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Split flow

Hendrik Wernecke, Bulcsú Sándor, Claudius Gros
For a chaotic system pairs of initially close-by trajectories become eventually fully uncorrelated on the attracting set. This process of decorrelation can split into an initial exponential decrease and a subsequent diffusive process on the chaotic attractor causing the final loss of predictability. Both processes can be either of the same or of very different time scales. In the latter case the two trajectories linger within a finite but small distance (with respect to the overall extent of the attractor) for exceedingly long times and remain partially predictable...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
Vasilis C Babaliaros, Adam B Greenbaum, Jaffar M Khan, Toby Rogers, Dee Dee Wang, Marvin H Eng, William W O'Neill, Gaetano Paone, Vinod H Thourani, Stamatios Lerakis, Dennis W Kim, Marcus Y Chen, Robert J Lederman
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to use a new catheter technique to split the anterior mitral valve leaflet (AML) and prevent iatrogenic left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction immediately before transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR). BACKGROUND: LVOT obstruction is a life-threatening complication of TMVR, caused by septal displacement of the AML. METHODS: The procedure was used in patients with severe mitral valve disease and prohibitive surgical risk...
April 24, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
Miranda M C van Beers, Cees Slooten, Jelte Meulenaar, Ahmad S Sediq, Ruud Verrijk, Wim Jiskoot
The purpose of this study was to explore the potential of flow imaging microscopy to measure particle size and agglomeration of poly(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microparticles. The particle size distribution of pharmaceutical PLGA microparticle products is routinely determined with laser diffraction. In our study, we performed a unique side-by-side comparison between MFI 5100 (flow imaging microscopy) and Mastersizer 2000 (laser diffraction) for the particle size analysis of two commercial PLGA microparticle products, i...
April 6, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
Willem Jonker, Jan B Stöckl, Sjaak de Koning, Jaap Schaap, Govert W Somsen, Jeroen Kool
We describe the development and evaluation of a GC-MS fractionation platform that combines high-resolution fraction collection of full chromatograms with parallel MS detection. A y-split at the column divides the effluent towards the MS detector and towards an inverted y-piece where vaporized trap solvent is infused. The latter flow is directed outside the GC oven allowing subsequent condensation and stepwise collection of liquid fractions with trapped analytes on a 384-well plate. For study and optimization of the effluent split ratio, restriction capillaries of different lengths and diameters were evaluated...
June 1, 2017: Talanta
Chithra H Sharma, Madhu Thalakulam
Electrostatically defined nanoscale devices on two-dimensional semiconductor heterostructures are the building blocks of various quantum electrical circuits. Owing to its atomically flat interfaces and the inherent two-dimensional nature, van der Waals heterostructures hold the advantage of large-scale uniformity, flexibility and portability over the conventional bulk semiconductor heterostructures. In this letter we show the operation of a split-gate defined point contact device on a MoS2/h-BN heterostructure, the first step towards realizing electrostatically gated quantum circuits on van der Waals semiconductors...
April 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
Thierry Dervieux, John Conklin, Jo-Anne Ligayon, Leilani Wolover, Tyler O'Malley, Roberta Vezza Alexander, Arthur Weinstein, Claudia A Ibarra
BACKGROUND: We describe the analytical validation of an assay panel intended to assist clinicians with the diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The multi-analyte panel includes quantitative assessment of complement activation and measurement of autoantibodies. METHODS: The levels of the complement split product C4d bound to erythrocytes (EC4d) and B-lymphocytes (BC4d) (expressed as mean fluorescence intensity [MFI]) are measured by quantitative flow cytometry, while autoantibodies (inclusive of antinuclear and anti-double stranded DNA antibodies) are determined by immunoassays...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
Ting-Tso Yeh, Tsung-Yu Huang, Takuo Tanaka, Ta-Jen Yen
We design and construct a three-dimensional (3D) negative index medium (NIM) composed of gold hemispherical shells to supplant an integration of a split-ring resonator and a discrete plasmonic wire for both negative permeability and permittivity at THz gap. With the proposed highly symmetric gold hemispherical shells, the negative index is preserved at multiple incident angles ranging from 0° to 85° for both TE and TM waves, which is further evidenced by negative phase flows in animated field distributions and outweighs conventional fishnet structures with operating frequency shifts when varying incident angles...
April 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
J R Cebral, F Mut, B J Chung, L Spelle, J Moret, F van Nijnatten, D Ruijters
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Hemodynamics is thought to be an important factor for aneurysm progression and rupture. Our aim was to evaluate whether flow fields reconstructed from dynamic angiography data can be used to realistically represent the main flow structures in intracranial aneurysms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: DSA-based flow reconstructions, obtained during interventional treatment, were compared qualitatively with flow fields obtained from patient-specific computational fluid dynamics models and quantitatively with projections of the computational fluid dynamics fields (by computing a directional similarity of the vector fields) in 15 cerebral aneurysms...
April 6, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Peng Zhang, Tomoya Ochi, Mamoru Fujitsuka, Yasuhiro Kobori, Tetsuro Majima, Takashi Tachikawa
The higher-order structures of semiconductor-based photocatalysts play crucial roles in their physicochemical properties for efficient light-to-energy conversion. A novel perovskite SrTiO3 mesocrystal superstructure with well-defined orientation of assembled cubic nanocrystals was synthesized by topotactic epitaxy from TiO2 mesocrystals through a facile hydrothermal treatment. The SrTiO3 mesocrystal exhibits three times the efficiency for the hydrogen evolution of conventional disordered systems in alkaline aqueous solution...
May 2, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
Senol Piskin, Gozde Unal, Ahmet Arnaz, Tayyar Sarioglu, Kerem Pekkan
In this study, hemodynamic performance of three novel shunt configurations that are considered for the surgical repair of tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) disease are investigated in detail. Clinical experience suggests that the shunt location, connecting angle, and its diameter can influence the post-operative physiology and the neurodevelopment of the neonatal patient. An experimentally validated second order computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver and a parametric neonatal diseased great artery model that incorporates the ductus arteriosus (DA) and the full patient-specific circle of Willis (CoW) are employed...
April 5, 2017: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
M Taha, B Culibrk, M Kalab, P Schubert, Q-L Yi, R Goodrich, S Ramirez-Arcos
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Staphylococcus epidermidis forms surface-attached aggregates (biofilms) in platelet concentrates (PCs), which are linked to missed detection during PC screening. This study was aimed at evaluating the efficacy of riboflavin-UV treatment to inactivate S. epidermidis biofilms in buffy coat (BC) PCs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Biofilm and non-biofilm cells from S. epidermidis ST-10002 and S. epidermidis AZ-66 were individually inoculated into whole blood (WB) units (~10(6) colony-forming units (CFU)/ml) (N = 4-5)...
April 5, 2017: Vox Sanguinis
Yizhi Liang, Long Jin, Bai-Ou Guan, Lidai Wang
Fast functional photoacoustic microscopy requires multi-wavelength pulsed laser sources with high pulse repetition rates, short wavelength switching time, and sufficient pulse energies. Here, we report the development of a stimulated-Raman-scattering-based multi-wavelength pulsed laser source for fast functional photoacoustic imaging. The new laser source is pumped with a 532 nm 1 MHz pulsed laser. The 532 nm laser beam is split into two: one pumps a 5 m optical fiber to excite a 558 nm wavelength via stimulated Raman scattering; the other goes through a 50 m optical fiber to delay the 532 nm pulse by 220 ns...
April 1, 2017: Optics Letters
Kumar Sambhav, Khaled K Abu-Amero, Kakarla V Chalam
PURPOSE: To evaluate the integrity of macular and temporomacular vasculature in nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR) with noninvasive optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) and correlate perfusion indices with degree of NPDR. METHODS: In this prospective observational cross-sectional study, 102 eyes with newly diagnosed NPDR (mild NPDR, 36; moderate NPDR, 21; severe NPDR, 13; NPDR with diabetic macular edema [DME], 32) underwent OCTA. Sixty eyes of normal subjects served as control...
March 27, 2017: European Journal of Ophthalmology
Adam P Tomczak, Jorge Fernández-Trillo, Shashank Bharill, Ferenc Papp, Gyorgy Panyi, Walter Stühmer, Ehud Y Isacoff, Luis A Pardo
Voltage-gated ion channels couple transmembrane potential changes to ion flow. Conformational changes in the voltage-sensing domain (VSD) of the channel are thought to be transmitted to the pore domain (PD) through an α-helical linker between them (S4-S5 linker). However, our recent work on channels disrupted in the S4-S5 linker has challenged this interpretation for the KCNH family. Furthermore, a recent single-particle cryo-electron microscopy structure of KV10.1 revealed that the S4-S5 linker is a short loop in this KCNH family member, confirming the need for an alternative gating model...
March 30, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
Hernán E Morales, Paul Sunnucks, Leo Joseph, Alexandra Pavlova
Differential introgression of mitochondrial versus nuclear DNA generates discordant patterns of geographic variation and can promote population divergence and speciation. We examined a potential case of mitochondrial introgression leading to two perpendicular axes of differentiation. The Eastern Yellow Robin Eopsaltria australis, a widespread Australian bird, shows a deep mitochondrial split that is perpendicular to north-south nuclear DNA and plumage colour differentiation. We propose a scenario to explain this pattern: (1) the two nuclear and mitochondrial genomes differentiated in concert during north-south population divergence; (2) later, their histories disconnected after two mitochondrial introgression events resulting in a deep mitochondrial split perpendicular to the nuclear DNA structure...
March 22, 2017: Molecular Ecology
Karen May-Newman, Juyeun Moon, Varsha Ramesh, Ricardo Montes, Josue Campos, Brian Herold, Paul Isingoma, Tadashi Motomura, Robert Benkowski
LVAD inflow cannula malposition is a significant risk for pump thrombosis. Thrombus development is influenced by altered flow dynamics, such as stasis or high shear that promote coagulation. The goal of this study was to measure the intraventricular flow field surrounding the apical inflow cannula of the Evaheart centrifugal LVAD, and assess flow stasis, vortex structures and pulsatility for a range of cannula insertion depths and support conditions. Experimental studies were performed using a mock loop with a customized silicone left ventricle (LV) and the Evaheart LVAD...
March 20, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
Baudouin Géraud, Yves Méheust, Isabelle Cantat, Benjamin Dollet
We flow a 2D foam through a model 2D porous medium and study experimentally and numerically how the bubble size distribution evolves along the medium. The dominant mechanism of bubble creation is a fragmentation process occurring when bubbles pinched against obstacles are split in two smaller bubbles. We infer the statistics of these individual and local fragmentation events from the experimental data and propose a fragmentation equation to relate that statistics to the evolution of the global size distribution...
March 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
E Kaliviotis, J M Sherwood, S Balabani
Microvascular flows are often considered to be free of red blood cell aggregates, however, recent studies have demonstrated that aggregates are present throughout the microvasculature, affecting cell distribution and blood perfusion. This work reports on the spatial distribution of red blood cell aggregates in a T-shaped bifurcation on the scale of a large microvessel. Non-aggregating and aggregating human red blood cell suspensions were studied for a range of flow splits in the daughter branches of the bifurcation...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
Cheng Peng, Y Sungtaek Ju
Portable microfluidic devices are promising for point-of-care (POC) diagnosis and bio- and environmental surveillance in resource-constrained or non-laboratory environments. Lateral-flow devices, some built off paper or strings, have been widely developed but the fixed layouts of their underlying wicking/microchannel structures limit their flexibility and present challenges in implementing multistep reactions. Digital microfluidics can circumvent these difficulties by addressing discrete droplets individually...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Marc Lämmel, Kamil Dzikowski, Klaus Kroy, Luc Oger, Alexandre Valance
The collision of a spherical grain with a granular bed is commonly parametrized by the splash function, which provides the velocity of the rebounding grain and the velocity distribution and number of ejected grains. Starting from elementary geometric considerations and physical principles, like momentum conservation and energy dissipation in inelastic pair collisions, we derive a rebound parametrization for the collision of a spherical grain with a granular bed. Combined with a recently proposed energy-splitting model [Ho et al...
February 2017: Physical Review. E
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