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Gang Seob Jung, Shanshan Wang, Zhao Qin, Francisco J Martin-Martinez, Jamie H Warner, Markus J Buehler
Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) monolayer is a two-dimensional (2D) material, which is expected to provide the next generation of electronic devices together with graphene and other 2D materials. Due to its significance for future electronics applications, gaining a deep insight of the fundamental mechanisms upon MoS2 fracture is crucial to prevent mechanical failure towards reliable applications. Here, we report direct experimental observation and atomic modeling of the complex failure behaviors of bilayer MoS2 originating from highly variable interlayer frictions, elucidated with in-situ transmission electron microscopy and large-scale reactive molecular dynamics simulations...
March 21, 2018: ACS Nano
Pierre H M Pechon, Rhys Pullin, Mark J Eaton, Stephan A Jones, Sam Evans
During uncemented hip arthroplasty the femoral prosthesis can be fitted too tightly into the femoral canal, causing a hoop-stress fracture of the proximal femur. The research undertaken evaluated Acoustic Emission (AE) technology as a potential method of detecting a fracture forming in this manner, in an attempt to assess whether this technology may be used as a means of early warning of impending fracture during surgery. Deer femora were prepared in a manner similar to surgery and uncemented hip arthroplasty broaches were inserted until fracture occurred...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology
Chao Sang, Spandan Maiti, Ronald Fortunato, Julia Kofler, Anne M Robertson
Although uniaxial tensile testing is commonly used to evaluate failure properties of vascular tissue, there is no established protocol for specimen shape or gripping method. Large percentages of specimens are reported to fail near the clamp and can potentially confound the studies, or, if discarded will result in sample waste. The objective of this study is to identify sample geometry and clamping conditions that can achieve consistent failure in the mid-region of small arterial specimens, even for vessels from older individuals...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
Diego Lima Nava Martins, Talles Destefani de Souza Valiatti, Júlia D'Ávila, Lucas Freire Ferreira, Edson Kruger Batista, Paulo Rodrigo Bazán, Rodrigo Stênio Moll de Souza, Ester Miyuki Nakamura-Palacios
Objective: This study aimed to explore the functional connectivity of the default mode network (DMN) in crack-cocaine users, in comparison with that observed in age-matched non-drug-using controls. Materials and Methods: Inpatient crack-cocaine users who had been abstinent for at least four weeks and age-matched non-drug-using controls underwent resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging. Images were acquired while the subjects rested with their eyes closed...
January 2018: Radiologia Brasileira
Katrina Elizabeth Champion, Cath Chapman, Nicola Clare Newton, Mary-Ellen Brierley, Lexine Stapinski, Frances Kay-Lambkin, Jack Nagle, Maree Teesson
BACKGROUND: The use of crystal methamphetamine (ice) and the associated harms for individuals, families, and communities across Australia has been the subject of growing concern in recent years. The provision of easily accessible, evidence-based, and up-to-date information and resources about crystal methamphetamine for the community is a critical component of an effective public health response. OBJECTIVE: This paper aims to describe the codevelopment process of the Web-based Cracks in the Ice Community Toolkit, which was developed to improve access to evidence-based information and resources about crystal methamphetamine for the Australian community...
March 20, 2018: JMIR Mental Health
Chidi E Efika, Jude A Onwudili, Paul T Williams
The effect of heating rates ranging from 5 °C min-1 to 350 °C min-1 on the yields of pyrolysis products of wood and its main pseudo-components (cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin) have been investigated at a temperature of 800 °C in a horizontal fixed bed reactor. Results showed a successive dramatic increase and decrease in gas and liquid yields, respectively, while the yields of solid products showed a gradual decrease as heating rates increased. Increased gas formation and an increasingly aromatic oil/tar support the theory of rapid devolatilization of degradation products with increasing heating rate, leading to extensive cracking of primary pyrolysis vapours...
March 17, 2018: Waste Management
Rui-Zhi Zhang, Ren-Hao Yin, Yong-Hao Luo
For the safe disposal of MSW, a four-step gasification-combustion conversion process is proposed in this work, consisting of material gasification, ash melting, syngas conversion and combustion. Based on the control method of dioxin in gasification process which has been studied previously, experiments of tar chlorination process under oxidative atmospheres were carried out in a homogeneous flow reaction system, using benzene as the tar model compound, to find a way for the inhibition of CCl formation during the syngas combustion process...
March 17, 2018: Waste Management
William F Waters, Carlos Andres Gallegos, Celia Karp, Chessa Lutter, Christine Stewart, Lora Iannotti
BACKGROUND: Food-based interventions can reduce the prevalence of undernutrition and improve household food security, but nutritious and accessible foods may be underutilized. In Ecuador, eggs are inexpensive and widely available, but while they are a valuable source of essential nutrients for infants and young children, medical advice and community-based information have limited their inclusion in infants' diets. OBJECTIVE: A qualitative component was conducted to understand local perceptions, knowledge, and practices to complement a randomized control trial that studied the effect of introducing eggs on nutritional status and growth in infants from 6 to 9 months in rural communities in the highland province of Cotopaxi, Ecuador...
January 1, 2018: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
Nanako Sato, Koji Takahashi
The aim of this study was to clarify the effects of micro surface defects introduced by the focused ion beam (FIB) technique on the fracture strength of ceramics. Three-point bending tests on alumina-silicon carbide (Al₂O₃/SiC) ceramic composites containing crack-like surface defects introduced by FIB were carried out. A surface defect with area in the range 19 to 35 µm was introduced at the center of each specimen. Test results showed that the fracture strengths of the FIB-defect specimens depended on area...
March 20, 2018: Materials
Catarina Brazão Farinha, Jorge de Brito, Rosário Veiga, J M Fernández, J R Jiménez, A R Esquinas
The production of waste has increased over the years and, lacking a recycle or recovery solution, it is forwarded to landfill. The incorporation of wastes in cement-based materials is a solution to reduce waste deposition. In this regard, some researchers have been studying the incorporation of wastes with different functions: aggregate, binder and addition. The incorporation of wastes should take advantage of their characteristics. It requires a judicious analysis of their particles. This research involves the analysis of seven industrial wastes: biomass ashes, glass fibre, reinforced polymer dust, sanitary ware, fluid catalytic cracking, acrylic fibre, textile fibre and glass fibre...
March 20, 2018: Materials
Nichole Moyle, Zhenping He, Haibin Wu, Chung-Yuen Hui, Anand Jagota
Numerous biomimetic structures made from elastomeric materials have been developed to produce enhancement in properties such as adhesion, static friction, and sliding friction. As a property, one expects adhesion to be represented by an energy per unit area that is usually sensitive to the combination of shear and normal stresses at the crack front but is otherwise dependent only on the two elastic materials that meet at the interface. More specifically, one would expect that adhesion measured by indentation (a popular and convenient technique) could be used to predict adhesion hysteresis in the more practically important rolling geometry...
March 20, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Jeroen Sniekers, Pieter Geysens, Tom Vander Hoogerstraete, Luc Van Meervelt, Jan Fransaer, Koen Binnemans
Cobalt(ii)-containing ionic liquids were synthesized using N,N-dimethylformamide, N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP), dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMAc), pyridine-N-oxide (py-O), 1,10-phenanthroline (phen), ethylenediamine (en) and dimethylimidazolidinone (DMI) as ligands. The weakly coordinating bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (Tf2N-) was used as a counter anion. Several compounds had a melting temperature below 100 °C, and the compound [Co(DMAc)6][Tf2N]2 was liquid at room temperature, with a viscosity of only 18 mPa s at 80 °C...
March 20, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
C Kaewpila, K Sommart, M Mitsumori
The mitigation of enteric methane emission in beef cattle production is important for reducing feed energy loss and increasing environmental sustainability. The main objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of different oilseeds included in fermented total mixed rations (whole soyabean seed (SBS, control), whole kapok seed (KPS) and cracked oil palm fruit (OPF)) on feed intake, digestibility, rumen microbial populations, energy partition and methane emissions in different cattle genotypes (Charolais crossbred v...
March 20, 2018: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
Marina Dias-Neto, Manuela Matschuck, Yvonne Bausback, Ursula Banning-Eichenseher, Sabine Steiner, Daniela Branzan, Holger Staab, Ramon L Varcoe, Dierk Scheinert, Andrej Schmidt
PURPOSE: To report midterm results of the "pave-and-crack" technique to facilitate safe and effective scaffolding of heavily calcified femoropopliteal lesions in preparation for delivery of a Supera interwoven stent. METHODS: Data were collected retrospectively on 67 consecutive patients (mean age 71±8 years; 54 men) treated with this technique between November 2011 and February 2017 at a single center. A third (22/64, 34%) of the patients had critical limb ischemia (CLI)...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
Vincent Tan, Anthony De Girolamo, Tahereh Hosseini, Jameel Aljariri Alhesan, Lian Zhang
This paper attempts to develop a modified chemical percolation devolatilization (M-CPD) model that can include heat transfer, primary pyrolysis and the secondary cracking reactions of volatiles together to describe the pyrolysis of waste scrap tyre chip, as well as to examine the influence of operating conditions on the scrap tyre pyrolysis product yields. Such a study has yet to be conducted in the past, thereby leading to a large knowledge gap failing to understand the pyrolysis of the coarse feedstock appropriately...
March 16, 2018: Waste Management
Ines Kallel, Eya Moussaoui, Fadwa Chtioui, Nabiha Douki
According to the American Association of Endodontists, "a 'true' vertical root fracture is defined as a complete or incomplete fracture initiated from the root at any level, usually directed buccolingually." Vertical root fracture (VRF) usually starts from an internal dentinal crack and develops over time, due to masticatory forces and occlusal loads. When they occur in teeth, those types of fractures can present difficulties in diagnosis, and there are however many clinic and radiographical signs which can guide clinicians to the existence of the fracture...
2018: Case Reports in Dentistry
Tiago Falótico, Paulo Henrique M Coutinho, Carolina Q Bueno, Henrique P Rufo, Eduardo B Ottoni
Capuchin monkeys (Sapajus spp.) are proficient tool users, and the use of stone tools occurs in several populations, mostly to crack open encased foods. Two well-studied Brazilian populations of Sapajus libidinosus inhabit Fazenda Boa Vista and Serra da Capivara National Park and present different behavioral sets regarding tool use. Serra das Confusões National Park (SCoNP) lies between those sites, but little is known about the capuchin monkey population that lives there. To begin unraveling the capuchin behavior in this area, we conducted a brief survey for tool use sites...
March 17, 2018: Primates; Journal of Primatology
Nicolas Algarra, Panagiotis G Karagiannopoulos, Arnaud Lazarus, Damien Vandembroucq, Evelyne Kolb
We study the quasistatic penetration of a flexible beam into a two-dimensional dense granular medium lying on a horizontal plate. Rather than a buckling-like behavior we observe a transition between a regime of crack-like penetration in which the fiber only shows small fluctuations around a stable straight geometry and a bending regime in which the fiber fully bends and advances through series of loading and unloading steps. We show that the shape reconfiguration of the fiber is controlled by a single nondimensional parameter L/L_{c}, which is the ratio of the length of the flexible beam L to L_{c}, a bending elastogranular length scale that depends on the rigidity of the fiber and on the departure from the jamming packing fraction of the granular medium...
February 2018: Physical Review. E
Sijie Ge, Sujing Wang, Qiang Xu, Thomas Ho
Emergency shutdowns of chemical plants (ESCP) inevitably generate intensive and huge amounts of VOCs and NOx emissions through flaring that can cause highly localized and transient air pollution events with elevated ozone concentrations. However, quantitative studies of regional ozone impact due to ESCP, in terms of how ESCP would affect and to what extent ESCP could impact, are still lacking. This paper reports a systematic study on regional air quality impact from an olefin plant emergency shutdown due to the sudden failure of its cracked gas compressor (CGC)...
March 7, 2018: Chemosphere
Fabrizia Caiazzo, Vittorio Alfieri
In the framework of Additive Manufacturing of metals, Directed Energy Deposition of steel powder over flat surfaces and edges has been investigated in this paper. The aims are the repair and overhaul of actual, worn-out, high price sensitive metal components. A full-factorial experimental plan has been arranged, the results have been discussed in terms of geometry, microhardness and thermal affection as functions of the main governing parameters, laser power, scanning speed and mass flow rate; dilution and catching efficiency have been evaluated as well to compare quality and effectiveness of the process under conditions of both flat and edge depositions...
March 16, 2018: Materials
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