City of Fort St John to host Sweetheart leisure activities this Valentines Day

first_imgAdmission for this swim is two for the price of one.The Sweetheart Swim is taking place on February 14, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the North Peace Leisure Pool.For more information on the Sweetheart leisure activities, you can call 250-785-4592 or email [email protected] FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This Valentine’s Day, the City of Fort St. John is hosting leisure activities for you and your sweetheart.Taking place at the Pomeroy Sport Centre, on February 14, is the Sweetheart Skate.For this special night, two can skate for the price of one.- Advertisement -Hard Edge Sports will be open to provide rentals to those who need a pair of skates.The Sweetheart Skate is taking place on February 14, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.If you’re not a skater, the City is also offering a Sweetheart Swim.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL manager Jim McGuinness has rounded on critics of his team – claiming RTE pundits had disrespected his players.McGuinness described the broadcasting pundits reaction to Donegal’s victory over Antrim as “way over the top”.And he was furious by comments made on ‘The Sunday Game’ that night about the selection of Donegal wing-forward Ryan Bradley as the man of the match. “There’s one thing being critical of Jim McGuinness or my style of football but there’s another thing in being disrespectful and we felt that Ryan Bradley was disrespected,” McGuinness fumed.“RTE presented him with a trophy and then said there was no man of the match.“Ryan Bradley has parents and a girlfriend, who were standing watching him accepting a trophy, as proud as punch, and then people later were saying ‘there was no (real) man of the match!’“Last week they had a joke about us as well at the end of the programme. “Donegal seems to be this county that everyone can have a good laugh at because we’re not that serious.“I don’t like my players or my county being disrespected.“Liam Bradley (Antrim manager) threw out a couple of comments and ‘The Sunday Game’ and Sunday papers ran with those comments.“There’s a full season to be played but there was no word of our 1-17 against Antrim.“If people want to criticise how we play I don’t have an issue, but when it gets to your players. . .” he said. “Everyone’s got their job to do, and everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but when it’s disrespectful there’s a line to be drawn and I feel that line’s been crossed on a number of occasions in recent weeks,” McGuinness said.“It’s a one-way street, we don’t get our opportunity to give our point of view but as a manager I’ve a duty of care to my players.”ANGRY DONEGAL MANAGER TURNS ON RTE PUNDITS FOR POKING FUN AT COUNTY was last modified: June 13th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal v cavanJim McGuinnessRTEryan bradleylast_img read more

Bioinspired Materials—Grapheneenabled nickel composites

first_imgNi/graphene powders after shear mixing and freeze drying. (A) SEM image of Ni/graphene powders, showing no noticeable aggregation of graphene sheets. (B) TEM image of the surface of a Ni/graphene powder, showing that few-layered graphene closely coated around the Ni particle. (C) In situ heating observation of a Ni/graphene powder. Graphene gradually dissolved into Ni with increasing temperature. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aav5577 Zhang et al. used Ni alloys due to their outstanding capability to withstand high temperatures and creep resistance. To verify high temperature performance, the scientists added titanium (Ti, 2 percent) and aluminum (Al, 2 percent) into the Ni/graphene powders for sintering. The resulting Ni-Ti-Al/Ni3C composite also showed brick-and-mortar architecture and stripe-like-grains. The earlier Ni/ Ni3C composites maintained a high hardness from room temperature to 300 °C, although afterwards the hardness rapidly decreased. In comparison, the Ni-Ti-Al/Ni3C composite developed thereafter, showed no hardness reduction up to 500 °C. The new composites were relatively smooth at room temperature and showed oxidized surfaces with irregular particles at 1000 °C. Based on the alloy recipes and heat treatments introduced in the study, the scientists propose using the novel composites to engineer the next-generation superalloys for potential temperature elevated applications, including aircraft gas turbines and spacecraft airframes. In this way, Zhang and colleagues designed and developed a prototypical graphene-derived Ni/Ni3C composite with nacre-inspired brick-and-mortar architecture. They conducted extensive characterization studies to investigate and understand the material properties of the newly developed composites. The Ni-Ti-Al/Ni3C composite showed superior strength at 1000 °C compared to commercial superalloys. The scientists envision this promising new strategy to design and synthesize advanced, bioinspired materials to achieve exceptionally high mechanical robustness for a wide-range of applications in materials science and multidisciplinary fields. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Science Advances Microstructure of the graphene-enabled Ni/Ni3C composite. (A) SEM image of cold-rolled Ni/Ni3C composite, showing brick-and-mortar structures. (B) Fracture surface of Ni/Ni3C composite, showing laminated structure constructed by elongated dimples. (C) Low-magnification TEM image, showing a large second-phase particle embedded in the Ni matrix. (D) After cold rolling, Ni grains were deformed into long stripes with the thickness ranging from 100 to 300 nm. (E) Two-beam diffraction dark-field image of the Ni matrix, showing a high concentration of dislocations. (F) Close-up observation of the Ni/Ni3C boundary. (G) HRTEM image of the interface between Ni and a second-phase particle, revealing a transition zone. (H) Ni3C crystal on [−110] plane. (I) HRTEM image of the [−110] plane of Ni3C particle, showing identical atomic arrangement as in the Fig. 2H. (J) Schematic illustration of the formation of Ni/Ni3C composite with a brick-and-mortar structure. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aav5577 3-D printing electrically assisted, nacre-inspired structures with self-sensing capabilities , Advanced Materials Due to the mix of strengthening and toughening mechanisms introduced in the method, the final sample showed an improved strength of 73 percent and only 28 percent reduction in ductility to cause notable toughness enhancement. Zhang et al. then included titanium (Ti) and aluminum (Al) in the graphene-derived composite to form Ni-Ti-Al/ Ni3C as a superalloy. The scientists propose to use the 2-D material enabled powder on different material constituents to create possibilities for new metal matrix composites. They then conducted tests to investigate the microstructure and mechanical performance of graphene-enabled Ni/ Ni3C composites using energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). They confirmed the composition of the new material and showed that the material did not break during the process of intricate manufacture. The graphene-derived Ni/Ni3C composites showed outstanding mechanical performance, observed using dog bone shaped samples of the composites. The scientists used the combined strength and ductility in the present work to indicate that the bioinspired brick-and-mortar architecture efficiently mitigated the conflict between strength and toughness. To understand the stiffening, strengthening and toughening mechanisms of the graphene-derived Ni/ Ni3C composite, Zhang et al. conducted nanoindentation studies and obtained the Young’s modulus of the material. They showed that the Ni3C platelets enhanced the Young’s modulus of the novel material for increased hardness. The resulting structures showing hard and reduced modulus maps to present an alternating hard-soft-structure. Then using atom probe tomography (APT) maps, they showed homogenously dispersed carbon atoms in the nickel matrix. The graphene-derived Ni/Ni3C composite showed obvious plastic deformation and higher toughness compared with pure Ni, the structural integrity of the new material could deviate cracks to prevent their opening, much like natural nacre. The scientists also showed the appearance of metal bridges for effective crack deflection, where the layered architecture blunted the crack tip, preventing further crack propagation to experimentally prove the brick-and-mortar architecture of Ni/ Ni3C contributing to toughness and ductility without crack induction. Materials scientists previously attempted to mimic the architecture of nacre with remarkable success. However, the intrinsically low plasticity of ceramics and polymers used, limited their potential mechanical activity. Researchers therefore expected to clone nacre’s architecture with stronger constituents such as metal incorporated composites, in a more promising yet challenging task. Scientists previously used Nickel (Ni) and its alloys in diverse applications due to compatibility in high temperatures and extreme environments with outstanding mechanical performance and stability. In the present work, therefore, Zhang et al. investigated if graphene-enabled, high-performance Ni matrix composites with nacre-like, brick-and-mortar structure could be engineered by scalable and feasible procedures. For this, Zhang et al. first formed a graphene-delivered Ni/Ni3C composite with a characteristic bioinspired, brick-and-mortar architecture using conventional powder metallurgy. They homogenously coated Ni powders with graphene during shear mixing and freeze drying and dissolved carbon into Ni at high temperatures to facilitate the sintering process. The Ni3C platelets formed during the process served as major load bearers, strengthening the composites, while the Ni matrix ensured ductility. Strengthening and toughening mechanisms of graphene-derived Ni/Ni3C composite with brick-and-mortar structure. (A) Nanoindentation load-displacement curves of Ni and Ni3C platelet. (B) Hardness map derived from nanoindentation tests. (C) Reduced modulus map derived from nanoindentation tests. (D) Finite element simulation of the Ni/Ni3C composite under tension. (E) APT map of Ni and C atom distribution. (F) APT map of C atom distribution. (G) In situ tensile test with strain map. (H) In situ three-point bending test under SEM. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aav5577center_img Microstructure of Ni-Ti-Al/Ni3C composite and high-temperature Vickers hardness of Ni, graphene-derived Ni/Ni3C composite, Ni-Ti-Al/Ni3C composite, and HR-224 superalloy. (A) SEM image of Ni-Ti-Al/Ni3C composite after chemical etching. (B) High-angle annular dark-field (HAADF) image of the Ni-Ti-Al/Ni3C composite. (C to F) High-resolution EDS of Ni, Ti, Al, and C maps. (G) Hardness values from high-temperature Vickers hardness tests. (H) Room temperature Vickers hardness indentation impression on Ni-Ti-Al/Ni3C composite (the edge length of the inset image is 180 μm). (I) High-temperature (1000°C) Vickers hardness indentation impression on Ni-Ti-Al/Ni3C composite (the edge length of the inset image is 180 μm). Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aav5577 , Science In a recent study, Yunya Zhang and co-workers at the departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science and Atom-Probe Tomography in the U.S. developed a bioinspired Ni/Ni3C composite to mimic nacre-like brick-and-mortar structure with Ni powders and graphene sheets. They showed that the composite achieved 73 percent increase in strength with only a 28 percent compromise in ductility to indicate a notable improvement in toughness. In the study, the researchers developed optimized material of graphene-derived, nickel- (Ni), titanium- (Ti) and aluminum- (Al) based composites (Ni-Ti-Al/ Ni3C composite) that retained high hardness of up to 1000 °C. The materials scientists unveiled a new method in the work to fabricate smart 2-D materials and engineer high-performance metal matrix composites. The composites displayed a brick-and-mortar structure via interfacial reactions to develop functionally advanced Ni-C based alloys for high-temperature environments. The results are now published in Science Advances. Next-generation materials should inherently combine properties of strength and toughness, although their pursuit results in a compromise between hardness and ductility. In engineered materials, an initiated fracture can propagate rapidly without any shield, whereas biological structures can allow hierarchical architectures made of non-toxic and limited resources to deviate crack opening. A common example is mother-of-pearl or nacre, composed of aragonite (form of CaCO3), platelets and biopolymer. In the brick-and-mortar structure, the aragonite platelets act as bricks for load bearing, and the biopolymer acts as a mortar binding the aragonite platelets together. During fracture in nacre, the structure of mineral bridges can shield the crack opening, while biopolymer layers dissipate the fracture energy to prevent large-scale delamination. Citation: Bioinspired Materials—Graphene-enabled nickel composites (2019, June 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from , Nature Materials Mechanical properties of graphene-enabled Ni/Ni3C composite with a brick-and-mortar structure. (A) Tensile stress-strain curves of Ni, Ni produced by powder metallurgy, and Ni/Ni3C composite (inset shows the size of tensile specimen). (B) Comparative bar chart of mechanical properties of Ni and Ni/Ni3C composite. (C) Elongation versus yield strength plot showing that the as-fabricated Ni/Ni3C composite had an outstanding combination of strength and ductility. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aav5577 Bioinspired engineering strategies rely on achieving the combined biological properties of strength and toughness inherent in nature. Tissue engineers and materials scientists therefore aim to construct intelligent, hierarchical biomimetic structures from limited resources. As a representative material, natural nacre maintains a brick-and-mortar structure that allows many viable toughening mechanisms on multiple scales. Such naturally occurring materials demonstrate an outstanding combination of strength and toughness, unlike any synthetic, engineered biomaterial. Explore further More information: Yunya Zhang et al. Bioinspired, graphene-enabled Ni composites with high strength and toughness, Science Advances (2019). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aav5577Sungbaek Seo et al. Significant Performance Enhancement of Polymer Resins by Bioinspired Dynamic Bonding, Advanced Materials (2017). DOI: 10.1002/adma.201703026Ulrike G. K. Wegst et al. Bioinspired structural materials, Nature Materials (2014). DOI: 10.1038/nmat4089E. Munch et al. Tough, Bio-Inspired Hybrid Materials, Science (2008). DOI: 10.1126/science.1164865 © 2019 Science X Networklast_img read more

Art reformed

first_imgReconstructing the narration from damaged or thrown iron objects to weave newer stories, Delhi based artist Gopal Namjoshi is all set to exhibit Iron Installations over an Art Exhibition at India Habitat Center. The exhibition will be starting from March 21 for a period of 20 days . The artist has reconstructed the scratched, broken, damaged, thrown etc to shape up these installations. As Namjoshi, believes that iron objects to weave newer stories taking the forms of cows, birds, humans, monkeys, insects, goats and the living world of all organisms. The beauty of his sculpted animals, human forms are having genuine expressions which can be seen reflecting out of the metallic lifeless forms because their heart bears the true spirit and yet not mechanical. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Gopal Namjoshi is an independent artist and muralist working in the area of arts, crafts and design and have been practising for over 25 years now. Gopal has craved niche for himself with his innovative scale of works. After spending his formative years as a designer, lecturer, consultant and an advertising professional in Jaipur, has moved his base to Delhi-Gurgaon and has swiftly been picking up to the likes of the city.Born in 1961 in Jaipur, Gopal Namjoshi studied art for five years at the Rajasthan School of Arts, Jaipur and was also awarded Gold Medal for achieving 1st position in another five Year diploma in Fine Arts from, School of Arts, Jaipur.When: On from March 21Where: India Habitat Center,  Lodhi Roadlast_img read more