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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726571/primary-blast-causes-delayed-effects-without-cell-death-in-shell-encased-brain-cell-aggregates
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Thomas Sawyer, Yushan Wang, David V Ritzel, Tyson Josey, Mercy Villanueva, Cory Vair, Yanfeng Song, Yimin Shei, Steven Parks, Peggy Nelson, Grant Hennes, Lori McLaws, Changyan Fan
Previous work used underwater explosive exposures to isolate the effects of shock-induced principle stress without shear on rat brain aggregate cultures. This current study has utilized simulated air blast to expose aggregates in suspension and enclosed within a spherical shell, enabling the examination of a much more complex biomechanical insult. Culture medium-filled spheres were exposed to single pulse overpressures of 15-30 psi (6-7 msec duration) and measurements within the sphere at defined sites showed complex and spatially dependent pressure changes...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713352/use-of-native-yeast-strains-for-in-bottle-fermentation-to-face-the-uniformity-in-sparkling-wine-production
#2
Ileana Vigentini, Shirley Barrera Cardenas, Federica Valdetara, Monica Faccincani, Carlo A Panont, Claudia Picozzi, Roberto Foschino
The in-bottle fermentation of sparkling wines is currently triggered by few commercialized Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains. This lack of diversity in tirage yeast cultures leads to a prevalent uniformity in sensory profiles of the end products. The aim of this study has been to exploit the natural multiplicity of yeast populations in order to introduce variability in sparkling wines throughout the re-fermentation step. A collection of 133 S. cerevisiae strains were screened on the basis of technological criteria (fermenting power and vigor, SO2 tolerance, alcohol tolerance, flocculence) and qualitative features (acetic acid, glycerol and H2S productions)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709322/linearization-based-method-for-solving-a-multicomponent-diffusion-phase-field-model-with-arbitrary-solution-thermodynamics
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M J Welland, E Tenuta, A A Prudil
This article describes a phase-field model for an isothermal multicomponent, multiphase system which avoids implicit interfacial energy contributions by starting from a grand potential formulation. A method is developed for incorporating arbitrary forms of the equilibrium thermodynamic potentials in all phases to determine an explicit relationship between chemical potentials and species concentrations. The model incorporates variable densities between adjacent phases, defect migration, and dependence of internal pressure on object dimensions ranging from the macro- to nanoscale...
June 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709260/pneumatic-fractures-in-confined-granular-media
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Fredrik K Eriksen, Renaud Toussaint, Antoine L Turquet, Knut J Måløy, Eirik G Flekkøy
We perform experiments where air is injected at a constant overpressure P_{in}, ranging from 5 to 250 kPa, into a dry granular medium confined within a horizontal linear Hele-Shaw cell. The setup allows us to explore compacted configurations by preventing decompaction at the outer boundary, i.e., the cell outlet has a semipermeable filter such that beads are stopped while air can pass. We study the emerging patterns and dynamic growth of channels in the granular media due to fluid flow, by analyzing images captured with a high speed camera (1000 images/s)...
June 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641233/large-eddy-simulation-and-experimental-study-on-vented-gasoline-air-mixture-explosions-in-a-semi-confined-obstructed-pipe
#5
Guoqing Li, Yang Du, Shimao Wang, Sheng Qi, Peili Zhang, Wenzhuo Chen
In this work, LES simulation coupled with a TFC sub-grid combustion model has been performed in a semi-confined pipe (L/D=10, V=10L) in the presence of four hollow-square obstacles (BR=49.8%) with circular hollow cross-section, in order to study the premixed gasoline-air mixture explosions. The comparisons between simulated results and experimental results have been conducted. It was found that the simulated results were in good agreement with experimental data in terms of flame structures, flame locations and overpressure time histories...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634733/dynamic-properties-of-human-tympanic-membrane-after-exposure-to-blast-waves
#6
Warren G Engles, Xuelin Wang, Rong Z Gan
Blast overpressure causes dynamic damage to middle ear components, and tympanic membrane (TM) rupture is the most frequent middle ear injury. However, it is unclear how the blast waves change mechanical properties of the TM and affect sound transmission through the ear. This paper reports the current study on dynamic properties of the TM after exposure to blast waves by using acoustic loading and laser Doppler vibrometry (LDV). The TM specimens were prepared from human temporal bones following exposures to blast overpressure...
June 20, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634463/protective-effect-of-n-acetylcysteine-amide-on-blast-induced-increase-in-intracranial-pressure-in-rats
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Usmah Kawoos, Richard M McCarron, Mikulas Chavko
Blast-induced traumatic brain injury is associated with acute and possibly chronic elevation of intracranial pressure (ICP). The outcome after TBI is dependent on the progression of complex processes which are mediated by oxidative stress. So far, no effective pharmacological protection against TBI exists. In this study, rats were exposed to a single or repetitive blast overpressure (BOP) at moderate intensities of 72 or 110 kPa in a compressed air-driven shock tube. The degree and duration of the increase in ICP were proportional to the intensity and frequency of the blast exposure(s)...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630536/effects-of-filament-size-on-critical-current-density-in-overpressure-processed-bi-2212-round-wire
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Jianyi Jiang, Ashleigh Francis, Ryan Alicea, Maxime Matras, Fumitake Kametani, Ulf P Trociewitz, Eric E Hellstrom, David C Larbalestier
Bi2Sr2CaCu2Ox (Bi-2212) conductor is the only high temperature superconductor manufactured as a round wire and is a very promising conductor for very high field applications. One of the key design parameters of Bi-2212 wire is its filament size, which has been previously reported to affect the critical current density (Jc ) and ac losses. Work with 1 bar heat treatment showed that the optimal filament diameter was about 15 μm but it was not well understood at that time that gas bubbles were the main current limiting mechanism...
June 2017: IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity: a Publication of the IEEE Superconductivity Committee
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618553/mechanism-of-unconfined-dust-explosions-turbulent-clustering-and-radiation-induced-ignition
#9
Michael Liberman, Nathan Kleeorin, Igor Rogachevskii, Nils Erland L Haugen
It is known that unconfined dust explosions typically start off with a relatively weak primary flame followed by a severe secondary explosion. We show that clustering of dust particles in a temperature stratified turbulent flow ahead of the primary flame may give rise to a significant increase in the radiation penetration length. These particle clusters, even far ahead of the flame, are sufficiently exposed and heated by the radiation from the flame to become ignition kernels capable to ignite a large volume of fuel-air mixtures...
May 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599600/transcriptional-changes-in-the-mouse-retina-following-ocular-blast-injury-a-role-for-the-immune-system
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Felix L Struebing, Rebecca King, Ying Li, Micah A Chrenek, Polina N Lyuboslavsky, Curran S Sidhu, P Michael Iuvone, Eldon E Geisert
Ocular blast injury is a major medical concern for soldiers and explosion victims due to poor visual outcomes. To define the changes in gene expression following a blast injury to the eye, we examined retinal RNA expression in 54 mouse strains five days after a single 50psi overpressure air wave blast injury. We observe that almost 40% of genes are differentially expressed with a false discovery rate of <0.001, even though the nominal changes in RNA expression are rather small. Moreover, we find through machine learning approaches that genetic networks related to the innate and acquired immune system are activated...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580981/seeding-layer-assisted-selective-area-growth-of-as-rich-inasp-nanowires-on-inp-substrates
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Dingkun Ren, Alan C Farrell, Benjamin S Williams, Diana L Huffaker
We present the first demonstration of arsenic-rich InAs1-xPx (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.33) nanowire arrays grown on InP (111)B substrates by catalyst-free selective-area metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. It is shown that by introducing a thin InAs seeding layer prior to the growth of the nanowire, an extremely high vertical yield is achieved by eliminating rotational twins between (111)A and (111)B crystal orientations. InAsP nanowire arrays show strong emission of photoluminescence (PL) at room temperature, suggesting a significant reduction of surface state density compared with InAs nanowires...
June 5, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553646/protection-against-blast-induced-traumatic-brain-injury-by-increase-in-brain-volume
#12
Ming Gu, Usmah Kawoos, Richard McCarron, Mikulas Chavko
Blast-induced traumatic brain injury (bTBI) is a leading cause of injuries in recent military conflicts and it is responsible for an increased number of civilian casualties by terrorist attacks. bTBI includes a variety of neuropathological changes depending on the intensity of blast overpressure (BOP) such as brain edema, neuronal degeneration, diffuse axonal damage, and vascular dysfunction with neurological manifestations of psychological and cognitive abnormalities. Internal jugular vein (IJV) compression is known to reduce intracranial compliance by causing an increase in brain volume and was shown to reduce brain damage during closed impact-induced TBI...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542917/characterizing-the-performance-of-pipe-bombs
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Jimmie C Oxley, James L Smith, Evan T Bernier, Fredrick Sandstrom, Gregory G Weiss, Gunther W Recht, David Schatzer
Pipe bombs of steel or PVC fragment in reproducible patterns when similarly configured. The power of the explosion correlates with number, mass, and size of the fragments recovered, where a large number of small, low-mass fragments indicate a high-power event and vice versa. In discussing performance, describing pipe fragmentation pattern by fragment weight distribution mapping (FWDM) or fragment surface area distribution mapping (FSADM) was useful. When fillers detonated, detonation velocities of ~4.4 mm/μs were measured...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526787/development-of-multi-well-plate-methods-using-pure-cultures-of-methanogens-to-identify-new-inhibitors-for-suppressing-ruminant-methane-emissions
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M R Weimar, J Cheung, D Dey, C McSweeney, M Morrison, Y Kobayashi, W B Whitman, V Carbone, L R Schofield, R S Ronimus, G M Cook
Hydrogenotrophic methanogens typically require strictly anaerobic culturing conditions in glass tubes with overpressures of H2 and CO2 that are both time-consuming and costly. To increase the throughput for screening chemical compound libraries, 96-well microtiter plate methods for the growth of a marine (environmental) methanogen Methanococcus maripaludis strain S2 and the rumen methanogen Methanobrevibacter species AbM4 were developed. A number of key parameters (inoculum size, reducing agents for media preparation, duration of assay, inhibitor solvents and culture volume) were optimised to achieve robust and reproducible growth in a high-throughput microtiter plate format...
May 19, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508893/south-american-plate-advance-and-forced-andean-trench-retreat-as-drivers-for-transient-flat-subduction-episodes
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Gerben Schepers, Douwe J J van Hinsbergen, Wim Spakman, Martha E Kosters, Lydian M Boschman, Nadine McQuarrie
At two trench segments below the Andes, the Nazca Plate is subducting sub-horizontally over ∼200-300 km, thought to result from a combination of buoyant oceanic-plateau subduction and hydrodynamic mantle-wedge suction. Whether the actual conditions for both processes to work in concert existed is uncertain. Here we infer from a tectonic reconstruction of the Andes constructed in a mantle reference frame that the Nazca slab has retreated at ∼2 cm per year since ∼50 Ma. In the flat slab portions, no rollback has occurred since their formation at ∼12 Ma, generating 'horse-shoe' slab geometries...
May 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504823/centrifugal-driven-reduced-dimension-planar-chromatography
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Rachel B Strickhouser, Nahla A Hatab, Nickolay V Lavrik, Michael J Sepaniak
A fundamental problem with efficiency in capillary action driven planar chromatography results from diminishing flow rates as development proceeds, giving rise to molecular diffusion related band dispersion for most sample types. Overpressure and electrokinetic means to speed flow have been used successfully in TLC. We explore the use of centrifugal force (CF) to drive flow for reduced-dimension planar platforms (ultra-TLC, low μm features, and nano-TLC, nanoscale features). The silicon wafer platforms have two forms of continuous 2-D arrays created by either photolithography or metal dewetting followed by deep reactive ion etching and coated with porous SiO2 ...
May 15, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504263/dehydration-driven-stress-transfer-triggers-intermediate-depth-earthquakes
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Thomas P Ferrand, Nadège Hilairet, Sarah Incel, Damien Deldicque, Loïc Labrousse, Julien Gasc, Joerg Renner, Yanbin Wang, Harry W Green Ii, Alexandre Schubnel
Intermediate-depth earthquakes (30-300 km) have been extensively documented within subducting oceanic slabs, but their mechanics remains enigmatic. Here we decipher the mechanism of these earthquakes by performing deformation experiments on dehydrating serpentinized peridotites (synthetic antigorite-olivine aggregates, minerals representative of subduction zones lithologies) at upper mantle conditions. At a pressure of 1.1 gigapascals, dehydration of deforming samples containing only 5 vol% of antigorite suffices to trigger acoustic emissions, a laboratory-scale analogue of earthquakes...
May 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479675/understanding-the-densification-process-of-bi2sr2cacu2ox-round-wires-with-overpressure-processing-and-its-effect-on-critical-current-density
#18
M R Matras, J Jiang, D C Larbalestier, E E Hellstrom
Overpressure (OP) processing increases the critical current density (JC ) of Bi2Sr2CaCu2Ox (2212) round wires by shrinking the surrounding Ag matrix around the 2212 filaments, driving them close to full density and greatly increasing the 2212 grain connectivity. Indeed densification is vital for attaining the highest JC . Here, we investigate the time and temperature dependence of the wire densification. We find that the wire diameter decreases by 3.8 ± 0.3 % after full heat treatment at 50 atm and 100 atm OP...
October 2016: Superconductor Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438658/antioxidants-reduce-neurodegeneration-and-accumulation-of-pathologic-tau-proteins-in-the-auditory-system-after-blast-exposure
#19
Xiaoping Du, Matthew B West, Qunfeng Cai, Weihua Cheng, Donald L Ewert, Wei Li, Robert A Floyd, Richard D Kopke
Cochlear neurodegeneration commonly accompanies hair cell loss resulting from aging, ototoxicity, or exposures to intense noise or blast overpressures. However, the precise pathophysiological mechanisms that drive this degenerative response have not been fully elucidated. Our laboratory previously demonstrated that non-transgenic rats exposed to blast overpressures exhibited marked somatic accumulation of neurotoxic variants of the microtubule-associated protein, Tau, in the hippocampus. In the present study, we extended these analyses to examine neurodegeneration and pathologic Tau accumulation in the auditory system in response to blast exposure and evaluated the potential therapeutic efficacy of antioxidants on short-circuiting this pathological process...
April 22, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419850/overpressure-blast-injury-induced-oxidative-stress-and-neuroinflammation-response-in-rat-frontal-cortex-and-cerebellum
#20
Hale Z Toklu, Zhihui Yang, Sehkar Oktay, Yasemin Sakarya, Nataliya Kirichenko, Michael K Matheny, Judy Muller-Delp, Kevin Strang, Philip J Scarpace, Kevin K W Wang, Nihal Tümer
BACKGROUND & AIM: Overpressure blast-wave induced brain injury (OBI) and its long-term neurological outcome pose significant concerns for military personnel. Our aim is to investigate the mechanism of injury due to OBI. METHODS: Rats were divided into 3 groups: (1) Control, (2) OBI (exposed 30psi peak pressure, 2-2.5ms), (3) Repeated OBI (r-OBI) (three exposures over one-week period). Lung and brain (cortex and cerebellum) tissues were collected at 24h post injury...
April 15, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
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