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  • Enhancing the Near-Surface Image Using Duplex-Wave Reverse Time Migration

    Sindi, Ghada; Alkhalifah, Tariq Ali; Fei, Tong; Luo, Yi (SPE Middle East Oil and Gas Show and Conference, Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2019-03-13) [Conference Paper]
    Reverse time migration (RTM) involves zero-lag cross-correlation of forward extrapolated source function wavefields and backward extrapolated receiver wavefields. For a near surface with complex structures and velocity anomalies, forward propagating the source wavelet generates wavefields containing reflections, near-surface multiples, and scattered direct arrivals. The wavefields are recorded as upgoing arrivals contaminated by the same reflections, near-surface multiples, and scattered signals, which can be critical for imaging near-surface structures and scatterers. Here, we develop a new depth migration, duplex reverse time migration (DRTM) technique to improve imaging of complex near-surface structures. DRTM uses the direct arrival as a source to forward propagate and generate source wavefields, and reversely extrapolated recorded data in a zero-lag cross-correlation imaging condition to generate the final section. The interaction between the data components during cross- correlation can use primaries and multiples to image the near-surface structure correctly. Cross-talk artifacts may exist, but they are comparatively weak. DRTM is demonstrated on both synthetic and field data examples showing an enhanced image in areas with complex near-surface structures compared to conventional RTM imaging methods. The new algorithm can significantly enhance shallow imaging without additional computation costs compared with conventional RTM. It can produce an image with higher resolution and signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio by replacing the source wavelet with the recorded direct arrivals, which include near-surface information necessary to boost the image in areas with near-surface complexity. Since the direct arrivals are one of the most energetic events recorded, the resultant image is typically of high S/N. The wave can also illuminate shallow zones better than primaries in marine environments.
  • Development of VO2 -Nanoparticle-Based Metal-Insulator Transition Electronic Ink

    Vaseem, Mohammad; Zhen, Su; Yang, Shuai; Li, Weiwei; Shamim, Atif (Advanced Electronic Materials, Wiley, 2019-03-13) [Article]
    The metal–insulator transition (MIT) phase change of vanadium dioxide (VO2) materials has facilitated many exciting applications. Among the various crystal phases of VO2, the monoclinic (M) phase is the only one that demonstrates low-temperature (≈68 °C) MIT behavior. However, the synthesis of pure VO2 (M) is challenging because various polymorphs, such as VO2 (A), VO2 (B), and VO2 (D), are also typically formed during the process. Furthermore, to achieve pure crystalline VO2 (M) phase, very long reaction times, up to 2–4 days, are typically required. In this work, an additional annealing step is introduced post nanoparticle preparation, which not only reduces the complete synthesis time from days to only 6 h but also removes the impure phases and helps in achieving the desired pure VO2 (M) phase. This work covers the complete synthesis and characterization details of such as-prepared nanoparticles. A VO2 (M)-nanoparticle-based ink is formulated for the inkjet printing of films with controlled thicknesses. The inkjet-printed films are investigated for their electrical conductivity with external stimuli such as temperature and electrical current. Finally, a fully printed antenna is devised that can change its frequency based on the different states of the VO2 film.
  • High-friction limits of Euler flows for multicomponent systems

    Huo, Xiaokai; Jungel, Ansgar; Tzavaras, Athanasios (IOP Publishing and the London Mathematical Society, 2019-03-10) [Article]
    The high-friction limit in Euler-Korteweg equations for fluid mixtures is analyzed. The convergence of the solutions towards the zeroth-order limiting system and the first-order correction is shown, assuming suitable uniform bounds. Three results are proved: The first-order correction system is shown to be of Maxwell-Stefan type and its diffusive part is parabolic in the sense of Petrovskii. The high-friction limit towards the first-order Chapman-Enskog approximate system is proved in the weak-strong solution context for general Euler-Korteweg systems. Finally, the limit towards the zeroth-order system is shown for smooth solutions in the isentropic case and for weak-strong solutions in the Euler-Korteweg case. These results include the case of constant capillarities and multicomponent quantum hydrodynamic models.
  • Fe(III) reduction and vivianite formation in activated sludge

    Wang, Ru; Wilfert, Philipp; Dugulan, Iulian; Goubitz, Kees; Korving, Leon; Witkamp, Geert-Jan; van Loosdrecht, Mark C.M. (Separation and Purification Technology, Elsevier BV, 2019-03-09) [Article]
    Kinetics of iron reduction, formation of vivianite and the microbial community in activated sludge from two sewage treatment plants (STPs) with low (STP Leeuwarden, applying enhanced biological phosphate removal, EBPR) and high (STP Cologne, applying chemical phosphate removal, CPR) iron dosing were studied in anaerobic batch experiments. The iron reduction rate in CPR sludge (2.99 mg-Fe g VS-1 h-1) was 3-times higher compared to EBPR sludge (1.02 mg-Fe g VS-1 h-1) which is probably caused by its 3-times higher iron content. Accordingly, first order rate constants in both sludges are comparable (0.06 ± 0.001 h-1 in EBPR vs 0.05 ± 0.007 h-1 in CPR sludge), thus potential rates in both sludges are comparable. The measured Fe(III) reduction rates suggest that all iron in STP Leeuwarden and STP Cologne can be turned over within 15 h and 44 h respectively. Mössbauer spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) indicated vivianite formation within 24 h in both sludges. After 24 h, 53% and 34% of all iron were bound in vivianite in the EBPR and CPR sludge respectively. Next generation sequencing (NGS) showed that the microbial community in the CPR sludge comprised more genera with iron-oxidizing and iron-reducing bacteria. Iron reduction and vivianite formation commence once activated sludge is exposed to oxygen free conditions. Our study reveals that the biogeochemistry of iron in STPs is very dynamic. By understanding the interactions between iron and phosphate crucial processes in modern sewage treatment, such as chemical phosphate removal or phosphate recovery from sewage sludge, can be optimized.
  • Osmotically and thermally isolated forward osmosis – membrane distillation (FO-MD) integrated module

    Kim, Youngjin; Li, Sheng; Francis, Lijo; Li, Zhenyu; Valladares Linares, Rodrigo; Alsaadi, Ahmad Salem; Abu-Ghdaib, Muhannad; Son, Hyuk Soo; Amy, Gary L.; Ghaffour, NorEddine (Environmental Science & Technology, American Chemical Society (ACS), 2019-03-08) [Article]
    In this study, we propose a novel module design to integrate forward osmosis (FO) and membrane distillation (MD). The two processes are sealed in one module and operated simultaneously, making the system compact and suitable for a wide range of applications. To evaluate the system under large-scale module operating conditions, FO and MD experiments were performed separately. The effect of draw solution (DS) temperature on the FO performance was first assessed in terms of flux, reverse salt flux (RSF), and specific RSF (SRSF). While a higher DS temperature resulted in an increased RSF, a higher FO flux was achieved, with a lower SRSF. The influence of DS concentration on the MD performance was then investigated in terms of flux and salt rejection. High DS concentration had a slightly negative impact on MD water vapor flux, but the MD membrane was a complete barrier for DS salts. The FO-MD integrated module was simulated based on mass balance equations. Results indicated that initial DS (MD feed) flow rate and concentration are the most important factors for stable operation of the integrated module. Higher initial DS flow rate and lower initial DS concentration can achieve a higher permeate rate of the FO-MD module.

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