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The crystallization of Al-Ce alloys was studied by DTA. The melting and freezing DTA curves of the investigated alloys exhibit two peaks, corresponding to the transformations of a high-purity phase and the eutectic phase, respectively. The peaks could be separated during both freezing and melting by changing the heating or cooling rate. The final temperature of the phase transformation is marked by the starting temperature of the second peak. A slight shoulder on the DTA peak, even on the opposite side to the maximum point, may correspond to the final temperature.

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The phase changes in the solid state in E AlMgSi alloy are discussed. The dissolution and precipitation processes are investigated by DTA, and the results can be applied to control the technological parameters of dissolution heat treatments.

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The interactions between surfactant and water were studied thermoanalytically focusing on the lyotropic liquid crystalline and microemulsion region in four ternary systems containing Cremophor EL and Cremophor RH40 as surfactants, neutral oil and isopropyl myristate as oily components. Subzero temperature DSC (SZT-DSC) measurements were carried out to determine the quantity of the bound water forming a hydration layer in surfactant microstructures, and the amount of free water, which has physico-chemical properties not much different from those of pure water. The variation of the surfactant:bound water ratio in the function of water concentration was also investigated. Phase changes detected by the SZT-DSC measurements were confirmed by polarization-microscopic and rheological investigations.

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Efforts have been made to predict the sensory profile of coffee samples by instrumental measurement results. The objective of the work was to evaluate the most important sensory attributes of coffee samples prepared from ground roasted coffee by electronic tongue and by sensory panel. Further aim was to predict the Arabica concentration and the main sensory attributes of the different coffee blends by electronic tongue and to analyze the sensitivity of the electronic tongue to the detection of poor quality coffee samples. Five coffee blends with known Arabica and Robusta concentration ratio, five commercially available coffee blends and a poor quality coffee were analyzed. The electronic tongue distinguished the coffee samples according to the Arabica and Robusta content. The sensory panel was able to discriminate the samples based on global aroma, bitterness and coffee aroma intensity (p < 0.01). The Arabica concentration was predicted from the electronic tongue results by PLS with close correlation and low prediction error. Models were developed to predict sensory attributes of the tested coffee samples from the results obtained by the electronic instrument.

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Complexes represented by the general formula [MCl2L2] (M(II)=Zn, Mn, Co) and complexes of [Cu3Cl6L4] and CuSO4L24H2O, CoSO4L23H2O, [ZnSO4L3] where L stands for 3-amino-5-methylpyrazole were prepared. The complexes were characterized by elemental analysis, FT-IR spectroscopy, thermal (TG, DTG, DSC and EGA) methods and molar conductivity measurements. Except for the Zn-complexes, the magnetic susceptibilities were also determined. Thermal decomposition of the sulphato complexes of copper(II) and cobalt(II) and the chloro complexes of cobalt(II) and manganese(II) resulted in well-defined intermediates. On the basis of the IR spectra and elemental analysis data of the intermediates a decomposition scheme is proposed.

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222Rn and 226Ra concentration of 18 frequently visited and regularly used, consumed spring waters on the Balaton Uplands have been measured by radon emanation method and alpha-spectrometry. 222Rn concentration varied between 1.5-55 Bq/l while 226Ra concentration between -601 mBq/l. The expected dose, between 14.1-119 mSv/y, has been assessed from the value of concentration supposing a daily consumption of 1 liter.

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A frequently used method in determining the radium concentration of water is the radon emanation method. When radon gas is transferred to the Lucas-cell usually CaCl2 is used to remove the water traces. When we measured the background of the system using ultra clear distilled water the results were astonishing. The detailed investigation has shown that the unwanted radon originated from the CaCl2, contained about 1000 Bq/kg of 226Ra. Depending on the time interval between two measurement, the radon deriving from the CaCl2 disturbed the measurements.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: Anita Kovács, I. Csóka, Magdolna Kónya, E. Csányi, A. Fehér, and I. Erős

The properties of the inner and the external aqueous phases, were studied in w/o/w multiple emulsions with light microscopic image analysis and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The importance of multiple emulsions lies in the presence of these aqueous phases, making them available for sustained, controlled drug delivery systems. Differentiation of these two aqueous phases, studying the effect of manufacturing technology on droplet structure, quantitative determination of phase volumes and any changes occurring during storage are essential when planning w/o/w emulsions. The present study uses microscopic observations combined with DSC measurements in order to identify the formed structure, at developmental stage in case of different components, preparation methods, and stirring rates. These tools are beneficial during manufacturing as in process controls, or to ensure product quality.

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