-types-of-ice-cream-artisanal-ice-cream-italian-gelato-and-industrial-ice-cream
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D Conficoni, L Alberghini, E Bissacco, M Ferioli, V Giaccone
Ice cream, a popular product worldwide, is usually a milk-based product with other types of ingredients (fruit, eggs, cocoa, dried fruit, additives, and others). Different materials are used to obtain the desired taste, texture, consistency, and appearance of the final product. This study surveyed ice cream products available in Italy for heavy metals (lead, cadmium, chromium, tin, and arsenic). The differences between artisanal and industrial ice cream were also investigated because of the importance in the Italian diet and the diffusion of this ready-to-eat food...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205549/local-ph-oscillations-witness-autocatalytic-self-organization-of-biomorphic-nanostructures
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M Montalti, G Zhang, D Genovese, J Morales, M Kellermeier, J M García-Ruiz
Bottom-up self-assembly of simple molecular compounds is a prime pathway to complex materials with interesting structures and functions. Coupled reaction systems are known to spontaneously produce highly ordered patterns, so far observed in soft matter. Here we show that similar phenomena can occur during silica-carbonate crystallization, the emerging order being preserved. The resulting materials, called silica biomorphs, exhibit non-crystallographic curved morphologies and hierarchical textures, much reminiscent of structural principles found in natural biominerals...
February 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205507/a-facile-self-template-strategy-for-synthesizing-1d-porous-ni-c-nanorods-towards-efficient-microwave-absorption
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Yanan Zhang, Xingmiao Zhang, Bin Quan, Guangbin Ji, Xiaohui Liang, Wei Liu, Youwei Du
Ni@C composites, which simultaneously possess porous, core-shell and 1D nanostructures have been synthesized with a facile self-template strategy. The precursors were obtained by a hydrothermal process using NiCl2 · 6H2O and nitrilotriacetic acid as the starting material and then annealed at 400 °C, 500 °C, and 600 °C. The Ni@C composites annealed at 500 °C display a nanorod feature with a length of ∼3 μm and diameter of 230-500 nm. In addition, about 3 nm carbon shells and 4 nm Ni cores can be found in Ni@C nanorods...
February 16, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203350/separate-and-simultaneous-adjustment-of-light-qualities-in-a-real-scene
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Ling Xia, Sylvia C Pont, Ingrid Heynderick
Humans are able to estimate light field properties in a scene in that they have expectations of the objects' appearance inside it. Previously, we probed such expectations in a real scene by asking whether a "probe object" fitted a real scene with regard to its lighting. But how well are observers able to interactively adjust the light properties on a "probe object" to its surrounding real scene? Image ambiguities can result in perceptual interactions between light properties. Such interactions formed a major problem for the "readability" of the illumination direction and diffuseness on a matte smooth spherical probe...
January 2017: I-Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199939/sorption-and-desorption-of-selected-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-in-an-agricultural-loam-textured-soil
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Y Zhang, G W Price, R Jamieson, D Burton, K Khosravi
Non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely used pharmaceutical products with analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects that are consistently detected in municipal wastewater systems and in municipal biosolids. Land application of biosolids and irrigation with reclaimed wastewater introduces these compounds into agricultural environments, which is an emerging issue of concern for ecosystem health. In this study, the sorption-desorption behaviour of four commonly consumed NSAIDs, including naproxen (NPX), ibuprofen (IBU), ketoprofen (KTF), and diclofenac (DCF), was examined in a loam textured soil exposed to either an individual-compound or a mixture of the four NSAIDs...
February 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199889/polyphosphate-and-myofibrillar-protein-extract-promote-transglutaminase-mediated-enhancements-of-rheological-and-textural-properties-of-pse-pork-meat-batters
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Tomasz Lesiow, Gregg K Rentfrow, Youling L Xiong
The objective of this study was to improve the rheological (storage modulus G'; phase angle δ) and textural (hardness; breaking force) properties of nitrite-cured sausage batters prepared from pale, soft, exudative (PSE) pork with microbial transglutaminase (TG) using isolated myofibrillar protein (MP) or MP extracted by sodium tripolyphosphate (TPP) as substrates. While TG alone significantly enhanced G', δ and hardness, its combination with TPP was more pronounced as these product quality parameters were increased to the level equal to that of the counterpart batter made from normal (red, firm, non-exudative, RFN) pork...
February 5, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199039/radiomics-assessment-of-bladder-cancer-grade-using-texture-features-from-diffusion-weighted-imaging
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Xi Zhang, Xiaopan Xu, Qiang Tian, Baojuan Li, Yuxia Wu, Zengyue Yang, Zhengrong Liang, Yang Liu, Guangbin Cui, Hongbing Lu
PURPOSE: To 1) describe textural features from diffusion-weighted images (DWI) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps that can distinguish low-grade bladder cancer from high-grade, and 2) propose a radiomics-based strategy for cancer grading using texture features. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In all, 61 patients with bladder cancer (29 in high- and 32 in low-grade groups) were enrolled in this retrospective study. Histogram- and gray-level co-occurrence matrix (GLCM)-based radiomics features were extracted from cancerous volumes of interest (VOIs) on DWI and corresponding ADC maps of each patient acquired from 3...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198866/trapped-spoof-surface-plasmons-with-structured-defects-in-textured-closed-surfaces
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Hong-Wei Wu, Hua-Jun Chen, Hui-Ying Fan, Yang Li, Xian-Wen Fang
We demonstrate that a defect unit in periodic textured closed surfaces is able to trap spoof surface plasmons (SPs) into a deep subwavelength scale. The resonant frequency of a trapped spoof SP can be tuned freely by properly tailoring the dimension of the defect unit. By introducing multiple defect units with different dimensions at different positions of the textured closed surfaces, the spoof SPs with different frequencies trapped effectively at desired places are also demonstrated. In addition, we further design a graded defect structure with continuously variable dimensions to trap the spoof SPs over an ultrawide spectral band...
February 15, 2017: Optics Letters
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