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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783194/quantitative-investigation-of-hydraulic-mixing-energy-input-during-batch-mode-anaerobic-digestion-and-its-impact-on-performance
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James McLeod, Z Othman, Rajarathinam Parthasarathy
The relationship between mixing energy input and biogas production was investigated by anaerobically digesting sewage sludge in lab scale, hydraulically mixed, batch mode digesters at six different specific energy inputs. The goal was to identify how mixing energy influenced digestion performance at quantitative levels to help explain the varying results in other published works. The results showed that digester homogeneity was largely uninfluenced by energy input, whereas cumulative biogas production and solids destruction were...
May 18, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783166/in-situ-sludge-reduction-and-carbon-reuse-in-an-anoxic-oxic-process-coupled-with-hydrocyclone-breakage
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Yinxiang Xu, Yuanyuan Fang, Zhenhua Wang, Dan Guo, Yi Liu, Yuan Huang, Pengbo Fu, Juehui Jin, Chenwen Wei, Hualin Wang, Tao Zeng
The long-term performance of an anoxic-oxic-hydrocyclone (AOH) process with an in-situ hydrocyclone treatment unit in the mixed liquid return line for sludge reduction and carbon reuse has been observed, in comparison with a conventional anoxic-oxic (AO) process. Three parallel side-stream systems, including one AOH25 system with a 25-mm hydrocyclone, one AOH35 system with a 35-mm hydrocyclone and one AO system, were built and fed with real wastewater for a comparative study in a wastewater treatment plant...
May 9, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782355/inhibition-of-vascular-endothelial-cell-leak-following-escherichia-coli-attachment-in-an-experimental-model-of-sepsis
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Tony M McHale, Carolina D Garciarena, Robert P Fagan, Stephen G J Smith, Ignacio Martin-Loches, Gerard F Curley, Fidelma Fitzpatrick, Steve W Kerrigan
OBJECTIVES: The vascular endothelium is a major target of sepsis-induced events, and endothelial activation accounts for much of the pathology of sepsis. Urinary tract infections and pneumonia caused by Escherichia coli are among of the most common infections causing sepsis in both community and hospital settings. Currently, there are no approved drugs on the market to treat the underlying pathophysiology of sepsis. The aim of this study is to elucidate the molecular mechanism by which E...
May 18, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782005/the-diffusion-of-passive-tracers-in-laminar-shear-flow
#4
Manuchehr Aminian, Francesca Bernardi, Roberto Camassa, Daniel M Harris, Richard M McLaughlin
A simple method to experimentally observe and measure the dispersion of a passive tracer in a laminar fluid flow is described. The method consists of first injecting fluorescent dye directly into a pipe filled with distilled water and allowing it to diffuse across the cross-section of the pipe to obtain a uniformly distributed initial condition. Following this period, the laminar flow is activated with a programmable syringe pump to observe the competition of advection and diffusion of the tracer through the pipe...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781048/sonographic-sequential-change-of-the-anteroinferior-labrum-following-arthroscopic-bankart-repair-quantitative-and-qualitative-assessment
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Masaki Fukuyoshi, Tetsuya Takenaga, Tetsuya Ono, Norio Hayashi, Atsushi Tsuchiya, Hideyuki Goto, Katsumasa Sugimoto
OBJECTIVE: Although arthroscopic Bankart repair is widely performed, little is known concerning the healing process of the Bankart lesion. This study aimed to describe the sonographic sequential change of the anteroinferior labrum following arthroscopic Bankart repair, both quantitatively and qualitatively. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-five subjects who had undergone arthroscopic Bankart repair were investigated using a sonographic diagnostic device equipped with shear-wave elastographic technology...
May 21, 2018: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781019/complex-strain-induced-structural-changes-observed-in-fibrin-assembled-in-human-plasma
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G Portale, J Torbet
The structure of the core scaffold of blood clots, the interlinked 3-dimensional network of fibrin fibers, is modified by mechanical forces generated by platelet driven clot retraction, wound repair and shear stress through blood flow. Here X-ray diffraction is used to investigate how uniaxial strain, ε (ε = extension/original length), alters fiber structure in highly aligned human plasma clots covalently cross-linked by Factor XIIIa. Three stretch sensitive axially repeating structures are identified. Firstly, the foundation structure with an initial ≈22 nm axial repeat stretches, fades then disappears at ε ≈ 0...
May 21, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781015/attenuation-of-pressure-dips-underneath-piles-of-spherocylinders
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Haiyang Zhao, Xizhong An, Dazhao Gou, Bo Zhao, Runyu Yang
The discrete element method (DEM) was used to simulate the piling of rod-like (elongated sphero-cylindrical) particles, mainly focusing on the effect of particle shape on the structural and force properties of the piles. In this work, rod-like particles of different aspect ratios were discharged on a flat surface to form wedge-shaped piles. The surface properties of the piles were characterized in terms of angle of repose and stress at the bottom of the piles. The results showed that the rise of the angle of repose became slower with the increase of particle aspect ratio...
May 21, 2018: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780993/ideal-reversible-polymer-networks
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German Alberto Parada, Xuanhe Zhao
In this article we introduce the concept of ideal reversible polymer networks, which have well-controlled polymer network structures similar to ideal covalent polymer networks but exhibit viscoelastic behaviors due to the presence of reversible crosslinks. We first present a theory to describe the mechanical properties of ideal reversible polymer networks. Because short polymer chains of equal length are used to construct the network, there are no chain entanglements and the chains' Rouse relaxation time is much shorter than the reversible crosslinks' characteristic time...
May 21, 2018: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780967/visual-working-memory-span-in-adults-with-cochlear-implants-some-preliminary-findings
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Aaron C Moberly, David B Pisoni, Michael S Harris
Objective: Neurocognitive functions, specifically verbal working memory (WM), contribute to speech recognition in postlingual adults with cochlear implants (CIs) and normal-hearing (NH) listener shearing degraded speech. Three hypotheses were tested: (1) WM accuracy as assessed using three visual span measures - digits, objects, and symbols - would correlate with recognition scores for spectrally degraded speech (through a CI or when noise-vocoded); (2) WM accuracy would be best for digit span, intermediate for object span, and lowest for symbol span, due to the increasing cognitive demands across these tasks...
December 2017: World Journal of Otorhinolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780272/experimental-study-on-the-confinement-dependent-characteristics-of-a-utah-coal-considering-the-anisotropy-by-cleats
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Bo-Hyun Kim, Gabriel Walton, Mark K Larson, Steve Berry
Characterizing a coal from an engineering perspective for design of mining excavations is critical in order to prevent fatalities, as underground coal mines are often developed in highly stressed ground conditions. Coal pillar bursts involve the sudden expulsion of coal and rock into the mine opening. These events occur when relatively high stresses in a coal pillar, left for support in underground workings, exceed the pillar's load capacity causing the pillar to rupture without warning. This process may be influenced by cleating, which is a type of joint system that can be found in coal rock masses...
May 2018: International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780189/nonlinear-viscoelastic-characterization-of-human-vocal-fold-tissues-under-large-amplitude-oscillatory-shear-laos
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Roger W Chan
Viscoelastic shear properties of human vocal fold tissues were previously quantified by the shear moduli ( G' and G″ ). Yet these small-strain linear measures were unable to describe any nonlinear tissue behavior. This study attempted to characterize the nonlinear viscoelastic response of the vocal fold lamina propria under large-amplitude oscillatory shear (LAOS) with a stress decomposition approach. Human vocal fold cover and vocal ligament specimens from eight subjects were subjected to LAOS rheometric testing with a simple-shear rheometer...
May 2018: Journal of Rheology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779480/production-and-characterization-of-nanoparticle-based-hyaluronate-gel-containing-retinyl-palmitate-for-wound-healing
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Elisabetta Esposito, Alessandra Pecorelli, Maddalena Sguizzato, Markus Drechsler, Paolo Mariani, Federica Carducci, Franco Cervellati, Rita Cortesi, Giuseppe Valacchi
BACKGROUND: Wound healing is a biological process that can get in a state of pathologic inflammation, requiring the use of specific medications able to promote proper tissue repair. OBJECTIVE: The study describes the production and characterization of nanoparticle based gel for wound healing treatment designed to deliver hyaluronic acid and retinyl palmitate onto the skin. METHOD: Tristearin solid lipid nanoparticles and nanostructured lipid carriers based on a tristearin and caprylic/capric triglyceride mixture were produced and characterized...
May 18, 2018: Current Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779393/a-new-method-for-visualizing-pulmonary-artery-microvasculature-using-synchrotron-radiation-pulmonary-microangiography-the-measurement-of-pulmonary-arterial-blood-flow-velocity-in-the-high-pulmonary-blood-flow-rat-model
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Chiho Tokunaga, Shonosuke Matsushita, Hiroaki Sakamoto, Kazuyuki Hyodo, Misao Kubota, Kenkichi Tanioka, Yuji Hiramatsu
Background Increased pulmonary blood flow (PBF) and shear stress may provoke irreversible vascular remodeling, yet invasive visualization of the microvasculature complicates monitoring. A non-invasive imaging methodology would therefore safely provide mechanistic insights into the progression of high PBF-induced vascular remodeling. Purpose To establish a novel microvasculature visualization method using synchrotron radiation pulmonary microangiography (SRPA) that can also calculate PBF velocity in vivo. Material and Methods A high PBF rat model was established by making a fistula between the abdominal aorta and inferior vena cava...
January 1, 2018: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779373/water-in-water-emulsion-gels-stabilized-by-cellulose-nanocrystals
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Emna Ben Ayed, Remy Cochereau, Cyrille Dechance, Isabelle Capron, Taco Nicolai, Lazhar Benyahia
Particle stabilized water-in-water emulsions were prepared by mixing dextran and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) in water and adding cellulose nanocrystals (CNC). The CNC formed a layer at the surface of the dispersed droplets formed by the PEO rich phase. Excess CNC partitioned to the continuous dextran phase. Aggregation of CNC at different rates was induced by adding NaCl between 10 mM and 100 mM. In the presence of more than 2 g/L CNC, fast aggregation led to the formation of an emulsion gel showing no signs of creaming...
May 19, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778877/an-insight-into-the-multi-scale-structures-and-pasting-behaviors-of-starch-following-citric-acid-treatment
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Yinqiang Huo, Binjia Zhang, Meng Niu, Caihua Jia, Siming Zhao, Qilin Huang, Hongying Du
Using combined analytical techniques, this work discloses how citric acid (CA) treatment affects the pasting features of starch from a view of multi-scale structural evolutions. The treatment induced disruption events in starch multi-level structures and thus modulated the pasting behaviors. A structure-property relationship was proposed to rationalize CA effects on starch pasting properties. Specifically, CA disrupted starch structures from molecular scale to micron scale, eventually reducing pasting temperature and paste viscosities...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778477/the-effects-of-microfluidization-on-the-physical-microbial-chemical-and-coagulation-properties-of-milk
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A J Bucci, D L Van Hekken, M H Tunick, J A Renye, P M Tomasula
This work examines the use of mild heat treatments in conjunction with 2-pass microfluidization to generate cheese milk for potential use in soft cheeses, such as Queso Fresco. Raw, thermized, and high temperature, short time pasteurized milk samples, standardized to the 3% (wt/wt) fat content used in cheesemaking, were processed at 4 inlet temperature and pressure conditions: 42°C/75 MPa, 42°C/125 MPa, 54°C/125 MPa, and 54°C/170 MPa. Processing-induced changes in the physical, chemical, and microbial properties resulting from the intense pressure, shear, and cavitation that milk experiences as it is microfluidized were compared with nonmicrofluidized controls...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778471/influence-of-protein-content-and-storage-temperature-on-the-particle-morphology-and-flowability-characteristics-of-milk-protein-concentrate-powders
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Karthik Sajith Babu, Kaliramesh Siliveru, J K Amamcharla, Praveen V Vadlani, R P Kingsly Ambrose
Milk protein concentrate (MPC) powders are widely used as ingredients for food product formulations due to their nutritional profile and sensory attributes. Processing parameters, storage conditions, and composition influences the flow properties of MPC powders. This study investigated the bulk and shear flow properties of 70.3, 81.5, and 88.1% (wt/wt, protein content) MPC after storage for 12 wk at 25 and 40°C. Additionally, the morphological and functional changes of the MPC powders were investigated and correlated with flowability...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777961/non-viral-delivery-of-an-optogenetic-tool-into-cells-with-self-healing-hydrogel
#18
Fu-Yu Hsieh, Hao-Wei Han, Xiao-Ru Chen, Chii-Shen Yang, Yen Wei, Shan-Hui Hsu
Optogenetics offers unique, temporally precise control of neural activity in genetically targeted specific neurons that express light-sensitive opsin molecules. Three-dimensional (3D) delivery of optogenetics can be realized by co-injection of bacteriorhodopsin (HEBR) plasmid with a chitosan-based self-healing hydrogel with strong shear-thinning properties. The HEBR protein shows photoelectrical properties and can be used as an optical switch for cell activation. We optimize the shear force generated during the process of injection (∼100 Pa), which is transient because of the self-healing nature of the hydrogel...
May 9, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777120/softness-induced-enhancement-in-net-throughput-of-non-linear-bio-fluids-in-nanofluidic-channel-under-edl-phenomenon
#19
Harshad Sanjay Gaikwad, Pranab Kumar Mondal, Somchai Wongwises
In this article, we describe the electro-hydrodynamics of non-Newtonian fluid in narrow fluidic channel with solvent permeable and ion-penetrable polyelectrolyte layer (PEL) grafted on channel surface with an interaction of non-overlapping electric double layer (EDL) phenomenon. In this analysis, we integrate power-law model in the momentum equation for describing the non-Newtonian rheology. The complex interplay between the non-Newtonian rheology and interfacial electrochemistry in presence of PEL on the walls leads to non-intuitive variations in the underlying flow dynamics in the channels...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776820/mechanical-interaction-between-neighboring-muscles-in-human-upper-limb-evidence-for-epimuscular-myofascial-force-transmission-in-humans
#20
Yasuhide Yoshitake, Daiki Uchida, Kosuke Hirata, Dean L Mayfield, Hiroaki Kanehisa
To confirm the existence of epimuscular myofascial force transmission in humans, this study examined if manipulating joint angle to stretch the muscle can alter the shear modulus of a resting adjacent muscle, and whether there are regional differences in this response. The biceps brachii (BB: manipulated muscle) and the brachialis (BRA: resting adjacent muscle) were deemed suitable for this study because they are neighboring, yet have independent tendons that insert onto different bones. In order to manipulate the muscle length of BB only, the forearm was passively set at supination, neutral, and pronation positions...
June 6, 2018: Journal of Biomechanics
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