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Prasanth Prabhakaran, Stephan Weiss, Alexei Krekhov, Alain Pumir, Eberhard Bodenschatz
We present results from moist convection in a mixture of pressurized sulfur hexafluoride (liquid and vapor), and helium (gas) to model the wet and dry components of the Earth's atmosphere. To allow for homogeneous nucleation, we operate the experiment close to critical conditions. We report on the nucleation of microdroplets in the wake of large cold liquid drops falling through the supersaturated atmosphere and show that the homogeneous nucleation is caused by isobaric cooling of the saturated sulfur hexafluoride vapor...
September 22, 2017: Physical Review Letters
Frances D Duncan, Shirley A Hanrahan
In this paper we report on the metabolic rates and respiratory patterns measured from gregarious brown locusts, Locustana pardalina, collected from the Nama Karoo region in South Africa. All five instar hopper stages and adults were collected over a three year period when significant numbers of locust swarms were seen. Flow-through respirometry was used to measure the CO2 emission from individual locusts from all the developmental stages and adults within a week of collection. Carbon dioxide emission scaled hypometrically with mass, 0...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Insect Physiology
Young-Eun Seo, Tom Bu, W Mark Saltzman
Nanomaterials represent a promising and versatile platform for the delivery of therapeutics to the brain. Treatment of brain tumors has been a long-standing challenge in the field of neuro-oncology. The current standard of care - a multimodal approach of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy - yields only a modest therapeutic benefit for patients with malignant gliomas. A major obstacle for treatment is the failure to achieve sufficient delivery of therapeutics at the tumor site. Recent advances in local drug delivery techniques, along with the development of highly effective brain-penetrating nanocarriers, have significantly improved treatment and imaging of brain tumors in preclinical studies...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering
Vivek Sudhakar, R Mark Richardson
Gene therapy is a clinical tool that may eventually provide therapeutic benefit to patients suffering from movement disorders through a few potential mechanisms: direct correction of the pathogenic mechanism, neuroprotection, neurorestoration or symptom control. The therapeutic mechanism is therefore dependent on knowledge of disease pathogenesis and the required temporal and spatial specificities of gene expression. An additional critical challenge is achieving the most complete transduction of the target structure while avoiding leakage into neighboring regions or perivascular spaces...
2018: Progress in Neurological Surgery
Farzia Karim, Erick S Vasquez, Chenglong Zhao
A rapid and cost-effective method for the fabrication of nanogap-rich structures is demonstrated in this Letter. The method utilizes the Marangoni convection around an optothermal surface bubble inside a liquid droplet with a nanoliter volume. The liquid droplet containing metallic nanoparticles reduces the sample consumption and confines the liquid flow. The optothermal surface bubble creates a strong convective flow that allows for the rapid deposition of the metallic nanoparticles to form nanogap-rich structures on any substrate under ambient conditions...
January 15, 2018: Optics Letters
Gokhan Ariturk, Yusuf Ziya Ider
Magnetic resonance electrical properties tomography (MR-EPT), aiming at reconstructing the EP's at radio frequencies, uses the H<sup>+</sup> field (both magnitude and phase) distribution within the object. One of the MR-EPT algorithms, cr-MREPT, accurately reconstructs the internal tissue boundaries however it faces an artifact which occurs at the regions where the convective field, [ (∂H<sup>+</sup> / ∂x ) - i(∂H<sup>+</sup> / ∂y) i((∂H<sup>+</sup> / ∂x ) - i(∂H<sup>+</sup> / ∂y)) ] , has a low magnitude (at the noise level)...
January 12, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Francisco Maduell, Raquel Ojeda, Lara Belmar, Paula Munguía, Cristina Sango, Ana Isabel Martinez-Díaz, Marta Arias-Guillén, Manel Vera, Néstor Fontseré, Miquel Gómez, Lida Rodas, Nayra Rico
INTRODUCTION: Online haemodiafiltration (OL-HDF) has been associated with increased survival. To date, the influence of the inner diameter of the hollow fibres of the dialyser on convective volume has not been well established. The objective of the study was to evaluate the effect of increasing the inner diameter of the dialyser on the convective volume and removal capacity. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We included 16 patients in posdilutional OL-HDF with autosubstitution...
January 2018: Nefrología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española Nefrologia
Thomas Godet, Matthieu Jabaudon, Raïko Blondonnet, Aymeric Tremblay, Jules Audard, Benjamin Rieu, Bruno Pereira, Jean-Marc Garcier, Emmanuel Futier, Jean-Michel Constantin
BACKGROUND: High frequency percussive ventilation (HFPV) combines diffusive (high frequency mini-bursts) and convective ventilation patterns. Benefits include enhanced oxygenation and hemodynamics, and alveolar recruitment, while providing hypothetic lung-protective ventilation. No study has investigated HFPV-induced changes in lung aeration in patients with early acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). METHODS: Eight patients with early non-focal ARDS were enrolled and five swine with early non-focal ARDS were studied in prospective computed tomography (CT) scan and animal studies, in a university-hospital tertiary ICU and an animal laboratory...
January 11, 2018: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Noor Muhammad, Sohail Nadeem, M T Mustafa
Theoretical analysis has been carried out to establish the heat transport phenomenon of six different ferromagnetic MnZnFe2O4-C2H6O2 (manganese zinc ferrite-ethylene glycol), NiZnFe2O4-C2H6O2 (Nickel zinc ferrite-ethylene glycol), Fe2O4-C2H6O2 (magnetite ferrite-ethylene glycol), NiZnFe2O4-H2O (Nickel zinc ferrite-water), MnZnFe2O4-H2O (manganese zinc ferrite-water), and Fe2O4-H2O (magnetite ferrite-water) nanofluids containing manganese zinc ferrite, Nickel zinc ferrite, and magnetite ferrite nanoparticles dispersed in a base fluid of ethylene glycol and water mixture...
2018: PloS One
Simon Walker-Samuel, Thomas A Roberts, Rajiv Ramasawmy, Jake S Burrell, Sean P Johnson, Bernard M Siow, Simon Richardson, Miguel R Goncalves, Douglas Pendse, Simon P Robinson, R Barbara Pedley, Mark F Lythgoe
Several distinct fluid flow phenomena occur in solid tumors, including intravascular blood flow and interstitial convection. Interstitial fluid pressure is often raised in solid tumors, which can limit drug delivery. To probe low-velocity flow in tumors resulting from raised interstitial fluid pressure, we developed a novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique named convection-MRI, which uses a phase-contrast acquisition with a dual-inversion vascular nulling preparation to separate intra- and extra-vascular flow...
January 9, 2018: Cancer Research
Luc Lambs, Félix Bompy, Maguy Dulormne
RATIONALE: Studies of wetland eco-hydrology in tropical coastal area are scarce, and the use of water stable isotopes can be of great help. Key constraints for their analysis are (i) the small difference in δ18 O values between seawater and old evaporated freshwater, and (ii) the fact that the presence of old brackish water limits the determination of the water origin and dynamic. METHODS: The water of tropical storms displays distinctively depleted heavy stable isotopes, in comparison with usual tropical rainfall without strong convective thunderstorms...
January 3, 2018: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
Dmitri V Alexandrov, Irina A Bashkirtseva, Lev B Ryashko
The time-dependent process of directional crystallization in the presence of a mushy layer is considered with allowance for arbitrary fluctuations in the atmospheric temperature and friction velocity. A nonlinear set of mushy layer equations and boundary conditions is solved analytically when the heat and mass fluxes at the boundary between the mushy layer and liquid phase are induced by turbulent motion in the liquid and, as a result, have the corresponding convective form. Namely, the 'solid phase-mushy layer' and 'mushy layer-liquid phase' phase transition boundaries as well as the solid fraction, temperature and concentration (salinity) distributions are found...
February 28, 2018: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
Dmitri V Alexandrov, Peter K Galenko, Lyubov V Toropova
Motivated by important applications in materials science and geophysics, we consider the steady-state growth of anisotropic needle-like dendrites in undercooled binary mixtures with a forced convective flow. We analyse the stable mode of dendritic evolution in the case of small anisotropies of growth kinetics and surface energy for arbitrary Péclet numbers and n-fold symmetry of dendritic crystals. On the basis of solvability and stability theories, we formulate a selection criterion giving a stable combination between dendrite tip diameter and tip velocity...
February 28, 2018: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
A Kao, J Gao, K Pericleous
In the undercooled solidification of pure metals, the dendrite tip velocity has been shown experimentally to have a strong dependence on the intensity of an external magnetic field, exhibiting several maxima and minima. In the experiments conducted in China, the undercooled solidification dynamics of pure Ni was studied using the glass fluxing method. Visual recordings of the progress of solidification are compared at different static fields up to 6 T. The introduction of microscopic convective transport through thermoelectric magnetohydrodynamics is a promising explanation for the observed changes of tip velocities...
February 28, 2018: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
Dileep Mampallil, Huseyin Burak Eral
Evaporation of sessile droplets containing non-volatile solutes dispersed in a volatile solvent leaves behind ring-like solid stains. As the volatile species evaporates, pinning of the contact line gives rise to capillary flows that transport non-volatile solutes to the contact line. This phenomenon, called the coffee-ring effect, compromises the overall performance of industrially relevant manufacturing processes involving evaporation such as printing, biochemical analysis, manufacturing of nano-structured materials through colloidal and macromolecular patterning...
January 2, 2018: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
Clément Trellu, Clémence Coetsier, Jean-Christophe Rouch, Roseline Esmilaire, Matthieu Rivallin, Marc Cretin, Christel Causserand
Reactive Electrochemical Membrane (REM) prepared from carbothermal reduction of TiO2 is used for the mineralization of biorefractory pollutants during filtration operation. The mixture of Ti4O7 and Ti5O9 Magnéli phases ensures the high reactivity of the membrane for organic compound oxidation through •OH mediated oxidation and direct electron transfer. In cross-flow filtration mode, convection-enhanced mass transport of pollutants can be achieved from the high membrane permeability (3300 LMH bar-1). Mineralization efficiency of oxalic acid, paracetamol and phenol was assessed as regards to current density, transmembrane pressure and feed concentration...
December 28, 2017: Water Research
Ilyas Khan, Nehad Ali Shah, Asifa Tassaddiq, Norzieha Mustapha, Seripah Awang Kechil
This paper studies the heat transfer analysis caused due to free convection in a vertically oscillating cylinder. Exact solutions are determined by applying the Laplace and finite Hankel transforms. Expressions for temperature distribution and velocity field corresponding to cosine and sine oscillations are obtained. The solutions that have been obtained for velocity are presented in the forms of transient and post-transient solutions. Moreover, these solutions satisfy both the governing differential equation and all imposed initial and boundary conditions...
2018: PloS One
Masato Ishii, Takeshi Miyazaki, Hirotaka Sakaue
The pressure- and temperature-sensitive paint (PSP/TSP) technique, for steady-state and unsteady-state measurements, is becoming widespread. However, unsteady quantitative measurement is still difficult because non-uniform distribution of the probes over a test model may cause errors in the results. We focus on the dipping method that applies two luminophores into a binding material to improve sensitivity uniformity over a model surface. A bullet-shaped axisymmetric test model with motion-capturing TSP was used to evaluate the sensitivity uniformity, and three dipping methods (static, convectional, and rotational) were examined...
December 23, 2017: Sensors
Ben P Kirtman, Natalie Perlin, Leo Siqueira
A suite of coupled climate model simulations and experiments are used to examine how resolved mesoscale ocean features affect aspects of climate variability, air-sea interactions, and predictability. In combination with control simulations, experiments with the interactive ensemble coupling strategy are used to further amplify the role of the oceanic mesoscale field and the associated air-sea feedbacks and predictability. The basic intent of the interactive ensemble coupling strategy is to reduce the atmospheric noise at the air-sea interface, allowing an assessment of how noise affects the variability, and in this case, it is also used to diagnose predictability from the perspective of signal-to-noise ratios...
December 2017: Chaos
Mao-Lin Shen, Noel Keenlyside, Bhuwan C Bhatt, Gregory S Duane
The supermodel strategy interactively combines several models to outperform the individual models comprising it. A key advantage of the approach is that nonlinear improvements can be achieved, in contrast to the linear weighted combination of individual unconnected models. This property is found in a climate supermodel constructed by coupling two versions of an atmospheric model differing only in their convection scheme to a single ocean model. The ocean model receives a weighted combination of the momentum and heat fluxes...
December 2017: Chaos
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