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  • 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.
  • Role of carbonate burial in Blue Carbon budgets

    Saderne, Vincent; Geraldi, N R; Macreadie, P I; Maher, D T; Middelburg, J J; Serrano, O; Almahasheer, H; Arias-Ortiz, A; Cusack, Michael; Eyre, B D; Fourqurean, J W; Kennedy, H; Krause-Jensen, D; Kuwae, T; Lavery, P S; Lovelock, C E; Marba, N; Masqué, P; Mateo, M A; Mazarrasa, I; McGlathery, K J; Oreska, M P J; Sanders, C J; Santos, I R; Smoak, J M; Tanaya, T; Watanabe, K; Duarte, Carlos M. (Nature Communications, Springer Nature, 2019-03-07) [Article]
    Calcium carbonates (CaCO3) often accumulate in mangrove and seagrass sediments. As CaCO3 production emits CO2, there is concern that this may partially offset the role of Blue Carbon ecosystems as CO2 sinks through the burial of organic carbon (Corg). A global collection of data on inorganic carbon burial rates (Cinorg, 12% of CaCO3 mass) revealed global rates of 0.8 TgCinorg yr-1 and 15-62 TgCinorg yr-1 in mangrove and seagrass ecosystems, respectively. In seagrass, CaCO3 burial may correspond to an offset of 30% of the net CO2 sequestration. However, a mass balance assessment highlights that the Cinorg burial is mainly supported by inputs from adjacent ecosystems rather than by local calcification, and that Blue Carbon ecosystems are sites of net CaCO3 dissolution. Hence, CaCO3 burial in Blue Carbon ecosystems contribute to seabed elevation and therefore buffers sea-level rise, without undermining their role as CO2 sinks.
  • Photoelectrochemical hydrogen generation using graded In-content InGaN photoelectrode structures

    Ohkawa, Kazuhiro; Uetake, Yusuke; Velazquez-Rizo, Martin; Iida, Daisuke (Nano Energy, Elsevier BV, 2019-03-07) [Article]
    We have improved the InGaN/GaN heterointerface to achieve higher energy conversion efficiency by replacing a uniform InGaN layer with a graded In-content InGaN layer. Even In0.08Ga0.92N/GaN heterostructure has a large conduction band offset, which is large enough to suppress the photocurrent in the photocatalytic system. The graded In-content InGaN structures were grown by metalorganic vapor-phase epitaxy by changing the TMIn flow rate gradually. X-ray reciprocal space mapping confirmed the graded structures. The graded InGaN/GaN structure significantly increased photocurrent and H2 generation by 50% and more compared with the conventional uniform InGaN/GaN structures.

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