R. Coker, J. Mansell
NASA - Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, USA
We have started constructing preliminary design COMSOL models of a bacteriologically driven \'fuel cell\' that is intended to process waste products, such as carbon dioxide and brine, from a crewed vehicle. At this early stage, this complex system is reduced to two electrodes separated by a membrane. The electrolyte is a brine appropriate for growing methanogenic bateria, though none are ...
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA
Magnetic cantilever measurements have detected half-flux states in mesoscopic rings of the layered material Sr2RuO4, adding evidence that superconducting Sr2RuO4 may be described by a p-wave order parameter. A proposal accounting for this behavior has been presented in which the polarization axis of the condensates lies entirely in the plane. In a half-flux state there is a non-zero polarization, ...
Downscale Finite Element Modeling of Aortic Valve Leaflets for In-Situ Estimation of Cell Level Mechanics
R. Buchanan, M. Sacks
Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA
As in all tissues, mechanical forces in the aortic valve (AV) modulate the constituent cell population’s physiology and biosynthetic activity. While advances have been made toward the understanding of this complex multi-scale relationship, the specific role that and extracellular matrix (ECM) coupling plays on the mechanical response of the AV interstitial cell (AVIC) is poorly understood. The ...