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An investigation of the effects of geometry design on refrigerant flow mal-distribution in parallel flow condenser using a hybrid method of finite element approach and CFD simulation

Authors: Shojaeefard, MH; Nourbakhsh, SD; Zare, J (2017) HERO ID: 3859952

[Less] Flow mal-distribution in tubes is an important problem in parallel flow heat exchangers (PFHXs) which . . . [More] Flow mal-distribution in tubes is an important problem in parallel flow heat exchangers (PFHXs) which should be considered in heat exchanger modeling. In the present study, a hybrid method is developed for flow distribution forecasting based on simultaneous use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation for 3D analysis of flow in PFHX headers and finite element model for solving flow within tubes. The developed method forecasts are verified against the experimental data of a parallel flow condenser (PFC) performance. The method is then utilized to investigate the effects of tube protrusion depth, inlet tube location, inlet tube diameter and combination of tube protrusion depth and inlet tube location on refrigerant flow mal-distribution. The data indicate flow mal-distribution increment (increase of standard deviation (STD) from 0.51% to 1.77%) by increasing the tube protrusion depth from 1/4 to 3/4 of header diameter which results in about 14% increment in pressure drop and 3.9% decrement in capacity. Also, reduction of flow mal-distribution in cases of increasing the inlet tube diameter and locating the header inlet on the top of the header, a small distance away from the first tube is observed. The presented model and results can be used to accurately design PFCs. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Developing a hybrid procedure of one dimensional finite element method and CFD simulation for modeling refrigerant flow mal-distribution in parallel flow condenser

Authors: Shojaeefard, MH; Zare, J; Nourbakhsh, SD (2017) HERO ID: 3859953

[Less] Mal-distribution of refrigerant flow in flat tubes is an important problem in parallel flow heat exchangers . . . [More] Mal-distribution of refrigerant flow in flat tubes is an important problem in parallel flow heat exchangers (PFHXs) which should be considered in heat exchanger modeling. In the present study, a hybrid method is developed for flow distribution forecasting based on simultaneous use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation for 3D analysis of flow in PFHX headers and one dimensional finite element model for solving flow within flat tubes. The experimental data of a parallel flow condenser (PFC) performance is collected to verify the developed method. The average absolute deviations of 2.8%, 4.1% and 3% from experimental data for pressure drop, capacity and outlet temperature respectively, indicate the model validity. Slight increase of mass flow rate with moving toward the bottom tubes of the inlet header shows insignificant effect of gravity when vapor-phase flow is present. Also, comparing the pressure drop data of the developed method with those of uniform distribution model demonstrates reduction of average absolute deviation from 28.7% to 2.8%. The proposed model has the advantage of predicting PFC overall performance and can be used to accurately design and optimize headers and multiport flat tubes. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd and IIR. All rights reserved.

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A Robust Method for Routine Analysis of Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorohexane Sulfonate (PFHxS) in Various Edible Crop Matrices

Authors: Xiang, Lei; Sun, TFei; Chen, Lei; Xiao, Tao; Cai, QY; Li, Hui; He, DeC; Wong, MH; Li, YanWen; Mo, CeHui (2017) HERO ID: 3859955

[Less] A reliable, sensitive, and efficient method was developed for routine analysis of perfluorooctane sulfonate . . . [More] A reliable, sensitive, and efficient method was developed for routine analysis of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorohexane sulfonate (PFHxS) in various edible crop matrices including cereal (grain), root vegetable (carrot), leafy vegetable (lettuce), and melon vegetable (pumpkin). The target analytes were extracted by ion-pair approach followed by solid-phase extraction clean-up and HPLC-MS/MS. The type of extraction solvent, clean-up cartridge, and the usage of Supelclean graphitized carbon were evaluated to reach an optimized pretreatment procedure. The matrix-matched standard calibrations relative to the isotope-labeled internal standard were used in the developed method to obtain more reliable quantitative results. The average recoveries at four spiked levels (0.5, 10, 25, 50 ng/g) in the diverse matrices ranged from 70.9 to 114.6% with relative standard deviations (RSD) lower than 11.5%. The matrix-dependent method detection limits using the common equipment (HPLC-MS/MS) were between 0.020 and 0.140 ng/g (dw), equivalent to the 3-130 pg/g (fw), corresponding to the sensitivity of superior equipment (e.g., UPLC-MS/MS and HPLC-QTOF-HRMS). Furthermore, the developed method was conferred with the practicality through determination of the analytes in actual crops sampled from several farms in China's Pearl River Delta.

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Spatial distribution and source tracing of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in surface water in Northern Europe

Authors: Nguyen, MA; Wiberg, K; Ribeli, E; Josefsson, S; Futter, M; Gustavsson, J; Ahrens, L (2017) Environmental Pollution 220:1438-1446. HERO ID: 3605095

[Less] The impact of point and diffuse sources for 26 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in northern . . . [More] The impact of point and diffuse sources for 26 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in northern Europe were investigated by studying Swedish rivers (n = 40) and recipient seawater (Baltic Sea and Kattegat; n = 18). Different composition profiles were observed in the rivers, with ten rivers having a remarkably high fraction of perfluoroalkane sulfonic acids (PFSAs; 65% of the ƩPFASs) as compared to other rivers (19%) suggesting major impact of one or several source types dominated by PFSAs. Population density and low latitude (south) were strongly correlated to the widely used perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) as well as to perfluorohexanesulfonic acid (PFHxS). Significant relationships between several PFCAs and PFSAs (i.e. perfluorobutanoic acid (PFBA), perfluoroheptanoic acid (PFHpA), PFOA, perfluorobutanesulfonic acid (PFBS), and PFHxS) and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) were detected (p < 0.05), indicating chemical binding and co-transport with DOC in fresh water and seawater. Partial least squares regression analysis showed that perfluoroalkyl carboxylic acids (PFCAs) were related to latitude according to their perfluorocarbon chain length (C3, C7, C8, C9, C10 and C11), with longer chains associated with higher latitudes. This suggests the presence of mechanisms promoting higher prevalence of longer chained PFCAs in the north, e.g. precursor degradation, and/or aerosol associated stabilization of PFCAs and their precursors.

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Fate and redistribution of perfluoroalkyl acids through AFFF-impacted groundwater

Authors: Bräunig, J; Baduel, C; Heffernan, A; Rotander, A; Donaldson, E; Mueller, JF (2017) Science of the Total Environment 596-597:360-368. HERO ID: 3859805

[Less] Leaching of perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) from a local point source, a fire-fighting training area, has . . . [More] Leaching of perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) from a local point source, a fire-fighting training area, has led to extensive contamination of a groundwater aquifer which has spread underneath part of a nearby town, Oakey, situated in the State of Queensland, Australia. Groundwater is extracted by residents from privately owned wells for daily activities such as watering livestock and garden beds. The concentration of 10 PFAAs in environmental and biological samples (water, soil, grass, chicken egg yolk, serum of horses, cattle and sheep), as well as human serum was investigated to determine the extent of contamination in the town and discuss fate and redistribution of PFAAs. Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) was the dominant PFAA in all matrices investigated, followed by perfluorohexane sulfonate (PFHxS). PFOS concentrations measured in water ranged between <0.17-14μg/L, concentrations of PFHxS measured between <0.07-6μg/L. PFAAs were detected in backyards (soil, grass), livestock and chicken egg yolk. Significant differences (p<0.01) in PFOS and PFHxS concentrations in two groups of cattle were found, one held within the contamination plume, the other in the vicinity but outside of the contamination plume. In human serum PFOS concentrations ranged from 38 to 381μg/L, while PFHxS ranged from 39 to 214μg/L. Highest PFOS concentrations measured in human serum were >30-fold higher compared to the general Australian population. Through use of contaminated groundwater secondary sources of PFAA contamination are created on private property, leading to further redistribution of contamination and creation of additional human exposure pathways.

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Isomer-specific transplacental transfer of perfluoroalkyl acids: Results from a survey of paired maternal, cord sera, and placentas

Authors: Chen, F; Yin, S; Kelly, BC; Liu, W (2017) Environmental Science and Technology 51:5756-5763. HERO ID: 3859806

[Less] Currently, information regarding isomer-specific concentrations of PFHxS, PFOS, and PFOA in human placenta, . . . [More] Currently, information regarding isomer-specific concentrations of PFHxS, PFOS, and PFOA in human placenta, and corresponding placental-maternal ratios (RPM) of these compounds does not exist. The objective of the present study was to assess the occurrence, and distribution of different PFHxS, PFOS, and PFOA isomers in maternal serum, umbilical cord serum, and placenta to gain a better understanding of transplacental transport efficiency and prenatal exposure risks. The study involved quantitative determination of isomer-specific concentrations of PFHxS, PFOS, and PFOA in samples of maternal serum (n = 32), cord serum (n = 32), and placenta (n = 32) from pregnant women in Wuhan, China. The results indicate that both linear and branched PFHxS, PFOS and PFOA can be efficiently transported across the placenta, with exposure levels ordered maternal serum > cord serum > placenta. For PFOS isomers, the concentration ratios between cord serum and maternal serum (RCM) were ordered n < iso < 4m < (3 + 5)m < 1m < ∑m2. The RPM values exhibited a similar trend for branched PFOS isomers: iso < 4m ≈ (3 + 5)m < 1m ≈ ∑m2. Conversely, PFOA isomers did not exhibit an obvious structure-activity relationship for RCM and RPM. n-PFHxS transported across the placenta to a greater extent than br-PFHxS. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to report the occurrence of PFHxS, PFOS, and PFOA isomers in human placenta. Further, RPM values of these compounds are reported here for the first time. The findings help to better understand the mechanisms of the placental transfer and neonatal exposure to these important contaminants of concern.

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Prenatal concentrations of perfluoroalkyl substances and early communication development in British girls

Authors: Jeddy, Z; Hartman, TJ; Taylor, EV; Poteete, C; Kordas, K (2017) Early Human Development 109:15-20. HERO ID: 3859807

[Less] Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), found in many household products and classed as endocrine disrupting . . . [More] Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), found in many household products and classed as endocrine disrupting chemicals, can be transferred through the placenta and are associated with multiple developmental deficits in offspring. Using data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), we investigated the association between intrauterine exposure to PFAS and early communication development in 432 mother-daughter dyads at 15 and 38months of age. Concentrations of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), perfluorooctanoate (PFOA), perfluorohexane sulfonate (PFHxS), and perfluorononanoate (PFNA) were measured in maternal serum collected during pregnancy. Early communication development was measured with the ALSPAC-adapted MacArthur Communicative Development Inventories for Infants and Toddlers. The infant questionnaire measured verbal comprehension, vocabulary comprehension and production, nonverbal communication, and social development. The toddler questionnaire measured language, intelligibility, and communicative sub-scores. Multivariable linear regression was used to examine associations between each PFAS exposure and each communication sub-scale score. The association between maternal PFAS concentrations and early communication development at 15 and 38months of age varied by maternal age at delivery. In daughters of younger mothers (<25years of age), every 1ng/mL of PFOS was associated with a 3.82 point (95% confidence interval (CI): -6.18, -1.47) lower vocabulary score at 15months and a 0.80 point (95% CI: -1.74, 0.14) lower language score at 38months. Prenatal exposure to select PFAS was positively and negatively associated with communication development among girls, with inconsistent pattern of association across all measured PFAS and endpoints.

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Prenatal exposure to perfluoroalkyl acids and prevalence of infectious diseases up to 4years of age

Authors: Goudarzi, H; Miyashita, C; Okada, E; Kashino, I; Chen, CJ; Ito, S; Araki, A; Kobayashi, S; Matsuura, H; Kishi, R (2017) Environment International 104:132-138. HERO ID: 3859808

[Less] Perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) are synthetic chemicals with ability to repel oils and water, and have . . . [More] Perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) are synthetic chemicals with ability to repel oils and water, and have been widely used in many industrial and household applications such as adhesives and water- and stain-repellent surfaces to nonstick coatings. Animal studies have shown that PFAAs have immunotoxic effects. However, few epidemiological studies have investigated the effects of PFAAs on infectious diseases occurrence. We examined the relationship between prenatal exposure to PFAAs and prevalence of infectious diseases up to 4years of life. A total of 1558 mother-child pairs, who were enrolled in the Hokkaido Study on Environment and Children's Health, were included in this data analysis. Eleven PFAAs were measured in maternal plasma taken at 28-32weeks of gestation using ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled to triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometry. Participant characteristics were obtained from medical birth records and self-administered questionnaires during pregnancy and after delivery. Physicians' diagnosis of common infectious diseases including otitis media, pneumonia, respiratory syncytial virus infection, and varicella up to 4years were extracted from the mother-reported questionnaires. The number of children who developed infectious diseases up to 4years of age was as follows: otitis media, 649 (41.4%); pneumonia, 287 (18.4%); respiratory syncytial virus infection, 197 (12.6%); varicella 589 (37.8%). A total of 1046 (67.1%) children had at least one of the diseases defined as total infectious diseases. After adjusting for appropriate confounders, PFOS levels in the highest quartile were associated with increased odds ratios (ORs) of total infectious diseases (Q4 vs. Q1 OR: 1.61; 95% CI: 1.18, 2.21; p for trend=0.008) in all children. In addition, perfluorohexane sulfonate (PFHxS) was associated with a higher risk of total infectious diseases only among girls (Q4 vs. Q1 OR: 1.55, 95% CI: 0.976, 2.45; p for trend=0.045). We found no association between infectious diseases and other examined PFAAs. Our findings suggest that prenatal exposure to PFOS and PFHxS may associated with infectious diseases occurrence in early life. Therefore, prenatal exposure to PFAAs may be immunotoxic for the immune system in offspring.

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Perfluoroalkyl substances with isomer analysis in umbilical cord serum in China

Authors: Zhang, YZ; Zeng, XW; Qian, ZM; Vaughn, MG; Geiger, SD; Hu, LW; Lu, L; Fu, C; Dong, GH (2017) Environmental Science and Pollution Research 24:13626-13637. HERO ID: 3859809

[Less] Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are a class of widely used chemicals that have been detected in the . . . [More] Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are a class of widely used chemicals that have been detected in the environment and general population. However, the isomer patterns in human are poorly characterized. Previous studies observed the isomer-specific maternal-fetal transfer of PFASs in human. In our current study, we first examined the profile of PFASs and isomers, including 17 linear PFASs and 10 branched PFOS/PFOA isomers by using isotopic internal standards in umbilical cord serum samples from Guangzhou, China. We collected a total of 321 of cord blood serum samples from July to October in 2013, and analyzed the PFASs concentration with isomer-specific PFASs analysis method. The results showed that 9 out of 17 PFASs (linear PFASs) were detected (>50% detection rate). Perfluorohexane sulfonate (PFHxS, median 3.87 ng/mL) was the predominant, followed by total PFOS (median 2.99 ng/mL) and total PFOA (median 1.23 ng/mL) in cord serum. In addition, 1m-, iso-, ∑3+4+5m-PFOS and iso-PFOA were the branched PFASs detected in the current study. The proportion of linear PFOS (n-PFOS) was 75.16% of ∑PFOS which was similar to the proportion of electrochemical fluorination that produces ca. 70% linear PFOS and 30% branched. On the contrary, linear PFOA (n-PFOA) accounted for 98.69% ∑PFOA in cord serum samples. Our finding indicates distinct PFASs and PFOS/PFOA isomer profile in cord serum, suggesting there might be a different exposure pathway and metabolism of PFASs.

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Geographical Differences in Dietary Exposure to Perfluoroalkyl Acids between Manufacturing and Application Regions in China

Authors: Zhang, H; Vestergren, R; Wang, T; Yu, J; Jiang, G; Herzke, D (2017) Environmental Science and Technology 51:5747-5755. HERO ID: 3859810

[Less] Emissions of perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) have increased in China over the past decade, but human exposure . . . [More] Emissions of perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) have increased in China over the past decade, but human exposure pathways are poorly understood. Here we analyzed 15 PFAAs in commonly consumed food items and calculated body weight normalized dietary intake rates (estimated dietary intake, EDIs) in an area with ongoing PFAA production (Hubei province; n = 121) and an urbanized coastal area (Zhejiang province; n = 106). Geographical differences in concentrations were primarily observed for perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorohexanesulfonic acid (PFHxS) in animal food items and short-chain PFAAs in vegetable food items. The average EDI of ∑PFAAs for adults in Hubei (998 ng kg(-1) day(-1)) was more than 2 orders of magnitude higher than that in Zhejiang (9.03 ng kg(-1) day(-1)). In Hubei province, the average EDI of PFOS for adults (87 ng kg(-1) day(-1)) was close to or exceeded advisory guidelines used in other countries indicating health risks for the population from long-term exposure. Yet, PFOS could only account for about 10% of the EDI of ∑PFAAs in the Hubei province, which was dominated by short-chain PFAAs through consumption of vegetables. The large contribution of short-chain PFAAs to the total EDIs in manufacturing areas emphasize the need for improved exposure and hazard assessment tools of these substances.