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    • Mössbauer, xrd and positron annihilation studies on natural magnetite and hematite ore from Ari Dongri, central India

      D Das M B Chakraborti K Choudhury P M G Nambissan B R S Babu P Sen Sangeeta C K Majumdar

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      Natural magnetite and hematite samples taken from iron ore deposits associated with Precambrian banded iron-formation (BIF) at Ari Dongri (20°23′N:81°3°E), Bastar district in Central India have been studied by Mossbauer, XRD and positron annihilation techniques. Three magnetite samples show a genetic association with α-Fe2O3 with a wide range of variations in Fe3O4:α-Fe2O3 ratio. The fourth sample, a typical specular hematite, shows α-Fe2O3 content of the order of 90%, the rest being magnetite. The magnetite present in the samples was found to be stoichiometric. None of the samples contains maghemite (γ-Fe2O3). Some geological implications of the observed variation in the oxidation states of the samples are considered.

    • Studies on certain wood-plastic-composites prepared by gamma irradiation

      P T Thomas B R S Babu K Neelakandan

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      Wood-plastic-composites have been prepared using locally available soft wood and commercial monomers by vacuum impregnation of monomer in wood and subsequent polymerization by gamma irradiation. The irradiation was performed by means of a60Co source of strength 50,000 Ci at 0·2 Mrad/h. The radiation dosage required for maximum conversion of monomer into polymer was less than 2 Mrad except styrene which required a much larger dose of about 10 Mrad. The impregnation efficiency was found to be more for wood with high pore volume. The impregnation efficiency also depended on the ambient pressure: the more the vacuum, the more was the impregnation efficiency. Mechanical strength of the composites was found to be enhanced and water absorption considerably reduced. X-ray diffraction studies showed that the crystallinity of the cellulose did not get affected by the radiation polymerization which suggested that grafting of polymer on to the cell wall took place only in the amorphous regions.

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