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A Numerical Model of Electroporation in Bacteria

J. L. Moran [1], N. N. Dingari [1], C. R. Buie [1],
[1] Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

Electroporation is a biotechnological technique which subjects cells to strong (~kV/cm), short (~ms) electric field pulses that open pores on the cells’ plasma membranes. Under the appropriate conditions, the pores mediate the passage of exogenous material into cells. If the pores reseal, the electroporated cell can survive, and the process is termed reversible electroporation. Reversible ...

Micro-ARES, the Electric Field Sensor for ExoMars 2016: Atmospheric Interaction Simulations

G. Déprez [1], S. Cardnel [2], O. Witasse [2], F. Montmessin [1], F. Cipriani [2], A. J. Ball [2], F. Esposito [3]
[1] CNRS-LATMOS, Guyancourt, France
[2] ESA-ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands
[3] INAF-OAC, Naples, Italy

Since 2011, LATMOS has been involved in the development of Micro-ARES, an electric field sensor forming part of the DREAMS science payload of the ExoMars 2016 Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing demonstrator module (EDM). Micro-ARES is dedicated to the very first measurement and characterization of Martian atmospheric electricity. The instrument, a compact version of the ARES instrument ...

Track Visualisation of Charged Particles in a Dipole Magnetic Field

B. Polychronopulos
Smiths Detection (Watford) Ltd, Watford, UK

This paper presents results on the visualisation of tracks of charged particles in a non-uniform magnetic field. The field modelled is that generated by a coil driven by DC current. The motion of typical particles, such as electrons, ions and multiply-charged heavy particles has been simulated.  The motion is initially assumed to be in vacuum, so that collisions with neutral particles can ...

Using the Electrical Field Analysis for Assessment of the Influence of Paper Insulation on Discharge Initiation in Oil

P. Rozga[1], D. Hantsz[1]
[1]Technical University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland

Conclusions about the influence of paper insulation on the electrical discharge initiation in mineral oil may be drawn on the basis of experimental studies. However, in some cases, these conclusions may be supported by electrical field analysis. Determination of maximum values of electrical field stress in the vicinity of model electrode setups may bring a new information about initiation ...

Finite Element Modeling for Inspection of CANDU® Steam Generators - new

S. G. Mokros[1], P. R. Underhill[2], J. Morelli[1], T. W. Krause[2]
[1]Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy, Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada
[2]Department of Physics, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, ON, Canada

Steam generators (SGs) are used in CANDU® nuclear reactors as heat exchangers to convert water into steam using heat generated in the reactor core. Ferrous trefoil broach support structures prevent excessive vibration of thousands of SG tubes. A probe that uses pulsed eddy current (PEC) technology has been designed for inspection of support structures, from within SG tubes, to detect and ...

Creep Deformation Behavior of Heating Filaments in High Temperature Applications

B. Valentini [1],
[1] Plansee SE, Reutte, Austria

Resistive heating filaments used in high temperature applications at 2000°C and above are often made of refractory metals. The lifetime of such filaments is mainly limited by creep deformations which can in the worst case lead to a short circuit between filaments and other furnace components. With the aid of COMSOL Multiphysics software, the time-dependent creep deformation behavior of a heater ...

CAE-Based Design and Optimization of a Plasma Reactor for Hydrocarbon Processing

C. Soares [1], F. A. Cassini [1], N. Padoin [1],
[1] Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, SC, Brasil

Plasma reactors can be applied to the conversion of waste, biomass and fuels to synthesis gas (mixture of hydrogen and carbon dioxide) with efficiencies as higher as 90-95% and low energy demand, depending on the design optimization. In this work, a multi-step approach was applied to the investigation of the main physics involved in a rotating gliding arc (RGA) discharge reactor. COMSOL ...

Prediction of Transformer Load Noise

M. Kavasoglu[1], R. Haettel[1], and C.H. Ploetner[2]
[1]ABB Corporate Research, Västerås, Sweden
[2]ABB Transformers, Varennes, Canada

Transformers, as any other industrial products, have to comply with various requirements on noise levels. Three main sources of noise can be identified in transformers: no-load noise or core noise generated by magnetostriction in the core steel laminations, load noise produced by electromagnetic forces in the windings and noise due to auxiliary equipment such as fans and pumps used in the ...

Effect of a High Frequency Field on the Electric Double Layer Surrounding a Biomolecule in a Fluid - new

M. Riou[1], C. Maedler[1], S. Erramilli[1], P. Mohanty[1]
[1]Boston University, Boston, MA, USA

Biosensors based on silicon nanowires are of great interest for ultrasensitive biomolecular recognition of disease specific markers for early stage diagnosis [1]. However, there are limitations on the performance of these nanosensors in solutions at high ionic strength. This is because the electric field induced by the binding of biomolecule is partially screened on length-scales larger than the ...

Simulation and Experimental Validation of Direct Heating of Dhruva Fuel Rod for β Heat Treatment - new

B. Patidar, A. P. Tiwari[1], V. Patidar[1], M. M. Hussain[1], K. K. Abdulla[1]
[1]Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, Maharashatra, India

β heat treatment of Uranium rods is carried out for randomization of oriented grains (called texture) developed during hot rolling or hot extrusion operation. During this process, Uranium rods undergo heating of up to 740 Deg C followed by water quenching. The objective of this work is to see the feasibility of direct heating technique for heat treatment application. At present, heat treatment ...