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Kelly Muijlwijk, Wenqian Huang, Jan-Eise Vuist, Claire Berton-Carabin, Karin Schroën
Surfactant adsorption during emulsification can be quantified by measuring the acting interfacial tension using a Y-junction microfluidic device. To obtain insight into the surfactant transport mechanism to the interface, the effect of shear force on the acting interfacial tension was assessed by systematically varying the continuous phase viscosity and velocity. Varying the continuous phase viscosity did not affect the acting interfacial tension, indicating that surfactant adsorption during Y-junction emulsification is not diffusion-limited...
October 21, 2016: Soft Matter
Matthias Jacob, Daniel Chappell, Bernhard F Becker
Oxygen delivery to cells is the basic prerequisite of life. Within the human body, an ingenious oxygen delivery system, comprising steps of convection and diffusion from the upper airways via the lungs and the cardiovascular system to the microvascular area, bridges the gap between oxygen in the outside airspace and the interstitial space around the cells. However, the complexity of this evolutionary development makes us prone to pathophysiological problems. While those problems related to respiration and macrohemodynamics have already been successfully addressed by modern medicine, the pathophysiology of the microcirculation is still often a closed book in daily practice...
October 21, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Nagesh D Patil, Prathamesh G Bange, Rajneesh Bhardwaj, Atul Sharma
Effects of substrate temperature, substrate wettability and particles concentration are experimentally investigated for evaporation of a sessile water droplet containing colloidal particles. Time-varying droplet shapes and temperature of the liquid-gas interface are measured using high-speed visualization and infrared thermography, respectively. The motion of the particles inside the evaporating droplet is qualitatively visualized by an optical microscope and profile of final particle deposit is measured by an optical profilometer...
October 19, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Shaltiel Eloul, Richard G Compton
The diffusion of a particle from bulk solution is slowed as it moves close to an adsorbing surface. A general model is reported which is easily applied by theoreticians and experimentalists. Specifically, it is shown here that in general and regardless of the space size, the magnitude of the effect of hindered diffusion on the flux is a property of the diffusion layer thickness. We quantify and explain the effect. Predictions of concentration profiles show that a 'hindered diffusion layer' is formed near the adsorbing surface within the diffusion layer, observed even when the particle radius is just a 0...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Javor K Novev, Richard G Compton
Electrochemical experiments, especially those performed with scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM), are often carried out without taking special care to thermostat the solution; it is usually assumed that its temperature is homogeneous and equal to the ambient. The present study aims to test this assumption via numerical simulations of the heat transfer in a particular system - the typical measurement cell for SECM. It is assumed that the temperature of the solution is initially homogeneous but different from that of its surroundings; convective heat transfer in the solution and the surrounding air is taken into account within the framework of the Boussinesq approximation...
October 19, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Jiansong Zhang, Hui Guo, Hongfei Fu, Yanzhen Chang
Combining subspace correction method with least-squares finite element procedure, we construct a new overlapping domain decomposition parallel algorithm for solving the first-order time-dependent convection-diffusion system. This algorithm is fully parallel. We analyze the convergence of approximate solution, and study the dependence of the convergent rate on the spacial mesh size, time increment, iteration number and sub-domains overlapping degree. Both theoretical analysis and numerical results suggest that only one or two iterations are needed to reach to given accuracy at each time step...
2016: SpringerPlus
Mukundh N Balasubramanian, Nejc Rački, José Gonçalves, Katarina Kovač, Magda T Žnidarič, Valentina Turk, Maja Ravnikar, Ion Gutiérrez-Aguirre
Currently, around 50% of the world's population lives in towns and cities within 100 km of the coast. Monitoring of viruses that are frequently present in contaminated coastal environments, such as rotavirus (RoV) and norovirus (NoV), which are also the major cause of human viral gastroenteritis, is essential to ensure the safe use of these water bodies. Since exposure to as few as 10-100 particles of RoV or NoV may induce gastrointestinal disease, there is a need to develop a rapid and sensitive diagnostic method for their detection in coastal water samples...
October 8, 2016: Water Research
Hyun Jeong Oh, Yoojin Shin, Seok Chung, Do Won Hwang, Dong Soo Lee
The effective role of exosome delivering neurogenic microRNA (miRNA) enables to induce efficient differentiation process during neurogenesis. The microfludic system capable of visualizing the exosomal behavior such as secretion, migration, and uptake of individual exosomes can be used as a robust technique to understand the exosome-mediated change of cellular behavior. Here, we developed the exosome-tracing microfluidic system to visualize exosomal transport carrying the neurogenic miRNA from leading to neighboring cells, and found a new mode of exosome-mediated cell-non-autonomous neurogenesis...
October 5, 2016: Biomaterials
Alexander L Weldon, Kedar Joshi, Alexander F Routh, James F Gilchrist
Rapid convective deposition is used to assemble nanoparticle coatings from suspension, with controllable thickness. Varying film thickness generates stress-induced linear cracks with highly monodisperse spacing. Film thickness is controlled through mechanical means, suspension volume fraction, and the use of applied thermal gradients. These cracks extend in the deposition direction, and a uniform crack spacing from 2 to 160μm is observed. The nanoparticle film thickness is the relevant length scale for hydrodynamic flow, and films will crack with this spacing, in a characteristic manner to minimize the system energy and capillary stresses...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Zhi Tang, Xiaoping Chen, Daoyin Liu, Yaming Zhuang, Minghua Ye, Hongchan Sheng, Shaojuan Xu
Incineration of municipal solid waste (MSW) is a waste treatment method which can be sustainable in terms of waste volume reduction, as well as a source of renewable energy. During MSW combustion, increased formation of deposits on convection heating exchanger surfaces can pose severe operational problems, such as fouling, slagging and corrosion. These problems can cause lower heat transfer efficiency from the hot flue gas to the working fluid inside the tubes. A study was performed where experiments were carried out to examine the ash deposition characteristics in a full-scale MSW circulating fluidized bed (CFB) incinerator, using a newly designed deposit probe that was fitted with six thermocouples and four removable half rings...
October 2016: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Giuseppe Pontrelli, Marco Lauricella, José A Ferreira, Gonçalo Pena
We present a multi-layer mathematical model to describe the transdermal drug release from an iontophoretic system. The Nernst-Planck equation describes the basic convection-diffusion process, with the electric potential obtained by solving the Laplace's equation. These equations are complemented with suitable interface and boundary conditions in a multi-domain. The stability of the mathematical problem is discussed in different scenarios and a finite-difference method is used to solve the coupled system. Numerical experiments are included to illustrate the drug dynamics under different conditions...
October 13, 2016: Mathematical Medicine and Biology: a Journal of the IMA
Jing Sun, Chuanping Liu, Ping Wu, Zi-Ang Xie, Kaiwei Hu, Li Wang
A mixture of 13X molecular sieve (13XMS) particles and glass particles with identical diameters is placed in a cylindrical container. Under vertical vibration, heavier glass particles tend to cluster and are wrapped inside the convection of 13XMS particles, resulting in the granular core phenomenon. The vibration frequency f strongly influences particle convection and particle cluster modes. By contrast, the effect of the dimensionless acceleration amplitude Γ can be neglected. For different f ranges, the granular core is classified as center-type and ring-type cores...
September 2016: Physical Review. E
Gyula I Tóth
In this paper general dynamic equations describing the time evolution of isothermal quasi-incompressible multicomponent liquids are derived in the framework of the classical Ginzburg-Landau theory of first order phase transformations. Based on the fundamental equations of continuum mechanics, a general convection-diffusion dynamics is set up first for compressible liquids. The constitutive relations for the diffusion fluxes and the capillary stress are determined in the framework of gradient theories. Next the general definition of incompressibility is given, which is taken into account in the derivation by using the Lagrange multiplier method...
September 2016: Physical Review. E
Jorge Rey-Martinez, Leigh McGarvie, Nicolás Pérez-Fernández
CONCLUSION: The obtained simulations support the underlying hypothesis that the hydrostatic caloric drive is dissipated by local convective flow in a hydropic duct. OBJECTIVE: To develop a computerized model to simulate and predict the internal fluid thermodynamic behavior within both normal and hydropic horizontal ducts. METHODS: This study used a computational fluid dynamics software to simulate the effects of cooling and warming of two geometrical models representing normal and hydropic ducts of one semicircular horizontal canal during 120 s...
October 14, 2016: Acta Oto-laryngologica
Chiara Giverso, Pasquale Ciarletta
Multicellular tumour spheroids (MCTSs) are extensively used as in vitro system models for investigating the avascular growth phase of solid tumours. In this work, we propose a continuous growth model of heterogeneous MCTSs within a porous material, taking into account a diffusing nutrient from the surrounding material directing both the proliferation rate and the mobility of tumour cells. At the time scale of interest, the MCTS behaves as an incompressible viscous fluid expanding inside a porous medium. The cell motion and proliferation rate are modelled using a non-convective chemotactic mass flux, driving the cell expansion in the direction of the external nutrients' source...
October 2016: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Vinícius Carvalho Fonseca, Edilson Paes Saraiva, Alex Sandro Campos Maia, Carolina Cardoso Nagib Nascimento, Josinaldo Araújo da Silva, Walter Esfraim Pereira, Edgard Cavalcanti Pimenta Filho, Maria Elivânia Vieira Almeida
The aim of this study was to build a prediction model both sensible and latent heat transfer by respiratory tract for Morada Nova sheep under field conditions in a semiarid tropical environment, using easily measured physiological and environmental parameters. Twelve dry Morada Nova ewes with an average of 3 ± 1.2 years old and average body weight of 32.76 ± 3.72 kg were used in a Latin square design 12 × 12 (12 days of records and 12 schedules). Tidal volume, respiratory rate, expired air temperature, and partial vapor pressure of the expired air were obtained from the respiratory facial mask and using a physiological measurement system...
October 10, 2016: International Journal of Biometeorology
Sagar Masuti, Sylvain D Barbot, Shun-Ichiro Karato, Lujia Feng, Paramesh Banerjee
Water, the most abundant volatile in Earth's interior, preserves the young surface of our planet by catalysing mantle convection, lubricating plate tectonics and feeding arc volcanism. Since planetary accretion, water has been exchanged between the hydrosphere and the geosphere, but its depth distribution in the mantle remains elusive. Water drastically reduces the strength of olivine and this effect can be exploited to estimate the water content of olivine from the mechanical response of the asthenosphere to stress perturbations such as the ones following large earthquakes...
October 10, 2016: Nature
Yan Hu, Roland Bürgmann, Paramesh Banerjee, Lujia Feng, Emma M Hill, Takeo Ito, Takao Tabei, Kelin Wang
The concept of a weak asthenospheric layer underlying Earth's mobile tectonic plates is fundamental to our understanding of mantle convection and plate tectonics. However, little is known about the mechanical properties of the asthenosphere (the part of the upper mantle below the lithosphere) underlying the oceanic crust, which covers about 60 per cent of Earth's surface. Great earthquakes cause large coseismic crustal deformation in areas hundreds of kilometres away from and below the rupture area. Subsequent relaxation of the earthquake-induced stresses in the viscoelastic upper mantle leads to prolonged postseismic crustal deformation that may last several decades and can be recorded with geodetic methods...
October 10, 2016: Nature
Ruud Jg van Sloun, Libertario Demi, Arnoud W Postema, Jean Jmch de la Rosette, Hessel Wijkstra, Massimo Mischi
Prostate cancer (PCa) is the second-leading cause of cancer death in men; however, reliable tools for detection and localization are still lacking. Dynamic Contrast Enhanced UltraSound (DCE-US) is a diagnostic tool that is suitable for analysis of vascularization, by imaging an intravenously injected microbubble bolus. The localization of angiogenic vascularization associated with the development of tumors is of particular interest. Recently, methods for the analysis of the bolus convective dispersion process have shown promise to localize angiogenesis...
October 1, 2016: Medical Image Analysis
M-C Horny, M Lazerges, J-M Siaugue, A Pallandre, D Rose, F Bedioui, C Deslouis, A-M Haghiri-Gosnet, J Gamby
Here, we describe the transposition of an ultramicroelectrode (UME) setup into a microfluidic chip configuration for DNA biosensors. The hydrodynamic properties of the fluidic channel microelectrode were screened with an [Fe(iii)(CN)6](3-)/[Fe(ii)(CN)6](4-) redox couple by cyclic voltammetry to provide a basis for further biological processes. A 23-base DNA probe was self-assembled into a monolayer on gold microelectrodes both in classical configuration and integrated in a microfluidic setup. Special interest was focused on the DNA target mimicking the liver-specific micro-ribonucleic acid 122 (miRNA122)...
October 10, 2016: Lab on a Chip
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