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[en] Highlights: • Wear rate of nitrided HEAs was lower than that of as-cast HEAs in the same condition. • The wear mechanism of as-cast alloys in air was abrasive wear of oxide particles. • The wear mechanism of the nitrided HEAs in air was adhesive wear and abrasive wear. • The wear mechanism of HEAs in acid rain was abrasive, oxidative and corrosive wear. • The lubrication action of deionized water and acid rain led to the lower wear rate.
[en] In large urban centers, the toxicity of metal mixtures may be enhanced by physicochemical factors and environmental variables, including pH. Rio Grande, a municipality located in the extreme south of Brazil, has soils with high levels of contamination due to urban and industrial activities and a high prevalence of acid rain events. Previous studies have shown that contact with elutriate of these soils can cause physiological and reproductive changes. Thus, the objective of the present study was to evaluate, through animal experimentation, the effects of a metal-contaminated soil, acidified by hydrofluoric acid at two different pH values (5.2 and 3.6), on the health of offspring of rats exposed during gestation and lactation. Female Wistar rats were gavaged daily for 42 days (gestation and breastfeeding) with soil elutriate contaminated with metals, using solvent with different pH values (6.0, 5.2, and 3.6). The following parameters were evaluated in their offspring: body and organ weight, length, appearance of developmental characteristics, and swimming. Experimental groups in which the progenitors were exposed to the solution at pH 3.6 exhibited a delayed increase in weight as well as motor deficit, with a decreased weight (onset) and length (beginning and end), while exposure in association with soil was an aggravating factor for the damages to the body. Exposure to the solution at pH 5.2 decreased the initial weight of the animals, impaired some parameters of weight development, and caused motor deficit on the 14th day. These novel findings reveal that the exposure of progenitors to environmental stressors can compromise the health of the offspring. Special attention should be given to populations living in areas with high prevalence of acid rain.
[en] The growth mechanism and properties of the oxide films on iron and AISI 304 stainless steel were studied in simulated acid rain (pH 4.5) by means of electrochemical techniques and atomic absorption spectrometry. The layer-pore resistance model was applied to explain a potentiodynamic formation of surface oxides. It was found that the growth of the oxide film on iron takes place by the low-field migration mechanism, while that on the stainless steel takes place by the high-field mechanism. Kinetic parameters were determined. Impedance measurements revealed that Fe surface film has no protective properties at the open circuit potential, while the resistance of stainless steel oxide film is very high. The concentration of the metallic ions released into solution and measured by atomic absorption spectroscopy was in accordance with the results obtained from the electrochemical techniques.
[en] Full text : The chemical conversions of organic fuels during the refining processes complex gas mixtures containing hydrogen sulfide generate as a by-product. In accordance with the environmental safety requirements these gas mixtures have to be purified from hydrogen sulfide before use or environmental discharge. As it is known because of combustion gases containing hydrogen-sulfide oxides of sulfide emit into the atmosphere and they combine with water vapors in the air and this process consequently results in pH change of H2SO3 precipitations and acid rains. The processes of purification of gas mixtures being the product of oil refining processes and mainly containing hydrocarbons from hydrogen sulfide by a photochemical method and molecular hydrogen generation have been under this investigation.The model gas mixture under investigation has been prepared at a vacuum plant in the laboratory. During the researches the partial pressure of H2S capable of completely absorbing the given wave-length of the radiation has been first specified. It has been established that temperature and irradiation time have their influence on the progress rate of the processes.At this wave-length hydrocarbons undergo no photochemical conversions. This is manifested with the absence of excitation levels causing dissociation due to radiation absorption at the wave-length used in hydrocarbon gases . The fact that these levels belong to hydrogen sulfide contained in gas mixtures has been experimentally proved.The role of hot hydrogen atoms and the mechanism of the processes under progress within the process of molecular hydrogen generation due to the photolytic decomposition of hydrogen sulfide have been discussed.
[en] A common basic assumption in civil engineering is that rainwater is chemically neutral (pH = 7.0). However, even under pristine conditions, rainwater is often more acidic due to natural emissions of organic acids. Even natural rain acidity may be very aggressive against natural stones and concrete. A harmful impact of UV radiation on the concrete durability was discussed by the authors for the first time in 2006. The objective of the current research was the characterization of weathering processes occurred in the wet cast concrete subjected to the normal acidic rain and UV radiation, and the evaluation of their possible effect on the reinforced concrete durability. It was revealed that organic acids contained in rain of the natural acidity promote an intense concrete carbonation, even when a permeability of concrete looks to be low.
[en] In contrast to the term acid rain, alkaline precipitation or basic precipitation with pH value > 7 has been measured in many regions, and is considered to be an indicator of a regional atmospheric environment. Based on an observation network including 14 stations in northwestern China’s Gansu Province, the pH values in precipitation were measured during 2011–2015, and the spatial pattern and seasonal variation of precipitation acidity were investigated. In the Gansu Province, the precipitation is alkaline for most events, and precipitation with pH < 5.6 is very rare. The atmospheric environment of the study region is greatly influenced by the Asian dust sources in which the surface soil is alkaline, and the measured alkaline precipitation is related to the high dust loading. However, in some industrial cities like Jinchang and Lanzhou, the acidity in precipitation is usually stronger than the others. The seasonal variation of precipitation acidity is complex, which is jointly influenced by emission, transport and deposition. For extremely arid Northwest Gansu where deserts are located, the pH value is much high; for semi-arid and semi-humid East Gansu, the seasonal variation is not spatially coherent; for cold Southwest Gansu at high elevations, the precipitation acidity is relatively stable; for South Gansu in a humid climate, the large fluctuation is related to the complex moisture regimes of the monsoons.
[en] The objectives of this study were to characterize the heavy metal contamination status of surface soils sampled at two dredged sediment land disposal sites (the Baimao and Kongwan landfills) in Meiliang Bay, Lake Taihu, China, as well as to investigate the effect on their leaching behaviors due to acid rain. Among all the metals, only the nickel content in the Baimao landfill was higher than the Chinese reference value, and all metal contents were below the limit values for agricultural soils. The fraction distribution of metals by sequential extraction was similar at both sites. Cadmium had a relatively high proportion of exchangeable-carbonate fractions, while the other metals were mainly classified as residue fractions. The metals released from soils by simulated rainwater comprised less than 1% of the total soil metal content, and the effect of acid rain on heavy metal release from dredged sediments in land disposal sites was found to be negligible at both sites. All results indicate no environmental concern for the land disposal of dredged sediments and support the feasibility of beneficially reusing dredged sediment soils as a supplement to agricultural soils.
[en] A novel amperometric biosensor for the determination of H/sub 2/ O/sub 2/ based on horseradish peroxidase (HRP) in nanocomposite material of muti-walled carbon nanotubes/ionic liquid was explored. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) was used to characterize the performance of the biosensor. Under the optimized experimental conditions, H/sub 2/ O/sub 2/ could be detected in a linear calibration range of 0.5 x 10/sup -6/ M Approximately 6.0 x 10/sup -6/ M with a correlation coefficient of 0.9902 (n = 7), a detection limit of 1.5 x 10/sup -7/ M at 3 sigma and the recovery ratio was of 96.2% ∼ 110.8%, which indicated that the accuracy of this method is also satisfied. The modified electrodes display more excellent electrochemical performance, high sensitivity, good reproducibility, and long-term stability. (author)
[en] The studies were conducted to evaluate the effect of simulated acid rain (SAR) at early plant growth on some morphochemical characters of two varieties of Mash (Vigna mungo L.) namely Mash 97 and Var. 95009. Different pH values were made by using H/sub 2/SO/sub 4/, HNO/sub 3/, and combination of both. The data revealed that low pH (3.5) of either sulphuric acid or the combination of H/sub 2/SO/sub 4/ and HNO/sub 3/ affected more severely at all parameters including number of leaves, shoot: root ratio, water contents of shoot and Potassium ion concentration. Whereas for a few parameters like plant height and number of branches the simulated acid rain of solution of pH 4.5 and 3.5 by using HNO/sub 3/ proved a bit better for plant growth, the root length was increased in case of SAR of solution of pH 3.5 by using H/sub 2/SO/sub 4/+HNO/sub 3/. Foliar application of SAR of solution of pH greater than 4.5 showed some improvement in crop growth due to fertilizer effect of solution's components. (author)
[en] A pot experiment and a leaching experiment were conducted to investigate the effects of earthworms and pig manure on heavy metals (Cd, Pb, and Zn) immobility, in vitro bioaccessibility and leachability under simulated acid rain (SAR). Results showed manure significantly increased soil organic carbon (SOC), dissolved organic carbon (DOC), available phosphorus (AP), total N, total P and pH, and decreased CaCl2-extractable metals and total heavy metals in water and SAR leachate. The addition of earthworms significantly increased AP (from 0.38 to 1.7 mg kg−1), and a downward trend in CaCl2-extractable and total leaching loss of heavy metals were observed. The combined earthworm and manure treatment decreased CaCl2-extractable Zn, Cd, and Pb. For Na4P2O7-extractable metals, Cd and Pb were decreased with increasing manure application rate. Application of earthworm alone did not contribute to the remediation of heavy metal polluted soils. Considering the effects on heavy metal immobilization and cost, the application of 6% manure was an alternative approach for treating contaminated soils. These findings provide valuable information for risk management during immobilization of heavy metals in contaminated soils.