Authors:Young Cho, Wanno Lee, Kun Chung, Geun Choi, and Chang Lee
The seasonal variation of the 7Be activities in air and the size distribution of the 7Be aerosols were studied by using a continuous air sampler and a five stage cascade impactor. The mean monthly activity level
of 7Be at the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) site varied from 0.5 to 4.8 Bq·m−3 and revealed a seasonal variation, in which the 7Be activity levels were high in winter and low in summer. The mass size distribution showed a bi-modal distribution with a
higher peak around 0.49 μm and a smaller peak between 3 μm and 7.2 μm. The activity median aerodynamic diameter (AMAD) decreased
with increasing ambient 7Be concentrations. The mean residence times by using a mean growth rate of 0.004 μm·h−1 were estimated to be 2.5–6.4 days. The AMAD has an increasing tendency with higher relative humidity. It seemed that the
high humidity condition facilitated the growth of the aerosol, resulting in increased deposition rates of the aerosols and
the low 7Be content in the surface air. The AMAD of the 7Be aerosols increased with an increasing temperature, but the temperature dependency of AMAD should be explained with geological
and meteorological conditions.
The system of sulfoaluminate ferrite belite (SAFB) clinkers premixed with Portland cement (PC) in mass ratio 85:15 in combination
with hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose (HPMC) or polyphosphates(poly-P) was used for the syntheses of Macro-Defect-Free (MDF)
materials. The subsequent moisture treatment and thermal stability of these MDF materials were investigated. The effect of
individual humidity upon the evolution of mass is more intensive than the effects of composition of MDF materials or duration
of the original MDF material synthesis. Detailed values of mass changes at 100% relative humidity (RH) and under ambient conditions
are strongly affected by the nature of polymer used. A significant improvement of moisture resistance of MDF materials is
achieved when the materials are dried after 24 h of finishing the pressure application. In the inter-phase section of MDF
material samples, the content ofC-(A,F)-S hydraulic phases, mainly tetracalcium aluminate ferrite monosulphatehydrate (AFm) decomposing by 250°C and CaCO3 decomposing at 600–700°C increase after the moisture attack, while cross-links in AFm-like section with typical thermoanalytical
traces in temperature region 250–550°C remain intact.
The chemical stability of a propellant and its influence on the ballistic properties during aging is a subject of interest.
The effect of aging on ballistic properties, viz., ignition delay, burning rate, and heat of combustion for an aluminised
ammonium perchlorate–hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (AP/HTPB) composite propellant during accelerated aging were investigated.
Samples of composite propellants were aged at 60 and 70 °C at relative humidity of 50% in a climatic chamber. The propellant
samples were tested with pressurized nitrogen gas environment for ignition delay measurement. Test results indicate that aging
does not have any appreciable effect on ignition delay. The change in ignition delay time is less than 3% within the scatter
of the data. Experiment results indicate that burn rate do affect with pressure but aging does not have much effect on burn
rate. It was also observed that the burning rate at low pressures did not undergo significant changes during the aging period.
The most significant of all the ballistic properties of this propellant is the burning rate exponent which increased by about
10% during the aging period.
using the blends of sulfoaluminate ferrite belite (SAFB) clinkers and ordinary
Portland cement (OPC) in mass ratio 85:15 with Al2O3,
and starch, polyphosphate (poly-P) or butylacrylate/acrylonitrile were subjected
to moist atmospheres (ambient, 52 and 100% relative humidity (RH)) to investigate
their moisture resistance. Their chemical, thermal, electron microscopic and
magnetic properties were also studied before and after moisture attack. Butylacrylate/acrylonitrile
(BA/AN) copolymer was found to be the most suitable for MDF cement synthesis
since the sample containing BA/AN showed the best moisture resistant. There
are significant differences in scanning electron microscopy (SEM) of MDF cements
before and after moisture attack and with different polymers. New data on
the paramagnetic nonhysteresis magnetization curves for all the samples are
observed. The MDF cements synthesized from SAFB clinker with dissolved poly-P
give the best signal/noise (S/N) ratio. Three main temperature regions on TG curves
of both series of MDF cements are observed. In the inter-phase section of
MDF cements, the content of classical cement hydrates decomposing by 250C
is increased. Combustion of organic material took place by 550C. In the
temperature range 550-800C, the decomposition of CaCO3
Authors:I. Bravo-Osuna, A. Muńoz-Ruiz, M. Jiménez-Castellanos, J. Ford, and M. Whelan
The use of modulated temperature differential scanning calorimetry (TMDSC) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) in the measurement of the glass transition temperature (Tg) in polymer-water systems presents several important problems. These include the presence of water evaporation endotherms, partial water evaporation during scanning, changes in pan integrity due to vapour pressure developing in the pan headspace during analysis, and possible interaction between water and polymer at high temperatures. As a result, in most of the cases, only apparent Tg values can be obtained. In this study, TMDSC and DSC were used to determinate the thermal behaviour of methylmethacrylate copolymer-water systems. The samples were previously equilibrated at different relative humidities (RH) from 0 to 97% RH. Three different pan arrangements were used. In addition, thermogravimetric analysis (TG) was carried out to determine the initial amount of water in the sample. None of the pan arrangements was entirely suitable for the study of these systems. When sealed pans were used, the plastification effect of water was observed. Some evidence of degradation was also observed in which water and methylmethacrylate appeared to play roles.
Authors:D. Giron, Ch. Goldbronn, M. Mutz, S. Pfeffer, Ph. Piechon, and Ph. Schwab
Manufacturing processes may involve the presence of water in the crystallization of the drug substance or in manufacturing
or in the composition of the drug product through excipients. Dehydration steps may occur in drying, milling, mixing and tabletting
processes. Furthermore, drug substances and drug products are submitted to different temperatures and relative humidities,
due to various climatic conditions giving rise to unexpected hydration or dehydration aging phenomena. Therefore the manufacture
and the characterization of hydrates is part of the study of the physical properties of drug substances.
Several hydrates and even polymorphic forms thereof can be encountered. Upon dehydration crystal hydrates may retain more
or less their original crystal structure, they can lose crystallinity and give anamorphous phase, they can transform to crystalline
less hydrated forms or to crystalline anhydrous forms.
The proper understanding of the complex polyphasic systemhydrates–polymorphs–amorphous state needs several analytical methods.
The use of techniques such as DSC-TG, TG-MS, sorption-desorption isotherms, sub-ambient experiments, X-ray diffraction combined
with temperature or moisture changes as well as crystal structure and crystal modelling in addition to solubilities and dissolution
experiments make interpretation and quantitation easier as demonstrated with some typical examples.
Authors:M. Zoran, R. Savastru, D. Savastru, C. Chitaru, L. Baschir, and M. Tautan
South-Eastern part of Romania has a highest potential seismic risk in Europe due to the earthquake-prone Vrancea zone placed
at conjunction of four tectonic blocks in the South-Eastern part of Carpathian Arc. This paper is an attempt to analyze the
development of radon pre-earthquake anomaly in relation with moderate seismic events in Vrancea area through permanent monitoring
with solid state nuclear track detectors CR-39 detectors. Radon in air above the ground was measured during 1 year period
(November 2010–October 2011) in four selected test sites: Vrancioaia (VRI) and Plostina (PLOR) located in Vrancea zone, and
Muntele Rosu-Cheia and Bucharest. During sampling period recorded earthquakes that occurred mostly in Vrancea epicentral region
were minor-moderate of moment magnitudes in range of
. The average radon concentration in air above the ground measured with CR-39 detectors and 10 days period recorded simultaneously
at all test sites, registered the following values: (1) in Vrancea area (similar in VRI and PLOR) was 1094.58
130 Bq/m3). Clear radon anomalies, mostly at VRI and PLOR in Vrancea epicentral area as well as at Muntele Rosu-Cheia have been measured
before seven minor earthquakes which were recorded in the range of moment magnitude
in Vrancea area. Temporal variation of radon in air near the ground have been examined in relation with meteorological parameters
like as air temperature, relative humidity, air pressure and wind velocity. Permanent monitoring of radon concentration anomalies
in seismic area Vrancea is an important issue as surveillance tool in the field of earthquake hazard for Romania.
Authors:M. Pacenti, S. Dugheri, R. Gagliano-Candela, G. Strisciullo, E. Franchi, F. Degli Esposti, N. Perchiazzi, P. Boccalon, G. Arcangeli, and V. Cupelli
2-Chloroacetophenone (CA) is widely used as tear gas by law-enforcement agents, and by civilians for personal protection. Crimes involving robbery and rape using tear gas sprays have recently increased. Experimental and in-field evaluations have been performed to validate use of solid-phase microextraction (SPME) with a porous fiber for sampling and analysis of CA in air before analysis by fast gas chromatography-mass spectrometry equipped with a new device called a multi-fiber system. CA vapor was generated by use of a syringe pump in a dynamic system in which temperature, relative humidity, and air velocity were monitored. The theoretical sampling rate for time-weighted average and rapid-SPME were, furthermore, estimated by use of the Fuller-Schettler-Giddings diffusion coefficient and the theory of heat transfer, respectively, and were in accordance with experimental values. Concentrations of CA were analyzed in a military store containing tear gas canisters, to evaluate the risk. The results obtained in this field study showed values ranging from 0.206 to 2.46 mg m−3.
factors such as light, relativehumidity, and pollutants on objects both in outdoor and indoor environments are studied in preventive conservation. To achieve this, monitoring is performed of the microclimate surrounding the object using both diffusive
Authors:Esperanza Menéndez, Carmen Andrade, and Luis Vega
Paste cubes were manufactured with a water/cement ratio equal to 0.5 and with dimensions of 3.5 cm 3 . They were cured for 24 h in a humidity chamber at 20 °C with a relativehumidity greater than 95%. After the initial curing, the test specimens were