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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231539/a-new-model-to-predict-diffusive-self-heating-during-composting-incorporating-the-reaction-engineering-approach-rea-framework
#1
Aditya Putranto, Xiao Dong Chen
During composting, self-heating may occur due to the exothermicities of the chemical and biological reactions. An accurate model for predicting maximum temperature is useful in predicting whether the phenomena would occur and to what extent it would have undergone. Elevated temperatures would lead to undesirable situations such as the release of large amount of toxic gases or sometimes would even lead to spontaneous combustion. In this paper, we report a new model for predicting the profiles of temperature, concentration of oxygen, moisture content and concentration of water vapor during composting...
February 1, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231482/fourier-transform-infrared-and-raman-spectroscopy-in-the-study-of-phase-transitions-in-dipyrazolium-iodide-triiodide-experimental-and-theoretical-analysis
#2
M Węcławik, J Baran, P Durlak, Ł Marciniak, A Piecha-Bisiorek, R Jakubas
The paper presents the Infrared and Raman spectra of the powdered [C3N2H5(+)]2[I(-)∙I3(-)] crystal at the temperature intervals of 11-270K, covering two low-temperature phase transitions: discontinuous at 182/188K (cooling/heating) and continuous at 254K. The research shows that the vibrational states of the pyrazolium cations change significantly during discontinuous phase transition (III→II), while the continuous nature of successive structural transformation is more subtle and displays an insignificant change in the temperature coefficient of numerous vibrations during the II→I PT at 254K...
February 16, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230007/laparoscopic-combined-with-percutaneous-ablation-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-under-liver-capsule-a-single-chinese-center-experience-of-thirty-patients
#3
Zhe Tang, Yi Zhu, Kezhong Tang, Linping Dong, Bin Yang, Heqin Fang, Yulian Wu, Bo Zhang
AIM OF STUDY: For the tumor lesions close to capsule of the liver, traditional percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (PRFA) is limited due to high incidence of postoperative complications. The aim of the present study is to whether laparoscopic combined with PRFA (LCPR) could effectively ablate the tumor lesions close to capsule of the liver. METHODS: A total of 119 patients with subcapsular hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) were divided into two groups: PRFA group (89 patients) and LCPR group (30 patients)...
December 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228029/predicting-low-temperature-free-energy-landscapes-with-flat-histogram-monte-carlo-methods
#4
Nathan A Mahynski, Marco A Blanco, Jeffrey R Errington, Vincent K Shen
We present a method for predicting the free energy landscape of fluids at low temperatures from flat-histogram grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations performed at higher ones. We illustrate our approach for both pure and multicomponent systems using two different sampling methods as a demonstration. This allows us to predict the thermodynamic behavior of systems which undergo both first order and continuous phase transitions upon cooling using simulations performed only at higher temperatures. After surveying a variety of different systems, we identify a range of temperature differences over which the extrapolation of high temperature simulations tends to quantitatively predict the thermodynamic properties of fluids at lower ones...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228025/variability-in-the-relaxation-behavior-of-glass-impact-of-thermal-history-fluctuations-and-fragility
#5
Qiuju Zheng, John C Mauro
Glasses are nonequilibrium materials that continuously relax toward the metastable supercooled liquid state. As such, the properties of a glass depend on both its composition and thermal history. When an initially cooled glass is subjected to additional thermal cycles, relaxation during the heat treatment is accelerated, leading to changes in the macroscopic properties of the glass. This relaxation behavior is intrinsic to the glassy state and of critical interest to the high-tech glass industry. In many practical cases, the magnitude of the relaxation is less important than the variability of the relaxation effects due to slight variations in the thermal history experienced by the glass...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227438/poly-n-isopropylacrylamide-hydrogel-based-shape-adjustable-polyimide-films-triggered-by-near-human-body-temperature
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Huanqing Cui, Xuemin Du, Juan Wang, Tianhong Tang, Tianzhun Wu, Huanqing Cui, Xuemin Du, Juan Wang, Tianhong Tang, Tianzhun Wu, Huanqing Cui, Tianzhun Wu, Xuemin Du, Tianhong Tang, Juan Wang
Hydrogel-based shape-adjustable films were successfully fabricated via grafting poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) onto one side of polyimide (PI) films. The prepared PI-g-PNIPAM films exhibited rapid, reversible, and repeatable bending/unbending property by heating to near-human-body temperature (37 °C) or cooling to 25 °C. The excellent property of PI-g-PNIPAM films resulted from a lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of PNIPAM at about 32 °C. Varying the thickness of PNIPAM hydrogel layer regulated the thermo-responsive shape bending degree and response speed of PI-g-PNIPAM films...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227077/optimal-control-of-inspired-perfluorocarbon-temperature-for-induction-of-hypothermia-by-total-liquid-ventilation-in-juvenile-lamb-model
#7
Mathieu Nadeau, Michael Sage, Jean-Paul Praud, Renaud Tissier, Herve Walti, Philippe Micheau, Mathieu Nadeau, Michael Sage, Jean-Paul Praud, Renaud Tissier, Herve Walti, Philippe Micheau, Michael Sage, Philippe Micheau, Jean-Paul Praud, Mathieu Nadeau, Herve Walti, Renaud Tissier
Mild hypothermia is well known for its therapeutic value in cardio- and neuroprotection. Many recent experimental studies have shown that the swiftness of the cooling offered by total liquid ventilation (TLV) holds great promise in achieving maximal therapeutic effect. TLV is an emerging ventilation technique in which the lungs are filled with breathable liquids, namely perfluorocarbons (PFCs). A liquid ventilator ensures subject ventilation by periodically renewing a volume of oxygenated, CO2-free and temperature-controlled breathable PFC...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226660/identifying-stereotypic-evolving-micro-scale-seizures-sems-in-the-hypoxic-ischemic-eeg-of-the-pre-term-fetal-sheep-with-a-wavelet-type-ii-fuzzy-classifier
#8
Hamid Abbasi, Laura Bennet, Alistair J Gunn, Charles P Unsworth, Hamid Abbasi, Laura Bennet, Alistair J Gunn, Charles P Unsworth, Charles P Unsworth, Laura Bennet, Hamid Abbasi, Alistair J Gunn
Perinatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) around the time of birth due to lack of oxygen can lead to debilitating neurological conditions such as epilepsy and cerebral palsy. Experimental data have shown that brain injury evolves over time, but during the first 6-8 hours after HIE the brain has recovered oxidative metabolism in a latent phase, and brain injury is reversible. Treatments such as therapeutic cerebral hypothermia (brain cooling) are effective when started during the latent phase, and continued for several days...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226574/a-temperature-controlled-glove-with-non-invasive-arterial-pulse-sensing-for-active-neuro-vascular-assessment
#9
Andrew M Carek, Omer T Inan, Andrew M Carek, Omer T Inan, Andrew M Carek, Omer T Inan
A non-invasive, active neuro-vascular assessment system was developed using a modified temperature-controlled glove and feedback techniques. The glove incorporates local heating and cooling of the hand using multi-point skin temperature measurements as feedback, and thereby induces local and central mechanisms involved in thermoregulation. Electrocardiogram (ECG), photoplethysmogram (PPG) and non-invasive finger-cuff based blood pressure (BP) measurements were used to monitor electrophysiology and hemodynamic changes in response to temperature modulation...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226000/efficacy-and-safety-of-a-single-radiofrequency-ablation-of-solid-benign-non-functioning-thyroid-nodules
#10
Roberto Cesareo, Andrea Palermo, Valerio Pasqualini, Carla Simeoni, Alessandro Casini, Giuseppe Pelle, Silvia Manfrini, Giuseppe Campagna, Roberto Cianni
Objective: The objective of our study is to evaluate the clinical outcomes and safety of radiofrequency thermal ablation (RFA) for benign thyroid nodules (BTNs) over a 1-year follow-up. Subjects and methods: This is a monocentric retrospective study. Forty-eight patients with solid, non-functioning BTNs were treated by RFA using a 17G internally cooled electrode. We categorized thyroid nodules as small (≤ 12 mL), medium (12 to 30 mL), or large (over 30 mL). BTNs volume reduction, thyroid function, cosmetic and compressive score changes and side effect evaluation at 6 and 12 months were evaluated...
February 13, 2017: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225759/crystallization-of-silicon-dioxide-and-compositional-evolution-of-the-earth-s-core
#11
Kei Hirose, Guillaume Morard, Ryosuke Sinmyo, Koichio Umemoto, John Hernlund, George Helffrich, Stéphane Labrosse
The Earth's core is about ten per cent less dense than pure iron (Fe), suggesting that it contains light elements as well as iron. Modelling of core formation at high pressure (around 40-60 gigapascals) and high temperature (about 3,500 kelvin) in a deep magma ocean predicts that both silicon (Si) and oxygen (O) are among the impurities in the liquid outer core. However, only the binary systems Fe-Si and Fe-O have been studied in detail at high pressures, and little is known about the compositional evolution of the Fe-Si-O ternary alloy under core conditions...
February 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225164/effects-of-focal-brain-cooling-on-extracellular-concentrations-of-neurotransmitters-in-patients-with-epilepsy
#12
Sadahiro Nomura, Takao Inoue, Hirochika Imoto, Eiichi Suehiro, Yuichi Maruta, Yuya Hirayama, Michiyasu Suzuki
OBJECTIVE: Brain hypothermia controls epileptic discharge and reduces extracellular concentrations of glutamate (Glu), an excitatory neurotransmitter. We aimed to determine the effects of focal brain cooling (FBC) on levels of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which is a major inhibitory neurotransmitter. The relationship between Glu or GABA concentrations and the severity of epileptic symptoms was also analyzed. METHODS: Patients with intractable epilepsy underwent FBC at lesionectomized (n = 11) or hippocampectomized (n = 8) regions at 15°C for 30 min using custom-made cooling devices...
February 22, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225022/core-shell-nanoparticle-arrays-double-the-strength-of-steel
#13
J-B Seol, S-H Na, B Gault, J-E Kim, J-C Han, C-G Park, D Raabe
Manipulating structure, defects and composition of a material at the atomic scale for enhancing its physical or mechanical properties is referred to as nanostructuring. Here, by combining advanced microscopy techniques, we unveil how formation of highly regular nano-arrays of nanoparticles doubles the strength of an Fe-based alloy, doped with Ti, Mo, and V, from 500 MPa to 1 GPa, upon prolonged heat treatment. The nanoparticles form at moving heterophase interfaces during cooling from the high-temperature face-centered cubic austenite to the body-centered cubic ferrite phase...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224792/patterned-polymer-coatings-increase-the-efficiency-of-dew-harvesting
#14
Omar Al-Khayat, Jun Ki Hong, David M Beck, Andrew I Minett, Chiara Neto
Micro-patterned polymer surfaces, possessing both topographical and chemical characteristics, were used to capture atmospheric water. The micro-patterns mimic the structure on the back of a desert beetle that condenses water from air in a very dry environment. The patterned coatings were prepared by the dewetting of thin films of poly-4-vinylpyridine (P4VP) on top of polystyrene films (PS) films, upon solvent annealing, and consist of raised hydrophilic bumps on a hydrophobic background. The size and density distribution of the hydrophilic bumps could be tuned widely by tuning the initial thickness of the P4VP films: the diameter of the produced bumps and their height could be varied by almost two order of magnitude (1 µm - 80 µm, and 40 nm - 9000 nm, respectively), and their distribution density could be varied by 5 orders of magnitude...
February 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222370/increased-postural-sway-in-persons-with-multiple-sclerosis-during-short-term-exposure-to-warm-ambient-temperatures
#15
Paula Y S Poh, Amy N Adams, Mu Huang, Dustin R Allen, Scott L Davis, Anna S Tseng, Craig G Crandall
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease marked by demyelination and axonal loss. Individuals with MS experience increases in clinical signs and symptoms during heat exposure. OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that moderate heat exposure adversely affects postural sway in individuals with MS. METHODS: Ten individuals with relapsing-remitting MS (50±8y) and nine controls (47±10y) were examined under a Thermal and a Time Control trial...
February 8, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221904/reduction-of-bacterial-pathogens-and-potential-surrogates-on-the-surface-of-almonds-using-high-intensity-405-nanometer-light
#16
Alison Lacombe, Brendan A Niemira, Joseph Sites, Glenn Boyd, Joshua B Gurtler, Breanna Tyrell, Melissa Fleck
The disinfecting properties of high-intensity monochromatic blue light (MBL) were investigated against Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella , and nonpathogenic bacteria inoculated onto the surface of almonds. MBL was generated from an array of narrow-band 405-nm light-emitting diodes. Almonds were inoculated with higher or lower levels (8 or 5 CFU/g) of pathogenic E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella , as well as nonpathogenic E. coli K-12 and an avirulent strain of Salmonella Typhimurium, for evaluation as potential surrogates for their respective pathogens...
November 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221808/decoupled-hierarchical-structures-for-suppression-of-leidenfrost-phenomenon
#17
Nazanin Farokhnia, Seyed Mohammad Sajadi, Peyman Irajizad, Hadi Ghasemi
Thermal management of high temperature systems through cooling droplets is limited by the existence of the Leidenfrost point (LFP), at which the formation of a continuous vapor film between a hot solid and a cooling droplet diminishes the heat transfer rate. This limit results in a bottleneck for the advancement of the wide spectrum of systems including high-temperature power generation, electronics/photonics, reactors, and spacecraft. Despite a long time effort on development of surfaces for suppression of this phenomenon, this limit has only shifted to higher temperatures, but still exists...
February 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221302/diagnostic-criteria-for-small-fiber-neuropathy
#18
Derrick Blackmore, Zaeem A Siddiqi
OBJECTIVES: Despite its relative common occurrence, definitive diagnosis of small fiber neuropathy (SFN) remains problematic. In practice, patients with pain, numbness, and/or paresthesias in their lower limbs are diagnosed with SFN if found to have dissociated sensory loss in their feet, that is, impaired pinprick perception (PP) but relatively preserved vibration. We sought to assess the sensitivity and specificity of clinical examination and various diagnostic tools available for screening SFN...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220615/identification-of-sperm-morphometric-subpopulations-in-cooled-stored-canine-sperm-and-its-relation-with-sperm-dna-integrity
#19
M Urbano, I Ortiz, J Dorado, M Hidalgo
The aims of this study were to (i) identify different morphometric subpopulations in cooled-stored canine sperm and their patterns of distribution during cool-storage for up to 240 hr and (ii) determine whether or not morphometric sperm subpopulations (sP) are related to sperm DNA integrity. For that purpose, morphometric parameters were analysed by computer-assisted sperm analysis (CASA) and sperm DNA fragmentation (sDFi) using the sperm Halomax test. Four morphometric sperm heads subpopulations were identified: sP1 (large and rounded), sP2 (large and elongated), sP3 (small and rounded) and sP4 (small and elongated)...
February 20, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218856/influence-of-hydrogen-bonding-on-the-kinetic-stability-of-vapor-deposited-glasses-of-triazine-derivatives
#20
Audrey Laventure, Ankit Gujral, Olivier Lebel, Christian Pellerin, Mark D Ediger
It has recently been established that physical vapor deposition (PVD) can produce organic glasses with enhanced kinetic stability, high density, and anisotropic packing, with the substrate temperature during deposition (Tsubstrate) as the key control parameter. The influence of hydrogen bonding on the formation of PVD glasses has not been fully explored. Herein, we use a high-throughput preparation method to vapor-deposit three triazine derivatives over a wide range of Tsubstrate, from 0.69 to 1.08Tg, where Tg is the glass transition temperature...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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