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See detailInfluence of Na doping and sintering temperature on increasing Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 superconducting phase content in powder-form materials
Rahier, Sébastien ULg; Stassen, S.; Cloots, Rudi ULg et al

in Materials Letters (2006), 60(3), 298-300

This paper proposes a systematic way to explore the effects of Na on Bi-2212 phase formation. The influence of sodium metal is correlated with the 2212 fraction formed in the sample. The effect on the ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes a systematic way to explore the effects of Na on Bi-2212 phase formation. The influence of sodium metal is correlated with the 2212 fraction formed in the sample. The effect on the sintering temperature and the importance of the substitution site is studied. Samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD). Results clearly show that the 2212 phase content is enhanced and sintering temperatures can be lowered with regard to the undoped samples. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailEBSD study on YBCO textured bulk samples: correlation between crystal growth and 'microtexture'
Grossin, D.; Henrist, Catherine ULg; Mathieu, J. P. et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2006), 19(2), 190-199

This work describes an electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) study of the perovskite-derived structures YBa2Cu3O7-delta. After having pointed out the difficulties of EBSD analyses in resolving the ... [more ▼]

This work describes an electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) study of the perovskite-derived structures YBa2Cu3O7-delta. After having pointed out the difficulties of EBSD analyses in resolving the orientations of these pseudo-cubic structures, various YBaCuO bulk samples are analysed and the correlation between the microstructure, crystal growth and global texture, determined by neutron diffraction, is carried out. Homogeneous 'microtexture' with small subdomain misorientation of 12 degrees are measured for YBCO top seeding melt textured growth (TSMTG) samples. YBCO perforated samples also exhibit misoriented subdomains, giving rise to a heterogeneous 'microtexture' correlated to the YBCO growth front and to the pattern used for the perforating. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical interactions between Bi2Sr3CaO7(Bi-2310) and Bi2Sr2Ca0.8Dy0.2Cu2O8 (Bi-2212(Dy))
Rahier, Sébastien ULg; Lafort, Adeline ULg; Henrist, Catherine ULg et al

in Superconductor Science & Technology (2006), 19(1), 39-43

The chemical interactions between Bi2Sr3CaO7 (Bi-2310) and Bi2Sr2Ca0.8Dy0.2Cu2O8 (Bi-2212(Dy)) at 965 degrees C were investigated by means of: (i) an interdiffusion couple and (ii) layers deposited by dip ... [more ▼]

The chemical interactions between Bi2Sr3CaO7 (Bi-2310) and Bi2Sr2Ca0.8Dy0.2Cu2O8 (Bi-2212(Dy)) at 965 degrees C were investigated by means of: (i) an interdiffusion couple and (ii) layers deposited by dip coating on oxidized nickel Substrates. The samples were characterized by optical and electron microscopies, energy-dispersive x-ray (EDX) analysis and x-ray diffraction. It turns out that at the peritectic temperature Of Bi-2212(Dy), the Bi-2310 phase reacts with the liquid phase resulting from the peritectic decomposition of the Bi-2212(Dy) phase. Dissolution of Bi-2310 leads to an enrichment in Sr and an impoverishment in Cu of the liquid phase, resulting in a shift of the composition of the insoluble phase towards the Ca-rich end of the (Ca, Sr)O Solid Solution. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterisation of the magnetic shielding properties of YBaCuO thick films prepared by electrophoretic deposition on silver substrates
Denis, Samuel; Grenci, G.; Dusoulier, Laurent et al

in Journal of Physics: Conference Series (2006), 43

This communication reports experimental results on the superconducting properties of YBaCuO thick films prepared by electrophoretic deposition on silver substrates. The magnetic shielding properties of ... [more ▼]

This communication reports experimental results on the superconducting properties of YBaCuO thick films prepared by electrophoretic deposition on silver substrates. The magnetic shielding properties of the coatings were characterised by various methods. First, the electrical resistance and the transport critical current density, Jc, were determined. Our coatings exhibit a superconducting transition at a temperature of 90 K. Next, shielding characterisations were carried out at 77 K for samples having either a slab or a cylindrical geometry. In both cases, the frequency of the applied magnetic field was 103 Hz; the field behind the shielding wall was measured by a pick-up coil connected to a lock-in amplifier. In the case of cylindrical samples and for an applied induction lower than 1 G, the field inside the shielding enclosure is reduced by a factor greater than 106 (i.e. 120 dB) with respect to the applied field. [less ▲]

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See detailYBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thick films on Ag prepared by the electrophoretic deposition technique
Dusoulier, Laurent; Denis, Samuel; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg et al

in Journal of Physics: Conference Series (2006), 43

YBa2Cu3O7-δ thick films have been deposited onto Ag substrates by the Electrophoretic Deposition (EPD) technique. Different microstructures and electrical behaviours were observed depending on the ... [more ▼]

YBa2Cu3O7-δ thick films have been deposited onto Ag substrates by the Electrophoretic Deposition (EPD) technique. Different microstructures and electrical behaviours were observed depending on the starting powder. Coatings prepared from commercial powder displayed significant porosity and the superconducting transition width was found to be magnetic-field dependent. Films produced from home-made coprecipitated powder are denser but contain some secondary phases. No dependence of the resistive transition as a function of magnetic field (H ≤ 20 Oe) was observed in that case. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of thermal effects in bulk RE-BCO superconductors submitted to a variable magnetic field
Laurent, Philippe; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Mathieu, J.-P. et al

in Journal of Physics: Conference Series (2006), 43

When bulk RE-BCO superconductors are used as permanent magnets in engineering applications, they are likely to experience transient variations of the applied magnetic field. The resulting vortex motion ... [more ▼]

When bulk RE-BCO superconductors are used as permanent magnets in engineering applications, they are likely to experience transient variations of the applied magnetic field. The resulting vortex motion may cause a significant temperature increase. As a consequence the initial trapped flux is reduced. In the present work, we first focus on the cause of a temperature increase. The temperature distribution within a superconducting finite cylinder subjected to an alternating magnetic field is theoretically predicted. Results are compared to experimental data obtained by two temperature sensors attached to a bulk YBCO pellet. Second, we consider curative methods for reducing the effect of heat flux on the temperature increase. Hall-probe mappings on YBCO samples maintained out of the thermal equilibrium are performed for two different morphologies : a plain single domain and a single domain with a regularly spaced hole array. The drilled single-domain displays a trapped induction which is weakly affected by the local heating while displaying a high trapped field. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural and electrical properties of tellurovanadate glasses containing Li2O
Krins, Natacha ULg; Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Lepot, Laurent et al

Conference (2006)

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See detailCost-effective media for the rapid and high resolution of small DNA fragments using polyacrylamide-based electrophoresis
Negro, S. S.; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Gemmell, N. J.

in Molecular Ecology Notes (2006), 6(3), 609-612

Current Tris-based solutions for DNA electrophoresis produce a positive feedback loop between current and temperature at high voltage, resulting in long running times for the separation of even small DNA ... [more ▼]

Current Tris-based solutions for DNA electrophoresis produce a positive feedback loop between current and temperature at high voltage, resulting in long running times for the separation of even small DNA fragments. We optimized the separation of small DNA fragments (90-300 bp) in polyacrylamide-based electrophoresis at high voltages (200volts/cm) by substituting Tris with low concentration alkali salts (e.g. 1 mm LiCl and CsCl). These media reduced the heat produced during electrophoresis, enhanced the DNA fragment resolution, and allowed gels to be run at higher voltages, reducing gel running times by 25%. In addition, the elimination of Tris and EDTA from the buffer reduced material costs approximately 10-fold. © 2006 The Authors. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude de l'appareil producteur de sons d'Ophidion barbatum
Fontenelle, Nicolas; Henrist, Catherine ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg et al

Poster (2006)

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See detail(Micro)-structural comparison between geopolymers, alkali-activated slag cement and Portland cement
Lecomte, I.; Henrist, Catherine ULg; Duyckaerts, Monique ULg et al

in Journal of the European Ceramic Society (2006), 26(16), 3789-3797

Concurrently to research conducted on ordinary Portland cement (PC), new types of binders were developed during the last decades. These are formed by alkali-activation of metakaolin or ground-granulated ... [more ▼]

Concurrently to research conducted on ordinary Portland cement (PC), new types of binders were developed during the last decades. These are formed by alkali-activation of metakaolin or ground-granulated blast furnace slag (GGBFS) and are named, respectively, geopolymers (GP) or alkali-activated slag (AAS). Four different cementitious materials were synthesised: PC, AAS, GP, and a mix GP-AAS and fully compared about their compositions and (micro)-structures. X-ray diffraction has revealed the presence of semi-crystalline C-S-H gel binding phase in PC while AAS, GP and GP-AAS are nearly amorphous. Progressive structural changes have been observed between the different samples by means of infrared spectroscopy, Si-29 and At-27 magic-angle-spinning nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy: there is a polymerisation extent of the (alumino)-silicate framework from PC [SiQ(1) and SiQ(2) units] to AAS [SiQ(2) and SiQ(2)(1Al) units] and finally to GP [SiQ(4)(2Al) and SiQ(4)(3Al) units]. Scanning electron microscopy has shown that GP is a homogeneous matrix while the other materials are composites containing GGBFS grains surrounded by a binding matrix. Energy dispersive X-ray EDX analyses (line scans) have shown the absence of formation of any specific phase at the matrix-grains interfaces. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of a High-Temperature Superconducting Coil for Magnetic Energy Storage
Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Crate, David; Jamoye, Jean-François et al

in Institute of Physics Conference Series (2006), 43

A high temperature superconducting magnetic energy storage device (SMES) has been realised using a 350 m-long BSCCO tape wound as a ''pancake'' coil. The coil is mounted on a cryocooler allowing ... [more ▼]

A high temperature superconducting magnetic energy storage device (SMES) has been realised using a 350 m-long BSCCO tape wound as a ''pancake'' coil. The coil is mounted on a cryocooler allowing temperatures down to 17.2 K to be achieved. The temperature dependence of coil electrical resistance R(T) shows a superconducting transition at T = 102.5 K. Measurements of the V(I) characteristics were performed at several temperatures between 17.2 K and 101.5 K to obtain the temperature dependence of the critical current (using a 1 uV/cm criterion). Critical currents were found to exceed 100 A for T < 30 K. An electronic DC-DC converter was built in order to control the energy flow in and out of the superconducting coil. The converter consists of a MOS transistor bridge switching at a 80 kHz frequency and controlled with standard Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) techniques. The system was tested using a 30 V squared wave power supply as bridge input voltage. The coil current, the bridge input and output voltages were recorded simultaneously. Using a 10 A setpoint current in the superconducting coil, the whole system (coil + DC-DC converter) can provide a stable output voltage showing uninterruptible power supply (UPS) capabilities over 1 s. [less ▲]

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See detailTexturation of YBa2Cu3O7-delta thick films by electrophoretic deposition under magnetic field
Dusoulier, Laurent; Denis, Samuel ULg; Nutal, Nicolas ULg et al

in Key Engineering Materials [=KEM] (2006), 314

YBa2Cu3O7-delta coatings were deposited by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) onto Ni substrates. Particles of different sizes and shapes were used in order to study the influence of the powder ... [more ▼]

YBa2Cu3O7-delta coatings were deposited by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) onto Ni substrates. Particles of different sizes and shapes were used in order to study the influence of the powder microstructure on the film density. Texturation of the thick films was induced by application of a magnetic field during the electrophoretic deposition. X-ray diffraction analysis has clearly shown preferred c-axis alignment of the YBa2Cu3O7-delta films along the direction normal to the substrate surface. Scanning electron microscopy and optical polarised light microscopy were used to characterise the microstructure of the coatings, revealing a nonrandom platelets organisation. [less ▲]

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See detailPreparation of YBa2Cu3O7-x superconducting thick films by the electrophoretic deposition method
Dusoulier, Laurent; Denis, Samuel ULg; Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Science (2006), 41(24), 8109-8114

YBa2Cu3O7-x thick films have been realised by the Electrophoretic Deposition method (EPD). The influence of several parameters (powder and iodine concentrations in the suspension, applied voltage and ... [more ▼]

YBa2Cu3O7-x thick films have been realised by the Electrophoretic Deposition method (EPD). The influence of several parameters (powder and iodine concentrations in the suspension, applied voltage and deposition time) on the EPD process has been studied by measuring the conductivity of the suspension and the amount of YBa2Cu3O7-x particles deposited on the electrode. Superconducting coatings onto silver substrates have been produced by a multilayer process during different deposition times. The highest critical current density value of these coatings measured by the four-point probe method is about 10^3 A/cm^2 (77 K), in a suitable range for magnetic shielding applications. [less ▲]

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See detailSlip casting of barium zirconate aqueous concentrated suspensions
Boschini, Frédéric ULg; Guillaume, Bernard ULg; Rulmont, André ULg et al

in Journal of the European Ceramic Society (2006), 26(9), 1591-1598

The rheological behaviour of aqueous suspensions of barium zirconate was studied focusing on the effect of the Volume fraction of particles, leading to the determination of the maximum packing fraction ... [more ▼]

The rheological behaviour of aqueous suspensions of barium zirconate was studied focusing on the effect of the Volume fraction of particles, leading to the determination of the maximum packing fraction. Optimised suspensions dispersed with both polymethacrylic acid and tetramethylammonium hydroxide were slip cast on plaster Moulds to produce discs and crucibles, leading to relative green densities greater than 62% of theoretical ones. Densification was studied at temperatures ranging from 1450 to 1700 degrees C by static and dynamic sintering experiments. Scanning electron microscopy studies demonstrate that slip cast parts are dense and very homogeneous, without any significant processing-related defects or abnormal grain growth. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of the shaping effect on hardness homogeneity by Vickers indentation analysis
Guillaume, Bernard ULg; Boschini, Frédéric ULg; Rulmont, André ULg et al

in Journal of the European Ceramic Society (2006), 26(15), 3191-3196

In this study, indentation technique (Vickers indentation) has been unconventionally used to evaluate the homogeneity of barium zirconate ceramic samples which have been shaped through different routes ... [more ▼]

In this study, indentation technique (Vickers indentation) has been unconventionally used to evaluate the homogeneity of barium zirconate ceramic samples which have been shaped through different routes. Statistical tools have been used to estimate the con-elation which can be established between heterogeneities within the samples and their shaping ways. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of BaZrO3 sintering by control of the initial powder size distribution; a factorial design statistical analysis
Guillaume, Bernard ULg; Boschini, Frédéric ULg; Garcia-Cano, I. et al

in Journal of the European Ceramic Society (2005), 25(16), 3593-3604

A factorial design statistical analysis has been conducted in order to obtain the optimum conditions in the solid state sintering process of barium zirconate bulk materials, optimum with respect to ... [more ▼]

A factorial design statistical analysis has been conducted in order to obtain the optimum conditions in the solid state sintering process of barium zirconate bulk materials, optimum with respect to density, closed and open porosities. The optimized heat treatment permits to sinter a 99% dense barium zirconate sample at 1650 degrees C during only 2 h. When the temperature is higher than 1650 degrees C or when the heating time is longer than 2 h, a decrease in density is observed. (c) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailColloidal stability of aqueous suspensions of barium zirconate
Boschini, Frédéric ULg; Rulmont, André ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg et al

in Journal of the European Ceramic Society (2005), 25(13), 3195-3201

In this article, the colloidal behaviour of aqueous suspensions of barium zirconate is investigated. The variation of zeta-potential as a consequence of changing the pH and the concentration of an anionic ... [more ▼]

In this article, the colloidal behaviour of aqueous suspensions of barium zirconate is investigated. The variation of zeta-potential as a consequence of changing the pH and the concentration of an anionic polyelectrolyte is studied, the isoelectric point occurring at pH 5.3. The IEP shifts down on calcining the powder and also when anionic polyelectrolytes are added. Rheological studies have been made on suspensions prepared to a solids loading of 27 vol.% (72 wt.%). Optimum dispersing conditions are reached for suspensions prepared at basic pH with 1.5 wt.% tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) and a concentration of ammonium polymethacrylate (PMAA) of 1.6 wt.%. Comparison with similar suspensions prepared with NaOH instead PMAA demonstrated that TMAH gives an extra contribution to stability, probably related to the adsorption of N+(Me)(4) groups. The suspensions were slip cast, and green densities higher than 60% of theoretical were obtained. (c) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailVivianite formation and distribution in Lake Baikal sediments
Fagel, Nathalie ULg; Alleman, L. Y.; Granina, L. et al

in Global and Planetary Change (2005), 46(1-4), 315-336

In an effort to better understand vivianite formation processes, four Lake Baikal sediment cores spanning two to four interglacial stages in the northern, central and southern basins and under various ... [more ▼]

In an effort to better understand vivianite formation processes, four Lake Baikal sediment cores spanning two to four interglacial stages in the northern, central and southern basins and under various biogeochemical environments are scrutinized. The vivianite-rich layers were detected by anomalous P-enrichments in bulk geochemistry and visually by observations on X-radiographs. The millimetric concretions of vivianite were isolated by sieving and analysed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope (SEM), microprobe, infrared spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry and mass spectrometry (ICP-AES, ICP-MS). All the vivianites display similar morphological, mineralogical and geochemical signature, suggesting a common diagenetic origin. Their geochemical signature is sensitive to secondary alteration where vivianite concretions are gradually transformed from the rim to the center into an amorphous santabarbaraite phase with a decreasing Mn content. We analysed the spatial and temporal distribution of the concretions in order to determine the primary parameters controlling the vivianite formation, e.g., lithology, sedimentation rates, and porewater chemistry. We conclude that vivianite formation in Lake Baikal is mainly controlled by porewater chemistry and sedimentation rates, and it is not a proxy for lacustrine paleoproductivity. Vivianite accumulation is not restricted to areas of slow sedimentation rates (e.g., Academician and Continent ridges). At the site of relatively fast sedimentation rate, i.e., the Posolsky Bank near the Selenga Delta, vivianite production may be more or less related to the Selenga River inputs. It could be also indirectly related to the past intensive methane escapes from the sediments. While reflecting an early diagenetic signal, the source of P and Fe porewater for vivianites genesis is still unclear. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLow-field magnetoresistance in La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 manganite compounds prepared by the spray drying technique
Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Rulmont, André ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Science (2005), 40(1), 117-122

Calcium-substituted lanthanum manganite compounds were synthesized by the spray drying technique. This method - whose main advantages are versatility, high reproducibility and scalability - yields small ... [more ▼]

Calcium-substituted lanthanum manganite compounds were synthesized by the spray drying technique. This method - whose main advantages are versatility, high reproducibility and scalability - yields small grain materials of high homogeneity and displaying low-field magnetoresistance effects. We report about the physical and chemical characterizations of these samples in order to investigate the potential interest of spray drying for the production of materials for low-field magnetoresistance applications. We have studied the dependence of the low-field magnetoresistance on the temperature and duration of the thermal treatment applied to the pelletized powders. The issue of the shape anisotropy (demagnetisation effects) influence on the magnetoresistance properties has also been dealt with. (C) 2005 Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. [less ▲]

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