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1.Zawistowski T., Kleiber M., Gap Flow Simulation Methods in High Pressure Variable Displacement Axial Piston Pumps, ARCHIVES OF COMPUTATIONAL METHODS IN ENGINEERING, ISSN: 1134-3060, DOI: 10.1007/s11831-016-9180-5, Vol.24, No.3, pp.519-542, 2017
Zawistowski T., Kleiber M., Gap Flow Simulation Methods in High Pressure Variable Displacement Axial Piston Pumps, ARCHIVES OF COMPUTATIONAL METHODS IN ENGINEERING, ISSN: 1134-3060, DOI: 10.1007/s11831-016-9180-5, Vol.24, No.3, pp.519-542, 2017

Abstract:
High pressure variable displacement axial piston pumps are subject to complex dynamic phenomena. Their analysis is difficult, additionally complicated by leakage of the working fluid. Analytically gap flow is calculated with the Reynolds equation which describes the pressure distribution in a thin lubricating layer. The paper presents various approaches to analyze gap flow both in traditional axial piston pump and novel type of hydraulic pump, designed at the Polish Gdansk Institute of Technology. Because of large aspect ratio between the height of the gap and the size of pump elements, the authors present the numerical simulation approach using a local model to define a lubrication gap, linked to a global model of a pump from which boundary conditions were imported. User defined functions implemented in Fluent and Excel were used to calculate the pressure and velocity fields and assess the fluid flow rate.

2.Dziekoński C., Dera W., Jarząbek D.M., Method for lateral force calibration in atomic force microscope using MEMS microforce sensor, ULTRAMICROSCOPY, ISSN: 0304-3991, DOI: 10.1016/j.ultramic.2017.06.012, Vol.182, pp.1-9, 2017
Dziekoński C., Dera W., Jarząbek D.M., Method for lateral force calibration in atomic force microscope using MEMS microforce sensor, ULTRAMICROSCOPY, ISSN: 0304-3991, DOI: 10.1016/j.ultramic.2017.06.012, Vol.182, pp.1-9, 2017

Abstract:
In this paper we present a simple and direct method for the lateral force calibration constant determination. Our procedure does not require any knowledge about material or geometrical parameters of an investigated cantilever. We apply a commercially available microforce sensor with advanced electronics for direct measurement of the friction force applied by the cantilever's tip to a flat surface of the microforce sensor measuring beam. Due to the third law of dynamics, the friction force of the equal value tilts the AFM cantilever. Therefore, torsional (lateral force) signal is compared with the signal from the microforce sensor and the lateral force calibration constant is determined. The method is easy to perform and could be widely used for the lateral force calibration constant determination in many types of atomic force microscopes.

Keywords:
A precise and direct method for lateral force calibration, Inaccuracy equal to approximately 2%, Wedge method is proven to give inaccurate results

3.Taczała M., Buczkowski R., Kleiber M., Nonlinear buckling and post-buckling response of stiffened FGM plates in thermal environments, COMPOSITES PART B-ENGINEERING, ISSN: 1359-8368, DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2016.09.023, Vol.109, pp.238-247, 2017
Taczała M., Buczkowski R., Kleiber M., Nonlinear buckling and post-buckling response of stiffened FGM plates in thermal environments, COMPOSITES PART B-ENGINEERING, ISSN: 1359-8368, DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2016.09.023, Vol.109, pp.238-247, 2017

Abstract:
We present a nonlinear finite element method to investigate the nonlinear stability of stiffened functionally graded materials (FGM) plates considered as a whole unit. The plates are subjected to mechanical and thermal loads. The material properties are assumed to be temperature dependent and varied gradually across the thickness according to a power law distribution. The nonlinear equations of FGM plates are based on the first-order shear order plate theory. The influence of material, geometrical properties of stiffeners and initial deflections on the buckling and post-buckling response of the stiffened plates are studied in detail. Including the latest information no work has been oriented towards post-buckling analysis of stiffened FGM plates considered as a whole unit.

Keywords:
FGM stiffened plate, nonlinear finite element analysis, post-buckling

4.Majewski M., Kursa M., Hołobut P., Kowalczyk-Gajewska K., Micromechanical and numerical analysis of packing and size effects in elastic particulate composites, COMPOSITES PART B-ENGINEERING, ISSN: 1359-8368, DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2017.05.004, Vol.124, pp.158-174, 2017
Majewski M., Kursa M., Hołobut P., Kowalczyk-Gajewska K., Micromechanical and numerical analysis of packing and size effects in elastic particulate composites, COMPOSITES PART B-ENGINEERING, ISSN: 1359-8368, DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2017.05.004, Vol.124, pp.158-174, 2017

Abstract:
Effects of particle packing and size on the overall elastic properties of particulate random composites are analyzed. In order to account for the two effects the mean-field Morphologically Representative Pattern (MRP) approach is employed and an additional interphase surrounding inclusions (coating) is introduced. The analytical mean-field estimates are compared with the results of computational homogenization performed using the finite element (FE) method. Periodic unit cells with cubic crystal-type arrangements and representative volume elements with random distributions of particles are used for verification purposes. The validity of the MRP estimates with respect to the FE results is assessed.

Keywords:
Composite materials, Elasticity, Micro-mechanics, Packing and size effects

5.Sadowski P., Kowalczyk-Gajewska K., Stupkiewicz S., Consistent treatment and automation of the incremental Mori–Tanaka scheme for elasto-plastic composites, COMPUTATIONAL MECHANICS, ISSN: 0178-7675, DOI: 10.1007/s00466-017-1418-z, pp.1-19, 2017
Sadowski P., Kowalczyk-Gajewska K., Stupkiewicz S., Consistent treatment and automation of the incremental Mori–Tanaka scheme for elasto-plastic composites, COMPUTATIONAL MECHANICS, ISSN: 0178-7675, DOI: 10.1007/s00466-017-1418-z, pp.1-19, 2017

Abstract:
A consistent algorithmic treatment of the incremental Mori–Tanaka (MT) model for elasto-plastic composites is proposed. The aim is to develop a computationally efficient and robust micromechanical constitutive model suitable for large-scale finite-element computations. The resulting overall computational scheme is a doubly-nested iteration-subiteration scheme. The Newton method is used to solve the nonlinear equations at each level involved. Exact linearization is thus performed at each level so that a quadratic convergence rate can be achieved. To this end, the automatic differentiation (AD) technique is used, and the corresponding AD-based formulation is provided. Excellent overall performance of the present MT scheme in threedimensional finite-element computations is illustrated.

Keywords:
Mori–Tanaka method, Composite materials, Elasto-plasticity, Finite element method, Automatic differentiation

6.Błachowski B., An Y., Spencer Jr. B.F., Ou J., Axial strain accelerations approach for damage localization in statically determinate truss structures, Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, ISSN: 1093-9687, DOI: 10.1111/mice.12258, Vol.32, No.4, pp.304-318, 2017
Błachowski B., An Y., Spencer Jr. B.F., Ou J., Axial strain accelerations approach for damage localization in statically determinate truss structures, Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, ISSN: 1093-9687, DOI: 10.1111/mice.12258, Vol.32, No.4, pp.304-318, 2017

Abstract:
This work proposes an efficient and reliable method for damage localization in truss structures. The damage is localized on the basis of measured acceleration signals of the structure followed by simple statistical signal processing. It has three main advantages over many existing methods. Firstly, it can be directly applied to real engineering structures without the need of identifying modal parameters or solving any global optimization problem. Secondly, the proposed method has higher sensitivity to damage than some other frequently used methods and allows to localize damage as small as a few percents. Thirdly, it is a model-free method, which does not require precise finite element model development or updating. Validation of the method has been conducted on numerical examples and laboratory-scale trusses. Two types of frequently used trusses have been selected for this study, namely Howe and Bailey trusses. The presented experimental validation of the method shows its efficiency and robustness for damage localization in truss structures.

Keywords:
structural health monitoring, truss structures, damage detection

7.Adimy M., Chekroun A., Kaźmierczak B., Traveling waves in a coupled reaction–diffusion and difference model of hematopoiesis, Journal of Differential Equations, ISSN: 0022-0396, DOI: 10.1016/j.jde.2016.12.009, Vol.262, No.7, pp.4085-4128, 2017
Adimy M., Chekroun A., Kaźmierczak B., Traveling waves in a coupled reaction–diffusion and difference model of hematopoiesis, Journal of Differential Equations, ISSN: 0022-0396, DOI: 10.1016/j.jde.2016.12.009, Vol.262, No.7, pp.4085-4128, 2017

Abstract:
The formation and development of blood cells is a very complex process, called hematopoiesis. This process involves a small population of cells called hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). The HSCs are undifferentiated cells, located in the bone marrow before they become mature blood cells and enter the blood stream. They have a unique ability to produce either similar cells (self-renewal), or cells engaged in one of different lineages of blood cells: red blood cells, white cells and platelets (differentiation). The HSCs can be either in a proliferating or in a quiescent phase. In this paper, we distinguish between dividing cells that enter directly to the quiescent phase and dividing cells that return to the proliferating phase to divide again. We propose a mathematical model describing the dynamics of HSC population, taking into account their spatial distribution. The resulting model is a coupled reaction–diffusion equation and difference equation with delay. We study the existence of monotone traveling wave fronts and the asymptotic speed of spread.

Keywords:
Hematopoiesis, Age-structured population, Reaction–diffusion system with delay, Difference equation, Traveling wave front, Asymptotic speed of spread

8.Pierini F., Lanzi M., Nakielski P., Pawłowska S., Urbanek O., Zembrzycki K., Kowalewski T.A., Single-Material Organic Solar Cells Based on Electrospun Fullerene-Grafted Polythiophene Nanofibers, Macromolecules, ISSN: 0024-9297, DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.7b00857, Vol.50, No.13, pp.4972-4981, 2017
Pierini F., Lanzi M., Nakielski P., Pawłowska S., Urbanek O., Zembrzycki K., Kowalewski T.A., Single-Material Organic Solar Cells Based on Electrospun Fullerene-Grafted Polythiophene Nanofibers, Macromolecules, ISSN: 0024-9297, DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.7b00857, Vol.50, No.13, pp.4972-4981, 2017

Abstract:
Highly efficient single-material organic solar cells (SMOCs) based on fullerene-grafted polythiophenes were fabricated by incorporating electrospun one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures obtained from polymer chain stretching. Poly(3-alkylthiophene) chains were chemically tailored in order to reduce the side effects of charge recombination which severely affected SMOC photovoltaic performance. This enabled us to synthesize a donor–acceptor conjugated copolymer with high solubility, molecular weight, regioregularity, and fullerene content. We investigated the correlations among the active layer hierarchical structure given by the inclusion of electrospun nanofibers and the solar cell photovoltaic properties. The results indicated that SMOC efficiency can be strongly increased by optimizing the supramolecular and nanoscale structure of the active layer, while achieving the highest reported efficiency value (PCE = 5.58%). The enhanced performance may be attributed to well-packed and properly oriented polymer chains. Overall, our work demonstrates that the active material structure optimization obtained by including electrospun nanofibers plays a pivotal role in the development of efficient SMOCs and suggests an interesting perspective for the improvement of copolymer-based photovoltaic device performance using an alternative pathway.

9.Bobrowski A., Kaźmierczak B., Kunze M., An averaging principle for fast diffusions in domains separated by semi-permeable membranes, MATHEMATICAL MODELS AND METHODS IN APPLIED SCIENCES, ISSN: 0218-2025, DOI: 10.1142/S0218202517500130, Vol.27, No.4, pp.663-706, 2017
Bobrowski A., Kaźmierczak B., Kunze M., An averaging principle for fast diffusions in domains separated by semi-permeable membranes, MATHEMATICAL MODELS AND METHODS IN APPLIED SCIENCES, ISSN: 0218-2025, DOI: 10.1142/S0218202517500130, Vol.27, No.4, pp.663-706, 2017

Abstract:
We prove an averaging principle which asserts convergence of diffusion processes on domains separated by semi-permeable membranes, when diffusion coefficients tend to infinity while the flux through the membranes remains constant. In the limit, points in each domain are lumped into a single state of a limit Markov chain. The limit chain’s intensities are proportional to the membranes’ permeability and inversely proportional to the domains’ sizes. Analytically, the limit is an example of a singular perturbation in which boundary and transmission conditions play a crucial role. This averaging principle is strongly motivated by recent signaling pathways models of mathematical biology, which are discussed toward the end of the paper.

Keywords:
Convergence of sectorial forms and of semigroups of operators, diffusion processes, boundary and transmission conditions, Freidlin–Wentzell averaging principle, singular perturbations, signaling pathways, kinase activity, intracellular calcium dynamics, neurotransmitters

10.Suwała G., Jankowski Ł., Nonparametric identification of structural modifications in Laplace domain, MECHANICAL SYSTEMS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING, ISSN: 0888-3270, DOI: 10.1016/j.ymssp.2016.09.018, Vol.18, pp.867-878, 2017
Suwała G., Jankowski Ł., Nonparametric identification of structural modifications in Laplace domain, MECHANICAL SYSTEMS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING, ISSN: 0888-3270, DOI: 10.1016/j.ymssp.2016.09.018, Vol.18, pp.867-878, 2017

Abstract:
This paper proposes and experimentally verifies a Laplace-domain method for identification of structural modifications, which (1) unlike time-domain formulations, allows the identification to be focused on these parts of the frequency spectrum that have a high signal-to-noise ratio, and (2) unlike frequency-domain formulations, decreases the influence of numerical artifacts related to the particular choice of the FFT exponential window decay. In comparison to the time-domain approach proposed earlier, advantages of the proposed method are smaller computational cost and higher accuracy, which leads to reliable performance in more difficult identification cases. Analytical formulas for the first- and second-order sensitivity analysis are derived. The approach is based on a reduced nonparametric model, which has the form of a set of selected structural impulse responses. Such a model can be collected purely experimentally, which obviates the need for design and laborious updating of a parametric model, such as a finite element model. The approach is verified experimentally using a 26-node lab 3D truss structure and 30 identification cases of a single mass modification or two concurrent mass modifications.

Keywords:
Structural health monitoring (SHM), Nonparametric model, Inverse problem, Virtual distortion method (VDM), Structural reanalysis, Sensitivity analysis, Laplace domain

11.Pisarski D., Decentralized stabilization of semi-active vibrating structures, MECHANICAL SYSTEMS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING, ISSN: 0888-3270, DOI: 10.1016/j.ymssp.2017.08.003, Vol.100, pp.694-705, 2017
Pisarski D., Decentralized stabilization of semi-active vibrating structures, MECHANICAL SYSTEMS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING, ISSN: 0888-3270, DOI: 10.1016/j.ymssp.2017.08.003, Vol.100, pp.694-705, 2017

Abstract:
A novel method of decentralized structural vibration control is presented. The control is assumed to be realized by a semi-active device. The objective is to stabilize a vibrating system with the optimal rates of decrease of the energy. The controller relies on an easily implemented decentralized switched state-feedback control law. It uses a set of communication channels to exchange the state information between the neighboring subcontrollers. The performance of the designed method is validated by means of numerical experiments performed for a double cantilever system equipped with a set of elastomers with controlled viscoelastic properties. In terms of the assumed objectives, the proposed control strategy significantly outperforms the passive damping cases and is competitive with a standard centralized control. The presented methodology can be applied to a class of bilinear control systems concerned with smart structural elements.

Keywords:
structural control, decentralized control, smart structures, modular structures, stabilization

12.Habibi I., Cheong R., Lipniacki T., Levchenko A., Emamian E.S., Abdi A., Computation and measurement of cell decision making errors using single cell data, PLOS COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY, ISSN: 1553-734X, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005436, Vol.13, No.4, pp.e1005436-1-17, 2017
Habibi I., Cheong R., Lipniacki T., Levchenko A., Emamian E.S., Abdi A., Computation and measurement of cell decision making errors using single cell data, PLOS COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY, ISSN: 1553-734X, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005436, Vol.13, No.4, pp.e1005436-1-17, 2017

Abstract:
In this study a new computational method is developed to quantify decision making errors in cells, caused by noise and signaling failures. Analysis of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) signaling pathway which regulates the transcription factor Nuclear Factor κB (NF-κB) using this method identifies two types of incorrect cell decisions called false alarm and miss. These two events represent, respectively, declaring a signal which is not present and missing a signal that does exist. Using single cell experimental data and the developed method, we compute false alarm and miss error probabilities in wild-type cells and provide a formulation which shows how these metrics depend on the signal transduction noise level. We also show that in the presence of abnormalities in a cell, decision making processes can be significantly affected, compared to a wild-type cell, and the method is able to model and measure such effects. In the TNF—NF-κB pathway, the method computes and reveals changes in false alarm and miss probabilities in A20-deficient cells, caused by cell’s inability to inhibit TNF-induced NF-κB response. In biological terms, a higher false alarm metric in this abnormal TNF signaling system indicates perceiving more cytokine signals which in fact do not exist at the system input, whereas a higher miss metric indicates that it is highly likely to miss signals that actually exist. Overall, this study demonstrates the ability of the developed method for modeling cell decision making errors under normal and abnormal conditions, and in the presence of transduction noise uncertainty. Compared to the previously reported pathway capacity metric, our results suggest that the introduced decision error metrics characterize signaling failures more accurately. This is mainly because while capacity is a useful metric to study information transmission in signaling pathways, it does not capture the overlap between TNF-induced noisy response curves.

Keywords:
Decision making, Radar, Probability distribution, Transcription factors, Signal processing, Signal transduction, Signaling networks, Statistical signal processing

13.Moallemi S., Pietruszczak S., Mróz Z., Deterministic size effect in concrete structures with account for chemo-mechanical loading, COMPUTERS AND STRUCTURES, ISSN: 0045-7949, DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruc.2016.10.003, Vol.182, pp.74-86, 2017
Moallemi S., Pietruszczak S., Mróz Z., Deterministic size effect in concrete structures with account for chemo-mechanical loading, COMPUTERS AND STRUCTURES, ISSN: 0045-7949, DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruc.2016.10.003, Vol.182, pp.74-86, 2017

Abstract:
The work presented here is focused on examining the size effect in concrete structures subjected to different loading conditions, which include a chemo-mechanical interaction. The study involves extensive three dimensional finite element simulations, which incorporate a constitutive law with embedded discontinuity for tracing the propagation of damage pattern. The analysis deals with various mechanical scenarios that incorporate both a cohesive and frictional damage mechanism, as well as the effects of degradation of concrete triggered by continuing alkali-silica reaction (ASR). In the latter case, a chemo-plasticity framework is employed. The first set of simulations provides a deterministic assessment of the size effect in a series of three-point bending tests as well as compression tests. For continuing ASR, it is demonstrated that, by increasing the size of the structure, a spontaneous failure may occur under a sustained load. The numerical examples given here clearly show that the size effect is associated with propagation of localized damage whose rate is controlled by a suitably defined ‘characteristic length’.

Keywords:
Size effect, Alkali-silica reaction, 3D crack propagation, Embedded discontinuity model, Bifurcation analysis

14.Kubissa W., Glinicki M.A., Influence of internal relative humidity and mix design of radiation shielding concrete on air permeability index, CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS, ISSN: 0950-0618, DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2017.04.177, Vol.147, pp.352-361, 2017
Kubissa W., Glinicki M.A., Influence of internal relative humidity and mix design of radiation shielding concrete on air permeability index, CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS, ISSN: 0950-0618, DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2017.04.177, Vol.147, pp.352-361, 2017

Abstract:
The permeation properties of concrete are strongly influenced by the degree of saturation of capillary pores. Test results of the Autoclam air permeability index (API) of radiation shielding concrete are presented. Concrete specimens were made with CEM I and CEM III/A cements and special aggregates for radiation shielding: crushed barite, magnetite, serpentine and amphibolite. Two procedures of accelerated drying with simultaneous measurement of moisture distribution in the specimens were proposed. The specimens were tested at different RH levels from a fully saturated state to an oven dried state. The linear relationship between the API and RH was obtained. Effects of heavyweight and hydrogen-bearing aggregates on air permeability index were revealed.

Keywords:
Autoclam air permeability, Relative humidity, Heavyweight aggregate, Barite, Magnetite, Serpentine, Radiation shielding concrete, Slag cement

15.Labra C., Rojek J., Oñate E., Discrete/Finite Element Modelling of Rock Cutting with a TBM Disc Cutter, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, ISSN: 0723-2632, DOI: 10.1007/s00603-016-1133-7, Vol.50, pp.621-635, 2017
Labra C., Rojek J., Oñate E., Discrete/Finite Element Modelling of Rock Cutting with a TBM Disc Cutter, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, ISSN: 0723-2632, DOI: 10.1007/s00603-016-1133-7, Vol.50, pp.621-635, 2017

Abstract:
This paper presents advanced computer simulation of rock cutting process typical for excavation works in civil engineering. Theoretical formulation of the hybrid discrete/finite element model has been presented. The discrete and finite element methods have been used in different subdomains of a rock sample according to expected material behaviour, the part which is fractured and damaged during cutting is discretized with the discrete elements while the other part is treated as a continuous body and it is modelled using the finite element method. In this way, an optimum model is created, enabling a proper representation of the physical phenomena during cutting and efficient numerical computation. The model has been applied to simulation of the laboratory test of rock cutting with a single TBM (tunnel boring machine) disc cutter. The micromechanical parameters have been determined using the dimensionless relationships between micro- and macroscopic parameters. A number of numerical simulations of the LCM test in the unrelieved and relieved cutting modes have been performed. Numerical results have been compared with available data from in-situ measurements in a real TBM as well as with the theoretical predictions showing quite a good agreement. The numerical model has provided a new insight into the cutting mechanism enabling us to investigate the stress and pressure distribution at the tool–rock interaction. Sensitivity analysis of rock cutting performed for different parameters including disc geometry, cutting velocity, disc penetration and spacing has shown that the presented numerical model is a suitable tool for the design and optimization of rock cutting process.

Keywords:
Rock cutting, Disc cutters, TBM, Numerical model, Discrete/finite element method, Simulation

16.Kochańczyk M., Kocieniewski P., Kozłowska E., Jaruszewicz-Błońska J., Sparta B., Pargett M., Albeck J.G., Hlavacek W.S., Lipniacki T., Relaxation oscillations and hierarchy of feedbacks in MAPK signaling, Scientific Reports, ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/srep38244, Vol.7, No.38244, pp.1-15, 2017
Kochańczyk M., Kocieniewski P., Kozłowska E., Jaruszewicz-Błońska J., Sparta B., Pargett M., Albeck J.G., Hlavacek W.S., Lipniacki T., Relaxation oscillations and hierarchy of feedbacks in MAPK signaling, Scientific Reports, ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/srep38244, Vol.7, No.38244, pp.1-15, 2017

Abstract:
We formulated a computational model for a MAPK signaling cascade downstream of the EGF receptor to investigate how interlinked positive and negative feedback loops process EGF signals into ERK pulses of constant amplitude but dose-dependent duration and frequency. A positive feedback loop involving RAS and SOS, which leads to bistability and allows for switch-like responses to inputs, is nested within a negative feedback loop that encompasses RAS and RAF, MEK, and ERK that inhibits SOS via phosphorylation. This negative feedback, operating on a longer time scale, changes switch-like behavior into oscillations having a period of 1 hour or longer. Two auxiliary negative feedback loops, from ERK to MEK and RAF, placed downstream of the positive feedback, shape the temporal ERK activity profile but are dispensable for oscillations. Thus, the positive feedback introduces a hierarchy among negative feedback loops, such that the effect of a negative feedback depends on its position with respect to the positive feedback loop. Furthermore, a combination of the fast positive feedback involving slow-diffusing membrane components with slower negative feedbacks involving faster diffusing cytoplasmic components leads to local excitation/global inhibition dynamics, which allows the MAPK cascade to transmit paracrine EGF signals into spatially non-uniform ERK activity pulses.

Keywords:
MAPK signaling, Oscillations, Mathematical modelling

17.Krajewski M., Lee P.H., Wu S.H., Brzózka K., Małolepszy A., Stobiński L., Tokarczyk M., Kowalski G., Wąsik D., Nanocomposite composed of multiwall carbon nanotubes covered by hematite nanoparticles as anode material for Li-ion batteries, Electrochimica Acta, ISSN: 0013-4686, DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2017.01.051, Vol.228, pp.82-90, 2017
Krajewski M., Lee P.H., Wu S.H., Brzózka K., Małolepszy A., Stobiński L., Tokarczyk M., Kowalski G., Wąsik D., Nanocomposite composed of multiwall carbon nanotubes covered by hematite nanoparticles as anode material for Li-ion batteries, Electrochimica Acta, ISSN: 0013-4686, DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2017.01.051, Vol.228, pp.82-90, 2017

Abstract:
This work describes the detailed studies performed on the nanocomposite composed of chemically-modified multiwall carbon nanotubes covered by hematite nanoparticles which diameters vary from 10 nm to 70 nm. This nanomaterial was fabricated in two-steps facile chemical synthesis and was characterized with the use of several experimental techniques, such as: thermogravimetric analysis, differential thermal analysis, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and transmission Mössbauer spectroscopy in order to determine its structure precisely. Moreover, the investigated nanocomposite was tested as an anode material of Li-ion batteries. Its cycling performance was stable during 40 cycles, while its capacity was retained at the level of 330 and 230 mAh/g at the discharge/charge rate of 25 and 200 mA/g, respectively.

Keywords:
anode material, hematite, Li-ion battery, multiwall carbon nanotube, nanocomposite

18.Varga A., Ehrenreiter K., Aschenbrenner B., Kocieniewski P., Kochańczyk M., Lipniacki T., Baccarini M., RAF1/BRAF dimerization integrates the signal from RAS to ERK and ROKα, Science Signaling, ISSN: 1945-0877, DOI: 10.1126/scisignal.aai8482, Vol.10, No.469, pp.eaai8482-1-11, 2017
Varga A., Ehrenreiter K., Aschenbrenner B., Kocieniewski P., Kochańczyk M., Lipniacki T., Baccarini M., RAF1/BRAF dimerization integrates the signal from RAS to ERK and ROKα, Science Signaling, ISSN: 1945-0877, DOI: 10.1126/scisignal.aai8482, Vol.10, No.469, pp.eaai8482-1-11, 2017

Abstract:
Downstream of growth factor receptors and of the guanine triphosphatase (GTPase) RAS, heterodimers of the serine/threonine kinases BRAF and RAF1 are critical upstream kinases and activators of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) module containing the mitogen-activated and extracellular signal–regulated kinase kinase (MEK) and their targets, the extracellular signal–regulated kinase (ERK) family. Either direct or scaffold protein–mediated interactions among the components of the ERK module (the MAPKKKs BRAF and RAF1, MEK, and ERK) facilitate signal transmission. RAF1 also has essential functions in the control of tumorigenesis and migration that are mediated through its interaction with the kinase ROKα, an effector of the GTPase RHO and regulator of cytoskeletal rearrangements. We combined mutational and kinetic analysis with mathematical modeling to show that the interaction of RAF1 with ROKα is coordinated with the role of RAF1 in the ERK pathway. We found that the phosphorylated form of RAF1 that interacted with and inhibited ROKα was generated during the interaction of RAF1 with the ERK module. This mechanism adds plasticity to the ERK pathway, enabling signal diversification at the level of both ERK and RAF. Furthermore, by connecting ERK activation with the regulation of ROKα and cytoskeletal rearrangements by RAF1, this mechanism has the potential to precisely coordinate the proper timing of proliferation with changes in cell shape, adhesion, or motility.

Keywords:
MAPK pathway, kinase RAF, protein isoform, phosphorylation, mathematical modeling

19.Banach Z., Larecki W., Entropy-based mixed three-moment description of fermionic radiation transport in slab and spherical geometries, Kinetic and Related Models, ISSN: 1937-5093, DOI: 10.3934/krm.2017035, Vol.10, No.4, pp.879-900, 2017
Banach Z., Larecki W., Entropy-based mixed three-moment description of fermionic radiation transport in slab and spherical geometries, Kinetic and Related Models, ISSN: 1937-5093, DOI: 10.3934/krm.2017035, Vol.10, No.4, pp.879-900, 2017

Abstract:
The mixed three-moment hydrodynamic description of fermionic radiation transport based on the Boltzmann entropy optimization procedure is considered for the case of one-dimensional flows. The conditions for realizability of the mixed three moments chosen as the energy density and two partial heat fluxes are established. The domain of admissible values of those moments is determined and the existence of the solution to the optimization problem is proved. Here, the standard approaches related to either the truncated Hausdorff or Markov moment problems do not apply because the non-negative fermionic distribution function, denoted f, must satisfy the inequality f _ 1 and, at the same time, there are three different intervals of integration in the integral formulae defining the mixed moments. The hydrodynamic equations are obtained in the form of the symmetric hyperbolic system for the Lagrange multipliers of the optimization problem with constraints. The potentials generating this system are explicitly determined as dilogarithm and trilogarithm functions of the Lagrange multipliers. The invertibility of the relation between moments and Lagrange multipliers is proved. However, the inverse relations cannot be determined in a closed analytic form. Using the H-theorem for the radiative transfer equation, it is shown that the derived system of hydrodynamic radiation equations has as a consequence an additional balance law with a non-negative source term.

Keywords:
Fermionic radiation, mixed moments, moment realizability domain, entropy optimization problem, symmetric hyperbolicity

20.Bollero A., Rial J., Villanueva M., Golasiński K.M., Seoane A., Almunia J., Altimira R., Recycling of Strontium Ferrite Waste in a Permanent Magnet Manufacturing Plant, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, ISSN: 2168-0485, DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b03053, Vol.5, No.4, pp.3243-3249, 2017
Bollero A., Rial J., Villanueva M., Golasiński K.M., Seoane A., Almunia J., Altimira R., Recycling of Strontium Ferrite Waste in a Permanent Magnet Manufacturing Plant, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, ISSN: 2168-0485, DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b03053, Vol.5, No.4, pp.3243-3249, 2017

Abstract:
Residues resulting from the manufacture of strontium ferrite magnets have been recycled for further use in magnet fabrication instead of disposal as waste. The quality of the recycled ferrite powder has been tested and compared to that of the new starting ferrite material. The magnetic properties of the recycled powder not only match those of the starting material acquired by the company for the production of magnets but exceed them. A coercivity value 3.5 times larger than that of the new starting ferrite powder, accompanied by a 25% increase in remanence, makes this material a new and improved ferrite product to re-enter the production chain in the factory with an extended applications range. This improvement is proven to be due to tuning of the morphology and microstructure through processing and subsequent heat treatment. The use of processing conditions in the same range as those typically used in the preparation of ferrite powders and magnets, in combination with the superior magnetic quality of the resulting powders, makes this method a suitable path to guarantee sustainability and an efficient use of resources in permanent magnet companies.

Keywords:
Ferrites, Permanent magnets; Recovery; Recycling; Sustainability

21.Jarząbek D.M., Milczarek M., Wojciechowski T., Dziekoński C., Chmielewski M., The effect of metal coatings on the interfacial bonding strength of ceramics to copper in sintered Cu-SiC composites, CERAMICS INTERNATIONAL, ISSN: 0272-8842, DOI: 10.1016/j.ceramint.2017.01.056, pp.1-9, 2017
Jarząbek D.M., Milczarek M., Wojciechowski T., Dziekoński C., Chmielewski M., The effect of metal coatings on the interfacial bonding strength of ceramics to copper in sintered Cu-SiC composites, CERAMICS INTERNATIONAL, ISSN: 0272-8842, DOI: 10.1016/j.ceramint.2017.01.056, pp.1-9, 2017

Abstract:
Cu-SiC composites are very promising materials which have high thermal and electrical conductivity and may find many applications. Unfortunately, the main disadvantage of these materials is the dissolution of silicon in copper at elevated temperature, which significantly reduces their properties. In order to overcome this problem particles can be coated with a protective material before sintering. In this paper– the influence of three different metallic coatings on bonding strength were investigated. SiC particles were coated with tungsten, chromium or titanium. As reference a material with uncoated particles was prepared. The experiments were carried out with the use of microtensile tester. The highest increase in strength was observed in the case of chromium coating. On the other hand, the titanium coating, which was of very poor quality, decrease the bonding strength in comparison with uncoated particles. Furthermore, scanning electron and optical microscopes were used to determine the mechanism of debonding.

Keywords:
Interfacial bonding strength, Metal matrix composites, Tensile strength, Silicon carbide particles

22.Gradys A., Geometrical effects during crystallization under confinement in electrospun core-shell fibers. DSC study of crystallization kinetics, POLYMER, ISSN: 0032-3861, DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2016.12.009, Vol.108, pp.383-394, 2017
Gradys A., Geometrical effects during crystallization under confinement in electrospun core-shell fibers. DSC study of crystallization kinetics, POLYMER, ISSN: 0032-3861, DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2016.12.009, Vol.108, pp.383-394, 2017

Abstract:
Calorimetric studies on poly(ethylene glycol) Mn = 400 g/mol, encapsulated in polystyrene fibers show non-trivial crystallization behavior. Analysis, assuming constant Avrami exponent n, is unsuitable. Approach allowing for changes in the exponent n, requires assumption of the crystallization rate function, derived from the nucleation theory. Changes in Avrami exponent n, follow the changes in geometry of crystal growth and in nucleation mechanisms. Crystallization in micrometer fibers starts from heterogeneous nucleation with three-dimensional crystal growth e as in bulk e but changes to two and one-dimensional, terminated by homogeneous nucleation. For bulk and in 1 and 0.6 micron thick fibers, the approach evidences similar thermodynamic parameters. In 0.6 micron thick fibers, crystallization rate is lower due to higher energy barrier for diffusion, ED = 10 kJ/mol versus 8.7 kJ/mol for bulk and 1 micron thick fibers. Additionally, fiber thickness depends not only on parameters of the electrospinning process but also on the thermal history.

Keywords:
Core-shell fibers, Confinement effects, Crystallization kinetics, DSC, Polyethylene glycol

23.Urbanek O., Sajkiewicz P., Pierini F., The effect of polarity in the electrospinning process on PCL/chitosan nanofibres' structure, properties and efficiency of surface modification, POLYMER, ISSN: 0032-3861, DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2017.07.064, Vol.124, pp.168-175, 2017
Urbanek O., Sajkiewicz P., Pierini F., The effect of polarity in the electrospinning process on PCL/chitosan nanofibres' structure, properties and efficiency of surface modification, POLYMER, ISSN: 0032-3861, DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2017.07.064, Vol.124, pp.168-175, 2017

Abstract:
The aim of this research was to study the effect of charge polarity applied to the spinning nozzle on the structure and properties of polycaprolactone/chitosan (PCL/CHT) blends, in particular the efficiency of further surface modification by chondroitin sulphate (CS). The observed differences in the morphology and properties of fibres formed at different polarities were interpreted in terms of molecular interactions occurring in the system. FTIR results indicate stronger PCL-chitosan interactions at negative polarity, resulting in lower PCL crystallinity and crystal size distribution determined by DSC, as well as lower wettability. The charge polarity influences PCL/CHT fibre morphology and tailors some of their properties, e.g. wettability, mechanical properties and the efficiency of surface modification. Better efficiency of CS attachment was observed at negative polarity using atomic force microscopy (AFM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is most probably related to higher chitosan content at the fibres' surface being attracted by the negative external potential.

Keywords:
Polycaprolactone/chitosan nanofibres, Charge potential effect in electrospinning, Polycaprolactone-chitosan interactions

24.Pieczyska E.A., Staszczak M., Kowalczyk-Gajewska K., Maj M., Golasiński K., Golba S., Tobushi H., Hayashi S., Experimental and numerical investigation of yielding phenomena in a shape memory polymer subjected to cyclic tension at various strain rates, POLYMER TESTING, ISSN: 0142-9418, DOI: 10.1016/j.polymertesting.2017.04.014, Vol.60, pp.333-342, 2017
Pieczyska E.A., Staszczak M., Kowalczyk-Gajewska K., Maj M., Golasiński K., Golba S., Tobushi H., Hayashi S., Experimental and numerical investigation of yielding phenomena in a shape memory polymer subjected to cyclic tension at various strain rates, POLYMER TESTING, ISSN: 0142-9418, DOI: 10.1016/j.polymertesting.2017.04.014, Vol.60, pp.333-342, 2017

Abstract:
This paper presents experimental and numerical results of a polyurethane shape memory polymer (SMP) subjected to cyclic tensile loading. The goal was to investigate the polymer yielding phenomena based on the effects of thermomechanical coupling. Mechanical characteristics were obtained with a testing machine, whereas the SMP temperature accompanying its deformation process was simultaneously measured in a contactless manner with an infrared camera. The SMP glass transition temperature was approximately 45oC; therefore, when tested at room temperature, the polymer is rigid and behaves as solid material. The stress and related temperature changes at various strain rates showed how the SMP yield limit evolved in subsequent loading-unloading cycles under various strain rates. A two-phase model of the SMP was applied to describe its mechanical response in cyclic tension. The 3D Finite Element model of a tested specimen was used in simulations. Good agreement between the model predictions and experimental results was observed for the first tension cycle.

Keywords:
Shape memory polymer, Tension cyclic loading, Thermomechanical coupling, Yield limit, Thermoelastic effect, Constitutive model

25.Zajączkowska U., Kucharski S., Nowak Z., Grabowska K., Morphometric and mechanical characteristics of Equisetum hyemale stem enhance its vibration, PLANTA, ISSN: 0032-0935, DOI: 10.1007/s00425-017-2648-1, Vol.245, No.4, pp.835-848, 2017
Zajączkowska U., Kucharski S., Nowak Z., Grabowska K., Morphometric and mechanical characteristics of Equisetum hyemale stem enhance its vibration, PLANTA, ISSN: 0032-0935, DOI: 10.1007/s00425-017-2648-1, Vol.245, No.4, pp.835-848, 2017

Abstract:
The order of the internodes, and their geometry and mechanical characteristics influence the capability of theEquisetumstem to vibrate, potentially stimulating spore liberation at the optimum stress setting along the stem.
Equisetum hyemale L. plants represent a special example of cellular solid construction with mechanical stability achieved by a high second moment of area and relatively high resistance against local buckling. We proposed the hypothesis that the order of E. hyemale L. stem internodes, their geometry and mechanical characteristics influence the capability of the stem to vibrate, stimulating spore liberation at the minimum stress setting value along the stem. An analysis of apex vibration was done based on videos presenting the behavior of an Equisetum clump filmed in a wind tunnel and also as a result of excitation by bending the stem by 20°. We compared these data with the vibrations of stems of the same size but deprived of the three topmost internodes. Also, we created a finite element model (FEM), upon which we have based the ‘natural’ stem vibration as a copy of the real object, ‘random’ with reshuffled internodes and ‘uniform’, created as one tube with the characters averaged from all internodes. The natural internode arrangement influences the frequency and amplitude of the apex vibration, maintaining an equal stress distribution in the stem, which may influence the capability for efficient spore spreading.

Keywords:
Mechanical properties, Plant biomechanics, Segmented structure, Stem vibration, Stress distribution, Wind

26.Guzik M.N., Golasiński K.M., Pedrosa F.J., Jenuš P., Bollero A., Hauback B.C., Deledda S., Influence of ultra-short cryomilling on the microstructural andmagnetic properties of cobalt ferrite, JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS, ISSN: 0925-8388, DOI: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2017.05.290, Vol.721, pp.440-448, 2017
Guzik M.N., Golasiński K.M., Pedrosa F.J., Jenuš P., Bollero A., Hauback B.C., Deledda S., Influence of ultra-short cryomilling on the microstructural andmagnetic properties of cobalt ferrite, JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS, ISSN: 0925-8388, DOI: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2017.05.290, Vol.721, pp.440-448, 2017

Abstract:
The impact of ultra-short milling at liquid nitrogen temperatures on structural and magnetic properties of cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) powders has been explored for the first time. Cryomilling for only up to 9 min increases the coercivity of the isotropic powder from 139 to 306 kA/m (1.74–3.85 kOe) and results in its modifications comparable with milling for hours at room temperature. A thermal treatment of processed CoFe2O4 enables further optimization of powder magnetic properties and leads to a high value of energy product (13.5 kJ/m3) for the sample treated at 600 °C. Systematic studies, comprising analysis of structural and microstructural properties, based on synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy demonstrate the high efficiency of cryomilling in reduction of crystallite sizes and formation of lattice strain in the processed cobalt ferrite samples.

Keywords:
Cryomilling, Cobalt ferrite, Magnetic properties

27.Wójcik J., Gambin B., Theoretical and numerical aspects of nonlinear reflection–transmission phenomena in acoustics, Applied Mathematical Modelling, ISSN: 0307-904X, DOI: 10.1016/j.apm.2016.10.026, Vol.42, pp.100-113, 2017
Wójcik J., Gambin B., Theoretical and numerical aspects of nonlinear reflection–transmission phenomena in acoustics, Applied Mathematical Modelling, ISSN: 0307-904X, DOI: 10.1016/j.apm.2016.10.026, Vol.42, pp.100-113, 2017

Abstract:
Equations of nonlinear acoustic wave motion in a non-classical lossy medium are used to derive generalised formulas describing the phenomena of reflection and transmission. Integral, non-local operators that are caused by the nonlinear effects in wave propagation and occur in reflection and transmission formulas are given in a form in which classical linear reflection and transmission coefficients are explicitly separated. Numerical calculations are performed for a simplified, one-dimensional wave travelling in a lossless medium. These simplifications reveal the pure effect of the impact of nonlinearities on the reflection and transmission phenomena. We consider adjacent media with different properties to illustrate various aspects of the problem. In particular, even if two media have the same linear impedance and the same material modules of the third order, we observe an explicit effect of the nonlinearity on the reflection phenomenon. The theoretical predictions are confirmed qualitatively by numerical calculations based on the finite difference time domain method.

Keywords:
Non-linear sound wave, Non-linear reflection, Non-classical absorption, Soft tissues

28.Graczykowski C., Pawłowski P., Exact physical model of magnetorheological damper, Applied Mathematical Modelling, ISSN: 0307-904X, DOI: 10.1016/j.apm.2017.02.035, Vol.47, pp.400-424, 2017
Graczykowski C., Pawłowski P., Exact physical model of magnetorheological damper, Applied Mathematical Modelling, ISSN: 0307-904X, DOI: 10.1016/j.apm.2017.02.035, Vol.47, pp.400-424, 2017

Abstract:
This paper attempts to fill the gap in the literature by introducing and discussing an enhanced physical model of the MR damper. The essence of the presented model is to combine the effect of compressibility of the MR fluid enclosed in each chamber with the effect of blocking the flow between the chambers in the case of a low pressure difference. As it will be shown, the concurrence of both considered phenomena significantly affects mechanical behaviour of the damper, influences its dissipative characteristics, and in particular, it is the reason behind the distinctive ‘z-shaped’ force–velocity hysteresis loops observed in experiments. The paper presents explanation of the observed phenomena, detailed derivation of the thermodynamic equations governing response of the damper, their implementation for various constitutive models of the magnetorheological fluid and, finally, formulation of the corresponding reduced and parametric models. Experimental validation shows that proper identification of physical parameters of the proposed mathematical model yields the correct shapes of force–velocity hysteresis loops.

Keywords:
Magnetorheological fluid dampers, Smart fluids, Hysteresis modelling

29.Witecka A., Yamamoto A., Święszkowski W., Influence of SaOS-2 cells on corrosion behavior of cast Mg-2.0Zn0.98Mn magnesium alloy, COLLOIDS AND SURFACES B-BIOINTERFACES, ISSN: 0927-7765, DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfb.2016.10.041, Vol.150, pp.288-296, 2017
Witecka A., Yamamoto A., Święszkowski W., Influence of SaOS-2 cells on corrosion behavior of cast Mg-2.0Zn0.98Mn magnesium alloy, COLLOIDS AND SURFACES B-BIOINTERFACES, ISSN: 0927-7765, DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfb.2016.10.041, Vol.150, pp.288-296, 2017

Abstract:
In this research, the effect of the presence of living cells (SaOS-2) on in vitro degradation of Mg-2.0Zn-0.98Mn (ZM21) magnesium alloy was examined by two methods simple immersion/cell culture tests and electrochemical measurements (electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and potentiodynamic polarization) under cell culture conditions. In immersion/cell culture tests, when SaOS-2 cells were cultured on ZM21 samples, pH of cell culture medium decreased, therefore weight loss and Mg2+ ion release from the samples increased. Electrochemical measurements revealed the presence of living cells increased corrosion rate (Icorr) and decreased polarization resistance (Rp) after 48 h of incubation. This acceleration of ZM21 corrosion can mainly be attributed to the decrease of medium pH due to cellular metabolic activities.

Keywords:
Biodegradable metals, Biomaterials, Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, Immersion, Cell culture condition

30.Korol E., Tejchman J., Mróz Z., Experimental and numerical assessment of size effect in geometrically similar slender concrete beams with basalt reinforcement, ENGINEERING STRUCTURES, ISSN: 0141-0296, DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2017.03.011, Vol.141, pp.272-291, 2017
Korol E., Tejchman J., Mróz Z., Experimental and numerical assessment of size effect in geometrically similar slender concrete beams with basalt reinforcement, ENGINEERING STRUCTURES, ISSN: 0141-0296, DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2017.03.011, Vol.141, pp.272-291, 2017

Abstract:
The paper presents a comprehensive experimental and numerical analysis of slender rectangular reinforced concrete beams with longitudinal BFRP bars without shear reinforcement subjected to 3-point bending. The experiments included 4 different beams which were similar in two directions. The main research objective was to investigate the size effect on the nominal shear strength of beams. The detailed experimental analysis of beam strength, failure mode and cracking evolution was presented and compared with previous test results on beams reinforced by ordinary steel bears. The experiments with BFRP bars were numerically reproduced using the 2D finite element method based on a coupled elastic-plastic-damage formulation. In order to describe strain localization in concrete, a non-local constitutive model was applied with account for a characteristic length of micro-structure developing in the softening regime. The numerical results were in satisfactory agreement with the experimental data. Advantages and disadvantages of BFRP reinforcement in concrete beams were next outlined.

Keywords:
BFRP bars, Concrete, Elastic-plastic-damage, Non-local softening, Shear, Size effect, Strain localization

31.Kiełczyński P., Szalewski M., Balcerzak A., Wieja K., Rostocki A., Ptasznik S., Evaluation of High-Pressure Thermophysical Parameters of the Diacylglycerol (DAG) Oil Using Ultrasonic Waves, Food and Bioprocess Technology, ISSN: 1935-5130, DOI: 10.1007/s11947-016-1827-6, Vol.10, No.2, pp.358-369, 2017
Kiełczyński P., Szalewski M., Balcerzak A., Wieja K., Rostocki A., Ptasznik S., Evaluation of High-Pressure Thermophysical Parameters of the Diacylglycerol (DAG) Oil Using Ultrasonic Waves, Food and Bioprocess Technology, ISSN: 1935-5130, DOI: 10.1007/s11947-016-1827-6, Vol.10, No.2, pp.358-369, 2017

Abstract:
Modeling of high-pressure technological processes in the food industry requires knowledge of thermophysical parameters of processed foodstuffs in a broad range of pressures and temperatures. However, the high-pressure thermophysical parameters of foodstuffs are very rarely published in the literature. Therefore, further research is necessary to achieve a deeper insight into the biophysical and thermophysical phenomena under pressure to provide better control of technological processes and optimize the effects of pressure. The essential goal of this work is to evaluate the impact of high pressure and temperature on the thermophysical parameters of liquid foodstuffs on the example of diacylglycerol (DAG) oil (which attracted recently a considerable attention from research and industrial communities due to its remarkable benefits for health), using ultrasonic wave velocity and density measurements. Isotherms of adiabatic and isothermal compressibility, isobaric thermal expansion coefficient, internal pressure, and thermal pressure coefficient versus pressure were evaluated, based on the measurement of the compressional ultrasonic wave velocity and density of DAG oil at high pressures (up to 500 MPa) and at various temperatures. The adiabatic compressibility is affected mostly by the changes of pressure, i.e., it grows about four times when the pressure increases from the atmospheric pressure (0.1 MPa) to 400 MPa at a temperature of 50 °C. By contrast, the internal pressure is a pronounced function of the temperature, i.e., it increases six times when the temperature rises from 20 to 50 °C at a pressure of a 200 MPa. To perform numerical calculations, it was convenient to introduce a Tammann–Tait type equation of state to approximate the measured density isotherms of the investigated DAG oil. The results obtained in this paper can be applied in modeling and optimization of high-pressure technological processes and processing of foodstuffs. Evaluation of high-pressure isotherms of the considered thermophysical parameters of the DAG oil is an original authors’ contribution to the state-of-the-art.

Keywords:
High-pressure food processing, Diacylglycerols, Thermophysical parameters, Isothermal compressibility, Isobaric thermal expansion coefficient, Ultrasonic methods

32.Jarecki L., Misztal-Faraj B., Non-linear stress-orientation behavior of flexible chain polymers under fast elongational flow, EUROPEAN POLYMER JOURNAL, ISSN: 0014-3057, DOI: 10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2017.08.028, Vol.95, pp.368-381, 2017
Jarecki L., Misztal-Faraj B., Non-linear stress-orientation behavior of flexible chain polymers under fast elongational flow, EUROPEAN POLYMER JOURNAL, ISSN: 0014-3057, DOI: 10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2017.08.028, Vol.95, pp.368-381, 2017

Abstract:
Closed-form analytical formulas are proposed for non-linear stress-orientation relation valid in the entire range of tensile stresses, intermediate and high, basing on the inverse Langevin chain statistics. Tensile force and orientation characteristics for single, flexible chain macromolecule are reconsidered in a closed-form Padè approximation of the inverse Langevin function in the entire range of chain extensions, as well as the dynamics of molecular deformation and orientation
for systems of chains subjected to uniaxial elongational flow. Average stress and orientation tensors, not collinear in the non-linear range, as well as the tensile stress and axial orientation factor of the chain segments in the system are calculated. For the intermediate tensile stresses, the closed-form formula is derived in the first non-Gaussian term approximation of the inverse Langevin function with the assumption of dominating longitudinal elongation of the chains. The high-stress non-linearity formula is derived with the Padè and Peterlin modulus approximations and aligned chain end-to-end vectors by the flow. Both formulas are validated by exact numerical calculations without the assumptions and influence of the approximations is estimated. Ranges of applicability of the formulas are illustrated and examples of their application are presented.

Keywords:
Molecular orientation, Tensile stress, Non-linear stress-orientation behavior, Elongational flow, Langevin chain statistics

33.Petryk H., Stupkiewicz S., Kucharski S., On direct estimation of hardening exponent in crystal plasticity from the spherical indentation test, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOLIDS AND STRUCTURES, ISSN: 0020-7683, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2016.09.025, Vol.112, pp.209-221, 2017
Petryk H., Stupkiewicz S., Kucharski S., On direct estimation of hardening exponent in crystal plasticity from the spherical indentation test, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOLIDS AND STRUCTURES, ISSN: 0020-7683, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2016.09.025, Vol.112, pp.209-221, 2017

Abstract:
A novel methodology is proposed for estimating the strain hardening exponent of a metal single crystal directly from the spherical indentation test, without the need of solving the relevant inverse problem. The attention is focused on anisotropic piling-up and sinking-in that occur simultaneously in different directions, in contrast to the standard case of axial symmetry for isotropic materials. To correlate surface topography parameters with the value of material hardening exponent, a finite-element study of spherical indentation has been performed within a selected penetration depth range using a finite-strain crystal plasticity model. It is shown how the power-law hardening exponent can be estimated from the measured pile-up/sink-in pattern around the residual impression after indentation in a (001)-oriented fcc single crystal of a small initial yield stress. For this purpose, a new parameter of surface topography is defined as the normalized material volume displaced around the nominal contact zone, calculated by integration of the local residual height (positive or negative) over a centered circular ring. That indicator can be easily determined from an experimental topography map available in a digital form. Comparison is made with the estimates based on measurements of the contact area and the slope of the load–penetration depth curve in logarithmic coordinates. The proposed methodology is extended to estimation of the hardening exponent simultaneously with the initial yield stress when the latter is not negligible. Experimental verification for a Cu single crystal leads to promising conclusions.

Keywords:
Metal crystal, Elastoplasticity, Finite deformation, Strain hardening, Experimental identification

34.Sławianowski J.J., Kovalchuk V., Gołubowska B., Martens A., Rożko E.E., Mechanics of affine bodies. Towards affine dynamical symmetry, JOURNAL OF MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS AND APPLICATIONS, ISSN: 0022-247X, DOI: 10.1016/j.jmaa.2016.08.042, Vol.446, pp.493-520, 2017
Sławianowski J.J., Kovalchuk V., Gołubowska B., Martens A., Rożko E.E., Mechanics of affine bodies. Towards affine dynamical symmetry, JOURNAL OF MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS AND APPLICATIONS, ISSN: 0022-247X, DOI: 10.1016/j.jmaa.2016.08.042, Vol.446, pp.493-520, 2017

Abstract:
In this paper we discuss certain dynamical models of affine bodies, including problems of partial separability and integrability. There are some reasons to expect that the suggested models are dynamically viable and that on the fundamental level of physical phenomena the “large” affine symmetry of dynamical laws is more justified and desirable than the restricted invariance under isometries.

Keywords:
Homogeneous deformation, structured media, affinely-invariant dynamics, elastic vibrations encoded in kinetic energy, Calogero-Moser and Sutherland integrable lattices

35.Piotrowski L., Chmielewski M., Kowalewski Z.L., The Dominant Influence of Plastic Deformation Induced Residual Stress on the Barkhausen Effect Signal in Martensitic Steels, JOURNAL OF NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION, ISSN: 0195-9298, DOI: 10.1007/s10921-016-0389-x, Vol.36, No.10, pp.1-8, 2017
Piotrowski L., Chmielewski M., Kowalewski Z.L., The Dominant Influence of Plastic Deformation Induced Residual Stress on the Barkhausen Effect Signal in Martensitic Steels, JOURNAL OF NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION, ISSN: 0195-9298, DOI: 10.1007/s10921-016-0389-x, Vol.36, No.10, pp.1-8, 2017

Abstract:
The paper presents the results of investigation of the influence of plastic deformation on the magnetic properties of martensitic steel (P91 grade). The properties of the hysteresis loops as well as of the Barkhausen effect (BE) signal are analysed for both tensile and compressive loading up to ε=10% of plastic deformation. The choice of the steel and of the deformation range is unique, since for such combination one can expect high residual stresses (both compressive and tensile) in the material that does not exhibit saturation of the BE intensity as a function of elastic stress. The obtained relationships show that for the low level of deformation the dislocation density changes may play a dominant role, yet for higher deformation level the residual stress becomes a dominant factor. It leads to the strong decrease of the BE signal for tensile deformation and an increase for the case of compression. It agrees well with the assumption that the tensile plastic deformation results in the compressive stresses appearance in the soft (magnetically active) sub-regions of the material whereas for the compression one can expect a residual stress of a tensile nature in those areas. Both deformation modes result in the increase of coercivity of the samples, yet the increase observed for the tensile deformation is significantly higher since both the residual compressive stress and increase of dislocation density have a strong effect on the material coercivity. The change of the hysteresis loops steepness agrees well with the notion of the dominant role of residual stresses too.

Keywords:
Barkhausen effect, Plastic deformation, Residual stress, Magnetic hysteresis, Coercivity

36.Makowska K., Piotrowski L., Kowalewski Z.L., Prediction of the Mechanical Properties of P91 Steel by Means of Magneto-acoustic Emission and Acoustic Birefringence, JOURNAL OF NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION, ISSN: 0195-9298, DOI: 10.1007/s10921-017-0421-9, Vol.36, No.2, pp.43/1-43/10, 2017
Makowska K., Piotrowski L., Kowalewski Z.L., Prediction of the Mechanical Properties of P91 Steel by Means of Magneto-acoustic Emission and Acoustic Birefringence, JOURNAL OF NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION, ISSN: 0195-9298, DOI: 10.1007/s10921-017-0421-9, Vol.36, No.2, pp.43/1-43/10, 2017

Abstract:
The paper describes an application of non-destructive volumetric magnetic and ultrasonic techniques for evaluation of the selected mechanical parameter variations of P91 steel having direct influence on its suitability for further use in critical components used in power plants. Two different types of deformation processes were carried out. First, a series of the P91 steel specimens was subjected to creep and second, one to plastic deformation in order to achieve the material with an increasing strain level up to 10%. Subsequently, non-destructive and destructive tests were performed. Magnetic methods based on measurements of magnetoacoustic emission and magnetic hysteresis loop changes as well as the ultrasonic method based on acoustic birefringence measurements, were applied. Finally, the static tensile tests were carried out in order to evaluate the mechanical parameters. It is shown that some relationships between the selected parameters coming from the non-destructive and destructive tests may be formulated.

Keywords:
Creep, Plastic deformation, Acoustic birefringence, Magnetoacoustic emission, Magnetic hysteresis loop

37.Bajer C.I., Pisarski D., Szmidt T., Dyniewicz B., Intelligent damping layer under a plate subjected to a pair of masses moving in opposite directions, JOURNAL OF SOUND AND VIBRATION, ISSN: 0022-460X, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsv.2017.01.046, Vol.394, pp.333-347, 2017
Bajer C.I., Pisarski D., Szmidt T., Dyniewicz B., Intelligent damping layer under a plate subjected to a pair of masses moving in opposite directions, JOURNAL OF SOUND AND VIBRATION, ISSN: 0022-460X, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsv.2017.01.046, Vol.394, pp.333-347, 2017

Abstract:
Reducing displacements of a plate vibrating under a pair of masses traveling in opposite directions can be improved by adding a smart subsoil instead of a classical damping layer. We propose a material that acts according to the instantaneous state of the plate, i.e., its displacements and velocity. Such an intelligent damping layer reduces vertical displacements even by 40%–60%, depending on the type of load and the assumed objective function. Existing materials enable the application of the proposed layer in a semi-active mode. The passive mode can be applied with materials exhibiting direction-dependent viscosity.

Keywords:
Plate vibration, Moving load, Intelligent damping layer, Semi-active damping

38.Szmidt T., Pisarski D., Bajer C.I., Dyniewicz B., Double-beam cantilever structure with embedded intelligent damping block: Dynamics and control, JOURNAL OF SOUND AND VIBRATION, ISSN: 0022-460X, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsv.2017.04.033, Vol.401, pp.127-138, 2017
Szmidt T., Pisarski D., Bajer C.I., Dyniewicz B., Double-beam cantilever structure with embedded intelligent damping block: Dynamics and control, JOURNAL OF SOUND AND VIBRATION, ISSN: 0022-460X, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsv.2017.04.033, Vol.401, pp.127-138, 2017

Abstract:
In this paper, a semi-active method to control the vibrations of twin beams connected at their tips by a smart damping element is investigated. The damping element can be made of a magnetorheological elastomer or a smart material of another type, for instance, vacuum packed particles. What is crucial is the ability to modify the storage and loss moduli of the damping block by means of devices attached directly to the vibrating structure. First, a simple dynamical model of the system is proposed. The continuous model is discretized using the Galerkin procedure. Then, a practical state-feedback control law is developed. The control strategy aims at achieving the best instantaneous energy dissipation of the system. Numerical simulations confirm its effectiveness in reducing free vibrations. The proposed control strategy appears to be robust in the sense that its application does not require any knowledge of the initial conditions imposed on the structure, and its performance is better than passive solutions, especially for the system induced in the first mode.

Keywords:
Vibration control, Double-beam structure, Sandwich beam, Magnetorheological elastomer, Semi-active damping, Stabilization

39.Zieliński T.G., Microstructure representations for sound absorbing fibrous media: 3D and 2D multiscale modelling and experiments, JOURNAL OF SOUND AND VIBRATION, ISSN: 0022-460X, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsv.2017.07.047, Vol.409, pp.112-130, 2017
Zieliński T.G., Microstructure representations for sound absorbing fibrous media: 3D and 2D multiscale modelling and experiments, JOURNAL OF SOUND AND VIBRATION, ISSN: 0022-460X, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsv.2017.07.047, Vol.409, pp.112-130, 2017

Abstract:
The paper proposes and investigates computationally-efficient microstructure representations for sound absorbing fibrous media. Three-dimensional volume elements involving non-trivial periodic arrangements of straight fibres are examined as well as simple two-dimensional cells. It has been found that a simple 2D quasi-representative cell can provide similar predictions as a volume element which is in general much more geometrically accurate for typical fibrous materials. The multiscale modelling allowed to determine the effective speeds and damping of acoustic waves propagating in such media, which brings up a discussion
on the correlation between the speed, penetration range and attenuation of sound waves. Original experiments on manufactured copper-wire samples are presented and the microstructure-based calculations of acoustic absorption are compared with the corresponding experimental results. In fact, the comparison suggested the microstructure modifications leading to representations with non-uniformly distributed fibres.

Keywords:
sound absorption, fibrous materials, multiscale modelling, microstructure representations

40.Dyniewicz B., Pisarski D., Bajer C.I., Vibrations of a Mindlin plate subjected to a pair of inertial loads moving in opposite directions, JOURNAL OF SOUND AND VIBRATION, ISSN: 0022-460X, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsv.2016.09.027, Vol.386, pp.265-282, 2017
Dyniewicz B., Pisarski D., Bajer C.I., Vibrations of a Mindlin plate subjected to a pair of inertial loads moving in opposite directions, JOURNAL OF SOUND AND VIBRATION, ISSN: 0022-460X, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsv.2016.09.027, Vol.386, pp.265-282, 2017

Abstract:
A Mindlin plate subjected to a pair of inertial loads traveling at a constant high speed in opposite directions along arbitrary trajectory, straight or curved, is presented. The masses represent vehicles passing a bridge or track plates. A numerical solution is obtained using the space–time finite element method, since it allows a clear and simple derivation of the characteristic matrices of the time-stepping procedure. The transition from one spatial finite element to another must be energetically consistent. In the case of the moving inertial load the classical time-integration schemes are methodologically difficult, since we consider the Dirac delta term with a moving argument. The proposed numerical approach provides the correct definition of force equilibrium in the time interval. The given approach closes the problem of the numerical analysis of vibration of a structure subjected to inertial loads moving arbitrarily with acceleration. The results obtained for a massless and an inertial load traveling over a Mindlin plate at various speeds are compared with benchmark results obtained for a Kirchhoff plate. The pair of inertial forces traveling in opposite directions causes displacements and stresses more than twice as large as their corresponding quantities observed for the passage of a single mass.

Keywords:
Mindlin plate, Mass moving at varying speed, Arbitrary trajectory, Inertial load, Space–time finite element method

41.Pakdel A., Witecka A., Rydzek G., Shri D.N.A., A comprehensive microstructural analysis of Al–WC micro- and nano-composites prepared by spark plasma sintering, MATERIALS AND DESIGN, ISSN: 0261-3069, DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2017.01.064, Vol.119, pp.225-234, 2017
Pakdel A., Witecka A., Rydzek G., Shri D.N.A., A comprehensive microstructural analysis of Al–WC micro- and nano-composites prepared by spark plasma sintering, MATERIALS AND DESIGN, ISSN: 0261-3069, DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2017.01.064, Vol.119, pp.225-234, 2017

Abstract:
There have been many investigations on metal matrix microcomposites produced by conventional casting routes; however, in the past decade, the focus has shifted more toward nanocomposites produced via solid state routes. To have a realistic view of performance prediction and optimum design of such composites, in this work Al matrix composites (AMCs) reinforced with WC microparticles, nanoparticles, and bimodal micro-/nano-particles were prepared by spark plasma sintering. The effects of particle size and concentration, and process variables (i.e. sintering temperature, duration, and pressure) on the evolution of microstructure, density and hardness of the composites were studied comprehensively. Full densification of AMCs with high particle concentration was problematic because of ceramic cluster formations in the microstructure. This effect was more emphasized in AMCs containing nanoparticles. AMCs with microparticles were more easily densified, but their hardness benefits were inferior. On the other hand, the mixture of micro- and nano-particles in Al-WC bimodal composites led to better matrix reinforcement integrity and an overall improvement in the microstructural properties. Finally, increasing the sintering temperature improved the microstructural features and hardness of the composites (more enhanced in high wt.% samples), but sintering duration and pressure did not have a big impact on the composite properties.

Keywords:
Composite, Nanoparticle, Microparticle, Powder metallurgy, SPS, Microstructure

42.Chmielewski M., Pietrzak K., Teodorczyk M., Nosewicz S., Jarząbek D., Zybała R., Bazarnik P., Lewandowska M., Strojny-Nędza A., Effect of metallic coating on the properties of copper-silicon carbide composites, APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, ISSN: 0169-4332, DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2016.12.130, Vol.421, pp.159-169, 2017
Chmielewski M., Pietrzak K., Teodorczyk M., Nosewicz S., Jarząbek D., Zybała R., Bazarnik P., Lewandowska M., Strojny-Nędza A., Effect of metallic coating on the properties of copper-silicon carbide composites, APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, ISSN: 0169-4332, DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2016.12.130, Vol.421, pp.159-169, 2017

Abstract:
In the presented paper a coating of SiC particles with a metallic layer were used to prepare copper matrix composite materials. The role of the layer was to protect the silicon carbide from decomposition and dissolution of silicon in the copper matrix during the sintering process. The SiC particles were covered by chromium, tungsten and titanium using Plasma Vapour Deposition method. After powder mixing of components, the final densification process via Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) method at temperature 950C was provided. The almost fully dense materials were obtained (> 97.5%). The microstructure of obtained composites was studied using scanning electron microscopy as well as transmission electron microscopy. The microstructural analysis of composites confirmed that regardless of the type of deposited material, there is no evidence for decomposition process of silicon carbide in copper. In order to measure the strength of the interface between ceramic particles and the metal matrix, the micro tensile tests have been performed. Furthermore, thermal diffusivity was measured with the use of the laser pulse technique. In the context of performed studies, the tungsten coating seems to be the most promising solution for heat sink application. Compared to pure composites without metallic layer, Cu-SiC with W coating indicate the higher tensile strength and thermal diffusitivy, irrespective of an amount of SiC reinforcement. The improvement of the composite properties is related to advantageous condition of Cu-SiC interface characterized by well homogenity and low porosity, as well as individual properties of the tungsten coating material.

Keywords:
metal matrix composites, silicon carbide, metallic layers deposition, thermal conductovity, interface strength

43.Hoffman J., Chrzanowska J., Mościcki T., Radziejewska J., Stobiński L., Szymański Z., Plasma generated during underwater pulsed laser processing, APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, ISSN: 0169-4332, DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2017.01.185, pp.1-6, 2017
Hoffman J., Chrzanowska J., Mościcki T., Radziejewska J., Stobiński L., Szymański Z., Plasma generated during underwater pulsed laser processing, APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, ISSN: 0169-4332, DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2017.01.185, pp.1-6, 2017

Abstract:
The plasma induced during underwater pulsed laser ablation of graphite is studied both experimentally and theoretically. The results of the experiment show that the maximum plasma temperature of 25000 K is reached 20 ns from the beginning of the laser pulse and decreases to 6500 K after 1000 ns. The observed OH absorption band shows that the plasma plume is surrounded by the thin layer of dissociated water vapour at a temperature around 5500 K. The hydrodynamic model applied shows similar maximum plasma temperature at delay times between 14 ns and 30 ns. The calculations show also that already at 14th ns, the plasma electron density reaches 0.97·1027 m−3, which is the critical density for 1064 nm radiation. At the same time the plasma pressure is 2 GPa, which is consisted with earlier measurements of the peak pressure exerted on a target in similar conditions.

Keywords:
Underwater laser processing, Pulsed laser ablation in liquid, Laser induced plasma, Numerical modelling

44.Leyva-Mendivil M.F., Lengiewicz J., Page A., Bressloff N.W., Limbert G., Skin Microstructure is a Key Contributor to Its Friction Behaviour, TRIBOLOGY LETTERS, ISSN: 1023-8883, DOI: 10.1007/s11249-016-0794-4, Vol.65, No.12, pp.1-17, 2017
Leyva-Mendivil M.F., Lengiewicz J., Page A., Bressloff N.W., Limbert G., Skin Microstructure is a Key Contributor to Its Friction Behaviour, TRIBOLOGY LETTERS, ISSN: 1023-8883, DOI: 10.1007/s11249-016-0794-4, Vol.65, No.12, pp.1-17, 2017

Abstract:
Due to its multifactorial nature, skin friction remains a multiphysics and multiscale phenomenon poorly understood despite its relevance for many biomedical and engineering applications (from superficial pressure ulcers, through shaving and cosmetics, to automotive safety and sports equipment). For example, it is unclear whether, and in which measure, the skin microscopic surface topography, internal microstructure and associated nonlinear mechanics can condition and modulate skin friction. This study addressed this question through the development of a parametric finite element contact homogenisation procedure which was used to study and quantify the effect of the skin microstructure on the macroscopic skin frictional response. An anatomically realistic two-dimensional image-based multilayer finite element model of human skin was used to simulate the sliding of rigid indenters of various sizes over the skin surface. A corresponding structurally idealised multilayer skin model was also built for comparison purposes. Microscopic friction specified at skin asperity or microrelief level was an input to the finite element computations. From the contact reaction force measured at the sliding indenter, a homogenised (or apparent) macroscopic friction was calculated. Results demonstrated that the naturally complex geometry of the skin microstructure and surface topography alone can play as significant role in modulating the deformation component of macroscopic friction and can significantly increase it. This effect is further amplified as the ground-state Young’s modulus of the stratum corneum is increased (for example, as a result of a dryer environment). In these conditions, the skin microstructure is a dominant factor in the deformation component of macroscopic friction, regardless of indenter size or specified local friction properties. When the skin is assumed to be an assembly of nominally flat layers, the resulting global coefficient of friction is reduced with respect to the local one. This seemingly counter-intuitive effect had already been demonstrated in a recent computational study found in the literature. Results also suggest that care should be taken when assigning a coefficient of friction in computer simulations, as it might not reflect the conditions of microscopic and macroscopic friction one intends to represent. The modelling methodology and simulation tools developed in this study go beyond what current analytical models of skin friction can offer: the ability to accommodate arbitrary kinematics (i.e. finite deformations), nonlinear constitutive properties and the complex geometry of the skin microstructural constituents. It was demonstrated how this approach offered a new level of mechanistic insight into plausible friction mechanisms associated with purely structural effects operating at the microscopic scale; the methodology should be viewed as complementary to physical experimental protocols characterising skin friction as it may facilitate the interpretation of observations and measurements and/or could also assist in the design of new experimental quantitative assays.

Keywords:
Skin, Friction mechanisms, Contact mechanics, Microstructure, Finite element, Image-based modelling, Material properties

45.An Y., Błachowski B., Zhong Y., Hołobut P., Ou J., Rank-revealing QR decomposition applied to damage localization in truss structures, STRUCTURAL CONTROL AND HEALTH MONITORING, ISSN: 1545-2255, DOI: 10.1002/stc.1849, Vol.24, No.2, pp.e1849-1-15, 2017
An Y., Błachowski B., Zhong Y., Hołobut P., Ou J., Rank-revealing QR decomposition applied to damage localization in truss structures, STRUCTURAL CONTROL AND HEALTH MONITORING, ISSN: 1545-2255, DOI: 10.1002/stc.1849, Vol.24, No.2, pp.e1849-1-15, 2017

Abstract:
The purpose of this work is the development of an efficient and high-sensitive damage localization technique for truss structures, based on the rank-revealing QR decomposition (RRQR) of the difference-of-flexibility matrix. The method is an enhancement of the existing techniques of damage detection, which rely on the set of so-called damage locating vector (DLV). The advantages of the RRQR decomposition-based DLV (RRQR-DLV) method are its less computational effort and high sensitivity to damage. Compared with the frequently used stochastic DLV (SDLV) method, RRQR-DLV offers higher sensitivity to damage, which has been validated based on the presented numerical simulation. The effectiveness of the proposed RRQR-DLV method is also illustrated with the experimental validation based on a laboratory-scale Bailey truss bridge model. The proposed method works under ambient excitation such as traffic excitation and wind excitation; therefore, it is promising for real-time damage monitoring of truss structures.

Keywords:
damage localization, rank-revealing QR decomposition, damage sensitivity, truss structure, structural health monitoring

46.Průša V., Řehoř M., Tůma K., Colombeau algebra as a mathematical tool for investigating step load and step deformation of systems of nonlinear springs and dashpots, ZEITSCHRIFT FUR ANGEWANDTE MATHEMATIK UND PHYSIK ZAMP, ISSN: 0044-2275, DOI: 10.1007/s00033-017-0768-x, Vol.68, No.24, pp.1-13, 2017
Průša V., Řehoř M., Tůma K., Colombeau algebra as a mathematical tool for investigating step load and step deformation of systems of nonlinear springs and dashpots, ZEITSCHRIFT FUR ANGEWANDTE MATHEMATIK UND PHYSIK ZAMP, ISSN: 0044-2275, DOI: 10.1007/s00033-017-0768-x, Vol.68, No.24, pp.1-13, 2017

Abstract:
The response of mechanical systems composed of springs and dashpots to a step input is of eminent interest in the applications. If the system is formed by linear elements, then its response is governed by a system of linear ordinary differential equations. In the linear case, the mathematical method of choice for the analysis of the response is the classical theory of distributions. However, if the system contains nonlinear elements, then the classical theory of distributions is of no use, since it is strictly limited to the linear setting. Consequently, a question arises whether it is even possible or reasonable to study the response of nonlinear systems to step inputs. The answer is positive. A mathematical theory that can handle the challenge is the so-called Colombeau algebra. Building on the abstract result by Průša and Rajagopal (Int J Non-Linear Mech 81:207–221, 2016), we show how to use the theory in the analysis of response of nonlinear spring–dashpot and spring–dashpot–mass systems.

Keywords:
Mechanical systems, Nonlinear ordinary differential equations, Jump discontinuities, Colombeau algebra

47.Banach Z., Larecki W., Kershaw-type transport equations for fermionic radiation, ZEITSCHRIFT FUR ANGEWANDTE MATHEMATIK UND PHYSIK ZAMP, ISSN: 0044-2275, DOI: 10.1007/s00033-017-0847-z, Vol.68, No.4, pp.100-1-100-24, 2017
Banach Z., Larecki W., Kershaw-type transport equations for fermionic radiation, ZEITSCHRIFT FUR ANGEWANDTE MATHEMATIK UND PHYSIK ZAMP, ISSN: 0044-2275, DOI: 10.1007/s00033-017-0847-z, Vol.68, No.4, pp.100-1-100-24, 2017

Abstract:
Besides the maximum entropy closure procedure, other procedures can be used to close the systems of spectral
moment equations. In the case of classical and bosonic radiation, the closed-form analytic Kershaw-type and B-distribution closure procedures have been used. It is shown that the Kershaw-type closure procedure can also be applied to the spectra moment equations of fermionic radiation. First, a description of the Kershaw-type closure for the system consisting of an arbitrary number of one-dimensional moment equations is presented. Next, the Kershaw-type two-field and three-field transport equations for fermionic radiation are analyzed. In the first case, the independent variables are the energy density and the heat flux. The second case includes additionally the flux of the heat flux as an independent variable. The generalization of the former two-field case to three space dimensions is also presented. The fermionic Kershaw-type closures differ from those previously derived for classical and bosonic radiation. It is proved that the obtained one-dimensional systems of transport equations are strictly hyperbolic and causal. The fermionic Kershaw-type closure functions behave qualitatively in the same way as the fermionic maximum entropy closure functions, but attain different numerical values.

Keywords:
Fermionic radiation, Moment equations, Moment realizability problem, Kershaw-type closure, Three-moment transport.

48.Nosewicz S., Rojek J., Chmielewski M., Pietrzak K., Discrete element modeling and experimental investigation of hot pressing of intermetallic NiAl powder, ADVANCED POWDER TECHNOLOGY, ISSN: 0921-8831, DOI: 10.1016/j.apt.2017.04.012, Vol.28, pp.1745-1759, 2017
Nosewicz S., Rojek J., Chmielewski M., Pietrzak K., Discrete element modeling and experimental investigation of hot pressing of intermetallic NiAl powder, ADVANCED POWDER TECHNOLOGY, ISSN: 0921-8831, DOI: 10.1016/j.apt.2017.04.012, Vol.28, pp.1745-1759, 2017

Abstract:
This paper presents the numerical and experimental analysis of hot pressing of NiAl powder with an emphasis on the best possible representation of its main stages: initial powder compaction and pressure-assisted sintering. The numerical study has been performed within the discrete element framework. In the paper, an original viscoelastic model of hot pressing has been used. In order to ensure that the applied values of material parameters in numerical simulations are appropriate, the reference literature has been reviewed. It produced the relations and equations to estimate the values of all required sintering material parameters of the considered viscoelastic model. Numerical simulations have employed the geometrical model of the initial dense specimen generated by a special algorithm which uses the real grain distribution of powder. The numerical model has been calibrated and validated through simulations of the real process of hot pressing of intermetallic NiAl material. The kinetics of compaction, sintering and cooling stage indicated by the evolution of density, shrinkage and densification rate have been studied. The comparison of numerical and experimental results has shown a good performance of the developed numerical model.

Keywords:
Powder metallurgy; Hot pressing; Sintering; Simulation; Discrete element method; Nickel aluminide

49.Michajłow M., Jankowski Ł., Szolc T., Konowrocki R., Semi-active reduction of vibrations in the mechanical system driven by an electric motor, OPTIMAL CONTROL APPLICATIONS & METHODS, ISSN: 0143-2087, DOI: 10.1002/oca.2297, pp.1-12, 2017
Michajłow M., Jankowski Ł., Szolc T., Konowrocki R., Semi-active reduction of vibrations in the mechanical system driven by an electric motor, OPTIMAL CONTROL APPLICATIONS & METHODS, ISSN: 0143-2087, DOI: 10.1002/oca.2297, pp.1-12, 2017

Abstract:
In this paper, a semi-active damping approach is used for reduction of vibrations in a laboratory drivetrain system. The considered drivetrain system is powered by an electric, asynchronous motor at the one side and loaded with a harmonically varying torque on the other side. Here, an influence of electromechanical interaction, i.e., an electromechanical coupling, between the electric motor and the mechanical system has been taken into consideration. The harmonic load signal induces torsional vibrations in the system, which in the steady-state phase of motion become periodic. The aim of the work is to determine the optimal control function for a semi-active damping element, leading to vibration reduction and considering only the steady-state phase of system motion. The optimal control is derived by using a semi-analytical approach based on the optimal control theory aided with supplementary numerical computations. The proposed methodology is fully general, and it can be directly applied to any type of a periodically oscillating system.

Keywords:
electric motor, electromechanical coupling, optimal control, periodic torsional vibrations, semi-active damping

50.Pisarski D., Myśliński A., Online adaptive algorithm for optimal control of structures subjected to travelling loads, OPTIMAL CONTROL APPLICATIONS & METHODS, ISSN: 0143-2087, DOI: 10.1002/oca.2321, pp.1-19, 2017
Pisarski D., Myśliński A., Online adaptive algorithm for optimal control of structures subjected to travelling loads, OPTIMAL CONTROL APPLICATIONS & METHODS, ISSN: 0143-2087, DOI: 10.1002/oca.2321, pp.1-19, 2017

Abstract:
The problem of adaptive optimal semiactive control of a structure subjected to a moving load is studied. The control is realised by a change of damping of the structure’s supports. The results presented in the previous works of the authors demonstrate that switched optimal controls can be very efficient at reducing the vibration levels of the structure. On the other hand, these controls exhibit a high sensitivity to changes of the speed of the travelling load. The aim of this paper is to develop an algorithm that enables real-time adaptation of the optimal controls according to
both the measured speed of the travelling load and the estimated state of the structure. The control objective is to provide smooth passage for the vehicles and reduce the material stresses on the carrying structures. The designed adaptive algorithm uses reference optimal controls computed for constant speeds and a set of functions describing the sensitivity of the system dynamics to the measured parameters. The convergence of the algorithm, as well as aspects of its implementation, is studied. The performance of the proposed method is validated by means of numerical simulations conducted for different travelling speed scenarios. In the assumed objective
functional, the proposed adaptive controller can outperform the reference optimal solutions by over 50%. The practicality of the proposed method should attract the attention of practising engineers.

Keywords:
Adaptive control, Moving load, Online optimal control, Sensitivity analysis, Structural vibration control

51.Urbanek O., Sajkiewicz P., Pierini F., Czerkies M., Kołbuk D., Structure and properties of polycaprolactone/chitosan nonwovens tailored by solvent systems, Biomedical Materials, ISSN: 1748-6041, DOI: 10.1088/1748-605X/aa5647, Vol.12, No.1, pp.015020-1-12, 2017
Urbanek O., Sajkiewicz P., Pierini F., Czerkies M., Kołbuk D., Structure and properties of polycaprolactone/chitosan nonwovens tailored by solvent systems, Biomedical Materials, ISSN: 1748-6041, DOI: 10.1088/1748-605X/aa5647, Vol.12, No.1, pp.015020-1-12, 2017

Abstract:
Electrospinning of chitosan blends is a reasonable idea to prepare fibre mats for biomedical applications. Synthetic and natural components provide, for example, appropriate mechanical strength and biocompatibility, respectively. However, solvent characteristics and the polyelectrolyte nature of chitosan influence the spinnability of these blends. In order to compare the effect of solvent on polycaprolactone/chitosan fibres, two types of the most commonly used solvent systems were chosen, namely 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol (HFIP) and acetic acid (AA)/formic acid (FA). Results obtained by various experimental methods clearly indicated the effect of the solvent system on the structure and properties of electrospun polycaprolactone/chitosan fibres. Viscosity measurements confirmed different polymer–solvent interactions. Various molecular interactions resulting in different macromolecular conformations of chitosan influenced its spinnability and properties. HFIP enabled fibres to be obtained whose average diameter was less than 250 nm while maintaining the brittle and hydrophilic character of the nonwoven, typical for the chitosan component. Spectroscopy studies revealed the formation of chitosan salts in the case of the AA/FA solvent system. Chitosan salts visibly influenced the structure and properties of the prepared fibre mats. The use of AA/FA caused a reduction of Young's modulus and wettability of the proposed blends. It was confirmed that wettability, mechanical properties and the antibacterial effect of polycaprolactone/chitosan fibres may be tailored by selecting an appropriate solvent system. The MTT cell proliferation assay revealed an increase of cytotoxicity to mouse fibroblasts in the case of 25% w/w of chitosan in electrospun nonwovens.

Keywords:
chitosan, electrospinning, PCL/chitosan fibres, solvent system, chitosan salts

52.Jarząbek D.M., Gwiazda M., Dera W., The Influence of Alkali Metal Chloride Treatments on the Wear Resistance of Silicon Surfaces for Possible Use in MEMS, TRIBOLOGY TRANSACTIONS, ISSN: 1040-2004, DOI: 10.1080/10402004.2017.1296211, pp.1-7, 2017
Jarząbek D.M., Gwiazda M., Dera W., The Influence of Alkali Metal Chloride Treatments on the Wear Resistance of Silicon Surfaces for Possible Use in MEMS, TRIBOLOGY TRANSACTIONS, ISSN: 1040-2004, DOI: 10.1080/10402004.2017.1296211, pp.1-7, 2017

Abstract:
The wear of contacting silicon surfaces in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) has been a longstanding concern. To address this issue, the effects of immersing silicon surfaces into alkali metal chloride solutions (LiCl, NaCl, CsCl) on their sliding friction and wear were investigated. A custom-built reciprocating tribometer was used with a sapphire ball as the counterbody. Results indicated that the friction coefficient between the silicon surface (p-doped, orientation (100)) and a sapphire ball can be reduced by up to 30% by treating the silicon surfaces in aqueous salt solutions (concentration 1 mol/L, exposure for 24 h). These modified surfaces also have higher wear resistance and a significant change in wettability. After immersion, the contact angle between the silicon surface and water was reduced by approximately 50%. These results may lead to new, simple, and inexpensive methods to increase the wear resistance of silicon surfaces for use in MEMs devices.

Keywords:
silicon surface, wear, friction, alkali metal chlorides

53.Martincuks A., Andryka K., Küster A., Schmitz-Van de Leur H., Komorowski M., Müller-Newen G., Nuclear translocation of STAT3 and NF-κB are independent of each other but NF-κB supports expression and activation of STAT3, Cellular Signalling, ISSN: 0898-6568, DOI: 10.1016/j.cellsig.2017.01.006, Vol.32, pp.36-47, 2017
Martincuks A., Andryka K., Küster A., Schmitz-Van de Leur H., Komorowski M., Müller-Newen G., Nuclear translocation of STAT3 and NF-κB are independent of each other but NF-κB supports expression and activation of STAT3, Cellular Signalling, ISSN: 0898-6568, DOI: 10.1016/j.cellsig.2017.01.006, Vol.32, pp.36-47, 2017

Abstract:
NF-κB and STAT3 are essential transcription factors in immunity and act at the interface of the transition from chronic inflammation to cancer. Different functional crosstalks between NF-κB and STAT3 have been recently described arguing for a direct interaction of both proteins. During a systematic analysis of NF-κB/STAT3 crosstalk we observed that appearance of the subcellular distribution of NF-κB and STAT3 in immunofluorescence heavily depends on the fixation procedure. Therefore, we established an optimized fixation protocol for the reliable simultaneous analysis of the subcellular distributions of both transcription factors. Using this protocol we found that cytokine-induced nuclear accumulation of NF-κB or STAT3 did not alter the subcellular distribution of the other transcription factor. Both knockout and overexpression of STAT3 does not have any major effect on canonical TNFα-NF-κB signalling in MEF or HeLa cells. Similarly, knockout of p65 did not alter nuclear accumulation of STAT3 in response to IL-6. However, p65 expression correlates with elevated total cellular levels of STAT3 and STAT1 and supports activation of these transcription factors. Our findings in MEF cells argue against a direct physical interaction of free cellular NF-κB and STAT3 but point to more intricate functional interactions.

Keywords:
STAT3, NF-κB, Signal transduction, Nuclear translocation, Crosstalk

54.Nowak K.M., Nowak Ł.J., Experimental validation of the tuneable diaphragm effect in modern acoustic stethoscopes, Postgraduate Medical Journal, ISSN: 0032-5473, DOI: 10.1136/postgradmedj-2017-134810, pp.1-5, 2017
Nowak K.M., Nowak Ł.J., Experimental validation of the tuneable diaphragm effect in modern acoustic stethoscopes, Postgraduate Medical Journal, ISSN: 0032-5473, DOI: 10.1136/postgradmedj-2017-134810, pp.1-5, 2017

Abstract:
Purpose The force with which the diaphragm chestpiece of a stethoscope is pressed against the body of a patient during an auscultation examination introduces the initial stress and deformation to the diaphragm and the underlying tissues, thus altering the acoustic parameters of the sound transmission path. If the examination is performed by an experienced physician, he will intuitively adjust the amount of the force in order to achieve the optimal sound quality. However, in case of becoming increasingly popular autodiagnosis and telemedicine auscultation devices with no such feedback mechanisms, the question arises regarding the influence of the possible force mismatch on the parameters of the recorded signal. Design The present study describes the results of the experimental investigations on the relation between pressure applied to the chestpiece of a stethoscope and parameters of the transmitted bioacoustic signals. The experiments were carried out using various stethoscopes connected to a force measurement system, which allowed to maintain fixed pressure during auscultation examinations. The signals were recorded during examinations of different volunteers, at various auscultation sites. Results The obtained results reveal strong individual and auscultation-site variability. Conclusions It is concluded that the underlying tissue deformation is the primary factor that alters the parameters of the recorded signals.

55.Nosewicz S., Rojek J., Chmielewski M., Pietrzak K., Lumelskyj D., Application of the Hertz formulation in the discrete element model of pressure-assisted sintering, GRANULAR MATTER, ISSN: 1434-5021, DOI: 10.1007/s10035-016-0699-9, Vol.19, No.1, pp.16-1-8, 2017
Nosewicz S., Rojek J., Chmielewski M., Pietrzak K., Lumelskyj D., Application of the Hertz formulation in the discrete element model of pressure-assisted sintering, GRANULAR MATTER, ISSN: 1434-5021, DOI: 10.1007/s10035-016-0699-9, Vol.19, No.1, pp.16-1-8, 2017

Abstract:
This paper presents the numerical modelling of initial powder compaction and pressure-assisted sintering performed by original viscoelastic discrete element model. The research is focused on the influence of the type of the model representing an elastic part of interparticle force. Two elastic contact models—linear and nonlinear Hertz model—have been implemented and used to analyse interaction of NiAl powder particles during compaction and sintering process. Numerical models have been validated using own experimental results. Microscopic effects (particle penetration) and macroscopic changes (relative density) have been compared. It has been shown that although both models represent properly macroscopic behaviour of the material at the sintering process, the Hertz model produces the results closer to the real experimental ones during the initial compaction stage. Evaluation of macroscopic quantities enables implementation of the discrete element model in the framework of the multiscale modelling framework which is currently developed for sintering processes.

Keywords:
Powder metallurgy, Sintering, Initial compaction, Elasticity, Discrete element method

56.Pierini F., Lanzi M., Nakielski P., Kowalewski T.A., Electrospun Polyaniline-Based Composite Nanofibers: Tuning the Electrical Conductivity by Tailoring the Structure of Thiol-Protected Metal Nanoparticles, Journal of Nanomaterials, ISSN: 1687-4110, DOI: 10.1155/2017/6142140, Vol.2017, pp.1-10, 2017
Pierini F., Lanzi M., Nakielski P., Kowalewski T.A., Electrospun Polyaniline-Based Composite Nanofibers: Tuning the Electrical Conductivity by Tailoring the Structure of Thiol-Protected Metal Nanoparticles, Journal of Nanomaterials, ISSN: 1687-4110, DOI: 10.1155/2017/6142140, Vol.2017, pp.1-10, 2017

Abstract:
Composite nanofibers made of a polyaniline-based polymer blend and different thiol-capped metal nanoparticles were prepared using ex situ synthesis and electrospinning technique. The effects of the nanoparticle composition and chemical structure on the electrical properties of the nanocomposites were investigated. This study confirmed that Brust’s procedure is an effective method for the synthesis of sub-10 nm silver, gold, and silver-gold alloy nanoparticles protected with different types of thiols. Electron microscopy results demonstrated that electrospinning is a valuable technique for the production of composite nanofibers with similar morphology and revealed that nanofillers are well-dispersed into the polymer matrix. X-ray diffraction tests proved the lack of a significant influence of the nanoparticle chemical structure on the polyaniline chain arrangement. However, the introduction of conductive nanofillers in the polymer matrix influences the charge transport noticeably improving electrical conductivity. The enhancement of electrical properties is mediated by the nanoparticle capping layer structure. The metal nanoparticle core composition is a key parameter, which exerted a significant influence on the conductivity of the nanocomposites. These results prove that the proposed method can be used to tune the electrical properties of nanocomposites.

57.Lanzi M., Salatelli E., Di-Nicola F.P., Zuppiroli L., Pierini F., A new photocrosslinkable oligothiophene for organic solar cells with enhanced stability, MATERIALS CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS, ISSN: 0254-0584, DOI: 10.1016/j.matchemphys.2016.10.034, Vol.186, pp.98-107, 2017
Lanzi M., Salatelli E., Di-Nicola F.P., Zuppiroli L., Pierini F., A new photocrosslinkable oligothiophene for organic solar cells with enhanced stability, MATERIALS CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS, ISSN: 0254-0584, DOI: 10.1016/j.matchemphys.2016.10.034, Vol.186, pp.98-107, 2017

Abstract:
A novel thiophenic tetramer containing a cinnamate group in the side chain with a functionalization degree of 50% is reported. The tetramer was obtained by means of a simple and straightforward procedure involving the functionalization of a p-methoxyphenoxy substituted thiophenic precursor, which led to a soluble product with a good yield. The oligomer was fully characterized from a structural and chemical point of view and employed for the fabrication of small molecule organic solar cells exploiting the bulk heterojunction (BHJ) architecture. The presence of an UV-light sensitive group in the tetramer allowed the photocrosslinking of tetramer/PCBM blends, giving high values of photocurrent and conversion efficiency for the exposed samples. Moreover, the UV-treated devices showed improved stability, even upon heating for three days at 130 °C, thus confirming that photocrosslinking can strongly reduce phase segregation under severe operational conditions.

Keywords:
Electronic materials, Polymers, Fullerenes, Nanostructures, Electrical characterization, Semiconductors

58.Maździarz M., Mrozek A., Kuś W., Burczyński T., First-principles study of new X-graphene and Y-graphene polymorphs generated by the two stage strategy, MATERIALS CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS, ISSN: 0254-0584, DOI: 10.1016/j.matchemphys.2017.08.066, Vol.202, pp.7-14, 2017
Maździarz M., Mrozek A., Kuś W., Burczyński T., First-principles study of new X-graphene and Y-graphene polymorphs generated by the two stage strategy, MATERIALS CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS, ISSN: 0254-0584, DOI: 10.1016/j.matchemphys.2017.08.066, Vol.202, pp.7-14, 2017

Abstract:
Two potentially new, 2D-graphene-like materials have been generated by the two stage searching strategy combining molecular and ab initio approach. The two candidates obtained from the evolutionary based algorithm and molecular calculations were then in depth analysed using first-principles Density Functional Theory from the mechanical, structural, phonon and electronic properties point of view. Both proposed polymorphs of graphene (oP8-P2mm) are mechanically and dynamically stable and can be metallic-like.

Keywords:
Carbon; Graphene; Ab initio calculations; Mechanical properties; Elastic properties

59.Łazarska M., Woźniak T.Z., Ranachowski Z., Trafarski A., Domek G., Analysis of acoustic emission signals at austempering of steels using neural networks, METALS AND MATERIALS INTERNATIONAL, ISSN: 1598-9623, DOI: 10.1007/s12540-017-6347-z, pp.1-8, 2017
Łazarska M., Woźniak T.Z., Ranachowski Z., Trafarski A., Domek G., Analysis of acoustic emission signals at austempering of steels using neural networks, METALS AND MATERIALS INTERNATIONAL, ISSN: 1598-9623, DOI: 10.1007/s12540-017-6347-z, pp.1-8, 2017

Abstract:
Bearing steel 100CrMnSi6-4 and tool steel C105U were used to carry out this research with the steels being austempered to obtain a martensitic-bainitic structure. During the process quite a large number of acoustic emissions (AE) were observed. These signals were then analysed using neural networks resulting in the identification of three groups of events of: high, medium and low energy and in addition their spectral characteristics were plotted. The results were presented in the form of diagrams of AE incidence as a function of time. It was demonstrated that complex transformations of austenite into martensite and bainite occurred when austempering bearing steel at 160 °C and tool steel at 130 °C respectively. The selected temperatures of isothermal quenching of the tested steels were within the area near to MS temperature, which affected the complex course of phase transition. The high activity of AE is a typical occurrence for martensitic transformation and this is the transformation mechanism that induces the generation of AE signals of higher energy in the first stage of transition. In the second stage of transformation, the initially nucleated martensite accelerates the occurrence of the next bainitic transformation.

Keywords:
microstructure, phase transformation, dislocation, ultrasonics, alloys

60.Meissner M., Acoustics of small rectangular rooms: Analytical and numerical determination of reverberation parameters, APPLIED ACOUSTICS, ISSN: 0003-682X, DOI: 10.1016/j.apacoust.2017.01.020, Vol.120, pp.111-119, 2017
Meissner M., Acoustics of small rectangular rooms: Analytical and numerical determination of reverberation parameters, APPLIED ACOUSTICS, ISSN: 0003-682X, DOI: 10.1016/j.apacoust.2017.01.020, Vol.120, pp.111-119, 2017

Abstract:
A small rectangular room with hard walls has a number of acoustic flaws and the most serious drawback is a long reverberation time. A technique commonly used for improving room acoustics consists in increasing a sound absorption on a ceiling. In this study, the impact of acoustical treatment of a ceiling on reverberant properties of a small rectangular room was examined. Changes in the modal reverberation time due to this treatment were investigated by the analytical method. As was evidenced by calculations, the initial increase in a sound absorption on a ceiling causes a substantial decrease in the modal reverberation time and a treatment efficiency decreases with a further absorption increase. It was found also that for a room with hard walls statistical and wave theories give the same result as the modal reverberation time for oblique modes and the Sabine’s reverberation time are identical. A more detailed information about reverberant properties of a room was provided by the numerical method employing a backward integration of the squared room impulse response. Using this method, global and local reverberation parameters were determined. Numerical simulations discovered a quite good agreement between global and local reverberation time and high differences between global and local early decay time resulting from a nonlinear shape of a decay curve. Therefore, one can conclude that the global decay times characterize reasonably well a reverberation process in a late stage of sound decay but they are not correctly describe this process in an initial stage.

Keywords:
Small room acoustics, Modal expansion method, Room impulse response, Reverberation time, Early decay time

61.Żołek N., Ranachowski Z., Ranachowski P., Jóźwiak-Niedźwiedzka D., Kúdela Jr. S., Dvorak T., Statistical assessment of the microstructure of barite aggregate from different deposits using x-ray microtomography and optical microscopy, ARCHIVES OF METALLURGY AND MATERIALS, ISSN: 1733-3490, DOI: 10.1515/amm-2017-0104, Vol.62, No.2, pp.697-702, 2017
Żołek N., Ranachowski Z., Ranachowski P., Jóźwiak-Niedźwiedzka D., Kúdela Jr. S., Dvorak T., Statistical assessment of the microstructure of barite aggregate from different deposits using x-ray microtomography and optical microscopy, ARCHIVES OF METALLURGY AND MATERIALS, ISSN: 1733-3490, DOI: 10.1515/amm-2017-0104, Vol.62, No.2, pp.697-702, 2017

Abstract:
Two different barite ore (barium sulfate BaSO4) specimens from different localizations were tested and described in this paper. Analysis of the microstructure was performed on polished sections, and on thin sections using X-ray microtomography (micro-CT), and optical microscopy (MO). Microtomography allowed obtaining three-dimensional images of the barite aggregate specimens. In the tomograms, the spatial distribution of the other polluting phases, empty space as well as cracks, pores, and voids – that exceeded ten micrometers of diameter-were possible to visualize. Also, the micro-CT allowed distinguishing between minerals of different density, like SiO2 and BaSO4. Images obtained and analyzed on thin sections with various methods using the optical microscopy in transmitted light delivered additional information on the aggregate microstructure, i.e. allow for estimation of the different kinds of inclusions (like the different density of the minerals) in the investigated specimens. Above methods, which were used in the tests, completed each another in order to supply a set of information on inclusions’ distribution and to present the important differences of the barite aggregate specimens microstructure.

Keywords:
barite ore, barite aggregate, microstructure, optical microscopy, thin sections analysis, X-ray tomography

62.Mackiewicz M., Mikulski J.L., Wańkowicz J., Kucharski S., Ranachowski P., Ranachowski Z., Study of composite insulator sheds subjected to wheel test, ARCHIVES OF METALLURGY AND MATERIALS, ISSN: 1733-3490, DOI: 10.1515/amm-2017-0101, Vol.62, No.2, pp.679-686, 2017
Mackiewicz M., Mikulski J.L., Wańkowicz J., Kucharski S., Ranachowski P., Ranachowski Z., Study of composite insulator sheds subjected to wheel test, ARCHIVES OF METALLURGY AND MATERIALS, ISSN: 1733-3490, DOI: 10.1515/amm-2017-0101, Vol.62, No.2, pp.679-686, 2017

Abstract:
The paper presents investigation of the properties of the surface and the material stiffness – flexibility of series of samples taken from the sheds of the composite insulators. The insulators were previously subjected to wheel test. The wheel test and 1000 h salt fog test are regarded as alternative examination of the material resistance to the effects of electrical surface discharges. There were investigated two series of the samples of the composite insulators sheds. Examined specimens, made of HTV silicone rubber, were taken from the sheds of medium-voltage composite insulators of two different manufacturers. Insulators of both types passed the 1000 h salt fog test without reservation. Meanwhile, the wheel test can provide a basis for better distinguishing between physical properties of the tested materials. In the case of the insulators of one of the manufacturers the wheel test result was negative. Cross puncture effect of the sheds took place in several places. In addition, sheds were covered with dark coating of varying thicknesses. The results of the study indicated a significantly stronger influence of electrical and temperature factors on the sheds under investigations during the wheel test than in the case of the 1000 h salt fog test. It can be stated that these tests cannot be considered as alternative and it seems that wheel test enables better distinguishing between properties of the materials.

Keywords:
composite insulators, silicone rubber, wheel test, electrical surface discharges, tracking and erosion

63.Łazarska M., Woźniak T.Z., Ranachowski Z., Ranachowski P., Trafarski A., The application of acoustic emission and artificial neural networks in an analysis of kinetics in the phase transformation of tool steel during austempering, ARCHIVES OF METALLURGY AND MATERIALS, ISSN: 1733-3490, DOI: 10.1515/amm-2017-0089, Vol.62, No.2, pp.603-609, 2017
Łazarska M., Woźniak T.Z., Ranachowski Z., Ranachowski P., Trafarski A., The application of acoustic emission and artificial neural networks in an analysis of kinetics in the phase transformation of tool steel during austempering, ARCHIVES OF METALLURGY AND MATERIALS, ISSN: 1733-3490, DOI: 10.1515/amm-2017-0089, Vol.62, No.2, pp.603-609, 2017

Abstract:
During the course of the study it involved tool steel C105U was used. The steel was austempered at temperatures of 130°C, 160°C and 180°C respectively. Methods of acoustic emission (AE) were used to investigate the resulting effects associated with transformations and a large number of AE events were registered. Neural networks were applied to analyse these phenomena. In the tested signal, three groups of events were identified of: high, medium and low energy. The average spectral characteristics enabled the power of the signal spectrum to be determined. After completing the process, the results were compiled in the form of diagrams of the relationship of the AE incidence frequency as a function of time. Based on the results, it was found that in the austempering of tool steel, in the first stage of transformation midrib morphology is formed. Midrib is a twinned thin plate martensite. In the 2nd stage of transformation, the intensity of the generation of medium energy events indicates the occurrence of bainite initialised by martensite. The obtained graphic of AE characteristics of tool steel austempering allow conclusions to be drawn about the kinetics and the mechanism of this transformation.

Keywords:
carbon steel, austempering, lower bainite, acoustic emission (AE), neural networks

64.Chmielewski M., Pietrzak K., Strojny-Nędza A., Jarząbek D., Nosewicz S., Investigations of interface properties in copper-silicon carbide composites, ARCHIVES OF METALLURGY AND MATERIALS, ISSN: 1733-3490, DOI: 10.1515/amm-2017-0200, Vol.62, No.2B, pp.1315-1318, 2017
Chmielewski M., Pietrzak K., Strojny-Nędza A., Jarząbek D., Nosewicz S., Investigations of interface properties in copper-silicon carbide composites, ARCHIVES OF METALLURGY AND MATERIALS, ISSN: 1733-3490, DOI: 10.1515/amm-2017-0200, Vol.62, No.2B, pp.1315-1318, 2017

Abstract:
This paper analyses the technological aspects of the interface formation in the copper-silicon carbide composite and its effect on the material’s microstructure and properties. Cu-SiC composites with two different volume content of ceramic reinforcement were fabricated by hot pressing (HP) and spark plasma sintering (SPS) technique. In order to protect SiC surface from its decomposition, the powder was coated with a thin tungsten layer using plasma vapour deposition (PVD) method. Microstructural analyses provided by scanning electron microscopy revealed the significant differences at metal-ceramic interface. Adhesion force and fracture strength of the interface between SiC particles and copper matrix were measured. Thermal conductivity of composites was determined using laser flash method. The obtained results are discussed with reference to changes in the area of metal-ceramic boundary.

Keywords:
copper matrix composites, silicon carbide, interface, thermal conductivity, adhesion

65.Strojny-Nędza A., Pietrzak K., Teodorczyk M., Basista M., Węglewski W., Chmielewski M., Influence of Material Ccating on the heat Transfer in a layered Cu-SiC-Cu Systems, ARCHIVES OF METALLURGY AND MATERIALS, ISSN: 1733-3490, DOI: 10.1515/amm-2017-0199, Vol.62, No.2B, pp.1311-1314, 2017
Strojny-Nędza A., Pietrzak K., Teodorczyk M., Basista M., Węglewski W., Chmielewski M., Influence of Material Ccating on the heat Transfer in a layered Cu-SiC-Cu Systems, ARCHIVES OF METALLURGY AND MATERIALS, ISSN: 1733-3490, DOI: 10.1515/amm-2017-0199, Vol.62, No.2B, pp.1311-1314, 2017

Abstract:
This paper describes the process of obtaining Cu-SiC-Cu systems by way of spark plasma sintering. A monocrystalline form of silicon carbide (6H-SiC type) was applied in the experiment. Additionally, silicon carbide samples were covered with a layer of tungsten and molybdenum using chemical vapour deposition (CVD) technique. Microstructural examinations and thermal properties measurements were performed. A special attention was put to the metal-ceramic interface. During annealing at a high temperature, copper reacts with silicon carbide. To prevent the decomposition of silicon carbide two types of coating (tungsten and molybdenum) were applied. The effect of covering SiC with the aforementioned elements on the composite’s thermal conductivity was analyzed. Results were compared with the numerical modelling of heat transfer in Cu-SiC-Cu systems. Certain possible reasons behind differences in measurements and modelling results were discussed.

Keywords:
copper matrix composites, silicon carbide, interface, thermal conductivity, modelling

66.Wójcik J., Lewandowski M., Żołek N., Grating Lobes Suppression by Adding Virtual Receiving Subaperture in Synthetic Aperture Imaging, Ultrasonics, ISSN: 0041-624X, DOI: 10.1016/j.ultras.2016.12.013, Vol.76, pp.125-135, 2017
Wójcik J., Lewandowski M., Żołek N., Grating Lobes Suppression by Adding Virtual Receiving Subaperture in Synthetic Aperture Imaging, Ultrasonics, ISSN: 0041-624X, DOI: 10.1016/j.ultras.2016.12.013, Vol.76, pp.125-135, 2017

Abstract:
A method of suppression of grating lobes is presented, analyzed, and verified. The method is based on creating a Virtual Receiving Subaperture (VRS) by adding virtual transducer elements not existing in the physical layout of the receiver. The VRS channels are filled with data based on signals from real channels. The analytical model of the synthetic aperture imaging system’s impulse response is presented to describe the properties of the VRS. The model shows a reduction of the receiving grating lobes’ amplitude (with a comparison to the main lobe’s amplitude) by a magnitude equal to the number of receiving transducer elements. It is shown that effective properties of the entire system with a VRS are similar to a system with a pitch in the receiving aperture that is twice as small. The numerical calculations of the impulse response show a doubling of the signal to noise ratio, which results in a reduction of the receiving grating lobes. For experimental validation, the generalized Plane Wave Imaging with and without the VRS is compared with a basic synthetic transmit aperture (STA) imaging. The experiment confirmed that the use of a VRS allows for visualizat ion of the objects in a medium in which they are not imaged without a VRS or are visualized with a lower contrast. The reduction of grating lobes attained using the proposed method is at the level of 15dB in the visualization of the superficial cyst.

Keywords:
Grating lobes, Image quality, Synthetic aperturę, Virtual subaperture

67.Kujawska T., Secomski W., Byra M., Postema M., Nowicki A., Annular phased array transducer for preclinical testing of anti-cancer drug efficacy on small animals, Ultrasonics, ISSN: 0041-624X, DOI: 10.1016/j.ultras.2016.12.008, Vol.76, pp.92-98, 2017
Kujawska T., Secomski W., Byra M., Postema M., Nowicki A., Annular phased array transducer for preclinical testing of anti-cancer drug efficacy on small animals, Ultrasonics, ISSN: 0041-624X, DOI: 10.1016/j.ultras.2016.12.008, Vol.76, pp.92-98, 2017

Abstract:
A technique using pulsed High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) to destroy deep-seated solid tumors is a promising noninvasive therapeutic approach. A main purpose of this study was to design and test a HIFU transducer suitable for preclinical studies of efficacy of tested, anti-cancer drugs, activated by HIFU beams, in the treatment of a variety of solid tumors implanted to various organs of small animals at the depth of the order of 1–2 cm under the skin. To allow focusing of the beam, generated by such transducer, within treated tissue at different depths, a spherical, 2-MHz, 29-mm diameter annular phased array transducer was designed and built. To prove its potential for preclinical studies on small animals, multiple thermal lesions were induced in a pork loin ex vivo by heating beams of the same: 6 W, or 12 W, or 18 W acoustic power and 25 mm, 30 mm, and 35 mm focal lengths. Time delay for each annulus was controlled electronically to provide beam focusing within tissue at the depths of 10 mm, 15 mm, and 20 mm. The exposure time required to induce local necrosis was determined at different depths using thermocouples. Location and extent of thermal lesions determined from numerical simulations were compared with those measured using ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging techniques and verified by a digital caliper after cutting the tested tissue samples. Quantitative analysis of the results showed that the location and extent of necrotic lesions on the magnetic resonance images are consistent with those predicted numerically and measured by caliper. The edges of lesions were clearly outlined although on ultrasound images they were fuzzy. This allows to conclude that the use of the transducer designed offers an effective noninvasive tool not only to induce local necrotic lesions within treated tissue without damaging the surrounding tissue structures but also to test various chemotherapeutics activated by the HIFU beams in preclinical studies on small animals.

Keywords:
Spherical annular phased array transducer, Pulsed HIFU beam, Electronically adjustable focal length, Local tissue heating, Thermal ablation, Necrotic lesion

68.Secomski W., Bilmin K., Kujawska T., Nowicki A., Grieb P., Lewin P.A., In vitro ultrasound experiments: Standing wave and multiple reflections influence on the outcome, Ultrasonics, ISSN: 0041-624X, DOI: 10.1016/j.ultras.2017.02.008, Vol.77, pp.203-213, 2017
Secomski W., Bilmin K., Kujawska T., Nowicki A., Grieb P., Lewin P.A., In vitro ultrasound experiments: Standing wave and multiple reflections influence on the outcome, Ultrasonics, ISSN: 0041-624X, DOI: 10.1016/j.ultras.2017.02.008, Vol.77, pp.203-213, 2017

Abstract:
The purpose of this work was to determine the influence of standing waves and possible multiple reflections under the conditions often encountered in examining the effects of ultrasound exposure on the cell cultures in vitro. More specifically, the goal was to quantitatively ascertain the influence of ultrasound exposure under free field (FF) and standing waves (SW) and multiple reflections (MR) conditions (SWMR) on the biological endpoint (50% cell necrosis). Such information would help in designing the experiments, in which the geometry of the container with biological tissue may prevent FF conditions to be established and in which the ultrasound generated temperature elevation is undesirable. This goal was accomplished by performing systematic, side-by-side experiments in vitro with C6 rat glioma cancer cells using 12 well and 96 well plates. It was determined that to obtain 50% of cell viability using the 12 well plates, the spatial average, temporal average (ISATA) intensities of 0.32 W/cm2 and 5.89 W/cm2 were needed under SWMR and FF conditions, respectively. For 96 well plates the results were 0.80 W/cm2 and 2.86 W/cm2 respectively. The corresponding, hydrophone measured pRMS maximum pressure amplitude values, were 0.71 MPa, 0.75 MPa, 0.75 MPa and 0.73 MPa, respectively. These results suggest that pRMS pressure amplitude was independent of the measurement set-up geometry and hence could be used to predict the cells’ mortality threshold under any in vitro experimental conditions or even as a starting point for (pre-clinical) in vivo tests. The described procedure of the hydrophone measurements of the pRMS maximum pressure amplitude at the k/2 distance (here 0.75 mm) from the cell’s level at the bottom of the dish or plate provides the guideline allowing the difference between the FF and SWMR conditions to be determined in any experimental setup. The outcome of the measurements also indicates that SWMR exposure might be useful at any ultrasound assisted therapy experiments as it permits to reduce thermal effects. Although the results presented are valid for the experimental conditions used in this study they can be generalized. The analysis developed provides methodology facilitating independent laboratories to determine their specific ultrasound exposure parameters for a given biological end-point under standing waves and multiple reflections conditions. The analysis also permits verification of the outcome of the experiments mimicking pre- and clinical environment between different, unaffiliated teams of researchers.

Keywords:
Standing wave, Ultrasound pressure, Ultrasound intensity, C6 glioma, Anticancer therapy, Sonodynamic therapy, Ultrasound bio-effects

69.Kuśnierczyk K., Basista M., Recent advances in research on magnesium alloys and magnesium – calcium phosphate composites as biodegradable implant materials, JOURNAL OF BIOMATERIALS APPLICATIONS, ISSN: 0885-3282, DOI: 10.1177/0885328216657271, Vol.31, No.6, pp.878-900, 2017
Kuśnierczyk K., Basista M., Recent advances in research on magnesium alloys and magnesium – calcium phosphate composites as biodegradable implant materials, JOURNAL OF BIOMATERIALS APPLICATIONS, ISSN: 0885-3282, DOI: 10.1177/0885328216657271, Vol.31, No.6, pp.878-900, 2017

Abstract:
Magnesium alloys are modern biocompatible materials suitable for orthopaedic implants due to their biodegradability in biological environment. Many studies indicate that there is a high demand to design magnesium alloys with controllable in vivo corrosion rates and required mechanical properties. A solution to this challenge can be sought in the development of metal matrix composites based on magnesium alloys with addition of relevant alloying elements and bioceramic particles. In this study, the corrosion mechanisms along with corrosion protection methods in magnesium alloys are discussed. The recently developed magnesium alloys for biomedical applications are reviewed. Special attention is given to the newest research results in metal matrix composites composed of magnesium alloy matrix and calcium phosphates, especially hydroxyapatite or tricalcium phosphate, as the second phase with emphasis on the biodegradation behavior, microstructure and mechanical properties in view of potential application of these materials in bone implants.

Keywords:
Biomaterials, biodegradable, metal matrix composites, magnesium alloys, corrosion, hydroxyapatite, bone repair

70.Ziółkowski A., On consistent micromechanical estimation of macroscopic elastic energy, coherence energy and phase transformation strains for SMA materials, CONTINUUM MECHANICS AND THERMODYNAMICS, ISSN: 0935-1175, DOI: 10.1007/s00161-016-0530-1, Vol.29, No.1, pp.225-249, 2017
Ziółkowski A., On consistent micromechanical estimation of macroscopic elastic energy, coherence energy and phase transformation strains for SMA materials, CONTINUUM MECHANICS AND THERMODYNAMICS, ISSN: 0935-1175, DOI: 10.1007/s00161-016-0530-1, Vol.29, No.1, pp.225-249, 2017

Abstract:
An apparatus of micromechanics is used to isolate the key ingredients entering macroscopic Gibbs free energy function of a shape memory alloy (SMA) material. A new self-equilibrated eigenstrains influence moduli (SEIM) method is developed for consistent estimation of effective (macroscopic) thermostatic properties of solid materials, which in microscale can be regarded as amalgams of n-phase linear thermoelastic component materials with eigenstrains. The SEIM satisfy the self-consistency conditions, following from elastic reciprocity (Betti) theorem. The method allowed expressing macroscopic coherency energy and elastic complementary energy terms present in the general form of macroscopic Gibbs free energy of SMA materials in the form of semilinear and semiquadratic functions of the phase composition. Consistent SEIM estimates of elastic complementary energy, coherency energy and phase transformation strains corresponding to classical Reuss and Voigt conjectures are explicitly specified. The Voigt explicit relations served as inspiration for working out an original engineering practice-oriented semiexperimental SEIM estimates. They are especially conveniently applicable for an isotropic aggregate (composite) composed of a mixture of n isotropic phases. Using experimental data for NiTi alloy and adopting conjecture that it can be treated as an isotropic aggregate of two isotropic phases, it is shown that the NiTi coherency energy and macroscopic phase strain are practically not influenced by the difference in values of austenite and martensite elastic constants. It is shown that existence of nonzero fluctuating part of phase microeigenstrains field is responsible for building up of so-called stored energy of coherency, which is accumulated in pure martensitic phase after full completion of phase transition. Experimental data for NiTi alloy show that the stored coherency energy cannot be neglected as it considerably influences the characteristic phase transition temperatures of SMA material.

Keywords:
SMA, NiTi alloys, Adaptive composite, Macroscopic free energy functions, Gibbs energy, Micromechanics, Coherence energy, Stored coherency energy, Ultimate phase transformation eigenstrains, Self-equilibrated eigenstrains influence moduli, SEIM, Effective property estimates, Martensitic phase transformation

71.Basista M., Węglewski W., Bochenek K., Poniżnik Z., Nowak Z., Micro-CT Finite Element Analysis of Thermal Residual Stresses and Fracture in Metal-Ceramic Composites, Advanced Engineering Materials, ISSN: 1438-1656, DOI: 10.1002/adem.201600725, Vol.19, No.8, pp.1600725-1-9, 2017
Basista M., Węglewski W., Bochenek K., Poniżnik Z., Nowak Z., Micro-CT Finite Element Analysis of Thermal Residual Stresses and Fracture in Metal-Ceramic Composites, Advanced Engineering Materials, ISSN: 1438-1656, DOI: 10.1002/adem.201600725, Vol.19, No.8, pp.1600725-1-9, 2017

Abstract:
This paper presents a simple way of using X-ray micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) in numerical modeling of material properties of metal-ceramic composites. It shows step by step the proposed methodology with details of the finite element mesh creation, so that it can easily be reproduced by interested researchers. Two case studies are considered to show the proposed approach at work: i) determination of processing-induced residual stresses in hot pressed Cr/Al2O3 and NiAl/Al2O3 particulate composites and ii) determination of J-integral for an interpenetrating phase composite made of porous alumina preform infiltrated with molten copper. The method is straightforward and effective but has its limitations that are pointed out.

72.Basista M., Jakubowska J., Węglewski W., Processing Induced Flaws in Aluminum–Alumina Interpenetrating Phase Composites, Advanced Engineering Materials, ISSN: 1438-1656, DOI: 10.1002/adem.201700484, pp.1700484-1-1700484-14, 2017
Basista M., Jakubowska J., Węglewski W., Processing Induced Flaws in Aluminum–Alumina Interpenetrating Phase Composites, Advanced Engineering Materials, ISSN: 1438-1656, DOI: 10.1002/adem.201700484, pp.1700484-1-1700484-14, 2017

Abstract:
This review paper deals with flaws in aluminum–alumina composites and FGMs induced by their manufacturing processes. Aluminum–alumina composites have been studied for many years as potentially interesting materials for applications, for example, in the automotive sector due to their enhanced mechanical strength, wear resistance, good heat conductivity and low specific weight. The focus here is on the interpenetrating phase composites (IPCs) manufactured by infiltration of porous alumina preforms with molten aluminum alloys. The primary objective is to provide an updated overview of research findings on a variety of flaws occurring at different stages of the manufacturing processes. Some precautions on how to avoid processing induced flaws in aluminum–alumina bulk composites and FGMs are mentioned.

73.Golasiński K.M., Pieczyska E.A., Staszczak M., Maj M., Furuta T., Kuramoto S., Infrared thermography applied for experimental investigation of thermomechanical couplings in Gum Metal, Quantitative InfraRed Thermography Journal, ISSN: 1768-6733, DOI: 10.1080/17686733.2017.1284295, pp.1-8, 2017
Golasiński K.M., Pieczyska E.A., Staszczak M., Maj M., Furuta T., Kuramoto S., Infrared thermography applied for experimental investigation of thermomechanical couplings in Gum Metal, Quantitative InfraRed Thermography Journal, ISSN: 1768-6733, DOI: 10.1080/17686733.2017.1284295, pp.1-8, 2017

Abstract:
Results of initial investigation of thermomechanical couplings in innovative β-Ti alloy called Gum Metal subjected to tension are presented. The experimental set-up, consisting of testing machine and infrared camera, enabled to obtain stress–strain curves with high accuracy and correlate them to estimated temperature changes of the specimen during the deformation process. Both ultra-low elastic modulus and high strength of Gum Metal were confirmed. The infrared measurements determined average and maximal temperature changes accompanying the alloy deformation process, allowed to estimate thermoelastic effect, which is related to the alloy yield point. The temperature distributions on the specimen surface served to analyse strain localization effects leading to the necking and rupture.

Keywords:
Gum Metal, thermomechanical coupling, nonlinear elasticity, yield point, infrared camera

74.Poniżnik Z., Nowak Z., Basista M., Numerical modeling of deformation and fracture of reinforcing fibers in ceramic–metal composites, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DAMAGE MECHANICS, ISSN: 1056-7895, DOI: 10.1177/1056789515611945, Vol.26, No.5, pp.711-734, 2017
Poniżnik Z., Nowak Z., Basista M., Numerical modeling of deformation and fracture of reinforcing fibers in ceramic–metal composites, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DAMAGE MECHANICS, ISSN: 1056-7895, DOI: 10.1177/1056789515611945, Vol.26, No.5, pp.711-734, 2017

Abstract:
This paper is concerned with numerical modeling of deformation and fracture of a metal ligament bridging the crack faces in ceramic–metal composites, as a prerequisite for the determination of the J integral for composites with interpenetrating microstructure. A finite element model is proposed of an elasto-plastic crack-reinforcing fiber undergoing large plastic deformations and progressive debonding from the elastic matrix through a cohesive matrix–fiber interface. The σ-u relationships are derived first in the case of pullout of an elasto-plastic fiber embedded in an elastic matrix and then in uniaxial tension of the elasto-plastic fiber bridging the crack faces in elastic matrix. The obtained numerical results are discussed and compared with the theoretical predictions reported by other authors.

Keywords:
Ceramic–metal composites, fracture modeling, crack bridging, fiber pullout, cohesive interface, fiber debonding, finite element simulations

75.Mayerberger E.A., Urbanek O., McDaniel R.M., Street R.M., Barsoum M.W., Schauer C.L., Preparation and characterization of polymer-Ti3C2Tx(MXene) composite nanofibers produced via electrospinning, JOURNAL OF APPLIED POLYMER SCIENCE, ISSN: 0021-8995, DOI: 10.1002/app.45295, pp.1-7, 2017
Mayerberger E.A., Urbanek O., McDaniel R.M., Street R.M., Barsoum M.W., Schauer C.L., Preparation and characterization of polymer-Ti3C2Tx(MXene) composite nanofibers produced via electrospinning, JOURNAL OF APPLIED POLYMER SCIENCE, ISSN: 0021-8995, DOI: 10.1002/app.45295, pp.1-7, 2017

Abstract:
MXene, a recently-discovered family of two-dimensional (2 D) transition metal carbides and/or nitrides, have attracted much interest because of their unique electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties. In this study, poly(acrylic acid) (PAA), polyethylene oxide (PEO), poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), and alginate/PEO were electrospun with delaminated Ti3C2 (MXene) flakes. The effect of small additions of delaminated Ti3C2 (1% w/w) on the structure and properties of the nanofibers were investigated and compared with those of the neat polymer nanofibers using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). Ti3C2 had an effect on the solution properties of the polymer and a greater effect on the average fiber diameter. The Ti3C2Tx/PEO solution exhibited the largest change in viscosity and conductivity with an 11% and 73.6% increase over the base polymer, respectively. X-ray diffractograms demonstrated a high degree of crystallization for Ti3C2/PEO and a slight decrease in crystallinity for Ti3C2/PVA.

Keywords:
composite nanofibers, electrospinning, MXene

76.Nowak Ł.J., Nowak K.M., Acoustic characterization of stethoscopes using auscultation sounds as test signals, JOURNAL OF THE ACOUSTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, ISSN: 0001-4966, DOI: 10.1121/1.4978524, Vol.141, No.3, pp.1940-1946, 2017
Nowak Ł.J., Nowak K.M., Acoustic characterization of stethoscopes using auscultation sounds as test signals, JOURNAL OF THE ACOUSTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, ISSN: 0001-4966, DOI: 10.1121/1.4978524, Vol.141, No.3, pp.1940-1946, 2017

Abstract:
The present study introduces a detailed methodology which can be applied for objective evaluation and comparison of the acoustic parameters of medical stethoscopes using auscultation sounds as test signals. The described approach allows taking into account the acoustic coupling between the body of an auscultated patient and the chest piece of a stethoscope. Information obtained from additional, synchronized electrocardiography measurements is used to extract short, specific fragments of recordings, defined as acoustic events. Analysis of the spectral characteristics of many acoustic events allows us to compare the acoustic properties of various stethoscopes and to estimate the measurement uncertainty. The exemplary results of the comparative evaluation of acoustic properties of bell and diaphragm-type chest pieces of a single stethoscope are presented. The results show that the frequency characteristics of the signals obtained using both examined chest pieces under the conditions of the performed examinations are very similar.

77.Ignaczak J., Domański W., An asymptotic approach to one-dimensional model of nonlinear thermoelasticity at low temperatures and small strains, JOURNAL OF THERMAL STRESSES, ISSN: 0149-5739, DOI: 10.1080/01495739.2016.1276872, pp.1-10, 2017
Ignaczak J., Domański W., An asymptotic approach to one-dimensional model of nonlinear thermoelasticity at low temperatures and small strains, JOURNAL OF THERMAL STRESSES, ISSN: 0149-5739, DOI: 10.1080/01495739.2016.1276872, pp.1-10, 2017

Abstract:
A one-dimensional nonlinear homogeneous isotropic thermoelastic model with an elastic heat flow at low temperatures and small strains is analyzed using the method of weakly nonlinear asymptotics. For such a model, both the free energy and the heat flux vector depend not only on the absolute temperature and strain tensor but also on an elastic heat flow that satisfies an evolution equation. The governing equations are reduced to a matrix partial differential equations, and the associated Cauchy problem with a weakly perturbed initial condition is solved. The solution is given in the form of a power series with respect to a small parameter, the coefficients of which are functions of a slow variable that satisfy a system of nonlinear second-order ordinary differential transport equations. A family of closed-form solutions to the transport equations is obtained. For a particular Cauchy problem in which the initial data are generated by a closed-form solution to the transport equations, the asymptotic solution in the form of a sum of four traveling thermoelastic waves admitting blow-up amplitudes is presented.

Keywords:
Low temperatures, nonlinear thermoelasticity, small strains, weakly nonlinear asymptotics

78.Białecki S., Kaźmierczak B., Nowicka D., Tsai J.-C., Regularity of solutions to a reaction–diffusion equation on the sphere: the Legendre series approach, MATHEMATICAL METHODS IN THE APPLIED SCIENCES, ISSN: 0170-4214, DOI: 10.1002/mma.4390, pp.1-21, 2017
Białecki S., Kaźmierczak B., Nowicka D., Tsai J.-C., Regularity of solutions to a reaction–diffusion equation on the sphere: the Legendre series approach, MATHEMATICAL METHODS IN THE APPLIED SCIENCES, ISSN: 0170-4214, DOI: 10.1002/mma.4390, pp.1-21, 2017

Abstract:
In the paper, we study some ‘a priori’ properties of mild solutions to a single reaction–diffusion equation with discontinuous nonlinear reaction term on the two-dimensional sphere close to its poles. This equation is the counterpart of the well-studied bistable reaction–diffusion equation on the Euclidean plane. The investigation of this equation on the sphere is mainly motivated by the phenomenon of the fertilization of oocytes or recent studies of wave propagation in a model of immune cells activation, in which the cell is modeled by a ball. Because of the discontinuous nature of reaction kinetics, the standard theory cannot guarantee the solution existence and its smoothness properties. Moreover, the singular nature of the diffusion operator near the north/south poles makes the analysis more involved. Unlike the case in the Euclidean plane, the (axially symmetric) Green's function for the heat operator on the sphere can only be represented by an infinite series of the Legendre polynomials. Our approach is to consider a formal series in Legendre polynomials obtained by assuming that the mild solution exists. We show that the solution to the equation subject to the Neumann boundary condition is C1 smooth in the spatial variable up to the north/south poles and Hölder continuous with respect to the time variable. Our results provide also a sort of ‘a priori’ estimates, which can be used in the existence proofs of mild solutions, for example, by means of the iterative methods.

Keywords:
discontinuous reaction term, stationary fronts, sphere

79.Sławianowski J.J., Kovalchuk V., Gołubowska B., Martens A., Rożko E.E., Quantized mechanics of affinely-rigid bodies, MATHEMATICAL METHODS IN THE APPLIED SCIENCES, ISSN: 0170-4214, DOI: 10.1002/mma.4501, pp.1-19, 2017
Sławianowski J.J., Kovalchuk V., Gołubowska B., Martens A., Rożko E.E., Quantized mechanics of affinely-rigid bodies, MATHEMATICAL METHODS IN THE APPLIED SCIENCES, ISSN: 0170-4214, DOI: 10.1002/mma.4501, pp.1-19, 2017

Abstract:
In this paper, we develop the main ideas of the quantized version of affinely rigid (homogeneously deformable) motion. We base our consideration on the usual Schrödinger formulation of quantum mechanics in the configurationmanifold, which is given, in our case, by the affine group or equivalently by the semi-direct product of the linear group GL(n,R) and the space of translations R^n, where n equals the dimension of the “physical space.” In particular, we discuss the problem of dynamical invariance of the kinetic energy under the action of the whole affine group, not only under the isometry subgroup. Technically, the treatment is based on the 2-polar decomposition of the matrix of the internal configuration and on the Peter-Weyl theory of generalized Fourier series on Lie groups. One can hope that our results may be applied in quantum problems of elastic media and microstructured continua.

Keywords:
Homogeneously deformable body, Peter-Weyl analysis, Schrödinger quantization.

80.Sadowski P., Kowalczyk-Gajewska K., Stupkiewicz S., Response discontinuities in the solution of the incremental Mori–Tanaka scheme for elasto-plastic composites, ARCHIVES OF MECHANICS, ISSN: 0373-2029, Vol.69, No.1, pp.3-27, 2017
Sadowski P., Kowalczyk-Gajewska K., Stupkiewicz S., Response discontinuities in the solution of the incremental Mori–Tanaka scheme for elasto-plastic composites, ARCHIVES OF MECHANICS, ISSN: 0373-2029, Vol.69, No.1, pp.3-27, 2017

Abstract:
The incremental Mori–Tanaka model of elasto-plastic composites is discussed, and the corresponding finite-step formulation is shown to lead to discontinuities in the overall response at the instant of elastic-to-plastic transition in the matrix. Specifically, two situations may be encountered: the incremental equations may have two solutions or no solution. In the former situation, switching between the two solutions is associated with a jump in the overall stress. Response discontinuities are studied in detail for a special case of proportional deviatoric loading. The discontinuities constitute an undesirable feature of the incremental Mori–Tanaka scheme that apparently has not been discussed in the literature so far. Remedies to the related problems are briefly discussed.

Keywords:
mean-field homogenization, Mori–Tanaka method, incremental scheme, composite materials, elasto-plasticity

81.Chmielewski M., Pietrzak K., Strojny-Nędza A., Kaszyca K., Zybala R., Bazarnik P., Lewandowska M., Nosewicz S., Microstructure and thermal properties of Cu-SiC composite materials depending on the sintering technique, SCIENCE OF SINTERING, ISSN: 0350-820X, DOI: 10.2298/SOS1701011C, Vol.49, pp.11-22, 2017
Chmielewski M., Pietrzak K., Strojny-Nędza A., Kaszyca K., Zybala R., Bazarnik P., Lewandowska M., Nosewicz S., Microstructure and thermal properties of Cu-SiC composite materials depending on the sintering technique, SCIENCE OF SINTERING, ISSN: 0350-820X, DOI: 10.2298/SOS1701011C, Vol.49, pp.11-22, 2017

Abstract:
The presented paper investigates the relationship between the microstructure and thermal properties of copper–silicon carbide composites obtained through hot pressing (HP) and spark plasma sintering (SPS) techniques. The microstructural analysis showed a better densification in the case of composites sintered in the SPS process. TEM investigations revealed the presence of silicon in the area of metallic matrix in the region close to metal ceramic boundary. It is the product of silicon dissolving process in copper occurring at an
elevated temperature. The Cu-SiC interface is significantly defected in composites obtained through the hot pressing method, which has a major influence on the thermal conductivity of materials.

Keywords:
Metal matrix composites; Silicon carbide; Interface; Spark plasma sintering; Thermal conductivity.

82.Kukla D., Brynk T., Pakieła Z., Assessment of Fatigue Resistance of Aluminide Layers on MAR 247 Nickel Super Alloy with Full-Field Optical Strain Measurements, Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance, ISSN: 1059-9495, DOI: 10.1007/s11665-017-2767-7, pp.1-12, 2017
Kukla D., Brynk T., Pakieła Z., Assessment of Fatigue Resistance of Aluminide Layers on MAR 247 Nickel Super Alloy with Full-Field Optical Strain Measurements, Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance, ISSN: 1059-9495, DOI: 10.1007/s11665-017-2767-7, pp.1-12, 2017

Abstract:
This work presents the results of fatigue tests of MAR 247 alloy flat specimens with aluminides layers of 20 or 40 µm thickness obtained in CVD process. Fatigue test was conducted at amplitude equal to half of maximum load and ranging between 300 and 650 MPa (stress asymmetry ratio R = 0, frequency f = 20 Hz). Additionally, 4 of the tests, characterized by the highest amplitude, were accompanied with non-contact strain field measurements by means of electronic speckle pattern interferometry and digital image correlation. Results of these measurements allowed to localize the areas of deformation concentration identified as the damage points of the surface layer or advanced crack presence in core material. Identification and observation of the development of deformation in localization areas allowed to assess fatigue-related phenomena in both layer and substrate materials.

Keywords:
aluminide layer, fatigue testing, full-field optical strain measurements, super nickel alloy

83.Lengiewicz J., Kursa M., Hołobut P., Modular-robotic structures for scalable collective actuation, ROBOTICA, ISSN: 0263-5747, DOI: 10.1017/S026357471500082X, Vol.35, No.4, pp.787-808, 2017
Lengiewicz J., Kursa M., Hołobut P., Modular-robotic structures for scalable collective actuation, ROBOTICA, ISSN: 0263-5747, DOI: 10.1017/S026357471500082X, Vol.35, No.4, pp.787-808, 2017

Abstract:
We propose a new class of modular-robotic structures, intended to produce forces which scale with the number of modules. We adopt the concept of a spherical catom and extend it by a new connection type which is relatively strong but static. We examine analytically and numerically the mechanical properties of two collective-actuator designs. The simulations are based on the discrete element method (DEM), with friction and elastic deformations taken into account. One of the actuators is shown to generate forces proportional to its volume. This property seems necessary for building modular structures of useful strength and dimensions.

Keywords:
Modular robots, Self-reconfiguration, Programmable matter, Actuators, Mechanical strength

84.Pamin J., Wcisło B., Kowalczyk-Gajewska K., Gradient-enhanced large strain thermoplasticity with automatic linearization and localization simulations, JOURNAL OF MECHANICS OF MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES, ISSN: 1559-3959, DOI: 10.2140/jomms.2017.12.123, Vol.12, No.1, pp.123-146, 2017
Pamin J., Wcisło B., Kowalczyk-Gajewska K., Gradient-enhanced large strain thermoplasticity with automatic linearization and localization simulations, JOURNAL OF MECHANICS OF MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES, ISSN: 1559-3959, DOI: 10.2140/jomms.2017.12.123, Vol.12, No.1, pp.123-146, 2017

Abstract:
The paper deals with the thermomechanical extension of a large strain hyperelasto-plasticity model and focuses on algorithmic aspects and localization simulations. The formulation includes the degradation of the yield strength due to the increase of an averaged plastic strain measure and temperature, thus, three sources for loss of stability are included in the description. A gradient-enhancement of the model is incorporated through an additional differential equation, but localization is also influenced by heat conduction. The finite element analysis is performed for an elongated plate in plane strain conditions, using different finite elements and values of material parameters related to regularization (internal length scales are related to gradient averaging as well as heat conduction). In particular, the influence of the F-bar enrichment on the simulation results is studied. All computational tests are performed using selfprogrammed user subroutines prepared within a symbolic-numerical tool AceGen which is equipped with automatic differentiation options, allowing for automatic linearization of the governing equations.

Keywords:
thermoplasticity, softening, gradient averaging, strain localization, automatic linearization, AceGen package

85.Nowak Z., Nowak M., Pęcherski R., Potoczek M., Śliwa R.E., Numerical Simulations of Mechanical Properties of Alumina Foams Based on Computed Tomography, JOURNAL OF MECHANICS OF MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES, ISSN: 1559-3959, DOI: 10.2140/jomms.2017.12.107, Vol.12, No.1, pp.107-121, 2017
Nowak Z., Nowak M., Pęcherski R., Potoczek M., Śliwa R.E., Numerical Simulations of Mechanical Properties of Alumina Foams Based on Computed Tomography, JOURNAL OF MECHANICS OF MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES, ISSN: 1559-3959, DOI: 10.2140/jomms.2017.12.107, Vol.12, No.1, pp.107-121, 2017

Abstract:
The aim of this paper is to apply the results of microtomography of alumina foam to create a numerical model and perform numerical simulations of compression tests. The geometric characteristics of real foam samples are estimated from tomographic and scanning electron microscopy images. The performance of the reconstructed models is compared to experimental values of elastic moduli. A preliminary analysis of failure strength simulations under compression of alumina foam is also provided.

Keywords:
Alumina open-cell foam, computed tomography microstructure, Young’s modulus, compressive strength of alumina foams

86.Chwojnowski A., Kruk A., Wojciechowski C., Łukowska E., Dulnik J., Sajkiewicz P., The dependence of the membrane structure on the non-woven forming the macropores in the 3D scaffolds preparation, Desalination and Water Treatment, ISSN: 1944-3994, DOI: 10.5004/dwt.2017.11394, Vol.64, pp.324-331, 2017
Chwojnowski A., Kruk A., Wojciechowski C., Łukowska E., Dulnik J., Sajkiewicz P., The dependence of the membrane structure on the non-woven forming the macropores in the 3D scaffolds preparation, Desalination and Water Treatment, ISSN: 1944-3994, DOI: 10.5004/dwt.2017.11394, Vol.64, pp.324-331, 2017

Abstract:
Three types of membrane structures with wide pores were compared in this study. One of the membranes was obtained from polyethersulfone using cellulose fibers as the macropore precursors. Two of the fibers were obtained from poly(L-lactide). As the macropore precursors olyvinylpyrrolidone (1.2 MDa) and pork gelatin non-woven were used, the influence of non-woven fibers on the structure of membranes was shown. Necessity of specific membrane structure application was explained. The hoice of polymers and co-polymers with a range of biodegradation times can determine the scaffold type suitable for the age of a patient.

Keywords:
Polysulfone membrane, Polyester membranes, Membrane structures, Biodegradable membranes, 3D scaffold

87.Kruk A., Gadomska-Gajadhur A., Ruśkowski P., Chwojnowski A., Dulnik J., Synoradzki L., Preparation of biodegradable semi-permeable membranes as 3D scaffolds for cell cultures, Desalination and Water Treatment, ISSN: 1944-3994, DOI: 10.5004/dwt.2017.11415, Vol.64, pp.317-323, 2017
Kruk A., Gadomska-Gajadhur A., Ruśkowski P., Chwojnowski A., Dulnik J., Synoradzki L., Preparation of biodegradable semi-permeable membranes as 3D scaffolds for cell cultures, Desalination and Water Treatment, ISSN: 1944-3994, DOI: 10.5004/dwt.2017.11415, Vol.64, pp.317-323, 2017

Abstract:
Results of the preparation of semi-permeable membranes made of biodegradable polymers membranes were presented. Among known polyesters, polylactide was selected for research. The membranes were obtained using wet phase inversion method. The influence of polyvinylpyrrolidone and polymeric nano-non-wovens as pores precursors on the structure of obtained membranes was analysed. It was shown, that utilisation of polymeric nano-non-wovens enabled preparation of semi-permeable membranes, which could be used as wide-pore 3D-type cellular scaffolds.

Keywords:
Biodegradable polymers membranes, Biodegradable polyesters, Porous three-dimensional scaffolds, Inversion phase method

88.Kúdela Jr. S., Švec P., Bajana O., Orovčík L., Ranachowski P., Ranachowski Z., Saffil alumina fibers reinforced dual-phase Mg-Li and Mg-Li-Zn alloys, KOVOVE MATERIALY-METALLIC MATERIALS, ISSN: 0023-432X, DOI: 10.4149/km 2017 3 195, Vol.55, pp.195-203, 2017
Kúdela Jr. S., Švec P., Bajana O., Orovčík L., Ranachowski P., Ranachowski Z., Saffil alumina fibers reinforced dual-phase Mg-Li and Mg-Li-Zn alloys, KOVOVE MATERIALY-METALLIC MATERIALS, ISSN: 0023-432X, DOI: 10.4149/km 2017 3 195, Vol.55, pp.195-203, 2017

Abstract:
The gas pressure infiltration technique was used to prepare Saffil alumina fibers reinforced Mg-Li and Mg-Li-Zn matrix composites with a dual-phase matrix structure. There was investigated the effect of variable Li content (6.2–10.3 wt.% Li) and Zn alloying (∼ 1.5 wt.% Zn) on the proof stress Rp0.2 of prepared composites. Rp0.2 values increased monotonously with rising fraction of Saffil fibers (5, 10 and 15 vol.%) reaching the maximum of about 250 MPa for Mg-Li matrix composites. Rp0.2 values of Mg-Li-Zn matrix composites were lower. Strengthening effect of Saffil fibers was promoted by the displacement redox reaction with Mg-Li and Mg-Li-Zn melts in which only Li significantly participated. Zn alloying retarded the displacement redox reaction. Too extensive reaction, however, resulted in the fiber damage and the drop in composite strength.

Keywords:
Mg-Li alloys, Saffil fibers, metal matrix composites, short-fiber strengthening, reactive wetting, displacement reactions

89.Zhang Q., Jankowski Ł., Damage identification using structural modes based on substructure virtual distortion method, ADVANCES IN STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING, ISSN: 1369-4332, DOI: 10.1177/1369433216660018, Vol.20, No.2, pp.257-271, 2017
Zhang Q., Jankowski Ł., Damage identification using structural modes based on substructure virtual distortion method, ADVANCES IN STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING, ISSN: 1369-4332, DOI: 10.1177/1369433216660018, Vol.20, No.2, pp.257-271, 2017

Abstract:
A damage identification approach is presented using substructure virtual distortion method which takes the advantage of the fast structural reanalysis technique of virtual distortion method. The formulas of substructure virtual distortion method are deduced in frequency domain, and then the frequency response function of the damaged structure is constructed quickly via the superposition of the frequency response function of the intact structure and the frequency responses caused by the damage-coupling virtual distortions of the substructures. The structural damage extents are identified using the measured modal parameters. Two steps are adopted to increase the efficiency of optimization: the modals of finite element model are estimated quickly from the fast constructed frequency response function during the optimization and the primary distortions of the substructures are extracted by contribution analysis to further reduce the computational work. A six-story frame numerical model and an experiment of a cantilever beam are carried out, respectively, to verify the efficiency and accuracy of the proposed method.

Keywords:
damage identification, frequency domain, structural health monitoring, substructure, virtual distortion method

90.Brzózka K., Krajewski M., Małolepszy A., Stobiński L., Szumiata T., Górka B., Gawroński M., Wasik D., Phase Analysis of Magnetic Inclusions in Nanomaterials Based on Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes, ACTA PHYSICA POLONICA A, ISSN: 0587-4246, DOI: 10.12693/APhysPolA.131.863, Vol.131, No.4, pp.863-865, 2017
Brzózka K., Krajewski M., Małolepszy A., Stobiński L., Szumiata T., Górka B., Gawroński M., Wasik D., Phase Analysis of Magnetic Inclusions in Nanomaterials Based on Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes, ACTA PHYSICA POLONICA A, ISSN: 0587-4246, DOI: 10.12693/APhysPolA.131.863, Vol.131, No.4, pp.863-865, 2017

Abstract:
Functionalized multiwall carbon nanotubes as well as nanocomposite based on that material covered by nanoparticles composed of iron oxides were the subject of investigations. In order to identify all iron-bearing phases including those reported on the base of previous X-ray diffraction measurements, the transmission Mössbauer spectroscopy was utilized. The experiments were carried out both at room temperature and also at low temperatures. It was stated that in the investigated nanotubes some impurities were present, originating from the catalyst remains, in form of Fe–C and -Fe nanoparticles. The Mössbauer spectra collected for the nanocomposite showed a complex shape characteristic of temperature relaxations. The following subspectra related to iron-based phases were identified: sextet attributed to hematite, with hyperfine magnetic field reduced due to the temperature relaxations, sextet corresponding to iron carbide as well as two doublets linked to superparamagnetic hematite and ferrihydrites.

91.Byra M., Kruglenko E., Gambin B., Nowicki A., Temperature Monitoring during Focused Ultrasound Treatment by Means of the Homodyned K Distribution, ACTA PHYSICA POLONICA A, ISSN: 0587-4246, DOI: 10.12693/APhysPolA.131.1525, Vol.131, No.6, pp.1525-1528, 2017
Byra M., Kruglenko E., Gambin B., Nowicki A., Temperature Monitoring during Focused Ultrasound Treatment by Means of the Homodyned K Distribution, ACTA PHYSICA POLONICA A, ISSN: 0587-4246, DOI: 10.12693/APhysPolA.131.1525, Vol.131, No.6, pp.1525-1528, 2017

Abstract:
Temperature monitoring is essential for various medical treatments. In this work, we investigate the impact
of temperature on backscattered ultrasound echo statistics during a high intensity focused ultrasound treatment. A tissue mimicking phantom was heated with a spherical ultrasonic transducer up to 56 _C in order to imitate tissue necrosis. During the heating, an imaging scanner was used to acquire backscattered echoes from the heated region. These data was then modeled with the homodyned K distribution. We found that the best temperature indicator can be obtained by combining two parameters of the model, namely the backscattered echo mean intensity and the effective number of scatterers per resolution cell. Next, ultrasonic thermometer was designed and used to create a map of the temperature induced within the tissue phantom during the treatment

Keywords:
Temperature monitoring, homodyned K distribution, focused ultrasound

92.Jundziłł A., Pokrywczyńska M., Adamowicz J., Kowalczyk T., Nowacki M., Bodnar M., Marszałek A., Frontczak-Baniewicz M.M., Mikułowski G., Kloskowski T., Gatherwright J., Drewa T., Vascularization Potential of Electrospun Poly(L-Lactide-co-Caprolactone) Scaffold: The Impact for Tissue Engineering, Medical Science Monitor, ISSN: 1643-3750, DOI: 10.12659/MSM.899659, Vol.23, pp.1540-1551, 2017
Jundziłł A., Pokrywczyńska M., Adamowicz J., Kowalczyk T., Nowacki M., Bodnar M., Marszałek A., Frontczak-Baniewicz M.M., Mikułowski G., Kloskowski T., Gatherwright J., Drewa T., Vascularization Potential of Electrospun Poly(L-Lactide-co-Caprolactone) Scaffold: The Impact for Tissue Engineering, Medical Science Monitor, ISSN: 1643-3750, DOI: 10.12659/MSM.899659, Vol.23, pp.1540-1551, 2017

Abstract:
BACKGROUND:
Electrospun nanofibers have widespread putative applications in the field of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. When compared to naturally occurring collagen matrices, electrospun nanofiber scaffolds have two distinct advantages: they do not induce a foreign body reaction and they are not at risk for biological contamination. However, the exact substrate, structure, and production methods have yet to be defined.
MATERIAL AND METHODS:
In the current study, tubular-shaped poly(L-lactide-co-caprolactone) (PLCL) constructs produced using electrospinning technology were evaluated for their potential application in the field of tissue regeneration in two separate anatomic locations: the skin and the abdomen. The constructs were designed to have an internal diameter of 3 mm and thickness of 200 μm. Using a rodent model, 20 PLCL tubular constructs were surgically implanted in the abdominal cavity and subcutaneously. The constructs were then evaluated histologically using electron microscopy at 6 weeks post-implantation.
RESULTS:
Histological evaluation and analysis using scanning electron microscopy showed that pure scaffolds by themselves were able to induce angiogenesis after implantation in the rat model. Vascularization was observed in both tested groups; however, better results were obtained after intraperitoneal implantation. Formation of more and larger vessels that migrated inside the scaffold was observed after implantation into the peritoneum. In this group no evidence of inflammation and better integration of scaffold with host tissue were noticed. Subcutaneous implantation resulted in more fibrotic reaction, and differences in cell morphology were also observed between the two tested groups.
CONCLUSIONS:
This study provides a standardized evaluation of a PLCL conduit structure in two different anatomic locations, demonstrating the excellent ability of the structure to achieve vascularization. Functional, histological, and mechanical data clearly indicate prospective clinical utilization of PLCL in critical size defect regeneration.

Keywords:
Polymers, Regenerative medicine, Tissue Engineering, Tissue Scaffolds, Urinary Diversion

93.Błachowski B.D., Tauzowski P., Lógó J., Modal Approximation Based Optimal Design of Dynamically Loaded Plastic Structures, Periodica Polytechnica Civil Engineering, ISSN: 0553-6626, DOI: 10.3311/PPci.11016, pp.1-6, 2017
Błachowski B.D., Tauzowski P., Lógó J., Modal Approximation Based Optimal Design of Dynamically Loaded Plastic Structures, Periodica Polytechnica Civil Engineering, ISSN: 0553-6626, DOI: 10.3311/PPci.11016, pp.1-6, 2017

Abstract:
The purpose of this study is to present an optimal design procedure for elasto-plastic structures subjected to impact loading. The proposed method is based on mode approximation of the displacement field and assumption of constant acceleration of impacted structure during whole time of deformation process until the plastic displacement limit is reached. Derivation of the method begins with the application of the principle of conservation of linear momentum, followed by determination of inertial forces. The final stage of the method utilizes an optimization technique in order to find a minimum weight structure. Eventually, effectiveness and usefulness of the proposed method is demonstrated on the example of a planar truss structure subjected to dynamic loading caused by a mass impacting the structure with a given initial velocity.

Keywords:
structural dynamics, optimal design, elasto-plastic structures, short-time dynamic loading

94.Johansen K., Kimmel E., Postema M., Theory of Red Blood Cell Oscillations in an Ultrasound Field, ARCHIVES OF ACOUSTICS, ISSN: 0137-5075, DOI: 10.1515/aoa-2017-0013, Vol.42, No.1, pp.121-126, 2017
Johansen K., Kimmel E., Postema M., Theory of Red Blood Cell Oscillations in an Ultrasound Field, ARCHIVES OF ACOUSTICS, ISSN: 0137-5075, DOI: 10.1515/aoa-2017-0013, Vol.42, No.1, pp.121-126, 2017

Abstract:
Manipulating particles in the blood pool with noninvasive methods has been of great interest in therapeutic delivery. Recently, it was demonstrated experimentally that red blood cells can be forced to translate and accumulate in an ultrasound field. This acoustic response of the red blood cells has been attributed to sonophores, gas pockets that are formed under the influence of a sound field in the inner-membrane leaflets of biological cells. In this paper, we propose a simpler model: that of the compressible membrane. We derive the spatio-temporal cel dynamics for a spherically symmetric single cell, whilst regarding the cell bilayer membrane as two monolayer Newtonian viscous liquids, separated by a thin gas void.
When applying the newly-derived equations to a red blood cell, it is observed that the void inside the bilayer expands to multiples of its original thickness, even at clinically safe acoustic pressure amplitudes. For causing permanent cell rupture during expansion, however, the acoustic pressure amplitudes needed would have to surpass the inertial cavitation threshold by a factor 10. Given the incompressibility of the inner monolayer, the radial oscillations of a cell are governed by the same set of equations as those of a forced antibubble. Evidently, these equations must hold for liposomes under sonication, as well.

Keywords:
Spatio-temporal cell dynamics, Rayleigh-Plesset equation, spherical cell, red blood cell, erythrocyte