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      Volume 30, Issue 2

      April 2007,   pages  73-195

    • Effect of cold work and aging on mechanical properties of a copper bearing microalloyed HSLA-100 (GPT) steel

      Sanjay Panwar D B Goel O P Pandey

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      Investigations have been carried out on the effect of cold work and subsequent aging on mechanical properties of a Cu-bearing HSLA-100 steel microalloyed with Nb and Ti. Aging at 400°C after various degrees of cold work (25–70 pct) exhibits multiple hardness peaks. The treatments cause significant improvement in hardness and tensile strength, but at the cost of impact strength. Cold work also causes deterioration in ductility, which again improves on subsequent aging. The C70A treatment involving 70 pct deformation exhibits maximum response to age hardening giving a hardness of 465 VHN and a UTS of 1344 MPa, but with low values of ductility (5 pct) and impact energy (24 J). C50A treatment involving 50 pct cold work and aging results in an optimum combination of mechanical properties. This treatment in the second hardness peak stage yields a hardness of 373 VHN, UTS of 1186 MPa together with a ductility value of 11 pct and impact energy of 109 J. Scanning electron microscopic studies of fracture surfaces reveal that the impact fracture occurs by formation of dimples and nucleation and growth of voids and cracks. Fracture in tensile specimens is caused by formation of voids and cracks at high density striations. Formation of voids and cracks is also assisted by the presence of precipitated carbide particles.

    • Studies on relative catalytic efficiencies of zinc and aluminium on nucleation of dispersed bismuth droplets

      Sanjay Chaubey

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      In Zn–Bi and Al–Bi systems, both of which belong to monotectic class, dispersion of second phase particles within the matrix have been produced through rapid solidification processing (RSP) route. In order to understand relative catalytic efficiencies of Zn and Al matrices in catalyzing nucleation of Bi particles entrapped in the respective metal matrices, thermal analysis in constant program mode was performed. Thermal analyses revealed that Bi undercools by 132° in Zn matrix and by 157° in Al matrix. Thermodynamic barrier to nucleation (𝛥𝐺*) for Bi has also been calculated, which is 39.8 kcal/mole and 47.085 kcal/mole, in Zn and Al matrices, respectively at the maximum recorded undercoolings.

    • Synthesis, transport and dielectric properties of polyaniline/Co3O4 composites

      Shantala D Patil S C Raghavendra M Revansiddappa P Narsimha M V N Ambika Prasad

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      Conducting polyaniline/cobaltous oxide composites have been synthesized using in situ deposition technique by placing fine graded/cobaltous oxide in polymerization mixture of aniline. The a.c. conductivity and dielectric properties are studied by sandwiching the pellets of these composites between the silver electrodes. It is observed that the values of conductivities increase up to 30 wt% of cobaltous oxide in polyaniline and decrease thereafter. Initial increment in conductivity is due to extended chain length of polyaniline where polarons possess sufficient energy to hop between favourable sites. Beyond 30 wt% of cobaltous oxide in polyaniline, blocking of charge carriers takes place reducing the conductivity values. It can be noted that the value of dielectric constant increases up to 10 wt% of cobaltous oxide. Thereafter, it decreases up to 30 wt% of cobaltous oxide and again increases up to 40 wt% of cobaltous oxide and decreases thereafter. The observed behaviour is attributed to the variation of a.c. conductivity. And it is observed that the dielectric loss increases up to 10 wt% of cobaltous oxide in polyaniline, decreases to a lower value of 20 wt% of cobaltous oxide and increases to 35 wt% and thereafter decreases. These values go in accordance with the values of dielectric constant. The results obtained for these composites are of greater scientific and technological importance.

    • Production of boron carbide powder by carbothermal synthesis of gel material

      A K Khanra

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      Boron carbide (B4C) powder has been produced by carbothermal reduction of boric acid–citric acid gel. Initially a gel of boric acid–citric acid is prepared in an oven at 100°C. This gel is pyrolyzed in a high temperature furnace over a temperature range of 1000–1800°C. The reaction initiation temperature range for B4C formation is determined by thermal analysis. The optimal pyrolysis temperature of B4C synthesis is investigated. During pyrolysis, the evaporation of boron-rich phases results in presence of free carbon in B4C powder. The electron micrographs and particle size analyser reveal the generation of fine B4C particles.

    • Effect of sintering temperature on structural and electrical properties of gadolinium doped ceria (Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95)

      L D Jadhav S H Pawar M G Chourashiya

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      Gadolinium doped ceria oxide is one of the promising materials as an electrolyte for IT–SOFCs. Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95 (GDC10) powder was prepared by solid state reaction and sintered at 1473 K, 1573 K, 1673 K and 1773 K. All samples were studied using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron micrograph and d.c. conductivity measurement. The crystallinity and surface morphology of the samples improved with sintering temperature. Further, the electrical conductivity measurement indicated that the conduction mechanism is mainly ionic. The conductivity of samples sintered at 1673 K and 1773 K at 800°C are of the order of 0.1 S-cm-1. The activation energies decreased from 1.25–0.82 eV with increase in sintering temperature.

    • Piezoelectric properties of Sr3Ga2Ge4O14 single crystals

      Anhua Wu Jiayue Xu Juan Zhou Hui Shen

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      A new piezoelectric single crystal, Sr3Ga2Ge4O14 (SGG), has been grown successfully by the vertical Bridgman method with crucible-sealing technique. SGG crystal up to 2″ in diameter has been obtained. The relative dielectric constants, the piezoelectric strain constants, elastic compliance constants and electromechanical coupling factors have been determined with resonance and anti-resonance frequencies method by using the impedance analyzer (Agilent 4294A). The results show that the piezoelectric strain constants and electromechanical coupling factors of SGG single crystal are higher than those of LGS single crystals making it a potential substrate material for surface-acoustic wave applications.

    • Thermal, FT–IR and SHG efficiency studies of L-arginine doped KDP crystals

      K D Parikh D J Dave B B Parekh M J Joshi

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      Potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP) is a well known nonlinear optical (NLO) material with different applications. Since most of the amino acids exhibit NLO property, it is of interest to dope them in KDP. In the present study, amino acid L-arginine was doped in KDP. The doping of L-arginine was confirmed by FT–IR and paper chromatography. Thermogravimetry suggested that as the amount of doping increases the thermal stability decreases as well as the value of thermodynamic and kinetic parameters decreases. The second harmonic generation (SHG) efficiency of L-arginine doped KDP crystals was found to be increasing with doping concentration of L-arginine. The results are discussed here.

    • CO2 gas sensitivity of sputtered zinc oxide thin films

      P Samarasekara N U S Yapa N T R N Kumara M V K Perera

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      For the first time, sputtered zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films have been used as a CO2 gas sensor. Zinc oxide thin films have been synthesized using reactive d.c. sputtering method for gas sensor applications, in the deposition temperature range from 130–153°C at a chamber pressure of 8.5 mbar for 18 h. Argon and oxygen gases were used as sputtering and reactive gases, respectively. ZnO phase could be crystallized using a pure metal target of zinc. The structure of the films determined by means of X-ray diffraction method indicates that the zinc oxide single phase can be fabricated in this substrate temperature range. The sensitivity of the film synthesized at substrate temperature of 130°C is 2.17 in the presence of CO2 gas at a measuring temperature of 100°C.

    • Study of annealing effects in In–Sb bilayer thin films

      R K Mangal Y K Vijay

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      The thin films of In–Sb having different thicknesses of antimony keeping constant thickness of indium was deposited by thermal evaporation method on ITO coated conducting glass substrates at room temperature and a pressure of 10-5 torr. The samples were annealed for 1 h at 433 K at a pressure of 10-5 torr. The optical transmission spectra of as deposited and annealed films have been carried out at room temperature. The variation in optical band gap with thickness was also observed. Rutherford back scattering and X-ray diffraction analysis confirms mixing of bilayer system. The transverse 𝐼–𝑉 characteristic shows mixing effect after annealing at 433 K for 1 h. This study confirms mixing of bilayer structure of semiconductor thin films.

    • Synthesis of nanocrystalline CdS thin films in PVA matrix

      R Devi P Purkayastha P K Kalita B K Sarma

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      Nanocrystalline thin films of CdS are deposited on glass substrates by chemical bath deposition technique using polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) matrix solution. Crystallite sizes of the nanocrystalline films are determined from broadening of X-ray diffraction lines and are found to vary from 5.4–10.2 nm. The band gap of the nanocrystalline material is determined from the UV spectrograph. The absorption edge is shifted towards the lower wave length side (i.e. blue shift) and are found to be within the range from 2.48–2.8 eV as grain sizes decrease from 10.2–5.4 nm. This is also supported by the spectral response curves. An increase of molarity decreases the grain size which in turn increases the band gap.

    • Ethanol vapour sensing properties of screen printed WO3 thick films

      R S Khadayate R B Waghulde M G Wankhede J V Sali P P Patil

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      This paper presents ethanol vapour sensing properties of WO3 thick films. In this work, the WO3 thick films were prepared by standard screen-printing method. These films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The ethanol vapour sensing properties of these thick films were investigated at different operating temperatures and ethanol vapour concentrations. The WO3 thick films exhibit excellent ethanol vapour sensing properties with a maximum sensitivity of ∼1424.6% at 400°C in air atmosphere with fast response and recovery time.

    • Electrical properties of chemically prepared nonstoichiometric CuIn(S,Se)2 thin films

      R H Bari L A Patil A Soni G S Okram

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      Polycrystalline thin films of copper indium sulphoselenide [CuIn(S,Se)2] were deposited on glass substrate by chemical bath deposition technique. The deposition parameters such as pH, temperature and time were optimized. A set of films having different elemental compositions was prepared by varying Cu/In ratio from 1.87–12.15. The films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX). The chemical composition of the CuIn(S,Se)2 was found to be nonstoichiometric. The d.c. conductivities of the films were studied below and near room temperature. The thermo-electric power of the films was also measured and type of semiconductivity was ascertained.

    • Studies on CdIn2O4 derived from CdIn2S4 prepared by flux method

      L A Patil M D Mahanubhav

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      Stoichiometric and nonstoichiometric powders of cadmium indium oxide were derived from calcination of cadmium indium sulphide prepared by flux method. The materials were confirmed by XRD. Thick films of above prepared powders were prepared on glass substrates using screen printing technique. The thick films were characterized by SEM and EDAX. The electrical conductivity of CdIn2O4 thick films was calculated. The gas sensing performance of stoichiometric thick films of CdIn2O4 was tested for various gases. The films showed good response to LPG.

    • Size dependent optical characteristics of chemically deposited nanostructured ZnS thin films

      A U Ubale V S Sangawar D K Kulkarni

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      ZnS thin films of different thicknesses were prepared by chemical bath deposition using thiourea and zinc acetate as S2- and Zn2+ source. The effect of film thickness on the optical and structural properties was studied. The optical absorption studies in the wavelength range 250–750 nm show that band gap energy of ZnS increases from 3.68–4.10 eV as thickness varied from 332–76 nm. The structural estimation shows variation in grain size from 6.9–17.8 nm with thickness. The thermoemf measurement indicates that films prepared by this method are of 𝑛-type.

    • Structural and electrical properties of swift heavy ion beam irradiated Fe/Si interface

      Chhagan Lal R K Jain I P Jain

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      The present work deals with the mixing of iron and silicon by swift heavy ions in high-energy range. The thin film was deposited on a 𝑛-Si (111) substrate at 10-6 torr and at room temperature. Irradiations were undertaken at room temperature using 120 MeV Au+9 ions at the Fe/Si interface to investigate ion beam mixing at various doses: 5 × 1012 and 5 × 1013 ions/cm2. Formation of different phases of iron silicide has been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique, which shows enhancement of intermixing and silicide formation as a result of irradiation. 𝐼–𝑉 measurements for both pristine and irradiated samples have been carried out at room temperature, series resistance and barrier heights for both as deposited and irradiated samples were extracted. The barrier height was found to vary from 0.73–0.54 eV. The series resistance varied from 102.04–38.61 k𝛺.

    • Application of mechano-chemical synthesis for protective coating on steel grinding media prior to ball milling of copper

      Indranil Lahiri K Balasubramanian

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      One of the major sources of contamination during mechanical milling/alloying is from the surface erosion of the container and the grinding medium. This can either be prevented by using grinding medium and container of same material of the milled material or by adding a coating of the milled material on them. The paper describes the observations made during a mechano-chemical reaction, being used for coating the balls and vials in a planetary ball mill. Visual observation, XRD, optical micrography and EDS analysis were used to understand the progress of the reaction. Copper was successfully coated on the steel balls and vials. The method can easily be adopted in daily production purposes, prior to mechanical milling of a Cu-based powder for prevention of Fe contamination.

    • Structural characterization and thermally stimulated discharge conductivity (TSDC) study in polymer thin films

      V S Sangawar R J Dhokne A U Ubale P S Chikhalikar S D Meshram

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      The electrical conductivity of naphthalene doped polystyrene (PS) films (≈ 61.58 𝜇m thick) was studied as a function of dopant concentration and temperature. The formation of charge transfer (CT) complexes and strong concentration dependence of carrier mobility point out that the current carriers are transported through doped polymer system via hopping among sites associated with the dopant molecules. The activation energy, 𝐸a, was calculated from the graph of log𝜎vs 103/𝑇 plot within low and high temperature regions.

    • Study of d.c. electrical conductivity of paranitroaniline doped (1 : 1) polyvinylchloride and poly(methyl methacrylate) polyblends

      R V Waghmare N G Belsare F C Raghuwanshi S N Shilaskar

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      Electrical properties of PVC, PMMA and their 1 : 1 polyblends, before and after adding paranitroaniline into them, have been investigated as a function of temperature, electric field and dopant concentration, to study the mechanism of electrical conduction. The current was measured by applying d.c. voltage in the range 25–800 V at various thermostatically controlled temperatures (313–373 K). The results obtained predict the Schottky–Richardson conduction mechanism to be operative and d.c. conductivity of the blend lies intermediate between those of individual components. Further, the conductivity of the blend increases with temperature and applied electric field and also with the increase in concentration of dopant. To identify the mechanism governing the conduction, the activation energies in low temperature (LTR) and high temperature (HTR) regions have been calculated. The dielectric constant of the sample at various temperatures have been calculated which increased with increase in temperature. This is indicative of the diffusion of ions in space charge polarization at higher temperature. The study of XRD and FTIR supports the changes occurring in the conductivity of the blend.

    • A facile synthesis of MInSe2 (M = Cu, Ag) via low temperature pyrolysis of single source molecular precursors, [(R3P)2MIn(SeCOAr)4]

      Shamik Ghoshal Liladhar B Kumbhare Vimal K Jain Gautam K Dey

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      The reaction of KSeCOAr with InCl3 and [MCl(PR3)2] in benzene afforded bimetallic complexes, [(R3P)2MIn(SeCOAr)4] (PR3 = PEt3 or PPh3; M = Cu or Ag; Ar = –C6H5 (phenyl) or 4-MeC6H4 (tolyl)). The triethylphosphine complexes decomposed rapidly when M = Ag while slowly when M = Cu. All these complexes were characterized by elemental analysis, IR, UV-VIS, NMR (1H, 31P) spectral data. Pyrolysis in a furnace at 300°C gave tetragonal MInSe2 (M = Cu, Ag) structure. Solvothermal decomposition of [(PPh3)2CuIn(SeCOAr)4] in boiling ethylene glycol gave nanorods of CuInSe2 which were characterized by XRD, EDAX, SEM and TEM.

    • Use of ionic liquids in synthesis of nanocrystals, nanorods and nanowires of elemental chalcogens

      A Thirumurugan

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      Nanocrystals of elemental chalcogens have been synthesized solvothermally by using elemental chalcogen powder (Se and Te) and NaBH4 in imidazolium[BMIM]-based ionic liquids as solvents at 180–200°C. Nanorods and nanowires of Se and Te have been obtained when polyethyleneglycol was used as a co-solvent. Se nanowires have been prepared by using an ionic liquid with a small amount of water at room temperature. Sulfur microspheres have been prepared by heating sulfur powder in a mixture of [BMIM][BF4] and polyethyleneglycol over the temperature range 150–250°C. The nanostructures obtained are single crystalline in all the cases.

    • Synthesis, characterization and gas sensitivity of MoO3 nanoparticles

      Arnab Ganguly Raji George

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      Nanoparticles of molybdenum oxide were synthesized using the citrate sol–gel method and characterized using scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques. The sensitivity of the material to the presence of various gases was analysed and the particles showed higher sensitivity towards NO2 gas.

    • Generation and characterization of nano aluminium powder obtained through wire explosion process

      T K Sindhu R Sarathi S R Chakravarthy

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      In the present study, nano aluminium particles were produced by wire explosion process (WEP) in nitrogen, argon and helium atmospheres. Thus produced nano particles were characterized through certain physico-chemical diagnostic studies using wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) and by energy dispersive analysis by X-rays (EDAX). The size and shape of the powder were analysed by using transmission electron microscopic (TEM) studies. The particle size distribution studies were performed by adopting log-normal probability distribution. The relationship between size of the particle generated in the explosion process and the type of inert gas/pressure was analysed. The mechanisms of nano particle formation, the factors which can aid the process of formation of nano particle in the wire explosion process were analysed. It is realized that energy deposited to the conductor and duration of current flow have major impact on particles produced by this process.

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