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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924866/pressure-induced-nano-crystallization-of-silicate-garnets-from-glass
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T Irifune, K Kawakami, T Arimoto, H Ohfuji, T Kunimoto, T Shinmei
Transparent ceramics are important for scientific and industrial applications because of the superior optical and mechanical properties. It has been suggested that optical transparency and mechanical strength are substantially enhanced if transparent ceramics with nano-crystals are available. However, synthesis of the highly transparent nano-crystalline ceramics has been difficult using conventional sintering techniques at relatively low pressures. Here we show direct conversion from bulk glass starting material in mutianvil high-pressure apparatus leads to pore-free nano-polycrystalline silicate garnet at pressures above ∼10 GPa in a limited temperature range around 1,400 °C...
December 7, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923163/waste-conversion-into-high-value-ceramics-carbothermal-nitridation-synthesis-of-titanium-nitride-nanoparticles-using-automotive-shredder-waste
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Mohannad Mayyas, Farshid Pahlevani, Samane Maroufi, Zhao Liu, Veena Sahajwalla
Environmental concern about automotive shredder residue (ASR) has increased in recent years due to its harmful content of heavy metals. Although several approaches of ASR management have been suggested, these approaches remain commercially unproven. This study presents an alternative approach for ASR management where advanced materials can be generated as a by-product. In this approach, titanium nitride (TiN) has been thermally synthesized by nitriding pressed mixture of automotive shredder residue (ASR) and titanium oxide (TiO2)...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923155/user-preferences-and-willingness-to-pay-for-safe-drinking-water-experimental-evidence-from-rural-tanzania
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Zachary Burt, Robert M Njee, Yolanda Mbatia, Veritas Msimbe, Joe Brown, Thomas F Clasen, Hamisi M Malebo, Isha Ray
Almost half of all deaths from drinking microbiologically unsafe water occur in Sub-Saharan Africa. Household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) systems, when consistently used, can provide safer drinking water and improve health. Social marketing to increase adoption and use of HWTS depends both on the prices of and preferences for these systems. This study included 556 households from rural Tanzania across two low-income districts with low-quality water sources. Over 9 months in 2012 and 2013, we experimentally evaluated consumer preferences for six "low-cost" HWTS options, including boiling, through an ordinal ranking protocol...
November 25, 2016: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919579/alumina-delta-on-alumina-delta-bearing-in-cementless-total-hip-arthroplasty-in-patients-aged-50-years
#4
Young-Hoo Kim, Jang-Won Park, Jun-Shik Kim
BACKGROUND: There are limited studies to evaluate long-term clinical and radiographic outcomes of alumina delta ceramic-on-ceramic bearings in cementless total hip arthroplasty (THA). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical and radiographic results, prevalence of osteolysis, squeaking, and fracture of ceramic material associated with the use of the alumina delta ceramic-on-alumina delta ceramic bearing in cementless THA in patients aged <50 years. METHODS: We reviewed the cases of 277 patients (334 hips) who underwent a cementless THA using alumina delta ceramic-on-alumina delta ceramic when they were 50 years or younger at the time of surgery...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916920/dielectrically-loaded-cylindrical-resonator-based-wireless-passive-high-temperature-sensor
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Jijun Xiong, Guozhu Wu, Qiulin Tan, Tanyong Wei, Dezhi Wu, Sanmin Shen, Helei Dong, Wendong Zhang
The temperature sensor presented in this paper is based on a microwave dielectric resonator, which uses alumina ceramic as a substrate to survive in harsh environments. The resonant frequency of the resonator is determined by the relative permittivity of the alumina ceramic, which monotonically changes with temperature. A rectangular aperture etched on the surface of the resonator works as both an incentive and a coupling device. A broadband slot antenna fed by a coplanar waveguide is utilized as an interrogation antenna to wirelessly detect the sensor signal using a radio-frequency backscattering technique...
December 1, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916913/uniformly-porous-nanocrystalline-camgfe1-33ti%C3%A2-o12-ceramic-derived-electro-ceramic-nanocomposite-for-impedance-type-humidity-sensor
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Ashis Tripathy, Sumit Pramanik, Ayan Manna, Hanie Nadia Shasmin, Zamri Radzi, Noor Azuan Abu Osman
Since humidity sensors have been widely used in many sectors, a suitable humidity sensing material with improved sensitivity, faster response and recovery times, better stability and low hysteresis is necessary to be developed. Here, we fabricate a uniformly porous humidity sensor using Ca, Ti substituted Mg ferrites with chemical formula of CaMgFe1.33Ti₃O12 as humidity sensing materials by solid-sate step-sintering technique. This synthesis technique is useful to control the grain size with increased porosity to enhance the hydrophilic characteristics of the CaMgFe1...
November 30, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916516/local-dose-enhancement-of-proton-therapy-by-ceramic-oxide-nanoparticles-investigated-with-geant4-simulations
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Sally McKinnon, Susanna Guatelli, Sebastien Incerti, Vladimir Ivanchenko, Konstantin Konstantinov, Stéphanie Corde, Michael Lerch, Moeava Tehei, Anatoly Rosenfeld
Nanoparticles (NPs) have been shown to enhance X-ray radiotherapy and proton therapy of cancer. The effectiveness of radiation damage is enhanced in the presence of high atomic number (high-Z) NPs due to increased production of low energy, higher linear energy transfer (LET) secondary electrons when NPs are selectively internalized by tumour cells. This work quantifies the local dose enhancement produced by the high-Z ceramic oxide NPs Ta2O5 and CeO2, in the target tumour, for the first time in proton therapy, by means of Geant4 simulations...
December 1, 2016: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912168/tensor-resolved-raman-spectroscopic-analysis-of-wear-induced-residual-stress-fields-in-long-term-alumina-hip-joint-retrievals
#8
Wenliang Zhu, Elia Marin, Nobuhiko Sugano, Giuseppe Pezzotti
Polarized Raman spectroscopy was applied to evaluate the full set of stress tensor components in the wear-induced residual stress fields on two long-term (>20 y) (monolithic) alumina (Al2O3) femoral head retrievals coupled to polyethylene liners. The tensor-resolved residual stress state stored onto the Al2O3 ceramic head surface was found to retain "memory" of the sliding conditions in vivo and of the wear-induced consumption of the polyethylene counterpart. The evolution of tensor-resolved residual stress motifs in the three-dimensional space was examined, and key features, including exceptionally high shear stresses in one case, were uncovered...
November 20, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911456/mid-term-results-of-recap-magnum-taperloc-metal-on-metal-total-hip-arthroplasty-with-mean-follow-up-of-7-1-years
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Antonios A Koutalos, Aristotelis Kourtis, Ian C Clarke, Evert J Smith
INTRODUCTION: Despite enthusiasm for metal-on-metal bearings, disappointing short- to mid-term outcomes has all but halted the use of this bearing articulation. This review presents mid-term results for the ReCap Magnum total hip replacement. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This prospective study evaluated 79 ReCap/Magnum/Taperloc total hip replacements with mean follow-up of 7.1 (range 3.7-9.2) years. 43 were female and 36 male. Metal ions were measured and radiographic measurement included a 'margin of safety' angle to quantify risk of edge loading...
December 2, 2016: Hip International: the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Research on Hip Pathology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910817/on-the-molecular-interaction-between-femoral-heads-and-polyethylene-liners-in-artificial-hip-joints-phenomenology-and-molecular-scale-phenomena
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Giuseppe Pezzotti, B Sonny Bal, Elisa Casagrande, Nobuhiko Sugano, Bryan J McEntire, Wenliang Zhu, Leonardo Puppulin
The chemical interaction of femoral heads with polyethylene liners is an important new area of research in total hip arthroplasty (THA) as a consequence of an unabating quest for elongated artificial joint lifetimes. It is a topic that goes beyond simple mechanical behavior or wear. It seeks to describe the prosthetic device as a whole by adding chemical considerations to mechanics and abrasion. One of the poorly understood chemical interactions is oxygen affinity of the femoral heads. While oxygen unavoidably diffuses into the non-crystalline enclaves of the polyethylene liner as a result of its contact with the tribolayer, a ceramic femoral head can either attract or release oxygen due to its tribochemical interactions...
December 2, 2016: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910488/note-response-time-characterization-of-fiber-bragg-grating-temperature-sensor-in-water-medium
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Yuheng Pan, Junfeng Jiang, Kun Liu, Shuang Wang, Tiegen Liu
Response times of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) temperature sensors are investigated. The response model is established and three types of sensors, including bare, gold-coated, and ceramics packaged FBG, are employed to measure their response time under a step simulation. The matched FBG method is used to obtain the response times. Each FBG sensor is measured 5 times and the average values of the sensors are 8.9 ms, 12.3 ms, and 336 ms, respectively. The results are useful for temperature measurement caring about time characteristic...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910381/single-phase-driven-ultrasonic-motor-using-two-orthogonal-bending-modes-of-sandwiching-piezo-ceramic-plates
#12
Yuting Ma, Minkyu Choi, Kenji Uchino
A compact ultrasonic motor using sandwiching piezo-ceramic plates was developed, having advantages of low manufacturing costs, simple driving circuit, and high scalability. The stator is composed of two piezoelectric plates attached to a T-shaped steel body. Two orthogonal bending modes can be excited by driving one piezoelectric plate and the reversed motion of the rotor can be obtained by driving the piezoelectric plate on the opposite side. The prototype stator with a size of 15 mm × 2.44 mm × 2 mm, operated at 44...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909654/bone-substitutes-and-expanders-in-spine-surgery-a-review-of-their-fusion-efficacies
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Abhijeet Kadam, Paul W Millhouse, Christopher K Kepler, Kris E Radcliff, Michael G Fehlings, Michael E Janssen, Rick C Sasso, James J Benedict, Alexander R Vaccaro
STUDY DESIGN: A narrative review of literature. OBJECTIVE: This manuscript intends to provide a review of clinically relevant bone substitutes and bone expanders for spinal surgery in terms of efficacy and associated clinical outcomes, as reported in contemporary spine literature. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Ever since the introduction of allograft as a substitute for autologous bone in spinal surgery, a sea of literature has surfaced, evaluating both established and newly emerging fusion alternatives...
2016: International Journal of Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906348/single-frequency-injection-seeded-q-switched-ho-yag-ceramic-laser-pumped-by-a-1-91%C3%AE-m-fiber-coupled-ld
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Yixuan Zhang, Chunqing Gao, Qing Wang, Quanxin Na, Meng Zhang, Qing Ye, Mingwei Gao, Jian Zhang
A 2090 nm injection-seeded Q-switched Ho:YAG ceramic laser pumped by a 1.91 μm fiber-coupled LD is demonstrated in this paper. Single-frequency operation of Q-switched Ho:YAG ceramic laser is achieved by injection seeding technique. The maximum output energy of the single-frequency Q-switched Ho:YAG ceramic laser is 14.76 mJ, with a pulse width of 121.6 ns and a repetition rate of 200 Hz. The half-width of the pulse spectrum measured by heterodyne technique is 3.84 MHz. The fluctuation of the center frequency of the pulsed laser is 1...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906324/energy-level-systems-and-transitions-of-ho-luag-laser-resonantly-pumped-by-a-narrow-line-width-tm-fiber-laser
#15
Hao Chen, Ting Zhao, Hao Yang, Le Zhang, Tianyuan Zhou, Dingyuan Tang, Chingping Wong, Yung-Fu Chen, Deyuan Shen
We presented a Ho:LuAG ceramic laser in-band pumped by a narrow emission line-width Tm fiber laser at 1907 nm. All of potential transitions between 5I7 and 5I8 manifold were discussed to form the Ho's in-band-pump energy level systems, which were not described in details earlier. For the emission band centered at ~2095 nm, both laser absorption and emission transition separately consisted of two groups were first analyzed and observed. Using output couplers (OCs) with different transmittances (T = 6, 10 and 20%), the similar ~0...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904662/influence-of-biological-scaffold-regulation-on-the-proliferation-of-chondrocytes-and-the-repair-of-articular-cartilage
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Si-Qun Wang, Jun Xia, Jie Chen, Jian-Xi Lu, Yi-Bing Wei, Fei-Yan Chen, Gang-Yong Huang, Jing-Sheng Shi, Yong-Lin Yu
PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of hard tissue engineering scaffold (the material is β-TCP) with different micro-structures on the proliferation of chondrocytes, and the influence of its composite erythrocytes on the repair of articular cartilage defects. METHODS: Rabbit cartilage cells were on β-TCP bioceramic scaffold with different micro-structures in vitro, the proliferation growth trend of chondrocytes within the scaffold was calculated, and a optimal micro-structure suitable for cartilage cell growth was determined...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902729/eastern-mediterranean-economic-exchange-during-the-iron-age-portable-x-ray-fluorescence-and-neutron-activation-analysis-of-cypriot-style-pottery-in-the-amuq-valley-turkey
#17
Steven Karacic, James F Osborne
Two markers of regional exchange in the Eastern Mediterranean during the first millennium BCE are the White Painted and Bichrome Wares from Cyprus's Cypro-Geometric and Cypro-Archaic periods. Although these ceramics are often assumed to be imports from Cyprus, excavations in southern Turkey at sites such as Tarsus-Gözlükule, Kilise Tepe, Sirkeli Höyük, and Kinet Höyük suggest that at least some of this pottery was produced locally, requiring a major revision of our understanding of economic interaction in the Eastern Mediterranean...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901234/air-powder-polishing-on-self-ligating-brackets-after-clinical-use-effects-on-debris-levels
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Mônica L S Castro Aragón, Leandro Santiago Lima, David Normando
Introduction: Debris buildup on brackets and arch surfaces is one of the main factors that can influence the intensity of friction between bracket and orthodontic wire. Objective: This study sought to evaluate the effect of air-powder polishing cleaning on debris levels of self-ligating ceramic brackets at the end of orthodontic treatment, compared to the behavior of conventional brackets. Methods: Debris levels were evaluated in metal conventional orthodontic brackets (n = 42) and ceramic self-ligating brackets (n = 42) on canines and premolars, arranged in pairs...
September 2016: Dental Press Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897255/high-entropy-metal-diborides-a-new-class-of-high-entropy-materials-and-a-new-type-of-ultrahigh-temperature-ceramics
#19
Joshua Gild, Yuanyao Zhang, Tyler Harrington, Sicong Jiang, Tao Hu, Matthew C Quinn, William M Mellor, Naixie Zhou, Kenneth Vecchio, Jian Luo
Seven equimolar, five-component, metal diborides were fabricated via high-energy ball milling and spark plasma sintering. Six of them, including (Hf0.2Zr0.2Ta0.2Nb0.2Ti0.2)B2, (Hf0.2Zr0.2Ta0.2Mo0.2Ti0.2)B2, (Hf0.2Zr0.2Mo0.2Nb0.2Ti0.2)B2, (Hf0.2Mo0.2Ta0.2Nb0.2Ti0.2)B2, (Mo0.2Zr0.2Ta0.2Nb0.2Ti0.2)B2, and (Hf0.2Zr0.2Ta0.2Cr0.2Ti0.2)B2, possess virtually one solid-solution boride phase of the hexagonal AlB2 structure. Revised Hume-Rothery size-difference factors are used to rationalize the formation of high-entropy solid solutions in these metal diborides...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896489/effects-of-iron-on-physical-and-mechanical-properties-and-osteoblast-cell-interaction-in-%C3%AE-tricalcium-phosphate
#20
Sahar Vahabzadeh, Susmita Bose
Iron (Fe) is a vital element and its deficiency causes abnormal bone metabolism. We investigated the effects of Fe and its concentration in β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) on physicomechanical properties and in vitro proliferation and differentiation of osteoblasts. Our results showed that Fe addition at concentrations of 0.5 wt.% (0.5 Fe-TCP) and 1.0 wt.% (1.0 Fe-TCP) inhibits the β-TCP to α-TCP phase transformation at sintering temperature of 1250 °C. Addition of 0.25 wt.% Fe (0.25 Fe-TCP) increased the compressive strength of β-TCP from 167...
November 28, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
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