• Volume 31, Issue 2

April 2008,   pages  101-197

• In vitro biomimetic deposition of apatite on alkaline and heat treated Ti6Al4V alloy surface

Titanium alloy (Ti6Al4V) substrates, having the ability of biomimetic calcium phosphate-based materials, especially hydroxyapatite deposition in a simulated body fluid (SBF) means of chemical treatment (alkaline treatment) and subsequent heat treatment, was studied. The effects of alkaline treatment time, concentration and heat treatment temperature on the formation of calcium phosphate (carbonate–hydroxyapatite) on Ti6Al4V surface were examined. For this purpose, the metallic substrates were treated in 0, 5 and 10 M NaOH solutions at a temperature of 60 or 80°C for 1 and 3 days. Subsequently the substrate was heat-treated at 500, 600 and 700°C for 1 h for consolidation of the sodium titanate hydrogel layer. Finally, they were soaked in SBF for 1 and 3 days. The substrate surfaces were characterized by the techniques commonly used for bulk material such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and thin film X-ray diffraction (TF–XRD). With regard to the SEM and TF–XRD results, the optimum process consists of 3 days soaking in 5 M NaOH in 80°C and subsequent heat treatment at 600°C for 1h. It is worth mentioning that the results showed that the apatite formed within 3 days on the specimen surfaces, however, there was no sign of apatite formation in the control samples (without alkaline and heat treatment) which was treated for up to 3 days immersion in SBF.

• Comparative study of Co, Cr and Al-doped LiMnO2 prepared by ion exchange

The Co, Cr and Al-doped LiMnO2 powders were prepared by ion exchange. Phase identification, surface morphology and electrochemical properties were studied by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and galvanostatic charge–discharge experiments. The results show that the doped LiMnO2 keeps the structure of LiMnO2. As compared to LiMnO2, Co, Cr and Al-doped LiMnO2 offers higher discharge capacity and better cycling performance. The discharge capacities of Co, Cr and Al-doped LiMnO2 decreases yet the cycling performance improves with the increase of doping concentration. For these doped LiMnO2 at the same doping concentration, Cr-doping shows the highest discharge capacity and best cycling performance, Aldoping offers the lowest discharge capacity and Co-doping shows the worst cycling performance.

• Erosion behaviour of hydro turbine steels

The martensitic stainless steel (termed as 13/4) is currently being used for fabrication of underwater parts in hydroelectric projects. There are, however, several maintenance problems associated with the use of this steel. A nitronic steel (termed as 21–4–N) has been developed as an alternative with the specific aim of overcoming these problems. A comparative study has been made on the erosion behaviour of 13/4 and 21–4–N steels by means of solid particle impingement using gas jet. The eroded surfaces after erosion tests were analysed by scanning electron microscopy. It is observed that the 21–4–N nitronic steel possesses better resistance to erosion in comparison to 13/4 martensitic stainless steel. The austenitic matrix of the nitronic steel possesses high hardness, high tensile toughness and work hardening ability, which results in higher erosion resistance.

• Study of ferromagnetism in Mn-doped ZnO whisker arrays

Vertically aligned Mn–ZnO whiskers were grown on sapphire substrate by a thermal chemical vapour deposition method. X-ray diffraction measurements indicate that samples are high-quality single crystals and 𝑐-axis oriented. Raman and XPS analyses revealed that Mn was incorporated into the ZnO lattice. Room temperature 𝑇c ferromagnetism was observed. These Mn–ZnO whiskers may find their potential applications in spintronic field.

• Possibilities of using welding-on technologies in crane wheel renovation

The paper deals with analysis of welds-on quality of traverse crane wheels made from gr. 90–60 material, ASTM A148. Three types of welding-on technology with various filling materials were used. On wheel after wearing was welded-on one interlayer by a combination of additional materials, wire A 106 with F 11 addition and two cover layers made by a combination of A 508 wire with F 13 addition. Wheel surface was hardened after welding-on to a depth of 3 mm. A second welds-on technology was a combination of A 106 wire with F 11 addition. Two cover layers were made by a combination of RD 520 wire with F 56 addition. Third welds-on technology was realized to face one layer by C 113 wire in inert atmosphere: 80% Ar + 20% CO2. Two cover layers were made by wire with self protect Lincore 40-O. Properties of renovated traverse crane wheels were compared with the properties of new wheels with surface hardened layer. The welds-on were exposed to adhesive wearing where surface resistance was examined according to their weight loss. Influence of a particular element on the welds-on chemical composition was examined by EDX analyses.

• Preparation, characterization and conductivity studies of Li3–2𝑥Al2–𝑥Sb𝑥(PO4)3

New NASICON type materials of composition, Li3–2𝑥Al2–𝑥Sb𝑥(PO4)3 (𝑥 = 0.6 to 1.4), have been prepared and characterized by powder XRD and IR. D.C. conductivities were measured in the temperature range 300–573 K by a two-probe method. Impedance studies were carried out in the frequency region 102–106 Hz as a function of temperature (300–573 K). An Arrhenius behaviour is observed for all compositions by d.c. conductivity and the Cole–Cole plots obtained from impedance data do not show any spikes on the lower frequency side indicating negligible electrode effects. A maximum conductivity of 4.5 × 10-6 S cm-1 at 573 K was obtained for 𝑥 = 0.8 of the Li3–2𝑥Al2–𝑥Sb𝑥(PO4)3 system.

• Ion beam modifications of defect sub-structure of calcite cleavages

Experimental investigations on the defect sub-structure and surface modifications, brought about by He+ ion-bombardment of calcite cleavages (100), have been carried out. Optical and scanning electron microscopic investigations revealed drastic modifications on the surface morphology, local symmetry and defect concentration. Additional structural defects on ion-bombardment of calcite surfaces also have been observed. Changes in shape and form of chemical etch pits are found to be a function of ion-beam energy, as studied by optical microscopy. Radiation damage in calcite has been attributed mainly due to desorption of CO$^{-2}_{3}$ ions from the calcite surfaces, on irradiation. Measurements of surface conductivity on irradiated calcite surfaces have been made employing a four-probe technique. Enhancement of surface conductivity has been considered to be due to an increase in concentration of CO$^{-2}_{3}$ ions formed, on ion irradiation and subsequent thermal stimulation. Planar plastic anisotropy has been studied on irradiated calcite cleavages by measurement of microhardness.

• Thermal, FT–IR and dielectric studies of gel grown sodium oxalate single crystals

Oxalic acid metabolism is important in humans, animals and plants. The effect of oxalic acid sodium salt is widely studied in living body. The growth of sodium oxalate single crystals by gel growth is reported, which can be used to mimic the growth of crystals in vivo. The grown single crystals are colourless, transparent and prismatic. The crystals have been characterized by thermogravimetric analysis, FT–IR spectroscopy and dielectric response at various frequencies of applied field. The crystals become anhydrous at 129.3°C. Coats and Redfern relation is applied to evaluate the kinetic and thermodynamic parameters of dehydration. The dielectric study suggests very less variation of dielectric constant with frequency of applied field in the range of 1 kHz–1 MHz. The nature of variation of imaginary part of complex permittivity, dielectric loss and a.c. resistivity with applied frequency has been reported.

• Self-propagating combustion synthesis of Pb1–𝑥Sr𝑥ZrO3 (0 ≤ 𝑥 ≤ 0.20) ceramics and their dielectric properties

Lead strontium zirconate, Pb1–𝑥Sr𝑥ZrO3 (0 ≤ 𝑥 ≤ 0.20) ceramics, were prepared by novel glycine–nitrate self-propagating combustion technique. The crystal structure of the ceramics was investigated as a function of composition via X-ray diffraction (XRD). The XRD patterns obtained on these powders showed the formation of pure orthorhombic phase of lead strontium zirconate without impurities and all the compounds retained the orthorhombic structure. The samples were sintered at 900–1100°C for 2 h. It has been observed that the dielectric constant decreases with increase in strontium content (100 kHz). In all compositions, dielectric constant showed a peak at transition temperature and the magnitude of the peak was found to decrease with strontium doping level.

• Fourier–transform infrared spectroscopic characterization of naturally occurring glassy fulgurites

We report here for the first time the spectroscopic characterization of natural fulgurites of Garuamukh. On April 22, 2005 at 04 : 00 local time, large amounts of black-brown colour of colloidal solution came out from below the earth’s surface at Garuamukh near Nagaon town (latitude 26°20′39″N, longitude 92°41′39″E, Assam, India) with fire and smoke. This colloidal solution got transformed into fulgurites, glassy material, within a few hours. We present here the characterization of the fulgurites by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) absorption, X-ray diffraction and X-ray fluorescence methods. The amorphous nature of the substance has been confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectra of the fulgurites, which exhibit prominent absorption band in the region 400–1200 cm-1, the basic component of amorphous silica. The present study might have significant implications in understanding the thermodynamic properties of naturally occurring glasses, which are formed by shock metamorphism.

• Studies on in vitro release of CPM from semi-interpenetrating polymer network (IPN) composed of chitosan and glutamic acid

Interpenetrating polymer network (IPN) beads consisting of chitosan–glutamic acid were prepared for in vitro study of controlled release of chlorpheniramine maleate (CPM). A viscous solution of chitosan–glutamic acid was prepared in 2% acetic acid solution, extruded as droplets through a syringe to alkali–methanol solution and the precipitated beads were crosslinked using glutaraldehyde solution. Swelling and drug release studies were carried out. Transport of release medium through the semi-IPN depended upon its pH and extent of crosslinking. The structural and morphological studies of beads were carried out by using a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The larger surface area of beads as well as their ease of handling makes them ideal agents of controlled release.

• Temperature-induced control over phase selection among hydroxides of nickel

While at low (4°C) temperatures, addition of ammonia to aqueous metal nitrate solutions induces the precipitation of 𝛼-nickel hydroxide and at high (25–65°C) temperatures, 𝛽-Ni(OH)2 is formed. The crystallinity of the product improves at higher temperatures of precipitation and the product obtained at 65°C is devoid of various disorders such as stacking faults, turbostraticity and interstratification. This provides a simple and efficient alternative to the hydrothermal synthesis of crystalline 𝛽-Ni(OH)2. The temperature induced control over phase selection provides direct experimental evidence for the metastability of 𝛼-nickel hydroxide. Crystalline 𝛽-Ni(OH)2 is, however, a poor electrode material for alkaline secondary cells and exhibits a capacity of only 75 ± 10 mAh/g, against the theoretically expected 289 mAh/g.

• Predicting Los Angeles abrasion loss of rock aggregates from crushability index

Predicting Los Angeles abrasion loss of aggregate material from some simpler tests will be useful for especially preliminary studies. For this reason, to investigate the possibility of predicting the Los Angeles abrasion loss from the crushability index, Los Angeles abrasion, crushability, density and porosity tests were performed on 11 different rock types collected from different areas of Turkey. The results of the tests were analysed using simple and multiple regression analyses. Generally significant correlations were obtained from both simple and multiple regression analyses. The correlation coefficients and estimation capabilities of the two multiple regression equations are slightly higher than that of the simple regression equation. It was concluded that the simple regression equation is practical and reliable enough for estimation purposes. However, the two multiple regression equations can be used for a more accurate estimation.

• Electrical resistivity measurements to predict abrasion resistance of rock aggregates

The prediction of Los Angeles (LA) abrasion loss from some indirect tests is useful for practical applications. For this purpose, LA abrasion, electrical resistivity, density and porosity tests were carried out on 27 different rock types. LA abrasion loss values were correlated with electrical resistivity and a good correlation between the two parameters was found. To see the effect of rock class on the correlation, regression analysis was repeated for igneous rocks, metamorphic rocks and sedimentary rocks, respectively. It was seen that correlation coefficients were increased for the rock classes. In addition, the data were divided into two groups according to porosity and density, respectively. After repeating regression analysis for these porosity and density groups, stronger correlations were obtained compared to the equation derived for all rocks. The validity of the derived equations was statistically tested and it was shown that all derived equations were significant. Finally, it can be said that all derived equations can alternatively be used for the estimation of LA abrasion loss from electrical resistivity.

• On Young’s modulus of multi-walled carbon nanotubes

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were discovered by Iijima in 1991 as the fourth form of carbon. Carbon nanotubes are the ultimate carbon fibres because of their high Young’s modulus of ≈ 1 TPa which is very useful for load transfer in nanocomposites. In the present work, CNT/Al nanocomposites were fabricated by the powder metallurgy technique and after extrusion of the nanocomposites bright field transmission electron microscopic (TEM) studies were carried out. From the TEM images so obtained, a novel method of ascertaining the Young’s modulus of multi-walled carbon nanotubes is worked out in the present paper which turns out to be 0.9 TPa which is consistent with the experimental results.

• Preparation of CuS nanoparticles embedded in poly(vinyl alcohol) nanofibre via electrospinning

Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/CuS composite nanofibres were successfully prepared by electrospinning technique and gas–solid reaction. Scanning electron microscopic (SEM) images showed that the average diameter of PVA/CuS fibres was about 150–200 nm. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) proved that a majority of CuS nanoparticles with an average diameter of about 15–25 nm are incorporated in the PVA fibres. Xray diffraction (XRD) analyses and electron diffraction pattern also revealed the forming of CuS crystal structure in the PVA fibres.

• Mesoscale organization of CuO nanoslices: Formation of sphere

The nanocrystalline CuO powders were prepared by precipitation method using Cu(NO$_{3})_{2}$ as copper raw material, water and ethanol as dispersants, and NaOH and ammonia solution as precipitates. The structure, particle size and morphology of resulting CuO powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The mechanism of CuO formation was discussed.

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