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      Volume 24, Issue 4

      August 2001,   pages  345-434

    • Effects and mechanisms of grain refinement in aluminium alloys

      K T Kashyap T Chandrashekar

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      Grain refinement plays a crucial role in improving characteristics and properties of cast and wrought aluminium alloys. Generally Al–Ti and Al–Ti–B master alloys are added to the aluminium alloys to grain refine the solidified product. The mechanism of grain refinement is of considerable controversy in the scientific literature. The nucleant effects i.e. which particle and its characteristics nucleate 𝛼-Al, has been the subject of intensive research. Lately the solute effect i.e. the effect of dissolved titanium on grain refinement, has come into forefront of grain refinement research. The present paper attempts to review the literature on the nucleant effects and solute effects on grain refinement and addresses the importance of dissolved titanium in promoting nucleation of 𝛼-Al on nucleant particles.

    • Corrosion behaviour of hot dip zinc and zinc-aluminium coatings on steel in seawater

      Yan Li

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      A comparative investigation of hot dip Zn–25Al alloy, Zn–55Al–Si and Zn coatings on steel was performed with attention to their corrosion performance in seawater. The results of 2-year exposure testing of these at Zhoushan test site are reported here. In tidal and immersion environments, Zn–25Al alloy coating is several times more durable than zinc coating of double thickness. At long exposure times, corrosion rate for the Zn–25Al alloy coating remains indistinguishable from that for the Zn–55Al–Si coating of similar thickness in tidal zone, and is two to three times lower than the latter in immersion zone. The decrease in tensile strength suggested that galvanized and Zn–55Al–Si coated steel suffer intense pitting corrosion in immersion zone. The electrochemical tests showed that all these coatings provide cathodic protection to the substrate metal; the galvanic potentials are equal to – 1,050, – 1,025 and – 880 mV (SCE) for zinc, Zn–25Al alloy and Zn–55Al–Si coating, respectively, which are adequate to keep the steel inside the immunity region. It is believed that the superior performance of the Zn–25Al alloy coating is due to its optimal combination of the uniform corrosion resistance and pitting corrosion resistance. The inferior corrosion performance by comparison of the Zn coating mainly results from its larger dissolution rate, while the failure of the Zn–55Al–Si coating is probably related to its higher susceptibility to pitting corrosion in seawater.

    • Processing of low carbon steel plate and hot strip—An overview

      B K Panigrahi

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      Soaking temperature, drafting schedule, finish rolling and coiling temperatures all play important roles in processing of low carbon plate and strip. They control the kinetics of various physical and metallurgical processes, viz. austenitization, recrystallization and precipitation behaviour. The final transformed microstructures depend upon these processes and their interaction with each other. In view of increasing cost of input materials, new processing techniques such as recrystallized controlled rolling and warm rolling have been developed for production of plates and thinner hot bands with very good deep drawability respectively. Besides hybrid computer modelling is used for production of strip products with tailor made properties. Although there have been few reviews on low carbon microalloyed steels in the past the present one deals with new developments.

    • Evaluation of solid–liquid interface profile during continuous casting by a spline based formalism

      S K Das

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      A numerical framework has been applied which comprises of a cubic spline based collocation method to determine the solid–liquid interface profile (solidification front) during continuous casting process. The basis function chosen for the collocation algorithm to be employed in this formalism, is a cubic spline interpolation function. An iterative solution methodology has been developed to track the interface profile for copper strand of rectangular transverse section for different casting speeds. It is based on enthalpy conservation criteria at the solidification interface and the trend is found to be in good agreement with the available information in the literature although a point to point mapping of the profile is not practically realizable. The spline based collocation algorithm is found to be a reasonably efficient tool for solidification front tracking process, as a good spatial derivative approximation can be achieved incorporating simple modelling philosophy which is numerically robust and computationally cost effective.

    • Low temperature sintering of MgCuZn ferrite and its electrical and magnetic properties

      S R Murthy

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      The low temperature sintering of MgCuZn ferrite was investigated using the usual ceramic method. The effect of Cu substitution on the properties of MgZn ferrites was also investigated and it was found that the densification of MgCuZn ferrite is dependent upon Cu concentration. The sintered ferrite with a density of 4.93 g/cm3 and electrical resistivity > 1011𝛺-cm was obtained for the ferrite with 12 mol% Cu at relatively low sintering temperature (910°C). The magnetic properties of the ferrites also improved by the Cu substitution. The chip inductors made of the ferrite fired at 910 C with 12 mol% Cu exhibited higher d.c. resistance. From these studies it is concluded that the good quality chip inductor can be obtained using the MgCuZn ferrites.

    • A sensitive magnetic field sensor using BPSCCO thick film

      S Vijay Srinivas Abhijit Ray T K Dey

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      A highly sensitive magnetic sensor operating at liquid nitrogen temperature and based on BPSCCO screen-printed thick film, is reported. The sensor resistance for an applied magnetic field of 100 × 10–4T(100 gauss) exhibits an increase by 360% of its value in zero field at 77.4 K. The performance of the sensor in presence of magnetic field, the hysteretic features and the effect of thermal cycling, has been discussed.

    • Synthesis and characterization of poly(2,5-dimethoxyaniline) and poly(aniline-Co-2,5-dimethoxyaniline): The processable conducting polymers

      Bidhan C Roy Maya Dutta Gupta Leena Bhowmik Jayanta K Ray

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      Poly(2,5-dimethoxyaniline) (PDMOA) and its copolymers with aniline (PADMOA), which exhibit remarkably improved solubility in common organic solvents, were obtained by chemical polymerization, and characterized by a host of physical techniques. The lowering of the quinoid absorption in the IR spectra and the upshifting of the 𝑁1s envelope in the XPS spectra indicate residual doping in the XPS polymers and thermal characteristic of the polymers provide evidence for hydrogen bonding, which appear to enhance the thermal stability of the homopolymer. These polymers are highly planar and conjugated, with well-developed polaronic features, shown by the XRD, ESR and UV-spectral data. The conductivity, however, is not high and apparently may be due to localization of polaronic charges at the hydrogen-bonding sites and the increased proportion of the insulating methoxy component in the polymer matrix.

    • Mössbauer studies of iron doped poly(methyl methacrylate) before and after ion beam modification

      D R S Somayajulu C N Murthy D K Awasthi N V Patel M Sarkar

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      High-energy MeV ions from accelerators are known to produce drastic modifications in polymers. The typical effects include chain scissions, crosslinks, molecular emission and double bond formation. Poly(methyl methacrylate) was doped with Fe(III) and irradiated with 95 MeV O7+ ions. 57Fe-Mössbauer studies were done on the doped samples before and after irradiation. Before irradiation, no Mössbauer absorption was observed. The irradiated samples showed a good Mössbauer absorption, which seems to indicate that there is a significant interaction between the metal ion and the polymer matrix. Two possibilities exist at these doses (∼ 22 × 1012 ions/cm): Fe(III) ions may be bridging the various polymer segments through crosslinking or amorphization of the sample leading to Fe–C bonding. Studies of FTIR, conductivity and glass transition temperatures on these samples support these observations.

    • Charging transient in polyvinyl formal

      P K Khare P L Jain R K Pandey

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      In the present paper charging and discharging transient currents in polyvinyl formal (PVF) were measured as a function of temperatures (40–80°C), poling fields (9.0 × 103–9.0 × 104 V/cm) and electrode combinations (Al–Al, Au–Al, Zn–Al, Bi–Al, Cu–Al and Ag–Al). The current–time characteristics have different values of slope lying between 0.42–0.56 and 1.42–1.63. The polarization is considered to be due to dipolar reorientation associated with structural motions and space charge relaxations due to trapping of injected charge carriers in energetically distributed traps.

    • Battery effect in ‘electric current arising from unpolarized polyvinyl formal’

      Ashok K Vijh

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      Thermally-stimulated currents (TSC) observed in metal–(insulating polymer)–metal systems are shown to be of electrochemical origin, owing to the battery configuration of these devices.

    • Current–voltage characteristics of Ag, Al, Ni–(𝑛)CdTe junctions

      P C Sarmah A Rahman

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      Schottky barriers of Ag, Al, Ni–(𝑛)CdTe structures have been prepared and studied. The films were prepared by rf sputtering and doped with Cd metal. Diode ideality factor of these junctions are greater than unity and barrier height varies from 0.6–0.7 eV and are affected by room illumination. Photovoltaic effect of these junctions was very poor and fill factor below 0.4. Low doping concentration, high defect density, presence of an interfacial layer and presence of high series resistance are perceived to affect the 𝐽–𝑉 characteristic.

    • A novel bio-inorganic bone implant containing deglued bone, chitosan and gelatin

      G Saraswathy S Pal C Rose T P Sastry

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      With the aim of developing an ideal bone graft, a new bone grafting material was developed using deglued bone, chitosan and gelatin. Deglued bone (DGB) which is a by-product of bone glue industries and has the close crystallographic similarities of hydroxyapatite was used as main component in the preparation of bone implant. Chitosan was prepared from the exoskeleton of prawn (Pinaeus indicus, family Crustaceae) which is a by-product of seafood industries. Chitosan gives toughness to the product and do not allow the DGB particles to wither away when the implant is placed in the defect. Gelatin was used as binder for the preparation of DGB–chitosan composite. The DGB, chitosan and DGB–chitosan–gelatin composite, which were prepared in the laboratory, were analysed for their physicochemical properties by infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy studies.

    • Composition dependence of electrical properties of ZnF2–MO–TeO2 glasses

      D K Durga N Veeraiah

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      Dielectric constant (𝜀'), loss (tan 𝛿), a.c. conductivity (𝜎) of ZnF2–MO–TeO2 glasses with varying concentrations of MO (P2O5, As2O3 and Bi2O3) were measured as a function of frequency and temperature over moderately wide ranges. From the analysis of these studies along with IR spectra and DTA results of these glasses, the structural changes in the systems with the concentration of metal oxides are discussed.

    • Growth and micro-topographical studies of gel grown cholesterol crystals

      Anit Elizabeth Cyriac Joseph M A Ittyachen

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      Cholesterol (C27H46O) is the most abundant and best-known steroid in the animal kingdom. The in vitro crystallization of this important biomaterial has been attempted by few researchers. Here we are reporting crystallization of pure cholesterol monohydrate crystals in gel medium. It is found that the morphology of the crystals depends on various parameters. The effect of solvent has been studied in detail. The different morphologies observed are fibrous, needle, platelet, dendrite etc. Micro topographical studies have been made and it is found that the crystals grow, at least in the last stage, by spreading of layers. However, at initial stage microcrystals formed and developed into dendrite or needle forms. These one-dimensional crystals developed into platelets and finally thickened. Further studies reveal that micro impurities play a vital role in the development of these crystals as seen by dissolution figures on the crystals. These crystals are characterized by using the XRD and IR spectroscopic methods.

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