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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538985/numerical-approximation-of-elasticity-tensor-associated-with-green-naghdi-rate
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Haofei Liu, Wei Sun
Objective stress rates are often used in commercial finite element (FE) programs. However, deriving a consistent tangent modulus tensor (also known as elasticity tensor or material Jacobian) associated with the objective stress rates is challenging when complex material models are utilized. In this paper, an approximation method for the tangent modulus tensor associated with the Green-Naghdi rate of the Kirchhoff stress is employed to simplify the evaluation process. The effectiveness of the approach is demonstrated through the implementation of two user-defined fiber-reinforced hyperelastic material models...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538201/effects-of-adding-trace-elements-on-rice-straw-anaerobic-mono-digestion-focus-on-changes-in-microbial-communities-using-high-throughput-sequencing
#2
Yafan Cai, Binbin Hua, Lijuan Gao, Yuegao Hu, Xufeng Yuan, Zongjun Cui, Wanbin Zhu, Xiaofen Wang
Although trace elements are known to aid anaerobic digestion, their mechanism of action is still unclear. High-throughput sequencing was used to reveal the mechanism by which adding trace elements affects microbial communities and their action. The results showed that the highest methane yields, with addition of Fe, Mo, Se and Mn were 289.2, 289.6, 285.3, 293.0mL/g volatile solids (VS), respectively. The addition of Fe, Mo, Se and Mn significantly (P<0.05) reduced the level of volatile fatty acids (VFAs)...
April 21, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538167/understanding-the-bioavailability-and-sequestration-of-different-metal-cations-in-the-presence-of-a-biodegradable-chelant-mgda-in-biological-fluids-and-natural-waters
#3
Clemente Bretti, Rosalia Maria Cigala, Concetta De Stefano, Gabriele Lando, Silvio Sammartano
Thermodynamic information about the metal-ligand interaction between Fe(3+), Zn(2+), Cu(2+) and Sn(2+), and a biodegradable ligand as MGDA is reported. The speciation scheme was obtained by means of potentiometric measurements and isothermal titration calorimetry (to determine enthalpy changes) in NaCl medium. The formation of the ML and MLOH species was evidenced for all the metal cations, and for Fe(3+) also the ML2 and ML(OH)2 were found. The relative stability, for the ML species, follows the order: Sn(2+) > Fe(3+) > Cu(2+) > Zn(2+)...
May 16, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537722/a-novel-micro-mea-design-to-precisely-measure-the-in-situ-activity-of-orr-electrocatalysts-for-pemfc
#4
Zhi Long, Yankai Li, Guangrong Deng, Changpeng Liu, Junjie Ge, Shuhua Ma, Wei Xing
An in-situ micro-MEA technique, which could precisely measure the performance of ORR electrocatalyst using Nafion as electrolyte, was designed and compared with regular thin-film rotating-disk electrode (TFRDE) (0.1 M HClO4) and normal in-situ membrane electrode assembly (MEA) tests. Compared to the traditional TFRDE method, the micro-MEA technique makes the acquisition of catalysts' behavior at low potential values easily achieved without being limited by the solubility of O2 in water. At the same time, it successfully mimics the structure of regular MEAs and obtains similar results to a regular MEA, thus providing a new technique to simply measure the electrode activity without being bothered by complicated fabrication of regular MEA...
May 24, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535153/high-energy-particle-beam-and-gamma-radiation-exposure-familial-relatedness-and-cancer-in-mice
#5
Pavel Chernyavskiy, Elijah F Edmondson, Michael M Weil, Mark P Little
BACKGROUND: Some highly penetrant familial cancer syndromes exhibit elevated leukaemia risk, and there is evidence for familial clustering of lung cancer and other common cancers. Lung cancer and leukaemia are strongly radiogenic, but there are few indications that high-energy beam irradiation is markedly more effective than lower-energy radiation. METHODS: We used a Cox model with familially structured random effects to assess 16 mortality end points in a group of 1850 mice in 47 families maintained in a circular-breeding scheme, exposed to accelerated Si or Fe ions (0...
May 23, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534724/maternal-protein-restriction-depresses-the-duodenal-expression-of-iron-transporters-and-serum-iron-level-in-male-weaning-piglets
#6
Wenqiang Ma, Jingyu Lu, Shuxia Jiang, Demin Cai, Shifeng Pan, Yimin Jia, Ruqian Zhao
To investigate the effects of maternal dietary protein restriction on offspring Fe metabolism, twenty-four second-parity Landrace×Yorkshire sows were randomly allocated to standard-protein (SP) and low-protein (LP) groups. The SP sows were fed diets containing 15 and 18 % crude protein throughout pregnancy and lactation, respectively, whereas the LP sows were subjected to 50 % dietary protein restriction. Offspring birth weight was not affected, but the body weight at weaning (P=0·06) and average daily gain (P=0·01) of the female piglets were significantly decreased...
April 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534290/wear-predictions-for-uhmwpe-material-with-various-surface-properties-used-on-the-femoral-component-in-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-computational-simulation-study
#7
Kyoung-Tak Kang, Juhyun Son, Ho-Joong Kim, Changhyun Baek, Oh-Ryong Kwon, Yong-Gon Koh
The wear of ultrahigh-molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) tibial inserts in total knee arthroplasty (TKA) remains a major limitation that hinders the longevity of clinically successful devices. Surface properties significantly affect the overall performance of TKA, and surface modification with mechanically and chemically stable materials is an effective method for overcoming the wear of TKA. However, wear tests are not cost-efficient or time-efficient; thus, the effects of geometric, loading, and alignment perturbations are often evaluated via parametric studies...
July 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533768/novel-large-sulfur-bacteria-in-the-metagenomes-of-groundwater-fed-chemosynthetic-microbial-mats-in-the-lake-huron-basin
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Allison M Sharrar, Beverly E Flood, Jake V Bailey, Daniel S Jones, Bopaiah A Biddanda, Steven A Ruberg, Daniel N Marcus, Gregory J Dick
Little is known about large sulfur bacteria (LSB) that inhabit sulfidic groundwater seeps in large lakes. To examine how geochemically relevant microbial metabolisms are partitioned among community members, we conducted metagenomic analysis of a chemosynthetic microbial mat in the Isolated Sinkhole, which is in a deep, aphotic environment of Lake Huron. For comparison, we also analyzed a white mat in an artesian fountain that is fed by groundwater similar to Isolated Sinkhole, but that sits in shallow water and is exposed to sunlight...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532595/impact-of-elemental-iron-on-human-spermatozoa-and-mouse-embryonic-development-in-a-defined-synthetic-culture-medium
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Safaa M Naes, Oshini Basri, Fauziah Ismail, Ghofraan A Ata'Allah, Siti Khadijah Idris, Noor Azmi Mat Adenan, Jaffar Ali
There is a paucity of studies on effect of iron in embryo culture procedures. This study aims to ascertain the optimal, tolerance and toxic levels of iron in a protein-free embryo culture medium (PFM) to determine the effect of iron on embryonic development. The application of PFM in assisted reproductive technologies (ART) is intended to eliminate disease transmission and improve ART treatment outcome. The optimal, tolerance and toxic levels of iron on human spermatozoa and mouse embryos were determined by challenging them with different levels of iron (ferric iron; Fe(+3))...
May 19, 2017: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532520/are-more-environmentally-sustainable-diets-with-less-meat-and-dairy-nutritionally-adequate
#10
S Marije Seves, Janneke Verkaik-Kloosterman, Sander Biesbroek, Elisabeth Hm Temme
OBJECTIVE: Our current food consumption patterns, and in particular our meat and dairy intakes, cause high environmental pressure. The present modelling study investigates the impact of diets with less or no meat and dairy foods on nutrient intakes and assesses nutritional adequacy by comparing these diets with dietary reference intakes. DESIGN: Environmental impact and nutrient intakes were assessed for the observed consumption pattern (reference) and two replacement scenarios...
May 23, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532274/formation-of-iron-oxide-pd-hybrid-nanostructures-with-enhanced-peroxidase-like-activity-and-catalytic-reduction-of-4-nitrophenol
#11
Jing Li, Junhui Cai, Huimin Jia, Lixia Zhang, Yan Lei, Weiwei He, Jun-Jie Yin
Iron oxide/Pd hybrid nanostructures with controllable Pd loading from 0.05 to 1.0 (calculated as Pd/Fe molar ratio) have been synthesized by chemical reduction of Pd(2+) on iron oxide particles. The combination of iron oxide and Pd exhibits enhanced peroxidase-like activity and catalytic activity toward reduction of 4-nitrophenol. The catalytic enhancements were found to be dependent on the Pd loading amount as well as the synergistic effect between iron oxide and Pd. These results suggest that iron oxide with unique surface chemical state can be an active supporter and suggest an effective way to design superior hybrid nanostructures for catalytic applications...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part C, Environmental Carcinogenesis & Ecotoxicology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532164/statistical-factorial-analysis-approach-for-parameter-calibration-on-material-nonlinearity-of-intervertebral-disc-finite-element-model
#12
Masni-Azian, Masao Tanaka
In the biomechanics field, material parameters calibration is significant for finite element (FE) model to ensure a legit estimation of biomechanical response. Determining an appropriate combination of calibration factors is challenging as each constitutive component responds differently. This study proposes a statistical factorial analysis approach using L16(4(5)) orthogonal array to evaluate material nonlinearity and applicable calibration factor of the intervertebral disc FE model in pure moment. The calibrated model exhibits improved agreement to the experimental findings for all directions...
May 22, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532108/assessing-stiffness-of-nanofibres-in-bacterial-cellulose-hydrogels-numerical-experimental-framework
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Xing Gao, Emrah Sozumert, Zhijun Shi, Guang Yang, Vadim V Silberschmidt
This work presents a numerical-experimental framework for assessment of stiffness of nanofibres in a fibrous hydrogel - bacterial cellulose (BC) hydrogel - based on a combination of in-aqua mechanical testing, microstructural analysis and finite-element (FE) modelling. Fibrous hydrogels attracted growing interest as potential replacements to some tissues. To assess their applicability, a comprehensive understanding of their mechanical response under relevant conditions is desirable; a lack of such knowledge is mainly due to changes at microscale caused by deformation that are hard to evaluate in-situ because of the dimensions of nanofibres and aqueous environment...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532072/new-bioactive-bone-like-microspheres-with-intrinsic-magnetic-properties-obtained-by-bio-inspired-mineralisation-process
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Tatiana Marisa Fernandes Patrício, Silvia Panseri, Monica Sandri, Anna Tampieri, Simone Sprio
A bio-inspired mineralisation process was investigated and applied to develop novel hybrid magnetic materials by heterogeneous nucleation of Fe(2+)/Fe(3+)-doped hydroxyapatite nanocrystals onto a biopolymeric matrix made of a Type I collagen-based recombinant peptide (RCP). The effect of the synthesis temperature on the phase composition, crystallinity and magnetic properties of the nucleated inorganic phase was studied. The as-obtained magnetic materials were then engineered, by using a water-in-oil emulsification process, into hybrid magnetic microspheres, which were stabilized by de-hydrothermal treatment yielding cross-linking of the macromolecular matrix...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532066/design-and-characterization-of-a-novel-nickel-free-cobalt-base-alloy-for-intravascular-stents
#15
Qiang Wang, Yibin Ren, M Babar Shahzad, Wei Zhang, Xumeng Pan, Song Zhang, Dan Zhang
Co-Cr-W-Ni alloy (L605) with high tensile strength is used in coronary stents. The thickness of individual strut of the stent is reduced which can decrease the stent restenosis rate. However, about 10% Ni element content in L605 is found to cause allergic reactions and pulmonary embolism, similar to the traditional 316L stainless steel. In this study, a novel nickel-free cobalt-base alloy Co-20Cr-12Fe-18Mn-2Mo-4W-N (wt%) was designed and fabricated in order to efficiently avoid the potential hazards of Ni element...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532045/electrochemically-reduced-graphene-oxide-poly-glycine-composite-modified-electrode-for-sensitive-determination-of-l-dopa
#16
Venkata Narayana Palakollu, Neeta Thapliyal, Tirivashe E Chiwunze, Rajshekhar Karpoormath, Sivanandhan Karunanidhi, Srinivasulu Cherukupalli
A facile preparation strategy based on electrochemical technique for the fabrication of glycine (Poly-Gly) and electrochemically reduced graphene oxide (ERGO) composite modified electrode was developed. The morphology of the developed composite (ERGO/Poly-Gly) was investigated using field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM). The composite modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE) was characterized using fourier transform-infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV)...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532026/high-performance-hydrogen-sensor-based-on-mn-implanted-zno-nanowires-array-fabricated-on-ito-substrate
#17
A Renitta, K Vijayalakshmi
In the present research, we propose a novel approach for the detection of hydrogen gas using Mn implanted ZnO nanowires fabricated onto ITO coated glass substrate by chemical spray pyrolysis deposition. The effect of Mn concentration on the structural, optical and morphological properties of ZnO films were investigated. X-ray diffraction studies showed that the Mn implanted ZnO films were grown as a polycrystalline hexagonal wurtzite phase without any impurities. The (101) peak position of ZnO-Mn films was shifted towards a lower angle with increasing Mn concentration...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532016/electrochemical-preparation-of-two-nanostructured-poly-sulfosalicylic-acid-films-with-different-morphologies-and-properties-for-selective-sensing-of-dopamine-comparative-study
#18
Juan Zhang, Jun-Ping Zhou, Xiao-Hui Dai, Guang-Zhou Liu, Shu-Yong Zhang
Two nanostructured poly(sulfosalicylic acid) (PSA) films were synthesized from room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) or aqueous solution on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) via potentiodynamic electropolymerization. The morphology and properties of the PSA films were characterized with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), scanning probe microscopy (SPM), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV). It was found that solvent had a major influence on the morphology and electrochemical properties of the resultant PSA films...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531979/synthesis-and-characterization-of-glycyrrhizic-acid-coated-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-for-hyperthermia-applications
#19
Mostafa Saeedi, Omid Vahidi, Shahin Bonakdar
In the present study, iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles (IONPs) were synthesized using the oxidative precipitation method for biomedical applications. Glycyrrhizic acid (GA) extracted from the roots of licorice plant was used as the coating agent for the synthesized nanoparticles (GAIONPs). The crystal phase, morphology and size were investigated by XRD, FE-SEM and TEM. The saturation magnetization (ms) value of the nanoparticles was measured by VSM indicating lowered ms of the GAIONPs with respect to that of the IONPs due to the presence of GA...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531840/hydroxyl-radical-yields-in-the-fenton-process-under-various-ph-ligand-concentrations-and-hydrogen-peroxide-fe-ii-ratios
#20
Alexandra Fischbacher, Clemens von Sonntag, Torsten C Schmidt
The Fenton process, one of several advanced oxidation processes, describes the reaction of Fe(II) with hydrogen peroxide. Fe(II) is oxidized to Fe(III) that reacts with hydrogen peroxide to Fe(II) and again initiates the Fenton reaction. In the course of the reactions reactive species, e.g. hydroxyl radicals, are formed. Conditions such as pH, ligand concentrations and the hydrogen peroxide/Fe(II) ratio may influence the OH radical yield. It could be shown that at pH < 2.7 and >3.5 the OH radical yield decreases significantly...
May 7, 2017: Chemosphere
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