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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345599/location-location-size-defects-close-to-surfaces-dominate-fatigue-crack-initiation
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Itziar Serrano-Munoz, Jean-Yves Buffiere, Rajmund Mokso, Catherine Verdu, Yves Nadot
Metallic cast components inevitably contain defects such as shrinkage cavities which are inherent to the solidification process. Those defects are known to significantly alter the fatigue life of components. Yet very little is known, quantitatively, on the dangerosity of internal casting defects compared to surface ones. In this study, fatigue specimens containing controlled internal defects (shrinkage pores) are used to foster internal cracking. In situ fatigue tests monitored by X ray synchrotron tomography revealed that the internal nucleation and propagation of cracks was systematically overran by surface cracking initiated at castings defects up to ten times smaller than the internal ones...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345593/microstructural-tissue-engineering-in-the-rachis-and-barbs-of-bird-feathers
#2
Theagarten Lingham-Soliar
Feathers do not have to be especially strong but they do need to be stiff and at the same time resilient and to have a high work of fracture. Syncitial barbule fibres are the highest size-class of continuous filaments in the cortex of the rachis of the feather. However, the rachis can be treated as a generalized cone of rapidly diminishing volume. This means that hundreds of syncitial barbule fibres of the rachis may have to be terminated before reaching the tip - creating potentially thousands of inherently fatal crack-like defects...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345561/insight-into-high-myopia-and-the-macula
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Atul Kumar, Rohan Chawla, Devesh Kumawat, Ganesh Pillay
The incidence of myopia is constantly on the rise. Patients of high myopia and pathological myopia are young and can lose vision due to a number of degenerative changes occurring at the macula. With the emergence of new technologies such as swept-source optical coherence tomography (OCT) and OCT angiography, our understanding of macular pathology in myopia has improved significantly. New conditions such as myopic traction maculopathy have been defined. Early, noninvasive detection of myopic choroidal neovascularization and its differentiation from lacquer cracks is possible with a greater degree of certainty...
February 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345204/insight-into-ion-transfer-through-the-sub-nanometer-channels-in-zeolitic-imidazolate-frameworks
#4
Ze-Yu Jiang, Hai-Ling Liu, Saud Asif Ahmed, Sumaira Hanif, Shi-Bin Ren, Jing-Juan Xu, Hong-Yuan Chen, Xing-Hua Xia, Kang Wang
A crack-free sub-nanometer composite structure for the study of ion transfer was constructed by in situ growth of ZIF-90 [Zn(ICA)2 , ICA=Imidazole-2-carboxaldehyde] on the tip of a glass nanopipette. The potential-driven ion transfer through the sub-nanometer channels in ZIF-90 is strongly influenced by the pH of the solution. A rectification ratio over 500 is observed in 1 m KCl solution under alkaline conditions (pH 11.58), which is the highest value reported under such a high salt concentration. Fluorescence experiments show the super-high rectification ratio under alkaline conditions results from the strong electrostatic interaction between ions and the sub-nanometer channels of ZIF-90...
March 27, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341422/pyrolysis-of-waste-tires-a-modeling-and-parameter-estimation-study-using-aspen-plus-%C3%A2
#5
Hamza Y Ismail, Ali Abbas, Fouad Azizi, Joseph Zeaiter
This paper presents a simulation flowsheet model of a waste tire pyrolysis process with feed capacity of 150kg/h. A kinetic rate-based reaction model is formulated in a form implementable in the simulation package Aspen Plus, giving the flowsheet model the capability to predict more than 110 tire pyrolysis products as reported in experiments by Laresgoiti et al. (2004) and Williams (2013) for the oil and gas products respectively. The simulation model is successfully validated in two stages: firstly against experimental data from Olazar et al...
February 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340370/validation-of-comet-assay-in-oregon-r-and-wild-type-strains-of-drosophila-melanogaster-exposed-to-a-natural-radioactive-environment-in-brazilian-semiarid-region
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Cícero Jorge Verçosa, Aroldo Vieira de Moraes Filho, Ícaro Fillipe de Araújo Castro, Robson Gomes Dos Santos, Kenya Silva Cunha, Daniela de Melo E Silva, Ana Cristina Lauer Garcia, Julio Alejandro Navoni, Viviane Souza do Amaral, Claudia Rohde
Natural radiation of geological origin is a common phenomenon in Brazil, a country where radioactive agents such as uranium may be often found. As an unstable atom, uranium undergoes radioactive decay with the generation of a series of decay by-products, including radon, which may be highly genotoxic and trigger several pathological processes, among which cancer. Because it is a gas, radon may move freely between cracks and gaps in the ground, seeping upwards into the buildings and in the environment. In this study, two Drosophila melanogaster Meigen (Diptera, Drosophilidae) strains called Oregon-R and Wild (collected in a non-radioactive environment) were exposed to atmospheric radiation in the Lajes Pintadas city, in the semiarid zone of northeastern Brazil...
March 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339755/assessing-the-impact-of-egg-sweating-on-salmonella-enteritidis-penetration-into-shell-eggs
#7
Janet A Gradl, Patricia A Curtis, Deana R Jones, Kenneth E Anderson
Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) prevalence in eggs is a major concern to the egg industry. Some research has shown that egg sweating can increase Salmonella penetration into egg contents when refrigerated eggs are moved to a warmer temperature. This occurs when eggs are tempered before wash, to minimize thermal cracks. The effect of egg sweating on SE penetration into shell eggs over a 6 week storage period at 4 C was assessed. A 2 × 2 factorial of SE inoculation and egg sweating was utilized. Treatments included (SES) nalidixic acid (NA)-resistant SE inoculated and sweated, (SENS) NA-resistant SE inoculated and not sweated, (NSES) buffered peptone water (BPW) inoculated and sweated, and (NSENS) BPW inoculated and not sweated...
February 23, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339525/cracking-the-pathogenesis-of-cocaine-induced-vasculitis-a-hard-net-to-crack
#8
Elmar Pieterse, Johan van der Vlag
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 24, 2016: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338316/quantitative-characterization-of-the-surface-evolution-for-lini0-5co0-2mn0-3o2-graphite-cell-during-long-term-cycling
#9
Huiyuan Zheng, Qunting Qu, Guobin Zhu, Gao Liu, Vincent S Battaglia, Honghe Zheng
Many factors have been proposed explaining the capacity degradation mechanisms of LiNixCoyMnzO2 (NCM)/graphite cells at extreme conditions such as under high temperature or with high charge voltage limit. However, the main factors dominating the long-term cycling performance under normal operations remain elusive. Quantitative analyses of the electrode surface evolution for a commercial 18650 LiNi0.5Co0.2Mn0.3O2 (NCM523)/graphite cell during ca. 3000 cycles under normal operation are presented. Electrochemical analyses and inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) confirm lithium inventory loss accounts for ca...
March 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336736/identifying-possible-reasons-why-female-street-sex-workers-have-poor-drug-treatment-outcomes-a-qualitative-study
#10
Nikki Jeal, John Macleod, Chris Salisbury, Katrina Turner
AIMS: To explore street sex workers (SSWs) views and experiences of drug treatment, in order to understand why this population tend to experience poor drug treatment outcomes. DESIGN: In-depth interviews. SETTING: Bristol, UK. PARTICIPANTS: 24 current and exited SSWs with current or previous experience of problematic use of heroin and/or crack cocaine. FINDINGS: Participants described how feeling unable to discuss their sex work in drug treatment groups undermined their engagement in the treatment process...
March 22, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335399/an-eddy-current-testing-platform-system-for-pipe-defect-inspection-based-on-an-optimized-eddy-current-technique-probe-design
#11
Damhuji Rifai, Ahmed N Abdalla, Ramdan Razali, Kharudin Ali, Moneer A Faraj
The use of the eddy current technique (ECT) for the non-destructive testing of conducting materials has become increasingly important in the past few years. The use of the non-destructive ECT plays a key role in the ensuring the safety and integrity of the large industrial structures such as oil and gas pipelines. This paper introduce a novel ECT probe design integrated with the distributed ECT inspection system (DSECT) use for crack inspection on inner ferromagnetic pipes. The system consists of an array of giant magneto-resistive (GMR) sensors, a pneumatic system, a rotating magnetic field excitation source and a host PC acting as the data analysis center...
March 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335328/investigation-of-the-mechanical-properties-and-microstructure-of-graphene-nanoplatelet-cement-composite
#12
Baomin Wang, Ruishuang Jiang, Zhenlin Wu
In this work, graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) were dispersed uniformly in aqueous solution using methylcellulose (MC) as a dispersing agent via ultrasonic processing. Homogenous GNP suspensions were incorporated into the cement matrix to investigate the effect of GNPs on the mechanical behavior of cement paste. The optimum concentration ratio of GNPs to MC was confirmed as 1:7 by ultraviolet visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis), and the optical microscope and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images displayed remarkable dispersing performance...
November 4, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335296/controlled-mechanical-cracking-of-metal-films-deposited-on-polydimethylsiloxane-pdms
#13
Andreas Polywka, Luca Stegers, Oliver Krauledat, Thomas Riedl, Timo Jakob, Patrick Görrn
Stretchable large area electronics conform to arbitrarily-shaped 3D surfaces and enables comfortable contact to the human skin and other biological tissue. There are approaches allowing for large area thin films to be stretched by tens of percent without cracking. The approach presented here does not prevent cracking, rather it aims to precisely control the crack positions and their orientation. For this purpose, the polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is hardened by exposure to ultraviolet radiation (172 nm) through an exposure mask...
September 9, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335289/copper-micro-labyrinth-with-graphene-skin-new-transparent-flexible-electrodes-with-ultimate-low-sheet-resistivity-and-superior-stability
#14
Hak Ki Yu
We have developed self-assembled copper (Cu) micro-labyrinth (ML) with graphene skin for transparent flexible electrodes of optoelectronic devices. The Cu ML is simply formed by heating a thin Cu film with a 100-nm thickness on a SiO₂/Si substrate at 950 °C under hydrogen ambient to block the oxidation. Moreover, the Cu ML can have graphene skin at the surface by inserting carbo-hydroxyl molecules (CxHy) during heating due to the catalytic decomposition of C-H bonds on the Cu surface. The Cu ML with graphene skin (Cu ML-G) has superior sheet resistivity below 5 Ω/sq and mechanical flexibility without cracks at the bending radius of 0...
September 1, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334145/combined-effects-of-thinning-and-decline-on-fine-root-dynamics-in-a-quercus-robur-l-forest-adjoining-the-italian-pre-alps
#15
E Mosca, L Montecchio, G Barion, C Dal Cortivo, T Vamerali
Aims: Oak decline is a complex phenomenon, characterized by symptoms of canopy transparency, bark cracks and root biomass reduction. Root health status is one of the first stress indicators, and root turnover is a key process in plant adaptation to unfavourable conditions. In this study, the combined effects of decline and thinning were evaluated on fine root dynamics in an oak forest adjoining the Italian Pre-Alps by comparison of acute declining trees with non-declining trees, both with and without thinning treatment of surrounding trees...
February 28, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332189/technical-intelligence-and-culture-nut-cracking-in-humans-and-chimpanzees
#16
Christophe Boesch, Daša Bombjaková, Adam Boyette, Amelia Meier
OBJECTIVES: According to the technical intelligence hypothesis, humans are superior to all other animal species in understanding and using tools. However, the vast majority of comparative studies between humans and chimpanzees, both proficient tool users, have not controlled for the effects of age, prior knowledge, past experience, rearing conditions, or differences in experimental procedures. We tested whether humans are superior to chimpanzees in selecting better tools, using them more dexteriously, achieving higher performance and gaining access to more resource as predicted under the technical intelligence hypothesis...
March 23, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329438/influence-of-clinical-use-on-physical-structural-surface-properties-and-electrochemical-potential-of-niti-endodontic-instruments
#17
E S J Pereira, C C F Amaral, J A P Gomes, O A Peters, V T L Buono, M G A Bahia
AIM: To investigate the surface morphology and electrochemical potential of superelastic (SE), M-Wire (MW), and shape memory technology (SMT) NiTi instruments before and after single clinical use in vivo. METHODOLOGY: A total of 60 ProTaper Universal F2 (PTU - SE), ProTaper Next X2 (PTN - MW), Typhoon (TYP), Hyflex (HF) and Vortex Blue (VB), the last three SMT, and size 25, .06 taper (n = 6 of each type) files were examined. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and electrochemical potential analysis were employed before and after clinical use...
March 22, 2017: International Endodontic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327799/prevalence-and-factors-associated-with-syphilis-in-a-reference-center
#18
Natália Carolina Rodrigues Colombo Gomes, Denise Andrade Pereira Meier, Flávia Meneguetti Pieri, Elaine Alves, Silvia Paulino Ribeiro Albanese, Edvilson Cristiano Lentine, Ricardo Alexandre Arcêncio, Elma Mathias Dessunti
INTRODUCTION: The implementation of the rapid test (RT) for syphilis increases access of vulnerable populations to early diagnosis and treatment, impacting the outcomes of infection. We aimed to assess the prevalence of and factors associated with syphilis in a Center for Testing and Counseling (CTC). METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study at a Reference Center for sexually transmitted disease (STD) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome in Londrina, Northern Paraná State, Southern Brazil...
January 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327775/nanospherical-solid-electrolyte-interface-layer-formation-in-binder-free-carbon-nanotube-aerogel-si-nanohybrids-to-provide-lithium-ion-battery-anodes-with-a-long-cycle-life-and-high-capacity
#19
Hyung Cheoul Shim, Ilhwan Kim, Chang-Su Woo, Hoo-Jeong Lee, Seungmin Hyun
Silicon anodes for lithium ion batteries (LiBs) have been attracting considerable attention due to a theoretical capacity up to about 10 times higher than that of conventional graphite. However, huge volume expansion during the cycle causes cracks in the silicon, resulting in the degradation of cycling performance and eventual failure. Moreover, low electrical conductivity and an unstable solid electrolyte interface (SEI) layer resulting from repeated changes in volume still block the next step forward for the commercialization of the silicon material...
March 22, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327736/a-dnp-supported-solid-state-nmr-study-of-carbon-species-in-fluid-catalytic-cracking-catalysts
#20
Deni Mance, Johan van der Zwan, Marjolein E Z Velthoen, Florian Meirer, Bert M Weckhuysen, Marc Baldus, Eelco T C Vogt
A combination of solid-state NMR techniques supported by EPR and SEM-EDX experiments was used to localize different carbon species (coke) in commercial fluid catalytic cracking catalysts. Aliphatic coke species formed during the catalytic process and aromatic coke species deposited directly from the feedstock respond differently to dynamic nuclear polarization signal enhancement in integral and crushed FCC particles, indicating that aromatic species are mostly concentrated on the outside of the catalyst particles, whereas aliphatic species are also located on the inside of the FCC particles...
March 22, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
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