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[en] The effect of γ-rays from Co60 on growth and development of Sorghum seeds was studied. It has been found that doses of 3 and 5 kr increased the percentage germination, while no apparent change was noticed on the root and shoot elongation. Leaf growth and leaf initiation was stimulated more at lower doses. Higher doses i.e. above 10 kr had inhibitory effect on all growth processes except the leaf growth. (author)
[en] Tarapur Atomic Power Station -TAPS 1 and 2 is a twin unit Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) Nuclear Power Plant commissioned in the year 1969. Both units are running with capacity factor of more than 90 % in their 20th cycle of operation as on today. The 220 MWe units were derated to 160 MWe during 1984 consequent to isolation of Secondary Steam Generators (SSG) in the 10th cycle of operation due to SSG tube leaks. This paper presents an overview of Plant Chemistry Control measures and experiences during the last 38 years of operation. The overall plant chemistry performance of TAPS 1 and 2 observed is very good; which is evident from the material condition of various systems reflected in QC and I reports, NDT and ISI reports. This is also supported by the fact that both Units are showing excellent performance continuously during recent years. (author)
[en] Pressurized heavy water reactors (PHWR) use zirconium-base alloys for their low neutron-absorption cross section, good mechanical strength, low irradiation creep, and high corrosion resistance in reactor atmospheres. Starting with identical ingots, billets having different microstructures were obtained by three different processing methods for fabrication of Zr-2.5 wt%Nb pressure tubes., The billets were further processed by hot extrusion and cold Pilger tube reducing to the finished product. Microstructural characterization was done at each stage of processing. The effects of the initial billet microstructure on the intermediate and final microstructure and mechanical property results were determined. It was found that the structure at each stage and the final mechanical properties depend strongly on the initial billet microstructure. The structure at the final stage consists of elongated alpha zirconium grains with a network of metastable beta zirconium phase. Some of this metastable phase transforms into stable beta niobium during thermomechanical processing. Billets with quenched structure resulted in less beta niobium at the final stage. The air cooled billets resulted in a large amount of beta niobium. The tensile properties, especially the percentage elongation, were found to vary for the different methods. Higher percentage elongation was observed for billets having quenched structure. Extrusion and forging did not produce any characteristic differences in the properties. The results were used to select a process flow sheet which yields the desired mechanical properties with suitable microstructure in the final product
[en] This paper reviews the experiences and performance of different fuel bundle types used. Scope of the discussion includes off gas release patterns, leaker profile at different burnup level, operation and water chemistry aspects and PIE. Modified design, reduced LHGR and transient free operation extensively reduced the number of fuel defects. (author)
[en] Highlights: ► In small-scale CAES there are no robust guidelines in choosing an operational pressure for the vessels. ► Through the stress analysis of the vessel, an optimum pressure at minimum cost can be determined. ► One contribution is in determining the optimum pressure is small-scale CAES. ► Another contribution is in determining the shape size, and number of vessels in small-scale CAES designs. - Abstract: The paper reports guidelines for the efficient design and sizing of Small-Scale Compressed Air Energy Storage (SS-CAES) pressure vessels, including guidelines for pressures that should be used in the SS-CAES system to minimize the cost of the pressure vessel. Under a specified energy storage capacity and specified maximum and minimum operating pressures in CAES, the volume of the vessel(s) can be evaluated. The present study provides guidelines for choosing appropriate shape and size for the vessels that minimize material and manufacturing cost for cylindrical vessels. The two main contributions of the paper are that it provides a methodology to determine: (a) an optimum pressure; (b) the shape, size, and number of vessel to be used in a particular application. Results suggest that pressure vessels with a length to diameter ratio of roughly three are the most economical, and that a system should be designed for a pressure of roughly three times the minimum pressure of the expansion device.
[en] Cyclophosphazene based hyperstructured molecules were synthesized through simple nucleophilic substitution reactions. All these molecules were characterized by multinuclear NMR, MALDI and HRMS spectral data. Third order nonlinear optical properties of the hyperstructured molecules were measured using Z-scan technique with 532 nm, picosecond (ps) laser and 800 nm, femtosecond (fs) laser pulses. The molecules showed reverse saturable absorption on excitation at both 532 nm and 800 nm, which could be attributed to the two-photon absorption (2 PA) and three-photon absorption (3 PA), respectively. The 2 PA and 3 PA cross section values exhibited by the molecules based on cyclophosphazene are as high as 527 GM and 1.86 × 10"−"7"6 cm"−"6 s"2 photon"−"1, respectively. The 2PA, 3PA coefficients and optical limiting properties make them suitable candidates for nonlinear optical devices in the visible and near IR range. - Graphical abstract: The hyperstructured molecules based on cyclophosphazene core were synthesized and used for multiphoton absorption. Open aperture Z-scan curves of hyper structured molecules at the excitation of (a) picosecond laser and (b) femtosecond laser representing multiphoton absorption properties are reported. - Highlights: • Two hyperstructured molecules based on cyclophosphazene core are designed for multiphoton absorption. • NLO properties are measured using Z-scan technique at 532 nm and 800 nm wavelengths. • The molecules were tested for the optical limiting applications at 532 nm and 800 nm laser pulses.
[en] In this paper, we present a theoretical analysis of the propagation of acoustic waves through elastic and viscoelastic two-dimensional phononic crystal structures. Numerical calculations of transmission spectra are conducted by extending the finite-difference-time-domain method to account for linear viscoelastic materials with time-dependent moduli. We study a phononic crystal constituted of a square array of cylindrical air inclusions in a solid viscoelastic matrix. The elastic properties of the solid are those of a silicone rubber. This system exhibits very wide band gaps in its transmission spectrum that extend to frequencies in the audible range of the spectrum. These gaps are characteristic of fluid matrix/air inclusion systems and result from the very large contrast between the longitudinal and transverse speeds of sound in rubber. By treating the matrix as a viscoelastic medium within the standard linear solid (SLS) model, we demonstrate that viscoelasticity impacts the transmission properties of the rubber/air phononic crystal not only by attenuating the transmitted acoustic waves but also by shifting the passing bands frequencies toward lower values. The ranges of frequencies exhibiting attenuation or frequency shift are determined by the value of the relaxation time in the SLS model. We show that viscoelasticity can be used to decrease the frequency of pass bands (and consequently stop bands) in viscoelastic/air phononic crystals