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Impact Of Chain Architecture On The Thickness Dependence Of Physical Aging Rate Of Thin Polystyrene Films, Gregory Brown, Elizabeth Lewis, Bryan D. Vogt 2020 University of Akron

Impact Of Chain Architecture On The Thickness Dependence Of Physical Aging Rate Of Thin Polystyrene Films, Gregory Brown, Elizabeth Lewis, Bryan D. Vogt

Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects

The dynamics of polymer thin films have been demonstrated to be significantly altered from the bulk, but the origins of such differences are not well defined. In this work, we seek to understand the differences in the structural dynamics (or physical aging) of polystyrene (PS) through branching and other well defined architectures (comb and centipede). The aging dynamics of ultrathin films (< 30 nm) differ from relatively thick films (100-150nm) with linear PS thin films aging more rapidly than the relatively “bulk-like” thick films. Ellipsometric measurements are used to characterize the physical aging rate of the films. The change in film thickness and refractive index as the films are held below the glass transition temperature (Tg) provides a simple measure of the physical aging. In this study, four different architectures (linear, comb, 4 arm star, and centipede) will be investigated. For each PS architecture, the aging rate will be determined for film thickness ranging ...


Mandela Splash Pad Pre-Construction Plan, Levi Sandbulte 2019 University of Nebraska at Omaha

Mandela Splash Pad Pre-Construction Plan, Levi Sandbulte

Theses/Capstones/Creative Projects

In the construction industry, it is the responsibility of the general contractor to take the architect’s ideas and turn it into a real building. Many times this requires ample communication and several drafts. This efficient execution of this process is vital to the completion of a successful project. In this project, I practice this communication process. The challenge presented by the owner is to build an affordable splash pad, and without impacting the construction schedule of the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) that is being built on the same property at the same time. This proposal gives the owner ...


Quantifying Bonding Characteristics Between Uhpc And Normal-Strength Concrete For Bridge Deck Application, Sriram Aaleti, Sri Sritharan 2019 University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa

Quantifying Bonding Characteristics Between Uhpc And Normal-Strength Concrete For Bridge Deck Application, Sriram Aaleti, Sri Sritharan

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Publications

Ultrahigh performance concrete (UHPC) is an advanced cementitious material which has excellent mechanical and durability properties, making it appropriate for the rehabilitation of concrete structures. This paper investigates the usage of a thin layer of UHPC overlaying a normal strength concrete (NC) deck. The behavior of the interface connection will have a significant impact on the overall structural and durability performance of the UHPC-NC composite deck system. An integrated experimental and analytical study was conducted to understand the influence of several variables, such as normal concrete strength, interface roughness, and curing condition on the shear transfer behavior across the interface ...


Coinage Metal–Sulfur Complexes: Stability On Metal(111) Surfaces And In The Gas Phase, Jiyoung Lee, Theresa L. Windus, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans, Da-Jiang Liu 2019 Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory

Coinage Metal–Sulfur Complexes: Stability On Metal(111) Surfaces And In The Gas Phase, Jiyoung Lee, Theresa L. Windus, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans, Da-Jiang Liu

James W. Evans

We provide a comprehensive theoretical assessment at the level of density functional theory (DFT) of the stability of various coinage metal–sulfur complexes, both in the gas phase and also for the complexes adsorbed on the (111) surface of the same coinage metal. Our primary interest lies in the latter where earlier scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) experiments were interpreted to suggest the existence of adsorbed S-decorated metal trimers, sometimes as a component of more complex adlayer structures. Recent STM studies at 5 K directly observed other isolated adsorbed metal–sulfur complexes. For these adsorbed species, we calculate various aspects of ...


Coinage Metal–Sulfur Complexes: Stability On Metal(111) Surfaces And In The Gas Phase, Jiyoung Lee, Theresa L. Windus, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans, Da-Jiang Liu 2019 Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory

Coinage Metal–Sulfur Complexes: Stability On Metal(111) Surfaces And In The Gas Phase, Jiyoung Lee, Theresa L. Windus, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans, Da-Jiang Liu

Patricia A. Thiel

We provide a comprehensive theoretical assessment at the level of density functional theory (DFT) of the stability of various coinage metal–sulfur complexes, both in the gas phase and also for the complexes adsorbed on the (111) surface of the same coinage metal. Our primary interest lies in the latter where earlier scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) experiments were interpreted to suggest the existence of adsorbed S-decorated metal trimers, sometimes as a component of more complex adlayer structures. Recent STM studies at 5 K directly observed other isolated adsorbed metal–sulfur complexes. For these adsorbed species, we calculate various aspects of ...


Coinage Metal–Sulfur Complexes: Stability On Metal(111) Surfaces And In The Gas Phase, Jiyoung Lee, Theresa L. Windus, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans, Da-Jiang Liu 2019 Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory

Coinage Metal–Sulfur Complexes: Stability On Metal(111) Surfaces And In The Gas Phase, Jiyoung Lee, Theresa L. Windus, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans, Da-Jiang Liu

Theresa Windus

We provide a comprehensive theoretical assessment at the level of density functional theory (DFT) of the stability of various coinage metal–sulfur complexes, both in the gas phase and also for the complexes adsorbed on the (111) surface of the same coinage metal. Our primary interest lies in the latter where earlier scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) experiments were interpreted to suggest the existence of adsorbed S-decorated metal trimers, sometimes as a component of more complex adlayer structures. Recent STM studies at 5 K directly observed other isolated adsorbed metal–sulfur complexes. For these adsorbed species, we calculate various aspects of ...


Self-Healing Materials For Soft-Matter Machines And Electronics, Michael D. Bartlett, Michael D. Dickey, Carmel Majidi 2019 Iowa State University

Self-Healing Materials For Soft-Matter Machines And Electronics, Michael D. Bartlett, Michael D. Dickey, Carmel Majidi

Michael Bartlett

The emergence of soft machines and electronics creates new opportunities to engineer robotic systems that are mechanically compliant, deformable, and safe for physical interaction with the human body. Progress, however, depends on new classes of soft multifunctional materials that can operate outside of a hard exterior and withstand the same real-world conditions that human skin and other soft biological materials are typically subjected to. As with their natural counterparts, these materials must be capable of self-repair and healing when damaged to maintain the longevity of the host system and prevent sudden or permanent failure. Here, we provide a perspective on ...


Fracture Toughness Improvement Of 𝐀𝐥𝟐𝐎𝟑 Ceramics By Grain Size Control And Ductile Phase Reinforcement, Kesong Wang 2019 Washington University in St. Louis

Fracture Toughness Improvement Of 𝐀𝐥𝟐𝐎𝟑 Ceramics By Grain Size Control And Ductile Phase Reinforcement, Kesong Wang

Engineering and Applied Science Theses & Dissertations

This study used grain size control and ductile phase reinforcement to improve fracture toughness of 𝐀𝐥𝟐𝐎𝟑 ceramics. Alpha alumina particles of 100 nm, 0.5-1 micrometers, and 10 micrometers were coated with 1-5 nm nickel by electroless nickel plating (ENP). The coated powders were consolidated at 1200℃-1500℃ by spark plasma sintering (SPS). The sintered samples were annealed at 1100 oC for 1.5 hours and 10 hours to determine the effect of post sintering annealing on hardness and fracture toughness. Density of the samples were measured by the standard Archimedes method using a 5 mL pycnometer. Hardness values were ...


Observation Of Η-Al41sm5 Reveals Motif-Aware Structural Evolution In Al-Sm Alloys, Zhuo Ye, F. Meng, Feng Zhang, Yang Sun, L. Yang, S. H. Zhou, Ralph E. Napolitano, Mikhail I. Mendelev, Ryan T. Ott, Matthew J. Kramer, Cai-Zhuang Wang, Kai-Ming Ho 2019 Ames Laboratory

Observation Of Η-Al41sm5 Reveals Motif-Aware Structural Evolution In Al-Sm Alloys, Zhuo Ye, F. Meng, Feng Zhang, Yang Sun, L. Yang, S. H. Zhou, Ralph E. Napolitano, Mikhail I. Mendelev, Ryan T. Ott, Matthew J. Kramer, Cai-Zhuang Wang, Kai-Ming Ho

Ralph E. Napolitano

Using an effective genetic algorithm, we uncover the structure of a metastable Al41Sm5 phase that supplements its family sharing similar short-range orders. The phase evolves upon heating an amorphous Al-9.7 at.% Sm ribbon, produced by melt-spinning. The dynamical phase selection is discussed with respect to the structural connections between the short-range packing motifs in the amorphous precursor and those observed in the selected phases. The phase elucidated here is one of several newly discovered large-unit-cell phases found to form during devitrification from the glass in this binary system, further illustrating the power and efficiency of our approach, the important ...


Self-Healing Materials For Soft-Matter Machines And Electronics, Michael D. Bartlett, Michael D. Dickey, Carmel Majidi 2019 Iowa State University

Self-Healing Materials For Soft-Matter Machines And Electronics, Michael D. Bartlett, Michael D. Dickey, Carmel Majidi

Materials Science and Engineering Publications

The emergence of soft machines and electronics creates new opportunities to engineer robotic systems that are mechanically compliant, deformable, and safe for physical interaction with the human body. Progress, however, depends on new classes of soft multifunctional materials that can operate outside of a hard exterior and withstand the same real-world conditions that human skin and other soft biological materials are typically subjected to. As with their natural counterparts, these materials must be capable of self-repair and healing when damaged to maintain the longevity of the host system and prevent sudden or permanent failure. Here, we provide a perspective on ...


Efficient Solar-To-Thermal Energy Conversion And Storage With High-Thermal-Conductivity And Form-Stabilized Phase Change Composite Based On Wood-Derived Scaffolds, Bolin Chen, Meng Han, Bowei Zhang, Gaoyuan Ouyang, Behrouz Shafei, Xinwei Wang, Shan Hu 2019 Iowa State University

Efficient Solar-To-Thermal Energy Conversion And Storage With High-Thermal-Conductivity And Form-Stabilized Phase Change Composite Based On Wood-Derived Scaffolds, Bolin Chen, Meng Han, Bowei Zhang, Gaoyuan Ouyang, Behrouz Shafei, Xinwei Wang, Shan Hu

Shan Hu

Solar-to-thermal energy conversion is one of the most efficient ways to harvest solar energy. In this study, a novel phase change composite with porous carbon monolith derived from natural wood is fabricated to harvest solar irradiation and store it as thermal energy. Organic phase change material n-octadecane is physically adsorbed inside the porous structure of the carbonized wood, and a thin graphite coating encapsulates the exterior of the wood structure to further prevent n-octadecane leakage. The carbonized wood scaffold and the graphite coating not only stabilize the form of the n-octadecane during phase change, but also enhance its thermal conductivity ...


Liquid Metal-Elastomer Soft Composites With Independently Controllable And Highly Tunable Droplet Size And Volume Loading, Ravi Tutika, Steven Kmiec, A. B. M. Tahidul Haque, Steve W. Martin, Michael D. Bartlett 2019 Iowa State University

Liquid Metal-Elastomer Soft Composites With Independently Controllable And Highly Tunable Droplet Size And Volume Loading, Ravi Tutika, Steven Kmiec, A. B. M. Tahidul Haque, Steve W. Martin, Michael D. Bartlett

Michael Bartlett

Soft composites are critical for soft and flexible materials in energy harvesting, actuators, and multifunctional devices. One emerging approach to create multifunctional composites is through the incorporation of liquid metal (LM) droplets such as eutectic gallium indium (EGaIn) in highly deformable elastomers. The microstructure of such systems is critical to their performance, however, current materials lack control of particle size at diverse volume loadings. Here, we present a fabrication approach to create liquid metal-elastomer composites with independently controllable and highly tunable droplet size (100 nm ≦ D ≦ 80 μm) and volume loading (0 ≦ φ ≦ 80%). This is achieved through a combination ...


Research Of Electro-Optical Effect In Metal Halide Perovskites By Fabry-Perot Interometer Method, Hanxiang Yin 2019 Washington University in St. Louis

Research Of Electro-Optical Effect In Metal Halide Perovskites By Fabry-Perot Interometer Method, Hanxiang Yin

Engineering and Applied Science Theses & Dissertations

Perovskites have been investigated a lot by present and reported with outstanding optoelectronic properties. However, so far there is no publications about another important property, the electro-optical (EO) effect which is related to important applications in photolithography. This thesis is mainly mean to calculate the EO constants of one kind of organic perovskite material, CH3NH3PbI3, which has been reported to have good capability of forming film by spin-coating, through the way of putting the film of CH3NH3PbI3 between two layers of metal mirrors to build a Fabry-Perot interferometer and characterizing ...


Influence Of Mechanical Properties Of Paper Coating On The Crack At The Fold Problem, Seyyed Mohammad Hashemi Najafi 2019 University of Maine

Influence Of Mechanical Properties Of Paper Coating On The Crack At The Fold Problem, Seyyed Mohammad Hashemi Najafi

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Paper coating layers are subject to various stresses and deformations in many converting processes such as calendering, printing, slitting, and folding of the paper. In some cases, products may crack during folding to generate a defect called cracking at the fold (CAF). The parameters that influence these defects are not well understood. The overall goal of this thesis is to better understand the CAF behavior as related to material properties of the coating layer.

A method was developed to produce free-standing pigmented coating layers thick enough to be tested in bending as well as tension. The mechanical properties of these ...


Evaluating The Scalability Of The Sonication Method Of Graphene Oxide Synthesis, Evan Dexter 2019 Olivet Nazarene University

Evaluating The Scalability Of The Sonication Method Of Graphene Oxide Synthesis, Evan Dexter

Honors Program Projects

Graphene is a new material that was first isolated in 2004, and consists of one to a few atomic layers of carbon in a lattice sheet structure. Graphene has high tensile strength, high surface area, very low electrical resistance, and various other special properties that make it an excellent material for use in emerging technologies in the categories of electrical components, energy systems, and high strength applications. The production scale of graphene sheets and its variations is currently limited to laboratory use, with increasing research being conducted toward the development of manufacturing techniques of the material. We conducted experiments to ...


Tixzr(1-X)N Thin Films For Advanced Plasmonic Materials, Susan R. Schickling, Codi Ferree, Amy Godfrey, Andre Hillsman, Hannah Robinson 2019 The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Tixzr(1-X)N Thin Films For Advanced Plasmonic Materials, Susan R. Schickling, Codi Ferree, Amy Godfrey, Andre Hillsman, Hannah Robinson

Chancellor’s Honors Program Projects

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Structural Design Guidelines For Pervious Concrete Pavements, April Smith 2019 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Structural Design Guidelines For Pervious Concrete Pavements, April Smith

Civil Engineering Undergraduate Honors Theses

Pervious pavements have gained popularity in recent years as the transportation industry focuses on sustainability and environmental impact. This research investigated the structural design of pervious concrete pavements. There is no standard design method; therefore, the goal was to lessen ambiguity surrounding the use of pervious concrete for pavement structures. By characterization of the rigid pavement design equation from the 1993 AASHTO Structural Design Guide for Design of Pavement Structures through laboratory exploration and review of existing literature, a guide was created to assist engineers in the design of pervious concrete pavements.


Construction Of An Auger Microscope, Charles Soulen 2019 College of William and Mary

Construction Of An Auger Microscope, Charles Soulen

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis describes the design, adaptations and characterizations necessary to partially turn an Auger Electron Spectroscopy Instrument (AES) into an Auger Electron Microscope (AEM). The completed AEM will be able to scan and characterize materials over an area, unlike the AES which only took data from a single point. However, due to time constraints, this thesis only partially describes the creation of an AEM. We were able to show proof-of-concept, though, we were unable to run AEM on a material. We have also increased the theoretical accuracy of the instrument by replacing decades-old electronics with modern alternatives. Again, due to ...


Silicone Tadpole: Research Into Soft Bodies, Danielle Fernandez 2019 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Silicone Tadpole: Research Into Soft Bodies, Danielle Fernandez

Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Honors Theses

In this thesis, research is conducted in the area of soft robotics by building a soft tadpole that can deform with a specific air pressure. The goal is to mimic the motion of an organic tadpole in respect to its S-shaped tail movement. The angle of deformation, derived from material mechanic theories, ranges from 45 to 80 degrees for this type of movement. The design includes a head compartment which acts as a tank to transfer nitrogen pressure and a tail section that receives the said pressure and bends as a result. The tail section was designed with two rows ...


Nanoparticle Doped Optical Fibers For High Energy Lasers, Amber L. Vargas 2019 Clemson University

Nanoparticle Doped Optical Fibers For High Energy Lasers, Amber L. Vargas

All Theses

Fabrication of rare earth (RE) doped optical fibers for use in fiber-based lasers and amplifiers is conventionally performed using a solution doping technique where RE salts (i.e., ErCl3) are dissolved in a solvent, introduced into the porous silica soot, dried and consolidated to form the active fiber core. This process does not allow for tailoring of the chemical environment about the RE. Alternatively, nanoparticle (NP) doping is more recent approach to incorporating rare earths into an optical fiber and have been shown to permit modification of the chemical environment around the RE in ways the enhance spectroscopic performance. This ...


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